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High Falls Trail

Here we are, visiting a waterfall in the middle of winter again. High Falls on the West Fork of the Tuckaseegee River is a place I’ve heard about for years but only visited for the first time recently.  I fell in love and have already returned to it. It was a bright, chilly afternoon at the trailhead, but as we …

Chocolate Cook-Off

Like a blush of passion in the dreariest month on the calendar, Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library’s Friends of the Library is bringing back its Chocolate Cook-Off, from noon to 2:00 P.M. Saturday, February 16. This year’s cook-off, staged in the library’s Meeting Room, promises to offer all of the hallmarks of this annual event – newly-minted recipes that demonstrate an …

Acclaimed Chefs of the South

Highlands’ luxury country inn, Half-Mile Farm, is continuing the Chefs in the House series in 2019.  Attendees get up-close-and-personal with some of The South’s most acclaimed chefs while experiencing amazing cuisine from all over the nation.  Limited seating makes for memorable evenings amid the gorgeous lakeside setting of this unique historical property. The first Chefs in the House dinner in …

Cinema Awards Series

  Motion picture nominees and winners of The Golden Globes and Oscars are coming soon to a theater near you!  Hollywood can’t have all the fun.  The sizzle of movie magic is in our mountain air, too. To celebrate, you are invited to the Highlands Playhouse’s First Annual Red Carpet Awards Series. Starting in January, the Highlands Playhouse will screen …

Megan Makes Magic Happen

There are many unsung heroes in our area that make the magic happen.  These are people who go unrecognized for what they do to make our lives on The Plateau that much better.  Behind the Scenes will introduce you to a few of these folks. The Highlands Performing Arts Center’s Megan E. Greenlee Potts is a magician of the highest …

Art League Partners with Community

Although The Art League’s active season is over for 2018, behind the scenes, plans are underway for this year. It’s also a time when the League’s Board reflects on the year just ended.  We are proud of what we have accomplished and look forward to an even better season in 2019. There were six free quality public presentations given at …

Live Via Satellite

The Live via Satellite Series will continue throughout the winter at the Highlands Performing Arts Center.  On January 5, join us at 1:00 P.M. as  The National Theatre of London  presents “Allelujah!  by Alan Bennett.  Twelve mature actors, playing patients encouraged to form a hospital choir, frequently totter into song-and-dance numbers. But there’s also a pitch-black plot twist, and a …

Making Tracks with Mud

Growing up an Air Force brat, Steven Chandler moved around a lot and found himself having to make and remake his mark in new communities.  Born in Nebraska, he grew up all over.  His father was an officer and worked in the Space Program.  When asked how he got involved in art, Steven replies, “I started in kindergarten.  One day …

Highlands-Cashiers Players Hold a Pair of Auditions

The Highlands Cashiers Players’ perennially-popular Dinner Theater is scheduled for March at the Highlands Performing Arts Center, but will be held in a much more spacious area than in the past – upstairs in the PAC auditorium. Four short humorous plays will be presented between dinner courses, directed by four different directors: Lynleigh McLain, Donna Cochran, Jamie Thomas, and new …

Snow Much Fun

There were so many excellent photos submitted for our Winter Cover contest, but we were particularly captivated by this dazzler by Sharon Elder of the Mirror Lake community in Highlands.  Her prize-winning photo was taken with her iPhone. Sharon and her husband retired to Highlands full time but have been coming up from Alabama for decades.  Sharon and Phil have …

Laurel’s Cover Contest

The stark beauty of winter beckons the inner photographer in us all to take a few moments in the quiet beauty of nature, trying to capture the beauty of the moment so we can carry it with us throughout the year.  From the bright red flash of a Cardinal or holly berry against the barren trees, to expansive sunrises and …

Local Love

As locals, we all know that living near the Plateau is a real blessing.  Another glad tiding for those of us living in Macon, Jackson, Transylvania, or Rabun counties is the return of Old Edwards Inn and Spa’s “We Love Locals” winter promotion. The promotion will kick off early this year as the Fitness Center welcomes you to attend any …