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Nature Speaks to her Soul

Plein air oil painter Julie Mann, relishes the delightful challenge of catching the essence of nature in a magnificent view, its true colors, and fleeting light. “My favorite part about being an artist is how much fun it is to share my art journey with friends, mentors, and collectors who are also passionate about art,” she says. An Atlanta native, …

Live Via Satellite

The Highlands Performing Arts Center continues the Live via Satellite Series in May.   The Met Opera’s last broadcast for the 2016-17 Season, Strauss’s “Der Rosenkavalier,” will be screened at 12:55 P.M.  Saturday, May 13, with the pre-opera discussion led by Beverly Wichman at 12:30 P.M.  “Der Rosenkavalier,” The Met’s first new production of Strauss’s rich romantic masterpiece since 1969, is …

HCCMF Season Kicks Off

The 36th Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival will be presenting several excellent performers making their festival debut this season.  The festival, known for the extraordinary talent it draws, offers its audience a wide variety of familiar and new artists.  This year’s program will introduce four new faces to the stage. On Week Three, July 14 through 17, cellist Ani Aznavoorian will …

Asheville Symphony Chamber Chorus

The Asheville Symphony Chamber Chorus will present a free concert at Highlands First Presbyterian Church at 4:00 P.M. Sunday, May 7. The Chamber Chorus is conducted by Dr. Michael Lancaster, who also serves as Music Director of the Asheville Symphony Chorus and Director of Worship/Music at Highlands First Presbyterian Church.  It’s a 24-voice advanced choral ensemble, founded by Lancaster in …

PAC Concert Season

The ever-popular Hit Men will return to the Highlands Performing Arts Center for a gala concert Saturday, June 17. The Hit Men will perform at 5:00 P.M. followed by the Gala Dinner at 7:00 P.M. at Highlands Falls Country Club. The group connects with audiences on a level rarely seen by today’s music acts. Their show is like no other …

The Art of Wine

Collective Spirits is an annual three-day fundraising event for The Bascom, which supports free admission to exhibitions year-round, community outreach to children and adults, and scholarships to award financial assistance to students with need. This year, Collective Sprits will be June 8-10 and brings together the contributions of The Bascom’s donors, sponsors, vintners, chefs, and volunteers to support its mission …

A Passion for Painting

The May meeting of the Art League of Highlands-Cashiers will feature South Carolina artist Pauline Marr.   Ms. Marr is a prolific painter who now works mainly in oils and acrylic.  She received a degree in Commercial Art and Advertising Design from Southwestern Community College.  Besides spending a great deal of time in her studio, she also teaches art at …

Life is a Cabaret

As Highlands’ sidewalks begin humming with returning residents and vacationers alike, you’re sure to hear the eternal question, “What is there to do?”   Fortunately, this little town has alot to offer.   Highlands Playhouse has unveiled what is sure to be a sensational 2017 season.  With the of the exhilarating musical “Cabaret,” audiences will be welcomed into The Kit …

Secret Chambers of Magic

We all have secret chambers of magic in our souls.  For four decades fine artist Pauline Marr incubated hers, never even knowing its existence.  Then, without warning she had an epiphany, a makeover on a molecular level.  She was transformed from a strict representational artist to what she calls an abstract-impressionist-realist.  “I woke up one morning, went to my easel, …

Enrich Your World with CLE

You won’t want to miss the May lectures and classes at the Center for Life Enrichment.  Headlines and news feeds constantly feature these two prominent world leaders −  President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.  Dr. Niall Michelsen of Western Carolina University’s Political Science Department will present lectures on both men and the role each plays in today’s tumultuous world.  …

HIstorical Events

It’s true that the Highlands Historical Society’s annual Dahlia Festival isn’t until September but it’s not too early to think about entering.   Not a gardener?  You can support the society by attending any number of exciting events prior to the flower show itself.  This year’s patron party, Denim and Dulcimers, will be held on the campus of Highlands Historical …

Pawsitively Purrfect Party

When you first arrive at the beautiful and exquisite Country Club of Sapphire Valley, you know the night is going to be special.  From the spectacular views on the Mountain Veranda to the elegant dining experience in the Sapphire Room, there is only one thing that could make this party more perfect. Pawsitively Purrfect, as a matter of fact. And …