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Chop Wood, Tote Water, Love Horses
Carpe Diem Farms

Somehow, keeping all those horses healthy and happy becomes even more complicated in the winter.

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Delicious Food, Drinks & Ambiance
Hummingbird Lounge

In a move that’ll tilt the Plateau’s culinary landscape, Hummingbird Lounge has expanded its offerings into lunch and dinner settings. It’s

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Pairing Valentines and Wines

As yet another holiday approaches – Valentine’s Day this time – thoughts again turn to wine.  Two categories come to mind – dry sparkling

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A Chilly Night For Chiles
Los Vaqueros
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What Stops Me in My Tracks

For Susie deVille, unlocking the mind’s power of creativity is essential to finding success in business and happiness in life.

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Take a Spin on a Tube
Highlands Outpost

Highlands Outpost in Scaly Mountain has the tonic for whatever wintertime blahs you’re trudging through – snow, speed, and a sharp burst

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Share the Seasonal Beauty
Laurel's Winter Photo Cover Contest

We all know that the concept of Winter Wonderland applies to The Plateau all winter long.   After the holiday lights are gone, the stark beauty

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Icy Business
Ice Skating in Highlands

It’s a winter activity, it’s a party – the Highlands Ice Rink delivers a splash of cold weather excitement, served up with a dash of old

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Music to Muse By
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Sharing the same spirit as our Black Bears coming out of hibernation, Bear Shadow Music Festival returns to the Plateau’s cultural calendar

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Snow Fest at 4118
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Oh, the Weather Outside Might be Frightful, But…Snow Fest 4118 adds an element of fun and excitement. It’ll be staged Saturday and Sunday,

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Seasonal Beauty Beacons

Winter beauty surrounds us on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau.

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Simply The Best

EVENT CANCELLED. Before I was an antiques dealer (Mirror Lake Antiques), I taught chemistry.  As a scientist I always hated it when people used superlatives, especially in advertising. Calling something “the finest,” “the best,” “the greatest” has always bothered me because I was taught, “there are no absolutes in science.”  That said, I am about to break my own rule: …

The Art League of Highlands-Cashiers

The Art League of Highlands-Cashiers kicks off its 2020 season at 4:30 P.M., May 18, in The Bascom atrium with a wine reception.  At 5:00 P.M., botanical artist Carol Misner will give a presentation of her work. Ms. Misner, a former math professor, began her professional art career nearly two decades ago in Birmingham, Alabama.  A friend who’s an interior …

Stay Connected To The Arts

As we all manage our way through the next bit of time, stay connected to the Arts with help from the Highlands Performing Arts Center.    Many arts organizations and individual artists are streaming encore performances and live concerts.  There are live jazz concerts from Harlem and New Orleans – The MET Opera is streaming encore performances of your favorite …


Whisper of the Divine

Wherever Debbie Delany steps, it seems she’s surrounded by flowers.  She’s the walking center of a lifetime bouquet. It’s no wonder. The sweet sap that runs in garden stems and limbs also runs in the blood of her family tree. Her great aunt painted flowers and botanicals on canvas, miniature to larger-than-life. Other family members were exquisite gardeners, and some, …

Life’s Visual Commentary

Chelsea Cronkrite is not only a talented photographer, she thinks deeply and speaks intelligently about her passion. Like most gifted photographers Chelsea came to a crossroads early in her career. She deliberated, “Shall I go left, down the Fine Artist’s Path or follow the right, the Commercial Artist’s Calling?”  Both careers are worthy. Both have their challenges. They even overlap …

Art for a Cause

EVENT CANCELLED. For 13 years, Cashiers residents and visitors alike, as well as people from surrounding areas, have looked forward to some good old fashioned philanthropy via a good old fashioned arts and crafts event.  Twice a year, in May and in September, the Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley transforms The Village Green in Cashiers into a living, breathing art …


We Have the Curtains Cued

The show must go on, and so it has for centuries in theaters across the United States and all around the world . . .until covid-19 struck. This is the first time ever that the Highlands Playhouse has been forced to cancel a season in its 82-year chronicle of sensational summer theater. HP’s Board of Directors, Managing Director, and new …

Seek Online and Ye Shall Find

Whether this issue of The Laurel finds the world “back to normal” or still in the throes of covid-19, Hudson Library in Highlands always offers a multitude of online resources. So, whether housebound for safety reasons or sheltering inside from dreary weather, there’s always ample opportunity to expand horizons, catch up on news and culture, and even learn a new …

Pottery Lovers, Rejoice

EVENT CANCEL: Pottery lovers, mark your calendars for the annual Pots on the Green Ceramic Art Show and Demonstrations, held on Friday evening, June 26, from 5:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. and on Saturday, June 27, from 10:00 A.M. until 9:00 P.M. at the Village Green in Cashiers at the new Commons Hall. This two-day event celebrates the rich pottery …


Car Culture Celebration

Cuban food, exotic automobiles, and a celebrity car culture guest is the synergy for June’s Welcome Soirée, which is the 2020 Highlands Motoring Festival’s gala event.  According to HMF Co-Chair Steve Ham, Bill Warner, founder of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, will speak at the Soiree. Warner, a lifelong racer, automotive photographer, and all around “gearhead” will share about the book Cuba’s …

A Park for The People

For more than 25 years,  The Village Green has enhanced lives and the lifestyle of the Cashiers area.  From the beginning, The Village Green was designed for this purpose: To be a park for the people. Today this has never been more true. The Village Green is here for you with its wide-open spaces and many therapeutic benefits. In the …

Memorial Day: Past & Present

Many people recognize Memorial Day as a time to reflect on lost loved ones, a weekend of spring barbecues and picnics, and/or a long weekend away from work, school, and other responsibilities. Yet few know that Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day due to the Gullah Geechee (enslaved East Coast African Americans) early tradition of decorating graves with flowers, …