COVID tests available at Hudson Library

Hudson Library now has free at-home COVID-19 rapid tests available. These are antigen tests that provide results in 15 minutes. Drop by the library

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First Responders Cup Golf Tournament at Burlingame Country Club

Under bright, sunny skies in Sapphire the First Responders Cup golf tournament brought in more than $30,000 from donors and sponsors to benefit

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Taking His Turn

For Madison Minus, the artistry lies in revealing the beauty and mystery embedded within a block of wood.

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Lifting Each Other Up

Despite years and hundreds of miles apart, the deep love between Mary and Steve Abranyi would not be contained.

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The Place I Call Home

Cover Artist Penny Pollock’s entire life has been a sequence of inspiration and discoveries.

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Heritage & History-Rich Highlands, NC

An unlikely confluence of natural treasures, events, and quirky personalities created the endlessly surprising Highlands community that continues

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Reflecting on the Past 20 Years
Carpe Diem Farms

Though her attention is clearly focused on the busy year ahead, Sue takes a few moments to cast her gaze to the early days of this magazine and

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The Heart & Start of it

For Delaine and Steve Mehder, their differences have somehow led to an abiding complementary love that will not be denied.

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20 Years of Art

“To say that The Laurel Magazine is an instrumental influence to our arts community would be a huge understatement. They feature art on each

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Award-Winning Dining at Greystone Inn

The Greystone Inn’s Lakeside Dining Room has earned international honors with Opentable.com’s Diner’s Choice Award. To evaluate the wisdom

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Wine, Women & Song at Oak Restaurant

“A Jug of Wine, A Loaf of Bread and Thou” – somehow the 11th century’s Omar Khayyam predicted the vibrant spirit of Bear Shadow’s Wine,

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Get Your Fix
Sapphire, NC

The Fix Restaurant, Bar & Lounge, located at 3093 US 64 East in Sapphire, arrives in this quiet community as an exclamation point for food and

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It’s Brunch Time: Oak Steakhouse Highlands

The arrival of Brunch at Oak Steakhouse at Skyline Lodge is a cause for celebration. Reservations are a must – (828) 482-4720.

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Branching Out: The Art of Dave Ferrell

Dave Ferrell’s chainsaw wizardry draws magical figures from ordinary blocks of wood.

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Woman with an Ibis: Cover Artist, Mase Lucas

Take a closer look at the artistry and profound mystery embedded within our Mase Lucas covers.

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Garden Club Plant Sale
Highlands, NC

Just in time for Plateau Planting, the Highlands Mountain Garden Club’s beloved Annual Plant Sale returns to the Town Ball Field on Saturday,

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Marketplace Magic on Saturdays in Highlands

With Covid restrictions fading into the rearview mirror, Highlands Marketplace is a dazzling showcase for local farmers and artisans, Saturdays

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A River Runs Through it : Three River Fly Fly Fishing

The Three River Fly Fishing Festival, set for April 21-23, offers plenty of challenges for both veteran anglers and clever novices of all ages.

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Bear Shadow Music Festival: Highlands NC

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And Kentucky Makes 8: Cashiers Highlands Humane Society

Six very lucky dogs get a new leash on life thanks to the gentle ministrations of the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society.

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Cover-Worthy Winters: Annual Cover Winter Photo Contest

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Daytime Experiences at Bear Shadow: Highlands NC

Bear Shadow, slated for April 29 through May 1, sets the tone for a busy Plateau Season with an unforgettable series of daytime experiences.

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The Laurel turns 20

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October Fishing on the Highlands Cashiers Plateau

Anglers in Western North Carolina look forward to the month of October like a kid counts the days until Christmas.  October provides some of the best conditions for trout fishing that anyone could ask for. The temperature of the air will cool down and so will the water temp in midday. This will mean more active trout in the rivers …

A Turtle’s Life on the Highlands Cashiers Plateau

There are several species of turtles that make the Plateau their home, the most common are Snapping and Box Turtles. Other species include Painted Turtles that are found in a few local areas, and Bog Turtles that are rare and federally threatened, said Kyle Pursel, Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust Stewardship Coordinator. “The rivers off the Plateau have other turtle species, but …

Angel Food Cake Day | Cashiers Historical Society

Cashiers Historical Society invites everyone to join them in celebrating National Angel Food Cake Day on October 10 from 11:00 A.M. until 3:00 P.M. at the pavilion on the grounds of the historic Zachary-Tolbert House. Who doesn’t love to enjoy a holiday celebrating cake? National Angel Food Cake Day celebrates the delicious, light and fluffy cake and is celebrated annually …


Kinnebrew’s Ballads | Orchard Sessions

On November 5, Singer-Songwriter Mike Kinnebrew will return to The Farm at Old Edwards to perform at the Orchard Sessions.   Kinnebrew grew up in Atlanta in the 1980s.  By his late teens, he knew his future was not academics, and that music was something he could call his own.  He started playing in joints around Buckhead,  covering the tunes …

Learn More Do Better | The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center

Organizers say that the program will enable participants to:​ Learn how to Be More. Learn More. Do Better; Do better both as an individual white person, and as a member of the white racial group in America; Learn how to do more to become an anti-racist (versus a non-racist) The series will be led by Dr. Rita Brodnax. Dr. Brodnax …

Canned Food Drive – Fishes and Loaves Food Pantry

Fishes & Loaves Food Pantry in Cashiers, an emergency food pantry, works year-round to help meet some of the dietary requirements of individuals and families in need throughout the community. Nearly one in five people in Jackson and Macon counties fall below the poverty line.  Though Fishes & Loaves would normally participate in the Empty Bowls Project, held around the …


A Deeply Southern Novel – Hudson Library

Author talks scheduled throughout the summer at local libraries were sidelined because of the pandemic, but a few are scheduled for the fall due to easing restrictions.  One of those is at Hudson Library on October 21 at 2:00 P.M. Award-winning author Susan Zurenda will share insights regarding her novel, Bells for Eli (published March 2 by Mercer University Press).  …

Make a Run For It – Twilight Runs

Highlands Mayor Patrick Taylor has been a competitor in the annual Highlands Twilight Race since its inception eight years ago.  Mayor Taylor pointed out that although the race has had to adjust to the pandemic, he and many other local and out-of-town runners look forward to its challenging but beautiful course.  The Twilight takes place November 28 and will start …

Virtual Book Club: Highlands Biological Station

Highlands Biological Foundation is launching a Virtual Book Club with an examination and discussion of Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. The Foundation Book Club will meet weekly via Zoom Meetings, accessible both through a device or over the phone. No in-person meetings will be held. At each meeting, a leader will facilitate discussion about …


Your Need to Read | The Bookworm

Welcome to our little bookstore!  Affiliated with the Hudson Library, the Bookworm has been welcoming and serving the Highlands community and its visitors from as early as 1995.   Originally, the Bookworm opened with one room at the Peggy Crosby Center, then grew to four rooms at the Peggy Crosby Center, and in 2014 moved to its current location at …

Autumn Fest at Old Edwards

A great conundrum of the pandemic is that while it has restricted travel abroad and even in places in the U.S.,  one of the psychological effects has been the strong desire to be elsewhere.   Surely it’s true that now both the need for refuge and the beguilements of a bucolic setting closer to home have never seemed stronger.   The …

Always Fresh, Always Local | Locally Grown on The Green

Choose the food less traveled at Locally Grown On the Green, Cashiers’ farm-stand market for local growers. The market is “producer only,” meaning that the vendor must be the grower or producer of all the products they sell. Vendors must produce within a 125-mile radius of Cashiers.  That means that the season for each fruit and vegetable is longer. Shopping …