Visit Highlands, NC Awards Grants to Two Local Organizations

Visit Highlands, NC today announced its latest round of grants totaling $18,000 to support two local nonprofit organizations.

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Visit Highlands, NC Awards Grants to Two Local Organizations

Visit Highlands, NC today announced its latest round of grants totaling $18,000 to support two local nonprofit organizations.

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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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Art League’s Small Works Show

Time finally ran out.  The Art League of Highlands-Cashiers held open the hope that it could still sponsor the annual Fall Colors Fine Art Show the third weekend of October at the Highlands Rec Park.   But, alas, it fell victim to the hated Covid-19 virus.  At its August 31 meeting, the ALHC Board decided to cancel the 2020 event …

A Story of Redemption | Author Deena Bouknight

Deena Bouknight’s second novel, Playing Guy offers a distinctively humanistic Southern fable – a tale told with irony and pathos, it’s a story of redemption.  The novel has some of the heightened quality that has come to be known as Southern Gothic, and the notion of the South as a place where paradoxes prevail – a Christian tale where much …

A Darn Good Yarn | Artist Mary Catherine English

Mary Catherine English says she’s a Late Bloomer. Most folks say she’s anything but.    At 50, Cathy reinvented herself, going back to college to get a teaching degree. After graduation, she taught eighth and ninth grades until retirement (seven years ago). Still teaching driving, she’s hardly retired, but she’s just one of those energetic folks who can’t not be …


A Bundle of Make Nice | Artist Maggie Baxter Dearth

When Maggie Baxter Dearths’s hand, head, and heart get together, art’s about to happen. And they get together in her Scaly Mountain studio just about every day. Maggie moved here from Athens, Georgia a year ago with her new hubby, Timothy Dearth, an area native. She fits right in with the environment, the people, and the cultural opportunities … when …

A Welcomed Addition | Turtlehead

Chelone is a genus of four species and has several nicknames beside Turtlehead. She has also been known as Balmony, Bitter Herb, Fish Mouth, Snakehead and more, but enough of the name calling.  Rumor has it, name calling is what caused her to have a name at all.  Waaaayyyy back in the day, during the other world known as the …

Trees’ Time to Winterize | Highlands Biological Station

From the Smokies to Satulah, autumn is coming, and the Highlands Biological Foundation is gearing up for our next virtual program where we’ll explore why the greenery draping across our mountains will soon change in a wave of brilliant color. What we enjoy as a spectacular display is actually a tree winterizing itself. Rather than risk frozen, damaged leaves or …


Shadow of the Bear | Whiteside Mountain

This month brings a quiet frenzy among the creatures of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau.  Foxes extend their territory to get a little fatter before the onset of winter. Squirrels get even squirrel-ier as they cache away the mast crop. And the little brown bats that shadow our evening skies put on an even more dynamic aerobatic show as they gorge on …

Eastern Phoebe | Highlands Plateau Audubon Society

A member of the flycatcher family, this songbird is about the size of a Titmouse, with a dark head, white breast and belly, and dark gray-brown wings. The Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) calls its name in a raspy voice. Compared to the slower, two-part call of the Chickadee, this “fee-bee” is fast, scratchy and less flute-like.  Phoebes are a largely migratory …

The Beauty of Fall on the Highlands Cashiers Plateau

Our four seasons give life a slow rhythm. In forest, mountain and field there is an annual cycle of renewal in the upstart spring, glory in the summer flower, spectacular autumn colors and total winter whiteouts. The slow pace is part of the beauty of this yearly procession. October brings the full blush of fall. Our attention is summoned by …


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 …