Journey Back To Joy

No matter where she finds herself, artist Penny Pollock is in the midst of beauty.

Mountain Theatre Company
A Jet-Fueled Valentine: Review of Mountain Theatre Company’s Rock of Ages

Mountain Theatre Company’s Rock of Ages is a jet-fueled (with a splash of Riunite) valentine to the 80s Power Ballad Era, running through August

Chief Holland

Highlands Police Chief Andrea ‘Sissy’ Holland puts a sunny face on a grueling job.

So Much To Talk About

The sisters saw it first – the love between Wendy Strong and Sam Lupas was meant to be. The obstacles vanished with a kiss.

The Sumptuousness of Primary

Season’s Bounty

The Plateau’s two green markets are a celebration of the landscape’s bounty and a tribute to the men and women who make it all possible.

Weekend Concerts

Lace up your dancing shoes – Highlands’ free weekend concerts return next month – Friday nights at Town Square and Saturday evenings at

The Bear & the Bands

The talent’s already lining up for the third incarnation of the Bear Shadow Music Festival, set for April 28-30. For ticketing and more information


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Beautiful Chaos

Does your inner gypsy-rock star long to wear a cluster of freshwater pearls, chained and swaddled in Beautiful Chaos?  She can, you know. All she has to do is attend Smitten’s Third Thursday, October 17, which will feature Kim Cullen’s Beautiful Chaos fine jewelry collection.  Beautiful Chaos showcases unique handmade pendants, bracelets, and an eclectic mix of necklaces that allow women …

Another Successful Art League Year

It hardly seems possible that the Art League’s season is drawing to a close.  It has been a rewarding year with five quality presentations, another successful children’s art camp at the Rec Park and the Summer Colors Fine Art Show in Sapphire.   Membership increased again in 2019, and The Bascom, as always, went out of its way to make …

The Art Screen Scene

The Highlands Performing Arts Center begins the Live via Satellite Series on Friday, October 4, at 5:30 P.M. with the Great Art on Screen documentary “Tintoretto: A Rebel in Venice.” This film fully immerses audiences in the life of the last great artist of the Italian Renaissance. The optional Dinner Discussion will be held at 4118. Seating is limited, so …

Miz Thang’s Creations

Debbie Garner, also known as Miz Thang, is many things – a Georgia native, a retired teacher, a feminist, a music afficianado, and many other wonderful things, but the title we at the gallery most love and associate with her is “self-taught artist.”  Her medium of choice is wood and paint. Miz. Thang’s folky pieces begin when she cuts out …

A Glassy Lady

Terri Johansson is a visual artist and a devoted child of Mother Nature. She and her husband hike, dive, kayak, snorkel, and fish some of the most exquisite natural wonderlands in Florida and North Carolina.  With her artist’s eyes always on ready, she says, “When I am in the wild, I see scenes in glass.”   Why glass, when from …

Capturing a River

You don’t have to travel far from your back doorstep to snap a portfolio full of fabulous images, assuming you have the unique eye of photographer  Peter Ray.  He says, “One of my disciplines is to take a photo every day. In the midst of all the madness in the world, I remind myself that there is beauty all around. …

All God’s Creatures

People are invited to bring all varieties of pets for the annual Blessing of the Animals at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, October 5, to The Village Green Commons on Frank Allen Road in Cashiers.  Gather on the lawn for a parade of animals, prayers, music and celebration of all of God’s creatures. Over the years, local ministers have blessed a menagerie …

On the Half Shell

Join the Highlands Biological Foundation for a Cajun celebration on Sunday, October 6, – Highlands on the Half-Shell in the meadow behind the Nature Center.   This annual fall event supports the Highlands Biological Foundation. The bayou comes to the mountains with a feast of oysters, gumbo, and other Louisiana delicacies under the canopy of Highlands’ autumn flame-colored leaves.   …

Showcasing Local Art Talent

The Town of Highlands celebrates its annual Highlands Arts and Crafts Show on Saturday, October 12, from 9:00 A. M. until 4:00 P.M. at the Highlands Civic Center at 600 North Fourth Street.   Admission and parking to this event are free.  From its ever-so-humble beginnings nearly 40 years ago when The Highlands Woman’s Club envisioned it as a way …

Goblins on the green

Make plans to celebrate a frightfully fun Halloween at The Village Green in Cashiers.    Goblins In the Green will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 P.M. Friday, October 25. Dress up in your favorite silly or scary costume and come to The Village Green Commons on Frank Allen Road. Some ghoulish guests will join the resident spiders and …

Cuteness Overload

Is there anything cuter than dogs dressed up for Halloween?  Okay, children in costume, yes.  But what about both? For a cuteness overload, head to Sky Valley, Georgia, for their Sixth Annual Sky Valley Fallfest, Saturday, October 19, from 10:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. Join the fun and enjoy hayrides, arts and crafts, live music, and the popular costume contest …

Fall Leaf Show

With the arrival of the annual Fall Leaf Show, you’re seeing the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau at its best.  The bold colors carpeting the mountains around us suggest a quilting bee that shared a pot of peyote tea and then went to work, finally tossing their finished product over an unmade bed. The display is breathtaking in its richness and randomness, kaleidoscopic …