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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The Pickle Lady

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.  A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked. If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?  I can tell you: in my shopping bag from Highlands Marketplace. The art of pickling and canning may be a lost art to some, but to …

Scholarship Links

Each year the Town of Highlands, together with the support of local business sponsors, hosts the annual Town of Highlands Scholarship Fund Golf Classic.   This year’s tournament, held on Thursday, October 17, is being hosted again at the beautiful Wildcat Cliffs Country Club.  Now in its 44th year, this tournament is the Scholarship Fund’s largest fundraiser of the year, …

Highlands Spooktacular

Parents and Grandparents, listen up! Don’t wait until October 30 to get those Halloween costumes ready, your deadline is Thursday, October 24. It’s time again for the Highlands Spooktacular, a free event offered by the Town of Highlands. During my children’s formative years I remember them parading around the school gym in costume and it was always something they looked …

Southern Shamrock

Local raconteur Lee Lyons has turned her formidable storytelling talents to create a new novel, her first – “Southern Shamrock.” If you’ve lived on the Plateau for any length of time, you know Lee. She’s performed with the Highlands-Cashiers Players and presented her stories in monologues and spoken word performances throughout the twin communities. Her voice is big and clearly …

Wreaths Across America Day

Whether they stormed the beaches of Normandy, fought in the jungles of Vietnam, or battled in the sands of Iraq or the mountains of Afghanistan, our brave men and women in uniform have always put our country first.  Saturday, December 14, is National Wreaths Across America Day, with this year’s theme being “Everyone Plays a Part.” This is a wreath-laying …

Making & Filling Empty Bowls

As we near the season of giving, the weather is cool, the leaves are changing, and you may be planning your holiday gatherings. Before you go any further, please consider what winter on the Plateau means for some. As businesses curtail hours and clubs take a winter’s break, where do those employees find work; and what about the people who …

Literacy Council’s CORE Reasons

Do you remember the first time you successfully hung the ring on the hook playing the Ringmaster Bimini game?  You probably practiced and practiced and practiced and then one day – Nailed it!  That feeling was elation and pride…and the desire to do it again and again.  That’s probably the feeling you got when you first started to read and …

Festival for kids

When you were growing up did your school have a fall festival?  I know mine did and I still have fond memories of helping my mom prepare the icky food items for the haunted house. You know, peeled grapes for eyeballs, spaghetti noodles for worms…well, you get the point. Every year Highlands School PTO holds a Fall Festival and this …

Main Street’s Punkin’ Patch

You don’t have to travel far this year to find a pumpkin patch; there’s one right here on Main Street, Highlands.  Thanks to the Highlands United Methodist Church, the lawn will be spread with pumpkins of all shapes and sizes on Saturday, October 5. It’s time for the annual Pumpkin Fest, a  project that supports the youth programs at HUMC, …

The Bascom

With the turning of the leaves, The Bascom: A Center For The Visual Arts announces two enriching, new exhibitions for residents and guests of the Plateau.  In the Bunzl Gallery from September 28 through January 6, The Bascom presents “Best of The West.” This exhibition aims to bring a light survey of art from and of the American West, showcasing …

Nature’s Palette at Cashiers Valley

Thousands of “leaf lookers” travel through the Cashiers area every October to enjoy the wonderful hues of red, orange and yellow as the trees turn their Autumn colors.   Stroll the pathways of The Village Green with the changing foliage and last dahlia blooms.  To celebrate the arrival of the fall season, The Village Green presents the 11th Annual Cashiers …

25 Years in the Making

Twenty-five years is a long time for anything. To stay in business that long in our rapidly changing world is quite a feat. As The Plateau continues to grow and evolve, Zoller Hardware Gift & Gadget Mercantile is celebrating its Silver Anniversary of being a staple in Cashiers Valley.   Opened in 1994 by Florida natives Jim and Paula Zoller, …