Mountain Theatre Company’s The Rocky Horror Show,
Brad, Janet and Rocky

Ooh, it’s spooky and packed with flash and glitter! It’s got to be Mountain Theatre Company’s The Rocky Horror Show, October 6 through

Cover Artist: The View Through Rosemary’s Eyes

Cover Artist Rosemary Stiefel sees the world with different eyes – and it’s made all the difference. For proof, just look closely at these

Journey Back To Joy

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

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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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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, …

Garden Lovers Rejoice

The emerald green that carpets the summits and coves of this corner of Western North Carolina represents a series of unique botanical ecosystems. Many of these systems are under threat from development and human encroachment. That’s why the Southern Highlands Reserve is so vital to the health of native plant and animal communities.  Located at the peak of Toxaway Mountain …

All Eyes Focus on Hocus Pocus

Though the temperature of Highlands Rec Park Pool is kept a balmy 82 degrees, you’d be forgiven if you find it a little bit chilly on Friday, October 4. That’s because they’ll be screening “Hocus Pocus” for its Dive-In Movie.  It’s a feel-good Halloween film from the Walt Disney Company. It involves a trio of witches (Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, …

Leaf Through Your library

Now that we’ve arrived in this most glorious month on the calendar, it’s time to survey all of the possibilities afforded by the season.  That’s when the surprisingly deep resources of Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library come into play. Naturally, the standout attraction for locals and visitors alike is the astonishing foliage display everywhere you look. But there’s so much more …

Instilling the Library 4 Kids

Instilling the love of reading is one of the most rewarding things about parenting. It starts young and as they grow, there are lots of ways to foster their curiosity. Thanks to a grant from the Highlands Community Fund and funding provided by the Hudson Library Board of Trustees, our local library has continued to add features to entice young …

All Hallow’s Eve

Halloween, it’s not just for kids anymore, but it’s a night of fun for all ages, thanks to the Downtown Highlands Halloween celebration.  This annual event, sponsored by the Highlands Chamber of Commerce, will be held on Thursday, October 31, at 6:00 P.M., and offers fun for everyone. This unique celebration offers us the chance to join all of our …

Icons of Flight & Beauty

Have you ever watched a bird make graceful circles high in the sky and thought, “If only I could do that?”  Chances are you were admiring the effortless flight of true masters of the sky, the group of agile and powerful avian hunters known as raptors. These magnificent birds will be featured during “Raptor Encounter: Getting to Know the Masters …