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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Daughter of the Dawn

If you’ve spent any time on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, you’ve encountered Avary Hack Doubleday, even if you’ve never noticed it.  She’s served on boards for charitable organizations, she’s been a force in the cultural scene, and if there’s a worthy cause that needs wise counsel and energy and an indefatigable spirit, well, she’s probably somewhere in the mix. All of …

Question of The Day

I play Question of the Day with Alexa.  I know. Nerd-a-rama.  But it lulls me into believing it’s actually helping me stave off senility.  That reminds me of a joke: You know the best part about Alzheimer’s? You make new friends every day.  Now, what were we talking about?  Oh, yeah … today’s question … Which first lady had the White …

Luxury Rises out of the Forest

Sometimes someone’s misfortune can become someone else’s fortune.    Such is the case with the Big Buck Lodge. When the original owner started building this mountain mansion it was so he and his wife could escape the summer heat of Fort Lauderdale. It took almost three years to build with the finest materials, exceptional craftsmanship and the prettiest millwork I’ve …

Woodsby, Your Famous Neighbor

It’s hard to imagine what life would be like without the entrepreneurial ingenuity of men such as Henry Ford and Walt Disney. The convenience and culture that we enjoy today began as nothing more than an idea and a desire to improve.   These men may have shaped the automotive and entertainment industries, another man shaped the restaurant industry. His …

Ambitious Renovation

I don’t suppose it’s a coincidence that on my way up to Caribou House in Cullowhee that a pair of otters galumphed  across the road to splash into Lake Glenville, absolutely unaware of the car screeching to a stop five feet in front of them. It turns out that Caribou House embodies that sense of carefree frolic.  Owner Rose Mary Achey …

Big Wheel Keep on Turnin’

If you know Diane McPhail, you know that everything about her is extraordinary…there’s nothing run-of-the-mill.  Well, maybe one thing. She lives in a mill, a restored/converted mill house, complete with waterwheel and grinding stone. In its heyday, that mill crushed dried corn into meal, which provided many a johnnycake to our Plateau predecessors. The mill’s power, the Cullasaja, runs right …

Cancer, Cure or prevent?

Just the thought of cancer can be daunting. We’re surrounded by news of cancer or overwhelmed by our own personal confrontations with it – whether it is yourself, a family member, or what is constantly reported in the media – it is everywhere!  Cancer is a menace to our health, but most people are looking for a cure after the …

Homemade Ketchup

Ketchup is loaded with fructose; it also has high-fructose corn syrup and is high in sodium. It contains vinegar, which creates an acidic environment in the body – unfortunately,  most diseases thrive in an acidic environment.  Ketchup has lycopene-containing tomatoes, which should be great news, but the amounts of lycopene found in commercially manufactured ketchup are very small.  On the …

The Essential Breath

Have you ever kept a pace in your life that only seemed to get faster, while at the same time you felt more worn down than ever?  In traditional Eastern Philosophy, a person is thought to be born with only a certain number of breaths to spend in a lifetime.  So why waste them? Whether we pant throughout a busy …

Antibiotics: Back on Track

Antibiotics are powerful medicines and critical tools used to treat a number of common and serious infections.   Just as with any type of medication, proper instruction and usage is essential for effectiveness. It’s important to remember that everyone can help improve antibiotic prescribing and use, starting with understanding a few important key concepts.   First, antibiotics cure bacterial infections, …

Mountain Heritage Lecture Series

This summer, you might want to add Cashiers Historical Society’s lecture series to your “To Do List.”    After  the interest and success of Year One, CHS has added a second year of the Mountain Heritage Lecture Series.   And if you missed the first lecture featuring Dr. Will Peebles of Western Carolina University, you can mark your calendar for …

How Cashiers Got Its Name

For 120 years, folksy tales have taken over to explain how Cashiers got its name.  Was it named for a prized bull? Supposedly the bull belonged to Wade Hampton III, but Hampton did not purchase land in Cashiers until 1855, and the name was chosen in 1839. Even Judge Felix Alley, from Whiteside Cove, did not know how Cashiers got …