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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Fireworks Extravaganza On the Green

Fireworks are a quintessential American celebration of Independence Day. In Cashiers, The Village Green presents the annual “Fireworks Extravaganza on the Green” beginning at 6:30 P.M. Friday, July 5, at The Village Green Commons. Residents and visitors to the area are invited to dine, play and dance the night away.  The spectacular evening entertainment features a concert by the rhythm …

Rise and Shine Fundraiser

Highlands is beyond blessed with the myriad of nonprofits that support our community.  Life on the Plateau wouldn’t be the same without the generous support of groups like Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Literacy Council of Highlands and the Highlands Cashiers Land Trust. The services of these and other local nonprofits are invaluable, but they too require support through funding.  …

Bring your Feet & Feel the Beat

July is one of the busiest months in Highlands and there are so many opportunities for fun that it’s sometimes hard to pace yourself. One thing you’ll want to make time for is one of the live music concerts under the stars on Friday and Saturday nights.  Friday Night Live concerts take place at Highlands Town Square from 6:00 until …

July at Dovecote

This is time for Dargan Landscape Architects/Dovecote Barn to shine as the Plateau’s unique mix of sun and rain means everything is green and in full bloom. Landscape architect Hugh Dargan brings his unmistakable wit and artistic flair to a Floral Design Workshop at 10:00 A.M. Friday, July 12, at Dovecote Barn (35 Flashpoint Drive in Cashiers). Hugh will show …

Cashiers Benefit Antique Show

The 43rd edition of the Cashiers Benefit Antique Show, the largest antique show on the Plateau, will be staged at Blue Ridge School, Friday, July 19, through Sunday, July 21. An astonishing 60 vendors from the United States and Great Britain will be showing their wares.   But what makes this show so successful is its emphasis on inclusivity,  offering …

For the Sheer Joy of It

One of the highlights of this summer in Cashiers is the Joy Garden Tour benefiting The Village Green, July 17-21.  Tour Chair Bev Seinsheimer selected the theme “Garden and ‘Bee’ Happy.”  “Our hope is to make you aware of how important bee preservation has become, how fragile their environment is, the flowers that attract them, and how all of this …

Happening at the Hudson

With Summer in full session, Hudson Library maintains its position as Highlands’ easy antidote to creeping boredom and general listlessness. For children, consider the richness of this calendar: At 10:40 A.M. Thursdays, the library hosts Storytime, which features a fun tale, music, movement, and maybe even a simple lesson. These sessions are perfect for children ages 3 to 5, although …

Double Your Artistic Pleasure

As the summer months roll in, The Bascom: A Center For The Visual Arts announces the opening of two new exhibitions, promising exciting and intriguing visual experiences for returning residents and guests of the Plateau.  In the main floor Bunzl Gallery, ”High Art of The Lowcountry” is the first in a multiyear series for The Bascom highlighting states throughout the Southeast, and …

Safety Symposium

Cashiers Cares will host Tallahassee (Florida) Sheriff Ken Katsaris, a nationally-known criminal law instructor, author, police litigator and educational speaker, at The Orchard Restaurant Barn on Thursday, July 25, from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. In 1966 Katsaris was tapped to set up the first Criminal Justice Education Program at Tallahassee Community College. He then sent many students on to Florida …

Activities at The Library

If you’re one of those parents or grandparents who worries that the kids are spending their summer in front of the television or lost in a screen, Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library has a set of easy solutions.   In fact, all of the solutions involve learning, but they’re so much fun that kids won’t even be aware that there’s an element …

Ice Cream & All That Jazz

The Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival will present a free Children’s/Family Concert, “Just Jazzin’ Around” featuring The Gary Motley Trio, at 3:00 P.M. Thursday, July 25, at First Presbyterian Church on Main Street in Highlands.      The concert will be followed by an Ice Cream Social in the church’s Coleman Hall, sponsored by Kilwin’s of Highlands. Everyone is welcome to attend.  …

Highlands marketplace

When you consider the history of Highlands, you always come back to the story, perhaps apocryphal, about Messrs. Kelsey and Hutchinson pulling out a map and drawing a line from New York to New Orleans and then bisecting that line with one linking Savannah and Chicago. The point where those two lines met, they reasoned, would be a terrific spot …