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Seek Online and Ye Shall Find

Whether this issue of The Laurel finds the world “back to normal” or still in the throes of covid-19, Hudson Library in Highlands always offers a multitude of online resources. So, whether housebound for safety reasons or sheltering inside from dreary weather, there’s always ample opportunity to expand horizons, catch up on news and culture, and even learn a new …

Pottery Lovers, Rejoice

EVENT CANCEL: Pottery lovers, mark your calendars for the annual Pots on the Green Ceramic Art Show and Demonstrations, held on Friday evening, June 26, from 5:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. and on Saturday, June 27, from 10:00 A.M. until 9:00 P.M. at the Village Green in Cashiers at the new Commons Hall. This two-day event celebrates the rich pottery …

Car Culture Celebration

Cuban food, exotic automobiles, and a celebrity car culture guest is the synergy for June’s Welcome Soirée, which is the 2020 Highlands Motoring Festival’s gala event.  According to HMF Co-Chair Steve Ham, Bill Warner, founder of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, will speak at the Soiree. Warner, a lifelong racer, automotive photographer, and all around “gearhead” will share about the book Cuba’s …


A Park for The People

For more than 25 years,  The Village Green has enhanced lives and the lifestyle of the Cashiers area.  From the beginning, The Village Green was designed for this purpose: To be a park for the people. Today this has never been more true. The Village Green is here for you with its wide-open spaces and many therapeutic benefits. In the …

Memorial Day: Past & Present

Many people recognize Memorial Day as a time to reflect on lost loved ones, a weekend of spring barbecues and picnics, and/or a long weekend away from work, school, and other responsibilities. Yet few know that Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day due to the Gullah Geechee (enslaved East Coast African Americans) early tradition of decorating graves with flowers, …

Free and Fun Online Opportunities

Serenity Richards, branch librarian at Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library, saw an uptick in online activity in March and April. However, tapping into online library resources is not just a good idea during times of illness or weather-necessitated quarantines, but anytime. Explains Richards, “Our electronic resources can be found on our website under the eLibrary tab. We offer the standard eBooks, …


Look To The Future

Everyone, and that means everyone – residents and wistful seasonal guests and those just looking for an escape from the madding crowd – is looking forward to the time when life on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau can return to something resembling normalcy. Highlands Chamber of Commerce has begun thinking about the possibilities, and the steps that’ll have to be taken to …

What Daffodils Teach Us

In the fall of 2019, Cashiers Area businesses surrounding the Crossroads were busy planting more than 1,500 daffodil bulbs in roadside beds. The Cashiers Area Chamber’s Retail Roundtable organized the purchase, courtesy of Dargan Landscape Architects, and installation of the multitude of flowers to create a dramatic visual cue when they bloom that spring is arriving in the mountains. Here …

Living & Loving Here

The Highlands Chamber of Commerce is a firm believer in the best place to live is the best place to visit. Just ask the hundreds of residents, full- and part-time, who claim Highlands as home. They don’t just live here; they love here. And what’s not to love? The scenery will take your breath away. Day-to-day, often minute-to-minute, vistas shift …


Nantahala Health Foundation

A new nonprofit created to support regional efforts to eliminate barriers to health has set up its headquarters in Franklin, appointed an experienced executive director and advancement officer, and moved ahead with an initial grant cycle.  Nantahala Health Foundation, which celebrated its first anniversary in February, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit serving as a catalyst for innovation and collaboration addressing the social …

The Way Animals Are Treated

The Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society’s no-kill shelter remains open to the public but in consideration of the guidelines issued by national, state and local authorities, for (what we hope is a brief and yet) the foreseeable future, visits to our shelter will be by appointment only.  This will allow us to serve you under the safest possible conditions. For adoptions, donations, …

Wishes Change Lives

Local resident Lisa Mullins made her first hike benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation in 2014, raising over $2,800.   That hike changed her life, as she spent the whole weekend meeting Make-A-Wish children and families. She heard first-hand how wishes granted changed the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions . A wish come true empowers children to fight harder against …