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.

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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Dine for Charity

For the 13th season, Lakeside is once again celebrating Evenings at Lakeside, when Wednesday evenings are set aside for area nonprofits to join them in raising money and awareness for their causes.   Interested nonprofits should contact Lakeside at (828) 526-9419 to select an available date. The nonprofits are then responsible for marketing their evenings and encouraging their supporters to …

Bella’s Junction Cafe

I usually accept these restaurant assignments with a certain amount of reserve.  I know that sounds strange, because I’ve posited in these pages that this tiny Plateau has, per capita, the finest assemblage of eating establishments in the Western Hemisphere. Think of it, everything from little mom-and-pop diners to elegant four-star experiences, they’re all offered up with pride and their own …

The Art of Landmarks

A beautiful pen and watercolor drawing of the historic Cornucopia Restaurant in Cashiers is this month’s Betsy Paul Properties Art Raffle to benefit the Cashiers-Glenville Fire Department. This portrait of the local landmark is the creation of Scaly Mountain artist Maggie Baxter Dearth.  She’s also created a striking painting of The Village Green Pavilion. Look closely, and you can sense the …

HCP’s 25th Season

In July of 1995, Sara Mayer, Carol Lucas, Jerri Talley, Jean Morris and April Hershey each gave $100 to begin a community theater group in Highlands, the Highlands Community Players was born. That first season they chose three plays – “Steel Magnolias,” “Dearly Departed,” and “A Thurber Carnival.” As a nod of appreciation to their founders, the Highlands-Cashiers Players’ 25th …

The Interlude Concert Series

The Interlude Concert Series, which is sponsored by Highlands First Presbyterian Church, continues with a great lineup for August. All concerts are on Wednesdays at 2:00 P.M. at First Presbyterian Church.   Featured on Aug. 7 will be the Land of the Sky Chorus. The Land of the Sky Chorus is the performance name of the Asheville Chapter of the …

Bel Canto’s Incredible Talents

In addition to the four singers on stage in Bel Canto we have two other people who are mainstays of each and every Bel Canto performance.  First, our “Orchestra,” the eminitely talented pianist, conductor, teacher and accompanist, Dr. Stephen Dubberly, and our Artistic Advisor, Stella Zambalis, who performs in some of the major opera companies (including the Metropolitan Opera in …

Listen to Your Art

What could be better than enjoying the beautiful mountain scenery and rivers of the Highlands area?  Add an amazing art and craft show! Highlands Mountaintop Rotary invites you to do just that on August 24 and 25 for the Highlands Village Square Art & Craft Show. Paintings, prints and photography will be accompanied by top quality crafts like turned wood, …

Where the Happy Lives

It’s always a joy to visit Smitten’s Deb Hudson and see what new kinds of happy fill her current canvases. This time it’s bears and cows and pigs and pets, each portrayed in a state of creative critter bliss.  Take Pigtini, a pudgy little piglet snuggled into a cocktail glass.  Or his cousin, Bearbon, a bear curled up in a …

Where the Happy Lives

It’s always a joy to visit Smitten’s Deb Hudson and see what new kinds of happy fill her current canvases. This time it’s bears and cows and pigs and pets, each portrayed in a state of creative critter bliss.  Take Pigtini, a pudgy little piglet snuggled into a cocktail glass.  Or his cousin, Bearbon, a bear curled up in a …

Encore Performance

The Highlands Performing Arts Center will present the National Theatre of London’s encore performance of “The Audience” starring Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen is a modern constitutional monarch who reigns but does not rule. She has influence rather than power. Her influence is exerted by means of three fundamental constitutional rights – the right to be consulted, …

Beethoven, Bailey and a Big Band

The 38th annual Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival concludes on August 11, when the Gershon-Cohn Final Gala and Dinner Party presents our first-ever swing concert with “Beethoven, Bailey and a Big Band” featuring cellist Zuill Bailey, pianist and Festival Artistic Director William Ransom, and the Joe Gransden Big Band.  Cellist Zuill Bailey’s combination of musical artistry, technical wizardry and engaging personality …

Leslie Jeffrey, Abstractionist

From a young age, Leslie Jeffery was exposed to art.  At five or six years old, she would accompany her grandmother, who founded the Tampa Art Institute, on plein air painting excursions, and quickly developed a love of art.  Ms. Jeffery will be the Art League’s guest speaker at its August 26 meeting at The Bascom.  Leslie went on to …