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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Harvest Glory

August is the time to take in Highlands Marketplace in all its harvest glory. You’ll find corn, okra, green beans, peppers, eggplant, (lots of) squash, cucumbers, lettuce, zucchini, red and white potatoes, and tomatoes at their peak. But it’s not simply farm-fresh vegetables for sale at the marketplace. You’ll also find flowers, fresh herbs, eggs, and honey. A visit to …

Oh, Yeah. Weekend Music.

There’s so much to see and do in Highlands every weekend that it might be hard to choose, but whatever you do, don’t miss the Friday Night Live and Saturdays on Pine outdoor concerts.  Gather your family, friends and neighbors and head downtown for a truly enjoyable evening of music. The cares of the world will drift away as you …

Get Unstuck with Patty Smith

Author and health coach Patty Smith will offer an “Embracing Life Workshop” at 3:00 P.M. Friday, August 23, at Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library. “Participants will learn how to develop their own plan for embracing life,” says Smith. “I’ll show how you can get ‘unstuck’ and move toward pursuing your hopes and dreams through a specific plan of health and wellness.” …

High-Tech Comes to Carlton

You may be one of those people who thinks a library is only for checking out books and keeping up with newspapers and magazines. But that’s strictly a view from the 20th century.  Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library is breaking down all the conventional wisdom about what a library can offer its patrons. For check out, there are sewing/embroidery machines, sergers, …

Cashiers Garden Design School

If you’re ready for a deep dive into the intricacies of envisioning and building a timeless garden, sign up for Cashiers Garden Design School, set for August 8 through 11, and August 9 through 10, at Dovecote Barn, 35 Flashpoint Drive in Cashiers. The August 8 through 11 session is meant for Lifelong Landscape Designers and will be led by …

Books and Bites

Hudson Library will host author Kristy Woodson Harvey for its Books & Bites presentation, 12:30 P.M. Thursday, August 1. Harvey, whose “The Southern Side of Paradise,” the third in her Peachtree Bluff series, was just published, will read excerpts from her novel, talk about her writing process, and answer questions from her audience. There’ll also be light bites and refreshments …

The Bascom, as Partner

The mission of The Bascom is driven by the belief that all residents and visitors to the Highlands-Cashiers community should have the chance to be inspired by art, and that art should be accessible to everyone regardless of age, background, or economics.  This belief is integral to all of our outreach and education initiatives, including providing free admission for exhibitions, …

Certified Picture Framer

After a moment’s glace around the showroom, Sarah said, “This is a REAL frame shop!”  “Indeed, it is,” I replied.  I am always delighted to see and hear those expressions of pleasant surprise about our little hidden gem of a shop.  Off the beaten path, I knew that when co-owner Scott Watkins and I decided to open our doors as …

Head Innovations

Having a creative outlet is one of the most satisfying things in life.  For some people it’s painting or drawing. For others, it may be gardening or landscaping.  For Tracy Head and her staff at Head Innovations, it’s all about hair.   Tracy has been a cosmetologist for 22 years.  “I love the creative aspect of it,” says Tracy, “This …

New Cabins at 37 High Holly

W hen you gaze upon the sprawling grape cultivars at The Vineyard at 37 High Holly, you can’t help but be entranced by the verdant rolling hills blending into a mountain backdrop. There are winding, illuminated paths through the trees. This is rustic, but there’s an underlying elegance to the landscape. If you’re a romantic, it’s the perfect backdrop for …

Business after Hours

Every month the Highlands Chamber of Commerce presents one special night for its members to kick back, exchange ideas, catch up on the latest business news, and enjoy the company of … companies. Each gathering is sponsored by one of the Chamber’s outstanding members. It’s a chance to get to know your business neighbors by visiting them in their establishments. …

Welcome to Cashiers

Always offering a warm reception, many Chamber member businesses in Cashiers now greet customers and clients with signature green “Welcome Cashiers NC” doormats. So, when you cross the thresholds of these establishments, know that this is our mountain version of a celebrity red carpet and you will enjoy being a VIP here!  Coordinated by the Cashiers Area Chamber Retailer & …