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Unpacking History

Twenty enthusiastic people attended the October 16, 2018, Cashiers Historical Society’s Historic Sites Ramble #2 with speakers Ann McKee Austin, Carol Bryson, and Jane Nardy telling the stories at each stop along the way.  Coffee and cookies were served at the Village Hound visit while ramblers heard the ghost story unique to that building.  At least three of the historic …

Explore More at HBS

The Southern Appalachian Mountains are one of the most biologically diverse regions in the temperate world.  Biodiversity is extremely high in both the variety of different species and the abundance of each species.  Nearly 10,000 species are already known to exist here, with more discovered each year—some of which are new to science! Some organisms, such as salamanders and fungi, …

Northern Cardinal

This bird is close to the human heart, the state bird in seven states.  We revere Cardinals and have made them mascots of innumerable sports teams from kindergarten to the major leagues including the St. Louis, Arizona, Ball State, and Wesleyan Cardinals.  We take them as totems and even have a College of Cardinals, appropriately attired, in the hierarchy of …


Holiday Amaryllis

Hippeastrum, commonly known as Amaryllis got its name from William Herbert, a British botanist in the early 19th century. Derived from the ancient Greek words hippeus- meaning knight, and astron meaning star. Knight’s Star sounds rather medieval, but that’s OK because its majestic appearance marches into our homes during the bleakness of winter like a knight in shining armor. Amaryllis …

Annual Guide to Fly fishing

Every December I like to take a break from writing articles about fly fishing techniques and fishermen and focus on the people who have the unfortunate task of trying to buy Christmas presents for these extremely particular folks. Fly fishing has become so specialized that attempting to purchase the correct gear and accessories for an angler without being an angler …

A walk in the Woods

A year ago this month I planned and executed a mini-tour of my favorite places in the Highlands area for my then-friend, now boyfriend, Matt.  Other than a quick caffeination mission to Buck’s, all these places were outside. (Surprise, surprise.) Our first stop was Granite City, where we rock-hopped and climbed up between steep cracks in the huge boulders, hearts …


Fruitcake Gets a Bad Rap

  Fruitcake gets a bad rap. It’s dry and gross – at least, it can be.  The fruitcake has a long history in almost every culture, but only recently has it become ubiquitously hated.  The rise of commercialism is partly at fault for that.  The mass production of fruitcake resulted in a dry, unappealing brick.  But real, homemade fruitcake is …

Slices of Heaven

Krysti and Thomas Henderson have always loved being in the kitchen, though they never imagined themselves full-time bakers.   But with a gift for hospitality and a passion for comfort food, the pair have taken what was once a simple cottage industry to a small-batch baking enterprise that is making bellies full and hearts happy across the Southeast.  From humble beginnings …

Holiday Reservations

If your holiday plans include meals out at one of our area’s fine restaurants, please note that many restaurants will be open on Christmas Eve for your dining pleasure.  Your options on Christmas Day are limited and listed below.  Reservations are required and should be made well in advance.  Your choices on New Year’s Eve are plentiful but make those …


Not for Sale

The odds are not in favor of a family-owned winery making it to future generations.  Only 30 percent of wineries will pass to the second generation and only two percent will transition to the third generation, according to Forbes.  Don’t get over-confident with your own wealth, you only have an eight percent chance of passing wealth past the third generation. …

Aunt Jo’s Coffee Cake

Barbara Werder of Highlands has fond memories of making her Great Aunt Jo’s Coffee Cake in seventh grade.  This was the first “real” recipe she tried that wasn’t Chef Boyardee pizza! It was an old-fashioned dish which was an instant success.  Her friends and family were thrilled because, quite frankly, they were tired of her pizza experiments.  Years went by …

An Upside Down Christmas

Highlands United Methodist Church’s Children’s Christmas Program will be staged during the church’s 5:30 P.M. Christmas Eve Service. “An Upside Down Christmas” examines the Christmas traditions and music from cultures around the world, beginning with a visit by the Traditional Saint Nicholas from Turkey, with stops at a little Austrian village high up in the Alps, and a poor church …