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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A World To See at Highlands Biological Station

This summer, the Highlands Biological Station will offer a variety of workshops and summer camps sure to pique the interest of every Highlands resident and visitor.  These fun and educational events are geared toward the community with options for all ages.  The Highlands Nature Center offers a series of day camps each summer for ages four and up.  Younger campers …

That’s a Bingo!

One of the most popular ways the Rotary Club of Highlands supports the community is by the monthly Bingo nights.  This family friendly game night is held at the Highlands Community Building at 6:00 P.M. and April’s game will be on Thursday, April 12. Each month the club chooses one area non-profit as the beneficiary of the proceeds and this …

Clearing the Corridors

Community spirit is one of the things that makes Highlands such a pleasant place to live, work and play.  While much of the world seems divisive, we have to look no further than the good that takes place in our own backyards to know that all is well.  Neighbor watching out for neighbor, and everyone watching out for the little …

An Event To Catch

You’d better register now for the 8th annual Three River Fly Fishing Festival, April 26–28 in Highlands, because registration ends April 15.  This charity event has become known as a fun-filled three days’ worth of fly fishing, and it’s all for a very worthy cause.  Over the last seven years, the Three River Fly Fishing Festival has raised over $40,000 …

Learning from Artisans

One of the perks of being a part of Big Brothers Big Sisters is learning from unique individuals that are skilled in various areas.  This winter, a group of Littles and their Bigs had the opportunity to participate in natural wreath making at Larry Haskett’s home and workshop, Awe Naturals Wreaths, where he creates fresh wreaths out of natural greenery …

What the Doctor Ordered

As we grow older, many of us find ourselves on daily medications for the first time, or add to the list we already have.  While many don’t give it much thought, our animal companions often find themselves in the same situation.  At the Forever Farm, this is a reality on a large scale. Friends For Life’s mission is to provide …

Compassionate Care for Cats

When we celebrated the grand opening of the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society Canine Adoption Center in 2016, the 26-year-old original shelter became a felines-only building on our 10-acre campus. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the 26-year-old building is showing its age and suffers from substantial maintenance and repair issues, and also has minimal housing areas for cats …

Scaly’s Women of Winter

Have you ever wondered what members of the Scaly Mountain Women’s Club do in the winter when  many members escape to Florida?  Laura Haner found herself deep in blueberries. Paul Bothmann designates 15 blueberry bushes to the SMWC.  Members pick, wash, bag, and freeze the berries to be used at their pancake breakfasts that feature the blueberry pancakes.  Paul had …

Easy’s Slipper Study at UF

The story continues.  Easy’s Slipper was named for a horse who arrived at the farm in 1998.  Her name was Fast ‘n Easy, a retired Quarter Horse racehorse, trained in dressage and was also a broodmare.  Her only offspring, Sweet Pea, who arrived with her and is now 23 years old, is the last of our original herd.  They had …

Heralding Hillrie Quin

Hillrie Quin has always had a love affair with Mother Nature, and we have all benefitted. He is largely responsible for the maintenance, building, and mapping of the Highlands Plateau Greenway. His love of Highlands comes from a nearly 50-year history with the Cook Family, early residents of the town.  His wife, Beverly Cook Quin, can be thanked for getting …

March on Down to the Hudson Library

We’ve made it through the darkest days of winter on the Plateau, and while there are likely still some cold and blustery days ahead of us, the first vestiges of spring are in the air.  What, you’re probably wondering, is going on at Hudson Library on a typical late winter day? Lots, it turns out.  On Thursday afternoons at 3:30 …

A Home for all Seasons, Blair Realty

The bright sun reflected strongly off the newly fallen snow.  Every room in the house was bathed in the sun’s warm glow.  The gentle fire warmed the hearth of the native stone fireplace that reaches skyward through the cathedral ceiling.  Timber frame beams, hardwood floors and windows galore create a casual mountain ambience at its finest.  With coffee in hand, …