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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Celebrate Theater at Highlands Playhouse

As fall sets in, many of us turn our thoughts to family, food, friends, and fun.  This month at the Highlands Playhouse, we’re settling into our winter movie schedule. Movies open on Fridays and run through Tuesdays with shows at 2:00, 5:00, and 8:00 P.M. each of those days – except Sunday, which will have no 8:00 P.M. showing. We …

A Mountain Faith Christmas

Start your holiday season off with fabulous bluegrass music by The Mountain Faith Band in concert on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving at the Highlands Performing Arts Center.     Since 2000, The Mountain Faith Band has performed their unique brand of Bluegrass/Americana/Roots music to audiences from coast to coast. When their tour schedule allows, you may find the band …

Grounded in Gratitude

Whether artist or art appreciator, those who experience visual art are grateful for its impact on their lives.  Art makes the world more beautiful. It expresses complex emotions words cannot. It brightens our homes and workplaces. It defines cultures. It raises our collective consciousness. It gives us hope. One simple pictograph can illustrate a multifaceted ideal, Art inspires, sells, heals. …

This Girl’s an Animal Lover

Donna Rhodes comes from a diverse family of artists, from precision craftsmen to decorators to throwers of inspired parties.   That may explain her versatility and passion to create. She’s been a musician, playing in a Renaissance troupe, creator of fine crafts, art teacher of gifted students, and latterly a writer and humorist. She also comes from a long line …

Joyfully Ring in Highlands NC

Traditional Christmas carols intertwined with new and innovative scores of well-known holiday tunes will fill the air as the  Handbell Choir of Highlands United Methodist Church celebrate Christmas.  Known to many as The Mountain Top Ringers, these  multi-talented musicians wow the crowd each season with their holiday repertoire.   The concert is planned for  Sunday, December 10, during the morning …

Breakfast with the Jolly One

You know that Christmas is on its way when you see the scores of children in festive holiday attire headed into the Faith & Fellowship Center at Highlands United Methodist Church.   Enter through the Education building entrance at 315 Main Street or the Fellowship Center entrance on Third Street.   This much-loved tradition continues Saturday morning, December 10, beginning …

Kicking off Christmas in Cashiers

Put your thinking cap on (yes, the one with elf ears and sparkles) and consider how you can participate in the 43rd annual Cashiers Area Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce. It’s held Saturday, December 9, at noon, but the parade entry deadline is Friday, December 1, at 3:00 P.M. The theme is “Silver and Gold …

December’s Joy, Highlands First Presbyterian Events

Kick off the Christmas season by joining your friends at Highlands First Presbyterian Church for the annual Christmas Carol Sing led by baritone Stell Huie, with Angie Jenkins at the piano.  It will take place Saturday, December 2, at 1:00 P.M.  It’ll be reminiscent of your childhood as you sing all the old favorite carols.        Later, at …

Ice Skating in Highlands Returns

Many locals can remember the days of skating on Harris Lake when the temperatures dropped. They would wrap up, grab their skates, and barrel across the ice, often having to first clear mounds of snow from the lake. Recently, however, you can’t count on the lake staying frozen long enough to make skating a safe activity. But thanks to the …

Carols, Cookies & Tree Lighting

Thanksgiving is all about family time, and the four-day weekend offers families a chance to gather together for a bountiful meal and enjoy a delicious turkey dinner and some pumpkin pie, followed by a rousing game or two of football on TV.   On Friday, most folks awaken with plans to do a little Black Friday shopping in downtown Highlands.  …

Highlands Olde Mountain Christmas Parade

On Saturday, December 2, I’ll bet that many of us wake up singing “I Love a Parade” while we busily gather everyone together to head to downtown Highlands for the much-loved annual Christmas Parade.   Step off starts promptly at 11:00 but it’s a tradition to get there early, claim a good viewing spot, and seek out your friends and …

Honoring the Fallen

Phil Potts, organizer of the local Wreaths Across America ceremony, encourages anyone with a loved one who was a veteran, and is interred at Highlands Memorial Park, to get involved in this nationwide memorial on December 16. The ceremony begins at noon and shuttles will be running from the Highlands Community Building to the cemetery at regular intervals. There are …