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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New Year’s Questionnaire

For over two decades Bobbo (my ex and best buddy), our kids, and I have reviewed the year with our personalized New Year’s Questionnaire.   Bobbo invented this ritual when the kids were little.  It’s been an annual event ever since.  Not only does it chronicle our histories, it gives us a chance to connect in important ways and stay …

Winter Reading Bingo at Hudson Library

Are you in a reading rut, or otherwise wanting to try reading a new genre but don’t know where to start?  Hudson Library in Highlands is here to help get you out of your literary comfort zone in a fun way with Winter Reading Bingo! Each bingo “card” has 25 suggestions for different kinds of books to read, ranging from …

Home for Sale in the Heart of Cashiers

Winter is one of the most beautiful times of year here in the North Carolina mountains. Imagine yourself curled up in an easy chair in front of the gently-glowing fire of your new Cottage Walk home.  Through the large windows you see the magnificent evergreen trees that surround the eight-home community sway gently in the breeze. The homes at Cottage …

Kale, Sweet Potato, Quinoa, Tahini Salad

Kale, Sweet Potato, Quinoa, Tahini Salad is a tasty, healthy, vegan, and gluten-free calcium bomb.  Full of this important nutrient, the salad will also supply you with ample doses of protein, iron, magnesium, zinc, Vitamins A and C, which we sometimes don’t get enough of in the winter.  It’s hard to find a healthier lunch.  Sweet potatoes offer a nice …

Go With the Flow in 2018

It is in these moments that we tend to put a heavy emphasis on creating plans or goals for our personal, professional and financial future.  As the year moves on however, it becomes easier and easier to get lost in the shuffle of life and those well-intentioned plans and goals are often hijacked by unexpected circumstances.   It can be …

The Fall of Immunity and the Rise of Sickness

WARNING: This article contains some harsh realities, but we are not without hope.    Too many are getting sick already this winter. The rise of influenza and the common cold and now the stomach virus that lasts days instead of 24 hours is happening beyond “normal!”  The antibiotics are losing their potency against the very strong superbugs that are overtaking …

Welcoming Dana Wadsworth, MD to Highlands-Cashiers Hospital

There’s something magical about the Plateau.  It beckons the very best.  Dana Wadsworth, MD, heard that call 15 years ago when she bought a cabin in Highlands.  A decade-and-a-half later she surrendered fulltime to Highlands’ beauty, serenity and a deep feeling of connectedness.  Dr. Wadsworth is the newest addition to the outstanding staff of the Mission Community Primary Care health …

Shots Rang Out in Cashiers NC

On a wet, overcast, hot, August afternoon in 1901, 50-year-old Evan F. Pell, a well-known and highly respected Cashiers resident, was shot and bludgeoned to death in the road outside the front door of his general store.  The following details of this event are taken from the testimony of witnesses to the crime, found in the records of the Macon …

Horses in Highlands

When the 19th century turned 20, horseback riding was a favorite pastime in Highlands.  Potts Livery Stable had a thriving business. By 1920, when cars were introduced to Highlands, speed limits were enforced for this new rumbling, racing beastie on four wheels.  One might have thought horses were exempt, but they had speed limits, too.  That was an insult to …

What’s Tweeting at Highlands Plateau Audubon Society

Every winter since 1900, the National Audubon Society has sponsored a winter bird count called the Christmas Bird Count or CBC.  Today, CBCs take place across the U.S., Canada, Latin America, and beyond.  The CBC mobilizes over 2,400 counting groups including over 60,000 individuals whose counts total upwards of 70 million birds.  These yearly bird counts become part of what …

Growing Knowledge at Highlands Biological Station

Highlands is wonderfully diverse area with more species of plants and animals than nearly any other temperate rainforest ecosystem.  The Highlands Plateau supports a variety of northern affinity species that are rarely found in the Southeastern United States, for example, golden-winged warblers, birch trees, and spruce trees.  This tremendous diversity extends to our insects as well.  Highlands serves as a …

Winter Gardening

When the weather outside is frightful, gardening inside can be joyful.  Sure, there are houseplants you can tend, or you could resort to your science class project days and build a terrarium.  First let’s look at the word “Terrarium” (don’t say it five times real fast. You just did, didn’t you?). “Terra” means earth.  In mythology, Terra Mater translates to …