Visit Highlands, NC Awards Grants to Two Local Organizations

Visit Highlands, NC today announced its latest round of grants totaling $18,000 to support two local nonprofit organizations.

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Visit Highlands, NC Awards Grants to Two Local Organizations

Visit Highlands, NC today announced its latest round of grants totaling $18,000 to support two local nonprofit organizations.

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COVID tests available at Hudson Library

Hudson Library now has free at-home COVID-19 rapid tests available. These are antigen tests that provide results in 15 minutes. Drop by the library

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First Responders Cup Golf Tournament at Burlingame Country Club

Under bright, sunny skies in Sapphire the First Responders Cup golf tournament brought in more than $30,000 from donors and sponsors to benefit

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Taking His Turn

For Madison Minus, the artistry lies in revealing the beauty and mystery embedded within a block of wood.

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Lifting Each Other Up

Despite years and hundreds of miles apart, the deep love between Mary and Steve Abranyi would not be contained.

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The Place I Call Home

Cover Artist Penny Pollock’s entire life has been a sequence of inspiration and discoveries.

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Heritage & History-Rich Highlands, NC

An unlikely confluence of natural treasures, events, and quirky personalities created the endlessly surprising Highlands community that continues

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Reflecting on the Past 20 Years
Carpe Diem Farms

Though her attention is clearly focused on the busy year ahead, Sue takes a few moments to cast her gaze to the early days of this magazine and

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The Heart & Start of it

For Delaine and Steve Mehder, their differences have somehow led to an abiding complementary love that will not be denied.

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20 Years of Art

“To say that The Laurel Magazine is an instrumental influence to our arts community would be a huge understatement. They feature art on each

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Award-Winning Dining at Greystone Inn

The Greystone Inn’s Lakeside Dining Room has earned international honors with Opentable.com’s Diner’s Choice Award. To evaluate the wisdom

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Wine, Women & Song at Oak Restaurant

“A Jug of Wine, A Loaf of Bread and Thou” – somehow the 11th century’s Omar Khayyam predicted the vibrant spirit of Bear Shadow’s Wine,

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Get Your Fix
Sapphire, NC

The Fix Restaurant, Bar & Lounge, located at 3093 US 64 East in Sapphire, arrives in this quiet community as an exclamation point for food and

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It’s Brunch Time: Oak Steakhouse Highlands

The arrival of Brunch at Oak Steakhouse at Skyline Lodge is a cause for celebration. Reservations are a must – (828) 482-4720.

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Branching Out: The Art of Dave Ferrell

Dave Ferrell’s chainsaw wizardry draws magical figures from ordinary blocks of wood.

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Woman with an Ibis: Cover Artist, Mase Lucas

Take a closer look at the artistry and profound mystery embedded within our Mase Lucas covers.

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Garden Club Plant Sale
Highlands, NC

Just in time for Plateau Planting, the Highlands Mountain Garden Club’s beloved Annual Plant Sale returns to the Town Ball Field on Saturday,

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Marketplace Magic on Saturdays in Highlands

With Covid restrictions fading into the rearview mirror, Highlands Marketplace is a dazzling showcase for local farmers and artisans, Saturdays

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A River Runs Through it : Three River Fly Fly Fishing

The Three River Fly Fishing Festival, set for April 21-23, offers plenty of challenges for both veteran anglers and clever novices of all ages.

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Bear Shadow Music Festival: Highlands NC

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And Kentucky Makes 8: Cashiers Highlands Humane Society

Six very lucky dogs get a new leash on life thanks to the gentle ministrations of the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society.

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Cover-Worthy Winters: Annual Cover Winter Photo Contest

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Daytime Experiences at Bear Shadow: Highlands NC

Bear Shadow, slated for April 29 through May 1, sets the tone for a busy Plateau Season with an unforgettable series of daytime experiences.

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The Laurel turns 20

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Ranger Falls Interpretive Trail

If you’re looking to learn more about the natural environment of the Highlands area and also want an opportunity to stretch your legs, the Ranger Falls Interpretive Trail is the hike for you!  The mile-long trail to the falls begins as a wide, well-kept path that, after a brief uphill beginning, slopes down through the woods toward the water.  All …

A Huge Plate of Yum

Scaly Mountain is a small community making a big impact.   Fourteen women organized a club in 1988 to help local students fulfill their dreams of a higher education.  Through charitable work and contributions, these amazing women established a Scholarship Fund.  Today, that organization, known as the Scaly Mountain Women’s Club has grown to over 90 members and awards over …


Highlands Wine Shoppe

Mountaintop Wine Shoppe has a new name and new managing partners. Davis and Tina Picklesimer have changed the name to Highlands Wine Shoppe but it’s still in the same great location. Davis, a familiar face in Highlands, is a homegrown varietal, which you may gather from his last name. He remembers playing hide and seek with his childhood friend and …

Skinny Bikini Smoothies

As the Bikini Season is rapidly approaching, it’s time to think about healthy, yet tasty foods that can make you look good. The following skinny bikini smoothies are full of nutrients. They are designed to keep you energized, full and of course, skinny. Use them as meal substitutes to lose weight or as healthy snacks. 1. Supper Skinny Smoothie The …

Two-ingredient Triumph

Think you’re too busy to make homemade biscuits?  Think again. If Stephanie McCall can do it, anyone can. Stephanie owns The Molly Grace in Highlands; is a licensed general and commercial contractor; mother of two; a member of the Macon County Board of Education; and is constantly on the road.  This doesn’t keep her from cooking, but says she’s not …


Bistro on Main

The Main Street Inn has been welcoming guests to Highlands for over 125 years. Her graceful lines were restored to their 19th century glory with a complete renovation in 1997. Her kitchen has also undergone a series of changes over the decades, and its latest incarnation, Bistro on Main, has been quietly building a regional reputation, thanks to overwhelmingly positive …

The Busiest Musician in Town

When I researched Lee Ladensack’s background for an entertainment feature, I unearthed as many astounding art credits as music.   Turns out he’s a true Renaissance man who, on top of managing two powerhouse jobs, is a devoted dad and one of the busiest musicians in town with over 160 music gigs booked this year and counting.  During the week he …

HCP’s 22nd Year

Highlands Cashiers Players’ fourth play of their 22nd season is “Don’t Cry for Me, Margaret Mitchell,” directed by HCP board member Donna Cochran. Written by the mother-son collaborative team of Virginia Cate and Duke Ernsberger in 2006, this hysterically funny play depicts an actual event in Hollywood, 1939.  Producer David O. Selznick has purchased the rights to the blockbuster novel …


Studio Alive

While many would not consider Highlands an “artists’ colony,” there’s an abundance of talent in these hills. Thanks to Cindy Vickery of Studio Alive and Karen Hawk of Hudson Library, many of these artists are now on display at Hudson Library. Studio Alive is a gathering of artists who paint and draw from live models and meet twice weekly in …

Nature Speaks to her Soul

Plein air oil painter Julie Mann, relishes the delightful challenge of catching the essence of nature in a magnificent view, its true colors, and fleeting light. “My favorite part about being an artist is how much fun it is to share my art journey with friends, mentors, and collectors who are also passionate about art,” she says. An Atlanta native, …

Live Via Satellite

The Highlands Performing Arts Center continues the Live via Satellite Series in May.   The Met Opera’s last broadcast for the 2016-17 Season, Strauss’s “Der Rosenkavalier,” will be screened at 12:55 P.M.  Saturday, May 13, with the pre-opera discussion led by Beverly Wichman at 12:30 P.M.  “Der Rosenkavalier,” The Met’s first new production of Strauss’s rich romantic masterpiece since 1969, is …