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The Snappy Witch Hazel

Witch Hazel, Hamamelis Virginiana, blooms in forests from Novia Scotia to Florida, and as far west as eastern Texas.  The little yellow flowers can be quite showy from September through November, especially in areas where all leaf color has passed.  There’s another species, Hamamelis Mollis, which is known as Chinese Witch Hazel and blooms in spring. Witch Hazel has also …

Fly-fishing: A Proper Pick

Fly fishing gives you an excuse to visit some very pretty places and one of the things fly fishermen and women like to do is plan these excursions.       A lot of different factors go into planning a successful trip and basing it off of other people’s suggestions is useful, but can lead to some frustration. For one …

Trust Old Whiteside

You’ve heard of Whiteside Mountain. It may even be the first trail you hiked around here.  I used to live in Whiteside Cove and on winter mornings would sit with a cup of coffee and watch the sunrise’s reflection slink down the bare side of the mountain until it was all lit up bright pink, loud and joyful. How lucky …


Shopping Your Way Through Cashiers 64E

If you’re in the market for home furnishings and yard art, head down Highway 64 East out of Cashiers, this little corner of our mountains is a must see.  Just up the road from the entrance to the Village Green is a unique little shop, known colloquially as “Slick’s Place.” The menagerie metal farm animals and other unique yard art …

The Legendary Mama’s Recipes

Julia Child said, “People who love to eat are always the best people.”  If that is so, then Helen McKinney Cleaveland “Mama” Thompson might top the list of bests…times three.  She loved to eat.  She loved to cook.  And she loved sharing recipes. In fact, if there is a down-home Highlands cookbook that personifies our town’s good food and hospitality, …

Culinary Stars and Spring Rosés

On Friday, April 5, join the Old Edwards Inn for the Culinary Stars and Whispering Angel Dinner.  Every year, Old Edwards Inn hosts this dinner, served up by their in-house chefs, at The Farm at Old Edwards to celebrate the release of the spring rosés.  But this year, the dinner will be a little different.  “We wanted to kick it …


Quintessentially Highlands

Here we are in March, and throughout this issue of Laurel, you’ll find heaps of references to the arrival of Spring, popping up like the crocuses that my Mom always noted when she talked about this blessed season.  Nature columns, gardening tips, guides to hiking and fishing, they all note the season. Heck, even Dr. Anastasia Halldean’s healthy recipe is …

Spring art Links

March is here, and soon forsythia and daffodils will be popping out all over.  Forsythia is the symbol of anticipation and excitement, and the daffodil denotes hope, joy, and friendship.  Bright yellow to me perfectly symbolizes hope and anticipation and longing for more sunshine, especially after all the gray of winter.  So, I have been inspired to reach out to …

Great Art on Screen at Highlands PAC

The Highlands Performing Arts Center and The Bascom have joined forces to bring Great Art on Screen to the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau.  Great Art on Screen is a series of 90-minute documentaries featuring such great artists as Van Gogh, Caravaggio, Klimt & Schiele, and Monet. Audiences will be able to journey all over the world with scholars viewing the dramatic and …


Wagner & Donizetti

The Highlands Performing Arts Center will present the Met Opera productions of “La Fille Du Régiment” and “Die Walküre” in March, Live via Satellite.   On    Saturday, March 2, Donizetti’s “La Fille Du Régiment” will begin at 12:55 P.M. Bel canto stars Pretty Yende and Javier Camarena team up for a feast of vocal fireworks on the Met stage.  Baritone Maurizio …

HCP’s Dinner Theater

March is the month for Highlands Cashiers Players’ popular Dinner Theater at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center. The show dates will be Thursday, Friday, and Saturday – March 21 through 23, and 28 through 30. Doors open at 6:30 P.M. and the dinner shows begin at 7:00 P.M. Four one-acts will be performed between dinner courses created, prepared, and catered …

Painting the Connection

Lara Julian Potter (née Polangco) is a North Georgia native, and lives there with her husband and their five children.   She’s made a name for herself locally as a self-taught singer/songwriter, playing acoustic guitar, banjo, and mountain dulcimer. These inform the depth and soul of the traditional string instruments she loves best to paint:  “There is a kind of …