Two Tales Told in Brooklyn: A Review of Mountain Theatre Company's Production

Director, Scott Daniel, and his team outdid themselves with this impressive cast. Every performance was a gem.

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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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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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Asheville Symphony Chamber Chorus

The Asheville Symphony Chamber Chorus will present a free concert at Highlands First Presbyterian Church at 4:00 P.M. Sunday, May 7. The Chamber Chorus is conducted by Dr. Michael Lancaster, who also serves as Music Director of the Asheville Symphony Chorus and Director of Worship/Music at Highlands First Presbyterian Church.  It’s a 24-voice advanced choral ensemble, founded by Lancaster in …

PAC Concert Season

The ever-popular Hit Men will return to the Highlands Performing Arts Center for a gala concert Saturday, June 17. The Hit Men will perform at 5:00 P.M. followed by the Gala Dinner at 7:00 P.M. at Highlands Falls Country Club. The group connects with audiences on a level rarely seen by today’s music acts. Their show is like no other …

The Art of Wine

Collective Spirits is an annual three-day fundraising event for The Bascom, which supports free admission to exhibitions year-round, community outreach to children and adults, and scholarships to award financial assistance to students with need. This year, Collective Sprits will be June 8-10 and brings together the contributions of The Bascom’s donors, sponsors, vintners, chefs, and volunteers to support its mission …


A Passion for Painting

The May meeting of the Art League of Highlands-Cashiers will feature South Carolina artist Pauline Marr.   Ms. Marr is a prolific painter who now works mainly in oils and acrylic.  She received a degree in Commercial Art and Advertising Design from Southwestern Community College.  Besides spending a great deal of time in her studio, she also teaches art at …

Life is a Cabaret

As Highlands’ sidewalks begin humming with returning residents and vacationers alike, you’re sure to hear the eternal question, “What is there to do?”   Fortunately, this little town has alot to offer.   Highlands Playhouse has unveiled what is sure to be a sensational 2017 season.  With the of the exhilarating musical “Cabaret,” audiences will be welcomed into The Kit …

Secret Chambers of Magic

We all have secret chambers of magic in our souls.  For four decades fine artist Pauline Marr incubated hers, never even knowing its existence.  Then, without warning she had an epiphany, a makeover on a molecular level.  She was transformed from a strict representational artist to what she calls an abstract-impressionist-realist.  “I woke up one morning, went to my easel, …


Enrich Your World with CLE

You won’t want to miss the May lectures and classes at the Center for Life Enrichment.  Headlines and news feeds constantly feature these two prominent world leaders −  President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.  Dr. Niall Michelsen of Western Carolina University’s Political Science Department will present lectures on both men and the role each plays in today’s tumultuous world.  …

HIstorical Events

It’s true that the Highlands Historical Society’s annual Dahlia Festival isn’t until September but it’s not too early to think about entering.   Not a gardener?  You can support the society by attending any number of exciting events prior to the flower show itself.  This year’s patron party, Denim and Dulcimers, will be held on the campus of Highlands Historical …

Pawsitively Purrfect Party

When you first arrive at the beautiful and exquisite Country Club of Sapphire Valley, you know the night is going to be special.  From the spectacular views on the Mountain Veranda to the elegant dining experience in the Sapphire Room, there is only one thing that could make this party more perfect. Pawsitively Purrfect, as a matter of fact. And …


Boy Choir Honors Stell Huie

The Grammy Award-winning Atlanta Boy Choir under the direction of Maestro Fletcher Wolfe will present a concert on Sunday, May 21, at 5:30 P.M. at the Highland’s Presbyterian Church to honor W. Stell Huie, founding attorney of the choir some 60 years ago. Huie, well known to Highlands because of his musical abilities as a singer and event organizer, will perform …

Season of Shows

Acorns Boutique at Old Edwards Inn and Spa opens their season of trunk shows this month.  Now through September you’ll have the opportunity to shop the finest in designer clothing, jewelry, and accessories for the home. The first trunk show, May 19 and 20, will be Temple St. Clair Jewelry.  She’s recognized for her iconic rock crystal pendants and whimsical …