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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The Right Direction

Donna Cochran has been part of the Highlands Cashiers Players since its first production,   “Steel Magnolias,” in which she played the role of Ouiser.   At that time, the organization was known as Highlands Community Players and Cochran has seen many things, in addition to the name, change since 1995. “My father used to say, ‘That which does not change …

Chamber Concert Series

The Highland-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival is presenting its 36th season June 25 through August 6.  The regular concert series are held Fridays and Saturdays at the Highlands Performing Arts Center and Saturdays and Mondays at the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library. A featured artist this season is cellist Zuill Bailey, 2017 winner of two Grammy Awards and considered one of the premier …

Youth Theater New, & New

The Highlands Performing Arts Center announces the appointment of Megan Greenlee Potts as Artistic Director of the PAC Youth Theater.   Potts’ predecessor, Dr. Ronnie Spilton, now shares her time between Highlands and Savannah with her husband Curt.  Potts has been Dr. Spilton’s assistant for many years; and has years of technical and acting experiences, including a bachelor’s degree from …


This Summer’s Gonna Rock

The Highlands Performing Arts Center’s 2017 Concert Season begins Saturday, June 17, with the PAC Gala featuring an all-new show by The Hit Men 2.0.   The concert begins at 5:00 P.M. and the Gala Dinner at 7:00 P.M. at Highlands Falls Country Club.   The Hit Men is a supergroup comprised of vocalists who either played, sang or performed …

Satellite Series Soars

April is a busy month for the Live via Satellite Series at the Highlands Performing Arts Center. On Sunday, April 2 at 12:55 P.M, The PAC presents “Bolshoi Ballet, A Contemporary Evening,” together with Harald Lander’s homage to classical ballet in “Études” and Alexei Ratmansky’s colorful folklore-inspired “Russian Seasons.” “A Contemporary Evening” brings some of the best dancers in the …


Summer Season

That’s a wrap! Our Awards Season film series came to a close in March.  We were fortunate enough to host seven of the nine films nominated for Best Picture, as well as seven other films that were nominated in other categories.  Thank you so much to all who turned out.  We are confident that this award series will become an …

The World is But a Canvas

I recently spoke with Billy Love, artist and education director for The Bascom, about his role in the arts community.   We began by defining Art’s function in society, particularly Highlands and Cashiers. “Art is boundless,” he says. “It helps people express their emotions.  It can communicate things words cannot.  Art can connect cultures, be therapeutic, move us, and make us …

Mud, Sweat and Gears

The 24th annual Tour de Cashiers rolls out on Saturday, April 29 at 8:00 A.M. from The Cashiers/Glenville Recreation Center on Frank Allen Road.  Riders from across the southeast, and as far away as Idaho, make the pilgrimage to Cashiers for this annual event which has earned a reputation as one of the premier events in the southeast.  The fresh …


Fly Fishing Festival

If you want to support the students at Highlands School and have a great time, sign up now for the Three River Fly Fishing Festival, April 27-29.  All proceeds go to the Highlands School Scholarship Fund and sponsorships are encouraged as a way to help out our area youth. Interested in entering a team but don’t know a thing about …

Easter On the Green

The Village Green hosts more than 100 events each year. Many of these enhance the lifestyle of the Cashiers area for residents and visitors alike. Easter Weekend features events that celebrate the hope, renewal, and joy of the Spring holiday.  For the first time this year, Cashiers area churches are planning to observe the Stations of the Cross on The …

Plan Your Easter Hoppenings

Easter weekend, Saturday, April 15 and Sunday, April 16, offers a basketful of activities for the entire family.  From Easter egg hunts, sumptuous brunches, and sunrise services to traditional worship services you will find plentiful opportunities to celebrate this special season in Highlands. The following suggestions are a sampling of the many activities you’ll find. Easter Egg Hunts Highlands Recreation …