A Cozy Respite
Hummingbird Lounge

Hummingbird Lounge at Old Edwards Inn is a throwback to a more languid, gentle age when a clever menu was paired with a wise bar and an absolutely

PAC’S 2023 Season

There’s plenty to get excited about when the Highlands Performing Arts Center unveils its 2023 Concert Season. For tickets or more information,

The Drone Guy: Ryan Karcher

Ryan Karcher’s eagle-eyed view of the Plateau brings another dimension to his art.

A Trio of Trails

Rejuvenation and a renewed reverence for nature pops up along a trio of strolls in Highlands and Cashiers.

Beneath the Peaks
Highlands Cashiers Land Trust

A biological and geological treasure, Horse Cove thrives under the protection afforded by Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust.

Music and More
Bear Shadow Music Festival

Highlands NC Motoring Festival Gives Back

The high performance stakes of The 2022 Highlands Motoring Festival deliver generous grants for three local causes.

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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Bringing Music to the Classroom

The Vega String Quartet, a frequent participant in the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival, is dedicated to educating young people about chamber music. October 13 and 14 the quartet will be back in town for a Fall Mini-Residency and their focus is, once again, on students.  The Vega String Quartet, Quartet-in-Residence at Emory University, is cultivating a new generation of chamber …

HC Art League

The September meeting of the Art League of Highlands-Cashiers will feature Jackson County artist Bonnie Abbott.  Social time begins at 4:30 P.M. on September 25 in The Bascom Atrium, followed by Ms. Abbott’s presentation at 5:00 P.M. Ms. Abbott’s art career spans 42 years of full- and part-time work.  Along the way, she taught art to children and adults from …

So Many Mediums, So Little Time

If you asked Bonnie Abbott what her favorite medium is, she wryly replies, “Well, it depends on when you ask me.”  This week she might be finishing an acrylic painting. Next week, it could be stenciling mats for her watercolors with spray paint. Then comes a weekend devoted to designing and dyeing shirts, while taking an anything-can-happen-day along the way. …

Sky Valley Fall Fest

October in the mountains is filled with bright colors, cool temperatures, and outdoor activities. The Sky Valley Fall Fest is jam-packed with activities for the whole family and photo opportunities abound. Sky Valley, Georgia, is the highest incorporated city in in the state. With its country club, athletic center, public golf course, hiking trails and gorgeous waterfall, it’s no wonder …

A Silver For the Green

In 1992, with the vision of one and the hard work of many, the center of Cashiers was saved from becoming the site of a hotel chain. Three area residents purchased the property and donated it to a charitable 501(c)3 organization to preserve the land for the community.  The Village Green was established with the mission to preserve and enhance …

Get Carded at Hudson Library

September is National Library Card Sign-up Month, although Hudson Library in Highlands is always ready to welcome new members through its doors.  The whole world opens up to you once you get a library card. I remember getting my first library card – I was in third grade and signed the back of it with my newly-acquired cursive script to …

Highlands Own Craft Show

The Town of Highlands celebrates the 35th Highlands Arts and Crafts Show on Saturday, October 14, from 9:00 A. M. until 4:00 P.M. at the Highlands Civic Center at 600 North Fourth Street.  Admission and parking to this event are free. It’s often surprising to think of how many talented craftsmen live in our midst. Years ago the Highlands Women’s …

Bowl ‘em Over

How often do you have the opportunity to help fight hunger and bring home a piece of hand-thrown pottery?  On Sunday, October 1, Fishes and Loaves in Cashiers and The Food Pantry of Highlands are sponsoring Empty Bowls to fight food insecurity locally. Many area artists have chosen to donate their time and efforts by making numerous bowls which serve as …

Tea for Three

What is it like for a woman when her husband becomes the President of the United States – and she is suddenly thrust into the spotlight?  “Tea for Three: Lady Bird, Pat & Betty” explores the hopes, fears, quirks and loves of Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon and Betty Ford in what Mrs. Nixon called “the hardest unpaid job in …

Musicians Pour it On

Highlands Food & Wine Festival 2017, November 9 through 12, is guaranteed to raise spirits through the blending of good eats, fruits of the vine, and a medley of musicians. Festival Director Casey Reid has announced an unprecedented addition to the already exciting line-up.  “We are thrilled to announce a new, evening event, A Generous Pour, that will be dedicated …

A Fresh Approach

Don Deal, farmer and organizer of Highlands Marketplace, wants to remind everyone that September is still a great time to visit your local farmers’ market, held Saturdays at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park.  Deal and other growers will have plenty of fresh produce for your table.  “I will continue to have green beans, corn, okra, peppers, eggplant, squash, cucumbers, lettuce, zucchini, red …

Filling Empty Bowls

The Highlands and Cashiers areas have been graced with an abundance of blessings. Our weather is moderate, our natural surroundings are spectacular, and our communities are generous. That generosity will be spotlighted on Sunday, October 1, for two Empty Bowls events. Empty Bowls started as a school project in Michigan and is now an international event to raise awareness of …