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Wine Partners

In the beginning…A few wine pioneers can say they helped shape the landscape of the California wine industry.  It’s easy to forget that quality California wine is still in its infancy compared to the century-old wine traditions of Italy and France.  For Sonoma, we can thank the early pioneers, Cecil and Christine De Loach, for cutting a path for others …

Dinner at Canyon Kitchen

  It’s one thing to go out and have a good meal. It’s something else to experience it.    Canyon Kitchen at Lonesome Valley in Sapphire is an experience that everyone should have.  The welcoming and attentive staff seated us on the Terrace of the open air Dining Room, looking out across the Kitchen Garden.  Cow Rock Mountain loomed in the …

Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival

The 37th annual Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival concludes in August with performances by four renowned musicians.  On August 3 through 6, Zuill Bailey, Natasha Paremski, and Richard Stoltzman will present works by Boccherini, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, Bach, and Brahms in Highlands (Friday and Sunday evenings at the Highlands Performing Arts Center) and Cashiers (Saturday and Monday evenings at the Albert …


Bel Canto, the Soul of Music

On September 9, Bel Canto will once again treat the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau to an exceptional program by four performers from the world of opera that will include not only opera, but Broadway favorites.  This year’s concert will continue in that tradition.  The concert will be followed by a sumptuous dinner at Highlands Country Club, giving the audience a chance to …

Maquette to Monument

The August 27 meeting of the Highlands-Cashiers Art League at The Bascom will feature Academy Award-winning sculptor Wesley Wofford, whose art can be found in major motion pictures, installations around the country, and in his Cashiers studio. Wofford grew up in a small town in Georgia. After realizing his artistic capabilities, he decided to pursue a degree in Fine Arts …

For the Birds

The Carolina Gallery is spreading its wings with a new exhibition, “For the Birds,” August 4 through September 4. The showing features artists Ed Boos, Dick Dickerson and John Sill. Gallery artists, in keeping with 2018 Audubon Society’s Year of the Birds, join them with their own amazing avian images. Growing up in Illinois, Boos was a child of nature. …


Master Bamboo Fly Rod Maker

Tucked among these Southern Appalachian Mountains are people creating some amazing things.  Talented artists and craftspeople seem to thrive in the glory of the nature that surrounds us.  One of those is John Hollifield of Hollifield Bamboo Fly Rods. A lifelong fisherman, Hollifield was taught fly fishing by his dad at the tender age of 8.  He took to it …

Felix & Oscar Ride Again

Neil Simon is the most prolific and performed modern playwright in the world.  During the 60s, he wrote some of his most famous plays.  Broadway hits “Come Blow Your Horn” (1961) and “Barefoot in the Park” (1963) heralded his career as a playwright. Tony Award winners include “Plaza Suite” (1968) and “Last of the Red Hot Lovers” (1969).  In 1983, …

Sweet Sound of Serenity

The Interlude Concerts at the First Presbyterian Church of Highlands and the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation will continue for the month of August. These free concerts are an opportunity for everyone to take a bit of quiet time for themselves while listening to world class music in the serenity of the host church.  In the sometimes-harried pace of life …


StarStruck Gala In Review

Scores of theater devotees made the scene Sunday evening, July 1, at the Highlands Playhouse StarStruck Gala.  The Board of Directors, HP management, and Playhouse performers set the stage for one of the most entertaining and profitable fundraisers in the 80-year history of the theater.  The Highlands Country Club played host to more than 150 loyal supporters who mixed and …

Birds of a Feather

Birds of a feather flock together at Around Back at Rocky’s Place, often to get first dibs on the new arrivals of folk artist Kelley Bentley Ash.  Kelly’s paintings are whimsy at its best.  Whether you are outfitting a room for children or one for adults, her paintings are just the ticket to make you smile…they are not only ageless, …

K. Ray’s Creations

For 35 years Karen Ray worked a government job as a mechanical engineer.  Her drawings became the stuff of engines and machines.  Over time, stoked by the inspiration from weekend jewelry-making classes, she began to see her day job as a lab to practice 3-D design.  She made the leap from mechanical drawing to conceptualizing small sculptures/jewelry when she retired …