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
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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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Downtown Abbey Afternoon Tea

Perhaps you’ve dreamed of basking in the elegance of an Edwardian high tea or a stroll through a formal English Garden. Maybe you’ve been lost in the mannered episodes of the Masterpiece Theatre drama “Downton Abbey.” Well, whatever your cup of tea, there’s a unique opportunity in Cashiers next month to indulge your secret wishes. The Cashiers Valley Community Council …

Chamber’s New Directors

Congratulations to Kay Craig of The Ugly Dog Pub, Amanda Sullivan of the Old Edwards Inn, and Bill Futral, Owner of Futral Enterprises, who have been elected to the Highlands Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Mr. Futral was re-elected to a second term. Thank you to all our members who cast ballots in this year’s election. It was …

Scaly Women Revvin’ Up

Knock, knock. Who’s there? Scaly Mountain. Scaly Mountain who? Scaly Mountain Women’s Club, and we are gearing up for our big fundraiser in July. We will be knocking on doors beginning this month seeking a smile and your ongoing support. Every year, merchants, organizations, clubs, and private donors are extremely generous, contributing to the huge success of our annual live …


Service Above Self

Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. In more than 160 countries, approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 30,000 Rotary clubs. Rotary club membership represents a cross-section of the community’s business and professional men …

Check It Out

With the high season quickly approaching, Hudson Librarian Jennifer Crowley would like to remind residents that visitor cards are available at all library branches. If you have children, grandchildren, or other visitors staying in your home while you’re away they’ll need to get their own temporary library card. This allows them to check out books, magazines, games, DVDs, and puzzles for …

It’s Planting Time!

Big Brothers Big Sisters is gearing up for the third year of its 323 little organics project. The BBBS partnership with The Bascom continues to grow and this year will offer more opportunities for community children to interact with the little organics garden. This year BBBS has purchased growlight systems for the aeroponic towers so produce can be grown and enjoyed year round! …


Tail-wagging Appreciation

You may have already gotten your invitation in the mail, but if not, please join us at the 9th Annual Faux Fur Ball, which is actually no ball at all. This virtual event is our annual fundraiser to help with food supplies for our residents at the Forever Farm. What do you think it costs to feed 175 animals? Last year …

National Alliance on Mental Illness

Mayday! Mayday! One in four adults will deal with a mental health challenge, and one in 17 adults live with a serious mental illness such as depression, bipolar disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, etc. If you need help, support, or resources on mental illness for yourself or family member, NAMI Appalachian South, the local affiliate of the National Alliance …

Spotlight On Natural Heritage Gems

What’s your vision for the mountains of southern Macon and Jackson Counties? The Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust’s 2014-2019 Strategic Plan states that our vision is “Preserving places with exceptional conservation value.” Every time the Land Trust accepts an easement or land donation, the conservation value is determined and documented. We work very hard to protect those properties of high conservation value, …


You Never Know

The adage, “You never know” is something that occurs, generally out of the blue, in the life of Carpe Diem Farms. So it was one day in late March when we received a call from Judy Madden of J. McLaughlin’s Highlands store offering to help. She had been reading about CDF, and had heard from others of our good works …

Paws for a Cause

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 evening more perfect. Pawsitively Purrfect, as a matter of fact, and …

Saint Sally: A Godsend at Hospice

Four Seasons Compassion for Life is our local provider of hospice care. Based in Flat Rock, North Carolina, its team of hospice workers covers Macon, Jackson, Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Transylvania, and Swain counties. It is one of the premier hospice organizations in the country. Volunteers play an integral part in the day-to-day workings of hospice. Opportunities range from companionship and …