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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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 local police, fire and rescue operations in Jackson and Transylvania Counties.   “We’re delighted that our second year was just as successful as our first year,” said tournament director Bruce Snyder. “And, unlike last year, the weather …

Race for Literacy

The Twilight 5K Race is set for August 13. If our calculations are correct, that gives you just enough time to get those abs, hamstrings, glutes, and calves into springy shape. And find some comfy shoes, too!

Meet Your Librarian

Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library is a central player in Southern Jackson County’s social and civic landscape. In this issue, we get to know a bit about the woman who keeps the entire enterprise purring.


A BIG Dinner

There’s plenty to celebrate when Big Brothers Big Sisters stages its “It’s a BIG Dinner” at 6:00 P.M. Tuesday, September 13. Visitbbbswnc.org to learn more about the event and make your contribution.

Funding Music Education

For its 30th Anniversary, Bel Canto’s September 11 Recital at Highlands Performing Arts Center puts a graceful note on this busy season in this busy year. For information about tickets, call (828) 787-2867.

Tapping into Nature

The beauty and appeal of the outdoors is front and center on the Plateau, and many events and activities are centered around nature’s fascination.The Village Nature Series is co-hosted byThe Village Green and Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust and features expertsin their field presenting on wildlife, habitats, conservation, and local cultural heritage.Traditionally, these events are held at The Village GreenCommons in Cashiers …


Heifetz 2022 Festival of Concerts Stars of Tomorrow

Young musicians will take the stage for Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival’s final regular concerts for its 41st season. For tickets or more information, call (828) 526-9060, or visit h-cmusicfestival.org.

Go Green. Be Seen.

A trio of musical sensations will keep the beat going through the heart of the season. For information, visit villagegreencashiersnc.com/concerts.

Porchfest 2022

All of downtown Highlands is the stage for Porchfest 2022, set for 1:00 to 6:00 P.M. Sunday, September 18. For more information or to help, visit highlandsporchfest.com


‘Neath The Stars

The sounds of Friday Night Live and Saturdays on Pine are Highlands’ official Summer Soundtrack. The concerts are family-friendly and handicapped accessible.

Happiness Happens Month

August is the prime time to recharge your batteries and your Joy. Plus, there’s plenty of Good Eating!

Summit Charter School Foundation Announces 2022 Cashiers Festival of Trees Dates

Summer Gala Scheduled for July 28, Festival of Trees to be November 25-26, 2022