Journey Back To Joy

No matter where she finds herself, artist Penny Pollock is in the midst of beauty.

Mountain Theatre Company
A Jet-Fueled Valentine: Review of Mountain Theatre Company’s Rock of Ages

Mountain Theatre Company’s Rock of Ages is a jet-fueled (with a splash of Riunite) valentine to the 80s Power Ballad Era, running through August

Chief Holland

Highlands Police Chief Andrea ‘Sissy’ Holland puts a sunny face on a grueling job.

So Much To Talk About

The sisters saw it first – the love between Wendy Strong and Sam Lupas was meant to be. The obstacles vanished with a kiss.

The Sumptuousness of Primary

Season’s Bounty

The Plateau’s two green markets are a celebration of the landscape’s bounty and a tribute to the men and women who make it all possible.

Weekend Concerts

Lace up your dancing shoes – Highlands’ free weekend concerts return next month – Friday nights at Town Square and Saturday evenings at

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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Locally Owned and Grown

Do you know what a CSA is?   It stands for Community Supported Agriculture and means that you buy shares in a farmer’s harvest.  What do you get for your money?  You’re guaranteed the freshest produce available and it comes directly from your neighbors.   The Cashiers-Highlands area is lucky to have a CSA right here and it’s called Blue …

The Recovery Journey

NAMI Appalachian South, the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is excited for the spring and seasons!  The mission of NAMI North Carolina is to provide support, education, advocacy, and public awareness so that all affected by mental illness can build better lives. Here’s what we’re offering this year:  Family to Family – For family members of …

The Equine Experience

Who would have ever thought that at the end of a dirt road, eight miles from Highlands’ Main Street, Carpe Diem Farms would be the site of a discovery changing the lives of horses around the globe?  Little did we know 25 years ago when we began “Exploring the Human Potential Through Equines” that the horses of CDF would be …

Faux Fur Ball

It’s spring again, and Friends for Life invites you to join us for our 10th annual Faux Fur Ball. Those of you on our mailing list may have already received your private invitation.  Some of you know that this celebration is actually, “No ball at all.  So don’t put on your ritz and glitz, just send us a donation for …

Literacy for Life

While we all know that literacy is important, specialists are now informing us that the first 2,000 days of a child’s life are even more critical than we thought.  From the website first2000days.org, we gain more insight into this process: “Brains are built, not born.”    The brain is one of the only organs not fully developed at birth.  Most …

Satulah’s Peak Experience

Satulah Mountain has been a place of significance for a long time.  To the Cherokee it was known as “Grumbler” or “Snorter,” perhaps a place to stay away from.  To the first settlers it may have looked like a sitting stool and perhaps Satulah is a derivation of “Stoolie.”  In 1909, the residents of Highlands thought enough of the mountain …

Gracious Guides

Imagine you’ve just battled the mountain road up to Highlands.  It’s your first trip here and you’re stumped.   Yes, it’s beautiful.  Yes, there is hiking to be done, but where?  If you’re smart, you’ll stop by the Highlands Visitor Center.  They have everything you need for a well-informed visit – maps, brochures, magazines, and gracious volunteers to answer your …

Rotary, Keeps Us Rolling

For over 70 years the Rotary Club of Highlands has brought people together from all walks of life who want to use their expertise for the general good; people whose sense of responsibility inspires them to give back to the community.  This flagship community organization was chartered May 2, 1945, and has been active and growing ever since.   Highlands School …

A Look Into the Heart

Abandoned and left to die. Starving, lost and alone. Crippled by blindness.  How many obstacles must be placed in the path of a soul before they finally give up on humanity, and give up on themselves? But Paisley did neither. This amazing three-year-old Labrador mix was dumped on the side of the road in Glenville last August and forced to fend …

Better Health is a Choice

We often take health for granted until we hit a bump in the road, becoming ill or developing a problem.   The body innately wants to be healthy and does a great job keeping itself in homeostasis or balance but we still abuse our systems just by modern, everyday living.  There are many obstacles today that we didn’t face 30 to 50 …

A Tapestry of Green and Sun

The Village Green is a 12.5 acre park in the heart of Cashiers, attracting thousands of visitors each year.  The park is designed to be a free, public space to enhance the community’s mountain lifestyle. People come to enjoy the large lawns, gardens, amazing public art, woodland and wetland trails and the large children’s playground. Dogs and their owners especially …

Eat Breakfast, Lose weight

If you’re like most Americans, you eat a high-carb breakfast packed with cereals, bagels, muffins, and fruit smoothies, or you don’t eat breakfast at all either because you’re too busy or you want to lose weight.  You are sabotaging your weight loss goals by destabilizing blood glucose and insulin after the night’s fast. Breakfast is exactly what it sounds like …