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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Surviving the Snow

Our 10-day snow event is coming to a close.  In a few more days the horses will be safe to once again traverse the hills and fields.  In the meantime, they are confined to the paddocks, stables and arena.  Injury is always a concern and more so when they can’t see where their feet are landing.   If you have …

Happenings at Hudson

Freedom of Information Day is an annual event on or near March 16, the birthday of James Madison, who is widely regarded as the Father of the Constitution and as the foremost advocate for openness in government.   Each year, the James Madison Award and the Eileen Cooke State & Local Madison Award are presented by the American Library Association …

Volunteers and Foster Homes

Friends for Life has a great need for volunteers at our sanctuary for senior and special needs animals, the Forever Farm, and at our facility for nursing care and Hospice, the Pickelsimer Center.     Walking dogs, brushing cats, and simple one-on-one attention can mean the world to these animals.  If you ask some of our volunteers, you’ll hear that …

Success Report

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Highlands has recently expanded our number of mentor matches!  We are a division of BBBS of Western North Carolina, serving the region since 1982 and 12 years in Highlands.  As the oldest and largest mentoring program in the area, our progress is reflected in the following statistics of youth involved in the community and school-based …

More Land Every Year

2015 has been a record year for the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust.  They have conserved over 400 acres of valuable land, the most ever in a single year, bringing their total acres conserved to over 3,000!   The following is a summary of the four properties HCLT conserved in 2015: Thanks to the donation of an additional 63 acres, the HCLT …

About Trout

Trout fishermen rejoice!  It’s that time of year when the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission releases trout in mountain streams, among them, the Cullasaja River.   North Carolina Wildlife Biologist Powell Wheeler, says, “It’s a non-natural thing, but something sportsmen really enjoy.”  The inland fishing industry pumps millions of dollars into North Carolina’s economy, so the effort is not only …

Hasta La Vista, Wolfie

I woke up from a terrible dream. It was one of those reality benders that keeps you teetering on the edge of death, failure, loss, or giving a speech in your underpants…the usual perils. Awake, I realized I wasn’t dying, failing, losing, or on stage in my muffin-topped Spanx, but I was still rattled.  I went to the bathroom, shaking off …

The Fat Myth

Cholesterol! Ugh, right?  What we once knew about fats and how they contribute to cholesterol is very conflicting with what we now know. Many myths exist about healthy fats, cholesterol and the detrimental effects on the heart and blood vessels.  These healthy fats and cholesterol are actually necessary for good health, including cellular production and regeneration.    Fats and cholesterol …

Dark-eyed Junco

The Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) is a type of sparrow, this forest floor dweller is slate-colored with bright white tail feathers on display during flight. One of the most populous birds in North America, the Dark-eyed Junco is a year-round resident in the Appalachian Mountains as well as a winter migrant from Alaska, Canada and Western mountains. They are winter …

Your Gem in the Forest

Soar with the eagles high atop Little Sheepcliff Mountain in this beautiful estate-style home, which is surrounded by 12 acres of flora and fauna.  Enjoy terraced gardens, hiking trails, and majestic vistas.  Sip coffee on the large stone terrace as the morning sun glimmers high above distant views of Whiteside Mountain.   Peals of laughter reverberate across the river-soaked heart-of-pine floors …

Hollywood Comes to Cashiers

Thompson Roberts Zachary, known as T. R. or Tom, wrote his will in 1916, and part of his instructions to his executors can still be observed today.   Section IV of the will reads, “It is my will and ardent desire that all my children can so divide my real property so that each of them can have a home …

Footsteps of the Ancients

This is the first in a series of three articles saluting the botanical history of the Highlands Plateau, based upon research of the Laurel Garden Club’s Land Stewards and Ran Shaffner.  Its accompanying video and pamphlet were winners of the North Carolina Society of Historians’ Paul Green Multimedia Award in 2015. 300 million years ago, continents collided…not a sudden smash-up, …