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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Art Leagues Triumphs

The Art League of Highlands-Cashiers ended the 2015 season with a bright outlook for 2016.  A highlight of ALHC is the Artist Series at The Bascom, running from April through October. Each month, an ALHC artist presents completed works with a presentation on the medium used.  This is a free event with a wine and cheese reception, plus the opportunity …

A Cinematic Anniversary

My how time flies!  It’s mind-boggling to think that it has been two years since we began enjoying first-run movies at the Highlands Playhouse.  A hearty “Thank You” to the forward-thinking Playhouse Board members who followed their dream to bring movies to the Plateau. This would not have happened without the generous benefactors or the enthusiastic movie-goers who filled the …

PACs Triple Delight

T he Highlands Performing Arts offers a trio of live performances in the month of December. The Bolshoi Ballet Live from Moscow will present “Lady of Camellias” on Sunday, December 6, at 12:55 P.M.  A young bourgeois, Armand Duval, falls madly in love with Marguerite Gautier, a gorgeous courtesan celebrated by the Parisian high society.  Despite her infidelity, Armand will …

Plateau Art Gallery News

The Bascom: A Center for the Visual Arts offers free exhibitions, unique education and community outreach through workshops, classes, and lectures.  Gallery hours: 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Monday through Saturday; noon to 5:00 P.M. on Sunday.  Call (828) 526-4949 or visit thebascom.org to learn about winter programs, classes, events. Closed Christmas and New Year’s Days. Mountain Mist Gallery of …

Licensed to Kiln

Highlander Kristin Edwards is a wife, a mother, and one amazing potter.   Her first began pottery classes in college and has continued them since then.  When The Bascom opened its new facility in 2009, Kristin was thrilled with the state-of-the-art ceramics equipment, and even more impressed with the instructors teaching at The Bascom.  For the past six years, she has …

Living His Dream

“It’s funny how things get started,” says John Phillips, owner of Fire and Light Glass Studio in Otto, North Carolina.  “We lived in an older home in Duluth, Georgia, and decided we wanted some stained glass windows.  So in 1981 I took a stained glass class.  I got addicted, so much so, that when we moved to North Carolina, I …

Highlands Christmas Remembered

Thinking about Christmas in Highlands evokes memories of “True Americana” – maybe even makes you think of the Currier and Ives Christmas cards that your parents shared with their friends in the 50s and 60s.  Long-time Highlands resident Dixie Barton fondly recalls her previous 25 Christmas seasons here on the Plateau.     Dixie and her family enjoyed their home …

Expansion Celebration

The Friends of the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library will celebrate their newly expanded bookstore with a party from 1:00 to 3:00 P.M. Friday, December 4.  The gathering recognizes the hard work and generosity of the community and the Carlton Foundation – they’ve greatly increased the size of the Friends’ Bookstore for book display and storage and new equipment. More books …

Glorious Giving

Be sure to join the Macon County Sheriff’s Office for Rotary Bingo on Thursday evening, December 3, as they raise funds to make Christmas brighter for needy children in our county.  Not only will you have a fun evening, but you’ll be putting smiles on the faces of youngsters. Sure bingo is fun every month and the funds raised throughout …

Ringing in the Season

The Mountain Top Ringers, the hand bell choir of the Highlands United Methodist Church, will present “Ring Christmas Bells” on Wednesday evening, December 16, at 6:00 P.M.  Worshipers at the church’s 10:50 A.M. service will get a preview of the performance on December 13.  The four sacred selections included in the Wednesday performance will be played for the congregation at …

Ridge Tops to River Bottoms

The students in the Highlands Biological Station’s fall semester-in-residence program are wrapping up the semester.    The program at HBS, held in cooperation with UNC-Chapel Hill’s Institute for the Environment and overseen by HBS Director Jim Costa and Associate Director Karen Kandl, has been going strong since 2001.   The institute immerses students in their subject of study like no …

Live Nativity

“A Merry Mountain Christmas: God with Us” will be presented by Appalachian Restoration Ministries of the Mountain Plateau.  This free Christmas celebration will feature a live nativity, carolers, live music, and more at the Village Commons in Cashiers.  It is open to the public.  Holiday baked goods, hot chocolate, and hot apple cider will be available for a donation.   …