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A Living Dance Legend

March 3, 4, and 5 brings an exciting “happening” to the Highlands Performing Arts Center Youth Theater.   The New York-based Paul Taylor Dancers: Taylor 2 will be here.  Paul Taylor, 83, still creates two dances a year, in addition to reviving some of his 142 works for the company’s upcoming Lincoln Center season.   Taylor is the last living …

Plateau 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 are 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Monday through Saturday; and noon to 5:00 P.M. on Sunday.  Call (828) 526-4949 or visit thebascom.org to learn about winter programs, classes, events.  Mountain Mist Gallery of Cashiers represents some of …

Ice and Waterscape

Imagine stepping out of your back door into lush woodland and shooting a prize-winning photo.  That’s what fine art photographer Charles Johnson did to capture the cover of Laurel’s winter issue.   He says, “I shot a patch of ice melting in a shallow creek thirty paces from my backdoor.  The morning light was dazzling, creating a living, shimmering radiance …


My Friend Ralph

Last November I called a friend in Seattle to tell her that Ralph deVille had died. She’d been in the habit of flying to the East Coast to attend one of the ikebana workshops at Ralph’s The Stone Lantern. Think about that for a moment – a woman traveling across the continent to visit a shop in a town of …

Ghosts & Grotesques

The PAC Youth Theater will perform “Ghosts & Grotesques” on Friday through Sunday, February 19-21.  It’s a performance with stories, poems and tales that’ll make you wonder and wander “What if?”    “The wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees,  The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas,  The road was a ribbon of moonlight …

Walk In Float Out

Residents of Macon, Jackson, Transylvania, and Rabun counties, rejoice! Old Edwards Inn and Spa is once again offering their special “We Love Locals” packages. During the months of January through March, you can take advantage of their reduced rates in the inn, the spa, and Madison’s Restaurant. Old Edwards Inn and Spa understands how busy it gets in the high …


See You at the Movies

The Christmas decorations are all packed away and you’ve set out to complete all those winter projects you’ve been putting off for a while.  Shards of sunlight shimmer as frost trims the needles of the evergreens.   The slower pace of winter is a welcome respite from the harried pace of the holidays.   Don’t let cabin fever sneak upon …

Chocolate Is the Answer

For some of us, February is a bleak slog punctuated by the splash of passion and color that’s Valentine’s Day. And there’s another happy date on the calendar that’ll banish those winter blues – the Fourth Annual Chocolate Cook-Off, set for 2:00 to 4:00 P.M.  Saturday, February 7, at the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library. Every February, the library is filled …

HCP’s March Medley

What would be better than going to dinner or brunch in mid-March and enjoying a play?  How about seeing four plays? Highlands Cashiers Players is going to put on its “Metaphorical Shoes” “One Day at the Christmas Party” and have the “Misfortune” of making “Funeral Plans.”   Intrigued?  These are the titles of the four one-act plays that will accompany …


Ready. Snap. Win.

Grab your camera, capture a memory, and you could become a winner. Whether you enjoy taking that just right picture depicting the serene beauty of a snowy landscape, or catching that perfect winter action shot of your children or fur friends at play, this is the time to capture those memories and share them with The Laurel. Whatever your chosen …

Favorite Winter Fun Spot

In last month’s issue, we asked you to choose your favorite spot to do some bird watching. Choices were Turtle Pond Road, Horse Cove, and the Botanical Gardens at the Highlands Nature Center. Your favorite spot was the Highlands Nature Center. Winter in Highlands and Cashiers used to mean it was time to hibernate.   No more.   Visitors and residents alike now …

Chamber’s Beginnings

In 1923, long before the Visitor’s Center, Chamber-sponsored events, and a cohesive town voice, a fledgling Highlands Chamber of Commerce was laying the groundwork for the remarkable township we cherish today.     Thanks to Ran Shaffner and the Highlands Historical Society’s Archives, founding members’ words are part of our historical record.  Here are minutes from the Chamber’s first organizational …