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Their Wish Granted

The Art League of Highlands-Cashiers achieved another milestone in 2015 with first-time membership in North Carolina’s Regional Artist Project Grants program.  With a vote from the ALHC board to donate to RAPG and become involved in this vital statewide artist grant program, the ALHC has added a significant new member benefit for current members and artists who are considering ALHC …

A New Leaf

Every time Elizabeth Haskins handpicks a semi-precious stone for her exquisite gold, sterling, brass, and copper jewelry, she turns over a new leaf…literally.   Nine years ago, after she lost her son, she designed the Dreaming Tree with one leaf symbolically falling from it.  Since then she’s created scores of leaves, each one unique in shape, color, texture, form, and …

Eddies of Flour

When she’s in her peak baking season, Jane Elliott rolls out of bed and into her North Carolina-certified home kitchen.  Eddies of flour and finely ground home-harvested spices swirl in her wake.  It doesn’t take long for the fragrance of savory shortbread or spicy cheese pecan squares to waft through the house…and all this before she’s even brewed her first …


One Good Turn

North Carolina has a long-standing history of craftsmanship.   Woodturning, in particular, has strong roots in North Carolina – the state’s often credited as the cradle of the furniture industry in the United States.  This fascinating trade has been passed down from generation to generation, the skill being perfected more and more as each new generation of artist finds their …

Opera, Theatre and Ballet

January and February are busy months for the Live in HD Series at the Performing Arts Center featuring the MET Opera, the National Theatre of London, and the Bolshoi Ballet – all via satellite. January brings The National Theatre Encore performance of “Skylight,” Saturday, January 9, at 1:00 P.M.  Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan star. MET Opera presents “Les Pecheurs …

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 …