Light Up The Village
Cashiers NC

The breathtaking Christmas Display at The Village Green is testament to a vibrant community.

Wreaths Across America
Highlands NC

Wreaths Across America will commemorate the sacrifices of veterans at noon on Saturday, December 18, at Highlands Memorial Park. For any questions

Mike Kinnebrew
A Joyful Noise
Fireside at The Farm

Mike Kinnebrew’s concert at The Farm at Old Edwards, set for December 16, marks a joyful return to the Plateau. The public is invited. For

Jubilant Illumination
Highlands NC

Decked out in jubilant illumination, Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park sets the stage for a joyous Holiday Season.

National Theatre Returns: Highlands PAC

Highlands Performing Arts Center marks the return of The National Theatre of London to local audiences with a pair of encore performances. Highlands

Small Works Art Show

The Art League of Highlands-Cashiers will present its Small Works Art Show at Sapphire Valley on Friday and Saturday, November 26 and 27. For

Promising Parades – and More, Highlands NC, Cashiers NC

Both Highlands and Cashiers will stage their Christmas Parades on the same day – Saturday, December 4. But they’re at different times, so

Christmas Tree and Candy Kiosk
Cashiers Festival of Trees

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree becomes a lot easier when you attend Cashiers’ first Festival of Trees, November 26-27 at the Summit Center.

Fireside at the Farm
Highlands NC

The Park for the People
The Village Green

Patti Callahan Henry
Annual Celebration of Education
Literacy and Learning Center

The Literacy & Learning Center’s annual celebration of its free educational programs, slated for October 17 at Wildcat Cliffs Country Club,

highlands nc old edwards orchard session John King
Lotta Miles on His Boots

Country Music sensation John King brings his deeply-felt performance to The Orchard at The Farm on October 21. For information and reservations,

Putts for Paws, Cashiers Highlands Humane Society
Putts Fore Paws
Cashiers Highlands Humane Society

Putts Fore Paws, set for October 11 at the Cullasaja Club, is no dog walk in the park – it’s a full-on golf tournament for serious and not-so-serious

Chetolah, A Place of Rest
Sip and Swine

Sips and Swine, set for October 10 at the storied Chetolah, is a storybook evening and a boost for the fortunes of The Bascom. For tickets, visit

Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival
Cashiers Leaf Festival

With art, music, and food, the Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival, slated for October 8-10 at the Village Green, is a celebration of all the good

Falling for Fall

Fall on the Plateau is a wild, sensual overload, with nature setting the stage for a spectacular Finale.

Highlands October Music

The sounds of weekend evenings in Highlands perfectly complement the vibrant spirit of the season.


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Plateau Events

Thanks to the generosity of community members, the Highlands-Cashiers area boasts a number of annual events. During the high season, there are lots of things going on and you may find it difficult to do it all. There are culinary festivals, music festivals, car shows and parades that people plan to attend well in advance. The many arts and crafts …

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 …

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 …