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

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Sweet Sensations at Highlands Mountaintop Art and Craft Show

The Scaly Mountain Women’s Club provides tuition reimbursement for qualifying residents of Scaly Mountain and Sky Valley

Weekend Concerts

Lace up your dancing shoes – Highlands’ free weekend concerts return next month – Friday nights at Town Square and Saturday evenings at

Easter Events on The Plateau

Easter will be celebrated across the Plateau, with events at both the Village Green in Cashiers and Highlands Rec Park.

Bear Shadow Music Festival

The side events during the day add color and texture and fun to Bear Shadow. For details and reservations, visit

Sip & Savor Tuesdays at Half-Mile Farm

The secrets of farm-flavored cooking and casual cocktail crafting will be revealed at High-Mile Farm’s Sip & Savor Tuesdays. Once your Half-Mile

Spoon Headlines Bear Shadow

Spoon brings decades’ worth of Indie cred to Bear Shadow. For more information, visit

Highlands Music Scene

Highlands heats up cool spring evenings with cool jazz and sharp beats.

Cars, Cars and More Cars

Rev those engines, polish the chrome – Highlands Motoring Festival is racing toward us – June 8-11.


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Magazine Issue


Painting Comes Full Circle

Zach Claxton’s art is fueled by a life filled with incident and observation

The Essence of Wild

Peggy Marra lost her way for a while – but she’s now back to Where the Wild Things Are.

Broad Wings over the French Broad

Look to the Skies! On September 18-24, depending on weather conditions, birders will hike up Whiteside Mountain to search the sky for soaring hawks; email [email protected] to join the email notification list

Sensational Summit

Stunning, spectacular, and awe-inspiring are all overused adjectives to describe the Western North Carolina Mountains. But the end result of a hiking trail in the Nantahala National Forest truly embodies those declarations and many more.

More Than a Fish

The mindset of a fly-fisher is at once deep and remarkably simple.

Mill Shoals Falls

The twin streams leading to Mill Shoals Falls give this hidden jewel its own charm, setting the stage for the seductive beauty of nearby Bird Rock Falls.

An Evening of Murder, Mystery & Dinner

The Hudson Library and MGP Production’s Youth Theater Program are planning a murder, and need the help of a team of courageous, clever, and good-hearted (though at least one of them may turn out to be a murderer) junior and senior high school students to carry it out.   In partnership with Albert Carlton Cashiers Community Library, they will be …

Golf Ball Drop fundraiser

The Literacy & Learning Center is a nonprofit whose mission is to advance the benefits of literacy on the Highlands/Cashiers plateau and its connected communities. We work hard to raise money to bring free educational programs to those who need them. As a leader at Laurel Magazine, you understand the pressing need for, and the many benefits and opportunities, education …

Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation, Nantahala Health Foundation & Dogwood Health Trust Continue Collaboration for Healthy Homes Initiative

Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation (HCHF), Nantahala Health Foundation (NHF) and Dogwood Health Trust are pleased to announce a continued collaborative initiative to address the need for home repairs in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Jackson, Macon, and Swain counties and the Qualla Boundary.   Dogwood Health Trust is supporting the Healthy Homes Initiative and the work of HCHF and NHF with a $400,000 grant. The initiative is targeted to …

Visit Highlands, NC Awards Grant to Mountain Theatre Company

HIGHLANDS, N.C. –Visit Highlands, NC today announced its latest nonprofit grant – $20,000 to Mountain Theatre Company to support its year-round productions.   Each year, Visit Highlands, NC supports local nonprofit organizations through its Tourism Grant Program and sponsorships. The grants are funded by occupancy taxes collected from guests staying in Highlands’ accommodations. A committee comprised of staff and board …

Highlands Streets Will Close Oct. 31 for ‘Halloween on Main’

HIGHLANDS, N.C. – Parts of two downtown Highlands streets will temporarily close to vehicle traffic to allow for the “Halloween on Main” event on October 31, 2002. From 5:15 to 8:30 p.m., the following streets will close:   1st Street to 5th Street South 4th Street to Spring Street   About “Halloween on Main” – Oct. 31 – 6 to 8 p.m. Creating a safe, …

Listening to the Land

Listening to the Land is a nine-month photography exploration of the Bartram Trail near Highlands, NC. Influenced by the legacy of William Bartram, photographers of all levels will be invited to enter an intimate world where the landscape is alive and waiting to be met, understood, and loved. Through workshops and dynamic online engagement, we will help photographers cultivate a …