This Week

Sept. 18

  • Highlands Weekly Community Dinner, free community dinner held at the Community Building in Highlands, N.C. every Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Sept. 19

  • “Bowl Turning Intensive” with John Tagliarini is being offered September 19 through 21, so if woodturning is your thing, this is just for you. Take a workshop with Colette Clark and create your version of “Saints and Sorcerers,” September 19 or pay “Attention to Detail” with Kyle Carpenter September 17 through 21, honing your throwing and decorating techniques. For more information, please visit our website at org, give us a call at (828) 526-4949, or stop in at 323 Franklin Road.

Sept. 20

  • An Evening with the Docs – Safe Steps: Keeping Mobile and Fit, join Herbert Plauche, MD, as he presents a program entitled Safe Steps: Keeping Mobile and Fit at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital on Thursday, September 20, at 5:30 p.m. in the Jane Woodruff Clinic, Suite 103. This free event is part of Highlands-Cashiers Hospital’s Evening with the Docs series. Reserve your space today. Light refreshments will be provided. The event is limited to 50 attendees. RSVP to Brittany Dryman at 828-526-1345.
  • Craft Beer Night at the Barn where participants will enjoy a wide variety of local and regional craft beers and lite bites from area restaurants from 6-8:30 p.m. Wine and non-alcoholic beverages will also be served, but you must be at least 21 years old to attend. Revelers will also be treated to great rockin’ music, perfect for cutting loose on the dance floor. Setting the pace for the evening is Timeless Highway with Tommy Dodd on steel guitar. Timeless Highway has earned a national reputation for its exuberant rockin’ Country Swing Music.  Once again sponsored by Diane and Ray McPhail, this musical act is perfect for the kind of dancing that made Helen’s Barn central to the social scene of
    old-time Highlands. Cost of the evening is $50 per person. Tickets and reserved tables are on sale at All of the funds raised by this event will benefit the programs and projects of The Rotary Club of Highlands.  Sponsors include Old Edwards Inn & Spa, Laurel Magazine, Diane and Ray McPhail, and The Ugly Dog Public House.
    For more information about the evening, email

Sept. 21

  • The Mountain Dulcimers will perform at Friday Night Live from 6-8 p.m. at Town Square in Highlands.

Sept. 22

  • Short Stack for a Tall Cause, come join us for our last pancake breakfast of the season.  The breakfast will be held at the Old Scaly School House on Buck Knob Road on Saturday, September 22.  Breakfast is served from 8-10:30 a.m. There will be blueberry pancakes (berries are picked, washed, and frozen by members), plain pancakes, Blalock sausage, orange juice, and coffee. It is $6 for adults, $4 for children, and no charge for under five. The ladies of the club will be cooking and serving and you may spot some husbands manning the sausage station and flipping pancakes. It seems that everyone joins in to help the clubs quest to enable young students to further their educations. The club has four new scholarship students who graduated from Highlands School in May and will be added to their other scholarship students. The club ladies will have no down time as they are working on their next fundraiser, the Chocolate Fantasy, to be held on Saturday, October 13, at the Highlands Own Craft Show at the Civic Center.  The show begins at 8 a.m. and lasts until 4 p.m. These ladies know all things chocolate. The Scaly Mountain Women’s Club is a 501(c)3 organization and in addition to our scholars we support we support many local nonprofit and community services, among which are the Highlands Literacy Council, Sky Valley/Scaly Mountain Volunteer Fire Dept., The Highlands Emergency Council, and The Sid Weber Cancer Fund. For more information on Scaly Mountain Women’s club, visit org or call (772) 548-2526.


Sept. 28

  • Silly Ridge Roundup will perform at Friday Night Live from 6-8 p.m. at Town Square in Highlands.
  • Squirrel Nut Zippers will perform at the Smokey Mountain Performing Arts Center at 1028 Georgia Road at 7:30 p.m. They began their musical journey in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in the mid 1990’s, as a musician’s escape from the cookie cutter world of modern rock radio at the time. Jimbo Mathus along with drummer/percussionist Chris Phillips formed the band as a casual musical foray among friends and family in the area. It wasn’t long before the band’s quirky mix of jazz chords, folk music, and punk rock leanings spread out of the region and attracted a national audience. Between 1995-2000 the Squirrel Nut Zippers sold over three million albums. Their watershed album, Hot (1996) was recorded in the heat of New Orleans, fueled by a youthful hunger to unlock the secrets of old world jazz. This passion mixed with klezmer, blues and random bits of contemporary musical leanings became the bands signature style. At the time, there were few other bands inhabiting this space. The album would eventually break free of any “jazz” stereotypes and land on commercial radio, taking the band to remarkable heights for what was essentially an anti-establishment sound. Years later and through chronicles of every kind, the band has emerged from a lengthy recording hiatus, invigorated, invested, and rejuvenated. “It’s not a reunion, it’s a revival” has been the battle cry for Mathus since reforming the group in 2016. With an all-star cast of New Orleans musicians, the band breathed new life in to the old material, and inspired Mathus to return to the studio to reignite the band’s unique, enigmatic Tickets cost $25, $30 and $35.

Sept. 29

  • The second annual Satulah-bration and Chili Cookoff at 10 a.m. at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park in Highlands, N.C. to celebrat HCLT’s first preserved property, Satulah Preserve.
  • A Night of World Music and Dance with Kaveh Karandish & Max Karandish at 7:30 p.m. at the Highlands Performing Arts Center. Kaveh’s music reveals his love and passion for his homeland folk-music and represents his effort for writing passionate music for those who seek deep and influential music. He simply believes in the Persian proverb that reads: “what stems from the heart will affect the heart of the audience. “ Besides musical ambitions, Kaveh holds an MD degree & has been a practicing internal medicine and cosmetic physician since 2009. He now resides & practices music & medicine in Arizona. He is grateful for the ultimate unconditional love, support and encouragement he received from his family throughout the years. His most recent album “Silent Whispers” (Released Oct 2017) is a collaborative effort with the number of world-class musicians and Grammy-nominated producer and arranger Elliot Lanam. This album once again manifests Kaveh’s powerful sonic dreams surpassing boundaries and cultures by blending different elements of musical styles with his devotion to his homeland music. At the same time, this album contains some of his most intimate and emotionally filled piano-based works. He is very excited about sharing this musical collection to his fans worldwide. He has also been a great enthusiast of film music and has enjoyed scoring numbers of short films along with parts of the soundtracks for the documentary “Iran, the forgotten glory”. A work by his late beloved brother Makan Karandish.

Oct. 5

  • The Cashiers Leaf Festival has been held each year in October since its inception in 2009.  This year’s festival expects to welcome more than 100 artisans and merchants scattered throughout the Village Green and Commons park, located directly in the center of Cashiers adjacent to the crossroads of Highways 64 and 107. Visitors will find unique handcrafted wood, pottery, jewelry and much more on display and available for purchase throughout the weekend. There will be plenty of food and drinks available in both parking lots behind the two stages of the park, which will be filled with live music throughout the weekend. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, on October 5, 6, and 7.

Oct. 6

  • Highlands Community Health Fair – sponsored by First Baptist Church of Highlands at 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Highlands Recreation Center. To register call Anna Claire 828-526-1489.
  • Chicks with Hits – Terri Clark – Pam Tillis – Suzy Bogguss at 7:30 p.m. at the Smokey Mountain Performing Arts Center.

Terri Clark
Hailing from Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, Terri Clark got her start by playing for tips at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, a legendary honky-tonk bar across the alley from Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. With over 5 million albums sold, critically acclaimed international tours, and hit singles such as “Better Things To Do,” “Poor Poor Pitiful Me,” “Girls Lie Too,” “Northern Girl,” and “I Just Wanna Be Mad,” Terri has solidified her place in the history books of country music. The 3-time JUNO Award winner holds the honor of being the only Canadian female member of the legendary Grand Ole Opry. She has been named CCMA Female Vocalist of the Year five times and has taken home eight CCMA Fan’s Choice Awards. In total, Terri has had the honor of receiving 19 CCMA Awards.

Pam Tillis
As the child of Country Music Royalty, Pam Tillis was determined from a young age to find her own way in music as a singer and songwriter. Pam Tillis has always insisted on writing and cutting songs that speak from the soul. With 6 number ones and 14 top ten singles, Pam knows all about breaking the platinum barrier. With more than 30 singles charting on US Billboard charts and selling more than 7 Million copies of her studio albums, Pam’s critical acclaim has not diminished. She is currently a reoccurring guest on the TV show “Nashville”, performed an extended run on Broadway in New York in Smokey Joe’s Cafe and is a proud member of The Grand Ole Opry. Pam Tillis’ star continues to shine brightly in the 3rd decade of her career.

Suzy Boggiss
During the creative explosion that was country music in the 1990s Suzy Bogguss sold 4 million records with sparkling radio hits like “Outbound Plane”, “Someday Soon”, “Letting Go”, and “Drive South”. In the midst of her country popularity she took time off to make a duets album with the legendary Chet Atkins. In 2003 she made an album of modern swing music with Ray Benson of Asleep At The Wheel. An album of original music in 2007 landed her at number 4 on the jazz charts. Her folk music roots show through in her frequent appearances on public radio’s A Prairie Home Companion, in the Grammy she earned for her work on Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster, and in her critically acclaimed album and book project from 2011, American Folk Songbook. So yes, you can call her a country singer if you want, but really that’s just the beginning. Tickets cost $28, $33, and $38.

Oct. 12

  • Southern Highlands will perform at Friday Night Live from 6-8 p.m. at Town Square in Highlands.

Oct. 13

  • Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society hosts its 4th Annual CHHA Forever Family Reunion from 1-3 p.m. at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park in Highlands, N.C.

Oct. 19

  • 7th Annual Studio Barn Sales 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. held in the historic Dave Drake Studio Barn, formerly known as the Crane’s riding stable. Enjoy wonderful and beautiful handmade pottery with an added bonus of demonstrations including wheel throwing, sculpture, hand building, carving, and sqraffito. Contact Frank Vickery at for more information. The event Oct. 19-21 and is free to attend.

Oct. 20

  • The Art League of Highlands-Cashiers Fall Art show Oct. 20-21 at the Highlands Civic Center, 600 N. 4th Street, Highlands, N.C.

Oct. 26

  • Highlands Foodie Festival: From Oct. 26-28 is the Highlands Foodie Festival at The Highlands Playhouse. We will be showing scrumptious foodie themed films, accompanied by wine tastings and food samples after many of our movies. Want more? Not only will there be wine and food, but also cooking demos, a live painting demonstration with a silent auction to follow, and a fundraiser for the Highlands Food Pantry. Here’s a look at the schedule:

Friday, October 26th

  • 1 p.m. – We kick off with film shorts (approximately 90 mins) Followed by some light-bites as featured in the shorts.
  • 4 p.m. – Acclaimed feature film Julie & Julia, starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. Wine and food offerings after film, plus cooking demonstration by Pat Allen.
  • 7 p.m. – Chocolat. Johnny Depp and Julia Ormand couldn’t be any sweeter. Chocolate and wine offerings after film.

Saturday, October 27th

  • 10 a.m. – Ratatouille. Admission is free for this animated masterpiece. Appropriate for all ages. Popcorn, candy, and drinks will be available for purchase from our concession stand.
  • 1 p.m. – Wasted!. This documentary deals with the issue of food waste. Grappa tasting and a cooking demo to follow, along with a fundraiser for the Food Pantry.
  • 4 p.m. – We will play short films about 90 min. During the shorts there will be a live painting created by Jeannie Edwards of Easely an Artist, with a silent auction for the finished painting and a cooking demo to follow.
  • 7 p.m. – Back to Burgundy. Featured wines from the movie to taste after the show.
  • Sunday October 28th
    1 p.m. – Bottle Shock. A story of the early days of California wine making. Wine and food offerings after film
  • 4 p.m. – Ratatouille. Foods featured from the movie after film.
  • 7 p.m. – Sideways. This film features a road trip through California’s wine country. Wine and food offerings after film.
  • Tickets & Prices-
    $15 per ticket for one film
    $35 for a day ticket
    $100 for a 3 day ticket!
  • There will be special opportunities for purchasing specialty wines by the glass and bottle. Tickets will be available for purchase soon. So stay tuned!

Oct. 28

  • Goblins On the Green is a frightfully fun family-friendly Halloween event at 5:30 p.m. on the Village Green in Cashiers, N.C. Enjoy culinary delights from the food truck, plus lots of fun and games, and tricks and treats! Be sure to dress up in your most creative costume. Prizes will be awarded for best boy, girl and human/canine duo.


  • Let’s fill the brick walkway of the Highlands Veterans Memorial Garden by Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2018. Bricks are $50 for 1, $40 for the second one. Contract for the purchase form is through Bill Edwards at Edwa7353@bellsouth.net404-915-1344. Forms are also available for pickup and return at Town Hall. Sept. 1, 2018 is the deadline for placement by Nov. 11.
  • Summer Movies at the Playhouse: Sundays at 5:30 and 8 p.m., Mondays and Tuesdays at 2, 5 and 8 p.m.

First Mondays

  • Shortoff Baptist Church non-denominational Men’s Meeting at 7 p.m.


  • At the Rec Park, High Cardio Zumba Fitness with Certified Instructor Tiffany Austin at 5:15 p.m.
  • Hip Hop classes with Tori Schmitt at 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Rec Park.

Mon. & Thurs.

  • The Joy Program at HUMC from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Includes a free lunch and a variety of programs and games. All seniors are welcome. For more info, call Tricia Smith at 828-338-8167.

Mon. & Wed.

  • Gentle Yoga at the Rec park at 9:30 a.m. All levels welcome.

Mon., Wed., Fri.

  • Heart Healthy Exercise Class Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8:30-9:30 a.m.
  • Aerobics with Tina Rogers 8-9 a.m.

Mon., Wed., Thurs.

  • Pickle Ball at the Recreation Department Gym 10:30 a.m. -1 p.m.


  • FREE Community Table Dinner at the Community Bldg. at 6 p.m.
  • The Humanist Discussion Group meets every Tuesday morning from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the Meeting Room in the back of Hudson Library,
  • The Highlands Writers Group, a collection of professional and talented amateur writers, meets to read, workshop, or to just share information on writing, every Tuesday, 3-5 p.m., in the downstairs board room at The Bascom, 323 Franklin Road, Highlands, NC 28741. For more information, call 828-526-3190.
  • Highlands Rotary Club, Repeats every week every Tuesday at noon in the Highlands Community Building until Tue Apr 16 2019.

First Tuesdays

  • The monthly family support group for those with family members, friends, or loved ones living with the challenge of mental illness meets at 7 p.m. at Memorial United Methodist Church, 4668 Old Murphy Road, Franklin. For info call 369-7385.

2nd and 4th Tuesdays

Third Tuesday

  • The Macon County Poultry club meets to discuss topics related to raising backyard chickens. Meetings are open to the public of all ages, family friendly and educational. For more information call 828-349-2046 or 828-369-3916.

Tuesday and Thursdays

  • Exercise Class with Michelle Lane at 5:15 p.m. A combination class with many different styles of exercise at Rec Park.


  • Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley, meeting repeats every Wednesday until April 17, 2019.
  • Highlands Mountaintop Rotary meets every Wednesday until Wed Apr 17, 2019 at the Highlands Church of the Incarnation.

Wed. – Sat. 

  • At Highlands Inn on Main Street held in the dining room, Afternoon Tea  2-4:30 p.m. Royal Tea: $45; Classic Tea: $35. Call 828-526-9380 for more information.


  • The Glenville Historical Society Museum is open every Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. until October 13. Church, club, school and family groups are welcome to visit the museum by appointment on any day of the week. The Museum is located at 4735 Highway 107in Glenville next to Signal Ridge Marina. A historic time line, photos, documents, artifacts and antiques tell the story of Old Glenville, building the Lake Glenville Dam and new Glenville development from the 1940s to present day. Go to

First Wednesdays

  • Family Movies at the Hudson Library at 3:30 p.m. Call 828-526-3031 for titles.

3rd Wednesdays

  • Recently released movies at Hudson Library at 2 p.m. Call 828-526-3031 for titles.

Wed. & Fri.

  • Duplicate Bridge 12-4pm at Rec Park.


  • Four Seasons Compassion for Life will be leading a grief support group at First Presbyterian Church in Highlands on alternating Thursdays 10:30-11:30 a.m. This will be a closed group due to the nature of the group unless there are special circumstances that keep an individual from coming to the first meeting. Music therapy will be used for most sessions. Dates include: Aug. 2, 16, 30, Sept. 13, 27, Oct. 11 and Nov. 1 and 8. For additional information, contact Four Seasons at 866-466-9734
  • Live music in OEI’s The Wine Garden on Main Street. Zorki from 7-9 p.m.
  • Storytime with Miss Deanna at Hudson Library 10:40 a.m. Open to the public.
  • NAMI Support Group for individuals dealing with mental illness and the family members of individuals dealing with these challenges from 7 – 8:15 p.m. at First United Methodist Church Out Reach Center on West Main Street in Franklin Call Donita for more info (828) 526-9510.
  • Hip Hop classes with Tori Schmitt at 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Rec Park.

Afternoon Movie every week until Thu Apr 18 2019 at the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library. For more information call (828) 743-0215

Thurs. -Sat.

  • Highlands Historical Village is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. through October.

2nd Thursdays

  • Sapphire Valley Needlepoint Guild meets at the Highlands Rec Park at 10 a.m.

3rd Thursdays

  • Kidney Smart Classes in Franklin: from 4:30-6 p.m., Angel Medical Center, Video Conference Room, 3rd Floor, 120 Riverview St. Contact Majestic 828-369-9474

1st and 3rd Thursdays

  • Indivisible Highlands, a non-partisan activist group meets weekly at the Hudson Library at 5p. For info call 770-823-0601.

Fourth Thursday

  • At the Hudson Library, Kids Zone LEGO Club. Intended primarily for kids in grades 1-5 p.m., LEGO Club allows creativity and STEM skills to develop together as kids enjoy making a wonderful variety of LEGO creations.

Fridays & Saturdays

  • Live music at OEI’s Art’s At The Lodge on Spring Street. 5-8 p.m. Fridays Steve Wohlrab. Saturdays Zorki.

Live Music in OEI’s Hummingbird Lounge.Maestro from 6-8 p.m. and Cy Timmons 8 p.m. to close. Fridays

  • Live FREE music in Town Square on Main Street from 6-8 p.m.


  • Live FREE music in K-H Founders Park on Pine Street from 6-8 p.m.
  • At The Bascom, Pottery Sale in the barn from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Scrabble at Hudson Library from 1-4 p.m. Bring board if possible. All are welcome. 727-871-8298.
  • The Bascom Knitters on the Terrace at The Bascom from 10 a.m. until noon or downstairs in The Bascom Library room.

4th Saturdays

  • Scaly Mountain Women’s Club Pancake Breakfast 8-10:30a at the old Scaly Mtn. School at Buck Knob and NC 106.


  • Live Music in OEI’s Hummingbird Lounge 8 p.m. to close with Paul Jones.

Through Sat., July 14

  • At Highlands Playhouse, Guys and Dolls. Call 828-526-2695 for tickets.

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