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to the Best the Blue Ridge - Smoky Mountains have to offer
20 Years on-line - 1997 - 2017

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Check out the Highlander Gallery Gifts of Creativity...
Wednesday - Saturday 10 am to 5 pmHighlander Gallery in Brasstown North Carolina

Trip Advisor Quote...Finest Gallery within hundreds of miles...

Arts in the ParkBlue Ridge, GA
41st Annual Spring Arts in the Park
May 27th & 28th  - 10 am - 5 pm

Enjoy the 41st annual Spring Arts in the Park fine arts and fine crafts festival held in the beautiful Downtown City Park of Blue Ridge, Georgia during Memorial Day weekend. Admire artwork and enjoy tasty food from over 175 juried fine arts and fine crafts exhibitors and food booths.

Weekend Admission: adults $5; children under 12 free. All proceeds go to benefit the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, a 501c3 non-profit community arts association.

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John C. Campbell Folk School Gala BenefitBrasstown, NC
Gala & Benefit Auction
May 29th  - 5 pm - 8 pm

We are looking forward to our upcoming May Gala & Benefit Auction. This event will be held in the Keith House on Saturday, May 27, 2017 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

You'll have a chance to bid on amazing art from our instructors, resident artists, and students, enjoy live music and, new this year, a raffle for door prizes. Our Folk School chef will serve delicious southern inspired fare.

We hope you will join us, Jack Smoot will be your emcee, and auctioneers, Tim Ryan and Bob Grove, for a wonderful afternoon of togetherness, art, and camaraderie. This auction helps guarantee that the Folk School will continue to be a haven where artists can learn, work and be inspired.

Visit our auction website for more information or call us at 1-800-365-5724.

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Memorial DayBlairsville, GA
Memorial Day Parade
Saturday - May 27th
10 am - 12pm

Each Memorial Day weekend downtown Blairsville salutes those who have served our country by enjoying a community parade at 10:00am and then a ceremony at War Memorial Park at 11:00am.

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Blairsville Georgia Spring Arts, Crafts & Music FestivalBlairsville, GA
Blairsville Arts, Crafts
and Music Festival
Friday, Saturday & Sunday
May 26th - 28th

The 2017 Blairsville Arts, Crafts, and Music Festival will take place on Saturday, May 27th and Sunday, May 28th around the Square in Blairsville. You will enjoy visiting over fifty arts & crafts vendors from around the region along with some delicious mountain fair food.

The festivities will begin on Friday night with music inside the Historic Courthouse from 6pm-10pm. On Saturday there will be music inside the Courthouse from 12pm-5pm along with four "jam session" tents around the courthouse lawn for anybody to pull up a chair and jam. On Sunday you will find even more music both inside the Courthouse from 11am-5pm!

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Chimney Rock Memorial Day Family Fun WeekendChimney Rock, NC
Memorial Day Weekend
Family Fun
Saturday, Sunday & Monday
May 27th, 28th & 29th

Memorial Day is often thought of as the kickoff to summer fun, and Chimney Rock has all the activities to make that happen. Saturday through Monday.

Monday your family can test their skills on our 32-foot climbing tower, enjoy our daily Family Animal Encounter and spend time exploring one of the Park's many trails.

Climbing Tower open 11am-4pm; Family Animal Encounters 2pm daily

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Blue Ridge Community TheaterBlue Ridge, GA
Blue Ridge Community Theater
No Sex Please, We're British
Thursday - Saturday 7:30
Sunday Matinée 2:00
May 18th - June 4th

A young bride who lives above a bank with her husband who is the assistant manager, innocently sends a mail order off for some Scandinavian glassware. What comes is Scandinavian undesirable materials. The plot revolves around what is to be done with the veritable floods of undesirable materials, photographs, books, films, and eventually girls that threaten to engulf this happy couple.

The matter is considerably complicated by the man's mother, his boss, a visiting bank inspector, a police superintendent, and a muddled friend who does everything wrong in his reluctant efforts to set everything right, all of which works up to a hilarious ending of closed or slamming doors. This farce ran in London over eight years and also delighted Broadway audiences.

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Blue Ridge Trout TrailBlue Ridge, GA
Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association presents
Blue Ridge Trout Trail
April Through June

Official Blue Ridge Trout Trail Maps. Available at the Art Center. 420 West Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513.

Announcing an exciting public art project celebrating the beauty of the trout fish presented in Blue Ridge, Georgia. Blue Ridge has officially been designated with two honors…the ‘Trout Capital of Georgia’ and "One of the Top Art Towns in the Nation."

In highlighting what Blue Ridge does best, the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association and the Blue Ridge Mountain Chapter of Trout Unlimited have partnered to host a county-wide public art event. We call this incredible project Trout Art Trail. The Trout Art Trail Project will offer a limited edition series of five-foot fiberglass trout sculptures presented as a county-wide event.

For more information contact BRMAA: 706.632.2144 or

Chimney Rock Spring Photo Contest Chimney Rock, NC
Chimney Rock Park
Spring Photo Contest
March - May 28th

Every season, each and every day, offers something new at Chimney Rock. Warm weather energizes us and encourages us to get outside and moving.

The forest bursts into color and birds begin to reappear. Ah, so invigorating. Look around you; notice the many signs of spring – smiling faces, fresh green leaves, flowers in bloom.

Capture that special moment or scene on your camera, enter it in our seasonal photo contest and tell us about it. We'll use the winning entries on our website and Facebook album, and you'll win some fun prizes.

Photos must be taken within the Chimney Rock section of the Park.

For more information on the contest or how to submit your photo(s), call (828) 625-9611, or email

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The Highlander is celebrating 20 years on-line this year

Moving to these mountains in 1995, and seeing the wealth of healthy resources available to everyone led us to wanting to explore more That exploration led us to wanting to share that information. Having a history in marketing and publishing and the desire to publish a magazine about these mountains led us to research the Internet and its potential in 1995.

We started developing in 1996, and launched it in 1997. Our next biggest challenge was to go around the mountains and explain to many what the Internet was and the value it had as a communication medium. Today 88.5% of the US population uses the Internet regularly.

The Highlander has been redesigned and re-programmed many times over the years. We are always looking into new ways to benefit our readers and sponsors, and are working on new benefits to add this coming season. We know you are going love the new additions and changes as we continue to grow out of the box.

We would love your input as to what you would like to have in the Highlander, after all, we are doing this for you, our readers, as a way to enjoy and plan your trips to the mountains.

Use this link to share your ideas of what you would like to see added to the Highlander. Continue to check out the progress, each week you will see something new...enjoy..

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