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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
10079 Old Highway 64 •  Brasstown NC
3/4 miles east of JC Campbell Folk School

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

Village Square Arts & Crafts in Highlands NCHighlands, NC
Village Square
Spring Arts & Crafts Show
June 24th & 25th • 10 am - 5 pm

Highlands Village Square Art & Craft Show, will be featuring local and regional artisans with fine art, pottery, rustic furniture, metal, leather, etc.

Cool off at 4118' while browsing 75+ booths filled with high quality local and regionally made fine art and crafts.  Rustic furniture, leather purses, blacksmithing, chili sauces, and pottery are just a few of the items you will find there.

Kelsey-Hutchinson "Founders Park" on Pine Street (at N. 5th St.) is a beautiful venue for the show. The pavilion will feature musicians to enliven the atmosphere. You will find good food to eat in the park and the Highlands Village Square next door.  

Bring the kids for fun in the interactive water fountain.  Free admission.

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Wade Hayes Concert at the Art CenterBlue Ridge, GA
BRMAA - The Art Center &
Trout Unlimited
Wade Hayes
Live Music ~ Art Auction
Food & Refreshments

Come support the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association and Trout Unlimited.  There will be a special art auction which includes the limited edition of exquisitely hand-painted trout statues that are on display right now in downtown Blue Ridge.

Enjoy some amazing live music and support great causes at the same time!


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Chimney Rock Family Animal EncountersChimney Rock, NC
Chimney Rock
at Chimney Rock State Park
Family Animal Encounters
The Entire Month of June

Meet some of Grady the Groundhog's woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed hawk and Great Horned Owl, at our daily 2pm Family Animal Encounters! A Park naturalist will explain each animal's role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife.

Animal Encounters meet at the Outdoor Classroom Sat & Sun and at Grady's Animal Discovery Den on Monday. Then, grab a Track Trail brochure at Grady's Den and take a hike along our Great Woodland Adventure trail with 12 interactive education stations.

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Union County Farmers MarketBlairsville, GA
Union County Farmers Market
American Cancer Society Dessert Contest at Union County Farmers Market
Saturday - June 24th
7 am - 2 pm

The growers and artisans that sell at the market are remarkable folks. Stop in today and visit with us here at the Union County Farmers Market and savor all that is home grown and handmade! We also provide a list of the participating growers & artisans with their contact information - just in case you can’t wait till market day to get your bushel of corn or a special handcrafted gift.

Look forward to seeing you at the Market!

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

Official Blue Ridge Trout Trail Maps Available at the BRMAA ~ Art Center
420 West Main St, 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

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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