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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 pm Highlander Gallery in Brasstown North Carolina

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


Hamilton Garden Hiawassee, GA
A Blooming Affair
at Hamiton Gardens
April 1st- May 31st

These gardens along the wooded shoreline in a upper east corner of the fairgrounds contains one of the largest collections of hybrid Rhododendrons in the State of Georgia, blooming from early April to late May.

The gardens are open with a minimal entrance fee during the blooming season and guided walking tours and shuttle tours are also available by appointment. There is also a donation box available during the non-blooming days accepting donations for maintenance expenses by the local Lions Club that cherishes and preserves the garden for the public.

The Gardens are open from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

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Call to Artists...

There is a new opportunity for this year's Rhododendron Festival. ArtWorks in Hiawassee, GA, will host the exhibit of entries into the Limited Edition Print Contest sponsored by Hamilton Gardens at Lake Chatuge as part of this year's Blooming Affair.

The exhibit will run from April 17th thru April 29th, except for Sunday, when the store is closed. The winner of the contest will receive a cash award, and the winning art will be used to create prints to sell for the beneifit of the garden.

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Chimney Rock Spring HikeChimney Rock, NC
Chimney Rock Park
Spring Break Family Fun
Every Saturday & Sunday
April 1st - 30th
2:00 - 3:00 pm

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.

Meet at Grady's Animal Discovery Den for weekday Family Animal Encounters Mon-Fri and at the Outdoor Classroom Sat-Sun. Then, grab a Track Trail brochure at Grady's Animal Discovery Den and round out the day with a hike along our Great Woodland Adventure trail with 12 interactive education stations. Don't forget your camera!

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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 visit@chimneyrockpark.com.

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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 BlueRidgeHighlander.com 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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