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20 Years on-line - 1997 - 2017

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Highlander Gallery Will be Open...
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & 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...

Light Up Blue RidgeBlue Ridge Georgia
Light Up Blue Ridge
Downtown Blue Ridge
Saturday, November 25th

The GREAT TREE is back!

It is 27 foot tall...a sight that will WOW children and adults alike.

Join us in Blue Ridge for a full day of Christmas festivities for the entire family.

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Irving Berlin's White ChristmasBlue Ridge GA
Irving Berlin's White Christmas
at Blue Ridge Community Theater
Starts Friday November 24th
November 25th through December 10th

Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features seventeen Irving Berlin songs and a book by David Ives and Paul Blake. Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil's former army commander. The dazzling score features well known standards including Blue Skies, I Love A Piano, How Deep Is the Ocean and the perennial favorite, White Christmas.

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Union County Holiday Concert Series Blairsville, GA
Union County
Historical Society
Holiday Concert Series
Friday, December 1st, 7 pm

Bela Bartok's Romanian Folk Dances is our opener. It's lively, happy music written from his lifelong collection of folk music. Laurin Smith, our director will solo on Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Violin Concerto No 3 in G major, a beautiful and spirited selection. We are joined by lyric baritone, Dr. Benjamin Schoening, Chairman of the Music Department of the University of North Georgia, who will sing several American folk songs, as well as O Holy Night and Jesu Bambino.

To celebrate Christmas, we'll play The Christmas Waltz , I'll Be Home for Christmas, and Winter Wonderland, and will also play some Hanukkah favorites. We will close with our traditional version of Silent Night followed by We Wish You a Merry Christmas.

Concert is free and open to the public.

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Downtown Blairsville Christmas FunBlairsville, Georgia
Downtown Blairsville Christmas Fun
Saturday - December 2nd
10am to 4pm

From 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. in the courtroom of The Old Courthouse, children in line by 3:00 will see Santa.

Feel free to bring your own camera. We can print our photographer's photos while you wait, and/or, our photographer's photos will be on an on-line blog to be downloaded for free.

4 pm Christmas Parade with the arrival of Santa Claus.

Open House by the Society free!

From 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM, there will be an Open House in the restored Butt-Mock House (1906) at the Mountain Life Museum Center. The house has been restored, and is in the process of being furnished in "Early TVA" style, or how a typical upper-level life-style home would have been furnished in the early 1940's, That would be the tine when electricity came to the area.

Included in the Open House will be the Payne Cabin (1861) which represents Union County life in the mid-1800's, the farmstead which represents out-buildings most local farmers had in the 1800s. Currently, it's a blacksmith shop, corn crib, barn, and spring house.

Complimentary refreshments will be served. Enjoy cookies, cakes and drinks!

All Exhibits at The Old Courthouse will be open during the day.

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Kris Kringle Market in BlairsvilleBlairsville, Georgia
Kris Kringle Market at the Farmer's Market
Saturday - December 2nd • 10am to 3pm

Enjoy a visit to the European Outdoor Holiday Market right here in the North Georgia Mountains! Music, children's area. More than 75 vendors with produce, arts/crafts, delicious food creations.

Friday night, 4 to 8 pm enjoy the warmth of a community huddled around the bonfire, roast free marshmallows and create your smore.  Santa will be there until 7 pm.

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Brasstown North Carolina
John C. Campbell Folk School
Fireside Sale
Sunday, December 3rd

Shop for one-of-a-kind gifts in our beautifully decorated Keith House and Davidson Hall (next to the Craft Shop). Craftspeople will offer handmade items such as jewelry, weaving, forged iron, photography, quilts and turned wood.

Plan to spend the afternoon with us! Enjoy homemade refreshments such as sweet and savory scones, cookies, and gourmet coffee from the Brasstown Morris Dancers and Cherokee County Arts Council. Watch the Brasstown Dance teams' performance at 3 pm, outside of Keith House.

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Christmas Tree LIghting at Vogel State ParkBlairsville, Georgia
Come out to celebrate the Holiday season at Vogel State park!
Saturday - December 9th
10am to 4pm

Enjoy a visit to the European Outdoor Holiday Market right here in the North Georgia Mountains! Music, children's area. More than 75 vendors with produce, arts/crafts, delicious food creations.

Friday night, enjoy the warmth of a community huddled around the bonfire and roast free marshmallows and create your smore.

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Blue Ridge, GA - BRMAA - The Art Center, Holiday Show & SaleBlue Ridge, GA
BRMAA - The Art Center
Holiday Show & Sale
Tuesday - Sunday
November 18 - January 6th

Come shop for that perfect creative and unique holiday gift. We will have hundreds of items for sale, all made from one of our artists.

So whether its jewelry, pottery, painting or anything in between, we have what you need to get your holiday shopping done. Gift Certificates are available.

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Cherohala Skyway Scenic Byway

Take a trip on the Cherohala Skyway Scenic Byway and it is mobile ready. The Cherohala Skyway’s 36-miles of scenic mountain views rival any scenic byway in the eastern United States.  Mountaintops, waterfalls and waterways joined together with wildlife and giant trees, adorn this high country of eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina.  I was very impressed with Spirit Ridge Overlook with an elevation of 4,950-feet. This is by far the best handicap access location along the Cherohala Skyway.

The average trip over the Skyway takes 2 1/2-hours, if you just want to drive and view scenery.  I would recommend setting aside the best part of the day to enjoy some of the bigger than life features the Cherohala Skyway and Unicoi Mountain Wilderness have to offer.

Read more.. A day trip on the Cherohala Skyway Scenic Byway

Blue Ridge Parkway...from Cherokee to Asheville

One of the special wonders in these mountains is the Blue Ridge Parkway.  The Parkway begins or ends on the edge of the Shenandoah National Park in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia the Blue Ridge Parkway travels 469-miles southwestern along the high ridges and over the tall mountain peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains ending or beginning at the southern gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

To get the most out of your scenic road trip the Highlander suggest starting out early and begin your journey from the town of Cherokee where the Blue Ridge Parkway officially ends at the southern entrance gateway into the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

Read more.. A day trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway...from Cherokee to Asheville

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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