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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...

St. Patrick's Day Parade Blue Ridge GA
Downtown Blue Ridge
St Patrick's Day Parade
Saturday - March 18th - 12 Noon

Annual St. Patrick's Day parade will be in Downtown Blue Ridge at 12:00 pm.

Parade route goes down East Main and then back up West Main. Anywhere downtown is a good place to watch.


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Parson's Pub St. Patty's Day PartyMurphy, NC
Parson's Pub's St. Patty's Day Party
with Celtic Keg Stands
March 17th • 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Come celbrate both St. Patrick's Day and Parson's Pub's Anniversary.

Celtic Keg Stand is a unique sub-genre of Celtic Music, creating their own style called "Pub-Crawler". They take traditional Irish and Scottish songs along with originals and amp them up to a new level. With the tempo only compared to metal, the vocals of a 70's rocker and a stage show that has long been missed by those eager to be entertained, CKS has promised to bring fun and wild music to the masses! Based out of Murphy, NC in the heart of Appalachia, where else could a band get the influence but from the descendents of Scot/Irish immigrants. Celtic Keg Stand is taking over by storm.

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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

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Chimney Rock Spring HikeChimney Rock, NC
Chimney Rock Park
Early Spring Walk
March 11th - 18th - 25th
2:00 - 3:00 pm

In the Blue Ridge Mountains, March is a month of change. Depending on the weather it can be the end of winter or the beginning of spring. Join one of our naturalists to enjoy this slower time of year to discover Mother Nature preparing for the season ahead. This hike is approximately 1.5 miles and takes around an hour

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

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Moonlight and MagnoliasBlue Ridge GA
Moonlight and Magnolias
Blue Ridge Community Theater
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays - 7:30
Sunday at 2 pm
Through March 19th

1939 Hollywood is abuzz. Legendary producer David O. Selznick has shut down production of his new epic, Gone with the Wind, a film adaptation of Margaret Mitchell's novel. The screenplay, you see, just doesn't work.

So what's an all-powerful movie mogul to do? While fending off the film's stars, gossip columnists and his own father-in-law, Selznick sends a car for famed screenwriter Ben Hecht and pulls formidable director Victor Fleming from the set of The Wizard of Oz.

Summoning both to his office, he locks the doors, closes the shades, and on a diet of bananas and peanuts, the three men labor over five days to fashion a screenplay that will become the blueprint for one of the most successful and beloved films of all time.

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We are working on getting the 2017 calendar up-to-date, if you have events that need to be on the calendar, please send us a note.

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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