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Check out the Highlander Gallery for Valentine 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...


Fire and IceBlue Ridge GA - Downtown Park
7th Annual Fire & Ice
Chili Cook Off
Saturday, February 18th, 2016

790 Block of East Main St & Downtown City Park Cook-Off will happen come rain, snow or shine so see you on Saturday.

Mark your calendars for live music, ice sculptures and amazing chili! Mark your calendars for live music, ice sculptures and amazing chili!

Buy a $10 Tasting Card to sample the competition and vote for the People's Choice Award.

Featuring Live Music and entertainment from the Blue Ridge Community Theater actors. An amazing display of individual and unique ice sculptures from the award winning, National Ice Carving Champion "Rock on Ice" including several ice carving demonstrations.

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Diane Durant Blue Ridge GA
Diane Durrett
Live Music is Better Concert
Blue Ridge Community Theater
Saturday, February 18th

"She’s good. She’s damn good.” Sting’s summation of his duet with singer songwriter producer Diane Durrett speaks for anyone who’s ever heard her perform. Winner of the 2015 ‘Peoples Choice Award’ by the Atlanta Blues Society, as a well as awarded the ‘Best Self-Produced Album’ representing Atlanta in the International Blues Challenge.

“Soul Suga’ & Diane Durrett” received national & international attention holding in the Top 10 of the Roots Music Report on the Contemporary Blues chart. Durrett’s album was entered into the 58th Grammy Awards as Best Blues Album and Producer of the Year. In 2014 her single, “Woo Hoo” featuring Tinsley Ellis received first round Grammy consideration. Durrett was elected to the Board of Governors (vocal seat) by the Atlanta chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences in 2013.

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Bringin the Blues to Blue RidgeBlue Ridge GA
at Willow Creek Vineyard
Bringin' the Blues to Blue Ridge
Fund Raiser to Benefit
Snack in a Backpack
Saturday February 25th - 5 - 9 pm

Join the Mardi Gras Celebration for a Good Cause! Masks, Cajun Food, Great Music, Dancing, Auction, Door Prizes & More! Live Music by Rollin Bones...

Advance Tickets: $50 per person, $90 per couple $60 at the Door Includes Appetizers, Dinner, Dessert & Cash Bar

backpackfannin@gmail.com or call 706.851.8190

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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 will celebrate 20 years on-line this coming 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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