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Welcome to Phase I of the "new" Blue Ridge Highlander...

The Highlander has been on-line for over 18 years, and has been redesigned and re-programmed many times over the years.  This update was the most challenging to date, due to the advanced technology of our times. 

It's not surprising that we have been learning a lot during production and have changed directions mid-stream as we discovered more productive ways to accomplish our goals.   If you recall, we announced this past spring that we updated Union County and Fannin County, well...we will be re-making those profiles again.  The current versions look great the way they are, but you know us, we can't help ourselves when it comes to making the Highlander the best mountain guide and magazine anywhere on-line.

Due to the shear volume of valuable information that the Highlander contains, this new update will take a while to complete, so we decided instead of waiting until it is all done, we would begin this week revealing our progress as we go along. Check out our new Cherokee County Profile, then email us, and let us know what you think.

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Continue to check out the progress, each week you will see something new...enjoy...

Scottish Tartan Museum Raffle...

Stained Glass Window Raffle

The Stained Glass Window
designed by What a Pane

Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $12.00

Winner will be chosen at the end of October.

Tartan Quilt


All Tartans Lead to Scotland
The Tartan Quilt, 60 x 90
Tickets are 6 for $5.00

Winner will be chosen January 2016

Raffle tickets may be purchased by phone, via credit card.  A minimum of 10.00 of tickets must be purchased to use a credit cards.

Phone number is 828.524.7472
Mailing address is 86 East Main Street Franklin, NC 28734.


Happening in the Mountains this week...

Mountain City, Georgia
Children & Family Heritage Day at Foxfire Appalachian Museum - July 31st

Foxfire Children & Family Heritage Days

Heritage Day Activities

Blacksmithing – Forge a Hook ~ Paper-Making – Make Hand-made Paper with Inlaid Botanicals ~ Carving – Learn Carving Techniques using soap & handmade wooden tools ~ Candle-Dipping – Hand Dip Beeswax Candles ~ Finger Weaving – Weave a Scarf using your Hand as the Loom ~ Woodworking – Make a Walking Stick - Shaving Horse & Draw Knife ~ Bark Berry Bucket – Make a Bucket using tree bark

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Chimney Rock North Carolina
World Ranger Day ~ July 31st

Chimney Rock World Ranger Day

World Ranger Day commemorates rangers who have been injured or killed in the line of duty and celebrates the work rangers do to protect our resources. We're offering special programs and activities all day on July 31.

Kids will have the opportunity to take part in Jr. Ranger activities, and we'll be showing The Thin Green Line throughout the day.

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Georgia Mountain Fair, Moonshine Cruzin
Thurs, Fri & Sat ~ July 30th, 31st & August 1st- 9 am to 5 pm

Georgia Mountain Fair, Moonshine Cruzin Enjoy three fun filled days of good ole mountain hillbilly fun. See a Pioneer village, real moonshine still in the works, mountain crafts, and plenty of hot classic cars, trucks, bikes, rat rods and more!

Join us Thursday August 7th as we take a 60 mile cruise through the mountain road just like the roads the shiners ran haulin the shine!

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Georgia Mountain Fair, Moonshine Cruzin

Ray Stevens
opening act: HIGHRIDGE from Canton GA
August 1 - 9 am to 5 pm

Ray Stevens' humor is keenly observant and rich in nuance. His entertainment that is both witty and guileless. From his multi-million selling comedy hit, "The Streak" to the socially aware "Mr. Businessman" to his Grammy award winning pop standard "Everything Is Beautiful" his talent has touched so many.

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Blue Ridge Georgia ~ Blue Ridge Community Theater Presents
Diane Durrett & Soul Suga' Band- Live Music Is Better Concert Series
Saturday - 1st 2015 ~ 7:30 to 10:00

Dianne Durrett in concertDianne Durrett, known as the 'Blue-eyed Soulstress' "She's good. She's damn good." Sting's summation of his duet with singer songwriter Diane Durrett speaks for anyone who's ever heard her perform.

A Memphis reporter once wrote that Diane's performance was so powerful that "If you don't go see her she may just come see you!" With a blend of raw soulful vocals, sultry tones and strong original songs Durrett has sung with Sting, The Indigo Girls, Gregg Allman, Chuck Leavell (Rolling Stones) and Peter Stroud (Sheryl Crow). Durrett has opened shows for Tina Turner, Faith Hill, Little Feat, Delbert McClinton, Jimmy Hall and Derek Trucks.

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Murphy, North Carolina - Music on the Patio at Murphy Chophouse

The Murphy ChophouseFeaturing
Phillip Brooks - Friday, July 31st - 6 pm
Troy Underwood - Saturday, Aug 1st- 6 pm

Join us on the Deck for Music and a Good Time with Friends

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Chimney Rock, North Carolina
Family Discovery Programs ~ July 27th - Aug 1st 2015

Chimney Rock Family Discovery Program Meet some of Grady's live woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl.

Our resident education animals are the stars of the programs, which 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.

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Chimney Rock, North Carolina
Beats, Burgers & Brews at the Old Rock Café ~ Fri & Sat - July 31st - Aug 1st 2015

Beats, Burgers & Brews at the Old Rock CaféRelax outdoors to the beat of bluegrass, Americana, folk, blues or other genres while enjoying a regional craft brew or glass of wine on our riverside deck.

The Old Rock Café features one of the 2014 Zagat-rated "Must-try Burgers across the Country" with Hickory Nut Gap Meats' 100% grass-fed beef burger.

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