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Highlander Gallery in Brasstown North Carolina

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

Highlander Gallery is Open...
Thursday, Friday & Saturday 11 am to 5 pm
10079 Old Highway 64 •  Brasstown NC
3/4 miles east of JC Campbell Folk School

Annual Easter Sunrise Service at Hamilton Gardens at the Georgia Mountain FairgroundsHiawassee, Georgia
Annual Easter Sunrise Service
Hamilton Gardens at Lake Chatuge
Sunday • April 21st • 7:00 am

Community Sunrise Service in the Pavilion at the Hamilton Gardens on Lake Chatuge, Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds. Reverend Fred Whitley to preach for the 34th year.

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John C. Campbell 2018 Easter Egg HuntBrasstown North Carolina
John C. Campbell Folk School
Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday April 21st •  1 - 3pm

Hey kids, the Easter Bunny has been extra busy this winter, storing up eggs and candy for this year's hunt! So, grab your baskets and hop on over to the Folk School for our Annual Easter Egg Hunt! An annual springtime favorite for kids.

Join us in Open House for a fun afternoon of crafts, entertainment, and egg hunting.

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Blue Ridge Georgia Annual Easter Egg HuntBlue Ridge Georgia
24th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at
St. Luke's Episcopal Church
of Blue Ridge, GA
7 Ewing Street
(beside the Kiwanis Fairgrounds)
April 20th •  1 pm

Capture photos of your family and friends enjoying the Park and enter them into our Shades of Spring Photo Contest for a chance to win fabulous prizes. Photos must be taken within the Chimney Rock section of the Park.

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McCaysville Easter Egg HuntMcCaysville Georgia
Annual Easter Egg Hunt
April 20th ~ 11 am to 12:30 pm

Take Hwy 5 (Blue Ridge Highway) north, 1st traffic light in McCaysville is Tennessee Avenue turn left, 1/4 mile approx on right.

Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt,"Easter Egg Scramble" just 15 minutes from downtown Blue Ridge. April 20th, 11:00am-12:30 p.m.

Come out and join us as 1,000 stuffed eggs are hidden at the ball field, with prize eggs and a grand prize egg for each age group! West Tennessee Avenue Ball Field, Copperhill, TN.

Open to all children under age 12. Prizes and free photos with the Easter Bunny!

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Blue Ridge Scenic EasterBlue Ridge, Georgia
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
Easter Special Excursion
Saturday, April 20th

We will have the Easter Bunny on our regular Saturday excursion train with goody bags and Easter eggs at the depot!


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Steve Martin - TransformationBlue Ridge, Georgia
BRMAA - The Art Center Presents
Steve Martin's Exhibit - Transformation
Exhibit on display through May 4th

Steven Martin's exhibit, "Transformation," will be comprised of oil paintings whose subjects interweave ideas drawn from psychology, science, and mythology.

His paintings are often juxtapositions of forms from the natural world such as microscopic cells, energy movements, and labyrinths, creating create symbolic metaphors that can guide the viewer into a deeper sense of the interconnectedness of all things.

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Chimney Rock Spring Photo ContestChimney Rock, North Carolina
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
Shades of Spring Photo Contest

Wildflowers springing from the ground are a sign that spring and warmer weather are right around the corner. Capture photos of your family and friends enjoying the Park and enter them into our Shades of Spring Photo Contest for a chance to win fabulous prizes. 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.

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Prisoner of Second Avenue Blue Ridge, Georgia
Blue Ridge Community Theater presents
The Prisoner of Second Avenue
Thurs, Fri, Sat & Sunday
Through April 28th

Mel Edison is a well-paid executive of a high-end Manhattan firm, which has suddenly hit the skids, and he gets the ax. His wife Edna takes a job to tide them over, then she too is sacked. Compounded by the air-pollution killing his plants, and with the walls of the apartment being paper-thin, allowing him a constant earful of his neighbors' private lives, things can't seem to get any worse…Then he's robbed, and his psychiatrist dies with $23,000 of his money. Mel does the only thing left for him to do-he has a nervous breakdown and it's the best thing that ever happened to him…

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Apple Blossom TourBlue Ridge, Georgia
Apple Blossom Tours at
Mercier Orchards
March through April
Saturday & Sunday, 10 am - 4 pm

Blossom Tours weekends at Merciers. Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Weather can change everything, blossoms drop sooner, not be ready etc. so it is always a good idea to confirm before making the drive.

This year they expect to start with peach blossoms and go right in to apple blossoms. Beautiful mountain scenery as you ride through the orchards.

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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

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

The Highlander is celebrating 22 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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