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Highlander Gallery is Open...
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 11 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...


Naturalist Niche
Spring Wildflower WalkChimney Rock, NC
Chimney Rock
at Chimney Rock State Park
Earth Day Celebration
April 21st - 11am - 3pm

Help us celebrate the NC Science Festival! Public and private conservationists have been protecting lands in and around Chimney Rock for well over 100 years. Join state park rangers, regional biologists, and other environmental educators to learn about the great work being done to protect our beautiful landscape. Free. Booths will be located in Chimney Rock Village behind the Old Rock Cafe, and this event will take place rain or shine.

Join Chimney Rock State Park rangers, biologists and other environmental educators to learn about the incredible work being done to protect our beautiful landscape. Education stations will be located in Chimney Rock Village behind the Old Rock Café along the Rocky Broad Riverwalk. Kids will have the chance to earn a Grady's Kids Club Annual Pass to Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park. Fun for the whole family!

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Blue Ridge Community Theater presents The Boys Next DoorBlue Ridge, GA
Blue Ridge Community Theater
presents
The Boys Next Door
April 12th - 29th
Thurs, Fri, Sat ~ 7:30 - 10
Sunday 2:00 - 5:30

The place is a communal residence in a New England city, where four mentally handicapped men live under the supervision of an earnest, but increasingly "burned out" young social worker named Jack. Norman, who works in a doughnut shop and is unable to resist the lure of the sweet pastries, takes great pride in the huge bundle of keys that dangles from his waist; Lucien P. Smith has the mind of a five-year-old but imagines that he is able to read and comprehend the weighty books he lugs about; Arnold, the ringleader of the group, is a hyperactive, compulsive chatterer, who suffers from deep-seated insecurities and a persecution complex; while Barry, a brilliant schizophrenic who is devastated by the unfeeling rejection of his brutal father, fantasizes that he is a golf pro.

Mingled with scenes from the daily lives of these four, where "little things" sometimes become momentous (and often very funny), are moments of great poignancy when, with touching effectiveness, we are reminded that the handicapped, like the rest of us, want only to love and laugh and find some meaning and purpose in the brief time that they, like their more fortunate brothers, are allotted on this earth.

Play runs Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings, and Sunday Afternoon

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Chimney Rock Smiles Spring Photo ContestChimney Rock, NC
Chimney Rock
at Chimney Rock State Park
Smiles Spring Photo Contest
Through June 20th

It's hard not to crack a smile while enjoying amazing views of Lake Lure and the Hickory Nut Gorge from on top of the Chimney. Capture photos of your family and friends enjoying the Park and enter them into our Smiles 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.

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

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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 21 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 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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