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

Highlander Gallery in Brasstown North CarolinaTrip Advisor Quote...Finest Gallery within hundreds of miles...


Arts in the ParkBlue Ridge, Georgia
BRMAA - Arts Center
42nd Annual Spring Arts
in the Park
May 26th & 27th
10:00 am ~ 5:00 pm

Enjoy the 42nd annual Spring Arts in the Park fine arts and fine crafts festival held in the beautiful Downtown City Park of Blue Ridge, Georgia during Memorial Day weekend. Admire artwork and enjoy tasty food from over 175 juried fine arts and fine crafts exhibitors and food booths.

Weekend Admission: adults $5; children under 12 free. All proceeds go to benefit the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, a 501c3 non-profit community arts association.

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Spring Arts, Crafts & Music Festival Blairsville, Georgia
Spring Arts, Crafts
& Music Festival
Historic Downtown Square
Friday May 26th & 27th
10 am -5 pm

The 2018 Blairsville Arts, Crafts, and Music Festival will take place on Saturday, May 26th and Sunday, May 27th around the Square in Blairsville. You will enjoy visiting over fifty arts & crafts vendors from around the region along with some delicious mountain fair food.

The festivities will begin on Friday night with music inside the Historic Courthouse from 6pm-10pm. On Saturday there will be music inside the Courthouse from 12pm-5pm along with four "jam session" tents around the courthouse lawn for anybody to pull up a chair and jam. On Sunday you will find even more music both inside the Courthouse from 11am-5pm!

This festival is a great opportunity for you and your family & friends to explore all the amazing talent in the North Georgia mountain community. Whether you like arts & crafts, listening to music, or just meandering through the quaint town of Blairsville, Ga, make sure to mark your calendars for a weekend full of family fun!

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Memorial Day Parade around the Town Square


STARRY NIGHT Under the Tent and the StarsGatlinburg Tennessee
STARRY NIGHT
Under the Tent and the Stars
on the Arrowmont Campus
June 1st ~ 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Join us for STARRY NIGHT, Arrowmont's annual art and wine auction. Formerly Shine, Wine & Dine, the event is re-designed and re-imagined to provide a full evening of great food, wine, art, conversation, and fun.

NEW – During and after dinner, you can dance the night away to the music of Soulfinger on the new dance floor under the clear tent letting in the night and the stars.

NEW – A fabulous door prize - The winner will be able to bring their family and friends to Arrowmont (up to 12 people) for a weekend of relaxation, great food by Arrowmont's excellent chef, an arts and crafts workshop designed especially for you. Total value of this prize is $10,000.

If you want more info, call Anne May, 865.436.5860 or email amay@arrowmont.org.

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The Murder RoomBlue Ridge, Georgia
Blue Ridge Community Theater presents
The Murder Room
May 17th ~ June 3rd
Thurs-Sat 7:30 pm ~ Sun 2 pm

Two days after their wedding Edgar discovers that Mavis – a nasty piece of work – is being unfaithful. After her first attempt to kill him by poisoning his cocoa when the cat dies instead, Mavis resorts to shooting him and then returning to her lover.

Chaos and complications reign when it transpires that the shots were blanks and that Edgar's body has vanished….

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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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