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Highlander Gallery in Brasstown North Carolina

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

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


Chimney Rock Animal EncountersChimney Rock, North Carolina
Chimney Rock at
Chimney Rock State Park
Spring Break
Family Animal Encounters
April 6th - 11th ~ 2:00 pm

Join a Park Naturalist to meet some of our resident Animal Ambassadors.

Participants will learn what kind of wildlife inhabits the Park and their important role in the ecosystem.

You might even leave with a newfound appreciation for critters you once misunderstood.

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Chris JansonHIawassee, Georgia
BRMAA - The Art Center
Chris Janson
Anderson Music Hall at the
Georgia Mtn Fairgrounds
April 17th ~ 7 pm
Opening Act
Davisson Brothers!

Who is Chris Janson? He's a "live legacy in the making" (Rolling Stone). Breakout country star Janson is a platinum-selling recording artist, high-octane entertainer, multi-instrumentalist, and award-winning singer/songwriter.

In the fiveyears since the release of his debut album, the three-time CMA nominee has collected prestigious accolades that place him amongst country music greats. He took home the trophy for ACM Video of the Year for his Gold-certified, inspiring hit song "Drunk Girl," which also earned the Song of the Year title at the 2018 MusicRow Awards and was named one of the "Ten Songs I Wish I'd Written" by NSAI. His chart-topping, triple-Platinum smash "Buy Me A Boat" earned the same NSAI honor, making him one in a handful of the industry's most elite artists to earn the title multiple times, as well as the iHeartRadio Music Awards Country Song of the Year.

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Renel Plouffe at the Art CenterBlue Ridge, Georgia
BRMAA - The Art Center
Opening reception
April 9th ~ 5 pm -  7pm
Exhibit on Display
Through May 22

 

Renel Plouffe is an abstract expressionist painter who works with acrylic, oil, pastel, paint and charcoal mediums.

Her highly textured, abstract paintings reveal an extraordinary balance between beauty and chaos.

 

 

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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 25 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. 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. Things have changed since that date.

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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