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Highlander Gallery in Brasstown North Carolina

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

Highlander Gallery is Open for Fall Festival Week...
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday10 am to 5 pm
10079 Old Highway 64 •  Brasstown NC
3/4 miles east of JC Campbell Folk School


Highlander GalleryBrasstown, North Carolina
Highlander Gallery
on the Northeast GA
Western NC Art Tour
Friday, Saturday & Sunday
November 8th, 9th & 10th
11 am to 5 pm

Northeast Georgia Arts Tour is a self-guided, tour of galleries, shops and studios throughout the North Georgia and North Carolina Mountains.

Drive through the beautiful little mountain towns of White, Habersham, Rabun, Union and Towns County, Georgia and Clay County, North Carolina to view wonderful art and watch demonstrating artists at many of the locations on the map.

Ask for a map at any of the art locations you stop by to find all the locations.

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Chimney Rock...Veteran's Day SpecialChimney Rock, North Carolina
Chimney Rock
at Chimney Rock State Park
Veteran's Day Special
Free Admission for Vets
Wednesday through Sunday
November 9th - 11th

Veterans, reservists, retired and active military personnel are our American heroes, so we'd like to honor your service with a free visit to Chimney Rock State Park during November 9-11, 2019.

Must present military ID or proof of service. Free admission only for military members with ID.

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Tommy James & the Shondells at Anderson Music HallHiawassee, Georgia
Tommy James & the Shondells
at the Anderson Music Hall
November 9th, 2019

Tommy James and the Shondells are an American rock band, formed in Niles, Michigan in 1964.

They had two No. 1 singles in the U.S., "Hanky Panky" (July 1966, their only RIAA Certified Gold record) and "Crimson and Clover" (February 1969), and also charted twelve other Top 40 hits, including five in the Hot 100's top ten: "I Think We're Alone Now", "Mirage", "Mony Mony", "Sweet Cherry Wine", and "Crystal Blue Persuasion".

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Murphy's Veteran's Day Parade & Country FairMurphy, North Carolina
Konehete Park
Veteran's Day Parade
& Country Fair
November 9th, 2019

Plans are in the works for a Veterans Day Parade & Country Fair, downtown Murphy NC and in Konehete Park on Saturday, Nov. 9, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The parade begins at 11 a.m. from the L&N Depot, in downtown Murphy NC and ends at Konehete Park where food, patriotic music and more are planned. Sponsors and volunteers are needed.

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Tullie Brae - Live Music is Better ConcertBlue Ridge, Georgia
Tullie Brae in Concert
Blue Ridge Community Theater Presents
Live Music is Better Concerts
November 9th, 2019

The soulful Blues singer and multi-instrumentalist credits her musical gift to Gospel music like so many great soul singers before her. Tullie's musical journey started when she began singing in church where her Daddy was a preacher near the Louisiana cotton fields and wetlands of the Blues. She played piano, drums, bass & guitar and early on assumed the role of choir director. Her artistic reputation grew within the community which led to touring professionally with Gospel groups.

Not only are Tullie's influences steeped in Gospel music, while traveling and performing she was introduced to the many sounds and forms of different genres of music. Her Gospel roots naturally segued her into the Blues where you can still hear and feel the hints of Soul along with her grit of Rock. Tullie is most comfortable on stage performing in her own unique style, sharing her heart and soul to each audience through her love of music.

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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 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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