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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


Three Dog NightHiawasssee, Georgia
Three Dog Night in Hiawassee, GA
at the Anderson Music Hall
Saturday, February 23rd ~ 7pm

Legendary music icons, THREE DOG NIGHT, celebrate their 4th decade bringing with them some of the most astonishing statistics in popular music.

In the years 1969 through 1974, no other group achieved more top 10 hits, moved more records or sold more concert tickets than THREE DOG NIGHT. THREE DOG NIGHT's hits wind through the fabric of pop culture today, whether on the radio where they are heard day in and day out, in TV commercials or in major motion pictures - songs like "Mama Told Me (Not To Come)", "Joy to the World", "Black and White", "Shambala" and "One" serve to heighten our emotions and crystallize THREE DOG NIGHT's continuing popularity.

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Bringin' the Blues to Blue RidgeBlue Ridge, Georgia
Celebrate Mardi Gras
at Merciers Orchard
8th Annual
Bringin' the Blues to Blue Ridge
Saturday, February 23rd ~ 6 pm - 10pm

Join us for an evening of Mardi Gras fun, food, dancing, music provided by 'Rollin' Bones' and auction! The children of Fannin County will benefit from your support.

This Fundraiser helps Snack in a Backpack continue to Feed the children of Fannin County during the school year on the weekends and extend on into the Summer Meal Program!

Masks, Cajun Food, Great Music, Dancing, Auction, Door Prizes & More!  Includes Appetizers, Dinner, Dessert & Cash Bar • Rollin Bones will be performing...

Tickets Available at Fannin County Chamber.

backpackfannin@gmail.com or call 706.851.8190

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Photo Contest at Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Chimney Rock, North Carolina
Chimney Rock
at Chimney Rock State Park
Rocking Winter Photo Contest
through March 20th

Winter can be the most beautiful time of the year at Chimney Rock. Leafless trees make for expansive views of Lake Lure and the Hickory Nut Gorge. The sky is clear; you're likely to find a quiet spot to sit and enjoy the peacefulness. You may even see a critter scamper by you in the forest. Capture that special moment or scene on your camera, enter it in our Winter Wonders Photo Contest and tell us about it. 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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National Danish Team PerformanceMurphy, North Carolina
National Danish Performance Team
at Murphy High School
Saturday, February 23rd
7pm - 9pm

The National Danish Performance Team is returning to Murphy NC for a second performance of dance and acrobatics and more.

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John C. Campbell Folk School's Empty BowlsBrasstown, North Carolina
John C. Campbell's Empty Bowls
Saturday, March 23rd

Admission is $35 and includes a handmade bowl of your choice and a hearty meal of soup, bread, salad and dessert. Tickets go on sale March 5 at the Folk School's Craft Shop, Cherokee County Chamber in Murphy and United Community Bank in Hayesville (cash or check only).

Tickets on Sale Monday, February 25th... Get them while you can, they sell out fast!

A special thank you for all the generous potters that help make this event possible

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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


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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