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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...
Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday10 am to 5 pm
10079 Old Highway 64 •  Brasstown NC
3/4 miles east of JC Campbell Folk School

Free Concert at the Folk SchoolBrasstown, North Carolina
John C. Campbell Folk School
Free Concert
Lorinda Jones & Na Skylark
Friday, February 21st ~ 7pm

Na Skylark, which simply means "the skylarks" in Irish, is an all-female trio dedicated to playing the traditional music of Ireland, Scotland, and other Celtic lands on Ireland's national instruments: the Irish harp, and the Irish uilleann ("elbow") pipes. From there, na Skylark weaves these voices and others - Irish song, flutes and whistles, fiddle, and the Appalachian mountain dulcimer into a tapestry of sound and feeling that has delighted audiences large and small across the eastern United States

An evening with Lorinda Jones, Cathy Wilde, and Jannell Canerday offers a rare chance to explore the musical soul and source of "Celtic Women" and "Riverdance" in a relaxed, warm, and truly up-close and personal setting. Charming, engaging, and often laugh-out-loud funny, na Skylark creates an atmosphere that invites audiences to learn about instruments, history, and music they may never have known about before - and always leaves them asking for more.

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Joe GransdenBlue Ridge, Georgia
Blue Ridge Community Theater
Live Music is Better
Joe Gransden
Saturday, February 22nd ~7:30 pm

At 42 Years old, Joe Gransden has already performed worldwide and released 14 CDs under his own name. Renowned first for the hard bop approach of his trumpet, Gransden's singing voice has been compared to that of Chet Baker and Frank Sinatra.

Clint Eastwood Says "Joe is a young man with an old soul and a classic voice. He is a great new talent with a wonderful sense of humor to boot. And don't forget, he plays a hell of a trumpet!"

"When I first heard Joe nine years ago, I immediately thought of Chet," says Jazziz magazine critic James Rozzi, "but lately his voice has taken on its own style with a deeper resonance. His trumpet has always alternated lyricism with an aggressive, angular approach." Smokey Robinson says: "Joe has an innate ability to connect with an audience. His singing and trumpet playing are world class.

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Hike with a Naturalist at Chimney RockChimney Rock, North Carolina
Chimney Rock at
Chimney Rock State Park
Hike with a Naturalist
Sat, March 7th, 14th, 21st ~ 10 am

Spend an hour hiking one of our six different trails with a Naturalist. This is the educational excursion will give you a better understanding of the flora and fauna that can be found in the Park. You may even learn some of the Park's history as well.

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BRMAA Cork & CanvasBlue Ridge, Georgia
BRMAA - The Art Center
Annual Cork & Canvas
Saturday, March 7th ~ 7 pm

Support the arts as you enjoy delicious wine samplings from regional area vintners. This event includes a silent auction, wine grab event, savory food and live entertainment.

Ticket prices are $35 for non-members, $30 for BRMAA members, and include a commemorative BRMAA wine glass and complimentary glass of wine with each event ticket.

Proceeds benefit BRMAA youth programming and scholarships.

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Arrowmont School of Art 75th Anniversary JubileeGatlinburg, Tennessee
Arrowmont School of Art
75th Anniversary Jubilee
A Celebration of 75 Years as a
School of Arts and Crafts
Sat, March 21st ~ 10 am to 4 pm

Fun for the entire family! Spend the day celebrating Arrowmont's 75th anniversary as a school of arts and crafts. You will see pottery, wood-turning and weaving demonstrations, and get to make prints, carve spoons, and dye fiber.

Listen to live music and enjoy free lunch. Storytelling and games, exhibitions and historic dedications - make your plans to celebrate Arrowmont and the community at the Jubilee!

Free to the Public

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John C. Campbell Folk School's Empty BowlsBrasstown, North Carolina
John C. Campbell Folk School
Empty Bowls
Sat, March 21st ~ 5 - 7 pm

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

Help alleviate hunger in our community by joining us for our annual Empty Bowls fund-raiser on March 21st from 5-7 p.m. We'll gather in the Olive Dame Campbell Dining Hall for a fun evening of good food prepared by the Folk School's dining hall staff, and lively musical entertainment. The popular Brown Bag Raffle returns this year with many opportunities to win one-of-a-kind pottery items.

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 February 25th at the Folk School's Craft Shop, Cherokee County Chamber in Murphy and United Community Bank in Hayesville (cash or check only).

Special thanks to all the local potters for making and donating bowls for this important event!

All proceeds will go to the Clay County Food Bank and the Sharing Center Food Bank in Cherokee County.

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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 23 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 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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