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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 11 am to 5 pm
10079 Old Highway 64 •  Brasstown NC
3/4 miles east of JC Campbell Folk School

Chimney Rock Fathers Day SpecialChimney Rock, North Carolina
Chimney Rock at
Chimney Rock State Park
Father's Day Weekend Special
June 15th & 16th

Celebrate dad and all he's done for you with a getaway to Chimney Rock to enjoy incredible views and scenic hiking with the family. We'll even make it easy for you–buy one regular-price adult admission and dad's or granddad's admission is free with our online coupon.

Coupon must be presented to the Ticket Plaza at the time of purchase (in print or on your mobile device). Valid June 15-16, 2019 only.

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Summer Youth Camp at the Art CenterBlue Ridge, Georgia
2019 Summer Youth Camp
at BRMAA, the Art Center
Ages 6 - 14
Call Today to Register
Three Weeks June 18-21, June 25-28 & July 9-12

Sign up your young emerging artists for a creative summer with our Summer Youth Art Camp. We are offering three weeks of full-day camp with a multitude of art classes such as clay, painting, and so much more. Sign your child up for a week or all three weeks, and let their imagination soar.

Registration in advance is required.

Class information available online via BRMAA's website at

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Old Rock CafeChimney Rock, North Carolina
Music on the Deck at
the Old Rock Cafe with Riyen Roots
June 20th ~ 6 pm to 8 pm

Enjoy views of the Rocky Broad River and local acoustic music from Riyen Roots while relishing the taste of specially-crafted buffet items inspired by the region.


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Foxfire Heritage DaysMountain City, Georgia
Foxfire Heritage Day
June 22nd ~ Sat 9:00 am ~ 4 pm

Travel 200 years back in time. Experience pioneer Appalachia as brought to life by local volunteers at The Foxfire Museum & Heritage Center, with some adults and children dressed in 1800s period costumes, showcasing the many facets of life in the North Georgia Mountains.

Musicians will be performing; a "smithy" will be at work in the Blacksmith Shop; woodworkers, potters, our lovely corn shuck doll maker, and the soap maker will be demonstrating their trade; folks will be cooking over an open hearth in the Savannah House, and our very own Village Weaver will be knitting or weaving with the young ones. Other traditional activities, including some children's games, may take place as well! 

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Contra Dance at John C. Campbell Folk SchoolBrasstown, North Carolina
John C. Campbell Folk School
Beginning Contra
& Square Dance Series
June 18th ~ Sat 7:00 pm ~ 11 pm

Free introduction to Contra, Square and Circle Dances to live music. Held almost every Tuesday night from 7:00 p.m - 11:00 p.m. in the Community Room of the Keith House. Beginners, couples and singles are welcome.

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Pickin in the ParkMcCaysville, Georgia
Pickin in the Park
at Horseshoe Bend
Thursday Nights 6 pm
May through September

Pickin in the Park is held every Thursday, 6:00 PM to dusk, May through September. Live music jams and pickin' on the banks of the Toccoa River at the Horseshoe Bend Park in Mineral Bluff.

The park is wheelchair accessible. Come out, bring the whole family to enjoy the experience. Picnic tables available, nice grassy lawn but you are also welcome to bring a blanket or chair.

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Chimney Rock Spring Photo ContestChimney Rock, North Carolina
Chimney Rock
at Chimney Rock State Park
Shades of Spring Photo Contest

Wildflowers springing from the ground are a sign that spring and warmer weather are right around the corner. Capture photos of your family and friends enjoying the Park and enter them into our Shades 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.

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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 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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