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20 Years on-line - 1997 - 2017

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Check out the Highlander Gallery Gifts of Creativity...
Wednesday - Saturday 10 am to 5 pmHighlander Gallery in Brasstown North Carolina
10079 Old Highway 64 •  Brasstown NC
3/4 miles east of JC Campbell Folk School

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


Elders of the Old Growth Forest

Instead of a road trip, this week we are featuring a trip to explore the Elders of the "Old Growth" Forest at Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, complete with a Google Map to get you there.

They stand tall in stillness and silence at the very edge of dawn anticipating a call to service that awakens them each day. The small delicate winged inhabitants residing within their sturdy and spacious limbs begin to sing their morning songs just before the first light of day. Their voices blend in unison resounding as if they were part of a wilderness choir held within a cathedral forest of giant trees, all the while fluttering about in excitement and reverence of a new rising sun.

Read more..Elders of the "Old Growth" Forest at Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park.


Georgia Mountain FairHiawassee, Georgia
Georgia Mountain Fair
Saturday & Sunday,
July 21st - 29th

Look forward to the 67th annual Georgia Mountain Fair, held at the historic Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds this summer! Thousands of visitors from across the region have experienced the excitement and nostalgia that the event has to offer.

With first class musical performances, arts & crafts, fun carnival rides, unique attractions and a glimpse into North Georgia's rich history and culture, the Fair provides something for every member of the family.

Admission - $12.00 (Children 12 and under free)
3-Day Pass - $33.00 (Available at the gate)
Fun Fair Pass - $90.00 (All 9 Days)

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Chimney Rock Family Animal EncountersChimney Rock, NC
Chimney Rock
at Chimney Rock State Park
Family Animal Encounters
July 1st - August 31st

Meet some of Grady the Groundhog's woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed hawk and Great Horned Owl, at our daily 2pm Family Animal Encounters! A Park naturalist will explain each animal's role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife.

Animal Encounters meet at the Outdoor Classroom Sat & Sun and at Grady's Animal Discovery Den on Monday. Then, grab a Track Trail brochure at Grady's Den and take a hike along our Great Woodland Adventure trail with 12 interactive education stations.

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Chimney Rock Summer Photo ContestChimney Rock, North Carolina
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
Summer Photo Contest
July 1st - August 31st

Every season, each and every day, offers something new at Chimney Rock. Warm weather energizes us and encourages us to get outside and moving.

The forest bursts into color and birds begin to reappear. Ah, so invigorating. Look around you; notice the many signs of spring – smiling faces, fresh green leaves, flowers in bloom.

Capture that special moment or scene on your camera, enter it in our seasonal 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. For the rules of the contest go to ChimneyRockPark.com.

For more information or how to submit your photo(s), call (828) 625-9611, or email visit@chimneyrockpark.com.

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Dearly Departed..at Blue Ridge Community TheaterBlue Ridge, GA
Blue Ridge Community Theater Presents...
Dearly Departed
Premiering Thursday July 13th
through July 30th

In the Baptist backwoods of the Bible Belt, the beleaguered Turpin family proves that living and dying in the South are seldom tidy and always hilarious.

Despite their earnest efforts to pull themselves together for their father's funeral, the Turpin's other problems keep overshadowing the solemn occasion: Firstborn Ray-Bud drinks himself silly as the funeral bills mount; Junior, the younger son, is juggling financial ruin, a pack of no-neck monster kids, and a wife who suspects him of infidelity in the family car; their spinster sister, Delightful, copes with death as she does life, by devouring junk food; and all the neighbors add more than two cents. As the situation becomes fraught with mishap, Ray-Bud says to his long-suffering wife, "When I die, don't tell nobody.

Just bury me in the backyard and tell everybody I left you." Amidst the chaos, the Turpins turn for comfort to their friends and neighbors, an eccentric community of misfits who just manage to pull together and help each other through their hours of need, and finally, the funeral.

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Pickin in the Park at Horse Shoe BendMcCaysville, GA
Pickin in the Park
at Horse Shoe Bend
Every Thursday Night through September 28th

Meet some of Grady the Groundhog's woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed hawk and Great Horned Owl, at our daily 2pm Family Animal Encounters! A Park naturalist will explain each animal's role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife.

Animal Encounters meet at the Outdoor Classroom Sat & Sun and at Grady's Animal Discovery Den on Monday. Then, grab a Track Trail brochure at Grady's Den and take a hike along our Great Woodland Adventure trail with 12 interactive education stations.

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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.


The Highlander is celebrating 20 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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