August and September 2017 Happenings in the Mountains

By on August 10, 2017

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Welcome to our Calendar! While every attempt has been made to provide accurate event listings, we urge you to confirm the information provided before making travel plans. With that said, come and see all that north Georgia and the southern Appalachians has to offer!

ARTS

First Fridays
Murphy Art Walk
Murphy, NC. Stroll through historic downtown Murphy for an exquisite visual, culinary, and performing arts experience. Presented by The Valley River Arts Guild 5-8 pm. Visit http://www.valleyriverarts.com or call Tim Ford (828) 360-3038

1st & 3rd Thursdays
Plein Air Painters of Hiawassee
Hiawassee, GA. Meet at ArtWorks and leave at 2pm for a local scenic spot to spend a fun afternoon painting with other artists. All media welcome. Bring supplies and equipment you can carry. Some walking on uneven ground may be required. Remember to bring some water and a hat. Free! ArtWorks Gallery & Gifts, 232B Chatuge Way, Hiawassee, GA. Info 706-896-0932 or http://www.artworksgalleryga.com

7/29 thru 8/26
7th Annual 3-D Off the Wall
Blue Ridge, GA. Opening reception will be July 29, 2017 from 5pm to 7pm in our Studio Gallery. This three-dimensional only art show, “Off the Wall,” takes the works off the gallery walls and lets you see the beauty of three-dimensional works. The exhibit is open to all three-dimensional artists. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA. For info visit www.blueridgearts.net or BlueRidgeArts@gmail.com or call 706-632-2144.

Thru 9/30
Artist in Residence Paula Van Huss
Blue Ridge, GA. Enjoy the fascinating Native American /western watercolors as well as unique contemporary collages of Paula Van Huss whose style combines realism with a contemporary feeling to traditional subjects. Opening reception will be July 29, 5-7pm. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA. For info visit www.blueridgearts.net or BlueRidgeArts@gmail.com or call 706-632-2144.

8/4 thru 8/26
Pin Up Show
All Works are on Paper and Pinned up to the wall with clips & push pins! Come check out a wide variety of works done on paper with all kinds of mediums. There will be work from people of all ages and everyone from the community. It will be a sight to see! Hours: Tuesday – Friday 11am – 5pm, Saturday 12pm – 5 pm, Closed Sunday & Monday Cherokee Center for the Arts, 94 North St., Canton, GA 30114. http://cherokeearts.org or 770.704.6244

8/12 & 9/9
Art Pickens ‘’Artist Gathering”
Jasper, GA. Art Pickens “Artist Gathering” is an opportunity for local artists to gather and network with fellow artists as well as meet and talk with residents and other art lovers from around North Georgia. Demonstrations are encouraged! 11am – 4pm. Weather permitting. Peace Park, 141 North Main Street, Jasper, GA.

9/2 – 9/30
BRMAA National Juried Photography Show
Open to both amateur and professional photographers in film or digital photography. Cash prizes totaling $4,000 will be awarded. Opening reception and awards ceremony will be September 2, 5-7pm. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 West Main Street, Blue Ridge GA 30513. For info: (706) 632- 2144, BlueRidgeArts@gmail.com or www.blueridgearts.net

9/7 – 9/10
Fall Plein Air International Paint Out
We invite artists from all over the country to enjoy in the countywide paint out, take part in a workshop, sign up for the quick draw event and enjoy networking with fellow plein air artists. Prizes totaling $1,000 will be awarded. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 West Main Street, Blue Ridge GA 30513. For info: (706) 632- 2144, BlueRidgeArts@gmail.com or www.blueridgearts.net

9/12 – 10/15
Fall Plein Air International Paint Out Exhibit
A spectacular exhibit filled with images from local scenery painted during our Fall Plein Air International Paint Out in our Studio Gallery. All artwork on display will be exhibited during our Fall Arts in the Park festival, which is estimated at over 7,000 attendees in two days. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 West Main Street, Blue Ridge GA 30513. For info: (706) 632- 2144, BlueRidgeArts@gmail.com or www.blueridgearts.net

9/16 – 9/17
5th Annual Celebrate Autumn Arts & Crafts Show
Young Harris, GA. This is a juried arts and crafts show, with inside and outside booths. Sandwiches, salads, desserts and beverages will be available. 9am – 4pm. Free! Towns County Recreation Center located at 150 Foster Park Road, Young Harris, GA. Info: Artworks @ 706-896-0932 or www.artworksgalleryga.com.

ADVENTURE

Saturdays
Blue Ridge Motorsport Races
Blue ridge, GA. Come enjoy the races at the Blue Ridge Motorsports Park! Pit Gates Open: 4:30 pm
Gates Open: 5:00 pm Drivers Meeting: 6:50 pm Hot Laps: 7:00 pm Racing Starts: 8:00 pm Adults: $12, Kids $8. Track:
2252 Sugar Creek Rd, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Visit www.blueridgemotorsportspark.com

8/11
Folds of Honor Golf Tournament
Brasstown Valley Resort, Young Harris, GA. Format: 4 person scramble (handicaps required). 8am. $200 per team. Benefitting Folds of Honor Foundation, providing scholarships to the children and spouses of our fallen & disabled service members. Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa, Golf Course, 6321 Hwy 76, Young Harris GA 30582. Info: Steve Phelps, Director of Golf 706-379-4613.

8/19
Crane Creek Dash to The Vineyards 5K
Young Harris, GA. Trophies/wine glass to first overall male and female; master’s male and female; and top finishers in all age groups. Ribbons and commemorative wine glass to second and third place finishers in each age group. Pre-registered (before 8/11) $25. Registration (after 8/11) $30. 7:30 am. Crane Creek Vineyards, 918 Crane Creek Rd., Young Harris 30582. www.cranecreekvineyards.com

8/25 – 8/27
7th Annual Georgia Mountain Tennis Championships
Young Harris College, GA. Players of all ages and skill levels welcome. Trophies for champions, finalists and consolation winners. Proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters charity. Register at www.mountaintennis.com. Time: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Info: http://mountaintennis.com

9/9
Inaugural MountainQuest OCR & Mudrun
Enjoy this challanging 5K OCR and mud run in the beautiful mountains of North GA with traverse mountain trails that end with the obstacles at the Jeepfest course 795 Hwy 53 East Jasper, GA 30143. Cost $50. Info: 706-253-9348 or www.firebreathercrossfit.com

9/12
Gilmer Sports Hall of Fame Golf Tournament
Ellijay, GA. 4 person modified scramble/best ball format. Registration 8:00am until 8:50 am at Pro Shop Deck. 9:00 am Shotgun start. Lunch provided. Prizes for Low Gross and Low Net, Closest to the Pin on all Par 3’s and Longest Putt. Benefitting local Gilmer High School Seniors with scholarships. $50.00 per person, $200.00 per team 4 golfers or $300.00 with Corporate Sponsorship, $100.00 for Hole Sponsorship. White Path Golf Club. Contact Patrick McVey 706-889-4031 or Dale Cochran 706-273-4941.

9/23
Open Horse Show – Gilmer County Saddle Club
Ellijay, GA. 1- 8pm. 1727 South Main Street, Ellijay, Georgia 30540. For info call: (706) 636-3779.

9/30
Tortoise and the Hare ULTRA 50K / 30k Trail Run
Blue Ridge, GA. Our slogan is “Fast or slow…just go!” The beauty of this race is that it welcomes runners of all paces. Race will begin at your selected hourly wave start time, as early as 6 am but no later than 10 am. The goal finishing time is 3 PM, so you will estimate the length of time it will take you to complete the course (online calculator HERE). The unique event that is the Tortoise and the Hare 50K™ will only be successful if all participants choose an honest starting time relative to their ability. During online registration you will select your starting time. Info: Phone: 678-400-9050. Email: info@tortoiseandthehareracing.com Website: www.tortoiseandthehareracing.com

10/14
Georgia Zombie Fest 5K Run, Walk, Creep or Crawl & 1 Mile Fun for All
Canton, GA. Race through the woods and don’t let the zombies catch you! Registration opens at 5:30PM. 1 Mile Fun starts at 7 PM. 5K starts at 7:30PM. Etowah River Park, Canton, GA. For registration and info: Call 770-345-5483 or visit www.georgiazombiefest.com

EVENTS

First Fridays
Canton First Fridays
Downtown Canton, GA. Food, music and fun for all. 6-9 pm. For info visit www.canton-georgia.com or call 770.704.1552

2rd Saturdays
Second Saturday Block Party, Merchant Walk
Downtown Blue Ridge. Enjoy a stroll through town exploring the beautiful shops. Stop in the courtyard at Sycamore Crossing and listen to live music. Many shops will be running specials. Free. 6pm-9pm. Call 706-258-2432 or visit www.bestofblueridge.biz.

3rd Saturdays
Cruise In on the Square
Blairsville, GA. Blairsville Cruisers car club presents their Cruise In on the historic downtown Blairsville square. Anything on wheels welcome!Local restaurants will be open for dinner. 4-7pm. Free! Info: Pete Barley 678-773-5934 or http://blairsvillecruisers.com/

Mondays
Garden Tours
Blairsville, GA. Guided Tours of the Cannery Interpretive Center, Ethnobotanic Gardens and Woodland Medicine Trail. The southern Appalachians have an astounding array of native flora, many of which are highlighted in these Gardens. Tours at 12:30pm. University of Georgia’s Mountain Research & Education Center. The GMRE Center is located 3 miles south of Blairsville, on Hwy 19/129. Follow the signs to the gardens. Info: 706-745-2655 or www.gmrec.uga.edu

2nd Thursdays
Gilmer County Genealogical Society Meeting
Ellijay, GA – Tom Cox, author of “Before the Cherokee; Evidence of Colonization Before the Cherokee and Creek.” Free! Everyone is welcome. Meetings at the Gilmer County Library, 268 Calvin Jackson Drive, Ellijay, Georgia, 30540. For info contact gcgs@etcmail.com or visit www.gcgsi.org or find us on FB: www.facebook.com/Gilmer-County-Genealogy-Society-Georgia

4th Fridays
Georgia Mountain Classics Car Club Cruise-In
Cruising season is upon us! 6pm – 8pm at The Blue Ridge Dairy Queen. Free! We are classic car enthusiasts from Blue Ridge, Georgia, who enjoy getting together to share our love for vintage cars. We raise money during the year to help our neighbors in Fannin County. For info: Annette Long – georgiamountainclassics@hotmail.com or 706-838-4701.

8/12 & 9/9
Save the Horses Open House
Open House Sundays are a great opportunity to bring your family out to the barn for an extended tour of our facility and a personal introduction to our residents at the Rescue. Arrive anytime between 1pm to 4pm. Park in the driveway and walk in through the gate. Email Melissa: openhouse@savethehorses.org. Save the Horses, 1768 Newt Green Road, Cumming GA 30028. Info: www.savethehorses.org or 770.886.5419

8/17
Fundraising Dinner to Support the Mountain Conservation Trust
Join us at 61 Main in Jasper to help conserve the natural resources and scenic beauty of the North Georgia foothills and mountains! Attendees will enjoy music by local guitarist Curtis Jones as well as a farm-to-table style dinner that will include three-courses: Kale Caesar Salad, choice of 61 Main Steak or Parchment Wrapped Trout each with two sides, dessert, and a glass of beer or wine. 6 -9 pm. Tickets are $75 per person and can be reserved before August 13th by calling MCT at 706 253 4077 or online at www.mctga.org.

8/18 & 8/19
21st Annual Kiwanis Rodeo
Blue Ridge, GA. Western rodeo event with bull riding, saddle bronc riding, calf roping, bareback, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing and special events. Food and fun for all, 8 p.m. Gates open at 6 pm. $12 in advance – $15 at the gate. Kiwanis Fairgrounds, Blue Ridge, Jones Street off of E. 2nd Street Info: www.blueridgerodeo.com or 706-632-6644.

8/19
Denim & Diamonds
Blue Ridge, GA. Georgia Mountains Hospice & Woodmen Life/Richard York welcome you to this year’s Denim and Diamond event at Willow Creek Falls Vineyard. Put on your favorite Jeans, Boots & Fabulous Bling! A Spectacular Evening of Dinner, Music, Dancing, and Silent Auction. 6:30pm -11:00pm. They are offering a discounted price for early ticket sales, so reserve your table today. Willow Creek Falls & Vineyard, Blue Ridge, GA. Tickets & Info: Website georgiamountainshospice.org/events/, Email gpendley200@ellijay.com,
Phone 706-253-4100.

8/19/17 & 9/9/17
Homeward Bound Pet Rescue Open House
Blue Ridge, GA – Adoption counselors will be available to introduce you to the many dogs and cats who live at Homeward Bound. From 1 – 4pm. 215 Wishon Rd
Blue Ridge 30513. For more information on our pets, please go to hbpr.org or call 706-698-4663.

8/21
SOLAR ECLIPSE!
Experience Totality at approximately 2:30pm. Andrews, Murhpy & Brasstown, NC.
www.eclipsewise.com

8/21
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway Solar Eclipse Train
Blue Ridge, GA. Departs @ 11am, with a 3 hour 15 min layover in McCaysville, GA and will return to Blue Ridge @ 4:15 pm Reservations are strongly suggested. Call 800-934-1898 or 706-632-9833, or visit www.brscenic.com

8/21
The Great American Eclipse Celebration in Andrews!
Andrews, NC. Andrews, North Carolina is on the center line of the path of totality and will see 2 minutes and 39 seconds and first touches Andrews at 2:33 p.m. EDT and exits at 2:49 p.m. EDT. There will be many activities planned in town, including food, music, beer, and wine at Hall Park on First Street! Organized by Andrews Brewing Company, Calaboose Cellars, and Hoppy Trout Brewing Company! Info: www.cherokeecountychamber.com

8/21
Food Truck Festival & Viewing Party
Meeks Park, Blairsville, GA. Spend the day at Meeks Park with your friends and family. Food trucks will be onsite for your dining pleasure. FREE admission. Sponsored by Rotary of Union County. 11am – 4pm. Info: www.visitblairsville.com

8/23
Vintage Camper Rally
Hiawassee, GA. More than 100 vintage trailers and cars, owners on hand to give tours and answer questions. Live music and vendors! 2 – 4pm. Free! Riverbend Campground, 2626 Streak Hill Road, Hiawassee, GA. Info: www.riverbendcamping.com or 706-896-1415.

9/3 -9/5
North Georgia Community Flower Show
Blairsville, GA. The show is open to the public, admission is free and there is no charge to display your plants. Entries: Thursday, Aug. 3 – 1:00-5:00PM Friday, August 4 – 9:00 – 11:00 AM Open to the public Friday Aug. 4 – 2:00-5:00 Saturday, Aug. 5 – 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Haralson Memorial Civic Center in Blairsville, 165 Welborn Street, Blairsville, GA. For info: Jo Anne Allen at (706) 400-8139 or Barbara Baumgardner at (706) 897-5348.

9/9
Georgia Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association
Meeting of the Georgia Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association (GA TOTA) will be held at 10:30 am at the Sequoyah Regional Library in Canton, GA. Speaker will be Michael Hitt and the topic will be “Cherokee Lands Along the Chattahoochee.” Meetings are free and open to the public. Sequoyah Regional Library, 116 Brown Industrial Parkway in Canton, GA. For info: 770-479-3090 or contact Tony Harris at harris7627@bellsouth.net.

9/23
17th Annual “Puttin on the Dog” Fundraiser
Blairsville, GA. Annual Fundraiser raising money for the Humane Society Mountain Shelter, lots of silent auction and live auction items. Catering by Amazing Graze, beer & wine available. Music provided by Borrowed Time. Reservations can be made at Blairsville and Hiawassee thrift Stores and at the shelter. $35 non-members. $30 members. North Georgia Technical College, Blairsville, GA. Info: 706- 896-7548 or www.pawsga.org

9/23
3rd Annual Be Our Guest Daddy Daughter Dance
Murphy, GA. The theme this year is Beauty and the Beast with some surprise guests from this beloved fairy tale! Sweep your daughters off their feet by showing them that there is adventure in the great wide somewhere! 6pm to 8:30pm. Tickets $50 ($10 per additional daughter) are available at The Hackney Warehouse! 11 Railroad Street Murphy, NC 28906. Info: Lydia Gray 828-837-8376, http://thehackneywarehouse.com

9/29 thru 11/12
Fall Foliage Train Ride, Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
Blue Ridge, GA. Fall Foliage trips begin and run throughout October, check the train schedule for exact dates and times. These trips sell out fast. The regular 4 hour, 26 mile round trip winds along the beautiful Toccoa River in vintage climate controlled or open air railcars. Reservations are strongly suggested. Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. Call 800-934-1898 or 706-632-9833, or visit www.brscenic.com

9/30/17
Gilmer County Genealogical Society Special Meeting
Ellijay, GA – Special Saturday meeting to introduce Kenneth Thomas, Genealogist & Columnist from the Atlanta Journal who will speak about genealogy and DNA. Free! From 2-3:30pm. Refreshments served at 1:30. Gilmer County Library, 268 Calvin Jackson Drive, Ellijay, GA 30540. For info contact gcgs@etcmail.com or visit www.gcgsi.org or FB: www.facebook.com/Gilmer-County-Genealogy-Society-Georgia

10/7
6th Annual Homebuilders Showcase
Downtown City Park, Blue Ridge, GA. Exhibitors from the building industry; Architects, Builders, Cabinet Makers, Developers, Flooring, Glassworks, Heating/Cooling, Home Furnishings, Insurers, Mortgage Lenders, Realtors, Security Systems, Stonework, Surveyors and more. Food vendors & prize drawings. Fun for the whole family. Free! 9am – 5pm, rain or shine. Info: Randy Marchman @ 706-455-7528

FARMERS MARKETS

Friday Mornings
Trash & Treasures at Union County Farmers Market
Blairsville, GA. 7:30am – 1pm Union County Farmers Market
148 Old Smokey Rd (Off Weaver Rd), Blairsville, GA

Saturday Mornings
Downtown Market Blue Ridge
Blue Ridge, GA. Across from the Courthouse. Email contact: Linee2@tds.net. Vendors contact 706-258-4552

Union County Farmer’s Market
Blairsville, GA. 148 Old Smokey Road, Blairsville, GA 30512, (706)439-6043.

Ellijay Farmers Market
Ellijay, GA. 8am – Noon. Broad Street (adjacent to Gilmer County Court House) Ellijay, GA off the round-about. Contact 706-273-0406.

Jasper Farmers Market
7:30am – Noon. Lee Newton Park, Jasper, GA 30143.

Downtown Canton Farmers Market
9 am – 1pm. Cannon Park, Canton, GA 30143.
HWY 515W) Blairsville, GA. www.visitblairsvillega.com

KIDS STUFF

Wednesdays
$1 Summer Kids Movie Series
Canton, GA. Fun movies kids will love at the Historic Canton Theatre presented by Canton Main Street. Two shows: 10:30am & 2pm. For info visit: www.canton-georgia.com

8/5 – 8/6
Junior Ranger Two-Day Camp
Vogel State Park, Blairsville, GA. Learn how to identify different plant and animal species, go on hikes and boat rides, learn how to be safe in the wilderness, and so much more. $20 plus $5 parking. Vogel State Park US Hwy 19/129S (11 miles south of Blairsville) Blairsville, GA. Visit www.gastateparks.org or call 706-745-2628.

8/19
Solar Saturday at the Murphy Arts Center
Murphy, NC. Fun and FREE kid’s eclipse projects, eclipse seminars. All things Solar Art exhibit, Fine Art Raffle, refreshments. 11am – 3pm. Murphy Art Center (The MAC) 33 Valley River Ave, Murphy, NC 28906. Info: http://www.valleyriverarts.com or 760-974-6583

8/19 & 9/16
Tri-State Model Railroaders Open House
The model railroad layout depicting Copper Basin Railroading in the early 1950’s is developing nicely. Learn how railroads played an important role in the development of the Tri-State area and the unique history of the restored brick depot. Constructed over 100 years ago, it is the oldest public building remaining in Fannin County. From 10 am until 2 pm. Mineral Bluff Historic Depot 150 Railroad Avenue, Mineral Bluff, GA 30559. Call 828-361-2210 or visit www.tsmri.org.

9/9
Lego Club
Ellijay, GA. The Lego Club has a different theme each month. Children can work alone or in teams to make their special creation, which will be displayed in the library until next month’s meeting. All ages, under 9 years of age with an adult please. 2 – 3pm. FREE! Gilmer County Public Library. Info: 706-635-4528.

MUSIC

Every Evening
Bell Music from the Tower
7:00pm – 7:30pm. At the Historic Courthouse on the Square in Downtown Blairsville, GA. Free! Contact (706) 745-5493 or www.unioncountyhistory.org

Thursdays
Pickin in the Park
Horeseshoe Bend Park, McCaysville, GA. May through September. Live music jams and pickin’ on the banks of the Toccoa River. Free Admission. Wheelchair accessible. Come out, bring the whole family to enjoy the experience. Picnic tables available, and a nice grassy lawn, bring a blanket or chair. Fannin County Parks and Recreation: 706-632-7696

Fridays
Andrews Brewing Company Patio Series
Great music, craft beer and a good time. 6pm – 8pm. Andrews Brewing Company, 14 Miles for Harrah’s Casino, 565 Aquone Road, Andrews, NC 28901.
For info: 828-321-2006 or www.andrewsbrewing.com

Saturdays
Andrews Brewing Company Bluegrass Concert Series
Great music, craft beer and a good time. 6pm – 8pm. Andrews Brewing Company, 14 Miles for Harrah’s Casino, 565 Aquone Road, Andrews, NC 28901. Andrews is a beautiful, peaceful, vibrant small town located within the heart of North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains. For info: 828-321-2006 or www.andrewsbrewing.com

Sundays
WYYZ’s Live Music at Rocco’s
Rocco’s Pub is a family friendly restaurant serving the highest quality, local and fresh ingredients. Noon – 11PM. Reservations accepted. Rocco’s Pub, 47 Mountainside Village Parkway, Jasper, GA. Contact 706.253.1900 or visit http://roccosjasper.com

Thursdays – Saturdays
Live Music at Blue Ridge Brewery
Serving great food, craft beer, fine wine and top shelf alcohol. Dog friendly outdoor patio. Open Wednesday through Saturday 11:00am – 9:00pm. Blue Ridge Brewery, 187 Depot Street, Blue Ridge, GA . 706. 632. 6611 or www.blueridgebrewery.com

Fridays
Concert Series at the Old Courthouse
Blairsville, GA. Free! 7pm. Old Historic Courthouse, 1 Town Square, Blairsville GA. For info: Union County Historical Society 706-745-5493 or http://www.unioncountyhistory.org/

3rd Friday Every Month
Live Music Acoustic Blends
Listen to a Variety of Quality Music Acts … or Join the Jam! Bring your own libations and munchies, or you purchase water, sodas and snacks while you enjoy some eclectic, spontaneous and fun music! 7 pm. Free & Public Invited. For info please contact Gilmer Arts 207 Dalton St. Ellijay, GA 30540. 706-635-5605. Visit www.gilmerarts.org

Weekends
LIve Music at Engelheim Vineyards
Overlooking the beautiful vineyards. Tasting Room Hours: Thursday – Monday 12:30 to 6:00 P.M. Engelheim Vineyards 127 Lakeview Road, Ellijay, GA 30540. Call 706-635-WINE (9463) or visit www.engelheim.com.

Weekends
Fannin Brewing Company
Live Music in the Bier Garden
Brewery Hours: Thursday 4-8
Friday 4-8, Saturday 12-6.
Fannin Brewing: 3758 East First Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513.
www.fanninbrewingcompany.com or 706.258.2762

8/11 & 9/22
Drum Circle
Blue Ridge, GA. Sponsored by The Herbiary of Blue Ridge, this gathering is for all ages. Come join us near the gazebo and spend a warm summer evening under the stars in a free form rhythmic percussion experience. Bring your own form of percussion and play, dance, or just enjoy a Friday evening in town. 7:00 pm. Herbiary of Blue Ridge (702) 907-4372

8/5
Big Gus and the Swampadelic
Blue Ridge Community Theater
Live Music is Better Series
Bayou, Honky Tonk, Soul. A strong dose of blues combined with classic soul and swampy Cajun rhythms, strong and memorable songs, soulful singing, with powerful grooves. Big Gus creates a sound that satisfies the heart and mind. 7:30pm. For Tickets: Blue Ridge Community Theater, 2591 East 1st St., Blue Ridge, GA 30513. (706) 632-9223 or www.blueridgecommunitytheater.com

8/11
Oak Ridge Boys
Hiawassee, GA. Theirs is one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the music industry. 7:00PM. Tickets On Sale June 30. Level 1: $45.00 + Handling. Level 2: $35.00 + Handling. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road, P.O. Box 444 Hiawassee, GA 30546. gamtfair@windstream.net, 706-896-4191 or www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com

8/19
Summer Concerts in the Park
Canton, GA. 5:30- 10pm. Brown Park: 223 E Marietta St Canton GA 30114. For info visit www.canton-georgia.com or call 770.704.1552

8/26
Johnny Cash Returns
Ellijay, GA. Fund raiser for Kids Ferst of Gilmer County. $20 admission – proceeds to benefit the Kids Ferst of Gilmer County. Doors open at 6pm and entertainment begins at 7pm. Ellijay Elementary School Auditorium, 32 McCutchen Street, Ellijay, GA. Info: 706 847-0869 or 706 889-0421 or https://www.facebook.com/kidsferst/

9/1
Banks and Shane
Ellijay, GA. Banks and Shane is a high-energy, hard-kicking, blow-the-roof off band that has had capacity crowds around the world dancing in the aisles to party favorites. No matter what age, Banks and Shane transports fans back to Spring Break. Two Shows at 6:30 pm and 9 pm. Fee: $25. George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse, 135 Dalton St. Ellijay, GA 30540. For tickets & info: gilmerarts.org or 706-635-5605.

9/2
Georgia Mountain String Band
Ellijay, GA. Original/ Traditional Bluegrass Georgia Mountain String Band is a bluegrass project started by Jason C. Waller. The guys work from a central playbook of Country and Bluegrass songs as well as original material. City Slickers tippin their hats to the old sounds and exploring new territories. Time: 7:30pm. Fee: $15. George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse, 135 Dalton St. Ellijay, GA 30540. For tickets & info: gilmerarts.org or 706-635-5605.

9/2
Hank Williams Jr. Saturday
Hiawasee, GA.Tickets On Sale June 16. Reserved Seating: $77.00 + Handling. Outside Standing: $57.00 + Handling. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road, P.O. Box 444 Hiawassee, GA 30546. gamtfair@windstream.net, 706-896-4191 or www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com

9/9
Frederick Johnson
Blue Ridge, GA. Fred Johnson is an accomplished writer, vocalist and percussionist and is recognized internationally as one of the world’s greatest vocal jazz improvisers and has been honored as one of the worlds most passionate and versed chanters of sacred text. 7:30pm. For Tickets: Blue Ridge Community Theater, 2591 East 1st St., Blue Ridge, GA 30513. (706) 632-9223 or www.blueridgecommunitytheater.com

9/15
Blues Crawl
Downtown Blue Ridge. Crawl through 8 different restaurants enjoying live music, food, and drinks as we celebrate the start of our Blues Weekend in the mountains. GET INTO THE FESTIVAL FREE: Pick up your Official Blues & BBQ Festival Rack Card from your Blue Ridge lodging provider, Fannin County Chamber of Commerce or participating Crawl restaurant. Carry it with you on Friday night as you Crawl. Get all 8 stars punched and you can get into the Blues & BBQ Festival free the next day. www.blueridgebluesandbbq.com

9/16
Bobby Randall and Melissa Lee
Ellijay, GA.This special acoustic duo show features two Nashville stars. Bobby Randall was a founding member for Sawyer Brown, playing guitar and singing on all their early hits. And Melissa Lee, a fresh new Nashville Country music artist. Two Shows at 6:30 pm and 9 pm. Fee: $22. George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse, 135 Dalton St. Ellijay, GA 30540. For tickets & info: gilmerarts.org or 706-635-5605.

9/30
Trinity River Band Concert
Doors Open at 6:30PM, Concert Begins at 7PM. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased on Tix.com & the Arts Center Office. Cherokee Center for the Arts, 94 North St., Canton, GA 30114. http://cherokeearts.org or 770.704.6244

THEATER

8/17 – 9/3
One Slight Hitch
Blue Ridge, GA. It’s Courtney’s wedding day, and her mom is making sure that everything is perfect. The groom is perfect, the dress is perfect, and the decorations will be perfect. Then, like in any good farce the doorbell rings. And all hell breaks loose. So much for perfect. Thursdays- Saturdays 7:30pm, Sundays at 2pm. For Tickets: Blue Ridge Community Theater, 2591 East 1st St., Blue Ridge, GA 30513. (706) 632-9223 or www.blueridgecommunitytheater.com

9/11 thru 9/27
Man of La Mancha
Jasper, GA. Tater Patch Players. A stirring musical about a delightful madman. Come tilt at windmills with us. Thurs-Sat: 7:30pm. Sun: 2pm. Tickets $18 adults, $$16 seniors, $14 students. Buy Flex Passes and save even more. Tater Patch Players 95 Philadelphia Lane in Jasper, GA. Tickets and info: www.taterpatchplayers.org or call 706-253-2800.

9/23
The Comedy of Jerry Farber
His unique style of hip piano finesse and warm-blooded humor endears him to fans. Best of all, he personalizes each performance, weaving his audience into each routine.
Fans have voted Jerry One of the Top Five Celebrities in Atlanta in an Atlanta Constitution / WSB Radio Poll. He was elected Entertainer of the Year by Atlanta Magazine three times in recent years. Time: 7:30- 9:00 Fee: $20. George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse, 135 Dalton St. Ellijay, GA 30540. For tickets & info: gilmerarts.org or 706-635-5605.

9/28 – 10/15
Calendar Girls
Blue Ridge, GA. When Annie’s husband John dies of leukemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four fellow WI members to pose nude with them for an “alternative” calendar, with a little help from hospital porter and amateur photographer Lawrence. Thursdays- Saturdays 7:30pm, Sundays at 2pm. For Tickets: Blue Ridge Community Theater, 2591 East 1st St., Blue Ridge, GA 30513. (706) 632-9223 or www.blueridgecommunitytheater.com

9/30
The Magic of Arthur Atsma
An award winning sleight of hand artist, corporate entertainer, educator, and motivational speaker. Called the “Laughter Magic Therapist” Arthur Atsma’s family friendly performance is one not to miss. Time: 7:30- 9:00 Fee: $15. George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse, 135 Dalton St. Ellijay, GA 30540. For tickets & info: gilmerarts.org or 706-635-5605

WINE & BEER TASTINGS

Ongoing Thurs – Mon
Engelheim Vineyards
Located near Ellijay, Georgia in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, focuses on growing outstanding grapes to produce the highest quality of wines. And honoring the original residents of Engelheim, the Cherokee Nation. Live Music weekends. Tasting Room Hours: Thursday – Monday 12:30 to 6:00 P.M. Engelheim Vineyards 127 Lakeview Road, Ellijay, GA 30540. Call 706-635-WINE (9463) or visit www.engelheim.com.

Ongoing Fridays
Chocolatasm!
The Vine Wine Bar and Bistro in Blue Ridge and Chocolatasm are proud to present a special wine and chocolate pairing Friday evenings at 6pm (reservations only). Reservations required. Call Leann Martin at 706-946-8463 or email your RSVP to Leannhmartin@gmail.com by the Thursday before the date to reserve your place. There will also be regular wine tastings every day with no reservation required. www.thevineofblueridge.com

Ongoing Mon – Sat
Cartecay Vineyards
Wine Tastings on the Chimney Patio or the Nealey Barn Loft if bad weather. $10.00 includes 5 Tastings and Cartecay Vineyards’ Logo Wine Glass. 1:30 – 5:30. Mon – Sat 11:00am to 6:00pm. Sun 12:30pm – 5:30pm. Live Music Weekends. Cartecay Vineyards, 5704 Clear Creek Road, Ellijay, GA 30535. Call 706. 698. 9463 (WINE) or visit www.cartecayvineyards.com

Ongoing Wed – Sat
Blue Ridge Brewery
Serving great food, craft beer, fine wine and top shelf alcohol. Dog friendly outdoor patio. Open Wednesday through Saturday 11:00am – 9:00pm. Blue Ridge Brewery, 187 Depot Street, Blue Ridge, GA . 706. 632. 6611 or www.blueridgebrewery.com

Ongoing Fri – Sat
Fannin Brewing Company
Everyone’s welcome (including dogs, kids and non-drinkers!) but bring your ID – you must be 21 to taste. Join us to sample both production beers and works in progress – there’s always something fun going on, and we’re pretty sure you’ll make a friend or two while you’re with us! Fri 5:30- 7:30pm, Sat 2:00 – 6:0pm. 3758 East First Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. 706.258.2762 or www.fanninbrewingcompany.com

Ongoing Thurs – Sat
Grumpy Old Men Brewing
If we don’t like it, we don’t drink it. If we don’t drink it, we don’t sell it. The Brewery it is small. We are small on purpose. Dog & kid friendly. 1:00pm – 5:00pm. 1315 East Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA. 770-331-8870/404-966-2665, www.grumpyoldmenbrewing.com
Ongoing Thurs – Sun
Reformation Brewery
Tour & Tasting Hours Thurs 5:30-8pm, Fri 5:30-9pm, Sat 1-9pm, Sunday 2-4pm500 Arnold Mill Way, Woodstock, GA 30188. info@reformationbrewery.com, (678) 341-0828 or www.reformationbrewery.com

Ongoing Mon- Sun
Valley River Brewery & Eatery
Featuring 15 of our own Craft Beers, Wood Fired Pizza made with fresh toppings, Outstanding Burgers, Homemade Desserts. Located in Historic Downtown Murphy, NC at 71 Tennessee Street. Mon – Sat 11am – 10pm, Sun 12pm – 10pm. 828-837-BEER or www.valleyriverbrewery.com

Ongoing Tues – Sun
Crane Creek Vineyards
Young, Harris, GA. Fridays 6 – 8pm: Vineyard View Tapas & Acoustic Music on Holly Hill. Reservations recommended.
Saturdays 11am until gone: Vine Keepers Kitchen. Saturday Wine Tours: 2pm $25. Winery Hours:
Tuesday-Saturday, 11am to 6pm, Sunday, 1pm to 5pm. Crane Creek Vineyards, 916 Crane Creek Road, Young Harris, GA. 706.379.1236
www.cranecreekvineyards.com

Daily
Chateau Meichtry
Talking Rock, GA. Wine tastings daily! Live music on weekends from 1:30- 5:30 pm. Saturday winery tours at 2pm by reservation – $30. Winery Hours: Mon- Sat 11am – 6pm. Sun 12:30 – 5:30pm. Chateau Meichtry, 1862 Orchard Lane, Talking Rock, GA 30175. Info: (706) 502-1608 or www.chateaumeichtry.com.

Saturdays
Out Of The Blue Wine Tasting
Blue Ridge, GA. Drinking alcohol is just drinking. Wine is a lifestyle. It’s about a sense of place; it fires up our memories and makes an ordinary day special. Gourmet Living. We sell fine wine, cheeses, and beer along with specialty kitchen items. Wine tastings Saturdays at 1:00 pm. Out of the Blue, 647 E. Main Street, Blue Ridge, 706-258-2750. Visit www.outofzbleu.com