December 2017 and January 2018 Happenings in the Mountains

By on December 1, 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. All media welcome. Free! ArtWorks Gallery & Gifts, 232B Chatuge Way, Hiawassee, GA. Info 706-896-0932 or http://www.artworksgalleryga.com

10/7 – 01/06
4th Quarter Artist in Residence- Rae Breed
Blue Ridge, GA. Opening reception 10/7, 5-7pm. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA. Visit www.blueridgearts.net or call 706-632-2144.

11/7 – 12/16
Cherokee Arts Center Holiday Show & Sale
Canton, GA. This show has all the gifts you need! All crafts & artwork will be $100 and under! Tues – Fri 11AM to 5PM and Saturday 12PM to 5PM. Cherokee Arts Center 94 North St., Canton, GA 30114. Info: 770.704.6244 or www.cherokeearts.org

11/10 thru 12/14
B.E.S.T. Visual Art Series – The Photography of Lance Lewin
Ellijay, GA. Visualization: The Art of Seeing. Lance A. Lewin skills and visual perspectives come from a richly filled combination of studying the pioneers of photography. Gilmer Arts, 207 Dalton Street, Ellijay, GA. For info: 706-635-5605 or www.gilmerarts.com

11/10 – 12/31
Gilmer Arts- The Christmas Shop
Ellijay, GA. Gilmer Arts, 207 Dalton Street, Ellijay, GA. For info: 706-635-5605 or www.gilmerarts.com

11/18 – 01/06
Holiday Show & Sale
Blue Ridge, GA. Come shop for that perfect holiday gift. Jewelry, pottery, paintings, or anything in between. Gift Certificates available. Opening reception November 18, 6-9pm. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA. Visit www.blueridgearts.net or call 706-632-2144.

1/13 thru 2/24
“Orarius Ara” – The Artwork of Pam Beagle Daresta
Blue Ridge. Enigmatic art of Pamela Beagle-Daresta inspired by the patterns and shapes of nature, mainly the seascape of southern Tybee Island, where ocean and river meet. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA. Visit www.blueridgearts.net or call 706-632-2144.

EVENTS

9/211/23
Blue Ridge Turkey Trot
Blue Ridge, GA. Thanksgiving Day! Race is for all ages and all abilities from walkers to serious competitors. Proceeds go towards local charities. There’s also a best dressed prize so be creative! Registration begins at 7:00am and the 5K run/walk begins at 8:00am. Info: www.blueridgeturkeytrot.com

11/23
Community Thanksgiving Open Table
Blue Ridge, GA. Come share smoked turkey and all the fixings. Activities include Children’s Craft tables, Open Mic, Silent Auction and more. Everyone is welcome and event is free. Donations in excess of event costs support Good Sam’s benevolent ministry to help y/our Fannin County neighbors in need. Noon to 4pm. Fannin County High School cafeteria. Good Samaritans of Fannin County 706-455-3818 or 706-374-2319 Email: ldbbq@bellsouth.net

11/23 – 12/30
Mountain Country Christmas in Lights
Hiawassee, GA. Enjoy Caroling, Arts & Crafts, Food and Entertainment throughout the event at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee, GA. – Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 6 -10PM. $5. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds 1311 Music Hall Road Hiawassee, GA 30546. For info: 706-896-4191 or www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com

11/24
Light Up Ellijay- Return to Whoville
Historic Downtown Ellijay. Return to Whoville and stop the Grinch from stealing Christmas! Live music, craft vendors, and food from local restaurants on the square beginning at 4 p.m. Lighted parade ushers in Santa Claus at 6 p.m. Lighting of the tree immediately afterward. For more information visit www.gilmerchamber.com or call 706-635-7400.

11/24
Light Up the Basin
Copperhill/McCaysville, GA. The evening begins at the McCaysville Branch of United Community Bank, for lighting McCaysville’s official Christmas Tree. A procession of carolers parades by candlelight to the Copperhill Branch of the BB&T Bank, for another tree lighting. Next, over to Miners Park, to light Copperhill’s Yule tree. Then head back down Grande Avenue for the lighting of the wreath of the Old Steel Bridge. After tree lightings visit with Santa at Christmas Is Here! The events start at 5:30 and last until 8:00 pm. For info: 706-964-6531

11/24
Blue Friday
Blue Ridge, GA. Merchants will be offering discounts and the downtown area will be filled with live entertainment throughout the day.

11/25
Light Up Blue Ridge
Blue Ridge, GA. Visit Historic Downtown Blue Ridge for the annual arrival of Santa and Lighting of the big tree. A full day of fun begins on Saturday when Santa and Mrs. Claus arrives on the train approximately 11:15 a.m. Santa will be in the park from 12:30 to 4:40 p.m. for visits with the kids. Parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. with lighting of the Great Tree at 7 p.m. For information email: pam@lgwebconsulting.com.

12/1
Murphy Hometown Christmas Celebration
Murphy, NC. Tree lighting ceremony, music and entertainment. Shopping day will be Saturday, December 4th, complete with Santa strolling around town and merchants offering incentives to shoppers such as sales, snacks, etc. Friday Dec 1st, 6 – 8pm. For info call 828-837-2242 or visit www.cherokeecountychamber.com

12/1 & 12/2
Blairsville Holiday Stop & Shop
Blairsville, GA. Need a special gift for a special family member or friend? Then come on out to the Blairsville Holiday Stop & Shop. There will be over 50 home-based business vendors there to cover all your shopping needs. Free. 11am- 7pm. Union County Civic Center located at 165 Wellborn Street, Blairsville GA. For info call Sharon Penner 770-789-2044.

12/1 – 12/31
Tour of Trees
Blairsville, GA. Over 30 beautifully decorated trees and wreaths on display throughout the Community Center. 9am- 5pm. Free Admission – 9AM – 3PM. Sponsored by the Union County Lions Club. Blairsville Union County Chamber of Commerce, 129 Union County Rec Rd, Blairsville, GA. 706-745-5789

12/2
Night of Lights Celebration & Parade
Downtown Jasper, GA. Live music, tons of vendors, and pictures with Santa Claus all starting at 4pm. The Parade of Lights begins promptly at 6pm with lots of awesome floats celebrating the Christmas spirit and the flavor of living in Pickens County. Parade theme: Candyland. Visit www.knowpickens.com or call 706-692-1164.

12/2
Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting
Blairsville, GA. Pictures with Santa at the Historic Courthouse from 4pm-6pm.
Evening Christmas Parade to start at 6pm, tree lighting & caroling following the parade. Visit www.visitblairsvillega.com or call 877-745-5789.

12/2
Christmas Luminairies
Blairsville, GA. The Downtown Blairsville Square will be lit up on Saturday, December 2 when Enotah CASA hosts its annual Lighting of Christmas Luminaires event in honor of foster children in North GA. Luminaires can be bought in honor of, in memory of, in Celebration of or for a CASA child. 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Sponsorships also availabale. Visit http://enotahcasa.org or call Enotah CASA 706-864-0300

12/2
The Long Table – Holidazzle
Ball Ground, GA. Benfitting Prevent Child Abuse Pickens. A dazzling Long Table party at The Greystone Estate will have the usual Long Table ‘wow factor’ with amazing food, spectacular venue and incredible entertainment. $150 per person. Greystone Estate: www.thegreystoneestate.com or 770-735-3777.

12/9
Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Vogel State Park
Blairsville, GA. Come enjoy hayrides, caroling, a visit from Santa Claus, bonfires, and watch as we light our 35 foot Blue Spruce. Please bring an unwrapped gift for a child up to 12 years of age to help the Union County Sheriff’s Office toy drive. Festivities begin at 4 PM. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.

12/9 & 12/23
Jasper Winter Farmers Market
Jasper, GA. Homegrown produce or handmade arts & crafts. 7:30am – Noon. Pickens County Extension / Chamber Building, 500 Stegall Drive, Jasper, GA. For more information, call the Extension Office at 706-253-8840

12/10
Kiwanis 58th Annual
Christmas Parade
McCaysville, GA. A great old timey parade for almost 60 years! 2:00 pm – until
Please call Howard Jabeley 706-492-3244 or visit www.greatercopperbasin.com.

12/10
Cruise for Kids
Blue Ridge, GA. Georgia Mountain Classics Car Club Annual Cruise For Kids will be held on Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 1-4 p.m. at Dairy Queen in Blue Ridge. We hope you will come and support us this year with a monetary donation or a new, unwrapped toy to help families in our community have a great Xmas. Annette Long @ 706-838-4701 or Troyia Collis @ 706-632-2634. Email at georgiamountainclassics@hotmail.com

2/17
8th Annual Fire & Ice
Chili Cook Off
Blue Ridge, GA. Live music, ice sculptures and amazing chili! Buy a $10 Tasting Card to sample the competition and vote for the People’s Choice Award. Featuring Live Music and entertainment. An amazing display of individual and unique ice sculptures from the award winning, National Ice Carving Champion “Rock on Ice” including several ice carving demonstrations. For info call 706-258-2432 or visit bestofblueridge.biz

12/31
New Years Eve Train
Blue Ridge, GA. Welcome in the New Year on our New Year’s Eve Train. This wine and dessert train departs Blue Ridge at 10:00 pm on New Year’s Eve and returns approximately 12:30am on New Year’s Day. There will be wine tasting, light hors d’oeuvres and at midnight there will be sparkling wine and deserts. 21 and over. Single: $85, Couple: $160. Reservations are strongly encouraged. For tickets and info: Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad, www.brscenic.com or call 706-632-8724

12/31
24th Annual New Year’s Eve Possum Drop
Clay’s Corner in Brasstown, NC. Ring in the New Year with a Miss Possum Contest, bluegrass music, Little Brasstown Church Choir, the Blessing, cider and good clean fun. Free! 10pm- until. Call 828-837-2242 or visit www.cherokeecountychamber.com

2/24
7th Annual Bringin’ the Blues to Blue Ridge
Blue Ridge, GA. Celebrate Mardis Gras with the Rollin’ Bones! Masks, Cajun Food, Great Music, Dancing, Auction, Door Prizes & More! Benefitting Snack in a Backpack. Advance tickets: $50 per person or $90 per couple. 5 to 9pm – Willow Creek Falls Vineyard. For info and tickets call 706. 851. 8190 or visit snackinabackpack.org.

KIDS OF ALL AGES

11/24 – 12/23
Santa Express Train Ride- Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
Blue Ridge, GA. Featuring “Twas the Night Before Christmas”. Daytime fun-filled trip with Santa. While on board your family will hear the “Twas the Night Before Christmas” Christmas story, sing Christmas Carols, visit with Christmas characters and of course with Santa. Each child receives a BRSR memento, BRSR Christmas Activity Book and a candy cane. Approximately 1-Hour Trip Time – Enclosed Climate Control ONLY. Please check the TRAIN SCHEDULE for various dates and times. Reservations are strongly encouraged. For tickets and info: Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad, www.brscenic.com or call 706-632-8724

12/9
2017 Holly Jolly Christmas
Blairsville, GA. Pictures with Santa at 2-5pm! Children’s crafts, face painting, gingerbread village, Mayor’s Train, storytelling, refreshments, reindeer games, musical performances, silent auction, tour of trees. Free! Benefitting Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy. Union County Community Center, 129 Union County Rec Rd. Blairsville, GA. For info call 706-745-5789.

2/3
Annual Be Our Guest Daddy Daughter Dance
Murphy, NC. This fun night will take place on Saturday from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM. The theme this year is Beauty and the Beast with some surprise guests from this beloved fairy tale! Tickets are $50 for one father and one daughter. Each additional daughter is $10. Tickets and event at The Hackney Warehouse, 11 Railroad Street Murphy, NC 28906. For info call Lydia Gray 828-837-8376. Visit www.thehackneywarehouse.com

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

Fridays & Saturdays
Andrews Brewing Company
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

Sundays
WYYZ’s Live Music at Rocco’s
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
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. 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
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
Fannin Brewing: 3758 East First Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513.
www.fanninbrewingcompany.com or 706.258.2762

Weekends
Cartecay Vineyards
Cartecay Vineyards, 5704 Clear Creek Road, Ellijay, GA 30535. Call 706. 698. 9463 (WINE) or visit www.cartecayvineyards.com

Weekends
Chateau Meichtry Vineyards
Chateau Meichtry, 1862 Orchard Lane, Talking Rock, GA 30175. Info: (706) 502-1608 or www.chateaumeichtry.com.

11/25
Annual Tuba Christmas
Blue Ridge. This is a national organization with chapters all over the country. Concert is free, and is part of the Light Up Blue Ridge festivities. See 30 to 40 Tuba players all decked out for Christmas play your favorite Christmas songs. Concert begins at 11:15 am. Free! www.tubachristmas.com or Keith Jones – kjonz@etcmail.com, 706-258-8329

12/1
Beach Boys
Hiawassee, GA. Doors: 6:00 PM, Show: 7:00 PM. $55. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, Anderson Music Hall, 1311 Music Hall Rd. Hiawassee, GA. Tickets & info: (706) 896-4191 or www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com

12/2
University of North Georgia Choral Holiday Performance.
Blue Ridge. Enjoy the beautiful sounds of the North Georgia Choral Group as they present a beautiful holiday performance inside the Art Center! 2pm -4pm. FREE! Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA. Visit www.blueridgearts.net or call 706-632-2144.

12/9
B.E.S.T. Series #1 – Mountain Faith Band
Ellijay, GA. Multiple Grand Ole Opry performers, Multiple Industry Award Recognitions Tour participants and Semi-finalist on NBC TV’s “America’s Got Talent” (Christmas Concert Folk, Gospel, Bluegrass with a Pop Groove). 7:30 p.m. $27.99. George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse, 135 Dalton St Ellijay, GA 30540. Visit gilmerarts.com or call 706-635-5605.

12/15
A Classic Frank Sinatra Christmas Show
Blue Ridge, GA. Starring Frank Sinatra tribute artist Gabe Russo, winner of the Frank Sinatra Idol Competition. Gabe will not disappoint anyone craving a fix of Frank’s old Christmas songs like Silent Night, The Christmas Song (chestnuts roasting on an open fire), White Christmas and others mixed in with Frank’s standards of NY, NY, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, That’s Life…and more. 7:30pm. Blue Ridge Community Theater, 2591 East 1st St., Blue Ridge, GA 30513. (706) 632-9223 or www.blueridgecommunitytheater.com

12/15
John Denver Christmas Show – Rocky Mountain High Christmas
Hiawassee, GA. Starring Chris Collins and Boulder Canyon with Special Guest: Beatles Music By The Return. 7:00PM. Tickets On Sale October 13. Level 1: $35.00 + Handling & Credit Card Fees. Level 2: $25.00 + Handling & Credit Card Fees. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, Anderson Music Hall, 1311 Music Hall Rd. Hiawassee, GA. Tickets & info: (706) 896-4191 or www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com

12/16
Levi Lowery
Ellijay, GA. Lowrey’s two-disc Roots and Branches is a majestic record. In the best of all possible worlds, it would be heard in an acoustically perfect concert hall by an audience that sits undistracted in the dark listening intently to its exquisitely sculpted lyrics, transcendent melodies and intricately woven instrumentation. Lowrey is a former member of and opening act for the Zac Brown Band. 7:30PM. $18. George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse, 135 Dalton St Ellijay, GA 30540. Visit gilmerarts.com or call 706-635-5605.

12/19
Caroling on the Square
Blairsville, GA. Join your friends and neighbors for Old Fashioned Caroling on the Square. Free! 5:30 – 6:30pm.

3/3
Gene Watson, Johnny Lee & Ronnie McDowell
Hiawassee, GA. 7:00PM. Tickets On Sale December 8. Level 1: $37.00 + Handling & Credit Card Fees. Level 2: $27.00 + Handling & Credit Card Fees. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, Anderson Music Hall, 1311 Music Hall Rd. Hiawassee, GA. Tickets & info: (706) 896-4191 or www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com

THEATER

11/24 – 12/10
White Christmas
Blue Ridge, GA. Based on the beloved film, this heartwarming musical features seventeen Irving Berlin songs.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

11/24 – 12/10
You Can’t Take It With You
Jasper, GA. The daughter of a very eccentric family, the son of a straight laced executive — love? marriage? An incomparable comedy evening. 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.

12/7 thru 12/17
Live Theatre – A Christmas Carol – The Musical
Ellijay, GA. This play centers on one day in the life of Ebenezer Scrooge… Christmas Eve. After his confrontation with the spirits, he awakens a new man. Scrooge gives generously to the poor, and helps save Tiny Tim. Evenings at 7:30 p.m. – Afternoons at 2:30 p.m. Adults $17.50 ($13.50 with member discount)- Students $10. Gilmer High School, 408 Bobcat Trail, Ellijay, GA. Visit gilmerarts.com or call 706-635-5605.

WINE & BEER TASTINGS

OPEN EVERY DAY
Bear Claw Vineyards
Blue Ridge, GA. Life is busy, and there isn’t always time to slow down and reconnect with the people that you care about. At the vineyard, time moves slower, relationships connect better, and many smiles are shared. Sunday – Thursday 12-6pm, Friday & Saturday 12-8pm. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. 2281 Tennis Court Rd., Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Visit bearclawvineyards.com.

Open Every Day
Engelheim Vineyards
Engelheim Vineyards 127 Lakeview Road, Ellijay, GA 30540. Call 706-635-WINE (9463) or visit www.engelheim.com.

Ongoing Fridays
Chocolatasm!
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 www.thevineofblueridge.com

Ongoing
Cartecay Vineyards
Wine Tastings on the Chimney Patio or the Nealey Barn Loft. 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
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 Thurs – Sun
Fannin Brewing Company
3758 East First Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. 706.258.2762 or www.fanninbrewingcompany.com

Ongoing Thurs – Sat
Grumpy Old Men Brewing
Dog & kid friendly. 1315 East Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA. 770-331-8870/404-966-2665, grumpyoldmenbrewing.com

Ongoing Mon- Sun
Valley River Brewery & Eatery
Located in Historic Downtown Murphy, NC at 71 Tennessee Street. 828-837-BEER or www.valleyriverbrewery.com

Ongoing Tues – Sun
Crane Creek Vineyards
Crane Creek Vineyards, 916 Crane Creek Road, Young Harris, GA. 706.379.1236
www.cranecreekvineyards.com
Daily
Chateau Meichtry
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. 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

12/1 & 12/2
Appalachian Food and
Wine Trail
Blairsville, GA. Taste the flavors of the Appalachian Mountains by taking part in this Bi-Annual Wine Tour event. Purchase your ticket for only $30 per person and receive a hearty appetizer and delicious wine from each of four participating local wineries. Paradise Hills Resort and Winery, Crane Creek Vineyards, Hightower Creek Vineyards, and Odom Springs Vineyards. Noon- 6pm. Paradise Hills Resort and Spa, 366 Paradise Road, Blairsville GA, 30512. Visit www.paradisehillsga.com.

12/21
Winter Solstice Celebration
Young Harris, GA. With all our family and guests with us, we light the bonfire to chase away the longest night of the year as winter truly begins. Complimentary chili bar and holiday sweets available to all guests. No reservations required. Wine available by the bottle or glass for purchase. 5:30 – 8pm. Crane Creek Vineyards 916 Crane Creek road Young Harris, GA 30582. Info: www.cranecreekvineyards.com or 706-379-1236.

ENJOY THE SEASON!