February-March 2016 North Georgia Happenings

By on February 1, 2016

February-March 2016 North Georgia Happenings

Appalachian Country Living’s February-March 2016 North Georgia Happenings guide to Area Arts, Dining, Events, Kid’s Stuff, Music and Theater

ARTS

Thru 2/14
Plan for an Undoing
Acclaimed Kentucky mixed media artist Douglas Miller produces breathtaking masterworks that explore the inner personality of his beautifully rendered subjects. He works appear in numerous public and private exhibits and collections across the United States. Opening Reception Thursday, January 21 6:00 PM. Campus Gate Art Gallery, Young Harris College. Call (800) 241-3754 or visit www.yhc.edu

Thru 2/20
Artist in Residence- 
Barbara Bryant
Expressing her talents through paintings, sculptures, glassworks and assemblages, artist Barbara Bryant conveys her life and art in her unforgettable Artist-in-Residence Exhibit entitled, “Restoration,” where she brings forgotten objects new life. Opening reception will be January 16, 5-7pm. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 West Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. (706) 632- 2144. www.blueridgearts.net

Thru 2/20
Pear Street Painters Exhibit, “Once in a Blue Moon”
Enjoy the diverse talent from the Pear Street Painters group from Rome, Georgia.. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 West Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. (706) 632- 2144. www.blueridgearts.net

2/23 thru 2/27
Cherokee County School District Elementary Schools “A” Art Show
Reception: February 25th 6:00pm to 8:00 pm. Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday 11-5; Saturday 12-5pm. Cherokee Arts Center, 94 North St., Canton, GA 30114, 770.704.6244 or www.cherokeearts.org

3/5
Cork & Canvas Fundraiser
Support the arts as you enjoy wine samplings from various area vintners. This year’s event includes a wine grab, silent auction, count the corks raffle, savory food and live entertainment. Ticket are $30, $25 for BRMAA members, and includes a commemorative BRMAA wine glass. Proceeds benefit our youth arts programming, and scholarships. 7 pm. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 West Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. (706) 632- 2144. www.blueridgearts.net

3/8 thru 3/17
Cherokee County School District Elementary Schools “B” Art Show
Reception: March 10th, 6:00pm to 8:00 pm. Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday 11-5; Saturday 12-5pm. Cherokee Arts Center, 94 North St., Canton, GA 30114, 770.704.6244 or www.cherokeearts.org

3/12
Meet the Authors- 
A Unique Book Fair
Come to this gathering of regional and local authors, who will read from their books and sign your copies. Author readings will be repeated hourly. Featured authors have written about our area or live here. One book was featured on a Discovery Channel TV show! 1- 4pm. For info please contact Gilmer Arts 207 Dalton St. Ellijay, GA 30540. 706-635-5605 www.gilmerarts.org

3/12 & 3/13
Dahlonega Literary Festival
The Dahlonega Literary Festival celebrates books, writers, literacy, storytelling and literary performance art. This is an intimate festival about books and authors with a mission to promote interaction between readers and writers in a relaxed, informal environment. Author discussion panels covering a variety of topics, RSVP lunch with authors at area restaurants and author book signing sessions are just a few of the festival’s highlights. Festival events will occur in various locations around the historic square of downtown Dahlonega, and all activities are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For info visit www.literaryfestival.org

4/8 & 4/9
Blue Ridge Writers’ Conference
The Mission of the Blue Ridge Writers’ Conference is to educate, inform, and inspire writers. No matter the level of expertise, the Blue Ridge Writers’ Conference provides a venue for professional writers, editors and agents to provide honest and accurate feedback to the aspiring writer in how to sell a magazine article, finish a novel, or do historical research. Early Registration Deadline is March 4th. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 West Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. www.blueridgewritersconference.com

2/13 thru 3/4
2016 Annual Spring Juried Group Art Exhibition
Opens on Friday, Feb. 15th, 5-7pm. Meet the artists and learn about their work, while enjoying refreshments and mingling with like-minded art lovers. Awards totaling $850 will be presented at 6pm. The Reception is free and open to the public. This exhibit will run through March 4th. For info please contact Gilmer Arts 207 Dalton St. Ellijay, GA 30540. 706-635-5605 www.gilmerarts.org

EVENTS

Open Year-Round
Len Foote Hike Inn
Amicalola Falls Park & Lodge, Dawsonville, GA.
Everyone who makes the five-mile trek through the mountains to the Hike Inn in the Chattahoochee National Forest does so for a different reason. Some come to get away from their everyday lives. Some come to spend quality time with their family. Others come for the Appalachian Trail. But no matter what the reason, the result is the same: Everyone leaves with a sense of belonging. For reservations and information: www.hike-inn.com or call: 800-581-8032

2/6
Mardi Gras in the Mountains
Georgia Mountains Hospice, The Ellijay and Jasper Councils of the Knights of Columbus, and The Rotary Club of Jasper invite you to the 2016 Mardi Gras in the Mountains! Enjoy a spectacular evening with fine dining, a great band, silent auction, and coronation of the 2016 King, Queen, and Honor Court. 6:30 pm – 11pm. Black tie optional. Chattahoochee Technical College – Appalachian Campus, 100 Campus Drive ~ Jasper, GA 30143. For tickets and more info: 800-692-7199 or www.mardigrasinthemountains.org

2/12
St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Celebration
Downtown Blue Ridge. Come on out and share the green. 11:00 P.M. on the Saturday PRIOR to March 17th. Parade begins 11:00 am at McKinney St and Main. Will travel down East Main, turn at Mountain Street and come back up West Main (Traditional parade route.) Sponsored by The Boro Inn Irish Pub. For more info contact The Boro Inn Irish Pub 706-455-7686.

2/13
6th Annual Fire & Ice Chili Cook Off
Live music, ice sculptures and amazing chili! Buy a $10 Tasting Card to sample the competition and vote for the People’s Choice Award. Live Music and entertainment from the Blue Ridge Community Theater actors. Ice sculptures from National Ice Carving Champion “Rock on Ice” and ice carving demonstrations. Cook-Off will happen come rain, snow or shine. 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Blue Ridge Downtown City Park. For info 706-455-6800 visit www.bestofblueridge.biz

2/20
Snowflake Ball
Get dressed up, put on your dancing shoes and be at Willow Creek for a night of dinner, drinks, music and silent auction. Willow Creek Falls is a beautiful venue and the perfect backdrop for this event. Dress is festive; Wintry Blue and White. Cost is $50 per person or $85 per couple. Table (10) $450.00. Proceeds benefit the North Georgia Mountain Crisis Network “Working with women, children and men who are victims of sexual violence” and the Appalachian Children’s Center – Event is 6:00 pm through 9:00 pm. Festive Dress Attire, North Georgia Mountain Crisis Network, Inc. 706-632-8400 706-632-8400 or http://gcapp.org/ngmcn

2/20
5th Annual Bringin’ the Blues to Blue Ridge
A music event benefiting “Snack in a Backpack” featuring The Rollin’ Bones. Great Food, Fun, Auction, Door Prizes. Advanced tickets $50.00 for Main Dining and $40.00 for the deck. Tickets includes, Appetizers, Dinner, Dessert and Non-Alcoholic Drinks, Cash Bar is available. You may purchase tickets online. Fightingtown Tavern, Downtown Blue Ridge. For info contact 706-633-8616 or 706-633-7697 or visit www.snackinabackpack.org

3/6 & 3/7
Winter Chautauqa 2016 Sports & Recreation Conference
What’s in Your Line Up? Sponsored by the Northeast Georgia Mountains Travel Association. Learn everything you need to know about to creating a successful sports event, adding sports to your existing events calendar or working with local parks & rec. Held at the Ridges Resort & Marina, Young Harris, GA. $95 for full registration. Visit www.winter chautauqua.com

3/19
Feed Fannin Annual Bowls of Hope
Select and keep a handcrafted bowl then sample delicious soups, chilies and deserts prepared by over 25 local chefs and restaurants, listen to music from local musicians and bid on numerous donated items at a silent auction. Proceeds feed the hungry of Fannin County. Admission is $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Only 400 tickets will be sold and go on sale Feb 2nd. From noon to 4pm at Willow Creek Falls, 35 Trackside Lane, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. For tickets or more info call 706-374-4372 or visit www.feedfannin.com

KIDS OF ALL AGES

Ongoing
Misty Mountain Model Railroad Tours
America’s largest, privately-owned O-guage Train Display with 14 Lionel trains traveling over a mile of track through a 4,000 square foot fantasy layout of Southern Appalachia. Tours are promptly at 1:30p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 1:45 – Tour of Train Collection 2:00 – MM Model Train Overview 2:30 – Tour of Train Layout Children – Free, Adults – $5.00. 16 Misty Mountain Lane, Blairsville, Georgia 30512. 706-400-2085, or visit www.mistymtnmodelrailroad.com

2/5 thru 2/14
Jungle Book
One of literature’s most enduring classics is brought vividly to the stage in this exciting adventure of Mowgli, the Indian boy, raised by caring wolves, befriended by Bagheera, the Panther, and Baloo, the Bear, and threatened by Shere Kahn, the evil tiger. Also present are an array of other jungle creatures who inhabit this action-filled play. Friday & Saturday- 7:30pm, Sunday- 2:00pm. Sunny D Children’s Theater: Blue Ridge Community Theater, 2591 East First St, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. For tickets and info: 706-632-9223 or visit www.blueridgecommunitytheater.com

2/13
Kids Baking Class
Mercier Orchards. Our next children’s bakery class will be on Saturday, February 13th from 9-11. The kids will be making sugar cookies, and it is $25.00 for the first child and $20.00 for any additional children. Call 800-361-7731, or stop by to reserve your child a spot today! Mercier Orchards, Hwy 5, Blue Ridge GA. 800-361-7731or www.mercier-orchards.com

2/18
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway Opening Day
A great family adventure on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway starts at the historic depot, built in 1905, in downtown Blue Ridge, Georgia. This charming mountain village is nestled in the lush Chattahoochee National Forest and is known for it’s pleasant and unique shopping with friendly folks and an old-time atmosphere. For schedule and tickets: 877-413- TRAIN (8724) or www.brscenic.com

2/19 & 2/26 & 3/18
STARS: The Powerhouses of the Universe
Every star has a story—some as old as time, faint and almost forgotten, and others that burn bright and end in powerful explosions. New stars are created every day, born of vast clouds of gas and dust. They release the energy that lights the cosmos. Journey through the galaxy and experience the awesome beauty and destructive power of STARS. Explore the powerhouses of the universe and man’s relationship with the night sky throughout history. Narrated by Mark Hamill—best known for his portrayal of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars—the show features stunning 3D animation and is suitable for all ages. Rollins Planetarium at Young Harris College. Call (800) 241-3754 or visit www.yhc.edu

3/26
Easter Eggspress
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
Bring your Easter Basket and we’ll travel a few miles to Farmer Brown’s field to hunt for Easter Eggs and to greet the Easter Bunny. 1 and 3 pm. For schedule and tickets: 877-413- TRAIN (8724) or www.brscenic.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

Weekends
Live Local Music
Enjoy great local talent Thurs thru Sat at the Blue Ridge Brewer, 187 Depot St, Blue Ridge, GA · (706) 632-6611 or www.blueridgebrewery.com

2/6
A Closer Walk with 
Patsy Cline
A loving tribute to the country music legend, Patsy Cline. Join us for our second performance for the B.E.S.T. Series. It may just be the “BEST” concert you’ve ever heard! Tickets are $27.00 + tax in Advance, or $29 + tax at the Door. 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm. For info please contact Gilmer Arts 207 Dalton St. Ellijay, GA 30540. 706-635-5605 www.gilmerarts.org

2/11
Faculty Artist Recital
YHC Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Leigh Miller, clarinet, and Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Richard Knepp, guitar, present a memorable evening of duets. 7 pm. Susan B. Harris Chapel, Young Harris Colllege, Hiawassee, GA. www.yhc.edu

2/19
Live Music Acoustic Blends
Listen to a Variety of Quality Music Acts … or Join the Jam! You’re welcome to bring your own libations and munchies, or you can 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 www.gilmerarts.org

2/20
Roxy Watson Band
Live Music is Better Series. Roxie Watson is a five-piece string band from Decatur and Atlanta, GA, who play what they like to call “alterna-grass” music that mixes three- and four-part harmonies with elements of old country, Appalachian music, hymns, and bluegrass, without adhering to the traditions of any one genre. 7:30 pm at the Blue Ridge Community Theater, 2591 East First St, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. For tickets and info: 706-632-9223 or visit www.blueridgecommunitytheater.com

3/3
Five Grands Fantasia
YHC’s Piano Ensemble, joined by faculty and staff members, will delight audiences with an exhilerating concert featuring music from classical composers to modern rock artists. Senior music major Courtland Walters, of Stockbridge, will debut his original work, “Leviathan” for five pianos, 20 hands.All proceeds will benefit FOTA Programming. 7pm Glenn Auditorium, Young Harris Colllege, Hiawassee, GA. www.yhc.edu

3/5
Josh Turner
Josh Turner a double-platinum-selling singer, songwriter and disciple of traditional country music, a mentor to up-and-coming artists —and one of the youngest members of the Grand Ole Opry will be in concert on March 5th in Hiawassee, Ga at the Anderson Music Hall. Beer and Wine will be sold at this event. For tickets and info visit www.gerogiamountainfairgrounds.com

3/11
Cherish the Ladies, an Irish Homecoming
An American all-female super group performing Irish and Celtic folk music and dance to sold out crowds. Tickets are $27.00 + tax in Advance, or $29 + tax at the Door. 7:30 pm. Gilmer Arts B.E.S.T. Series at the Ellijay Elementary School Auditorium located at 32 McCutchen St., Ellijay, GA. 30540. For tickets and info visit www.gilmerarts.org

3/18
Live Music Acoustic Blends
Listen to a Variety of Quality Music Acts … or Join the Jam! You’re welcome to bring your own libations and munchies, or you can purchase water, sodas and snacks while you enjoy some eclectic, spontaneous and fun music! 7 pm. Free & Public Invited. For info contact Gilmer Arts 207 Dalton St. Ellijay, GA 30540. 706-635-5605 www.gilmerarts.org

3/18
Guest Artist Concert: The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
The Grammy-award winning guitar ensemble known for using nylon string guitars to imitate a variety of instruments is one of the most multifaceted groups in any music genre. Ranging from Bluegrass to Bach, the quartet’s critically acclaimed transcriptions of concert masterworks provide a fresh look at the music of the past. 7pm Rollins Campus Center, Young Harris Colllege, Hiawassee, GA. www.yhc.edu

3/26
Valerie Hines Live Music is Better Series. Bill Nowlin, Founder of Rounder Records said, “… If someone asked me to describe what I heard in the songs of Valerie Hines… I’d say that (she) is very much like a female Taj Mahal, obviously, that’s a great compliment.” 7:30 pm at the Blue Ridge Community Theater, 2591 East First St, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. For tickets and info: 706-632-9223 or visit www.blueridgecommunitytheater.com

3/18
Guest Artist Concert: 
9 String Theory
Domra virtuoso Angelina Galashenkova-Reed and award-winning classical guitarist John Huston join forces to create the unique musical collaboration known as 9 String Theory. 7pm Susan B. Harris Chapel, Young Harris Colllege, Hiawassee, GA. www.yhc.edu

THEATER

2/5 thru 2/14
Sylvia
Is Sylvia about a dog, or is it about a married couple? An upscale NY couple suddenly find a mutt. How they cope with the changes brought by Sylvia are a delightful mishmash of laughter, anger and frustration, still more laughter, and situations with which the audience members are sure to identify. Please be aware that this play, while funny, is not for children as there are adult situations and language. Sundays 2pm, other nights, 7:30 pm. Tater Patch Players, 95 Old Philadelphia Rd, Jasper, GA 30143. For tickets and info call 706-253-2800 or visit www.taterpatchplayers.org

3/3 thru 3/20
Southern Fried Funeral
Set in the small Mississippi town of New Edinburgh, the play’s action takes place over several days in August during the funeral of Dewey Frye, who dropped dead in the middle of a joke to the Rotarians during their dinner meeting. His wife, Dorothy, is faced with dealing with funeral arrangements, the realities of widowhood and a crazy assemblage of family, both real and imagined. Thur – Sat – 7:30 pm; Sun – 2:00pm. Blue Ridge Community Theater, 2591 East First St, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. For tickets and info: 706-632-9223 or visit www.blueridgecommunitytheater.com

WINE, BEER 
& TASTINGS

Ongoing Weekends
Live Music & Wine Tastings
Engelheim Vineyards located near Ellijay, GA 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. 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! Wine & Chocolate Pairings
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 Weekends
Live Music & Wine Tastings
Cartecay Vineyards on the Chimney Patio or the Nealey Barn Loft if bad weather. $10.00 includes Live Music, 5 Tastings and Cartecay Vineyards’ Logo Wine Glass. 1:30 – 5:30. Cartecay Vineyards, 5704 Clear Creek Road, Ellijay, GA 30535. Info: 706. 698. 9463 (WINE) or www.cartecayvineyards.com

Ongoing Thurs – Sat
Grumpy Old Men Brewery Tastings
Always a fun, social event! You just never know what will happen at one of their tastings. Buy your glass for $10.00 and check out their wonderful brews. Hours are from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Be sure to plan on having dinner in town and staying for a great performance at the Blue Ridge Community Theater. Grumpy Old Men Brewing, 1315 East Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA. 770-331-8870 or www.grumpyoldmenbrewing.com/

Saturdays
Fannin Brewing Company Craft Beer Tasting Events Cost: $15 gets you a souvenir pint glass, 6 pours and a tour. Return your glass when you leave and receive a $3 refund. Saturdays – 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Dogs and kids are welcome – but bring your ID, you must be 21 to taste. Each weekend, we’ll feature beers you know, plus all kinds of things we’re testing, tweaking and inventing. 3758 East First Street, Blue Ridge, GA. 706-258-2762 or www.fanninbrewingcompany.com

2/16
Sip-N-Spa
Come and sip our award-winning wines and experience spa treatments in an intimate setting. Guests will enjoy a “behind the scenes” tour of our winemaking process from Gary, owner of Engelheim Vineyards, and an in-depth discovery of our wines. Then, retreat to our tasting room where you will be pampered with spa treatments in an intimate setting. $49.95 per person. Make your reservation by visiting us in the Tasting Room or contacting Mike Sullivan at 706. 635. 9463, mike@engelheim.com. Engelheim Vineyards, 127 Lakeview Rd., Ellijay, GA 30540. For info visit www.engelheim.com

2/19-20 & 2/26-27
Wine Highway Weekends
Mark your calendars for the 2016 Wine Highway Weekend taking place over the last two weekends in March. Pay one small fee, receive a free wine glass and get a chance to visit multiple wineries for tastings! Over 20 participating wineries. Both weekends 11am -5pm. Sponsored by the Wine Growers Association of Georgia. Visit www.georgiawine.com for tickets more info.

Valentine’s

Order Now
Valentine’s Deliveries
From Mercier Orchards. Do you want to make this Valentine’s Day memorable for that special someone? Look no further, we’ve got ya covered! Browse our Valentine’s Day inspired treats and call today to place your order. We will be delivering to most area businesses on Friday, February 12th at no additional cost, some restrictions may apply. Call 800-361-7731 to find out more and place your order today! www.mercier-orchards.com

2/12
Valentine’s Wine Dinner
Engelheim Vineyards is pleased to announce its partnership with Chef Rand Hilburn to bring a delightful Valentine’s Dinner to our guests on February 12th at 7pm. $75 per person. Make your reservation by visiting us in the Tasting Room or contacting Mike Sullivan at 706. 635. 9463, mike@engelheim.com. Engelheim Vineyards, 127 Lakeview Rd., Ellijay, GA 30540.For info visit www.engelheim.com

2/13
Valentine’s Wine Dinner
Spend the evening at Crane Creek Vineyards for a delicious coursed-dinner paired with hand selected wines from our current vintages. 6:30 PM. $75.00 per guest (tax or gratuity not included). Reservations required. Contact info@cranecreekvineyards.com or 706.379.1236. www.cranecreekvineyards.com

While we have tried to give you the most accurate info, please double check with the venue before making travel plans as schedules 
do often change.