Holiday and Winter Happenings in the Mountains

By on November 30, 2016

December 2016 & January 2017 Happenings

Appalachian Country Living’s December 2016 / January 2017 Guide to Area Arts, Events, Kid’s Stuff, Music and Theater

While we like to think we’re perfect, sadly we’re not. And sometimes events just get cancelled, dang it. So please confirm the info provided here before you make travel plans! Thanks for your understanding.

ARTS

10/15 – 01/07
AIR 4th Qtr – Connie Gaertner
Connie Gaertneris an award winning artist from Knoxville, TN. Connie is a juried member of The American Impressionist Society, Oil Painters of America, and Women Painters of the Southeast. Opening reception will be October 15, 5-7pm. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA. Visit www.blueridgearts.net or call 706-632-2144.

11/8 – 12/22
Members Holiday Show & Sale
Canton, GA. This show has the gifts you need! All crafts & artwork will be $100 and under! All of the pieces are done by our very talented group of Member Artists. Tuesday – Friday 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

11/19 – 01/03
Holiday Show & Sale
Blue Ridge, GA. Come shop for that perfect creative and unique holiday gift. Gift Certificates are available. Opening reception will be November 19, 6-9pm. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA. Visit www.blueridgearts.net or call 706-632-2144

11/26
Holiday Open House at the Art Center
Blue Ridge, GA. Bring your list and check it twice! You are sure to find something for everyone on your list in one of our many galleries. Enjoy refreshments, artwork and good cheer. Gift Certificates are available. 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA. Visit www.blueridgearts.net or call 706-632-2144.

EVENTS

Every First Friday
Canton Main Street First Fridays
Enjoy a different theme each month. Music, vendors and shops open late. 6pm – 9pm. Free! Cannon Park, 130 East Main Street, Canton, GA 30114. Historic Downtown Loop, 770-704-1548. Visit www.cantonhdl.com/calendar

11/24 – 01/1
Mountain Country Christmas Festival of Lights
Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds- Hiawassee, GA. Enjoy outdoor Mountain Country Christmas Festival of Lights. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds – 1311 Music Rd.- Hiawassee, GA. Website: www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com or 706-896-4191.

11/25
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. Parade ushers in Santa Claus at 6 p.m. Lighting of the tree immediately afterward. For information visit www.gilmerchamber.com or call 706-635-7400

11/25
Blue Friday
Downtown Blue Ridge. Holiday shopping with Christmas Carols, Special Blue Friday sales and discounts. Gingerbread Village at Hampton Square, Elves and Christmas characters. Horse and Carriage Rides and children’s activities in the park. Info: Blue Ridge Business Association 706-455-0216 or www.bestofblueridge.biz

11/25 – 11/26 & 12/2 – 12/3
First Annual Merry Mountain Market
Blue Ridge, GA. Over 30 hand selected regional/local vendors offering food, arts and crafts. Free admission! 9am- 5pm. 3 Monkeys auction house 2380 East First St., Blue Ridge, GA. Call 904-403-1298 or 239-293-0772. Email: asthecrowflies.ga@gmail.com

11/26
Light Up Blue Ridge
Downtown Blue Ridge. Annual arrival of Santa & Lighting of the big tree. Beginning at 10:30am music on the Main Stage, Santa arrives on the train at 11:30am and the parade starts at Noon! Lighting of the tree around 7:00 pm. For information email: cindy@trimblekellystudios.com Entertainment: kcarey@tds.net or 706-889-7415

11/26
Trash to Treasures Holiday Shopping
Blairsville, GA. 40+ vendors: knives, jewelry, clothing, health & beauty products and more. Union County Civic Center, 165 Wellborn Street, Blairsville, GA 30512.

12/1 – 12/31
Tour of Trees
Blairsville, GA. Over 30 beautifully decorated trees and wreaths on display. Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm Saturday: 10am-1pm. Free! Sponsored by the Union County Lions Club. Blairsville Union County Chamber of Commerce, 129 Union County Rec Rd, Blairsville, GA. Info: 877-745-5789.

12/3
Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting on the Square
Blairsville, GA. Enjoy the parade then stay for the tree lighting ceremony afterward. Presented by the Union County Historical Society. 4 – 5:30 pm. Free. On the square in Downtown Blairsville, Georgia. Visit www.unioncountyhistory.org

12/3
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. Parade theme: Christmas on the Water. Visit www.knowpickens.com or call 706-692-1164.

12/3
Murphy Hometown Christmas Parade
Murohy, NC. Downtown
Murphy. Crafts, food, entertainment, and parade. Free! 2 – 5pm. For more information call Barbara Hughes: 828-837-6821.

12/10
Christmas Open House
Dawsonville, GA. Christmas Crafts, Visit with Santa, Snacks provided. Amicalola Falls Adventure Lodge, 418 Amicalola Falls Lodge Road, Dawsonville, GA 30534. Visit www.amicalolafallslodge.com

12/31
New Year’s Eve Train
Blue Ridge, GA. The special New Year’s Eve Celebration train will depart Blue Ridge at 10:00pm on New Year’s Eve and returns at approximately 12:30am. Receive party favors, adult beverages and an appetizer tray. Entertainment by Scotty Paulk and Noah Sampson. Party favors, adult beverages and an appetizer tray and a special sparkling wine to toast in the New Year! Make your reservations early. For tickets and info: Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad, www.brscenic.com or call 706-632-8724.

12/31
New Year’s Eve Bash
Downtown Jasper, GA. Bring in the New Year brought to you by the City of Jasper and Pickens County Chamber of Commerce. 7pm. Free! For info: email info@knowpickens.com phone 706-692-1164 or www.knowpickens.com

12/31
New Year’s Eve Party
Dawsonville, GA. Ring in the New Year at our beautiful lodge. Reservations required. Amicalola Falls Adventure Lodge, 418 Amicalola Falls Lodge Road, Dawsonville, GA 30534. Visit www.amicalolafallslodge.com or (706)-344-1505

12/31
23rd Annual New Year’s Eve Possum Drop
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. For more information call: 828-837-3797.

2/18
7th Annual Fire & Ice Chili Cook Off
Blue Ridge, GA. Featuring Live Music and entertainment. An amazing display of 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

2/25
Bringin’ the Blues to
Blue Ridge
Blue Ridge, GA. Celebrate Mardis Gras with the Rollin’ Bones! Masks, Cajun Food, 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

11/27 – 12/24
Santa Express Train Ride- Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
Blue Ridge, GA. Featuring “Twas the Night Before Christmas”. Daytime fun-filled trip with Santa. Enjoy “Twas the Night Before Christmas” Christmas story, sing Christmas Carols, visit with Christmas characters and Santa. Each child receives a traditional BRSR memento, BRSR Christmas Activity Book and a candy cane. Approximately 1.25-Hour Trip Time – Enclosed Climate Control ONLY. Please check the TRAIN SCHEDULE for dates and times. Reservations are encouraged. For tickets and info: Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad, www.brscenic.com or call 706-632-8724.

11/25 – 12/17
Santa Pavilion Night Train
Blue Ridge, GA. Late afternoon departure (4:00 PM) for the 4 hour train ride. Santa visits each car and gives each child a Blue Ridge Scenic Railway Christmas memento and candy cane. Santa will pose with the passengers for pictures on the train or in the Christmas Pavilion during the 2-hour layover. Eat and shop the little stores and antique shops in McCaysville/Copperhill. Depart: 4:00 PM Returns: 8:00 PM. 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.

11/27 – 12/11
Santa Pavilion Day Train
Blue Ridge, GA. Noon departure- 4hr train ride. Santa visits each car and gives each child a Blue Ridge Scenic Railway Christmas memento and candy cane. Santa will pose with the passengers for pictures on the train or in the Christmas Pavilion during the 2-hour layover. Eat and shop the little stores and antique shops in McCaysville/Copperhill. Depart: Noon. Please check the TRAIN SCHEDULE for dates and times. Reservations are encouraged. For tickets and info: Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad, www.brscenic.com or call 706-632-8724.

12/2 & 12/9
Let It Snow, Rollins Planetarium
Young Harris, GA. This family friendly show features holiday classics from Frank Sinatra and Chuck Berry to Burl Ives and Brenda Lee, and a stunning multimedia finale by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Enhanced with animation and full-dome holiday scenery, it’s a fun experience for audiences of all ages. 7pm. Rollins Planetarium, Young Harris College. Tickets online or at the show: http://www.yhc.edu/academics/math-science/rollins-planetarium/public-shows

12/2 & 12/9
Season of Light, Rollins Planetarium
Young Harris, GA. This holiday favorite is a show about the coldest and darkest of seasons—a time which holds some of the warmest and brightest celebrations of the year. The show explores the traditions surrounding the world’s most endearing holiday customs, all of which involve lighting up the winter season—from the burning Yule log and the lighting of luminarias, to sparkling Christmas tree lights and candles in windows. The program also explores possible astronomical explanations for the star that led the Wise Men to Bethlehem. 8pm. Rollins Planetarium, Young Harris College. Tickets online or at the show: http://www.yhc.edu/academics/math-science/rollins-planetarium/public-shows

12/3
Kris Kringle Mountain Market
Blairsville, GA. Enjoy a visit to the European Outdoor Holiday Market right here in the North Georgia Mountains! Music, children’s area. 75+ vendors with produce, arts/crafts, delicious food creations, bonfire with S’mores. 10am – 3pm. Union County Farmers Market 148 Old Smokey Rd Blairsville, GA. Visit www.ucfarmersmarket.com

12/10
Award-winning Children’s Author, Kelly Bingham
Ellijay, GA. Gilmer Arts, together with the Gilmer County Library, is proud to present Kelly Bingham–Ellijay’s own, award-winning author of children’s books and books for young adults. 1pm – 2pm. Free! Gilmer County Library, 268 Calvin Jackson Dr, Ellijay, GA 30540. For info: Gilmer Arts www.gilmerarts.org, or (706) 635-5605.

12/10
Holly Jolly Christmas and Tour of Trees
Blairsville, GA. Beautiful decorated trees, face painting, storytelling, children’s crafts, musical performances, and refreshments. 3pm – 6pm. Free! Union County Community Center 129 Union County Rec Rd Blairsville, GA. Contact: 706-745-5789 or visit www.VisitBlairsvilleGA.com

12/10
Christmas Tree Lighting at Vogel State Park
Blairsville, GA. Sponsored by the Union County Sheriff’s Department. Bring an unwrapped gift for kids of 0-12 years of age. Tree lighting, caroling, hayrides, and Santa Clause. No toy guns, knives, or dangerous items. 4pm – 7pm. Parking $5. Vogel State Park U S Hwy 19/129S (11 miles south of Blairsville) Blairsville, GA. Contact: 706-745-2628 or www.gastateparks.org

12/10
Royal Winter Ball
Jasper, GA. Bring your little one to an Enchanting Evening with their favorite Princess Friends. Dancing, singing, photo-ops, storytime, and plenty of magic. Proceeds benefit children in Pickens County, hosted by the Picken’s Community Service Club. Royal Attire encouraged! $10 per ticket. 6pm – 8pm. Madeline’s Cafe & Bakery, 1052 E Church St, Jasper, Georgia 30143. Tickets: pickenscommunityserviceclub@gmail.com

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE

Weekly
Mountain High Hikers
Before hiking with the Mountain High Hikers, please carefully read the Hiking Guidelines on the website and come prepared with water, food, first aid items, rain gear, proper clothing and shoes, hiking sticks, and a small pack to carry your supplies. During deer hunting season wear bright colors (such as an orange hat or vest) so you are visible to the hunters. Visit website for calendar and availability: www.mountainhighhikers.org

MUSIC

Every Evening
Bell Music from the Tower
Blairsville, GA. 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
Live Music at Blue Ridge Brewery
Blue Ridge, GA. 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 – Saturdays
Live Music at Chevelle’s Restuarant & Bar 66
Murphy, NC. Fun place to have a good time with great food, awesome music, and good people. Open 11am – 2am. Music at 9pm. Chevelle’s: 66 Hiwassee Street, Murphy NC 28906. 828-835-700. www.chevellerestaurants.com

Wednesdays & Fridays
Live Music at the Daily 
Grind and Wine 
Murphy, NC. Never a cover charge! However, we do suggest a tip for our fantastic musicians…gas ain’t cheap! Beer and wine by the glass! Feel free to browse our retail wine section and pick out any bottle to enjoy an additional low set-up fee of just $5.00! 5-7pm. The Daily Grind and Wine 46 Valley River Avenue Murphy, NC 28906

Fridays Thru Dec
Vineyard View Tapas & Acoustics Crane Creek Vineyards
Tapas is now on our decks next to the Tasting Room! The menu is a la carte. Prices range from $4-$12. Wine is sold by the glass or by the bottle. Crane Creek Vineyards, 916 Crane Creek Rd, Young Harris, GA 30582. For info: 706-379-1236 or www.cranecreekvineyards.com

Saturdays & Sundays
Chateau Meichtry
Live Music in the Ole Green House. 1:30pm – 5:30pm. Saturdays and Sundays. Tasting, wines by the glass, a fabulous view, live music and great company. Open 7 days a week: Mon-Sat 11am -6pm, Sun 12:30pm -5:30pm. Call 706.502.1608 or visit: http://chateaumeichtry.com

Sundays
WYYZ’s Live Music at Rocco’s
Jasper, GA. 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

3rd Friday Every Month
Live Music Acoustic Blends
Ellijay, GA. 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

11/26
Tuba Christmas
Downtown Blue Ridge. Join us for our Annual Tuba Christmas. 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 12:00 noon. Contact Keith Jones – kjonz@etcmail.com, 706-258-8329 or www.tubachristmas.com

11/28 – 11/29
Young Harris Christmas Concert.
YHC’s Concert Band, Concert Choir and Chamber Choir will get into the Christmas spirit at this beloved annual concert. Glenn Auditorium at Young Harris College. 7pm. Contact: Young Harris College 706-379-5182 or www.yhc.edu/academics/fine-arts/music/performances

12/2 & 12/4
Sounds of Christmas
Young Harris College. Glenn Auditorium at Young Harris College. Friday 7pm, Sunday 3pm. Contact: Young Harris College 706-379-5182 or www.yhc.edu/academics/fine-arts/music/performances

12/3
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.

12/8
Cherry Log Pickin’
Ellijay, GA. Blue Grass Pickin’ featuring local talent. Free! Dinner at 5:30pm, Music at 6:30. NEW LOCATION: Gilmer Senior Center, 111 Gilmer St., Downtown Ellijay. Contact: 706/635-3786.

12/10
Community Chorus Holiday Concert
Ellijay, GA. Enjoy your Holiday favorites with us! 7pm – 8:30pm. Tickets $10. Gilmer High School Theatre, 408 Bobcat Trail, Ellijay, GA 30540. Visit www.gilmerarts.org.

12/16
Patriotic Country Christmas with Lee Greenwood & Lorrie Morgan
Hiawassee GA. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds. Tickets 7:00PM. Level 1: $41.00 + $2.00 Handling Level 2: $31.00 + $2.00 Handling. Contact: 1311 Music Hall Road, P.O. Box 444, Hiawassee, GA 30546. gamtfair@windstream.net 706-896-4191 www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com

12/20
Old Fashioned Christmas Caroling on the Square
Blairsville, GA. Join us for some old-fashioned Christmas Caroling in downtown Blairsville. Sing with us or sit and enjoy the sounds of the season! 5:30 – 6:30pm. Free! Downtown Blairsville on the Square. Contact Darren E. Harper c 706.347.3503

1/7
Back In The Saddle
Blue Ridge, GA. Live Music is Better Series. All Star Western Music band whose energetic shows delight fans of all ages. Their shows include classic Cowboy songs, Western Swing, Movie & TV Western theme songs, originals inspired by the West and even some Tin Pan Alley standards. 7:30 pm. Blue Ridge Community Theater, 2591 E. First Street. For Tickets and Info call 706-632-9223 or visit www.blueridgecommunitytheater.com

1/21
The Band Kelley
Blue Ridge, GA. Live Music is Better Series. A multi-award winning family bluegrass band of four siblings. Recent winners of the 2015 Jeff and Sheri Easter Talent Competition, four time winners of the Georgia-South Carolina State Talent Compeition, and 2nd place Georgia State Fiddle Champion. 7:30 pm. Blue Ridge Community Theater, 2591 E. First Street. For Tickets and Info call 706-632-9223 or visit www.blueridgecommunitytheater.com

1/13
38 Special
Hiawassee GA. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds. Tickets 7:00PM. Level 1: $45.00 + $2.00 Handling. Level 2: $35.00 + $2.00 Handling. Contact: 1311 Music Hall Road, P.O. Box 444, Hiawassee, GA 30546. gamtfair@windstream.net 706-896-4191 www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com

1/22
The Band Kelley
Blue Ridge, GA. Live Music is Better Series. Special Gospel perfromance. 2pm. Blue Ridge Community Theater, 2591 E. First Street. For Tickets and Info call 706-632-9223 or visit www.blueridgecommunitytheater.com

Theater

11/25 – 12/11
The Christmas Bench
Blue Ridge, GA. Two men, one older, one younger, sit on a bench during the Christmas shopping season, waiting for their wives. Christmas happens around them; the Mall players present “A Christmas Carol,” a homeless man tells a bizarre tale, then sings “O Holy Night,” A greeter at the department store, recites a portion of “A Child’s Chanukka in Pittsburgh”, and one of the men turns out to be not quite who we think he is. Thur – Sat – 7:30 pm; Sun – 2:00pm. Blue Ridge Community Theater, 2591 E. First Street. For Tickets and Info call 706-632-9223 or visit www.blueridgecommunitytheater.com

11/25 – 12/11
In-Laws, Outlaws And Other People (Who Should Be Shot)
Ellijay, GA. The holidays have never been so funny! The Douglas family is busily preparing for their annual Christmas Eve dinner. After robbing a neighborhood liquor store, high strung Tony, and his dim-witted side-kick Vinny, find themselves in need of a hide-out. A comic treasure that is sure to leave your audience in stitches while celebrating the true meaning of Christmas. Evening shows at 7:30pm. Sundays at 2:00pm. Tater Patch Players Theater, 95 Philadelphia Lane in Jasper, GA, 30143. For info and tickets visit www.taterpatchplayers.org or call 706-253-2800.

12/2 & 3
Live Theatre “Sanders Family Christmas”
Ellijay, GA. A delightful Christmas musical and sing-along , Sanders Family Christmas is the sequel to gospel musical Smoke on the Mountain. It’s December 24, 1941, and America is going to war. So is Dennis Sanders of the Sanders Family Singers. Join Pastor Mervin Oglethorpe and the rest of the Sanders Family as they send Dennis off with hilarious and touching stories and twenty-five Southern Gospel Christmas favorites. Fri – Sat 7:00 p.m. Tickets $15.75 Member $17.50 Non-Member. Gilmer High School Auditorium, Ellijay, GA. Info: Gilmer Arts 706-635-5605 or www.gilmerarts.org

1/27 thru 2/5
Dinner Theater- Trouble at the Tropicabana
Ellijay, GA. Last year we were sold out, so don’t delay! Menu: 30 min. hors d’oeuvres & refreshments, followed by dinner of salad, pot roast, loaded mashed potatoes, and dessert (vegetarian option available by request). Book early for whole tables and wheelchair/ scooter seating (each night has one table of 12, two tables of six, and 5 tables of 10). 6pm- 9pm. Gilmer Arts, 207 Dalton St. Ellijay, GA 30540. Call Gilmer Arts at (706) 635-5605.

WINE & BEER Tastings

Ongoing 7 Days a Week
Cartecay Vineyards
Ellijay, GA. Cartecay Vineyards is located in The Southern Appalachians in North Georgia are ideal for growing wine grapes. The elevation, the soil and the climate combine to produce wine grapes of the highest quality and subsequently, fine wines. Live Music weekends 1:30 – 5:30. Mon-Sat 11am-6pm, Sun 12:30- 5:30pm (thru December). 5704 Clear Creek Road, Ellijay, GA 30536. 706-698-9463 (WINE) or www.cartecayvineyards.com

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. 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 7 Days a Week
Chateau Meichtry Family Vineyard & Winery
Tasting, wines by the glass, a fabulous view, live music on weekends and great company. Open 7 days a week: Mon-Sat 11am -6pm, Sun 12:30pm -5:30pm. 1862 Orchard Lane Talking Rock, GA 30175. For our friends using GPS or Google maps, please use the address: 2100 Orchard Lane, Talking Rock, GA 30175. Call 706.502.1608 or visit: http://chateaumeichtry.com

Ongoing Fridays
Chocolatasm!
Blue Ridge, GA. 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 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. Regular wine tastings every day with no reservation required. www.thevineofblueridge.com

Ongoing Wed – Sat
Blue Ridge Brewery
Blue Ridge, GA. 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
Blue Ridge, GA. Everyone’s welcome (including dogs, kids and non-drinkers!) when we throw the doors open, 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! Fri 5:30- 7:30pm, Sat 2:00 – 6:00pm. 3758 East First Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. 706.258.2762 or www.fanninbrewingcompany.com

Ongoing Thurs – Sat
Grumpy Old Men Brewing
Blue Ridge, GA. 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, info@grumpyoldmenbrewing.com or www.grumpyoldmenbrewing.com

Ongoing Thurs – Sun
Reformation Brewery
Woodstock, GA. Tour & Tasting Hours Thurs 5:30-8pm, Fri 5:30-9pm, Sat 1-9pm, Sunday 2-4pm, 500 Arnold Mill Way, Woodstock, GA 30188. info@reformationbrewery.com, (678) 341-0828 or www.reformationbrewery.com

Ongoing Mon- Sun
Valley River Brewery & Eatery
Murphy, NC. 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 Thurs Thru Sun
Ferncrest Winery
Enjoy tastings & wines by the glass​ local cheeses & jams. Buy your favorite bottle! All tastings include a souvenir logo glass.Thursday – Saturday 12:30 pm – 6:00 pm. Sunday 12:30 pm – 5:30 pm. Other Days and Times by Reservations. 1060 Main Street, Andrews NC 2890. Contact: 828-321-1600 or www.ferncrestwinery.com

Ongoing Saturdays Thru Dec
Vine Keeper’s Kitchen and Winery Tours Crane Creek Vineyards
Each Saturday a single, simple, farm-fresh lunch option will be available. As always, we offer a selection of Sweetwater Valley Farm cheeses and a selection of crackers daily. Crane Creek Vineyards, 916 Crane Creek Rd, Young Harris, GA 30582. For info: 706-379-1236 or www.cranecreekvineyards.com

12/21
Winter Solstice Party
Young Harris, GA. An annual event to thank our loyal customers at Crane Creek Vineyards where we send off the longest night with a bonfire and look forward to the coming of spring! 6pm -8pm. Free admission, includes complimentary chili bar. Wine available for purchase by the glass and the bottle. Crane Creek Vineyards 916 Crane Creek Road Young Harris, GA 30582. Contact: 706-379-1236 or www.cranecreekvineyards.com

12/31
Crane Creek New Year’s Eve Party
Young Harris, GA. A party you won’t want to miss! Ring in the New Year with CCV staff.
5 course meal, open bar and live music. Reservations required. *$75.00+ tax per guest. Please call 706-379-1236 or email info@cranecreekvineyards.com to reserve a spot.
See website for full menu and theme: www.cranecreekvineyards.com