June & July 2018 Happenings in the Mountains

By on June 1, 2018

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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 & Third Thursdays
Plein Air Painters of Hiawassee
Meet at ArtWorks and leave at 2pm for a local scenic spot to spend a fun afternoon painting with other artists. All media welcome. . FREE! 2 – 5pm. ArtWorks Gallery & Gifts, 232B Chatuge Way, Hiawassee, GA. Info: www.artworksgalleryga.com

First Fridays
Murphy Art Walk
Murphy, NC. Local chefs and individuals make their special dishes. 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

Second Saturdays
Art Pickens: Artist Gathering
Jasper, GA. 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! FREE! 11am – 4pm. Weather permitting. Peace Park, 141 North Main Street, Jasper, GA.

4/6 – 6/30
AIR 2nd Qtr – Chloe Grusenmeyer
Blue Ridge, GA. Celebrate the vibrant oil paintings of Chloe Grusenmeyer in her first professional presentation at the age of 84 years young! “Life in Your Hands” depicts various vignettes from our lives brilliantly captured with poses and gestures of human hands. For info visit www.blueridgearts.net or BlueRidgeArts@gmail.com or call 706-632-2144.

5/10 – 6/9
Celebration of Artisans, SAAG Member Show
Blue Ridge, GA. Enjoy unforgettable 2D and 3D creations from our Southern Appalachian Artist Guild members, ranging from pottery, painting, photography and more. This is a member-based show from one of the largest artist guilds in North Georgia. For info visit www.blueridgearts.net or BlueRidgeArts@gmail.com or call 706-632-2144.

6/8 – 6/10
Northeast Georgia Arts Tour
Live Demonstrations at All Art Galleries. Follow the Art Tour signs in Habersham, Rabun, Towns, Union, White Counties, Ga & Clay County, NC.Pick Up Your Self-Driving Tour Map at The Blairsville-Union County Chamber of Commerce or Visit Us at Artstour.org to Download Map. FREE! Friday, 1pm-5pm Saturday, 10am-5pm, Sunday, 1pm-4pm. Info: www.artstour.org.

6/8 – 6/28
Action Painting, Color Abstraction and All that Jazz Exhibit by Marc West
Canton, GA. “Color drives my emotional responses to what comes next. It is usually applied in an all-over fashion, and thus begins a conversation between the unknown and those initial marks that have been committed to that surface.” FREE! Opening reception 6/8, 6-8pm. Cherokee Arts Center, 94 North St., Canton, GA 30114. Info: 770.704.6244 or http://cherokeearts.org

June 16 – July 21
Community Quilt & Fiber Arts Exhibit
Blue Ridge, GA. Celebrate the age old artistic craft of quilting. This exhibit showcases the extraordinary talents of area quilters with traditional quilts as well as original designs. For info visit www.blueridgearts.net or BlueRidgeArts@gmail.com or call 706-632-2144.

7/28 – 8/25
8th Annual 3D Off the Wall Exhibit
Blue Ridge, GA. 3D Off the Wall, takes the works off the gallery walls and lets you see the beauty of three-dimensional works. Open to three-dimensional artists of all genres only. Opening reception July 28th from 5 – 7 pm. For info visit www.blueridgearts.net or BlueRidgeArts@gmail.com or call 706-632-2144.

EVENTS

Saturdays
The Barking Lot
Downtown Blue Ridge, GA. The wonderful volunteers bring adoptable rescues and try to find them good homes. Come and visit our rescues. They would love to see you! We are at The Barking Lot from 11am – 3pm (weather permitting). East 1st Street & Messer. 706-633-7282

4th Fridays
Classic Car Cruise-In
Blue Ridge, Dairy Queen. Cruise ins are always free to attend! 6-8pm. Contact Annette Long: georgiamountainclassics@hotmail.com, 706-838-4701

First Fridays
Block Party
Downtown Canton, GA. Historic Downtown Canton Loop Block Party, Car Show, Live Music, Food & Good Times! Downtown Canton, 6 p.m. Visit www.cherokeechamber.com

4th Saturdays
Jasper Cruise In
Downtown Jasper, GA. 50/50 Raffle. Live DJ. 4 – 7pm. $5 Donation.

6/1
Senior Fishing Rodeo
Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery located on Rock Creek Road off GA Hwy 60 near Suches. Free event open to adults ages 55 and older. Bring your own fishing gear and bait. From 9 a.m. to 12 noon rain or shine Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery 4730 Rock Creek Road, Blue Ridge, Georgia 30513 For more information, call 706-838-4723.

6/1
Hillside to Stream Bank Erosion Mitigation Lecture and Tour
Balirsville, GA. The one-hour lecture presentation will help land owners identify potential erosion sources and give them suggestions for restoring problem areas that might include hillsides, house sites, and stream banks.Tour the recent stream bank stabilization project to learn how to maintain water quality on their property. FREE! 10 am – 12:30pm. The Georgia Mountain Research & Education Center auditorium, 3 miles south of the Blairsville Square, on the east side of Hwy 19/129. Info: 706-745-2655, clarejo@uga.edu or http://gmrec.uga.edu/commcouncil/adult.html

6/9 & 6/10
Home & Garden Show with Jim Parks
Young Harris, GA. Host of HGTV’s “New Spaces” presents 3 Seminars per day plus contests & fun. See the newest in home improvement products and services. FREE! Saturday 10-5pm, Sunday 12-5PM. Towns County Recreation & Convention Center, 150 Foster Park, Young Harris, GA 30582 (just off Hwy. 76 West on Mining Gap Road). Info: www.expomanagementinc.com or Bill Andersen 828-321-2111.

6/9
Uncorked on Great Smoky Mountain Rail Road Nantahala Gorge
Btyson City, NC. Enjoy a full service All-Adult First Class ride with a private attendant and plush, well-appointed dining seating. A narrator will present each pour to guests and share knowledge and history of the wines selected. Enjoy an exclusive sampling of local cheeses and a surf and turf meal prepared fresh. 10:30 am – 7pm. Bryson City Depot, 45 Mitchell St., Bryson City, NC 28713. Info & Tickets: 800-872-4681 or www.gsmr.com

6/15 & 6/16
Blairsville Pro Rodeo
Featuring the The International Professional Rodeo Association and the Union County Sass ‘n Saddle Precision Drill Team. Plenty of action including thrills and spills and plenty of things for our little Cowboys and Cowgirls. Great food & entertainment. 6pm – 10pm. Union County Saddle Club Arena 73 Saddle Club Drive Blairsville, GA 30512. Tickets and info: www.blairsvilleprorodeo.com/or 706-435-8298.

6/17 & 7/1
BBQ & Brews Great Smokey Mountains Railroad
Bryson City, NC. Along the ride to the Fontana Trestle enjoy samplings and history of local breweries. BBQ and Ribs dinner. At the Trestle head out to the open air cars to enjoy bluegrass music and the spectacular sunset. Fill your souvenir glass with extra pints and/or bar service, available for purchase. Fees and Tickets: 800-872-4681 or www.gsmr.com

6/23
Gardens of Europe – A Standard Flower Show
Ellijay, GA. The Garden Club of Ellijay invites You to a European Garden theme Flower Show! Vote for your favorite. FREE! 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Gilmer County Library, 268 Calvin Jackson Drive, Ellijay, GA 30540. Info: 706-635-4528 or http://www.sequoyahregionallibrary.org/

6/23-6/24
Mountain Fling Arts & Crafts Show
Blairsville, GA. Featuring local and regional vendors showcasing their handmade arts and crafts. Presented by the Mountain Regional Arts&Crafts Guild. 9-4 on Saturday and 11-4 on Sunday. North Georgia Technical College Blairsville. For more information please call 706-896-0932 or visit www.artworksgalleryga.com

7/14
Trail of Tears Association Meeting
Calhoun, GA. The Georgia Chapter of The Trail of Tears Association present President, W. Jeff Bishop, and his topic “The Journey To Indian Country,” the third in our series commemorating the 180th anniversary of the Cherokee removal from Georgia. FREE! and open to the public. 10:30 am. Gordon County Historical Society, 3355 S. Wall St., Calhoun, Ga. 30701. Info: 918-464-2258, nationaltota@gmail.com or www.gatrailoftears.org.

7/18
Backyard Milk Goats for Beginners
Blairsville, GA. Pamela Barry, owner of Hidden Creek Farm, USDA Certified Grade A Goat Dairy, aand “Gucci,” Senior LaMancha dairy doe shares what you need to know about the care and milking of dairy goats and dairy products on a small scale. Milking and cheese making demo. FREE! 10:00 to 11:45 am Doors open at 9:00 am. The Georgia Mountain Research & Education Center, 3 miles south of the Blairsville Square, on the east side of Hwy 19/129. Info: www.gmrec.uga.edu/commcouncil/adult.html or Clare Johnston at 706-745-2655.

7/28
Lake Chatuge- Lake Homes Showcase
Hiawassee, GA. Tour 4 beautiful homes representing the best in lake living in Towns County, Georgia. Start your tour at any of the homes, and visit as many as you wish.. FREE! 11am – 5pm. Maps available at the Towns County Chamber of Commerce, 1411 Jack Dayton Circle, Young Harris, GA 30582. Info: www.golakechatuge.com

FARMERS MARKETS

Wednesdays
Brasstown Shops Brasstown, NC. Farmer’s Market at the Brasstown Shops. Seasonal produce, local honey, eggs (as available) and plants. 10am – 1pm. Info: (828) 835-9413

Wednesdays and Saturdays
Jasper Framers market
Jasper, GA. Fresh & locally grown produce, handcrafted goods. Wed: 3PM- dark Sat: 7:30 AM – 12:00 PM. Lee Newton Park, Jasper, GA 30143.

Thursdays and Saturdays
Potts Mountain Farmers Market
Marble Hill, GA. Thursdays: 3pm until dark. Saturdays Noon – 4pm. 618 Steve Tate Highway, Marble Hill, GA.

Saturdays
Blue Ridge Farmers Market
Downtown Blue Ridge, GA. In front of courthouse from 8am – noon-ish. 400 West Main Street , Blue Ridge, Georgia 30513. Email: blueridgefarmersmarket@gmail.com

Saturdays
Union County Farmers Market
Blairsville, GA. A local market with items from artisans, beekeepers, bakers, potters, painters, and lots of good things to eat. Fresh produce right out of the fields. 7am – 2pm. Old Smokey Rd (next to the Home Depot) Blairsville, GA. Info: www.ucfarmersmarket.com, (706) 439-6043.

Saturdays
Downtown Canton Farmers Market
All produce is Georgia grown and mostly organic. Cooking demonstrations, art, kid’s activities and music. 9am – 1pm. Rain or shine at Cannon Park. Info: (770) 704-1500 or cantonhdl.com

Saturdays
Murphy, NC Farmers Market
Local farmer, artisan, craftsmen, vendor with seasonal fresh produce and a variety of handcrafted items. 9am – 1pm. L & N Depot, 4 Railroad St. Murphy, NC 28906

FESTIVALS

6/1 – 6/3
3rd Annual North Georgia Highlands Seafood Festival
Young Harris, GA. Seafood vendors from Blairsville to Savannah! Eat some serious seafood, tap your toes to live music, enjoy more than 50 arts and crafts exhibitors. Beer & wine garden. Kids playground and the National Crab Races. Friday 3pm – 9pm, Saturday 10am – 9pm, Sunday 10am – 5pm. Free parking. Admission is $5 cash, kids under 12, free. Pet friendly! Saturday 1pm auction to benefit the Towns County Food Pantry. Mayors Park, Hwy 76, Young Harris, GA. Info: 706-897-6179 or www.northgeorgiahighlandsseafoodfestival.com

6/1 – 6/3
Balloon Race & Festival
Helen, GA. Balloonists compete in local events Thursday evening beginning around 6pm thru Saturday. The balloons will fly around 7:30am and 6:00pm each day (weather permitting). Volunteer opportunities available to the public;Take a tethered ride in a balloon or a champagne flight over the mountains. Info: Race Headquarters at 706-878-2271 to schedule a balloon flight. www.helenballoon.com.

6/9 – 6/10
13th Annual Wing & Rock Fest
Canton, GA.This FREE event is the third largest wing fest in the country. Live rock tribute & cover bands plus School of Rock performances. Amusement rides and bounce houses. Wing vendors compete in several competitions, plus the People’s Choice Award. Enter the wing eating contest. Saturday, Noon – 9:00 p.m. Sunday, Noon – 6:00 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs & blankets and make a day of it. Etowah River Park, Canton, GA. Visit www.wingandrockfest.com

6/9
4th Annual Lavender Festival
Dahlonega, GA. Advance ticket reservation required. 2 bookings 9 am – 12 am or 1 pm – 4 pm. Tickets available April 1st. Once sold out they are gone. No walk ins the day of festival. Pets NOT allowed on the farm. Red Oak Lavender Farm, 2882 Red Oak Flats Road, Dahlonega, GA 30533. Contact (678) 577 – 9041 or visit redoaklavender.com

6/8 – 6/10
15th Annual Blairsville Scottish Festival
& Highland Games
Blairsville, GA.
This three day event offers a the Kilted Golf Classic; Ceilidh (dinner party); Pipe and Drum Bands; Athletic Competitions; Vendors; Children’s Games; Concert; and Scottish Food, Music, Scottish Dancing, Reenactments, Geneology, Ancient Scottish Weaponry and the popular Highland Games. Live animals and demonstrations. No pets in Meeks Park, please. For Info: www.BlairsvilleScottishFestival.com, 706-745-2161 or email: BSFHG1@yahoo.com.

6/16
Blue Ridge Mountains Wine & Jazz Festival
Blue Ridge, GA. Get out your favorite chair/blanket, hat and your dancing shoes! Enjoy some great jazz, sip some great wines and taste some delicious food. Gates open at 2 pm, Music 3 to 9 pm. No pets, no coolers, no outside food or drinks. Location: 52 Boardtown Road, Blue Ridge GA (next to Mountain Top Cabin Rentals). For info call 706-698-1275 or 561-889-7499. Visit www.blueridgewineandjazz.com

6/22 – 6/23
33rd Annual British in the Blue Ridge
Hiawasee, GA. Make your camping reservations with Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds for weekend of British Bikes.Rally, rides and bike show. Sponsored by the Greater Atlanta British Motorcycle Association. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, Hiawassee, GA. Visit www.gabma.us or www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com

6/23 – 6/24
12th Annual Mountain Fling
Blairsville, GA. Enjoy arts & crafts galore! Juired fine art and fine crafts, ceramics, fiber art, linens, jewelry, soaps, gourds, leather goods, pet items, outdoor art. Saturday 9am – 4pm. Sunday 11am – 4pm. North Georgia Technical College, 121 Meeks Ave Blairsville, GA. Info: 706-896-0932. Or www.artworksgalleryga.com

6/23 – 6/24
Ride the Rails Festival
Mineral Bluff, GA. A 5 mile round trip by railroad motor car traveling through the Iron Bridge over the beautiful Toccoa River, then returning over the bridge back to the beautiful and historic Mineral Bluff Depot. Motor Car Rides: Suggested Donation $10.00 for Adults, $5.00 for Children 2-12. Hand Pump Car Rides, $1.00 per person. Visit the depot and see our large “HO” gauge model railroad. 10:00 a.m. to 4:00p.m. The Depot, 150 Railroad Avenue, MIneral Bluff, GA. For more information 706-455-8903

6/29 – 6/30
Riverfest
McCaysville, GA & Copperhill, TN. Friday the first day of the festival ends with the annual fireworks shot from the top of “Tater Hill” viewed from anywhere downtown. LIve music, vendors, food. Saturday Riverfest continues, it is also Miners Homecoming in Ducktown less than 5 miles away. The Ducktown Fireworks will be held at dusk the evening of the 30th.

6/30 – 7/1
1st Annual Lake Chatuge Made in Georgia Festival
Young Harris, GA. 100 vendors offering a wide variety of products made, grown, brewed, harvested, stitched, crafted, or inspired by Georgia.
Sample our cuisine, have a unique shopping opportunity, and learn about Georgia’s history. Come hungry and buy local! Admission $5, children ages 14 and under free. 10:00am – 5:00pm. Towns County Rec Center
150 Foster Park Rd. Young Harris, GA 30546. For info visit www.golakechatuge.com or call Crystal 706-896-4966.

7/20 thru 7/28
68th Annual Georgia Mountain Fair
Hiawassee, GA. First class musical performances, arts & crafts, fun carnival rides, Georgia’s rich history and culture, the Fair provides something for every member of the family. Top-notch musical performances, Old Ways Demonstrations and a Pioneer Village! Free parking. Children under 12, free. Georgia Mountain Fair, Inc. P.O. Box 444, Hiawassee, GA 30546. View entire Fair schedule at www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com For more info Phone: (706) 896-4191.

7/21 – 7/22
20th Annual Butternut Creek Festival
A family event nestled along the shady banks of Butternut Creek at the beautiful Meeks Park. Showcasing the work of 85 hand selected artists and craftsmen in categories from basketry, fine art, fabric art, and decorative painting, to glass, jewelry, metal working, photography, pottery, scrimshaw, and woodturning. Live music, demonstrations and great food. Free! Meeks Park: 11 Pool Lane, Blairsville, GA. For more info contact High Country Artisans: 706-781-1221 or visit www.butternutcreekfestival.com

7/12 – 7/14
10th Annual Mountain Moonshine Cruiz-In
Hiawassee, GA. Enjoy good ole mountain hillbilly fun on Lake Chatuge. Pioneer village, real moonshine still in the works, mountain crafts, and plenty of hot classic cars, trucks, bikes, rat rods, swat meet and more! Camping available. Contact: 662- 587- 9572 or www.gammoonshinecruizin.com

7/18 – 7/19
Mountain Sunshine Arts & Crafts Festival
Blairsville, GA. A two day juried event featuring 40 local and regional vendors showcasing their handmade crafts. Free! 9-4 on Saturday and 11-4 on Sunday. North Georgia Technical College Blairsville, GA. For more information please visit Pumpkin Hollow Handmade Crafts on Facebook.

4TH OF JULY

6/29
Firecracker Special
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. Depart Blue Ridge at 7:00 pm to enjoy activities in downtown McCaysville/Copperhill when you arrive. Copper Basin Fireworks display just after dark. Bring your lawn chair and sit outside the train to view the fireworks! Return to Blue Ridge by 11:00pm.

6/29
3rd Annual Lake Blue Ridge Boat Parade
Blue Ridge, GA.Pick your theme and start decorating! Or watch from the shore: Blue Ridge Recreation Area along the point (Located on Dry Branch Road) Morganton Point Recreation Area and Lake Blue Ridge Marina. Parade will follow the shoreline from Blue Ridge Recreation Area and ends by the Lake Blue Ridge Marina. 9pm – 10pm. Register to participate at the Lake Blue Ridge Civic Association: https://lbrca.org, info@lbrca.org or 706-632-5680

6/30
Lake Nottely Boat Parade
Blairsville, GA. Annual Independence Day Boat Parade on Lake Nottely. Anyone with a boat is welcome to line up at the marina beginning at 10:30 am. No charge and boats can be decorated in any theme. Visitors can view the parade from areas around the marina. FREE! 11am- Noon. U.S. HWY 19/129 N, Blairsville, GA. Info: 706-745-3638.

6/30
Annual Lake Blue Ridge Fireworks
Blue Ridge, GA. Fireworks can be viewed from Lake Blue Ridge around the Lake Blue Ridge Dam, Lake Blue Ridge Marina, By boat, Tammen Park, Morganton Point and surrounding areas. Begins at dusk. 8:30 – 9:30pm. Info: Lake Blue Ridge Civic Association: https://lbrca.org, info@lbrca.org or 706-632-5680

7/4
4th of July Observance at Epworth
Epworth, GA. Located at the Old Epworth Elementary School cafeteria and play ground. Come as you are. Day begins at 8 a.m. with a pancake breakfast for $6.00 until 10:30. 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Free admission. Then purchase tickets good for any/all events. Info: Epworth Community Club, 125 School House Road, Epworth, Georgia 30541. Info: (404) 274-4365

7/4
Independence Day at Vogel State Park
Blairsville, GA. Summer fun for the entire family. Activities begin with the raising the flag in the morning and continue with family activities throughout the day! FREE w parking fee. 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM. Vogel State Park, U.S. HWY 19/129 S (11 miles South of Blairsville). Info: http://www.gastateparks.org

7/4
4th of July Fireworks at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds
Hiawassee, GA. Celebrate the 4th of July, mountain style at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds along the shores of beautiful Lake Chatuge in Hiawassee. Fees TBA. 9:45pm. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds 1311 Music Hall Rd. – Hwy 76 W, Hiawassee, GA. Info: 706-896-4191 or www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com

7/4
Independence Day Fireworks
Blairsville, GA. Watch the skies over Meeks Park light up with an explosion of lights and color! No pets. FREE! 9:30 – 11pm. Meeks Park, 11 Pool Lane, Blairsville, GA. Info: 706-745-5789 or www.visitblairsvillega.com

7/4
Boat Parade on Lake Chatuge
Hiawassee, GA. Boats must have a number issued by the Grand Marshal for judging. Spectators can enjoy the parade from the Old Towns County Recreation Center, Anderson Bridge and the Georgia Mountain Fair Campgrounds. The parade goes by the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds and loops around and comes back. FREE! 10:30am. Info: Towns County Chamber of Commerce 706-896-4966 or www.golakechatuge.com.

KIDS OF ALL AGES

Wednesdays
Kids Summer Movie Series
Canton, GA. Two showings each day at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Day-of-show tickets to individual films are $1 and go on sale one hour prior to show time at the Box Office. $1 concessions available. All tickets are general admission and seating is on a first-come, first served basis. The Historic Canton Theatre is located at 171 E Main St. Call the Box Office with any questions at 770.704.0755.

6/2
18th Annual Burra Burra Kids Carnival
Ducktown, TN. Ducktown Basin Museum in the Hoist House (the big red brick building) All activities are indoors and for children 12 and under. Games, Face Painting, concessions and additional activities. Free! 10am – 2pm. Ducktown Basin Museum, 212 Burra Burra St., Ducktown, GA Contact: 423-496-5778

6/2
Kids Fishing Rodeo
Blue Ridge, GA. Annual Kids Fishing Rodeo for Youth 16 and under. Free lunch and prizes. Must bring fishing gear and bait. Georgia Sport Fishing Regulations apply. Rain or shine. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Chattahoochee Fish Hatchery, 4730 Rock Creek Road, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Email: kelly_taylor@fws.gov. Phone: 706-838-4723

6/4 – 6/6 & 7/30- 8/1
Kids Camp- Exploring Watercolor
Ellijay, GA. Explore Landscape subjects in watercolor working from a photo of their choice. 2 – 4pm. $30 plus $10 supply fee (Members get a 10% discount). Gilmer Arts – Link Class Room, 207 Dalton St., Ellijay, GA 30540. Call 706-635-5605 or visit www.gilmerarts.com

6/5, 6/19, 6/26 & 7/17
Storytime, Fannin County Public Library
Blue Ridge, GA. FREE! Thursdays- 11am- noon and 4-5pm. Fannin County Public Library, 400 W Main St #104, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Info: 706-632-5263 or www.mountainregionallibrary.org

6/8
Teens Laser Tag
Ellijay, GA. Take aim and help your team be victorious! After hours event for teens and adults. Free! 5:30 – 7pm. Gilmer County Library, 268 Calvin Jackson Drive, Ellijay, GA 30540. Info: 706-635-4528 or http://www.sequoyahregionallibrary.org/

6/11 – 6/13 & 7/16-7/18
Kids Camp- World of Music
Ellijay, GA. Instruction in both Piano/Keyboard and Guitar as well as music games, karaoke, vocal training, line dancing, world-wide cultural music exploration. By James Weaver Studios. 10:30am – 1:30pm. $75. Gilmer Arts – Hawthorne Hall, 207 Dalton St., Ellijay, GA 30540. Call 706-635-5605 or visit www.gilmerarts.com

6/12
The Start of Something Big
Blue Ridge, GA. Award-winning children’s book illustrator Michael P. White. Fun-filled, interactive storytime adventure on drawing and creating a story. FREE! 11am- noon and 4-5pm. Fannin County Public Library, 400 W Main St #104, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Info: 706-632-5263 or www.mountainregionallibrary.org

6/14
Barnyard Friends Petting Zoo
Ellijay, GA. Llamas, sheep, rabbits, and more will be on hand for petting and feeding, as well as photo ops! Free! 11am – 12:30pm. Gilmer County Library, 268 Calvin Jackson Drive, Ellijay, GA 30540. Info: 706-635-4528 or http://www.sequoyahregionallibrary.org/

6/15 & 6/29
Flicks in the Sticks
Downtown Blue Ridge City Park. Join the Fannin County Public Library outdoor movie showings. Bring chairs, blankets, pillows, and snacks and enjoy a movie under the stars. 6/15 – Coco. 6/29- Wonder. FREE! 9 – 11pm. Info: 706-632-5263 or www.mountainregionallibrary.org

6/16
Archery at Fort Mountain State Park
Chatsworth, GA. Learn archery basics from a Ranger and then test your skills and shoot at the targets. Recommended ages 8 and up. Register at the Visitors Center. 2 – 3:30pm. Fee: $10 plus $5 parking. Fort Mountain State Park, Chatsworth, GA. Info: 706.422.1932. gastateparks.org/FortMountain

6/19 – 7/19
Summer Youth Art Camps
Blue Ridge, GA.Summer camp style art classes for children. Morning or Afternoon session, or Full Day Camp. NEW THIS YEAR, 2 Weeks of full day Summer Youth Art Camp is being offered. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 W Main St., Blue Ridge, Georgia 30513. For info visit www.blueridgearts.net or BlueRidgeArts@gmail.com or call 706-632-2144.

6/19 -6/21 and 7/24 -7/26
Kids Camp- Morning Art Camp
Ellijay, GA. Day 1: Nature Weaving. Day 2: Bookmark Madness. Day 3: Plastic Bottle Gems – Trash to Treasure. July session will feature the same classes with different projects. 9am- Noon. Ages: 10 and up. $75 (Members get a 10% discount). Supply Fee: $18. Gilmer Arts, 207 Dalton St., Ellijay, GA 30540. Call 706-635-5605 or visit www.gilmerarts.com

6/19 -6/21 and 7/24 -7/26
Kids Camp- Afternoon Art Camp
Ellijay, GA. Day 1: Jean Jam. Day 2: Paper Beads. Day 3: Can Do. July session will feature the same classes with different projects. 9am- Noon. Ages: 12 and up. $75 (Members get a 10% discount). Supply Fee: $20. Gilmer Arts, 207 Dalton St., Ellijay, GA 30540. Call 706-635-5605 or visit www.gilmerarts.com

6/23 & 7/28
Movies in the Park
Downtown Canton, GA. Brown Park. Enjoy a historic view while watching an outdoor movie at Brown Park. Sit back in your lawn chair and enjoy a movie on a big screen. 6/23–Peter Rabbit. 7/28– Ferdinand. Films start at dusk. Info: 770.704.1548 or pat.gold@cantonga.gov.

6/25 -6/29
Kid’s Program- Drawing Animals Made Easy
Ellijay, GA. This class will provide basic skills to learn or improve animal drawing. Students are asked to bring: their own pictures as resource material. Eraser, pencils EH-2B, acid free paper 100lb. $20. Ages: 8 to 10 years old. 10am -11am. Gilmer Arts – Link Class Room, 207 Dalton St., Ellijay, GA 30540. Call 706-635-5605 or visit www.gilmerarts.com

6/26 – 28
Kids Camp- Claying Around
Ellijay, GA. Learn the joy of polymer clay. Make traditional round clay beads and string them on ribbons. Also make small fun and easy charms. 11:30am – 1:30pm. Ages 8 and up. $25 (Members get a 10% discount) Supply Fee: $15. Gilmer Arts – Link Class Room, 207 Dalton St., Ellijay, GA 30540. Call 706-635-5605 or visit www.gilmerarts.com

6/30
The Kid & I: Musical Painting
Ellijay, GA. Children and their adult will be inspired to paint their own masterpieces while listening to different genres of music! Free! 11am – 12:30pm. Gilmer County Library, 268 Calvin Jackson Drive, Ellijay, GA 30540. Info: 706-635-4528 or http://www.sequoyahregionallibrary.org/

7/9 – 7/13 & 7/23 – 7/27
Junior Ranger Camp
Chatsworth, Fort Mountain State Park. This year we are having two different weeks of camp themed around nature and camping skills. Ages 6-12. Various activities led by our Interpretive Ranger and Naturalist. 9am- 3pm. $75 and $5 parking. Fort Mountain State Park, Chatsworth, GA. Info: 706.422.1932 or http://gastateparks.org

7/11 – 7/13
Kids Program- Paint a Story
Ellijay, GA. Part of a story will be read to students and then they will draw or paint a picture based on that section of the story. Their artwork will then be displayed at Gilmer Arts. FREE! Limited to 25 kids ages 6 -12. Lunch provided by the Gilmer County Schools will be served at the end this program each day. Gilmer Arts – Hawthorne Hall, 207 Dalton St., Ellijay, GA 30540. Call 706-635-5605 or visit www.gilmerarts.com

7/26
Teen Pizza Party
Downtown Blue Ridge, GA. TEENS ONLY party in the Downtown Blue Ridge Park. Pizza, prizes, a lip-sync battle, and much more! FREE! 4 – 5:30pm. Downtown Blue Ridge Play Park, E Main St, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Info: 706-632-5263 or www.mountainregionallibrary.org

7/19
Teens Tie-Dye Night
Blue Ridge, GA. After-hours tie-dye event for TEENS ages 12-17. Bring ONE cotton item to tie-dye. FREE! 6 -7pm. Fannin County Public Library, 400 W Main St #104, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Info: 706-632-5263 or www.mountainregionallibrary.org

7/27
Family Fun Night
Downtown Blue Ridge, GA. With the Fannin County Fire Department! We will have crafts, inflatables, snacks, and a movie! FREE! Activities begin at 7 PM, and we will show Cars 3 at 9 PM.

7/28
Tri-State Model Railroaders Open House
Mineral Bluff, GA. The model railroad layout depicting Copper Basin Railroading in the early 1950’s is developing nicely. Come learn how railroads played an important role in the development of the Tri-State area. 10am -2pm. Tri-State Model Railroaders Mineral Bluff Historic Depot 150 Railroad Avenue, Mineral Bluff, GA 30559. For information call 828-361-2210 or visit www.tsmri.org.

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

Thursdays
Pickin’ in the Park
Mineral Bluff, GA. Live music jams & pickin’ on the banks of the Toccoa River Bring your chairs & blankets. FREE! 6pm to dusk. Horseshoe Bend Park, 1156 River Rd, Mineral Bluff, GA 30559

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.

Weekends
Live Music at Chevelles 66
Murphy, NC. Check the website for performers. 9pm. 66 Hiwassee St
Murphy, NC 28906. Info: 828-835-7001 or www.chevellerestaurants.com

Saturdays
Saturday at the Legion on the River!
Ellijay, GA. From live bands to jam sessions on the porch. The community is always welcome! For the love of Veterans, Family, Community. FREE! 4pm – 10pm. 297 Legion Rd, Ellijay, GA. https://www.facebook.com/AmericanLegionPost82Ellijay/

6/1 & 7/6
First Fridays Concert Series
Downtown Dahlonega. Family friendly every first Friday May through October. Arrive early, enjoy excellent downtown shopping, and pick up your picnic from any of downtown’s restaurants. 6:30 – 8:30pm. FREE! Info: http://dahlonegadda.org/events/ff-concerts/

6/2
John Driskell Hopkins Band
Ellijay, GA. Grammy Winning Member of the Zac Brown Band. VIP – purchase a VIP ticket, up front seating, meet and greet plus a private concert on Sunday afternoon. 7:30 -9:30pm. George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse, 135 Dalton St., Ellijay, GA 30540. For tickets and info: 706-635-5605 or www.gilmerarts.com

6/2
LUNGevity Move to the Groove Concert
Blue Ridge, GA. Featuring Kharisma Jazzmatic Funk and A1A – The Official and Original Jimmy Buffet Band. Food and beverages available for purchase.Proceeds go to LUNGevity Foundation. Mercier Orchards, 8660 Blue Ridge Drive, Blue Ridge, Georgia 30513. Email: customer.service@mercierorchards.com

6/9
Leah Calvert Band
Ellijay, GA. Traditional Ballads to Blues Fiddler. 7:30- 9:30 pm. George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse, 135 Dalton St., Ellijay, GA 30540. For tickets and info: 706-635-5605 or www.gilmerarts.com

6/9 & 6/23
Pick n’ on the Porch
Coosawattee River Tubing Co. Ellijay, GA. Everybody is welcome to attend. SmokeHouse Country Grill on site with a variety of foods for the 2018 Pickin’ on the Porch Season. 7 – 9pm. FREE!! 25 Eagle Mountain Drive, Ellijay, GA 30540. Info: 706.635.1609.

6/10
Blue Ridge Chamber Music Festival – Misty Mountain Woodwinds
Young Harris, GA. An afternoon of woodwind chamber music performance by North Georgia’s own Misty Mountain Woodwinds at the Sharpe Chapel on the Young Harris College campus. 3:00 p.m.

6/16
Blue Ridge Chamber Music Festival – PULSE Trio
Blue Ridge, GA. Scott and Maggie Flavin, with award-winning pianist Naoko Takoe, in their critically acclaimed trio, PULSE. The music of Brahms and Schumann will be featured. 7:00 PM. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 7 Ewing Street, Blue Ridge, Georgia 30513. Tickets and contact 305.878.1985 or info@brcmf.org and www.blueridgechambermusicfestival.com.

6/16
Music on the Square 2018
Hiawassee, GA. Come out to the Square of Hiawassee and enjoy live music from Bliss & The Boys! Children, dogs, and dancing is encouraged, don’t forget your chair! In case of rain – show will be held in the Towns County Civic Center, next to the courthouse.6:30 PM. Hiawassee Square, Hwy 76. Info: City of Hiawassee – (706) 896-2203 or www.hiawasseega.gov.

6/17
Blue Ridge Chamber Music Festival – Oral Moses, with pianist Rosalyn Floyd
Blue Ridge, GA. Concert and Festival Closing Reception. An afternoon of music including both Art Song and Negro Spiritual. “Moses’ magnificent voice breathes new life and humanity into the music reveling the timeless beauty and relevance of this art form.” 3:00pm. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 7 Ewing Street, Blue Ridge, Georgia 30513. Tickets and contact 305.878.1985, info@brcmf.org or blueridgechambermusicfestival.com

6/30
Justin Moore
Hiawassee, GA. Tickets On Sale May 4, 2018. Available Online May 3 at 10:00pm. Level 1: $60.00 + Handling & Credit Card Fees. Level 2: $50.00 + Handling & Credit Card Fees. 7PM. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road, P.O. Box 444 Hiawassee, GA 30546. Tickets & Info: www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com or 706-896-4191.

7/7
Carl Pruett and The Crossroads Band
Blue Ridge, GA. Carl Pruett with the Crossroads Band along with featured guest, Georgia Blues Hall of Fame great, Barry Darnell of the Mobile Slim Band will be rocking the house. 7:30 PM. Blue Ridge Community Theater, 2591 East 1st St., Blue Ridge, GA 30513. (706) 632-9223 or www.blueridgecommunitytheater.com

7/12
Cherry Log Pickin’
Downtown Ellijay, GA. Blue Grass pickin’ featuring local talent. FREE! Dinner at 5:30pm Music at 6:30pm. Gilmer Senior Center, 111 Gilmer St., Ellijay, GA. Info: 706/635-3786.

7/14
Molly Hatchet & Atlanta Rhythm Section
Hiawassee, GA. Tickets On Sale May 18, 2018. Available Online May 17 at 10:00pm. Level 1: $35.00 + Handling & Credit Card Fees. Level 2: $30.00 + Handling & Credit Card Fees.7PM. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road, P.O. Box 444 Hiawassee, GA 30546. Tickets & Info: www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com or 706-896-4191.

7/14 & 7/28
Pick n’ on the Porch
Coosawattee River Tubing Co. Ellijay, GA. Everybody is welcome to attend. Smoke House Country Grill will be on site with a variety of foods. Bring your chair and enjoy some live music. FREE!! 7 – 9pm. 25 Eagle Mountain Drive, Ellijay, GA 30540. Info: 706.635.1609.

7/14
15th Annual Singing in the Mountains Concert
Blue Ridge, GA. Featuring the 100-member Singing in the Mountains Choir and Band. Local and regional artists will appear. FREE! Doors 5p.m. concert 6:00 p.m. Fannin County High School Performing Arts Center, 360 Rebel Circle, Blue Ridge, Georgia 30513. Phone: 706-633-9848 / 706-455-2496

8/4
Maria Howell and Noel Freidline Jazz
Blue Ridge, GA. Combining R&B with jazzy punctuations evoking an international flair. Noel Freidline: pianist, vocalist, writer and arranger. Noel has opened for many notable jazz artists. 7:30 P.M. Cost: $25.00. Blue Ridge Community Theater, 2591 East 1st St., Blue Ridge, GA 30513. (706) 632-9223 or www.blueridgecommunitytheater.com

OUTDOORS & ADVENTURE

6/2
Sunset Hike to the West Overlook at Fort Mountain State Park
Chatsworth, GA. The sunset from the West Overlook has been called one of the best views in Georgia. Join a ranger on the 1.1 mile hike, and see the sunset for yourself. Hike is easy to moderate. 7:30 – 9pm. Fee: $3 and $5 parking. Fort Mountain State Park, Chatsworth, GA. Info: 706.422.1932 or http://gastateparks.org/ParksAfterDark

6/2
Family Friendly Hike
Blairsville, GA. Join the Mountain High Hikers for a family friendly hike on the new Reece Farm Connector Trail in celebration of National Trail Days. Hikers will meet at Vogel State Park and hike on the new trail to the Reece Farm. At the completion of the hike will be a trail dedication ceremony. Free!! 9:00am. Vogel State Park to Reece Farm.

6/9
1st Annual Gaelic Gallop
Blairsville, GA. The Gaelic Gallop 5k & 1 mile fun run/walk at North Georgia Technical College’s Blairsville Campus is in conjunction with the Blairsville Scottish Festival & Highland Games. Race participants will receive a pass to attend the festival and a race tank top. Awards! Time: 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM. Fees: See website. For info: http://blairsvillescottishfestival.com/gaelic-gallop/

6/30
20th Annual Optimist Flapjack Run
Downtown Jasper, GA. Age category Awards -Jerry Appleton Team Award. FlapJack breakfast following race. 7:00 AM Registration, next door to 61 MAIN – 49 South Main Street, Jasper, GA. Rain or Shine. Entry fee – $30 by June 15/ $35 race day. Guaranteed t-shirt for those registered by June 15. Proceeds benefit local charities. Register at www.active.com

6/30
Sacketts Summer Sizzler Jackpot Barrel Race
Blairsville, GA. Attention barrel racers…mark your calendars!!! You don’t want to miss out on the inaugural run of this annual event at our own union county saddle club!! $2500 added money!!! Open to the public. 10am – 6pm. Union County Saddle Club Arena 73 Saddle Club Drive Blairsville, GA 30512. For information/hook-ups: call (706) 897-2292.

THEATER

6/8 thru 6/24
First Baptist at Ivy Gap
Jasper, GA. WWII- The church women are rolling bandages for the troops and talking…. about their lives, their husbands, their sons, their dreams. 25 years later, a different war and the same six women are still talking. Times have changed but they still laugh, love, and sing some old songs. Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30 PM. 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.

7/12 – 7/29
The Savannah Sipping Society
Blue Ridge, GA. In this delightful, laugh-a-minute comedy, four unique Southern women, all needing to escape the sameness of their day-to-day routines, are drawn together by Fate ”and an impromptu happy hour” and decide its high time to reclaim the enthusiasm for life they’ve lost through the years. Thursday through Saturdays 7:30 p.m. Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

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
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

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

Wednesdays
Bistro 29’s Wine Wednesdays
Murphy, NC. Wine Special: $5 off any bottle purchase or a discount of $1 off any glass of wine. Also join Wayne to sample his feature wine of the day. 4pm- 10pm. Bistro 29, 29 Tennessee St, Murphy NC 28906. For info: 828-837-9022 or visit www.mybistro29.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

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 Sat & Sun
Montaluce Wine Hikes
‘Wine Hikers’ are guided by trained outdoor staff along nature trails, to the headwaters of the Etowah River, and through the vineyard. 1.8 mile hike and a ‘mixed flight’ of 5 Montaluce Estate wines. Price: $45 Per Person. Time: 10am – 1pm. To schedule your wine hike please email matthew@montaluce.com or call 706.867.4060 today! Or visit www.montaluce.com

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