October – November 2015 North Georgia Happenings

By on October 1, 2015

October – November 2015 North Georgia Happenings

Appalachian Country Living’s October – November 2015 North Georgia Happenings guide to Area Arts, Dining, Events, Kid’s Stuff, Music and Theater

ARTS

10/01 thru 10/10
3rd Quarter Artist in Residence: John Stanford
Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, Blue Ridge, GA
Come experience the subtle beauty of nature and the awe –inspiring plein air work of John Stanford. 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Contact Information: www.blueridgearts.net or 706-632-2144.

10/01 thru 10/11
Fall Plein Air Exhibit
Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, Blue Ridge, GA
Come enjoy a spectacular exhibit filled with images from local scenery painted during our Fall Plein Air Event. 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Contact Information: www.blueridgearts.net or 706-632-2144.

10/2 thru 11/7
Clay Council Ceramic Show
Cherokee Arts Center
First Friday Opening Receptions 10/2 and 11/6
Cherokee Arts Center, 94 North St. Canton, GA 30114
Visit www.cherokeearts.org or 770.704.6244

10/10
Hot Summer Nights
Goldhagen Art Glass Studio, Hayesville, NC
Live music and Glassblowing Demonstrations. Watch David Goldhagen as he crafts fine art glass using ancient glassblowing techniques. Reservations are recommended. $10 includes admission, parking and a raffle ticket for a chance to win a piece of hand blown fine art glass. 7:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Contact Information: goldhagenartglass.com or 828-389-8847.

10/17 thru 11/14
Southern Appalachian Artists Guild National Juried Show
Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, Blue Ridge, GA
This show brings in a variety of artists from across the nation to The Art Center. $5000 in cash prize money will awarded to the winners. Opening reception is October 17, 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Contact: www.blueridgearts.net or 706-632-2144.

10/18 thru 01/09
4th Quarter Artist in Residence Marie Spaeder Haas & Mary Keasler
Artist’s reception will be October 17, 5- 7pm. Come see an exhibit unlike any other with the combined creativity and visions of watercolor artist Marie Spaeder Haas and quilter Mary Keasler. Regular Hours: 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, Blue Ridge, GA
Contact: www.blueridgearts.net or 706-632-2144.

11/17 thru 12/17
Gilmer Arts B.E.S.T. Series Proudly Present The Art Of Mark Hendry
Photography and Basketry. Opening Reception Friday, November 13th, 5-7pm. Free! Gilmer Arts & Heritage Center, 207 Dalton St., Ellijay, GA 30540. Info: www.gilmerarts.org or call 706. 635. 5605

11/21
WhoDunit Mystery Art Fundraiser
A rare opportunity to get artworks from local and regional artists at an incredible price! The mystery is trying to figure out who your artist is. Each $50 ticket guarantees you an original piece of art. 7-9:00 p.m. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association 420 West Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. www.blueridgearts.net or 706-632-2144.

11/28
Christmas Open House at the Art Center
Celebrate the Holidays at the Art Center November 28, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. during our Annual Holiday Open House. Enjoy snacks and cider while we ring in the holiday season with live artists and carolers. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, www.blueridgearts.net or 706-632-2144.

11/1 thru 12/18
Holiday Show and Sale
Cherokee Arts Center Opening reception Dec. 4th 6:00pm. Cherokee Arts Center, 94 North St. Canton, GA 30114
Visit www.cherokeearts.org or contact info@cherokeearts.org 770.704.6244

EVENTS

Open Year-Round
Hike Inn, Amicalola Falls Park & Lodge, Dawsonville. 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. No matter the reason. Everyone leaves with a sense of belonging. Reservations and info: www.hike-inn.com

10/1 – 11/2 – Open Everyday
45th Annual Oktoberfest, Helen Festhalle. Beer, brats, bands and Lederhosen. $8.00 Monday – Friday, $9.00 on Saturday, free on Sunday! For info contact the Helen Chamber of Commerce at 706. 878. 1619 or visit www.helenchamber.com

10/1 – 11/14
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway Fall Foliage Excursions
Starts at the historic depot in downtown Blue Ridge, GA- the train winds alongside the beautiful Toccoa River with one stop in the twin border towns of McCaysville, Georgia and Copperhill, Tennessee. Various Departure Times. Reservations recommended at least 3 weeks in advance. For info and tickets call toll free at 1-877-413-TRAIN [8724], or online at www.brscenic.com

10/03-10/25
Fall Lake Cruises
Join us for our Annual Fall Lake Cruises–a spectacular seasonal event at The Ridges Resort & Marina! $20 for Adults and $5 for Children under 12. Contact The Ridges Marina. For info please visit: theridgesresort.com.

10/03
5th Annual Homebuilder’s Showcase/Show Exhibitors from every aspect of the building industry. Food vendors & prize drawings. Saturday from 9-5 p.m. Free. Downtown Blue Ridge City Park, Blue Ridge, GA. Jean Marie @ 828-644-324910/03

10/03
The Run Above the Clouds
10K Road Race.
9:00 a.m. 2331 Highway 60, Suches, GA. Information: 706-747-2401.

10/03
Run with the Realtors
5k & 10k
Meeks Park, Blairsville, GA
Registration Opens at 7:00 a.m. 5K Race Starts at 8:00 a.m. 10K Race Starts at 8:45 a.m. Contact: ashleyowens@negboard.com.

10/03
13th Annual S.A.F.E 
Poker Run
This Charitable Event supports the programs and services of S.A.F.E. 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $25 registration fee includes T-shirt and lunch Registration forms on our website and at S.A.F.E thrift stores. Union Power Sports, Blairsville, GA Contact: 706-379-1901.

10/03-10/04
John C. Campbell Fall Festival
Visit 200 fine craft exhibitors tucked along the school’s winding wooded paths. Music, dancing, and activities for children. $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for ages 12-17, free for under 12. John C. Campbell School, Brasstown, NC. www.folkschool.org or 800-365-5724.

10/03 & 10/04
Indian Summer Festival
Art show, 10k run, square dancing, weaponry demonstrations, food, music, auction, live theatre from the students and More! Saturday and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please bring cash. Woody Gap School, Suches, GA. www.ucschoolswoody.ss5.sharpschool.com or 706-745-5789.

10/03 & 10/04
35th Annual Georgia Marble Festival
Food, arts, crafts, live music, children’s area, a parade, 5K run/walk, Miss Georgia Marble and more! This two-day celebration includes many different activities including tours of the marble quarry, ONLY given during the festival! Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Pickens County Chamber of Commerce. www.georgiamarblefestival.com or 706-692-5600.

10/09 thru 10/17
Georgia Mountain 
Fall Festival
9-day event features exciting musical performances, Arts & Craft vendors, educational demonstrations, flower show and the Official GA State Fiddlers’ Convention. Gates: $12.00 Includes Music Shows Children under 12 Free. FREE PARKING GA Mountain Fair Grounds, Hiawassee, GA www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com or 706-896-4191.

10/10 & 10/11 and 
10/17 & 10/18
44th Annual Georgia 
Apple Festival
Over 300 vendors with handmade, hand-crafted items, on-site demonstrations of how selected types of crafts are made. This year promises many new crafts as well as favorites from past festivals. 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Parade and antique car show each year. The antique car show is held at the Civic Center on Oct 11th. The parade is on Oct 18th at 10:00 a.m. Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds, Ellijay, GA. Visit: www.georgiaapplefestival.org or 706-635-7400.

10/10 & 10/11 and 
10/17 & 10/18
Apple Arts Fest
Downtown Ellijay on the square, enjoy easy access to local shops and restaurants. Free and pet friendly! For more information: Gilmer Chamber at 706-635-7400 or www.gilmerchamber.com.

10/10 & 10/11 and 
10/17 & 10/18
Annual Blairsville Sorghum Festival
Arts, crafts, exhibits, food, music, activities, square dance, biskit eating, pole climbing, log sawing, horseshoe pitching, rock throwing and sorghum mill grinding cane & cooking sorghum. Adults $4, kids under 12 free. Free parking. Meeks Park, Blairsville, GA. www.Blairsvillesorghumfestival.org or 706-745-5789.

10/17
Vogel State Park Fall Hoedown
Celebrate Autumn’s arrival with a 2:00 p.m. cake-walk, 5:00 p.m. chili & drinks, 6:30 p.m. campfire and dancing, 8:00 p.m. professional storytelling around the bonfire. $3 per person for hayrides noon – 7:00 p.m. Parking $5. Vogel State Park, Blairsville, GA. www.gastateparks.org or 706-745-2628.

10/17
Paws in the Park
Parade, demonstrations, rabies clinic, micro-chipping, contests, prizes, photos with your pet, and more! Parade at 10:00 am, costume competition to follow. Benefits the Humane Society of Blue Ridge. Downtown Blue Ridge. www.humanesocietyofblueridge.org or 706-632-5224.

10/17
Paws in the Park 5K Fun Run and Mutt Milee
FAST Certified 5K run. Registration at 7:00 a.m. race begins at 8:30 a.m. Proceeds go to the Humane Society of Blue Ridge. www.humanesocietyofblueridge.org or 706-632-5224.

10/17 & 10/18
21st Annual Talking Rock Heritage Days Festival
Historic Downtown Talking Rock. Vendors from around the state join with shop owners for a 2-Day Festival that includes food, fun and music. Parade, North GA Fire Safety Clowns, Hobby Rail Cars, Car Show. Blue grass on Sat., Gospel on Sun.9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For more information please visit their website: www.talkingrockga.com. Contact Information: 706-692-5600 or info@talkingrockga.com.

10/17 & 10/18
3rd Annual American Indian Festival
Tkaktkacatikitu Aztec Dancers, Women of Heart, Chickamauga Spirit Drum, Traditional Native Flute Players, Kids Korner with Story Tellers, Vendor Crafts, Food Vendors. 10:00am. 2 miles south of Blue Ridge.1512 Appalachian Hwy. next to flea market. Contact: 706-455-0464 or 706-897-5799.

10/17-10/18
Dahlonega’s Gold Rush Days Festival
Over 300 art and craft exhibitors and food vendors gather around the Public Square and Historic District. Gold Rush 5K, 8:00 am, Festival 9:00am. Sponsored by the Dahlonega Jaycees. Info: 706-864-3513 www.dahlonegajaycees.com

10/17 & 10/18 and 
10/24 & 10/25
Fall Fest Arts and Crafts Show
Arts and crafts vendors-pottery, wood carvings, quilts, paintings, homemade snacks and canned goods. Music performances each day. 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Free. Old Farmers Market, Blue Ridge, GA, next to Swan Drive In. Contact: 423-761-9985.

10/19 thru 01/06
Holiday Show and Sale, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
Pick up beaytiful handmade gifts for your family and friends for the holidays. Tues- Sun: 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, The Art Center 420 West Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513 Contact: www.blueridgearts.net or 706-632-2144.

10/24
North Georgia 
Motorcycle Show
Awards in 9 classes. Modern American, Vintage American, Modern European, Vintage European, Modern Japanese, Vintage Japanese, Competition, Custom, Special Interest. Entertainment, door prizes and food. 10:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. North GA Technical College, 121 Meeks Ave. Blairsville, GA 30512. Contact 706-745-7700.

10/24-10/25
48th Annual Moonshine Festival
Visit an old Moonshine still; listen to stories from both “Trippers” and Revenuers. Arts & crafts, food, music and activities for the entire family. Parade of Authentic Moonshine & Revenue cars, vendors and petting zoo. Downtown Dawsonville. Free! 706-216-5273 or www.kareforkids.org/moonshine

11/13
Skies Over Georgia
This traditional star show allows audiences to explore the heavens as they appear above the mountains of north Georgia. Learn how to identify the planets and stars, take a guided tour of the constellations, hear some of their fascinating stories. 7pm. Adults: $5, Children: $3, Tickets in advance online! www.yhc.edu or at the door 30 minutes prior to show. Rollins Planetarium, Young Harris College.

11/14
10th Annual Taste of Pickens
New restaurants showcase their proudest creations, old-favorites dish out proven crowd-pleasers. Doors open at 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Each $10.00 ticket is good for eight servings, with all proceeds going to Pickens County’s food ministry, C.A.R.E.S. Chattahoochee Technical College, Jasper, GA
Contact: 706-253-4777.

11/14
Tortoise and the Hare 50K/30K Trail Run. Introducing the TORTOISE and the HARE 50K™! Runners will submit their estimated finishing time and that will determine your starting time. This brings everyone to the finish in a small time frame to celebrate your finish! Registration on Ultrasignup.678-400-9050 or visit www.tortoiseandthehareracing.com

11/20 & 12/4
Season of Light
This show explores the traditions surrounding the world’s most holiday customs—from the burning Yule log and the lighting of luminarias, to sparkling Christmas tree lights and candles in windows. Explores possible astronomical explanations for the star of Bethlehem. Rollins Planetarium. 8 pm. Adults: $5, Children: $3, Tickets online at www.yhc.edu or at the door 30 minutes prior to show.

11/26
Blue Ridge Turkey Trot
Join us downtown for the Blue Ridge, Georgia Turkey Trot Race/Walk Thanksgiving Day, November 26th! A race for the whole family and all abilities from walkers to the serious competitor. Registration 7am. Race at 8am. Bring a canned food item for the food pantry! 
www.blueridgeturkeytrot.com

11/27
Blue Friday
Why fight the mall crowds, instead of Black Friday come and celebrate Blue Friday in quaint downtown Blue Ridge the day after Thanksgiving. Historic Downtown Blue Ridge, GA. www.bestofblueridge.biz.

11/27
Light Up Ellijay
Return to Whoville and stop the Grinch from stealing Christmas! Live music, craft vendors, and food from local restaurants beginning at 4 p.m. Lighted parade and Santa Claus at 6 p.m. Lighting of the tree afterward. Historic Downtown Ellijay, GA. Contact Information: 706-635-4711.

11/28 thru 11/29
15th Annual Mistletoe Market and Sugarplum 
Tea Room
Start your holiday shopping at the Mistletoe Market. Arts & Crafts to spark the holiday season. Homemade soups, sandwiches, goodies. 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. North Georgia Technical College, Blairsville, GA. 706-896-0932.

11/28
Light Up Blue Ridge
Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at 11:45 am Parade through town, Tuba Christmas Performance, events throughout the day. The Great Tree is back! It’s 27 feet tall, a sight to wow children and adults alike, lit at 6:00 p.m. Downtown Historic Blue Ridge, GA. For more info: quinngudakunst@gmail.com or llbeanery@etcmail.com.

11/28 thru 12/31
Christmas Village & Light Up The Basin
Each evening the Basin will be glowing with holiday lights and old-fashioned charm. Santa will be in his shop at Christmastime and is here throughout the entire holiday– get your photo made with Santa & Mrs. Claus! Visit www.greatercopperbasin.com or 706-964-6531

11/30 – 12/31
Tour of Trees
Over 30 beautifully decorated trees and wreaths on display throughout the Community Center. 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Union County Community Center, Blairsville, GA. 129 Union County Recreation Road Blairsville, GA 30512. Visit www.blairsvillechamber.com. Contact Information: 706-745-5789.

KIDS OF ALL AGES

Thru December
Train Rides Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
A great family adventure starts at the historic depot, built in 1905, in downtown Blue Ridge, GA. Total excursion is 26 miles (4 hours round-trip) winding along the beautiful Toccoa River in passenger’s choice of vintage, climate controlled rail cars or open-air rail cars.Passengers have a 2 hour layover in McCaysville/Copperhill; plenty of time to eat lunch, shop for unique crafts and antiques, snack on ice cream, or walk across the old bridge in town to view the river. For tickets, schedules and rates: www.brscenic.com or call 877-413- TRAIN (8724)

Ongoing
Misty Mountain Model Rail Road Tour
The tours are ongoing Monday, Wednesday, Friday, & Saturday. Tours start at 1:30 p.m. and go to 3:00 p.m. Sundays at 2:30. Admission: children free everyone else $5.00. Blairsville, GA. Contact Information: www.mistymountainrailroad.com or 706-400-2085.

Ongoing Weekends
Blue Ridge Ghost Tours Walking tour that offers a variety of stories that include all kinds of different stories of folklore, legend, ghosts and paranormal. 7pm and 9 pm on Friday and Saturday. Downtown Historic Blue Ridge. Call 706-258-2665.

Of course we tell ghost stories from all over the county, however, we also touch local legends, folklore and stories of the paranormal in general.

Ongoing Weekends in October
Historic Ghost Walk and Hauntings Tour
Historic Hauntings Tour – 2 hour guided tour. 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Adults $15, Children $5. Downtown Dahlonega, GA. Contact Information: www.dahlonegha.org or 706-482- 8795.

10/1 thru 10/31
Woodstock Scarecrow Invasion
Throughout the month of October Scarecrows will be lining Main Street in Downtown Woodstock. You can vote for your favorite scarecrow at the Woodstock Visitors Center. www.whatsupwoodstock.com

10/01 thru Nov
Apple Time at Mercier Orchards
Mercier Orchards celebrating over 70 years of fruitful harvest! U-PICK events, Bakery & Deli, Market Store, and now our Farm Winery makes a great choice for a day trip by yourself or with the family! Take a tractor ride with the family! Breathe in the beautiful mountain air and take in the beauty surrounding you in the orchards. Weather plays a role so be sure to call and confirm. U PICK New Hours 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 706-632-3411 or visit www.mercier-orchards.com

10/1 thru 10/31
Build Your Own Scarecrow
Get ready for Scarecrow Invasion at Penney’s Mountain Ridge Garden Shop. Bring $15, your scarecrow’s clothes and your imagination and we’ll help you build your own scarecrow! Mon thru Sat, Sept. 25 – Oct 31, and Sundays during Apple Festival. For details or to schedule a group: 706-698-2815

10/1 – 10/31
Ellijay Scarecrow Invasion
The Scarecrows go up Oct 1 and stay up through Oct 31. We have over 300 themed Scarecrows decorating the town for the month of October providing a festive and fun attraction. Throughout Ellijay. For more info contact the Gilmer Chamber of Commerce at 706-635-7400 or visit www.gilmerchamber.com

Ongoing thru 11/10
Burt’s Farm Pumpkin Patch
Find your perfect pumpkin or winter squash, take a hay ride or shop for fall décor at the country store. 9am – 5pm. Burt’s Farm, 5 Burts Pumpkin Farm Rd, Dawsonville, GA 30534. www.burtsfarm.com

10/01 thru 11/01
Pumpkin Fest & Scarecrow Trail at the North Georgia Zoo
Join us for lots of fall festivities! This year’s scarecrow trail will be bigger than ever!
Saturdays 10:00 a.m. -6:00 p.m. & Sundays 12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. North Georgia Zoo & Petting Farm, Cleveland, GA. For more info: www.myfavoritezoo.com or (706) 348 7279

10/23 & 10/30
Halloween Laser Spooktacular, Rollins Planetarium
Get ready to mash with monsters in this spellbinding sing-along featuring classic Halloween hits such as “Monster Mash,” “Ghostbusters,” and “Purple People Eater” along with a sprinkling of crowd-pleasing current pop and rock songs. Enjoy legendary Halloween personalities, enhanced by our Chronos star projector, make for a fun time on an epic scale. 7 & 8 pm. Adults: $5, Children & Non-YHC Students: $3Purchase tickets in advance online! www.yhc.edu Tickets also at the door 30 minutes prior to show. Rollins Planetarium, Young Harris College

10/25
Pumpkin Express
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
Join us for a trip to Farmer Brown’s field where children and adults can pick out a souvenir pumpkin, greet Farmer Brown, and then return to Blue Ridge. Two rides, 1pm and 3pm. Seats are sold first come first serve, so get your tickets early! Adults $30, Kids $25. Visit www.brscenic.com for tickets and more info or call 877-413- TRAIN (8724)

10/25
7th Annual Fall-A-Bration
7th Annual Fall-A-Bration and Trunk-or-Treat. Bring the kids in costume and visit local businesses who have spook-tacular set ups, while taking advantage of the Blue Otter Specials! The Ridges Resort, Hiawassee, GA. Contact Information: 706-896-2262.

10/30
A Night at the Chastain House
Cherokee County Paranormal and Blue Ridge Ghost Tours presents a night at the Chastain House in Blue Ridge, GA. If you ever wanted to be an investigator here is your chance. 2 investigations . The first is from 7pm to 10 and the second from 11 pm to 2 am. Money raised goes to its’ restoration. $40.00. For reservations call 706-258-2665.

10/30
McCaysville/Copperhill Safety Zone & Costume Contest
Trick-or-Treating, costume contest, scream contest and parade. All stores and restaurants are open late! Everyone can be on the *candy* walk. The parade staging is at the First Baptist Church of McCaysville and the contest judging is at the main intersection of the two towns! Visit www.greatercopperbasin.com/events-meetings/ or call 706-964-6531.

10/30 thru 11/08
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Sleepy Hollow is renowned for its ghosts and the haunting atmosphere that pervades the imaginations of its inhabitants and visitors. The most infamous spectre in the Hollow is the Headless Horseman, said to be the ghost of a Hessian trooper who had his head shot off by a stray cannonball during “some nameless battle” and who rides forth to the scene of battle in nightly quest of his head. Fridays & Saturdays 7:30 pm, Sundays, 2pm.Blue Ridge Community Theater, Blue Ridge, GA. Visit: blueridgecommunitytheater.com/ or calls 706-632-9223.

10/31
Halloween Safe Zone Downtown Blue Ridge
Hundreds of costumed kids and grown-up kids. Bring your pets in costume as well. Fun begins at 5:30 p.m. with the blowing of the train whistle. Downtown merchants will be passing out candy. If you have any questions please contact the Blue Ridge Chamber of Commerce at 706-632-5680.

10/31
Hometown Halloween Downtown Blairsville
Ghosts and Goblins will be lurking downtown on the square. Games, costume contests and lots of trick or treats provided by local businesses. 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Contact Information: 706-347-3503.

10/31
Halloween on the Square
The City of Ellijay offers a safe opportunity for children to Trick or Treat downtown Ellijay. There are usually a variety of other events to make Halloween and Trick or Treating downtown more fun! For more information on Halloween on the Square contact the Better Hometown Office at City of Ellijay 706-635-4711.

10/31
Kids Fest
The Park at Cuty Center, Woodstock, GA. Halloween trick or treat activities for our younger ghouls and goblins, including moonwalks, DJ Ronnie, Time the Magician, Adam the Juggler, games, the ever popular stringed apple and pumpkin bowling games, face painting , costume contest, and candy give away.Event is 3pm to 7pm, costume contest at 6pm at the Gazebo. Movie in the Park at 7pm. www.whatsupwoodstock.com

11/13
The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather Rollins Planetarium. Take a rollercoaster ride across the universe with the lovable, wacky cast of alien characters from the awardwinning TV series, The Zula Patrol, while learning about astronomy and weather. Ride along with the Zula Patrol as they try to save the solar system’s weather from interplanetary villain Dark Truder. Appropriate for children and families. 7pm. Adults: $5, Children & Non-YHC Students: $3Purchase tickets in advance online! www.yhc.edu Tickets also at the door 30 minutes prior to show. Rollins Planetarium, Young Harris College

11/21 thru 12/19
Night Train to Santa’s Pavillion
Leave from Blue Ridge Depot for the 4 hour train ride while Santa and his elves visit with the children in each car and gives each child a Blue Ridge Scenic Railway Christmas memento and candy cane. Santa will pose for pictures on the train or in the Christmas Pavilion during the 2 hour layover. Depart: 4:00 PM Returns: 8:00 PM. Open-Air Car Available By Request ONLY**Cars are assigned- seats are not. Seats are sold first come first serve. Visit www.brscenic.com for tickets and more info or call 877-413- TRAIN (8724)

11/20 & 12/4
Let It Snow, Rollins Planitarium
This family friendly show with modern visualizations features a variety of holiday classics from Frank Sinatra and Chuck Berry to Burl Ives and Brenda Lee, and includes a stunning multimedia finale by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. A fun and entertaining experience for audiences of all ages. 7pm. Adults: $5, Children $3, YHC Tickets in advance online! www.yhc.edu Tickets at the door 30 minutes prior to show. Rollins Planetarium, Young Harris

11/27-12-24
Santa Express Train Ride
Take a ride to Santa’s Village on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway! On board, your family will hear a Christmas story, sing Christmas carols, and visit with the North Pole’s jolliest elf himself, Santa, as he walks through each train car visiting and posing with the kids for photos. Each passenger also receives the traditional Blue Ridge Scenic Railway Christmas Memento. Visit www.brscenic.com for tickets and more info or call 877-413- TRAIN (8724)

11/28
Cartoon Christmas Celebration
Grinch Maze, Frozen Karaoke, Minion Photo Booth, Rudolph Scavenger Hunt, Ride A-long Hay Ride with Snoopy as he hunts for the Red Baron, Visit with Santa at his Home on the Road, and Story Telling with Mrs. Claus. FREE! Autumn Hill Nursery, 4256 Earney Rd., Woodstock, GA 30188. www.autumnhillnursery.com

11/29 thru 12/13
Day Train to Santa’s Pavillion
Leave from Blue Ridge Depot for the 4 hour train ride while Santa and his elves visit with the children in each car and gives each child a Blue Ridge Scenic Railway Christmas memento and candy cane. Santa will pose for pictures on the train or in the Christmas Pavilion during the 2 hour layover. Depart: Various dates, depart at Noon Open-Air Car Available By Request ONLY**Cars are assigned- seats are not. Seats are sold first come first serve. Visit www.brscenic.com for tickets and more info or call 877-413- TRAIN (8724)

12/5
Christmas Jubilee
Kick off the holiday season with our traditional Christmas Jubilee Parade of Lights at 5:30pm. Bring your children after the parade to the Park at City Center to visit Santa with their wish lists, The Mayor and Santa will flip the switch to light the Park and Christmas tree!. Join the 2nd Annual Woodstock Christmas Run right before the parade! For more info check out www.woodstockchristmasrun.com
The Elm Street Theater will present a free performance of The Christmas Carol at 2pm.
Contact www.whatsupwoodstock.com

MUSIC

Every Evening
Bell Music from the Courthouse Tower
Blairsville Historical Society, Blairsville Town Square, 7:00 – 7:30 p.m., music varies by the season.

Thursdays thru October
Pickin’ In The Park
join music pickers and grinners along the Toccoa River at this amazing. Free event. Bring your musical instrument and join in. Or bring a lawn chair and picnic basket to listen in. Dancing shoes are a must! 6:00 – 9:00 pm. Ron Henry Horseshoe Bend Park. On River Road 2 miles upstream from McCaysville, GA. 706-964-6531.

Fridays thru October
Friday Night Concert Series at the Blairsville Historical Society Ongoing every Friday 7:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. Admission is free. Downtown Blairsville, Blairsville, GA. For more information please contact the Blairsville Chamber of Commerce: 877-745-5789.

10/04
Concert Bank Senior Showcase
The Young Harris College Concert Band will kick off the music season with a spectacular program featuring solos by talented seniors in the YHC band program. Sunday, October 4 · 3:00 p.m. @ Glenn Auditorium, Young Harris, GA.
For more information please visit their website: yhc.edu.

10/09
The Osmonds & Annual Amateur Country Music Show. GA Mountain Fall Festival, 2:00 PM – 6:30 PM. GA Mountain Fairgrounds, Hiawasse, GA. Contact www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com or (706) 896-4191

10/10
The Mickey Gilley & Annual Amateur Country Music Show GA Mountain Fall Festival, 2:00 PM & 7:00PM. GA Mountain Fairgrounds, Hiawasse, GA. Contact www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com or (706) 896-4191

10/10
5th Annual Blue Ridge Mountain Marching Band Festival
More than 2,000 marching band members from nearly 24 area high school bands are expected to participate. Bands will range in size from 40 members to more than 150 members. Beginning at 1:00 p.m. and continuing through 9:30 p.m. Fannin County High school, Blue Ridge, GA. Contact Information: 706-632-2081.

10/11
Gospel Music Show
GA Mountain Fall Festival, 2:00 PM. GA Mountain Fairgrounds, Hiawasse, GA. Contact www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com or (706) 896-4191

10/12
John Berry & Steve Jordan Band
GA Mountain Fall Festival, 2:00 PM & 7:00PM.. GA Mountain Fairgrounds, Hiawasse, GA. Contact www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com or (706) 896-4191

10/13
Sammy Kershaw & Across the Wide
GA Mountain Fall Festival, 2:00 PM & 7:00PM.. GA Mountain Fairgrounds, Hiawasse, GA. Contact www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com or (706) 896-4191

10/14
Ricky Skaggs & Goldwing Express
GA Mountain Fall Festival, 2:00 PM & 7:00PM.. GA Mountain Fairgrounds, Hiawasse, GA. Contact www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com or (706) 896-4191

10/15
Ronnie McDowell & Elvis-Roy Perren
GA Mountain Fall Festival, 2:00 PM & 7:00PM.. GA Mountain Fairgrounds, Hiawasse, GA. Contact www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com or (706) 896-4191

10/16
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! Free & Public Invited. 7pm. 3rd Friday of Every Month. Gilmer Arts Association, 207 Dalton St. Ellijay, GA 30540. www.gilmerarts.org

10/17
Fiddlers’ Convention
GA Mountain Fall Festival, 10:00 AM, Fiddler’s Convention Finals 7:00PM. GA Mountain Fairgrounds, Hiawasse, GA. Contact www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com or (706) 896-4191

10/24
Kurt Thomas Band
An inspiring high school graduation performance and $80 were all it took to get singer/songwriter Kurt Thomas hooked on the music business. And now, the small town country boy from Dahlonega, GA has recorded four CD’s and opened for some of the biggest names in country music. 7:30pm Blue Ridge Community Theater, Blue Ridge, GA. Contact: 706-632-9223 or www.blueridgecommunitytheater.com

11/01
9 String Theory
Music from around the world finds a fresh new voice in 9 String Theory, a unique musical collaboration of Russian domra virtuoso Angelina Galashenkova-Reed and award winning American Classical guitarist, John Huston. $18.00 – students : $10.00. John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC . Contact: 828-837-1863 or www.folkschool.org

11/7
B.E.S.T. Series Jim Witter’s “Piano Men”
Take a musical journey through the ‘70’s featuring the timeless hits of Billy Joel, Elton John, James Taylor, Henry Chapin & others. Starring Jim Witter and his band, this multi-media rock musical has received rave reviews in the USA and Europe! Advanced tickets $27. 7:30 pm. Ellijay Elementary Auditorium, 32 McCutchen Street, Ellijay, GA. Tickets: 706 635-5605 or visit www.gilmerarts.org

11/13
Michelle Malone Blues
Back by popular demand!!! Armed with a bottleneck slide, harmonica, and her signature soul-filled vocals; Michelle Malone will be rocking the theater! 7:30 pm – Blue Ridge Community Theater, Blue Ridge, GA. Contact Contact: 706-632-9223 or www.blueridgecommunitytheater.com

11/14
The Rock Stars of Blue Grass: Dailey and Vincent
The Fannin County Empty Stocking Program is proud to present our 3rd Annual Wishes Come True Benefit Concert featuring Dailey & 7:00 p.m. Fannin County High School Performing Arts Center, Blue Ridge, GA. Tickets are $20.00 for General Admission seating and vailable online at www.fannincountyemptystocking.org or at United Community Bank (Blue Ridge Main Branch).

12/5
Community Chorus Holiday Concert
A great preparation for the holiday season! We invite you to come hear this group, 50 voices strong perform wonderful choral works, suitable for all ages. $10. Children under 12 free with an adult. 7pm. Gilmer High School, Elljay, GA. Tickets, call 706 635-5605 or visit www.gilmerarts.org

THEATER

10/01 thru 10/04
Steel Magnolias
Come out and see the classic dramatic comedy Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling performed by the wonderful actresses and actors at the Blue Ridge Community Theater, Blue Ridge, GA. Thursday, Friday and Saturdays, 7:30 pm, Sundays 2pm. Tickets Info: 706-632-9223 or www.blueridgecommunitytheater.com

10/09 thru 10/18
A Sting in the Tale
A successful pair of mystery playwrights is out of creative ideas. They craft the perfect victim, but someone is mistakenly killed. Enter a stage-struck detective who is more interested in a career on stage than in solving the case. By Brian Clemens & Dennis Spooner. Fri & Sat 7:30 pm, Sun 2:30pm. Peacock Performing Arts Center, Hayesville, NC. Contact: 828-389-2787 or www.peacockperformingarts.com

10/22 thru 31
The Canterville Ghost
A no-nonsense American family buys an old mansion in rural England, scoffing at warnings of a fierce and violent resident ghost. The spirited Americans may have found their match in the equally spirited and clever ghost, who is determined to scare them out or worse. $15. 7pm. Seating is limited. Gilmer Arts, 207 Dalton Street Ellijay, GA. Tickets: www.gilmerarts.org or 706 635-5605

10/23 thru 11/28
Little Shop of Horrors
A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi musical, Little Shop of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years. 8:00. Holly Theater, Dahlonega, GA. Contact: 706-864-3759.

10/31 thru 11/01
Let’s Murder Marsha
A happy housewife named Marsha, hopelessly addicted to reading murder mysteries overhears her loving husband discussing her upcoming birthday surprise with an interior decorator. To her ears, though, it sounds like they are planning to murder her! Licklog Players Community Theater, Hayesville, NC
Contact: 828-389-8632 or www.lickogplayers.org.

11/06 thru 11/14
The Addams Family Musical
The Addams Family Musical features a brand new original story based on the beloved comic strip created by Charles Addams and includes appearances by Gomez, his lovely Morticia, Uncle Fester, Lurch, Wednesday, Pugsly, Grandma Addams and more. Tickets: $12 & $17. 7:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin, NC. Contact: 866-273-4615 or www.greatmountainmusic.com

11/27 thru 12/13
Dickens’ Christmas Carol
Adapted by Michael Landon- Smith. An hilarious version of the Christmas Classic you know and love. Thursday, Friday and Saturdays, 7:30 pm, Sundays 2pm. Blue Ridge Community Theater, Blue Ridge, GA. Contact: www.blueridgecommunitytheater.com 706-632-9223.

11/27 thru 12/13
It’s a Wonderful Life: a Radio Play on the Stage
Radio “actors” perform this well-known holiday play. You’ll see the cast change characters in the blink of an eye, watch the emcee flirt with the organ player, and watch the Sound Effects guys create all those noises. Come be part of the “Live Radio Audience” for this family-friendly trip back in time. Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays 7:30pm, Sundays 2pm. Tater Patch Players, Jasper, GA. Info: www.taterpatchplayers.org or 706-253-2800.

WINE & TASTINGS

Ongoing
The Vine Wine Bar & Bistro
Experience our Wine Flights that include domestic and international wines. A full flight includes 6 wines for tasting for $12 or select a light flight which is 3 wines for tasting for $6.50. The flight is predetermined and changes weekly. Monday – Thursday: 11:30-7:00, Friday: 11:30-10:00, Saturday: 11:30-11:30, Sunday: 12:00-6:00. 632 E. Main St. Blue Ridge, GA 30513. 706-946-VINE (706-946-8463)

Fridays
Chocolatasm! Wine & Chocolate Pairings 
Featuring 6 handmade chocolates made by Chocolatier John Paul Kearins paired with 6 delicious wines. Fridays 6pm. Reservations required and must be made by Wednesday. The Vine Wine Bar & Bistro. 632 E. Main St. Blue Ridge, GA 30513. 706-946-VINE (706-946-8463)

Saturdays
Live Music at Cartecay Vineyards
Relax on the Chimney Patio overlooking 13 acres of lush vineyard while enjoyiong some great local music. $10.00 includes Live Music, 5 Tastings and Cartecay Vineyards’ Logo Wine Glass. Cheese plates and other fare available for purchase. 1:30 pm. 5704 Clear Creek Rd. Ellijay GA 30536. 706-698-9463
www.cartecayvineyards.com

Every Saturday in October
Grapes and Ghosts Wine Tour
Our all new Grapes and Ghosts event combines Dahlonega Walking Tours signature paranormal stories with many new stories on a .6 mile wine tour walk. 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Admission: $20 ADULTS ONLY. Carriage House, Dahlonega, GA
Contact: 706-482-8795.

Saturdays thru October
Vino and Vibes
Hightower Creek Vineyards
Our Vino and Vibes series we will be having performers! We are open from 12-6pm, music is from 2-5pm. $10.00 and includes a glass of wine or wine tasting. Hightower Creek Vineyards Hiawassee, GA . 706-896-8963.

Saturdays thru October
Fireside Music Saturdays
Come sit by the fireplace, sip some wine, order a cheese board, and enjoy the views of our beautiful mountains. Free live music every Saturday in October. Times: 6 :00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. Paradise Hills Resort & Spa. Hiawassee, GA Contact Information: 706-745-7483. www.paradisehillsresort.com/

Saturdays
Vine Keeper’s Kitchen
Crane Creek Vineyards
A single, simple, farm-fresh lunch option will be available.
11am, Subject to sell out early in the day. Cheese plates, featuring Sweetwater Valley Farm cheeses, will also be available Contact Information: 706-379-1236. www.cranecreekvineyards.com/

First Wednesday of Every Month
Women in Wine Series
We are kicking off 2015 with this new monthly series at the Tasting Room. Every 1st Wednesday of the Month. This month series: Younque Cosmetics & Premier Jewelry A fun way to enjoy yourself, learn something new and meet others. Price $20.00 per person (includes two glasses of wine & food). Times: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Paradise Hills Resort & Spa. Hiawassee, GA Contact Information: 706-745-7483. http://www.paradisehillsresort.com/

10/10 & 10/17
11/14 & 11/28
Live Music Engelheim Vineyards
Enjoy fall sipping a nice glass of wine surrrounded by the beautiful vineyards and enjoyable local music. Engelheim Vineyards, 127 Lakeview Road
Ellijay, GA 30540. 706-635-9463 or www.engelheim.com

10/24
3rd Annual Harvest Festival
At Crane Creek Vineyards as we celebrate the completion of the year’s harvest. Hayrides, grape stomping, tours of the winery, a kid art tent and fun for the whole family! Tickets are $20 for adults, ages 13-20 are $10, and kids under 13 are free. Contact Information: 706-379-1236. www.cranecreekvineyards.com/

11/01
3rd Annual Wine Tasting
Join Engelheim Vineyards for our Knight’s of Columbus wine tasting benefit the GIlmer County Boys & Girls Club on Sunday November 1st at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person (includes tasting and Engelheim Vineyards wine glass). There will be hors d’oeuvres and music, and a 50/50 raffle & silent auction. Engelheim Vineyards, Ellijay, GA Contact Information: 706-636-2772.

11/28
Black Friday Holiday Wine Release
Free samples of our newly released wine. Wine can be purchased by the glass or bottle. Cheese boards available for purchase. 12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Paradise Hills Resort & Spa. Hiawassee, GA Contact Information: 706-745-7483. www.paradisehillsresort.com/