October & November 2016 North Georgia Happenings

By on September 30, 2016

October & November 2016 North Georgia Happenings

Appalachian Country Living’s October-November 2016 North Georgia Happenings Guide to Area Arts, Events, Kid’s Stuff, Music and Theater

ARTS

9/21 – 10/27
Cathy and Coulter Fussell Quilt Show
Young Harris, GA. Fussell makes traditional, art and modern quilts, and often collaborates with a family member during the design phase. This exhibit will showcase this unique mother-daughter collaboration. Regular gallery hours, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Young Harris College Campus Gate Art Gallery. Young Harris, GA. http://www.yhc.edu/about/news-media/events

10/15 – 11/12
Southern Appalachian Artist Guild National Juried Show
Blue Ridge, GA. Join us for 8th Annual Southern Appalachian Artist Guild (SAAG) National Juried Show. View high caliber national and regional artists on display as they all vie for the $5,000 in cash prizes. 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.

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.

11/11
Blackberry Creek Artists Association
Featuring paintings in oil, watercolor, pastel and acrylic and sculptures in both clay and bronze. These talented artists will be in the gallery to speak about their work. Opening reception on Friday November 11th 5:00pm – 7:00pm. The exhibit runs through December 14th 2016. Gilmer Arts, 207 Dalton Street Ellijay, GA 30540 phone: 706-635-5605. www.gilmerarts.org

11/19
WhoDunIt? Fundraiser
Blue Ridge, GA. This is a rare opportunity to get amazing artworks from sought-after local and regional artists at an incredible price! Each $50 ticket guarantees you are going home with an original piece of art, the mystery is trying to figure out who your artist is. Limited tickets available for this event. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA. Visit www.blueridgearts.net or call 706-632-2144.

11/19 – 11/20
Mistletoe Market
A juried arts and crafts show presented by the Mountain Regional Arts and Crafts Guild. Saturday from 9-4 and Sunday from 11-4 at the North Georgia Technical College, Highway 515, Blairsville, GA. For more information call 706-896-0932.

11/19 – 01/03
Holiday Show & Sale
Blue Ridge, GA. Come shop for that perfect creative and unique holiday gift. So whether it’s jewelry, pottery, painting or anything in between, we have what you need to get your holiday shopping done. Gift Certificates are available. Opening reception 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 as you enjoy the seasonal beauty at the Art Center. 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

Every 3rd Friday
CRUZ-IN Downtown Dawsonville
Park in town and enjoy the evening looking at cars and seeing friends. Everyone welcome! Free! Downtown Dawsonville, GA. 5pm – 9pm

Every 4th Friday
Georgia Mountain Classics Car Club Cruise-In
Cruising season is upon us! 6pm – 8pm at The Blue Ridge Dairy Queen. Free! We are classic car enthusiasts from Blue Ridge, Georgia, who enjoy getting together to share our love for vintage cars. We raise money during the year to help our neighbors in Fannin County. For info: Annette Long – georgiamountainclassics@hotmail.com or 706-838-4701.

Every Monday
Nature Inspires Garden Tour
Learn how to use native plants in your landscape, through seeing the plants at work in our gardens. 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. The Ethno Botanic Gardens, 195 Georgia Mountain Experiment Station Road, Blairsville, GA 30512. For info: Clare Johnston at 706-745-2655 or http://www.gmrec.uga.edu

10/15
Fall Hoedown at Vogel State Park
Blairsville, GA. Celebrate fall’s arrival with a 2pm cakewalk, 4:30pm hay rides, 5pm chili & drinks for sale, 6:30pm campfire & dancing, at 8pm a professional storyteller and bonfire. 12noon- 7pm. Parking $5, hayrides $3. Vogel State Park US Hwy 19/129S, Blairsville, GA. Visit www.gastateparks.org or call 706-745-2628.

10/15
10th Annual Paws in the Park
Blue Ridge, GA. Humane Society of Blue Ridge hosts Paws in the Park, an event that includes a pet parade, costume contest, pet photos, and our main attraction: the Paws in the Park 5K. 10 AM to 2 PM. 5k Race and Mutt Mile start times 8:30AM. Downtown Blue Ridge City Park. For more information call 706. 633. 3103 or www.humanesocietyofblueridge.org

10/15 – 10/16
NE Georgia – W. North Carolina Home & Garden Show
Young Harris, GA. Homes & remodeling ideas. Also see furnishings, accessories, decorating & the newest trends for today. FREE! Sat. 10 – 5. Sun. 12 -5. The Event Center at Fieldstone. (Formerly Fun World) next to the Fieldstone Cinemas, 1159 Jack Dayton Circle, Young Harris, GA. Info: Laura Fitch @ 828-321-2111.

10/22
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Ellijay, GA. Don’t miss this favorite classic cult movie. Costumes and audience participation encouraged. Tater Patch Players Theater, 95 Philadelphia Lane in Jasper, GA, 30143. For info and tickets visit www.taterpatchplayers.org or call 706-253-2800.

10/21 & 10/28
Fright Light II Laser Concert
Young Harris, GA. Have a spooktacular time this Halloween with a howling good mix of tunes set to amazing laser lights from SkyLase, a full color, solid-state laser projection system. Classic “monster music” music favorites like “Thriller,” “Monster Mash” and “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” are sure to send a tingle down your spine! Two shows: 7 & 8pm. Rollins Planetarium, Young Harris College. Tickets online or at the show: http://www.yhc.edu/academics/math-science/rollins-planetarium/public-shows

10/29
1st Annual Running With The Law
Murphy, NC. Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office Women’s Association presents our first 5k run/walk, on Saturday, October 29th. This evening race, beginning at 6 pm sharp, start at the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office. Flashing blue lights will mark the race course! Contact Stephanie Swanson for more information. 88-837-589 Stephanie.swanson@cherokeecounty-nc.gov

10/29
Harvest Moon Masquerade
Murphy, NC. Family Resources of Cherokee County will hold a benefit Harvest Moon Masquerade on Saturday, Oct. 29, 6 to 10:30 pm at the Hackney Warehouse, 11 Railroad Street Murphy NC 28906. Tickets are $35 per person and masks will be available at the door for $5. Adults only. (828) 837-3460

11/5
Dancing With North Georgia Stars Towns/Union 2016 Competition & Gala
A take-off on the hit reality TV show, featuring local celebrities performing with a professional dance partner from the community. Benefitting Enotah Casa. Doors open at 6:15pm, show at 7:0pm, Gala 9:30pm. To learn more about becoming a volunteer or make a donation, please visit www.EnotahCASA.org or call 706-864-0300.

11/11 -11/12 & 11/18-11/19
A Grave Affair at Historic Ivy Cemetery
Hiawasse, GA. By lantern light, visit the graves of notable and historic Towns County citizens & meet the “spirit” of the departed through historical character reenactments. Two tours each evening 5:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. Limited space! Tickets: Adults $12; Children $10. Tickets available at the Towns County Chamber office or call 706-896-4966.

11/12
Taste of Pickens
Jasper, GA. Taste food from the best restaurants in Pickens County. Silent Auction and Cake Auction. Vote for the best savory or sweet food in Pickens County. Bragging rights will be up for grabs. 11:00am -1:30pm. Chattahoochee Technical College, 100 Campus Drive, Jasper, GA 30143. Call 770.528.4545

11/12
Veterans Day Parade
Blue Ridge, GA. The parade route will run from the Gazebo in downtown Blue Ridge through town to Veterans Memorial Park near Fannin County Middle School. The parade will include the North Georgia Honor Guard, a military color guard and the Fannin County High School Band. Anyone may join in the parade along the way. Parade starts at 11am. Fannin County veterans organizations, 706-632-5002 or 706-632-3544.

11/19
Christmas On Main
Andrews, NC. Features vendors and businesses in Andrews getting ready for the holiday shopping season. Festival will run from noon – 6 p.m. and will conclude with the town’s annual tree-lighting ceremony. Visit www.andrewsnc.com.

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. Lighted parade ushers in Santa Claus at 6 p.m. Lighting of the tree immediately afterward. For more information visit www.gilmerchamber.com or call 706-635-7400

11/25 – 11/26 & 12/2 – 12/3
First Annual Merry Mountain Market
Over 30 hand selected regional/local vendors offering food, arts and crafts. Free admission! 9am- 5pm. Located inside 3 Monkeys auction house at s2380 East First St., Blue Ridge, GA. Vendors needed contact information: call 904-403-1298 or 239-293-0772. Email: asthecrowflies.ga@gmail.com

11/26
Light Up Blue Ridge
Visit Historic Downtown Blue Ridge for the annual arrival of Santa and Lighting of the big tree. Beginning at 10:30 at the Downtown City Park, there will be music on the Main Stage, Santa arrives on the train at 11:30 am and the parade starts at 12:00! Through the afternoon and evening there will be music on the Main Stage and the lighting of the tree around 7:00 pm. For information email: cindy@trimblekellystudios.com Entertainment: kcarey@tds.net or 706-889-7415

FESTIVALS

10/1- 10/2
36th Annual Georgia Marble Festival
Jasper, GA. Come Celebrate: The Marble Valley of Pickens County celebrate the history of Georgia Marble. A full weekend of activities begins with the Marble Festival 5K Run/Walk Road Race Saturday morning. Enjoy arts, crafts, demonstrations, marble carving and children’s activities throughout the festival grounds. Saturday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Across from the Jasper Middle School, Pickens County, GA. For more information please visit: georgiamarblefestival.com. Contact Information: 706-692-5600.

10/1- 10/2
42nd Annual John C. Campbell Folk School Fall Festival
Brasstown, NC. This treasured annual celebration of Appalachian culture, held on the Folk School’s Brasstown, North Carolina campus. Over 240 fine craft exhibitors tucked along the school’s winding wooded paths. Bluegrass, gospel, folk, and Celtic music on both days. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Adults $5; Ages 12-17, $3; under 12, free. John C. Campbell Folk School, One Folk School Road, Brasstown, NC 28902. 1-800.FOLK.SCH (365.5724) or https://folkschool.org

10/1 – 10/2
Indian Summer Festival
On the grounds of Woody Gap School. Enjoy performances by elementary students of Woody Gap School, the crowning of the King and Queen, clogging, an auction, Mountain Rangers hand-to-hand combat demonstration, mountain music, and an archery demonstration. Visit the crafts tents for a variety of handmade items. 9am-5pm. Contact Information: 706-745-5789 or www.suches.com/festivalinfo.htm

10/6 -10/16
Cumming Country Fair & Festival
Cumming, GA. The fair is an affordable family outing providing entertainment around every corner. There are free daily attractions, free concerts, discount days and free-living history exhibits in the Heritage and Indian Villages. No pets, alcohol or coolers. Parking $5. Admission $7- cash. Cumming Fair Grounds, 235 Castleberry Rd., Cumming, GA 30040. Contact Information: 770-781-3491 or www.cummingfair.net

10/7 -10/15, 2016
Georgia Mountain Fall Festival
Hiawassee, GA. This 9-day event features exciting musical performances, Arts and Craft vendors, educational demonstrations, Pioneer Village, Old Ways demonstrations, a flower show and the Georgia’s Official State Fiddlers’ Convention. Daily 10am- 7pm, Sunday until 6pm. Admission is $12.Georgia Mountain Fair Grounds, Hiawassee, GA. Contact Information: 706-896-4191 or www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com

10/8
Octoberfest in Andrews
Andrews, NC. Andrews Brewing Co., Hoppy Trout Brewing Company and Calaboose Cellars are joining together to host Oktoberfest in Andrews. Music, food, beer and even wine on tap. Saturday from 2 to 8 pm. Hall Park, First Street, Andrews, NC 28901. Visit www.andrewschamberofcommerce.com or call 828-321-2006.

10/8
2nd Annual Free Time Hobbies Fall Festival
Blue Ridge, GA. Join Free Time Hobbies for their 2nd Annual Fall Festival. Model Show, Model Instruction, Classic Car Cruise-In and More! Fun for the kids and the whole family! 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Free Admission. Free Time Hobbies, Dunbarton Farm Road, Blue Ridge, GA. 706-946-1120

10/8 – 10/9 & 10/15 -10/16
45th Annual Georgia Apple Festival
Ellijay, GA. The Georgia Apple Festival brings over 300 vendors with handmade, handcrafted items, as well as many on-site demonstrations of how selected types of crafts are made. There is a parade and antique car show each year. The antique car show is held at the Civic Center on October 8th. The parade is on October 15th and begins at 10 AM in historic downtown Ellijay. Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds, 1729 South Main Street, Ellijay, GA 30540. Visit www.georgiaapplefestival.org or Phone: 706-636-4500

10/8 – 10/9
7th Annual Fall Arts in the Park Festival
Blue Ridge, GA. Join us for the Fall Arts in the Park festival in the Downtown City Park in Historic Blue Ridge, GA. Enjoy nearly 100 fine art and fine craft artists, delicious food, and kid’s art zone. 10am-5pm. Weekend Admission: adults $5; children under 12 free. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 West Main Street, Blue Ridge GA 30513. For info: (706) 632- 2144, BlueRidgeArts@gmail.com or www.blueridgearts.net

10/8 -10/9 & 10/15 – 10/16
Blairsville Sorghum Festival
Meeks Park, Blairsville, GA. Blairsville’s longest running festival celebrates the ancient art of cooking sweet syrup from Sorghum Cane. Parade Saturday Oct 8th at 11am. Admission 13 and up $4, Free parking. For more info visit: www.sorghumfestivalblairsville.org.

10/15 – 10/16
1st Mountain Crafters Festival
Murphy, NC. The festival will provide a venue for county crafters, both established vendors and those who many never have had an opportunity to be a vendor, to display and sell their works. Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm at Murphy High and Middle schools gyms. For more information on participation, call 828-361-1941 and leave a message.

10/15 – 10/16
8th Annual Punkin Chukin Festival
Hayesville, NC. The 8th annual Clay County Chamber of Commerce Punkin Chunkin will be Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15-16, at the Payne property on Settawig Road, Brasstown. Lots of events planned from a cook off to the throwing contest. Saturday’s hours are 10 am to 6 pm and on Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. For info visit www.ncmtnchamber.com or call 828-389-3704.

10/15 – 10/16
22nd Annual Talking Rock Heritage Days Festival
Talking Rock, GA. During the Annual Heritage Days Festival, our little town will
be filled with booths featuring a wide variety of arts, crafts and antiques. Demonstrations for the young and old, Blue Grass and Southern Gospel Music and good food. Visit the restored 1877 Talking Rock Schoolhouse Teaching Museum. Enjoy a ride in a donkey cart, meet the Town Crier, relax with the kids in the park and check out our new Mural. 9am -5pm. FREE! Visit www.talkingrock.com or call 706-253-5515.

10/15 – 10/16
Gold Rush Days
Downtown Dahlonega, GA. Come see fall colors peaking and celebrate Dahlonega’s 1828 discovery of gold. Over 300 art and craft exhibitors and food vendors gather around the Public Square and Historic District. The Gold Rush Days Festival has been voted one of the Top 20 Events in the southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society. For more information visit: daholonegajaycees.com.

10/15 – 10/16
Cherokee County Mountain Crafters Festival
Murphy, NC. The festival showcases Cherokee County’s talented artisans, craftsmen, musicians, dancers, storytellers, quilters, restaurants, food vendors, and small businesses. 10:00am – 5:00pm. The Murphy Middle and Murphy High School Gymnasiums. Call 727-415-8563 for more info.

10/15-16 & 10/22 – 10/23
Blue Ridge Fall Fest Arts & Crafts Sale
Blue Ridge, GA. Annual Fall Fest Arts and Crafts show at the State Farmers Market. Arts and crafts vendors, music performances each day. FREE! From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on 2 consecutive weekends. Sponsored by Explorers Post 401. Blue Ridge Farmers Market, Blue Ridge, GA. Old Hwy. 76 near the Swan Drive- In. Contact Information: 423-761-9985.

10/21 – 10/23
49th Annual Moonshine Festival
Dawsonville, GA. Parade, Car Show, Cruise-In and Swap Meet held at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame Formerly known as “Thunder Road USA.” Meet many legendary racecar drivers. See Vintage Race Cars and more Authentic Moonshine-Hauling cars. Sorry no pets allowed. Benefitting KARE for Kids, Inc. Visit http://www.kareforkids.org/mountain-moonshine-festival.html or (706) 216-KARE (5273) email kareforkidstiffany@gmail.com.

10/21 -10/22
Owl O’Ween Hot Air Balloon Festival
Kennesaw State University Sports & Rec Park, Kennesaw, GA. Amazing Balloon Glows, Trick-or-Treating, Tethered Balloon Rides, Oktoberfest Beer Garden, Live Music, Vendor Marketplace, Sports Bars, Artist Market, Amazing Food Trucks, Roving Entertainment, Interactive Kids Area, a Main Concert Stage. 3200 George Busbee Parkway, NW. Kennesaw, GA 30188. Contact: www.hotairballoon.com or 470-578-4849.

10/22
1st Annual Appalachian Craft Brew, Stew & Que Festival
Hiawassee, GA. Featuring 20 breweries from Georgia & North Carolina. Live Americana, Folk, and Bluegrass music. Food vendors from local area restaurants. Regional arts & crafts vendors. Saturday 11am- 8pm. $40.00 at the Gate, $35.00 Online. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds – 1311 Music Rd.- Hiawassee, GA. Info: www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com or 706-896-4191.

10/22 – 10/23, 10/29 – 10/30 & 11/5 -11/6, 11/12 -11/13
Japanese Maples Colorfest
Ball Ground, GA. Experience the largest Japanese Gardens in America. View over 2,000 Japanese maples as they display brilliant fall color. Adults $10, Children $10. Gibbs Gardens, 1987 Gibbs Drive, Ball Ground, GA 30107. Info: 770-893-1881 or www.gibbsgardens.com

10/28 -10/29
2016 Fall Hammer-In & Metalwork Event
Bladesmithing, hawk forging, leather crafting and forge building. See what it takes to transform old discarded steel scrap metal into functional works of art. Fine craftsmen from several states attend, collectors bring their collections to display, knife making supply vendors. 8am until 5pm Saturday, 8am until 6pm. FREE! Trackrock Campground & Cabins 141 Trackrock Camp Road Blairsville, GA. More info at www.georgiaknifemakersguild.com or 706-745-2420.

10/28 -10/29
Andrews Library Harvest Festival
Andrews, NC. There will be street vendors, face painting, cake walk, book sale and yard sale, a pumpkin decorating contest and costume contest. All proceeds benefit the library. Activities will be held from 9 am to 6 pm on Friday, and 9 am to 3 pm on Saturday. 871 Main Street, Andrews, North Carolina
28901. Info: 828-321-5956.

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.

KIDS OF ALL AGES

Ongoing
Misty Mountain Model Railroad Tours
America’s largest, privately owned O-guage Train Display, 14 Lionel trains traveling over a mile of track on a 4,000 sq. foot layout of Southern Appalachia. Tours at 1:30p.m. Mon-Sat. Kids: Free, Adults: $5. 16 Misty Mtn. Lane, Blairsville, GA 30512. 706-400-2085, http://www.mistymtnmodelrailroad.com

Weekends
U-Pick Apples
Take a trip to Mercier Orchards to pick your own apples! Fun for everyone! Mercier Orchards, open daily 7am – 6pm, 8660 Blue Ridge Dr, Blue Ridge, GA. (706) 632-3411 http://www.mercier-orchards.com

10/15 & 11/19
Tri-State Model Railroaders Open House
Mineral Bluff, GA. Model railroad layout depicting Copper Basin Railroading in the early 1950’s. Tri-State Model Railroaders invite you to come learn how railroads played such an important role in the development of the Tri-State area. 10 am -2pm. Tri-State Model Railroaders Mineral Bluff Historic Depot 150 Railroad Avenue, Mineral Bluff, GA 30559. For information call 828-361-2210 or visit http://www.tsmri.org.

10/15
Cherokee Zombie Fest
Downtown Canton, GA. Zombies will take over the town. Haunted Ghost Tour, the Brain Eating Contest, the Costume Contest, the Zombie Transformation Stations, Little Zombie Zone, Zombie Movies. Zombie Fest Motorcycle Ride, Zombie Fest 5K Walk, Run, Creep and Crawl, Zombie Response Unit Show. 4pm – 9pm. Proceeds to benefit: Cherokee Youth Works, Drug Free Cherokee, Volunteer Cherokee and the Cherokee Youth Connection & Council. Visit http://www.cherokeezombiefest.com, email zombie@cherokeefocus.org or call (770) 345-5483.

10/23
Pumpkin Express- Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
Blue Ridge, GA. 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. 1-Hour Trip Time. 1:00pm or 3:00pm. Reservations are strongly encouraged. For tickets and info: Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad, http://www.brscenic.com or call 706-632-8724.

10/28 – 11/6
Disney’s Peter Pan
Blue Ridge, GA. Disney’s Peter Pan JR. is a modern version of the timeless tale about a boy who wouldn’t grow up… with no flying required! New arrangements of Disney songs and a story featuring one adventure after another. Friday & Saturday – 7:30 pm. Sunday – 2:00 pm Blue Ridge Community Theater. 2591 East First Street, Blue Ridge, GA. Tickets online http://www.blueridgecommunitytheater.com or at the box office : 706-632-9223

10/28 – 10/30
Boo at the Zoo- North GA Petting Farm & Zoo
Cleveland, GA. Bring your kids dressed up and receive a FREE feed cup! Enjoy a scavenger hunt, wool jump, and hayride! There will be lots of goodies and prizes! Fridays 11-4p Sat & Sun 10-5pm. North Georgia Zoo & Farm 2912 Paradise Valley Road Cleveland, GA 30528. For more info visit http://www.myfavoritezoo.com or call 706.348.7279

10/28
Trick-Or-Treat Safe Zone
McCaysville, GA / Copperhill, TN. Merchants in downtown McCaysville and Copperhill will distribute free candy to children in costume. The safe zone, 5:00 to 7:00 PM will run in conjunction with the Halloween Costume contest at 5:00 PM. Sponsored by the TriCities Business Association.

10/29
Halloween Safe Zone
Blue Ridge, GA. Hundreds of costumed kids and grown-up kids. Bring your pets in costume as well. Fabulous costume contest, too! Fun begins at 5:30 with the blowing of the train whistle. Downtown merchants will be passing out candy.

10/31
2nd Annual Trick or Treat & Zombie Walk
Jasper, GA. Main Street in Downtown Jasper starting at 4pm – 9pm. The 2nd Annual Zombie Walk Jasper will begin at 6:30pm in Downtown Jasper and walk down Stegall Drive to Lee Newton Park where a FREE Family Friendly recently released movie will be shown at the Park.

10/31
Hometown Halloween On The Square
Blairsville, GA. Ghosts and Goblins will be lurking downtown on the square. Games, costume contests and lots of trick or treats provided by local businesses. FREE! 6 – 8pm. Downtown Development: 706-347- 3503

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

11/25 – 12/17
Santa Pavilion Night Train
Blue Ridge, GA. Late afternoon departure for the 4 hour train ride while Santa visits with the children in 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. Take time to 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 dates and times. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Tickets and info: Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad, http://www.brscenic.com or call 706-632-8724.

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 http://www.unioncountyhistory.org

Thursdays – Fridays
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
http://www.blueridgebrewery.com

Fridays
Concert Series at the Old Courthouse
Blairsville, GA. Free! 7pm. Old Historic Courthouse, 1 Town Square, Blairsville GA. For info: Union County Historical Society 706-745-5493 or http://www.unioncountyhistory.org/

Fridays
Andrews Brewing Company Patio Series
Andrews, NC. 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 http://www.andrewsbrewing.com

Saturdays
Andrews Brewing Company Bluegrass Concert Series
Andrews, NC. 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. Andrews is a beautiful, peaceful, vibrant small town located within the heart of North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains. For info: 828-321-2006 or http://www.andrewsbrewing.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

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

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
http://www.gilmerarts.org

10/6
UCHS Chorus Fall Concert: the Evolution of Music
Blairsville, GA. The theatre will be open 30 minutes prior to performance time. The lobby opens at 5:45-ish. Ticket admissions go back into the program. $5- Tickets will be at the door. 6:00 pm. Union County Schools Fine Arts Center 926 Panther Overlook, Blairsville, GA 30512. 706-745-2322

10/9
Nashville Singers and Songwriters Festival
Chateaux Meichtry Family Vineyard & Winery, Ellijay, GA. Featuring Surrender Hill, Kendal Marvel, Danny Myrick & Megan Linville.7 pm. Tickets $20 General admission, $50 VIP, $200 VIP Table of 4. Call 706.502.1608 or visit: http://chateaumeichtry.com

10/14 – 10/15
Fiddler’s Convention
Hiawasse. GA. Some of the best fiddler’s in the country compete. Great music. The Last weekend of the Georgia Mountain Fall Fair Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds. 1311 Music Hall Road, P.O. Box 444 Hiawassee, GA 30546. Phone: (706) 896-4191. http://www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com

10/15
Celli- Concert of Electic Cello Music
Blue Ridge, GA. Celli is a group of four classically-trained cellists that push the boundaries of traditional cello music. Celli shatters any preconceived notions of what it means to be a cellist. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 7 Ewing Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Call (706) 632-8245 or http://www.stlukesblueridge.org

10/22
Roxie Watson in Concert
Blue Ridge, GA. Live Music is Better Series: Roxie Watson is a five-piece string band that blends gorgeous vocal harmonies and stellar songs into live performances that will just as soon make you laugh as shed a tear. Combines elements of old country, rock-a-billy, bluegrass, gospel, and a touch of classic rock ‘n roll. 7:30 p.m. Blue Ridge Community Theater. 2591 East First Street, Blue Ridge, GA. Tickets online http://www.blueridgecommunitytheater.com or the box office : 706-632-9223

11/11
Jamey Johnson
Hiawassee, GA. 7:00PM
Tickets On Sale September 23rd
Level 1: $41.00 + $2.00 Handling. Level 2: $31.00 + $2.00 Handling. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds. 1311 Music Hall Road, P.O. Box 444
Hiawassee, GA 30546. Phone: (706) 896-4191. http://www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com

11/12
Mark Lindsay, Former Lead Singer of The Raiders
The Grass Roots
The Swingin’ Medallions
Hiawassee, GA. 7:00PM
Tickets On Sale September 23rd
Level 1: $40.00 + $2.00 Handling. Level 2: $30.00 + $2.00 Handling. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds. 1311 Music Hall Road, P.O. Box 444
Hiawassee, GA 30546. Phone: (706) 896-4191. http://www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com

11/12
Joe Gransden
Blue Ridge, GA. Renowned first for the hard bop approach of his trumpet, Gransden’s singing voice has been compared to that of Chet Baker and Frank Sinatra. Gransden’s early influences, which include Kenny Dorham and Miles Davis,are easily recognizable. Blue Ridge Community Theater, 2591 E. First Street. For Tickets and Info call 706-632-9223 or visit http://www.blueridgecommunitytheater.com

11/19
Atlanta Pops Orchestra
Gilmer Arts opens the season with the much-anticipated return of the Atlanta Pops Orchestra. Dr. Jason Altieri, Conductor. A program of salutes to veterans, season of thanks, special music and some holiday favorites. 7:30 p.m. Advance Tickets: $32 + tax (Mbrs. save 10%) Door Tickets: $34 + tax. Gilmer County Elementary School Ellijay Elementary School Auditorium located at 32 McCutchen St., Ellijay, GA 30540. For tickets & info visit http://www.gilmerarts.org or call 706-635-5605.

THEATER

9/29 – 10/16
The Wild Guys
When four men set off to find an isolated cabin in the forest on a “wildman” weekend, a la Robert Bly, everything that can go wrong does! 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 http://www.blueridgecommunitytheater.com

10/7 – 10/9
Mama Don’t Fly
Ellijay, GA. Mama needs to get to her only son’s wedding on the distant West Coast. Daughter promises her brother she’ll get Mama there safely. Surprise!! Bride to be decides to join them on the trip to. Surprise Number Two: Mama Won’t Fly. Then the family fun-times begin as this trio of cross-country travelers head out. Evening Productions at 7:00 p.m. Sunday Production at 6:00 p.m. Tater Patch Players. Gilmer Arts 207 Dalton Street, Ellijay, GA 30540. For tickets & info visit http://www.gilmerarts.org or call 706-635-5605.

10/11
UCHS Chorus & Theater Fall Show
Blairsville, GA. The theatre will be open 30 minutes prior to performance time. The lobby opens at 5:45-ish. Ticket admissions go back into the program. $5- Tickets will be at the door. 6:00 pm. Union County Schools Fine Arts Center 926 Panther Overlook, Blairsville, GA 30512. 706-745-2322

11/25 – 12/11
In-Laws, Outlaws And Other People (Who Should Be Shot)
Jasper, GA. The holidays have never been so funny! It is 6pm and the Douglas family is preparing their annual Christmas Eve dinner. After robbing a liquor store, Tony, and his dim-witted side-kick Vinny, find themselves in need of a hide-out. 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 http://www.taterpatchplayers.org or call 706-253-2800.

12/2 & 3
Live Theatre “Sanders Family Christmas”
Ellijay, GA. Fri – Sat: 7:00 p.m. Gilmer High School Theatre, 408 Bobcat Trail, Ellijay, GA 30540. For tickets & info visit http://www.gilmerarts.org or call 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. 5704 Clear Creek Road, Ellijay, GA 30536. 706-698-9463 (WINE) or http://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 http://www.engelheim.com.

Ongoing 7 Days a Week
Chateau Meichtry Family Vineyard & Winery
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. 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 only). Reservations required. Call Leann Martin at 706-946-8463 or email your RSVP to Leannhmartin@gmail.com by the Thursday before the date to reserve your place. There will also be regular wine tastings every day with no reservation required. http://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 http://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 http://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 http://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 http://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 http://www.valleyriverbrewery.com

Ongoing Sat & Sun
Montaluce Wine Hikes
‘Wine Hikers’ are guided by our trained outdoor staff along our nature trails, to the headwaters of the Etowah River, and through the vineyard. After the 1.8 mile hike on our outdoor trails, you’ll be taken to our beautiful upper terrace to overlook the vineyard while enjoying 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 http://www.montaluce.com

Ongoing Saturdays
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 http://www.cranecreekvineyards.com

10/8
Wine Tasting- Cherokee Cellars Winery
Murphy, NC. Cherokee Cellars Winehttp://chateaumeichtry.com ry is holding its second Wine Tasting to benefit the Cherokee County Sharing Center, a food bank serving all of Cherokee County. Saturday, Oct. 8, 1-4 pm. Cherokee Cellars Winery, 23 Hickory St., downtown Murphy. For tickets, call 828-835-9565 or visit http://www.cherokeecellarswinery.com

10/15
Crane Creek Annual Harvest Festival
Young Harris, GA. The Annual Crane Creek Vineyards Harvest Festival is a time to celebrate the end of another great harvest! 11am-6pm. Admission $20. Crane Creek Vineyards 916 Crane Creek Road Young Harris, GA 30582. http://www.cranecreekvineyards.com or 706-379-1236

10/21
2nd Annual Halloween Costume Party Chateaux Meichtry Family Vineyard & Winery
Ellijay, GA. For details: 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