What’s Happening in the Mountains for December 2019 – January 2020

By on November 23, 2019

While every attempt has been made to provide accurate event listings, we urge you to confirm the information provided before making travel plans.

ARTS

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://visitcherokeecountync.com/  or call 828-557-0602

Thursday Mornings

Plein Air Painters of Hiawassee

If interested in joining the group, contact Joyce Clair  (clairjoy@hotmail.com ) to get on the email notification list. Joyce sends out an email every Wednesday with info on where to meet and whether or not plein air is cancelled due to weather. There is no fee as this is not a class. Bring your own art supplies, chair, water, hat, sunscreen, and bug spray. All media and skill levels. www.artworksgalleryga.com 

Thru 12/12

Photographic Art by Matthew Ward 

Ellijay, GA. Gilmer Arts B.E.S.T. Visual Arts Series (Bringing Ellijay Sensational Talent) announces its 10th exhibition in the series with the opening of Photographic Art by photographer Matthew Ward. On display at Gilmer Arts until December 12, 2019. Gilmer Arts, 207 Dalton St., Ellijay, GA 30540. Info: www.gilmertarts.com or 706-635-5605.

Thru 12/14

Cherokee Arts Center Holiday Show & Sale

Canton, GA. This show will feature many different art media and all pieces will be for sale. Hours: Tuesday – Friday 11am – 5pm, Saturday 12pm – 5 pm Your holiday shopping can be done right here! Cherokee Arts Center, 94 North St. Canton, GA 30114. Info: 770.704.6244. Info: info@cherokeearts.org or http://www.cherokeearts.org/

Thru 1/4

AIR 4th Qtr – Jerry Mucklow

Blue Ridge, GA. Jerry Mucklow is a multi-talented digital photographer whose subject matter is as vast as his talent. With an extensive background in landscape and commercial photography, his catalog of work is filled with striking images that tell a story and immediately captures your attention. His work is sure to impress during his artist-in-residency at the Art Center. Opening reception will be held October 5, 5-7pm. For info visit  www.blueridgearts.net, Email: BlueRidgeArts@gmail.com, Phone: 706-632-2144

Thru 1/4

Holiday Show & Sale

Blue Ridge, GA. Come shop for that creative and unique holiday gift. Hundreds of hand-made items ranging from ornaments to pottery to one of kind paintings, all beautifully displayed within our Richard Low Evans Gallery, just in time for the holidays.  Gift Certificates are also available. Opening reception will be November 16, 6-9pm. For info visit http://www.blueridgearts.net/, Email: BlueRidgeArts@gmail.com, Phone: 706-632-2144

EVENTS

First Thursdays

Shop Late Blairsville! 

Participating Downtown Blairsville businesses will be open additional hours from 5pm – 8pm and will feature deals, discounts and other exciting offers! So avoid the crowds on the weekends and come spend some time in Downtown Blairsville. Just look for a red balloon and you’ll find a business that’s happy to serve you! 5 – 8pm.

12/28 & 1/25

Cars and Coffee – Cruise-in – Automotive Social Event

Ellijay, GA. North Georgia’s monthly meet of auto and motorcycle enthusiasts. Held on the last Saturday of each month. Bring your everything on wheels and enjoy free coffee and donuts. 50/50 raffle and great conversation. 8am – 11pm. Riverside Pavillion On Main Street, Ellijay, GA  30540. Info: Www.EllijayMountainCruisers.com, Michael Johnson 843-814-3774 or mhjfedex@aol.com

HOLIDAYS

Thru 12/31

Tour of Trees

Blairsville, GA. Over 40 beautifully decorated trees and wreaths on display throughout the Community Center. Sponsored by Union County Hospital. FREE! Mon- Sat 9am – 5pm. Union County Community Center, 129 Union County Rec Rd. Blairsville, GA. Info: 706-745-5789 or www.VisitBlairsvilleGA.com.

11/28 thru 12/28

Mountain Country Christmas in Lights

Hiawassee, GA.  Enjoy Caroling, Arts & Crafts, Food and Entertainment throughout the event at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee, GA. – Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 6 -10PM. $5. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds 1311 Music Hall Road Hiawassee, GA 30546. For info: 706-896-4191 or www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com 

11/29 – 1/5

Holidays at INOLA

Blue Ridge, GA. Visit the Grand Opening of Historic INOLA Blue Ridge for the Holidays! Friday, November 29 from 12-10 p.m. Visits with Santa & Mrs. Claus (until 6 pm), carriage rides, ice skating, illuminated maze and more. Yule Log Celebration – approx. 7 pm. Saturday, November 30 from 12-4 pm. Visits with Santa & Mrs. Claus, carriage rides, ice skating, illuminated maze and more – then head downtown to celebrate Light Up Blue Ridge! Sunday, December 1 from 12-10 pm. Ice Skating, INOLA Stroll, and Holiday Lights. INOLA Blue Ridge, 9265 Blue Ridge Drive, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Info: http://www.inolablueridge.com/

11/29

Light Up the Basin

McCaysville, GA. Copperhill, TN. Join us for Holiday Fun and the lighting of the Big Tree. Info: www.GoCopperBasin.com, https://www.facebook.com/GoCopperBasin/ or 770-597-0252.

11/29

Blue Friday

Blue Ridge, GA. Blue Friday is when merchants offer discounts and the downtown area will be filled with live entertainment throughout the day. Strolling Christmas characters, food vendors and entertainment in the park. Info: https://lightupblueridge.info/ or 706-258-2432.

11/29

Light Up Ellijay- A Small Town Holiday Celebration

Ellijay, GA. Activities include arts and craft vendors set up on board street during the day and through the evening events. There is a lighted Christmas parade at 6:00pm, following the lighting of the Christmas tree. The tree is lit to the sounds of carolers are 5:30pm. Info: www.gilmerchamber.com or 706-635-7400.

11/30

Light Up Blue Ridge

Blue Ridge, GA. A full day of fun begins on Saturday when Santa arrives on the train approximately 11:15  a.m. Santa will be in the park from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. for visits with the kids. Parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. and then the weekend concludes with lighting of the GREAT TREE at 7 pm.  This 27 foot tall tree is a sight that will WOW children and adults alike. Info: https://lightupblueridge.info/ or 706-258-2432.

11/30

Towns County Sheriff Empty Stocking Fund Parade

Hiawasee, GA. Enjoy bringing in the Christmas Season! 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST. Info: (706) 896-4966

12/1

North Georgia Toy Run

Macedonia, GA. Begins at Kroger Parking Lot, 8020 Cumming Hwy (Hwy 20) in Macadonia. Meet/Register: 11 am. Kickstands Up at 1pm. Bring two toys. Sponsored by Custom Riders Motorcycle Club, Steelhorse Law, and Hartman Cycles. Benefits Jasper Lions Club Fill-A-Stocking. For information call 770-479-8254 

12/6 & 12/7

Blairsville Holiday Stop & Shop

Blairsville, GA.  There will be over 50 home-based business vendors there to cover all your holiday shopping needs. FREE! 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM EST. Union County Civic Center located at 165 Wellborn Street, Blairsville GA. Info: Sharon Penner 770-789-2044. 

12/7

Christmas on the Square and Parade

Blairsville, GA. Pictures with Santa at the Historic Courthouse from 4pm-6pm. Celebrate Christmas with the Evening Parade to start at 6pm, tree lighting & caroling following the parade. 10:00 – 4:00  Open House in the 1906 Butt-Mock House. Free! Info: 706-347-3503. Info: www.VisitBlairsvilleGA.com

12/7

Night of Lights Christmas Celebration & Parade

Jasper, GA. Parade Theme: Christmas Vacation. Santa Claus available for pictures in front of the Pickens County Courthouse. Vendors, Food, Music and Entertainment on the stage in front of the Courthouse sponsored by WYYZ 1490AM and 102.7FM. Festivities start at 4 pm; the reading of The Christmas Story will begin around 5:40; the Christmas Tree Lighting is at 6 pm, followed immediately by the start of the parade. FREE! More info and vendor application or call 706-426-1968. 

12/7

Kris Kringle Mountain Market

Balirsville, GA. Enjoy a visit to the European Outdoor Holiday Market! Music, children’s area. More than 75 vendors with produce, arts/crafts, and delicious food creations. 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM EST. Union County Farmers Market, 148 Old Smokey Rd., Blairsville, GA. Info: 706-439-6043 or http://www.ucfarmersmarket.com


12/7

Copperhill Kiwanis Club Annual Christmas Parade

Copperhill, TN. Come out to take part of a fun and exciting day! Any club or organization (Veterans, school, church, band, civic, equestrian or walking group, classic automobiles, beauty queens) can participate. 2pm. Rain Date will be December 14, 2019 @ 2:00 PM. Steve Taylor Ball field, West Tennessee Avenue. Info: Howard Jabaley-706-455-0082 or Julie Colgate 678-447-1161.

12/7

Murphy Holiday Market

Murphy, NC. Handmade and original items created by Murphy Farmers Market Vendors will be at the Holiday Market Saturday December 7th. Visit 11-4 to find unique holiday gifts before the Murphy Christmas Parade! L&N Depot in Downtown Murphy. Info: (828) 644-8677 or www.cherokeecountychamber.com

12/7

A Very Murphy Christmas & Parade

Murphy, NC. “Frosty the Snowman Comes to Town” is this year’s theme and the parade will be at 6pm. So, it’s time to bust out your Clark Griswold and start looking for battery operated lights, solar lights, or a quiet generator. We will have judges, so decorate to impress! Free! Registration to march in parade is required. 4pm until dark. Parade at 6pm. Info: www.cherokeecountychamber.com or 828-837-2242

12/8

Christmas Tour of Homes

Fannin County, GA. Back by Popular Demand the Christmas Tour of Homes benefiting Fannin County Family Connection. Save the Date! Participants will receive a map to tour fabulous homes throughout Fannin County. For more info contact: Family Connection, 101 Fannin Industrial Park, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Phone: 706-632-6063.

12/13

Leann Rimes – You and Me Christmas Tour

Franklin, NC. “We are back this holiday season singing all your favorites, from Christmas classics, to new music to my hits. There is something for everyone, so come on out and see us!”  7:30pm. $35, $40, $45, VIP Seating Available. Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, 1028 Georgia Road, Franklin, NC 28734. Info & Tickets: 866-273-4615 or info@greatmountainmusic.com.

12/13 & 12/14

Daily Bread Trio Christmas Concert

Canton, GA. Daily Bread is a gospel trio that “sings from the heart” in beautiful three part harmony. With their positive message songs, Daily Bread brings joy and happiness everywhere they perform. 7pm. Tickets: dailybread@gmail.com. Cherokee Arts Center, 94 North St. Canton, GA 30114. Info: 770.704.6244 or visit http://www.cherokeearts.org/

12/14

Christmas Tree Lighting at Vogel State Park

Blairsville, GA. Hayrides at 4pm. Santa Claus arrives at 5pm. Caroling at 5:30pm around the tree. Free hot cider and hot chocolate. Bring a blanket and chair for seating. Lighting of a 35-foot Blue Spruce at 6pm. Bring an unwrapped gift for a child up to the age of 12 (no toy guns, knives, or dangerous items). Toys distributed by the Union County Sheriff’s Department as part of the GIVE-A-GIFT toy drive. Parking $5.00. Vogel State Park, U S Hwy 19/129S (11 miles south of Blairsville). Info: 706-745-2628 or http://www.gastateparks.org.

12/14

Annual Cookie Walk

Ellijay, GA. Good Samaritan Catholic Church’s Annual Cookie Christmas Walk

Come select your cookies early they are all homemade! Fill your boxes from $5.00 to $25.00. 8am until all cookies are sold. Info: 706-636-2772. Good Samaritan Catholic Church, Parish Hall, 53 Church Street, Ellijay, GA.

12/14

Open House & Cookie Contest

Blairsville, GA. Put on your ugly sweater and join us for holiday fun! Free submissions for our cookie contest. Wine prizes for Patron Favorite, Most Festive and Most Delicious voted by kids. Wine glass painting and grape vine wreath building offered for $5. Selfies with Buddy the Elf as we let Instagram vote for the winner of our Ugly Sweater Contest! 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST. Paradise Hills Resort and Spa, 366 Paradise Road, Blairsville GA, 30512. Info: http://www.paradisehillsga.com/

12/14

A Carpenter’s Christmas

Hayesville, NC. Lisa Rock recreates Karen Carpenter’s sultry voice with all your favorites; “Merry Christmas Darling,” “Close to You,” and other traditional Christmas songs. 7pm. Tickets – $25/Adults; Students/$12; Children (under 10)/$6. Main Stage at Peacock Performing Arts Center, 301 Church Street, Hayesville, NC. Info & tickets: 828-389-2787 or www.thepeacocknc.org.

12/21

Scott Thompson Christmas Back Home

Franklin, NC. An eight-piece, all-star band of musicians for a new take on timeless holiday masterpieces. A classic Christmas show with a twist. 7pm. Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, 1028 Georgia Road, Franklin, NC 28734. Info & Tickets: 866-273-4615,  info@greatmountainmusic.com or www.greatmountainmusic.com

12/31

New Year’s Eve Midnight Train

 Blue Ridge, GA. Join us for a 1920’s themed ride. Dress to impress in your best 20’s attire. This 21+ wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres train departs Blue Ridge at 10:00 pm on New Year’s Eve and returns approximately 12:30 am on New Year’s Day. $86 per person or $162 per couple. Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, 241 Depot Street. Blue Ridge, Georgia 30513. Tickets & info: www.brscenic.com or 706-632-8724.

12/31

Party on Main – New Year’s Eve

Jasper, GA. FREE! – Come down and Party with us on Main Street in Jasper – We will have “DJ Dano” Blankowski, returning for the 6th straight year, playing music and entertaining all evening, kid’s area, food and beverages, vendors, live feed from NYC and a ball drop. JMA will also be raffling off a 55” TV just before midnight! Info: (706) 426-1968 or JasperMerchantsAssociation@gmail.com.

12/31

Adrian Stover Cartecay Vineyards

Ellijay, GA. The Chimney Patio, Tasting Barn Hay Loft if inclement weather Cost: No Cover Charge Wine Tasting: $10.00; 4 Tastings and Cartecay Vineyards’ Logo Wine Glass. 1:30 – 5:30. Cartecay Vineyards, 5704 Clear Creek Rd, Ellijay, GA 30536. Info: www.cartecayvineyards.com

12/31

Daisy Chain at Chateau Miechtry

Talking Rock, GA. Daisy Chain will be playing from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. No Cover / No R.S.V.P. Chateau Meichtry Family Vineyard and Winery, 1862 Orchard Ln, Talking Rock, GA 30175. Info: (706) 502-1608 or www.chateaumeichtry.com.

12/31

Winter Solstice Celebration

Young Harris, GA. Join us for the lighting of our solstice bonfire to chase away the longest night of the year. Complimentary chili bar for all guests at 5:30pm. Wine available for purchase. No reservations required. Free! 5:30- 8:30. Crane Creek Vineyards, 916 Crane Creek Rd. Young Harris, GA 30582. Info: 706.379.1236. or cranecreekvineyards.com

KIDS OF ALL AGES

Ongoing

Mountain Regional Library System Events

Visit your local library for weekly events such as Story Time, Board Games, Crafting Club, Book Club & more! Visit mountainregionallibrary.org

Ongoing

Sequoyah Regional Library System Events

Visit your local library for weekly events for kids of all ages such as Story Time, Kendama Club, Teen Japanese Culture, Youth Crochet Club, Dungeons & Dragons, Lego Club, Coloring Group, Book Club and more! Visit www.sequoyahregionallibrary.org

Wednesdays

Family Story Time

Ellijay, GA. Family story times are designed for families with children of all ages. Story time followed by a craft activity. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult. Mornings: 10:30am – 11:30am. Afternoons: 4:00pm – 4:45pm. Free! Gilmer County Library, 268 Calvin Jackson Drive, Ellijay, GA 30540. Registration is required: 706-635-4528. http://www.sequoyahregionallibrary.org/

11/29 thru 12/23

Santa Express Train

Blue Ridge, GA.  Join our Santa Express for a Christmas story, caroling, plus the chance to meet Mrs. Claus and Santa himself! Every child will receive a traditional bell and candy cane. The Santa Express departs at 10 AM, 12 PM, 2 PM, or 4 PM. Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, 241 Depot Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Tickets and info: https://brscenic.com, info@brscenic.com or (877) 413-8724.

12/6 & 12/13

Let It Snow*A Holiday Music Journey

Young Harris, GA. Rollins Planetarium. 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. The merry soundtrack is visually enhanced with artistic animation and full-dome holiday scenery, making it a fun and entertaining experience for audiences of all ages. *Cosmic Concerts are non-astronomy programs containing loud music, flashing lights, spinning stars and other effects that some may find disruptive. They are not recommended for those who may have conditions that could be aggravated by this experience. 7pm. $5. Tickets and info: https://www.yhc.edu/academics/math-science/rollins-planetarium/public-shows or contact director Steve Morgan: smorgan@yhc.edu or (706) 379-5130

12/6 & 12/13

Season of Light Special Holiday Presentation

Young Harris, GA. Rollins Planetarium. This perennial holiday favorite is a show about the coldest and darkest of seasons—a time that holds some of the warmest and brightest celebrations of the year. Narrated by NPR’s Noah Adams, the show explores the traditions surrounding the world’s most endearing holiday customs, all of which involve lighting up the winter season—from the burning Yule log and the lighting of luminarias to sparkling Christmas tree lights and candles in windows. The program also explores possible astronomical explanations for the star that led the Wise Men to Bethlehem. Come and celebrate the season through the wonder of the planetarium’s star-filled sky. 8pm. $5. Tickets and info: https://www.yhc.edu/academics/math-science/rollins-planetarium/public-shows or contact director Steve Morgan: smorgan@yhc.edu or (706) 379-5130.

12/7

Holly Jolly Christmas – Breakfast with Santa

Blairsville, GA. Come join us for some FREE family fun! Pictures with Santa,

Games, Mayor’s Christmas Train, Gingerbread Villages, Family Photo Opportunities, Live Music and Refreshments. from 9am-11am. Union County Community Center, 129 Union County Rec Rd. Blairsville, GA. Info: 706-745-5789 or www.VisitBlairsvilleGA.com.

12/14

Gilmer Arts Family Fun Night

Ellijay, GA. Meet and get a photo with Santa, enjoy the showing of the holiday favorite Polar Express. Enjoying milk & cookies. Free! Limited seating, reservations required. George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse, 135 Dalton St., Ellijay, GA. For more info call 706.635.5626 or visit www.gilmerarts.com

OUTDOORS

Mondays

Garden Tours

Blairsville, GA. Come learn about how our ancestors and native Americans used plants for food, fiber and medicine. Find out how “weeds” may provide homes to valuable pollinators.Tours tailored to fit your interests are provided by our fabulous garden guides in a beautiful setting. Free! No pets. The Georgia Mountain Research & Education Center is located 3 miles south of the Blairsville Square, on the east side of Hwy 19/129. For info: Clare Johnston at 706-745-2655 or http://gmrec.uga.edu/commcouncil/preserve.html#mondaygardentours

Second Saturday Every Month

BMT Trail Work

Benton MacKaye Trail (BMT) needs volunteers to work on the trail. Something for everyone from cutting back weeds and painting blazes on trees and more.  For more information, contact Phil Guhl at pguhl AT guhlspace.com or 770-548-5590. http://www.bmta.org/

2X Weekly

Mountain High Hikers

Before hiking with the Mountain High Hikers, please carefully read the Hiking Guidelines on the website and come prepared with water, food, first aid items, rain gear, proper clothing and shoes, hiking sticks, and a small pack to carry your supplies. Visit website for calendar and availability: www.mountainhighhikers.org

11/28

Blue Ridge Turkey Trot

Join us downtown for the Blue Ridge, Georgia Turkey Trot Race/Walk Thanksgiving Day, November 28th! The race is for the whole family and all abilities from walkers to the serious competitor.  Don’t worry you will be home in time to put the turkey in the oven! Now let’s get trotting! Online Registration is $30 – online registration closes on Tuesday, November 26. Onsite Registration – $35. Registration Opens 7am

Race Begins Promptly at 8am (Packet pick up on Wednesday 27 and race day Thursday 28)

Info: http://blueridgeturkeytrot.com or 828-557-5405

MUSIC

Every Evening

Bell Music from the Tower

Blairsville, GA. 7:00pm – 7:30pm. At the Historic Courthouse on the Square in Downtown Blairsville, GA. Free! Contact (706) 745-5493 or www.unioncountyhistory.org

Weekends

Treo Wine Bar & Restaurant Live Music on the Patio

Blue Ridge, GA. Enjoy wine, full bar, tapas and patio dining. Treo, 588 East Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Info: treobliueridge.com or 706. 946. 5200. https://treoblueridge.com/

Weekends

Andrews Brewing Company

Andrews, NC. Great music & craft beer. 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

Live Music at Rocco’s

Jasper, GA. Rocco’s Pub, 47 Mountainside Village Parkway, Jasper, GA. Contact 706.253.1900 or visit http://roccosjasper.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 www.unioncountyhistory.org/

3rd Friday Every Month

Live Music Acoustic Blends

Ellijay, GA. 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.com

Weekends 

Live Music at Engelheim Vineyards

Ellijay, GA. 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

Blue Ridge, GA. Fannin Brewing: 3758 East First Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513.
www.fanninbrewingcompany.com or 706.258.2762

Weekends

Cartecay Vineyards

Ellijay, GA. Cartecay Vineyards, 5704 Clear Creek Road, Ellijay, GA 30535. Call 706. 698. 9463 (WINE) or visit www.cartecayvineyards.com

Weekends

Chateau Meichtry Vineyards

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

Weekends

Live Music at Mystic Mountain Pizza

Blue Ridge, GA. We’re excited to showcase some of the grooviest local live talent 

and participate in our community. Mystic Mountain Pizza, 4118 E First Street

Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Info: www.facebook.com/topstreet1, mysticmountainpizzaco.com or 706-946-0378.

Saturdays

Live Music

Hiawassee, GA. Country, bluegrass, oldies and gospel music. Complete family entertainment. Shows every Saturday night beginning at 7 p.m.  Come see us for great family entertainment. $8.00. 7pm – 10pm. Mountain Home Music Theatre, 2532 Hwy. 76 West, Hiawassee, GA 30546. Info: https://mthomemusictheatre.weebly.com or 706-896-3624.

11/29

Diamond Rio & T. Graham Brown Country Hits & Christmas Songs

Hiawassee, GA. Level 1: $45.00 + Handling & Credit Card Fees. Level 2: $35.00 + Handling & Credit Card Fees. 7 PM. Anderson Music Hall featuring a wooden stage. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road , Hiawassee, GA 30546. Info: http://www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com or 706-896-4191.

11/30

Surrender Hill – CD Release Party & Concert

Ellijay, GA. If you’ve enjoyed Surrender Hill at local wineries and pubs, you’re going to LOVE hearing them at the Gilmer Arts Playhouse in Ellijay, GA. In the theatre concert venue, Surrender Hill’s music will come to life with bigger sound, more production, more depth, and more roots-in-rock vibe to the soulful duo’s creative chemistry than can be heard anywhere else! 7pm. Tickets and info: www.gilmerarts.com or 706-635-5605.  George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse, 135 Dalton St., Ellijay, GA 30540 

12/7

Roy Perren (Elvis) Live

Hiawasee, GA. Admission is $8.00. Mountain Home Music Theatre. 2532 Hwy. 76 West (Next to Total Auto Parts. 3/4 mile from the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds), Hiawassee, GA 30546

12/7

The Joe Alterman Jazz Trio

Hayesville, GA. Tickets – $30/Adults; Students/$20; Children (under 10)/$15. 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST. Main Stage at Peacock Performing Arts Center, 301 Church Street, Hayesville, NC  – 828-389-2787. Tickets & info: www.thepeacocknc.org

12/14

Little River Band

Hiawassee, GA. Hits include: It’s a Long Way There, Help Is on Its Way, Happy Anniversary, Reminiscing, Lady, Cool Change, Lonesome Loser, The Night Owls, Take It Easy On Me, Man On Your Mind, We Two, and The Other Guy. 7pm. $25. Anderson Music Hall featuring a wooden stage. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road , Hiawassee, GA 30546. Info: http://www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com or 706-896-4191.

12/21

The Georgia Spiritual Ensemble

Blue Ridge, GA. Traditional and arranged choral and solo spirituals that have been popularized throughout the twentieth century. Because of the strong musical legacy the spiritual possesses and the horrific conditions under which it “sprang” into existence, it continues to maintain its original haunting quality and its uncanny beauty and dignity. 7:30pm. Blue Ridge Community Theater, 2591 East 1st St., Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Tickets & Info: (706) 632-9223. Visit: https://blueridgecommunitytheater.com/

THEATER

11/21 – 12/15

It’s a Wonderful Life

Blue Ridge, GA. George Bailey’s dreams of escape and adventure have been quashed by family obligation and civic duty. His guardian angel descends on Christmas Eve to save him from despair and to remind him—by showing him what the world would have been like had he never been born—that his has been, after all, a wonderful life. This faithful adaptation has all your favorite characters. Blue Ridge Community Theater, 2591 E 1st St, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Tickets: https://blueridgecommunitytheater.com/ or 706-632-9191.

11/29 – 12/15

Dearly Beloved

Jasper, GA. Hilarity, Texas style! An over-the-top wedding, three feuding sisters and a church full of small town eccentrics. What could possibly go wrong? Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2pm. Tater Patch Players, 95 Philadelphia Lane, Jasper, GA. Tickets and info: 706-253-2800,  taterpatchplayers@gmail.com or http://www.taterpatchplayers.org/

WINE & BEER TASTINGS

Open Every Day

Engelheim Vineyards 

Ellijay, GA. Engelheim Vineyards 127 Lakeview Road, Ellijay, GA 30540. Call 706-635-WINE (9463) or visit http://www.engelheim.com/

Ongoing

Cartecay Vineyards 

Ellijay, GA. 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 

Cartecay Wine & Craft

Ellijay, GA. Cartecay Wine & Craft is a tasting room of Cartecay Vineyards’ located in Historic Downtown Ellijay, serving our wines, other GA Wines and GA Craft Beers. 19 South Main Street Ellijay, Georgia 30540. Phone: 706-697-9463 or www.facebook.com/cartecaywineandcraft/

Daily

Chateau Meichtry

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

Ongoing

Crane Creek Vineyards 

Young Harriss, GA. Tapas Fridays with live acoustic music. Saturday Vinters Tours. Open Tuesday – Sunday. 16 Crane Creek Road | Young Harris, GA 30582. 706.379.1236. cranecreekvineyards.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

Thursdays

Copper Basin Crawl and Brewery Tour

Downtown McCaysville, GA & Copperhill, TN. Come out every Thursday for the Copper Basin Crawl and Brewery Tour! Meet friends (old and new) … try new things! 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM

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

Copperhill Brewery

Copperhill, TN. We have created our tap room to be a local hangout and loved establishment. If you appreciate high quality craft brews, stop in and experience ours! Monday – Saturday: Noon to 8 PM Sunday: Noon to 5 PM. Copperhill Brewery – 105 Ocoee Street – Copperhill, TN  37317. Info: 423-548-3030 or copperhillbrewery.com

Ongoing Thurs – Mon

Buck Bald Brewing

Copperhill, TN. Fill A Pint. Fill A Growler. Fill Your Mind. Come drink a brew with the locals! Monday- 2 – 8pm, Thursday, Friday, Saturday – Noon to 8pm, Sunday – Noon to 6pm. Buck Bald Brewing, 160 Ocoee Street, Copperhill, TN 37317. Info: 706.431.7141 or https://buckbaldbrewing.com

Ongoing Thurs – Sun

Fannin Brewing Company

Blue Ridge, GA. 3758 East First Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. 706.258.2762 or www.fanninbrewingcompany.com

Ongoing Thurs – Sat

Grumpy Old Men Brewing

Blue Ridge, GA. Dog & kid friendly. 1315 East Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA. 770-331-8870/404-966-2665, grumpyoldmenbrewing.com

Ongoing Thurs- Sun

Cartecay River Brewing Co.

Ellijay, GA. Thurs – Sun. Craft beers on the river. At 26 River Terrace, Ellijay, GA 30540. Info: (706) 395-8935 or www.cartecayriverbrewing.com

Ongoing Mon- Sun

Valley River Brewery & Eatery

Murphy, NC. Located in Historic Downtown Murphy, NC at 71 Tennessee Street. 828-837-BEER or www.valleyriverbrewery.com

Ongoing

Currahhee Brewing Co.

Franklin, NC. Mon-Thur 12-9 PM // Fri & Sat 12-10 PM // Sunday 12-8 PM. 100 Lakeside Dr., Franklin, NC 28734. Info: 828.634.0078 or http://www.curraheebrew.com/

We recommend checking events before making travel plans as dates and times are subject to change.