What’s Happening in the Mountains for February / March 2020

By on February 2, 2020

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 2/22

Georgia Clay Council

Blue Ridge, GA. Clay artists from the Georgia Clay Council hosts an exciting exhibit.Multiple artists will be represented with various styles and techniques all within the universally loved medium of clay. For info visit www.blueridgearts.net, Email: BlueRidgeArts@gmail.com, Phone: 706-632-2144 

Thru 3/28

Artist in Residence 1st Qtr – Linda Daughtry

Blue Ridge, GA. For info visit  www.blueridgearts.net, Email: BlueRidgeArts@gmail.com, Phone: 706-632-2144

2/22

Say it Loud & Clear– Poetry  Out Loud- North Georgia Regional Competition

Ellijay, GA. Come support our regional students as they compete in Poetry Out Loud Regional Competition. Free! 1pm – 3pm. George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse, 135 Dalton St., Ellijay, GA. Contact: 706.635.5605 or gilmerarts.com

2/22 thru 3/25

Annual Spring Juried Art Exhibition

Ellijay, GA. Opening reception Sat, Feb 22 – 5 – 7 pm. Gilmer Arts Gallery

207 Dalton St., Ellijay, GA 30540. Open Tu-F 10a – 5p, Sat 12-5p. Contact: 706.635.5605 or gilmerarts.com

2/28

This Is Love

Blue Ridge, GA. A special opening night for the Blue Ridge Film Festival. Having swept the international film

festival circuit, winning the Spirit Award at Raindance in London and Best International Documentary in Rome, THIS IS LOVE continues to break film festival records and announces its upcoming Georgia Premiere in Blue Ridge, with accompanying live concert. For info and tickets visit: www.blueridgefilmfestival.com.

2/28 thru 3/1

Blue Ridge Film Fest

Blue Ridge, GA. The Blue Ridge Film Fest is all about community. Films will be shown in 2 locations: Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Center and Blue Ridge Community Theater. Film makers events and workshops: Comfort Inn. Awards: individual awards for Best Feature, Best Doc, and Best Short, as well as the Southern Comfort Cabin Rentals Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize for best overall film. The Grand Jury Prize winner will receive $500 cash. Fri: 2pm – 8pm. Sat: Noon- 8pm. Sun: Noon – 5:45pm. Local films are FREE for Blue Ridge locals and Festival badge holders. Presented by Barnstorm Media. For info and tickets visit: www.blueridgefilmfestival.com.

4/3 & 4/4

23rd Annual Blue Ridge Writers Conference

Blue Ridge, GA. Save the date for 2020!  The Mission of the Blue Ridge Writers’ Conference is to educate, inform, and inspire writers. No matter the level of expertise, the Blue Ridge Writers’ Conference provides a venue for professional writers, editors and agents to provide feedback to the aspiring writer. For info, registration and schedule visit: www.blueridgewritersconference.com.

4/3 thru 6/6

Appalachian Perspectives – Crossroads

Blue Ridge, GA. Celebrate our local heritage with this unique exhibit focused on artwork representing rural Fannin County, the City of Blue Ridge and surrounding counties. This exciting opportunity is in conjunction with the Smithsonian’s Crossroads: Change in Rural America Exhibit. Opening reception on April 3rd from 5-7pm. For info visit  www.blueridgearts.net, Email: BlueRidgeArts@gmail.com, Phone: 706-632-2144

Events

Ongoing Wednesdays

Cast-Off Pet Rescue Bingo

Blairsville, GA. Would you like to save dogs and cats and win money? Join us every Wednesday for Bingo Night! The Jackpot depends on YOU! If we at have least 60 players, jackpot will be $600.00. At least 80 players, jackpot will be $800.00. At least 100 players, jackpot will be $1,000.00!!! Doors 6 pm and games 7pm. Blairsville Civic Center, 165 Wellborn Street, Blairsville, GA. 30512. For info: www.castoffpetrescue.org or call (706) 487-4539.

2/15

10th Annual Fire & Ice Chili Cook Off and Craft Beer Festival 

Blue Ridge, GA. Mark your calendars for live music, ice sculptures and amazing chili! Buy a $10 Tasting Card to sample the competition and vote for the People’s Choice Award. Featuring Live Music and entertainment from the Blue Ridge Community Theater actors. An amazing display of individual and unique ice sculptures from the award winning, National Ice Carving Champion Rock on Ice including several ice carving demonstrations. Cook-Off will happen come rain, snow or shine so see you on Saturday. 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, 790 Block of East Main St & Downtown City Park.  Info: 706-946-2030 or 706-258-2432

2/15

Seed Starter and Vegetative Cloning Workshop

Jasper, GA. Learn about and gain experience with seed starting, root cuttings, and layering. Create new plants for your gardens – be prepared to play in the dirt! Using these methods will ensure the quality of plants in your landscape while protecting pollinators. Presented by the Pickens County Master Gardeners. 1:30pm – 3pm. FREE! Pickens County Extension Office, 502 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Jasper, GA. To reserve your spot call: 706-253-8840

2/22

9th Annual Bringin’ the Blues to Blue Ridge

Blue Ridge, GA.  9th Annual! The event this year will be hosted at Mercier Orchards on February 22, 2020.  Join the Mardi Gras Celebration for a Good Cause! Great Music, Dancing, Gourmet Cajun Buffet, and Auction!  Bring Your Dancin’ Shoes! Live Music by the Fabulous Crossroads Band! Tickets will be available for sale at three locations in town: United Community Bank in Blue Ridge, South State Bank, Fannin County Chamber of Commerce. A music event benefiting Snack in a Backpack. Great Food, Fun, Auction, Door Prizes.  Advance Tickets are $50 or $90 per couple. $60 at the door. Includes Appetizers, Dinner, Dessert. Cash Bar. 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Mercier Orchards, 8660 Blue Ridge Drive, Blue RIdge, GA 30513. Info: Snack in a Backpack, Email: backpackfannin@gmail.com Phone: 706-851-8174

Benefiting Snack in a Backpack * Feeding Youth * Fighting Hunger

2/29 & 3/28

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 anything on wheels. Enjoy free coffee and donuts. 50/50 raffle and great conversation. 8am – 11pm. Riverside Pavillion, Main St., Ellijay, GA  30540. Info: Www.EllijayMountainCruisers.com, Michael Johnson 843-814-3774 or mhjfedex@aol.com

3/7

Cork and Canvas

Blue Ridge, GA. Support the arts as you enjoy wine samplings from various area vintners. This year’s event includes a wine grab, silent auction, count the corks raffle, savory food and live entertainment. Ticket prices are $35, $30 for BRMAA members, and includes free samples of local area vintners, a commemorative BRMAA wine glass, and gourmet food selections and a complimentary glass of wine with each event ticket. 7pm – 9pm. All proceeds from this event benefit our youth arts programming including our Youth Art Summer Camp and our ongoing youth arts scholarships. For info visit www.blueridgearts.net, Email: BlueRidgeArts@gmail.com, Phone: 706-632-2144

3/14

7th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Blue Ridge, GA. Enjoy brews, food and shopping in Downtown Blue Ridge after!

Go Green! Dress Festive: Wild hats & accessories, crazy outfits, even costumes.. The more green the better! You can walk in the parade, bring a float etc. all are welcome.  Line up in front of the St. Anthony’s Catholic Church on East Main Street at 10:30 (Near the playground at the city park) No need to register, just show up and join in the fun.  Rain or Shine. FREE! 11am. 

3/14

St. PETrick’s Day Celebration

Ellijay, GA. Come celebrate our pets in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Don’t miss the annual St. Petrick’s Day Parade and Barking Lot party in downtown Ellijay. It’s a real community event with a parade of pet walkers or floats , owners dressing to match the pets’ costumes, live music, games, and vendors. 10am – 3pm. FREE! Presented by the Downtown Ellijay Business and Community Association & Friends of Gilmer Animal Shelter. 

3/21

Empty Bowls Fundraiser

Brasstown, NC. John C. Campbell Folk School. Admission is $35 and includes a handmade bowl of your choice and a hearty meal of soup, bread, salad and dessert. Tickets go on sale February 25 at the Folk School’s Craft Shop, Cherokee County Chamber in Murphy and United Community Bank in Hayesville (cash or check only). All proceeds will go to the Clay County Food Bank and the Sharing Center Food Bank in Cherokee County. 5pm – 7pm. John C. Campbell Folk School, 4590 Brasstown Road Brasstown NC 28902 . For info visit: http://folkschool.org or call 828-837-2775.

3/28

Feed Fannin’s Bowls of Hope

Blue Ridge, GA. Take home a bowl made by a local potter for a good cause! Sample soups, breads and desserts from local restaurants. 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Cost is $30 per person and can be purchased online through FeedFannin.com. To purchase tickets and learn more about the event, the contributing artists, and about Feed Fannin by visiting our website: FeedFannin.com or call 706. 946. 1001. Venue: Willow Creek Falls and Vineyard, 35 Trackside Lane, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. 

4/3 & 4/4

Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival

Blairsville, GA. Experience an ancient tradition that lives on in modern times.

Dedicated to providing meaningful opportunities for an underserved audience to engage with the voices of Appalachia through hearing stories and attending workshops that will enable them to develop a cultural intelligence through the arts of listening and speaking. For info and tickets visit www.gamountainstoryfest.org or contact Ruth Loper, Email: info@gamountainstoryfest.org, Phone: 828-389-2654. Venue: Union County Schools Fine Arts Center, 926 Panther Overlook, Blairsville, GA 30512. 

4/18 & 4/19

2nd Annual Blue Ridge Mountains Parade of Homes

Blue Ridge, GA. Join some of the most highly skilled craftsman in Fannin County as they showcase their most unique and upscale home designs. Take a self-guided tour through 20 different homes ranging from 1,600 to 9,000 square feet. Each one featuring the builder’s own distinct flavors and flare that is certain to appeal to all tastes and budgets. Proceeds benefit scholarship opportunities to high school students in our region so they can further their education in technical, vocational, and tradesmen/women fields. $25. 9am – 5pm. For tickets and info visit: www.blueridgeparadeofhomes.com or call 423. 241. 1512.

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/

2/21 & 2/28

Explore

Young Harris, GA. This show explores the story of humanity’s fascination with the stars—from ancient stargazers to the breakthrough discoveries of scientists like Johannes Kepler. Have you ever wondered how our modern spacecraft can navigate quickly and accurately to Earth orbit and beyond? Kepler’s Laws are fundamental in physics and astronomy and central to modern spaceflight. The show demonstrates how those laws work using simple, easy-to-understand animations and clear explanations. $5. 8pm. No late seating is permitted. Tickets and info: O. Wayne Rollins Planetarium, Maxwell Center, Young Harris College, Young Harris, GA 30582. Tickets & info: (800) 241-3754 or smorgan@yhc.edu

2/27 thru 3/26

Youth Art Month

Blue Ridge, GA. Support our young and talented emerging artists during the nationally celebrated Youth Art Month. These young artists from Fannin County area schools will display their artwork inside the Richard Low Evans Gallery highlighting this year’s theme “Take a Journey Through Art”. Celebrate the talent and hard work that goes into the visual arts and quality arts education in our area. Opening Reception will be February 27, 3:30pm–5:30pm. For info visit www.blueridgearts.net, Email: BlueRidgeArts@gmail.com, Phone: 706-632-2144 

3/27

Magic Tree House: Space Mission

Young Harris, GA. Travel to space with Jack and Annie in their Magic Tree House® as they answer questions left in a mysterious note. The brother-sister duo is taken on an adventurous journey of learning with special friends. This exciting voyage will carry visitors to the planets and far out into the universe, where Jack and Annie nearly get…well, we don’t want to give it away! Appropriate for children and families. 7pm. O. Wayne Rollins Planetarium, Maxwell Center, Young Harris College, Young Harris, GA 30582. Tickets & info: (800) 241-3754 or smorgan@yhc.edu

3/27

Skies Over Georgia

Young Harris, GA. Featuring a live presenter and using the planetarium’s digital and optical star projectors to their fullest, this traditional star show allows audiences to explore the heavens as they appear above the mountains of North Georgia. Learn to identify planets and stars, take a guided tour of the constellations and hear some of their fascinating stories. Appropriate for general audiences. 7pm. O. Wayne Rollins Planetarium, Maxwell Center, Young Harris College, Young Harris, GA 30582. Tickets & info: (800) 241-3754 or smorgan@yhc.edu

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

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.

2/8

Jukebox Saturday Night

Waleska, GA. JUKEBOX SATURDAY NIGHT is a music review of the great Big Bands during the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s.  A fun filled event for all ages that captures the exciting sounds of great melodies and lyrics performed by an energetic group of instrumentalists and vocalists who will keep you moving in your seats, tapping your toes and clapping your hands. 7:30pm. Flint Hall at the Falany Performing Arts Center. Tickets and Info: Phone: 770.720.9167 Website: https://www.reinhardt.edu/falany 

2/14

Johnny Jameson and the Empty Pints 

Ellijay, GA. One of the best Irish/Celtic band in Tennessee! Complete with all the traditional favorites, new covers, jokes, stories and professional musicianship, they are your one stop to a great time! Brandishing folk instruments of all sizes they cover anything from the traditional “Red is the Rose” all the way to the rockin’ street songs of Flogging Molly! Acoustic guitars, mandolin, banjo, drums, bass and 4 strong male singers make up this rowdy bunch of “Irish tenors.” With lots of audience participation,  sing-a-long songs, stories for all ages and jokes throughout the show, the Empty Pints will have you singing, dancing and laughing the night away.$26. 7pm – 9:30pm. George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse, 135 Dalton St. Ellijay, GA. Tickets and info: 706.635.5626 or gilmerarts.com

2/15

A Night of Music and Dancing

Ellijay, GA. This energetic 10 piece band with full horn section, will keep you up and dancing performing R&B, Jazz & Funk songs from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s along with today’s top 40 favorites. Come experience a show you will not want to miss. $60/per couple. George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse, 135 Dalton St. Ellijay, GA. Tickets and info: 706.635.5626 or gilmerarts.com

2/21

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Waleska, GA. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra consistently affirms its position as one of America’s leading Orchestras by performing great music, presenting great artists, educating, and engaging. The Orchestra is known for the excellence of its live performances, presentations, renowned choruses, and its impressive list of GRAMMY® Award-winning recordings. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra serves as the cornerstone for artistic development and music education in the region. 8pm. Flint Hall at the Falany Performing Arts Center. Tickets and Info: Phone: 770.720.9167 Website: https://www.reinhardt.edu/falany 

2/22

Joe Gransden, Jazz Trumpetist and Vocalist

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. ASK ABOUT OUR SPECIAL CABARET STAGE SEATING WITH WINE AND CHOCOLATE! CABARET SEATING SOLD ONLY THROUGH THE THEATER’S BOX OFFICE. Blue Ridge Community Theater, 2591 East 1st St., Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Tickets & Info: (706) 632-9223. Visit: www.blueridgecommunitytheater.com

2/29

Tribute to Johnny Cash featuring James Garner

Waleska, GA. James Garner’s Tribute to Johnny Cash celebrates the life and music of the Man in Black with strong conviction and stunning accuracy. Garner and his band faithfully recreate Cash’s biggest hits, such as Folsom Prison Blues, I Walk the Line and Ring of Fire, and incorporate historical accounts and personal anecdotes about America’s most beloved singing storyteller in this not-to-be-missed musical event. The show is a fun, classy and toe-tapping trip down memory lane honoring Johnny Cash’s life and music, and the boom-chicka-boom sound of his signature backing band, the Tennessee Three. Two shows: 3pm and 7:30pm. Flint Hall at the Falany Performing Arts Center. Tickets and Info: Phone: 770.720.9167 Website: 

https://www.reinhardt.edu/falany

3/14 & 3/15

The University Opera

Waleska, GA. The University Opera program develops and prepares students for professional roles in opera. Students must go through demanding training to develop their voices for this career. As performances will be held in the new theatre as well as in Flint Hall at the Falany, guests will want to check their tickets to ensure they know which location to attend. Sat: 7:30pm, Sun: 3pm. Falany Performing Arts Center. Tickets and Info: Phone: 770.720.9167 Website: https://www.reinhardt.edu/falany

3/28

Cornell Gunter’s Coasters Drifters & Platters

Hiawassee, GA. Anderson Music Hall featuring a wooden stage. 7:00PM. Tickets On Sale January 10

Level 1: $40.00 + Handling. Level 2: $30.00 + Handling Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road , Hiawassee, GA 30546. Info: http://www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com or 706-896-4191.

3/28

Randall Bramlett

Blue Ridge, GA. Live Music is Better! Known for playing on stage with rock’s legends like Bonnie Raitt, The Allman Brothers Band, Steve Winwood (16 years), The Band, Roger Glover, Gov’t Mule and Wide-spread Panic among others. His band is second to none and are the perfect team to bring his brilliance to life with tons of soul, funk and talent. 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM Blue Ridge Community Theater, 2591 East 1st St., Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Tickets & Info: (706) 632-9223. Visit: www.blueridgecommunitytheater.com

THEATER

1/14 thru 2/20

Free Directing Classes

Ellijay, GA. Have you ever thought about directing a play but didn’t know where to start? We’re offering a Free basic introduction to Directing. Come join us and hopefully you will be on your way to directing one of our plays in the near future. Class is free, but you must reserve a spot. Tuesday – Thursday, 3pm – 5pm. George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse, 135 Dalton St.,Ellijay, GA 30540. Info and reservations: www.gilmerarts.com or call 706-635-5626.

1/14 thru 2/20

Free Acting Classes

Ellijay, GA. Where do I start, I’ve always wanted to be a part of a theater? Free introduction to the basics of acting. This will be a fun class to give you the confidence for future auditions and taking the stage. Its never too late and your never to old to be part of a Community Theater family. Class is free, but you must reserve a spot. Tuesday – Thursday, 3pm – 5pm. George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse, 135 Dalton St., Ellijay, GA 30540. Info and reservations: www.gilmerarts.com or call 706-635-5626.

2/21 thru 3/8

Messiah on the Frigidaire

Jasper, GA. Come laugh at the residents of this Elroy, South Carolina trailer park. They’re just trying to move along with their lives when a strange shadow on the refrigerator changes everything. Friday & Saturday nights at 7:30 pm. Sundays at 2 pm. Adults $18. Seniors $16. Students $14. First Timers $10. Tater Patch Players Theater, 95 Philadelphia Lane, Jasper, GA. For tickets and info visit: www.taterpatchplayers.org or call 706. 253. 2800.

3/5 thru 3/22

Four Old Broads

Blue Ridge, GA. Retired burlesque queen Beatrice Shelton desperately needs a vacation – and NOT another trip up to Helen, Georgia to see that “precious little German village for the umpteenth time.” A Sassy Seniors Cruise through the Caribbean may be just the ticket if she can just convince her best friend, Eaddy Mae Clayton, to stop praying and go with her. Unfortunately, things have not been very pleasant at Magnolia Place Assisted Living since Nurse Pat Jones began working there. A mystery unfolds with laughter as the gals try to outsmart the evil Nurse Pat Jones and figure out why so many residents have been moved to “the dark side,” what exactly IS that mysterious pill, and what happened to Doctor Head? Blue Ridge Community Theater, 2591 East 1st St., Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Tickets & Info: (706) 632-9223. Visit: www.blueridgecommunitytheater.com

3/27 thru 4/5

Live Theater- Exit Laughing

Ellijay, GA. When the biggest highlight in your life for the past 30 years has been your weekly bridge night out with the “girls” what do you do when one of your foursome inconveniently dies?

If you’re Connie, Leona and Millie, three southern ladies from Birmingham you “borrow” the ashes from the funeral home for one last card game, and have the wildest, most exciting night of your lives involves a police raid, a stripper and a whole new way of looking at all the fun you can have when you’re truly living. George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse, 135 Dalton St., Ellijay, GA 30540. Info and reservations: www.gilmerarts.com or call 706-635-5626.

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.