What’s Happening in the Mountains for December 2018 and January 2019

By on December 4, 2018

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

 

ARTS

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

First Fridays
Murphy Art Walk
Murphy, NC. Local chefs and individuals make their special dishes. Stroll through historic downtown Murphy for an exquisite visual, culinary, and performing arts experience. Presented by The Valley River Arts Guild 5-8 pm.  Visit http://www.valleyriverarts.com or call Tim Ford (828) 360-3038

Second Fridays
Writer’s Night Out
Blairsville, GA. Featured readers (authors from NC and GA) and open mic. Free and open to the public. Sign up at the door to read for 3 minutes. 7pm – 9pm. Union County Community Center, Blairsville, GA. Info: https://netwestwriters.blogspot.com/

Second Saturdays
Art Pickens: Artist Gathering
Jasper, GA. An opportunity for local artists to gather and network with fellow artists as well as meet and talk with residents and art lovers. Demonstrations are encouraged! FREE!  11am – 4pm. Weather permitting. Peace Park, 141 North Main Street, Jasper, GA.

10/6 – 1/4
4th Quarter Artist in Residence- Chris Albertson
Blue Ridge, GA.  Enjoy the beautiful watercolor and mixed media creations of artist, Chris Albertson. For info visit  wwww.blueridgearts.net, Email: BlueRidgeArts@gmail.com, Phone: 706-632-2144.

11/17- 1/4
Holiday Show & Sale
Creative and unique holiday gifts. Hundreds of hand-made items for sale. Jewelry, pottery, painting or anything in between, get your holiday shopping done. Gift Certificates are available. For info visit  www.blueridgearts.net, Email: BlueRidgeArts@gmail.com, Phone: 706-632-2144.

12/1
Annual Gilmer Arts
Snow Ball
Ellijay, GA. Gilmer Arts Annual, night of elegance, a silent auction, and great music and food. Be sure to save this date! 6 – 10pm. George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse 135 Dalton St. Downtown Ellijay, GA. Info: 706-635-5605 or  http://gilmerarts.com.

12/14 thru 1/20
Fiber Arts Exhibition & Opening Reception
Ellijay, GA. “Warm and Cozy” Works by members of Apple Country Quilters and more! Reecption: 5pm. Free. Gallery Hours: Open M-F 10a – 5p, Sat 12-5p. Gilmer Arts Gallery 207 Dalton St. Downtown Ellijay, GA. For info: 706-635-5605 or http://gilmerarts.com

12/24
Write On!
Ellijay, GA. Led by award-winning children’s author, Kelly Bingham, and Shorter College English professor, Dr. Marcia Bost, its members meet to share drafts and manuscripts, discuss writing approaches and talk through writers’ block, among other things. 6- 8pm. Free! Gilmer Arts, 207 Dalton Street, Ellijay, GA 30540. Info: 706 635-5605, kellybinghambooks@gmail.com or mbost@shorter.edu.

CHRISTMAS

11/22 thru 12/30
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

11/23
Blue Friday
Blue Ridge, GA. All merchants will be offering discounts and the downtown area will be filled with live entertainment throughout the day. Enjoy strolling Christmas characters, food vendors and entertainment in the park. FREE! Info: http://lightupblueridge.info

11/23
Santa Von at the Playhouse
Ellijay, GA. This Year we are bringing Santa inside – to a safe and ‘out of the elements’ space on the stage at The Playhouse. Children visit with Santa and leave with a candy cane. Come visit after the Light up Ellijay parade. 6 – 8pm. Free! George Link, Jr Gilmer Arts Playhouse 135 Dalton St. Downtown Ellijay, GA. Info: 706-635-5626 or http://gilmerarts.com.

11/24
Light Up Blue Ridge
Blue Ridge, GA. A full day of Fun. Santa arrives on the train about 11:00  a.m. Santa will be in the park from 12:30 to 4:40 p.m. for visits with the kids. Strolling Christmas characters, food vendors and entertainment in the park. Parade begins at 5:30 p.m. with lighting of the Great Tree at 7 p.m. 2016 Miss America winner, Betty Cantrell to sing “O Holy Night” at the lighting of the tree. FREE! Info: http://lightupblueridge.info

11/24 – 12/15 Saturdays
Holiday Street Entertainment
Blue Ridge, GA. Enjoy strolling Christmas characters and entertainment around town and in the park.

11/30
Light Up The Basin
Copperhill & McCaysville. Live Holiday Music and Hot cocoa and cookies for donations to Christmas for Kids. Located between the McCaysville Post office and City Hall, music starts at 5:45 with tree lighting at 6 pm. 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Contact: Tri Cities Business Association at 423-443-1636

11/30 & 12/1
Blairsville Holiday Stop & Shop
Blairsville, GA. Over 50 home-based business vendors there with special items to cover all your shopping needs. 11am – 7pm. Union County Civic Center located at 165 Wellborn Street, Blairsville GA. Info: Sharon Penner 770-789-2044

12/1
59th Annual Kiwanis Christmas Parade
Copperhill & McCaysville. Celebrate with its annual Christmas Parade. Lots of great floats, marching bands from the local high schools and much more.  Parade route begins at East Tennessee Street, progresses over the concrete bridge over the Toccoa River in McCaysville, then turns left crossing in to Tennessee. 2 – 4pm. FREE!

12/1
A Very Murphy Christmas
Murphy, NC. Join us for “A Very Murphy Christmas”! There will be a family festival, evening parade, local entertainment, and tree lighting ceremony. Shop local arts and crafts along the street from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and don’t forget to stick around for the first annual “Murphy Gets Lit” parade! Free! Info: verymurphychristmas.com or wherencbegins@gmail.com

12/1
Annual Blairsville Christmas Parade
Blairsville, GA. Pictures with Santa at the Historic Courthouse from 4pm-6pm.
Evening Christmas Parade to start at 6pm, tree lighting & caroling following the parade. Free! Info: 706-347-3503

12/1
Kris Kringle Mountain Market
Blairsville, GA. Visit the European Outdoor Holiday Market right here in the North Georgia Mountains! Music, children’s area. More than 75 vendors with produce, arts/crafts, delicious food creations, bonfire with S’mores. 10am – 3pm. Free! Union County Farmers Market, 148 Old Smokey Rd. Blairsville, GA. Info: www.ucfarmersmarket.com

12/1 – 12/31
Tour of Trees
Blairsville, GA. Over 30 beautifully decorated trees and wreaths on display throughout the Community Center. 9am- 5pm. Free Admission. Sponsored by the Union General Hospital. Blairsville Union County Chamber of Commerce, 129 Union County Rec Rd, Blairsville, GA. 706-745-5789

12/8
Magic on Main- Electric Christmas Parade
Andrews, NC. The Town of Andrews will hold its annual Christmas Parade, “Magic on Main” with an “Electric” theme. Lights, lights and more lights! Of course with the arrival of Santa! Parade around 5:30 p.m. FREE! Info: Andrews Chamber: 828-321-3584 or Julie Farris with JMF Events at 828-471.6311 or info@jmfevents.com.

12/8
Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Vogel State Park
Blairsville, GA. Come enjoy hayrides, caroling, a visit from Santa Claus, bonfires, and watch as we light our 35 foot Blue Spruce. Please bring an unwrapped gift for a child up to 12 years of age to help the Union County Sheriff’s Office toy drive. Festivities begin at 4 PM. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.

12/26 thru 12/30
10th Annual Holiday Alpaca Farm/Art Studio Open House
Blairsville, GA. Meet the gentle alpaca and shop for unique hand made gifts in our studio/store.  Fiber arts demos, snacks and alpaca kisses. 11am – 3pm. Donations accepted. Lasso the Moon Alpaca Farm, 106 Agape Drive, Blairsville, GA 30512. Info: www.alpacamoon.com or 706) 835-1837

EVENTS

Fridays
Drop-In Genealogy (DIG)
Ellijay, GA. Unearth your roots with Gilmer County Genealogy Society Volunteers every Friday from 10:00-12:00 and 1:00- 3:00 in our Genealogy Room. GCGS is ready to help you with your research. Free! Gilmer County Library, 268 Calvin Jackson Drive, Ellijay, GA 30540. Info: 706-635-4528 or http://www.sequoyahregionallibrary.org/

Fridays
Steak & Karaoke!
Ellijay, GA. Get the weekend started off right, at American Legion Post 82! Steak, salad and sides, or other great items on our menu. Drink & Beer special. For the love of Veterans, Family, Community. Public Welcome Doors at 4, kitchen at 5, karaoke at 7pm. American Legion, 297 Legion Road, Ellijay, GA  30540. Info: americanlegionellijay@gmail.com or (706)  276-4878.

First Thursdays
Shop Late!
Blairsville, GA. Join us the first Thursday of the month for ‘Shop Late Thursday’s’ in Downtown Blairsville! Participating businesses will be open from 5pm – 8pm.Deals, discounts and other exciting offers. Just look for a red balloon! Info: www.facebook.com/events/1818223438471846/

11/23 & 11/24
7th Annual Thanksgiving on the Alpaca Farm
Blairsville, GA. Meet the gentle alpaca and shop for unique hand made gifts in our studio/store.  Fiber arts demos, snacks and alpaca kisses. 11am – 3pm. Donations accepted. Lasso the Moon Alpaca Farm, 106 Agape Drive, Blairsville, GA 30512. Info: www.alpacamoon.com or (706) 835-1837

11/29
Rumor, Myth, and Classified Information
Ellijay, GA. Dr. James Mahaffey, nuclear engineer and acclaimed author discusses the rise and fall of the defunct nuclear testing site in Dawson County, the Georgia Nuclear Aircraft Laboratory, that operated on part of a 10,000-acres tract in the Dawson Forest between 1957 and 1971. Refreshments will be served. 6pm- 7:30pm. Free! Gilmer County Library, 268 Calvin Jackson Drive, Ellijay, GA 30540. Info: 706-635-4528 or http://www.sequoyahregionallibrary.org/

12/29
Cars & Coffee
Ellijay, GA. Bring your “wheels” and enjoy super cars and FREE coffee and donuts while they last. Gear-heads, car nuts, automotive connoisseurs, restoration artists, custom vehicle innovators, resto-modders, and Hot-Rodders. Join us in some gear head socializing & consider joining the Everything on Wheels Car Club. 8am – 11am rain or shine. Free! Located at the paved pavilion by the river on Main Street across from the hospital. Info: http://www.everythingonwheels.org

KIDS OF All AGES

11/23- 12/23
Santa Pavilion Night Train
Blue Ridge, GA. The Santa Express: Featuring “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Daytime fun-filled trip with Santa. Approximately 1 Hour Trip Time. Please check the TRAIN SCHEDULE for dates and times. Reservations encouraged. Tickets and info: Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad, www.brscenic.com or call 706-632-8724.

11/24 & 12/29
Tri-State Model Railroaders Open House
Mineral Bluff, GA. Come learn how railroads played an important role in the development of the Tri-State area. 10am -2pm. Tri-State Model Railroaders Mineral Bluff Historic Depot 150 Railroad Avenue, Mineral Bluff, GA 30559. For information call 828-361-2210 or visit www.tsmri.org.

1/17 thru 2/3
Mary Poppins The New Musical
Blue Ridge, GA. Sunny D Children’s Theater
Thursday, Friday and Saturdays at 7pm, Sundays at 2pm. Blue Ridge Community Theater, 2591 East 1st St., Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Tickets & Info: (706) 632-9223. Visit: www.blueridgecommunitytheater.com

12/8 & 1/12
Lego Lab
Ellijay, GA. All ages can use the library’s Legos and K’nex sets to make their own creations, which will be displayed in the library. Idea books available for inspiration! All ages, under 9 years of age with an adult please. 2 – 3pm. FREE! Gilmer County Library, 268 Calvin Jackson Drive, Ellijay, GA. Info: 706-635-4528 or http://www.sequoyahregionallibrary.org/

MUSIC

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

Fridays & Saturdays
Andrews Brewing Company
Great music, craft beer and a good time. Andrews Brewing Company, 14 Miles from Harrah’s Casino, 565 Aquone Road, Andrews, NC 28901. For info: 828-321-2006 or www.andrewsbrewing.com

Sundays
WYYZ’s Live Music at Rocco’s
Rocco’s Pub, 47 Mountainside Village Parkway, Jasper, GA. Contact 706.253.1900 or visit http://roccosjasper.com

Thursdays – Saturdays
Live Music at Blue Ridge Brewery
Blue Ridge Brewery, 187 Depot Street, Blue Ridge, GA . 706. 632. 6611 or www. blueridgebrewery.com

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

3rd Friday Every Month
Live Music Acoustic Blends
Listen to a Variety of Quality Music Acts- or Join the Jam! Bring your own libations and munchies. 7 pm. Free & Public Invited. For info contact Gilmer Arts 207 Dalton St. Ellijay, GA 30540. 706-635-5605. Visit www.gilmerarts.org

Weekends
Live Music at Copperhill Brewery
Serving Craft Beer That You’ll Dig! Mon- Sat: Noon – 8pm, Sun: Noon – 5pm. 105 Occoee Street. Copperhill, TN. 423-548-3030 or www.copperhillbrewery.com

Weekends
Live Music at Engelheim Vineyards
Engelheim Vineyards 127 Lakeview Road, Ellijay, GA 30540. Call 706-635-WINE (9463) or www.engelheim.com.

Weekends
Fannin Brewing Company
Live Music in the Bier Garden
Fannin Brewing: 3758 East First Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. www.fanninbrewingcompany.com or 706.258.2762

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

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

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

11/23
Tracy Grammer
Blue Ridge, GA. One of the finest singers and musicians in folkdom, Grammer as recorded and performed with Joan Baez and Mary Chapin Carpenter. 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM . Firefly Concert, 5425 Appalachian Highway Suite 2 (Upstairs Lounge), Blue Ridge, Georgia 30513. Info: fireflymusicbr@gmail.com https://www.fireflymusicbr.com/

11/24
Miss America Betty Cantrell
Blue Ridge, GA. After the tree lioghting. Proceeds benefit Project Healing Waters, for wounded active duty service members and veterans! $35. 8 – 10 pm. Mercier Orchards Downtown Location, 260 West Main Street, Blue RIdge, Georgia 30513. Contact: Firefly Music at info@fireflymusicbr.com or missamerica.brownpapertickets.com

12/1
Mountain Country Christmas Live!
Hiawassee, GA. Hosted by Alan Kendall and featuring your favorite Christmas songs sung by north Georgia’s finest singers; Jim Wood, Summer Rahn, Jerry Taylor and more. 6:30pm. $5 Donation. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall,  1311 Music Hall Road Hiawassee, GA 30546. For info: 706-896-4191 or www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com

12/8
Surrender Hill
Ellijay, GA. This is your chance to see Surrender Hill in a setting unlike anywhere you’ve seen them before. The acoustics in The Playhouse will add another element to the popular duo’s beautiful sound. Get your tickets early! 7pm. Info: George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse 135 Dalton St. Downtown Ellijay, GA. Info: 706-635-5605 or http://gilmerarts.com.

12/15
Michelle Malone & The Hot Toddies
Elijay, GA. Cool fun versions of your favorite classic Christmas songs with Michelle Malone on vocals and guitar, Doug Kees on guitar and Robert Daniel Handley IV on upright bass, will have you singing and swaying to all your favorite holiday tunes! 7pm. Info: George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse 135 Dalton St. Downtown Ellijay, GA. Info: 706-635-5605 or http://gilmerarts.com.

12/15
A Shaggin’ Christmas Concert
Featuring The Tams, the Swingin’ Medallions & Clarence Carter. Level 1: $40.00 + Handling Fees. Level 2: $30.00 + Handling Fees.7pm. Anderson Music Hall, Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road Hiawassee, GA 30546. Info: 706-896-4191 or www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com

12/22
Gabe Russo
Blue Ridge. Gabe will not disappoint anyone craving a fix of Frank Sinatra’s old Christmas songs like Silent Night, The Christmas Song (chestnuts roasting on an open fire), White Christmas and others mixed in with Frank’s standards. $25. 7:30pm. Blue Ridge Community Theater, 2591 East 1st St., Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Tickets & Info: (706) 632-9223. Visit: www.blueridgecommunitytheater.com

1/12
Roxie Watson
Blue Ridge, GA. A four-piece string band from Decatur and Atlanta, GA, who play what they like to call “alterna-grass” music that mixes three- and four-part harmonies with elements of old country, Appalachian music, hymns, and bluegrass, without adhering to the traditions of any one genre. 7:30 pm. Blue Ridge Community Theater, 2591 East 1st St., Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Tickets & Info: (706) 632-9223. Visit: www.blueridgecommunitytheater.com

OUTDOOR & ADVENTURE

12/7
Benton McKaye Trail Association Hike
We’ll be hiking Stanley Gap Trail from Deep Gap off Aska Road to intersection with BMT, and back. About 5 miles, moderate. Contact hike leader Evelin Yarns at eyarns AT sprynet.com

12/17
Benton McKaye Trail Association Hike
We’ll be hiking BMT in the Cohuttas #2: Hudson Gap to Fowler Mt. and return. 7.6 miles, moderate, about 700’ elevation change each way. Beautiful ridge hike. Contact Hike Leader Tom Sewell at SewellTom AT yahoo.com or text to (706)669-6406

12/29
Last Hike of the Year
Chatsworth, GA. Sunset Sendoff & Campfire at Fort Mountain State Park. Say farewell to 2018 with a sunset hike around the West Overlook Trail, followed by a campfire by the lake. Write down your regrets, hopes, or dreams, toss them into the fire & get ready for a new year!! 4:30 – 7pm. $5 parking. Fort Mountain State Park, Chatsworth, GA. Info: 706-422-1932

THEATER

11/12 thru 11/14
Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and Then Some)
Ellijay, GA. A trio of rambunctious performers will lovingly satirize all – well, most – of the most treasured holiday tales in Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some). It makes for an irreverent, and quite enjoyable evening. 7pm; 8:30pm. $20. George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse, 135 Dalton St., Ellijay, GA 30540. For tickets and info: 706-635-5605 or www.gilmerarts.com

11/23 – 12/16
Miracle on 34th Street
Blue Ridge, GA. Heart warming classic.  At Macy’s Department Store an old man is hired to play Santa. He calls himself Kris Kringle and claims to actually be Santa Clause.  Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m.  Sunday’s at 2:00 p.m. Blue Ridge Community Theater, 2591 East 1st St., Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Tickets & Info: (706) 632-9223. Visit: www.blueridgecommunitytheater.com

WINE & BEER TASTINGS

Open Every Day
Copperhill Brewery
Copperhill, TN. Your New Favorite Place Serving Craft Beer You’ll Dig! Pints, Flights & Growlers of Exceptional Tasting Beer! Mon – Sat 12-8pm. Sun 12-8pm. 105 Main Street, Copperhiil, TN 37313. Call 423-548-3030 or visit copperhillbrewery.com

Open Every Day
Engelheim Vineyards
Engelheim Vineyards 127 Lakeview Road, Ellijay, GA 30540. Call 706-635-WINE (9463) or visit www.engelheim.com.

Open Every Day
Bear Claw Vineyards
Blue Ridge, GA. Sunday – Thursday 12-6pm, Friday & Saturday 12-8pm. 2281 Tennis Court Rd., Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Visit bearclawvineyards.com.

Ongoing
Cartecay Vineyards
Wine Tastings on the Chimney Patio or the Nealey Barn Loft. Cartecay Vineyards, 5704 Clear Creek Road, Ellijay, GA 30535. Call 706. 698. 9463 (WINE) or visit www.cartecayvineyards.com

Ongoing
Buck Bald Brewing
A small family owned brewery. 160 Ocoee Street,
Copperhill, TN 37317
Call 706.431.7141 or visit buckbaldbrewing.com

Ongoing Wed – Sun
Blue Ridge Brewery
Dog friendly outdoor patio. Open Wednesday through Sunday. Blue Ridge Brewery, 187 Depot Street, Blue Ridge, GA . 706. 632. 6611 or www. blueridgebrewery.com

Ongoing Thurs – Sun
Fannin Brewing Company
3758 East First Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. 706.258.2762 or www.fanninbrewingcompany.com

Ongoing Thurs – Sat
Grumpy Old Men Brewing
Dog & kid friendly. 1315 East Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA. 770-331-8870/404-966-2665, grumpyoldmenbrewing.com

Ongoing Mon- Sun
Valley River Brewery & Eatery
Located in Historic Downtown Murphy, NC at 71 Tennessee Street. 828-837-BEER or www.valleyriverbrewery.com

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

Wednesdays
Bistro 29’s Wine Wednesdays
Murphy, NC. Wine Special: $5 off any bottle purchase or a discount of $1 off any glass of wine. Bistro 29, 29 Tennessee St, Murphy NC 28906. For info: 828-837-9022 or visit  www.mybistro29.com

Saturdays
Out Of The Blue Wine Tasting
Blue Ridge, GA. Drinking alcohol is just drinking. Wine is a lifestyle. Gourmet Living. We sell fine wine, cheeses, and beer along with specialty kitchen items. Wine tastings Saturdays at 1:00 pm. Out of the Blue, 647 E. Main Street, Blue Ridge, 706-258-2750. Visit www.outofzbleu.com

Ongoing Thurs – Sun
Reformation Brewery
Tour & Tasting Hours Thurs 5:30-8pm, Fri 5:30-9pm, Sat 1-9pm, Sunday 2-4pm500 Arnold Mill Way, Woodstock, GA 30188. info@reformationbrewery.com, (678) 341-0828 or www.reformationbrewery.com

11/30 & 12/1
Appalachian Food & Wine Trail
Taste the flavors of the Appalachian Mountains. Participating wineries include Paradise Hills Resort & Winery, Crane Creek Vineyards, Hightower Creek Vineyards, and Odom Springs Vineyards. $30/person. Noon- 6pm. Info: www.paradisehillsga.com