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DISCOVER THE NEW NOR T H G E OR G I A MO U N TA I N S a t C o v e r e d B r i d g e E s t a t e s i n E l l i j a y, G A . A peaceful mountain community less than a hour north of Atlanta!

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Whether you’re searching for your first mountain home, vacation retreat or planning your retirement, Covered Bridge Estates is right for you. Our community offers an abundance of lifestyle opportunities. Watch wildlife from your balcony. Take a leisurely walk on paved roads throughout the gated community. Covered Bridge Estates is just a stone's throw away from Carter's Lake and the entrance to the Appalachian Trail where recreation opportunities such as hiking, boating, and mountain biking abound. Enjoy the convenience of local vineyards, dining & antique shops. Visit the historic downtown square, and enjoy the Annual Apple Festival. Covered Bridge Estates... the next place you will want to call home.

Community Features Use Brown Haven Design Center Open Daily “The Esteemed and Preferred Builder for Covered Bridge Estates” or Bring Your Own Builder

· Professionally planned community

· Sales office open daily

· Gated entrance w/cameras

· Homes starting in mid 200's

· Homesites starting in mid 30's

· Several home plans to choose from 1700 - 2500 sq. ft. of living area

· Incredibly low HOA fees · 1 to 3-acre build-able homesites

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Well Hello Spring! It finally stopped raining here in the north Georgia mountains (double jinx) and we’ve had typical spring weather– fresh air, sunshine and Daffodils. Perfect days for sitting outside at one of our local dog-friendly breweries soaking up some much-needed vitamin D. One of the greatest things about living in a small mountain town is that you almost always run into someone you know– and if not– just sit down at any table and make some new friends. Maxine and Billy Zoom love going to these places, meeting new people, getting Maxine and Billy Zoom posing with the attention and of course, treats. Daffodils on our daily hike. Spring surely It really is that simple around is in full bloom. here! With spring just about over and summer right around the corner we’ve included some great tips in this issue from ACE hardware in Ellijay on prepping any type of garden for the coming season, from Ellijay & Williams Tire Company about getting ready for that big road trip and from Power Solutions Unlimited to keep your home safe during spring and summer storms. We have also featured the awesome Ellijay Coffeehouse owned by JoAnn Antonelli and Rick Lucas. Their unique style, whimsical design, great coffee and scrumptious food make this is a must stop for anyone visiting the area. The fireplace and leather couches, books and board games have made this the “Living Room” for many locals and tourists alike. Although this time of year the sunny patio does beckon. If you’re thinking about building your dream home here in the mountains and are not so much into the log cabin style, Covered Bridge Estates is surely a place you should check out. Their modern take on Craftsman Style homes is unique to this area. Bringing you the best of both worlds– gorgeous mountain views and a clean yet rustic style- what could be better? Also, in this issue is our famous list of Spring & Summer Festivals and Fairs. We pretty much double-dare anyone to try and get to them all! Just remember to check before you travel as you might guess, things around here aren’t carved in stone, you know, we’re on mountain time! Coming up in the next issue we’ll be featuring summer activities and some of our more unique shopping experiences for those rainy days or even just a break from the heat. While the boys are out fishing or golfing, the girls go shopping! Ok, not all girls, I know plenty that are pretty darn good fly fishers and golfers too, but you get the idea. We sure hope you have a great time up here in our neck of the woods. Looks like our local Bobcat has recently crossed my driveway. Or is that track too big for a Bobcat? Hmm...




GARDEN| LANDSCAPE EDITOR Kevin Johnson | HISTORY EDITOR Leslie Barker Thomas | OUTDOOR ADVENTURE EDITOR Greg Dunn | STYLE & DESIGN EDITOR Cindy Trimble | ADVERTISING SALES NORTH Blue Ridge, Blairsville, Young Harris & Hiawassee, GA Murphy, Andrews, Brasstown & Hayesville, NC Postion Open ADVERTISING SALES SOUTH Ellijay, Talking Rock, Jasper, Ball Ground, Canton & Woodstock, GA Tonia Sheppard 404. 784. 0620 | ALL INQUIRIES Appalachian Country Living 706. 492. 5070 | LAYOUT/DESIGN Alice Sexton Blue Ridge Media Group 706. 492. 5070 | DISTRIBUTION Arthur Pope Publication Marketing & Distribution, Inc. 770. 807. 3043 | CONTRIBUTORS JoAnn Antonelli, Jennifer Danner, Betty Kossick, Rick Lucas, Karah Thompson, Jodi Williams, Karen Vitelli, Maxine & Billy Zoom

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CONTENTS Spotlight, 7 Restaurant Shane’s Rib Shack Ellijay Looking for a Great Way to Cater Your Next Event? Shane’s Has it Covered.

11 Rooms With A Mountain View

Design Editor Cindy Trimble Discusses the Importance of Window Treatments


14 Ellijay Coffee House

Unique Design, Specialty Coffee, and a Cozy Lounge, the Perfect Place to Relax.

18 Covered Bridge Estates

Simply Spectacular. You’ll Feel the Connection with Nature – and it Feels Like Home.


24 Strawberry Bliss

These Luscious Berries are in Season from April Through June– Don’t Miss Out!



38 2019 Summer Festivals and Fairs The Most Complete List You’ll Find.





Experience Covered Bridge Estates. Imagine a picturesque stroll or drive through your community’s own covered bridge. Covered Bridge Estates is cradled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in quaint Ellijay, GA, yet a convenient hour’s drive to the hustle and bustle of Atlanta.


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It's all in the secret sauce! Handed down over generations, Shane's BBQ sauce is the stuff of legends. Shane’s Rib Shack has been open in East Ellijay coming up on nine years with many loyal customers who love the mouth watering ribs, heaping Big Dad barbecue sandwich, wonderful sides and desserts, all washed down with a cold beer. What many don’t know is that Shane’s has the best chicken around. The fried or grilled chicken tenders are huge and can be tossed in one of their signature sauces or simply plain. Love wings? Shane’s serves some of the best in town. Watching the scale? Try one of their salads or a delicious wrap, great for a lighter lunch or for grabbing a bite on the go. Check out their gluten-free options! Shane’s Catering is ready to bring their BBQ to your office, business or home, and this includes their gluten free menu too! There is no group too big or too small! Call 706-635-7427 to cater your next event, you won’t be disappointed. Give the Gift of Shane’s! Pick up any of Shane’s Secret Sauces in store or you can order on-line. And don’t forget Shane’s Gift Cards- the perfect gift for coworkers, friends, family- or just about everyone on your list. Owner, Steve Stone, would like to say thanks to his loyal customers for making the last nine years a success, "If you haven't been to Shane’s, please try us, I know you'll like us!" Just off of 515, in front of Lowe’s in Ellijay, stop in and say hello to the friendly staff, try some tender barbecue and leave happy. As the restaurant menu says, “It’s gonna get messy!” ACLM Shanes’ Rib Shack, Ellijay 289 Highland Crossing, Ellijay, GA 30540 706. 635. 7427 To view the complete menu, order on-line, or shop for some Shane’s Secret Sauce visit:

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KNOCKED OUT Landscape & Garden Editor Kevin Johnson Explains why Our Favorite Knockout Roses Might Just Get Knocked Out


Roses, cherished for their beautiful blooms and fragrance, are commonly used in our yards and landscapes. Anyone who has grown roses understands how challenging they can be to maintain, often requiring lots of time and effort to produce, thus enhancing their intrinsic value. The introduction of the Knockout Rose –Rosaceae rosa “Radzazz”– roughly 15 years ago made rose lovers happier than ever as this new variety is known for being easy to grow, extremely disease tolerant, drought resistant and ever blooming. Now the bad news– Knockout Roses are in trouble. Over planting and overuse has made them highly susceptible to the spread of insects and disease. Rose Rosette Disease (RRD) may well spell the end of the Knockout Rose as well as several other varieties of roses. RRD or Witches Broom as it is often called because of the way it causes new shoots to grow straight up and close together in broom-shaped clusters, is a viral rose disease spread by a tiny insect. The primary vector of this virus is spread by the Eriophyid mite, which is invisible to the naked eye. The wingless and microscopic mite is carried on the wind, which means mass plantings are particularly susceptible. The virus is spread from plant to plant as the mites feed on the tender new growth of the rose. And while Knock Out roses are its most famous victims, the disease is a threat to all commercial hybrid roses, including favorites such as hybrid tea roses, floribundas, grandifloras and old-fashioned varieties. RRD can also be spread through lax pruning and grafting practices with the mites moving from plant to plant on tools that have not been cleaned or disinfected between use. Once infected, this disease can be fatal to the plant. I have seen firsthand how devastating the Rose Rosette virus can be, so learning to identify this disease is critical. This spring, it will be extremely important to inspect your roses. Plant symptoms of RRD include a thickening of the stems, the foliage to have an abnormal red color, and rapidly elongating- Witches Broom- shoots. Flowers and buds will also become deformed and the plant APRIL/MAY 2019

Rose Rosette Disease Symtoms • Thickening of Stems • Abnormal red color foliage with Witches Broom shoots • Deformed flowers and buds • Distorted and dwarfed leaves Top: Healthy and beautiful Knockout Rose. Above: Knockout Rose with Rose Rosette Disease. may have many distorted and dwarfed leaves. If you think your roses have been infected, don’t waste your time and money spraying with insecticides, fungicides and miticides. I’ve tried this approach with little success. Remember we are dealing with a virus that becomes systemic throughout the entire plant. Sadly, RRD is not curable. My advice is to completely remove the entire plant from the landscape, including all of the roots. This may prevent the disease from further spreading to healthy plants. I know this doesn’t sound fun, but it’s the best approach. Once the infected plants are removed, or if your roses are not showing signs of RRD, it is extremely important that pruners be completely disinfected with a water/bleach solution after


each use to discourage the spread of the disease. In the June/July edition of AC Living Magazine I plan on covering the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid as it threatens the survival of this valuable tree species. If you have hemlocks growing on your property, you need to know about this devastating insect. So see you next issue! ACLM Kevin Johnson is the owner of Green Leaf Lawn and Ornamental LLC, based in Blue Ridge. He was formerly the Grounds Supervisor at Young Harris College and has extensive training in landscape management. You can find Kevin at or reach him toll free at 866. 883. 2420. WWW.ACLIVINGMAGAZINE.COM


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Rooms With A Mountain View Style & Design Editor Cindy Trimble Explores New Window Shades for the Mountain Modern Home


One of the final details added to our projects are window treatments. Whether to add window treatments or not to home with beautiful architecture and spectacular views always creates a debate with our clients. During the daytime, everyone wants to maximize the views that our area is abundant with. But when the night falls, with our wonderful mountain “dark skies”, the vast and expansive windows become “black holes” giving the open modern spaces a cold feeling. Even though everyone knows that on top of a mountain, there is complete privacy outside your windows (unless an unsuspecting drone flies by), there is still an uncomfortable feeling that maybe there is someone out there???? We hear this all the time. And it is always a good idea to have window treatments of some sort on all windows facing streets, or where someone can see in the house when you are not home, simply for security. With large windows that face east or west, without an exterior roof structure that provides sun screening or shading, there is a problem with too much sun during certain times of day. Homeowners need sun screening but again they do not want to block the beautiful views. Harsh sunlight will fade building materials and furnishings and can make it impossible to see TV’s. This is also a concern for the solar gain and heat build-up that comes with harsh sunlight. Even though window treatments are the last element to be installed in our projects, we are thinking window treatments throughout the design and construction process so that we have proper trim to support blinds, electrical where needed to power blinds, depth of window sills to house blinds and enough area on either side of large windows for stacking of drapery. We also try to locate HVAC ducts where they will not interfere with window treatments. Luckily there are a lot of new window treatments that provide window covering that help solve these dilemmas. There are window treatments that APRIL/MAY 2019

Cindy Trimble and Will Reed, owners of Blind and Shutter Worx of Blue Ridge, GA– a local Window Covering Design Studio– recommend considering your window treatment options early on in the design process. New generations of pleated shades provide different levels of opacity for every budget, and fold up to nearly nothing on the top of the window frame. can be activated when needed and closed and minimized when not needed that do not distract from the beautiful architecture or outside view. There are new generations of pleated shades that are made from stiffened fabric that unfold easily to cover windows (and can range from light filtering to blackout) but when raised and put away, they fold up to nearly nothing on the top of the window. They usually are within the frame of the window so there is zero glass covered by them blocking any of the view. There are all sorts of solar shades that are made from a woven fabric that has different levels of opacity, that block the light and UV rays, but still allow you to see through and admire the views. The new materials the manufacturers are using to create the vast array of window treatments are as diverse as the mountain architectural styles are that we are working on. The new mountain home ranges from ultra-rustic with heavy logs or timbers, to traditional with heavy moldings and details to ultra-modern with flat sheetrock walls with wide spans of glass. Our new company


“Blinds and Shutter Worx” based in Blue Ridge, GA represents many of the most advanced window treatment manufacturers that help us design creative window coverings to suit each client’s design and budget needs. We have helped both commercial and residential clients solve their window treatment challenges and needs for over 25 years. Our products range from simple, pre-made and quick delivery and reasonably priced to highly detailed, custom made and installed state of the art window coverings. ACLM Cindy Trimble, ASID is owner of StudioTrimble, Inc. based in Blue Ridge. She is NCIDQ certified and a Georgia Registered Interior Designer. Cindy Trimble,StudioTrimble, Inc. 706-946-2030 Blind & Shutter Worx 706-455-2606 WWW.ACLIVINGMAGAZINE.COM



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Celebrate Earth Day with the folks at “Keep Gilmer Beautiful” On Saturday April 27th join the Gilmer County community in the big clean-up. Last year, over 200 county residents participated, and this year, you could too. The folks of Gilmer County come out in force; schools will participate on their grounds (including cross-country trails,) the mountain bikers on their trails, families, scouts, church groups, and just about everyone who loves our beautiful mountain community are welcome to join in the fun. From 8am to 2pm in the Gilmer County Courthouse parking lot there will be bands, food, fun and T-shirts for those who participate. And of, course big dumpsters set up nearby. Keep Gilmer Beautiful also has an “Adopt a Road” program where businesses, organizations, families or just about anyone are responsible for picking up trash on that road at least four times a year. In return you’ll get your name put on one of the county’s “Keep Gilmer Beautiful” signs. How cool is that? From April 15-30 residents may also participate in “Tire Amnesty.” Non- commercial residents can drop off tires at the Tower Road Convenience Center: 456 Tower Road, Ellijay. For more information on these events and “Keep Gilmer Beautiful” you can find them on Facebook: or call Jay Zipperman at 706. 273.1474.

Gilmer County Recycling Basics Paper: Newspapers and inserts, craft paper, paper grocery and shopping bags, tissue boxes, paper towel and toilet paper cores, cereal boxes, shoe boxes, magazines, catalogs, envelopes, calendars, phone books, paperback books, computer paper, junk mail, greeting cards, beverage and cigarette cartons. Cardboard: Corrugated cardboard boxes, pizza boxes cleaned of any food residue. Food cans: Steel cans and lids cleaned of any food residue. Beverage cans: Aluminum cans, baking tins, food containers cleaned of any food residue. Plastics: Plastics with the following numbers: 3 through 7, milk jugs (2), soda and water bottles (1), plastic detergent bottles (2). Do NOT Recycle: Plastic bags, glass and Styrofoam in local single-stream collection facilities. The recycling facility used by Gilmer is not equipped to handle these items. Basics: When putting your recyclables in the compactor, remove them from the box or bag you are carrying them in and dump them loosely into the bin so they can go through the sorting process more easily.


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It’s hard to talk about the Ellijay Coffeehouse without first meeting Rick Lucas and JoAnn Antonelli this dynamic duo has been a team since 2005 when they met…fell in love and began their extraordinary journey. Rick brews beer and is an amazing photographer his work is displayed throughout the Coffeehouse and his studio is located on their farm just 2 miles from town. Rick’s attention to detail, his ability to capture the depth, texture and color of his subject is what makes his work so beautiful it is often confused as a painting. He prints images on window shades & canvas. To see his portfolio visit his web site at JoAnn is a lifelong serial entrepreneur her history has revolved around being an artist, designer, merchandiser, small business consultant, gardener, numerous start-ups …she is a creator of extraordinary ideas. In 2007 they bought an 18-acre homestead just 2 miles from the Coffeehouse located 16

in historic downtown Ellijay, which became known as ‘The Martyn House’ The plan for this beautiful and remote sanctuary surrounded by lush nature and saturated with eclectic charm was to create a transformative experience. They wanted guests to connect with the earth and its natural food sources so they began by hosting farm-to-table dinners. Their vision included the vibrant local art community which included artist studio tours and retreats. The Martyn House quickly became Rick and JoAnn’s passion; a physical manifestation of their everevolving creative energy. Desiring to spend more time on the property and to immerse themselves in their own creative pursuits Rick and JoAnn shifted their attention toward the untapped potential still left in The Martyn House. While in India for a merchandising photo shoot, JoAnn purchased a luxury-sleeping tent to serve as a guesthouse on the property. This was the catalyst for the reinvention of The Martyn House into a unique Bed and Breakfast; one



where guests could embrace the peace and quiet of nature, while still enjoying all the comforts of home. The luxury sleeping tents provided a glamorous camping experience, where patrons slept in real beds with fine linens, and enjoyed gourmet meals. Today it is known as Glamping. The property soon offered rooms in their 1930’s Farmhouse, a converted barn became an Artist Studios, a workshop became a cottage and they added four luxury sleeping tents all part of the Bed and Breakfast. Often the entire property was reserved. Featured in Southern Living in 2010, and voted 1 of 88 best getaways in the US in 2012, The Martyn House was well on its way to sustainability. The Farm was the inspiration to create a community centric coffeehouse in 2012 when Rick and JoAnn made another bold move and purchased a 1940’s building in historic downtown Ellijay. They spent a year meticulously renovating the property, re-purposing old wood to give the building a APRIL/MAY 2019

warm, rustic nostalgic feeling. When the project was completed, the 5,800 sq. ft. building housed two lofts upstairs, a studio, an art gallery, and a unique coffeehouse unlike any local gathering place in Ellijay. Originally named The Martyn house In Towne today it is simply known as the Ellijay Coffeehouse. The coffeehouse and its unique design have made it anything but simple. There is a cozy lounge with a fireplace and leather sofas, which encourages people to settle in and enjoy visiting with friends or meeting a client. It has become known as the Local Living Room. It’s a specialty coffeehouse serving delicious coffee by the cup, by French press, aero press or pour overs and if you are new to the coffee culture their baristas are experts and can walk you through the world of coffee explaining many of the ways coffee can be served and you won’t want to miss their talent to make beautiful latte art designs. Their open kitchen serves Panini’s made with their own artisan bread & APRIL/MAY 2019

house made spreads served with their yummy pickles. Their quinoa salad is delicious as well as their soups. The pastries include scones and cookies. Be sure and try the parfaits made with their own granola. And on your way out you will definitely want to grab a bag of their beef jerky, a lb. of coffee, bag of granola or jar of pickles! Today The Martyn House is no longer a Bed and Breakfast; it is Rick and JoAnn’s private residence, a sustainable homestead and an Artist Residency. Together they travel … create spaces… inspire community connection and yes they throw a darn good dinner party! They love Ellijay, the Mountains and seek Adventure in their down time whether hiking, kayaking or simply exploring what the world has to offer. ! Rick and JoAnn remind us that life is a journey of constantly creating, live with intention….. believe in the unbelievable!! ACLM


The Coffeehouse is open 7AM- 7PM -7 days a week with two outdoor pet friendly courtyards and Free WIFI. Ellijay Coffee House 131 N Main St Ellijay, Georgia Im: Call: (706) 635-5565 FB: WWW.ACLIVINGMAGAZINE.COM


Simply Spectacular – Covered Bridge Estates

Offering 1-3 Acre Arboreous Home Sites, with Craftsman-Style Homes in the Premier Gated Community of the North Georgia Mountains





Welcome! Come on in and be our neighbor! there’s nothing quite as inviting as craftsman-style homes – especially those built on private 1-3 acre lots amid the picturesque rolling foothills of Southern Appalachia and the Great Smoky Mountains. Yet the gated community of Covered Bridge Estates is filled with these charmers, which are designed to be everything one might expect in modern mountain living. From watching nature come alive as Spring dawns and Summer’s June firefly spectacle takes flight to a brilliant panoramic explosion of Fall colors and the stark silence and grandeur that is Winter on the mountainside – residents of Covered Bridge Estates can witness the gamut of the seasons and indulge in July’s abundance of wild blackberries.

Experience Covered Bridge Estates. Imagine a picturesque stroll or drive through your community’s own covered bridge. Covered Bridge Estates is cradled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in quaint Ellijay, GA, yet a convenient hour’s drive to the hustle and bustle of Atlanta. Left: Nearby WhitePath Golf Club offers a picturesque day on the links for area residents and guests alike. Enter CBE through our famous Covered Bridge. Trek the famous Appalachian Trail and take in amazing vistas, observe wildlife and follow in history’s footsteps. APRIL/MAY 2019




Contemporary craftsman-style homes shown here and below, but traditional rustic interiors or blended designs are also available. We customize according to your tastes.





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Sitting on the back porch, gathered in the great room or peeking outside the kitchen window one can’t help but feel a connection with nature – and it feels like home. These contemporary craftsman-style homes are built with traditional function and form, taking design cues from a forgone era, while blending a modern, bright open look and feel that’s both alluring and relaxing. Covered Bridge Estate homes are designed on an intimate scale with stylish wood details, natural materials, simple, straight lines and plenty of charm and sophistication, which are the hallmarks of age-old craftsman architecture. Adding a contemporary twist with open, flowing spaces, an abundance of light and an affection for nature – you’ll discover the heart and soul of Covered Bridge Estates. Imagine a sprawling 200-acre wood that’s a peaceful, private respite, lovingly carved from the breathtaking North Georgia Mountains. This gated community is located in rural North Georgia and boasts hub-like access to Atlanta, Chattanooga and Knoxville, Tenn., Greenville and Spartanburg, S.C. and Asheville, N.C. Existing home floor plans range from 1,6503,100 square feet, but custom floor plans are available. The company is currently breaking ground on three new Covered Bridge Estates homes. Additionally, two recently completed


Top Left: Wide-open, easy flowing floor plans are what give these craftsman-style homes their contemporary flare. Bottom Left: Exposed beams, built-ins, columns and natural building materials pay homage to the traditional arts and crafts movement. Top: Beautifully landscaped lawns blend into wooded surroundings, maintaining much of the area’s rugged beauty. Above: Sip a glass of sweet tea or a morning cup of Joe from your oh-so-private front porch. homes are available for walk-thru viewing, including one that’s furnished. “It’s all about quality of life,” said Owner’s Representative and General Contractor, Thomas Jackson. “We want our residents to come home to a place they love, a place they want to share with family and friends, a place of contentment and comfort. It is home, after all. It should be a refuge. As we are so fond of saying, “Nature makes it beautiful. We make it home.”


Embrace a strong sense of community at Covered Bridge Estates. For outdoor adventurers, wine enthusiasts, foodies and naturalists, there’s an abundance of small-town whimsy. Hiking trails, meandering streams, custom-built homes and a myriad of lifestyle options from wildlife watching to weekend camping, fishing, river rafting, kayaking and, of course afternoon walks, perhaps even across our covered bridge. Plus, there’s Amicalola Falls State Park, Appalachian hiking trails, Blue Ridge ziplining, horseback trail riding, ChattahoocheeOconee National Forests and Carters Lake to name just a few. North Georgia is the kind of place where people know their neighbors. The Ellijay Farmers Market on Saturdays is a great place to get acquainted with locals. In historic Ellijay, the Cornerstone Café serves up some delectable stuffed pancakes, while Whitepath Golf Club is a great place to hit the links. There’s also Tabor House Civil War Museum, great antiquing, bountiful apple houses and various attractions, eateries and businesses, not to mention the Gilmer County Airport, which provides easy private aircraft access.

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Top Right: Modern bathroom fixtures and natural elements are designed to balance the old with the new. Middle Right: One of our recent sales on a standard homesite situated in the over 200-acre wooded and gated community. Bottom Right: Historic Flat Creek runs throughout the Covered Bridge Estates community, which only adds to the natural ambiance and allure of this fertile mountain region. Apple Blossom Festival in May. When there’s a special day, Gilmer Chamber plans ahead with annual celebrations for St. Patrick’s Day, Gilmer County Fair in August, Halloween, Veterans Day and end-of-year festivities with Light Up Ellijay, among others. Winding down at a local boutique vineyard or winery might be nice. North Georgia is experiencing a robust winery renaissance with more than a dozen producing wineries. Indulge in a tasting or two. At Chateau Meichtry Family Vineyard and Winery one can sample wine in a chocolate glass! There’s also Cartecay or Engelheim vineyards. Most local vineyards host live music and weekly tasting events. For a unique experience, there’s also the family-run Mercier Orchards, where you can take in the sights and smells of an active apple orchard.

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With all these wonderful attractions, a majestic backdrop and quality craftsman-style homes why would you go home to anything less? ACLM Find out more or schedule an appointment to discover Covered Bridge Estates, contact: Kylie or Tom 706-669-4177 90 Bridge Road Ellijay, GA 30540 Directions Highway 5/515 in Ellijay. From the north turn right, from the south turn left onto Howard Simmons Road. Travel ¼ a mile. Turn left onto Old Hwy 5 and go 1½ miles. Turn right onto 382 West and go 3.7 miles. Welcome to Covered Bridge Estates, on the left!












AC LIVING RECIPES Strawberry Basics Strawberries are sugar-sweet, affordable, and omnipresent – even if you can’t pick your own, you’ll find pints and quarts of them at roadside stands and red seas of them in the produce aisle. These berries are delicious on their own, sprinkled with sugar, or in breakfast recipes, desserts, and even salads. In Season: Fresh strawberries are available year-round in many regions of the country, with the peak season from April to June. What to Look For: Buy strawberries that are bright red (with no white or green around the stem), fragrant, and plump, with no soft spots. How to Store: If using right away, it’s best not to refrigerate them. Otherwise, lay the berries flat on a paper-towel-lined plate and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Do not rinse or hull until ready to use.

Strawberry Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients 1 cup butter 3 cups dices fresh strawberries Whole strawberries for decoration as desired 1 cup sugar 4 egg whites 1 cup strawberry puree (Fresh or 1 cup thawed frozen strawberry & 1-2 tbsp water in blender) 2 teaspoons baking powder 3 cups all purpose flour 4 egg yolks 1/2 teaspoon almond extract 1 tablespoon vanilla 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup white sugar 2 tablespoons flour Pink food coloring *Room temperature ingredients are ESSENTIAL for this recipe. Preparation 1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare three 8-in round cake pans. 2. Whip four eggs whites in mixer until soft peaks form. Add 1 cup sugar, 1 tbsp at a time, whipping to maintain soft peaks. Pour whites into large bowl (This was about 5 cups in volume after whipped) and set aside. 3. Without fully cleaning the mixer bowl, cream room temperature butter and 1 cup sugar until fluffy. Add vanilla and almond extract. Add egg yolks one at a time, beating after each addition. APRIL/MAY 2019

4. Sift together 3 cups flour, baking powder, & salt. Alternatively add flour mixture and 1/3 strawberry puree to batter until fully combined. (Flour, 1/3 cup puree, flour, 1/2 cup puree, flour). Add food coloring to achieve desired color. Batter will be thick. You should have 1/3 cup puree LEFT OVER. (This will be brushed on cake later) 5. Fold in egg whites. 6. Coat diced strawberries in 2 tbsp flour and gently add to batter. Pour batter into prepared pans and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. If using two 8-in cake pans, bake for 45-50 minutes. 7. Remove cakes from oven and use a pastry brush to spread remaining strawberry puree over warm cakes. Cool until ready to assemble cakes. TIP: If you want to use all of your strawberry puree IN the cake, feel free to brush cakes with a simple syrup after they have baked. This is a dense cake, so it does need the additional moisture added. Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients 8 oz cream cheese, softened 1 cup butter, softened 4 cups powdered sugar 1 teaspoon coconut extract 2-3 Tablespoons heavy cream Shredded coconut Preparation 1. Beat cream cheese and butter together. 2. Add in powdered sugar one cup at a time and


beat until creamy. 3. Add the vanilla or coconut extract and heavy cream and beat until smooth. 4. Frost cake and cover with shredded coconut. TIP: Turn mixer on high and let it go for 4 minutes to get some air into the frosting.

Strawberry and Cream Biscuits Ingredients 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1/2 teaspoon table salt 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold 1 cup chopped very ripe strawberries. Cut strawberries into about 3/8" dice, halving very small berries, quartering medium, and then dicing large berries. 1 cup heavy cream Preparation 1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. 2. In the bottom of a large bowl whisk flour, baking powder, sugar and salt together. 3. Cut in cold butter until the mixture resembles a crumbly meal with small pea-sized bits of butter. 4. Gently toss in strawberries, just to lightly coat in the dry ingredients. 5. Stir in heavy cream gently, just to moisten the dry ingredients but not over work the dough. 6. Knead once or twice in the bowl, to form a WWW.ACLIVINGMAGAZINE.COM


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Blooming of the Hill and Dell The shade’s been drawn up, as sunshine and rain mingle together across spring’s terrain. Springtime is blooming full to its wide brim, trees are beginning to green on the limb. The hyacinth’s fragrance floats through the air, robins on the wing, nesting pair by pair. A time to renew both spirit and earth, vernal days abound; this season of birth. Redbud and dogwood, Flaunt their beauty well, With blue violets Across hill and dell.




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somewhat shaggy, but cohesive mass. The dough won’t be even – the key here is to be gentle! 7. Generously flour your counter or work surface. Transfer dough to the counter, generously flour the top and flatten with your hands or a rolling pin. 8. Gently roll or press the dough out to a 3/4 to 1-inch thickness. Cut into 2 1/2-inch circles with a floured biscuit cutter, pressing straight down and not twisting as you cut. 9. Carefully transfer scones to prepared baking sheet, spacing at least two inches apart. You can re-roll the scraps of dough; things will get a bit messy but they will still be perfectly tasty. If you’re so inclined, sprinkle with a little sugar to finish them off. 10. Bake the scones for 12 to 15 minutes, until golden and the juices start to bubble a bit and thicken. Cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack. Serve warm or at room temperature. Makes 16-20.

Strawberry Butter

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Preparation 1. In a blender or food processor, puree the strawberries and thyme coarsely. Add the butter and salt and blend until fairly smooth. Serve at room temperature. 2. This can be made one day in advance and refrigerated in a tightly covered container. Allow to become room temperature before serving.

Strawberry Compote

During strawberry season, every cook should have a compote handy. Spoon over everything from pancakes to ice cream! Ingredients 3 pints fresh strawberries, washed, patted dry and sliced 1 cup sugar, less if you prefer 1⁄2 cup Grand Marnier or 2 tbsp lemon juice Preparation 1. In a non-reactive saucepan, over medium heat, combine 2 pints of the strawberries, sugar and liquor. 2. Bring the liquid to a boil, reduce the heat to medium and simmer until the fruit is soft, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove and let cool. 4. In a food processor, fitted with a metal blade, puree the strawberries until smooth. 5. Turn into a mixing bowl, and add the remaining sliced strawberries. Mix well. Makes 2 cups.


Strawberry Rose Gin Fizz Ingredients 6 beautiful strawberries 2 teaspoons sugar 4 shots gin 1 teaspoon rose water pinch of salt 1/2 cup club soda (or, to taste)

Preparation 1. Wash and de-stem strawberries. Dice into small pieces, like 12 pieces from one berry. Tiny. 2. Sprinkle the sugar over strawberries. Let sit for 5 minutes. Mash with a fork to release their juices. 3. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add the strawberry mixture, gin, rose water and a pinch of salt (just trust me). Shake, and divide between two glasses. 5. Top off with club soda, squeeze a lime wedge into each glass. ACLM Recipe and photo credits:,,,,




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Gardening with Ace Hardware in Ellijay! Is Your Garden Ready? ACE Hardware in Ellijay is Here to Help You Get Any Type of Garden in Tip Top Shape.

There are gardens and there are gardens: vegetable and flower gardens, some done organically. There are large and small gardens; patio gardens, and container gardens. Everything you’ll need to start can be found at ACE Hardware in Ellijay. They supply everything from tools, to soil preparation, to plants, landscape materials, and even advice. For 20 years, Bob Wright has operated the Garden Center at ACE and he’s there to help gardeners of all levels. He knows his business— and his products— and can make experience backed recommendations based on your needs. Wright suggests starting with a soil test, which can be done at your local University’s Cooperative Extension. Once you’ve determined the condition, APRIL/MAY 2019

you can prepare the soil as needed. ACE carries a wide variety of fertilizers, compost and soil conditioners for any use. While top soil is a good filler, Wright does not recommend that it be used on it’s own. Nature’s Helper Soil Conditioner is good for trees, and shrubs (advice ½ bag per fruit tree). For the smallest of gardens in pots, he suggests that you use potting soil, along with Miracle Grow Moisture control. Trees love mushroom compost. For Organic compost, use one cubic foot per tree. Peat moss is nothing short of a gift for the organic gardener and landscaper. It has amazing water-retention abilities, easily retaining more than 10 times its weight in moisture, and also keeps in essential nutrients. ACE Hardware carries local distributor's fruit trees: eight varieties of apple, four of peach, Bruce plum, and Bartlett pear. Wright says that the fruit trees usually sell out, so get yours early. There’s a large selection of annuals and perennials including herbs, veg-


etables, shrubs, bedding plants, hanging baskets—and one of Bob Wright’s favorites—“toe-ticklers,” plants that are fill-ins between paving stones such as creeping Jenny and creeping Thyme. He also is partial to Coral Bells, Heuchera sanguinea, a perennial plant that lasts through winter and comes in a variety of foliage colors. Wright also suggests using three inches of mulch to keep in moisture and protect roots. ACE Hardware carries Cypress mulch, Pine bark mulch/ nuggets, Red bark mulch/nuggets; one is not considered better than the other, it’s simply up to your design preference. He adds that any colored mulch should hold its color about two years. Whatever your gardening needs, ACE Hardware is there to help. ACE Hardware 305 Main St., Ellijay, GA 30540 706. 635. 2236




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Ellijay Tire & Williams Tire Time to Get Your Vehicles Ready for Those Summer Road Trips. Preventative Maintenance is the Key.

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Spring. It’s the time when trees start budding, grass turns green, winter clothes are put away and people start planning those spring and summer vacations! Planning that vacation takes a lot of thought - where to go, when, what to pack, etc. Then the day to leave comes and you can finally load the car and hit the road for some much needed R&R. But did you ever think about making sure your vehicle is also ready to hit the road? Some things to check are fluid levels, wipers, brakes, and tires. Ellijay Tire and Williams Tire checks your fluids when you get an oil change. To get the best wear out of your tires, keep an eye on your tire pressure and they need to be rotated every other oil change (or every 6-8 thousand miles). Not rotating your tires will result in uneven wear and cause them to wear out faster. The mountains are beautiful, but the curves can also wear out your tires faster. Our shop offers a road hazard program that covers rotations, tire repairs and if the tire is unrepairable we will replace it! APRIL/MAY 2019

Air pressure is another important thing to check periodically. Did you know that the correct air pressure for your vehicle is on a sticker on your door frame? You should check the air pressure in your tires every few months. Air gauges aren’t that expensive and can easily fit in a glove box or with your spare tire. And while we’re talking about spare tires, checking the air pressure in your spare is always a good idea! Another good thing about spring is that spring is usually when tire manufacturers start having their rebates! If you’re needing tires, spring is one of the best times to buy them. Not sure if you need tires yet? Check your tread depth with a penny. Hold the penny so that Lincoln’s head is touching the tire. If there is no tread touching Lincoln’s head, then you need to replace your tires. If you’re still not sure, feel free to stop by our store and we will be happy to check them for you! From checking your tire pressure for you (air is always free at Ellijay Tire and Williams Tire!) to doing your alignment, oil changes, and tires, we are always happy to serve you. Feel free to contact us via email at ellijaytirecompany@, call us at 706-635-2322 (Ellijay Tire) or 706-946-2322 (Williams Tire), and check us out online at We look forward to seeing you soon!


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Power Solutions Unlimited Protect Your Family from Summer Power Outages with a Generator from Power Solutions Unlimited Anyone who has lived in Georgia during the summer months knows that extreme weather, such as tornados and massive thunder storms are a reality that impact thousands of people a year. Trees may fall, damaging power lines and hundreds of people may lose electricity in an instant. With the summer heat in the south reaching 100 degrees or more, life without air conditioning could be life threatening, especially for small children and the elderly. Generators aren’t exclusively for the winter months anymore, not for Georgia residents who have experienced the heat, humidity and temperamental weather of the summer months. The most vulnerable residents, such as those who rely on dialysis or chemo-therapy face a real threat during power outages. Generators are quickly becoming a must-have for peace of mind, especially as homeowners learn of their affordability and simple installation. Since 2007, Power Solutions Unlimited has been supplying, installing and maintaining generators everywhere within a 100-mile radius of Jasper. This includes cell phone towers, police APRIL/MAY 2019

stations, fire stations, assisted living facilities and private homes. PoweSolutions Unlimited is a full-service generator dealer as well as one of only two premier dealers in the entire state of Georgia. The generators offered by Power Solutions are wired into your home’s existing power service. When the electricity goes out, power is restored within 20 seconds, and you can go about your business. This is especially valuable during brownouts, which happen frequently as everyone on the power grid cranks up the AC in an effort to beat the extreme summer heat. A generator from Power Solutions Unlimited eliminates this worry, especially for those who rely on power for medical treatment. If you’re ready to make this priceless summer upgrade to your home, don’t waste any time. While the weather may be beautiful today, it can change at any moment, and you want to be prepared. The process is simple! Power Solutions will set up a free consultation and site visit to evaluate your home and determine the best generator to suite your needs. After you’ve been given a free quote, Power Solutions Unlimitedwill schedule an installation. With prices starting at $8500, these generators are affordable, and the peace of mind they provide is priceless. Customers who mention this article will receive a free 5-year warranty, which is valued at $595. Power Solutions Unlimited


even offers financing and accepts all major credit cards. With the temperatures starting to rise, now is the perfect time to give Power Solutions Unlimited a call. When the next thunder storm takes out the power in your neighborhood, you’ll be patting yourself on the back. Contact Power Solutions Unlimited today! Power Solutions Unlimited 111 Confederate Ave Jasper, GA 30143 (706) 253-7737







Join us for the second annual Murphy Spring Festival.

Come celebrate what makes Murphy our favorite town! Rivers, trails, mountains, locally-owned business, superb people, and a beautiful downtown! Live music all day! Vendor booths! Local artists! Car show! Biergarten with local breweries! Restaurant specials!





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A Blooming Affair at Hamilton Gardens APRIL 13TH TO MAY 19TH

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Above: Crowd favorite The Andrew Chastain Band headlines at 7pm on the mainstage. Right: Bird in Hand plays at 2pm. Lindsay Beth Harper plays at noon. Regional brewers bring their best to the beer garden.


There are so many reasons to come explore Murphy, North Carolina! The second Annual Murphy Spring Festival will be hosted in Historic Downtown Murphy on Saturday May 4, 2019. This all-day family event will begin at 12 noon and end at 8:30 PM, along Tennessee Street in the heart of downtown. The Spring Festival is organized by the Murphy Business Association (MBA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to growing a thriving economy with the collaboration of localbusine sses. Members of the MBA have worked with the town of Murphy and an enthusiastic group of volunteers to highlight what the region has to offer with a day of fun for locals and visitors of all ages. Browse the wide variety of vendors showcasing their art and crafts, including pottery, paintings, jewelry and handcrafted body care products created in the region. There will be plenty of activities for the kids, as well as educational presentations by local and regional groups. Come view the vintage Car Show, with wellcurated autos on display along Tennessee Street. Jake’s Speed & Custom will be presenting awards for the best in show, with a $500 prize package for a two-night stay at Rocking M Retreat. APRIL/MAY 2019

A popular favorite is The Valley River Humane Society pet adoption with plenty of loveable animals to meet and play with. It’s a wonderful time to bring home a pet in need of a home and support an incredible cause. An impressive line-up of phenomenal talent is planned on the music stage. Offering a range of styles from traditional and modern country, Americana, American Folk, to ‘folk-rap’, we are proud to celebrate the talent of WNC! The Andrew Chastain Band headlines at 7pm on the mainstage, preceded by a phenomenal lineup of talent. Lindsay Beth Harper, Christopher Wayne of OMB, Bird in Hand, Troy Underwood, and Sammy Ensley bring their passion to the stage starting at 12 noon. We are incredibly proud to offer this line-up with a musical favorite for everyone in the family! The highlight of this year’s Spring Festival will be the Beer Garden, situated next to the mainstage, and offering a taste of some of the best WNC brews, from Satulah Mountain Brewing Co., Mountain Layers Brewing Co., Innovation Brewing, Hoppy Trout Brewing Company, The Lazy Hiker, Balsam Falls Brewing, and Nocturnal Brewing Co., as well as local wines from FernCrest Winery. Eagle Fork Vineyards


will be selling wine slushies. Each brewer crafts something special, so come out and taste what the region has to offer with names like The Scarlet Spider, Black & Tan, Newfound Gap Golden, Night Circles and so many more with flavors drawn from the mountains and valleys of Western North Carolina. North Carolina boasts the largest number of craft breweries in the American South, with more than 300 brewpubs and microbreweries, the far West is no exception, and we are proud to be home to some of the best brews in the state. The Murphy Spring Festival is excited to host so many choices in one place to share the bounty of the far West! In case of rain, the event will take place on May 5. There are no admission or parking fees for the festival. . ACLM

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LET THE SUN SHINE! SPRING & SUMMER FESTIVALS 2019 Welcome to the most complete list of festivals and events in north Georgia! There’s surely more to do this Spring than humanly possible and we’re certain there’s something here for everyone. While every attempt has been made to provide accurate event listings, we urge you to confirm the information provided before making travel plans. With that said, come and see all that north Georgia and the southern Appalachians has to offer!

A Blooming Affair- Rhododendron Festival at Hamilton Gardens April - May 2019

Rhododendron Festival is Back After a long cold winter, nothing says ‘spring is here’ quite like the blooming of the Rhododendron at Hamilton Gardens. The yearly tradition of strolling through the magnificent and rare beauty of over 400 rhododendrons in an explosion of colors and varieties has just been made even more wondrous -- the Rhododendron Festival is coming back to the Hamilton Gardens! They don’t always bloom on schedule so be sure to check the website before going. Arts and craft vendors each weekend. Plants for sale. Georgia Mountain Fairground 1311 Music Hall Road, Hiawassee. 706-896-4191.

22nd Annual Blue Ridge Writers’ Conference April 5-6, 2019

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this conference writers will network with fellow writers, expand their markets and learn to hone their skills in various breakout sessions. The 21st annual conference begins with a Workshop Intensive held on Friday, April 6 from 10:30am-2:30pm. A Writers’ Meet and Greet will take place Friday evening at 5pm. Writers’ Conference sessions begin on Saturday, April 7 from 9am-5pm. Books sales from our conference speakers and member writers will also be made available both. Hosted by the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 West Main Street, Blue Ridge GA 30513. For more info contact (706) 632- 2144, BlueRidgeArts@ or visit

Annual Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival April 12 -13, 2019

Showcasing the art of storytelling with a particular focus on Appalachian stories, both traditional and contemporary. The GMSF offers storytelling and musical performances, children’s events, and workshops. Featured storytellers; Adam Booth, Bobby Norfolk, Caludia Schmidt, Ed Stivender & Dovie Thomason. There are free pre- and post-festival workshops. $20. Friday 9am to 9pm, Saturday, 9am to 9pm. Union County Schools Fine Arts Center, 926 Panther Overlook, Blairsville, GA 30512. For tickets and info: email: or visit


NOC Spring Fling April 20- 21, 2019

Celebrate spring in the Smoky Mountains with a free, family-friendly event in the Nantahala Gorge! Enjoy paddling events, live music, delicious food and the 2nd Annual Live Like Maria Freestyle Shootout on this weekend of celebration. For info visit the Nantahla Outdoor Center website: or call 828.785.4847.

21st Annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival April 27 - 28, 2019

Historic Downtown Dahlonega’s award-winning Bear on the Square Mountain Festival is a yearly celebration of the Southern Appalachian culture, including an auction, music, art and folkways. Dahlonega is a picturesque town in the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains and this year’s event will be held in and around the town’s Historic Square during the third weekend in April. Pre-festival events, including the beginning of jamming on the square and the Live and Silent Country Auction will occur on Friday, April 26, 2019, with two full days of activities on Saturday and Sunday. For more info visit Contact: (706) 8643711 or (800) 231-5543.

42nd Annual Big Shanty Festival April 13-14, 2019

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Georgia. More than 250 booths featuring a vast array of one-of-a-kind and homemade crafts. The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History sits at the center of the festival. Outstanding local entertainment and all your favorite festival foods. Parade kicks off at 9:30 am on Saturday at Adams Park and continue down Main Street through downtown Kennesaw. FREE. For information call: 770423-1330 or visit

2nd Annual Georgia Mountain Needle Arts Festival April 26- 28, 2019

Berroco, Noro, Silver Threads & Golden Needles, Strings & Stitches Yarn Shoppe and the North Georgia Knitting Guild are proud to sponsor the Second Annual Georgia Mountain Needle Arts Festival. This event will take place in Ellijay at the Gilmer County Civic Center, April 26 -28. An absolute treat for knit, crochet, weaving, rug hooking enthusiasts and more, attendees of this event will gain access to a variety of vendors and educational resources. Needle artists will enjoy shopping for yarn, beads, hand dyed materials, artisan fiber, felted rug supplies, wood turning products and more. The Gilmer County Civic Center, 1561 South Main St. Ellijay, GA 30540. Friday and Saturday 10am to 5pm. Sunday from 10am to 4pm. There is a cash only admission fee of $5. Vendors will accept payments of checks, cash and credit. Parking is free. For more information regarding the Georgia Mountain Needle Arts Festival, including lists of sponsors, vendors, educational courses and local hotel and cabin rental options, please visit

61st Annual Polk County Ramp Tramp Festival April 26-27, 2019

The ramp or wild leek, is a wild onion native to North America. The bulb resembles a scallion, but the flat, broad leaves set it apart, a version of the wild garlic. The festival brings hundreds to the camp each year to enjoy the traditional meal while bluegrass music is played. The meal includes ramps fried in eggs, streaked meat, fried potatoes, white beans and cornbread. All proceeds are used for the operation and the upkeep of Camp McCroy, 1058 Hwy 30, Reliance TN. 7 miles north of Turtletown, TN. Email the Polk County Extension Director and 4-H Agent: Greg Paxton, 423338-4503. Visit

Kennesaw Beer & Wine Festival April 27, 2019

Over 100 beers, featuring the local Georgia Breweries, and a select number of breweries from all over the country. This event will also feature over 25 wines, and a bunch of ciders as well. Lazy Guy Distillery will join us to taste small samples. A full list of beers, wines and APRIL/MAY 2019

ciders will be posted the week of the festival. Live music on the main stage. This is a 21 and up event, no exceptions, no kids, no babies, no pets. Rain or Shine, no refunds. 1pm – 5pm. Tickets are $35 advance, $40 after April 19, and $50 day of event. NO parking available. Depot Park, downtown Kennesaw. Visit

3rd Annual Blue Ridge Trout Fest & Outdoor Adventures April 27, 2019

Celebrating the Trout Capital of Georgia from the epicenter of Fannin County. Fly fishing lessons, trout fishing gear, clothing and accessories. Enjoy adventure outfitters, local fishing guides, conservation information, lodging services, home decor and gifts, fly making, art, outdoor clothing and fishing gear, fishing seminars ... not to mention our amazing Food Truck Alley and Beer Garden! Learn all about trout and the conservation ethos associated with Trout Unlimited. Historic Downtown Blue Ridge City Park. 10am- 5pm. Admission $5, kids under 12, free. Call 706. 374. 2390 or email info@ Visit

Smyrna Spring Jonquil Festival April 27 – 28, 2019

The Jonquil Festival is located on the beautiful Village Green in downtown Smyrna and will showcase arts and crafts by more than 150 artists/crafters from across the country. The event also offers fun for the entire family to enjoy with continuous entertainment, a children’s section, and a wide selection of festival foods. The Jonquil Jog will kick the festival off Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m., with the 5K Run/Walk, held at the City of Smyrna Municipal Building next to the Village Green- registration is required call 770-319-5401 or on-line at www. The festival hours of operation are 10:00 a.m.6:00 p.m., on Saturday, and noon-5:00 p.m., on Sunday. FREE. For more information call Bill Watson at 770-423-1330 or visit

28th Georgia Mountain Rally Hosted by the BMW Motorcycle Club of Georgia May 3 – 5, 2019 The BMW Motorcycle Club of GA celebrates its 28th GA Mtn. Rally at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee. The area offers twisties, inspiring vistas and renowned mountain hospitality. Plus, this is dual-sport heaven for all skill levels. The rally has lakeside tent and RV camping. All brands welcome. Registration includes tent camping sites on grass for Fri and Sat nights, Fri chili and Sat steak dinners, Sat and Sun breakfasts, regular rally attractions and major prize draws. Visit www. or


2nd Annual Murphy Spring Festival May 4, 2019

Come on out and enjoy the warm spring air while you listen to live on-stage performances by our amazing local talent. While you tap your feet to the beat, come browse our beer garden – you’ll find many unique craft brews in our roped-off area close to the stage. Peruse beautiful handcrafted artwork and browse our car show while enjoying our local cuisine, restaurants throughout downtown Murphy will be joining in the celebration. Headlining will be Andrew Chastain, Bird in Hand, Lindsey Beth Harper and more! Rain date May 5th. For more info visit:

6th Annual Georgia Apple Blossom Festival May 4 & 5, 2019

Welcome to North Georgia! The Georgia Apple Blossom Festival brings one exciting weekend to East Ellijay, Georgia with over fifty hand-selected, regional vendors offering food, art, crafts, a business expo and more. The Georgia Apple Blossom Festival focus is everything LOCAL. Hosting the best arts, craft and food vendors in the region. There will be plenty of parking and restaurants in close proximity to the festival grounds. Only an hour north of Atlanta you can come enjoy the festival, and all the sights and scenery Gilmer County has to offer. FREE! And Pet-Friendly! 9am-5pm on Saturday and 9am-4pm on Sunday in East Ellijay on Craig Street parallel to Highway 515. Visit or contact: Gilmer County Chamber 706-635-7400.

2nd Annual Murphy Spring & Brew Festival May 4, 2019

Join us for the second annual Murphy Spring Festival. Stroll the street in Historic Downtown Murphy, NC and meet vendors, enjoy local produce and foods. Vote for your favorite classic car as you listen to local bands on the Tennessee Street Stage. Free! Noon- 8pm. Celebrate what makes Murphy our favorite town! Rivers, trails, mountains, locally-owned business, superb people, and a beautiful downtown! Live music all day! Vendor booths! Local artists! Car show! Biergarten with local breweries! Restaurant specials! For more information visit: or follow us on Facebook: @whereNCbegins and Find us on Instagram and @wherencbegins and on Facebook at”

10th Annual North Cobb Rotary Smoke on the Lake BBQ Festival May 10 -11, 2019

North Cobb Rotary is presenting this 100% Charity event that kicks off with a free concert on Friday night. This Georgia Barbecue Association-sanctioned barbecue cooking comWWW.ACLIVINGMAGAZINE.COM


petition will continue all night along the banks of beautiful Lake Acworth and the event will open back up to the public on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. Tickets to taste the backyard teams BBQ will be on sale for a nominal charge. Cauble Park, 4425 Beach St, Acworth, GA 30101. Activities for the kids will be in the Kids Zone. For information, visit northcobbrotary. org,

30th Annual Cherokee County Indian Festival & Mother’s Day Powwow May 11 - 12, 2019

Native American dance competition, honor dance for Chipa Wolfe, and Mother’s Day honor dance; Native American cuisine; Native arts and crafts, jewelry, and clothing; living Indian village and displays; environmental and wildlife displays; kids’ activities; and more! The Indian Festival and Mother’s Day Powwow will take place rain or shine. Tickets will be on sale at the gate throughout the event, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Children under age 5: free; children ages 6 to 12: $5; adults (13 and up): $15. Boling Park, 1200 Marietta Highway Canton, GA 30114. Event website:, Contact: Ruby Wolfe, 770 735 6275

9th Annual Georgia Mountain Egg Fest May 17 – 18, 2019

An Egg Fest is a gathering of Big Green Egg fans and experienced cooks/chefs from all across the country. The cooks will be preparing recipes all day long. The non-cooks (tasters) are free to stroll through the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, Hiawassee, GA and sample and experience wonderful “egged” food. Friday: Meet & Greet 5pm – 8pm. Saturday: 9am -5pm. Beer and wine will be available for purchase this year at the Eggfest, however please feel free to bring your own drink of choice to the Meet & Greet and/or to the Eggfest. For important details visit: Taster tickets are $25.00, kids under 12 free. For info call 706-896-4191 or

16th Annual Canton Festival of the Arts May 4-5, 2019

Held in Brown Park in historic downtown Canton GA is the 16th annual Canton Festival of the Arts Festival, May 4 & 5, 2019. The festival is produced by the Cherokee County Arts Center-a 501 (c) 3 non-profit dedicated to enriching community life through the arts-as its primary fundraiser. The festival features the Artist Market, Serenity Garden, Jack Fincher Jr. Rising Artist Area, Kids Zone and Food Court. Historic Downtown Canton on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm. Visit 40

4th Annual Dahlonega Arts & Wine Festival May 18-19, 2019

Chestatee Artists presents this festival that features high quality arts & crafts, a Wine Garden for tasting fine local and regional wines, and jazz performances, in our historic downtown square and Hancock Park. Saturday hours are 10 to 6 pm and Sunday 10 to 5 pm. No admission is charged except for those wine lovers who wish to taste the fine wines from six different wineries. For more information go to or check out the facebook page, Dahlonega Arts & Wine Festival, or email or call 706-867-8059.

3rd Annual Clusterfest at Crane Creek May 18, 2019

Celebrate SPRING and join us for our, a celebration of regional musical talent, artisans, wine, and food at Crane Creek Vineyards. Local and Regional singer\songwriters will be performing all day at the vineyard. Come for your favorite, or listen to them all. $20.00 per guest includes daily admission, food, wine tasting, shopping local artisans, a souvenir Crane Creek Vineyards wine glass, in addition to a front row seat to some of our areas best talent! 11am -6:00pm. Crane Creek Vineyards, 916 Crane Creek Road, Young Harris, GA. For more info: www. or 706-379-1236.

43rd Annual Spring Arts in the Park Festival May 25-26, 2019

Enjoy the 43rd annual Spring Arts in the Park fine arts and fine crafts festival held in the beautiful Downtown City Park of Blue Ridge, Georgia during Memorial Day weekend. Admire the variety of artwork, enjoy tasty food, watch multiple artist demos and see art from over 175 juried fine arts and fine crafts exhibitors throughout the weekend festival. Weekend Admission: adults $5; children under 12 free. All proceeds go to benefit the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, a 501c3 non-profit community arts association. Arts in the Park is one of the town’s signature events. Admission $5, kids free. Saturday & Sunday 10am – 5pm. Proceeds go to the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association. For info visit or call 706-632-2144.

12th Annual Blairsville Spring Arts & Crafts Festival May 27-28, 2019

On the Square in Blairsville, Memorial Day weekend. Over 60 vendors offering a unique blend of hand produced merchandise. Ongoing Bluegrass and County Music throughout the day. Also, let’s not forget the food - hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage, cold drinks and more for your enjoyment, and local restaurants and



retail shops to peruse and pick up that special find. All activities will take place on the Square around the Old Courthouse. Saturday & Sunday 10am – 5pm, rain or shine. Visit the Union County Historical Society at or call 706-745-5493.

46th Annual Helen to the Atlantic Hot Air Balloon Race & Festival May 30- June 1, 2019

The South’s oldest balloon event will begin with a mass ascension of 30 colorful hot air balloons. Balloonists compete in local events Thursday evening beginning around 6pm thru Saturday. Local flying events will take place also on Friday and Saturday. The balloons will fly around 7:30am and 6:00pm each day (weather permitting). Many opportunities available to the public; assisting with the inflations, being a part of a chase crew, taking a tethered ride in a balloon or a champagne flight over the mountains. For more information contact Race Headquarters at 706-878-2271 to schedule a balloon flight.

4th Annual North Georgia Highlands Seafood Festival May 31- June 2, 2019 Come on out to experience a variety of seafood vendors from Blairsville to Savannah! Eat some serious seafood, tap your toes to live music, stroll through more than 50 arts and crafts exhibitors. Featuring tons of delicious food, outstanding music and affordable homespun arts & crafts. Beer & wine garden. Bring a chair or blanket to sit back and enjoy the live music. Friday 3pm – 9pm, Saturday 10am – 9pm, Sunday 10am – 5pm. Free parking. Admission is $5 cash, kids under 12, free. Pet friendly! Saturday 1pm auction to benefit the Towns County Food Pantry. Mayors Park, Hwy 76, Young Harris, GA. For info and tickets call 706897-6179 or visit their web site at:

5th Annual Lavender Festival June 15, 2019

This will be a closed event to make it enjoyable and pleasant for everyone. Who would know we would be so popular last year! Time of attendance will be morning bookings of 9 am - 12 am or afternoon bookings of1 pm - 4 pm. Tickets will be available beginning April 1st. Purchase your tickets from April 1st till sold out. Once sold out they are gone. No no one will be allowed to just walk in the day of festival, since this is a closed event. Pets NOT allowed on the farm at any time. Red Oak Lavender Farm, 2882 Red Oak Flats Road, Dahlonega, GA 30533. Contact (678) 577 – 9041 or visit


16th Annual Blairsville Scottish Festival & Highland Games June 8– 9, 2019

Ride the Rails Festival June 22- 23, 2019

Blairsville Scottish Festival and Highland Games is held the second weekend in June at Meeks Park in Blairsville, GA. This three day event offers a the Kilted Golf Classic; Ceilidh (dinner party); Pipe and Drum Bands; Athletic Competitions; Vendors; Children’s Games; a Concert; and Scottish Food, Music, Scottish Dancing, Reenactments, Geneology, Ancient Scottish Weaponry and the popular Highland Games. Live animals and demonstrations, Highland Cattle, Scottish Setters, Falconry and sheep herding. Saturday night concert. No pets in Meeks Park, please. Visit: Contact Information: 706-745-2161 or email:

Blue Ridge Mountains Wine & Jazz Festival June 22, 2019

Enjoy some great jazz, sip some great wines and taste some delicious food. There will be a selection of wines from around the world as well as wines from the North Georgia Mountains. Buy it by the glass or the bottle. Gates open at 2 pm, Music 3 to 9 pm. No pets, no coolers, no outside food or drinks. The focus of the Blue Ridge Mountains Wine & Jazz Festival is for the North Georgia Mountains to be recognized as “A Cultural Tourism Destination” and to provide opportunities for students of jazz music. Location: Mercier Orchards. For info call 706-698-1275 or 561-889-7499. Visit www.

34th Annual British in the Blue Ridge June 28 – 29, 2019

Make your camping reservations with Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds for the event. We look forward to seeing everyone for another fun weekend of British Bikes in the north Georgia mountains! Rally, rides and bike show. Sponsored by the Greater Atlanta British Motorcycle Association. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, Hiawassee, GA. Visit www.gabma. us or

13th Annual Mountain Fling June 22- 23, 2019

Enjoy arts & crafts galore the last weekend in June. A two - day juried show featuring original fine art and fine crafts, ceramics, fiber art, linens, jewelry, soaps, gourds, leather goods, pet items, outdoor art. Exhibits set both in-doors and out. Saturday 9am – 4pm. Sunday 11am – 4pm. The event will be held at North Georgia Technical College, 121 Meeks Ave Blairsville, GA. See more at: Contact Information: 706-896-0932. Or visit APRIL/MAY 2019

Mineral Bluff. A 5-mile round trip by railroad motor car traveling through the Iron Bridge over the beautiful Toccoa River, then returning over the bridge back to the beautiful and historic Mineral Bluff Depot. Motor Car Rides: Suggested Donation $10.00 for Adults, $5.00 for Children 2-12. Hand Pump Car Rides, $1.00 per person per round trip. A fun day for all! Visit the depot and see the progress being made on our large “HO” gauge model railroad based on the “Old Line” from Atlanta to Etowah, TN and through Mineral Bluff to Murphy, NC! Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 150 Railroad Avenue (Hwy 60 northbound, Railroad avenue is next street on your left after the 4 way stop sign at Spur 60). For more information 706455-8903

2nd Annual Made in Georgia Festival June 29 -30, 2019 Come out to the 2nd Annual Made in Georgia Festival featuring 100 vendors offering a wide variety of products made, grown, brewed, harvested, stitched, crafted, or inspired by Georgia. This festival will provide attendees the opportunity to sample our cuisine, have a unique shopping opportunity, and it will educate them about Georgia’s history. Come hungry and buy local! Admission $5, children ages 14 and under free. 10:00am - 5:00pm. Towns County Rec Center, 150 Foster Park Rd. Young Harris, GA 30546. For info visit or call Crystal 706-896-4966.

69th Annual Georgia Mountain Fair July 19 – 27, 2019

Thousands of visitors from across the region have experienced the excitement and nostalgia that this event has to offer. With first class musical performances, arts & crafts, fun carnival rides, Georgia’s rich history and culture, the Fair provides something for every member of the family. Top-notch musical performances, “Old Ways Demonstrations and a Pioneer Village! Free parking. Children under 12, free. Georgia Mountain Fair, Inc. P.O. Box 444, Hiawassee, GA 30546. View entire Fair schedule at www. For more info Phone: (706) 896-4191.

20th Annual Butternut Creek Festival July 20-21, 2019

Celebrate and enjoy the Arts of this Mountain Region! A family event nestled along the shady banks of Butternut Creek at the beautiful Meeks Park. The Butternut Creek Festival is one of the finest juried arts and crafts shows in the southeast. Showcasing the work of 65 hand selected artists and craftsmen in categories from basketry, fine art, fabric art, and decorative painting, to


glass, jewelry, metal working, photography, pottery, scrimshaw, and woodturning. Enjoy live music, demonstrations and great food. Free! Meeks Park: 11 Pool Lane, Blairsville, GA. on the South side of Hwy 76/515, just 0.7 miles west of the Hwy 19/129 traffic light. For more info contact High Country Artisans: 706-7811221 or visit

11th Annual Mountain Moonshine Cruiz-In July 11- 13, 2019

Come join us for the Annual Georgia Mountain Moonshine Cruiz-In at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds on beautiful Lake Chatuge. Camping is available. Stay right at the show site. Enjoy three fun filled days of good ole mountain hillbilly fun. See a Pioneer village, real moonshine still in the works, mountain crafts, and plenty of hot classic cars, trucks, bikes, rat rods, swat meet and more! Contact us: 662587- 9572 or

Annual Blairsville Green Bean Festival July 27-28, 2019

Celebrate the green bean and “green” living with pageants, a square dance, tractor show, quilting exhibit, storytellers, crafts, “living green” demonstrations, farmers’ market, and “Green Ribbon” recipe contest. Look for different varieties of green beans (from heirloom pole beans to mountain white half-runners) and lots of other fresh, juicy produce freshly harvested by Union County farmers. The whole county turns out for this “Country Fair” type event. 7am – 1pm. Blairsville Farmer’s Market, 148 Old Smokey Road, Blairsville, GA 30512. Visit or

Mountain Heritage Festival August 31 – September1, 2019

The Heritage Festival celebrates the history and mountain culture of Union County, GA on the grounds of the Historic Mountain Life Museum around the 1906 Butt-Mock home. There will be music on the porch, arts & crafts vendors, food vendors, as well as demonstrations of skills used by Union County’s earliest settlers. Visit the Union County Historical Society at www. or call 706-745-5493.

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



INSIDE Welcome to our Calendar! While every attempt has been made to provide accurate event listings, we urge you to confirm the information provided before making travel plans. With that said, come and see all that north Georgia and the southern Appalachians has to offer!

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. Galleries, restaurants, and many other businesses will feature art, live working artists, live performances, music, and fine dining. Presented by The Valley River Arts Guild 5-8 pm. Visit or call 828-557-0602 3/8 thru 4/10 Annual Gilmer County Student Art Exhibition See the work of these talented elementary, middle and high school students as we celebrate “Student Art Month” at Gilmer Arts. Opening reception 3/1, 4-6pm. The artwork is on display until 4/10. Free! Gilmer Arts, 207 Dalton Street, Ellijay, GA. Info: 706635-5605 or 4/5 thru 5/4 Steven Martin: Transformation Blue Ridge, GA. Steven Martin’s exhibit, “Transformation,” will be comprised of oil paintings whose subjects interweave ideas drawn from psychology, science, and mythology. His paintings are often juxtapositions of forms from the natural world such as 42




microscopic cells, energy movements, and labyrinths, creating create symbolic metaphors that can guide the viewer into a deeper sense of the interconnectedness of all things. Opening reception is April 5, 5-7pm. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 West Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Registration & Info: 706-632-2144 or https://

In his return to Gilmer Arts as a seasoned artist, Hoguer Ramirez shows his exceptional and diverse talent in this exhibition of sculpture and paintings. Join the artist and other supporters of Gilmer Arts at a reception celebrating his return to our gallery. On display until 5/16. 5pm- 7pm. Free! Gilmer Arts, 207 Dalton Street, Ellijay, GA. Info: 706-635-5605 or www.

4/5 – 6/29 AIR 2nd Qtr – Margo Locke Blue Ridge, GA. Margo Locke’s style combines the expressive feeling of Vincent Van Gogh with the simplicity of American Folk Art within a watercolor media. Like Grandma Moses, she depicts many rural scenes of people and places and incorporates her emotions through her pastoral subjects. Opening reception is April 5, 5-7pm. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 West Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Registration & Info: 706-632-2144 or https://

5/11 thru 6/8 Celebration of Artisans, SAAG Member Show Blue Ridge, GA. Enjoy unforgettable 2D and 3D creations from our very own Southern Appalachian Artist Guild members, ranging from pottery, painting, photography and more. This is a member-based show from one of the largest artist guilds in North Georgia. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 West Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Registration & Info: 706-632-2144 or https://

4/5 - 4/6 22nd Annual Blue Ridge Writers Conference Blue Ridge, GA. The mission of the Blue Ridge Writers’ Conference is to educate, inform, and inspire writers. Featuring crime novelist, Thomas Mullen as Keynote Speaker, the conference offers workshops, speakers, networking and book sales. Opening reception open to the public Friday 4/5 from 5pm – 7pm. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 West Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Registration & Info: 706632-2144 or https://www. 4/12 – 5/16 The Art of Hoguer Ramirez Ellijay, GA. B.E.S.T. Art Series Exhibit Opening Reception.


5/25 & 5/26 43rd Annual Spring Arts in the Park Blue Rudge, GA. Fine arts and fine crafts festival held in the beautiful Downtown City Park of Blue Ridge, GA during Memorial Day weekend. Shop from a variety of artworks from over 175 juried fine arts and fine crafts exhibitors, tasty food, multiple artist demos throughout the weekend festival. Pets are welcomed as long as they are leashed and well-behaved. Rain or shine. Weekend Admission: adults $5; children under 12 free. 10am- 5pm. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 West Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Registration & Info: 706632-2144 or https://www.

EVENTS First Fridays Downtown Canton, GA. First Friday, May through October, Historic Downtown Canton. Live music, car shows, food trucks and local shopping. 6-9pm. https:// mainstreet/first_fridays.htm. 4th Friday March through September. Georgia Mountain Classics Cruise Ins Blue Ridge, GA. Great fun for the whole family. Free event but you’ll want to at least buy one of their great desserts! Free registration if you want to bring your classic car and you get a $4.00 off DQ Certificate when you register. 6pm – 8pm. Dairy Queen 380 Progress Circle Blue Ridge, GA. georgiamountainclassics@hotmail. com Saturdays Jasper Farmer’s Market Jasper, GA. Fresh & locally grown produce, handcrafted goods. 7:30am – Noon. Lee Newton Park, Jasper, Ga 30143 Saturdays Ellijay Farmers Market Ellijay, GA. Local vendors home grown produce, homemade goods. 8am – Noon. 1 Broad St, Ellijay, GA 30536. 4/6 - 4/7 1st Annual Blue Ridge 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 1600 to 9,000 square feet. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. $15. Tickets & Info: (423) 241-1512 or www. blueridgeparadeofhomes. com


4/19 Murder Mystery Dinner at the Disco Talking Rock, GA. Chateau Meichtry Family Vineyard and Winery. Dust off your platform shoes & join them Friday, April 19th from 6:30 - 11 p.m. for their 4th annual Murder Mystery Dinner in the Winery!! This year’s theme is Murder at the Disco!! Tickets are $130 per couple/ $75 per single, and include the Murder Mystery Dinner Theater, a 3 course dinner catered by The Woodbridge Inn, a bottle of your favorite Chateau Meichtry wine, souvenir glass & a disco dance party with D.J. Ron from 10 - 11 p.m. to finish out the night in style!! 70’s style attire is not required, but strongly suggested! Seating is very limited & you won’t want to miss this one!! So, please call 706-502-1608 to make your reservations today!! Chateau Meichtry, 1862 Orchard Lane, Talking Rock, Georgia 30175 4/21 Going Green – Earth Day Celebration, Sequoyah Regional Library Ellijay, GA. Explore Earth Day fun by book reading, making a bird feeder, observing earthworms, and creating unique crafts! For all ages; children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 2-4:30pm. Visit 4/27 Earth Day Celebration Ellijay, GA. Enjoy free food, fun, children’s activities, giveaways and live music. 8:00am-2:00pm. Gilmer County Courthouse parking lot. Info: Jay Zipperman 706-273-1474 or 4/27 Bowls of Hope Blue Ridge, GA. Take home a bowl made by a local potter! Sample soups, breads and APRIL/MAY 2019

AC LIVING CALENDAR desserts from local restaurants. Cost is $30 per person and can be purchased online through Learn more about the event, the contributing artists, and about Feed Fannin by visiting the website. 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Willow Creek Falls and Vineyard, 35 Trackside Lane, Blue Ridge, GA 30513 Info: 706-946-1001 or 5/3 Veteran’s Fishing Rodeo Blue Ridge, GA. Free Event. Rain or Shine. 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Must bring own fishing gear and bait. Free lunch and prizes. Georgia Sports Fishing Regulations apply. Chattahoochee Fish Hatchery, 4730 Rock Creek Road, Blue Ridge, Georgia 30513. Email: kelly_taylor@ Phone: 706-8384723 5/4 12th Annual Taste of Blue Ridge Blue Ridge, GA. Willow Creek Falls and Vineyard. Benefiting the Humane Society of Blue Ridge. Tickets go on sale April 1. 5-8pm. Info: 770-377-8220 or 5/4 Casino Night- The Big Easy Ellijay, GA. Gilmer Arts. Eat, Drink, & Be Merry; All for a Good Cause! $50 per person $85 per couple. Table Upgrade available – $75 per person, $135 couple or $500 for a full table (8 person table). Table Upgrades Includes Additional Raffle Tickets, Additional Playing Chips, & Theater Tickets! Door Prizes, Raffles, Prizes for Winners, Raffle – Special Grand Prize for the Night! Tickets & Info: 706-6355605 or www.gilmerarts. com. George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse, 135 Dalton St., Ellijay, GA 30540. 5/11 North Georgia Master Gardener Plant Sale Blue Ridge, GA. Native and non-native plants at great prices. Profits from sales support local community projects, 4-H initiatives, education and scholarships. APRIL/MAY 2019

8:00am-1:00Ppm. United Community Bank Pavilion, 4000 Zell Miller Mountain Parkway, Blue Ridge, GA. 5/11 Georgia Mountain Classic Car Show Downtown Blue Ridge, GA. Over 100 cars. Registration starts at 9:00 a.m. Door prizes and trophies for the top 75 vehicles and specialty awards. Goody Bags, concessions, Judging from 12:00 to 3 p.m. Awards will be announced at 4 p.m. Info: georgiamountainclassics@ Phone: 706838-4701. 5/18 The Garden Club of Ellijay Plant Sale Ellijay, GA. Choose from a wide assortment of native plants, perennials, shrubs and container plants. Garden Club members will be available to answer questions and assist with plant selection. The hours are 8:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Lions Club Pavilion, 1729 S. Main Street, Ellijay.

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 Wednesdays Family Story Time Ellijay, GA. Family story times are designed for families with children of all ages. Story time is followed by a craft activity. Children must be accompanied by a par-

ticipating 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. 2/23 Snow Day Indoors Elijay, GA. Escape the cold and enjoy a cozy snow day inside! There will be snowy crafts and activities and hot chocolate! Children 9 and under with adult supervision, please. Free! 2pm – 3pm. Gilmer County Library, 268 Calvin Jackson Drive, Ellijay, GA 30540. Registration is required: 706-635-4528. 4/20 The 24th annual Blue Ridge Community Easter Egg Hunt Blue Ridge, GA. On the churchyard of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Blue Ridge. The hunt is free and begins at 1 p.m. with the stroke of the church bell. A special area will be provided for very young children. Following the hunt, prizes will be awarded to children finding prize eggs and refreshments served. The Blue Ridge Kiwanis Club and Walmart are partners in the annual event. St. Luke’s Church is located at 7 Ewing Street, across from the Blue Ridge Kiwanis Club Fairgrounds. Info: (706) 632-8245 4/20 Ag Day at Mercier Orchards Blue Ridge, GA. Farm Days at Mercier Orchards is an opportunity for the whole family to experience life on the farm. It’s an educational and fun experience for all ages. Something you don’t want to miss out on! Learn all about agriculture with demonstrations for everyone to enjoy. Free samples in the market. Live music. Face painting for the kids. Antique tractor show. FREE! 10am – 4pm. Mercier Orchards, 8660 Blue Ridge Drive, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Info: (706) 632-3411


4/26 & 4/27 Chimps Rock Spend a few hours with the chimps to see their forever home. Each guest will receive a rock to paint and while it dries, tour the sanctuary and learn about the lives of the chimps! 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM. Tickets are $10 per child and one adult chaperone. Additional adult tickets are available for $25. Project Chimps Sanctuary: (706) 374-3675 or www. 4/26 thru 6/28 Gazers of the Galaxy ~ Brasstown Bald Have you ever gazed up at the night sky and wondered what was “out there”? Now’s your chance to view Brasstown Bald’s scenic vista in a whole new light – or dark! Astronomer, Alex Langoussis, will guide you through the night, interpreting the wonders of the universe through his galactic stories and expertise, with the opportunity to use a high-powered telescope. 9pm – 11:30pm. For tickets and info: or 706-896-2556. 5/4 S.A.F.E. Kid’s Fishing Derby Join Nottely Marina as they host a Kids Fishing Derby on behalf of SAFE. Enjoy fishing, fishing education, prizes, children’s activities, boat rides, and supporting your local abuse victims services programs. 11am – 3pm Nottely Marina: 86 Doucette Cir, Blairsville, GA 30514. Info: SAFE at 706-379-1901 or Nottely Marina at 706745-3638. 5/18 Armed Forces Day Blairsville, GA. The Armed Forces Day ceremony is to honor and remember the men and women who are bound by oath duty to serve and protect the United States of America. Tie a yellow ribbon in honor of your loved one serving in the military. 11am-noon. Info: or (706) 745 – 5493

5/26 Memorial Day Parade Blairsville, GA. Parade at 10am. Each Memorial Day weekend downtown Blairsville salutes those who have served our Country by enjoying a community parade and ceremony at War Memorial Park Ceremony to follow at 11am at the Veterans Memorial. Info: or (706) 745 – 5493

OUTDOORS Second Saturday Every Month 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 or 770-5485590 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: 4/6 SuperHero 5K ~ Blue Ridge Elementary Downtown Blue Ridge, GA. Enjoy our family friendly event! Come dressed as your favorite superhero and you could win a prize! Overall male and female winner will receive the coveted superhero capes! Awards will be given in all age groups for male and female racers. Superhero merchandise will be available for purchase. Water and light post-race snacks will be provided. Continued registration available through race day. 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM. Contact: Rose Schueneman Phone: 757-338-6221



4/8 Hike BMT: Cartecay Loop trail. A fairly easy 4 mile loop trail, much of it along the Cartecay river.Contact Hike leader Ken Cissna at kcissna AT or 813-3106084. 4/13 5K Color Run & 1M Walk ~ North Georgia Mountain Crisis Network Downtown Blue Ridge. Since its founding in 1986, the North Georgia Mountain Crisis Network, Inc. has been serving survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Fannin, Gilmer and Pickens Counties. They offer an environment of encouragement, compassion, and support through our emergency shelter, crisis hotline, legal advocacy, community outreach and education. $35 -$40. 8:00 am - Registration starts. 9:00 am - 5K begins. 10:30 am - 1 mile walk begins. Info: crisisshelter@ 4/15 Hike BMT: near Cherohala and Tellico Plains, TN From Unicoi Overlook/Beech Gap parking (elevation 4,400’) to Whigg Meadow (elevation 4,940’). 5.8 miles, moderate difficulty. We will place a shuttle car at Mud Gap to shorten the return from Whigg Meadow. Contact Hike Leader Tom Sewell at SewellTom AT or text to 706669-6406. 4/26 Annual Teardrop Half Marathon, 10K & 5K Chatsworth, GA. Lace up your sneakers, lean forward and get ready for the 3rd Annual Tear Drop Half Marathon! Start on top of Fort Mountain at an elevation near 3000 feet and finish in Chatsworth, Georgia, for an over 2000-foot drop for the Half Marathon. For details & registration visit 4/27 2019 Cohutta 100 - Big Frog 65 - Old Copper 30 The 2019 Cohutta 100, Big Frog 65 and Old Copper 30 Bike Races will be returning to the beautiful 44

Ocoee Whitewater Center in Ducktown, TN for 2019. Pre-registration required. Contact 4/27 Gilmer Saddle Club Horse Show Ellijay, GA. 1727 S Main St, Ellijay, GA 30540. 1pm. Phone: (706) 636-3779 or visit 5/17 & 5/18 22nd Annual Blue Ridge Adventure Race 2019 Weekend will start with the 24 Hour Race in downtown Blue Ridge GA, Friday Night at 5:00 pm on May 17th and finishing on Saturday at 5:00 pm. The 8 Hour race will start Saturday morning at 9:00 am and finishing the same time as the 24 Hour teams at 5:00 pm. Heading to a secret location this year that has never been used before in any Blue Ridge race and should be a great time for MTB lovers. More details to come and don’t forget that the 8 Hour race sells out every year. Race director Jeff Leininger will be setting 2 incredible courses. Info: or 904-477-5067. 5/25 Gilmer Saddle Club Horse Show Ellijay, GA. 1727 S Main St, Ellijay, GA 30540. 1pm. Phone: (706) 636-3779 or visit 5/25 Merrell Adventure Dash Nantahala Gorge, NC. Suitable for families as well as adults, will negotiate a series of natural and manmade obstacles along the 5K course, including balance components, climbs and nets, a river-run, and mud pit. Enjoy a fun, familyfriendly adventure run in the Nantahala Gorge. 5K dash or a 1K fun run. Info: www. or events/adventure-dash 5/26 Memorial Run for the Rhodies 5K Run/Walk Hiawassee, GA. 8am. $25 in advance. Hamilton Gardens, Gps- 96 pavilion road-at


the top of Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds Info: www. or (706)970-0011.

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. Fridays & Saturdays Andrews Brewing Company 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 Sundays WYYZ’s Live Music at Rocco’s Rocco’s Pub, 47 Mountainside Village Parkway, Jasper, GA. Contact 706.253.1900 or visit http:// Weekends Live Music at Blue Ridge Brewery Blue Ridge Brewery, 187 Depot Street, Blue Ridge, GA . 706. 632. 6611 or www. 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 706-7455493 or 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 please contact Gilmer Arts 207 Dalton St. Ellijay, GA 30540. 706-635-5605. Visit

Weekends Copperhill Brewery Live Music. Definitely casual. Easy to relax. Roomy. Sometimes there’s music. Monday - Saturday : Noon to 8 PM Sunday: Noon to 5 PM. Copperhill Brewery - 105 Ocoee Street Copperhill, TN 37317. Info: info@copperhillbrewery. com, 423-548-3030 or copperhill Weekends LIve Music at Engelheim Vineyards Engelheim Vineyards 127 Lakeview Road, Ellijay, GA 30540. Call 706-635-WINE (9463) or visit Weekends Fannin Brewing Company Live Music in the Bier Garden Fannin Brewing: 3758 East First Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. or 706.258.2762 Weekends Cartecay Vineyards Cartecay Vineyards, 5704 Clear Creek Road, Ellijay, GA 30535. Call 706. 698. 9463 (WINE) or visit Weekends Chateau Meichtry Vineyards Chateau Meichtry, 1862 Orchard Lane, Talking Rock, GA 30175. Info: (706) 5021608 or www. 4/5 Live At The Fillmore, Live Music is Better Blue Ridge, GA. The world’s greatest tribute to the Allman Brothers. 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM. Blue Ridge Community Theater, 2591 East 1st St., Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Tickets & Info: Email: info@ blueridgecommunitytheater. com Phone: 706-632-9223. 4/6 Hank Williams Jr. Hiawassee, GA. 7:00PM. Tickets On Sale January 18th (Available Online January 17th at 10:00pm). Tickets: $77.00 + Handling


& Credit Card Fees. Tickets & Info: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road, P.O. Box 444, Hiawassee, GA 30546 706-896-4191 or http:// 4/13 Big Daddy Weave – Alive Tour Hiawassee, GA. Mike Weaver and his quintet of contemporary Christian rockers weave messages of praise into No. 1 hits such as “Redeemed” and “In Christ”. 7:00PM. Tickets On Sale Now. Tickets: $15.00-$175.00 + Handling & Credit Card Fees. Tickets & Info: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road, P.O. Box 444, Hiawassee, GA 30546 706-896-4191 or http:// 4/26 & 5/3 Rock the Dome II Young Harris, GA. With a mix of classic rock selections from the late 60s through the 90s, Rock the Dome II features vignettes of the sights and sounds that symbolize the evolution of rock history. 7:00PM and 8:00pm. O. Wayne Rollins Planetarium. Info: https:// math-science/rollins-planetarium/public-shows 4/27 Community Chorus Spring Concert Ellijay, GA. $10. 7pm – 9pm. Ellijay Elementary School, 32 McCutchen St, Ellijay, GA 5/2 thru 9/26 Thursdays Pickin’ in the Park McCaysville, GA. Thurs., 6:00 PM to dusk, May - Sept. Live music jams & pickin’ on the banks of the Toccoa River at the Horseshoe Bend Park in McCaysville. Free Admission. (park is wheelchair accessible). Come out, bring the whole family to enjoy the experience. Picnic tables available, nice grassy lawn but you are also welcome to bring a blanket or chair. Weather Permitting. Horseshoe Bend Park, 1156 River Road, Mineral Bluff, GA 30559.


AC LIVING CALENDAR 5/3 Geoff Achison, Live Music is Better Blue Ridge, GA. Geoff has been a driving force on the Australian blues/roots scene. His music is firmly steeped in the blues but Geoff also injects funk, soul, jazz and even classical styles into the mix. 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM. Blue Ridge Community Theater, 2591 East 1st St., Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Tickets & Info: Email: info@ blueridgecommunitytheater. com Phone: 706-632-9223. 5/11 Courtney Renee Stanley Ellijay, GA. Ms. Stanley’s vocals blend her love of standard jazz, blues and spirituals. A native of Fayetteville, West Virginia, she has been privileged to join some of the finest musicians in the metro-Atlanta region. . $15 – $34. 7:00-9:00pm. Tickets & Info: 706-635-5605 or George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse, 135 Dalton St., Ellijay, GA 30540. 5/18 Travis Tritt & Cadillac Three – Outlaws and Renegades Tour Hiawassee, GA. 7:00PM. Tickets On Sale February 22. Tickets: $65 + Handling & Credit Card Fees. Tickets & Info: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road, P.O. Box 444, Hiawassee, GA 30546 706-896-4191 or http://

THEATER 3/29 – 4/7 Live Theater – Southern Fried Funeral Ellijay, GA. Rip-Roaring Comedy. Dewey Frye is dead and the rest of the family is left to pick up the pieces- if they don’t kill each other first. $15 – $34. 7:00pm – 9:00pm. Tickets & Info: Tickets & Info: 706-6355605 or www.gilmerarts. com. George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse, 135 Dalton St., Ellijay, GA 30540.


4/5 – 4/21 Drinking Habits Jasper, GA. Two nuns at the Sisters of Perpetual Sewing have been secretly making wine to keep the convent’s doors open. Wine and secrets are inevitably spilled as everyone tries to preserve the convent. Tater Patch Players, 95 Philadelphia Lane in Jasper, GA. For tickets & info: 706-253-2800 or 4/11 – 4/28 The Prisoner of Second Avenue Blue Ridge, GA. Mel Edison gets fired. Then he’s robbed, and his psychiatrist dies with $23,000 of his money. Mel does the only thing left- he has a nervous breakdown and it’s the best thing that ever happened to him. Tickets & Info: Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Blue Ridge Community Theater, 2591 East 1st St., Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Tickets & Info: Phone: 706632-9223. 4/24- 4/27 Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl Young Harris, GA. Eurydice is a reimagining of the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love. With contemporary characters and ingenious plot twists, Eurydice is a fresh look at a timeless love story. “Pay What You Can” Preview Wednesday, April 24, 7 p.m. ThursdaySaturday, April 25 - 27, 7 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2 p.m. Young Harris College’s Dobbs Theater-Goolsby Center. 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Info: 706-379-4307 or academics/fine-arts/theatreyoung-harris/season 5/16 – 6/2 Boeing, Boeing Blue Ridge, GA. It’s the 1960s, and swinging bachelor Bernard couldn’t be happier: a flat in Paris and three gorgeous stewardesses all engaged to him without knowing about each other.

But Bernard’s perfect life gets bumpy when his friend Robert comes to stay and a new and speedier Boeing jet throws off all of his careful planning. Soon all three stewardesses are in town simultaneously, timid Robert is forgetting which lies to tell to whom, and catastrophe looms. Thursday through Saturday Performances start 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: Phone: 706-632-9223. 5/24 – 6/2 Live Theater – Dixie Swim Club Ellijay, GA. Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives. $15 – $34. 7:00pm – 9:00pm. Tickets & Info: Tickets & Info: 706635-5605 or George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse, 135 Dalton St., Ellijay, GA 30540.

WINE & BEER TASTINGS OPEN EVERY DAY Bear Claw Vineyards Blue Ridge, GA. Sunday Thursday 12-6pm, Friday & Saturday 12-8pm. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. 2281 Tennis Court Rd., Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Visit Open Every Day Engelheim Vineyards Engelheim Vineyards 127 Lakeview Road, Ellijay, GA 30540. Call 706-635-WINE (9463) or visit 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 Daily Chateau Meichtry Chateau Meichtry, 1862 Orchard Lane, Talking Rock, GA 30175. Info: (706) 5021608 or www. 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 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. 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 copperhill

– 9:00pm. Blue Ridge Brewery, 187 Depot Street, Blue Ridge, GA. 706. 632. 6611 or www. Ongoing Thurs - Sun Buck Bald Brewing 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:// Ongoing Thurs - Sun Fannin Brewing Company 3758 East First Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. 706.258.2762 or Ongoing Thurs - Sat Grumpy Old Men Brewing Dog & kid friendly. 1315 East Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA. 770-3318870/404-966-2665, Ongoing Mon- Sun Valley River Brewery & Eatery Located in Historic Downtown Murphy, NC at 71 Tennessee Street. 828-837BEER or HAVE FUN Out There! Deadline for June/ July Calendar Items is May1st.

Ongoing Wed - Sun Blue Ridge Brewery Dog friendly outdoor patio. Open Wednesday through Sunday 11:00am WWW.ACLIVINGMAGAZINE.COM



history of indian georgia

– Georgia’s Gold Rush

History Editor Leslie Barker Thomas Digs Deep Into Our Rich Cultural Past with This Ongoing Series About Our Native Ancestors

The Forming of The Georgia Guard


Georgia’s governors had grown paranoid over what was going on inside the Cherokee Nation of Georgia. Prior to the discovery of gold, the US Government had installed Federal Troops to work with The Cherokee Light Guard in protecting the Nation’s properties. The original treaties allowed for the Cherokees to retain their lands and mineral rights, but once gold was discovered in 1827 on Cherokee Nation land, the infiltration of gold seekers ran rampant. The Cherokee Light Guard headed up by Stand Waite, began been attacking all the intruders coming into the Cherokee Nation who did not have permission from the tribe to be there. The Light Guard were burning these trespassers’ crops and houses and stealing their livestock. There were no controls other than to institute measures for expelling these trespassers. As Congress passed the Indian Removal act of 1830, Georgia’s government formed a new Guard, thus replacing the Cherokees’ Light Guard and expelling the Federal Troops from the state, leaving the Cherokee nation without an advocate. The Guard consisted of 60 militia men, who were often referred to as the Georgia Guard (not to be confused with the Georgia Guard renewed during the Civil War) or just the term “militia” in records and letters between representatives of the Cherokee Nation and Georgia’s government. The Georgia Guard were ineffective at maintaining the peace between the Cherokees and the literally thousands of men coming from Tennessee and North Carolina into the Nation with gold fever. Indian Agent Colonel Hugh Lawson Montgomery reported estimations of nearly four 46

thousand white trespassers on Cherokee land by mid-1831. Within six months, the number of white trespassers seeking gold climbed to over seven thousand. Laws against these trespassing squatters’ intrusions were virtually unenforceable. Agents and Guardsmen could arrest a few of them, but there was no entity to enforce the penalties or fines. The trespassers were escorted from the lands, only to return two-fold the next day. In addition to gold, these interlopers were stealing the Cherokee’s horses and livestock. The paperwork battles for removal of the Cherokee intensified. Georgia was prompt to invoke measures to dissolve the sovereignty of the Nation and lay claim to the lands that contained the gold. Dozens of legends enveloped the Nation as they were thought to have hidden vast amounts of gold wealth and would one day return to claim it. Hundreds of maps appeared over successive decades telling of these vast hordes and where they might be found. These maps sold for a hefty price and some of them are still circulating today. Legends contend that most of the mixed-bloods that had been removed west, returned under cover of darkness to retrieve the family treasures. The drama intensified as there were protagonists on both sides of the Georgia government land grab and Indian removal issue. The taking of Cherokee lands involved an assortment of Indian agents, guardsmen, tradesmen, and missionaries and of course dozens of Cherokee Leaders trying to protect their land. Settlers were greatly divided on the issue of removal. Families that had lived in the Cherokee Nation before the Georgia Gold Rush tended to be more supportive of the Cherokee. One reason for the strong bond was the acceptance of them by the tribe. The Cherokee had invited struggling early settlers into the Nation in their time of need, teaching them various trades such as wagon making and blacksmithing. However, in general, Georgians viewed the Cherokee as only somewhat higher on the social level than slaves, but not much. The struggle to remove the Cherokee Nation lasted through three presidents, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren. It covered the governorships of five terms, John Forsyth, George Rockingham Gilmer (18291831 and 1837-1839), Wilson Lumpkin, and William Schley. ACLM



Stand Waite, Head of The Georgia Light Guard, formed to protect the Cherokee Nation’s mineral rights. The original treaties allowed for the Cherokees to retain their mineral rights, but once gold was discovered in 1827 on Cherokee Nation land, the infiltration of gold seekers ran rampant. Leslie Barker Thomas is a resident of Ellijay and the President of the Gilmer County Historical Society; Former President, Georgia Chapter Trail of Tears Association and Board Member of the National TRail of Tears Association. “When history is erased, people’s moral values are also erased.” –Ma Jian Visit the Gilmer County Historical Society Historic Tabor House & Civil War Museum 138 Spring Street, Ellijay, Georgia 30540 706. 276. 1861. Open Thursday–Saturday 10am to 2pm Donations and volunteers needed!






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