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Summer, summer SUMMER! I don’t know about you, but time seems to be flying forward at a faster rate every year. By the time you read this, the official start of tourist summer will be upon us. Memorial Day Weekend, while a somber remembrance of those who have given their lives to save our Democracy, which we shall never forget, it’s also the opening day to the tourist industry. This is how many of us make our living here in the mountain towns– tourism. Rafting and tubing outfits are ready to go, restaurants and other businesses are staffed up with summer employees, and we all now get to wear white shoes. Whoo Hoo! Queen Bitch Coronated Maxine. YeahWhile everyone else loves she won’t get out of the car without an summer, the dogs and me– not so engraved invitation. But dang, she sure much. Our usual remote, winter is cute- life with Terriers- pretty much hiking places become overgrown sums it up. But we still love her! and unpassable, public groomed trails- once empty- are now full of happy hikers, and car traffic becomes a nightmare. You know, in the summer, I see at least THREE cars per day on my usually lonely dirt road! Don’t laugh. I start each dog walk asking Maxine and Billy, “You ready to go catch some ticks?” Before animal activists come knocking, my dogs have top-notch flea and tick prevention provided by my good friends at the Cohutta Animal Clinic. Me however, not so much, I am usually the winner in our “catch ticks” competitions unless I remember to give myself a spray before I leave the house. Summertime wouldn’t be summer without all of the activities we enjoy. Old Toccoa Farm offers up the perfect setting. Members can golf on the amazingly natural designed course– now a full 18 holes– experience the Toccoa River in all its splendor, and take part in the comradery that comes with membership. If you’ve not visited Old Toccoa Farm and are looking for a welcoming community, you really should check it out. The fantastic golfing aside, OTF offers everything you’d want in a mountain community with close proximity to Historic Downtown Blue Ridge, fine dining, and culture. No, we don’t all wear flannel shirts, jeans, black rock-n-roll tees, and hiking boots, ok that’s just me. But when I need something beyond flannel I go to my expert, Peggy Rabin of Daisy Boutique. I can’t tell you how many times Peggy has helped dress me (and my Mom) in the last 7 years! The selection of casual, chic clothing she offers is always just what you’re looking for. Rabin and her team have a keen eye for fashion and what works specifically for each customer. When you go- and I do all of my clothes shopping there- let them help you select your outfits. I pretty much go in and say, “Peggy, please dress me!” I’ve not been disappointed yet. You’ll want to keep our calendar handy for the most complete listing of happenings in the north Georgia mountains– festivals, fairs and the 4th of July! Next up is the August / September Fall Festivals issue. OMG! Can it be Fall already?

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Welcome to Cabin Coffee where their mission is to create a warm and inviting environment, while serving quality products. The folks at Cabin Coffee embrace their “Just Be Happy and Have Fun” tagline, and want you to feel like you’ve been welcomed into their home to relax with your favorite beverage and a tasty treat. Serving fresh roasted coffee and specialty drinks, you can enjoy your favorite morning cup on the couch by the fireplace or grab your latte for the road. They source premium Arabica coffee beans from various countries and roast them on site, ensuring maximum freshness and variety to meet your tastes. This local favorite also serves breakfast, lunch, and anytime snack items, in addition to hot and cold specialty drinks. One item unique to Cabin Coffee is their white coffee, which is prepared espresso style and included in several specialty drinks, such as the very popular Tumbleweed which pairs a white coffee latte with caramel, whipped cream and salted caramel on top. Cabin Coffee of Blairsville was opened in 2014 by Wayne and Judy Jolley, who had a vision for creating a place for community on picturesque Blairsville’s downtown square. Since that time, they have been joined by partners Greg and Stephanie Conner, and have grown the café to be a central meeting place for the community and visitors alike. Located on the Square in Historic Downtown Blairsville, Cabin Coffee is open Monday through Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., as well as select evenings and Sundays during local downtown events. They can accommodate special dietary needs with alternative milk and gluten-free selections. If you have a large group, call ahead and see if the Meeting Room is available. And…. Just Be Happy and Have Fun at Cabin Coffee! ACLM Fresh Roasted Coffee Everyday in a Warm Inviting Environment. Beverages – Brewed Coffee, Latte, Mocha, Cappuccino, Frappes, Fruit Smoothies, Premium Teas Breakfast – Breakfast Sandwiches, Pastries, Bagels, and their famous Cinnamon Rolls Lunch – Sandwiches, Soup and Salads Visit Cabin Coffee Co. 44A Town Square Blairsville, GA 30512 706-745-0073 • Free Wi-Fi • Open Monday - Saturday 7:00 am to 4:30 pm WWW.ACLIVINGMAGAZINE.COM


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Make a Hot Day Cool Outdoor Adventure Editor Greg Dunn Gives us the Scoop On a Few of the Area’s Wonderful Waterfalls


What a better way to spend a hot summer day than hiking under the canopy of lush green trees to a have a picnic at the foot of a waterfall? Beautiful summer foliage and mountainous terrain provide the backdrop to explore the gorgeous north Georgia waterfalls for the casual daytripper or for the avid hiker. The most accessible waterfall in the area is also the most superlative. Amicalola Falls State Park boasts the tallest cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River. At 729 feet, Amicalola Falls is a must see for all waterfall explorers. These falls are stroller/wheelchair accessible, yet adventure stems from this park to satisfy even the most wild at heart, as the Appalachian Trail approach begins here and can be followed from the north Georgia mountains all the way to the heart of Maine. Be sure and stop by the visitor’s center to see the equipment used by Gene Espy, the second person to thru hike the entire Appalachian Trail. Some may want to take the five-mile hike to the back-country Len Foote Hike Inn (open all year, reservations required) to get away from it all. Yet everyone will want to visit the beautiful Amicalola Falls Lodge with its panoramic view of the mountains, lovely accommodations and tasty buffet restaurant. However it’s the Amicalola waterfall that is the crowning jewel. Long Creek Falls Accessing the Three Forks area via Forest Service 58, the vistas of JUNE/JULY 2019

Noontootla Creek beacon you to roll the windows down, slow your pace and take in the splendor. It’s the kind of drive where you’ll be tempted to stick your head out the window and grin ‘till you get bugs in your teeth. It’s that beautiful. Park where the Appalachian Trail and the Benton Makaye Trail cross the road and head north. Just 9/10 of a mile through some of the prettiest hemlock forest that still survives in the Appalachians; take the spur trail to Long Creek Falls at the divergence of the AT and BMT trails. The cool mist and feeling of sanctuary envelops you as you stand at the foot of this broad majestic fall in the company of the towering hemlocks. Fall Branch Falls Near Cherry Log, GA take Rock Creek Road 9/10 of a mile past the abrupt Stanley Gap. Park and walk north up the Benton Makaye Trail 400 yards to Fall Branch Falls. This is a 60-foot


fall in multiple drops. Just the drive out Rock Creek Road is delightful— that gorgeous mountain dominating the landscape to your right over the pastures is Cold Mountain in the Rich Mountain Wildlife Management Area. Visitors and locals alike enjoy spending a hot summer day with their toes in the cool mountain water. Jack’s River Falls Feeling a bit more adventurous? Explore the Cohutta Wilderness Area by hiking the Jacks River Trail via Old Hwy 2 to Forest Service 22 at Dally Gap. This is surely one of the most beautiful mountain stream environments in all of Appalachia. This challenging 15.7mile trail crosses the river 37 times– the first four crossings from Dally Gap are spectacular. Keep your eyes open for crawdads, salamanders, red tailed hawks, wild boars and black bears; all of these and many more creatures call this remote region home. WWW.ACLIVINGMAGAZINE.COM



WORDS : ROBIN BLAN & TRACEY BURNETTE PHOTOS: CAITLYN CARR Imagine going from home grown to world renown. John “Cornbread” Anderson did just that; he was born and raised in a small, rural Georgia town and busied himself with jobs such as farming, butchering, beekeeping, working the law, and fixing diesel trucks. In his imagination, he was in the woods tracking deer, studying the region’s various bird populations, calling turkeys, planting strawberries, and chasing guinea hens and chicks around the farm yard– and yes– this attention to guineas has become Cornbread’s signature in regard to his art pieces. Folks know those guineas anywhere and everywhere!!! Once he put these wide-eyed animals on board, canvas, and tin, his everyday routine suddenly turned from the various odd jobs he did into that of a full-time artist. When he was a young boy in grade school, he and his classmates were lined up in front of the bulletin board to take their class picture as we all used to do back then. Hanging behind his class was their artwork made of kites, Cornbread’s kite was decorated with a fish with a big wide-eye. So from right then– in grade school until now– he has always painted his subject matter with that large wide-eye looking back at you– right into your soul. In the last 20 years, Cornbread has gone from being known and collected locally to having his paintings collected, and shipped all over the world, going from home grown to world renown!!! He’s been asked to paint, and exhibit in Paris, France– but this hometown boy turned down the offer– good ole Southern soil is just fine for this artist. Aside from his guineas, Cornbread is also known for other animals that are indigenous to our area. He’s been known to walk the back roads doing his own research, looking to find that perfect scene of wildlife to be created in his next masterpiece.



Also popular among his collectors are pieces featuring foxes, coons, and a variety of birds– from bluebirds, cardinals, turkeys, and crows– to his more recent paintings of titmice, scarlet tanagers, and nuthatches. If you would like to see some unusual and different art pieces by Cornbread, come by the gallery– Around Back at Rocky’s Place– and check out his lathe-turned guineas, fishing lures and his birds made out of sisal twine. Although one can easily spot and identify a Cornbread piece, his work is actually as rich and as diverse as his former occupations. John “Cornbread” Anderson is a man of many wonders, and as his fame originated with his guineas and other fowl– the gallery likes to refer to him as the 21st century John James Audubon. John “Cornbread” Anderson is the real thing, and his art continues to soar, and as they say–“the sky is the limit.” Around Back at Rocky’s Place is proud to show the best selection by John “Cornbread” Anderson in the universe. Stop on in to see for yourself. Who knows you might just go home with a new favorite piece of Cornbread! Around Back at Rocky’s Place 3631 Hwy. 53 East at Etowah River Road Dawsonville, GA 706-265-6030 Hours: Saturdays,11am-5pm Sundays, 1pm-5pm, And also by appointment.



If you want to set your sights on Jacks River Falls, enter from the north off of Big Frog Road/Forest Service 62 just over the Tennessee state line. Drop down the Beech Bottom Trail 3.9 miles and hang a right on the Jacks River Trail to the falls. This is a challenging trail into a remote wilderness area. Take all necessary precautions and provisions. Jacks River features multiple falls and a powerful volume of water. Emory Creek Falls Another great water trail is the Emory Creek Trail. Travel Hwy 52 West out of Ellijay, then turn right and follow Conasauga Lake Road to Forest Service 18 to the Holly Creek parking area. It takes about an hour to walk up to the falls, crossing the creek 12 times. You must cross over Bear and Emory Creeks at their convergence into Holly Creek and follow the trail ever JUNE/JULY 2019

upstream. The reward is great for those who persevere, as there are several falls of note here. The first is 60 feet tall! Get some tips from the local outfitter’s store before heading out on this one, and don’t forget to pack your hammock. There’s a great place to string it up at the base of the second fall. Bring the Essentials We hope these suggestions may be just enough to whet your appetite for exploring north Georgia’s waterfalls. You’ll want to allow plenty of time for driving to any of these destinations, as the journey is so much a part of the fun. If you’re hiking Jacks River or Emory Creek, you’ll need some shoes you can tread through the streams and keep on hiking. Be sure they have sticky tread and toe protection. Trekking poles or at least a sturdy hiking stick are a must for stream crossings.


Rain protection, insect/tic repellant, plenty of water and snacks are also in order. A trash bag should be on your list to help keep these areas pristine for us all. And don’t forget to bring your camera to capture a lasting summer memory. Just pondering these waterfall hikes brings up images of Lewis and Clark charting the glorious unknown, sublime. ACLM For maps and directions please visit one of our local Chambers of Commerce. Fannin County Chamber 706. 632. 5680 Gilmer Chamber 706. 635. 7400











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For me, there’s nothing that beats heading out on vacation with our dogs beside us. It really matters not where we go, as long as the dogs are going too. Thankfully there are many dog friendly options for today’s dog-loving traveler, and the tri-state area of Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee is no exception. But while your bags are packed and ready to go, is Fido really ready to go with you? You want your favorite furry friend to be as happy and comfortable as you are when traveling. Here are a few things to consider before and during your excursion with Fido:

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Is your dog socialized well enough to enjoy new people, places and things? An under socialized dog can be fearful of new situations, only adding to the stress of being away from his familiar surroundings. If you know your dog is fussy with new people or unknown dogs, it’s best to leave him in the care of a dog sitter or reputable boarding kennel. Is your dog comfortable riding in the car? While most dogs are, I know many dogs who not only don’t like riding in the car, but are so stressed that they exhibit serious stress related behaviors (such as stress vomiting and stress diarrhea). If your dog doesn’t LOVE the car, then reconsider taking him with you. Is your dog crate trained? This means not only will he go into his crate willingly, but does he sincerely enjoy it? For safety, traveling by car with your dog in a crate or a doggy seat belt (such as the Roadie from is recommended. Also, many hotels require your dog be crated if you’re not with your dog in the hotel room, so make sure Fido loves his crate! Is your dog comfortable being left alone? Many dogs are fine in new surroundings when they’re with their beloved humans, but not so much when they’re left alone and may whine and/or bark continually while you’re away. Does your dog have good manners in public and in new places? Do you have nice focus and attention from your dog when in unknown surroundings? In the midst of a variety of new JUNE/JULY 2019

PMCT 2: Pat Miller Certified Trainer, Peaceable Paws CSAT Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer Team Cold Nose College, Lisa Waggoner & Willow (RIP), who earned their National Junior Big Air Title at the 2013 Stone Mountain dock diving competition. Photo by Morgan Allen Baumgartner. distractions, it’s harder for a dog to respond to known cues. It takes practice in new situations for the dog to become proficient. A reliable, rocket recall is also needed if you plan to have any off leash fun with your dog while hiking. See: If your answer is Yes to these questions, then go for it! You’re ready to have some vacation fun with your furry friend and there are plenty of activities to enjoy here in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. You can enjoy hiking any number of trails in a nearby national forest. Pick a trail with a waterfall, a view, a meadow or a lake. You have easy access to the Chattahoochee National Forest, the Cohutta Wilderness Area and the Nantahala National Forest, each with thousands of acres to explore. Where to stay? Access or websites that provide easy access to pet friendly accommodations, hotels, vacation rentals, cabins, B&B’s, campgrounds, and beaches. Don’t forget to check with the local Chamber of Commerce in the town you’re visiting for pet-friendly options. Please do remember that where ever you go, check out the local dog policies. Other things to do: confirm your dogs’ vaccinations are up to date and have a copy with you; obtain a temporary I.D. tag where you can list your temporary address/phone; keep plenty of bottled water and a portable bowl handy, along with doggie waste bags, a towel, any medications, a brush and, of course a leash. And to insure that Fido is comfortable at night, also take his favorite bed so he’ll sleep as soundly as you do while away from home. Happy Traveling! ACLM


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Poison Ivy or Poison Oak? Landscape & Garden Editor Kevin Johnson Helps Us Differentiate Between These Two Toxic Plants


Over the years I’ve heard many people refer to poison ivy and poison oak as the same plant. Can these two plants be described interchangeably? Are these toxic plants one in the same? The answer is– while they both can cause an irritating rash– they are different. They are different in terms of the region they grow in and in their appearance. What they do have in common is that they are both members of the cashew family and produce an oil called urushiol (you-Roo-shee-all). Being able to identify these plants helps us to better avoid them. Eastern Poison Ivy, Toxicodendron radicans: There are a couple varieties of poison ivy however Eastern poison ivy is most prevalent from the Mississippi to the East Coast. This is the big bad guy that we see in our area. Most of us have seen it climbing up a tree. However different varieties can grow on the ground, climb, and sometimes appear as a shrub. This is the plant that causes most of the misery since it grows on nearly every roadside, path, pond, stream, and beach from the Midwest through to the East Coast. The leaves are shinny green and can change colors in the fall. They may appear orange or red with hints of yellow later in the year. All varieties have three glossy leaflets each with serrated or jagged edges that come to a point. Poison Oak, Toxicodendron diversilobum: This plant typically grows out west, but can sometimes be found growing in southern states. However, I have a friend who teaches botany at Young Harris College and in all of his years of field-work he and his students have never identified poison oak growing in north Georgia. That said– poison oak leaflets look like oak leaves and usually grow with three leaflets per leaf group but sometimes can have up to seven. This plant typically grows as a shrub but can also grow as a vine. The leaves are generally green in the summer but turn red and orange in the fall.


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Poison Ivy in Winter the plant as it burns allows the oil fumes to travel from the lungs to the blood stream. Side effects may include extremely reddened eyelids, vomiting, chills/fever and an itchy blister-like rash. It’s also important to note that even if you have burned poison ivy before and had no health problems, your neighbors could be affected by inhaling the burning plant’s oils. “Leaves of Three Let Them Be.” ACLM

Poison Oak Obviously, poison ivy and poison oak should be avoided. If you come in contact with either, you should shower as soon as possible. This will greatly reduce the risk of developing an irritating rash. If you do develop a rash, there are some good home remedies that can be found online to help you while things run their course. Some of these include lemon juice, baking soda paste, vinegar and a potato or cucumber mash, to name a few. Never burn these plants as serious respiratory problems may develop. Systemic poison ivy is an extreme allergic reaction to the oils from the poison ivy plant. Breathing in the oils of


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The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: Mold Style & Design Editor Cindy Trimble Discusses the Seriousness of Mold in Our Mountain Cabin Homes


Many people cringe when the word “mold” is mentioned in relation to a house. Mold is used in positive ways in so many aspects of our lives today including medicine, foods, etc. But when it comes to our homes mold is not good. The wrong mold can wreak havoc on our lives, our allergies and the decay of our homes. We go in so many homes and buildings and are immediately confronted with the smell and reaction to mold. Our sinuses clog, our throats get scratchy and our eyes begin to water. Mold is so prevalent in the Southern Appalachians because we have so many homes adjacent waterways, we live in dense forests where the sun cannot penetrate, and we get so much rain!!! Those are all positive things, but we need to deal with the side effect of Mold. Mold is a fact of life in our region of the country. Be aware that mold will grow almost anywhere that has the right conditions. The steps to take if you feel you have mold: (1) try to locate the moisture in your home and how is it getting inside (2) contact a professional to identify and eradicate it from your home, and (3) get educated on how to keep water out and prevent mold from growing in the future. Over the years, I developed terrible allergies to mold. I finally went to an allergist and went through the shots and neutralization process. It worked but I am still very sensitive to certain molds that occur within homes and buildings. If I notice a distinctive smell or have a physical reaction indicating mold, I raise the red flag immediately. Molds can be both airborne and surface. Airborne are the most dangerous. We once completed a mold analysis in a client’s home and the infrared photos of the rooms showed stalactites of mold hanging 36” from the ceilings not visible to the bare eye. When tested, they determined there was pharmaceutical grade penicillin growing in their crawlspace! Allergies are so common today and making JUNE/JULY 2019

The Air-O-Cell is a unique air sampling cassette specifically designed for the rapid collection of a wide range of airborne aerosols including mold spores, pollen, insect parts, skin cell fragments, fibers and inorganic particulate. Hiring a professional mold expert is only the first step in correcting and preventing future mold infestations. Controlling mositure entering your home is the main key to staying mold-free. our homes safe from allergens is so important. Most mold occurs in basements, crawlspaces and any location where water is getting in. It is the responsibility of a homeowner to check their home regularly, clean out gutters, valleys on your roof, and any area that would cause water diversion or backup. If your gutters go into drainpipes in the ground that takes the water away from your house, you need to make sure you keep them cleaned out. Animals love to get in drainpipes especially when they are buried. Selecting floor finishes in basements is also important. Carpet in basements is a negative because they harbor moisture and mold. It is always best to consider a floor finish that will help become a vapor barrier plus be sanitary and easy to clean should water get inside. The new generation of vinyl planks or tiles that click together are a great choice. If you do get mold in


your home, anything in your home that is fabric like mattresses, sofa cushions, draperies or rugs could be contaminated and need to be sterilized or discarded. Occurrence of mold is a very serious situation and will need to be handled quickly when you first realize you have it. It will not get better on its own – it will continue to grow and contaminate more and more of your home and furnishings. 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







Casual summer style can be challenging for fashionminded women, especially here in our mountain communities. The typical shorts and t-shirt don’t feel stylish enough, and dresses can easily feel overdressed or uncomfortable. If you’re looking for functional and easy to style outfits, items that can be mixed and matched, something creative and original, and the accessories to finish your look– you’ll find your favorite clothing combinations– just down the road a piece– at Daisy Boutique!






Known as “The First Mountain City,” Jasper, Georgia is about an hour outside of Atlanta and is one of the most popular summer destinations in north Georgia; especially for folks looking to enjoy an authentic mountain experience with a small-town atmosphere, whether it’s for a day trip or an extended vacation. Also known as The Marble Capital of Georgia, Jasper is home to cozy restaurants, landmarks and other attractions that can only be found in this quaint part of the world. Women love beautiful things, and they love to find a fashionable place to shop close to home or while on their perfect mountain vacation. One such shop that is a must-see stop for lovers of fashion and design is Daisy Boutique, owned and operated by entrepreneur Peggy Rabin for more than 15 years. Rabin’s concentration into all things couture began at an early age as a teenager and continued into her adult years as a fashion representative at the Atlanta Apparel Mart. It was during a trip to Jasper with her husband in 1997 that she fell in love with the mountain city, eventually buying a home in the area before opening Daisy Boutique’s predecessor, Daisy Shoes in 2003. After seeing the demand for other types of clothing, Peggy re-branded her





idea into the well-rounded store that it is today. Specializing in fashion-forward women’s clothing that has been described as “practical with an edge,” there’s a good chance that you’ll find clothing and designs at Daisy Boutique that you haven’t seen anywhere else. “My customers like knowing that they probably won’t see their outfit on someone else in the same room. We only offer four to six pieces per style,” Peggy notes. “After all, Jasper is a small town.” Though Daisy Boutique caters to women of a certain age, there’s something for everyone at this fabulous shop - from trendy outfits for twenty-somethings - to tasteful designs for women in their 30’s and beyond. Clothing sizes may vary from 2 to 16, however many items can be special ordered if they’re not in stock when you visit. With brands like Free People, Tribal Sportwear, Z Supply, Dear John, Jag Jeans, and many others, there’s no shortage of clothing options to choose from. In addition to name brand clothing, you can also find shoes, and we all love shoes! Daisy’s carries well known shoe brands like Sorel, Merrell, Born and OTBT to name a few, all with style and comfort in mind. Not sure what’s right for you? Ask Peggy for her advice - she makes shopping fun and will JUNE/JULY 2019

help you find what fits you best! In fact, if you’re looking for a great summertime shirt, skirt, shorts or pair of sandals, Daisy Boutique has a great selection of lightweight clothing options that feel great on your body and look even better when you’re wearing them around town. Peggy’s customers are often curious about her business name. Is it named after a grandmother, mother, or daughter? None of the above says Peggy. “I named Daisy Boutique after a golden retriever. When we signed the lease for the store, the landlord owned this dog named Daisy. I thought it was such a cute name that I asked him if it would be okay to name the store after his dog. The name ‘Daisy’ has been a gift in branding the store. It works!” Over fifteen years later, Peggy is still going strong and hasn’t looked back. If you and your friends are looking for a highend boutique in a stress-free setting central to all of the exciting things to see and do in north Georgia, you’ve found the right place. Gift wrapping is free and gift cards are available. ACLM


Daisy Boutique 35 South Main Street Jasper, GA 706. 253. 6996 Hours: Monday - Saturday 10am -6pm







New Home Construction, 18-Holes of Extraordinary Golf Ready to Play this Summer, and a Growing Membership, the timing couldn’t be better to visit Old Toccoa Farm. JUNE/JULY 2019




Probably the biggest news coming from Old Toccoa Farm is the completion of their 18-hole Bunker Hill Golf designed golf course. For the past few years, members have enjoyed the beautiful and challenging 9-holes that were completed, but by early summer this year, (targeting mid-July), members and guests will be playing the full 18-holes. If you haven’t played the course yet, you need to make a tee time asap. The amazing views from and the exceptional condition of this course, from the tightly mowed zoysia fairways to the pure bentgrass greens, is earning it favorable reviews from those who are playing it. In fact, many are touting it as one of the best they have ever played, with some going as far as ranking it one of the finest conditioned and fun courses to play in the southeast. And with another 9-holes ready to play soon, the news from this course could garner national attention in the coming year. But Old Toccoa Farm is much more than golf and the pace of new home construction is indicative of much more.



A Community Hitting its’ Stride

“Seeing more and more homes under construction and even more home designs being submitted by our property owners who want to start construction, tells me we are doing some things right,” says Peter Knutzen, who along with Kevin Hermetz are the two Managing Partners at Old Toccoa Farm. “We are creating a lot of value here and that clearly is appealing to those who have and are looking to build their home here. When you understand what people are looking for, and you give it to them at a fair price, I think that works for everyone,” says Knutzen. There is much to be excited about at Old Toccoa Farm. Ten well designed custom homes have already been completed with the developer estimating that these homes are in a price range of between $550,000 and a little over $1.0 million. There are also four new custom homes currently under construction and nearing completion. “The exciting news for us on the real estate side, is that we have a healthy pace of new home construction and a growing pipeline of property owners meeting with us to discuss and plan their home as they get closer to building. We are hopeful that by the end of this year, or maybe by early spring next year, depending on our builder capacity, we will have 25-30 homes completed,” says Knutzen. And if that’s not enough, the developer is working with a design-build group to create 10 one and two-bedroom cabins, with high-end finishes of stone and cedar shake, for “overnight” guests to stay in. They hope to get started on these smaller cabins by mid-summer. “This activity is exciting for all of us here at Old Toccoa Farm. “We have said it from the beginning, while the property is beautiful and the golf course is amazing, our vision doesn’t start to become realized until we have people on property to share it with. And now, with 10,000



Who is buying in Old Toccoa Farm?

golf rounds expected in 2019, and closing in on 25-30 custom homes by spring of 2020, there is no doubt a special pulse is being created here at Old Toccoa Farm,” says Hermetz. “We have had healthy membership growth since opening the golf course in 2015, but we know there are many out there who have delayed joining as they have been waiting for us to complete the remaining 9-holes of golf and build one or two of our planned member facilities. We are now in a position to open the full 18-holes this summer and are finishing up plans to start construction of our pro shop bar/grille and river pavilion, so for those who have been watching our progress and have an interest in becoming a member, now would be the time to reach out to our Membership Director, as Initiation Fees will be increasing in June and July,” Hermetz added.



Second homes, whether in the mountains or at the beach, have long had a strong family appeal. But in recent years, at least here in the Blue Ridge Mountains of north Georgia, the term second-home is being replaced by what the developers of Old Toccoa Farm are calling, the dual primary home. “It was only a few years ago that most buyers were looking for a true weekend only cabin. Now, the bulk of our buyers are looking for a welldesigned mountain home, that feels like a mountain retreat, that will serve as their “dual primary home” for now, and then eventually, their full-time residence. What do we mean by dual primary home? Many of our homeowners are arriving at Old Toccoa Farm on a Thursday afternoon and staying through the weekend and departing on late Monday morning. They are at a time in their lives when they can create their own schedule and they prefer to stretch the weekend on the front and back end. Then, on Tuesday, when they get home and the new week begins, they immediately begin to plan what and who they will bring up to their mountain home on Thursday. Simply put, they are mentally and emotionally more connected to their Old Toccoa Farm home than they are to their current primary home,” says Knutzen. “Much of this can be attributed to our close proximity to core feeder markets in and around Atlanta.” Unlike the beach, which would be defined as a true second home, Old Toccoa Farm property owners who live in the Atlanta area can be there in 90 minutes or less if they live in the northern suburbs. And that short drive also plays into the overall value proposition in that a shorter drive means more spontaneous visits, more frequent visits and that’s something that doesn’t happen when you have a home at the beach. “For our Florida homeowners, the dynamic is very similar. What plays WWW.ACLIVINGMAGAZINE.COM


most in their decision to be at Old Toccoa Farm, and in Blue Ridge more frequently, is the food, entertainment and lifestyle enhancements that have revolutionized the charming downtown of Blue Ridge and also those being offered at Old Toccoa Farm. Why stay longer is no longer the question. The question now is why not? Ultimately, a growing segment of our buyers will eventually move here full-time, and they will no longer have a “second home” or a “dual primary home.” They will call Old Toccoa Farm home and use the worldwide travel hub of Atlanta to travel more domestically and internationally,” says Knutzen.

Old Toccoa Farm & Blue Ridge – A Perfect Match!

It’s an exciting time to be in the Blue Ridge Mountains of north Georgia. Great shopping, dining, music, art and a full calendar of festivals, coupled with a world-class outdoor playground, where enthusiasts of all ages can access the renowned Appalachian Trail, Ocoee Whitewater Center and the crystal-clear waters of Lake Blue Ridge. Oh yeah, Fannin County is also the trout capital of Georgia. “Our property owners place a high value on the fact that they can have the best of both worlds. Old Toccoa Farm is located only 5 short miles from town, so they can interact and be spontaneous with all that goes on in town, and 10 minutes later they are back enjoying the beautiful mountain views we have on property, the over 4,000 feet of Toccoa River frontage we have here and the peace of mind that comes with living in a gated and secure community. We are fortunate to be so conveniently 26


located to Georgia’s favorite mountain town,” says Knutzen. Historically, amenity communities were laser focused on golf, swim and tennis. Today, developments such as Old Toccoa Farm, are focused on the family. “Even though we are extremely excited to open all 18-holes of golf in July, we do not want to be known as a “golf only” community. In fact, what you will most likely hear in a couple of years when people talk of Old Toccoa Farm is, “oh yeah, they have world-class golf too,” says Hermetz. Family Friendly is what it’s about. “Our buyers want walking trails, kayaking, fly fishing, culturally-rich programs, social activities and managed access to unique offerings off-property such as sporting clays, horseback riding, and boating on Lake Blue Ridge. Gathering with friends



and family and having a menu of activities and programs available are equally important. For people to be able to afford the homes that are being built in Old Toccoa Farm, they usually have worked hard, and spent a lot of time in the office, so they place a higher value on time spent with family and friends. We will not spend $300 million on amenities here at Old Toccoa Farm, but we will continually look for ways to invest in lifestyle offerings that overtime, ensures we have a sustainable balance of amenities and activities that meet the needs of our property owners and members,” says Knutzen. Old Toccoa Farm members have access to an incredible list of active and passive pursuits both on and off property. If you are an active pursuits enthusiast you will find world-class hiking trails (Appalachian/ Benyton McKaye), plenty of challenging single-track mountain bike trails, exhilarating class 4 rafting at the nearby Olympic Whitewater Center, and a well-managed sporting clay course at nearby Noontootla Creek Farms. And of course, Old Toccoa Farm sits center-stage between over 1.5 million acres of the Chattahoochee and Cherokee National Forests. Sometimes, just saying that out load will give you goosebumps! If you’re looking for less of an adrenaline rush, you don’t have to travel at all to experience adventure. The mountain lifestyle on the Farm provides access to over 420 acres that can be explored via our newly updated walking trails that meander through a “valley of ferns,” along an old Cherokee Indian trailhead, and sit gentle beside the banks of the beautiful Toccoa River. With over 4,360 feet of river frontage residents and members can easily enjoy into the cool rushing waters. Have a BBQ on the JUNE/JULY 2019


bank, sit on a rock with water flowing around you, float in a tube, kayak, canoe, or fly fish– or all of the above– the choice is all yours. For those wanting to expand their creative horizons, the art-centric town of Blue Ridge is located a stone’s throw away from OTF. Spend time wandering through the many galleries and eccentric shops. Take advantage of creative writing, pottery, painting, photography, yoga and other creative classes at the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Center or experience world-class arts & craft, music and dance educational programs and events at the nearby John C. Campbell Folk School. With Old Toccoa Farm as your base camp, the question you’ll ask yourself every morning is, “What do I want to do at camp today?” ACLM To learn more about the developer of Old Toccoa Farm or if you are interested in real estate, memebership or making a tee time to golf, please call the following numbers: Developer – OTF Holdings, LLC – 404.277.4980 Real Estate Sales – 706.946.4663 Membership Information – 4706.946.4663 Golf Tee Times – 706.946.4653 Visit our website: Photos by: Squareframe Media,, Jerry Mucklow Photography,









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Blissfully Sweet Peaches a Summer Peach Galette Filling Ingredients 1 lb peaches, about 4 medium, not overly ripe 1/4 cup sugar 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour 1/2 tsp ground ginger 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract 1/2 Tbsp butter Crust Ingredients 1 1/4 cup flour 1 1/2 tsp sugar 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 cup very cold butter (Chill the butter in the freezer for at least 20 minutes) 4 to 6 Tbsp ice water 1 egg Sprinkling of sugar and ginger for the crust Dough Preparation In a food processor with the blade attachment, pulse 1¼ cups flour, 1½ tsp sugar and ½ tsp salt until well mixed. Cut cold butter into small (1/2-inch) cubes and add it to the food processor. Push the pulse button 8 times. Your butter should become pea-sized. Add ice water 1 Tbsp at a time and pulse between each addition. Your dough should be ready when it just begins to clump. I used 5 Tbsp of ice water. Form the dough into a disk. Don’t overwork it, just pat it into a disk shape, dust with flour on all sides and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 45 minutes to 1 hour then Preheat the oven to 425°F. Filling Preparation In a small bowl, beat the egg and set aside. Slice peaches into ½” thick slices. Place peaches in a medium bowl and sprinkle with flour, sugar, ginger and vanilla. Stir gently with a spatula just until combined. Discard any excess juices from the peaches, or your galette may overflow. JUNE/JULY 2019


Assemble the Galette On a sheet of parchment paper, roll the dough into a 12” circle. Place the parchment paper and dough into a rimmed baking sheet. Arrange the peaches in circles over the dough working from the outside in. Leave a 1.5”to 2”dough border. Dot the top of the peaches with small chunks of ½ tbsp butter. Fold the edges of the gallette up and over the peaches, pinching the overlapping edges together to form a nice seal. Try to patch up any cracks in the dough. Brush the crust with beaten egg and sprinkle with ginger and sugar. Bake for 18-22 minutes until the crust is golden brown and the peach juices are syrupy. Let sit 15 minutes before serving. Serve warm with vanilla or peach ice cream.

White Wine and Peach Sangria Ingredients 1 750-ml bottle dry white wine 3/4 cup peach brandy 6 tablespoons frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed 1/4 cup sugar (optional) 2-3 fresh peaches sliced or 1/2 16-ounce package frozen unsweetened sliced peaches3/4 cup seedless green grapes, halved 3/4 cup seedless red grapes, halved Preparation Stir first 4 ingredients in large pitcher until sugar dissolves. Add peaches and all grapes. Refrigerate sangría until well chilled, about 2 hours. Serve over ice.



Mid-Summer in Appalachia Clouds of silver fog caress plump, tasseled corn, as the sun presses through a mid-summer morn; an old barn, unpainted, weathered, worn with age stands alongside the scene like a guarding sage. Day says hello, kissing misty summer’s face, for the fields are warmed by the sun’s full embrace. The holler is peaceful with mid-summer’s blush and sunshine beckons beyond morning’s hush; the roosters are crowing and families arise, the coffee’s at its brewing with the sunrise. Sweet mama rose early the biscuits to bake, then like an alarm clock her family’s awake! She looks at each face with joy in her bright eyes, though wrinkles and crow’s feet she wears, she’s a prize. Dad reaches out to touch her work-weary hand; he thanks God--and her--for the vittles so grand and each of the children before work and play hug her neck tight to start off mid-summer’s day: they’re off to do in the shade of the mountains for it’s summertime that grows Appalachians. by betty kossick Artist in Residence





Easy Homemade Peach Iced Tea Ingredients 12 regular sized tea bags Fresh, filtered water 1 cup of sugar ¼ teaspoon of baking soda 1 11.5 oz can of peach nectar – found in juice aisle 1 lemon 4 fresh peaches Preparation Bring 4 cups of water to a boil, remove from heat and add tea bags. Let tea steep for about 10 minutes. Remove tea bags and add sugar to hot water, stir until dissolved. Add baking soda and peach nectar and stir. Pour tea mixture into large pitcher and stir in 10 cups of ice water. Stir in 1-2 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Add sliced, fresh peaches, garnish with fresh mint and serve over ice. Makes one gallon of peach iced tea.


Peach Rosemary Fizz

Peach Pistachio Ice Cream

Ingredients 5 peaches, pitted 2 tbs. lime juice 1 can lemon-lime soda rosemary simple syrup* rosemary sprigs for garnish 2 cups ice 1 – 2 oz Gin or Vodka (optional)

Ingredients 2 cups cream, whipping 2 cups half-and-half 1 cup granulated sugar 1 tbsp. vanilla 2 tsp. lemon juice 2 1/2 cups peaches, ripe chopped or 1 16-oz. package unsweetened frozen, slightly thawed, coarsely chopped 1 cup pistachios, unsalted, shelled and coarsely chopped, toasted

*Rosemary Simple Syrup 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup water 1 large rosemary sprig Preparation Blend four peaches with lime juice until puréed. Pour puréed peach nectar through a sieve into a bowl and refrigerate. Make rosemary simple syrup and refrigerate until cool. Fill glass with ice and one cup of peach nectar. Top with lemon-lime soda and a splash of rosemary simple syrup. Garnish with remaining peach slices and a rosemary sprig. Makes two servings. Rosemary Syrup Bring sugar and water to a boil in a saucepan. Cook, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Add rosemary. Let seep for two hours. Remove rosemary sprig.


Preparation Combine cream, half-and-half, sugar, vanilla and lemon juice in canister of ice cream freezer; stir to mix. Freeze according to manufacturer’s directions. When almost frozen add peaches and pistachios. Hints: To achieve the brightest green color of pistachios, shell and pour boiling water over pistachios and let stand about 5 minutes. Skin will then easily slip off. Chop and use in recipe. If storing or preparing pistachios ahead, they should be oven-dried. Place in a single layer on baking sheet in 250°F to 300°F oven 1 hour. Cool to room temperature before using. Makes about 2 quarts of ice cream. ACLM







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There are many advantages to shopping at your local consignment store. The first that comes to everyone’s mind is cost savings, but there’s much more to it than just keeping change in your pocketbook. You often end up with much smarter buys. When shopping consignment you actually spend more time looking over each item instead of the grab-and-go game at a big box store. Spending more time selecting your items means you can search for higher quality and come out with some truly unique finds. It’s highly unlikely that anyone else will be walking around in the same clothes as you. Then just think of the creative potential– you might be inspired to try new combinations, colors, patterns, mix-and-match– or even dabble in some DIY reconstruction! Consigning Women in Jasper, GA is one of the great finds for women who love to shop consignment. Owner Janis Anthony takes special care in selecting gently used quality clothing and accessories that she knows her regular customers



truly want and that new customers will find interesting and appealing. Being located just down the road from the upscale communities of Big Canoe and Bent Tree means that the selection of items is often on trend, of higher quality, more unique and often times brand new. Having just moved to a new location, Consigning Women has nearly doubled their floor space. “With the added space we can now set up the shop more like a boutique rather than a thrift store. I’m even working on a separate bridal room which will make it easier for brides, bridesmaids and mothers of the brides to shop together,” says Janis. Another thing you notice is the huge selection of formal wear and gowns, one of the biggest in the area. Here you’ll find that perfect cocktail dress, prom gown or special occasion outfit. The selection is varied in sizes, styles and date. From new to cool vintage finds, in beaded, chiffon, silk or satin, you and your friends will have a ball shopping the racks. WWW.ACLIVINGMAGAZINE.COM



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Many women want to go more casual or outdoorsy and you’ll find that here too with khakis, jeans, hiking apparel, cotton shirts and sweaters for all seasons. Belts, scarves, hats, purses, shoes and an interesting selection of costume jewelry are there to complete any style you desire. As a long-time owner of rescued Italian Greyhounds, Janis also brings her love of animals and community responsibility to her shop. You’ll always find a dollar rack where all proceeds go to the local Pickens Animal Rescue So, don’t forget to grab something off the dollar rack every time you visit. Bring your girlfriends and spend the afternoon having loads of fun sorting through the marvelous variety of clothes. You know you need that fun hat to go with that sun dress! ACLM

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Investing in Our Future: Open Arms Home for Children


The Open Arms Home for Children started as the brain child of the honorable Judge Brenda S. Weaver in 2002 when she charged the Appalachian Children’s Center to educate the Appalachian communities in north Georgia about the “need for a children’s shelter for abused and neglected children.” Fannin County Chamber of Commerce initiated a Leadership Fannin class in 2004 where professionals from the community came together to investigate the need. Diane Mallernee, Stacy Lewis, and Matthew Maloof were among members of this class that took the initiative after learning of the child abuse and neglect crisis to lay the groundwork for a Child Caring Institution for Fannin County and the surrounding communities. It took several years of passionate work, but The Open Arms Home for Children was able to actually open its arms, or doors, to girls in foster care in 2013. Local businesses and people around Jasper, Ellijay, Blairsville, Hiawassee, along with Blue Ridge were able to come together with the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS), Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), and the Joan Allen Endowment Program. In our communities, there are abused JUNE/JULY 2019

and neglected children who live in the shadows of our lives. She may be the quiet girl in your son’s class who had to move homes and change schools three times in the last year. He may be the lonely child at the park who never joins the game. Every child needs to be treasured, protected and nurtured. Unfortunately, some parents can’t—or won’t—care for their children. When they neglect or abuse them, someone must step in to ensure the children’s safety. That’s the job of the Division of Family & Children Services – DFCS, along with the police and the courts. When DFCS determines it is not safe for a child to remain in the home of his or her caregiver, the child is placed in foster care. Foster care is intended to be a temporary home away from home while the agency works with the child’s family to eliminate or minimize


the safety issues that caused agency involvement. Statistics indicate children entering foster care are at increased risk of developmental delays and disabilities due to a variety of factors. They often also suffer emotional distress due to the trauma of being removed from their home. Each year in Georgia, thousands of children are placed in foster care. They need to do more than simply survive. They need to thrive, in the safety and love of a family or caregiver throughout their childhood and into adulthood. They deserve the chance to live in a safe, loving and permanent home. The Georgia Division of Family & Children Services (DFCS) recently posted information about the staggering number of children entering the foster care system in 2018. According to a study that was updated in February of 2018, there are 15,000 children entering foster care in Georgia – an increase of 1,800 from 2017. To be a part of preventing child abuse, it is important to become aware of what is happening all around us. The Open Arms Home for Children is dedicated to giving young girls a safe home and a chance to stop the cycle of disruption and abuse that runs so rampant from generation to generation. WWW.ACLIVINGMAGAZINE.COM


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VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME TO CHANGE A CHILD’S LIFE WHAT IS A CASA? A CASA or Court Appointed Special Advocate is a trained community volunteer, appointed by a judge, to speak up for the best interest of an abused or neglected child involved in a juvenile court proceeding.

to shed light on that child’s needs. A CASA then goes to court and makes recommendations to the judge, based on their independent assessment regarding that child’s best interest. A CASA remains involved and focused on a child until that child’s case is permanently resolved.

WHY CASA? Every child should have a safe, loving, and permanent home, but many do not. Each year in Georgia, thousands of children enter juvenile court because they are victims of abuse or neglect. Many of the children are taken from their homes and placed in the overburdened foster care system, where they can get “lost” for months or even years of their lives. Georgia’s Court Appointed Special Advocate programs provide an innovative, cost-effective approach to an urgent crisis. Community based programs recruit, screen, train, and supervise volunteers to provide individualized advocacy for these innocent victims and an independent source of information for the judge who must decide their future.

WHO CAN BE A CASA VOLUNTEER? You do not have to be a lawyer or social worker to be a child advocate. We welcome people from all walks of life. We are simply looking for qualified people who care about children and have common sense. As a volunteer, you will be thoroughly trained and well supported by professional staff to help you through each case. For more information and an application to be a part of this wonderful group of volunteers please call 706.276.2272 or email us at info@ Volunteer to help the children – they are our future!

WHAT DOES A CASA DO? A CASA Volunteer serves as the eyes and ears of the court. They establish a relationship with a child and interviews anyone who may be able 38



Have fun, great barbeque, and brew at the 1st annual Piggin In the Park barbeque competition in Jasper, GA scheduled for July 19th and 20th. The Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned barbeque will be hosted by Prevent Child Abuse Pickens (PCAP), with proceeds going to the organization’s continuing efforts to prevent the abuse and neglect of our community’s children. Are you aware that Pickens County has one of the highest rates of Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) interventions per capita in Georgia? When DFCS has to remove a child from a home, even in the most extreme situations, it can feel like a death to the child. The grief, emotional pain, and loneliness can be overwhelming, and they often have residuals for the remainder of their lives. This is why Prevent Child Abuse Pickens is so vitally important and works to keep families together and thriving. PCAP has many very important programs that include Parents as Teachers and Footsteps for Families. The purpose of these programs is to teach parents how to provide nurturing home environments that result in happy, healthy, thriving children. Often, parents who participate in the PCAP programs themselves come from abusive or neglectful homes. Their greatest desire is to change the patterns of the past and due to our programs, they often have to learned the necessary skills to succeed. With PCAP, these willing parents have every opportunity to learn to be wonderful, loving parents. Yes, it does take a village to make all of this possible. Funding for PCAP comes from fundraisers and donations. Without your help, PCAP could not provide the programs that are so badly needed in our County. Please come out on July 19th and 20th for fun and great barbeque. In addition to the Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned competition. We are seeking backyard BBQ competitors as well as children ages 6-15 to participate in our Kids Q competition. The event will feature live entertainment, a kid and family fun zone, and more! All the event details and participation forms are available at Come be a part of making Pickens County families strong and successful. Our Kids, Our Future! JUNE/JULY 2019

We care for 12 – 21-year-old girls in surrounding counties that are in foster care due to abuse and/or neglect. We partner with DFCS to provide for each of the girls’ individual needs to the best of our ability. Caring for these girls is a huge responsibility that we do not take lightly. Meeting the emotional, physical and educational needs are just the start of what we hope to provide for anyone that comes into our care. “We want to give them new and amazing opportunities, a sense of comfort and safety, and the feeling that they are loved and valued for who they are” – Executive Director Mike Rutan. The Open Arms Home for Children is dedicated to providing girls with academic support, independent living skills, therapy, fun activities, support for employment, mentoring, structure, sense of family, and the freedom to be a teenager. Girls that are the victims of child abuse and/or neglect are often charged with adult responsibilities in their home, or they are homeless and must merely survive. We take great pride in allowing girls to have a childhood while teaching them responsibility and womanhood. Our staff are all very passionate for the wellbeing of our girls and are well trained by professionals that visit monthly. The Open Arms Home for Children is also proud to boast that the girls that come into care have been able to immediately improve JUNE/JULY 2019

their grades in school - drastically in some cases. The Open Arms Home for Children was honored when the Fannin County Board of Commissioners proclaimed April 9th, 2019 Open Arms day in Blue Ridge, GA. We were also honored by Casey Cagle writing us in May 2018 to say, “the vital role that you and your team provide … is commendable and demonstrates what is possible when we all work together to support our future generations.” One of the most common statements from the girls that we are currently serving or have served in the past is how much Open Arms feels like a home instead of a placement. When you partner with Open Arms Home for Children you are investing in the lives of young women who are taking huge strides towards successful futures. The Open Arms Home for Children director and board members encourage givers to see their contribution as an investment in these girls and all the girls that will need care in the future. “Thank you to all of our supporters who enable us to be the home that we are and become the home that we want to be,” Mike Rutan. We have been so blessed by passionate and generous donors through tumultuous times of need and continue to rely on giving souls in order to continue providing “world class” support for children that so desperately need it.


We couldn’t possibly thank all our donors and volunteers in this article, but you are greatly appreciated. We would however like to thank The William B Orkin Foundation, David Ralston, CSA Sports, Kiwanis Club of Blue Ridge, Bodyplex, Tracey Allen, Mark and Janice Jernigan, Kevin Bruce, Calvin & Marisa Allen Foundations, Joan & Neal Allen Endowment , Charles Schwab, Fannin County Girl Scouts Daisies (troop pictured), Blue Ridge Community Church, Blue Ridge Lodging Association, Faith Presbyterian Church, The Albert E. Harrison Foundation, The National Christian Foundation, Bethel United Methodist Church, Old Toccoa Farm, Studio 1, Mercier Orchards, United Community Bank, and Lebanon Baptist Church for all your donations and support. ACLM To help support our continued success and enhance possibilities for the girls, please visit our website at, visit us on Facebook, or write to us at PO box 2223 Blue Ridge GA, 30513 to make a donation.



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. Presented by The Valley River Arts Guild 5-8 pm. Visit http:// 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: 706-635-5605 or 4/5 thru 5/4 Steven Martin: Transformation Blue Ridge, GA. Steven Martin’s exhibit comprised of oil paintings interweave ideas drawn from psychology, science, and mythology. His paintings are often juxtapositions of forms that 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 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. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 West Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Registration & Info: 706632-2144 or https://www. 6/7- 6/9 5th Annual Plein Air, Art in the Mountains Ellijay, GA. Gilmer Arts presents regional artists, working outdoors, “en plein air” in and around Gilmer County. Visit the plein air locations, watch the artists as they work and enjoy the beauty of Gilmer County. Works created will be offered for purchase at the closing reception, during a live auction at the Gilmer Arts Link Gallery, 207 Dalton Street, Ellijay, GA. For info: Tony Szep, artist coordinator 706.669.5333, or visit 6/7- 6/9 Northeast Georgia Arts Tour Live Demonstrations at Art Galleries for a Variety of Handcrafted Pottery, Folk Art, Jewelry, Glass, Paintings, Photography, Fiber, Wood & Much More. Pick Up Your Self-Driving Tour Map at The Blairsville-Union County Chamber of Commerce or visit us at to Download Map. FREE! Friday, 1pm-5pm Saturday, from 10am-5pm, Sunday, from 1pm-4pm. Info: 6/7 – 6/18 Collage Collective: An Exhibit of the Atlanta Collage Society Canton, GA. An exciting exhibit by several Collage artists, highlighting various styles and techniques. Cherokee Arts Center Gallery hours: Tuesday- Friday 11am to 5pm, Saturday 12 - 5pm. Info 770704-6244, info@cherokeearts. org,





6/15 thru 7/18 Community Quilt & Fiber Arts Exhibit Blue Ridge, GA. The Art Center’s Richard Low Evans Gallery will be arranged in colorful fabric, woven with care, skill and artistic flare. Showcaseing the talents of area quilters with traditional quilts as well as original designs. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 West Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Registration & Info: 706-632-2144 or https:// 6/6 & 7/4 Plein Air Painters of Hiawassee Meet at ArtWorks and leave at 2pm for a local scenic spot to spend a fun afternoon painting with other artists. All media welcome. Bring supplies and equipment you can carry. Some walking on uneven ground may be required. Remember to bring some water and a hat. FREE! 2 – 5pm. ArtWorks Gallery & Gifts, 232B Chatuge Way, Hiawassee, GA. 7/27 – 8/25 9th Annual 3D Off the Wall Exhibit Blue Ridge, GA. Takes the works off the gallery walls and lets you see the beauty of three-dimensional works. This exhibit is open to all three-dimensional artists of all genres only. Opening reception July 27th from 5 – 7 pm. For info visit or or call 706-632-2144. 6/22-6/23 Mountain Fling Arts & Crafts Show Blairsville, GA. Juried event featuring local and regional vendors showcasing their handmade jewelry, pottery, candles, soap, pillows, rustic signs, wood carving, painting and more. Presented by the Mountain Regional Arts&Crafts Guild. 9-4 on Saturday and 11-4 on Sunday. North Georgia Technical College Blairsville. Forinfo: 706-896-0932 or APPALACHIAN COUNTRY LIVING

7/6 Hot Summer Nights at Goldhagen Studios Hayesville, NC. An evening of entertainment featuring a live performance by Gnarly Fingers. David Goldhagen demonstrates the fine art of glass blowing! Doors at 7 PM. $10.00 admission, Reservations Highly Recommended, 828-3898847. Goldhagen Studios, 7 Goldhagen Studio Drive, Hayesville, NC 28904 7/27 thru 8/25 National Juried Photography Show at BRMAA Blue Ridge, GA. Open to all photographers, both amateur and professional, and all original photographic media, including film and digital images. Monetary prizes totaling $3,000.Gallery open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 West Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Registration & Info: 706-632-2144 or

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://www.cantonga. gov/visit/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.

6/6 5th Annual Forks & Corks“Local Savor” Murphy, NC. Come out a taste our local cuisine. This drop-in event gives the community a chance to experience offerings from our area restaurants, caterers, breweries, wineries and much more. $25 per person. 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM. The Hackney Warehouse 11 Railroad St Murphy, NC 28906. Info: 828-837-2242 or http:// 6/7 Senior Fishing Rodeo Free event open to adults ages 55 and older. Fish for beautiful Rainbow Trout in Rock Creek. Bring your own fishing gear and bait. From 9 a.m. to 12 noon rain or shine Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery 4730 Rock Creek Road, Blue Ridge, Georgia 30513 For more information, call 706-838-4723. 6/7 The Importance of Pollinators Seminar and Garden Tour Blairsville, GA. Pollinators are essential to the quality diets we enjoy in the developed world. Guided tours of the Ethnobotanical Gardens on the grounds will follow the lecture. FREE! 10 am – 12pm. The Georgia Mountain Research & Education Center auditorium, 3 miles south of the Blairsville Square, on the east side of Hwy 19/129. Info: 706-7452655, or 6/7 Sip N’ Shop at Riverwalk Shops McCaysville,GA. Stroll the shops with your drink special from Burra Burra, while listening to music. 69pm. Riverwalk Shops, 100 Blue Ridge Drive, McCaysville, GA 30555. For info: www.


AC LIVING CALENDAR 6/8 & 6/9 5th Annual Home & Garden Show Young Harris, GA. See the newest in home improvement products & services. Furnishings, accessories, decorating & remodeling ideas. From floor to roof, patio to pool, inside & out. FREE! Saturday 10-5pm, Sunday 12-5PM. Towns County Recreation & Convention Center, 150 Foster Park, Young Harris, GA 30582.Info: www. or 828-321-2111. 6/8, 8/10 Uncorked on Great Smoky Mountain Rail Road Nantahala Gorge Enjoy a full service All-Adult First Class ride with a private attendant and plush, well-appointed dining seating. A narrator will accompany the ride to present each pour to guests and share knowledge and history of the wines selected. Passengers on this specialty car will enjoy an exclusive sampling of local cheeses and a surf and turf meal prepared fresh. 10:30 am – 7pm. Bryson City Depot, 45 Mitchell St., Bryson City, NC 28713. Info & Tickets: 800-872-4681 or 6/13 2nd Annual A Toast to Angels Fundraiser Ellijay, GA. Hospice Advantage Invites you to a special fundraising event for Hospice Angels Foundation.. Wine Tasting, Music, Hors d’oeuvres, Silent Auction 6pm – 9pm. Tickets door $20 per person, tickets advance $15. Info and tickets: Mara Roberts - 706-889-8090 6/15 Lessons from a Black Bear: Myths and Relationships Brasstown Bald Recreation Center, Brasstown, GA. Tom Hennigan, organism biology professor and ambassador for the North American Bear Center explores the use of trust not tranquilizers in bear research. Parking $5 per adult, 15 & under are free. 11am -Noon. America the Beautiful passes are accepted. Space is limited. Registration: (706) 896-4966 or toll free 1 (800) 984-1543.


6/18 Salvaging History: Sardis Baptist Church Minutes Canton, GA. Topics in Time History Program featuring Mr. Bob Lipscomb. 7 PM at the Rock Barn, 658 Marietta Hwy, Canton, GA 30114. 6/21 & 6/22 Blairsville Pro Rodeo Featuring the The International Professional Rodeo Association. Both nights begin with a presentation the Union County Sass ‘n Saddle Precision Drill Team. Great food & entertainment. 6pm – 10pm. Union County Saddle Club Arena 73 Saddle Club Drive Blairsville, GA 30512. For tickets and info: tickets.html or 706-435-8298. 6/14 & 7/19 BBQ & Brews Great Smokey Mountains Railroad Bryson City, NC. Three 4 oz samplings of locally crafted beer and root beer! At the Trestle head out to the open air cars to enjoy bluegrass music and the spectacular sunset over the Fontana Trestle. Fill your souvenir glass with extra pints of the local craft beer and/or bar service, available for purchase. Fees and Tickets: 800-872-4681 or 6/13 Trail of Tears Georgia Chapter Meeting Cartersville, GA. The Georgia Chapter of The Trail of Tears Association. Cherokee/Creek Relationship (Part 3) FREE! and open to the public. 10:30 am – 4 pm. Bartow History Museum, E Church Street, Cartersville, GA. Info: 918464-2258, nationaltota@ or 7/19 -7/20 Piggin in the Park BBQ Competition Jasper, GA. The Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned barbeque hosted by Prevent Child Abuse Pickens (PCAP), with proceeds going to the organization’s continuing efforts to prevent the abuse and neglect of our community’s children. Professional Teams Competing. Backyard Burner Amateur Competition, Kids Q Competition. Family Fun Zone Food Trucks and Brew Vendors Live Entertainment.Info: www.

7/20 Heart & Soul Low Country Boil on the Pavilion Jasper, GA. Big pots of shrimp, potato, corn and sausage served with delicious homemade desserts, sweet tea and lemonade. Music by Jesse James. $25 per person. 5pm to 7:30pm, rain or shine. All proceeds to benefit local nonprofits and charities. Episcopal Church of the Holy Family, 202 Griffith Road, Jasper GA. For info call: 770-893-4525.

FARMERS’ MARKETS Wednesdays Brasstown Shops, Brasstown, NC. Farmers’ Market in downtown Brasstown at the Brasstown Shops. Seasonal produce, local honey, eggs (as available) and plants. 10am – 1pm. Info: (828) 835-9413 Wednesdays and Saturdays Jasper, GA. Fresh & locally grown produce, handcrafted goods. Wed & Sat: 7:30 AM 12:00 PM. Lee Newton Park, Jasper, GA 30143. Thursdays and Saturdays Potts Mountain Farmers’ Market Marble Hill, GA. Thursdays: 3pm until dark. Saturdays Noon – 4pm. 618 Steve Tate Highway, Marble Hill, GA. Saturdays Blue Ridge Farmers’ Market Downtown Blue Ridge, GA. In front of courthouse from 8am – noon-ish. Weather permitting. Local honey, baked goods, produce, handmade arts and crafts, hand crafted furniture and much more! 400 West Main Street , Blue Ridge, Georgia 30513. Email: blueridgefarmersmarket@ Saturdays Ellijay Farmers’ Market Ellijay, GA. Shop the Market or Participate as a Vendor! Sponsored by the Gilmer County Master Gardeners Farmer Market. 8am - 12pm. 1 Broad Street - Downtown Ellijay. Contact: 706.635.4426 Saturdays Union County Farmers Market Blairsville, GA. A local market with items from artisans, beekeepers, bakers, potters, painters, and lots of good


things to eat. 7am – 2pm. Old Smokey Rd (next to the Home Depot) Blairsville, GA. Info:, (706) 439-6043 or Saturdays Murphy Farmers’ Market Murphy, NC. Featuring 100% locally sourced crafts and produce.Fresh veggies, fruits, livestock, bedding plants, native & landscaping plants, jams, jellies, goats milk & cheese, meats, chicken, baked goods, honey, live music and much more. 9AM-1PM at the L&N Depot, Railroad St, Murphy, NC 28906. Info: Saturdays Downtown Canton Farmers’ Market A farmers’ market promoting local farmers and artisans. All produce is Georgia grown and mostly organic. Cooking demonstrations, kid’s activities and music. 9am – 1pm. Rain or shine at Cannon Park. Info: (770) 704-1500 or

FESTIVALS & FAIRS 6/8 – 6/9 16th Annual Blairsville Scottish Festival & Highland Games Blairsville, GA. 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. Info: 706-745-2161. 6/22 Blue Ridge Mountains Wine & Jazz Festival Blue Ridge, GA. Wines from around the world as well as wines from north Georgia. 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 isto provide opportunities for students of jazz music. Location: Mercier Orchards. For info call 706-698-1275 or 561-889-7499. Visit www.

6/28 – 6/2 34th Annual British in the Blue Ridge Hiawassee, GA. Rally, rides and bike show. Sponsored by the Greater Atlanta British Motorcycle Association. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, Hiawassee, GA. Visit www. or 6/22- 6/23 13th Annual Mountain Fling Blairsville, GA. 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. North Georgia Technical College, 121 Meeks Ave Blairsville, GA. Info:7 06896-0932 or 6/22- 6/23 Ride the Rails Festival Mineral Bluff, GA. 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! Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 150 Railroad Avenue, Mineral Bluff, GA Info: 706455-8903 6/29 -6/30 2nd Annual Made in Georgia Festival Young Harris, GA. 100 vendors offering products made, grown, brewed, harvested, stitched, crafted, or inspired by Georgia. Sample our cuisine, have a unique shopping opportunity, and learn 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 www. or call Crystal 706-896-4966. 7/19 – 7/27 69th Annual Georgia Mountain Fair Hiawasee, GA. First class musical performances, arts & crafts, fun carnival rides,



Georgia’s rich history and culture. 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 For more info Phone: (706) 896-4191. 7/20 -7/21 20th Annual Butternut Creek Festival Blairsville, GA. A family event nestled along the shady banks of Butternut Creek at the beautiful Meeks Park. One of the finest juried arts and crafts shows in the southeast. Showcasing the work of 65 hand selected artists and craftsmen. Enjoy live music, demonstrations and great food. Free! Meeks Park: 11 Pool Lane, Blairsville, GA. Info: High Country Artisans: 706781-1221 or visit

tain 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: 662- 587- 9572 or 7/27 -7/28 Annual Blairsville Green Bean Festival Blairsville, GA. Pageants, a square dance, tractor show, quilting exhibit, storytellers, crafts, “living green” demonstrations, farmer’s market, “Green Ribbon” recipe contest. Many 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. 7am – 1pm. Blairsville Farmer’s Market, 148 Old Smokey Road, Blairsville, GA 30512. Visit or

7/11- 7/13 11th Annual Mountain Moonshine Cruiz-In Hiawassee, GA. Camping is available. Stay right at the show site. Enjoy three fun filled days of good ole moun-

FOURTH OF JULY 6/29 Lake Nottely Boat Parade Blairsville, GA. Anyone with a boat is welcome to line up at the marina beginning at 10:30 am am. There is no charge and boats can be decorated in any theme. Visitors can view the parade from areas around the marina. FREE! 11amNoon. U.S. HWY 19/129 N, Blairsville, GA. Info: 706-7453638 7/4 Georgia Mountain Fair Fireworks Hiawassee, GA. Thousands of visitors from across the region have experienced the thrill and beauty of the display. Free! 9:45 PM - 10:30 PM. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road - Hwy 76 W, Hiawassee, GA 30546. Info: 706-896-4191 or www. georgiamountainfairgrounds. com. 7/4 Old Timers 4th of July Parade Blue Ridge, GA. Bring your antique vehicles, dress in period attire. Parade route is down East Main and back up

West Main street. Anyplace downtown is a good viewing spot. Free! 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. For Info: Email: pam@ Phone: 706-632-2898 7/5 4th Annual Lake Blue Ridge Boat Parade Blue Ridge, GA. Details to come. 8:30pm – 9:30pm. Info: Lake Blue Ridge Civic Association:, or 706-6325680 7/5 Firecracker Special Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. Depart Blue Ridge at 7:00 pm to enjoy activities in downtown McCaysville/Copperhill. Copper Basin Fireworks display just after dark. Bring your lawn chair and sit outside the train to view the fireworks! Return to Blue Ridge by 11:00pm. Reservations required. Info: Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, 241 Depot Street, Blue Ridge, GA . Info: 706-632-8724 or http://www.

7/5 McCaysville Fireworks McCaysville, GA. Anywhere downtown is a great viewing area! There will be a street festival, vendors with food etc. Free! Festivites: 6pm. Fireworks: 9:30 PM to 10:30 PM. Downtown McCaysville and Copperhill. 7/5 – 7/6 Miners Homecoming Ducktown, TN. Small town Independence Day Celebration. Friday, July 5, Miners Homecoming 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Music, Food & Fellowship. Saturday, July 6, Pancake Breakfast 8:00 AM – 10:00AM. Copper Company Employee Reunion, 11:00 AM – 1:00 Free admission to Ducktown Basin Museum 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM. Ducktown Fireworks 9:30 PM. Ducktown Basin Museum Hoist House, 212 Burra Burra Hill, Ducktown, TN 32326. Info: 423-241-2284 7/6 Annual Lake Blue Ridge Fireworks Blue Ridge, GA. Fireworks can be viewed from Lake Blue Ridge around the Lake Blue Ridge Dam, Lake Blue

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Ridge Marina, By boat on Lake Blue Ridge, Tammen Park, Morganton Point Campground and surrounding areas. Begins at dusk. 8:30 – 9:30pm. Info: Lake Blue Ridge Civic Association: https://lbrca. org, or 706632-5680

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 Ongoing Sequoyah Regional Library System Events Visit your local library for weekly events for kids of all ages such as Story Time, Kendama Club, Teen Japanese Culture, Youth Crochet Club, Dungeons & Dragons, Lego Club, Coloring Group, Book Club and more! Visit www. Wednesdays Family Story Time Ellijay, GA. Family story times are designed for families with children of all ages. Story time followed by a craft activity. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult. Mornings: 10:30am – 11:30am. Afternoons: 4:00pm – 4:45pm. Free! Gilmer County Library, 268 Calvin Jackson Drive, Ellijay, GA 30540. Registration is required: 706-635-4528. http://www. 6/6 Blue Ridge Chamber Music Festival – Gulliver’s Suite Childrens Concert Blue Ridge, GA. Book reading and music by Telemann. Fannin Public Library, Blue Ridge, Georgia 30513. 2PM. Free. Tickets and contact 305.878.1985 or info@brcmf. org and 6/7 Teens Laser Tag Take aim and help your team be victorious as you dodge the other team’s lasers! After hours event for teens and adults. Free! 5:30 – 7pm. Gilmer County Library, 268 Calvin Jackson Drive, Ellijay, GA 30540. Info: 706-6354528 or JUNE/JULY 2019

6/8 Kids Fishing Rodeo Near Suches, GA. Free lunch and prizes. Must bring fishing gear and bait. Georgia Sport Fishing Regulations apply. Youth 16 and under. Rain or shine. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Free! Chattahoochee Fish Hatchery , 4730 Rock Creek Road, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. For Info: Email: Phone: 706-838-4723 6/8 Solar Astronomy Day & Junior Astronomy Day at Brasstown Bald Hiawasee, GA. Experiment with real scientist equipment and conduct nature investigations. Or help preserve the park as a Junior Ranger. Presentations and guided experiences are available. Program is free with park entry of $5 per adult, ages 15 & under are free. America the Beautiful passes are accepted. 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM. Brasstown Bald , 2941 Hwy 180 Spur, Hiawassee, GA 30546. For info: Phone: 706896-2556 or 6/8 & 7/6 Movies in the Park Downtown Canton, GA. Brown Park. Free. Sit back in your lawn chair and enjoy a movie on a big screen with a backdrop of the historic City Hall. 6/8–Ralph Breaks the Internet (PG). 7/6– Small Foot (PG). Films start at dusk. Info: 770.704.1548 or 6/10 thru 6/21 Sunny D Summer Kids Camp Blue Ridge, GA. Our Summer Camp Program is a production camp. Each group will spend two weeks learning various theater techniques. Then perform on stage for two or more performances in front of a large audience. We have added a technical class for students that are interested in theater but not in acting. We welcome you to apply. Blue Ridge Community Theater, Blue Ridge, Georgia 30513.Contact 305.878.1985 or and www. 6/15 & 7/20 Movies in the Park Downtown Woodstock, GA. Northside Hospital-Cherokee Amphitheater at The Park at City Center, 101 Arnold Mill Rd. Woodstock. Free. 6/15– How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (PG). 7/20–

Captain Marvel (PG13). Films start at dusk. Info: 770-5926000 ext. 1952 or 6/17 thru 7/19 Camp Imagine, Kid’s Summer Art Camp Canton, GA. Camps consist of visual art projects, music, games, clay sculpture and more. Campers use their imagination while exploring the incredible world of art. Ages 5-18 years, we have fun planned for each age group! Cherokee Arts Center. Info 770-704-6244, info@, 6/18 – 7/12 Summer Youth Art Camps Blue Ridge, GA. A series of summer camp style art classes for children. The Art Center will host Morning or Afternoon sessions, or Full Day Camp. NEW THIS YEAR, 2 Weeks of full day Summer Youth Art Camp are being offered. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 W Main St., Blue Ridge, GA 30513. For info visit www.blueridgearts. net or BlueRidgeArts@gmail. com or call 706-632-2144. 7/19 Apollo 11: One Giant Leap Young Harris, GA Commemorating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, the first mission to land humans on the Moon. Take a look back at how the astronauts of Apollo 11 arrived in lunar orbit on July 19, 1969 and completed a successful lunar landing the following day. 7:00- 8 pm. Rollins Planetarium at Young Harris College, 1 College Street, Young Harris, GA 30582. Info and tickets: 706379-5130 or http://www.yhc. edu/planetarium 7/12 Planet Nine presented by Rollins Planetarium Young Harris, GA. In 2015, the New Horizons spacecraft gave us our first close look at Pluto, the most famous dwarf planet in the outskirts of our Solar System. The pictures reveal a world far more complex than anyone realized. Now scientists are making new discoveries about our Solar System, and what it may be hiding: an object 10 times more larger than Earth. $5. 8- 9 pm. Rollins Planetarium at Young Harris College, 1 College Street, Young Harris, GA 30582. Info and tickets: 706-379-5130 or www.yhc. edu/planetarium


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 770-548-5590 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: 6/8 2nd Annual Gaelic Gallop Blairsville, GA. 5k & 1 mile fun run/walk at North Georgia Technical College’s Blairsville Campus is in conjunction with the Blairsville Scottish Festival & Highland Games. Race participants will receive a pass to attend the festival and a race tank top. Awards! Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM. Fees: See website. For info: http:// gaelic-gallop/ 6/8 Towns County Touchdown Club 8th Annual Bass Tournament Hiawassee, GA. Prizes: 1st Place $1000, 2nd Place $700, 3rd Place $500, 4th Place 200, 5th Place 100. Standard bass rules apply. $100 entry fee. Safe light to 3:00 pm. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds Boat Ramp. Info: 706-8967543 Nathan Noblet 6/9 Benton MacKaye Trail Association Hike Moderate Strenuous 7.6 mile hike., Benton MacKaye Trail from Wilscot Gap to Shallowford Bridge. This particular trek has the advantage that the leader is getting older (81), slower, and loves little rests on the uphills (or anywhere else he can have them)! Shuttle involved. Contact hike leader George Owen evenings between 7-11 p.m. at 706-374-4716.

6/15 Benton MacKaye Trail Association Hike Easy hike 4.9 mile on the BMT from FS 221 to Thunder Rock Campground and back to the picnic tables on the Rhododendron Trail; 98% downhill. We will watch the water arrive at the Ocoee Whitewater Center before we hike. The rhododendron should be in full bloom and the patch of wild raspberries, too. Contact Clare Sullivan at clare7982 @ 6/24 Benton MacKaye Trail Association Hike Moderate 4 mile hike Turtletown Creek Falls with two beautiful falls in one short hike. Contact hike leader Howard Baggett at Howardeb @ 6/29 21st Annual Flapjack 5K Jasper, GA. 5K Run in downtown Jasper followed by flapjack breakfast provided by 61 Main, 6:00 AM - 10:00 AM. Registation at 7:00 AM. Race starts at 8:00 AM. Contact Sue Appleton at 706-692-9755 or email or register on line at Early registration $30.00 Day of Race Registration $35.00 includes tee shirt and breakfast. 6/29 Sacketts Summer Sizzler Jackpot Barrel Race Blairsville, GA. $2500 added money!!! Open to the public. 10am – 6pm. Union County Saddle Club Arena 73 Saddle Club Drive Blairsville, GA 30512. For information/hookups: call Tali Patterson, UCSC show chair (706) 897-2292 or 6/29 Appalachian Trail Day: A Day in the Life – The Wild East, Brasstown Bald Hiawassee, GA. A day of AT fun and discovery! Mini-AT experience, scavenger hunt, discover what it took to build the AT. Never-been-hikinghikers, day hikers, and long haul trekkers, welcome. 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Free Day-Long Event with park entry of $5 per adult, 15 & under are free. America the Beautiful pass is accepted. Brasstown Bald Recreation Area & Visitors Center, 2941 Hwy 180 Spur, Hiawassee, GA 30546. For info: 706-896-2556 or https://



7/13 Tap into Your Forest, Brasstown Bald Hiawassee, GA. Walk & talk with Director, Callie Moore, of the Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition and Krista Robb, of the Cradle of Forestry. Learn about modern day water conservation efforts, as well as the science and history of the National Forest surrounding Georgia’s highest point. End with a visit to the site’s spring fed water system and a refreshing glass of mountain top lemonade. Free with park entry of $5 per adult, 15 & under are free. 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM America the Beautiful passes accepted. 706-896-2556

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 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 706-745-5493 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 www. 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:, 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. www.fanninbrewingcompany. com or 706.258.2762 Weekends Cartecay Vineyards Cartecay Vineyards, 5704 Clear Creek Road, Ellijay, GA 30535. Call 706. 698. 9463 (WINE) or visit Weekends Chateau Meichtry Vineyards Chateau Meichtry, 1862 Orchard Lane, Talking Rock, GA 30175. Info: (706) 5021608 or www. 6/1 Music on the Square 2019 Hiawassee, GA. Come out to the Square of Hiawassee and enjoy live music from Knarly Fingers! Children, dogs, and dancing are encouraged, don’t forget your chair! In case of rain - show will be held in the Towns County Civic Center, next to the courthouse. 7-8:30PM. Hiawassee Square, Hwy 76. Info: City of Hiawassee - (706) 896-2203 or 6/1 LUNGevity Move to the Groove Concert Blue Ridge, GA. Featuring Kharisma Jazzmatic Funk and A1A - The Official and Original Jimmy Buffet Band. Food and beverages: Available


for purchase throughout the concert. All of the proceeds go to LUNGevity Foundation to fund research, early detection, and lung cancer awareness. Mercier Orchards, 8660 Blue Ridge Drive, Blue Ridge, Georgia 30513. Email: customer.service@mercierorchards. 6/2 Days of Wine and Roses Waleska, GA. The Cherokee Chorale wraps up its 31st season with two performances featuring timeless music from America’s songbook. Well known and much-loved classics by Cole Porter and Johnny Mercer. Adults $15; Students $5. Falany Performing Arts Center at Reinhardt University, 7300 Reinhardt College Parkway Waleska GA. Info and tickets: Susan Gooch, 614302-0160. 6/6 Gail Bliss and The Nashville Barn Dance Hiawasee, GA. Songs made famous by the likes of Patsy Cline, Ray Price, Merle Haggard, Tammy Wynette and George Jones. Wear your dancing boots! 7pm. Tickets: $35.00 + Handling & Credit Card Fees. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road - Hwy 76 W, Hiawassee, GA 30546. Info: 706-8964191 or 6/7 – 6/8 Blue Ridge Chamber Music Festival – Bergonzi String Quartet Blue Ridge, GA. An American Story: A Play set to Music inspired by Appalachia, by Scott Flavin. Blue Ridge Community Theater, Blue Ridge, Georgia 30513. 7:30PM. Free. Tickets and contact 305.878.1985 or and www.

Classics IV, The Cowsills. 7:00PM. Tickets: $45.00 + Handling. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road - Hwy 76 W, Hiawassee, GA 30546. Info: 706-8964191 or

$5.00 Discount per person to anyone who registers for the Moonshine Cruizin. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road - Hwy 76 W, Hiawassee, GA 30546. Info: 706-896-4191 or

6/9 Blue Ridge Chamber Music Festival – Pasion! Romantic Guitar Music Blue Ridge, GA. Raphael Padron, Classical Guitar. Blue Ridge Community Theater, Blue Ridge, Georgia 30513. 2PM. Free. Tickets and contact 305.878.1985 or info@brcmf. org and

7/13 Blank 281 - A Blink 182 Tribute Band Ellijay, GA. The closest thing to seeing Blink-182 LIVE! Blank 281 is the longest running International Touring Tribute to Blink-182. A look alike, sound alike tribute to pop-punk band Blink 182. $25.00. 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse, 135 Dalton St., Ellijay, GA 30540. For tickets and info: 706-6355605 or

6/15 Blue Ridge Chamber Music Festival – Pulse Trio Blue Ridge, GA. Raphael Padron, Classical Guitar. Blue Ridge Community Theater, Blue Ridge, Georgia 30513. 7PM. Free. Tickets and contact 305.878.1985 or info@brcmf. org and 6/16 Blue Ridge Chamber Music Festival – Joy of Chamber Music Blue Ridge, GA. Raphael Padron, Classical Guitar. St. Luke Episcopal Church. 7PM. Free. Tickets and contact 305.878.1985 or info@brcmf. org and 6/21 The Temptations & The Tams Hiawassee, GA. 7:00PM Level 1: $45.00 + Handling & Credit Card Fees. Level 2: $35.00 + Handling & Credit Card Fees. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road - Hwy 76 W, Hiawassee, GA 30546. Info: 706-8964191 or

6/8 Woodstock Free Summer Concert Series – Better Than Ezra Downtown Woodstock, GA. Northside Hospital-Cherokee Amphitheater at The Park at City Center, 101 Arnold Mill Rd. Woodstock. Free. 7:30PM. Info: 770-517-6788 or

7/13 Woodstock Free Summer Concert Series – Better The BB King Blues Band Downtown Woodstock, GA. Northside Hospital-Cherokee Amphitheater at The Park at City Center, 101 Arnold Mill Rd. Woodstock. Free. 7:30PM. Info: 770-517-6788 or

6/8 Happy Together Tour Hiawassee, GA. Starring The Turtles, Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night, Gary Pucket and The Union Gap, The Buckinghams, The

7/13 The Grass Roots, Box Tops, And the Associations Hiawassee, GA. 7:00PM. Level 1: $45.00 + Handling & Credit Card Fees. Level 2: $35.00 + Handling & Credit Card Fees.


7/20 Dwight Sanford Ellijay, GA. VIP - purchase a VIP ticket, up front seating, meet and greet plus a private concert on Sunday afternoon at a private cabin. 7:30 -9:30pm. George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse, 135 Dalton St., Ellijay, GA 30540. For tickets and info: 706-635-5605 or 7/20 Canton River Rock Free Summer Concerts - A1A Jimmy Buffet Tribute Show Canton, GA. Etowah River Park Amphitheater. Kid’s activities, food trucks galore, and top musical acts. Bring your chairs, blankets & coolers. No tents and no glass, please. Fun starts at 6pm! Etowah River Park is located at 600 Brown Industrial Pkwy, Canton. Info: www.cantonga. gov/visit/canton_river_rock_ concerts.htm 8/2 Blood Sweat and Tears Hiawassee, GA. 7:00PM. Level 1: $40.00 + Handling & Credit Card Fees. Level 2: $30.00 + Handling & Credit Card Fees. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road - Hwy 76 W, Hiawassee, GA 30546. Info: 706-896-4191 or www. georgiamountainfairgrounds. com. 8/3 Fred Johnson – Live Music is Better Blue Ridge, GA. An accomplished writer, vocalist, and percussionist and is recognized internationally as one of the world’s greatest vocal jazz improvisers and one of the worlds most passionate and versed chanters of sacred JUNE/JULY 2019

text. $25. 7:30 pm. Blue Ridge Community Theater, Blue Ridge, Georgia 30513. Tickets and contact 305.878.1985, or visit https:// blueridgecommunitytheater. com 8/9 Vince Gill & Jedd Hughes Hiawasee, GA. 7:00PM. Level 1: $77.00 + Handling & Credit Card Fees. Level 2: $67.00 + Handling & Credit Card Fees. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road - Hwy 76 W, Hiawassee, GA 30546. Info: 706-896-4191 or www. georgiamountainfairgrounds. com.

THEATER 6/14 thru 6/30 Greetings! Jasper, GA. A play for all seasons. Andy has a sweet Catholic mother, a sour Catholic father and an intellectually disabled younger brother, Mickey.ßWhen he brings his Jewish atheist fiance to meet the folks on Christmas Eve, his worst fears about family blow-ups are realized. But when Mickey, whose entire vocabulary has been limited to “oh boy” and “wow,” suddenly spouts the word “Greetings!” the entire family’s belief system is turned upside down. Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2pm. Tater Patch Players, 95 Philadelphia Lane, Jasper, GA. Tickets and info: 706-2532800 or taterpatchplayers@

7/11 thru 7/28 A Funny Little Thing Called Love Blue Ridge, GA. Under the glow of full moon, several strangers around the globe find love blossoming and mayhem in abundance! By the time the evening is over and the moon works its magic, love will conquer all and your sides will ache from laughter! Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2pm. Blue Ridge Community Theater, Blue Ridge, Georgia 30513. Tickets and contact 305.878.1985, info@brcmf. org or visit 7/26 – 8/4 Live Theatre – Harvey Ellijay, GA. Elwood P. Dowd insists on including his friend Harvey in all of his sister Veta’s social gatherings. Trouble is, Harvey is a pooka; an imaginary six-and-a-halffoot-tall rabbit. $22.00 ticket. Dinner option available for an additional $12.00. Fridays & Saturdays 7pm. Sundays 2pm. George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse, 135 Dalton St. Ellijay, GA. Tickets and info: 706-6355605 or www.

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 Ongoing Cartecay Wine & Craft Ellijay, GA. Cartecay Wine & Craft is a tasting room of Cartecay Vineyards’ located in Historic Downtown Ellijay, serving our wines, other GA Wines and GA Craft Beers.19 South Main Street Ellijay, Georgia 30540. Phone: 706697-9463 or www.facebook. com/cartecaywineandcraft/ Daily Chateau Meichtry Chateau Meichtry, 1862 Orchard Lane, Talking Rock, GA 30175. Info: (706) 5021608 or www. Ongoing Crane Creek VIneyards Young Harriss, GA. Tapas Fridays with live acoustic music. Saturday Vinters Tours. Open Tuesday Sunday. 16 Crane Creek Road | Young Harris, GA 30582. 706.379.1236.

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: 828-8379022 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 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: 423-5483030 or copperhill brewery. com Ongoing Wed - Sun Blue Ridge Brewery Dog friendly outdoor patio. Open Wednesday through Sunday 11:00am – 9:00pm. Blue Ridge Brewery, 187 Depot Street, Blue Ridge, GA. 706. 632. 6611 or www.

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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. 770-331-8870/404-9662665, grumpyoldmenbrewing. com Ongoing Mon- Sun Valley River Brewery & Eatery Located in Historic Downtown Murphy, NC at 71 Tennessee Street. 828-837-BEER or 6/7 A Night with the Eagles Talking Rock, GA. Chateau Meichtry. The Matty Croxton & Craig McGriff Band, will be performing as the legendary 70’s icons, performing all their hits to your delight!! The Angelfire Food Truck will be here serving up their delicious fare!! 6:30 – 9:30pm. Tickets are on sale now & limited, so please call us in the tasting room at 706-502-1608 to book your reservations today!! Chateau Meichtry Family Vineyard and Winery, 1862 Orchard Ln, Talking Rock, GA 30175. 7/19 Surrender Hill Talking Rock, GA. Chateau Meichtry. a small private show of only 80 guests with Surrender Hill Honkey Tonk!! The Domin8 Food Truck will be here serving up their delicious fare!! Tickets are $100 couple / $65 per single, and include tickets to the concert, a bottle of your favorite CMV wine, a souvenir glass & dinner from the Domin8 Food Truck!! Tickets are on sale now & limited, so please call us in the tasting room at 706-5021608 to book your reservations today!! Chateau Meichtry Family Vineyard and Winery, 1862 Orchard Ln, Talking Rock, GA 30175. | JUNE/JULY 2019





history of indian georgia

– Our European Ancestry

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

The Scottish - Irish

Immigration to Georgia


Many of us have Scottish or Irish ancestry. The term Scotch-Irish was coined by Americans and is seldom seen in British histories. The Scotch had first migrated to Ireland for better economic opportunities. They may have migrated to these Americas in the sixteenth or seventeenth centuries because of food shortages in their homeland. However, that isn’t the whole story, and unless the family stories are passed down, you probably wonder how they got here. Between 1608 and 1698, 200,000 Scottish Presbyterians had settled in Ireland. Some of the English-born settlers to Ireland of this period were also Presbyterians. When King Charles the 1st attempted to force these Presbyterians into the Church of England in the 1630s, many chose migration to North America because the religious freedom was much greater. By 1850 few, if any Irish admitted to Scottish ancestry. About 1730, the territory of Georgia was under British rule. Oglethorpe had solicited some 300 Scottish Highlanders and Germans to come and serve as farmer-soldiers on the frontiers against the Spaniards and Indians. At the time, General James Oglethorpe had allied with the various Indians of coastal Georgia. War broke out with Spanish Florida in 1739 with disastrous results. In 1742 the Spanish retaliated, however Oglethorpe found enough common 46

ground to negotiate a settlement and for a time peace reigned. A description of the Scottish Highlanders that came to America was enlightening as to their character and the reasoning they adapted so completely to the Indian tribal culture. In most books studied, the connectiveness of the Celtic Cultures of the Scottish Highlanders lie mainly in the southeastern states. There is a parallel nature between the Indian culture and Highlander’s complexity with few differences. We have often seen descriptions of a people who were savages, lawless, primitive, warlike, vengeful and in need of improvement. This is how the Northern Irelanders were described. Tribal peoples who fit perfectly into the atmosphere of the southern Indians and were accepted by them as perhaps ancestral to their own tribes. The similarities are astounding when one thinks about how both nations would tell their stories in song before written language came about for the Indians. Both believed in shape shifters and that the animals and trees communicated with humans. Birds were the sky gods’ messengers and many place names were the results of supernatural encounters, while so called civilized peoples referred to these as superstitions. Highlanders, much like the Indians, believed that the land had a kinship and as a result required proper care of the fields and pasture lands. The Highlanders had no trouble adapting to the idea of clan ownership. The clan system was strong in the old country where they clustered together in settlements and shared crops and land in common. It wasn’t until the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries that some felt this system to be an impediment to progress. Then the communal system of farming ended, and common lands were charged rental fees for use of the properties. Another reason to migrate. The clan systems of the Highlanders were different from the Indians in that Highlander clans derive their relationships from the same patriarchal surnamed ancestor. The Cherokee and Creek lines are traced through their



Above: “Young Frontiersman,” Scotch- Irish immigrant portrait by world- renowned local Tennessee artist, David Wright. Visit his website for more info: Left: In 1730 the territory of Georgia was under British control. Indians allied with the British against Spanish Florida. women, or are matriarchal, where the surname is inconsequential. It wasn’t until the Europeans intermarried with the Indians that the male surname became more important than the female Indian lines. This causes major problems when trying to trace your Native American Ancestry through either the Creek or Cherokee ancestors. For many the Native American clan system died out in about 1750’s. It is only through family stories that many today know their Indian clan. ACLM 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. Reservations by Appointment, or Open Thursday & Friday 10am to 2pm JUNE/JULY 2019


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