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Wowza, it’s been a hot one for up here in the mountains, nearly 100 degrees in the shade and no rain for the last couple of weeks. Seems it’s either feast or famine. One month, there’s so much rain that every piece of my clothing is covered in mold and all of my wooden drawers are swollen shut, the next it’s so dry that my dirt road and driveway kick up enough dust to camouflage my car. You can tell who lives on a dirt road around here because we have to use our windshield wipers (front and back) to clear off the dust. Wash your car one day, and the next it looks just like it did before. As true southerners do when it gets this hot, Maxine, Billy and I have done pretty much a lot of Maxine naps on the floor by my desk nothing. Get our chores and dog under the ceiling fan. She says, “It’s way walks done early and knock off too hot to be on the couch, woof!” just after noon. Not much to do after that besides take a nap in the shade. And that’s exactly what we’ve done this summer, a whole lot of napping. While our earth makes its way around the sun once again, here comes fall with all its glory. This is our big tourist season. Sure, summer is good with the kids out of school and all, but the crisp mountain air and the bright fall colors invigorate everyone. A harvest and the last hurrah before hunkering down for winter makes for some fun for all. In this issue you’ll find some great ways to avoid the apple crowds and venture a little deeper into the Southern Appalachian Culture. If you’re thinking of building your mountain dream home, Covered Bridge Estates in Ellijay is a stop you’ll want to make. Nothing like living in a gated community deep in the woods, yet only a short drive to all of the small town mountain amenities:, hiking, fishing, golfing, shopping, dining, arts and theater. Check out their Craftsman style homes during their open house, you might find exactly what you’re looking for. Prefer a more active community lifestyle? Then Old Toccoa Farm (OTF) might just be for you. Group events centered around this golfing community give a sense of place and belonging. Join in, or head out on your own, it’s up to you. Right on the Toccoa River, and now with all 18 holes open on their world-class course, OTF offers stunning views, river access and exquisite golf, all just minutes from all the haps in Historic Downtown Blue Ridge. Named one of the best mountain art towns, Blue Ridge is host to the Annual Fall Arts in the Park. The whole town turns out for this awesome event where you’ll find mountain arts, crafts, food vendors, and maybe that perfect piece you’ve been looking for. A little off the beaten path you’ll find The Cider House Orchards, Café and Market. Skip the crowds and commercialism. Take a walk in their orchard, sip some hard cider, eat a fried pie, and relax. This is what Fall is all about. Here in the mountains, Thanksgiving weekend announces our transition to winter and the beginning of the Holiday Season. Santa arrives, trees are lit, and everyone gets in the spirit. Get your cabin rentals reserved and come enjoy the quiet winter season with us. Have a great Fall Y’All!

Billy catches a slight breeze while he naps on the deck. He likes his old man shoulders in the sun.

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Restaurant Spotlight, Okinawa Steak & Sushi Restaurant

An Entertaining and Delicious Dinning Experience for the Whole Family.

14 Covered Bridge Estates

Just Minutes Away from Vineyards, Restaurants, Antique Shops, Golf and Fishing

20 Old Toccoa Farm, A Labor of Love

With all 18 holes now open, Old Toccoa Farm has truly become a new way of living in Blue Ridge!

28 A is for Apple at The Cider House

Orchards, Market & Cafe. Bringing Hard Cider and a Casual, Hip New Vibe

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Blue Ridge, GA- A True Mountain Arts Town, thanks to the BRMAA

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Festivals! It’s That Time 38 Fall of Year Again

Our Complete Fall Festivals Preview Listing has Something for Everyone.

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Celebrating the opening of all 18 holes on Labor Day Weekend, Old Toccoa Farm has truly become a new way of living in Blue Ridge, GA. The excitement surrounding the beauty and sense of belonging in this mountain golf community is truly unparalleled.

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Looking for an entertaining dining experience for the whole family? Welcome to Okinawa Steak & Sushi! Serving Hibachi meals, a variety of fresh sushi delicacies and Japanese style cooking, Okinawa has proudly been a part of the Ellijay community for 12 years. Locals and visitors alike enjoy Okinawa’s modern interpretation of classic dishes featuring high quality fresh ingredients. With a wide selection of menu choices, and a full service bar, there’s something to satisfy everyone’s taste. Hibachi? Check! Okinawa, provides one of the most entertaining shows at their many Hibachi tables. Have one of their top-notch chefs cook your dinner right at your table! Kids of all ages love the show. Sushi? Check! Each Sushi roll is an edible work of art masterfully created by trained Sushi Chefs. With over 100 specialty rolls, Okinawa is sure to have something for everyone. Have you tried the JUNGLE ROLL? This delicious roll is filled with crab, white fish, cream cheese, and avocado and topped with yummy mango! Appetizers? Check! Try the NEW Okinawa Appetizer Sampler Platter featuring such a large variety there’s something for everyone. Japanese Dishes? Check! In addition to the Hibachi or Sushi bar, Okinawa has booth seating for a quieter, more intimate dining experience. Choose anything on the extensive menu– from appetizers, soups & salads, to tempura, and noodle & rice dishes. Dessert? Check! Save room for one of Okinawa’s Italian delicacies. Drinks with Umbrellas? Check! Our full bar is stocked with your favorite beer, wine and liquor. Or be adventurous and taste exotic new flavors of the Orient. Want a Deal? Check! Okinawa serves up a Daily Lunch Special featuring U-Pick 2 Sushi Rolls for $9.99 and includes Miso soup and a Ranch or Ginger salad available daily from 10:30 to 2:30. Try their Tuesday Dollar Sushi Night! Grab a friend and stop in to take advantage of Discounted sushi rolls, appetizers, wine, sake, and $1.50 draft beer, Tuesdays from 4:30-8:30pm! With everything they have to offer, it’s no wonder that Okinawa Steak & Sushi Restaurant is considered a cornerstone of the Ellijay community and has been recognized for its outstanding Sushi cuisine, excellent service and friendly staff. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Outdoor Adventure Fall 2019 Here Are Some of the Highlights For Those with an Adventurous Heart! Find a Complete List on Page 42

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 guhlspace.com 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: www.mountainhighhikers.org 10/12 & 11/12 Fireside Storytellin’ & Full Moon Hike Anna Ruby Falls, GA. In the magical holler of Anna Ruby Falls, we gather around the campfire with renowned North Georgia storytellers, Emory Jones, Garrison Baker, and the Hardman Farms Living History Group. Hear stories of our wise ole’ mountains and intriguing characters. As the full moon rises, you’ll be guided up the creek trail to the serene sounds and moonlight glow. Pre-registration required. $20 per adult $10 per/ 15 & under. Anna Ruby Falls, 3455 Anna Ruby Falls Rd., Helen, GA 30545. Tickets & Info: (706) 878-1448 10/12 AR Georgia Blue Ridge Ultra Marathon Blue Ridge, GA. A 50K loop trail race deep in the beautiful Chattahoochee National Forest. 16 miles of the Benton MacKaye trail, 6 miles of Hidden trails and 9 miles of Forest Service roads. Using the same trails, there is a 30K and 15K option. Tough, technical spots, single track trails, jumping over logs, creek crossings, steep ascents and steeper descents. Start and Finish at the historic Shallowford iron bridge spanning the Toccoa River. This race will challenge the most experienced. Info: www.argeorgia.com/blue-ridge-ultra, info@argeorgia.com, 706-286-4008. 10/26 NOCtoberfest Nantahala Outdoor Center, NC. Celebrate leaf season in the Smoky Mountains at this free event, a family-favorite in the Nantahala Gorge. With activities and prizes for all ages, your friends and family are sure to have a great day on or off the water. Pumpkin Decorating - NOC supplies pumpkins, decorating and carving materials. Every child wins a prize after presenting their pumpkins to the Judging Panel. Great Pumpkin Pursuit - A free-for-all dash through Nantahala Falls. Participants collect as many OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2019

numbered pumpkins as possible while racing to the finish. Check back for details on 2018 prizes! Costume Contests - Dress to impress the judges! Costume categories are Kids, Couples, Best in Character and Scariest. Live Music - Enjoy a bonfire and live music at Big Wesser Riverside Restaurant. S’mores included! Noon - 5pm. FREE! Info: https://noc.com/events/ noctoberfest 11/1 & 11/2 Rock Armoring Clinic Blue Ridge, GA. Learn one of the latest trail building techniques to create a more sustainable and enhanced trail or trail segment. North Georgia Mountain Bike Association, USFS and IMBA Trail Solutions are offering a two day rock armoring clinic to: 1)Empower & educate volunteers and land managers on how to stabilize steep trails with rock to reduce erosion. 2) Give local trail users the skills to install rock armor to enhance the challenge level of trails. Covering rock transport and all types of armoring: including pitching, flagstones, anchors, booters, rip-rap, and preventing erosion. Risk managment, safety, best practices for long lasting rock features. Spomsored by the North Georgia Mountain Bike Association. Classroom and Trail Work. 8:30am at the Fannin County Chamber, 152 Orvin Lance Drive, Blue Ridge, GA, 30513. Info: https://northgeorgiamountainbikeassociation.org or ngmba.org. 11/2 Big Peach Running Co. Farm to Trail 30K & 11K Blue Ridge, GA. Both events wstart on the paved asphalt road (required for spacing) and soon lead onto a gravel road then beautiful scenic dirt trails! We will have a cap on this race of 250 participants. Packet pick-up will be the morning of the race, starting at 7:00 am to 8:00 am. Race starts at 8:30 am SHARP! Charlie Creek Farms, 543 Snake Nation Rd., Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Registration: Big Peach Running Co., https://ultrasignup.com/register. aspx?did=67227. Info: sburkett@tds.net or 706-4556021. 11/2 6th Annual Lake Chatuge Shoreline Cleanup Hiawassee, GA. In conjunction with GA Rivers Alive! Kick off at the Towns County Swim Beach Pavilion at APPALACHIAN COUNTRY LIVING

9:00AM with breakfast and coffee. Volunteer coordinators will lead teams of 5-8 to designated trash sites along the shores of Lake Chatuge and we’ll meet back at the swim beach pavilion at noon for prizes and refreshments. The first 100 volunteers to sign-in will receive a free Rivers Alive t-shirt. Prizes will be awarded to volunteers who collect the most trash, find the most unique items, and uncover the hidden golden trash treasure. Prizes include a fourhour ski boat rental and equipment from Young Harris Water Sports, a two-hour pontoon boat rental from The Ridges Resort & Marina, and horseback riding passes for the Stables at Brasstown Valley. Info: Raleigh Keagan 828-837-5414. 11/2 Reelin’ It In For Vets Fishing Tournament Hiawassee, GA. Show your support for our Veteran’s by joining in our 1st Annual Reelin’ It In For Veteran’s Fishing Tournament. Starts at first light and ends at 2 p.m. Take an angler fishing that day and receive a discount on your registration fee! There will be a Friday night pre-tournament dinner (optional) and food, giveaways, and drawings at the weigh-in on Saturday. Top prize is $4,000, 2nd place - $1,500, 3rd place - $750, 4th place - $500, 5th place – 250, Big Fish - $500. Registration is $150/team (one angler must be a Veteran) or $200/team (no Veteran’s on board). Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds Boat Ramp located at 1311 Music Hall Road in Hiawassee, GA. Info: Towns County Chamber of Commerce at (706) 896-4966. 11/28 Blue Ridge Turkey Trot Join us downtown for the Blue Ridge, Georgia Turkey Trot Race/Walk Thanksgiving Day, November 28th! The race is for the whole family and all abilities from walkers to the serious competitor. Don’t worry you will be home in time to put the turkey in the oven! Now let’s get trotting! Online Registration is $30 – online registration closes on Tuesday, November 26 Onsite Registration – $35. Registration Opens 7am Race Begins Promptly at 8am (Packet pick up on Wednesday 27 and race day Thursday 28) Info: http://blueridgeturkeytrot.com or 828-557-5405

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Leave the Details to Us and Ride the Mountains of Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee Customized ADV Rides with All Skill Levels Welcome

Follow Peter, Susan, Edmund, & Lucy as they discover and explore the magical land of Narnia, and help Aslan defeat the White Witch!

THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE October 18th - November 3rd Thursday - Saturday 7:30 PM Sundays at 2 & 2:30 PM

A timeless holiday classic, the story of George Bailey and his guardian angel, who shows him the world as if he’d never been born.

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Breathe New Life into Your Lawn Landscape & Garden Editor Kevin Johnson Tells Us How to Keep Our Fescue Lawns in Good Health

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In order to achieve and maintain a beautiful lawn, employing basic lawn care practices such as properly mowing, fertilizing and watering are essential. It’s also important to ensure that nutrients can reach the soil beneath your grass. Aeration can be an extremely vital element to a healthy lawn because it allows air and water to penetrate built-up grass or lawn thatch. The goal of this article is to provide you with tips on how to seed and maintain your fescue lawn. We’ve noticed that with the recent construction boom in the north Georgia mountains there is a growing number of people who desire a beautiful lawn. Many realize a green, healthy lawn provides both aesthetic and environmental benefits. Maintaining a healthy lawn has been challenging of late, due to severe drought conditions last year, unless you were fortunate to have an irrigation system. Even with an irrigation system watering restrictions can limit their use. However this year lawn care has had its own difficulties with excessive rain causing both weed and fungal issues. If you’ve experienced these setbacks, now is the time to take action. Our method to re-establish a fescue lawn is to core aerate and then over seed. There are numerous ways to aerate with different types of equipment. We’ve found aerators that pull plugs are the most effective. These types of aerators are generally found at most equipment rental shops. We use four steps in our aeration process. First, we flag the irrigation heads and other items in the lawn that need to be avoided. Second, we aerate. Third, we apply a three way blend of turf type fescue which is weed free. Lastly, starter fertilizer is applied to encourage seed germination and rooting. This sounds easier that it actually is. Aerating is exhausting and time consuming, but the benefits are worth it. When the grass seed enters the hole you’ve created in your lawn, the environment is perfect for germination. Seed makes contact with the soil and with some rain or supplemental water, you’ll have a thicker and healthier lawn within a couple weeks.

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Top Left: How aeration works, it’s a vital element to a healthy lawn because it allows air and water to penetrate built-up grass or lawn thatch. Left and Above: Aerators that pull plugs are the most effective and are generally found at most equipment rental shops.

Even if you’re not seeding your lawn, aeration is the most effective mechanical process one can do to achieve a hardy lawn. Benefits of Core Aeration Include: > Reduced soil compaction > Improved soil water uptake > Better utilization of applied fertilizers > Improved air exchange > Stronger roots Aerating twice a year will get the best results. Starting when you first install your lawn. Very few people realize that aeration is preventative, rather than ‘repair’ after your lawn has weakened for become unhealthy. If you have not aerated regularly for several years, then we will recommend that you do so every 3-4 months for 2 years. You will notice the difference once you have been aerating regularly for a couple of years. Also, during aeration is when we can discover ailments. Anything from mold, mildew, bugs, APPALACHIAN COUNTRY LIVING

disease, and anything causing your lawn the diminish. Aerating twice a year can save up to 30% of your water needs for your lawn, simply because your lawn will better distribute the water, and deeper into your soil. The best time for aeration is during the growing season, when the grass can heal and fill in any open areas after soil plugs are removed. Ideally, aerate the lawn with cool season grass in the early spring or fall and those with warm season grass in the late spring. Aeration is a beneficial practice toward achieving a beautiful lawn, but most people don’t realize it or understand the process. If your lawn is a candidate, make it an integral part of your lawn care regime. Your lawn will thank you for letting it breathe again. ACLM Kevin Johnson is the owner of Green Leaf Lawn and Ornamental, LLC, based in Blue Ridge. For more information about having your lawn aerated, or hemlocks treated. Kevin can be reached toll free at 866. 883. 2420 or by email at growitgreen@ etcmail.com. Or check out his web site at www. wetreatlawns.com or visit www.hemlocks.org. Call Kevin at 866. 883. 2420 to have your lawn aerated this fall and remember – fall is also a great time to have him treat your hemlocks to prevent or cure a Woolly Adelgid infestation. WWW.ACLIVINGMAGAZINE.COM

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Design Trend: Eye to The Future Style & Design Editor Cindy Trimble Explains How Drawings Can Help You Visualize Your Future Home

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Building a home for the first time can challenge your abilities in so many ways. We have found that many of our clients’ struggle when visualizing three dimensional designs by simply looking at a two-dimensional floorplan. You cannot fully understand a home by a verbal description. As designers, it is critical that we communicate our design ideas to our clients, so they fully understand what we have designed. Visualizing a building, a home or a room in three dimensions is something that is very difficult for some, especially if you are a “right brained” person. Creative and artistic people are referred to as “left brained” people and have a much easier time converting two dimensional drawings into three dimensions. However Right brained people who are typically more analytical and technical are more challenged. A residential project will typically have a multitude of design elements to be thought through and detailed including the exterior of the house, the fireplace, the handrail, built in bunk beds, cabinets, a wine cellar and so much more. Three dimensional drawings not only illustrate what you have in mind for your client’s house, but they are a great tool for the builders or sub-contractors to build from. We generate all sorts of sketches including quick hand sketches and computer generated and rendered drawings. Three dimensional sketches help with visualizing the shape and detail but is also a way to quickly explore different color and finish options. They help eliminate confusion and give homeowners a sense of comfort that they know exactly what they are getting. Not only do 3-D drawings help homeowners understand the designs, but they are very helpful for designers to see exactly what is in their mind’s eye. Many times, when we begin to draw something, it will change and evolve into something more successful because we can evaluate all the details. There are many ways to get 3-D OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2019

images produced. There are local resources such as our studio, but there are many on-line for hire graphic shops that will do drawings for you. The bottom line is, make sure you fully understand what you are getting by insisting on seeing a 3-D drawing. You will appreciate the complete understanding you will get before the shovel hits the ground and even more after construction is complete and you got what you envisioned and was presented to you. ACLM APPALACHIAN COUNTRY LIVING

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 www.studiotrimble.com

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Simply Spectacular – Covered Bridge Estates

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

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Welcome! Come on in and be our neighbor! Ahhhh, there’s nothing quite as inviting as craftsman-style homes – especially those built on private 1-3 acre lots amid the picturesque rolling foothills of Southern Appalachia and the Great Smoky Mountains. Yet the gated community of Covered Bridge Estates is filled with these charmers, which are designed to be everything one might expect in modern mountain living. From watching nature come alive as Spring dawns and Summer’s June firefly spectacle takes flight to a brilliant panoramic explosion of Fall colors and the stark silence and grandeur that is Winter on the mountainside – residents of Covered Bridge Estates can witness the gamut of the seasons and indulge in July’s abundance of wild blackberries. Experience Covered Bridge Estates. Imagine a picturesque stroll or drive through your community’s own covered bridge. Covered Bridge Estates is cradled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in quaint Ellijay, GA, yet a convenient hour’s drive to the hustle and bustle of Atlanta. Left: Nearby WhitePath Golf Club offers a picturesque day on the links for area residents and guests alike. Historic downtown Ellijay has a walkable small-town feel filled with friendly folks. Trek the famous Appalachian Trail and take in amazing vistas, observe wildlife and follow in history’s footsteps. OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2019

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

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At Home in Covered Bridge Estates

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

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Out & About in Ellijay

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

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

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

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

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A New Way of Living in Blue Ridge A True Labor of Love

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Left: two views of the Old Toccoa Farm barn, Hole #6 Green and OTF in the aural morning mist. This page: Bagpiper and member, Jim McKnight sets the mood while members and their grand children celebrate during the 18th Hole ceremony.

A LABOR OF LOVE.

On Labor Day weekend over 150 members, staff, family and friends gathered in the early morning fog as a kilted figure emerged over a hill with the sound of bagpipes playing the old tune “Flowers of Scotland.” This was quite a surreal backdrop as the dedication began announcing the much-anticipated opening of all 18 holes of golf at Old Toccoa Farm, which happens to be the only golf course in Blue Ridge and all of Fannin County. The initial 9 holes of golf have been a highly regarded gem, since they opened in 2015, but now, those holes combined with the new nine, are already creating quite a buzz. “In only our second weekend of having 18 holes open, we saw our average number of weekend rounds go from 150 to over 310,” says Kevin Hermetz, one of the Old Toccoa Farm managing partners. “Many of those rounds were comprised of larger groups that came to play from Atlanta, Nashville, Florida, Chattanooga, Dalton and Birmingham.” The host of one of the groups, who lives in Nashville, but has a second home in Blue OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2019

Ridge, remarked, “I brought 12 guys to play Old Toccoa Farm both Friday & Saturday and next month I am going to bring 12 more.” “There is not another course in the area that is like it,” he added. Blue Ridge has always been a popular spot for groups to gather, but now a first-class 18-hole golf course can be part of the draw. “Each weekend it is common to see groups come to Blue Ridge for guys and girls’ weekends, bachelor and bachelorette parties, and most recently, fantasy football draft weekends, but now we are seeing golf at Old Toccoa Farm being part of the experience,” says Hermetz. His business partner, Peter Knutzen, agrees, adding, “for the past 10 years, more and more people have discovered Blue Ridge and the understated lifestyle and activities offered here, and now, Old Toccoa Farm adds yet another reason to visit and live here - a world class 18-hole golf course and a community that offers a true sense of place.” However, it is important to note, that in addition to the resort and guest play, there are over 230 resident and non-resident members, who have already discovered what Old Toccoa Farm has to offer. For example, once a month on a Sunday afternoon, one of the more popular events is the Nine

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With 24-hour gated security, members can relax and enjoy yoga or cocktails on the river or take advantage of the expertise provided by OTF’s guide Kory Chastain.

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& Dine golf outing, or as some now call it, the “Nine, Wine & Dine.” It is a very non-competitive 9 holes of golf whereby, two couples play a best ball format, and compete against the other foursomes. It is a great way to get to know each other while playing golf and maybe enjoying a cool beverage. And if you are new to golf, this is entry level golf at its finest. Afterwards, everyone meets at a shady spot down by the river to share dinner and some pleasant conversation. Speaking of entry level golf, Old Toccoa Farm has been offering a series of ladies’ beginner golf clinics that has been very popular. Led by teaching pro, Bill Tramontozzi, these clinics allow ladies that are new to golf, or trying to get their game back, a group format to learn the basics and meet other ladies at the same skill level. “After just a few clinics, I am already seeing ladies that did not know each other before, become friends and get out and play 9 holes together. Now they are even going home and asking their husbands to join them,” says Bill. OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2019

There is both a men’s and women’s golf association, that coordinate tournaments throughout the year, sometimes using a themed format, such as the women’s Daffodils & Dames or the men’s Craft Beer Open to create a fun and different golf experience. In addition, there are the upcoming Member/Member, Member/Guest and Club Championship tournaments. While there is plenty of excitement about the new golf holes, there are also many more fun activities to do at Old Toccoa Farm. A good number of the members regularly participate in the Sunday morning yoga classes taught by Ashlee Lofton at Yoga over Blue Ridge on a quiet spot near the river. “Practicing yoga outside is a whole different experience than practicing in a studio, especially at a place like Old Toccoa Farm along the river, where the water ripples and the birds chirp, making it the perfect place to relax,” Ashlee recently commented. And yoga is not just for the ladies, many of the participants are men, both veterans and first timers. With over 4,300 feet of Toccoa River frontage, Old Toccoa Farm is the

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Hole #4 here, and Hole #15 Fairway Bunker below amidst the beautiful mountain views. Members forage for Chanterelle mushrooms, kayak on the Toccoa or simply relax and revel in the majestic Blue Ridge Mountain vistas.

perfect place to wet a line to try and land that elusive trophy rainbow trout or maybe a native brown, as the number of “honey holes� that run up and down the river seem limitless. Or if you prefer, have one of our kayaking partners pick you up and take you near the Blue Ridge Dam for a peaceful afternoon float the ends right near the Old Toccoa Farm front gate. The Old Toccoa Farm Trail Association has begun work on a nearly 3.5 mile stretch of walking trails that runs through some of the most beautiful parts of the property, whether the Overlook Trail or the trail through the Valley of the Ferns. A morning walk in the mist, or a shady afternoon stroll to beat the heat always seems to come with some adventure. Turkey, deer, rabbits, red headed woodpeckers, hawks and turtles are just some of the wildlife you will routinely encounter as you take your walk. There are also many beautiful varieties of plant life that will catch your eye. Wild azaleas, dogwoods, mountain laurel, ferns and of course many types of colorful mushrooms, some edible and some not so edible, make the scene. Earlier 26

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this summer, there was much excitement when it was discovered that Old Toccoa Farm has a bountiful supply of Chanterelle mushrooms. Several ladies would routinely put on their boots and gloves to forage the beautiful forests along the walking trails to seek out this edible, fragrant variety. The jury is still out as to whether their popularity is because of the taste, or the fact that they can cost as much as $60 dollars a pound! The magnificent golf course and other activities listed above are a big part of the reason there has been an uptick in real estate sales and new home construction at Old Toccoa Farm. With 10 custom homes completed, 3 new homes now under construction, and 13 additional homes coming out of design review that will be under construction this fall through early spring, it is apparent that the lifestyle and great group of members at Old Toccoa Farm are a big part of the draw. As the only gated community in Blue Ridge with 24/7 manned security at the entrance to welcome our members and guests, it is truly a new way

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of living in Blue Ridge. In fact, the three most recent lot sales were to existing members who already owned homes in the Blue Ridge area, but have chosen to sell them and build in Old Toccoa Farm. That is a trend that is likely to continue as people try and simplify their lives, which is something the convenience of Old Toccoa Farm certainly offers. In addition to custom homes, work is underway to design and build a series a of small cottages that can be owner occupied or owned and rented to the growing number of couples that want an authentic mountain experience without having to stay in a hotel or rent a large home. ACLM

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Apple A IS FOR

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Really, it’s just that simple. It all comes down to the apple, one of the purest and oldest forms of food, that has become the quintessential All American fruit. There’s nothing outwardly fancy about an apple. In its bare state, the apple is truly a work of beauty, the pinnacle of design where form follows function. So many varieties, shapes, sizes, colors and tastes- all full of healthful benefits- hidden from the common eye. And therein lies it’s complexity, once upon a legend, even forbidden. The Cider House Orchard embraces this honest example. You’ll find no gimmicks, no shows, no juice brought in from elsewhere to make their cider. Simply put, everything at Cider House Orchards is made from their own apples, period. 20 varieties to be exact. Harkening back to simpler times, Cider House apples are true Georgia grown, right from its own backyard orchards. Explore the orchards on your own without the crowds or commercial pretense. A place where everyone is welcomed. Kids will love the freedom. Set a spell and taste some cider. So yes, it really is that simple, “A is for Apple,” a symbol of peace, love and community. Exactly what you’ll find at Cider House orchards.

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Something old is now something new. Our parents and grandparents made us caramel apples, and they were great. Add another layer of decadence with a second dip in your favorite chocolate.

Like many others, new owners Stephanie and Marc Cots came to north Georgia on vacation and fell in love with area. Having grown up in a town smaller than McCaysville, GA, Stephanie knew immediately that this is where she wanted to raise her children. Recognizing a true gem, and with plenty of elbow grease, the Cots’ have given The Cider House Orchards a new life- bringing a casual, hip, fresh vibe along the way. Stephanie has fully embraced the small town ‘orchard’ way of life. She’s a member of the United States Association of Cider Makers and of Georgia Grown. She is also the first female hard cider brewer in the north Georgia/Tennessee mountains. Stephanie welcomes everyone to her new cidery where you’ll always find her making cider, behind the counter, or cooking up some of her delicious desserts. Enjoy! 30

Stephanie’s Homemade Spiced Apple Bread Ingredients ⅓ cup light brown sugar (not packed) 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon ⅔ cup white sugar ½ cup salted butter, softened (or use unsalted and add ¼ tsp salt) 2 eggs 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract 1½ cups all-purpose flour 1¾ teaspoons baking powder ½ cup milk 1 apple, peeled and chopped (I used Granny Smith) Instructions Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. Mix brown sugar and cinnamon together in a mixing bowl and set aside. Beat white sugar and butter together in a bowl using an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, until incorporated; add vanilla extract and stir until incorporated. Combine flour and baking powder together in another bowl; stir into creamed butter mixture. Mix milk into batter until smooth. Pour half the batter into the prepared loaf pan.

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Next add half the apples and half the brown sugar cinnamon mixture. Lightly pat/push apple mixture into batter. Pour the remaining batter over apple layer; top with remaining apples and add more brown sugar/cinnamon mixture. Lightly pat/push apples into batter; swirl brown sugar mixture through apples using a finger or spoon (I cleaned my hands and used my finger because it was easier). Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean, 30 to 40 minutes. Mine took about 35.

Not For Kids Only Double Dipped Apples You know what to do! Instructions Stick your apples Melt your caramel Dip your apples Place on wax paper Refrigerate for 1 hour Melt your chocolate (we like dark chocolate!) Double dip your apples Here you can also coat in nuts if you wish Back onto fresh wax paper Refrigerate again for one hour Eat ‘em up ! AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2019


Why are these the best? They’re made fresh with fruit straight from the Cider House Orchards, unlike many apple houses who fly in fruit from other parts of the country. Another secret? They’re the biggest fried pies around.!

Grown-Up Fried Apple Pie Sundae Ingredients Double crust pie dough- your favorite 4 cups dried fruit or fresh fruit- I used a combo of Mutzu, Gala and Jonagold apples 1 cup granulated sugar Water- enough to cover fruit Flour for rolling dough 12 tablespoons butter Instructions Cook your fruit with water and sugar in a medium saucepan for about 20 minutes. Dust surface lightly with flour and roll out dough. Cut out large circles of dough and roll out again. Spoon fruit filling onto the center of dough. Fold pie closed and press seams closed with tines of a fork. Melt one tablespoon of butter per pie in a large skillet. Place pie into skillet and cook until crispy, about 3 minutes. Turn the pie and cook on the other side. Remove from skillet and drain on paper towels.

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Serve Your Sundae The bigger the bowl, the better! Dish out your favorite ice cream, add your hot, fried apple pie fresh from the skillet and eat the yummy, melting deliciousness immediately. Add toppings to your liking or go native with a simple grown-up vanilla ice cream or gelato. And don’t forget the fresh Apple Cider to go with. You really can’t go wrong here. Don’t Feel Like Baking? Then head on over to the Cider House and have them serve one up just for you. Their fried pies are made fresh with fruit straight from the Cider House Orchards, unlike many apple houses who fly in fruit from other parts of the country. Another secret? They’re the biggest fried pies around.

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Harvest Moon

Dipped in gold and hung in ebony vastness, full-fashioned, caressed with October clouds, Queen of the night sky! You tower over your subjects: spent gardens lay low from gleaning. Trees now exchange their gossamer gowns for calico, bundled cornstalks that, stand erect like soldiers. The earth blanketed with a quilt of discarded leaves; This you shine upon in splendor! by betty kossick

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The apple is said to be the most perfect food. In fact, some call it a magical fruit. It’s earned the reputation that if you eat one a day, it holds the MDs at bay. So is it true that apples truly do have health benefits? Dietitians, nutritionists, and doctors all agree that apples provide superior health benefits, especially if eaten whole, with their skins intact. The apple’s peel is the most essential part because it’s packed with vitamins and minerals, making the red, gold or green ball of sweetness or tartness a perfect whole food. So what kinds of proprieties does an apple hold? To start: vitamins A, B 1, B 2, B 6 C, E and K, as well as niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, and other vitamins in small amounts. An apple contains valuable minerals for good health a well: potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, iron, sodium, copper, zinc, and other trace amounts. For those who are concerned with weight management, the apple is a charm to keep one satisfied and healthy, offering only 95 calories for a medium sized apple. 32

Apples are like shields against disease. Though they aren’t cure alls, a big surprise is that many cancers can be held at bay by eating apples because of the high fiber content. It’s been known for generations about the benefits of fiber in controlling constipation and hemorrhoids, and providing regularity. Crohns Disease is another malady that benefits from apple eating. Even diabetes and asthma symptoms are aided by apple consumption. Apples are credited to staving off Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. The reasons: those diseases are associated is because they develop from a breakdown of the brain. Apples are like a preventative medicine. Yet as far as enjoying an apple’s taste, the total of an apple’s characteristics and it the sweetness or tartness is more than what any individual vitamin or mineral provides. An apple really can’t be overstated—and have you ever known anyone who doesn’t savor the round ball’s succulence? With 55 million tons of apples produced annually worldwide, China leads in production with the United States second.

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Apples have fine lasting qualities. They can be stored for long periods in cool storage and still taste like fresh-picked. However, at room temps they ripen very quickly; thus, it isn’t the best keeping environment for apples. Preparation and preservation of them is done in many forms such raw, cooked, canned, juiced, dried (and reconstituted), fermented and made into wine. The keeping quality of an apple was welltested in applesauce form by John Glenn when he took a vial of it on a space flight. Whether it’s an apple in the hand, in pies, cobblers, tarts, cakes, doughnuts, fried pies, fritters, breads, cookies, applesauce, smoothies, jams, jellies, sweet cider or fermented, used as an oil substitute in baking or used as a part of an enhancement to various other food combinations such a salads, even sandwiches—and the old stand-by fresh sliced apples and cheese wedges, you always are in for a tasty treat with apples on the menu. ACLM OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2019


Caramel Apple Upside Down Cake Cake Ingredients 1 1/3 cups Gold Medal™ All-Purpose Flour 1 Teaspoon baking powder 1/2 Teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 Teaspoon salt 1 Cup granulated sugar 1/2 Cup butter or margarine, softened 2 Eggs 1/2 Teaspoon vanilla 1/4 Cup milk Topping Ingredients 1/4 Cup butter or margarine 2/3 Cup packed brown sugar 1/2 Teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 Medium apples, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch wedges (I used Ozark Gold apples) Instructions Heat oven to 325°F. Spray bottom and sides of 8- or 9-inch square pan with cooking spray. In 1-quart saucepan, melt 1/4 cup butter over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Stir in brown sugar. Heat to boiling; remove from heat. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Pour into pan; spread evenly.

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Arrange apple wedges over brown sugar mixture, overlapping tightly and making 2 layers if necessary. In medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and the salt; set aside. In large bowl, beat 1 cup granulated sugar and 1/2 cup butter with electric mixer on medium speed, scraping bowl occasionally, until fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until smooth. Add vanilla. Gradually beat in flour mixture alternately with milk, beating after each addition until smooth. Spread batter over apple wedges in brown sugar mixture. Bake 55 to 65 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on cooling rack 15 minutes. Meanwhile, in medium bowl, beat whipping cream on high speed until it begins to thicken. Gradually add 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, beating until soft peaks form. Run knife around sides of pan to loosen cake. Place heatproof serving plate upside down over pan; turn plate and pan over. Remove pan. Serve warm cake with whipped cream. Store cake loosely covered. ACLM

The Cider House Orchard, Cafe and Market 2984 Mobile Rd, McCaysville, GA 30555 706. 492. 7753 www.ciderhouseorchards.com www.facebook.com/Cider-House-Orchards Hours: Daily through the Season: 10am - 4pm. Thursday - Sunda: 10am - 4pm Offering U-Pick fruit of the season or picked fruit ready for you to take home. Fresh- pressed cider, as well as hard cider. A hip, yet rustic cafe serving lunch, cider, hard cider and their now-famous fried pies and fried pie sundae Thursday - Sunday 11am to 3pm. The Cider House Country Market, with an assortment of butters, jams, jellies and other great gifts, as well as- you guessed it- fried pies!

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Fall Arts in the Park 2019: October 12 & 13 Spring Arts in the Park 2020: May 23 & 24 Painting by Enrique Amat OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2019

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The colors of fall will be evident in the mountains of north Georgia soon. Leaves will begin changing and the cool air of autumn will replace the heat of the summer. For the last nine years, another array of colors has adorned the area during the fall season, those of Fall Arts in the Park in downtown Blue Ridge. The colorful artist booths of this festival are filled with fine art of all kinds during this two-day family event. The origins of the festival began back in the late 70’s with an Arts in the Park festival held in the spring of each year. What began as an event to showcase local student art in Fannin County 45 years ago (spearheaded by Kathleen Thompson), Arts in the Park has grown into two of the most well attended art festivals in the southeast, Spring 36

Arts in the Park and Fall Arts in the Park. From hundreds of student artworks from all across Fannin County to the hundreds of fine art and fine craft artists today, Arts in the Park has truly become an integral part of the art scene in the north Georgia Mountains. A once industrialized, rural area, Blue Ridge has now become one of the top art destinations in the south. It is noted as one of the Top 5 Art Towns in Georgia according to the Georgia Council for the Arts and the Georgia Municipal Association. For over 44 years during Memorial Day Weekend, the downtown City Park becomes a testament to this title, as thousands of people flock to Spring Arts in the Park. Painters, potters, woodcarvers, photographers, fabric artists and more are juried into this

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festival each year, bringing some of the highest quality art to the area from artisans all across the United States. In 2020, Fall Arts in the Park will be in its 10th year of operation as well, and is growing fast in number and popularity during the beautiful fall season in north Georgia. The Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association (BRMAA), sponsors the spring and fall festivals each year. BRMAA, also known as the Art Center, will proudly be celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2020, as it continues to provide artistic opportunities for the individual and the economic growth of the community. Another exciting highlight for BRMAA in 2020 is the “Crossroads: Change in Rural America” Smithsonian exhibit coming in April. The OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2019


Nestled at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, artists and visitors alike are mesmerized by the surrounding beauty which serves as the canvas of inspiration for the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association’s Annual Spring and Fall Arts in the Park. Above Left: Tommy McClure, Caveman Pottery, is always happy to share his artworks at Arts in the Park. Above: Many artists, like Jim Rice of Turtle Old Man Jewelry, demonstrate their creative process on site. Above Right: Varied artist’s booths throughout the park will ignite a creative spark in just about anyone who attends. OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2019

exhibition is part of Museum on Main Street, a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), state humanities councils across the nation, and local host institutions. The Blue Ridge Arts Association was chosen as one of six locations in the entire state of Georgia for this wonderful opportunity. It will be on display from April 25-June 6. The Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association proudly invites you to attend this year’s Fall Arts in the Park Festival on October 12 & 13 from 10am - 5pm. Weekend admission is $5 for adults and children under 12 free. All proceeds from this festival go towards the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association programming. For a complete schedule of APPALACHIAN COUNTRY LIVING

events, classes and exhibits held at the Art Center please visit our website at www. blueridgearts.net or come visit the Art Center Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-6pm (closed Mondays).

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2019 FALL FESTIVALS

TIME TO HAVE SOME FALL FUN Y’ALL

Georgia Marble Festival Egg Fest October 5, 2019 Jasper, GA. First, second and third place prizes. Corporate Teams- $500; Individual Teams- $250. Tasting tickets $20. Located at Lee Newton Memorial Park, 500 Stegall Drive, Jasper, Georgia 30143. For more information please visit: georgiamarblefestival.com. Contact Information: 706-692-5600. 39th Annual Georgia Marble Festival October 5 - 6, 2019 Jasper, GA. Come Celebrate: The Marble Valley of Pickens County celebrate the history of Georgia Marble. A full weekend of activities begins with the Marble Festival 5K Run/ Walk Road Race Saturday morning. The 5K starts at 8 a.m. followed by the 1 mile RFun Run at 9 a.m. To register, visit jasperumc.org. Then, catch the festival parade down Main Street at 10 a.m. Participate in the guided tours of the marble industry and structures. Enjoy arts, crafts, demonstrations, marble carving and children’s activities throughout the festival grounds. Enjoy lots of great food while appreciating a vast array of weekend-long entertainment. Saturday 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Located at Lee Newton Memorial Park, 500 Stegall Drive, Jasper, Georgia 30143. For more information please visit: georgiamarblefestival. com. Contact Information: 706-6925600. 45th Annual John C. Campbell Folk School Fall Festival October 5 - 6, 2019 Brasstown, NC. This treasured annual celebration of Appalachian culture, held on the Folk School’s Brasstown, North Carolina campus. Over 200 fine craft exhibitors tucked along the school’s winding wooded paths. Artisans demonstrate traditional and contemporary crafts. Bluegrass, 38

gospel, folk, and Celtic music on both days. Clogging, Morris, and Garland dance performances throughout the weekend. Pony rides, petting the alpacas, and visiting the animals at the Humane Society’s pet adoption booth. Local non-profit vendors will offer tasty foods. Please bring cash, no ATM on site. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Adults $5; Ages 12-17, $3; under 12, free. John C. Campbell Folk School, One Folk School Road, Brasstown, NC 28902. 1-800.FOLK.SCH (365.5724) or https://folkschool.org “The Valley Above the Clouds” Indian Summer Festival October 5 - 6, 2019 On the grounds of Woody Gap School, Georgia’s smallest public school, on GA Hwy. 60, between Dahlonega and Blue Ridge. Car show, crafts, music and dance performances, and family activities. Saturday, the Run Above the Clouds 10K and a one-mile run will begin at 9 a.m. A Country Square Dance with a live band at 8 p.m. in the school gym. Advance dance tickets are $6; $8 at the door. Enjoy performances by elementary students of Woody Gap School, the crowning of the King and Queen, clogging, an auction, Mountain Rangers hand-to-hand combat demonstration, mountain music, and an archery demonstration. Food vendors will feature pork BBQ, hamburgers, hot dogs, funnel cakes, boiled peanuts, cotton candy, fried apple pies, homemade preserves and more. Visit the crafts tents for a variety of handmade items. 9am-5pm. Contact Information: 706-745-5789 or www. suches.com/festivalinfo.htm Cherry Log Fall Festival October 5- 6; 12- 13 – 14; 1920, 2019 Cherry Log, GA. First 3 weekends each October, the community of Cherry Log celebrates the harvest with the Cherry Log Festival. Serving delicious homemade breakfast

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and lunch, offering arts and crafts, homemade cakes, pies and canned goods, bluegrass, gospel and country music. Great food and entertainment. Fun for the whole family! Plenty of free parking. 9am – 5pm. Cherry Log Community Clubhouse, 341 Cherry Log Street, Cherry Log, Georgia 30522. Barktoberfest October 6, 2019 Blue Ridge, GA. Come out to enjoy friendship, music, food, and beer at Grumpy Old Men Brewery in Blue Ridge. A 50/50 cash raffle and silent auction will be held to benefit Humane Society of Blue Ridge. Food truck on site. $25 includes commemorative glass & koozie, and 2 beer tokens. Music by Daisy Chain. Dogs welcome! For info visit: www. humanesocietyofblueridge.org Georgia Mountain Fall Festival October 11 - 19, 2019 Hiawassee, GA. With its mild temperatures and beautiful scenery there is no better place to be than the North Georgia Mountains in the fall. Each October, the 9-day event features carnival rides, exciting musical performances, Arts and Craft vendors, educational demonstrations, Pioneer Village, Old Ways demonstrations, a flower show, Daily pig races, and the ever-popular Georgia’s Official State Fiddlers’ Convention. Fall Festival: Daily 10am- 7pm, Sunday until 6pm. Admission is $12, 3-Day Pass $33, 9-Day Pass $90. Kids under 12- free. Free parking. Sorry no pets. Georgia Mountain Fair Grounds, Hiawassee, GA. Contact Information: 706-8964191 or www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com 9th Annual Blue Ridge Mountain Marching Band Festival October 12, 2019 Blue Ridge, GA. More than 2,000 marching band members from nearly 24 area high school bands are

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expected to participate. Bands will range in size from 40 members to more than 150 members. Come for the day spend some time downtown at one of our art festivals. Beginning at 1 pm and continuing until 9:30 pm. Fannin County High School, 2346 East First St. Blue Ridge, GA 30513. For information call Band Director, Scott Barnstead 706-633-8595 or visit www.fannincountyband.org 2019 Annual Fall Arts in the Park October 12 -13, 2019 Downtown City Park, Blue Ridge, GA. Join us for the Fall Arts in the Park festival held in the beautiful Downtown City Park of Blue Ridge, Georgia. Festival is held rain or shine. Shop from a variety of artworks from over 150 juried fine arts and fine crafts exhibitors, enjoy tasty food, and engage in multiple artist demos and a free children’s activity booth. Pets are welcomed as long as they are leashed and well-behaved. Weekend Admission: adults $5; children under 12 free. All proceeds benefit the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, a 501c3 non-profit community arts association. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 West Main Street, Blue Ridge GA 30513. For info: (706) 632- 2144, BlueRidgeArts@gmail.com or www. blueridgearts.net 48th Annual Georgia Apple Festival October 12-13 & 19-20, 2019 Ellijay, GA. Welcome to North Georgia! The Georgia Apple Festival brings two exciting weekends to Ellijay, Georgia every year with hundreds of vendors offering food, art, crafts, and more, as well visitors from all over. The Ellijay Lions Club, the Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce, the cities of Ellijay and East Ellijay, and Gilmer County invite everyone to come and enjoy the 48th year of the Georgia Apple Festival. There are over 300 vendors with handmade, handcrafted OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2019


items, as well as many on-site demonstrations of how selected types of crafts are made. This year promises many new crafts as well as favorites from past festivals. The Apple Festival 5K & 1K is on Saturday October 12th at 8am and starts and ends at Ellijay Elementary School. The Apple Classic Auto Show (706-635-7400) is held at the Civic Center on Saturday October 12th. The Apple Festival Parade (706-635-7400) is Saturday October 19th and begins at 10 AM in historic downtown Ellijay. Festival entrance fee is $5. Saturdays: 9am-6pm, Sundays: 9am-5pm.Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds, 1729 South Main Street, Ellijay, GA 30540. Visit www.georgiaapplefestival.org or: 706-636-4500 Blairsville Sorghum Festival October 12-13 and October 1920, 2019 Meeks Park, Blairsville, GA. In the Blairsville - Union County area of North Georgia, the Blairsville Sorghum Festival has been a part of Blairsville’s heritage for more than 40 years. Blairsville’s longest running festival celebrates the ancient art of cooking sweet syrup from Sorghum Cane. Visitors enjoy sorghum syrup making demonstrations in addition to contests such as “Biskit” Eatin’, Pole Climbin’, Log Sawin’, Rock Throwin’, and Horseshoe Throwin’. Join us the 2nd & 3rd weekends in October. Parade reflects the Sorghum/Farming Theme and is on Saturday Oct 12th at 11am featuring cash prizes for floats! Proceeds go scholarships for local students. Both weekends: Sat. 9am -5pm. With Square Dance at the Old Middle School Gym at 8pm. Sun. 9am – 5pm. Admission 13 and up $5. Free parking. For more information: www.sorghumfestivalblairsville. org or call 706-745-4745. Owl O’Ween Hot Air Balloon Festival October 18 - 19, 2019 Kennesaw State University Sports & Rec Park, Kennesaw, GA. Atlanta’s ONLY Hot Air Balloon Festival and LARGEST Costume Party! A 2-evening family friendly event, featuring Amazing Balloon Glows, Trick-orTreating, Tethered Balloon Rides, Oktoberfest Beer Garden, Seven Live Music Stages, Vendor Marketplace, Sports Bars, Artist Market, Amazing Food Trucks, Roving Entertainment, Interactive Kids Area, a Main Concert Stage, and more. Friday 6pm – 11pm. Saturday: 4pm – 11pm. KSU: 3200 George Busbee Parkway, NW, Kennesaw, GA 30188. Contact Information: http://owl-o-ween.com/ or 470-578-4849. OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2019

Crane Creek Annual Harvest Festival October 19, 2019 Young Harris, GA. The Annual Crane Creek Vineyards Harvest Festival is a time to celebrate the end of another great harvest! Come celebrate with CCV staff with wine tastings, grape stomping, tours of the winery and live music! 11am-6pm. Admission $20. Crane Creek Vineyards 916 Crane Creek Road Young Harris, GA 30582. www.cranecreekvineyards. com or 706-379-1236 Gibbs Gardens Brew Fest October 19, 2019 Ball Ground, GA. 20 local and regional craft brewers will offer samples of their brew. Wine service for purchase by the glass. Different food offerings, including snacks that “hit the spot” with beer, available for purchase. The Loose Shoes Band play throughout the afternoon. Vendors, who focus on celebrating north Georgia’s many backwoods and water activities, will share their products and offer advice. 11am – 4pm. Gibbs Gardens, 1987 Gibbs Drive, Ball Ground, GA 30107. Info: 770-893-1881, or visit www. gibbsgardens.com 25th Annual Talking Rock Heritage Days Festival October 19-20, 2019 Talking Rock, GA. Our little town will be filled with booths featuring a wide variety of arts, crafts and antiques. There will be interesting demonstrations for the young and old, Blue Grass and Southern Gospel Music and good food. Visit the restored 1877 Talking Rock Schoolhouse Teaching Museum, meet the Town Crier, relax with the kids in the park and have a great family day. 9am -5pm. FREE! Visit www.talkingrockga.com or call 706-253-5515. Gold Rush Days Festival October 19- 20, 2019 Dahlonega, GA. Come see fall colors peaking and celebrate Dahlonega’s 1828 discovery of gold. Over 300 art and craft exhibitors and food vendors gather around the Public Square and Historic District in support of this annual event. It is estimated that a crowd of over 200,000 visit over the weekend to join in the fun and excitement! The Gold Rush Days Festival has been voted one of the Top 20 Events in the southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society. Join us in downtown Dahlonega and you will see why! Contact: The Dahlonega Jaycees Email: info@dahlonega. org Phone: 706-864-3513 or visit: https://goldrushdaysfestival.com

52nd Annual Moonshine Festival October 25-27, 2019 Dawsonville, GA. Parade of moonshine and revenue cars at 9:00 am Saturday. Great vendors. Entertainment around the square. Car Show, Cruise-In and Swap Meet held at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame. Moonshine Run on Friday, October 25th, leaving the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame at approximately 10:00 AM, registration to begin at 9:00 AM. Meet many legendary racecar drivers. See Vintage Race Cars and more Authentic Moonshine-Hauling cars than you’ll ever see gathered in one place anywhere in the US! Sorry no pets allowed. Parking $10. Benefitting KARE for Kids, Inc. Visit www.kareforkids.org or (706) 216KARE (5273) or email at info@kareforkids.com Annual Appalachian Craft Brew, Stew & Que Festival October 26, 2019 Georgia Mountain FairgroundsHiawassee, GA. Fall will be in the air and what a great time for the “4th Annual Appalachian Craft Brew, Stew and Que Festival” featuring 20 breweries from Georgia & North Carolina. Live Americana, Folk, and Bluegrass music. Food vendors from local area restaurants. Regional arts & crafts vendors. 5:00 - 6:30: 3rd Annual Americana Jam Hosted by Wyatt Espalin! Hiawassee is centrally located, just two hours from Atlanta, Asheville, Greenville and Chattanooga. Saturday 11am- 7pm. $40.00 at the Gate, $35.00 Online. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds - 1311 Music Rd.- Hiawassee, GA. Info: www.georgiamountainfairgrounds. com or 706-896-4191. Fall Festival at Vogel State Park October 26, 2019 Vogel State Park, Blairsville, GA. Celebrate autumn’s arrival with noon chili, hotdogs and drinks for sale. We will also have hayrides, a cake walk, and a campsite decorating contest. 8am – 4pm. Parking $5. Vogel State Park US Hwy 19/129S (11 miles south of Blairsville) Blairsville, GA. Visit www.gastateparks.org or call Vogel State Park @ 706-745-2628. Japanese Maples Colorfest October 26 – November 22, 2018 Ball Ground, GA. Mother Natures canvas is the entertainment, view this wonderful work of art before it disappears until next year. 100’s of mid to late Japanese Maples (150 varieties) and Burning Bushes will come alive in brilliant shades of red, gold and yellow. For a list of performances, cuisine, and activities that will take

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place during the Colorfest visit Gibbs Gardens, 1987 Gibbs Drive, Ball Ground, GA 30107. Info: 770-8931881 or www.gibbsgardens.com Annual HemlockFest November 1 – 3, 2019 Dahlonega, GA. This all-ages, ecofriendly event features three days of live music, primitive camping, educational exhibits, arts and crafts vendors, a kid’s nature village, rustic living demonstrations, great food, and free canoeing. Both day and weekend passes are available, and admission is free for kids (ages 15 and under with a supervising adult ticketholder). Proceeds go to saving our GA Hemlocks! Starbridge Farm is located off Hwy 52E between Dahlonega and Cleveland. For more information call The Lumpkin Coalition 706-864-9003, email lumpkincoalitioninfo@gmail.com or visit http://hemlockfest.org. Annual Tate Day Festival November 2, 2019 Historic Downtown Tate, The Home of Georgia Marble. Old time parade at 10am. Tours of Marble Quarry, and the Marble School Building (only one in the world), Arts & Crafts in the refurbished Old Tate Depot, Cake Bake-Off, Live Entertainment, BBQ lunch in the Old Tate Gym and much more. For info or for BBQ tickets call: 770-735-3151 Mountain Country Christmas in Lights November 28 – December 29, 2019 Georgia Mountain FairgroundsHiawassee, GA. A holiday treat for the entire family along the shores of beautiful Lake Chatuge. The fairground will be transformed into a spectacular and magical holiday light show, with caroling, art & craft vendors, holiday food, a visit and pictures with Santa, and of course hot chocolate and s’mores. New this year- the Eudora Animal Farms petting zoo and animal rides. 6pm -9pm: Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds - 1311 Music Rd.- Hiawassee, GA. Website: www.georgiamountainfairgrounds. com or 706-896-4191. We recommend checking the details of events before making travel plansas dates and times are subject to change.

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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:// visitcherokeecountync.com/ or call 828-557-0602 Thursday Mornings Plein Air Painters of Hiawassee If interested in joining the group, contact Joyce Clair (clairjoy@hotmail.com ) to get on the email notification list. Joyce sends out an email every Wednesday with info on where to meet and whether or not plein air is cancelled due to weather. There is no fee as this is not a class. Bring your own art supplies, chair, water, hat, sunscreen, and bug spray. All media and skill levels. www.artworksgalleryga.com 9/10 thru 10/13 Plein Air International Paint Out Exhibit Blue Ridge, GA. A spectacular exhibit filled with images from local scenery and landscapes painted during our 2019 Plein Air International Paint Out. 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: 706-6322144 or blueridgearts.net

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10/5 thru 1/4 AIR 4th Qtr – Jerry Mucklow Blue Ridge, GA. Jerry Mucklow is a multi-talented digital photographer whose subject matter is as vast as his talent. With an extensive background in landscape and commercial photography, his catalog of work is filled with striking images that tell a story and immediately captures your attention. His work is sure to impress during his artist-inresidency at the Art Center. Opening reception will be held October 5, 5-7pm. For info visit www.blueridgearts.net, Email: BlueRidgeArts@gmail. com, Phone: 706-632-2144 10/5 thru 11/9 SAAG National Juried Show Join us for 12th Annual Southern Appalachian Artist Guild (SAAG) National Juried Show. This show presents a variety of artists from across the nation in a wide variety of mediums. View high caliber national and regional artists on display as they all vie for the $5,000 in cash prizes and awards. Opening reception will be October 5, 5-7pm. For info visit www.blueridgearts. net, Email: BlueRidgeArts@ gmail.com, Phone: 706-6322144 10/12 & 10/13 Fall Arts in the Park Join us for the Fall Arts in the Park festival held in the beautiful Downtown City Park of Blue Ridge, Georgia. Festival is held rain or shine. Shop from a variety of artworks from over 150 juried fine arts and fine crafts exhibitors, enjoy tasty food, and engage in multiple artist demos and a free children’s activity booth. Pets are welcomed as long as they are leashed and wellbehaved. Weekend Admission: adults $5; children under 12 free. All proceeds benefit the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, a 501c3 nonprofit community arts association. 10am-5pm. For info visit www.blueridgearts.net, Email: BlueRidgeArts@gmail.com, Phone: 706-632-2144

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10/19 & 10/20 Folk Artist Marian Baker Mark your calendar to come: Meet & Greet contemporary folk artist Marian Baker see her works at Around Back at Rocky’s Place 3631 Hwy. 53 E Dawsonville, GA on Saturday, October 19th 11-5 & Sunday, October 20th 1-5!!! gallery@ aroundbackatrockysplace.com 706-265-6030 11/8 Photographic Art by Matthew Ward Opening Reception Ellijay, GA. Gilmer Arts B.E.S.T. Visual Arts Series (Bringing Ellijay Sensational Talent) announces its 10th exhibition in the series with the opening of Photographic Art by photographer Matthew Ward. Matthew’s thought-provoking images from around the world will be displayed during the solo exhibition. Meet Matthew at the opening reception on Nov. 8 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. His photographs will be on display at Gilmer Arts until December 12, 2019. Gilmer Arts, 207 Dalton St., Ellijay, GA 30540. Info: www.gilmertarts. com or 706-635-5605. 11/16 WhoDunIt? Fundraiser Blue Ridge, GA. This is a rare opportunity to get amazing artworks from sought-after local and regional artists at an incredible price! Each $50 ticket guarantees you are going home with an original piece of art, the mystery is trying to figure out who your artist is. This is an event with fantastic art, delicious food, and lots of fun. Limited tickets are available for this event. 6pm. For info visit www.blueridgearts.net, Email: BlueRidgeArts@gmail.com, Phone: 706-632-2144 11/16 thru 1/4 Holiday Show & Sale Blue Ridge, GA. Come shop for that creative and unique holiday gift. Hundreds of handmade items ranging from ornaments to pottery to one of kind paintings, all beautifully displayed within our Richard Low Evans Gallery, just in time for the holidays. Gift

Certificates are also available. Opening reception will be November 16, 6-9pm. For info visit www.blueridgearts.net, Email: BlueRidgeArts@gmail. com, Phone: 706-632-2144

EVENTS First Thursdays Shop Late Blairsville! Participating Downtown Blairsville businesses will be open additional hours from 5pm - 8pm and will feature deals, discounts and other exciting offers! So avoid the crowds on the weekends and come spend some time in Downtown Blairsville. Just look for a red balloon and you’ll find a business that’s happy to serve you! 5 – 8pm. 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. Thursdays Trivia with Danny Rhea Copperhill Brewery, TN. Join the fun and test your knowledge while drinking craft beer you’ll dig. Free! 6-8pm. Copperhill Brewery, 105 Ocoee Street, Copperhill, TN 37313. Info: www. copperhillbrewery.com or 423.548.3030 Fridays CASA Volunteer Training Ellijay, GA. Join us for our online flex training. Orientation begins on Friday, September 27th at 9:00 am in our CASA office located on the 2nd floor (Suite 201) of the Gilmer County Courthouse. This is a web based training where you will only report to the office on Friday’s. The session ends on Friday, November 8th with a swearing in ceremony at 2:00 pm. Info: Brian Copeland Recruitment & Engagement Specialist 706-276-2272.

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4th Fridays March through September. Georgia Mountain Classics Cruise Ins Blue Ridge, GA. Great fun for the whole family. Free event but you’ll want to at least buy one of their great desserts! Free registration if you want to bring your classic car and you get a $4.00 off DQ Certificate when you register. 6pm – 8pm. Dairy Queen 380 Progress Circle Blue Ridge, GA. georgiamountainclassics@hotmail.com 9/20 thru 11/11 Fall Foliage Train Rides Blue Ridge, GA. The most popular ride of the year starts at our historic Blue Ridge depot and travels for a roundtrip journey of four hours through the lush Chattahoochee National Forrest. Our Fall Foliage rides depart at 10 AM, 11 AM, or 3 PM on select days. Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, 241 Depot Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Tickets and info: https://brscenic.com, info@brscenic.com or (877) 413-8724. 10/3 thru 10/7 The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall Blue Ridge, GA. Welcome to The Traveling Wall Our Wall is a 3/5 scale of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC, it stands six feet tall at the center and covers almost 300 feet from end to end. This Traveling Memorial stands as a reminder of the great sacrifices made during the Vietnam War. Behind the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Bureau, 152 Orvin Lance Drive, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. For Info: 706-6325680 or http://www.travelingwall.us 10/4 Gilmer County Food Bank Brunswick Stew Lunch Ellijay, GA. Mountain Aire Realty will be sponsoring there annual Brunswick Stew lunch benefiting the Gilmer County Food Pantry. For only $5 you will receive a Cup of Stew (John Wade’s secret recipe), bag of chips and bottle water. OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2019


AC LIVING CALENDAR All proceeds go to the Gilmer County Food Pantry. To go orders available. 11am – 1pm at Mountain Aire Realty, 97 Mulberry St., East Ellijay, GA 30540. For info: Hope Cantrell 706-276-1122 10/5 Georgia State Clogging Convention Hiawassee, GA. This NCHC Sanctioned competition will offer all Sanctioned Categories, Solos, and Duets. The event will be held in the 2,900 seat climate controlled Anderson Music Hall featuring a wooden stage. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road , Hiawassee, GA 30546. Info: http://www. georgiamountainfairgrounds. com or 706-896-4191. 10/5 Pours for Pups Football Party Blue Ridge, GA. Come join the biggest football party Blue Ridge has ever seen. Watch the GA vs. TN game on the big screen for a great cause! Local breweries and wineries. Live music by Gopher Broke. Raffles, food and more! All proceeds to benefit Tri State Pet Rescue. $35.00 per person. 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Willowcreek Falls and Vineyard, 35 Trackside Lane, Blue Ridge, GA. Info and tickets: Tri-State Pet Rescue Thrift Store: 164 W. Main St., Blue Ridge, GA 30513. (706) 9461012, www.tristatepetrescue. com, 706-633-7282, or info@ tristatepetrescue.com. 10/6 Barktoberfest Blue Ridge, GA. Join Grumpy Old Men Brewing for Barktoberfest. Enjoy Live music by Daisy Chain, 50/50 Raffle and a Silent Auction. Mystic Mountain Pizza Food Truck on site. Benefitting the Humane Society of Blue Ridge. 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm. $25 entrance fee gets you 1 commemorative Barktoberfest Glass, 1 HSRR Glass Koozie, 2 Craft Beer Tokens. Grumpy Old Men Brewing, 1315 East Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Info: www.humanesocietyofblueridge.org or 706-632-4357.

Shoes.” Pull out your best 70s attire and join us for night of fun, craft beer, and disco! We will be giving a prize to the best dressed! FREE! 7pm – 10pm. Copperhill Brewery, 105 Ocoee Street, Copperhill, TN 37317. Info: www.copperhillbrewery.com, info@ copperhillbrewery.com or 423-548-3030. 10/12 Mountain City Mayhem Fall Festival Jasper, GA. Car, Truck, Jeep & Motorcycle Show and Airport Appreciation Day! Music, Kids Area, Food, Fun for the Whole Family!! Free admission for spectators. 10 am – 6pm. $20 to enter autos at gate to be eligible for Trophies. Vendors and Autos Pre-register at https://www.jasperjma.com/ events-calendar/. Location: Picken’s County Airport, 193 Pickens Airport Rd., Jasper, GA 30143. 10/12 Farm to Table Dinner Andrews, NC. Annual fundraiser showcasing local farmers and businesses. Plus entertainment and an art show. All proceeds go towards upgrades and upkeep of this historic building. $50.00 a plate. 5:30pm. Valleytown Cultural Arts Center 125 Chestnut St Andrews, NC. Tickets and info: http://www.vcahs.com or Lori Coffey 828-361-278. 10/15 Master Gardener Hosts Joe Lamp Book Signing! Talking Rock, GA. Chateau Meichtry. Join us as the Master Gardener Hosts Joe Lamp for a book signing at the vineyard!! Local vendors will be here with there items on display for sale, along with the Domin8 Food Truck on site!! 1pm – 5pm. Chateau Meichtry Family Vineyard and Win, 1862 Orchard Ln, Talking Rock, GA 30175. www.chateaumeichtry.co or 706-502-1608.

10/12 ‘70s Dance Party w/ Danny Rhea Copperhill, TN. Let’s bring back the 70s for one night! Danny Rhea will be spinning top hits from the decade, so be sure to wear your “Boogie

10/19 1st Annual Toys for Tots Chili Cook Off Jasper, GA. Toys for Tots Chili Cook Off benefiting the children of Pickens County. All proceeds raised go directly to Pickens Toys for Tots. $20 entry fee. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd & Fan Fav! Entries and volunteers wanted! 10 am. Pickens County Community Center, 1329 Camp Road, Jasper, GA. Info or to enter the cook off, contact Amy Hamby 706-502-1028.

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10/26 7th Annual PetoberFest Japser, GA. Games & Raffles, Pet Adoptions & Vaccinations. Costume Contests: Noon - Small Pet under 25 lbs. 12:30 pm - Large pet over 45 lbs. 1 pm - Scariest pet. 1:30 pm - Look alike pet. Benefitting Partners of Pickens Pets. 10am – 2pm. Sacketts Country, 100 Shelby Lane, Jasper, GA. Info: www.partnersofpickenspets.org, partnersofpickenspets@gmail.com or 678-656-7611. 10/26 Harrison Park Chili Challenge and Fall Celebration Ellijay, GA. Join Friends of Harrison Park for their first Chili Challenge sponsored by local restaurants and other businesses. There will be live music and prizes for the chili contestants. Everyone is invited to come, sample chilis and vote for his or her favorite. $5.00. 11am – 3pm. Info: Kim Adamson 404-723-6891 or https://www.facebook.com/ harrisonparkellijay/ 10/26 & 11/30 Cars and Coffee - Cruise-in - Automotive social event Ellijay, GA. North Georgia’s monthly meet of auto and motorcycle enthusiasts. Held on the last Saturday of each month. Bring your everything on wheels and enjoy free coffee and donuts. 50/50 raffle and great conversation. 8am – 11pm. Riverside Pavillion On Main Street, Ellijay, GA 30540. Info: Www. EllijayMountainCruisers.com, Michael Johnson 843-8143774 or mhjfedex@aol.com 11/12 Annual Copper Basin Veterans Parade McCaysville, GA & Copperhill, TN. Parade begins on West Tennessee Ave, turns North onto Hwy 5, crossing over the concrete bridge at the Toccoa River, left on Ocoee Street into Copperhill then left onto Grande Avenue to cross the Steel Bridge. Both Fannin County High School Band and the Copper Basin High School bands will be performing along with several other clubs and organizations. 3pm. Info: Donna Tresslar: (706) 4924333. 11/15 & 11/16 Holiday Market in Jasper Japser, GA. Friday Night Extravaganza - 4:00 - 8:00 pm. Tickets are $25 - Dinner,

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Entertaimnet, Preview Shopping and FREE $5 Diva and Dude Dollars shopping coupon. Saturday Spectacular Shopping - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Door Donation Breakfast and Lunch options, Entertainment, Shopping and FANTASTIC Door Prize opportunities. All Holiday Market in Jasper event profits are awarded to non-profit and charity organizations. For more information visit our Facebook page, website holidaymarketinjasper.com, or call 678-986-0621. 11/16 & 11/17 19th Annual Mistletoe Market Blairsville, GA. Indoor Arts & Crafts Show. Local and regional vendors showcasing their handmade creations which include wood crafts, jewelry, pottery, and soap to name a few items. Admission is free and there will be a light lunch available for purchase. 11/16 from 9-4, 11/17 from 11-4 at the North Georgia Technical College Blairsville, 121 Meeks Ave., Blairsville, GA. Info: www.artguildstore. com or 706-896-0932. 11/28 thru 12/28 Mountain Country Christmas in Lights Hiawassee, GA. Enjoy Caroling, Arts & Crafts, Food and Entertainment throughout the event at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee, GA. - Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 6 -10PM. $5. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds 1311 Music Hall Road Hiawassee, GA 30546. For info: 706-8964191 or www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com 11/29 Light Up the Basin McCaysville, GA. Copperhill, TN. Join us for Holiday Fun and the lighting of the Big Tree. Info: www. GoCopperBasin.com, https:// www.facebook.com/ GoCopperBasin/ or 770-5970252. 11/29 Blue Friday Blue Ridge, GA. Blue Friday is when merchants offer discounts and the downtown area will be filled with live entertainment throughout the day. Strolling Christmas characters, food vendors and entertainment in the park. Info: https://lightupblueridge. info/ or 706-258-2432.

11/29 Light Up Ellijay- A Small Town Holiday Celebration Ellijay, GA. Activities include arts and craft vendors set up on board street during the day and through the evening events. There is a lighted Christmas parade at 6:00pm, following the lighting of the Christmas tree. The tree is lit to the sounds of carolers are 5:30pm. Info: www. gilmerchamber.com or 706635-7400. 11/30 Light Up Blue Ridge Blue Ridge, GA. A full day of fun begins on Saturday when Santa arrives on the train approximately 11:15 a.m. Santa will be in the park from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. for visits with the kids. Parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. and then the weekend concludes with lighting of the GREAT TREE at 7 pm. This 27 foot tall tree is a sight that will WOW children and adults alike. Info: https:// lightupellijay.com, https:// lightupblueridge.info/ or 706258-2432. 11/30 Towns County Sheriff Empty Stocking Fund Parade Hiawasee, GA. Enjoy bringing in the Christmas Season6:00 PM - 8:00 PM EST. Info: (706) 896-4966 12/8 Christmas Tour of Homes Fannin County, GA. Back by Popular Demand the Christmas Tour of Homes benefiting Fannin County Family Connection. Save the Date! Participants will receive a map to tour fabulous homes throughout Fannin County. For more info contact: Family Connection, 101 Fannin Industrial Park, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Phone: 706-632-6063.

HALLOWEEN 10/1 thru 10/31 Scarecrow Invasion on the Square Hiawassee, GA. The Hiawassee Square has been invaded by scarecrows! As you come into town during the month of October you will be welcomed by dozens of scarecrows. The Square will be filled with selfie spots remember to strike a pose, snap a pic, and tag us in your selfie, #SquareCrows. Winner of the Scarecrow Invasion will receive bragging rights and

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a trophy. Businesses, nonprofits, and individuals are welcome to join us in the fun of decorating your scarecrow. Register your scarecrow to participate! $25 to register your scarecrow. A portion of the proceeds will go to Towns County Food Pantry. Info: 706896-4966. 10/18 & 10/19 Ooky Spooky Light Show Young Harris, GA. Classic Halloween tunes such as “Monster Mash,” “Ghostbusters,” “Thriller,” amazing full-dome graphics and light show. Great for families, visuals are fun, a little spooky, and will leave you smiling $5. 7pm & 8pm. Young Harris College, Rollins Planetarium. (800) 241-3754 www.yhc.edu/academics/ math-science/rollins-planetarium/public-shows 10/25 -10/27 Chimp or Treat at Project Chimps Morganton, GA. Reserve Your Spot Now, Trick or Treat with the Chimps! Learn about the lives of former research chimps while trick or treating around the Peachtree Habitat! Costumes are encouraged because the chimps enjoy the human parade! $10 per child and one adult chaperone. Additional adult, $25. 11am – 3pm. Tickets and Info: projectchimps.org/ events/chimp-or-treat-2, info@projectchimps.org or 706-374-3675. 10/29 Haunts and Harvest: An Evening of Appalachian Ghost Stories Blue Ridge, GA. An Evening of Appalachian Ghost Stories. Proceeds go to UNG’s Blue Ridge Georgia Mountains Scholarship, UNG Appalachian Studies Center and the Sunny D Children’s Theater Scholarship programs. $10.00 Adults - $5.00 Students. 7pm – 8pm. Blue Ridge Community Theater, 2591 E First Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. 10/31 Hometown Halloween on the Square Downtown Blairsville, GA. Ghosts and Goblins will be lurking downtown on the square. Games, costume contests and lots of trick or treats provided by local businesse. FREE! 6pm – 8pm. Info: http:// www.downtownblairsville.com or 06-347-3503.

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10/31 Halloween Safe Zone Blue Ridge, GA. Hundreds of costumed kids and grownup kids. Bring your pets in costume as well. Downtown merchants will be passing out candy. Fun begins at 5:30 pm. 10/31 Halloween Safe Zone. McCaysville, GA & Copperhill, TN. Local businesses will be hosting this awesome Trickor-Treat event. 5-7pm. Info: www.GoCopperBasin.com, https://www.facebook.com/ GoCopperBasin/ or 770-5970252. 10/31 Halloween on the Square Ellijay, GA. Trick or Treating Safety Zone will start at 5pm and end at 7pm. Trick or Treating zones will be North Main Street, River Street Parking Lot, Church Street and Downtown businesses.

KIDS OF ALL AGES Ongoing Mountain Regional Library System Events Visit your local library for weekly events such as Story Time, Board Games, Crafting Club, Book Club & more! Visit mountainregionallibrary.org Ongoing Sequoyah Regional Library System Events Visit your local library for weekly events for kids of all ages such as Story Time, Kendama Club, Teen Japanese Culture, Youth Crochet Club, Dungeons & Dragons, Lego Club, Coloring Group, Book Club and more! Visit www. sequoyahregionallibrary.org

tors for you to meet and greet. Two special presentations on raptors and the art of falconry will take place at noon and three o’clock in the mountain top theater. Program seating is limited and will be on a first come first serve basis. Guests will be allowed to take photos. Free program with park entry of $5 per adult, kids 15 & under are free. America the Beautiful passes are accepted. Info: (706) 896-4966 or https://cfaia.org/visitorcenters-gift-shops/georgiavisitor-centers-gift-shops/ brasstown-bald-recreation-area-visitor-centers-in-georgia/ brasstown-bald-programsevents-calendar/ 11/15 Did an Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs? Young Harris, GA. Rollins Planetarium. Did a space rock six miles wide slam into the Earth millions of years ago and wipe out a majority of all living things at that time, including the dinosaurs? Explore this impact and other cosmic collisions, which are abundant across our solar system. See the numerous craters on worlds like the moon, Mars and even distant Pluto. This show is appropriate for children and families. 7pm. $5. Tickets and info: https://www. yhc.edu/academics/mathscience/rollins-planetarium/ public-shows or contact director Steve Morgan: smorgan@ yhc.edu or (706) 379-5130.

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

11/15 Skies Over Georgia Young Harris, GA. Rollins Planetarium. Featuring a live presenter and using the planetarium’s digital and optical star projectors to their fullest, this traditional star show allows audiences to explore the heavens as they appear above the mountains of North Georgia. Learn how to identify the planets and stars currently visible in the night sky, take a guided tour of the constellations and hear some of their fascinating stories. This show is appropriate for general audiences. 8pm. $5. Tickets and info: https://www.yhc. edu/academics/math-science/ rollins-planetarium/publicshows or contact director Steve Morgan: smorgan@yhc. edu or (706) 379-5130

10/12 Raptor Rendezvous Brasstown Bald Visitor’s Center. Georgia Mountain Falconry will bring a variety of native and non-native rap-

11/15 Observatory Open House Young Harris, GA. On these special evenings, the Young Harris College Observatory is open to the public for tele-

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scopic viewing, if the skies are clear. The observatory features a 14-inch telescope and is located around 1.5 miles from campus at Twiggs Overlook on the exit road leading from Brasstown Valley Resort. Maps will be available at the planetarium. Observing sessions last up to one hour. Please note: there is limited parking, no shuttle service and no restroom facilities. Additionally, it’s an uphill walk from the parking area. 9pm. Info: Steve Morgan: smorgan@yhc.edu or (706) 379-5130. 11/22, 12/6 & 12/13 Let It Snow*A Holiday Music Journey Young Harris, GA. Rollins Planetarium. This familyfriendly show with modern visualizations features a variety of holiday classics—from Frank Sinatra and Chuck Berry to Burl Ives and Brenda Lee— and includes a stunning multimedia finale by the TransSiberian Orchestra. The merry soundtrack is visually enhanced with artistic animation and full-dome holiday scenery, making it a fun and entertaining experience for audiences of all ages. *Cosmic Concerts are non-astronomy programs containing loud music, flashing lights, spinning stars and other effects that some may find disruptive. They are not recommended for those who may have conditions that could be aggravated by this experience. 7pm. $5. Tickets and info: https://www.yhc. edu/academics/math-science/ rollins-planetarium/publicshows or contact director Steve Morgan: smorgan@yhc. edu or (706) 379-5130 11/22, 12/6 & 12/13 Season of Light Special Holiday Presentation Young Harris, GA. Rollins Planetarium. This perennial holiday favorite is a show about the coldest and darkest of seasons—a time that holds some of the warmest and brightest celebrations of the year. Narrated by NPR’s Noah Adams, the show explores the traditions surrounding the world’s most endearing holiday customs, all of which involve lighting up the winter season—from the burning Yule log and the lighting of luminarias to sparkling Christmas tree lights and candles in windows. The program also explores possible astronomical explanations for the star that led the Wise Men to Bethlehem. Come and celebrate the season through the

wonder of the planetarium’s star-filled sky. 8pm. $5. Tickets and info: https://www. yhc.edu/academics/mathscience/rollins-planetarium/ public-shows or contact director Steve Morgan: smorgan@ yhc.edu or (706) 379-5130. 11/29 thru 12/23 Santa Express Train Blue Ridge, GA. This 1-hour Santa Express train is your chance to ride with Santa and Mrs. Claus on this festive train ride. Your family will hear a Christmas story, hear Christmas songs, meet Christmas characters, and of course, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus as they make their way through the train. The Santa Express departs at 10 AM, 12 PM, 2 PM, or 4 PM. Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, 241 Depot Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Tickets and info: https://brscenic.com, info@ brscenic.com or (877) 4138724.

OUTDOORS Mondays Garden Tours Blairsville, GA. Come learn about how our ancestors and native Americans used plants for food, fiber and medicine. Find out how “weeds” may provide homes to valuable pollinators.Tours tailored to fit your interests are provided by our fabulous garden guides in a beautiful setting. Free! No pets. The Georgia Mountain Research & Education Center is located 3 miles south of the Blairsville Square, on the east side of Hwy 19/129. For info: Clare Johnston at 706-7452655 or http://gmrec.uga. edu/commcouncil/preserve. html#mondaygardentours 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 guhlspace.com 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. OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2019


Visit website for calendar and availability: www.mountainhighhikers.org 10/12 & 11/12 Fireside Storytellin’ & Full Moon Hike Anna Ruby Falls, GA. In the magical holler of Anna Ruby Falls, we gather around the campfire with renowned North Georgia storytellers, Emory Jones, Garrison Baker, and the Hardman Farms Living History Group. Hear stories of our wise ole’ mountains and intriguing characters. As the full moon rises, you’ll be guided up the creek trail to the serene sounds and moonlight glow. Pre-registration required. $20 per adult $10 per/ 15 & under. Anna Ruby Falls, 3455 Anna Ruby Falls Rd., Helen, GA 30545. Tickets & Info: (706) 878-1448 10/12 AR Georgia Blue Ridge Ultra Marathon Blue Ridge, GA. A 50K loop trail race deep in the beautiful Chattahoochee National Forest. 16 miles of the Benton MacKaye trail, 6 miles of Hidden trails and 9 miles of Forest Service roads. Using the same trails, there is a 30K and 15K option. Tough, technical spots, single track trails, jumping over logs, creek crossings, steep ascents and steeper descents. Start and Finish at the historic Shallowford iron bridge spanning the Toccoa River. This race will challenge the most experienced. Info: www.argeorgia.com/blue-ridge-ultra, info@argeorgia.com, 706286-4008. 10/26 NOCtoberfest Nantahala Outdoor Center, NC. Celebrate leaf season in the Smoky Mountains at this free event, a family-favorite in the Nantahala Gorge. With activities and prizes for all ages, your friends and family are sure to have a great day on or off the water. Pumpkin Decorating - NOC supplies pumpkins, decorating and carving materials. Every child wins a prize after presenting their pumpkins to the Judging Panel. Great Pumpkin Pursuit - A free-for-all dash through Nantahala Falls. Participants collect as many numbered pumpkins as possible while racing to the finish. Check back for details on 2018 prizes! Costume Contests - Dress to impress the judges! Costume OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2019

categories are Kids, Couples, Best in Character and Scariest. Live Music - Enjoy a bonfire and live music at Big Wesser Riverside Restaurant. S’mores included! Noon - 5pm. FREE! Info: https://noc.com/events/ noctoberfest 11/1 & 11/2 Rock Armoring Clinic Blue Ridge, GA. Learn one of the latest trail building techniques to create a more sustainable and enhanced trail or trail segment. North Georgia Mountain Bike Association, USFS and IMBA Trail Solutions are offering a two day rock armoring clinic to: 1)Empower & educate volunteers and land managers on how to stabilize steep trails with rock to reduce erosion. 2) Give local trail users the skills to install rock armor to enhance the challenge level of trails. Covering rock transport and all types of armoring: including pitching, flagstones, anchors, booters, rip-rap, and preventing erosion. Risk managment, safety, best practices for long lasting rock features. Spomsored by the North Georgia Mountain Bike Association. Classroom and Trail Work. 8:30am at the Fannin County Chamber, 152 Orvin Lance Drive, Blue Ridge, GA, 30513. Info: https://northgeorgiamountainbikeassociation.org or ngmba.org. 11/2 Big Peach Running Co. Farm to Trail 30K & 11K Blue Ridge, GA. Both events wstart on the paved asphalt road (required for spacing) and soon lead onto a gravel road then beautiful scenic dirt trails! We will have a cap on this race of 250 participants. Packet pick-up will be the morning of the race, starting at 7:00 am to 8:00 am. Race starts at 8:30 am SHARP! Charlie Creek Farms, 543 Snake Nation Rd., Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Registration: Big Peach Running Co., https:// ultrasignup.com/register. aspx?did=67227. Info: sburkett@tds.net or 706-4556021. 11/2 6th Annual Lake Chatuge Shoreline Cleanup Hiawassee, GA. In conjunction with GA Rivers Alive! Kick off at the Towns County Swim Beach Pavilion at 9:00AM with breakfast and coffee. Volunteer coordinators will lead teams of 5-8 to designated trash sites along the shores of Lake Chatuge and

we’ll meet back at the swim beach pavilion at noon for prizes and refreshments. The first 100 volunteers to signin will receive a free Rivers Alive t-shirt. Prizes will be awarded to volunteers who collect the most trash, find the most unique items, and uncover the hidden golden trash treasure. Prizes include a four-hour ski boat rental and equipment from Young Harris Water Sports, a twohour pontoon boat rental from The Ridges Resort & Marina, and horseback riding passes for the Stables at Brasstown Valley. Info: Raleigh Keagan 828-837-5414. 11/2 Reelin’ It In For Vets Fishing Tournament Hiawassee, GA. Show your support for our Veteran’s by joining in our 1st Annual Reelin’ It In For Veteran’s Fishing Tournament. Starts at first light and ends at 2 p.m. Take an angler fishing that day and receive a discount on your registration fee! There will be a Friday night pre-tournament dinner (optional) and food, giveaways, and drawings at the weigh-in on Saturday. Top prize is $4,000, 2nd place $1,500, 3rd place - $750, 4th place - $500, 5th place – 250, Big Fish - $500. Registration is $150/team (one angler must be a Veteran) or $200/ team (no Veteran’s on board). Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds Boat Ramp located at 1311 Music Hall Road in Hiawassee, GA. Info: Towns County Chamber of Commerce at (706) 896-4966. 11/28 Blue Ridge Turkey Trot Join us downtown for the Blue Ridge, Georgia Turkey Trot Race/Walk Thanksgiving Day, November 28th! The race is for the whole family and all abilities from walkers to the serious competitor. Don’t worry you will be home in time to put the turkey in the oven! Now let’s get trotting! Online Registration is $30 – online registration closes on Tuesday, November 26 Onsite Registration – $35. Registration Opens 7am Race Begins Promptly at 8am (Packet pick up on Wednesday 27 and race day Thursday 28) Info: http://blueridgeturkeytrot. com or 828-557-5405

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MUSIC Every Evening Bell Music from the Tower 7:00pm – 7:30pm. At the Historic Courthouse on the Square in Downtown Blairsville, GA. Free! Contact (706) 745-5493 or www. unioncountyhistory.org Weekends Treo Wine Bar & Restuarant Live Music on the Patio Blue Ridge, GA. Enjoy wine, full bar, tapas and patio dining. Treo, 588 East Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Info: treobliueridge.com or 706. 946. 5200 Weekends Andrews Brewing Company Great music & craft beer. 6pm – 8pm. Andrews Brewing Company, 14 Miles for Harrah’s Casino, 565 Aquone Road, Andrews, NC 28901. For info: 828-321-2006 or www.andrewsbrewing.com Sundays Live Music at Rocco’s Rocco’s Pub, 47 Mountainside Village Parkway, Jasper, GA. Contact 706.253.1900 or visit http://roccosjasper.com Weekends Live Music at Blue Ridge Brewery Blue Ridge Brewery, 187 Depot Street, Blue Ridge, GA 706. 632. 6611 or www.blueridgebrewery.com Fridays Concert Series at the Old Courthouse Blairsville, GA. Free! 7pm. Old Historic Courthouse, 1 Town Square, Blairsville GA. For info: Union County Historical Society 706-745-5493 or www.unioncountyhistory.org/ 3rd Friday Every Month Live Music Acoustic Blends Listen to a Variety of Quality Music Acts … or Join the Jam! Bring your own libations and munchies. 7 pm. Free & Public Invited. For info please contact Gilmer Arts 207 Dalton St. Ellijay, GA 30540. 706-635-5605. Visit www. gilmerarts.org Weekends Copperhill Brewery Live Music. Definitely casual. Easy to relax. Roomy. Sometimes there’s music. Monday - Saturday : Noon to 8 PM Sunday: Noon to 5 PM. Copperhill Brewery - 105 Ocoee Street - Copperhill, TN

37317. Info: info@copperhillbrewery.com, 423-548-3030 or copperhill brewery.com Weekends LIve Music at Engelheim Vineyards Engelheim Vineyards 127 Lakeview Road, Ellijay, GA 30540. Call 706-635-WINE (9463) or visit www.engelheim.com. Weekends Fannin Brewing Company Live Music in the Bier Garden Fannin Brewing: 3758 East First Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. www.fanninbrewingcompany. com or 706.258.2762 Weekends Cartecay Vineyards Cartecay Vineyards, 5704 Clear Creek Road, Ellijay, GA 30535. Call 706. 698. 9463 (WINE) or visit www.cartecayvineyards.com Weekends Chateau Meichtry Vineyards Chateau Meichtry, 1862 Orchard Lane, Talking Rock, GA 30175. Info: (706) 502-1608 or www.chateaumeichtry.com. Weekends Live Music at Mystic Mountain Pizza Blue Ridge, GA. We’re excited to showcase some of the grooviest local live talent and participate in our community. Mystic Mountain Pizza, 4118 E First Street Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Info: www.facebook.com/topstreet1, mysticmountainpizzaco.com or 706-946-0378. Saturdays Live Music Hiawassee, GA. Country, bluegrass, oldies and gospel music. Complete family entertainment. Shows every Saturday night beginning at 7 p.m. Come see us for great family entertainment. $8.00. 7pm – 10pm. Mountain Home Music Theatre, 2532 Hwy. 76 West, Hiawassee, GA 30546. Info: https://mthomemusictheatre. weebly.com or 706-896-3624. 10/12 Cradle Blue Ridge, GA. Cradle is a rock band that was founded in the early 1970s. The core members of the group have been together since that time. The band specializes in classic English rock and will feature a tribute to Steve Winwood,

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Eric Clapton, and their related groups (Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, Dave Mason, Cream, Blind Faith, and Derek and the Dominoes). $22. 7:30 pm.

7pm – 9pm. Ellijay Elementary School, 32 McCutchen St., Ellijay, GA 30540. Info: www. gilmerarts.com or 706 635 5626.

10/12 Jamey Johnson Hiawasee, GA. Level 1: $47.00 + Handling & Credit Card Fees. Level 2: $37.00 + Handling & Credit Card Fees. 7 PM. Anderson Music Hall featuring a wooden stage. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road , Hiawassee, GA 30546. Info: http://www. georgiamountainfairgrounds. com or 706-896-4191.

11/29 Diamond Rio & T. Graham Brown Country Hits & Christmas Songs Hiawassee, GA. Level 1: $45.00 + Handling & Credit Card Fees. Level 2: $35.00 + Handling & Credit Card Fees. 7 PM. Anderson Music Hall featuring a wooden stage. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road , Hiawassee, GA 30546. Info: http://www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com or 706-8964191.

10/26 Atlanta Rhythm Section & Pure Prairie League Hiawassee, GA. Level 1: $45.00 + Handling & Credit Card Fees. Level 2: $35.00 + Handling & Credit Card Fees. 7 PM. Anderson Music Hall featuring a wooden stage. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road , Hiawassee, GA 30546. Info: http://www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com or 706-8964191. 11/9 B.E.S.T. Series – John Jorgenson Quintet – Gypsy Jazz Ellijay, GA. The Gilmer Arts BEST series welcomes one of the world’s greatest guitarists, Grammy winner, John Jorgenson and his band. Come hear why legends like Elton John, Earl Scruggs, Duane Eddy, Peter Frampton and Brad Paisley have sung Jorgenson’s praises.7:30pm. Tickets and info: www.gilmerarts.com or 706.635.5605. Ellijay Elementary School Auditorium 32 McCutchen St Ellijay, GA.

11/30 Surrender Hill – CD Release Party & Concert Ellijay, GA. If you’ve enjoyed Surrender Hill at local wineries and pubs, you’re going to LOVE hearing them at the Gilmer Arts Playhouse in Ellijay, GA. In the theatre concert venue, Surrender Hill’s music will come to life with bigger sound, more production, more depth, and more roots-in-rock vibe to the soulful duo’s creative chemistry than can be heard anywhere else! 7pm. Tickets and info: www.gilmerarts.com or 706635-5605. George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse, 135 Dalton St., Ellijay, GA 30540

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“Who’s Line Is It Anyway?” and YOU can be the onstage talent, if you’d like. Come give it a try an enjoy the fun of playing goofy games on stage. If you’d really rather not get on stage, you can just come and laugh. It’s the most fun you can have for $5! and our concession stand will be open for the whole time to allow you to replenish your snacks and beverages. Suggested for adults only. 7:30pm. Tater Patch Players, 95 Philadelphia Lane, Jasper, GA. Tickets and info: 706-253-2800 or taterpatchplayers@gmail.com 11/21 – 12/15 It’s a Wonderful Life Blue Ridge, GA. George Bailey’s dreams of escape and adventure have been quashed by family obligation and civic duty. His guardian angel descends on Christmas Eve to save him from despair and to remind him—by showing him what the world would have been like had he never been born—that his has been, after all, a wonderful life. This faithful adaptation has all your favorite characters. 11/22 – 11/24 Elf, Jr. Andrews, NC. See this holiday movie favorite come to life on stage! This hilarious fishout-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. Adults $10.00 Students $5.00. Nov 22, 23 @ 7 PM Nov 24 @ 3 PM. Valleytown Cultural Arts Center 125 Chestnut St Andrews, NC 2890. Tickets and Info: www.vcahs.com or Lori Coffey 828-361-2781.

11/9 Tommy James & The Shondells Hiawassee, GA. Level 1: $45.00 + Handling & Credit Card Fees. Level 2: $35.00 + Handling & Credit Card Fees. 7 PM. Anderson Music Hall featuring a wooden stage. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road , Hiawassee, GA 30546. Info: http://www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com or 706-8964191.

10/4 – 10/20 Ghost of a Chance Ellijay, GA. A Romantic Tale with a Haunting Twist! Bethany has moved on since her husband died. She has brought her finance and his mother up to hunting cabin where he died. While she has moved on he has not, and oh yeah only she can see him! See the mad capped hilarity this creates. Directed by Elizabeth Vititoe and featuring the local talents of Julie Burton, Nancy Sauls, Steve Franzen, Steve Burton, Charlie Poss, and Katie Daniels. Fridays & Saturdays 7pm. Sundays 2pm. George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse, 135 Dalton St. Ellijay, GA. Tickets and info: 706-6355605 or www. gilmerarts.com

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11/23 Community Chorus Fall Concert Ellijay, GA. Come hear glorious voices perform in the Gilmer Arts Community Chorus Concert. Admission is $10.00.

11/2 Improv Returns! Jasper, GA. Come out and see and be seen. Improv is the most fun you can have at the theater: you can watch or you can participate. It’s like

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11/29 – 12/15 Dearly Beloved Jasper, GA. Hilarity, Texas style! An over-the-top wedding, three feuding sisters and a church full of small town eccentrics. What could possibly go wrong? Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2pm. Tater Patch Players, 95 Philadelphia Lane, Jasper, GA. Tickets and info: 706-2532800 or taterpatchplayers@ gmail.com

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Ongoing Cartecay Vineyards Wine Tastings on the Chimney Patio or the Nealey Barn Loft. Cartecay Vineyards, 5704 Clear Creek Road, Ellijay, GA 30535. Call 706. 698. 9463 (WINE) or visit www.cartecayvineyards.com Ongoing 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. chateaumeichtry.com. Ongoing Crane Creek VIneyards Young Harriss, GA. Tapas Fridays with live acoustic music. Saturday Vinters Tours. Open Tuesday Sunday. 16 Crane Creek Road | Young Harris, GA 30582. 706.379.1236. cranecreekvineyards.com Wednesdays Bistro 29’s Wine Wednesdays Murphy, NC. Wine Special: $5 off any bottle purchase or a discount of $1 off any glass of wine. Also join Wayne to sample his feature wine of the day. 4pm- 10pm. Bistro 29, 29 Tennessee St, Murphy NC 28906. For info: 828-8379022 or visit www.mybistro29.com Saturdays Out Of The Blue Wine Tasting Blue Ridge, GA. Drinking alcohol is just drinking. Wine is a lifestyle. Gourmet Living. We sell fine wine, cheeses, and beer along with specialty kitchen items. Wine tastings Saturdays at 1:00 pm. Out of the Blue, 647 E. Main Street, Blue Ridge, 706-258-2750. Visit www.outofzbleu.com Ongoing 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. blueridgebrewery.com 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:// buckbaldbrewing.com Ongoing Thurs - Sun Fannin Brewing Company 3758 East First Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. 706.258.2762 or www.fanninbrewingcompany.com Ongoing Thurs - Sat Grumpy Old Men Brewing Dog & kid friendly. 1315 East Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA. 770-331-8870/404-9662665, grumpyoldmenbrewing. com Ongoing Mon- Sun Valley River Brewery & Eatery Located in Historic Downtown Murphy, NC at 71 Tennessee Street. 828-837-BEER or www.valleyriverbrewery.com 11/2 Comedy Uncorked Ellijay, GA. Cartecay Vineyards. 6:30pm. Cartecay Vineyards, 5704 Clear Creek Road, Ellijay, GA 30535. Call 706. 698. 9463 (WINE) or visit www. cartecayvineyards.com 11/19 Harvest Fest Young Harris, GA. Crane Creek Vineyards. One of our biggest festivals of the year to celebrate the end of harvest! Grape stomping, live music, and wine. 11am – 6pm. Crane Creek Road | Young Harris, GA 30582. 706.379.1236. cranecreekvineyards.co We recommend checking events before makijng travel plans as dates and times are subject to change.

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history of indian georgia

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

The Re-Naming of Our Indian Places

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We don’t often think about the place names of towns that are around us, nor realize how they got their names or that they could have been named for a person. Often, if we don’t know the significance to start with, politics intervene and the place gets renamed. Smyrna, Georgia, a non-denominational religious campground built shortly after the 1832 land lottery, was named as such after a town in Turkey named by the Apostle Paul in the first century AD. Today that town is modern day Izmir. The new Smyrna, Georgia however, already had a name, Buffalofish Town. During the 1930’s all of the counties of Georgia received a mandate from one of the governors to write their county’s history. The pleasure was bestowed upon several authors and contributors to the project, with the history of Cobb County to be written by Sarah Gober Temple. She based her information on the writings of George White’s Historical Collections of Georgia written in 1849-51. In Ms. Temple’s version, Buffalofish Town, mentioned only briefly, and according to White’s statements, was known as Varner’s Station approximately 16 miles southwest of Marietta and had several other names over time including Ruff’s Station. The Battle of Smyrna Campground and the Battle of Ruff’s Mill were two of the Civil War 46

Battles fought on those grounds in 1864. Many of the homes and businesses were burned by Sherman’s troops along with a covered bridge that was rebuilt after the war. Historical records tell of the dispute between Creek and Cherokee Indians and the state of Georgia as early as 1802. Tradition says that the Cherokees had won the plot of land on the Chattahoochee River’s Southeastern side in a ball-play or stick-ball game. Often referred to as being somewhat like lacrosse, the ball was similar to a hacky sack and traditionally made of a nut or stone wrapped with thin strips of deer hide. The “sticks” were about two feet long with strips of hide intertwined to form a net. It wasn’t long after that ball-play, that the state of Georgia realigned where the boundaries of the Cherokee Nation East and pushed those Cherokees living near the Shallow Ford on the Chattahoochee River’s Southeastern side to the Northern side of the river further and into what became known as Cobb County in 1830-32. The government had gotten nervous about how many whites might be living in this Georgia Indian Territory and began making yearly reports in about 1827. These reports detailed who the leaders of the Cherokees were, if any whites were married to these Cherokees, and were there any mixed blood children. Yearly censuses were taken shortly thereafter until the 1838 removal was completed. Historical records show that whenever there were a group of Indians on the wrong side of the river, they were made to move onto the legal side and their property confiscated to be used by “the citizens of Georgia.” This information was detailed in records for the losses incurred by the Cherokees in 1842 after they were removed to Arkansas and Oklahoma Indian Territory. Buffalo Fish and his family moved to Floyd county where they were found in the 1835 census. The census details in brief that there were ten full bloods (of which two were farmers), 2 slaves, three weavers and two spinners (language used to describe the women). Buffalo Fish is listed along with several other family members

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Above: Buffalofish’s granddaughter, Ahna-wa-ki Spirit - usually called/known as “Annie.” Sometimes her name was spelled “Ahniwake.” The couple’s picture is of her wedding to her second husband, Simon Snail/Snell (A-la-gua), who was a Union Captain in the 3rd Regiment of the Indian Home Guards, mustered in on September 16, 1862. Earlier, like many of his compatriots, he served in John Drew’s Cherokee Mounted Rifles, in company D, and was mustered out on Nov. 5, 1861 in order to join the Union army. Below: Annie circa 1900. living on the Etowah River. There were possibly six sons and at least three daughters. Two of his many sons are listed, one as “Crying Snake” and the other as “The Spirit.” Improvements to the town detailed in the census made claims to what became known as Dykes Bend in about 1836. Other place names that you might not think to be names of people were Doublehead, Soap, Sequoyah, Sweetwater, Proctor, Fourkiller (or Foekiller) and many more which became names of townships, creeks, schools and roadways. 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 www.gilmercountyhistoricalsociety.org/ OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2019


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