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an any of us believe it’s December already? Seems to me that my June landing in Georgia was only yesterday. The days turn into weeks, the weeks into months and, months into years faster than a blink of the eye. I certainly hope that everyone got out and enjoyed the fall festivals. It seems impossible to attend them all Completing these three– brand new to me– issues of Appalachian Country magazine has been… well it’s been lots of things. At times it’s been daunting, confusing and hectic. Cajoling some of you to get your ads and articles in on time, and then giving everyone up to the last minute has kept me burning the midnight oil and maybe making a few oops-ees. Deadlines are always challenging. Trying to come up with new ideas that Jodi hasn’t already done is nearly impossible, yes as you all know, she’s that good. However putting all of those hiccups aside, there are two rewarding pieces of this process that I didn’t expect. I’m genuinely pleased to be meeting so many new friends of all stripes who are never too busy to help me when I have a question or need a favor. The other piece, and I think most rewarding, is being able to lend a hand in our community’s growth through AC magazine’s advertising and articles. We all know it’s tough out there and it makes me feel needed to have a part in driving even the smallest amount of traffic to our local businesses. So thank you all for hanging in there with me. We have lots going for the holiday season, great restaurants, community service and family tradition articles as always. Terrific shopping features including a Holiday Gift Guide, a behind the scenes look at north Georgia’s most popular Santa, things to do in Ellijay and the opening of Blue Ice ice skating rink in Blue Ridge. Better sharpen those skate blades! Ring in the New Year at Cartecay Vineyards– our cover story– and Ellijay's own winery. During the photo shoot I had the pleasure of tasting a few of their wines so I can say with certainty that a visit to the winery won't disappoint. Let us help you keep those New Year’s resolutions with our annual Health & Wellness feature; New Beginnings. As usual there’s something for everyone. Don't let 2013 pass you by without taking advantage of the information included here. Our upcoming February issue will focus on the area’s best venues and resources for planning a spring or summer wedding. We plan to feature everything from catering and florists to photographers, wedding planners and of course that perfect venue. We'll be expanding our circulation for this issue to cover bridal shops and wedding planners in the greater Atlanta metro area. I sincerely hope that this wider circulation brings more business to our advertisers. Lastly, on a personal note, Xena and I recently added a new member to the family. We adopted a little old man Beagle from the animal shelter who was in sad shape. After 2 months, he's fat and happy, livin' the life that all dogs should! The Boy

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For the Cheesecake Preheat oven to 350°F. Beat cream cheese in a large bowl until smooth. Add sugar and beat until well blended. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition. Beat in heavy cream and vanilla. Pour into prepared crust. Place spring-form pan in a large roasting pan. Add enough hot water to come 1/2 inch up the sides of the spring-form pan. Bake cheesecake until center is just set, about 50 minutes. Remove pan from water; remove the foil and cool cake in the spring-form for about 1 hour. For the topping Heat heavy cream in a small saucepan. Remove from heat, add white chocolate chips and let stand for a minute. Whisk chocolate until smooth, add sour cream and whisk to combine. Stir in crushed candy. Pour topping over the cooled cheesecake, carefully spreading the mixture over the top. Refrigerate uncovered for about 1 hour, then cover and chill over night. Run a sharp knife around pan sides to loosen cake; release pan sides. Garnish top edges with chopped Peppermint Bark Chocolate (optional).

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Restaurant Spotlight, Bumble Bee's Cafe

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Appalachian Casa Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children

Something to Satisfy Every Taste

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Holiday Gift Guide Skip the Mall and Shop Local for the Holidays

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Cartecay Vineyards Southern Appalachian Holidays

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Casual Elelgance, Rustic Refinement Chocolate Moose Has it All Festive, Elegant & Lucky

The Brew Crews' Got it Covered for the Holidays

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A Family's Journey Ellijay Tire Shares Their Secret for Staying Power

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New Year, New Beginnings Keep Those New Year's Resolutions

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New Year New Beginnings

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We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential. ~Ellen Goodman

Each year we promise to improve our health by making New Year’s resolutions. We look forward to a new beginning with hope and enthusiasm. This year will be no exception and Appalachian Country is here to help you keep those resolutions. Jasper Drugs has everything you need, offering more than the usual drug store and specializing in wellness education for all ages. Give yourself or the caregiver in your family some stress relief in 2013. North Georgia Personal Care provides the highest quality care with professionally trained staff. Jasper Family Dentistry is a full service dental office that specializes in the replacement of missing teeth. What better way to improve your well-being than a bright new smile?

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Visit Cartecay Vineyards for the Perfect Southern Appalachian Holiday Experience! Photo: Heather Chastain- Simmons.

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Restaurant Spotlight

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Located in Blue Ridge , BumbleBee’s Café knows how to serve up some of the finest food in the region with southern country flair. Whether you are high society or an everyman, vegetarian or meat lover, the Café has something to satisfy every taste and appetite. BumbleBee’s Café offers delicious breakfast dishes, with their Eggs Benedict being a favorite, as well as their omelets, eggs Florentine, French toast, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, country ham, bacon and sausage, grits, fruit, and eight varieties of breads to choose from. Lunchtime daily specials include hefty home-cooked portions, and daily specials. Whether it's a business meeting, private party or luncheon, our private dinning room "The Hive" will surely fit your needs. "Beeee" sure to contact us in advance so we can accommodate your request. Breakfast is served daily until 2 PM and lunch service is every day from 11 AM to 2 PM. Look for us on the east side of Highway 515, (5850 Appalachian Hwy.) diagonally across from Ingles Markets on the hilltop. Call 706. 946. BEES (2337) for daily specials, directions, party bookings, or to-go orders. So BUZZ on over to one of the best restaurants in the south! AC

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obody longs for a safe and loving family more than a child in foster care. They are helped by a group of adult volunteers. As a CASA volunteer, you are empowered by the courts to help make this dream a reality. You will be the one consistent adult in these children’s lives, vigilantly advocating for and protecting their fundamental right to be treated with the dignity and respect every child deserves. You will not only bring positive change to the lives of these vulnerable children, but also their children and generations to come. Help us reach every child in need. And in doing so, you will enrich your life as well. 8

WHAT DO CASA VOLUNTEERS DO? CASA volunteers listen first. Then, they act. Volunteers get to know the child by talking with everyone in that child's life: parents and relatives, foster parents, teachers, medical professionals, attorneys, social workers and others. They use the information they gather to inform judges and others of what the child needs and what will be the best permanent home for them.

fied people who care about children. As a volunteer, you will be thoroughly trained and well supported by professional staff to help you through each case. For more information and an application to be a part of this wonderful group of volunteers please call 706. 276. 2272 or email us at info@appalachiancasa.com. AC

WHO CAN BE A CASA VOLUNTEER?

Volunteer to help the children – A Wonderful New Year’s Resolution!

You do not have to be a lawyer or social worker to be a child advocate. We welcome people from all walks of life. We are simply looking for quali-

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Get Away From the Crowded Malls & Visit Historic Downtown Blue Ridge

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t’s that time of year once again when the weather outside can be frightful, but the Christmas spirit is alive, warm and delightful in the North Georgia Mountains. We all tend to get a little stressed out during the holidays, what with family coming into town, Christmas parties, and gifts to purchase. So do yourself a favor - take a break during this holiday season and get away from the crowded malls. Visit historic Downtown Blue Ridge for some of the best shopping North Georgia has to offer during Christmas time. You’ll quickly realize that Downtown Blue Ridge is the perfect setting for a relaxing December afternoon. “Silver Bells” plays softly from speakers along East Main Street as jolly shoppers peruse in and out of quaint shops. Jolly chatter can be heard from the diners sitting underneath holly-lined awnings as they sip homemade soups and drink unctous hot chocolate. Children play around charming blowup Christmas decorations and stand in awe underneath the giant Christmas tree in the center of City Park. It's small towns like this that you can only find on postcards. Downtown Blue Ridge offers a plethora of unique baubles and rare finds that are sure to tantalize and intrigue every holiday shopping taste. The Rusted Buffalo, which boasts a wide selection of Himalayan Salt Crystals used to purify air and reduce dust, is one such option. If you’re hunting for a good book look no further than E. Quinn Booksellers, where you can find a lost treasure or view the rare German memorabilia from WW2. Blue Ridge Adventure Wear offers all of your outdoor goods in one stop, while Oyster Fire Bamboo Fly Rods provides the highest quality, handmade rods in the Trout Capital of Georgia for fly fishing.Visit the December/January 2012-13

architecture and genteel feel. Blue Orleans also uses top notch ingredients, in a way that lends itself well to innovative Cajun,Creole and American combinations. Don’t forget to stop by the one and only Mercier Orchards for a day of fruit picking, cider tasting and delectable selections of fried pies and desserts. Somewhere along the way when I-575 turns into highway 515, you'll notice the difference. The fresh air, the wide open expanses, the gorgous farmland dotted here and there with quaint homesteads. Your holiday worries and stresses, much like the morning mists that roll off of the Blue Ridge Mountains and whisp their way upward into the sky, will dissapear. Visit Blue Ridge, Georgia for the holidays. It's a town you'll never want to leave, much less forget. AC

Mercantile general store or the Blue Ridge Mountain Mall for an incredibly wide selection of gift ideas, from fancy cigars and delectable jams, to name brand knives and hand-knitted quilts. The hungry shopper will find plenty of options to tide over that rumbling belly. If you’re looking for something quick, stop by Sue’s for a burger as big as your head, or head to The Trailer for scratch-made biscuits (made with lard, the only real way to eat biscuits) and sausage. There are several dinein options that offer fine dining at reasonable prices, such as Harvest on Main, which focuses on high-quality American food. Harvest is located in the heart of town, and the chef does a great job of using real, local, sustainable ingredients in creative ways. The ambiance is reflective of the area, with a lodge setting and roaring fireplace. Blue Orleans Bistro will remind you of the old South, with its Victorian

Ray Higginbotham is a freelance writer based in Blue Ridge, GA. Contact him at 676. 314. 5434 or higginbotham7786@gmail.com.

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One of my greatest joys each year is finding the perfect gift for everyone on my list. Letting my faraway family know that I love them think of them often, or recognizing special friends and associates, it gives me great satisfaction to show each and every one of them that I care. As much as I generally dislike shopping, this time of year gives me the opportunity to wander into uncharted territory, like on a scavenger hunt, in my search for the perfect whatever. Making new discoveries and finding shops that are off the beaten path is also part of the fun, even more so if you go with a freind. If you’ve not visited the stores in our gift guide, I urge you to do so and embrace the thrill of the hunt! 10

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Cherokee County Historical Society

Historical Holiday Cheer! Give your friends and family, the gift of history this holiday season with Cherokee County, Georgia: A History. This book would make a perfect hostess, Christmas, or birthday gift! This book features over 200 rarely seen photographs, deeds, and maps from the CCHS archives. Have someone on your list that has everything? Share with them the Picture Perfect in Cherokee County: Se lections from the Buddy Alexander Collection — well over 300 photos from Cherokee County in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. All of these and so much more, can be ordered at www.rockbarn.org or by calling 770. 345. 3288.

Blue Ridge Mountian Arts Association

Come shop for that unique creative gift for the art lover on your list during our Holiday Show & Sale now through January 4th. You’ll find paintings, photographs, sculpture and jewelry of all styles and prices. For that creative person in your life, you’ll find top-notch art supplies in our Art Supply Station that will be sure to please the most discriminating artist. For further information on all of our exhibits, festivals and classes please visit our website at www.blueridgearts.net or call us at 706-632-2144. The Art Center hours are 10am-6pm, Tuesday through Sunday. Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association and The Art Center, Galleries on West Main is located at 420 West Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA.

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Daisy Boutique

For the women in your life there’s nothing like a gift of the most contemporary and fashionable jewelry! Brighton jewelry designs begin with their designers who have put their inspiration into creating the charms in this beautiful holiday charm bracelet. Each piece reflects a passion for art. Be inspired to bring your own design to life by mixing and matching beads, charms and spacers. Make that special person smile with a Brighton charm bracelet this holiday season. Prices range from $5 to $38. Or let that special person experience the fun of designing their own charm bracelet with a Daisy gift certificate! Available at Daisy Boutique, located east of Main Street in downtown Jasper. Store hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information contact Daisy Boutique— Shoes, Clothing, and Accessories at 140 Mark Whitfield Street #E, Jasper, GA, 706. 253. 6996 or www.daisyboutique.com.

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Design ReFind Consignment Store for the Home

Design ReFind consignment store is full of unique, one of a kind gifts ranging from antiques to mid-century modern to mountain country accessories and collectibles for the home. Browsing through the showroom, you’ll find terrific buys arranged in inventive and elegant groupings of all styles. In addition to the lovely home décor, Design ReFind has gifts for all ages including cribs, toys, wedding gifts, stocking stuffers and much more. Shop for creative designer Christmas trees, ornaments, stockings, and other holiday items. You’ll no doubt be inspired by their creative holiday decorating ideas. Everything they present is designerselected and offered at deeply discounted prices, so make Design ReFind a sure stop for your holiday shopping. Design ReFind is located in downtown Blue Ridge, Georgia at 146 Depot Street. They are open Monday – Friday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sundays on special occasions and by appointment. Contact them at 706. 946. 2030, contact@ designrefind.com or www.designrefind.com.

Ellijay Tire Company

There’s always that person in every family that likes practical gifts--logical and useful things like gift certificates or a set of tires. For that, Ellijay Tire offers thousands of choices of tires and wheels (for that guy or girl that wants to accessorize his or her car). If you can’t choose, try a gift certificate that can be used for maintenance, flats or toward a bigger item. If you need help, the sales staff is always on hand to offer suggestions. Ellijay Tire is located at 583 Maddox Drive in Ellijay. They can also be reached at 706. 635. 2322 or www.ellijaytire.com.

Hearts and Flowers Primitives

Warm everyone’s heart and hearth this season with these new flameless candles. Beauty and warmth, with a zero risk batterypowered flame! Each candle is wax coated to give the look and feel of a real candle. Hearts and Flowers Primitives unique store is located in a 120 year-old farmhouse along the banks of a meandering creek. Their inventory includes candles, artificial flowers, linens, stationary and primitive home accessories. Located at 947 West Kytle Street in Cleveland, GA, Hearts and Flowers Primitives is open seven days a week until the end of the year from 10-5 and 11-5 on Sunday. Contact them at 706. 865. 1244 or www.theprimitiveshop.com.

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House and Garden Boutique

Light up someone’s life with Holiday Trapp Candles. From cinnamon sticks and autumn leaves to the scent of iced berries and white fir, each candle will bring delightful memories of seasons past! Holiday Trapp Candles are the perfect hostess gift, or a gift for the hairdresser, babysitter or just a special friend. Beautifully packaged in a silver gift box. Shoppers will enjoy the following seasonal fragrances: Hearth, Holiday, Lemon Sugar Cookie, Orange Clove, Snowberry, Winter Air & White Fir. Each candle retails for $25. Discounts are available in-store, buy 4, Get 1 FREE! House and Garden Boutique offers a wide variety of gift items, including jewelry, candles, soaps, home décor, furniture, florals, Adirondack furniture and seasonal items. House and Garden Boutique is located at 103 Bowles Drive, Woodstock, GA (Look for the Big Chair on Main Street). They are open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Closed Sunday. Contact them at 678. 494. 5800 or www.houseandgardenboutique.com

Jasper Drugs

Stay warm and stylish this season with the posh cape sweater wrap. Any woman on your gift list would love to receive this one-piece wrap adorned with faux fur and buttons. The wrap comes in assorted colors and one size fits all. Jasper drugs has vast assortment of gift items that include Yankee Candle, Arthur Court, Crabtree & Evelyn and C&F bedding and table linens. For the kids on your list don’t forget their annual indoor snowball fight or the very popular giant tootsie pop! Jasper drugs is located at 1 North Main Street in Jasper, GA with additional parking behind the store. They are open from 8 -7 on weekdays and 8-4 on Saturday. Contact them at 706. 692. 6427 or www.jasperdrugs.com

Madeline’s Café & Bakery Deli & Gourmet Gift Shop

An elegant gift that will fit any décor, the Michel Design Works Soy Candles are a must have for the holidays! This exquisite candle is 100% all natural handmade soy wax, a renewable resource that’s nontoxic and burns clean. Each candle comes in a designer glass container housed in a beautiful decorative box with a wooden ball top. Pictured is the Balsam Fir collection inspired by the Adirondacks and the north woods. Other scents include Nutcracker, Fleur De Noel, Au Chocolate, and Winter White, each with its own distinctive design. Priced at $16.95, this is truly a perfect gift for anyone on your list. Madeline’s also offers potpourri, guest napkins jewelry, totes, home décor, tabletop linens, books and gourmet foods. A trip to Madeline’s at 1052 East Church Street, Suite I in Jasper, GA is truly a treat for anyone. They are open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Don’t miss a chance to visit Madeline’s this holiday season! Contact them at 706. 253. 1052 or www.madelinescafebakery.com. December/January 2012-13

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North Georgia Furniture and Home Decor

Keep your little elves happy this year and give the gift of comfort to the ones you love. Whether you need a new quality mattress set for a great nights sleep, a recliner or porch rocker, North Georgia Furniture and Home Décor will save you money. They also have lift chairs, beanbags and bunk beds for the kids. Unique furniture, home accents and area rugs are their specialties. How about a gift certificate for a custom order? With hundreds of fabrics and wood finishes to choose from they will take the time to create that special unique look that fits you and your family’s life style. Located at 2142 Tails Creek Road in Ellijay, GA, North Georgia Furniture and Home Décor is open Monday—Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m-4 p.m. Closed Sunday. Contact them at 706. 635. 4202 or www.ngfh.com.

Star Pointe Gallery

Christmas at Star Pointe! Visit Star Pointe Gallery and experience the true joy of Christmas. There you will find the artwork of Brenda Tustian which includes landscapes, florals and pet portraits. Her unique personalized Christmas art and licensed collegiate artwork make wonderful gifts as do her home decor items. Brenda’s studio will also be included in the North Georgia Art Ramble, a self-guided tour of 27 artists’ galleries and studios. Come and celebrate the season at Star Pointe, filled with twinkling light, festive decor, refreshments and live music....it’s sure to take your breath away! December 7-9 and December 14-16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For directions visit www.BrendaTustian.com or call 770-735-3555. Right: A GEORGIA BULLDAWG CHRISTMAS

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Did You Know Santa is from Georgia? WORDS: Betty Kossick PHOTOS: Santa Tim ARchives

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eorgia’s own, Tim Cavender, who is renowned nationally and internationally for his portrayals of Santa Claus, looks forward to visiting you again this Christmas. He’ll arrive wearing his authentic Coca-Cola Santa Suit, with shiny gold buttons, designed by a Hollywood costumer. What else to wear in the state where the drink was brewed in Atlanta? He’s indeed the fashion plate, a model for authentic Santa portrayal. His “Story of the Day” TV appearance with his wife Mrs. Claus (Pam) in 2009, on CNN, is one of Santa’s highlighted memories. That was the year he was asked by a four year- old girl, “Please, bring my daddy home for Christmas.” Daddy was fighting in Afghanistan. That little girl knows there really is a Santa Claus because he brought her daddy home on her fifth birthday, December 18, 2009. Daddy! Birthday! Christmas! Santa sure knows how to make the magic happen! That same Christmas season Santa helped Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue light the Governor’s Atlanta mansion Christmas tree. He’s

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returned again and again for that honor. Santa Tim (who resides in Ball Ground) has been appearing in parades, visiting schools, community events and corporate gatherings for nearly 40 years. He’s been featured in newspapers, and other journals such as Georgia magazine, with 1.2 million subscribers, Cherokee Life magazine and has been

highlighted in a book, Hometown Holidays. Santa Tim has made many television appearances, including acting as a guest meteorologist with the weather forecaster for Georgia and visiting Channel11’s Can-a-Thon each year. He and Mrs. Claus have taught other Mr. and Mrs. Claus’ how to perfect their image and work with the media. He’s even worked with the United States Marine Corp Toys for Tots program, all of this Santa experience tucked under his real leather Santa belt of memories, with probably a few of them stashed away in his leather boots too. Nothing’s fake about this Santa’s appearance. He fits the traditional picture of the jolly old elf. Like Coke, he’s the real thing. Don’t miss Santa’s arrival this year in Ball Ground, GA on December 7th. The parade will start at 6:30 PM and Santa and Mrs. Claus will be located downtown in the gazebo for photos. Photos are free, so please bring your camera! AC Contact “Santa” Tim Cavender for your 2013 Christmas events at: 770. 735. 4263, e-mail: tcavender@tds.net Above: The authentic Coca-Cola Santa suit. Below Left: Santa and the staff of WXIA during the Channel 11 Can-a-Thon. Below Right: Santa, Mrs. Claus and Governor Deal and his wife.

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Cartecay Vineyards’ Southern Appalachian Holidays WORDS: Betty KOssick & Larry Lykins PHOTOS: Kathy LOve


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here’s a holiday ambiance in the Ellijay, GA, mountains at Cartecay Vineyards that beckons friends and guests alike. The popular facility provides a fun and unique setting to relax, enjoy and host your holiday parties. There’s nothing quite as cozy as driving up the road, spying the curl of smoke from the chimney, and entering the gaily decorated Nealey barn in this singular Southern Appalachian retreat. It simply adds warmth to the season. Caretcay Vineyard’s manager, Kathy Love, points out the quaintness of the popular establishment, “You get a sense of true, rustic Appalachia here.” She notes the authenticity of the Nealey barn and the use of the original structure’s barn wood throughout the tasting barn. “And that helps to create the ambiance of the turn–of-thecentury (1900s) southern Appalachia.” This much desired atmosphere is available for after-hours private holiday parties at the special holiday rate of $250. After-hours parties are available from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., and include the use of the entire facility, including the tasting room (Nealey Barn), the converted hay loft, above the tasting room, and the outside chimney patio area. The converted hay loft can also be rented this holiday season for private parties during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, for the special holiday rate of $125. If special decorating, music, bartending or food is desired, the Cartecay staff can help (subject to additional fees).Please call to inquire: 706-698-9463 (WINE). The gift shop features hand-made candles, set into Cartecay Vineyard’s logoed wine glasses and wine bottles, which are available in a variety of scents. The distinctive chimney logo is also a popular imprint on coasters, cutting boards, tote bags, wine bottle openers, and both short and long sleeved tee and sweat shirts, all of which make great holiday gifts for the winelover in your life. In addition to the retail items in the gift shop, Love makes note of the two new wines Cartecay Vineyards recently released: Chimney Red, a blended red December/January 2012-13

wine, and Traminette, a sweet, white wine. Chimney Noel, a limited edition seasonal wine, set to be released the first week in December, is only available during the holidays. It makes for a great gift and serves to highlight any special occasion during the season. Cartecay Vineyards’ hours of operation for December and the first week of January are: Monday through

Events at Cartecay Vineyards > December—Live music every Saturday from 1:30 to 5:30 pm > December 1 and 2 Mountain Wine Country Holiday Weekend Wine Tour > December 31—New Year’s Eve Live music from 1:30-5:30 pm > January 1—New Year’s Day 11 am to 6 pm > January—Live music every Saturday, 1:30-5:30 pm, except for January 26, live music 1 to 5 pm > January 26—Wine and Wild Game Dinner, 6:30 pm, with limited reserved seating, $75 per person.

Left: Chimney Noel a limited edition seasonal wine available only during the holidays. Above: Traminette, a sweet white wine; Vidal Blanc, 2012 U.S. National Wine Competition Bronze medal winner; Chimney Blush, a rose table wine and Chimney Red, a blended red wine; Merlot, 2012 U.S. National Wine Competition Bronze medal winner.

Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. January hours of operation (beginning January 7) are: Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 12:30p.m.-5:30 p.m., and Monday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. In addition to holiday private parties at Cartecay Vineyards, check out the list of events for the months of December and January at left. If you are looking for a festive, inviting holiday atmosphere to hold your special holiday event, give Cartecay Vineyards a call to reserve your date. Book your party, then relax, knowing that you and your guests will enjoy a true, rustic, Southern Appalachian Christmas. AC Cartecay Vineyards is located at 5704 Clear Creek Rd., Ellijay, GA 30536. Telephone: 706-698-9463 (WINE). Visit us at www.cartecayvineyards.com or www.facebook.com/CartecayVineyards

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Casual Elegance RUSTIC REFINEMENT WORDS: Betty KOssick PHOTOS: Stacey Lanning


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Diane Cowart followed her dream by establishing a home décor and design studio, Chocolate Moose Interiors, in Dawsonville nine years ago. She feels they have accomplished the ideal mix of casual elegance and rustic refinement in their vast array of furniture, gifts, antiques and more. Many North Georgia homes (and beyond) are more beautiful because of her dream. She says her life is more enhanced due to the relationships she has formed with her customers. “I have met many wonderful people and am thankful for their loyalty and friendship.” Nothing sparks a designer’s fancy quite as much as getting honor assignments. The Chocolate Moose has been asked to decorate the Music Room and Porte Cochere for Christmas At Callanwolde – Your Home for the Holidays. This event takes place December 7 – 18, 2012. (check out: www. Christmas at Callanwolde.org.) The gothic-Tudor mansion’s rooms will be holiday-showcased by furniture and decorations provided by Atlanta’s top interior designers. However, the holidays are only a part of each year. Chocolate Moose continually strives to please each client to the fullest with his or her décor requirements. We have clients who prefer an eclectic feel, old European, lodge, lake or traditional. One new trend is referred to as contemporary cabin – warm rustic finishes applied to modern shapes, or contemporary finishes on classic pieces. Our staff is knowledgeable about each look. The main objective is to meet the client’s needs according to their budget, how they live in and use their homes. We like to incorporate your existing pieces and work from there. If you are in construction, we will work with you

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from beginning to the final build. When asked for consultation with home décor, we point out that decorating is personal. It is about creating an environment that is nurturing, relaxing and welcoming for you and your family. You are the biggest factor in redecorating, the most important source for inspiration. We urge each client to find a starting point – a rug, collection, fabric, art, or paint color – to create a comfortable home. Then the designer can help you think through your lifestyle, bring new ideas to your attention, and help you prevent mistakes. Home décor is about letting your home reflect who you are, Diane says; “thus, great importance should be placed on individual and family lifestyles. What are the living patterns of individuals and the family as a whole? What area needs more structure? At Chocolate Moose, we offer all you need to make your home “you”, from fine furniture to small items for gifts or personal use. I am always looking for the unusual pieces to add to those from various vendors we use for quality furniture, accessories – mirrors, art, pottery, lamps, dinnerware, candles, soaps – and gifts. Local artisans and furniture makers also add to the makeup of our store. In addition to the above, we are also blessed with the talent of Terry Ledwell, respected floral designer. Terry has worked his magic with florals for the last 40 years. He is well known for the unusual and his ability to create just what you want. His work is all through the store, and will also be showcased at Callanwolde in the decorated spaces as well as pieces for sale in the gift shop. There is more…… www.acmagazine.org

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Diane also operates Chocolate Moose Consignment adjacent to the retail part of the store. Items are previewed before they are brought in, so the inventory is in good shape and clean. There is a varied selection of antiques, casual, inexpensive or quality furniture and heirlooms for the home. Great bargains abound. With consignment, Diane offers price-tag bargains, frequent shopper cards, and items discounted 10-20-30 percent at 30-60-90 days, respectively. Few items are returned to the consignor after 120 days because turnover at Chocolate Moose is usually quick. There is a generous 40/60 split, as well as store credit with discounts for consignors. The consignment shop also offers the same design and consulting services as the retail area, which includes window treatments and several lines of bedding. Whether a client is setting up a first-time home, furnishing 20

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a college dorm or a playroom or seeking ideas for other creative dĂŠcor, our consignment is a great source for you. Whether shopping Chocolate Moose Interiors or Chocolate Moose consignment, Diane invites you to come and experience a warm welcome as you browse through the stores. We will always do our best to meet your needs. Chocolate Moose Interiors 4055 Highway 53 East Dawsonville, GA (2.4 miles West of GA 400) 706.265.1990 Monday through Saturday, 10:00a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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 Celebrate the SEASON with Cartecay   Vineyards Have your Holiday event in our Tasting Barn or the private event room and take advantage of our special seasonal rates!

December MUSIC

WINE & WILD GAME Dinner

December 1 • Bob Newman December 8 • Jacob Bryant December 15 • Jefferson Ross December 22 • Raquel Rae December 29 • Matt Chastain

January 26 • A special wine & wild game catered dinner. Entrees will include venision, quail and trout and will be paired with Cartecay Vineyards Wine. Limited seating, please call for details.

North Georgia Furniture & Home Decor It is our goal to deliver comfort, style and quality furniture, bedding and accessories at very competitive prices. We pride ourselves in delivering American made products whenever possible!

December Hours

Monday thru Saturday 11am to 6pm Sunday 12:30pm to 5:30pm

JANUARY Hours

January 1st thru 5th 11am to 6pm • January 6th 12:30pm to 5:30pm January 7th thru 31st Thursday thru Saturday 11:00 am to 6pm Sunday 12:30pm to 5:30pm • Monday 11:00am to 6pm Hours are subject to change due to season, please call ahead or visit our website.

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Like many good things in life, North Georgia Furniture & Home Decor is a little hard to find, but certainly worth the effort!

2142 Tails Creek Road, Ellijay GA 30540

Located 2 miles from Dairy Queen on Highway 282 in west Ellijay

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From 515, Exit onto hwy 52 East. Travel approximately 8 miles to Clear Creek Road on right, Go 1.0 miles to Tasting Barn on left.

706. 698. 9463 (WINE) CartecayVineyards.com

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Festive, Elegant & Lucky We've Got it Covered for the Holidays


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Once again the industrious and innovative Crew at the Blue Ridge Brewery nails it for the season. Here they've shared a delicious and decorative Holiday cheesecake, a perfect finish to any festive dinner, or a delightful surprise for those open house party guests. New Year's Eve wouldn't be complete without Oysters Bienville. Serve this elegant and beautiful dish as an appetizer or on your buffet table. Bring luck and prosperity to all on New Year's day with this simple, traditional black-eyed pea soup.

Peppermint Bark Cheesecake Crust 1 9-ounce box chocolate wafer cookies 2 tablespoons sugar ½ cup butter, softened Filling 4 8-ounce boxes cream cheese, room temperature 1 cup sugar 4 large eggs 2 tablespoons heavy cream 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Topping ¼ cup heavy cream 1 cup white chocolate chips ½ cup sour cream 1/3 cup hard red-and-white peppermint candy, crushed WORDS & PHOTOS: POlina Walker

1 Peppermint Bark Chocolate for decoration (optional) For the Crust Wrap outside of a 9-inch diameter spring-form pan with aluminum foil. Finely grind cookies with sugar in a processor; add butter, process to blend. Press mixture onto bottom and up sides of prepared pan.

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For the Cheesecake Preheat oven to 350°F. Beat cream cheese in a large bowl until smooth. Add sugar and beat until well blended. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition. Beat in heavy cream and vanilla. Pour into prepared crust. Place spring-form pan in a large roasting pan. Add enough hot water to come 1/2 inch up the sides of the spring-form pan. Bake cheesecake until center is just set, about 50 minutes. Remove pan from water; remove the foil and cool cake in the spring-form for about 1 hour. For the topping Heat heavy cream in a small saucepan. Remove from heat, add white chocolate chips and let stand for a minute. Whisk chocolate until smooth, add sour cream and whisk to combine. Stir in crushed candy. Pour topping over the cooled cheesecake, carefully spreading the mixture over the top. Refrigerate uncovered for about 1 hour, then cover and chill over night. Run a sharp knife around pan sides to loosen cake; release pan sides. Garnish top edges with chopped Peppermint Bark Chocolate (optional).

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Oysters Bienville 2 tablespoons butter, separated ½ cup shallots, finely chopped ½ cup shitake mushrooms, chopped 2 tablespoons flour ¾ cup chicken stock 1 egg yolk 1/3 cup white wine ½ cup seasoned breadcrumbs ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese Salt and cayenne pepper to taste 2 dozen oysters on the half shell Preheat oven to 400° F. Sauté the chopped shallots in 1 tablespoon butter until edges begin to turn gold, add mushrooms and cook until all liquid is evaporated. Add the rest of the butter, let it melt; sprinkle flour over onions and mushrooms. Cook stirring for about a minute. Add chicken stock, stirring to combine. Whisk egg yolk with wine, add to the mixture; season with salt and cayenne, and cook for 5 more minutes over low heat. Crinkle aluminum foil; place in on the bottom of a cookie sheet. Position oysters on top of the foil, using the foil to prevent the filling from spilling out. Spoon the mushroom mixture over each oyster, top with breadcrumbs and cheese. Bake until the breadcrumbs are toasted. December/January 2012-13

Black-Eyed Pea Soup with Ham & Collard Greens This simple soup is supposed to bring prosperity in the New Year! 2 tablespoons butter 4 strips of bacon 1 onion, chopped 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 teaspoon Italian Herb 1 tablespoon cider vinegar 2 tablespoons flour 3 cups chicken broth 8 ounce cooked ham, cubed 1/2 pound collard greens 3 cups water 2 cups frozen black-eyed peas Salt and pepper to taste In a medium pot bring 3 cups of water to boil, add frozen peas and cook for about 35 minutes or until tender. In a heavy bottom pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add bacon to pot and crisp on both sides about 8 minutes. Remove bacon to a paper towel. Sauté onion, garlic and ham in bacon drippings over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until onion is pale golden. Add cider vinegar and cook, scraping the caramelized bits from the bottom and sides of the pot, for about a minute. Add flour to the pot and cook for another

minute, stirring constantly. Add chicken stock and Italian Herb; bring to boil, lower the heat to low. While onion mixture is cooking, discard stems and center ribs from collards and coarsely chop leaves. Add collards, to onion mixture and simmer until collards are tender, about 20 minutes. Mash half of cooked peas, stir mashed and whole peas with cooking liquid into soup and simmer for 5 more minutes. Season soup with salt and pepper and serve topped with bacon bits. AC Blue Ridge Brewery 187 Depot Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513 706. 632. 6611 Open Wednesday through Saturday; please visit the web site for details: www.blueridgebrewery.com Place settings provided by Gatewood Hall Gracious Home 165 Depot Street Blue Ridge, GA, 30513 706. 946. 6246

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BLUE RIDGE COMMUNITY THEATER PRESENTS

Design ReFind A Consignment Store for the Home

Charlotte’s Web

Sunny D Children’s Theater

November 2 – 11, 2012 Ticket prices: $10 & $5 plus tax and fees

Unique Designer Selected Home Furnishings & Décor Constant Changing Inventory & Displays Highest Sales Record in Region — Turning Furnishings into Cash 146 Depot Street, Suite One, Blue Ridge, GA 706. 946. 2030 • admin@designrefind.com www.designrefind.com

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Blue Ice of Blue Ridge Ice Skating Rink Opens in North Georgia Mountains

Carve out your name in ice and check out the hottest winter attraction in Blue Ridge, GA! What a great time of year to visit Blue Ridge, Georgia! The fall mountain air in the Trout Capital of Georgia is crisp and clear, and the holidays are right around the corner. This is the time of year that Blue Ridge truly turns into a winter wonderland. We’re happy to announce that a brand new attraction, the Blue Ice of Blue Ridge ice skating rink, will be open for business! There’s nothing quite like ice skating during the late fall and winter months, in such a beautiful and conveinant location. Blue Ice of Blue Ridge is located in the south Blue Ridge City park across from the Blue Ridge Arts Center (same location as the Blue Ridge Blues and BBQ). The Blue Ice of Blue Ridge ice skating rink will be conducting a soft opening on November 17th for all to enjoy, and will celebrate its Grand Opening on November 24th during the annual December/January 2012-13

Light Up Blue Ridge festivities in Downtown Blue Ridge and will stay open through Feburary 18th, 2013. Plan a trip for the Grand Opening and experience what it’s like to ice skate in the beautiful North Georgia Mountains alongside pro ice skater and Olympian Kimberly Dewolf! If you’re looking for a romantic way to spend Valentine’s Day, make sure to plan a trip and visit the Blue Ice of Blue Ridge ice skating rink for an evening on the ice that you and that special someone in your life will remember for years to come. Want a great way to burn a little bit of that turkey and dressing off? The Blue Ice of Blue Ridge is a great option, and will be open on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day too! Families will love to skate around the state of the art mobile 49x82ft ice skating rink in Blue Ridge. Visitors at Blue Ice can enjoy food and drinks at the concession stand conveniently located near the rink, sponsored by Dairy Queen and Coca

Cola. If February fits better with your schedule, make sure to come out the weekend of February 18th and enjoy the finest chili in Blue Ridge at the annual Fire and Ice Chili cook-off. The Blue Ice of Blue Ridge is open Monday and Thursday from 2:30pm until dark, 10am8pm Friday and Saturday, and 12pm-7pm on Sunday. Rent your skates at the skating ring and skate for $10, or bring a pair of your own and skate for $8! Make this holiday season one that you and your family will never forget in Blue Ridge, Georgia with Southern Comfort Cabin Rentals and the brand new Blue Ice of Blue Ridge skating rink! AC Ray Higginbotham is a freelance writer based in Blue Ridge, GA. Contact him at 676. 314. 5434 or higginbotham7786@gmail.com.

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A Family JOURNEY

WORDS: Jillian DANIELS PHOTOS: Stacey Lanning & Williams Archives


Left: Owner Russell Williams and his sons, Cash and Cooper, pose in the back warehouse. This page: Russell's grandfather's truck from the 70s and his own modern day truck are a nostalgic reminder of the passing years for the business.

Living in a modern world of corporations and cookie cutter franchise stores, businesses like the Ellijay Tire Company are getting harder to find. They are a reminder of an America where you knew the business owner’s name, where people cared enough to give you a smile and where you aren’t a statistic to a boardroom full of business suits.

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Ellijay Tire is one of the older businesses in Ellijay. Since 1955, the Williams family has owned and operated their business on the theory that customer service and quality are a way to attract and keep their customers. Once inside the waiting room, customers are welcomed with a cup of coffee and a friendly greeting. Family photos and school sponsor appreciation awards line the walls. It is obviously the home of people who care. Ellijay Tire Company was started in 1948 by Thad Beck and Hub Callahan. In 1952, Russell W. Williams, or “Pa” Williams, as he is known to most everyone in town, bought out Thad Beck’s interest in the company. Three years later in 1955, he bought the rest of it and operated it under the name “Russell’s Recapping.” Pa was legendary for his strength – able to bend construction rebar like it was licorice, or so the legend goes. He could also break down tires with his bare hands. His grandson, Russell, manages the shop today. “I started when I was nine sweeping floors and washing December/January 2012-13

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Above: Ellijay Tire customer Zach Sanford with Russell's wife, Jodi. Below: A photo of the shop before the mountain behind it was cleared. Right: Greg Fuller works on the Corgi machine, only one of a few in the area that can change run-flat tires. Below: Pa Williams sits on his car in this old photo. Being such a large man, it was hard to find vehicles that fit him.

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windows,” says Russell, grinning at the memory. “Pa and my dad also taught me how to change a tire by myself.” Russell worked in the summertime and vacations from college helping his parents, eventually coming back in 1996 to work full time. “It always seemed like a good fit,” says Russell. “It’s outside, it’s seeing people, it’s working with cars and I’m in charge of my own future.” The three Williams generations have brought their own changes to the company. While Pa was the one that got it started, his son, Mike, brought the business into a modern age, updating equipment, building stock and suppliers. Then, Russell took steps to have a wider variety of stock, including additional tires and custom wheels, by building a 12,000-square foot warehouse for storage. “We’re constantly searching for market trends and deals to pass on to our customers,” he says. “Anytime we find deals, we stock up so we can pass on the savings to our customers.” He and his wife, Jodi, also initiated a website for the company (ellijaytire.com) that is able to help customers research brands and prices online from the office so they can find what they want immediately. If Appalachian Country

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Russell doesn’t have it in stock, he can usually get it the very next day. From talking to him, it’s obvious that he possesses a respect for others and a persistence that pays off for customers because he doesn’t give up on doing a quality job until it’s done right. Thankfully, being independent helps Ellijay Tire Company sell any brand of tire and wheel. While larger chain stores offer a price and then add extra charges, Ellijay Tire doesn’t. They include in their quotes everything that a customer needs to get out the door. They specialize in tires and wheels because the Williams family believes in doing a quality job at a few things instead of a questionable job at many things. “Because we’re established,” says Russell, “our customers can depend on us being here the next day. We’re not going anywhere.” Ellijay Tire Company has grown as the area has grown and attracts customers from around the southeast because the prices and service quality are worth the trip. The company has one of the few Corgi tire changing machines in the area, which changes run-flat tires. They even do many commercial accounts because fleet vehicles need fast service to get back out on the road. “Many people have heard about us by word of mouth,” says Russell. “We have a reputation of caring about what the customer needs. We don’t just sell to make the sale.” Generations of families come back again and again to do business. “Family and loyalty are important to us. December/January 2012-13

We enjoy people coming in with stories about Pa and our ancestors. It’s the result of doing business in a town for almost 60 years.” Russell and his staff are currently planning classes for women and new drivers to educate them on how to keep their car running smoothly (including how to change a flat tire in case of emergency). Russell attributes their success to a good foundation. “I was taught the business by a professional, who was taught by his father—my grandfather. Each of us learned from the ground up; we learned from the experience of the one before us.” The men at Ellijay Tire Company use that experience to the benefit of their customers and they appreciate the opportunity to serve regulars and meet new customers. “We deal with tires every day. Most only do it once in a while. We try to educate our customers and answer any questions they have so they feel comfortable. We do our best because each time when a customer leaves with our wheels and tires on the car, our reputation is also riding on it and we always want him or her to come back.” While they occasionally have sales throughout the year, this

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Christmas the tire shop initiated a large wheel sale with almost every in-stock set marked up to $200 off per set (perfect for that person that loves his or her car). They also offer gift certificates which make a great year round gift – very practical, very easy. There are also easy financing programs available if needed. “We understand that when it comes to family, there's nothing more important than safety,” say Russell. “The rugged mountain terrain of north Georgia can take its toll on tires, so it's important for a family's safety to keep their tires working at optimum capacity all the time. We have almost 60 years of experience keeping customers on the road. We've been in business that long because we listen to our customers. We never try to sell something a customer doesn't need and we never sell something low-quality or defective that endangers his or her family.” Russell and his sales staff make a point to listen to what a customer wants and do their best 32

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to help find the right tires on the market for the patron.” Years of experience have allowed us the ability to know where to find good prices and good quality. We know tires and wheels because it's been our life since 1955,” smiles Russell. In uncertain times, it’s reassuring to know you don’t have to doubt your safety on the road. Like Ellijay Tire on Facebook to get updates on sales and classes. Ellijay Tire Company is located at 583 Maddox Drive Ellijay, GA 30540 • Phone: (706) 635-2322. Check them out online at www.ellijaytire.com. Hours: Monday– Friday 8am-6pm • Saturday 8am-5pm CLOSED WEDNESDAY and SUNDAY. Visa, Mastercard and Discover accepted. Gift certificates and financing available. AC Appalachian Country

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he Ellijays of North Georgia have something to offer everyone during each beautiful season that rolls into these mountains. The leaves have now fallen off the trees revealing the massive mountain scape that commands your attention. Holiday lights and melodies warm your hearts and you crave crackling fires while snuggling up with your sweetheart in the cozy comfort of a rustic cabin. Don't be surprised if you awaken to an alabaster blanket of winter’s magic. Now that I have your full attention, what is there to do while you’re here? Date Night: Spend an evening at Apple Mountain Playhouse and be treated to the classic holiday sounds of Frank Sinatra from Gabriel Russo on Nov. 30th, Dec. 1st & 2nd. Call 706-502-4292 for more details. First Fridays: Dec. 7th 5-8pm Jingle Jam with roasted chestnuts & strolling carolers in historic downtown Ellijay where you can also enjoy “after hours” holiday shopping. Whether you are looking to decorate your new cabin, add to a favorite collection, or find that perfect gift…. We’ve got a shop for you! Feeling Creative: Stop by Gilmer Arts, 207 Dalton St. where you can view/purchase local artists’ work or enjoy local musicians at Acoustic Blends on most Friday nights. www. gilmerarts.org . If you want to try your own hand at painting visit “Whistle Tree Pottery” and create your own pitcher, ornament, platter etc. etc. The sky’s the limit! Call 706-698-1223 Get Outdoors: Enjoy one of the many hiking trails around beautiful Carter’s Lake or Amicalola Falls. Or December/January 2012-13

try your skills at one of our infamous mountain biking trails. Did you know that Gilmer County is the mountain biking capital of Georgia? Warning… call Cartecay Bike Shop for more details on the levels of these trails & bicycle rental pricing 706-635-2453 For the Agritourist: The Apple Capital does offer several year round apple houses where you can purchase a variety of apple products. We're also very proud of our own Cartecay Vineyards! Open 7 days a week. www. cartecayvineyards.com. Want to visit a real working dairy farm?? Mountain Valley Farms is a must see! Visit their farm store for some grass fed beef, free range pork, fresh eggs and much more. www.grassfedgeorgia.com For the Historian: Step back in time to the Tabor House, a farm house built in the 1870’s that is home to the Gilmer County Historical Society & Civil War Museum. “Farm to Table Dinners” are enjoyed by all on Saturday nights in this historic setting. Call Chef Janie for menu details & pricing 770-855-3754. We sure hope you enjoy your visit to our beautiful mountain community & come back soon to explore the next beautiful season that rolls in! AC

Make sure to stop by one of our Welcome Centers for a Visitor’s Guide or call 706-635-7400 with any questions! For more information visit www.explorethemountains.com. Karleen Ferguson Tourism & Special Events Coordinator Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce

Upper Left: Misty Hollow Antiques Above Top: Tabor House & Civil War Museum Above Center: Private Cabin in Ellijay Above: TJ & Co.

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New Year New Beginnings We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential. ~Ellen Goodman

Each year we promise to improve our health by making New Year’s resolutions. We look forward to a new beginning with hope and enthusiasm. This year will be no exception and Appalachian Country is here to help you keep those resolutions. Jasper Drugs has everything you need, offering more than the usual drug store and specializing in wellness education for all ages. Give yourself or the caregiver in your family some stress relief in 2013. North Georgia Personal Care provides the highest quality care with professionally trained staff. Jasper Family Dentistry is a full service dental office that specializes in the replacement of missing teeth. What better way to improve your well-being than a bright new smile?


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Jasper Drugs Specializes in Health Education

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ffering wellness education for customers of all ages is a large thrust of Jasper Drugs pharmacy services. Weight Loss, diabetic management, cholesterol screening, blood pressure, and smoking cessation are areas in which the Jasper’s pharmacists’ are adept. They currently operate diabetic programs at three locations: Jasper Drugs in Jasper, the Pickens County Senior Center in Jasper, and the Fitness Center in Big Canoe. The education process is offered on individual or corporate levels, assisting customers with cholesterol, blood pressure, and diabetic drug and vitamin management with adherence to proper medications. New classes for January 2013 are being offered in December/January 2012-13

smoking cessation, weight-loss, diabetic education, and bio-dental hormone therapy, (educating the aging on meds and vitamins). Weight-loss emphasis focuses on teaching people correct eating and exercise habits. Jasper Drugs celebrates its 61st year of service to the community and is proud to be the recipient as one of the top five drug stores in the United States for its Diabetic Education Programs. Pharmacist Jack Dunn notes that, “The most rewarding thing of all is to have the family members tell you how much they appreciate having their loved Above: Pharmacist Jack Dunn eductaes customers of all ages about the health benefits of vitamins. Left: Deb Gill uses in-store technology to aid customers with arch supportb products

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one “back” once they’ve lost the extra weight they’ve been carrying around and/or came off the medications they’ve been on for so long.” Dunn’s father, Lee Dunn, now retired, opened Jasper Drugs in 1952, along with his wife Martiele, who worked as a clerk. Currently two other pharmacists work alongside Jack Dunn at Jasper Drug Store: John Thomas and Amanda Paisley. Jack’s wife Terry is a pharmacist and works at the foothill location in Marble Hill. For the past seven years Jasper Drugs has been compounding medications for pain, veterinary products as well as bio identical hormone. “And we offer the I-Step Program, which is an arch support system to assist patients with back and foot problems associated with their arches. This is an arch for the shoe that is offered through Jasper Drugs with certified programs and staff to fit diabetic shoes and compression hose,” says Dunn. Jasper Drugs also offers immunizations for shingles, flu vaccine

Jasper Drugs offers a wide selection of compression hose for a variety of applications. Trained staff is always available to help you with the correct fit for comfort.

and pneumonia. “Georgia is at the bottom of the list when it comes to administering the flu vaccine,” Dunn adds. “Jasper Drugs offers the flu vaccine to walk-ins, no appointment is needed. “ Jasper Drugs accepts most medical insurance plans, in addition to assisting customers’ enrollment with Medicare Part D. This service is offered because the paperwork is often a time-consuming and/or confusing undertaking. An added bonus for Jasper Drugs customers are services and gift items such as medical equipment, a digital film lab, baby items, uniquely styled women’s clothing, home decor, specialty-greeting cards — and much more. AC Jasper Drugs is located at 1 N. Main St., Jasper, with a second location at the Foothill Shopping area inside the IGA Grocery Store in Marble Hill. Call 706. 692. 6427 or visit www.jasperdrugs.com

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North Georgia Personal Care

The Personal Touch

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When Dorothy said "There’s no place like home,” she could have been telling people what North Georgia Personal Care, located in Talking Rock, Georgia is about: helping you or your loved ones at home on the intermediate level. Some people need just a little bit of help, others need more. Their services are everything a person can need like light housekeeping, meal preparation, bathing, grooming, errands such as grocery shopping, meal planning and preparation, medication reminders, hospital sitting, and transportation for needs like doctor’s appointments. Personnel are employed for 4 to 24-hour shifts. In–home nurse visits are also available. Thus, healthcare as well as homecare can be provided. Clients always seem to do better in the privacy and comfort of their own home. As an in-home home healthcare provider, the personnel are carefully screened for peace of mind. They have registered nurses (RN), licensed December/January 2012-13

practical nurses (LPN) and certified nurses assistants (CNA) on staff. Also, as a state licensed in-home care business they accept most insurance, private pay, Veteran’s benefits and worker’s compensation. With an average five-star review rating, NGPC holds to this mission statement: Our goal is to provide the highest quality care with professionally trained

staff. Our staff will meet the needs of our clients, while maintaining, dignity, safety, and confidentiality. Their location in north Georgia between Jasper and Ellijay is close to Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in Jasper, and they serve, but are not limited to Pickens, Gilmer, Fannin, Murray, Whitfield, Bartow and Gordon counties. Their office hours are 8 a.m.to 5 p.m., with an office staff to help with any questions or to answer emergencies. The staff also includes Spanish speaking personnel. Contact them for all of your home health care needs at 706. 253. 0131 or by email at northgeorgia_personal_care09@yahoo. com. AC North Georgia Personal Care, LLC 80 Larkspur Lane, Talking Rock, GA 30175 706. 253. 0131 northgeorgia_personal_care09@yahoo. com.

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This Page: Dr. Leigh Griffeth provides personal care. Right Top: Jasper Family Dentistry offers an inviting environment to make each patient feel comfortable. 1 Right Center: Drs. Leigh and Spencer Griffeth are dedicated to providing quality services that evryone can afford.

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ental healthcare has come a long way, thanks to advanced technology. What was once unaffordable for some is now affordable for most, and this is especially true with the practice of Jasper Family Dentistry, owned and operated by Spencer and Leigh Griffeth, a husband and wife team of dentists, located in Jasper, Georgia. They’ll tell you upfront that they operate by the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” That’s certainly a comfortable way to start a relationship of any kind, especially in healthcare— and in particular dental care because it shoos away the squeamishness that was long associated with “going to the dentist.” Like artists painting portraits, the Griffeths enjoy great satisfaction in seeing the beauty of their finished work—happy smiles. Replacement of missing teeth is a specialty of the dental team by offering three choices: a partial denture, a bridge, or dental implants, which are fast becoming the treatment of choice. They see implants as a better, wiser choice because they price them December/January 2012-13

more affordable than a bridge. Digital x-rays and in office teeth whitening, along with all the other aspects of dental care make dentistry a rewarding service for the Griffeth team. In 2012, they added a second dental hygienist to their practice, so that families can come and be served without long waits. The Griffeths ask their patients to play a personal role by offering any input into what they want. Another expansion with Jasper family dentistry came this past year by taking dental care to nursing homes. Receiving

dental care while living away from one’s home offers a sense of physical wellbeing and encouragement. Education about long-term dental health-care is a priority with the Griffeths because dental problems can be largely prevented. They emphasize that a faithful, at-home dental regime is the best care. Jasper Family Dentistry’s patients range in age from two years to the elderly. For consistent dental care, they emphasize a good tooth brush, dental floss, and routine cleanings to prevent decay, infections and periodontal disease. The dental team is fair with their pricing, offering several treatment and payment options and they accept most insurance plans such as Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna Radius, Guardian, Assurant, Americas, Dentemax, Delta Dental Premier. AC To make an appointment to see either Dr. Leigh Griffeth or Dr. Spencer Griffeth, please call 706. 692. 2646. The office is located at 391 N. Main Street, Jasper, GA. 30143. For more information please visit their web site: www.jasperfamilydentistry.com

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North Georgia Personal Care “The Caring Professionals”

Providing the highest quality of care while maintaining our clients dignity, safety, and confidentiality. We have services that range from 4hr to 24hr care for your loved one, also short-term or long- term care. Please contact North Georgia Personal Care, LLC today to learn of our many affordable services!

706. 253. 0131 80 Larkspur Lane • Talking Rock, GA 30175 northgeorgia_personalcare09@yahoo.com

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Donate your useD furniture to help the homeless animals of pickens county! Rescued Furniture Store thrift store [RFS] along with Paws on Main (PAWS) animal wellness center offer support for Rescue Ranch, a facility that houses homeless dogs and cats until they are adopted into their forever homes are part of the parent organization, Pickens Animal Rescue [PAR].

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Rescued Furniture Store [thrift store] 371 N. Main Street, Jasper, GA 30143 706. 253. 5947 Store hours: Monday - Saturday 10:00 - 4:00

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TOYS FOR TOTS

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oys for tots Began in 1947, when Major Bill Hendricks, USCR and a group of Marine Reservists in Los Angeles collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children. The idea came from Bill’s wife, Diane. In the fall of 1947, Diane crafted a homemade doll and asked Bill to deliver the doll to an organization that would give it to a needy child at Christmas. When Bill determined that no agency existed, Diane told Bill that he should start one, and he did! The 1947 pilot project was so successful that the Marine Corps adopted Toys for Tots in 1948 and expanded it into a nationwide campaign. Marines have conducted successful nationwide campaigns each year since 1948. The initial objective still remains the hallmark of the program today; “To bring the joy of Christmas to America’s needy children.” The Ellijay Georgia Toys for Tots local campaign covers the Gilmer and Fannin County Areas of North Georgia. The primary make up of this local campaign are members of the North Georgia Marine Corps League, Detachment #1280. Local community and church organizations also get involved as volunteers to collect toys from drop off sites, sort toys, take toy requests, fill toy orders, and wrap all of the toys. We are always looking for additional sponsors and volunteers, so please come by our office and apply. This year the Fannin and Gilmer Counties Georgia Marine Toys For Tots Campaign is located in the store front just off the Gilmer-Ellijay Square:

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GAHA: Gilmer Arts & Heritage, Ellijay BRCT: Blue Ridge Community Theater BRMAA: Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association

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BRSR: Santa Train brscenic.com BRCT: Over the River & Thru the Woods blueridgecommunitytheater.com Holiday Wine Trail cartecayvineyards.com Miracle Worker taterpatchplayers.org A Clay Holiday blueridgearts.net

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BRSR: Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad CAC: Cherokee Arts Center, Canton DBR: Downtown Blue Ridge DBG: Downtown Ball Ground DC: Downtown Canton

Free Texas Hold ‘em Tournament thelodgeatcopperhead.com

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BRMAA: Marsha Hamby SavageShow & Sale 12/6- 12/8 www.blueridgearts.net

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DBR: Blue Ice Skating Rink M, Th, F, Sat, Sun Thru Feb. 13 www.blueridgemountains.com

Tate House Xmas Open House tatehouse.com

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DBR: Blue Ice Skating Rink M, Th, F, Sat, Sun Thru Feb. 13 www.blueridgemountains.com

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BRMAA: BRMP Meeting blueridgearts.net

DBR: Blue Ice Skating Rink M, Th, F, Sat, Sun Thru Feb. 13 www.blueridgemountains.com

MONDAY 31 DBR: Blue Ice Skating Rink M, Th, F, Sat, Sun Thru Feb. 13 www.blueridgemountains.com

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North Georgia Art Ramble ngaartramble.com Tate House Xmas Open House tatehouse.com BRMAA: Xmas at the Art Center blueridgearts.net

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DBR: Main Street Gallery Walk

Tate House Xmas Open House tatehouse.com 12/14-12/24 Santa Train brscenic.com

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Cartecay Vineyards Live Music 706. 698. 9463

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112/29-31 New Year’s Celebration thelodgeatcopperhead.com 12/29-31 Wine for New Year’s cartecayvineyards.com

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BRMAA: SAAG Meeting www.blueridgearts.net

Poets & Writers Meeting www.blueridgearts.net

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Xmas Village & Parade McCaysville BRSR: Santa Train brscenic.com BRCT: Over the River & Thru the Woods blueridgecommunitytheater.com Holiday Wine Trail cartecayvineyards.com Miracle Worker taterpatchplayers.org

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DBR: Blue Ice Skating Rink M, Th, F, Sat, Sun Thru Feb. 13

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Cartecay Vineyards Live Music Tim McNary 706. 698. 9463

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BRMAA: Poets & Writers Meeting www.blueridgearts.net Cartecay Vineyards Live Music Greg Erwin 706. 698. 9463

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Pig Roast IV thelodgeatcopperhead.com

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Wine & Wild Game Dinner cartecayvineyards.com

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Santa Claus & Parade 6:30pm Ball Ground, GA

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North Georgia Art Ramble ngaartramble.com

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ADVERTISER'S INDEX Antiques, Consignment & Thrift Rescued Furniture Store 706. 253. 5947 Woodstock Market 770. 517. 7771

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Arts & Events Blue Ridge Community Theater Tater Patch Players Van Goghs Hideaway

Home Improvement ACE Hardware, Ellijay Outdoor Living Porch & Patio Witt Building Company

706. 632. 9223 706. 253. 2800 404. 580. 5013

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Indoor/Outdoor Activities North Georgia Zoo Blue Ice Skating

Automotive Ellijay Tire Moore Truck Stuff

706. 635. 2322 706. 253. 4889

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Banking United Community Bank

706. 635. 5411

Builders Witt Building Company

706. 889. 2480

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Jewelry & Repair Daisy Accessories & Boutique North Georgia Diamond

706. 253. 6996 706. 515. 1551

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Kitchen Supplies Unique Kitchens

706. 253. 6600

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Knitting Supplies Strings & Stitches

706. 698. 5648

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Office Supplies One Source Business Products

706. 276. 8273

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Pharmacies Jasper Drugs

706. 692. 6427

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Photgraphers Appalachian Photography Studio 5 Photography

706. 889. 2101 770. 827. 0270

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Restaurants & Catering 61 Main Bumblebee Cafe Charlie's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria L&L Beanery Millie's Diner Madeline's Mucho Kaliente Oar House Poole's Barbeque Shane's Rib Shack

706. 706. 706. 706. 706. 706. 706. 706. 706. 706.

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SERVICES Elephant Errands North Georgia Personal Care Piedmont Mountainside Recruitment

404. 642. 7417 706. 253. 0131 706. 299. 5103

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SPAS & MASSAGE Tea Trees Boutique Spa & Massage

561. 889. 7479

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WINERIES Cartecay Vineyards

706. 698. 9463

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Writers Ray Higginbotham

676. 314. 5434

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Clothing & Accessories ACE Hardware Consigning Women Daisy Accessories & Boutique Posh on Main Street

706. 706. 706. 706.

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Communities Covered Bridge Estates

706. 669. 4177

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Dental & Medical Services Jasper Family Dentistry Mountain Dental Associates

706. 692. 2646 706. 515. 3500

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Elevators Blue Moose Elevators

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