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Gobble. Gobble. By the time you’re done reading this, Thanksgiving will be a thing of the past and we’ll all be running headlong into the Holidays with a capital “H.” My family is small– just the 3 of us– my mom, my brother and myself. Since we’re all adults (notice I didn’t say grown-ups!), and none of us really need any more stuff, we keep the gifts to a minimum. For the first time since I can remember, the dogs Will miss my old girl Xena this won’t out number the humans as we Christmas. She always loved opening her special toy every gather around the tree. The dog’s gifts year for 16 years– the biggest are always wrapped loosely in white and fluffiest squeaky bear we tissue paper so they can open them could find. easily, and you can be sure that they know exactly which ones are theirs. My little old man Beagle probably never had any dog toys. He certainly wasn’t raised learning how to open gifts like our other dogs were, so he doesn’t get too excited, well, that is until we open the special dog treats. He still has a nose even if he can’t see much of what he’s eating. Eating. It’s a tradition. We’ll all do plenty of that before it’s all over I’m sure. The Holiday Angel Bar recipe you’ll find in this issue looks divine. Maybe I’ll make them at the cookie exchange with the girls down on the river this year. But hold on, if I make the martini’s to go with them, we’ll never get any cookies made! Another lovely tradition is the Holiday engagement. Many couples get engaged during this festive time of year, and once the proposal is accepted, let the wedding planning begin. The beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains provide the perfect backdrop for that special day. In this issue our local wedding experts share their wonderful ideas– everything from the latest trends in catering and creative floral arrangements– to selecting the perfect venue. The Holidays and the winter season are also one of the best times for vacationing here in north Georgia. Without the crowds of summer, the area becomes a tranquil and peaceful place to get away from it all. While you’ll want to spend time in front of a cozy fire, you’ll also want to experience the many activities in the area. Take advantage of everything from winter hiking and camping, to opera, theater and jazz concerts. And don’t forget the local music scene. Wineries, bistros, bars and restaurants all feature a wide variety local talent in intimate settings. Coming up in our next issue will be everything you need to know about building your dream cabin right here in the mountains. Find out just how easy it is to become a full or part-time “local.” Wishing you all a joyful and peaceful holiday!
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Restaurant Spotlight, Bumble Bee's Cafe Buzz on Over and Great a Great HomeCooked Meal The FERST Foundation Preparing Children for Reading & Learning Success
The Perfect Proposal Surprise Holiday Engagement at The Wheeler House
A Ballroom Garden Party The Frazier- Heintz Weddingâ€“ a Stunning Event
Dare to Dream Madeline's Coast 2 Coast Catering Makes Mountain Wedding Dreams Come True
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Jingle Those Bells! Festive Holiday Cocktails & Treats From The Brew Crew
The Picture Perfect Mountain Wedding Finding the Right Venue for Your Special Day Winter Mountain Wonderland Enjoy all that north Georgia has to Offer This Season
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THE FERST FOUNDATION
Providing books for local communities to prepare all Georgia preschool children for reading and learning success A Letter From the FERST FOUNDATION FOUNDER
One of my favorite books is The Little Engine that Could. Although it was read to me hundreds of times,
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Entering school for the first time is an exciting time. However not all children are literacy-equal equal to their peers on that first day of school. Literacy begins early in life and by age three 85 percent of a child’s core brain structure is formed. A three-year old’s vocabulary development is a predictor of reading achievement by third grade. Often the reason for children lagging behind their peers in literacy is because they experience low literacy levels at home. This readiness gap persists, growing as children age. Figures show that 61 percent of low-income families are without books suitable to children and 35-40 percent of children are not prepared for kindergarten. Reading to a child makes a positive difference in those first critical years of life as related to school performance. A non-profit organization, the Ferst Foundation promotes reading and learning success among Georgia’s youngest children by mailing free, ageappropriate books and parent-support material to children from birth to age five. With more than 680,000 children in Georgia under the age of five, the Ferst Foundation serves in excess of 25,000 each month. The foundation began mailing books in April 2000 and since that time 3.6 million books provided reading for young children. Currently, the children of 70 Georgia counties are served with books mailed by the Ferst Foundation from its Read to Me Library. The lineup of books contains titles carefully selected by professionals with experience in childhood literacy, ensuring that the books which participants receive authentically support their education and development. Children and their parents also receive a newsletter each month with reading guides, a child activity page, and local information. The program is open to all children under the age of five in all the participating communities. Although the literacy program is free to the participants, there are nominal costs that are raised by local volunteers known as Community Action December/January 2013
suggested reading AVAILABLE AT YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY from Birth to 3 Years Old Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Teams (CATs) in each participating community. The CATs are also responsible for registration and the public relations for their community. All the money that is raised within each community remains in that community to cover the costs of their program.
Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman Where's Spot? by Eric Hill Corduroy by Don Freeman The Complete Adventures of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr I Can! Can You? by Peggy Parish I'm a Little Mouse by Noelle & David Carter Miffy series by Dick Bruna Tom and Pippo Make a Friend by Helen Oxenbury Mr. Gumpy’s Motorcar by John Burningham Do You Want To Be My Friend? and The Very Hungry Catepillar by Eric Carle Freight Train by Donald Crews Ask Mr. Bear by Marjorie Flack Is It Red? Is It Yellow? Is It Blue? by Tana Hoban Blueberries For Sale by Robert McCloskey Quick As A Cricket by Audrey Wood Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes
GEORGIA LITERACY SNAPSHOT Approximately 61 percent of low-income families do not have a single piece of reading material suitable for a child A third of our children come to school unprepared to learn Only 29% of Georgia 4th graders read at or above proficiency Appalachian Country
Early Reading Benefits
Teaching children to read is often seen as the sole responsibility of our nation’s schools. For the most part, children’s success or failure in reading is seen as a function of the quality of their elementary education. Most kindergarten teachers would strongly disagree with these assumptions. Their experience reveals marked differences among children in their ability to learn, their familiarity with books and language, and their confidence level. In short, long before a child has experienced formalized education, there are already children far ahead of the curve and even more lagging far behind. In a 1991 (Boyer) study, kindergarten teachers reported that 35% of the children arrive at school unprepared to learn. Playing “catch up” is a very difficult proposition both for the child and the teacher. www.acmagazine.org
A growing body of research now supports the experience of teachers. It suggests that from birth on the learning environment has a tremendous impact on the short and long-term reading capability of the child. According to Karoly et al (1998), children develop much of their capacity to learn in the first three years of life, when their brains grow to 90% of their eventual adult weight. Start Early, Finish Strong, a Department of Education publication; emphasizes the importance of a child’s interaction with his/her environment rather than intelligence as a key factor in determining the ease with which a child will learn to read. The publication cites a National Research Council report that states, “Just as a child develops language skills long before being able to speak, the child also develops literacy skills long before being able to read.” Just what are these literacy skills? Letter names and shapes, associating sounds with letters, familiarity with books, associating reading with love and fun are all key areas of development. Dr. Perri Klass, Medical Director of Reach Out and Read, states, “With confidence, I tell parents to read to their children, secure in the knowledge that it will help their language development, help them be ready to read when the time comes, and help parents and children spend loving moments together.” The key is to start at birth. Immersing a child in literacy can be a stronger predictor of literacy and academic achievement than family income. The more words a child hears, the larger the child’s vocabulary, and the more likely the child will be a proficient reader. 12
However, in order to read with a child, books must be in the home. In a 1991 study by Needlman, parents given books by their doctor were four times more likely to read and share books with their children. This rate increased to eight times more likely with lower income parents. It is also instructive to examine the consequences of failing to build an adequate foundation for reading. The most stunning revelation is just how difficult it is to become a proficient reader if a child is trapped by initial
suggested reading AVAILABLE AT YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY AGES 4 & 5 Years Old Arthur series by Marc Brown A Color Of His Own by Leo Lionni The Three Pigs by David Wiesner Are You My Mother? by Philip Eastman Chester’s Way by Kevin Henkes Curious George by H. A. Rey I Wanna Iguana by Karen Orloff Owen by Kevin Henkes Tuesday by David Wiesner Little Bear series by Else H. Minark Frog and Toad series by Arnold Lobel Move Over, Rover by Karen Beaumont Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey How I Became A Pirate by Melinda Long The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by John Scieszka If you Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems Monster Who Ate My Peas by Danny Schnitzlien Diary of a Worm and Diary of A Spider by Doreen Cronin
difficulty. In a 1988 study, Juel found “…that 88% of children who have difficulty reading at the end of first grade display similar difficulties at the end of fourth grade.” Researchers at Yale discovered a similar trend. In their 1997 study, “…75% of students who are poor readers in the third grade will remain poor readers in high school.” The Ferst Foundation cannot address all the issues of early literacy; however, we can eliminate one of the reasons why parents do not read to their child – the availability of quality books in the home. Books delivered not just once, but 60 times in the child’s critical years of development. Each delivery is wrapped in love and excitement and is another step toward helping children to arrive at kindergarten ready to learn.
More Than a Book
Beyond the book itself that a child receives, the goal of Ferst Foundation is to encourage parents and caregivers to become actively involved in their children’s literacy development by providing supplementary resources. Perhaps the most important of these is the newsletter included with each book sent out. These newsletters are tailored for the specific child, based on the book being mailed and the county to which it’s being sent. The newsletter offer discussion guides-tips for parents, activity pages, and local community announcements. The goal of the program is to get books to kids—and have someone read to them. If you choose to support this important aspect for childhood literacy, a contribution of only $28.00 supports the expense for a child for one year. Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy is a 501©3 organization and is a 4-star charity at www. charitynavigator.com Donations and registrations can be made online at www.ferstfoundation. org where you can designate your donation to a specific community. You can also make your donation directly to the following North Georgia participating communities: December/January 2013
AC COMMUNITY Cherokee County: Cherokee County Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy, 3160 Misty Trace, Canton, GA 30114 Email: email@example.com Dawson County: Dawson County Wee Books, PO Box 1883, Dawsonville, GA 30534 Email: DawsonWeeBooks@gmail.com Gilmer County: Kids Ferst in Gilmer County, PO Box 105, Ellijay, GA 30540 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Fannin County: Ferst Foundation of Fannin County, PO Box 2495, Blue Ridge, GA 30513 Email: email@example.com Pickens County: Pickens Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy, PO Box 2062, Jasper, GA 30143 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Rabun County: Ferst Foundation of Childhood Literacy in Rabun County
837 Hwy 76 West, Suite 105, Clayton, GA 30525 Email: email@example.com Union County: Union County Ferst Foundation, PO Box 2743, Blairsville, GA 30514 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
How to Get Involved with FERST Foundation There are several ways in which you can participate and get involved with the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy! Start the Program in Your Community We are always looking for help to spread the word about our program and getting the program set up in new communities in Georgia. If you want to bring the program to your county, please contact us at info@ ferstfoundation.org or call toll-free 1-888-565-0177.
Volunteer Your Time & Expertise If you are interested in volunteering your time and skills, both the local community action teams and us here at the foundation in Madison, GA are always looking for assistance! This program would not be in existence if not for the help of volunteers such as yourself! Students Can Get Involved Too Students have always been great volunteers for us as well! So in response we have now set up a new initiative Ferst Foundation's League of Extraordinary Students for elementary, middle school, high school and college students. AC Contact the FERST Foundation for Childhood Literacy: P.O. Box 1327 Madison, GA 30650 1-888-565-0177 email@example.com
WINTER HIKING & BACKPACKING Outdoor Adventure Editor Greg Dunn Reveals His Secret Winter Weekend "Date Night" Destination
Fall and winter are my favorite times to hike. The weather is nice and cool, the bugs are gone, and the views open up after the last few leaves fall from the trees. This is also the time of year that I can talk my wife Carrie into a quick overnight backpack trip or two. The North Georgia mountains are loaded with great hiking trails. While the Appalachian Trail and the Benton MAcKaye Trail are the most well known trails in the area, there are many other trail systems, side trails, and connector trails that can offer a more solitary experience. One of our favorite places to hike and camp is the Cohutta wilderness. Within the Cohutta Wilderness is Jacks River, and the Jacks River trail. The Jacks River trail can be accessed by a network of seven other trails, so on nice weekends and holidays, don’t be surprised to see other hikers. However, as the weather gets colder, you are less likely to share the gorge with other overnighters. The first overnight trip that Carrie and I took was a fivemile trek to Jacks River, via the Benton MAcKAye Trail at Watson Gap. Watson Gap is a major forest service road intersection just north of Blue Ridge. From US 76 – GA 5 intersection, take GA 5 north toward McCaysville for 3.7 miles. Turn left onto Old GA 2 at the “Old State Route 2” sign and continue approximately 10.5 miles to Watson Gap. Take a hard right onto FS 22 and go approximately .3 miles until you see the white diamond blazed trail on the left side of the road. The BMT (Benton MAcKaye Trail) descends almost a mile before it reaches the bottomland and crosses over Mill Branch. The next 1.6 miles are an easy stroll over rolling terrain until you reach a prominent trail junction marked by an old wooden sign where the BMT connects with Jacks River Trail. Make a left on Jacks River Trail and continue for another mile or so until the trail crosses the Jacks River for the first time. Less than a half mile later the trail reaches the second of a total of twenty fords before reaching Jacks River Falls approximately 7 miles further. At this point the River displays its most turbulent section, dropping a total of 240 feet per mile over the next two miles. This section is mostly white water and in my opinion, one of the most beautiful areas in the North Georgia mountains. Below what I call 14
the “gorge,” are a number of great campsites to choose from. Brave a few more river crossings and it will be much less likely that you will have neighbors for the night. Planning For A Cold Weather Overnighter It is important not to underestimate weather conditions that you may experience when backpacking in cold weather. A combination of colder temperatures, high winds, precipitation, and exhaustion can lead to hypothermia even if the temperatures are above freezing. Dehydration is often underestimated in colder conditions. I try to sip on water throughout the day and stop to filter more water when my bottle gets low. Choose gear that is light, and packable but also durable. The essentials include a comfortable pack, shelter, sleeping bag and pad, cooking equipment, and water filter. There are tons of options so making the right choice depends on the conditions and length of time you plan to hike. Avoid cotton and wool clothing. Synthetic materials are lighter, more packable, dry faster and help wick moisture away from the body. Layering clothing is important. You can regulate your body temperature much better by adjusting your layers according to conditions. I choose outerwear that is wind and waterproof. I once spent 8 days in the Pisgah National Forest with a generic “rain Jacket” recommended by my hiking buddies who all owned Gore-Tex raingear. It rained everyday for at least half the day and the temperature never rose above 55 degrees. That was miserable trip. Take my word for it, it’s worth the money to buy purpose-designed clothing & gear if you plan to spend time in the woods in the winter. I like to eat well when I am on the trail but love to be as minimalist as possible. My stove is an MSR Pocket Rocket that fits inside my MSR cookset. This stove is very efficient and easy to use with most canister fuel cells. My water filter is a Sawyer bag filter system that weighs 3 oz. and guarantees 1 million gallons of water. It’s half the price of most other filters, plus it’s lighter, more packable, and easier to use. Here are some other gear tips that I have learned over my many years of winter hiking and camping that have made my experiences much more comfortable and efficient:
Left: With fewer hikers & campers on the trail, you're likely to see much more wildlife. Chics dig it. Above Left: MSR cookset, MSR Pocket Rocket stove and Sawyer water filter system. Above Center: Greg in action Above Right: My Granite Gear Ozone 2200 cu in pack, Montbell 20-degree Down Hugger sleeping bag, Sierra Designs Meteor Light 2-man 3-season tent, and Therma Rest Neo-Air sleeping pad.
Dehydrated food is lighter and more packable. Companies like Backpacker Pantry make lots of hiking specific meals to choose from but are a bit pricey. Ramen noodles are cheap and packable and can be used as a base for lots of different meals. Tip: I don’t use the high-sodium Ramen spice packs, I make my own. Gore-Tex is your friend. Rain gear is important and GoreTex material is the best. Find shoes that are right for you. I rarely hike in boots because I feel like they are restrictive. I have friends that only hike in boots for more protection. There are no rules here. I hike with trekking poles. They significantly improve posture, stability and balance. Providing two more points of contact also greatly reduces the risk of slipping or falling. In addition to preventing falls, studies show that trekking poles also prevent pain and damage associated with repetitive stress injuries of the ankles, knees and hips.
DUCT TAPE saves lives! It helped bring Apollo 13 back to earth and it can help bring you back from the woods in one piece. Mend packs, shoes, tents, jackets, and blisters, need I say more? Tip: I wrap both of my trekking poles with duct tape so I don’t have to pack it. Extra lighters and a magnesium stick are a good idea. Fire will lift your spirits no matter what. If you choose to make a campfire, always choose dead, fallen wood. Keep the fire small and manageable. Bring toilet paper, toothbrush and paste, liquid soap for bathing (biodegradable of course), sunscreen and lip balm. Hygiene is important even in the woods. Final Tip: Bourbon is optional.
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Lindsey Montgomery, soon to be Mrs. Miller, met her fiancé Cameron in grade school. Their young love turned into a commitment of forever as they grew up together and grew more in love. The couple is planning their "I Do" for the fall of 2014.
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The Holidays have become the most popular time for couples to get engaged followed by January through March as the most popular time to book a wedding venue. ”We book more event dates in the first three months of the year than at any other time” explains Debbie Ley, Event Liaison of The Wheeler House in Ball Ground, Georgia. “It seems to be a trend that gains momentum every year”. The trend which appears to be gaining popularity is the North Georgia Mountains with Rustic & historic venues at the forefront. So many of these sites are abundant in natural beauty that little is needed to create that fairytale wedding. Located at the cusp of Cherokee & Pickens Counties, The Wheeler House offers proximity to Atlanta and the North Georgia Mountains just off Hwy 575. The Historic home offers vintage charm while the newly resurrected barn offers guests an elegant rustic setting. Notwithstanding the pergola which seats up to 200 guests and can be adorned with flowing drapes & hanging chandeliers. Old church pews along with hanging vintage windows and frames set the ceremony back drop against established trees and pines. The Wheeler House encompasses true southern charm with its meaningfully preserved, yet restored grounds and house. As couples are welcome to use the beautiful historic home, outdoor draped ceremony arbor and majestic barn, The Wheeler House is one of the most unique venues in North Georgia. Offering the best of both worlds, soon-to18
be-newlyweds can choose to host their event in the arbor, or opt for a rustic or glam ceremony in the barn. With either option, the entire property can be used so that each wedding is unique and its own. The bride and her bridesmaids have use of the beautifully appointed home, with optional early arrival including brunch and mimosas. And, with the addition of the barn comes a handsome grooms suite with big
screen TV and man cave-friendly décor. Guests can enjoy cocktail hour in the house after the ceremony, dinner is served in the draped and chandelier-lit barn, and then out to the patio under the string lights and more chandeliers for dancing. The possibilities here are endless! The only thing missing now would be really great food. No worries there. The Wheeler House has recently contracted with Madeline’s Café & Bakery & Coast 2 Coast Catering in Jasper to be their exclusive caterer. The new Madeline’s Coast 2 Coast– specializing in Catering, events and florals will offer their already popular dishes, customized menus, exquisite flowers and elaborate décor. But this venue is not just for weddings. It’s perfect for any type gathering or special event – bridal teas, baby showers, luncheons, wine tastings, birthday celebrations, corporate events and especially holiday parties. With all that we have to offer– The Wheeler might just be the perfect venue for you! AC Top Left: The arbor, patio, house and barn are all part of your event! Top Right: An example of the beautiful table-scapes designed by Madeline's Coast 2 Coast Catering to make your event unique. Bottom Left: The new barn boasts Romeo and Juliet Balconies just off the loft. Bottom Right: The Wheeler house provides many custom details for your event including signage.
The Wheeler House 510 Gilmer Ferry Road Ball Ground, GA 3-1-7 770. 402. 1686 www.TheWheelerHouse.net Nina Parker Photography 770. 330. 5414 www.ninaparkerphotography.com www.acmagazine.org
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WORDS: Ashley & James Heintz PHOTOS: MJ Gillespie Photography
A Simple Chat Leads To Forever
About Ashley by James
Ashley Frazier and James Heintz met on August 10, 2010 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Ashley was on vacation. James was flying with the Air Force in Puerto Rico, and staying in the apartment building next door to Ashley's resort. The first night she was at her hotel, Ashley saw James standing at the bar. Thinking he was incredibly handsome, she went over with the apparently perfect pickup line and asked James if he was alone. He said yes, and she asked him if he wanted to chat. Who knew such simple and not well thought out words would lead to her meeting the love of her life! James and Ashley walked on the beach and talked all night. The next day they ran into each other again at the resort and spent hours talking. That night (the second night they had known each other) James told Ashley that he could them together forever. Naturally cautious, but thinking the same thing without saying so, Ashley laughed off his bold statement. For the next two nights, James and Ashley talked the nights away. Ashley returned to Georgia and said goodbye to James. By the time her plane landed in Atlanta, James had already left Ashley several texts and voice-mails. They talked every single day for the next month and then one night, James told her that he was falling in love with her...to which she promptly replied "what?!?" Finally, on September 17, 2010, James flew down to Georgia for a weekend with Ashley. They had their first real date in Atlanta with cocktails at Park Tavern at Piedmont Park and then dinner at Murphy's in Virginia Highlands. Ashley and James dated long-distance, him in Pennsylvania and her in Georgia. They took amazing trips together, including St. John, NYC, and a Caribbean cruise. James moved to Atlanta in August 2012. And on February 16, 2013, he proposed to Ashley in the Day Butterfly Center at Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Georgia. Of course, she said yes!
About James by Ashley
James was born and raised in Pennsylvania. He is the second of four brothers and blessed to have two amazing parents James, Sr. and Denise. For those of you who have met James, you will understand that trying to sum up who he is in a few words is simply impossible. For starters, James is my best friend, the love of my life, and unequivocally the most wonderful man anyone will ever meet. James is an athletic, handsome, manly man. But, he also has a goofy side that keeps me laughing and makes every day fun and unique. While he is tough, strong, and confident, he is also humble, kind, and extremely caring. He has the biggest heart of anyone I have ever met. He will do anything for me, his family, his friends, and my friends without blinking an eye. He and I are also the best balance in nearly every area. His patience, good humor, easy going attitude, and confidence in me keep me grounded and focused on what is truly important in life. I cannot imagine my life without him. I know he will be the best husband and father, and I am so happy to spend every day with him for the rest of my life! Appalachian Country
Ashley was born and raised in Georgia. She is the only child of the most supportive and loving parents, Mary and Bob, and the half-sister of her dad's son Chris. Ashley is a beautiful, smart, hardworking, and extremely passionate person. She excels in everything she does, she graduated in the top of her class at law school, makes amazing lasagna, and can plan any event with perfection. Ashley is such an amazing person and the rock in my life. She could not be more loving and caring, she even drove 90 miles in Atlanta traffic just to have dinner with me on a Wednesday night! Her ability to always put others first and make the most out of any situation is an inspiration to me. Most importantly, she is going to be an awesome wife and an even better mother. "Gerard and Hector of Madeline's Coast2Coast Catering & Events truly made it possible for my dream wedding to come to life. They took everything I told them I wanted for my wedding and made my vision a reality with their own visionary touches that made the day gorgeous and unique. Knowing they were running the show gave me, my groom, and my mom confidence to let them handle everything so we could enjoy our special day without stress. With their amazing team, Gerard & Hector ran a flawless event from start to finish." â€” Ahsley Heintz
If you want to see your dream wedding come true, you may want to hire the dynamic duo. Not the comic book characters, but the talented team of Gerard Monte & Hector Rosano of Madeline’s Coast 2 Coast Catering, Events & Florals. The chefs, owners, floral designers and overall event producers have recently directed a series of highly publicized events in Atlanta and North Georgia with more than successful results. One such event was the wedding of Ashley Frazier & James Heintz at Gibb’s Gardens in Ball Ground, Georgia.
The spectacular grounds at Gibb's Gardens are a perfect backdrop for a fairy tale wedding, but how do you pull off an event that will take place in three different locations on the property with hardly a floor, wall or ceiling in site? “ From the ground up” responds Gerard. “We had flooring, tents, chandeliers, lighting, furniture and décor brought in and of course our exceptional waite staff and hostesses serving fabulous foods prepared from a mobile kitchen that left the guests feeling like they had attended a gala at the Ritz”. The event started out by shuttling the guests to the ceremony site overlooking a pond. As they stepped onto the green turf, flanking rows of white rose petals guided their path to the beverage stand. There, Jr. Brides maids took cups from silver trays and filled them with lemonade from bee hive urns set atop a vintage hutch. The couple's song was “Honey Bee” by Blake Shelton, and "Honey" is the groom’s nickname for the bride, so touches of honey bees 22
and local honey were used throughout the event. Guests continued on to the clearing where prominent urns abound in all white flowers anchored the alter. Guests were serenaded by a string quartet and the sound of trickling waters from the adjacent stream. At the completion of vows and ceremonial kiss, guests were shuttled to the cocktail reception in the River Birch gardens where they were greeted with double old fashioned glasses filled with honey infused signature cocktails and honey stir sticks. Appetizers were nestled amidst the trees at three different stations and offered representations from each of their home states of Pennsylvania & Georgia. The first offered Baked brie puffs with a local clover honey drizzle & Sweet red pepper crab cakes with a lemon garlic aioli. The second served Pimento cheese with a red pepper jelly garnish on gluten free cracker & roast beef sandies ( a spiral of rare roast beef set atop an herb toasted crostini, fresh kiwi slice and a kiwi infused sweet cream horseradish). The third enticed guests with Havarti cheese grit & BBQ shrimp shooters along with potato & Italian sausage pirogues tossed in brown butter. All the while guests were entertained by a quartet playing bluegrass music and
enjoyed libations at either the cocktail bar or wine station. As guests were summoned to dinner, they were escorted by four hostesses through the river birch & candle lit lantern lined pathway to the reception area where they were greeted by a vintage side board topped with mini honey jars. Each one tagged with the guest names and table assignments. The entrance to the un-walled reception tent had the re-purposed ceremony urns and pedestals flanking either side with flowers in hues of tangerine, cerise, lime and honey yellow added in. The tent housed 21 vintage Farm tables for guests, a grand estate head table, two additional bars, five chandeliers, up lighting, black and white dance floor, bandstand and lounge. The tables were set with gold chargers, flatware and Lennox eternal china trimmed in gold. A trilogy of vases were filled with a mixture of flowers and textures in the former hues and placed down the center of each table. Gold Chiavarri chairs with alternating cushions in raspberry and ivory outlined the tables. There, guests were treated to a first course of wild greens topped with cranberries, currants, honey infused goat cheese, sliced apples, onions, walnuts caramelized in sixteen different spices and sweet balsamic vinaigrette that December/January 2013
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poured like molasses. Course two had offerings of demi-glace glazed filet of beef served with French tied white and green asparagus and truffled mashed potatoes. Honey basted Carolina trout cooked in parchment with citrus segments and fresh dill served with roasted spaghetti squash and the French tied asparagus. The vegetarians were offered roasted acorn squash stuffed with a curried butternut squash risotto topped with toasted pumpkin seeds and
the French tied asparagus. The wedding cake stood proud in its placement and dĂŠcor as it mimicked the brideâ€™s dress adorned in ribbon roses. Once sliced, guests savored flavors of strawberry, lemonade and orange dreamsicle layered with buttercream frosting and served along toasts of pink champagne. But that was not all. At the stroke of ten, trays of Lebanon bologna wrapped kielbasa and puff pastry skewers served with German hot
mustard and Southern fried chicken and biscuits were passed amongst the dancing crowd. It was one last nod to their places of origin and a signal that Left: Customs signs were designed by Ashley's father as a wedding gift. In the background are thousands of rose petals, mimicking the sign's scroll work to lead the guests to the ceremony. Above: "THE CAKE." Madeline's Coast 2 Coast creates Dream Cakes to match your wedding style, colors and theme. Here, subtle touches of honey bees complete the dream. www.acmagazine.org
the evening would be coming to a close. No one wanted to leave if not for the invitation to an after party in nearby Big Canoe. As the last flickering candle was extinguished, a sigh of success was released. Another fairy tale wedding complete. Another dream come true. This is the work of true professionals. “Logistics is the key” exclaims Gerard.” Coordinating all facets of an event and not just the food is the mark of a truly great caterer. Most concern themselves solely with the food leaving the bride or host to coordinate all other facets of the event. We pride ourselves in offering this type of service whether it is a large scale wedding or intimate get together in your home. It is important to have your overall vision in place when sitting December/January 2013
down with a professional caterer and if you’re not feeling a connection, it may be time to keep looking”. Madeline’s Coast 2 Coast Catering Events and Florals works with local and statewide venues, many with preferred and exclusive status. AC
Above: Chefs & Owners Gerard Monte and Hector Rosano are the ultimate creative duo. Top : Highlights of the food presentation included local honey jars used as table number and assigned seating, brie puffs & crab cakes, signature cocktails ready to be topped with champagne, roast beef sandie appetizers, shrimp & grits shooters plus a lovely vintage hutch used as a lemonade stand with honey-bee urns for guests to refresh themselves. Appalachian Country
Madeline’s Coast 2 Coast Catering Events and Florals Chefs & Owners Gerard Monte and Hector Rosano 770. 870. 9892 www.coast2coastcatering.com Photos MJ Gillespie Photography
Flower Power Flowers Dress the Bride with Beauty—and Much More for Just Your Style of Wedding.
So you’re newly engaged? That means big plans are underway for your dream wedding.
The much sought after Coast2Coast Catering team is ready to help you plan your special day of celebration from the wedding flowers, to the reception. If you’re the southern belle who dreams of traditional style or a gal with country chic tastes or perhaps you seek the ultra-modern setting, the poetic–feel of another era, or the uniqueness of an ethnic style. Whatever your desired style,
Gerard know how to make your special day fabulous. Whether your ceremony takes place in a grand hotel, a cathedral, a county church or a barn, you’re in good company with the
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wedding requires flowers to showcase the event. Gerard wants the bride to know, “It’s as important to choose your florist, as it is to choose your wedding gown—because the flowers you carry as you walk down the aisle to your groom, as well as the flowers used to set off every aspect from the ceremony and the reception, will remain a part of your lifetimes memories as you review the photographs of your wedding day Allow your vision to rule.” And if you have pictures from other weddings that you’ve attended or clippings from magazines that you especially like, Gerard suggests bringing them along to help express your wishes to the florist.
Flowers for the Ceremony Think outside the box! The ceremony sets the mood for the wedding. The bride’s bouquet showcases her gown. Outdoor weddings use flowers in the simplest of ways, such as filling mason jars with hydrangeas. Or
indoor weddings can use urns with cheerful garden flowers or grand arrangements flanking the altar. The current trend is using mounds of baby’s breath, or wildflowers. Succulent peonies are again becoming the fashion. What’s old is new again. Bridesmaids bouquets, groomsmen’s lapel decorations, aisle flowers, and ceremony wreaths should complement the styling of the bride’s bouquet; however, not take away from her flowers. Her bouquet is primary. Allocate about $100 minimum for bridal bouquets. Flowers for the Reception If the guest table and wedding party table are set with white linen, mint julep in a delicate cup fits well or if your choice is country chic with burlap, set the flowers in a mason jar. The choice should be uniquely yours and match your vision: you want breathtaking centerpieces that your guests will talk about long after the reception Centerpieces start at $100 and up. December/January 2013
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Flowers for the Wedding Cake Gerard tells about where he got some of his ideas such as his suggestion for fresh flowers on wedding cakes: His Aunt Millie used them on her cakes for a romantic, thoughtful appearance. Actually, “Each one was a masterpiece,” he notes. Sometimes florist will include the cake flowers at minimum or no charge. AC
Top Left & Bottom Right: One of C2C's signature arrangements, a Swiss Bouquet filled with white and fresh green hydrangeas, freesia and roses. Left: Jame's boutonniere is wrapped in twig ribbon wire with touches of Hypericum Berry and a mini Gerber that is one of Ashley’s favorite flowers. Top: Ashley envisioned three different styles of centerpiece arrangements for the farm tables. These were designed so that guests could "take away" the centerpiece flowers without taking the vase. Above Left: Over four hundred rose petals paved the sides of the aisle. Pomanders in
spray tea roses and button cushion mums all in white were placed on every other chair along with classic garden urns filled with white Hydrangeas that flanked the bride and groom. Above Right: Again thousands of white rose petals complement the aisle décor and signage design, leading the way to the ceremony.
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Memorable Receptions Start with a Great Wedding Plan Gerard Monte of Coast2Coast Catering gets right to the point, as he shares his top 10 suggestions when planning for your wedding reception.
Weather. Always have Plan B ready for whatever inclement weather may come your way. Can the ground space hold an additional tent or canopy if needed for outdoor use?
Venue Capacity. When you’re searching for the location for your wedding reception the number one question is will it accommodate the maximum number of guests? Hidden Costs. Don’t overlook the extras that are charged for services such as cake-cutting, meat carving, bartender fees, parking fees, station attendants, and cleaning fees. Added Venue Décor. If you plan to have furniture brought in for a relaxed venue décor such as sofas for the lounge look that is often used for cocktail and cigar lounges. These are special wants that need to be considered in your budget.
Photography. If the photographer isn’t familiar with the venue, it’s best to have that person take a tour with you of the facility, including the grounds so there’s no time wasted at the reception. Staff. Who is going to be in charge with the wedding coordinator, as well as the catering-captain? Knowing this in advance helps everyone stay with a time line. This is crucial to the success of the entire event. The Menu. Does your menu allow for special menu guests? Inquire with the caterer if there are special diet menus to be discussed. It can be a vital part of the meal planning.
Have Fun! The reception is a special celebration for you as a couple as the bride and groom, your families and your friends.
Music. Guests will remember if your see that your special music ambiance is provided. Choose a DJ who can also serve as the MC, one who will choose the music you want, to equal your wedding style.
“Once you sit down with your wedding planner, there is much ahead, the wedding coordinator must be carefully selected because that person is a multi-tasker, who must work hand on hand with everyone involved. The time line is the heartbeat for the wedding and the reception.” If you don’t feel connected with that person, Gerard suggests to moving on and selecting one with whom you feel comfortable. The coordinator can make or break the event. AC
Parking. Your reception guests may not be familiar with the venue, so balloons, signs and such that indicate the proper place to park is essential This is especially needful if there’s no parking valet or attendant. Those who are invited to the reception may appreciate a map of the venue and its parking arrangements enclosed with the invitation.
BETTY KOSSICK & Coast 2 coast catering PHOTOS: MJ Gillepsie photography
NEXT STOP STATIONS! We think that the hottest trend in catering is food stations. Food stations mix the best parts of buffets and the more elegant aspects of a sit-down dinner. Guests will really enjoy this alternative. Food stations have all the variety of flavors a buffet offers, but without that food line feel. Plus, you get the great presentation of plated dishes and the finer attention to ingredients that can make your reception stand apart. Top: One of many C2C signature appetizers, homemade pimento cheese is topped on a gluten free cracker with a dollop of southern style red pepper jelly. Above Left: Many brides request a family style dessert bar. Here we have homemade cookies brought in from the guests of the wedding as a favor to take away. Above Right: Local Ellijay Honey used to drizzle over a stationed appetizer. Honey was the theme of the wedding menu. 30
contemporary alternative to traditional wedding dinners or buffets, the food station style of dining is quite relaxed and casual. Guests seat themselves wherever they want at tables of various sizes situated around the room. Food stations, or tapas, are fun and festive because they allow your guests to sample foods that they otherwise might never have tasted, and you’ll love how they get everyone mixing and mingling. Plus, guests will interact more closely with chefs and attendants, which adds to the fun. Stations also offer more variety in the styles of food service, making the reception a more interesting culinary
experience for guests. They especially lend well to ethnic foods and provide an opportunity to creatively express the design theme of your wedding. As with every other aspect of your wedding planning from ceremony to reception your budget needs to be considered so that you aren’t disappointed. Every aspect of your wedding should be happy. AC Madeline’s Coast 2 Coast Catering Events and Florals 770. 870. 9892 www.coast2coastcatering.com Photos MJ Gillespie Photography
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One of the hottest trends you’ll find this season is the green wedding. No– not the color green– but of course, the ecofriendly type of green. There are many ways to go with this, from recycled paper invitations to re-purposed reception items– think used mason jars as vases that can later be recycled. And let’s not forget the all-important wedding and bridesmaids dresses. Finding the dress of your dreams should be a fun adventure, not a stressfilled hunting trip. Putting “shop local” out of the picture, many brides-to-be are turning are turning to on-line wedding gown purchases. Although they can’t try on the dress, feel the fabric, or see how it moves, the on-line option is unfortunately a growing trend. However, an ever-growing popular alternative is vintage consignment. Many shop-local, eco-minded brides are embracing this trend by selecting pre-used gowns. With this option, the bride can try on the dress, feel the fabric and even mix and match. Although this eco-friendly choice can be much less
expensive, consignment your bridesmaids select shopping is not only for their own “reused” the budget conscious– consignment dresses. let’s think out of the box Pick a theme, color, here– taking “reuse” and style or era and let the "recreate" to the next level. shopping begin! What So you like the top a wonderful way to Beth Garza models one of the many bridal fashions of one gown and the have some girl-time available at Consigning bottom of another? With shopping fun. Women in Jasper, GA previously owned gowns, Consignment shops brides have the option of also have loads of other having a tailor join different pieces to cool items that can add creative flair to create a truly unique-to-them, recycled your eco-wedding– antique lace gloves, wedding dress. How about having beaded vintage purses and unique the tailor incorporate vintage jewelry, statement jewelry– all to make your a beaded belt, or old lace– all found special day, well… so very eco-special. at your local consignment shop– or And the best part? After your in your grandmother’s trunk? Wow! wedding, you can recycle the items How creative and unique is that? again by donating them to your favorite And if you’re shopping local, you’re charity thrift store. AC also helping to keep your community Find up-scale consignment at vibrant and alive. Consigning Women The same creativity can extend to 29-B Cove Road, Jasper, GA 30143 the bridesmaids. Rather than having 706. 253. 6905 them wear the same exact cookie-cutter dress, let’s think color and style with eco-friendly shopping in mind. Have
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Holiday Angel Bars
We hope you enjoy our take on the classic recipe from “Joy of Cooking” and make it your new favorite holiday cookie bar! Have all ingredients at room temperature, 68˚ to 70˚F. Position a rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350˚F. Line an 11x7-inch baking pan with greased aluminum foil, allowing it to overhang the 2 narrow ends of the pan by about 2 inches. Beat on medium speed until very ﬂuffy and well blended: 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened 1 large egg yolk Stir in, then knead until well blended and smooth: 3/4 cup all-purpose ﬂour Pinch of salt Firmly press the dough into the pan to form a smooth, even layer. Bake for 10 minutes; set aside to cool slightly.
Beat on medium speed until well combined: 2 large eggs 1 1/2 cups brown sugar 2 tablespoons ﬂour 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon vanilla Stir in: 1/2 cup grated coconut 1 cup chopped pecans Spread the mixture evenly over the baked layer. Bake until the top is ﬁrm and golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out slightly wet, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove the pan to a rack to cool slightly. While the bar is still warm, stir together icing: 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened 2/3 cup powdered sugar 2 teaspoons lemon juice Spread the icing evenly over the top. Let stand until completely cool and the icing is set. Using the overhanging foil as handles, lift the bar to a cutting board. Carefully peel of the foil. Cut into bars. www.acmagazine.org
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Peppermint Bark Martini
2oz Pinnacle Peppermint Bark vodka 1 1/2 Oz Tres Leches 1/4 Oz Dekuyper Creme de Cocoa dark liqueur. Rim the martini glass with crushed white chocolate and peppermint pieces. Chill in freezer. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add drink ingredients, shake and pour into rimmed martini glass. Serve this fabulously decadent drink with a peppermint stick and a sprig of fresh mint.
The Grinch Martini
1 Oz Cointreau 1 Oz Blue Curacao Chilled champagne Splash of orange juice Blue rimming sugar Fresh blueberries
Rim glass with blue colored sugar and chill in freezer. Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Add drink ingredients, shake and pour halfway into rimmed martini glass. Top off with champagne. Drop in the blueberries and serve.
2 ½ Oz Melon Liquer 1 ½ Oz Vodka 1 Oz Fresh Lemon Juice
Rim glass with green colored sugar and chill in freezer. Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Add drink ingredients, shake and pour into rimmed martini glass. Add a Maraschino cherry or candy cane and serve with a happy Grinch smile.
Blue Christmas Martini
Glühwein, roughly translated as "glowwine," from the hot irons once used for mulling, is popular in German-speaking countries and in the region of Alsace in France. It’s a traditional beverage that is offered during the Christmas holidays. The oldest documented Glühwein, circa 1420, is attributed to Count John IV of Katzenelnbogen, a German nobleman who was the first grower of Riesling grapes. Usually prepared from red wine, Glühwein is heated and spiced with cinnamon sticks, cloves, citrus, sugar and at times vanilla pods. Appalachian Country
It is sometimes drunk “mit Schuss,” with a shot, which means that rum or some other liquor has been added. Fruit wines, such as blueberry wine or cherry wine, are occasionally used instead of grape wine in some parts of Germany. Ingredients 1 Bottle of Red Wine 1/8 Liter water 50 grams sugar (approx 2oz) 1/4 stick cinnamon 3 cloves Peelings of half a lemon or two lemon slices Preparation Bring the sugar, spices and water to a boil. Then let this mixture steer for 30 minutes. Mix in the red wine and carefully reheat to just under the boiling point. Garnish with lemon slice or clove spiked orange wedges and cinnamon sticks. Serve warm. And enjoy the Holiday Season! Blue Ridge Brewery 187 Depot Street, Blue Ridge, GA 706. 632. 6611 Open Wednesday through Saturday www.blueridgebrewery.com www.acmagazine.org
The Picture Perfect Mountain Wedding In choosing the perfect venue, the couple needs to find a location that is not only in their budget, but located conveniently and offers the amenities required to make the wedding party and their guests comfortable. It takes more than just a beautiful setting and a barn to make the perfect venue. An established business license, the correct insurance and zoning, along with operating approval from local government and the fire marshal will ensure that your venue is still operating at the time of your wedding!
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Cartecay Vineyards A Wine Lover’s Paradise
The farm’s 75 acres are located right in the heart of the beautiful north Georgia mountains, adjacent to Big Canoe and located approximately one hour north of downtown Atlanta. On a clear night you can actually see the Atlanta lights glimmering in the distance, wrapped in the beauty of rolling green hills. Overnight accommodations for up to 14 are available on the farm and include full access to Big Canoe’s resort-style amenities for these guests, often the wedding party or bridal family. A gravel lane winds its way through the grassy grounds and up to the main structures of the farm: a live-in barn with full amenities connected to stables, a 3-bedroom cottage, an outdoor fireplace and fire pit and a handmade stone smoker for cooking barbecue. Whether you prefer your ceremony to be on top of a beautiful knoll overlooking mountains, or in the quaint barn watching the sunset behind the trees in the distance, the property has numerous settings for your wedding vision to become reality and perfectly unique. There's nothing like a crisp fall evening, with fires crackling in the fireplaces, delicious food and the warmth of friends and family. The perfect setting for your wedding, special day or big event.
With 14 acres under vines and several beautiful locations on site to host your wedding or special event, Cartecay Vineyards has it all. From the circa 1890 Tasting Barn, to the historic chimney and chimney patio, a new arched bridge, the covered stage– all amid the pastoral vineyard grounds– you’ll find the perfect site to suit your needs. There’s also a private room in the Tasting Barn that is perfect for pre-wedding parties and smaller events,
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Need help planning your event? The capable staff at Cartecay Vineyards is there to help. Offering assistance in planning the entire event, their expert services include coordination of everything and anything from catering, entertainment and decorations to photography and even photo booths. Currently producing five wines: Chimney Blush, Chimney Red, Merlot, Traminette, Vidal Blanc– and soon to release their Norton wine and a Cabernet Sauvigion– Cartecay Vineyards offers the perfect venue for your special occasion, all replete with the comfort of Southern Appalachian charm.
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The Heritage House is a unique event venue just north of Historic Downtown Ellijay. The log home provides a beautiful setting with both indoor and outdoor options for weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, group meetings, family gatherings and more. The Heritage House Events venue is right-sized for small intimate gatherings. Comfortably hosting about 75 people, the house is the perfect place for those who love the north Georgia Mountains and want to have an intimate occasion with family and close friends. The House features a fireplace that reaches to the cathedral ceiling. Upstairs there’s large comfortable room for the bride and bridal party to use and an additional room for the groom, along with a loft overlooking the reception area. The deck which surrounds the house gives plenty of options for additional seating and decorating. During the spring, summer and fall couples have a gorgeous garden to use. Justin’s Garden features a 60 foot waterfall just off the covered porch. Stone steps lead to a circular area to use for the ceremony.
As couples are welcome to use the beautiful historic home, outdoor draped ceremony arbor and majestic barn, The Wheeler House is one of the most unique venues in North Georgia. Offering the best of both worlds, soon-to-benewlyweds can choose to host their event in the arbor, or opt for a rustic or glam ceremony in the barn. With either option, the entire property can be used so that each wedding is unique and its own. The bride and her bridesmaids have use of the beautifully appointed home, with optional early arrival including brunch and mimosas. And, with the addition of the barn comes a handsome grooms suite with big screen TV and man cave-friendly décor. Guests can enjoy cocktail hour in the house after the ceremony, dinner is served in the draped and chandelier-lit barn, and then out to the patio under the string lights and more chandeliers for dancing. With catering and vendor options to fit any budget, The Wheeler House is destined to be the perfect venue for your big day.
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Winter is such a peaceful time to visit the north Georgia Mountains. You can spend your getaway in front of a cozy fire and reflect on the tranquility and beauty of nature or get out and get local. What many don't realize is that there are plenty of wonderful events that take place over the winter months, indoors and out. Here's our best list. Each Downtown celebrates the season with twinkling lights, holly boughs and good old-fashioned charm. The many unique boutiques, galleries, antique stores and wonderful restaurants welcome Holiday shoppers as well as post-Holiday bargain hunters. Winter happenings in the area extend through January and into February, when you can take advantage of off-season rates. You might get lucky enough to enjoy a light dusting of snow, or even get snowed in for the weekend. What fun! 40
Southern Tree Plantation Through December 23 â€“ Blairsville, GA From humble beginnings in the early 1980's, Southern Tree Plantation has grown into a well-known attraction. A family run business located 5 miles south of Blairsville, Southern Tree Plantation is a 60 acre Christmas tree farm growing as many as 30,000 trees
at one time. Several different varieties of spruce, firs, and pine are available. Visitors enjoy browsing through the "holiday barn," listening to their favorite music, enjoying the sights and sounds of the season, and sipping some hot chocolate. Families can be found roasting hot dogs and marshmallows, taking the wagon and train rides, playing in the playground and maze, petting the farm animals, or enjoying a variety of other available activities. The farm is open Thursdays through Saturdays from 10am to 6pm through December 23. For information contact the Blairsville-Union County Chamber of Commerce at 706-745-5789 or VisitBlairsvilleGA.com.
Santa Express Trains & Night Train to Santa’s Pavillion Through December 24 – Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, Blue Ridge, GA Approximately 1 Hour (Short Trip Designed for Children) Daytime fun filled trip with Santa. While on board your family will hear a Christmas story, sing Christmas Carols, visit with Christmas characters and of course visit with Santa. Each child receives a traditional BRSR memento, BRSR Christmas Activity Book and a candy cane. Seats are limited: Advance reservation is required. Adult (13-64): $38. Senior (65+): $38. Children (2+): $22. Visit www.brscenic.com or call 877- 413- 87234 for schedule and reservations. Tour of Trees Through December 28 – Blairsville, GA The annual Tour of Trees will be open to the public through December 28 at the Union County Community Center. Over thirty beautifully decorated trees and wreaths will be on display for the public to enjoy. There is no admission fee. For information contact the Blairsville-Union County Chamber of Commerce at 706-745-5789 or www.VisitBlairsvilleGA.com. Festival of Trees Through December 31 – Pickens County Library, Jasper GA Enjoy the many beautiful and unique trees decorated by local businesses and organizations that will be on display in the library. For more information please contact the Pickens County Library at 706-692-5411.
Blue Ridge on Ice Through February 18 – Downtown City Park, Blue Ridge, GA The Blue Ridge ice skating rink is open for business! Visitors to North Georgia and locals agree there’s nothing quite like ice-skating during the winter months in such a beautiful and convenient location. Cost is $10 wand includes the skate rental. Monday: 3pm - 8pm, Thursday: 3pm - 8pm, Friday: 3pm - 8pm, Saturday: 10am 8pm, Sunday: Noon - 8pm. For more information call 706-633-7433. Season of Light, Special Holiday Presentation December 6 & 13 Rollins Planetarium, Young Harris. 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 to sparkling Christmas tree lights and candles in windows. Celebrate the season through the wonder of the planetarium’s starfilled sky. Friday Shows: 7 p.m. & 8 p.m., Tickets: $5.00. www.yhc.edu
Bell Ringing & Full-Size Nativity Through December – Blairsville, GA Downtown Blairsville will celebrate the holidays with seasonal bell music ringing from the historic courthouse tower each evening in December from 7:00pm to 7:30pm. A full size Nativity will be on display at the Mountain Life Museum. For information contact the Blairsville-Union County Chamber of Commerce at 706-745-5789 or VisitBlairsvilleGA.com.
William “Bill Graff” Christmas Concert December 20th – Blairsville, GA The Union County Historical Society will host a special Christmas concert by William “Bill” Graff on Friday, December 20 at 7:00pm at the Historic Courthouse on the square. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. For information contact the BlairsvilleUnion County Chamber of Commerce at 706-745-5789 or VisitBlairsvilleGA.com.
Lake Lanier Islands Magical Nights of Light Through December 31 – Lake Lanier Islands Resort, Buford, GA Fill your car with family, friends and neighbors and head out to Magical Nights of Lights. Enjoy a slow ride with miles of illuminated characters and millions of twinkling lights. Drive over the magnificent snowflake bridge, down through the 12 days of Christmas, up past the illuminated diamond wonder light, under the blanket-lit bridge, on to the dancing Holiday House, Santa’s Workshop and the Christmas Carnival. McNair amusements is on hand with a ferris wheel and several other rides for the whole family. The cost for entry is $25 per vehicles for cars, $35 for passenger vans and $100 for tour buses; Tickets for the rides at Santa's village are additional. For more information call 770-932-727 or visit www. lakelanier.com Atlanta Pops Orchestra December 13 – Ellijay Elementary School Auditorium, Ellijay, GA In 1944 French immigrant Albert Coleman accepted the position of Musical Director for WSB Radio in Atlanta, Georgia, and set about forming an orchestra that would include Atlanta’s best musicians and be available for radio dates, public concerts and free performances for the benefit of young people and aspiring musicians. Albert established his first Atlanta Pops in 1945 and led that ensemble for 55 years through appearances in Atlanta and throughout the Southeast. 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Cost: $25. For information call 706. 635. 5605 or visit www.gilmerarts.org ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas presented by Theater IV December 15– Falany Performing Arts Center, Rhinehardt University, Waleska, GA Heart warming and hilarious, this charming Christmas musical is complete with a jolly Santa, reindeer on the roof, moonlight on the snow, Ma and Pa in their caps, and www.acmagazine.org
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performance of sophisticated Latin rhythms and jazz. The program features gorgeous ballads, both Latino and American, plus some great movie music and the popular gypsy jazz, a la Django Reinhardt. Joined by a classical guitarist, veteran violin, bass and percussion players, the experience of hearing the soaring trumpet of Doc Severinsen with this outstanding ensemble will be an indescribable experience. 7:30- 9:00 pm. Tickets for this performance will go on sale online to the public on December 15, 2013. Cost: Adults- $35-50, Seniors (55+) & Students- $30-45, Children (12 & younger)- $20-35. For more information contact: Falany Performing Arts Center, Box Office. Phone: 770-720-9167 or Email: boxoffice@ reinhardt.edu Jeremy Davis and the Equinox Little Big Band January 23 – Falany Performing Arts Center, Rhinehardt University, Waleska, GA Jeremy Davis and the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra perform more than jazz, more than a big band, they put on a show. In his own words, Jeremy describes the band as, “The Rat Pack meets The Dean Martin Variety Show with a touch of A Prairie Home Companion.” Bringing the Little Big Band to the Falany, Jeremy Davis is sure to present a one-of-a kind, high-energy stage show featuring some of the best entertainers and musicians the industry has to offer. 7:30- 9:00 pm. Cost: Adults- $35, Seniors (55+) & Students$30, Children (12 & younger)- $20. For more information contact: Falany Performing Arts Center Box Office. Phone: 770-720-9167 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Doc Severinson January 30 – Falany Performing Arts Center, Rhinehardt University, Waleska, GA The GRAMMY® award winning trumpeter and band leader, will join the stage with the San Miguel 5 in a Appalachian Country
“Ice Worlds” January 17 & 24 – Rollins Planetarium, Young Harris, GA Narrated by two-time Academy Award nominee Emily Watson, Ice Worlds takes audiences on a tour of frozen vistas throughout the solar system to explore the critical relationship between ice and life. From the icy moons of the outer planets to the recent landings on Mars, this show immerses audiences in each landscape to show how ice behaves on very different worlds. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. The ticket booth in the planetarium lobby will open 30 minutes before show time. All seats are general admission and are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. The planetarium is located in Maxwell Center on the campus of Young Harris College. If skies are clear, the College Observatory, located about a mileand-a-half from campus adjacent to Brasstown Valley Resort, is open immediately after the 8:00 planetarium show ends. The observing session lasts up to an hour and includes a guided tour of the constellations. Visit www. yhc.edu or call (800) 241-3754. AC
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Through-01/10/14 Blue Ridge Mountains Art Association Holiday Art Show & Sale Opening reception 6pm to 9pm and will remain on display until January 10, 2014. Hand turned wooden carvings, handcrafted items, jewelry, holiday ornaments and more. Info: 706-632-2144 or visit www.blueridgearts.net
12/7, 12/14, 12/21, 12/28 The Vine Wine Bar & Bistro, Downtown Blue Ridge. Special Wine Tastings of our delicious local wines every Saturday in December. 6:00PM. For details: 706-946-VINE (8463).
12/1-1/20/14 Blue Ridge Arts Association/ The Art Center Artist in Residence, Marc Moss. For further details and info: www.blueridgearts.net 12/6-12/27 Cherokee Arts Center Holiday Gallery Show & Sale Canton, GA. Come shop with us at the Cherokee Arts Center Gallery Show and Sale for your holiday gifts! Open to all member artists! info@ cherokeearts.org, or call 770-704-6244 12/14 Holiday Open House at the Art Center. Blue Ridge Arts Association, 10:00am – 6:00pm. Come enjoy refreshments and Christmas Cheer! www. blueridgearts.net 12/21 Art Galleries in Historic Downtown Blue Ridge Main Street. Enjoy the art galleries during their monthly Art Walk on the third Saturday of each month through December, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. 01/16/14 Blue Ridge Poets & Writers meet the third Thursday of each month at The Blue Ridge Art Center. New writers are always welcome. For more information: contact Dr. Kathleen Thompson, 706.632.5757, tjthomps@ tds.net
12/14 John C. Campbell Folk School Holiday Contra & Square Dancing, Brasstown, NC. Saturday 8:00-11pm FREE admission. Holiday treats and potluck. Bring your favorite refreshment to share. Beginners, couples and singles are all welcome. Call 828-837-2775 12/25 Brasstown Valley Resort's Christmas Day Family Buffet. Young Harris, GA. Noon until 5pm This annual family buffet will feature Gourmet Salads, Seafood Bar, Carving Station. Reservations strongly suggested and can be made by calling: 706-379-4617, www.brasstownvalley.com 12/31 Brasstown Valley Resort’s New Years Gala This year’s them is “Rock Around the Clock!” Includes the Gala, Deluxe Accommodations, a bottle of Champagne & Chocolates. Breakfast buffet with our Bloody Mary & Mimosa Bar. Reservations: 800-201-3205. www.brasstownvalley.com
EVENTS, & SHOWS 12/1 – 12/24 Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad Santa Express Train Ride beginning on Friday, November 29th, through Tuesday, December 24th. Contact the train for details on times and specific dates; firstname.lastname@example.org or call 877-413-TRAIN (8724).
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Through 2/18 Blue Ridge on Ice! The Blue Ridge ice skating rink is open for business! Cost is $10 and includes the skate rental. Monday: 3pm - 8pm, Thursday: 3pm - 8pm, Friday: 3pm - 8pm, Saturday: 10am - 8pm, Sunday: Noon - 8pm. For more information call 706633-7433. 12/1-12/30 North Georgia Petting Zoo & Petting Farm, Cleveland, GA. For information on events Contact: info@ wildlifewonders.org Or call 706-348-7279. 12/6-8 Woodstock Market & Show, Friday and Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 11am5pm. Fantastic Outdoor Market vintage items, arts & crafts, plants, food and much more. 770-924-0406 12/6 & 12/13 Season of Light, Special Holiday Presentation, Rollins Planetarium, Young Harris. Friday Shows: 7 p.m. & 8 p.m., Admission $5.00. Explores the traditions surrounding the world’s holiday customs, all of which involve lighting up the winter season—from the burning Yule log and the lighting of luminaries, to sparkling Christmas tree lights and candles in windows. Tickets: $5.00. www.yhc.edu Through 2/18/14 Blue Ridge on Ice!! Ice Skating in Downtown Blue Ridge is back! Groups welcome. For more information and hours call 706-633-7433 or check the website: CityOfBlueRidgeGA. gov. 12/13-12/14 Good Samaritan Catholic Church’s Annual Christmas Cookie Walk. Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm; Saturday 8:00am to 3:00pm. Ellijay, GA. Cookie boxes can be filled with home baked cookies and candies. For more information call 706 636-2772
12/14 Christmas Tree Lighting at Vogel State Park 405 Vogel State Park Rd., Blairsville, GA. For details: www.gastateparks.org or 706-745-2628 12/31 The 1st Annual Rotary Resolution 5K Run in Downtown Blue Ridge. Start time 9:00AM. Presented by Blue Ridge Mountain Outfitters. For details contact Website: www. therotaryresolutionrun.com
MUSIC 12/7- 1/25 Cartecay Vineyards Live Music every Saturday from 1:30pm to 5:30pm. Includes 5 Tastings and Cartecay Vineyards’ Logo Wine Glass. $13.00. Check website for details: www. cartecayvineyards.com 12/12 through Dec & Jan Blue Ridge Brewery Live Music Series. Every Thursday, Friday & Saturday 6-9pm. 706-632-6611. Check website for details: www. blueridgebrewery.com 12/13 B.E.S.T. Performance Series – Atlanta Pops Orchestra. For details contact: Gilmer Arts 706-635-5605 or gilmerarts@ gilmerarts.org 12/21 & 12/28 The Vine Wine Bar & Bistro, Downtown Blue Ridge. Live Music Saturdays. 6:309:30pm 706-946-VINE (8463) 12/31 The Vine Wine Bar & Bistro, Downtown Blue Ridge. Celebrate New Year’s Eve. Live musical entertainment with Destitute Way & Wyatt Esperion. 706-946-VINE (8463). 1/23 Jeremy Davis and the Equinox Little Big Band Falany Performing Arts Center. Reinhardt University, Waleska, GA. 7:30-9:00pm For ticket information: 770-720-9167, email email@example.com
1/30 Doc Severinsen will join the San Miguel 5 Falany Performing Arts Center. Reinhardt Univerty, Waleska, GA. Sophisticated Latin rhythms and jazz. Thursday, 7:30-9:00pm. Contact 770-720-9167 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
THEATER 12/4-12/7 & 12/11-12/14 Miracle on 34th Street Blue Ridge Community Theater. The classic Christmas movie. Great for the entire family. Purchase tickets online or call the box office 706632-9223 or visit website: blueridgecommunitytheater. com 12/5-12/8 & 12/12-12/15 A Christmas Story. Adapted from Jean Shepherd’s film. Family Comedy for a theatrical holiday comedy favorite. Showtimes are Thursday's through Saturday's at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday's at 2:00 p.m. 706-632-9223. blueridgecommunitytheater. com 12/6-8, 12-/5 & 12/19-22 MAME, at the historical Holly Theater, Dahlonega, Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows at 8pm, Sunday Matinee at 2pm. For info call: (706) 864-3759 or visit www.hollytheater.com 12/6-12/8 Dashing through the Snow Tater Patch Players, Jasper, GA. Fridays & Saturdays 7:30pm, Sundays 2:00pm. Tickets: $15.00. For details 706-253-2800 or check website: taterpatchplayers.org 12/7-12/8 Madeline and the Gypsies Cherokee Arts Center Stage, 7:00PM. Daring circus acts and sweet songs abound in this suitable-for-all-ages delight. info@cherokeearts. org, or call 770-704-6244 12/9-10 OPEN AUDITIONS “Lost in Yonkers” 6:00pm at the Blue Ridge Community Theater. Info: 706632-9223, December/January 2013
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