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08. 21. 17 – Yes we saw the Total Eclipse, and what an event! My friend Mike rode his bike down from DC and we viewed the totality from my neighbor, Morgan’s yard. Morgan made viewing boxes; we had official NASA viewing glasses, 2 different welder’s lenses and even a viewing box attached to binoculars. Each of these viewing devices gave us a completely different type and color view. Wow. We all had expected the sky to go black as night, however we instead experienced a peculiar dark and eerie light, almost as if someone Guess who??? Do you know how hard it had turned down the contrast. is to snap a pic of a dog wearing eclipse I brought snacks that of course Morgan’s dogs ate while we were glasses? Maxine, she’s my girl. Billy Zoom well he’s not called Zoom for nothing, NO busy viewing. And that happened. way I’d get him to do this. Right after the eclipse I spent 5 days in my hometown of Edgewood, MD to celebrate Mom’s life, this time with cousins and old friends. It was a big weekend with luncheons, a crab feast, dinner, and closing down the local dance venue with my brother, just like the old days. On Sunday- a boat ride out to the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay where my Mom wanted some of her ashes spread. As kids we spent summer Sundays swimming, water skiing and picnicking there on the water in my Dad’s and Granddad’s boats. On this visit we cried, we laughed and then we ate Maryland crab at every meal. It was happy-sad to revisit those childhood family memories. And that happened. Then back to Georgia to put together this issue. I feel like I’ve barely taken a breath in several weeks. This issue is our big Apple Festival Issue and I give a hearty thanks to the ladies from the Ellijay Lions Club who made some tasty down-home apple recipes for us. They actually baked those desserts by oil lamplight since they had no power due to Tropical Storm Irma. Satterwhite Log Homes shares a lovely story about celebrating the holidays with family in our beautiful mountain cabins. While you’re in town, stop by their model home located on Highway 515 between Ellijay and Blue Ridge. They’ll have local apples and cider for everyone. Our next issue will highlight all of the wonderful things to do here over the Holidays. What better time to spend in the mountains when the leaves have fallen and the Blue Ridge mountain vistas seem to go on forever. The beautiful quiet and solitude is a wonder to behold. Right now though, there are plenty of festivals, fairs and events going on– you’ll find them all listed in the calendar sectionso get on out there and have some fun, Maxine says, “that’s an order- woof!”

I made these packets of Mom’s ashes from Joss Paper (Chinese offering for the dead) and then weighted them down with beach glass.



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CONTENTS Spotlight, Charlie’s 7 Restaurant Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria Great Northern Italian Dishes and Down-Home Friendly Service

12 Toys for Tots


This Season Send a Message of Hope to Less Fortunate Youngsters

Style Homes in the 18 Craftsman Majestic Mountains of Ellijay, GA Just Minutes Away from Vineyards, Restaurants, Antique Shops, Golf and Fishing



Over the River and Through the Woods to Nana’s Cabin We Go

Satterwhite Log Homes, with Over 40 years of Quality Building, Provides the Perfect Setting for the Holidays

26 Ode to the Apple

Yummy Home Style Apple Recipes from the Ellijay Lions Club

36 Lake Arrowhead. Live the Dream.

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All across north Georgia’s Appalachian region, households are being prepared for the glorious days of autumn and the coming holiday season. Dan and Donna Combs are looking forward to spending quality time with family, friends– and of course the grandkids. They built this beautuful Satterwhite Log Home on the Toccoa River exactly for that reason– spending time with family. Photo by Danny Grizzle.








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Charlie’s Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria has a tradition of homemade family cooking serving up the best Italian cuisine in north Georgia. With 48 years of experience, owners Charlie and Collette Perrone are very dedicated to providing high quality, fresh ingredients in each dish. Everything from their signature family recipes– such as Chicken Parmigianina, Seared Sea Salmon and Char-broiled Lamb Chops– to their salads and sandwiches are made fresh and to order. Their house Marinara sauce is an old family recipe from the town of Bari, Italy where Charlie was born and is a light, yet chunky vegetarian sauce, so fresh and natural that you can taste each and every flavor. Offering an extensive, yet hand-selected menu, you’ll find homemade lunch and dinner recipes to please every palate and budget. And the hot and crusty bread is to die for! Another favorite among their loyal clientele is Charlie’s all vegetarian Minestrone soup. No MSG and no chicken stock make this one of the best items on the menu for those who are health conscious. Don’t see exactly what you want on the menu? Just ask and they will make every effort to accommodate your request. Have dietary restrictions? Let your server know– no salt, no butter, no gluten! No problem! Charlie’s owes its success to always listening to their patrons and changing with their customer’s needs. They offer affordable, delicious lunch specials, a weekly family dinner take-out menu, and some of the best pizza you’ll find! Charlie’s has a full bar with and an Espresso Martini or an Italian Apple Martini being favorites. Leave room for their homemade desserts- the Toasted Strawberry Shortcake surely is a house favorite. Open 6 days a week, Charlie’s is local all the way and very dedicated to the surrounding community and businesses. With advance notice they provide small or large orders to go for lunch or dinner. A private banquet room that seats 30 is available for corporate meals or rehearsal dinners. Charlie and Collette would like to thank everyone for their continued support and for making Charlie’s Italian Restaurant the success it is today. BUON CIBO, BUON VINO, BUONI AMICI!

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blue ridge mountain baby hikes Outdoor Adventure Editor Greg Dunn and Family Take Us on Some of the Most Beautiful Day Hikes in the Area


Hiking, mountain biking, and paddling are three of my favorite ways to enjoy the mountains of North Georgia. Great trails abound in every direction, but life can sometimes get in the way. Six months ago, my life was changed in a way that I never thought possible. My wife Carrie and I were blessed with our first little boy, Finn. Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you how much I love to get in the woods. For years, my friends with kids would try to let me know “how little time you will have when you have one of your own,” but I didn’t really believe them. I thought they were just being lazy and making excuses. Sorry friends, I guess you were right. Since Finn came, I am lucky to get a couple quick rides in a week, usually from the house on the road. What’s funny about my lack of adventure lately, is that I haven’t really missed it. This little boy has got me by the heart-strings! Being a family that loves and enjoys the outdoors is very important to us so now that Finn is getting bigger we are thinking of ways to get him into the woods. I’ve gone from reading about the latest carbon fiber this and that, to researching the most trick baby backpacks and baby bicycle trailers, you know normal guy stuff. It’s amazing how much gear is out there for baby’s. Its also amazing how expensive some of this stuff is! $400 for a backpack? What? Luckily for us we have lots of friends with lots of kids that outgrow stuff, including a couple of really nice baby packs. Like his Daddy, Finn loves it outside, so we had a pretty good idea that he would like his new pack. We took a few walks in the neighborhood to get everything adjusted and to get him used to it and he had a blast. Next on our agenda is to get him out on some real trails OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2017

The outdoor adventuring Dunn family– Carrie Paisley, Greg and baby Finn– ready to head out for a day hike. Never too early to teach your little ones about conservation, preservation and the importance of how to enjoy our precious wilderness. which we are planning this weekend. There are so many directions one can go from downtown Blue Ridge to find beautiful scenery, but with a baby we want to keep it relatively close and not too strenuous so I have compiled a list of some great hikes within thirty minutes of town that will give you the most bang for your baby buck: Ocoee Whitewater Center With over 40 miles of trails from single track to paved walking paths, this area is very baby friendly. Go on a weekend when they are releasing the upper section and enjoy watching all of the kayakers pulling all kinds of crazy moves. Aska Area Fall Branch Falls Follow Aska Road for approximately 8 miles, turn right on Stanley Creek Road, continue for 3 miles, the parking area is on the left. The cascading falls will be about a mile up with a nice wooded platform to hang out on and check out the scenery. Aska Area Stanley Creek Trail Continue past the trailhead for Fall Branch Falls


for another ¾ mile, and you will see a pull off on your left. This is an unmarked trail that zig zags back and forth across the creek up the mountain into the Rich Mountain Wilderness. This is one of the more technical “baby hikes” due to creek crossings but also one of the most scenic. Aska Area Deep Gap Trail This is the main parking area for Aska trails including Green Mountain, Flat Creek, Long Branch and Stanley Gap. Their are lots of options here from an out and back to the top of Stanley Gap to a 5.5 mile loop on flat creek. All of the trails that I have listed are in my opinion some of the most scenic. The fact that they are so close to town makes them a great choice if you decide to get the little ones out to enjoy nature. Despite their accessibility please remember that you are still entering National Forest and Wilderness areas so be prepared, especially when hiking with kids. Take plenty of extra water, snacks and day supplies to keep everyone comfortable and you’re sure see some of the most beautiful spots around! ACLM



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


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


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

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


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


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Blue Ridge, GA Marines Make a Difference for the Second Year with Toys for Tots


The Marines of Marine Corps League Detachment (MCL) 1438 of Blue Ridge are in the beginning stages of their second Toys for Tots Campaign and are planning to make the 2017 campaign an even greater success than their inaugural campaign. The Toys for Tots Campaign of 2016, the first to be conducted in Fannin County, collected over 1200 toys and $9000 in cash. Cash donations were used to purchase toys requested but not donated. Over 1700 toys were distributed to 545 children in Fannin County. From bicycles to baby dolls, from toy trucks and cars to building blocks, from board games to puzzles, no request was turned away. “Every request was filled to the best of our ability and within the guidelines of the National Toys for Tots Organization,” said local area coordinator, Jim Brumbelow. “We can only accept new, unwrapped toys valued at $15 or greater and, unfortunately, we can only provide toys for younger children and personal care items for older children,” Brumbelow continued. Toys for Tots national guidelines also prohibit the accepting or distributing of clothing and foodstuffs. Additionally, the Marines were able to accommodate several special requests from neighboring OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2017

Union and Gilmer Counties. The Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program began in 1947 by wives and friends of Marines who were deployed. The program is the only program administered by a branch of the armed services and the CEO reports directly to the Commandant of the Marine Corps in Washington, DC. Today, there are over 800 campaign offices distributing over 16,000,000 toys to over 7,000,000 children. Impressively, all of this is accomplished with no paid staff and every toy collected and 97 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to children. In Fannin County, collection boxes are located in such locations as The Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad; North Georgia Boat Lift and Marine Construction; Tractor Supply; Circle J Family Restaurant, Mercier Orchards; Bank of the Ozarks; TruFitness Blue Ridge and Fannin County Co-Op as well as a number of churches and businesses through out town. Any business wishing to be a collection point should contact Mr. Brumbelow at 404.405.5024. Volunteers in the project do not have to be Marines. Toys for Tots welcomes everyone. Businesses, civic associations or just groups of friends who would like to collect toys as


Left: Marine S/Sgt Jason Greene Active Duty Marine assisting in collection at Grumpy Old Men Brewery, Blue Ridge, GA. Top: From left to right local Marine Corps League members Chuck Clark, Jim Brumbelow (area coordinator) Jim Holland, Dennis Rich. Above: Look for the Fannin County Toys for Tots truck at WalMart November 24th. part of their Holiday festivities can contact Mr. Brumbelow as well to coordinate a pickup of the toys. A “Stuff the Truck” initiative will be conducted on Friday, November 24th, the Friday after Thanksgiving at Wal-Mart in Blue Ridge and a primary fundraiser will also be conducted at Grumpy Old Men Brewing in Blue Ridge that same day. “Toys for Tots is just one of the key focus areas for the members of MCL Detachment 1438” said Detachment Commandant, Jeff O’Neil. “We also focus on supporting the Shepherd’s Men SHARE Initiative coordinated by the Shepherds Center in Atlanta as well as supporting, where possible, local community outreach projects.” ACLM For more information or to make a donation please contact: James Brumbelow 404. 405. 5024 WWW.ACLIVINGMAGAZINE.COM


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The Glory of the WORDS : BETTY KOSSICK


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


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

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

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Natural or Engineered Flooring? Style & Design Editor Cindy Trimble on Wood Flooring: The Floor Finish of Choice in the Appalachians


Wood flooring is by far the most popular choice in the greater Appalachian Mountains for both residential and commercial projects. There are so many different choices on the market today making it difficult for the average homeowner to make their minds up. In addition to the aesthetic choices, there are so many different construction methods further complicating the decision. Wood flooring has two general categories: solid wood and engineered. Many assume the best and most elegant is solid wood because it is finished in place and can be refinished. Now with the advances in technology and the engineering of wood products, that is not so. There are limitations with solid wood. The larger the piece of solid wood, the wider the plank on your floor, the more opportunity for bowing, cupping and warpage. Solid wood when exposed to any moisture will react, especially if exposed on one side. Wood is a natural material that constantly moves and changes with atmospheric changes. When exposed to moisture, if the wood is not stabilized in some manner, it will tend to curl the way it was on the tree. New Engineered wood flooring has addressed many issues. The various manufacturers have created a layered design, much like plywood where the grains of wood are overlaid in alternating directions, creating a strength that prevents bowing. Some manufacturers have gone even further with product development because just layering solid wood slices still leaves the wood to react if exposed. Some manufacturers have created more durable and impermeable cores that will keep the wood layers intact and protected even if exposed to moisture. These new cores allow installation on concrete slabs where there has been hydrostatic pressure (or moisture coming up from the slab.) They can also be installed over radiant heat flooring systems. But the best feature about many of the engineered OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2017

wood floors is that they allow for design using very wide plank flooring, up to 9� wide giving a very elegant look. The engineered process creates the flooring in a factory, so the top finish many times is much harder and more durable than a finished on site finish. Wood flooring has become more affordable and with the new engineering of the product to address all of the concerns with having wood floors in your house, it is now safe to install wood floors in your kitchens, bathrooms, basements and even laundry rooms where in the past would have tile floors. Wood offers so much more warmth than tile. It is easier on your body if you have to stand for a length of time,


it is warmer than tile and there are so many different colors, finishes and textures to choose from. ACLM Cindy Trimble, ASID is owner of StudioTrimble, Inc. based in Blue Ridge. She is NCIDQ certified and a Georgia Registered Interior Designer. Photos: Top: Ponton kitchen, Justin Rush photographer. Above Left: Rodgers residence: Rick Lucas photographer. Above Right: Cox Residence, Tom Harper photographer. WWW.ACLIVINGMAGAZINE.COM


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North Georgia is celebrating its 46th annual Apple Festival this year, bringing in over 300 vendors and visitors from all over the world. Nestled in this lush mountain setting, Covered Bridge Estates welcomes Apple Festival guests to this professionally planned, gated community featuring 1-3 acre wooded home sites and contemporary craftsman construction. OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2017








Contemporary Craftsman Construction

Let the journey begin in the tranquil mountain setting of craftsman-style homes at Covered Bridge Estates in Ellijay, Georgia. This private gated community, nestled at the base of the Appalachian Mountains, features elegant interiors and quality construction, modern floor plans that boast top-of-the-line finishes and timeless beauty. Mountain homes have been popular for years as retirement or vacation homes. Covered Bridge Estates homes feature rustic stone work and covered porches, vaulted ceilings, exposed beams, grand master suites and well-appointed baths on wooded home sites of 1 to 3 acres. Technology and conservation is the huge driving force behind the design of our “contemporary rustic” approach. Lighting a cozy fire happens with the push of a button, enjoy morning cappuccino from a built-in coffee bar, floors are heated with radiant heat systems so your feet stay toasty warm and living areas are filled with music from a state-of-the-art surround sound system.

Tranquil Luxury Living

Experience luxury living in a superior planned community offering protective covenants and underground utilities, along with low HOA dues and sound HOA reserves. Welcoming numerous OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2017

mountain dream home a reality. Our preferred builder, Brown Haven Homes, along with experienced interior designers and architects, assures the finest of construction quality and design of homes in Covered Bridge Estates. Brown Haven Homes has a new office and design center near Covered Bridge Estates, so please call us to schedule an appointment to meet with a Brown Haven Homes representative.

Why Covered Bridge Estates Top Left: The Contemporary Craftsman model boasts and expansive great room with designer pendant lighting and cedar beams. Bottom Left: Open concept floor plans are a signature design element in Contemporary Craftsman home plans. Above: Ariel View of Covered Bridge Estates nestled at the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains. new neighbors to our community over the summer, four additional homes are underway and will be ready Winter 2018. If you’ve been waiting, don’t miss the special incentives available only through Fall 2017. The professional team at Covered Bridge Estates can provide assistance to make your


Log home living is a treat for some, but a barrage of unpleasant surprises for those unprepared for their quirks and maintenance needs of this type of construction. From critters and pests, to annual maintenance and elevated insurance costs, our craftsman-style homes offer a welcomed alternative and provide for a low maintenance option to log home construction. With easy access from the busy city life of Atlanta, and boasting superior beauty, outstanding recreation, quality construction and a strong sense of community – for the outdoor adventurers, wine enthusiasts, foodies and nature seekers, discover the best of small town charm and natural abundance. Gilmer County Georgia provides a refreshing peaceful way of life; yet is filled with culture and southern charm. Home to Historic Downtown Ellijay, take in the fresh mountain air, visit the WWW.ACLIVINGMAGAZINE.COM


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ence, spend the day at Mercier Orchards and take in the sights and smells of an active apple orchard.

Tabor House Historical Society Museum, or immerse yourself in area festivals and wineries. The nearby Gilmer County airport provides easy access to private aircraft owners.

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Adventure & Recreation

From here, take advantage of the incredible recreation options, including fishing, swimming, hiking, biking, golfing, kayaking, and boating. Enjoy nearby waterfalls and nature trails, such as Amicalola Falls, Appalachian Trails, Chattahoochee National Forest and Carter’s Lake. You will also find plenty of shopping, dining, festivals, and local vineyards to explore. Georgia Apple Festival & Apple Arts – The biggest event of the year, the Georgia Apple Festival Arts & Crafts Show is one of the largest and most well-attended festivals in Georgia. Apple Arts, in historic downtown Ellijay, accompanies the Apple Festival and takes place in the square near shops and restaurants. Whitepath Golf Course – North Georgia’s hidden gem is a public golf course located 5 miles north of Ellijay. River Park – Along the Coosawattee River, and home to the Veterans Memorial Bridge & Garden, along with a three-quarter mile walking OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2017

Kylie Jackson 706. 669. 4177 Top : Bringing the outside in. Enjoy life to the utmost with tranquil and vast outdoor living areas. Above: Grande living rooms, beautiful fireplaces and open floor plans make mountain living easy. track, picnic areas, tennis courts, exercise stations and playground.

Fruitful Exploration

North Georgia is experiencing a robust winery renaissance, with over a dozen producing wineries. Indulge in a wine tasting, in a chocolate glass, at Chatueau Meichtry Winery and Vineyard, or experience Engelheim and Cartecay Vineyards. Most local vineyards host live music and tasting events weekly. For a unique experi-


Covered Bridge Estates 90 Bridge Road Ellijay, Georgia 30540 Directions: Highway 5/515 in Ellijay: From the North turn right, from the South turn left onto Howard Simmons Road. Travel ½ mile -- turn left on to Old Hwy 5 and travel 1.5 miles. Turn right onto 382 West and travel 3.7 miles. Our entrance will greet you on the left.



All across north Georgia’s Appalachian region, households are being prepared for the glorious days of autumn and the coming holiday season. The cycle of life ripens even as the forests and animals shudder with the approach of winter at year’s end. Orchards are brimming with the season’s bounty: apples, produce, pumpkins and fantastic varieties of colorful gourds. Trees sense the season, and quicker than we realize, cloak themselves in the blazing raiment of brilliantly colored fall foliage. The more things change, the more things stay the same. Many threads weave through the story of life in the Blue Ridge, but the great themes are held common in a sturdy tapestry traversing times old and new. Friendly greetings are exchanged in grocery stores, specialty shops, and restaurants between old friends and new acquaintances. This today is the same as yesterday. Hometown gatherings spill into the streets each weekend, welcoming happy newcomers as well as kindly FOR BLONDE old WORDS: timers.ABIGAIL It’s a SUMMAR busy season, fullANARCHY of promise & GARY ENGEL and purpose for all. PHOTOS: TERRY MADDOX & EHNGELHEIM VINEYARDS










A Visit to Nana’s Cabin


Untold feet have trod these shared pathways, but much of the gentle Appalachian way of life is remarkably consistent from generation to generation and family to family. So often, women are the foundation of families and continuity. Mountain living might seem to be a masculine domain, with rough hewn cabins, and a history of difficulty in clearing fields, plowing stony ground, and building split rail fences. But behind male stereotypes, the woman’s role in Appalachian living yesterday and today cannot be overstated. Today’s grandmothers are busy making preparations to gather their loved ones at this special time of year. And finding themselves assuming new roles in life in their mature years, many have occasion to reflect on their own childhood and upbringing, to consider the challenges of life then, the experience of their adult children today, and the world of influences and distractions in which their grandchildren live. In this, Appalachian living is not something to escape from, but something to return to. And the chosen life and context to living that many women deliberately convey to their posterity. It is easy to think ahead to the family assembled for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and at the same time to reflect upon years past. Thoughts of distant memories are easy to summon and return with vitality. If we could overhear thoughts, and experience recollections of another... 26


This beautiful home is a cherished family retreat enjoyed by four generations, from babies to great grandparents. Now and in years to come, it will be the setting of many special memories. Many families build second homes in the mountains of North Georgia. Appalachia offers tremendous recreational opportunities, and is among the most popular vacation destinations in the country. Great Smoky Mountains National Park has twice as many visitors annually as any of the great western parks, double that of the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, or Yosemite.

Many times as a girl, she had helped her grandmother work in the kitchen. “Busy hands...” she was always told. Thinking back on slower times, it was evident they weren’t slower at all. Days began early and many chores were done before daylight. Back then, there were no televisions, no transistor radios, and no earbuds. With grandmother, conversation occupied your thoughts while your hands were kept incessantly busy. Granny Jarrell spoke of her own childhood. Whatever the task, as she sewed, baked, fed the chickens, or hung laundry out to dry, she related stories passed by her own grandmothers and great aunts. Grandmother never had more than a few dresses, only two or three. These many years later, it is hard to remember, and even harder to be certain of direct memory or recollection of an old photograph. Thinking back now, it is easier to see her apron than the dress itself; it seems only for church on Sundays was the apron ever removed. That apron. In its gathered folds, Granny held eggs



collected from the hen house. She dried eyes and cleaned dirty faces. A garment of simple utility was transformed into a multipurpose tool of motherhood. Addie Bell Hardin, or Nana, once reminisced that she could pick apples without leaving the porch of her grandfather’s house in Rome, Georgia. Memories such as these are common across the apple country of north Georgia, which centers on Ellijay and Gilmer County, known as Georgia’s Apple Capital. Begun in 1972, the Georgia Apple Festival has become the biggest event of autumn in the mountains of north Georgia. Romantics speak of simpler times. But those days were not simpler days; only our understanding of them is simple. Grandmother’s recollections of her own grandmother included the supreme difficulties of wars not distant nor abstract. Immediately present horrors, loss, and sadness. Life always has an urgency and immediacy in the chaos of present tense, and yet the deliberate direction we take and choices we make have predictable outcomes in small increments which accumulate over time. In an old worn box, a few precious letters remain, milestones that document the path. Grandmother’s words are as beautiful as her voice, but characters shaped in labored OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2017

pencil strokes reveal her weary hand. There are qualities of character not much discussed today, but relevant as ever. Perseverance, fortitude, industriousness, honesty and integrity. The modern world is a cauldron of confusion for the young and inexperienced, and for many families, Appalachia is the antidote. New and improved aren’t synonyms. Outside the jargon of advertising, these words are distant cousins at best, and unrelated more often than not. There is no shortage of distractions in modern life, and no agreement on what our positions and priorities should be. Perhaps what was old is now new again. The ancient mountains of Appalachia are not new, even as their wonders are discovered anew by every child and every generation. Deciding to live in the mountains, even building a new second home, brings questions from friends. “Isn’t that a huge commitment?” Exactly. A defining commitment; one out of step among a generation that has trouble with commitments. Still, the desire to get away from it all, to have a place of your own, runs deep in the American character, and a cabin in the woods is a dream for many, and perhaps most, according to recent surveys.








“We see this all the time,” says Sam Satterwhite. For over into generations of connected families. To be surrounded by a decade, people have traveled from far and wide to attend others equally committed to similar values. Is Appalachian seminars produced by his company, Satterwhite Log Homes. living a commitment? Yes. And for many, a commitment of As meeting rooms fill, Satterwhite knows how much people the highest order. have in common - the dreams they share, the hopes they And though they may not be common, and a bit hard to have for their families. It is always nice to begin a day with find, this autumn at the Georgia Apple Festival, don’t be hundreds of strangers, and end with hundreds of friends. surprised to see at least a few flower print cotton dresses, More often than not, Sam concludes his day-long upon which aprons are neatly tied. Sentimental, perhaps. presentation of shared practical knowledge by returning Deliberate, most certainly. AC to the dreams that motivate people to attend. “There is no Satterwhite Log Homes Christmas like Christmas in a log home,” he will say. Celebrating 43 Years Satterwhite’s own outlook is tempered with purpose like We’re just a little further up the road! Just north of Eastern Sales Office & Model Home strong and seasoned timber. Among those close to him, F R I E D Drive just a little further and enjoy our cold town on Hwy 14378 Highway 515 N and in the character of the employees and company he has 515 N (5 mi) APPLE PIES apple cider and fried apple pies while you tour cAND d our beautiful, one-of-a-kind, home. Georgia 30536 built over 40 years, Sam Satterwhite knows that the greatest modelEllijay, ICE COLD CIDER! 1. Georgia 800.918. 6881 attribute of true leadership is humble service. ToLog that end,made his Ellijay, Satterwhite Homes home to our Eastern Division Office. Our nearly entire approach is towards helping his customers realize their 5,000 square-foot model office and show home dreams. Something as serious as a familyshowcases home is place for wood products theno many specialty 52 we offer. every glance, you’ll see our unique fancy marketing tactics or gimmicks, and highAtpressure sales wood products, from ceilings, to staircases to Ellijay are never acceptable. Integrity of product, forthright answers walls. On each of the three floors, and in every to questions, honest prices, no surprises,room, andyou’ll generous 2 see life-sized samples the many different products and styles we offer! We’d sharing of experience are relied on to maximize outcome. 76 you and show you around. The problem with dreams is they tendlove totobemeet nebulous. One Apple Festival So, whilethoughts you are in town of the most important life skills is translating andenjoying the Apple Fairgrounds Festival, please take the short drive North to see dreams into a practical course of and come relax on our spacious deck, while R A Y S Driving direction NIVER 40 YE A R A N 5 miles North of enjoying some of ouris special, cold apple cider Perhaps these things highlight what mountain living 382 on Highway 515 and fried apple pies our treat! all about, to be actively living out dreams and realizing goals. To be shaping memories and developing children Old Hw y5


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WHEN IT COMES TO AUTUMN APPLES… Each year when autumn visits –and scatters leaves around We’re charmed with the varied colors piled on the ground; And wafting in the air is that unique pungent-scent Of apples hanging heavy on the low branches, bent. The fragrant fruit is gathered and prepared for eating Using both grandma’s recipes and the “latest thing,” Maybe adding pecans, a perfect compliment Or pairing with cheese to please both lady and gent. Apple recipes abound and cooks often vie To see who makes the best apple cobbler or pie. And for supper, perhaps fried apples on our platter Often with cinnamon and spices as some prefer. But no matter how they’re cooked or eaten out of hand Apples in Appalachia are the food of command. – Betty Kossick

Apple Cream Cheese Torte Fabulous Recipe by Merle Howell Naylor

Ingredients ½ cup butter, softened 1 cup sugar, divided 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 8oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened 1 large egg ½ tsp. vanilla extract ½ tsp. apple pie spice 1 tbsp. all-purpose flour 5 Gala or sweet apples, peeled and sliced



Preparation Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees. Beat butter and 1/3 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Add 1 cup flour and beat well. Line bottom of a 9” cheesecake pan with parchment paper. Spread flour


mixture on bottom and 1” up sides of pan. Beat together cream cheese, 1/3 cup sugar, egg and vanilla. Spread on top of crust. Add remaining 1/3 cup sugar, apple pie spice and 1 tsp. flour to apples. Spread mixture on top of cream cheese layer. Sprinkle nuts on top. Bake 10 minutes, then reduce temperature to 375 and bake for 35 minutes. Cool on wire rack, then refrigerate over night. Remove from pan and place on serving plate. Drizzle top, and let drip down the sides with caramel sauce. * See next page for caramel sauce recipe WWW.ACLIVINGMAGAZINE.COM


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Apple Raisin & Nut Cupcakes

Using her mother, Ethel Smith Davis’ recipe, by Kathryn Davis Watkins. Ingredients ½ cup shortening 1 cup sugar 1 egg ½ cup cold coffee ½ tsp. baking soda 2 cups all-purpose flour ½ tsp. salt 2 tbsp. cinnamon 1 cup peeled and finely chopped apples 1 cup raisins 1 cup pecan or walnut pieces Paper muffin cups Preparation Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream shortening and sugar until smooth. Add egg and mix well. Stir baking soda into coffee & set aside. Combine flour, salt & cinnamon. Add to cream cheese mixture- alternately with coffee- beginning and ending with flour mixture. Mix until smooth.


Add apples, raisins and nuts. Mix well. Spoon into paper cups until 2/3rds full Bake for 18 -20 minutes. Makes 1 ½ dozen.

Caramel Apple Cake with Caramel Topping

Delicious recipe by Emma Lou Stover Ingredients 2 ½ cups sugar 3 eggs 1 ½ cups vegetable oil 3 cups all-purpose flour 2 tsp. vanilla extract 1 cup chopped walnuts 2 ½ cups diced apples Preparation Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and lightly flour a 13x9” baking dish. Cream together sugar, eggs and oil. Add flour and mix until well blended. Mix in vanilla, nuts and diced apples. Spread into dish and bake for 45 -60 minutes. Cake is done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. When cake is done, punch holes in it with a knife and pour topping over.


Caramel Topping ¾ pound (3 sticks) butter 2 cups brown sugar ¼ cup milk Heat all ingredients together over medium heat. Bring to boil, stirring constantly. Let boil for about 2 minutes. Pour over warm cake. Serves 15 -20

Upside Down Apple Spice Cake

Beautiful recipe by Evon Creech Ingredients ½ cup butter 2/3 cup packed light brown sugar 1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted 1 ½ lb. apples chopped (3 large) 1 box Betty Crocker Super Moist spice cake mix. Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box. Preparation Preheat oven to 350 degrees In 13x9” pan, melt butter in oven. Sprinkle brown sugar and walnuts over butter, stir to combine. Sprinkle apples in pan. Mix cake for 13x9” pan as directed. WWW.ACLIVINGMAGAZINE.COM


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For many visitors to Gilmer County, fall is the perfect time to visit. There are crisp apples, colorful rustling leaves and cool mountain breezes to enjoy. AND the best time to come is October for the annual Apple Festival held the second and third weekends. Anywhere from 40,000 to 50,000 will visit the Festival, walking the aisles of handmade crafts, unique gifts and delicious foods offered next to the river at the Lions Club facility. Fresh fried pies, cold apple cider and buttery apple dumplings can be found tempting, but so can the Greek Gyros, Cajun Cooking, Blooming Onion or the Bratwurst and of course the boiled peanuts! Don’t forget the kidschildren’s rides and events are many. The proceeds from the Apple Festival are split between the Ellijay Lions Club and the Gilmer Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber uses their part of the profit to promote the county businesses through its programs and member services. It provides an integral connection that keeps Gilmer County a productive environment for local business. Residents and visitors frequently use the chamber for recommendations, directions and general information about the area. The work the Chamber does is very important to the continued growth of the county. The Ellijay Lions Club facility and grounds are maintained through member dues freeing up the profit from their hard work at the Apple Festival to charity. The Ellijay Lions uses one hundred percent of its festival profit to fund various charities; local, State and International, such as educational programs, Star Student, scholarships, food pantry, ‘Special Friends’ program, cadets for the Civil Air Patrol, American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, GA Lions Camp for the Blind, GA Lions Lighthouse Foundation, all totaling about 34 different charities. The Gilmer Lions Club works hard to make a difference. They are the proud sponsors of the Ellijay LEO Club made up of students from Gilmer High School. Ellijay Lions sponsored the first Boy Scout Troop formed in Ellijay, January 1935 and continue to sponsor both the Boy & Girl Scouts. How can you help? Visitors to the Apple Festival can always help the community by donating a pair of old eyeglasses, loose lenses, hearing aids or cell phones at the Apple Festival entrance. The Lions Club recycles these items or sells them to buy new vision and hearing devices for people in need. For more information about the Apple Festival contact: 706. 636. 4500 or

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Pour batter over apples & walnuts in pan. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on rack for 2 minutes. Run knife around sides of pan to loosen Place heatproof serving plate upside down on pan. Turn plate and pan over. Remove pan and serve warm.

Apple Brown Betty with Vanilla Sauce

Using her mother, Ethel Smith Davis’ recipe, presented by Kathryn Davis Watkins. Ingredients 1 ½ cups bread crumbs (I made biscuit bread the night before) ¼ cup melted butter/margarine 3 cups peeled and sliced apples ½ cup light brown sugar 1 ½ tsp. cinnamon ½ tsp. allspice ¼ tsp. nutmeg 1 tsp. lemon peel 2 tsps. vanilla extract 1 cup raisins 2 tbsps. lemon juice 6 tbsps. apple juice concentrate, thawed OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2017

8” square glass baking dish Preparation Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine raisins, lemon juice and apple concentrate and set aside. Combine bread crumbs with butter and mix well. Spread ½ mixture in bottom of dish. In separate bowl, combine sugar, spices, lemon peel and vanilla. Mix until crumbly. Layer ½ apples on top of bread crumb crust. Sprinkle with sugar mixture. Then sprinkle with ½ of raisin mixture. Add second layer; apples, bread crumb mixture, sugar mixture and raisin mixture. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Uncover and bake at 400 degrees for another 20 minutes until lightly browned Vanilla Custard Sauce 1 ½ cups nonfat milk 1 tbsp. cornstarch 2 egg whites, beaten 1 egg 4 tbsps. sugar 1 tsp. vanilla extract


Combine milk and cornstarch in a saucepan over low heat and stir until cornstarch is dissolved. Add remaining ingredients- except vanilla. Stir constantly over medium-low heat until thick, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add vanilla, mixing well. Cover with plastic wrap to prevent skin from forming. Let cool completely and then drizzle over Apple Brown Betty. Refrigerate leftovers in a sealed bowl. Note: This custard is great drizzled over fresh cut apples- or any fruit- when just freshly made! ACLM Editor’s Note: We hope you truly embrace, bake, and enjoy these timeless apple recipes in celebration of the 46th Georgia Apple Festival. In the wake of Tropical Storm Irma- Lions Club members persevered through power outages to bake these wonderful desserts. Can you imagine baking by oil lamp light and pulling these beauties out of the oven? Our mountain culture is strong and these Lions Club women prove that their heart is truly in the work of supporting local, national and international charities– not only for the Apple Festival– but by donating their time and effort year-round. Oh Ladies,You Have My Heart! WWW.ACLIVINGMAGAZINE.COM




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Residents enjoy hiking along miles of neighborhood trails, as well as all types of boating, paddling and other water sports year round on Lake Arrowhead. For those who golf, the 18-hole championship golf course is sure to please even the best.

Lake Arrowhead – RedefiningValue There’s something special about the Lake and Mountains. Serene. Peaceful. Transforming. And when you add one of the most Pristine Lakes in the Southeast, you redefine Mountain, Lake and Golf Living. Welcome to Lake Arrowhead, A Private Mountain, Lake and Golfing Community just outside of Canton, Georgia. You’ll Fall In Love with the 540 Acre Crystal Clear Shimmering Lake with 21 miles of shoreline that sits as the centerpiece to the property. Sanctuary Cove, the newest Lakeside community is fully underway with the construction of new homes located in this Luxury Lakeside Living neighborhood. Each home site maximizes the panoramic views of our lake and mountainside and offers individual deep water docks. First Home Closings are scheduled for the Fall 2017. Sanctuary Cove offers A Portfolio of plans ranging in square footage from 2000 – 3200, Priced from the $300’s - $800’s. Highlands Vista has 38 newly released home sites offering RANCH STYLE HOMES on Slab, or Basements starting in the $300’s to $400’s. The Design Inspired Features Found in the Portfolio of plans truly redefines “VALUE”. These homes offer golf course frontage, beautiful mountain views, and are in close proximity to OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2017

Great Festival Park, the community Resort Style Pool, Championship Golf Course, Clubhouse Restaurant, and miles of Hiking and Nature Trails to enjoy the GREAT OUTDOORS. The Lake Arrowhead team has been busy at work designing a new portfolio of Charming Master Down Townhomes. The By Invitation Only List for Presales is Underway and the release is anticipated by year end. Two Professionally Furnished Model Homes Are Open Daily showcasing Commercial Grade Appliances, Spacious Open Floor Plans, Private Outdoor Covered Rear Patios with Captivating Mountainside Views. You will experience the serene natural beauty and feel the lakeside breezes as you explore the homes that are being built. Lake Arrowhead is a community that has Redefined Home Values and Quality of Life. Lets not forget about the social aspects of the community, which are endless. Owners enjoy Hiking along our Miles of Neighborhood Trails, Outdoor Concerts, Drive in Movies Under The Stars, Golf Tournaments, Wine Tasting and Health and Wellness Classes to name a few. Our Lifestyle Director engages our owners Sense of Adventure and Enriches Their Lives. No matter your Interests, Age, or Abilities, there’s Something of Interest for EVERYONE at Lake Arrowhead. Johnson Development Corporation, who developed renowned Towne Lake and BridgeMill is at the Helm of Lake Arrowhead with their


Atlanta-based home building company, Majestic Lifestyle Builders. Keep in Mind, Lake Arrowhead is convenient and only 40 minutes from Atlanta. The community is in close proximity to the newly opened state-of-the-art Northside Cherokee Hospital and the Premiere Cultural Arts Center At Renowned Reinhardt University. ACLM For More Information visit the Community Sales and Information Center which is located across from the Lake at 2419 Lake Arrowhead Drive, Waleska, Georgia 30183. Open Monday thru Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6p.m. and Sunday Noon to 6:00pm. Or by appointment. You can also visit Lake Arrowhead on line at www.lakearrowheadga. com or call Lake Arrowhead’s New Home Specialists at 770-720- 2700. You’ll Be Glad you did.



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

ARTS First Fridays Murphy Art Walk Murphy, NC. Stroll through historic downtown Murphy for an exquisite visual, culinary, and performing arts experience. Presented by The Valley River Arts Guild 5-8 pm. Visit http:// or call Tim Ford (828) 360-3038 1st & 3rd Thursdays Plein Air Painters of Hiawassee Hiawassee, GA. Meet at ArtWorks and leave at 2pm for a local scenic spot to spend a fun afternoon painting with other artists. All media welcome. Bring supplies and equipment you can carry. Free! ArtWorks Gallery & Gifts, 232B Chatuge Way, Hiawassee, GA. Info 706-8960932 or 9/12 – 10/15 Fall Plein Air International Paint Out Exhibit A spectacular exhibit filled in our Studio Gallery. All artwork on display will be exhibited during our Fall Arts in the Park festival. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 West Main Street, Blue Ridge GA 30513. For info: (706) 632- 2144, or


10/6 Georgia Marble Festival Art Exhibit Jasper, GA. Please join us for a reception Friday, October 6, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., for a preview of the Art Exhibit and to kick off the 37th Annual Georgia Marble Festival! Pickens County Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center 500 Stegall Dr., Jasper, GA 30143. For info: Rachel Whitman 706.692.5600 10/6 thru 10/26 GA Clay Council Show: “Centering on Clay” Canton, GA. Come see the wide variety of beautiful clay artwork that the GA Clay Council have created! Functional pieces and display pieces for sale. Upening reception 10/6, 6 - 8pm. Cherokee Arts Center, 94 North St., Canton, GA 30114 770.704.6244 or 10/7 - 11/11 Southern Appalachian Artist Guild National Juried Show Blue Ridge, GA. (SAAG) National Juried Show brings a variety of artists from across the nation in wide variety of mediums. View high caliber national and regional artists on display as they all vie for the $5,000 in cash prizes. Opening reception Oct. 7th, 5-7pm. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA. Visit or call 706-632-2144. 10/7 – 01/06 4th Quarter Artist in Residence- Rae Breed Blue Ridge, GA. Opening reception 10/7, 5-7pm. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA. Visit or call 706-632-2144. 10/8 – 10/9 Annual Fall Arts in the Park Festival Blue Ridge, GA. Enjoy nearly 100 fine art and fine craft artists, delicious food, and kid’s art zone. Take advantage of all the area has to offer– crisp mountain air,





great arts & crafts and mother nature’s colorful array of fall splendor. 10am-5pm. Weekend Admission: adults $5; children under 12 free. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 West Main Street, Blue Ridge GA 30513. For info: (706) 6322144, BlueRidgeArts@gmail. com or 11/7 thru 12/16 Cherokee Arts Center Holidays Members Show and Sale Canton, GA. Cherokee Arts Center, 94 North St., Canton, GA 30114. 770.704.6244 or 11/10 – 11/12 Northeast Georgia Arts Tour Holiday Road Open House Meet painters, potters, jewelry makers, wood turners, fiber artists, photographers and more in a holiday themed shoppurtunity! Miles of handmade, one-of-a-kind, gotta have it gift items will fill galleries, shops, studios, and museums throughout this self guided driving tour of four dazzling Northeast Georgia counties. For info: Tour updates on Facebook at NGAARTSTOUR. 11/10 thru 12/14 B.E.S.T. Visual Art Series – The Photography of Lance Lewin Ellijay, GA. Visualization: The Art of Seeing. Lance A. Lewin skills and visual perspectives come from a richly filled combination of studying the pioneers of photography in the mid to late 19th Century and masters of the 20th century. Opening reception Nov. 10th, 5 – 7pm. Meet the artist Nov. 18th, 4 – 6pm. Gilmer Arts, 207 Dalton Street, Ellijay, GA. For info: 706-635-5605 or 11/10 – 12/31 Gilmer Arts- The Christmas Shop Ellijay, GA. Gilmer Arts, 207 Dalton Street, Ellijay, GA. For info: 706-635-5605 or www.

11/18 WhoDunIt? Fundraiser Blue Ridge, GA. Get amazing artworks from sought-after local and regional artists at an incredible price! Each ticket guarantees you an original piece of art, the mystery is trying to figure out who your artist is. Fantastic art, delicious food, and lots of fun! Limited tickets available. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA. Visit www. or call 706632-2144. 11/18 – 01/06 Holiday Show & Sale Blue Ridge, GA. Hundreds of items for sale, all made from one of our artists. Jewelry, pottery, painting or anything in between, we have what you need to get your holiday shopping done. Gift Certificates are available. Opening reception Nov. 19, 6-9pm. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA. Visit or call 706-632-2144. 11/25 Holiday Open House at the Art Center Blue Ridge, GA. Bring your list and check it twice! You are sure to find something for everyone on your list in one of our many galleries. Refreshments, artwork and good cheer. Gift Certificates are available. 10:00 am - 6:00 pm. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA. Visit www. or call 706632-2144.

ADVENTURE Saturdays Blue Ridge Motorsport Races Blue ridge, GA. Enjoy the races at the Blue Ridge Motorsports Park! Pit Gates Open: 4:30 pm Gates Open: 5:00 pm Drivers Meeting: 6:50 pm Hot Laps: 7:00 pm Racing Starts: 8:00 pm Adults: $12, Kids $8. Track: 2252 Sugar Creek Rd, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Visit www.


10/14 Georgia Zombie Fest 5K Run, Walk, Creep or Crawl & 1 Mile Fun for All Canton, GA. Race through the woods and don’t let the zombies catch you! Registration opens at 5:30PM. 1 Mile Fun starts at 7 PM. 5K starts at 7:30PM. Etowah River Park, Canton, GA. For registration and info: Call 770-345-5483 or visit 10/28 2nd Annual Running With The Law Murphy, NC. Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office Women’s Association presents “Running with the Law” 5k run/walk. Evening race starts 6:30pm sharp at the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office. Flashing blue lights will mark the race course! $25 registration fee. Contact Stephanie Swanson for more information. 828-837-589 11/4 7th Annual Kickin’ Asphalt 5K and 10K Run Murphy, NC. The race begins at 8AM in downtown Murphy at the Hiwassee Valley Pool and Wellness Center. The course is well marked and is equipped with hydration stations. 10K $30, 5K $20. Registration and info:

Please check our Events & Festivals listings as many also include 10K, 5K and 1K races!

EVENTS First Fridays Canton First Fridays Downtown Canton, GA. Food, music and fun for all. 6-9 pm. For info visit or call 770.704.1552


AC LIVING CALENDAR 2nd Saturdays Second Saturday Block Party, Merchant Walk Downtown Blue Ridge. Enjoy a stroll through town exploring the beautiful shops. Stop in the courtyard at Sycamore Crossing and listen to live music. Many shops will be running specials. Free. 6pm-9pm. Call 706-2582432 or visit 3rd Saturdays Cruise In on the Square Blairsville, GA. Blairsville Cruisers car club presents their Cruise In on the historic downtown Blairsville square. Anything on wheels welcome!Local restaurants will be open for dinner. 4-7pm. Free! Info: Pete Barley 678-773-5934 or Mondays Garden Tours Blairsville, GA. Guided Tours of the Cannery Interpretive Center, Ethnobotanic Gardens and Woodland Medicine Trail. Native flora are highlighted in these Gardens. Tours at 12:30pm. University of Georgia’s Mountain Research & Education Center is located 3 miles south of Blairsville, on Hwy 19/129. Follow the signs to the gardens. Info: 706-745-2655 or www. 2nd Thursdays Gilmer County Genealogical Society Meeting Ellijay, GA - Learn about our local history. Free! Everyone is welcome. Meetings at the Gilmer County Library, 268 Calvin Jackson Drive, Ellijay, Georgia, 30540. For info contact or visit or find us on FB: 2nd Sunday Monthly Save the Horses Open House A great opportunity to bring your family out to the barn for an extended tour of our facility and a personal introduction to our residents at the Rescue. 1pm to 4pm. Park in the driveway and walk in through the gate. Email Melissa: openhouse@ Save the Horses, 1768 Newt Green Road, Cumming GA 30028. Info: or 770.886.5419

9/29 thru 11/12 Fall Foliage Train Ride, Blue Ridge Scenic Railway Blue Ridge, GA. Fall Foliage Rides run throughout October, check the train schedule for exact dates and times. These trips sell out fast.The regular 4 hour, 26 mile round trip winds along the beautiful Toccoa River in vintage climate controlled or open air railcars. Reservations are strongly suggested. Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. Call 800934-1898 or 706-632-9833, or visit 10/13 9th Annual Spirits, Legends and Lore Cleveland, TN. A storytelling event of Cleveland history and mystery by the Cleveland Storytelling Guild. Not a haunted house. 7:00 pm. Adults $10.00. Students $5.00. Purchase at the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce or at Bank of Cleveland, Downtown. Held at Lee University Buzz Oaks Theater, 345 Church Street, NE, Cleveland, TN 37311. For info contact 423.715.0030 or Face Book: Spirits, Legends and Lore. 10/19-10/21 & 10/26-10/28 Fright Nights at the Kiwanis Fairgrounds Blue Ridge, GA. Old Man Jones’s deeds were graphic in nature. We strongly suggest that no one under 12 years enter, along with those who have heart conditions, high blood pressure, pregnant, etc. PG-13: Parental Guidance suggested. The haunted house will run from 6:30 - 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $8.00. Kiwanis Fairgrounds, 124 Jones Street, Blue Ridge, GA. For info: 706-632-6644 or 10/20 Backyard Beekeeping Seminar Blairsville, GA. Jennifer Berry, UGA Entomology Research Professional, will be our speaker. The basics of raising honeybees, as well as supplies needed, diseases and even the pests that threaten honeybees. 10:00 to 11:30 am. Free! Limited seating. The Georgia Mountain Research & Education Center, 3 miles south of the Blairsville Square, on the east side of Hwy 19/129. For info: Clare Johnston at 706-745-2655


10/20 – 10/22 Cherokee County Fair Murphy, NC. Mountain Folk Center of Cherokee County 9275 US 64 West, Murphy, NC 28906. Daily at 10am. http://www.

10/21 11th Annual Paws in the Park Blue Ridge, GA. Event includes parade, pet education and demonstrations, rabies clinic, micro-chipping, contests, prizes, photos with your pet, and much more!!! 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Parade starts at 10:00 am - From Kitties to Llamas this parade is not to miss! Annual 5K Race! Registration starts at 7:30 am - race begins at 8:30 am. Sponsored by the Humane Society of Blue Ridge, Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association & Love Dogs and Cats Too. For more info: call 706. 633. 3103 or 10/21 & 11/18 Tri-State Model Railroaders Open House Mineral Bluff, GA. Learn how railroads played an important role in the development of the Tri-State area and learn the unique history of the restored brick depot. View the model railroad layout depicting Copper Basin Railroading in the early 1950’s. 10am -2pm. Mineral Bluff Historic Depot 150 Railroad Avenue, Mineral Bluff, GA 30559. For info: 828-361-2210 or 10/28 Rocky Horror Picture Show Ellijay, GA. Don’t miss this favorite classic cult movie. Costumes and audience participation encouraged. 7:30 pm. Tater Patch Players Theater, 95 Philadelphia Lane in Jasper, GA, 30143. For info and tickets visit www. or call 706-253-2800. 11/10 Veterans Walk & BBQ McCaysville & Copperhill. Meet at Church of Christ 10:00 a.m. 3rd Annual McCaysville Police Shop with a hero BBQ at 11:00 a.m. sponsored by TriCities Business Association and McCaysville Police Department. Tri-Cities Business Association 706-964-6531.

11/11 Veterans Day Parade / Program Downtown Blue Ridge, GA. 11am Parade route from the Gazebo in downtown Blue Ridge through town to Veterans Memorial Park near Fannin County Middle School. The parade includes the North Georgia Honor Guard, a military color guard and the Fannin County High School Band. Anyone may join in the parade along the way. The Veteran’s Program will begin immediately following the parade at the Veteran’s Memorial Park at 11:59 a.m. Fannin County veterans organizations, 706-632-5002 or 770656-9342 11/17 Seedsaving for Newbies Blairsville, GA. Speaker will be Mike Watkins, proprietor of Heavenly Seed, LLC., formerly of the Foundation Seed Program at Clemson University. Come to this seminar to learn the proper methods of seed-saving, as well as the materials you might need to save your own heirloom seeds. 10:00 to 11:30 am. Free! Limited seating. The Georgia Mountain Research & Education Center, 3 miles south of the Blairsville Square, on the east side of Hwy 19/129. For info: Clare Johnston at 706745-2655 11/18 & 11/19 17th Annual Mistletoe Market Blairsville, GA. November 18 from 9-4 and November 19 from 11-4 at the North Georgia Technical College 121 Meeks Ave Blairsville, GA. Admission is free and if you need more information contact Artworks at 706-896-0932 or visit www. 11/23 Community Thanksgiving Open Table Blue Ridge, GA. Everyone is welcome to share the Community Thanksgiving Open Table on Thanksgiving Day. There is no charge for Open Table meals. Activities include Children’s Craft activity tables, an Open Mic for folks to enjoy and a Silent Auction. Noon-4pm. Fannin Country High School. Info: Good Samaritans of Fannin County 706-455-3818 or 706374-2319


11/23 – 12/30 Mountain Country Christmas in Lights Hiawassee, GA. Enjoy Caroling, Arts & Crafts, Food and Entertainment throughout the event at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee, GA. - Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 6 -10PM. $5. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds 1311 Music Hall Road Hiawassee, GA 30546. For info: 706-896-4191 or http://www. georgiamountainfairgrounds. com 11/24 – 11/26 Merry Mountain Market Blue Ridge, GA. The show will be held on Nov. 24, 25, and 26. Black Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9-5 pm. There will be over 30 hand selected regional/local vendors offering food, arts and crafts. Free admission. Located inside 3 Monkeys Auction House at 2380 East First St., Blue Ridge, GA. Vendor information: 904-4031298 and 239-293-0772. Email: 11/25 Light Up Blue Ridge Visit Historic Downtown Blue Ridge for the annual arrival of Santa and Lighting of the big tree. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at approximately 9:30 amand will be in the holiday parade immediately following their arrival. Have your picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Food vendors, Gingerbread House Contest, Window Decorating and Contest Lighting of the “Great Tree” takes place at 7:00 p.m. For info: robin.lubr@gmail. com or jen@lightupblueridge. info. or Follow them on Facebook:

FESTIVALS 9/30 1st Annual Dancing Goat FolkFest Ellijay, GA. Harkening to the old mountain shindigs and a sharing of endangered art, music and oral traditions. Juried folk art show. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There is no admission to the event on Ellijay’s unique downtown boardwalk. For information email or see



10/7 2nd Annual Oktoberfest Jubilee Andrews, NC. Once again! Join other beer and food lovers at Hall Park in Andrews. Beer, beer, and even wine! Andrews Brewing Company, Hoppy Trout Brewing Company, and even Calaboose Cellars. Andrews, NC. Info: 10/7 8th Annual Homebuilders Showcase Downtown City Park, Blue Ridge, GA. Exhibitors from the building industry; Architects, Builders, Cabinet Makers, Developers, Flooring, Glassworks, Heating/Cooling, Home Furnishings, Insurers, Mortgage Lenders, Realtors, Security Systems, Stonework, Surveyors and more. Food vendors & prize drawings. Fun for the whole family. Free! 9am – 5pm, rain or shine. Info: Randy Marchman @ 706455-7528 10/7 Cherokee County Mountain Crafters Festival Murphy, NC. Showcases Cherokee County’s talented artisans, craftsmen, musicians, dancers, storytellers, quilters, restaurants, food vendors, and small businesses. Sat. 10:00am - 4:00pm. Sun. 10:00am - 3:00pm. Free! Murphy Middle and Murphy High School Gymnasiums, Murphy, NC. Call 727-4158563 or visit 10/7 & 10/8 37th Annual Georgia Marble Festival Jasper, GA. Marble Festival 5K Run/Walk Road Race Saturday. The 5K starts at 8 a.m. 1 mile Run/Walk at 9 a.m. Parade down Main Street at 10 a.m. Guided tours of the marble industry and structures. Arts, crafts, demonstrations, marble carving and kid’s activities. Great food and entertainment. Saturday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 a.m.56:00 p.m. Lee Newton Memorial Park, 500 Stegall Drive, Jasper, GA 30143. For more info: or 706-692-5600.


10/7 & 10/8 43rd Annual John C. Campbell Folk School Fall Festival Brasstown, NC. Over 240 fine craft exhibitors. Traditional & contemporary craft demos. Bluegrass, gospel, folk, and Celtic music. Please bring cash, no ATM on site. 10 a.m.5 p.m. Adults $5; Ages 12-17, $3; under 12, free. John C. Campbell Folk School, One Folk School Road, Brasstown, NC 28902. 1-800.FOLK.SCH (365.5724) or 10/7 & 10/8 “The Valley Above the Clouds” Indian Summer Festival Woody Gap School, Georgia’s smallest public school, on GA Hwy. 60, between Dahlonega and Blue Ridge. Car show, crafts, music and dance performances, and family activities. Saturday 10K and a one-mile run at 9 a.m. Country Square Dance with band at 8 p.m. Advance dance tickets are $6; $8 at the door. Mountain Rangers hand-tohand combat and archery demonstrations. 9am-5pm. Contact Information: 706-7455789 or festivalinfo.htm 10/5 – 10/15 Cumming Country Fair & Festival Cumming, GA. Free daily attractions, free concerts, discount days and free history exhibits in the Heritage and Indian Villages. Miss Cumming Fair Pageant. Bull Riding, American Bull Rider’s Tour, Chainsaw Carving, Auction and much more! Hours: Mon - Thurs 4pm- 10pm; Fri 4pm- Midnight; Sat 10am - Midnight; Sun 12:30pm – 9pm. No pets, alcohol or coolers. Cash only, ATM on site. Parking $5. Admission $7- cash. Cumming Fair Grounds, 235 Castleberry Rd., Cumming, GA 30040. Contact Information: 770-781-3491 or 10/7 Annual Hay Day Festival Cumming, GA. Our annual Hay Day takes place on the farm @ SavetheHorses every October, and proceeds are


used to purchase hay for 130 horses and other animals. Hay rides, horse rides, cake walk, petting zoo, chili cook-off contest, arts & crafts vendors and stables open to meet the horses. All proceeds go to, a 501(c)(3) non-profit. 11am - 4pm. Save the Horses Rescue Farm, 1768 Newt Green Road, Cumming, GA 30028. For more info call 770.886.5419 10/13 – 10/21 Georgia Mountain Fall Festival Hiawassee, GA. October, the 9-day event with exciting musical performances, Arts and Craft vendors, Pioneer Village, Old Ways demonstrations, a flower show and the ever-popular Georgia’s Official State Fiddlers’ Convention. New! Nerger’s Tigers-12 Bengal Tigers Including 2 White Tigers, 3 shows daily. Fall Festival: Daily 10am- 7pm, Sunday until 6pm. Admission is $12, 3-Day Pass $33, 9-Day Pass $90. Kids under 12- free. Free parking. Sorry no pets. Georgia Mountain Fair Grounds, Hiawassee, GA. Contact Information: 706-8964191 or 10/14 7th Annual Blue Ridge Mountain Marching Band Festival Blue Ridge, GA. More than 2,000 marching band members from area high school bands. 1 pm until 9:30 pm. Fannin County High School, 2346 East First St. Blue Ridge, GA 30513. For information call Band Director, Scott Barnstead 706-633-8595 or visit www. 10/14 & 10/15 2017 Annual Fall Arts in the Park Downtown City Park, Blue Ridge, GA. Nearly 100 fine art and fine craft artists, delicious food, and kid’s art zone. Enjoy crisp mountain air, great arts & crafts and mother nature’s colorful array of fall splendor. 10am-5pm. Weekend Admission: adults $5; children under 12 free. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 West Main Street, Blue Ridge GA 30513.

For info: (706) 632- 2144, or

Market, Old Hwy. 76 near the Swan Drive- In. Contact Information: 423-761-9985.

10/14-15 & 10/21-22 46th Annual Georgia Apple Festival Ellijay, GA. Over 300 vendors with handmade, handcrafted items, on-site craft demonstrations. Apple Festival 5K & 1K is on Saturday October 14th at 8am at Ellijay Elementary School. Apple Cake Contest & Apple Pie Contest on Sat. 10/14, 10am. Apple Classic Auto Show (706635-7400) at the Civic Center on Saturday 10/14. Annual Apple Festival Parade (706635-7400) is Saturday 10/21 at 10 am in historic downtown Ellijay. Festival entrance fee is $5. Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds, 1729 South Main Street, Ellijay, GA 30540. Visit or Phone: 706-636-4500

10/20 – 10/22 Cherokee County Fair Murphy, NC. Opening daily at 10:00am. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Mountain Folk Center of Cherokee County, 9275 US 64 West, Murphy, NC 28906. Info:

10/14-15 & 10/21-22 Blairsville Sorghum Festival Meeks Park, Blairsville, GA. The Blairsville Sorghum Festival has been a part of Blairsville’s heritage for more than 40 years & celebrates the ancient art of cooking sweet syrup from Sorghum Cane. Enjoy sorghum syrup demonstrations and contests such as “Biskit” Eatin’, Pole Climbin’, Log Sawin’, Rock Throwin’, and Horseshoe Throwin’. Parade Sat. 10/14 at 11amreflects the Sorghum/ Farming Theme, cash prizes for floats! Both weekends: Sat. 9am -5pm. With Square Dance at the Old Middle School Gym at 8pm. Sun. 9am – 5pm. Admission 13 and up $4. Free parking. For more information please visit: or call 706-745-4745. 10/15-16 & 10/22-23 Blue Ridge Fall Fest Arts & Crafts Sale Blue Ridge, GA. Annual Fall Fest Arts and Crafts show at the State Farmers Market. Arts & crafts vendors, homemade snacks and canned goods. Music performances each day. FREE! From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on 2 consecutive weekends. Sponsored by Explorers Post 401. Blue Ridge Farmers


10/21 Georgia Zombie Fest CarnEVIL & Food Truck Fair Downtown Woodstock, GA. A vintage themed carnival with creepy carnival things. Zombie magicians, fire breather, jugglers, and carnival booths. Zombie carnival games. Zombie Transformation Center, Little Zombie Zone & Costume Contest, Zombie Response Unit Show, Brain Eating Contest, Food Trucks, Craft Beer. Noon – 9pm. Adults: $5, Kids Under 11: Free, Family of 6: $20. Proceeds to benefit Cherokee FOCUS. For info:, email zombie@cherokeefocus. org or call (770) 345-5483. 10/21 Crane Creek Annual Harvest Festival Young Harris, GA. Celebrate the end of another great harvest! Wine tastings, grape stomping, tours of the winery and live music! 11am-6pm. Admission $20. Crane Creek Vineyards 916 Crane Creek Road Young Harris, GA 30582. www.cranecreekvineyards. com or 706-379-1236 10/21 23rd Annual Talking Rock Heritage Days Festival Talking Rock, GA. Our little town will be filled with arts, crafts and antiques. Demonstrations, Blue Grass and Southern Gospel Music & good food. Visit the restored 1877 Talking Rock Schoolhouse Teaching Museum or “ride the rails” in restored railcars. Ride in a donkey cart, meet the Town Crier, relax with the kids in the park and check out our new Mural. 9am -5pm. FREE! Visit or call 706-253-5515.


AC LIVING CALENDAR 10/21 – 10/22 Gold Rush Days Downtown Dahlonega, GA. Celebrate Dahlonega’s 1828 discovery of gold. Over 300 art and craft exhibitors and food vendors gather around the Public Square and Historic District in support of this annual event. Voted one of the Top 20 Events in the southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society. For more information visit: 10/27 – 10/29 50th Annual Moonshine Festival Dawsonville, GA. Moonshine Run on Friday, 10/27, leaving the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame at approximately 10:00 am. Parade of moonshine and revenue cars at 9:00 am Sat. 10/28. Great vendors, live entertainment around the square in downtown Dawsonville. Car Show, Cruise-In and Swap Meet held at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame. No pets. Benefitting KARE for Kids, Inc. Visit http://www.kareforkids. org/mountain-moonshinefestival.html or (706) 216KARE (5273) or email at info@ 10/28 2nd Annual Appalachian Craft Brew, Stew & Que Festival Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds- Hiawassee, GA. Featuring 20 breweries from GA & NC. Live Americana, Folk, and Bluegrass music. Food vendors from local area restaurants. Regional arts & crafts vendors. 5:00 - 6:30. Americana Jam Hosted by Wyatt Espalin! Sat. 11am7pm. $40.00 at the Gate, $35.00 Online. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Rd.- Hiawassee, GA. Info: or 706-8964191. 10/28 Community Harvest Festival Ballground, GA. Family fun for all ages! Music, entertainment, food vendors, artisans, crafts, kids activities, puppet show, games, prizes, cake walk, Cherokee County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit and SWAT Team, and

more. 10 AM – 6 PM. “Trunk or Treat” for the kids at 6PM. On the campus of GO Church, 835 Mineral Springs Rd., Ballground, GA 30107. Free admission and parking. 10/28 Vogel State Park Fall Festival Blairsville, GA. Celebrate fall in the North Georgia mountains. Hay rides, cake walk, Trunk or treating and storytelling. $5 parking. Vogel State Park US Hwy 19/129S (11 miles south of Blairsville) Blairsville, GA. Visit or call Vogel State Park @ 706745-2628. 11/1 – 11/3 Annual Hemlock Fest Dahlonega, GA. Lots of musical entertainment, fire dancing, after-hours acoustic jam. Knife throwing,archery. Canoeing, fishing, and pond discovery on Lake Merlin. Arts & crafts demonstrations. Interactive exhibits, live birds of prey. Camping, Canoeing, Story Telling. Benefitting research to save our hemlocks. Starbridge Farm, off Hwy 52E between Dahlonega and Cleveland. For info: The Lumpkin Coalition 706-8649003 or visit 11/4 Tate Day Festival Historic Downtown Tate. Old time parade at 10am. Tours of the marble Quarry and the Old School Building. Arts & crafts. Cake bake-off. BBQ lunch and much more! For info call: 770735-3151 11/23 thru 01/01 Mountain Country Christmas Festival of Lights Hiawassee, GA. “Mountain Country Christmas in Lights”, a holiday treat for the entire family along the shores of beautiful Lake Chatuge. Light show, Christmas music, art & craft vendors, holiday food, pictures with Santa, and of course hot cocoa & s’mores. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Rd.- Hiawassee, GA. or 706-8964191.


11/23 Light Up Blue Ridge Blue Ridge, GA. Visit Historic Downtown Blue Ridge for the annual arrival of Santa and Lighting of the big tree. Beginning at 10:30. Santa arrives on the train at 11:30 am and the parade starts at 12:00! Music all day on the Main Stage until the lighting of the tree around 7:00 pm. For information email: cindy@ or 11/24 Light Up Ellijay- Return to Whoville Historic Downtown Ellijay. Return to Whoville and stop the Grinch from stealing Christmas! Live music, craft vendors, and food from local restaurants on the square beginning at 4 p.m. Lighted parade ushers in Santa Claus at 6 p.m. Lighting of the tree immediately afterward. For more information visit www. or call 706-635-7400.

KIDS STUFF 10/27 thru 11/5 The Wizard of OZ Blue Ridge, GA. Take the yellow brick road and come on down to Blue Ridge Community Theater for The Wizard of Oz. Sunny D Theater performance. Fridays & Saturdays 7:30pm, Sundays at 2pm. For Tickets: Blue Ridge Community Theater, 2591 East 1st St., Blue Ridge, GA 30513. (706) 632-9223 or 10/28 Trick-Or-Treat Safe Zone McCaysville, GA / Copperhill, TN. Merchants in downtown McCaysville and Copperhill will distribute free candy to children in costume. The safe zone, 5:00 to 7:00 PM will run in conjunction with the Halloween Costume contest. Sponsored by the TriCities Business Association. 10/29 Pumpkin Express- Blue Ridge Scenic Railway Blue Ridge, GA. Join us for a trip to Farmer Brown’s field where children and adults can pick out a souvenir pumpkin,

greet Farmer Brown, and then return to Blue Ridge. 1-Hour Trip Time. 1:00pm or 3:00pm. Reservations are strongly encouraged. For tickets and info: Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad, or call 706-632-8724. 10/31 Ducktown, TN Halloween Safe Zone Trick or Treating in Ducktown beginning at 5:30 10/31 Blue Ridge, GA Halloween Safe Zone Hundreds of costumed kids and grown-up kids. Bring your pets in costume as well. Fabulous costume contest, too! Fun begins at 5:30. Downtown merchants will be passing out candy. 10/31 Halloween On The Square Blairsville, GA. Ghosts and Goblins will be lurking downtown on the square. Games, costume contests and lots of trick or treating. Treat or Treat event 6:00pm - 8:00pm 11/16-17 & 11/18-19 Cocoa With Santa Murphy, NC. Experience amazing vendors, snacks, crafts, and of course pictures with Santa himself! We ask that each family bring in either 5 canned goods per child or one toy per child so we can give back to the community this Christmas season. 11/1617 from 4-8pm, 11/18 from 10-5pm, 11/19 from 1-4pm. The Hackney Warehouse 11 Railroad Street Murphy, NC 28906. For info: or 828-837-8376 11/24 – 12/23 Santa Express Train RideBlue Ridge Scenic Railway Blue Ridge, GA. Featuring “Twas the Night Before Christmas”. Daytime funfilled trip with Santa. Sing Christmas Carols, visit with Christmas characters and Santa. Each child receives a traditional BRSR memento, BRSR Christmas Activity Book and a candy cane. Approximately 1-Hour Trip Time - Enclosed Climate Control ONLY. Please check


the TRAIN SCHEDULE for dates and times. Reservations strongly encouraged. For tickets and info: Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad, or call 706-632-8724.

MUSIC Every Evening Bell Music from the Tower 7:00pm – 7:30pm. At the Historic Courthouse on the Square in Downtown Blairsville, GA. Free! Contact (706) 7455493 or Fridays & Saturdays Andrews Brewing Company Great music, craft beer and a good time. 6pm – 8pm. Andrews Brewing Company, 14 Miles for Harrah’s Casino, 565 Aquone Road, Andrews, NC 28901. For info: 828-321-2006 or www. Sundays WYYZ’s Live Music at Rocco’s Rocco’s Pub, 47 Mountainside Village Parkway, Jasper, GA. Contact 706.253.1900 or visit Thursdays - Saturdays Live Music at Blue Ridge Brewery Blue Ridge Brewery, 187 Depot Street, Blue Ridge, GA . 706. 632. 6611 or www. Fridays Concert Series at the Old Courthouse Blairsville, GA. Free! 7pm. Old Historic Courthouse, 1 Town Square, Blairsville GA. For info: Union County Historical Society 706-745-5493 or http://www. 3rd Friday Every Month Live Music Acoustic Blends Listen to a Variety of Quality Music Acts … or Join the Jam! Bring your own libations and munchies. 7 pm. Free & Public Invited. For info please contact Gilmer Arts 207 Dalton St. Ellijay, GA 30540. 706-635-5605. Visit Weekends LIve Music at Engelheim Vineyards Engelheim Vineyards 127 Lakeview Road, Ellijay, GA 30540. Call 706-635-WINE (9463) or visit www.engelheim. com.




Weekends Fannin Brewing Company Live Music in the Bier Garden Fannin Brewing: 3758 East First Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. or 706.258.2762 Weekends Cartecay Vineyards Cartecay Vineyards, 5704 Clear Creek Road, Ellijay, GA 30535. Call 706. 698. 9463 (WINE) or visit www.

Calendar Girls

Based on a true story, women pose for a nude calendar to raise money for the local hospital. September 28th - October 15th Thursday - Saturday 7:30 PM Sundays at 2 PM

White Christmas Based on the beloved film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features seventeen Irving Berlin songs. November 24th - December 10th Thursday - Saturday 7:30 PM Sundays at 2 PM Back by Popular Demand!, Atlanta’s Five Times Best Female Vocalist

MICHELLE MALONE Saturday, Oct 21st 7:30 PM 10 piece jazz funk group led by the husband & wife team Terry & Venae Ellis.



Weekends Chateau Meichtry Vineyards Chateau Meichtry, 1862 Orchard Lane, Talking Rock, GA 30175. Info: (706) 502-1608 or www. 10/21 Michelle Malone Blue Ridge, GA. Guitar slinger and songstress, Malone balances her penchant for ripping it through the roof with masterful lyrical introspection and vocals that range from sublime to raucous. 7:30 p.m. Blue Ridge Community Theater. 2591 East First Street, Blue Ridge, GA. Purchase tickets online www.blueridgecommunitytheater.comor call the box office: 706-632-9223 10/26 Casting Crowns, The Very Next Thing Tour Hiawassee, GA. With Zack Williams. Doors: 6:00 PM, Show: 7:00 PM. $30 - $75. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, Anderson Music Hall, 1311 Music Hall Rd. Hiawassee, GA. Tickets & info: (706) 896-4191 or www.georgiamountainfairgrounds. com 10/28 Thomas Fountain Band Ellijay, GA. Thomas has quickly developed a reputation for writing and singing timeless truths –building believers one show at a time. With his rugged-raspy, passionate delivery, Fountain brings a live show to audiences that gets fans on their feet. Two shows: 6:30 & 9:00pm. $20. George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse 135 Dalton St., Ellijay, GA 30540. Tickets and info: or call 706-635-5605.



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11/4 Jamey Johnson Hiawassee, GA. Doors: 6:00 PM, Show: 7:00 PM. $47. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, Anderson Music Hall, 1311 Music Hall Rd. Hiawassee, GA. Tickets & info: (706) 896-4191 or 11/4 Butch & the Buckheads w/ Elvis Ellijay, GA. 50’s, 60’s and 70’s Rock ‘n Roll has a place in everyone’s heart. Butch and the Buckheads, Damon Hendrix and the fabulous Sock Hops bring their experience, enthusiasm and showmanship to the stage. Two shows: 6:30 & 9:00pm. $20. George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse, 135 Dalton St., Ellijay, GA 30540. Tickets and info: or call 706-635-5605. 11/11 Community Chorus – Home of the Brave Concert Ellijay, GA. This patriotic celebration will honor both our country and our veterans. 7pm. $10. Ellijay Elementary School Auditorium located at 32 McCutchen St., Ellijay, GA 30540. For tickets & info visit or call 706635-5605. 11/14 A Salute to America’s Veterans Blairsville, GA. The Tunnel Rats Band, Accompanied by the UCHS Chorus, present songs for the 60’s and 70’s. 6:20 pm to 8:30 pm. Donations accepted. Hosted by the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1101 Blairsville. The Union County Fine Arts Center, 926 Panther Overlook, Blairsville, GA 30512. Vets: (706) 781-6025 11/18 Kharisma Jazzmatic Funk Blue Ridge, GA. Kharisma is an energetic 10 piece band with full horn section, who will keep you up and dancing to R&B, Jazz & Soul. 7:30 p.m. Blue Ridge Community Theater. 2591 East First Street, Blue Ridge, GA. Purchase tickets online www. blueridgecommunitytheater.comor call the box office : 706-632-9223



11/18 The Women of Country Music: Unplugged with Katie Deal Ellijay, GA. This show features the music and stories of country music’s pioneering women, in an intimate setting with a dynamic duo. 6:30 & 9:00pm. $25. George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse , 135 Dalton St., Ellijay, GA 30540. Tickets and info: or call 706635-5605. 11/25 Annual Tuba Christmas Downtown Blue Ridge. Concert is free, and is part of the Light Up Blue Ridge festivities. See 30 to 40 Tuba players all decked out for Christmas play your favorite Christmas songs. Concert begins at 11:15 a.m. Contact Keith Jones -, 706-258-8329 or 12/1 Beach Boys Hiawassee, GA. Doors: 6:00 PM, Show: 7:00 PM. $55. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, Anderson Music Hall, 1311 Music Hall Rd. Hiawassee, GA. Tickets & info: (706) 896-4191 or

THEATER 9/28 – 10/15 Calendar Girls Blue Ridge, GA. When Annie’s husband John dies of leukemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four fellow WI members to pose nude with them for an “alternative” calendar. Thursdays- Saturdays 7:30pm, Sundays at 2pm. For Tickets: Blue Ridge Community Theater, 2591 East 1st St., Blue Ridge, GA 30513. (706) 632-9223 or 9/29 – 10/15 The Savannah Sipping Society Jasper, GA. four unique Southern women, all needing to escape the sameness of their day-to-day routines, are drawn together by Fate— and an impromptu happy hour—and

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decide it’s high time to reclaim the enthusiasm for life they’ve lost through the years. ThursSat: 7:30pm. Sun: 2pm. Tickets $18 adults, $16 seniors, $14 students. Buy Flex Passes and save even more. Tater Patch Players 95 Philadelphia Lane in Jasper, GA. Tickets and info: or call 706-253-2800. 10/6 – 10/22 Smoke on the Mountain Ellijay, GA. The story of a Saturday Night Gospel Sing at a country church in North Carolina’s Smoky Mountains in 1938. The show features two dozen rousing bluegrass songs played and sung by the Sanders Family, a traveling group making its return to performing after a five-year hiatus. Evening Productions at 7:00 p.m. Sunday Production at 6:00 p.m. Gilmer Arts 207 Dalton Street, Ellijay, GA 30540. For tickets & info visit or call 706-635-5605.

11/24 – 12/10 White Christmas Blue Ridge, GA. Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features seventeen Irving Berlin songs and a book by David Ives and Paul Blake. Thursdays- Saturdays 7:30pm, Sundays at 2pm. For Tickets: Blue Ridge Community Theater, 2591 East 1st St., Blue Ridge, GA 30513. (706) 632-9223 or 11/24 – 12/10 You Can’t Take It With You Jasper, GA. The daughter of a very eccentric family, the son of a straight laced executive -- love? marriage? An incomparable comedy evening. Thurs-Sat: 7:30pm. Sun: 2pm. Tickets $18 adults, $16 seniors, $14 students. Buy Flex Passes and save even more. Tater Patch Players 95 Philadelphia Lane in Jasper, GA. Tickets and info: or call 706-253-2800.

WINE & BEER TASTINGS Open Every Day Engelheim Vineyards Engelheim Vineyards 127 Lakeview Road, Ellijay, GA 30540. Call 706-635-WINE (9463) or visit www.engelheim. com. Ongoing Fridays Chocolatasm! Wine and chocolate pairing Friday evenings at 6pm (reservations only). Reservations required. Call Leann Martin at 706-946-8463 or email your RSVP to Leannhmartin@gmail. Ongoing Cartecay Vineyards Wine Tastings on the Chimney Patio or the Nealey Barn Loft. Cartecay Vineyards, 5704 Clear Creek Road, Ellijay, GA 30535. Call 706. 698. 9463 (WINE) or visit www.cartecayvineyards. com

Ongoing Wed - Sat Blue Ridge Brewery Dog friendly outdoor patio. Open Wednesday through Saturday 11:00am – 9:00pm. Blue Ridge Brewery, 187 Depot Street, Blue Ridge, GA . 706. 632. 6611 or www. Ongoing Thurs - Sun Fannin Brewing Company 3758 East First Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. 706.258.2762 or www.fanninbrewingcompany. com Ongoing Thurs - Sat Grumpy Old Men Brewing Dog & kid friendly. 1315 East Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA. 770-331-8870/404-966-2665, www.grumpyoldmenbrewing. com Ongoing Mon- Sun Valley River Brewery & Eatery Located in Historic Downtown Murphy, NC at 71 Tennessee Street. 828-837-BEER or www.

Ongoing Tues - Sun Crane Creek Vineyards Crane Creek Vineyards, 916 Crane Creek Road, Young Harris, GA. 706.379.1236 Daily Chateau Meichtry Chateau Meichtry, 1862 Orchard Lane, Talking Rock, GA 30175. Info: (706) 502-1608 or www. Saturdays Out Of The Blue Wine Tasting Blue Ridge, GA. Drinking alcohol is just drinking. Wine is a lifestyle. It’s about a sense of place; it fires up our memories and makes an ordinary day special. Gourmet Living. We sell fine wine, cheeses, and beer along with specialty kitchen items. Wine tastings Saturdays at 1:00 pm. Out of the Blue, 647 E. Main Street, Blue Ridge, 706-2582750. Visit

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Chief White Path 1761 – 1838

A little known feature stands at the Northeast Georgia History Center, located on the campus of Brenau University in Gainesville Georgia. It is the 18th century cabin of full blood Cherokee Indian Whitepath. The cabin was originally built about 1780 by his parents and was near the site of the historic Cherokee town of Turniptown (Ulunyi), not far from the historic township of Ellijay, Georgia. Chief Whitepath was born in 1761 near Ellijay and grew up in the cabin. He was described as “a tall, good looking Indian, with a commanding appearance and earnest manner” about him. His Cherokee name, Nunna-tsunega, translates literally as “I dwell on the peaceful path.” A skillful orator and strict follower of the traditional ways, he frequently spoke out at the Cherokee National Capitol at New Echota against ceding land to the white settlers and about the influence the whites were exposing the Cherokees to. He objected to the new Cherokee Constitution and the introduction of Christian Missionaries into their lands. In 1814 Whitepath joined General Andrew Jackson to fight the Creeks at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend in Alabama. He, along with Junaluska and Going Snake, led 600 Cherokees in a successful attack against a thousand Creeks. He was instrumental in securing victory for Jackson when his small party stole the Creeks’ canoes, cutting off their escape by water. As a result of his assistance and serving as a translator in the Cherokee Nation of Georgia, he was given a reprieve from going on the trail with his people, but chose to stay with them instead. 46

The fall of 1838, at the age of 75, Whitepath helped to organize the removal from the Eastern Indian Territory, later known as the “Trail of Tears.” He and other Cherokee leaders realized that the best chance for survival lay in an orderly march to Oklahoma and they arranged for ration stops along the trail. Both he and Fly Smith fell ill upon leaving Nashville, both arriving in an army wagon on the stop near Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Chief Whitepath died after several hours of arrival and was buried beside Chief Fly Smith who also died during the night. When the land lottery of 1832 was held, the cabin and the land were awarded to the Pinson family. During Whitepath’s time, the cabin consisted of a single large room downstairs with a loft above. The Pinsons, who were white settlers, later added a dogtrot central hallway and another room downstairs. The cabin was removed and relocated in 1982 by Counte L. Cooley, a descendent of Whitepath and James Mathis. It was removed from the Cooley property in Gainesville in 1995 to the campus of Brenau University, where it remains today. 
An extensive effort by the entire Cooley family was made for the preservation and restoration of the house to salvage this important part of their family history. ACLM



Left: Chief White Path and Chief Fly Smith sculpture at the North East Georgia History Center in Gainesville, GA. Top: Chief White Path cabin preserved. Above: Memorial at the Trail of Tears Memorial Park, Hopkinsville, TN.

The Northeast Georgia History Center is a not for profit institution dedicated to promoting and displaying historical artifacts and displays from the northeast Georgia area from the past 150 years. Located on the campus of Brenau University 322 Academy Street NE Gainesville, GA 30501 770-297-5900 Tuesday - Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm Leslie Barker Thomas is a resident of Ellijay and the President of the Gilmer County Historical Society, President, Georgia Chapter Trail of Tears Association. “When history is erased, people’s moral values are also erased.” –Ma Jian Visit the Gilmer County Historical Society Historic Tabor House & Civil War Museum 138 Spring Street, Ellijay, Georgia 30540 706. 276. 1861. Open Thursday–Saturday 10am to 2pm OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2017


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