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Well shoot- just where did the winter go? Mind you I’m not complaining, but I believe we’ve had the shortest and warmest winter I can remember. And here we are on to spring already with things starting to bloom everywhere. We’ve had a couple of big storms- one of which landed a giant pine on the roof of my little cabin. Yikes! Thanks to Garcia’s Tree Service in Ellijay for coming out right quick to take care of that. Luckily no real damage to the roof. Billy Zoom enjoys sleeping in We did have some poachers on the when it’s winter-cold. And yesmountain this season, bow hunting deer at he snores loudly for such night just for fun and leaving the carcasses. a little guy. Not cool. Maxine and Billy Zoom got fat as ticks eating off them and Maxine ended up with three cracked teeth that had to be removed. While under anesthesia she also had a small mass removed from her side. She was not pleased with the surgery experience, as you can see from the photo. Good for all of us, deer hunting season is well over. Yep. Spring is here and with it comes all the good stuff we’ve been waiting for. The Georgia Mountains are known for some of the best mountain biking around, so you’ll find plenty of events to keep you busy. Spring is also the time to launch into our Festival Season. Fannin County, known as the Trout Capitol of Georgia, holds it 2nd Annual Trout Fest at the end of April. And of course Spring Arts in the Park in Blue Ridge- this year unveiling a new “Trout Trail”- you’ll have to come see what’s that’s all about ‘cuz I’m not telling. Then there’s the Seafood Festival in Young Harris in June. You’ll also find a big list in this issue of the many Spring and Summer Festivals you won’t want to miss. Oh- and our whitewater and rafting companies gear up again for summer starting May1st. Also in this issue we feature fabulous Lake Arrowhead, a private mountain, lake and golfing community just outside of Canton, GA. It truly is a beautiful lake; you have to see it to believe it. If you’re looking to spruce up your mountain property and expand your outdoor living space, Outdoor Living, Indoor Comfort has added aluminum pergolas and cable railings to their product offerings. Good sturdy stuff for your outdoor lifestyle. Just to safe- you might also want to check out Power Solutions Unlimited, they have everything you need to keep you up and running through any storm. Summer is right around the corner and the big news this year is the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017! People will travel from all over the world to see the first total solar eclipse visible from the continental United States in nearly four decades. One of the best places to view the “totality” will be right here in Murphy, Frankin and Andrews, NC. There’ll be lots of events and happenings so be sure to check out our next issue for the latest info. That pretty much wraps it up for me this issue. So see y’all down the road a piece!

Look at that STINK EYE! Maxine right after her surgery– as you can see she was not happy about the expereince. She’s fine now and back to her usual celebrity self. Looking forward to afternoons on the patio at the Blue Ridge Brewery with all of her friends.



PUBLISHER | EDITOR IN CHIEF Alice Sexton GARDEN| LANDSCAPE EDITOR Kevin Johnson | HISTORY EDITOR Leslie Barker Thomas | OUTDOOR ADVENTURE EDITOR Greg Dunn | STYLE & DESIGN EDITOR Cindy Trimble | ADVERTISING SALES NORTH Blue Ridge, Blairsville, Young Harris & Hiawassee, GA Murphy, Andrews, Brasstown & Hayesville, NC Angela Huffstetler 706. 851. 8190 | ADVERTISING SALES SOUTH Ellijay, Talking Rock, Jasper, Ball Ground, Canton & Woodstock, GA Tonia Sheppard 404. 784. 0620 | ALL INQUIRIES Appalachian Country Living 706. 492. 5070 | LAYOUT/DESIGN Alice Sexton Blue Ridge Media Group 706. 492. 5070 | DISTRIBUTION Arthur Pope Publication Marketing & Distribution, Inc. 770. 807. 3043 | CONTRIBUTORS Stuart Borders, Blue Ridge Business Association, Lynn Beasley, Pam Fink, Donna Gaddis Photography, Julie Heinsman, Ray Higgenbotham, Lake Arrowhead Sales & Marketing, Jessica Mathis, Christian E. Mims-Wolfe, Judie Woodall, Maxine & Billy Zoom

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Welcome to the most complete list of festivals and events in north Georgia! There’s surely more to do this Spring than humanly possible and we’re certain there’s something here for everyone. 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


Intermediate Ride. Marco Pantani 70 miler: rolling hills to a 7 mile mountain climb, about 6,500ft of climb, this is an Avanced/ Difficult Ride. Giro de Ellijay 104 miler: about 10,853ft of climb, two mountain climbs, this is an Extremely Difficult Ride (no joke, do not attempt unless you are an advanced rider). All rides will have a Que Sheet/Map, Well Marked Roads, Supported Sag Stops (water, sport drinks, fruit), and Broom Wagon. Ride Starts at 9:00am in beautiful downtown Ellijay, Georgia

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Celebrating Seven Years! Located in Blue Ridge, GA, Bumblebee’s Cafe serves up some of the best homecooked meals around. Known throughout the area for it’s friendly atmosphere, there’s something for everyone on the menu at prices that won’t break your bank account. BumbleBee’s Café offers delicious breakfast dishes anyway you want them. Some of the most popular favorites are the Eggs Benedict as well as the variety of omelets, eggs Florentine, French toast, an array of mouthwatering pancakes, biscuits and gravy, country ham, bacon and sausage, grits. There are nine breads from which to choose. Belgian Waffles with delicious toppings continue to be on top of the list. Our DAILY LUNCHTIME SPECIALS are good size portions that will keep you going all day– great too for those on the run! Lunch specials may be turkey and dressing, roast beef, meatloaf, pork tenderloin, fried chicken or beef stroganoff. In a hurry? Get your order to go! Some of the regular mouthwatering menu items are chicken, chops, burgers, hot dogs, tuna melt, chicken melt, patty melt, chicken tenders, country fried steak, gourmet chicken salad, tuna salad, egg salad, Philly Cheese Steak or Philly Cheese Chicken sandwiches, Clubs and Subs, Reuben on Rye, BLTs, Grilled Cheese with Roasted Red Peppers, and lots more! Numerous sides include– but are not limited to– fruit, coleslaw, French fries, sweet potato fries, fried okra, green beans, mac ‘n cheese, mashed potatoes. Ask your server for the daily desserts! A private dining room in the Café, appropriately named “The Hive,” will nicely accommodate your special events. Whether it’s a business meeting, private party, luncheon, or whatever the occasion, “The Hive” will fit your needs. Beeee sure to contact the Café in advance so we can accommodate your request. BumbleBee’s Café, now under new management, is open seven days a week from 8am to 2pm with Breakfast & Lunch served all day! Call 706-946-BEES (2337) for daily specials, directions, party bookings, or to-go orders. Look for BumbleBee’s on the east side of Highway 515, diagonally across from Ingles Market on the hilltop at 5850 Appalachian Hwy., Blue Ridge, GA 30513 Facebook “f ” Logo

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Monkey Butt: Off-Road Nirvana Outdoor Adventure Editor Greg Dunn Gets On the Pipe in the Awesome Aska Adventure Area


Spring is in the air in the North Georgia Mountains. It’s only the beginning of March and we already have buds on the trees, flowers blooming, and temperatures in the 70’s. Perfect for almost anything outdoors. It’s been a couple months since I have gotten the KTM out so after a good night of watching the last ever AMA Supercross race to be held in the Georgia Dome (from my recliner of course) I got the itch to twist a little throttle. I’ve ridden dirt-bikes most of my life, I got my first one at age 5 and later, spent a few years racing motocross at the amateur level. After a blown ACL, dislocated shoulder, and several other broken bones I decided to give it up and try something a little safer– mountain bike racing! Years of being heavily involved in professional mountain bike racing is what inadvertently landed my wife and I here in Blue Ridge, GA. Turns out that moving to Blue Ridge is what inadvertently landed me back on a dirtbike. The mountains of north Georgia are crisscrossed with forest service roads open to tagged motorcycles. There are also designated off highway vehicle trails that are open to untagged ohv’s. Surrounded by this much temptation, I finally broke down and got a KTM dirt bike. Having limited knowledge of the area, I tried to stay within fuel and cell phone range as much as possible. One day while out exploring on the KTM, I rode up on a mountain biker at a stop sign getting ready to cross Aska Road. In my true, never met a stranger fashion, I struck up conversation only to find out that he also rode motos, lived in the area and would be happy to show me some good new routes. I hit him up a few weeks later and we have been riding mountain bikes and motos together ever since. Tom Watson knows the roads and trails in the north Georgia mountains like the back of his hand. With almost 15 years of experience on both mountain bikes and motorcycles he has explored nearly every nook and cranny in the area, espe-

Top Left: Author Greg Dunn takes a rain break and calls home. Top: Tom Watson “drifting” the big 800cc Triumph. Above Left: Tom Watson of leading a ride through the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Above Right: Moto Glamping at the Dialed Inn camp. cially in the Chattahoochee National Forest. Tom recently invited me to weekend adventure ride/campout based out of his property in the Aska adventure area. Several riders from all over the southeast joined us on two days of 6 plus hour adventure routes, which Tom touted as his favorites. We explored the rough roads of Duncan Ridge, Coopers Creek, Noontootla Creek and just about everything in between. The routes were strategically planned with gas stops appropriately spaced out to get us back safely which can be difficult given that gas stations are few and far between in that area. We finished the days with a huge spread of tasty food and ice-cold beverages,



followed by “war-stories” by the bonfire overlooking a beautiful sunset behind the majestic Rich Mountain. Turns out Tom is now offering his services to the public! His company,, offers 1, 2, or 3 day excursions, that include “glamping” at the Dialed-Inn, home-cooked meals, bountiful refreshments and – oh–some of the best roads and trails in north Georgia just minutes from camp. If you’re looking to maximize your motorized off-road experience, take the guess work out of the equation and let Tom show you the best north Georgia has to offer!




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Invasion of the Russian Wild Boar Landscape & Garden Editor Kevin Johnson Introduces Us to One of the Top 12 Invasive Species in the U.S.


Years ago when I was serving as Grounds Supervisor at Young Harris College, I encountered something that excited several members of my crew. We were driving along a road on the backside of campus which buts up to the woods– and there they were– a mother sow and three piglets. These weren’t pigs that had escaped from a nearby farm they were wild pigs. My crew members saw a golden opportunity for hunting right before their eyes. Feral pigs, or razorbacks in the U.S. were first established in the 1500s, when colonists brought over wild and domesticated pigs for food. Some wandered off and spawned small feral populations. The Eurasian wild boar, or Russian wild boar, Sus scrofa, was introduced to the United States in the 19th century for hunting. Today, wild invasive pigs consist of a combination of feral pigs, pure wild boars and hybrids of the two. They have several names: Russian or Eurasian wild boar, wild hog, feral pig, or feral boar– and they are a big problem. Wild boar exhibit a wide variety of coloration and markings with males weighing up to 440 lbs. and females up to 330 lbs. Females give birth to 5-6 piglets per liter and depending on access to food, can have 2 litters per year. Both males and females have tusks, with the male’s tusks growing long and sharp. While they prefer to avoid humans, in the right (or wrong? situation) they can be aggressive and dangerous. The Dept. of Agriculture estimates there are currently over 5 million wild boars in the U.S. and are established in 47 states– with massive populations in Texas, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina, and a growing one in Virginia. The recent population boom, state game officials and biologists say, is largely the fault of hunters who imported wild pigs to hunt year round, and now they have become one of the top 12 most invasive animals in the United States. Due to the growing population, an estimated 1.5 billion a year is spent to repair and prevent damage caused by this invasive species. They eat crops, acorns, roots, small herbaceous plants, eggs of ground nesting birds, bulbs, and etc.

Top: Flemish painter Frans Snyders’ “Hounds Bringing Down a Boar” circa 1600.



Above: The lower tusks on adult males– often called tushes in some vernaculars– vary in length from 5 inches to 18 inches. Right: Feral pig/boar damage is not limited to the forest. Ravaging ecosystems around ponds, creeks, and rivers, they pose a threat to several endangered species. Feral hogs transmit diseases and parasites to livestock, wild animals and humans. Pseudorabies Virus (PRV), Swine brucellosis (Brucella suis) and Bovine tuberculosis (TB) are a few diseases that are danger to other animals, while Leptospirosis, Brucellosis, E. coli, Rabies and Swine Influenza viruses (among others) can be contracted by humans. Over the course of several years, while working in the woods treating hemlocks for Woolly Adelgid, I’ve encountered these animals and the damage they have done. I can always tell when wild hogs have been there because they virtually strip the land of small trees and plant

material, at the same time causing extensive damage while rooting for food. Wild boars are incredibly smart and difficult to control once they are established. Your best option to eradicate them is by trapping or hunting which isn’t easy to do. If you are having problems with these beasts check out Good luck! ACLM Editor’s Note: AC Living Mag’s Maxine– a Jagdterrier, or German Hunting Terrier– was originally bred as a farm varmint hunter. But as you can see in the upper right corner of the painting above– they were also used to hunt wild boar. Today, Jagterrier’s in the US are bred specifically to bay boar. Lucky for me, Maxine failed at this task! Kevin Johnson is the owner of Green Leaf Lawn and Ornamental, LLC, based in Blue Ridge. For more information about the devastating hemlock woolly adelgid and treatment options, Kevin can be reached toll free at 866. 883. 2420 or by email at Or check out his web site at www.wetreatlawns. com or visit for more info. WWW.ACLIVINGMAGAZINE.COM



the south, outdoor entertaining and living spaces

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Whether it’s on the porch, patio, balcony or beneath a pergola, no other space in the house is more important, except perhaps the kitchen. There’s nothing better than hours spent sipping iced tea or lemonade in the heat of the afternoon on the porch, or casual evening suppers with friends sharing fresh summer fare and fine wine while listening to a symphony of nighttime creatures, set against a moonlit sky.

Even the most simple porch or patio can be transformed into a year-round oasis with the right choice of enclosure materials and timeless, durable furnishings. Enclosing a porch or patio, creating a beautiful seethrough railing on your deck or adding an outdoor pergola will undoubtedly add value to your home, but more importantly it will become your favorite place to enjoy time with loved ones: a special space where the inside meets the outdoor world.

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Turn Your Porch Into a Timeless Oasis Wouldn’t you love to enjoy your north Georgia home, cabin porch or patio most of the year, without having to cover furniture during storms, without fighting insects, and without cleaning spring pollen? With Eze-Breeze porch enclosures, YOU CAN! Eze-Breeze enclosures are a combination of an aluminum frame and sliding panels fitted with a flexible vinyl. This unique design allows you to open the panels as much as you want to enjoy your room as a screened porch or close them to enjoy the room as a 3-season space. Add a fireplace or heater and you can enjoy your outdoor space all year! An Eze-Breeze enclosure offers many of benefits of glass without the expense or maintenance. • Floor-to-ceiling views • Ease of operation – leave them up year-round • Protection from bugs, rain, wind, dust and pollen • Filter 99% of harmful UV rays • Custom made for a perfect fit in any opening • Backed by a Lifetime Frame Warranty, plus a 10-year warranty on the vinyl, screen and moving parts Outdoor Living makes it possible for you to quickly, easily and affordably enclose your porch or patio. They service homes, vacation properties and cabins from Blairsville to Atlanta. No matter the size or complexity of your porch or patio enclosure project, Outdoor Living can customize an Eze-Breeze sliding system to turn your space into a timeless oasis. Transform an Ordinary Outdoor Space into a Shaded Retreat Whether your patio demands the elegance of a bold and striking structure, your garden needs a charming centerpiece, or you’re simply looking to define a space to enjoy the ambiance of a cool evening– a pergola may be the answer you’ve 14

through. Cable railings practically disappear, so you can get the most out of your amazing mountain, lake or other scenic view. Outdoor Living also offers maintenance-free aluminum railing systems.

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been searching for. Pergolas do much more than offer shade and design appeal– they create a magical place to bring families and friends together, and Outdoor Living will design and install the pergola of your dreams. Outdoor Living’s aluminum pergolas are essentially maintenance-free and can provide up to a 60% shade coefficient. With no worries of termites, rotting, twisting, cracking or painting, you can relax and just enjoy. Their pergolas offer the thickest gauge aluminum in the industry, which allows for a deep embossing that captures the true texture and the elegant look of premium wood. Whether you are looking for added style on your deck or some tranquil shade, Outdoor Living can turn any outdoor space into the perfect retreat.

Get the Most Out of Your Mountain View

One of the hottest new products now offered by Outdoor Living are Cable Railings. These are perfect for north Georgia decks with exceptional views of our mountains and lakes. Outdoor Living can easily bring a sleek and modern look to your deck, balcony, porch, stairs or fence with a premier stainless steel cable railing system that provides you with a safe, strong, lowmaintenance guardrail that you can look right



When you are ready to sit back and enjoy your outdoor space, Outdoor Living has everything you need to complete your retreat. Their wide selection of outdoor furniture offers stylish options in a variety of materials designed to withstand the elements. Choose from their woven, composite, wrought iron, cast aluminum or aluminum porch and patio collections, all of which will enhance your investment in comfort. You may also choose to add custom waterproof flooring and/or durable and fashionable rugs. Complete your look with lamps and other accessories– many styles are available and on display in their showroom. Outdoor Living’s products lend style and comfort to fit your lifestyle. Spring is the perfect time to transform your outdoor space into the summer oasis you’ve always dreamed of. Let Outdoor Living, Indoor Comfort take you there. ACLM Serving clients from Atlanta to Blairsville stop by and visit the Showroom! Outdoor Living, Indoor Comfort 447 Harmony School Road Jasper, GA 30143 Hours: Wednesday - Friday 10 am - 4 pm Other times by appointment For a Free In-Home Consultation, call Julie Heinsman: Office: 706-301-5698 Cell: 404-550-0270 Visit: APRIL/MAY 2017


First Impressions Really Do Count Style & Design Editor Cindy Trimble Stresses the Importance of a Well Designed and Unique Entryway


Have you ever arrived at someone’s house and wondered, “Where is the front door?” Creating a warm, inviting front door and entry to your house is so important. It needs to scream out “Here I am – enter here!” When we are working on budgets for the overall house, I am emphatic with our clients to allocate ample funds for their front entry door, door surrounding walls and space, door handles, entry lights and furnishings. This is the first impression guests will receive when arriving at your home; make is as special and unique as you can! But most important, make is so that they know where to go to get to the front door! Creating a successful and exciting entry may involve some added architectural elements such as a portico (open covered area that sticks out in front of the door supported by columns,) a front porch or simply adding a new layer of a richer, more textured material. Many houses lack a front door or their front door is placed on the back of the house that has to be reached walking around on a porch. This is confusing for guests and requires special emphasis on the arrival area and the trail leading to the front door. If this is your situation, then the arrival point will need to be emphasized to lead guests in that direction. The front entry at near right was a completely new structure that was created specifically to show where the front door was and give guests an exciting experience upon arrival. The original front door was down a set of steps, which were barely visible from the driveway. When guests arrived, they had to walk down stairs to get to the front porch and front door. This new portico, that includes a bridge leads guests from the driveway across a ravine to the front door. The front door leads to an elevated foyer that overAPRIL/MAY 2017

looked the great room below. The addition of the new portico dramatically transformed the guest’s experience when arriving at this house. Confusion was eliminated and the new structure connected the driveway and arrival to the house very successfully. ACLM Top: Entryway after renovation. Above: Before renovation. Right:Front entries always stand out if wrapped with a more expensive finish material such as stone. Make sure your entry is well lighted for evening guest arrivals. This entry has been wrapped with stone, given a soft arch over the entry portal and has two large carriage lanterns on either side clearly indicating where the front door is located. APPALACHIAN COUNTRY LIVING

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Whether it’s a standby power system for a large data center, a backup generator powering the family home through an outage, portable generators powering tools at the job site, or the cleaning power of a pressure washer, Generac meets the power needs of consumers and businesses alike.


It’s no surprise that, in 2017, having a dedicated power source for your home is more important than ever. More often than not, homeowners don’t realize how much they actually depend on the electricity that powers their home – until they don’t have any, that is. Thankfully, thunderstorms and other forms of inclement weather usually only knock out power for a few minutes. What’s the harm in your WiFi or cable box taking a break for awhile? If anything, a little time away from your mobile device can be refreshing. But when a more serious power outage occurs, things can go from mildly irritating to concerning in a very short amount of time. What steps, then, can you take to make sure that you and your family have the power resources that you need in the event of a long-term outage? The most viable answer to that question is a high-quality backup home generator. Of course, there are plenty of companies to choose from when exploring backup power options, but if you’re looking for the most reliable, highly-rated team offering the best products on the market, Power Solutions Unlimited is the way to go. Located in Jasper, GA, Power Solutions Unlimited is owned and operated by Scott Fowler, a Georgia native who saw the need for backup generators in the commercial industry. “I got into the power generation industry years ago when the economy wasn’t doing so well. Assisted living centers and hospitals needed backup power. As times changed, we began fo-



cusing more on the residential side. So, I closed down my home building business started in the generator business,” said Fowler. Scott opened Power Solutions Unlimited in 2007 shortly after making that decision, and has been providing power generation products for homes in Pickens County and the Metro Atlanta area ever since. “We offer sales, service, warranty, installation, and preventative maintenance at Power Solutions Unlimited. We offer 24-hour service, and do everything from small cabins in the mountains to large assisted living communities in the area,” said Fowler, whose company is a dealer for popular brands like Generac and Kohler. What exactly does a home backup generator do, you may be asking? “A backup generator is similar in size to an air conditioning unit that sits outside of your home. We put in what is called a transfer switch, and it does exactly that - it transfers power. When your power goes out, your transfer switch is activated and transfers your utility power to backup power. It’s just like having a second power company,” described Fowler. Using an automatic backup generator is more cost-effective than a portable generator, which does not run on a home’s natural gas or propane supply. It’s also safer, and protects your family from dangerous carbon monoxide leaks that are often associated with portable units. Power Solutions Unlimited sets itself apart WWW.ACLIVINGMAGAZINE.COM


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It’s Not if. It’s When. To Be Safe - Be Prepared. Create a Family Disaster Plan

> Decide ahead of time where to go if you are not at home, (school, work, outdoors, or in a car). > Agree with family members on a designated place to meet if separated. Include a place directly outside the home and in your town or neighborhood. > Designate a friend or relative outside the area as your contact if you are separated.

Know the Difference Between a Watch and a Warning

> WATCH – Conditions for severe weather are possible in the specified area within 36 hours. > WARNING – Severe weather conditions have been reported by spotters or radar and are expected in the area within 24 hours.

Inspect Home and Yard for Potential Hazards

> Remove outdoor items such as lawn furniture, trash cans, toys and hanging plants as they may become airborne during a storm. > Trim or cut down weak trees and branches that could easily be broken off by high winds and damage homes. > Keep rain gutters, outside stairwells, window wells, drain lines and down spouts clear to prevent flooding in high rains. > Protect or cover windows, entry doors, sliding glass doors, garage doors and gable end vents.

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Scott Fowler founded Power Solutions Unlimited in 2007 to fill a need for hospitals and assisted living centers to maintain constant power. Since then, PSU has expanded to help businesses and home owners weather any storm.

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where, Power Solutions Unlimited has everything that you might need under one roof at their Jasper location. “We have parts in stock, so we don’t have to order the parts and go back later to fix a generator. We’re a full-service dealer. You can buy a generator anywhere you want to; what Power Solutions Unlimited offers is customer service. We offer trained technicians, extended warranties, and so much more. You won’t find our level of dedication anywhere else.” If home is where the heart is, you should be confident in its backup power capability. Power Solutions Unlimited can help provide you with the peace of mind that you deserve, in the place that you feel most comfortable.

> Flashlights cannot power refrigerators and candles are fire hazards. > The American Red Cross suggests that permanently installed stationary home generators are better suited for providing backup power to the home than portable generators. > Emergency Contact List – Keep a list of your local police, fire department, ambulance, and utility companies and post it in a place that is easily accessible for your entire family. >Water – At least 1 gallon per person, per day for 3 to 7 days > Food – Non-perishable, easy to prepare items or canned food and juices, 3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home > Flashlight and batteries > Battery-powered or hand crank radio – NOAA Weather Radio, if possible > First Aid Kit > Medications – 7-day supply and medical items > Multi-purpose tool > Sanitation and personal hygiene items > Telephones – Fully-charged cell phone with extra battery and non-cordless telephone set > Cash and credit cards – Banks and ATMs may not be available for extended periods > Important documents – Insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security cards, birth certificates. Keep in a watertight container. > Vehicle fuel tanks filled > Clothing – Seasonal, rain gear, sturdy shoes > Blankets and pillows > Family and emergency contact information > Pet care items and records > Fire extinguisher

from other companies as a certified PowerPro Elite Dealer for Generac, a title that few businesses are able to achieve. They also have a staff of meticulously-trained technicians, who are schooled and tested before being deployed in the field. “All of our technicians go to what’s called the Generac University. They’re fully-trained to repair generators, and have computers that are linked into Generac which provides tech support. So, if we’re in the field working on something, we have the factory to support us,” said Fowler. Rather than finding parts and supplies else-



For more information on Generac generators and Power Solutions Unlimited or to schedule a free appraisal and estimate: Power Solutions Unlimited Inc 111 Confederate Ave Jasper, GA 30143 (706) 253-7737



EXQUISITE NEW NEIGHBORHOODS NOW AVAILABLE. HIGHLANDS VISTA Ranch Style Homes from the $200s - $400s Single level living with open floorplans, stylish interior appointments and comfortable outdoor living areas. SANCTUARY COVE Luxury Lakeside Living - Homes $300s - $800s New 28-lot neighborhood featuring breathtaking views and offering individual deep water docks.








This beautiful master planned mountain, lake, golfing community is just 40 minutes from Atlanta, convenient to nearby Canton and minutes from the new, state-of-the-art Northside Cherokee Hospital. The vast list of amenities is much too long to list here and includes eight miles of walking/hiking trails, pickleball, championship golf and a crystal clear 540-acre lake surrounded by picturesque mountain views. For the full list of amenities and much more information, visit





Welcome to Lake Arrowhead. Located near Canton, GA, Lake Arrowhead is an exclusive, mountain, lake, and golfing community. Visit us and tour our Obie Award winning model home pictured here.





The Marina and Boathouse, home of the Lake Arrowhead Sailing Club offers boat slips, sailing lessons, and boat rentals for all levels of experience. Or for a quiet afternoon, simply sit on the dock with your best friend and a fishing pole.


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 center piece to the property. Our Lifestyle Director for Lake Arrowhead has the pleasure of providing an exciting array of activities and events for our owners all year long. Yearly celebrations such as our July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza, Memorial Day and Labor Day Bash Weekends, Halloween Trunk & Treat, Thanksgiving Harvest Events and our

December Christmas Holiday calendar are always a Big Hit. Our Seasonal Events is where your spirits will rise as you experience Hiking along our 8 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. These events and many more. Engage our owners Sense of Adventure and Enrich Their Lives. No matter your Interests, Age, or Abilities, there’s Something of Interest for EVERYONE at Lake Arrowhead. We are excited to share our flagship neighborhood, Sanctuary Cove is Now Available for Sale. This Luxury Lakeside Living neighborhood showcases 27 home sites that maximize the panoramic views of our lake and mountainside and offers individual deep water docks. A Portfolio of plans were designed to maximize the Lake and Mountain Views with homes ranging in square footage from 2000 – 3200, Priced from the $300s – $800s. Value Is Re-Defined. Discover the Design Inspired Features Found in our Portfolio of Single Level Living Ranch Style Homes that are being built in Highlands Vista at Lake Arrowhead, Ranging in Square Footage from 1,700 – 2,800, Priced from the $200’s – $400’s.









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 among the Grand hardwood Trees. All available with the ease of Low Maintenance Lifestyle Living. Johnson Development Corporation who developed renowned Towne Lake and Bridge Mill 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 is an easy 40 minutes from Atlanta and is unbelievably accessible including the close proximity to the new state-of-the-art Northside Cherokee Hospital and minutes away from acclaimed and Premiere Cultural Arts Center At Renowned Reinhardt University. ACLM

Opposite Page: Professionally furnished model homes are now open showcasing, state of the art kitchens, spacious open living areas, outdoor fireplaces and private outdoor covered rear patios where you’ll enjoy the mountainside views. This Page: Experience our 18 hole championship Highlands Golf Course or take a hike through the tranquil forest. This and more awaits you at Lake Arrowhead. 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. – 6pm. 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, Steve Kallock or Mary Davis at 770-720- 2700. You’ll Be Glad you did.








AC LIVING RECIPES Strawberry Basics Strawberries are sugar-sweet, affordable, and omnipresent – even if you can’t pick your own, you’ll find pints and quarts of them at roadside stands and red seas of them in the produce aisle. These berries are delicious on their own, sprinkled with sugar, or in breakfast recipes, desserts, and even salads. In Season: Fresh strawberries are available year-round in many regions of the country, with the peak season from April to June. What to Look For: Buy strawberries that are bright red (with no white or green around the stem), fragrant, and plump, with no soft spots. How to Store: If using right away, it’s best not to refrigerate them. Otherwise, lay the berries flat on a paper-towel-lined plate and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Do not rinse or hull until ready to use.

Strawberry Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients 1 cup butter 3 cups dices fresh strawberries Whole strawberries for decoration as desired 1 cup sugar 4 egg whites 1 cup strawberry puree (Fresh or 1 cup thawed frozen strawberry & 1-2 tbsp water in blender) 2 teaspoons baking powder 3 cups all purpose flour 4 egg yolks 1/2 teaspoon almond extract 1 tablespoon vanilla 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup white sugar 2 tablespoons flour Pink food coloring *Room temperature ingredients are ESSENTIAL for this recipe. Preparation 1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare three 8-in round cake pans. 2. Whip four eggs whites in mixer until soft peaks form. Add 1 cup sugar, 1 tbsp at a time, whipping to maintain soft peaks. Pour whites into large bowl (This was about 5 cups in volume after whipped) and set aside. 3. Without fully cleaning the mixer bowl, cream room temperature butter and 1 cup sugar until fluffy. Add vanilla and almond extract. Add egg yolks one at a time, beating after each addition. APRIL/MAY 2017

4. Sift together 3 cups flour, baking powder, & salt. Alternatively add flour mixture and 1/3 strawberry puree to batter until fully combined. (Flour, 1/3 cup puree, flour, 1/2 cup puree, flour). Add food coloring to achieve desired color. Batter will be thick. You should have 1/3 cup puree LEFT OVER. (This will be brushed on cake later) 5. Fold in egg whites. 6. Coat diced strawberries in 2 tbsp flour and gently add to batter. Pour batter into prepared pans and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. If using two 8-in cake pans, bake for 45-50 minutes. 7. Remove cakes from oven and use a pastry brush to spread remaining strawberry puree over warm cakes. Cool until ready to assemble cakes. TIP: If you want to use all of your strawberry puree IN the cake, feel free to brush cakes with a simple syrup after they have baked. This is a dense cake, so it does need the additional moisture added. Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients 8 oz cream cheese, softened 1 cup butter, softened 4 cups powdered sugar 1 teaspoon coconut extract 2-3 Tablespoons heavy cream Shredded coconut Preparation 1. Beat cream cheese and butter together. 2. Add in powdered sugar one cup at a time and APPALACHIAN COUNTRY LIVING

beat until creamy. 3. Add the vanilla or coconut extract and heavy cream and beat until smooth. 4. Frost cake and cover with shredded coconut. TIP: Turn mixer on high and let it go for 4 minutes to get some air into the frosting.

Strawberry and Cream Biscuits Ingredients 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1/2 teaspoon table salt 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold 1 cup chopped very ripe strawberries. Cut strawberries into about 3/8" dice, halving very small berries, quartering medium, and then dicing large berries. 1 cup heavy cream Preparation 1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. 2. In the bottom of a large bowl whisk flour, baking powder, sugar and salt together. 3. Cut in cold butter until the mixture resembles a crumbly meal with small pea-sized bits of butter. 4. Gently toss in strawberries, just to lightly coat in the dry ingredients. 5. Stir in heavy cream gently, just to moisten the dry ingredients but not over work the dough. 6. Knead once or twice in the bowl, to form a WWW.ACLIVINGMAGAZINE.COM


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somewhat shaggy, but cohesive mass. The dough won’t be even – the key here is to be gentle! 7. Generously flour your counter or work surface. Transfer dough to the counter, generously flour the top and flatten with your hands or a rolling pin. 8. Gently roll or press the dough out to a 3/4 to 1-inch thickness. Cut into 2 1/2-inch circles with a floured biscuit cutter, pressing straight down and not twisting as you cut. 9. Carefully transfer scones to prepared baking sheet, spacing at least two inches apart. You can re-roll the scraps of dough; things will get a bit messy but they will still be perfectly tasty. If you’re so inclined, sprinkle with a little sugar to finish them off. 10. Bake the scones for 12 to 15 minutes, until golden and the juices start to bubble a bit and thicken. Cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack. Serve warm or at room temperature. Makes 16-20.

Preparation 1. In a blender or food processor, puree the strawberries and thyme coarsely. Add the butter and salt and blend until fairly smooth. Serve at room temperature. 2. This can be made one day in advance and refrigerated in a tightly covered container. Allow to become room temperature before serving.

Strawberry Compote

During strawberry season, every cook should have a compote handy. Spoon over everything from pancakes to ice cream! Ingredients 3 pints fresh strawberries, washed, patted dry and sliced 1 cup sugar, less if you prefer 1⁄2 cup Grand Marnier or 2 tbsp lemon juice

Flavored butters are so easy to make and can be used in many different ways. This is a great butter recipe to add to your collection. Ingredients 1⁄2 cup strawberry, fresh and diced 1⁄4 teaspoon thyme, minced optional 1⁄2 cup butter, softened Salt, to taste

Preparation 1. In a non-reactive saucepan, over medium heat, combine 2 pints of the strawberries, sugar and liquor. 2. Bring the liquid to a boil, reduce the heat to medium and simmer until the fruit is soft, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove and let cool. 4. In a food processor, fitted with a metal blade, puree the strawberries until smooth. 5. Turn into a mixing bowl, and add the remaining sliced strawberries. Mix well. Makes 2 cups.



Strawberry Butter

Strawberry Rose Gin Fizz Ingredients 6 beautiful strawberries 2 teaspoons sugar 4 shots gin 1 teaspoon rose water pinch of salt 1/2 cup club soda (or, to taste)

Preparation 1. Wash and de-stem strawberries. Dice into small pieces, like 12 pieces from one berry. Tiny. 2. Sprinkle the sugar over strawberries. Let sit for 5 minutes. Mash with a fork to release their juices. 3. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add the strawberry mixture, gin, rose water and a pinch of salt (just trust me). Shake, and divide between two glasses. 5. Top off with club soda, squeeze a lime wedge into each glass. ACLM Recipe and photo credits:,,,,




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Second Saturday is coming to Historic Downtown Blue Ridge beginning Saturday April 8th!!! Blue Ridge will be hosting a monthly shop and play “Block Party” evening event series that provides free night time entertainment and longer shopping hours in our stores.

This Block Party

will be held on the second Saturday night of each month, and will offer

visitors an opportunity to enjoy all that our special downtown area has to offer through extended hours and live music. Our stores will have special sales, offer refreshments and some will have additional entertainment inside their stores! The location will rotate each month to a different area of downtown where we will close the road for an

old fashioned Block Party.

sponsored by the Blue Ridge Business Association

A visit to Blue Ridge any time of year is a great way to escape to the mountains. Just 90 minutes north of Atlanta and a day’s drive from five Southeastern states, Blue Ridge, GA is nestled at the base of the Appalachian Mountains. Historic downtown Blue Ridge is a lively quaint town where you can come in from an outdoor adventure to savor a fine dining experience or micro brewery beer and burgers. Visitors can also enjoy boutique shopping, antiquing and gallery hopping. Historic Downtown Blue Ridge has a sophisticated and cultural feel, with a friendliness that makes everyone feel welcome.

Blue Jeans Pizza & Pasta Factory, The Safehouse Lounge and The Overlook Room



With great hand-made pizza, cold beer and a big screen TV, Blue Jeans Pizza & Pasta Factory serves up quality food and friendly service in a casual atmosphere. Blue Jeans Pizza and Pasta, The Hampton Bldg. 11 Mountain Street, Blue Ridge GA 30513 706.632. 6503/6504

Blue Ridge Adventure Wear

Blue Ridge Adventure Wear is the lifestyle clothing store for the mountains. Located next to the train depot in the heart of downtown Blue Ridge, GA, we have served your outdoor lifestyle

clothing needs for more than a decade. Blue Ridge Adventure Wear 661 East Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513 706. 632. 3991

Blue Ridge Barber Shop

Located in the Hampton Square Building, Blue Ridge Barber Shop provides quality haircuts and barber services for gentlemen of all ages. We are a top notch facility where our properly trained staff know what gentlemen like you want– and that is what we do best! Blue Ridge Barber Shop in The Hampton Building 11 Mountain Street #8 , Blue Ridge, GA 30513 706. 632. 1114 WWW.ACLIVINGMAGAZINE.COM


Blue Ridge Olive Oil Company

Blue Ridge Olive Oil Company’s inviting cucina style store offers you 65 varieties of olive oil and balsamic vinegars and the opportunity to taste these remarkable innovations from around the world. Treat your taste buds to an incredible array of flavors from Italy, Spain, Greece, Tunisian, Chile, Australia and other exotic destinations. Blue Ridge Olive Oil Company 511 East Main Street , #100 Blue Ridge, GA 30513 706.946.OILS (6457)

3rd Annual Blue Ridge Mountains Wine & Jazz Festival

Saturday May 6th 3-9 pm. Kharisma Entertainment and Teatrees Boutique Spa are bringing hot jazz, great wines, fine art, and delicious cuisine, to beautiful Blue Ridge, GA. Come sample a diversity of wines, while enjoying delicious food, browse the many talented vendors and listen to top jazz performers in a beautiful outdoor setting. For tickets and info visit:

Great Pizza, Cold Beer, Big Screen TV Pasta, Stromboli, Calzone, Salads, Wings All Cooked to Order

Chester Brunnenmeyer’s Bar & Grill

Chester’s is a rustic American bar and grill located on the corner of East Main and Depot Street in beautiful, historic downtown Blue Ridge, Georgia. The bar and grill has a modern rustic feel and features high quality food, an impressive wine list, signature cocktails, and local craft beer. Chester Brunnenmeyer’s Bar & Grill 733 East Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513 706. 258. 2539

Design Refind

Design Re-Find is a home furnishings consignment store located at 146 Depot Street in Blue Ridge. Come discover a treasure trove of fabulous items for your home or weekend cabin, at great prices and with fantastic service by our friendly staff of locals. Design Re-Find Inc. 146 Depot Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513 706. 946. 2031

Douglas Inn

Our affordable accommodations offer the comforts of home with our spacious suites featuring a private bedroom with one king bed, fully

amennatized kitchen and large living room. We offer 25 units in a quiet location on a ridge overlooking Blue Ridge, just a mile or less from downtown. Dog friendly! Douglas Inn & Suites 1192 Windy Ridge Road, Blue Ridge, GA 30513 706. 258. 3600

Gartrell Gallery and Studios

Our gallery is a beautiful space that features artists from near and far. We offer art classes, wine tastings, artist openings, special events and much, much more. The unique, elegantly lighted and appointed gallery is also available for your special event. Gartrell Gallery and Studios 733 East Main Street Blue Ridge, GA 30513 706. 258. 2702


Offering “hands on” Professional Quality Design Solutions that ensure value and superior construction through “Timeless Design” and a “Client First” approach. Our market focus for this practice is small to medium sized projects in the Commercial, Retail, Corporate,

“Outdoor Wear with Indoor Style” 661 E Main Street | Blue Ridge, GA

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In the heart of charming downtown Blue Ridge, Georgia...come experience and enjoy the European custom of oil and vinegar tasting. 10am to 6pm • 7 days a week

Full Bar & Menu in the Safehouse Lounge (Adults Only) Book a Special Event or Party in Our New Safehouse Lounge or Overlook Room The Hampton Square 11 Mountain Street | Blue Ridge, GA

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Mountain Wellness Retreats

People have “retreated” to beautiful natural areas since the inception of our species. Come “run away to the mountains” with us! A Mountain Retreat can change you and your life! Mountain Wellness Retreats Contact Dr. Anne Merkel to Register Today! 706-374-6460 (Gift Certificates are Available)

Qinti - The Peruvian Store

QINTI means hummingbird in Quechua. We are a Peruvian Shop, and through QINTI, our aim is to provide you with unique items using the finest materials: Baby Alpaca, Sterling Silver, and Pima Cotton – at great value! Qinti- The Peruvian Store 531 East Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513 706. 946. 8889

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Rose Van Dyke, Associate Broker, Coldwell Banker High Country Realty

“From the moment I shake the client’s hand, one immediately senses my enthusiasm for our region; sense of community, various lifestyles, and the grandeur of landscape. Happiness is key in every transaction, as I embrace all of a client’s real estate challenges. I take those roads less traveled and have learned one can build on any mountain. There is never a bad day in the Mountains I say.” Rose Van Dyke Coldwell Banker High Country Realty 274 W. Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513 404. 583. 1035

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StudioTrimble, Inc., the Southern Appalachian premier commercial and residential interior design firm is celebrating its 25-year anniversary! Incorporated in Atlanta by owner, designer Cindy Trimble, ASID the firm has amassed a broadly diverse portfolio of unique commercial and residential projects. Cindy is a Registered Interior Designer and in 2016, StudioTrimble recieved an ASID State Design Award. StudioTrimble, Inc. 146 Depot Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513 706. 946. 2030

Tupelo Tea

Tupelo Tea Inc. was formed with a mission to offer over 80 premium tea blends to tea lovers who are always exploring new flavors. Our tea blends offer unique and captivating taste experiences to tea enthusiasts, giving them a truly enjoyable experience. Tupelo Tea 531 East Main St, Blue Ridge GA 30513 706. 946. 8327 ACLM

Mountain Top Wellness Retreats Give yourself this therapeutic, restorative gift around a vacation, business trip, or anytime you are in the mountains... to support your health and peace of mind.

531 East Main Street | Downtown Blue Ridge Highest quality craftsmanship in rich materials: ❖ Fine Sterling Silver Jewelry ❖ Pima Cotton Hand-Woven Shawls ❖ Beautifully Designed Handbags ❖ Luxurious Baby Alpaca Sweaters & Accessories for Him & Her

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Welcome to the most complete list of festivals and events in north Georgia! There’s surely more to do this Spring than humanly possible and we’re certain there’s something here for everyone. 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! North Georgia Zoo & Petting Farm Springtime Festival March 31- April 12, 2017 Join us in celebrating spring with baby animals, planting, fun kids activates and more! Open additional days for all those on spring break! General Admission $8 adult $6 child. TuesdayFriday 10-4p. Saturday & Sunday 10-6pm ( Closed Mondays). North Georgia Zoo & Farm 2912 Paradise Valley RD, Cleveland, GA 30528. For info 706.348.7279 or visit Rhododendron Festival Hamilton Gardens April - May 2017 Rhododendron Festival is Back After a long cold winter, nothing says ‘spring is here’ quite like the blooming of the Rhododendron at Hamilton Gardens. The yearly tradition of strolling through the magnificent and rare beauty of over 400 rhododendrons in an explosion of colors and varieties has just been made even more wondrous -- the Rhododendron Festival is coming back to the Hamilton Gardens! They don’t always bloom on schedule so be sure to check the website before going. Arts and craft vendors each weekend. Plants for sale. Georgia Mountain Fairground 1311 Music Hall Road, Hiawassee. 706-896-4191. 34

20th Annual Blue Ridge Writers’ Conference April 7-8, 2017 Writers will learn to hone their skills, network with fellow writers, and expand their markets. Begin your conference with a Workshop Intensive held on Friday at the Art Center from 10:30am-2:30pm then join us for a Writers’ Meet and Greet that evening from 5-6pm. Writers’ Conference sessions take place on Saturday from 9am-5pm. Hosted by the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 West Main Street, Blue Ridge GA 30513. For more info contact (706) 6322144, or visit www.

21st Annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival April 22 - 23, 2017 Historic Downtown Dahlonega’s award-winning Bear on the Square Mountain Festival is a yearly celebration of the Southern Appalachian culture, including an auction, music, art and folkways. Dahlonega is a picturesque town in the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains and this year’s event will be held in and around the town’s Historic Square during the third weekend in April. Auction & Dinner Friday night. For more info visit www. Contact: (706) 864-3711 or (800) 231-5543.

North Georgia Zoo & Petting Farm Easter Festival April 14- 16, 2017 Enjoy the Rabbitpalooza where you can touch, hold, and learn about over 10 different types of rabbits. Lots of baby bunnies! Eggstravaganza! Enjoy egg hunting in a whole new fashionGeneral Admission $8 adult $6 child. Tuesday- Friday 10-4p. Saturday & Sunday 10-6pm ( Closed Mondays). North Georgia Zoo & Farm 2912 Paradise Valley RD, Cleveland, GA 30528. For info 706.348.7279 or visit

40th Annual Big Shanty Festival April 22-13, 2017 The Big Shanty Festival has grown to become one of the largest arts and crafts shows in north Georgia. More than 250 booths featuring a vast array of one-of-a-kind and homemade crafts. The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History sits at the center of the festival. Outstanding local entertainment and all your favorite festival foods. Parade kicks off at 9:30 am on Saturday at Adams Park and continue down Main Street through downtown Kennesaw. FREE. For more information call Peter Jezerinac or Bill Watson at 770-423-1330 or visit www.

2nd Annual Spring Bierfest April 22, 2017 Craft Beer Tasting & Bierfest After Party! Help us welcome Spring to Helen at our Spring Bier Fest! This will be a celebration of new life returning to the mountains of Northeast Georgia. Enjoy music, dancing, food, and beverages in the Festhalle on the banks of the beautiful Chattahoochee River. Featuring local craft brews and great German beers. Tasting $25, 12pm-4pm. Party $7, 6pm – 11pm. Alpine Helen Festhalle, 1074 Edelweiss St., Helen, GA 30545. Info: or 706.-878-1908.



Ramp Tramp Festival April 19-22, 2017 The ramp or wild leek, is a wild onion native to North America. The bulb resembles a scallion, but the flat, broad leaves set it apart, a version of the wild garlic. The festival brings hundreds to the camp each year to enjoy the traditional meal while bluegrass music is played. The traditional meal includes ramps fried in eggs, streaked meat, fried potatoes, white beans and cornbread. All proceeds APRIL/MAY 2017

are used for the operation and the upkeep of Camp McCroy, 1058 Hwy 30, Reliance TN. 7 miles north of Turtletown, TN. Email the Polk County Extension Director and 4-H Agent: Greg Paxton, call 423-338-4503. Visit www. Spring Fest Arts and Crafts Sale April 22 – 23 & April 29 -30, 2017 Over 100 arts and crafts vendors are expected again this year with items such as pottery, wood carvings and quilts, as well as homemade snacks, canned goods and one-of-a-kind items. Live music and plenty of food. Free event sponsored by Fannin County Fire Explorer Post 401. State Farmers Market in Blue Ridge located at corner of Summit and East 1st Street directly beside the Swan Drive-In. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For more information or to register as a festival vendor call 423-761-9985 2nd Annual Blue Ridge Trout Fest & Outdoor Adventures April 28 – 29, 2017 Celebrating the Trout Capital of Georgia from the epicenter of Fannin County. Featuring a Friday night High Country Boil at Mercier Orchards. Saturday includes fly fishing lessons, trout fishing gear, clothing and accessories. This event gathers fishermen, river sports enthusiasts, and allied outdoor recreation fans and their families to Blue Ridge for fun, education, food, entertainment and services while increasing the public’s knowledge of trout and the conservation ethos associated with Trout Unlimited. Historic Downtown Blue Ridge City Park. Admission $5, kids under 12, free. Call 706. 374. 2390 or email Visit www. 2nd Annual Cherry Log Ramp Festival April 29, 2017 Craft Vendors on site, Music and Fun. Come rain or shine, sit back enjoy a nice lunch with great people. $8.50 donation per plate. Ramp Lunch - Chicken or Ham, Mashed Potatoes or Fried Potatoes with Ramps,Greens or Green Beans, Soup Beans, Corn Bread with Dessert & Sweet Tea. Good times + good friends = amazing memories! 10am – 5pm. Cherry Log Community Club House, 341 Cherry Log Street, Cherry Log, GA. Contact 706.276.3217. Smyrna Spring Jonquil Festival April 29 – 30, 2017 The Jonquil Festival is located on the beautiful Village Green in downtown Smyrna and will showcase arts and crafts by more than 150 artists/crafters from across the country. The event also offers fun for the entire family to enjoy with continuous entertainment, a children’s section, and a wide selection of festival foods. The Jonquil Jog will kick the festival off Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m., with the 5K Run/Walk, held at the City of Smyrna Municipal Building next to the Village Green- registration is required call 770-319-5401 or on-line at The festival hours of operation are 10:00 a.m.6:00 p.m., on Saturday, and noon5:00 p.m., on Sunday. FREE. For more information call Bill Watson at 770-4231330 or visit APRIL/MAY 2017

Fiber, Farm & Art Festival April 29 – 30, 2017 It’s sheep shearing time! Come join us and learn all about sheep shearing, spinning, and get free samples of wool! Check out Interactive Farm Demonstrations. Learn how to spin, trim hooves, train, and more! Fiber, Farm & Arts Festival! Come out to see all of the vendors and their creations! From Fiber Arts, Homesteading, Knitting, Painting, Crafts and more! General Admission $8 adult $6 child. Tuesday- Friday 10-4pm. Saturday & Sunday 10-6pm (Closed Mondays). North Georgia Zoo & Farm 2912 Paradise Valley RD, Cleveland, GA 30528. Call 706.348.7279 or visit www. 27th Georgia Mountain Rally Hosted by the BMW Motorcycle Club of Georgia May 5 – 7, 2017 The BMW Motorcycle Club of GA celebrates its 26th Georgia Mountain Rally with a Silver Celebration events program at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee. The area offers rewarding twisties, inspiring vistas and renowned mountain hospitality. Plus, this is dualsport heaven for all skill levels. The rally setting has lakeside tent and RV camping. All brands welcome. Visit or rally@ Annual Georgia ForestWatch Wild & Woolly Forest Festival April 29, 2017 Please join ForestWatch at the Sautee Nacoochee Center for an afternoon of fellowship, music, food, drink and fun. It’s a day to celebrate our forests! Dr. Joan Maloof, founder of the Old-Growth Forest Network, will be speaking and signing her new book, Nature’s Temples: The Complex World of Old-Growth Forests. Joanne Steele and Walter Daves and his band. We will have wine & beer tastings, light appetizers and snacks, educational tables, a silent auction, door prizes, a native plant sale, and a 2 pre-event curated hikes. Tickets $25. The Sautee Nacoochee Center is located at 283 HWY 255 North in Sautee Nacoochee, GA 30571. For info contact Lyn Hopper,, (706) 867-0051. 4th Annual Georgia Apple Blossom Festival May 6 - 7, 2017 Welcome to North Georgia! The Georgia Apple Blossom Festival brings one exciting weekend to East Ellijay, Georgia with over fifty hand-selected, regional vendors offering food, art, crafts, a business expo and more. The Georgia Apple Blossom Festival focus is everything LOCAL. Hosting the best arts, craft and food vendors in the region. There will be plenty of parking and restaurants in close proximity to the festival grounds. Only an hour north of Atlanta you can come enjoy the festival, and all the sights and scenery Gilmer County has to offer. FREE! And Pet-Friendly! From 9am-5pm in East Ellijay on Craig Street parallel to Highway 515. Visit www. or contact: Gilmer County Chamber 706-635-7400.


Blue Ridge Mountains Wine & Jazz Festival May 6, 2017 Bring your blanket and lawn chairs to relax in while listening to hot jazz, and sampling great wines and food in a beautiful outdoor setting on the first Saturday in May. Gates open at 2pm. Music 3pm. Tickets can be purchased online $30 each. The focus of the Blue Ridge Mountains Wine & Jazz Festival is for the North Georgia Mountains to be recognized as “A Cultural Tourism Destination” and to provide opportunities for students of jazz music. Location: 52 Boardtown Road, Blue Ridge GA (next to Mountain Top Cabin Rentals). For info call Hope @ 561-889-7499 or Terry Ellis of Kharisma @ 678-570-5342. Visit 7th Annual Greenprints Alliance Trail Fest May 6, 2017 TF17 starts with The Plae Hard 5K and a 1-mile Fun Run for kids. A mountain bike inspired event will take place at Rope Mill Park with SORBA Woodstock. Also introducing our new bike share program through Zagster. Headliners Dexateens round out an exciting line-up of original musical artists. Food vendors and beer will be available. Trailfest is the single largest fundraiser for Greenprints Alliance, which has an annual goal of $100,000 to advocate/fund green infrastructure projects as part of the award-winning Greenprints Master Plan of trails, pathways and interconnectivity around Woodstock, GA and Cherokee County. While Trailfest is free to enter thanks to the support of our partners, opportunities will be available for visitors to donate or get involved with the organization. Festivities run from 8 AM – till, rain or shine. Market Street and the Elm Street Arts Village Event Green in Downtown Woodstock. Free. Donations accepted on-site. For more information: Brian Stockton, brian@, 678-758-4124, www., 25th Annual Winefest May 6, 2017 WineFest is an annual celebration of Georgia wine with over a dozen wineries from around the state and region bringing some of their favorites to celebrate. There will be live music from Time White, food, and of course . . . wine tastings!!!! Tickets are $30 a person and include 15 Tasting Tickets and a Souvenir Wine Glass. There will also be a Kentucky Derby Hat Competition as the race will be going on that day. There is a $10 non-drinker entrance fee and under the age of 16 years are free. Wine pours will be 1, 2, or 3 tickets each depending on what each individual winery sets. Additional tasting tickets will be available on site for $5 for 5 more tickets. Activities include food, live music, wine arts, and crafts. Noon – 5pm. Contact Habersham Vineyards & Winery, 7025 South Main Street, Helen, GA 30545, 706878-9463 or visit www.



8th Annual North Cobb Rotary Smoke on the Lake BBQ Festival May 12 -13, 2017 North Cobb Rotary is presenting this 100% Charity event that kicks off with a free concert and fireworks on Friday night. This Georgia Barbecue Association-sanctioned barbecue cooking competition will continue all night along the banks of beautiful Lake Acworth and the event will open back up to the public on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. Tickets to taste the backyard teams BBQ will be on sale for a nominal charge. Cauble Park, 4425 Beach St, Acworth, GA 30101. Activities for the kids will be in the Kids Zone. For information, visit, 28th Annual Cherokee Indian Festival & Mother’s Day Powwow May 13 - 14, 2017 Celebrating Cherokee County’s rich history through entertainment, education and cultural fellowship! Native American dance exhibitions and competitions. Warriors on horseback. Native American cuisine. Native arts and crafts. Hoop dancers and Aztec dancers. Tipis, wigwam and living Indian village and displays. Northern Plains encampment and a Muscogee Creek settlement. Environmental and wildlife displays & Birds of Prey show. Saturday, May 9:10am-6pm and Sunday, May 10: 11am-6pm. Tickets on sale at the gate: Adults (13 years and up): $15. Children (6-12 years old): $5. 5 years and under: FREE. Everyone is welcome! Boling Park, 1098 Marietta Hwy., Canton, GA 30114. For info:, 770-735-6275 or rollingthunder34@ 7th Annual Georgia Mountain Egg Fest May 19 – 20, 2017 An Egg Fest is a gathering of Big Green Egg fans and experienced cooks/chefs from all across the country. The cooks will be preparing recipes all day long. The non-cooks (tasters) are free to stroll through the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, Hiawassee, GA and sample and experience wonderful egged food. Friday: Meet & Greet 5pm – 8pm. Saturday: 7am -7pm. For important details visit: Chef tickets sold out. Taster tickets are $25.00, kids under 12 free. For info call 706-896-4191 or www. Canton Festival of the Arts May 20-21, 2017 A juried show for Fine Arts & Crafts, the festival is located in Canton’s Historic Downtown District. Artist’s Market has a wide variety of exhibitors from the state & surrounding areas. Serenity Gardens celebrates the art of living well; gardening, sustainability, and all things green. Tempting food concessions and a wine and beer garden. A Literary Celebration where readers & writers gather to share their love of the written word, participate in panel discussions and sign books. The Interactive Children’s Experience offers hands on art activities for children, including mural painting, photography, drawing, dance, drama and so much more. Live entertainment on the Main Stage. Historic Downtown Canton on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm. Visit www.cherokeearts. org/festival or Email: APRIL/MAY 2017

Dahlonega Arts & Wine Festival May 20-21, 2017 Art, Wine & Jazz! Bringing high quality arts and crafts to downtown Dahlonega, as well as having a Wine Garden for sampling fine local and regional wines. Hancock Park will also feature music groups to entertain our visitors and add to this cultural event. Juried Art Show. Location: Downtown Dahlonega and Hancock Park Pavilion, Saturday 10am to 6pm and Sunday 10am to 5pm. No admission fee for arts & crafts or music venue; Wine Garden, $25 per adult. For more information contact Oscar Rayneri, 706-867-8059; orayneri@ or visit 2nd Annual Clusterfest at Crane Creek May 27, 2016 Celebrate SPRING and join us for our, a celebration of regional musical talent, artisans, wine, and food at Crane Creek Vineyards. Local and Regional singer\songwriters will be performing all day at the vineyard. Come for your favorite, or listen to them all. $20.00 per guest includes daily admission, food, wine tasting, shopping local artisans, a souvenir Crane Creek Vineyards wine glass, in addition to a front row seat to some of our areas best talent! 11am -6:00pm. Crane Creek Vineyards, 916 Crane Creek Road, Young Harris, GA. For more info: www. or 706-379-1236. Helen Bavarian Fest May 27, 2017 Experience a bit of Bavaria while you and your family enjoy this Memorial Day celebration at the Festhalle! A live Oompa band, dancing, and a festive Bavarian atmosphere help us honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Beer and wines; wursts on a bun, sauerkraut, hot dogs, pretzels and desserts available for sale. 6pm to 11pm. Admission: $8. Active military & vets receive free admission. 1074 Edelweiss Strasse, Helen GA. Contact or call 706-8781908. 41st Annual Spring Arts in the Park Festival May 27-28, 2017 Memorial Day Weekend in Historic Downtown Blue Ridge. Over 185 fine arts, crafts and food booths, Arts in the Park has something for everyone. Enjoy a wide variety of arts, crafts, food and more. There are always activities for the children, along with special events for the big kids. Blue Ridge, GA, one of the top art destinations in the country, features a unique shopping experience in its downtown shops and galleries. Arts in the Park is one of the town’s signature events. Admission $5, kids free. Saturday & Sunday 10am – 5pm. Proceeds go to the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association. For info visit or call Lisa Tyler at 706-632-2144. 10th Annual Blairsville Spring Arts & Crafts Festival May 27-28, 2017 One the Square in Blairsville, Memorial Day weekend. Over 60 vendors offering a unique blend of hand produced merchandise. Ongoing Bluegrass and County Music throughout the day. Also, lets not forget the food - hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage, cold drinks and more for APPALACHIAN COUNTRY LIVING

your enjoyment, and local restaurants and retail shops to peruse and pick up that special find. All activities will take place on the Square around the Old Courthouse. Saturday & Sunday 10am – 5pm. Visit the Union County Historical Society at or call 706-745-5493. 44th Annual Helen to the Atlantic Hot Air Balloon Race & Festival June 1 – 3, 2017 The South’s oldest balloon event will begin with a mass ascension of 30 colorful hot air balloons. Balloonists compete in local events Thursday evening beginning around 6pm thru Saturday. Local flying events will take place also on Friday and Saturday. The balloons will fly around 7:30am and 6:00pm each day (weather permitting). Many opportunities available to the public; assisting with the inflations, being a part of a chase crew, taking a tethered ride in a balloon or a champagne flight over the mountains. For more information contact Race Headquarters at 706-878-2271 to schedule a balloon flight. Annual North Georgia Highlands Seafood Festival June 2- 4, 2017 Come on out to experience a variety of seafood vendors from Blairsville to Savannah! Eat some serious seafood, tap your toes to live music, stroll through more than 50 arts and crafts exhibitors. Featuring tons of delicious food, outstanding music and affordable homespun arts & crafts. Beer & wine garden. Families will enjoy the playground and the crazy antics of the 12’ Pirate. Bring a chair or blanket to sit back and enjoy the live music. Friday 3pm – 9pm, Saturday 10am – 9pm, Sunday 10am – 5pm. Free parking. Admission is $5, kids under 12, free. Pet friendly! Benefitting Popies Feed The Hungry. Mayors Park, Hwy 76, Young Harris, GA. For info and tickets call 706-897-6179 or visit their web site at: www. Family Fishing Festival at the Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery June 3, 2017 Family Fishing Festival is a free event to youth ages 16 and under. Bring your own fishing gear and bait. Free lunch, prizes, exhibit booths, and scavenger hunt. Georgia Sport Fishing Regulations will apply. 9am - 4pm At the Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery, Located on Rock Creek Road off GA Hwy 60 near Suches, GA. Contact 706-838-4723 or chattahoocheeforest/ 12th Annual Wing & Rock Fest June 3- 4, 2017 Wing and Rock Festival has relocated to the Etowah River Park in Canton, GA. The new 80-acre park features a playground, walking track, bridge over the Etowah River that leads to trails and an open-air amphitheater. This FREE event is the WWW.ACLIVINGMAGAZINE.COM


third largest wing fest in the country. Munch on tasty chicken wings from local wing experts while washing them down with a cold beverage. Wing vendors will be vying for plaques and medals for the best wings judged by local celebrities and the festival attendees. Bring your lawn chairs & blankets and make a day of it. Saturday, June 4, Noon – 10:00 p.m., Sunday, June 5, Noon – 6:00 p.m. Etowah River Park, Canton, GA. Visit www. 44th Annual Helen to the Atlantic Hot Air Balloon Race & Festival June 1 – 3, 2017 The South’s oldest balloon event will begin with a mass ascension of 30 colorful hot air balloons. Balloonists compete in local events Thursday evening beginning around 6pm thru Saturday. Local flying events will take place also on Friday and Saturday. The balloons will fly around 7:30am and 6:00pm each day (weather permitting). Many opportunities available to the public; assisting with the inflations, being a part of a chase crew, taking a tethered ride in a balloon or a champagne flight over the mountains. For more information contact Race Headquarters at 706-878-2271 to schedule a balloon flight. 7th Annual Art, River and Music Festival June 3, 2017 Downtown Murphy, NC on the beautiful River Walk trail located at the Historic L&N Depot. The Farmers Market will take place at the Depot, and the Art, River and Music Festival will stretch back in the cool shade along the River Walk trail. Arts

activities for kids are available, as well as other fun diversions! Art: Over 50 local and regional artists will have booths both in the Farmers Market and in the juried section along the River Walk. Live demonstrations of artists work will be featured throughout the day. River: Appalachian Outfitters and the Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition (HRWC) will lead free to the public canoe trips on the river, visiting various points of interest. Music: The stage will feature local and regional musicians and dancers and will include music and dance traditional to our unique mountain region! FREE! 9am - 4pm. For more info visit www. 3rd Annual Lavender Festival June 10, 2017 At Red Oak Lavender Farm- Enjoy cutting Fresh Lavender Bundles, Live music & Food, Hand Spinners, Beekeeping, Live Artist Painting in the Fields, Live Lavender Plants For Sale, Homemade Soaps, Craft Lavender Halos & Wands, Lavender Ice Cream, Honey and Lemonade available, Various Vendors, Come Out To Paint, Draw or Relax and Much More! Tours: Lavender 101: free - 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:30pm. Beekeeping: free - 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm. Admission is free, but there is a $5 fee for: Cut Your Own Bundle, Craft a Lavender Halo, or Craft a Lavender Wand. Pets NOT allowed on the farm at any time. Red Oak Lavender Farm, 2882 Red Oak Flats Road, Dahlonega, GA 30533. Contact (678) 577 – 9041 or visit

32nd Annual British in the Blue Ridge June 23 – 24, 2017 Make your camping reservations with Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds for the event. We look forward to seeing everyone for another fun weekend of British Bikes in the north Georgia mountains! Rally, rides and bike show. Sponsored by the Greater Atlanta British Motorcycle Association. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, Hiawassee, GA. Visit or www.


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14th Annual Blairsville Scottish Festival & Highland Games June 10 – 11, 2017 Blairsville Scottish Festival and Highland Games is held the second weekend in June at Meeks Park in Blairsville, GA. This three day event offers a the Kilted Golf Classic; Ceilidh (dinner party); Pipe and Drum Bands; Athletic Competitions; Vendors; Children’s Games; a Concert; and Scottish Food, Music, Scottish Dancing, Reenactments, Geneology, Ancient Scottish Weaponry and the popular Highland Games. Live animals and demonstrations, Highland Cattle, Scottish Setters, Falconry and sheep herding. Saturday night concert featuring Seven Nations. No pets in Meeks Park, please. For Additional Information Visit: Contact Information: 706-745-2161 or email: BSFHG1@

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11th Annual Mountain Fling June 24- 25, 2017 Enjoy arts & crafts galore the last weekend in June. A two - day juried show featuring original fine art and fine crafts, ceramics, fiber art, linens, jewelry, soaps, gourds, leather goods, pet items, outdoor art. Exhibits set both in-doors and out. Saturday 9am – 4pm. Sunday 11am – 4pm. The event will be held at North Georgia Technical College, 121 Meeks Ave Blairsville, GA. See more at: Contact Information: 706-896-0932. Or visit www.

Park. The Butternut Creek Festival is one of the finest juried arts and crafts shows in the southeast. Showcasing the work of 65 artists and craftsmen in categories from basketry, fine art, fabric art, and decorative painting, to glass, jewelry, metal working, photography, pottery, scrimshaw, and woodturning. Enjoy live music, demonstrations and great food. Free! Meeks Park: 11 Pool Lane, Blairsville, GA. on the South side of Hwy 76/515, just 0.7 miles west of the Hwy 19/129 traffic light. For more info contact High Country Artisans: 706-781-1221 or visit www.

mountain white halfrunners) and lots of other fresh, juicy produce freshly harvested by Union County farmers. The whole county turns out for this “Country Fair” type event. Blairsville Farmer’s Market, 148 Old Smokey Road, Blairsville, GA 30512. Visit or

67th Annual Georgia Mountain Fair July 21 – 29 Thousands of visitors from across the region have experienced the excitement and nostalgia that this event has to offer. With first class musical performances, arts & crafts, fun carnival rides, Georgia’s rich history and culture, the Fair provides something for every member of the family. Top-notch musical performances, “Old Ways Demonstrations and a Pioneer Village! Free parking. Children under 12, free. Georgia Mountain Fair, Inc. P.O. Box 444, Hiawassee, GA 30546. View entire Fair schedule at www. For more info Phone: (706) 896-4191.

9th Annual Mountain Moonshine Cruiz-In July 13- 15, 2017 Come join us for the Annual Georgia Mountain Moonshine Cruiz-In at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds on beautiful Lake Chatuge. Camping is available. Stay right at the show site. Enjoy three fun filled days of good ole mountain hillbilly fun. See a Pioneer village, real moonshine still in the works, mountain crafts, and plenty of hot classic cars, trucks, bikes, rat rods, swat meet and more! Contact us: 662- 587- 9572 or www.

Total Solar Eclipse August 21, 2017 A once in a lifetime experience will occur in the US. For the first time in 99 years a Total Solar Eclipse will be crossing a specific path from the Pacific to the Atlantic and it will feel like someone just turned off the sun in the middle of the day. You’ll want to head north to be in the path of totality! Visit to find the best place to experience this unique event.

19th Annual Butternut Creek Festival July 15-16, 2017 Celebrate and enjoy the Arts of this Mountain Region! A family event nestled along the shady banks of Butternut Creek at the beautiful Meeks

Annual Blairsville Green Bean Festival July 29, 2017 Celebrate the green bean and “green” living with pageants, a square dance, tractor show, quilting exhibit, storytellers, crafts, “living green” demonstrations, farmers’ market, and “Green Ribbon” recipe contest. Look for different varieties of green beans (from heirloom pole beans to

Cartecay Vineyards Crush Festival September 2 - 3, 2017 Enjoy Grape Stomping, Wine Tastings and Cartecay Vineyards’ Logo Wine Glass. Live music 11:15 to 2:45 and 3:15 to 6:30 Vendors: Food and Arts/ Crafts Vendors on Site. 10:30am – 7pm. $20.00 Cartecay Vineyards: 5704 Clear Creek Road, Ellijay, GA 30536. For info visit www.caretcayvineyards. com or call 706-698-9463 (WINE) ACLM

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INSIDE ARTS First Fridays Murphy Art Walk Murphy, NC. Local chefs and individuals make their special dishes. Stroll through historic downtown Murphy for an exquisite visual, culinary, and performing arts experience. Galleries, restaurants, and many other businesses will feature art, live working artists, live performances, music, and fine dining. Presented by The Valley River Arts Guild 5-8 pm. Visit http:// or call Tim Ford (828) 360-3038 4/1 – 6/30 Trout Art Trail Blue Ridge. Announcing an exciting public art project celebrating the beauty of the trout. Highlighting what Blue Ridge does best, the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association and the Blue Ridge Mountain Chapter of Trout Unlimited have partnered to host a county-wide public art event. We call this incredible project Trout Art Trail. The Trout Art Trail Project will offer a limited edition series of five-foot fiberglass trout sculptures spread throughout Fannin county. For info visit or or call 706-632-2144. 4/7 – 4/8 Writer’s Conference. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA. For info visit or or call 706-632-2144. 4/7 thru 5/7 Art Exhibit: Larry Moore Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Center. Opening reception April 7th - 5:00 - 7:00 pm. This exhibit will hang from April 7 May 7th. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA. For info visit or or call 706-632-2144.


4/7 thru 8/1 Linda Coatsworth- Artist in Residence Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA. For info visit or or call 706-632-2144. 4/14 The Art of Candy Day Ellijay, GA. Gilmer Arts B.E.S.T. Visual Arts Series (Bringing Ellijay Sensational Talent) announces its 6th exhibition in the series with the opening of “Where The Heart Is” featuring the paintings of award-winning artist, Camille (Candy) Day. Opening reception 4 – 7pm. Show runs thru 5/18. Gilmer Arts Gallery, 207 Dalton Street, Ellijay, GA 30540. Visit www. or 706-6355605. 5/13 thru 6/10 Celebration of Artisans: SAAG Spring Member Show. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA. Visit www. or call 706632-2144. 5/27 – 5/28 Annual Spring Arts in the Park Historic Downtown Blue Ridge. 10am – 5pm both days. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA. Visit www. or call 706632-2144.

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Weekends Blue Ridge. Come enjoy the races at the Blue Ridge Motorsports Park! Gates Open: 2pm Hot Laps: 4pm Racing Starts: 5pm Blue Ridge Motorsports Park 2252 Sugar Creek Rd, Blue Ridge, GA 30513 (706) 237-3625 Weekends Ocoee River. Whitewater rafting begins its 2017 season on April 1st! Weekends only until May 25th. The Ocoee River has become the most popular whitewater rafting adventure in America with continuous rapids and many play spots for miles of endless fun and adventure. Find them here: http://www. Second Saturday of every month. Benton MacKaye Trail (BMT) needs volunteers to work on the trail. Something for everyone from cutting back weeds and painting blazes on trees and more. For more information, contact Barry Allen, GA Maintenance Dir. at bmtabarry@ and find us on Facebook 4/29 Cohutta 100 For more than a decade the Cohutta 100 has been a staple in endurance mountain bike scene. You’d be hard pressed to find an ultra endurance mountain biker who hasn’t raced the Cohutta 100. And they keep coming back. Hundreds of determined racers from around the world gather each year in the Cherokee National Forest to test their physical ability and mental will. Pre-registration required, visit Contact roostracingllc@gmail. com or (423) 521-2571 4/29 Big Frog 65 The Big Frog 65 is a favorite race in the endurance scene. It packs 8,000+ feet of climbing in just 65 miles. Racers will enjoy the same single track, moun-

tain views and fast descents through the Cherokee National Forest as the Cohutta 100. Preregistration required, visit www. Contact or (423) 521-2571 4/29 Old Copper 20 Copperhill, TN. The Old Copper 20 mountain bike race takes place in beautiful Southeastern Tennessee’s Cherokee National Forest. Participants will enjoy wooded and flowing single track, challenging climbs, fast descents, and just enough fire roads to catch your breath. 8:30 am. Pre-registration required, visit Contact roostracingllc@gmail. com or (423) 521-2571 5/13 Tri the Mountains! Triathalon Blue Ridge Marina. An incredibly scenic race in the North GA Mountains! The swim will be in the crystal clear waters of Lake Blue Ridge. The bike is an 18 mile out and back crossing over the lake with mountains towering in the background. The run will leave the Marina and head towards town on Old Hwy. 76 and you will be cheered on as you enter the Historic town of Blue Ridge ending in front of the Gazebo with the band “Gopher Broke” playing as you run past the finish line. ime: 7:00 am Location: Lake Blue Ridge Marina Address: 335 Marina Dr., Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Georgia Multisports Productions - jim@, 770-9262367 5/20 Blue Ridge Adventure Racing Weekend Two races, an 8 hour and a 24 hour race. Disciplines: Mountain Biking, Trekking and Paddling. Race director Jeff Leininger will be setting 2 incredible courses. Teams will be able to choose between the 8 hour race and the 24 hour race. Both races will start at 9 AM.


EVENTS Saturdays The Barking Lot The Barking Lot in downtown Blue Ridge, GA is buzzing with people. The wonderful volunteers bring our adoptable rescues and try to find them good homes. Come and visit our rescues. They would love to see you! We are at The Barking Lot from 11am - 3pm (weather permitting). East 1st Street & Messer. 706-633-7282 2nd Saturdays Block Party! Downtown Blue Ridge. Come out and play at this old fashioned Block Party held the 2nd Sat. each month. Our stores will have special sales, offer refreshments and some will have additional entertainment inside their stores! Live music and more! Visit or 706-258-2432. 4th Fridays Classic Car Cruise-In Blue Ridge, Dairy Queen. Cruise ins are always free to attend! 6-8pm. Contact Annette Long: georgiamountainclassics@, 706-838-4701 4/15 Tractor Show- Mercier Orchards Blue Ridge. Come enjoy the festivities from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Live Music, Food Vendors entertainment and the coolest tractors around! Free Tractor Rides this weekend! Call 1-800361-7731 or visit 4/16 Homeward Bound Pet Rescue OPEN HOUSE Blue Ridge, Ga. Many people have found their best friends while visiting the dogs and cats at Homeward Bound Pet Rescue. Volunteer opportunities are available also! 1-4 Everyone is welcome. Please join us! 215 Wishon Road, Blue Ridge, GA


AC LIVING CALENDAR 4/21 & 4/28 Laser U2 Show Young Harris College. This entertaining laser presentation showcases one of the greatest bands of the last three decades, featuring U2’s timeless classic and modern hits, set against a backdrop of the latest laser art. Your eyes and ears will be your guides into an immersive journey through the rise and success of the boys from Dublin. Presented April 21 at 7 p.m. & 8 p.m. and April 28 at 7 p.m. & 8 p.m. Rollins Planetarium, Young Harris College. Tickets on line: 4/22 10th Annual Taste of Blue Ridge Get your tickets early, they sell out quickly! Over 30 local restaurants will provide great food, beer and wine. HUGE silent auction, 50/50 cash raffle, Expanded Wine Pull! Live music $40 in advance, No tickets at the door. 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Willow Creek Falls, 13 Trackside Court, Blue Ridge, GA. Sponsored by Humane Society of Blue Ridge. For more information: (706) 377-8220 or www. 4/22 Friends of Gilmer Animal Shelter Annual BBQ and Silent Auction Ellijay. Catered by Shanes Rib Shack and silent auction. This is one of the major fundraisers for FOGAS held each year. $10. Noon – 3pm. Gilmer County Civic Center, 1561 S. Main Street, Ellijay, GA 30540. Visit , or 706-635-6005. 4/28 High Country Boil Mercier Orchards, Blue Ridge. The Blue Ridge Trout Festival & Outdoor Adventure event kicks off with a High Country Boil, 5:30 to 9 pm on Friday, April 28, 2017. Park in the Lower Lot at Mercier Orchards, then take the Tractor Ride to the beautiful outdoor pavilion on the hill. A 360-degree view of the surrounding countryside awaits you! Have a great time eating, drinking, listening to live music and bidding at the silent auction. $30. Tickets: http:// event/2723037


5/5 Veterans Appreciation Fishing Rodeo Free event open to all U.S. military veterans. 9 am – Noon. Bring your own fishing gear and bait. Free lunch. Location: Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery located on Rock Creek Road of GA Hwy 60 near Suches, GA. Please call the hatchery at 706-838-4723. 5/13 3rd Annual Georgia Mountain Metric Century Blairsville. The mountains of North Georgia offer a world class cycling destination and our bicycling event encompasses several of the area’s climbs, known famously as “Six Gap.” The event is a challenging bicycle ride that takes in Hogpen, Unicoi, and Jack’s Gap with over 7,000′ of elevation gain. 8:00am. Start & Finish: Haralson Memorial Civic Center, 165 Wellborn St., Blairsville, GA 30512. Info: Blairsville Bikes & Hikes, 49 Blue Ridge Street, Blairsville Ga. 30512. Call 706 745 8141. 5/6 Kentucky Derby Party Benefit for S.A.F.E. Blairsville. Kentucky Derby Party at the Union County Community Center. Watch the race, hat contests, raffles, dinner, cash bar, silent auction. 4:30 - 7PM. $40pp/$70 couple. Call 706379-1901to purchase your tickets. 5/11/17 Gilmer County Genealogy Society Meeting Ellijay, GA. Roger and Ann Futch, owners of R & A Orchards, will weave the tale about the Gilmer County apple industry and their family involvement since Miss Ann’s father came home from the WWII. Free! Everyone is welcome. Coffee and snacks will be served at 1:30; meeting 2-3. Gilmer County Library, 268 Calvin Jackson Drive, Ellijay. 5/13 Classic Car Show Downtown Blue Ridge. Georgia Mountain Classic Car Club. Beautiful cars will line the streets of downtown from 9 am to 4pm. This is a non-profit, charitable fund generated to help folks when the “system” has forgotten them. The profits from our car shows and cruiseins goes toward this worthwhile

effort. The local recipients of these funds often include families who have fallen upon hard times. . Contact Annette Long: georgiamountainclassics@, 706-838-4701 5/13 High Heels & Hard Hats Hiawassee, GA. Towns/Union Habitat for Humanity Gala The event will consist of a dinner/dance with silent and live auctions. Dinner will be prepared and served on site by students in the NGTC’s culinary program. 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM. North Georgia Technical College Conference Center. Info: http:// 5/17 9th Annual 2017 Golf Classic Hayesville, NC. Join the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce for a day of golf and good fun! There will be prizes for individuals and teams. 1pm. $300 per team. Registration deadline 5/12. Chatuge Shores Golf Course, 260 Golf Course Road Hayesville, NC. Contact the Chamber at 828-837-2242 5/19 & 6/23 Totally Eclipsed! Hiawassee, GA. Get ready for Monday, August 21, 2017, when the Moon’s shadow will sweep across the nation, treating Young Harris to the sight of a lifetime: a rare and spectacular total solar eclipse. Young Harris is very well positioned for the event, lying completely within the narrow path of totality. Here at YHC, there’s an expected duration of two minutes and 20 seconds of totality, when the Moon will completely cover the sun and we will witness the amazing sight of day turning to night in the middle of the afternoon. Two shows- 7 & 8 pm. Rollins Planetarium, Young Harris College. Tickets on line: www. 5/20 – 5/21 Ride the Rails! Mineral Bluff. A 5 mile round trip by railroad motor car traveling through the Iron Bridge over the beautiful Toccoa River, then returning over the bridge back to the beautiful and historic Mineral Bluff Depot. Motor Car Rides: Suggested Donation $10.00 for Adults, $5.00 for Children 2-12. Hand Pump Car Rides, $1.00 per person per round trip. A fun day for all! Visit the depot and see the progress being made on our large “HO”


gauge model railroad based on the “Old Line” from Atlanta to Etowah, TN and through Mineral Bluff to Murphy, NC! Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 150 Railroad Avenue (Hwy 60 northbound, Railroad avenue is next street on your left after the 4 way stop sign at Spur 60). For more information 706455-8903

Thursdays Pickin in the Park Horeseshoe Bend Park, McCaysville, GA. May through September. Live music jams and pickin’ on the banks of the Toccoa River. Free Admission. Wheelchair accessible. Come out, bring the whole family to enjoy the experience. Picnic tables available, and a nice grassy lawn, bring a blanket or chair. Fannin County Parks and Recreation: 706-632-7696

5/21 Homeward Bound Pet Rescue OPEN HOUSE Blue Ridge, Ga. Many people have found their best friends while visiting the dogs and cats at Homeward Bound Pet Rescue. Volunteer opportunities are available also! 1-4 Everyone is welcome. Please join us! 215 Wishon Road, Blue Ridge, GA

Fridays Andrews Brewing Company Patio Series 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


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AC LIVING CALENDAR Sundays WYYZ’s Live Music at Rocco’s Rocco’s Pub is a family friendly restaurant serving the highest quality, local and fresh ingredients. Noon - 11PM. Reservations accepted. Rocco’s Pub, 47 Mountainside Village Parkway, Jasper, GA. Contact 706.253.1900 or visit Thursdays - Saturdays Live Music at Blue Ridge Brewery Serving great food, craft beer, fine wine and top shelf alcohol. 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. 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! You’re welcome to bring your own libations and munchies, or you can purchase water, sodas and snacks while you enjoy some eclectic, spontaneous and fun music! 7 pm. Free & Public Invited. For info please contact Gilmer Arts 207 Dalton St. Ellijay, GA 30540. 706-635-5605. Visit Saturdays & Sundays Chateau Meichtry Live Music in the Ole Green House. 1:30pm – 5:30pm. Saturdays and Sundays. Tasting, wines by the glass, a fabulous view, live music and great company. Open 7 days a week: MonSat 11am -6pm, Sun 12:30pm -5:30pm. Call 706.502.1608 or visit: http://chateaumeichtry. com 4/1 Cabaret- One Night Only Ellijay. An extraordinary evening taking you back to the golden age of classic music with the Rat Pack. Presenting Gabe Russo, Winner of the Frank Sinatra Idol Competition on the 100th anniversary of Sinatra’s birth and James Noe, formerly of the Atlanta Opera singing Dean Martin, bringing back the APRIL/MAY 2017

ambiance of beautiful music in elegant surroundings, where the music was smooth, the men cool and the nights seemed to stretch on forever! 7 – 10pm. Tickets $30/$25. Hawthorne Hall, 207 Dalton Street , Ellijay, GA 30540. Visit www.gilmerarts. org or 706-635605. 4/1 Roxie Watson Blue Ridge. Roxie Watson is a five-piece string band who play what they like to call “alternagrass.” 7:30pm. Blue Ridge Community Theater, 2591 East 1st St., Blue Ridge, GA 30513. (706) 632-9223 or 4/7 Clint Black Hiawassee, GA. Clint Black will be at the fairgrounds on April 7th! Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road, P.O. Box 444 Hiawassee, GA 30546., 706-8964191 or 4/8 John Jorgenson’s Blue Grass Band Ellijay. Grammy award winner John Jorgenson’s Bluegrass Band. It will be loaded with the best pickers and song writers, full of spring time bluegrass energy. This will be a fine night of foot stompin’ hand clappin’ great music. Ellijay Elementary School Auditorium, 32 McCutchen St., Ellijay, GA 30540. Visit or 706-635605. 4/8 Kevn Kinney Blue Ridge. The frontman from Drivn N Cryin will be here to rock the house! 7:30pm. Blue Ridge Community Theater, 2591 East 1st St., Blue Ridge, GA 30513. (706) 632-9223 or www. 4/28 Trace Adkins Hiawassee, GA. Trace Adkins will be at the fairgrounds on April 28th! Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road, P.O. Box 444 Hiawassee, GA 30546., 706-8964191 or 5/13 Sawyer Brown & Little Texas Hiawassee, GA. Sawyer Brown

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THEATER 4/13 – 4/30 Be My Baby Blue Ridge. The play tells the story of John, an irascible Scotsman and an uptight English woman, Maude, both in their late 50s, who take on the journey of a lifetime. And they despise each other! However, they form a new partnership and learn some startling lessons about life and love. Thur – Sat – 7:30 pm; Sun – 2:00pm. Blue Ridge Community Theater, 2591 East 1st St., Blue Ridge, GA 30513. (706) 632-9223 or www. 5/18 – 6/4 No Sex Please, We’re British Blue Ridge. A young bride who lives above a bank with her husband who is the assistant manager, innocently sends a mail order off for some Scandinavian glassware. What comes is Scandinavian pornography. Thur – Sat – 7:30 pm; Sun – 2:00pm. Blue Ridge Community Theater, 2591 East 1st St., Blue Ridge, GA 30513. (706) 632-9223 or

WINE & BEER TASTINGS Ongoing Thurs - Mon Engelheim Vineyards Located near Ellijay, Georgia in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, focuses on growing outstanding grapes to produce the highest quality of wines. And honoring the original residents of Engelheim, the Cherokee Nation. Tasting Room Hours: Thursday – Monday 12:30 to 6:00 P.M. Engelheim Vineyards


127 Lakeview Road, Ellijay, GA 30540. Call 706-635-WINE (9463) or visit www.engelheim. com. Ongoing Fridays Chocolatasm! The Vine Wine Bar and Bistro in Blue Ridge and Chocolatasm are proud to present a special wine and chocolate pairing Friday evenings at 6pm (reservations only). Reservations required. Call Leann Martin at 706-9468463 or email your RSVP to by the Thursday before the date to reserve your place. There will also be regular wine tastings every day with no reservation required. Ongoing Mon - Sat Cartecay Vineyards Wine Tastings on the Chimney Patio or the Nealey Barn Loft if bad weather. $10.00 includes 5 Tastings and Cartecay Vineyards’ Logo Wine Glass. 1:30 – 5:30. Mon – Sat 11:00am to 6:00pm. Sun 12:30pm - 5:30pm. Cartecay Vineyards, 5704 Clear Creek Road, Ellijay, GA 30535. Call 706. 698. 9463 (WINE) or visit Ongoing Wed - Sat Blue Ridge Brewery Serving great food, craft beer, fine wine and top shelf alcohol. 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 Fri - Sat Fannin Brewing Company Everyone’s welcome (including dogs, kids and non-drinkers!) when we throw the doors open, but bring your ID - you must be 21 to taste. Join us to sample both production beers and works in progress - there’s always something fun going on, and we’re pretty sure you’ll make a friend or two while you’re with us! Fri 5:307:30pm, Sat 2:00 – 6:0pm. 3758 East First Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. 706.258.2762 or www.fanninbrewingcompany. com Ongoing Thurs - Sat Grumpy Old Men Brewing If we don’t like it, we don’t drink it. If we don’t drink it, we don’t sell it. The Brewery it is small. We are small on purpose. Dog &

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5/6 Awake the Grapes Serenberry Vineyards spring celebration of nature’s annual ritual of awakening the vines from their winter slumber. The cuttings from our cold weather pruning will fuel the bonfire. $25. Event includes souvenir wine glass, wine tastings, live music and more! Visit www.

5/12 Cartecay Vineyards Annual Toast to Angels Fundraiser Ellijay, GA. Hospice Advantage Invites you to a special fundraising event for HOSPICE ANGELS FOUNDATION Friday,May 12th - 6pm - 9pm Wine Tasting ~ Music ~ Hors d’oeuvres ~ Silent Auction TICKETS $20 per person ADVANCE TICKET SALES $15 Please join us for a fun evening for a very worthy cause. Cartecay Vineyards, 5704 Clear Creek Road, Ellijay, GA 30535. Call 706. 698. 9463 (WINE) or visit www.cartecayvineyards. com






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

The Formidable Cherokee Warrior, Tsi-yu Gansini


We often wonder how various persons of American Indian heritage got their names. In Cherokee culture, the grandmother is usually the first person to name a child. And as in any culture, children often also had a nickname. I myself had two “Sparkle Puss” and “Susie Q,” neither of which I could tell you how they relate. The original Shawnee had been located near Augusta Georgia, but successive battles drove them to Kentucky and the Ohio Valley. A story relates how as a young Shawnee boy, the son of Atakullakulla which means “Little Carpenter” in English, wanted to accompany his father into battle. Atakullakulla had refused his son permission to go, but the boy slipped out of his home and hid in a dugout canoe on the trail that the warriors would be taking. When the father learned his son was insistent upon going, the warriors teased the boy and the father said if he could carry the canoe across to the next body of water he could come. The boy began dragging the canoe and the warriors encouraged him calling out, “Tsi-yu Gansini,” which translated means– Canoe (tsi’ yu), He is Dragging It (gunsini). Hence the young boy became known from then on as Dragging Canoe. Dragging Canoe (1732 – 1792) grew into a fierce warrior and a dedicated Cherokee Patriot. His enemies gave him many nicknames including Dragon and Savage Napoleon. Over the course of his lifetime Dragging Canoe saw much of the original Cherokee lands signed away through treaties and land cessions. Where once the territories of the Cherokee 46

went as far north and east as Ohio, Kentucky and Virginia, they had been reduced to lands that later became Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. In the 1770’s it became increasingly unsettling to Dragging Canoe that many of the elderly Chiefs had given in to these land cessions. Richard Henderson, an American pioneer and merchant was attempting to create a colony called Transylvania at the beginning of the American Revolutionary War. He had already purchased the lands lying between the Cumberland River, Cumberland Mountains, Kentucky River, and lands situated south of the Ohio River. In 1772 the North Carolina land that Henderson was interested in had been surveyed and officially placed in the hands of the Cherokee Tribe. When the Chiefs gathered to discuss trading away these valuable hunting grounds to what was known as the Transylvania Company of 1775, the six-foot tall Dragging Canoe stood up to condemn the trade. “Whole Indian nations have melted away like snowballs in the sun before the white man’s advance… We had hoped that the white men would not be willing to have settled upon Cherokee land… Finally the whole country, which the Cherokees and their fathers have so long occupied, will be demanded, and the remnant of Ani-Yunwiya, “the real people,” will be compelled to seek refuge in some distant wilderness.” He intimated that only men too old to hunt or fight would give in to these concessions, but as for him, he would take his young warriors and fight. Dragging Canoe’s troop of warriors broke from the general Cherokee tribal government and settled in the Chickamauga River basin



forming a sub-tribe known as the Chickamauga Cherokee. By 1778 the Transylvania Company claims were declared void as the purchase of land from Native Americans had been reserved by the government in the Proclamation of 1763 (the British, the governments of Virginia and North Carolina, and, later, the United States, all forbade private purchase of land from Indians). Dragging Canoe and his warriors went on to fight in the Revolutionary War on the side of the British. He is considered by many to be the most significant leader of the Southeast, and provided a significant role model for the younger Tecumseh, a member of a band of Shawnee living with the Chickamaugas and taking part in their wars. Dragging Canoe died March 1, 1792 in Running Waters, TN. In traditional Cherokee style he was buried in a sitting position, his possessions heaped around him. ACLM 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 Leslie Barker Thomas is a resident of Ellijay and the President of the Gilmer County Historical Society, President, Georgia Chapter Trail of Tears Association and Communication Chair Cartecay UMC. “When history is erased, people’s moral values are also erased.” –Ma Jian APRIL/MAY 2016

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