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Whether you’re searching for your first mountain home, vacation retreat or planning your retirement, Covered Bridge Estates is right for you. Our community offers an abundance of lifestyle opportunities. Watch wildlife from your balcony. Take a leisurely walk on paved roads throughout the gated community. Covered Bridge Estates is just a stone's throw away from Carter's Lake and the entrance to the Appalachian Trail where recreation opportunities such as hiking, boating, and mountain biking abound. Enjoy the convenience of local vineyards, dining & antique shops. Visit the historic downtown square, and enjoy the Annual Apple Festival. Covered Bridge Estates... the next place you will want to call home.

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Been a rough couple of months here on my little mountain. The dogs and I lost two giant conifers due to high-wind storms, I swear they were tornadoes– I saw my plastic deck chairs were fly in circles. One pine landed on the roof and the other fell across the stairs down to the fire pit taking out the power line and the underground dog fence. Luckily for me, there was no damage to the roof and since I’m at the top of the mountain, I never lost power, although my downhill neighbors did. I’ve not have time to have the trees cut up or the dog fence repaired. Yikes. There’s always such a long “To Do List.” In the middle of all that, my cool, creative, artist Mother passed away very unexpectedly during carotid artery surgery. She was only 78 Natalie (Nantahalia) in the and still full of crazy ideas and a wild lust for driveway this past Xmas. As a life. I was able to spend a nice evening with 13 year old, 70lb. dead grass her before the surgery and am grateful for that Chesapeake Bay Retriever small gift. If that wasn’t enough, I also had she traveled many miles with to put her dog Natalie down while Mom was my Mom in her vintage 1992 in hospice. Wow. I have no words. Can you Miata. Good protective dog. believe I even made this magazine happen? I can’t. Please forgive me any mistakes in this issue. I have no words for the pain I feel. However, Mom would have said, “Dust yourself off and get your damn work done!” So here we go. In the next few weeks kids get out of school, watersports businesses open for the season and tourists arrive to enjoy our tiny piece of paradise. The biggest event to take place this summer is the Solar Eclipse on August 21st and we happen to be exactly on the Path of Totality. Cherokee County, NC is directly under the fall line. In our cover story, you’ll find everything you need to know, local classes, events, great viewing spots and a pull out poster in the center spread with eclipse facts for those who are curious. My Mountain Cabin Rentals offer the best deals and a central location– close to Blue Ridge, GA, Murphy, NC and oh so close to the Path of Totality. You’ll surely want to grab a reservation if you can. While you’re in the area you can also take a picnic hike to one of our wonderful waterfalls– the perfect remedy for a hot summer day. Looking for a road trip? Girls’ Day Out features four great shops that make the drive worthwhile. Make a day of it– stop for lunch– enjoy the scenic drive and shopping at some of our coolest shops. Fourth of July will be here before we know it. There’s a list of events for the 4th in our calendar section, plus some festive red, white and blue recipes that will make your event a true Independence Party. Farmers Markets will be in full swingoffering local produce and other handmade goods Coming up next is our August September Fall Festival Preview Issue with the most complete of fall festivals and fairs listing in the area. So see y’all down the road a piece!

Mom and I in Dusseldorf, Germany, several years ago. She drove the chase vehicle for me and four other girl friends taking a motorcycle trip thru the Alps and East Germany. She was always up for an adventure and never complained. Everyone who knew her will miss her dearly.



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Toccoa Riverside Restaurant If you’ve ever been to Blue Ridge, Georgia, chances are you’ve heard of Toccoa Riverside Restaurant. A legendary eatery established in 1993, Toccoa Riverside Restaurant is a favorite destination for those looking to get an authentic taste of Appalachia. Guests are treated to a one-of-a-kind dining experience, with seating options available inside the cozy dining room or outside under the canopy of trees, just feet from the Toccoa River. One of the most popular items on the menu is the Applewood Smoked Trout, which is lovingly prepared and smoked in-house and served with two sides, hot rolls and plenty of butter. If you love trout but aren’t too keen on the smoke, you can have your fish fried, broiled, crusted with almonds, pecans or stuffed with crab. If you prefer turf over surf, Toccoa Riverside Restaurant also serves some of the best steaks in Georgia, using Certified Black Angus beef which is grilled to perfection however you like. With other options like BBQ baby back ribs, shrimp and grits, and a litany of mouth-watering sides, you’re sure to find a dish that you’ll fall in love with. Also, after you’ve had a chance to relax near river with a tasty adult beverage or two, make sure to stick around for dessert. Diners come in droves for Everyone’s Favorite Cobbler, a family recipe handed down from the original owner of the restaurant, made with fresh fruit and served piping hot with a dollop of delectable ice cream. If you’re celebrating a special occasion or would like to host a banquet for your friends or family, Toccoa Riverside Restaurant always takes special care to accommodate large parties. Simply call ahead to coordinate your plans with a member of their staff. Traveling with your pooch? There’s a special section of the porch dedicated as pet friendly so you don’t have to leave your fuury friends at the cabin, or even worse in the car. Your Blue Ridge, Georgia experience isn’t complete without a trip to Toccoa Riverside Restaurant. Enjoy great food, great company and build long-lasting memories all at the bank of the Toccoa River! Toccoa Riverside Restuarant 8055 Aska Road, Blue Ridge, GA 30513 706-632-7891 Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday: 11:30am-9:00pm Friday and Saturday: 11:30am-9:30pm Facebook “f ” Logo

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Make a Hot Day Cool Outdoor Adventure Editor Greg Dunn Gives us the Scoop On a Few of the Area’s Wonderful Waterfalls


What a better way to spend a hot summer day than hiking under the canopy of lush green trees to a have a picnic at the foot of a waterfall? Beautiful summer foliage and mountainous terrain provide the backdrop to explore the gorgeous north Georgia waterfalls for the casual daytripper or for the avid hiker. The most accessible waterfall in the area is also the most superlative. Amicalola Falls State Park boasts the tallest cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River. At 729 feet, Amicalola Falls is a must see for all waterfall explorers. These falls are stroller/wheelchair accessible, yet adventure stems from this park to satisfy even the most wild at heart, as the Appalachian Trail approach begins here and can be followed from the north Georgia mountains all the way to the heart of Maine. Be sure and stop by the visitor’s center to see the equipment used by Gene Espy, the second person to thru hike the entire Appalachian Trail. Some may want to take the five-mile hike to the back-country Len Foote Hike Inn (open all year, reservations required) to get away from it all. Yet everyone will want to visit the beautiful Amicalola Falls Lodge with its panoramic view of the mountains, lovely accommodations and tasty buffet restaurant. However it’s the Amicalola waterfall that is the crowning jewel. Long Creek Falls Accessing the Three Forks area via Forest Service 58, the vistas of JUNE/JULY 2017

Noontootla Creek beacon you to roll the windows down, slow your pace and take in the splendor. It’s the kind of drive where you’ll be tempted to stick your head out the window and grin ‘till you get bugs in your teeth. It’s that beautiful. Park where the Appalachian Trail and the Benton Makaye Trail cross the road and head north. Just 9/10 of a mile through some of the prettiest hemlock forest that still survives in the Appalachians; take the spur trail to Long Creek Falls at the divergence of the AT and BMT trails. The cool mist and feeling of sanctuary envelops you as you stand at the foot of this broad majestic fall in the company of the towering hemlocks. Fall Branch Falls Near Cherry Log, GA take Rock Creek Road 9/10 of a mile past the abrupt Stanley Gap. Park and walk north up the Benton Makaye Trail 400 yards to Fall Branch Falls. This is a 60-foot APPALACHIAN COUNTRY LIVING

fall in multiple drops. Just the drive out Rock Creek Road is delightful— that gorgeous mountain dominating the landscape to your right over the pastures is Cold Mountain in the Rich Mountain Wildlife Management Area. Visitors and locals alike enjoy spending a hot summer day with their toes in the cool mountain water. Jack’s River Falls Feeling a bit more adventurous? Explore the Cohutta Wilderness Area by hiking the Jacks River Trail via Old Hwy 2 to Forest Service 22 at Dally Gap. This is surely one of the most beautiful mountain stream environments in all of Appalachia. This challenging 15.7mile trail crosses the river 37 times– the first four crossings from Dally Gap are spectacular. Keep your eyes open for crawdads, salamanders, red tailed hawks, wild boars and black bears; all of these and many more creatures call this remote region home. WWW.ACLIVINGMAGAZINE.COM


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If you want to set your sights on Jacks River Falls, enter from the north off of Big Frog Road/Forest Service 62 just over the Tennessee state line. Drop down the Beech Bottom Trail 3.9 miles and hang a right on the Jacks River Trail to the falls. This is a challenging trail into a remote wilderness area. Take all necessary precautions and provisions. Jacks River features multiple falls and a powerful volume of water.

of note here. The first is 60 feet tall! Get some tips from the local outfitter’s store before heading out on this one, and don’t forget to pack your hammock. There’s a great place to string it up at the base of the second fall.

Emory Creek Falls Another great water trail is the Emory Creek Trail. Travel Hwy 52 West out of Ellijay, then turn right and follow Conasauga Lake Road to Forest Service 18 to the Holly Creek parking area. It takes about an hour to walk up to the falls, crossing the creek 12 times. You must cross over Bear and Emory Creeks at their convergence into Holly Creek and follow the trail ever upstream. The reward is great for those who persevere, as there are several falls

Bring the Essentials We hope these suggestions may be just enough to whet your appetite for exploring north Georgia’s waterfalls. You’ll want to allow plenty of time for driving to any of these destinations, as the journey is so much a part of the fun. If you’re hiking Jacks River or Emory Creek, you’ll need some shoes you can tread through the streams and keep on hiking. Be sure they have sticky tread and toe protection. Trekking poles or at least a sturdy hiking stick are a must for stream crossings. Rain protection, insect/tic repellant, plenty of water and snacks are also in order. A trash bag should be on your list to help keep these areas pristine for



us all. And don’t forget to bring your camera to capture a lasting summer memory. Just pondering these waterfall hikes brings up images of Lewis and Clark charting the glorious unknown, sublime. ACLM For maps and directions please visit one of our local Chambers of Commerce. Fannin County Chamber 706. 632. 5680 Gilmer Chamber 706. 635. 7400 FOR GUIDED MOUNTAIN BIKE TOURS OR TAKING YOUR TRAINING TO THE NEXT LEVEL CONTACT OUTDOOR ADVENTURE EDITOR GREG DUNN VIA EMAIL



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Be Aware What Lurks Out There Landscape & Garden Editor Kevin Johnson Gives Us an Overview of What Critters to Avoid


I once had a bad streak that lasted over a decade. Several years in a row I was stung multiple times by Yellow Jackets, especially while I served as Grounds Supervisor at Young Harris College. I remember the fluke year when my bad luck ended– it didn’t last long however– a wasp got me the next year while I was pressure washing my house. The goal of this article is to review and consider insects, reptiles and other mammals that pose a threat to humans. Whether we’re working in our gardens or just spending time outside, we need to be circumspect in regards to dangers that lurk outdoors, and sometimes indoors. I have spent a great deal of time working in the forest treating Hemlock Trees for Woolly Adelgid over the last several years. In that time I’ve encountered poisonous snakes, black bears, feral pigs, coyotes, and a lone Sasquatch. I’m not certain about the Sasquatch– that just may have been a guy who needed to shave and take a shower. I’ve also been bitten multiple times by chiggers, spiders, fire ants and ticks. Thankfully at this point I’ve avoided snake bites. Below is a list of things we all need to be conscious of. *Poisonous Snakes: There are six poisonous snakes in Georgia. The ones we mainly need to be concerned with are rattlesnakes and copper heads. I’ve only seen one rattlesnake in 25 years of living in North Georgia. However I have encountered several Copperheads. Copper Heads tend to be more nocturnal during the summer when it’s cool enough for them to hunt, so it’s important to be careful at all times. *Ticks: Many of us worry about our pets and treat them for fleas and ticks. If we spend time outdoors we need to check ourselves as well. While ticks carry a variety of diseases, if you find a tick on yourself, most likely you will be ok, but it’s a good idea to keep an eye on the bite site and do some research. *Spiders: There are two varieties of poisonous spiders in Georgia. They are Black Widows and Brown Recluse. The bites of these spiders can cause serious problems. I’ve discovered many

a Black Widow lurking in the valve boxes of irrigation systems. Fire Ants: Fire Ants are now in every county in Georgia. We can generally identify Fire Ants by the large mounds they build. I once ended up in the emergency room after getting bit multiple times. There are some baits and products that work relatively well. Yellow Jackets, Wasps and Hornets: We’re all familiar with these pesky insects. I encourage folks to keep an eye on their property. You can usually pick up on a steady stream of Yellow Jackets flying in and out of the ground where they typically nest. Chiggers: The bites of these tiny arachnids can cause severe rashes among other problems. Over the counter repellents will help keep them at bay. Mosquitoes: We can’t leave out the mosquito. We were in Jamaica a few years ago and met many people suffering from the Chikungunya virus, which is evere and debilitating. Mosquitoes carry a variety of diseases many of which are becoming more prevalent in the U.S. It’s always wise to take precautions against many of these critters when being outside. And always wear gloves when working in your gardens and flowerbeds. Try your luck with insect repellants; they are at least a deterrent. For heavy work in the woods we wear sometimes snake chaps if we think we might be at risk. Strike boots are another alternative if you have to do work in areas that that could harbor Copperheads.



Top Left: Southern Copperhead. These guys are short and stout with a diamond shaped head and vertical slitted eyes. Don’t mistake them with our local good guy- the Corn Snake. Top Right: Brown Recluse. Not to worrymaybe only 4 actual reports per year of seeing a Brown Recluse. Above Left: Black Widow Spiders are very shy. You will probably never see one. Above Right: The biggest nuisance of all foura Yellow Jacket- the most aggressive of the wasp family. In general, most of these critters want to see you even less than you want to see them- well except the Yellow Jackets. Make alot of noise so they know you’re coming and they can skeadttle. Doesn’t hurt to do some further research so that you can tell the good guys from the bad. Stay safe out there! ACLM 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.



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Designing for Living with Pets Style & Design Editor Cindy Trimble Considers Pets to be Just as Important to Clients as Designing for Kids


Anyone who has visited my studio knows we love dogs and have met our corgis. My assistant Kit Miracle and I both live and work with our dogs as do many of our clients, friends and business associates. The health benefit of living with pets has gained a lot of attention over the past decade especially as we are all living longer and enjoy the company and benefits of living with pets. Just like designing for living with children, or for someone with special needs, my studio has dedicated a lot of effort on designing for living with pets. For almost 20 years now, scientists have linked patient’s ability to lower their blood pressure to their having 4 legged house mates. Coming home at the end of a day to a wagging tail is a very happy event that is rewarding to both human and pet. But having an animal living in your house should not add more stress to your life because of damage to your furnishings or home. To support our designing for living with pets we search for manufacturers of furnishings, finishes and home products that are pet friendly and machine washable. Most of us baby boomers are living longer, and many of us will see our children grow up and move on leaving our homes for us and our pets to “age in place” together in. Most of my design clients are retired (or soon to be) and have either cats or dogs. They could not imagine life without their pets. So as we begin the design process, some of our first questions relate to how they live with their pets: where do the sleep? Where do they get fed? Where do they go in or out? Pets are just as important to many as their human children and many have pets rather than children! So when building a new home or renovating an existing home, it is critical to integrate the pet “creature comforts” into the design. We have integrated kitty litter boxes in wall closets where there are cat doors to the inside, but the litter boxes are cleaned out in a garage


Top: Cindy’s corgi Lucy supervising a very important photo shoot. Left: Bob and Pam Via with their Papillion pups, Higgins and Moby. Below: Randy and Sally Weimer with Rocky and Marco. or outdoor room. We have built in doggy feeding bowls as pull outs in kitchens and built in doggy showers so the humans can wash their doggies more easily. We have a special collection of fabrics, rugs, bed linens and furniture covers that are all machine washable and pet friendly. And when designing laundry and mud rooms, we make sure there are hooks for leashes and a place for wiping off muddy paws. Due to the love and popularity of pets, we have started a category on www.thenewrustic. com just for pet owners that includes all sorts of dog and cat products. ACLM Cindy Trimble, ASID is owner of StudioTrimble, Inc. based in Blue Ridge. She is NCIDQ certified and a Georgia Registered Interior Designer. Photos: Real Images Photography Lucas Imaging





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If you’re looking for the ghost of Daniel Boone, you won’t find it in any of the My Mountain Rental Cabins; instead you’re offered the same beauty that’s always been a part of the mountains of Appalachia, where you’re hugged by a sapphire mist, known as the Blue Ridge. Anyone who spies the scene finds a sense of serenity with a choice of cabins from the basic cozy getaway to the luxurious.









Offering sweeping views and serene mountain woodlands, My Mountain Cabin Rentals provide upscale amenities that you don’t expect such as hot tubs, screened in decks; immaculate, inviting interiors, and an enticing cedar fragrance.

Manager, Buffy Tuner, tells how she was wooed to My Mountain, “My husband’s great grandparents owned a good deal of the property that is now My Mountain. We purchased our property from his grandmother in the early 90’s and built our home there in 1998. While my husband, Eric, grew up here in Morganton, I am from the Hiwassee Dam Community in North Carolina. I have lived in the Tri-State area all of my life. Being able to work where I live is a dream that few ever realize and I consider myself very fortunate.” Most of My Mountain Cabin Rentals provide upscale amenities that you don’t expect such as hot tubs, screened in decks; immaculate, inviting interiors, and an enticing cedar fragrance. My Mountain Cabin Rentals is located on 1,500

acres of sheer beauty that is a neighborhood of 32 log cabins, all privately owned but managed by Buffy. “Having our office 1 mile from our home and My Mountain is very convenient for us and for our neighbors and guests. We are a hub for area information, directions, maps and recommendations for our guests as well as the traveler who is just passing through and curious. We also keep a good relationship with our neighbors on the mountain and do our best to make sure that there is harmony between our vacationing guests and the residents,” Buffy explains. My Mountain Cabin Rentals was started by Christopher Middlebrook in 2003, and Ms. Turner has worked there since the beginning. Then, in 2015, She purchased the rental company when Christopher decided to retire. Customer appreciation shows by some guests renting 15 times over the years. Guests are given Buffy’s personal cell phone number as well as Tracy Johnson’s, the reservation manager. “Tracy and I are a team. We strive to offer the best customer service possible to our guests at affordable prices. “We are 15 minutes or less from downtown Blue Ridge for shopping, dining and the Blue



Ridge Railway, Serenberry Winery, Lake Blue Ridge, Lake Nottely, the Tocoaa River for fly fishing, within 30 minutes or less of most whitewater outfitters and the Ocoee River, zip lining, horseback riding, hiking, waterfalls, and a couple of great parks. For those who like the wind in their hair, motorcyclists will enjoy The Tail of the Dragon which is close enough to hit on a day ride. At the start and end of the day, and all day in between, there’s the breath-taking scenery that only the panorama of the mountains can offer. Some guests come only to relax, and a retreat to the mountains is just the inspiration that writers, artists, and photographers hanker to experience. Singles, couples, families, groups—all are all welcome, “We make friends with our guests,” Buffy assures. ACLM

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On Monday, August 21, 2017, Cherokee County, North Carolina will be directly in the path of totality of the solar eclipse. All of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun, however, those lucky enough to be within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights - a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere - the corona - can be seen, will stretch from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers only part of the sun’s disk. WORDS: MURPHY VISITORS CENTER, CHEROKEE COUNTY CHAMBER PHOTOS: MATTHEW CRAWFORD, DAVID CORTNER











Welcome to Cheorokee County

Cherokee County, situated in Western North Carolina encompasses the communities of Murphy, Andrews and Brasstown. It is a quiet area located in the south western corner of North Carolina and has come to be known as the “Gateway to the Smoky Mountains.” Our County is filled with mountains, lakes, rivers and streams providing us with breathtaking landscapes and an unlimited amount of outdoor activities. You can find your balance of rest and adventure by enjoying our fresh mountain air or experience something exciting, such as hiking, mountain biking, whitewater rafting or another outdoor activity. We have hundreds of opportunities for you to satisfy your outdoor cravings. If you aren’t up for the outdoors, don’t worry! We also have plenty of shopping, museums, restaurants, breweries, galleries and wineries to visit as well as several historic and scenic drives. Since Cherokee County is bordered by Tennessee and Georgia, it is conveniently located within 2 hours of four major cities: Chattanooga, TN, Knoxville, TN, Asheville, NC and Atlanta, GA, giving residents and visitors the best of both worlds. You can easily enjoy a quiet escape without being too far away from anything the city has to offer. With its small town feel, warm Southern hospitality and plenty of things to explore, Cherokee County, NC is the perfect destination to unplug and get away from the stress of 22

everyday life. So, pitch a tent or check into one of our cabins, hotels or B&B’s, and stay a while! You’ll be happy you did!

Experience our Unique Way of Life

Cherokee County offers numerous events throughout the year. From Blue Grass, fiddle or folk music to square dancing and clogging, you are sure to find it here in Cherokee County. Wineries. Cherokee County North Carolina is part of an area that has been awarded the AVA designation. This distinction allows vintners to characterize the origin of their wines. An American Viticultural Area (AVA) is a designated wine grape-growing region in the United States distinguishable by geographic features, with boundaries defined by the Alcohol and Tobacco



Tax and Trade Bureau. We are fortunate to have rich soil and mild winters in which to grow a variety of grapes. We are happy to be home to several Wineries/Breweries. Each offer tastings and tours for you to enjoy and make for the perfect weekend outing. Be sure to take some home to bring back to mind memories created while visiting Cherokee County North Carolina. Art Galleries. Cherokee County is blessed with talented people and it shows through the beautiful galleries in Andrews, Brasstown and Murphy North Carolina. From little individual family owned shops to larger art guilds you will certainly enjoy previewing and having the opportunity to purchase beautifully crafted works. Unique Shopping Experiences. Both Andrews and Murphy offer unique locally owned shops. We may not have shopping malls in Cherokee County but with our boutiques, antique stores, coffee houses, book stores, galleries and specialty shops we have everything you’ll need. Dining Establishments. No matter what your taste buds ask for, we have you covered. From elegant dining to Mom and Pop restaurants you won’t be dissatisfied with your dining experience. Accommodations. Cherokee County NC offers major hotels, locally owned motels, B&B’s as well as the popular vacation cabin/ chalets. Several are pet friendly so make sure to visit for all JUNE/JULY 2017

Lucky for us Cherokee County, NC is right on the Path of Totality for the eclipse on August 21st! Here you will experience a once-in-a-lifetime event and the folks in the area are rolling out the red carpet! There are three event-specific viewing areas, pictured at left is Heritage Park in Andrews, the perfect site for viewing with an open space for your picnic, a beautiful view of themountains, and only 100 yards from downtown Andrews! While in the area why not enjoy the many boating and hiking opportunities avaialble? of the details. If you are the outdoor type our campgrounds will surely fit your needs. Scenic Drives. Cherokee County and surrounding areas offer spectacular scenic drives. Day trips, whether by automobile or motorcycle will be sure to take your breath away. Each of our four seasons offers beauty and adventure. Call or stop in one of our Visitor centers for maps and information or visit www.

Viewing the Eclipse in Cherokee County

Western North Carolina and Cherokee County offer a rare and unique vantage point to view the celestial event. Due to the position in the path of the eclipse, those who watch here have the opportunity to see the totality of the eclipse for more than 2.5 minutes. During a total eclipse, we have the rare opportunity to look directly at the sun’s vast, striking outer atmosphere, the corona. The corona appears as pearly white rays and streamers, radiating around the lunar disk. Of course, the beauty of the August 2017 eclipse is that anyone can view it – no science background or heavy-duty equipment is required. However, it’s not safe to look directly at the sun during an eclipse – except for during the brief phase of totality, when the moon fully obscures the sun. There are a few different ways to safely view the eclipse. One is the use of eclipse glasses that are equipped with the JUNE/JULY 2017

proper filters to minimize ultraviolet, visible and infrared light. It’s crucial to know when to take off and replace your glasses to avoid permanently damaging your eyes. Only when wearing your eclipse glasses– it becomes so dark you can’t see anything– is it safe to take them off. A solar eclipse is one of nature’s grandest spectacles and we here in Cherokee County welcome you to experience the Totality!

Getting Ready for the Eclipse

Leading up to August 21st, Cherokee County will be offering a variety of events and classes. The Graham County Public Library will have a booth at the Graham County Heritage Festival- June 30 - July 1, 2017. On the Courthouse Square in Downtown Robbinsville, NC, their booth will provide information about APPALACHIAN COUNTRY LIVING

the eclipse, places in their community that will be hosting gatherings, what to expect during the actual eclipse, safety viewing the eclipse, how to make a box projector, and how to make a pinhole projector. Plus, they will be handing out special eclipse glasses. The Tri-County Community College in Murphy, NC will be offering Community Enrichment classes about the eclipse beginning May 22nd and running through August 11th. Classes include Observation Basics and Telescopic Viewing. They are also offering Solar Eclipse Camps for adults and kids! View the classes list on the next page or for more info visit On Saturday August 19th there will be a demonstration on how to make your own viewing material using the pinhole method at The Rock Gym, located across from Konehete Park at 699 Connahetta St., Murphy, NC 28906. Find links and stay up-to-date with events as they are added by visiting the official Western North Carolina Solar Eclipse site:

Experience the Totality

In NC, the best place to be on August 21st is Cherokee County. The entire county lies within the path of totality and the centerline even passes through the town of Andrews! Here are our recommendations for the best places to experience the Totality. WWW.ACLIVINGMAGAZINE.COM






Two other great viewing areas are Konehete Park in Murphy (above) and the Tri-State Community College (left). Both offer spectacular views, lots of space for your picnic, plus vendors and fun events to make The Totality an exceptional experience. In addition, for those in the area, the Tri-State Community College will be offering classes prior to the eclipse which will most certainly enhance your experience. Heritage Park, Andrews, NC Andrews, NC will be Totality Town this August 21st! The darkest part of the moon’s shadow will shroud all of Cherokee County, but Andrews is the only place in NC where the very centerline of the eclipse passes right through the town. The maximum eclipse anywhere on the globe for this event is 2 minutes and 40.1 seconds. In Andrews, totality will last 2 minutes and 38.4 seconds. There will be several observing sites in the Andrews area. The largest of which is Heritage Park– a 34-acre park in the center of town with a wide-open field and excellent views of the sky. The park is also just 100 yards from downtown Andrews where a host of activities are planned. A variety of observing experiences are available: large or small, public or private, with Eclipse Guides or on your own. For more info visit the Town of Andrews: Konehete Park, Murphy, NC From sunup to sundown on August 21st you’ll find the Totality Festival. Starting with a 5K run sponsored by Murphy Middle School, you’ll find vendors, concessions and loads of fun. Woodmen of the World will be sponsoring glasses for the public to use. Just accross the street at The Rock Gym the local Boy Scouts will be hosting a variety of activities for everyone to enjoy. For more info: Cherokee Country Parks and Recreation Konehete Park JUNE/JULY 2017

699 Connahetta St., Murphy, NC 28906 828. 837. 6617 or Tri-State Community College, Murphy, NC Tri-County Community College is proud to serve as an official viewing location for the Great American Solar Eclipse. In choosing to experience the total solar eclipse at TCCC, you will gain access to special accommodations on campus. VIP packages are also available at an additional cost and include a small reception with catered hors d’oeuvres, preferred parking, a commemorative token, and easy access to our most powerful telescopes. For more information, please contact: Dotie Stafford-Ortega at 828. 835. 4208. 21 Campus Circle, Murphy, NC 28906 The Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center, Robinsville, NC Join the folks at the Stecoah Valley Center for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Our event will run from 11:00am – 3pm on Monday, August 21st. Music, food, educational activities and family fun! For more info: Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center 121 Schoolhouse Road Stecoah (Robbinsville), NC 28771 828. 479.3364


For more information on visiting Cherokee County please contact the Murphy Visitor Center or the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce.

Murphy Visitor Center 20 Tennessee Street | Murphy, NC 28906 828-557-0602

Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce 805 W. U.S. 64 Murphy, NC 28906 (828) 837-2242 Fax: (828) 837-6012 WWW.ACLIVINGMAGAZINE.COM




Summer is the stuff of dreams. The days seem to last forever from early morning dew drops to the very last firefly of the evening. It's a slow, easy time made up of nostalgia, romance and wonder. The perfect time to celebrate family, nature, life and freedom.

Super Summer Limoncello Blueberry Cake If you want an exquisite cake perfect for adults, try this recipe for a very patriotic presentation. Ingredients 3 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 2-1/2 cups fresh blueberries 1/2 cups fresh raspberries 1-1/2 cups butter, room temperature 1-1/2 cups sugar 3 eggs, room temperature 1/2 -3/4 cup Limoncello, divided 2 tablespoons lemon zest, divided 2-3 cups powdered sugar Preparation Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 9x13 cake pan. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt with a wire whisk. Set aside. Set aside 18 of the best blueberries and 18 raspberries for decorating the top of the cake. Place the remainder of the blueberries in a small bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of dry ingredients. Toss gently and set aside. This is done so blueberries don't sink to bottom of cake.



In another bowl, beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Add 3-4 tablespoons Limoncello, Add the dry mixture and combine completely. Batter will be stiff. Add small amounts of Limoncello until batter is just pan spreadable. Fold in 1tablespoon zest and berries. Carefully add batter to prepared pan and bake for 30-35 minutes. Cool pan on rack and drench several times with Limoncello to taste. Glaze: With a wire whisk, stir together powdered sugar, 1/4 cup Limoncello and 1 tablespoon lemon zest. Drizzle over cake, and spread for even consistency. Decorate with berries. Cool completely before serving. Don't be surprised when there isn't a crumb left. Enjoy! Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 35 minutes Total Time: 55 minutes Serves Approximately 35



With the flowers blooming, birds chirping and sun shining, why wouldn’t you want to be outside? If that’s not a good excuse, we have one for you; check out our new summer shoes, or just stop by to enjoy the fresh air. Either way, come join us for a taste of summer. Store Hours: Monday thru Saturday 10:00 to 6:00

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Fabulous Red, White and Blue Potato Salad This low-cal alternative to traditional potato salad works well to show off the colors of the ingredients for the holiday. Super easy to make ahead and serve cool or serve warm right out of the oven. Salad Ingredients 6 purple potatoes, 6 red potatoes 10-12 Cherry tomatoes or Sliced Red Pepper 1/4 Chopped red onion or red scallions 1/4 Chopped green Scallions A generous grating of lemon peel JUNE/JULY 2017

Dressing Ingredients 1/4 olive oil Squeeze half a lemon Salt and Pepper to taste Dash of Tabasco Preparation Heat the oven to 400 Slice the potatoes and toss lightly with olive oil Spread potatoes out on a foil covered baking pan and cook at 400 for 15-20 minutes 10 minutes before done – add the cherry tomatoes or red pepper just to have them roast a bit Let cool before handling APPALACHIAN COUNTRY LIVING

Whisk the dressing in a small bowl and toss the potatoes with the dressing Sprinkle on red onion, scallions and lemon peel Toss the greens with the dressing just before setting out. Sprinkle the remaining ingredients on top for display and toss with the toppings when served. Total Time: 30 minutes Servings: 6  



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Colorful Red, White and Blueberry Salad

For the Blue: 1/2 cup blueberries

Enjoy this super quick, cool and refreshing salad for a no hassle Fourth of July

For the White: •1/2 cup Small florets of Cauliflower, or crumbled goat or feta cheese 2 Tbsp. Chopped pecans if you have them

Salad Ingredients 8 oz. spring mix, baby lettuce or arugula, find a mix with some bluish leaves if you can For the Red: 1/2 cup strawberries, sliced 1/2 cup raspberries


just before setting out. Sprinkle the remaining ingredients on top for display and toss with the toppings when served. Total Time: 15 minutes Servings: 4 ACLM

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GIRLS’ DAY OUT! Day Trips, Road Trips and Just Shopping Around. Four Destinations that Make for an Excellent Day in the north Georgia Mountains. There’s

nothing quite like a summer afternoon in the heart of

Appalachia. As

temperatures begin to rise, melodious birds chirp

their appreciation, darting back and forth between newly-bloomed plants and trees. The sweet, smoky smell of barbecue fills the air on weekends, as friends and family join one another to celebrate good times and good health.


young and old flock to nearby

mountain towns, excited about their getaway vacations, while local business owners open their doors, anxious to share their oneof-a-kind wares with all who are interested.




means exploring the backroads and

Folk Art Mecca at Around Back At Rocky’s Place

discovering new adventures; it means staying inside on a cloudy day, knitting a new family heirloom for a loved one as refreshing rainfall plops on a tin roof. It means spending a day in town with the girls, hopping from shop to shop on the hunt for the perfect warm weather outfit. art galleries.


maybe a road trip to explore local folk

All in all, summertime in Appalachia equates to good

vibrations and a certain peace of mind not found anywhere else in

America. Pour

yourself a tall glass of sweet tea, sit back, and keep

reading to discover a few places that have become synonymous with

North Georgia. From

the region’s best kept folk art secret,

to a wonderfully secluded gem in treasures, or an



selling handmade

institution helping to build long-lasting

memories, to a trendy clothing and accessory store in the heart of

Jasper – this is Appalachian Country Living at its finest. Start That Project! Strings & Stitches Yarn Shoppe 34




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Folk Art Wonderland: Around Back at Rocky’s Place

Where can you find folk pottery by the leading pottery families in the South? Where can you find art pieces from the grandfathers of folk art? Where can you find work by Smithsonian honored artists? Where can you find locally created art pieces? Where can you find awesome creations from new, emerging artists? Where can you find the work of over 300 artists in one festive place? And…..where can you find the absolute largest collection of work by John “Cornbread” Anderson in the universe? If you answered Around Back at Rocky’s Place to all of the above questions, you are 100% correct, and you have probably visited the gallery. If unsure of the answers, then a journey to Dawsonville, Georgia is a must see as Dan Prince, author of Passing in Outsider Lane: Art From the Heart of Twenty-One Self Taught Artists, has pinned the gallery “a folk art wonderland.” This destination is the perfect day trip, or for out-of-towners, a weekend getaway. Around Back at Rocky’s Place honors the hours of Saturdays, 11 am. – 5 pm. and Sundays, 1 – 36

5 pm., but is open to making appointments on other days and times. What should you expect when you arrive at Around Back at Rocky’s Place? A big, warm greeting from the gallery’s owners, and then, the freedom to wander through the maze of art, piece after piece, floor to ceiling, and everywhere in-between, including the bathroom and all of the outdoors!!!! How many times have you seen paintings hanging inside from walls made of chain-link fencing…Hum??? The gallery has it. Don’t be surprised at anything you see!! Around Back at Rocky’s Place is just a fun, festive place to be; the pottery, paintings, wood carvings, metal sculptures, fiber pieces, assemblages, etc. can entertain one for hours. And talk about a place to score a unique gift for yourself or someone special…got it covered!!!! Or maybe you want to continue, or start, that nice folk art collection that you will some day pass down to your children and/or loved ones! It’s here, located in and around the two gallery spaces and the outside garden. Don’t delay your visit to the South’s leading folk art gallery, Around Back at Rocky’s Place. Directions: From Blue Ridge, go south on



This. Is. The. Place. Featuring local Folk Artist’s works, we can’t recommend a better gallery. With their large selection of paintings by “Cornbread” and other well known folk artists, you’re sure to find the perfect piece. Or if you’re like me, one that you just can’t resist! Again, so worth the trip. Zell Miller Parkway for 16 miles to East Ellijay and turn left on Greenfield Road. In .3 miles, turn left on GA 52 East. Go 18 miles, stay to the right at the fork onto 136 West. Take a slight right on to Shoal Creek Road. Go 3 miles to the courthouse square. Go 3/4 around courthouse staying straight. At the 3-way stop, yield to the right onto GA 53 East. Go 3 miles and turn left on Etowah River Road. The gallery is the 1st drive on the right. Around Back at Rocky’s Place 3631 Highway 53 East, Dawsonville, GA 30534 706-265-6030 Hours: Sat: 11am - 5pm, Sun 1pm - 5pm or by appointmant JUNE/JULY 2017

Daisy Boutique

Known as “The First Mountain City,” Jasper, Georgia is about an hour outside of Atlanta and is one of the most popular summer destinations in North Georgia; especially for folks looking to enjoy an authentic mountain experience with a small-town atmosphere, whether it’s for a short day trip or an extended vacation. Also known as The Marble Capital of Georgia, Jasper is home to a slew of restaurants, landmarks and other attractions that can only be found in this quaint part of the world. One such shop that is a must-see stop for lovers of fashion and design is Daisy Boutique, owned and operated by entrepreneur Peggy Rabin for more than 10 years. Peggy’s concentration into all things couture began at an early age as a teenager and continued into her adult years as a fashion representative at the Atlanta Apparel Mart. It was during a trip to Jasper with her husband in 1997 that she fell in love with the mountain city, eventually buying a home in the area before opening Daisy Boutique’s predecessor, Daisy Shoes in 2003. After seeing the demand for other types JUNE/JULY 2017

of clothing, Peggy re-branded her idea into the well-rounded store that it is today. Specializing in fashion-forward women’s clothing that has been described as “practical with an edge,” there’s a good chance that you’ll find clothing and designs at Daisy Boutique that you haven’t seen anywhere else. Clothing sizes vary, though many items can be special ordered if they’re not in stock when you visit. Though Daisy Boutique caters to women of a certain age, there’s something for everyone at this fabulous shop - from trendy outfits for twenty-somethings to tasteful designs for women in their 30’s and beyond. With brands like Spanxs, Tribal Int., Level 99, Silver Jeans, Jag Jeans, Ar’eve, Toad & Co, White Sierra, Storm Creek and many others, there’s no shortage of clothing options to choose from. In addition to name brand clothes, you can also find a number of different accessories like bracelets and handbags to go with your new favorite outfit. Not sure what’s right for you? Ask Peggy for her advice - she makes shopping fun and will help you find what fits you best! In fact, if you’re looking for a great summerAPPALACHIAN COUNTRY LIVING

If you’ve moved from the city to one of our cozy little towns in north Georgia, then Daisy Boutique is the place for you. Women in the know come from miles around to get Peggy Rabin to help them select the perfect outfit from head to toe. Trust us- you won’t be disappointed. time shirt, skirt, shorts or pair of sandals, Daisy Boutique has a great selection of lightweight clothing options that feel great on your body and look even better when you’re wearing them around town. If you and your friends are looking for a high-end boutique in a stress-free setting central to all of the exciting things to see and do in North Georgia, you’ve found the right place. Daisy Boutique 35 South Main Street Jasper, GA 706. 253. 6996 Hours: Monday - Saturday 10am -6pm



Knit One, Pearl Two: Strings & Stitches Yarn Shoppe

Few things in life evoke the warm, nostalgic feeling that a handcrafted keepsake from a friend or family member will. To this day, the blanket that my grandmother made for her children, which was later passed down to me, is one of the most cherished items that I have in my home. That’s why, in a time when wireless internet connections seem to be more important than human ones, travelling to Ellijay, Georgia to visit Strings & Stitches Yarn Shoppe is such a breath of fresh air. As soon as you take a step through the front door, you’re welcomed inside like family. Strings & Stitches Yarn Shoppe is a great place to stop by this summer, especially if you’re enjoying a ladies day out and about in Downtown Ellijay. It’s also a great place to pick up some tips and tricks if you’re new to the art of knitting or crocheting, or just need a helping hand with an heirloom that you may have started but need help finishing. Pull up a chair and feel free to talk about life! For more than 10 years, sisters Janice and Karen Moss have owned and operated Strings & Stitches Yarn Shoppe. Often said to have a unique connection with new and return shop38

pers alike, they provide a one-of-a-kind experience and an impressive selection of specialty yarns, needles, notions and more to help you start your Christmas crochet or knitting project. And yes! Now is the time to start on those Christmas gift projects, at Strings and Stitches, Karen and Janice have everything you need. Get started on those sought after holiday gift accessories with patterns, knitting guides and more. Some of their patterns are originals that you won’t find anywhere else. They have everything from fashion forward shawls and ponchos to always-popular afghans, scarves, hats, socks and holiday stockings. Know a knitter? Strings and Stitches offers an array of handmade Kits for sale including scarves, hats, socks and shawls that are always great gift ideas for your special loved ones during the holidays. Or if you’ve got a knitter on your list, you can always pick up a gift certificate and let them choose their project. Truly dedicated to their craft, Janice and Karen are also coordinating the Georgia Mountain Needle Arts Festival and Retreat, set to take place the fourth week in April of 2018. The festival, held at the 5,000-square-foot Ellijay Civic Center, will be the go-to event for knitters, crocheters, beaders, quilters, craft guild members and anyone else interested in a funfilled craft weekend in North Georgia. Make



You’ll find everything you need to make that special gift at Strings & Stitches Yarn Shoppe in Elljay, GA. Such an amazing shop with so much to choose from. And right now is the time to get started on those precious, soonto-be heirloom Christmas gifts! sure to check their Facebook page for updates on the festival, and don’t forget to book your lodging arrangements early so you don’t miss out. Whether you’re new to Ellijay, Georgia and are looking for a family-friendly store to explore, or you’re a local in need of wools for felting, sock yarn or natural fibers such as silks and bamboo, Strings & Stitches Yarn Shoppe is for you. Make sure to inquire about their beginner to advanced classes and don’t forget you can always just stop on by to visit and knit. Strings & Stitches Yarn Shoppe 449 Industrial Blvd. Suite 165 in the Spring Plaza Shopping Center, Ellijay, GA 30540 Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 10am -5pm Thursday 10am -7pm, & Sat 10am – 4pm 706. 698. KNIT [5648]


Worth the Road Trip: Sundance Gallery Gifts

One of life’s little pleasures is getting the family together on a warm summer morning, packing up the car and hitting the open road for a day trip to the North Georgia Mountains. There’s so much to see and discover in this wonderful part of the world: from hiking trails that meander through untouched wilderness to independently owned eateries nestled in quaint towns. Of course, one of the most popular summertime activities to enjoy in North Georgia is finding those one-of-a-kind shops that embody small-town Americana - the kind that lie off of the beaten path, and pride themselves on selling quality, handcrafted goods at reasonable prices. Enter Sundance Gallery Gifts, located just across the street from Alexander’s Store on Town Creek School Road in historic Blairsville, Georgia. Celebrating its 10th year in business, Sundance Gallery Gifts is owned and operated by Julie and Gary Willer. While not technically a native to Blairsville, Julie (who acts as the shop’s proprietor) has her roots strongly embedded in the city, with her ancestors having moved to the area in the 1800’s. Sundance Gallery Gifts is one of those places that steals your attention as soon as you see it - dotted with an array of flowers and plant life, and complete with an eclectic storefront JUNE/JULY 2017

decorated with rustic folk art and charming wind chimes that seem to beckon you inside, it becomes clear from the moment you pull in that this shop is a special one. Upon entering, you’re greeted by the soothing smell of handcrafted soaps and a warm welcome from Julie herself. If you’re in luck, you may also get the chance to say hello to Gordy, the Willer’s Black Labrador, who acts as Julie’s loyal assistant! Exploring Sundance Gallery Gifts is such a pleasure - you can find everything from handcrafted pottery and jewelry to glass art and candles, the majority of which is made in the USA, often times by local artists and craftsmen. “Quality, taste and uniqueness is our priority. You won’t find the typical inexpensive, mass produced, touristy shop souvenirs at Sundance Gallery,” said Julie as she described the stock that she carries. While Sundance Gallery Gifts sells a wide variety of items, their selection of pottery is their most popular attraction.“Pottery is our biggest seller, with over 20 American potters featured. Our pottery selection is functional and fabulous - not only is it gorgeous to display, but it is microwave, dishwasher and oven safe. It feels good to use and entertain with pretty pieces of pottery instead of plastic or mass-produced, identical looking imports,” said Julie. Sundance also sells handmade jewelry which is made locally and great as an addition to your APPALACHIAN COUNTRY LIVING

Top Left: A gorgeously glazed, individually handcrafted, American made pottery casserole dish or tortilla warmer. Top Right: Pretty American made jewelry, with real flowers encased in clear resin. Bottom Left: Sundance Gallery Gifts’, charming and colorful storefront. Bottom Center: Handmade, colorful glassware made from recycled glass. Bottom Right: A sampling of the huge variety of individually handmade pottery mugs available at Sundance Gallery Gifts. summer outfit. Like their pottery, no two pieces of jewelry are alike. Whether you come to find a unique treasure or want to relax in its charming ambiance, make sure you put Sundance Gallery Gifts on your list of shops to visit this summer. Sundance Gallery Gifts 4397 Town Creek School Road Blairsville, GA 30512 706-781-3938 Hours: Monday - Saturday, 10am-5pm



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

ARTS First Fridays Murphy Art Walk Murphy, NC. Local chefs and individuals make their special dishes. Stroll through historic downtown Murphy for an exquisite visual, culinary, and performing arts experience. 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 4/7 – 7/1 Artist in Residence Linda Coatsworth Blue Ridge, GA. Award winning photographer, Linda Coatsworth, presents her stunning photography during the 2nd Quarter Artist-in-Residency at the Art Center. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA. For info visit or or call 706-632-2144. 6/9 Painting with a Purpose Jasper, GA. Sips, Strokes and Summits Painting Party Fundraiser to benefit the Mountain Conservation Trust of Georgia (MCT). Jasper artist Amber Brown will lead the group with step-by-step instructions


to recreate a beautiful mountain scene on wood. 6:30 pm at the Holy Family Church at 202 Griffith Road, Jasper, GA 30143. $50/person $45/MCT members and may be purchased online at, or by calling (706) 253-4077. 6/9 – 6/11 Plein Air, Art in the Mountains Ellijay, GA. Celebrate open air painting at some of Gilmer County’s most beautiful sites, including its vineyards, orchards and mountain and river vistas. Artists will be painting “en plein air” throughout the weekend beginning Friday morning. The public is invited to attend the live art auction on Sunday afternoon, featuring the artwork created during the event. For a full list of events visit www., call (706) 6355605 or stop by Gilmer Arts at 207 Dalton St. Ellijay, GA 30540. 6/10 & 7/8 Art Pickens ‘’Artist Gathering” Jasper, GA. Art Pickens “Artist Gathering” is an opportunity for local artists to gather and network with fellow artists as well as meet and talk with residents and other art lovers from around North Georgia. Demonstrations are encouraged! 11am – 4pm. Weather permitting. Peace Park, 141 North Main Street, Jasper, GA. 6/17 – 7/22 Community Quilt and Fiber Arts Exhibit Blue Ridge, GA. Celebrate our heritage with the age-old artistic craft of quilting. The Art Center’s Richard Low Evans gallery will be arrayed in colorful fabric, woven with care, skill and artistic flare. Don’t miss one of the most unforgettable exhibits of the year. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA. For info visit or or call 706-632-2144.





6/20 thru 7/14 Summer Youth Art Camps Blue Ridge, GA. Summer Youth Art Camp from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Class runs from June 20th to July 14. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA. For info visit or or call 706-632-2144. 7/7 thru 9/30 Artist in Residence Paula Van Huss Blue Ridge, GA. Enjoy the fascinating Native American / western watercolors as well as unique contemporary collages of Paula Van Huss whose style combines realism with a contemporary feeling to traditional subjects. Opening reception will be July 29, 5-7pm. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA. For info visit or or call 706-632-2144. 7/29 thru 8/26 7th Annual 3-D Off the Wall Blue Ridge, GA. Opening reception will be July 29, 2017 from 5pm to 7pm in our Studio Gallery. This three-dimensional only art show, “Off the Wall,” takes the works off the gallery walls and lets you see the beauty of three-dimensional works. The exhibit is open to all threedimensional artists. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA. For info visit or or call 706-632-2144.

ADVENTURE 6/17 1st Annual Dragon Dash 5K Jasper, GA. 1st Annual Dragon Dash 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Run. 7:00 am Registration Begins. 8:30 am for the 5K Run/Walk. 8:00 am for the 1 Mile Fun Run. $20. Pickens High School, 500 Dragon Drive, Jasper, GA. Contact Michael Oubre:

6/24 19th Annual Flapjack 5K Run Jasper, GA. Annual Optimist 5K run in downtown Jasper. Registration at 7:00 AM with Start time of race 8:00 AM. Registration next to 61 Main restaurant. Following the race is a flapjack breakfast. Online registration yet to be determined. For info visit: www. or contact Sue Appleton at

EVENTS 6/2 Senior Fishing Rode0 Suches, GA. Free event open to adults ages 55 and older. Bring your own fishing gear and bait rain or shine – and enjoy fishing for beautiful rainbow trout. Free lunch and prizes. 9am -Noon. Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery 706-838-4723. 6/2 & 7/7 Canton First Fridays Downtown Canton, GA. Food, music and fun for all. 6-9 pm. For info visit or call 770.704.1552 6/3 Satterwhite Log Home Seminar Ellijay, GA. What you’ll learn: Three ways to purchase a Satterwhite log home and which one is right for you. Developing a floorplan, and design tips. How to budget and estimate costs. Financing a log home. Demystifying contracts, the loan application process, and appraisal values. Site preparation. Foundation options. The proper care of log homes. Finishing the interior. Registration fee includes breakfast & lunch, a package of home planning supplies, and an evening tour of homes. Cost $25 per person. REAL Educational Building 61 Old Highway 5 South, Ellijay, GA. Register Online at or call 1- 800- 7777288.


6/3 & 6/4 Wing and a Rock Fest Canton, GA. Wing contest, food, music and fun. Saturday, June 3: Noon– 10 PM, Sunday, June 4: Noon – 6 PM. At Etowah River Park. For info visit www. or call 770.704.1552 6/9 & 7/8 Second Saturday Block Party, Merchant Walk Downtown Blue Ridge. Enjoy a stroll through town exploring the beautiful shops. Stop in the courtyard at Sycamore Crossing and listen to live music. Many shops will be running specials. Free. 6pm-9pm. Call 706-2582432 or visit 6/10 Charles Sumner Racking Horse Show Ellijay, GA. This is a The National Racking Horse Association (NRHA) event that is great fro riders and spectators alike. So bring the family and come enjoy a night of fun with Gilmer County Saddle Club and the NRHA. Saddle Club Arena, 1727 S Main St, Ellijay, GA 30540. Info: Gilmercountysaddleclub1@ 6/10 & 6/11 14th Annual Blairsville Scottish Festival & Highland Games Blairsville, GA. Discover your “clan” and hang out with locals and visitors enjoying traditional games. Highland music, dancing and food with a Scottish flair. Watch border collies herd sheep and falcons swoop down on “prey” or check your roots at the Heritage Tent. Children can compete in their own Highland games. For the “wee ones” there’s face painting, train rides. Scottish Rock Concert, Kilted Mile Run, Bonniest Knees Contest, Kirkin’ of the Tartans (church service), and a Mini Cooper parade! 9am -5pm. $10. Meeks Park (1/2 mile west of Blairsville off Hwy. 515W) 11 Pool Lane Blairsville, GA. www. or 706. 745.5789 JUNE/JULY 2017

AC LIVING CALENDAR 6/10 & 6/11 Home & Garden Show Young Harris, GA. Featuring Jim Parks from HGTV. Door Prizes and Give a Ways! June 10th from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM June 11th from 12 Noon to 5:00 PM Towns County Recreation Center 150 Foster Park Rd (Off Mining Gap Road) Young Harris, Ga. 30546. http://WWW. ExpoManagementInc.Com 6/13 2nd Annual A Toast to Angels Fundraiser at Cartecay Vineyards Ellijay, GA. Wine tasting, music, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. All to benefit the Hospice Angels Foundation. 6-9pm. Advance tickets $15, at the door $20. Cartecay Vineyards, 5790 Clear Creek Road, Ellijay, GA. For tickets and info call Mara Roberts 706-889-8090. 6/17 Blue Ridge Mountains Wine & Jazz Festival Blue Ridge, GA. 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. Gates open at 2pm. Music 3pm. Tickets can be purchased online $30 each. 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 6/24 – 6/25 11th Annual Mountain Fling Arts & Crafts Show Blairsville, GA. 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. Sponsored by Mountain Regional Arts & Crafts Guild. Free. Saturday 9:00am 4:00pm, Sunday Noon - 4:00pm. North Georgia Tech Campus, Blairsville, GA. For more information, call 706-896-0932. 7/2 2nd Annual Lighted Boat Parade Blue Ridge, GA. Lighted Boat Parade to benefit the LBRCA Fannin County Scholarship Fund. More details to be released later. Contact the Lake Blue Ridge Civic Association - info@lbrca. org or 770-855-7378.


7/13 – 7/15 9th Annual Georgia Mountain Moonshine Cruize-In Hiawassee, GA. Live mountain music, hundreds of hot rods, swap meet, “Moonshine Run for Cash” folk exhibits, Pioneer Village, automotive vendors, crafts, lots of fun. See a real Moonshine Still in the works! Live concert on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:00 p.m. Check the website for full schedule of events. $10.00 admission fee, children 12 and under are free. Call 706-8964191 or visit 7/15 – 7/16 19th Annual Butternut Creek Festival Blairsville, GA. Celebrate and enjoy the Arts of this Mountain Region! The Butternut Creek Festival is one of the finest juried arts and crafts shows in the southeast. The two-day festival showcases 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. Held annually at Meeks Park on highway 515 west of Blairsville, GA, you don’t want to miss it! FREE admission. Visit www. Contact info: 706-781-1221 or email: 7/21 thru 7/29 67th Annual Georgia Mountain Fair Hiawassee, GA. 12 days of Fun! Thousands of visitors from across the region have experienced the excitement and nostalgia that this event has to offer. 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. Free parking. Children under 12, free. Georgia Mountain Fair, Inc. P.O. Box 444, Hiawassee, GA 30546. View entire Fair schedule at www. georgiamountainfairgrounds. com. Phone: (706) 896-4191. 7/29 Green Bean Festival Blairsville, GA, Celebrate the green bean and “green” living the last weekend in July with pageants, a square dance, tractor show, quilting exhibit, storytellers, crafts, “living green” demonstrations, farmers’ market, and “Green Ribbon”

recipe contest. Look for varieties of green beans (from heirloom pole beans to mountain white half-runners) and lots of other fresh, juicy produce. The whole county turns out for this family “Country Fair” type event. Blairsville Farmer’s Market, 148 Old Smokey Road, Blairsville, GA 30512. Visit

FARMERS MARKETS Friday Mornings Trash & Treasures at Union County Farmers Market Blairsville, GA. 7:30am - 1pm Union County Farmers Market 148 Old Smokey Rd (Off Weaver Rd), Blairsville, GA Saturday Mornings Downtown Market Blue Ridge Blue Ridge, GA. Across from the Courthouse. Email contact: Vendors contact 706-258-4552 Union County Farmer’s Market Blairsville, GA. 148 Old Smokey Road, Blairsville, GA 30512, (706)439-6043. Ellijay Farmers Market Ellijay, GA. 8am – Noon. Broad Street (adjacent to Gilmer County Court House) Ellijay, GA off the round-about. Contact 706-273-0406. Jasper Farmers Market 7:30am – Noon. Lee Newton Park, Jasper, GA 30143. Downtown Canton Farmers Market 9 am – 1pm. Cannon Park, Canton, GA 30143.

4th OF JULY 6/30 Firecracker Special Train Ride Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. Enjoy the fireworks and ride the Firecracker Special to McCaysville, no worries about where to park or sitting in traffic! Watch the fireworks from the comfort of your seat on the train or absorb the excitement around you by hanging out downtown. Train begins boarding in Blue Ridge at 7:00 and departs at 7:30 for a ride along the Toccoa River to McCaysville for the fireworks.


Reservations are strongly suggested. Call 800-934-1898 or 706-632-9833, or visit www. 6/30 Fireworks in Downtown McCaysville Take the car or hop on the Blue Ridge Scenic RR, Firecracker Express to see the fireworks shot off from the top of Tater Hill. Prefireworks activities start at 6:00 pm. Stores & Restaurants will be open late, with live music and entertainment at several locations downtown. Fireworks begin at 9:30 but get there early for a place to park and enjoy the downtown festivities. Tri Cities Business Association 706-964-6531. 7/1 Fireworks at Lake Blue Ridge Blue Ridge, GA. Save the date for the 2017 Lake Blue Ridge Fireworks! More information to follow as the event gets closer. You can also view them from the top of the Dam and Morganton Point Recreation Area. Lake Blue Ridge Marina, 335 Marina Drive, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Call 706-632-2618 or visit 7/1 - 7/4 Alpaca Farm & Art Studio 4th of July Celebration Open House Blairsville, GA. Meet and learn about the gently alpaca. Learn about alpaca fiber, from on the animal to a finished product. We have two new babies (called cria) on the farm, that want to say ‘hi’. Shop in our gallery/store for unique hand crafted fiber art and jewelry gifts as well as alpaca socks & teddy bears. Spinning, felting and glass bead making demos done on request. Popcorn from our movie style popcorn maker and refreshments available. 11am - 3pm. Donations accepted. Lasso the Moon Alpaca Farm 106 Agape Drive Blairsville, GA 30512. Visit or call 706. 835. 1837.

7/4 Independence Day at Vogel State Park Blairsville, GA. Summer fun for the entire family. Activities begin with the raising the flag in the morning and continue with family activities throughout the day! 8:30am - 4pm. Vogel State Park U.S. HWY 19/129 S (11 miles South of Blairsville). Call 706. 745. 2628 7/4 Inaugural Blue Ridge Freedom 5k - 10k Downtown Blue Ridge GA. Start your July 4th celebration with a scenic 5K or 10K run through beautiful historic downtown Blue Ridge. Bring your friends and family out and show your patriotism by coming dressed in your finest red, white and blue running gear. Stick around after the race to enjoy a post race celebration and awards ceremony. Contact Georgia Multisports at 770-926-2367 or visit www. 7/4 4th of July Observance at Epworth Epworth, GA. This is a great American 4th of July event for kids of all ages. Located at the Old Epworth Elementary School cafeteria and playground. Come as you are. Day begins at 8 am- 10:30 am with a pancake breakfast. Events and field activities from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. including a Horse Shoe Tournament. Free admission. Then purchase tickets good for any/all events. Epworth Community Club, 125 Schoolhouse Rd, Epworth, GA, only 10 minutes from downtown Blue Ridge. 7/4 Annual Canton Fireworks & Parade Canton, GA. Parade at 1pm. Location TBD. Fireworks Riverstone Parkway at dusk. 7/4 Independence Day Fireworks Blairsville, GA. Watch the skies over Meeks Park light up with an explosion of lights and color! Come out and enjoy this beautiful experience.



9:30pm - 11pm. 11 Pool Lane (1/2 mile west of Blairsville HWY 515W) Blairsville, GA.

KIDS STUFF Wednesdays $1 Summer Kids Movie Series Canton, GA. Fun movies kids will love at the Historic Canton Theatre presented by Canton Main Street. Two shows: 10:30am & 2pm. For info visit: 6/3 16th Annual Burra Burra Kids Carnival Ducktown, TN. The 16th Annual Burra Burra Kids Carnival is set for June 3rd from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at the Ducktown Basin Museum in the Hoist House. All activities are indoors and geared to children 12 and under. Games, face painting, concessions and additional activities. FREE! Ducktown Basin Museum, 212 Burra Burra St, Ducktown, TN 37317. 423-496-5778. Visit www.ducktownbasinmuseum. com. 6/10 Bubbles in the Park Murphy, NC. Music, Water slides, Bubble Play, Fun for Everyone! Free! 10am – 4pm. Konehetta Park, Murphy. For info call 828-837-3460. 6/17 & 7/15 Tri-State Model Railroaders Open House The model railroad layout depicting Copper Basin Railroading in the early 1950’s is developing nicely. Learn how railroads played an important role in the development of the Tri-State area and the unique history of the restored brick depot. Constructed over 100 years ago, it is the oldest public building remaining in Fannin County. From 10 am until 2 pm. Mineral Bluff Historic Depot 150 Railroad Avenue, Mineral Bluff, GA 30559. Call 828-361-2210 or visit www.


6/17 & 7/22 Northside Hospital’s Movies in the Park™ Canton, GA. Sunset. Brown Park: 223 E Marietta St Canton GA 30114. For info visit www. or call 770.704.1552 6/23, 7/21 & 7/28 Totally Eclipsed! Rollins Planetarium, Young Harris College Get ready for Monday, August 21, 2017, when the Moon’s shadow will sweep across the nation giving us 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! Be prepared for this once-ina-lifetime celestial event by viewing this all-new planetarium show, which will explain what happens to produce a total solar eclipse, including a preview of what you can expect to see, as well as important safety tips for viewing the eclipse. Shows at 7 p.m. & 8 p.m. Rollins Planetarium, Young Harris College. Tickets on line:

MUSIC Every Evening Bell Music from the Tower 7:00pm – 7:30pm. At the Historic Courthouse on the Square in Downtown Blairsville, GA. Free! Contact (706) 7455493 or 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


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 www. Saturdays Andrews Brewing Company Bluegrass Concert 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. Andrews is a beautiful, peaceful, vibrant small town located within the heart of North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains. For info: 828-321-2006 or www. 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! Bring your own libations and munchies, or you 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. 706-6355605. Visit

Weekends Fannin Brewing Company Live Music in the Bier Garden Brewery Hours: Thursday 4-8 Friday 4-8, Saturday 12-6. Fannin Brewing: 3758 East First Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. www.fanninbrewingcompany. com or 706.258.2762 6/10 Corey Smith Hiawassee, GA. Corey Smith will be at the fairgrounds on May13! Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road, P.O. Box 444 Hiawassee, GA 30546., 706-896-4191 or 6/2 & 7/14 Drum Circle Blue Ridge, GA. Sponsored by The Herbiary of Blue Ridge, this gathering is for all ages. Come join us near the gazebo and spend a warm summer evening under the stars in a free form rhythmic percussion experience. Bring your own form of percussion and play, dance, or just enjoy a Friday evening in town. 7:00 pm. Herbiary of Blue Ridge (702) 907-4372 6/3 Breath Deep, Move to the Groove Blue Ridge, GA. Concert to end lung cancer, raising awareness that lung cancer has no boundaries. Enjoy four concerts in one evening among the apple blossoms. Proceeds go to the LUNGevity Foundation for research, early detection, and lung cancer awareness. Concert: 4:00 - 9:00 p,m Bands: Quinn Leach • Toppers • Way Sneaky Eddie • Kharisma Jassmatic Funk. Food and beverages available for purchase throughout the concert. Mercier Orchards, 8660 Blue Ridge Dr, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. (706) 632-3411 or 6/10 Maria Howell & Noel Freidline Concert Blue Ridge, GA. Maria Howell: a combination of sultry, soulful, smooth tunes. She combines R&B with jazzy punctuations and evokes an international flavor. Noel Freidline: pianist, vocalist, writer and arranger. Noel has opened for many notable jazz artists. As a composer, he wrote music for ESPN, Walt Disney Company, Sports Center, NBA all star games and Monday night football. 7:30pm. For Tickets:


Blue Ridge Community Theater, 2591 East 1st St., Blue Ridge, GA 30513. (706) 632-9223 or 6/11 Wolfie: The Mozart Dialogues with The Bergonzi String Quartet Blue Ridge, GA. The Bergonzi String Quartet, named for the famous violin maker, Carlo Bergonzi, has been Quartet-inResidence at the University of Miami Frost School of Music since 1992, where all four performers are faculty members: Glenn Basham (violin), Scott Flavin (violin), Pamela McConnell (viola) and Ross Harbaugh (cello). Performance showcasing Mozart music. 2 pm. For tickets: Blue Ridge Community Theater, 2591 East 1st St., Blue Ridge, GA 30513. (706) 632-9223 or 6/24 & 7/15 Summer Concerts in the Park Canton, GA. 6:30- 8:30pm. Brown Park: 223 E Marietta St Canton GA 30114. For info visit or call 770.704.1552 7/8 Valerie Hines in Concert Blue Ridge, GA. Valerie Hines is a folk, country and blues artist. Her music embodies the earthy roots of her upbringing in Florence, SC, the sincerity of her lyrics and the rustic essence of nature. 7:30pm. For Tickets: Blue Ridge Community Theater, 2591 East 1st St., Blue Ridge, GA 30513. (706) 632-9223 or

THEATER 5/18 – 6/4 No Sex Please, We’re British Blue Ridge, GA. 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. The plot revolves around what is to be done with the veritable floods of pornography, photographs, books, films, and eventually girls that threaten to engulf this happy couple. Thursdays- Saturdays 7:30pm, Sundays at 2pm. For Tickets: Blue Ridge Community Theater, JUNE/JULY 2017

AC LIVING CALENDAR 2591 East 1st St., Blue Ridge, GA 30513. (706) 632-9223 or 7/13 – 7/30 Dearly Departed Blue Ridge, GA. In the Baptist backwoods of the Bible Belt, the beleaguered Turpin family proves that living and dying in the South are seldom tidy and always hilarious. Despite their earnest efforts to pull themselves together for their father’s funeral, the Turpin’s other problems keep overshadowing the solemn occasion. ThursdaysSaturdays 7:30pm, Sundays at 2pm. For Tickets: 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 & kid friendly. 1:00pm – 5:00pm. 1315 East Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA. 770-331-8870/404966-2665, Ongoing Thurs - Sun Reformation Brewery Tour & Tasting Hours Thurs 5:30-8pm, Fri 5:30-9pm, Sat 1-9pm, Sunday 2-4pm500 Arnold Mill Way, Woodstock, GA 30188., (678) 341-0828 or Ongoing Mon- Sun Valley River Brewery & Eatery Featuring 15 of our own Craft Beers, Wood Fired Pizza made with fresh toppings, Outstanding Burgers, Homemade Desserts. Located in Historic Downtown Murphy, NC at 71 Tennessee Street. Mon - Sat 11am - 10pm, Sun 12pm - 10pm. 828-837BEER or

Ongoing Sat & Sun Montaluce Wine Hikes ‘Wine Hikers’ are guided by our trained outdoor staff along our nature trails, to the headwaters of the Etowah River, and through the vineyard. After the 1.8 mile hike, you’ll be taken to our beautiful upper terrace to overlook the vineyard while enjoying a ‘mixed flight’ of 5 Montaluce Estate wines. Price: $45 Per Person. Time: 10am – 1pm. To schedule your wine hike please email or call 706.867.4060 today! Or visit Saturdays Out Of The Blue Wine Tasting Blue Ridge, GA. Drinking alcohol is just drinking. Wine is a lifestyle. It’s about a sense of place; it fires up our memories and makes an ordinary day special. Gourmet Living. We sell fine wine, cheeses, and beer along with specialty kitchen items. Wine tastings Saturdays at 1:00 pm. Out of the Blue, 647 E. Main Street, Blue Ridge, 706-2582750. Visit

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– Drugging the Cherokees

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Alcohol and Controlling the Cherokees


The Trade and Intercourse act of July1790 prohibited any trading with Indian tribes without a license specifically for that purpose. To do so without permission or license was to be fined one thousand dollars, that would be over $26,000 in today’s economy. Licenses could not exceed more than two years. A set of statutes over the course of six years through 1834 set Indian boundaries and described the tribes as “domestic dependent nations.” This is not to be confused with the Non-Intercourse Act of 1809, which dealt with foreign trade. The original intent was to deal with the Indian Territorial Lands in the Southeastern states, but was expanded to include special products, in particular alcohol. A revision of the trade act in 1793 appointed Federal Indian Agents and allowed for the Indians to trade with the whites under the same principles delineated in the act. President George Washington sought for the civilization of the Indians and implemented programs overseen by U.S. Indian Agent Benjamin Hawkins. The Indian Agent was responsible for the protection of the Indians from non-Indians. The introduction of alcohol early on in the relationship between the traders and Cherokees wreaked untold havoc. Over a ten-year period 1800 -1810 there were multiple murders in both the colonial society as well as that of the Cherokee and Creek domains, primarily resulting from alcohol. Indian agents were at an impasse to quell the demands for alcohol in 19th century Cherokee and Creek society. Travelers felt that alcohol leveled the playing field when they came upon a group of Indians 46

and would bid them to sit and drink with them. This added to the stereo- typing of the “drunken Indian.” It was not isolated to Georgia, but encompassed the entire Southeastern Cherokee and Creek Territory covering over more than four states. By 1819 the Cherokee passed a law regulating trade within the nation. It included a provision for regulating the alcohol traffic within the borders. American traders had to procure a license for $80 and if they didn’t, there was a fine of upwards of $200. Additionally, if travelers entered into the nation with a personal stash of alcohol they could be fined $100. The law had an adverse effect on many Cherokees. They felt that no government, even their own, had a right to impede or interfere with their affairs. They made efforts to eliminate liquor from public events and suppress drunkenness amongst their people. They felt strongly that no nation could be stable, prosper or flourish in such a state of inebriation. The federal government, in an attempt to regulate alcohol amended the 1802 Trade and Intercourse Act in 1822 giving militia, Indian agents and superintendents the right to inspect stores and trade posts for “spirituous” goods. However this did not keep illegal transactions from occurring. In 1825 brothers James and Samuel Reid, and unlicensed traders, were caught on the Conasauga River selling 653 gallons of whiskey. The meager fine of $100 hardly seemed worth the effort and the Reids refused to pay. Militia officials confiscated twenty barrels of flour from the Reids’ boat as a fine payment.



The then militia attempted to have the Cherokees prosecute those Cherokees who bought the alcohol. The Cherokees wanted to also prosecute the Reids for violating their laws of trade. However the end result was that the Indian office of the federal government ended up giving the Reids restitution for their losses in the amount of $779.10. By 1828, Andrew Jackson debated the issue of Indian Sovereignty and by 1830 passed the removal bill. In June of that same year the state of Georgia enforced a code of law over the Cherokees, denying them title to their tribal lands, and declared all tribal laws null and void. Samuel Worcester, US Post Master had been arrested and William Tarvin took his place. Yet Tarvin immediately began selling whiskey to the Indians in defiance of both the federal and Cherokee laws. 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


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