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Lake Living

Contents June 2014

VOL. 10, NO. 2

04 Boat laws and violations in Lake Hartwell uniform between Georgia and South Carolina

07 Pre-Fourth Extravaganza Hartwell

18 A Quilt is like a work of art 22 Cleaning a Mountain Respecting her legacy

25 Check out your choices when buying a grill

08 Sunday Morning

26 Tips for better photographs

A musical trio

32 Currahee Artist’s Guild Art Show

12 Circle of Hope A shining light in a time of darkness

16 A Taste of Toccoa

36 Blueberries 41 Community Events

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Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed a Bill titled the Boating Violator Compact on April 23 at the Big Oaks Recreation Area. South Carolina is expected to pass the same Bill within the next month.

Boat laws and violations in Lake Hartwell uniform between Georgia and South Carolina The

By Lauren Peeples The Hartwell Sun Lake Hartwell boaters can expect more consistency in the laws across the Georgia/ South Carolina border when it comes to boating laws and violations starting this summer. On April 23, Georgia governor Nathan Deal signed House Bill 777, titled the s so Price

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to provide for suspension of privileges to operate a vessel upon the waters of Georgia for violations of vessel laws. Deal said the bill would bring uniformity and less confusion to those who receive a violation ticket on Lake Hartwell. “The state line is right in the middle of the lake and sometimes, people on the water can be uncertain which

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side they are on,” said Deal. South Carolina is expected to pass the same Bill by June. Deal said he is hopeful that more states will follow the trend. “Sometimes you have to cross county lines and form partnerships, and other times, you have to cross state lines,” said Deal. The compact aligns both states’ boating and fishing regulations to ensure consisted rules and enforcement across the waterways that straddle the Georgia/South Carolina border to include Hartwell, Russell and Thurmond lakes, as well as the Savannah River. Deal was surrounded by law enforcement and politicians from both states as he signed the compact, which stems from the formation of a bistate legislative cause kicked off last summer by Powell and South Carolina State Repre-

sentative Don Bowen. The event was the first time Deal has returned to Hart County since his attendance at the first bi-state Savannah River Caucus meeting held at Big Oaks in September, an event that Powell credits as the birth of new ideas such as Bill 777. “We met here in September trying to do something that had not been done before. We’re breaking new ground,” said Powell. “It’s good to have a governor who knows where we are. These endeavors are not just about water, but all things that enhance life.” As for the viewpoint from law enforcement on the bill, Georgia Department of Natural Resources Corporal Craig Fulghum said there are several positive impacts that will assist law enforcement, as well as the boating public on Lake Hartwell.

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residents boating in other member states are treated the same as residents of that state with regard to minor boating violations. It also provides for voluntary reciprocal recogni-

“Also, identical to driver’s license agreements, boaters from other member states who have had their boating license or privilege suspended may be denied operating a vessel in Georgia waters.” Fulghum noted that one consequence of not pursuing the bill would be the continued practice of having Georgia boaters arrested on site if they are unable to pay boating fines immediately to the arresting officer. “Non-resident boaters would have to bond out of jail for minor boating violations. There would also be a burden on officers to transport boaters back to dock, then to the local county jail for minor misdemeanor violations,” said Fulghum. Powell said there has not been a boat violators’ bill in the United States and he is hopeful the bill will transition to other bordering states as well.


Continued from page 30 tor compact,” said Fulghum, who explains there are two primary provisions of the compact. “It assures that Georgia

tion of operating privilege and license suspensions and revocations by member states.” Fulghum adds that the procedural processes for the Boating Safety Compact parallel the established interstate processes for minor driving violations by non-residents and the recognition of driver’s license suspensions among states. “Our participation in this agreement will allow Georgia residents boating in other member states to receive a citation for minor boating violations, as opposed to the process of arrest, booking and incarceration until bond is posted. Rather than have a day on the water ruined by delays and inconveniences, our citizens could simply correct the cited deficiency or violation, continue their boating excursion, and handle the citation at a later date, usually by mail,” explains Fulghum.



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Sunday Mornings By Denise Matthews Franklin County Citizen Leader CARNESVILLE – Several residents of The Veranda in Carnesville were tapping their toes and a couple could even be heard to sing along to the old Gospel favorite “I’ll Fly Away,” as Sunday Mornings played and sang old and new favorites Thursday evening. Sunday Mornings, also known as Chuck Smith, Kellie Akin Spagnoli and Jim Bowcock, are monthly regulars at The Veranda, an assisted living/Alzheimers residence in Carnesville. Professed “amateurs,” the rollicking trio came to be at their church, Carnesville United Methodist. 8


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Professed “amateurs,” the trio perform Sunday morning concerts at church and are monthly regulars at The Veranda in Carnesville “Kellie and I started singing at church,” Chuck, an easy-going man with a ready smile and laugh explained of the trio’s beginnings. “Well, one thing led to another, Jim joined in and we decided to give it a try.” It was Kellie who came up with the name, Sunday Mornings, from their Sunday morning concerts at church, Chuck said. “That is when we sang,” Kellie, an effervescent blonde with an infectious grin said of her name choice. A native of Red Hill, Kellie, who now resides with her husband in Royston and is a

Franklin County High School graduate, is the self professed “everything girl” at Spagnoli Cabinets and has been a singer, she said laughing, since she was born. She plays guitar and harmonizes with Chuck, a gifted builder and former Banks County teacher turned barbecue restaurateur – he owns Smitty’s Barbecue outside of Carnesville – and Jim. Jim, who plays mandolin and also sings, is the husband of Carnesville UMC minister Lacey Bowcock and has, she said, been in music most of his life. “Jim has been playing for

40 years. He started on the drums and has been playing the guitar since he was 14. He decided to play the mandolin because Kellie and Chuck play guitar,” Lacey said. “He also ran Atlanta Discount Music for 26 years, then opened Braswell Music in Suawanee and is now working at Habersham Bicycle. He loves to mountain bike and also enjoys road biking.” Lacey said Jim is “looking for folks to ride with,” for all those who share his passion for bikes. Jim’s first love is music, though, and he enjoys playContinued to page 10



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Continued from page 8 ing and singing with Sunday Mornings – especially for music lovers like those at the Veranda where they have been playing once a month since November. “I called Chris Smith at the Veranda and told her we have an outreach ministry that shows the love of Christ through music,” Lacey said. Smith, along with Veranda owner Billie Brock, was more than willing for the trio to

and country music - old and new. “This is showing love to folks who need a little extra love sometimes,” Lacey said as she tapped the toe of her black boot to the upbeat I’ll Fly Away. “Music is a powerful way of communicating with people.” As the trio continued with old favorites “The Old Rugged Cross,” “Just a Closer Walk with Thee” and “Amazing Grace,” some residents stood and joined in while others shouted “Amen” and “hallelujah” from their seats. Laughing at the occasional discordant note, the three musicians went from the old gospel standards to country gold, twanging out Hank Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” and then to the Miranda Lambert hit, “The House That Built Me.” “That is the first time we have played that one,” Kellie

come and sing to the residents. “We have been here in Carnesville for five years now,” Smith said. “We love our community and love to integrate community activities for our residents whenever we can.” The invite was all Sunday Mornings needed to become one Thursday night a month Veranda regulars where the residents pull up a chair and enjoy an evening of gospel

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said after singing the Lambert song. Interspersed among the musical numbers was Jim’s asides on the history of the song, the songwriter or the trio’s rendition of the song. “Jim keeps a running commentary,” Lacey chuckled, as her husband gave a brief history of singer/songwriter Kris Kristopherson before the trio launched into the Kristopherson hit, “Why Me Lord?” “We like singing for y’all,” Kellie told the seniors, flashing her broad smile. And the Veranda residents liked hearing them sing. “We are glad y’all are here,” a lady said from the audience. With those kind words of encouragement, Kellie shared that Sunday Mornings had an upcoming performance at a Bold Springs Chicken Q. “We are moving on up,” she joked. “But we will be back here next month.”

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CANCER his wife, Margaret. Tears filled the room as the couple shared their struggles from when Jerone was first diagnosed. “At first we fought with each other and we have never fought in all our years being married. Cancer just takes everything away from you,” said Margaret. Circle of Hope members Mary Jo Fesperman, Susan Slater and Debbie Crider shared a few minutes and a few hugs with the couple. A cancer survivor herself, Fesperman serves as the founder and director of Circle of

Hope. Fesperman was diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer, Triple Negative Breast Cancer in 2007. A strong believer of self-breast exams, Fesperman credits it with the discovery of a lump in her right breast. “The life that I knew was forever changed on that day. I no longer took anything for granted. The bond between my husband, Gary, and I became stronger than ever. I cherished my faith and my friends greatly,” said Fesperman. She explained the concept

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(L-R): Circle of Hope member Mary Jo Fesperman, Cindy Cook and her husband and the recipient John Cook, and Circle of Hope member Debbie Crider.

(L-R): Circle of Hope members Susan Slater, Mary Jo Fesperman, recipient Jerone Denney and his wife, Margaret and Circle of Hope member Debbie Crider.

means that the offending tumor is estrogen receptor-negative; progesterone receptornegative and HER2-negative, therefore, giving rise to the name Triple Negative Breast Cancer. Chemotherapy is the treatment of choice, however, Fesperman explains that Triple Negative tumors generally do not respond to

margins with her bilateral mastectomy. Fesperman said she learned a lot about breast cancer in a short amount of time. “Prior to my diagnosis, I had known people with cancer, but until it becomes personal, you truly do not fully understand,” recalls Fesperman, who started Circle of Hope after finishing her

receptor targeted treatments. Triple Negative Breast Cancer is particularly aggressive and more likely to reoccur than other subtypes of breast cancer. Upon her diagnosis, the tumor was stage two and Fesperman immediately received chemotherapy in an attempt to shrink the tumor, so the surgeon could get clean

chemotherapy treatments. “Circle of Hope was born out of my need to return the compassion and care to others that I had received. I understand the feeling of despair and isolation a newly diagnosed patient feels. I recognize the financial obligations a family endures even with good insurance coverage.” Continued to page 6

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Continued from page 5 Fesperman said she believes Circle of Hope is plan that God has for her and the reason he allowed her to experience cancer. “My body has many scars resulting from cancer and I look upon them as a reminder that I fought well and almost six years later, I am still here,” said Fesperman.

Circle of Hope, a 501(c)3 non-profit group, serves Franklin, Stephens and Hart counties. To date, the organization has given checks to 100 cancer patients and has provided Ensure to 10 patients, food for three patients and clothing to one. Circle of Hope provides a minimum donation of $250 to each cancer patient and a supply

of Ensure, which benefits patients undergoing chemotherapy. Funds are raised principally through sponsors. The organization has had many of the same sponsors since the group’s inception. Yearly fundraisers also benefit the organization including a dinner and auction that is held each year. This year’s event is scheduled for October. Circle of Hope is not all about financial assistance though, sometimes it is just about being there for the patients. In April, Fesperman received a letter addressed to Circle of Hope from Mary Brown, 81, of Hartwell. Brown has cancer and lives alone. “In the letter, she shared that her son lives in Royston and that he takes her to all her treatment appointments. Ms. Brown did not ask for

financial assistance. She stated that she was lonely and asked if we would come to visit with her,” said Fesperman. “That letter just tore me up. I called her and we talked for a long time.” On April 16, four women from Circle of Hope traveled to Hartwell to spend the afternoon with Brown. “We did not arrive emptyhanded. We came with an Easter basket filled with goodies, a homemade cake, fresh flowers and a casserole for later. Ms. Brown reminisced about earlier years in Hartwell and friends that had passed,” said Fesperman. “Just before we left, we surprised Ms. Brown and presented her with a check, which we are sure she will put to good use. As we said our goodbyes, we promised to visit again soon. In fact, plans are in the works to take her to lunch very soon.”

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As a Lavonia resident, Fesperman said the goal is to help as many people in the area as possible who are going through cancer treatment. “We help as we can monetarily and with a yearly educational seminar known as Focus on Cancer, in which we have a panel of oncologists and oncology nurses who can give information on what happens during chemotherapy,” said Fesperman. “Focus on Cancer is open to the public and is free of

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Toccoa Toccoa,” the mixture of fine food, children’s activities, fellowship and live entertainment has been a hit for nearly a generation (24 years, to be exact). It’s all about making memories, said Sharon Crosby, Main Street Toccoa events coordinator. “A Taste of Toccoa” kicks off a bevy of spring, sum-

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into the quilt, along with some of his clothes. One rectangle in every square is a piece from one of his shirts, ties, pajamas, even some handkerchiefs. Robert even used pieces of a costume he and Jeannette wore at an event at his former college in Nebraska. “I wanted to make something she could remember me by,” explained Robert.

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squares depict symbols used by the hobos to describe a potential place to stay. The symbols meant anything from bad dog lives here, to a policeman lives here, or, there are already too many hobos located here. Other squares include references to the Swing Era, baseball (it was the age of Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth and Bob Feller), Route 66, and New York City. The famous highway, which was the first paved highway completed in the U.S., was finished in 1938. Two of New York’s skyline icons, the Chrysler Building and the

Empire State Building, were completed 11 months apart during the 30s. There are squares to represent the Dust Bowl and the bread lines that formed during the Depression. Old cars and even some paper money reflect the times as well. The back of the quilt is solid black, which Robert said covers the general attitude of the country during the Depression. His next quilt is already in the works with pieces laid out on the floor of the bonus room which includes a sewing machine at one end, and a cutting table at the other. Much of the material gathered so far came from a woman who passed away recently. According to Robert, funeral director Sid Ginn knew the Scotts were quilters and asked them if they would like the material. Who will get the next quilt

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is also a mystery. Neither Robert nor Jeannette had a definitive answer. Robert sometimes uses the assistance of Jeanette and Sheri to pick out material, but after that he flies solo, including putting the quilt in the frame. Robert uses a sewing machine to put the squares together and attach the back, but when it comes to the

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Rachel Howington has a part-time professional photography business, but the photo of a dragonfly that took second place in the Franklin County Citizen Leader photo contest was homework for a continuing education class at the University of Georgia.

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Tips for better Photographs By Shane Scoggins Franklin County Citizen Leader Everyone loves a good photo. After all, they say a picture is worth a thousand words. A great photo can say even more. But how to capture a great photo is often hard to figure out. Talks with the three winners of the recent Franklin County Citizen Leader photo contest gives some tips on how to do that. Judy Hulsey, Rachel Howington and Hank Tye took first, second and third, respectively, in the Citizen Leader’s inaugural photo contest. Several more of their photos were selected as finalists in the contest, which drew more than 350 entries. So what are their secrets? • Be on the look out – always. Hulsey, whose photo of a hummingbird won first place in the contest, said she opens her windows every morning and has her camera ready at all times. There’s plenty of wildlife around Hulsey’s house: deer, red foxes, turkeys, cardinals, blue birds and plenty of hummingbirds. 26


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Hulsey said when she sees a subject run, walk or fly within range, she picks up her Nikon camera and shoots, often through the window. Howington, the second place winner for a shot of a dragonfly, has a similar idea. Her dragonfly photo came as part of a photography class at the University of Georgia. Her assignment was to take photos dealing with depth of field. As she walked around in her front yard, Howington noticed a dragonfly perched

on a fencepost. She started snapping and came up with the award-winning image. Tye, the third place winner for a sunset photo, noticed his award-winning shot while on his way to supper. “I just happened to look over and see the sky,” he said. Supper waited while he got the photo. • Find the right location. Tye was pulling into a restaurant parking lot when he saw the beautiful oranges, yellows and golds of the perfect sunset. Continued to page 24

Hank Tye noticed a beautiful sky while on his way home one evening. The photo took third place in the Franklin County Citizen Leader photo contest.

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This photo of Hess Fowler at a Franklin County goat show by Rachel Howington was a finalist in the Franklin County Citizen Leader photo contest.

Continued from page 22 Fast food signs, power lines and billboards don’t make for the perfect backdrop, however. So Tye said he and his wife jumped in the car and rode to a spot close by to a pasture surrounded by a barbed wire fence. The fence, in perfect black shadow, provided a nice foreground contrast to the brilliant sky for his awardwinning photo. Tye’s experience provides a nice lesson in finding the right backdrop, foreground or location for a photo. • Take a lot of photos. One of the benefits of digital cameras is that the number of photos you take is limited only by the size of the memory card you buy. Hulsey and Tye said they take advantage of that. Hulsey said when she sees a bird or other animal come into her yard that she wants to take a photo of, she puts her camera

on continuous capture and snaps dozens of photos at one time. Tye said the sunset photo he submitted was one of many that he took that day. He takes dozens, if not hundreds, of photos at events that he covers for community groups. • Take photos a lot. All three award winners said they get plenty of practice. Howington has a side business as a photographer and takes a variety of photos as part of that business. She said nearly every weekend and many days after her regular job at the Franklin County Board of Commissioners’ office is filled with taking photos. Tye is a regular at community events around Lavonia. He takes photos for several clubs and civic groups, in addition to those for himself. Hulsey takes photos nearly every day and also loans her

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Tom Law The Toccoa Record There are three certainties for each spring season in Toccoa-Stephens County. Dogwoods and azaleas will put on a spectacular show of color. Baseball will be played by children and youth at various locales stretching from Doyle Street Park to Stephens County High School. And, the Currahee Artist’s Guild will stage its annual spring show downtown. This year’s show was held May 3 and featured a judged show with works in oil and acrylic, watercolor, pastel and mixed media paintings along with drawing, photography, digital art photography, pottery and fine crafts. The show also sported work by Stephens County students in grades kindergarten through 12 and demonstrations by two area artists. There was live music throughout the day – a sunny breezy Saturday. The art show was judged by Dr. Chris Dockery, a professor of art education at the University of North Georgia. Here are some of the scenes from the annual show for you to enjoy. 32


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Walker Allen takes in the works of students at Stephens County High School. That’s Allen’s own piece at right. The brightly color piece at left is the work of Kailie Copelan.

Three floors of The Studio, located on Doyle Street in downtown Toccoa, were filled with pieces of art by area artists. They were part of the judged show.

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the best in memory,” said Blue Ridge public relations coordinator Bonne Olson. “Partnering with the chamber (for the first time) added an extra element for contacts for publicity and vendors. With the addition of the craft vendors and the Porsche display, the show has expanded bringing a wider variety of people.” Edward James of Charleston, S.C. showcased “Ciao Baby”, a 1971 Irva Junior restored in Canada in 2000. James has owned the watercraft for eight years and has displayed it three times in the Hartwell show. “What I enjoy most about the show is meeting good friends who are members of

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June 7 • Square Dancing at the Beach at Tugaloo State Park. 2pm. Join the Currahee Squares at the park’s Beach Pavilion. This square dancing troop will not only show off their square dancing talent, but will let you join in on the fun as they teach you some basic square dancing moves. $5 parking. 706-3564362.

June 7 • Summer Music Series at Tugaloo State Park - 8-9:30 p.m. The Atlanta Music Hall of Fame band, “Brush Fire,” will be at the Park’s Beach Pavilion for a fun evening of excellent vocal harmonies and Bluegrass music. Event is free, but the band will be passing a hat for donations. $5 parking. 706-356-4362. June 13 • Strawberry Full Moon Hike at Tugaloo State Park. 8:30-9:30pm. Put on your hiking shoes, bring your camera/flashlight and join us for a 3/4 mile hike starting at the tennis court parking lot. Learn what a Strawberry Moon is and get a picture of the moon over the lake. $5 parking. 706-356-4362. June 14 • Pancake Breakfast. 8-11am - in the Fellowship Hall

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June 14 • Sssslithery Reptiles at Tugaloo State Park - 3pm Snake expert, Don Burdick, will be at the park’s Beach Pavilion. Don will be bring his awesome snake collection to show us as he discusses snake identification, habitant, habits, and more. $5 parking. 706-356-4362. June 14 • Summer Music Series at Tugaloo State Park - 8-9:30pm. “The Cane Creek Band,” a five piece bluegrass band, will be at the park’s Beach Pavilion. This family friendly event is free, but the band will pass a hat for donations. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.

June 20-22, 27-29 • Land of Spirit’s “Franklin Feudin’.” Franklin County’s Famous Folk Life Play. Fri. and Sat., evening performance at 7:30pm; Sun.

Matinee at 2:30pm. Adults - $12, Children under 12 - $6. Auditions for Franklin Feudin’ - April 21 - 22 at 7pm at the Cultural Center. June 21 • Celebrate the First Day of Summer - Canoe Races at Tugaloo State Park - 10am-12pm We will have multiple races for ages 12 and up. Racers will be divided into age groups and we will end with a family canoe race. Prizes will be given for the winner of each group. Arrive by 9:30am to sign up for your race. All equipment is provided. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-356-4362. June 25-2• Junior Ranger Day Camp at Tugaloo State Park. 9am-3pm. Children ages 10 to 12 are invited to join in on the fun! Participates will earn a Jr. Ranger badge through handson activities. Must pre-register by calling the park. $30 plus $5 parking. 706-356-4362. June 28 • Tugaloo Mushroom Walk at Tugaloo State Park. 10-

11:30am. Can you eat that? Let The Mushroom Club of Georgia help guide you through the wonderful world of mushrooms. Get ready be amazed by the fungus among us! $5 parking. 706-356-4362. June 28 • Summer Music Series at Tugaloo State Park 8-9:30pm. Nelson Thomas, will be at the Park’s Beach Pavilion playing flatpick & fingerpick style guitar, old time and bluegrass banjo, harmonica, washboard, and occasionally a little mandolin and/or fiddle. Event is free, but Nelson will be passing a hat for donations. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.

July 4 • Old Fashioned Fourth of July at Tugaloo State Park 10am-3pm. Join us for a host of family fun events. Decorate your

bike and join in on the Bicycle Parade at 10am. Old Fashion Games begin at 11am. Family Putt-Putt Tournament starts at 3pm and prizes will be awarded to top 3 winners. $10 per family for Putt-Putt Tournament $5 parking. 706-356-4362. July 16-18 • Junior Ranger Day Camp at Tugaloo State Park 9am-3pm Children ages 6 to 9 are invited to join in on the fun! Earn a Jr. Ranger badge through hands-on activities. Must preregister by calling the park. $30 plus $5 parking. 706-356-4362. July 19 • Summer Music Series at Tugaloo State Park 8-9:30pm. The Carolina Ceili, a 3 piece Celtic band, will be at the park’s Beach Pavilion. This event is free, but the band will pass a hat for donations. $5 parking. 706-356-4362. July 26 • Summer Music Series at Tugaloo State Park. 8-9:30pm. We will have two bands at the Beach Pavilion, Yonah Pickers

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and d Th The N Nearly l Normal N l String S i Band. The concert is free, but the bands will pass the hat for donations. $5 parking. 706-3564362. July 26 • Junior Ranger Mini-Camp at Traveler’s Rest Historic Site - 10am- 1pm. Ever wondered what kind of foods pioneer kids ate? What kind of games they played? Join us for this fun hands on camp and find out. Call Tugaloo State Park to pre-register. $5. 706-356-4362.

JJuly 31 • Solar Astronomy at TTugaloo State Park - 10am-3pm. Ever wanted to look at the sun’s flare-ups and spots safely? JJoin the world’s largest Solar Astronomy outreach program with us. Also, if you want to take w a picture of the Sun, bring your camera because a complete imaging setup will be available ffor you to take your own picture of the Sun. $5 parking. 706-3564362. 4 August 2 • Night Time AstronA omy with the Atlanta Astronomy Club at Tugaloo State Park. 9:30-11:30pm. Join the Atlanta Astronomy Club at picnic shelter #5 to view the night sky through telescopes. Members of the club will be on hand to assist. $5 parking. 706-356-4362. August 9 • Summer Music Series at Tugaloo State Park. 8-9:30pm. Bob Thomason, master dulcimer musician and storyteller, will be at the park’s Beach Pavilion. Bring the kids and enjoy an evening by the

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August 23 • Wildlife and Hunting in Georgia at Tugaloo State Park. 7-8:30pm. Want to learn more about Georgia’s Wildlife? Join game warden Craig Fulghum at the park’s Nature Hut to learn about Georgia’s Wildlife and hunting rules/regulations for Georgia. $5 parking. 706356-4362.

HARTWELL June 12 • Cateechee Ladies Golf Association’s Red, White & Blue Golf Tournament (ladies only) at Cateechee Golf Club - 9 a.m. Cost is $25 for CLGA members and $60 for non-Cateechee members. Event is scheduled to celebrate Flag Day each year. Golfers are encouraged to wear their best red, white and blue golf attire. The event is a 4-person team, 18-hole modified best ball golf tournament. Prizes are

7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Hosted by Hartwell Main Street. Boats and cars come from miles around for this free live music event. Pack up your family, bring your coolers and picnics for a fun evening. Food vendors will also be available. • June 7 . “The Evolutionaries” from Hart County Community Theater • July 5......... “Audio Chamber” • August 2 .. “Silvercreek Band” Contact the Hartwell Downtown Development Authority at 706-376-0188 or or

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June 6 - 8, 13 - 15 • Savannah River Productions - “Always... Patsy Cline.” Fri. and Sat. 7:30 p.m.; Sun. 3 p.m. at The Rock Gym, 45 Forest Ave., Elberton. – Back by popular Demand! Jennifer Clements returns to the stage as Patsy Cline along with Joan Hughes as Louise Segers. Show is based on a true story about Cline’s friendship with a fan from Houston who befriended the star in a Texas honkytonk in 1961, and continued a correspondence with Cline. This play includes many of Patsy’s unforgettable hits such as Crazy, I Fall to Pieces, Sweet Dreams, and Walking after Midnight… 27 songs in all. The show’s title was inspired by Cline’s letters to Seger, which were consistently signed “Love Always... Patsy Cline”. For more information call 706-376-7397. June 16-20: HCCT Children’s Workshop. $30 per child, $25 each additional sibling. Reservations recommended. 706-3765599. or our FFacebook page.

June 27 & 28 • Hartwell PrePre Fourth Weekend June 27 - “Dancin’ on Depot” featuring “Still Cruzin’ ” - 7-11pm is sponsored by Downtown Development Authority. This is one of Downtown Hartwell’s biggest nights. This event features a big street dance, children’s activities and food vendors. You can buy tickets at the gates. Contact Downtown Development Authority at 706-376-7168 or or www. for ticket prices and additional information. June 28 - Arts and Crafts Festival on the Hartwell’s Square all day, featuring craft vendors,

vendors, activities for the fo vendors food kids and fun for the whole family Sponsored by the Hartwell Service League! June 28 - Fireworks at the Dam, Saturday night, around 9-9:15pm, the Hart County Chamber sponsors a huge Fireworks extravaganza at Big Oaks Recreation on Hwy. 29 at the Dam, Food and kids activities from 6-9pm. July 25-27 and August 1-3: HCCT presents Evolution of Music: The Legends. Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30 pm. Sunday performances at 2:30 pm. Please call 706-3765599 for reservations or more information or check out our website at wwww.hartcoounty-

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September 20 • Pioneer Day at Traveler’s Rest Historic site. 10am-2pm. Bring the kids and step back in time with historical demonstrators in period dress. Learn about Georgia’s last Stagecoach Inn and life in the 1830s. $3-$5. Nancy Hyndman, 706-244-8951, 706-356-4362.

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