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Business 8 A Gainesville business celebrates a century of turning out solid wood, American-made furniture and announces plans to expand.

10 Only a few weeks into business, Tap It offers Gainesville something no other store does — a place to buy ‘maters, mulch and craft-brewed beer.

On the Cover Forget the Christmas goose. Celebrate this holiday season with chicken and find out how Gainesville’s first family of poultry celebrates with their brood. Abit and Kayanne Massey open up about how they met and why it is so hard to get the whole family together at one time. Photo by Michelle Boaen Jameson


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Fashion 14 Find tips from local fashion experts

on dressing up — or down — for this holiday season. You may be surprised what rules never change!

Taste of HOME 24 HOME talks to chef — and fellow

Georgian — Paula Deen about her favorite holiday traditions, her new network, and what she thinks about the poultry capitol of the world. HOME Living

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32 HOME stops in on The Longstreet Society to find out

There’s a new dance craze sweeping North Georgia, but you don’t have to learn any new steps to participate. You just need to meet the age requirement!

what this group is all about and what it has been up to in recent months.


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It’s that time again! I know it has been said every year for generations, but it really does seem like the holidays come faster each year. It feels as though I just put away the decorations and here it is time to drag them back out. I would just leave them up all year, but I don’t want to be one of those neighbors (you know who you are). But at least with this time of year comes family, friends and FOOD. Speaking of food, check out our interview with Paula Deen on page 24! I bet you can’t guess what one food she would take with her on a desert island? No, it ain’t butter. Thinking of food, we talk with the local patriarch of poultry, Abit Massey, and his wife, Kayanne, to find out who rules the roost in the Massey family and what they want most this Christmas (page 16). Oh yeah, and I took a tour of Panoz Museum in Braselton (page 34) and have come down with new car fever. I would ask if they finance, but like they say, if you have to ask ... (a Christmas gift from my sweetheart, perhaps?) Also in this issue, we catch up with The Longstreet Society and 50 Plus Dancing Diners do the Watusi (nope, not a flash mob).



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100 years of business in Hall County Georgia Chair Company celebrates a milestone

Story by Shannan Finke Photos by Michelle Boaen Jameson The Georgia Chair Company is a fixture in the City of Gainesville. In fact, the local Hall County factory just celebrated its 100th anniversary in October, reinforcing its establishment as the go-to source of furniture for many of the area’s homes, schools and businesses. Standing tall in front of the company’s Gainesville location are several oak trees, one of which has become the inspiration for Georgia Chair’s logo. And perhaps as old as these oaks are the traditions at Georgia Chair, including


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the factory’s steam whistle. When the company received new steam boilers in 1941, the whistle was blown four times each work day to help keep employees on schedule—a practice that carries on to this day (when a traditional clock just won’t do) and can be heard by North Georgia residents from miles around. Georgia Chair started in Flowery Branch by J. B. and H. L. Edmondson in 1914, but when a fire destroyed the Flowery Branch location in 1921, the company moved and established its roots further north—and closer to a fire department. Over time, Georgia

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Chair’s tried-and-true manufacturing process has created quite the reputation for the company, with products selling across the United States, the Caribbean and some South Pacific islands. Rockers are considered Georgia Chair’s signature piece and are in constant demand; you’ll find them in some of the best resorts in the U.S., including Marriott hotels, The Ritz-Carlton hotels and The Grand Hotel in Mackinaw Island, Mich. The company takes great pride in the making of its furniture pieces, something that helps the quality of Georgia Chair products remain consistently flawless time and again. “The manufacturing process blends old-fashioned, handcrafted methods of woodworking with modern industrial techniques,” says Georgia Chair President Harry Bagwell. “This produces time-proven mortise and tenon joints faster and more accurately than ever before. Our electronic gluing produces panels of ultimate strength and durability. Finally, hand sanding of all the edges and surfaces ensures a well-finished, quality product.” When Georgia Chair first started out,

the company focused on addressing the furniture needs of local North Georgia customers within a 100-mile radius of the plant’s location. While it started out producing stools, chairs and rockers, Georgia Chair eventually branched out to begin creating other furniture pieces as the demand for its products continued to grow. Although the initial Georgia Chair factory shut down in 1912 after the death of its original owner, the location was bought and reopened by Bagwell’s grandfather in 1914. “We are a family-owned company, and the individuals that work for us are like family. We all have one common goal: to maintain quality on each and every piece of furniture that leaves our manufacturing plant,” Bagwell says. “We have always been proud of the company name and our Georgia roots.” Bagwell adds that quality has always been the backbone of Georgia Chair, a characteristic that started with the foundation of the company. Nowadays, you’ll find Georgia Chair crafting bookcases, science, kitchen and dining tables, children’s furniture, chairs, stools and rockers for libraries, businesses and homes around the world. In fact, this local company is one of the last remaining manufacturers of solid oak school furniture in the United States. And recently they have partnered with Big Green Egg to make custom tables that hold the smoker while providing a work space.

Left: Archived photos of the company’s history were on display during the celebration. Guests check out some of the many types of furniture made by Georgia Chair.

But perhaps one of Georgia Chair’s proudest claims boasts that all of its products are currently made in Gainesville. Being a family-owned company, Georgia Chair finds great importance in providing employment and producing pieces right here at home. “Georgia Chair has always been proud to be an American-made company. This country needs to be about something, we need to create something, employ American people, manufacture our own goods and continue to dream big,” Bagwell says. At its 100th anniversary celebration in October, Georgia Chair reinforced this idea when it announced the company would be creating more than 100 manufacturing jobs in Georgia. Also announced is its current partnership with Merjas Business Holding in Saudi Arabia, which will add more than 150 jobs for women in Saudi Arabia in support of the Saudi Women’s Empowerment Movement. Bagwell adds that the company remains committed to its home turf and building on America’s strengths. “The buy American approach helps to keep American businesses strong. We all have the ability to help strengthen our economy and create jobs. These jobs will continue to support our children and grandchildren to come.” November | December 2014


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Gainesville growing with growlers ‘Tap It’ the brain child of 3 local landscapers

Bottom: Brad Sample, Zack Thompson and Ryan Thompson stand behind the counter at their new growler bar,Tap It, in Gainesville.

Story and photos by HOME staff As another fall weekend gets its start, yard warriors everywhere are suiting up with leaf blowers, rakes and wheelbarrows. With the radio tuned into the game and garden gloves on, there is only one thing missing. Beer. Luckily, three local landscapers and barbecue enthusiasts have the Gainesville area covered. “We are the only place I know of that you can pick up a bag of mulch, a grill accessory and a craft brew,” said Zack Thompson. Tap It, Gainesville Growlers recently opened its doors on Thompson Bridge Road, offering craft beer in 64- or 32-ounce “growlers,” or sealed jars. The company was started by Zack, his brother Ryan Thompson and friend Brad Sample, all of whom already own Pro Touch Landscapes, Inc. and Pro Outdoor Living. “We fill 64- or 32-ounce containers, seal them and let people take them 10

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home to enjoy,” explained Ryan. “They can try three 1-ounce portions to determine whichever ones they like, and we can help steer them in the right direction.” The brews, says Zack, are as local as they can possibly get them. And Tap It offers seasonal flavors, too, such as pumpkin-flavored brews and the best-seller, Oktoberfest. And customers can bring the growler container back for refilling over and over. HOME Living

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Zack said he believes growlers have grown in popularity in part due to their “throwback, oldschool appeal.” “I think it started with the ability to buy craft beer that these smaller guys can’t bottle and can,” he said. “It takes a big operation to bottle and can your beer. But they can brew and put it into keg form, and we can basically bottle for them at a draft-filling station.” Craft beers on tap at Tap It include Cherry Street Pumpkin Pie Pale Ale, Grumpy Old Men ASKA Pale Ale, Terrapin Hopsecutioner and Dahlonega Gold Ale, to name only a few. “We hope to be able to expand into other markets, but in this market we’d like to be able to offer quality craft beer to local folks,” Sample said. “The community is awesome and Gainesville is a great place to open a business,” he said. “Everybody’s been super excited, and I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that we’re the first of this kind here. But people really do enjoy craft beer in Gainesville. It’s the new wine.” All three businessmen said the enterprise was a product of their own passion for craft beer. They often tossed the idea around in jest said Zack, then one day they just decided to go for it. The idea to open inside the landscape store seemed obvious to the guys. “People can come in and buy what they need for the yard and we also carry grills and grilling accessories, so beer just seemed a natural fit,” said Zack. Zack said he’s had a few customers jokingly say they’ll be buying their mulch one bag at a time now. “What person doesn’t like beer?” Ryan said.

Above: Zack Thompson serves a customer at the new growler bar,Tap It, in Gainesville.

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Holiday parties galore: Dress to impress Story by Chelsey Abercrombie

With a bevy of holiday parties on the horizon, making sure your wardrobe is in check can be a more daunting task than picking out a gift for your new mother-in-law. For the 2014 season, basics with a few carefully selected adornments are the way for women to stay in style, especially when it comes to formal gatherings — just as long as you remember to spice it up a bit. “Classical black is always in vogue with a great piece of jewelry and a special shoe, with a little bit of glitz,” said Sherrie Schrage, the owner of Saul’s on Main Street in Gainesville. For her go-to formal holiday party outfit, Schrage would pair a solid, tea-length black dress with a formal jacket — either of the sheer or structured variety — a pair of low heels with crystal appliques and a statement necklace. “Gold is coming into its own, and pearls are always popular,” Schrage said of this season’s jewelry choices. Wardrobe staples such as demure colors and familiar fabrics will have their time to shine in 2014.

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“Lace is popular,” said Christopher Davidson, owner of the downtown dress shop Christopher’s. “Right now there doesn’t seem to be one color more dominant than another. Navy is big, but black is still good, too.” For something just a little trendier, this year’s biggest fashion risk — a jumpsuit — can be formalized with the right shoes and nice jewelry. Schrage also recommends adding “a pop of color” to your outfit to stand out, even if that color is white. “Add just a pop of white, like you would do a pop of color, with your black or with your navy,” Schrage said. Men’s fashion can be a trickier subject, especially when it seems like men have far fewer choices than their female counterparts. “Our biggest thing that we always try to encourage is to dress for the occasion,” said Dan Fifer, owner of J.R. Crider’s Clothing and Apparel. “You’re going to look just as out of place if you showed up to a black tie affair in shorts and a tank top than if you showed up to a barbecue in a tuxedo.” Fifer advises men who are unsure about what to wear to contact the event’s host for clarification. “Always err on the side of being overdressed as opposed to underdressed,” Fifer said. Navy and black are go-to colors for winter suits, and while straight ties remain more common than bow ties, bow ties can add a new level of flair to an otherwise traditional look. Fifer also advises men not to be afraid to

A black jumpsuit and heels with beaded necklaces from Saul’s on the downtown Gainesville square.

add unexpected accents to their holiday apparel. “With Christmas parties you can do different, fun things with quarter-zips,” Fifer said. “You can do a vest underneath your jacket. We love pairing flannels with tweed jackets, that kind of thing.” Pocket squares, patterned ties and belts can be a good way to show your holiday spirit while also striking up a conversation with a fellow party-goer. “As Christmas comes we’ll do different, fun candy canes or holly, leaves or mistletoe (on a bow tie), that kind of thing,” Fifer said. “A belt that’s got a little Georgia flag or shot gun shells or something like that, that’s a good conversation piece if you’re going into a situation where that would be appropriate.” Fifer’s ultimate holiday fashion advice can apply to guys and gals alike. “You always want to err on the side of being the best-dressed person there.” HOME Living

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From left: Lewis Massey, wife Amy, son Christian, daughter Cameryn, son Chandler, Kayanne and Abit Massey.

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Christmas Success keeps them close, but also far apart Story by Savannah King Photos courtesy the Masseys


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All Kayanne Massey wants for Christmas is to have her family gathered under the same roof for a while. But it’s a fairly difficult wish to arrange. With a little luck and planning this holiday season, the Massey family — which are spread from California to New York — will all gather together in Georgia.

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“I just want us all to be together and be happy and safe and healthy,” Kayanne said, looking to her husband of 54 years, Abit Massey. “And those that need to be studying should be studying.” Sitting on the couch in their Gainesville home, the couple laughed and eagerly shared the accomplishments of their four grandchildren, listing off extracurricular activities ranging from lacrosse to international affairs. Their oldest grandson, Chandler Massey, won three Emmy awards for his role as Will Horton on “Days of Our Lives.” Their pride remains evident when they speak about their two children, Lewis Massey, former Georgia Secretary of State and a one-time candidate for state governor and Camille Massey, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Founding Executive Director at City University of New York School of Law. Earlier this year, the Masseys were named the University of Georgia Alumni Association Family of the Year. The Masseys seem to operate on the philosophy of making connections and getting involved. For nearly 50 years, Massey led the Georgia Poultry Federation, a nonprofit association that represents the poultry industry in the state. In 2009 he “passed the drumstick” to the current president of the federation and


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continues to serve as the president emeritus working with politicians and industry leaders. “It’s interesting the relationships you develop when (you’re) getting out there and meeting people and doing things,” Abit Massey said. Abit Massey’s first job as a camp counselor at Camp Dixie in Clayton, Ga., established a friendship that got him started down the path that lead him to become the director of the state Department of Commerce, which is now called the Georgia Department of Economic Development. In this role he established the tourism division and built the first welcome station. It’s also a role that introduced him to his wife. The Georgia Jaycees asked for Abit Massey’s help in getting the governor to sign a proclamation for Miss Georgia Week. After learning Kayanne was serving as Miss Georgia and was a student at Agnes Scott College, Abit, who also lived in Decatur, called to see if she would like a ride into the Capitol for the signing of the proclamation.

Opposite page:The Massey family receives the Alumni Family of the Year Award at the University of Georgia.Top:Lewis Massey, son Christian, daughter Cameryn, son Chandler and wife Amy outside of their Atlanta home. Above: Kayanne Massey, right, helps out at the Good News at Noon holiday meal service.

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“He called me out there at Agnes Scott and he explained about going to the Capitol and said he lived in Decatur and could give me a ride in. I thought ‘Uh, oh.’ Because they told me that men would call me and offer me rides to places. So I said “well thank you Mr. Massey but I will have a ride into the Capitol but I appreciate your offer.” Later on the pair met again in Buffalo, N.Y., where they were attending an event to promote the state. When Abit Massey asked her on a date, she agreed. “Our very first date we drove from Buffalo, New York, to Niagara Falls, with her mother in the back seat,” Massey said, with a chuckle. “(Her mother) was taking her chaperoning duties very seriously.” Kayanne wasn't allowed to marry while wearing the Miss Georgia crown, but the two planned a wedding as soon as her term ended.

Top: Abit and Kayanne Massey pose with “Santa.” Above: Kayanne and Abit Massey talk about holiday traditions in their Gainesville home. Opposite page: Kayanne and Abit hold up a special poultry monument Christmas ornament.


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During the next year’s pageant, when Kayanne was crowned the next Miss Georgia, the pageant emcee, Craig Stevens, asked Kayanne where the couple planned on going for their honeymoon. “He suggested Niagara Falls and she said ‘Oh, we went there on our first date,” Abit Massey said laughing. The couple married in Kayanne’s hometown of Calhoun in July 1960. Soon after marrying, the couple moved to Gainesville where he began leading the Georgia Poultry Federation. “The smartest thing I ever did was marry Abit,” Kayanne said, looking at her husband and smiling. “It’s just uncanny how perfectly matched we are.”

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“She’s very pretty but she’s very smart as well. It’s been a perfect relationship,” Abit Massey said. “They say it’s good for mental health to have mind stimulation and it’s good to laugh. So every morning Kayanne does the crossword puzzle and the Jumble and I read the comic pages.” “I clearly out married myself. I’m very lucky,” Massey said. On a recent afternoon, the couple sat down with Home: Living in North Georgia and answered a few questions. Question: Your family is very successful, and each in their own right, how did you foster this as your children were growing up? Kayanne: “We were very fortunate. Our parents expected the best and didn’t accept less

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than our best effort.” Q: How important was education to your family when you were growing up? Abit: “My mother finished high school early and went to Milledgeville for what is now Georgia State College and University and finished in three years and taught school. My father, who grew up on a farm, wanted to go to college but never had the opportunity. He would go to Athens with his father to sell products from the farm and he would hear the chapel bell ring and yearn to go there himself. … They were an unlikely but an incredible combination. They knew the importance of a college education from entirely different vantage points. They were determined that the six of us have as much education as we wanted.” Q: What are your family’s favorite traditions? Abit: “We always get together during the summer for a couple of weeks. We go to the beach, Sea Island, and have fun enjoying each other and the beach. We still have some family tennis games.” Q: What activity or practice have you found to be the biggest influence on success? Abit: “Sometimes I tell people if you’re out there and doing things and meeting people, you don’t know what good that does for you.” Q: You travel around the state a good bit, what do you most enjoy about Gainesville? Abit: “I don’t think you’ll find finer people anywhere.”


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Georgia’s own Paula Deen tells HOME about her favorite holiday traditions and her latest project, the Paula Deen Network Story by Michelle Boaen Jameson Food is never more emphasized than during the holidays. And no one knows that better than food guru and media mogul Paula Deen. She’s been busy getting ready for the holiday season by filling her new network with all the goodies a foodie could want. And on Nov. 16, Paula and her husband, Michael Groover, (both

Springer Mountain Farms presents Paula Deen Live! Come see Paula’s live show at the Atlanta Symphony Hall on Nov. 16 and get a heaping helping of Paula’s recipes, some good old-fashioned fun and lots of laughter. Join Paula as she demonstrates how to make her favorite seasonal dishes, shares family stories and plays cooking games with her fans. Some lucky audi-


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pictured above) will be in Atlanta representing Springer Mountain Farms of Gainesville. Both will talk about holiday expectations and do a few cooking demonstrations. Tickets are on sale now. In between running from here to yonder, HOME caught up with Paula and asked her a few questions: Paula, thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to talk to HOME. How are you doing today? Well, I was fine until a few minutes ago. I walked by a mirror and scared the hell outta myself. I got to get to that makeup counter, quick! (Paula lets out her trademark cackle). HOME: Now that you are back in the spotlight, what projects are you working on right now? PD: Oh my gosh, what projects am I not working on is more like it. You know, our big concentration is on our digital network (The Paula Deen Network). I’ve been doing a lot of filming. We are streamimg 24/7 and that requires a lot of content, and the only way I know to get that content honey, is to get in front of the camera and get to work. That’ s been my NO. 1 priority. HM: I understand you are going to be in Atlanta on Nov. 16? PD: I am. We started doing live tours earlier in the year and I was HOME Living

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ready to get back out there and get with my friends. We were supposed to do it in August but we had a scheduling conflict so we had to reschedule for Nov. 16. I was so happy about it because we are entering into the holidays, and there is so much material that you can work with that time of year so it really worked out well. I’m excited about it. Nothing like playing in your own backyard! HM: Have you visited Hall County before and what were your impressions of the Poultry Capitol? PD: I’ve been there many times with Springer Mountain. It is so beautiful up there. I was up there recently on a farm and shot a piece for one of Atlanta’s TV stations and it was just beautiful. They had their own kitchen there, and we got in late and they served us food that just put us in a coma. HM: Where are you favorite places to vacation in Georgia during the holidays? PD: Honey, that would be here in Savannah! I travel a good bit so coming home, Michael and I live on Wilmington River, ... we pinch ourselves every time we come home. HM: What are a few of your holiday traditions with the family and what do you most look forward to about them? PD: Oh my gosh, I guess there’s only once or twice a year that the entire family is there, plus the extended family, and (just) having that day to be together. We’ve got five of the cutest (grand)boys now. It’s so hard for us to get all five together, but when that happens I just melt. We took all of them to Poppell Farms (Odum, Ga.) for Oktoberfest, and I took them on a hayride and when I looked down at those five little tow heads, I melted. HM: What are some of your favorite holiday side dishes and why? PD: You know I guess one of my favorites is that cornbread dressing my grandmother Paul taught me how to make so many years ago. And it’s funny, I just about don’t make it but one time a year now. Usually, the Thanksgiving and Christmas meal is held here at my house because we’ve got a little bit extra room, so I always ask somebody to bring one of their favorite dishes because, you know, I’m not the only cook in the family. And it gives others a chance to show off some of their best dishes. HM: Do you have any plans to visit Hall County in the future? PD: Oh I am sure I will. As long as I’m with Springer Mountain I will be pulled in that direction. I go into the home office there periodically. HM: Springer Mountain sent over the jambalaya recipe. Can you tell us about it? That falls into what we call One Pot Wonders. It’s so easy ... you just dump it all in one pot and it’s soo delicious. And it is one of those dishes that everybody can just eat at will if they are coming in late. It gets better the longer is sits. You can make it as hot or as mild as you want. HM: If you had to choose one food to take with you on a desert island, what would it be? PD: Oh it would always be the potato — I’m boring! (Paula lets out her cackle again).

Springer Mountain Farms Skillet Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya recipe courtesy of Paula Deen’s “Southern Cooking Bible” Ingredients 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, premeasured 1 tablespoon butter, pre-measured ¾ pound Andouille or other smoked sausage, cut into ¼ inch thick slices 1 large yellow onion, chopped 1 large green bell pepper, chopped 1 pound boneless, skinless Springer Mountain Farms chicken thighs, cut into 1 ½ inch pieces Salt and black pepper 1 clove garlic, chopped 1 teaspoon dried thyme 1 teaspoon paprika ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper ½ teaspoon celery seeds 2 bay leaves 3 cups chicken broth 1 can (14 ½ ounces) diced tomatoes 1 ½ cups long-grain white rice Directions In a large skillet with a lid, heat the vegetable oil and butter over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook for about 5 minutes until browned on both sides.Transfer the sausage to a bowl. Add the onion and bell pepper to the skillet

and cook for 2 to 3 minutes as they are just beginning to soften. Lightly sprinkle the chicken all over with salt and black pepper. Add the chicken and garlic to the skillet. Cook, stirring, until the chicken loses its raw color for about 3 minutes. Add the thyme, paprika, cayenne pepper, celery seeds and bay leaves and cook for 30 seconds, or until fragrant. Add the broth and tomatoes, bring to a boil, and taste for seasoning. Return the sausage to the pan with any accumulated juices and sprinkle in the rice (make sure you sprinkle the rice evenly all over the skillet). Cover the pan, reduce the heat to low, and cook for about 15 minutes until all the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 10 minutes. Remove and discard the bay leaves. Serve it up right from the skillet. Serves 6 to 8

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On the second Tuesday of each month, a strange phenomena takes place in downtown Gainesville. A swinging beat electrifies the air. The smell of gourmet food makes taste buds tingle. They come by the carload. These aren’t hipsters. And they aren’t bar crawlers. They are a legion of retirees who aren’t going to spend their golden years sitting around. Instead, they flock to Lunas restaurant for an evening of dancing and dining. They are 50 Plus Dancing Diners, the newest addition to city’s social scene. Susan Beem and her husband, who started a similar activity with friends while living in Florida, decided to start the activity here in North Georgia. 28

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Couples can arrive at 5 p.m. for a few dance lessons, sit down to dinner at 6 followed by two more hours of hip shaking to a live band. “We all like to cruise to the old music. It keeps us young, like we are teenagers,” Gainesville resident Ray DeBrincat said. “That was the ‘Happy Days’ of our lives.” His Harbour Point subdivision neighbors chimed in, agreeing the evening is like being in high school or college again. “(This) is like college with money,” Sandy Brassen said. “And we have wine instead of beer,” Rich Kohler added. Nearly 150 people come out each time to show HOME Living

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off new skills, new frills and possibly even meet a new dance partner. “We felt Gainesvillians would migrate to something like this,” Beem said. “And we thought if we have enough seniors interested in it and someone agreed to do it, it would be selfsustaining.” And Beem was right. In fact, dancers come from Buford, Flowery Branch and Oakwood to boogie down. And many feel more comfortable getting out the floor with others their own age. If anything, it makes them feel younger. “I look at it as dementia prevention” said one dancer whose name tag simply read “Linda.” It’s supposed to improve cognitive abilities she said. She had never danced until she met her partner Mike three years ago. The couple try to come out regularly for the event. Interest from the senior community was

there. Now all they needed was a sponsor to help. Enter Juan Luna and Scott Moore. Luna offered his restaurant for one night each month to the organizers with a flat-rate dinner at Lunas Restaurant and the dance floor space inside Hunt Tower. Then Moore’s company — Scott Moore’s Wealth Management — agreed to finance the deejay or band and any extras. With the two businessmen pitching in, the need for a cover charge was eliminated, Beem said. Moore and Luna said they were happy to assist and look at it as filling a need in the community. An added bonus, Moore and Luna hold a raffle throughout the evening giving away giftcards and other prizes. “All of our friends like to dance,” Gainesville resident Renee Bernstein said. “We do

something else Tuesday night and canceled it just to be here.” Mollie Drake and her husband came from Chestnut Mountain to dance. “It’s wonderful,” she said. “We don’t really have good ballrooms here. And this space provides that.” Rick and Lynne Plummer were standing nearby waiting to join the dance. Both said they were glad Gainesville started the earlier dance gathering. “There really not a lot of places you can go, unless you want to go to Atlanta and I don’t,” said Rick, who then grabbed his wife’s hand and led her to the dance floor. The 50 Plus Dancing Diners will meet again the second Tuesday of each month at Lunas Restaurant. Reservations are encouraged. November | December 2014


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Learning to write from the pros Story and photos by Sandra Warwick

“The most important thing to do if you want to write a book: DO IT,” proclaims Ronda Rich. And so began Rich’s session of a writing workshop done Southern-style. The first Saturday of fall found the mountain town of Cleveland bustling with fall festivities, revelers lining the street and square as they enjoyed booths and activities of the Agri-fest. The Roy Ash building, sitting adjacent to all the fall fun, filled to capacity with folks looking for motivation to write. They filled the seats to the perfect aroma for a writing seminar: fresh-brewed coffee. The event gathered an array of folks from all around North Georgia, and a couple from neighboring states, from teens to retirees, teachers and lawyers, to hear the expertise of three successful writers. They sought motivation and inspiration for writing journals, newsletters and articles, stories and family histories and books. Rich, her husband, John Tinker, and Myra McElhaney dished out tips on writing, publishing and putting heart, mind, soul and pen to the paper. Rich, a syndicated columnist in more than 50 papers and best-selling author, was born and bred in the North Georgia hills. “If something is important to you , you will find time to do it.” she stressed. She dished out writing tips and secrets of the trade with down-home Southern charm. She spun stories of her life as a reporter and writer, as smoothly and swiftly as the NASCAR drivers she traveled with and covered in her young reporter days spun their wheels on the track. And of course, she tossed in a few stories of family, including the newest addition to the Southern way of life, husband John. “Tink,” as Ronda calls him, may be a Hollywood, Calif., native, but he already has his Southern gentleman seasoned to perfection, and told how he loves the ways of the South. 30

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Soon-to-be writers fill the community center in Cleveland to learn how to write from pros John Tinker, Ronda Rich and Myra McElhaney, below.

Tinker is the son of Grant Tinker, CEO and chairman of NBC in the 1980s. He also calls the “girl who turned the world on with her smile,” in the 1970s, Mary Tyler Moore, his stepmom. Tinker has written and produced for TV, with shows ranging from “The Divide,” “Judging Amy” and “The Book of Daniel.” It’s easy to tell Tinker is a man of faith. He told workshop students, “There’s a lot of arrogance in Hollywood. And not many values.” At that point, Ronda cut in: “This man knows the Bible more than anybody I know.” He also knows writing. “Writing is extremely cathartic,” he said. “Don’t censor yourself. Tell it your way.”

McElhaney, a writer, speaker and corporate trainer, entertained and informed with the platform and networking segment of the workshop. Though it may not seem as entertaining as storytelling and prose in creating a writing masterpiece, McElhaney tossed out stories and shared her expertise in platforming and networking with humor, charm and Southern sass. “Build a platform before your book.” she said. Tips on networking with social media, Googling, researching and a humorous but touching story about iceberg lettuce armed workshop participants with inspirational ammunition for their writer’s pen. Workshop participants were privy to a few important Southern musings such as, “Bad choices make good stories.” At the end of the day Rich, Tinker and McElhaney posed for pictures. “We will stay here as long as you need, answering questions or whatever,” Rich said. “We don’t want you to get in that car and go away not getting what you came here for.” It’s safe to say the writing workshop in Cleveland was presented Southern-style. HOME Living

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The Longstreet Society

After 20 years, group still devoted to old general’s legacy Story by Jeff Gill Photos by Times staff Just like its namesake, the Longstreet Society is building quite the history in Gainesville. It started as a “study club” about the Civil War Confederate general who spent much of his remaining years in Hall County, but has become a notable group with international members and a yearly seminar at battlefields where the general fought. “We’re just a big family,” said C.J. Clarke, society president. “We all wear different hats. We all do it because we love it.” The group organized 20 years ago as an idea among local history buffs “that just sort of spread,” said former longtime president Richard Pilcher, now a member of the group’s board of directors. “When we had our first meeting and decided on a name, someone

said maybe we should not refer to (Longstreet) because people will think we’re racist,” he said. Charles Ector, a black man who was part of the group, stood up and said, “That’s about the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard of. If he had not been a Confederate general, we would have never heard of him. Get real, people. It’s about Gen. Longstreet.” About the same time, media magnate Ted Turner’s “Gettysburg” was released. “One of the national history magazines had a couple of paragraphs about the Longstreet Society being formed … and it gave our dues and mailing address,” Pilcher said. “All of the sudden, we were getting checks from people who had seen the movie and got enthused about Longstreet. “Before long, we had over 500 members, and we weren’t ready for that.” Each year, the group visits battlefields and hears from speakers and experts about Longstreet and the Civil War. In past years, the group has toured Manassas, Chickamauga and Gettsyburg. Today, the group serves to promote Longstreet’s legacy, which goes beyond his reputation as a brilliant battlefield strategist, one whose maneuvers are still revered and studied today. In March 1867, two years after the end of the Civil War, he wrote a letter saying that Southerners were “duty bound” to submit to new Reconstruction laws. A month later, in a letter published by the New York Times, he supported voting rights for blacks. In 1868, he joined the Republican Party of President Abraham Lincoln and advised Southern states to extend civil and voting rights to freed slaves. He led black militia troops in opposing the White League, which opposed “carpetbagger” Louisiana Republican Gov. William Kellogg. Longstreet, who was shot in the leg during the melee, then moved to Gainesville. Locally, he started the area’s first Catholic congregation, now St. Michael Catholic Church. He would go on to accept several federal posts, included an appointment by President Rutherford B. Hayes as deputy collector of internal revenue. In 1873, Longstreet bought an interest in the hotel from its original

Raymond E. Loggins as Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee greets Alex Upham, 9, at the old Piedmont Hotel during the Longstreet Society’s annual bivouac and picnic. Loggins, of Cleveland, plays the Civil War general at schools and other events.


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A portrait of Confederate Gen. James Longstreet hangs in the community room of the old Piedmont Hotel as Longstreet Society president Peter Claymore, center left, gives visitors a history lesson at the Society's annual bivouac and picnic.

owner, Alvah Smith, who needed the $6,000 investment to finish the structure and pay off debts. Smith never raised the funds to buy back the hotel, and it opened under Longstreet’s ownership on June 13, 1876. In 1994 — 90 years after Longstreet’s death from cancer — the Longstreet Society began to raise money to restore the hotel at 827 Maple St., in Gainesville, as a museum

and historic landmark. It took 13 years with numerous financial hurdles, but the hotel reopened in 2007 and today also serves as the Longstreet Society’s headquarters. Work continues to dress up the site, where muscadine vines, like the ones that grew on his 200-acre farm and would turn into wine for hotel guests, hug a fence that bounds the

property. New grass was planted this fall and hopes are that work can be done on an underground well that sits on the property. A distant train whistle serves as a reminder of the hotel’s proximity to the old Gainesville train depot, where Longstreet would greet his guests. Through tours and seminars held by the society, the society hopes to educate and contribute to the community around the hotel. “Instead of being tucked away from the community, we hope that the hotel can be a part of the community,” Clarke has said. The society would like to expand the property in the future, hoping to be more involved in the surrounding area. “We have about 300 members, and we have members in foreign countries and other places in the United States,” Treasurer Joe Whitaker said.

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The Panoz Museum

World-class auto maker houses racing history and opens its doors to the public Story and photos by HOME staff

And being right next to Chataeu Elan makes catering a breeze, said Rollins. What bridegroom The new 10,000-square-foot Panoz showroom wouldn’t love a tour of a luxury car facility? and racing museum, which made its debut in April, The museum, located on Ga. 124 in Braselton, is still a little-known gem in the town of Braselton. is open for the public to tour, as well as available for But recently, it has been gaining the attention of some private events with proceeds going to local charities, unlikely visitors. said Bill Orr, Panoz LLC COO, and mayor of the “We just had a rehearsal dinner for 80 here the town of Braselton. other night,” said Doug Rollins, vice president of sales In April, Panoz himself was on hand to unveil and marketing for Chateau Elan, the resort owned by the new Esperante Spyder GT, the newest and 25th business magnate and PhD, Don Panoz. anniversary edition luxury sports car by Panoz LLC. The museum has also been host to a special The Spyder, along with an anniversary edition of breakfast meeting for Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and its existing Panoz Roadster and Panoz GTR1, are just the site of a celebration party during the recent Petit Le Mans, which was attended by a few celebrities like three of a half-dozen exclusive sports and touring cars from the auto developer on show at the museum. racer and actor Patrick Dempsey. While many people in North Georgia are Even though most people wouldn’t think of familiar with the NASCAR museum in Dawsonville, holding those types of events at a racing museum, the showroom, said Lisa White, coordinator at Panoz Panoz is not as familiar, said John Leverett, vice LLC, “can be instantly transformed for an intimate or president of sales and marketing at Panoz LLC. And that is mostly, he said, because NASCAR is glitzy affair.” considered an American racing sport, while the Panoz cars race on the international circuit. “Even though most of those (NASCAR) cars aren’t even made in America, unlike Panoz.” Above: Lisa White shows off the race suit Of course, he means those Ford and of female DeltaWing driver Katherine Legge. John Leverett and Doug Rollins Chevy race cars are actually built in foreign talk cars at the Panoz Museum. countries. On display at the museum is the DeltaWing Coupe, the newest racing concept car from Panoz, which competed in this year’s Petit Le Mans race at Road Atlanta in Braselton. The DeltaWing Coupe will compete next season in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, which will be formed when the American Le Mans Series and the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series combine. Panoz built its reputation winning at HOME Living

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the race track, but its street-legal versions — first introduced in 2000 — are owned by real estate moguls and Hollywood starlets. The company expects to create only 25 of the exclusive Spyder model. The lighter, more powerful version of the original hand-built Panoz convertible features lightweight carbon fiber and aluminum structures, but also a unique modular extruded aluminum chassis that is more rigid and durable than many other performance coupes, according to its engineers. And Panoz prides itself on custom craftsmanship. Want the interior to match your

handbag? They can do it. Every designer and craftsman who works on a Panoz car signs a plate located under the hood. And each car gets a name all its own. With a price range of $189,000 to $229,000 for a “nicely equipped” machine, would-be owners can pick between a 430 horsepower engine to an upgraded 800, housed in a sleek body that tips the scale at just over 3,000 pounds. The just-introduced Spyder GT can be the consummate dream for a driver, or a mere starting point for those whose budget and creativity allow for almost unlimited options, according to Leverett.

“Panoz LLC looks forward to providing our customers with their dream automobile that is custom-built for them,” said Leverett. But don’t expect to see one on BBC’s “Top Gear” anytime soon. “They keep asking, but we just don’t want to lend them one. They are really hard on cars,” said Leverett. Plus he said, Jeremy Clarkson just doesn’t really care for American-made cars. That is just fine though. Because you can see them in person right in Braselton at the Panoz Museum. Visit for more info.



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Through November Burt’s Pumpkin Farm 5 Burt’s Farm Road, Dawsonville. 770-265-3701, Through November Buck’s Corn Maze 1923 New Hope Road, Dawsonville. $7-$8. 706-344-8834, Through November Bradley’s Pumpkin Patch and Christmas Trees 25 Lawrence Drive, Dawsonville. 770-380-3636, Through November Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze. 4525 Ga. 53, Dawsonville. 770-772-6223, www. Nov. 1 2014 Unicoi Wine Festival. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Historic Hardman Farm, 143 Ga. 17, Sautee Nacoochee. Live music, wine, food and art.

Nov. 1 “Blacksmith & Fine Craft Auction.” 1-4 p.m. John C Campbell Folk School, One Folk School Road, Brasstown, N.C. 828-8372775, Nov. 1 Test and Tune/Super Heavy Shootout Atlanta Dragway, 500 E. Ridgeway Road, Commerce. 706-335-2301, www. Nov. 3 Gospel Choir Concert: Courageous 7:30 p.m. Brenau University Pearce Auditorium, 500 Washington St. SE, Gainesville. Portia Burns, director. 770-538-4764, Nov. 3-4 UNG Singers and Le Belle Voci Fall Concert 8 p.m. Nov. 3 at Dahlonega Baptist Church, 234 Hawkins St., Dahlonega; Nov. 4 at Dahlonega United Methodist Church, 107 South Park St., Dahlonega. Free. 706-867-2508. Nov. 4-13 Group I of Senior Exhibition Series, student art exhibit Open during library hours. Library and Technology Center, Georgia Circle, Dahlonega. Free. 866-597-0002. Nov. 4-8, 9, 11-15 “Oklahoma!” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4-8; 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11-15. Pearce Auditorium, 500 Washington St SE, Gainesville. Prices vary. 678717-3624, Nov. 5 Northeast Georgia Writers Meeting 1-3 p.m. . Peach State Bank and Trust, 325 Washington St., Gainesville. Free. 678-482-0738, Nov. 5 The Georgia Poetry Circuit Fall Reading: Sholey Wolpe Brenau University John Burd Center for the Performing Arts, Banks Recital Hall, 429 Academy St., Gainesville. Wolpe is an awardwinning Iranian-American poet, literary

translator and visual artist. Free. 770-534-6179. Nov. 6 5th Annual Juried Student Design Exhibition 5:30-7 p.m. Brenau University Presidents Gallery, Pearce Building, 500 Washington St. SE, Gainesville. A student-choreographed concert. General admission $6; seniors $4; children under 12 free. 770-534-6245, vgreene@brenau. edu. Nov. 6-8 The 15th Annual International Intercollegiate Mediation Tournament Brenau University John Burd Center for the Performing Arts, Banks Recital Hall, 429 Academy St., Gainesville. The International Academy of Dispute Resolution’s showcase event gives undergraduate students a reallife experience as mediators. 770-534-6297, Nov. 6-8 23rd annual The Medical Center Auxiliary Marketplace Gainesville Civic Center, 751 Green St., Gainesville, Georgia Preview Party Nov. 6, 6:309:30 p.m.; Open to Public Nov.7, 9:30-6:30 p.m.; Nov. 8, 9:30-5 p.m. 770-219-1830 or www.nghs. com/marketplace. Nov. 6 “Southern Printmaking Biennale VI” art exhibit 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday; 3-7 p.m. on Sunday. Exhibit will show through Dec. 12. Bob Owens Art Gallery, 82 College Circle, Dahlonega. Free. 706-864-1400, Nov. 8 Annual CASAblanca Gala Event 7-10 p.m. . Chattahoochee Country Club, 3000 Club Drive, Gainesville. Benefit for Hall-Dawson CASA. 770-531-1964, Nov. 8 “Georgia Gold” book signing with author Denise Weimer 1-3 p.m. Books-A-Million, 150 Pearl Nix Parkway, Gainesville. 770-503-7732, www.

Nov. 6-8 23rd annual The Medical Center Auxiliary Marketplace Gainesville Civic Center, 751 Green St., Gainesville, Georgia Preview Party Nov. 6, 6:30-9:30 p.m.; Open to Public Nov.7, 9:30-6:30 p.m.; Nov. 8, 9:30-5 p.m. 770-219-1830 or www.nghs. com/marketplace. HOME Living

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home calendar St., Jefferson. $40 for members, $45 for nonmembers. Price includes art supplies, hors d’oeuvre and beverages. 706-367-5307, www. Nov. 13-16 “Always ... Patsy Cline,” 8 p.m.; 2 p.m. Sunday. The Holly Theater, 69 W. Main St., Dahlonega. Adults $20-$25, students $15. 706-864-3759. Nov. 15 2014 YearOne Braselton Bash/Christmas in Braselton Car Show 1-5 p.m. YearOne, 1001 Cherry Drive. $5 minimum donation for Car show entry. Spectators are free, donations are appreciated. The shows benefit the Hot Rodders Children’s Charity.,

Nov. 20 Jingle Mingle 5-8 p.m. Gainesville Square. Free. 770-531-2664.

Nov. 8 Northeast Georgia Swap Meet Atlanta Dragway, 500 E. Ridgeway Road, Commerce. 706-335-2301, www. Nov. 8 Georgia Sky to Summit 50K / 8.5M 7-11 a.m. Sky Valley Resort Club House, 568 Sky Valley Way, Sky Valley. Qualifier for Georgia Death Race. $65 for 50k, $40 for 8.5m. www. Nov. 8-9 Slotin Folk Art Auction 112 E. Shadburn Ave., Buford. 770-532-1115, Nov. 9 Missions Market 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Gainesville First United Methodist Church, 2780 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville. Free. 770-536-2341. Nov. 9 The Believers “Sounds of Victory” Veterans concert 3 p.m. Gainesville First United Methodist Church, 2780 Thompson Bridge Road,

Gainesville. Free. 770-495-4959, debracat@ Nov. 11 Veterans Day Celebration Downtown Dawsonville. Veterans Affairs of Dawson County. Nov. 11 UNG Singers and Le Belle Voci Collaborative Concert with UNG Chorale 7:30 p.m. Chapel at Gainesville First Baptist Church, 751 Green St. NW, Gainesville. Free. 706-867-2508.

Nov. 15 Atlanta Concert Ringers with the Sautee Camerata. 7:30 p.m. Sautee Nacoochee Center, 283 Ga. 255 N, Sautee Nacoochee. Ticket price TBA. 706-878-3300, Nov. 15 Community Orchard Tree Planting Workshop 10 a.m. to noon. Chattahoochee Point Park, 5790 Chattahoochee Point Drive, Suwanee. 770-887-2418, Nov. 15 through Jan. 3 Garden Lights, Holiday Nights Atlanta Botanical Gardens, 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. Tickets available online or by phone Oct. 15. 404-591-1550, www. Nov. 17 Student voice recital 7:30 p.m. Ed Cabell Theater, 3820 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood. Free. 678-717-3624.

Nov. 12 5th Annual Entrepreneurs: Masters of Innovation 8:30-11:30 a.m. Brenau University East Campus, 1001 Chestnut St. SE, Gainesville. An event to show community recognition and appreciation for the hard work and talent of local entrepreneurs. Free. 770-538-4707, lweaver1@

Nov. 17 Student voice recital 8-9 p.m. Gloria Shott Performance Hall, 322 Georgia Circle, Dahlonega. Free. 706-867-2508.

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Nov. 18 Patriot Choir 8-9 p.m. Gloria Shott Performance Hall, 322 Georgia Circle, Dahlonega. Free. 706-867-2508.

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Nov. 24 A Holiday Concert 7:30 p.m. Brenau Downtown Center, Theatre on the Square, 301 Main St. SW, Gainesville. Spectrum Singers and Vocal Chamber Ensemble present holiday music for all ages. 770-5384764, Nov. 27 Clayton Cluckers Turkey Trot 8-10 a.m. Downtown Clayton. 5K race to celebrate Thanksgiving. Entry fee required and canned good donation requested. 706-9821284, Nov. 27 Holiday Shopping Extravaganza and Festival of Trees 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rabun County Civic Center, 201 West Savannah St., Clayton. 706-982-9432, Nov. 28 Christmas in Downtown Clayton 5-8 p.m. Downtown Clayton. Free. www. Nov. 28-Dec. 21 “A Christmas Carol.” 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. The Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St., Cumming. 770-781-9178, www. Nov. 29 Santa on Saturday at the Rock House Noon to 3 p.m. The Rock House, Main St., downtown Clayton. Free. www.


Dec. 1 Benjamin Schoening faculty recital 7:30 p.m. Ed Cabell Theater, 3820 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood. Free. 678-717-3624. Dec. 1-31 Tour of Trees 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Union County Community Center, 129 Union County Recreation Road, Blairsville. Over 30 decorated trees and wreaths on display. Free. 706-745-5789, www. Dec. 2 UNG Chorale concert 7:30 p.m. Ed Cabell Theater, 3820 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood. Free. 678-717-3624.

Dec. 1 Percussion Ensemble concert 8 p.m. Gloria Shott Performance Hall, 322 Georgia Circle, Dahlonega. Free. 706-867-2508. Dec. 2 UNG Chorale and Men’s Ensemble Holiday Concert 7:30-9 p.m. Ed Cabell Theater, 3820 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood. Free. 678-717-3624. Dec. 4 Symphonic Band concert 8-9 p.m. Hoag Auditorium, 82 College Circle, Dahlonega. Free. 706-864-1423. Dec. 5 Photos with Santa 5:30-8:30. Crawford Long Museum, 28 College St., Jefferson. Free horse-drawn carriage rides. Color photos available for $8. You may bring your own camera for $5. 706-367-5307, www. Dec. 5-6 Kris Kringle Mountain Market 4-8 p.m. Dec. 5; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 6. Union County Farmer’s Market, 148 Old Smokey Road, Blairsville. European-style outdoor market featuring music, children’s area, arts and crafts, produce and food. Free. Dec. 5-7, 12-14, 19-21 “White Christmas.” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. The Historic Holly Theater, 69 West Main St., Dahlonega. Adults $18, children and students $12. 706-864-3759, Dec. 5-7 “The Nutcracker” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6; 2 p.m. Dec. 7. Pearce Auditorium, 500 Washington St. SE, Gainesville. $11-30. 770-532-4241, www. Dec. 5-7, 12-14 Charity Lane Festival of Lights 5:30-10:30 p.m. Begins at Don’s Mobile on Ga. 441, Mountain City. Seven miles of Christmas decoration. $10 per car. charitylane.rabun@ Dec. 6, 13 and 20 Mingle with Kringle 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. . Main Street Market, 118 Main St. SW, Gainesville. Free. www.exploregainesville. org. 770-531-2664. Dec. 6 Rabun County Christmas Parade HOME Living

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Community Way, Gainesville. $20 preregistration and $25 on race day. 770-531-2680,, Dec. 7 Christmas on Green Street 4:45-7:30 p.m. Green St., Gainesville. 770-5031319. Dec. 13 Holly Jolly Christmas 3-6 p.m. Union County Community Center, 129 Union County Recreation Road, Blairsville. Free. 706-745-5789, Dec. 13 Christmas Tree Lighting at Vogel State Park 4-7 p.m. Vogel State Park, 405 Vogel State Park Road, Blairsville. Free. 706-745-2628, www. Dec. 13-14 Christmas Arts and Crafts Festival 4-10 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Road, Cumming. $1 adults, children younger than 12 free. 770-781-3491,

Dec. 14 Sautee Nacoochee Community Chorale 2 p.m. Center Theater, Sautee Nacoochee Center, 283 Ga. 255 N, Sautee Nacoochee. Free. 706-878-3300, Dec. 17-21 Christmas in the Park Cornelia Community House and Cornelia City Park, 601 Wyly St., Cornelia. $5. 706-778-8585 ext. 280, Dec. 20 Puppet Making Workshop 12:30 p.m. Center Theater, Sautee Nacoochee Center, 283 Ga. 255 N, Sautee Nacoochee. Free. 706-878-3300, Dec. 20 “Santa’s Stolen Mail” Puppet Show 2 p.m. Center Theater, Sautee Nacoochee Center, 283 Ga. 255 N, Sautee Nacoochee. Free. 706-878-3300, Dec. 31 China Groove Doobie Brothers Tribute Band 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. The Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St., Cumming. 770-781-9178, www.

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Former Georgia first ladies Betty Vandiver and Marie Barnes and current first lady Sandra Deal attended the 2014 Taste of History Luncheon hosted by the Northeast Georgia History Center at Gainesville’s First Baptist Church. The three women shared stories about life as first lady.


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Dancing for a Cause Sept. 6, 2014

Eleven local celebrities took part in a dance competition at the Gainesville Civic Center to raise funds for Alliance for Literacy, American Red Cross, Teen Pregnancy Prevention, Rape Response and Center Point. Judging the contestants’ moves were: Northeast Georgia Health System president and CEO Carol Burrell, WonderQuest artistic director Gay Hammond, dance instructor Jean Hawkins and professional dancer Tony Neidenbach. State Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville, was the master of ceremonies. Katie Dubnik, founder of public relations firm Forum Communication, took home the mirror ball trophy.


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13th annual John Jarrard Songwriter Festival Sept. 20, 2014

The concert, held at Brenau University, supports a number of Jarrard’s favorite charities including the “Think About It” program of the Medical Association of Georgia Foundation, which brings awareness and education about drug abuse. The festival also benefitted the Georgia Mountain Food Bank, Good News at Noon, Boys & Girls Clubs and Challenged Child & Friends. Memorabilia was raffled off and several performers took the stage including Jim Collins, Jason Matthews, Max T. Barnes, Donnie Fritts and Dan Penn.


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Denim and Diamonds fundraiser Oct. 9, 2014

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Jeff Foxworthy got local residents to open their checkbooks at Denim and Diamonds, the annual fundraiser benefiting My Sister’s Place held at the Chattahoochee Country Club. The comedian led the live auction portion of the evening, which raised thousands of dollars for the women’s home.

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2nd annual A Broad’s Brush — the Art of Survivors Sept. 28, 2014

“A Broad’s Brush—the Art of Survivors” benefit at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center raised money and awareness for The Partnership for Gynecological Cancer Support, which provides patients with funds for transportation and other travel costs associated with being treated. Numerous artists donated work for the silent auction. Ken Torbett and Fritz Kempker, who both lost partners to gynecological cancer, were honorary cochairmen for the event.

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Smithgall Woodland Legacy preview party Oct. 17, 2014

Supporters and local dignitaries gathered at a preview party and reception to celebrate the anticipated May 2015 opening of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville: A Smithgall Woodland Legacy. Lessie Smithgall, 103, attended the event and drew a crowd of well-wishers and friends as she made her way through the visitors center. About 75 people toured the facility and walked the grounds.


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67th annual Quinlan Visual Arts Center Members’ Exhibition Oct. 16, 2014

The Quinlan Visual Arts Center off Green Street recognized area artists during its 67th annual Members’ Exhibition. “It’s the biggest show that we host every year,” Quinlan Visual Arts Center Executive Director Amanda McClure said, noting last year’s event set the bar high. Last year, more than 200 pieces were submitted to the exhibit and 250 people attended the opening reception, McClure said. This year, the Georgia Arts League had a table set up to recruit new members. Several ribbons were given out to honorable mentions, first, second and third place pieces and the overall winner, Best of Show. Judging this year’s exhibition was Nichole Rawlings, director of Brenau University Galleries. The show will remain up until Dec. 15.


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