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SUMMER EVENTS CALENDAR A publication of LAKE LANIER PARKS INFO

SUMMER 2013

Your guide to summer fun on Lake Lanier


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SPLASH Inside Page 6 Check out our map of parks, marinas and campgrounds.

Page 7 Campgrounds offer amenities to go along with nature’s beauty.

Page 9 A busy summer ahead for the Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club.

Page 10 Looking for something to do? Try our scavenger hunt!

Page 15 Lake Lanier Islands pumped for a summer of fun.

Photo courtesy of JAMES KINGERY | For Splash

Sailboats catch the breeze during a regatta on Lake Lanier. With the lake again at full pool levels, both recreational and competitive sailors will benefit this summer. “Lake levels do make a difference,” said James Kingery of the Atlanta Inland Sailing Club.

Full pool draws water sports enthusiasts By D. Kelley Hudgins

On the cover Mark Miller and daughter Heather, 14, kayak on Lake Lanier.

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Enthusiasm for the many recreational activities on Lake Lanier typically increases as water levels approach full pool. Among them are a few activities that always seem to catch our attention. Sometimes it is a sailboat gliding through the water at sunset, or a group of determined windsurfers planing across the lake, driven by a cold wind on a winter day, or even an agile wakeboarder turning a 360-degree spin above the turbulent trail of a powerboat. A few of the most avid enthusiasts from each of these sports share what first caught their interest and how the current full lake levels impact their respective sports.

Commodore James Kingery of the Atlanta Inland Sailing Club says his first experience sailing was at the invitation of a friend who asked if he would like to join him for a race. Ten years later, he is still sailing and not just on Lanier. He has enjoyed the sport in the British Virgin Islands, the Florida Keys and Belize. Despite his travels, Kingery says racing with family members on Lanier is still one of the most memorable times he has had on the water. While many families enjoy recreational sailing on Lanier, the local sailing community also includes some very experienced sailors. “Lanier is home to many competitors who regularly race in the Charleston, and Key West race week as well as the popular Block

Island race and other events,” Kingery said. Some of these individuals are even sought out by boat manufacturers to captain or crew their boats in sailing competitions. Kingery has observed over the years that “lake levels do make a difference, from a practical perspective. Sailboats have a relatively deep draft, from 4 to 6 feet or more, and a full lake extends our sailing area. “Sailing in general is up due to the improving economy but those that race tend to stay at it pretty consistently. Cruisers and weekenders on the other hand are definitely increasing in numbers largely due to water levels and the economy.”

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Barrett Walker learned how to windsurf in the 1980s while on a vacation in Hawaii. “Windsurfing is a sport that stays interesting, because you can always find new places to sail and ways to improve,” he says.

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Windsurfer Barrett Walker became interested in the sport in the early 1980s at about the same time equipment became commercially available. In 1986, he and his family included a day of windsurfing instruction during a vacation in Hawaii. The simplicity of the early equipment and the ideal conditions in Hawaii allowed them to learn to sail that same day. “It’s pretty easy to learn how to turn a windsurfer at low speed, but learning to turn around, or jibe, at high speed is challenging,” he said. “Windsurfing is a sport that stays interesting, because you can always find new places to sail and ways to improve.” Over the years, his family has shared windsurfing vacations that have included trips to the Pacific island of Guam, San Francisco and the Outer Banks. He recalls windsurfing “under the Golden Gate Bridge with the wind carrying fog in from the Pacific Ocean and the city spread out before me in brilliant sunshine.” His travels for work have also afforded

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Though he has windsurfed around the world, including off the coasts of Guam and South Africa, Barrett Walker says Lake Lanier presents its own challenges when cold fronts move through and the winds pick up. “That’s why the hard core windsurfers head to the lake when most people have the heat turned up at home,” he said.

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him opportunities to windsurf along faraway coastlines. One especially notable trip took him to Langebaan Bay on the coast of South Africa where he shared the water with southern right whales who he says, “put on quite a show, spy hopping, or poking their heads

out of the water to look around, and splashing with their flippers and breaching.” Walker acknowledges that windsurfing on Lake Lanier has its challenges. “Some of the windiest conditions occur when cold fronts pass through the area,” he said. “That’s why the hard core windsurfers head to the lake when most folks have the heat turned up at home.” He prepares for the cold by wearing a full wetsuit with a hood and booties. However, he

says “when windsurfing in strong winds, I’m burning so many calories that I don’t really feel the cold.” Walker indicates that fluctuations in Lanier’s water levels have a minimal impact on his sport. “Unlike sailboats and powerboats that need a ramp to launch and a dock to tie up to, windsurfers can carry their gear to the water and launch at pretty much any water level.”

Another of the more physically demanding sports on the lake is competitive wakeboarding. Participants need the agility and coordination of a gymnast. Cole Vanthof, a local wakeboard competitor sponsored by Pull Watersports in Cumming, says they also need to be fearless. “You know how it feels to hit the water and

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Report: Weather to be warmer By D. Kelley Hudgins For Splash

For Lake Lanier lovers and those inspired by the beauty of its 692 miles of shoreline, a rainy spring brings the assured expectation of a full pool, along with a measure of anxiety about how low lake levels will just as surely fall by early autumn. For now, the most recent report from the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center shows that the outlook for temperatures are expected to be somewhat warmer for our region during May, June and July. The precipitation outlook for the same threemonth period is neutral for deficit or excess rainfall in the region. Robert Holland Chief, Public Affairs for the Corps of Engineers South Atlantic Division reminds us to be aware Lanier is not a standalone reservoir; it is part of a larger system. “The basin is thought of and managed as a system with all the federal lakes working in concert to balance the demand across that system,” he said. Factors that he indicated affect the way that system functions include: ■■ The amount of rainfall. Levels are sub-

ject to the natural cycle of winter and spring rains and sometimes it doesn’t cooperate. However, it is not just the rainfall in the immediate area; the rainfall in the extended area north of the lake is also a factor. ■■ Lake Lanier holds 60 percent of the basin’s storage. It is the largest and deepest of the lakes. Its large capacity means it has more water available during times of drought than the smaller lakes in the system. ■■ The largest demand on the lake is maintaining water supply and water quality to the downstream communities. The drier summer months create an obvious need for more supply; however the need to release sufficient water to properly dilute the treated effluent released by the water treatment facilities within the system is also critical to maintain water quality. ■■ While the lake has more than 15 feet of floodwater storage capacity above full pool, water levels only a few feet above full pool can adversely impact shoreline structures. At 1,073 or 1,074 feet above sea level, recreational facilities become vulnerable. Maximizing the benefits from increased seasonal rainfall is balanced against potential damage caused by levels exceeding full pool.

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Cole Vanthof of Pull Watersports demonstrates his wakeboarding technique. Competitors are judged on style, landing and how “big” the trick is as they go airborne over the water.

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you have to get past the fear of it in order to improve your skills,” he said. When learning a new trick, it is not uncommon to “catch an edge,” a term for when the edge of the board catches the water and the board abruptly stops but the rider doesn’t. Despite training falls, Vanthof explains that what continues to draw him to the sport is the sense of freedom while airborne over the water and the feeling of defying gravity. His favorite trick is a “double shifty five” in which the wakeboarder does a 270-degree

spin in one direction, a pause, and then a reverse spin, all accomplished mid air while being towed along behind a speeding boat. For competitions, performance is judged on several different elements including style, clean landings, level of difficulty, how “big” the trick is or the amount of air space between the water and the board, the number of tricks and the overall flow of the performance. Vanthof indicates full pool lake levels benefit the sport in more than just the obvious ways because “deeper water creates bigger wakes.” He also says the sport is becoming more popular with the advent of cable skiing that allows wakeboarders to practice their skills without renting or owning a powerboat.

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Living with nature Lanier campgrounds offer plenty of amenities amid summer’s beauty By Shannan Finke For Splash

Those ready for a summer spent roasting marshmallows and sleeping under starry skies need not wait any longer. As warm weather makes its way into Georgia, many of the campgrounds surrounding Hall County and Lake Lanier are open and ready for some of this season’s first campfires. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Sidney Lanier offers seven campgrounds with varying amenities, including everything from primitive pack-in sites to areas with 50-amp electric hookup service. Campgrounds include locations such as Bald Ridge, Old Federal and Toto Creek. “Most of our campgrounds have waterfront sites, restrooms with showers, washers and dryers, a dump station, their own boat ramp, designated swim areas and playgrounds,” said Andrea Wagner, park ranger for the corps at Lake Lanier. “Each campground offers something a little different.” Wagner recommends visiting www. recreation.gov where visitors can explore campgrounds through an interactive map and find campsite details, available dates and rules and regulations. Visitors must make reservations at least two days in advance for all locations except Toto Creek, which is tent only and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Site fees range from $18 to $32 per night for locations with water and 50-amp service. Campers should call 877-444-6777 or visit www.recreation.gov to make reservations. “Our campgrounds fill quickly for every weekend,” Wagner said. “However, holidays are by far the busiest. If interested in booking a reservation for a holiday weekend, it is best to do so sooner rather than later.” One noted change in the 2013 season, which runs until Sept. 8, is the weekday availability at the Bolding Mill, Duckett Mill, Sawnee and Van Pugh South campgrounds operated by the corps. Due to federal budget cuts, these locations open at 7 a.m. Thursdays and close at 3 p.m. Sundays with the exceptions of Memorial Day and Labor Day, when hours are

Lake Lanier campsites Corps of Engineers Old Federal, 6219 Old Federal Road, Flowery Branch. 63 sites Duckett Mill, 3720 Duckett Mill Road, Gainesville. 109 sites Bolding Mill, 4055 Chestatee Road, Gainesville. 97 sites Bald Ridge Creek, 4100 Bald Ridge Road, Cumming. 82 sites Sawnee, 3200 Buford Dam Road, Cumming. 57 sites Van Pugh South, 6749 Gaines Ferry Road, Flowery Branch. 55 sites Fees: $18 to $32 per night for sites with water and 50-amp electric hookups Contact: www.sam.usace.army.mil, recreation.gov, 877-444-6777

Hall County River Forks Park, 3500 Keith Bridge Road, Gainesville Amenities: 40,000-square-foot beach, 63 campsites with electric and water hook-ups, bathhouse with showers, sewer pump-out station, area for group camping, boat ramp, 24-hour security, 60 picnic sites with grills, four playgrounds. Pets allowed on leash. Dates: Open through Dec. 31 Rates: $30 RV sites ($20 seniors 55 and older), $20 tent sites Contact: Jenny Holland, 770-5313952, jholland@hallcounty.org, www. hallcounty.org/parks

extended to 3 p.m. Monday. For those looking to camp beyond the traditional summer months, Hall County’s River Forks Park and Campground at 3500 Keith Bridge Road in Gainesville operates its season through Dec. 31. It includes a 40,000-squarefoot sand beach and two playgrounds in the park’s day-use area, boat ramp, fishing pier and five bathhouses with hot showers, among other amenities.

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River Forks Park has 16 wooded tent sites and 47 RV sites.

While River Forks has 16 wooded tent sites, the 47 RV site locations remains one of the features Park Manager Jenny Holland said guests rave about most. “People like our RV sites because they are located around the water,” Holland said. “Also, people like our RV gate system. When folks check in, they receive gate codes to access their camping areas at any time. They tell us they love the convenience of the system.” Reservations for River Forks may be made

Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. up to 30 days in advance by contacting Holland at jholland@hallcounty.org or 770-5313952. RV camping is $30 per night and $20 for seniors 55 and older, and tent camping is $20 per night. And for campers looking for a deal, take advantage of the River Forks yearly special, where visitors who camp Monday and Tuesday receive free camping on Wednesday.


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Lake Lanier Olympic Center summer events Where: Lake Lanier Olympic Venue, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville Contacts: Lanier Canoe Kayak Club, www. lckc.org, 770-287-7888; Lake Lanier Rowing Club, www.lakelanierrowing. org, 770-287 0077, www.facebook. com/groups/LakeLanierRowingClub, @ LanierRowing

Lake Lanier Rowing Club Youth summer camp, ages 13-18. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays June 3-28, July 8-26. Campers learn basics of sweeping and sculling in one-, two-, four- and eightmember boats. $50 per week, $200 for whole summer. Contact Brian Ransom, 785-770-7888, blransom@mindspring.com

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Paddlers make their way back to the Lake Lanier Olympic Center boathouse following an afternoon of training.

Rowers learn their craft By Charles Phelps

cphelps@gainesvilletimes.com Have you ever driven down Clarks Bridge Road and seen the a long boat with two, four, five or even nine people, all working together as one cohesive group? If you did, then you were witnessing some of the best rowers around the area who take to the lake several times a week to learn their craft. The Lake Lanier Rowing Club said it is preparing for one of its more busier summers, with camps and classes running through summer. “We should be pretty busy compared to previous years,” said rowing instructor Brian Ransom, now in his 12th year. “We’re still small compared to other rowing venues, but it should be busy with all the camps going on.”

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Teams prepare to race during the 2011 Southeast Youth Championship regatta at the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue.

Day Camp, June 3. Ages 7-14, no experience required, equipment provided. Introduction to canoe, kayak, plus recreational activities. Sessions set June 3-7, June 10-14, June 17-21, June 24-28, July 8-12, July 15-19. $135 for LCKC members, $165 nonmembers. Registration closes noon Friday for upcoming week. Minimum 12 campers per week. Adult Learn to Kayak Class, six-hour class held in two sessions, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 8 and June 22. No experience required, equipment provided. $75 Southern Invitational Sprint Regatta, 8 a.m. June 15. Races for all ages in canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. Registration deadline noon June 13. $25 Moonlight Paddle, 7:30 p.m. June 21, July 19, Aug. 16. Group paddle led by trained instructor. All equipment provided, firstcome, first-served basis. $15 SUP Sidney and LCKC Paddlethon, June 22. Fundraiser for new equipment, public invited. Canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and dragon boats Summer Sprints Regatta, 8 a.m. July 20. Races for all ages in canoes, kayaks and SUPs. Registration deadline noon July 18. $25 Adult Learn to Kayak Class, six-hour class in three sessions, 6-8 p.m. July 23 and 25, 10 a.m. to noon July 27. No experience required, equipment provided. $75 Adult Learn to Kayak Class, six-hour class held in three sessions, 6-8 p.m. July 29 and Aug. 1, 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 3. No experience required, equipment provided. $75 BBI Junior Olympic Program, parent meeting and registration for fall season, 7 p.m. Aug. 13. Introductory program to flatwater sprint canoe/kayak for ages 10-15. No experience needed, equipment provided. $95 for six-week program


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A team from the Atlanta Junior Rowing Club begins the 2011 Southeast Championship regatta at the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue.

Busy summer for LCKC By Charles Phelps

cphelps@gainesvilletimes.com As summertime nears, the Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club prepares for what will be a busy summer for kids, adults and members alike. “As soon as schools are out, there will be kids here all the time,” said Brenda Miller, office administrator of the club. “This is a pretty active place in the summertime, and everything we do is pretty unique to this area.” The club offers canoe and kayak camps for both kids and adults beginning in June. “More children take the programs than adults do,” Miller said. “However, we cater to both kids and adults. We also have a masters program that’s a year-round session, for people training for competitions.” Miller also said the club plays host to international teams for training purposes throughout the year, especially during the summer. Miller said it was the 1996 Olympics that gave the club mystique and a name, and they honor what the games did. “We can offer this community paddle sports that wouldn’t have been here if not for the ’96 Olympics,” she said. “We have people here train for the Olympics, and we’re trying to carry on the legacy from that ’96 Olympics.”

Another sport the club is bringing to the limelight this year is stand-up paddleboarding. The popular water sport even has its own racing series that will visit Lake Lanier on June 22. The Supsplash series event will feature a test race, the SUP Sidney Beginner 3-mile race and the SUP Sidney Elite 6-mile race. The LCKC will host the Southern Invitational race on June 15 and the Summer Sprints on July 20. However, Miller said that not everyone who comes out to the lake this summer is trying to paddleboard, canoe or kayak for sport, but rather they’re trying for leisure, something that will help them enjoy their day on the lake. “Not everyone comes to the lake to paddle for sport,” Miller said. “They come for fun and exercise. We have paddle sports for those who want leisure, and for those who want to compete.” Canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards will be a part of the club’s rental for those who want to try them out. The LCKC will also hold moonlight paddles throughout the summer. According to their website, the moonlight paddle gives people the chance to see Lake Lanier in a different light. Dates are scheduled once a month, from May-October. For more information on the club and list of events, visit the club website, www.lckc.org.

The club has helped a handful of junior students learn how to row during the school year, plus a few college students. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, the 40 to 60 master rowers who use the facility and lake to get better at rowing. However, the summertime will shift the focus to the youth camps, according to Ransom. He said the club will teach youth ages 1318 all about rowing, and those with no experience in rowing are encouraged to come out and give it a try. The camp is expected to last approximately eight weeks, and will meet on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. He also said a lot of people that are drawn to rowing like the team aspect of the sport, plus the exercise and aerobic workout the person will get. “It’s the fact that it’s an interesting combination of strength, endurance and it’s a team sport,” he said. Ransom compared the physicality of rowing to that of a mountain biker in the sense of how the team has to always be in sync in every aspect of the row, just as a biker has to keep the pace in order to get the most out

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A paddler removes his boat from the water at the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue.

of a ride. “It’s a lot more challenging than people think,” Ransom said. Another program the club is excited about is the Learn To Row program. The program runs from June 15-June 29, and will be on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. It is open to anyone age 14 and older. The LLRC is located off Clarks Bridge Road at the Olympic Rowing Venue, shared with the Lake Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club. For more information on the LLRC and summer programs offered, visit their website: www.lakelanierrowing.org, or www. llrc.net.

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Bored? Go on a treasure hunt! S ure, it’s fun to take a leisurely day sunning yourself at the beach or on a pontoon boat. Or maybe showing off on some water skis racing behind a boat is more your speed. In any case, we’re offering you a little something different to help you enjoy one of the biggest tourist spots in Northeast Georgia. You may discover something on the lake you never knew about, or maybe you’ll just have some fun with your kids. So, pull this scavenger hunt out of your copy of Splash, and get to work. Take photos to document your efforts on each item on the list, and if you’re able to complete all the tasks, let us know! Send us your photos and some information about your scavenger hunt team at askthetimes@gainesvilletimes.com with “scavenger hunt” in the subject line.

Keep it clean Find a piece of trash along the shoreline and put it where it belongs — the trash can. A number of groups conduct shore sweeps at various times during the year, but every little bit helps to keep the lake looking its best.

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Law enforcer’s autograph A number of agencies patrol the lake, including the Department of Natural Resources and Hall County Sheriff’s Office. So, go find one of these men or women in uniform working to keep boaters and swimmers safe and ask for their autograph. Wouldn’t hurt to offer them a thank you, too.

The lake is home to a wide variety of wildlife including ospreys and even bald eagles. Don’t get too close, but see if you can find one of their massive nests, often located in the tops of dead trees or sometimes on top of bridges spanning the lake. Did you know ospreys’ wingspan is 5 to 6 feet? Ospreys also are sometimes confused with bald eagles, but can be picked out due to black stripes running from their eyes toward their body; they also have white chests.


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Wear your life jacket! Many parks on the lake offer life jackets to borrow, like Van Pugh and Old Federal parks. Find one of these life jacket stations and try a jacket on for size. And don’t forget, a state law that took effect this year now requires children 13 and younger to wear life jackets when on a moving boat. And of course, put your borrowed life jacket back when you’re done so others who visit the park can swim safely, too.

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Pack a picnic Fill a cooler with sandwiches and drinks and hang out on the shore enjoying the view. Plenty of parks have picnic tables, many even offer grills.

Boating traffic gets pretty busy on the lake during the summer. It shouldn’t take you long to find a boater who will wave back at you. When they do, don’t forget to snap their photo.

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Summer on Lanier: Wild rides, lazy days

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Drew Brown, top, and Nicolas Martinelloe take a break from rowing during the Lanier Sprints this year at the Olympic Venue at Clarks Bridge Park.

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Visitors ride the Typhoon water slide at LanierWorld, the water park at Lake Lanier Islands. The tube slide is famous for its high turns and steep decline.

Visitors enjoy the beach and water at Old Federal Park. Tom Reed | Splash

A young Canada goose floats along Lake Lanier. Scott Rogers | Splash Scott Rogers | Splash

Dragon boats tied off to the docks at the Lake Lanier Olympic Center.


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Boats compete in a regatta competition on Lake Lanier in South Hall County.

Boats fill the slips at Lazy Days Marina in Buford on National Marina day. Scott Rogers Splash

A variety of boats fill the lake on a typical summer day. Tom Reed Splash


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The Times, Gainesville, Georgia | Sunday, May 26, 2013

The hoi polloi of houseboats Upgrading your lake ride can be simple or ornate, depending on your taste By Brandee A. Thomas For Splash

Houseboats are a bit like cellphones in that each year brings new and improved features and designs. If you find yourself a little green — and not from motion sickness — while cruising on the lake, consider upgrading what you have instead of buying a replacement. “It’s just like a car,” says JR Schwan, general manager of Holiday Boat Sales and Brokerage in Buford. “You can keep driving the one you have and fix it up or you can go out to the dealership and buy a new one.” Although the task may seem overwhelming, you can easily transform your vessel from vintage to contemporary by doing simple touches like painting or wall-papering over Brady Bunch-era wood paneling. “Just because it’s older, doesn’t mean it has to look dated,” Schwan says. “It’s just like any home. You can change out old flooring, replace the bedding and upgrade the countertops for a fresh look.” If you stick to neutral paint and carpet colors, your houseboat’s new look will remain relevant longer. While chevron prints and bold tangerines and lemony yellows are currently very popular in home décor, you may want to limit trendy influences to small touches like throw pillows and accents if you aren’t interested in redecorating annually. In all of that updating, don’t confuse maintenance with upgrades though. “If you have shag carpet and pink countertops from decades ago and you change those and bring it contemporary, that’s not an upgrade. That’s maintenance that needs to be done,” Schwan says. “However, if you have Formica countertops and you went to granite — that’s an up-

grade. If you had carpet throughout and you go to hardwood floors — that’s an upgrade.” Upgrading your existing houseboat isn’t just about vanity, there’s also room for improving your vessel’s functionality by doing things like enclosing a front deck to create an on-board sunroom. “The idea of enclosing a deck is a good one because it creates a four-seasons room,” Schwan says. “It can be rolled up to open the room in the summer and rolled back down when it gets cooler. A lot of people are going toward that outdoor living room feel.” Speaking of living rooms, houseboat designers are staying away from built-in seating areas. Instead, you’re more likely to find open living spaces to allow buyers to bring in their own furniture. When it comes to modern houseboats, the only thing that’s built-in these days is closets and shelves. According to Schwan, anything you can do in your home, you can duplicate in your home away from shore. That means bringing in your favorite area rugs, furniture and electronics. If you’ve set your renovation sights on your houseboat’s exterior, Overboard Designs in Cumming suggests considering Seagrass carpets instead of regular boat mats. The bamboo-like carpets can withstand the elements, are easy to clean and they a soft padding beneath your feet. From vinyl to hardwood to glued-down or snap-in carpeting, there are many flooring options to choose from for your houseboat renovations. When trying to decide where to install whichever type of flooring, take into consideration how you plan to use the space, what elements it will be exposed to and how much maintenance you’re interested in doing. Houseboat renovations can be as simple or involved as you’d like.

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Charlene Echols relaxes on the front deck of her houseboat.

By all means, incorporate more of the comforts of home. Do you like watching movies in your den at home on your flat screen TV with surround sound? Bring it with you on the lake. Like curling up in your big, comfy chair to read a good book in your living room at home? Recreate that same space on your houseboat. Want to make a big impact from the shore? Consider replacing the canvas surrounding

your boat’s deck for a more contemporary color palette. If you’re looking to bring the party to the lake, think about adding an outdoor sound system, waterslide or a sunpad for soaking up a few extra rays on deck. No matter how you decide to upgrade your home on the lake, there’s one important rule to remember: Do what makes you happy.

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The Times, Gainesville, Georgia | Sunday, May 26, 2013

Islands pumped for summer fun Resort expands and renovates with more amenities and attractions By Meredith Pruitt

mpruitt@gainesvilletimes.com The summer season is back at Lake Lanier, and this year it means more new attractions and improved existing amenities. Lake Lanier Islands Resort’s summer season officially began May 11. The popularity of Lake Lanier’s summer attractions has significantly grown since the introduction of LanierWorld, which provided a more vacationfriendly boardwalk and beach area in 2011. This year, many new improvements have been added to LanierWorld. The expansion includes a new, full-service “Big Beach” area that provides umbrellas, beach chairs, and a marked, private swim area. Servers will be available at this area to deliver food and drinks to guests. Lake Lanier’s boardwalk has also been expanded, and new additions such as the Dockside Bar, the Boardwalk Stage, extra carnival games and various new food vendors are expected to enhance the beach experience. The new and improved boardwalk will also be host to new entertainment. The Funtime Players and the Funtime Band will be a regular part of the new “Boardwalk Comes Alive” attraction. The players will give an interactive experience by involving the audience in small, theatrical performances while they move from one beach attraction to the next. Another new attraction at Lake Lanier this year is the “Wake the Lake” cable park. Through the use of a very unique cable pulley mechanism, all guests can wakeboard, water ski, kneeboard or tube securely on the lake with no boat required. This allows more guests to take full advantage of the activities the lake has to offer, regardless of whether they have access to watersports vehicles or not. Sunset Cove has also been newly renovated

for this summer. It will now include a floating spa called “Tranquility on the Water.” The spa will be docked at the cove and allow guests to float along the lakeside in a quiet area. Although the Lake Lanier Season Pass, priced at $80, will give the same unlimited access it has in previous years, the resort has introduced the all-new LanierWorld BeachPass for the 2013 summer season. This year, the $35 pass provides unlimited access to the beach, swimming area and fullservice beach amenity. It also will include unlimited access to Lakeside Links and two $10 LanierWorld vouchers that can be used for food, spa or retail services. The new “Hang Ten” Beach Access Pass is also available to guests at LanierWorld. The pass costs $10 for guests age 6 and older. This will cover admission to LanierWorld for one day, a $10 food, retail or spa voucher, and access to restaurants and amenities at the Big Beach, Sunset Cove and Lakeside Links Miniature Golf. General LanierWorld admission prices will remain the same and include access to the beach, restaurants, and water and land attractions within the park. Special evening admission rates are available as well. The islands have also added three annual year-round clubs this year that patrons may elect to join. These include The Islands Club, The Sunshine Club and The Nautical Club. Each group offers its own set of perks to its members. “Summer Nights” at Lake Lanier will host the Second Annual Georgia’s Island Stage Summer Concert Series at the recently added Peachtree Pointe Amphitheater. The series will include performances by Drivin’ N Cryin’, Sister Hazel, The Georgia Satellites and other acts which will be announced later. The summer season at Lake Lanier Islands lasts through September. The park hopes to expand in each summer season to come.

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The Times, Gainesville, Georgia | Sunday, May 26, 2013

Summer events calendar Hall County Ongoing Spring exhibitions. Through June 8. Quinlan Visual Arts Center, 514 Green St. NE, Gainesville. Free. www.qvac.org Exhibit: President’s Summer Art Series. Through June 30. Simmons Visual Arts Center, Presidents Gallery, 500 Washington St. SE, Gainesville. Free. 770-534-6263 Ann Alexander Solo Exhibition, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Through June 30. Peach State Bank, 325 Washington St. Free. 770-531- 2736. Brenau Family Ties exhibit. Through July 7. Simmons Visual Arts Center, Presidents Gallery, 500 Washington St. SE, Gainesville. Opening reception 5:30-7 p.m. June 27. Free. 770-534-6263 Frances Meadows Aquatic Center Opening, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. Through Sept. 2. 1545 Community Way, Gainesville. 770-5335850, gainesville.org. Home School Day, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Every first Tuesday. Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, 999 Chestnut St. SE, Gainesville. Homeschoolers admitted for half-price admission. 770-536-1900. Family Fun Night in the Pools, 6 p.m. every third Saturday. J.A. Walters Family YMCA, 2455 Howard Road, Gainesville. $10. 770-297-9622, grogers@ gamountainsymca.org. The Georgia Art League, noon. Third Thursday each month. Quinlan Visual Arts Center, 514 Green St. NE, Gainesville. All artists invited. georgiaartleague.org. Open Studio at Gallerie 110, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays. Gallerie 110, 224 Main St., Gainesville. Free. 678-936-5153, gallerie110.com. Friday Sketch Club meeting, 1:30-3 p.m. Fridays. Bring supplies. Quinlan Arts Center, 514 Green St. NE, Gainesville. $5. 770-536-2575, quinlanartscenter.org. Elachee’s Trail Crew Work Day, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. First Saturday each month. Free. Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville, 770-535-1976. First Saturday Hike, 10-11:30 a.m. First Saturday each month. Guided hike. $5 adults, $3 ages 2-12, younger than 2 and Elachee members free. Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville. 770-535-1976. elachee.org Peach State Shooters. First weekend each month. Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center, 1855 Calvary Church Road, Gainesville. 770-531-6855, hallcounty.org

May May 27: Memorial Day fun, 10 a.m. to 5

p.m. Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, 999 Chestnut St. SE, Gainesville. 770-5361900. May 27: Northwinds Symphonic Band “The Spirit of American Heroes” Memorial Day Concert, 7:30 p.m. First Baptist Church, 751 Green St. NW, Gainesville. Free. www. northwindsband.com. May 27-31: Patriotic Craft Week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, 999 Chestnut St. SE, Gainesville. $1 with paid admission to museum, INK members free. 770-536-1900. May 28: Youth Summer League Swim Team, 9:30-11 a.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Oakwood Family YMCA, 4101 Railroad St., Oakwood. For children ages 5-18. Through July 26 Registration 11 a.m. May 25. $120. 678-622-3908, 770-5196500, gamountainsymca.org May 29: Blue Sky concert series, The Steve Bryson Band, noon-1 p.m. Downtown square, Gainesville. May 30: Spring Lunch & Learn Gardening Series “Native Plants.” 734 E. Crescent Drive Suite 300, Gainesville. 770-535-8293 May 31: Dramatic reading, “A Heart in the Irons,” 6-10 p.m. Simpson Custom Photography studio, 301 Washington St. Suite 3, Gainesville. Free. skyler. passmore@gmail.com. May 31: Hall County Relay For Life. Road Atlanta, 5300 Winder Highway, Braselton. 800-849-RACE, 770-967-6143, www. roadatlanta.com.

June June 1: Guided Hike. Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville. $5 adults, $3 children ages 2-12. Children 2 and younger and Elachee members free. Call 770-535-1976 for time. June 1: Volunteer for Elachee’s trails, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, 999 Chestnut St. SE, Gainesville. $1 with paid admission to museum, INK members free. 770-536-1976. June 1: “A1A” Jimmy Buffett tribute band, 8 p.m. The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center, 331 Spring St. SW, Gainesville. Adult $18. 770-534-2787, TheArtsCouncil. net. June 3-7: Beach Craft Week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sundays. INK Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, 999 Chestnut St. SE No. 11, Gainesville. $1 with paid admission to museum. Members free. www.inkfun.org. June 3: Canoe/Kayak Day Camp, Lake Lanier Olympic Venue, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville. Ages 7-14 will learn to paddle canoes and kayaks. Equipment provided. Visit www.lckc.org for time.

June 3: “Art of the Waters” Summer Camp, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. through July 26. Quinlan Visual Arts Center, 514 Green St. NE, Gainesville. $125 weekly, $100 Quinlan members. 770-536-2575, www.qvac.org. June 6: 2013 Master of Interior Design Portfolio Exhibition, 4-6 p.m. Brenau University, 500 Washington St. SE, Gainesville. Stent Family Wing, Robinson Atrium. Free. 770-534-6284. June 8: John Jarrard Summer Songwriter Series. 7-9 p.m., Brenau Downtown Center, Gainesville. $15. 770-710-9191, www.johnjarrardfoundation.com. June 6-9: WERA Motorcycle Roadracing, June Cycle Jam. Road Atlanta, 5300 Winder Highway, Braselton. Tickets $20$45. 800-849-RACE, 770-967-6143, www. roadatlanta.com, www.wera.com. June 8: Sheriff’s Summer Sprint 5K, 7:30 a.m. Allen Creek Soccer Complex, 2500 Allen Creek Road, Gainesville. $20 for entry by May 29. 678-780-8322, active. com, georgiasheriffsyouth.org. June 9: Family Day: Civil War Encampment, 1-4 p.m. Northeast Georgia History Center, 322 Academy St. NE, Gainesville. Civil War re-enactors, hands-on activities, exhibits. Free. 770-297-5900, www.negahc.org. June 10-14: Summer Camp Session 1, “Life Among the Cherokee,” 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Northeast Georgia History Center, 322 Academy St. NE, Gainesville. Activities

include mask-making, pottery, basketweaving and archaeological dig. 770-2975900, www.negahc.org. June 10-14: Father’s Day Craft Week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sundays. INK Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, 999 Chestnut St. SE No. 11, Gainesville. $1 with paid admission to museum. Members free. www.inkfun.org. June 11: History Forum: “Northeast Georgia’s Gold Mints,” 7 p.m. Northeast Georgia History Center, 322 Academy St. NE, Gainesville. Free for members, $3 nonmembers. 770-297-5900, www. negahc.org. June 12-13: Children’s Musical Theatre Production “Honk,” 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Gainesville High Warehouse, 830 Century Place, Gainesville. Adults $10, children, students and seniors $5, children 2 and younger are free. June 13: Summer Exhibitions, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays through Aug. 17. Opening reception 5:30-7 p.m. June 13. Quinlan Visual Arts Center, 514 Green St. NE, Gainesville. Free. June 13: Peggie Hoskins with Soulshine Band, 7:30 p.m. The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center, 331 Spring St. SW, Gainesville. Adults $12, students, seniors $9. 770-534-2787, TheArtsCouncil.net.

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The Times, Gainesville, Georgia | Sunday, May 26, 2013 June 14-16: National Auto Sport Association. Road Atlanta, 5300 Winder Highway, Braselton. 800-849-RACE, 770967-6143, www.roadatlanta.com. June 15: Sern Invitational Sprint Regatta. Lake Lanier Olympic Venue, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville. Registration deadline noon June 13. $25. Visit www. lckc.org for time. June 15: Cob Oven Workshop, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cedar Hill Enrichment Center, 5735 Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville. $45 by June 1; $50 after. 770-887-0051, info@ discovercedarhill.org. June 15-29: Learn to Row classes, 6:308:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8-10 a.m. Saturdays. Lake Lanier Rowing Club, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville. $100 per class. 770-287-0077, www. lakelanierrowing.org. June 16: Father’s Day, Gainesville. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sundays. INK Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, 999 Chestnut St. SE No. 11, Gainesville. Dads free on Father’s Day. www.inkfun.org. June 17-21: Dog Craft Week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sundays. INK Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, 999 Chestnut St. SE No. 11, Gainesville. $1 with paid admission to museum. Members free. www.inkfun.org. June 17-21: Summer Camp Session 2, “Life Among the Cherokee,” 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Northeast Georgia History Center, 322 Academy St. NE, Gainesville. Activities including mask-making, pottery, basketweaving and archaeological dig. 770-2975900, www.negahc.org. June 21: Moonlight Paddle, 7:30 p.m. Lake Lanier Olympic Venue, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville. $15. 770-287-7888, www.lckc.org. June 24-28: Farm Craft Week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sundays. INK Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, 999 Chestnut St. SE No. 11, Gainesville. $1 with paid admission to museum. Members free. inkfun.org. June 27: “The Good Wife,” 5:30-7 p.m. Simmons Visual Arts Center, Presidents Gallery, 500 Washington St. SE, Gainesville. Free. 770-534-6263.

July July 1-4: Fourth of July Craft Week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, 999 Chestnut St. SE, Gainesville. $1 with paid admission to museum, INK members free. 770-536-1900. July 3: Northwinds Symphonic Band, 8 p.m. The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center, 331 Spring St. SW, Gainesville. Adult $18, students and seniors $15. 770534-2787, TheArtsCouncil.net. July 8-12: Shark Craft Week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, 999 Chestnut St. SE, Gainesville. $1 with

paid admission to museum, INK members free. 770-536-1900. July 9: History Forum: History of Foxfire and Rabun County, 7 p.m. Northeast Georgia History Center, 322 Academy St. NE, Gainesville. Free for members, $3 nonmembers. 770-297-5900, www. negahc.org. July 10-13: “The Music Man,” 7:30 p.m. Gainesville High Warehouse, 830 Century Place, Gainesville. Adults $17, children, students and seniors $12, children 2 and younger are free. July 11: “Bowden: A Collector’s Legacy,” art exhibit. Brenau University Galleries, 429 Academy St., Gainesville. Through Sept. 1. Opening reception 5:30-7 p.m. July 11. Free. 770-534-6263. July 13-14: Sports Car Club of America Double SARRC. Road Atlanta, 5300 Winder Highway, Braselton. Tickets $15$30. 800-849-RACE, 770-967-6143, www. roadatlanta.com. July 14: Family Day, “Colonial Muster and Faire,” 1-4 p.m. Northeast Georgia History Center, 322 Academy St. NE, Gainesville. Free. 770-297-5900, www.negahc.org. July 15-19: Sunglasses Craft Week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, 999 Chestnut St. SE, Gainesville. $1 with paid admission to museum, INK members free. 770-536-1900. July 19: Moonlight Paddle, 7:30 p.m. Lake Lanier Olympic Venue, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville. Trained instructor, group paddle. $15. 770-287-7888, www.lckc.org. July 20: The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Gainesville. 7-10 p.m. 331 Spring St. SE, Gainesville. 770-534-2787. July 20: Summer Sprints Regatta, 8 a.m. Lake Lanier Olympic Venue, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville. Registration deadline noon July 18. $25. www.lckc.org. July 22-26: Sun Craft Week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, 999 Chestnut St. SE, Gainesville. $1 with paid admission to museum, INK members free. 770-536-1900. July 23-29: Adult Kayak Class, 6-8 p.m. July 23, 25, 29, 10 a.m. to noon July 27. Lake Lanier Olympic Venue, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville. $75. 770-2877888, www.lckc.org. July 25: “The Croods” outdoor screening, 7:30 p.m. The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center, 331 Spring St. SW, Gainesville. Adult $7, students and seniors $5. 770534-2787, www.TheArtsCouncil.net. July 29-31: Cow Craft Week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, 999 Chestnut St. SE, Gainesville. $1 with paid admission to museum, INK members free. 770-536-1900.

Gainesville. $75. 770-287-7888, www.lckc. org. Aug. 3-4: National Auto Sport Association. Road Atlanta, 5300 Winder Highway, Braselton. 800-849-RACE, 770-967-6143, www.roadatlanta.com. Aug. 5-9: Back to School Craft Week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, 999 Chestnut St. SE, Gainesville. $1 with paid admission to museum, INK members free. 770-536-1900. Aug. 8-25: “Smoke on the Mountain.” Georgia Mountains Center Theatre, 301 Main St. SW, Gainesville. Georgia Mountain Players. Adults $17; seniors, students, children $13. 770-536-4677, www. georgiamountainplayers.org. Aug. 10: Touch-A-Truck, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. City Park, 525 Prior St. NE, Gainesville. Free. Aug. 10: Back in Time: Beach and Soul, 8 p.m. The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center, 331 Spring St. SW, Gainesville. Adults $18, students, seniors $15. 770-534-2787, TheArtsCouncil.net. Aug. 12-16: Aviation Craft Week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, 999 Chestnut St. SE, Gainesville. $1 with paid admission, INK members free. 770536-1900. Aug. 13: BBI Junior Olympic Program, 7 p.m. Lake Lanier Olympic Center, 305 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville. Introductory canoe/kayak, ages 10-15. $95.

770-287-7888, www.lckc.org. Aug. 13: History Forum, “Thunder Road: The Movie and the Car,” 7 p.m. Northeast Georgia History Center, 322 Academy St. NE, Gainesville. Free for members, $3 nonmembers. 770-297-5900, www.negahc. org. Aug. 16: Moonlight Paddle, 7:30 p.m. Lake Lanier Olympic Center, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville. $15. 770-287-7888, www.lckc.org. Aug 16: GTA SouthernStage, “Lombardi.” Through Sept. 1. Sylvia Beard Theatre, Buford. gainesvilletheatrealliance.org Aug. 18: Family Day, “The 1980s: A Big Decade in Northeast Ga.,” 1-4 p.m. Northeast Georgia History Center, 322 Academy St. NE, Gainesville. Free. 770297-5900, www.negahc.org. Aug. 19-23: Tooth Fairy Craft Week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, 999 Chestnut St. SE, Gainesville. $1 with paid admission to museum, INK members free. 770-536-1900. Aug. 26-30: Happy Birthday INK, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, 999 Chestnut St. SE, Gainesville. $1 with paid admission, INK members free. 770536-1900. Aug. 30: Taste of History, 7 p.m. Northeast Georgia History Center, 322 Academy St. NE, Gainesville. $50. 770-297-5900, www. negahc.org.

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BANKS COUNTY Ongoing Saturday Night Racing. July 13-Aug. 24. Atlanta Dragway, 500 E. Ridgeway Road, Commerce. 706-335-2301, www. atlantadragway.com

June June 1-2: Chevy High Performance Magazine Nationals. Atlanta Dragway, 500 E. Ridgeway Road, Commerce. 706-3352301, www.atlantadragway.com June 1: Folk Potter’s Festival, Banks County Middle School gym, Homer. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Steve Turpin, 706-6771528; steve@turpinpottery.com, www. northgafolkpottersfestival.com June 7, 14, 21, 28: Year One Fast Friday Legal Street Racing. Atlanta Dragway, 500 E. Ridgeway Road, Commerce. 706-3352301, www.atlantadragway.com June 29: Night of Fire, fireworks and racing. Atlanta Dragway, 500 E. Ridgeway Road, Commerce. 706-335-2301, www. atlantadragway.com

DAWSON COUNTY June June 1: Mothers and Daughters art exhibit, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through July 19. Bowen Center for the Arts, 334 Ga. 9 N., Dawsonville. Free. www.dawsonarts.org, 706-216-2787 June 6-14: Art With the Masters art class, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Bowen Center for the Arts, 334 Ga. 9 N., Dawsonville. $165. www. dawsonarts.org, 706-216-2787 June 7: Summer Movie Night, “Escape from Planet Earth.” 7 p.m. War Hill Park. Movie starts at dusk. June 17-28: Monsters and Mermaids art class, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ages 6-10. Bowen Center for the Arts, 334 Ga. 9 N., Dawsonville. $165. www.dawsonarts.org, 706-216-2787

July July 3: Sparks in the Park, July Fourth celebration, 5-10 p.m. Rock Creek Sports Complex, 445 Martin Road, Dawsonville. Live entertainment, fireworks, children’s activities, concessions. Free admission, parking, shuttle service. bhamil@ dawsoncounty.org, 706-344-3646 ext. 224 July 8-19: Art Around the World class, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ages 6-10 July 8-12, ages 10-15 July 15-19. Bowen Center for the Arts, 334 Ga. 9 N., Dawsonville. $165. www.dawsonarts.org, 706-216-2787 July 22: Green Art Camp, through Aug. 2, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bowen Center for the Arts, 334 Ga. 9 N., Dawsonville. $165. www. dawsonarts.org, 706-216-2787 July 27-28: Amicalola Summer Arts &

The Times, Gainesville, Georgia | Sunday, May 26, 2013 Crafts Show. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Amicalola Falls, 418 Amicalola Falls Lodge Road, Dawsonville. 706-897-6179. 45 juried artists exhibit paintings, pottery, metalwork, folk art, glass jewelry, yard art

August Aug. 10: Shine and Swine Festival. 11 a.m. Georgia Racing Hall of Fame, downtown Dawsonville. Barbecue cook-off, car show, moonwalks, motorcycle ride, bluegrass music. info@kareforkids.us Aug. 16: Summer Movie Night, 6 p.m. Veterans Memorial Park. Movie at dusk

FORSYTH COUNTY June June 6-30: “The Sound of Music — Rodgers and Hammerstein.” 8 p.m., 2 p.m. Sunday matinee. Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St., Cumming. Tickets: $25-$30. 770-781-9178, www.playhousecumming. com, info@playhousecumming.com June 23: North Georgia Chamber Music Festival. Cumming First United Methodist Church. Tickets $20. 706-867-2873, www. ung.edu/chambermusic

July July 3-4: July 4 Festival, Cumming Fairgrounds. Music, dance, fireworks, vendors. Parade, 10 a.m. Thursday. 770887-0516, 770-889-6103 July 18: Aug. 11: “Treasure Island.” 8 p.m., 3 p.m. Sunday matinee. Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St., Cumming. 770781-9178, www.playhousecumming.com, info@playhousecumming.com

August Aug. 17-18: “Johnny Cash-Now.” 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St., Cumming. $20 adults, $15 students, seniors, veterans, groups of 25 or more. 770-781-9178, www.playhousecumming.com, info@ playhousecumming.com Aug. 24: “The Chuck Wagon Gang.” 3 and 8 p.m. Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St., Cumming. $20 adults, $15 students, seniors, veterans, groups of 25 or more. 770-781-9178, www.playhousecumming. com, info@playhousecumming.com

HABERSHAM COUNTY May May 25: Car Show, Fort HollingsworthWhite House, 2307 Wynn Lake Road, Alto. $20. Registration 10 to noon. Awards to top competitors. 706-968-3220 May 31: Free Concert, Cornelia Summer Concert Series. John King Band, 8 p.m.,

Cornelia Depot. 706-778-8585, bht@ corneliageorgia.org, www.explorecornelia. com.

June June 1: Relay for Life 5K /Fun Run. 8 a.m. American Cancer Society fundraiser. 706778-4654 June 1: Bluegrass Festival & Folk Life Festival. 1 p.m. Piedmont College’s Arrendale Amphitheatre, Demorest. Featuring Chattahoochee Chain Gang, Foxfire Boys, Oliver Rice and the Blue Ridge Mountain Boys, Will Clark, Nation & Blackwell. 706-778-8500. June 1: Soque River Festival, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Includes 2-mile canoe or kayak paddle trip on the Soque River beginning just north of Clarkesville at Farm Hill and ending at Chatterton Place. $15 per person, includes boats, lifejackets, paddles, maps and guide. Register in advance; limited to 200 boaters. www. soque.org, 706-754-9382 June 7-9: Summer Art Amble. Habersham, Rabun, Towns, White counties. 706-7784654 June 14-15: Dad’s Night Out. Dinner, shopping specials downtown, live music and theater, recreational activities. Child care provided at Northeast Georgia YMCA. 706-754-2220. June 15-16: Georgia Mountains Farm Tour. Habersham, Rabun Stephens and White counties. 706-778-4654 June 17-21: Art Camp, middle and high school students. Piedmont College, Demorest. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $150. Bill Gabelhausen, 706-778-8500 ext. 1320, wgabelhausen@piedmont.edu June 21: Friday Night Flicks, Cornelia Depot. Free. www.explorecornelia.com, 706-778-8585. June 24-28: Musical Theatre Camp, middle and high school students. Piedmont College, Demorest. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $150. Chris Kelly, 706-778-8500 ext. 1307, ckelly@piedmont.edu June 28: Free Concert, Cornelia Summer Concert Series. Swing Daddies, 8 p.m., Cornelia Depot. 706-778-8585, bht@ corneliageorgia.org, www.explorecornelia. com.

July July 4: Demorest Glorious Fourth of July Celebration. 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Arts and crafts, food vendors, live entertainment, children’s games, parade at 11 a.m., horseshoe tournament at noon, cake walk at 6 p.m., fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Opening ceremonies at 441 and Georgia Street. 706-778-4654, 706-778-4202, 706-7542233 July 19: Friday Night Flicks. Clarkesville. 706-754-2220 July 26: Free Concert, Cornelia Summer

Concert Series. Gasoline Brothers, 8 p.m., Cornelia Depot. 706-778-8585, bht@ corneliageorgia.org, www.explorecornelia. com.

August Aug. 10: Back to School Bash. 3-6 p.m. Ruby C. Fulbright Aquatic Center, Clarkesville. Free. Swimming, bounce houses, food, school supply giveaways, movie. 706-754-2220, 706-778-8585 Aug. 10: Back to School Bash. 3-6 p.m. Cornelia. 706-754-4216 Aug. 17: Habersham Music Festival. Sam Pitts Park, Clarkesville. Free. 706-7542220. Aug. 30: Cornelia Summer Concert Series. The Dirty Guv’nahs, 8 p.m., Cornelia Depot. Free. 706-778-8585, bht@ corneliageorgia.org, www.explorecornelia. com.

JACKSON COUNTY June June 8: Braselton Gallery Featured Artists Series, 1-4 p.m. Braselton Gallery, Downtown Braselton. Artists will provide demos, meet visitors, including Sarina Roth, Terri Estes, Sloan Jones. www. braseltongallery.com, www.facebook.com/ braseltongallery June 4-14: Summer History Camp. Crawford Long Museum, 28 College St., Jefferson. 706-367-5307, info@ crawfordlong.org, www.crawfordlong. org. Explorer’s Camp, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 4-7, ages 5-8, $50 museum members, $55 nonmembers. Discoverer’s Camp, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. June 11-14, rising 4-7 graders. $55 members, $60 nonmembers. Pre-registration required. June 15: Movie Under the Stars, Braselton Park. YearOne Braselton Bash, Car Show, “Year One,” 5-9 p.m.

July July 4: Celebrate Braselton Festival & Parade, Braselton Park. dgaustin@ braselton.net July 13: Braselton Gallery, Featured Artists Series, 1-4 p.m., Downtown Braselton. Artists will provide demos, meet visitors. www.braseltongallery.com, www.facebook. com/braseltongallery July 20: Movie Under the Stars, Braselton Park.

August Aug. 10: Braselton Gallery, Featured Artists Series, 1-4 p.m., Downtown Braselton. Artists will provide demos, meet visitors. www.braseltongallery.com, www.facebook. com/braseltongallery Aug. 17: Movie Under the Stars, Braselton Park.


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LUMPKIN COUNTY

August

Ongoing

Aug. 17: Dahlonega Wine Trail Weekend. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday,12:30-5 p.m. Sunday. Wineries include Cavender Creek, Frogtown Cellars, Montaluce, Three Sisters, Wolf Mountain. Passes $25, on sale at Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center, 13 South Park St., Dahlonega. 706-8643513, 800-231-5543, Jay@Dahlonega.org, www.Dahlonega.org

Georgia Wine Country Festival. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. Three Sisters Vineyards, Dahlonega. 706-865-9463, www. ThreeSistersVineyards.com Movies Under the Stars. 6 p.m. Hancock Park, Dahlonega. June 14, “Escape From Planet Earth;” July 12, “The Croods;” Aug. 9, “Oz: The Great and Powerful.”

June June 15-16: North Georgia Chamber Music Festival. Gloria Shott Performance Hall, University of North Georgia Dahlonega campus. Features five members of Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Tickets $20. 706867-2873, www.ung.edu/chambermusic June 21-22: Mountain Top Rodeo. 8 p.m. Vendors and exhibits open 6 p.m. R Ranch, Ga. 9 north of Dahlonega. www. rranchga.com, 706-864-6444.

July July 4: Fourth of July Family Celebration & Firecracker 5K and 10K races. Dahlonega. Food, music, fireworks, children’s activities, patriotic ceremony, reading of the U.S. Constitution antique auto show. Parade, 5 p.m. dahlonega.org.

RABUN COUNTY Ongoing First Friday Fest, 6-8 p.m. monthly, June 7, July 5, Aug. 2. Rock House Park, Clayton. Music, food, artisans, growers, wine tasting. 706-782-1520

June June 15: Rabun County Homemakers Annual Auction. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saint James Episcopal Church, 260 Warwoman Road, Clayton. Free. Jean Alexander, 706-782-6214; Dot Harris, 706-746-0294, craftycabin@windstream.net

July July 20: Clayton Crawl. 6-9 p.m. Downtown Clayton. Wine, beer, food. 706-982-1284 July 28: Heirloom Tomato Festival. 11 a.m.

to 4 p.m. Glen-Ella Springs Inn, 1789 Bear Gap Road, Clarkesville. $5. www.glenella. com, 707-754-7295

TOWNS COUNTY “Saturn: Jewel of the Heavens.” Through July 5. 8:30 p.m. Rollins Planetarium, Young Harris College. $3 adults, $2 students, free with Young Harris ID. Phone: 706-379-5195, www.yhc.edu

May May 25: Memorial Day Weekend, Hightower Creek Vineyards, 7150 Canaan Drive, Hiawassee. Noon to 5 p.m., music 2-5 p.m.. $10. 706-896-8963, www. hightowercreekvineyards.com May 25: Mountain Wine Country Spring Festival. Crane Creek Vineyards, 916 Crane Creek Road, Young Harris. $25. 706-379-1236, www.cranecreekvineyards. com May 25-26: Spring Arts In The Park. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association/ The Art Center, 420 West Main St., Blue Ridge. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 706-632-2144,. blueridgearts.net May 25: Music on the Square. 6-8 p.m. Hiawassee town square. Free, donations welcomed.

PLAYGROUND the Art & Soul of Northeast Georgia Mountains

JUNE 1 - 40th Annual Helen to the Atlantic Hot Air Balloon Race, Helendorf Inn, 706-878-2271 7-9 - Northeast Georgia 2013 Arts Tour, www.artstour.org 15 - SummerFest Lawn Party, SNCA, 706-878-3300, www.snca.org

JULY 1-7 - 4th of July Celebration, Babyland General® Hospital, 706-865-2171, www.cabbagepatchkids.com 4 - July 4th Mountain Style, Unicoi State Park, 1-800-573-9659, www.GeorgiaStateParks.org 4 - Annual Fireworks at Dusk, behind the Alpine Village Shoppes, 706-878-2181 www.helenga.org

June

Ongoing

your backyard

11-21 - Headwaters (community story play), Thursdays – Sundays, SNCA, 706-878-3300, www.snca.org 26-27 - Folk Life Festival, Unicoi State Park, 1-800-573-9659, www.GeorgiaStateParks.org

AUGUST 24 - Gold Fever, 9AM – 12PM, Smithgall Woods, Register in advance, 706-878-3087 24 - Cabbage Patch Tea Party, Babyland General® Hospital, Reservations required, 706-865-2171, www.cabbagepatchkids.com 31- 5th Annual GarlicFest, 10AM - 4PM, Loganberry Heritage Farm, 706-348-6068 www.loganberryheritagefarm.com

May 25: Towns County Fire Corps Yard Sale On The Square. Main Street on the square, Hiawassee. 8 a.m. to” 2 p.m. Judy, 706-897-3798; Liz, 404-754-3430, tcfirecorps@gmail.com June 1: Annual Towns County Wide Yard Sale. 7 a.m. Ga. 76, Hiawassee. Towns County Chamber, 706-896-4966 June 1, 8, 22, 29: Music on the Square. 6-8 p.m. Saturdays. Hiawassee town square. Free. June 1, Playing on the Planet; June 8, Jeff Bauman & Family; June 15, Charlie Reyner & Elvis; June 22, Kingfish Blues Revival, “Music Legends” by Gary Potts; June 29, Cartecay River Band June 3-July 24: Horse Camp For Kids. Brasstown Valley Resort, 6321 Ga. 76, Young Harris. 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays. Call to register. 706-379-4606, www. brasstownvalley.com June 7-9: Northeast Georgia 2013 Arts Tour. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Habersham, Rabun, White & Towns Counties. Free. Towns County Chamber of Commerce, 706-896-4966, artstour.org June 7: Seniors Fishing Rodeo. 9 a.m. to noon. Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery, Rock Creek Road, Ga. 60 near Suches. Ages 55 and older. Free lunch and prizes.

Ongoing Events Saturday Evening Music Concert Series

Every Saturday through October, Unicoi State Park. 1-800-573-9659 | www.GeorgiaStateParks.org

Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals,

8 am-12 pm, third Saturday of each month through September. No registration required. 706-878-3087.

Swinging in the Vines Music Series,

Sautee Nacoochee Vineyards. Third Saturday of each month during the Spring, Summer and Fall. 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 706-878-1056 www.sauteenacoocheevineyards.com

Art in the Park, Unicoi State Park. Last Saturday of the Month May – October. 1-800-573-9659 | www.GeorgiaStateParks.org First Fridays Music Pickin’ on the Porch, 6PM-9PM, Sautee Village. All proceeds go to the Charles Smithgall Humane Society. 706-878-0144.


20 June 7-9: Lake Chatuge Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous. The Ridges Resort & Marina, Ga. 76, Hiawassee. mountain_ design@hotmail.com, 828- 456-5159, www.ridgesresort.com. June 8-9: The Ridges Landing Arts & Crafts Celebration. 10 a.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday. The Ridges Resort & Marina, Lake Chatuge, 3379 Ga. 76 West, Hiawassee. 706-897-6179, www. robinrobertspromotions.com June 8: Family Fishing Festival. 9 a.m. to noon. Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery, Rock Creek Road, Ga. 60 near Suches. Free lunch, prizes. 706-838-4723 June 13-15: Shriner’s Summer Ceremonial. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road, Hiawassee. Poker run, charity golf tournament, June 14. 706-8789873, barry_vankeith@windstream.net, www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com. June 18: Taste of Southern Highlands. 6-8 p.m. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, Hiawassee. Benefits Towns County Family Connections. 706-896-4131, www. georgiamountainfairgrounds.com June 21-22: Greater Atlanta British Motorcycle Bike Show. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, Ga. 76, Hiawassee. 770-8431254, www.georgiamountainfairgrounds. com June 22-23: Georgia INT League. Hiawassee. Registration June 21, Mountain Wake Cable Park. 706-896-0834

July July 4: Four of July Lake Chatuge Boat Parade, Hiawassee. 10-11 a.m. Free. 706-896-4191, info@mountaintopga.com, www.mountaintopga.com July 4: Independence Day Fireworks. 9:45 a.m. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, Hiawassee. 706-896-4191, www. georgiamountainfairgrounds.com’ July 4: Brasstown Valley Resort Fireworks Show. Brasstown Valley Resort, 6321 Ga. 76, Young Harris. Free. www. brasstownvalley.com July 6, 13, 20, 27: Music on the Square. 6-8 p.m. Saturdays. Hiawassee town square. Free. July 6, Cornbread Ted & the Butterbeans; July 13, Bonnie Ridge Bluegrass; July 20, Nelson Thomas then Cody Savage & The Backwoods Band; July 27, The Sharptones and Ron Schott July 6: Fourth of July Celebration, Music. Noon- 5 p.m. Hightower Creek Vineyards, 7150 Canaan Drive, Hiawassee. $10. 706896-8963, www.hightowervineyards.com July 19-27: Georgia Mountain Fair. 1311 Music Hall Road, Hiawassee. Arts & crafts, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Carnival opens 3 p.m. Monday, 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday. $11, under age 10 free. Music shows included in admission; free parking, no pets. 706-8964191, gamtfair@windstream.net

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August

July

Aug. 2: “Skies Over Georgia.” 8:30 p.m. Rollins Planetarium, Young Harris. $3 adults, $2 cihldren and students, Young Harris students, faculty and staff free. 706379-5195 Aug. 3-31: Music on the Square. 6-8 p.m. Saturdays, Hiawassee. Free. Aug. 3, Jam Session; Aug. 10, Sentimental Journey; Aug. 17, Singing Stars For a Better World then Gnarly Fingers; Aug. 24, Holman Autry Band; Aug. 31, Midnight Express Aug. 8-10: Georgia Mountain Moonshine Cruiz-In. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Road, Hiawassee. 662-5879572 Aug. 10: 10K Run, Brasstown Valley to Crane Creek Vineyards, Young Harris. 706896-4966 Aug. 24: Annual Tomato Festival. Crane Creek Vineyards, 916 Crane Creek Road, Young Harris. 706-379-1236, www. cranecreekvineyards.com Aug. 24-25: Young Harris Art Festival. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Mayors Park, Young Harris. 706897-6179, www.robinrobertspromotions. com

July 4: Lake Nottely Boat Parade. 11 a.m. Lake Nottely Marina, U.S. 19/129 N., Blairsville. Free. Boats can be decorated in any theme, all participants welcome to pass in review at 11:30 a.m. 706-745-3638 July 4: Fourth of July celebration, Vogel State Park, U.S. 19/129 S, 11 miles south of Blairsville. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Flagraising, games. $5 parking. 706-745-2628, www.gastateparks.org. July 4: Independence Day Fireworks, 9:30 p.m. Meeks Park, 11 Pool Lane, Blairsville. 706-745-5789, 877-745-5789, www. VisitBlairsvilleGA.com July 20-21: Butternut Creek Festival, 5 p.m. Meeks Park, 11 Pool Lane, Blairsville. Juried arts & crafts, demonstrations, entertainment, food along Butternut Creek. Free. 706-781-1221, www. butternutcreekfestival.com July 26: Green Bean Square Dance, Hoedown. 8 p.m. Blairsville downtown square. 706-994-4837, www. greenbeanfestival.com July 27: Green Bean Festival. 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Farmer’s Market, 148 Old Smokey Road, Blairsville. Arts & crafts, food, green bean pizza eating, recipe and home canning contests, bike ride, canning plant tours, children’s activities, music, demos, entertainment. Free. 706-994-4837, www. greenbeanfestival.com

UNION COUNTY May May 25-26: Spring Arts & Crafts Festival. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Blairsville downtown square. Juried artists’ and craftsmen’s annual exhibit, Mountain Life Museum. Live dancers and musicians, food vendors. Free. 706-994-4837, www. downtownblairsville.com May 25: Memorial Day, 10 a.m. Downtown Blairsville. Ceremony at War Memorial Park at 11 a.m.

August Aug. 31-Sept. 1: Mountain Heritage Festival. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain Life Museum, 25 School St., Blairsville. Mountain arts and crafts, music, living history activities, demonstrations on quilting, spinning, basket making chair canning, farm animals, gold panning, children’s activities. Free. 706-745-5493, www. unioncountyhistory.org

WHITE COUNTY Ongoing Saturday Evening Music Concert Series. 8 p.m. Saturdays through October, Unicoi State Park. Bluegrass, gospel. 800-5739659, www.GeorgiaStateParks.org Visiting Artist Series. Saturdays and Sundays through October. Unicoi State Park. 706-878-4739

June June 1: 40th Annual Helen to the Atlantic Hot Air Balloon Race, Helendorf Inn, 706878-2271

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The Times, Gainesville, Georgia | Sunday, May 26, 2013 June: 1-9: Marvelous Miniatures. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Sautee-Nacoochee Community Association gallery. 706-878-3300, www. snca.org June 4, 18: Contra Learn & Dance. 7:309:30 p.m. Sautee-Nacoochee Community Association community hall, 706-8783300, www.snca.org June 7: First Fridays Music Pickin’ on the Porch, 6-9 p.m. Sautee Village. Donations accepted; proceeds benefit Charles Smithgall Humane Society. 706-878-0144 June 8: Cabbage Patch Tea Party, Babyland General Hospital. Reservations required. 706-865-2171, www. cabbagepatchkids.com June 7-9: Northeast Georgia 2012 Arts Tour. www.artstour.org June 8: Contra Dance. 7:30-11 p.m., short lesson 7:30 p.m., dancing begins at 8. Sautee-Nacoochee Community Association gym, 706-878-3300, www. snca.org June 9: The Hot Club of Cowtown, western swing band from Austin, Texas. 4 p.m. Sautee-Nacoochee Community Association theater, 706-878-3300, www. snca.org June 10-July 21: “Headwaters: Didja’ Hear?” community story play. SauteeNacoochee Community Association gym, 706-878-3300, www.snca.org

June 10–14: Family Camp, 9 a.m. to noon. Unicoi State Park. Pre-registration required. 800-573-9659 www. GeorgiaStateParks.org June 11: Helen Arts & Heritage Center Second Tuesday Get-together. History of Helen event, ART-y Party followed by a shared supper. 706-878-3933, www. helenarts.org June 14-July 28: “Landscapes, Seascapes and Other Escapes,” featuring Peter Muzyka’s “Abandoned Rural America” and John Kollock’s paintings. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Reception 6-8 p.m. June 14. Sautee-Nacoochee Community Association gallery, 706-8783300, www.snca.org June 15: SummerFest Lawn Party. 6 p.m. Sautee-Nacoochee Community Association outdoor stage. Food, dance, music; bring lawn chairs blankets. 706878-3300, www.snca.org June 15: Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals. 8 a.m. to noon, third Saturday each month through September. Fish caught can be kept; bring bait and rod. No registration required. 706-878-3087. June 15: Kids Day at the Park, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Smithgall Woods. Hands-on exhibits in outdoor sports, recreation, and environmental education, archery, animal exhibits, compass games, air rifles, stream critters. No registration required. 706-878-

3087 June 15: Swinging in the Vines Music Series. 2-5 p.m. Sautee Nacoochee Vineyards amphitheater. Complimentary wine tastings. 706-878-1056, www. sauteenacoocheevineyards.com June 15: SummerFest Lawn Party. 6 p.m. SNCA outdoor stage. Outdoor variety music, storytelling & dance festival. 706878-3300, www.snca.org June 17-21: SNCA Summer Camp. 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sautee-Nacoochee Community Association community hall, 706-878-3300, www.snca.org June 27-29: Junior Ranger Camp, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.. Smithgall Woods. Activities, hikes, games for children ages 7-14. Register in advance, 706-878-3087.

July July 1-7: Fourth of July Celebration, Babyland General Hospital. Costumed characters, candy. 706-865-2171, www. cabbagepatchkids.com July 4: July Fourth Mountain Style, Unicoi State Park. Watermelon eatin’ seed spittin’ contest, sack races, hoedown. 800-5739659 www.GeorgiaStateParks.org July 4: Fireworks at Dusk, behind Alpine Village Shoppes, Helen. 706-878-2181, www.helenga.org July 5: First Fridays Music Pickin’ on the

Porch, 6-9 p.m. Sautee Village. Donations accepted; proceeds benefit Charles Smithgall Humane Society. 706-878-0144 July 8-19: Camp Cabbage, Babyland General Hospital, Cleveland. Reservations required. 706-865-2171, www. cabbagepatchkids.com July 9: Helen Arts & Heritage Center Second Tuesday Get-together. History of Helen event, ART-y Party, shared supper. 706-878-3933, www.helenarts.org July 11-21: Headwaters community story play. Thursdays–Sundays, SNCA, 706878-3300, www.snca.org July 16: Contra Learn & Dance. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Sautee-Nacoochee Community Association community hall, 706-8783300, www.snca.org July 18: “Hot Hot Hot” gallery exhibit. Opening reception, 5-7 p.m. Helen Arts & Heritage Center, 706-878-3933, www. helenarts.org July 20: Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals. 8 a.m. to noon, third Saturday each month through September. Fish caught can be kept; bring bait and rod. No registration required. 706-878-3087 July 20: Swinging in the Vines Music Series. 2-5 p.m. Sautee Nacoochee Vineyards amphitheater. Complimentary wine tastings. 706-878-1056, www. sauteenacoocheevineyards.com

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July 26-27: Folk Life Festival, Unicoi State Park. Mountain skill displays, music, demonstrations of spinning, candle dipping, blacksmithing. Appalachian and old-time mountain music, games, dancing. 800-573-9659, www.GeorgiaStateParks. org July 26-27: Show and Shine for Cystic Fibrosis Open Car Show, 639 Edelweiss Strasse, Helen. “Cruise-In” Friday, car show and awards Saturday. Proceeds benefit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 706795-2264 July 27: Contra Dance. 7:30-11 p.m., short lesson 7:30 p.m., dancing begins at 8. Sautee-Nacoochee Community Association gym, 706-878-3300, www. snca.org July 30: Waltz Workshop with live music. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Sautee-Nacoochee Community Association community hall, 706-878-3300, www.snca.org

August Aug. 2: First Fridays Music Pickin’ on the Porch, 6-9 p.m. Sautee Village. Local musicians performing acoustic music, free food. Donations accepted; proceeds benefit Charles Smithgall Humane Society. 706-878-0144 Aug. 2-4: Seat Weavers Guild, weaving classes. Sautee-Nacoochee Community

Association community hall, 706-8783300, www.snca.org Aug. 2-Sept. 15: “TREEmendous Show: The World of Wood /Against the Grain,” featuring Sheila Wood Hancock paintings and SNCA Art Studio students and instructors. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Sautee-Nacoochee Community Association gallery, 706-8783300, www.snca.org. Reception, 6:30-8 p.m. Aug. 3 Aug. 13: Helen Arts & Heritage Center Second Tuesday Get-together. History of Helen event, ART-y Party followed by a shared supper. 706-878-3933, www. helenarts.org Aug. 17: Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals. 8 a.m. to noon, third Saturday each month through September. Fish caught can be kept; bring bait and rod. No registration required. 706-878-3087 Aug. 17: Swinging in the Vines Music Series. 2-5 p.m. Sautee Nacoochee Vineyards amphitheater. Complimentary wine tastings. 706-878-1056, www. sauteenacoocheevineyards.com Aug. 17: Wabi Sabi Dance Company, contemporary modern dance team, 7:30 p.m. Reservations required. SauteeNacoochee Community Association gym, 706-878-3300, www.snca.org Aug. 20: Contra Learn & Dance, music by the Cage Free String Band with Walter

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Banks County, www.bankscountyga.org Forsyth County, www.cumming forsythchamber.org Habersham County, www.habersham chamber.com Hall County, www.lakelaniercvb.com. Lumpkin County, www.dahlonega.org Jackson County, www.jacksoncountyga. com Rabun County, www.gamountains.com Towns County, www.townscounty tourism. com Union County, www.blairsvillechamber. com White County, www.whitecountychamber. org, www.helenga.org Daves calling. 7:30-9:30 p.m. SauteeNacoochee Community Association community hall, 706-878-3300, www.snca. org Aug. 24: Gold Fever, 9 a.m.-noon, Smithgall Woods. History of gold mining with local historians, guided hike to Martin Mine Trail. Register in advance. 706-878-3087 Aug. 24: Contra Dance. 7:30-11 p.m., short lesson 7:30 p.m., dancing begins at 8. Sautee-Nacoochee Community Association gym, 706-878-3300, www. snca.org Aug. 24: Cabbage Patch Tea Party,

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Babyland General Hospital, Cleveland. Reservations required, 706-865-2171, www.cabbagepatchkids.com Aug. 30: Labor Day Weekend Kick-Off Music Pickin’ on the Porch, 6-9 p.m., Sautee Village. Local musicians performing acoustic music, free food. Donations accepted; proceeds benefit Charles Smithgall Humane Society. 706-878-0144 Aug. 31: GarlicFest, 10 a.m.—4 p.m., Loganberry Heritage Farm, 2660 Adair Mill Rd Cleveland. Cooking demos, tastings, live music, creative food. 706-348-6068 www.loganberryheritagefarm.com Aug 31: Folk Pottery Show & Sale, Folk Pottery Museum, 706-878-3300, www. snca.org Aug. 31: Folk Pottery Show and Sale. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sautee-Nacoochee Community Association Folk Pottery Museum. 706-878-3300, www.snca.org Aug. 31: Crush Fest 2013, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Yonah Mountain Vineyards, Serenity Cellars, 1717 Ga. 255, 5 miles east of Cleveland. $5 general admission, $25 for wine drinkers, ages 16 and under and parking free. Contact: Eric Miller, 706-8785522, www.yonahmountainvineyards.com, ym.vineyards@gmail.com. Aug. 31: Sept. 1: Unicoi Art Fest. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. Unicoi Lodge at Unicoi State Park, 998 Ga. 356, Helen. 706-897-6179

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The Times, Gainesville, Georgia | Sunday, May 26, 2013

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The Times, Gainesville, Georgia | Sunday, May 26, 2013

120 Years

Gainesville City sChools 1892 - 2012 Academics - Arts - Athletics - Artisans - Alumni

Points of Pride 2012 - 2013 District Recognitions and Honors Charter System Application Renewed by State Board for 2013-2023 Opened the P.K. Dixon Field House at Bobby Gruhn Field United Way Chairman’s Award UCLA-Scholastic-AASA Comprehensive System of Learning Supports Exemplar District Academic Awards and Recognitions Gainesville High School Literary Region 8-AAAAA Championship Gainesville High School Varsity Academic Bowl Region 8-AAAAA Championship Gainesville High School Family Consumer Careers Leadership Association (FCCLA) State STAR Event Winners: Four Teams to National Competition in July 2013 Gainesville High School Health Occupations: 9 Students Qualified for State Finals Gainesville High School Thespian Troupe 2445: GOLD Honor Status Award Highest Achievement Gainesville High School Robotics Alliance: VEX Robotics Regional Winner Placed 35th at World Championships

Wood’s Mill Academy: Edgenuity Exemplary Blended Learning Program 2013 Gainesville Middle School Ruffin Reading Bowl 3rd Place State Centennial Arts Academy Ruffin Reading Bowl: 2nd Place State 1st Place in Essay Gainesville High School JROTC: 1st Place Area 12 (State) Championship Elite 22: 2nd Place in Navy National Competition Gainesville High School 2013 Georgia Advanced Placement Honors Awards: AP STEM School and AP Achievement School Gainesville High School: U.S. News and World Report Best High Schools in Georgia Gainesville Middle School Chorus and Band: Superior Ratings in High Note Competition Gainesville High School Band: Superior Ratings High Note Competition Gainesville Middle School: 16 Students Qualified for Duke Talent Identification Program

Gainesville Middle School Robotics: Highest Score in FIRST Competition

Fair Street IB World School and New Holland Knowledge Academy Family and Early Literacy Program Recognition for “Read and Rise” ImpactEd

Gainesville High School and Gainesville Middle School: Drug Free Coalition Video Production Winners Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy: Department of Education Family Friendly School Award

Gainesville High School: 3 National Merit Nominees 1 Semifinalist Athletic Achievements Gainesville High School Football: State AAAAA Championship Bruce Miller: AAAAA Coach of the Year Deshaun Watson: Region 9 and State AAAAA Player of the Year Gainesville High School Girls Volleyball: Region 8-AAAAA Runner Up Sweet 16 State Finals Gainesville Middle School: Hall County Cross Country Championship Gainesville High School Boys Basketball: Region 8-AAAAA Championship State Runner Up AAAAA Champioship Todd Cottrell: Region 8-AAAAA Coach of the Year State AAAAA Coach of the Year Gainesville High School Girls Tennis Region 8-AAAAA Championship State Quarterfinals Kellie Smith: Region 8-AAAAA Coach of the Year Gainesville High School Boys Tennis: 2nd Place Region 8-AAAAA State Qualifier Round 2 C.J.Weaver: Region 8-AAAAA Coach of the Year

Gainesville High School Girls Soccer: Region 8-AAAAA 4th Place 1st Round State Playoffs Hartley Carter: Region 8-AAAAA Player of the Year Gainesville High School Baseball Region 8-AAAAA Championship State Quarterfinals Jeremy Kemp: Region 8-AAAAA Coach of the Year Gainesville Middle School Baseball: Hall County Championship Gainesville High School Women’s Golf: Region 8-AAAAA Championship Clay McDonald: 8-AAAAA Coach of the Year 3rd Place State AAAAA Championship Gainesville High School Men’s Golf: Region 8-AAAAA Championship Bryson Worley: 8-AAAAA Coach of the Year State AAAAA Championship Individual Awards of Note Pam Ware “Woodruff Salutes the Arts” Award 2012 William Morris: Georgia STAR Student 2013 Alex Longoria: Gates Millenium Scholar Ben Lieu: Recipient of Congressional Appointment - U.S. Naval Academy Jerry Castleberry: Phillip Wright Award Sue Williamson: Centerpoint Counselor of the Year

Gainesville Exploration Academy: High Flying School Award 2012 National Drop Out Prevention Network

Gainesville High School Boys Soccer: Region 8-AAAAA Runner Up Sweet 16 State Play-offs Ricardo Gomez: Region 8-AAAAA Player of the Year

Gainesville High School: Two Governors Honors Finalist

Gainesville Middle School Boys Soccer: Hall County Championship

College and Career Ready Highlights Over $3 Million of Scholarship Awards (Including the HOPE Scholarship Awards)

Kathy Kelley: Liberty Bell Award Northeast Georgia Bar Association

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