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GET TO KNOW Meet Sydney Martin of Honeypot Sugarbush Fine Flowers

TASTE OF HOME Hall county-a community of giving and doing

CHARITY You’re a cheerful giver

CHARITY How to get the toys to the tots

AROUND TOWN A look at past Hall County happenings.

CALENDAR A plethora of local events to plug into your weekend.

10 ON THE COVER: It’s time to give!

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Elberta McKnight is an award-winning journalist, who has written for television and radio news, newspapers and magazines. Her experience includes creating unique live and taped segments for CNN and working for FEMA as a reservist in the External Affairs cadre. She was a double major at Centenary College of Louisiana, earning a B.S. in Business Administration and a B.A. in Psychology; both degrees were achieved in four years..

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Amber Tyner is a student at the University of North Georgia. When she has free time, she enjoys baking as well as going new places with her family.

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Honeypot Sugarbush Fine Flowers is a hidden treasure for North Georgia residents planning weddings, parties and other special events. The small but reputable business, which just opened in Cleveland last January, can handle all your floral needs.

Examples of floral designs by Honeypot Sugarbush Fine Flowers.

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do just about anything with flowers,” said Sidney Martin, owner of the company and Georgia native. “You’ve just got to give me enough time to get the flowers together, and I’ll get it out there for you.” He said the name of his company reflects the Southern charm he wanted to capture in White County. “Honeypot Sugarbush Fine Flowers really began for me when I stumbled upon the name about a decade or so ago,” he said. “Honeypot Sugarbush is the name of a protea, so it’s the name of a flower. I decided that if I were ever back in Georgia, I would definitely use that as the name of my business.” But the unique name of the company isn’t the only reason Honeypot Sugarbush Fine Flowers is so special. Martin, 51, brings about 30 years of industry experience to his business. “I got my start back in Atlanta in the early ‘90s,” he said about his career. “I was going to art school and picked up a parttime job at a local florist who happened to be the in-house florist for First Baptist Atlanta. I just started out there sweeping the floors, taking out the trash and answering phones. Eventually their head designer left, and the owners approached me and wanted to know if I’d like to be a paid intern.” He said he immediately “fell in love with flowers” and let them take him from “coast to coast.” His very next stop, though, was Michal Evans Floral Design in Atlanta. “When I was working with him, it opened up a whole new genre of floral design,” Martin said. “I got to work with a lot of European blooms we bought directly from the Dutch market.” Martin then began to travel, first to New Jersey where he got “a taste of how the Northerners design their flowers.” But the epitome of his career began when he landed in Los Angeles in 2000. “When I first moved to Los Angeles, I was the personal assistant for Tom Ford, who was the creative director for Merv Griffin Productions,” he said. “That was an offshoot of Merv Griffin Enterprises, so we did what they did — a lot of the studio parties, the Golden Globes, Warner Bros., HBO parties.” December 2019 | HOME | 7


After that, Martin had a brief stint at Four Seasons Hotel at Beverly Hills before becoming the assistant manager for Sandy Rose Floral in Los Angeles. “We did specifically floral decor for television and movie productions,� he said about his time at Sandy Rose Floral. “The first movie I worked on was The Princess Diaries 2.� Some of the other movies he helped with included “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest� and “Spider-Man 2.� He also designed the sets for TV shows like “Days of Our Lives,� “Desperate Housewives� and “The Office.� “It was a lot of fun, and it really helped expand my creativity even more,� he said, mentioning he had to use a different skillset for each production. “To do flowers for ‘Mad Men,’ for example, you had to make sure that they were coordinating with the timeline as opposed to working on a science fiction futuristic set where you had to use a little bit more of a larger, more interesting design aesthetic. It was just a wonderful way for me to continue to grow.� After 15 years, Martin moved to Saratoga Springs in New York where he opened his own business. He grew tired of the cold weather, though, and came back to Georgia in June of 2018. “My family goes back two generations here in White County on both my mom’s and my dad’s side,� he said. “It was a no-brainer to come back here.� And it was also a no-brainer to continue his career locally, especially since he had gained so much knowledge from traveling. “To be quite honest with you, it’s the only thing I know how to do really well,� he said about being a florist, mentioning he might even open a retail location one day. “I’ve been so blessed with being able to experience so many wonderful opportunities. With each

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one, I’ve grown a little bit more and I’ve learned a little bit more.� He said he has big plans for Honeypot Sugarbush Fine Flowers to expand in the near future. “Does Cleveland need another florist?� he asked. “I don’t think so, but I think what this area needs is a florist who can bring a different perspective to flowers for the community at large.� H

To book a consultation with Martin for your next event, call 310-770-3031 or email sidney@hpsbfineflowers.com. You can also visit his website at www.hpsbfineflowers.com.


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unique IT’S WHAT MAKES HALL COUNTY

STORY BY ELBERTA MCKNIGHT

It’s not a figure most would expect from a county in which unemployment is relatively low, currently hovering around 2.4 percent. Yet four out of every ten residents in Hall County struggle to meet basic needs such as food, clothing and healthcare. That figure published in the United Way of Hall County 2018-2019 Annual Report. Do residents get the help they need? According to United Way of Hall County President and Chief Professional Officer, Jessica Dudley only to a point; there’s still plenty of work to be done.

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“As we continue to address the needs of our most vulnerable neighbors, the community consistently rises to the challenges brought forth. I can honestly say that I have never been in another community like it.”


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ichelle Prater, President and Chief Executive Officer of the North Georgia Community Foundation, oversees a philanthropic region of 15 counties. Her organization, too, receives its biggest support from Hall County. “Of the almost 500 charitable funds that we administer, two-thirds of them are represented by people or organizations in Hall County,” she confirmed. Why? Both ladies believe generosity is simply Hall County’s imprint. Business campaigns and individual giving are each successful. For example, in this year’s annual campaign, the United Way of Hall County received $817,207 from the top 10 businesses and companies. In addition, hundreds of residents also gave individual gifts, many in the thousands. Nineteen couples and individuals donated $10,000 or more a piece. The top ten business contributions came from Publix Super Markets, Northeast Georgia Health Systems, Fieldale Farms, Wilheit Packaging, Conditioned Air Systems, Hall County School System, United Parcel Service (UPS), Gainesville City School System, United Community Bank and Longstreet Clinic. But even with such generosity, a growing need persists. “This year, across the region, we have seen Education and Health Care as the program areas receiving the greatest support,” said Prater. “We recently awarded $152,895 to 27 non-profit organizations and over half of these organizations serve the Gainesville-Hall County area.” Along that same vein, in August, the Melvin Douglas and Victoria Kay Ivester Foundation announced a $2.2 million contribution to the Hall County School District’s Early College program. The initiative teams professors from Brenau University, the University of North Georgia and Lanier Technical College with

Hall County Schools’ early college campus, allowing students to earn college credit while completing their high school diplomas. Doug Ivester, the director of the foundation, is a former executive of The Coca-Cola Co. and a Hall County native. “My dad would have taken great pride in each student’s achievement and would have been their biggest cheerleader,” Ivester said in a release. Example after example shows a community not only giving money but backing their donations with the philanthropy of doing. The Good News Clinic, for instance, started when David Westfall and other concerned local physicians realized not every county resident could afford quality health care. That was back in 1978.What started as a series of lunch hour discussions years ago, today provides thousands of residents with health care and dental treatment. And while health care is a key priority for Hall County’s philanthropic climate, mental and behavioral health is also becoming a community concern when individuals do not receive the treatment they need and deserve. The United Way of Hall County initially launched an initiative called “One Hall,” to hold consistent conversations on education, health care and financial stability. Now, the conversations will also include mental and behavioral health. “The harsh reality is that the population to mental health provider ratio in Hall County is 1350:1 compared to 330:1 for top US performers. And the Hall County suicide rate is 13.1 per 100,000 compared to the State benchmark of 11.9,” said Dudley. “One Hall is coming together and is in the early stages of some big projects that will provide a great opportunity for support.” H

What started as a series of lunch hour discussions years ago, today provides thousands of residents with health care and dental treatment.

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CHARITY

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of

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Take this quiz to find out what kind of cheerful giver you are Which statement most describes you? a) b) c) d)

Others can count on me to help out the best I can I’m energized by being around people or making new connections I’m always on the go and love physical or mental challenges I want to have a lasting impact on my community and world

What matters most to you when you’re donating or volunteering? a) b) c) d)

That I’m able to have a positive impact That I’m gaining something as well as doing good That I’m supporting a cause that has affected my life That I can do an activity to encourage donations from my peers and family

What reason might make you more likely to volunteer your time: a) b) c) d)

My friends or family are involved too I want to use my skills, or gain new professional skills/exposure I believe volunteering is important Someone I care for is affected or will benefit

Which of the following are you more likely to donate to? a) b) c) d)

A GoFundMe type campaign shared by a friend A campaign that lets me use my skills or physical abilities to raise more money A fundraiser/cause in the name of a family member or friend who has died or is ill An organization with a proven track record of success

What frustrates you most about charitable causes? a) b) c) d)

There’s a lot of need. I’d like our society to do more to help people I want connection. It helps to hear stories about the people who are benefiting There’s a lot of asking for money with no added benefit to me - I want ways to get involved I want my giving to be more than a cash transaction to the next popular cause. I want it to have a greater meaning.

Which reason most influences your decision to make a donation? I believe it’s important to give back to our community and world I like to support friends and family, so causes that are connected to them matter to me If it’s easy and doesn’t take much time, I’m more willing to donate I support causes connected to my life, like research about an illness a family member has dealt with

Mostly b’s: I’M AN ACTIVE GIVER Giving helps me set and accomplish goals, which I find fulfilling. I might decide to play in a charity golf tournament or run a race, I may also decide to hold a garage sale or other event in support of my favorite cause. I like giving back in a way that helps me build my own skills and knowledge, or to accomplish something challenging. This active approach to helping provides me with a sense of purpose. Mostly a’s: I’M A NATURAL GIVER Giving is just what I do. I believe in the saying a rising tide lifts all boats and feel it’s important to contribute to my community and world. I want to be part of the solution. Whether it’s volunteering, helping out a neighbor, spreading kindness, or making contributions to charities I believe in, I give naturally as a way of life.

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Mostly d’s: I’M A LEGACY GIVER I give to causes close to me. They may be connected to a friend or family member who has been personally affected, or died. My approach could include regular contributions in someone’s name, donations to a cause that has been intertwined with my life, advocacy work, volunteerism or the planning of events. I believe meaning can be found in life situations. Mostly c’s: I’M A CONVENIENCE GIVER I love opportunities to give back that are also easy. I have many priorities, so finding ways to accomplish things efficiently is of interest to me. I appreciate having chances to donate through my workplace, maybe through payroll deductions, food drives, or fundraising events in the office.


CHARITY DROP SITE LOCATIONS for Hall County Buford:

Dental Care of Flowery Branch 5900 Spout Springs Rd #U-21

BrohmTEK 310 Academy St NW

Keller Williams Lanier Partners 631 Dawsonville Hwy

Wild Wings Café 311 Jesse Jewell Pkwy

Dickeys BBQ Pit 4005 Winder Hwy

Cartridge World 3 Washington Ave SW

Lanier Federal CU 1430 Thompson Bridge Rd.

Murrayville:

Dr. Charles E Lee III DMD 7380 Spout Springs Rd

Cavender Auto Sales 2333 Browns Bridge Rd.

Left Nut Brewery 2100 Atlanta HWY

Falcon Parkway Fitness 4677 Holland Dam Road

Creative Learners Child Development Center 711 Dorsey Street

Life South Community Blood Center 1200 McEver Road

Murrayville Pharmacy 5304 Thompson Bridge Rd.

Cresswind at Lake Lanier 3300 Cresswind Marina Dr.

Memorial Park Funeral Home 2030 Memorial Park Road

Camping World RV Sales 4696 Smithson Blvd

Hallco Community CU 5900 Spout Springs Road

CSL Plasma 2293 Browns Bridge Road

Midgard Self Storage 1405 McEver Road

KristiJill Salon 3446 Winder Hwy Ste 502

Dairy Queen 300 Shallowford Road NW

National Forestry Service 1755 Cleveland Hwy

MarineMax 5800 Lanier Islands Parkway

Maynards at the Corner 7435 Spout Springs Road

Dairy Queen 951 Green Street

North Hall Community Center 4175 Nopone Road

Publix 4806 Friendship Road

Meeple Madness 7400 Spout Springs Rd Suite 205

Duncan’s Auto Care 3720 McEver Rd.

Orthodontic Care of GA 3630 Thompson Bridge Road

Dollar General 4621 McEver Rd

Plato’s Closet 104 Carrington Park Dr

East Hall Community Center 3911 P Davidson Rd

Publix 1236 Thompson Bridge Road

Edward Jones 2551 Limestone Parkway

Publix 879 Dawsonville Hwy

Papa Jack’s Country Kitchen 7437 Spout Springs Road

Edward Jones 3630 Thompson Br Rd Ste 22

Regions Bank 976 Dawsonville Hwy

Regions Bank 3458 Mundy Mill Road

Publix 7334 Spout Springs Road

Frances Meadows Aquatic and Community Center 154 Community Way

Regions Bank 615 Shallowford Rd SW

Sosebee & Britt Orthodontics 4204 Mundy Mill Road

Regions Bank 3312 Thompson Bridge Road

Tattoo Underground Ink 4316 Mundy Mill Road

A&R Flooring 22 Buford Village Way Suite 217 All Eyes Vision Care PC 4965 Lanier Islands Pkwy Ste 103 Don Brown Automotive 3292 McEver Road STE 101 Fitness 1440 4949 Lanier Islands Pkwy Ironwill Fitness Club 2345 Thompson Mill Road Margaritaville at Lanier Islands Magical Nights of Lights Toy Donation on Tues or Thursday for $5 off ticket

Singleton Marina 5529 Lanier Islands Parkway

Clermont: Regions Bank 5205 Cleveland Hwy

Cumming: Cartridge World 1800 Marketplace Bvld CubeSmart 4015 Mini Trail CubeSmart 4120 Harrison Park Dr Ingram Funeral Home 210 Ingram Ave MarineMax 1860 Bald Ridge Marina Rd

Duluth: Atlanta Gladiators ECHL Hockey Team Infinite Energy Center Discount Ticket with Toy Donation at the box office for DEC 3 and DEC 13 Home Games 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy

Flowery Branch:

Hall County Library - Spout Springs 6488 Spout Springs Road

Mulberry Creek Community Center 4491 J M Turk Road Nationwide Insurance Gillespie Family Agency 7108 Williams Rd

Publix 5900 Spout Springs Road Sterling on the Lake 7005 Lake Sterling Blvd Waffle House 5536 McEver Road

Gainesville: America’s Home Place 2144 Hilton Drive Antioch Baptist Church 1010 Mill Street Bargain Hunt 250 John W. Morrow Jr. Pkwy

Gainesville Eye Associates 2061 Beverly Road Gainesville Marina 2145 Dawsonville Hwy Georgia State Patrol Post 6 2000 Cleveland Hwy Hall County Government Family Health Center 2435 Old Cornelia Hwy Hall County Library Blackshear 2927 Atlanta Hwy

Crossroads Restaurant 5900 Spout Springs Road

Biscuit Barn 3605 Thompson Bridge Road

Hall County Library - Main Branch 127 Main Street

CVS Pharmacy 7395 Spout Springs Road

Downtown Drafts 115 Bradford St. S.

Hallco Community CU 2601 Limestone Pkwy

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Regions Bank 102 E.E. Butler Parkway

Hall County Library Murrayville 4796 Thompson Bridge Rd.

Oakwood:

Dairy Queen 3156 Frontage Road Hallco Community CU 3560 McEver Road, Suite A Hayes Chrysler 3115 Frontage Road HE Parts 4161 Chamblee Road Lanier Federal CU 3718 Mundy Mill Road Publix 3446 Winder Hwy

Tractor Supply 3640 Mundy Mill/College Sq

SCORE Northeast GA Mentors 906 Interstate Ridge Dr Suite E

Talmo:

Smoky Springs 940 South Enota Drive

Tucker:

Sosebee & Britt Orthodontics 1640 Jesse Jewell Pkwy NE #3 Subway Thompson Bridge Rd. The Cook & Company 3120 Frontage Road The Tire Barn 1522 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd

Dollar General 50 Main Street The Greater Good BBQ 4421 Hugh Howell Rd.

Winder: Bealls Outlet 17 Monroe Highway For more information and location updates visit https:// gainesville-ga.toysfortots.org/


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DECEMBER CALENDAR OF EVENTS 6-7: “A Christmas Story.” 8 p.m. Holly Theatre, 69 W Main St, Dahlonega. $15-$25. 6: Gingerbread House Decorating. 3-4 p.m. Spout Springs Branch Library, 6488 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch. 6: The Polar Express Block Party. 6:30-10:30 p.m. City of Flowery Branch, 5517 Main St, Flowery Branch. 678-696-2491, info@ lakelaniercvb.com. 6: Swim With Santa. 6-8 p.m. Frances Meadows Aquatic Center, Gainesville. 770-533-5850. 7: 5th Annual Jingle Jog 5K. 8:30 a.m. 5517 Main St, Flowery Branch. 770-540-9470, fbl212@bellsouth. net. $30-$35. 7- 8: 12th Annual Santa’s Toy Run, Everyday: 12:00am - 12:00pm. Location: Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta 5300 Winder Hwy Braselton, GA 30517. Gate fee is 1 new unwrapped toy or $20 for EVERYONE who attends. The toys will be donated to local shelters for abused and homeless children. The Saturday night dinner will be off site at an indoor facility, requires 1 ticket per person: Dinner ticket includes the dinner buffet and a raffle ticket for the drawing of 10 FREE NASA SE 2020 weekends and sponsor donated items. Children under 3 are FREE. There will be a cash bar, DJ music and dancing. Dinner Casual dress is requested. Tickets must be purchased online and ahead of time. NO tickets will be sold at the door. 8: Christmas on Green Street. 4:30 p.m. with Rotary tree lighting at 7 p.m. Green Street, Gainesville. 8: “Cookies with Santa” and Live Nativity Petting Zoo. 2-4 p.m. St. Paul United Methodist Church, 404 Washington St., Gainesville, tyler. flowers@gmail.com. Free.

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8: Family Day: Victorian Christmas. 1-4 p.m. Northeast Georgia History Center, 322 Academy St. NE, Gainesville. 770-297-5900, historycenter@brenau.edu. Free.

Members: $25. Please register 12/20/19 by 9:00 p.m. For more information or to sign up, please contact the Director of Tennis, Matt Kirkham at 404-432-0525.

8: For God So Loved the World. 4-6 p.m. Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 4000 Thurmon Tanner Road, Flowery Branch, mzbcinfo@yahoo. com. Free.

31: Crystal Vision 2020 - A New Year’s Eve Celebration: This event will be pure fun with the awesome Satellite Blvd Band, bringing in the new year with a great mix of music! Party favors, hors d’oeuvres, full dinner, and champagne toast at midnight included with ticket. Location: 7340 Friendship Springs Blvd, Flowery Branch, GA 30542. Cash bar. Parking is free. Tickets are $85.00/person. Party hours 8:00 p.m. December 31, 2019 - 1:00 a.m. January 1, 2020. Tickets on sales at gainesvilletimes.com/nye2020.

8: The Solstice Sisters (CD Release Show). 7-9 p.m. The Crimson Moon, 24 North Park Street, Dahlonega. 706-864-3982, laura@ thecrimsonmoon.com. $10-12. 13: Chuck Mead (Country & Rock’N’Roll Blend). 8-10 p.m. The Crimson Moon, 24 North Park Street, Dahlonega. 706-864-3982, laura@thecrimsonmoon.com. $27-30. 14: Seth Walker (Roots & Americana). 8-10 p.m. The Crimson Moon, 24 North Park Street, Dahlonega. 706-864-3982, laura@ thecrimsonmoon.com. $17-20. 17: 23rd Annual “Christmas Songs & Stories With John Berry Tour” 7:30-10 p.m. Pearce Auditorium, Brenau University, 500 Washington Street, SE, Gainesville. 615-3474661, bevmoser@comcast.net. $25. 20: Winter Solstice Elementary Day Camp. 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 20. Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville. 770-535-1976, mallory@ elachee.org. $40-50. 21: Christmas Tennis Mixer, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Château Élan Racquet Club, 100 Rue Charlemagne, Braselton, Georgia 30517. This event will include holiday themed drinks and snacks. There will be prizes for the winners and best holiday-themed dressed, so be sure to wear your best Christmas attire! Pricing: Members: $15 Non-

ONGOING EVENTS Family Storytime. 10:30-11 a.m. Mondays. East Hall Community Center, 3911 P. Davidson Road, Gainesville. Open model life drawing session. Costumed, long pose. 4:30-7 p.m. Mondays. Brodie Studio @ Tannery Row Artist Colony, 554 W. Main St., Buford. Mindfulness Mondays. 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays. Spero Psychotherapy LLC, 615 Green St. Suite 201, Gainesville. 678-898-5293, ana@ speropsychotherapy.com. Free. Tai Chi For Health. 5-6 p.m. Dec. 11. Murrayville library, 4796 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville. 770-532-3311, ext. 171, bhood@ hallcountylibrary.org. Free. Children’s Storytime. 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1911 Sweetbay Drive, Gainesville. wcannon@atlantabg. org, 404-888-4760. Let’s Play! Storytime. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays, Blackshear

Place Branch Library, 2927 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville. Zumba toning. 6 to 7 p.m. Thursdays. Mulberry Creek Community Center, 4491 JM Turk Road, Flowery Branch. 770-3371572, dl9345@bellsouth.net. $3. Zumba. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays. Blackshear Place Branch Library, 2927 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville. Bingo. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays. American Legion Post 7, 2343 Riverside Drive, Gainesville. 678-6172774, jbdillon1@gmail.com. Music bingo. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays. Shazzy’s Bar & Grill, 4949 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford. Tai Qi on the green. 9-10 a.m. Saturdays. Spa on Green Street, 635 Green St., Gainesville. 678-4501570, scollins@spaongreenstreet. com. Free. Murrayville Library yoga. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. second and fourth Saturdays. Hall Couny Library System, Murrayville branch, 4796 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville. 770-532-3311, ext. 171, bhood@ hallcountylibrary.org. Free. Ga. Mtn. Handspinners Guild Monthly Meeting. Noon to 4 p.m. second Saturdays. Quinlan Visual Arts Center, 886 Dixon Drive, Gainesville. 770-533-3455, gamtnspinners@gmail.com. Free. Grapes and Ghosts Wine Tour. 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 19 E. Main St. , Dahlonega. 706-4828795. $20.


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New Year’s Eve Night!

Crystal Vision It’s crystal clear...this is the best party of the year!

MUSIC • FOOD • FUN Ticket includes party favors, hors d’oeuvres, full dinner, and champagne toast at midnight. Entertainment by Satellite Blvd. Band.

Party hours: 8:00 p.m. December 31, 2019 1:00 a.m. January 1, 2020 See you at: The Venue at Friendship Springs 7340 Friendship Springs Blvd, Flowery Branch, GA 30542

Tickets on sale now! gainesvilletimes.com/nye2020 Tickets are $85.00/person Overnight stay at a local hotel and Limo package is available at special price. Ask for details! Cash bar is available for your favorite drinks served by awesome bartenders. Parking is free.

You must be 21 years of age and No Admittance without valid photo ID. (ID’s will be checked at the door)

Contact Leah Nelson for more information at lnelson@gainesvilletimes.com

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