What’s Happening This Week

Week of  September 16 – 22, 2019

Our late summer garden is flourishing.  Here are some of the many events happening in our area this week.

Garden Tour – Monday, September 16, 9 am – 1 pm, The Georgia Mountain Research & Education Center, Blairsville
The southern Appalachian mountains are home to an astounding array of native flora, many of which are highlighted in these gardens. Visit the historic Cannery Interpretive Center, stroll through the Ethnobotanic gardens, and take a short hike along the Woodland Medicine Trail.  Come learn about how our ancestors and native Americans used plants for food, fiber and medicine. Find out how “weeds” may provide homes to valuable pollinators.  Tours tailored to fit your interests are provided by our fabulous garden guides in a beautiful setting.

Storytelling – Tuesday, September 17, 11 am – 12 noon, Mountain Regional Library, Young Harris
“Tell It Like It Is” – Join storytellers (create, refine, practice and critique) and story listeners looking for a good story.

Farmers Market – Tuesday, September 17, 2 – 6 pm, Union County Farmers Market, Blairsville
Local farmers sell their produce and homemade products.

Jewelry Making -Thursday, September 19, 10 am – 12 noon, Art and Soul Artisan Gallery, Blairsville *
Students will learn beginning jewelry making techniques with Lauralynn Schneider. Includes all supplies necessary to make choice of three bracelets to take home.

Music – Thursday, September 19, 6 pm to dusk, Horseshoe Bend Park in McCaysville, NC
Pickin’ in Horseshoe Bend. Live music jams and pickin’ on the banks of the Toccoa River.

Golf Tournament – Thursday, September 19, 11:30 am, Brasstown Valley Resort, Hiawassee *
“Chatuge Regional Hospital 3rd Annual Golf Tournament” – supporting the Chatuge Regional Hospital, a 25-bed critical access hospital that offers cutting edge technology and personalized care to Towns County and surrounding communities.

Poetry & Prose Reading – Thursday, September 19, 7 pm at John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC
John C Campbell Folk School and N.C. Writers Network West are sponsoring The Literary Hour, an hour of poetry and prose reading. The reading is free of charge and open to the public. This month’s featured readers will be Martha O. Adams, Glenda Barrett, and Loren Leith.

Theater –September 19 – 22, Thursday – Saturday 7:30 pm, Sunday 2:30 pm, Blue Ridge Community Theater, Blue Ridge *
“A Facility For Living” – For these bored seniors living at the “home”, life is a monotonous cycle of pills, movies and tapioca. But when a new arrival shakes things up, this geriatric group hatches a scheme to break all the rules and rediscover their dignity. PG-13 Written by Katie Forgette Directed by Karrie Jones.

Open Mic Night – Friday, September 20, 6:00 – 7:30 pm, The Corner Coffee and Wine Shop, Hayesville, NC
Storytellers, poets, writers and singer/songwriters welcome.

Concert – Friday, September 20, 7 pm, Old Courthouse on the Square, Blairsville ^
The Mars Hill Porch Pickers will perform Bluegrass music.

Concert – Friday, September 20, 7 pm at John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC ^
Theo & Brenna are a brother-sister led bluegrass band who perform originals, bluegrass and old country favorites. Theo & Brenna is made up of phenomenal young musicians and together they have tight bluegrass harmonies and intricate instrumentation.

Planetarium Show – Friday, September 20, 8 pm, Rollins Planetarium, Young Harris College *
This immersive full-dome program—named CAPCOM for the capsule communicator at Mission Control—showcases the achievements of the Apollo program and what it took to put the first humans on the moon. The immense challenges they overcame will inspire a new generation to become the explorers, designers, engineers and dreamers of the future.

Farmers Market – Saturday, September 21, 7 am – 1 pm, Farmer’s Market, Blairsville
Firewise Community Day – Growers and artisans will sell their goods at the Union County Farmer’s Market – a local market with items from artisans, beekeepers, bakers, potters, painters, and lots of good things to eat. Fresh produce right out of the fields.

Pet Celebration – Saturday, September 21, 8 am – 2 pm, Town Square, Hayesville, NC
Celebrating the Human/Pet bond. Join us for food, fun, low cost vaccine clinic, adoptable animals, demos, live radio show, DJ, silent auction, wiener dog racing, pet costume contest, and so much more. All proceeds go to help local rescues and Humane Societies. Help us help those that can’t help themselves by celebrating all the great things pets bring to our lives, families, and communities.

Festival– Saturday, September 21, 10 am – 3 pm, Cherokee Homestead Exhibit, Hayesville, NC
No entrance fee for this annual event to enjoy traditional Cherokee dancing, cultural arts demonstrations, storytelling, frybread, singing and flute music at the outdoor 17th century Cherokee Homestead Exhibit, one of five attractions along a 2-mile Cherokee History Trail in Hayesville.   Dancing, storytellers, and artisans.   Children of all ages will enjoy craft activities, practicing blowgun techniques, and a scavenger hunt with their families.  Adults will enjoy plant walks and talks in Native Botanical Gardens, led by the Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition.

Music Festival – Saturday, September 21, 11 am – 9 pm, Blue Ridge *
“Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival” – Downtown Blue Ridge sets the stage as a fantastic back drop and venue location for a perfect early fall event. The leaves start to change with cooler days and crisp evenings that invite outdoor activities! The sounds of Blues music and the sweet smell of BBQ from local and regional cookers will fill the air as families and groups of friends enjoy this unique setting and event.

Natural Heritage of Brasstown Bald – Saturday, September 21, 11:30 am – 2  pm, Brasstown Bald Visitor Center, Blairsville * plus parking fee
Isolated by elevation, Brasstown Bald is an island in the sky. Sitting 3,000 ft. higher than the valley below, here you’ll find unique combinations of plants and animals, all influenced by the rocks underneath them. Differences in air, water, and food create a one-of-a-kind ecosystem in Georgia. A truly unique place and program! Join in for a geology and natural communities walk n’ talk with Geologist Dr. Bill Witherspoon, co-author of Roadside Geology of Georgia and bio-geographer Dr. Leslie Edwards, co-author of Natural Communities of Georgia.

Cruise In – Saturday, September 21, 4 – 7 pm, on the Blairsville Square
The Blairsville Cruisers invite you to enjoy their car show the “Cruise-In On The Square” – music & raffle prizes.

Rock Against Violence– Saturday, September 21, 6:30 – 9:30 pm, Copperhead Lodge, Blairsville *
SAFE is celebrating 30 years of serving and advocating on behalf of victims of abuse. Come to a concert event starring the band Everyday Clever at Copperhead Lodge. All proceeds will go back into the programs to prevent abuse against women, men and children.

Dancing – Saturday, September 21, 8 – 11 pm at John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC *
Contra & Square Dance withJack Mitchell & Contraforce.   Beginners should come promptly at 8 pm, since we start with easier dances and more teaching.

^ A donation is requested for this event.
* There is a charge for this event.

More details are available at these websites.

Blairsville & Union Country – http://members.visitblairsvillega.com/events
Towns Country – http://mountaintopga.chambermaster.com/events/search?
Blue Ridge – http://www.blueridgemountains.com/cgi-bin/eventshow2.pl
John C. Campbell Folk School – http://folkschool.org/