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What’s Happening This Week

Week of  October 11 – 17, 2021

Early morning fog highlights sunbeams on a back country road.  Here are some of the events happening in our area this week.

dGeorgia Mountain Fall Festival – Monday – Saturday, October 11 – 16, 10 am – 10 pm, GA Mountain Fairgrounds, Hiawassee (706-896-4191) *
Look forward to the 2021 Fall Festival! With its mild temperatures and beautiful scenery there is no better place to be than the North Georgia Mountains in the fall. Each October, the 9-day event features exciting musical performances, Arts & Craft vendors, educational demonstrations, a flower show and more!

Farmers Market – Tuesday, October 12, 2 – 6 pm, Union County Farmers Market, Blairsville (706-439-6043)
Local farmers sell their produce and homemade products.

Recital – Tuesday, October 12, 7 – 9 pm, Glenn-McGinnis Hall, Young Harris College (706-379-5182)
dYHC Faculty Artist Recital featuring Dr. Patrick Young, tuba and Dr. Andrew Sehmann, horn, playing a variety of music by different composers and of varying styles.

Craft Event – Wednesday, October 13, 3:30 or 5:30 pm, Thursday, October 14, 3:30 pm Rustic Mountain Décor, Blairsville (706-400-5716) *
“Pumpkin Mason Jar Make-N-Take Craft Event” – whitewashed & distressed’ with burlap wrap” –  Sign up quickly as these spaces are limited. Spaces are limited – please call to RSVP. There will be a silent auction benefiting S.A.F.E.

Golf Tournament – Thursday, October 14, 10 am – 3 pm, Chatuge Shores Golf Course, Hayeseville, NC (404-295-6462) *
Veteran’s Golf Tournament to be held at Chatuge Shores Golf Tournament on Thursday, October 17. Shotgun start at 10 am (four man select shot). Awards will be handed out to the winners following play. The tournament is a fun fundraiser to benefit veterans and the services that the VFW/American Legion provide.

Recital – Thursday, October 14, 7 – 9 pm, Glenn-McGinnis Hall, Young Harris College (706-379-5182) ^
“YHC Mu Phi Epsilon Member Recital” – featuring the talents of YHC’s co-ed music fraternity.

Music – Friday, October 15, 1 – 3 pm, Reece Heritage Farm, Blairsville (706-745-2034) ^
“Dr. Paul” – Two hours of original & cover country music.

Sew-In – Friday, October 15, 10 am – 5 pm, Mountain Quilts, Hiawassee (706-896-3848)
Bring your sewing machine and any new or unfinished project you are working on for a fun day of sewing and fellowship.  Also, if you wish, bring your lunch with you as there is an available kitchen on site.

Concert – Friday, October 15, 7 pm, Old Courthouse on the Square, Blairsville ^
Friday night concert series.

Theater – October 15 – 17, Friday & Saturday 7:30 pm, Sunday 2:00 pm, Blue Ridge Community Theater, Blue Ridge (706-632- 9191) *
“Matilda the Musical” – Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit and intelligence. She’s unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Over the course of her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other’s lives, as Miss Honey begins not only to recognize but also appreciate Matilda’s extraordinary personality. Matilda’s school life isn’t completely smooth sailing, however – the school’s mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don’t abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts and could be the school pupils’ saving grace!

Farmers Market – Saturday, October 16, 7 am – 1 pm, Farmer’s Market, Blairsville (706-439-6043)
Growers and artisans will sell their goods at the Union County Farmer’s Market – a local market with lots of good things to eat. Fresh produce right out of the fields.

Sorghum Festival – Saturday & Sunday, October 16 & 17, 9 am – 5 pm, Meeks Park in Blairsville (706-897-4784) *
Celebrate the Art of Sorghum Syrup Making! Arts/Crafts, Greased Pole Climbin’, Log Sawin’, Live Music, Face Painting, and Vendors. Traditional Square Dance Saturday at 8 pm.

Apple Festival – Saturday & Sunday, October 16 & 17, 9 am – 6 pm, Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds, Ellijay (706-635-7400) *
Welcome to North Georgia! The Georgia Apple Festival brings two exciting weekends to Ellijay, Georgia every year with hundreds of vendors offering food, art, crafts, and more, as well visitors from all over. Come and enjoy the 50th year of the Georgia Apple Festival. Though the October 2020 festival was canceled, we are looking forward to the 50th year in 2021. This event hosts over 250 vendors offering handcrafted items including jewelry, accessories, pottery, woodworking, baskets, toys, soaps and candles, yard art, photography, packaged food products, and much more. It’s the perfect place to find unique handmade gifts for friends or loved ones.

Festival – Saturday & Sunday, October 16 & 17, 9 am – 5 pm, Dahlonega (706-864-3513)
“The Gold Rush Days Festival” – A time to come and see fall colors peaking and celebrate Dahlonega’s 1828 discovery of gold. Over 300 art and craft exhibitors and food vendors gather around the Public Square and Historic District in support of this annual event.

Paws in the Park – Saturday, October 16, 10 am – 5 pm, Blue Ridge, Ga (706-632-4357)
This is a fun-filled event for families & their pets! Local & Area Animal Rescue Groups coming together to create awareness about the needs & concerns of the homeless & abandoned animals in our area. Parade of animals starts at 10:00 a.m. – corner of East Main and Church Street. Ultimate Air Dog Dock Diving.

Craft Workshop – Saturday, October 16, 10:30 am – 5:00 pm, The Art Center, Blue Ridge (706-632-2144) *
“Leather Workshop” – Students will have time to make a leather bag or choose from any of the following projects: leather belt, wallet, passport wallet, journal, phone belt pouch, drawstring pouch, Scottish Sporran, Instrument strap, lady’s wallet, clutch purse, and more.  Depending on the project, the student will be able to learn techniques of cutting leather and stitching styles.  If desired, the student can learn how to use a wood burning tool to inscribe a design directly on to the leather and then colorize it.  All leathers, materials, tools, and instructions are provided, along with templates. This class is for all skill levels. The student may bring a lunch if so desired. Limited seating, please sign up early.

Cruise In – Saturday, October 16, 4 – 7 pm, on the Blairsville Square (
Put on by Blairsville Cruisers, known for monthly ”Block Parties” and our ”Cruise Ins on the Square” (April-Oct.). Their volunteers raise and then distribute funds directly to local families and children.

Art Show – Saturday, October 16, 5 – 7 pm, The Art Center, Blue Ridge (706-632-2144)
“4th Quarrier Artist-in-Residence Judy Holland” – Opening Reception. Judy does beautiful oil and alcohol ink paintings. Her art will be displayed through December 18.

Concert – Saturday, October 16, 7 – 10 pm, Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, Hiawassee (706-896-4191) *
“Ronnie Milsap & Mark Willis” – Ronnie broke genre rules and became one of the biggest pop/AC and even R&B artists of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. Mark’s mission is to create country music filled with depth and meaningful substance to create lasting memories through words.

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

More details and other events can be found at these websites:

Blairsville & Union Country  –

Towns Country –

Blue Ridge –