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What’s Happening This Week

Week of  April 19 – 25, 2021

Some days both sky and mountains seem to go on forever.. Even though many events have been postponed or canceled due to COVID-19, one can still enjoy nature in the mountains.  It is best to check before attending any of the events listed below.

Painting Primates Art Class – Tuesday, April 20, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, Morganton, (706-374-3675) *
Join us this Spring and Summer for a unique, one day experience Painting Primates in the Blue Ridge Mountains! Only one painting will be done at each class, note which dates are which design during registration. This is an intimate workshop, limited to 10 participants. The small class size will ensure each attendee receives personal instruction in a relaxed setting. Amateur painters welcome, no experience necessary. The painting will take place from the porch on top of our Chateau building, giving guests a view down into the chimp’s habitat! All supplies needed to paint a primate while observing chimpanzees in a forest setting!

Farm Exhibit – Wednesday, April 21, 10 am – 4 pm, Byron H. Reece farm, Blairsville (706-745-2034)
Byron Herbert Reece Farm, 20th Century Appalachian Farm Life, re-opens for our 9th season! Come enjoy the self-guided tour of exhibits, animals and walking trail. Admission is FREE! Byron was a farmer & a writer. He wrote two novels & four poetry books that are available in the welcome center museum.

Mile-Long Yard Sale – Friday (10 am – 4 pm) & Saturday (8 am – 3 pm), April 23 & 24, Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, Hiawassee (706-896-4191)
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Come shop 1 mile worth of treasures at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds! Free entry to shoppers!

Storytelling – Friday, April 23, 6:00 – 7:30 pm, Downtown Square, Hayesville, NC (502-525-7272)
2021 Mountain Area Storytellers and CCCRA Present: Fresh Air – Stories on the Square. Join us at the Gazebo for an evening of storytelling, poetry and music. This will include Georgia storytellers Denise Mount and Charlie Parrott and North Carolina storytellers Alex Peers, Nancy Reeder and Kanute Rarey. There will be music with Georgia and North Carolina singer songwriters, Tom Edwards and Mike Whitney. There will also be writers and poets taking the stage and bringing their words to life; North Carolinian Bob Grove and Sandy Benson and Georgian Carroll Taylor.

Spring Festival – Saturday, April 24, 9 am – 5 pm, 7M Family Farms, Blairsville (706-897-1164)
Mark your Calendar Spring Festival with Vendors, Kids Corner, Live Music.

Music – Saturday, April 24, 7 – 9 pm, Grandaddy Mimm’s Distilling Co., Blairsville (706-781-1829) *
We’ve brought him back to the still! Brady Seals from Little Texas for an intimate concert. Brady has also just released a book ‘God Bless Texas & Me Too”, which he will be talking with us about & signing copies after the show. Limited seating – call for reservations.

^ 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 –