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What’s Happening This Week

Week of  October 14 – 20, 2019

Colorful flowers highlight our garden.  Here are some of the many events happening in our area this week.

Georgia Mountain Fall Festival – Monday – Saturday, October 14 – 19, afternoon – evening, GA Mountain Fairgrounds, Hiawassee, GA *
This 9-day event features exciting musical performances, Arts & Craft vendors, educational demonstrations, a flower show and the ever-popular Georgia’s Official State Fiddlers’ Convention.

Leatherworking – Tuesday, October 15, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm, The Art Center, Blue Ridge *
Make something beautiful, learn a new skill and make some new friends! Each student will take home their creative leather bag including a strap and tassel.

Storytelling – Tuesday, October 15, 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, October 15, 2 – 6 pm, Union County Farmers Market, Blairsville
Local farmers sell their produce and homemade products.

Golf Tournament – Thursday, October 17, 10 am – 3 pm, Chatuge Shores Golf Course, Hayeseville, NC *
Veteran’s Golf Tournament to be held at Chatuge Shores Golf Tournament on Thursday, October 17.. Shotgun start at 10 a.m. (four man select shot). Prizes will be awarded to the top positions in Championship and First Flight. Includes round of golf, breakfast, lunch and door prizes.  Also prize for longest drive, and closest to the pin.. The tournament benefits the veterans and building fund for a new post in Hiawassee.

Poetry & Prose Reading – Thursday, October 17, 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.

Chainsaw Art – Friday & Saturday, October 18 – 19, 10 am – 5 pm, Hiawassee Park Senior Living Community, Hiawassee
“Lake Chatuge Chainsaw Draw”.  The Chainsaw artist will set up on October 18th and carve until 3:00 on October 19th, and then auction off his work.  There will be crafts, vendors, and live carvings!  Family Friendly!

Open Mic Night – Friday, October 18, 6:00 – 7:30 pm, The Corner Coffee and Wine Shop, Hayesville, NC
Storytellers, poets, writers and singer/songwriters welcome.

Theater – October 18 – 20, Friday & Saturday at 6 pm, Sunday at 1 pm, Blue Ridge Community Theater, Blue Ridge *
“Princess – A Fairy Tale Spoof” – Once upon a time, the Wicked Stepmothers’ Association (during one of their brilliant evil plans), tried to get rid of all the frogs, but one frog escaped and became Prince Charming.  To the stepmothers’ dismay, he continuously rescues each of the queen’s six daughters from all the perils that come with being princesses, including the danger of missing their tanning booth appointments!  Furious at this turn of events, the stepmothers want to cast a sleeping spell on the prince.  But to make the magic work, he first must wish he was a frog again.  In a hysterical scene the likes of which your stage has never seen before, the stepmothers devise so many princesses and others who need rescuing that poor Prince Charming feels like he’s in a decathalon!  As if the use of every fairy tale cliché wasn’t funny enough, the surprise ending will have your audiences laughing all the way home!

Theater – October 18 – 20, Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sunday at 2:30 pm, Blue Ridge Community Theater, Blue Ridge *
“The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” – Based on the beloved book by C.S. Lewis from “The Chronicles of Narnia”. Set in the 1940’s during World War II, the story takes us to another world called Narnia and there the spellbinding story begins! The thrilling, well-known tale takes four children from a dusty English mansion to a mythical, far-away world gripped in an epic battle between the forces of good and evil.

Concert – Friday, October 18, 7 pm, Old Courthouse on the Square, Blairsville ^
Nelson Thomas will perform Mountain Music and Variety songs.

Concert – Friday, October 18, 7 pm at John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC ^
“House of Moves” is a collection of members from the Asheville based band, Moves. Featuring Dulci Ellenberger, Kevin Williams and Alyse Baca, the trio highlights intricate three part harmony bedded with a warm and soulful groove.

Planetarium Show – Friday, October 18, 7:00 & 8:00 pm, Rollins Planetarium, Young Harris College *
“Ooky Spooky Light Show” – a delight for the entire family. Classic and favorite Halloween tunes such as “Monster Mash,” “Ghostbusters,” “Thriller,” “Night on Bald Mountain,” as well as several pop songs with lyrics on the “creepy” side come to life with an amazing full-dome graphics and light show.

Theater – October 18 – 20, Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sunday at 2:30 pm, Peacock Performing Arts Center, Hayesville, NC *
“Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime” – A mystery by Simon Stephens based on the best selling novel by Mark Haddon.

Farmers Market – Saturday, October 19, 7 am – 1 pm, Farmer’s Market, Blairsville
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.

Festival – Saturday & Sunday, October 19 & 20, 9 am – 5 pm, Meeks Park in Blairsville *
50th Annual Sorghum Festival – Celebrate the Art of Sorghum Syrup Making! Arts/Crafts, Greased Pole Climbin’, Log Sawin’, Live Music, Face Painting, and Vendors – Square Dance at Meeks Park – 8 pm Saturday

Festival – Saturday & Sunday, October 19 & 20, 9 am – 5 pm, Dahlonega
“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.

Festival – Saturday & Sunday, October 19 & 20, 9 am – 5 pm, Blue Ridge, Ga
Fall Fest Arts & Crafts Show.  Enjoy the small town charm of Blue Ridge.

Pet Day – Saturday, October 19, 10 am – 4 pm, Downtown Blue Ridge City Park, Blue Ridge
“Paws in the Park” – Event includes parade at 10 a.m., pet education and demonstrations, rabies clinic, micro-chipping, contests, prizes, photos with your pet, and much more!

Heritage Day – Saturday, October 19, 10 am – 4 pm, Reece Farm & Heritage Center, Blairsville
Bring the family for cider & wear your overalls to take your own family farm pictures. Demonstrators 11-3: Dorsey Dockery; Chair Caning Eileen’s C.C. Baskets: Tobacco Basket Patricia Tompkins: Spinning Wool into yarn Dockery’s Old Home Place miniature replicated from wood on display Pentecost Antique tools and more! Experience early 20th Century Appalachian Farm Life Authentic farm buildings with exhibits & farm animals.

Punkin Chunkin – Saturday (10 am – 5 pm)  & Sunday (12 noon – 5 pm), October 20 & 21, Brasstown, NC *
Pumpkin Chunking – the sport of hurling or ‘chucking’ a pumpkins solely by mechanical means for distance.  The devices used include slingshots, catapults, centrifugals, trebuchets, pneumatic cannons and human power.  In addition, there will be food, crafts, vendors, games, zip line, airplane rides, and entertainment.

Festival – Saturday, October 19, 11 am – 6 pm, Crane Creek Vineyards, Young Harris *
One of our biggest festivals of the year celebrates the end of our grape harvest.  Grape stomping, food, live music, hayrides, crafts for kids, arts vendors, and wine.

Live Music – Saturday, October 19, 1 – 5 pm, Paradise Hills Winery & Resort, Blairsville
Due to the success and popularity of our live musical events, Paradise Hills will be featuring live musical performances every Saturday! As always we will be featuring some of the most talented and entertaining performers from the local area. No cover charge for patrons!

Cruise In – Saturday, October 19, 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.

Square Dance – Saturday, October 19, 8 – 11 pm, at the old gym behind Mountain Education Charter High School, Blairsville
Come join in the fun with Traditional Square Dancing.

Songwriter’s Showcase – Saturday, October 19, 9:00 – 11:30 pm, Marina Station, Hiawassee
We’ve got some incredible singers/songwriters making the trip in from Nashville to showcase their talent here at Marina Station on the beautiful Lake Chatuge, and you don’t want to miss it! Artists Nate Fredrick, Matt Daniel and Georgia’s own Ben Chapman will be on stage.

Concert – Sunday, October 20, 7 pm, Glenn-McGinnis Hall, Young Harris College
Members of the Orpheus Choir will perform.

^ 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/