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What’s Happening This Week

Week of  December 9 – 15, 2019

Some mornings it is hard to tell where the mountains end and the clouds begin. Here are some of the many events happening in our area this week.

Holiday Trees – Monday – Saturday – December 9 – 14, 9 am – 5 pm, Union County Civic Center, Blairsville
“Tour of Trees” – over 40 beautifully decorated trees and wreaths on display throughout the Community Center.

Craft Class – Thursday, December 12, 9 am – 4:30 pm, Lasso the Moon Alpaca Farm, Blairsville *
Learn to wet felt different types of flowers and leaves. We will felt all the flower and leaves to a long stem that acts as a scarf/necklace. Each student will make at least two different flower necklaces, maybe 3 if time allows.

Holiday Lights – Thursday – Saturday, December 12 – 15, 6 – 9 pm, Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, Hiawassee *
“Mountain Country Christmas in Lights”, a holiday treat for the entire family- The Georgia Mountain fairgrounds will be transformed into a Festival of Lights.  Beautiful lights greet you as enter the Fairgrounds, food, arts & crafts, holiday music, and holiday displays.

Theater – December 12 – 15, Thursday – Saturday 7:30 pm, Sunday 2:00 pm, Blue Ridge Community Theater, Blue Ridge *
“It’s a Wonderful Life” – George Bailey dreams of escape ad adventure but instead finds himself bound by obligation and duty. His guardian angel descends on Christmas Eve to save him from despair and remind him that his has been a Wonderful life. PG

Author Visit and Storytime – Friday, December 13, 10 am – 12 noon, Towns County Public Library
Local authors Ben and Sue Sutton will be reading their newly published children’s book – Benny, The Crow: A Tale of the Everglades. Autographed copies will also be available for purchase.

Concert – Friday, December 13, 7 pm at John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC ^
Brasstown Ringers, the community handbell group of western North Carolina and north Georgia, continues to challenge its ringers and its audiences with new and exciting music, as well as old favorites.

Planetarium Shows – Friday, December 13, Rollins Planetarium, Young Harris College *
7 pm – “Let It Snow: A Holiday Music Journey” – This family-friendly show with modern visualizations features a variety of holiday classics from Frank Sinatra and Chuck Berry to Burl Ives and Brenda Lee and includes a stunning multimedia finale by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
8 pm – “Season of Light” – This perennial holiday favorite is about the coldest and darkest of seasons—a time which holds some of the warmest and brightest celebrations of the year, exploring the traditions surrounding the world’s most endearing holiday customs.

Shopping – Saturday, December 14, 9 am – 5 pm, Blue Ridge Elementary School, Blue Ridge
Support local artisans, vendors, and Blue Ridge Elementary School this holiday season. Stop by our booths, enjoy refreshments, and celebrate the season!

Children’s Baking Class – Saturday, December 14, 9:30 – 11:30 am, Mercier Orchards, Blue Ridge *
You and your little ones will be able to tour our bakery and see our professional bakers in action. They will measure, mix, and decorate alongside them to make a special Christmas Gingerbread Tree and a Holiday Candy to enjoy!

Christmas Tree Lighting – Saturday, December 14, 4:00 – 7:00 pm, Vogel State Park, Blairsville  (parking fee)
Hayrides will begin carrying participants from the Visitor’s Center to the ball field at 4:00 pm. Santa Claus will arrive at 5 pm. Caroling will start at 5:30 pm around the tree. Hot cider and hot chocolate will be available to all at no cost. Please bring a blanket and chair for seating. The highlight of the evening will be at 6pm with the lighting of a 35-foot Blue Spruce. Please bring an unwrapped gift for a child up to the age of 12 (no toy guns, knives, or dangerous items).

Concert – Saturday, December 14, 3 pm, Glenn-McGinnis Hall, Young Harris College
Celebrate the season with the Mountain Community Chorus at this beloved annual concert that showcases the collaborative spirit of musicians from the College and local community.

Theater – Saturday, December 14, 7 – 9 pm, Peacock Performing Arts Center, Hayesville, NC *
“A Carpenter’s Christmas “ – Main Stage featuring Lisa Rock.

Dance – Saturday, December 15, 8 – 11 pm, John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC
Annual Holiday Contra/Square Dance & Dessert Potluck – Come celebrate the holidays on the dance floor.   Free admission.  Holiday treats potluck. Bring your favorite refreshment to share.  The calling and music will be a splendid array of local talent.

Concert – Sunday, December 15, 5 – 7 pm at Sharp Memorial Methodist Church
Brasstown Ringers, the community handbell group of western North Carolina and north Georgia, continues to challenge its ringers and its audiences with new and exciting music, as well as old favorites.

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

More details are available at these websites.

Blairsville & Union Country –
Towns Country –
Blue Ridge –
John C. Campbell Folk School –