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What’s Happening This Week

Week of  May 13 – 19, 2019

Flowers are blooming in our garden. Here are some of the many events happening in our area this week.

Meet the Author – Monday, May 13, 10:30 am – 2:30 pm, Towns County Library, Hiawassee
Enjoy a visit with Kim Terry and the debut of her new suspense fiction novel.

Art Show – Tuesday, May 14, 10 am – 6 pm, The Art Center, Blue Ridge
Enjoy unforgettable 2D and 3D creations from our very own Southern Appalachian Artist Guild members, ranging from pottery, painting, photography and more.  This is a member-based show from one of the largest artist guilds in North Georgia.

Storytelling – Tuesday, May 14, 11 am – 12 noon, Mountain Regional Library, Young Harris
Join storytellers (create, refine, practice and critique) and story listeners at the Mountain Regional Library in Young Harris looking for a good story.

Night Hike – Tuesday, May 14 & Friday, May 17, 8 – 10 pm, Anna Ruby Falls Recreation Area, near Helen *
“In Search of Magical Foxfire” – Is it magic? Fairies? An unexplained scientific phenomenon?  It’s Orfelia fultoni, the only bioluminescent species of fly found in North America. The larvae live in stream banks among moss and rock cavities, such as the area along the Anna Ruby Falls Trail. Join us for a nighttime hike and educational to view the unique summertime phenomenon nicknamed “Foxfire.”  Recommend pre-register.

Travel Tips – Wednesday, May 15, 2 – 4 pm, Union County Public Library, Blairsville
Gail Day will share her travel expertise and answer your questions. What do you need to know before you go?
Traveling in the USA. Traveling internationally. Staying safe. What to pack. Recommended websites. Travel resources. Cars, trains, boats, coaches, planes…

Music – Thursday, May 16, 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.

Concert – Thursday, May 16, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Hamilton Gardens, Hiawassee ^
Full Moon Concert – Bring your chairs, food and drink, and relax to the entertainment of Jordyn Pepper while looking at the beautiful mountains.

Concert – Thursday, May16, 7 pm at John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC ^
Brasstown Ringers – Spring is bursting forth all around us in the mountains, and Brasstown Ringers has gathered some of the season’s energy and vitality to create a musical Springtime Season Concert..

Theater –May 16 – 19, Thursday – Saturday 7:30 pm, Sunday 2:30 pm, Blue Ridge Community Theater, Blue Ridge *
“Boeing, Boeing” – Parisian philanderer and pilot, Bernard, has three fiance’es, each a beautiful airline hostess that he keeps scheduled across the globe, until unexpected events bring all three to his apartment at once. PG-13 Written by Marc Camoletti; English language translation by Beverly Cross. Directed by Norma Bean.

Eggfest– Friday (5 pm) & Saturday (9 am), May 17 & 18, at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, Hiawassee *
An Eggfest is a gathering of Big Green Egg fans and experienced cooks from all across the country and Canada. The cooks will be showcasing their skills and talents and will be preparing their specialty recipes all day long. The non-cooks (tasters) are free to stroll through the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, sample and experience wonderful “Egged” food while talking to the cooks about their recipes and techniques.

Blue Ridge Adventure Race 2019 – Friday, May 17, 5 pm – 24 hour race, Saturday, May 18, 9 am – 8 hour race, Downtown Blue Ridge *
Heading to a secret location this year that has never been used before in any Blue Ridge race and should be a great time for MTB lovers. Disciplines:  Trekking, Biking, Paddling, Navigation, Orienteering.  Information at

Open MIC Night – Friday, May 17, 6 pm, The Corner Coffee and Wine Shop, Hayesville, NC
Storytellers, poets, writers and singer/songwriters welcome.

Planetarium Show – Friday, May 17, 8 – 9 pm, Rollins Planetarium, Young Harris College *
In 2015, the New Horizons spacecraft gave us our first close look at Pluto, the most famous dwarf planet in the outskirts of our Solar System. The pictures sent back to Earth reveal a world far more complex than anyone realized. Now scientists are making new discoveries about our Solar System—and what it may be hiding: an object 10 times more massive than Earth far beyond the orbit of Neptune. Is there a new planet beyond these distant objects? We’ll tag along on Brown’s first night searching for a true ninth planet at the Subaru Telescope in Hawaii. Join us on the hunt!

Bird Watching – Saturday, May 18, 8:00 – 10:30 am, Brasstown Bald Visitor Center, Blairsville *
Hungry Birds of Northwest Georgia – The search for food is a common survival trait of all living beings. Bird populations spread their wings and travel far distances to stay within a seasons food abundance. Brasstown Bald, the first high point along the migration route up the Appalachian chain, stands tall as a beacon for hungry bids. Join Atlanta Audubon’s, Melanie Furr, for a special Saturday morning program about identifying bird characteristics, habitats, and migration patterns happening right before us!  Space is limited. Pre-registration is strongly recommended.

Raptor Seminar – Saturday, May 18, 9 – 11 am, Blue Ridge Bird Seed Company, Blue Ridge
Presenter Beth Thomas, a Wildlife Educator, will be on hand to speak about the unique attributes of raptors, address the challenges of declining habitats, the hazards of toxic chemicals and the role humans have played in both endangering and protecting these majestic birds.

Plant Sale – Saturday & Sunday, May 18 & 19, 10 am – 4  pm, Hamilton Gardens, Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, Hiawassee
Spring Plant Sale – Azaleas, Rhododendrons, original art by local artists. Open until all plants are sold.

Alcohol Ink Spring Tile Workshop– Saturday, May 18, 10 am – 12:30 pm, Olive Tree Arts, Blairsville *
This Workshop consists of creating two, 4″ tiles with a Spring theme or design of your own; and, two smaller kitchen magnets.  Quick, easy and fun to do!

Armed Forces Day – Saturday, May 18, 11 am – 12 noon, Downtown on the Square, Blairsville
The Armed Forces Day ceremony is to honor and remember the men and women who are bound by oath and duty to serve and protect the United States of America.  Tie a yellow ribbon in honor of your loved one serving in the military.

Kids’ Fishing Derby – Saturday, May 18, 11 am – 3 pm, Lake Nottely Marina, Blairsville ^
Join Nottely Marina as they host a Kids Fishing Derby on behalf of SAFE. Enjoy fishing, fishing education, prizes, children’s activities, boat rides, and supporting your local abuse victims services programs.

Clusterfest– Saturday, May 18, 11 am – 6 pm, Crane Creek Vineyards, Young Harris *
This spring festival features a full day of great local musicians, delicious handcrafted wine, BBQ, and winery tours!  Admission includes a stemless “Clusterfest” wine glass, a wine tasting, and access to the vineyard music & winery tours.

Cruise In – Saturday, May 18, 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.

Gardens Benefit – Saturday, May 18, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, Hamilton Gardens, Hiawassee *
Come Celebrate the Gardens, a Spring Benefit for Hamilton Gardens. Enjoy food, wine and friendship.

Concert– Saturday, May 18, 7:30 – 9:30 pm, Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, Hiawassee *
Outlaws and Renegades Tour with Travis Tritt, Cadillac Three, and Scooter Brown Band.

Dancing – Saturday, May 18, 8 – 11 pm at John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC *
Contra Dance with Abigail Hobart & Good & Plenty.   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 –
Towns Country –
Blue Ridge –
John C. Campbell Folk School –