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What’s Happening This Week

Week of March 1 – 7, 2021

This early crocus signals that Spring is not far away. 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.

Film Festival – Thursday, February 25 thru Monday, March 1, online thru Blue Ridge Community Theater
The 2nd Annual Blue Ridge Film Festival has been transformed into an online event so that film lovers across the globe can tune in safely and enjoy a score of New films, Documentaries, and Shorts. This festival will be hosted through their website, where the films will open to the public at 6pm on February 25th and can be viewed anytime until 11:59PM on March 1st. Tickets can be purchased for individual films, passes to genre-specific film blocks, or the All-Access Pass that allows movie-lovers to view all of the presented films at their leisure for just $40. Half of all proceeds from the festival will be donated to the Blue Ridge Community Theater. For info email

Plein Air Painting – Thursday, March 4, 2 – 5 pm, ArtWorks, Hiawassee (706-896-0932)
Meet at ArtWorks and leave at 2 pm for a local scenic spot to spend a fun afternoon painting with other artists. All media welcome. Bring supplies and equipment you can carry. Some walking on uneven ground may be required.  Remember to bring some water and a hat. During winter months, we paint as long as afternoon temperature is at least 50 degrees.

Shopping – Thursday, March 4, 5 – 8 pm, downtown Blairsville
Every first Thursday of the month is “Shop Late Thursday” in Downtown Blairsville! Participating Downtown Blairsville businesses will be open additional hours from 5pm – 8pm and will feature deals, discounts and other exciting offers!

Scenic Railway Opening Day – Saturday, March 6, Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, Blue Ridge (877-413-8724) *
Opening Day – Step back in time as you and your family enjoy a four-hour railway excursion along the beautiful Toccoa River from Blue Ridge to McCaysville. Choose an authentic indoor car, open rail car or Premier Class. Your destination is the mountain town of McCaysville, Georgia, sister city to Copperhill, Tennessee. During your two-hour layover, have lunch and take a walk across the “Blue Line” on the street and you’re in Tennessee! You can actually stand in two states at once if you have one foot on the Georgia side and the other on the Tennessee side!

^ 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 –