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What’s Happening This Week

Week of October 3 – 9, 2022

Pumpkins and gourds abound as fall begins. Here are some of the events happening in our area this week.

Guided Hike – Monday, October 3, Benton MacKaye Trail Association, Blue Ridge
“BMT Dyer Gap to Shadow Falls” – South Forks Trail to intersection of the Pinhoti Trail, about 5 moderate round-trip miles. For more information contact hikeleaderSD@bmtamail.org.

Farmers Market – Tuesday, October 4, 9 am – 1 pm, Union County Farmers Market, Blairsville (706-439-6043)
Food purchased at a local Farmers Market comes with outstanding freshness, quality, flavor, and variety. You know exactly where your food comes from and how it was grown. Additionally, you support a sustainable regional food system that helps small family farms stay in business, protects land from development, and provides all of us with fresh, local food.

Shopping – Thursday, October 6, 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!

Music – Thursday, October 6, 6 – 9 pm, Hamilton Gardens, Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, Hiawassee (706-896-4191)
“Alicia Stockman” – Enjoy an evening at Hamilton Gardens for an Acoustic Sunset Series! There will be craft vendors, food trucks, & talented musicians. The event is rain or shine. Alcoholic Beverages will be available. Please bring a chair or blanket.

Recital – Thursday, October 6, 7 pm, Glenn-McGinnis Hall, Young Harris College (706-379-5182) ^
The Zeta Kappa Chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon International Honor Fraternity at Young Harris College will present a members recital. Mu Phi Epsilon is a co-educational International Professional Music Fraternity and works for the advancement of music .

Guided Hike – Friday, October 7, Benton MacKaye Trail Association, Blue Ridge
“Shady Falls Trailhead to Lake Blue Ridge and back” – Dog friendly hike (adult humans may bring a leashed dog). Moderate 7 miles. Views of Lake Blue Ridge including very close up during mid-hike lunch. For more information contact hikeleaderKC@bmtamail.org.

Georgia Mountain Fall Festival – Friday – Saturday, October 7 – 16, 10 am – 7 pm, GA Mountain Fairgrounds, Hiawassee (706-896-4191) *
With its mild temperatures and beautiful scenery there is no better place to be than the North Georgia Mountains in the fall! Each October, the 9-day event features Arts & Craft vendors, educational demonstrations, and exciting music performances! New for 2022 – enjoy carnival rides from Midway Rides Unlimited! Enjoy over a dozen rides including a carousel, Ferris wheel, bumper cars & more! Rides for the adults & the kiddos! Plus fair food, games, and more!
Saturday, October 8, 7 pm – Oak Ridge Boys
Sunday, October 9, 2 pm – Gospel Music Show featuring Jason Crabb, Gold City, & Jeff & Sheri Easter

Night Market – Friday, October 7, 5 – 10 pm, Town Square, Hiawassee (dmc@hiawasseega.gov)
Hiawassee Night Market is a family-friendly, open-air night artist & artisan market featuring fresh produce, food trucks, games, and live music. The market will be filled with excitement and fun.  Night Market is the monthly destination for outdoor dining, shopping, and entertainment.

Concert – Friday, October 7, 7 pm, Old Courthouse on the Square, Blairsville (706-745-5493) ^
“Nelson Thomas” – These Friday night concerts feature regional musicians that showcase our mountain heritage. Doors open at 6pm.  We recommend you get there early to make sure you get a seat!

Concert – Friday, October 7, 7 – 8 pm, John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC (1-800- 365-5724) ^
“Evie Ladin & Keith Terry” – Innovative musicians/dancers with a quirky neo-trad soul, Oakland, California-based Evie Ladin & Keith Terry throw down original folk songs and deep interpretations of old songs, with the kinetic thrill of percussive dance.

Theater – October 7 – 9,  Friday & Saturday 7 pm, Sunday 2 pm, Peacock Performing Arts Center, Hayesville, NC (828-389-2787) *
“Holmes & Watson” – Thriller/Mystery by Jeffrey Hatcher – Sherlock Holmes is dead. Or so it is assumed. The world knows the great detective went over the falls at Reichenbach with his nemesis Professor Moriarty. But as Holmes’ body was never retrieved, a number of frauds, fakes and charlatans have come forward since to lay claim to his identity, and it falls to Dr. Watson to disprove them. Then a telegram arrives informing Watson that 3 men, each claiming to be Holmes, have been committed to a remote asylum off the coast of Scotland. Now Watson must discover if one of the mad men is the real Sherlock Holmes.

Farmers Market – Saturday, October 8, 8 am – 1 pm, Union County Farmers Market, Blairsville (706-439-6043)
Food purchased at a local Farmers Market comes with outstanding freshness, quality, flavor, and variety. You know exactly where your food comes from and how it was grown. Additionally, you support a sustainable regional food system that helps small family farms stay in business, protects land from development, and provides all of us with fresh, local food.

Antiques – Saturday, October 8, 8 am – 1 pm, Main Street, Hiawassee
Outside Antique Sidewalk Sale – Don’t miss this sale with an assortment from many dealers, rain or shine.

Sorghum Festival – Saturday & Sunday, 8 & 9, 9 am – 5 pm, Meeks Park in Blairsville (706-745-5789) *
Celebrate the Art of Sorghum Syrup Making! Arts/Crafts, Greased Pole Climbin’, Log Sawin’, Live Music, Face Painting, and Vendors. Sorghum Parade downtown on the square in Blairsville at 11 am. Traditional Square Dance Saturday at 8 pm.

Arts in the Park Festival – Saturday & Sunday, October 8 & 9, 10 am – 5 pm, Blue Ridge, Ga (706-632-2144) *
Fine art, great food, fall colors on the trees and on the canvases. Enjoy the small-town charm of Blue Ridge at one of our signature events, Fall Arts in the Park. This fall arts and crafts festival features hundreds of regional artists and craftsmen, Special events for the kids and live musical performances.

Marching Band Festival – Saturday, October 8, Fannin County High School, Blue Ridge (706-633-3669)
More than 2,000 marching band members from nearly two dozen high school bands are expected to participate. Bands will range in size from approximately 40 members to more than 150 members.  All bands will perform on the Fannin County High School football field.

Festival – Saturday, October 8, 11 am – 8 pm, Ducktown School, Ducktown, TN (ducktownschool2021@hotmail.com) *
“Ducktown School Fall Festival” – Lots of fun for the whole family, bounce house for the kids and more… Festival is outside, blue grass music entertainment will be in the auditorium.  Come check out this beautiful old school.

Children’s Story Time – Saturday, October 8, 1 -2 pm, Book Bound Bookstore, Blairsville (706-897-4198)
Bring your little ones, ages 3-10, to our monthly Storytime at Book Bound Bookstore Every second Saturday children will enjoy a different story, a craft, and a drawing to win a free book! Story starts @ 1PM with craft to follow!

Music – Saturday, October 8, 7 – 9 pm, Vogel State Park, Blairsville (706-745-2628) *parking fee ^
Join us at the park Saturday nights for Music in the Park! Every Saturday in the summer we have a different artist or band playing at the Lakeside Pavilion! The concert is always free but donations to the artists are appreciated!

Music – Sunday, October 9, 3 – 4 pm, Parish Church of St. Luke, Blue Ridge (706-632-8245)
“An Afternoon of Classics” – With Young Harris College staff and students under the direction of Jeffrey Bauman, Professor of Music and Chair of Music Department.

^ 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  –http://members.visitblairsvillega.com/events

Towns Country – http://golakechatuge.chambermaster.com/events/

Blue Ridge – http://www.blueridgemountains.com/events/