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What’s Happening This Week

Week of January 30 – February 5, 2023

Can you spot the two deer in the winter woods? Here are some of the events happening in our area this week.

Chatuge Burger Week – Monday, January 30 – Friday, February 3, Young Harris & Hiawassee,  *
Enjoy $8 burgers at area participating area restaurants and have the chance to win $250 in restaurant gift cards! Nine area restaurants will be featuring a special burger. Pick up a passport with rules at theat the Lake Chatuge Welcome Center starting on January 28 or participating restaurants to participate.

Guided Hike – Monday, January 30, Benton MacKaye Trail Association, Blue Ridge (706-946-0336)
“Coker Creek Falls in TN to the BMT and return” – Hike is located north of Ducktown, off Hwy 68. Moderate 4.7 miles. There are a series of cascading waterfalls and tons of photo opportunities. Gold was found in this area prior to the 49ers going west. Contact Hike Leaders Clare and Ed Sullivan at

Line Dancing Class ­- Monday, January 30, 7 pm, Tooneys, McCaysville
Tooneys now offers a free, weekly Community Line Dancing Class for Beginners! Doors open at 6 pm. Class starts at 7 pm and typically lasts an hour to an hour and a half. Class is open to all ages and all levels of ability.

Guided Hike – Wednesday, February 1, Benton MacKaye Trail Association, Blue Ridge (706-946-0336)
“Amadahy Trail” –  dog friendly hike (adult humans may bring a leashed dog). Easy to moderate 5 miles along the shore of Carter’s Lake. Lunch at the marine campground. Contact Hike Leader Ralph Collinson at

Plein Air Painting – Thursday, February 2, 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.

Musical – February 2 – 5, Thursday – Saturday 7:30 pm, Sunday 2:00 pm, Blue Ridge Community Theater, Blue Ridge (706-632- 9191) *
“The Addams Family” – In its typical creepy, kooky, mysterious, and spooky fashion, the ghoulish Addams family is visiting the graveyard for an annual gathering of all family members, living dead, and undecided, to celebrate what it is to be an Addams. However, the family encounters an unforeseen obstacle when Wednesday decides to introduce her new “normal” boyfriend Lucas to the family. In protest, Uncle Fester enlists the help of the Addams’ ancestors to call an end to the young budding romance. As Wednesday admits that she is falling in love, Morticia, Gomez, and Pugsley worry about her changing ways. As the families of Wednesday and Lucas come together for dinner one fateful evening, chaos ensues, and the two families find themselves admitting deep secrets and coming together in ways they never would have imagined. The Addams Family Broadway Musical tells the story of love and friendship through adversity, with a comical and macabre yet poignant spin.

Concert – Friday, February 2, 7 – 8 pm, John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC (1-800- 365-5724) ^
“Erynn Marshall & Carl Jones” – Erynn Marshall is an old-time fiddler who is known internationally for her traditional music. Erynn learned the nuances of Appalachian old-time fiddling from rare recordings and visiting 80-95 year-old southern fiddlers. Her effortless, transportive way of playing expresses joy, mournfulness, and stays true to the old tunes. Carl Jones is an American songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.Carl is widely respected for his instrumental talents and original songs about the joys and tribulations of day-to-day life in the South.

Oil Painting class – Saturday, February 4, 2:00 – 4:30 pm, 4 Elements Fine Art and Custom Framing, Blue Ridge (706-258-2987) *
Oil Painting Classes with George Charriez! Limited number of seats available per class. Make a reservation.

Songs & Stories – Saturday, February 4, 3 pm, The Craddock Center, Cherry Log (706-632-1772) ^
The Craddock Center is excited to announce that Songs & Stories returns. We are especially excited and honored that John McCutcheon will be returning as the performer for this event. As always, admission is free, and donations are appreciated. The money raised will go towards the purchase of new books for the little ones we serve. The Craddock Center offers Songs & Stories in honor of Helen Lewis. This annual performance includes musicians and storytellers who share the best of Appalachia’s unique culture and traditions.

^ 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 –