What’s Happening This Week

Week of May 23 – 29, 2022

Mallard ducklings have hatched and are swimming in the park. Here are some of the events happening in our area this week.

Music – Thursday, May 26, 6 pm to dusk, Horseshoe Bend Park in Mineral Bluff (706-946-1130)
Pickin’ in Horseshoe Bend Park every Thursday, 6:00 PM to dusk, May – Sept. Live music jams & pickin’ on the banks of the Toccoa River at the Horseshoe Bend Park in McCaysville. Come out, bring the whole family to enjoy the experience.Picnic tables available, nice grassy lawn but you are also welcome to bring a blanket or chair. Weather Permitting.

Quilts & Fiber Arts – Friday, May 27, 10 am – 6 pm, Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association, Blue Ridge (706-632-2144)
Opening Day – Celebrate our heritage with the age-old artistic craft of quilting and the beauty of the fiber arts. The Art Center will be adorned in colorful fabric, woven with care, skill and hand-made flare. Don’t miss one of the most unforgettable exhibits of the year with traditional and non-traditional quilts, and an array of fiber arts. The Exhibit will be displayed May 27 – July 9.

Music – Friday, May 27, 1 – 3 pm, Reece Heritage Farm, Blairsville (706-745-2034) ^
“Curtis & Kim Jones” – Gypsy Music! Curtis Jones reins as the most highly respected flatpicking guitarist on the planet. Jones is often called by fans and critics alike, “The world’s fastest and cleanest” acoustic guitarist, an extraordinary technique that he both teaches and brings to his contemporary guitar performances and productions. Speed is only a small part of what Curtis can do though. He efficiently plays 22 instruments and is self-taught on all! Through his pure guitar mastery, he has created a new style of Music- “Mountain Gypsy Music” allowing his abilities to weave in and out of Bluegrass, Jazz, Rock, Flamenco, and World Music. Kim Jones is an artist, singer, and songwriter. She sings and plays upright Bass with Curtis’ Bluegrass band- Primal Roots, performs with Curtis in their Mountain Gypsy Music duo. Kim has been singing her whole life but has only just begun to perform in front of Audiences within the past few years. Kim plays and sings with emotion and delta blues style soul. When asked about her goals through music, her response is “I Just want to share it. It’s in here, deep down inside, and I wanna let it out”! Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy music!!

Concert – Friday, May 27, 6 – 9 pm, Downtown Hayesville, NC ^
“Friday Night Concert Series” – Wyatt Espalin & Friends kicks off the 2022 Season! Bring your favorite lawn chairs for a festive evening of music in a beautiful setting. Red bucket donations are appreciated.  Funds support the Concert Series.

Cruise-In – Friday, May 27, 6 – 7 pm, at the Dairy Queen in Blue Ridge
The Georgia Mountain Classics Cruise In is great fun for the whole family. It is a free event, but you’ll want to at least buy one of the great desserts.

Theater – May 27 – 29, Friday & Saturday 7 pm, Sunday 2 pm, Peacock Performing Arts Center, Hayesville, NC (828-389-2787) *
“No Sex Please, We’re British” – A young bride who lives above a bank with her husband who is the assistant manager, innocently sends a mail order off for some Scandinavian glassware. What comes is Scandinavian pornography. Yikes! what is to be done with the veritable floods of pornography, photographs, books, films, and eventually girls that threaten to overwhelm this happy couple? Things get progressively worse by the man’s mother, his boss, a visiting bank inspector, a police superintendent, and a muddled friend who does everything wrong in his botched efforts to set everything right, all of which works up to a hilarious ending. This comedy ran in London over eight years and delighted Broadway audiences. Written by Anthony Marriott and Alistair Foot Directed by Laurel Adams.

Rodeo – Friday – Sunday, May 27 – 29, 8 pm, Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, Hiawassee (706-896-4191) *
Join us at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds for a Rodeo! Enjoy the best bucking horses, bulls, world class contestants from all over the United States and Canada, and the top-of-the-line specialty acts! This is a family event that will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat with live!

Movie Night at the Orchard – Friday, May 27, 8:20 pm, The Folk Apothic Deep Roots Orchard, McCaysville (706-492-7753)
“Dirty Dancing” – Join the Folk at the orchard for a movie under the stars. Bring your blankets and pillows and coppasquat on the hillside above poplar holler as they screen some of their beloved movies. The movie is free, and concessions will be sold so please, no outside food admitted.

Spring Plant Sale – Saturday, May 28, 8 am – 1 pm, Union County Farmers Market, Blairsville
Spring plant sale! Cash or Check only, no credit cards. Native & Pollinator Plants, Herbs and Vegetables, Organically Grown Plants, Ask a Master Gardener. Proceeds to fund Towns-Union County Gardener Association Community Projects.

Arts & Crafts – Saturday (9 am – 4 pm) & Sunday (10 am – 4 pm), May 28 & 29, The Ridges Resort on Lake Chatuge, Young Harris (706-896-0932)
“Mountain Fling Arts & Crafts Show” – presented by the Mountain Regional Arts and Crafts Guild.

Festival – Saturday & Sunday, May 28 & 29, 10 am – 5 pm, Downtown Blairsville
“Spring Arts, Crafts & Music Festival” – an annual event held Memorial Day Weekend in Downtown Blairsville.  Taking place the weekend of May 28 & 29, this two-day event features a parade at 10am on the 28th, crafts unique to the region and of course, music. Rain or shine, we’ll have live music in-and-around the Square both Saturday & Sunday!  Musical acts include local favorites such as Kim & Curtis of Mountain Gypsy Music.

Festival – Saturday& Sunday, May 28 & 29, 10 am – 5 pm, Downtown City Park, Blue Ridge (706-632-2144) *
Join us Memorial Day weekend for our 46th Annual Spring Arts in the Park fine arts and fine crafts festival held in the beautiful Downtown City Park of Blue Ridge, Georgia. Shop from a variety of artworks from over 120 juried fine arts and fine crafts exhibitors, enjoy tasty food, and engage in multiple artist demos throughout the weekend festival. Pets are welcomed as long as they are leashed and well-behaved. Festival is held rain or shine. All proceeds benefit the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, a 501c3 non-profit community arts association.

Craft Class – Saturday, May 28, 12 noon – 3 pm, The Folk Apothic Deep Roots Orchard, McCaysville (706-492-7753) *
“Basket Weaving” – Appalachia has many a tradition when it comes to being self-sufficient region, and many of those traditions have become amazing artforms that seem to be encountering a revival. We invite all of y’all to join us for this time-honored tradition of Basket Weaving. Learn how to craft your own berry basket, and with enough interest, we can offer more advanced workshops.

Train Ride – Saturday & Sunday, May 28 – 29, 12 noon – 4 pm, Historic L&N Depot, Mineral Bluff *
“Ride The Rails – Tri-State Model Railroaders” – Fun to be had: A 5-mile round-trip ride by Railroad Motor Car traveling through the Iron Bridge over the beautiful Toccoa River to Murphy Junction and returning over the bridge back to the Historic Mineral Bluff Depot. Then take a short ride on the genuine Railroad Hand Car. Real fun for all ages. Special for children: Ride the miniature 7½ gauge hand car for free!

Concert ­- Saturday, May 28, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, Hiawassee Square
“Concert on the Hiawassee Square – Performer: Jenu Six” – We’re sure you will enjoy tapping your toes and maybe even getting up to dance to the lively tunes of our various bands each Saturday. Concerts are Free!  Bring your folding chair. Our favorite cooks from the VFW Post 7807 Auxiliary will be there starting at 6:30 with the best grilled hot dogs in the county!  Pets are welcome (on a leash please, with clean up materials) The rain venue for our concerts is the Civic Center (just around the corner from the Square). We will start this season off with a performer new to us but known throughout the south, a traveling musician/singer-songwriter rooted in folk, bluegrass, country & blues currently based out of North Georgia. The Old Souls are a revolving gang of entertainers who like Jenu aren’t afraid of taking the train off the tracks. He will be performing with Adam Poulin, Fiddle Player Extraordinaire!!.

Music – Saturday, May 28, 7 – 9 pm, Vogel State Park, Blairsville *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, May 29, 5 pm, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Blue Ridge
“Songs of America” – Oral Moses, bass-baritone performs regularly throughout the United States and Europe singing Oratorio and recitals with special emphasis on a wide variety of Negro Spirituals and Art Song repertoire by African-American composers.

^ 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/