What’s Happening This Week

Week of August 20 – 26,  2018
The mountains with afternoon clouds are beautiful.   Here are some of the many events happening in our area this week.

Garden Tour – Monday, August 20, 9 am – 1 pm, The Georgia Mountain Research & Education Center, Blairsville
The southern Appalachian mountains are home to an astounding array of native flora, many of which are highlighted in these gardens. Visit the historic Cannery Interpretive Center, stroll through the Ethnobotanic gardens, and take a short hike along the Woodland Medicine Trail.

Farmers Market – Tuesday, August 21, 2 – 6 pm, Union County Farmers Market, Blairsville
Local farmers sell their produce and homemade products.

Dancing – Tuesday, August 21, 7 pm at John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC
Free introduction to Contra, Square and Circle Dances to live music.

Music – Thursday, August 23, 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.

Theater –August 23-26, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 7:30 pm, Sunday 2:00 pm, Blue Ridge Community Theater, Blue Ridge *
“Catch Me if You Can” – an advertising man who has brought his bride to the boss’s mountain lodge for a honeymoon calls the police to investigate her sudden disappearance. Enter a pretty girl who insists over his protests that she is the missing wife. Written by Robert Thomas, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert. PG-13

Whitewater Competition – Friday – Sunday, August 24 – 26, Ocoee Whitewater Center, Copperhill, TN
The Ocoee River Championships (ORC) bring annual whitewater competition back to Ocoee Whitewater Center, a world class Olympic venue, for the first time in almost two decades. This three-day whitewater event will provide live music, regional vendors, and competitions including downriver racing (raft, SUP, canoe, and kayak), slalom racing, freestyle, and squirt boat categories.

Cruise-In – Friday, August 24, 6 – 8 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.

Concert – Friday, August 24, 7 pm, Old Courthouse on the Square, Blairsville ^
Singer-songwriter Jim Wood will perform country music.

Concert – Friday, August 24, 7 pm at John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC ^
“Blue Eyed Girl” is a dynamic group of three young women whose roots are deep in traditional music and dance. Their high-energy dance numbers, sweet Appalachian vocal arrangements, and old-time rhythmic flair draw from the music passed down to them from their families.

Farmers Market – Saturday, August 25, 7 am – 1 pm, Union County Farmers Market, Blairsville
Totally Tomato Day – Local farmers sell their produce and homemade products, with items from artisans, beekeepers, bakers, potters, painters, and lots of good things to eat.  Fresh produce right out of the fields.

Model Railroad – Saturday, August 25, 10 am – 1 pm, Mineral Bluff Depot, Mineral Bluff
Tri-State Model Railroaders Open House -Visit inside the Depot and see the progress being made on our large “HO Scale” model railroad based on the L&N Railroad’s “Old Line” from Atlanta to Etowah, Tennessee and the branch line through Mineral Bluff to Murphy, North Carolina.

Food – Saturday, August 25, 11 am – 3 pm, Sand Bar restaurant, Hiawassee
Bring your family to Customer Appreciation Day at the Sand Bar!  Come enjoy corn hole, live music and FREE hot dogs, chips and soda.

Festival– Saturday, August 25, 12 – 6 pm, Mercier Orchards, Blue Ridge *
1st Annual Hard Cider & Beer Festival.  Beautiful outdoor setting! Tastings, Live Music, corn hole, beer pong, and food vendors.

Food – Saturday, August 25, 4 – 7 pm, Mock House near the Square in Blairsville *
Food lovers of all ages are invited to the First Annual Taste of the Mountains in Blairsville. Take a taste from the area’s variety of restaurants and sample locally produced wine, beer & spirits. This family friendly event features live music, cooking demonstrations, and some good old fashioned Southern Charm. All proceeds go to the North Georgia Technical College Scholarship fund.

Music – Saturday, August 25, 5:30 – 7:30 pm outside on the Square in downtown Blairsville
Corner Concert – Steven Phillips & The Midnight Express will play.

Music – Saturday, August 25, 6:30 pm, Hiawassee Town Square, Hiawassee ^
Music on the Square will feature the live music of the Southern Journey Big Band.

Dance– Saturday, August 25, 8 – 11 pm at John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC *
Contra dancing with Robin Marcus & “Blue Eyed Girl”.

Music – Sunday, August 26, 7:00 – 9:30 pm, Peacock Performing Arts Center, Hayesville, NC *
Lynn Trefzger and Friends – You’ll be treated to Lynn’s vocal illusion talents and may even see some audience members join her on stage for the action.  Her performances are spontaneous and funny for audiences of all ages.

^ A donation is requested for this event.
* There is a charge for this event.

More details are available at these websites.

Blairsville & Union Country – http://members.visitblairsvillega.com/events
Towns Country – http://mountaintopga.chambermaster.com/events/search?
Blue Ridge – http://www.blueridgemountains.com/cgi-bin/eventshow2.pl
John C. Campbell Folk School – http://folkschool.org/