What’s Happening This Week

Week of  September 14 – 20, 2020

A single salamander crosses a rock in the woods. Even though many events have been postponed or canceled due to COVID-19 (including the Indian Summer Festival, the Sorghum Festival, and the Georgia Mountain Fall Festival), one can still enjoy nature in the mountains.  More activities are being scheduled, but it is best to check before attending.

Farmers Market – Tuesday, September 15, 2 – 5 pm, Union County Farmers Market, Blairsville (706-439-6043)
Local farmers sell their produce and homemade products.

Music – Thursday, September 17, 6 pm to dusk, Horseshoe Bend Park in Mineral Bluff (706-632-5680)
“Pickin’ in Horseshoe Bend” – everyone is welcome to pick and/or listen. Music Jams start around 6:00 PM. Bring a lawn chair, your instrument, your picnic dinner, and enjoy. Weather permitting.

Theater – September 17 – 20, Thursday – Saturday 7:30 pm, Sunday 2:00 pm, Blue Ridge Community Theater, Blue Ridge (706-632-9191) *
“The Outsider” – Ned Newley doesn’t even want to be governor. He’s terrified of public speaking; his poll numbers are impressively bad. To his ever-supportive Chief of Staff, Ned seems destined to fail. But political consultant Arthur Vance sees things differently: Ned might be the worst candidate to ever run for office. Unless the public is looking for… the worst candidate to ever run for office. A timely and hilarious comedy that skewers politics and celebrates democracy. PG-13

Lecture– Friday, September 18, 11:00 am, Towns County Civic Center, Hiawassee (706-970-0011) ^
Let’s Get Growing Lecture – ” Mushrooms in the Wild” presented by Anne Mitchell, a Master Naturalist. Come and learn about wild mushrooms.

Farmers Market – Saturday, September 19, 7 am – 1 pm, Farmer’s Market, Blairsville (706-439-6043)
Growers and artisans will sell their goods at the Union County Farmer’s Market – a local market with lots of good things to eat. Fresh produce right out of the fields.

Festival – Saturday, September 19, 9:30 am – 8:00 pm, Vogel State Park (706-745-2628) *
Mountain Music Day Festival – Join us for an amazing day of Bluegrass music at Vogel State Park. Along with a full lineup of incredible music, there will also be local crafters that will be selling their handmade items. The Friends of Vogel State Park will be selling mouthwatering food.

Festival – Saturday, September 19, 10 am – 3 pm, Hayesville, NC (828-389-3045) *
“Cherokee Heritage Festival” – Enjoy traditional Cherokee dancing, cultural arts demonstrations, storytelling, frybread, singing and flute music during this free festival at the outdoor 17th century Cherokee Homestead Exhibit, one of five attractions along a 2-mile Cherokee History Trail in Hayesville. Featured Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians including storyteller and artists, dancers, and award-winning dancers and artisans from Cherokee, North Carolina. Children of all ages will enjoy craft activities, practicing blowgun techniques, and a scavenger hunt with their families. Adults will enjoy plant walks through Native Botanical Gardens, led by the Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition staff. The adjacent Clay County “Old Jail” Museum will be open throughout the event.

^ 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/cgi-bin/eventshow2.pl