What’s Happening This Week

Week of  September 20 – 26, 2021

The Meeks Park arch casts a shadow on the walking trail.  Here are some of the events happening in our area this week.

Farmers Market – Tuesday, September 21, 2 – 6 pm, Union County Farmers Market, Blairsville (706-439-6043)
Local farmers sell their produce and homemade products.

Quilting Class – Thursday, September 23, 10 am – 3 pm, Mountain Quilts, Hiawassee (706) 896-3848 *
“Buffalo Lodge Table Runner and Placemats” – Make a beautiful Table Runner and Placemats in this Beginner Skill Level Class.

Music – Thursday, September 23, 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.

Fall Festival – Friday & Saturday, September 23 & 24, 8 am – 4 pm, St. Francis of Assisi Church, Blairsville
The biggest White Elephant Sale in five counties. Silent Auction, New or slightly used items & collectibles; Enticing Jewelry booth; Crafts & Supplies Boutique; Books/Media; Clothing & Linens; Tools; Electronics; Plants; Music; International Food; Homemade Baked Goods. Raffle – Cash Drawings. Kid Stuff – Peanuts & Ice Cream.

Sew-In – Friday, September 24, 10 am – 5 pm, Mountain Quilts, Hiawassee (706) 896-3848
Bring your sewing machine and any new or unfinished project you are working on for a fun day of sewing and fellowship.  Also, if you wish, bring your lunch with you as there is an available kitchen on site.

Cruise-In – Friday, September 24, 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.

Concert – Friday, September 24, 7 pm, Old Courthouse on the Square, Blairsville ^
“By His Grace” will perform gospel music in the Friday night concert series.

Concert – Friday, September 24, 7 pm, Courthouse Square, Hayesville, NC (828-415-1623) ^
“Gnarly Fingers” – bring your favorite lawn chair, your sweetheart and family, and come out for our FREE summer concerts on the Historic Courthouse Square in downtown Hayesville!

Theater – September 24 – 26, Friday & Saturday 7:30 pm, Sunday 2:00 pm, Blue Ridge Community Theater, Blue Ridge (706-632- 9191) *
“Old Times” – When Deeley and his wife Kate meet up with Anna, an old friend of Kate’s. Anna strolls down memory lane with memories of concerts and bohemian haunts the two women shared while living together in London. When the memories prove to be a tool to vie for Kate’s attention, Deeley also begins to bring up stories that are almost too clear to be true. However it’s Kate’s memory that gives the play it’s shocking conclusion.

Blairsville Extreme Adventure Race (B.E.A.R.) – Saturday, September 25, registration begins at 5:00 am, race 8 am – 7:30 pm, Meeks Park, Blairsville *
The 12 Hour Adventure Race is perfect for sport or family teams looking to have some fun discovering the outdoors with adventure racing. Easy to read and simple navigation will take you to some hidden spots around Blairsville. Distances are always based on your team’s abilities and speed in adventure racing, however between 20-30 miles of mountain biking, 5-8 miles of trekking with 4-8 miles of canoeing. Information at www.argeorgia.com/bear.

Farmers Market – Saturday, September 25, 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.

Rivers Alive Cleanup – Saturday, September 25, 8:30 am – 12 noon, Tammanen Park, Blue Ridge (706-838-4110)
Toccoa River clean-up …. followed by hot lunch and prizes! Rivers Alive is Georgia’s annual volunteer waterway cleanup event that targets all waterways in the state, including streams, rivers, lakes, beaches, and wetlands.

Soap Box Derby – Saturday, September 25, 10 am – 3 pm, Fannin County Middle School, Blue Ridge (www.theblueridgesoapboxderby.org)
“Blue Ridge Soap Box Derby Fall Classic 2021” – It’s Derby time again! They’re introducing a new race format to hold during the second half of the year and we’re calling it the Fall Classic. There are NO age categories in this event, but there is one BIG twist to be revealed on race day!

Ride the Rails – Saturday, September 25, 10 am – 3 pm, Historic L&N Depot, Mineral Bluff, (423-299-3914) *
A fundraiser to benefit Tri-State Model Railroaders and the Historic Mineral Bluff Depot! 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! Also, visit inside the Depot and see the progress being made on the large “HO Scale” model railroad based on the L&N Railroad’s “Old Line” from Atlanta, GA to Etowah, TN and the branch line through Mineral Bluff to Murphy, North Carolina. Come see everything that’s new!

Discovery Days at Project Chimp – Saturday & Sunday, September 25 & 26, 10:30 am & 1:30 pm, Project Chimps, Morganton (706-374-3675) *
Go behind-the-scenes in America’s newest, private sanctuary for chimpanzees retired from medical research. Guided walking tours of the sanctuary! 60-90 minutes of moderate hiking with rest stops. Sign up for designated tour times.

Tractor Supply Farm and Craft Sale – Saturday, September 25, 11 am – 3 pm, Blairsville Tractor Supply, Blairsville (Holly Rhatigan, 706-897-7096)
Come on out and support your local farmers and artisans. We will have vendors set up with animals and a variety of crafts.

Music – Saturday, September 25, 1 – 3 pm, Reece Heritage Farm, Blairsville (706-745-2034) ^
“Jayna Jennings” – She is a Christian, American Singer/ Songwriter. Two hours of JMA Folk, Americana, Bluegrass, Vocalist.

^ 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/