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Welcome to the monthly e-news from Hardman Farm, Georgia's newest state historic site! The site operates as a satellite of Smithgall Woods State Park. Registration is suggested for tours and programs.
To register for programs, call Hardman Farm at 706-878-1077.
Hardman Farm is open 10 AM - 4 PM Thursday - Sunday.

Group tours are available for groups of 10 or more.

Thursdays - Sundays

Fall Guided Tours 10 AM, 12:30 PM and 3:00 PM

This 1 1/2 hour walking tour includes the Unicoi Turnpike, the “Big House,” kitchen, dairy barn, spring house and other structures as time allows. Learn about life and innovations in the late 1800s and early 1900s and hear stories of the families who lived at the farm. Beginning November 27 guests will see the house decorated in period holiday decor.
$12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $7 for youth, and $3 for children < 6 plus tax.

Friday and Saturday evening
November 27 - December 19

A Victorian Christmas in Nacoochee
5:30 PM Lighted Tour (Thursdays and Fridays only)

Beginning the weekend after Thanksgiving see the house gently dressed in period holiday décor. Evening tours on Friday and Saturday will highlight décor with lighted pathways and twinkling lights. This is a one hour tour of the house only. Registration is required at least 24 hours in advance for the evening tours.
$12 adults, $10 seniors, $7 youth, $3 children. Tax is added to these prices.

If you are interested in volunteering at Hardman Farm,
call Johnna Tuttle at 706-878-1077 for more details.








Call to Artists



Art Items for Sale




A wide selection of art supplies and gifts right here at the Art Center. Gift certificates are available.

L SAAG logo

Southern Appalachian Artist Guild

will meet Thursday,

November 12 at 5pm.


Blue Ridge Mountains Photographers

will meet Thursday,

November 5 at 6pm.

Blue Ridge Poets and Writers

will meet Wednesday,

November 25 at 2pm.

Blue Ridge Carvers

Starts Again in April


Fiber Arts Group

Holds open work-sessions

every Thursday from 2-4pm and workshops every

2nd Thursday from 2-4pm.




4th Quarter Artists-in-Residence

Marie Spaeder Haas & Mary Keasler

October 17, 2015 - January 9, 2016


Christmas at the Art Center Open House

November 28, 11am - 5pm


University of North Georgia

Vocal & Choral Holiday Performance

December 5, 2pm

(Inside the Richard Low Evans Gallery)


The Art Center is home to numerous classes throughout the year. Click on the link below for an updated list of our 2015 classes.

The Art Center is looking for 2016 Youth Summer Art Camp instructors. We are looking for teaching artists in a variety of mediums and prior experience working with children in the arts is required. Summer Camp dates are June 21 - July 15, 2016; Tuesdays - Fridays. For more information regarding summer camp and payment schedule, please contact Devon Faria at BlueRidgeArts.programming@gmail.com. Please submit the attached instructor form if you are interested and we look forward to having you become a part of our summer camp.


Artist Studio Space NOW Available!

Summit Studios provides rented studio spaces for working artists as an economic opportunity to showcase their artwork and their personal creative process. This allows the public to meet the artist, see them at work, and purchase local art directly from the artist.
If you are interested in renting a studio space, please send an email to:
Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
420 West Main Street
Blue Ridge, GA 30513




Friday, December 4 has two-for-one holiday celebration at the library! 
At 4:00 PM, the Hampstead Stage Company will perform Charles Dickens' A Chirstmas Carol," then at 5:00PM is the annual Friends of the Library Holiday Open House Party. The Hampstead Stage Company performs plays with minimal actors and maximum audience participation for lots of fun! 
The Friends party will have finger foods, door prizes, books for 
children, and fellowship. All are welcome!

Fannin County Public Library
phone 706-632-5263 fax 706-632-7719
400 W. Main St. Suite 104
Blue Ridge, GA 30513


Candlelight Walk 2015

December 5, 2015
4:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Historic Downtown Tellico Plains TN
Veterans Memorial Drive

Contact: Kathy Geren 423-253-7032 or Carrie Brame 423-519-2267

Annual Victorian-inspired Christmas celebration held by the Cherokee Women’s Club and the Town of Tellico Plains.

Stroll through streets illuminated by the glow of candlelight. Take a ride on one of the wagons, enjoy live entertainment at the gazebo, decorate a cookie, pay a visit to the Grinch, view the live nativity, stop by the silent auction, watch the Christmas tree lighting, vote in the gingerbread house contest, and have your picture taken with Santa Claus.

Downtown merchants open their doors and put out refreshments to be enjoyed by all.

One of the highlights of the evening is stopping by the Cookie Caper to buy fresh baked cookies and candies, all prepared by the ladies of the Cherokee Women’s Club. Proceeds from the sale go back into the community for college scholarships, town beautification, library support, poetry and essay contests and other opportunities that may need support during the year.



Murphy Public Library
Story time for preschoolers and caregivers every Monday at 10 a.m. Enjoy books, music, rhymes, and fun. It's free! For more information, call Children's Librarian Maureen McGee at 828-837-2025.




Blue Mountain Jam

at Kiwanis Fairgrounds 

Jones St & Austin St
Experience real mountain Blue Grass Music. Musicians are local players. Free admission all donations go to the efforts of the Kiwanis Club. Call before you come just to make sure. 706-258-2736 Sponsored by Blue Mountain Music & Treasures. 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.




Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays
Morganton Music Park

Thursdays nights at 8pm - Karaoke! $5.00 & snack bar will be open, too! 
Open year round, every Friday & Saturday night, closed only on Christmas Day. The kitchen begins serving at 7:00 PM and the band plays from 8:00 to 12:00. The Morganton Music Park is a place where both adults and children can go to dance and have a great time listening to live country music bands. It is a nonalcoholic entertainment center.
Visit their
website for more info.



5:30 p.m.
Horseshoe Bend Park, McCaysville, GA
Pickin' in the Park
A series of weekly jam sessions that nurture local old-time and bluegrass musical traditions. It is held alongside the Beautiful Toccoa River at Horseshoe Bend Park. This weekly event is for pickers, not scheduled performances. Jam sessions abound in various sizes and styles throughout the park.
Admission is free. And the park is Handicapped accessible. Come out, bring the whole family to enjoy the experience.
Scattered picnic tables available, nice grassy lawn but you are also welcome to bring a blanket or chair.


Pickin & Playing at Clay's Corner, Brasstown, NC every Friday Night. Call 828-837-3797 for more info.

7:30 p.m.
John C. Campbell Folk School
Offers free concerts with various artists with folksongs, hammered dulcimers, fiddles, banjos, guitars, bluegrass, gospel and many more types of music. For information, call 1-800-FOLK-SCH or check
www.folkschool.org for schedule.


Are you seeing stars?
You can every Friday night at the Young Harris College Planetarium. Shows begin promptly at 8:00 pm. Seating on a first-come first-served basis and groups of 10 or more may reserve seats by calling the office at 706/379-3111 ext. 5130. Telescopes will be set up after the show. Visit their website


Friday Concert Series
Union County Courthouse, Blairsville (706) 745-5493


Music in the Shops of Murphy
The 1st Friday of each month, March thru October, a live band performs from 7-10 p.m. The 3rd Friday of each month is Dance Night at the Daily Grind. Other events include wine tasting. For more information contact the Daily Grind at 828-835-7322.


Children's Story Hour
Every Saturday at the Curiosity Shop Bookstore beginning at 11:15 am. Contact Linda at Curiosity Shop Bookstore for more information 828-835-7433.


Murphy Mornings
Every Saturday from 10 am- 2pm, April-October in the pocket parks on the corners of Peachtree and Tennessee streets, downtown Murphy, featuring Cedar Valley Farmer's Market; quilters and crafters welcome. For more information, call Jeremiah Smith, 828-837-5143.


Beginners Line Dance class 
Bill's Skating Rink
Blairsville, GA
6:30-7:30 pm
Cost $5.00
Come and have fun learning new dances.

For more info contact Evelyn

706-835-6250 or 706-994-3323


May to September Free Outdoor Concerts every Saturday night from 6 P.M. til 8 P.M. on the Square in Hiawassee. Enjoy music, food and fun for the entire family. Bring a blanket - Bring a lawn chair. Come enjoy an evening under the sky in the heart of this enchanted valley. - visit
www.otmga.org for information

8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
John C. Campbell Folk School
Every other Saturday, Contra & Square Dancing
For information, call 1-800-FOLK-SCH.


Appalachian Jam on the Square Dahlonega, Ga. April through October Saturdays 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Live music on Downtown Dahlonega's historic square. Dahlonega - Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce 800-231-5543
Visit Website


Bear Ridge Mall
Bear Ridge Mall offers free music and events every weekend. Check local papers and radio for each weekend's events. Also located on site is Christopher's Steak House coming this summer) and Jackson River Trading Co. home furnishings. Mall is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 8am to 6pm. Located off Hwy 19/74 in Andrews, NC, 2.2 miles east of Andrews-Murphy Airport. Turn left on Beaver Creek Rd. Call 828-321-2386 for more information



Community Services


Logan's Run Rescue




  is a program of great interest to parents and teachers everywhere.  It is a non-profit, nationwide service whose mission is to make reading fun again for thousands of reluctant teenagers by using best-selling thrillers, heroic non-fiction, and motivational books.  Middle and high school teachers receive numerous free curriculum materials and enjoy classroom interaction with best-selling authors either via phone or personal appearances.  In just eight years, this successful program has received numerous credible endorsements and has registered over 8,000 teachers, representing over 100,000 students, proving that it has returned creativity to the classroom. 



The Gateway Animal Rescue Center is looking for volunteers. Extra hands are needed at pet adoption events, answering phones, writing articles and picking up donations of food, equipment, etc. Gateway is always looking for donations of GOOD pet foods. Check out their "Pet of the Week" at the Saturday's adoption in the Blue Ridge City Park. Call Robyn in Ellijay at 706/698-1355 or Karen in Blue Ridge at 423/496-3892, e-mail


Bosom Buddies of Georgia
Offers monthly support groups for cancer survivors. Another program offered is the Low-cost Mammogram Program, which offers qualified applicants a mammogram at discounted rates. For more info visit the
Bosom Buddies of Georgia website www.gacancerfoundation.org/bb


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The Whiskers Project is a Non-Profit, Trap, Neuter-Return (TNR) program that spays & neuters feral and stray cats in Union and surrounding counties in North Georgia. We are part of the Feral Friends Network with Alleycats in Washington DC. If you can volunteer to help trap and transport once a month, please contact us.

We are always looking for farms, barns and stables to relocate sterile and rabies vaccinated cats that need homes. Please contact us if you can provide feeding and location assistance. Sometimes we rescue strays and kittens that have been domesticated that need homes. Those cats/kittens are posted on our adoptable list.

PO BOX 575
Blairsville, GA 30514
Phone: 706-745-0936



FLEX Arts Center at 21 High Point Dr. in Blue Ridge is offering free dance awareness seminars to area Girl Scout troops. The 1 ½ hour session includes a dance class with a certified instructor (also a former Girl scout leader), arts lecture and fun exercises to meet all the elements required for earning the Jr. dance badge or Brownie Try-it patch.  The school also offers a similar program for earning theater badges. Daisy troops may schedule a dance  or theater awareness session for fun as well. Participants are each given a certification of achievement, and troops are invited to spend additional time at the facility to complete their normal meeting business or to plan a ceremony.   FLEX Arts Center is also a certified yoga facility, and Jr. troops or cadet levels may schedule a free “introduction to yoga” seminar for health and fitness awareness projects as well.   For more information, or to schedule a seminar call Ginny Hendry at the school at 706-258-9642.


MOPS International, a non-profit mothering organization, creates communities and resources to help make "better moms who make a better world." A MOPS group is a place where moms can come-just as they are-to build friendships, receive mothering support, practical help and spiritual hope.
To find a group near you, please visit us online at
www.MOPS.org .  Join now - because better moms make a better world!

Mothers of Preschoolers meets on the Third Thursday of each month in the new fellowship hall at First Baptist Church of Blairsville from 6-8pm.  Call the church office at 706-745-2469 for more information or email us at


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