333 W. Highland St.
Ridge, GA 30513
|Fannin County Public Library Upcoming
The Library will be
closed Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4 in observance of Independence
Monday, July 6
at 2:00PM, Chad Crews will present “Super Reading Extravaganza” at the
Blue Ridge First Baptist Youth Center.
Tuesday, July 7
we will have a special guest at storytime, Mrs. Angie Whitener reading her
Heroes book! Storytime is at 11:00AM and 1:00PM.
9 at 3:00PM at the Blue Ridge First Baptist Youth Center, the Hampstead
Stage Company will perform Hercules and the Greek Heroes.
Friday, July 10
Flicks in the Sticks! Teen Movie Night Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
The Fort Villanow Veteran’s
Project Invites You to our 1st Annual 4th Of July Celebration!
Old Fashioned Games & Prizes for Kids!
Bobbing For Apples
Sand Box (for smaller kids)
Ponies & Wagon Rides
Gates open at noon
BBQ all day.
Live music begins at 7 p.m.
Fireworks at Dusk!
$1 admission per person
Learn more about the project and how
to get involved at:
All proceeds go to benefit the Fort
Villanow Veterans Project, A safe haven for veterans and kids.
Come learn more about our classes
Kids Survival Day Camp
Meet our volunteer team of expert
veterans and see what’s happening at the Fort. We offer something
Free to all U.S. Military Veterans
Fort Villanow is located at:
12650 East Hwy 136, La Fayette, GA
30728 In Villanow, beside Pocket Road
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. This month
we welcome our newly formed advocacy group, Friends of
Hardman Farm! This group is off to a great start helping
to develop our docent program and more. Call the site if
you are interested in participating and check the
schedule for a Friends event later this summer.
Registration is suggested for tours and programs.
To register for programs, call Hardman Farm at
Hardman Farm is open 10 AM - 4 PM Thursday - Sunday.
Group tours are available
for groups of 10 or more.
July 10th, 2015
Friday @ Education Cabin
3:00 - 4:30 PM
Come and see what this dynamic group of volunteers
are up to in the park. There are numerous volunteer
projects ongoing where your skills would be appreciated.
For more information on volunteer opportunities please
call our Volunteer Coordinators:
Gene Pease 706 219 2895 email@example.com
Barbara Blaine 706 865 1513 firstname.lastname@example.org
July 11th, 2015
Ridge Guided Hike
9:00 AM Visitor Center
Explore this moderate 1.6 mile trail that starts in
the bottomlands and ascends up the Laurel Ridge. You
will explore the flora, fauna, geology and much more of
this beautiful wooded hike. Kathy Church will be guiding
this moderate hike.$5.00 Parking Pass for all vehicles.
July 18th, 2015
Fishing at Buck Shoals
Children and their special "big person" can
fish in a lake stocked with catfish, bass and bream.
Fish caught can be kept. Bring your own bait and rods.
No bait fish or corn permitted. This event is not at
Smithgall Woods, but at Buck Shoals, a nearby unopened
state park. Call for directions. Occurs every third
Saturday through September.
and meet our new Ranger!
Kathy Church is a native of Clarkesville, Ga, who
grew up on a family tract of mixed hardwood-pine forest,
with wildlife and farm animals abounding. After
graduating from Habersham Central High School in 1996,
Ms. Church went to the Warnell School of Forestry,
receiving a BSFR in Wildlife Management, and finished
her matriculation with a MAT in Secondary Science
Education. Kathy taught in both public and private
school, but spent the last 9 years at Tallulah Falls
Private School teaching college preparatory Physical
Science and Physics. Her family includes 5 canine, 2
equine, & 6 aquatic children, and her hobbies
include horse-back riding, martial arts, and hiking.
Beat the Heat at 9:00 AM
The same great experience as the BIG Tour without the
perspiration. See the description of the BIG Tour below.
$12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $7 for youth, and $3 for
children under 6.
BIG Tour 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 12:30 PM, 3:00PM
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.
$12 for adults, $10 for
seniors, $7 for youth, and $3 for children under 6.
Ruby Tuesdays 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
was life like for a well-to-do girl in the Nacoochee
Valley in the 1870's? Find out on Tuesdays in July! This
one day camp is for girls ages 6-12. Two camps will serve
6-8 year olds on July 7 and 21 and 9-12 year olds on July
14 and 28.
Period games, hairstyles, clothes and much more will be
explored culminating in an English Tea with Ms. Kitty and
Christina. Girls will also enjoy an outing to the Crescent
Hill Church, built by Anna Ruby's Dad. Sign up ASAP! Space
is limited. $30 for the day includes snacks and materials.
If you are interested in volunteering at Hardman Farm,
call Johnna Tuttle at 706-878-1077 for more details.
LIKE US ON FACEBOOK!!!
Friends of Smithgall Woods now has a
Facebook Page! It is a great way to let folks know what is going on at
Smithgall, share opportunities and spark interest in our great park!
Please "like us" and share the page with your friends! We can be
found at : https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-Smithgall-Woods-State-Park/272864152889838?ref=bookmarks
Hardman Farm Historic Site
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.
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.
for more info.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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 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
PO BOX 575
Blairsville, GA 30514
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
To find a group near you, please visit us online at
. 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