333 W. Highland St.
Ridge, GA 30513
Welcome to the monthly e-news from Smithgall Woods and
Hardman Farm, a satellite site of Smithgall Woods.
Hardman Farm is on hiatus from public tours until March
but group tours for 10 or more can be conducted per
staff availability. Registration is required for all
programs unless otherwise noted. To register for
programs or for information about Hardman Farm,
call Smithgall Woods at 706-878-3087.
There is a $5 parking fee for all programs at Smithgall
February 28th, 2015
Help at Hardman 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Celebrate Black History Month exploring the culture of
African American service workers at Hardman Farm and in
the greater southeast region. The program will be
partially indoors and partially outdoors viewing the
servants' quarters and structures seldom open to the
public. Stay warm with goodies from neighboring businesses
-- porridge from Nora Mill and coffee from Jumping Goat
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
If you are interested in volunteering at Smithgall Woods
or Hardman Farm,
call Johnna Tuttle at 706-878-3087.
10 & 11, 2015
conference info, click
PAINTERS OF THE
SOUTHEAST 4th Annual
3 -May 1, 2015
3 - 9, 2015
& Awards Ceremony
demo registration or
please contact the Art
contact Lisa Tyler at (706)
632-2144 or via
email to sign up. Please
notify Lisa no later
than February 27, 2015.
wide selection of art
supplies and gifts right
here at the Art Center.
Gift certificates are
for BRMAA members
you have already
purchased your ticket
for this event, we will
honor your original
ticket. If you are
unable to make the new
date, please contact The
Art Center directly and
we would be happy to
Engraved Wine Glass
One Glass of Wine
Participation in wine
tastings provided by 5
Delicious food pairings
by local restaurants
such as Harvest on
Main, Masseria, and Blue
Wine Grab raffle
Live Music and
taste wine samples from
vintners such as our
very own Out of the
Blue gourmet food
& wine shop, Blue
Ridge Cellars, Mercier's
Vineyard and even a
special savory tasting
by Blue Ridge Olive
Delicious food &
hors d'oeuvres provided
by Harvest on Main,
Masseria, Blue Ridge
and other local
favorites will also be
paired and served
throughout the evening.
the various wines and
beverages while you bid
on your favorite silent
auction items. Also,
stock your cellar with
our one of a kind Wine
Grab raffle. Each $20
raffle ticket purchased
guarantees you go home
with no less than a
bottle of wine valued at
$20 or more. Some are
stocked with higher
valued wines or a
'golden ticket' prizes.
Everyone walks away a
winner...you can't lose.
items include: Original
artwork by Tom Chambers,
specialty items from Wrapsody
in Blue, Gatewood Hall,
Majestic Child and
MUCH MUCH MORE!
are limited... so get
your tickets today at
Help us continue to
support our young
artists and local arts
programming. Thank you
to all our participating
restaurants and vendors
who have been incredible
to work with during this
from this event benefit
the Blue Ridge Mountains
Arts Association youth
our Summer Youth Art
Camp and ongoing arts
education classes and
Artist in Residence
January 17 -
March 28, 2015
3 - 26, 2015
3rd at 4pm
Art Center is home to
throughout the year.
Click on the link
below for an updated
list of our 2015
Ridge Poets and Writers
4th Wednesday of the
month at 2pm
be back in April, 2015.
open work-sessions every
Thursday from 2-4pm and
workshops every 2nd
|REVIVAL MARCH 1-7 at New Hope Fellowship
Baptist Church in Blairsville
Exciting speakers are coming to New Hope Fellowship Church
in Blairsville to deliver inspiring fire filled Gospel messages March 1-7.
The speakers are from throughout North Georgia and North Carolina.
Pack your cars with family and friends and don't miss this life changing
The following speakers will speak on different nights beginning at 7:00:
Pastor Clark Moss from Shiloh Baptist Church in Hayesville, NC,
Pastor Chris Rumfeld of First Free Will Baptist Church of Hayesville,NC,
Pastor Tully Griggs of Community Baptist Church of Franklin, NC,
Youth Pastor Andy Williams of Will Scott Baptist Church in Murphy, NC,
Evangelist Jim McKeral of Christ For All People Ministry, Hiawassee, GA,
Sr. Pastor Billy Rhodes of Will Scott Baptist Church in Murphy, NC,
Pastor Mike Welch of New Hope Fellowship Church in Blairsville, GA.
Featured Musical Guests include the Groups Prayz Project of
Blue Ridge, Ga. and Tender Mercies Group of Murphy, NC.
New Hope Fellowship Baptist Church is located at, 1456 Blue Ridge
Hwy., Blairsville, GA 30512. Phone# 706-745-9864.
Follow the Signs to New Hope.
|Feed Fannin Hosts Bowls of Hope
Feed Fannin will host Bowls of Hope, a fundraiser to combat hunger in our community, on Saturday, March 21, from 12:00 to 4:00 PM at Willow Creek
Falls in Blue Ridge. Those attending the event get to select and keep a unique bowl handcrafted by one of over 14 talented local potters and
sample delicious soups, chilies, breads and desserts prepared by over 30 local restaurants and chefs while listening to music by talented local
musicians Bobby Don Bloodworth, Jennifer Danner, Jim Richter and Linda Clement. There will also be a silent auction featuring items donated by over
80 artisans and businesses.
Money raised through Bowls of Hope will be used to support Feed Fannin’s
mission of educating and encouraging the community towards self-sufficiency while providing food for those in need.
Tickets for Bowls of Hope are $25 per person in advance or $30 per person at the door. Kids are free. Only 400 tickets will be sold. To purchase tickets
in advance or obtain more information visit www.feedfannin.com or call
706-946-1001. Tickets are also available at the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce, Blue Ridge Adventurewear and Design Refind in Blue Ridge,
and United Community Bank in Blue Ridge and McCaysville.
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