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February Events

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 Woods.

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

The 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 Coffee. $5



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.



February 2015 Newsletter
Click here to enjoy our 2014 Year in Review video!








April 10 & 11, 2015


Workshop Intensive

Friday, April 10

10am - 2pm


Meet & Greet

Friday, April 10

5pm - 6pm


Writers' Conference

Saturday, April 11

8:30am - 5pm


**For registration and conference info, click below Blueridgewritersconference. com




Juried Exhibit


April 3 -May 1, 2015


Preview Week:

April 3 - 9, 2015


Judge's Demo Workshop:

April 10

8:30am - 12:30pm


Reception & Awards Ceremony

Friday, April 10

6pm - 8pm


For demo registration or further information, please contact the Art Center directly.





Summer Youth Art

Camp Instructors:

Please contact Lisa Tyler at (706) 632-2144 or via email to sign up. Please notify Lisa no later than February 27, 2015.



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



March 7, 2015

7pm - 9pm


$30 tickets/

$25 for BRMAA members


**If 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 help you.


Ticket includes:

- Engraved Wine Glass

- One Glass of Wine

- Participation in wine tastings provided by 5 participating vintners

- Delicious food pairings by local restaurants such as Harvest on Main, Masseria, and Blue Ridge Grocery


Evening events include:

- Silent Auction

- Wine Grab raffle

- Live Music and Entertainment



Come taste wine samples from several Georgia-based vintners such as our very own Out of the Blue gourmet food & wine shop, Blue Ridge Cellars, Mercier's Orchards, Cartecay Vineyard and even a special savory tasting by Blue Ridge Olive Oil Company. Delicious food & hors d'oeuvres provided by Harvest on Main, Masseria, Blue Ridge Grocery, Toccoa Riverside Restaurant and other local favorites will also be paired and served throughout the evening.


Sample 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.


Auction items include: Original artwork by Tom Chambers, specialty items from Wrapsody in Blue, Gatewood Hall, Majestic Child and MUCH MUCH MORE!


Tickets are limited... so get your tickets today at

the Art Center! Help us continue to support our young artists and local arts programming. Thank you to all our participating vintners, volunteers restaurants and vendors who have been incredible to work with during this change.


Proceeds from this event benefit the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association youth programming including our Summer Youth Art Camp and ongoing arts education classes and scholarships.

1st Quarter Artist in Residence
Robyn Cappelli
January 17 - March 28, 2015



March 3 - 26, 2015


Opening Reception

March 3rd at 4pm



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

Blue Ridge Poets and Writers

Meet 4th Wednesday of the month at 2pm

Blue Ridge Carvers

Will be back in April, 2015.


Fiber Arts Group

Holds open work-sessions every Thursday from 2-4pm and workshops every 2nd

Thursday from 2-4pm.

Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
420 West Main Street
Blue Ridge, GA 30513






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
exciting revival.
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.




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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