333 W. Highland St.
Ridge, GA 30513
SCHOOL FIRESIDE SALE
John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC, invites you to support
local and regional artists at the Fireside Sale. This annual event will be
held from 10 AM – 5 PM on Sunday, December 8 in the Keith House and
Davison Hall. It's a great opportunity to buy locally for the holidays.
Also, our Craft Shop will be offering a 15% off sale from November 29-
more information about Fireside Sale or any of our other holiday events,
please call 1-800-FOLK-SCHOOL or visit www.folkschool.org.
The Town of Tellico Plains Presents its Annual
Christmas Candlelight Walk
The First Saturday Night of December
4:00 to 9:00 PM
A magical evening begins with the Christmas tree lighting on the town square and a stroll through candle lit streets to experience a Victorian Christmas, where the Town Crier announces the special events:
Shops, Galleries, and Restaurants will be open
Live Nativity Scene
Gingerbread House and Christmas Decorations Contests
Santa and the Grinch
Collectable Hand-made Bear Ornaments
Call Sharon at 423-253-4269 or email email@example.com for more information.
Brasstown Ringers present their 2013 holiday program, “A Brasstown Christmas” in the Brasstown/Young Harris area two times the Dec. 13th weekend. On Friday, Dec. 13th, the group plays at John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC at 7:00 PM. On Sunday, Dec. 15th they are at Sharp United Memorial Methodist in Young Harris, GA at 4:00 PM. Both concerts are free with a good-will concert taken.
Registration is required for all programs unless otherwise noted.
To register for programs, call the park at 706-878-3087.
For more information about programs or volunteer opportunities,
ask for Johnna Tuttle, Interpretive Ranger. There is a $5 per
vehicle charge for parking for all programs. Annual passes are
Friends Friday in December - next one is on
Come join us for our monthly meeting of the “Friends of
Smithgall Woods.” Friends is Smithgall’s advocacy group,
helping the park through volunteer efforts, fund-raising, and
advocacy. Call for directions to the Education Cabin where the
meeting is held and to let us know you are coming.
Visit Tour 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Learn about Smithgall Woods as we explore the park in its fall
glory. A brief program at the Visitor Center will be followed by a
tour of the park that features the covered bridge, Dukes Creek and
the cottages. Donations welcome.
About Black Bears and Hibernation
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Get your questions about black bears answered with Tom
Hennigan, North American Bear Center volunteer. Mr. Hennigan will
cover the basics of bear biology including descriptions, life
history, behavior, and “bear myths.” Special attention will be
given to hibernation. Donations welcome.
Tours and Porridge at Hardman Farm
1:00 or 3:00 PM
Learn the secrets and history of this 143-year-old former
governor’s farm on what is sure to be a cold winter day.
Afterwards, enjoy a warm bowl of porridge from Nora Mill Granary
and hot coffee from Jumping Goats Coffee Roasters, while
experiencing the winter stillness of the Nacoochee Valley. Tours
will take place at 1 and 3 p.m. $10 Deadline to register is
and Friday, December 19-20th
Camp! 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Hey Kids -- burn off some of that holiday energy at Holi-Day
camp! This year’s camp is all for the birds! Kids will conduct a
Christmas Bird Count for the Audubon Society, make bird treats,
and learn how birds survive the winter. For ages 6-11; camp
mentors ages 12-18 pay half price.
$35 if paid by December 6, $40 after.
Hike 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Take a van ride to and from the Martin Mine trail and then
explore the trail with volunteer Anne Warner. Enjoy the beauty of
native evergreens and a bit of local gold mining history. There is
no charge for the hike but donations are welcome.
Day Hike 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Take your first hike of the year at Smithgall Woods State Park!
Hike 1.3 miles on flat roadway to Smithgall’s beautiful cottage
facility. Staff will lead the hike to Smithgall cottage where hot
cider will be waiting. Learn more about Charlie Smithgall whose
generosity made the park possible. There is no cost for the hike
but donations are welcome. $5 park pass per vehicle
and Friday, January 2-3rd
Year's Camp 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Kids ages 6-14 can ring in the new year with fun holiday
traditions, indoor and outdoor games, “leaf sledding,” and
more. $35 if registered prior to December 15; $40 after.
Club 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Young naturalists will enjoy this club that is a combination of
learning, fun, and practical application. Wise land management
principles will be taught through activities and projects that
promote an understanding of the varied North Georgia mountain
ecosystems and how to protect them. Conserving Hemlock trees will
be the focus of the first semester. Classroom and lots of hands-on
work with conservation projects. The Club will meet throughout the
semester on the first and third Saturdays each month. For students
in grades 3-5 and mentors in middle school. $80 if registered by
December 1; $90 after includes snacks, materials and club t-shirt.
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 in 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.
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