333 W. Highland St.
Ridge, GA 30513
|Fannin County Public Library Upcoming
1, the library will have NEW HOURS: Monday through Friday, 9AM to 6PM,
Fannin County Recreation Department is presently accepting registrations
for all boys and girls ages 4 thru 18 wanting to play Fall soccer.
Register at the Recreation Center Monday thru Friday from 8am to 5pm.
Registration fee is $50. Deadline for registration Friday, August 9th.
interested in coaching soccer needs to contact the Recreation Department.
more information please call the Recreation Center at 632-7696.
Center 706-946-1130 or 706-632-7696
Park Hours : 7:00 AM - Dark.
Visitor center Hours 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Daily
We are located off of Hwy 75 ALT.
There is a $5 parking fee for all programs at Smithgall Woods.
Guided Tours 10 AM, 12:30 PM and 3 PM
**Beat the Heat tours at 9 AM continued for August!
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 on the farm. Call to
$12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $7 for youth, and $3 for
children under 6.
August 7th, 2015
3:00 -4:30 PM at the Education
Smithgall’s advocacy group, Friends of Smithgall Woods, for an
informal monthly meeting. Learn about volunteer projects and
initiatives. Meet volunteers and Friends who volunteer and care
for the park. The meeting takes place at the park’s Education
Cabin. Call for directions. 706-878-3087 or
August 8th, 2015
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM in the
Second Saturday Hike
$5 park pass per vehicle or a Friend's Annual Pass
Volunteers, Craig and Sherri Woody and hike the Cathy Ellis
trail. They will explore the flora, fauna, history and geography
of this special area. The waterfall is the highlight of this
hike! This is a moderate to strenous, short hike of .5 miles to
the base of the fall and .5 to return to our shuttle.
Reservation suggested. No cost for the hike!!!! 706-878-3087 or
August 15th, 2015
8:00 - 12:00 Noon at Buck
Youth Fishing Day!!!
COST: $5 park pass per vehicle
or a Friend's Annual Pass
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 allowed.This
event is not at Smithgall Woods, but at Buck Shoals, a nearby
unopened state park. Call for directions. This event occurs
every third Saturday through Sep. 706-878-3087 or www.gastateparks.org/smithgallwoods
in the Valley 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Take a video tour of house design and
construction as it developed in the Sautee and Nacoochee
valleys between the 1820's and the 1920's, including the
Hardman House. Presented by
Lloyd Summer who has restored several buildings listed on the
National Register. Please register in advance.
$5 for program plus $7 includes a tour.
Jones Book Signing 9:30 AM-3:00 PM
Emory Jones, author of "Distant
Voices: The Story of the Nacoochee Valley Indian Mound,"
will read excerpts from his new book "The Valley
Where They Danced." This new historical novel
features scenes from Hardman Farm. Hear excerpts prior to
the tour and then bring back questions for Mr. Jones
afterward. The book is available for purchase and is not
included in the tour fee.
Amerson Book Signing 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Gold" by Anne Dismukes Amerson is a historical novel
which brings to life America's first major gold rush, the
Trail of Tears, the Civil War, and other turbulent events. A
young bride when gold is discovered in 1829, Keziah Hamilton
Cochran journeys with her husband to north Georgia as he seeks
their fortune. There is no cost for the book signing. The cost
of the book is not included in the tour fee.
Mrs. Amerson will also be at Smithgall Woods at 9:00 AM giving
a presentation on the history of gold mining in Georgia at
Smithgall Woods State Park. Please call Smithgall at
706-878-3087 to learn more and to register for the "Gold
August 22nd, 2015
9:00 -12:00 Noon in the
per person, & $5 park pass per vehicle or a Friend's
Dismukes Amerson, author of "Dahlonega's Gold", will
be giving a presentation on the history of gold mining in this
area. The presentation will be followed by a tutorial in gold
panning and a hike to the Martin's Mine, which is an abandoned
gold mine, here, at Smithgall Woods State Park. Reservations
suggested. 706-878-3087 or www.gastateparks.org/smithgallwoods
of Hardman Farm Open House
4:00 - 6:00 PM
"Friends of Hardman Farm" is an
active group of volunteers helping with the development of
this important historic site. Volunteers play many roles from
giving tours to house cleaning and decorating to research to
fund raising and more! During the open house there will be
tours of the old general store built by Governor Lamartine
Coordinator, Mike Kaiser, will present opportunities that are
available; and refreshments will be served.
Site staff and members of Friends of Hardman Farm will be
available at the event. Among this dynamic group there are
historians, owners of historic homes, an author, an
archaeologist, and people who care deeply about our local
Learn more and enjoy good company at the
open house. Please e-mail Johnna.Tuttle@dnr.ga.gov
to reserve your spot!
- Lloyd L. Summer, III - Chair
- Emory Jones and Mark Johnson, Co Vice
- Robert Sway, Treasurer
- Betsy Shirk, Secretary
August 29th, 2015
9:00 am - 12:00 pm at the
COST: $15.00 pre-pay. $20.00 day
of the program, plus a $5 park pass per vehicle or a Friend's
does everyone want to hang out with the mushroom? Because he is
a fun-gi to be around! Want to learn more about mushrooms and
other fungi? Join us for a fungus presentation and hike with
Associate Professor of Mycology at Clemson University, Julia
Kerrigan. Starting at 9am, we will meet in the Visitor's Center,
& then head out for a hike.This
interesting program is open to all ages. Reservations required.
2015 Art Center Classes
the Summer heat and come on in to The Art Center. Choose
from classes in clay, painting, yoga,
jewelry-making and more. There's something for everyone
at The Art Center.
6, 13, 20, & 27 (Thursdays) OR
8, 15, 22, & 29 (Saturdays)
am - 1:00 pm
with Betty Larsen
non-member, $36 *BRMAA Members*
$12 Walk-ins for previous students
yoga exercises, deep relaxations, and breathing
techniques. We will use mats, belts, blocks, blankets
and chairs (supplied by the instructor). This class is
geared towards continuing students with basic yoga
experience, but more experienced students and teachers
am - 1:30 pm
the Big Picture
with John Stanford
non-member, FREE to *BRMAA Members*
workshop will focus on the important basic thought
processes when developing a painting. Big shapes, clear
values, and a clear concept of what you want to express
will be stressed during the course. The instructor will
demonstrate his process, and then assist the class
attendees as they create their own conceptual pieces.
The goal of the course is to allow students to develop a
repeatable process that will ensure a successful
painting every time thei brush touches canvas!
- 4:00 pm
and Chardonnay: Mugs and Bowls
with Sandi Jo Larsen
one or more pre-made pottery pieces to glaze and
decorate during the class, then return the following
week to pick up your fired piece. Choose from a mug,
vase, or bowl - or make a complete set! Sandi Jo will
instruct about the steps to making a finished pottery
piece, and guide students in the glazing process. Class
fee includes the following supplies: pre-made pottery
piece(s), glazing, firing, use of tools, and one glass
of wine. You must be 21 years of age to consume alcohol
and we ask that you drink responsibly.
- 8:30 pm
with Vicki Wagoner
non-member, $36 *BRMAA Member*
canvas and paints
ready for an evening of fun, relaxation, and creativity
as you paint from a selection of pictures while enjoying
your favorite wine and meeting new friends. Merlot's
Masterpiece is the perfect experience for individuals or
groups of friends with little or no painting experience.
Vicki will assist you to discover untapped resources of
creativity, unleashing your self-expression and creating
a masterpiece to take home. Class fee includes:
one canvas, pack of brushes, acrylic paints, and one
glass of wine. Additional glasses of wine are $3.00. You
must be 21 years of age to consume alcohol and we ask
that you please drink responsibly. You
can reserve a spot by calling or stopping in at
the Art Center. Let the paint party begin!
15 & 16 (Saturday & Sunday)
am - 3:30 pm
Eagle Leather Class
with Tom Slavicek
non-member + $60 supply fee, $72 *BRMAA Member* + $60
Make something beautiful and have fun! Join the Black
Eagle Leather class and make TWO leather bags you'll be
proud to wear and/or give as gifts. You'll learn the
basics of cutting, pounding and stitching leather and
how to inscribe a design using a wood burning tool
(called pyrography). All materials, tools and designs
are provided - no experience necessary! On Day One
you'll make a standard bag that can be worn on a belt
AND as a shoulder bag. On Day Two you can design a bag
with the shape, style and design of your choosing. Your
bags will be your own creations and make perfect
gifts...that is, if you want to part with them! Bring a
am - 12:00 pm
Hands & Healing Art: New Beginnings
with Vicki Wagoner
non-member, $40.50 *BRMAA Member*
having a profound experience while participating
at an art workshop, hypnotherapist and artist, Vicki
Wagoner, was inspired to create Heart, Hands and Healing
Art. Her program encourages creative and personal
expression through a process of painting with your hands
- no brushes, rules, or artistic abilities required! The
painting creates itself! Each participant starts with
the same blank canvas, and when the session is over,
Vicki assists you to discover the epiphanies of new
perspectives, possibilities, and insight that have been
subconsciously created during the painting process. It
will transform your life!
to view her art program, Heart, Hands and Healing Art,
filmed at the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association by
The Art of Living.
am - 12:00 pm
Glass Sterling Silver Earrings
with Barbara Chatham
+ $25 supply fee
Spice up your wardrobe
with a pair of sea glass earrings! Glass shards that
have been smoothed in the ocean turn into beautiful
bright blue stones, and Barbara Chatham will show you
how to mount these stones in a beautiful set of
earrings. Techniques covered will be: shaping a sterling
silver round wire, forging sterling silver with a
selection of jeweler's hammers, wire wrapping using two
thicknesses of wire, connecting the stone to the main
component of the earring, and making French ear wires.
All supplies will be included in the supply fee!
3, 10, 17, 24 and October 1 (Thursdays)
pm - 5:00 pm
to Sign Language
with Marcie Harper
5 one-hour sessions, participants will learn 100 basic
signs, compose brief sign language sentences, and
memorize signs for one story or dialogue. In addition,
participants will be introduced to some unique
characteristics of American Sign Language and Deaf
Culture that will help students participate in the
10, 17, 24 and October 1, 8 (Thursdays)
pm - 6:00 pm
to Zentangle: Beautiful Art is Possible One Pen Stroke
at a Time
with Melanie Rothchild
non-member + $15 supply fee
*BRMAA member* + $15 supply fee
This series of classes
will give you a basic understanding of the Zentangle
MethodTM, which is the artful use of
structured patterns and shapes to create intricate and
fantastic pictures with ink on Zentangle squares.
Students will learn how to create a basic original
Zentangle tile in the first session, and then will
expand upon the basic concepts with the addition of new
patterns and concepts in the following 5 sessions.
Techniques learned include patterning with lines and
shapes, using strings to make templates, completing
deliberate and intentional pen strokes, and the addition
of sepia and color to the repeated patterning. All
supplies will be included in the class fee.
am - 4:00 pm
the Plein Air Experience
with Marsha Hamby Savage
non-member, $90 *BRMAA Member*
Students will learn to
quickly look for an outdoor scene that intrigues them to
spend more time actually painting than looking for an
inspirational scene. A common mistake is looking for the
postcard view and trying to paint it all! Marsha will
demonstrate this skill in the morning, allowing students
plenty of time to paint, about 1½ to 2 hours a piece,
in order to catch the light before it changes. Bring
your own painting supplies, plus a field sketchbook.
(Canon 7x10', 90lb cream field sketchbooks are available
in the Arts Center), baby wipes, a trash bag, bug spray,
a hat/visor, and water. Please arrive at 8am and we will
be in the field by 8:30.
am - 3:00 pm
Chair Workshop: Make, Take, and Learn How to Use It
with Sharon Coogle and Betty Larsen
+ $20 Supply Fee
certified yoga instructors Betty Larsen and Sharon
Coogle as they lead a workshop showing students how to
create your own yoga chair! With injuries or reduced
capability, certain positions are too difficult to
achieve without assistance. The yoga chair allows you to
exploit new angles or positions to help you overcome
your personal hurdles in yoga class. Sharon and Betty
will demonstrate some of these useful tricks in a one
hour lesson, and then help personalize a less strenuous
way to complete maneuvers that challenge you with your
new take-home chair. In between construction and the
lesson, there will be a short 30 minute break. Supplies
will be provided, but you must register by September 5th
for your supplies to be ordered.
am - 12:00 pm
Silver Bracelet with Forging, Self-clasp and Lapis Stone
with Barbara Chatham
+ $40 Supply Fee
Learn the basics of
jewelry design as Barbara Chatham leads her students
through how to form a stunning sterling silver bracelet!
The bracelet will be 100% sterling silver with a round
lapis stone as a adornment. Students will learn useful
skills, among them: using a jeweler's hammer and pliers,
shaping and forming sterling silver, wire wrapping, and
securely adding stones to each piece. Each attendee will
go home with a finished product and the knowledge of how
to make more! All supplies will be included in the class
pm - 8:30 pm
with Vicki Wagoner
non-member, $36 *BRMAA Member*
ready for an evening of fun as you paint a selected
picture while enjoying your favorite wine. The Art
Center has created the Merlot's Masterpiece experience
for individuals or groups of friends with little
painting experience who want to have fun and paint! We
select a painting per class for participants to paint
together and our instructor will facilitate you in
completing a painting in the allotted time. On the day
of the class, we ask that you arrive 15-20 minutes
before the class starts so that you can be seated with
paint brushes and drinks ready. We like to begin class
promptly at 6:30pm.Class fee includes the following
supplies: one canvas, pack of brushes, acrylic paint,
and one glass of wine. You must be 21 years of age to
consume alcohol and we ask that you please drink
or Fridays 10 am - 12 pm by appointment
Pottery on the Wheel
Linda Stowe Woody
per session + $5 for glazing & firing
$10 for tool kit, $25 for 25# clay
is limited to 1 or 2 people
the proper technique for throwing pottery clay on the
wheel, including centering, opening, bring up walls into
cylinders or bowls, pulling handles, extruding handles
and throwing knobs. Then add glaze and fire pieces in
our kiln. Projects include creating mugs, bowls and
plates. Students are encouraged to practice using the
wheel between classes (there is no charge but advance
reservation is required). Class size is limited to one
or two people. Linda Stowe Woody is the owner of Coopers
& Wednesdays by appointment
Classes for Adults & Children
per hour or $20 per half hour non-member
per hour or $20 per half hour *BRMAA Member*
Music classes for very beginners or experienced
musicians in piano, acoustic or electric guitar,
mandolin and ukulele. Any style of music can be covered.
Matt Scoggins has over 5 years' experience teaching in
school and private settings. His passion for music and
patience in teaching others will foster the creative
abilities inherent in his students. Learn music theory,
sight reading, chords, tablature and some improv.
per hour + $20 supply fee
to repurpose that old and outdated jewelry by creating
new jewelry with the components! Barbara Chatham will
work personally with her student to identify useable
components on an old piece, disassemble it properly,
extract precious stones, and then reuse the component to
make one-of-a-kind accessories. However, this is not
simply to walk away with incredible new jewelry. Barbara
takes time to impart lessons that can be used for future
jewelry-creating sessions: how to plan a piece, proper
disassembly, identifying stones, using jeweler's parts
(clasps, hooks) appropriately, necessary tools, and
putting it all together. Come once and learn to update
your jewelry forever!
Wednesdays, and Thursdays
non-member, $36 *BRMAA Member* (discounts available)
The Art Center to register, or if you have any
Ballet-Tuesdays at 4pm
Ballet-Tuesdays at 5pm
Ballet-Tuesdays at 6pm
Ballet-Thursdays at 4pm
Ballet-Thursdays at 7pm
Ballet/Pointe-Wednesdays at 4pm
Tap-Tuesdays at 7pm
Tap-Wednesdays at 6pm
Jazz-Thursdays at 5pm
Jazz-Thursdays at 6pm
Jazz-Wednesdays at 5pm
Lessons by Appointment
Burgess (oils , acrylics and drawing)
Hamby (colored pencils)
Stowe Woody (clay)
vary by instructor.
Art Center for further information.
you are interested in teaching a course at The Art
Center or have questions regarding classes, please email
our new coordinator Devon Faria at BlueRidgeArts.email@example.com.
Ridge Mountains Arts Association
West Main Street
Ridge, GA 30513
|Allegheny lodge 114 in Blairsville is
having a Disc Golf Charity Tournament on Aug 23rd. Starting at 8:30 am.
More info and sign up at www.discgolfscene.com
or call Ronny at 706-400-2094
About this tournament
Alleghany lodge 114 charity tourment
there be door prizesand prizes for the 1st place winner of each division.
Free disc, ace reward closest to the pin and much more . this is for the
charity for Allegheny lodge that supports scholorships , foodbasket at
Christmas and many other mason's chairtys .Contact Ronny Benfield
706-400-2094 for more information all who register before august 5 will
get a custom disc. The ctp, and any side challenges will be extra before
and collected before the tourment. The lodge well be selling quarter lb
beef hotdogs chips and a drink for 5 dollars.
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