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Blue Ridge, GA 30513
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Painting Courtesy of Paula Van Huss


CSA Shares are on sale NOW!
LIMITED SHARES AVAILABLE. GET YOURS BEFORE THEY SELL OUT!
Each share holder will get eight limited-edition pieces of art with a total value of $600, created specifically for CSA Blue Ridge You will pick them up at two pick-up events, which will take place in creative spaces throughout Blue Ridge. This year's artists include:
Marie Luce Van Asten (Pottery)
Tim & Karen Chambers (Whimsical Folk Art)
Jennifer Danner (Mixed Media Paintings)
Lisa Fraker (Screen printing)
Arni Katz (Photography)
Mike Lalone (Functional Pottery)
Tom Slavicek (Leather)
Bill Suttles (Paintings)

Join the fun, support the arts and take home eclectic and unique creations from talented artists in varying mediums.
Shares are available online and at the Art Center.

 

CURRENT EXHIBITS

 

3rd Quarter Artist-in-Residence

Paula Van Huss

July 8 - September 30, 2017

 

Subtle, Soothing, STUNNING!

 


Eastern League of Professional Artists
July 29 - August 26, 2017
ELPA is a collection of eighteen professional artists who joined forces to attract better opportunities to paint and exhibit in high quality venues, introduce themselves to new markets and to expose the public and prospective collectors to professional painters in the eastern part of the country. The League is comprised of professional studio and plein air painters who live and work in the Eastern United States and who desire to bring attention to the artistic excellence in their part of the country.

3D Off the Wall Exhibit
July 29 - August 26, 2017
Opening reception: July 29, 5-7pm
The 7th Annual three-dimensional only art show, "Off the Wall," takes the works off the gallery walls and lets you see the beauty of three-dimensional works. This exhibit is open to all three-dimensional artists of all genres only.

UPCOMING EVENTS & EXHIBITS



**Notification Deadline: August 25
Paint-Out Dates: September 7-10


2017 National Juried Photography Show
September 2 - 30, 2017

 

Opening reception, Sept. 2, 5-7pm



2017 SAAG National
Juried Show
Oct. 7 - Nov. 11, 2017
Opening reception, Oct. 7, 5-7pm

CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

 

 

 

 

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CHILDREN'S DANCE CLASSES BEGIN AUGUST 16, 2017!

Call or come by for registration.

 

GUILDS

 

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Solar Eclipse, August 21, 2017
Viewing Party at Serenberry Vineyards 1 to 4 PM!

Join Serenberry Vineyards for a unique viewing party of this rare celestial event. According to NASA's predictions, our vineyard will experience the full solar eclipse just after 2:30 PM on Monday, August 21, 2017.

Make plans now to savor this once in a lifetime experience!

Purchase tickets at the door - $15
Thanks again for your continued support!

Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
420 West Main Street
Blue Ridge, GA 30513
706-632-2144

2017 Late Summer Art Center Classes

Imagination: More Than a Frame of Mind-
Acrylic & Watercolor Painting
Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced
August 18 & 19, 2017, Friday & Saturday-2 Sessions
10:30 am-4:30 pm
Instructor: Paula Van Huss
Class Fee: $125.00 non-members +$10.00 Supply Fee
$112.50 BRMAA members + $10.00 Supply Fee

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This is a great class for expanding your artistic horizons in mixed media. The Instructor will guide you in a collage/mixed media painting. This includes transfers, acrylic paints, gels, different mediums and utilizing a variety of different materials to create a very unique painting. Along with the mixed mediums, the students will encompass Japanese paper within their painting. What a great class to learn how to create a textured painting. The Supply Fee includes everything you need for your illustration board painting except a roll of paper towels. Come learn something new and expand your talent!
Watercolor Workshop-
Taking Your Painting to the Next Level
Beginning & Intermediate
August 24, 2017 (Thursday), 1 Sessions
1:30 pm-4:30 pm
Instructor: Joyce Clair
Class Fee: $45.00 non-members
$40.50 BRMAA Members

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Looking to take your watercolor painting to the next level? Not sure where to start? Start here with this small group session to learn ways to improve your paintings. Bring your watercolor supplies, some samples of your work and a project to work on during class. The instructor will give a brief overview of the most common watercolor painting problems, the importance of a value sketch and how to apply design principles and elements. Students will work independently on their projects as the instructor offers individualized critique and guidance. The objective of this workshop is to help students recognize strengths and weaknesses in their paintings and to learn ways to improve their paintings. This class is recommended for students with watercolor experience at any level.
Restorative Yoga
Beginning
August 25, 2017 Friday, 1 Session
September 24, 2017 Sunday, 1 Session
October 27, 2017 Friday, 1 Session
December 3, 2017 Sunday, 1 Session
4:00 pm-6:00 pm
Instructor: Sharon Coogle
Class Fee: $12.00 non-member & BRMAA Members
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Restorative yoga allows the practitioner to enter a state of deep physical and mental relaxation. Although some yoga experience is helpful, there is no prerequisite of knowledge or flexibility; extensive use of props and supports helps every body attain positions that encourage restoration.


C'mon & Dance- Adult Fitness
Beginning & Intermediate
September 1, 8, 15, 22, 2017, Friday-4 Sessions
September 29, October 6, 13, 20, 2017
November 3, 10, 17, December 1, 2017
December 8, 15, 22, 29, 2017
10:30 am-12:45 pm
Instructor: Mary Gucciardo & Venae Ellis
Class Fee: $40.00 Non-members
$36.00 BRMAA members
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Come enjoy music and dancing while improving your general state of fitness. If you always wanted to learn tap, this class is for you. Expect an invigorating aerobic workout, while toning leg muscles, core and improving balance. Steps are basic enough for everyone to enjoy. It is a great class to meet new friends and have a fun time. The class requires tap shoes, exercise mat and water. Optional dumbbell weights for toning 1-5 lbs. can be used. This class runs from 10:30 am-11:10 am. Stay for the next class of Cardio-Dance Fitness which features dance routines choreographed using a variety of music genres. Celebrating music from all over the world and keep your body moving and grooving! This class runs from 11:15 am-11:55 am. Aerobic sneakers are suitable for the class. The final class, Tone and Stretch, tones up your muscle and focuses on core strength. It is a non-aerobics class that uses handheld dumbbells merging with a dance inspired workout by ballet, yoga and Pilates. Expect exercises to tone the upper body, lower body and core. This class runs from 12:00 pm-12:45 pm. The class requires an exercise mat and water. Each class is designed to increase aerobic power, make you sweat and burn calories while having fun.
Class Fee pays for all three classes.
Discover Pottery
Beginning & Intermediate
September 6, 2017 January 10, 2018
November 8, 2017 February 7, 2018
December 6, 2017 March 7, 2018
April 11, 2018
May 9, 2018
1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Instructor: Luce Van Asten
Class Fee for each class:
$40.00 non-members per class + $10 Supply Fee per class
$36.00 BRMAA Members-per class + $10 Supply Fee- per class

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Mark this class on your calendar to come each month to "Discover Pottery"! These classes are independent of each other; therefore, you can come to one or all the classes and learn the techniques of pottery. In these clay classes the students will make a variety of creative clay pieces and apply glazes. Each class will focus on different techniques and projects creating functional vessels and figurative sculptures. Some of the projects include decorative tiles, cups, garden sculptures, birds, lidded boxes and pinch pots to name a few. Students will take home some great creative clay pieces. Each class fee will be $40.00 plus a $10 Supply Fee for clay, glazes and kiln firing. Come bring your friend or relative to class and create some great fun memories!
From Plein Air To The Studio
Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced
September 7, 2017, Thursday-1 Session
10:30 am-4:30 pm
Instructor: Carly Hardy
Class Fee: $65.00 non-members
$58.50 BRMAA members

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What a great opportunity to improve and learn from one of the great artists in the realm of Plein Air Painting. Bring one or 2 paintings that you have done outdoors in your medium of choice to learn how to create a larger more expressive painting from a plein air study. The student will consider composition and design in each painting they bring to class. The techniques the students learn will be capturing the emotional content from Plein Air and interpreting value and light sources. The class will be indoors and the supply list includes 1 to 2 paintings you have completed outdoors, easel, paint of your medium choice and a blank canvas. The student is welcome to bring a bag lunch.
Egyptian Spiral Copper Bracelet
Beginning
September 13, 2017, Wednesday-1 Session
10:30 am-1:30 pm
Instructor: Barbara Chatham
Class Fee: $30.00 non-members & members
$30.00 Supply Fee

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This copper bracelet is one of a kind you create in this fun class. The instructor will teach you to make Egyptian Spiral Links and design placement for a comfortable fit. The students will learn to make jump rings to connect the spirals and spiral toggle for the bracelet closure. You will also learn how to patina copper. All the jeweler's tools will be supplied. Come be creative and make a great piece of jewelry for yourself or a present for friends and family.
Alcohol Ink on Glass Vases
Beginning
September 14, 2017 Thursday, 1 Session
1:30 pm-3:30 pm
Instructor: Joyce Clair
Class Fee: $30.00 non-members + $10.00 Supply Fee
$27.00 BRMAA Members + $10.00 Supply Fee

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Come learn a new technique using alcohol inks. Students will decorate two clear glass vases with colorful alcohol ink. The Instructor will demonstrate a variety of decorative techniques such as dripping, stamping, splattering and brushing with alcohol ink. Select your favorite colors and play with the ink to create your unique designs. Vases are then sprayed with varnish to be resistant to water, scratches and fading. Use your vases to display flowers or add a battery candle for a soft glow. No painting experience required. Students will take home 2 unique glass vases. The supply fee includes all the materials for the class.
Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop
Beginning
September 16, 2017, Saturday-1 Session
10:30 am-12:30 pm
Instructor: Carol Crawford
Class Fee: $35.00 non-members
$31.50 BRMAA members

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Learn to write true stories with techniques used by fiction writers to keep readers turning pages. Write a personal essay or a mini-memoir in this writing-intensive class. Get great feedback from instructor and group. Students will learn dialogue, pacing, characterization and setting to make stories come alive. The students should bring a computer or a notebook and pen. Come be creative and learn a new form of art!
Fearless Watercolor for Beginners-Paint a Fall Landscape
Beginning
Sept. 19, 2017 Tuesday, 1 Session
1:30 pm-4:30 pm
Instructor: Joyce Clair
Class Fee: $45.00 non-members + $10.00 Supply Fee
$40.50 BRMAA Members + $10.00 Supply Fee
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Watercolor painting can be fun and easy with a little practice and guidance. Be Fearless! You will learn tips on how to make watercolor flow with only a few brush strokes and how to make corrections. You will paint a lovely fall landscape step-by-step along with the instructor. You will also practice basic watercolor techniques that you can use in future paintings. No previous painting or drawing experience is required. Just bring a desire to learn and your supply fee includes all the materials needed for this class. The class objective is to enjoy completing a successful painting in class and to encourage and prepare the student to continue painting watercolors on their own.

Leather Crafting-Level 1 & 2
Intermediate
September 19 & 20, 2017, Tuesday & Wednesday-2 Sessions
10:30 am-5:00 pm
Instructor: Tom Slavicek
Class Fee: $130.00 non-members
$117.00 BRMAA members

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This is a great class for students who have taken Intro to Leather and have had experience in making a leather bag using pre-cut and punched leather pieces. Levels 1 & 2 will teach students how to cut and stamp leather, design their own leather bag (or use one of many templates available) and begin to learn pyrography on leather, colorizing wax ink and dry wax techniques. Students will make up to 2 bags, depending on their choice of size and complexity. Instructors provide shapes, tassels and all other needed materials that will be used to make a truly unique pair of bags! Some of the techniques students will learn are cutting and punching leather, using a wood burner to burn a pattern into leather, colorizing leather with waxes. This class will be especially fun to take with a friend or with family!
Beginning Jewelry Making
Beginning
Sept. 23, 2017 Saturday, 1 Session
Dec. 9, 2017 Saturday, 1 Session
10:30 am-12:30 pm
Instructor: Vicki Wagoner
Class Fee: $20.00 non-members + $15.00 Supply Fee
$20.00 BRMAA Members + $15.00 Supply Fee
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Craft your own design for a bracelet or necklace from a treasure trove of semi-precious stones, crystals, Czech glass, pearls, wooden beads, and more provided by jewelry artist, Vicki Wagoner. She will assist you to learn the basics of beading, from picking the perfect beads to working with the right tools to finish your own lovely one-of-a-kind creation that you will proudly wear home. Ages 7 and up welcome!
Creative Clay Sculpture
Beginning
Sept 26, 27 and Oct. 3, Tuesday, Wed. & Tuesday-3 Session
1:30 pm-4:30 pm
Instructor: Luce Van Asten
Class Fee: $75 Non-members +$20 Supply Fee
$67.50 BRMAA members + $20 Supply Fee
This class is for animal lovers that love to create art with your hands. The student will create an animal head with clay. The Instructor will teach the beginning and basic techniques of sculpturing a head. With pinch pot techniques, the student can create their own dog or cat in clay. The proportion in a sculpture will be covered as well as glazing techniques. Come create your best friend and make some new ones! The student may bring a picture of any animal head they wish to create. The supply fee includes clay and glazes.
Zentangle with Color
Intermediate
September 30, 2017, Saturday-1 Session
10:30 am-3:30 pm
Instructor: Melanie Rothchild & Billie Bell
Class Fee: $45.00 Non-members +$10 Supply Fee
$40.50 BRMAA members + $10 Supply Fee
Experiment with using color to enhance your "Tangles". Discover new ways of using gel pens, color pencil and watercolor pencils on your designs. This is a fun and creative class using Zentangle and applying color to your designs. The students will leave with colored tangles and the desire and excitement of wanting to do more! The Supply Fee includes most of the coloring materials you will need for the class. Students must bring their Micron pens and can also bring their lunch.

Potter's Wheel, "Hands On"
Beginning
October 1, 2017 Sunday, 1 session
2:00 pm-4:00 pm
November 10, 2017 Friday, 1 session
10:30 am-12:30 pm
Instructor: Julie Brown
Class Fee: $35.00 non-member +$ 10.00 Supply Fee
$35.00 BRMAA Member + $10.00 Supply Fee

Have you always wondered what it is like to make a pot on the wheel? This is a first step using the potter's wheel to form a piece of art using clay. The student will complete the process from start to a finished "glazed piece" in just 2 hours. The project includes getting the clay center on the wheel and forming a basic cylinder into a mug, pitcher or bowl of your own design. The techniques the student will learn are hand positioning and pulling the walls of the clay to form a cylinder. The creative clay projects can be picked up at a later date after drying and firing is completed. The student needs to wear clothes that can get muddy from the clay. What a great class to learn something new and take home a piece of unique artwork!
Woven Basket on Howlite Pendant
Beginning
October 4, 2017, Wednesday-1 Session
10:30 am-1:30 pm
Instructor: Barbara Chatham
Class Fee: $30.00 non-members & members
$30.00 Supply Fee

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What a great class to learn to weave copper wire over a gemstone. Students will take home a beautiful pendant that is very unique. The Instructor will teach how to create a wire weave basket design over a blue oval howlite gemstone. The technique of forming wire bails for a leather cord along with caring of gemstones will be covered in this fun class. Students will get to choose a blue howlite gemstone for their project. Come create your own unique pendent and have a great time!
Paint Memorable Watercolor Portraits with Impact
Intermediate-Advanced
October 5 & 6, 2017, Thursday & Friday-2 Sessions
10:00 am-5:00 pm
Instructor: Tuva Stephens
Class Fee: $200.00 non-members
$180.00 BRMAA members

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Tuva will demonstrate her process of developing memorable, expressive and impactful watercolor portraits that can be applied to any subject. Her philosophy is, "the success of a painting starts way before paint touches paper." She will demonstrate the "mingling" of her suggested pigments on a vertical damp surface to create any complexion tone. She will also reveal a map for success for ANY painting and the importance of intuition. Demonstrations and individual instruction will be used to motivate students of all ages and skills. A supply list will be provided upon registering.
Make a Yoga Chair & Learn How To Use It!
Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced
October 21, 2017, Saturday-1 Session
10:30 am-2:30 pm
Instructor: Sharon Coogle
Class Fee: $25.00 non-members + $ 20 Supply Fee
$25.00 BRMAA members + $20 Supply Fee

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Come join a great class of yoga! This class is wonderful for students who have a hard time getting up and down from the floor and for advanced yoga students to learn to enhance and deepen the different yoga positions. Students will convert a metal folding chair into a sturdy and versatile yoga prop and then engage in a yoga practice to learn various ways to use the chair to maximize yoga's safety and effectiveness. The chair is yours to take home and continue the yoga practices. What a great way to make friends and improve the support of your body. The students will work outside, weather permitting, to modify the chairs and continue the class upstairs in the Dance Studio. Come try a unique and one of a kind class!
Earrings of Sterling Silver-2 Pairs
Beginning
November 1, 2017, Wednesday-1 Session
10:30 am-1:30 pm
Instructor: Barbara Chatham
Class Fee: $30.00 non-members & members
$30.00 Supply Fee

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This class is one of the most popular jewelry classes because you create two pairs of quality sterling silver earrings. Student will learn to forge with jeweler's hammers and learn finishing of edges of sterling silver. The techniques include shaping a Reposse' (raised pattern in sterling), wire wrapping fresh water pearls for a tear drop earring and forming sterling silver french ear wires. Different choices of gemstones will be available to create your own style in jewelry. Come have some fun and create! The other pair of earrings can be seen on the website.
Heart, Hands and Healing Art
Nov. 4, 2017 (Saturday) 1 session
10:30 am- 1:00 pm
Instructor: Vicki Wagoner
Class Fee $ 45 non-member (tuition includes canvas and paints)
$ 40.50 *BRMAA Member*
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Hypnotherapist and artist, Vicki Wagoner, encourages creative and personal expression through a simple yet profound process of painting with your hands-no brushes, rules or artistic abilities required! The painting creates itself as you allow yourself to release any fear of painting, unblocking or reconnecting to your inner artist's creative expression. 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! Please wear old clothes allowing your inner child to play! All materials and interpretation of messages in painting included

Introduction to Leather Crafting
Beginning
December 5, 2017-1 Session
10:00 am-4:30 pm
Instructor: Tom Salvicek
Class Fee: $40.00 Non-members + $30 Supply Fee
$36.00 BRMAA members + $30 Supply Fee
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Once learning the skills of cutting and stitching leather, you will create a beautiful hand crafted leather shoulder bag. In this fun class the student will be using a wood burning tool that inscribes a design onto the front of your shoulder bag. Students will also have the options of decoration their bag, which includes a strap, with tassels and "bling". You can design a one-of-a-kind shoulder bag for yourself or give as a present. The Instructor supplies all the materials necessary for your creative leather bag.

Ongoing Classes

Art Lessons by Appointment

Call the Art Center to schedule or for more information.

Keith Burgess (oils in landscape & plein air painting)
Sherry Bolin (fiber arts-loom)
Barbara Chatham (jewelry)
Joyce Clair (watercolors)
Lisa Fraker (acrylics and gouache)
Becky Ferrell (Master American Sign Language)
Brooke Nations (acrylics)
Melanie Rothchild (Zentangle)
Colleen Sterling (drawing)
Marie Luce Van Asten (pottery)
Prices vary by instructor.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays by appointment

Music Classes for Adults & Children

with Matt Scoggins

$35 per hour or $20 per half hour non-member & 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.

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Ongoing Precision Alignment Yoga™ Courses

with Sharon Coogle and Betty Larsen

*Prices Vary

Precision Alignment Yoga™ Level I
(Beginning)
Tuesday 9:00 am-10:25 am
Wednesday 6:10 pm-7:30 pm
Thursday 8:40 am-9:55 am & 10:00 am-11:25 am
Instructor: Sharon Coogle
Improve strength, balance and flexibility; increase range of motion; integrate mindful breathing with movement while learning fundamental poses and the use of props for the safe, effective practice of this gentle, anatomically based style of yoga. Personalized instruction respects individual physical conditions.
Precision Alignment Yoga™ Level II
(Intermediate)
Tuesday 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Thursday 11:35 am-1:35 pm
Instructor: Betty Larsen
For students with a solid foundation, an opportunity to go deeper into the practice and philosophy of yoga. Correct positioning, longer holds and more complex poses continue to engage the student physically while increasing the focus on the internal aspects of a yoga practice. Precision Alignment Yoga™ Level I or comparable experience is recommended.
Restorative Yoga
(Beginner)
Friday or Sunday 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Instructor: Sharon Coogle
Upcoming dates: August 25, Sept. 24, Oct. 27, Dec. 3, 2017
Restorative yoga is a deeply relaxing practice that encourages the release of physical and mental tensions. Relying on props and supports to ensure the practitioner's comfort during gentle movement and prolonged holds of a few positions, restorative yoga and calms the mind, the body and the spirit, and brings them into balance. Restorative yoga improves wellness, relieves fatigue, enhances flexibility and alignment, and nurtures the respiratory, circulatory and nervous systems. While prior yoga experience is an advantage, it is not a prerequisite to participation in these restorative yoga sessions.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays

Children's Dance Lessons

Jazz, Tap and Ballet

with Roseann Tuttle

$40 monthly (discounts available)

 

Classes will resume on August 16, 2017

 

Call us to receive more information for our 2017 - 2018 season.

Want to give a creative gift that will leave lasting memories?

Contact the Art Center for class gift certificates and give the gift of art!

If you are interested in teaching a course at The Art Center or have questions regarding classes, please email our Programming coordinator, Ginger Yaxley, at BlueRidgeArts.programming@gmail.com.

Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

420 West Main Street

Blue Ridge, GA 30513

(706) 632-2144

www.BlueRidgeArts.net

 

 

 

 

 

2017 Fall Arts & Crafts Festival at the Ducktown Basin Museum, located on the Burra Burra Mine site in Ducktown, TN. Saturday September 9th from 9 am till 5 pm and Sunday September 10th from Noon till 5 pm. The booths will be set up inside the Hoist House. Admission is free. Crafts, Jewelry, Vintage & Handmade items, Concessions.

Contact the Museum at 423-496-5778 for additional information.

 

 

 

 

 

 




 

 

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.

 

 

Tuesdays

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.

 

 

Thursdays
May-September
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.
423-496-4653
http://www.pickinthepark.com/

 

Fridays
Pickin & Playing at Clay's Corner, Brasstown, NC every Friday Night. Call 828-837-3797 for more info.
www.clayscorner.com

Fridays
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.

 

Fridays
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
www.yhc.edu/academics/mathsci/astronomy/planet.html

 

Fridays
May-October
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.

 

Saturdays
Beginners Line Dance class 
Bill's Skating Rink
Blairsville, GA
Saturdays
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

 

Saturdays
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


Saturdays
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.

 

Saturdays
April-October
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
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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
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Community Services

 

Logan's Run Rescue

http://logansrunrescue.com/

 

Adopt-An-Author

  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. 

 www.adoptanauthor.com

 

Saturdays
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
redrobyne@ellijay.com

 

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

 

>^,,^< WHISKERS PROJECT >^,,^<

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.

WHISKERS PROJECT
PO BOX 575
Blairsville, GA 30514
Phone: 706-745-0936


Email:
linsleyv@sbcglobal.net

 

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
mopsofblairsville@gmail.com

 

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