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September 2017

Saturday, September 23rd
1:30 PM -3:00 PM at the Visitor’s Center
Fall Hayride
COST: $5 per person plus $5 park pass per vehicle or a Friends Annual Pass
Kick off Fall with a hayride! Join Smithgall Woods for a hayride through the park, observe the changing fall leaves, our buzzing apiary, and beautiful Duke's Creek. This relaxing three mile ride will give you a scenic view of the park and the ability to enjoy a crisp fall breeze. Must pre-register. Limit 20. Please dress accordingly for the weather. Must sign waiver before attending. Call the Visitor's Center for reservations and information at (706) 878-3087 or visit our website: www.gastateparks.org/smithgallwoods

Saturday, September 30th
9:00 AM -12:00 PM at the Visitor’s Center
Protecting our Precious Plants: Your State Parks Day:
COST: N/A $5 park pass per vehicle or a Friends Annual Pass
Come celebrate our state parks by giving back. This will be a volunteer work day in celebration of Your State Parks Day. We are very proud to be a safeguarding site for Torreyas and American Chestnuts. We will spend the day weeding and picking invasives that are encroaching on these precious plants. Please bring work gloves, and any extra tools you might have, wear clothes to get dirty. Call the Visitor's Center for reservations and information at (706) 878-3087 or visit our website: www.gastateparks.org/smithgallwoods




Faith Presbyterian Church located at 56 Mountain Street, Blue Ridge will host a Red Cross Blood Drive Friday, September 15, 2017 from 11 AM to 4 PM. To schedule your appointment to donate please visit www.RedCrossBlood.org and enter sponsor keyword: faithpresb OR call 1-800-Red-Cross. Questions? Contact Faith Presbyterian Church at 706-374-5912 



Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
Volunteers Needed -
For 41 years, the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, a non-profit arts council, has provided a unique art experience through our Arts in the Park festival series in the Downtown City Park of Blue Ridge, GA. The Arts in the Park festivals draw in excess of 19,000 attendees annually and a wide array of artists and food vendors. With over 120+ fine artists, exhibitors, and vendors booths, our visitors enjoy a variety of fine arts and fine crafts, demonstrations, food, family activities and much more during our Fall Arts in the Park festival.
The Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association and the Arts in the Park festival series have helped to establish Blue Ridge as one of the top five Art Towns in Georgia by the Georgia Council of the Arts and most recently recognized as #6 of the top ten fine craft towns in America by American Craft Week.

Come volunteer for this year's FALL ARTS IN THE PARK festival!

Friday, October 13th (setup day),
Saturday, October 14th and
Sunday, October 15th

We are looking for the following Volunteer Positions:
-Hospitality and Information booths
-Vendor Greeters
-Assisting festival artists at their booths
-Festival setup & wrap out

Volunteers who work a minimum 2-hour shift will receive a complimentary admission for both days of the festival and an event staff shirt. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old to volunteer.

If you are interested in being a part of this year's team, please contact Nichole Potzauf at blueridgearts.community@gmail.com
or by phone (706-632-2144)
for information and available shift positions.

The Arts in the Park festival series supports the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, a 501(c)3 non-profit arts council providing opportunities in the realm of the arts for the individual and serving as a catalyst for arts and economic development in our community.

We thank you in advance for being a part of the BRMAA team!
Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
420 W. Main Street
Blue Ridge, Georgia 30513




First CSA Pick Up is September 14 at Cucina Rustica (For shareholders only)
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.
Would you like to be a part of our Fall Arts in the Park Festival on October 14 & 15? We are looking for volunteers for this year's event. Please contact us at blueridgearts.community@gmail.com
to sign up. Thank you for your support!



3rd Quarter Artist-in-Residence

Paula Van Huss

July 8 - September 30, 2017


Subtle, Soothing, STUNNING!


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








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

Nov. 18, 2017 - Jan. 6, 2018
(ARTISTS: Please note
important dates below)
Inventory deadline: Oct. 20, 2017
Artwork Delivery: Nov. 10- 12, 2017

Mystery Art Fundraiser
(ARTISTS: Please note
important dates below)
Participation Notification:
Oct. 14, 2017
Artwork Delivery: To be announced






Click Here for Available Classes




Click here for more information on Arts Guilds & Groups

Thanks again for your continued support!

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





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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