333 W. Highland St.
Ridge, GA 30513
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
AM- 11:30 AM
$5 parking pass per vehicle or a Friends Annual
more about Smithgall Woods on a tour of the
Visitor Center and a van tour of the park. See
the covered bridge, the famous Dukes Creek, and
our renowned cottages. There is no charge for
the tour, but donations are welcomed. $5
parking. Call the Visitor's Center for
reservations and information at (706) 878-3087
or visit our website: www.gastateparks.org/smithgallwoods
PM- 4:00 PM
$5 parking pass per vehicle or a Friends
join ForestWatch and Smithgall Woods for a
guided hike. Forest ecologist Jess Riddle and
Professor Tom Hennigan will guide you through
the Laurel Ridge Trail. This 2.0 mile hike will
climb in elevation and follow a ridge line.
Along the way we’ll take time to look at
plants and other forest dwellers and discuss the
importance of forests to north Georgia. $5
parking. All ages welcome. No pets. Please call
the Visitor's Center for reservations and
information at (706) 878-3087 or visit our
AM -12:00 PM at the Visitor’s center/Primitive
in the Cabin
$5 per person plus $5 park pass per vehicle or a
Friends Annual Pass
festive? Join Smithgall Woods for a holiday get
together in our primitive cabin. We will warm
ourselves by the fire while enjoying hot
chocolate and hot cider. Make a Christmas
ornament for your loved one or enjoy time with
family. We ho-ho-hope to see you there! $5 plus
$5 parking. 706-878-3087. Call the Visitor's
Center for reservations and information at (706)
878-3087 or visit our website: www.gastateparks.org/smithgallwoods
PM -4:00 PM at the Visitor’s center/Primitive
Day Hike: Duke’s Creek Falls
$5 park pass per vehicle or a Friends Annual
your New Year’s resolution off right with a
guided hike to Dukes Creek Falls. The 2.3-mile
moderate hike will make a pit stop at our
primitive cabin. Warm yourself against the cold
chill with a cup of hot cocoa. Still feeling
adventurous? Then continue on 2 miles to Dukes
Creek Falls. This cascading series of waterfalls
is a sight to behold. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Smithgall Woods State Parks/Dukes
Creek Conservation Area is open to the public year round
and you can get more information at The Georgia State
Parks website @http://gastateparks.org/SmithgallWoods or
visit us at our Friends page located @http://www.friendsofsmithgallwoods.org/
PM to 9:00 PM
Downtown Tellico Plains TN
Kathy Geren 423-253-7032 or Carrie Brame 423-519-2267
Victorian-inspired Christmas celebration held by the Cherokee Women’s
Club and the Town of Tellico Plains.
through streets illuminated by the glow of candlelight. Ride
in a horse-drawn
wagon, decorate a cookie, pay a visit to the
Grinch, view the beautiful live nativity, stop by the silent auction,
and watch the Christmas tree lighting.
arrive at the Santa House at 5:00
PM. Come by
and have your picture taken with Santa and enjoy some refreshments because
Santa has to leave at 8:00
PM to head back to the North Pole to make sure the elves are
working hard to get all the Christmas presents made.
merchants open their doors and serve complimentary refreshments to be
enjoyed by all.
of the highlights of the evening is stopping by the Cookie
Caper to buy fresh
baked cookies and candies, all prepared by the ladies of the Cherokee
Women’s Club. Proceeds from the Cookie Caper and Silent Auction go
back into the community for college scholarships, town beautification,
library support, poetry and essay contests and other opportunities that
may need support during the year.
enjoy our Holiday Show & Sale exhibit and
shop for beautiful gifts created by our member
artists for those special ones in your
life. We hope you have a wonderful
holiday season with your friends and family. The
Art Center will be closed from
24, 2017 through January 1, 2018
Come shop for that perfect holiday gift,
one that is creative and unique. We have
a multitude of artistic and handcrafted items
for sale, all made from our member artists.
So whether it is jewelry, pottery, paintings,
or anything in between, we
have that unique gift for your holidays.
Display through January 6, 2018!
your favorite art lover a gift they
will continue to cherish!
share purchased entitles the
shareholder a total of EIGHTlimited-edition
pieces of art valued at $600, created
EVENTS & EXHIBITS
The Artwork of
2018 - Feb.
t and concise a people tend not to read much
more than a couple of paragraphs.
1st Quarter Artist in Residence
2018 - March
JANUARY 20th at 2pm
New membership benefits will be coming in 2018.
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.
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