Thursday, March 24, 2011

Signs of Spring in Georgia's Blue Ridge

After a long, cold but beautiful winter, spring is finally on the horizon in Blue Ridge, GA and there are signs everywhere, including blooming Bradford Pear Trees, gorgeous Tulip and Cherry Trees, Forsythia and lots and lots of pollen!  Word on the street is that the hummingbirds have even arrived in Blue Ridge!

What We are Looking Forward to this Spring in Blue Ridge

Lake Blue Ridge is Coming Back!
It might take a couple of months, but the Tennessee Valley Authority is beginning to let Lake Blue Ridge refill after repair work since fall.  We can't wait to see beautiful Lake Blue Ridge full again and take a pontoon ride or a chilly swim in the cleanest water in the Georgia Mountains. 

Strawberries and Sweet Cherries at Mercier Orchards
Strawberries will be ripe for the pickin' at Merciers in early May, followed by sweet cherries, peaches, blueberries and apples.  But Merciers is also celebrating spring with " Let's Go Fly a Kite Day" on Saturday March 26th from 10am-4pm. The cost is $10.00 for the first child and $6.00 for each additional sibling.

Return of the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway begins its 2011 season at the depot in downtown Blue Ridge on April 1st.  Call 706-632-9833 to reserve your seat on the first train of the season.  The Easter Eggspress train will run on April 22.

The Blue Ridge Writer's Conference
The Blue Ridge Writer's Conference will take place on April 1 and 2 at The Art Center in downtown Blue Ridge.  Focus of the year is on how to get your book published, and the keynote speaker is independent literary agent Sally Hill McMillan.

Pickin' in the Park returns on April 7!
Our annual Pickin in the Park returns to Horseshoe Bend Park in McCaysville on April 7 and each following Thursday evening through September.  Bring a blanket and picnic dinner and enjoy listening to jam sessions by local acoustic musicians.  Or bring your fiddle and join in!

April 9th is the 14th Annual Blue Ridge Mountain Adventure Race!
This year's race will end at The Art Center in downtown Blue Ridge Park with food, fun and music by the Natti Lovejoys beginning at 2 p.m.  Theme for the year is Art and Adventure, and the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association is sponsoring their Plein Air Festival at the same time on April 9 and 10.

All this is coming soon and much more!!
Back later with more stuff.

1 comment:

  1. My wife and daughter will be accompanying me to the Lighting of Blue Ridge this year. This will be a first time experience for us all and Im sure our 17 month old daughter will enjoy it alot. If anyone has been before please write your experience as id love to read it. Looking forward to Thanksgiving weekend all ready. -Pick Apples, Mercier Orchards and Mountainview Orchards Wisata Bontang -- Kota bontang