Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Spring Events in Georgia's Blue Ridge

2012 Spring Events
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway resumes weekends beginning March 17.
Whitewater Rafting resumes March 17.
6-23 - Youth Art Month, The Art Center, Historic Fannin County Courthouse.
1-18 - “Tom, Dick & Harry,” Blue Ridge Community Theater.                              
9 - “Songs and Stories Appalachian Style,” Bonnie Higdon Reeves Auditorium.
30-31 - Writer's Conference, The Art Center
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway rides Friday through Monday with some additional days during Spring Break.
5-22 - “Sylvia,” Blue Ridge Community Theater.
7 - Easter Egg-spress, Blue Ridge Scenic Railway.
Easter Egg Hunt, Downtown Blue Ridge.
Easter Egg Hunt, McCaysville/Copperhill, Tenn.
14 - 15th Annual TDS Blue Ridge Mountain Adventure Race, Blue Ridge.
21 - Taste of Blue Ridge, Humane Society of Blue Ridge.
Back to Basics in Blue Ridge, Cohutta Country Store at Dunberry Farm.
21-22 - Blue Ridge Springfest, Blue Ridge Farmers Market.
27 - Relay for Life, Downtown Blue Ridge.
28 - Cohutta 100 and Big Frog 65 Mile Mountain Bike Race, Ocoee Whitewater Center,
31 - “Ronnie Cox,” Live Music at Blue Ridge Community Theater.
Pickin’ in Horseshoe Bend Park resumes Thursday evenings.
U-pick Cherries and Strawberries, Mercier Orchards.
4 - “Danny Schmidt & Carrie Elkins,” Live music at Blue Ridge Community Theater.
4-6 - Plein Aire spring painting weekend, The Arts Center.
5-27 - “Appalachian Renaissance,” The Art Center, Historic Fannin County Courthouse.             
6 - SERC Mountain Bike Race, Ocoee Whitewater Center, Ducktown, Tenn.
10-27 - “A Murder is Announced,” Blue Ridge Community Theater.
12 - Georgia Mountain Classics Car Show, Downtown Blue Ridge.
Atomic Adventure Race, Blue Ridge.
19 - Gallery Walk, Art Galleries along East Main St, Blue Ridge.
26-27 - Arts in the Park, Downtown Blue Ridge.

Monday, February 20, 2012

#4 Blue Ridge Ga Winter Experience

Explore The Past ... 
Ancient Indian (Mayan?) Ruins at Brasstown Bald,
Track Rock Gap and Fort Mountain

A hot debate has broken out about the possibility of Mayan ruins in the North Georgia Mountains in the areas of Track Rock Gap, Brasstown Bald and Fort Mountain. On December 21, 2011, Georgia architect and researcher Richard Thornton published an explosive article which suggested an archaeological site on the side of Brasstown Bald, Georgia's highest peak, was an ancient Mayan site. Read all about the discoveries and theories, link to the story here on and see directions to these ancient ruins. 

You can see the Track Rock Gap petroglyphs (web info here), and make a trip up to Brasstown Bald (weather permitting, road sometimes closed in Winter). Georgia’s highest mountain offers a visitor panoramic view of four states. For the best sunset in the south, the huge parking lot near the top has a picnic table and grassy area in the southwest corner that you can drive right to. If you get there early enough before sunset, you can also hike up to the top on a paved path (strenuous). Take warm winter clothes and a thermos of hot drinks. Drive Highway 515 east from Blue Ridge to Blairsville. From Blairsville, take U.S. 19/129 south for 8 miles. Turn left onto Georgia 180. Go 9 miles to Georgia 180 Spur and turn left. Go 3 more miles to the Brasstown Bald parking lot. Make sure the road to the parking area is open (can be closed because of weather). On the web at this link. For information, call 706-896-2556 or the Blue Ridge Ranger District at 706-745-6928.

Fort Mountain, a short distance from Georgia's Blue Ridge, is another interesting, and mysterious archeological site. An ancient rock wall stands on the highest point of the mountain. The mysterious 855-foot-long wall is thought to have been built by early Indians as fortification against more hostile Indians or for ancient ceremonies. Could it have been built by Mayans? Get directions to Fort Mountain State Park here.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

#4 Blue Ridge Ga Winter Experience

Have Some Fun! Fire & Ice Chili Cookof and Ice Sculpting Event

Come on up to the Georgia mountains for the President's Day long weekend and have some fun at downtown Blue Ridge's Fire & Ice Chili Cookoff and Ice Sculpting event.  The weather is going to be gorgeous -- in the 60's, just warm enough for outdoor adventures during the day and just cool enough for a warm fire and a good book at night.

Saturday, February 18th from Noon to 5PM it's hot and cool fun during the Fire and Ice event: Amazing ice sculptures all over town and in the Downtown City Park, and live carving demonstrations by master ice sculptors. Heat up with the Chili Cookoff where you can sample the hot stuff from dozens of local chefs and aspiring chili cooks from Noon to 4PM.

Live music from 1PM to 4PM, food, shopping and even an ice skating rink set up in the City of Blue Ridge Park. Sponsored by the Blue Ridge Business Association. Get more info: click here and on their Facebook page

Other Fun Events this Weekend in Blue Ridge ....

February 17 and 18th
Francine Reed Live at Christy Lee's Courtyard Grille
588 East Main Street, Blue Ridge
Courtyard which is down below East Main Street.Live Blues and Jazz, limited seating available. As a support act, Ms. Reed appeared on the bill with luminaries such as Miles Davis, Smokey Robinson, Etta James, and The Crusaders. In 1985, she met the then unknown singer Lyle Lovett and they formed a strong alliance that continues to this day. Enjoy a fabulous dinner in a wonderful atomosphere listening to the wonderful sounds of Francine Reed. Reservations only! Call to see availability of seating for live music only.  Call for reservations 706-946-5100.

Anne Frank and Me
Blue Ridge Community Theater
2591 E. First Street (Directly across from The Swan Drive-In Sign)
A Sunny D Children's Theater Production that should not be missed! This multiple national award-winning American classic is about the awakening of a modern teen Holocaust denier. Nicole Burns doubts the truth and cares even less, but ultimately comes face to face with the hell of the Holocaust, and--in an extraordinary sequence--meets Anne Frank on a cattle car to Auschwitz. We start out with Nicole in today's teen world of MTV, hip-hop dancing, unfinished homework and young love, which is transported with her to 1942 occupied Paris and then brought forward again to the light and hope of present time.
Blue Ridge Community Theater.  Call 706-632-9223.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

#3 Blue Ridge Ga Resolution: A Valentine's Get-away!

Put a Little Romance in your Life...
With a Blue Ridge Valentine's Get-away

Nothing beats a special Valentines Day like booking a weekend in our charming mountain town. Filled with lots of warm Winter activities, fabulous restaurants and mountains of fun, you can make your Valentines Day celebration as active, or relaxing, as you please. How about a warm fire in your luxury cabin, a day of shopping in Downtown Blue Ridge, dinner at a quaint local restaurant, and a massage at Serenity in the Mountains Spa?

Check out lodging by clicking this link, download our free restaurant guide by clicking here, and see our Itineraries and Self-Guided Tours pages for lots of free information on local activities. And how about the absolutely perfect Valentines present... go shopping for a Getaway Cabin of your own! Our professional real estate agents can show you listings all over gorgeous Fannin County real estate agent link.