Gold Rush Festival This Weekend in Dahlonega

17 Oct
 
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Gold Rush Days is happening this coming weekend.

We have a yurt available this weekend as well (2 night minimum).

Over 300 art and craft exhibitors gather around the Public Square and Historic District in support of this annual event, and it is estimated that a crowd of over 200,000 visit over the weekend to join in the fun and excitement!

It has been voted one of the Top 20 Events in the southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society.

Included in the two-day event are a parade, children’s activities, a fashion show, gold panning contest, wheelbarrow race, King and Queen Coronation, hog calling, buck dancing contest, gospel singing and other live entertainment, wrist wrestling, and last but not least – some delicious food!

Saturday October 19th
9:00 – Festival Opens
9:00 – K.I.S.S. Club Performance (main stage)
10:15 – Old Timey Fashion Show (main stage)
10:45 – Chattanooga Choo-Choos from Tennessee Clogging Performance (main stage)
11:15 – Clogging Competition (main stage)
11:30 – Jesse Mariah Williams (main stage) [www.jessemariahwilliams.com]
12:00 – T.W. Holeman Gospel Singing Group (main stage)
1:00 – Cross Cut Saw Competition (main stage)
2:00 – King and Queen Coronation (main stage)
3:00-4:30 – Parade (street)
4:45 – Radford Windham & Step Back Cadillac (main stage)
[www.facebook.com/RadfordWindhamStepBackCadillac]
6:30-8:00 – Coal Mountain Band (main stage)
[www.reverbnation.com/CoalMountainBand]
All Day – Free Water Station, Gift Basket Drawing, Baby Comfort Area, Games for Children, Face Painting, Live Music (Country Gospel, Gospel, and Contemporary Christian Music) – sponsored by Dahlonega Baptist Church (Hancock Park)

Sunday October 20th
9:00 – Festival Opens
9:00 – AliCats Dance Studio (main stage)
10:00 – Hog Calling Competition (main stage)
10:30 – The Highbeams (main stage)
[www.highbeamsmusic.com]
11:00- Gold Panning Championships (Gold Museum Lawn, registration opens at 9:00, check with registration table for details on divisions, contests and times)
11:30 – Buck Dancing Competition (main stage)
12:00 – Destitute Way (main stage)
[www.reverbnation.com/destituteway]
1:15 – Ryan Boss (main stage)
[www.ryanbossmusic.com]
1:45 – Kayla Armstrong (main stage)
[www.kaylaleigharmstrong.com]
2:30-5:30 – Wrist Wrestling (main stage)
All Day – Free Water Station, Gift Basket Drawing, Baby Comfort Area, Games for Children, Face Painting, Live Music (Country Gospel, Gospel, and Contemporary Christian Music) – sponsored by Dahlonega Baptist Church (Hancock Park)

Sunday October 20th
Gold Panning Championships
9:00 – Registration Opens
11:00- 1st Annual Gold Rush Open
1:00 – 51st Annual World Open Gold Panning Championship
Blind Fold Event to begin immediately after award presentations
[www.consolidatedgoldmine.com]

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HemlockFest Coming

17 Oct

HemlockFest Coming

Every autumn in the peaceful hills outside Dahlonega, good folks gather for 3 days of amazing music, inspiring educational programs, primitive camping, arts and crafts, canoeing, companionship and fun.

Join us this year November 1,2 & 3!

HemlockFest is an all-ages, eco-friendly event with 100% of the proceeds aiding efforts to save our hemlock trees by minimizing the impact of the hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA), which is an introduced parasitic insect killing the hemlocks of North Georgia at an alarming rate.

Dahlonega Wine Trail Weekend 8/17-18

29 Jul

Experience all of Dahlonega’s Wineries for One Low Price

The Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center and Dahlonega’s five unique Wineries will host theDahlonega_Wine_Trail_Festival_Image (1) 2nd Annual Dahlonega Wine Trail weekend. The event will begin Saturday, August 17th at 12:00pm Noon – 5:00 pm and continue  Sunday, August 18th from 12:30 pm until 5:00 pm.

The Dahlonega Wine Trail will use passports for admission. Cost is $25 per person which includes a Souvenir Glass and is valid for August 17 & 18 for one visit to each winery. Ticket stubs in the passport are redeemable at each winery for free tastings.

Wine trail patrons are encouraged to begin the event at the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Visitors Center in downtown Dahlonega, 13 South Park Street, Dahlonega, GA 30533.  There you can purchase the  Wine Trail passport with maps to the participating wineries.

You may purchase your passport online now at the Chamber web site, http://www.dahlonega.org. Pick-up your passport at Will Call at the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Visitors Center on Saturday, August 17th between 9:00am – 5:30pm and Sunday, August 18th between 10:00am – 5:00pm. No refunds. Must present photo ID to pick up.

Passports will also be available at participating wineries listed below. Passport Quantities are limited.

Cavender Creek Vineyards & Winery

Frogtown Cellars

Montaluce Winery & Estates

Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery

Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at the Holly Theater

18 Jul
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Directed by Jamie Fambrough
July 19 – 21st, 26 – 28th, & August 2 – 4th
Friday and Saturday shows at 8pm
Sunday Matinee at 2pm

Tickets:
Adults $18.00, Children & Students $12.00
Oregon in the 1850s is the setting of the stage version of the popular MGM movie of the same name and The Sobbin’ Women by Stephen Vincent Benet. The show harkens back to the glory days of the movie musical. Millie, a young bride, tries to civilize and marry off her six rowdy brothers-in-law, but the plan backfires when the brothers, in their enthusiasm, kidnap six gals from a neighboring town to be their brides.

Not All Eggs Are Created Equal

14 Jun

Like most people you may buy your eggs at the grocery store. Not all eggs are created equal and you do not always get what you

eggs think you are paying for.

Years ago we were like most consumers purchasing our eggs at the grocery store. We would just grab a dozen and place them in the grocery cart without giving any thought where they came from.

Then grocers started offering standard eggs, premium eggs, organic eggs, cage-free eggs, free range eggs and, occasionally, pasture raised eggs. Prices varied greatly between the various choices but did we really know the differences and were the prices justifiable?

For years we purchased cage-free eggs when we learned that regular eggs were being produced by hens in very small cages called battery cages. We weren’t necessarily looking at healthier eggs for us to consume but more concerned about the welfare of the hens that were laying the eggs. We also purchased organic cage-free eggs that we thought would be healthier for us.

Then we found out that the term cage-free was basically a good marketing ploy for people like us who were concerned about animal welfare. We were shocked when we learned that those cage-free hens never see the light of day and never go outside for sunshine or to scratch in the dirt, eat insects and other things happy chickens do. Yes, they are not confined to tiny cages but commercial egg production centers (aka hen houses) hold thousands of chickens at a time so the chickens have very little room to run around. This certainly is not ideal.

So we started buying free range eggs and felt better because we thought the hens got to range freely about the farm. We later learned that in large commercial egg farms they are still in the henhouse with thousands of other hens (like cage-free) but they are provided a small door to go outside to see the sunshine. This outside area in many cases is a small fenced patio and most chickens do not know that they can outside. Since there are so many free range chickens in the henhouse there is not enough room for many of them to go outside even if they wanted to. These outdoor areas are small fenced concrete patios in some cases so the chickens cannot naturally scratch in the dirt or eat insects which they love to do. We wrote an earlier blog post in June 2010 about the difference between free range and pasture raised eggs.

Since running the inn we have learned about pasture raised eggs and that is all we now purchase. Our eggs come for a farm up the road and the chickens have a house to go into at night or during bad weather for protection. During the day the are roaming outside around the farm scratching in the dirt and small gravel and enjoying the bugs and grasshoppers they like to eat adding to their healthy diet. These chickens are not confined in a henhouse with thousands of other chickens (like factory farms) so they tend to be healthier and do not require all the antibiotics of factory farmed hens. We visit the farm and can attest that our eggs come from happy chickens.

If you can purchase eggs from a pasture raised source, go for it!  You will get fresher eggs (ours are usually gathered the day we buy them), healthier for you eggs (check out those bright orange nutrient filled yolks) and know that you are getting them from happy hens.

Staying Cool in the North Georgia Mountains

6 Jun

With Summer here the temperatures are getting warmer  and many Atlantans are thinking about a quick escape to the North Georgia mountains and wine country. The temperatures up here can be warm as well but tend to be a little cooler than the city and suburbs. We don’t have all that asphalt and buildings to soak up and retain the heat. The forests provide mother nature’s air conditioning.

While visiting Cedar House Inn and Yurts many guests find outdoor activities are the perfect way to stay cool. Some choose toZipNTime hike on the Appalachian Trail where cool breezes always seem to blow. Favorite hikes are Preacher’s Rock near Woody Gap and Blood Mountain. We have a short video showing Preacher’s Rock on our YouTube channel which is linked to this blog to your right.

Another option for staying cool is tubing down the Chestatee River or kayaking/canoeing on the Chestatee or Etowah Rivers. Appalachian Outfitters rents tubes and kayaks and provides shuttle services. Bring your own kayak and they will shuttle you for a fee. You can reach them at (706) 864-7117 or (706)867-7116 (for tubing).

If you want to get really wet bring some old towels for drying off and head up the mountain from the inn to Dick’s Creek. This is a favorite swimming hole with the locals so it may be busy on weekends. The creek features cold refreshing water that cascades down waterfalls into deep pools that are great for swimming. Some of the more daring types like to jump off the sides into the pools of water. You can watch a short video of Dick’s Creek on our YouTube channel linked to this blog to your right.

Several weeks ago we took a hike for the first time to Raven Cliff Falls which is northeast of the inn on the Richard Russell Scenic Highway near Helen. The 2.5 mile trail is along a roaring creek. At the beginning of the trail is a deep pool of water with a rope swing. Guests told us they saw people wading around Raven Cliffs Falls. Bring some old towels and check it out. We also have videos of our hike on the YouTube channel link to your right.

If you are really looking for a thrill check out North Georgia’s newest zip line and the closest zip line to the inn. ZipNTime is located next to Habersham Winery south of Helen and features the longest dual zip line in Georgia. The longest zip is almost 1/2 mile and reaches speeds up to 55 mph. That will cool you off and provide a thrill. Call 706-878-9477 for more info and reservations.

We also have videos of canoeing, Preacher’s Rock, Dicks Creek and ZipNTime zip lining on our website video page which you can visit by clicking videos.

Georgia Wine Country Festival Every Weekend in June

12 May

Come stay with us for a weekend in June and attend the 12th Annual Georgia Wine Country Festival at Threesm_gwcf2013_logosC Sisters Winery.

This popular wine event has been extended to every weekend (rain or shine) in June. Free General Admission. Free Live Music! A Wine Garden featuring guest Georgia Wineries from around the state will be presented for a fee inside the festival.  Participating wineries include Boutier, Chateau Elan, The Cottage Vineyards, Georgia Winery, Sautee-Nachoochee, Three Sisters and more. Food and wine will also be available to purchase. Music during the weekends includes the Polite Jazz and Standards of Tommy Dean and Mike Ewbank AKA Moose & Squirrel, Old Time, Americana and Bluegrass of The Buzzard Mountain Boys Hootenanny featuring Special Guests Ann Whitley of the Rosen Sisters, Doug Singleton, The Three Arrows and more.

Festival hours are Saturdays 11-5 and Sundays 12-5. Visit ThreeSistersVineyards.com for more information.

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