Dahlonega Wine Trail Weekend 8/11-12

2 Aug

Stay with us and attend the first Dahlonega Wine Trail event. The Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center, along with Dahlonega’s six unique Wineries, will host the first “Dahlonega Wine Trail” (DWT) weekend passport event.

The DWT experience begins Saturday, August 11th at 12:00pm Noon – 5:00 pm and continues Sunday, August 12th from 12:30 pm until 5:00 pm. Wine enthusiasts can enjoy weekend-long festivities at Dahlonega’s award-winning wines and beautiful vineyards as well as the always relaxing visit to Dahlonega and Lumpkin County’s destination amenities and attractions.

Dahlonega Wine Trail event passports are $25 per person including a Souvenir Glass. Passports are available, and wine trail patrons are encouraged to begin the trail event, at the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Visitors Center in downtown Dahlonega (13 South Park Street, Dahlonega, GA 30533) – come get your passport to the wine trail with maps, visitor guides, and other helpful information.

Passports will also be available at participating wineries. The “DAHLONEGA WINE TRAIL” presents the following vineyard experiences: BlackStock Vineyards & Winery, Cavender Creek Vineyards & Winery, Frogtown Cellars – Vineyards & Winery, Montaluce Winery & Estates, Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery and Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery. For more information, please contact the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center at (706) 864-3513.

Dahlonega July 4th Event Schedule

29 Jun

Below is the schedule of events for Dahlonega’s 4th of July Festivities:

7:30 am – Dahlonega Firecracker 5k / 10k Fun Run Start (Registration at 6:30am) , Located on the North Georgia Drill Field

 8:00 am – Registration for TLC Pet Show in Hancock Park

10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Kids Fun Zone in Hancock Park, Inflatables, Games, Home Depot Workshop

10:00 am – 6:00 pm – Community Service Corner on Historic Downtown Square

10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Gold City Classic Car Club Show, Located at Courthouse Hill on East Main Street

12:00 pm – Patriotic Ceremony on the West Lawn of the Gold Museum, Mayor Gary McCullough, Master of Ceremonies, Col. Mike Pyott, Keynote Speaker

12:30 pm – Community Reading of the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence, Located on the West Lawn of Gold Museum (immediately following the Patriotic Ceremony)

1:30 pm – Stump Speeches in Hancock Park

2:00 pm – Old Fashioned Watermelon Eating Contest, Sponsored by The Dahlonega Nugget and Dahlonega Wal-Mart – Cub Scout Pack 303 will be serving up Free Watermelon Slices to the public following the contest

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Enjoy Live Music and Entertainment at the Appalachian Jam – Located on the Dahlonega Gold Museum Lawn

5:00 pm – Independence Day Parade in Downtown Dahlonega

6:00 pm Till They Run Out – Hot Dogs will be for sale on the North Georgia Drill Field

6:00 pm – Dark – Music & Entertainment on the North Georgia Drill Field, DJ Mike Burns, Home Depot Grill Raffle Winner Announced!

At Dark – Spectacular Fireworks Display from the North Georgia Campus, FREE PARKING IN THE NORTH GEORGIA PARKING DECK!

Grand Opening – Byron Herbert Reece Farm & Heritage Center

29 May

Byron Herbert Reece, “Georgia’s Appalachian Poet/Novelist” spent most of the forty plus years of his life, laboring as a subsistence farmer on his family’s homestead.  His love of literature and gift for writing led to the publication of four volumes of poetry and two novels, all of which received national critical acclaim.  The Farm and Heritage Center seek to acknowledge and honor both his literary legacy and his life in Southern Appalachia.  The Byron Herbert Reece Farm and Heritage Center is located one mile north of Vogel State Park on U.S. Highway 129 and south of the town of Blairsville.

The Grand Opening is scheduled for Sunday, June 3rd, from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m.   Those who visit the venue on this day will have free admission and will be the first to explore the farm and heritage center, learning about “Hub” Reece and his life as a farmer in the mountains of North Georgia.

Visitors to the site will find a Welcome Center with a gift shop and museum area; a Poetry Trail that highlights Reece poems representing the four seasons, inscribed on stone boulders;  Mulberry Hall, the poet’s writing studio;  five barn buildings housing 13 exhibits which feature home and farm artifacts, implements, and enterprises that portray life in Appalachia during the first half of the 20th century; and  the Reece Gallery & Theater, located in the loft of the main barn, which will display photographs, books, copies of Reece’s writings, and other Reece material, along with the showing on a large screen TV of the award-winning video, “Voices … Finding Byron Herbert Reece.”  In addition, visitors to the site stroll down a scenic walking trail along beautiful Wolf Creek.

At the Welcome Center, there will be brochures available that will guide visitors through a tour of the various exhibits.  Docent-led tours will be available by reservation to large groups, such as school children and tour busses for a fee.  A family of five may enter for a fee of $15.00, with additional members of the family paying the amount applicable to his/her age.  Current members of the Reece Society will be admitted without charge.  This opening represents many years of dedication and hard work by the Byron Herbert Reece Society. The newly constructed Pavilion will be available for family reunions, weddings, and other events, for a fee.

The Farm & Heritage Center will be 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays.  For further information, contact the Reece Society at reecesociety@gmail.com, or visit the Society’s website at www.byronherbertreecesociety.org.

 

Mountain Flower Art Festival This Weekend

18 May
26th Annual Mountain Flower Art Festival
Saturday & Sunda, May 19-20, 2012
10 am – 5 pm
ARTS & CRAFTS, FLOWERS, MUSIC… and More!
The festive event has taken place on the Historic Square in Dahlonega, GA on the 3rd Weekend in May for over 20 Years.
The Mountain Flower Festival is known for its excellence in quality art and crafts exhibitors and displays of beautiful wildflowers of North Georgia.  Adding to the vibrance of this year’s festival will be the addition of local musicians performing in front of the Visitors Center.
Proudly Sponsored by the Dahlonega Arts Council
Proceeds Benefit Lumpkin County Schools & summer camps at the Olde Cannery.

www.dahlonegaarts.org

Dahlonega Appalachian Trail Fest 3/16-18

9 Mar

The vernal equinox marks the first day of spring. In 2012, the equinox occurs on March 20, right in the middle of the NorthBound Thru Hiker kickoff season at Springer Mountain, the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail.

The second annual Spring on Springer Dahlonega Trail Fest will celebrate Dahlonega’s designation as an AT Trail Community by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Dahlonega’s position as the southern gateway to the Appalachian Trail.

It will be held on March 16-18 on the cusp of the first day of spring in Dahlonega, Georgia. The Trail Fest will include camping, speakers, films, live music, shuttles to Springer Mountain and Amicalola Falls, equipment vendors, and workshops on such topics as safety, camping techniques, and equipment. Fun trail related activities such as a 5k trail run, canoeing/kayaking, guided hikes, and local tours will be held.

2012 featured speakers/authors include: Warren Doyle, record holding 16 time thru hiker; Gene Espy, second person to ever thru hike the AT in 1951; Paralee Dawson, section hiker and author; Sandra Friend, author of over 15 hiking guidebooks; and Johnny Molloy, author of over 38 hiking guidebooks.

Films will include: TREK: A Journey on the Appalachian Trail and Walking the West: Hiking 2600 Miles from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail.

The Trail Fest will be a fun-filled weekend celebrating Dahlonega’s Trail Community designation, the importance of the Appalachian Trail to Dahlonega and Lumpkin County, the significance of Dahlonega to the many users of the AT, and all aspects of responsible use of the north Georgia forests for recreation. For information and details, check the Trail Fest website at http://www.dahlonegatrailfest.org.

Valentine’s 2012 Special Events

2 Feb

Stay with us during Valentine’s 2012 and enjoy the following special events:

  • Three Sisters Vineyards, presents its Annual “Wine & Chocolate LOVERS” Celebration throughout February. This February 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, and 25th-26th, the Three Sisters Vineyard will combine chocolate and wines in a special tasting line-up. No reservations are required for the walk-up $20 per person tastings. However, the special $35 per person private tasting/seating in the winery will require advance ticket purchase, with limited seating. The $35 tasting includes a barrel tasting, souvenir wine glass, special chocolates and treats. http://www.threesistersvineyards.com/
  • Wolf Mountain Vineyard invites couples to its Valentine Celebration Weekend. Saturday, February 11th at 7 p.m. will be the Valentine Gourmet dinner with a six course meal with wine pairings. The dinner is $80 per person, all-inclusive. The Vineyard is also having a Valentine Sunday Brunch with seatings at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on February 12th. The cost of the brunch is $30 plus tax and gratuity. Contact Lindsey Smith to make reservations at  info@wolfmountainvineyards.com
  • Love is in the air at Yahoola Creek Grill this February with its Cupid Combo dinner special. During Valentine’s weekend, February 10-11, and Valentine’s Day, guests can choose an appetizer, two entrées and dessert from the list of Love-inspired Valentine specials for only $59 per couple! For more information call (706) 842-220 or visit www.yahoolacreekgrill.com.

NEIL SIMON’S ‘RUMORS’ – The Play, at the Holly Theater

6 Jan

NEIL SIMON’S ‘RUMORS’ – The Play, 1/13-15,20-22,27-29. Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 2pm.

Imagine, that there is a party where several couples have gathered at a posh suburban home celebrating their hosts’ 10th anniversary and several things are wrong, very wrong, including the hostess is missing and the host (the deputy mayor of New York) has been shot in the earlobe.

That’s where this classic farce starts and where it leads is a hysterical story of people trying to conceal details from local police and the media as stories crisscross and rumors build.

Playwright Neil Simon is most well-known for plays such as Odd Couple, Biloxi Blues, The Out of Towners, Good-bye Girl and The Last of the Red Hot Lovers and has been a Kennedy Center Honoree, has won four Tony Awards, six writer’s Guild of America Awards, and a Pulitzer Prize.

Opening on January 13th, Rumors will run three weeks with an exciting cast of players, many of which you have not seen on the Holly’s stage before. Directed by Daniel Martin, the play pulls from many of our local residents including Andy Ward, Melanie Pruitt, Josh Cagle, Charity Cagle, Stephanie Neuman, Richard Pace, Gordon Solumbk and coming to our stage for the first time, John Minnich.

Tickets: $15.00, Contact the Holly Theater at 706-864-3759 for more info or to order tickets.

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