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Hemlockfest 11/4-6 Musical Line Up Announced

12 Aug

For the seventh annual HemlockFest, the Lumpkin Coalition has again assembled an array of the area’s most awesome talents. Headliners for this year’s event—which returns to Starbridge Sanctuary near Dahlonega this November 4th, 5th and 6th—include Colonel Bruce Hampton and the Pharaoh Gummitt, Saint Francis, and the Lefty Williams Band.

Sunday’s line-up will be highlighted by Steel String Session and their brand of cosmic blues rockabilly bluegrass.

Dahlonega’s own prized talents will abound this year, with Home Grown Revival, Emerald Rose, and the Pick & Bow Band returning as crowd favorites. Carly Gibson, a singer/songwriter prodigy from Lumpkin County who completed programs at the prestigious GRAMMY Camp in Los Angeles, will be a new local addition.

This year’s bill includes other first-time HemlockFest performers, including Caroline Aiken, often cited as one of the cornerstones of the Decatur folk movement; and The Reese Boyd Project, which is fronted by a 10-year-old prodigy guitarist. Insonnia, Mean Mary, BlueBilly Grit, and 710 South will also make their HemlockFest debuts. More returning HemlockFest performers include Veronika Jackson, Women of Heart, and Barry Bailey. Unifire Theatre will appear once again with their stunning fire arts show.

HemlockFest is an unparalleled musical experience in a peaceful and beautiful setting just outside of Dahlonega. This all-ages, eco-friendly event features three days of live music, primitive camping, educational exhibits, arts and crafts vendors, a kid’s nature village, rustic living demonstrations, great food, and free canoeing. Both day and weekend passes will be available, and admission is free for kids (ages 15 and under with a supervising adult ticket holder).

HemlockFest proceeds aid efforts to minimize the impact of the non-native hemlock woolly adelgid parasite, which is devastating the hemlock trees of North Georgia at an alarming rate. HemlockFest has affected the raising of more than $100,000 to support predator beetle rearing labs at area colleges and universities. This effort to introduce predator beetles, which feed on hemlock woolly adelgids and are a safe and effective biological control, may help to save our native forests and preserve our quality-of-life.

Visit the website at http://www.hemlockfest.org or call the Hemlock Hotline at (706) 867-5157 for more information about HemlockFest, the hemlock crisis, or to volunteer. The Lumpkin Coalition, sponsor of the festival, is a 100% volunteer non-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization formed to facilitate projects that benefit North Georgia, Lumpkin County, its residents and visitors. The Lumpkin Coalition is dedicated to preserving quality of life for all those who share it. To this end, it supports the preservation of a clean and healthy environment, responsible living, and responsible growth.

Mountain Flower Fine Art & Wine Festival 5/21-5/22

9 May

Come stay with us and attend the 25th Annual Mountain Flower Fine Art and Wine Festival on Saturday May 21st and Sunday May 22nd, 2011 on the Dahlonega Public Square.  Enjoy over 70 artists of all varieties and even watch some of them as they create their art on the spot. From pottery to two-dimensional art to photography there is something for everyone.

Along with all the fine art, there will be the Garden Expo located in Hancock Park. This is produced by the Master Gardeners of Lumpkin County along with the support of MFAF. The Expo will include large plant and seed sales, as well as speakers hosting programs on a variety of garden related topics. A demonstration garden featuring native plants and wildflowers will be on display.

Also check out the Georgia Temptations Wine Garden, a sampling of the best wines in Georgia. This is a wonderful way to sample a variety of our Georgia grown and produced wines. There will be a minimal entrance fee to enter the Garden. The Garden hours are Saturday: 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. and Sunday 12:30 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Parking is free and located around the square and just off the square. The parking garage at North Georgia College and State University is also available for $5 per day. The Dahlonega Merchants invite you to enjoy a weekend of fine dining, shopping, art and wine!  This year’s festival is produced by the Dahlonega Merchants Association and sponsored by the Dahlonega Arts Council.

Spring Wine Highway Weekend 3/18-3/20

4 Mar

Come stay with us and attend the Spring Wine Highway Weekend.

The Winegrowers Association of Georgia is holding their 6th Wine Highway Weekend Friday-Sunday March 18th, 19th, & 20th, 2011. Each year this event has grown in popularity as more people have discovered the National and International Award Winning Fine Wines that are made right here in Georgia, from Georgia Grown Grapes.

Come and discover the superb wines and experiences the wineries have to offer.

You can purchase your Passport at any winery you where you begin your Wine Highway experience. Cost is $25.00 which gives you tastings at all 10 wineries and a souvenir glass!

For more information visit wineries.

Cooking Class at the Inn March 12th

5 Feb

Cedar House Inn and Yurts invites you to our first cooking class led by Pastry Chef Jenni Field from North Carolina.

Take the breakfast part of the B&B experience home with you. Learn how to make a delicious coffee cake and frittata–two brunch staples.

The great thing about these two recipes is that they are open to interpretation, and there are as many variations as your imaginations can come up with. This 75-minute demonstration includes a sampling of the bounty as well as copies of the recipes and a hand-out that covers brunch baking basics. Leave your pen and notepad at home because the handout has all the information you need.

Cost: $45

Time: 1:00-2:15pm,

Saturday, March 12

What to Bring: Your questions and your appetites

For more information about our guest chef visit Jenni Field.

This event is limited to 8 persons and members of the surrounding community are invited.

Reservations required by March 1st.

Chocolate Wine Trail to Three Sisters Starts This Weekend

2 Feb

Three Sisters Vineyards presents the Annual “Wine & Chocolate Lovers Celebration” the first 3 weekends in February 2011 between 1-5PM.  During this event, the winery will combine chocolate and wines in a special tasting line-up. Featuring wines produced by Three Sisters Vineyards and chocolates from Georgia Chocolatiers.

No reservations are required for the free, $5 and $15 per person tastings. This year, a special $30 per person private tasting/seating in the winery will be offered. Award winning dessert wines are included. Advance Ticket Purchase for the $30 tastings is required.

Limited seatings are at 1:00, 3:00 and 5:00 PM on Saturdays and 2:00 and 4:00 on Sundays. The $30 tasting includes a barrel tasting, large souvenir wine glass, special chocolates and treats.

Call 706-865-9463 or visit http://www.ThreeSistersVineyards.com for details.

Fireside Fare at Blackstock Vineyards Thru March 20th

18 Jan

Wintertime is alive and well in the North Georgia mountains and many adventurous visitors to the area may think that there may be little for them to do and see. A favorite among our guests are winery dinners and tours. Some wineries close down during the winter but Blackstock Vineyards is featuring Winter Wonderland Fireside Fare each weekend through March 20th.

Wine, Gourmet Food and Great Music – “Fireside Fare” – a delicious hot menu by Dahlonega’s Corkscrew Cafe and live blues music by Rod Hamdallah in the lodge. All to accompany their award-winning wines! Sit by the large stone fireplace overlooking the vineyards and snowy mountains – enjoy the “winter winery” experience! Wine tastings available all day (8 selections for $12, including take home Blackstock glass). Saturday Hours 12-5 pm, Sunday Hours: 12:30 – 5 pm, Music 1- 4 pm. Visit website for more information.

Capitol Christmas Tree Visits Dahlonega 11/24-25

2 Nov

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The Bridger-Teton National Forest, at the request of Senator John Barrasso, is leading the State of Wyoming in the delivery of the Capitol Christmas Tree for 2010. The Capitol Christmas Tree will grace the west front lawn of the U.S. Capitol in December, 2010. A 65 foot tree was selected from Bridger-Teton National Forest of western Wyoming. The tree was selected in July by the Superintendent of the Capitol Grounds and it will be cut, loaded, covered and prepped for travel in November.

In mid-November, the tree will be toured across the state of Wyoming before heading east to the U.S. Capitol. In late November, the tree will be delivered to the U.S. Capitol, where it will be lowered into 5-foot deep hole, strung with lights, and decorated with thousands of handcrafted ornaments made by Wyomingites from across the State. In December, the Speaker of the House will light the tree and showcase Wyoming’s historical, cultural and natural beauty.

The Capitol Christmas Tree will be in Dahlonega on Wednesday, November 24th and Thursday, November 25th. A ceremony is planned for the arrival of the tree in Downtown Dahlonega on November 24th. Dahlonega is the only town that the Capitol Christmas Tree will visit in Dahlonega because our local trucking company, Jeff Underwood Trucking, received the honor of transporting the tree from Wyoming to the U.S. Capitol! Don’t miss all of the excitement downtown as Freddie Way is in concert, Santa visits Dahlonega and a special ceremony is held to celebrate the Capitol Christmas Tree! View the tree and sign the banner and be a part of history!

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