|December 2,3,4,9,10,11, 16, 17, and 18Friday and Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm|
|A Tuna Christmas is the second in a series of comedic plays (preceded by Greater Tuna and followed by Red, White and Tuna and Tuna Does Vegas), each set the fictional town of Tuna, Texas, the “third-smallest” town in the state. The trilogy was written by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard.The plays are at once an affectionate comment on small-town, Southern life and attitudes but also a withering satire of same. The plays are notable in that two men play the entire cast of over twenty eccentric characters of both genders and various ages. The first play, Greater Tuna, debuted in 1981 in Austin; A Tuna Christmas debuted in 1989.
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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.
Come stay with us and attend “Play It Again, Sam”, performed live on stage by the Holly Theater Company August 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday Matinee at 2:00 p.m. Allan Felix, a neurotic San Francisco movie critic has just broken up with his wife, Nancy. This devastating event has caused him to spiral into a deep depression and look for solace in the classic movies that he loves, particularly the romantic saga CASABLANCA. Allan begins to have conversations with the fantasy ghost of his film idol, Humphrey Bogart, who gives him advice on romance and masculinity.
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling the Holly Theater at 706-864-3759.
Listeners and musicians alike are invited to enjoy the acoustic bluegrass and old-time string music at the 2011 Dahlonega Appalachian Jam, every Saturday, April 23 through October 8, 2011, 2-5 pm, on the Dahlonega Gold Museum State Historic Site downtown.
The July 16th host band, JED, is serious about mountain songs and mountain style. They are Edward Hunter on fiddle, banjo, mandolin, and guitar, and Joel Cordle on mandolin and guitar. The group’s mandolins, fiddles, banjos, guitars, soul-stirring songs tell a story; while their harmony singing rings from the mountains, valleys, caverns, and creeks of the South. Edward & Joel are two old-timers who can still whip the stuffings out of a bluegrass song and coax a tear from the heart of the sentimental listener.
Come stay with us and enjoy The Importance of Being Earnest at the Holly Theater in downtown Dahlonega.
The Story: John Worthing lives a double life. While in London he is Ernest, the lively urban bachelor. While in the country with his ward Cecily, he is Jack, the serious morally minded suburban gentleman. The inscription in a forgotten cigarette case reveals Jack’s deceit to his close London friend Algernon who, while calling out his friend’s impropriety, admits to having his own nom to folie. Chaos ensues as Ernest proposes marriage to Algernon’s cousin Gwendolen, and Algernon pursues Ernest’s ward Cecily. Will this farce through London and the British countryside end in marriage and happiness? As we all struggle to come to grips with the serious issues facing our world today, there is no better way to spend an evening than reveling in the masterful wit of Wilde’s “iridescent filament of fantasy,” which is as comic and relevant today as it was at its premiere in 1895.
Shows are June 23, 24, 25, 26, 30 July 1 & 3 Thursday, Friday and Saturdays at 8:00pm Sundays (Matinee) at 2:00pm. Call 706-864-3759 for tickets/information.
Stay with us and attend the Yahoola United Cherokee Spring Powwow
The Yahoola Cherokee Museum and Cultural Education Center will be hosting the first Annual Spring Powwow. The event is a fundraiser/benefit to help raise funds for the construction of a world-class Cherokee Indian museum in Dahlonega. Festivities will occur atop Crown Mountain on Findley Ridge. Experience Native American life from years gone by.
Jane Mashonee, 7 time Nammy winner, will be performing on Saturday at 3 pm. Brothers of the Spirit Flute will be playing native american flute music on Sat. and Sun. Finally, Wright Flight will be playing throughout the weekend.
Watch or participate in a traditional primitive bow and tomahawk throw competition. Food offerings include “Indian” tacos and other foods from Buffalo Burgers to Fry bread to Italian Ice. Vendors will be selling Native American and Native American style items. Native American dancing and other styles of dancing will occur throughout afternoon.
For more information visit Cherokee Powwow or call 706-482-8353.