Christmas Rockin’ Eve Eve ~ Grumpy Old Men Brewing

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Visit Grumpy Old Men Brewing Company on Christmas “Eve Eve” to enjoy live music and a festive atmosphere at the “CHRISTMAS ROCKIN’ EVE EVE”

LIVE MUSIC BY THE MINISTERS OF TRUTH 5 PM – 8 PM

FOOD BY SALTY DAWGS MOBILE FOOD TRAILER 12 PM – 6PM

Micro Brewery located in Blue Ridge, Georgia. All original beers served in a relaxed dog friendly taproom.

When:

Dec. 23 @12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: 

1315 East Main Street Blue Ridge, GA 30513

Free Drive-In Christmas Movies

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Visit the Swan Drive-In Theatre in Blue Ridge next weekend for the last chance to see free Christmas movies!

POLAR EXPRESS, RATED G AND NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION, RATED PG SHOWTIME IS 7:00 PM

WE WILL BE ACCEPTING NON PERISHABLE FOODS FOR FEED FANNIN SO PLEASE BRING FOOD IF YOU CAN

THE SWAN DRIVE-IN FEATURES A FULL CONCESSION STAND, WITH FUNNEL CAKES AND DEEP FRIED OREOS!

When:

December 16 & 17 at 7:00 p.m.

Where: 

Swan Drive-In

651 Summit St
Blue Ridge, GA 30513

Light Up Blue Ridge

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Light Up Blue Ridge is Saturday, November 26, this year. It is always the Saturday after Thanksgiving!

Blue Friday is November 25, 2022

Light Up Blue Ridge and the Annual Blue Ridge Christmas Parade is November 26, 2022

Blue Friday day will include downtown merchants store discounts, Christmas holiday cheer, food vendors and strolling entertainment.

Light Up Blue Ridge day will be full of Christmas cheer, strolling Christmas entertainment, food vendors, and children will be able to visit Santa Clause in the gazebo located in the park.

Gingerbread Village will be open to the public at noon from November 25th to December 11th at the Arts Center.

The Christmas Parade is on Saturday the day of Light Up Blue Ridge, it starts at 5:30 p.m. and runs down E. Main from Church Street to Mountain, down Mountain and back up W. Main to Depot.

Pictures with Santa will take place in the gazebo from noon to 4:30 pm.

Homeward Bound Pet of the Week: Gordy

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Meet Gordy, a 6# chi who was born in July, 2021. He was surrendered along with 2 other chi’s who were living outside. Gordy is a loving little boy, very active and playful. He is getting along well with the fosters’ 2 male dogs. Because of his size and age, we would not recommend little children. Gordy is in a foster home where he is being house trained. He loves to take leash walks and snuggling in a blanket.
For more information about the Homeward Bound Pet Rescue pets, check out our website and apply online: www.hbpr.org. We are always looking for volunteers to foster and help with socializing our cats and dogs. We are located between Ellijay and Blue Ridge, GA.

11th Annual Fire & Ice Chili Cook Off and Craft Beer Festival

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11th Annual Fire & Ice Chili Cook Off and Craft Beer Festival

February 19, 2022 12:00 pm – 4:00 p.m.

790 Block of East Main St & Downtown City Park

 Mark your calendars for live music, ice sculptures, amazing chili and craft beer! Buy a $10 Tasting Card to sample the competition and vote for the Peoples Choice Award.

An amazing display of individual and unique ice sculptures from the award winning, National Ice Carving Champion Rock On Ice including several ice carving demonstrations, in the park, during the entire event.

Tasting cards will be sold from 11 am to 2:30 pm.

Tasting begins at noon

All People’s Choice votes MUST be turned in by 2:30 pm.

Cook-Off will happen come rain, snow or shine!

Ride the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

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For schedule visit: Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Step back in time as you and your family enjoy a four-hour railway excursion along the beautiful Toccoa River from Blue Ridge to McCaysville. Choose an authentic indoor car, open rail car or Premier Class. Your destination is the mountain town of McCaysville, Georgia, sister city to Copperhill, Tennessee. During your two-hour layover, have lunch and take a walk across the “Blue Line” on the street and you’re in Tennessee! You can actually stand in two states at once if you have one foot on the Georgia side and the other on the Tennessee side!

The rail adventure is a two hour 26 mile round trip, with a two hour layover to explore. The train runs from March through December. Visit their website Blue Ridge Scenic Railway for an updated schedule of trips and events.

The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway was recently designated one of the top five attractions for experiencing fall color by “Southern Living” magazine. Fall foliage rides run during the month of October through mid November, Firecracker Special, and the Santa Train from Thanksgiving until Christmas.

 For more information, call 1-877-413-8724 or see www.brscenic.com.

Live Music – Hook & Eye Rooftop Bar ~ Hampton Inn Blue Ridge

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Hook & Eye at Hampton Inn Blue Ridge offers rooftop relaxation in artsy Blue Ridge. Full bar, great views and atmosphere and inside and outside seating.

Live Music

Thursday, December 9th – Andrew Chastain – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Friday, December 10th  Trevor Ciongoli– 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Friday, December 17th  Trevor Ciongoli – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Thursday, December 23rd – Andrew Chastain – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Friday, December 24th  Rusted Melody – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Friday, December 31st  Rusted Melody – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Thursday, January 6th – Andrew Chastain – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Friday, January 7th  Ray LaBean – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Friday, January 14th  Ray LaBean – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Thursday, January 20th – Andrew Chastain – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Friday, January 21st  Ray LaBean – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Thanksgiving Harvest Market

Seasonal

Come join us for the second annual Thanksgiving Harvest Market at the North Georgia Farmers Market in beautiful Blue Ridge, GA!

Over 40 local farmers & artisans with food, crafts & ideas for your Thanksgiving holiday celebration!

Live music throughout the day!

Find us from 9AM to 3PM on Saturday & Sunday, Nov 20th & 21st on Dunbarton Farm Rd in the parking lot of Cohutta Country Store just south of Blue Ridge, GA.

    • Location: Cohutta Country Store Parking Lot
    • Dunbarton Farm Rd.
    • Blue Ridge, GA 30513

Blue Ridge playground reopens to the public

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Blue Ridge, Georgia, Fannin County, Censure, Conduct, City Council, Post 1, Harold Herdon, Post 2, Rhonda Haight, Post 3, Mike Panter, Post 4, Robbie Cornelius, Post 5, Nathan Fitts, Mayor, Donna Whitener, Park, Playground, Open, Angie Arp

Blue Ridge, Ga. – After much wait and debate, the playground at Blue Ridge City’s downtown park is officially reopen for public use.

Several council members, Mayor and members of the city’s Street Department  met at the park on Thursday, April 22 to commemorate the reopening.

Blue Ridge, Georgia, Fannin County, Censure, Conduct, City Council, Post 1, Harold Herdon, Post 2, Rhonda Haight, Post 3, Mike Panter, Post 4, Robbie Cornelius, Post 5, Nathan Fitts, Mayor, Donna Whitener, Park, Playground, Open, Angie Arp

City’s playground area with newly installed padding and turf.

The park had been closed for several months after Council Member Mike Panter discovered that certain aspects were not in safety compliance and needed to be addressed.

“I did not want the liability. I did not want the city to have the liability, and I felt like it was my responsibility to close the park,” Panter said in a past meeting, defending his stance to close the park, “I know I did the right thing.”

The park was initially in compliance upon original renovations, headed by former council member Angie Arp, but issue arose over lack of upkeep following these renovations. 

In particular the park’s mulch had become compacted over the years and no longer met safety standards to provide ample padding.

“We haven’t had any additional mulch added in three and a half years. We have not had an inspection in three and half years since it was put in,” Panter had previously explained.

City Council voted for the long lasting synthetic turf and padding option, presented by Panter, to cover the park’s grounds and the City of Blue Ridge Street Department worked diligently to correct any drainage issues in the area. 

“It’s going to be done correctly. It’s going to be done right,” Panter had stated of moving forward with the padding and turf option.

The city has also received approximately $19,000 from a private donor for shades to be installed at the park. These shades will be installed on the playground’s existing equipment.

“The shades have been ordered,” Panter said, “And as soon as they arrive they will be installed.”

Arp also stopped by the park to see the latest in renovations and commented, “It is really nice. I’m glad that it will be opened back up in time for the children to really use when school lets out for the year.”

Ask the Doc! Cologuards and the Lance Armstrong Shot

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ask the doc

Dr. William Whaley has returned for the new year and is ready to answer your questions about colonoscopies vs the Cologuard test and the other about Myelodysplasia and the Lance Armstrong shot.

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qr5QCeVJ5Ek

Ask The Doc! Can Employers Require A Covid-19 Vaccine?

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This week, the doctors discuss all things Vaccine. Who will be the first to receive it? Should Cancer survivors be prioritized to receive it? Can your employer require you to take a vaccine to come to work? All this and more Right here on Ask The Doc!

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qu_aJTBMjns

Pet Of The Week! Tully

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Pet of the Week, dog, puppy, Katrina,

This Week we are joined by Tully. Tully is a roughly 6 months old lab mix. Tully Would make a great family dog, and would be especially great with kids. He is extremely gentle and would make a lovely addition to any home. If you’re interested in Tully or an of the other animals at the Humane Society contact them today!

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSMdGUiwOIo

Ask The Doc! The Good News

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ask the doc, virus, information
This week, the doctors touch on the good news instead of focusing on the negative. They also touch on why Rapid tests shouldn’t be in the total case numbers and that the cases should be broken down into categories. That way, it would be easier to understand and not scare people. They also touch on being on track to the Vaccine and if they believe it will be reliable or not.

Pet Of The Week: Niko!

Community, Fast & Furriest

This week we are joined by Niko! Niko has been at the humane society 2 of the 4 years of his life. He is an extremely sweet companion dog. He loves to go on walks and riding in the car. He would make a great family dog or a companion for a truck driver. If you’re interested in Niko Contact the Humane Society of Blue Ridge today!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rddzxo-yRJk&t=177s

Pet Of The Week! TinkerBell

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This week’s star of the show is the lovely Tinkerbell! Tink is a roughly 13 week old puppy in need of a loving home. She has two siblings also located at the Humane Society Of Blue Ridge. Rena says she will most likely be a medium to large dog. Tink is currently up for foster to adopt as well as her two siblings. She is extremely sweet and ready to find her forever home. If you’re looking to adopt an animal check out the humane society and all of their furry friends!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p80UE95fWLk

Now Playing: The Outsider

Arts & Entertainment
Blue Ridge Community Theater is proudly returning to the stage with:
THE OUTSIDER!

SEPTEMBER 10 – 27
Thursday – Saturday at 7:30pm
Sundays at 2:00pm
Written by Paul Slade Smith
Directed by Sonia Smith
Due to COVID-19, Tickets for this event will be sold exclusively by phone to allow for proper social distancing, call our Box Office at (706) 632-9191 to book your seats for this outrageous political satire today!

A late breaking news flash reveals that the Governor has been caught in a scandalous affair, and thus he has unceremoniously resigned from office, and taken half his staff with him. The order of succession is clear, the Governor’s Executive Assistant, Ned Newley, now fills the highest Office in the State. There’s just one problem; Ned doesn’t even want to be governor. He’s terrified of public speaking, dreadful on television, and his poll numbers are impressively bad. To his normally ever-supportive Chief of Staff Dave, Ned seems destined to fail. But the renowned political consultant Arthur Vance sees things differently: Ned might just be the worst candidate to ever run for office. Therefore, he’ll never win — unless the public is looking for… the worst candidate to ever run for office. Now Ned and his new staff are in a mad dash to turn this mumbling pencil pusher into a figure of respect and competency. A timely and hilarious comedy that skewers politics and celebrates democracy.

If Ned has any hope at all of being accepted as Governor, Arthur Vance will need to use all of his political expertise to frame Ned as “the Outsider” with all the right ideas. 

Rachel Parsons is more than just your average television reporter, she’s also a longtime political correspondent who is excited to FINALLY be interviewing the Governor in his Office.

Paige Caldwell was the first person Dave Hired onto Ned’s Staff, which she would be a lot more excited about… if the staff was more than 3 people!

Louise Peakes may not be the sharpest Temp in the Agency, but what she lacks in knowledge about Government, etiquette, and phones, she more than makes up for in moxy and charisma!
COVID-19 Precautions
Masks Required – Socially Distanced Seating
Staggered Entry – Increased Access to Hand Sanitizer
Temperatures Taken at Door – No Concessions
Theater Disinfected before each performance
Jazz at Jane’s: FRED JOHNSON
with Michael Ross
September 26 at 7:00 PM
An accomplished writer, vocalist, and percussionist that is internationally known as one of the world’s greatest vocal jazz improvisers and performers. Johnson will be accompanied by Michael Ross (Bassist), a brilliant performer and improviser in his own right.

Click the image to hear Fred Johnson’s incredible voice on full display!

BOOK YOUR TICKETS

Ticket Donations to each Jazz ay Jane’s Event are $40
All Profits benefit
Blue Ridge Community Theater
Also available by Phone: (706) 632-9191
(Please note that the Jazz at Jane’s Events are in Morganton, NOT at the Theater. Directions will be sent via email 24 Hrs before, and again 2 Hours before each concert. No Phone Sales after the Wednesday before each Jazz at Jane’s Event)

A Film by Blue Ridge Community Theater
In House Screenings October 8-11
Friday & Saturday at 7:30, Sunday at 2:00
In celebration of Blue Ridge Community Theater’s 20 years of live theater, we are proud to announce the upcoming screenings of Edgar Lee Master’s Spoon River Anthology. This ambitious film project collected 40 actors & actresses across the two decades of our theater’s history, so this is, at least in part, a dedication to the many talented men and women who worked in tandem to forge BRCT into the exceptional theater that it is today.
Spoon River Anthology is the story of the fictitious town of Spoon River, IL, and is told exclusively by the specters of it’s deceased citizens. These spirits, finding some solace in sharing the secrets that outlived them, speak of their accomplishments, their regrets, as well as how they met their inevitable end. What is unearthed in the process, however, are the surreptitious small town secrets that many of the denizens of Spoon River would have killed to discover whilst alive, woven together to unveil the less-than-pastoral portrait that they paint of Spoon River and it’s inhabitants.
~ Tickets Available Soon ~

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