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Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend in Blairsville!

Still working on your plans for Memorial Day weekend? Come and celebrate with us in Blairsville, we’ll have something for every member of the family to enjoy! Here’s a quick rundown of just a few of the events happening in our area this weekend…

2018 Spring Arts, Crafts and Music Festival
Saturday, May 26 & Sunday, May 27 – 10am – 5pm
Downtown Blairsville comes alive with arts, crafts, music, food and more! This festival features over 60 vendors and a variety of food and music to enjoy.
Learn more about the 2018 Spring Arts, Crafts, and Music Festival.

Memorial Day Parade 
Saturday, May 26 – 10am
Join us in Downtown Blairsville for a patriotic event you won’t want to miss!
Learn more about the Memorial Day Parade.

For a full listing of events and other happenings in Blairsville-Union County, visit our events page.

Don’t Miss the 1st Annual Gaelic Gallop!

Run with a kilt for a good cause at the Gaelic Gallop 5K & 1 mi Fun Run/Walk, in conjunction with the Blairsville Scottish Festival & Highland Games. Taking place on Saturday, June 9 at North Georgia Technical College’s Blairsville Campus, the race route runs from NGTC through Meeks Park and back. Runners of all ages can join in the fun, awards will be given to overall and all age group winners. All racers will get a pass to attend the Scottish Festival and a race tank top. Registration starts at 7 am, the race is on at 8 am! For pricing and more information about the Gaelic Gallop, visit the Blairsville Scottish Festival & Highland Games.

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5 Ways to Celebrate Mom in Blairsville-Union County

Friendly reminder: Mother’s Day is THIS Sunday! Looking for the perfect way to celebrate the Mom in your life? We’ve got you covered! There are some great ways to show your love and appreciation right here in Blairsville-Union County…

Go to Lunch (…or Brunch…or Dinner)
We have a vibrant food scene here in Blairsville, featuring cuisines for every kind of eater. From traditional Southern food to Cuban and Italian fare to Farm-to-table sophistication, there’s something here Mom is sure to enjoy. Learn more about there restaurants in our area here.

Take a Hike
For the outdoorsy Moms, there are several excellent trails in our area perfect for experiencing the splendor of Mother Nature. Check out our Hiking Page for a complete list of trails in the area.

Shopping Spree
The local shops and markets here feature expertly crafted art, crafts, decor, apparel, and more, so Mom can shop ’til she drops. Check out our Shopping page to learn more.

Relax
There are a number of amazing spas and luxury experiences in our area, perfect for pampering the special lady in your life. Explore the resorts and spas in the area here.

Sip Something
If your Mom prefers something with a good vintage, the wineries and distilleries in Blairsville-Union County are second to none! The soil in our area has the same AVA designation as the soil in Napa, and the wineries and distilleries deliver modern excellence with flavors rooted in the history and heritage of our region. Learn more about our Wineries and Distilleries.

To learn more about everything that Blairsville-Union County has to offer call 877-745-5789 or visit our website.

 

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Check out the new Downtown Blairsville App!

Downtown Blairsville now has a great new app that lets you stay connected to everything happening in Blairsville-Union County! Update your calendar with upcoming events, explore all of the restaurants, shopping, and other businesses in the area, learn about some of the local history, and much more! The FREE Downtown Blairsville app is available for download on both Apple and Google. Check it out and let us know what you think!

Cabin Coffee owners, Wayne and Judy Jolley

Cabin Coffee Co. Loves Calling Blairsville Home

Blairsville has been the perfect location for Cabin Coffee Co. and its owners, Wayne & Judy Jolley. Check out their story below.

Learn more about starting or moving a business to Blairsville-Union County at www.visitblairsvillega.com/business.

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Become Part of the Story at the Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival!

Many travelers don’t realize that Georgia has mountains–wild, beautiful, and home to a rich legacy of Appalachian culture. Minutes away from Brasstown Bald, the highest peak in Georgia, but only two hours from Atlanta, Union County Schools Fine Arts Center in Blairsville, GA, will celebrate Appalachian culture, particularly the spoken word tradition, by hosting the fourth annual Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival on 13-14 April 2018. The festival will showcase the art of Southern storytelling with a particular focus on Appalachian stories, both traditional and contemporary. The GMSF offers storytelling and musical performances, children’s events, and workshops.

In addition, The Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival will offer a free workshop for veterans titled “Story Medicine: Healing through Storytelling.” “As part of our mission of bringing storytelling to underserved audiences, we are developing community outreach programs to meet the needs of specific groups in our region for whom storytelling can be a source of healing: veterans, those affected by terminal illness, and victims of domestic abuse, for example. This year, we will offer an intensive workshop for military veterans,” said Ruth Looper, festival co-director. “Sharing stories about wartime experiences, whether verbally or in writing, is widely recognized as an important mechanism for healing. New York City’s Warrior Writing Project, the Veterans Writing Projects at VA medical centers in San Diego and Washington, D.C., and The Telling Project in Seattle have enabled thousands of veterans to speak about and come to terms with their experiences. Veterans living in rural communities like ours have less access to these kinds of programs, and we aim to change that.”

This interactive workshop will combine listening, writing, sharing, and discussion in small and large groups. Participants will be given the tools to increase mindfulness and develop a sense of belonging, a capacity for personal reflection, healthy emotional outlets, and a livelier imagination. The workshop will be led by Regi Carpenter (www.regicarpenter.com), a professional storyteller and workshop facilitator who has presented her therapeutic workshops throughout the United States, South America, and Asia for hospice organizations, non-profits, hospitals, veterans, cancer treatment centers, and bereavement organizations.

This free workshop will take place Sunday, April 15, from 2-5 PM at the Union County Community Center in Blairsville, Georgia. Seating is limited, so please sign up early by emailing info@gamountainstoryfest.org. Workshop participants will also receive free tickets to this year’s Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival.

About Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival, Inc.

Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing meaningful opportunities for an underserved audience to engage with storytelling through hearing stories and attending workshops that will develop their cultural intelligence through the arts of listening and speaking. We celebrate a variety of diverse traditions while showcasing the voices of Appalachia.  For more information, go to www.gamountainstoryfest.org.

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North Georgia Wine Country

Did you know that Blairsville-Union County is part of an official American Viticultural Area (AVA)? You’ve probably heard of AVA’s before, but just didn’t realize exactly what it encompassed. Are you familiar with names like Napa Valley and Sonoma in California or maybe you’ve heard of Martha’s Vineyard or the Finger Lakes region? In a nutshell, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau defines specific regions that are distinguishable by a unique natural boundary and growing conditions unlike any other neighboring region. For us, that region is the Upper Hiwassee Highlands AVA region which includes parts of Clay County and Cherokee County in North Carolina and Towns and Union Counties in Georgia. The Upper Hiwassee Highlands AVA region makes the fourth designation for North Carolina and the first ever for Georgia!

An American Viticultural Area designation is not an easy process and they are not freely given out. It took a group of dedicated wine growers, spearheaded by Eric Carlson of Calaboose Cellars, four years of paperwork, petitions, and substantial evidence that Western North Carolina and Northeast Georgia features the Upper Hiwassee Watershed as a perfect natural boundary and has growing conditions unlike any other neighboring region for the eight wineries that fall into the Upper Hiwassee Highlands AVA.

So, what does this mean to the wineries? It means that each vineyard in the Upper Hiwassee Highlands has a way to point vintners and consumers to a special characteristic or overall quality of grapes grown in the region.  Additionally, they have permission to use a tag on their label called an appellation of origin, which proudly states the wine was made in the Upper Hiwassee Highlands region.

The vineyards that are included in the region are:

Clay County: Eagle Fork Vineyards

Cherokee County: Calaboose Cellars, Valley River Vineyards, and Nottely River Valley Vineyards

Towns County: Crane Creek Vineyards, Hightower Creek Vineyards

Union County: Paradise Hills Farm Winery, Odom Springs Vineyards

Having the AVA designation assures wine enthusiasts of a product’s quality and characteristics. So, take a ride around and get to know the wines of your region. Most vineyards offer tastings and typically have music or other fun events as you sniff, sample, and enjoy each unique vintage.

For a full listing of wineries or other activities in Union County and the North Georgia Mountains please stop by The Welcome Center located in the Union County Community Center at 129 Union County Recreation Road, call 706-745-5789, email tourism@blairsvillechamber.com or visit us online at www.VisitBlairsvilleGa.com.

 

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Celebrate Easter in Blairsville!

Easter is not just about rabbits and eggs. In Blairsville-Union, we are a spiritually rich community where faith, worship and service are integral to daily life. There are a variety of churches in the area, each offering a unique worship experience and family programs to enhance your “church life.” Here is a round up of Easter Services in and around town:

All Saints Lutheran Church                                                                                                                (706) 745-7777                                                                                                allsaintslutheran@brmemc.net                                                                                        www.allsaintslcms.org                                                                                  www.facebook.com/allsaintslcms                                                                                                  Maundy/Holy Thursday – Worship with communion at 5:45pm                                                    Good Friday – Worship at 5:45pm                                                                                                      Easter Sunday – Worship with communion at 10:25am

Blairsville Church of Christ                                                                                                                (706) 745-5997                                                                                                info@blairsvillechurchofchrist.com                                                              www.blairsvillechurchofchrist.com                                          www.facebook.com/blairsvillechurchofchrist                                                                              Worship service at 10:30am

Coosa United Methodist Church                                                                                                       (706) 745-8893                                                                                                          coosaumc@windstream.net                                                                            www.facebook.com/CoosaUMC                                                                                                          Coosa United Methodist Church invites all to come to our Easter Services which include; March 30th Good Friday Service at 5 pm in the Chapel. April 1st Easter Sun Rise Service at 7 am in the Chapel and 10 am Easter Service with Cantata and pot a luck luncheon to follow including an Egg Hunt for children. Come join our Coosa family!

Fairview Baptist Church                                                                                                                       (706) 745-0575                                                                                                  rev.geraldpotts@gmail.com                                                              www.fairviewbaptistchurchblairsville.com                  www.facebook.com/FairviewBaptistChurch30512/                                                                      Sunrise Service @ 7:30am

Fellowship of the Hills Church                                                                                                           (706) 745-0506                                                                                     Info@FellowshipOfTheHillsGA.org                                                                www.fellowshipofthehillsga.org                                                                        www.facebook.com/FOTHGA/                                                                                                              Easter Sunrise Service @ 7:15am in the Church Parking Lot                                                            Easter Worship Service @ 11am

First Baptist Church of Blairsville                                                                                                     (706) 745-2469                                                                                                    fbcblairsville@fbcvision.com                                                                                                www.fbcvision.com                                                                                  www.facebook.com/BlairsvilleFirst/                                                                                              Morning Worship @ 9am & 11am in the Sanctuary & WITH

First United Methodist Church of Union County                                                                         (706) 745-2073                                                                                                          firstumc@windstream.net                                                                            www.firstmethodistblairsville.com                                              www.facebook.com/FirstUnitedMethodist                                                                                           The Living Last Supper: Worship Drama & Holy Communion – Thursday, March 29th @ 6:30pm in the MAC                                                                                                                                              Easter Sunday: 7:30am Youth led Sunrise Service on hill behind church, 8:30am Early Bird casual in the Sanctuary, 9:45am Contemporary casual in the MAC, 11am Traditional in the Sanctuary

Ivy Log Baptist Church                                                                                                                         (706) 745-5313                                                                                                         t.black55@yahoo.com                                                                                               www.ivylogbaptist.org                                                                                                                      Sunrise Service @ 7am                                                                                                                      Worship Service @ 10:50am

Mountain Presbyterian Church (USA)                                                                                             (706) 745-8036                                                                                                                mtn@mtnpres.org                                                                                                          www.mtnpres.org                                                                                                         www.facebook.com/Mt-Presbyterian-Church-649972041708541/                                      Traditional Service @ 11am

New Life Family Church                                                                                                                      (706) 781-6142                                                                                                    info@NewLIfeBlairsville.org                                                                                www.NewLifeBlairsville.org                                                                www.facebook.com/NewLifeBlairsville/                                                                                        Morning Worship @ 10am

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church                                                                                          (706) 374-2321                                                                                                                     shlc@ellijay.com                                                                                                   http://shlcblueridge.com                                                                                                                    Easter Sunday Service @ 10:45am – Festival Worship with Holy Communion. Sermon: April Fool!

St. Clare’s Episcopal Church                                                                                                               (706) 745-0607                                                                                                 stclare@stclaresepiscopal.org                                                                               www.stclaresepiscopal.org/                                                   www.facebook.com/stclaresepiscopalchurch/                                                                                Easter Vigil Service @ 6:00am (Light breakfast following the service)                                                  Festive Easter Service @ 10:30am (Easter Feast and children’s Easter egg hunt follows the service)

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church                                                                                                (706) 745-6400                                                                                                office@stfrancisblairsville.com.                                                                              www.stfrancisblairsville.com                                                               www.facebook.com/sfablairsville                                                                                                     Easter Mass @ 8:30am, 11:00am, and 1 pm Spanish

The Rock Church of Blairsville                                                                                                           (706) 745-1953                                                                                                                        apostolics@live.com                                                                                                            http://Therocktv.org                                                                                    www.facebook.com/TRCBlairsville/                                                                                                        TRC Kids Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31st @ 11am                                                                        Easter Sunday Service @ 10am

Unity Church of the Mountains                                                                                                        (706) 781-3393                                                                                                          donnacurry10@yahoo.com                                                                www.unitychurchofthemountains.com                                                                www.facebook.com/Unity-Church-of-the-Mountains-193635080683848/                                        Easter Celebration service @ 10:30am with Rev. Ron Lindahn speaking on Rebirth and Regeneration

Unity of Blairsville                                                                                                                                (706) 530-0114                                                                                                   www.unityofblairsville.org                                                                       www.facebook.com/UnityBlairsville/                                                                                                Easter Sunday @ 10:30am with Rev. Naylor “What One Man Can Do”

Vertical Church of the Mountains                                                        www.verticalchurchblairsville.org                        www.facebook.com/VerticalChurchOfTheMountains                                                                    Easter Sunday Service @ 8:30am and 11am                                                                                  Vertical Kids Easter Egg Hunt @ 10am

For a full listing of everything happening in Blairsville-Union County, visit our Events page.

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Blairsville Easter Egg-stravaganza!

Can you believe that Easter is just around the corner? Make sure your kiddos don’t miss the Blairsville Easter Egg Hunt this coming Saturday, March 24 at Meeks Park! Kids ages 2 to 12 years old can hunt for over 8,000 eggs placed on three fields at the park. There will also be a drawing for an Easter Basket.

The hunt begins at 11:00 am and admission is FREE, so grab your kids and their baskets and head to Meeks Park this Saturday! In the event of rain, the makeup date is March 31 at 11:00 am. Call 706-439-6074 for more information.