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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 email@example.com. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us online at www.VisitBlairsvilleGa.com.
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 email@example.com 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
Coosa United Methodist Church (706) 745-8893 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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 United Methodist Church of Union County (706) 745-2073 email@example.com 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
Mountain Presbyterian Church (USA) (706) 745-8036 firstname.lastname@example.org www.mtnpres.org www.facebook.com/Mt-Presbyterian-Church-649972041708541/ Traditional Service @ 11am
St. Clare’s Episcopal Church (706) 745-0607 email@example.com 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)
Unity Church of the Mountains (706) 781-3393 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
For a full listing of everything happening in Blairsville-Union County, visit our Events page.
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.
Still figuring out what to do with your kids over Spring Break? Look no further than Blairsville-Union County! Explore the Greater Outdoors and experience all of the food, culture, and shopping that Blairsville has to offer. Here are a few tips for having a perfect Spring Break Adventure in Blairsville-Union County…
Blairsville-Union County is the perfect place to unplug and reconnect with your family, and there’s no better way to do that than Exploring the Greater Outdoors!
Get an unforgettable view of four states from Georgia’s highest peak. Learn more about Brasstown Bald here.
Hiking the Appalachian Trail
Union County boasts the only covered portion of the famous Appalachian Trail. You can also hike to the peak of Blood Mountain or brave one of the many other connecting trails. Learn more about hiking and other outdoor activities in Blairsville-Union County here.
We have many waterfalls here in Blairsville-Union County, like Helton Creek Falls and Wolf Creek Falls, to name a few. Learn more about our waterfalls and where to find them here.
Riders of all ages and levels can experience the countryside on horseback. Find out more about riding and a listing of stables here.
We’ve got some of the finest parks in the state, complete with activities for every member of the family to enjoy.
Vogel State Park
Enjoy swimming, fishing, hiking, paddle boats, and more at Vogel. Learn more about Vogel State Park, and other parks in our area here.
Play 18 holes of Frisbee Golf at Meeks Park’s excellent 18-hole course, let the kids play hard on the playground, batter up at one of four batting cages, let your pups have a ball at the dog park, and much, much more! Learn more about Meeks Park here.
Dine at one of Blairsville’s many amazing restaurants. There’s something to please every palette, from traditional southern food to fine dining! You will be absolutely amazed at the quality and variety of different cuisines available in our area. Browse listings and see a map of restaurants in the area here.
Blairsville offers a unique shopping experience, from local artisans to designer duds! Plan your shopping trip here.
Ready for your Spring Break Mountain Adventure? Call us today at 877-745-5789 or visit us online to learn more about all the fun your family can get into in Blairsville-Union County!
The official start of Spring is just around the corner, which means that it’s almost festival season in Blairsville-Union County! You’ll find something for every member of the family at these fun and festive events, from storytelling and music to arts and crafts and games. These festivals celebrate the rich history of our area and provide great opportunities for visitors to experience and explore all that Blairsville has to offer. Without further adieu, here’s a quick preview of the festivals coming up this spring…
Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival
April 13 & 14
Blairsville Arts, Crafts, and Music Festival
May 26 & 27, 10am-5pm
Blairsville Scottish Festival and Highland Games
June 9 & 10, 9am-5pm
Be sure to mark your calendars for these awesome festivals, we’d love to see you there!
Congratulations to Corrugated Replacements, Business of the Year for 2017! We appreciate everything that this business brings to our community. Here’s a quote from Corrugated Replacements on running a business in Blairsville-Union County:
“Manufacturing is great for Union County because it provides an industry where people can live and work in an area that is beautiful and rural, yet thrive in a professional business that is main stream in the global economy.”
Thanks to everyone who came out to An Evening With The Stars last week and to all of our Chamber members, you truly make our area an amazing place to live and work! We look forward to everything that 2018 has in store.
Tomorrow night, we will be honoring Union County’s STAR student and teacher as well as the Business of the Year! The Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program honors Georgia’s highest achieving high school seniors and the teachers who have been most instrumental in their academic development. The STAR student and teacher for Union County High School are:
UCHS STAR Student: McKenzie Hooper
UCHS STAR Teacher: April Krieger
In addition, we will announce the Business of the Year for 2017 at the event. The Business of the Year is awarded to a chamber member who is actively involved in chamber and community functions throughout the year, and is of the highest moral and ethical character and demonstrates a genuine concern for community affairs through participation in civic groups, volunteer programs or non-profit organizations.
It is important to acknowledge excellence and achievement in our community, and this evening of food, entertainment, and recognition of these awards is an amazing opportunity to do just that. Reservations for this event closed on February 15, but we look forward to seeing those with reservations tomorrow!
Craving some outdoor fun after all of this crazy weather? Look no further than Vogel State Park, Georgia’s Favorite State Park! There’s truly something for everyone to enjoy at this gorgeous and historic mountain park. Learn more about Vogel State Park here.