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Celebrating Our First Year of Publication


FALL Festivals
America’s Best Griller



Kristy Williams
4 Reasons for

Georgia Apples
What Happens When

Toronto Calls

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Dear Readers, What a delightful treat awaits you where the metro meets the mountains in Cherokee County! This is the time of year many of us long for. A feast for the eyes, along with the scent of autumn spices, entice the senses and comfort the soul. There’s only one such time of year, short as it is, that enthralls us as much as fall. Southerners especially appreciate autumn and its color palette. After enduring sweltering one hundred degree days in June and July, Mother Nature rewards our stamina and shows us her true colors and temperament, at last. Delighted with the outcome, we welcome the cool reprieve and grow anxious to celebrate the harvest. Fall festivals abound this year. The sights, sounds and tastes displayed in outdoor booths and charming checkered top tables are delightful and one has only to read the calendar of events to find one or several you will want to attend. While you are reading, we hope you will find other interesting topics, too. We want you to be impressed by the achievements of noted and accomplished citizens as well and hearing about outstanding events that are definitely in the ‘don’t miss’ category. So get out there. Visit the shops, the stores, the festivals and events. What better place to find the gateway to nature, entertainment and just good living. The Editors You are also invited to visit our website at www.enjoycherokee.com. Click to Enjoy!

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Blue Ridge Mountains, photo courtesy of the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce



Welcome Date Night Done right
The Cobb energy Performing Arts Centre


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North Georgia Art ramble The Art & The heart of Baking Bread Frolicking Fall Festivals Girl Meets Grill...And Becomes a Champion!
kristy Williams

Flocking Together - Little Chicks and Their Chickens Taking Center Stage
reinhardt University’s Falany Performing Arts Center

edward Jones Financial Focus Into the heart of Apple Country hometown Pitcher Gets The Call
Chad Jenkins

An Interview with Justice keith Blackwell events Calendar


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Cobb EMC is making strides to diversify its energy portfolio to include renewable energy for our members. The cooperative recently signed a power purchase agreement for solar power from Washington County’s Azalea Solar Facility, the largest solar power plant to be built in Georgia. Members can do their part, too. Installing qualified solar electric panel systems or solar water heaters can earn members rebates from Cobb EMC. Visit www.cobbemc.com/renewableenergy to learn more.


Date Night Done Right
The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre offers couples easy access to outstanding and affordable uptown entertainment.

©Paul Kolnik: Bianca Marroquin


Do you like the idea of a romantic memorable date night, but dislike the aggravation of driving to Atlanta and parking? Fortunately, you don’t have to drive into the city for an amazing night on the town. For the last five years, Cherokee couples along with thousands of others have been making memories and enjoying stellar performances at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre less than 30 minutes away. Cobb Energy Centre is a premier venue for opera, concerts, Broadway shows and ballet. The Centre hosts three resident companies, the Atlanta Ballet, Gas South Broadway Series and The Atlanta Opera. A variety of entertainment legends have graced the stage here as well, including: Billy Crystal, Melissa Etheridge, John Prine, Loretta Lynn, Harry Connick Jr., Norah Jones and Keith Urban. The Gas South Broadway Series launches on October 4 with Chicago. Currently, the fifth longest running show on Broadway, Chicago, has been wowing audiences since the 70s. However, it is still relevant today with all its plot lines of love, fame, fortune and jazz. This musical has non-stop dancing that was originally choreographed by the famous Bob Fosse. It has won six Tony Awards, two Oliver Awards and a Grammy.
Photo: Paul Kolnik

The holidays bring a twist on a classic tale with West Side Story. The Series ends in the springtime taking audiences back to the 1960s with Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack. From poignant and familiar story lines and colorful characters to breathtaking sets and stirring music and dance performances, the Gas South Broadway Series offers a dazzling lineup for patrons who want to experience Broadway at its most spectacular. And the Cobb Energy Centre, designed with hosting Broadway shows in mind, shines as the star venue that it is.
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Mark your calendars for December 8th and 9th, a new holiday tradition has arrived... the North Georgia Art Ramble.
More than fifty artists, galleries, and art organizations will be throwing their doors wide open the second weekend in December in the hopes of invigorating the art scene in North Georgia.
Unlike a traditional art trail, the Ramble will visit galleries and art centers in addition to artist studios, making this a true community experience. Ramblers can wind their way from one location to the next, seeing what the various artists have to offer, getting to know the creative side of their community, all while sampling refreshments. The main thoroughfare for the Ramble will be 575/515, beginning in Woodstock and meandering north through Canton and Ball Ground to Jasper. Most of the artist and galleries will be found along this route. The various galleries and art centers will serve as gathering points for artists from farther afield. The Cherokee County Art Center in Canton will be the largest of these gathering places, but Studio 101 in Woodstock, the Clay Art Center in Roswell, the Sharptop Arts Association in Jasper, the Harris Art Center in Calhoun, and the Blue Ridge Arts Association in Blue Ridge will all be taking part as well. If you want the complete Ramble experience, however, you’ll need to explore a bit more, taking detours to Roswell, Cartersville, Cumming, Calhoun, and Blue Ridge to seek out everything the Ramble has to offer. Many artist studios will be found along these off-shoot trails, and these will allow visitors to get a better feel for each artist’s creative process as they see where it is these creators do what they do. Initially conceived by artists Fred and Laura Ellis of Canton as an event for the Georgia Clay Council, the Ramble soon attracted attention from artists and art industry professionals from around the state, all of whom wanted to participate. Now the Ramble consists of 36 artists, 6 galleries, and 6 art centers, scattered across 27 locations. The artists represent such varied fields as painting, clay, glass, jewelry, photography, and assorted three-dimensional work. Fine craft gallery Wildcat on a Wing in Ball Ground is the Ramble’s chief sponsor. Wildcat offers a wide selection of handmade work from artists all over the United States. Owners David and Julie Boone, themselves artists, have been enlivening the North Georgia art scene for more than 20 years.


Other major sponsors include the Ann Art Gallery and the Cherokee County Arts Center, both in Canton; Sharp Mountain Vineyard of Jasper; Spring Place Pottery of Cartersville; Ann Litrel Art of Woodstock; and others. The North Georgia Art Ramble will be a great way to find unique, handmade gifts for all the people on your list. For those who do come looking for gifts, it will be unlike any shopping experience you’ve ever had, and a lot more fun too. Because it’s more than two weeks before Christmas, you won’t be putting your shopping off to the last minute. Finally, you’ll be making smart purchases by supporting local businesses and buying American-made goods. Come out to the North Georgia Art Ramble this December. It promises to be a fun, interesting two day experience. Can’t make both days? No problem, just come for one. Either way, Fred and Laura need your help to make this a success and they promise that you, and North Georgia in general, have never seen anything like this before. For detailed information about participating galleries and artists, visit ngaartramble.com or find them on facebook.

1. Cherokee Arts Center, Canton 2. The Great Frame Up, Canton 3. Ann Art Gallery, Canton 4. Brenda Harris Tustian, Ball Ground 5. Wildcat On A Wing, Ball Ground 6. Substantial Lion Glass, Marble Hill 7. Sharp Mountain Vineyards, Jasper 8. Sharptop Arts Association, Jasper 9. VanGoghs Hideaway, Jasper 10. Deborah MacKnight, Calhoun 11. Harris Arts Center, Calhoun 12. Phoebe Maze, Waleska 13. Studio 121, Canton 14. Elly Hobgood, Canton 15. Something Southern Pottery, Canton 16. Deborah Rossi, Canton 17. Meincer’s Metal & Clay Studios, Ball Ground 18. Stacey Stanhope Pottery, Milton 19. Cathy Mozley, Cumming 20. Robin Miller, Cumming 21. Arts Center West, Roswell 22. Jimmy & Marlene Hopkins, Woodstock 23. Nancy Cann, Woodstock 24. Ann Litrel Art, Woodstock 25. Studio 101, Woodstock 26. Spring Place Pottery & Gallery, Cartersville 27. The Art Center, Galleries on West Main, Blue Ridge


THE heart ART & the
Of Baking Bread
Sometimes, one simple thing can change your life and the lives of many. In 1992, Sue Becker of Woodstock was just trying to find a better way to feed her family—five children then and her husband Brad— when she discovered that by making bread from freshly milled whole wheat she could improve her health and the health of her family. “I had a college background in food science and interest in biochemistry and nutrition, so I frequently read medical journals in my free time. I came across an article that asserted there was a direct correlation between the decline in American public health and the switch to commercially milled white flour in the 1920s. According to the article, many common ailments people suffer with today could be traced to the loss of essential nutrients and fiber people used to get from bread made with freshly ground whole grains. The science made perfect sense to me, so I bought a grain mill and started making our bread. We all noticed an improvement in the way we felt immediately, and by the end of the first month, I had seen a drastic improvement in my health and in our children’s health. Plus the bread was delicious— all the kids loved it—I didn’t have to coerce them to eat it.”
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Apples are just one of the reasons to celebrate this fall in North Georgia. Festivals abound! Here are a few of the area’s time-honored autumn celebrations.
Right in our back yard, the 28th Annual Riverfest Arts and Crafts Festival in Canton is set for Sept. 29-30. Sponsored by The Service League of Cherokee County, this long-standing tradition features more than 200 arts/crafts exhibitors, entertainers, a unique children’s activities area, marketplace and food concessions. Admission is $5 for adults. For more information, visit ServiceLeague.net. Are you a fan of beer, brats, bands and Lederhosen? You’ll find all that and more at the country’s longest running Oktoberfest in Helen, Sept. 13 - Oct. 28. In its 42nd year, the event is housed at the Helen Festhalle. There you can sit at long tables and dine on traditional German fare while German-style bands from around the country take the stage for your entertainment. If the accordion music inspires you, grab your partner and dance a polka. Tickets are $8 Monday – Friday, $9 on Saturday, and free on Sundays! For details, visit HelenChamber.com.
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girl meets grill

...and becomes a Champion!
k r i s t y w i l l i a m s
It is not unusual for something wonderful to emerge from adversity. That’s actually how Kristy Williams ended up on the popular Rachel Ray TV show. Unfortunately, or fortunately, her husband Steve consistently burned everything he attempted to grill. But the silver lining in that cloud is that she stepped up, became the grill master in their Canton household and went on to win the title of Best Griller in America on national TV. “Most women I know get to sit and sip wine while their husbands do the grilling, but not me. He burned everything he attempted to grill, so I figured that if I wanted to eat grilled food that wasn’t charred to a crisp, I was going to have to take over the grilling,” explains Williams, a stay-at-home mom. Williams discovered that she enjoyed grilling, and not just the usual steaks and burgers. She started cooking whole meals on the grill—peppers, eggplant, even salad. When Williams saw a contest application earlier this year that asked, “Are you America’s best griller?” her emphatic reply was, “Yes, I am!” Williams says if the application had been lengthy, she might not have entered, but the application process wasn’t complicated, so

she went for it. A few days later, representatives from the Emmy award-winning Rachel Ray show called and requested her to submit a video that highlighted her grilling skills. So she and her husband made a simple video, and then waited... A month later, she got the call—she had made the final cut, and she was soon heading to New York to compete on Rachel Ray’s show for the Best Griller in America title. There, the contest judge, celebrity chef Jeffrey Saad, met with Williams and the other two finalists, explained the rules and then whisked them off to Morton Williams, a popular Manhattan grocery store. “We had to create and prepare a meal to pair with a particular variety of Bush’s Baked Beans, a sponsor of the contest. I was assigned the Sweet Mesquite variety,” Williams says. With the cameras rolling, part one of the grilling challenge began. The finalists were each given $40 and 10 minutes to gather the ingredients to prepare a plate of grilled food. Then they were taken to New York City’s famous Battery Park, where the grills were set up

and the film crew was in position. The grilling contestants had 30 minutes to prepare a meal and plate it. Williams says there was a moment when she panicked and wondered what she had gotten herself into. But then she remembered some advice her brother had given her. “He told me to just be in the moment and stay focused on the present. So I had the presence of mind to collect my thoughts and prepare mentally for the actual grilling process,” she notes. When we got to Battery Park, I was ready to go.” A few days later, at the taping of the Rachel Ray show, Williams and the other grilling-champion hopefuls were introduced on stage with Ray. Chef Saad narrated the contest footage, and then proclaimed her the winner. She won some great prizes—a trip to a Montana resort for her and her husband, a new Weber gas grill, a year’s supply of Bush beans, and an autographed copy of chef Saad’s new cookbook—but more importantly winning the contest has been a big confidence booster. “I realize I can accomplish whatever I set my mind to,” she affirms. “You just have to slow your mind and believe in yourself in the moment.” What’s next? Who knows! Williams says she’s been entering a lot more contests lately, so anything is possible. You can follow her blog, see the footage of her on the Rachel Ray show and check out more of her creative recipes on her website at KristyCooking.com.
(recipe on page 30)

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Flocking TogeTheR Little Chicks and
Their Chickens


A few summers ago, Mandy Katz was looking for a way to lure her three restless young daughters away from the TV and outside to play in the fresh air and sunshine. So she arranged a brief excursion to a North Georgia inn that was also home to a petting farm. When the girls were handed bottles to feed the baby goats, they were immediately enthralled. Then they were tasked with collecting the chicken eggs and performed the chore with the exuberance of children collecting colorful candy Easter eggs. Several hours and numerous chores later, they climbed into bed happily exhausted and completely enchanted with farm life. “The next day they jumped out of bed at day break ready to do it all again. It got to the point that they didn’t even have to be told what to do. They had so much fun that they didn’t want to leave,” Katz recalls. As they were loading the car and preparing to head back home to Roswell, the girls begged to take home a baby goat. Not surprisingly, the covenants in their upscale Roswell swim-tennis community prohibited livestock. Chickens, however, were apparently permitted...as long as they were not roosters. “We talked with our neighbors and they were OK with it, so we decided that everyone could have one chicken. The neat thing about it is you can go on the Internet and look at the pictures and do the research at MyPetChicken.com and pick out exactly what you want. So we ordered five different breeds of baby chickens,” Katz explains. “A few days later our mail lady delivered these little cute fluffy bundles, and that’s how we got started.” Katz says they soon fell in love with the idea of having fresh eggs whenever they wanted them, and the chickens were a constant source of delight. “We loved having people come over and bring us their leftovers as we figured out what our chickens preferred to eat. During the school year, the neighborhood kids would ring our doorbell to bring our chickens squishy grapes and berries leftover from their lunchboxes. I still remember the day we discovered our backyard gals loved leftover spaghetti. They would grab some, take
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Photos courtesy of the Katz family.

Taking Center Stage

A decade ago when Reinhardt University’s Falany Performing Arts Center debuted, only a handful of students here were majoring in music, and the choir had only 20 voices. Given those numbers, some might consider it wishful thinking to build a magnificent performance venue at this small college that is located in an even smaller town. But, turns out it was a bold and brilliant move. In just ten short years, Reinhardt University has emerged as one of the premier music schools in Georgia and now boasts the largest school of music among the state’s private schools.
As classes get underway this fall semester, more than 170 students are enrolled in the esteemed music program here, and an annex that includes much needed practice rooms and studios is under construction at Falany to accommodate the burgeoning program. With Reinhardt attracting the state’s most talented students and faculty, Falany Performing Arts Center is flourishing as well. According to Falany’s operations coordinator Jessica Akers, patronage has increased by 60 percent in recent months and
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Want to Learn to make

healthy bread?

The Bread Beckers Inc. teaches a variety of handson classes in their on-site kitchen studio. Classes are inexpensive, usually only $6-10 per session. The Getting Started Class includes everything you need to know to start milling your own grain and baking your own bread. For the latest schedule and class descriptions, visit their website at BreadBeckers.com. Instructional videos are also online at BreadBeckers.com.
(Baking Bread continued from page 8)

As she shared her discovery with friends, the requests for her whole grain bread grew. Soon she was spending all her time making bread. Then she came to the realization that instead of baking bread for her friends, she should be teaching them to make their own bread. This was the genesis of The Bread Beckers Inc. “Our business grew primarily from word of mouth— people sought us out based on the testimony of their friends,” Becker says. “In 1998, we incorporated, took on a partner, Jim Carpenter, to manage the business end of things and finally moved the business out of our 1,300 square foot home.” The company now occupies 18,000 square feet in Woodstock and each month they receive at least two semitrucks—more than 50 tons—of whole grains that they sell to customers across the Eastern United States. “It’s difficult for people to get fresh grain, and the cost of shipping it commercially can add 50 percent to the price. So we have set up 120 co-ops, serving hundreds of families from Miami to Maryland, who distribute the wheat that we truck to them. That makes it affordable for families who want to mill their own wheat and bake bread,” Becker explains. This philosophy of encouraging and enabling people to make healthy bread is at the heart of their business. At their store in Woodstock, The Bread Beckers stock grain mills, bread making machines and other equipment as well as the ingredients you need to bake your own bread: a variety of wholesome grains, beans, sweeteners and other natural foods. At an in-house studio kitchen, they teach classes on a variety of subjects and record classes for free distribution on their Website. The classes are reasonably priced at just $10 or less. “Our heart is to teach people that cooking healthy is easy. Making your own bread is not that hard, and we are here to help you every step of the way,” Becker assures. Becker says that in the last 20 years, hundreds of people have shared their stories with her about how bread making has improved their health and quality of life. “Sickness can be discouraging. It is in my heart to encourage people, give them hope and teach them how to eat healthier.”

4 Things to Know About

whole wheat...

1. Whole grains are among the most nutritionally dense foods on the planet and are an excellent source of fiber and many critical B-vitamins when used in entirety, including the bran, germ, and endosperm. 2. Real whole grain spoils quickly after it is milled, losing much of its nutritional value within a few days. Only freshly milled whole grain contains all the original lifegiving nutrients. 3. Prior to 1900, most wheat was milled on a daily basis and the flour included the entire wheat berry. 4. Today commercially milled flour is made by sifting the nutrient rich bran and germ portions away from the white flour. Whole grain flour is then made by adding some of the bran and germ back to the white flour according to a legal standard. You can request a free CD about the nutritional science of fresh of whole wheat at BreadBeckers.com.

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off running across the yard, cackling like fluffy little villains in a kids’ movie, then stand in the corner of the yard and suck down a strand like a long white worm,” Katz recalls laughing. It wasn’t long before someone suggested they show chickens. “Yes, chicken shows. I had no idea. They have a standard of perfection for each breed just like at dog shows. We went and checked out our first chicken show, and of course my girls said they would love to show their chickens. They had bonded with their chickens. The novelty did not appear to be wearing off, they were taking good care of them and it was getting them out of the house. So we decided to take this a step further. Chickens really are addictive,” Katz notes. The next summer, while other kids in the neighborhood sold lemonade at makeshift stands, the Katz kids—Olivia, Simone and Jillian—sold fresh eggs and homemade pickles. And a beloved diaperwearing Blue Cochin chicken named Puffle was enjoying free range of their lovely five-bedroom home. Mandy and her husband Andy Katz, admittedly out-of-the-box thinkers, began to realize that their family was heading in a direction even they had not anticipated, and they began to hatch a plan. “It was a hard decision, but we decided that it would be most beneficial for our family to move to a place where we could pursue a different lifestyle,” Katz affirms. Today the Katz family lives on three acres in Canton they affectionately call Canton Creek Farm. At Canton Creek Farm, the flocks are raised in houses that provide natural sunlight, ventilation, space, and most importantly, humane treatment. “They free range during the day with Xena, our Great Pyrenees, who protects them from predators. We offer all our working hens a delicious variety of all-natural feed, fresh fruit and vegetables, and the all the bugs and worms from the pasture they can eat. Their health care plan encourages walks in the sunshine and naps when needed—no cranky gals here.” Mandy jokes. “We also insist on a drug-free workplace for our chickens—no antibiotics or steroids.” You could say the chickens rule the roost at Canton Creek Farm— and you would be right! Simone, Olivia and Jillian race outside after they get home from their school day to pamper and play with their chickens and collect eggs. The girls are all members of the APA and ABA—American Poultry Association and American Bantam Association—and Olivia and Simone, 12-year-old twins, are working on their Master Breeder notebooks and points. “They are working on actually breeding chickens that meet a higher standard of perfection. They love it—they will sit and talk chickens all day long,” Katz says. Jillian, 8, is working breeding bantam chickens, d ’Anvers, into what she considers a formidable arsenal of show birds she calls Honeybees because of their honey-colored feathers. The Katz sisters compete with other kids 4 to 18 years old and frequently bring home awards. The chickens aren’t the only ones benefitting from this arrangement; the girls seem to be thriving as well. “The responsibilities that come with raising chickens have helped to instill a different set of values then perhaps they would have developed otherwise. And every day is a new learning experience for all of us,” affirms Katz. “Experiences for the girls have expanded to include chasing your sister with rat snakes, having chicken races in the pasture, and sneaking small wildlife into their rooms. Sometimes it’s crazy here, but I couldn’t imagine changing anything.”

Five Tips about Chickens

by Olivia and Simone Katz, American Poultry Association Members 1. Check with your homeowners association, neighbors and city ordinances before you get a chicken. 2. Roosters are a no-no if you live in a neighborhood. They don’t crow just in the morning; they crow all day! 3. Baby chicks are so much fun. All you need is a boy chicken, a heat lamp, food and water. 4. Your coop or enclosure needs to be predator proof. That means no hawks, owls, snakes, raccoons, dogs or anything else can get in. 5. Have fun! You’ll love your feathered friends. Chickens come in so many colors and sizes—and with unique personalities. They are like family members.

Pass the Chicken...

CHURP (Commercial Hen Urban Relocation Program) is an adoption program for ex-commercial layers in Northwest Georgia. They work with some large commercial production houses to find homes for perfectly good year-old layers that would otherwise be culled. By adopting an ex-commercial hen, you will be providing a great home to a pet that will reward you with companionship and fresh eggs for years to come. Mandy Katz and another local farmer started the CHURP program. For more information, email Homes4Hens@gmail.com or visit their Facebook page.

Edward Jones Financial Focus
Answering Five Questions Can Help You Pursue Your Goals
As you strive to achieve your long-term goals, such as a comfortable retirement, you may, at times, feel frustrated over events you can’t influence, such as the up-and-down movements of the financial markets. Yet there is much you can control — once you determine the answers to just five key questions. to help ensure it’s still meeting your needs. After all, many things can and will change in your life, such as your family situation, your goals, your employment and your risk tolerance. To address these changes, you’ll need to adjust your portfolio over time. As you can see, answering all these questions will take both work and expertise. That’s why you may want to work with a professional financial advisor to help you identify your goals and create a strategy for pursuing them. In any case, though, start asking — and answering — these five key questions as soon as you can. It’s easier to reach your financial goals if you put time on your side.

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A new Atlanta jazz series, Jazz Roots: a Larry Rosen Jazz Series, will be premiering September 21. The series includes three performances featuring eight extraordinary jazz stars. “This is an exceptional opportunity for Atlanta audiences to enjoy the performances of world-class jazz musicians and—consistent with the Foundation’s educational focus—for all of us to better understand the influences and impact of this uniquely American art form.” says Michael S. Taormina, Cobb Energy Centre managing director. The inaugural concert of Jazz Roots is scheduled for Friday, September 21 with a performance called Jazz & Soul that features two celebrated, multi-Grammy Award winners, Al Jarreau and Ramsey Lewis—artists who have taken jazz and merged it with soul to create their own signature sounds. The two other concerts in this series are Ladies of Jazz — Esperanza Spalding and Terri Lyne Carrington, October 19; and Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour 2012, November 30. Other shows slated for fall include: Bill O’Reilly and Dennis Miller’s Bolder and Fresher Tour, Chris Isaak, Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson and Shaq’s All Star Comedy Jam. Tickets for the Jazz and Soul concert start at $40. Chicago starts at $47. Most ticket prices start at around $35. The good thing about the beautifully designed 2,750-seat John A. Williams Theatre is that every seat in the house offer a clear view of the stage, great sound quality and that small-theatre feeling. For complete listing of shows and prices visit the Centre’s website at www.cobbenergycentre.com/calendar.
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Couples who want to make the most of date night can enjoy dining before or after the show at a wide variety of restaurants convenient to the Centre. You can choose from a range of cuisines—Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Cajun—at various price points. A list of local restaurants is available on the Centre’s website. Also, the Cobb Performing Arts Centre has concessions available on all three levels including candy, hot and cold sandwiches, salads, full bar and beverage services. And finally, the age-old question, what should you wear? Date night is a great excuse to dress up, but at most performances you’ll see everything from formal wear to jeans—most attire is somewhere in the middle. So it’s entirely up to you. Getting to the Performing Arts Centre is hassle-free, and tickets are reasonably priced for a date night. The Centre is located north of Atlanta near I-285 and I-75 and has direct interstate access that offers a smooth entrance for performances and other events. Parking is readily available—1,000 parking spaces on-site including a 700-space parking deck.

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apple country

Into the heart of

The sparkling rivers and lakes, lush unspoiled forests and breathtaking views make the North Georgia mountains a popular destination any time of year. But in the fall as the apples ripen on the trees, and the forests take on the red and golden hues of ripe apples, the North Georgia mountains are nothing less than enchanting.
For many the pilgrimage north is an annual excursion and time-honored tradition. As the dog days of summer start winding down, folks start gearing up for the trip up 515 into the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and the heart of Georgia’s apple country. They come in search of the pretty Pink Ladies, and the amber gems like Topaz and Gold Rush, apple varieties that can’t be
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found in Atlanta area grocery stores. They cross cool rivers and streams that forever bear the melodic names bestowed upon them—Coosawattee, Toccoa, Amicalola—by the Cherokee’s who once lived in the midst of these fertile mountains. And for a few hours or a few days, they are bewitched. Heartbeats slow down, worries are forgotten and tense muscles relax as they become immersed in the wonder and splendor of the colorful peaks and valleys that make North Georgia one of the most beautiful places on earth in the fall.

possible, serving seasonal cuisine, creative cocktails and sustainable wines in a friendly casual atmosphere. Nearby, the historic Woodbridge Inn Restaurant and Lodge, renowned for decades for their upscale cuisine and great mountain views, offers a Dinner and Bed package that is hard to beat.

pickens County—First stop

Pickens County, at the southern end of the Appalachian Mountains, is the gateway to the mountains, and historic downtown Jasper is a great place to leave the four-lane for a great meal or a relaxing evening. At 61 Main you can enjoy some fresh local flavor—their passion here is creating unique and tasty entrees inspired by the harvest of the surrounding farms and skilled artisans. They use locally sustainably grown produce and products whenever

Gilmer County is a popular year-round destination for outdoor fun with 150 miles of mountain biking trails, an abundance of rivers and streams for kayaking and fishing, and one of the deepest most pristine mountain lakes in North Georgia, beautiful Carter’s Lake. From a pontoon boat on this serene lake, you can enjoy unspoiled views of the surrounding colorful mountains. Treasure hunters come from all over the Southeast to explore Ellijay’s flea markets, thrift stores and antique shops for collectibles and locally crafted wares. But in the fall, it’s all about apples here in Georgia’s apple capital. The 18 orchards here produce more than 600,000 bushels of fruit annually. A valley along Georgia Highway 52 in Ellijay is home to 11 orchards and is referred to as Apple Orchard Alley. For more than 40 years Gilmer County has been celebrating the apple harvest with the Georgia Apple Festival. On the second and third weekends in October (Oct. 13-14 and Oct. 20-21), more than 300 vendors will be exhibiting here at the Ellijay fairgrounds. You can find a variety of handmade, hand-crafted items—folk art, jewelry, goat-milk soap, baskets and pottery—and traditional local cuisine including barbecue, fried green tomatoes, smoked trout, apple dumplings, apple pie and apple bread. Festival goers can enjoy live musical performances, clogging and ongoing demonstrations from select crafters, and a parade and antique car show are also scheduled. Admission is $5 for adults; children under ten are free. Hillcrest Orchards’ Apple Pickin’ Jubilee is another great apple celebration. Weekends from Sept. 8 through Oct. 28 Hillcrest invites you to enjoy apple picking, cow milking, pig racing and much more during their seasonal festivities. Admission is $6 per person.
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Gilmer County— Georgia’s apple Capital

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“The one constant through all the years has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It’s been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt, and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game, is a part of our past. It reminds us of all that once was good, and what could be again.”
James Earl Jones in Field of Dreams

the Call
Each summer about 50 million kids play little league baseball in the United States alone. For most of them, playing in the big leagues is a distant dream—only a handful ever make it to the college level or to the minor leagues. And fewer still ever stand on the pitcher’s mound and face down a Major League opponent. But last month, Chad Jenkins, a graduate of Cherokee High School, got the call, traded in his New Hampshire Fisher Cats uniform for a Toronto’s Blue Jays uniform, took the mound in the bottom of the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays and proceeded to throw three scoreless innings and get his first two career strikeouts as he shut out the Rays over three frames in relief. “It was an incredible feeling. It was something that I have been dreaming of from the day that I stepped on the field as a little leaguer. Coming out of that pen and onto the field in Tampa was the greatest rush I have ever felt,” Jenkins, a 6-foot-4-inch right-hander, affirms. The 24-year-old rookie first swung a bat as an Expo in the local Canton Dizzy Dean program at age 5. He recalls he started out at short stop, but when he was 9, he got his first taste of pitching. “And I’ve been pitching ever since,” Jenkins says. Jason McDaniel, Cherokee High School’s head baseball coach, says he’s not surprised Jenkins got the call to the Major Leagues.

Hometown Pitcher gets

“He is an all-round gifted athlete, he’s very dedicated and every time he’s had the chance to get to the next level, he takes advantage of the opportunity, works hard and comes through,” McDaniel says of the former Cherokee County Player of the Year. McDaniel also notes that Jenkins, who graduated in the top 5 percent of his high school class, is an intelligent competitor. “He understands the game and knows how to pitch to a batter’s weakness.” McDaniel also attributes Jenkins’ success to his durability—both physically and mentally. “He doesn’t let himself get down if he makes a bad pitch or loses a game. He just becomes more determined to succeed next time.” Jenkins has worked through some ups and downs this season, but he enters September with four solid pitches in his arsenal: a slider, a curveball, a change-up and a killer sinker that sits in the low 90s. “My strength on the mound is my ability to throw strikes and induce contact, and my weakness is the same as every other pitcher—which is not to leave too many pitches up in the zone.” He was taken by the Blue Jays with the 20th overall pick of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft following an outstanding junior season at Kennesaw State in which he went 8-1 with a 2.54 ERA, logged 98 strikeouts and 15 walks and posted a 41-inning scoreless streak. Breaking into professional ball in 2010 with Toronto’s Class

A affiliate, Lansing, he was a Midwest League Mid-Season All-Star, before being promoted to Class A Advanced ball in Dunedin, of the Florida State League. Jenkins remained at Dunedin to begin 2011, but, after going 4-5 with a 3.07 ERA in 67.1 innings, he was promoted to AA New Hampshire. In 73 minor league appearances, all starts, Jenkins is 21-31 with a 4.12 ERA, 281 strikeouts and 103 walks in 423.2 innings of work. Growing up in Cherokee County, Jenkins’ favorite team was the Atlanta Braves; his favorite Braves pitcher was the legendary Greg Maddux, aka “Mad Dog” or “The Professor”. Jenkins says one of his main pitching influences was William Brennan. “He was the guy who taught me how to pitch, and I continued to see him all the way through parts of college.” When asked who his childhood heroes were, Jenkins gave that honor to his parents, Gail and Steve Jenkins. “They always pushed me to keep playing, and did whatever it took for me to play sports growing up,” Jenkins says.

“It was an incredible feeling. It was something that I have been dreaming of from the day that I stepped on the field as a little leaguer. Coming out of that pen and onto the field in Tampa was the greatest rush I have ever felt.”
Chad Jenkins Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher

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Kristy grilled a tasty rib-eye steak using her secret brown-sugar based rub, but it was this unique and flavorful side dish that apparently swayed the judge, celebrity chef Jeffrey Saad. “I want the recipe. The perfect chunks of grilled salad, the grilled bell pepper and sweet pineapple perfectly mirrored the flavor of the Sweet Mesquite beans. There was this great sweetsmoky play going back and forth. I loved it!” he said.

Grilled Pineapple& Red Pe pper Salad
IngRedIentS 1 red pepper (seeded and sliced in strips) 1 large onion (sliced in rings) 4 rings of fresh pineapple 2 heads of romaine lettuce (outer leaves removed, split down center) Olive oil/ salt and pepper 1 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon garlic Salt and pepper Drizzle cut side of romaine with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Put cut vegetables in large mixing bowl with olive oil, paprika and salt and pepper. Coat vegetables with mixture. Place lettuce, cut side down, and vegetables on a hot grill. Remove the lettuce after just a few minutes (cook on one side only) Grill the vegetables on one side and then the other and remove once they have nice grill marks. Chop and combine in a large shallow bowl. RAnCh dReSSIng 1 cup mayonaise 3/4 cup buttermilk or half and half 1/2 grated shallot 2 cloves grated garlic 3 Tablespoons diced chives 1/2 Tablespoon black pepper 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon garlic powder Whisk all ingredients together and chill in the fridge.

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“The practice of law requires humility and an openness to entertain new developments and ideas.”
Justice Keith Blackwell, Georgia Supreme Court

From Ball Ground to Georgia’s Supreme Court An Interview With...

In July 2012 Ball Ground native Keith Blackwell, 37, became one of the youngest State Supreme Court justices in Georgia history. In appointing Blackwell, Governor Nathan Deal noted, “The Supreme Court will benefit from Judge Blackwell’s experience on both sides of the bench. His intelligence, many years of experience and dedicated commitment to public service will serve Georgians well in his new role on our state’s highest court.” Blackwell was a student at Teasley Middle School and graduated from Cherokee High School where his mother taught history. Then he graduated at the top of his class—summa cum laude—from the University of Georgia in both his undergraduate and law school classes. Cherokee County Probate Judge John Cline, a longtime friend, high school classmate and UGA roommate, says he is not surprised that Blackwell has risen through the ranks to a seat on the Supreme Court and has no doubt that he will serve the citizens of Georgia well. “Justice Blackwell is among the most intelligent people I have ever known and is highly motivated, and he has been a success at most everything he has taken on.” He has taken on a lot in a short amount of time. After obtaining his law degree, Blackwell clerked for Judge J.L. “Larry” Edmondson, also of Ball Ground, on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta. He later served two years as an assistant district attorney in Cobb County where he currently lives with his wife, Angela, and three daughters. In 2005, he entered private practice, and turned his focus to complex commercial litigation. After the federal health care law was signed, Blackwell joined a number of private Georgia attorneys who helped file the State’s challenge. He worked on the case until October 2010, when then-Governor Sonny Perdue appointed him to the state Court of Appeals. In June 2012, he was appointed to the Georgia Supreme Court to succeed George Carley who resigned in July. How does a kid from Ball Ground end up in one of the state’s highest offices? We asked Blackwell a few questions, and he was happy to provide the following answers. Q. What motivates you to excel? A. My parents taught me early in life that anything worth doing is worth doing well, and they instilled in me a strong work ethic and focus, which, I think, enabled me to do well in school and in life. Q. Who were your childhood mentors? A. As a child, I developed an interest in government, law, and politics, mostly from my mother, who was a teacher of American history. Many of my teachers and neighbors helped to nurture that interest, but I am especially grateful to former school superintendent Marguerite Cline and to Evelyn Carmichael, my history teacher at Cherokee High School, who encouraged that interest and gave me guidance. Q. What inspired you to become lawyer? A. As a child, I hoped to go into law enforcement, but I eventually realized that I might not have the uncorrected vision necessary for certain law enforcement positions, and that I might, in any event, be better suited to serve as a prosecutor. In college, I worked several summers for

District Attorney Garry Moss, and during my time in his office, I fell in love with the law. Q. Why go into public service? A. My father served in the U.S. Air Force for about 30 years, and I have a number of other relatives in military service and law enforcement. As a child, I always had a great deal of respect for their service, and I always was inclined toward public service. That inclination grew stronger with the births of my three daughters. This nation, I think, always has been one of great possibilities, and I have been afforded tremendous opportunities both personally and professionally. My daughters, I believe, are entitled to the same kinds of opportunities, and I entered public service in an effort to ensure that our nation continues to be the kind of society that offers such possibilities to them and their generation. Q. What lessons have you learned practicing law? A. I have been fortunate to have worked with many fine lawyers in the course of my career, including the district attorneys in Cherokee, Cobb, and Hall Counties, the outstanding litigators at Alston & Bird, my law partners at Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs, and United States Circuit Judge J.L. Edmondson, another native of the Ball Ground area. From these lawyers, and from the lawyers who represented clients adverse to my own, I learned countless lessons, but perhaps the most important is that the practice of law requires humility and an openness to entertain new developments and ideas. When lawyers first take on a case, they will form some preliminary ideas about the facts of the case and the governing legal principles. Those preliminary ideas may turn out to be absolutely right, but they sometimes will prove to be dead wrong or, more often, right in some respects and wrong in others. Lawyers who remain inflexibly committed to their preliminary assessment of the case, and who cannot entertain the notion that perhaps their preliminary assessment might have been wrong do not serve their clients or the judicial process well. Q. What is the most important thing you want our readers to know about you? A. I enjoy serving as a judge, but I am a husband and father first. About being a judge, I think the job of an appellate judge is chiefly about two things. First, an appellate judge is responsible for maintaining a body of law that is relatively consistent, clear, and stable, which is necessary to enable trial judges to efficiently dispose of cases, to enable lawyers to accurately advise their clients, and to enable businesses and ordinary citizens to arrange their affairs with the confidence that they can understand the legal consequences of their decisions. Second, appellate judges are responsible for ensuring, in the limited context of the cases that properly come before him, that the courts and the political branches of government adhere to the constitutional separation of powers, which is, I think, our greatest bulwark against the loss of our liberties. That means, of course, that the courts must respect the constitutional prerogatives of the People and their elected representatives in the political branches, and that the appellate courts must respect the prerogatives of juries to decide facts and trial judges to manage their dockets. When Governor Deal appointed me to this office, I promised him that I would give my best efforts every day and in every case to do these things.

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four reasons

to Go to North Georgia for Apples
1. The apples are tree-ripened under the Georgia sun, and the taste is considered superior to Washington apples. 2. Nearly 50 varieties of apples—many that you won’t find elsewhere—are available right from the growers. 3. You can see how apples are grown and pick your own apples at several of the orchards, including Mercier’s orchard in Blue ridge and hillcrest orchards in ellijay. 4. You can find a variety of delicious apple-based foods readily available: apple butter, apple cider, fried apple pies, apple jelly, apple pie, apple bread and more.

Fannin County— adventure, arts and apples

Another 15 minutes up the road, you’ll cross into Fannin County, the Trout Fishing Capital of Georgia. Besides the great fly fishing, you can also enjoy an exciting whitewater excursion on the nearby Ocoee River weekends through October. One of the highest rated new zip lines in the Southeast, Zip Line Canopy Tours of Blue Ridge, offers a bird’s eye view of some of the most beautiful terrain in North Georgia. Blue Ridge is a vibrant picturesque mountain town offering a variety of art galleries, specialty boutiques and outstanding restaurants. Blue Ridge is also home to the Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad and one of the state’s most popular destination orchards. Mercier’s Orchards, which was started in 1943, now has more than 100,000 apple trees and their bakery sells more than 1 million fried apple pies every year. Mercier’s offers a “U-pick” experience that includes a free tractor tour of the orchards on weekends during several seasons—strawberries and cherries in the spring, blueberries and peaches in the summer. In the late summer, the apples begin to ripen, starting with the flavorful Ginger Golds and Galas. With 50 varieties planted, ripe apples are available for visitors to pick from August through November when the Pink Ladies are ready for picking. In addition to their famous fired apple pies and every other apple product you can imagine, Mercier’s offers adults an introduction to their hard cider in their new tasting room. To plan your excursion into Georgia’s apple country, visit: PickensChamber.com, GilmerChamber.com, and BlueRidgeMountains.com.



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many of the nearly 50 performances slated for the 2012-2013 season are expected to sell out. You never had to worry about finding a practice room, scheduling an event or getting a ticket in the early days, Akers, the first music major to graduate from Reinhardt, jokes. “Now we have to schedule an event at least a year in advance and we encourage our guests to get tickets early for many of our most popular shows.” Performers and attendees alike enjoy Falany’s remarkable acoustics and intimate setting. The stage is tunable; towers, floating clouds and acoustic curtains can be adjusted and tailored to optimize each ensemble’s performance. And there are truly no bad seats in the house; each of the 350 seats offers patrons and ticket holders a close and unobstructed view of the stage. But aside from the tangible attributes of the facility, there is a pervasive spirit that keeps people coming back for more; a positive energy that is growing in momentum and attracting musicians and patrons into the fold. “This is our home,” affirms Akers. “We want all of our guests—students, performers, patrons and audience members—to feel welcome and appreciated here. Our goal is to provide Southern hospitality and enriching musical experiences that will engage, entertain and inspire each person that comes here.” Last year the renowned Vienna’s Boys Choir performed here. This year’s season opener was the acclaimed Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. In addition to 24 performances by Reinhardt faculty and student ensembles, more than 20 productions representing a variety of genres fill out the 20122013 schedule. The Classical Music Series includes world-class international prize-winning musicians that enrich the cultural experience of the University’s music majors, as well as the community. Guests may see operas, chamber ensembles, soloists, theatre, or dance. The Jazz Series ranges from Dixieland to contemporary, from larger jazz bands to small jazz combos. The Sounds of the South celebrates our Southern roots; bluegrass to gospel, as well as some of the state’s finest ensembles and artists. The World Music Series brings artists from around the globe to our own backyard! Falany will present a variety of international artists, including dance, music and theatre performances. “We have something for everyone,” Akers affirms. For more information or to buy tickets online, go to Reinhardt.tix.com or call the box office at 770-720-9167. To find out how you can enjoy the advantages of becoming a patron, call Alison Holmes Adams at 770-720-9176 or email Aha@Reinhardt.edu.


Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Mountain Heart

Golden Dragon

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Photos courtesy of Reinhardt University.

“Our goal is to provide southern hospitality and enriching musical experiences that will engage, entertain and inspire each person that comes here.”

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If you prefer fiddles to accordions, make plans to head to Hiawassee for the georgia Mountain Fall Festival, Oct. 1221. Each October, the nine-day event features exciting musical performances, educational demonstrations, a flower show and the ever-popular Georgia’s Official State Fiddlers’ Convention. Admission is $5, parking is $2, and music shows are an additional $10. The fall lineup includes: Aaron Tippin, Bellamy Brothers, John Conlee, Ronnie McDowell, Connie Smith and many more. To see the complete schedule of performers and additional information, visit GeorgiaMountainFairgrounds.com. Another long-standing tradition, the 43rd Annual Sorghum Festival, will be held in Blairsville on Oct. 13-14, and 20-21. You can search the world over for better mountain grown syrup, but you won’t find any that compares with the sorghum syrup of the Blairsville area in Union County, Georgia. In early October the farmers of the Blue Ridge mountains start cutting and stripping the cane, and before November comes, thousands of gallons of the best syrup in the world are ready to enjoy. Find out more at Sorghum.Blairsville.com. Voted one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society, dahlonega’s gold Rush days features more than 300 art and craft exhibitors around the Public Square and historic district. The celebration of Dahlonega’s historic 1828 gold rush on Oct. 20-21 includes: a parade, gold-panning contest, wheelbarrow race, hog calling, buck dancing, gospel singing, wrist wrestling and other live entertainment. Parking is $10 per vehicle. For a schedule of events, visit DahlonegaJaycees.com. For 32 years, the city of Jasper has been celebrating another product of mining on the first weekend of October at the georgia Marble Festival. The Georgia State Bluegrass Championship will be held at the festival this year, Oct. 6-7, offering ongoing musical entertainment throughout the weekend in addition to the usual arts and crafts exhibits, food and fun. This year there will also be a 5k road race and the Inaugural Burnt Mountain Bicycle Ride. For details, visit GeorgiaMarbleFestival.com. North Georgia’s oldest festival tradition is the Mountain Moonshine Festival in Dawsonville that is slated for Oct. 2728. For more than 45 years, folks have been gathering around the square here for a great autumn weekend of entertainment. This year’s festivities include: a car show, cruise-in, swap meet, silent auction, live entertainment, an array of vendors and festival food. Go to KareForKids.us/Festival for more information. If apple cider is your beverage of choice, the 41st Annual georgia Apple Festival is slated for Oct. 13-14 and 20-21 in Ellijay. Admission is $5. Suggested donation for parking is $2. The event is hosted by The Ellijay Lions Club, the Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce, the cities of Ellijay and East Ellijay. You can find out more on page 21 or go to GeorgiaAppleFestival.org.

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A-Maize-ing We Will Go! Hickory Flat Situated on a massive 56-acre site that also hosts 6 other historic events including the Trail of Tears and the 1864 Battle of Resaca, this 10 acre corn maze twists and turns and then turns back on itself before you find your way to the end. Located at Cagle’s Dairy in Hickory Flat, Cherokee County (closest to Atlanta and Resaca, Gordon County, about halfway between Chattanooga and Atlanta).

• Elly’s “Paint Group”, Saturday Oct 13, 1-5pm, $30.00 To sign up for classes, call 770.704.6244. Include name and phone number. To check for additional information check our web site at “cherokeearts.org”. Cherokee Arts Center is located at 94 North Street, Canton, GA.

Aug 31-Sept 3

Pioneer Days Sam Smith Park, Cartersville Arts & Crafts Show, Dixieland Family Rides & Games for all ages, Fireworks, Musicians - Singers Dancers - Cloggers 404.597.0981

September & October Youth Arts Program/Classes Cherokee Arts Center, Canton September Classes: • John Horne “Life Drawing”, Mondays 6:30-9pm, Sept 10 to Oct 15, $120.00, plus model fee • John Horne “Teen Drawing”, Saturdays 12:30-2pm, Oct 27 to Dec 1, $90.00 • Elly’s “Paint Group”, Saturday Sept 22, 1-5pm, $30.00 • To sign up for classes call 770.704.6244. October Classes: • John Horne “Life Drawing”, Mondays 6:30-9pm, Oct 22 to Dec 3, $120.00, plus model fee • John Horne “Teen Drawing”, Saturdays 12:30-2pm, Oct 27 to Dec 1, $90.00 • Kim Bates “Photography”, Wednesdays 6:30-8:30pm, Oct 3 to Oct 24, $90.00

Sept 10-Oct 13

Mountain Heritage Festival 9am-5pm, Blairsville The Falany Performing Arts Center Mountain arts/crafts, music, living Reinhardt University, Waleska history activities, demonstrations on • The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra quilting, spinning, basket making September 3, 8pm chair canning, farm animals, • Hotlanta Dixieland Jazz Band and gold panning and activities September 8, 7:30pm for children. The Mountain Life • Sebastian Baverstam, Cellist Museum - one block south of September 11, 7:30pm downtown Blairsville • Reinhardt University’s Pianist 706.745.5493 Recital, September 16, 3pm • The Marriage of Figaro presented September 7 by the Peach State Opera Teen Arts Night, Woodstock September 21, 7:30pm • Reinhardt University’s Symphonic Sponsored by Elm Street’s Teen Arts Guild (TAG). Bring your guitar, Winds, October 7, 3pm your karaoke cd, your poetry, your • Preservation Hall Jazz Band, artwork, your short stories to share October 13, 7:30pm with other creative, arts minded • Carducci String Quartet teens. $5 cash at the door provides October 18, 7:30pm a slice of pizza and a soda at • Reinhardt University’s Faculty intermission. Ages 13-15 will need Recital, October 21, 3pm to have a parent sign them in and • Reinhardt University’s Music out at the door. 6-8pm Theatre and Opera Scenes City Center, 8534 Main Street October 23, 7:30pm 678.494.4251 • The Golden Dragon Acrobats October 28, 3pm • Andrew Tyson, Pianist September 7 October 30, 7:30pm iThink Improv Troupe

September 1 & 2




Enjoy the food, music and fun of Woodstock’s Friday Nite Live then walk on over to City Center for some family friendly laughs with the iThink Improv Troupe. All seats $5 each. 9pm. City Center 8534 Main Street 678.494.4251

call for reservations. Tea Leaves and Thyme 8990 S. Main St. 770.516.2609

petting the baby farm animals in the petting farm. Jump for joy on the giant jumping pillow. Visit the Moonshine & Farmhouse Museums. Sit atop a real live bull for a photo. The grist mill will be grinding corn meal and grits. There will be BBQ along with burgers and hotdogs, fresh and hot from the grill. There are hot boiled peanuts, fried taters and ice cold apple cider to wash it all down. The bakery offers delicious fried apple pies, doughnuts and apple fritters along with homemade ice cream and
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September 6 & 7

Snow White Tea Party Woodstock Enjoy flavorful teas and tasty treats and meet Snow White who will sing and tell her story (bring your camera!) 4:15pm. $16.50 includes meal, tax and gratuity. Be sure to

Apple Pickin’ Jubilee Ellijay Hillcrest Orchards once again plays host to the annual “Apple Pickin’ Jubilee” featuring U-Pic apples straight from the trees. Hop on the wagon and ride through the orchard. There are tons of “hands on” activities for kids and adults such as milking a real cow, watching pig races or feeding and

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fudge. You certainly won’t leave Hillcrest hungry. The large farmers market is bursting with fresh picked apples, cider, canned goods of every kind, fresh local honey and sorghum along with kitchen gadgets and cookbooks. Make Hillcrest Orchard’s “Apple Pickin’ Jubilee” your family tradition for great fun on the farm. Festival hours: 9am-6pm (Saturdays & Sundays) Pig race hours: 12:30pm / 2:30pm / 4:30pm Admission: $6.00 per person, $3.00 per person petting farm (additional charge ) Location: 9696 Highway 52 East Highway 400 north to highway 53 west through Dawsonville and turn right onto highway 183, go about 10 miles and turn left onto highway 52 west. Hillcrest is 12 miles on left. OR: Highway 575 north to Ellijay, to highway 52 exit, turn right and go to bottom of hill and turn left onto Highway 52 east. Hillcrest is 9 miles on right. 706.273.3838

German-style bands from around the country take the stage for your entertainment. If the accordion music inspires you, grab your partner and dance a polka. Tickets are $8 Monday – Friday, $9 on Saturday, and free on Sundays! For details, visit HelenChamber.com.

Sept 14, 15, 16, 19, 21, 22 & 23 Sept 24–Nov 6 Snow White and the Magic Mirror
Woodstock Snow White befriends a Magic Mirror in her castle, but still ends up sent into the forest where she meets some dwarves with a penchant for comedy. $9 in advance online, $11 at the door. City Center, 8534 Main Street 678.494.4251

based on the L&N Railroad’s Old Line from Atlanta to Etowah, Tennessee and the branch line through Mineral Bluff, Georgia to Murphy, North Carolina! Hot Fresh Coffee, Cold Soft Drinks, Hot sandwiches and BBQ along with entertainment by State Line Band both days along with craft sales and a Trains for Kids area.

Pumpkin Patch at Pettit Creek Farms Cartersville Handcrafted items from A to Z top the list of great things to do. Classic Car Show, Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Inflatable Bounces, Clowns, Live Entertainment and food galore. For more info contact: 770.386.8688

September 15-16

September 25-26
AUDITIONS: “Alice in Wonderland” Woodstock, Ages 8-Adult 7-9:30pm Go to website for details then sign up online. Cold readings from the script. Full schedule of rehearsals and December performances on the website. City Center, 8534 Main Street 678.494.4251

Sept 13–Oct 28

Oktoberfest Helen In its 42nd year, the event is housed at the Helen Festhalle. There you can sit at long tables and dine on traditional German fare while

Ride the Rails Festival Mineral Bluff Depot Blue Ridge A five mile round trip ride by railroad motor car traveling through the Iron Bridge over the beautiful Toccoa River to the Hogback Road crossing at Murphy Junction, Georgia , then returning over the bridge to the Historic Mineral Bluff Depot. Visit inside the depot and see the progress being made on our large “HO” gauge model railroad



September 29-30

Riverfest Arts & Crafts Festival Canton Riverfest is a juried art show and features more than 200 arts and crafts exhibitors, entertainers, children’s area activities and food. Fun, fun, fun on the banks of the Etowah River! In addition to over 200 carefully selected artists and craft makers, unique food concessions and children’s area activities hold the crowd’s attention all day long. Another popular area of Riverfest is the “Marketplace”, featuring plants, vegetables and locally grown products. Riverfest Arts & Crafts Show 2012 will take place rain or shine. All areas will be handicap accessible. Free parking and shuttle services are available. 770.704.5991

Woodstock Ages 8-Adult from 7-9:30pm. Go to website for details then sign up online. Not all roles require singing ability. If interested in a singing role, be prepared to sing \one minute of a folk song or Broadway show tune that shows off your voice. Cold readings from the script. Full schedule of rehearsals and December performances on the website. City Center, 8534 Main Street 678.494.4251

with other creative, arts minded teens. $5 cash at the door provides a slice of pizza and a soda at intermission. Ages 13-15 will need to have a parent sign them in and out at the door. 6-8pm City Center, 8534 Main Street 678.494.4251

October 5

October 4 & 5


Canton Main Street Scarecrow Contest Canton Entry Deadline-Monday, Oct 1 Open to all schools and organizations 1st, 2nd & 3rd place cash prizes

Pocahantas & Mulan Tea Party Woodstock Enjoy flavorful teas and tasty treats and meet Pocahontas and Mulan who will sing and tell her story (bring your camera!) 4:15pm. $16.50 includes meal, tax and gratuity. Be sure to call for reservations. Tea Leaves and Thyme 8990 S. Main St 770.516.2609

iThink Improv Troupe Woodstock Enjoy the food, music and fun of Woodstock’s Friday Nite Live then walk on over to City Center for some family friendly laughs with the iThink Improv Troupe. All seats $5 each. 9pm City Center, 8534 Main Street 678.494.4251

October 6-7

October 5

October 2-3

AUDITIONS: “A Christmas Carol”, “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “The Lazy Elves”

Teen Arts Night Woodstock Sponsored by Elm Street’s Teen Arts Guild (TAG). Bring your guitar, your karaoke cd, your poetry, your artwork, your short stories to share

35th Annual Indian Summer Festival Woody Gap School, Suches There will be something for everyone including arts and crafts, folk art, jewelry, and local produce. There will be good things to eat from Bar-B-Que plates and homemade goodies to funnel cakes and cotton candy. Participate in the Run Above the Clouds 10K and 1 mile run starting at 9am on Saturday. Kick up your heels at the mountain square dance from

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8pm till midnight on Saturday night. Enjoy the play presented by Woody Gap School students, an auction and plenty of fun for the kids including a rock climbing wall, inflatable bouncing booth and slide. Admission: $4.00 for ages 13 and up, $2.00 for 7-12, 6 and under is free. For information on booth space contact Kelly Taylor at 706.835.8074. For more information on the Run Above the Clouds please contact Jim Miner at 706.747.5434.

& expo, fine arts exhibit, arts & crafts booths, entertainment, children’s area, business expo and tours of the marble quarry. Tours ONLY given during the festival! Saturday, 10:30am-6pm Sunday, 10am-5pm

Oct 13,14 & 20,21

October 11

October 6-7

30th Annual Marble Festival Lee Newton Park Jasper Historic Tate Marble Quarry is open for tours only one time every year. This two-day celebration includes a road race, parade, motorcycle ride

Taste of Canton Cannon Park, Canton 5pm-8pm The Taste of Canton is a fun-filled, family event that showcases this area’s culinary delights. 770.704.1548

Sorghum Festival 9am-5pm Meeks Park, Blairsville Celebrate the Art of Sorghum Syrup Making! Arts/Crafts, Greased Pole Climbin’, Log Sawin’, Live music, Face Painting, Vendors.

Oct 13,14 & 20,21

October 13

Sorghum Parade 11am, Blairsville Hundreds of people line the streets to see the floats, bands and other crowd pleasers. Downtown on the Square Blairsville 706.745.4745

Georgia Apple Festival Ellijay Sat. 9am-6pm Sun. 9am-5pm The Ellijay Lions Club, the Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce, the cities of Ellijay and East Ellijay, and Gilmer County invite everyone to come and enjoy the 41st year of the Georgia Apple Festival. There are over 300 vendors with handmade, hand-crafted items, as well as many on-site demonstrations of how selected types of crafts are made. This year promises many new crafts as well as favorites from past festivals. There is a parade and antique car show each year. The antique car show is held at the Civic Center on October 13th. The parade is on October 20th and begins at 10am. Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds 1729 South Main Street Admission: Adult - $5.00 Children under 10 are FREE. Parking is FREE. Parking Donations Appreciated! NO Pets Allowed! (Does not apply to guide dogs.)

Oct 19, 20, 26, 27
Ghost Tales & Trails Woodstock, 6-10pm Hear spooky tales based in



Woodstock’s history culminating with a delightfully comic staging of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” $11 Adults $6 ages 12 and under purchased in advance online. $13 and $8 at the door. City Center, 8534 Main Street 678.494.4251

Oct 20-21 & 27-28 October 27-28
Fall Fest Arts and Crafts Sale 9am to 5pm Blue Ridge Old Hwy. 76 near the Swan Drive- In Unique handcrafted treasures, sumptuous homemade baked goods. 80+ Artist and Craftsmen

Mountain Moonshine Festival Dawsonville For more than 45 years, folks have been gathering around the square here for a great autumn weekend of entertainment. This year’s festivities include: a car show, cruise-in, swap meet, silent auction, live entertainment, an array of vendors and festival food. Go to KareForKids.us/Festival for more information.

October 20-21

Gold Rush Days Dahleonega Featuring more than 300 art and craft exhibitors around the Public Square and historic district. The celebration of Dahlonega’s historic 1828 gold rush. Includes a parade, gold-panning contest, wheelbarrow race, hog calling, buck dancing, gospel singing, wrist wrestling and other live entertainment. Parking is $10 per vehicle. For a schedule of events, visit DahlonegaJaycees.com.

October 27

The Great Pumpkin Festival Cannon Park Canton 1pm-4pm Trick or Treating 1pm-2pm Kid’s Costume Contest and Costume Parade 2pm Hayrides, Music, Bounce House, Face Painting, Games Scarecrow Contest Vote for your favorite scarecrow! 770.704.1548

October 20-21

The Black Bear Festival Chatsworth Join us at our Annual Black Bear Festival in the heart of downtown Chatsworth. This great family event features art & crafts, family music, fun contest for all ages... and more! Costume contests, Recipe contest, Pumpkin carving contest, Arts & Crafts, Music, Great Food, Pet Parade and Lots of Fun for the Whole Family!

October 27

Hometown Halloween On The Square 5pm-7pm Blairsville Ghosts and Goblins will be lurking downtown on the square. Games, costume contests and lots of trick or treat. Downtown on the Square Blairsville 706.994.4837

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