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Jul. 2, 2020
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Lanier area events calendar

Note: Due to the coronavirus outbreak some events likely will be canceled. Please check before making plans to attend events.

Outdoor Calendar

Grounded pursuits
Live Animal Exhibit Showcase, Gainesville.  Meet snakes and other resident animals of Elachee Nature Center, 11 a.m.-noon, 2-3 p.m. Saturdays in July, Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Dr. $5 adults, $3 children ages 2-12, free to Elachee members., 770-535-1976.
University Yacht Club Fireworks, Flowery Branch. Festivities for members only, fireworks display at dusk July 3 visible by boat, Burton Mill Park, and nearby coves. 6700 Yacht Club Rd., 770-967-2814.
Family Day Celebration, Dahlonega. Family fun begins with Friday night July 3 concert featuring Radford Windham & Step Back Cadillac, and July 4 food trucks, action dog sports, acoustic music, in Downtown Dahlonega, plus fireworks at Iron Mountain Park, 116 Iron Mountain Pkwy.
Independence Day 5K/10K/Fun Run, Cumming. 5K/10K 8 a.m., fun run 9:14 a.m. July 4, Otwell Middle School, 605 Tribble Gap Rd. $15-$35.
Old Fashioned Celebration, Blairsville. Celebrate at one of nation’s oldest state parks, 8 a.m. flag raising ceremony, followed by bicycle parade, pedal boat races, sandcastle contest, watermelon eating competition, sack races, egg tossing, and greased pole climbing, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. July 4, Vogel State Park, 405 Vogel State Park Rd. $5 parking., 706-745-2628.
Independence Day Festivities, Cumming. 10 a.m. steam engine parade from Forsyth Central High School to Cumming Fairgrounds followed by children’s activities, food, vendors, live music, adult beverages, and more 10 a.m.-10 p.m. p.m.; fireworks 9:30 p.m. July 4, Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Rd. $5 ages 13 and older, free to younger than 13.
Anna Ruby Tuesday, Sautee Nacoochee. 1-day camp for girls ages 6-10 rediscovers day in life of well-to-do girl of Nacoochee in 1970s, includes dress-up in Victorian attire and English tea, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 7, Hardman Farm Historic Site, 143 Hwy. 17. Register in advance. $30., 806-878-1077.
Hollywood at Hardman, Sautee Nacoochee. 150th Anniversary at Hardman Farm with props from 1950s movie “I’d Climb the Highest Mountain” filmed in Sautee Nacoochee Valley, includes popcorn, refreshments, games for kids, and movie showing at dark, 8-10 p.m. July 16, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 17, Hardman Farm Historic Site, 143 Hwy. 17. $5 parking., 706-878-1077.
Landscape Painting with Palette Knife, Gainesville.  Learn how to use a palette knife with acrylic paint, 9-11 a.m. July 16 & 17, Gainesville Garden of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1911 Sweet Bay Dr. $79, $24 members. Register by July 10., 404-888-4760.
Race Like a Mother 5K/1K, Cumming. 8/9 a.m. July 18, Community Cup, 125 Tribble Gap Rd. $45/$15.
Cumming Music Festival. 12 live bands and food trucks in scaled down annual festival with limited attendance, noon-11 p.m. July 18, Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Rd. $10-$35., 800-415-3515.
Create & Paint Birdhouses, Gainesville. Children make and paint birdhouses, learn about birds, 10-11 a.m. July 21, Gainesville Garden of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1911 Sweet Bay Dr. $20, members $15. Register by July 16., 404-888-4760.
Shine Pedalers Metric, Dawsonville. Metric (65-mi.) and half-metric (31.6-mi) bike rides with SAG stops and lunch, 7:30/7:45 a.m. July 25, Dawsonville Municipal Complex, 415 Hwy 53, E. Metric climbs Burnt Mountain, for experienced riders only. $35/$45.
Hardman Farm to Dinner Table, Sautee Nacoochee. Georgia-grown dinner on the lawn at historic farm mansion with Georgia wine and fiddle serenade, 5-8:30 p.m. July 25, Hardman Farm Historic Site, 143 Hwy. 17. $75, $5 parking.  Register in advance., 706-878-1077.
Diamond Dash 5K, Flowery Branch. 8 a.m. Aug. 1, Hog Mountain Sports Complex, 4450 Hog Mountain Rd. $30.
Note: See for events at Don Carter State Park on Lake Lanier.


First Visit Tour, Helen. Van tour to covered bridge, Duke’s Creek, and cottages, 10-11:30 a.m. first Saturdays through Dec., Smithgall Woods State Park, 61 Tsalaki Trl. $5 parking. 706-878-3087,
Gainesville Square Farmers Market. Local fruits, vegetables, crafts, food, music, Downtown Gainesville Square, 2:30-6:30 p.m. Fridays through Oct. 2.
Cumming Farmers Market. Local farmers sell fresh produce, Wednesdays and Saturdays, Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Rd.
Braselton Summer Farmers Market. 4-7 p.m. Fridays, Downtown Braselton, 9924 Davis St.
Original Hall County Farmers Market, Gainesville. Local produce, crafts, flowers, 2:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, 734 E. Crescent Dr.

Other area events
Thru July 23 – Bingo, 7-9:30 p.m. every Thursday, at American Legion Post 7, 2343 Riverside Dr., Gainesville. Free. Info: 678-617-2774.
July 4 – Comedy and Magic with Ken Scott, 10-10:45 a.m., at Cumming Library, 585 Dahlonega St., Cumming. Voted Greater Atlanta Entertainer of the Year, Scott performs all over the country. Program will take place on Facebook Live. Visit the Forsyth County Public Library Facebook Page at the beginning of the program to watch. Info: 770-781-9840.
July 7 – Build-A-Superhero workshop with author Chris Negron, a virtual event from 1-1:45 p.m. presented by Forsyth County Public Library. Join Negron, author of the middle grade novel Dan Unmasked. Learn character development and the effect character origins have on plot and motivation in a fictional story. Workshop will be followed with an author Q&A. Dan Unmasked has been named a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection and an ABA Indies Introduce Summer/Fall 2020 pick. Negron is from Forsyth County. Info: 770-781-9840.
July 9 – David Wilcox, 7-9 p.m., performs at The Crimson Moon, 24 N. Park St., Dahlonega. Tickets: $30. Info: 706-864-3982.
July 10 – An Evening of Worship with Michael Combs, 7:30-9:30 p.m., at The Venue at Friendship Springs, 7340 Friendship Springs Blvd., Flowery Branch. Combs is an award-winning singer of gospel music, winning both the 2018 AGM Award for Music Video of the Year for “Good Versus Evil” and the 2019 AGM Award for Fan Favorite Artist of the Year. Info: 770-535-6330.
July 16 – CHP Tomato Supper 2020, 5-7:30 p.m., at Dahlonega Baptist Church, 234 Hawkins St., Dahlonega. Drive Thru, “grab ‘n go” Tomato Sandwich Supper Kit is the church’s only fundraiser for its free clinic. Tickets: $10. Info: EventBrite.
• July 18 – Drawing Workshop with Young Rembrandts, a virtual program at Cumming Library, Cumming. Young Rembrandts’ curriculum engages both sides of the brains so every child participating can learn and be successful. Supplies needed: paper, pencil, eraser, black sharpie or marker for outlining different colored markers. Program is for elementary aged children and each session has a maximum of 15 students. It will take place on FCPL’s GoToWebinar Platform. Registration is required. Times: 10-10:45 a.m.; 11-11:45 a.m.; and noon-12:45 p.m. Info: 770-781-9840.
July 18 – Led Zeppelified at Good Ol’ Days, 10 p.m.-1 a.m., at Good ol’ Days Bar and Grill, 419 Atlanta Rd., Cumming. Led Zeppelified brings alive the world’s greatest rock band performing the mega hits throughout the vast Led Zeppelin catalog. Info: 770-887-8575.
July 24 – An Evening with Doug Stone, 8-10 p.m., at The Crimson Moon, 24 N. Park St., Dahlonega. Stone, a contemporary country star, found his mark in music as a lonesome baritone balladeer. Tickets: $55. Info: 706-864-3982.
July 25 – Songs and Stories with John Berry, 7:30-9 p.m., at The Venue at Friendship Springs, 7340 Friendship Springs Blvd., Flowery Branch. The singer-songwriter rose to stardom on the country charts of the 1990s. Berry was born in South Carolina and raised in Georgia. Info: 678-936-8763.
July 25 – The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, 8-11 p.m., at The Crimson Moon, 24 N. Park St., Dahlonega, features toe tapping, finger picking greatest country-blues band. Info: 706-864-3982.
July 29 – Todd Key’s Flying Debris, a virtual event, 11-11:45 a.m., at Cumming Library, Cumming. Wacky, witty and one-of-a-kind Todd Key brings his Flying Debris show to FCPL this summer. Juggling, balance and razor-sharp wit will keep you on the edge of your seat and wanting more. Program will take place on FCPL’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. Info: 770-781-9840.
• Aug. 18 – Under the Wheel at the Branch House, 9 p.m., at Branch House Tavern, 5466 McEver Rd., Flowery Branch. Info: 678-828-8345.
Brenau University
Info: 770-534-6263;

Buford Community Center
July 31 – The Music of John Denver featuring Ted Vigil performing tribute to John Denver. Vigil has performed internationally for all kinds of venues and events. Tickets: $30-$35.
Info: 770 945-6762,

Chateau Elan Winery & Resort
Info: 678-425-0900 x41;

Clarkesville’s Historic Habersham Community Theater
Dahlonega’s Historic Holly Theatre
Info: 706-530-5162;

Forsyth Academy of Performing Arts
Gainesville Theatre Alliance
Info: 678-717-3624;

Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds
July 4 – July 4th Fireworks starts at 9:45 p.m. Family friendly and plenty of room for everyone to spread out and enjoy.
July 30-Aug. 1 – Georgia Mountain Moonshine Cruiz-in featuring three fun-filled days of good ole mountain hillbilly fun. Admission: $10; 12 and under free with adult. See a pioneer village, real moonshine still in the works, mountain crafts, and plenty of hot classic cars, trucks, bikes, rat rods and more!

Habersham Community Theater

Interactive Neighborhood for Kids
Lake Lanier Islands/Margaritaville
Thru Aug. 9 – Water Park is open, then only on weekends until Sept. 27. Tickets: $33.99-$47.99. Daily Beach Pass: $9.99; Holiday Weekends: $14.99.
North Atlanta Trade Center

Northeast Georgia History Center
Piedmont College
Info: 706-894-4201,

Quinlan Arts Center

Resurgens Theatre Company
The North Georgia Shakespeare Festival 

School Street Playhouse (formerly Cumming Playhouse)
July 9-26 – Newsies, the Broadway Musical. Times: Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.
July 31 – Cherry Cherry, Premier Neil Diamond Tribute, 8-9:30 p.m., by Steve Kelly.
Tannery Row Artist Colony
Info: 770-904-0572;

University of North Georgia
Voices of North Georgia

June 2020 Arts Page

July 2020 Arts Page

- compiled by Jane Harrison & Millie Adcox

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