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Aug. 15, 2018
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Lanier area events calendar

Outdoors Calendar

Aqua Activities

Twilight Kayaking on Lake Trahylta, Blairsville. Ranger-led paddle for participants 8 years and older, 8-9:30 p.m. Aug. 3, Vogel State Park, 405 Vogel State Park Rd. $8, $5 parking. 706-745-2628,
Five Star kidFIT/Adult Triathlon, Aquarun, Flowery Branch. Swim-bike-run, plus swim-run events, various times Aug. 18, Sterling on Lanier Clubhouse, 7004 Lake Sterling Dr. $37-$47.
Tri to Beat Cancer Triathlon/Duathlon/Aquabike, Athens. Multisport races, various distances, various times, Aug. 19, Sandy Creek Park, 400 Bob Holman Rd. $70-$155.
Paddle After Dark, Winder. Naturalist-led excursion on Marbury Creek Watershed, 7-9 p.m. Aug. 20, Fort Yargo State Park, 210 S. Broad St. $25 with boat rental, $12 bring your own boat or SUP. 18 years or older. Register in advance. 770-867-3489,
Beat the Heat Beach Games, Winder. Giant building blocks, water games, bag toss, noon-3 p.m. Sept. 1, Fort Yargo State Park, 210 S. Broad St. $5 parking., 770-867-3489.
Gorge Floor Hike, Tallulah Falls. Ranger led strenuous hike down 535 steps to a river crossing, plus boulder climbing to reach Sliding Rock, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 1-3, Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Dr., 706-754-7981.

Note: See for events at Don Carter State Park on Lake Lanier.

Grounded Pursuits
First Friday Concert, Gainesville. Fly Betty Band, 7 p.m. Aug. 3, Roosevelt Square, 117 Jesse Jewel Pkwy. Free.
Love Rolls 5K, Suwanee. 8 a.m. Aug. 4, Suwanee Town Center, 330 Town Center Ave. $22-$27.
Ranger Camp, Blairsville. Crafts and exploration for children 6-12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 4, Vogel State Park, 405 Vogel State Park Rd. Register in advance. $20, plus $5 parking., 706-745-2628.
Touch a Truck, Gainesville. Children explore variety of big trucks, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 4, City Park, 830 Green St. Free.
First Visit-Tour, Helen. Van tour of state park’s covered bridge, Dukes Creek, cottages, 10-11:30 a.m. Aug. 4, Sept. 1, Smithgall Woods State Park, 61 Tsalaki Trl. $5 parking, donations accepted., 706-878-3087.
Peach State Mounted Shooters, Gainesville. Equestrian event Aug. 7-8, Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center, 1855 Calvary Church Rd. 770-531-6855.
Movie in the Park, Dawsonville. Movie plus face painting, carnival games, crafts and more, 6-10 p.m. Aug. 10, Veterans Memorial Park, 186 Recreation Rd.
SOCA Cowboys, Gainesville. Extreme cowboy horse and rider obstacle competition, Aug. 10-11, Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center, 1855 Calvary Church Rd. 770-531-6855.
Movie Under the Stars, Dahlonega. See Sherlock Gnomes with pre-show activities & food truck, 6-11 p.m. Aug. 10, Hancock Park, North Meaders/Warwick St. Free.
Button Down Dash 10K/5K, Duluth. 7:30/7:45 a.m. Aug. 11, Gwinnett Chamber, 6500 Sugarloaf Pkwy. $30-$35.
Watermelon 5K, Cumming. 8 a.m. Aug. 11, North Forsyth Middle School, 3645 Coal Mountain Dr. $35-$10.
Century of Fashion Lecture & Tea, Sautee-Nacoochee. Lecture covers 100 years of women’s fashion, includes vintage tea party, 8-11 a.m. Aug. 11, Hardman Farm Historic Site, 143 Hwy. 17. Register in advance. $5., 706-878-1077.
Fitness in the Park, Gainesville. SWEAT with Ava Miller, 9-10 a.m. Aug. 11, Wessell Park, 493 Holly Dr. 770-531-2680,
Dinner in Time, Winder. Living History Society serves a Dinner in Time with 3-course meal prepared and served in 17th century style, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 11, Fort Yargo State Park, 210 S. Broad. Register in advance. $50, plus $5 parking., 770-867-3489.
Lanier Running Club, Gainesville. Runners invited to club meeting with featured speaker, 7 p.m. Aug. 13, Recess Southern Gastro Pub, 118 Bradford St. NW.
Tails on the Trails, Winder. Hike exclusively for dog owners and their dogs, 6:30-8 p.m. Aug. 16, Orange Trail Head, Fort Yargo State Park, 210 S. Broad St. $5 parking., 770-867-3489.
Sounds of the Night Hike, Blairsville. Learn about nocturnal creatures – owls, bats, raccoons and more – 7:30-9 p.m. Aug. 17, Vogel State Park, 405 Vogel State Park Rd. $5., 706-745-2628.
Backpack Love Fun Run/5K, Oakwood. 7/7:30 a.m. Aug. 18, Oakwood City Park, Railroad St. $30-$35.
Old Peachtree Road 5K, Suwanee. 8 a.m. Aug. 18, Ga-PCOM Campus, 635 Old Peachtree Rd. $30.
Gold Fever, Helen. Learn gold mining history, hike to historic mine, 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 18, Smithgall Woods State Park, 61 Tsalaki Trl. $5, plus $5 parking., 706-878-3087.
Stream Ecology Class, Helen. Learn about ecology of Smith Creek, 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 18, Unicoi State Park, 1788 Hwy. 356. $5, plus $5 parking., 706-878-2201, Ext. 549.
Guided Sunset Hike, Winder. 7-mile hike on inner loop around lake, 5-8 p.m. Aug. 18, Fort Yargo State Park, Boat Ramp, 210 S. Broad St. $5., 770-867-3489.
37 Main Concert, Cumming. Rock music bands, food trucks and more, 6-11 p.m. Aug. 18, Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Rd.
Stars over Elachee, Gainesville. View constellations, the moon, planets and stars under the night sky 8-10 p.m. Aug. 18, Chicopee Lake, 2100 Calvary Church Rd. Suggested for adults and children age 8 and older. Bring flashlight and pencil for night viewing. Register in advance. $10 adults, $5 children 2-12. Free to Elachee members., 770- 535-1976.
Movie Night at Fort Yargo, Winder. Bring a chair & blanket to beach pavilion, order concessions, watch a movie, 6:30-9 p.m. Aug. 21, Fort Yargo State Park, 210 S. Broad St. $5 parking. 770-867-3489,
Campfire Circle with Friends, Winder. Hear stories about the fort, enjoy songs and s’mores, 7-8 p.m. Aug. 24, Campground 2, Fort Yargo State Park, 210 S. Broad St. $1 per person, $5 parking., 770-867-3489.
Revenuers 1-Mile/5K, Dawsonville.7:45/8 a.m. Aug. 25, Rock Creek Park, 45 Martin Rd. $25.
Awesome ‘80s Fun Run/5K, Flowery Branch. 8:45/9 a.m. Aug. 25, Train Depot, 5302 Railroad Ave. $15-$25.
Run Your Can Off 5K/Fun Run, Cumming. 8/8:55 a.m. Aug. 25, Otwell Middle School, 605 Tribble Gap Rd. $15-$35.
Full Moon Night Hike, Winder. Moonlit lakeside guided hike, 7:45-9 p.m. Aug. 26,  end of Fishing Road, Fort Yargo State Park, 210 S. Broad St. Register in advance. $5., 770-867-3489.
Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike, Tallulah Falls. Mile and a half night hike down 310 stairs to suspension bridge over falls, 8:45-10:45 Aug. 26, Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Dr. Register in advance. $5, plus $5 parking., 706-754-7981.
World Champion Rodeo, Cumming. Aug. 31- Sept. 1, Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Rd.
Farm Animal Fun Day, Sautee Nacoochee.  Farm animal encounters, tours of historic house and farm, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 1, Hardman Farm Historic Site, 143 Hwy. 17,, 706-878-1077.
Cabin Fever Bluegrass & Barbecue Festival, Helen. Live music, food, arts & crafts on Duke’s Creek, noon-6 p.m. Sept. 1, Smithgall Woods State Park, 61 Tsalaki Trl. $10 per car., 706-878-3087.
Labor Day Donut Dash Half Marathon/5K/ Munchkin Run, Cumming. 7:30/7:45/9 a.m. Sept. 3, Fowler Park 4110 Carolene Way. $15-$60.


• The Original Hall County Farmers’ Market, Gainesville. Variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, honey, baked goods and crafts, 2:30-6:30 p.m. Thursdays; 7 a.m. until sell-out or noon Saturdays, corner of Jesse Jewell Pkwy./I-985.
• Downtown Farmers’ Market, Gainesville. Produce, baked goods, gifts and live music 2:30-6:30 p.m. Fridays May 25-Sept. 28, Downtown Gainesville Square.
Gears & Beers Mountain Bike Rides, Gainesville. Cyclists depart Wrenched Bicycles for either East Hall road rides or Chicopee Woods mountain bike rides, return for cold beverages back at shop, 8:30 a.m. Saturdays, 302 Broad St. SE.  Call or check Wrenched Bicycle Facebook for information. 770-287-8842.
Sunday N.H. Tech Rides/Tuesday Interval Rides, Gainesville. Sunday road bike rides roll out at 1:15 p.m. from North Hall Technology Center, 4075 Nopone Rd.; faster Tuesday interval rides start at 6 p.m. at Clermont Park, Clermont Hwy.
Cruz In, Dawsonville. Park in town, look at cars, see friends, 5-9 p.m. third Friday, Downtown Dawsonville.
Garden Train, Story Times, Crafts, Gainesville. Children and family activities, various times, Atlanta Botanical Garden Gainesville Garden, 1911 Sweet Bay Dr. $3 or free with garden admission or membership., 404-888-4760.
Wine in the Woodlands, Gainesville. Enjoy wine, cocktails and light refreshments in garden setting, May 31 and last Thursdays through October, Gainesville Garden of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1911 Sweet Bay Dr. $8, members free, cash bar., 404-888-4760.
Volunteer Work Day, Gainesville. Join Friends of Don Carter State Park for park improvement projects, bring water, gloves and clothes to get dirty, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. third Saturdays, 5000 N. Browning Bridge Rd., 678-450-7726.
Emory Jones Book Signing, Sautee-Nacoochee. Author of “Distant Voices: The Story of the Nacoochee Valley Indian Mound” reads excepts from “The Valley Where They Danced plus tour of Hardman Farm, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. second Saturdays through December, Hardman Farm Historic Site, 143 Hwy 17., 706-878-1077.

Lake Lanier Olympic Park events

LCKC (Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club)
  • Aug 26 - Moonlight Paddle
  • Sept. 8 - Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
  • Sept. 13-17 - ICF Dragon Boat World Championships
  • Sept. 15 - BRL Practice Race
  • Sept 24 - Moonlight Paddle
  • Sept. 29 - BRL Fall Fungatta
  • Oct 24 - Moonlight Paddle
  • Oct. 27 - Halloween Howl
LLRC (Lake Lanier Rowing Club)                                          
  • July 31- Aug. 11 - Learn to Row 1 Classes 
  • July 31-Aug. 1, Aug. 14-25 - Learn to Row 2 Classes
  • Sept. 22 - Taste of Gainesville      
Other LLOP events
  • Aug. 17, Sept. 21, Oct. 19, Nov. 16 - Food Truck Friday

Other area events

Aug. 2 – Downtown Braselton Wine Walk, held 4-9 p.m. is a great way to explore downtown Braselton. Registration and check in, 4-6 p.m., sipping stations open until 9 p.m. Limited to 100 ticket holders. Tickets: $35 per person. Info: Amy at
Aug. 11, Sept. 8, Oct. 13, Nov. 10, Dec. 8 – Emory Jones Book Signing held 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Hardman Farm Historic Site, 143 Ga. 17, Sautee Nacoochee. Info: 706-878-1077.
Aug. 16 – Good News Clinics Mardi Gras Dinner, held 6-8:30 p.m., fundraiser benefits and celebrates Good News Clinics’ services to Gainesville’s community. Evening includes dinner and presentation of the Sam Poole and Ann Warren Thomas Volunteer of the Year Awards. Tickets: Individual, $50; Table purchase, $500-$5,000. Info: 770-297-5040.
Aug. 24 – Collin Boothby in concert held at 7 p.m. at the Cumming First United Methodist Church. Organist Boothby will perform concert on the Randall Dyer and Associates III/40 pipe organ. Collin, who is Organist/Choirmaster at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Houston, will feature works by Bach, Gounod, Vierne, Buxtehude, Durufle and more. Free.
Aug. 4, Sept. 1, Oct. 6, Nov. 3, Dec. 1 – Square Dance at First Presbyterian Church gym at 800 South Enota Dr., Gainesville. Tickets: $7. Info: 678-956-0287.
Brenau University
Aug. 16-Nov. 15 – “Donald Sultan: Lantern Flowers” exhibit in Sellars Gallery at Simmons Visual Arts Center. Sultan’s work depicts colorful and graphic depictions of lantern flowers (derived from the decoration of Japanese lanterns) and poppies. Reception Sept. 13, 5:30-7 p.m. in Sellars Gallery. Free. Info: 770-534-6263.
Aug. 23-Nov. 15 – Love’s Vacuum: Works by Dominique Labauvie exhibited in Leo Castelli Gallery. Opening reception held 5:30-7 p.m., Oct. 4. Info: 770-534-6263.
Aug. 30 – An Evening for Four-Hand Piano Music, 7:30 p.m. in Pearce Auditorium. Keith and Priscilla Jefcoat perform works by Mozart and Dvorak. Free. 
Info: 770-538-4764;

Buford Community Center
Aug. 10-26 – “See Rock City,” presented by Theatre Buford on Sylvia Beard Stage, is the sequel to “Last Train to Nibroc” by playwright Arlene Hutton. Tickets: $30-35.
Aug. 11 – Mother’s Finest in concert. Gates open at 6 p.m., concert at 7 p.m. in Buford Community Center Amphitheater. Free.
Aug. 17 – “Cars 3,” Disney Pixar’s Cars 3 presented for Cinema Under the Stars. Free.
Sept. 6, 7 – Mike Farris & the Fortunate Few in concert. Tickets: $30-35.
Info: 770 945-6762,

Chateau Elan Winery & Resort

Clarkesville’s Historic Habersham Community Theater
Thru Aug. 4 – “Sweet Charity, musical” presented evenings at 7:30 p.m., matinees at 2 p.m.
Info: 706-839-1315;

Cumming Playhouse
Thru Aug. 5 – “Camelot,” the legend of King Arthur and his Knights performed. Tickets: $27.50-$30.
Aug. 11 – Peppino ‘d Agostino and Carlos Reyes, two music masters perform together. Times: 3, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20/$22.50.
Aug. 18 – The Return “Beatlemania,” Beatles Tribute Band performs. Times: 3/8 p.m. Tickets: $25/$27.50.
Aug. 19 – Redemption Song at 7 p.m. Tickets: $15/$20.
Sept. 6-30 – “Smoke on the Mountain 2018” presented 8 p.m., Thurs.-Sat; 3 p.m., Sun. matinee. Tickets: $27.50-$30.
Info:  770 781-9178,

Dahlonega’s Historic Holly Theatre
Aug. 3-26 – “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” presented. Times: Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets: $22, adults; $14, students.
Aug. 31 – James Gregory, The Funniest Man in America performs his rib-tickling reflections on life from the front porch. Time: 8 p.m. Tickets: $28/$36.
Info: 706-864-3759.

Gainesville Theatre Alliance
Sept. 28-Oct. 7 – “Sophie and the Pirates,” presented by WonderQuest at Pearce Auditorium. Tickets: $12-15, adults/seniors; $8-10, students/children.
Info: 678-717-3624;

Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds
Sept. 6-8 – Daily & Vincent Landfest in the Mountains & On the Lakes features performances by Oak Ridge Boys, Lee Greenwood, Ricky Skaggs, Daily & Vincent, Russell Moore & IIIRD Tyme Out, Booth Brothers, Mike Snider, Sideline, Raven and Red and The Harmans.

Habersham Community Theater

Interactive Neighborhood for Kids
Thru Aug. 5 – Campfire Craft Week, create own campfire using tissue paper and other materials.
Aug. 6-12 – S’mores Craft Week, make own s’mores craft.
Aug. 7 – American Red Cross Pillowcase Project, 2nd-5th graders can experience a fund and educational class about how to prepare for emergency situations. Time: 11 a.m.-noon.
Aug. 13-19 – Bee Craft Week, create a bee puppet.
Aug. 20-26 – Dog Craft Week, create your own dog.
Aug. 27-Sept.2 – INK Birthday Craft Week.
Info: 770 536-1900,

Lake Lanier Islands
• Aug. 4, 11 – Davin McCoy performs at LandShark Landing Stage, 7-11 p.m.
Aug. 18 – 8 Second Ride, performs at LandShark Landing Stage, 7-11 p.m.
Aug. 25 – Full Moon Party, 7-10 p.m., LandShark Landing Stage. Fireworks begin at 10 p.m.
Sept. 1-3, Labor Day Celebration, 7-10 p.m., at LandShark Landing Stage.

North Atlanta Trade Center

Northeast Georgia History Center
Aug. 14 – New Gainesville Chautauqua-The Rugged Pathway: Beulah Rucker, part of NGHC’s 2018 Chautauqua season, “Women of the Year.” Hear Chiara Richardson as Beulah Rucker, a Gainesville African American Educator. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. Admission: $5; members, free.Info:

Piedmont College
Thru Aug. 6 – A Southern Table, exhibit at Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art (across from the college).
• Aug. 26 – Piedmont Camerata, 4 p.m., in the Chapel, features the Piedmont College Department of Music resident piano quintet perform a variety of masterworks for strings and piano by composers of 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.
• Aug. 30-Sept. 27 – “Focus on Northeast Georgia: Works on Paper” curated by Suzanne Hicks and on display at Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art. Opening reception held Aug. 30.
Info: 706-894-4201,

Quinlan Arts Center
Aug. 16-Oct. 6 – Fall Exhibitions featuring the Blue Angel Studio, Connie Lynn Reilly, Quinlan Instructor’s Show and Mary Ann Klimek. Opening reception 7 p.m., Aug. 16.

Tannery Row Artist Colony
• Aug. 11-Sept. 29 – Roxane Hollosi-A Woman’s Spirit: Internal and External Nature Explored. The exhibition intends to honor and recognize the beauty of our internal and external Nature. Opening reception, 5-8 p.m., Aug. 11, with artist talk to begin at 5 p.m.
Info: 770-904-0572;

University of North Georgia
Aug. 25 – Starlight Celebration, 5:30-8:30 p.m. with Fireworks at Dark at UNG’s Gainesville campus at G.W. Bailey Amphitheater. Tickets: $10 per car, $20 per bus, van or larger. UNG students enter free with valid UNG parking permit. Food available for purchase, picnics are welcome. Proceeds from Starlight benefit UNG students.
Info: 706-864-1423,

Voices of North Georgia
Info: 678-591-1545;

Arts Council Page August 2018

- compliled by Jane Harrison and Millie Adcox

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