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Dec. 8, 2019
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Lanier area events calendar

Outdoors Calendar

Grounded pursuits
Movie Night at Fort Yargo, Winder. Bring a chair, blanket or claim a picnic bench for a relaxing movie at beach pavilion, 7-8:30 a.m. Dec. 6, Fort Yargo State Park, 210 S. Broad St. $5 parking., 770-867-3489.
Happyfeat’s Run Run Rudolph 5K, Suwanee. 8 a.m. Dec. 7, Suwanee Town Center, 300 Town Center Ave. $30.
Equestrian Events, Gainesville. Horse riding events for student riders, Dec. 7, 8 & 14, Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center, 1855 Calvary Church Rd. 770-535-6855.
Flowery Branch Jingle Jog 5K. 10 a.m. Dec.  7, Downtown Flowery Branch, 5517 Main St. $35.
Jingle Jog 5K, Cumming. 3:30 p.m. Dec. 7, 246 Castleberry Rd. $30.
Stars Over Elachee, Gainesville. Learn how to use a telescope, view the first quarter moon, stars and constellations, 5:15-7:15 p.m. Dec. 7, Chicopee Lake, 2100 Calvary Church Rd.  For adults and children age 8 and older. Bring flashlight and pencil. $10 adults, $5 children 12 and younger; free to Elachee members. Register in advance, 770-535-1976,
Jingle all the Way 5K, Dawsonville. 7 p.m. Dec. 7, Food Lion parking lot, 415 Ga. Hwy. 53. $30.
Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike, Tallulah Falls. Mile and a half night hike down 310 stairs to suspension bridge over falls, 6:15-7:45 p.m. Dec. 12, Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yard Dr. $5, plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981,
Full Moon Night Hike, Winder. Guided moonlit lakeside hike to see nocturnal wildlife, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 12, Birdberry Trail, Fort Yargo State Park, 210 S. Broad St. $5., 770-867-3489.
Reindeer Run 5K/10K, Dawsonville. 8:30 a.m. Dec. 14, Food Lion parking lot, 415 Ga. Hwy 53. $30/ $35 race day.
White Elephant 5K, Sugar Hill. 6 p.m. Dec. 14, EE Robinson Park, 650 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. $25.
New Years Day 5K, Cumming. 9 a.m. Jan. 1, North Forsyth Middle School, 3645 Coal Mountain Rd. $20/$25 race day.
First Day Hikes, Georgia State Parks. Numerous Georgia State Parks feature first day hikes on park trails Jan. 1 and the first weekend of the year. $5 parking.
Note: See for events at Don Carter State Park on Lake Lanier.


Birds of Prey, Dawsonville. Get up close and personal with hawks, owls and falcons indoors, 1-2 p.m. Lodge Lobby, Amicalola Falls State Park, 418 Amicalola Falls Rd. $5 parking. 706-265-1969,  
First Visit Tour, Helen. Van tour to covered bridge, Duke’s Creek, and cottages, 10-11:30 a.m. first Saturdays through December, Smithgall Woods State Park, 61 Tsalaki Trl. $5 parking. 706-878-3087,
Cruz In, Dawsonville. Park in town, look at cars, see friends, 5-9 p.m. third Friday, Downtown Dawsonville.
Sunday Tech Rides/Tuesday Interval Rides, Gainesville. Sunday road bike rides roll out at 1:15 p.m., Tuesday intervals at 6 p.m. from North Hall Technology Center, 4075 Nopone Rd.
Garden Train, Story Times, Crafts, Family Activities, 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.
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.

Other area events
Dec. 3-6, 10-13 – Fall Juried Show held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at The Bowen Center for the Arts, 334 Highway 9N, Dawsonville. More than 65 artisans and 153 works on display until Dec. 13. Most works are for sale. Info: 706-216-2787.
Dec. 3 – Hungrytown, 7-8 p.m., performs at Sharon Forks Library, 2820 Old Atlanta Rd., Cumming. Hungrytown is the performing and songwriting folk duo of Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson. They have been touring internationally for more than 15 years and their original, award-winning songs have been featured on television shows and documentaries, including the Independent Film Channel's hit comedy series, Portlandia. Free. Info: 770-781-9840.
Dec. 3 – History of the Cherokee with Mark Warren, 7-8 p.m., presented at Post Road Library, 5010 Post Rd., Cumming. Warren will discuss how intimacy with and reverence for nature dictated the daily life of the Cherokee. Learn about Cherokee crafts, weapons, hunting techniques, philosophies, religion, clothing, tools, medicines, and games. This program will also cover the fate of the Cherokee Nation after the arrival of Europeans, and the infamous Trail of Tears, which had a trailhead in Forsyth County at the Etowah River.
Dec. 6, 7 – Christmas Queens, the Musical Dinner Theater at Sexton Hall Enrichment Center, 2115 Chloe Rd., Cumming. The Catoosa County Christmas Queen Pageant, sponsored by a local catfish farmer, invites former winners to compete in a reunion pageant. Unfortunately, someone is sabotaging the competition. Times: 6-9 p.m., Dec. 6/7; noon-3 p.m., Dec. 7. Tickets: $25-$150. Info: EventBrite.
Dec. 7 – North Georgia Chamber Symphony Holiday Concert, 2-4 p.m., at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1397 Thompson Bridge Rd., Dahlonega. Opening with Mozart’s Divertimento in D Major. A string quartet performs a version of Autumn Leaves arranged by Toru Takemitsu. Vonda Darr, principal harpist of the Augusta Symphony, will perform Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on Greensleeves and John Rutter’s Suite Lyrique. Santa Claus will be available for photos after the concert. Info: 770 534-1078.
Dec. 8 – Joyful Sound, 10 a.m., at Cumming First United Methodist Church, 770 Canton Hwy., Cumming. Annual concert of music for the Christmas season. Info: 770-887-2900.
Dec. 8 – David Marsh, Organist, performs at 4 p.m. at Cumming First United Methodist Church, 770 Canton Hwy., Cumming. Marsh presents a concert of Christmas pops music on the Hutchinson organ in the sanctuary narthex and on the sanctuary on the Dyer Organ. Info: 770-887-2900.
Dec. 9, 16 – North Forsyth Middle School Choirs, 7 p.m., perform at Cumming First United Methodist Church, 770 Canton Hwy., Cumming. Info: 770-887-2900.
Dec. 14 – Forsyth Youth Orchestra, 3-5 p.m., perform music by J.S. Bach, Soon Hee Newbold, Julie Lyon Lieberman and more at Cumming Library, 585 Dahlonega St., Cumming. Recommended for ages 5 through adult. Info: 770-781-9840.
Dec. 18 – Merry and Bright – Forsyth Philharmonic Christmas Concert, 7-8 p.m., performs at CFUMC in Cumming.  Info: 770-887-2900.
Dec. 20, 21, 22 – “The Nutcracker” presented by the Sawnee Ballet Theatre at the Forsyth Central High School Performing Arts Center, 131 Almon C. Hill Dr., Cumming. Times: Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 21, 1 p.m./7 p.m.; Dec. 22, 1 p.m. Tickets: $15-$25. Info: 770-887-0756.
Brenau University
Dec. 6-8 – “The Nutcracker,” the Gainesville Ballet presents its 45th annual production of this classic. Times: 7:30 p.m., Dec. 6, 7; 2 p.m., Dec. 7, 8. Tickets: $20-$28, adults; $14-$20, children; $16-$24, seniors 65 and up.
Info: 770-534-6263;

Buford Community Center
Dec. 6-22 – “A Christmas Carol,” presented by Theatre Buford. Tickets: $30-$35.
Info: 770 945-6762,

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

Clarkesville’s Historic Habersham Community Theater
Dec. 5-8, 12-15 – “Amahl and the Night Visitors.” Times: 7:30 p.m., Dec. 5-7, 12-14; 2 p.m., Dec. 8/15. Tickets: $20, adults; $12, students/children.
Dahlonega’s Historic Holly Theatre
Dec. 6-8, 13-15, 20-22 – “A Christmas Story” presented. Times: 8 p.m., Fri./Sat.; 2 p.m., Sun. Tickets: $25, adults; $15, students & military.
Dec. 31 – “Chi-Town Transit Authority” celebrates the timeless music of Chicago. Music, food, drink and midnight celebration. Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $27, $35.
Info: 706-530-5162;

Forsyth Academy of Performing Arts
Dec. 5 – “The Bullies Christmas Carol,” performed 7-8 p.m. at FAPA, 520 Industrial Way, Cumming. Terrible twins Ebbie and Neezer bully their classmates, steal toys from homeless children, and try to ruin the school's annual All-Inclusive, Non-Specific Holiday Celebration. A twist on a classic holiday tale sure to delight naughty and nice kids alike.
Dec. 6 – “A Christmas Carol,” 7-8 p.m.
Dec. 14 – “Frozen Jr.,” (Wednesday Cast) performs 5-6:30 p.m.; (Thursday Cast) performs 8-9:30 p.m.
Dec. 20 – Hallmark Family Christmas of a Lifetime, 8-9 p.m. Watch Amanda Rountree and friends improvise an entire story based off your suggestions.
Gainesville Theatre Alliance

Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds
Habersham Community Theater

Interactive Neighborhood for Kids
Dec. 2-8 – Christmas Tree Craft Week, create own tree with fun materials like popsicle sticks.
Dec. 9-15 – Llama Craft Week, create very own Llama.
Dec. 16-22 – Gingerbread Man Craft Week, make own Gingerbread Man.
Dec. 23-29 – Christmas Card Craft Week, make holiday card for someone special.
Dec. 30-Jan. 5 – New Year’s Craft Week, make some fun 2019 crafts.
Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve Celebration with free crafts all day and a Magic Show at 1 p.m. by Jeff McClure. Parade to show off party hats and noisemakers at noon and 2 p.m. Free with paid admission to museum, members free.

Lake Lanier Islands
Thru Jan. 5, 2020 – Magical Nights of Lights. Tradition and excitement merge at a magical place with seven miles of traditional and unique holiday lights. And there’s more winter wonderland fun to be had at LandShark Landing and the Holiday Village with winter-themed carnival rides, fire pits, s'mores, specialty winter drinks and more. Journey to Santa’s Holiday Village and while there, shop for that special gift for someone in your circle of friends and family. Tickets: $42-$235.
Thru Feb. 23, 2020 – License To Chill Snow Island is a snow-packed winter play land featuring building a snowman and thrilling tubing down Parrot Mountain. Tickets: $29-$129.

North Atlanta Trade Center

Northeast Georgia History Center
Dec. 8 – Family Day: Victorian Christmas, 1-4 p.m., features hands-on activities, music, dance, storytelling and much more. Free.

Piedmont College
Dec. 6 – 31st Annual Service of Lessons & Carols presented at 7:30 p.m. in the Conservatory of Music. The Piedmont Chorale, Piedmont College Singers, Brass Choir, the Sewell Organ and the Habersham Central High School Singers are featured.
Info: 706-894-4201,

Quinlan Arts Center
  Thru Nov. 30 – 72nd Annual Members’ Exhibition. 

Resurgens Theatre Company
The North Georgia Shakespeare Festival 

School Street Playhouse (formerly Cumming Playhouse)
Thru Dec. 15 – “A Christmas Carol” presented. Times: Thurs./Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m./8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.
Dec. 18 – Christmas Classics, 8-10 p.m., celebrates the joy of the holiday season. This year’s show will be performed in honor of Sarah Lipscomb with a donation being made to FullCircle, an addiction recovery program that serves young people and their families, which will be opening a program in Forsyth County.
Dec. 19, 20 – North Georgia Barbershop Singers, 8 p.m.
Dec. 21 – Sounds of Sawnee Concert Band, 8 p.m.
Dec. 31 – Rocking New Year’s Eve with Banks and Shane, 8-9:30 p.m.
Tannery Row Artist Colony
Info: 770-904-0572;

University of North Georgia
Dec. 4 – UNG Chamber Orchestra Concert, 6-9 p.m., in lobby of Gainesville campus.
Dec. 6 – “The Spirit of a Child,” 2019 Holiday Choral Festival presented by UNG Department of Music at 7:30 p.m., at Grace Episcopal Church, 422 Brenau Ave. NE, Gainesville. Performances include UNG Singers, Le Belle Voci, and Patriot Choir & Singers Men, under the direction of Dr. John Broman, and the UNG Chorale, under the direction of Mr. Will Gotmer. The program also features the UNG Brass Quintet and soprano saxophonist Dr. Bart Walters. Free; donations accepted. Seating is limited so arrive early. 
Voices of North Georgia
Presents its 51st Concert Season, 2019-2020
Dec. 6, 7 – Tidings of Great Joy!, annual holiday performances, presented at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 7:30 p.m.
Mar. 14 – USO Canteen Show presented in Banquet Hall at First Baptist Church, TBA.
Apr. 24, 26 – World Praise presented in sanctuary at Gainesville First Presbyterian Church, 7:30 p.m. (Apr. 24); 3 p.m. (Apr. 26).

December 2019 Arts Page

- compiled by Jane Harrison & Millie Adcox

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