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Oct. 17, 2018
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Lanier area events calendar

Outdoors Calendar

Aqua Activities

Paddle After Dark, Winder. Naturalist-led excursion on Marbury Creek Watershed, 7-9 p.m. Oct. 1, 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,
Triathlon Championships, Clarkesville. Top finishers in Five Star triathlons compete in championship races of various distances with pool swims, various times, Oct. 6, Ruby Fullbright Aquatic Center, 120 Paul Franklin Rd. $35-$55.

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

Grounded Pursuits
Tai Chi in the Garden, Gainesville. Perform ancient Chinese exercise to increase flexibility and balance, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesdays Oct. 2-30, Atlanta Botanical Garden Gainesville Garden, 1911 Sweet Bay Dr. $69, $59 members., 404-888-4760.
Scarecrows in the Garden, Gainesville. Scarecrows crafted by local businesses, schools, organizations and individuals on display throughout garden, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sun. Oct. 2-31, Atlanta Botanical Garden Gainesville Garden, 1911 Sweet Bay Dr. Free with garden admission., 404-888-4760.
October Home School Day, Helen. Lesson on native wildlife migration and hibernation, 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 5, Unicoi State Park, 1877 Hwy. 356. $5, plus $5 parking., 706-878-2201, Ext. 549.
Dawsonville 400K Brevet. 261.7-mile bicycle ride from Dawsonville up mountains, around Lake Rabun and into Highland, N.C. 6 a.m. Oct. 6, Ingles parking lot, Ga. 53/400. $20.
Frogtown Trail Challenge, Cumming. 4-, 6-, and 10-mile races with ditch jumping, creek crossing, stream running, mountain climbing and more, 8 a.m. Oct. 6, Frogtown, near Old Federal/ Nicholson Rd. $45-$50.
Run Above the Clouds, Suches. 9 a.m. Oct. 6, Suches Community Center, Ga. 60 N. across from Woody Gap School. $35.
Forest Therapy Walk, Gainesville. Certified Forest Therapy Guide Robin Hancock leads Shinrin-Yoku experience for adults on trails in Chicopee Woods, 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 6, Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Dr. $55. Register in advance., 770-535-1976.
Tails on Trails, Helen. Hike 2.5 miles with your dog around Unicoi Lake, 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 6, Unicoi State Park, 1877 Hwy. 356. $3, plus $5 parking., 706-878-2201, Ext. 549.
Beekeeping Demonstration, Gainesville. Hands-on demonstration from local beekeepers, meet the queen bee, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 6, Atlanta Botanical Garden Gainesville Garden, 1911 Sweet Bay Dr. Free with garden admission., 404-888-4760.
First Visit-Tour, Helen. Van tour of state park’s covered bridge, Dukes Creek, cottages, 10-11:30 Oct. 6, Smithgall Woods State Park, 61 Tsalaki Trl. $5 parking, donations accepted., 706-878-3087.
Peach State Mounted Shooters, Gainesville. Peach State Mounted Shooters, Gainesville. Equestrian event Oct. 6-7, Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center, 1855 Calvary Church Rd. 770-531-6855.
Great Gwinnett Road Run 5K/Fun Run, Buford. 8/9 a.m. Oct. 7, Mall of Georgia, 3333 Buford Dr. $28.
Autumn Breeze 5K, Tallulah Falls. 3 p.m. Oct. 7, Tallulah Gorge State Park, Terrora Circle. $30.
Lanier Running Club, Gainesville. Runners invited to club meeting with featured speaker, 7 p.m. Oct. 8, Recess Southern Gastro Pub, 118 Bradford St. NW.
Corn Hole Tournament, Gainesville. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 9, Green Street Park, 950 Park Hill Dr. $5 team.
Fairy Tale Dash 10K/5K, Cumming. 8/8:05 a.m. Oct. 13, Fowler Park, 4110 Carolene Way. $25-$35.
Monster Dash 5K/Fun Run, Dahlonega. 8:30 a.m. Oct. 13, Visitor’s Center, 13 S. Park S. $30.
Running Scared 13K/5K, Dawsonville. 8:30 a.m. Oct. 13, Rock Creek Sports Complex, 445 Martin Rd. $25-$30.
Xterra Fort Yargo Trail Run, Winder. 8.75/3.1 mile trail runs, 8:30 a.m. Oct. 13, Fort Yargo State Park Entrance B, 210 S. Broad St. $40-$45.
Run for Life Kiddie K/5K, Gainesville. 10:30/11 a.m. Oct. 13, Lakeview Academy, 796 Lakeview Dr. $25-$30.
Women’s Wilderness Day, Tallulah Falls. Ladies age 18 and older participate in ranger-led activities including campfire meal prep, archery and survival basics, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Oct. 13, Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Dr. Register in advance. $30, plus $5 parking., 706-754-7981.
Fitness in the Park, Gainesville. Exercise 11 a.m.-noon at Wessell Park, Oct. 13, 493 Holly Dr. Free.
Stars over Elachee, Gainesville. View constellations, the moon, planets and stars under the night sky 6:45-8:45 Oct. 13, Chicopee Lake, 2100 Calvary Church Rd. For adults and children age 8 and older. Bring flashlight and pencil for night viewing. Register in advance, reserve telescope. $10 adults, $5 children 2-12. Free to members., 770- 535-1976.
West Georgia Agility Dog Show, Gainesville. Dogs compete in agility contests, Oct. 13-14, Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center, 1855 Calvary Church Rd. 770-531-6855.
Lily’s Run and Family Festival, Cumming. 5K 1 p.m., bounce houses, cornhole tournament, children’s activities, craft vendors beginning at noon, Oct. 14. Vickery Village, 5920 Post Rd. $25-$30.
Pre-Game in the Park, Gainesville. Corn hole and volleyball before Gainesville High School football games, 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 19, Green Street Park, 950 Park Hill Dr.
Jail Tales Trail, Tallulah Falls. Storytelling at old jail, hike, bonfire, s’mores, hayride, 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 19, Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Dr. $5 parking., 706-754-7981.
Gold Rush 5K, Dahlonega. 8 a.m. Oct. 20, UNG Memorial Hall Gym, 82 College Circle. $25.
Soque River Ramble 6K, Batesville. Paved and gravel run along headwaters of Soque River, 9 a.m. Oct. 20, Wilbanks Farm, 860 Old  Chimney Mountain Rd. $25-$30.
Tour de Tugaloo, Toccoa. 22-, 42-, 62- and 100-mile bicycle rides along historic Tugaloo River corridor, near Lake Hartwell and into South Carolina foothills with SAG support and post-ride meal, 9 a.m. 62- and 100-mile start; 10 a.m. 22-, 42-mile start, Oct. 20, Yonah Dam Park, Yonah Dam Park Rd. $50-$60.
Terrain Race, Buford. 5K/10K obstacle courses, various times Oct. 20, Lanier Islands Resort, 7000 Lanier Islands Pkwy. $30-$50.
Wine in the Woodlands, Gainesville. Enjoy wine, cocktails and light refreshments in garden setting, 6-9 p.m. Oct. 25, Gainesville Garden of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1911 Sweet Bay Dr. $8, members free, cash bar., 404-888-4760.
Fast Pace 5K/10K, Cumming. Point to point race, 8 a.m. Oct. 27; bus transport to start ends at 7:45 a.m., Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Rd. Special guest Steve Scott, 3-time Olympian, will race and tell his story. $25.
Monster Dash 5K/Kids Fun Run, Cumming. 8/9:15 a.m. Oct. 27, West Forsyth High School, 4155 Drew Rd. $30/$15.
Boo Run 5K, Flowery Branch. 9 a.m. Oct. 27, Flowery Branch Depot, 5517 Main St. $25 early, $30 race day.
Fall Hayride, Helen. Hayride to Duke’s Creek to observe changing leaves, 1 p.m.-2:30 & 3-4:30 p.m. Oct. 27, Smithgall Woods State Park, 61 Tsalaki Trl. Register in advance. $5, plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087,
Trick or Treat on the Trail, Gainesville. Trick or treating, petting zoo, bounce houses, games and more for ages 12 and younger, 3-5 p.m. Oct. 27, Midtown Greenway, Grove St. behind Gainesville Public Safety Building. Bring canned good for Georgia Mountain Food Bank., 770-531-2680.
Trunk or Treat for Halloween, Tallulah Falls. Visitors decorate their cars, hand out treats; kids’ activities; prizes for best costumes and décor, 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 31, Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Dr. $5 parking., 706-754-7981.


• 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.
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.
Silver in the Park, Gainesville. Guests age 52+ hike paved trail, 10:30-11:30 a.m. second Tuesdays through Nov. 13, Don Carter State Park, 5000 N. Browning Bridge Rd. $5 parking. 670-450-7726,
Toddler Tuesdays, Gainesville. Children 2-5 and their parents discover nature through games and crafts10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. last Tuesdays through November, Beach Shelter 3, Don Carter State Park, 5000 N. Browning Bridge Rd. $5, plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726,
Dinner in Time, Winder. Living History Society serves a Dinner in Time with 3-course meal prepared and served in 17th century style in historic fort, 6:30-8:30 p.m. second Saturdays through December, Fort Yargo State Park, 210 S. Broad. Register in advance. $50, plus $5 parking., 770-867-3489.
Fun at the Fort, Winder. Learn about life in late 1700s at historic fort with tours and interactive activities, noon-3 p.m. second Saturdays through December, Fort Yargo State Park, 210 S. Broad St. $5. 770-867-3489,
Home School Exploration Day, Tallulah Falls. Ranger-led educational program for home schoolers covers different outdoor topic each month, 10 a.m.-noon last Thursdays through May, Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Dr. $5, plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981,

Lake Lanier Olympic Park events

LCKC (Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club)
  • Oct. 6 - BRL Fall Fungatta
  • Oct. 24 - Moonlight Paddle
  • Oct. 27 - Halloween Howl
LLRC (Lake Lanier Rowing Club)                                             
Other LLOP events
  • Oct 6 - Lanier Lantern Festival 
  • Oct. 19, Nov. 16 - Food Truck Friday

Other area events

Oct. 2-4 – “Newsies,” presented at Gainesville High School, Pam Ware Performing Arts Center, 830 Century Place, Gainesville. Admission: $10, adults; $5, students and seniors. Info:
Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 – Open Mic Night at Good Ol Days w/Will Barron at Good Ol’ Days Bar and Grill, 419 Atlanta Rd., Cumming. Actively seeking talented musicians to add to its line-up at all times. Provides PA system, drums, bass, guitars, amp and mics. Starts at 9. Free. Info: 770-887-8575;
Oct. 4 – Chestatee Artists Reception at Bowen Center for the Arts, 334 Hwy. 9N, Dawsonville. Fifteen artists to display work of fine art, ceramics, glass art, chainsaw carvings and jewelry. Reception held 5-7 p.m. Info:
Oct. 6 – 53rd Annual Thrift Sale held by Junior League of Gainesville-Hall County at Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St. NE. Money raised through sale goes back to community by supporting community improvement projects and organizations. Admission: $1. Info: 770-845-5661.
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.
Oct. 12, 13 – 11th Annual Emporium - Shopping to Make a Difference held 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Oct. 12; 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Oct. 13, at First Baptist Church, 751 Green St., Gainesville. Admission: $5; children under 10, free. All proceeds from $5 admission go directly to For Her Glory, a local nonprofit that provides support to women undergoing cancer treatments.
Oct. 27 – The Longstreet Society celebrates the life of General James Longstreet in Gainesville, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at Longstreet’s Piedmont Hotel, 827 Maple St. Free. Info:
Oct. 27 – “Hotel Transylvania,” presented at Movie Night for Kids at Chicopee United Methodist Church, 3 First St., Gainesville. Bring their favorite blanket to sit on. Chairs provided for adults. Free popcorn. Free. Info: 770-634-6803.
Brenau University
Thru Nov. 15 – Lacemaking in Georgia and Beyond exhibit in Simmons Visual Arts Center, Presidents Gallery. Exhibit brings together garments and artifacts from the Brenau University Historic Clothing Collection with work done by local hand lacemakers.
Thru 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. Free. Info: 770-534-6263.
Thru 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.
Oct. 23 – Waltzes and Lullabies, a program of choral music, presented by the Brenau Vocal Chamber Ensemble along with the Chestatee High School Advanced Women’s Ensemble in the John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts Atrium. Bobby Ivey and Lisa Bassett, directors. Free.
Oct. 25 – The Fest of Ale, held in the Atlanta Botanical Garden in Gainesville, 6-9 p.m., presents an evening of horticulture and dancing by Brenau’s Department of Dance. Admission: $8, adults; free for Botanical Garden members.
Oct. 29-Nov. 2 – International Week recognizing the country of Ireland. Events will include music, dance, lectures, special sporting events and food. Free and open to public.
Info: 770-534-6263;

Buford Community Center
Oct. 6 – Cornell Gunter’s Coasters, American R&B and rock ‘n’ roll vocal group perform. The group had a string of hits in the late 1950s, such as “Searchin,” “Young Blood,” plus a major portion of 1994 musical revue “Smokey Joe’s Café.” The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. Cost: $30-$35.
Oct. 18 – “Too Marvelous for Words,” a tribute to Nat King Cole starring Keith David. The evening features a full jazz group plus strings. Cost: $30-$35.
Oct. 20 – Buford Music Festival, 6 p.m. on the Lawn, presented by The City of Buford and Buford Community Center, features Locash and Michael Ray with The Cadillac Three and special guest The Daniel Lee Band. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Free.
Info: 770 945-6762,

Chateau Elan Winery & Resort

Clarkesville’s Historic Habersham Community Theater
Info: 706-839-1315;

Cumming Playhouse
 Oct. 19-Nov. 11 – “Annie,” produced by BK Productions. Times: 8 p.m., Thurs.-Sat.; 3 p.m., 
Info:  770 781-9178,

Dahlonega’s Historic Holly Theatre
Oct. 5-14 – “Always…Patsy Cline” presented as a special fundraising production for the Theater’s operations and technical improvements. Admission: $20-$30.
Oct. 26 – “The Return,” tribute to the Beat
Info: 706-864-3759.

Gainesville Theatre Alliance
Thru 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
Oct. 12-20 – Georgia Mountain Fall Festival. The nine-day event features musical performances, arts & craft vendors, education demonstrations, a flower show and the ever-popular Georgia’s Official State Fiddler’s Convention. Admission: $12; children 12 and under, free; 3-day pass: $33, available at the gate. No pets allowed.
Oct. 27 – Appalachian Brew, Stew and Que Festival, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., features regional artists, area restaurants, Appalachian & Americana music, Campground & GA/FL game broadcast.

Habersham Community Theater

Interactive Neighborhood for Kids
Currently clossed for repair from water damage.
Info: 770 536-1900,

Lake Lanier Islands
Oct. 5, 6, 7, 8 – “Jaws” presented at Dive-In Movies on the Water at Margaritaville on Oct. 5; “Finding Nemo” on Oct. 6; “Finding Dory,” on Oct. 7; “The Shallows,” on Oct. 8. Water park opens at 1 p.m. and showtime starts at 6 p.m. Admission: $19.99 per person. No gate fee.
Oct. 13 – BeerFest at Margaritaville, 1-6 p.m., features more than 200 beers, live music and the UGA vs. LSU game on the Spectacular Screen. Must be 21 and over. Tickets: $44.99, Oct. 1-12; $49.99 at gate.
Oct. 14 – Dia de la Raza, noon-6 p.m. at Paradise Beach, a celebration of Hispanic culture and heritage featuring authentic dishes from El Taco Veloz, food and beverage specials at Paradise Cantina and live entertainment. Admission: $10 per car.
Oct. 20 – John King Band performs 7-10 p.m. on LandShark Landing Stage at Margaritaville.

North Atlanta Trade Center

Northeast Georgia History Center
Oct. 9 – Forum-Travels with Foxfire features author Phil Hudgins speaking about his new book, “Travels with Foxfire: Stories of People, Passions and Practices from Southern Appalachia.” Admission: $3; members, free.
Oct. 14 – Family Day-The Battle of Hastings, 1066, features live history demonstrations, hands-on activities, special exhibits and performances bringing to life the pivotal day that ended one culture, started another and led directly to the English language sounding how it does today. Free.
Oct. 25 – General James Longstreet appears in Gainesville.  Impersonator Thomas Rasmussen reflects on Longstreet’s life and times, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info: The Longstreet Society,

Piedmont College
Oct. 11-Nov. 8 – Leisa Rich: The Glorious Requiem for Beasts and Souls on display at Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art, Demorest. Opening reception held Oct. 11.
Info: 706-894-4201,

Quinlan Arts Center
Thru Oct. 6 – Fall Exhibitions featuring the Blue Angel Studio, Connie Lynn Reilly, Quinlan Instructor’s Show and Mary Ann Klimek. 
Oct. 11-Nov. 24 – 71st Annual Members Exhibition. Opening reception held 5:30-7:30 p.m., Oct. 11; awards ceremony at 6:15 p.m.
Thru Dec. 14 – Issac Alcantar Exhibit at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center Regions Mini Gallery at 303 Jesse Jewel Parkway, Gainesville. Alcantar lives in Lawrenceville

Tannery Row Artist Colony
Oct. 13-Nov. 17 – 2018 Fall Juried Art Exhibition features artists from the community. Opening reception held Oct. 13, 5-8 p.m. Free and open to the public.
Info: 770-904-0572;

University of North Georgia
Oct. 3, 4 – David Brothers Trio in Concert will perform an evening of jazz music focused on the repertoire of legendary jazz trumpeter Miles Davis. On Oct. 3, the concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Ed Cabell Theater Lobby on the Gainesville campus; on Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Shott Performance Hall on the Dahlonega campus.
Oct. 8, 9 – UNG Fall Jazz Concert, 7:30-9 p.m., presents annual Latin Jazz Concert featuring selections by George Gershwin, Dizzy Gillespie and Chick Corea, as well as some Latin arrangements by the Beatles and the Who. On Oct. 8, the concert will be held in Schott Auditorium in Dahlonega and on Oct. 9, in the Ed Cabell Theater in Gainesville.
Oct. 9, 15 – Guitar Classic: Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez,” will be performed by UNG Guitar Professor Dr. Philip Snyder with pianist, Vivian Doublestein. Presented Oct. 9 in Shott Auditorium on Dahlonega campus at 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 15 in Ed Cabell Theater Lobby on Gainesville campus, at 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 11 – UNG Wind Ensemble & Symphonic Band in Concert, 7:30-9 p.m. at Riverside Military Academy, 2001 Riverside Dr., Gainesville. The band presents “A Musical Salmagundi,” representing a wide variety of composers and styles. Free. Info:
Oct. 11 – Kevin Class in Concert, 7:30-9 p.m., at 82 College Circle, Dahlonega. The UNG department of music welcomes international pianist and conductor Kevin Class in recital at the Gloria Shott performance Hall. Free.
Info: 706-864-1423,

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

Arts Council Page October 2018

- compliled by Jane Harrison and Millie Adcox

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