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Aug. 23, 2019
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Lanier area events calendar

Outdoors Calendar

Grounded pursuits

Friday Night Block Party, Flowery Branch. Pep rally parade, street dance, games, food trucks, adult beverages and more 6:30-10:30 p.m. Aug. 2, Downtown Flowery Branch.
First Friday Concert, Gainesville. British Invasion Concert, songs by Beatles and others, 7-10 p.m. Aug. 2, Roosevelt Square, 177 Jesse Jewell Pkwy. Free.
Cinema Under the Stars, Buford. “The Incredibles 2,” 9 p.m. Aug. 2, Buford Community Center Amphitheatre, 2200 Buford Dr. Free.
Run with the Herd 5K/Fun Run, Sugar Hill. 7:30/8:15 a.m. Aug. 3, Lanier High School, 918 Buford Hwy. $15-$30.
Love Rolls 5K, Suwanee. 8 a.m. Aug. 3, Suwanee Town Center, 330 Town Center Ave. $27.
Stars Over Elachee, Gainesville. Learn how to use a telescope, view the first quarter moon, stars and constellations, 8:15 -10:15 p.m. Aug. 3 & 10, 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,
Peach State Mounted Shooters, Gainesville. Equestrian/marksmanship competition, Aug. 3 & 4, Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center, 1855 Calvary Church Rd. 770-531-6855.
Falcons 5K Diamond Dash, Flowery Branch. 8 a.m. Aug. 4, Bogan Park, 2723 N. Bogan Rd. $30.
Movie at the Park, Dawsonville. Vendors, concessions, prizes, bounce houses, games and movie “Wonder Park,” 6 p.m. Aug. 9, Veterans Memorial Park, 186 Recreation Rd.
SOCA Cowboys, Gainesville. Extreme cowboy equestrian races, Aug. 9-10, Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center, 1855 Calvary Church Rd. 770-531-6855.
Button Down Dash 10K/5K, Duluth. 7:30/7:45 a.m. Aug. 10, Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, 6500 Sugarloaf Pkwy. $35-$40.
AP Metric Challenge, Lula. 20-, 50-, 63-mile bike rides with SAG stops and post ride meal, 8 a.m. Aug. 10, Lula Assembly of Praise, 6158 Carter St. $45., 706-894-2453. 
Watermelon 5K/Walk, Cumming. 8 a.m. Aug. 10, North Forsyth Middle School, 3645 Coal Mountain Dr. $25, $30.
Bulldog Dash 5K/Fun Run, Suwanee. 8/8:45 a.m. Aug. 10, North Gwinnett High School, 20 Level Creek Rd. $25.
Georgia Peach Women’s Triathlon, Buford. 400 yard swim, 13-mile bike, 5K run, 7:30 a.m. Aug. 11, Margaritaville/Lanier Islands Resort, 7000 Lanier Islands Pkwy. $85-$135.
Lanier Running Club, Gainesville. Runners invited to club meeting with featured speaker, 7 p.m. Aug. 12, Recess Southern Gastro Pub, 118 Bradford St. NW.
RC Racing, Gainesville. Aug. 15-18, Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center, 1855 Calvary Church Rd. 770-531-6855.
Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike, Tallulah Falls. Mile and a half night hike down 310 stairs to suspension bridge over falls, 9 p.m. -10:30 p.m. Aug, 15, Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yard Dr. $5, plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981,
Concert Under the Stars, Buford. Journey Tribute band, Departure, 8 p.m. Aug. 16, Buford Community Center Amphitheatre, 2200 Buford Dr. Gates open 5 p.m. $20-$45.
SAFFT Color Craze 5K Run, Cumming. 8 a.m. Aug. 17, Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Rd. $30-$35.
Old Peachtree Road 5K, Suwanee. 8 a.m. Aug. 17, Ga-PCOM Campus, 625 Old Peachtree Rd. $30.
Awesome 80s Fun Run/5K, Flowery Branch. 8:45/9 a.m. Aug. 17, Train Depot, 5301 Railroad Ave. $15-$25.
Sunflower Collage, Gainesville. Create a sunflower collage with acrylic paint, plus odds and ends, 2-day workshop 9-11 a.m. Aug. 20 & 21, Gainesville Garden of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1911 Sweet Bay Dr. $79, $74 members. Register in advance., 404-888-4760.
Ultra Violet Night Hike, Helen. Experience trails by black light, learn about night florescence, 7-10 p.m. Aug. 17, Smithgall Woods State Park, 61 Tsalaki Trl. 706-878-3087,
KidFit Triathlon, Flowery Branch. Adult and children swim/bike/run events with pool swims, various distances and start times, Aug. 24, Sterling on the Lake, 7004 Lake Sterling Blvd. $37-$47.
Beautiful Backroads Cycling, Cumming. 22-, 35-, 62-, and 100-mile bike rides with sag stops and festivities, 7/7:30 a.m. Aug. 24, Vickery Village, 5855 S. Vickery St. $40-$50.
Back to School Bash 5K/Fun Run, Dahlonega. 7:30/8:30 a.m. Aug. 24, Yahoola Creek Park, 464 Mechanicsville Rd. $20-$30.
Revenuer 5K Run, Dawsonville. 8 a.m. Aug. 24, Rock Creek Park, 445 Martin Rd. $35.
Run Your Can Off 5K/1K, Cumming. 8/8:55 a.m. Aug. 24, Otwell Middle School, 605 Tribble Gap Rd. $15-$35.
Concert in the Garden, Gainesville. Marc Broussard/the Mavericks. “Bayou Soul” and Tex-Mex/R &B/country/rock tunes, doors open 4:30 p.m., concert 7-11 p.m. Aug. 25, Ivester Amphitheatre, Gainesville Garden of the Atlanta Botanical Garden. 1911 Sweet Bay Dr. No parking on site. Shuttle from Lakeview Academy or walk from Liberty Utilities, 1764 Cleveland Hwy. $54.50-$56.50., 404-888-4760.
Sunflowers & Selfies, Helen. Hayride to sunflower field, refreshments, photo contest, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 30 & 31; Sept. 1, 6, 7, & 8 (date may change due to bloom time), Smithgall Woods State Park 61 Tsalaki Trl. 706-878-3087,
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,
Wine in the Woodlands, Gainesville. Enjoy wine, cocktails and light refreshments in garden setting, 6-9 p.m. last Thursdays through October, Gainesville Garden of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1911 Sweet Bay Dr. $8, members free, cash bar., 404-888-4760.
Second Saturday Guided Hike, Helen. Guided hike with park naturalist, 11-noon second Saturday through November, 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.
S’mores and Campfire Stories, Gainesville. Join park staff around the campfire, 8:30 p.m. Saturdays, Don Carter State Park, 5000 N. Browning Bridge Rd. $3, plus $5 parking., 678-450-7726.
Downtown Gainesville Farmers Market. 2:30 p.m. Fridays, Historic Gainesville Square.
Original Hall County Farmers Market, Gainesville. 2:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, 8 a.m. to noon or sell-out Saturdays, corner Jesse Jewell Pkwy./I-985.
Dawson County Farmers Market, Dawsonville. 3:30-7 p.m. Fridays through September 27, Dawsonville City Hall parking lot, 415 Hwy. 52.
Emory Jones Book Signing, Sautee Nacoochee. Author of “Distant Voices: The Story of the Nacoochee Valley Indian Mound” reads excerpts from his new book, “The Valley Where They Danced,” 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 10, Sept. 7, Nov. 9, Hardman Farm Historic Site, 143 Hwy. 17. $7-$12, free to children younger than 6. 

Lake Lanier Olympic Park events

LCKC (Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club)  
  • Thru Labor Day - Kayak, canoe, SUP, pedal boat rentals                               
  • Aug. 7-10 - ACA Spring National Championships  
  • Aug. 12 - Beginner Racing League Open House
  • Aug. 16 - Moonlight Paddle
  • Aug. 18 - Beginner Racing League Practice Begins
  • Aug. 18 & 25 - Learn to SUP  
  • Aug. 24 & 31 - Learn to Kayak
  • Sept. 13 - Moonlight Paddle
  • Sept. 14 - Beginner Racing League Practice Race 
  • Sept. 28 - Beginner Fall Fungatta
  • Oct. 11 - Moonlight Paddle                          
  • Oct. 26 - Halloween Howl 
LLRC (Lake Lanier Rowing Club)
  • Aug. 6-24 - Learn to Row Classes 
  • Sept. 7-24  - Learn to Row Classes 
Other LLOP events
  • Aug. 16, Sept 13 - Food Truck Friday
  • Aug. 16 - Corporate Olympics 
  • Aug. 17 - PaddleFIT
  • Aug. 21 - Sunrise Salutation Yoga
  • Aug. 28 - Wine Down Wednesday
  • Sept. 2 - Sunrise Salutation Yoga
  • Sept. 21 - PaddleFIT

Other area events

Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22 – Music Bingo at Shazzy’s Bar & Grill, 7:30-9:30 p.m., at Shazzy’s Bar & Grill, 4949 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford. Music Bingo combines favorite tunes throughout the decades with a classic game. Free to play. Prizes too. Info:
Aug. 1, 8, 15 – Trivia Thursdays, 7-9 p.m., at Downtown Drafts, 115 Bradford St. SE, Gainesville. Info: 678-043-2165
Aug. 2 – Food Truck Fridays, 5-8 p.m. in front of School Street Playhouse, 101 School St. Cumming. Sawnee Association of the Arts’ Downtown Art Center presents food, fun, music and art. Info:
Aug. 2 – First Friday on Roosevelt Square, 109 Spring St., Gainesville. Free. Features British Invasion Concert Ft., presenting songs by The Beatles & others. Info: 678-943-2165.
Aug. 3 – The LeFevre Quartet performs 6 p.m. at Hopewell Baptist Church, 5086 Poplar Springs Rd., Gainesville, benefiting St. Jude’s. Info:
Aug. 3 – These Crowded Streets: Dave Matthews Band Tribute, 9 p.m.-midnight, at Rosati’s, 415 Peachtree Pkwy, #200, Cumming. Admission: $10. Info: 770-363-5558.
Aug. 25 – Marc Broussard/The Mavericks, 7-9 p.m., at the Botanical Garden, 1911 Sweetbay Dr., Gainesville. Admission: $54.50-$56.50. Info: 404-876-5859.
Aug. 31 – Atlanta Botanical Garden Gainesville Children’s Performances, 11 a.m.-noon, 1911 Sweetbay Dr., Gainesville. Free with Garden admission. Info: 404-888-4763.
• Thru Oct. 27 – Grapes and Ghosts Wine Tour, 19 East Main St., Dahlonega, features sightings of Civil War soldiers playing cards in Mount Hope Cemetery, a ghostly little girl in a long white dress who plays in a room in the Historic District, ghosts who rattle dishes in restaurants on the Public Square and chairs and chess pieces being moved when no one was there, all stories corroborated by town residents. Tours and pub crawls about half mile long and between 2 to 2-1/2 hours. Adults only (ID required). Admission: $20. Info: 706-482-8795.
Brenau University
Aug. 15-Nov. 21 – Ethos: Works by Carmelo Blandino exhibited at Simmons Visual Arts Center, Sellars Gallery. Blandino explores quantum physics and ethos through his most recent set of paintings.
Info: 770-534-6263;

Buford Community Center
Aug. 2 – “Incredibles 2” presented at 9 p.m. for Cinema Under The Stars in Town Park Amphitheater. Free admission.
Aug. 3, 4 – Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Obie-winning Off-Broadway smash hit, features Hedwig, from communist East Berlin, recounts her past and with some help from her band and her back-up singer, Yitzhak. Sylvia Beard Theater. Adult-themed. Times: 8-10 p.m., Aug. 3; 3-5 p.m., Aug. 4. Tickets: $22-$28. Info:
Aug. 16 – Departure, The Journey tribute band, performs at 8 p.m., Sylvia Theater. Tickets: $20-$45.
Aug. 24 – The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra, 8 p.m., features Jeremy Davis and Clay Johnson along with their fiery hot 17-piece big band. Tickets: $30-$35.
Info: 770 945-6762,

Chateau Elan Winery & Resort
Aug. 1 – Public Chateau Tour & Tasting, 2:30-3:30 p.m., features a tour of the winery by educated wine stewards through a behind-the-scenes look at the winery vat and production rooms. After the tour, enjoy a guided set tasting of five wines in the winery cask room or pavilion. Cost: $30.
: 678-425-0900 x41;

Clarkesville’s Historic Habersham Community Theater
Aug. 1-4, 8-11 – “Oklahoma” presented by HCT. Show sponsored by Your Pie, Clarkesville. Times: 7:30 p.m., Thurs.-Sat.; 2 p.m., Sat./Sun matinees. Tickets: $18, adults; $11; children/students.
Dahlonega’s Historic Holly Theatre
Aug. 2-4, 9-11 – “Newsies” presented. Based on the 1992 motion picture. Times: 8 p.m., Fri./Sat.; 2 p.m., Sun. Rated PG-mild profanity, violence. Tickets: $25, adults
Aug. 16 – Jason Petty’s Hank Williams’ The Lonesome Tour, 8 p.m., which comes from the historic stages of Nashville, Tenn., will transform you back to the 1950s when Hank Williams Sr. was the biggest name in country music. Tickets: $35, $27.
Aug. 17 – Hank Williams Jr. Tribute Show, 8 p.m., features front man, Frank Morrow, who keeps the “Family Tradition” alive as he portrays Hank Williams Jr. keeping the music of Hank Jr. alive. Tickets: $35, $27.
Aug. 24, 25 – Chasing Our Dreams, The Future is Bright, benefits the theater’s Endowment Fund. A cabaret-style show features all ages of Holly performers, singing their dream role songs. Times: 8 p.m., Aug. 24; 2 p.m., Aug. 25. Tickets: $25, $15.
Info: 706-530-5162;

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

Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds
Aug. 1 – The Gaither Vocal Band, 7 p.m. Tickets: $55 (level 1); $45 (level 2).
Aug. 2 – Blood, Sweat & Tears & Vintage Vixens, 7 p.m. Tickets: $40 (level 1); $30 (level 2).
Aug. 9 – Vince Gill & Jedd Hughes, 7 p.m. Tickets: $77 (level 1); $67 (level 2).
Aug. 31 – Sawyer Brown and Exile, 7 p.m. Tickets: $45 (level 1); $35 (level 2).

Habersham Community Theater

Interactive Neighborhood for Kids
Aug. 1 – Thriller Thursdays! This Week: Magic Show, enjoy a magical show by Jeff “The Magical Mr. McClure.” 1 p.m. Free.
Aug. 5-11 – Back to School Craft Week, make some school crafts.
Aug. 12-18 – Sleep Mask Craft Week, to celebrate National Relaxation Day create sleep mask.
Aug. 19-25 – Tooth Fairy Craft Week, to celebrate National Tooth Fairy Day make a fun tooth craft.
Aug. 26-Sept. 1 – Superhero Craft Week, to celebrate National Heroes Day create a superhero.
Info: 770 536-1900,

Lake Lanier Islands
 Thru Sept. 25 – Low Country Boil at LandShark Landing, 7650 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford. Costs: $15.99; or all you can eat for $21.99 per person. 
Aug. 2 – Carl Testa performs 7-10 p.m. at LandShark Bar & Grill.
Aug. 3 – The Pick Up Line, 7-10 p.m., LandShark Landing Stage.
Aug. 9 – Gary Carter, 7-10 p.m., Fin Dunker area.
Aug. 10 – Kurt Thomas Band, 7-10 p.m., LandShark Landing Stage.
Aug. 16 – Riley Biederer, 7-10 p.m., Paradise Beach Cantina.
Aug. 17 – Full Moon Party-Fireworks, 7-10 p.m., LandShark Landing.
Aug. 24 – Justin Borgman, 7-10 p.m., LandShark Landing Stage.
Aug. 30 – Daniel Lee, 7-10 p.m., LandShark Bar & Grill.
Aug. 31 – Daniel Lee Band, 7-10 p.m., LandShark Landing Stage.

North Atlanta Trade Center

Northeast Georgia History Center
• Aug. 13 – New Gainesville Chautauqua: Andrew Jackson, 7 p.m., explores the 1830s; the years that saw the passage of the Indian Removal Act and its implementation, and treaty negotiations between Indian nations and federal government. President Jackson is portrayed by Ken Johnston. Tickets: $6, free for members.

Piedmont College
Info: 706-894-4201,

Quinlan Arts Center
  Thru Aug. 10 – Summer Exhibitions features Southeastern Pastel Society 2019 Juried Exhibition, Atlanta Fine Arts League and solo artist Craig Ford. 
Aug. 15-Oct. 5 – Fall Exhibitions feature Fifth Virginia Avery Memorial “Reflections” Juried Art Exhibition, an Al Clayton Retrospective featuring the “Icons” and “Still Hungry in America” (50th Anniversary) series (with work from Jennie Clayton), “New Works” artwork by Debra Nadelhoffer & Margaret Dyer, Dede Collicott’s “Faces and Places” and a mini-exhibition “A Joyful Journey”  featuring recent work by Marilyn Sparks. Opening reception held 5:30-7 p.m., Aug. 15.

School Street Playhouse (formerly Cumming Playhouse)
•  Thru Aug. 4 – “South Pacific” performed by MGBaker Productions. Times: 8 p.m.
Aug. 10 – “A Tribute to Elvis,” performed by Mark Pitt at 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Aug. 17 – The Return, Beatles Tribute Band, 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Tannery Row Artist Colony
Info: 770-904-0572;

University of North Georgia
Aug. 24 – Starlight Celebration & Fireworks features music and fireworks, food for purchase onsite but picnics are also welcome. For safety of guests, walk-ins, pets, sparklers/outside fireworks, grills/open flames, political signage, advertisements or unlawful weapons are prohibited. Open to students, employees and community. Tickets: $10 per car/$20 per bus, van or larger. UNG students enter free with valid UNG parking permit.
Info: 706-864-1423,

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

August 2019 Arts Page

- compliled by Jane Harrison and Millie Adcox

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