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Feb. 21, 2019
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Lanier area events calendar

Outdoors Calendar

Grounded pursuits

License to Chill Snow Island, Buford. Snow slides, ice skating, snow play areas, fire pits and s’mores, plus carnival rides, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. through February 24, Margaritaville, Lanier Islands Resort, 7000 Lanier Islands Pkwy.
Campfire Circle with Friends, Winder. Enjoy evening hearing stories about the old fort, making s’mores, and singing songs, 4-5 p.m. 1st and 2nd Saturdays through Feb. 16, Fort Yargo State Park, 210 S. Broad St. $1, plus $5 parking., 700-867-3489.
Home School Day, Helen. Students learn about owls and birds of prey, dissect owl pellets,10 a.m.-noon Feb. 1, Unicoi State Park, 1788 Hwy 356. $5, plus $5 parking., 706-878-4727.
Surf & Sun 5K, Cumming. 5K with beach theme, 8:30 a.m. Feb. 2, West Bank Park, 3400 Buford Dam Rd. $25-$27.
Campfire Circle with Friends, Winder. Enjoy evening hearing stories about the old fort, making s’mores, and singing songs, 4-5 p.m. Feb. 2, Fort Yargo State Park, 210 S. Broad St. $1, plus $5 parking., 770-867-3489.
Super Sunday 5K, Dawsonville. 9 a.m. Feb. 3, Veterans Memorial Park, 186 Recreation Rd. $30.
Movie Night at Fort Yargo, Winder. Bring a chair and blanket for an outdoor movie, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 8, Fort Yargo State Park, 210 S. Broad St. $5 parking., 700-867-3489.
Super Sweetie 10K/5K, Cumming. 8:15/8:30 a.m. Feb. 9, Fowler Park, 4110 Carolene Way. $25-$30.
Chasing Away Winter 5K, Dahlonega. 8:45 a.m. Feb. 9, Lumpkin County High School, 2001 Indian Dr. $25-$30.
Flower Valentines, Gainesville. Kids age pre-K-1st grade paint flower valentines, all supplies provided, 10 a.m.-noon  Feb. 9, Gainesville Garden, Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1911 Sweet Bay Dr. $29, $24 members.
Stars over Elachee, Gainesville. View constellations, the moon, planets and stars under the night sky 6-8 p.m. Feb. 9, Chicopee Lake, 2100 Calvary Church Rd. Suggested for adults and children age 8-plus. Bring flashlight and pencil for night viewing. Register in advance, reserve a telescope. $10 adults, $5 children 2-12. Free to members., 770 535-1976.
Lanier Running Club, Gainesville. Runners invited to club meeting with featured speaker, 7 p.m. Feb. 11, Recess Southern Gastro Pub, 118 Bradford St. NW.
Astronomy Night with Your Love, Tallulah Falls. Valentine’s date night looking at the night sky through a telescope, weather permitting, 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 14, Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Dr. $5, plus $5 parking. 605-754-7981,
Great Backyard Bird Count Guided Walk, Winder. Identify birds for annual bird count in park’s marshland, hardwood forest, and lake habitats, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Feb. 15, 9.-10 a.m. Feb. 16, Fort Yargo State Park, 210 S. Broad St. $5 parking. 770-867-3489,
Thrill in the Hills 50K/21K/5 Mile, Winder. Trail running races for individuals and relay teams, 7:30/8/8:15 a.m. Feb. 16, Fort Yargo State Park, 210 S. Broad St. $40-$145.
Great Backyard Bird Count Hike, Gainesville. Citizen science project with guide to identify birds in Chicopee Woods, 8-11 a.m. Feb. 16, Elachee Chicopee Woods Aquatic Center at Chicopee Lake, 2100 Calvary Church Rd. Dress appropriately for weather, bring binoculars. Event canceled if raining. $5 parking. 770-535-1976,
Kupcakes and Kandy 5K, Suwanee. 8 a.m. Feb. 16, North Gwinnett Church, 4973 W. Price Rd. $26.
Love in Action 5K, Sugar Hill. 8:30 a.m. Feb. 16, Sugar Hill Town Green, 5039 W. Broad St. $25.
Suwanee Sweetheart Sprint. 10 a.m. Feb. 16, Suwanee Town Center, 330 Town Center Ave. $28.
Embrace Race 5K/Fun Run, Gainesville. 2/3 p.m. Feb. 17, Candler Field, 528 Prior St. $30, free fun run.
Landscape Painting, Gainesville. Two-day acrylic workshop to build color into landscape painting, 10 a.m.-noon Feb 22-23, Gainesville Garden, Atlanta Botanical Garden. 1911 Sweet Bay Dr. $79, $74 members.
The Paladin Pacer 5K, Cumming. 8 a.m. Feb. 23, Pinecrest Academy, 955 Peachtree Pkwy. $30.
CASA Superhero 5K, Cumming. 8:30 a.m. Feb. 23, Academy Sports, 320 Peachtree Pkwy. $30-$35.
Little Heroes Dash/Tot Trot/5K, Gainesville. 3:45/3:15/3:30 p.m. Feb. 24, American Legion, 2343 Riverside Dr. $15/$10/$25.
Opening Day at Hardman Farm, Sautee Nacoochee. Historic farm and mansion opens for the season with guided tours each hour, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., March 1, Hardman Farm Historic Site, 143 Hwy. 17.$12 adults, $10 seniors, $7 youth, free to children younger than 6. 706-878-1077,
Run Dahlonega 5K. 8:30 a.m. March 2, University of North Georgia Drill Field, 82 College Circle. $25-$30.
Birds in the Garden, Gainesville. Mix-media color pencils and watercolor workshop on painting birds, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. March 2, Gainesville Garden, Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1911 Sweet Bay Dr. $69, $64 members.
Note: See for events at Don Carter State Park on Lake Lanier.


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.
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.
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)
  • Feb. 9 - Polar Bear Plunge
  • Mar. 16 - Lula Bridge Race 
  • Mar. 25 - Beginner Racing League Open House   
  • Apr. 4-7 - Dragon Boat Camp                                          
  • Apr. 7 - Beginner Racing League Practice Begins
  • Apr. 27 - Beginner Racing League Practice Race 
  • May 4 - Gainesville-Hall Dragon Boat Challenge
  • June 15 - Southern Invitational Regatta                                   
  • Aug. 7-10 - ACA Spring National Championships  
  • Aug. 12 - Beginner Racing League Open House
  • Aug. 18 - Beginner Racing League Practice Begins 
  • Sept. 14 - Beginner Racing League Practice Race 
  • Sept. 28 - Beginner Fall Fungatta                          
  • Oct. 26 - Halloween Howl   
LLRC (Lake Lanier Rowing Club)
  • Thru March - Winter/Spring Training
  • Mar 23-24 - John Hunter Regatta 
Other LLOP events
  • Mar. 8 - Food Truck Friday

Other area events

Feb. 9 – Family Valentine Party held at Blackshear Place Branch Library, 2927 Atlanta Hwy., Gainesville. Families invited for Valentine’s Party with crafts, music and games. Light snacks provided. Free. Info:
Feb. 9 – 2019 Braselton Downtown Chocolate Walk features merchant invitation for a stroll through Downtown Braselton from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (check-in 10:45 p.m.) in its 5th annual Chocolate Walk. Tickets $10 each (bag holders must be 16+). At each shop, walkers collect a chocolate treat from participating business. Completed stamped maps will be eligible for $100 Downtown Dollars Gift Certificate drawing Feb. 12. Walk starts at Community Room at Braselton Police & Municipal Court building. Info: EventBrite.
F eb. 11 – Family Fun Night: Very Valentine’s Party, 6:30-7:30 p.m., held at Spout Springs Branch Library, 6488 Spout Springs Rd., Flowery Branch. Features Valentine’s Day themed stories, crafts and activities for children of all ages. Info:
Feb. 12 – Daddy Daughter Date Night-Valentines Day, 5:30-8:30 p.m., at Atlanta Bread & Bar (The Collection), 410 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming. RSVP necessary. Cost: $25-$35 including special desserts, menu will be limited. Info: EventBrite.
Feb. 17 – David Marsh, Theater Organist, in Concert at Cumming First United Methodist Church, 770 Canton Hwy, Cumming. Marsh, rising star theater organist will be in concert on the Hutchinson Organ in the Narthex. Info:
Feb. 24 – Babbie Mason, singer/song writer, will perform at 4 p.m. for the FPC Fine Arts Series in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church, 800 South Enota Dr., Gainesville. Mason is synonymous with creative excellence in the Christian community. Tickets available at door only. Admission: $15, adults; students/children free. Doors open at 3:15 for seating. Info: 770-531-0136.
Brenau University
Feb. 4-Mar.14 – Exhibit: My Work Has Always Looked Like Me, works by Kathy Yancy, displayed at Brenau University Galleries, Simmons Visual Arts Center, Presidents Gallery, 500 Washington St. SE, Gainesville. Opening Reception held Feb. 7, 5:30-7 p.m. Times: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free.
Feb. 6 – Georgia Poetry Circuit Winter Reading: Juliana Gray presented 12:30-2 p.m. Recipient of the 2010 Orphic Prize, Gray has published three poetry collections. Q&A at 3:30 p.m.
Feb. 14-Apr. 25 – Exhibit: “Southern Pastoral,” displayed in Leo Castelli Gallery. Artist Nathan Carlson investigates the relationship between the old, traditionally rural south and new booming metropolitan growth. Opening reception held 5:30-7 p.m., John S. Burd Center. 
Feb. 17 – Center for the Arts & Design Open House, 1-4 p.m., showcases in Presidents Gallery, Sellars Gallery and Leo Castelli Gallery where live interactive demonstrations will also be held in two open studio spaces. All visitors will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win original artwork or four free passes to the High Museum of Art. Free.
Thru Feb. 10 – Student Exhibition at the High Museum of Art, Greene Family Education Center. Exhibition showcases the work of Brenau University students. Closing Reception: 2-4 p.m., Feb. 9. 
Thru Mar.14 – Exhibit: In the Streets: Photography from the High Museum of Art in Simmons Visual Arts Center, Sellars Gallery, Brenau University. The exhibition focuses on the art of street photography style, spaning from 1950s through 1970s. Photographers include Diane Arbus, Esther Bubley, Yasuhiro Ishimoto, Garry Winogrand and Weegee. Free.
Info: 770-534-6263;

Buford Community Center
Feb.15-Mar. 3 – “A Streetcar Named Desire,” by Tennessee Williams. Tickets: $30-$35.
Mar. 15 – Francine Reed & the Joe Gransden Quintet, 8 p.m. Tickets: $30-$35. Reed has become one of Atlanta’s most treasured artists and continues to expand her fan base at venues around the country.
Info: 770 945-6762,

Chateau Elan Winery & Resort

Clarkesville’s Historic Habersham Community Theater
Feb. 14-17, 21-24 – “Oliver,” presented. Times: 7:30 p.m., Feb. 14-16, 21-23; 2 p.m., Feb. 16, 17, 23, 24. John Preece, director.
Info: 706-839-1315;

Dahlonega’s Historic Holly Theatre
Feb. 15-17, 22-24, Mar. 1-3 – “Forever Plaid.” What happens when a 1960s singing group never makes it to their first major performance because the car, they were driving in, was struck by a bus of Catholic schoolgirls who were on their way to see the Beatles make their American debut on the Ed Sullivan Show? Hear such golden oldies as “Three Coins in a Fountain,” “Sixteen Tons” and “Heart and Soul.” Times: 8 p.m., Fri./Sat.; 2 p.m., Sun. Tickets: $25, adults; $15, students/Military.
Info: 706-530-5162;

Forsyth Academy of Performing Arts

Gainesville Theatre Alliance
Feb. 11-23 – “Noises Off,” presented at John S. Burd Center, 429 Academy St. NE, Gainesville. Times: 7:30 p.m., Tues.-Sat.; 2:30 p.m., Sun.
Feb. 14-23 – “Men on Boats,” presented at Brenau University, 500 Washington St. SE, Gainesville, is the true(ish) history of John Wesley Powell’s 1869 expedition when the one-armed captain and a crew of insane-yet-loyal volunteers set out to chart the course of the Colorado River. Part of GTA’s February Festival. Times: 7:30 p.m., Feb. 15, 17, 19-23; 2:30 p.m., Feb. 16, 23. Preview: 7:30 p.m., Feb. 14. Tickets: $18-20, adults; $16-$18, seniors; and $12-$14, students.
Info: 678-717-3624;

Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds
Feb. 23 – Three Dog Night, 7 p.m. Tickets: $45 (level 1); $35 (level 2).

Habersham Community Theater

Interactive Neighborhood for Kids
Reopened 2/1/19.
Info: 770 536-1900,

Lake Lanier Islands
Thru Feb. 24 – License to Chill Snow Island joins Magical Nights of Lights to crank up wintry fun at Margaritaville. With one of the fastest snow rides in North America, ice skating, snow play area, fire pits, s’mores, carnival rides and more.

North Atlanta Trade Center

Northeast Georgia History Center
Feb. 10 – Family Day-Undiscovered Country covers the exploration and settlement of North Georgia from early Native American Mississippian cultures through the De Soto Expedition of 1540 to the travels of 18th century naturalist William Bartram. Free.
Feb. 12 – Forum-The De Soto Expedition of 1540 features a living-history exploration of the arms, armor and martial material culture of the men of Hernando De Soto’s Expedition through the American Southeast and the Mississippian culture they encountered. Admission: $3, members free.
Feb. 16 – “A Change Gonna Come: The Sam Cooke Story,” is the story of legendary soul and gospel singer, Sam Cooke as told by Nat George and The Windsong Music Group. Presented at Brenau’s Pearce Auditorium, 202 Blvd. NE, Gainesville, at 3 p.m. Tickets: $25.

Piedmont College
Thru Feb. 28 – John Folsom: The Vanishing exhibit on display at Mason-Scharfenstein Museum. 
Feb. 14-17 – “In This Corner, Cassius Clay,” presented in Swanson Center’s Black Box theater. Tells of young Cassius Clay and how he became Muhammad Ali. Times: 7:30 p.m., Feb.14-16; 2 p.m., Feb. 17.
Info: 706-894-4201,

Quinlan Arts Center
 Mar. 2 – Quinlan’s 41st Annual Gala Fine Art Auction, 6-11 p.m., at 514 Green St. NE, Gainesville. Tickets: $125 per person; $25 per couple. Artist David Wendel has been selected to be the 2019 Artist Guest of Honor. He will be in attendance at the auction and at the Collector’s Preview Night on Feb. 28. Proceeds from the auction directly fund Quinlan programming.

School Street Playhouse (formerly Cumming Playhouse)
Thru Feb. 24 – “A Southern Exposure,” based on a true story, brings to the stage four Southern women as they attend to the funny, crazy and sad but inevitable business of love, forgiveness and letting go.
Times: 8 p.m., Thurs.-Sat.; 3 p.m., Sun., unless otherwise stated.

Tannery Row Artist Colony
Thru Mar. 1 – Winners Circle features Tannery Artists who were chosen by the Juror of the Fall Juried Art Exhibition, Rebecca Brantley, director of the Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art at Piedmont College. Artists include Debra Barnhart, Judy Isaak, Adrienne Foshner Kinsey, Bree Sauers and Judith Suroweic.
Info: 770-904-0572;

University of North Georgia
Thru Feb. 14 – “Elements: Earth, Fire, Air, Water,” art exhibit at UNG Dahlonega campus in Bob Owens Art Gallery 82, College Circle. 30 artists from U.S., Australia and UK bring together their small format, hand-woven tapestries in this international touring exhibition. Times: 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat.; 3-7 p.m., Sun.; 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Mon.-Fri. Free.
Feb. 4-26 – Manty Dey: Drips and Drizzle exhibit at Roy C. Moore Art Gallery, UNG Gainesville campus, 3040 Landrum Education Dr., Oakwood. Day has inspired the simple idea that a surface can fluctuate and be dimensional. She creates sculptural paintings from acrylic sheets and hand-cut paper forms as well as layered surfaces combining paper and canvas. Times: Varied. Free.
Feb. 25-Mar. 21 – Zipporah Thompson: Rootwork exhibits Thompson’s textile constructions, which seek to embrace resiliency and action in our current political climate, growth, tension and harmony. Exhibit in Bob Owens Art Gallery. Times: 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Mon.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat.; 3-7 p.m. 
Info: 706-864-1423,

Voices of North Georgia
Presents its 50th Concert Season, 2018-2019
Mar. 9 – Midwinter Gala – Voices’ 50th Anniversary Broadway Gala presented at Gainesville First Baptist Church Banquet Hall, 715 Green St., Gainesville. Doors open, 7 p.m.
May 3, 4 – The American Voice at 7:30 p.m. in Main Sanctuary of Gainesville First Baptist Church, 751 Green St., Gainesville.
Info: 678-591-1545;

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February 2019 Arts Council Page

- compliled by Jane Harrison and Millie Adcox

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