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to the Best the Blue Ridge - Smoky Mountains have to offer

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Visit the Highlander Gallery
Located in Historic Downtown Murphy NC

Enter for a Chance to Win John Mac Kah's John C. Campbell Folk School Framed Giclee Series, a $475 value.
All proceeds go to support the local food bank

John Mac Kah - John C. Campbell Folk School Giclee Series

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Highlander Gallery - Juanita Greenspan & Jim CrawfordHistoric Downtown Murphy N C
Highlander Gallery
Friday ~ May 6th, 2016
5 pm - 8pm

Highlander Gallery will be featuring Juanita Greenspan & Jim Crawford during the Murphy Artwalk in Historic Downtown Murphy, North Carolina. Stop by the Gallery, meet and enjoy the creativity of the Highlander Gallery.

Enjoy a stroll through the historic downtown for an evening of art, culinary, and performance experiences.

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Foxfire Folk Life CelebrationMountain City Georgia
Foxfire Folklife Celebration (Previously Living History Day)
May 7th ~ 9 am- 4:30 pm

FTravel 200 years back in time. Experience pioneer Appalachia as brought to life by local volunteers at The Foxfire Museum & Heritage Center, with some adults and children dressed in 1800s period costumes, showcasing the many facets of life in the North Georgia Mountains.

Musicians will be performing; a "smithy" will be at work in the Blacksmith Shop; woodworkers, potters, our lovely corn shuck doll maker, and the soap maker will be demonstrating their trade; folks will be cooking over an open hearth in the Savannah House, and our very own Village Weaver will be knitting or weaving with the young ones. Other traditional activities, including some children's games, may take place as well!

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Hamilton Gardens Rhododendron FestivalTake Mom to....
Hiawassee Georgia
Rhododendron Festival
Georgia Mtn Fairgrounds' Hamilton Gardens
Through May 14th 2016

These gardens along the wooded shoreline in a upper east corner of the fairgrounds contains one of the largest collections of hybrid Rhododendrons in the State of Georgia, blooming from early April to late May.

The gardens are open with a minimal entrance fee during the blooming season and guided walking tours and shuttle tours are also available by appointment.

There is also a donation box available during the non-blooming days accepting donations for maintenance expenses by the local Lions Club that cherishes and preserves the garden for the public. The Garden is open from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

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Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State ParkChimney Rock at
Chimney Rock State Park
Naturalist Niche: Treemendous
May 7th  ~  9:30 - 11:30

Explore a special area of Chimney Rock State Park's old growth forest, otherwise inaccessible to the public, with canopy members over a century old, some likely 200 to 300 years of age. Improve your tree identification skills and see our largest known Chestnut Oak in the park on this moderate Off the Beaten Path hike with a naturalist. Dress appropriately for the weather, wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring water.

Space is limited to 15, and advance registration is required, so call 800-277-9611 today to reserve your spot!

Cost: Hike: $22 Adult (includes Park admission), $7 Annual Passholder, $12 Youth (ages 5-15), $5 Grady's Kids Club Member. Book signing is included with Park admission.

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Chimney Rock Mother's Day SpecialChimney Rock North Carolina
Chimney Rock
at Chimney Rock State Park Mother's Day Special
May 7th & 8th

Moms work hard for their families! Return the love by treating her to a beautiful day at Chimney Rock enjoying spring wildflowers and stunning views. Buy one regularly-priced adult ticket and mom or grandma receives one free with online coupon. Coupon required; download from and present it (in print or on your mobile device) at the Ticket Plaza at time of purchase. Valid May 7-8, 2016.

Annual Passholders can start the day out with a spectacular sunrise view at our Annual Passholder Spring Sunrise Breakfast. Not a Passholder? You can upgrade your paid admission ticket; it's just $13 for adults and $5 for youth.

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Mother's Day Brunch at Chophouse

Mother's Day Brunch
at Chophouse
Sunday, May 8th


Hiawassee GA
Murphy NC- 10:30 am to 4 pm
Lake Burton GA- 10 am to 4 pm

Pamper Mom at The Chophouse! • Complimentary Flowers for the Mothers

The Band Kelly in Concert at Live Music Is BetterBlue Ridge Georgia
The Band Kelly in Concert at
Live Music Is Better
Blue Ridge Community Theater
Saturday May 7th - 7:30 pm

The Band Kelley is a multi-award winning family bluegrass band of four siblings. They are recent winners of the 2015 Jeff and Sheri Easter Talent Competition, four time winners of the Georgia-South Carolina State Talent Compeition, and 2nd place Georgia State Fiddle Champion. This family blends tight harmony with acoustic instrumentation, playing strains of bluegrass, country, and Gospel that appeal to a variety of audiences

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Phase I of the "new" Blue Ridge Highlander...

The Highlander has been on-line for over 18 years, and has been redesigned and re-programmed many times over the years.  This update was the most challenging to date, due to the advanced technology of our times. 

Due to the shear volume of valuable information that the Highlander contains, this new update has been in the making for a while.  We have a lot of it completed and are anticipating having the entire "Phase I" completed by the end of January.

We would love your input as to the improvements as well as any suggestions as to what you would like to see in Phase II.

Continue to check out the progress, each week you will see something new...enjoy...

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