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John C. Campbell Folk School Fall FestivalUse this link to
Register to Win
1 of 2 sets of 4 Tickets to
John C. Campbell Folk School Fall Festival
October 1st & 2d

Winner will be drawn
Thursday Sept 29th

After all our hard work, we want you to come celebrate with us...

GRAND OPENING PARTY - OCTOBER 1ST - 5pm Highlander Gallery in Brasstown North Carolina

Stop by Saturday evening, October 1st, 5 pm, after Fall Festival for the Grand Opening Party at the Highlander Gallery. We are only 3/4 east of the Folk School on Old Hwy 64, Brasstown NC.

Meet many of our “outstanding” artists, enjoy our new creative space, along with hor d'oeuvres, wine and a classical guitarist...

Thanks to the generosity of the creative artists of the Highlander Gallery, we will have many ‘True Art’ door prizes.

Good things take time...come celebrate our new beginning...

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John C. Campbell Fall FestvalBrasstown, North Carolina
John C. Campbell's Fall Festival...
Saturday & Sunday
October 1st & 2nd ~ 10am to 5pm

Fall's crisp, clear weather and striking colors form the backdrop for many Appalachian mountain gatherings. For over four decades, John C. Campbell Folk School's Fall Festival has led the way in celebrating the region's rich heritage and community spirit. This year, the Folk School's scenic Brasstown, North Carolina campus welcomes visitors to its 43rd Fall Festival. On Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., visitors from several southeastern states and farther afield will gather for this much-loved event.

Visitors will be drawn to two intriguing exhibitions, highlighting the Folk School's Visual Arts and Quilting and Surface Design Programs. The School's Davidson Hall will showcase Visual Arts by talented Painting, Drawing, and Mixed Media instructors. In the Pitman Fiber Arts Building, skilled Quilting instructors will display 35 remarkable quilts on the studio's walls. Artful dolls, bears, and surface design pieces will hold court in the center of the room.

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Foxfire Mountaineer FestivalClayton, Georgia
Foxfire Mountaineer Festival
in Celbration of
Foxfire's 50th Anniversary
Saturday, October 1st
10am to 5pm

The Foxfire Mountaineer Festival is a one-day celebration of the rich heritage of the Southern Appalachian mountains, featuring traditional music from numerous regional performers, showcases and demonstrations of time-honored handicrafts and trades, and all manner of mountain-flavored games and challenges for young and old alike. The Festival also honors the people of Southern Appalachia, represented at the event by the kind folks who have shared their tales and their lives with Rabun County high school students since 1966 and allowed those stories to be shared with the world through the pages of Foxfire books and magazines.

There will be special book signings of the 50th Anniversary Foxfire Book at this year's Foxfire Mountaineer Festival.

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Chimney Rock Family Animal EncountersChimney Rock, North Carolina
Family Animal Encounters
Every Saturday & Sunday Throughout October

Meet some of Grady the Groundhog's woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed hawk and Great Horned Owl, at our daily 2 pm Family Animal Encounters! A Park naturalist will explain each animal's role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife. Cost: Included with Park admission

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Old Rock Cafe Beats, Burgers & BrewsChimney Rock, NC
Beats, Burgers & Brews
at the Old Rock Cafe
Every Friday & Saturday through
October 14th through 29th

Relax outdoors to the beat of bluegrass, Americana, folk, blues or other genres while enjoying a regional craft brew or glass of wine on our riverside deck. Talented local musicians and singer-songwriters liven the scene on Friday & Saturday evenings in July at this popular burger joint in Chimney Rock Village.

The Old Rock Café features one of the 2014 Zagat-rated "Must-try Burgers across the Country" with Hickory Nut Gap Meats' 100% grass-fed beef burger.

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Nitty Gritty Dirt BandHiawassee, Georgia
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band at Anderson Music Hall
Saturday, October 1st ~ 7pm

Join us at Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds' Anderson Music Hall for a great musical evening.


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the Wild GuysBlue Ridge, Georgia
Blue Ridge Community Theater Presents The Wild Guys
Thursday • Friday
Saturday • Sunday
September 29th ~ October 16th

When four men set off to find an isolated cabin in the forest on a "wildman" weekend, a la Robert Bly, everything that can go wrong does!

Andy, a men's movement advocate, and Robin, a crystal-gazing New Ager, coax Stewart, an unsuspecting grocer, and Randall, a skeptical, city lawyer, into reluctantly participating in male-bonding ceremonies and communal hugs. The result? Hockey cheers and Neil Young sing-alongs!

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Pickin in the Park at Horse Shoe BendMcCaysville, Georgia
Pickin in the Park
at Horse Shoe Bend
Every Thursday Night through September 29th

Pickin' in Horseshoe Bend Park - every Thursday, 6:00 PM to dusk, May through September. Live music jams and pickin' on the banks of the Toccoa River at the Horseshoe Bend Park in McCaysville. Free Admission. And the park is wheelchair accessible. Come out, bring the whole family to enjoy the experience. Picnic tables available, nice grassy lawn but you are also welcome to bring a blanket or chair.

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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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