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Highlander Gallery in Brasstown North Carolina

August 20th & 21st

Highlands Village Square Summer Art & Craft ShowHighlands, NC
Highlands Village Square
Summer Art & Craft Show
Saturday & Sunday • August 20th & 21st

Looking to escape the summer heat? Head to beautiful Highlands, NC where you will also discover amazing hand-made creations by mountain artisans at the Village Square Art & Craft Show. Sponsored by the Macon County Art Assn., the shows feature fine art originals and reproductions plus an interesting assortment of hand-made crafts.

The show's new location is Highlands (Bryson's) Plaza on the Hwy. 106, just 2 blocks from Main Street. There is plenty of on-site and near-by parking.

This FREE event runs from 10 to 5 both days.

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Chimney Rock Park Naturalist Niche SeriesChimney Rock, North Carolina
Naturalist Niche:
Mountaintop Excursion
Saturday • August 20th

Hickory Nut Gorge is home to 36 rare plants and 14 rare animals, making it one of North Carolina's most significant centers of biodiversity. Bring a lunch and follow a naturalist Off the Beaten Path to see some areas of the Park not normally accessible to the public, and learn about the amazing species that live here.

Dress appropriately for the weather. This hike is strenuous; 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!.

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Blue Ridge Community Theater the Last RomanceBlue Ridge, GA
Blue Ridge Community Theater Presents
The Last Romance
Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
August 18th - September 4th

A crush can make anyone feel young again-even a widower named Ralph. On an ordinary day in a routine life, Ralph decides to take a different path on his daily walk-one that leads him to an unexpected second chance at love. Relying on a renewed boyish charm, Ralph attempts to woo the elegant, but distant, Carol. Defying Carol's reticence-and his lonely sister's jealousy-Ralph embarks on the trip of a lifetime, and regains a happiness that seemed all but lost. THE LAST ROMANCE is a heart-warming comedy about the transformative power of love.

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20th Annual Championship RodeoBlue Ridge, GA
20th Annual
Championship Rodeo
Friday, August 19th
& Saturday, August 20th

Events will include: Bareback Riding, Bronco Riding, Barrel Racing, Calf Roping, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping and BULL RIDING! We also have the famous Steer Dressing Contest, calf scramble, and introducing our new Wild Wheelbarrow Race!

Again this year, there will also be a BOOT TOSS, which will consist of a drawing of five registered participants that will toss a boot for chances to win $100 cash or the chance to win a 2016 4×4 Dodge RAM.

Sponsored by Mountain Valley Motors of Blue Ridge Georgia. Come on out and have a great time at the rodeo!

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Chimney Rock Family Animal EncountersChimney Rock, North Carolina
Family Animal Encounters
Every Day

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.

Animal Encounters meet at the Outdoor Classroom Sat & Sun and at Grady's Animal Discovery Den on Monday. Then, grab a Track Trail brochure at Grady's Den and take a hike along our Great Woodland Adventure trail with 12 interactive education stations. Cost: Included with Park admission

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Pickin in the Park at Horse Shoe BendMcCaysville, GA
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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Daily Grind & WineMurphy, NC - Music & Friends
at the Daily Grind & Wine
Wednesday - August 17th
Paul Constantine

Friday - August 19th
Frank Fenn!


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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