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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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Blairsville Spring ConcertBlairsville Georgia
Spring Concert, North Georgia Chamber Symphony
April 29th - 7 - 8:30 pm

Please join us for our spring concert where we will delve into the "fascinating obsession" some composers had with repetition of musical ideas, from the Baroque to the 20th century.

We open with Movement I from Mozart's Symphony #25, which was heard in the movie Amadeus. Bach's Prelude 1 (for piano) and Prelude (for cello), and Chopin's Etude (The Ocean) begin the program, and are followed by Bach's Canon in Eight Voices, Purcell's Fantasia Upon One Note and Pärt's Fratres for violin, string orchestra and claves (Carla Ganyard, violin soloist), 2nd movement of Beethoven's Symphony #7, and Gershwin's Lullaby for String Orchestra. We conclude with a medley of several Motown favorites.

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Blue Ridge Georgia Annual Trout FestBlue Ridge Georgia
1st Annual Blue Ridge Trout Fest
in Historic Downtown
April 30th

Free Fly-Fishing Lessons with Atlanta Fly Fishing School!

Fly-tying, fly-casting, casting pond, conservation, Kids' Build-it Center and more!

Food! Fun! Live Music!


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Hamilton Gardens Rhododendron FestivalHiawassee Georgia
Rhododendron Festival
Georgia Mtn Fairgrounds' Hamilton Gardens
Saturday, April 15th - 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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Broadway BoundBlue Ridge Georgia
Blue Ridge Community Theater
presents Broadway Bound
Last Week!
April 28th - May 1st

Part three of Neil Simon's acclaimed autobiographical trilogy finds Eugene and his older brother Stanley trying to break into the world of show business as professional comedy writers while coping with their parents break-up and eventual divorce. When their material is broadcast on the radio for the first time, the family is upset to hear a thinly-veiled portrait of themselves played for laughs.

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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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