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Bear On The Square Mountain Festival in Dahlonega, Ga., has added a new special event, the Moonlight Jam, for its 2017 festival lineup.
The Moonlight Jam, sponsored by Jekyll Brewing Company of Alpharetta, Ga., will take place on Saturday evening, April 22, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in the festival’s MainStage festival tent. The tent will open at 7 p.m., and the jam will start at 7:30 p.m. and will continue until around 9:30 p.m. Like other Bear on the Square events, there will be no charge for admission.
There are many reasons for people to decide to have a party, and such a reason occurred back in 1996 when a mama bear and her two cubs made their way out of the wild and onto Dahlonega’s Historic Town Square.
A large crowd gathered, some of them actually following the bears to the square in the Northeast Georgia town.The mama bear and one cub escaped to another part of town, where they were later captured by forest rangers and returned to the wild, but one bear cub climbed a sycamore tree on the square and remained there for several hours as rangers and other locals tried to coax it back down to the ground…
April 18 - 19, 2015
The Southern Appalachian oral art of storytelling has been a feature of the annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival in Dahlonega, Ga., over the years. This year, storytelling will have an even more significant presence at the festival with the National Storytelling Network (NSN) awarding the 2015 Bear Festival the designation as this year’s Southeast Regional Spotlight Event for Storytelling.
april 25, 26 & 27
The large crowds attending Dahlonega’s Bear on the Square Mountain Festival come each year to the Georgia Mountain foothills town expecting to be entertained by the better known activities, including the constant jamming by visiting and local musicians, the Friday night Auction, and the MainStage Tent musical performances and Artist Marketplace on Saturdays and Sundays.
There are a large number of other less publicized activities during this festival, which will be taking place the fourth weekend of April around Dahlonega’s Historic Public Square.
Since its beginning in 1996, Dahlonega’s Bear on the Square Mountain Festival has been faithful in offering events and activities consistent with its mission of celebrating the Southern Appalachian region’s music, art and folkways. Granted, the crowds were smaller in the early years, and the events and activities were fewer. But, as the years have passed and the number of participants and attendees has increased, there have been numerous additions to the festival’s lineup. The 17th Bear festival, scheduled Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21, in and around the Historic Public Square of the city in the foothills of the North Georgia mountains, is no exception.
Fine Georgia wine, great food and live music are the expected attributes of the Georgia Wine Country Festival, and this year’s celebration will once again live up to that reputation.
Doug and Sharon Paul, owners of Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery in Lumpkin County, said their venue’s signature event will take place the weekends of Saturday and Sunday, June 2-3, June 9-10, June 16-17, and June 23-24, and Saturday, June 30. Hours are on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sundays from 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
While there will be plenty of “something old” at this year’s Bear on the Square Mountain Festival in Dahlonega, there will also be “something new” to benefit the attendees at this year’s event, the 16th annual, scheduled for April 21st and Sunday, April 22nd.
The festival once again will be a celebration of Southern Appalachian culture, and the music in the MainStage Tent in Hancock Park will primarily focus on old-time, bluegrass, gospel, and other music styles from this region. What’s new this year? There will be no charge for admission to any of the performances in the MainStage Tent.
What started as a prayerful desire by Brad Jubin to get healthy for the sake of his children has resulted not only in success by him to get in better physical condition, but it also launched him into helping others by climbing mountains.
Jubin, who is senior vice president and associate broker at Coldwell Banker Commercial Bullard in Peachtree City, made the decision four years ago to lose weight while attending a Souly Business retreat, where the focus is to inspire men to live out their Christian faith and values in their professional and personal lives. At that point in his life, he weighed a solid 250 pounds.
To celebrate its 10th year of operation, the Georgia Wine Country Festival has expanded its activities this year from one weekend in June into an event filling the first three weekends in the month.
Doug and Sharon Paul, owners of Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery in Lumpkin County, said their venue’s signature event will take place the weekends of Saturday and Sunday, June 4-5, June 11-12 and June 18-19. Scheduled on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sundays from 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m.. the event will feature fine wine, great food, music and art.
If you’re a fan of old-time, bluegrass and gospel music from the Southern Appalachian region, the 15th annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival in Dahlonega, Ga., will be the place to be on Saturday and Sunday, April 16-17. Glenda Pender, president of Bear on the Square and chairperson for the festival’s music and program, said this year’s MainStage Tent performers will provide a heavy emphasis on hand-clapping, toe-tapping music which originated from the mountains and valleys of the Southern Appalachians. Headlining the lineup and performing together will be legendary fiddler James Bryan from Mentone, Ala., and Carl Jones, a Macon native and award-winning performer who now lives in Galax, Va.
For the past several months, North Georgia folk artist Billy Roper has been hard at work on a special project with the goal of helping keep the music alive for the children of the Georgia Pick & Bow Traditional Music School. The end result of all this creative effort is an original work of folk art which is also a fine playable musical instrument.
Now the folk art bass fiddle is the centerpiece of this year’s fund-raising efforts for the Dahlonega, Ga.-based Georgia Pick & Bow Traditional Music School.
Billy Roper, whose work is in art collections throughout the United States and in over 30 countries, decided to create the hand-painted bass fiddle because of a dream which is near and dear to his heart — that all children have the right to play — and this project is helping fulfill childhood dreams which could last a lifetime. An added incentive for the artist is that he has grandchildren who participate in the Pick & Bow program.
Building on the success of its inaugural event last fall, the Gold Rush Chapter of Trout Unlimited, based in Dahlonega, Ga., has decided to expand its annual Gold Rush Cup Fly Fishing Challenge into a two-day event this year. The second annual event, which will take place this fall on the beautiful and picturesque waters of the Chestatee River, will allow two-person teams to match their skills against other teams on the beautiful and picturesque waters of the Chestatee River. Scheduled from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, November 6-7, it will again be held at Frog Hollow in Lumpkin County, Ga., one of the most popular trophy trout streams in the country. In the event of inclement weather that weekend, a rain date will be provided. Directions to the venue and other details can be found online at www.goldrushtu.org or www.froghollowflyfishing.com. The opening day will feature the Amateur […]
There will be something for nearly everyone on Saturday and Sunday, June 5-6, as wine aficionados, gourmet food lovers and folk art and music enthusiasts will gather at Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery in the northeast Georgia Mountains for two days of wine, food, folk art and music.
The 9th Annual Georgia Wine Country Festival will take place from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on those days at Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery in Frogtown, located between Dahlonega and Cleveland/Helen and just an hour north of Atlanta. Attendees will
Dahlonega’s bear on its square, which has been a local legend since 1995, is now back in its place in the sycamore tree in front of Brad Walker’s Pottery.
The story began on a spring morning 15 years ago when a mama bear with two cubs made its way into the Northeast Georgia town’s historic square, causing a “big commotion”. Like everyone else who heard about it, Gary McCullough, who is now the mayor of Dahlonega, left his office just around the corner from the scene to “see what was causing the commotion”. The mama bear and one cub apparently escaped from town after later being seen at the old Lumpkin County High School location on North Grove Street (now the site of Lumpkin County Middle School and Elementary School) that afternoon. The other cub, however, decided to climb the sycamore tree, where it remained for several hours.
Granted, many people attend the annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival in Dahlonega, Ga., for the music. But the annual festivities, which drew approximately 50,000 people last spring to the picturesque town in the foothills of North Georgia’s mountains, offer a whole lot more.
As in past years, an impressive lineup of Appalachian artists, as well as demonstrators and dance teams from the John C. Campbell Folk School, will highlight the
If fishing is like religion, then fly fishing is high church. — Tom Brokaw.
A competitive gathering of serious fly fishermen is expected to draw fans of the sport to a well known fishing area in North Georgia one day this weekend.
The first annual Gold Rush Cup Fly Fishing Challenge, scheduled on Saturday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. at Frog Hollow on the Chestatee River in Lumpkin County, Ga., will feature at least five two-person teams.
Registered thus far for the competition are teams from Unicoi Outfitters, Alpharetta Outfitters, Etowah Anglers, Cannon Falls, and Frog Hollow, and there is the possibility of additional entries.
OK, so Brad Pitt and his co-stars from the movie “A River Runs Through It” probably won’t be there. However, legendary North Georgia fly fisherman Rocket Roy Lowe is expected to be on hand for the festivities, as well as a group of competitors including some of the best fly fishermen from these parts. The event is the first annual Gold Rush Cup Fly Fishing Challenge to be held on the beautiful and picturesque waters of the Chestatee River. It’s being sponsored by the Gold Rush Chapter of Trout Unlimited, based in Dahlonega, Ga. The venue, which has been carefully chosen, is one of the most popular trophy trout streams in the United States, Frog Hollow in Lumpkin County. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (a rain date will be provided). Directions to the venue can be found online at www.goldrushtu.org or […]
Being “green” can most assuredly be a good thing, as evidenced by the 5th annual Showcase Homes which will be highlighted during the 2009 Southern Building Show and Conference, coming up Thursday through Saturday, June 4-6, at the Cobb Galleria Exhibition Center in the Northeast Atlanta metro area. This year’s event, which is the 16th annual Southern Building Show (SBS), will feature New and Renew Showcase Home Projects, including one new home and one renovation project, both of which are certified under the EarthCraft House Program. Carl Seville of Seville Consulting of Decatur, Georgia, who is the project and sponsor coordinator for this year’s New and Renew Showcase Home Projects, said the two homes, which are in the final phases of construction, will be open to SBS attendees interested in gaining more knowledge about green building and renovation techniques and products. Others interested in more information about the projects, including […]
The North Georgia mountains and foothills, once famous for the illicit moonshine industry, have in modern times turned to a legally-acceptable alternative, now being the site of numerous prospering vineyards and wineries. Lumpkin County, located in these picturesque foothills, is the home of several vineyard/winery operations, and on Saturday and Sunday, June 6-7, the county’s original wine celebration will be held at Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery near Dahlonega. The annual Georgia Wine Country Festival, which is observing its 8th year, will be a weekend filled with fine wine, art, music and other fun-filled activities. Those coming to this festival will be able to sample wines not only from North Georgia but from around the entire state of Georgia. The wines featured this year include those from Boutier Winery, Danielsville; Georgia Wines of Ringgold; Crimson n’ Scarlett Winery, Dawsonville; Rock Creek Winery, Nashville; Three Sisters Vineyards, Chestatee, Walasiyi Wine Company, […]
What started out as a great excuse for a party back in the mid ‘90s has grown into one of North Georgia’s premier spring events. The idea for the annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival originated in 1996 when a baby bear was discovered up a sycamore tree on the Historic Public Square in Dahlonega. The bear cub was rescued and returned to the wild, but in the meantime, Dahlonegans had found a fine excuse for a party. The initial “party” was in 1997, and this year’s festival is the 13th. Over the years, the annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival has developed into an incredible weekend of music and art around the picturesque Public Square in Dahlonega, located at the end of Georgia 400 in the foothills of the North Georgia mountains. From Friday through Sunday, April 17-19, old-time and bluegrass music will fill the downtown square […]