Ellijay Farmers & Artisan Market

Ellijay Farmers & Artisans Market for 2022, The market starts May 7 and goes through October 1, 2022, each Saturday from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. Located in downtown Ellijay's Gilmer County Courthouse parking lot adjacent to Broad Street. Sponsored by DEBCA , Ellijay Coffeehouse, and the Gilmer Chamber.

Kool Breeze featuring Jim Richter

Jim had his first piano lesson in January, 1960, and he studied classical piano with a number of teachers, including Mildred Victor, a pupil of Artur Schnabel. I also took piano lessons in the Prep Department at the Eastman School of Music, in Rochester, New York, continuing his piano studies until about a year or so after graduating from college.When he first heard the Beatles and the Stones, he decided he needed to play electric guitar. In early 1966, he got a Silvertone electric guitar and a Silvertone amp. He bought a chord book and taught himself how to play by listening to his favorite records endlessly. Drove his parents crazy! He played in bands all through high school and college. In 1969, he played guitar with Son House, the famous blues guitarist. He was living in Rochester, NY, at the time. Son House wanted him and his band mates to accompany him to Chicago to play the blues. His parents put a stop to that plan immediately! I think that was a wise move. At that point in my life, I think I’d have gone wild if I had been immersed in the world of blues in Chicago! From 1970-1974 he was a member of Cradle, an originals band in New England. They wrote and recorded some good songs, but they never got the big break they hoped for. So, he decided to become an attorney, and he practiced law for a long time. He never stopped making music. He played in numerous bands over the years, and he continued to play classical music on the piano. In 2013, he decided to focus on music again on a full time basis, and his first album, Summer’s Gone (2016), was the result. Subsequently, he has released a total of three additional albums and four singles as well. He hopes that you will check out my other albums: Metamorphosis (2017) and Breezy Day (2018). His latest release is entitled Mr. Kool (2020). It’s an all-instrumental album. It’s very jazzy, but with a few rock influences here and there. In general, he has moved more and more toward jazz-oriented music, while still incorporating other influences. He hopes that you will enjoy his music! He has teamed with Kool Breeze musicians who have had varied careers themselves. John Rathbone, Nolan Walker, Chris Otts, Markham White, Bill Craig, and Michael Cornett will join Jim on stage to bring you an evening of smooth jazz.

$27.00

Scarecrow Invasion

Scarecrow Invasion Harrison Park October 8th through November 1 with special Moonlight Walk on the evening of October 14th

Annual Apple Classic Auto Show

We would like to invite everyone to our annual Apple Classic Auto Show that will be held Saturday, October 8th. The show will be at a new location this year, the Victory Christian Center, which is just off Maddox Drive in Ellijay. This location will accommodate 300+ show car spaces. Registration is from 8am-12pm. Awards at 3pm. The show is in coordination with the Georgia Apple Festival.We will have door prizes, live DJ, food, and more. 100 awards including Top 60 cars, Top 25 trucks. Top 85 Awards chosen by vehicle owners and 15 “Best Of” awards chosen by Club Member judges. All proceeds benefit our local community through scholarships, children’s Christmas programs, the food pantry, Kids Ferst program, and more. Our annual raffle drawing for the Tool Set and TV will be held at the car show. We have raffle tickets for sale, so buy them while they are available. We hope to see everyone at the show on Saturday, October 8th.

Apple Arts on the Square

Join us in beautiful Downtown Ellijay for Apple Arts! This sister festival of the Georgia Apple Festival adds fun arts & crafts and snacks to the downtown scene on the 2nd and 3rd weekend every October. Apple Arts is pet-friendly, accessible, and admission is free!

Free

Georgia Apple Festival

The Georgia Apple Festival brings two exciting weekends to Ellijay, Georgia every year with hundreds of vendors offering food, art, crafts, and more, as well visitors from all over. The Ellijay Lions Club, the Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce, the cities of Ellijay and East Ellijay, and Gilmer County invite everyone to come and enjoy the Georgia Apple Festival. Celebrating the 51st year of the Georgia Apple Festival!! This event hosts over 250 vendors offering handcrafted items including jewelry, accessories, pottery, woodworking, baskets, toys, soaps and candles, yard art, photography, packaged food products, and much more. It's the perfect place to find unique handmade gifts for friends or loved ones. Fried apple pies, fried Oreos, gyros, homemade root beer, fresh made pizza, barbecue, boiled peanuts is just the beginning of the delicious foods that you will find at the Georgia Apple Festival. This is event is considered one of the top food festivals in the State of Georgia. There are more than 35 food concession vendors serving up savory food for you to enjoy.

$10.00

Georgia Apple Festival

The Georgia Apple Festival brings two exciting weekends to Ellijay, Georgia every year with hundreds of vendors offering food, art, crafts, and more, as well visitors from all over. The Ellijay Lions Club, the Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce, the cities of Ellijay and East Ellijay, and Gilmer County invite everyone to come and enjoy the Georgia Apple Festival. Celebrating the 51st year of the Georgia Apple Festival!! This event hosts over 250 vendors offering handcrafted items including jewelry, accessories, pottery, woodworking, baskets, toys, soaps and candles, yard art, photography, packaged food products, and much more. It's the perfect place to find unique handmade gifts for friends or loved ones. Fried apple pies, fried Oreos, gyros, homemade root beer, fresh made pizza, barbecue, boiled peanuts is just the beginning of the delicious foods that you will find at the Georgia Apple Festival. This is event is considered one of the top food festivals in the State of Georgia. There are more than 35 food concession vendors serving up savory food for you to enjoy.

$10.00

Golf for the Arts

Gilmer Arts has a vision to connect the arts to the center of Ellijay. Nestled between the George Link, Jr Gilmer Arts Playhouse and Dalton State College is the ideal location for a new Gallery of Dreams and Visions – a place where everyone can experience the unique art our community has to offer! Once that space is realized, the current gallery will be transformed into a dedicated Arts Education Center to house our popular classes for all ages and a youth gallery. Together, we can make this dream a reality! All proceeds from the Gilmer Arts 2022 Golf tournament will go to the New Gallery Building and Renovation Fund.

$100.00

Acoustic Blends Musicians

Acoustic Blends are free events open to the public, and open to all Musicians who want to play on stage, play along in the front row, or for those who just want to come for a good time…. It’s an experience you won’t want to miss!!!If you would like to take part in Acoustical Blends, please fill in your details here and we will get in touch with you with all of the details. Performances are held on the third Friday of each month and begin a 6PM Sharp.

Free

Cars and Coffee in Ellijay

SmokeHouse Country Grill parking lot !9AM - 11 AM FREE coffee provided by SmokeHouse Country Grill FREE Coffee for ALL EMC members and participants! Great Breakfasts available too! North Georgia's monthly meet of auto and motorcycle enthusiasts. Held in beautiful Ellijay, Ga on the last Saturday of each month Bring your ride (cars, trucks, bikes or whatever) with wheels and enjoy free coffee and great conversation.

Blue Betty Sessions Songwriter Workshop

Join three top rated songwriters for a Songwriters Workshop starting at 4pm at the Playhouse, October 29. This will be followed by a concert at 7pm.Gilmer Arts is fortunate to have singer-songwriter Robin Salmon of the hit duo Surrender Hill as a longtime supporter of the arts in Gilmer County. Salmon has deep connections among Nashville’s Americana and Acoustic songwriters. On behalf of Gilmer Arts, Salmon reached out to Byron Hill and Stephen Simmons who are both highly celebrated for their award-winning work as songwriters and performers. The trio has prepared a special event for our community. On the afternoon of Oct 29, Byron Hill’s songwriter’s workshop will provide participants the opportunity to share and fine-tune their current projects and to receive tips for how to pursue their dream as a singer-songwriter. That evening, Hill, Simmons, and Salmon will perform in concert at the Gilmer Arts Playhouse. About the artists: BYRON HILL - Since moving to Nashville and signing his first publishing deal in 1978, his songs have generated more than 700 recordings, and have been released on ninety-one industry certified Gold and Platinum albums and singles. They have earned ten ASCAP awards, thirty-four U.S. and Canadian top-ten chart hits, and have become hits in many other worldwide markets. The songs “Fool Hearted Memory” (George Strait), “Pickin’ Up Strangers” (Johnny Lee), “Politics, Religion, And Her” (Sammy Kershaw), “Nothing On But The Radio” (Gary Allan), “Born Country” (Alabama), “High-Tech Redneck” (George Jones), “Alright Already” (Larry Stewart), “If I Was A Drinkin’ Man” (Neal McCoy), “Size Matters” (Joe Nichols), “Nights” (Ed Bruce), and “Lifestyles Of The Not So Rich And Famous” (Tracy Byrd), are just a few of the notable songs in his recorded catalog that spans four decades and includes songs recorded by a long list of other iconic and current artists of our time. Byron is a 2018 inductee into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. STEPHEN SIMMONS - A journeyman musician, Simmons wrote Family Album's songs over a 15-year period, setting aside each family-oriented song as it appeared. He toured heavily on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean during the same period, releasing a string of records that included label-backed albums, independent projects, live performances, stripped-down recordings, and full-band releases. His music was similarly diverse, running the gamut from acoustic folk music to amplified, Neil Young-worthy roots rock. Show by show, song by song, and album by album, Simmons hand-built his own audience — an audience that has remained fiercely supportive for the better part of two decades, crowd-funding nearly half of his studio albums along the way. With 2020's Family Album, Stephen Simmons comes full circle. A longtime fixture of Nashville's Americana community, he salutes his small-town beginnings with these songs, whose biographical lyrics nod to the family that played a crucial role in his upbringing. If it takes a village to raise a child, then Family Album tells the story of that village: its members, its music, and the memories it leaves behind. "ROBIN DEAN SALMON is [...]

$27.00

A Tuna Christmas

Friday and Saturday Showings at 7PM, Sunday Matinees at 2PMThe plot of A Tuna Christmas centers on the town's annual Christmas Yard Display Contest, won 14 times in a row by Vera Carp. A mysterious "Christmas Phantom", known for vandalizing the yard displays, threatens to throw the contest into turmoil. Among the subplots are Stanley Bumiller's attempts to end his probation and leave Tuna, Bertha Bumiller's trying to hold her family together at Christmas time, and Joe Bob Lipsey's struggle to mount successfully his production of A Christmas Carol despite numerous vexations and obstacles. A Tuna Christmas is the second in a series of comedic plays (preceded by Greater Tuna and followed by Red, White and Tuna and Tuna Does Vegas), each set in the fictional town of Tuna, Texas, the "third-smallest" town in the state. The trilogy was written by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard. The plays are at once an affectionate comment on small-town, Southern life and attitudes but also a withering satire of same. The plays are notable in that two men/people play the entire cast of over twenty eccentric characters of multiple genders and various ages. This production is being directed by Tony Smithey, who also directed Tuna Does Vegas Feb. '22

$27.00
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