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If your angling skills need a new challenge this year, it’s time to triple up your catch and take on the Georgia Trout Slam. Catch all three species of trout found in Georgia (rainbow, brown, and brook) within a calendar year and you succeed!

The Georgia Trout Slam recognizes anglers with the knowledge and skill to catch different species of trout in the state, while also stimulating interest in the conservation and management of trout and their habitats, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. 

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47th Annual Spring Arts in the Park

MAY 27, – MAY 28 – 10:00 AM –5:00 PM

Beautiful Downtown City Park of Blue Ridge

Shop from a variety of artworks from over 175 juried fine arts and fine crafts exhibitors, enjoy tasty food, and engage in multiple artist demos throughout the weekend festival.

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Hiawassee Highlands Wine Festival

May 13th, 11 am – 5 pm

Enjoy music by Wyatt Espalin & Friends on Two Stages, Arts and Crafts, Food Trucks & Food Vendors, tours of the blooming Hamilton Rhododendron Gardens, Free Parking, and Live Music all Day!

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Annual Memorial Day Ceremony ~ Fannin County Veterans Memorial Park

All are invited and encouraged to come!

The North Georgia Honor Guard will be conducting the ceremony, which will feature a keynote speaker, rifle salute and Taps, and the Huey will be open for display for anyone who’d like to sit inside it.

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Ellijay Songwriters Festival
May 25 – 28

This festival will include music from both local and regional songwriters. 39 performances over three days, on 2023 Memorial Day weekend, in 6 of Gilmer County’s finest wineries by 18 Nashville and Georgia songwriters. These performers have written hundreds of original songs – including many #1s and countless other smash hits. This is an event that you will definitely not want to miss! 

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Blue Ridge Wine and Jazz Festival

Bringing great music, great wines, fine art, and delicious cuisine, to beautiful Ellijay, GA.

JUNE 24, 11:00 AM –8:30 PM

We will be offering a diversity of wines from around the world, including those made locally in North Georgia and the North Carolina region.

Enjoy delicious food prepared locally and listen to top jazz performers also from the region. Purchase wine by the glass or bottle and bring your blanket and lawn chairs to relax in while listening to great music.

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Real Estate

My Featured Listings

165 LAKE SHORE DRIVE – $979,000

Looking for the perfect Lake Shore property where the lake, Mtn & sunset views will never disappoint, look no further.

This Lake Blue Ridge treasure offers a delightful unique Nautical Contemporary home located in a lovely neighborhood situated on a 1-acre private lakefront nook & includes 3BRs/Large Loft/ 2 BAs & a spacious 2 car carport. The homes charming interior is finished w/a nautical modern look & own unique open floor plan w/the Living Dining & Kitchen areas offering several focal points overlooking the lake.

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Local Lender – Rebecca King!
SWBC Mortgage

Phone: (706) 487-8003
Mobile: (706) 835-8112

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In The Kitchen

Chewy Lemon Blueberry Cookies


2 ¾ cups All-purpose flour
½ teaspoon Baking powder
½ teaspoon Baking soda
1 teaspoon Salt
1 cup Unsalted butter melted and slightly cooled
1 ¼ cup White granulated sugar
¼ cup Brown sugar packed light brown sugar
Zest of 2 lemons
1 tablespoon Lemon juice freshly squeezed
1 Large egg room temperature
1 Egg yolk room temperature
¾ cup Frozen wild blueberries


Melt the butter in the microwave. Pour in a large mixing bowl and let cool for 15 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare two cookie sheets with parchment papers.
In a medium separate bowl, sift the flour. Add in baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

Using the bowl with the butter, add in the sugar and brown sugar. Mix. Mix in lemon zest, lemon juice, egg, and egg yolk. It will be pale in color.

Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Fold using a rubber spatula. Mix until just combined. Add in the frozen wild blueberries. Fold these in gently. They will color the dough slightly. It is crucial to not over mix.

Use a large cookie scoop (3oz cookie scoop) and scoop 6 cookie dough balls per cookie sheet.

Bake for 14-16 minutes, bake one cookie sheet at a time. Bake until the edges are golden brown.

Let the cookie cool on the cookie sheet for 10 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack and cool completely.

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