Around Town

All March Long!

Get your Georgia Wine Highway Passport now and don’t miss out on tasting all of Georgia all March long! Valued at over $600, this passport gives you a tasting at over 45 wineries all over the state of Georgia! Plan your visits with the map, lodging partners, and transportation partners. The Passport is valid for the entire month for a safe and exciting way to get out of that cold weather funk. Purchase of Passport includes souvenir glass. Click here for more information

12th Annual Fire & Ice Chili Cook-Off & Craft Beer Festival

February 18, – Noon to 5 pm

In and around the park, downtown Blue Ridge! Mark your calendars for live music, ice sculptures, ice carving demonstrations, face painting for the kiddos and amazing chili!
With a $10 donation we give you a Tasting Card to sample all the competitor’s chili and vote for the People’s Choice Award. Click here for more information

Living Water is a family-friendly wine experience located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, in Blairsville!

Now Open!

Live Music This Weekend!

Take a look at their website here, and their Facebook Page here

Third Friday of each month
6:30pm – at the George R Link Playhouse in Ellijay

Open Mic Night for Area and Regional Musicians in Gilmer County’s Premier Listening Room. Each musician plays 2-3 songs and joins in the final jam with other musicians. Admission for the audience is free. Concessions are available. Click here for more information

Diane Durrett
Blue Ridge Community Theater

Internationally recognized as a singer/songwriter and producer Diane Durrett’s 2021 Americana Soul release ‘Put A Lid On It’, soared to #2 on the Soul Blues International Roots Music Report. Among 2021 reviews, she has been described as “Always rocking the house” (Arts Atlanta) with her distinctive sultry soulful voice. Click here for more information


FEB 11th, 1 – 6



Click here here for more information

Real Estate

Local Lender – Rebecca King!
SWBC Mortgage

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

Click here to go to her website

In The Kitchen



2 boxes (8 ounces) cream cheese slightly softened
2 tablespoons sour cream
¾ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon onion powder
¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (reserve ½ cup)
10 slices crispy cooked bacon chopped (reserve half)
2 jalapenos minced (reserve half)
½ cup chopped green onions (reserve half)


Using a stand or hand mixer on medium speed, beat your cream cheese, sour cream, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper until smooth and creamy.

Turn to low and mix in 1 1/2 cups of cheddar cheese, half of the chopped bacon, half of the minced jalapeno, and half of the chopped green onions. Combine your reserved cheddar, bacon, jalapenos, and green onions in a small zipper storage bag and store in the refrigerator.

Lay out a large piece of plastic wrap on a countertop. Spoon the cheese into a ball shape and bring up the sides of the plastic wrap to cover the cheese ball. Utilize the wrapping process to help shape the cheese into a ball – or a football if you are making for Super Bowl! Refrigerate the cheese ball overnight.

Remove the cheese ball about 20 minutes before serving. Spread your reserved cheddar, bacon, jalapenos, and green onions on a cutting board or large plate. Unwrap the ball and roll in the reserved toppings.

Don’t forget our Furry Friends!!! –

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