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Blue Ridge Highlander & Highlander Gallery have a new home...

Highlander Gallery in Brasstown North Carolina

No matter how enthusiastic we are, we have to be realistic as to how much work is needed to open the Gallery to it's true potential.  Below is a rendering of our plans for Phase I.  We have to get the inside done first.  So, the outside painting is not finished, nor is there a sign out front yet. 

The Gallery won't be ready for visitors until August 5th.  When we open, it will be even better than before, so we hope you all take some time to come visit us.

4th of July Celebration 100th Anniversary of Chimney Rock Dedication.Chimney Rock, NC
4th of July Celebration
100th Anniversary
Chimney Rock Dedication
July 2nd through July 4th

On July 4, 1916, Chimney Rock was dedicated by Dr. Lucius B. Morse and the first American flag was raised on the Rock. This year, exactly 100 years later, a special ceremony will take place as the North Carolina state flag will join Old Glory on the top of the "Rock" for its centennial birthday. The flag dedication will begin at the 8:30am on the top parking lot near the base of the Chimney. State Park Superintendent James Ledgerwood, along with other speakers, will open the festivities with a short history of the Park followed by a hike up the Outcroppings trail to the Chimney.

Meet some of Grady the Groundhog's woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed hawk and Great Horned Owl, at our daily 2pm Family Animal Encounters! A Park naturalist will explain each animal's role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife.

Climbing Tower will be open, Defy gravity with one free climb per person on our Climbing Tower, then grab a Track Trail brochure at Grady's Animal Discovery Den and round out the day with a hike along our Great Woodland Adventure trail with 12 interactive education stations. Don't forget your camera!

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Foxfire presents "Folk on the Mountain a Celebration of Folk Art & MusicMountain City, GA
Foxfire presents
"Folk on the Mountain"
a Celebration of Folk Art & Music
Fri & Sat, July 1st & 2nd

Folk On The Mountain is a two day celebration of Folk Art-the immensely varied works of homegrown, not-formally-trained artists from around the southeastern United States who produce amazing hand-made creations in mediums including paint, pottery, sculpture, textiles, and more.

Visitors are sure to see the styles of Folk Art they know and love and are equally as sure to encounter things they never imagined could exist before seeing it.  Tour the Foxfire Museum, take in (or take home) some great Folk Art, and enjoy some time On The Mountain!

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Lake Nottely Boat ParadeBlairsville, GA
4th of July Boat Parade
Saturday, July 4th - 11 am

The annual Independence Day Boat Parade on Lake Nottely is sure to delight young and old. Anyone with a boat is welcome to line up at the marina beginning at 11:00am.

There is no charge and boats can be decorated in any theme. At 11:30 am boats will pass in review and visitors can view the parade from areas around the marina. The marina is located 2 miles N on US Hwy 19/129N, Blairsville.

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Music on the Patio at Murphy's Chophouse Featuring

Phillip Brooks - Fri, July 1st - 5 - 8 pm
Dana Rogers - Sat, July 2nd- 5 - 8 pm

Music at Chophouse LaPrade's on Lake Burton Featuring

Dana Rogers - Fri, July 1st - 6 - 9 pm
Phillip Brooks - Sat, July 2nd- 6 -98 pm

Daily GrindMurphy, NC
Music & Friends
at the Daily Grind & Wine
Heidi Holton Birthday Bash

Troy Underwood & Jay Neel

Old Rock Cafe Beats, Burgers & BrewsChimney Rock, NC
Beats, Burgers & Brews
at the Old Rock Cafe
Every Friday & Saturday through July

Relax outdoors to the beat of bluegrass, Americana, folk, blues or other genres while enjoying a regional craft brew or glass of wine on our riverside deck. Talented local musicians and singer-songwriters liven the scene on Friday & Saturday evenings in July at this popular burger joint in Chimney Rock Village.

The Old Rock Café features one of the 2014 Zagat-rated "Must-try Burgers across the Country" with Hickory Nut Gap Meats' 100% grass-fed beef burger.

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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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