Gilmer County Farmers Market

Fresh VegetablesThe Gilmer County Farmers Market opens on May 26, 2012. There is nothing like the taste of freshly grown veggies and you can get yours here every Saturday from 8 AM to 11:30 AM. Crafts made by local residents will also be sold as well as locally grown plants.

The market will be located in the parking area behind the Gilmer County Courthouse in Ellijay, Georgia.

Ellijay Under the Stars Concert Series

The first in the 2012 Ellijay Under the Stars Concert Series is the Mike Watson Band with a special guest appearance by Marlin Brackett on May 25, 2012 from 7:30 PM to 11 PM. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets down to Boogie Rivers Park in Ellijay, Georgia for a great night of music under the stars.

Gates open at 6 PM and the show starts at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $12 per person. You can reserve a table for 6 in the gazebo for $150. There are only 8 tables available. This show is being brought to you by Kharisma Entertainment and Boogie Rivers Park. For more information, call 706-698-1275 or 678-570-5342.

Boogie Rivers Tubing Company
522 River St.
Ellijay, GA

7th Annual Taste of Ellijay

ChefYou are in for a treat if you come to the 7th Annual Taste of Ellijay in Ellijay, Georgia on May 24, 2012 from 5 PM to 8 PM. There will be food, fun, music and prizes. Restaurants, caterers, and food vendors from all around Gilmer County will be represented there. Samples of different foods range from $1 to $4 each. The fun will take place in downtown Ellijay on the square.

Admission is free so come on downtown for some good eats! For more information, contact the Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce at 706-635-7400.

Wild and Woolly Festival

Georgia ForestWatch in Ellijay, Georgia is hosting the Wild and Woolly Art, Nature, and Music Festival on May 5, 2012 from 10 AM to 6 PM. This enjoyable day will take place at the North Georgia Community Center in Ellijay.

There will be artists, crafters, and photographers selling their artwork, a native plant sale, storytellers for kids and adults, musical groups, a birds of prey presentation. wine tasting, and so much more.

Listen to rock, pop, jazz, blues, and bluegrass music throughout the day with Bill Pound, Marlin Brackett and his Hillbilly Bruzers, and the Dill Pickle Trio. Enjoy a birds of prey presentation by Monteen McCord of Hawk Talk. Meet Charlie Seabrook as he signs and discusses his new book, “World of the Salt Marsh”. Have a taste of wine being presented by Cartecay Vineyards. Get some tickets for the many raffles being held during the day. Bring the kids by for a couple of stories and some crafts. And make sure to stop by the education table and learn what Georgia ForestWatch is all about. There will be so much going on, it is sure to be a day full of fun and interesting things.

Tickets are $10 per person with a free tote bag, kids 12 and under are free. For more information, call 706-635-8733.

North Georgia Community Center
824 Industrial Blvd.
Ellijay, GA

U-Pick Strawberries

StrawberryIt’s strawberry pickin’ time at R & A Orchards in Ellijay, Georgia on May 5 – 6, 2012 from 10 AM to 5 PM. Take a tour of the orchard in a wagon and pick your own strawberries. Don’t fret…if you don’t have any interest in picking your own, you can always visit their market where they have plenty of fresh strawberries already picked as well as other fresh produce such as tomatoes, cucumbers, and vidalia onions. They also have other goodies such as pies, canned goods and maybe even some homemade strawberry ice cream.

R & A Orchards
5505 Highway 52 East
Ellijay, GA

First Fridays

The Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with Gilmer Arts and Heritage (GAHA) and Better Hometown to bring Ellijay, Georgia a community event called “First Fridays”. These events will take place on the first Friday of every month May through December from 5 PM to 8 PM. Businesses in downtown Ellijay will be open extended hours, giving patrons a chance to enjoy them during the evening hours. Along with the extended hours will be music, arts and crafts vendors, and childrens’ activities such as face painting, balloons and more. Come on down to the square on Friday, May 4, 2012 to see what it’s all about. You just might have some fun!

If you are interested in becoming a vendor or just need more information about this event, call 706-635-7400.

National Foster Care Month

Little GirlGilmer County, Georgia is celebrating National Foster Care Month.

Each May, National Foster Care Month provides an opportunity to shine a light on the experiences of more than 400,000 children and youth in the foster care system.  Join us by doing something positive that will Change a Lifetime for a child in need. Visit or call 1-877-210-KIDS today!