City of Ellijay Georgia – Gilmer County GA

Plant Sale

DaffodilsNow that Spring is here, many of you are making plans to beautify your home and gardens. Don’t miss your chance to get some wonderful plants at the Plant Sale by the Garden Club of Ellijay. On May 7, 2011 from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM the Garden Club will be at Ellijay Lions Club in Ellijay, Georgia with a fine selection of plants for sale to help you make your garden beautiful.

The Ellijay Lions Club is located at:
1729 South Main St.
Ellijay, GA

Picnic by the River

Picnic by the RiverGilmer Arts and Heritage Association (GAHA) is hosting a Picnic by the River on April 30, 2011. This event takes place at the ETC Pavilion on Legion Road in Ellijay, Georgia. Bring a picnic basket and enjoy your meal while listening to the Owl Creek Band. Gates open at 6 PM and the band takes the stage at 7 PM.

You can reserve a table for $60 for members of GAHA, $70 for non-members or bring your own chair or blanket for just $8 per person for members, $10 per person for non-members. For more information and to reserve your spot, call 706-635-5605.

Boys and Girls Club April Classes

The Boys and Girls Club of Gilmer County will be offering the following classes in the month of April. These how tos will be held at the Gilmer County Civic Center in Ellijay, Georgia.

April 19, 2011Money Smart Class – This class offers ways to save money, the importance of a checking account, ways to keep track of your spending and more. The class is from 9 AM to 12 Noon.

April 26, 2011Nutrition How To – This class teaches how to prepare grocery lists, eat nutritious meals on a budget, portion control, and even more. This class is from 9 AM to 12 Noon.

Classes are free but registration is required. Call 706-635-4426 for more information.

Gilmer County Civic Center is located at:
1561 South Main St.
Ellijay, GA

Wine Tasting

WineEnjoy a Wine Tasting at Appalachian Beverage in East Ellijay, Georgia on April 21, 2011 at 7 PM. Justin Taylor, 3rd generation of a family of Australian winemakers, will be presenting 8 of his family’s wines in the Wine Tasting Room at Appalachian Beverage.

Admission is $15 per person. Seating is limited so reservations are required. Call 706-515-WINE (9463) to reserve your spot!

Appalachian Beverage is located at:
399 Mountain View Dr.
East Ellijay, GA

Passion Play

Jesus on the CrossAs part of your Easter celebration, visit The First Baptist Church of Ellijay, Georgia to see their Passion Play. The performances will be held at the First Baptist Church of Ellijay on April 22, 2011 at 7 PM, April 23, 2011 at 3 PM and 7 PM, and April 24, 2011 at 6 PM.

For more information and details on this event, call 706-635-5611.

First Baptist Church of Ellijay is located at:
164 Dalton St.
Ellijay, GA

Italian Road Bicycle Festival

Bike RideGet ready to ride! Cartecay Bike Shop in Elljay, Georgia is hosting the 2011 Italian Road Bicycle Festival on April 16, 2011 beginning at 9 AM.  There will be many different bike routes to take ranging from 45, 70, and 100 mile rides. North Georgia has some very scenic country back roads so you will really enjoy the scenery as you ride. All routes will be well marked. You may even want to take part in the 3.5 mile escorted Family Fun ride.

The rides will be as follows:
Gianni Bugno – A 45 mile intermediate ride consisting of rolling hills. A 3000 foot climb.
Marco Pantani – A 70 mile advanced/difficult ride. About a 6500 foot climb.
Italian Festival Century – A 100 mile extremely difficult ride. About a 9000 foot climb.

All rides will have supported SAG stops (water and fruit) and Broom Wagon. You can see the route details on

Registration fee is $35. The Parade ride is Free. Call 706-635-BIKE (2453) to get more details and information.

Come back to downtown Ellijay after your ride to enjoy some live music at the Three Rivers Music Jam in the city parking lot on River Street from 6 PM to 10 PM.

Cartecay Bikes is located at:
123 North Main Street
Ellijay, GA

Father and Son Breakaway Retreat

Father and Son RetreatRegister for the Father and Son Breakaway Retreat happening on April 15-17, 2011 at Camp Highland in Ellijay, Georgia. This weekend will give you a chance to spend some quality time together as you have the adventure of a lifetime! The retreat has some structured time scheduled with adventure races and discussion sessions and some unstructured time where you will have the opportunity to enjoy all the benefits of the camp including zip lines, rock walls, rope courses, nature trails, and Carters Lake. Father and son will camp together in cabins with twin beds and will have the use of the bathhouse. It is encouraged to bring only one child at a time but there is an option to bring a second child.

Registration is $275 for the pair. $75 extra for an additional child. You can register online at or call 678-393-0300. If you can’t make this retreat, there are others scheduled for August 5-7, 2011 and November 4-6, 2011.

Camp Highland made its debut in 1999 with the cooperation of Northpoint Community Church and has day camps, summer camps, and other group events. Counselors are trained to teach biblical principles through age appropriate activities. Their goal is to treat guests to the thrill of a lifetime while exposing them to moments that lead to a deeper walk with Christ.

Camp Highland is located at:
1250 Camp Highland Rd.
Ellijay, GA