City of Ellijay Georgia – Gilmer County GA

2012 Italian Road Bike Festival

Cartecay Bike Shop is hosting the 15th annual Italian Road Bike Festival on April 21, 2012 in Ellijay, Georgia. There will be 3 different scenic bike rides through the beautiful countryside of North Georgia. The Gianni Bugno is a 43 mile intermediate ride through rolling hills, about a 3,000 foot climb. Marco Pantani is a 70 mile advanced/difficult ride that is about a 6,500 foot climb. The most difficult ride is the Giro de Ellijay which is a 95 mile ride,  9,500 foot climb. This is an extremely difficult ride and is for advanced riders only. All routes will be clearly marked with supported SAG stops and Broom Wagon.

All rides will begin and end at Dalton State College – Gilmer County Center in downtown Ellijay. The rides all start at 9 AM. Registration fee is $35.00. For more information, call Cartecay Bikes at 706-635-2453.

Dalton State College – Gilmer County Center
103 Dalton St.
Ellijay, GA

Georgia Great Outdoors Festival

Fishing in the Great OutdoorsThe 1st Georgia Great Outdoors Festival is coming to Ellijay, Georgia on April 28 and 29, 2012. Outdoor recreations such as hiking, biking, boating, rafting, fishing and hunting are such popular things to do in Ellijay and North Georgia, it makes sense to have a festival dedicated to these activities. Find out the latest and greatest gadgets and products available on the market.

The festival is going to take place at the Lions Club Fairgrounds along the Ellijay River. Admission is $5 per person, under 10 is free. If you are interested in becoming a vendor or just want more information, please call 706-635-7400.

Lions Club Fairgrounds
1729 S. Main St.
Ellijay, GA

2012 Easter Egg Hunt

Easter EggsChick-fil-A in Ellijay, Georgia is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt on March 29, 2012. There will be 2 different hunts, one at 5:30 PM and one at 6:30 PM. There will be prize eggs and craft activities inside the restaurant. Bring the kids down to Chick-fil-A to join in the festivities. It should be a lot of fun! Call 706-636-0475 for more information.

475 Howard Simmons Rd.
Ellijay, GA


Comedy Cabin comes to Ellijay!

Southern Twist Country Cooking has expanded and is opening the Comedy Cabin and events venue in East Ellijay, Georgia. The grand opening is coming up on March 16, 2012 with a dinner and show. A group, The BacTracs, from Blue Ridge, Georgia will be performing as The Beatles and Elvis will be in the house as well. It is shaping up to be a fun, entertaining event.

The entertainment will be a 2 hour event with dinner at 6:30 PM and the show starting at 8 PM. Reservations are required and they are filling up fast so make sure you give them a call at 706-273-1631 to reserve your seats. Tickets are $38 for couples, $20 single and they include both dinner and the show.

Comedy Cabin
941 Maddox Dr.
East Ellijay, GA

St. Petrick’s Day Parade

St. Petrick's DayCelebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Ellijay, Georgia on the square with the St. Petrick’s Day Parade and Street Party on March 17, 2012 from 10 AM to 3 PM. Bring your pets along for the party. Meet at Ellijay City Hall in your best St. Patrick’s Day attire at 10:30 AM and join in the parade. The parade will begin at 11 AM and there will be a pet contest near the stage immediately after the parade. The celebration will also include music, face painting, clowns, crafts with pets, pet vendors, food vendors, not to mention all the downtown stores and restaurants. Bring the whole family out for a day of fun!

This event is being brought to you by the Better Hometown program. For more information, call 706-635-4711 ext. 5.

Learning for Life Classes

Food and MoneyThe UGA Cooperative Extension in Gilmer County – Ellijay, Georgia is offering two classes, “Money Smarts” and “Nutrition Know How”.

The “Money Smarts” class will teach you how to stretch your food dollars, the importance of having a checking account, how and where you can save money, the importance of paying your bills on time, how to keep track of your spending, and more. This class will be offered for FREE on March 14, 2012 OR April 24, 2012 from 9AM to 12 Noon.

The “Nutrition Know How” Class will teach you how to eat healthy without spending a lot of money, the importance of having a grocery list, what it means to eat healthy foods, the importance of breakfast, portion control to prevent weight gain, and more. This class will be offered for FREE as well on March 21, 2012 OR April 26, 2012 from 9 AM to 12 Noon.

Both classes will be taught by Renee Dotson, a UGA Cooperative Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Agent. They will be held at the Boys and Girls Club located in the Gilmer County Civic Center. Although both classes are free, you must register by calling 706-635-4426 to attend.

Gilmer County Civic Center
1561 S. Main Street
Ellijay, GA

2012 Mardi Gras in the Mountains

Mardi Gras in the MountainsCelebrate Life with the 2012 Mardi Gras in the Mountains, a charity gala event. This spectacular event is being presented to you by Georgia Mountains Hospice, Ellijay and Jasper, Georgia Councils of the Knights of Columbus, and the Rotary Club of Jasper on February 18, 2012 from 6:30 PM to 11 PM. Enjoy an evening of fine dining, music, a silent auction, and the coronation of the 2012 King and Queen and Honor Court.

The celebration is being held at the Appalachian campus of the Chattahoochee Technical College in Jasper, Georgia. Tickets are $85 per person.

The nominees are as follows:

Carolyn Hice Bruce – Gilmer County
Dawn Popadics – Pickens County
Melissa Lowrie – Dawson County
Dr. Jan Henriques – Cherokee County

Steve Purvis – Gilmer County
Dave Garner – Pickens County
Scott Yochum – Dawson County
Donnie Henriques – Cherokee County

You can visit Mardi Gras in the Mountains  to cast your votes, purchase your tickets, and get more information on this event.

Chattahoochee Technical College – Appalachian Campus
100 Campus Drive
Jasper, GA