Community Calendar - May 16, 2018

Community Events

Dahlonega Arts & Wine Festival May 19-20

Chestatee Artists presents the 3rd Dahlonega Arts & Wine Festival on May 19 and 20 with a focus on high quality arts and crafts, fine local and regional wines, and live jazz performances. Arts and crafts booths will be located around the Square and will open Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. Live jazz performances will begin at noon both days and are free to the public in Hancock Park on the Zak McConnell Stage. Montaluce Winery is the sponsor for the Wine Garden, and wine tastings, wine by the glass or bottle will also be available. For more information go to or call 706-867-8059.

UNG Convocation Center ribbon-cutting May 23

The University of North Georgia Convocation Center’s official ribbon-cutting celebration will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 23, with Gov. Nathan Deal as a special guest. Following the ceremony, guests and the public may take a self-guided tour of the facility. Student-athletes and other UNG representatives will be situated around the building to answer questions, said Anna Brown, director of university events at UNG.


Community Announcements

Farmers Market open every weekend

The 2018 Dahlonega Farmers Market is open every Saturday (8 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and Tuesday (2 - 6 p.m.) May 5 - October 13 in Hancock Park.

Glass Art Exhibit at Bowen Center for the Arts

The Bowen Center for the Arts in Dawsonville will be featuring a Glass Art Exhibit featuring over 17 Spruill Center for the Arts instructors and students through May 25, 2018. On Friday, May 11 at 7 p.m., Brien Engel will perform a concert, GLASS HARP. Tickets are $10 and available online or at the Bowen.

Canvas and Cork Board game and card night

Board game and card night takes place at Canvas and Cork on the third Thursday of each month in the Cottage. Fun for all ages and starts at 6 p.m. Join us on May 17. No reservations are needed and you can bring your own game or use one of ours.

Book Club every third Thursday at Library

Would you like to join a book discussion group in 2018? On the third Thursday of each month, from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m., the Happy Bookers Book Discussion group meets at the library. The group is open to the community and each month a different book is discussed. Selections may vary from award-winning books, fiction, nonfiction, or bestsellers. On Thursday, May 17, participants are invited to come and share their favorite book.  February’s selection will be:  “Lila” by Marilynne Robinson.  Monthly selections are posted around the library and on our library website at 

Flea Market at Locally Crafted Market May 19

Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Locally Crafted Market will host a Flea Market and Craft Fair, 387 North Grove, Suite E. Bring your household items, decor, and all those neat items crafters would use and you were thinking of throwing away—such as screen doors, old windows, old furniture that could be repurposed or refinished). You can combine craft items for sale as well. For more information  call 706-344-8322 or stop by Locally Crafted Market to reserve a spot, 387 North Grove Street, Suite E, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Gender Revolution documentary at PFLAG meeting

The Dahlonega meeting of PFLAG Blairsville will be showing the National Geographic documentary Gender Revolution Sunday, May 20, 2 p.m. Traditional ideas on gender have undergone a change among many people world-wide. They have become more fluid, and consequently confusing to many. The documentary features scientists, psychologists, activists, authors and families to learn about the role of genetics, brain chemistry and culture on gender identity through conversations that are scientifically enlightening and deeply personal. PFLAG is a non-profit organization, confidential and non-judgemental place of support to learn about sexual orientation and gender identity. For more information, call 706-389-5269.

Enjoy Art, Wine and Music Festival at Canvas & Cork

Listen to Jazz in Hancock Park while enjoying a glass of Cavender Creek Wine and some snacks on our shaded front porch. Browse our gallery of 14 artists and our "Open Air" gallery that weekend featuring art on the porches and in the yard. Watch art demos and artists painting on site.


Children & Youth

Art Summer Camp at Canvas and Cork

Canvas and Cork in the Creativity Cottage will hold Art Summer Camp for ages 9-12. The week long morning art camps are June 4-8 and 18-22, July 9-13 and 23-27, 9 a.m.-noon. $120, to register call 706-525-1563, $50, nonrefundable deposit required.

Preschool registration open at Dahlonega BaptisT

Sonshine Weekday Preschool at Dahlonega Baptist Church is registering for the 2018-2019 School Year. We offer a curriculum-based program for 1-year-olds through Pre-K.


Lumpkin County Head Start/PreK is now taking applications for the 2018-2019 program year. Children need to be age three or four by Sep. 1 in order to qualify. The program welcomes children with disabilities and does not discriminate based on race, gender, national origin or religion. The following information is required to complete an application: birth certificate, immunization certificate, income verification for the past 12 months, social security card and proof of residency. 706-864-3456.

Parks & Rec After-School Program

Lumpkin County Parks & Rec After School Program serves children from Lumpkin elementary and middle schools from 2:45 to 6 p.m. on school days at each elementary school. One time registration fee $15. Weekly fees: one day, $15; two days, $30, three to five days, $40. Register at the Lumpkin County Parks & Rec Center or contact Fonda London, 706-864-3622. tfn



Williams-Gable Reunion June 3

The Williams-Gable Reunion will be held on Sunday, June 3 at Pine Valley, approximately five miles from Dahlonega on Highway 9 South. Look for the signs. Lunch will be served at approximately 12:30 p.m. This is our 39th year and last year’s attendance was outstanding. We are looking forward to seeing everyone. If you play a musical instrument, please bring it and we will have some pickin’ and grinnin.’ If you have any information about your relatives, please bring copies to share. For more information, call Syble Brown at 706-864-3968, Grace Samples at 678-447-1106 or Gene Floyd at 770-815-3184.


Lumpkin Parks & Rec

365 Riley Road  |  706-864-3622

Adult Fitness Classes: Tuesday and Thursday evenings IN THE PARK. $25 for six weeks.

Tai Chi Classes: Tuesday and Thursday evenings. $15 per class or $20 for two classes per week.

Yahoola Creek Pickleball: (adult open play): Tuesday and Wednesday 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Thursday and Sunday 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. All equipment supplied. Please wear comfortable clothing and court shoes (tennis shoes). Contact to register for the clinic or with questions.


Nature and Outdoors

Smithgall Woods State Park

$5 parking/pass required, 706-878-3087,

Stream Ecology Saturday, May 19, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.    

Get your feet wet in beautiful Dukes Creek. Join Smithgall Woods for a stream ecology class. Learn about the critters who call the stream home. We will be catching stream insects and identifying them to learn more about them. Please wear clothes you can get wet, and closed toed water shoes. Call the Visitor's Center for information and to register at (706) 878-3087 or COST: $5 per person & $5 parking pass per vehicle or a Friends Annual Pass.

Full-Moon Frog Calling Night Hike, Saturday, May 19, 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. at the Vistor’s Center.  See a different side of the park and join us for a guided night hike of our Wetland loop trail. This easy .5-mile loop passes a beaver-made wetland and will be active with calling frogs. The full moon is known to increase amphibian spawning and will produce a symphony of new sounds. Call the Visitor's Center for information and to register at (706) 878-3087 or COST: $5 per person & $5 parking pass per vehicle or a Friends Annual Pass.

Trout stocking sites

Trout stocking sites week of may 7-11, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery Rock Creek Road, Lumpkin County: Dockery Lake, Etowah River and Nimblewill Creek. 


Free Services

Free Legal Services

Georgia Legal Services program provides free legal services to qualifying senior citizens and low-income clients. Services are based on case type and financial eligibility. GLSP does not handle criminal cases. Appointments: 1-800-745-5717 between 9 and 11 a.m. Monday-Thursday.



Crochet classes at Locally Crafted Market

Three weeks of beginners' crochet classes from 3-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, May 22, May 29 and June 5.  Beginners make a washcloth in first class. Contact 706-867-6901 Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. for details and supply list. $10 per class. If not a beginner, bring your project or come to learn new stitches. You can come once or add to your skills the next class.

Art summer camp ages 9-12 at Canvas & Cork

Four week-long morning sessions at the creativity cottage (Historic Littlefield cottage next door to the main gallery) Daily art projects, all supplies, snacks and drink provided. Camp time, 9 am - noon. Pick the week you'd like your child or grandchild to attend and call us to register - $120 (includes $50 nonrefundable deposit) 

Art Classes

Introduction to oil paintings. Beginners through advanced. Classes take place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in Dahlonega. For more information please visit or call 706-429-6008 or email

Home Depot Free Workshops, 706-867-9618, ext. 417 or 383. Register at

Build A Hanging Grill Shelf, Thursday, May 17, 6:30-8:00 p.m., In this workshop, our Store Associate will instruct you how to measure, cut, stain and assemble a hanging grill shelf to display your favorite grill accessories and utensils to work your way around the barbecue pit with ease.

Learn Organic Gardening, Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Deepen the hue of that green thumb in our organic gardening workshop. Jam packed with everything you need to start and maintain your organic garden, our experienced Store Associate will share agricultural advice for plant cultivation free of chemicals and pesticides—no matter your experience level.

Classes at Locally Crafted Market, 387 North 387 North Grove Street across from Subway, Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 706-867-6901

weekly art classes at Canvas and Cork

Canvas and Cork offers weekly art classes in different mediums (alcohol ink, acrylics, oils, mixed media, Chinese brush painting, jewelry).

Reading, GED classes

Free Tutoring in Reading. Free GED classes. Tutors wanted. Lumpkin County Literacy, 706-867-9607

Free teen driving program

Magnum DUI and Defensive Driving School and the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office work together to put together R.I.D for teen drivers. R.I.D is an educational and community outreach program for parents of teen drivers and teen drivers at risk. R.I.D. is a free two-hour course that addresses driver attitude, knowledge and behavior of both the parent and teen driver; teens and parents must attend together. Classes are held the 6-8 p.m. at Lumpkin County Park & Rec. Space is limited. For information and registration contact Brittany at 706-482-0009 or send an email to


At the Library

Lumpkin County Library, 706-864-3668 

Library Hours:

Mon/Tues/Wed 10-5:30; Thurs 10-7; Fri/Sat 10-3:30

3-D Printer Demos, every Monday, 2-4 p.m., Have you heard about 3-D printers? Have you wondered what they look like, how they sound, and how they work? Stop in and watch a demonstration and children and adults may enter to win one of the creations.

Book Sale Room at the Lumpkin Library, every Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Every Thursday 10:000 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., first Saturday of each month (May 5) 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The downstairs book sale room at the Lumpkin County Library will be open for folks to select and purchase gently used books. Come shop for bargains and help the library at the same time.

American Red Cross Blood Drive, Thursday, May 17, 12 – 5:00 p.m., The American Red Cross will be holding a blood drive in the downstairs meeting room at the Lumpkin County Library. To make an appointment, please visit and enter sponsor keyword:  Lumpkin, OR call 1-800-Red Cross.

Happy Bookers Book Discussion Group, Thursday, May 17, 1:30 p.m., The Happy Bookers book discussion group meets the 3rd Thursday of each month at the library. The group rotates discussing fiction, nonfiction, and award-winning books. New members are welcome. May’s selection is:  “Kinsey & Me,” by Sue Grafton.


At The Holly Theater

The Holly Theater wants your hidden talents

The Holly Theater is building production teams for Annie and other upcoming productions and your talents are needed. Now is the chance to satisfy your wish to become a part of the fun you witness on stage. Everyday people help out behind the scenes with all Holly Theater Company shows and we couldn't get to the first rehearsal without them. There are many ways to get involved, including stage management, directing, choreography, props, costumes, production technical side, and many more. Visit and click on "Volunteer"

Holly Costuming Camp for kids

The Holly Performance Academy Costuming Camp for kids ages 7-18-plus is happening from June 4-15 at the Holly Annex, Monday-Friday 8 to 11:30 a.m. This camp is an introduction to general sewing and creating costumes for the stage. Students will learn basic machine and hand sewing, create a simple skirt for themselves, and assist with costumes for the HPA production of Once On This Island. In this class, kids will get hands-on experience with the basics of machine sewing. They'll learn everything from how to turn on the machine to finish a simple project. As their skills grow, we'll teach them how to read patterns, cut fabric appropriately, and more. When registering, please note if your child has had previous sewing experience. No prior experience is required, but it’s helpful to know. You may use our sewing machines or bring your own. The cost is $150 and the Directors are Cathy McMullan and Phyllis Hartman. Call the Holly Theater for more information at 706-530-5162.

Holly Theater Summer Camps Start in June

The Holly Theater's Summer Camps have opportunities for children of all ages (3½ to 18), to experience the theater in new ways, develop their skills, and have fun.

Ages: 12 - 18

• Senior Performance Camp - Once on this Island, Camp Dates: June 4-15

• Senior Tech Camp: Once on This Island: June 4-15

Ages: 6 - 12

• Junior Performance Camp: "The Magic Treehouse: Pirates Past Noon, Kids": June 18-29

• Exploration Camp: "Magic Tree House, Pirates Past Noon": June 18-22

• Exploration Camp: Cinderella: June 25-29

Ages: 3 - 5

• Mini Camp: "Magic Tree House, Pirates Past Noon": June 18-22

• Mini Camp: "Cinderella": June 25-29

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The Dahlonega Nugget

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 36,
Dahlonega, GA 30533

Phone: 706-864-3613
Fax: 706-864-5812