October is the perfect time for those who like the adventure of picking their own fruit or vegetables. The weather is cool and beautiful and, of course, its apple time in North Georgia! North Georgia is known for its delicious apples and this month there are a number of places (particularly in Gilmer County) where you can pick your own apples.
At The Red Apple Barn in Ellijay at http://www.redapplebarn.com/, at Reece Orchards in Ellijay (http://www.reeceorchards.com/wp/), at Hillcrest Orchards in Ellijay (www.hillcrestorchards.net) and at R and A Orchards in Ellijay. (http://www.randaorchards.com/) you can pick delicious apples to your heart’s content!
You can also pick your own pumpkins at Berry Patch in Woodstock: 770-926-0561 or visit http://www.berrypatchfarms.net. It is also muscadine season and you can pick your own at Brown’s Vineyard and Berry Farm in Union City (770-964-5304).
The weather is beautiful and it can be great family fun to pick your own!
The Cherokee County Historical Society is pleased to announce the new temporary exhibition featured at the Cherokee County History Museum and Visitor’s Center called: The Potters of Orange, 1913-2013.
Pottery has been made for over 100 years in east Cherokee County, in an area known as the Orange community. In the early 1900’s, the pottery shops of Edward L. Stork and James P. Reid made utilitarian wares – churns, jugs, pitchers, bowls, etc. – which were sold to local farmers for the preparation and storage of food. Decoration on the pottery was sparse, with most of the visual appeal of the pottery deriving from the forms and the variations in the earthy colors. The pottery produced today at the shops of Ron Cooper and Jay Benzel is decorative art pottery – vases, face jugs, figurals, abstract pieces, etc. – glazed in a rainbow of glazes and decorated in an unlimited variety of motifs. This exhibit features the highly-collectible pottery from these four potters, with a few pieces from other affiliated potters including Earl Stork, Homer Burns, and Belle Reid. “The exhibit is a great way to compare the historic potters of Cherokee County with the exciting contemporary artists of today,” says Stefanie Joyner, the Executive Director. All of the pieces are privately owned and on loan for the exhibit.
The exhibit will run from September 18 until December 31, 2013 and will be located in Suite 140 of the historic marble courthouse. The museum is located at 100 North Street, Canton 30114 and is free and open to the public. The operating hours are Wednesday-Friday from 10 to 5pm and Saturday from 10 to 3pm.
Dr. Joe Kitchens of Funk Heritage at Reinhardt University Lecture at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell
On Thursday, September 26th, our friend Joe Kitchens, the curator of the Funk Heritage Center at Reinhardt College –and a contributor to North Georgia Living- will be lecturing at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell. His topic will be, not surprisingly, the history of the Native people who occupied Georgia prior to European settlers’ arrival and the events that occurred once they did arrive. Funk Heritage Center is part of the Chieftain’s Trail through North Georgia and a museum which, in part, specializes in information on the Native American people of North Georgia. The Funk is also the site chosen to receive the “Hickory Log Collection” of more than a thousand important Native American pieces found at a settlement on the Etowah River in Canton.
The lecture is part of the CNC’s monthly potluck social. The lecture and potluck are for ages 16 and older; cost is $10 for the general public and $5 for CNC members.
The monthly potluck dinners ( held every month except November and December) are hosted by the Nature Club at the CNC. The potluck begins at 7 pm and the lecture starts at 7:30.
This should be a fun and fascinating way to spend an evening.
For more information, visit http://www.chattnaturecenter.org/adult-activities/nature-club/ or call 770-992-2055 ext. 236 or email Rebecca Gilbert at email@example.com
On October 12th, one of the cutest new vintage and repuposed décor shops in North Georgia will hold an October yard sale in their parking lot,
One Unique, owned by June Peevy, is filled with vintage and new items, cleverly repurposed and painted furniture and lots more, both for indoors and out. It is located at 6679 Hickory Flat Highway, in an adorable cottage just across the road from the Hickory Flat Kroger. The sale will be held from 10 am to 4 pm and will have all sorts of exciting things for everyone. (We’ll tell you more about it later!)
If you have antiques, vintage, works of art, crafts, repurposed items and more, you can rent a booth there for only $25. Call 770-710-2626 to reserve your space!
On October 1, the Cherokee Master Gardeners will be offering a course in one of the most important, yet difficult, aspects of home gardening –“The Basics of Landscape Design”.
This class will be held on Tuesday, October 1st at the Senior Center at 1001 Univeter Road in Canton. The class is free.
They will also offer two other classes during October: on Saturday the 5th you can learn how to make a stepping stone or concrete planter at “Hypertufa: AKA Fun with Concrete.” This class will have a supplies fee and a limit of sixteen students. (In other words, get there early!) This class will also be at the Senior Center and begins at 10:00 am.
The last class will be held on October 19th and will be on “The Enjoyment of Wildlife in Your Yard and Garden.” It will also be held at the Senior Center on Univeter Road in Canton. It will also start at 10 am.
There is no fee for the classes with the exception of supplies fees (as on the 5th). For more information visit the Cherokee Master Gardeners at http://tinyurl.com/k5xorxc