This week the 10th Annual Cowboy Gathering will be happening at the Booth Museum in Cartersville. All three days there will be great programs of interest to anyone who loves the west.
Thursday March 7th:
On the 7th, from 1 pm until 4 pm, there will be a special program for home schoolers. Home school students can learn about the sculpture process and the sculpture of artist Dave McGary. They will also be able to participate in gallery programs and art projects and enjoy special entertainment in the Booth Theatre. Cost is $5 for students and $3 for adults. Call 770-387-3849 to schedule your group. For more information visit here.
At 5 pm, member of the museum and guests are invited to attend Native Expressions: Dave McGary’s Bronze Realism, a new exhibition by the featured artist of the gathering. At 7 pm, McGary will discuss his realistic and colorful depictions of Native peoples preserved in bronze.
Friday March 8th
Today will feature the newest addition to the Gathering, the First Featured Artist Golf Tournament. This four-person team scramble is $100 per person and includes 18 holes of golf, range balls, cart, box lunch, and soft drinks. Each team is guaranteed to play one hole with famed sculptor Dave McGary and Booth Museum Executive Director Seth Hopkins. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams, longest drive, closest to the pin, and winner of the putting contest. Register by calling 770-387-1300. For more information and the Registration Form, visit here.
Saturday March 9th
From 8 am to noon, enjoy the Southeastern Chuck Wagon Cook-off (on the museum grounds). In the contest, teams of cooks will prepare food just as they did on the cattle drives of the 1800s, and ticket holders will get to eat it at noon! Tickets are $15 and should be purchased in advance by calling 770-387-1300 or in person at the Museum. Winners will be announced at 2:00 pm. For more see here.
From 10 am to 12:30 pm the finals of the Writing Through Art Literary Contest will be held in the Booth Ballroom.
11 am to 4 pm, there will be special children’s activities held throughout the museum.
From 1 pm to 6 pm, open fiddle, banjo, mandolin, and guitar contests will be held. For more visit here.
And last, but certainly not least, Asleep at the Wheel will be performing at the Grand Theatre as the Featured Entertainers of the Gathering. For more information, visit here.
For details and more about all of the events at the Gathering, visit the Booth Museum here.
On March 15th at Big Shanty Antiques in Kennesaw, a very special auction will be held to benefit Lola Elizabeth Darnell.
Lola was born on June 21, 2012 with congenital heart disease including pulmonary vein stenosis and two holes in her heart. She also suffers from Heterodoxy Syndrome, meaning all of her major organs are on the opposite side of her body. To date, she is unable to feed by mouth and receives nourishment only through a gastric tube in her side.
Immediately following her birth Lola was airlifted to Egelston Children’s Hospital in Atlanta for emergency heart surgery and has since had several additional surgeries.
Lola is the great granddaughter of James and Yvonne Dills, who are long time dealers at Big Shanty Antiques and Gifts.
All donations will be very much appreciated and will go directly to her family to help with their over whelming medical expenses.
About the auction: This will be a “walking auction” where items donated by the Big Shanty’s dealers and friends will be sold as buyers walk through this wonderful, huge, treasure-filled mall.
The auction is also being co-sponsored by Hooters of Kennesaw and Doan Auction Company.
Join the good folks at Big Shanty for the auction and help this beautiful little girl!
For directions and more information, visit Big Shanty here.
So, you’re thinking about going into business? Congratulations!
Of course, you’ll need to get a business license, talk to a CPA and find a location, but what else?
There are some great places you can go to for good advice:
Visit the Secretary of State’s Office:
If you are opening a business in Georgia, the Office of the Secretary of State wants to help. Go to their site here, and see what they have to offer the new business owner. If you aren’t in Georgia, look around your state’s site. You’ll probably find lots of start-up help there, too.
Meet Other Business People:
Of course, there is your local Chamber of Commerce, and the NFIB, but every week, dozens, sometimes hundreds of business people get together locally in smaller Meet-ups. These are groups, usually at breakfast (though not always) who get together to network or trade leads (and lots of other things completely unrelated to business!). Find a meet-up close to you here.
Even if you aren’t a big fan of social media, LinkedIn may be a good resource for you. LinkedIn is an enormous business-based social media site, and you might find good resources there. For example, groups can be very helpful, since you can join a group and ask others there questions.
There are less formal groups that might help. For example, if you are an artist or crafts person in several of the counties in North Georgia, you might want to think about joining the North Georgia Art Ramble. This is a very cool tour of studios and galleries that happens in December. Every artist we’ve talked to who participates in it loves it! It has been very successful for them and they are happy to talk about it. There might be something similar that can give you a jump start; just ask around.
Selling Online? Find the Right Site:
Check out all of your possibilities. For example, one of the most impressive parts of the online selling site Etsy is their “incredible group of people who will work with you to help you promote your business,” says one of their local sellers. Look for websites and blogs where help is available. For advice about a starting a successful blog try reading Christian Personal Finance. For advice on setting up an online store, try My Wife Quit Her Job. Great sites! Just keep Google-ing until you find what you need.
The One Named for You!
Last, but not least, don’t miss this site: Entrepreneur.com. It is filled with advice and information on sales, marketing, technology, franchises and more. Of course, this isn’t the only small business site on the web, but it may be the best!
The internet is loaded with information about everything, our pets included. Here are some sites you might enjoy.
If you are interested in adopting a pet, here’s a site that can help; it is the awesome Pet Finder, with more information that you can imagine!
Ok, so you know you love animals, but don’t know what kind of pet to choose? Here’s the place where you start making that decision, at Pet Picker, from Animal Planet.
Having problems with your pooch? Try a visit to this site where you can get help for all sorts of canine problems, from barking to biting to separation anxiety.
What list of Dog Lover’s websites would be complete without this guy? The amazing Caesar Milan, the Dog Whisperer, has a great site here.
The American Kennel Club site is here, with interesting news and information.
No, we haven’t forgotten about kitty…here’s the American Cat Fancier’s Association, too!
Speaking of cats, here’s a site about training yours called The Way of Cats.
Here’s a last one for now. Find the best vet possible on this site called Vetratingz.
If you love the mountains, and love their scenery, you need to be sure to some one thing on your travel calendar this year –the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway.
The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway runs between the charming town of Blue Ridge, Georgia, along the very scenic Toccoa River, through countryside and forests, to the twin towns of McCaysville, Georgia and Copper Hill, Tennessee.
Blue Ridge is considered the “antique capitol of Georgia” but it has other interesting shops, great restaurants and cafes and lots of arts related things to do.
The Depot where you board the train is right in the heart of Blue Ridge, so you can’t miss it! It boards for the trip into vintage passenger cars and open cars for even better views of the scenery. One way the trip takes about an hour.
It is a leisurely 26 miles, round trip, with a two-hour stopover in McCaysville and Copper Hill, which share a most unusual quality. There is a stripe –you can’t miss it- painted right down the middle of the towns. You see, they have run together over the years to the point that inside some buildings one side is in one state and one in the other.
There are shops and cafes in McCaysville and Copper Hill as well where you can while away your two hour stay. Then you can board the train –they’ll blow the horn to remind you- and take another leisurely hour-long trip back to Blue Ridge!
The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway opens for the 2013 season on March 15th, with trips running the 15th through the 18th, the 22nd through the 26th and the 28th through the 30th of March. There is a special train on the 30th called the Blue Ridge Easter Egg Spress, running at 4 pm, with extra fun for the kids, too. For more visit them here.