Knock ’em Dead

See the hilarious, interactive murder mystery Knock ’em Dead at the Blue Ridge Community Theater on April 7 – 10 and April 14 – 17, 2011. The story of this play takes place on the last night of a talent competition and features six very unusual acts: a ventriloquist whose lips move, a foul mouthed stand up comedienne, a baton twirling bimbo, a German songstress with a questionable accent, a flamboyant owner of a lip synching dog, and a hypnotist with a questionable past. A murder happens and all of these people are questioned by detectives and the audience until the case is solved. This play is rated R due to adult subject matter and language.

Showtimes are 7:30 PM on Thursday through Saturday. Matinees on Sunday are at 2 PM. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16.20 for seniors 65 and older, $9 for students college age and younger, and $14.40 each for groups of 10 or more. Season tickets and Flex passes are also available. Call 706-632-9223 for more information or for reservations. You can also purchase tickets online at

Blue Ridge Community Theater is located at:
2591 East 1st St.
Blue Ridge, Georgia

2011 Blue Ridge Writers’ Conference

Writer's Pen and PaperBlue Ridge Mountain Arts Association in Blue Ridge, Georgia is hosting the 2011 Blue Ridge Writers’ Conference on April 1 – 2, 2011. A reception will be held Friday, April 1, 2011 from 5 PM to 7 PM and will feature a book fair where many local authors will have their books available for sale. The conference will begin at 8:30 AM on Saturday, April 2, 2011. This year’s keynote speaker will be agent Sally McMillan. Other featured speakers will be Robert Brewer, editor of Writer’s Market and Poet’s Market; Scott Owens, editor of the online journal, Wild Goose Review, and Hope Clark, editor of the website, Funds for Writers.

Registration is $70 per person and includes the reception on Friday evening and lunch during the conference on Saturday. Some critique services will be available. For more information on this event, call 706-632-2144 or check the website at

The Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association is located at:
420 West Main St.
Blue Ridge, GA

Maxwell Taylor – Singer Extraordinaire

Maxwell Taylor will bring his one man show to the Art Center in Blue Ridge, Georgia on February 26, 2011 at 7 PM. Using his sultry, soulful voice and incredible range, he brings a number of voices to the stage. As a tribute to many influences in his life, he impersonates a wide variety of entertainers such as Michael Jackson, Barry White, Elvis Presley and more. You won’t want to miss his energetic and very entertaining performance!

Tickets for this event are $20. Contact the Blue Ridge Arts Assocation at 706-632-5680 for more information.

The Art Center is located at:
420 North Main St.
Blue Ridge, Georgia

7th Annual Helen Lewis Lecture

Every year since 2005 the Craddock Center has presented a lecture to honor Dr. Helen Lewis. Each lecture features some aspect of Appalachian life. This year’s presenter will be folk artist, songwriter, and children’s book author, John McCutcheon.

The lecture will take place on February 18, 2011 at 7 PM at the Bonnie Higdon Reaves Auditorium on the Epworth campus of Reinhardt College. Contact the Craddock Center 706-632-1772 for more information and details about this event.

The Bonnie Higdon Reaves Auditorium is located at:
125 School House Rd.
Epworth, Georgia

Songs and Stories-Appalachian Style

Bob and Melody Thomason will be performing Songs and Stories-Appalachian Style at the Performing Arts Center in Blue Ridge, Georgia on January 29, 2011 at 7:30 PM.

The Thomasons travel all around the Southeast performing their songs and stories about the Appalachian mountains and have been doing so for almost 30 years. Bob is an accomplished musician, storyteller, and lecturer and plays many instruments including the mountain dulcimer, banjo, and guitar with Melody adding her voice to the music. In addition to playing the dulcimer, Bob also builds them. He holds building workshops from Florida to Maine.

This show is being presented by the Craddock Center and the event is free of charge, however, free will offerings are always welcome to help cover the production costs of the event. For more information and details, contact the Craddock Center at 706-632-1772.

The Performing Arts Center is located at Fannin County High School at:
360 Rebels Circle
Blue Ridge, GA

Art Exhibit at Blue Ridge Mountain Arts

Visit Blue Ridge Mountain Arts on January 8, 2011 for an opening reception for talented photographer, Lisa Schnelinger and the first quarter artists-in-residence Don and Suzie Maier. The art exhibits feature Lisa Schnelinger’s Photographic Journey in Afghanistan and paintings by award winning artists, Don and Suzie Maier.

The reception is from 5 PM to 7 PM. It is free and open to the public. The Photographic Journey in Afghanistan will be on display during normal gallery hours from January 9, 2011 through February 18, 2011. The artwork of Don and Suzie Maier will be on display through March 25, 2011. Contact 706-632-2144 for more information and details about this event.

The Art Center-Blue Ridge Mountain Arts is located in downtown Blue Ridge at:
420 W. Main St.
Blue Ridge, GA

Christmas at Blue Ridge Mountain Arts

Stained Glass Mary and JesusChristmas is a busy time at the Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association. There will be many events taking place at The Art Center for the holidays starting with the 2010 Holiday Show and Sale which opens with a reception on Saturday evening, November 20, 2010. There will be food, fun, entertainment and wonderful artistic creations for sale by over 500 regional artists. You are sure to find something for everyone on your Christmas list as there will be offerings of pottery, woodworks, sculptures, folk art, jewelry, blown and stained glass, paintings, and so much more! The sale will continue through December 22, 2010. All purchases help The Art Center keep their programs going and their artists creating.

The holiday celebrations keep going with the Festival of Trees, going on November 22, 2010 through November 27, 2010. The Festival of Trees is a wonderful exhibit of Christmas trees decorated by local businesses and organizations. There will be a reception and silent auction on November 26, 2010 at 6 PM and all proceeds go to benefit the Craddock Center.

Christmas at The Art Center is an open house being hosted by The Art Center on December 11, 2010 from 10 AM to 6 PM. Come share some warm drinks, fresh baked goods, and fellowship with friends old and new as you enjoy the beauty of the season at The Art Center. A large Christmas tree will be displayed in the Richard Low Evans Courtroom Gallery and everyone is encouraged to bring a wrapped gift for a child in need in the community. The gifts should be artistic in nature to help spark creativity in the child it will be given to (no oil based products please). Please tag your gift for the age it is appropriate for. Even if you can’t make it to the open house, you can still help bring a smile to the face of a child by bringing a gift to put under the tree at The Art Center any time after November 20, 2010.

For more information and details about any of these events, contact Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association at 706-632-2144.

The Art Center is located at:
420 W. Main St.
Blue Ridge, Georgia

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