Saturday, June 28, 2014

For Goodness Snakes - 6/29/14 at 1-2pm

 It's true - snakes help control rodent populations and are an important part of our ecosystem. Come learn about these misunderstood reptiles. Join us in the Lodge Lobby and you will be saying "Oh my goodness snakes". Make a day of it and have lunch in the Maple Restaurant after the show. Handicapped Accessible event.$5 parking fee. Phone: 706-265-1969 - Address: Amicalola Falls State Park, 280 Amicalola Falls State Park Rd, Dawsonville, GA 30534

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Guided Tours at Hardman Farm

Guided Tours at Hardman Farm

Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 9:00am - 4:30pm
 The historic Hardman House across from the Nacoochee Indian mound will be open for rare tours on Saturday, June 28, 2014.  Learn the secrets and history of this143-year-old former governor’s farm while on a guided tour with a Park Interpretive Ranger.
Tours will take place at 9 a.m.., 11 a.m. and  4:30 p.m.  for  $10 per person.  SPACE IS VERY LIMITED and you must register in advance to attend. To register call Smithgall Woods State Park at 706-878-3087 or email  Tours will last approximately one hour, and the house is not climate controlled; therefore, visitors should dress appropriately.
Hardman Farm is located 2 miles south of Helen, Georgia on the corner of Hwy. 17 and Hwy. 75.  It is across from a gazebo-topped Indian mound which is a popular landmark in the Sautee-Nacoochee Valley.  The state-owned historic site is not usually open to the public and is operated by Smithgall Woods State Park.
 To schedule a tour, contact Jessica James Weems at 706-878-3087 or e-mail

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Destination Helen Motorcycle Rally

Beginning on Thursday, August 14th, The Destination Helen Motorcycle Rally will be in town. Hosted by Chattahoochee Biker Gear, it’s an annual event with concerts, bike shows, contests, games and plenty of party potential.   The event attracts bikers and festival vendors from all over, and promises to be epic weekend!  Are you looking forward to riding the open road, taking it easy and getting crazy with fellow bikers at the rally?  They have great sponsors, vendors & bands. For more information visit the website.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Cooking Class at Jaemor Farms

Two cooking classes set for July!


During the past month Jaemor Farms  have hosted two homemade preserves classes with the help of the UGA Extension Service. We're hosting two more in July! Join them to learn the set-by-step process of canning properly. It is time consuming, but with the proper steps, you too can be canning fresh fruits and vegetables this summer to enjoy year-round!

Classes are from 4-8 p.m. and take place at 'The Barn' at Jaemor Farms. Classes are $25/person. At the beginning of each class we take a tour of the farm to learn about the crops we grow and the history of Jaemor. Then we return to 'The Barn' to have a hands on workshop learning about food safety and the process of making jam, or canning vegetables. Below are are the next two opportunities for cooking on the farm:

July 8th -- 'Pickling Class'
July 22nd -- 'Salsa Class'

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Top of Georgia Hostel & Hiking Center Opens in Hiawassee

Check out this new lodging property near the Appalachian Trail (7675 R
ose Haven, Hiawassee, GA 30546). During the
“season” they will be catering to the multitude of hikers, but the rest of the year, they will be offering wine/lodging,
hiking/lodging packages, etc. Contacxt is Bob Gabrielsen
. Check it out at