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HALLEY BURLESON

Nov. 24-25 (828-295-5222) while
the lighting of the town at Helen,
Georgia, happens on Nov. 24 (helenga.org). You can also enjoy the Festival of the Mountain Masters
at the Village Center of Harlan, Kentucky, on Nov. 24-25 (harlancounty
trails.com).

DECEMBER

A Small Town Christmas

raiser held during the Halloween
season.
Just outside Roanoke, Virginia,
head to Franklin County, where
you can find both mules and moonshine at the Blue Ridge Folklife
Festival, held on Oct. 28 (blueridgefolkfestival.com). Or go to Hiawassee, Georgia, for the second annual
Appalachian Brew, Stew & Que
Festival featuring breweries, barbecue and Brunswick Stew on Oct.
28 (georgiamountainfairgrounds.com).
You can also party hearty in Georgia
on Oct. 28-29 at either the Mountain Moonshine Festival in
Dawsonville (dawson.org) or at the
Toccoa Harvest Festival in Toccoa
(main streettoccoa.com).

NOVEMBER
Holidays are special at the Biltmore,
that magnificent mansion of Asheville, North Carolina. This year, the
43rd annual Christmas at Biltmore begins Nov. 3 with fanciful

garland, lights and ribbon (biltmore.
com).
Smoky Mountain Christmas
premieres Nov. 5 and runs through
Jan. 1, 2018 at Dollywood, offering a winter wonderland with four
million lights, holiday shows and
a wonderful steam-train ride (dol
lywood.com). Nearby, the threemonth-long Smoky Mountain
Winterfest (visitsevierville.com) returns on Nov. 6, with millions more
lights seen on the streets of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg
in the Great Smoky Mountains.
Breeze into Babyland General
Hospital on Nov. 18 for the Appalachian Christmas Celebration
& Pancake Breakfast; it's a great
day for young kids in Cleveland,
Georgia (cabbagepatchkids.com). Another winner is the Lewisburg
Holiday Festival of West Virginia
on Nov. 18-19, featuring carriage
rides, kids' activities and street performers (greenbrierwv.com).
Christmas in the Park &
Lighting of the Town rolls into
Blowing Rock, North Carolina, on

Holiday cheer continues across the
mountains in December. Look for A
Small Town Christmas in Banner Elk, North Carolina, on Dec.
1-3, featuring the lighting of a 40foot Christmas tree (bannerelk.com).
Nearby, you can watch the Christmas Parade of Boone, North Carolina, on Dec. 2 at 11 a.m., and take
the candlelight tour, 1-4 p.m., of
the Hickory Ridge Living History Museum (exploreboone.com).
Then, on Dec. 9, 4-7 p.m., come
see the Christmas Tree Lighting
at Vogel State Park (706-745-2628,
gastateparks.org), near Blairsville,
Georgia, where you can share presents for young children, sing a few
Christmas carols, bask in a bonfire-
and even meet Santa Claus!
The Yuletide season always takes
on a warm glow in the tiny village
of Helvetia, West Virginia, where
the Feast of Saint Nicholas (helvetiawv.com) is held on the Saturday
closest to the fifth of December at
the Helvetia Community Hall. This
Randolph County tradition traces
the origin of the gift-giving Saint
Nicholas (or "Sankt Nicholaus")
from hundreds of years ago in what
is now Turkey and how his life's lessons have inspired a celebration of
children at the beginning of each
Christmas season (800-422-3304).
Round out the season at Roanoke, Virginia, with the familyfriendly Dickens of a Christmas, featuring a parade, costume
contest, Christmas tree lighting,
roasted chestnuts, carriage rides
and street performers. Look for it
this year on December 1, 8 and 15
(downtownroanoke.org). 
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http://www.ga.org http://www.trails.com http://www.bannerelk.com http://www.exploreboone.com http://www.gastateparks.org http://www.folkfestival.com http://www.lywood.com http://www.vetiawv.com http://www.visitsevierville.com http://www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com http://www.dawson.org http://www.streettoccoa.com http://www.cabbagepatchkids.com http://www.greenbrierwv.com http://www.downtownroanoke.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017

Features
Festival Guide 2017
Waterfalls of North Carolina: A Photo Essay
Wytheville Loves Edith
Barry Glick, Garden Guy
Vanishing Landmarks of North Georgia
Cheese!
Departments
From the Editor
Contributors
Mill Creek Stories
Worth a Click
Creature Feature
The Good Walk
Mountain Report
Country Roads
Singing in the Garden
Festivals & Events
Guest Column
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Intro
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Cover1
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Cover2
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 3
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 4
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 5
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - From the Editor
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Contributors
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 8
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 9
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Mill Creek Stories
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 11
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 12
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 13
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 14
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 15
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Worth a Click
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Creature Feature
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - The Good Walk
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 19
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Mountain Report
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 21
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Country Roads
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 23
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 24
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 25
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Festival Guide 2017
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 27
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 28
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Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 30
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Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 36
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 37
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Waterfalls of North Carolina: A Photo Essay
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 39
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 40
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 41
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 42
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 43
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 44
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Wytheville Loves Edith
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 46
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 47
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Barry Glick, Garden Guy
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 49
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 50
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 51
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Vanishing Landmarks of North Georgia
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 53
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 54
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 55
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Cheese!
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 57
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Singing in the Garden
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 59
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 60
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 61
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Festivals & Events
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 63
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 64
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 65
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Guest Column
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