This includes a wildlife walk tour and more personal time with our young sloth. We will break through some of the myths surrounding sloths and go deeper into the awareness and conservation of these animals. Both sloth and guest will receive an amazing, positive and enriching experience! All proceeds goes directly to sloth care and conservation.
What’s more Heavenly than indulging in the taste of a gourmet meal? Experiencing it in our romantic setting over looking the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Introducing our new Chef, Stephen Woodard. Chef Woodard brings a new flare of flavor to Valhalla that even the divine are jealous of. Stop by today and experience a new mix of fresh flavors Valhalla has to offer.
Congested Tissue Release is Back!
Solasta Spa is offering a second series of the Congested Tissue Release full body reset and detox program after successful results from the first round.
Sylvia Cutrone, Integrative Wellness Specialist and Manual Lymphatic Drainage Specialist runs four hands on sessions, one and a half hour each to increase circulation, better your sleep quality, relive pain, help stop alleviated arthritic symptoms, reduce water retention, help sinus congestion, relieve sore muscles, and so much more. These sessions also come with Self-care demonstrations, dietary guidance, and detox strategy handout which includes detox recipes and followup procedure to do at home.
The Helen Arts & Heritage Center offers a wide array of classes such as Jewelry Making, Pottery, Crochet, Watercolor, Fused Glass and more! Visit our website at www.helenarts.org for a schedule of classes.
The art gallery, gift shop and history museum at Helen Arts & Heritage will be closed to the public from Saturday, January 4 through Friday, January 31, 2020. “This is a tentative winter closing schedule pending the progress of the renovation to our History Museum, explains HAHC Director, Nancy Ackerman. It is safe to assume that the upcoming construction will consume the month of January and likely into part or all of February. In the event it does affect the February operations, we plan to re-open the art gallery and gift shop areas of the center prior to the Winter Art Festival which is set for February 15-16. The administrative offices will not be affected and will operate as usual along with all art classes scheduled. All updates related to our progress along with any activities or programs affected by inclimate weather will be posted on our website at helenarts.org“
LEARN PLACEMENT & VALUES IN PAINTING
Learn how to begin your paining, what things to approach first.
Paint a simple fishing boat on a 12×12 canvas, learning the importance
of composition and values. Weekday, evening and weekend times available;
held in main studio of arts center.
$40 class fee for two hours; includes all supplies; no prior experience necessary.
Instructor, Nancy Ackerman
Pottery Studio Class
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Come join us on any Thursday at 1pm for an exciting time creating with clay and socializing with friends. Helen Arts & Heritage welcomes pottery students of all experience levels and all ages to come and enjoy individual lessons within a group setting.
Art is therapy. It crosses all social boundaries and is present in all settings. Research has proven and we have witnessed first hand here at the arts center how art changes us, makes us better, improves our overall emotional and physical health. If we can offer something of quality to a group of men and women who have already given so much of themselves for us, then we have accomplished our goal. Serving those in need, providing quality services to our community and growing the arts while preserving our heritage is what we aim to do.
Each of our workshop series run for six weeks on Tuesdays from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Visit our Calendar for the current schedule.
Discovery Tours are offered FREE every Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon at the Sautee Nacoochee Center. They begin at 1 p.m. in the Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia, where tour guides conduct a 45-minute tour of the Museum. The informal “front porch” style discussion is designed to unearth the unique talents of artists from the Appalachian Foothills of Georgia while focusing on the Museum’s current exhibit.
After that, the tour becomes self-guided and moves to the Art Gallery Shops in the Sautee Nacoochee Cultural Center to view a wide array of original, one-of-a-kind art by 274 local artists. Visitors will enjoy viewing the current juried show displayed in hallways of the 1928 Nacoochee School Building.
The Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia is located at the junction of Garland Bristol Road and Hwy 255 North, (283 Highway 255 North) Sautee, GA 30571.
DISCOVERING DAVE WORKSHOP FOR KIDS
Book Reading, Writing & Pottery
In honor of Black History Month and the Dave Drake exhibit, come join us as we read the book Dave the Potter, take a tour of the museum and make couplet clay creations in the studio!
Date: Saturday, Feb 29
Time: 10am – 2:00pm
Place: Folk Pottery Studio
Now – March 1, 2020
in the Twin Galleries
NATURE’S GIFTS Show
Streams and Strands Exhibition featuring
Dianne Mize Paintings – Streams and Strands
Heritage, History and Art Brought to Life at the SNC
The Sautee Nacoochee Center (SNC) is pleased to announce the opportunity for learning through interaction with historic interpreters. Beginning November 9, 2019, traditions of the Appalachian Mountains will be alive at the Heritage Site, which is located on the 8.5 acre SNC campus.
Framed by nineteenth century landscaping and antebellum artifacts, the Heritage Site features two structures that will be brought to life on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month. A slave cabin original to the Nacoochee Valley and moved to the SNC campus, along with a blacksmith’s shop built onsite in 2014, tell the region’s history in many ways.
A docent will welcome visitors to the cabin, which provides a focal point for the story of the people whose labor contributed in countless ways to life in Northeast Georgia. A demonstrating blacksmith will be at the smithy, which offers a window into the ways in which functional and decorative tools and implements were created in communities all across the region.
The Heritage Site will be staffed and welcoming visitors on the second and fourth Saturdays from 10 AM until 4 PM beginning in November. All are invited to stop by to learn about nineteenth and early twentieth century life through demonstration and conversation
The Center offers varied programs for young adults to seniors. Our goal is to offer opportunities for continued growth and self expression – Visual Arts, Music and Dance, and Physical Fitness not to mention special presentations on all manner of things to enrich your life and make the most of your experience.
The Center has always placed great importance on programs for the younger members of the community – classes and activities in the visual and performing arts. Young creative spirits need to be nurtured in the notion that creativity is not a secondary part of a well rounded life but an essential element at its very core.
Brought to you by the White County Parks & Recreation Department, these classes are taught by Rev. Nancy Nester, DD, MScD, RYT, a practicing Yogini for more than 40 years with a MS in Body Anatomy and Physiology to ensure your experience is safe and healthy for you.
She has taught Breath, Meditation and Mindfulness courses for more than 35 years. Nancy teaches an ‘all levels’ class, suitable for anyone who wants to experience breath, body awareness and ease in daily life.
Classes are free to members of Silver Sneakers and Georgia Silver Fit programs. Others can join the Sautee Nacoochee Community Association and get half price on their White County Parks & Rec membership, with monthly cost for attending every class as low as $12.50. Drop in classes are $5.00 each
Walk alongside history on the beautiful Helen to Hardman Heritage Trail. This one (1) mile ADA accessible trail follows the Chattahoochee River from Hardman Farm State Historic Site to Alpine Helen. Learn about native plants and animals, Helen’s heritage and the influences that have made this area attractive to people for over one thousand years. Parking is located at both ends of the trail. The trail closes at dusk and is closed to vehicle traffic. Preserve our river by not littering. Pet friendly.”
Friends of Hardman Farm: Volunteer Recruitment Day
Wednesday, Feb 26, 2020 10 AM to 12 PM
We are gearing up for a special year, our 150th anniversary! Join us for a volunteer open house and hear about all the great opportunities and benefits of becoming a volunteer at Hardman Farm. Morning biscuits will be provided, and all prospective volunteers will enjoy a tour of the farm.
On the first Friday of every month, Unicoi State Park hosts a Homeschool Day from 10am to 12pm at our Visitors’ Center. Topics range from Ecosystems and Food Webs to Hibernation and Migration Patterns. Cost for attending is $5 per child (ages 0 – 4 can attend for free) unless otherwise specified. Guests can pre-register for Homeschool Days of their choice by contacting Danielle MacDougall at 706-878-4727 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Menus & New Events come to Smith Creek Tavern! If you’ve not been to the Smith Creek Tavern in Unicoi State Park Lodge, this is your perfect opportunity! We’ve just launched a new menu (select the button below to view) and we’re gearing up for new weekly events.
Karaoke Thursdays are in full swing and take place every Thursday from 6pm to 9pm. Then join us on Friday and Saturday nights from 6pm to 9pm for Live Music performances.
Want to learn more about mushrooms and other fungi? Join state certified mushroom forager and Wild Mushroom Food and Safety Instructor Brian Hale for a fungus presentation and brief hike. The program will begin with a power point presentation, and after we will hike a 1.6-mile loop trail in order to observe and identify wild mushrooms in the area.
Friends of Smithgall Woods Meeting
Tuesday, Mar 3, 2020 to Wednesday, Mar 4, 2020 2 PM to 3 AM
This informative monthly meeting will give you the ins and outs of Smithgall Woods. Learn more about this special conservation area and what volunteer opportunities are available. Make some new friends and find a way to give back!
Smithgall Woods is an angler’s paradise. One of north Georgia’s premier trout streams, Dukes Creek, runs through this spectacular mountain property and is a favorite for catch and release fishing. To ensure a quality experience, the number of anglers is limited and fishing is offered only on certain days. As a result, anglers should call ahead for reservations. Five miles of trails and 18 miles of roads allow hikers and bicyclists to explore hardwoods, streams and wildlife.
Smithgall Woods Cottages and Visitor Center remain open during normal operating hours. However, due to recent flooding, only the Laurel Ridge Trail is open for hiking.