Our next newsletter will be published on February 10, and will cover the period from
February 10 – February 23, 2020.
January 31 6:30pm
Join us for the first party of the Fasching season! We will be hosting the party in the evening, but you can enjoy our specials all day long. We will be offering Pichelstein Stew, $5 cup/$9 bowl; beer cheese fries, $5; Warsteiner Pilsner or Hofbrau Dunkel, $3.50. Stop in and see us during the pub crawl, and come back for the party in the evening.
4th Annual Helen Hüttengaudi Pub Crawl and Scavenger Hunt
Jan 31 at 12 PM – Feb 1 at 6 PM
In Bavaria, a “Hüttengaudi” is a fun-filled evening of drinking, playing music, singing and dancing where everyone really lets loose. Here in Helen, this experience begins with a pub crawl and scavenger hunt, and includes a Fasching party on Friday at Blauer Wolf Brewery, and a Fasching party on Saturday at the Hofbrauhaus Restaurant..
**Visit any of the participating businesses to pick up your card and begin your journey. You can pick up your card and begin your journey at any time on Friday and/or Saturday.
**Get your card punched at each of the participating businesses. Each business will be offering some type of special, so check those out. However, no purchase necessary!
**Locate the answer to each of the clues of the scavenger hunt. The clues will be on the back of your card. Record your answer on the space provided.
**Turn in your card at the designated location by 6:00 PM. Cards will not be accepted after 6:00 PM!
Collect the answers to all of the clues and get your card punched at all of the businesses, and you will be entered in the drawing for the prize—a 2 liter oak barrel! Drawing will take place during the Fasching party at the Hofbrauhaus. Must be present to win.
Come up to the Heidelberg Bierhimmel Konzerthalle to tune up for the Sidewalk & Tubing Parade the following day.
Jay Fink and the Psychedelic Mushrooms will be bringing you some excellent party rock and country.
FREE ADMISSION! FULL BAR!
Doors open by 7:30pm
March to the River & River Parade
February 8th 12-2:30pm
Looking for something cool and unusual to do? How about tubing down the Chattahoochee River in February? Yes, tubing in February! Join the Faschingsverein Helen for a really fun event. You can march in our parade, tube down the river with us, and then join us for our party in the evening (see separate event listing). Registration for the tubing parade begins at 12:00 and ends at 12:45. During the parade, we will stop at local businesses for a small bit of refreshment. At the end of the parade, you can grab a tube and join us in a float from the Riverbend Motel to the Helen Festhalle.
Tubing – Free, but only 100 tubes will be available. Registration required; first come, first served!
Schnapps stops – $10; must present valid ID and receive an armband.
Fasching Celebration at the Helendorf
February 8th 6pm-11pm
Celebration is held at the Helendorf River Inn riverfront conference room; doors open at 6 PM. This is a BYOB event. There will be a $5.00 Cover Charge and music, fun, games and surprises. Get your rooms at the Helendorf and let them know you’re part of Fasching for a discount. Our good friend Joey Tokar will be in town from Pennsylvania to join us as the Gluckliches Trio. Prost!
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.
Jan 17 – 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.”
Hardman Farm Historic Site is participating in Super Museum Sunday, hosted by the Georgia Historical Society. Admission on this day is FREE! Hardman Farm boasts 173 acres and over 19 outbuildings to explore. It is also home to the second most recognized feature in the State of Georgia, the Nacoochee Indian Mound.
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.
Learn more about Smithgall Woods on a tour of the Visitor Center and a van tour of the park. See the covered bridge, the famous Dukes Creek, and our renowned cottages. There is no charge for the tour, but donations are welcomed.
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.