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Celebrate Fall in Blairsville this weekend

Vogel State Park visitors listen to ghost stories during the annual Fall Hoedown. This year’s event is Oct. 18. Source:


It’s Fall Hoedown time! Head to Vogel State Park in Blairsville on Saturday, October 18, to celebrate autumn’s arrival with chili, hotdogs and drinks for sale, followed by a 3 p.m. cakewalk, 4 p.m. hayrides, 5 p.m. bonfire and square/line dancing, 6 p.m. trunk or treats, and 7 p.m. professional storytelling. A $3 fee will be charged per hayride for 13 years and older. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.

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Hardman Farm Opens as Georgia’s Newest State Historic Site


Georgia’s newest state historic site, Hardman Farm, opened recently in Sautee Nacoochee in White County. The beloved landmark in north Georgia is best recognized for its gazebo-topped Indian mound and field of black-and-white cows. The farm’s main house, built in 1870 by Captain James Nichols, is a grand example of Italianate architecture and was originally known as “West End” because it was at the west end of the Nacoochee valley.

The last owner was the family of Dr. Lamartine Hardman who was Georgia’s governor from 1927-1931. The property was preserved by the Hardman family for many years and donated to the state in 1999. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has been restoring the property and several buildings.

Today, visitors can tour the furnished main house, as well as a dairy barn. The site has a particularly nice 19th century parlor, and many furnishings are original, including lighting fixtures.

The site is open for guided tours Thursdays through Sundays until November 9. From November 19 until December 30, it will be open Fridays through Sundays. The site will then close for the season until March 2015. Reservations can be made by calling 706-878-3087. Current fees are $8 for adults and $3 for children younger than six. Group tours are available.

Hardman Farm is located at the intersection of Hwys. 17 and 75. The temporary entrance is on Hwy. 75 just north of the intersection. To learn more, visit


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Southeastern Cowboy Festival & Symposium at Booth Museum

Celebrate the ways of the West at the 12th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Festival & Symposium October 23-26, 2014.

The four-days are packed with events such as gunfight re-enactments, Native American dances, a workshop and lecture by Featured Artist Krystii Melaine, concert by Featured Entertainer Suzy Bogguss, children’s activities, and so much more.

Weekend highlights include a concert by Suzy Bogguss, a Western art history symposium, artists, writer’s guild events and more. For a full schedule of events click here.


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The Rock Ranch to Honor Local Heroes this Saturday during First Fall Family Fun Day of the Season


The Rock Ranch will host “Hats off to Heroes” during its First Fall Family Fun Day of the Season on Sept. 27 from 10am-8pm. The day will honor teachers and home school educators; plus, public servants in law enforcement, fire, EMS and related fields.

  • Trucks, Helicopters, Bulldozers, Fire Trucks, EMS, Police, Sheriff, Forestry – Families will enjoy displays and equipment from these and more community heroes
  • Skydiving demonstrations
  • Public servants in law enforcement, fire, EMS and related fields will receive a free “bounce back” pass (up to 4 paying guests)with professional service badge or ID
  • Teachers and Home School Educators will receive a free “bounce back” pass (up to 4 paying guests) per school ID or proof of homeschool status
  • Military families are half-off with military ID (this week and every Saturday in the fall)
  • The Rock Ranch annual corn maze opens. This year’s maze theme celebrates 75 Years of Wizard of Oz, the movie, and it features the likeness of Dorothy, Toto, The Scarecrow, The Cowardly Lion and The Tin Man (this week and every Saturday in the fall)
  • Guest photos with costumed characters from Wizard of Oz (this week and every Saturday in the fall)

The Rock Ranch is located at 5020 Barnesville Hwy. The Rock, Ga 30285. The Rock Ranch is a beautiful 1,500 acre cattle ranch located about an hour south of Atlanta in Upson County. It’s a place where families, school groups and even businesses can come to enjoy what we call “agritourism.” The Rock Ranch was founded by the late S. Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-fil-A and is dedicated to “Growing Healthy Families.”Visit for more information.

Take a Day-cation to The Ritz at Lake Oconee


Celebrate Fall at The Ritz Carlton Lodge at Lake Oconee.   

The Great Pumpkin Festival (October 3-4, 10-11, 17-18 and 24-25, 2014) – Enjoy fall activities such as Bewitching Rides on the Linger Longer Express, Classic Autumn Hay Rides, Twilight Tales, The Great Pumpkin Carving and the Fire Lighting Ceremony with Chief Winterhawk followed by delicious s’mores. Cost for The Great Pumpkin Carving is $75 per pumpkin by reservation. All other activities are complimentary.

Autumn Rituals (September 1-November 30) – This fall, the award-winning spa is offering seasonally inspired treatments including the Pumpkin Caramel Body Scrub and Wrap (sweet cream salt exfoliation, warm pumpkin clay body masque, Vichy shower and caramel body milk); the Pumpkin Hydrating Facial(pumpkin purée exfoliation and hydrating pumpkin masque); and the Caramel Coffee Manicure and Pedicure (sweet caramel coffee sugar scrub, honey mask and caramel body lotion).

For more information and reservations, please call toll-free (800) 826-1945(706) 467-0600 or visit


FREE Admission through Museum Day Live


Bartow History Museum and Booth Western Art Museum will open their doors free of charge on Saturday, September 27, 2014, as part of Smithsonian magazine’s tenth annual Museum Day Live! A nationwide event, Museum Day Live! offers free admission to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket at a participating museum or cultural institution.

Inclusive by design, the event represents Smithsonian’s commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone, giving museums across all 50 states the opportunity to emulate the admission policy of the Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C. Last year’s event drew over 400,000 participants, and this year’s event expects record-high participation.

“Bartow History Museum has participated in the Museum Day Live! event for a number of years and has welcomed hundreds of guests.  Participation allows us to open our doors to new audiences and share the rich history of Bartow County with visitors from across the state and region,” said Trey Gaines, director for Bartow History Museum. “At Booth Museum we are excited to participate in Museum Day Live! and give people the opportunity to view the largest permanent exhibition space for Western art in the country free of charge,” said Booth Museum Executive Director Seth Hopkins.

Earlier this month, City of Cartersville Mayor Matthew J. Santini proclaimed Saturday, September 27, 2014 as Museum Day Live! As an opportunity to shine a positive light on Cartersville’s investment in its cultural assets, Santini encourages all residents to participate by visiting the two Cartersville locations and acknowledge the importance of arts and education to the community.

Museum Day Live! ticket holders will be able to experience special exhibitions at both museums on September 27th. At Bartow History Museum, visitors will be able to view two feature exhibits, 1864: The War Comes Home which examines some of the stories, places, and people from the Civil War in Bartow County and an exhibit of “Gone with the Wind” memorabilia on display in recognition of the 75th anniversary of the movie’s premiere. At Booth Western Art Museum, visitors will be able to experience A Complex Frontier: Selected Works by Bernard Williams, an exhibition that examines the historic role of African Americans on our nation’s expanding frontier and addresses the complex social interactions that occurred between Black, European, Hispanic and Native Americans, particularly in the West.

The Museum Day Live! ticket is available for download for each museum. To obtain a ticket for Bartow History Museum, visit To obtain a ticket for Booth Western Art Museum, visit Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues for one day only at the specific venue listed on the ticket. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2014 and a list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit


Close to home: Smyrna’s Historic Covered Bridge reopens

Cobb Department of Transportation staff worked diligently to repair and reopen the historic Covered Bridge in Smyrna. Beams, decking and runners were replaced, helping preserve the bridge for many years. DOT staff’s efficient work enabled the bridge to reopen to traffic two weeks ahead of the projected timeline.

Crews also performed maintenance, including overlaying asphalt on bridge approaches for smoother transition, trimming vegetation along the right of way, placing rip rap on slop to stop erosion at the intersection of Concord Road and Covered Bridge Road and installing new guardrail ends on the Smyrna side. Thanks to a resident who lives next to the bridge, the historic sign was once again installed on the Mableton entrance.


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Labor Day: By the Numbers

Starfish on the Beach

The first Labor Day occurred on Tuesday September 5, 1882, in New York City.
Number of Americans that are vacationing during Labor Day: 33 million
(Source: Dana Jones)


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Hike, Bike and Tee Up At Georgia State Parks This Fall


Red Top Mountain

There are more than just fall festivals and hayrides available this year at Georgia State Parks. What better way to enjoy the arrival of autumn than spending time outdoors? From golf course packages and hiking, to spending time with family at a fall celebration or two, Georgia State Parks are the best place to be while saying farewell to summer.

Welcome the cool, crisp fall air with a round of golf at some of the best golf courses in Georgia. Stay and play at eight Georgia State Parks’ courses that are offering overnight accommodations featuring two day, two night stay packages. These bargain packages range from $58 to $180 and include accommodations in lodges, cottages or nearby hotels, cart and greens fees for 18 holes per day. Want a challenge? Visit The Creek Golf Course at Hard Labor State Park appropriately named as “the 4th sweetest deal in the United States” by Golf Digest Frugal Golfer magazine and tackle what is voted as “the hardest starting hole in Georgia.” The Lakes at Laura S. Walker State Park is also a challenging yet fun test of golf. Settle overnight at a lakeside cottage and enjoy the views of the stunning peninsula and partake in the course selected as “the 7th best municipal course in the nation” by GolfWeek.

Whether biking recreationally or on a more vigorous terrain, pedaling the trails at Georgia State Parks is a great way to get outdoor exercise and take in the vibrant autumn color of the leaves while quietly rolling through the scenic woods. Recreational bikers are free to roam miles of paths at Panola Mountain, Red Top Mountain, Hart, Smithgall Woods, and Victoria Bryant state parks. With dynamic grades and terrains, grab a bike and strap on a helmet to visit seven state parks that will test your talent. Fort Mountain, Tallulah Gorge, Unicoi, Richard B. Russell, Mistletoe, Fort Yargo and Hard Labor Creek state parks are loaded with steep grades, bridges and fast berms that are designed to provide a challenge for the more experienced cyclers.

Enjoy exploring the outdoors on foot? Hikers can ease their mind and stretch their legs when visiting some of the most diverse and scenic hiking trails in the state. The challenging backcountry trails of Black Rock Mountain State Park and paved trails suitable for wheelchairs and strollers at Mistletoe State Park are available for all ages and fitness levels. Take fall fun to new heights with hiking excursions that include breathtaking waterfalls of the North Georgia Mountains at Fort Mountain State Park, Vogel State Park and Amicalola Falls. For guests who prefer to explore the trails after sunset, Tallulah George State Park even offers full moon hikes during the fall. To begin or expand hiking adventures at Georgia State Parks, join the Canyon Climbers Club and experience some of the system’s most spectacular landscapes.

Fall at Georgia State Parks would not be complete without a little celebration to bring in the cooler weather and festive activities that await after summer. Seize the autumn day and come out to the many fall-themed events available. Harvest on the Homestead at Red Top Mountain State Park in September is perfect for families to enjoy toys and games, crafts, blacksmithing, cooking, contests, and more. Florence Marina State Park will offer a family-friendly Oktoberfest complete with haunted hayrides, games for kids, a costume contest and silent auction. For art lovers, Roosevelt’s Little White House has planned its first craft festional in October, and Cloudland Canyon State Park will hold its Annual Arts & Crafts Festival in November.

For more information on activities offered at Georgia State Parks in the fall and ways to welcome the cooler weather, visit

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