Union County Historical Society Blairsville Georgia

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Museum and Office are in the Historic Court House on the Square
The museum is open to the public.
Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturdays 11:00 a.m, to 3:00 p.m.
Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for those under 6 years of age.
Educational tours for school classes always welcome, please contact us.

Union County Historical Society, PO Box 35, Blairsville, GA 30514
history1@windstream.net
706.745.5493

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HALLOWEEN ON THE SQUARE
Oct. 31, 2014
Come on by!
http://www.downtownblairsville.com/hometown-halloween-blairsville/ 

Past photos - Winners of Costume Contests

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No Performance in the Old Courthouse
on the Square in Blairsville on October 31st
due to Halloween on the Square

"SKILLET LICKERS"
CLOSE CONCERT SEASON


It is only fitting that the The Union County Historical Society presents a grand finale to the concert season with a program that features the world famous Skillet Lickers.
The concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7 IN THE OLD COURTHOUSE ON THE SQUARE.

The original Skillet Lickers, lead by Gid Tanner, were the second group to record what eventually became known as country music. It was the Skillet Lickers who influenced the formation of country music more than any of the other pioneer recording bands. Many of their songs are standards today, and are performed at almost any festival or gathering of musicians. The melody line of one of their recordings "Pass Around the Bottle and We'll All Take a Drink" is the same tune used in the University of Georgia fight song. Their 1934 recording of "Down Yonder" was the first "country" song to sell a million copies and is the favorite of most square dancing groups today.

The Skillet Lickers probably hold the record for the longevity of a band. It has now been over ninety years since their first recording, and they are still going strong. In addition, many of the present band members have family ties that go back to the original band members.

Phil Tanner and his son, Russ, represent the third and fourth generations of direct descent from Gid, himself. Gid's son, and Phil's father, was Gordon Tanner who kept the band going for many years.

Fleet Stanley, who plays dobro with the group, is the grandson of Rob Stanley. Rob was a protégé of both Gid Tanner and John Carson. He won the state fiddling championship in 1918.

Larry Holcomb is the bass player, and Brian Morgan sings and plays mandolin.

Joel Aderhold, banjo player for the group, has long been a part of the north Georgia bluegrass scene. He, along with his wife Earlene and multiple generations of their families have been involved in making music.

The Old Courthouse on the Square in Blairsville is a favorite venue of the Skillet Lickers. In fact, the original band performed here more than seventy-five years ago. Band member Fleet Stanley's parents were married in the old building. The band has recorded a live album in The Old Courthouse. They have also compiled CD's from old original recordings of the Skillet Lickers and will have them on sale after their performance.

The Union County Historical Society wishes to thank everyone who makes the concerts a success, especially the member volunteers and the musicians who have donated their time and talents. There is no required admission charge to the concerts. Voluntary contributions to the restoration fund are always welcomed and appreciated.There is no admission charge to concert presented by the Union County Historical Society in The Old Courthouse on the Square in Blairsville. The musicians donate their time and talents. Voluntary donations to the maintenance fund are always welcomed and appreciated.

If there is a pioneer of shaped note music who deserves to be in our Hall of Shape Note Pioneers, contact the historical society at 706-745-5493.

     Shape note music has been kept alive in Union County through the efforts of the Union County Singing Convention.  This is an organization that promotes shape note singing, helps arrange “singings,” and is heavily involved with the North Georgia School of Gospel Music which is held for two weeks every summer at Truitt-McConnell College in Cleveland, GA.  This school is available of every age group.  Students may choose between staying on campus or commuting.  Private voice and instruments lessons are also available.  Information will be available at the concert Friday evening concerning both the Union County Singing Convention and the North Georgia School of Gospel Music. 


EVERY FRIDAY
~ Friday Night Concerts
May 3 through the end of October
Courtroom of the Courthouse @ 7:00 p.m
Click here for the weekly concert schedule!


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Memorial and Celebratory
Bell Ringings

at the Courthouse
for info, call 706.745.5493
Bell Ringings, go here!

Mountain Heritage Festival, 2015
Every Labor Day weekend,
one block south of the square
go here for more information
and vendor application!

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2014
Ongoing Activities of the Society
sponsored or co-sponsored by the Historical Society
sponsored by other organizations

Please contact us at:
history1@windstream.net or 706.745.5493

EVERY EVENING ~ Bell Music from the Courthouse Tower
Town Square, 7:o0 - 7:30 p.m., music varies by the season.

EVERY 3rd Monday ~ Shape Note Singing Practice
Courtroom of the Court House @ 6:30 p.m

EVERY FRIDAY ~ Friday Night Concerts
May 3 through the end of October, Courtroom of the Courthouse @ 7:00 p.m
Click here for the weekly concert schedule!

SECOND TUESDAY of each month ~ U.C.H.S. Board of Directors meeting, Conference Room of the Courthouse @ 9:30 a.m.

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AUGUST 30 & 31 ~ Mountain Heritage Festival
for more information and vendor application!

SEPTEMBER 13 ~ The George and Margaret Plott Descendants Reunion
for more info!

OCTOBER 11 ~ Sorghum Festival Parade
11:00 a.m., for more info on Parade and Festival!

OCTOBER 31~ Halloween on the Square
for more info!

NOVEMBER 18 ~ UCHS Volunteer Luncheon
Brackett room at the Bank @ 11:30 a.m.

DECEMBER 5 ~ Friday Night Christmas Concert
North Georgia Chamber Symphony, Inc.
Court House, 7:00 p.m.

DECEMBER 6 ~ Christmas Parade, 4:00 pm.

Santa Claus before the parade in the courthouse, click here!

DECEMBER 9 ~ The Society’s Annual Christmas Dinner & Meeting
Choestoe School House Community Center @ 6:00 p.m.

DECEMBER 12 ~ Special Christmas Concert
Wm. "Bill" Graff
Court House, 7:00 p.m.

DECEMBER 13 ~ Rain date for Christmas Parade @ 4:00 pm.


For information on all of the Society's Christmas events, click here!


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Other Heritage Events in Union County
2014 Dates

      
APRIL 23 - 27 ~ Blairsville Kiwanis Mountain Fair
Airport Industrial Park.

JUNE 14 & 15 ~ Blairsville Scottish Festival

JULY 19 & 20 ~ Butternut Creek Festival

JULY 26 ~ The Green Bean Festival Green Bean Festival will be split between 3 locations: Downtown, Meeks Park, & Farmers Market.

OCTOBER 4 & 5 ~ Indian Summer Festival in Suches
Always the first weekend in October for 35 years
All proceeds to benefit
Woody Gap School

OCTOBER 11, 12 & 18, 19 ~ Sorghum Festival

VARIOUS ACTIVITIES ~ Byron Herbert Reece Society

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Bud Akins - Union County Historical Society President

Museum and Office are in the Historic Court House on the Square
The museum is open to the public.
Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturdays 11:00 a.m, to 3:00 p.m.
Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for those under 6 years of age. Educational tours for school classes always welcome,
please contact us.


Union County Historical Society, PO Box 35, Blairsville, GA 30514
history1@windstream.net
706.745.5493

Join the Union County Historical Society!

We always need volunteers!
To contribute, contact
Carolyn Jarrard - Volunteer Coordinator
history1@windstream.net or 706.745.5493

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Official web site of the Union County Historical Society of Georgia, copyright 2014