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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Performing in concert at
The Old Courthouse
on the Square in Blairsville on October 24th
will be
HIGHWAY 76


As the 2014 concert season in The Old Courthouse on the Square winds down, the local band, “HIGHWAY 76”, will perform on Friday, October 24 at 7:00 PM.

The Union County Historical Society proudly presents one of the finest local groups,“Highway 76,” in concert on Friday night, October 24 at 7:00 PM.

As a group and individually, the members of the group constitute a vital part of the history and development of music in this area.
Highway 76 is a local bluegrass band that’s been together for about ten years. However they have a lot of musical time under their belts. Band members include Gerald Heaton of Morganton, on banjo and vocals. Gerald was a founding member of Johnny and Gerald and the Georgia Mountain Boys. They performed 28 years together all over the eastern U.S. Gerald’s years in and around the music industry along with his gentle words of wisdom prove to be an irreplaceable asset to the band.

Larry Nichols of Blairsville, on guitar and vocals, also has a long history in music. He performed 18 years as one of the Georgia Mountain Boys, until the group retired in the early 80’s. He also was a founding member of The Southern Comfort Band in the mid 80’s and a bluegrass group, Chattahoochee. Larry brings a lot of the music to the group; he has an amazing repertoire of songs, both old and new.

Steve Pruitt of Suches on fiddle and vocals brings many years of experience to the group. He has played with several different bands through the years including Chattahoochee and others. Steve is often called on to fill in with other groups during members absences. Steve is a great asset to the group with his ability to play all the instruments well. He has a keen ear for the music.

Dwain Brackett of Blairsville on bass guitar and vocals also comes with an extensive music background. He was a founding member of Southern Comfort with Larry, and he also was one of the founding members of Low Gap Quartet, a bluegrass gospel group, and of Chattahoochee. Dwain is responsible for a lot of the arraignments of the material, and as the bass player he is expected to keep the boys in time.

The two new members of the group hail from Suches also, William Pruitt on mandolin and Casey Crason on lead guitar. These young men have grown up together and been friends all their lives, which give them the unique advantage of predicting the others next move, as well as knowing each others ability. They have played at many local and special events, even weddings! Though they are the younger members of the band, they play like seasoned musicians.

It’s been said that Hwy76 has a style all their own. They perform many of the old standards and the newer tunes as well. They take the songs and make them their own style. They are perhaps best known for their vocal blends of bluegrass harmonies. It should be said they’re all deeply rooted in gospel music, playing at many churches in the tri-state area. You may visit them on the web at: www.hwy76.net. Come out and enjoy an evening of family entertainment bluegrass style with what the boys call “Bluegrass Music From Our Mountain Heritage”.

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 ??~ Halloween on the Square
for more info!

NOVEMBER 18 ~ UCHS Volunteer Luncheon
Community Center, Butternut Creek @ 11:30 a.m.

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

DECEMBER 6 ~ Christmas Parade, 2:00 pm.

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

DECEMBER ?? ~ The Society’s Annual Christmas Dinner & Meeting Brackett Room, United Community Bank @ 6:00 p.m.

DECEMBER 13 ~ Rain date for Christmas Parade @ 2:00 pm.

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

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