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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We hope you will be able to attend this concert.  It will, in all likelihood, be our last for the season, if not for the band.   As the old radio ads used to say, “Come early to get a good seat.”  Listener areas will be added for those who cannot get into the courtroom because of  fire commissioner directives and seating limitations.                      
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Performing in concert at The Old Courthouse
on the Square in Blairsville on October 17th
will be
Roots and Branches


Roots and Branches Annual Concert

As the 2014 concert season in The Old Courthouse on the Square winds down, the local band, Roots and Branches, will perform on Friday, October 17 at 7:00 PM.


Roots and Branches actually came into being as a result of the concerts which are presented by the Union County Historical Society. Sam Ensley, who originated the concerts, had written a song about the old courthouse. Sammy, his son, had just set up a recording studio in his mother's basement. They began work on a CD based on the courthouse song. Wayde Powell III with his unlimited musical ability joined the effort. ( Two songs badly needed some fiddle work. Randall Collins left his supper table to come over to the studio. He listened to each song once, and then laid down some world class fiddle work.) Sammy and Wayde took turns on the bass during the recordings.

When the CD was completed, a debut was planned at The Old Courthouse on the Square. Robert Brewer, who played bass with The Cain't Hardly Playboys with Sam, was the natural selection for bass player. His great singing abilities helped make the group. Randall came down and played for the concert.
The CD debut at The Old Courthouse led to a weekly TV show on the local access cable station, Channel 4. For several years Roots and Branches was seen several times each week-end.
They have been classified as an eclectic bluegrass band because they use bluegrass instruments to do songs from many genres. The most requested songs on the TV show, however, were classical country songs from the 1930's through the 1950's.

Roots and Branches cancelled many performances this year because of a rare disease that causes Wayde to fall. He fell and broke the femur in his right leg, and it isn't healing well. Only very recently has he begun to do some limited studio work. (Gerald Lanham has done a marvelous job of filling in on banjo for committed performances.) The good news is that Wayde will be able to perform at The Old Courthouse; be it in a wheelchair. Wayde agrees with the other band members that The Old Courthouse concerts are the most enjoyable and fulfilling thing we've ever done, and every effort is made to be there..

The concerts in The Old Courthouse on the Square are presented by the Union County Historical Society as a community service and to keep alive the history of music in the monumental building. There is no required admission charge to any of the concerts presented by the Union County Historical Society. Voluntary contributions 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