Habitat receives donation from Light Up Blue Ridge


BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – Habitat for Humanity of Fannin & Gilmer Counties received a $1,250 donation from Light Up Blue Ridge at the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce Friday, Jan. 5.

The donation, Pam Fink, vice president and chairwoman of Light Up Blue Ridge, explained, was a remainder amount from the donations Light Up received from the community during 2017. Fink stated because Light Up is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, any remainder amount the organization has at the end of the year after the annual holiday events’ expenses are covered goes to another charitable organization.

This year, Fink said, they chose Habitat for Humanity with the caveat that Habitat provide a representative to help coordinate Light Up Blue Ridge’s holiday events and activities. Habitat agreed, and Thomas Arp served as that representative on the Light Up committee. Fink spoke highly of Arp’s willingness to help Light Up Blue Ridge during the past year saying, “The man only knows one word: ‘Yes.'”

Of the partnership Habitat and Light Up shared in 2017, Habitat Executive Director Chris Hall said, “It’s nice to be involved with the Light Up committee. (Habitat has) never, as far as I know, been involved in a downtown event like that, and now because of our mailbox playhouse, with the letters to Santa idea, we get to do that annually. So, it’s not only a great partnership, but it was really a step up in the direction that we’re raising more awareness in the community.”

[Featured image: From left, Ron Pace, Habitat volunteer, Hank Chapman, Habitat volunteer, Ed Steers, Habitat volunteer, Chris Hall, executive director for Habitat for Humanity of Fannin & Gilmer Counties, Debbie Peterson, Habitat volunteer, Pam Fink, Light Up Blue Ridge vice president and chairwoman, Kit Miracle, Light Up treasurer, Kim Deutsch, Light Up member, Alan Schulman, Habitat volunteer, and Thomas Arp, Habitat volunteer and representative on Light Up Blue Ridge committee.]



Jason Beck

Born in Merrillville, Indiana, raised in Cleveland, Tennessee, and currently resides in Copperhill, Tennessee. Graduated from Bradley Central High School in 1996 and attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, eventually earning a B.A. and M.A. in English. Hobbies include hiking, camping and fly-fishing. Interests include baseball, hockey and cliff jumping.

Light Up Blue Ridge 2017


Light Up Blue Ridge 2017 – Get Ready for the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!


Pam Fink came to talk to us today about the Light Up Blue Ridge events that are coming up this year. This is a GREAT family fun event for all to enjoy. There is so much to get you into the Christmas spirit, from Tuba Christmas, strolling elves, the Gingerbread Man, Santa on the train, the night time parade and MORE! Check out Light Up Blue Ridge’s website for all the details on these great Holiday events.

Light up Blue Ridge ~ November 26th 2016!

Community, Featured


Gingerbread Village Press Release
It is time to get your entry in for Light Up Blue Ridge’s 3rd annual Gingerbread House Contest!


  • Professional – Baker, Restaurant, Culinary School, Caterer
  • Business & Organization – Any Business or Organization within tri-state area
  • Adult Individual – 18 years & over
  • Youth Individual – 17-13 ages
  • Kids – 12 & under group or individual
  • Fine Artist (New this year)
Entries must be set up at the Hampton Square by 4 pm Tuesday November 22nd.  
For general information, construction guidelines and entry forms please visit:  www.lightupblueridge.info and click on the “Gingerbread Village” link.

Light Up Blue Ridge Info

Downtown Blue Ridge, GMFTO


Light Up Blue Ridge


Light up Blue Ridge,  Downtown City Park  November 28, 2015
Beginning at 10:30 at the Downtown City Park, there will be music on the Main Stage, The Parade line up begins in front of the Baptist Church at 11:00 am, Santa arrives on the train at 11:30 am and the parade starts at 12:00 ! Through the afternoon and evening there will be new music on the Main Stage for your enjoyment until the lighting of the tree around 7:00 pm. You won’t want to miss the live reindeer pulling Mr. and Mrs. Claus!
For information email: cindy@trimblekellystudios.com or llbeanery@etcmail.com Entertainment: kcarey@tds.net   706-889-7415
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Friday’s events:  BLUE FRIDAY
10:00-11:00 Judging of the Gingerbread Village Houses
11:00-6:00 Elves and Christmas Characters throughout downtown to help visitors and shoppers, give direction, answer questions
11:30 Grand Opening of the Gingerbread Village
1:30 Fannin High Elves Perform a Flash Mob – Robert’s Way
11:00-6:00 Various performances throughout downtown – lots of surprises!!!!
12:00-3:30 Horse and Carriage Rides in downtown
12:00-6:00 Downtown Food Vendors & Children’s Activities in the park
4:00 Fannin High Elves perform flash mob at Depot Street
6:00 Town wide Caroling:  candles and song books will be handed out, line up in front of the Baptist Church and join us as we walk through downtown singing.  Store owners, please come to your doors and join in as we walk through the downtown.
Saturday’s events:   LIGHT UP BLUE RIDGE
10:30-11:15 Tuba Christmas performs on Main Stage
11:00 Parade line up begins in front of Baptist Church towards Grumpy Old Men
11:30 Santa Arrives on the Train
12:00 Parade Starts
1:15-1:45 Keyera Grant – UGA Voice Major
2:00-2:30 Rusty Thomas – Highland Tabernacle Church
2:45-3:15 Lindsay Harper – Local Vocalist
3:30-4:00 Christian Mims-Wolfe – Local Vocalist
4:15-4:45 Quinn Leach – Local Guitarist
5:00-5:30 L.A. Sound – Lowe Family – Local Family Band
5:45-6:45 Emily Carey – Local Vocalist, UGA Voice Major
6:45 Blessing of Downtown Blue Ridge and our Community
7:00 Emily Carey & Lighting of our Great Tree “Oh Holy Night”
7:00-? Emily Carey & All Performers



GMFTO 11/25/15 Light Up Events in Ellijay and Blue Ridge


Highlighting the events scheduled for Light Up Ellijay and Light Up Blue Ridge, BKP walks through the planned festivities.


GMFTO 12/1/15 Fannin


Highlighting Light Up Blue Ridge and What’s up with the Blue Ridge City Council?


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