This Weekend Only: Sunny D Camp Shows!

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This Weekend Only:
Sunny D Children’s Theater

Camp Productions!
13 Total Performances of 6 different Shows!

Tickets are onsale now for all of our amazing Camp shows!

Order by Phone at (706) 632-9191,

Online by clicking the Button Below,
Or pick up Tickets at the Door any day this week!
**Camp Shows tend to Sell Out Fast,

so get your seats in advance to claim your seats!**

6:00 PM Little Bits – Friendly Neighborhood Helpers
7:00 PM Tweens 1 – Little Women
8:30 PM Tweens 2 – Totally Red

1:00 PM Little Bits – Friendly Neighborhood Helpers
2:00 PM Tweens 1 – Little Women
3:30 PM Tweens 2 – Totally Red
5:00 PM Teens – The Snow White Variety Show
6:30 PM Musical Theater I – Junie B. Jones Jr. The Musical
8:00 PM Master’s Musical Theater – Frozen Jr The Musical

2:00 PM Master’s Musical Theater – Frozen Jr The Musical
4:30 PM Teens – The Snow White Variety Show
6:00 PM Musical Theater I – Junie B. Jones Jr. The Musical
7:30 PM Master’s Musical Theater – Frozen Jr The Musical

A Brief Synopsis of Each Show:

Little Bits (Ages 5-7)
Friendly Neighborhood Helpers
Cute, sing-song musical about the important people in our community who keep it running, like Firemen, Postal Workers, Teachers, Police, Veterinarians, & more!



Tweens 1 (Ages 8-12)
Little Women
The classic story of Jo, Beth, Amy, and Meg, four girls growing up in the Civil War-Era while their Father is away and their Mother struggles to raise her Little Women alone.

Tweens 2 (Ages 8-12)
Totally Red
Little Red Riding Hood gets a Twist in the genre-rich adventure that goes from Slapstick Comedy to Shakespearean Tragedy, and hits everything in between!



Teens (Ages 13-18)

The Snow White Variety Show
As each of the 7 Dwarves takes a turn telling the Legend of Snow White, the classic becomes a bit twisted, from Mystery with Creepy to Action Flick with Rowdy.

 Masters Musical Theater (Ages 10-18)
Frozen, Jr.
The Disney Legend gets a Broadway make-over with new songs as well as the classics, and all of your favorite characters too! This course will also feature a Musical Preview, in which students will be able to make mini-musicals to share.


 Intro to Musical Theater (Ages 8-18)
Junie B. Jones Jr.
First Grade is tough, but Junie B. Jones is here to make it great! With the help of her best friends (Sworn to Secrecy about their Top-Secret-Personal-Beeswax), Junie may turn out to have a wonderful year after all!

Blue Ridge Community Theater

2591 E. First Street
Blue Ridge, GA  30513

Safe and Healthy Summer Fun!

Announcements, Community

Less school for more economy?


North Georgia – According to a recent article by the Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC), a senate committee has recommended longer summers for Georgia Students.

Instead of quoting test scores, educators, or studies about student learning, the committee suggested a school year starting the first Monday of September, and ending around June 1.

The basis for this suggestion? Economic analysis.

According to the AJC’s article, the committee was devoid of teachers, school leaders, or PTA representatives. Their suggestion bypassed academics and said that the longer summer, roughly three months, would help tourism grow and increase summer workforce.

Taking a local response from Gilmer County Charter Schools System Superintendent Dr. Shanna Downs and Fannin County School System Superintendent Dr. Michael Gwatney, the consensus seems to be that these systems are appalled at the thought of economic interests waylaying the education system in favor on money.

Dr. Downs told FYN that shortening the year would not only decrease the breaks that the local school system has in place for students, but would make testing in the first semester almost impossible. She noted an immense testing impact if students were to go through first semester and Christmas, only to then come back in January for end of course testing.

A sentiment that was separately echoed by Dr. Gwatney who also noted how much work these school systems put into their calendars, over 6 months of effort and staff input are taken by each of these two school systems before a final handful of calendars are presented for community input in the Board of Education. Finally, the Board approves a final Calendar in the spring for the coming school year.

Additionally, Dr. Gwatney pointed out how far the effect of these calendars reach as he also brought in fellow administrators to speak on the issue.

Fannin County Schools Deputy Superintendent Betsy Hyde(heading up the District’s Charter), Fannin County Nutrition Director Candace Sisson (also the Calendar Committee Coordinator), and Fannin County Assistant Superintendent Robert Ensley (Administration and Personnel) all agreed that stepping into the local schools in such a way without any representation from schools on the committee was not the way the state should be looking at the issue. From the time spent working on the calendar to allowing each individual county to cater to their student’s and county’s needs, these representatives of Fannin County exerted the necessity of individualized calendars.

Downs also noted this importance in Gilmer County as she noted that each school presents its own calendar that is put together by teachers and administrators and then put out for citizen input. Noting the influence of educators of the process, Downs said she was against the thought of a committee placing importance of economy over education.

While both these counties gain a lot from the tourism industry, they annually balance their own festivals, events, and economies against the education calendar. Local people provide local input from local expertise as they continually deal with this problem.

Though the recommendation is non-binding, it leaves citizens asking the question of how much control the state should have and exert over local governments. Though not directly related, they still recall the Governors “Opportunity School Districts” campaign in recent years. A campaign shot down at the polls. If moved forward and put in place, regulations on the school year may shift discussions from the economic benefit to the state as a whole and focus solely on the overreach of State Government into local communities.

According to the AJC, the committee includes chair and state Sen. Steve Gooch, R-Dahlonega, Sen. Mike Dugan, R-Carrollton, Sen. John Wilkinson, R-Toccoa, Sen. Jack Hill, R-Reidsville, Deputy Commissioner of Tourism for the Department of Economic Development Kevin Langston, Georgia Chamber of Commerce designee Michael Owens, Director of the Georgia Travel Association Kelsey Moore, Executive Director of the Georgia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus Jay Markwalter, former state Director of Community Affairs Camila Knowles, State Board of Education member Scott Johnson and Grier Todd, chief operating officer at Lake Lanier Islands Resort.


Business After Hours with Cash Drawing at North Georgia Boat Lift


4th of July Events

Fireworks in Downtown McCaysville


From   June 30, 2017   To July 01, 2017
Take the car or hop on the Blue Ridge Scenic RR, Firecracker Express to see the fireworks shot off from the top of Tater Hill. The Tri-Cities Business Association continues a long standing Copper …More
Firecracker Special Train Ride

FRIDAY NIGHT !!! 6/30!! Before the McCaysville Fireworks

From   June 30, 2017   To July 01, 2017
Enjoy the fireworks and ride the Firecracker Special to McCaysville, no worries about where to park or sitting in traffic! Watch the fireworks from the comfort of your seat on the train or absorb …More
Fireworks at Lake Blue Ridge

Lake Blue Ridge Marina

July 01, 2017  
Save the date for the 2017 Lake Blue Ridge Fireworks! More information to follow as the event gets closer. The fireworks at Lake Blue Ridge Marina are the Saturday closest to the Fourth of July. You …More
4th of July Parade

Downtown Blue Ridge

July 01, 2017  
Blue Ridge’s, Old Timers Parade is always held on the Saturday closest to the 4th of July. That means this year it is July 1, 2017. The parade is not a 4th of July parade but rather a celebration …More
Lake Blue Ridge Boat Parade

Lake Blue Ridge

July 02, 2017  
2nd Annual Lighted Boat Parade to benefit the LBRCA Fannin County Scholarship Fund. Parade will begin at the Dry Branch Boat Launch and end at the marina. You can view this parade from Morganton …More

4th of July Observance at Epworth

Epworth Community Club

July 04, 2017  
This is a great American 4th of July event for kids of all ages. Located at the Old Epworth Elementary School cafeteria and play ground. Come as you are. Day begins at 8 a.m. with a pancake breakfast …More

Blue Ridge Freedom 5k – 10k

Downtown Blue Ridge GA

July 04, 2017  
Start your July 4th celebration with a scenic 5K or 10K run through beautiful historic downtown Blue Ridge. Bring your friends and family out to be a part of the inaugural Blue Ridge Freedom 5K and …More


2nd Annual-Light Up The Lake @ Lake Blue Ridge



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