Don’t Miss Taste of Blue Ridge 2019!

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Don’t Miss Taste of Blue Ridge 2019!

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Taste of Blue Ridge is a success for the Humane Society of Blue Ridge

Community, Lifestyle

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – With 500 tickets sold, Taste of Blue Ridge, an annual fundraiser for the Humane Society of Blue Ridge (HSBR), continues to be a huge success.

This annual event not only brings in funds for the homeless animal population of our area but also creates opportunities for HSBR to provide services, awareness, and education to Fannin County and surrounding area residents.

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Owners of Tupleo Tea and Blue Ridge Olive Oil Company, Tom and Donna Harper, participate in Taste of Blue Ridge for a fifth year.

HSBR has a main shelter where volunteers and staff take in stray cats and dogs from our area and provide them with proper socialization and medical care in hopes of ultimately finding “furever” homes.

Beyond the shelter, HSBR runs a Trap Neuter Release program to combat the ever-growing populations of feral cat colonies. This program has been wildly successful in the past few years with residents commenting on the fewer number of these cats.

HSBR has also been awarded grants in the past to help provide low-cost spay and neutering for family pets, and currently has a low-cost micro-chipping program to provide extra resources to pet owners in the event that their pet becomes missing.

Taste of Blue Ridge provides HSBR supporters with an evening of fun, food, and a silent auction. Area shops and restaurants set up to serve patrons with samples of what our area has to offer in dining and atmosphere.

Donna Harper, owner of Blue Ridge Olive Oil Company and Tupelo Tea, has donated her services to the event for five years.

“This is awesome,” Harper enthusiastically spoke of Taste of Blue Ridge, “an awesome event. The people are here for the dogs and the cats. It’s great to see so many volunteers. It’s always been an incredible event.”

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Brannan Mathis and family, owners of Mystic Mountain Pizza, enjoyed serving for a good cause at Taste of Blue Ridge.

Brennan Mathis, owner of Mystic Mountain Pizza and a first-time participant at Taste of Blue Ridge, agreed with the sentiment shared by Harper: “It’s a really worthwhile cause.”

“We love animals and we love Blue Ridge,” Mathis said, explaining her reason for wanting to participate. “We’re just happy to be here serving up some really awesome food for some really awesome people.”

Taste of Blue Ridge continues to top its own records each year, with tickets to this event selling out in less than three weeks. Each year seems to bring with it an ever-growing response and success.

“It really is the big one, ” Silent Auction Co-Chair Suzanne Ponton explained of the importance of Taste of Blue Ridge for HSBR. “It’s our opportunity to really highlight the humane society, some of the different things we do for the community, and of course, the animals.”

With this year’s Taste of Blue Ridge an official success for HSBR, a small break will be taken before planning begins to host another successful event in 2019.

 

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State Senator Steve Gooch Talks About Economic Development in Rural Georgia

Politics

This past Friday we continued our discussion about rural Georgia with 51st district (R) State Senator and Lumpkin County’s economic development director, Steve Gooch. Our three areas of focus: rural Georgia economy, broadband access, and health care. Although the district doesn’t want to see something in the line of the KIA plant they most certainly would be open to small companies offering high paying, high tech jobs. In order to attract these types of companies; the area must provide good schools, fast internet, and quality health care. We discussed Piedmont Mountainside new stand alone emergency health care center in Gilmer County; a model for quality health care in rural areas. When our discussion turned to high speed internet for the area, Gooch was unable to say they “moved the ball” concerning Senate Bill 232, Facilitating Internet Broadband Rural Expansion (FIBRE) Act.

Humane Society of Blue Ridge Hosts 10th Annual Taste of Blue Ridge

Community

April 22nd was a gorgeous day for the 10th Annual Taste of Blue Ridge.   The event is hosted by the Humane Society of Blue Ridge and is a fun fundraiser to assist its mission in the endeavor to provide for animals in need.

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This year’s event was spectacular with delicious food from all over including The Vault, Shane’s Rib Shack, Blue Jeans Pizza, Mesquite Grill and Mercier Orchards to name a few.  There was also a wide choice from wine & beer vendors and a special dessert section with a special shout out to Sweet & Southern Sugar Co which won us over with the mint chocolate cupcakes.  When you walked through the display of silent auction items it was impossible to pass up bidding on something, whether it was a special piece of art, a handmade quilt, or one of the special baskets filled with goodies.

The music was provided by the Loose Shoes Band who did a great job entertaining the sold out crowd.  FYN hasn’t received the total raised yet however judging from the turnout we think it may be a record year.

Blue Ridge Humane Society Hosts the 9th Annual Taste of Blue Ridge

Community

It was a gorgeous day inside and out at Willow Creek Falls & Vineyard last Saturday, April 23rd for the 9th Annual Taste of Blue Ridge.  The event is hosted by the Humane Society of Blue Ridge and is a fun fundraiser to assist its mission in the endeavor to provide for animals in need.

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This year’s event was spectacular with delicious food from all over including Black Sheep Restaurant, L & L Beanery, and Mercier Orchards to name a few.  There was also a wide choice from wine & beer vendors and a special dessert section.  When you walked through the display of silent auction items it was impossible to pass up bidding on something, whether it was a special piece of art, a moose blanket, or one of the special baskets filled with goodies.

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The music was provided by the Loose Shoes Band who did a great job entertaining the sold out crowd.  FYN hasn’t received the total raised yet however judging from the turnout we think it may be a record year.

8th Annual Taste of Blue Ridge

Community, Featured Stories, News

The 8th Annual Taste of Blue Ridge, benefiting Humane Society of Blue Ridge, was held Saturday, April 18th at Willow Creek Falls & Vineyard. (more…)

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5th Annual Taste of Blue Ridge Enjoys Big Success

Community, Featured Stories, Non Profit

The 5th annual Taste of Blue Ridge was held Saturday, April 21, 2012 from 5 PM to 8 PM at Hi Country Events in Blue Ridge, Georgia. (more…)

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