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In the daytime, White County’s Anna Ruby Falls is a spectacular sight to behold. But some people also go there at night – to see a living thing that mysteriously glows in the dark.

Spanning 600 beautiful acres of Rabun County is the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences, where each year, artists come from across the country and the world to let their artistic juices flow.

The Hambidge Center’s main role is that of a residency program for artists to develop and express their creative voices, drawing inspiration from the natural beauty and seclusion of the camp, located in Rabun Gap.

The Hambidge Center’s residency program opens in mid-February and closes in mid-to late-December, through the month of January.

Rabun County might seem like an unlikely place for internationally-acclaimed musicians to hail from, but The Foxfire Boys are just that.

As the name suggests, The Foxfire Boys — Rabun County’s hometown bluegrass group — developed out of the educational Foxfire program, which teaches students the history, traditions and ways of life in rural Appalachia. The group’s founding members met in a Foxfire music class more than 30 years ago. They loved jamming together, and over time, that morphed into something more.

Rabun County is crisscrossed with streams, lakes, rivers and other waterways. As such, it is one of North Georgia’s best destinations for fly fishing.

Some of Rabun County’s most popular fly fishing locations include the Tallulah River, the Chattooga River, Moccasin Creek, Warwoman Creek and Black Rock Creek, just to name a few.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources stocks 14 bodies of water in Rabun with trout, and those areas see the most activity among fly fishers. However, there are hidden gems to be found off the beaten path.

Black Rock Mountain lurks over the shoulders of Rabun County’s residents and visitors alike, looming from its perch north of Clayton and west of Mountain City.

At the top, however, in Black Rock Mountain State Park the view is quite different — much of Rabun County, including the city of Clayton, are visible from the park’s main overlook and visitor center, and other overlooks provide a variety of stunning views.

In Dahlonega, it can certainly be said that the hills are alive with the sound of music.

Local music fans can find quality performances at the University of North Georgia, whether a choral program, brass ensemble, string quartet, piano, and even rock and pop music.

With the construction of the Convocation Center with its nearly 4,000-person capacity, the university now has a larger venue for band concerts.

For its inaugural rock show, the venue hosted popular band DNCE along with front man Joe Jonas earlier this spring.

It’s pretty easy being green in Dahlonega, especially if you’re the outdoor type. Because the popular North Georgia gold mining town is home to numerous green spaces, parks and mini-parks.

That’s all by design, said Dahlonega mayor Sam Norton. 

“We’re an hour away from metro Atlanta but worlds away from metro Atlanta,” he said with a chuckle. “And our green-spaces enhance that.”

As a result, Dahlonega has been deemed Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation every year since 2001 for its “commitment to community forestry.”

And it shows.

There's plenty of disc-flying fun to be had at Yahoola Creek Park. And you don't even have to worry about a tee time.

Disc golf, also known as Frisbee golf, has become a favorite pastime for a lot of folks who enjoy getting outdoors and seeing the world, or at least a tiny part of it.

The rules are similar to traditional golf, except players throw their disc into a basket instead of hitting a ball into a hole.

Disc golf is much more affordable than traditional golf, as it’s free to play at most courses and a used set of discs can be obtained for about $20.

The Holcomb family of Toccoa is a train loving clan.

“You know you are a train loving family when on a Saturday at 5:30 in the morning you go wake your kids up and tell them they’ve got to get going because we don’t want to miss Train Day at 6 a.m. and they jump right out of bed,” Cavonna Holcomb said.

She and her husband, Stacey, are parents to boys Knox and Hamp.

The quartet spends a lot of their free time watching trains, most often at the train depot on Alexander Street in Toccoa.

The Historic Ritz Theatre at the Schaefer Center has come a long way in four years … and its journey has just begun.

Since the city of Toccoa assumed ownership in March 2014, the facility has undergone extensive renovation that has included a complete remodeling of the lobby, an enlarging of the stage, construction of an orchestra pit, as well as a fresh coat of paint, installation of new carpet and an enhancement of the heating and air conditioning units. 


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