Get Ready For Bear On The Square 2017

Seems like last year's festival was last month - hard to believe Dahlonega's favorite spring festival returns for it's 21st year next month.  There is a charity auction on the evening of April 21st, then two days of music and art on the 22nd and 23rd. 

The Bear on the Square Festival, held in and around Dahlonega's Historic Public Square, is an authentic Appalachian Festival featuring bluegrass and old-time music, a juried Artists Market Place featuring traditional mountain crafts, storytelling, free music workshops and demonstrations, dance team performances, an old-time mountain dance, an open mic event, and more.

Here's Kranberry Kathy and daughter at last year's celebration...

And the main stage...

And some of our favorite locals enjoying the music!

Weather permitting, you'll find pockets of professional musicians and amateurs jamming around the square.  Expect spontaneous eruptions of clogging, or buckdancing!  If it does happen to rain, musicians are invited to jam inside the shops around the square.  You can expect Cranberry Corners to open their doors to anyone wishing to play!  This really is an amazing, family friendly event.  You will not regret attending!

Lights, Camera, Action!! It's Christmas in Homestead

Last October, the Hallmark Channel and a few actors and actresses descended upon Dahlonega's town square to film "Christmas in Homestead."  It was so interesting watching our little town be transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with snow and decorations everywhere you looked.  Want to see what the Gold City looks like in pictures?  Here's the movie in it's entirety.  See if you can spot any familiar D-town landmarks!



Your Valentine's Day Gift Guide

It's February!  You know what that've just recovered from Christmas gift buying - now it's on to Valentine's Day gift buying.  Don't fret, Dahlonega's most eclectic gift shop and Kranberry Kathy will hook you up!  We've got everything you need to make your loved one feel...loved on February 14th.  First, the most important thing - we've got Valentine's Day greeting cards...



Want to make a big impression?  Let Kranberry Kathy assemble a custom gift basket for you...



Of course we've got candy and fudge...



Jewelry?  We've got you covered...



Give the gift of our hottest selling category...hats!  



One-size-fits-all Soulmate can't go wrong with gifting these.



Need help assembling the perfect gift for your loved one?  Stop by or call Cranberry Corners today.  Kranberry Kathy will be happy to help you!

In December, All Was Merry and Bright at Cranberry Corners

Wow.  Christmas in Dahlonega was a month ago...and that's just hard to believe.  When people say time flies the older you get - they weren't kidding!  Well, Dahlonega's most eclectic gift shop was rocking the entire month of December.  From the start of Old Fashioned Christmas until the clock struck 12 on January 1st, this holiday season was one for the record books.  Seemed like everyone was just in such a good mood - saying Merry Christmas every chance they could!  Kranberry wrapped gazillions of presents for shoppers, dressed up in her old fashioned Christmas outfit every weekend, and served refreshments to customers - spreading Christmas cheer to everyone who walked into Cranberry Corners.  

To kick off the month, Kranberry hosted her annual Pajama Sale and live music event, where shoppers dressed in their pj's enjoyed a 25% off discount.  They also were treated to live, acoustic guitar holiday tunes from Dahlonega's Ray McCurdy.  Here are a few photos of the event!

Kranberry Kathy, all dressed...down!  Check out the smile on our Golden Retriever customer below:

Farmer Jim - you gotta beware of this guy.  He's likely to eat all the cookies and Bequet caramels he can! 

As if the month of December wasn't festive enough - the beginning of January gifted us with several inches of the white powdery stuff.  We grabbed this photo from our friend Jack Anthony's facebook page...

If you've never visited Dahlonega at Christmas, you MUST add it to your bucket list.  It's truly magical here during that time of year.  On second thought, it's kinda magical here all year long :).   

Dahlonega Gold Rush Festival 2016 - When Is It?

Soon!  Mark your calendar - the Dahlonega Gold Rush Festival 2016 is this Saturday and Sunday, October 15th - 16th.  Gold Rush Days are always held the third full weekend in October. It is a time for thousands to come and see fall colors peaking and celebrate Dahlonega’s 1828 discovery of gold.  Check out the most adorable video we just found...



Over 300 art and craft exhibitors and food vendors gather around the Public Square and Historic District in support of this annual event. It is estimated that a crowd of over 200,000 visit over the weekend to join in the fun and excitement!



The Gold Rush Days Festival has been voted one of the Top 20 Events in the southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society. Join us in downtown Dahlonega on October 15-16, 2016 and you will see why!  Love a parade?  Here's a video of one from a few years ago in it's entirety:



Here's a list of Dahlonega hotels if you're coming to the Gold Rush Festival and are looking for a place to crash.  But we'll warn you - rooms fill up fast so try to make a reservation as soon as possible.  See you at the fair! 

Winter 2016 Preview - Ponchos, Shawls and Vests

We've just returned from a buying trip and man oh man - did we order some cool vests, shawls and ponchos for fall and winter 2016!  So what's trending for the next season?  Fur, fur and more fur, fake of course.  Aztec or Navajo inspired prints, houndstooth...

...fringe and studs!!  These would both look great layered over a black top and leggings.

Last but not least, cozy cowl necks.  Wear with jeans and boots - voila.  You've just discovered your cold weather uniform!

Winter 2016 Preview - Hats For Women and Children

Hold on to your horses - fall is nipping at our heels.  True, it's still hot as all get out - but the calendar is saying otherwise.  Lumpkin County Schools start next Friday, August 5th!  Before you know it, we'll be dressing up for Halloween, stuffing our faces for Thanksgiving, and putting up the Christmas tree! 

We've actually begun receiving the first shipments of fall and winter 2016 merchandise - new Christmas has arrived, and check out these new cloche and knit hats we just received:

From The Dahlonega Nugget: My Bus Stop Buddies Have My Back In This Small Town

"You may have seen four or five old guys hanging out in front of the Fudge Factory on the Dahlonega square around 3 p.m. on weekdays and wondered 'what the heck are they doing?'  We like to call it the 'Men's Club,' but it's really just a group of dads, and some moms, waiting for their kids to get off the bus from Lumpkin County Elementary school. 

I started picking up my son in front of the Fudge Factory a few years ago, instead of at the end of my street.  The bus arrival time is highly inconsistent near my home on Crown mountain, as traffic, drop offs and other factors left me guessing as to when the bus would actually show up.  Sometimes I would sit at the end of my street for as many as 30 minutes.  And the fact I had to walk out of a huge hole and straight up a hill for nearly a quarter mile just to get to the bus stop made it an easy decision to drive to town and wait for the arrival of the bus at precisely 3:06 p.m. in front of the Fudge Factory.

What I didn't realize when I started picking him up there, however, was that the other dads (and moms) would become my allies when things like traffic, sleep or work get in the way.

The Men's Club, as I named it, consists of me, Rip, Tony, Jay and in the past, Vic and Chris.  One of the great things about the Club is that it allows me some serious adult interaction time every afternoon.  As a stay-at-home-dad with four kids, hanging out with some other adults who have kids and run very successful businesses is fun.  The other thing that I've come to realize is that we all have someone to get our back in case we're unable to make it to the bus stop before 3:06.

I can call Jay or Rip, and they can call me on a moment's notice, and we can grab the kids off the bus and make sure they get hooked up with their guardian, even if that person is stuck in traffic or having car trouble. 

Additionally, I'm pretty confident that if I didn't make it to the stop or connect with another parent, my kid could easily walk into any number of businesses and be taken care of until I arrived.  Sabrina at Spirits, the awesome employees at the Fudge Factory, Erin at Bourbon Street, Kathy at Cranberry Corners, Lee and Trish at the Back Porch Oyster Bar, Connie and Jim at Connie's Ice Cream, Deb at Shenanigan's, Chris at the Glass Blowing Shop, Jay at the General Store and Todd at Grateful Days would all welcome my son in  if he was in a bind.  And part of the reason I know all those folks is because of the time I spend on the square every weekday afternoon.

The fact I pick up my son on 'the square' in our quaint little town certainly has a 'Mayberry' feel, but having so many local friends that I know would take care of my child if I weren't able to make it is even more inspiring."

- Steve Alexander
Columnist, The Dahlonega Nugget


This Weekend is Dahlonega's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular!

Looking for the most fantastic fireworks display in North Georgia?  Then pack up your lawn chairs and blankets - then head on up to Dahlonegafor a full day of exciting activities and events that the entire family will enjoy!

We hear this year’s 4th of July Family Celebration will be bigger and better than ever. Arrive early to compete in the Firecracker 5k/10k and catch the all new Pet Show and Expo. The rest of the day will be filled with a Patriotic Ceremony, an All American Market, a Classic Car Show presented by Gold City Car Club, a thrilling Adventure Zone for all ages, live entertainment, a watermelon eating contest and patriotic parade. After a full day of fun in the sun, head down to the drill field at the University of North Georgia to watch one of the best fireworks displays in North Georgia.  See below for this weekend's full list of festivities!  And while you're in Dahlonega this July 4th weekend, visit Cranberry Corners.  We've added some really fun new merchandise this summer...we'd love to see your face!


Spending Father's Day Weekend in Dahlonega?

If you're lucky enough to spend Father's Day weekend in the Gold City - good for you!  There are no shortage of fun family activities to celebrate with:

Dahlonega Farmer's Market - Saturday morning in Hancock Park from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.!  Come and pick up vegetables, freshly made breads and canned goods for your Father's Day feast.  And you really should pick up some flowers, too.  You know how much dear old Dad loves a nice bunch of sunflowers!

R-Ranch Rodeo - The 27th Annual Mountain Top Rodeo will be a highlight on the Rodeo circuit not only for all the competitive action, but also for the breathtaking beauty of it’s North Georgia Mountain location.  There will be non-stop action, hilarious antics, and more fun than you can handle!  Today's professional rodeo holds a distinct position in the world of modern sports having come directly from a working-lifestyle. Early rodeo began as the everyday chores of working ranches on the great plains of the American West.  These chores would eventually evolve into the unique rodeo events that we enjoy today.

Georgia Wine Country Festival - Dahlonega's Original Wine Festival returns for the 15th Year in 2016 with FREE General Admission.  A Wine Garden featuring guest Georgia Wineries from around the state will be presented for a fee inside the festival.

Celebrating Father's Day at North Georgia Zoo - Take a tour and learn all about a Dad in the animal kingdom.  How moms take care of their young. Learn what it's like to be a surrogate Dad to animals at the zoo and meet some of those special needs Dads.

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