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When do the leaves change in North Georgia? Now!

 

Are the leaves on the trees in Dahlonega changing yet?  Not quite - but we're already feeling night time dips in temperatures that make us excited for Fall. 
 
Keep reading for a link to Dahlonega's Fall Leaf Schedule.  Click 'read more' below!
 
Visiting the North Georgia mountains during the next few months?  Going to the Gold Rush festival in October?  Then stop by Cranberry Corners - Dahlonega's most eclectic mercantile for the past 18 years.  We've got a new look, and can't wait to share it with you.  Here are a few pictures of our Dahlonega gift shop - with a new, general store feel!
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

University of North Georgia Gift Basket Giveaway!

What better way to welcome back University of North Georgia Students than with a gift basket giveaway?  Stuffed with all sorts of snack food - the cadet that won was totally stoked!  Kranberry Kathy's gift baskets are perfect for birthdays, holidays, get well gifts...you name it!  To see a few examples of gift baskets created in the past, click here.  To order your custom gift basket, click here!

Let's have a party, shall we?


Mark your calendars!  Cranberry Corners, Dahlonega's Most Eclectic Gift Shop, will be closed July 29 - August 1 for renovations, re-arranging and re-merchandising.  We'll open our doors 10 a.m August 2nd and will be celebrating all day with drinks, food, fun, friends and prizes.  Stop by, say hello to Kranberry Kathy - and a few surprise guests!  Check out our facebook page for the latest updates.  To join the Cranberry Corners email list, click here and enter 'add me to your email list' as the subject!
 

Black and white photos of Dahlonega?

 
Kranberry Kathy is doing a TOP SECRET project and needs your help asap!  Do you have old photographs of Dahlonega's town square?  Photos of Cranberry Corners, back when it was the post office?  Pictures of people shopping on the town square?  If you do, please send us a message with a jpeg of the image attached, bring the original by the store or heck - mail it in.  Thank you for your help!  What's the big secret Kranberry's working on?  You better like Cranberry Corners on facebook - we'll be making a big announcement soon!
 

North Georgia Folk Artist Billy Roper...

 
We recently spotted this painting while scrolling through facebook, and just had to share it.   A beautiful, bright angel painted by our friend North Georgia Artist Billy Roper.  From the biography on his website...
 
..."In describing himself, Appalachian folk artist Billy Roper says, 'I was born blessedly poor. We lived back in the hills where life was 50 years behind times. We didn't have much growing up, but what we had was more –– an honest, hardworking family.'
 
It's those years of weathering hardships throughout his life that have made him the artist he is today and that is reflected in his work. Art has always been a part of his life with his skills ranging from painting and drawing to sculpting marble and carving wood. Roper recalls, "There isn't a time I can remember when I didn't want to mark on something. I was the worst write-on-the-walls young'un that ever lived."
 
His work has emotional depth and speaks to people about the simple things in life –– the things that matter the most. The native of north Georgia is most known for his expressive style of painting that combines colorful imagery on the front with handwriting on the back to tell a story or depict an emotion. 

 

Billy Roper is simply Billy. He remembers his Appalachian roots, his Cherokee ancestors and their culture. Of them he says, "I was taught who I was and where I came from for countless generations. That does not make me better than or worse than, but it does make me – me."

 

Music has always been a strong part of Billy's life and that passion is shown in the nine months he spent painting a bass fiddle that was raffled off in April 2011 at the Bear on the Square Mountain Festival in Dahlonega, Ga. The project raised money to benefit the Georgia Pick & Bow Music School, an instructional music program that helps to ensure that Appalachian music is passed down to the next generation. 

 

His work can be found in art collections throughout the United States and more than 30 countries. He was North Georgia College & State University's first artist-in-residence in 2007 and the book, "Billy Roper: Visual Storyteller," was the first work published by the University Press of North Georgia."

You had us at 'wine festival.'

 
Summer finds the vineyards of North Georgia gearing up for lots of traffic and tasters.  Kick off the season with the Georgia Wine Country Festival time at Three Sisters Vineyard in Dahlonega, Georgia...
 
...featuring tons of good barbecue, great music, and WINE of course!  7 Dahlonega and North Georgia area wineries will be participating.  Click here for more information about the festival, which occurs in June - every single weekend.  We can't think of a better way to kick off summer in Dahlonega!
 
 
 

We dig Dahlonega + deals!

 

Visit Cranberry Corners gift shop to redeem this buy 1 get 1 free coupon for Dahlonega's 2 custom Cat's Meow Village Pieces!  Don't live in Dahlonega?  Call Kranberry Kathy @ (706) 864-6577 to purchase by phone.  Offer good for Price Memorial and the Gold Museum Cat's Meow pieces while supplies last.  In addition to a good Dahlonega deal, Cranberry Corners has another reason to dig Dahlonega...   

 

 

...Matt Aiken, a writer for the Dahlonega Nugget, recently launched idigdahlonega - a totally hip current events news blog choc full of local lore! Click here to visit idigdahlonega.  We dig.  You dig?

Looking for a Dahlonega Antique shop?

 
Cranberry Corners is Dahlonega's most eclectic mercantile for a reason!  In addition to new merchandise, we've got a great selection of antiques - from primitive to mid-century, scattered throughout the store.  Looking for a vintage potato masher, antique sink or some nifty wooden Coca-Cola crates?  You never know, we just might have one!  Don't live near Dahlonega and want to inquire about a particular item?  Give Kranberry Kathy a call @ (706) 864-6577.

Gift suggestions for Spring...

Looking for a seasonal gift?  We can't think of a more perfect gift for Mother's Day and graduation than Kelly Rae Roberts jewelry- handcrafted inspirational necklaces and earrings that will make any special lady in your life smile!  We discovered Kelly Rae at this past Spring's Bear on the Square Festival and have truly enjoyed working with another great handmade artisan.  We've got a great selection of gifts from local artists - stop by Cranberry Corners the next time you're in Dahlonega and pick up your Spring gift.  Don't forget, we giftwrap!   
 
Want to order a piece of jewelry over the phone or by email?  Call (706) 864-6577.
 

Now THIS is funny.

 
Okay, this is NOT a greeting card that Cranberry Corners carries - we're not sure how well it would be received.  Definitely appropriate to share it online, though.  Hope this makes you laugh as much as it did Kranberry Kathy!
 
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