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Pick Ellijay Podcast PEP TALK

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The Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce is proud to bring you PEP TALK, a weekly discussion about exciting things happening in and around Ellijay, Georgia. Host Asa Jones dives into what makes the people and businesses of Ellijay tick.
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If you’re looking for services created specifically for the aging population of Northwest Georgia—look no further. Designated by the Georgia Department of Human Resources, the Area Agency on Aging in Northwest Georgia coordinates programs and services designed to assist older Georgians in their desire to live in the community instead of a long-term facility. At your Area Agency on Aging, our number one concern is the health and well-being of seniors and elderly citizens of Georgia.
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This week hosts Asa and Ron welcome Benjamin Grimmer of Ellijay Excursions, Patrick Hagler of A Grape View Tours, and Noble Zuschlag of North Georgia Wine Trips to discuss the ins and outs of guided vineyard touring and what you can expect when booking one of these convenient touring services in the beautiful wine country of Ellijay and North Georg…
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This week, Asa and Ron welcome returning guests Annette Cavallaro from Ellijay's Little Italian and Matt Bond from The Roof to discuss their restaurants and featured dishes. Ellijay's Little Italian is an authentic storefront and features calzones, stromboli, pastas, and more. If you're looking for a hearty Southern restaurant, head to The Roof for…
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Your favorite Gilmer restaurants are teaming up this week—and on this podcast—to celebrate Mardi Gras in Ellijay. The Butcher & Bottle, River Street Tavern, Ellijay's Little Italian, The Roof, Boardwalk Pizza & Pub, and Cajun Depot Grill are all collaborating on Mardi Gras themed specials, cocktails, and merch. This week we are joined by special gu…
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The Ellijay Songwriters Festival is coming up and Ray Green with Ray Dog Productions joins Ron and Asa with all the details. This year, the festival will last two weeks, from May 20 through June 2, with special performances throughout the festival, a VIP Songwriter Welcome Reception, Memorial Day Celebration, 5K Run, Golf Tournament, Car Show, wine…
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This episode features host Asa Jones in conversation with tourism director Ron Cheslock about the new and improved Sips Trail, now featuring the mobile pass, just in time for Wine About Winter in February. Make plans to escape to Ellijay this Groundhog Day weekend to indulge in a delightful array of events, one-of-a-kind experiences, and, of course…
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In this episode, host Asa Jones and tourism director Ron Cheslock welcome Allen Earhart, operations manager of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, to discuss the newly renovated nature center at Carters Lake, now with interactive displays and virtual reality activities. Through the new activities developed in partnership with Kennesaw State …
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PEP Talk welcomes Jessica Carmichael and Sari Saroukos of The Falls at Blue Ridge and Picture Perfect Cabins to talk about amenities you can enjoy, including horseback riding, ATV riding, a fine dining chef catering to your needs, and more. From family fun cabins featuring a bowling alley to the most picturesque backdrops for the perfect wedding, T…
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Gerald Hodge of Appalachia Georgia Friends of the Bears joins us for this week's episode to discuss everything you need to know for hibernation season. We cover the hibernation process, ​cubs born during hibernation, ​humans' effects on bears, and more unique stories about black bears in the Southern Appalachian region. The mission of Appalachia Ge…
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This week we welcome Damon Gabriel of Artful Ellijay and Davis Lacey of Ellijay Cigar Lounge back to the studio. Damon discusses Artful Ellijay’s recent “Best of Georgia” Home & Garden Shopping award from Georgia Business Journal, plus, how he and his team plan to celebrate the prestigious win. Damon also gives us a sneak peek of what’s in store fo…
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In this week’s Pick Ellijay podcast, we welcome Pam Burns, executive director of the Gilmer Arts Playhouse in downtown Ellijay. The Playhouse hosts the return of perennial favorite Atlanta Pops Orchestra on Sunday, December 10, as the orchestra continues its seventy-five year legacy of enriching communities throughout the southeast with live perfor…
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This week, PEP Talk welcomes Gilmer County University of Georgia Extension Office County Extension Coordinator Nancy Adams and 4-H Youth Development Agent Joshua Aaron to discuss Georgia 4-H Youth Council field trips, services offered by the UGA Extension Office, and the office’s plans to hire an Agriculture and Natural Resources agent.…
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This week’s episode of Pick Ellijay welcomes Paul King with 29 North Wine and Art in downtown Ellijay, a new tasting room and art studio which opened its doors in October. The unique space, a canvas for creativity, invites visitors to explore the artistry of Georgia wine and local artists as each glass and each painting tells a story. 29 North cele…
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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Ellijay! Beau Lowman with BEAU-tiful Creations returns to the studio to talk all about Light Up Ellijay and the 2023 Christmas Parade. On Friday, November 24, Light Up Ellijay features photos with Santa, a 25-foot inflatable gingerbread house for children, and more from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on the Square …
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In this week’s Pick Ellijay podcast episode, Howard Berk with Ellijay Mushrooms stops by to discuss different types of mushrooms, the growth process, and where you can find delicious mushrooms from Ellijay Mushrooms. Visit online at EllijayMushrooms.com or Facebook.com/EllijayMushrooms.By Tri-State Communications, Inc.
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In this episode of PEP Talk, we welcome guest Ashley McGowan, director of weddings and events at The Falls at Blue Ridge, a new wedding venue and event space in Ellijay. Nestled on 700 acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains, The Falls at Blue Ridge is a stunning wedding and event venue offering breathtaking views, gorgeous indoor and outdoor areas, rust…
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Roo Mountain Vineyards is the newest winery on the block! With 6 acres of vines on nearly 250 acres of beautiful land, Roo Mountain Vineyards offers roughly 20 varieties of wine and a good selection of ciders. Join Host Asa Jones as he converses with Robert Loomis, the head winemaker, and Michelle Raffaelle, the owner of Roo Mountain Vineyards. Enj…
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In this week’s episode of PEP Talk, guest Lee Delk, co-owner of Ott Vineyards & Winery, discusses the vineyard’s exciting events coming up this harvest season. On Tuesday nights, visit Ott Vineyards & Winery for Open Mic Nights from 5-8 p.m., and beginning October 12, join them for wine and food pairings on the second Thursday of each month. Plus, …
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Michelle Kellogg is back with exciting information about Coosawattee River Resort. You'll also learn more about the Pickin' Concert Series. Here's a sneak peek: September 9 Gregg Erwin and 200 Proof September 23 Chequered Blue Trunk R Treat is coming in October! The Cider Social Dance is coming in November!…
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Gilmer and neighboring counties are cultivating award-winning grapes for boutique wineries across North Georgia. Cartecay Vineyards is no exception. Larry Lykins, the owner of Cartecay Vineyards, explains what it is like to farm grapes. Larry also explains the difference between grapes grown for boutique wineries and large market wines. Crush Festi…
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What goes best with BACON?? EVERYTHING!!! Abbey Prieto and Irene Witt tell all about the upcoming Ellijay Bacon Festival. Attendees will find several different bacon products and vendors, including a spicy bacon eating contest. The festival is a one-day event. All proceeds go towards the Gilmer Food Pantry. Ellijay Bacon Festival Sunday, September …
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Get ready for the highly anticipated Ellijay Stampede Rodeo! Join Asa Jones as he learns about the event from Grant Parker with Twisted Horn Rodeo. Labor Day weekend will bring loads of lassos, buckets of bucking broncos, and fabulous food. You'll also find lots of vendors at the event. Don't miss this event! Ellijay Stamede Rodeo September 2–3, 20…
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Adina Elfauituri, the organizer of Food Truck Tuesdays and Ellijay Up In Smoke, is this week's featured guest. Food Truck Tuesday is the first Tuesday of each month through November. Grab your friends, family, and neighbors, then boogie on over to River Park from 5:00–8:00 p.m. Ellijay Up In Smoke is a soon-to-be-famous BBQ taste and competition. F…
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This week we bring on Chris Cleberg and Lynn Robey, organizers of the Ellijay Farmers & Artisans Market. The Ellijay Farmers & Artisans Market has nearly 100 vendors offering produce, meat and poultry, and crafts, running every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. now through September 30. Visit the market at 1 Broad Street, Ellijay, GA, United St…
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Have you ever wanted to make wine? Like, real wine from the vines to the bottle to the tasting room? Well, you’re living in the right community. Gilmer IS wine country! Cindi Jackson of Grapes and Ladders Vineyards and Winery talks about the fact it’s time for the harvest, and this local vineyard needs volunteers to help bring in the grapes. What a…
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In 1996, Georgia established a state-wide chapter of the Trail of Tears Association, ten years after the country identified the official trail, which began in Chattanooga and stretched to the west. This definition of the Trail of Tears failed to include Alabama, North Carolina, and Georgia. In 2006, the Trail of Tears Association was able to correc…
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Danny Myrick is one of the many songwriters who will be featured at the Ellijay Songwriters Festival this Memorial Day weekend. Danny has written hit songs for artists like Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, and Craig Morgan. This podcast features Danny Myrick’s original song “I Love This Life.” Ellijay Songwriters Festival 2023 May 25–28, 2023 The festival…
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The Gilmer Arts Playhouse Mr. Terry Ellis shares information about the Raising the Roof Building Fund, a community-driven revitalization of the George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse. The adjoining building will be part of the playhouse, and fundraising is underway. You can help raise funds by visiting www.GalleryFund.org, www.GilmerArts.com, and b…
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Experience a one-of-a-kind Blue Ridge Appalachian Mountains adventure at Picture Perfect Adventures. Jessica Carmichael paints a colorful picture of this mountain haven. You’ll enjoy horseback riding and ATV-guided trail experiences on their private 90-acre estate in the beautiful Georgia mountains. This getaway has a creek, lake, horses, ATVs, and…
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If you only listen to one podcast this week—make it this one! What a treat!! Robin and Afton Salmon join Asa Jones in a discussion about the journey of the band and the upcoming Ellijay Songwriter’s Festival. Bring your rope, wear your chaps, and get ready to ride the mechanical bull as Surrender Hill pulls out all the stops with original, full-ban…
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A short visit with Leslie Thomas, President of the Gilmer Co. Historical Society, will have you planning your next visit to Downtown Ellijay to experience the Tabor House Museum. “Step back in time to this 1870s home in historic downtown Ellijay. You will experience one of the South’s largest Civil War libraries and rooms replicating a home of the …
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Robert Ferguson of the Georgia Mountain Trails Partnership and Linda Lancaster of the Friends of Harrison Park are here to PUMP YOU UP for the Sasquatch Strut 5K and Fun Run. The date of the event is Saturday, April 22 at beautiful Harrison Park in Ellijay. The big race starts at 8:00 a.m. followed by the Trail Festival. Work up an appetite in the …
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Do you need a quiet getaway with a chance to get a glimpse into small homestead farming? Gingershack Farms is the place for you. Listen in as Russ Ginger of Gingershack Farms tells about this little slice of paradise. Karen Moss of Strings and Stitches Yarn Shoppe gets excited about the upcoming Georgia Mountain Needle Arts Festival (GMNAF). GMNAF,…
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Gay Buckley of Buckley Vineyards, singer-songwriter Wyatt Espalin, and producer Ray Green boast about the highly anticipated Singer Songwriter Music Festival, which begins on Thursday, May 25. The festival will take place at six Ellijay vineyards and the Gilmer Arts Playhouse in the heart of downtown Ellijay. This is a festival you will NOT want to…
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It's time to talk TRAILS! Listen in as we speak with Karleen Ferguson of Georgia Mountain Trail Partnership, David Watkins of Benton McKaye Trail Association, and John Oudin of the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club. In addition, Peggie Morrow of Color My Nest talks about upcoming painting classes and fun private parties. Color My Nest https://colormyn…
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Sylvia Harris of the Friends of Gilmer Animal Shelter (FOGAS) educates the community on this non-profit organization and how it works in concert with the Gilmer Animal Shelter. FOGAS provides donations, equipment, and essential special services to the animal shelter. The organization is currently seeking volunteers and donations. Friends of Gilmer …
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Beau Lowman is an ambassador for the Gilmer County Chamber and owner of Beauti-ful Creations Paint Parties. Listen in as you learn of upcoming painting classes and the most creative place in town to hold your next special event. March is Restaurant Month Swag Items—a set of 4 Pick Ellijay Bamboo Coasters Ribbon Cutting Tuesday, March 14 Boardwalk P…
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Alecia Porter, of RE/MAX Town & Country talks about how the spring tourism season is already upon us and what that means to Gilmer County. Tourism Director, Ron Cheslock, joins the discussion to break down the trends in rental properties. And finally, let's get ready for Apple Blossom Festival on May 6–7. Spring is in the air!…
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Imagine a cross between a mountain resort, summer camp, "glampground," and an outdoor adventure hostel. That's Mulberry Gap! Adventurers enjoy cabins, campsites, shuttles, day passes, and delicious meals. It's an excellent base camp for outdoor adventure. Bonus—Mariah talks about Coyote Ugly Racing! www.mulberrygap.com…
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