Bus trip to Shen Yun


Another busy week in Big Canoe

Another busy week in Big Canoe started with a group trip on Sunday, April 8 to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre to see Shen Yun’s final performance in Atlanta. The world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company told ancient myths, tales, and legends through interpretive artistry. The innovative utilization of technology created transitions between the real performers and the computer-generated images that awed the audience.


Ridgerunner fashionistas stole the show (Photos by Jean Giuggio)

On Tuesday, the long-awaited Ridgerunners’ Spring Follies fulfilled the organizers’ promise of an unforgettable afternoon. The event that had been sold out for months began with a luncheon by Catering by Cindy (some may remember her from Taste of the Mountains) that featured goat cheese and fig crostini, herbed chicken salad, roasted vegetable, and a lemon cheese cake mousse for dessert. Following a vintage game on the attendees dress, the fashion show featuring the incoming officers gave new meaning to “ball gowns, trains, t-shirts, pill box hats, bell bottoms, prints, fishnets, three-quarter sleeves, and double-breasted.” Terry Goldstein was announced as winner of the photo contest and Diane LaCharite was named Woman of the Year. Member dues for the exciting upcoming year can be paid at bigcanoerr.com on May 1.

Diane LaCharite named Woman of the Year

Wednesday began with the opening of online sales of the 40 tickets available for the Hamilton show which sold out in less than a minute. The lucky 38 will travel to Atlanta for dinner and a show on June 6. Also on Wednesday, the North Georgia Vets met for lunch at the Mountains Grille Room. Big Canoe resident Dr. Bert Loftman discussed a doctor’s Army experience.” In the U.S. Army he spent his first year in “on the job training” in anesthesia at Madigan General Hospital in Tacoma, Washington. Then he served in Vietnam, August 1969 to August 1970.

Organizations offer volunteer opportunities (Photo by Steve Papke)


On Friday, Leadership Big Canoe sponsored the Volunteer Fair. Representatives from Dawson and Pickens counties, as well as Big Canoe, presented overviews of their organizations and offered opportunities to volunteers. BCAR, the Wellness Collaborative and BCERT represented Big Canoe. Smoke Signals, Angels on Horseback, Good Samaritan, CASA, Pickens Ferst, Good Shepherd, Pickens Library, the Weekend Snack Program, and several others were also represented.

Also on Friday, The Big Canoe Wildflower Bunch Garden Club opened for the first day of its annual plant sale at the Wildcat Recreation Area Pavilion. The multi-vendor shopping opportunity provided a wide selection of flowering plants, ferns, shrubs and trees. Knowledgeable Big Canoe gardeners helped shoppers with gardening questions and plant selections. Six vendors included: Whispering Springs, Night Song Native Plant Nursery, Bird Houses by Davie Call, Green Trade, and Delvecchio Nursery Artful Home and Gardens.

Bargain bonanza of plants for eager shoppers

On Saturday, while the second day of the annual plant sale was in full swing, other Big Canoe residents attended the Community Coffee in the Mountains Grille Room. The theme was summer events and happenings in Big Canoe. The Summer Guide was available for distribution. Attendees visited with the amenity managers and event organizers, made reservations for upcoming events, bought tickets for events, and registered for summer camps.


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