Sunday, February 17, 2013

Fire and Ice Festival in Blue Ridge Georgia

Rooster Ice Sculpture

The Fire and Ice Festival in Blue Ridge, Georgia is a Chilli cook off and Ice Sculpture festival. For a $5.00 entrance fee you can sample all the different kinds of chilli. My favorite was from The Blue Ridge Brewery closely followed by the Grilling Gangsters BBQ offering. There was other food and also beer inside the festival area.

Penguin Ice Sculpture
The Chilli Cook Off starts at the Blue Ridge Train Depot and runs behind the shops on East Main Street. The event was well attended this year (2013). I had to park near the court house and walk through the park which was okay. There was a live band in the park along with an artist working on ice sculptures. Several of the stores were sporting ice sculptures along East Main Street.
Fire And Ice Festival 2013
Apple Ice Sculpture

The Fire and Ice Festival in Blue Ridge is a great destination in February. There are all sorts of antique stores and artist galleries and a flea market in the town. Go. Have fun. Vote for your favorite chilli.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Jasper Flea Market

The Jasper Flea Market in Pickens County I was there Saturday, February 9, 2013 .  It was a pleasant surprise.  This small market has cleaned itself up. I found antique tools, glass and ceramics along with the usual flea market thrift store items. One shop had an amazing collection of cookie jars and I spent way too much time in one shop with antique radios, tools and other stuff from yesteryear. Prices varied but for the most part were less than the larger markets.
VintageCoke a Cola Crates

Once upon a time this small market had thrived but over the last decade came on hard times. Well before the recession hit the place began to take on a junkyard feel with piles of broken and useless artiles cluttering the edges of road that loops through.

That's all gone.

Though not a large market this place is worth the stop if you are on Hwy 515 passing through Jasper. Located just off Hwy 515 at Allred Mill Rd. and Flea Market Rd, Jasper, Ga. it is easy to find. Traveling north from Marietta, after you pass the red light where Hwy 108 crosses 515, look for the cell tower on the left. That will be Allred Mill Rd. Turn left. The entrance to the market will be the first road on the right.

Cookie jars at the Jasper Flea Market

For more info take a look at the Jasper Flea Market web page.