Category Archives: Dawson

The Bowen Center for the Arts 15th Annual Juried Photo Show ‘LIGHT ON SUBJECT’

The Bowen Center for the Arts will be hosting an Awards Reception for their 15th Annual Juried Photography Show Saturday, September 2nd from 1:00-3:00pm. On exhibit are some of the finest works produced by 36 regional artists (including 8 first timers to a juried event) from all over Georgia. Almost all works presented in this show are for sale.

Photo Judge is Travis Rhoads of Alpharetta
by Travis Rhoads of Alpharetta

This year’s Photo Judge is Travis Rhoads of Alpharetta. Travis’ artistic background began in high school with awards for fine art drawings and paintings. He received his Masters Degree from The Savannah College of Art & Design where he studied architecture and which also lead him to his passion for photography. He is currently Vice President of the Roswell Photographic Society. He has won several awards including First Prize in Bowen’s 2016 Annual Photo Show.

He will be awarding a First Prize of $500, Second $300 and Third $150. He also added Four Honorable Mention awards due to the high quality of works presented.

Participants this year include artists from:

Auburn: Karen Cannon

Blairsville: Deborah Larsen

Blue Ridge: David Goodspeed

Buford: Marilyn Padzinski

Canton David Ferguson, Bob Kelley

Cartersville: Linda Henderson

Cumming: Susan Branham

Dahlonega: Jack Anthony, J.B. Fox, Robbie Peerson

Dawsonville: Donna Ayers, Tom Reed, Susan Bush, Michelle Wittmer Grabowski, Tara Hardwick, Shirley Hawkins, Linda Henderson, Jimmy Hill, Tom Reed, Donna Waters.

Ellijay: Nadine Yawn

Flowery Branch: Reed T. Miller

Gainesville: Jill Haack, Travis Massey, Cynthia Todd

Jasper:Jeanette Buffalo, Kat Alikhan, Janice Edens, Kathleen Gill, Mark Green, Sandra Plevin, Bill Rigby

Kennesaw: Yolanda Santiago White

Powder Springs: Barbara Bowen

The Bowen always appreciates these photographic artists who contributed their time and talent in artwork. Also thank you to Travis Rhoads for his hard work and critical eye that brought us this fantastic display. Don’t miss this Exhibit which continues through September 29th.

The Bowen Center for the Arts is located just North of Dawsonville’s Historic Square at 334 Highway 9 North. Admission is free. Hours are Tuesday to Friday 10 to 4, Saturday Noon to 4.

For more information contact Ginny Greenwood at 706.216.ARTS(2787) or Email: director@BowenArts. org or visit our website at

Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch Opens September 9th

The opening of Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch on the weekend of September 9-10 will mark the 16th consecutive season for the 20-acre agritourism complex in Dawson County. Open from Sept. 9 to Nov. 19, 2017, Uncle Shuck’s is the longest-operating corn maze in the state of Georgia. This year’s design features outdoor elements to support a partnership with the Georgia Forestry Association (GFA).

Uncle Shuck's Corn Maze Opens September 8, 2017

Trails are cut within the 12-acre cornfield in a different pattern each year. Maze explorers can venture through two main trails that provide a total of four miles of exploration, and a third one-mile trail will be used for The Dark Rows in October, a haunted hike. Checkpoints are placed throughout the trails to engage visitors and provide a way to track progress. This year the serpentine paths connect to form outlines of a pine forest, pine cone and a squirrel entwined with the GFA logo.

“GFA is thankful for the budding partnership with Uncle Shuck’s and their mission to offer affordable family fun for all,” said GFA President Andres Villegas. “We are proud to partner with the Georgia forestry Commission to educate all who enter the maze about the ‘Number One Forestry State in the Nation’, Georgia.“

The fall season will operate on weekends in Sept. and Nov., as well as every day in October. In addition to maze trails, Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch offers hayrides, bonfire area, weekend food tents, free festival area activities and special events. The special events planned for 2017 include:

  • Foster Family Day (free admission) – Sept. 16
  • Boy Scout Weekend (special admission includes custom patch) – Sept. 29-Oct. 1
  • Girl Scout Weekend (special admission includes custom patch) – Oct. 6-8
  • The Dark Rows (haunted maze) – Oct. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-31
  • Election Day (free hayride with vote sticker) – Nov. 7
  • Veteran’s Weekend (free admission for U.S. Armed Forces personnel) – Nov. 10-12

Scout Weekends return with a collectible patch, admission to the maze trails, hayride and featured activities. A demonstration will be provided by GFA for scouts and their families on both weekends (daily 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.). A Boy Scout Camp Out will return for a third year on Sept. 26. There is no additional charge for the Camp Out, but advanced reservations are required due to limited space. Girl Scout Weekend will feature a program for girls to earn a Brownie Hiker Badge or Junior Gardener Badge.

The Dark Rows attraction runs for 11 dates in October. This one-mile haunted trail, operating from dusk to 10 p.m. on select nights, takes groups on a spooky adventure through part of the cornfield. The cost is $15 per person. Combo tickets are available for $19-22 per person, including regular maze trails, hayride and/or bonfire area.

The popular Kiddie CORNer on the festival grounds offers free activities for young children and their families – Tire Mountain, Tower Goat Walk, Kiddie Maze and the Picnic Pavilion.  Corn-ference Rooms are available for birthday parties, school field trips, or corporate events. The festival grounds are open for families to view pumpkins and take fall photos with our fall decorations. Pumpkins are priced separately and you only pay for what you want to take home. Additional fee-based activities include the Bonfire area with marshmallows for roasting (weekends), festival food vendors (weekends), pony rides (weekends in October), face painting (weekends in October), corn cannon, and weekend hayrides. The tractor-drawn hayrides along the Etowah River feature a 60-passenger wagon with wood benches and hay bales.

Admission to the corn maze is $11 for anyone five years old and older; maze admission is free for children four and under.  The tractor-drawn hay rides are $5; Friday and Saturday evening rides include access to the bonfire area and marshmallows at no additional cost.  The Cob Combo is a ticket for $14, which includes admission to the maze and a hay ride.  Cost for the Haunted Trail is $14 per person. All prices include tax. Discounted tickets are available for groups of 20 or more. Evening visits for church groups, school groups, and college date nights are growing in popularity.

Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch is located only 40 minutes from metro Atlanta, just two miles west from the North Georgia Premium Outlet Mall on Georgia Highway 53.  For more information, visit the web site – For more information on GFA, visit the web site –


(Grand Opening Sept. 9-10)
Fridays, 4 to 10 p.m.
Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Sundays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Haunted Trail (dusk to close) – Oct. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-31


(final day Nov. 19)

Fridays, 4 to 10 p.m.
Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m

Bridge on State Route 136 Opens to Traffic Today

DAWSONVILLE, Ga.,-The new bridge that carries State Route 136 over the Etowah River will open to traffic today, August 8, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.

Hwy 136 Bridge over the Etowah River
This project includes .249 miles of construction of the new bridge, and required the roadway to be closed for 180 days while the old bridge was removed and the new one built in its place.

E.R. Snell Contractor, Inc. of Snellville, Georgia was awarded the project in June 2016 and the scheduled completion date is August 31, 2017.

Work began on the bridge replacement in November 2016 in order to allow migratory birds and bat species to be out of the way prior to construction.

The former bridge was in need of replacement as it was built in 1956 and needed to be updated to current vehicle weight requirements.