Events

Here's what's happening during Bear on the Square:

Auction

Live and Silent Country Auctions

Friday, April 21, 2017 - 5:00pm

The primary fundraiser for the annual festival, this is one of the Dahlonega area's most anticipated occasions, as enthusiastic participants crowd into the MainStage Tent to enter bids on auction items, which have included the work of North Georgia folk artist Billy Roper, work from other local and juried artists taking part in the Bear Festival's Artists Marketplace, and items contributed by b

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Storytelling

Dance Exhibitions

Dance Exhibitions

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 11:00am

Campbell School Dance Teams Are Yearly Performers at Bear

Two Performances: 11:00am and 02:00pm

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John C. Campbell Traditional Folk Dancers

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 11:00am, Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 2:00pm

The Campbell teams will perform traditional dance beginning at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday only at the Visitors Center Plaza. When you hear the music strike up, head over to watch some exhilarating dancing. 

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John C. Campbell Traditional Folk Dancers

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 11:00am, Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 2:00pm

The Campbell teams will perform traditional dance beginning at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday only at the Visitors Center Plaza. When you hear the music strike up, head over to watch some exhilarating dancing. 

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Workshops

Bluegrass Jam

Jim and Patsy
Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 11:00am

Players of all instruments and all skill levels are invited to join Bear favorites Jim Pittman and Patsy Kline they lead our spirited Bluegrass Jam.

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Ukulele Jam

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 11:00am

Jam music will consist of two to five chord old-time, folk, and country tunes.

No printed material will be necessary.

All skill level players are welcome.

Soprano, concert, and tenor ukers are advised to use GCEA tuning.

 

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Ballad Singing

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 12:00pm

From honky-tonk to the church house, Sarrah Ellen McDonald and Tonia Conner are among the finest singers of traditional Appalachian songs in all of North Georgia. Their lovely blend is as close as you can get to sister harmony without actually being kin.

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Old-Time Jam

Old-Time Jam
Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 12:00pm

Be sure to join us for a Bear Classic—the Traditional Old-Time Jam led by Walter and Jeanie Daves, two names synonymous with Old-Time music and Contra dancing in North Georgia.

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Canadian Fiddle Styles

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 1:00pm

 

CANADIAN FIDDLE STYLES

There are several different regional styles of fiddling in Canada from coast to coast, including Ottawa Valley, Western Canadian, Metis, Maritime, Cape Breton and French Canadian.  This workshop will provide an overview of these different styles and explore what makes each of them unique.  

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Old-Time Harmony Singing Workshop

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 1:00pm

Don’t miss this celebration of Appalachian culture, Harmony Singing with The Rosin Sisters.

Barbara, Ann and Jan are sisters at heart who have played traditional music in the Atlanta area and beyond for decades, performing in a number of different bands. 

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Storytelling Workshop

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 2:00pm

Storytelling 3.0: Sights, Sounds, and Samples for The Art of Listening!

This interactive workshop introduces participants to the tools one can use to tell stories and how to apply them to their own unique storytelling style. 

Additionally, the workshop will also cover performance techniques as well as other elements to build an effective story.

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Yodeling Workshop

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 2:00pm

Feel like yodeling?  Plan your day around John Lilly’s Yodeling Basics Workshop and prepare to be dazzled!

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Celtic Roots

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 3:00pm

The Chestatee River Ceili Band features a talented group of musicians from throughout Northeast Georgia who share a love of the traditional music of Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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Beginning Penny Whistle

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 4:00pm

Whether you’d like to provide an additional melody instrument for your local jam or simply want to take on a rewarding challenge, the Penny Whistle Workshop is the place to be.

Multi-instrumentalist Jim O’Connor will demonstrate beautiful tunes on various whistles collected on travels to Ireland, and will teach the basics of penny whistle playing.

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Civil War songs

Civil War Songs
Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 5:00pm

Laney House was born and raised in northwest Georgia, an area rich in both musical and Civil War history.

Laney combines his love for both with popular songs from the mid 1800s and songs and tunes of the common soldier in the war between the states.

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Mandolin in Old-Time and Bluegrass

Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 1:00pm

The workshop for old-time mandolin music will give participants an introduction to the history, techniques, and repertoire of the mandolin in old-time music.

Beginning technical basics such as tuning, left and right hand positions, picking direction, scales, and chords will be demonstrated and practiced on typical tunes such as Old Joe Clark, Soldiers Joy, or Redwing.

 

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Musical Licks, Slips and Giggles

Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 1:00pm

Musical Licks, Slips and Giggles...

Learn how musicians change melodies to make it fun and interesting for playing and listening. 

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Old-Time Fiddling

Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 2:00pm

John Grimm is an award-winning fiddler and multi-instrumentalist who has played with many Old-Time bands, including The Georgia Mudcats.

The proprietor of Vintage Music, he teaches all string instruments in his Dahlonega studio.

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How to Teach and Learn

Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 2:00pm

Tips and techniques for teaching and learning.

In this workshop, he will offer techniques for better teaching and better learning. The intended audience is anyone who teaches or learns music--or, in other words, all members of the Bear on the Square community of musicians.

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Banjo Workshop

Geoff Hohwald
Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 3:00pm

Geoff Hohwald is a master of the five-string banjo and has been playing and teaching for over 40 years. He is the author of numerous instrumental instructional books and DVDs which are sold worldwide.

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Pickin' Porch Jam

Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 3:00pm

The UNG Pickin' Porch Jam is an ongoing activity associated with the Appalachian Studies Center at the University of North Georgia. Meeting weekly on campus, the players share and explore authentic Appalachian string band music.

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Open Mic

Open Mic at Bear Festival

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 3:30pm

Don’t miss your chance to perform at Bear!

Calling All Players And Singers! For the fifth year, Bear on the Square will host an Open Mic event. Here’s how it works:

When: Saturday, April 22
Time: from 3:30 until 6:00 p.m.
Where: Uncle Dave's Workshop Tent on North Chestatee Street near the main entrance to Conner Memorial Park.

Registration opens April 6th! 

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Master Classes

Moonlight Jam

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm

 

Dahlonega's Bear On The Square Mountain Festival will include a new Saturday night special event, the Moonlight Jam, in its 2017 festival lineup.

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2017 Bear on the Square Sponsors