More Events, More Fun Added to the Big Canoe 50th Anniversary Year-Long Celebration

It’s hard to believe that we’re already more than halfway through Big Canoe’s 50th anniversary year. And our 50th anniversary fun is only just getting started.

The Big Canoe 50th Anniversary Task Force has planned events to dazzle, entertain, and delight, all of which will culminate with the 50th anniversary gala on Oct. 22.

Many that are listed below have only recently been announced, so be sure to check back for updates.

Big Canoe Trivia Night at the Clubhouse, Aug. 18 – Test your local knowledge while eating a throwback Big Canoe meal at the 50th Anniversary Trivia Night at the Clubhouse. Look forward to a country-style buffet – just like the Chimney’s used to serve. There are no pre-planned teams. Seating will be assigned randomly, but couples may sit together. Winners can expect prizes.

Still Young at Heart Fashion Show Through the Decades, 6 p.m. Aug. 24 – Celebrate five decades of fashion! Whether you’re a fan of bell bottoms, jackets with shoulder pads or another trend from a bygone era, come dressed in the style of your favorite decade. There will be thematic cocktails, light appetizers, mocktails, soft drinks, beer and wine, a DJ and, of course, dancing! Please note that this event is open only to Still Young at Heart Members, who are happily taking new members. Tickets are $35. Info: Sherry Evans at 404-317-9858

1972 at the Racquet Club, Sept. 3 – The Racquet Club is going back in time to 1972 US Open Finals. Come wearing your most slammin’ ’70s attire. There will be prizes for best-dressed, as well as for the winners of men and women’s doubles, and mixed doubles. Mixers for tennis and pickleball will also be available. Additional details TBD.

Sunset Cruises at the Marina, Sept. 9 & Sept. 23 – Details TBD.

Chapel Paintfest Big Canoe Paints Van Gogh, Sept. 10 – Open to the whole community. Details TBD.

Mountain Twilight Concert, Sept. 10 – At this special twilight concert, local musician and mandolin specialist Bob Knysz will debut his song “Livin’ Right – Big Canoe” in honor of our community’s anniversary. He will perform the song backed by the Big Canoe All-Star Band, which features six players from our community. Headlining the affair is the Monsters of Yacht, a thematic cover band that specializes in the smoother strains of ’70s and ’80s music. No charge.

Ridgerunners Wine Festival and Black Bear Society Beer Tasting Garden, 2 to 6 p.m., Sept. 18 – Wine aficionados and beer lovers rejoice! The Ridgerunners will host a wine festival at the Wildcat Pavilion. Sample wines from all over the world and vote for your favorites. The top five selections will be featured in IGA and the Clubhouse. If you’re not a fan of wine, the Black Bear Society will be sponsoring a Beer Tasting Garden with a selection of craft beers. The Pioneer Chicken Stand band will provide entertainment. Tickets: $50 for general admission, which includes a commemorative plastic wine glass; $75 for VIP tickets, which includes exclusive wine options, a -shirt, the commemorative wine glass, and an exclusive live music performance TBD. T-shirt available for $20. Tickets go on sale August 19. Slots are limited.

Big Canoe Day of Service, Oct. 1 – Details TBD

50 quilts for 50 years at Oktoberfest, Oct. 8 – Details TBD.

50th Anniversary Gala, Oct. 22 – Details TBD.

The Beauty of Big Canoe, 5-8 p.m. reception; Oct. 28; viewing hours 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Oct. 29, noon-4 p.m. Oct. 30 – View the sights of Big Canoe through the lens of talented artists and photographers. There will be music along with wine and cheese. The displayed art and photo pieces will be for sale. Admission is free. More info: Kat Alikhan at 404-314-4976 or



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