4th of July Fireworks on Lake Petit in Big Canoe

The 4th of July is always time for celebration in Big Canoe with a salute to our military service people both current and past at the Terraces amphitheater on Saturday night and many other activities for homeowners and guests.The holiday ended with a fireworks display from the dam on Big Canoe’s  Lake Petit. These wonderful pictures were taken by Big Canoe homeowner Tom Coffman from waters edge at 1165 Flycatcher Point which is featured on the home page of this website. Lakeside homeowners typically celebrate the holiday with fireworks parties while boatowners drift offshore to watch the evening  spectacular4th of July in Big Canoe”]4th of July Celebration in Big Canoe4th of July Fireworks from 1165 Flycatcher Point  

For more information about this fabulous home on one of the best lake point lots in Big Canoe, call Shelby Collins 404-863-2676

Big Canoe Garden Club Tour

The Big Canoe Wildflower Bunch  garden club is holding its 2011 “Gardens in the Woods Tour” Fri June 10th and Saturday June 11. Residents, guests and visitors to Big Canoe can tour gardens featuring the natual plants and  landscaping of Big Canoe.Tickets are $10 and the deadline for advance ticket sales is June 1.  For more info contact  judysrq@verizon.net  or sybilburgett@tds.net . The tour will happen rain or shine so come enjoy the natural beauty of Big Canoe.

Memorial Day Tribute at The Big Canoe Terraces Honors Veterans


In addition to the many daily  activities in Big Canoe, the North Georgia Veterans will present a Memorial Day tribute to our country’s veterans  Monday, May 30, at The Terraces beginning at 9:50 a.m.

 Helen Buckelew, vice president of North Georgia Veterans will be participating while  Bill Gibson will give the invocation and preside over the flag raising by the North Georgia Honor Guard. Representing the different branchesof the armed services will be T Bill Saling representing the Army, Navy by David Howe, Marine Corps  Jim Puhger and Air Force Chuck Dressler.

Don’t Forget the Big Canoe Tour of Homes today!!!

The Big Canoe Tour of Homes is today. Come tour 4 incredible mountain homes and shop for antiques, jewelry, crafts and just about anything you do or do not need. Food is also being served at the venues.  It’s a fun day in the mountains with something for everyone.

The fun does not end at sunset. Stay for the Banks and Shane concert this evening at The Terraces Amphitheater in Big Canoe.  The concert starts at 7:30 but come early and tail gate or enjoy food from the iconic  Dawsonville Pool Room. Admission is $20 per adult. Children under 12 are free.

Moody’s Report Says Real Estate Prices to Bottom in 2012

According to Moody’s Analytics and Fiserv, Inc, price declines will end and average U.S. home prices will stabilize in some areas by Labor Day. According to the study, prices in some of  the hardest-hit markets will start to level by the end of 2012. The prediction was based on home price trends in 375 markets around the county that are tracked by the FiservCase-Schiller Indexes.

The Fiserv report states  that home prices have fallen to pre-bubble levels, creating affordable housing relative to income which, coupled with a gradually improving economy, will bring an end to price declines.

Big Canoe Throws a Party


Big Canoe Terraces Amphitheater

Saturday night, Big Canoe welcomed 900 people to the Terraces Amphitheater to rock out with the Seven Bridges Eagles Tribute band.  Tailgating and dancing to Eagle’s hits were highlights of the evening. The next Terraces event is May 21 when Banks and Shane will perform hits from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. This is the same day as the Big Canoe Tour of Homes. Come to Big Canoe  for the entire  weekend and enjoy all the associated activities.  Call me for more information. 404-863-2676

Shelby Collins

Spring has come to Big Canoe

Geese love Big Canoe This photo of a gosling sunning on the shore of Lake Petit, taken by Big Canoe resident Jim Tanner, is just another sign that Spring has arrived at Big Canoe. Come enjoy our natural habitat and the serenity of our beautiful Big Canoe mountains.

Shelby Collins 404-863-2676

Big Canoe Employee Lost Home in Storm


Sarah Burnett, a Big Canoe food and beverage employee,  and her family lost their home and all of their belongings in the Pickens County  storms this week.  Sarah, her husband and their three children need household goods ,clothing and toys but monetary donations are welcome as well.


Clothing sizes are as follows:

Son-Jake, age four ….. Boys size 5-6, shoe size 12 ½

Daughter-Summer, age nine…….Girls size 10-12, shoe size 7 ½ women’s

Daughter Morgan, age eleven…..Women size 4 to 5, shoe size 7 ½ women’s

Sarah……Junior size 11 Pants, Med-Large women Shirts, shoe size 8

Last Nights Storms Leave Little Damage in Big Canoe

While the thunder and lightening kept many Big Canoe residents awake, there was minimal damage to the community during the storms of last night. Most home damage was from water intrusion during the torrential rains.  As usual, the maintenance personell at Big Canoe quickly cleared downed trees from roads.  Unfortunately, the western part of Pickens County was not so fortunate as many homes suffered wind and water damage. Our thoughts are with people who were impacted by the storms.

Just another sign consumer confidence is back

I just read yet  another article that supports my thought that consumer confidence along with the housing market is improving. Residential architects are reporting that home owners are opting for larger kitchens and bathrooms, and in some cases,  want even more than one kitchen as in the “guest kitchens” on the terrace level of so many Big Canoe homes. Gone is the austerity of the past two years when people were willing to settle for smaller kitchens and bathrooms. Bigger is better and it is back in a big way.