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


Live and Silent Country Auctions 2014

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 5:00pm

The Bear on the Square Mountain Festival’s Country Auction, the major fundraising event for the festival, will take place in the large MainStage Tent across from Hancock Park on the Friday night just prior to the opening of the weekend festivities.

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Collecting Items for the Bear Auction

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 5:15pm
Auction donation by Grant Searcey

In observance of Bear on the Square's 18th year, we are celebrating handmade.  Bear on the Square is a significant promoter of tourism and goodwill for Dahlonega and Lumpkin County, bringing over 50,000 visitors to our community.  As a free festival offering free entertainment and programs, 100% of funding comes from community support.

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Highlights for the Auction

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 7:30pm

Here is the first of some of the items you will find in the Friday Night Auction.


Suzysue Smith

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Storytelling Hosted by Debbie Weston From

Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 10:00am, Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 2:00pm, Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 3:00pm

Traditional Storytelling
 Storytelling was an important mode of both communication and entertainment in the Southern Appalachian region, and Bear on the Square wants to do its part in helping carry on this cherished tradition.

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Food Court

Festival Food for 2014

Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 9:00am to Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 5:00pm
Bear Festival Food

The Bear on the Square Food Court is located between the MainStage Tent and Hancock Park, a block from the Dahlonega Square.

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Master Classes

Old-Time Banjo

Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Frank Lee

This 90-minute intensive study will focus on expanding your solo repertoire and playing in different tunings. To benefit from this class, participants should be able to play a few tunes smoothly without too many issues. Students will receive thorough handouts on the information covered and are encouraged to record the session.

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Southern Old-Time Fiddle

Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Erynn Marshall

In this old-time fiddle class participants will learn some beautiful tunes from West Virginia, Kentucky and/or North Carolina. The focus will be on learning by ear, bowing patterns, left hand ornamentation, and exploring nuances that make sSouthern fiddling different from other styles. Secrets to great tone and playing with ease will be revealed.

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Intermediate-Advanced Old-Time Mandolin

Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Carl Jones

In this combination skill-level class we'll focus on using basic concepts and small two-string “shapes” to quickly make the mandolin fingerboard much more accessible and less of a mysterious "maze." Insights into scale sections, harmonized scales, and the eye-opening "slants" and "reaches" (chords) will be demonstrated.

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Bluegrass Fiddle

Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm
Leah Calvert

A fiddler can't live on hot licks alone. And while foot stomping breakdowns can't be beat, what goes on in the interim, between vocal lines and solos, verse and chorus, adds a dynamic voice to the ensemble. And in between melodies, a fiddle can percuss. Chops, shuffles, we've all heard tell.

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Intermediate Bluegrass Guitar

Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm
Jason Kenney, Instructor

The focus of the class will be flat-picking and rhythm techniques. Students will learn one or two traditional songs and also discuss how to arrange solos as well as play interesting rhythm behind the songs. The class will be hands-on and there will be a question and answer section devoted to helping students fix or improve their technique.

Class fee: $15

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Bass Fiddle - Intermediate/Advanced

Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm
Chris Enghauser

Students should have a basic knowledge of the bass and be comfortable playing basic bluegrass and old-time songs at tempo. The class is very hands on. Students should bring their instruments, should be ready to play them and are encouraged to bring recording devices and bows if they have them. 

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Dance Exhibitions

John C. Campbell Traditional Folk Dancers

Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 11:00am, Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 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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Open Mic

Festival Open Mic

Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 1:30pm
Open Mic

Don’t miss your chance to perform at Bear!

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

When: Saturday, April 26
Time: 1:30-4 pm
Where: Uncle Dave's Workshop Tent on North Chestatee Street near the main entrance to Conner Memorial Park.

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Bluegrass Jam

Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 12:00pm to 12:45pm

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

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Penny Whistle “Key of D” Workshop

Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 1:00pm to 1:45pm

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’Conner 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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Playing in a Band

Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm

Learn the basics of forming a band and performing as a cohesive unit from Curtis Jones, founder of the band Insonia.  Composer, multi-instrumentalist, recording artist and touring professional, Curtis has performed all over the world, and is a master of jazz, flamenco, classical, new age and gypsy styles.

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Old-Time Harmony Singing

Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 3:00pm to 3:45pm

Don’t miss this celebration of Appalachian culture---Old-Time Harmony ` with The Rosin Sisters.

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Yodeling Basics

Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 4:00pm to 4:45pm

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

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Banjo Workshop

Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 1:00pm to 1:45pm

This workshop/demo with banjo man Matt Levine will make your festival day complete. Matt will be presenting a variety of traditional bluegrass banjo styles ranging from Ralph Stanley to Don Reno, complete with examples of backup and instrumental techniques. He will be accompanied by guitarist Terry Butterworth.

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Old-Time Fiddlin’

Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm

Award-winning fiddler, John Grimm, is the go-to man for fiddle tunes, whether you’re looking for traditional American, Appalachian, or Irish. Join us as John demonstrates many styles of traditional fiddling and shares favorite tunes he has collected during his years of fiddling.

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