Festival will bring art, wine and jazz to Dahlonega
The Dahlonega Arts & Wine Festival, May 18-19, is a great event for lovers of art, wine, and jazz. Chestatee Artists will present the event for the 4th year on the Public Square and Hancock Park.
The focus is on featuring high quality arts and crafts, fine local and regional wines, and terrific jazz performances to entertain visitors for this cultural event.
The Festival will feature 70 carefully selected artists and crafters who will display creative products for purchase during the two-day event around the downtown square and North Park St.
Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
“The festival is our only fundraiser, which gives us an opportunity to raise money to support Art Education with our local art programs.” said Festival Director Letty Rayneri. “We have already supplied a kiln for pottery creation at Long Branch Elementary and we are looking forward to purchasing more art equipment for some of the other four Lumpkin County Schools.”
Visitors will be able to select from paintings in oil, acrylics, watercolors and mixed media, as well as works by four creative photographers. Quality crafts will include ceramics, sculpture, jewellery, wood items, leather arts, glass arts, fiber arts, custom knives, and other hand crafted creations. The gourmet category will feature booths with specialty food like savoury blend dips, homemade jams and jellies, pickles, salsa, pound cakes, Wine flavour packets, and Paul Thomas Chocolates will have a booth too.
Inside the Wine Garden, wine lovers will enjoy a wide variety of wine from local and regional wineries. Participating wineries will include Etowah Meadery, Habersham Winery & Vineyards and Dahlonega Plateau wineries, Kaya Vineyard & Winery, Montaluce Winery, and Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery. Wine tasters will receive a commemorative wine glass with tickets for 16 tastings for $30, which can be shared with a companion. Wine can also be ordered by the glass for $8 or by the bottle based on winery prices. The Wine Garden opens at 11 a.m. on Saturday and on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
The music opens on the Plaza at noon in front of the Visitors Center. At 1 p.m., Hancock Park Pavilion will feature more jazz performers to entertain festival goers who are in the Wine Garden area or in the park, seated in their own lawn chairs. Musical groups will feature great jazz, blues, salsa and many other genres to keep your “fingers snapping.”
Performers from the region and Atlanta will rock the festival with groups like Dahlonega-Gainesville Gang led by the multi-talents of Rick Harris. The sounds of Latin and Brazilian Jazz will also entertain festival goers Saturday.
Headliners for Sunday include Brookwood Split and Tommie Macon and the Gentle Men of Jazz, as well as a group playing Dixieland and Swing genres. These free performances begin at noon and continue during festival hours.
For more information, visit chestateeartists.org and click on the tab for Arts & Wine Festival. Also visit the Dahlonega Arts & Wine Festival Facebook page.