Mu­sic and art themes of week­end fes­ti­vals

Art in the Park in Blue Ridge and Fin­ster Fest also on tap

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Fes­ti­val f ans know Memo­rial Day week­end means it’s time for the 1890’ s Day Jam­boree in Ring­gold, Ga.

This street fes­ti­val in down­town Ring­gold an­nu­ally brings thou­sands of peo­ple i nto the North Ge­or­gia town of about 3,600. It’s a free, fam­ily- friendly event that’s been held for more than 40 years. In ad­di­tion to 100 food and craft ven­dors, there is live mu­sic on three stages, dance and fid­dle con­tests, a beauty pageant, a pa­rade and car show.

The fun starts Fri­day night, May 26, when gospel acts per­form from 6 to 10 p.m. on three stages around town. The 1890’s Day Pageant also be­gins at 6 p.m. on the Ring­gold De­pot stage. Any­one in­ter­ested in com­pet­ing must regis­ter be­tween 3 and 5:30 p.m. Fri­day af­ter­noon.

Satur­day’s Jam­boree opens with a dance and fid­dle con­test on the Court­house Stage at 9: 30 a. m., which con­tin­ues through­out the day. A pa­rade through down­town Ring­gold steps off at 11 a.m.

One of the most pop­u­lar events, the Jam­boree’s car show, will again take place at Ring­gold First Bap­tist Church’s park­ing lot, 7611 Nashville St. There’s no fee for car own­ers to regis­ter for the show. Reg­is­tra­tion be­gins at 9 a.m.; judg­ing for the Top 5 takes place at 1 p.m. The event in­cludes a cruise-in from 1 to 5 p.m.

The jam­boree will close Satur­day night with a fire­works show af­ter the last musical act.

› If you’re more in the mood for a fine-art fes­ti­val, take a day-trip to Blue Ridge, Ga., where Art in the Park will take place Satur­day and Sun­day, May 27-28, in the scenic town’s City Park. It’s held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, rain or shine.

Spon­sored by the Blue Ridge Moun­tains Arts As­so­ci­a­tion, this show fea­tures more than 170 artists dis­play­ing fine art and fine crafts.

Last year, Blue Ridge was rec­og­nized as one of the Top 10 Fine Craft Towns in Amer­ica by Amer­i­can Craft Week. This fes­ti­val is a fundraiser for the as­so­ci­a­tion’s ef­forts to pro­vide arts op­por­tu­ni­ties for area res­i­dents.

› If it’s folk art you’re in search of, head to Fin­ster Fest for Satur­day and Sun­day’s cel­e­bra­tion of artist Howard Fin­ster and his ex­tra­or­di­nary art en­vi­ron­ment, Par­adise Gar­den, three miles north of Sum­merville, Ga. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Fin­ster Fest fea­tures the work of just over 50 artists, most of them self-taught, who will ex­hibit paint­ings, found- ob­ject sculp­ture, pot­tery, gar­den art, fur­nish­ings made of re­claimed wood, mo­saic glass an­gels, hand­made guitars, fiber art, paper pulp sculp­ture, em­broi­dery, black­smithing and whirligigs.

Howard Fin­ster’s Par­adise Gar­den is lo­cated at 200 N. Lewis St. Ad­mis­sion is $5. Pro­ceeds help fund the oper­a­tion of Par­adise Gar­den. For more in­for­ma­tion: 706-808-0800.


Three stages of mu­sic are set up around Ring­gold, Ga., dur­ing 1890’s Day Jam­boree, which starts Fri­day night, May 26, and con­tin­ues Satur­day, May 27.

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