Fam­ily adds con­cert to But­ter­fly Fes­ti­val

Chattanooga Times Free Press - ChattanoogaNow - - OUT & ABOUT - BY SU­SAN PIERCE STAFF WRITER

Ja­son and Amy Carter launched a new fes­ti­val last year as a way to thank their com­mu­nity for all the love and sup­port shown them fol­low­ing the death of their daugh­ter on La­bor Day week­end 2016.

The But­ter­fly Fes­ti­val was a way to sur­round them­selves with friends, fam­ily, laugh­ter and light­heart­ed­ness on La­bor Day week­end, which they knew would be a dif­fi­cult re­minder of their loss. They made their new fes­ti­val a ben­e­fit for the Katie Beth Carter Me­mo­rial Schol­ar­ship Fund to pro­vide schol­ar­ships to a stu­dent at Her­itage High School and at Jack­sonville State Univer­sity, both schools their daugh­ter had at­tended.

More than 300 peo­ple from the Ring­gold, Ge­or­gia, area turned out for that first fes­ti­val last La­bor Day week­end. The Carter fam­ily is build­ing on that suc­cess with the ad­di­tion of a con­cert to this year’s event on Satur­day, Sept. 1, at Her­itage High School.

Opera star In­dra Thomas, a fac­ulty mem­ber at Shorter Univer­sity, will sing at 7 p.m.

“We wanted to bring in some­one who would draw a dif­fer­ent crowd,” says Amy Carter of the new con­cert. “My hus­band and I went to col­lege with In­dra at Shorter. We saw her per­form about a year ago and we started talk­ing about do­ing a con­cert in con­junc­tion with the fes­ti­val. We reached out to her and she re­sponded that she would love to help.

“So we’ll have fam­ily fun dur­ing the day. Then that evening, have some­thing a lit­tle more so­phis­ti­cated — a date night for mom and dad,” says Carter.

Carter says the fes­ti­val will of­fer in­flat­a­bles, car­ni­val games, food ven­dors, live mu­sic and 20 ven­dors sell­ing ev­ery­thing from wood crafts to Mary K cos­met­ics.

“Just a lot of fun things for the fam­ily and kids, espe­cially,” she says.

Be­fore the fes­ti­val opens Satur­day morn­ing, a Walk for Life spon­sored by Heal­ing From Within Min­istry will be held at 9 a.m., of­fer­ing 3- mile and one- mile routes. Any­one who par­tic­i­pates in the walk will get into the But­ter­fly Fes­ti­val for $ 5, which is half of the reg­u­lar $10 ad­mis­sion.

Satur­day night, Thomas will per­form a pro­gram of her fa­vorite mu­sic from mul­ti­ple gen­res. She will be ac­com­pa­nied by Julie Bear­den Carver, also a friend of the Carters.

Any­one show­ing their con­cert ticket at the fes­ti­val gate will also re­ceive $5 ad­mis­sion to the But­ter­fly Fes­ti­val.

For more in­for­ma­tion: www. the­but­ter­fly­fes­ti­val. com.

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So­prano In­dra Thomas, a mem­ber of the voice fac­ulty of Shorter Univer­sity who has per­formed with the Metropoli­tan Opera and Vi­enna State Opera, will present a con­cert Satur­day evening as part of the But­ter­fly Fes­ti­val in Ring­gold, Ge­or­gia.

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