GPC Daf­fodil Fes­ti­val cel­e­brates and com­mem­o­rates lo­cal his­tory

Events in­clude Nov. 8 plant­ing, “Taste of New­ton”

The Covington News - - Agriculture & Outdoors -

If you see a dou­ble row of daf­fodils in a field in ru­ral Ge­or­gia, chances are you’re looking at what was once a walk­way to some­one’s home. Though th­ese home­steads have van­ished, res­i­dents still re­call fondly the glory of a by­gone era.

Ge­or­gia Perime­ter Col­lege New­ton Cam­pus is em­brac­ing the hum­ble but hardy daf­fodil as a sym­bol of honor for the past and hope for the fu­ture. The col­lege in­vites the pub­lic to a fun-filled day of ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing the Plant­ing Daf­fodils and Ed­u­ca­tion Fes­ti­val from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Satur­day, Nov. 8. The cam­pus is lo­cated at 239 Cedar Lane, Cov­ing­ton.

The cel­e­bra­tion will in­clude the sym­po­sium, Com­mu­nity Har­vest: Farm and Fam­ily, Preser­va­tion and Progress, from Nov. 3 to 8. Also, a mem­ory gar­den will be es­tab­lished through the plant­ing of daf­fodils. The daf­fodil bulbs can be pur­chased on cam­pus be­fore the event or on that day.

“This first year we’ll plant daf­fodils in the mound area in front of Build­ing One to memo­ri­al­ize and honor our fac­ulty, staff, stu­dents, fam­i­lies and com­mu­nity,” said Dr. Alan Jack­son, dean of Aca­demic Ser­vices at GPC New­ton. “In years to come, we’ll put in an honor gar­den of bricks in des­ig­nated ar­eas around the cam­pus.”

GPC New­ton’s Daf­fodil Fes­ti­val will be a four-month cel­e­bra­tion fea­tur­ing cul­tural events and ac­tiv­i­ties emerg­ing from the theme, Sea­sons for Learn­ing: Cel­e­brat­ing the Cul­tures and His­tory of New­ton Cam­pus. The fes­ti­val is spon­sored by the New­ton Arts and Hu­man­i­ties Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil, the New­ton Stu­dent Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion, and the GPC Col­lege Foun­da­tion.

On Nov. 8, fam­i­lies can en­joy rhythm-and-blues, flute and Dix­ieland jazz mu­si­cians and great food dur­ing a Taste of New­ton. Chil­dren of all ages can take part in face-paint­ing and sto­ry­telling. Botan­i­cal art in­struc­tor Carol Anne Suther­land will teach kids and grownups to draw daf­fodils. Fac­ulty mem­bers will speak on the area’s his­tory, ge­og­ra­phy, flora and fauna, and ge­ol­ogy. And you can buy and plant a daf­fodil on cam­pus in a loved one’s honor or mem­ory.

Or­ga­niz­ers hope the fes­ti­val, sym­po­sium and other events will help pre­serve the county’s rich her­itage.

“The col­lege com­mu­nity and the com­mu­nity at-large are in­vited to help us cel­e­brate this great her­itage with which we’ve been en­dowed—the his­tory of the Na­tive Amer­i­can, African, and Euro­pean set­tlers in this area,” Jack­son says.

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