GPC Daffodil Festival celebrates and commemorates local history
Events include Nov. 8 planting, “Taste of Newton”
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.