Win­ter fes­tiv­i­ties abound

Here is a pre­view of what is hap­pen­ing this week­end.

Rome News-Tribune - - FRONT PAGE - From staff re­ports

This week­end is the first day of De­cem­ber as well as the of­fi­cial start of the Christ­mas sea­son, and will be full of fes­ti­vals, pa­rades and Christ­mas spirit.

Here is your guide to this week­end’s fes­tiv­i­ties.

Cave Spring and Lin­dale will both be full of Christ­mas cheer as Small Town Christ­mas in the Coun­try kicks off at Ro­later Park, while the Christ­mas in Lin­dale Arts and Craft Fes­ti­val will also take place.

Cave Spring’s Christ­mas in the Coun­try, now in its 15th year, ex­pects to draw over 160 ven­dors, ac­cord­ing to or­ga­nizer Su­san Childers. This year’s event will be held rain or shine on Satur­day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sun­day from 12 to 4 p.m. Break­fast ven­dors will be on hand from 7 to 11 a.m. Ad­mis­sion is free. Booths will be set up at both Ro­later and in­side Hearn Academy. Guests are also en­cour­aged to visit down­town shops while in town as well as the cabin on the square. Food ven­dors will also be on hand.

Small Town Christ­mas, ac­cord­ing to or­ga­niz­ers, is a more per­sonal ver­sion of an arts and crafts fes­ti­val, with ev­ery­thing from canned goods to hand-crafted jew­elry, wood-turned bowls, cloth­ing, home dé­cor and gift bas­kets.

Christ­mas in Lin­dale 2018 will kick off with a 3 p.m. pa­rade on Satur­day, while the Arts and Craft Fes­ti­val runs from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Gil­breath Recre­ation Cen­ter, 110 Gar­den Ave. Lo­cal ven­dors, mu­sic and treats will be part of the fes­tiv­i­ties, fol­lowed by the star light­ing at 6 p.m.

The Rome Win­ter Won­der­land Car­ni­val and Ice Fes­ti­val runs from Fri­day through Sun­day. The three­day event will pro­vide a plat­form for var­i­ous so­cial, re­li­gious, eth­nic and cul­tural groups to share how they em­brace the fes­tive time of year. The event is free and open to the pub­lic, though lo­cal ven­dors and ar­ti­sans will be host­ing booths, sell­ing and show­cas­ing their prod­ucts through­out the week­end. The Fes­ti­val be­gins at 6 p.m. and runs un­til 11 p.m. on Fri­day. On Satur­day, the fes­ti­val runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Sun­day, from noon to 6 p.m.

A full sched­ule of events is avail­able at per­cga.org/romewin­ter-won­der­land. The Win­ter Won­der­land Car­ni­val & Ice Fes­ti­val is pre­sented by Peace­fully En­gag­ing the Rome Com­mu­nity, and runs along­side the Fo­rum on Ice, where com­mu­nity mem­bers can ice skate for $10, ages 5 and up, and $3 for ages 4 and younger.

The an­nual Win­ter Art Mar­ket cel­e­brates Ge­or­gia artists, crafters and grow­ers. With an ex­panded col­lec­tion of gift foods and out­door decor, the mar­ket will pro­vide one-of-akind hol­i­day gifts. The mar­ket will re­turn to Jack­son Hill at the Rome Civic Cen­ter and will be open on Satur­day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Scrooge the Mu­si­cal,” a twist on Charles Dick­ens’ “A Christ­mas Carol,” will be per­formed by the Rome Lit­tle Theatre to­day and Satur­day at 8 p.m. and Sun­day at 2:30 p.m. Tick­ets are $16 for adults, $14 for stu­dents and se­niors, and $12 for chil­dren.

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