Get ready to kick off spring with the new Spring Fest 2013, which is replacing the Yellow Jessamine Festival. We will enjoy various exhibits and events that will take place in different venues throughout our lovely city.
The theme this year for the art competition is the camellia flower, which can be found throughout North Augusta and has historic ties to our community. Dr. H. G. Mealing – one of Lookaway Inn’s former owners, a local physician and avid horticulturalist – has developed and registered 20 new camellia varieties.
Some of his camellias can still be found on the grounds of the Lookaway Inn. Thanks to the Aiken Camellia Society, you can also find many of his camellias in Maude Edenfield Park’s new camellias garden.
The Spring Fest will kick off March 8 with the public reception for the art competition and artists from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta, 100 Georgia Ave. It will be hosted by the North Augusta Cultural Arts Council.
The first weekend of the Spring Fest will feature the eighth annual Camellia Show in the Palmetto Room at the North Augusta Municipal Building on March 9 from 1 to 5 p.m. A free floral waxing class will be held at 1 p.m.
The camellia show and workshops are open to the public. You will be able to view the art entries and see who won the art competition. Many of these pieces of artwork by well-known local and regional artists will be available for purchase. A coloring contest for children in elementary school and younger will be held in conjunction with the camellia show. Entries will be displayed throughout the municipal building.
March 16-17 is an art weekend with exhibits of artwork by Edith Jackson Alexander. Her art will be on view at four-locations: Rosemary Hall, Lookaway Inn, the Arts and Heritage Center and La Petite Gallerie located in Hammonds Ferry.
The Spring Fest will close March 23 with the Spring Sports Opening Weekend at Riverview Park. The opening day of Spring Sports is filled with games and activities for children of all ages. You can also enjoy the entertainment on the outdoor Riverview Stage and a variety of food and craft venders.
All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact John Felak at (803) 441-4311.
Don’t forget to check out our local Artists of the Month: Peggy Lamm at the Arts and Heritage Center; Andrea Spano in North Augusta Today; Judy Berry at the Greater North Augusta Chamber of Commerce office; Jan Kozel at the North Augusta Family Y; Carolyn Cho at The Beveled Edge Gallery; Yvonne Kinney at Jim Bush Flowers; and Tony Carr at Quality Printing.
Two new exhibit spaces are now open for our artists: The Men’s Refinery Barber Shop and Special Effects Hair Studio will feature Ron Bonar.