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SpringFest festivities begin

Posted: March 10, 2014 - 3:09pm
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Lyn and Peter Schwarz, of Aiken, look at the many varieties of camellias on display at the North Augusta Camellia Show at the Arts and Heritage Center.   MIKE ADAMS/SPECIAL
MIKE ADAMS/SPECIAL
Lyn and Peter Schwarz, of Aiken, look at the many varieties of camellias on display at the North Augusta Camellia Show at the Arts and Heritage Center.

The annual SpringFest is under way and again brings together many North Augusta organizations to celebrate horticulture, the arts and sports.

“It’s the city’s spring festival to celebrate the start of wonderful weather and everything North Augusta has to offer,” said John Felak, program coordinator with North Augusta Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services.

SpringFest was first held last year, replacing the Yellow Jessamine Festival. Activities are held over a couple of weeks. “The success last year was the number of community organizations that got involved,” said Felak.

This year, organizations joined forces again to offer the community several activities, following the SpringFest tagline, “North Augusta HAS it” with “HAS” standing for horticulture, arts and sports.

Sponsors are the city of North Augusta, North Augusta Council of Gardens, North Augusta Cultural Arts Council, Camellia Society, Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta, Noon Lions Club and Lookaway Inn.

SpringFest kicked off last weekend with a reception for the SpringFest Art Show and the ninth annual North Augusta Camellia Show at the Arts and Heritage Center.

The Lookaway Inn Tea will be held Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. The event will include tours of the house and garden. The cost is $10, with proceeds benefitting the Edith Alexander Art Scholarship at North Augusta High School.

The North Augusta Idol will be held 7 p.m. Tuesday at North Augusta High School. The event costs $5. Proceeds go for a fine arts scholarship given by the North Augusta Cultural Arts Council.

The finale will be a Craft Festival and Spring Sports Opening Day on March 22.

The day will mark the start of recreation softball and baseball seasons and will also include crafters, games and entertainment. A master gardener will also give a presentation at 1 p.m. on organic gardening.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Lookaway Inn Tea

WHEN: 2-4 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Lookaway Inn, 103 W. Forest Ave.

COST: $10

OTHER: Registration is requested. Call (803) 441-4380.

WHAT: North Augusta Idol

WHEN: 7 p.m. Tuesday

WHERE: North Augusta High School auditorium, 2000 Knobcone Ave.

COST: $5

WHAT: Craft Festival and Spring Sports Opening Day

WHEN: Craft festival opens at 9 a.m.; Opening day ceremonies start at 10 a.m.

WHERE: Riverview Park, 100 Riverview Park Drive

COST: Free

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