May11

Arts, Wine -- and Jazz Too!

by David Zunker

Arts, Wine -- and Jazz Too!

Just in its third year -- Dahlonega's Arts and Wine Festival (May 19-20) has built a large following and a reputation for quality wines, fine art and an all-around good time.

It's the perfect event for lovers of art, wine and jazz. Chestatee Artists presents this exciting event on and around the historic downtown square, and in Hancock Park, featuring quality arts and crafts, fine local and regional wines, and terrific jazz performances.

Sixty or more carefully selected artists and crafters will provide creative products for purchase during the two-day event.  Handmade items and artwork will be on display and available for sale around the downtown square from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday and on Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm.

Wine enthusiasts can wander over to the Wine Garden and purchase tickets for tasting a variety of wines and receive a festival glass for $30.  Wine by the glass is available for $8 and you can also purchase your favorite wine “by the bottle.”  Wine tasting on Saturday begins at 11 am and on Sunday at 12:30 pm. Several wineries participating are Montaluce Winery, Habersham Vineyard & Winery, Kaya Winery, Etowah Meadery, and more.

On the Hancock Park Pavilion, amazing jazz performers will entertain festival goers sitting in the Wine Garden or near the stage in their own lawn chairs.  Musical groups will feature great jazz, blues, salsa and many other genres to keep your feet tapping.  Performers from the region and Atlanta will rock the festival with groups like Little Big Band Atlanta, led by the multi-talents of Rick Harris.  Brookwood Split was a hit in past festivals, as well as Tommie Macon and the Gentle Men of Jazz. These free performances begin at noon and continue during festival hours.

Visit the Dahlonega Arts & Wine Festival Facebook page to see more event details.  Leading up to the event, information will be posted on the wineries featured in the Wine Garden, on jazz performers, and on local business sponsors.  I

There is plenty to see and do in our area, so stay for the weekend in one of Dahlonega’s unique accommodations.  Check them out at www.dahlonega.org.  On May 18, 19, or 20, you may also want to get tickets for the historic Holly Theater’s production of “Company,” a musical comedy with Tony Award winning music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.

About the Author

David Zunker

David Zunker

David Zunker is the Tourism Director at the Dahlonega-Lumpkin Chamber & Visitors Bureau. He is a journalist by training and a tourism professional by trade – having spent more than 25 years in the hospitality and travel business with resorts, state tourism offices, CVBs and chambers of commerce.

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