The weather is clearing and a beautiful Fall weekend is in store for northwest Georgia. Come out and help the Cobb County city of Smyrna celebrate the season at its annual Jonquil Festival. There will be loads of entertainment for all ages, terrific food plus the opportunity to view the wares of many talented local artisans.
The festivities will take place on the city’s Village Green, next to Market Village off Atlanta Road. Thousands are expected to attend the festival, which features 150 arts and crafts exhibitors, live music, local entertainment and children’s activities. Admission is free. Artists both local and from around the Southeast set up booths to display a wide range of items from watercolors and folk art to fine jewelry and metal sculptures. There’s also clothing, furniture and handmade crafts, said festival organizer Bill Watson. Jenny King, owner of The Studio at Marietta Station on the Marietta Square, will display her oil paintings at the festival. Her pieces range in price from $12 to $5,900. “I paint where my inspiration takes me. I use a lot of vibrant colors in my work, exaggerate light and shadow,” she said. “Last year’s Fall Jonquil Festival was the first festival I’ve ever worked. It was very exciting for me. This festival was so much fun, the crowd was wonderful and everyone was so nice. I enjoyed the energy.” The festival, which dates back more than 20 years, will also include a harvest market with pumpkins, corn stalks and other fresh vegetables. Jonquil bulbs will be distributed at the festival by Keep Smyrna Beautiful. The nonprofit is dedicated to helping the public become aware of environmental issues.
After spending the day shopping, festivalgoers are encouraged to swing by any of the entertainment areas for a little rest and relaxation. Peter Hart will bring his Atlanta Puppet Show, which features marionettes and puppets that sing, dance, play the fiddle, and break apart and come back together. The puppets squirt water and will be launched across the stage by catapult. Scott Thompson, a founding member of country band Peachtree Station, will entertain guests on Veteran’s Memorial grand lawn adjacent to the festival’s food court.
Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Treat yourself to a wonderful Fall day in Georgia’s Jonquil City!
Author:Anne Ortiz (Maximum One Realty Greater Atlanta)