FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 1, 2013
BEAR FESTIVAL'S ARTIST MARKETPLACE
HAS MANY ATTRACTIONS FOR ATTENDEES
Dahlonega's Historic Public Square will be alive with activity the third weekend in April as the 17th annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival will fill the area with Artist Marketplace exhibitors as well as the jammers who gather in groups throughout the downtown area to enjoy playing bluegrass and old-time music.
The Artist Marketplace, a juried event, will be comprised of a remarkable collection of one-of-a-kind, handmade arts and crafts from some of the Southern Appalachian region's top artists. Open on Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and on Sunday, April 21, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., rain or shine, the market will have booths containing the work of some 45 Marketplace artists, of whom 15 are new to the Bear festival. Featured artists, some of whom will be demonstrating their talent, will display pottery, fiber crafts, wood crafts, jewelry, painting, drawing and photography, multi-media, metal crafts and musical instruments. Among the folk artists this year will be noted area resident Billy Roper, the festival's Heritage Sponsor.
Other booths will be from the SouthEastern Bluegrass Association (SEBA), the Weekend Gold Miners Club, and several festival sponsors.
The Festival Sponsor again this year is the John C. Campbell Folk School. The school will have a section along North Park Street where there will be seven demonstrating artists, whose work in basketry, blacksmithing, chair caning, pottery, weaving, spinning, felting and woodcarving can be purchased. Also available will be information about the folk school's programs and classes.
Dance teams from the John C. Campbell Folk School will perform on Saturday at the Visitors Center Plaza. Three dance teams, Rural Felicity Garland Dancers, Dame's Rocket NW Clog Morris, and Sticks in the Mud Border Morris, are scheduled to appear at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. (times could change due to inclement weather).
Sherry Moser, Marketplace chairman, said The Country Store, which will be located in Hancock Park this year, will offer for sale such items as bread, honey, gourmet products, cookies, herbal products, beauty, bath and body products, jellies and plants. The Georgia Mountain Hand Spinners will also have a tent in the park.
Pre-festival events for the 2013 Bear festival, which is a celebration of Southern Appalachian music, traditional craft and folkways, will occur on Friday, April 19, with the first jammers arriving in the afternoon and the Live Country Auction that night. Admission free MainStage performances by local, regional and nationally known groups and individual performers specializing in bluegrass and old-time music, as well as other genres, will take place on Saturday and Sunday in the large tent just across the street from Hancock Park. Other festival activities will include an Open Mic event emceed by Neel Pender on Saturday afternoon, an old-time Mountain Dance on Saturday evening, and a Gospel Jam led by Glenda Pender on Sunday morning. Master Classes on Sunday afternoon; free workshops, jams and demonstrations, a children's program, and storytelling sessions on both Saturday and Sunday round out the lineup of activities. For more details about the festival, including the schedules and locations of events, complete lineup of performers and artists, list of sponsors, and updates between now and the event, go to www.bearonthesquare.org.
Bear on the Square Mountain Festival, Inc. which stages the event each year, is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit cultural arts organization. A new program, Friends of Bear, is available as a way for individuals, businesses and organizations to give financial support toward presenting the festival. Information about how to make tax deductible donations can be found on the Bear on the Square website.