The Jefferson Heritage Tree Council will hold its second annual Foliage Fest to be held on Saturday, March 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the clubhouse at the city park in Jefferson, located on Old Swimming Pool Road.
Festival events will include vendors of trees and nature-related crafts, services and products, including shrubs and perennials and “green” products, demonstrations and exhibits by tree and landscape professionals, children’s activities, food vendors, bluegrass bands and tree sales.
Several local nurseries will have many varieties of highest quality trees, shrubs and flowers onsite for sale. Certified arborists will be available to help with selection and answer any questions about planting and care.
Kids can bring their bikes for a bike safety and skills course taking place at the park, sponsored by the Jefferson Police Department.
The music schedule will be as follows:
•10 a.m., Jefferson Middle School Symphonic Band
•11 a.m. Curley Maple, (fiddle-driven old time folk and Celtic)
•Noon, Red Oak Southern Strings from Watkinsville
•1 p.m., The Green Flag, Athens (traditional Irish group)
•1 p.m., The Drake School of Irish Dance, Athens (performing with The Green Flag Band)
•2 p.m., Crystal River, Jefferson (bluegrass and gospel)
•3 p.m., Center Stage, Jefferson (with Georgia Hall of Fame fiddler Clyde Beck)
•4 p.m., Bill Long and the Herd, Jefferson (joined by local pickers and fiddlers Doug Hilliard, Anne Holifield, Sally Stites and others)