City reinvents spring festival: Schedule of events

  • Posted: 3/9/2013 4:08 PM
    6/1/2013 5:56 PM

For the past six years, North Augustans have enjoyed the Yellow Jessamine Festival in downtown North Augusta. This year, the festival will reinvent itself to become SpringFest.

This new festival format will spread activities across three weekends in March - each weekend with its own theme. The first weekend's theme is horticulture, the second weekend is art and the final weekend is sports. Here is a breakdown of the events for folks to enjoy.The festival kicks-off with a reception for the SpringFest Art Competition on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. The first weekend of SpringFest features the 8th Annual Camellia Show at the North Augusta Municipal Building on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. The public residents are welcome to enter their camellia blooms from 7:30 to 10 a.m. The kids' Camellia Coloring Contest will be exhibited alongside the Camellia Show. After the Camellia Show, the artworks will be on display at the Riverview Activity Center until March 22.

Also, take this time to view the SpringFest Art Competition at the Arts and Heritage Center (AHC) from 1 to 5 p.m.

The second weekend of SpringFest is the Art Weekend with exhibits throughout downtown. On March 16, guests are invited to view the works of Edith Jackson Alexander at Rosemary Hall, the Arts and Heritage Center and La Petite Gallerie (Hammond's Ferry) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is a progressive exhibit tour with parts of Edith's life and career told along the way. Edith's former students are invited to attend a reception and share their stories at Rosemary Hall on March 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. Visitors to the AHC can also view the SpringFest Art Competition from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

On March 17th, there will be a tea and tour of Rosemary Hall. The program is from 2 to 4 p.m., and there is limited seating. For your reservation, please contact Lauren at (803) 441-4380.

On March 16, there will be three horticulture workshops on the second floor of the Riverview Park Activities Center. The first workshop at 9 a.m. will help attendees repot those out-of-control house plants. The second workshop at 10 a.m. shows you how to divide perennial plants and the final workshop at 11 a.m. will teach you how to propagate woody shrubs. These workshops are hosted by the North Augusta Council of Garden Clubs. They are free and open to the public.

In the midst of SpringFest, the North Augusta Cultural Arts Council will host its annual student talent show - North Augusta Idol - on March 19. Enjoy an evening of talented performances at the North Augusta High School auditorium at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 per person.SpringFest will conclude on March 23 with a big event at Riverview Park baseball fields. The day will be packed with vendors, musical performances, a plant sale, activities for families and the opening of the spring sports season in North Augusta. Activities and games will begin at 9:30 am and will conclude at 5 pm. All events are free and open to the public.

The floral theme for this year's North Augusta Springfest is "the camellia." Camellia plants can be found throughout North Augusta and have a historic tie to the community. One of North Augusta's former citizens, Dr. H.G. Mealing developed and registered 20 new camellia varieties. Some of his Camellias still exist on Lookaway Inn's grounds and at the Maude Edenfield Park's new Camellia garden thanks to the Aiken Camellia Society.

The City of North Augusta would like to thank the sponsors of this year's SpringFest: Greg's Gas Plus, Potash of Augusta, Shannon Rollings Real Estate, SMS Sports World and SRP Federal Credit Union. Many thanks also are given to the community organizations that have supported SpringFest, including the Arts and Heritage Center, the Noon Day Lions Club, the North Augusta Council of Garden Clubs and the North Augusta Cultural Arts Council.

For more information on SpringFest 2013, please contact John Felak at (803) 441-4311 or visit SpringFest's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/naspringfest.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Date: Friday, March 8

Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Event: SpringFest Kick-Off and Exhibit Reception

Location: Arts and Heritage Center of N.A. (100 Georgia Ave.)

Date: Saturday, March 9

Time: noon to 5 p.m.

Event: 8th Annual North Augusta Camellia Show

Location: North Augusta Municipal Center (100 Georgia Ave.)

Date: Saturday, March 9

Time: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Event: Floral Waxing Seminar; Please bring camellia or other floral blooms with you.

Location: Arts and Heritage Center of N.A. (100 Georgia Ave.)

Date: Saturday, March 9

Time: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Event: SpringFest Art Show, Edith Jackson Alexander exhibit, and SpringFest Camellia Coloring Contest

Location: Arts and Heritage Center of N.A. (100 Georgia Ave.)

Date: Tuesday, March 12

Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Event: Reception for Edith Jackson Alexander’s former students. Please come share your stories of Edith and enjoy a tour of Rosemary Hall.

Location: Rosemary Hall (804 Carolina Ave.)

Date: Saturday, March 16

Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Event: SpringFest Art Show on exhibit. Progressive exhibit tour of “Edith Jackson Alexander: The Founder’s Daughter was an Artist” beginning at Rosemary Hall, then moving to the Arts and Heritage Center and wrapping up at La Petite Gallerie in Hammond’s Ferry.

Location: Arts and Heritage Center of N.A. (100 Georgia Ave.)

Date: Saturday, March 16

Time: 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Event: Horticulture workshops starting on the hour. Workshops will cover topics such as repotting house plants, dividing perennials and propagating woody shrubs.

Location: Riverview Park Activity Center, 2nd Floor Craft Room

Date: Sunday, March 17

Time: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Event: Tea and program about Edith Jackson Alexander. Tickets are $15/person.

Location: Rosemary Hall (804 Carolina Ave.)

Date: Tuesday, March 19

Time: 7 p.m.

Event: North Augusta Cultural Arts Council’s North Augusta Idol student talent show. Tickets are $5/person at the door.

Location: North Augusta High School auditorium (2000 Knobcone Ave.)

Date: Saturday, March 23

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Event: Opening day of the spring sports season and a festival of activities for the whole family.

Location: Riverview Park Baseball Fields

Date: Saturday, March 23

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Event: Plant sale held by the North Augusta Council of Garden Clubs.

Location: Riverview Park Baseball Fields (near the new Adaptive Playground)