Monday, April 8, 2013

June 8-9: Finster Fest 2013 coming to Dowdy Park in Summerville

Media release: The Paradise Garden Foundation announces that Finster Fest 2013 will be taking place this year at Dowdy Park on June 8-9, 2013 in Summerville, GA.  Finster Fest 2013 will offer a wide spectrum of art, live entertainment, and fabulous food, all in a family friendly atmosphere. The festival began as a Howard Finster Day in Summerville in the early 1980's, and now has become known as Finster Fest.  It is one of North Georgia's most popular Folk Art and Music Festivals.  Finster Fest 2013 will be host to performing acts such as The Kernel of Jackson Tennessee, The Bohannans of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Soul Gravy from Saint Simons, Georgia.  The Art and Music Festival will showcase the unique talents of a wide array of artists at Dowdy Park in Downtown Summerville.  

The two-day festival will offer a shuttle bus ride to Paradise Garden for special tours, letting visitors see the many improvements of Paradise Garden including the Paradise Garden Museum.  This year's festival will be a celebration of the hard work that the Foundation has done to revive Howard Finster's homeplace known worldwide.  According to C. Sutton Connelly, Chairman of the Finster Fest 2013, "the celebration will showcase a wide array of talented artists as well as introduce the "Man of Vision After-Show."   More information can be obtained on the Finster Fest website,                                            

"MAN of VISION AFTER-SHOW", Saturday Evening, June 8, 2013

This ticketed event will be held near the historic Summerville Train Depot.  The festival will offer a special V.I.P. section.  To headline the performance is Norman and Nancy Blake with James Bryan from Rising Fawn, Georgia, Col. Bruce Hampton, Ret. From Atlanta and von Grey from Alpharetta, Georgia.  Also playing will be Saint Francis from Athens, Georgia. 

For more: The Paradise Garden Foundation is actively working to revive Paradise Garden and to promote area tourism.  If you would like to learn more about the rehabilitation efforts ongoing at Paradise Garden, you can contact Paradise Garden Foundation Executive Director, Jordan H. Poole, at (706) 808-0800 or email him at or visit

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