Rose Lawn arts and crafts festival largest in its history
by Jason Lowrey
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Jane Drew, left, presents Faye Wallis with the best in show award for juried vendors as Hans Lutjens and Ellen Archer look on. JASON LOWREY/The Daily Tribune News
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For the 37th year, visitors were able to walk through Rose Lawn’s grounds, at no charge, on Saturday for the museum’s annual arts and crafts festival. Rose Lawn Director Jane Drew said approximately 137 vendors were allowed in this year, and the effect was everything she had hoped for.

“I don’t think it could be a better show. ... We have strived since the very beginning to create a very good quality arts and crafts show. This year, I feel like we have arrived. I am so thrilled with the crowd, the weather, the quality of our arts and crafts. I just don’t think it could be any better,” she said.

Drew said the festival’s two days, Saturday and today, are the museum’s busiest days. She said it was a chance to tell the story of Samuel Jones, which she believed was “very important to Cartersville.”

While the festival has no entry fee, the entry fees to the museum — $2 for children and $5 for adults — still apply. All the profits from the festival registration and museum fees are planned to go toward the repair of Rose Lawn’s carriage house.

Regina Wheeler, a festival committee member, said the festival was a way to raise money for the carriage house while giving back to the community.

“We always wanted to have a free festival — something good to give back to the community — but we also have a purpose ... to preserve the carriage house.”

Wheeler said the carriage house had not been used in two years, as carpenter ants had eaten away at some of the internal supports. While Bartow County has stabilized the structure, it is unsafe for use. The museum wants to use it for community events again and is accepting donations toward the renovation project.

The public, Wheeler added, was very enthusiastic for the show.

“We started our jurying process at 9 a.m., the show didn’t even open until 10, but we had people already selling and, I mean, people were here at 9. So they were wanting it. They were eager,” she said.

Items for sale range from jewelry to lawn ornaments made of car parts to pottery and wood crafts. The American Association of University Women is also conducting their annual book sale during the festival.

In addition to all the vendors, the festival committee scheduled a number of entertainers who would perform throughout Saturday and Sunday. Wheeler said about 12 acts were scheduled for the entire weekend. Entertainers included dance recitals and bluegrass music.

After judges Ksenia Phillips and Shane McDonald finished making their decisions, the awards were presented by Karl Lutjens, chairman of the Cartersville-Bartow County Convention & Visitors Bureau. The best of show award went to Bill and Faye Wallis, of Carrollton, for their woodcrafts.

Although Bill Wallis said he and his wife had won the best of show award twice before in their 11 years at the Rose Lawn festival, he still found it exciting.

“We’re happy to win it anytime. [We’re] just tickled to death. It’s something we’re both proud of.”

The Wallises cut, plane and lathe wooden cake stands, mixing bowls and other kitchenware. They started it as a hobby 13 years ago before turning it into a small side business.

“We do this, basically, to supplement our Social Security. It’s not a moneymaking business, but it’s something we can have fun with.”

Wallis, who has known Drew for a number of years, said she was one of the best parts about the Rose Lawn show.

“Jane Drew puts on a class act,” he said. “You won’t find any shows that are as coordinated and worked as you will Rose Lawn. It’s first class. She’s a classy lady who knows how to do it.”

Other artists who received festival awards include Anne Wing, first place, Fine Arts; Ronnie and Brhonda Payne, first place, Heritage Crafts; Dan Goad, second place, Fine Arts; Sharon Camp, second place, Heritage Crafts; Sherry Whallon, third place, Fine Arts; and Triny Cline, third place, Heritage Crafts.

After the award ceremony, Lutjens announced the winners of the Hospitality Heroes Awards, which are presented by the CVB.

The Kordecki Award for Contribution to the Arts was awarded to Jonalyn Bew, posthumously, and George Bew. Cultural Arts Alliance President Julie Reeves accepted the award on their behalf.

The Shining Star Award was presented to Robert Bentham and the Entwistle Award for Lifetime Service was given to David Archer. The Bentley Award for Economic Development in Tourism was awarded to Seth Hopkins, while Richard Osborne won the Grant Award for Community Service.

Jody Grizzle was awarded the Distinguished Volunteer of the Year Award, and the Hilton Garden Inn, Cartersville, won the 2012 Hotel of Excellence Award.

Lutjens then moved on to the People’s Choice Awards for best attraction, best restaurant and best shop in Bartow County.

The Booth Western Art Museum won the award for best attraction. Antonio’s Italian Grotto won for best restaurant and Spring Place Pottery & Artist’s Gallery won for best shop.

The Rose Lawn arts and crafts festival will continue today from noon to 5 p.m.