Numerous activities on tap for the weekend
by Marie Nesmith
Apr 29, 2011 | 2858 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With sunny skies and 80-degree temperatures forecasted for this weekend, it seems the weather will provide a welcome backdrop for a bevy of scheduled events. From AIDS Alliance of Northwest Georgia's AIDS Walk/Run Cartersville and the Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter's 5K Challenge to the Northwest Georgia Homeless Veterans Foundation's Southern Vets Fest, numerous organizations are organizing educational events and benefits for the public.

"The Booth Western Art Museum joining forces with the Bartow History Museum to create Civil War Comes Alive! is a great new event and then Taste of Cartersville is going to have kind of a new appearance as well," said Regina Wheeler, deputy director of the Cartersville-Bartow County Convention & Visitors Bureau. "I understand they will be having 20 to 25 really great artists and crafters downtown so that'll be a new feature -- to be [offering] fine art, food and music all in one event.

"There is a great variety [of events] for anyone and everyone. Of course additional commemorations of the Civil War with Confederate Memorial Day observances [will be] held at Stiles Auditorium with the [Gen. P.M.B. Young Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy] and then vets of all wars will be honored in Southern Vets Fest taking place at Adairsville Middle School -- the stadium there -- [that will feature] just a beautiful voice in John Berry. Many residents may have heard him at past appearances at The Grand Theatre. He has a great career and a wonderful voice and is always very entertaining. Plus, [there will be] numerous other groups throughout the day. It's a full day of music."

Echoing Wheeler's comments, Cartersville Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Liz Hood also is excited that the DDA has been able to extend Saturday's Taste of Cartersville event to now include Art on the Square and Cartersville Uncorked.

"We're truly having a spring festival with art, music, food and children's activities," Hood said. "It's just a beautiful spring festival -- a great time to bring the family out and sample great food from Bartow County restaurants and also buy some art for upcoming gift-giving occasions like Mother's Day, Father's Day and graduation. And Cartersville Uncorked begins at 6 p.m.

"We have six downtown restaurants participating," she said, referring to El Pueblito, Swheat Market Deli, The City Cellar and Loft, Greg's Grill and Tavern, Knight's 1889 and Jefferson's. "You'll go directly to the restaurants and they'll be selling samples of their wines. It's just a nice wine stroll -- a great way to enjoy a beautiful spring evening."