The 2018 festival will feature Regi Carpenter, known for her family stories and award-winning personal narrative of mental illness Snap!; Lyn Ford, a fourth-generation Afrilachian teller of “home fried” tales; Andy Offutt Irwin, a Georgia humorist and balladeer; Michael Reno Harrell, a gifted songwriter known for his Appalachian grit and wit; and Rev. Robert Jones, Sr., a multi-instrumentalist and historian of the African American musical tradition. Links to their websites can be found on our home page and on our 2018 festival page (under "about" on our home page).
The festival has undergone tremendous growth over the past three years, so much so that we can no longer fit into the venue we have been using at Young Harris College. Union County Schools has graciously offered us their beautiful new Fine Arts Center for the 2018 festival. It has theater-style seating for 900, plentiful parking, and many other perks. So, we're moving 10 minutes down the road to Blairsville. With this change will come exciting opportunities for expanding our community outreach programs. Please get in touch with us via firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more, and stay tuned for more information about our new venue.