Fast facts: When: Third weekend of September
Where: On the grounds of the Roselawn Museum, Cartersville, Georgia
What: Fine art exhibition with food, music and fun
Now in its fourth decade The Arts Festival at Rose Lawn continues to offer quality arts and crafts and two days of delightful entertainment in a historic city setting. This annual event is held at 224 West Cherokee Avenue, on the spacious lawn of the historical mansion of renowned Methodist Evangelist Samuel Porter Jones in the heart of downtown Cartersville, Georgia. Admission is free.
Exhibits include everything from paintings and jewelry to basketry, quilting, weaving, pottery, photography, and wood. Visitors can also enjoy a wide variety of food including barbecue and ice cream. Another popular feature is the annual book sale hosted by the local chapter of American Association of University Women.
The "Hospitality Heroes Awards" are presented annually by the Cartersville-Bartow County Convention & Visitors Bureau. Winners of the People’s Choice Awards for Best Restaurant, Shoppe and Attraction are presented as well. The Juried Artists Awards will also be given at this time when the festival honors First, Second and Third Place winners in both Fine Arts and Heritage Crafts, with a final award presented to Best in Show.
A full schedule of entertainment is always planned. For example, Royal Blue and the Stone Grifters, a rising band from Athens, Georgia headlined a day’s musical entertainment. Other popular regional performers include vocalist Terry Jordan and pianist Amanda Brawner, Sweet the Sound, and other Christian/Gospel artists.
During the festival, guests may tour the eighteen room Victorian house museum, carriage house, and one-room schoolhouse (standard charges apply). Rose Lawn Museum features sculpted plaster scrollwork, murals, the antique collection of Etowah Valley Historical Society, and period furnishings and writings from the collection of Laura and Sam Jones. The belongings of Rebecca Latimer Felton, first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate are also displayed there.
The Arts Festival at Rose Lawn is an event the whole family can enjoy. Cartersville and Bartow County have grown immensely during the first three decades of the event, yet one thing has remained the same – current and previous residents make this festival a “homecoming” each year to enjoy the charming character and friendliness of this wonderful community.
The Arts Festival is sponsored by Bartow County Government and Cartersville Medical Center.
For information call 800-733-2280; vendors should call 770-387-5162.
Complimentary shuttle service transports guests from parking areas at the Cartersville Civic Center (West Main Street) and Bartow County Courthouse (Cherokee Avenue).
Roselawn Arts Festival, Roselawn Museum, Cartersville, Georgia
Directions: I-75 Exit 288, go west 2.5 miles to downtown. Cross railroad, then at second traffic light turn right on Bartow Street, then left on Cherokee Ave. Turn left on Fite Street at Rose Lawn. To access shuttle bus parking, turn right on Cherokee Ave to Bartow County Courthouse parking lot.