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Flower fest returns to Covington

COVINGTON - Georgia Perimeter College will continue its celebration of daffodils this week.

Starting Tuesday and continuing until Thursday, the school will hold several events throughout each day at the Newton Campus, which is located on 239 Cedar Lane, off Ga. Highway 11, in Covington.

In the fall, the school held its first Daffodil Festival event during which they planted daffodils, which are now in bloom, and celebrated with live music and storytelling. Event organizer Chris Moser said the school chose to celebrate the flower because of its abundance, popularity and history in the area.

"The college community and the community at-large are invited to help us celebrate this great heritage with which we've been endowed - the history of the Native American, African and European settlers in this area," said Alan Jackson, dean of academic services at GPC Newton.

At the three-day event that's free and open to the public, festivities include live music, art, history and storytelling. Most of the entertainment and events are led by campus personnel, said Cindy Eenhuis, an organizer of the event.

At 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jeff Meadors will tell the founding history of Newton County in room 2210, and from 7 to 9 p.m., Moser's Celtic band Barney's Goat will provide live entertainment in the atrium.

Wednesday is a day full of storytelling and history lessons. At 11 a.m. in room 2210, "The Journal of Sojourner Truth" will be told; at 2 p.m. in room 2210, Linda Hughes will tell about educational history; and at 4 p.m., Jeff Meadors will read a historical diary. At 12:15 in the atrium, the school will hold a women's history celebration, "Great Jazz Divas, Davis and Dow."

From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, student art will be displayed in the campus atrium.

The celebration continues Thursday, starting at 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the outside picnic tables for Poetry in the Pines; at 2 p.m. in room 2210, George Lonberger will tell historical geography and at 3 p.m. in room 2210, Polly Bouker will tell historical geology; at 5:30 p.m. in room 2210, Susan Finazzo will tell historical flora. The event will close with storytelling from 7 to 9 p.m. outside.

The school hopes the festival and other events will help preserve the county's rich heritage by holding similar events for the public and students in the future.

Michelle Floyd can be reached at michelle.floyd@newtoncitizen.com.

SideBar: If You Go

· What: Daffodil Festival

· When: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday

· Where: Georgia Perimeter College Newton Campus, 239 Cedar Lane (off Ga. Highway 11), Covington

· Cost: Free and open to the public

· More Information: www.gpc.edu or 770-278-1200 (school)