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Spring gets a welcome with festival

COVINGTON -- Georgia Perimeter College's Newton Campus is celebrating the advent of spring with its third annual Daffodil Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The event will include caricaturists, poetry readings and entertainment.

"Spring is the perfect season for a daffodil festival," said Deborah Manson, festival chair and GPC instructor of English. "They are blooming on our campus again, and they're a perfect backdrop for a daylong schedule of activities."

The festival will begin at 10 a.m. with "Poetry in the Pines," where poems will be recited or read under pine trees near the college's academic building. From noon to 1 p.m., the Giwayen Mata Drum and Dance Ensemble will perform, followed by the Paradygm Contemporary Jazz Band from 2 to 3 p.m. and Barney's Goat Gaelic Band at 4 p.m.

"We're going to offer a range of musical performances that I think the general public would really enjoy that includes a range of cultural groups from different continents, in keeping with the multicultural spirit of the college and of America as a whole," Manson said.

Daffodil bulbs will also be sold for $1 each. The bulbs can be purchased in honor or in memory of a loved one and will be planted on the campus. Proceeds from the sale will go toward a scholarship fund that is being established for GPC students, Manson said.

"Before the college was here, there were daffodil fields in this location and we have planted more. Daffodils are indigenous to this spot, so this is in keeping with the history of this area," she said.

The festival is sponsored by the Newton Student Government Association, the Daffodil Festival Committee and the Newton Arts and Humanities Advisory Council.

The college is located at 239 Cedar Lane in Covington.