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Georgia Perimeter to hold daffodil festival

Georgia Perimeter College will hold its annual Daffodil Festival on Wednesday and Thursday at the Newton Campus off Ga. Highway 11 in Covington.

Georgia Perimeter College will hold its annual Daffodil Festival on Wednesday and Thursday at the Newton Campus off Ga. Highway 11 in Covington.

COVINGTON -- Georgia Perimeter College will continue the tradition of celebrating the area's beloved flowers this week.

The college's Newton campus will hold its annual Daffodil Festival on Wednesday and Thursday with several special events celebrating the flower, as well as focusing on the Native American and African-American cultures in Newton County.

The school held the first festival in 2008 and has expanded it since then. It was designed to celebrate the land where 19th-century daffodils were planted and remembered by local residents.

This year's two-day festival offers a variety of culture, dance, music and health events at the Newton campus, which is located at 239 Cedar Lane off Ga. Highway 11 in Covington.

The event will kick off on Wednesday morning with a focus on local history. Anthropologist Dr. Mark Auslander, formerly of Oxford College, will share his research on slavery and racial reconciliation, while Dr. Kathryn Gray-White, of Georgia Gwinnett College, will speak on the New Echota story.

"There will be local history speakers and story-telling, along with our popular bulb sales," said Janet Hollier, festival co-chair and GPC communications and theater professor.

Artistic events fill the schedule as well. A student vocal recital and a photography exhibit will be held on Wednesday afternoon and a guitar and jazz performance on Thursday afternoon.

Also on Thursday, the GPC Daffodil Festival will inaugurate a new event, offering the public an opportunity for fun and fitness. The Daffodil Trail Walk will follow a nature trail on campus near a lake on the 100-acre campus.

The college is inviting walkers to join students, faculty and staff in a healthy, half-mile trek in the woods. Participants are asked to sign in between 1 and 3 p.m. to begin the walk on the tree side of the faculty parking lot.

"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 day-long schedule of activities."

These and other events will take place in building 2N and on the campus lawn between buildings 1N and 2N.

The Spring 2011 Daffodil Festival is sponsored by the Newton Student Government Association, the Daffodil Festival Committee and the Newton Arts and Humanities Advisory Council.