Ga. Perimeter College hosts 2012 Daffodil Festival Wedesday and Thursday

COVINGTON -- Georgia Perimeter College will host the 2012 Daffodil Festival Wednesday and Thursday, March 21-22, offering a variety of cultural, musical and walking events at the 100-acre campus in Newton County. All events are free and the public is invited.

In addition to the programs designed to promote the theme of this year's event, "Building a Greener GPC," the school will also receive a People's Garden Award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as well as open a new garden where staff and students will grow plants and food.

"Sustainability is very important to the college now," said English professor Deborah Manson, chair of the Daffodil Festival committee. "And during these two days, we'll showcase how our students are learning to be responsible citizens -- not just recycling but discovering a variety of ways to consume our natural resources in ways that don't destroy what's around us."

Kicking off the 2012 Daffodil Festival is a 10 a.m. symposium on the book, "The Boy Who Harnassed the Wind," by William Kamkwamba. This will be followed by the Daffodil Trail Walk from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. which will follow a half-mile nature trail on the campus. Also, the Giwayen Mata African Drum and Dance Troupe will perform and there will be a symposium at 2:30 titled, "William Bartram: Georgia's Ecology and Literary England."

Thursday's events begin at 9 a.m. with symposiums offered by Dr. Sean Brumfield and Dr. Joanne Chu on the new school garden; at 10 a.m. a presentation titled, "Community Art and Gardens Discussion;" followed by the USDA People's Garden Award Ceremony, groundbreaking and reception. Afternoon events will include a Trail Walk, a presentation by Jim Abbot, adjunct professor of classics at Agnes Scott College and Trees Atlanta, titled, "The Philosophy of Trees," and a program presented by Dr. Barbara Williams Emerson of Hosea Feed the Hungry titled, "Hosea Feed the Hungry: 40 Years of Community Sustainability."

This year's Daffodil Festival, now in its fifth year, is sponsored by the Newton Student Government Association, the Daffodil Festival Committee and the Newton Arts and Humanities Advisory Council.