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Southern Ground Social Club presents Leonard Washington, a local rock band making their SGSC debut today. On Saturday, former pro basketball player Ray Johnston comes to SGSC. Johnston was diagnosed with leukemia, forcing him out of basketball but toward forming The Ray Johnston band, which has released an EP, “Against the Grain.” Both shows are $5 cover charge, 21 and up. Shows start at 9 p.m. “All the Rest” will open for The Ray Johnston Band at 8 p.m., with no cover charge. For more information about shows at the Zac Brown-owned venue in Senoia, call 770-727-9072. The Alamo will present Karaoke Madness today at 9 p.m. The Alamo is located at 19 S Court Square. For more information call 770-683-2526. 15th Annual Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival at Callaway Gardens gets under way this Labor Day weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, at both sunrise and sunset, the hot air balloons are released into the skies, weather permitting. Plenty of activities are scheduled in between, from a car show on Saturday, to laser tag, and much more. Festival admission is $25 per adult, $20 for seniors and $12.50 for kids 6-12, and free for 5 and younger. For more information contact Andy Brown at 706-6635043 or Nineteen selected artisans from the FAACE organization will be participating in a juried show at the Dogwood Gallery and Framers in Tyrone. The opening reception is Friday, Sept. 13 from 6:30-9 p.m. and the show will continue through Sept. 28. A variety of fine art and crafts will be represented, including paintings, ceramics and stoneware, glass art, textiles and sculpture. A tent show will be held on the lawn outside Dogwood Gallery on Saturday, Sept. 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., featuring additional FAACE members. Proceeds from the show will benefit The Southern Conversation Trust. For additional information, go to, and Facebook. The Newnan Carnegie Library Foundation will be bringing scholars to town to share insights on civilizations from Babylon to 17th century France. Each scholar will give a lecture at the second floor meeting room of the Carnegie at Newnan’s Court Square beginning at 6:30 p.m.. The overall theme for the lectures is “Lasting Legacies of the Past.” All speakers will be faculty members at Auburn University. For more information on this series, call 770-683-1347. The Carnegie is located at 1 LaGrange St. in downtown Newnan. The Coweta Public Library System welcomes “jlmcgee” for a musical performance at the Central Library on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m. “jlmcgee” features local musicians John and Lalla McGee, who perform traditional and contemporary folk music, including songs of their own composition. The program is one of many “out of the classroom” learning opportunities offered by the library system. For more information, please contact the Coweta Public Library System at 770-683-2052 or visit their website at www. Mystery Story Contest — The Friends of the Powell Library group is holding a mystery writing contest for youth and teens in conjunction with its fall 2013 Annual Author Party, which will feature Patricia Sprinkle, “a thoroughly Southern mystery writer.” Each short story should be between 1,000-2,500 words and should feature a corresponding book cover. Writers and illustrators must be 10 to 18 years old. Two youths may collaborate on the entry and split a prize. There will be a grand prize winner from elementary school, middle school and high school. Winners will receive a $25 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble. Winning entries will be displayed at the A. Mitchell Powell Jr. Public Library on Hospital Road in Newnan as well as published on the library’s website. Deadline for entries is Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. Information sheets can be found at any Coweta Library System branch. For further questions, contact board member Jane Westberry at Pickin’ on the Square — Newnan's historic courthouse hosts Pickin' on the Square the first and third Saturday of every month at 11 a.m. All musicians are invited to come down to Newnan’s Court Square and play. All music genres and skill levels are welcome as long as it’s acoustic. Rebel Reelers Square Dance Club — Dances 8-10 p.m. first and third Fridays at Coweta Recreation Department, Hospital Road, Newnan. Meets in Johnny Brown Building, air-conditioned multi-purpose building. Square dancing and round dancing, along with finger foods. Club offers lessons. Details: Darline Barge, president, 770-6171211;

The 43rd annual festival runs Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. off Highway 34 West between Newnan and Franklin.

Powers Festival returns for 43rd year By Sarah Fay Campbell

In Coweta County, for the past 42 years, Labor Day weekend has included the Powers Festival, with arts and crafts, fun, food and entertainment. The 43rd annual festival runs Saturday, Sunday and Monday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. off Highway 34 West between Newnan and Franklin. The festival features high-quality arts and crafts, with only handmade items allowed. The food has changed a lot over the years, and commercial food vendors were brought in a few years ago to expand the offerings. "We've upgraded the food," said Amy Lane of Powers Pavilion, the new name for the festival grounds. “We've been able to try all these vendors now, so we're only inviting back the ones that are awesome." This is the second Labor Day weekend Powers Festival since operation of the festival and grounds was turned over to a management company. Coweta Festivals Inc., the group of five nonprofits that has owned and run the festival for most of its history, still is the owner, but isn't as involved

in the operations. Coweta Festivals gets a portion of the proceeds from events held at the property. Lane said they've worked hard to only have quality, handmade items at the festival. "We thoroughly go through every application" to make sure no "buy-sell" items slip in, Lane said. In addition to the arts and crafts, there will be some gourmet-packaged food and farm-fresh produce. There will also be a blacksmith, pony rides and a petting zoo from Jubilee Farms, and plenty of carnival-type rides for the kids. Last year, the Powers Pavilion management group brought in some carnival-style rides for the kids, and they were a big hit, so that aspect is being expanded. There will also be a zip line, water walkers, monkey bungee, Moon Walks and more. Entertainment has become a bigger part of the festival since Mark Turnham of Xcessive Sound got involved. In addition to the main stage, there are smaller stages near the vendors, so there will be live music all three days. Among the performers for the 2013 Labor Day weekend festival is duo R & R — Riley Yielding and Rebecca Roper. Yielding will be featured on a side stage through-

Food has changed a lot over the years, and commercial food vendors were brought in a few years ago to expand the offerings at Powers Festival. “We’ve upgraded the food,” said Amy Lane of Powers Pavilion, the new name for the festival grounds. “We’ve been able to try all these vendors now, so we’re only inviting back the ones who are awesome.”

out the entire weekend festival. He also makes custom, hand-crafted guitars that will be for sale. Some other music lined up for the 43rd annual festival: Neil Cribbs, K ris Youmans, Paige McCauley, Sweet Grass Sally, Brushfire Bluegrass, 3 Buck Shy, Kat Lewis, George Applegate and the Saltwater Band, and Captain Stab and Maybelle.

Adult admission for the Powers Festival is $7. Children 6 and under are admitted free, and tickets for seniors 55 and older are $5. Coupons will be available to turn one day’s admission into a threeday pass. For more information, visit w w w.powerspav i l ion .com or call the Powers Pavilion office at 770-253-2011.

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Annual festival will feature a variety of artists By Bradley Hartsell

At this weekend’s Powers Festival, arts and crafts stand as one of its deepest traditions. With the festival entering its 43rd year, more than 60 exhibitors will set up for an array of creations from needlework to jewelry. Artist Mindy Harrell is taking part in her second Powers Festival. After recently moving from Park City, Utah, to Newnan, she entered into this year’s trial spring festival and was pleased with the turnout. Harrell runs Harrell Art Group with her husband, Jim. Harrell graduated with an art degree from Ferrum College in Virginia and for 15 years has worked as a fulltime artist. “I’m known for my abstract trees, on canvas and hardboard, but I also do decorative painted furniture,” says Harrell of her work. Harrell will be doing live demonstrations at the booth, something she likes to do to catch people’s attention. Powers Festival was founded by

Linda and Butch Kirk, who run Wizards of Glass out of Apopka, FL, are coming to Powers Festival this weekend, bringing pieces like this decorative glass sun.

she discovered her love of glasswork out of boredom. Her husband worked with stained glass, which she began fooling around with. She kept working with the glass but found flat glass to be too Artist Mindy Harrell is participating in her second Powers Festival. limiting, thus she started shaping and molding the glass in a kiln to well-known artist Tom Powers, the jewelry, the needleworks and heat them and manipulate them but the festival has always been glass works. Linda Kirk, who runs into different dimensions. conscientious about exploring the Wizards of Glass with her husarts beyond just painting, hence band, Butch, in Apopka, Fla., says

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The annual Sunrise on the Square 5K race is Saturday.

Sunrise on the Square race Saturday By Wes Mayer

Runners of all shapes and sizes will have the chance to race through one of Newnan’s historic districts Saturday morning. Main Street Newnan will host the annual Sunrise on the Square Road Race, a five kilometer race through the Greenville-LaGrange Historic District. The race will start at 8 a.m. “It’s a great chance for everyone to come into downtown and have fun with it,” said Newnan Business Development Director Hasco Craver IV. The race will begin at Piedmont Newnan Fitness Center on West Court Square at West Broad and will travel down LaGrange Street to the area of Newnan High School. Runners will then turn around and travel LaGrange Street and make a right onto Alpine Drive, following it onto Woodbine Drive. “They will run the big hilly loop,” Craver said. “It is picturesque, shaded and covered in trees, but it is some very hilly terrain. It is a great way to show off the community.” The LaGrange Street area is part of the Greenville-LaGrange Historic District, one of several historic district listings in Newnan on the National Register of Historic Places. After conquering Newnan’s version of heartbreak hill (the infamous hill in the Peachtree Road Race), runners will turn back onto LaGrange Street toward downtown. Runners will then switch over to Greenville Street on Salbide Avenue and continue into downtown, where the finish line awaits near the Morgan Jewelers store on North Court Square. A water station will be provided at the halfway point of the 3.1-mile run, and there will be water available at the finish line. A full view of the race’s route can be seen on The race is sponsored by Mike Fitzpatrick Ford, and times will be recorded by Pacesetter’s PR, a sanctioned race management company from Atlanta. Prizes will be awarded to the winners in the individual men’s and women’s age groups. Local and non-local runners, walkers or skippers of all ages are invited to participate in the 5K, Craver said, and there are two shorter races for participants who might not be able to run more than three miles. Before the race begins, runners can loop around the square in the 1 Mile Fun Run at 7:45 a.m., and after the race, around 8:45 a.m., younger runners can participate in the Tot Trot. Early registration has ended, but participants can register for $25 on Saturday. Registration can be completed on or by completing the form found on About 200 to 250 participants are expected in this year’s Sunrise on the Square Road Race, and it will take place rain or shine.

Riley Yielding also makes custom, hand R & R with Riley and Rebecca. Riley Yielding will be featured on a side stage throughout entire Powers Festival -crafted guitars that are for sale.

this Labor Day weekend. He also makes custom, hand-crafted guitars that are for sale.

Powers welcomes musician and guitar-builder Riley Yielding By Bradley Hartsell

playing guitar and performing, and what musicians influenced you the Riley Yielding comes to Powers most? Festival this weekend with his girlYielding: I have been performfriend’s folksy eclectic band, R & R, ing guitar full time for more than 30 which performs original material years. I was heavily influenced by and a wide range of cover songs. performers like James Taylor and Yielding also builds hand-made all of the great acoustic folk musiguitars that he’ll be selling on a side cians of the ‘60s and ‘70s. I was also stage all weekend. influenced by early jazz musicians. He took a few minutes to answer I’ve been a performer and a singer questions about performing and all my life. building guitars, and shared some of NTH: How did R & R specifically his strange and memorable moments come about? onstage. Yielding: Rebecca Roper and I NTH: When did you build your met at the best open mic in the hisfirst guitar and what made you want tory of mankind. This would be at to learn how to build guitars? the old Strutting Duck in Auburn, Yielding: I think it was about Ala. The open mic night was hosted 1990. I had the good fortune of meet- by Tony Brooks, who is a local music ing Mac McCormick. Mac was an legend. Rebecca and I started datold-school luthier who had a shop in ing and immediately began playing downtown Columbus, Ga. One look music together. Sometimes it can at his shop and I was totally hooked. be a really nice mix of business and He was kind of like a second father pleasure. to me. NTH: Do you get more

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Without official training but with plenty of dedication, the Kirks made Wizards of Glass a full-on venture. The Kirks now tour their work, making the seven-hour drive from Apopka, just outside of Orlando, to Newnan. “We heard [Powers] was a very good festival,” recalls Kirk of how they got involved with a festival

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touches on a handmade gui- playing for a long time. What’s tar or bowing goodnight to the the weirdest story you rememcrowd after a good show? ber happening during or after Yielding: That is a tough one of your shows? call. The finishing touches are Yielding: Dr un k women not as much fun as the free- have a tendency to think they form experimentation, but it is can sing and are not shy about really hard to beat a really good stealing your microphone. And original musical performance for me, it’s funny when you get in front of a really appreciative a song request for the song you audience. just played … twice. But all in NTH: You’ve obviously been all, it’s just another job.

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Annual festival has evolved since its beginnings in 1971


he Labor Day weekend, decades-old Powers’ Crossroads Countr y Fair and A rt Festival, now known as Powers Festival, was formed in 1971 by local and well known artist Tom Powers. The site of the festival is on the beautiful grounds of the Powers family plantation at Powers’ Crossroads, off Georgia Highway 34 West between Newnan and Franklin. The property straddles the Coweta-Heard county line. Early on, exhibitors were set up along winding paths under shady trees. The goal was to exhibit handmade, oneof-a-kind creations — recalling the time of the late 1800s and early 1900s before automobiles and electricity were commonplace, when residents of the rural South were selfsustaining and made much of the goods they needed. From pottery to leather and from textiles to blacksmithing, the artisans demonstrated these age-old talents. Among some of the special exhibits in the early years were a working grist mill, a sorghum syrup mill and cooking operation, a blacksmith, and a display of wagons and buggies from an area collector. There was even a licensed moonshine still. On site at the festival, pottery artisans at their wheels, white oak basketmakers, the blacksmith, chair caners and a bobbin lace maker demonstrated their crafts. All this was alongside the creative talents of painters, photographers, sculptors and artisans working in mediums from metal and glass to textiles. A variety of paintings, pri nts, scu lpt u re, jewel r y, clothing, accessories, children’s toys and home decor was displayed around every turn of the tree-shaded paths. From its beginnings, the festival was a huge success and involved all the communities of Heard and Coweta counties. Tom Powers operated the festival for three-and-a-half yea rs w it h much cooperation and assistance from these communities and their civic and church organizations. For various reasons, health and otherwise, Tom Powers had to give up the operation of the festival and, in the middle of his last year, the festival was put under the supervision of the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce. In 1975, Coweta Festivals Inc. was formed as an umbrella organization of six nonprofit civic groups: Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce, the Newnan-Coweta Art Association, the Newnan-Coweta Jaycees , t he P i lot Club of Newnan, the Newnan-Coweta chapter of Professional Secretaries International (later changed to International Association of Administrative Professionals) and the 4-H Boys and Girls of Coweta County. These nonprofit organizations purchased the 86-acre festival site a few years later when the land became available. Many churches and civic groups have worked at the festival over the years, providing exhibits and offering tasty treats to festival-goers — from sausage biscuits, sandwiches, home-cooked vegetables and old-time fried pies to funnel cakes and ice cream. Coweta Festivals Inc., the umbrella organization for the five local non-profits that own the Powers Festival property, in recent years received a Special Events Use Permit from Coweta County. This special events permit now allows the property to be used for multiple events a year. After receiving this permit, the Coweta Festivals Inc. Board of Directors enlisted the help of Xcessive Sound Inc., an event management company, to organize and produce multiple events a year. The management group has produced such events as a haunted trail with a zombie theme for the Halloween season, a spring bike rally for motorcycle enthusiasts, and a barbecue and beer fest. The recent Sessions at Sunset concerts featuring musical talent on the festival stage have i nvited attendees to bri ng food and drink much like a “mini-Chastain Park” concert at the popular venue in north Atlanta. Proceeds from ticket sales at Powers Festival go back each year to the five local nonprof-

its, which support projects in the Coweta community. Over more t ha n four decades, hundreds of talented artists and craftsmen from across the nation have gathered each Labor Day weekend to display their works from Saturday through Monday. Powers Festival has become well-known throughout the nation and has been selected several times by the Southeast Tourism Society as one of “The Top Twenty Events” for the month of September. Among the many highlights of the festival is the abundance of country cooking and festival food, bands and entertainers on the main field stage and locations throughout the festival, and a children’s area t hat has evolved over t he years with activities for the younger attendees. Powers Pavilion, which is the new name for the event venue grounds, has housed Powers Festival for the past 42 years, with this upcoming Labor Day event being the 43rd Powers Festival. Powers Pavilion is working to bring visitors the very best outdoor events and entertainment in West Georgia — more festiva ls, concerts, a nd events throughout the year that will allow the management group to put more money back into the community and charitable organizations.

Waterwalkers will be among the fun activities for the younger set at the 43rd annual Powers Festival.

Last year, the Powers Pavilion management group brought in some carnival-style rides for the kids, and they were a big hit, so that aspect is being expanded for the 43rd annual Powers Festival.

Jubilee Farms will be bringing a petting zoo for youngsters to enjoy at the 2013 Powers Festival.

Once on a 3,000 Acre Cotton Plantation, the 1790’s Moss Oak Plantation will be on Tour Powers Festival features high quality arts and crafts, with only handmade items allowed.

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The mansion is believed to be the oldest of its kind in Georgia and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Owner, James D. Kornder, DVM, Ph.D., and family look forward to your visit and entertaining you with their music. Directions: Hwy. 34 West, 80 Charlie B. Johnston Road, Newnan at Powers’ Crossroads. Parking is available behind the Federal style mansion. Inquires: 770-583-2555 Powers Festival has become well-known throughout the nation and has been selected several times by the Southeast Tourism Society as one of “The Top Twenty Events” for the month of September.


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Powers Festival features local goods with homemade charm Along with farm-fresh produce, there will be goods from local vendors at the 43rd annual Powers, including Wally Bee’s Pure Honey from Lynn and Wally Batchlor. At right, Phyllis Graham of Let them Eat Toffee in downtown Newnan will be among local vendors at the 43rd annual Powers Festival.

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Moss Oak home open for tours Labor Day weekend The Moss Oak Plantation home, adjacent to the Powers Festival being held at Powers Pavilion off Highway 34 West at Powers Crossroads, will be available to tour over Labor Day weekend. The 1790s plantation home will be open

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tours are $1. Moss Oak, the Henderson-Orr House, is on the National Register of Historic Places, listed in 2000. The plantation was the family home of Tom Powers, who originally developed the Powers Festival in the

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Powers Pavilion expanding uses of Coweta Festivals Inc.-owned property By Sarah Fay Campbell

The Labor Day weekend Powers' Festival is still the centerpiece of events at the venerable Powers' Festival grounds at the Coweta/Heard county line, but the property, now known as Powers Pavilion, is being used for much more. In the past year, the proper t y h a s been host to t he "Zombie Village" Halloween horror event, a spring version of the Powers Festival, t he Peach State Memor ia l Bike Rally, monthly "Sessions at Sunset" concerts, and the Pig N Swig barbecue and craft beer festival. Last yea r, Coweta Festivals, the group of five nonprof it or g a n i z at ion s t h at owns the grounds a nd the festival, entered into a management agreement wit h Xcessive Sound to run the festival and other events on the grounds. The Coweta half of the property (dubbed Outdoor 54, where the parking is located for Powers Festival) was rezoned by Coweta County with a special use permit allowing major and minor events, as well as the sale of alcohol through a licensed caterer. Coming in October is the second year of Zombie Village. There may or may not be a Christmas event — officials are still working on it. And since they already have an inf latable outdoor movie screen, there may be some outdoor movies. T he f i rst yea r h a s gone well. "The sweat equity that is involved has paid off," said Amy Lane of Powers Pavilion. "We've learned many lessons from our first-time events on h ow to i mprove up on them," Lane said. "We appreciate the feedback that we have been given from the community to improve upon the events." The spring edition of Powers Festival won't be returning. The festival is really more of a fall thing, the organizers said. The Pig N Swig will be moving to the spring. July was too hot. The two-day event will likely become a one-day event, with an emphasis on more barbecue samples being available to the public. Lane said she'd love to add an eating contest to the event, and they're also looking into a home-brew competition. There was a Jeep obstacle course, and they're hoping to carry on the Jeep aspect,

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