Cartersville – May Market at Rose Lawn, Bartow County’s spring festival, returns May 6-7, 2017. The annual event hosted by Bartow County Government on the grounds of historic Rose Lawn Museum in Cartersville offers free admission for guests to enjoy the best in arts and crafts and performing arts.
May Market at Rose Lawn takes place Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday Noon - 5 p.m. The Bartow History Museum Historic 5K race will be held at Rose Lawn prior to the festival start on Saturday.
The two-day event showcases fine artists and handcrafters, local talent and delicious food, all in a historic district setting. “Festivals at Rose Lawn are well-known for fine art and handcrafts,” said Museum Director Jane Drew. “Each exhibiting artist expresses their individual creativity and every handcrafted product has a unique process.”
Drew encourages guest to come out to browse, buy and learn from the 55 talented artists selected for this year’s show. Artists will feature pottery, jewelry, painting, photography, drawing, garden art, fiber, woodturning, glass, leathercraft, plus handcrafted BBQ sauces and rubs, jams, jellies, honey, candy, candles and soaps.
The American Association for University Women Used Book Sale will also be a part of this year’s event. Tour inside the Rose Lawn Museum ($5 per person) set in the Victorian home of Methodist Evangelist Sam Jones to discover his legacy and his wife’s Laura love of roses. Then stop by the Master Gardener’s Spring Plant Sale to purchase your favorites to take home.
Get a bite to eat from the eight food vendors selling BBQ, corn dogs, smoked sausages, fried or baked chicken and collard greens, mac-n-cheese and pinto beans, fried pies, baked goods, roasted and boiled peanuts, ice cream, Hawaiian shave ice, and caramel apples.
The popular Christian group Scarlet Wool, a sibling trio from Cedartown, will return to Rose Lawn on Saturday at 1 p.m. A new Southern Gospel group from Rockmart, Greater Promise, will perform Sunday at 3 p.m. The quartet includes Will Dover, Kaci Swafford, Casey Waits and Carey Robinson. “We are pleased to showcase the best rising local talent from area performing arts groups and local high schools,” commented Drew. Bartow County’s reigning Distinguished Young Woman Sarah Wiedetz will join fellow Cartersville High School junior Samantha Sims, and Cartersville graduate and Kennesaw State University music major Jeremiah Robinson on stage Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Vocalist Mary Blasingame, a Cass High School junior and Distinguished Young Woman First Honoree and Scholastic Achievement Winner performs Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
Other performances include:
Saturday, May 6
10:30 a.m. – Cartersville Gymnastics
11:00 a.m. – Steps of Faith Studio
Noon – Cartersville City Ballet
12:30 p.m. – Kerry’s School of Dance
1:00 p.m. – Scarlet Wool
1:45 p.m. – Still Friends
2:30 p.m. – Sarah Weidetz, Samantha Sims & Jeremiah Robinson
4:00 p.m. – The Jordans, Carmen and Terry
Sunday, May 7
12:30 p.m. – Mary Blasingame & Friends
1:30 p.m. – Fusion Dance Company
2:15 p.m. – In That Day
3:00 p.m. – Greater Promise
Rose Lawn is located at 224 West Cherokee Avenue, Cartersville. Festival parking and shuttle service is provided from parking areas near the Cartersville Civic Center, 320 West Cherokee Avenue, and Frank Moore Administration and Judicial Center, 135 West Cherokee Avenue.