Experience Springtime in Georgia at the 17th MadisonFest

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Meet at Town Park, located at 218 W. Jefferson Street in downtown Madison, on Saturday, April 26 for the 17th Annual Madison Fest, a free, outdoor event celebrating Madison and everything it has to offer. At Madison Fest you’ll find an inspiring art and garden market, juried student art exhibits, and a healthy resource for options to ‘green’ your lifestyle – all accompanied by music, friends, and food, in a lovely downtown setting. Madison Fest takes pride in showcasing the distinctive, handmade work and wares of local and regional craftspeople, artists, and designers, selling everything from pottery, paper goods, woodwork, and jewelry, to handcrafted soaps, and alpaca yarn. Madison as a community understands the value of supporting the arts, and Madison Fest is proud to have been supporting independent artists for 17 years.

Traditionally a great spring garden resource, for this 17th anniversary celebration, Madison Fest has added a focus on thinking locally and celebrating what makes Madison unique. In addition to an impressive array of southern garden plants – perennials, trees, veggies, and herbs–visitors will find locally produced vegetables, meats, cheeses, and honey for sale direct from the farmer.

We’ve also set in motion an opportunity for our visitors to learn about and experience a health and wellness way of life. Georgia Power’s energy efficiency programs highlighted at MadisonFest Georgia Power is once again proud to sponsor Madison Fest. Company representatives will be on hand at the fountain plaza in Town Park to discuss all things electric with attendees, including electric cars and energy efficiency programs.

With Georgia ranked as one of the fastest growing markets for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles nationwide, Georgia Power electric transportation experts will provide information on the benefits of owning an electric vehicle, including special rate options such as the Plug-in Electric Vehicle rate and an interactive savings calculator. Attendees will also learn about the company’s variety of incentives and rebates that help customers save money and energy, including savings on energy efficient lighting, Marathon water heaters, appliances, the company’s refrigerator recycling program, and more.

Customers in the market for a new home can also learn about EarthCents New Homes™ – energy efficient homes which help homeowners save money and energy for decades. Paschal Orthodontics sponsors live, family-friendly musical entertainment from the Gazebo Stage at Madison Fest Madison Fest sponsor Paschal Orthodontics presents live music from the Gazebo Music Stage where family-friendly musical entertainment will take place throughout the day.

Listen to rock-country crossover Saint Francis out of Athens; singer/songwriter Nathan Sheppard; Morgan County High School Sophmore, Macayla Cook; and the Blue Heaven Family Band. Paschal Orthodontics and Dr. James “Jep” Paschal are improving lives, one smile at a time in the Madison, Eatonton, Greensboro, Milledgeville, Rutledge, Union Point, Siloam, Monticello, White Plains, Sparta, Social Circle, Covington, Monroe, and Watkinsville Georgia regions. Paschal Orthodontics of Madison is committed to providing the highest quality orthodontics and exceptional service in a fun and caring atmosphere.

New this year at Madison Fest the Morgan County African American Museum (MCAAM) and the Madison Artists Guild (MAG) will premier Y.A.P.P., the Young Artist Passion Project. YAPP will provide interactive art-making stations where visitors can experience art being made by local artists and try hands-on activities with a pottery wheel, a printmaking station, or a shaving cream painting station.

Enjoy a gallery of juried student artwork and bid on quality art at reasonable prices to help us teach student about the making AND the business of art. This year the Pavilion Stage Lecture Series offers idea-generating lectures and demos for everyone visiting Madison Fest. From tips for gardeners to ideas for nurturing a healthier lifestyle, the day’s line-up will offer something for everyone.

Horticulturist Mike Sikes will speak on the Gold Medal Plant Program that promotes the use of superior ornamental plants suited to Georgia’s climate; Jeff Johnson, Madison resident and Master Composter, will be making super dirt and discussing techniques for composting at home; Bobby D. Robinson of Serenata Farm and Yoga, will lead beginners and experts alike through a demo yoga class to show how yoga can activate an important mind/body connection; and, Angie Tillman of Phickles, a small batch pickle company in Athens, GA, will talk about her company and their goal to deliver local, fresh, sustainable, and truly Southern preserves. Visit the Phickles booth at Madison Fest and sample the flavor of Phickles.

Madison Fest wouldn’t be possible without the help of our great sponsors: The Morgan County Citizen; Madison Natural Gas; and, the Lake Area’s Dock 103.9. Be sure to visit the Georgia Power booth on the fountain plaza and relax at the Paschal Orthodontics sponsored Gazebo Music Stage . For additional information on Madison Fest 2014, visit www.mainstreetmadisonga.com, and “Like” Main Street Madison Georgia on Facebook. DIRECTIONS: Madison is located 45 minutes east of Atlanta on I-20, Exit 114, and 30 minutes south of Athens on Hwy 441. Town Park is located at 218 W. Jefferson St. in the heart of Downtown Madison, 2 blocks west of the town square.

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