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13th annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival brings music, art to Dahlonega’s Historic Public Square

13th annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival brings music, art to Dahlonega’s Historic Public Square ( DAHLONEGA, GA – The 13th annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival will be an incredible weekend of music and art held around the Historic Public Square in Dahlonega, Georgia – site of the first US Gold Rush - which is located in the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains. From April 17-19, old-time and bluegrass music and Appalachian art will fill the downtown square and nearby Hancock Park. The festival opens around noon on Friday as musicians begin gathering around the Historic Public Square for the festival’s signature street jams; Saturday and Sunday on-stage performances by local, regional, and national musicians will take place in the MainStage Tent at Hancock Park with headline acts including The Claire Lynch Band, The Freight Hoppers, Beverly Smith and Carl Jones, The Dappled Grays, Curtis Jones and Friends, and The Packway Handle Band.

Throughout the three-day festival, there will be jamming day and night around the Public Square by local and visiting old-time and bluegrass musicians, and a series of music workshops, some featuring festival headliners, will be held on Saturday and Sunday. Also taking place on Saturday and Sunday will be the festival’s juried Mountain Marketplace, offering handcrafted art based on Appalachian culture. The renowned John C. Campbell Folk School is sponsoring the Marketplace this year with demonstrations by several of the school’s artists and appearances by dance teams from the school. Other booths will contain a wide selection of work from painters, furniture makers, musical instrument makers, potters, quilt makers, and woodturners, plus a selection of gourds, jewelry, whirligigs, crocheted tablecloths, handmade soaps and lotions, natural honey products, photography, and baskets, plus exhibits from other special groups and from the major sponsors of the festival. The festival schedule includes an old-time mountain dance, a folk artists’ collective panel discussion, and special family activities. Full details of the 2009 Bear on the Square activities, including events, times, locations, and the list of major sponsors, are available at .

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