|Bootsy Collins rocks out at LEAF|
Picasso said that “the purpose of art is to wash away the dust of daily life from our souls.” Who couldn’t use more of that? Here are a few perspective-altering experiences to get onto your calendar now.
|Faerie Kin at LEAF|
Boogie Down: Join hands in a circle of positivity at the family-friendly LEAF Festival in
Stages are tucked around the beautiful
lake. Camping and cabins are perched on
the mountainside. You can start the day
with soul stirring Gospel music or join an outdoor yoga class; dance all day to
rock, world or Blues bands, sashay into contra lines and drum on the
mountaintop until the wee hours. You’ll come home with legs like spaghetti from
dancing so much; and with a playlist of favorite bands that you didn’t know you
love. Next festival is May 11-14 with the enticing theme of Ignite and
Inspire. Or go for the fall foliage October
19-22. www.theleaf.org. Find more festival ideas see www.musicfestivalwizard.com Need encouragement? Click here. Black Mountain, N.C.
Envelope Yourself in an Art Environment: A stunning renovation of St. EOM’s 7-acre creation, Pasaquan, recently opened to the public in Buena Vistahttps://pasaquan.columbusstate.edu
Georgia. The colorful compound contains
Show Little Sister some Love: Don’t compare it to Spoleto.
Savannah has its own cache. The venues are charming, the crowds are
smaller, the prices are reasonable and the music is stellar. This year’s Savannah Music Festival’s line up
includes a feat of strength: Stewart
Goodyear’s “Sonatathon” program where he’ll play all 32 of Beethoven’s piano
sonatas in one day as well as a dazzling array of international musicians from
Pakistan, Quebec, Canary Islands, Haiti, Brazil that contrast with headliners
such as The Avett Brothers, Sarah Jarosz, the Travelin’ McCourys, Marcia Ball
and James Cotton, not to mention the broad selection of classical concerts. March 23 to April 8.
|Kirkland Smith's portrait of Steve Jobs|
made from computer parts.
The town that Art Awoke: Artfields is “the best thing since the invention of grits,” said
gift shop owner
Sophia Powell as she wrapped another purchase.
This brainchild of philanthropist Darla Moore has created huge economic
impact and launched dozens of art careers. Hundreds of artists apply to exhibit
their work in galleries, stores and restaurants. They’ve vying for prizes
totaling $120,000. Patrons flood the
town for the free event, transforming sleepy Lake
into an art destination worth the short drive.
April 21 to 29. Free. www.artfieldssc.org Lake City
Do it By the Book: Climb into a book by reading them on location. Relax on a chaise lounge at the King and Prince Hotel on St. Simon’s
reading Eugenia Price’s Lighthouse . Have
high tea at Hopsewee Plantation in Island,
while imagining the carryings-on at the infamous Sunset Lodge brothel featured
in Keeper of the House. Reread Pat Conroy’s earliest book The Water
is Wide on . In Daufuskee
Island Hot Springs,
N.C. you can warm up from reading Cold
Mountain or hike the Appalachian Trail to rediscover America as Bill Bryson did. The
trail goes right down Main Street.
experienced a huge influx of visitors seeking out sights from Midnight in
the Garden and Good and Evil . And that’s just a few fiction
Make it and Take It: I surfed a creative wave at
John C. Campbell
and rode it all week. The sprawling,
beautiful campus north of Atlanta
is an art retreat of the highest order, full of hundreds of fun-loving adults. It
offers scores of week-long and shorter classes such as photography, cooking,
gardening, blacksmithing, painting, dancing; something for everyone. Beginners are common. The food is wonderful, the rural setting
gorgeous and the teachers couldn’t be more encouraging. If you need a creative re-boot, this is the
Kiawah is Calling: Since 2004, Earl Klugh has been bringing world-renowned musicians to the five-
|Boney James at Kiawah Jazz|
Get out your calendar and plan an artistic escape. Your soul will thank you for it.