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37th annual Fireside art show is Saturday and Sunday

POSTED: February 16, 2012 1:30 a.m.

HELEN — Unicoi State Park and Lodge in the North Georgia mountains shakes off the winter chill with an outstanding arts and crafts exhibition.

During the 37th annual Fireside Craft/Art Show, park visitors can warm up in a spacious lodge while viewing the creations of top artisans from across the Southeast.

The show will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There is a $5 park pass fee to park, but the indoor show is free.

The Fireside Craft/Art Show is one of the most anticipated events held at the park. Its reputation comes from the balance of traditional folk skills such as pottery, fiber arts and folk art, with more contemporary arts such as paintings, jewelry and mixed media.

Watch artists in action as they demonstrate their crafts while supporting local commerce.

And of course, the park is waiting for anyone looking to get a breath of fresh mountain air in between shopping.

Hungry shoppers can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner at the lodge’s restaurant, which features fresh Georgia mountain trout nightly. For lodging reservations call 800-573-9659.

For more information about the Fireside Craft/Art Show call the park at 800-573-9659, ext. 305. Unicoi State Park and Lodge is located 2 miles north of Helen on Ga. 356.



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