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Inaugural WinterFest to link three arts events in White County
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VIP Southern Tours is connecting the venues of the inaugural Winterfest from Feb. 18-19 with its hop-on hop-off trolley service for $5.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 18 and 19
Where: Unicoi State Park and Lodge, 1788 Ga. 356, Helen; Helen Arts & Heritage, 25 Chattahoochee Strasse, Helen; Sautee Nacoochee Center, 283 Ga. 255, Helen
Cost: free; trolley rides $5; preview party $15-$20
More info:  or 706-878-3300

More than 145 artists will show off their wares in three locales in White County for the inaugural WinterFest.

The two-day festival will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, and Sunday, Feb. 19. It will link three events at three venues: the Fireside Arts & Crafts Show at Unicoi State Park and Lodge, the Helen Winter Festival at Helen Arts & Heritage and the Sautee Nacoochee Arts Festival at Sautee Nacoochee Center.

VIP Southern Tours is connecting the venues with its hop-on hop-off trolley service for $5. Transportation will leave on the hour and half hour from the lodge and Sautee Nacoochee Cultural Center. Supplemental transportation will be available with mini buses.

In its 42nd year, the Fireside Arts and Craft Show at 1788 Ga. 356 will have unique arts and crafts with more than 50 artisans and crafters.

The Helen Winter Art Festival is an indoor marketplace at 25 Chattahoochee Strasse in Helen with a mixture of heritage, art and fine craft. More than 25 artists are scheduled to attend and more than 75 artists are represented in the galleries.

The Sautee Nacoochee Art Festival will begin Feb. 17, with a preview party at 6 p.m. at 283 Ga. 255 in Helen. The preview party will be accessible by pre-paid registration of $15 for Sautee Nacoochee Community Association members or $20 for non-members.

More than 40 artists are scheduled to attend with 150 additional artists represented in the Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia and Sautee Nacoochee Cultural Center Galleries.

Admission charge includes hors d’oeuvres and wine tastings from four local wineries.

After hours’ activities include the Valley Harmony Radio Show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, and 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, in the center’s theater.

The performance features local talent in a radio show format that explores the land of the Gourdhead Cowboys, bad jokes, fun skits and Drake Friday drama.

Doors open an hour before the performance. Seating is based on first come first serve. The show is free with a pass-the-hat donation request. Seating is general and limited to 90 patrons.

For more information, visit, email or call 706-878-3300.