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Katie Deal and Chris Wright to sing in garden Sept. 3
Katie Deal will be performing at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3 at Gardens on Green in Gainesville.

Katie Deal and Chris Wright at Gardens on Green

When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3

Where: Gardens on Green, 711 Green St., Gainesville

Cost: $20

More info: Tickets available at 711 Green St., the Hall County Extension Office or by emailing

A husband-and-wife team with an authentic folk sound will bring an evening of garden-themed music to Green Street.

A fundraising concert for a literacy garden at Gardens on Green will feature singer Katie Deal and her husband, Chris Wright, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3.

“It is a fundraiser for a literacy garden for preschoolers that we are in the process of adding to the gardens,” event organizer Kathy Lovett said.

Lovett said the literacy garden is “in the beginning stages,” with several items being constructed. A “storyteller’s chair” has been painted, and a “huge wooden book,” measuring 48 inches by 42 inches, has a Dr. Seuss quote on it.

“It’s going to be a magical place that provides early learning experiences for preschoolers,” she said. “We will have a reach-in library — as opposed to a walk-in library — that’s about 9 feet wide. And next to it is an old muscadine arbor. That’s going to be a reading arbor, and we’re going to put little stumps under it, where children can sit and read.”

Lovett said future plans are for a gate with a book design on it and the words “Once upon a time,” plus several other educational tools.

“We are going to have a round table that has a replication of USDA’s ‘my healthy plate,’ and a container with food models,” she said. “So the little ones can put the food items in the category where they go.”

Lovett said she is so grateful to Deal and Wright for their continued support of Gardens on Green and education in Hall County.

Deal is one of four children of Gov. Nathan Deal and first lady Sandra Deal. She has been singing and performing since she was 8 years old. She taught herself to play guitar and was a regular act at local restaurants and coffee shops by age 16.

She graduated from North Hall High School in 1997 and earned her bachelor’s degree in theater from Piedmont College in 2002.

After graduation, she moved to Memphis, and became the understudy to the lead role in a tribute production called “A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline.” She has since traveled the country in her one-woman show, “Katie Deal in Today, Tomorrow & Forever: A Tribute to Patsy Cline.”

Wright, a Columbus native and high tenor, first met Deal while performing in the production of “Crazy Love.”

Tickets to the concert at Gardens on Green are $20 each. They are available at 711 Green St., at the Hall County Extension Office or from any Hall County Master Gardener.

In the event of rain, the concert will be held in the nearby First Baptist Church banquet hall.

Lovett said she hopes attendance is good on the Saturday before Labor Day.

“We are so, so hoping our attendance will be as good as it was three years ago, when they did a concert for us when we were raising funds for the existing Gardens on Green,” she said. “It’s going to be so neat.”

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