Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The ranking was compiled by Livability.com
Wednesday, May 8
AthFest, Athens' summertime celebration of music and arts, has been named one of the top 10 festivals in the country by Livability.com. It joins Frontier Days in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and the Portland Rose Festival in Oregon on the list of community-oriented festivals celebrating the uniqueness of their communities. Like them, AthFest successfully engages and inspires local residents. Here's what Livability said about AthFest: AthFest, a five-day festival that began in 1997, celebrates the storied music and art scene in Athens. Festival organizers take pride in the fact that the festival is one of the largest music festivals showcasing only local talent. While most of the action takes place near large stages on Washington Street, several …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
AthFest Director Jared Bailey wants community event funds for AthHalf.
Last July, the Athens Downtown Development Authority (ADDA) Board of Directors voted not to give any money to AthHalf, a half marathon that raises money for AthFest Educates! That non-profit gives musical instruments to Clarke County public school children and also music lessons. But because the race ended in the UGA Stadium, and not downtown, board members felt the race wasn't a downtown event and thus, didn't deserve any Community Events Program funds. These are used for festivals and events that promote a sense of community and which bring people downtown. On Tuesday, AthFest Director Jared Bailey urged the ADDA board to allocate money to AthHalf this year. These are some reasons why: * In 2012, the half-marathon brought 3,000 + people…
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
The non-profit AthFest wants to share our community's music and musical heritage with children in the community.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
AthFest Educates! is now, through August 26, accepting applications for ways to bring Athens’ music and musical heritage to local students. AthFest Educates! is a year-round effort to bring music and arts education to local youth through a variety of programs and initiatives. Teachers, students, parents, administrators and non-profit groups are all invited to apply for mini-grants to fund purchases such as instruments; grants to fund musicians or artists coming to schools for lunchtime performances; artist-in-residence programs; or grade level performances for the fall semester. More information and applicaton forms can be found online. You may also donate to AthFest Educates! as well by visiting the AthFest website. AthFest, Inc. is a …
Monday, June 25, 2012
The information in this story comes from the ACC Police Department. An arrest doesn't mean a conviction.
Two women were held at knifepoint and robbed early Sunday morning while returning from AthFest, according to an Athens-Clarke County Police report. Police responded to the intersection of Hill Street and North Chase Street at about 5 a.m. Sunday after someone reported a woman screaming for help in the area. Officers later learned that two women had been held at knifepoint and that there were no casualties or injuries. After arriving, police spoke with the two victims. One told an officer that they had been walking home from AthFest in the direction of Buena Vista when a man approached them. The women had taken roads they "believed to be 'safe.'" When the man approached them, one of the women screamed and ran, while the other tried to "…
More Bands, More Food, More Activities, More Fun!
The last day of AthFest turned out to be another hot one. The weather didn't stop the crowds from coming out for yet another day of more great music from local musicians, bands and performers. Looks like AthFest and KidFest 2012 was a success!
Saturday, June 23, 2012
High Temperatures didn't stop folks from coming out to enjoy the sites and sounds of AthFest.
Lots of fantastic music, crafts and great food brought people out to Athens, Ga., for AthFest and KidFest 2012.
Reptar's performance, complete with pigs masks and crowd surfers, closed AthFest's outdoor lineup show at Pulaski stage Friday. The pop-electric group, though entertaining, wasn't as interesting as their fans.
At the risk of estranging myself from the rest of Athens, I'll voice an unpopular opinion: I don't care much for Reptar. Dance beats mixed with progressive electronic does nothing for me. The band's manipulated sounds and indie screeches seem more superficial than experimental. And the lyrics could be fantastic tributes to philosophical wisdom, but I can't understand them, so they do me no good. The reason to go to a Reptar show isn't the band, but the crowd. Reptar knows this. They spend almost as much time singing as they do being tossed around like punky, musical footballs. Reptar fans take "feel the music" to mean something literal. Each time Jace Bartet reached out into the crowd, teeming groupies pulled him in a hundred directions…
A round-up of goings-on about town during AthFest's first weekend night.
Outdoor stage performances Friday, 6/22
These are some views of performances on the first day of this year's AthFest.
Friday, June 22, 2012
Who doesn't love this wonderful weather we've been having? The evenings are so cool and comfortable, I feel like i'm in the mountains. The Occupy caravan, crossing the country en route to Philadelphia, is supposed to stop in Athens tomorrow at 6pm. Wonder what this may do to the traffic from AthFest? Guess we wait and see, no? From 9:30am to 12:30pm today, there's a class in digital photography of plants at the State Botanical Garden. What a good plant to shoot plants, inside and out. Cost is $50 for non-members and $45 for members. A big part of AthFest is KidsFest. There are things to do, hear and see, as well as inflatables. It's just a wonderful--albeit sometimes hot--way to spend an afternoon. For a complete schedule of kid-oriented…