GPC Newton Hosts Annual Daffodil Festival on April 6, 7

Contact: Janet Hollier
Phone: 770-278-1377
Fax: 678-891-2966
Author: Beverly James

For Immediate Release


Native American and African-American culture in Newton County will be celebrated at the 2011 Georgia Perimeter College Daffodil Festival to be held April 6 and 7 at the Newton Campus.

The first day of the event will focus on local history. Anthropologist Dr. Mark Auslander, formerly of Oxford College, will share his research on slavery and racial reconciliation, while Dr. Kathryn Gray-White, of Georgia Gwinnett College, will speak on the New Echota story.

Now in its fourth year at GPC Newton Campus in Covington, the two-day festival offers an exciting variety of culture, dance, music and walking events at the 100-acre campus.

“There will be local history speakers and story-telling, along with our popular bulb sales,” says Janet Hollier, festival co-chair and GPC communications and theatre professor. Artistic events fill the April 6th schedule, as well. A student vocal recital and a photography exhibit will be held. On April 7, there will be guitar and jazz.

Also on April 7, the GPC Daffodil Festival will inaugurate a new event offering the public an opportunity for fun and fitness. The Daffodil Trail Walk will follow a nature trail on campus near a lake on the 100-acre site of Georgia Perimeter College Newton Campus.

The college is inviting walkers to join students, faculty, and staff in a healthy, half-mile trek in the woods. Participants are asked to sign in between 1 and 3 p.m. to begin the walk on the tree side of the faculty parking lot. (Directions to it will be at the bulb sales table outside Building 2N.)

The college’s rural location represents the best of young and old, as freshman and sophomores change classes on land where nineteenth-century daffodils were planted and remembered by local residents.

“Spring is the perfect season for a daffodil festival” notes Deborah Manson, festival chair and GPC instructor of English. “They are blooming on our campus again, and they’re a perfect backdrop for a daylong schedule of activities.”

Events will take place in building 2N and on the campus lawn between buildings 1N and 2N. The campus is located at 239 Cedar Lane, Covington.

The Spring 2011 Daffodil Festival is sponsored by the Newton Student Government Association, the Daffodil Festival Committee and the Newton Arts and Humanities Advisory Council. Hollier is chair of the Council.

For more information, contact:

• Deborah Manson, 770-278-1256, Deborah.

• Janet Hollier, 770-278-1377,

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