Hambidge Great ARTdoors Festival 10/13/2012

by Jimmy on October 15, 2012

Located in Rabun Gap, Georgia, close to the North Carolina border, Hambidge offers a residency program for artists of all stripes. We got a taste of how they treated their residents recently when we were invited to stay for several days before writing Free Poems on October 13th at their annual Great ARTdoors Festival. Thanks to Hambidge and all their staff for being so welcoming. Acres of foliage and waterfalls, friendly faces everywhere, and a chef that cooked world-class meals nightly? Yes, please!

Along with Free Poems on Demand, the festival also featured Raku, pumpkin-carving, native plants, live music, face painting, snake/reptile show (we were pleased to handle the increased snake poem demand), food trucks, and of course artist talks and open studios. We rolled out of bed on Saturday and our tent was already set up for us, right outside of the Stone House (where we were staying). Other than a persistent battle with the bees, and the fact that we were quite ungodly in our poetic-verbiage, we had a great day! Participating free poets included Jon Ciliberto, Zac Denton, new poet Kimberly Ferlauto, and myself. Here are some pictures:

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