Beautiful historic homes form the backdrops for two of this weekend's festivals.
* In Chickamauga, Ga., the 1847 Gordon Lee Mansion is the centerpiece of War Between the States Day on Saturday.
The South rises again in this small town where there will be a cannon firing, Civil War re-enactors, tours of the antebellum mansion and a Civil War Ball to conclude the day. An arts and crafts show also is part of the fun, as well as the Blue-Gray Barbecue on the mansion grounds.
* The elegant Victorian home of evangelist Sam Jones in Cartersville, Ga., is the site of the 36th annual Arts Festival at Rose Lawn on Saturday and Sunday.
Regina Wheeler, deputy director of Bartow County Convention and Visitors Bureau, said visitors may tour the mansion for $4.
There is no charge to browse the arts and craft show, she said, which is spread across the mansion's grounds.
"The juried show includes everything from fine paintings and jewelry to basketry, quilting, weaving, pottery, glass and photography," Wheeler said. There are plenty of food choices as well as music every afternoon.
FESTIVALS THIS WEEKEND
Arts Festival at Rose Lawn: Rose Lawn Museum, 224 W. Cherokee Ave., Cartersville, Ga., I-75 Exit 288 (west 2.5 miles into Cartersville, cross railroad, at second light turn right onto Bartow, at four-way stop turn left onto Cherokee). Juried show on grounds of Rose Lawn, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Free admission; $4 tours of Victorian mansion. www.NotAtlanta.org.
CAG Festival: Creative Arts Guild, 520 W. Waugh St., Dalton, Ga. Arts and crafts show, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Free admission to arts and crafts show; $10 adults, $5 students for Francine Reed concert, 7 p.m. Saturday. 706-278-0168.
Ed Fest: Tellico Plains, Tenn. Arts and crafts show, Taste of Tennessee restaurant showcase and one dozen musicians performing, noon-8 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday. $3 ages 7 and up; $2 parking. 423-442-2888.
Polly Crockett Festival: Downtown Cowan, Tenn. Arts, crafts and marketplace vendors, children's activities, music, opens 9 a.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. Sunday (all times Central). Free. 931-967-6788.
Ride the Rails Festival: Mineral Bluff, Ga., depot, Route 60 at 150 Railroad Ave. Five-mile ride on restored railroad car to Murphy Junction and back, model train layout for kids, vendors, music by Ralph Baker and Stateline Band, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. $10 adults, $5 ages 2-12. 706-455-8903.
War Between the States Day: Downtown Chickamauga, Ga. Arts and crafts festival, Civil War re-enactors, Blue-Gray Barbecue Contest on grounds of Gordon Lee Mansion, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; Civil War Ball in mansion gardens, 7 p.m. Free. 706-375-4728.
Susan Palmer Pierce is a reporter and columnist in the Life department. She began her journalism career as a summer employee 1972 for the News Free Press, typing bridal announcements and photo captions. She became a full-time employee in 1980, working her way up to feature writer, then special sections editor, then Lifestyle editor in 1995 until the merge of the NFP and Times in 1999. She was honored with the 2007 Chattanooga Woman of ...