Editorial: Creative Arts Guild's Festival is a Dalton tradition

"A gift to the community.'

That's what organizers of the Creative Arts Guild's 56th annual Festival of Fine Arts and Artisan Crafts call the event -- and although we're professional writers in the business of words, we can't think of a better five words to describe it.

The Festival of Fine Arts and Artisan Crafts -- or Festival as it's known around these parts -- kicks off Friday night and continues through Sunday on the grounds of the Creative Arts Guild at 520 W. Waugh St. Festival has endured as one of Dalton's oldest and best traditions, marrying fine arts and crafts with music, dance, cultural awareness, food and even a dog parade.

The merriment begins Friday night with the Taste of Dalton/Festival 2019 Preview Party event. This event requires a ticket, and attendees get the first look and chance to buy items in the Outdoor Artist Market and the juried Indoor Exhibit. In addition to live music, attendees can also sample offerings from 23 Dalton restaurants.

Festival weekend continues on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. where events are free and open to the public.

As Festival was originally built around fine art, the Indoor Exhibit in the galleries and the Outdoor Artist Market on the Guild's covered Spigel Pavilion feature works of fine artists and artisans. There are plenty of multicultural arts activities and performances for kids. Attendees can take self-guided tours of the Robert T. Webb Sculpture Garden.

There are many more events happening over the three-day Festival. For a complete listing, read the Festival preview story in this past Sunday's Daily Citizen-News Living section, check out the story at www.dailycitizen.news or visit www.creativearts guild.org.

In a town full of great traditions, Festival is one we recommend you don't miss.

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