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In addition to the Athens Farmers Market on Saturday mornings, the West Broad Farmers Market is now open for the season in the W. Broad School, 1573 W. Broad St. It runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is sponsored by the Athens Land Trust.

Festivals Galore!

athfest 2018Businesses on W. Broad have teamed up to present the first West Fest behind Georgia Square Mall on Saturday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attractions include Food Trucks, Kids Zone, Junk Fest, Nonprofit Exploratorium, dance and music. Free. Later in the month, AthFest kicks in on June 22 – 24 in downtown Athens. Local and regional musicians perform at various venues, day and night, with a street fair during the day. It supports AthFest Educates, which provides funding to support music and arts education in local schools.

Plein Air Exhibit

Plein Air ExhibitThe Athens Plein Air Artists will have an exhibition of their work at the Lyndon House from June 7 through Aug. 4. Entitled “Our Point of View,” it will feature scenes from the city of Athens, including historic places, gardens and parks, neighborhoods, and the surrounding countryside.

Two quilt shows conclude

The Lake Oconee Quilt Guild is exhibiting 50 new

and award-winning quilts in Hanging Beauties, a show that runs through June

Two Quilt Shows conclude

2 at the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art in Buckhead, Ga. (not the Atlanta neighborhood!) And the Georgia Peach Quilt made by the Georgia chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense inAmerica is on display at the Athens Library Quiet Gallery through May 31.


The Town and Gown Players present Urinetown, a timely skewering of runaway capitalism, reckless populism, and the human tendency toward acts of dangerous irresponsibility. But mostly, it’s about the danger of staging a show with a terrible title, reads the press release.

Urine Town the Musical

Performance dates: June 15-17, 21-24, 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2.

Tickets at


The State Botanical Garden continues it’s Spring to Summer Rambles each Thursday, from 9:30 – 11 a.m. The Rambles begin with an inspirational reading from a nature writer; it’s not a hike but an opportunity to stop, learn and enjoy. Free but donations in the Visitor’s Center are welcome.

New flower beds downtown

Check out the corners of Washington St. and College Ave. where new flower beds are in bloom as part of the Connect to Protect program at the Botanical Garden. The native plants were grown at the Garden and planted by garden staff. Along with beautification, the goal of the program is to provide an inviting space for native bees, butterflies and birds. Interpretive signage was added in April.

Rabbit Box

The monthly storytelling series continues at The Foundry on June 13, at 7 p.m.; doors open at 6. The theme is “Anything Goes,” (any story on any theme). Rabbit Box fosters the art of storytelling by providing a forum for people to share true stories from their lives. The time limit is 8 minutes; if you want to participate, go to, click on Tell, read the rules, and pitch your story. If you want to hear previous storytellers, click on Listen.

Guided tours

On a hot summer day, you might enjoy a guided tour in the air-conditioned galleries of the UGA Special Collections Libraries. The tour includes the Walter J. Brown Media Archive and Peabody Awards Collection; the Hargrett Rare book and Manuscript Library and the Russell Library for Political Research and Studies. For more information, contact jean Cleveland at

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