By Jason A. Smith
Area residents are invited to gather in McDonough today, for a day of music by local artists.
Southern Belle Farm, at 1658 Turner Church Road, will host a Bluegrass & Bonfire event from 2 to 8 p.m. The occasion will feature performances by three local bands, as well as a barbecue.
Ansley Glenn, the marketing director for Southern Belle Farm, said today's event is designed to coincide with activities at the facility's seven-acre cornfield maze, which is open today from 10 a.m., to 10 p.m.
"We're providing the music as a way for families to unwind, and to have a fun night out on the farm," said Glenn.
Glenn said one of the bands scheduled to perform during the event is a group of individuals, ages 12 to 17, known as 1st Thyme Out.
"They are a treat," Glenn said. "You'll be amazed at what these youngsters from Henry County can do."
Glenn added that several local "old timers" will be on hand to provide additional music, including Ross and Carol McQueen from Locust Grove.
Food available during the event, according to Glenn, will include barbecue sandwiches, fried pickles and homemade fried pies. The items may be purchased at the farm's concession stand, MiMi's Kitchen.
The stand received its name from the nickname given to Kathy Carter, mother of Southern Belle Farm Co-Owner Jake Carter, by her grandchildren, said Glenn.
The price of admission to the farm is $13 for visitors ages 10 and up, and $11 for children ages 3 to 9. Kids ages 2 and under are admitted free.
According to Glenn, those who wish to attend the Bluegrass & Bonfire event only, without going through the cornfield maze, can do so for $5.
On Oct. 17, Southern Belle Farm will host Farm Heritage Day, featuring demonstrations by blacksmiths, quilters and wool spinners, as well as an antique tractor show. For more details, call (770) 898-0999 or visit www.southernbellefarm.com