New Earth Festival 1974
BY JUNE FOSTER
Wednesday, October 2, 1974
The community of Atlanta is eagerly making the final plans for the first Atlanta New Earth Festival to be held Oct. 5 and 6.
The celebration of the revival of the business district of the town will take place in "Old Town-Downtown" Atlanta. Located north of Indianapolis on Ind. 19, Atlanta began a little over a year ago to revive the downtown area. Many of the old buildings have been restored, having been out of use since the 1930's. The buildings are large and solid in structure and have retained much of the charm of the era in which they were built.
The first shop to open in one of the newly restored structures was "Golden Oak Turkey Parlor." This shop features antiuqes of all varieties, glassware, primitives, household utensils and refinished furniture. The shop is under ownershop of the Pohlein family.
New came the "Singletree," owned by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Deering and their son Steve. Steve specializes in photography and has a studio and darkroom in the shop. Mrs. Deering is a professional artist who gives lessons in the shop which also serves as her studio. The owners of the shop take many gift items on consignment and have a full line of handcrafted atricles. Included are ceramics, jewelry, paintings, flower arrangements, stuffed animals and dolls and many other articles.
A women's apparel shop named "Sugar and Spice" is located between the "Singletree" and "Golden Oak Turkey Parlor." The shop is owned by Libby Hiller who has an extensive background in women's fashions. Also featured in the shop are handbags, jewelry scarves and other accessories.
Plans presently are underway by Mr. and Mrs. Jim Jackson to open a restaurant called simply "Pot Luck." From what the Jacksons say about their plans, the food is to be the kind one is
willing to drive several miles to sample. The idea for the name of the shop came from a gift that Mr. Jackson presented to his son, Jim, several years ago. The gift was an old iron pot, which traveled everywhere Jim went, hence the name "Pot Luck."
Members of the Atlanta Women's League will be serving coffee beginning at 8 a.m. from the doorway of Town Hall. They also plan to conduct a bazaar and flea market in the old post office.
In conjunction with the festival, the Atlanta Servall Club will hold a fish fry on Oct. 4 and 5 in the Shelter House beginning at 4 p.m.
Artists and craftsmen displaying their wares will include projects of macrame, porcelin, ceramics, weaving, leather, hand-pressed and hand blown glass, candles and foot items.
Many of the artists will be demonstrating their various skills. Other displays will include flower arrangements, decoupage, pottery, lapidary, paintings, potted plants, wood handicrafts and mini-antiques.
Members of the community and owners of the shops have joined forces to improve the appearance of the downtown area. New sidewalks have been installed and large planters containing brightly colored plants have added to the pleasant atmosphere of the business district which is in the process of being restored.
Several states and towns of Indiana will be represented. A spokesman for the committee said that the response of the community and participants has been especially encouraging since this is the first year for the festival.
Main Street will be lined with antiques, ceramics, arts, crafts, leathergoods, and craftsmen trades. Food will be served, entertainment, music, and special guests presented. There will be something for everyone Oct. 4 and 5 at the "Old Town-Downtown" Atlanta New Earth Festival.