Woodbine jazzed up for annual arts event

Musicians, storytellers and artists of all fashion will convene along the Satilla River this weekend for the annual Jazz ‘n Art event on the Woodbine Riverwalk. 

Organized annually by the Woodbine Woman’s Club, the two-day event will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 18, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 19. This year’s theme is “I’m Telling.”

A plein air event will start off the festivities and local artist Mary O. Smith will demonstrate her technique for drawing and painting outdoors.

There will be readings from the local theater production, “We’re Going to Tell You A Story,” featuring Woodbine Mayor Steve Parrott as one of the characters. Others include Vernal Morrison, Jackie Wade and Susan Howard. 

Other stories will be told through a slate of guest speakers that include nationally acclaimed storyteller Andy Offutt Irwin, and regional storytellers Janisse Ray and Megan Desrosiers. 

Musical guests include Michael Hulett, the Regi Blue Band and the Jones-A-Phones. 

The event was planned with children in mind and there are several activities geared to them, including a puppeteer who will entertain them through stories and dance. 

Throughout the weekend, an array of fine artists and craftsmen will display and sell their works to the public. Food vendors also will be on hand.

Jazz ‘n Art, I’m Telling is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts and the National Endowment of the Arts. The Woodbine Woman’s Club plans to use proceeds from the event for their initiative to bring a public library to the city.

For more information about the event, visit jazznart.org.

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