Holiday Festival of Arts to be held Sunday

By Jason A. Smith
Times Correspondent

The holiday season is about to get a jump-start in McDonough, while shining a spotlight on the local business community.

McDonough Arts is sponsoring its annual Holiday Festival of Arts, set for Nov. 13 from noon to 5 p.m., in the city’s downtown area. The free event will feature an Artist Market and an Open House for merchants on and around the Square

The Holiday Festival of Arts is an important fundraiser each year for McDonough Arts, said the organization’s President, Jea Gackowski. She said the money generated by the event is used to support the arts in Henry County schools.

“We continue to give money to art and music teachers throughout the county because of the generosity of people attending the event,” said Gackowski. “Over the last four years, we’ve given more than $41,000 thanks to the generosity of our supporters.”

The Holiday Festival of Arts will include offerings from a number of local businesses including Southern Drawl, G Gallery Custom Framing, Image Doctor, and Moye’s Apparel Boutique and Gift Shop. Gackowski said attendees will be able to learn more about businesses in downtown McDonough, while getting their hands on some new gift ideas for the holidays.

“We’ve got plenty of creative, unique, affordable shopping on the Square, with over 2,000 parking spaces very close to the Square,” said Gackowski.

Gackowski said guests at the festival can also get their pictures taken with the Grinch, thanks to the support of another business in downtown McDonough.

“We have a new backdrop for the Grinch thanks to Shane Preston at A T-Shirt Company, right there on the Square,” said Gackowski.

Monterey Thompson manages Thompson Market and Moye’s Apparel Boutique and Gift Shop, which was recently named among the 10 most unique shopping destinations in metro Atlanta by the Ga Dept. of Tourism. Thompson said she’s in the midst of turning her business into a “winter wonderland” for the festival, in hopes of another successful event.

“It’s my biggest day of the year,” she said. “With the Geranium Festival or other events like that, people don’t come to shop with the merchants. This is my single biggest day of the year.”

Thompson added that the festival helps to open people’s eyes to what she offers.

“In my personal opinion, we’re the hidden jewel of Henry County,” says Thompson. “We try to have a gift for everybody on your list so we can be your one-stop gift shop. We have everything from toys to clothing. Starting the day of the Open House, we will be offering in-house embroidery and custom monogramming.”

The festival will also include a parade with music by Ola High School choir, as well as funnel cakes, hamburgers, and hot dogs and live music hosted by Danny Martin.

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