Col. Bruce Hampton 1947-2017

His magic and magnetism and bigheartedness will be deeply, profoundly missed. Our thoughts are with his family. He was a gift from the universe! The Col. devotedly played HemlockFest 11 years straight and donated his talents to the cause. He was the heart of our little festival. It’s hard to imagine HemlockFest without him. We’d love to hear your stories and memories of him at HemlockFest. We have a galaxy of them. Amazing gifts. Thank you, Bruce.


Totally Cool video of the ENTIRE fest!

The Burning of the Effigy!

 HemlockFest and the Lumpkin Coalition will soon be supporting local efforts to bring back a mighty giant of the Appalachian forest – the American Chestnut tree! (Click for More Information)

Check out this Amazing News From East Tennessee! (Click Here)

Read about the other Lumpkin Coalition Activities!
LC River Cleanup


Please keep Yanzhou (UGA Beetle Lab Director) in your thoughts. She has recently been in a terrible accident resulting in the loss of both legs below the knees among other injuries and losses. PLEASE READ MORE AND HELP ALL YOU CAN HERE


“I want to thank you and the rest of the Lumpkin Coalition, and all of the folks who participated in Hemlockfest this year. Without your help, our lab would soon run out of funds to operate. Hopefully we will make a difference in the survival of the Hemlocks in the southern Appalachians. I am in your debt.”

Paul T. Arnold
Director, Predatory Beetle Lab
Young Harris College