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HemlockFest has always inspired magic, whimsy and a sense of wonder for me. I’ve been participating in this event as an artist for five years now. I’ve done art shows and events nationwide and HemlockFest is truly my favorite. It’s grassroots and it’s genuine and sincere. At HemlockFest we create our own alternative reality for three days in early November as we come together with each other, with the music, with the art and we all focus on a common goal to give Mother Nature a little boost. The image I created for this year’s poster and t-shirts is one I call “The Quiet Voice of the Woods.” The stag is symbolic of the graceful and vigilant forest. His antlers turn into small homes for humans who are fostering and nurturing the Hemlock trees. People working lovingly and intelligently with nature can lead to amazing results.”

-Grant Searcey Grant Searcey Artwork



2:00 Gates open
2:30 Jesse Mariah Williams
3:30 Local Honey
4:30 Jason Childs
5:30 Freddy’s Finest
7:00 Copious Jones
8:45 Col Bruce Hampton & the Madrid Express
10:30 Dead Affect
12:00 Mainstage music ends
1:00 Gates close (campers only)


9:00 Gates open
10:00 Lara Polangco Potter
11:00 Lisa Jacobi & PLANET
12:00 The Ain’t Sisters
1:00 The Nervous Ticks
2:00 Gibson Wilbanks
3:00 String ‘n Bones
4:15 The Jess Goggans Band
5:30 Electric Codpiece
6:45 Soulhound
8:00 Lantern Parade & Burning of Adelgid Effigy
8:25 Donna Hopkins Band with special guest Ralph Roddenbery
10:20 Deep Blue Sun (mainstage) & Unifire Theatre (rear field)
12:00 Mainstage music ends
1:00 Gates close (campers only)


9:00 Gates open
10:00 Rob Brooksher
11:00  Bluegrass Flashmob
12:15 Amy Ray
12:50 The Pussywillows
1:50 The Jason Kenney Band
3:00 Festival ends

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)

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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

From Online Athens:
A University of Georgia employee was seriously injured Tuesday in a wreck in Madison County after a large piece of equipment on a passing truck fell off and hit the truck driven by the UGA employee.
Yanzhuo Zhang, 36, identified on the UGA website as an assistant research scientist in the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, was taken to Athens Regional Medical Center, where she remained Wednesday. Zhang’s condition was unavailable. READ MORE


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“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