The festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. will cover the entire block of Etowah Drive between Freyer and Seminole Drives, one block off Cherokee Street (the one-way street proceeding north from the Square).
“The festival is purely a neighborhood organized event. We are just a bunch of friends that make it happen. I think that’s the coolest part about the whole thing. It’s a community effort,” said Jim Morris, a Cherokee Heights resident.
The arts festival originated in homes years ago when neighbors gathered to share their creations with each other at the urging of Cherokee Heights residents Bobbi Jessen (deceased), Barbara Leake, Cecilia Walters and Carolyn Johnston.
“They started it as Art on Freyer,” said Morris, a retired chief judge of Juvenile Court of Cobb County who also served as senior judge.
The private shows “morphed” into the outdoor festival five years ago when former Mayor Dunaway suggested that neighborhoods should have some kind of festive party to celebrate their identity during Marietta’s 175th year anniversary in 2009.
More than 30 local neighborhood artists and friends will showcase their arts and crafts, which include paintings, graphics, photography, woodworking, jewelry, metal work, birdhouses, textiles, baked goods, along with books and more. Live music will be performed throughout the day. Several non-profits will be on hand with information and goods as well. Children will be entertained at a children’s art booth. Plenty of food and baked goods will be available.
“There are gorgeous pieces of arts and crafts. It’s a good time to look for Christmas gifts for folks who want something unique,” Morris said.
“Everything is made right here and by hand. It’s going to be a beautiful day. There are just sweet people to meet and talk to,” Morris said.