History is a central theme around which some upcoming events will revolve in Bartow County.
Primitive arts and weapons originating in ancient times, and a historic house and a literary classic dating to the 1860s, are a central focus of three events.
• The annual North Georgia Knap-In & Primitive Arts Festival is set for April 25 to 27 at Gatewood Park near Lake Allatoona.
The free event is billed as the largest primitive arts festival in the South. It will feature demonstrations of arrowhead and spear point making, bow and arrow crafting, fire building, hide tanning, basketry, cord making, trap and snare making, and more.
The event is open and free to the public. Door prizes and an auction are planned, according to information from the Cartersville-Bartow County Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Gatewood Park is at 244 Bartow Beach Road in Cartersville.
For more information, call 678-972-9966.
• The annual May Market at Rose Lawn is set for May 4 and 5 at the museum near downtown Cartersville.
The event is an annual arts and crafts festival celebrating 200 heirloom roses in bloom on the grounds of the historic residence at 224 W. Cherokee Ave.
Attendees can tour the Victorian house museum and learn about its former owner, evangelist Samuel Porter Jones.
The May Market will feature about 75 booths of handcrafts and fine arts, musical performances, food and the Bartow Master Gardeners Plant Sale.
Admission is free for the festival, and $7 for museum tours.
For more information, call 770-387-5162 or visit http://www.roselawnmuseum.com/.
• The History Hustle 5K will precede the festival May 4 and proceeds support the educational and preservation efforts of the Bartow History Museum and Rose Lawn Museum.
The 5K Run/Walk is set for 8 a.m. and begins and ends at Rose Lawn Museum. The course takes participants through one of Cartersville’s many residential historic districts.
For more information, visit https://www.active.com/cartersville-ga/running/distance-running/history-hustle-5k-2019?int=.
• The Pumphouse Players will present “Little Women, the Musical” at the Legion Theatre in downtown Cartersville May 3 through 12.
It is based on the hugely popular 1868 book by Louisa May Alcott.
The book for the musical was written by Allan Knee, with lyrics by Mindi Dickstein and music by Jason Howland.
It is described as having “all the charm of Louisa May Alcott’s classic coming-of-age novel, plus original and evocative music.”
“This delightful and intimate musical will be a treat for mothers, daughters, and granddaughters.”
Performances are set for Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. The theater is at 114 W. Main St. in Cartersville.
The musical version was first produced in 2005 and has run on Broadway and in a nationwide tour.
The Pumphouse Players originated in 1975 and produces about eight shows per year.
It is among the longest continuously-operating community theater companies in Georgia and has done shows in locations ranging from the historic Grand and Legion theaters to an American Legion hall and the recreation hall at the former Bartow Carver Park.
For more information, call 770-387-2610 or visit www.PumphousePlayers.com.