Finster Fest will feature performer Roger Alan Wade, a country-folk musician out of Chattanooga, Tenn. and Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers, an alternative country-Southern rock band from Athens.
Artists from across the country will converge on Summerville to pay tribute to the legacy of Howard Finster. A special recycled art project that visitors will have a chance to participate in will be one of the highlights of the two-day event.
Tours of Finster’s Paradise Garden home site in Summerville will be offered both days.
Paradise Garden is an assortment of buildings, sculptures and gardens built by Finster with anything from bottles to bathtubs to bicycles. The complex is regarded by many as iconic in the world of folk art.
Finster’s home site sits on two acres just north of the Chattooga River and is drained by a series of man-made canals.
Summerville Better Hometown Manager Sylvia Lee- Keziah said the community is pleased to be able to have Finster Fest at Dowdy Park.
“We have so much vibrancy and interest with local artists in our downtown right now and this can be witnessed with a recent surge in new businesses,” said Keziah. “This year’s festival will give our local artists a chance to shine as well as bring tourists to our downtown and shops.”
Associate Editor Doug Walker contributed to this report.