Sights from the 2012 Bear on the Square Festival

Dahlonega, GA, is one of America’s best-kept secrets — except for being famous as the site of the first gold rush.

This delightful community is home to an outstanding university, mountain roads cherished by motorcyclists, acclaimed theatre, wineries, eateries, the Appalachian Trail, mountain music and a dandy place to buy fudge.

A couple of times a year, Dahlonega gives it all up and throws a party.  Such was the weekend of April 21, 2012, when Dahlonega hosted the Bear on the Square Mountain Festival.

The previous 15 Mountain Festivals were great.  This year, the music — free for all for the first time — and the calibre of the artwork on display were stellar.  Thanks to the smiling, gracious participants, we are able to share a few photographs with you.

Mark your calendars now for Bear on the Square for 2013, scheduled for the weekend of April 20th!

Click Here for the Bear on the Square Website

Tim Chambers of

If you ever need a blue rooster, call Tim Chambers! -- (Photo: Robert Sutherland) -- (Photo: Robert Sutherland)

Skip Staab of Pinetree Pottery is a master of his craft.

Pinetree Pottery is on Facebook. -- (Photo: Robert Sutherland)
Skip Staab creates sponge holders, decorative pots and superb folk art. -- (Robert Sutherland)
Only music and good food can define -- (Photo: Robert Sutherland)

I know what you’re thinking: “Hey, I wonder if that broken basket is on sale?”  Nope.  They’re made that way by Jan Stansell to fit on steps.  (Don’t ask me how I know, please.) -- (Photo: Robert Sutherland)

The John C. Campbell Folk School ( transforms dreamers into artists.  Yes, even people like you.

Folk School Marketing Manager Keather Weideman. -- (Photo: Robert Sutherland)

The lovely and talented Emolyn Liden [] is an accomplished spinster.

Emolyn Liden can teach you to spin at -- (Photo: Robert Sutherland)
Emolyn Liden's presentation. -- (Photo: Robert Sutherland)

The lovely and talented Michael A. Lalone threw pots for the crowd at Bear on the Square.

Michael A. Lalone from -- (Photo: Robert Sutherland)

Please.  Don’t just stand there.  Save a starving artist.  Buy something!

What kind of work would you do for free?  Bear on the Square relies on cheerful, helpful volunteers.

Bear Volunteers Judy Ciccarone, Ron Ciccarone and Chris Hartwell (L-R). -- (Photo: Robert Sutherland)

Grasshopper, the humble ninja, was voted Best Motorcycle at this year’s Mountain Festival!

Grasshopper, the humble ninja.

About Author

Robert J. Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life in Gainesville, GA.
Robert has two adult daughters, seven practically perfect grandchildren and a zippy Kawasaki. Contact Robert at [email protected].

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