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October 2, 2013

Bluegrass at Andalusia

MILLEDGEVILLE — Andalusia Farm will host its ninth annual bluegrass concert from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday on the front lawn. 

The farm is located on U.S. 441, approximately four miles northwest of Milledgeville.

The festival features the talents of Heart Pine, one of Central Georgia’s most accomplished bluegrass bands. The admission fee is $5.

“The band members come from a variety of backgrounds but share an appreciation of traditional bluegrass music,” said Andy Adams, a Milledgeville minister who plays guitar and sings lead vocals for the band.

Before the concert, at 4 p.m., guests can enjoy a one-mile guided nature walk, hosted by Dr. Melanie DeVore, on the Lower Tobler Creek Trail on Andalusia’s property.

Guests can bring their own picnic or purchase grilled hamburgers and hot dogs provided by Sodexo, the Georgia College food service. Guests may also bring flashlights, chairs and dancing shoes.

Writer Flannery O’Connor’s family moved to Milledgeville in 1938. After Flannery O’Connor’s father died when she was 15, she decided to stay in Milledgeville and attend Georgia State College for Women, now Georgia College. As a graduate of the GCSW class of 1945, O’Connor left Milledgeville to get a master’s degree at the University of Iowa in 1947.

Her career away from Milledgeville was cut short in 1950 when O’Connor was stricken with lupus, the disease that claimed her father’s life. She moved to Milledgeville permanently, living and writing at Andalusia, the O’Connor family farm just outside of town, until her death in 1964 at the age of 39. Her best-known works include the novel “Wise Blood” and numerous short stories, including “A Good Man is Hard to Find.”

In 2001, the Flannery O’Connor-Andalusia Foundation, a nonprofit corporation, was established by Margaret Florencourt Mann and Louise Florencourt, first cousins of Flannery O’Connor.

Bluegrass at Andalusia is sponsored by Lynda Banks and Mary Anne Murray, two members of the Andalusia Board of Directors.

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