Buzz: Winter Wonderland Carnival & Ice Festival coming to Rome (Nov. 29-Dec. 2). Local photographer wins Booth Western Art Museum guild awards.

Buzz: Winter Wonderland Carnival & Ice Festival coming to Rome (Nov. 29-Dec. 2). Local photographer wins Booth Western Art Museum guild awards.

Winter Wonderland Carnival & Ice Festival coming to Rome: This holiday season, Romans will experience the magic of a true Winter Wonderland-themed festival designed to celebrate culture, delight families and unify the community. The first Winter Wonderland Carnival & Ice Festival will be from Nov. 29 – Dec. 2 at the Forum in downtown Rome. The free, four-day event will celebrate “The Season of Peace” by providing a platform for various social, religious, ethnic and cultural groups to share how they embrace the festive time of year. A PERC (Peacefully Engaging the Rome Community) event, the Carnival & Ice Festival will run alongside the Forum River Center’s first annual “Forum on Ice” event throughout November and December, which features indoor ice skating.

The Winter Wonderland Carnival will kick off with a live holiday variety show by the PERC Radio Theatre on Thursday, followed by a weekend of festive, cultural events. A market of artistic, educational and culinary vendors will be featured, as well as performances including a Holiday “Gong Show” on Ice, an Ugly Sweater Disco Party, a Night of Carolers, Choirs and Choristers, music from local musicians, art shows, an authentic Kwanzaa dinner and more.

This free event benefits the communities throughout Northwest Georgia and is made possible through the sponsorships of local and regional organizations and businesses.

The Winter Wonderland Carnival & Ice Festival is accepting vendors in the categories of Food and Drink, Carnival/Recreational, Retail Goods/Artisans/Artists and Educational. For vendor fees and application information as well as sponsorship details, visit

The winners of the Booth Western Art Museum’s Photography Guild awards.

The Booth Western Art Museum announces the winners of the 2018 Booth Photography Guild’s Annual Exhibition. The Guild is a volunteer organization (160 members) under the sponsorship of Booth Museum that provides education, inspiration and training to photographers in the North Georgia region. A total of 39 members submitted 171 digital entries for the competition. The two outside judges from Atlanta and Cartersville juried 35 of the images into the Exhibition.  Seven of the framed images were selected as winners by the judges.

Joel Lieberman, of Rome and BPG member, won three of the 7 awards including Honorable Mention for “Wildebeest”, Best of First-Time Submitters Liz Gentry Award for “Wildebeest” and third Place for “Mount Baker”.

First place went to Clara Williams of Cartersville for “Magnolia Blossom”. Second place went to Sterling Bowen of Kennesaw for “Hovenweep Thunderheads”. Honorable Mention to Chris Dahl of Acworth for “Fort Repetition” and Members’ Choice Award to Michael Rogers of Kennesaw for “Biltmore Koi”.

All images are on display in the Borderlands Gallery of Booth Museum until November 11.

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