With sunny skies, temperatures in the low 80s and a northeast breeze of 5 to 8 mph, the downtown communities of Rome and Cartersville couldn’t have asked for a better way to kick off the summer of 2021.
Both towns hosted farmers markets to start the day. Cartersville gave way to the annual Duck Derby and later entertainment. Just a few blocks to the west, May Market was greeting arts and crafts lovers at Rose Lawn Museum.
In Rome, the arts festival was under way after days by the pandemic and rain in previous years. Booths were scattered along Broad Street as was live entertainment and a gorgeous collection of student-produced art.
Restaurants were packed, even beyond traditional lunch hours with the sidewalk cafes especially busy.
Some, still cautious about the ongoing pandemic, wore masks as they moved block to block while others donned them to enter retail shops.
The apparently winner of the day, based only on crowds and carry outs the wine slushies from Newby Farm & Vineyard. Peach, blueberry and mango were in high demand from $6 to $8.
(It was OK to move about downtown Rome with a rare libation on Saturday; Cartersville has a much more mature stance, allowing Thursday-Saturday open containers):
And the weekend isn’t over. The May Market continues today at stately Rose Lawn Museum just blocks from downtown Cartersville (224 W. Cherokee Ave.) Today’s hours are noon to 5 p.m. What’s included: “An arts and handcrafts festival celebrating 200 roses in bloom on the grounds of Rose Lawn, the Victorian home of 19th Century Evangelist Sam Jones. Enjoy house museum tours, Ask a Master Gardener consultations, arts & crafts musical entertainment and performing arts, plus delicious food. Festival admission is free.”