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Frolic at Odonata Farm for the inaugural May Arts Fest

Expect flower crowns, art demos, Tintype photos, and performances from Jane Kramer and Jenna Lindbo.

Odonata Farm Barn Mars Hill

There will be an opportunity to tour the barn at the festival.

Odonata Farm is breaking out the Maypole for its first-ever May Arts Fest on Saturday, May 13, from 2-7 p.m.

The free festival takes place at a historic 10-acre farm in Mars Hill and will celebrate the bounty of spring with flower crowns, live music from Jane Kramer and Jenna Lindbo, and a lineup of other May-themed art experiences.

Folks who attend will also get the opportunity to check out an art show inside the property’s historic hay barn.

Farm owners Sarahbeth Larimore and Gracia O’ Neill, who have lived at the farm since 2016, say they’re also putting on the event to honor the history of the 100+ year-old farm, which long served as a focal point for the surrounding township.

“It’s a stunning place,” shares Larimore. “We want to steward the land and share it.” She adds, “We also wanted to involve our community in a way that doesn’t involve spending money.”

Here’s what else is on tap for the day:

  • 2:30 and 4 p.m. — Natural watercolor demonstrations from Tina Thaw
  • 3:30 p.m. — Dance and barn talk with dancer Melvin A.C Howell
  • 5 p.m. — Maypole dance for kids + adults
  • 6 p.m. — Concert featuring Jane Kramer and opener Jenna Lindbo ($15 suggested donation)
  • Throughout the day, you can also expect: Tintype photography with Sara Mulvey, flower crowns from Little Wild Bloom, Jamaican food from Queen’s Island Cuisine, and other local vendors + makers.

The farm is located at 5640 Paint Fork Rd. in Mars Hill.