Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival kicks off 24th anniversary with concert

Submitted photoBishop Gunn will perform at the Afternoon in the Field concert, to be held Sunday, November 10 at Pebble Hill Plantation.

It finally feels like fall in the Red Hills, and with that comes one of Thomasville’s most celebrated events — the Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival. 

This year’s opening weekend lineup starts strong, with the Red Hills Rover Rally followed by fan favorite Afternoon in the Field concert at Pebble Hill Plantation. The concert is on Sunday, November 10, and tickets are still available; so come out and enjoy this year’s headliner, Bishop Gunn — who was recently named “Southern Rock’s Must-See New Band” by Rolling Stones Country. Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival (PWAF) has so much in store for the 24th anniversary — stay tuned for what is to come next weekend at the fine art show and sale.

Afternoon in the Field is a day the whole family can enjoy; a day that has become a fall tradition in the Red Hills region. It is a rare opportunity to kick back and take in the rolling hills and historic grounds of Pebble Hill, all while listening to the latest must-see in southern rock. The event is presented by First Commerce Credit Union; gates will open at 4 p.m. The opening acts include Magnolia Bayou at 5 and Oliver Hazard at 6. The headliner, Bishop Gunn, will start crooning at 7.

Bishop Gunn hails from Natchez, Mississippi, and a sense of place and home is one that should echo well in the Thomasville community — they have pride in their small hometown, and it shows with their energetic notes and gritty lyrics. This sound has grabbed the attention of Kid Rock and Bishop Gunn joined him on his “Chillin the Most” Cruise and were voted best band on the boat by party go-ers. They have played at SXSW, the Laid Back Festival with The Greg Allman Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Pilgrimage Festival alongside Justin Timberlake, Eddie Vedder, Mavis Staples and Gary Clark Jr. It will be a great show and a chance to see a new up-and-comer. 

Get there early and enjoy the full afternoon. Kids can enjoy face painting and a wildlife “meet and greet.” Plan on eating dinner under the oaks at “Scout’s Row” where food trucks will be onsite, serving seasonal favorites. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets — and this year, coolers will not be allowed at the venue. There will be a wine bar and biergarten; drinks will be $5 a beverage.

Tickets are $30 and are available at pwaf.org, and Thomasville Center for the Arts is honoring both a military and student discount. The festival runs from November 9-17 and sponsorship opportunities are still available. Visit pwaf.org for more information or call the center at (229) 226-0588.

Thomasville Center for the Arts serves as a catalyst for artistic expression, arts education, and creative economy in Thomasville, Georgia and the surrounding region. The Center has two locations: the historic East Side School building at 600 E. Washington St. and in the heart of the creative district at 209 W. Remington Ave. For more information visit thomasvillearts.org.

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