Event Story: The 9th Annual Hot Corner Celebration and Soul Food Festival

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Event Story: The 9th Annual Hot Corner Celebration and Soul Food Festival

9th annual hot corner event

The Prologue.

This past weekend, I and a great friend of mine took a trip down memory lane. We took an impromptu drive to Athens, GA — home of the UGA Bulldawgs…and my alma mater. We went to enjoy the town, the eats, the scenes, and the festivals. One festival happening that weekend, in particular, The Hot Corner Celebration, really took me down memory lane. While I was in college, way before I truly became the event planner that I am today, I helped put the event together. It was a two day event filled with music, food, community, and history. The Hot Corner Celebration is created to commemorate the historical Hot Corner in Athens, GA which was the hub for African American businesses during the early- to mid 20th century. It is through this annual event that black businesses of the past, present, and future are celebrated in Athens, GA.

The Plot.

On the first day of the 9th Annual Hot Corner Celebration, we hosted SoundByte — an evening concert full of the sweet serenades of great local talents. Some of the artists to perform included Kate Morissey, Kyshona Armstrong, and Lyric Jones to name a few. The second day was all about community when we brought out such sponsors as Raising Canes, Smoothie King, St. Mary’s, Georgia Power and the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce as well as a host of local businesses that kept the 2000+ patrons well fed and interested in what they can purchase.

I am so thankful to have been a part of this amazing event and opportunity and to work with my associate Raymond and my friend Abriauna. I loved taking the continued vision of the Wilson’s and the feeling of history and community to bring them this amazing event that is still around to this day. No other event has allowed me to learn so much and I am grateful that it was the catalyst that made me want to continue to produce such grand affairs.

The End.

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