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The Scoop – Fall 2020


40 concerts. 4 Days. 100% Virtual.
If you have been longing the return of concerts, then Porch*Fest is the event for you. The 2nd annual event, held October 15-18, features 40 live concerts spanning four days. All concerts will be streamed via Facebook Live. Proceeds from the event benefit Historic Athens, the non-profit dedicated to celebrating and preserving the legacy of Athens’ neighborhoods and buildings. To learn more about Porch*Fest visit,

True Crime

JaclyIn Weldon White’s new book, Pure Evil, tells the 1974 tale of an Athens woman who faced the death penalty for a double murder in Macon. Rebecca Turpin was convicted and served 35 in prison before being parole in 2010.

Turpin, also known as Rebecca Machetti and Rebecca Lorusso, returned to Athens after being paroled where she lived until her death on September 14, 2020. She was 83.

Native Plant Sale


Now that the “dog days” of summer are behind us, or at least the calendar says they are, it’s time for the fall planting season.

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia is hosting their 9th annual Native Plant Sale virtually. The 2020 Connect to Protect Online plant sale will be held during the month of October.

The annual Fall Preview event is also going online. A Virtual Native Plant Sale Preview will be held on Friday, Oct. 2, from 6-7 p.m. The proceeds of this event will support our garden’s conservation efforts and hosts a special interactive evening with native plant experts.

During the event our conservation staff will highlight their favorite plant pairings using this year’s featured plant– Solidago. A final Q&A session will give you the opportunity to ask your questions about garden design, maintenance and more. Registration fee also includes a recipe for a specialty beverage featuring Mountain Mint!


The State Botanical
Garden of Georgia


Holiday Market


Athens Academy will host their seventh annual Holiday Market on November 19 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than 35 vendors from across the Southeast will offer a variety of beautiful hand-crafted and unique items to complete your holiday shopping! For more information visit