- Sept. 15, 2021
-- What began as a living tribute to Traditions of Braselton resident – Sheila Anderson – has grown over the last five years to become a beloved event among locals that is a true "live act" of neighbors helping neighbors. Launched in 2017 to buoy the spirits of Anderson, a music lover who had been given a second chance at life following a massive heart attack, the appropriately dubbed Sheila Fest is an all-day music festival showcasing the talents of local bands. Initially open to Traditions of Braselton residents only, it has grown over the years to include an open invite to the public with an aim of raising funds and awareness for iServe Ministries. This year's event takes place Saturday, October 16 on the event lawn at Traditions of Braselton – a sprawling 1140-acre master-planned community in Jackson County that boasts Everyday Luxury in a Country Club Setting
Proceeds from Sheila Fest 2021 will benefit iServe Ministries – which seeks to end generational poverty by meeting practical needs and teaching life skills. This year, the nonprofit is expanding its vision to include the Village of Hope – a transitional housing community for the working homeless and insecure families of Northeast Georgia. With an astounding $28,000 raised through Sheila Fest last year, Anderson and the rest of the planning committee hope to nearly double those numbers this year in support of the Village of Hope.
"The estimated cost to build each cottage in the Village of Hope is $50,000, so that's this year's fundraising goal," said Bryan Allen, General Manager for Traditions of Braselton. "I'd love to see as many people as possible from both within and well outside the community come together to enjoy a great time for a great cause. Together, we can nail that goal for our neighbors in need. In addition to live music lined up onstage all day, we'll have local vendors, food trucks, a kids' zone, petting zoo and more. Gates open at noon and the first show begins at one."
Kids 15 and under will be admitted for FREE, but for everyone else, tickets are just $20 when pre-ordered online at SheilaFest.com or $30 at the gate. Sheila Fest 2021 will feature the following bands:
- Departure – A Tribute to Journey
- Drop Tailgate
- Redneck Blonde
- Dixie Duncan with Charlie Grace
- Gypsy Belle
- The Manly Hero
To learn more about Sheila Fest 2021 and purchase tickets online, please visit www.sheilafest.com
. Donations can be made directly to iServe Ministries at www.iserveministries.org/donate