This year's Winterfest begins Friday with snow

Even though the temperature will probably be around 50 degrees late Friday afternoon, there is snow in the forecast.

"We will have snow on Friday," said Darlene Hughes Kittrell, the marketing director of the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. "We will have snow at 5 p.m."

Even with unseasonably warm temperatures outside?

"It does not matter," she said. "Anything magical can happen at the RiverCenter."

The "snow" will officially open this year's Winterfest, which celebrates art with a juried art festival. Kittrell says there will be 23 regional artists who will sell paintings, drawings, glass, wood, jewelry, stained glass and photography.

Artists will be at tables in the RiverCenter's grand lobby, the mezzanine and the balcony levels.

Musicians and story tellers will entertain shoppers throughout the weekend.

Winterfest, which continues through Sunday, is free, but there are three ticketed events.

The Trinity Irish Dance Academy, featuring dancers whose ages run from 4-19, will perform Friday in the Bill Heard Theatre. Tickets are $19-$29.

On Saturday, comedian Vicki Lawrence, who got her start on "The Carol Burnett Show," brings "Vicki Lawrence & Mama: A Two Woman Show," to the Bill Heard Theatre. Tickets are $29-$42.

Then on Sunday, the CSU Choral Union, CSU Orchestra and soloists will present "The Messiah" in Legacy Hall. Tickets are $5.

Winterfest hours are 5-10 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

Call 706-256-3612.