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‘Women’s Music in the Mountains’ fest returns to Swiftwaters this weekend

Swiftwaters Music Festival

The eighth annual Women's Music in the Mountains festival returns to the North Georgia mountains this weekend, promising three days of camping, songs and fun.

Lesbian guitarist Ronnda Cadle organizes the festival each year at Swiftwaters, the "womanspace" campground near Dahlonega, Ga.

"If you have never been to Swiftwaters, you must plan to attend or camp at some point," Cadle says. "The Festival is rustic as well as the camping. Tents are the main source for camping and there are no RV hookups. But the spirit of the grounds, its vision and longevity are priceless."

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Swiftwaters Campground hosts annual Women’s Music in the Mountains Fest

It's time to head to the mountains.

The 7th annual Women's Music in the Mountains Festival begins Friday, April 29, and runs through the weekend at the Swiftwaters campground in North Georgia.

Swiftwaters was founded 32 years ago by lesbian partners Dorothy (Dot) Osebold and Joyce Tree. After Osebold died, Tree kept the only campground in Dahlonega near the Blue Ridge Mountains for women open with the help of Pat Roberts, who also became Tree's partner. Tree died a few years ago and friends and volunteers, such as singer-songwriter Ronnda Cadle, now help Roberts keep the space a destination spot for women, mostly lesbians, who enjoy camping and, yes, music.