Episode 38 - FOJ & BellFest

Mar 15 2018

Episode 38 – FOJ & BellFest

This episode of the weekly Discover Oconee radio program features Friends of Jocassee Board Members talking with Ken (a member of the Board) about the organization and the upcoming BellFest festival.

In 2013, National Geographic put out a special edition titled “50 of the World’s Last Great Places: Destinations of a Lifetime” which included the Jocassee Gorges region.  Since then more people have come to the area, and residents realized they lived in a very special place.  The mission of Friends of Jocassee is to promote the Jocassee Gorges, support Devils Fork State Park, and educate people about unique resources.  Their primary objective is to protect Lake Jocassee.  Devils Fork State Park is the only public access point to the lake, and there is limited parking; which ultimately helps protect the lake from over use.

FOJ President, Sherrie Whitten, is on this radio program.  Sherrie completed the Master Naturalist Program and has been involved in Friends of Jocassee since it began in 2011. Heyward Douglass is also on this program.  He is on the FOJ Board representing the Foothills Trail and handles grants.  The Foothills Trail goes around half of the lake and is an important part of Friends of Jocassee.

Friends of Jocassee is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.  Sherrie and Heyward talk about one of FOJ’s main fundraisers, the annual BellFest.  This festival is hosted during the height of the Oconee Bells’ bloom season.  The Oconee Bell is one of the rarest wildflowers in the world.  It only blooms around the steams of Lake Jocassee, and only for a short time in March.  


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