Come On Come Ons
The Come On Come Ons, a band made up of Athens music scene veterans, will perform during The Gathering Place’s “Community Illumination” on Aug. 21 (Beth Flick Photography)

Gathering Place to Host Evening of Music, Dance, Art

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The Gathering Place will present an evening of music, poetry, artwork and dance during its “Community Illumination” benefit, scheduled for Friday, Aug. 21 from 5:30-9 p.m.

The event, to be held at Central Venue on Carpenter Street in Athens, is an advocacy piece designed to raise awareness of mental illness in the community, using art as a vehicle to conduct outreach about The Gathering Place’s programming and services.

Established in 1976, The Gathering Place is a community support program promoting recovery for adults coping with mental illness. The non-profit organization fosters recovery by encouraging participants to help and support one another; promotes community involvement and meaningful activity; and enhances personal development, well-being and healthy living.

This year, The Gathering Place is partnering with Paper Circle artists for a live screen-print event with member artwork for sale. The evening will also include the Voices of Poetry/Athens Dance Collective Project, plus music from house band The Gatherers and special guests The Come On, Come Ons, a group made up of Athens music scene veterans.

Tickets are $20 for adults. Children 12 and under will be admitted free. Tickets may be purchased online at or at 7 North Congress Street in Athens.