Fest to help save Wounded Warriors stories

Paine College will document the stories of wounded warriors during the annual Painefest.


The college has joined with the Wounded Warriors Care Project to tape the stories of wounded U.S. service members and place the recordings in several libraries, including its own, said Brandon Brown, the vice president for institutional advancement.

There will also be a tribute to enlisted military personnel, veterans and those who have been wounded, he added.

"We will be celebrating our troops and the commitment they've made to our country," he said. "It's very important that we all stand in a symbolic gesture to give homage to those who protect us and defend our rights."

In its 16th year, Painefest will kick off Monday and continue through Oct. 30 with several activities centered on the theme of "Going from Good to Great in the Community." All of the Painefest events are free and open to the public.

"The intention of the activities is to unite the Paine College campus -- via faculty staff, students -- with the greater community to engage in activities to celebrate the community and our spirit of giving back through service," Brown said.

Other activities in addition to the tribute include the annual coronation of Mr. and Miss Paine, a Paine College Arts Festival, a barbecue cook-off, and a community and campus cleanup.

"When you are out working in your community providing beautification, you get to know your neighbor," he said of a joint community and campus cleanup. "You get to learn your neighbors' name. You get to know who's in your community and they get to know who you are. It creates a neighbor-friendly community."

Registration is required to share your story as a wounded warrior, participate in the barbecue cook-off, or participate in the dance, song and spoken word competitions.

Painefest 2010

Admission is free to all events, which take place at Paine College, 1235 15th St. For more information, visit www.paine.edu.

- Opening Ceremony, 5 p.m. Monday, Peters Campus Center

- Win the Game, Get the Game; 7 p.m. Monday; Peters Campus Center

- Basketball Tournament, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Basketball Courts

- Assembly, 11 a.m. Wednesday, Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel

- Paine College History Bowl, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Peters Campus Center

- Faculty, staff and students will work on and around campus to beautify the area, Thursday

- Paine College Pride Day Picnic, Noon Thursday, Veranda of Peters Campus Center

- Power of Purple Poetry, 7 p.m. Thursday, Peters Campus Center

- Coronation of Mr. and Miss Paine, 7 p.m. Oct. 29, Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel

- Paine College Arts Festival; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 30; food vendors, children's art village and performances

- Capturing Your Story: Tribute to Wounded Warriors and Their Families; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 30; registration is at 10 a.m.; wounded warriors will have the opportunity to share their story for a video. For a registration form, visit www.paine.edu.

- Tribute and Presentation: Wounded warriors, retired and enlisted service men and women; Noon to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 30

- College Open House; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 30; Candler Memorial Library Building; contact Joseph Tinsley at (706) 821-8319 to schedule a campus tour

- Children's Village; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 30; face painting, dance and reading performances, inflatables, and mascot Leon the Lion

- Blood Drive and Health Screening; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 30

- Book signing by regional authors, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 30

- Stage competitions: dance, song and spoken word; 1-3 p.m. Oct. 30; for a registration form, visit www.paine.edu.

- Chef Edmond McClendon's Great BBQ Cook-off; Oct. 30, judging starts at 3 p.m.; registration is required to participate (visit www.paine.edu); judges are needed

- Arts and crafts demonstrations; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 30

- Art exhibitions, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 30