Autumn. Fall. Whatever you call this time of year, it conjurs up images of cooler days, getting outside and just enjoying life. This is also the time of year when outdoor activities really ramp up because the tempurature and humidity have both dipped way below 100 on their respective scales. I know we're only hours into this new season, but if you'll check the Event Calendar, you'll see that we're not wasting any time kicking off the Fall fun. It may be a little early in the week, but indulge me...as a lover of all things autumnal, I wanted to give you a head's-up on a few things you might want to work into your weekend itinerary.
There's no better way to start the weekend than by throwing your lawn chair into your car and heading to the 1000 block of Broadway after work on Friday for one of Uptown's Friday Night Concerts--this week featuring The Rock Candy Band. It's worth another visit to Uptown Saturday morning for Market Days on Broadway. You never know what you might find...art, unbelievably delicious baked goods (please let the lady with the blueberry scones be there!), live music, and this is a great time of year to pick up some local, fresh veggies. And since you'll be in the neighborhood, you have to stop in and indulge at the Uptown Beer & Wine Festival from 1:00-5:00 Saturday. There's another festival going on all day Saturday called JunkFest Returns and this one has a little bit of everything including Hula-Hooping! There's also Jazz on the River on the lawn behind the Civic Center Sunday evening. And if you're in the mood for a quick road trip, load The Rock, GA into your GPS (it's near Thomaston) and spend the day at The Rock Ranch as they kick off their Fall Family Fun Days. Two words for this event..."Pumpkin Cannon." I am so there to see that!
See what I mean about there being a lot going on this weekend? Time to start planning for some fun in your life!
"Fall is a Southerner's reward for surviving summer." Saw that quote on Southern Living's Facebook page this week and truer words were never spoken! Summer is leaving us, but not before we have one more weekend packed with fun stuff to do and it looks like a little bit of everything happening. You can take your pick from things like Shrek-The Musical at the Springer Opera House, the 2nd Annual Children's Book Festival at Columbus Public Library, Busy as Bee Workshop at Hills & Dales Estate in La Grange, the Shrine Circus is at Columbus Civic Center, football at Doughboy Stadium at Fort Benning, and something kids of all ages (including us big kids) will enjoy at Oxbow Meadows...Ninja Turtles! And those are just the events I saw after taking a quick glance at the Event Calendar, which is the best site to visit when you're trying to figure out what to put on your weekend itinerary. Goodbye Summer...and Hello Fall!
What is it about that extra 24 hours tacked onto a weekend that can make even the most serious among us go positively giddy with excitement?! This 3-day Labor Day Weekend is just hours away from starting and that means we'll all have time to get around-the-house chores done, have some fun, run errands, have a little more fun, get some much needed rest and still have time for even more fun. In fact, now that I think about it, since this is the unofficial last weekend of Summer, let's save the errands and chores for another weekend and just concentrate on the fun part...o.k. and maybe a nap or two.
So if fun is what you're on the hunt for this weekend, you get to choose from quite a few options. Actually, there are so many things going on that your best bet is to take a look at the Event Calendar to line up your agenda. It really is a great resource--take it from someone who usually starts perusing it on a Monday afternoon to start planning for the next weekend! But coming up this go 'round, there's anything from the Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival at Callaway Gardens, the Old Russell County Courthouse Labor Day Fair in Seale, an original play, The Old Ship of Zion, being performed at Port Columbus, a big Labor Day Weekend Book Sale at the Ledger-Enquirer, a Labor Day Mini Camp for kids at the National Infantry Museum, and even a huge BSC Softball Tournament at South Commons and a major USTA tennis tournament at Cooper Creek Tennis Center.
Enjoy Summer's last hurrah with your family and friends this weekend...then we can start looking forward to all the Fall events headed our way!
After hearing on the news this morning the heat index reached 115 degrees in some parts of the Southeast yesterday and that we've got the same to look forward to again today, the first thing I did when I got to work this morning was to Google "First Day of Autumn 2014." And I'm happy to report that as of tomorrow, Saturday, August 23, we'll be exactly one month away from the start of Fall. But before we can start pulling out sweaters and boots from storage, it does look like another scorching weekend coming up, so how about we look for some fun things to do this weekend that involves plenty of air conditioning? Luckily, we've got some great choices of some pretty interesting sounding events--like what's going on at the National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus. They're debuting a new play, The Old Ship of Zion, by Columbus, GA playwright Natalia Naman. It'll to be running this Friday-Sunday and also next Wednesday & Thursday (August 22-24 & 27-30). It's the story of an African-American church in Columbus facing a dwindling congregation who's preparing for one last leap of faith - a revival. Folks involved say it's a moving, funny, and refreshingly earnest play and will test everyone's understanding of community, faith and the challenges churches face in today's world. They'll even have a panel Q&A session after the play to really get you thinking. I also like the fact that admission is only $10 and they keep it pretty chilly in that museum!
And speaking of museums, the Columbus Museum has several new exhibits on display and a couple you really should check out include Leaving Mississippi – Reflections on Heroes and Folklore: Works by Najee Dorsey and William Beckman: Drawings, 1967-2013. Two very different exhibits, but both well worth a visit to this impressive facility. Of course, there's never an admission charge to get in the museum...and yes...they keep it nice and cool in there, too!
Now, if you just can't get enough of this hot weather and WANT to be outside enjoying the heat, there's a ton of stuff going so make sure you take a good look at the Event Calendar and then start making some weekend plans!
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Let me just start off by saying that I'm perfectly fine with this one...as long as no one brings a cockroach along with them. Any other kind of bug...fine. Bugs, you say? Yep...it's the Bug Olympics at FDR State Park in Pine Mountain, GA this Sunday morning beginning at 10:00am. BUG OLYMPICS. Does it get any more off the wall? But that's what so good about things to do around here--there's an activity or event out there for everybody. Even bug lovers. So here's how this works. Enter your fastest, carefully collected live bug (worm, small spider, caterpillar, etc) and bring your race animals in a safe container with lid and meet next to the Trading Post in campground. Did I mention there's even going to be a contest for cricket spitting? How much are your kids going to LOVE this? It's only $1 entry fee per event. Just remember, no amphibians or reptiles allowed in the competition--maybe soon there'll be an Olympic competition just for them. And if bugs aren't your thing, make sure you take a look at the Event Calendar to get a good idea of all the other events happening this weekend because there's ton's to choose from!
Break out the leather jumpsuits and fry up a peanut butter and banana sandwich because it's all about Elvis at the Springer Opera House this Saturday night (Aug. 16)! As part of their Crowley Classic Film Series, they'll set up a huge screen on the main stage and we'll all get to enjoy "King Creole," regarded as Elvis Presley's best film. It's a 1958 musical drama starring Elvis as Danny Fisher, a young delinquent who flunks out of high school and is making ends meet working as a busboy in a nightclub until one night when he gets the chance to perform as a singer. Success is imminent (well heck yeah...we're talking about Elvis here) and the local crime boss Maxie Fields wants to hire him to perform at his night club The Blue Shade. Danny refuses, but Fields won't take no for an answer. What's a singing legend to do?! Let's meet at the Springer Saturday night and find out how this ends. Something tells me if Elvis is involved, he's going to come out on top. The movie starts at 7:30pm and the Saloon opens at 6:30pm so you can get popcorn, sodas and all the fixin's for the perfect movie night!
It's one of the best sentences ever uttered..."It's Friday." Simple, to the point and full of promises. So what's on your radar this weekend? Rain or no rain, get off the sofa and find something to do...there's plenty to choose from--just take a look at the Event Calendar to prove that!
So yesterday we told you the details about "The Grand" where they'll put 1000 people down the Chattahoochee Whitewater course on Saturday. Go rafting if you haven't done it yet or just go watch...this ought to be a hoot! While you're in Uptown Columbus, you can also check out Market Days on Broadway as well as the 2014 Chattahoochee Challenge Olympic Triathlon and Duathlon. Then you also have things going on like the Muscogee County Friends of Libraries Annual Book Sale at the main library on Macon Rd, and as someone who loves a bargain, they'll have hardback books for $2 and kid's books for 25 cents! That's my kind of sale. Or you can head up to Callaway Gardens tonight for another in their series of Movies on the Beach...they'll be showing Dr. Seuss' "The Lorax" so take a beach towel or chair and enjoy a movie under the stars. And if you and the kids are in the mood to get all artsy and craftsy, then get in on the fun at the Columbus Museum's Second Saturday program. You might be the next Da Vinci and don't even know it!
There's plenty to do this weekend. Your mission is to get out there and live it!
Have you taken the ride down the Chattahoochee River yet? If you haven't, you are missing out on some kind of fun! This Saturday will be the perfect day to enjoy the rapids with 999 others as they have an event called "The Grand." The plan is to put 1000 rafters on the river in one day!! It'll be the largest single day of whitewater rafting in Columbus history! "The Grand" features eight discounted hourly time slots, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., so if you want to ease into this whole thing, start off with one of the trips earlier in the day when the flow of the water is a lot gentler. If you do want to go on one of the more adventurous afternoon runs, you'd better hurry and make reservations because those seats are just about full. And you know what? Even if you don't want to get in the river, go stake out a spot on the RiverWalk Island or the 14th Street Pedestrian Bridge for a prime viewing spot. There's even an after-paddle celebration in Uptown Columbus with live music from Sailing to Denver, local Columbus food trucks and ice-cold beverages. Looks like Satuday's plans are made!
I'll tell you what's to do this weekend...plenty! Don't let a little chance of rain stop you and your buds from getting out and blowing off a little steam and having some fun. So what might you be in the mood for? Running? Got that with the 2014 Audie Murphy 5K at Big Dog Running Company. Art? The Columbus Artists' Guild Art Show is wrapping up Saturday afternoon at CSU's Illges Gallery and there are some beautiful pieces of art you really show see. And if you check the calendar, you'll be stunned and amazed that today is already August 1 (where has this year gone...seriously?) but that also means that tonight there's more art and music on the streets of Broadway for the First Friday Art Walk & Concert. Comedy? After this long week, I think we could all use some great, big ol' belly laughs so head to the Springer for No Shame Theatre tonight (and every Friday night). It's different every week so you never know what to expect...except to be highly entertained! Music? How about this!? There will be some preliminary American Idol Auditions on Saturday beginning at 1:00pm in Uptown Columbus...you never know, the next winner could be in our midst! And finally...are you in the mood for a little sand between your toes? You don't have to drive for hours to the nearest sea shore--you can take the quick drive to Callaway Gardens tonight for their Friday Night Movies on the Beach! Take a lawn chair or beach towel and giggle at fun on screen with "Zookeeper!"
Want to find out more? Head to the Event Calendar to take a look at everything going on this weekend!
I remember a time...way back when I was a kid and dinosaurs roamed the earth...that there was not a whole lot of things to do around here. Heck, we'd go to the airport and watch planes land and take off as our weekend excitement. Seriously. Fast forward a few decades and things have absolutely changed for the better! In fact, there are so many events and activities in Columbus and the nearby area, it can be kind of a task to keep track of it all. Thankfully, we caught on to this predicament and saw a need for a centralized calendar that would solve this problem and make weekend planning or entertaining out-of-town company a breeze. If you haven't already taken a look at it, all you have to do is go to calendarcolumbusga.com and it's all right there at your fingertips. You can search for events by date or a date range, venue, event type, by using a keyword...it's so simple even I can navigate it! And I think you'll be amazed at the number and types of offerings you'll find. Here's a tip...make sure you check the calendar often because information is always being added or updated. And think how impressed your friends will be because you know the scoop on all the fun stuff happening. Go take a look and start making weekend plans now!
This morning, the weather guy was talking about how some rain might be moving in this weekend. Doesn't matter. The only word in that first sentence that matters is weekend! I can vouche for the fact that no body I know is made of sugar, so we aren't going to melt!! Besides, if you sit home and pout about a little rain, you're going to miss out on a lot. Sit at home and you're going to miss things like a Movie on the Beach at Callaway Gardens tonight, or an incredible production of Charlotte's Web at the Springer Opera House. Speaking of the Springer, you know how we've mentioned No Shame Theatre, well now they have a version on Friday nights called No Shame Junior and it's just for those ages 12-17 so they can get on stage and share their talent. How about talking a guided tour of Historic Linwood Cemetery? If you want to see some incredible art, make sure you put the Columbus Artists Guild Art Show on your list, too. (That one is going on until August 2 if you can't work it in this weekend.) And finally, if you're a bride to be, you should check out the Wedding Extravaganza at the Trade Center this Sunday. That may save you a lot of headaches when you start planning your big event!
Don't forget to take a look at the Event Calendar--it's loaded with lots of great ideas of things to get out and do!
Is it just me or does it always seem like the week after a long holiday weekend lasts FOREVER?!?! Well after working hard a whole 5 days in a row, I think it's time to make some much needed fun plans for the weekend. Have you had a chance to look at the Event Calendar? It's a really good place to start to help you figure out how to spread the fun around.
Looks like it's also going to be a good weekend if you've got little ones in the household...and you know you want to keep them occupied as much as possible. In fact, one thing you really should plan to check out on Saturday, kids or no kids, is the annual Insectival at Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center. And if you're thinking that sounds a lot like something that has to do with insects, creepy crawlies, bugs and the like...you are absolutely right! It comes complete with Oxbow's Infamous Cricket Spitting Contest, carnivorous plant encounters, honey extraction demonstration, hands-on insect inspections, sweet buggy treats--no kidding--there really is a bug in that lollipop, inflatables and much more! It's all happening Saturday (July 12) from 10:00am-3:00pm. Admission: $5 per person, children three and under get in free. I'm telling you...kids LOVE this one!
And there's plenty more things to do, especially if you're in the mood for movies. You've got your pick of "The Wizard of Oz" at the Springer Opera House as part of the Crowley Classic Film Series, a Movie on the Lawn at the Columbus Public Library where they'll be showing "Frozen Sing Along," or scoot up to Callaway Gardens for a Movie on the Beach and you'll get to see Despicable Me 2. There's also Second Saturday fun at the Columbus Museum, "Fame Jr., I Want to Make Magic" at the Liberty Theatre & Cultural Center, and a wonderful production of "Charlotte's Web" at the Springer Opera House. Is it bad that I'm pretty a grown-up, but I cry everytime I see "Charlotte's Web!"
Go cram as much fun as you can in your 2-day weekend!!
It's the holiday for flag-waving, family gatherings and apple pie eating!! And of course there are lots of places to take in a big celebration and a good fireworks show...like Freedom Fest at the National Infantry Museum, the Patriotic Celebration and Fireworks Show at the Phenix City Amphitheatre, the Annual Spectacular Boat and Jetski Parade on Lake Harding, the big Star Spangled Beach Party at Callaway Gardens, and the Celebration on the Lake at Florence Marina, but how about kicking the day off with something a little different? The Springer Opera House is doing their version of a Fourth of July parade! It's the only one happening in Columbus and you can be a part of it! Festivities begin onstage at the Springer at 10:00am, then everyone heads out of the theatre and marches through Uptown Columbus--chanting, singing, and performing various patriotic acts; and festivities conclude back on stage with a round of patriotic songs about an hour later. Everyone is welcome to join in on this...adults, teens, kids, even the four-legged fur-babies in the family. They'll even have some flags and other patriotic goodies or you can bring some from home. And if for no other reason to join in on this, go for your chance to meet and hear the Springer Academy founder and namesake, Dot McClure, speak. She is quite a lady!!
Hope you have a happy and safe 4th and don't forget to check the Event Calendar for lots more ideas on things to get out and do this weekend!
So it's the weekend before a holiday weekend and many people may just plan on laying low and getting ready for next weekend, right? WRONG! There's a ton of stuff happening in Columbus this weekend. For the familes and theatre lovers, there are two shows at CSU's Riverside Theatre, Dora the Explorer Live and the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. If you're feeling nostalgic and want to laugh until your stomach hurts, the Crowley Classic Film Series at the Springer Opera House presents The Breakfast Club on Friday night and Monty Python and the Holy Grail on Saturday night. For those that want to avoid the grocery store but still need some fruits and veggies, maybe even dessert, there's Market Days on Broadway on Saturday morning from 9am to noon. If you're looking for a little fire in your life, the head to the Independence Celebration on Fort Benning's York Field on Saturday. And last but not least, if you want to hear some great music, have an awesome time and support a good cause, buy your tickets to the Denim & Diamonds Concert with Justin Moore and Josh Thompson.
See...I told you there's too much going on to sit at home!
OK, so officially, Summer begins on Saturday, but it looks like someone forgot to tell Mother Nature because she's been sending us Summer-like weather for quite a while now...not that I'm complaining. Yet. And the really good news is that Summer also brings a plethora (I've been wanting to use that word all week!) of activities we can enjoy inside and out. Just take a look a some of the stuff going on this weekend! Take your pick from the glitz and glamour of the 70th Annual Miss Georgia Pageant at RiverCenter, a movie on the beach (Monsters University) at Callaway Gardens, being a part of the adventures of Dora the Explorer at CSU's Riverside Theatre, delve into Columbus history at the 3rd Saturday Walking Tour at Historic Linwood Cemetery, then enjoy a rockin' good time in the Phenix City Amphitheatre Saturday night with none other than Sha Na Na in concert! And don't think that's everything going on this weekend. But they only allow me so many words...otherwise, I tend to get a little chatty...so my best advice is to jump over to the Event Calendar and take a look at the big list of things you really should get out and enjoy this weekend!
Yep, I know it's the middle of the week and the weekend seems light years away...but all hope is not lost! Especially when you start thinking about all the options of things to do this weekend. If you don't believe me, just check out the Event Calendar to see listing after listing of just what all is planned. One of the things that really caught my eye is the big CutBait Music Festival this Friday and Saturday night in Uptown Columbus. It's a total of 15 acts on four stages over these two nights. The music cranks up Friday night at 7:00pm and then at 6:00pm Saturday. If you love live music and want to hear some of the best regional talent out there, CutBait is the place to be this weekend. Tickets are only $10 a day, but the best deal is to get the $15 weekend pass...then you can enjoy the whole thing to your heart's content! And it's family-friendly, so if you've got kids 10 & under, they get in free! This might even be something fun to do with Dad to kick off a Father's Day weekend celebration.
And speaking of Father's Day, don't forget Whitewater Express has a treat for Dad he won't soon forget...all dads get to raft on the Chattahoochee for free Sunday (only!) All the details are available on their Facebook page. I think Dad will love this!!
If you're wondering if there is anything to do this weekend in Columbus, GA the answer is a.) yes and b.) a lot!! You can kick things off tonight with the First Friday Art Walk in Uptown Columbus. Looks like it should be a great night to stroll the sidewalks along Broadway, check out some really cool art, entertainment and maybe even have a delicious dinner on your walkabout. Things really get into gear tomorrow morning with the 3rd Annual MDA Firefighters 5K at Big Dog Running Company in Uptown, at Port Columbus they'll be telling the story of the capture of the USS Water Witch with a program called "One Ship, Two Navies, or you can head to Florence Marina State Park for one of the most fun event they do there all year...Alligator Day! They'll have an expert on hand doing several programs throughout the day to tell you all about these prehistoric creatures, then...and this is my favorite part...you get to climb on board the pontoon boats and head out to see how many you can count sunning themselves on the riverbank or look carefully in the water and you may just see two little eyes looking back at you. Kids of all ages, including my age, love this one! And if you have a green thumb, or want to learn more about cultivating one, head to Columbus Botanical Garden all weekend for the Chattahoochee Valley Daylily Festival.
That's just enought info to tease you...make sure you take a look at the Event Calendar to find out more fun stuff happening in Columbus!
Why is it that when it's a short work week because of a holiday, it can have the opposite effect and feel like the longest week ever!? Maybe because we've tried to cram 5 days worth of work into 4 days...yep, that'll do it. So if you've had enough work-fun for one week, then turn your attention to some of the fun stuff going on around town. What are you in the mood for? Music? Then check out the Friday Night Concert in Uptown with a groovy band called Lava Lamp, Or there's a show at Riverside Theatre Complex called "Suds! The Rockin' 60's Musical Soap Opera" or you can go back even further in the music time machine with a production Saturday night at RiverCenter that's all based on the music of Jerome Kern...you might not immediately recognize his name, but you will know every single song and will be singing along with everyone else before the night is over! Feel like a run? Then lace up your sneakers on Saturday and join in on the 2nd Annual Red Shoe Run at the Columbus Civic Center to benefit the Ronald McDonald House. Dinner and a show? We've got that too with Sherlock's Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre's production of "A Whitewater Murder Mystery." How about some football? The Columbus Lions will be taking on the Lehigh Valley Steel Hawks Saturday night at 7:00 at the Civic Center. And if you're just need of a good laugh, then No Shame Theatre at the Springer Opera House is the ticket.
No matter what you're in the mood for this weekend, looks like you'll find it in Columbus, GA!
It's a good thing we have a long, 3-day weekend ahead of us, because one look at the Event Calendar and all the fun stuff going on, it's going to take us at least 3 days to get it all in. Truth be told, I could be talked into taking Tuesday off just to rest up from this weekend! So what's all going on? Two words. A. Lot! The best advice I can give you is to take a look at the Calendar and start making some plans. You can kick it off tonight with what plans to be a one heck of a concert and party in Uptown with Classic Addict on stage and of course the highlight of the evening will be the return of Scott Ressmeyer and his Miracle Riders as they ride back into Columbus. The concert starts at 7:00pm, but this is one you definitely want to get there early for.
And who says you have to drive 3 or 4 hours to get to the beach?! You can hop in your car and be at one of the most beautiful beaches in the world at Callaway Gardens and enjoy the 55th Master Water Ski and Wakeboard Tournament all weekend long. If you want to enjoy a little all-American softball action, check out the 34th Annual NAIA Softball National Championship at South Commons...head to Historic Westville for a very realistic re-enactment of the 1836 Creek Indian War...and there's Run for the Heroes--a 260 mile race across Georgia that finishes up late Sunday afternoon in Uptown with a big party--and we're all invited to celebrate this accomplishment!
And lest we forget what this weekend is really all about, make sure you find time on Saturday to head to the National Infantry Museum. You can relive May 1943 as WWII historians, Kelly’s Zeroes step back in time to show you what life was like for our Soldiers during the war. You will even get the rare chance to participate in the living history event on the historical World War II Company Street! Then you can go inside the Museum and cool off in the IMAX Theatre and see the brand new 3-D film called "D-Day: Normandy 1944." Got a chance to see it earlier this week and it is so well done and will keep you mesmerized the entire 45 minutes.
Looks like there's plenty to do between cookouts and pool parties! Be safe....
First the bad news. The week started off bright and early Monday morning with the well-coiffed national news anchor telling me the results of a 9-year study had just been released and that's when my whole world went dark. She had the unpleasant duty of telling us unsuspecting viewers that experts are now saying the health benefits of dark chocolate and red wine are not as impressive as once thought. Wait. What? Surely there's a flaw in this study. For years now, I've been feeling good about the quantity of dark chocolate and red wine I consumed thinking I was "doing a body good." Looks like not so much...say it isn't so. So this is how my week began.
But now the good news! Thankfully, there are so many fun things to get out and do this weekend, otherwise, I might just have to sit home and drown my sorrows...with a big glass of Cabernet...and a HUGE block of chocolate. So, I hopped on the Event Calendar and was instantly cheered-up when I saw the all the options. Then I started compiling a list and I felt even better. First up, I might take in the Isley Brothers concert at the Civic Center tonight...hoping some feel-good music may soothe my soul. Then maybe take in a performance of "The Odd Couple" at the Springer for some good laughs. Of course, Saturday morning's ritual is to stroll along Broadway for Market Days--I'll just look away from the dark chocolate goodies--followed by the 3rd Saturday tour at Historic Linwood Cemetery...there's a lot of really interesting history there and they tell the stories in such a cool way! And then talk about something that will make us all feel good...there's a special event on Ft. Benning called "Salute to the Troops" on Saturday and it's open to the public. And I can't think of a better way to finish off the weekend than to spend Sunday in Lakebottom Park with the 18th Annual Arts in the Park.
So it looks like red wine and dark chocolate are off the menu for the weekend, but it looks like we'll be so busy they won't be missed! Ok, maybe a little.