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You can tell Spring is in the air…and I don’t just mean the pollen!

Arts, Events, History, History, on Friday, March 27, 2015 | Permalink

After coming off a not-so-pleasant winter, I'll take the nuisance of a little bit of yellow flower dust any day of the week...besides, all this pollen will be out of here in a couple of weeks and leave behind a carpet of colorful flowers and trees heavy with bright green leaves.  This is the kind of weather that beckons you to go outside and play, find some fun stuff going on under the sun.  Looks like this weekend is shaping up to be just that with a plate-full of events that will have you clamoring to get out of the house and enjoy doing something a little different.

Kick the weekend off tonight (Mar 27) at FDR State Park in Pine Mountain with a cool twist on the traditional Easter egg hunt.  This one is called the "Night Eggstravaganza" and you guessed it...it's a nighttime egg hunt, so make sure the kids bring their Easter baskets and a flashlight for this nocturnal hunt!  They'll also have a Petting Corrale, an Easter Hat Parade and Contest (you can decorate one before you get there or do it on site) and you can have your kids picture made with Roosevelt Bunny!  Just south of Columbus, there's a lot to choose from like the Sisters in Science event at Westville all day Saturday, or a guided Geology Hike at Providence Canyon State Park.  This is the perfect time of year to lace up your hiking boots and check out the sites in that series of canyons...beautiful!  Head north of town Saturday night to Callaway Gardens for their Singer-Songwriters Night.  They'll have four very different performers and what makes this night special is that each singer will give you the story behind the song and then, of course, play it for you.  You'll be under the stars at the ski pavilion on Robin Lake Beach so talk about the perfect spot for some acoustic music!

If you need to take a break from all that fresh air, don't forget about No Shame Theatre at the Springer Opera House or the more family-friendly performance...Showtime at The LibertyTheatre tonight, a show full of good, clean, fun with singing, dancing, comedy and more!

That's a lot of info so to make sure you get all the details on these and lots of other things going on, check out the Event Calendar and start planning your weekend!

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Spring Fever Anyone?

Arts, Events, Good Eats!, River Fun, Shopping, on Thursday, March 19, 2015 | Permalink

Is there anything more torturous than sitting at your desk with a stack full of reports waiting to be handled yet you can see a sliver of blue sky through a distant window and you know what's about to happen.  Your thoughts begin to wander from the task at hand and you start thinking about what to plant in your garden, late afternoon cookouts, you even picture yourselr running through a field of wildflowers...in slow motion.  Yep.  You have a bad case of it my friend.  Spring Fever has hit and none of us are immune.  And the good news, it's nothing that a good dose of springtime fun won't cure.

As luck would have it, Uptown Columbus just held their annual announcement of all the events they have scheduled for the season and my advice is to get some rest now because it's going to be non-stop fun this Spring!  Make sure you go on the Event Calendar or visit Uptown's calendar to get a good look at everything they're planning, like the Uptown Songwriter Series that will feature amazing songwriters from the southeast, the Big To Do Concert Series (it's the best way to unwind on a Friday night), Market Days on Broadway on Saturdays, RiverFest Weekend, the 3rd Annual Uptown Dragon Boat Race, the Columbus Comic Parade, Frogtown Hollow Jam, lots of runs, and something new and really off-the-wall--an event called Slide the City, which includes a 1000-foot slip and slide!  And that's just the beginnng.  But the really amazing thing about all of these events and all of this fun?  It won't cost you a dime to attend because it's all free.

It's going to be a great Spring.......goodbye Winter!

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Pets, Purses and a Party.  You had me at hello!

Events, Shopping, on Friday, March 13, 2015 | Permalink

About this same time every year, Columbus Hospice puts on an event that, quite simply, is one of the things I look forward to most each year.  It's called "Purse Party for Pets" and no doubt, it's an incredibly fun way to spend part of your Saturday, but most importantly, it's to benefit the Pet Peace of Mind Program at Columbus Hospice. This program is all about providing vet care, grooming, and pet food to hospice patients’ pets at no charge to the patient and their family.  Let's face it, our pets become part of the family and they need to be taken care of as well...not to mention there's something to be said for the health benefits of having your favorite furry, four-legged friend around when you need them the most.

But now, back to this purse party.  If you've never been before, you are in for a treat!  Expect to see lots of handbags of all shapes, sizes, colors, designers, and price ranges during the live auction and several tables full of silent auction treasures--like the year I spotted and hovered over a small, robins egg-blue Chanel bag that now proudly sits in my closet and gets brought out on special occasions.  Then there're the purses I got from the bargain table for next to nothing and they look brand new!  Of course, when you go to a live auction, the items have to be displayed in some form and the organizers of this event came up with quite the clever idea to get all us ladies in the audience to pay attention and to bid...and bid....and bid!  They recruited several gentlemen from the community to "model" these pocketbooks...guys dressed as anything from a sharp-dressed corporate businessman, a surgeon in his scrubs complete with stethoscope, a hard hat-wearing construction worker, dashing men in uniform, and even a cowboy...giddyup!  Couple that with lots of great music and a champagne brunch with delicious goodies provided by Chef Jamie Keating.  It all gets underway at the RiverMill Event Centre on Saturday, March 14 at 11:00am.

Take your money, bring home a new purse, enjoy the show, and know that you are helping out a very valuable program at Columbus Hospice!  Let the bidding begin......

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So what’ll it be this weekend?  Art, Music, Broadway Show, a 5K?  It’s all on tap in Columbus, GA!

Arts, Events, Good Eats!, Shopping, on Friday, March 6, 2015 | Permalink

You can tell Winter is slowly melting away and that Spring is on the horizon just by taking a look at all the events being organized as we speak.  There's a lot about to happen with the advent of this new season and even this weekend, you get a sense of what we have to look forward to by the number...and variety...of entertaining options to get out and enjoy.  Just in the past couple of weeks, I was able to begin shaking off the cobwebs of winter by attending the Russian Ballet at RiverCenter, getting swept away in the Broadway smash "The Producers" at the Springer Opera House, and was wiping away tears of giggle-fits brought on by comedian Kathleen Madigan.  The point is, we all need an escape from the Monday through Friday grind, and a little fun distraction on the weekend does a lot of good for the body and soul. 

And we're lucky enough to live in a city where you have choices, variety, and a lot of options to choose from.  Take a look at the Event Calendar to get all the details on things like the First Friday Artwalk in Uptown, the Ledger-Enquirer Home & Garden Show at the Trade Center, a Brass Band Concert at RiverCenter, or head outside for Ride on Bikes Time Change Party or the Open Door Community 5K at Woodruff Park in Uptown Columbus with Big Dog Running Company. And if you haven't had a chance to see "The Producers" at the Springer, get online NOW to order your tickets!  Got the chance to see it and it is a whole lot of fun with typical Mel Brooks humor.  Between the incredible singing, amazing costumes, sets that look like they came right off a Broadway stage, and some very impressive dance choreography, I think you'll be impressed as well!

Just remember, you have one less hour to squeeze all the fun in this weekend.  Daylight Saving Time is back so set your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed Saturday night...or you're going to be really late for everything on Sunday!

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21 Days Until Spring…But Who’s Counting?  Me!

Arts, Events, Accommodations, on Friday, February 27, 2015 | Permalink

Hope is on the horizon.  What a difference a day or two makes...clear, blue skies and a sun beaming its love in our direction today.  And hopefully, with Spring only 21 days away (yes, I am counting), maybe Mother Nature is on an up-swing with her mood.  We probably haven't seen the last gloomy day of winter yet, but let's enjoy this weekend while we can.  If you've been cooped up far too long and are in desperate need of some fun to shake off the gray clouds in your head, check out the Event Calendar and start making some plans to do just that! 

Lots of stuff lined up to do this weekend and a really good variety to choose from.  If you're in the mood for sporty type stuff, check out the NFCA NAIA Leadoff Classic Softball Tournament at the South Commons Softball Complex--it'll be some of the best fastpitch softball you've ever seen, or for something completely different, head to the corner of 14th Street and Broadway Saturday morning for the VIP Bed Race--and if you're saying to yourself..."Bed Race?"  Yep, it's exactly what you're thinking!  Teams have come together to fashion the most creative beds and they'll be racing them in the street!  It's all to the benefit Valley Interfaith Promise--a great organization here in Columbus.  Or maybe pile the kids in the car and take the short trek to FDR State Park for their Dr. Seuss Read Across America and Costume Contest.  You'll hear lots of great stories, see some creative costume designs and it's really great that the admission charged for this is only two canned goods per person for the local food bank.

If you want to keep the fun indoors, you're in luck.  RiverCenter for the Performing Arts will play host to comedian Kathleen Madigan on Friday night, the Broadway classic Jekyll & Hyde Saturday evening, and the annual CSU Guitar Symposium going on all weekend long.  Or if you're in need of musical comedy, then the Springer Opera House may just be your ticket.  I'm hearing from lots of folks that this is one of the best productions the Springer has ever done...and that's high praise indeed! 

Don't worry about the weather...just enjoy the weekend!

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So What’s on Tap for Valentine’s Day?

Arts, Events, River Fun, on Friday, February 13, 2015 | Permalink

Hopefully by now, you've gotten all the 'necessaries' for your sweetie for Valentine's Day.  Something chocolate.  A mushy card.  Maybe even reservations for a nice dinner.  Those are all great...especially the chocolate and more specifically, those little heart-shaped Snickers...I digress but that's what happens when chocolate enters the conversation, but how about making plans to do something special together.  Making a memory.  Going out for dinner is a wonderful idea, but how about making it a murder mystery dinner?  The folks with Sherlock's Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre have a brand new production going on at the Columbus Marriott and it's called "Sherlock's An Invitation to Murder" and if you've never been to a dinner like this, it's a hoot!  You might even be the one "who dunnit!"  You get a fabulous meal, a wonderul show during dinner and you'll be talking about this for many Valentine's to come. 

Or how about taking in a concert with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra?  Now, before you start with excuses like "I don't know anything about classical music" or "That kind of music just isn't my cup of tea...I'm more of a Country fan", then tomorrow night's event might be right up your alley!  This one is titled "Music City Hit Makers" and it truly can be defined as 'where country meets the symphony.'  It'll feature the artists who wrote the hit songs made famous by country artists like Lady Antebellum, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Martina McBride, Kelly Clarkson, and many others.  So do something a little out of the norm and surprise your Valentine with tickets!

If you want to get outdoors and enjoy this short window of nice weather, take an adventure on the Blue Heron Zip Line this weekend because if you go in groups of two or more, your Valentine gets to zip for free!  (Just make sure you make reservations.)  Or put on your hiking shoes and take the short trip to Providence Canyon State Park for their guided Geology Hike on Saturday.  This is a great time of year to see the canyons so make sure to bring your camera and binoculars.

Cards, candy and cuddling are nice, but it's the adventures you share that make life together special!

 

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February…It’s not just for Valentine’s anymore!

Arts, Events, on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 | Permalink

Poor February.  Its only claim to fame for most of us is a one-day holiday in the middle of the month that involves sappy, cheesy cards, plastic-like chocolate, and a stuffed animal to cuddle with, which would be great if you were 6 years old.  We complain that it's too cold and grey outside and it's just a dull, listless month sandwiched between the end of the holidays and the beginning of Spring.  But wait.  All is not lost. The times, they are a-changing. 

Last night, while online to order tickets for a performance at the RiverCenter, I completely got sucked into their event calendar and was stunned at all of the events on their lineup between now and the end of the month.  So who cares if it's cold, windy and rainy outside, we've got tons of indoor fun to take advantage of under one roof!  I ordered my tickets for the Russian Ballet's performance of Swan Lake on Feb. 20, and I'm also considering taking the plunge on tickets for The Time Jumpers featuring Vince Gill, Music City Hitmakers with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and a little later this month, you can catch the Broadway musical Jekyll and Hyde, or have a little laugh-therapy with comedian Kathleen Madigan.  OK, I admit it.  I went ahead and ordered ticktets to see her because a few good belly-laughs would do me good.  See ya, winter doldrums.

Thinks there's nothing fun to do in February?  Think again and take a look at the Event Calendar...it will make you look at the dead of winter in a whole different light!

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I’ve got a Secret…and I’m not keeping this one!

Arts, Events, History, Good Eats!, Shopping, on Friday, February 6, 2015 | Permalink

There are secrets you'll keep forever, there are secrets you wouldn't dare share with anyone else, and then there are secrets you just can't wait to share with anyone and everyone!  And that's what this is...one of the best kept secrets in Columbus has to be the Visitors Center at 900 Front Avenue and I'm here to tell the world about it.  Whether you're a visitor, just moving to town or have lived here you whole life, this Center is wealth of information.  Full of brochures about all the things to do in Columbus, the surrounding area and even the state, event information, and videos to whet your appetite on new adventures. Speaking of appetite, in the Gift Shop, you can even satisfy some cravings for Southern goodies like cheese straws made from grits...and they are delicious, muscadine jelly, and barbecue sauce.  Or pick up some really cool Columbus, GA or Whitewater T-shirts, caps, sunglasses, picnic bags, and a good variety of books with topics from history, to cooking to ghost stories!  Pop in anytime Monday-Friday from 8:30am-5:30pm or if you're out and about on Saturday, come on in between 10:00am-2:00pm.  I'm telling you...it's worth the visit just to pick up a box of those Cheddar Cheese Grits Bits!

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It’s the weekend, so how do I find out what’s going on around Columbus?

Arts, Events, Good Eats!, on Friday, January 30, 2015 | Permalink

Well, I'm glad you asked!  Thanks to the wonders of the world wide web, we now have access to just about any kind of information you can think of!  How to make the perfect omelet...there's a video for that.  What are the stats for the teams playing in this Sunday's Super Bowl...there's a site for that.  Can someone help me potty-train my new puppy...there's a blog for that.  You name it, it's out there.  And thankfully, you don't have to look far and wide to find out about things happening closer to home.  It never fails when I'm out and about, someone will always ask how I find out about all the events going on around town and I'm happy to tell them there is one site that's a wealth of info and details.  The Event Calendar (you can find it on visitcolumbusga.com) is a gem when it comes to being a reference of scheduled events. 

The really cool thing about this calendar is that you can search by date, or the type of event you're looking for...arts, history, shopping, river fun, concerts...or you can look at particular venues in town to see what's on their line-up.  So, if you want to find out what sort of plans you need to make for this weekend, with just this one calendar you can get more details on things like Lend Me A Tenor at the Springer Opera House, the For the Love of Music Dessert Auction and Side by Side Concert at RiverCenter (there are cakes, pies and desserts at this one people--need I say more?!), the big Super Bowl 5K/10K/1Mile Run in Uptown (to help run off those cakes, pies and desserts), Pianomania at RiverCenter, and even some dinner theatre at Riverside Theatre Complex

And that's just a smattering of what you'll find.  Just make sure you check the Event Calendar often because new items are added constantly and that way you won't miss out on any of the fun!

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What we need is some music this weekend!

Arts, Events, on Friday, January 23, 2015 | Permalink

They say music is good for the soul and if that's the case, you've got plenty of opportunities this weekend to get your fill in Columbus, GA!  I'm hearing lots of buzz about the latest production at the Springer Opera House called "Lend Me A Tenor."  Anything with a creative title like that has got to be good!  That and the fact this Broadway classic has won three Tony Awards is a pretty good indication we're going to love this one.  And the plot?  Just know that it involves the greatest tenor of his generation, an accidental double dose of tranquilizers, and a theatre assitant who tries to fool the audience as a stand-in.  What could possibly go wrong with that?!

If you're in the mood for a little classical music Saturday night, you're in luck because we just happen to have one of the oldest and best orchestras in the nation and they call Columbus home.  For this performance at RiverCenter, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra is welcoming Atlanta Symphony Orchestra concertmaster, David Coucheron, with a performance of Samuel Barber's lyrical violin concerto.  They'll also be doing works by the mystical Alan Hovhaness, the most famous American composer Aaron Copland, and a "Romantic" symphony by Howard Hanson.

Whether you sing along, hum along, tap your toes or just let the music take you away, get out and enjoy a tune or two this weekend!

 

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Just what we need to recuperate from the holidays.  A three-day weekend!

Arts, Events, History, on Friday, January 16, 2015 | Permalink

Let's face it.  We're all still dragging a bit from all of the excitement and hustle and bustle of the holidays.  And something tells me that I may not be the only one in my neighborhood that still needs to finish taking down all of the Christmas decorations...but we'll save that topic for another day.  So it comes at a great time that for most of us, we've got a three-day weekend to look forward to.  Should be the perfect time to watch a little football, take a nap or three or maybe actually get out and enjoy some of this sunshine that Mother Nature has graced us with for the next few days.  You've got a lot of things to choose from if you're looking for something fun to get into.  For some indoor entertainment, take your pick from a production at Riverside Theatre Complex called The Tallest Tale Ever Told, The Marriage of Figaro at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts or the 3D D-Day movie showing at the IMAX Theater at the National Infantry Museum.

If your lung could do with a little fresh air, there's plenty of outside stuff like the Junior Ranger Day Camp at Florence Marina State Park on Saturday from 10:00am-3:00pm...just make sure you preregister for this one.  If you don't let a little thing like heights bother you, you really should head to Oxbow Meadows and take a hike in the Tree Top Canopy.  It's 35 feet off the ground but you get a really cool view of the wetlands, the river trees, and even some wildlife.  And if I can do it...and 7 year olds can do it...anyone can!

And since lots of folks will be off Monday, how about something a little different to do that day?  Head up to F.D. Roosevelt State Park in Pine Mountain for a Winter Wilderness Trail Ride.  You'll get saddled up on horseback and take a one-hour trail ride with a guide and naturalist and you'll get to see the park from a whole new perspective and get a bit of a history lesson on the way.  You might even want to take a picnic lunch with since the ride will be over around noon.

Enjoy the weekend!

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Think just because the holidays are over, so is the fun?  Think again!

Arts, Events, on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 | Permalink

Christmas trees have been tossed to the curbside (or better yet, dropped off at a recycling site), decorations packed away for another year (we'll be cleaning up that glitter for a few weeks), calorie-laden goodies cleaned out of the fridge (we'll be carrying that around our midsections for a few weeks), and now your home is back to normal, yet seems a little empty without all the added trimmings.  And as glad as you are that you survived the chaos that sometimes goes along with the holidays, you can't help but feel a little sad that it's all over.  Well, just because you can't get away with wearing your tackiest Christmas sweater anymore, doesn't mean you can't have a little fun.  In fact, I think fun is just what the doctor ordered to get over the post-holidays blues. 

If you haven't already made reservations to check out the next production at the RiverCenter, hop online or give them a call to get tickets for Sister Act!  You only have one chance to see this Broadway extravaganza and it's this Thursday (1.8.2015) night (7:30pm).  It features original music by 8-time Oscar® winner Alan Menken and tells the story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look—a convent! Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own.  Tons of great music and lots of fun in this one!  And if you were thinking about going to the pre-show dinner at the RiverCenter, you’re out of luck because it’s already sold out!  Not to worry, there are plenty of great restaurants in Uptown to have dinner before the show.  Sounds like a perfect date-night for a Thursday!

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So Long 2014!  Let’s Ring in 2015 with a Blast!

Arts, Events, History, Good Eats!, on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 | Permalink

I distinctly remember as a kid having a grown up tell me that time seems to go by much faster the older you get.  Couldn't really understand that logic as a young 'un, but boy were they right.  Take this year.  Where has 2014 gone?  It seemed to go by in the blink of an eye.  Hopefully, we all have good memories and accomplishments to take with us into the new year and I can't think of a better way to say goodbye to 2014 and hello to 2015 than with a big party!  And my favorite part?  All we have to do is put on our dancing shoes and show up...someone else is doing all the party-planning, so that means no cleaning up the house, no cooking, baking, or decorating.  It's as simple as making reservations for the 2014 Rivertown New Year's Eve Ball at the Columbus Convention & Trade Center! 

The Rivertown Ball is the area's premiere occasion for New Year's Eve.  This year features a sumptuous dinner (if you haven't sampled the food from the new chef at the Trade Center, you're in for a treat!), followed by hours of dancing with Lady and the Tramps (also known as the Tradewinds), a New Year's champagne toast and huge balloon drop await the stroke of midnight.  The fun doesn't stop there because they'll even have a Continental Breakfast to bring the evening to an end and there'll be door prizes announced throughout the night.

So I say, put on something sparkly and festive,  grab your favorite dance partner and ring in this New Year in style at the Trade Center tomorrow night!  Here's wishing you a happy, healthy, peaceful and prosperous 2015!

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Family, Friends and Fun this Christmas Season!

Arts, Events, on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 | Permalink

If you have a houseful of guests this weekend and you're wondering how you're going to keep them entertained after all of the packages have been unwrapped and the turkey and dressing have been devoured...make sure you take a look at the Event Calendar because there are still lots of fun things to get out and do.  Pile all your folks in the minivan and head to Callaway Gardens for Fantasy in Lights, just named one of the top holiday light displays in the country, or take in the fun at some of the special holiday progams at the local libraries, take the quick trip to LaGrange and see Hills & Dales all decked out for the holidays, and maybe end the weekend on a musical note with a Bluegrass Jam Session at the Barn at Lake Pines.

Whatever you do this holiday season, enjoy it with family and friends. From all of us at the Columbus, GA Convention & Visitors Bureau, we'd like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and we hope that 2015 will be your best year yet!

 

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So, what are you doing this last weekend before the holidays?

Arts, Events, Good Eats!, on Friday, December 19, 2014 | Permalink

After talking with some friends earlier today--ok, really we were eating Christmas cookies in the kitchen, but let's face it that's where the best conversations take place--anyway, we decided there are three dominate personality types during the holidays:  1.  The panicky person who realizes this is the last weekend before Christmas so now might be a good time to start shopping.  (I can relate.)  2.  The type of person who started their shopping in April, had it all bought by May and everything wrapped and safely hidden in the attic by June.  Oh, and all the decorating and baking are finished as well by now.  (P.S. and By the Way--the rest now feel completely inadequate thanks to you guys.) and 3. The person who just doesn't care about all the presents, fancy wrapping and bows...they'll find a great gift, stick it in a sparkly gift-bag, then be on their way to actually enjoy the season and all the fun things there are to get out and do!  Those are the folks I want to hang out with this weekend.  And if you check the Event Calendar, you'll see there's lots to choose from this weekend.  I mean a lot.

All of the theatres in Columbus are busy this weekend with "Disney's Mary Poppins" and "A Tuna Christmas" at the Springer Opera House, "Tiny Tim's Christmas Carol" with the Family Theatre, and Langston Hughes' "Black Nativity" at the Liberty Theatre & Cultural Center.  Maybe you've got time for a quick roadtrip this weekend so head north to LaGrange to enjoy the holiday season at Hills & Dales Estate--talk about a stunning house, but just wait until you see it all decorated for Christmas.  Then hop over to Pine Mountain and create some Holiday Crafts with Santa at FDR State Park, complete with sleigh-hayrides, music and hot chocolate.  And since you'll be in the neighborhood, make sure you put Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens on your schedule for the weekend.  That is a MUST during the season.

If you need a little music to make your holidays complete, look no further than a couple of performances happening at RiverCenter.  Saturday night (Dec. 20) it's a Rivertown Christmas with nationally-known singer-songwriter Allen Levi.  Allen may be well known all over the country, but he's also a much loved local son who is blessed with a voice and a talent to paint a picture with a song better than anyone I know.  He always puts on a great show.  And speaking of musical wonders, Monday evening (Dec. 22) Cantus Columbus will present their 15th Annual Cantus Christmas.  This year, they're welcoming a special guest organist and a brass quintet to bring this music to life.  This one will leave you with goosebumps!!

So finish up your shopping, wrap the last present, make one more batch of cookies, then call it a day and go have some Christmas fun!

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There’s Just No Christmas Without Tuna.

on Thursday, December 18, 2014 | Permalink

Have you ever thought about all the different Christmas traditions around the world?  In some European countries, kids leave out boots and shoes on the windowsill to be filled with goodies; in France, they serve 13 different kinds of desserts at the evening meal (wonder if it's too late for me to book a flight to France?); in Nigeria, they celebrate with fireworks; and it's summertime in the southern hemisphere, so folks head to the beach for oceanside barbecues.

And of course, we have our own traditions here like decorating a tree, belting out off-tune Christmas carols, and even kissing under the mistletoe.  But for quite a few of us, one tradition has remained constant for many years...and it involves tuna.  Not the kind from the can, not the kind you go deepsea fishing for, and not a casserole...rather the ficticious town of Tuna, Texas and the holiday hijinks that go on there.  It's none other than the much-loved production at the Springer Opera House, "A Tuna Christmas."  I'm not alone in my love of this play.  Every year when I go, I see many of the same smiling faces, wearing their tackiest of tacky Christmas sweaters to help set the mood on the stage.  At least, I hope that's why they're wearing them.

If you've never been before, you are truly missing a treat--and a much needed stress-relieving, belly-laughing night of just plain silly fun.  And then you'll understand why so many of us make a point to be in the audience, with hopes that Helen Bedd and Inita Goodwin will pick us out of the crowd to marvel at our Christmas attire, only to be delicately, yet shamefully, mocked at wearing something so tasteless in public.  Or sing along with DiDi Snavely as she butchers carols.  Or get caught up in the laugh frenzy when at the very end of the show, Bertha and Arles....wait a minute, I'm not giving that away.  You'll just have to go see for yourself.  Just be prepared.

The production wraps next Tuesday evening (Dec. 23) and many of the shows are known to sell out.  My best advice is to call and make reservations so you won't be disappointed...I guarantee you won't be!

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There’s Christmas Magic in Columbus, GA this Weekend!

Arts, Events, Shopping, on Friday, December 12, 2014 | Permalink

There's no mistaking it.  You can feel it in the air.  The holidays are here and they've brought with them that special magic and indescribable feeling.  Just about everyone seems a little happier, Christmas carols being hummed, decadent goodies to sneak out of the breakroom at work, even the worse-than-usual traffic doesn't seem to phase you.  OK, maybe the traffic thing is a stretch.  Nothing that an extra glass of egg nog when you get home wouldn't take care of.  If you're looking for some yuletide fun this weekend to boost your spirits even more, you're in luck.  There's a schedule full of happenings, so the best thing to do is to take a look at the Event Calendar, get all the details, and make a plan! 

A couple of things you should really try and catch this weekend include the Reindeer Run and Bi-City Christmas Parade in Uptown Columbus Saturday morning, A Tuna Christmas and Mary Poppins at the Springer Opera House, The Black Nativity at the Historic Liberty Theatre, and an absolute Christmas tradition--the Columbus Ballet's performance of The Nutcracker at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts.

Take a break from all the shopping and wrapping this weekend...and enjoy a little holiday cheer!

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I Love a Parade!  Especially the Bi-City Christmas Parade in Columbus, GA!

Events, Good Eats!, Shopping, on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 | Permalink

Think back to when you were a kid and the countdown to Christmas had begun.  You've been dragged to the mall with your Mom for what seemed like endless hours of shopping, picked out the perfect tree with your Dad and tied it to the top of the station wagon, watched your grandmother make cakes, pies and cookies without ever cracking open a cookbook, and you licked the poinsettia stamp and put it on the letter to Santa.  There's just one thing left to make this the perfect lead up to the big day...a Christmas Parade! 

Maybe you're a big kid now and even have kids of your own, but you're never too old to enjoy the wonder of a parade.  There's just something about the shiny floats, the waving beauty queens, the happy tunes of the high school marching bands and that magic moment when you get your first glimpse of the jolly, bearded man in the fuzzy red and white suit at the very end of the chain of floats.  And you just know that from high on his perch, he looked straight at you, waved and then gave you that special, all-knowing nod of the head--yep, he got your letter and he knows exactly what you'll find under the tree Christmas morning. 

The fun begins this Saturday, December 13 at 10:00am with the parade starting in Phenix City, crossing over the 13th Street Bridge, then traveling down Broadway.  And since you'll be in Uptown, you'll be in a perfect spot to grab lunch and do some shopping when the parade is over.  So break out your most festive, bedazzled and tacky sweaters, find the perfect viewing spot along Broadway in Uptown Columbus and get in on this Christmas tradition!

 

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We’re on Holiday Overload in Columbus, GA this Weekend!!

Arts, Events, History, Good Eats!, Shopping, on Friday, December 5, 2014 | Permalink

If you're looking for anything to do that's remotely related to some holiday cheer, boy, are you in the right spot if you're in Columbus, GA!  All the fun kicks off tonight (Dec. 5) with the First Friday Artwalk and Broadway Holiday in Uptown Columbus and then things really get crazy, in a good way, Saturday and Sunday.  There's too much to get into to all the details here, so please take a few minutes to look over the Event Calendar to find out all the who, what, when and where about all the happenings.  It truly is one of the busiest weekends of the year...anything from Mary Poppins at the Springer Opera House, to a Victorian Christmas at the National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus, lots of open houses at places like Columbus Botanical Garden and Hills & Dales...even an open house at Oxbow Meadows Learning Center complete with Santa and his reptilian friends.  Nothing says Merry Christmas like Santa and his alligators!!  Get out and enjoy the season and all the fun things to do with family and friends this weekend!  And remember...check the Event Calendar to find out all the scoop!

 

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Happy Thanksgiving!  Let’s Eat and then Have Some FUN!!

Arts, Events, Shopping, on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 | Permalink

It's hard to believe that Turkey Day is upon us...where has the year gone?!  That's a question to be answered on another day because we now have to concentrate on turkey and dressing...and then entertaining the family and friends who you'll be hanging out with this long weekend.  So between the leftover turkey & cranberry sandwiches and the craziness of Black Friday Shopping, you'll need to squeeze in a little fun out and about. 

I sure don't begrudge you for looking for great deals this Friday, but save some of your resources and time and head to Uptown Columbus for Small Business Saturday.  It's a day for everyone - from the business owners who create jobs to the customers who buy locally - to support small businesses that invigorate the economy and keep communities thriving. By shopping or dining at a small business this November 29th, you're showing your support for the Uptown community. This means you're helping local entrepreneurs offer more jobs, which in turn invigorate the economy.  Plus, Uptown's just a cool place to be!  Market Days on Broadway will be going on from 9AM until Noon and there'll be live music featuring the Justice Family Bluegrass Band and Nic Chavers.  The perfect atmosphere for a little holiday cheer!

And here's something you really might want to check out Saturday night.  It's a performance at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts called Cirque Dreams:  Holidaze.  Talk about a great way to light up the 2014 holiday season with this newest holiday stage spectacular. Experience gingerbread men flipping mid air, toy soldiers marching on thin wires along with snowmen, icemen and penguins, balancing, jumping and spinning in disbelief.  It's one of those shows you have to see to believe and it will really get you in the holiday spirit.

Don't forget to take a look at the Event Calendar to get an idea of other things you can get out and do.

Whatever you and your family do this Thanksgiving holiday, enjoy each other and your time together...it's what the holidays are all about!

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