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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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Whew! What a Week!  Now it’s time for fun in Columbus, GA!

Arts, Events, Good Eats!, River Fun, on Friday, November 21, 2014 | Permalink

Don't know about you, but this week started off uneventful enough.  That is, until I read story after story after story about how the world is about to run out of.......wait for it........CHOCOLATE!  What kind of sick joke is that to play on someone first thing on a Monday morning?  I kept waiting for the punchline thinking this has to be the set-up to a funny story.  Not so funny.  I couldn't even read the entire piece because just the thought of a world without chocolate is too much to bear, so let's just pretend at the end of the article they've figured out a way to save the day...and the cocoa bean.  So to make myself feel better, I've been nibbling on Twix and Snickers all week and also planning out a fun weekend.  Getting out and having fun with family and friends is a sure cure for anything.  And it looks like there is more than enough going on this weekend to keep us busy and entertained.  There's a good variety of stuff so no matter what sort of fun you're in need of, chances are you'll find it. 

I've heard tons of great things about the production at the Springer Opera House called "Della's Diner."  A friend of mine told me he went not really knowing what to expect, but he said it was one of the best things he's ever seen at the Springer!  That's pretty high praise indeed.  Speaking of the Springer, they are also having a Holiday Open House on Saturday and it looks like not only will Mary Poppins will be there, but also Mrs. Claus!  And since you'll be in Uptown, check out the Transportation Playground at PTAP's new location on Veterans Parkway.  Kids will really love this one because they'll have a train, exotic cars, military vehicles, motorcycles...even a horse and buggy.  Also Saturday morning, you can take part in, or just go watch, the first-ever Chattahoochee Challenge River Adventure...lots of biking, paddling, trekking and more with this one!  Or you can get back to nature and head to Oxbow Meadows for their Birds of Prey Flighted program or check out the Columbus Botanical Garden for their Naturally Christmas Wreath Making class.

I'll be looking for you out and about this weekend...and I'll be the one with a big chocolate bar in my hand!

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Cool Temps Mean Cool Fun in Columbus, GA!

Arts, Events, Good Eats!, on Friday, November 14, 2014 | Permalink

Out came the coats and boots this morning because there was a definite Autumn chill in the air!  A little cool maybe, but this kind of weather is invigorating and gets my blood pumping.  If you want to journey outside and get great, big lung-buckets full of fresh air, there's plenty of fun to be had in the next glorious 48 hours.  Take your pick from goings-on like Della's Diner at the Springer Opera House, Junie B. Jones at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, Market Days on Broadway, Couples Dance Featuring the 10:30 Band at the Trade Center, the Rock n Roses Hair Battle at RiverCenter, or No Shame Theatre at the Springer.  And one that really caught my attention, The Fast & The Furriest at Woodruff Park beginning at 9:00am Saturday (Nov 15).  There will be running, vendors, food and all sorts of fun for the whole family, but the part I like best is that all proceeds benefit the construction of the 75th Ranger Regiment K-9 Monument.  To steal Martha Stewart's line..."That's a Good Thing!"

Bundle up good this weekend and before you head out, make sure you take a look at the Event Calendar to get lots more details on these events and more fun things going on in and around Columbus, GA!

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There’s lots to do, so let’s get this weekend started!

Arts, Events, on Friday, November 7, 2014 | Permalink

There's lots of fun stuff to do this weekend, that is!  Looks like Columbus, GA is a good spot to be if you're looking for something to get out and do...and with this kind of weather, let's enjoy it while we can!  On Saturday, we've got things on tap like the Fountain City Football Classic at AJ McClung Memorial Stadium, the 2014 Soldier Marathon, the Uptown Drum Circle on Broadway, a Veteran's Day Parade in Uptown, Second Saturday art fun at the Columbus Museum, and you can kick everything off tonight with the First Friday Art Walk in Uptown Columbus.  You can get lots more details on these and other events at my favorite spot to find out the local scoop, the Columbus Event Calendar!

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This is Halloween…in Columbus, GA!

Events, on Friday, October 31, 2014 | Permalink

What a perfect night for some trick-or-treating and all sorts of Halloween fun!  If you haven't made plans for you and the kids...or you and your buddies...then here's a quick rundown of some creepy fun you might want to get into.  A perfect spot for the little ones to go have some Halloween fun is Spooktacular on the Green Space in Uptown Columbus (corner of 10th St & Bay Ave.)  They'll have all sorts of candy, games and a costume contest that you have to see to believe!  The whole thing is free and it kicks off tonight (10.31) at 6:00pm and will run until about 8:00pm.  For those of us who can stay out a little later, the Springer Opera House has a real treat with a couple of showings of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" tonight...one at 7:30 and the other, more traditional time that all the fun, wacky folks like to go to...midnight!! You can dress as your favorite character and they'll even have all the props there for you to make it a real experience! Toast, anyone?  I've also heard that Trinity Episcopal Church on 1st Ave is doing something really cool at 7:00pm tonight with a concert of scary, spine-tingling pieces on the big pipe organ!  That should set the mood for a fun night!

And if you're doing the traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating, just remember the times you'll be welcomed at your neighbors' door is between 6:00-8:00pm.  Be safe and save a mini-Snickers or two for me!

Don't forget to take a look at the Event Calendar to get a real taste of all that's going on this weekend.

Happy Halloween!

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It’s Halloween! Bring on the Candy Corn…and Trick or Treating in Columbus, GA!

Arts, Events, Good Eats!, on Monday, October 27, 2014 | Permalink

Personally, I think we should go trick-or-treating the entire week leading up to October 31.  I mean, just think of all of the fun-sized Snickers and tiny bags of M & M's.   But since that's not happening, let's just concentrate on Halloween night!  It's kind of a sad thought, but things have changed since I was a kid when parents would set us loose to terrorize the neighborhood on our own and the only thing we had to worry about was which candy to eat first when you got home...and hiding your stash from your big brother.  Most folks now look for a trick-or-treat zone that's a little more concentrated and secure...but still a lot of fun.  Thankfully, they've got all the covered with the 13th Annual Spooktacular Halloween Festival this Friday from 6:00-8:00pm.  All the fun will be held in the green space at Woodruff Park (1000 Bay Ave) and it will be a night of ghosts and goblins, spooky activities, candy, a huge costume contest and lots more fun.  And did I mention it's all FREE!?  Your kids will love it and even if you don't have little ones, go just to see the entries in the costume contest...it's worth going just to see all the creativity! 

And after the kids have had their fun, get a group of your friends together and....Let's Do The Time Warp Again!!!  Halloween is the perfect night for a showing of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show' at the McClure Theatre at the Springer Opera House.  You can even go dressed as your favorite character and they'll have all the props you need to make this a real interactive experience!  There will be a show at 7:30pm and then for us die-hard fans, there's the traditional midnight show, too.  (Just remember, this one is rated R so no one under 17 is admitted without an adult present.)

Looks like this Friday is going to be a fun night for all of us...Happy Halloween!
 

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It’s Halloween! Bring on the Candy Corn…and Trick or Treating in Columbus, GA!

Arts, Events, Good Eats!, on Monday, October 27, 2014 | Permalink

Personally, I think we should go trick-or-treating the entire week leading up to October 31.  I mean, just think of all of the fun-sized Snickers and tiny bags of M & M's.   But since that's not happening, let's just concentrate on Halloween night!  It's kind of a sad thought, but things have changed since I was a kid when parents would set us loose to terrorize the neighborhood on our own and the only thing we had to worry about was which candy to eat first when you got home...and hiding your stash from your big brother.  Most folks now look for a trick-or-treat zone that's a little more concentrated and secure...but still a lot of fun.  Thankfully, they've got all the covered with the 13th Annual Spooktacular Halloween Festival this Friday from 6:00-8:00pm.  All the fun will be held in the green space at Woodruff Park (1000 Bay Ave) and it will be a night of ghosts and goblins, spooky activities, candy, a huge costume contest and lots more fun.  And did I mention it's all FREE!?  Your kids will love it and even if you don't have little ones, go just to see the entries in the costume contest...it's worth going just to see all the creativity! 

And after the kids have had their fun, get a group of your friends together and....Let's Do The Time Warp Again!!!  Halloween is the perfect night for a showing of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show' at the McClure Theatre at the Springer Opera House.  You can even go dressed as your favorite character and they'll have all the props you need to make this a real interactive experience!  There will be a show at 7:30pm and then for us die-hard fans, there's the traditional midnight show, too.  (Just remember, this one is rated R so no one under 17 is admitted without an adult present.)

Looks like this Friday is going to be a fun night for all of us...Happy Halloween!
 

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What a Weekend on the Way in Columbus, GA!

Events, History, Good Eats!, The Good Guy File, River Fun, on Friday, October 24, 2014 | Permalink

A show of hands who's ready for the weekend?  Looks like it's unanimous!  And why wouldn't we be ready?  Beautiful Fall weather, tons of events and great people to hang out with.  That's got the makings of a great weekend stamped all over it.  And with everything that's happening the next couple of days, it's probably a good idea to make a plan and take a look at what's on the line-up.  Best advice I can give you is to take a look at the Event Calendar to get a good idea of all there to choose from.

With Halloween right around the corner, you might be in the mood to start that party a little early so check out the Fall Family Fun Days at The Rock Ranch on Saturday (10.25.14).  The theme for this one is Not-So-Spooky Halloween Festival so they'll have all kinds of cool stuff for kids including trick-or-treating beginning at 6:00pm.  You can even dress up your pets and bring them along!  Now, if you do happen to be up for something just a tad bit spooky, at 7:00 you can try your hand at the Corn Maze...with the lights out and only a flashlight to guide the way!!  I got goose-bumps just thinking about that.  Or you can join in the Zombie Zip with Whitewater Express.  Not only can you zip-line across the Chattahoochee River as it's getting dark, but you'll encounter zombies all along the way, including all 4 levels of the "Tower of Terror."  Even when you make it safely to the Phenix City side of the ride...don't think you're out of the woods just yet!  These zombies are everywhere!

Lots of other events to choose from like Octoberfest at Florence Marina State Park, a Blacksmith Expo at Fort Mitchell 1813 Fort & Museum, the Columbus Cottonmouths have their season home opener at the Civic Center tonight (10.24.14) against the Knoxville Ice Bears, or if you're in the mood for some theatre, call now to make reservations for "The Amen Corner" at The Liberty Theater or "Rock Legends" at the Springer Opera House.  Just a heads-up on the last two...it's the final weekend for these shows so work them in if you can!

Enjoy the weekend and find something fun to do!

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If you’re looking for stuff to do this weekend, looks like Columbus, GA is the place to be!

Arts, Events, Good Eats!, Shopping, on Friday, October 17, 2014 | Permalink

Admit it.  It's late on a Friday afternoon and your mind is drifting, wondering what kind of fun there is to get out and do on this perfect Autumn weekend.  Wonder no more because I can assure, with the help of the jammed-packed Event Calendar, there is a gracious plenty to choose from.  In fact, it's one of those weekends where you're going to have to pick and choose...but that's a good problem to have!

Kick it off tonight with a free concert in Uptown Columbus featuring the band, We Got the Beat.  Bring your lawn chair and your buddies and enjoy some music under the stars.  Music starts at 7:00pm, so you've got time to enjoy some dinner at one of the great restaurants along Broadway.  Speaking of Uptown, don't forget tomorrow is the 2nd Annual Foodie Fest in the Rankin Courtyard on Saturday from noon-8:00pm--lots of great food samples, drinks, live music, shopping and fun stuff for kids.

And there's more incredible live music at the Springer Opera House with their production of Rock Legends.  The audience even gets to decide which groovy, classic tunes they'll perform!  If you love country and bluegrass music, the multi-talented Travis Tritt will be at the RiverCenter tonight (Oct. 17) at 8:00pm.  In fact, the RiverCenter is a busy place this weekend because besides Travis Tritt, a couple of unbelievably funny comedians, Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood from Whose Line is it Anyway? will be performing their improvisational show on Saturday night.

Or how about taking the kids to see the production of A Year with Frog and Toad at the Springer?  Just a heads-up, it's the last weekend for this one.  You can also take them to the Greater Columbus Fair for rides, games, great food all weekend long!

Make sure you squeeze in time for the 19th Annual Arts on the River (1100 Block of Broadway) on Saturday from 11:00am-5:00pm and there's another great production at the Liberty Theatre called "Amen Corner." 

Whew!  Pace yourself this weekend and enjoy as much of this fun as you can!

 

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Need a Good Laugh?  RiverCenter, Saturday Night with Colin & Brad.  ‘Nuff Said!

Arts, Events, on Thursday, October 16, 2014 | Permalink

I can count on one hand...and still have fingers left over...the number of television shows that make me laugh out loud.  And there are even fewer that can make me chuckle out loud when I'm alone!  That, to me, is THE true test to just how funny something is...that it can make you giggle when there's no one else around.  One of the very few shows that's ever done that for me is "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"  If I'm ever in need of a pick-me-up, I'll tune in to watch the improv and without fail, I start doing that out-of-control snickering thing.  Even the studio audience gets in on the act and cackles with laughter.  How cool would it be if we could actually be in the audience?  Well, your wish has sort of come true.  Two of the best comedians to ever be on the show, Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, are doing their version of the show this Saturday night at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts.  Right here in Columbus, GA!  It's completely improvisational and anything can happen.  And don't be surprised when they start pulling people out of the audience to be part of the show. 

If you've watched just 5 minutes of news in the past couple of weeks, it's no secret there's not much good in the mix, so I think we could all benefit from several good belly-laughs.  This show will be worth every penny of the ticket price.  I'd suggest making reservations now before all the good seats are gone.  Besides, you want to make sure your seat is close enough to the stage so that YOU could be one of the lucky ones who gets to be part of the act!  And seriously, where else could you possibly see two grown men, blindfolded, bare feet, and dozens of mouse traps?  This is going to be good.

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Fall is definitely here because the Greater Columbus Fair starts tonight at Columbus Civic Center!

Arts, Events, Good Eats!, Shopping, on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 | Permalink

Ever since I was a kid, Fall has always been my favorite time of year.  The colors of the leaves and the sky, cooler temperatures, the smell of wood burning in a fireplace, Halloween and Thanksgiving.  But the one thing that really made me watch the clock in the classroom, just waiting for the afternoon bell to sound, was knowing that this would be the night when we'd pile the family up in the green Chevy station wagon and head to the Greater Columbus Fair!  Just walking up to the entrance and knowing that as soon as I got that ticket in my hand and pushed my way through the turnstile, I was on a mission to feast on the sights, sounds, rides, games, and of course, the tastes of the Fair.  There had to be a ride on the ferris wheel (not the Spider---tried that one year and regretted it for several hours when the ride finally came to an end), french fries with a sprinkling of vinegar, a run through the glass house, a foot-long hot dog, a lot of people-watching...all topped off with a caramel apple with nuts!  That's been many, many years ago but those fun memories still come alive this time of year.  It looks like the weather is taking a turn for the better, so you have until this Sunday, October 19 to get your friends and family together, head to the Columbus Civic Center and go make some memories of your own.  I'll be the one on the merry-go-round with a bag full of cotton candy!

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It’s a Blue Skies and Fall Fun Weekend in Columbus, GA!

Arts, Events, Good Eats!, on Friday, October 10, 2014 | Permalink

In case you were wondering if there was anything fun to do this weekend, well I have good news!  This morning, I checked out the Event Calendar and did a date search for this Saturday and Sunday and, you guessed it, there are tons and tons of events to get out and enjoy.  And to make things even better, it looks like a weekend full of blue skies and warm temperatures.  Just a few things that caught my eye include a performance at the Springer Opera House that's great for the whole family--A Year with Frog & Toad, Monster Mash Murders Mystery Dinner Theatre (that has great date night possiblities!), the 79th Annual Tuskegee-Morehouse Football Classic at AJ McClung Memorial Stadium, a Drum Circle and Zombie Walk in Uptown Columbus, and if you feel like taking a quick roadtrip, head over to The Rock Ranch for their Fall Family Fun Day that's all about Cowboys!  Ah yes...you had me at cowboy!

I can't imagine that none of these will tickle your fancy, but if you do want to see what else is happening or you want to get more details, just head to the Event Calendar...and prepare to be amazed!

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Holy Moly at the fun stuff going on in Columbus, GA this weekend! I’m ready for it.  How about you?

Arts, Events, History, Good Eats!, Shopping, on Friday, October 3, 2014 | Permalink

Did anyone else do the 'happy dance' this morning when the weather guy showed the temperatures for the weekend?  We're talking no rain and highs in the upper 60s and lower 70s.  I am now officially in a good mood.  Couple all that perfect Fall weather with plenty of things to get out and do this weekend and I think we may have just hit a home run.  I took a look at the Event Calendar earlier this morning and am flabbergasted at just how much is scheduled for this weekend!  And the good news is that the deeper we get into Autumn, the fuller the Event Calendar gets. 

So what are you in the mood for...Giant Birds, Giant Green Ogers, Giant Space Aliens?  Believe it or not, we've got all that and then some.  Check out the Columbus Sci-Fi Con at Coca-Cola Space Science Center, the First Friday Artwalk and Concert on Broadway in Uptown Columbus, Shrek the Musical at the Springer Opera House (last weekend, by the way), a giant bird program and pet CPR/first aid at Oxbow Meadows, a big fall festival at the Little White House, a Healthy Kids Expo at Lakebottom Park, and all the kooky-fun activities they have going on at the Fall Family Fun Days at The Rock Ranch.

And if you want to open the sunroof and hit the road, take the quick ride to Gay, GA for the Cotton Pickin' Fair.  Nothing will get you in the mood for this season like this 'granddaddy of all festivals!'

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It’s Fall, Y’all! And there’s plenty to do in Columbus, GA to celebrate!

Arts, Events, Good Eats!, Accommodations, Shopping, on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 | Permalink

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!

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It’s the Last Weekend of Summer, so let’s do it up right!

Arts, Events, History, on Thursday, September 18, 2014 | Permalink

"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!

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