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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 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 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'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 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'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" 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'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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