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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!'
Autumn. Fall. Whatever you call this time of year, it conjurs up images of cooler days, getting outside and just enjoying life. This is also the time of year when outdoor activities really ramp up because the tempurature and humidity have both dipped way below 100 on their respective scales. I know we're only hours into this new season, but if you'll check the Event Calendar, you'll see that we're not wasting any time kicking off the Fall fun. It may be a little early in the week, but indulge me...as a lover of all things autumnal, I wanted to give you a head's-up on a few things you might want to work into your weekend itinerary.
There's no better way to start the weekend than by throwing your lawn chair into your car and heading to the 1000 block of Broadway after work on Friday for one of Uptown's Friday Night Concerts--this week featuring The Rock Candy Band. It's worth another visit to Uptown Saturday morning for Market Days on Broadway. You never know what you might find...art, unbelievably delicious baked goods (please let the lady with the blueberry scones be there!), live music, and this is a great time of year to pick up some local, fresh veggies. And since you'll be in the neighborhood, you have to stop in and indulge at the Uptown Beer & Wine Festival from 1:00-5:00 Saturday. There's another festival going on all day Saturday called JunkFest Returns and this one has a little bit of everything including Hula-Hooping! There's also Jazz on the River on the lawn behind the Civic Center Sunday evening. And if you're in the mood for a quick road trip, load The Rock, GA into your GPS (it's near Thomaston) and spend the day at The Rock Ranch as they kick off their Fall Family Fun Days. Two words for this event..."Pumpkin Cannon." I am so there to see that!
See what I mean about there being a lot going on this weekend? Time to start planning for some fun in your life!
"Fall is a Southerner's reward for surviving summer." Saw that quote on Southern Living's Facebook page this week and truer words were never spoken! Summer is leaving us, but not before we have one more weekend packed with fun stuff to do and it looks like a little bit of everything happening. You can take your pick from things like Shrek-The Musical at the Springer Opera House, the 2nd Annual Children's Book Festival at Columbus Public Library, Busy as Bee Workshop at Hills & Dales Estate in La Grange, the Shrine Circus is at Columbus Civic Center, football at Doughboy Stadium at Fort Benning, and something kids of all ages (including us big kids) will enjoy at Oxbow Meadows...Ninja Turtles! And those are just the events I saw after taking a quick glance at the Event Calendar, which is the best site to visit when you're trying to figure out what to put on your weekend itinerary. Goodbye Summer...and Hello Fall!
What is it about that extra 24 hours tacked onto a weekend that can make even the most serious among us go positively giddy with excitement?! This 3-day Labor Day Weekend is just hours away from starting and that means we'll all have time to get around-the-house chores done, have some fun, run errands, have a little more fun, get some much needed rest and still have time for even more fun. In fact, now that I think about it, since this is the unofficial last weekend of Summer, let's save the errands and chores for another weekend and just concentrate on the fun part...o.k. and maybe a nap or two.
So if fun is what you're on the hunt for this weekend, you get to choose from quite a few options. Actually, there are so many things going on that your best bet is to take a look at the Event Calendar to line up your agenda. It really is a great resource--take it from someone who usually starts perusing it on a Monday afternoon to start planning for the next weekend! But coming up this go 'round, there's anything from the Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival at Callaway Gardens, the Old Russell County Courthouse Labor Day Fair in Seale, an original play, The Old Ship of Zion, being performed at Port Columbus, a big Labor Day Weekend Book Sale at the Ledger-Enquirer, a Labor Day Mini Camp for kids at the National Infantry Museum, and even a huge BSC Softball Tournament at South Commons and a major USTA tennis tournament at Cooper Creek Tennis Center.
Enjoy Summer's last hurrah with your family and friends this weekend...then we can start looking forward to all the Fall events headed our way!
After hearing on the news this morning the heat index reached 115 degrees in some parts of the Southeast yesterday and that we've got the same to look forward to again today, the first thing I did when I got to work this morning was to Google "First Day of Autumn 2014." And I'm happy to report that as of tomorrow, Saturday, August 23, we'll be exactly one month away from the start of Fall. But before we can start pulling out sweaters and boots from storage, it does look like another scorching weekend coming up, so how about we look for some fun things to do this weekend that involves plenty of air conditioning? Luckily, we've got some great choices of some pretty interesting sounding events--like what's going on at the National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus. They're debuting a new play, The Old Ship of Zion, by Columbus, GA playwright Natalia Naman. It'll to be running this Friday-Sunday and also next Wednesday & Thursday (August 22-24 & 27-30). It's the story of an African-American church in Columbus facing a dwindling congregation who's preparing for one last leap of faith - a revival. Folks involved say it's a moving, funny, and refreshingly earnest play and will test everyone's understanding of community, faith and the challenges churches face in today's world. They'll even have a panel Q&A session after the play to really get you thinking. I also like the fact that admission is only $10 and they keep it pretty chilly in that museum!
And speaking of museums, the Columbus Museum has several new exhibits on display and a couple you really should check out include Leaving Mississippi – Reflections on Heroes and Folklore: Works by Najee Dorsey and William Beckman: Drawings, 1967-2013. Two very different exhibits, but both well worth a visit to this impressive facility. Of course, there's never an admission charge to get in the museum...and yes...they keep it nice and cool in there, too!
Now, if you just can't get enough of this hot weather and WANT to be outside enjoying the heat, there's a ton of stuff going so make sure you take a good look at the Event Calendar and then start making some weekend plans!
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Let me just start off by saying that I'm perfectly fine with this one...as long as no one brings a cockroach along with them. Any other kind of bug...fine. Bugs, you say? Yep...it's the Bug Olympics at FDR State Park in Pine Mountain, GA this Sunday morning beginning at 10:00am. BUG OLYMPICS. Does it get any more off the wall? But that's what so good about things to do around here--there's an activity or event out there for everybody. Even bug lovers. So here's how this works. Enter your fastest, carefully collected live bug (worm, small spider, caterpillar, etc) and bring your race animals in a safe container with lid and meet next to the Trading Post in campground. Did I mention there's even going to be a contest for cricket spitting? How much are your kids going to LOVE this? It's only $1 entry fee per event. Just remember, no amphibians or reptiles allowed in the competition--maybe soon there'll be an Olympic competition just for them. And if bugs aren't your thing, make sure you take a look at the Event Calendar to get a good idea of all the other events happening this weekend because there's ton's to choose from!
Break out the leather jumpsuits and fry up a peanut butter and banana sandwich because it's all about Elvis at the Springer Opera House this Saturday night (Aug. 16)! As part of their Crowley Classic Film Series, they'll set up a huge screen on the main stage and we'll all get to enjoy "King Creole," regarded as Elvis Presley's best film. It's a 1958 musical drama starring Elvis as Danny Fisher, a young delinquent who flunks out of high school and is making ends meet working as a busboy in a nightclub until one night when he gets the chance to perform as a singer. Success is imminent (well heck yeah...we're talking about Elvis here) and the local crime boss Maxie Fields wants to hire him to perform at his night club The Blue Shade. Danny refuses, but Fields won't take no for an answer. What's a singing legend to do?! Let's meet at the Springer Saturday night and find out how this ends. Something tells me if Elvis is involved, he's going to come out on top. The movie starts at 7:30pm and the Saloon opens at 6:30pm so you can get popcorn, sodas and all the fixin's for the perfect movie night!
It's one of the best sentences ever uttered..."It's Friday." Simple, to the point and full of promises. So what's on your radar this weekend? Rain or no rain, get off the sofa and find something to do...there's plenty to choose from--just take a look at the Event Calendar to prove that!
So yesterday we told you the details about "The Grand" where they'll put 1000 people down the Chattahoochee Whitewater course on Saturday. Go rafting if you haven't done it yet or just go watch...this ought to be a hoot! While you're in Uptown Columbus, you can also check out Market Days on Broadway as well as the 2014 Chattahoochee Challenge Olympic Triathlon and Duathlon. Then you also have things going on like the Muscogee County Friends of Libraries Annual Book Sale at the main library on Macon Rd, and as someone who loves a bargain, they'll have hardback books for $2 and kid's books for 25 cents! That's my kind of sale. Or you can head up to Callaway Gardens tonight for another in their series of Movies on the Beach...they'll be showing Dr. Seuss' "The Lorax" so take a beach towel or chair and enjoy a movie under the stars. And if you and the kids are in the mood to get all artsy and craftsy, then get in on the fun at the Columbus Museum's Second Saturday program. You might be the next Da Vinci and don't even know it!
There's plenty to do this weekend. Your mission is to get out there and live it!
Have you taken the ride down the Chattahoochee River yet? If you haven't, you are missing out on some kind of fun! This Saturday will be the perfect day to enjoy the rapids with 999 others as they have an event called "The Grand." The plan is to put 1000 rafters on the river in one day!! It'll be the largest single day of whitewater rafting in Columbus history! "The Grand" features eight discounted hourly time slots, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., so if you want to ease into this whole thing, start off with one of the trips earlier in the day when the flow of the water is a lot gentler. If you do want to go on one of the more adventurous afternoon runs, you'd better hurry and make reservations because those seats are just about full. And you know what? Even if you don't want to get in the river, go stake out a spot on the RiverWalk Island or the 14th Street Pedestrian Bridge for a prime viewing spot. There's even an after-paddle celebration in Uptown Columbus with live music from Sailing to Denver, local Columbus food trucks and ice-cold beverages. Looks like Satuday's plans are made!
I'll tell you what's to do this weekend...plenty! Don't let a little chance of rain stop you and your buds from getting out and blowing off a little steam and having some fun. So what might you be in the mood for? Running? Got that with the 2014 Audie Murphy 5K at Big Dog Running Company. Art? The Columbus Artists' Guild Art Show is wrapping up Saturday afternoon at CSU's Illges Gallery and there are some beautiful pieces of art you really show see. And if you check the calendar, you'll be stunned and amazed that today is already August 1 (where has this year gone...seriously?) but that also means that tonight there's more art and music on the streets of Broadway for the First Friday Art Walk & Concert. Comedy? After this long week, I think we could all use some great, big ol' belly laughs so head to the Springer for No Shame Theatre tonight (and every Friday night). It's different every week so you never know what to expect...except to be highly entertained! Music? How about this!? There will be some preliminary American Idol Auditions on Saturday beginning at 1:00pm in Uptown Columbus...you never know, the next winner could be in our midst! And finally...are you in the mood for a little sand between your toes? You don't have to drive for hours to the nearest sea shore--you can take the quick drive to Callaway Gardens tonight for their Friday Night Movies on the Beach! Take a lawn chair or beach towel and giggle at fun on screen with "Zookeeper!"
Want to find out more? Head to the Event Calendar to take a look at everything going on this weekend!
I remember a time...way back when I was a kid and dinosaurs roamed the earth...that there was not a whole lot of things to do around here. Heck, we'd go to the airport and watch planes land and take off as our weekend excitement. Seriously. Fast forward a few decades and things have absolutely changed for the better! In fact, there are so many events and activities in Columbus and the nearby area, it can be kind of a task to keep track of it all. Thankfully, we caught on to this predicament and saw a need for a centralized calendar that would solve this problem and make weekend planning or entertaining out-of-town company a breeze. If you haven't already taken a look at it, all you have to do is go to calendarcolumbusga.com and it's all right there at your fingertips. You can search for events by date or a date range, venue, event type, by using a keyword...it's so simple even I can navigate it! And I think you'll be amazed at the number and types of offerings you'll find. Here's a tip...make sure you check the calendar often because information is always being added or updated. And think how impressed your friends will be because you know the scoop on all the fun stuff happening. Go take a look and start making weekend plans now!
This morning, the weather guy was talking about how some rain might be moving in this weekend. Doesn't matter. The only word in that first sentence that matters is weekend! I can vouche for the fact that no body I know is made of sugar, so we aren't going to melt!! Besides, if you sit home and pout about a little rain, you're going to miss out on a lot. Sit at home and you're going to miss things like a Movie on the Beach at Callaway Gardens tonight, or an incredible production of Charlotte's Web at the Springer Opera House. Speaking of the Springer, you know how we've mentioned No Shame Theatre, well now they have a version on Friday nights called No Shame Junior and it's just for those ages 12-17 so they can get on stage and share their talent. How about talking a guided tour of Historic Linwood Cemetery? If you want to see some incredible art, make sure you put the Columbus Artists Guild Art Show on your list, too. (That one is going on until August 2 if you can't work it in this weekend.) And finally, if you're a bride to be, you should check out the Wedding Extravaganza at the Trade Center this Sunday. That may save you a lot of headaches when you start planning your big event!
Don't forget to take a look at the Event Calendar--it's loaded with lots of great ideas of things to get out and do!
Is it just me or does it always seem like the week after a long holiday weekend lasts FOREVER?!?! Well after working hard a whole 5 days in a row, I think it's time to make some much needed fun plans for the weekend. Have you had a chance to look at the Event Calendar? It's a really good place to start to help you figure out how to spread the fun around.
Looks like it's also going to be a good weekend if you've got little ones in the household...and you know you want to keep them occupied as much as possible. In fact, one thing you really should plan to check out on Saturday, kids or no kids, is the annual Insectival at Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center. And if you're thinking that sounds a lot like something that has to do with insects, creepy crawlies, bugs and the like...you are absolutely right! It comes complete with Oxbow's Infamous Cricket Spitting Contest, carnivorous plant encounters, honey extraction demonstration, hands-on insect inspections, sweet buggy treats--no kidding--there really is a bug in that lollipop, inflatables and much more! It's all happening Saturday (July 12) from 10:00am-3:00pm. Admission: $5 per person, children three and under get in free. I'm telling you...kids LOVE this one!
And there's plenty more things to do, especially if you're in the mood for movies. You've got your pick of "The Wizard of Oz" at the Springer Opera House as part of the Crowley Classic Film Series, a Movie on the Lawn at the Columbus Public Library where they'll be showing "Frozen Sing Along," or scoot up to Callaway Gardens for a Movie on the Beach and you'll get to see Despicable Me 2. There's also Second Saturday fun at the Columbus Museum, "Fame Jr., I Want to Make Magic" at the Liberty Theatre & Cultural Center, and a wonderful production of "Charlotte's Web" at the Springer Opera House. Is it bad that I'm pretty a grown-up, but I cry everytime I see "Charlotte's Web!"
Go cram as much fun as you can in your 2-day weekend!!
It's the holiday for flag-waving, family gatherings and apple pie eating!! And of course there are lots of places to take in a big celebration and a good fireworks show...like Freedom Fest at the National Infantry Museum, the Patriotic Celebration and Fireworks Show at the Phenix City Amphitheatre, the Annual Spectacular Boat and Jetski Parade on Lake Harding, the big Star Spangled Beach Party at Callaway Gardens, and the Celebration on the Lake at Florence Marina, but how about kicking the day off with something a little different? The Springer Opera House is doing their version of a Fourth of July parade! It's the only one happening in Columbus and you can be a part of it! Festivities begin onstage at the Springer at 10:00am, then everyone heads out of the theatre and marches through Uptown Columbus--chanting, singing, and performing various patriotic acts; and festivities conclude back on stage with a round of patriotic songs about an hour later. Everyone is welcome to join in on this...adults, teens, kids, even the four-legged fur-babies in the family. They'll even have some flags and other patriotic goodies or you can bring some from home. And if for no other reason to join in on this, go for your chance to meet and hear the Springer Academy founder and namesake, Dot McClure, speak. She is quite a lady!!
Hope you have a happy and safe 4th and don't forget to check the Event Calendar for lots more ideas on things to get out and do this weekend!
So it's the weekend before a holiday weekend and many people may just plan on laying low and getting ready for next weekend, right? WRONG! There's a ton of stuff happening in Columbus this weekend. For the familes and theatre lovers, there are two shows at CSU's Riverside Theatre, Dora the Explorer Live and the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. If you're feeling nostalgic and want to laugh until your stomach hurts, the Crowley Classic Film Series at the Springer Opera House presents The Breakfast Club on Friday night and Monty Python and the Holy Grail on Saturday night. For those that want to avoid the grocery store but still need some fruits and veggies, maybe even dessert, there's Market Days on Broadway on Saturday morning from 9am to noon. If you're looking for a little fire in your life, the head to the Independence Celebration on Fort Benning's York Field on Saturday. And last but not least, if you want to hear some great music, have an awesome time and support a good cause, buy your tickets to the Denim & Diamonds Concert with Justin Moore and Josh Thompson.
See...I told you there's too much going on to sit at home!