Go All Out for the Columbus Walking Food Tours!
“Where food meets history!”
Now that the weather is getting a bit cooler and Fall is officially here, Columbus throws out the white table cloths on Saturdays for a mix of history, food, and fun with the Columbus Walking Food Tours! Starting October 29th at 11am on Saturdays, join a guide for a walk through Columbus history and culinary delights. This tour will help you understand what has come before in Columbus and what is happening now in what is becoming one of the best culinary scenes in the South. There’s no hospitality like Southern hospitality, and Columbus will do you up right!
Your walk through Uptown Columbus and to five local eateries will give you a great taste of some of the best restaurants anywhere and will place it all in a culinary and historic context. Plus, walking from one restaurant to another will help get you prepared to try even more! Of course, this can be only one part of your weekend. Take in a show at the Springer Opera House where plays and musicals take place on the big stage. Here’s a travel tip - check out the listings for upcoming shows here; then make plans to take in dinner and a show (or a couple) for the whole weekend! Or visit a museum or take in some live music on Broadway. The choices go on and on!
One of the best ways to understand a city and a region is to taste the local food served up by the best of its chefs. Experiencing the art, theater, music, architecture, and history of a place helps you to appreciate the culture even more and topping that off with a “taste of the town” will leave you with a unique Southern experience that you’ll remember for a long time to come! Go all out with a pursuit of great “foodie” experiences and then come back again and again!
Fall Weekends in Columbus
A visitor from Montgomery writes:
“Last weekend, I took my boys out for the day on Saturday in Uptown Columbus for lunch, some exploring, and a trip to the National Infantry Museum. We still can’t believe how much Columbus has to offer so close to Montgomery. We had a great lunch of burgers at The Black Cow, explored the history of our nation’s military in a state-of-the-art museum in Columbus, and walked along the river front watching the rafters and kayakers on a beautiful Fall Saturday evening. The boys were pretty blown away by all that they saw and I was reminded again how Columbus is becoming one of our “go to” places to visit.
What struck me most, though, was how much was going on on a normal Saturday in late October. There was a race happening with dozens of runners. Street musicians, People eating at outdoor cafes along Broadway and other side streets. Music was in the air and storefronts were open. People were everywhere just walking around, enjoying the day, and enjoying their company with each other. And, the unique thing about it is that there was not a major event happening. It was just a weekend in Columbus.
When we want to get out of town and experience something new, we go to Columbus now. I heartily recommend it and am telling everyone in Montgomery that they have to travel over to Columbus and see what is happening. Next, we are going to spend the weekend because there were too many museums and attractions to visit in just one day.”
Spend This Weekend in Columbus at the “Way Down Film Festival”
Are you a film lover? Want to meet filmmakers and hear about how films are made? Columbus is host to the Way Down Film Festival this weekend, October 21-22, at the Springer Opera House. This is the first of its kind film festival to be held in Columbus, and because of that, it promises to be a revolutionary weekend for the arts in the South.
The Way Down Film Festival “was founded on the principle to support the blooming, underground arts; to enhance awareness through exciting short films that shed light on the periphery, express triumph over tragedy, and allow audiences…feeling inspired and connected.”
The aspirations of conference organizers are far from small, as they want to help contribute to the growing film scene in Columbus. As Georgia itself becomes a center for film making, Columbus is leveraging its artistic and dramatic history to be a part of that larger story.
This weekend festival promises to be one of the most interesting weekends of the year with creative, artistic, talented people putting forward their offerings. Go all out and make plans to stay the whole weekend, visit other Columbus attractions, eat some amazing food, and experience the Way Down Film Festival!
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Family Action Pack – the Weekend Challenge Begins in Columbus, Georgia
No matter the age, finding things to keep the family entertained on the weekends can be tough, and making kids put the electronics down is even harder. What do kids want these days in terms of weekend, family getaways? How about something they’ll remember for years to come? Challenge your family to an adventure packed weekend full of racing, rafting, zip lining, simulators and foodie fun.
Chattahoochee Challenge Adventure Race Weekend -- The family that adventures together, stays together. TriColumbusGa is hosting its third annual Chattahoochee Challenge Adventure Race November 19th. The race is open to all levels, requiring minimal orienteering or map reading skills, and it’s perfect for an adventurous family. The race consists of hiking, running, biking, whitewater rafting, zip lining, and more.
The race challenges families to work together, navigating their way through the course using plotting and mapping techniques, checking off points as they progress. This year, the race adds whitewater rafting and zip lining for extra points. To find more details about the race, and how it works CLICK HERE:
Grub -- Once the race is finished, everyone’s going to be hungry. Participants can show their race bibs at participating restaurants for 15% off the bill. Columbus’ local food scene is within walking distance of the race. This includes more than 10 locally owned and operated restaurants. Expect everything from homemade pizzas and southern classics like BBQ and burgers, to one of top 40 best restaurants in the country, EPIC.
Explore -- Columbus offers more adventure opportunities. And a bike rental connects most of them. Start at the Columbus Ga Whitewater park where families can paddle their way through the longest urban whitewater course, and top USA Today 12 man-made adventure in the world, zip line at 30mph over the Chattahoochee River, or take on a three level ropes course! Paddleboard and kayaks are also available for rent. Hone water skills with kayak lessons and even try Paddle Board Yoga. Namaste, adventure seekers!
Ride along the Chattahoochee RiverWalk to some of Columbus’ amazing points of interests… the Coca-Cola Space Science Center, the National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus and the National Infantry Museum, just named the #1 FREE National Museum in the country. Total cruise time is roughly 20 miles there and back.
November 18th-20th in Columbus, Georgia offers a weekend full of family adventure. Get the family off the iPads, out of the house, and give them a weekend they’ll remember for a lifetime!
Planning your weekends, freetime, holidays and more just got a whole lot easier with the advent of a new and improved Event Calendar that lists all sorts of activities in and around Columbus. You can, of course, search for a particular day, a stretch of several days, whatever time frame you need. Or you can even find out what's going on at a particular venue or search by the type of event you're looking for. At any time, there's usually more than 500 events listed and this time of year, that number usually swells and it can be hard to keep up with what's going on, when and where! This new Event Calendar will help you organize your fun time so you can squeeze in as much as possible. Check it often as new events are being added all the time!
Go All Out for Amazing Live Music in Columbus!
If you love live music, Columbus is the place to be on the weekends - or during the week! Whether you are looking for local music venues like The Loft, museums that feature music pioneers like Gertrude “Ma” Rainey, the Mother of the Blues, or you want to visit the second oldest orchestra in the nation, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, there is something in Columbus for every kind of music lover!
Plan your weekend to Columbus by getting a great meal on Friday night in one of our many local restaurants and then walk over to The Loft and enjoy great music, comedy, and local artists. Wednesdays feature a quest to preserve the historic sound of Georgia Blues that has been important in shaping the local music culture. A walk along Broadway you’ll likely hear street musicians filling the night air with their offerings.
Perhaps musical comedy is your thing? The Springer Opera House is running Sister Act through October 9th. You won’t want to miss this hilarious and musically stunning adaptation of the 1992 film that have been loved by generations of movie goers.
Not many cities combine a vibrant food, music, arts, museum, and cultural history scene like Columbus does. Plan a weekend visit and take it all in. You’ll come back again and again! Check out our schedule for upcoming events, festivals, and concerts at VisitColumbusGa.com!
(Photo credit: http://www.tuskegee-morehouse.com/photos.asp)
Go All Out for the 81st Annual Tuskegee-Morehouse Classic!
October 8, 2016
Are you ready for some football?!? With the Fall cool-down right around the corner and football season in full swing, Columbus gets ready to bring in the marching bands, majorettes, tailgaters, and cheerleaders! The whole week (October 2-8) leading up to the 81st Annual Tuskegee-Morehouse Classic will be filled with events celebrating this gridiron tradition. From a golf tournament to parade to tailgating to the game itself and all the pageantry surrounding it all the way to the after-party, you won’t want to miss make sure that you make your reservations now to enjoy the whole football weekend in Columbus!
The first first Tuskegee-Morehouse Classic was played in Columbus in 1936. But, this game has been going on even longer - 110 years! The game is now being used as a fundraiser to help raise scholarship funds for college-bound men and women. The host hotel is the Columbus Marriott Hotel right in the middle of Uptown Columbus. Tickets to the game are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate.
What better way to spend a weekend in Columbus than to add in some football for a great cause, enjoy the great restaurants, night life, and beauty of this great Southern town, and explore all that Columbus has to offer! You’ll come for the game, but be blown away by a full realm of options to make this an amazing weekend with family, friends, and fellow football fans!
Columbus Marriott Hotel (Picture from marriott.com)
Theatre Lovers Go All Out in Columbus, GA!
(Inside of the Springer Opera House, Columbus)
In addition to everything else that Columbus has to offer, there is a burgeoning theater scene in Columbus that surprises visitors, but makes perfect sense to locals. If you know the history of Columbus, you know that the city was one of the major cultural centers of the South between New York and New Orleans in the period after the Civil War. That included the theater, with many big names stopping in to play shows over the years.
The Springer Opera House, built in 1871, and named the State Theater of Georgia by Governor Jimmy Carter, is the most historically significant of the theaters in Columbus, if not the Southeast. Come and gaze upon the stage that once hosted the likes of Edwin Booth (John Wilkes Booth’s brother), Oscar Wilde, Ethel Barrymore, and the bandleader John Philip Sousa – to name but just a few. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and was named a National Historic Landmark in 1978.
While The Springer has a great history, its present and future is just as bright. Check www.calendarcolumbusga.com for a full listing of upcoming shows and performances.
Not to be outdone, Columbus as created modern venues for the arts as well. Right in the heart of Uptown not far from The Springer, is the state of the art River Center for the Performing Arts From dinner theater to live shows to films, the River Center provides a unique venue for the arts that you will want to include in your visit.
There is so much to see in Columbus. Planning ahead is a must. Plan for a show, a museum visit, a taste of Columbus in the restaurants and breweries, outdoor adventures on the river, or just a walk along the River Walk. Whatever your mood or weekend goal, Columbus will have something for you!
“The charisma of Columbus is nothing were it not for the true embodiment of hospitality. Throughout your stay, you’ll meet local paddlers, business owners, families and students whose true desire, it seems, is to share as much of their city and kindness with you as possible. If the charm of the city wasn’t enough, you may find yourself invited for a home cooked meal, game night, or the next group paddle or post-boating libation. Amidst the deep opportunity for adventure of every kind is a thread of rich, sincere welcoming to a forgotten part of the south. You’ll arrive an out-of-towner and assuredly leave as a surrogate member of this unique river community.”
Says, Lydia Cardinal, writing for the NRS (Northwest River Supply) website as she shares her experience with Columbus. Lydia shares how Columbus it is the perfect place to “go all out,” whether one wants adventure or a great meal, and how everything you would want for an incredible weekend is all in one place. This is what we’ve been saying, but it is great to hear it from a visitor in such a thorough and eloquent way!
This might be one of the best reviews of Columbus we’ve seen, and it comes from an expert in the river rafting scene in America and especially in the South. The fact that Columbus turned the Chattahoochee into the world’s longest urban whitewater course smack dab in the middle of a growing restaurant, arts, music, and museum scene makes a weekend spent rafting or kayaking a totally unique experience for the adventurer and foodie alike.
Lydia’s take on Columbus, saying, “The magnetism of Columbus seems to stem from the wicked collision of a growing college town and a burgeoning outdoor scene,” and “The true beauty of Columbus is its immediacy to quality adventure, grub, and entertainment and how easily you can jump back and forth,” help paint an accurate picture of exactly what a weekend in Columbus will look like for the traveler looking for a diverse (and unique) set of experiences. And, even if you aren’t a river rafter or kayaker, the energy of the river and the adventurers that it draws help charge the whole town with a rushing sense of wonder.
We’re glad that Lydia came to Columbus. Read her whole article and consider how you can go all out to craft your own experience!
Farewell summer. Hello fall! The upcoming 3-day, Labor Day weekend is a great time to enjoy one last summer hoorah and explore one the most historically significant regions of the South without having to travel far! Make Columbus your home base for a weekend of history, great food, adventure, art, and beautiful Southern culture and architecture. Whether you take a couple of hours to enjoy whitewater rafting down the Chattahoochee River bordering downtown Columbus, or you become really adventurous and zip across the river on the zip line…. or, you’d just like to walk along the RiverWalk and enjoy the beauty of it all - Columbus has something for everyone this weekend!
From museums focused on American and southern history, such as the National Infantry Museum, to nature trails, hiking, fantastic food at one of many of our excellent downtown restaurants, a local theater for a great play, great local music at venues like The Loft, or just relaxing while taking a walk along Broadway, Columbus has something for everyone.
Make a weekend of it! Be intentional and make plans to “go all out” in Columbus through either intense adventure or serious relaxing and sampling of great food, music, and culture. Columbus’ art, history, music, and restaurant scenes are becoming some of the hottest and most noteworthy in the South. A long weekend at the end of summer is the perfect time to sample what the Electric City has to offer.
Book your weekend in an uptown hotel like the Columbus Marriott, constructed around a 19th century cotton mill and in walking distance of all of the restaurants, attractions, and fun that await you. Once you start to explore Columbus, you’ll realize that there is more to do here than one day allows, so make your plans now and come join us for the long weekend!
Experience Our Nation’s Military History in Columbus!
Did you know that the world-class National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center is located in Columbus and it is amazing? This massive 190,000 square foot facility has exhibits and attractions that covers the 240 year history of the United States Army Infantryman. This museum is a top military history destination in the Untied States. It simultaneously informs, raises awareness, and evokes emotion concerning the valiant sacrifice and heroism of the U.S. Army Infantry.
From the Revolutionary War to the Civil War to World War One, World War Two, Vietnam, and the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, the National Infantry Museum tells the soldier’s story. With a wide array of military artifacts on display, the visitor will be able to see what soldiers used to fight the wars that defended our nation’s freedom.
The “Last Hundred Yards” is a display that marks significant battles in each of America’s major wars. Walking through this exhibit will evoke emotion and will also inform the visitor in ways that history books alone cannot. Walking through this exhibit in hushed silence with active duty and retired soldiers who were also visiting created within me a sense of awe and respect for those soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice to defend our nation over the centuries.
Columbus is rich in history and celebrates and commemorates our nation’s history with skill and care. From the National Infantry Museum to the National Civil War Naval Museum that tells the story of both the Union and Confederate navies to the Columbus Museum that dramatically displays the Chattahoochee region through art and history, especially that of Native Americans - Columbus has everything that would interest and excite a history lover! There is too much to see in just one day, so make plans to come for a weekend and explore the story that Columbus tells!
For more information on lodgings, restaurants, attractions, and other amenities, contact the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau today!
Columbus is fashioning itself as a destination getaway in the west Georgia that deserves a look from visitors far and wide. Whether you are coming from the nearby Montgomery, Birmingham, or Atlanta areas, or you are traveling from further away, rarely will you experience a city that puts itself on display as well as Columbus does.
From great restaurants and museums to the arts and history, Columbus has something for everyone. And, we haven’t even talked about the outdoors activities that enable you to go all out in adventure and thrill seeking! No matter your speed or your interests, Columbus will have something for you!
VisitColumbusGa.com has put together a number of travel itineraries for a host of interests:
From Broadway shows to the State Theatre of Georgia - Columbus offers an array of venues with world-class entertainment. From the history of the foot soldier, the Civil War and prisoners of war - Columbus is home to nationally acclaimed museums. Visitors stroll back to genteel times with a guided tour of the Columbus Historic District where brick streets, ancient oaks and century-old homes are the order of the day. Select an itinerary to get an idea of how you can make the most of your visit.
Make your plans to visit, stay a few days, explore, enjoy, and learn. With offerings and adventures for the whole family, Columbus will surprise you and cause you to come back for more!
When a city decides to set the table, bring out the fancy plates, and invite visitors and friends to try out its best local food at discounted prices, it is time to take notice. Columbus has one of the best restaurant scenes in the South and next week, July 25-30, it puts it all on display in a foodie festival.
VisitColumbusga.com has all the information you’ll need about the offerings of some of the best chefs and restaurants that you’ll encounter this side of New Orleans. Columbus has seen significant growth in its culinary delights over the past several years and next week, the city puts it all on display. Whether your interest is in an amazing burger from The Black Cow or fancier fare from award-winning chef, Jamie Keating’s Epic, or many other combinations, Columbus will satisfy the most discerning palate. Stay over through the weekend and visit one of the best farmer’s markets in the South on Saturday morning at Market Days on Broadway and bring home fresh produce from local farms to recreate your favorite dish from one of our Restaurant Week eateries.
As summer in the South slowly strolls into the dog days of August, get away to the tree lined streets of Columbus along the Chattahoochee River and try any number of restaurants that are bursting with flavor, culture, and an artist’s touch as award-winning local chefs roll out one sumptuous offering after another. Let us know what you liked best and make sure you stay and try more than one!
For a full listing of participating restaurants in Columbus’s Restaurant Week, check out VisitColumbusga.com! It’s time to go all out to eat at Columbus’s incredible restaurants!
Recently, South Magazine featured Columbus, GA as a must-experience weekend destination for the foodie, the adventurer, the art, theater, wine aficionado and for the historian. South Magazine writer Eva Fedderly puts it this way,
"Columbus, GA has long been known as a military town resting beside Fort Benning, America’s Home of the Infantry. With about 200,000 residents, this historical city has stepped into the spotlight with a thriving downtown art, theatre, music scene, and scrumptious farm-to-table restaurants just blocks from the Chattahoochee River."
Columbus really has been one of the best kept secrets in the South, but that is rapidly changing as travel writers, convention planners and everyday people looking for a fun weekend are taking notice – and they are pretty surprised by what they are finding.
Molly McWilliams Wilkins in her “Girl Meets City” travel series brought home the spirit of Columbus when she said,
"Have you ever left a place, a city, a destination and felt almost like you were in pain? I feel that way whenever I leave a place, and I felt it when I left Columbus. It’s that same feeling when you’re falling in love with someone – that amazing, euphoric, punch drunk feeling."
Molly goes on to describe her trip to Columbus with the shopping, food, and entertainment that caused her to fall in love. It’s a great piece and a good guide to a great weekend.
Everyone that I talk to who visits Columbus for the first time says the same thing. It is usually some variation of, “Wow! I had no idea that all of this was here!” We agree, and what Columbus, GA offers is growing every day.
Are you ready for a creative weekend adventure full of top restaurants, art, history, architecture, beauty, and adventure? South Magazine might be your guide - or you might want to figure things out for yourself. Either way, there is plenty of opportunity to “Go All Out” and experience what others are recognizing about Columbus for you and your family! Call the Visitors Bureau at 800-999-1613 or access VisitColumbusGA.com for more information to book a weekend.
So, a couple of weeks ago, we had a travel writer in town, Caroline Eubanks, and we took her to see all of the sites in Columbus but our adventure actually started at a place in Buena Vista, GA called "Pasaquan." If you've lived in this area for a while, you've probably heard of Pasaquan and the guy who came up with this place and the got-to-see-it-to-believe-it home and compound there. His name was Eddie Owens Martin and he was a folk artist, not to mention a street hustler, drag queen, bartender and gambler when he lived in New York. Martin eventually returned to Georgia, where he renamed himself St. EOM, the guru of Pasaquan and boy, did he stand out in his colorful flowing robes, adorned with jingling bells and dangling shells. He often complimented his inspired ensemble with feathered and beaded headdress. Am I painting the picture here for you? This guy was very talented and just a tad bit eccentric. For the past couple of years, a huge renovation project has been taking place at Pasaquan to take it back to St. EOM's original vision...and colors! The center will re-open officially on October 22, but in the meantime, the Columbus Museum (1251 Wynnton Rd.) has a great exhibition showcasing just the tip of the iceberg of this guy's talent, and let's face it, wacky take on reality! Not just an artist, but there's even a great story about him going into town to get more paint at the hardware store and all 12 of his cats would pile up in his station wagon and go with him. When he got to town, he'd open the door and the cats would go running in 12 different directions, but when it was time to go home, he'd sit in the car, do some kind of meditative chant...and the cats would come running. Um..ok. So go check out the cool stuff on display at the Columbus Museum...that way you'll be prepared for what you'll see at the grand re-opening of Pasaquan in October!
Here's a sneak-peek:
This is St. EOM...and that's what I'd call a unique kind of guy!
And here's a very small part of his compound called "Pasaquan"...
Any visit to Columbus, GA will find you strolling down Broadway and passing the places where Coca Cola AND RC Cola were invented - all within a few blocks of each other. That’s right! After the Civil War, Columbus had several pharmacists also working as chemists who came up with all kinds of concoctions from perfumes to medicines to help with ailments to beverages. One of these pharmacists was a Civil War veteran named John Pemberton who was looking for something to help with wounds he suffered during the war. After many experiments, he invented something called French Wine Cola. It was meant to work a stimulant and promised to make people feel better from their ailments. Whether it was laced with cocaine or not is still up for debate, but Pemberton changed the name of his concoction to Coca-Cola, brought it to Atlanta for wider development and distribution, and the rest is history.
If Coca-Cola had been the only major soft drink invented in Columbus, that would be a great story, but there was more. Another pharmacist, Claud A. Hatcher, began inventing beverages in 1905 in the basement of a wholesale gr
ocery business. His offerings included Royal Crown Ginger Ale, Cream Soda, and Melo fruit drinks and he eventually created the Union Bottling Works. His business grew rapidly and by 1934, Royal Crown Cola was launched as the flagship drink, better known as RC Cola. It was the first cola that came in cans and was the first calorie-free cola ever invented. RC Cola became a mark of Southern culture and pride and you had to have one with a Moon Pie!
As you stroll around Uptown Columbus and you see the places where Pemberton and Hatcher developed their concoctions that changed the tastes of the planet and brought a smile to people around the world, maybe you’ll gain some inspiration for your own life changing endeavors! Let us know what you come up with when you do!
It only makes sense. We really should celebrate this country more than one day a year, so I like the fact that the folks at Fort Benning are kicking off the fun this weekend. There's a full roster of all sorts of events going on out there as part of the Fort Benning Independence Celebration, which cranked up a little earlier this afternoon (June 24) and runs Saturday (June 26) from 3:00pm-10:30pm. Kids are going to love all the carnival rides include Flying Dutchman, Himalaya, Bumper Cars, Sea Ray, Surf Shack, Tornado, Quad Runner, Tea Cups, Giant Slide, a Merry-Go-Round and lots more! And don't forget about the rock climbing walls, slides and bounce houses. For the really adventurous, you'll have a chance to jump from a training tower. Of course, all that activity--or in my case, watching all that activity--is going to make you work up an appetite so they'll have lots of yummy food and drinks available for purchase.
Also look for a demonstration by the Silver Wings parachute team at 6:15 p.m. Saturday followed at 6:45 p.m. by a “Fries & Spies” Ranger tactical operations demonstration. Another highlight on Saturday is lots of music including a performance from country singer Ruthie Collins. She'll be on-stage performing for about two hours beginning about 7:00pm.
But what's an Independence Celebration without fireworks?! Prepare yourself for one of the biggest fireworks display in this entire area on Saturday night. It really is pretty incredible.
It's goes without saying that it's going to be hot out there, so dress cool and you're even welcome to bring your own small canopy to provide some shade!
Go all out with Dad for Father's Day Weekend in Columbus, GA! From restaurants in Uptown where he can get his favorite steak, or craft breweries like the Cannon Brew Pub to an afternoon spent at the National Infantry Museum, the National Civil War Naval Museum, or a day outdoors whitewater rafting and zip lining across the Chattahoochee, Columbus has everything that Dad could want - and that Mom and kids would enjoy as well!
Check out live music at The Loft or other music clubs, have a great dinner at one of Columbus' fantastic restaurants, then stay over and go to Market Days on Broadway. Or, have a day of outdoor adventure and museum going for the rest of the day! Whether Dad wants to relax, have a great meal, go slow or go full speed with outdoor adventure, Columbus has something for him and the rest of the family!
Father's Day is this weekend. Do something different that Dad would never expect. Go all out in Columbus - the history, great food, breweries, museums, outdoor adventures, and so much more are waiting for you (and Dad) for a perfect weekend!
Like a lot of folks, I sometimes wake up in the middle of the night, start thinking about stuff and then have a really tough time getting back to sleep to get those 8 hours all the experts say we need. And seriously, how many of us actually get 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep?! So one on the mind tricks I do to help relax is the old "Desert Island" game. You know, you're stranded on a desert island and you can only take 10 albums (oops, showing my age there!), 10 books, 10 tools, or 10 movies with you. My lists of music and books changes quite often, mainly depending on my mood, but the list of movies stays pretty consistent. And one movie that is always in that Top 10 is "Young Frankenstein." I remember seeing it in the theatre when it was released and I thought it was one of the funniest things I had ever, ever seen! Fast-forward all these years later, and it's held up well and always makes me laugh out loud.
So I guess that's why I'm so excited about the production going on at CSU's Riverside Theatre...you got it..."Young Frankenstein" live and on stage. This department of theatre at CSU is constantly pumping out all sorts of great productions on their stages and something tells me this one is going to be worth the price of admission. And just in case you've never seen the movie, I hear this play sticks pretty close to it so here's a quick synopsis.. you've got the grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Fredrick Frankenstein, inheriting his family's estate in Transylvania. With the help of his hunchbacked side-kick, Eye-gor (nope, it isn't EE-Gor!) and leggy lab assistant Inga, Fredrick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. "It's alive!" he exclaims as he brings his creature to life. With such memorable tunes as "The Transylvania Mania," "He Vas My Boyfriend," and "Puttin' on the Ritz," Young Frankenstein is scientifically-proven, monstrously good entertainment. If you need a laugh and want to see some good theatre, treat yourself and a buddy to this one!
Normally, about this time every week, we start thinking about things to do on the weekend, but we've got bigger fish to fry because it's time to start planning for summer vacations!! And I know it's an over-used term, but a "stay-cation" may just be the ticket this year. A stay-cation is when you forgo the hassles of trying to manage all the details of pulling together an out-of-town vacation for the family...packing--and then inevitably leaving something important back home, loading the car, trying to keep kids entertained during a multi-hour trip in the car, or worse yet, on a plane, making reservations, boarding the pets, stopping the mail, coming home to plants that have died because nobody was home to water them...I'm sure you're getting the picture. That's the beauty of the concept of a stay-cation...you can venture out for the day or maybe do a quick overnight trip. And let's face it, we're all guilty of not taking advantage of things that are practically in our own backyards. We get busy and keep saying "one day we've got to go there." Let this summer be the time you do it!
You can easily fill up a week just staying in Columbus. Since it tends to get a little steamy around here this time of year, it's a good thing there's plenty of indoor fun to be had. Take a look at their schedules and see what productions CSU's Department of Theatre or the Springer Opera House have on tap, or go explore the Columbus Museum, the National Civil War Naval Museum, the National Infantry Museum or the Coca-Cola Space Science Center. These are some world-class facilities and you might even learn a thing or two! Oxbow Meadows always has some great educational programs and kids of all ages get a kick out of the animals they have in-house--just keep the hissing cock roaches on the other side of the room, please! If you're ready to get out and take on the summer heat, go for an adventure on the whitewater course, which just happens to be the longest urban whitewater course in the world, or you can go zip lining across the Chattahoochee River, get cooled off in the Splash Pad and Playground or rent a bike for just $10 a day and see if you can make it from one end of the RiverWalk to the other--that's about 15 miles one way!!
Now, if you do want to do a couple of day trips or an overnight stay, you can head north or south of Columbus and find all sorts of things you may have never experienced! Just up the road, you'll find Callaway Gardens, the village of Pine Mountain (great antique shopping here!), Hills & Dales, FDR's Little White House, Butts Mill Farm and Pine Mountain Wild Animal Park. If you head south, there's plenty of offerings like Providence Canyon State Park, Florence Marina State Park (they even do an alligator day!), the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, Andersonville National Historic Site, and you can even plan to stay at the amazing Windsor Hotel in Americus and make that your homebase. It looks just like a castle!
Chances are you won't be able to work in all of these sites during your vacation, but you can have fun trying!!! And just think...not one time will you have to go through those dreaded security lines!!