Events, on Friday, August 15, 2014 | Permalink
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!
OK, so officially, Summer begins on Saturday, but it looks like someone forgot to tell Mother Nature because she's been sending us Summer-like weather for quite a while now...not that I'm complaining. Yet. And the really good news is that Summer also brings a plethora (I've been wanting to use that word all week!) of activities we can enjoy inside and out. Just take a look a some of the stuff going on this weekend! Take your pick from the glitz and glamour of the 70th Annual Miss Georgia Pageant at RiverCenter, a movie on the beach (Monsters University) at Callaway Gardens, being a part of the adventures of Dora the Explorer at CSU's Riverside Theatre, delve into Columbus history at the 3rd Saturday Walking Tour at Historic Linwood Cemetery, then enjoy a rockin' good time in the Phenix City Amphitheatre Saturday night with none other than Sha Na Na in concert! And don't think that's everything going on this weekend. But they only allow me so many words...otherwise, I tend to get a little chatty...so my best advice is to jump over to the Event Calendar and take a look at the big list of things you really should get out and enjoy this weekend!
Yep, I know it's the middle of the week and the weekend seems light years away...but all hope is not lost! Especially when you start thinking about all the options of things to do this weekend. If you don't believe me, just check out the Event Calendar to see listing after listing of just what all is planned. One of the things that really caught my eye is the big CutBait Music Festival this Friday and Saturday night in Uptown Columbus. It's a total of 15 acts on four stages over these two nights. The music cranks up Friday night at 7:00pm and then at 6:00pm Saturday. If you love live music and want to hear some of the best regional talent out there, CutBait is the place to be this weekend. Tickets are only $10 a day, but the best deal is to get the $15 weekend pass...then you can enjoy the whole thing to your heart's content! And it's family-friendly, so if you've got kids 10 & under, they get in free! This might even be something fun to do with Dad to kick off a Father's Day weekend celebration.
And speaking of Father's Day, don't forget Whitewater Express has a treat for Dad he won't soon forget...all dads get to raft on the Chattahoochee for free Sunday (only!) All the details are available on their Facebook page. I think Dad will love this!!
If you're wondering if there is anything to do this weekend in Columbus, GA the answer is a.) yes and b.) a lot!! You can kick things off tonight with the First Friday Art Walk in Uptown Columbus. Looks like it should be a great night to stroll the sidewalks along Broadway, check out some really cool art, entertainment and maybe even have a delicious dinner on your walkabout. Things really get into gear tomorrow morning with the 3rd Annual MDA Firefighters 5K at Big Dog Running Company in Uptown, at Port Columbus they'll be telling the story of the capture of the USS Water Witch with a program called "One Ship, Two Navies, or you can head to Florence Marina State Park for one of the most fun event they do there all year...Alligator Day! They'll have an expert on hand doing several programs throughout the day to tell you all about these prehistoric creatures, then...and this is my favorite part...you get to climb on board the pontoon boats and head out to see how many you can count sunning themselves on the riverbank or look carefully in the water and you may just see two little eyes looking back at you. Kids of all ages, including my age, love this one! And if you have a green thumb, or want to learn more about cultivating one, head to Columbus Botanical Garden all weekend for the Chattahoochee Valley Daylily Festival.
That's just enought info to tease you...make sure you take a look at the Event Calendar to find out more fun stuff happening in Columbus!
Why is it that when it's a short work week because of a holiday, it can have the opposite effect and feel like the longest week ever!? Maybe because we've tried to cram 5 days worth of work into 4 days...yep, that'll do it. So if you've had enough work-fun for one week, then turn your attention to some of the fun stuff going on around town. What are you in the mood for? Music? Then check out the Friday Night Concert in Uptown with a groovy band called Lava Lamp, Or there's a show at Riverside Theatre Complex called "Suds! The Rockin' 60's Musical Soap Opera" or you can go back even further in the music time machine with a production Saturday night at RiverCenter that's all based on the music of Jerome Kern...you might not immediately recognize his name, but you will know every single song and will be singing along with everyone else before the night is over! Feel like a run? Then lace up your sneakers on Saturday and join in on the 2nd Annual Red Shoe Run at the Columbus Civic Center to benefit the Ronald McDonald House. Dinner and a show? We've got that too with Sherlock's Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre's production of "A Whitewater Murder Mystery." How about some football? The Columbus Lions will be taking on the Lehigh Valley Steel Hawks Saturday night at 7:00 at the Civic Center. And if you're just need of a good laugh, then No Shame Theatre at the Springer Opera House is the ticket.
No matter what you're in the mood for this weekend, looks like you'll find it in Columbus, GA!
It's a good thing we have a long, 3-day weekend ahead of us, because one look at the Event Calendar and all the fun stuff going on, it's going to take us at least 3 days to get it all in. Truth be told, I could be talked into taking Tuesday off just to rest up from this weekend! So what's all going on? Two words. A. Lot! The best advice I can give you is to take a look at the Calendar and start making some plans. You can kick it off tonight with what plans to be a one heck of a concert and party in Uptown with Classic Addict on stage and of course the highlight of the evening will be the return of Scott Ressmeyer and his Miracle Riders as they ride back into Columbus. The concert starts at 7:00pm, but this is one you definitely want to get there early for.
And who says you have to drive 3 or 4 hours to get to the beach?! You can hop in your car and be at one of the most beautiful beaches in the world at Callaway Gardens and enjoy the 55th Master Water Ski and Wakeboard Tournament all weekend long. If you want to enjoy a little all-American softball action, check out the 34th Annual NAIA Softball National Championship at South Commons...head to Historic Westville for a very realistic re-enactment of the 1836 Creek Indian War...and there's Run for the Heroes--a 260 mile race across Georgia that finishes up late Sunday afternoon in Uptown with a big party--and we're all invited to celebrate this accomplishment!
And lest we forget what this weekend is really all about, make sure you find time on Saturday to head to the National Infantry Museum. You can relive May 1943 as WWII historians, Kelly’s Zeroes step back in time to show you what life was like for our Soldiers during the war. You will even get the rare chance to participate in the living history event on the historical World War II Company Street! Then you can go inside the Museum and cool off in the IMAX Theatre and see the brand new 3-D film called "D-Day: Normandy 1944." Got a chance to see it earlier this week and it is so well done and will keep you mesmerized the entire 45 minutes.
Looks like there's plenty to do between cookouts and pool parties! Be safe....
First the bad news. The week started off bright and early Monday morning with the well-coiffed national news anchor telling me the results of a 9-year study had just been released and that's when my whole world went dark. She had the unpleasant duty of telling us unsuspecting viewers that experts are now saying the health benefits of dark chocolate and red wine are not as impressive as once thought. Wait. What? Surely there's a flaw in this study. For years now, I've been feeling good about the quantity of dark chocolate and red wine I consumed thinking I was "doing a body good." Looks like not so much...say it isn't so. So this is how my week began.
But now the good news! Thankfully, there are so many fun things to get out and do this weekend, otherwise, I might just have to sit home and drown my sorrows...with a big glass of Cabernet...and a HUGE block of chocolate. So, I hopped on the Event Calendar and was instantly cheered-up when I saw the all the options. Then I started compiling a list and I felt even better. First up, I might take in the Isley Brothers concert at the Civic Center tonight...hoping some feel-good music may soothe my soul. Then maybe take in a performance of "The Odd Couple" at the Springer for some good laughs. Of course, Saturday morning's ritual is to stroll along Broadway for Market Days--I'll just look away from the dark chocolate goodies--followed by the 3rd Saturday tour at Historic Linwood Cemetery...there's a lot of really interesting history there and they tell the stories in such a cool way! And then talk about something that will make us all feel good...there's a special event on Ft. Benning called "Salute to the Troops" on Saturday and it's open to the public. And I can't think of a better way to finish off the weekend than to spend Sunday in Lakebottom Park with the 18th Annual Arts in the Park.
So it looks like red wine and dark chocolate are off the menu for the weekend, but it looks like we'll be so busy they won't be missed! Ok, maybe a little.
Now, I'm not hear to preach or tell you how to run your lives, but I would like to give you a not-so-sublte reminder that Mother's Day is THIS Sunday, so if you haven't already made plans to treat Mom to something special this weekend, you'd better get planning! How about if I give you a quick rundown of a couple of things going on that she might enjoy...and I'd be willing to be that you'd have a good time too!
Actually, if you just head to Uptown Columbus, you'll be right in the middle of tons of stuff going on. The Columbus Symphony Orchestra has their final performance of the season Saturday night at RiverCenter and if you're still celebrating on Monday, maybe take Mom out to dinner then treat her to a performance with the Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus at RiverCenter and their Maestro for a Moment performance...that's a really talented bunch of young musicians and the competition between the three guest 'conductors' is always a lot of fun!
If it's outdoor, festival-fun you're looking for...boy are you in for a TREAT! It's the return of RiverFest in Uptown Columbus and they have non-stop fun planned from Friday evening to late Saturday night. There's a concert tonight with an incredible Eagle's tribute band called On the Border who I hear are phenomenal, the Boy Scouts invade Woodruff Park with all sorts of cool stuff, there'll be food trucks on Dillingham Street Bridge, the 2nd Annual Dragon Boat Race, all sorts of activities going on in the river...stand-up paddleboards, kayak demonstrations, boatercross, rafting, a reenactment from Port Columbus showing how during the Civil War, ironclads were able to make a daring escape...going down the rapids!...food, food and more food, and lots of vendors selling just about anything you can think of!
Mom will love it, the kids will love it, you'll love it...sounds like a winner of a weekend for us all.
Find out lots more details about these and other events on the Event Calendar.
And Happy Mother's Day, Mom!!
It's been a tough day. A very difficult Friday. I mean, I'm sitting here gazing out my office window knowing that it's in the upper 70's outside, the sun is shining, a breeze is blowing, there's a gorgeous weekend staring us in the face...and it's not quitting time yet!! Oh well, that gives me a bit more time to figure out how I'm going to fill up my schedule with weekend with all the fun stuff happening. And I love our weekends around here because there's always such a variety of things going on. I mean, where else can you find a show featuring hi-tech marionettes at RiverCenter, a Half Marathon in Uptown, a concert tonight and Saturday night in Uptown, a 5K and One Mile Fun Run in Midtown Columbus, a night under the stars with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra on the beach at Callaway Gardens tonight (what a way to kick off the weekend!), and one of my favorite things they do all year at Oxbow Meadows...Reptile Fest!!
So if you're sitting at your desk, take a couple of minutes to dive into the Event Calendar to get a good look at what all is planned for the weekend!
Before there were plastic Easter baskets, plastic Easter eggs and plastic-tasting Easter candy, there was a bit more natural approach to celebrating this special holiday and the folks at the historic village of Wesville are giving us a peek into what it was like during the 1850's. Not only do we get to see what it was like, but there's a lot of hands-on stuff to do to really get the full experience. So instead of putting all your eggs in a basket, you get to start the fun off with making your own bag to fill with the "egg-cellent" treasures you find. (Sorry, it isn't Easter until there's a bad egg pun!) And speaking of eggs, I don't know how they do it, but instead of the chemical dips most of us use to get those brightly colored eggs, you'll use a natural dye that turns the eggs the most beautiful colors I've ever seen. You can even make an Easter paper flower bouquet, make a leather bracelet at the leather shop, fashion some pin wheels to spin in the breeze, and even join in the fun of an old-fashioned Easter Egg Roll! If you have kids, this would really be fun to take the short drive to Westville and enjoy some family fun together...and even if it's still a little drizzly on Saturday (April 19), not to worry because most of the activities take place in the historic buildings in the village.
And don't forget to check out the Event Calendar if you're looking for other things going on this weekend...there's plenty to choose from! Happy Easter!
I'm no meteorologist. In fact, I had to use Spell Check to make sure I hadn't left out some of the letters...which I did, by the way. But you don't have to be a "weather man" to know that it looks like we FINALLY have a perfect weekend to get out and play. Perfect. As in 80 degrees, not much humidity, and a slight breeze. Yes, please!
So, have you taken a look at the Event Calendar to start making some plans for your off time? Probably a good idea to do that because this is one of those weekends where you're going to have to make some choices...but that's a good problem. You might be in the mood for some outdoor festival fun with the Spring Fling at the Columbus Civic Center--if for no other reason than to try a Red Velvet Funnel Cake. Oh, and that was no typo. I said Red Velvet Funnel Cake. Or if it's music you want, set up camp in Woodruff Park in Uptown Columbus tonight and all day Saturday for Frogtown Hollow Music Jam--they'll have just about any genre of music that gets your toes tapping. You can also take your cell phone and/or iPad to the Springer Opera House for "Oops...I Tweeted Again" because you and you digital media will become part of the show! And then there's the Kaleidoscope concert at RiverCenter, big stuff going on at the Columbus Museum with their "Let There Be Art" event all weekend, and to top it off...a huge Easter Egg Hunt at Columbus Botanical Garden on Sunday.
Time to get your weekend started!