What's that old saying about "April Showers?" Whoever coined that phrase sure got it right this week. I'm certainly no meteorolgist, in fact I'm not even sure if I spelled it correctly, but looks like we're taking care of any rain deficit we had this year. So we're all in agreement that we need the rain, but why, oh why did it have to rain out most of the outdoor activities this weekend? Guess timing is everything, but not to worry, they've already rescheduled one of the big festivals that was set for this weekend, Frogtown Hollow Jam, moving it to next weekend (April 24 & 25).
And lest your spirits be dampened by the downpours and deluges (bad pun but it had to be done), there's still plenty of indoor fun on the horizon. Just did a little research on the Event Calendar, and found a pretty impressive list of inside events you might want to look into. The Springer Opera House just opened a show this week called "Why, Baby, Why? The Music of George Jones and Tammy Wynette." And man, what an opening...first night--SOLD OUT! So my suggestion would be to call post haste and order your tickets before more shows sell out. And for a little comedy relief, there's No Shame Theatre which takes place every Friday night beginning at 10:30 and admission is only $5. The beauty of this show is that it's never the same thing twice and you never know what you might see on stage!
Across the street at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, you've got a choice of a performance of "The Great Gatsby" Saturday night or on Sunday, the Schwob School of Music at CSU is offering all sorts of musical options with anything from a Choral Concert, Horn, Trombone and Guitar Studio Recitals...whatever kind of music you like, chances are they'll have something for you.
The Liberty Theatre has a production underway called "Vengeance: A Gospel Stage Play." Hearing a lot of good buzz about this one and why not...anything with vengeance and gospel in the title has got to be interesting!
If you're in an artsy mood, check out all the happenings at the Columbus Museum with their "Let There Be Art" event. They've got tons of stuff planned all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday!
And just the short drive up to La Grange to Hills & Dales Estate, you'll find an Ivy Topiary workshop taking place on Saturday, so you guys with the green thumbs will love hearing what these master gardeners have to share with you. Sure wish I wasn't a plant-killer.
Whatever you do this weekend, stay safe, have fun and try and stay dry!
It's getting late in the afternoon and I have no doubt that in between meetings, classes, errands, kids and shopping, you've let your mind wander to its happy place for just a few minutes to think a bit about what you can do this weekend. And that's ok. Let me be the first to reassure you that you'll have plenty of opportunities for some real-life diversions...because sometimes you just need a break from the Monday-Friday routine. I believe I may have found something to do just that.
Have you ever heard of or been to a drum circle? If you have, chances are you've got it on your calendar already for Saturday night, but if you haven't, think about giving this out-of-the-ordinary gathering a try. It all happens from 6:00-9:00pm in the 1100 block of Broadway, it's free, family-friendly and you don't even have to know anything about playing the drums. No drum? No problem! They'll have plenty to go around. No dancing ability? No problem! They're just making it up anyway. That's half the fun. The featured artist for April is Jill Christensen, who will be creating some live art on the spot throughout the drum circle, and she'll have some of her own awesome art available for sale, and for just looking at!
I recently read an article that said participating in drum circles helps to improve your mood, enhances overall wellness, and helps you to relax.
You had me at "improving your mood and relaxing." Guess I know what I'm doing Saturday night.
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There's a beautiful Easter holiday weekend on the horizon and it looks like there's plenty to get out and do with your family and friends. But you can't have Easter without the traditional Easter Egg Hunt, so if you have little ones and you're looking for places to go where you can put their baskets to work, then take a look at these options.
You can take the short drive south to Florence Marina State Park for their Festival by the Lake Craft Day and Easter Egg Hunt this Saturday from 10:00am-4:00pm. The Easter Egg Hunt begins at 1:00pm but before and after that, there's tons to take in--like craftsmen showing off their skills as a blacksmith, flint knapper, knife making, wood carvers, rug makers, storyteller, quilts, woodwork, candle dipping, bee keeping, plus vendors will have a wide variety of crafts for sale. A fishing booth, face painting booth, and much more will be available for children of all ages. There will be live entertainment and a variety of good foods or pack your picnic basket and spend the day at any of their picnic tables and shelters. Sounds like a perfect way to spend a Saturday in the great outdoors!
Or you can head up the road to Callaway Gardens and hunt for thousands of candy eggs on the lawn at Robin Lake Beach...and be on the lookout for some very special prize eggs, too! The Easter Bunny will be there at 12:00pm to kick things off so make sure your kids get their photo made with him and then enjoy all the festivities including the egg hunts, a DJ, face painting, balloon artist and more fun. Egg hunts are free with paid admission to Callaway Gardens.
If you want to keep things close to home on Saturday, hop on down to Woodruff Park in Uptown Columbus for the Muscogee County Sheriff's Office "Project Lifesaver Easter Egg Scramble." Looks like a whole lot of fun going on here with an autism-friendly egg hunt that will include more than 2800 eggs, bouncey houses, obstacle courses, slides, and even some Project Lifesaver demonstrations. It's absolutely free and everyone is welcomed to attend.
Good luck on finding the golden egg! Me? I'm on the hunt for one final bag of Cadbury Mini Eggs!!
After coming off a not-so-pleasant winter, I'll take the nuisance of a little bit of yellow flower dust any day of the week...besides, all this pollen will be out of here in a couple of weeks and leave behind a carpet of colorful flowers and trees heavy with bright green leaves. This is the kind of weather that beckons you to go outside and play, find some fun stuff going on under the sun. Looks like this weekend is shaping up to be just that with a plate-full of events that will have you clamoring to get out of the house and enjoy doing something a little different.
Kick the weekend off tonight (Mar 27) at FDR State Park in Pine Mountain with a cool twist on the traditional Easter egg hunt. This one is called the "Night Eggstravaganza" and you guessed it...it's a nighttime egg hunt, so make sure the kids bring their Easter baskets and a flashlight for this nocturnal hunt! They'll also have a Petting Corrale, an Easter Hat Parade and Contest (you can decorate one before you get there or do it on site) and you can have your kids picture made with Roosevelt Bunny! Just south of Columbus, there's a lot to choose from like the Sisters in Science event at Westville all day Saturday, or a guided Geology Hike at Providence Canyon State Park. This is the perfect time of year to lace up your hiking boots and check out the sites in that series of canyons...beautiful! Head north of town Saturday night to Callaway Gardens for their Singer-Songwriters Night. They'll have four very different performers and what makes this night special is that each singer will give you the story behind the song and then, of course, play it for you. You'll be under the stars at the ski pavilion on Robin Lake Beach so talk about the perfect spot for some acoustic music!
If you need to take a break from all that fresh air, don't forget about No Shame Theatre at the Springer Opera House or the more family-friendly performance...Showtime at The LibertyTheatre tonight, a show full of good, clean, fun with singing, dancing, comedy and more!
That's a lot of info so to make sure you get all the details on these and lots of other things going on, check out the Event Calendar and start planning your weekend!
Is there anything more torturous than sitting at your desk with a stack full of reports waiting to be handled yet you can see a sliver of blue sky through a distant window and you know what's about to happen. Your thoughts begin to wander from the task at hand and you start thinking about what to plant in your garden, late afternoon cookouts, you even picture yourselr running through a field of wildflowers...in slow motion. Yep. You have a bad case of it my friend. Spring Fever has hit and none of us are immune. And the good news, it's nothing that a good dose of springtime fun won't cure.
As luck would have it, Uptown Columbus just held their annual announcement of all the events they have scheduled for the season and my advice is to get some rest now because it's going to be non-stop fun this Spring! Make sure you go on the Event Calendar or visit Uptown's calendar to get a good look at everything they're planning, like the Uptown Songwriter Series that will feature amazing songwriters from the southeast, the Big To Do Concert Series (it's the best way to unwind on a Friday night), Market Days on Broadway on Saturdays, RiverFest Weekend, the 3rd Annual Uptown Dragon Boat Race, the Columbus Comic Parade, Frogtown Hollow Jam, lots of runs, and something new and really off-the-wall--an event called Slide the City, which includes a 1000-foot slip and slide! And that's just the beginnng. But the really amazing thing about all of these events and all of this fun? It won't cost you a dime to attend because it's all free.
It's going to be a great Spring.......goodbye Winter!
About this same time every year, Columbus Hospice puts on an event that, quite simply, is one of the things I look forward to most each year. It's called "Purse Party for Pets" and no doubt, it's an incredibly fun way to spend part of your Saturday, but most importantly, it's to benefit the Pet Peace of Mind Program at Columbus Hospice. This program is all about providing vet care, grooming, and pet food to hospice patients’ pets at no charge to the patient and their family. Let's face it, our pets become part of the family and they need to be taken care of as well...not to mention there's something to be said for the health benefits of having your favorite furry, four-legged friend around when you need them the most.
But now, back to this purse party. If you've never been before, you are in for a treat! Expect to see lots of handbags of all shapes, sizes, colors, designers, and price ranges during the live auction and several tables full of silent auction treasures--like the year I spotted and hovered over a small, robins egg-blue Chanel bag that now proudly sits in my closet and gets brought out on special occasions. Then there're the purses I got from the bargain table for next to nothing and they look brand new! Of course, when you go to a live auction, the items have to be displayed in some form and the organizers of this event came up with quite the clever idea to get all us ladies in the audience to pay attention and to bid...and bid....and bid! They recruited several gentlemen from the community to "model" these pocketbooks...guys dressed as anything from a sharp-dressed corporate businessman, a surgeon in his scrubs complete with stethoscope, a hard hat-wearing construction worker, dashing men in uniform, and even a cowboy...giddyup! Couple that with lots of great music and a champagne brunch with delicious goodies provided by Chef Jamie Keating. It all gets underway at the RiverMill Event Centre on Saturday, March 14 at 11:00am.
Take your money, bring home a new purse, enjoy the show, and know that you are helping out a very valuable program at Columbus Hospice! Let the bidding begin......
You can tell Winter is slowly melting away and that Spring is on the horizon just by taking a look at all the events being organized as we speak. There's a lot about to happen with the advent of this new season and even this weekend, you get a sense of what we have to look forward to by the number...and variety...of entertaining options to get out and enjoy. Just in the past couple of weeks, I was able to begin shaking off the cobwebs of winter by attending the Russian Ballet at RiverCenter, getting swept away in the Broadway smash "The Producers" at the Springer Opera House, and was wiping away tears of giggle-fits brought on by comedian Kathleen Madigan. The point is, we all need an escape from the Monday through Friday grind, and a little fun distraction on the weekend does a lot of good for the body and soul.
And we're lucky enough to live in a city where you have choices, variety, and a lot of options to choose from. Take a look at the Event Calendar to get all the details on things like the First Friday Artwalk in Uptown, the Ledger-Enquirer Home & Garden Show at the Trade Center, a Brass Band Concert at RiverCenter, or head outside for Ride on Bikes Time Change Party or the Open Door Community 5K at Woodruff Park in Uptown Columbus with Big Dog Running Company. And if you haven't had a chance to see "The Producers" at the Springer, get online NOW to order your tickets! Got the chance to see it and it is a whole lot of fun with typical Mel Brooks humor. Between the incredible singing, amazing costumes, sets that look like they came right off a Broadway stage, and some very impressive dance choreography, I think you'll be impressed as well!
Just remember, you have one less hour to squeeze all the fun in this weekend. Daylight Saving Time is back so set your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed Saturday night...or you're going to be really late for everything on Sunday!
Hope is on the horizon. What a difference a day or two makes...clear, blue skies and a sun beaming its love in our direction today. And hopefully, with Spring only 21 days away (yes, I am counting), maybe Mother Nature is on an up-swing with her mood. We probably haven't seen the last gloomy day of winter yet, but let's enjoy this weekend while we can. If you've been cooped up far too long and are in desperate need of some fun to shake off the gray clouds in your head, check out the Event Calendar and start making some plans to do just that!
Lots of stuff lined up to do this weekend and a really good variety to choose from. If you're in the mood for sporty type stuff, check out the NFCA NAIA Leadoff Classic Softball Tournament at the South Commons Softball Complex--it'll be some of the best fastpitch softball you've ever seen, or for something completely different, head to the corner of 14th Street and Broadway Saturday morning for the VIP Bed Race--and if you're saying to yourself..."Bed Race?" Yep, it's exactly what you're thinking! Teams have come together to fashion the most creative beds and they'll be racing them in the street! It's all to the benefit Valley Interfaith Promise--a great organization here in Columbus. Or maybe pile the kids in the car and take the short trek to FDR State Park for their Dr. Seuss Read Across America and Costume Contest. You'll hear lots of great stories, see some creative costume designs and it's really great that the admission charged for this is only two canned goods per person for the local food bank.
If you want to keep the fun indoors, you're in luck. RiverCenter for the Performing Arts will play host to comedian Kathleen Madigan on Friday night, the Broadway classic Jekyll & Hyde Saturday evening, and the annual CSU Guitar Symposium going on all weekend long. Or if you're in need of musical comedy, then the Springer Opera House may just be your ticket. I'm hearing from lots of folks that this is one of the best productions the Springer has ever done...and that's high praise indeed!
Don't worry about the weather...just enjoy the weekend!
Hopefully by now, you've gotten all the 'necessaries' for your sweetie for Valentine's Day. Something chocolate. A mushy card. Maybe even reservations for a nice dinner. Those are all great...especially the chocolate and more specifically, those little heart-shaped Snickers...I digress but that's what happens when chocolate enters the conversation, but how about making plans to do something special together. Making a memory. Going out for dinner is a wonderful idea, but how about making it a murder mystery dinner? The folks with Sherlock's Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre have a brand new production going on at the Columbus Marriott and it's called "Sherlock's An Invitation to Murder" and if you've never been to a dinner like this, it's a hoot! You might even be the one "who dunnit!" You get a fabulous meal, a wonderul show during dinner and you'll be talking about this for many Valentine's to come.
Or how about taking in a concert with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra? Now, before you start with excuses like "I don't know anything about classical music" or "That kind of music just isn't my cup of tea...I'm more of a Country fan", then tomorrow night's event might be right up your alley! This one is titled "Music City Hit Makers" and it truly can be defined as 'where country meets the symphony.' It'll feature the artists who wrote the hit songs made famous by country artists like Lady Antebellum, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Martina McBride, Kelly Clarkson, and many others. So do something a little out of the norm and surprise your Valentine with tickets!
If you want to get outdoors and enjoy this short window of nice weather, take an adventure on the Blue Heron Zip Line this weekend because if you go in groups of two or more, your Valentine gets to zip for free! (Just make sure you make reservations.) Or put on your hiking shoes and take the short trip to Providence Canyon State Park for their guided Geology Hike on Saturday. This is a great time of year to see the canyons so make sure to bring your camera and binoculars.
Cards, candy and cuddling are nice, but it's the adventures you share that make life together special!
Poor February. Its only claim to fame for most of us is a one-day holiday in the middle of the month that involves sappy, cheesy cards, plastic-like chocolate, and a stuffed animal to cuddle with, which would be great if you were 6 years old. We complain that it's too cold and grey outside and it's just a dull, listless month sandwiched between the end of the holidays and the beginning of Spring. But wait. All is not lost. The times, they are a-changing.
Last night, while online to order tickets for a performance at the RiverCenter, I completely got sucked into their event calendar and was stunned at all of the events on their lineup between now and the end of the month. So who cares if it's cold, windy and rainy outside, we've got tons of indoor fun to take advantage of under one roof! I ordered my tickets for the Russian Ballet's performance of Swan Lake on Feb. 20, and I'm also considering taking the plunge on tickets for The Time Jumpers featuring Vince Gill, Music City Hitmakers with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and a little later this month, you can catch the Broadway musical Jekyll and Hyde, or have a little laugh-therapy with comedian Kathleen Madigan. OK, I admit it. I went ahead and ordered ticktets to see her because a few good belly-laughs would do me good. See ya, winter doldrums.
Thinks there's nothing fun to do in February? Think again and take a look at the Event Calendar...it will make you look at the dead of winter in a whole different light!
There are secrets you'll keep forever, there are secrets you wouldn't dare share with anyone else, and then there are secrets you just can't wait to share with anyone and everyone! And that's what this is...one of the best kept secrets in Columbus has to be the Visitors Center at 900 Front Avenue and I'm here to tell the world about it. Whether you're a visitor, just moving to town or have lived here you whole life, this Center is wealth of information. Full of brochures about all the things to do in Columbus, the surrounding area and even the state, event information, and videos to whet your appetite on new adventures. Speaking of appetite, in the Gift Shop, you can even satisfy some cravings for Southern goodies like cheese straws made from grits...and they are delicious, muscadine jelly, and barbecue sauce. Or pick up some really cool Columbus, GA or Whitewater T-shirts, caps, sunglasses, picnic bags, and a good variety of books with topics from history, to cooking to ghost stories! Pop in anytime Monday-Friday from 8:30am-5:30pm or if you're out and about on Saturday, come on in between 10:00am-2:00pm. I'm telling you...it's worth the visit just to pick up a box of those Cheddar Cheese Grits Bits!
Well, I'm glad you asked! Thanks to the wonders of the world wide web, we now have access to just about any kind of information you can think of! How to make the perfect omelet...there's a video for that. What are the stats for the teams playing in this Sunday's Super Bowl...there's a site for that. Can someone help me potty-train my new puppy...there's a blog for that. You name it, it's out there. And thankfully, you don't have to look far and wide to find out about things happening closer to home. It never fails when I'm out and about, someone will always ask how I find out about all the events going on around town and I'm happy to tell them there is one site that's a wealth of info and details. The Event Calendar (you can find it on visitcolumbusga.com) is a gem when it comes to being a reference of scheduled events.
The really cool thing about this calendar is that you can search by date, or the type of event you're looking for...arts, history, shopping, river fun, concerts...or you can look at particular venues in town to see what's on their line-up. So, if you want to find out what sort of plans you need to make for this weekend, with just this one calendar you can get more details on things like Lend Me A Tenor at the Springer Opera House, the For the Love of Music Dessert Auction and Side by Side Concert at RiverCenter (there are cakes, pies and desserts at this one people--need I say more?!), the big Super Bowl 5K/10K/1Mile Run in Uptown (to help run off those cakes, pies and desserts), Pianomania at RiverCenter, and even some dinner theatre at Riverside Theatre Complex.
And that's just a smattering of what you'll find. Just make sure you check the Event Calendar often because new items are added constantly and that way you won't miss out on any of the fun!
They say music is good for the soul and if that's the case, you've got plenty of opportunities this weekend to get your fill in Columbus, GA! I'm hearing lots of buzz about the latest production at the Springer Opera House called "Lend Me A Tenor." Anything with a creative title like that has got to be good! That and the fact this Broadway classic has won three Tony Awards is a pretty good indication we're going to love this one. And the plot? Just know that it involves the greatest tenor of his generation, an accidental double dose of tranquilizers, and a theatre assitant who tries to fool the audience as a stand-in. What could possibly go wrong with that?!
If you're in the mood for a little classical music Saturday night, you're in luck because we just happen to have one of the oldest and best orchestras in the nation and they call Columbus home. For this performance at RiverCenter, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra is welcoming Atlanta Symphony Orchestra concertmaster, David Coucheron, with a performance of Samuel Barber's lyrical violin concerto. They'll also be doing works by the mystical Alan Hovhaness, the most famous American composer Aaron Copland, and a "Romantic" symphony by Howard Hanson.
Whether you sing along, hum along, tap your toes or just let the music take you away, get out and enjoy a tune or two this weekend!
Let's face it. We're all still dragging a bit from all of the excitement and hustle and bustle of the holidays. And something tells me that I may not be the only one in my neighborhood that still needs to finish taking down all of the Christmas decorations...but we'll save that topic for another day. So it comes at a great time that for most of us, we've got a three-day weekend to look forward to. Should be the perfect time to watch a little football, take a nap or three or maybe actually get out and enjoy some of this sunshine that Mother Nature has graced us with for the next few days. You've got a lot of things to choose from if you're looking for something fun to get into. For some indoor entertainment, take your pick from a production at Riverside Theatre Complex called The Tallest Tale Ever Told, The Marriage of Figaro at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts or the 3D D-Day movie showing at the IMAX Theater at the National Infantry Museum.
If your lung could do with a little fresh air, there's plenty of outside stuff like the Junior Ranger Day Camp at Florence Marina State Park on Saturday from 10:00am-3:00pm...just make sure you preregister for this one. If you don't let a little thing like heights bother you, you really should head to Oxbow Meadows and take a hike in the Tree Top Canopy. It's 35 feet off the ground but you get a really cool view of the wetlands, the river trees, and even some wildlife. And if I can do it...and 7 year olds can do it...anyone can!
And since lots of folks will be off Monday, how about something a little different to do that day? Head up to F.D. Roosevelt State Park in Pine Mountain for a Winter Wilderness Trail Ride. You'll get saddled up on horseback and take a one-hour trail ride with a guide and naturalist and you'll get to see the park from a whole new perspective and get a bit of a history lesson on the way. You might even want to take a picnic lunch with since the ride will be over around noon.
Enjoy the weekend!
Christmas trees have been tossed to the curbside (or better yet, dropped off at a recycling site), decorations packed away for another year (we'll be cleaning up that glitter for a few weeks), calorie-laden goodies cleaned out of the fridge (we'll be carrying that around our midsections for a few weeks), and now your home is back to normal, yet seems a little empty without all the added trimmings. And as glad as you are that you survived the chaos that sometimes goes along with the holidays, you can't help but feel a little sad that it's all over. Well, just because you can't get away with wearing your tackiest Christmas sweater anymore, doesn't mean you can't have a little fun. In fact, I think fun is just what the doctor ordered to get over the post-holidays blues.
If you haven't already made reservations to check out the next production at the RiverCenter, hop online or give them a call to get tickets for Sister Act! You only have one chance to see this Broadway extravaganza and it's this Thursday (1.8.2015) night (7:30pm). It features original music by 8-time Oscar® winner Alan Menken and tells the story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look—a convent! Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. Tons of great music and lots of fun in this one! And if you were thinking about going to the pre-show dinner at the RiverCenter, you’re out of luck because it’s already sold out! Not to worry, there are plenty of great restaurants in Uptown to have dinner before the show. Sounds like a perfect date-night for a Thursday!
I distinctly remember as a kid having a grown up tell me that time seems to go by much faster the older you get. Couldn't really understand that logic as a young 'un, but boy were they right. Take this year. Where has 2014 gone? It seemed to go by in the blink of an eye. Hopefully, we all have good memories and accomplishments to take with us into the new year and I can't think of a better way to say goodbye to 2014 and hello to 2015 than with a big party! And my favorite part? All we have to do is put on our dancing shoes and show up...someone else is doing all the party-planning, so that means no cleaning up the house, no cooking, baking, or decorating. It's as simple as making reservations for the 2014 Rivertown New Year's Eve Ball at the Columbus Convention & Trade Center!
The Rivertown Ball is the area's premiere occasion for New Year's Eve. This year features a sumptuous dinner (if you haven't sampled the food from the new chef at the Trade Center, you're in for a treat!), followed by hours of dancing with Lady and the Tramps (also known as the Tradewinds), a New Year's champagne toast and huge balloon drop await the stroke of midnight. The fun doesn't stop there because they'll even have a Continental Breakfast to bring the evening to an end and there'll be door prizes announced throughout the night.
So I say, put on something sparkly and festive, grab your favorite dance partner and ring in this New Year in style at the Trade Center tomorrow night! Here's wishing you a happy, healthy, peaceful and prosperous 2015!
If you have a houseful of guests this weekend and you're wondering how you're going to keep them entertained after all of the packages have been unwrapped and the turkey and dressing have been devoured...make sure you take a look at the Event Calendar because there are still lots of fun things to get out and do. Pile all your folks in the minivan and head to Callaway Gardens for Fantasy in Lights, just named one of the top holiday light displays in the country, or take in the fun at some of the special holiday progams at the local libraries, take the quick trip to LaGrange and see Hills & Dales all decked out for the holidays, and maybe end the weekend on a musical note with a Bluegrass Jam Session at the Barn at Lake Pines.
Whatever you do this holiday season, enjoy it with family and friends. From all of us at the Columbus, GA Convention & Visitors Bureau, we'd like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and we hope that 2015 will be your best year yet!
After talking with some friends earlier today--ok, really we were eating Christmas cookies in the kitchen, but let's face it that's where the best conversations take place--anyway, we decided there are three dominate personality types during the holidays: 1. The panicky person who realizes this is the last weekend before Christmas so now might be a good time to start shopping. (I can relate.) 2. The type of person who started their shopping in April, had it all bought by May and everything wrapped and safely hidden in the attic by June. Oh, and all the decorating and baking are finished as well by now. (P.S. and By the Way--the rest now feel completely inadequate thanks to you guys.) and 3. The person who just doesn't care about all the presents, fancy wrapping and bows...they'll find a great gift, stick it in a sparkly gift-bag, then be on their way to actually enjoy the season and all the fun things there are to get out and do! Those are the folks I want to hang out with this weekend. And if you check the Event Calendar, you'll see there's lots to choose from this weekend. I mean a lot.
All of the theatres in Columbus are busy this weekend with "Disney's Mary Poppins" and "A Tuna Christmas" at the Springer Opera House, "Tiny Tim's Christmas Carol" with the Family Theatre, and Langston Hughes' "Black Nativity" at the Liberty Theatre & Cultural Center. Maybe you've got time for a quick roadtrip this weekend so head north to LaGrange to enjoy the holiday season at Hills & Dales Estate--talk about a stunning house, but just wait until you see it all decorated for Christmas. Then hop over to Pine Mountain and create some Holiday Crafts with Santa at FDR State Park, complete with sleigh-hayrides, music and hot chocolate. And since you'll be in the neighborhood, make sure you put Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens on your schedule for the weekend. That is a MUST during the season.
If you need a little music to make your holidays complete, look no further than a couple of performances happening at RiverCenter. Saturday night (Dec. 20) it's a Rivertown Christmas with nationally-known singer-songwriter Allen Levi. Allen may be well known all over the country, but he's also a much loved local son who is blessed with a voice and a talent to paint a picture with a song better than anyone I know. He always puts on a great show. And speaking of musical wonders, Monday evening (Dec. 22) Cantus Columbus will present their 15th Annual Cantus Christmas. This year, they're welcoming a special guest organist and a brass quintet to bring this music to life. This one will leave you with goosebumps!!
So finish up your shopping, wrap the last present, make one more batch of cookies, then call it a day and go have some Christmas fun!
Have you ever thought about all the different Christmas traditions around the world? In some European countries, kids leave out boots and shoes on the windowsill to be filled with goodies; in France, they serve 13 different kinds of desserts at the evening meal (wonder if it's too late for me to book a flight to France?); in Nigeria, they celebrate with fireworks; and it's summertime in the southern hemisphere, so folks head to the beach for oceanside barbecues.
And of course, we have our own traditions here like decorating a tree, belting out off-tune Christmas carols, and even kissing under the mistletoe. But for quite a few of us, one tradition has remained constant for many years...and it involves tuna. Not the kind from the can, not the kind you go deepsea fishing for, and not a casserole...rather the ficticious town of Tuna, Texas and the holiday hijinks that go on there. It's none other than the much-loved production at the Springer Opera House, "A Tuna Christmas." I'm not alone in my love of this play. Every year when I go, I see many of the same smiling faces, wearing their tackiest of tacky Christmas sweaters to help set the mood on the stage. At least, I hope that's why they're wearing them.
If you've never been before, you are truly missing a treat--and a much needed stress-relieving, belly-laughing night of just plain silly fun. And then you'll understand why so many of us make a point to be in the audience, with hopes that Helen Bedd and Inita Goodwin will pick us out of the crowd to marvel at our Christmas attire, only to be delicately, yet shamefully, mocked at wearing something so tasteless in public. Or sing along with DiDi Snavely as she butchers carols. Or get caught up in the laugh frenzy when at the very end of the show, Bertha and Arles....wait a minute, I'm not giving that away. You'll just have to go see for yourself. Just be prepared.
The production wraps next Tuesday evening (Dec. 23) and many of the shows are known to sell out. My best advice is to call and make reservations so you won't be disappointed...I guarantee you won't be!
There's no mistaking it. You can feel it in the air. The holidays are here and they've brought with them that special magic and indescribable feeling. Just about everyone seems a little happier, Christmas carols being hummed, decadent goodies to sneak out of the breakroom at work, even the worse-than-usual traffic doesn't seem to phase you. OK, maybe the traffic thing is a stretch. Nothing that an extra glass of egg nog when you get home wouldn't take care of. If you're looking for some yuletide fun this weekend to boost your spirits even more, you're in luck. There's a schedule full of happenings, so the best thing to do is to take a look at the Event Calendar, get all the details, and make a plan!
A couple of things you should really try and catch this weekend include the Reindeer Run and Bi-City Christmas Parade in Uptown Columbus Saturday morning, A Tuna Christmas and Mary Poppins at the Springer Opera House, The Black Nativity at the Historic Liberty Theatre, and an absolute Christmas tradition--the Columbus Ballet's performance of The Nutcracker at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts.
Take a break from all the shopping and wrapping this weekend...and enjoy a little holiday cheer!