(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)
Categories: on Friday, September 23, 2016
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!
Categories: on Monday, September 19, 2016
“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!!
Categories: on Wednesday, June 8, 2016
In the South, summer is already here and that means that as the temperatures rise, so does the level of excitement on the Chattahoochee River in Columbus! The world’s longest urban whitewater adventure awaits and invites you to enterthe challenge instead of just watching the river rush by from its banks (but feel free to do that too! It is pretty amazing no matter where you stand!).
The rapid movement of the river across the rocks and into crashing whitewater provides the context for an experience with nature that will leave you feeling engaged with the world as it really is - wild and untamed. As the environmentalist John Muir said, “Rivers flow not past, but through us; tingling, vibrating, exciting every cell and fiber in our bodies, making them sing and glide.” Whitewater rafting on the Chattahoochee in Columbus invites you to go all out and engage the river as it is in all of its beauty and fury. Are you ready?
The 2.5 mile whitewater course that was named one of the top 12 man-made adventures in the world by USA Today is perfect for rafters or kayakers who want to plunge into the rushing waters and ride them to a state of joyful exuberance. Having a bland week? Bored this summer and want to get away? A weekend spent riding the rapids in Columbus will set your mind and body right. As Henry David Thoreau once said, “Who hears the rippling of rivers will not utterly despair of anything.” We would expand on that and say that he who plunges into this river with a helmet strapped on tight, a life jacket, and a paddle and rides the whitewater will be filled with a sense of energy and excitement about life that will have him coming back again and again!
Columbus has multiple venues to help you engage with the river in whatever way you’d like. Make your reservation and get started on your adventure! When you're done, step out of the boat and up the steps into the shops, restaurants, bars, and boutiques of Broadway and Uptown Columbus for an evening of great food, laughter, and relaxing! The rejuvenation that comes from rafting the Chattahoochee will have you coming back for more!
Categories: River Fun, on Thursday, May 26, 2016
As summer gets closer, and you are looking for unique ways to engage the outdoors mixing adventure, whitewater and sunshine, make sure you zip up your bags and zip over to Columbus for an adventure you’ll never forget! The dual zip line over the Chattahoochee River is the only zip line in America that connects two states. It is 1,200 feet long and riders experience speeds up to 40 mph as they glide around 125 feet over the river from Georgia to Alabama. Watch the rafters and kayakers battle the river below as you fly overhead. Then, finish the trip with another 400-foot extension into the woods along the Chattahoochee before you head back to your starting point!
The dual zip line is just another way that Columbus seeks to take the beauty and adventure inherent in the city’s surroundings and create ways for people to engage with the environment instead of just observe it. Instead of just taking a walk along the river, get in it! Fly over it on a zip line! Raft it. Kayak it. Experience the strength and power of it. Feel the wind on your body as you strap in and take that first, adrenaline-surging step off of the platform. Feel the drop before the line catches you and send you hurtling across the river through the air. It’s a dual line, so you can share the adventure with a friend or family member. Put the Go-Pro on, record the fun and share it with a friend. Your adventure weekend to Columbus will take on a new perspective as you sail over the Chattahoochee.
Columbus is a city that calls us to “Go All Out!” Before you visit, make sure to check the Columbus CVB’s visitor resources.
Visit Whitewater Express to get you started with your zip line adventure, whitewater rafting, kayaking or other outdoor activities. There’s so much to do when you visit Columbus, GA!
Categories: River Fun, on Monday, May 23, 2016
With all the access to lakes and rivers around here, chances are you've fished, boated, kayaked, rafted, skied, and maybe even taken a dip to cool off on one of our many hot summer days. But how about this for something different? Have you ever gone for a Moonlight Paddle? I haven't but this sounds pretty interesting! It's something going on this weekend with Outside World and now I know we are a few days away yet from the weekend, but this is one of those events where you need to register ahead of time because there is a very limited number of folks who can participate. It's the first Moonlight Paddle of the season and you'll get to paddle around beautiful Lake Oliver under a full moon with the guides from Outside World! It's about a 4-mile adventure and should last about 3 hours. It all kicks off at 8:30pm this Saturday (May 21) and the cost is $20, $15.00 If you supply your own kayak/equipment. Maybe it's just the romantic in me, but this has first date potential written all over it!
There are plenty of other things to get out and do this weekend and to find out all the details, just head to the Event Calendar to get the scoop!
Categories: River Fun, on Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Grow local. Buy local. Eat local. This mantra has become a guiding ideal for those who are seeking to be more rooted in their communities and to experience all that a region has to offer. From local farms and the restaurants that serve their produce to local craft makers who create the beauty that fills our homes, culture thrives when a city and region is able to show off what it brings from the ground up and what it makes with its own hands and heart. Columbus doesn’t hold these treasures back, but goes all out by putting its culture, produce and art on full display!
Did you know that one of the premier farmer’s markets and craft fairs in the South happens every week in Uptown in Columbus, GA? Every Saturday morning between 9am and noon, the 900-1100 blocks of Broadway are jam packed with over 200 different vendors selling local produce, baked goods and more to eat, along with handcrafted goods for you and your home.
Now that summer is barreling in, the fresh tomatoes, squash, and cucumbers will be overflowing baskets brought straight from the farm. Local honey from beekeepers, homemade preserves and jellies, soaps, candles, jewelry, crafts, local musicians and more will line the street for blocks.
If you want a fresh, organic experience to go along with meal preparation for the week, as well as to engage in a search for that perfect handcrafted piece of jewelry or art for your home, Broadway on Saturday mornings offers it all. But, more than that, it is a place and time for the community to gather, have a cup of coffee at an outdoor cafe and watch the people go by as the vendors sell their goods. It is a place to take in the beauty of spring and experience the bounty of Columbus and its surrounding farms and the creativity of its artistic community. Whether you live in Columbus or are coming in for the weekend, Market Days needs to be on your list!
Spring is festival season in the South and Columbus knows how to throw a party. This weekend, visitors and residents get the chance to "Go all out!" at the annual Uptown Riverfest in Woodruff Park overlooking the whitewater rapids of the Chattahoochee River. Starting at 6pm on Friday, May 6th and ending around midnight on May 7th, there will be outdoor concerts, food vendors, Dragon Boat races, whitewater rafting, arts and crafts for sale and the city on display for all to enjoy. Don't say that you have nothing to do this weekend. Columbus is ready to be explored!
Where else can you go and have access to all of this for free? There is no charge to enter the festival, but of course, you will want to buy food from many food trucks and vendors at Woodruff Park and on Dillingham Street. And, you will want to arrive early for the Dragon Boat races at 9am on the river at the Columbus Convention Center. Then, you will want to walk over to Woodruff Park for the Boy Scout Expo at 10am (especially if you have kids!) for all kinds of outdoor adventure activities.
Interested instead in shopping from local artists and designers? Then the Indie South Fair beginning at 10am on Dillingham Street is more your style. There will also be arts and craft vendors set up all over Woodruff Park. If you get hungry (and you will!), food trucks and vendors will be set up on the Dillingham Street Bridge with a wide variety of culinary offerings perfect for a spring festival.
Are you a music fan? Friday and Saturday evenings will feature one live band after another on the Woodruff Park stage, including Earth, Wind, and Fire and Fleetwood Mac tribute bands as well as regional artists like Lloyd Buchanan & Cubed Roots, who toured with the Grammy Award winning Alabama Shakes in 2015!
Friday, May 6
6pm: Alanna Royale
7pm: Chemistry Project Band
9pm: Kalimba, The Spirit of Earth Wind & Fire
Saturday, May 7th
9am: Dragon Boat Races
10am: Boy Scout Expo10am: Indie South Fair's Curated Market
4pm: Aces and 8s
5pm: Joe Country
6pm: The Shelby Brothers
7pm: Tusk, The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band
9pm: Lloyd Buchanan & Cubed Roots
10:45pm: Common Rival
Week after week, Columbus gives visitors and residents alike the chance to "Go all out!" and experience the outdoors, amazing food, great music, and one cultural experience after another. This weekend is another chance at Riverfest. Don't miss it!
Alan Cross, author and public policy influencer, recently visited Columbus, GA and shared his thoughts with us about his experience on a normal day. What a great perspective from a first-time visitor to Columbus!
If you are considering a visit to Columbus, GA when it “goes all out,” you might be thinking about coming for a huge event like RiverFest in May to enjoy food, music and activities. Or, you might want to try the longest urban whitewater course on in the world, visit world-class museums, or taste from the many restaurants that the Fountain City has to offer. As for me, I love experiences like that, but I also like to see a city on a normal day when it’s not expecting visitors and is just being itself.
Spring is a beautiful time of year in the Deep South when everything is in bloom, and the air is thick with the smell of honeysuckle and dogwood blossoms. Columbus embodies this and more. As I took an afternoon stroll on the Chattahoochee RiverWalk, I was struck by life breaking out all around me. Kids were running and exploring fountains at the Splash Pad. People were fishing. Kayakers were navigating the rapids below, and you could hear laughing with every splash of whitewater. People were jogging at the end of a beautiful day. There were couples and families everywhere from different heritages enjoying the sunshine. When Columbus thought no one was looking, it was peaceful and invited you to partake in the art of life painted in front of you. The city found another way to "go all out."
It was just a normal evening in late April, but as the river roared and the sun set on the Chattahoochee, the breeze reminded me again that the cool of spring was giving way to the warmth of the coming season. Summer is breaking in and you can feel it in the air, hear it in the laughter of the rafters and children playing. Everyone seems anxious to get on with the season's change much like the river itself can't keep from bounding over rocks and rushing through channels forged by time, water and the energy that is in this place ready to be unleashed.
Summer will have so much more to offer and it will all be on display. As for me, I found something meaningful and soul awakening at the end of a normal day in Columbus when the city thought no one was looking!
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Categories: River Fun, on Thursday, April 28, 2016