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!
Click to find Resources in the Guide for your visit to Columbus, GA.
Categories: River Fun, on Thursday, April 28, 2016
ALL OUT HIP! -- Georgia Vines Beer & Wine Festival--April 16th
If you enjoy Uptown’s Fall Beer & Wine Festival, then you have another annual festival to look forward to this year! Uptown Columbus announced a new festival this Spring featuring all things Georgia Made. Visit Columbus, Ga. on April 16th for the the Georgia Vines Beer & Wine Festival, and sample over 100 different Georgia made beers and wines, listen to music from indie rock band The Weeks and munch on Georgia themed food items! There are a limited 1,500 tickets being sold, so be sure to get yours fast.
How does the festival work? Attendees pay an entrance fee, and are given a souvenir sample mug. They then have the opportunity of unlimited samplings once they get into the festival. Attendees can leave their wallets behind, unless they want to try some of the food vendors! Food vendors will be challenged with offering Georgia themed items on its menu. White Oak Pastures, Barberitos, WheelHaus Provisions and Philly-osophy will all be in attendance.
The Weeks, an indie rock band out of Florence, Mississippi will be performing during the festival. Their sound is one of rock and roll with a touch of southern heat. They have played at Bonnaroo, Hangout, Shakey Knees and Austin City Limits. Currently working on a new album, this band is not one to be missed!
Did we mention that the festival overlooks the Columbus GA Whitewater course? As you listen to great music and sip on beer and wine, you will watch rafters take on the whitewater course, and zippers soar across the Chattahoochee River!
This will surely be another annual festival that everyone looks forward to in Columbus. If you love beer, wine & good music, the Georgia Vines Beer & Wine Festival is not to be missed. The festival is selling a limited number of tickets, so be sure to purchase sooner than later. To purchase tickets visit springeroperahouse.org.
You only need to step outside and see the sun a little higher in the sky, the temps climbing a bit, and of course even a few yellow particles of pollen already floating in the air, and you know Spring is just around the corner. Just 9 more days and we'll be cranking up one of the best times all year to get outside, find new adventures and events to enjoy, brush away the cobwebs of Winter and clear your head. And speaking of events, I can promise you this new season is bringing lots and lots of both indoor and outdoor fun and one of the best ways you can keep track of it all is by hopping onto the Event Calendar to get all the who, what, when and where info.
Spring hasn't even offically sprung yet, but just take a look at all that's going on this weekend! Tonight it all kicks off with the Synovus Toast of the Town at RiverMill Event Center, which is a big fundraiser for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and be ready for all kinds of tasty treats like specialty beer, wine, spirits and lots of great food. And it looks like RiverMill is a hotspot this weekend because you can also take in the murder mystery with Sherlock's Mystery Dinner Theatre, this one called, "Iceberg, Ho! THe Voyage of the S.S. Gigantic." You know the food is going to be terrific because Chef Jamie Keating is in charge and I can guarantee you'll be entertained by the theatre part...and you might even become a part of the action.
Find some old, light-colored clothes and lace up your running shoes and head to Uptown Columbus for the biggest and most fun run all year long! It's time for the annual Color Me Rad 5K and if you've never participated, it's a hoot!! Last year, there was a huge turnout and it was so cool to see groups of friends all dressed alike and families with kids in tow having a blast getting 'baptized' with the blue, pink, yellow, orange, and purple colors. Even if you don't run or walk, it's a site to see!
And you can cap off this weekend with some mellow sounds from one of the best musicians on the planet, Chris Botti. He's a Grammy-award winning jazz trumpeter and I hear he's also a great storyteller and loves audience interaction during the performance. Got my tickets already and really looking forward to this one at RiverCenter this Saturday night.
That's just a taste of what's going on this weekend...so just you wait until Spring REALLY gets here...it's going to be epic!
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Categories: Events, on Thursday, January 7, 2016
Well, it's time to undecorate the tree, pack away all the holiday sparkles, and get your house, and routine, back in order. It's always a little sad when all the festivities are over, but now we have entire new adventures to look forward to in 2016.
And if you're thinking that January is just cold, lifeless, and completely devoid of things to do...well, that's where you're wrong. It might finally get a little chilly around here--it is winter after all--but January is shaping up to be full of events like half-marathons and 5k runs, there's a huge Wedding Extravaganza, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra has a major performance planned, the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts and the Springer Opera House are right in the middle of their busy seasons, and you know there's always something going on in Uptown Columbus so be on the lookout for Market Days on Saturday and even a new Happy Hour Tour!
Here's wishing you a happy and healthy 2016...and the time to get out and take in some fun!
This is December, right? We are only 10 or so days away from the start of winter, right? And it's HOW HOT outside?! Oh well, you've got to love this Georgia weather. What's the old saying about our weather..."Wait 10 minutes and it'll change!" So if this warmer-than-it's-supposed-to-be-this-time-of-year-weather has you struggling to get into the holiday spirit, thank goodness for central air conditioning! You've got plenty of options to step inside some amazing facilities and take in their Christmas festivities and performances...not to mention some cool air.
And around these parts, nothing says bring on the egg nog season more than "A Tuna Christmas" at the Springer Opera House. Whether you go every single year because you know how funny this show is (that would be me), or if this will be your first-ever experience, it's a holiday classic in Columbus.
I mean just look at these faces...
The Springer is a busy place this season with another production on the mainstage..."Beauty & The Beast." That's a show all ages will love and the good news about this one is that it's going on until December 23 (just like "Tuna") so if you can't work it in this weekend, make it a date a little later in the month.
Just across the street at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, they also have a couple of great performances to take in including another Christmas classic, the Columbus Ballet's "The Nutcracker." With a cast of over 100 performers, live orchestra, incredible costumes and acclaimed guest artists, we're talking about a big production. You can catch this one Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon (Dec. 12 & 13). Then on Tuesday, Fancy Nancy hits the stage with her "Splendiferous Christmas" special and this is a must for Fancy Nancy Fans!
And so we don't forget the real meaning of the season, the Historic Liberty Theatre presents their 3rd annual production of Langston Hughes' "Black Nativity." This show will run December 11-13 and is a joyous gospel musical celebrating the birth of Christ.
Now, if it just gets too hot or too hectic with all the Christmas shopping or if you have a house full of relatives visiting, strap on your skates and go do a little ice skating at the Columbus Ice Rink or get strapped in at the Blue Heron Adventure for the Hap-Hap-Happiest of Christmas Zips and zip line your way from Georgia to Alabama across the Chattahoochee River! Believe me, you'll know it when you see it because the staff has decorated the jump tower in a fashion that would make Clark Griswold a happy man!
This weekend is shaping up to be the winner of the year as far as having the most fun packed into these 48 or so hours! Want to know the Top 10 things you should check out? Then click away to see what the cool folks at Electric City Life have uncovered and start planning how you're going to do all this stuff!!!
Broadway Holiday Snow Fun!
Thanksgiving is a time to spend with family and friends......but when it's time to get those family and friends out of the house this holiday weekend, there's still plenty for you to get out and do! Pile everyone up in the car and take the short trip to Callaway Gardens and drive through the magic of Fantasy in Lights--one of the largest outdoor holiday lights events in this part of the world. In fact, there are over 8 MILLION lights to dazzle you. And the weather looks perfect for it this weekend.
To keep the winter theme going and to work off a little of that dressing and pumpkin pie, lace up your skates at the Columbus Ice Rink and take a few turns gliding on the ice. They have skates for you to rent and if you're like me...plenty of wall to hang on to! The rink will be open Friday-Sunday from 4:00-9:00pm.
Or how about just kicking back and enjoy some incredible harmonies with the group "Straight No Chaser!" They'll be performing one show only at RiverCenter this Saturday night (Nov. 28) at 7:30pm. I hear these guys are an unforgettable live act and they'll be doing new works from their latest album. Sounds like this is going to be quite a show!
From all of us at the Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau, we wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!
No need to get into panic mode yet, but can you believe we're about 35 days away from Christmas Day? And before I even ask the question, I'll shame myself and answer-- "Guilty...haven't even made a list, much less bought any gifts yet!" Guess it's time to get shopping, but instead of heading to the same old stores looking at the same types of gifts you bought last year, why not try something a little different and check out some of the amazing artwork at the Christmas Open House at the Gallery on 10th. I popped in there the other day to look around and was astonished at the level of talent on display from artists here in Columbus and the area. Why can't I have that kind of hand-eye-brain coordination? Oh well, at least I know what I like and can purchase a piece for someone special or to go in my own house. A bit of original art can change the look of an entire room and many of the pieces of art will be priced under $100. And make sure you register for the Gallery on 10th "Gift Basket of Art." So take a few minutes to swing by the Open House this Sunday (Nov 22) from 2:00-4:00pm and they're located at #9 10th Street, right before you get to Broadway. Happy Shopping!