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With all due respect to Sir Elton John, "Monday" not "Sorry" Seems to be the Hardest Word! OK, only those of us of "a certain age" will get that, but even if you don't even know who Elton John is, you have to relate to the fact that Monday has reared it's ugly head once again. The good news...another weekend is on the way and I did a quick glance at the Event Calendar and it looks like it's going to be a jam-packed weekend with plenty of fun stuff to get out and do. Maybe if you start making some weekend plans now, that will help get you through the day!
Categories: Events, on Monday, September 9, 2013
The week is winding down and I don't know about you, but even though it's been a short week, I'm ready for the weekend! Can't think of a better way to kick it off than by heading to the Springer Opera House Friday night for a dose of their "No Shame Theatre." And you've got to love their description: No Censors, No Discrimination, No Shame! If you've never been before, just know you're in for a hilarious ride because all of the material is either improve, poetry, dance, comedy and more. Anybody can perform, you just have to be one of the first 15 to sign up when the doors open at 10pm and acts must be original, less than 5 minutes and not break any laws. This is for an 18 and older audience, so leave the kids at home and have a real date night for a change. And you can't beat this...admission to watch is just $5. Heck, that's even a cheap date!!
This morning while getting ready for work, I heard an interesting statistic in a commercial...for of all things, Listerine! It said that people smile on an average of 50 times a day. Maybe it's just me, but I would have thought that number would have been a little higher. So let me help you out with smile number 51...Hump Day is over and that means the weekend is so very close. And that means it's time to start making some weekend plans. Where to start, you ask? I'd head to the Event Calendar because it's packed full of all sorts of good info about things happening in and around Columbus. I like the way you can search by date, event type or even venue--makes it really easy to get your weekend fun organized.
There you go...reason # 51 to smile today!
Let's face it...you've been watching the clock since this morning wanting time to speed up so we can get this long, Labor Day weekend holiday started! I say we get started now because there is a lot of fun to be had in and around Columbus this weekend. If you're still wondering what's on the fun-menu so you can make some plans, I would absolutely suggest you head to the Event Calendar and take a look at some of the happenings.
I promise you'll find all sorts of stuff...anything from the big Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival at Callaway Gardens, all the cool stuff going on at Florence Marina State Park (that's just south of Columbus and it's a BEAUTIFUL state park!), the Labor Day Weekend Book Sale at the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Sarah Plain and Tall with The Family Theatre, Market Days on Broadway, even ice skating at the Columbus Ice Rink...and that's just scratching the surface--no pun intended.
Hope you have a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend!
I may be rushing things here a bit, after all there are a few more weeks of summer left, but I so looking forward to some crisp fall evenings and cold winter nights to curl up on the sofa with a fuzzy blanket and some good books to read. That kind of takes my mind off the heat we're having today and while we can't do much about that, we can get stocked up on tons of books at the big Labor Day Book Sale going on at the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer building this Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
They'll have a super selection ranging from hardback non-fiction and fiction to cases and cases of paperbacks. If you've got kids, take them with you because they'll have a whole room devoted to children's books and textbooks that are perfect for those who home school. And I may not be a good cook (that's the understatement of the day, but we'll save that for another blog), I at least love to read cookbooks and I understand there'll be a fantastic cookbook selection too. Sounds like the travel, arts and gardening sections should be loaded with good stuff as well. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Ledger-Enquirer's non-profit Newspaper in Education program and other community programs, so you get sack-loads of good-reads and you're helping out a some great projects.
Now, if we can just it the temperature down below 60 degrees....
Categories: Events, on Thursday, August 29, 2013
Of course it's never to early in the week to start thinking about the weekend...especially when we have a long, holiday weekend headed our way! Have you made plans yet? If you're still looking for things to do in Columbus or in the area, don't forget to take a look at the Event Calendar to find out all the details you need.
One thing that's become an absolute tradition around here is the Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival at Callaway Gardens. Believe it or not, this is the 15 annual one coming up! It'll be going on from Friday (Aug 30) through Monday (Sept 2) with all sorts of cool things going on like the Balloon Glow on Friday night, balloon flights, tethered balloon rides, classic car show, live music, fun beach stuff...even T-shirt tye-dying!
Sounds like a fun way to say goodbye to Summer!
Here's another sure-bet for a good way to kick off your weekend! Tonight is opening night for a brand new production with The Family Theatre. This group is always staging great productions and they always do things you can feel good about taking your whole family to...hence the name, The Family Theatre. I catch on quick, don't I? Back to the subject--tonight they open with "Sarah, Plain and Tall," which will run until September 7. Set in the early 1900s, "Sarah Plain and Tall," brings to life the charming, heartwarming story of a Kansas farmer, Jacob Witting, a widower with two children, Anna and Caleb, who places an ad in the newspapers seeking a wife. He receives a letter from a Sarah Wheaton of Maine who says she will visit the family for a month to see how things work out. And do things work out? I'm not telling, you'll have to go see for yourself! And you can't beat the admission--$12 for adults, $10 for seniors and military, and $8 for students.
That's just one suggestion for weekend fun. You can find a lot of other good info on the Event Calendar...check it out!
Attention sports fans in Columbus! Looks like a pretty cool event happening this Saturday and Sumday (Aug 24-25) at the Ice Rink at South Commons Complex. It's called Rumble by the River and this athletic competition centers around WOD...which I admit I had to Google to find out what that stands for...Workout of the Day! Maybe checking this out will help us all get inspired to get moving and get active. They'll have individuals and teams competing so this should be pretty cool to watch.
Don't forget to check out the Event Calendar to find out more fun stuff happeining in Columbus, GA this weekend.
Categories: Events, on Thursday, August 22, 2013
Come for Whitewater, Stay for the Food, Fun and Attractions
Find yourself in the heart of Columbus, Georgia to test drive the longest urban whitewater course in the world! The Chattahoochee River runs directly through Uptown Columbus, the center of all things dining, entertainment and family fun. Here are a few reasons to plan your trip today:
Good, Local Eats in Uptown Columbus
Uptown is home to Columbus’ best locally owned and operated restaurants and local coffee shops. Relax on an outdoor patio, enjoy fine dining right on the Chattahoochee River and enjoy everything Uptown has to offer. City life and the vibrant pulse of the street make Uptown Columbus a popular place for locals, Uptown residents and visitors alike to dine and enjoy the scene.
Bike or Run the RiverWalk
Biking is the best way to get around and experience the vibrancy of Uptown. Ride on Bikes (www.rideonbikes.com) is located right downtown on Broadway and offers a huge variety of bicycles and accessories, friendly staff to guide you in the right direction, and with rentals starting at $10 – it is easy and fun!
For avid runners, or those who would like to enjoy a leisurely jog along the RiverWalk, Big Dog Running Co. (www.BigDogRunning.com) – a full service specialty running store – offers an array of quality running shoes, apparel and accessories.
Coca-Cola Space and Science Center
This state of the art facility houses a Challenger Learning Center, the Omnisphere Theater and the Mead Observatory. Visit the Plaza area for many interactive exhibits and displays. Experience the Space Center for fun for the whole family.
The Civil War Naval Museum
Located on the Chattahoochee Intra-Coastal Waterway, Port Columbus is the only museum in the world dedicated to telling the complete Naval story of the American Civil War. From the ironclads to steam and sailing ships to the first successful submarines, Port Columbus has gone to great extent to raise, recover and preserve the military and technological advances of the American Civil War Navies.
Oxbow Meadows is an environmental learning center, an animal "museum" filled with reptile and aquatic exhibits, and your go-to place for exciting public programming, events and everyday fun. The best part is, admission to the center is FREE! Add Oxbow Meadows to your itinerary for a complete outdoor learning experience.
National Infantry Museum
The National Infantry Foundation honors Soldiers by supporting the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center, whose mission is to provide education and training to Soldiers, families, and the general public on all facets of the history of the United States Infantry, the origin and development of Fort Benning, and an overview of the U.S. Army. The National Infantry Museum is truly a magnificent facility and a must-see for all visitors.
"Guess what day it is?" It's got to be one of the best television commercials EVER...you know, the one with the camel walking through the office asking everyone if they know what day it is? I've seen it 100 times and it makes me giggle like a little girl...every...single...time. Thankfully, we don't need an obnoxious, yet lovable, camel drooling down our backs teasing about the fact that the weekend isn't that far away. All you have to do is take a peek at the Event Calendar to get in the weekend frame of mind.
I took a look at it this morning and was so excited to see there is a concert in Uptown on Friday night (Aug 23)! One of my favorites, the Pine Beetles will be on stage in the 1000 block of Broadway Friday from 7-10pm. Call your buddies and meet up for dinner then stake out a good spot in the median of Broadway to enjoy the show.
It's a good thing we have a couple of days to make plans because there are SO many great restaurants in Uptown...there's Downstairs at the Loft for that killer mac & cheese, maybe a big, ol' Patriot sandwich from Country's or some hearth baked pizza from the Cannon Brew Pub. Any of those sound good to me and you and bet your last dollar that I'll finish off whatever I have with a scoop of the salted caramel gelato from Your Pie. I. Am. Hooked.
See you Friday night in Uptown Columbus for the concert!
There's no better place to get up close and personal with nature than at Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center here in Columbus. Not only do they have some of the coolest critters on display, but they have a staff that works very hard to come up with really fun things to entertain...and maybe even teach us all a thing or two about the flora, fauna and creepy crawlies that live in this part of the world. This is a great weekend to head there with your family because they have their Oxbow Reading Club going on Saturday (Aug 17) at 11:00 for the younger members of your clan and then on Sunday (Aug 18), we all get to take part in their "Picnic with the Tortoises" and actually feed these prehistoric buddies some grub! If you've never seen the two big leathery terrapins up close, you're going to be amazed. And they actually move a lot faster than I thought! The other good part about these programs at Oxbow this weekend? It only costs one dollar to particiapte. Now that's a good weekend deal!
Don't forget to find out what else is happening around town by taking a look at the Event Calendar...it's a great resource to help make some weekend plans!
My first question: Does anyone else think we might need to start building an ark?! Holy Moley at the rain! It rained so hard in Midtown Columbus yesterday that someone renamed the creek in Lakebottom Park to Whitewater Weracoba! But my second question: Is anyone going to let a little...ok, a lot...of rain spoil our weekend fun? Nope, I didn't think so. You might want to take a look at some of the offerings going on this weekend by exploring the Event Calendar. I took a peek and found several good things going on...even some indoor stuff just in case!
In fact, if you haven't been to the Columbus Museum lately, you need to go see some of the really cool exhibits they've got going on right now. The "Warhol in Southern Collections" is currently on display and it actually includes over 100 of Andy Warhol's works including the famous "Campbell Soup Cans" and those brightly colored Marilyn Monroe prints. I also heard some fascinating tidbits about another new exhibit that will be opening this Sunday (Aug. 18) called "Dare to Wear: Art as Fashion." Technically fashion, but it's pieces that are sort of at the crossroads of artwork and body adornment. I mean, some of this stuff looks like it could be plants, a sea creature, and even insect parts. Lady Gaga would be all over this!!
Weekend, here we come!
Not having kids, I kind of lose track of these things, so it wasn't until last night that I realized school's already starting back! Wow, what happened to summer? And it seems like when school is back in session, we look forward to weekends even more. Maybe it would be nice to give your kids something special to look forward to...you know, to take the sting out of the Back to School Blues. A quick check of the Event Calendar and you'll find there's quite a bit to choose from, too.
The Columbus Museum has a brand new family program they're kicking off called "Second Saturdays." You can visit the Art Cart and try your hand at creating your own Andy Warhol-inspired print and even hear a reading from a book written by his nephew. And did I mention, this is absolutely free?!
Or, for just a buck, your kids can check out the Reading Club at Oxbow Meadows on Saturday morning. And hey, if feel like they've done enough reading for one week, they might just enjoy seeing baby alligators, Athena the big python, or the bees busy buzzing in the hive making honey. It's just such a cool place...even for us big kids.
Don't forget you can find out more at the Event Calendar...never too early to start planning some fun for the weekend!
One of the many great things about living in Columbus, GA is that there is always something to do! All you have to do is take a look at the Event Calendar to get an idea of all the happenings. But here's one that's a little bit out of the ordinary and we are so lucky to have this event here.
Every year at the end of August, Country’s Barbecue has their Midnight Express weekend and included in the festivities is a Beep Baseball Game played by the Chicago Comets against local sponsors. Well, this weekend, we have the 2013 Beep Baseball World Series right here in Columbus. The teams have been here all week and the excitement will culminate this weekend with the 5th and 6th games begin played Friday (Aug 2) evening and the final game of the series will take place Saturday (Aug 3) morning. 20 teams from across the nation and Taiwan are here competing for the Championship title. And remember, these players are visually impaired athletes that would probably beat any of us in a pick-up game of baseball at the park. They are amazing! All the action is happening at Golden Park in South Commons and admission is absolutely free. Take yourself out to the ball game!
Categories: Events, on Thursday, August 1, 2013
8 Reasons to Love Whitewater Rafting
Get A Work Out!
What better way to exercise than by having fun doing it. When whitewater rafting, there are certainly moments when you are paddling hard to ensure your raft takes the right path down a section of river, or when you need to avoid some obstacle. Not to mention the entire time you are in the raft you are continually keeping yourself balanced and centered. These are a few of the reasons why at the end of a long day rafting, you are generally physically spent.
Come to think of it, this entire list is made up of things most people don’t get enough of. Adrenaline pumping action certainly not being excluded. The thrill of crashing through waves, being bucked in the air, and going toe to toe against the elements causes your adrenaline to flow and for you to truly feel alive. As we know, motion is life itself, while stagnation is death. So keep moving!
The Family That Plays Together Stays Together!
It’s hard enough in our day and age to find quality time to spend with loved ones… but that’s not really an issue when you’re all packed onto a raft hucking rubber. These moments are also ones not easily forgotten, and nor should they be. You’ll remember these trips, and others like it, for the remainder of your life.
There is much in this life to experience, and there is much in this life you should experience. You only live once and you have to make the most of that limited time. It’s thrilling, enjoyable, memorable, and entirely worth every second spent doing it.
There are always additional benefits to doing anything enjoyable, and for those taking guided rafting tours, the guides themselves are sometimes it. The men and women that have the intimate knowledge of the surrounding area and the physique of the gods themselves from endlessly and tirelessly rowing many times make these trips better. Not only good-looking and knowledgeable, our guides are crazy fun! This is most certainly an additional benefit.
Learning the history of our area
Many people, rather than having a love for beautiful people, or animals, or plants, or scenes, have a love for knowledge. And when it comes to knowing their surroundings, and all that it encompasses, rafting guides are often experts. They know local legends and tales, they know the behavior of the animals, they know almost everything that is to be known of the area in which they guide. This makes it especially easy to learn a lot about the history of the Chattahoochee that you would otherwise never think of considering.
Rafting is a sport that demands teamwork. The only way to successfully negotiate the rapids is with cooperation, listening, participation and anticipation. Sure there is a captain (guide) just like the manager in your office. The captain steers the boat while the paddlers (the staff) are the motor of the boat. Both serve vital roles within the team. Whitewater rafting allows your group to have some fun while learning about each other and bond together as a cohesive team!
Good Eats and Fresh Beer
After a day of Rafting on the Chattahoochee, stroll through Uptown Columbus and visit one of many local eateries: listen to great music at The Loft while indulging in one of many fabulous menu items, grab a Cheesesteak at PHILLY-osophy, sip on a unique brew from the Cannon Brew Pub, or tantalize your taste buds with a steak at The Black Cow just to name a few.
Content adapted from www.inaraft.com/10-reasons-to-love-whitewater-rafting
Yep, take one look outside your window and it's no secret we've got gloomy, grey clouds and just enough rain to make your hair do unspeakable things. But you know what? That no longer ceases to matter when you realize the weekend is like a tiny light in the distance, with promises of shining brighter and getting closer with every tick of the second hand.
And there's plenty of stuff to look forward to doing this weekend, so it's never to early to start making some plans. I'd suggest kicking off your two-day hiatus with an early morning coffee from Iron Bank or Fountain City then a stroll along Broadway to see what sorts of treasures you can find at Market Days on Broadway. I promise you, it's some of the freshest fruits and veggies you'll find anywhere, not to mention other finds like art, crafts, jewelry...you name it. And if you see the stand with the beef empanadas, do yourself a favor and try one...just trust me!
Don't forget the Event Calendar is a really good resource to find out the who, what, when and where of all things fun-related.
Weekend, here we come!
Don't you just love a weekend? Especially when the weekend brings all sorts of fun stuff to get out and do. We've actually had 2 (almost) rain-free days, so let's hope that continues through Saturday and Sunday...we better cross our fingers just in case! How about a quick look at a couple of things going on that might tickle your fancy? And if you want to find out more about these and other events, you can always go to the Event Calendar to get all the info you need.
There's no better way to get your weekend going than heading to Uptown Columbus for Market Days on Broadway. If you've never been before, you are missing a treat. The east side of Broadway in the 1000 and 1100 blocks is chocked full of vendors with anything from baked goods, handmade jewelry, creative artwork, and the freshest fruits, veggies and fresh flowers. And they usually even have some live music going on for your shopping pleasure. If the lady is there with the homemade cinnamon rolls, do yourself a favor and experience one of these...oh. my. goodness. they are good!
Take a few minutes to swing by the Columbus Museum to see their latest exhibit, Warhol in Southern Collections. It features over 100 Warhol works from 1964-1983 including the famous Campbell’s Soup can series and brightly colored Marilyn Monroe prints. These works are all from museums and private collectors throughout the South. Five life-size resin and acrylic Andy Warhols created by contemporary artist Jack Dowd are installed at the entrance to the gallery. And as always, there's no admission to get into the museum, so go and check it out!
If you have little ones looking for something fun to do, you really ought to take them out to Oxbow Meadows Saturday morning (11:00am) and let them take part in the Reading Club. For just a $1 donation, your child gets a show with pictures, puppets, or skits plus a new membership card. After 10 visits to Oxbow’s Reading Club ($1 donation = 1 stamp), your child’s membership card can be redeemed for a gift! Plus, Oxbow is just such a cool place for all of us to learn more about the animals that call this part of the world home. Parents, while your kids are enjoying the Reading Club, you can meander through the new bird scantuary that's just been completed...it's absolutely beautiful!
And no weekend is complete without a little music. On Sunday, beginning at 6:00pm, the Columbus Civic Center will play host to "Jazz on the River" so bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy this outdoor concert in the courtyard...and the best part? It's absolutely free!
Ok, so maybe all that info will get you ready to get out and play this weekend...as if you haven't been ready for the weekend since Monday.
Now, go have some fun...
And not a moment too soon, the weekend is staring us in the face! If you've got some free time and you're thinking..."Hmmm, what can I do for fun this weekend?"...well, I've got the skinny on a few things you might want to check out. Take a quick read, then head to the Event Calender to get a good read on all of the events going on.
You can always count on something fun for all ages going on at Oxbow Meadows and this Saturday is no exception with a couple of events happening like their Colorful Creations Animal and Art Program that’s all about Owls and their Reading Club. The program about owls is open to kids ages 6 & up and they are going to love it because it includes an animal show, art class and all the art materials they’ll need! Or, your kids can be a part of Oxbow’s Reading Club, where for just $1, they get a story performed with puppets, pictures and skits and they get a membership card. They can also earn points for attending the club and eventually turn those points into prizes!
Every kid hearing this may cringe at first when they hear this is a back to school event, but it sounds like a fun afternoon and you’ll be helping out a great cause! It’s the Back-to-School Fun Day in the Park with the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office and it’s going to be this Saturday (4:00-11:00pm) at the Northern Little League Field. They’ll have bouncy houses, children’s obstacle courses, lots of vendors and even an outdoor movie! It’s all free, but they are requesting donations, which will go to Project Lifesaver—a non-profit organization that provides “at risk” folks with cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Autism and brain injuries with a GPS-trackable bracelet and will provide training for 15 deputies to help locate the wearers.
If you’d love to find out more about local history and even art, try something completely different! The Historic Linwood Cemetery is having one of their Third Saturday Tours and this one is going to focus on all the stone carvings found in the cemetery. Tour starts at 9:30am at the Lummus Chapel on the east side of the cemetery and will last for about an hour. No charge, but a donation would be accepted.
How about a chance to see some great movies in such a classically beautiful setting? It’s all part of the Crowley Classic Film Series at the Springer Opera House and in fact, the series wraps up this weekend, but tonight you can see one of Steven King’s scariest stories…The Shining at 7pm. (That movie still gives me nightmares!) This film is rated R so get a babysitter and enjoy a night out. Tomorrow, you can take the kids to see Goonies at 2pm. And tomorrow night at 7pm, if you’re in the mood for some comedy with Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn, they’ll be starring in Swingers at 7pm. And don’t forget, Players Saloon opens and hour before and during the shows for snacks and refreshments so I promise, you won’t go hungry! Great date night potential!!
Speaking of the Springer, this is the last weekend you can catch "Honk, Jr.--The Musical." Great show for kids of all ages...yes, us big kids too. Admission for this one ranges from $5-$10.
And, maybe a great start to the weekend can be found at the Columbus Public Library Friday night (7.19) with their free movie on the lawn—“The Land Before Time”—which will begin at sundown. They’ll also have entertainment, jump houses, refreshments and lots more fun. It all begins at 7:00pm. The event is free and the refreshments will be available for purchase.
Don't forget to check out the big calendar of events to find out more about these happenings and tons of others.
Now, go have some fun...
There's nothing like a good rainy day. I love rain. I really do. But come on, enough already...even I'm over all these stormy days. Hopefully, we'll get a few windows of sunshine this weekend so we can all get out and play! There's quite a bit going on this weekend and to get a peek at all the happenings, check out the Event Calendar for all the details. Here's a look at a few things I've got on my to-do list...
They took a break for a couple of weeks, but this weekend the Classic Movies at the Springer Opera House are back in full swing. In fact, the summer series will end next weekend so don’t miss your chance to see some great movies in such a classically beautiful setting. Tonight you can see The Big Lebowski at 7pm. This film is rated R so get a babysitter and enjoy a night out. Tomorrow, you can take the kids to see The Princess Bride at 2pm. This just happens to be one of my all time favorite movies! And tomorrow at 7pm, all the Marilyn fans out there can get tickets for Some Like It Hot showing at 7pm. The Players Saloon is open before and during the shows for snacks and refreshments so I promise, you won’t go hungry! Tickets for all movies are only $10.
Opening this weekend at the Columbus Museum is an exhibit I am extremely excited to see and have been waiting for forever…Warhol in Southern Collections. This exhibit will feature over 100 Warhol works from 1964 – 1983, including the famous and iconic Campbell’s Soup can series and the brightly colored Marilyn Monroe prints. These works come from museums and private collectors located throughout the South. Not only will the exhibit itself knock your socks off, but there will be 5 life-size resin and acrylic Andy Warhols created by contemporary artist Jack Dowd installed at the entrance to the gallery. This show runs in conjunction with the celebration of the museum’s 60th anniversary and is FREE!!
The Historic Linwood Foundation and the Fort Benning MCoE are hosting a ceremony to commemorate the life of General Henry Lewis Benning on Saturday, July 13 at 10am. Music will be provided by the MCoE Band and the color guard will present the flag. A presentation will be made by Foundation and Fort Benning personnel. The event will take place near the grave of General Benning. This one is free, too!
If you’re ready for a creepy crawly good time, make sure you load up the family and head to Oxbow Meadows this Saturday for their annual Insectival! If you’ve never eaten an insect, spit a cricket or seen the world through a bug’s eye, this is something you must experience. From 10am to 3pm, it’s all about the awesome insect world…imagine, a day dedicated to bugs! There really will be a cricket spitting contest as well as lots of creepy crawly crafts and food, an Insectival science booth with demonstrations, a live honey extraction from a beehive and more! Get ready to be bugged eye from all the insect related fun you can get into! Admission is only $5 and kids 3 and under get in free...and just to warn you, they always have a huge crowd for this one so you might want to get there early!
Oh, and can't we all identify with this one! The Ugly Duckling was always one of my favorite stories when I was a kid so I’m excited about this show at the Springer. "Honk, Jr. The Musical" is a musical retelling of this classic story. This upbeat adaptation is set in springtime and a mother duck notices that one of her five eggs is quite larger than the others. When they hatch, this duck looks very different, with large grey feathers instead of the soft yellow down of his siblings. His brothers and sisters make fun of him and call him ugly but he soon discovers that he is truly beautiful, both inside and out – and proves that some eggs just can’t be beaten...get it?! This show is perfect for kids ages 4 to 400! It’s a feel good, world-wide sensation that’s been seen by more than 5 million people. Don’t miss out on your chance to see it too!
See? I told you...lots of great stuff to get out and do this weekend. If we can just get the rain to hold off until Monday!
Now, go have some fun...
Happy Birthday, America! And with any celebration, you've got to have some fun activities and it looks like we've got a lot to choose from in Columbus, GA! This is a good weekend for family fun, so you may want to check the big Event Calendar to get a look at some of your choices, but here are some of the ones that sounded like a lot of fun to me.
It was years in the making, but the longest urban whitewater course in the world is open and if you haven’t taken the plunge yet, you don’t know what you’re missing! You don’t have to know anything about rafting, because the expert guides at Whitewater Express will take you thru a course before you go down the rapids. And if, like me, you want to try it but aren’t sure about the big rapids…no problem! If you go earlier in the day for the Classic Trip, that course is good for everybody 7 years of age and up. For the more adventurous of us, take on the High Water Trip that casts off at 5:30pm everyday. So the earlier trips will have anywhere from Class 1-3 rapids, but when they release the water from the dam at 4:00pm, that’s when you’ll experience some Class 4 action! If nothing else, go grab a spot on the new island by the Powerhouse and watch the fun!
No pun intended, but the Cool History programs they present at Port Columbus each summer are some of the coolest things they do! Each month during the summer, they take on a specific aspect of the Civil War and really bring it to life. If you only get to make it to one program this year, try to make it this Saturday because this is the one called “The Medical Navy” and yep, this is the one where there’s some blood and guts involved! You’ll get the learn all about Civil War surgery and medicine at sea through some pretty lifelike reenactments and living history—like watching the ship’s surgeon set up the dining room table in the officer’s wardroom to do surgery on (and it REALLY looks like there is some serious surgery going on!) and then when they were done for the day, the table would be wiped down and then dinner would be served! WOW! Plus, they are even doing something new this year...they've teamed up with Ride on Bikes to do educational bike tours along the RiverWalk.
Prepare to let your “inner percussion diva” come out and play this Saturday night at the Uptown Drum Circle! Now, before you say something sensible like “I don’t know how to play the drums or any instrument for that matter”–-this isn’t a drum class…you don’t have to have any musical expertise, just go to have fun. If you do have your own drum or any other percussion instrument, bring it with you…or make your own. They’ll also have some instruments on hand that you can borrow to join in on jam. Not to mention that the kids will be entertained too with face painting, temporary tattoos and crazy hair colors. There will also be belly and fire dancing demos, performance artists, raffles, and if you really get into the moment, they’ll even have the jingly belly dancing hip scarves for sale! It's all happening in the 1100 block of Broadway and there is no admission.
Callaway Gardens has their All-American Weekend happening with all sorts of live music, tons of beach activities, great food, and weather permitting...fireworks Saturday night! And if you need fun stuff to do with the kids during the week, The Rock Ranch had their "Fun in the Summer Time" event going on July 9-27. Lots of fun stuff going on...anything from train rides, to cane pole fishing to blackberry picking!
Whatever you wind up doing, make it a safe and Happy 4th!
Now, go have some fun...
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