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Three-Day Weekend, Anyone?!  Ummm….Yes, Please!

What is it about three-day weekends?  It's only one more day.  24 extra hours. 1440 more minutes.  (But that's me doing math on a Friday, so don't be surprised if that last one is off by a few minutes.)  And what a difference that one day makes.  It gives us all a bit extra time to either kick back and become one with the universe or take advantage of all the stuff going on and get out and have a little well-deserved fun!  Let's compromise and plan to relax for 18% of the weekend and spend the other 82% doing the fun options...ok, that's enough math for me for the entire three-day holiday.  So what's going on, you ask?  Lots.  I would suggest you take a look at the Event Calendar to see your choices and that will make it easier to plan your time.

There's no better way to start any weekend than with the Big To Do Concert Series in Uptown Columbus and tonight is extra special with a band that always draws a huge crowd--Cale Dodds and Classic Addict--and to top it off, Scott Ressmeyer and his riders will be returning from their final ride through all 48 lower states, raising money for the Children's Miracle Network.  If you've never witnessed the return of all these guys driving up on their motorcycles, it is absolutely a sight to see.  And it's all free!

At CSU's Riverside Theatre, there's a hilarious sounding production going on called "Unnecessary Farce."  It's even a "bring your own dinner" dinner theatre and has great date potential written all over it!  This one is probably best suited for ages 18 & older because it involves cops, crooks and a cheap hotel room!

If you love all things cars, there's a Bugs on the Hooch-VW Car Show & Swap Meet at Woodruff Park along the RiverWalk on Saturday from 8:00-3:00pm and they'll have cars from all over the southeast.  Or take the short drive south to Lumpkin, GA and see what's going on at Historic Westville.  It's actually a really great time to pay a visit to this village because they'll have their 1836 Creek War & Cultural Event all day Saturday and Sunday and it will put you right in the middle of all the action.  The village will be inhabited by Muscogee Creek Indians and they'll be eager to share their traditions, skills and stories with you and you can talk to military and citizens and hear first-hand accounts from re-enactors who'll be telling you why the war happened and how folks on both sides felt about it.  Look for 3 separate battles to take place and you will definitely have one of those "You Were There" moments!

And of course, we can't have a Memorial Day Weekend without talking about some events to celebrate the holiday like the 56th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament at Callaway Gardens that goes on through Sunday.  Not only will you get to see the world's best water skiers and wakeboarders go after the trophy and some serious prize money, but they will have the event jam-packed with all sorts of things to take part in like their farmer's market, beach activities, kid's zone, great food, drink specials, movies on the beach and even fireworks.  Or take in the fun they've planned at Florence Marina State Park Saturday-Monday so take a picnic lunch and then dive into all the games and activites they have planned.

So grill out, enjoy your friends and family, have a little fun, but most importantly, be safe and remember the real reason we celebrate this holiday!

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, Good Eats!, on Friday, May 22, 2015

And so it begins….....the Weekend, that is!!

And what a weekend this is shaping up to be.  Looks like everything is falling into place for this to be one of those extra special weekends with so much stuff going on and believe it or not, it seems Mother Nature is even going to cooperate and send us perfect weather to enjoy all the fun!  You're on your own as far as trying to figure out how to fit all this in the next 2 1/2 days, but if that's the biggest problem we have all weekend, well, I'll take that.

This big fun-filled weekend kicks off tonight with the return of Uptown’s RiverFest and a whole gaggle of events that go along with it!  Tonight, the Uptown Concert Series will feature live music on the main stage at Woodruff Park.  On Saturday, things get started early at 9:00am with the Boy Scout Expo invading Woodruff Park with geocaching activities, Tomahawk throwing contest, outdoor cook off, archery activities and more.  Meanwhile, lots of stuff happening on the Chattahoochee with the 3rd Annual Uptown Dragon Boat Race (in front of the Coca-Cola Space Science Center), and upstream, there’s live music, Stand Up Paddling, kayak demos, rafting.  And if you’re hungry or in the mood to do a little shopping, the Dillingham Street Bridge will have food trucks, local eateries and vendors galore!  And speaking of the live music part, make sure you find your way back to the stage Saturday night at 9:30 for the headliners, The Swon Brothers—2015 American Country Music Dup of the Year Nominees and they were top 3 on The Voice!  How much for all this fun?  FREE.  (unless you want to go rafting or ziplining, there’s a cost for that but look for special pricing during the festival!) 

If you haven't had a chance to be a part of one of the Drum Circles that have been going on this Spring, the last one in this series is Saturday night (6:00-9:00pm) and if you're in the mix of RiverFest, walk another block north along the RiverWalk and you'll be right smack in the middle of some good vibrations!  And don't worry, you don't even have to know which end of a drum to hold to be a part of this...they'll even furnish you with something to bang on.  Talk about a great way to work out some frustrations.......

So as if this isn't enough to keep you hopping until Monday, don't overlook some of the other event happening like the award-winning production of "Born Yesterday" at the Springer Opera House (it's also happening next weekend if you need to have something to look forward to), or take the quick drive to The Rock Ranch for the 5th Annual Strawberry Festival--and yes, they'll have homemade strawberry ice cream and strawberry shortcake.  You had me at shortcake.  If you plan your day carefully, you'll even have time for the 8th Annual Picnic in the Garden at Hills and Dales in LaGrange.  You know it's going to be a real picnic when they bring out badminton, croquet and bocce ball games!  Bring you picnic basket and you get in free!

Get all the details you need on these and lots...and I do mean lots...of other events.  Just take a look at the Event Calendar to get the scoop.

Enough typing.  It's time to put for us to put on comfy jeans and good walking shoes and let's get this weekend started.

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, Good Eats!, River Fun, Shopping, on Friday, May 8, 2015

Finally…A Rain-Free Weekend!

Is it just me or is everyone else chomping at the bit to get outside and play?!  If the weather guys got it right, it looks like and absolutely perfect Spring weekend, which works out great because there's so much to get out and enjoy.  A great way to kick things off tonight is with the Big To Do Concert in Uptown Columbus and performing tonight is everyone's favorite...Peggy Jenkins!  She and her band know how to put on a show that will have everyone up and dancing in the streets of Broadway.  And you actually get a double-dose of fun tonight because it's also the First Friday Artwalk along Broadway.  I walked by there a bit ago and it looked like the artists are setting up some really interesting stuff.

Plan to head back down to Uptown Saturday morning because of course you'll be able to wind your way through the tons of vendors set up for Market Days on Broadway, but there's also something extra special going on that kicks off at 9:00am.  It's something a little out of the ordinary, and frankly more than a little bit silly...but that's the whole point with "Strut the Hooch!"  The sillier the better!  It's  zany parade of fun folks, just for the fun of it.  The parade will showcase silliness and include such entries as a Ukulele Band, bagpipes, small antique vehicles, musical groups, clowns, stilt walkers, and who knows what else you might see!  All this goofiness will proceed up Broadway from 10th to 12th street and return.  Take your kids to this one...they'll get a big kick out of it!

And don't forget, it's the first weekend in May so that means the "Granddaddy of Southern Festivals," the Cotton Pickin' Fair will be going on all day Saturday and Sunday.  If you've been before, then you probably already have plotted out the booths you'll visit and how to pace yourself with all the food you're going to eat.  If you haven't been before, go and then prepared to be amazed at this festival.  It's set in the middle of a beautiful meadow and barn and it's chocked full of antique dealers, entertainment, and more food choices than you can shake a stick at!

Just think...a weekend with no rain, no humidity, and no heat.  You'd better get out and enjoy this while it lasts!

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Categories: Arts, Events, Good Eats!, on Friday, May 1, 2015

RiverFest Weekend in Uptown Columbus

Let's start the countdown! Only 10 more days until Uptown's RiverFest Weekend! With live music, food, boy scout expo, and more, this is a must-see, must-do festival. Know what makes it even better? It's FREE! There is no admission! Seriously, this is a big weekend, folks. In addition to an already fantastic lineup of bands, you get to see The Swon Brothers, winner of TV's The Voice on Saturday evening. For a full line-up of events and acts, click here. The fun will kick off Friday, May 8 with Music and a Movie at 6pm at the Phenix City Amphitheatre and at 7pm, P-Funk Connection will take the stage in Woodruff Park. It starts up early on Saturday and between the boy scout expo, sidewalk arts festival, lots of live music, the Dragon Boat Races, the Hometown Throwdown at RiverWalk Island, the Singer Songwriter Concerts and all the yummy food you have to try, I don't know how you will get it all in. But I have faith that you'll manage! Mark your calendars now! May 8 & 9, 2015.


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Categories: Arts, Events, Good Eats!, River Fun, on Monday, April 27, 2015

So what?  It’s a rainy weekend.  At least it’s the weekend!

What's that old saying about "April Showers?"  Whoever coined that phrase sure got it right this week.  I'm certainly no meteorolgist, in fact I'm not even sure if I spelled it correctly, but looks like we're taking care of any rain deficit we had this year.  So we're all in agreement that we need the rain, but why, oh why did it have to rain out most of the outdoor activities this weekend?  Guess timing is everything, but not to worry, they've already rescheduled one of the big festivals that was set for this weekend, Frogtown Hollow Jam, moving it to next weekend (April 24 & 25).

And lest your spirits be dampened by the downpours and deluges (bad pun but it had to be done), there's still plenty of indoor fun on the horizon.  Just did a little research on the Event Calendar, and found a pretty impressive list of inside events you might want to look into.  The Springer Opera House just opened a show this week called "Why, Baby, Why?  The Music of George Jones and Tammy Wynette."  And man, what an opening...first night--SOLD OUT!  So my suggestion would be to call post haste and order your tickets before more shows sell out.  And for a little comedy relief, there's No Shame Theatre which takes place every Friday night beginning at 10:30 and admission is only $5.  The beauty of this show is that it's never the same thing twice and you never know what you might see on stage!

Across the street at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, you've got a choice of a performance of "The Great Gatsby" Saturday night or on Sunday, the Schwob School of Music at CSU is offering all sorts of musical options with anything from a Choral Concert, Horn, Trombone and Guitar Studio Recitals...whatever kind of music you like, chances are they'll have something for you.

The Liberty Theatre has a production underway called "Vengeance:  A Gospel Stage Play."  Hearing a lot of good buzz about this one and why not...anything with vengeance and gospel in the title has got to be interesting!

If you're in an artsy mood, check out all the happenings at the Columbus Museum with their "Let There Be Art" event.  They've got tons of stuff planned all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday!

And just the short drive up to La Grange to Hills & Dales Estate, you'll find an Ivy Topiary workshop taking place on Saturday, so you guys with the green thumbs will love hearing what these master gardeners have to share with you.  Sure wish I wasn't a plant-killer.

Whatever you do this weekend, stay safe, have fun and try and stay dry!

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Categories: Arts, Events, on Friday, April 17, 2015

And now for something completely different…

It's getting late in the afternoon and I have no doubt that in between meetings, classes, errands, kids and shopping, you've let your mind wander to its happy place for just a few minutes to think a bit about what you can do this weekend.  And that's ok.  Let me be the first to reassure you that you'll have plenty of opportunities for some real-life diversions...because sometimes you just need a break from the Monday-Friday routine.  I believe I may have found something to do just that.

Have you ever heard of or been to a drum circle?  If you have, chances are you've got it on your calendar already for Saturday night, but if you haven't, think about giving this out-of-the-ordinary gathering a try.  It all happens from 6:00-9:00pm in the 1100 block of Broadway, it's free, family-friendly and you don't even have to know anything about playing the drums.  No drum? No problem!  They'll have plenty to go around. No dancing ability? No problem!  They're just making it up anyway.  That's half the fun.  The featured artist for April is Jill Christensen, who will be creating some live art on the spot throughout the drum circle, and she'll have some of her own awesome art available for sale, and for just looking at!

I recently read an article that said participating in drum circles helps to improve your mood, enhances overall wellness, and helps you to relax.

You had me at "improving your mood and relaxing."  Guess I know what I'm doing Saturday night.

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Categories: Arts, Events, on Thursday, April 9, 2015

You can tell Spring is in the air…and I don’t just mean the pollen!

After coming off a not-so-pleasant winter, I'll take the nuisance of a little bit of yellow flower dust any day of the week...besides, all this pollen will be out of here in a couple of weeks and leave behind a carpet of colorful flowers and trees heavy with bright green leaves.  This is the kind of weather that beckons you to go outside and play, find some fun stuff going on under the sun.  Looks like this weekend is shaping up to be just that with a plate-full of events that will have you clamoring to get out of the house and enjoy doing something a little different.

Kick the weekend off tonight (Mar 27) at FDR State Park in Pine Mountain with a cool twist on the traditional Easter egg hunt.  This one is called the "Night Eggstravaganza" and you guessed's a nighttime egg hunt, so make sure the kids bring their Easter baskets and a flashlight for this nocturnal hunt!  They'll also have a Petting Corrale, an Easter Hat Parade and Contest (you can decorate one before you get there or do it on site) and you can have your kids picture made with Roosevelt Bunny!  Just south of Columbus, there's a lot to choose from like the Sisters in Science event at Westville all day Saturday, or a guided Geology Hike at Providence Canyon State Park.  This is the perfect time of year to lace up your hiking boots and check out the sites in that series of canyons...beautiful!  Head north of town Saturday night to Callaway Gardens for their Singer-Songwriters Night.  They'll have four very different performers and what makes this night special is that each singer will give you the story behind the song and then, of course, play it for you.  You'll be under the stars at the ski pavilion on Robin Lake Beach so talk about the perfect spot for some acoustic music!

If you need to take a break from all that fresh air, don't forget about No Shame Theatre at the Springer Opera House or the more family-friendly performance...Showtime at The LibertyTheatre tonight, a show full of good, clean, fun with singing, dancing, comedy and more!

That's a lot of info so to make sure you get all the details on these and lots of other things going on, check out the Event Calendar and start planning your weekend!

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, History, on Friday, March 27, 2015

Spring Fever Anyone?

Is there anything more torturous than sitting at your desk with a stack full of reports waiting to be handled yet you can see a sliver of blue sky through a distant window and you know what's about to happen.  Your thoughts begin to wander from the task at hand and you start thinking about what to plant in your garden, late afternoon cookouts, you even picture yourselr running through a field of slow motion.  Yep.  You have a bad case of it my friend.  Spring Fever has hit and none of us are immune.  And the good news, it's nothing that a good dose of springtime fun won't cure.

As luck would have it, Uptown Columbus just held their annual announcement of all the events they have scheduled for the season and my advice is to get some rest now because it's going to be non-stop fun this Spring!  Make sure you go on the Event Calendar or visit Uptown's calendar to get a good look at everything they're planning, like the Uptown Songwriter Series that will feature amazing songwriters from the southeast, the Big To Do Concert Series (it's the best way to unwind on a Friday night), Market Days on Broadway on Saturdays, RiverFest Weekend, the 3rd Annual Uptown Dragon Boat Race, the Columbus Comic Parade, Frogtown Hollow Jam, lots of runs, and something new and really off-the-wall--an event called Slide the City, which includes a 1000-foot slip and slide!  And that's just the beginnng.  But the really amazing thing about all of these events and all of this fun?  It won't cost you a dime to attend because it's all free.

It's going to be a great Spring.......goodbye Winter!

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Categories: Arts, Events, Good Eats!, River Fun, Shopping, on Thursday, March 19, 2015

Pets, Purses and a Party.  You had me at hello!

About this same time every year, Columbus Hospice puts on an event that, quite simply, is one of the things I look forward to most each year.  It's called "Purse Party for Pets" and no doubt, it's an incredibly fun way to spend part of your Saturday, but most importantly, it's to benefit the Pet Peace of Mind Program at Columbus Hospice. This program is all about providing vet care, grooming, and pet food to hospice patients’ pets at no charge to the patient and their family.  Let's face it, our pets become part of the family and they need to be taken care of as well...not to mention there's something to be said for the health benefits of having your favorite furry, four-legged friend around when you need them the most.

But now, back to this purse party.  If you've never been before, you are in for a treat!  Expect to see lots of handbags of all shapes, sizes, colors, designers, and price ranges during the live auction and several tables full of silent auction treasures--like the year I spotted and hovered over a small, robins egg-blue Chanel bag that now proudly sits in my closet and gets brought out on special occasions.  Then there're the purses I got from the bargain table for next to nothing and they look brand new!  Of course, when you go to a live auction, the items have to be displayed in some form and the organizers of this event came up with quite the clever idea to get all us ladies in the audience to pay attention and to bid...and bid....and bid!  They recruited several gentlemen from the community to "model" these pocketbooks...guys dressed as anything from a sharp-dressed corporate businessman, a surgeon in his scrubs complete with stethoscope, a hard hat-wearing construction worker, dashing men in uniform, and even a cowboy...giddyup!  Couple that with lots of great music and a champagne brunch with delicious goodies provided by Chef Jamie Keating.  It all gets underway at the RiverMill Event Centre on Saturday, March 14 at 11:00am.

Take your money, bring home a new purse, enjoy the show, and know that you are helping out a very valuable program at Columbus Hospice!  Let the bidding begin......

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Categories: Events, Shopping, on Friday, March 13, 2015

So what’ll it be this weekend?  Art, Music, Broadway Show, a 5K?  It’s all on tap in Columbus, GA!

You can tell Winter is slowly melting away and that Spring is on the horizon just by taking a look at all the events being organized as we speak.  There's a lot about to happen with the advent of this new season and even this weekend, you get a sense of what we have to look forward to by the number...and variety...of entertaining options to get out and enjoy.  Just in the past couple of weeks, I was able to begin shaking off the cobwebs of winter by attending the Russian Ballet at RiverCenter, getting swept away in the Broadway smash "The Producers" at the Springer Opera House, and was wiping away tears of giggle-fits brought on by comedian Kathleen Madigan.  The point is, we all need an escape from the Monday through Friday grind, and a little fun distraction on the weekend does a lot of good for the body and soul. 

And we're lucky enough to live in a city where you have choices, variety, and a lot of options to choose from.  Take a look at the Event Calendar to get all the details on things like the First Friday Artwalk in Uptown, the Ledger-Enquirer Home & Garden Show at the Trade Center, a Brass Band Concert at RiverCenter, or head outside for Ride on Bikes Time Change Party or the Open Door Community 5K at Woodruff Park in Uptown Columbus with Big Dog Running Company. And if you haven't had a chance to see "The Producers" at the Springer, get online NOW to order your tickets!  Got the chance to see it and it is a whole lot of fun with typical Mel Brooks humor.  Between the incredible singing, amazing costumes, sets that look like they came right off a Broadway stage, and some very impressive dance choreography, I think you'll be impressed as well!

Just remember, you have one less hour to squeeze all the fun in this weekend.  Daylight Saving Time is back so set your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed Saturday night...or you're going to be really late for everything on Sunday!

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Categories: Arts, Events, Good Eats!, Shopping, on Friday, March 6, 2015

21 Days Until Spring…But Who’s Counting?  Me!

Hope is on the horizon.  What a difference a day or two makes...clear, blue skies and a sun beaming its love in our direction today.  And hopefully, with Spring only 21 days away (yes, I am counting), maybe Mother Nature is on an up-swing with her mood.  We probably haven't seen the last gloomy day of winter yet, but let's enjoy this weekend while we can.  If you've been cooped up far too long and are in desperate need of some fun to shake off the gray clouds in your head, check out the Event Calendar and start making some plans to do just that! 

Lots of stuff lined up to do this weekend and a really good variety to choose from.  If you're in the mood for sporty type stuff, check out the NFCA NAIA Leadoff Classic Softball Tournament at the South Commons Softball Complex--it'll be some of the best fastpitch softball you've ever seen, or for something completely different, head to the corner of 14th Street and Broadway Saturday morning for the VIP Bed Race--and if you're saying to yourself..."Bed Race?"  Yep, it's exactly what you're thinking!  Teams have come together to fashion the most creative beds and they'll be racing them in the street!  It's all to the benefit Valley Interfaith Promise--a great organization here in Columbus.  Or maybe pile the kids in the car and take the short trek to FDR State Park for their Dr. Seuss Read Across America and Costume Contest.  You'll hear lots of great stories, see some creative costume designs and it's really great that the admission charged for this is only two canned goods per person for the local food bank.

If you want to keep the fun indoors, you're in luck.  RiverCenter for the Performing Arts will play host to comedian Kathleen Madigan on Friday night, the Broadway classic Jekyll & Hyde Saturday evening, and the annual CSU Guitar Symposium going on all weekend long.  Or if you're in need of musical comedy, then the Springer Opera House may just be your ticket.  I'm hearing from lots of folks that this is one of the best productions the Springer has ever done...and that's high praise indeed! 

Don't worry about the weather...just enjoy the weekend!

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Categories: Arts, Events, Accommodations, on Friday, February 27, 2015

So What’s on Tap for Valentine’s Day?

Hopefully by now, you've gotten all the 'necessaries' for your sweetie for Valentine's Day.  Something chocolate.  A mushy card.  Maybe even reservations for a nice dinner.  Those are all great...especially the chocolate and more specifically, those little heart-shaped Snickers...I digress but that's what happens when chocolate enters the conversation, but how about making plans to do something special together.  Making a memory.  Going out for dinner is a wonderful idea, but how about making it a murder mystery dinner?  The folks with Sherlock's Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre have a brand new production going on at the Columbus Marriott and it's called "Sherlock's An Invitation to Murder" and if you've never been to a dinner like this, it's a hoot!  You might even be the one "who dunnit!"  You get a fabulous meal, a wonderul show during dinner and you'll be talking about this for many Valentine's to come. 

Or how about taking in a concert with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra?  Now, before you start with excuses like "I don't know anything about classical music" or "That kind of music just isn't my cup of tea...I'm more of a Country fan", then tomorrow night's event might be right up your alley!  This one is titled "Music City Hit Makers" and it truly can be defined as 'where country meets the symphony.'  It'll feature the artists who wrote the hit songs made famous by country artists like Lady Antebellum, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Martina McBride, Kelly Clarkson, and many others.  So do something a little out of the norm and surprise your Valentine with tickets!

If you want to get outdoors and enjoy this short window of nice weather, take an adventure on the Blue Heron Zip Line this weekend because if you go in groups of two or more, your Valentine gets to zip for free!  (Just make sure you make reservations.)  Or put on your hiking shoes and take the short trip to Providence Canyon State Park for their guided Geology Hike on Saturday.  This is a great time of year to see the canyons so make sure to bring your camera and binoculars.

Cards, candy and cuddling are nice, but it's the adventures you share that make life together special!


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Categories: Arts, Events, River Fun, on Friday, February 13, 2015

February…It’s not just for Valentine’s anymore!

Poor February.  Its only claim to fame for most of us is a one-day holiday in the middle of the month that involves sappy, cheesy cards, plastic-like chocolate, and a stuffed animal to cuddle with, which would be great if you were 6 years old.  We complain that it's too cold and grey outside and it's just a dull, listless month sandwiched between the end of the holidays and the beginning of Spring.  But wait.  All is not lost. The times, they are a-changing. 

Last night, while online to order tickets for a performance at the RiverCenter, I completely got sucked into their event calendar and was stunned at all of the events on their lineup between now and the end of the month.  So who cares if it's cold, windy and rainy outside, we've got tons of indoor fun to take advantage of under one roof!  I ordered my tickets for the Russian Ballet's performance of Swan Lake on Feb. 20, and I'm also considering taking the plunge on tickets for The Time Jumpers featuring Vince Gill, Music City Hitmakers with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and a little later this month, you can catch the Broadway musical Jekyll and Hyde, or have a little laugh-therapy with comedian Kathleen Madigan.  OK, I admit it.  I went ahead and ordered ticktets to see her because a few good belly-laughs would do me good.  See ya, winter doldrums.

Thinks there's nothing fun to do in February?  Think again and take a look at the Event will make you look at the dead of winter in a whole different light!

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Categories: Arts, Events, on Tuesday, February 10, 2015

I’ve got a Secret…and I’m not keeping this one!

There are secrets you'll keep forever, there are secrets you wouldn't dare share with anyone else, and then there are secrets you just can't wait to share with anyone and everyone!  And that's what this of the best kept secrets in Columbus has to be the Visitors Center at 900 Front Avenue and I'm here to tell the world about it.  Whether you're a visitor, just moving to town or have lived here you whole life, this Center is wealth of information.  Full of brochures about all the things to do in Columbus, the surrounding area and even the state, event information, and videos to whet your appetite on new adventures. Speaking of appetite, in the Gift Shop, you can even satisfy some cravings for Southern goodies like cheese straws made from grits...and they are delicious, muscadine jelly, and barbecue sauce.  Or pick up some really cool Columbus, GA or Whitewater T-shirts, caps, sunglasses, picnic bags, and a good variety of books with topics from history, to cooking to ghost stories!  Pop in anytime Monday-Friday from 8:30am-5:30pm or if you're out and about on Saturday, come on in between 10:00am-2:00pm.  I'm telling's worth the visit just to pick up a box of those Cheddar Cheese Grits Bits!

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, Good Eats!, Shopping, on Friday, February 6, 2015

It’s the weekend, so how do I find out what’s going on around Columbus?

Well, I'm glad you asked!  Thanks to the wonders of the world wide web, we now have access to just about any kind of information you can think of!  How to make the perfect omelet...there's a video for that.  What are the stats for the teams playing in this Sunday's Super Bowl...there's a site for that.  Can someone help me potty-train my new puppy...there's a blog for that.  You name it, it's out there.  And thankfully, you don't have to look far and wide to find out about things happening closer to home.  It never fails when I'm out and about, someone will always ask how I find out about all the events going on around town and I'm happy to tell them there is one site that's a wealth of info and details.  The Event Calendar (you can find it on is a gem when it comes to being a reference of scheduled events. 

The really cool thing about this calendar is that you can search by date, or the type of event you're looking for...arts, history, shopping, river fun, concerts...or you can look at particular venues in town to see what's on their line-up.  So, if you want to find out what sort of plans you need to make for this weekend, with just this one calendar you can get more details on things like Lend Me A Tenor at the Springer Opera House, the For the Love of Music Dessert Auction and Side by Side Concert at RiverCenter (there are cakes, pies and desserts at this one people--need I say more?!), the big Super Bowl 5K/10K/1Mile Run in Uptown (to help run off those cakes, pies and desserts), Pianomania at RiverCenter, and even some dinner theatre at Riverside Theatre Complex

And that's just a smattering of what you'll find.  Just make sure you check the Event Calendar often because new items are added constantly and that way you won't miss out on any of the fun!

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Categories: Arts, Events, Good Eats!, on Friday, January 30, 2015

What we need is some music this weekend!

They say music is good for the soul and if that's the case, you've got plenty of opportunities this weekend to get your fill in Columbus, GA!  I'm hearing lots of buzz about the latest production at the Springer Opera House called "Lend Me A Tenor."  Anything with a creative title like that has got to be good!  That and the fact this Broadway classic has won three Tony Awards is a pretty good indication we're going to love this one.  And the plot?  Just know that it involves the greatest tenor of his generation, an accidental double dose of tranquilizers, and a theatre assitant who tries to fool the audience as a stand-in.  What could possibly go wrong with that?!

If you're in the mood for a little classical music Saturday night, you're in luck because we just happen to have one of the oldest and best orchestras in the nation and they call Columbus home.  For this performance at RiverCenter, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra is welcoming Atlanta Symphony Orchestra concertmaster, David Coucheron, with a performance of Samuel Barber's lyrical violin concerto.  They'll also be doing works by the mystical Alan Hovhaness, the most famous American composer Aaron Copland, and a "Romantic" symphony by Howard Hanson.

Whether you sing along, hum along, tap your toes or just let the music take you away, get out and enjoy a tune or two this weekend!


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Categories: Arts, Events, on Friday, January 23, 2015

Just what we need to recuperate from the holidays.  A three-day weekend!

Let's face it.  We're all still dragging a bit from all of the excitement and hustle and bustle of the holidays.  And something tells me that I may not be the only one in my neighborhood that still needs to finish taking down all of the Christmas decorations...but we'll save that topic for another day.  So it comes at a great time that for most of us, we've got a three-day weekend to look forward to.  Should be the perfect time to watch a little football, take a nap or three or maybe actually get out and enjoy some of this sunshine that Mother Nature has graced us with for the next few days.  You've got a lot of things to choose from if you're looking for something fun to get into.  For some indoor entertainment, take your pick from a production at Riverside Theatre Complex called The Tallest Tale Ever Told, The Marriage of Figaro at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts or the 3D D-Day movie showing at the IMAX Theater at the National Infantry Museum.

If your lung could do with a little fresh air, there's plenty of outside stuff like the Junior Ranger Day Camp at Florence Marina State Park on Saturday from 10:00am-3:00pm...just make sure you preregister for this one.  If you don't let a little thing like heights bother you, you really should head to Oxbow Meadows and take a hike in the Tree Top Canopy.  It's 35 feet off the ground but you get a really cool view of the wetlands, the river trees, and even some wildlife.  And if I can do it...and 7 year olds can do it...anyone can!

And since lots of folks will be off Monday, how about something a little different to do that day?  Head up to F.D. Roosevelt State Park in Pine Mountain for a Winter Wilderness Trail Ride.  You'll get saddled up on horseback and take a one-hour trail ride with a guide and naturalist and you'll get to see the park from a whole new perspective and get a bit of a history lesson on the way.  You might even want to take a picnic lunch with since the ride will be over around noon.

Enjoy the weekend!

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, on Friday, January 16, 2015

Think just because the holidays are over, so is the fun?  Think again!

Christmas trees have been tossed to the curbside (or better yet, dropped off at a recycling site), decorations packed away for another year (we'll be cleaning up that glitter for a few weeks), calorie-laden goodies cleaned out of the fridge (we'll be carrying that around our midsections for a few weeks), and now your home is back to normal, yet seems a little empty without all the added trimmings.  And as glad as you are that you survived the chaos that sometimes goes along with the holidays, you can't help but feel a little sad that it's all over.  Well, just because you can't get away with wearing your tackiest Christmas sweater anymore, doesn't mean you can't have a little fun.  In fact, I think fun is just what the doctor ordered to get over the post-holidays blues. 

If you haven't already made reservations to check out the next production at the RiverCenter, hop online or give them a call to get tickets for Sister Act!  You only have one chance to see this Broadway extravaganza and it's this Thursday (1.8.2015) night (7:30pm).  It features original music by 8-time Oscar® winner Alan Menken and tells the story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look—a convent! Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own.  Tons of great music and lots of fun in this one!  And if you were thinking about going to the pre-show dinner at the RiverCenter, you’re out of luck because it’s already sold out!  Not to worry, there are plenty of great restaurants in Uptown to have dinner before the show.  Sounds like a perfect date-night for a Thursday!

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Categories: Arts, Events, on Tuesday, January 6, 2015

So Long 2014!  Let’s Ring in 2015 with a Blast!

I distinctly remember as a kid having a grown up tell me that time seems to go by much faster the older you get.  Couldn't really understand that logic as a young 'un, but boy were they right.  Take this year.  Where has 2014 gone?  It seemed to go by in the blink of an eye.  Hopefully, we all have good memories and accomplishments to take with us into the new year and I can't think of a better way to say goodbye to 2014 and hello to 2015 than with a big party!  And my favorite part?  All we have to do is put on our dancing shoes and show up...someone else is doing all the party-planning, so that means no cleaning up the house, no cooking, baking, or decorating.  It's as simple as making reservations for the 2014 Rivertown New Year's Eve Ball at the Columbus Convention & Trade Center! 

The Rivertown Ball is the area's premiere occasion for New Year's Eve.  This year features a sumptuous dinner (if you haven't sampled the food from the new chef at the Trade Center, you're in for a treat!), followed by hours of dancing with Lady and the Tramps (also known as the Tradewinds), a New Year's champagne toast and huge balloon drop await the stroke of midnight.  The fun doesn't stop there because they'll even have a Continental Breakfast to bring the evening to an end and there'll be door prizes announced throughout the night.

So I say, put on something sparkly and festive,  grab your favorite dance partner and ring in this New Year in style at the Trade Center tomorrow night!  Here's wishing you a happy, healthy, peaceful and prosperous 2015!

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, Good Eats!, on Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Family, Friends and Fun this Christmas Season!

If you have a houseful of guests this weekend and you're wondering how you're going to keep them entertained after all of the packages have been unwrapped and the turkey and dressing have been devoured...make sure you take a look at the Event Calendar because there are still lots of fun things to get out and do.  Pile all your folks in the minivan and head to Callaway Gardens for Fantasy in Lights, just named one of the top holiday light displays in the country, or take in the fun at some of the special holiday progams at the local libraries, take the quick trip to LaGrange and see Hills & Dales all decked out for the holidays, and maybe end the weekend on a musical note with a Bluegrass Jam Session at the Barn at Lake Pines.

Whatever you do this holiday season, enjoy it with family and friends. From all of us at the Columbus, GA Convention & Visitors Bureau, we'd like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and we hope that 2015 will be your best year yet!


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Categories: Arts, Events, on Wednesday, December 24, 2014

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