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Rumble by the River in Columbus, GA!

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.

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Categories: Events, on Thursday, August 22, 2013

Come for Whitewater, Stay for the Food, Fun and Attractions

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
http://www.uptowncolumbusga.com
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
http://www.ccssc.org
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
http://www.portcolumbus.org
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
http://oxbow.columbusstate.edu
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
http://www.nationalinfantrymuseum.org
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.

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Categories: Events, Good Eats!, History, Ft. Benning-Military, River Fun, on Thursday, August 22, 2013

Hump Day!  That Means Weekend Fun in Columbus, GA is Almost Here!

"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!

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Categories: Arts, Events, Good Eats!, on Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Cool Stuff Happening at Oxbow Meadows this Weekend in Columbus, GA!

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!

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Categories: Events, River Fun, on Friday, August 16, 2013

A Little Bit of Rain…OK, a TON of Rain…Isn’t Going to Stop Our Weekend Fun!

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!

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Categories: Arts, Events, on Thursday, August 15, 2013

Back to School Already?!

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!

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Categories: Arts, Events, on Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Beep Ball?!  Yep, you HEARD Right!

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!

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Categories: Events, on Thursday, August 1, 2013

8 Reasons to Love Whitewater Rafting

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.

Adrenaline
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.

 

 

 

YOLO
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.

Fun Guides
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.

Teambuilding!
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.

To book your trip, visit www.whitewaterexpress.com and visit www.visitcolumbusga.com, to find day-trip itineraries plus tips for things to do around town.


Content adapted from www.inaraft.com/10-reasons-to-love-whitewater-rafting

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Categories: Events, River Fun, on Wednesday, July 31, 2013

It’s a Rainy Wednesday, But at Least the Weekend is on the Way!

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!

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Categories: Arts, Events, Good Eats!, Shopping, on Wednesday, July 31, 2013

It’s the Weekend!  Let’s Play in Columbus, GA!

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.  grin

Now, go have some fun...

shelby

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Categories: Arts, Events, Good Eats!, River Fun, Shopping, on Friday, July 26, 2013

Hello Weekend, My Old Friend!

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...

shelby

 

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, on Thursday, July 18, 2013

Rain, Rain Go Away!  ‘Cause it’s time for fun in Columbus, GA!

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...

shelby

 

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, Good Eats!, on Friday, July 12, 2013

4th of July Weekend Fun in Columbus, GA!

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...

shelby

 

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, Good Eats!, River Fun, on Wednesday, July 3, 2013

First Weekend of Summer in Columbus, GA!

Well, the hazy, crazy, and lazy days of summer are here, so we might as well kick off this season with a weekend full of fun!  And it looks like there's something for everyone...anything from butterflies to dinosaurs! 

It’s time again…for the 14th annual Denim & Diamonds Concert this Saturday, June 22 at the Columbus Civic Center. Every year they bring in a great performer and this year is no exception…in fact they may have outdone themselves in my opinion because The Band Perry is sure to put on a fantastic show! Some of their recent hits include Better Dig Two, If I Die Young, You Lie, and Done. All of their songs are really good and will have you up and dancing in the aisles. I love their edgy look and that their sound is a little different than most country music. All proceeds from this concert benefit Columbus Hospice and Columbus Hospice of Alabama. So you get to enjoy a great night out with friends and support a wonderful cause that helps so many in our community.

OK, so who doesn’t love Dr. Seuss!?!?! Fans can see some of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz and JoJo, a little Who boy with a BIG imagination Friday night (6.21) at the Riverside Theatre Complex in Uptown Columbus. All of these characters will be brought to life..the story centers around Horton who finds himself faced with a big challenge.Not only must he protect his little friend JoJo and the whole Who village from a world of naysayers and dangers but he must also guard an abandoned bird egg! It’s an adventure the whole family will love! Instead of family move night, make it family theatre night!

Learn all about the nature of the beautiful butterfly this Saturday, June 22, from 10am to noon during Oxbow Meadow’s Colorful Creations art program. It begins with a 30-minute educational program followed by an hour long art class taught by Rita Mead of Brush Busters. Registration is required!

Want to get a glimpse of what the days of dinosaurs might have been like? Come to Discover the Dinosaurs this weekend at the Trade Center. This is a unique hands-on exhibit that consists of up to 60 museum quality and animatronic dinosaurs that gives you the opportunity to get close and touch them. Some of the dinosaurs come to life with the push of a button, making them move, breather and even roar! You can even control some of their movement! Along with the animatronic dinosaurs, there will be museum quality static exhibits. After you’ve marveled at the dinosaurs, there is also lots of kids activities including dinosaur rides,  mini golf, inflatables, a dino dig, dino theater, dino coloring station and more! There’s even a Scavenger Hunt! Definitely something different to do with the family!

It’s time for fandoms to unite! If you’re a Twi-hard, Trekker, Whovian, Potterhead, Dragonballer, Marvel Zombie or Tribute then you need to listen up! Come celebrate your love for your favorite fandoms by attending the first ever fandom mini-convention at the Columbus Public Library on Macon Road this Saturday (6.22). You can make fan inspired crafts, participate in cosplay, trivia and art contests, browse vendors and much more! There will even be appearances from some special guests including Galaxy Man from Galactic Quest Comics and a virtual chat with author Marissa Meyers. This convention is completely free and is geared to teenagers but everyone is invited to attend!

The Crowley Classic Film Series continues this weekend at the Springer Opera House as they show several different movies on a big screen in the main theatre. Tonight (6.21) at 7pm see Young Frankenstein and tomorrow (6.22) at 2pm see Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and at 7pm see Breakfast at Tiffany’s…one of my all time favorites! There’s nothing like seeing a classic movie in such a beautiful historic setting! Tickets are $10 and The Saloon is open before hand for snacks and refreshments!

Don't forget to take a look at the Event Calendar to get the scoop on all the goings-on in and around Columbus.

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, on Thursday, June 20, 2013

There’s Something Fun for Everyone in Columbus, GA this Weekend!

This is definitely shaping up to be a weekend where everybody will find something fun to get into.  I mean, where else can you go from picking blackberries, to running in your pj's, to exploring a cemetery?!  Take a look at this quick rundown of things to do, but don't forget to head to the big Event Calendar to get more details and to see all that's happening.

Besides the fact that it’s 902 degrees outside with humidity to match, you know Summer is truly here when it’s time to enjoy some fresh blackberries!  So why not head to The Rock Ranch this Saturday for their Blackberry Festival?!  They’re marking the beginning of blackberry season with this event and they’ll even have a produce stand set up with freshly picked berries other fresh fruit and veggies, jellies and honey…and in honor of the theme…Blackberry Cobbler!!  There’s tons of free stuff for kids to enjoy like corn hole games, bounce house, bluegrass band or you can also purchase a wristband that will get you access to more fun like train and pony rides, petting zoo, giant jumping pillow and more.  There’s even a “Cow-a-Bunga” zip lines!  If you can’t make it this weekend, similar fun happening next weekend, but instead of blackberries, Sweet Corn is the star!

If you’re looking for a fun way to kick off this weekend, maybe ditch work a little early today and head to Callaway Gardens for their Fabulous Fridays event.  They’ve got all sorts of cool things going on like a Farmers Market where you can get fresh produce, baked goods, and more yummy stuff.  The fun continues into the evening with great food, drink specials, beach activities and live music.  Tonight, you’ll hear the sweet sounds of Randy & Darlene.  If you want some high-flying fun, the Florida State University Flying High Circus will have a performance at 8:00pm.  And the best part it that this all takes place under the stars at one of the most beautiful spots anywhere in the country and it’s right in our own backyard, just 30 minutes up the road!

Got kids who love to read?  Cart them to Oxbow Meadows Saturday morning for their Reading Club!  This time, it’s all about the new book “Chinaberry Summer” and the author will even be there to read some excerpts!  Program begins at 11:00am and it’s free!

Alright, stay with me on this one because it may sound a little out of the ordinary.  If you have never explored one of our local historic treasures, here’s a great opportunity.  The Third Thursday of the month (now-Sept) you can take a guided tour of Linwood Cemetery.  This thing is not only chocked full of local history—you’ll hear all kinds of cool stories of some of the people who are buried there…like Dr. Pemberton, the guy who invented the formula for Coca-Cola.  He’s buried there in a pauper’s grave!  Not to mention, there are some great photo ops of beautiful stone and iron work, some really interesting epitaphs.  Wear some good walking shoes and bring some water because the tour lasts about an hour and starts at the Lummus Chapel, at the east end of the cemetery.

So if traipsing through a cemetery isn’t “out there” enough for you this weekend, how about running through Uptown in your PJ’s?!  The Miss Georgia Pageant is back in town and to kick things off, there really is a Pajama Run this Saturday night.  Not only is there the 5K Run & Walk, but there is a Pajama Run Parade to kick things off at 7:00 and a free concert with Big Woody & The Splinters in the median of Broadway at 8:00pm!  The run begins at 9:00pm and you’re encouraged to wear your “Most Tastefully” outlandish pajamas!  And for those who get really creative, there’s also a “Show us Your Bedroom Slippers” contest.  Proceeds benefit the Miss Georgia Scholarship Fun and Children's Miracle Network.

And one more thing that smaller kids...ok, us big kids too!  What kid on the face of this earth doesn’t love Dr. Seuss, especially one of his most beloved…The Cat in the Hat!?  The book comes to life on the stage at CSU’s Riverside Theatre Complex in Uptown Saturday at 10:00am (6 West 10th St.)  The show is action-packed and runs about 40 minutes so it’s good for all ages!  Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 & under.  

Time's a wasting! Start making some weekend plans asap.

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Categories: Arts, Events, Good Eats!, Shopping, on Thursday, June 13, 2013

Weekend.  Playtime.  ‘Nuff Said!

We've made it.  Time for fun. What to do, what to do?  First thing you should do is take a look at the Event Calendar to get a good look at all that's going on, but in the meantime, here are a couple of things that may strike your fancy.

The only thing better than getting to go on a tour of homes and check out the inside design ideas of houses you normally might not get to see, is to be able to traipse through beautiful, lush gardens of a planned tour!  Keep Columbus Beautiful is hosting just such a tour this weekend and they’ve lined up some of the most gorgeous, well manicured, meticulously designed gardens in the city.  Not only will you get an up-close look at the Columbus Museum’s Olmsted Garden, but also you’ll get to explore 9 other private gardens and maybe pick up some interesting design or planting ideas to take back home to work in your own outdoor space. 

They--whoever "they" are--keep talking about gas prices falling this summer, but I just filled up my tank and I got to be honest, didn’t really see a steep decline in the amount of money I spent!  And with vacation season here and folks making plans on what to do with their time off, keeping the drive time down and exploring what our state and region have to offer might just be a good solution to the vacation budget dilemma this year.  A great place to find out what there is to get out and do in our state is at the “Georgia on my Mind Day” event at the State Welcome Center on Williams Rd.  On Friday (June 7) from 11:00am-2:00pm, attractions, hotels, restaurants, and destinations from all over Georgia will be set up with displays and giveaways to help you make a plan for a family fun getaway in our own backyard.  When you think about it, GA has a lot to offer—mountains, coast, big cities, even a big swamp to explore!

Just when you thought the Uptown Concert Series was done, we’ve lucked out and have a couple of more chances to boogie on Broadway!  This Saturday night (June 8) should be big fun with the Journey tribute band “Departure” hitting the stage at 7:00pm.  These guys put on a phenomenal show! It’s also a fundraiser for one of the nicest people I know…Columbus Police Department Captain Jackey Long to help cover the cost of his medical expenses.

Get out your loud Hawaiian shirts because it’s time for the JunkFest Luau!  This sounds like a day of some really eclectic fun and entertainment.  If you go for the music, you're in luck because they’ll have more than 10 grassroots bands on the stage—the Bibb City Ramblers, Seanrox Trio, Riley Yielding and others; there’s a ukulele jam, a drum circle, yoga, hula-hooping, dancing, tons of handmade crafts and natural gifts, kids and adult folk art projects, and lots more!  It’s all set in the fruit and nut tree-lined pasture behind the world-famous Gina’s Junk Thrift & Antiques—they’ve built a really nice venue for events like this.  They’ll have lots of food including Country’s Barbecue and the Ice Cream Girl will be there with what else...Hawaiian Ice!  Make sure you bring some non-perishable food items because that will be donated to the Valley Rescue Mission.

So how many hours have kids been out of school and they’re already whining that there’s nothing to do?  Got a couple of ideas to get them out of the house and into air conditioned-comfort to enjoy some really great movies, and there’s also a chance for us big kids to go check out some movies as well at some out-of-the-ordinary locations.  The Springer Opera House is doing a Cool Summer Films event and the movies really run the gamut from classic, western, comedies, suspense and children’s.  In fact, they’re showing “Pulp Fiction” tonight (7pm), ET-The Extraterrestrial (2pm) and Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil tomorrow (7pm).  Other upcoming movies include Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Princess Bride, Rear Window, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and one of my all time favorites...Young Frankenstein! Trivia contests prior to show time & refreshments in the Saloon!

Or you and the kids can head to the National Infantry Museum this summer because they’ve lined up a slate of 16 kid-favorite films for June & July.  Every Tuesday and Wednesday now through July 24, you can experience movies in the IMAX theatre and did I mention that admission is free for both children and adults?  Sweet!  Check their website for the full line-up.

Lots to do--just get out and do it!

 

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shelby

 

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Categories: Arts, Events, Good Eats!, Shopping, on Thursday, June 6, 2013

Who Needs Some Weekend Fun?  We’ve got it in Columbus, GA!

It's Friday Eve, so that means it's time to do some quick research to see what's happening this weekend!  And to make your life easier, I've done a little digging for you and unearthed a few things you might like to get out and do.  Of course, it didn't take much effort on my part because I headed straight to the Event Calendar to take a look at all the happenings, so you might want to do the same.

It’s summertime and that means it’s getting hot outside! But you can stay cool inside the National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus as they kick off their Cool History Summer Series Program! This Saturday you’ll hear the compelling story of the ironclad, Atlanta. The program starts at 12:30pm where 12 lucky winners and fans of the museum’s Facebook page will have a boat tour of the Chattahoochee Riverfront, followed by a guided tour of the museum at 1:30pm, then at 2:30pm Dr. Maurice Melton will present the story of the Capture of the CSS Atlanta. Finally at 3:30pm it ends with a bang with a naval weapons demonstration and cannon firing! It’s a great way to see and hear history brought to life.

Looks like yet another big weekend in Uptown Columbus. The Concert Series has been extended! Friday night (May 31), you can come out to the 1000 block of Broadway to see Peggy Jenkins & the Bizness as they rock the streets. It’s a free show! Just bring your chairs, blankets and dancing shoes! Then come back down to Uptown on Saturday because in the 1100 black you can watch and even participate in the Uptown Drum Circle. It starts at 6pm. You can bring your own drums or if you don’t have any, they’ll provide one for you. There will also be a kid’s corner with face painting, crazy hair and more, a yoga demonstration by Art of Yoga Studio and a Belly & Fire Dance demo! Make sure you check out the re-purposed art exhibition and auction by local artists. This a great, FREE family friendly event!

The Coca-Cola Space Science Center will help you navigate the night sky this Monday at Callaway Garden’s Overlook Pavilion beginning at 9:00pm. See and learn about stars, planets, satellites and more. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the evening.

Not to mention there's an open house at Pasaquan, home of folk artist Eddie Owens Martin, in Buena Vista on Saturday---which is only open the first Saturday of every month from April thru November.  Or there's Fabulous Fridays at Callaway Gardens where you can get fresh produce, baked goods, and more yummy stuff. The fun continues into the evening with great food, drink specials, beach activities and live music! Each week, various bands will take the stage at 7pm for the Summer Music Series.  If you need a little comedy in your life, then you MUST check out No Shame Theatre at the Springer Opera House.  Every Friday night at 10:30pm,  you’ll see 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. Admission to watch is $5.

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, Good Eats!, Shopping, on Thursday, May 30, 2013

big, Big, BIG Weekend in Columbus, GA!

Hold onto your hats folks because it's going to be a weekend in Columbus, GA that we won't soon forget!  All the right components are coming together...great weather, the unofficial beginning of Summer, tons of old favorite and new things to do...for an epic holiday weekend.

Memorial Day Weekend is always  jam-packed but this Memorial Day weekend is going to be something extra special because there is an event this Saturday morning that kicks off something brand new to Columbus and it’s something that’s been several decadesin the making!  Whitewater Columbus, GA will officially be up and running this Saturday and there is a grand opening celebration at 10:00am on the RiverWalk Island (by the Powerhouse at Eagle & Phenix) so you can see what all the hoopla is about.  And if you’re ready to take the plunge, there are still a few spaces left on Saturday and Sunday to take a raft trip with the guides from Whitewater Express.  If you haven't been down to see the whitewater course, I think you'll be really impressed!

Something else happening along the river for the first time ever is an event called a Dragon Boat Festival.  There will be all the usual fun festival stuff, but what sets this apart are the dragon boats!  These are long, skinny boats that contain a team of 20 paddlers and one drummer. Teams consist of local folks (corporations, family, friends) who have practiced & are ready to race!  What’s cool about this is that part of the proceeds will be given to the Children’s Miracle Network at Cols Regional Children’s Hospital.  Each team will race in three heats to establish the champion.  Dragon boat races are held in about 70 communities in the US and more than 60 million people worldwide have participated.  This being the first year, organizers had a goal of 20 teams to race but they’ve been blown away with the enthusiasm of Columbus as they have 32 teams ready to race!  Everything kicks off on the river behind the Coca-Cola Space Science Center at 11:00am.  Free to watch!

A great way to kick off this long weekend is heading to Uptown for Classic Addict in concert tonight on Broadway.  Scott Ressmeyer and his gang of motorcycle buddies will make their return to Columbus tonight at the concert after traveling thru all 48 lower states on their fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network.  Great music and fun and it’s all FREE! 

If you want to do a quick road trip, load the car and head to Callaway Gardens for the 54th Masters Water Ski and Wake Board Tournament--they've got wall-to-wall activities going on thru Monday; or head over the the Little White House and get ready to relax because they are filling up the historic pools with that 88-degree mineral water...talk about making you feel good all over; and if you want to head south, the 1850's Village of Westville is doing a reenactment of a couple of the battles from the Creek Indian War--plus they'll have other activities like story telling, dancing and handicrafts to enjoy.

Hope you have a safe and happy Memorial Day Weekend!

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, Good Eats!, River Fun, Shopping, on Friday, May 24, 2013

Looking for Stuff to do this Weekend?  Boy, are you in the Right Place!

Driving into work this morning through Uptown Columbus there is definitely a festival-feeling in the air!  Several stages are being set up, food vendors staking out their plot of land (oh please, let there be a funnel cake maestro somewhere in the mix), and organizers taking care of last minute details all in preparation for tonight's (May 17) kick off of the new CutBait Music Festival!  This thing looks like it's going to be huge...and a whole lot of fun.  Over 40 national and Southern artists, 9 stages, and just about every music genre you can imagine. This two-day event cranks up tonight at 6:30pm. Keni Thomas, Sister Hazel, Shooter Jennings and Bronze Radio Return are just a few of the artists you can see tonight. Then it starts all over again on Saturday (May 18) at 2pm. With both outdoor and indoor stages, and a mix of unique venues this is truly going to be an awesome festival. Some venues have as few seats as 75 so if there’s an artist you really want to see, get there early! For a full schedule you can check out www.cutbaitmusic.com. The best deal for admission is the Weekend Pass for $35, or you can get a $15 pass for Friday night, and a $25 ticket for Saturday.  This is the ultimate music experience right on the banks of the Chattahoochee River.

Once you’ve rested up after CutBait Music Festival, head to Lakebottom Park in MidTown Columbus for the Annual Arts in the Park event at Lakebottom Park. Arts in the Park as been around for a while and is always a good time for the whole family. The event features the works of area artists, lots of children’s activities, including face painting, arts and crafts and pony rides and petting zoo, and musical performances by the Justice Family Bluegrass Band, Bob Barr Community Band and Jennifer Duncan. If you’re in the market to buy some art, you’re in luck because the art is for sale…it’s not just a show. This event is FREE and attendees are invited to bring a picnic basket, spread out on a blanket and enjoy the afternoon. There will be vendors on site selling food and drinks as well. Again, a great way to spend a Sunday with the family!

Or how about taking the kids to the Safe Kids Bike Rodeo at Hollywood Connection on Saturday?  From 10:00am-2:00pm, there will be free bike helmets for kids under 14 years old, speed skating race, mascots, a safety obstacle course, door prizes, games and more!

Make sure you put this one on your list because this weekend is your last chance to see Lakebottom Prime at the Springer Opera House. Written by Georgia playwright, Topher Payne, Lakebottom Prime is the prequel to the 2011 hit, Lakebottom Proper. Before Lakebottom was a lake bottom there was actually a lake! The wedding of the century is being planned by Priscilla Tuttle and nothing will stop her from having the perfect lakeside ceremony attended by all of Columbus’ elite. But of course there are problems…the bride’s mother might be evil, the bridesmaids come down with malaria and the city begins to drain the lake. And as the water level gets lower, the anxiety rises because there’s a secret at the bottom and the Tuttle family will do anything to keep it hidden. I got a chance to see it last week and it is a hilarious show!

When people start thinking about fun things to do on the weekend, I’m quite sure going to a cemetery isn’t one of the first things that pops in your head, but this might change your mind! Linwood Cemetery is a beautiful historic cemetery with some pretty fascinating people buried there. On the third Saturday of the month (tomorrow) they have a guided tour. The walking tour lasts about an hour and is free and open to the public. You’ll start at the beautiful Lummus Chapel and hear stories of some of the more interesting people buried in Linwood, the history of Columbus, the beautiful stone and iron works, unique epitaphs and more. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own water. No reservations are required!

And you thought it was just going to be a quiet, restful weekend.

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Categories: Arts, Events, Good Eats!, River Fun, Shopping, on Friday, May 17, 2013

Weekend + Spring = Fun Weekend in Columbus, GA!

The above is all the math you need to know for the weekend...which is a good thing for me!  And yep, the deeper into Spring we get, the more packed the weekends are with fun stuff to do.  In fact, just in Uptown Columbus alone this weekend, there's something going on almost the entire time.  Of course, everything kicks off with Big Woody & The Splinters headlining the free concert tonight in the 1000 block, but on Saturday, there's also Junkin' on Broadway, Market Days on Broadway, A Feathered Affair, which is a birdhouse auction benefiting Columbus Area Habitat, a Cinco de Mayo Celebration, and a Comic Book Show at the Coca-Cola Space Science Center.

Oh, but wait...there's more!  Don't forget that the Uptown Drum Circle that kicks off at 6:00pm Saturday night.  It’s your chance to take part in or just watch something you may never have seen before-a Community Drum Circle. A drum circle is not a drum class, it’s a fun, family friendly event where people celebrate through rhythm and music. You don’t even have to have any musical expertise and you can bring whatever type of drum or percussion instrument you have. You can even make your own! Even if you decide not to participate, it should be really cool to watch!

If you’ve been waiting for the perfect Spring festival, well, this is your weekend!  It’s “The Cotton Pickin’ Fair” just up the road a bit in Gay, GA.  What sets this festival apart has got to be the setting…it isn’t just a few tents pitched in an empty lot…it’s set on the grounds of a 1910 farmhouse, complete with a Cotton Warehouse, which makes this the absolute best setting for all the skilled artisans and antique specialists with booths filled with pottery, weaving, sculpture, woodcarving, painting, jewelry, wearable art, blacksmithing, and glass blowing—plus there’s live entertainment, and without a doubt, some of the best food in this entire state.  In fact, I know folks who go just for the food because you’ll find anything from pimento cheese sandwiches, onion rings, and sweet potato fries!  Don't even eat today-bank those calories for the weekend.

And finally, if you’ve got kids in the household because they are going to love this…or even if you’re just a fan of Roald Dahl, then you’re going to love this one too!  It’s The Big Friendly Giant at the Springer Opera House and it’s all about a little girl named Sophie who is snatched from her orphanage bedroom, hauled off across the landscape to Giant Country and kept in a cave by a huge creature who talks squiff-squiddly…I don’t know what that means but now I’m really intrigued!  Well, the giant promises not to gobble her up like an hors d’oeuvres, so of course, they become the best of friends and then go on all sorts of adventures together.  This is the last weekend for it, so squeeze it in your weekend plans if you can.  Good for any ages kindergarten & up!

Hopefully, some of that info will get you thinking about weekend plans...and let's face it, most of us have been making weekend plans since Monday morning!

Now, go have some fun,

shelby

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, Good Eats!, Shopping, on Thursday, May 2, 2013

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