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Chances are you're just about done with all the holiday preparations, decorations, shopping, wrapping, cooking, baking, planning, cleaning...oh, and the list goes on and on. So once all the gifts are unwrapped, there's nothing left but a sad looking turkey carcass on the platter, and you can't even begin to process the idea of going shopping again, how about let's doing something fun after the big Christmas Day? Perfect. Our very own Columbus Cottonmouths will be taking to the ice for a little hockey action against Peoria at the Civic Center this Thursday and Friday nights (Dec 26 & 27). I can't think of a better way to work off some post-holiday stress than by going to the game and cheering on the Cottonmouths to victory. Not to mention, if you have a home full of out-of-town guests or kids climbing the walls, here's a great way to get them OUT of the house for a night! If you need more ideas of things to do, make sure you take a peek at the Event Calendar...there are bound to be more ideas there of things you can do to entertain the troops over the holidays!
Categories: Events, on Monday, December 23, 2013
OK, let's take a second and figure out what this weekend-before-Christmas holds in store for all of us. I know you have a thousand and one things to do to get ready for the big day...there are exactly two presents wrapped and underneath my tree, so I feel your pain. But...we have to make time for a little holiday fun this weekend with family and friends. If you're looking for ideas, look no further than the Event Calendar because it's a great listing of all the happenings this season. You can get details on the two wonderful performances at the Springer Opera House--A Christmas Carol-The Musical and A Tuna Christmas; Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens; a production of The Nutcracker with the Columbus Ballet at RiverCenter; The Polar Express in 3-D at the IMAX Theater at the National Infantry Museum; if you need to run off some holiday stress then sign up for the Big Dog Jingle 5K Run at Big Dog Running Company this Saturday; check out some last minute gift ideas at Market Days on Broadway; and if you're already looking ahead to New Year's Eve, there's the Rivertown New Year's Eve Ball at the Trade Center.
Now, if something out of that list doesn't get you in the Christmas spirit, I don't know what will!!
Yep. Last weekend was a non-stop, jammed-packed, something-going-on-every-minute-of-the-day blur of fun...but just wait until this weekend! I know it's only Wednesday, but truly there is so much happening this weekend that if you don't start making plans now, it's just going to get out of control. And getting out of control means nibbling on an extra piece of fudge, sausage ball, or sprinkly cookie, mugs of eggnog...well, you get the idea. So if we keep busy, we can avoid the holiday spread.
So put your weekend itinerary together and cram as many of these things in as possible. One of the best Christmas movies ever, The Polar Express, is being shown in 3-D at the huge IMAX Theatre at Patriot Park; the Springer Opera House is presenting "A Christmas Carol: The Musical" and "A Tuna Christmas;" Langston Hughes' "Black Navitity" is at the Liberty Theatre Cultural Center; there's a Holiday Mini Camp at the National Infantry Museum; at the Civic Center it's "Disney Live! Presents Three Fairytales," the Bi-City Christmas Parade and the Reindeer Run are both taking place Saturday morning in Uptown; Fantasy in Lights is at Callaway Gardens, and Cantus Christmas 2013 at RiverCenter on Monday night.
And that's just the first 10 things I saw on the Event Calendar, so you might want to head there to see all the other things on the line-up this weekend!
Have you taken a look at the Event Calendar to see all that's going on this weekend?! There's an amazine array of things to get out and do, starting with one of my favorite events all year...Broadway Holiday! The big tree in the 1100 block of Broadway will be lit, lots of choirs singing carols, and of course, Santa himself will be in the gazebo to chat with all the kids. And did I mention the snow!?!?! I know it's going to be close to 80 degrees today, but a little detail like that won't stop the snow at Broadway Holiday.
Some other things you might want to squeeze in this weekend include the Holiday Tour of Homes in Overlook, Victorian Christmas at Port Columbus, Disney in Concert with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra at RiverCenter, Oxbow Meadows has a Holiday Open House, there's a performance of "A Place Called Christmas" at Riverside Theatre Complex, a Holiday Open House & Art Sale at Britt David Art Studio, the MCoE Band at RiverCenter, and a Christmas Open House at Columbus Botanical Garden. And that's just for starters!
Since I'm running out of room, I'd suggest clicking over the the Event Calendar to get a good look at all the fun stuff going on this weekend and next...and start making some plans to enjoy this season!
Yep, there's a turkey carcass on the kitchen counter and probably what looks like a few other kinds of carcasses sprawled out on the sofa in the traditional "I-ate-too-much-food-and-now-I-need-a-nap" syndrome. That's all well and good, but what do you do when all of your out of town company wakes up and is ready to get out and do something?! Not to worry because even though it's a long holiday weekend, there's still plenty to get out and do. The National Infantry Museum will be showing The Polar Express in the IMAX Theatre beginning this Friday, Market Days on Broadway is Saturday from 9:00am-Noon in Uptown Columbus, at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts Saturday night it's "Ahmal & The Night Visitor" (great for kids because it only lasts an hour!), and to work out all you holiday frustrations, you can go yell and scream at a Cottonmouths game Friday night at the Civic Center! Don't forget to take a look at the Community Calendar to get even more ideas on things to do.
It's only Tuesday. Payday is still 3 1/2 days away. There is a pile of laundry at home waiting to be folded. I've got a grocery list a mile-long that isn't going to take care of itself. And then there's that stack of bills waiting to be paid. Ever had one of those weeks? I'm in desperate need of a giggle-fest and I think the perfect remedy to this is a Friday night at the Springer Opera House for "No Shame Theatre." If you've never been before, you are missing a treat. But if you're a regular, you know what a hoot this show is because it's different every time because all of the material is original. In fact, the first 15 acts to sign-up get a slot and there are only three rules: 1. pieces must be original. 2. pieces must be 5 min or less. 3. pieces must not break ANYTHING - such as the audience, the space, yourself, or the LAW. It's only $5 to get in and that may be the best five bucks you spend all week!
So we've had a couple of cool and cloudy days, which I love, but I have to admit there was a moment when I was out in the wind and cold earlier this week that my thoughts went to a warm, sunny, sandy place. Images of waves crashing, beach towels in the sand, the smell of Coppertone and the sounds of classic music from the 60's coming from a transitor radio. (Uh-oh, I think I may have just really dated myself with that last one.) Well, there isn't much I can do about the sun and the surf, but I can help out with the music part of this fantasy! The Springer Opera House has a new production underway called "California Dreaming." It's a musical journey through the California pop scene of the '60s and early '70s. You know what I'm talking about...songs like "Fun, Fun, Fun", "Surfer Girl", "Dream a Little Dream of Me", "Our House", "Wouldn't It Be Nice" and of course, "California Dreaming.'" If your schedule is a little too full to catch the show this weekend, it runs through November 23, so make sure it gets on your calendar! And don't forget to check the Event Calendar for more fun things to do.
OK, I admit it. Had to take a break from a proofing assignment and to clear my head, I checked out the Event Calendar just to see what sort of "serious" fun plans I can make for the weekend. But then I went a little deeper just to see if there were any events listed for the upcoming holiday season and wow, looks like it's going to be a busy time of year for things to do! I've already started penciling in some of the performances at the Springer, RiverCenter, Broadway Holiday, Christmas Parade, Victorian Christmas at Port Columbus, Cantus Columbus...yeah, it's going to be whirlwind of holiday fun. But that's just the way I like it.
Guess my break is over, but if you get a chance today, go take a look at the event calendar and start making plans for the holidays!
If you have the day off today...or if you are working, maybe your boss will give you a little time off...head to the National Infantry Museum for a day packed full of activities to honor our Veterans. Activities kick off at 10:00 this morning with a Commemorative Paver Dedication Ceremony, there's a mini-camp for kids ages 5-11 to teach them the meaning and importance of this day, local Girl Scouts conducting a flag retirement ceremony, free self-guided tours of World War II Company Street, and special showings in the IMAX Theater. And while you're there, make sure you shake the hand of a Veteran and say thank you!
So yesterday, I was telling you how much I love a good sale--a good bargain. It's something that lives deep down in my soul. Always has, and I'll bet, always will. The only thing that rivals a sign that screams 75% off? Something you can get for absolutely free. And now you're probably thinking, yeah but what can I get for nothing? Good question! The answer is: admission today into one of the most beautiful spots in the world and it sits in our very own backyard! To pay homage to its founder, Callaway Gardens is admitting all guests for free on Cason Callaway's birthday...today, November 6. I can't think of a better reason than to check out of work a little early today so you can drive to Callaway, take a stroll to clear your head, then watch the sun go down over the lake. Your stress level will thank you...and it won't cost you a dime.
Categories: Events, on Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Truly, my middle name should have been "Loves a Good Sale," because I can sniff 'em out! Just read about th "After the Race" sale going on at the Columbus Museum today and it's all the goodies left from this past weekend's Steeplechase. There are centerpieces, cloth napkins, chargers, napkin rings, handmade pottery pieces and lots more. It's going on until 2:30pm today ONLY. I'm thinking we should use our lunch hour and go check this out! Happy shopping...
At least it looks more like Fall outside today...and that's a good thing since we are in the thick of the season. If you need proof, just look at all the festivals going on this weekend! The one that really caught my eye is the Harvest in the Meadows event at Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center happening on Saturday (Nov 2) from 4:00-8:00pm. No matter what kind of event they do at Oxbow Meadows, the staff out there really does it up right! They'll have games for children and adults of ALL AGES (yes, that means us more "mature" folks can have fun and be silly), music, reptile shows, face painting, delicious foods, a bouncy house, and much more. What kind of 'much more' you ask? Need I say more than the three most beautiful words I've heard all day? Caramel. Apple. Bar. 'Nuff said. I'm so there.
And now that Halloween has been over for all of about 12 hours, it's time to start getting serious about Christmas! Think I'll head to the Columbus Convention & Trade Center for Christmas Made in the South during my lunch hour and see what sort of holiday treasures I can find for folks this year...and yeah, stuff for me too. It's going on all weekend so there's a good chance I may see you there tomorrow afternoon as well...Happy Christmas Shopping!
Yep, just in time for Halloween, the Columbus Trade Center is playing host to The Columbus Haunted House...and I'm trying to work up the courage to meander through this maze of horror. And this could be interesting because I still get freaked out if the closet door isn't closed all the way at night. Guess I'm a glutton for punishment, but if just doesn't seem like Halloween until there's a good haunted house involved. Sounds like the one at the Trade Center will give you goose bumps and make your skin crawl and it'll be going on through Halloween night. I did read where it's recommended for teens and adults, but kids are welcomed too as long as there is an adult along with them. Bet I'll be checking for monsters under the bed when I get home from this one!!
This weather could not be more perfect for the event happening at the Historic Linwood Cemetery tonight! It's the 17th Annual Historic Linwood Foundation Fall Ramble and it starts at sunset tonight. You get to walk through the cemetery and visit with folks who'll talk about some of the various people buried there. You've got to love this...the theme this year is "Morbid Curiosities" so get ready to hear some of the strange and unusual causes of death of some of the "residents" at Linwood. It all cranks up at 5:00pm and tours will start every 15 minutes. If you've never done this one, cancel whatever plans you had for tonight and add this to the list!
Looking for a little Halloween fun over the next week? Maybe something for families as well as something a little scarier....you'll probably want to leave the kids at home for the really spooky stuff. Here's a list of howling happenings in the Columbus and PResidential Pathways area:
- The Columbus Haunted House - October 23 - 27, 2014. If you're ready to get your fright on, then head to The Columbus Haunted House at the Columbus, GA Convention & Trade Center! http://www.thecolumbushauntedhouse.com
- Historic Linwood Cemetery's Fall Ramble - October 24, 2014 @ 5:00 - 9:00pm. Take a sunset tour through the cemetery, followed by a cocktail party on the grounds. The theme this year is "Morbid Curiosities" featuring the strange and unusual causes of death of some of the "residents" here in Linwood Cemetery. http://calendarcolumbusga.com/event/fall_ramble
- Haunted Museum Tours at the National Civil War Naval Museum - October 24-26, 2014. Your “Ghost Host” will guide you through the museum as you encounter spirits of the Civil War Navies. http://portcolumbus.org/blog/haunted-museum-tours/
- Sherlock's Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre - October 25 & 26, 2014 at the Columbus Marriott. Audiences have loved this traditional drawing-room type of murder mystery that will have you guessing whodunnit right through dessert! http://www.sherlockscolumbus.com
- Spooktacular! - October 26, 2014 @ 3:00 - 5:00pm in Woodruff Park in Uptown Columbus. Spooktacular provides a FREE and safe environment for the children of Columbus to enjoy a night of ghosts and goblins, spooky activities, candy and lots of fun. http://www.uptowncolumbusga.com/eventdetail/events_events/spooktacular.aspx
- Not-So-Spooky Halloween Festival - Ocotber 26, 2014 @ 6:30pm at The Rock Ranch. Make your way through a corn maze in the dark, go trick or treating, carve or paint a pumpkin, enter the costume contest, see a real live magician and more! http://therockranch.com/Rock%20Ranch%20Halloween.html
- Howl-o-Ween Leaf Hike - October 27, 2014 @ 1:30pm at FDR State Park. Discover the fall woodlands and all its inhabitants as you trek through hardwood bottoms along Pine Mountain Ridge. You do not have to have a dog to join. Costumes optional. http://calendarcolumbusga.com/event/howl-o-ween_leaf_hike
- Harvest in the Meadows - November 2, 2014 @ 4:00pm at Oxbow Meadows. A fun, family-centered, fall festival event featuring games for children and adults of ALL AGES, music, reptile shows, face painting, a caramel apple bar, delicious foods, a bouncy house, and MUCH MORE. http://oxbow.columbusstate.edu/harvest_2013.php
- Pumpkin Destruction - November 2, 2014 @ 10:00am at The Rock Ranch. A signature event allowing guests to destroy pumpkins in nearly every way imaginable. http://therockranch.com/Pumpkin_Destruction_Day.html
Categories: Events, on Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Now that the weather officially seems to be cooling off and I've even seen a few leaves falling, it's finally feeling like autumn...and that means it's Halloween time! To get you in the mood, you might want to check out the Haunted Museum Tour that Port Columbus (National Civil War Naval Museum) is doing this Thursday thru Saturday nights (Oct 24-26). I've always heard this museum is haunted...they've even had several paranormal research teams investigate this place and they've all come up with the same conclusion--it's HAUNTED!! You'll have your very own Ghost Guide to take you through and you'll run into 6 historical characters and hear their stories. Not to worry, it's family-friendly, so event the little ones in the household will enjoy this!
And speaking of little ones, don't forget about the annual Spooktacular Halloween Event in Woodruff Park. This is such a great to take you kids for trick-or-treating with tons of candy, games and activities, and costume contests for lots of different age brackets. It's happening this Saturday (Oct. 26) from 3:00-5:00pm...and it's FREE! It's worth going just to watch the costume contest!
I just want a caramel apple...with nuts. It cannont officially be Autumn in my world until I get a caramel apple with nuts. The gooier, the better. Looks like my prayer will be answered because with the Greater Columbus Fair in town at the Civic Center, my lust for the toffee-covered, tart and crispy treat will finally be satisfied. I'll bet there are some folks who actually go to the Fair for the rides, games, sights and sounds, and that's all well and good but enjoying all of that while walking the midway and sinking your teeth into this sticky-sweet orb of goodness, life just doesn't get much better than that! You've got until Sunday to let the kid in you come out and play at the Fair. Hmmm, maybe I'll have some french fries with vinegar for dessert................
Think nothing fun ever happens on a Tuesday night? Think again! What If I told you that you could top off this day with a night of sparkling bubbly, decadent goodies and fabulous music in a perfect setting? I promise I'm not teasing you, it's all part of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra's Champagne & Dessert series...tonight featuring a program called "Going for Baroque." Enjoy the music of Bach, Corelli, Biber, Handel, Vivaldi and others (and the commentary of Maestro Del Gobbo) in the The Columbus Museum's Galleria. It all starts at 7:30 tonight. What a way to cap off an otherwise hum-drum Tuesday...Cheers!!
I've been waiting patiently for months to use that word "frivolity" because that's a word that be difficult to work into a conversation...unless it's really warranted. After taking a look at the Event Calendar this afternoon to see what sort of offerings there might be for this first full weekend of Fall, that's the word that came straight to mind and sort of sums it all up! There aren't many places in this universe that can offer anything from a Top 20 Event in the Southeast--the Cotton Pickin' Fair, to a Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre (and you could be the culprit!), a Dulcimer Jam at FDR State Park, the 7th Annual Sci-Fi Con at the Coca-Cola Space Science Center, and even have a Picnic with the Tortoises at Oxbow Meadows! Time to start making those weekend plans in Columbus, GA!!
Make sure you take a few extra minutes tonight to gaze at the wonder of the Harvest Moon...up in the sky! What a great way to kick off this weekend and say good-bye to Summer. And now that I think about it, maybe it's the full moon this week that's made things a little crazy, so some fun and giggles might be just what we need to set the tone for the weekend. A surefire laugh-fest is happening tomorrow night (Friday, Sept. 20) at the Columbus Civic Center with none other than comic Chris Tucker. He's been in all sorts of films but I LOVED him in "The Fifth Element!" His show starts at 8:00...should be a fun night. This actually has great date potential written all over it. I'm just sayin'.
Find out more details on this and tons of other events happening this weekend on the Event Calendar. You'll be glad you did...