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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...
Kind of hard to believe it's time to kiss Summer goodbye and get ready to welcome in Autumn...but what a way to end the season! I just checked the Event Calendar to see what's going on (fun stuff, that is) this week and I can't believe all of the music that's happening. And it doesn't matter what your musical taste is, looks like there's a little bit of everything to choose from.
You can take in the Andrew Lloyd-Webber classic, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" at the Springer Opera House, or on the other end of the musical spectrum, you've got the Black Jacket Symphony performing Led Zeppelin's "IV" in it's entirety--note for note--at RiverCenter. You just can't get any more iconic than this album...Black Dog, Rock N Roll, Misty Mountain Hop and of course, the grand-daddy of all Led Zeppelin tracks...Stairway to Heaven. Close your eyes and it will be just like you're back in the early 70's listening to the album for the very first time...hip hugger jeans and black lights optional. And, in a sure sign that Fall is almost here, the Friday Night Concerts are cranking back up in Uptown this Friday night with the "Rock Candy Band" taking the stage beginning at 7:00pm.
Goodbye Summer, it was a blast...but I can't wait for all the cool stuff coming this Fall!
So it's Friday the 13th! Meh. Don't let a little supersitition get in the way of you having some fun today and this weekend. And not only does it look like it might actually be somewhat cooler this weekend (can you say mid 80's...woo hoo!) but there's a truckload of fun things to get out and do.
If you have kids, here are a couple of "absolutes" you must take in...and even if you don't have kids, you'll enjoy these as well. First up, the Shrine Circus is in town and it truly doesn't matter how old you are, everyone feels like a kid again when they go to the circus. And what better excuse to have cotton candy, popcorn and peanuts for lunch. I'm in. It's all happening at the Columbus Civic Center with several performances this Saturday and Sunday and the really nice thing about this event is that the net profit goes to support the Columbus-Ft. Benning Shrine Clun and its projects.
Then either before or after the Circus, head over to Oxbow Meadows for one of their Radical Reptile programs this Saturday at 2:00pm. If it's cold-blooded, scaly and slithers, chances are they'll be talking about it during this hands-on presentation...and yes the hands I'm talking about could be yours! You know kids are going to be talking about this for days...and they might even learn a thing or two.
There's plenty more to do this weekend. Take a look at the Event Calendar to get all the details.
Categories: Events, on Friday, September 13, 2013
With all due respect to Sir Elton John, "Monday" not "Sorry" Seems to be the Hardest Word! OK, only those of us of "a certain age" will get that, but even if you don't even know who Elton John is, you have to relate to the fact that Monday has reared it's ugly head once again. The good news...another weekend is on the way and I did a quick glance at the Event Calendar and it looks like it's going to be a jam-packed weekend with plenty of fun stuff to get out and do. Maybe if you start making some weekend plans now, that will help get you through the day!
Categories: Events, on Monday, September 9, 2013
The week is winding down and I don't know about you, but even though it's been a short week, I'm ready for the weekend! Can't think of a better way to kick it off than by heading to the Springer Opera House Friday night for a dose of their "No Shame Theatre." And you've got to love their description: No Censors, No Discrimination, No Shame! If you've never been before, just know you're in for a hilarious ride because all of the material is either improve, poetry, dance, comedy and more. Anybody can perform, you just have to be one of the first 15 to sign up when the doors open at 10pm and acts must be original, less than 5 minutes and not break any laws. This is for an 18 and older audience, so leave the kids at home and have a real date night for a change. And you can't beat this...admission to watch is just $5. Heck, that's even a cheap date!!
This morning while getting ready for work, I heard an interesting statistic in a commercial...for of all things, Listerine! It said that people smile on an average of 50 times a day. Maybe it's just me, but I would have thought that number would have been a little higher. So let me help you out with smile number 51...Hump Day is over and that means the weekend is so very close. And that means it's time to start making some weekend plans. Where to start, you ask? I'd head to the Event Calendar because it's packed full of all sorts of good info about things happening in and around Columbus. I like the way you can search by date, event type or even venue--makes it really easy to get your weekend fun organized.
There you go...reason # 51 to smile today!
Let's face it...you've been watching the clock since this morning wanting time to speed up so we can get this long, Labor Day weekend holiday started! I say we get started now because there is a lot of fun to be had in and around Columbus this weekend. If you're still wondering what's on the fun-menu so you can make some plans, I would absolutely suggest you head to the Event Calendar and take a look at some of the happenings.
I promise you'll find all sorts of stuff...anything from the big Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival at Callaway Gardens, all the cool stuff going on at Florence Marina State Park (that's just south of Columbus and it's a BEAUTIFUL state park!), the Labor Day Weekend Book Sale at the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Sarah Plain and Tall with The Family Theatre, Market Days on Broadway, even ice skating at the Columbus Ice Rink...and that's just scratching the surface--no pun intended.
Hope you have a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend!
I may be rushing things here a bit, after all there are a few more weeks of summer left, but I so looking forward to some crisp fall evenings and cold winter nights to curl up on the sofa with a fuzzy blanket and some good books to read. That kind of takes my mind off the heat we're having today and while we can't do much about that, we can get stocked up on tons of books at the big Labor Day Book Sale going on at the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer building this Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
They'll have a super selection ranging from hardback non-fiction and fiction to cases and cases of paperbacks. If you've got kids, take them with you because they'll have a whole room devoted to children's books and textbooks that are perfect for those who home school. And I may not be a good cook (that's the understatement of the day, but we'll save that for another blog), I at least love to read cookbooks and I understand there'll be a fantastic cookbook selection too. Sounds like the travel, arts and gardening sections should be loaded with good stuff as well. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Ledger-Enquirer's non-profit Newspaper in Education program and other community programs, so you get sack-loads of good-reads and you're helping out a some great projects.
Now, if we can just it the temperature down below 60 degrees....
Categories: Events, on Thursday, August 29, 2013
Of course it's never to early in the week to start thinking about the weekend...especially when we have a long, holiday weekend headed our way! Have you made plans yet? If you're still looking for things to do in Columbus or in the area, don't forget to take a look at the Event Calendar to find out all the details you need.
One thing that's become an absolute tradition around here is the Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival at Callaway Gardens. Believe it or not, this is the 15 annual one coming up! It'll be going on from Friday (Aug 30) through Monday (Sept 2) with all sorts of cool things going on like the Balloon Glow on Friday night, balloon flights, tethered balloon rides, classic car show, live music, fun beach stuff...even T-shirt tye-dying!
Sounds like a fun way to say goodbye to Summer!
Here's another sure-bet for a good way to kick off your weekend! Tonight is opening night for a brand new production with The Family Theatre. This group is always staging great productions and they always do things you can feel good about taking your whole family to...hence the name, The Family Theatre. I catch on quick, don't I? Back to the subject--tonight they open with "Sarah, Plain and Tall," which will run until September 7. Set in the early 1900s, "Sarah Plain and Tall," brings to life the charming, heartwarming story of a Kansas farmer, Jacob Witting, a widower with two children, Anna and Caleb, who places an ad in the newspapers seeking a wife. He receives a letter from a Sarah Wheaton of Maine who says she will visit the family for a month to see how things work out. And do things work out? I'm not telling, you'll have to go see for yourself! And you can't beat the admission--$12 for adults, $10 for seniors and military, and $8 for students.
That's just one suggestion for weekend fun. You can find a lot of other good info on the Event Calendar...check it out!