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All Out Fave: Adventure Edition!  What are your #AllOutFave adventures in Columbus, Georgia?

 

All Out Fave: Adventure Edition

 

What are your #AllOutFave adventures in Columbus, Georgia?

 

Do you have a favorite adventure activity or spot in Columbus? Share photos of your #AllOutFave adventures in the Columbus region during the month of May for a chance to win prizes, including boutique gift certificates, dining experiences, zip line and rafting trips, and more!

 

Sharing is easy! Simply post a photo to the Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau’s  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media pages using the hashtag #AllOutFave. Make sure your post or photo is set to PUBLIC, so we’re able to see that you tagged us!

 

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The contestant with the most shares, comments and likes will win a grand prize package for two that includes a one-night stay in Columbus, zip line adventure, bike rentals and complimentary lunch and dinner in Uptown Columbus.

 

The contest begins at May 1, 2017 Noon EST and ends at May 31, 2017, noon EST. (“Contest Period”). All entries (submissions) must be received on or before the time stated during that submission period. Sponsor reserves the right to extend or shorten the contest at its sole discretion.

 

For more information, please visit www.visitcolumbusga.com or call 706-322-1613.

 

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, Good Eats!, History, Ft. Benning-Military, River Fun, on Friday, May 19, 2017

Experience Labor Day Weekend in Columbus!

Farewell summer. Hello fall! The upcoming 3-day, Labor Day weekend is a great time to enjoy one last summer hoorah and explore one the most historically significant regions of the South without having to travel far! Make Columbus your home base for a weekend of history, great food, adventure, art, and beautiful Southern culture and architecture. Whether you take a couple of hours to enjoy whitewater rafting down the Chattahoochee River bordering downtown Columbus, or you become really adventurous and zip across the river on the zip line…. or, you’d just like to walk along the RiverWalk and enjoy the beauty of it all - Columbus has something for everyone this weekend!

From museums focused on American and southern history, such as the National Infantry Museum, to nature trails, hiking, fantastic food at one of many of our excellent downtown restaurants, a local theater for a great play, great local music at venues like The Loft, or just relaxing while taking a walk along Broadway, Columbus has something for everyone.

Make a weekend of it! Be intentional and make plans to “go all out” in Columbus through either intense adventure or serious relaxing and sampling of great food, music, and culture. Columbus’ art, history, music, and restaurant scenes are becoming some of the hottest and most noteworthy in the South. A long weekend at the end of summer is the perfect time to sample what the Electric City has to offer.

Book your weekend in an uptown hotel like the Columbus Marriott, constructed around a 19th century cotton mill and in walking distance of all of the restaurants, attractions, and fun that await you. Once you start to explore Columbus, you’ll realize that there is more to do here than one day allows, so make your plans now and come join us for the long weekend! 

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Categories: Events, History, History, Accommodations, on Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Plan Your Weekend in Columbus!

Columbus is fashioning itself as a destination getaway in the west Georgia that deserves a look from visitors far and wide. Whether you are coming from the nearby Montgomery, Birmingham, or Atlanta areas, or you are traveling from further away, rarely will you experience a city that puts itself on display as well as Columbus does.

From great restaurants and museums to the arts and history, Columbus has something for everyone. And, we haven’t even talked about the outdoors activities that enable you to go all out in adventure and thrill seeking! No matter your speed or your interests, Columbus will have something for you!

VisitColumbusGa.com has put together a number of travel itineraries for a host of interests: 

From Broadway shows to the State Theatre of Georgia - Columbus offers an array of venues with world-class entertainment. From the history of the foot soldier, the Civil War and prisoners of war - Columbus is home to nationally acclaimed museums. Visitors stroll back to genteel times with a guided tour of the Columbus Historic District where brick streets, ancient oaks and century-old homes are the order of the day. Select an itinerary to get an idea of how you can make the most of your visit.

 Make your plans to visit, stay a few days, explore, enjoy, and learn. With offerings and adventures for the whole family, Columbus will surprise you and cause you to come back for more!

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, History, on Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Columbus, Cola and Southern Culture

Golumbus, GA where Coca-Cola was invented by John PembertonAny visit to Columbus, GA will find you strolling down Broadway and passing the places where Coca Cola AND RC Cola were invented - all within a few blocks of each other. That’s right! After the Civil War, Columbus had several pharmacists also working as chemists who came up with all kinds of concoctions from perfumes to medicines to help with ailments to beverages. One of these pharmacists was a Civil War veteran named John Pemberton who was looking for something to help with wounds he suffered during the war. After many experiments, he invented something called French Wine Cola. It was meant to work a stimulant and promised to make people feel better from their ailments. Whether it was laced with cocaine or not is still up for debate, but Pemberton changed the name of his concoction to Coca-Cola, brought it to Atlanta for wider development and distribution, and the rest is history.

If Coca-Cola had been the only major soft drink invented in Columbus, that would be a great story, but there was more. Another pharmacist, Claud A. Hatcher, began inventing beverages in 1905 in the basement of a wholesale gr

ocery business. His offerings included Royal Crown Ginger Ale, Cream Soda, and Melo fruit drinks and he eventually created the Union Bottling Works. His business grew rapidly and by 1934, Royal Crown Cola was launched as the flagship drink, better known as RC Cola. It was the first cola that came in cans and was the first calorie-free cola ever invented. RC Cola became a mark of Southern culture and pride and you had to have one with a Moon Pie!

As you stroll around Uptown Columbus and you see the places where Pemberton and Hatcher developed their concoctions that changed the tastes of the planet and brought a smile to people around the world, maybe you’ll gain some inspiration for your own life changing endeavors! Let us know what you come up with when you do! 

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Categories: History, History, on Thursday, July 7, 2016

There’s more than just a hint of Fall Fun in the air this Weekend!!

"I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.  So I have spent almost all of the daylight hours in the open air."

Sure wish I could take credit for something that lovely and poetic, but that's something Nathaniel Hawthorne so eloquently came up with many moons ago.  But I certainly agree with his sentiment and love of this season and it's a good thing we've got plenty to keep us busy and out and about this weekend.  So what might you be in the mood for?  Football, got that.  Marathons, check.  Live comedy, you bet.  A singing, dancing, cross-dressing character from Transylvania...yep, even that! 

Take a break and go take a look at the Event Calendar and you can find out all about the Fountain City Classic at AJ McClung Memorial Stadium on Saturday or get details for the 2015 Soldier Marathon & Half Marathon at the National Infantry Museum.  If you're a fan of the NBC hit, "Last Comic Standing," the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts has a live show tonight (11.6) with the best of the best from that show. 

Head up the road a short drive to Pine Mountain for what's known as the "event of the season"...the Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens.  Lots of great horse racing to watch and loads of other activites to make it a full day outdoors...they even have Jack Russell Terrier races which is a hoot to watch! 

Don't forget this is your last weekend to catch a wacky classic--"The Rocky Horror Picture Show" at CSU's Riverside Theatre Complex.  This is actually a live performance which takes the interactive experience to a whole new level!  If you've been before, you know what to expect...if you haven't, well, just be prepared!!

And you can just about always count on something fun going on in the 1000 block of Broadway and tonight is no exception with the November edition of the First Friday Artwalk!  It’s a very family-friendly event and they’ll have lots of different live music acts on the main stage, you can see lots of amazing art and even meet the artists, and they’ll even have these things called “Collaboration Stations” where you get to get all creative and artsy yourself…and kids will love this part too.  Everything is handcrafted, hand-made or hand-painted.  Nice way to kick off the weekend!

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Categories: Arts, Events, Good Eats!, The Good Guy File, History, Ft. Benning-Military, on Friday, November 6, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

How many days until Christmas?! Time to get shopping in Columbus, GA!

I know it's Monday and I don't want to do anything to cause you even more stress on this first day back to work, but just checked the calendar to confirm what someone told me...and they're right...only 29 days until Christmas.  Seriously.  29 days. Yikes, how did that happen?  So if you haven't already started, I'd suggest it's gift-buying time.  This whole Black Friday, and the newly added Black Thursday, makes me a little nervous so instead of braving the crowds at some of the big stores, I think I'm going to try something a little different this year and find some cool gift ideas at places like the gift shops at the Columbus Museum, National Infantry Museum, Port Columbus, Oxbow Meadow, Coca-Cola Space Science Center, and the Springer Opera House.  And then there's the Visitors Center (corner of 9th Street & Front Ave) with a lot of great Columbus-branded and whitewater items.  This way, I can get in and out, find really interesting and unique stuff, support local businesses and then, like magic...I'm done and can actually enjoy the holidays!  Happy Shopping!

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Categories: Arts, History, Shopping, on Monday, November 25, 2013

Take a Moment to Honor our Veterans on the Special Day at the National Infantry Museum

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!

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Categories: Events, History, History, Ft. Benning-Military, on Monday, November 11, 2013

Ready for a good Halloween Fright?  I am…I think!

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!!

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Categories: Events, History, on Tuesday, October 29, 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

Rain, Rain Stay Away!  We need some time to get out and Play!

Maybe it's because we're in the dead of winter. Or because it's been sooooo cloudy this week.  Or maybe because we've had enough rain to get us all thinking about ark-building.  Whatever the reason, it's felt like an awfully long week!  Anybody else feel a desperate need to get out and have some fun this weekend?  I thought as much, so here's a quick look at a few of the happenings, but make sure you take a peek at the Event Calendar to get an idea of everything that's going on this weekend.

As you know, February is Black History Month and the National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus will have special programming called "Black in Blue" this Saturday at the museum to celebrate. You’ll hear stories of African Americans who served or were affected by the Navies during the Civil War, both Union and Confederate, of slaves and former slaves who fought on opposing sides in the Civil War Navies. The program kicks off this Saturday (Feb 16) at 1:30pm.

The Columbus Museum just opened a new exhibit and I can’t wait to go see it! It's called "Parasols, Purses and Petticoats" and apparently, accessories aren’t just beautiful but can serve other functions as well. Who knew! This exhibit draws from the Museum’s extensive costume collection and is the first-ever installation devoted completely to accessories.  It features fans, parasols, purses, jewelry, bonnets, shawls, capes, even foundation garments and of course, shoes! There will even be examples that visitors can try on.  Remember, admission to the Columbus Museum is always free!

There are a couple of cool things going on at Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center this weekend.  First up is Oxbow Meadows Saturday Reading Club that takes place every Saturday for story time at 11am. A $1 donation earns your child a show with pictures, puppets or skits plus a membership card. After 10 visits, you child’s card can be redeemed for a gift from the gift shop!

Also at Oxbow this Saturday, it’s all about the birds with their Great Backyard Bird Count. With a full day of programming it’s perfect for the entire family. All attendees will receive a free binocular rental so you can help conduct an official count of birds at Oxbow Meadows. You’ll also receive a free copy of Bird Watching for Dummies. You've already read about kids can participating in Oxbow’s Reading Club ($1) from 11am-11:30am, but also from 1pm to 2pm, kids of all ages are invited to make peanut butter bird feeders to hang around Oxbow or take home and put in your own backyard ($2) and from 2-4pm, Glenda Merrill will give a special presentation for beginning birders ($3).

And speaking of kids, don’t let them lie around on the couch all day and drive you crazy when they’re off for President’s Day! Take them to the National Infantry Museum for the Presidents Day Birthday Bash Mini Camp. Kids aged 6-11 will learn fun facts about our nation’s Presidents, enjoy hands-on activities, refreshments and a tour. Space is limited so register your kid today!

The Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus is putting on a show for us this Saturday night beginning at 7:30. The youth symphony orchestra students will work with professional musicians from the Columbus Symphony Orchestra in all-day master classes and rehearsals. It’s pretty intense! Afterwards they will put on a concert featuring the combined orchestras conducted by George Del Gobbo and Jim Palmer. The concert, called "Side by Side” is free and open to the public!

Let's cross our fingers for nice sunny weather this weekend so we can get out and enjoy all of this!

Now, go have some fun...

shelby

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, History, Ft. Benning-Military, on Thursday, February 14, 2013

A Thousand Ways to Play in Columbus, GA!

So there isn't room to list all thousand ways to play, but I can give you a quick list of things to get out and do this weekend!  And you can always check the Community Calendar to get the latest info on all the happenings around town.

You know, Columbus has a lot of outstanding features that make us different from any other city in the nation including one of the best landmarks anywhere…the life-size replica of the USS Water Witch at Port Columbus!   If you’ve driven by there and wondered if you can go on board this vessel, you certainly can and this would be a great weekend to go explore it because they have a special program this Saturday (1-4pm) called “Two Navies, One Ship:  The Story of the USS Water Witch.”  You’ll get permission to ‘come aboard’ and hear some really cool stories of the battle for this ship.  The story goes that the Water Witch was sitting at anchor near Savannah as part of the Union blockade when the battle ensued.  They say it was a brief but very bloody event, so at this event, we’ll get to hear ‘first-person’ accounts by sailors and officers from both the Union and Confederate sides.

So when you finish fighting that battle, you’ll need to have a little fun! Not only is this year flying by (hello June!), but can you believe it’s been 20 years since The Loft in Uptown Columbus opened their doors?!  In fact, back in 1992, entertainment choices in Uptown were pretty much limited to The Loft and The Springer, and thankfully they are both still going strong today. That’s a milestone in any situation so there’s a big party planned in Uptown this Saturday night to celebrate these 20 years of creating music, laughter and memories.  Believe it or not, this shindig is absolutely free to get into and will feature a lot of the great artists who have performed there over the years…folks like Grammy-nominate Shawn Mullins, Marshall Ruffin, Neal Lucas and Keni Thomas of Korn Bread.  They’ll have a couple of different stages set up, so find the music you like and enjoy!

Now, when’s the last time you were able to get up close and personal with a real, live alligator!?  If you’ve never had the chance to get close to one of these prehistoric critters, this is the weekend you need to head down to Florence Marina State Park for their Annual Alligator Day!  They’ll have real experts on hand and you’ll get to meet an alligator trapper who will have a lot of cool stuff on display.  If you’re brave enough, they’ll even let you touch a live alligator!  But I think my favorite part of the day is hopping on the park’s pontoon boats to get out on the water and search for these beasts in their natural habitat.  Sometimes you see two little bumps on the surface of the water as their eyes appear…and you know what’s underneath the surface!  And as hot as it’s been, chances are good that you’ll see them sunning themselves along the banks of the river!

Here’s something else designed just for kids…especially for the really athletic kids in your household!  It’s an event called “Y KIDS TRI” happening this Saturday morning at the Downtown YMCA.  Y KIDS TRI is the perfect launching pad for young folks to break into the sport of Triathlon, and yes, they’ll be doing all the events in a real triathlon!  The swim takes place in the pool at the Downtown YMCA and the bike ride and run will be held on closed roadways and running paths all along Columbus’ Uptown streets and RiverWalk.  This is recommended for ages 6-12 and if they want to compete, make sure they bring a swimsuit, bike and running shoes.  The cost for your kids to join in is $25 and 100% of the proceeds are given to the YMCA of Columbus!

There's tons to do and this list is just a sampling of what's out there, so enjoy your weekend.

Now, go have some fun...

shelby

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, History, River Fun, on Friday, June 1, 2012

It’s a Happy New Year in Columbus, GA!

Goodbye 2011 and Hello 2012!  Wow, where did this year go?  They always say that time flies when you're having fun, so maybe that's the reason 2011 seemed to have come and gone in a flash!  It was a year full of events and happenings from  Pirates at Port Columbus, to a Seafood Festival, Concert Series, Parades and Snow in Uptown, Ice Hockey, Football, Ice Skating, and Softball at South Commons, knockout shows at the Springer Opera House and RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, tons of exhibits and activities at the Columbus Museum and the National Infantry Museum, and all sorts of festivals and fairs…what a jam-packed year.

And the good news?  2012 is looking just as fun-filled as 2011..with maybe even more on the horizon.  The best way to find out and keep up with all that's going on is by regularly checking out the Community Calendar.  You can search the calendar to find out what's happening on specific dates, by event type, or even the venue.  Make sure you check it often, as events are always being added and updated.

Wishing you and your family the best in this new year!

Now, go have some "New Year's Fun,"

shelby

 

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Categories: Arts, History, on Thursday, December 29, 2011

From Icky to Sticky, There’s Something for Everyone this Weekend in Columbus!

Don't sit around the house this weekend….get out and have some fun! Here's a few ideas…

 

Cool History - Medical  Mysteries at the National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus

So, we all (hopefully!) learned about the Civil War in school…who was fighting, where, why, when…but then there are those aspects that didn’t get that much coverage in the history books but are really fascinating.  Well, you have a chance to learn about something a little out of the ordinary this weekend at Port Columbus—-Medical Mysteries…it’s all about Civil War surgery and medicine at sea! There will be a “surgeon” on-site who will explain his techniques, tools & medicines, so visitors will gain a unique perspective on combat medicine…in other words…it’s VERY realistic!  In fact,during combat, the ship’s surgeon would typically set up on the dining table in the officers’ wardroom, as it was usually the only large table on board the ship. After any needed surgery was completed, the table would simply be wiped off, and diner would be served!  

The program will be Saturday and Sunday, July 9 & 10 from 1 pm to 4 pm. Admission ranges from $6 - $7.50. Visit PortColumbus.org for more details.

Second Sunday at Oxbow Meadows - Honey Extraction!

Let’s move from something icky to something sticky!  Believe it or not it’s already the Second Sunday of July, so Oxbow Meadows has a sweet treat for you!  The Chattahoochee Valley Beekeepers Association will be on hand collecting honey from the hives at Oxbow Meadows.  And don’t think you’ll just be standing around watching…you’ll get a chance to help out by removing the waxy coating from frames and spinning the extractor that pulls honey from the comb!  Everybody will get to taste a delicious sample, but better still…because a sample is just enough to make you mad as a hornet (pardon the pun!)…the honey that gets extracted will be available for purchase.  Can you say biscuits & fresh honey for dinner?!

 

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, on Friday, July 8, 2011

From Icky to Sticky, There’s Something for Everyone this Weekend in Columbus!

Don't sit around the house this weekend….get out and have some fun! Here's a few ideas of all sorts of things to do in Columbus, GA!

 

Cool History - Medical  Mysteries at the National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus

So, we all (hopefully!) learned about the Civil War in school…who was fighting, where, why, when…but then there are those aspects that didn’t get that much coverage in the history books but are really fascinating.  Well, you have a chance to learn about something a little out of the ordinary this weekend at Port Columbus—-Medical Mysteries…it’s all about Civil War surgery and medicine at sea! There will be a “surgeon” on-site who will explain his techniques, tools & medicines, so visitors will gain a unique perspective on combat medicine…in other words…it’s VERY realistic!  In fact,during combat, the ship’s surgeon would typically set up on the dining table in the officers’ wardroom, as it was usually the only large table on board the ship. After any needed surgery was completed, the table would simply be wiped off, and diner would be served!  

The program will be Saturday and Sunday, July 9 & 10 from 1 pm to 4 pm. Admission ranges from $6 - $7.50. Visit PortColumbus.org for more details.

Second Sunday at Oxbow Meadows - Honey Extraction!

Let’s move from something icky to something sticky!  Believe it or not it’s already the Second Sunday of July, so Oxbow Meadows has a sweet treat for you!  The Chattahoochee Valley Beekeepers Association will be on hand collecting honey from the hives at Oxbow Meadows.  And don’t think you’ll just be standing around watching…you’ll get a chance to help out by removing the waxy coating from frames and spinning the extractor that pulls honey from the comb!  Everybody will get to taste a delicious sample, but better still…because a sample is just enough to make you mad as a hornet (pardon the pun!)…the honey that gets extracted will be available for purchase.  Can you say biscuits & fresh honey for dinner?!

Monthly Jazz Jam at the Liberty Theatre

If the weekend has to end, you might as well end it on a high note!  This Sunday brings us another in the series of concerts, or Jazz Jams, from the Columbus Jazz Society.  In the spotlight for this performance is Eric Thomas featuring Elevate the Quest—a 5-piece jazz, hip-hop, R&B, funk, and soul collective.  And you’ve got to love their philosophy…”If it’s good, it’s good!”  This group has managed to capitalize on the idea of cultural diversity in music by bringing together musicians from various walks of life to display their talents and produce a brand new vibe.

The jam is Sunday, July 10 and the concert starts at 6 pm and the jam starts at 8 pm. Admission is $10. Visit ColumbusJazzSociety.com for more info.

Cool Off on the Ice!

Needless to say, it’s been a HOT summer already!  There have been all sorts of record-breaking high temperatures, electric bills through the roof, and enough humidity to wreck everyone’s hair.  Welcome to summer in the South!  Here’s a great solution to beat the summer heat…check out the new Columbus Ice Rink and do a little ice skating!!  At this point, I’d pay the admission fee just to go stand inside and cool off!  It’s a lot of fun and great exercise for kids of all ages.  What’s cool about this new facility is there’s a lot more going on than just lacing up a pair of skates and then hugging the wall…or the ice!...trying to figure out how to glide along gracefully.  They’ll be offering classes and camps for all ages…in fact, the promise they can teach anyone to skate!  Just remember, no spins, jumps or flying camels allowed!!

The new ice rink is open for public skating Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Times Vary. Admission is 47 and skate rental is $3. Visit ColumbusIceRink.org for all the details.

 

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, History, on Friday, July 8, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend Fun in Columbus, GA!

All I can say is that it's a good thing we have a nice, long 3-day weekend ahead because we're going to need that extra bit of time to get in all the fun things happening!  Believe me when I tell you this quick list below is just enough to whet your appetite, but if you want to get the full scoop on all the weekend activities, check out the Community Calendar for a complete listing…then you can make your plans.

Since it is the unofficial beginning of Summer, let’s kick it off at Callaway Gardens this Friday through Monday and watch the world’s best water skiers and wakeboarders compete for the coveted title of “Masters Champion!” About 14 countries are represented in this 52nd annual competition and they are going after a purse of $110,000! And there’s more action off the water with live music, a low country boil, beach Olympics, and new activities like Light Striker Laser Tag, Blaster Boats, and Aqua Island. Something else new you need to check out is TreeTop Adventure, which features 24 aerial challenges and zip lines!  Or you can just take your beach towel, lots of sunscreen, and find your perfect spot on the beach and just relax!  Admission is $25 for adults and $12.50 for ages 6-12…and something really cool Callaway is doing for active military—you get in FREE! (800.callaway)

If you do head to Callaway this weekend, you should really schedule in a little extra time to scoot over the Warm Springs and head to the Little White House. They are doing something this weekend that happens only a couple of times a year. They’re filling up the swimming pools that were built by Pres. Roosevelt and used by him and others that suffered from polio in the hope that it would help alleviate some of their symptoms. The water does come from a nearby spring and it’s exactly 88 degrees and is very buoyant and relaxing. Normally, the pools are kept drained to preserve them for historical reasons, but this is one of two weekends a year they do this. They limit the number of swimmers each session, so you need to make reservations!  Sessions will be held at 10:00am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm and the cost is $20 for adults and $12.50 for ages 6-17.  (706.655.5870)

A little south of Columbus, there’s lots going on at Florence Marina State Park this Friday through Sunday with boat rides, games and activities at the Educational Center. Take a picnic and make a day of it! Parking Pass: $5. (229.838.4706)

Let’s face it…we’re all excited about this weekend being the start of the Summer fun season, but let’s not forget the reason for this special day! While you’re out and about this weekend, if you see someone who’s in the military…tell them how much you appreciate their service to this country. One way you can do that is by heading out to the National Infantry Museum because they’ll have several special events going on. Saturday, they’re launching the Memorial Tree Program with the dedication of a tree on the museum’s Memorial Walk of Honor. Then on Monday, they’ll hold a paver dedication ceremony at 10:00am, and in the IMAX theatre, there will be free screenings of a film produced by Ft. Benning soldiers serving in Iraq.  All the activities are free, but donations will be accepted at the IMAX theater if you'd like to watch the film. (706.685.5800)

The crew at the National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus (Victory Drive) are planning a day of commemoration on Monday (beginning at 10:00am) to recognize the sacrifices of all those who’ve fought and died for their country. There will be a brief service on the grounds and then a cannon salute from the Museum’s original Civil War naval cannon, crewed by uniform sailors and marine reenactors. No charge for this one!  (706.327.9798)

And finally, I can't think of a better way to kick off this party weekend than with the last of the Spring concerts in Uptown Columbus.  Not only will be have some great music with the Loft All-Stars & Friends, but the city of Columbus is welcoming home the Miracle Riders who have been on the road on their Harley's visiting all of the lower 48 states to raise funds and awareness of the Children's Miracle Network.  This is going to be a HUGE party that the entire family will enjoy!!  It's free and it'll all be happening in the 1000 block of Broadway from 7:00-10:00pm.

Wow…what a weekend coming up!  Whatever you plan to do, just make it a safe one.

Now, go have some fun…

shelby

 

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, History, Ft. Benning-Military, on Thursday, May 26, 2011

Ready for Some Spring Fun?

There's just nothing quite like springtime in the South…it isn't too hot, there's not much humidity, things are blooming and there's all sorts of fun things to get out and enjoy.  So, if you're ready to do a little weekend planning, maybe we can help get you started.  Don't forget, one of the best places to check to see what's happening is the Community Calendar.  And visit it often as things are added constantly.

Here’s a great idea for some outdoor fun with a new event they are kicking off at Ft. Benning (Wetherby Field) called “Movies Under the Stars.”   Every Friday in April they’ll be showing a family-friendly movie and get this…they’ll even supply you with free popcorn! This Friday, the movie is “Tangled.” Disney put a new twist on this classic story, but you’ll still find Rapunzel, a spirited teen with an unlikely superpower—70 feet of magical golden hair (at $260 million, Tangled is the most expensive animated film ever made—according to Wikipedia, that is!). Feel free to bring coolers, a lawn chair, and even your pets.  No admission and the movie starts at 8:30pm  (706.545.3328)

If you think you’ve seen it all…well, unless you’ve been to an other-worldly place called Pasaquan…you haven’t seen it all just yet! Pasaquan is a world-renowned visionary art site located near Buena Vista. It consists of a series of vividly painted concrete walls and buildings that portray the artist' vision of the future. But that’s only the generic definition! Pasaquan was the home of legendary folk artist Eddie Owens Martin, who called himself St. EOM, and this place almost defies description! You won’t believe what a very vivid imagination and gallons and gallons of Sherwin Williams paint resulted in. He saw it as a way to express the connection he saw between the earthly environment and the spiritual creator. All this from a guy who wore colorful flowing robes with jingling bells and dangling shells and usually a feathered and beaded headdress!  Something special for college students this Saturday (April 2) ...bring your ID and you get in free!  Admission for adults is $5 and the site will be open from 10:00am-4:00pm.  

If you’re in the mood to watch some tennis action this weekend, check out the Bullfrog/USTA Southern Section tournament at the Cooper Creek Tennis Center that will feature 16 & 18 year-old tennis phenoms (guys & girls) from all over the United States! (229.649.9444)

Here’s another good reason to get out and breathe in little fresh air…it’s time for the annual “Festival by the Lake Craft Day” at Florence Marina State Park. Talk about a day full of cool stuff…they’ll have lots of craftsmen on hand doing all sorts of things like blacksmithing, there’s a flint-napper, knife-making, wood carvers, rug makers, storytellers, quilts, woodwork, candle-dipping, and bee keeping. A good many of these crafts will be on sale, too! Kids are going to love it because there’s going to be a fishing booth, face painting, a ride-the-bull game and lots more. There will also be live entertainment and a variety of good food or pack your picnic basket!  It's all happening Saturday (April 2) from 10:00am-4:00pm and the only admission is a $5 parking pass.  (229.838.4706)

How about something just for kids this weekend? The Columbus Public Library has a program on Saturday (April 2) at 1:00pm called “Growing Good Readers” and here’s what they have planned. Belinda Johnson, who happens to be a Master Gardner, will read the book, Planting a Rainbow, then talk to the kids about how to plant flowers and other plants. Then the children will be provided with flowers to plant in containers to be placed in the library’s garden! So they’ll get to hear a great story and then get all dirty planting flowers…sounds like a good day to be a kid! Best suited for kids between the ages of 5 and 11.  (706.243.2679)

Need one more way to celebrate the beginning of Spring in the Valley? Head to the Spring Fling at the Columbus Civic Center!  It will feature an exciting carnival midway with tons of rides for adults and kids, special stunt shows, entertainment and lots more! Now-April 3. Admission: General - $5.00, Students (with School ID) 18 and under - $1.00, Toddlers 2 and under - FREE! Unlimited Ride Wristband also available.

Lots to do, so make some plans!

Now, go have some fun…

shelby

 

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, Good Eats!, History, on Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Valentine’s Day Weekend Fun in Columbus, GA!

So here we are at the threshold of the weekend…and not just any weekend, but it's Valentine's Day weekend!  So needless to say, you need to find something to do with your sweetie!  To get you started, here are just a couple of ideas, but remember, you can always take a look at the Community Calendar for tons of things to see and do.

I think it may be the law that you have to do something special on Valentine’s Day with your sweetie and if you’ve had trouble coming up with ideas for that something special, The Columbus Symphony Orchestra has the answer for you. This Monday, February 14, the CSO presents “ValenTango” featuring a Tango Quartet at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. This is a double treat because instead of just hearing wonderful music, you’ll also get a high energy Tango dance performance. So it’s like 2 for the price of one. I’ve heard rumors that a Tango dance contest will somehow be incorporated into the evening, but you’ll have to get your tickets and be there in the audience to see what happens. So get out your party clothes and dancing shoes and get ready for some fun!  Tickets are $35.  (706.256.3612)

So maybe you’re looking to start collecting antiques or you want to add to your collection or you just want something for your home…whatever the reason may be, you need to make sure you check out Historic Columbus’ Antique Sale this weekend  (700 Broadway). On Friday  (10:00am-5:00pm), the sale is only open to Historic Columbus Members but on Saturday, the sale is open to the public (10:00am-4:00pm). There will be all sorts of goodies…furniture, silver, home accent pieces and more. All proceeds from the house will benefit the maintenance of Historic Columbus House Museums. If you want to check out some of the items for sale before you go, visit historiccolumbus.com for pictures and listings.  (706.322.0756)

There are a couple of different music event going on this weekend as well.  Up first, the students of Faculty Artist and Professor of Voice Earl Coleman will present an afternoon of opera, art songs and musical theatre on Sunday, February 14 at 4:00pm at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. These students have been winners in national, state and local voice competitions. FREE! (706.256.3612)

And there’s more great music on the agenda this weekend. The Columbus Jazz Society will have their monthly jazz jam and concert this Sunday at 6:00pm at the Historic Liberty Theatre  (813 8th Ave). The guest artist is The Lou Vallee Four featuring Suzanne Swan. This talented group of musicians has very impressive resumes and their combined talents should make for a special evening of great music and a wonderful atmosphere. It’s also a fantastic opportunity to celebrate Valentine’s Day a little early. What’s more romantic than really good jazz in a beautiful theatre. I promise you’ll score major points if you surprise your other half with an evening of live music. The concert starts at 6:00pm and the jam session begins at 8:00pm so mark your calendars now!  Admission is only $10.  (706.660.9295)

Now that it’s getting close to Spring and we’ve been teased with warmish temperatures, people are starting to think about getting outside and getting their gardens ready. If you like to grow things and love to cook with fresh herbs, then this class is for you. CSU’s Continuing Education department is holding an Herb Gardening class at the Columbus Botanical Garden this Saturday beginning at 9:00am. Herbs are very popular because they’re easy to grow, fragrant, and delicious! During the course, you’ll learn the basics of herb gardening and some great tips for successful harvesting and use of your herbs. This is a great class for green thumbs of all experience levels.  Cost to join in is $39.  (706.507.8070)

And finally, if you need some nature time this weekend, Oxbow Meadows is having their Second Sunday program. This is the 14th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count and will be followed by a presentation and then a hike led by birding experts through Oxbow Meadows’ wetlands. Admission is only $3 and the program starts at 2 PM. (706.687.4090)

Hope you have a very Happy Valentine's Day!

 

Now, go have some fun…

shelby

 

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, History, on Thursday, February 10, 2011

Time to Plan for Weekend Fun!

I don't know about you, but I usually start planning for the weekend at lunchtime on Monday!  You have to have something fun to look forward to and lucky for us who live in Columbus, GA, there's plenty to get out and do.  So here's a snapshot of a few of the events going on this weekend, but remember, you can always explore the Community Calendar to find out more about these events and lots of others.

If you’re a country music fan, you are in for a real treat because Travis Tritt is in concert Friday night (Jan. 28) 7:30pm at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. He’s one of the most enduring stars in country music with a string of platinum albums and Top Ten Singles. Some of his most popular hits include “T-R-O-U-B-L-E,” “Here’s a Quarter, Call Someone Who Cares,” and “Country Club.” It’s sure to be a great show especially in a beautiful venue like the RiverCenter. The acoustics in there are amazing! This could make a great date night or early Valentine’s Day present or even a girl’s night out. And to top it all off, ticket prices are so reasonable ($27.50-$37.50), especially for someone like Travis Tritt!

You know, the Twilight books and movies awakened the vampire lover in a lot of people so this is perfect timing for the Springer Opera House to put on a production of Dracula. In this story, the lovely Lucy Seward has been struck by some strange illness so her father calls in a specialist, Dr. Van Helsing, who reveals that the girl has been the victim of a vampire. The vampire turns out to be a handsome charming neighbor called Dracula. Van Helsing sets out to destroy him, but Dracula has other plans. It’s a show full of suspense and intrigue. In fact, it’s sure to be a bloody fun night! And what a way to spice up the winter doldrums!  I spoke with someone just this morning who saw this on opening night and they said it was FANTASTIC.  Can't wait to check this one out…sounds like something you can really sink your teeth into!  Sorry, but I had to go there.  Tickets are $35.

This I have never seen in person before, but have seen it on television.  Have you ever seen kids doing that competition called Cup Stacking?  It's unbelievable! They stack and unstack plastic cups so quickly that I thought it was a product of editing or speeding up the videotape, but there's no trickery involved…they are really are doing it almost faster than the eye and brain can comprehend.  This Saturday (Jan 29) beginning at 9:00am, Columbus, in conjunction with the Columbus Sports Council, will be hosting the 2011 Georgia State Sport Stacking Championship at the Lumpkin Center on Columbus State University's main campus.  This should be a fun and very different way to spend a Saturday morning and I bet your kids will love it!

This is probably one of my all-time favorite movies and to see it performed live on stage is soooo exciting! Beauty & the Beast will come to life next week at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. This is a wonderful story with great music that teaches the lesson that you should never judge a book by it’s cover and that beauty is only skin deep. The songs, the dancing, the romance…all make for a magical evening for all the lucky attendees. And you have 3 chances to see the magic because the show will run Monday – Wednesday (7:30pm) as part of the RiverCenter’s Broadway series. You really don’t want to miss this so get your tickets today ($49.50-$59.50)!

Do you "Remember when Rock was Fun?" That was back when Elton John was the Rocket Man. If you miss those days, this weekend you can go back to days of big hair, crazy clothes & glasses and cheap gas. The Friends of the Rylander Theatre invite you to come and see "Almost Elton John" at the historic Rylander Theatre. This will be a fantastic night of entertainment that spans the decades. There will also be raffle drawings for chances to win some cool prize and light refreshments. Tickets are $25 for reserved seating so call now to get great seats. The cocktails at the cash bar start at 7:00pm and the show starts at 8:00pm.

And there's nothing like doing a little antiquing on the weekend!  We're in luck this weekend because we can go check out the Uptown Columbus Antique Show at the Trade Center this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.This show will feature dealers from Atlanta area antique shows. You’ll be able to purchase furniture, jewelry, Persian rugs, silver and many other fabulous antiques.  Admission is only $3.

Hopefully this info will get you in the weekend frame of mind!  Don't forget to visit the Community Calendar to find out about all these events and more.

Now, go have some fun…

shelby

 

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, Shopping, on Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Family’s All Here…Now What?!

Well, the holidays are upon us…and so that means family and friends descending on your house as well! That's what this time of year is all about…spending time together and enjoying these special days. But what happens when all the presents are open, you've eaten way too many carbs, and the kids are having more fun playing with the boxes the toys came in than the toys themselves? It's time to get out of the house and find something fun to do! Believe it or not, there are lots of things going on during this holiday weekend that will entertain all ages. And don't forget to check out the Community Calendar to find out more details and to see a complete listing of events. So here's a quick rundown…

 

You can always count on the Springer Opera House for amazing productions and this week is no exception. There's something for everyone with "The Wizard of Oz" (great for all ages) being performed on the main stage and "A Tuna Christmas," which is without a doubt a true Columbus holiday tradition, being held in Foley Hall and remember…it is rated PG-13! Both shows run through December 23. If you are in need of a little laughter this holiday season—for whatever reason—make time to go see "A Tuna Christmas." I've seen it almost every year and I still laugh until I cry in certain scenes!

There are also some things going on at the Columbus Civic Center you might want to check out. Our beloved Columbus Cottonmouths will be hitting the ice taking on the Augusta RiverHawks Thursday (Dec. 23) at 7:30pm and tickets range from $12-$28. Or if you'd rather get out on the ice, they'll have public ice skating Sunday and Monday (Dec 26 & 27) with two sessions…2:00-3:30pm and 4:30-6:00pm. Admission is $7 and you can rent skates for $3.

Don't forget that the National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus is open everyday (9:00am-5:00pm) except for Christmas Day. This is a great place to take visiting family and friends and who knows, they might even pick up a little history lesson or two while they're here! It's worth the trip just to see and climb aboard that life-size replica of the USS Water Witch that's been constructed in their front yard. This thing is really impressive…in fact, it's just been awarded a major award from the Georgia Association of Museum and Galleries.

If you want to treat your guests to one of the most dazzling holiday light displays in the country, just north of Columbus to Callaway Gardens (in Pine Mountain, GA) for Fantasy in Lights. There's really no way to describe just how beautiful it is and do it justice…you just have to see it to believe it! You can drive through in your car or take the Jolly Trolley. This will be running until December 30.

We wish you very happy holidays and here's hoping that 2011 will be the best year yet!

Now, go have some holiday fun…

 

shelby

 

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, on Tuesday, December 21, 2010

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