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Go All Out for Memorial Day Weekend in Columbus With Hoochee Fest!

 

Go All Out for Memorial Day Weekend in Columbus With Hoochee Fest!

 

There is plenty to do this coming Memorial Day weekend in Columbus as Summer officially begins with Hoochee Fest, a celebration of music, food, classic cars, and fun for the whole family in Columbus near the Chattahoochee River at 1301 Victory Drive.

It starts at 8am on Saturday morning and goes until 8pm Sunday night (May 27-28), so plan to stay for the weekend!

 

Enjoy the car, truck, and motorcycle show with classic cars - especially old VW Bugs. There will be a Drone Race sponsored by Scumbugs, a Swap Meet, a Car Corral, live music throughout the weekend, pony rides, crafts, food, and much more!

 

With Spring here and the weather behaving beautifully, every weekend during this time of year involves plenty to do in the Columbus area. Whitewater rafting, the open air market on Saturday morning along Broadway, long walks along tree lined streets, great food, high quality plays/theater, live music, and so much more!

Come for Hoochee Fest and Go All Out for everything else Columbus has to offer this weekend!   

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Categories: Arts, Events, Good Eats!, Shopping, on Thursday, May 25, 2017

Looking for St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Plans? Columbus Hosts Southern Lovin’ Junkin’ Art Show!

 

Looking for St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Plans? Columbus Hosts Southern Lovin’ Junkin’ Art Show, Live Music, Great Food, and More!

 

St. Patrick’s Day Weekend is here and maybe it snuck up on you and you don’t have any plans? We’ve got some ideas for you! Put your green on and head to Broadway in Columbus for the “St. Patrick’s Day on Broadway” on Friday, March 17th from 4:00 - 8:30pm (and I’m sure there will be activities after that. Start at Scruffy Murphy’s Irish Pub & Eatery with live Irish music by Wolf & Clover and then experience the Celtic sounds of the international touring Irish rock band, Seven Nations Army at 6:30pm.)

 

After that, plan to attend the Southern Lovin’ Junkin’ Show all weekend long. “Vendors from all over the Southeast will be selling vintage, re-purposed, original art, salvaged, and handmade goods at the Columbus Trade Center, 801 Front Avenue, Columbus, Georgia.” The General Admission hours are Friday, March 17 – 10am-6pm; Saturday, March 18 – 10am-6pm; and Sunday, March 19  – 12pm-5pm.

 

If you like the idea of the Southern Lovin’ Junkin’ Art Show but can’t make it this weekend, be sure to check out the weekly Market Days on Broadway, an Uptown street market with over 200 vendors every Saturday all year long. It is in full swing during the Spring with crafts, food, entertainment, and all kinds of items from vendors throughout the area!

 

And, if you miss the St. Patrick’s Day celebration with the music, food, and festivities, no worries on that account either! The incredible secret of Columbus is that we have things like this going on every weekend, especially during the Spring, with live music, great food, art, world class museums, outdoor activities and sports, excursions into nature, and adventures in history.  Whether it is this weekend or the next, check out what Columbus has to offer!

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Categories: Arts, Events, Shopping, on Friday, March 17, 2017

Making Holiday Memories in Columbus!

Making Holiday Memories in Columbus!

 

Sleigh bells ring … snow falling … winter wonderland … white Christmas! Can you see it? Can you dream it? Well, if you are enjoying Christmas, New Year’s, and the Holiday season in the Deep South, you might not have much snow or many sleigh bells, but we have our own traditions and memory-making experiences! And, Columbus is a perfect setting for it.

 

Sometimes, just getting out in the cool air and taking a walk downtown is one of the best holiday experiences. Broadway in Uptown Columbus is the perfect place to window shop, hear some great music, have a wonderful meal, and step back in time amidst the beautiful architecture of the 1800s along the tree lined boulevard. The fountains, the gazebo, Christmas lights all over, having a latte and a pastry at the Iron Bank Coffee Co. . . . and so much more!

 

Make memories this holiday season by enjoying the new Kilwins fudge shop which just opened  at 1230 Broadway. Fudge, peanut brittle, all kinds of delectable candies, gifts, and more are now available in this newest edition of the reemergence of Broadway as a major shopping, dining, and cultural center. And, what could be better for Christmas than the aroma of fudge in an old fashioned candy shop?

 

Uptown Columbus is the perfect place to make Christmas memories for the future . . . and to think back on Christmas past. Don’t let Christmas fun and celebrations end on December 25th. Columbus will keep enjoying the season all the way through the New Year and we would love for you to join us!

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Categories: Arts, Events, The Good Guy File, Shopping, on Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Make Christmas Shopping an Event in Columbus, GA!

Make Christmas Shopping an Event in Columbus, GA!

 

You have to get your Christmas shopping done, right? Only a few more weeks! But, why trudge through the same old stores in the same old places? Take some time and make your Christmas shopping and experience that you will remember. Make it … Magical! Columbus has everything you could ask for in the way of retail shopping from a huge mall and retail stores of every variety, to boutique shops in Uptown. No matter which approach you take for your Christmas shopping, Columbus has what you are looking for.

 

Peachtree Mall, in Columbus, describes itself as, “home to more than 100 specialty stores, four anchor stores, and several restaurants. Our compelling mix of retailers include; Dillard’s, Macy’s, JC Penney, At Home, H&M, Forever 21 red, Buckle, Hollister Co., LOFT, Aéropostale, American Eagle Outfitters, Verizon, Best Buy Mobile, Charlotte Russe, Zumiez, Gymboree, Bath & Body Works, The Children’s Place, Victoria’s Secret, Hot Topic, Game Stop, Torrid, Best Buy Mobile, GNC, PacSun, New York & Co., Lids, and the only double-decker carousel in Columbus. Peachtree Mall is the favored retail and dining destination in Southwest Georgia attracting over 10 million customer visits to the center each year.”

 

And, that is just part of the abundant shopping experience that you will have with when you “go all out” to Columbus for the holidays. Window shopping along Broadway and Uptown, getting a latte at Iron Bank Coffee, sitting outside on and watching the Christmas shoppers walk by, enjoying the crisp air, a pastry, and a great meal while street musicians play … all of that can make what used to be just “getting your shopping list checked off” into an actual Christmas holiday experience! And, stay the night, take in a show, and make a weekend of it! Who says that all the fun has to be on Christmas Day? Make the whole month a joyous, fun, celebration of the season - and make Columbus a part of it!

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Categories: Shopping, on Friday, December 9, 2016

Go All Out & Spend 72 Hours In Columbus!

Recently, South Magazine featured Columbus, GA as a must-experience weekend destination for the foodie, the adventurer, the art, theater, wine aficionado and for the historian. South Magazine writer Eva Fedderly puts it this way,

"Columbus, GA has long been known as a military town resting beside Fort Benning, America’s Home of the Infantry. With about 200,000 residents, this historical city has stepped into the spotlight with a thriving downtown art, theatre, music scene, and scrumptious farm-to-table restaurants just blocks from the Chattahoochee River."

Columbus really has been one of the best kept secrets in the South, but that is rapidly changing as travel writers, convention planners and everyday people looking for a fun weekend are taking notice – and they are pretty surprised by what they are finding.

Molly McWilliams Wilkins in her “Girl Meets City” travel series brought home the spirit of Columbus when she said,

"Have you ever left a place, a city, a destination and felt almost like you were in pain? I feel that way whenever I leave a place, and I felt it when I left Columbus. It’s that same feeling when you’re falling in love with someone – that amazing, euphoric, punch drunk feeling."

Columbus, GA

Molly goes on to describe her trip to Columbus with the shopping, food, and entertainment that caused her to fall in love. It’s a great piece and a good guide to a great weekend.

Everyone that I talk to who visits Columbus for the first time says the same thing. It is usually some variation of, “Wow! I had no idea that all of this was here!” We agree, and what Columbus, GA offers is growing every day.

Are you ready for a creative weekend adventure full of top restaurants, art, history, architecture, beauty, and adventure? South Magazine might be your guide - or you might want to figure things out for yourself. Either way, there is plenty of opportunity to “Go All Out” and experience what others are recognizing about Columbus for you and your family! Call the Visitors Bureau at 800-999-1613 or access VisitColumbusGA.com for more information to book a weekend.

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Categories: Arts, Events, Good Eats!, Ft. Benning-Military, River Fun, Shopping, on Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Go All Out for Market Days on Broadway!

Grow local. Buy local. Eat local. This mantra has become a guiding ideal for those who are seeking to be more rooted in their communities and to experience all that a region has to offer. From local farms and the restaurants that serve their produce to local craft makers who create the beauty that fills our homes, culture thrives when a city and region is able to show off what it brings from the ground up and what it makes with its own hands and heart. Columbus doesn’t hold these treasures back, but goes all out by putting its culture, produce and art on full display!

Did you know that one of the premier farmer’s markets and craft fairs in the South happens every week in Uptown in Columbus, GA? Every Saturday morning between 9am and noon, the 900-1100 blocks of Broadway are jam packed with over 200 different vendors selling local produce, baked goods and more to eat, along with handcrafted goods for you and your home.

Now that summer is barreling in, the fresh tomatoes, squash, and cucumbers will be overflowing baskets brought straight from the farm. Local honey from beekeepers, homemade preserves and jellies, soaps, candles, jewelry, crafts, local musicians and more will line the street for blocks.

If you want a fresh, organic experience to go along with meal preparation for the week, as well as to engage in a search for that perfect handcrafted piece of jewelry or art for your home, Broadway on Saturday mornings offers it all. But, more than that, it is a place and time for the community to gather, have a cup of coffee at an outdoor cafe and watch the people go by as the vendors sell their goods. It is a place to take in the beauty of spring and experience the bounty of Columbus and its surrounding farms and the creativity of its artistic community. Whether you live in Columbus or are coming in for the weekend, Market Days needs to be on your list!

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Categories: Events, Good Eats!, River Fun, Shopping, on Monday, May 16, 2016

Busy, Busy, Busy & Fun Weekend!

This weekend is shaping up to be the winner of the year as far as having the most fun packed into these 48 or so hours!  Want to know the Top 10 things you should check out?  Then click away to see what the cool folks at Electric City Life have uncovered and start planning how you're going to do all this stuff!!!

Broadway Holiday Snow Fun!

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Categories: Arts, Events, River Fun, Shopping, on Thursday, December 3, 2015

Lots More Fall Fun to Look Forward to this Weekend!

"The Holidays are creeping in, but we still have some fall functions left full of flavor and fun. Here is a look at the seven events in our area, kicking off today...(read more)

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Categories: Arts, Events, Good Eats!, Shopping, on Thursday, November 12, 2015

Top 10 Things to do in Columbus, GA this Weekend!

Fall and all the beautiful weather are here in Columbus, GA, with an assortment of events that come with it. Find out the top 10 things to do this weekend, kicking off tonight, from the locals!  The folks at Electric City Life have all the details....

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Categories: Arts, Events, Good Eats!, River Fun, Shopping, on Friday, October 16, 2015

Lots of Fun to Choose from in Columbus, GA this Labor Day Weekend!

It's official, Summer is winding down.  With the heat and humidity this season produced, I can't say I'm entirely sad to see it go.  But don't think once Summer is over, so is the fun.  It's actually quite the opposite.  Because we do tend to get a little steamy around here during the second quarter, there aren't quite as many activities to enjoy...it's just too dang hot.  But once Fall rolls around, it's non-stop.  Even though we're just on the cusp of changing seasons, this weekend is a great example of how packed-full of stuff it's going to get. 

And of course, it's Labor Day weekend so many of us have an extra day to relish and lots of choices to make on what to do.  You can start off the holiday this afternoon at 4:30 with a browse through the First Friday ArtWalk in Uptown Columbus--lots of artists will be set up in the 1000 block of Broadway so you can meet them, check out their work and even get involved in an art project they are doing in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity.  Something tells me the kids will love getting their hands dirty on this one.  And speaking of kids, CSU's Riverside Theatre Complex has a production of "The Velveteen Rabbit" this weekend and if you know the story (remember the little stuffed bunny rabbit?), you know it's going to be good.  I may have a hanky ready just in case.

So let's talk about festivals.  It's the kick-off of the Fall Festival season and there are three great ones going on practically in our backyard.  Just north of Columbus, the Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival at Callaway Gardens is going on all weekend.  This is an amazing event and if you've never been, make sure you're there tonight or Sunday night for the Balloon Glow.  That's where they line up lots of the balloons on the beach at Robin Lake at sunset then fire them up.  The colors and reflections are nothing short of stunning.  There’s tons of other things going on too like tethered rides (weather permitting), Disc Dog demos, sports on big-screen TV’s (can't miss those college football games!), classic car show, live entertainment, Silver Wings Skydiving Demo Team (wind & weather permitting), food trucks and all the usual fun beach stuff!  Or, hop in the car and go a little south of the city to Omaha, GA to Florence Marina State Park.  They also have tons to do all weekend including arts & crafts, snakes and other reptiles on display, and  they'll even take you for a ride on the lake in one of their pontoon boats...and don't be surprised if you see a gator or two!  Save a little energy for Labor Day on Monday because there's a hoot of a festival to the west of Columbus.  It's the Old Seale Courthouse Labor Day Fair!  This festival has all kinds of personality going on with really unique entertainment, arts & crafts, fun stuff for kids to enjoy and let’s talk about the food because you can’t have a festival without festival food like barbecue, a Chili Cook-off, Polish sausage, snow cones, funnel cakes, fried gator and...fried Oreos!! 

Fried Oreos?  Who's with me!?

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Categories: Arts, Events, Good Eats!, River Fun, Shopping, on Friday, September 4, 2015

The Dog Days of Summer are Upon Us…So Let’s Celebrate!

Yep, we're knocking on the door of August and that means just one thing...the Dog Days of Summer are here.  But afterall, it is summer in Georgia, so we're ready for it.  When the all-knowing weather guy gave the forecast for the weekend this morning, he promised it would be cooler and drier--cooler meaning not breaking 100 degrees and a humidity level below 93%, but hey, I'll take it.  So let's enjoy this brief glimpse of Autumn and find some stuff to get out and do this weekend.  A good place to start making plans is by taking a look at the Event Calendar--it'll give you a day-by-day listing with all the details you'll ever need.

You can kick things off tonight with a short trip up to Callaway Gardens for their Friday Night Movies on the Beach or save that ride for Saturday evening for their Summer Sunset Music Series.  Either, or both, sounds good to me because you'll be by the lake with your toes in the sand. 

If you're in the need for some good reading material, the Columbus Public Library is the site for the Annual Muscogee County Friends of Libraries Book Sale.  They have 1000s of gently-used books for $1 so this will be a good time to stock up because pretty soon, we'll be complaining about how cold it is and staying home to read a good book is all you want to do.  Maybe comic books are what you're looking for, so after you dig through what they have at the Library, head to the Coca-Cola Space Science Center on Sunday for their big Columbus Comic Book & Toy Show.  They'll have all sorts of comics to buy, sell, or trade and lots of exhibits, movies, costume characters and more.

There's also the 2015 Columbus Artists' Guild Exhibition and Sale in the Illges Gallery at the Corn Center in Uptown Columbus.  I took a look at the Columbus Artists' Guild's website and I'm amazed at the level of talent these folks have...and they live right here in our own backyard!  Go just to marvel at their works or go ready to shop for some original art!  Or, how about a completely different activitiy that's on the other end of the spectrum, but these folks are just as talented in their own field.  The Muscogee RollerGirls will be back in action on the rink Saturday night against the Marietta Derby Darlins Allstars.  All the action takes place in the old Front Porch of the South bulding on Veterans Parkway.  It's non-stop skating and it's high energy and believe it or not...family-friendly as well so take the kids!

The fun is out there.  You just need to get out and enjoy!

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Categories: Arts, Events, Shopping, on Friday, July 31, 2015

Happy Father’s Day!  Treat Dad to some fun this weekend!

Dads.  You got to love 'em.  They work hard all week.  Wrestle with the weedeater on the weekends.  Loves his mother-in-law's cooking. Sits through dance recitals and smile about it.  And will brave the pouring rain to make an ice cream run for the kids.  But this weekend, it's all about treating Dad and making him feel special.  Maybe kick off the celebration with a movie on the beach tonight at Callaway Gardens, or a stroll through Uptown Columbus Market Days Saturday morning so he can stock up on his favorite fruits and veggies...instead of just what the kids want!  Or maybe he's in need of a good laugh so send him to chuckle his way through Spamalot at CSU's Riverside Theatre.  If he's a health-conscious kind of guy or needs to reduce a little stress--and what Dad doesn't--then plan to check out Barefoot in the Park, the International Day of Yoga event at Woodruff Park on Sunday.  They'll be doing all sorts of yoga demonstrations and classes outside and the day even ends with Sunset Paddleboard Yoga on the river!  He can even round out the weekend with some serious old-school fun at the Mr. & Mrs. Club 50's Sock Hop at the Trade Center Saturday night.  And tell him not to worry about his dance skills because they'll be doing a free class at 6:00pm before the dance even starts so he can get warmed up!

There's plenty of other ideas to take a look at on the Event Calendar, but whatever you decide to do with Dad this weekend, he'll just appreciate spending time with you!

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Categories: Arts, Events, River Fun, Shopping, on Friday, June 19, 2015

Be a Kid Again…Go Pick some Berries!

When I was a kid, there was a huge row of blackberry bushes that lined the drive to get to my grandparents place on the river.  As trips to the little cabin became more frequent in the Spring and then almost weekly during the Summer, my brother and I would eye these bushes carefully from the very back seat of our station wagon.  As soon as we turned down that dirt road, the anticipation would build as we watched the white blooms appear, then the green berriers, then morphing into a reddish color, and not long after that, those little morsels would appear in all their glory as the deepest purply-black color...which meant it was time to pick and then gorge.  It didn't matter how many battle scars we got on our arms and legs--scars from thorns and the much-dreaded red bugs that meant you'd be scratching for days--with those berries as our prize, it was worth it. 

Those are the kinds of memories that mean so much...and they are so simple.  If you're looking to make a memory with your kids this weekend, there's plenty of activities to get out and do.  One look at the Event Calendar will prove that.  Make sure you take a closer look at the entry from The Rock Ranch, because it's Berry Picking Saturday.  You don't have to do battle with the thorns and other creepy-crawlies to get to these bushes, in fact, you can take your pick from bushes bursting with blackberries and raspberries.  It's the taste of Summer all rolled up into one little fruit.  And if you get there and get too wrapped up in all the other events and activities going on...the Farmer's Market, pony rides, cane pole fishing, paddle boats...they'll even have bags of berries already picked and ready to go.  The Rock Ranch is only about an hour from Columbus, so it's a quick roadtrip and it's quite an adventure. Take your kids, take your family and go make a memory.  And eat some blackberries for me!

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Categories: Events, Shopping, on Friday, June 12, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spring Fever Anyone?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There’s Christmas Magic in Columbus, GA this Weekend!

There's no mistaking it.  You can feel it in the air.  The holidays are here and they've brought with them that special magic and indescribable feeling.  Just about everyone seems a little happier, Christmas carols being hummed, decadent goodies to sneak out of the breakroom at work, even the worse-than-usual traffic doesn't seem to phase you.  OK, maybe the traffic thing is a stretch.  Nothing that an extra glass of egg nog when you get home wouldn't take care of.  If you're looking for some yuletide fun this weekend to boost your spirits even more, you're in luck.  There's a schedule full of happenings, so the best thing to do is to take a look at the Event Calendar, get all the details, and make a plan! 

A couple of things you should really try and catch this weekend include the Reindeer Run and Bi-City Christmas Parade in Uptown Columbus Saturday morning, A Tuna Christmas and Mary Poppins at the Springer Opera House, The Black Nativity at the Historic Liberty Theatre, and an absolute Christmas tradition--the Columbus Ballet's performance of The Nutcracker at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts.

Take a break from all the shopping and wrapping this weekend...and enjoy a little holiday cheer!

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Categories: Arts, Events, Shopping, on Friday, December 12, 2014

I Love a Parade!  Especially the Bi-City Christmas Parade in Columbus, GA!

Think back to when you were a kid and the countdown to Christmas had begun.  You've been dragged to the mall with your Mom for what seemed like endless hours of shopping, picked out the perfect tree with your Dad and tied it to the top of the station wagon, watched your grandmother make cakes, pies and cookies without ever cracking open a cookbook, and you licked the poinsettia stamp and put it on the letter to Santa.  There's just one thing left to make this the perfect lead up to the big day...a Christmas Parade! 

Maybe you're a big kid now and even have kids of your own, but you're never too old to enjoy the wonder of a parade.  There's just something about the shiny floats, the waving beauty queens, the happy tunes of the high school marching bands and that magic moment when you get your first glimpse of the jolly, bearded man in the fuzzy red and white suit at the very end of the chain of floats.  And you just know that from high on his perch, he looked straight at you, waved and then gave you that special, all-knowing nod of the head--yep, he got your letter and he knows exactly what you'll find under the tree Christmas morning. 

The fun begins this Saturday, December 13 at 10:00am with the parade starting in Phenix City, crossing over the 13th Street Bridge, then traveling down Broadway.  And since you'll be in Uptown, you'll be in a perfect spot to grab lunch and do some shopping when the parade is over.  So break out your most festive, bedazzled and tacky sweaters, find the perfect viewing spot along Broadway in Uptown Columbus and get in on this Christmas tradition!

 

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Categories: Events, Good Eats!, Shopping, on Wednesday, December 10, 2014

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