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Stay In Columbus for the Weekend this Fall and Experience Something New!
Enjoying a weekend getaway can be a lost art these days. In a time when we are constantly connected with our responsibilities and our schedules are almost always full with events, work, tasks, and so many things to do, just getting some time away for yourself or with your significant other can almost seem like an overwhelming task. When is the last time you planned a date with your spouse? You carved out some space for yourself to explore something new? To learn and have an enriching experience? Columbus offers you the chance to do all of that in a unique, historically rich and beautiful Southern town just waiting to be discovered.
As the holidays approach, think about creating a magical Christmas experience for a weekend. Take in a play at the Springer Opera House. Eat at one of Columbus’ top restaurants. Plan a visit to one of the many local attractions, such as world-class museums, theaters, or the beautiful Riverwalk. Plan to go shopping at one of the many local retail stores. And, stay for the weekend at one of Columbus’ several dozen hotels. There is so much to do, you’ll never grow bored. Or, if you just want to relax and take a walk down Broadway or along the Riverwalk after a great meal and some live music at one of several music venues Uptown, you can do that too.
Life doesn’t have to keep you confined to schedules, tasks, and duties. The weekend is for adventure, experiencing something new, and perhaps rekindling old flames. Columbus gives you every opportunity to experience a new take on an old Southern tradition - having fun!
Fall Weekends in Columbus
A visitor from Montgomery writes:
“Last weekend, I took my boys out for the day on Saturday in Uptown Columbus for lunch, some exploring, and a trip to the National Infantry Museum. We still can’t believe how much Columbus has to offer so close to Montgomery. We had a great lunch of burgers at The Black Cow, explored the history of our nation’s military in a state-of-the-art museum in Columbus, and walked along the river front watching the rafters and kayakers on a beautiful Fall Saturday evening. The boys were pretty blown away by all that they saw and I was reminded again how Columbus is becoming one of our “go to” places to visit.
What struck me most, though, was how much was going on on a normal Saturday in late October. There was a race happening with dozens of runners. Street musicians, People eating at outdoor cafes along Broadway and other side streets. Music was in the air and storefronts were open. People were everywhere just walking around, enjoying the day, and enjoying their company with each other. And, the unique thing about it is that there was not a major event happening. It was just a weekend in Columbus.
When we want to get out of town and experience something new, we go to Columbus now. I heartily recommend it and am telling everyone in Montgomery that they have to travel over to Columbus and see what is happening. Next, we are going to spend the weekend because there were too many museums and attractions to visit in just one day.”
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!
Experience Our Nation’s Military History in Columbus!
Did you know that the world-class National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center is located in Columbus and it is amazing? This massive 190,000 square foot facility has exhibits and attractions that covers the 240 year history of the United States Army Infantryman. This museum is a top military history destination in the Untied States. It simultaneously informs, raises awareness, and evokes emotion concerning the valiant sacrifice and heroism of the U.S. Army Infantry.
From the Revolutionary War to the Civil War to World War One, World War Two, Vietnam, and the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, the National Infantry Museum tells the soldier’s story. With a wide array of military artifacts on display, the visitor will be able to see what soldiers used to fight the wars that defended our nation’s freedom.
The “Last Hundred Yards” is a display that marks significant battles in each of America’s major wars. Walking through this exhibit will evoke emotion and will also inform the visitor in ways that history books alone cannot. Walking through this exhibit in hushed silence with active duty and retired soldiers who were also visiting created within me a sense of awe and respect for those soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice to defend our nation over the centuries.
Columbus is rich in history and celebrates and commemorates our nation’s history with skill and care. From the National Infantry Museum to the National Civil War Naval Museum that tells the story of both the Union and Confederate navies to the Columbus Museum that dramatically displays the Chattahoochee region through art and history, especially that of Native Americans - Columbus has everything that would interest and excite a history lover! There is too much to see in just one day, so make plans to come for a weekend and explore the story that Columbus tells!
For more information on lodgings, restaurants, attractions, and other amenities, contact the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau today!
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!
So, a couple of weeks ago, we had a travel writer in town, Caroline Eubanks, and we took her to see all of the sites in Columbus but our adventure actually started at a place in Buena Vista, GA called "Pasaquan." If you've lived in this area for a while, you've probably heard of Pasaquan and the guy who came up with this place and the got-to-see-it-to-believe-it home and compound there. His name was Eddie Owens Martin and he was a folk artist, not to mention a street hustler, drag queen, bartender and gambler when he lived in New York. Martin eventually returned to Georgia, where he renamed himself St. EOM, the guru of Pasaquan and boy, did he stand out in his colorful flowing robes, adorned with jingling bells and dangling shells. He often complimented his inspired ensemble with feathered and beaded headdress. Am I painting the picture here for you? This guy was very talented and just a tad bit eccentric. For the past couple of years, a huge renovation project has been taking place at Pasaquan to take it back to St. EOM's original vision...and colors! The center will re-open officially on October 22, but in the meantime, the Columbus Museum (1251 Wynnton Rd.) has a great exhibition showcasing just the tip of the iceberg of this guy's talent, and let's face it, wacky take on reality! Not just an artist, but there's even a great story about him going into town to get more paint at the hardware store and all 12 of his cats would pile up in his station wagon and go with him. When he got to town, he'd open the door and the cats would go running in 12 different directions, but when it was time to go home, he'd sit in the car, do some kind of meditative chant...and the cats would come running. Um..ok. So go check out the cool stuff on display at the Columbus Museum...that way you'll be prepared for what you'll see at the grand re-opening of Pasaquan in October!
Here's a sneak-peek:
This is St. EOM...and that's what I'd call a unique kind of guy!
And here's a very small part of his compound called "Pasaquan"...
Any 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!
It only makes sense. We really should celebrate this country more than one day a year, so I like the fact that the folks at Fort Benning are kicking off the fun this weekend. There's a full roster of all sorts of events going on out there as part of the Fort Benning Independence Celebration, which cranked up a little earlier this afternoon (June 24) and runs Saturday (June 26) from 3:00pm-10:30pm. Kids are going to love all the carnival rides include Flying Dutchman, Himalaya, Bumper Cars, Sea Ray, Surf Shack, Tornado, Quad Runner, Tea Cups, Giant Slide, a Merry-Go-Round and lots more! And don't forget about the rock climbing walls, slides and bounce houses. For the really adventurous, you'll have a chance to jump from a training tower. Of course, all that activity--or in my case, watching all that activity--is going to make you work up an appetite so they'll have lots of yummy food and drinks available for purchase.
Also look for a demonstration by the Silver Wings parachute team at 6:15 p.m. Saturday followed at 6:45 p.m. by a “Fries & Spies” Ranger tactical operations demonstration. Another highlight on Saturday is lots of music including a performance from country singer Ruthie Collins. She'll be on-stage performing for about two hours beginning about 7:00pm.
But what's an Independence Celebration without fireworks?! Prepare yourself for one of the biggest fireworks display in this entire area on Saturday night. It really is pretty incredible.
It's goes without saying that it's going to be hot out there, so dress cool and you're even welcome to bring your own small canopy to provide some shade!
No rest for the weary this weekend...and that's ok!! It's one of those weekends where you've got more than enough to choose from. In fact, the tough part is going to be deciding on where to go, how long to stay, what to do and "how am I going to work this all in during one weekend?!" Works out pretty well that many folks have Monday off for the holiday because you might need it to recuperate. Here's a very, very short sample of a few things happening but make sure you take a look at the Event Calendar to get all the details on these and a boat-load of other things taking place. Need music? The Big To-Do Concert Series in Uptown cranks up the weekend with a free family concert featuring D.S.O.S. tonight at 7:00pm on Broadway or there's a really cool musical event at RiverCenter Saturday night that features Mark Wood (he used to play electric violin for the Trans Siberian Orchestra) and the Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus. Tickets for that one is only $20 and that is a real bargain! Or there's the Drum Circle in the median of Broadway Saturday night beginning at 6:00 or get energized with one of the final performances of A Chorus Line at the Springer Opera House. And don't forget about Market Days on Broadway Saturday morning--loads of fresh veggies, fruits and flowers this time of year! For kids, there's a performance of Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse at the Springer Opera House, take the over to The Rock Ranch for their celebration of Official Day of the Cowboy--in fact, I hear from a reliable source that the Lone Ranger will even be there for this one! Of course, this weekend is also one of the biggest sporting weekends in Columbus with the 80th Annual Tuskegee-Morehouse Football Classic at AJ McClung Memorial Stadium and it looks like a perfect day for football on Saturday! And if you want to just throw your lawn chair in the car, take the quick trip up to LaGrange, GA to Hills & Dales, then plop yourself down outside in the pecan grove and listen to story tellers weaving their tales.
And this is just the beginning of the list of stuff to do. The weekend is here, so treat yourself to a little R&R and a little fun...you deserve it!
Thank you, Mother Nature! Even if you are just teasing us with this glimpse of Fall weather, we'll take it. Something tells me we haven't seen the last 90-degree temp of Summer, but with a bit of a cool down forecast for this weekend, it looks like the perfect time to corral the kids or group-text your friends and make some plans to just get out and enjoy something...anything...this weekend! And you won't be hard-pressed to find things to choose from--just depends on what you're in the mood for.
Try your hand at solving the mystery of who-dun-it at Sherlock's Mystery Dinner Theatre's new production called Murder at the Comic-Con. You can either just sit back and enjoy the show and an incredible dinner or you can actually be a part of the fun and show off some acting skills. Either way, you'll have a great time and get to have a meal that's out-of-this world good. If you can't make it this weekend, not to worry as the production runs thru October 17, but you still need to make reservations as some dates sell out quickly. And speaking of yummy food, swing by the 3rd Annual Latino Festival at South Commons on Saturday (Sept 12) for a day of live music, dancing, Zumba demos, Kids Fun Zone, and of course some good things to nibble on. This one is a great deal because there is no admission!
If it's been a while since you and the kids have made a stop at the Columbus Museum, put it on the schedule for tomorrow so you can pop in for their Second Saturday event. You'll get to learn how to create tapestries, participate in a scavenger hunt, and check out story time at 11 a.m. And this one is also free!
How about a quick roadtrip? Scoot up to Roosevelt's Little White House in Warm Springs because they have a pretty packed weekend with special events going on including a opportunity to meet and talk with Medal of Honor Recipient CSM Bennie Adkins. I can't think of a more appropriate weekend to thank a true American hero for his service.
And just a reminder, make sure you visit the Event Calendar to get details on all of these events and plenty more going on in and around Columbus!
Lots of families have different traditions to celebrate holidays and the 4th of July is no exception! Why not add or start a new tradition with a couple of events happening in Columbus this weekend that will be the perfect addition to your festive line-up of fun?!
First up, there's the annual Fourth of July Parade at the Springer Opera House. This thing has gotten bigger and better each year and in fact, this will be the first year there will be a police escort and they'll be closing the block on Broadway between 10th and 11th Streets...just to make it safer and everyone can have a better view. There are a lot of theatre students involved in the parade and they never disappoint because they all get decked out in their wildest and most photogenic of patriotic costumes! All the fun here starts at 10:00am at the Mainstage Springer entrance on 10th Street, so get ready to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, sing lots of patriotic songs, make a racket with noise makers and musical instruments and who know what else they have planned to proclaim our thankfulness for the United States of America!
And while you're in the neighborhood, plan a little extra time to wander through all the treasures you can find at Market Days on Broadway. That will run until 12:00pm or so on Saturday. Just at tip, if you want the organic eggs, get to that booth early!!
Then, pile everyone in the car and head to the southern part of town for a BIG to-do! The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center will host its third annual community-wide Independence Day celebration on Saturday, July 4. Freedom Fest will be held from 11a.m. to 6 p.m., and will be filled with music, kids’ activities, cannon firings, historical reenactments, food, and fun. All day, kids will enjoy bounce houses, face and hair painting, balloon animals and Superheroes. The Pint-Sized Patriot Parade starts at 2 p.m. Youngsters are invited to dress up their bicycles, tricycles, and wagons – and themselves! – and parade down Heritage Walk accompanied by John Philip Sousa marches. Judges will award prizes for the most creative displays of patriotism. In the museum’s Grand Hall, parents can get free ID kits for their children through the GaCHIP program. There’ll be live music throughout the day from Tim Maggart, the Oneeders and the Wayne Miner Band just outside the museum’s rotunda. Large tents will provide seating and shelter from the sun for audiences, but visitors are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets. The Silver Wings Parachute Demonstration Team is expected to drop in at Inouye Field at 2:30 p.m.
New this year will be demonstrations by iK9, an Auburn, Alabama, organization that trains service dogs to assist veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. World War II Company Street will be open for self-guided tours between 11a.m. and 3 p.m. Volunteers will be on hand to help visitors locate names on the Vietnam Wall, and the Memorial Walk of Honor will be open all day.
The IMAX Theatre will be the perfect place to cool off, with alternating screenings of D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944 and We the People for just $5 per person. Visitors can purchase ice cream, barbecue plates, chicken sandwiches, funnel cakes, hot dogs, hamburgers, pretzels, beer, frozen mocktails and soft drinks from our vendors. The Fife and Drum restaurant and the IMAX concessions stand will be open for diners who would rather stay indoors.
The museum’s activities will end at 6 p.m. Visitors will be encouraged to head to uptown Columbus or Phenix City for a concert in the riverside amphitheater and fireworks at dark. The fun by the river begins at 6:30pm.
Looks like a fun-filled weekend...enjoy it with your family! And Happy Birthday, America!
What is it about three-day weekends? It's only one more day. 24 extra hours. 1440 more minutes. (But that's me doing math on a Friday, so don't be surprised if that last one is off by a few minutes.) And what a difference that one day makes. It gives us all a bit extra time to either kick back and become one with the universe or take advantage of all the stuff going on and get out and have a little well-deserved fun! Let's compromise and plan to relax for 18% of the weekend and spend the other 82% doing the fun options...ok, that's enough math for me for the entire three-day holiday. So what's going on, you ask? Lots. I would suggest you take a look at the Event Calendar to see your choices and that will make it easier to plan your time.
There's no better way to start any weekend than with the Big To Do Concert Series in Uptown Columbus and tonight is extra special with a band that always draws a huge crowd--Cale Dodds and Classic Addict--and to top it off, Scott Ressmeyer and his riders will be returning from their final ride through all 48 lower states, raising money for the Children's Miracle Network. If you've never witnessed the return of all these guys driving up on their motorcycles, it is absolutely a sight to see. And it's all free!
At CSU's Riverside Theatre, there's a hilarious sounding production going on called "Unnecessary Farce." It's even a "bring your own dinner" dinner theatre and has great date potential written all over it! This one is probably best suited for ages 18 & older because it involves cops, crooks and a cheap hotel room!
If you love all things cars, there's a Bugs on the Hooch-VW Car Show & Swap Meet at Woodruff Park along the RiverWalk on Saturday from 8:00-3:00pm and they'll have cars from all over the southeast. Or take the short drive south to Lumpkin, GA and see what's going on at Historic Westville. It's actually a really great time to pay a visit to this village because they'll have their 1836 Creek War & Cultural Event all day Saturday and Sunday and it will put you right in the middle of all the action. The village will be inhabited by Muscogee Creek Indians and they'll be eager to share their traditions, skills and stories with you and you can talk to military and citizens and hear first-hand accounts from re-enactors who'll be telling you why the war happened and how folks on both sides felt about it. Look for 3 separate battles to take place and you will definitely have one of those "You Were There" moments!
And of course, we can't have a Memorial Day Weekend without talking about some events to celebrate the holiday like the 56th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament at Callaway Gardens that goes on through Sunday. Not only will you get to see the world's best water skiers and wakeboarders go after the trophy and some serious prize money, but they will have the event jam-packed with all sorts of things to take part in like their farmer's market, beach activities, kid's zone, great food, drink specials, movies on the beach and even fireworks. Or take in the fun they've planned at Florence Marina State Park Saturday-Monday so take a picnic lunch and then dive into all the games and activites they have planned.
So grill out, enjoy your friends and family, have a little fun, but most importantly, be safe and remember the real reason we celebrate this holiday!
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.
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!
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!
Let's face it. We're all still dragging a bit from all of the excitement and hustle and bustle of the holidays. And something tells me that I may not be the only one in my neighborhood that still needs to finish taking down all of the Christmas decorations...but we'll save that topic for another day. So it comes at a great time that for most of us, we've got a three-day weekend to look forward to. Should be the perfect time to watch a little football, take a nap or three or maybe actually get out and enjoy some of this sunshine that Mother Nature has graced us with for the next few days. You've got a lot of things to choose from if you're looking for something fun to get into. For some indoor entertainment, take your pick from a production at Riverside Theatre Complex called The Tallest Tale Ever Told, The Marriage of Figaro at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts or the 3D D-Day movie showing at the IMAX Theater at the National Infantry Museum.
If your lung could do with a little fresh air, there's plenty of outside stuff like the Junior Ranger Day Camp at Florence Marina State Park on Saturday from 10:00am-3:00pm...just make sure you preregister for this one. If you don't let a little thing like heights bother you, you really should head to Oxbow Meadows and take a hike in the Tree Top Canopy. It's 35 feet off the ground but you get a really cool view of the wetlands, the river trees, and even some wildlife. And if I can do it...and 7 year olds can do it...anyone can!
And since lots of folks will be off Monday, how about something a little different to do that day? Head up to F.D. Roosevelt State Park in Pine Mountain for a Winter Wilderness Trail Ride. You'll get saddled up on horseback and take a one-hour trail ride with a guide and naturalist and you'll get to see the park from a whole new perspective and get a bit of a history lesson on the way. You might even want to take a picnic lunch with since the ride will be over around noon.
Enjoy the weekend!
I distinctly remember as a kid having a grown up tell me that time seems to go by much faster the older you get. Couldn't really understand that logic as a young 'un, but boy were they right. Take this year. Where has 2014 gone? It seemed to go by in the blink of an eye. Hopefully, we all have good memories and accomplishments to take with us into the new year and I can't think of a better way to say goodbye to 2014 and hello to 2015 than with a big party! And my favorite part? All we have to do is put on our dancing shoes and show up...someone else is doing all the party-planning, so that means no cleaning up the house, no cooking, baking, or decorating. It's as simple as making reservations for the 2014 Rivertown New Year's Eve Ball at the Columbus Convention & Trade Center!
The Rivertown Ball is the area's premiere occasion for New Year's Eve. This year features a sumptuous dinner (if you haven't sampled the food from the new chef at the Trade Center, you're in for a treat!), followed by hours of dancing with Lady and the Tramps (also known as the Tradewinds), a New Year's champagne toast and huge balloon drop await the stroke of midnight. The fun doesn't stop there because they'll even have a Continental Breakfast to bring the evening to an end and there'll be door prizes announced throughout the night.
So I say, put on something sparkly and festive, grab your favorite dance partner and ring in this New Year in style at the Trade Center tomorrow night! Here's wishing you a happy, healthy, peaceful and prosperous 2015!
If you're looking for anything to do that's remotely related to some holiday cheer, boy, are you in the right spot if you're in Columbus, GA! All the fun kicks off tonight (Dec. 5) with the First Friday Artwalk and Broadway Holiday in Uptown Columbus and then things really get crazy, in a good way, Saturday and Sunday. There's too much to get into to all the details here, so please take a few minutes to look over the Event Calendar to find out all the who, what, when and where about all the happenings. It truly is one of the busiest weekends of the year...anything from Mary Poppins at the Springer Opera House, to a Victorian Christmas at the National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus, lots of open houses at places like Columbus Botanical Garden and Hills & Dales...even an open house at Oxbow Meadows Learning Center complete with Santa and his reptilian friends. Nothing says Merry Christmas like Santa and his alligators!! Get out and enjoy the season and all the fun things to do with family and friends this weekend! And remember...check the Event Calendar to find out all the scoop!
A show of hands who's ready for the weekend? Looks like it's unanimous! And why wouldn't we be ready? Beautiful Fall weather, tons of events and great people to hang out with. That's got the makings of a great weekend stamped all over it. And with everything that's happening the next couple of days, it's probably a good idea to make a plan and take a look at what's on the line-up. Best advice I can give you is to take a look at the Event Calendar to get a good idea of all there to choose from.
With Halloween right around the corner, you might be in the mood to start that party a little early so check out the Fall Family Fun Days at The Rock Ranch on Saturday (10.25.14). The theme for this one is Not-So-Spooky Halloween Festival so they'll have all kinds of cool stuff for kids including trick-or-treating beginning at 6:00pm. You can even dress up your pets and bring them along! Now, if you do happen to be up for something just a tad bit spooky, at 7:00 you can try your hand at the Corn Maze...with the lights out and only a flashlight to guide the way!! I got goose-bumps just thinking about that. Or you can join in the Zombie Zip with Whitewater Express. Not only can you zip-line across the Chattahoochee River as it's getting dark, but you'll encounter zombies all along the way, including all 4 levels of the "Tower of Terror." Even when you make it safely to the Phenix City side of the ride...don't think you're out of the woods just yet! These zombies are everywhere!
Lots of other events to choose from like Octoberfest at Florence Marina State Park, a Blacksmith Expo at Fort Mitchell 1813 Fort & Museum, the Columbus Cottonmouths have their season home opener at the Civic Center tonight (10.24.14) against the Knoxville Ice Bears, or if you're in the mood for some theatre, call now to make reservations for "The Amen Corner" at The Liberty Theater or "Rock Legends" at the Springer Opera House. Just a heads-up on the last two...it's the final weekend for these shows so work them in if you can!
Enjoy the weekend and find something fun to do!
Did anyone else do the 'happy dance' this morning when the weather guy showed the temperatures for the weekend? We're talking no rain and highs in the upper 60s and lower 70s. I am now officially in a good mood. Couple all that perfect Fall weather with plenty of things to get out and do this weekend and I think we may have just hit a home run. I took a look at the Event Calendar earlier this morning and am flabbergasted at just how much is scheduled for this weekend! And the good news is that the deeper we get into Autumn, the fuller the Event Calendar gets.
So what are you in the mood for...Giant Birds, Giant Green Ogers, Giant Space Aliens? Believe it or not, we've got all that and then some. Check out the Columbus Sci-Fi Con at Coca-Cola Space Science Center, the First Friday Artwalk and Concert on Broadway in Uptown Columbus, Shrek the Musical at the Springer Opera House (last weekend, by the way), a giant bird program and pet CPR/first aid at Oxbow Meadows, a big fall festival at the Little White House, a Healthy Kids Expo at Lakebottom Park, and all the kooky-fun activities they have going on at the Fall Family Fun Days at The Rock Ranch.
And if you want to open the sunroof and hit the road, take the quick ride to Gay, GA for the Cotton Pickin' Fair. Nothing will get you in the mood for this season like this 'granddaddy of all festivals!'