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big, Big, BIG Weekend in Columbus, GA!

Hold onto your hats folks because it's going to be a weekend in Columbus, GA that we won't soon forget!  All the right components are coming together...great weather, the unofficial beginning of Summer, tons of old favorite and new things to do...for an epic holiday weekend.

Memorial Day Weekend is always  jam-packed but this Memorial Day weekend is going to be something extra special because there is an event this Saturday morning that kicks off something brand new to Columbus and it’s something that’s been several decadesin the making!  Whitewater Columbus, GA will officially be up and running this Saturday and there is a grand opening celebration at 10:00am on the RiverWalk Island (by the Powerhouse at Eagle & Phenix) so you can see what all the hoopla is about.  And if you’re ready to take the plunge, there are still a few spaces left on Saturday and Sunday to take a raft trip with the guides from Whitewater Express.  If you haven't been down to see the whitewater course, I think you'll be really impressed!

Something else happening along the river for the first time ever is an event called a Dragon Boat Festival.  There will be all the usual fun festival stuff, but what sets this apart are the dragon boats!  These are long, skinny boats that contain a team of 20 paddlers and one drummer. Teams consist of local folks (corporations, family, friends) who have practiced & are ready to race!  What’s cool about this is that part of the proceeds will be given to the Children’s Miracle Network at Cols Regional Children’s Hospital.  Each team will race in three heats to establish the champion.  Dragon boat races are held in about 70 communities in the US and more than 60 million people worldwide have participated.  This being the first year, organizers had a goal of 20 teams to race but they’ve been blown away with the enthusiasm of Columbus as they have 32 teams ready to race!  Everything kicks off on the river behind the Coca-Cola Space Science Center at 11:00am.  Free to watch!

A great way to kick off this long weekend is heading to Uptown for Classic Addict in concert tonight on Broadway.  Scott Ressmeyer and his gang of motorcycle buddies will make their return to Columbus tonight at the concert after traveling thru all 48 lower states on their fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network.  Great music and fun and it’s all FREE! 

If you want to do a quick road trip, load the car and head to Callaway Gardens for the 54th Masters Water Ski and Wake Board Tournament--they've got wall-to-wall activities going on thru Monday; or head over the the Little White House and get ready to relax because they are filling up the historic pools with that 88-degree mineral water...talk about making you feel good all over; and if you want to head south, the 1850's Village of Westville is doing a reenactment of a couple of the battles from the Creek Indian War--plus they'll have other activities like story telling, dancing and handicrafts to enjoy.

Hope you have a safe and happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Now, go have some fun...

shelby

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, Good Eats!, River Fun, Shopping, on Friday, May 24, 2013

Weekend + Spring = Fun Weekend in Columbus, GA!

The above is all the math you need to know for the weekend...which is a good thing for me!  And yep, the deeper into Spring we get, the more packed the weekends are with fun stuff to do.  In fact, just in Uptown Columbus alone this weekend, there's something going on almost the entire time.  Of course, everything kicks off with Big Woody & The Splinters headlining the free concert tonight in the 1000 block, but on Saturday, there's also Junkin' on Broadway, Market Days on Broadway, A Feathered Affair, which is a birdhouse auction benefiting Columbus Area Habitat, a Cinco de Mayo Celebration, and a Comic Book Show at the Coca-Cola Space Science Center.

Oh, but wait...there's more!  Don't forget that the Uptown Drum Circle that kicks off at 6:00pm Saturday night.  It’s your chance to take part in or just watch something you may never have seen before-a Community Drum Circle. A drum circle is not a drum class, it’s a fun, family friendly event where people celebrate through rhythm and music. You don’t even have to have any musical expertise and you can bring whatever type of drum or percussion instrument you have. You can even make your own! Even if you decide not to participate, it should be really cool to watch!

If you’ve been waiting for the perfect Spring festival, well, this is your weekend!  It’s “The Cotton Pickin’ Fair” just up the road a bit in Gay, GA.  What sets this festival apart has got to be the setting…it isn’t just a few tents pitched in an empty lot…it’s set on the grounds of a 1910 farmhouse, complete with a Cotton Warehouse, which makes this the absolute best setting for all the skilled artisans and antique specialists with booths filled with pottery, weaving, sculpture, woodcarving, painting, jewelry, wearable art, blacksmithing, and glass blowing—plus there’s live entertainment, and without a doubt, some of the best food in this entire state.  In fact, I know folks who go just for the food because you’ll find anything from pimento cheese sandwiches, onion rings, and sweet potato fries!  Don't even eat today-bank those calories for the weekend.

And finally, if you’ve got kids in the household because they are going to love this…or even if you’re just a fan of Roald Dahl, then you’re going to love this one too!  It’s The Big Friendly Giant at the Springer Opera House and it’s all about a little girl named Sophie who is snatched from her orphanage bedroom, hauled off across the landscape to Giant Country and kept in a cave by a huge creature who talks squiff-squiddly…I don’t know what that means but now I’m really intrigued!  Well, the giant promises not to gobble her up like an hors d’oeuvres, so of course, they become the best of friends and then go on all sorts of adventures together.  This is the last weekend for it, so squeeze it in your weekend plans if you can.  Good for any ages kindergarten & up!

Hopefully, some of that info will get you thinking about weekend plans...and let's face it, most of us have been making weekend plans since Monday morning!

Now, go have some fun,

shelby

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, Good Eats!, Shopping, on Thursday, May 2, 2013

Listen!  Hear That?  That’s the Sound of Weekend Fun Calling in Columbus, GA!

Check the calendar...like you haven't already done that everyday this week to see if it was Friday yet...because the weekend is finally here!  Looks like a beautiful weekend on tap with plenty of great things to get out and do.  Like what, you ask?  Well, check this out...

Frogtown Hollow Jam is back in Woodruff Park in Uptown Columbus with a packed two-day music festival for the whole family. There will be nonstop live music on stage of all genres, tons of food, arts and crafts vendors, a big kids area with inflatables, face painters, stilt-walkers and more! You can also catch a ride in a hot-air balloon. As for the music, it’s really going to rock. Friday (April 19), the doors open at 6:30 and the music starts at 7. And what I’m really looking forward to…Departure, the Journey Tribute Band, will start at 8:45. Then the fun kicks off on Saturday at noon with an awesome line-up of music, including the Neal Lucas Band at 6pm, everybody’s favorite Peggy Jenkins and the Bizness at 7:45pm, and Roonie G will close it out at 10pm. It’s going to be a busy 2 days!

If you’re looking for something different to do on Saturday (April 20), this is for you! The National Civil War Naval Museum presents History Now!, a living history and museum theatre festival.  Firs, they will be at Market Days Saturday morning at 10am in the 1000 block of Broadway with an interpreter in period uniform showing what daily life was like aboard ship. Then head to the museum for the rest of the afternoon where you’ll enjoy performances interpreting the 11th to 20th centuries through performing arts. Programming will include participants from The Knights of Pendragon who will be jousting, The Smithsonian, Colonial Williamsburg, The Liberty Theatre, CSU and Mercury Studios in Los Angeles.  A great history lesson for kids!

Ready to get dirty? The Highland Mudder, a 5K Mud and Obstacle Race, is taking place at North Highland Church tomorrow at 8am. The course includes 13+obstacles including a mud pit, 80ft water slide and a barbed wire crawl. Even if you don’t want to enter, this will be a blast to watch! It’s $65 to enter.

Look who's turning the Big 6-0!!  The Columbus Museum has a big party happening this weekend while celebrating their 60th birthday. Let There Be Art and Bloom is a beautiful event with many different components going through Sunday. Events include an Art Show and Sale (April 19-25) with artists from the East Coast, all over the South and from Europe, a Botanical Tent (April 19-21) where one can not only buy plants but also see demonstrations and consult with Master Gardeners, a Café (April 19-20 from 11:30am – 2pm) where you can come enjoy the view, terrific speakers and more demonstrations along with a boxed lunch for $12. Tomorrow, from 10am-5pm, there is a James Farmer Party. Farmer is a Southern author, gardener, floral and interior designer, and cook. Several events revolve around him including a lecture, meet & greet and book signing, culinary art demonstration and more. Om Sunday, enjoy a Southern Picnic in the garden with live Bluegrass music, arts and crafts and kids activities.

Talk about a great event to take that special little girl to!!! Family Theatre presents Twelve Dancing Princesses this Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30pm.  This is a production you can take the whole family to and everyone will enjoy!  Admission is only $10 for adults and $6 for students.

That's just a quick sample of what's going on this weekend, but to get a complete listing, make sure you take a look at the Event Calendar.

Now, go have some fun...

shelby

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, Good Eats!, on Thursday, April 18, 2013

Spring has Sprung in Columbus, GA!

It's the first weekend of Spring so that means it's time to get out and enjoy!  What's going on this weekend?  Glad you asked.  Here's a short list of some of the things I've heard about, but you also need to check the Event Calendar to see all the things to choose from.

We have lots of organized runs and walks in Columbus, but this is unlike anything I’ve ever heard of!  It’s called “Color Me Rad” and it’s a 5k run taking place in Uptown Columbus.  What sets this run apart is the word ‘color’ in the title.  Runners take off at 8:00 Saturday morning and that’s when the color bombs start flying!  Waves of runners will get plastered with colorful cornstarch every 5 minutes so by the time they are done running, they’ll look like a kindergarten art class gone wrong! This is the first time this type of race has ever been held here and there’s a lot of buzz…in fact, estimates are there will be about 4,000 runners!  If you want to run, you can still sign up the morning of, but with that many folks, go early!  Even if you aren’t a runner, this is going to be fun to watch! Children’s Miracle Network is the benefiting charity.

Don’t leave your 4-legged buddies out of the fun this weekend! In fact, there is an event just for them!  Bark for Life is coming up this Sunday at Britt David Park and it is a big party and doggie play date with food, fun, games contests and demonstrations.  The day starts off with a non-competitive walk for dogs and their owners, followed by all the other fun.  This is kind of a canine version of the Relay for Life and even though it will be a lot of fun for the pup-dogs and us humans, we can’t forget that this is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.  You can still pre-register today or sign up on site on Sunday.  This is also a really nice thing to do if you want to walk in honor of someone who is fighting…and hopefully winning…the battle against cancer!

Here’s another ArtBeat of Columbus event going on this weekend.  It’s the Howard Ave Art Festival this Sunday from 1:00-5:00pm and they’ll have all sorts of musicians and artists from this area with handmade crafts, face painting & children’s area, interactive art activities for folks of all ages.  Sounds like a pretty cool lineup of rockabilly, groove and jazz music on tap, too!  Free and open to the public. 

With Spring busting out all over, you know it’s festival time, so here is another one you might want to check out! Florence Marina State Park is having their annual Festival by the Lake Craft Day this Saturday.  Now, when they say crafts, it may not be exactly what you’re thinking because they’ll have craftsmen showing off their skills in blacksmithing, flint-napping, knife making, wood carvers, rug makers, story-tellers, quilts, and candle dipping.  They’ll even have info on bee keeping and all sorts of crafts on sale, not to mention a fishing booth, face-painting, and even a ride-the-bull game!  And no festival is complete without live entertainment and some good eats.  Or you can pack your own picnic basket and have a spread on one of their lakeside picnic tables!

There's also the annual Kaleidoscope Concert this Saturday night at RiverCenter.  This performance is pretty unique because it showcases all 240 student musicians from CSU's Schwob School of Music and they’ll be performing a really fast-paced, high energy 70-minute concert that will include all sorts of musical styles.  And this is pretty cool…they are dedicating the performance to our military troops!  By the way, this is another ArtBeat of Columbus event.

And, if you’re looking for one more reason to get outside this weekend or maybe you have a love for horses, then head to Poplar Place Farms because beginning today and going through Sunday, it’s the largest event they have all year!  Look for more than 450 horses in events that include show jumping, dressage and cross-country.  The farm is located just off Highway 27, just before you get to Hamilton. 

Yep, looks like Spring has Sprung!

Now, go have some fun...

shelby

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, Good Eats!, Shopping, on Thursday, March 21, 2013

Goodbye Winter!  Time for Spring Fun in Columbus, GA!

Finally.  It's the last weekend of winter but if you check the Event Calendar, you'd think it was already spring with all of the events happening this weekend!  Take a look at just a few of the things going on...there is a huge selection of things to do, so get busy making some weekend plans.

First up, Friday night (3.15) brings us one the biggets and most fun fundraisers all year.  It's Toast of the Town at RiverMill Event Center and it's all to benefit the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.  By attending, you'll be helping to support a great organization...not to mention the fact that you'll get to sample tastings from some of the finest chefs in our region, quench your thirst with samplings from vineyards, breweries and distilleries---you know, adult libations--there's live music, silent auction and just a whole lot of fun!

Another big annual event you don’t want to miss this Saturday (3.16) is the big RiverBlast event at Port Columbus!  This is a really cool interactive living history event and each year they have a different theme about the Civil War.  Ladies…you’re going to really appreciate this one!  It’s all about the Columbus Women’s Riot of April 11, 1863.   A bunch of women got together to demonstrate how ticked off they were about high prices and scarcity of goods and they armed themselves with knives and pistols and marched on Broadway!  Find out more about that and you can also check out the symposium that will talk about how all Columbus citizens dealt with the hardship of war, plus they’ll be have lots happening on the grounds of the museum with drills, encampments, programs on the Water Witch, and of course, cannon firings!

Here’s a great way to help out a wonderful organization…PAWS Humane…wet your whistle with some cold brew, and maybe even find your four-legged forever-friend with the pet adoptions at the Stage on Broadway this Friday night!  It’s the Pints for PAWS Bar Crawl Fundraiser where $1 from each wristband purchased for the Downtown Nightlife Association’s Bar Crawl will go to PAWS Humane.  Starts at 7:30pm.

Disney on Ice is back at the Columbus Civic Center and it looks like this show is bigger and better than ever!  It’s called “Worlds of Fantasy” and it features four of everybody’s favorite Disney stories.  You’ve got high-speed stunts with Lightning McQueen, Mater and the crew from Cars; the Little Mermaid will be there with her undersea kingdom; then we’ll head to Pixie Hollow with Tinker Bell and all of her friends; then finally, the whole gang from Toy Story decides to bust out of Sunnyside Daycare and head for home!  Shows run Friday through Sunday.

No matter who you are, it seems we all claim to be a little Irish on St. Patrick’s, so that means we’ll all enjoy this “Luck of the Irish Pops Concert” at the Trade Center this Sunday (3.17)!  But it gets even better…you don’t just get to hear some toe-tapping Irish music as performed buy the incomparable Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus, but you even get to enjoy an elegant lunch buffet…that means you don’t have to cook Sunday lunch!  So if you love traditional Irish music, or some of the more contemporary pieces you might hear on Lord of the Dance, or just love some good, old-fashioned Irish fiddling, you’ll love this!

And finally, well, I can attest to this one firsthand!  It’s one of the most fun productions the Springer Opera House has ever done and if you are the slightest bit of a Beatles fan, you MUST go see this show!!  It's called "Yesterday & Today:  An Interactive Beatles Experience" and you only have two more opportunities to see it…tonight and Saturday night.  By the time they sang the last song, everyone in the theatre was on their feet dancing and singing!  Tickets range from $15-$35.

I'm off to kiss winter goodbye and get ready for all of the events happening here this spring.

Now, go have some fun...

shelby

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, Good Eats!, on Thursday, March 14, 2013

It’s the Weekend!  Got Fun?

So, if you haven't already started making your weekend plans, what are you waiting for?!  You can get a headstart by checking out the Event Calendar--it's full of all sorts of details about things happening in and around Columbus.  And maybe I can tease you with a couple of things I've heard about that's happening this weekend.

If you want to see good theatre, go see Clybourne Park at the Liberty Theatre this weekend. A spin-off of A Raisin in the Sun, this sharp production takes a jab at race and real estate in a Chicago neighborhood. The play begins in 1959 as a black family moves into a white neighborhood and Act 2 brings you back to the same house in 2009 as gentrification sets in and the roles are reversed.  (There is some strong language that’s not suitable for kids!)  It's being performed this Friday, Saturday (2 shows) and Sunday (Feb 22-24) and admission is only $15.

Jeff Dunham launches his all new Disorderly Conduct tour in Columbus this Saturday (Feb. 23) at the Civic Center. Get ready to laugh, laugh and laugh some more as you meet his cast of characters, Walter the Grumpy Retiree, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, the beer-fueled redneck Bubba J, the manic purple creature Peanut, the spicy pepper from south of the border Jose Jalapeno, and Peanut’s own ventriloquist dummy, Little Jeff, a mini version of the ring leader himself. New York Times Magazine recently declared Jeff Dunham “the most successful comedian working in America.” With his all-star lineup of characters, you are sure to get your ab workout in for the weekend!

Speaking of a different type of comic…It’s time for the Annual Columbus Comic Book Show at the Coca-Cola Space Science Center. Shop for comics, toys, collector items and more! Admission is $4. Time is from 11am to 4pm on Sunday, February 24.

We’ll celebrate Arbor Day here in Columbus this Saturday (Feb 23)! Arbor Day is nationally observed as a day to encourage tree planting and tree care and since we’re celebrating 35 years as Georgia’s first Tree City USA, a big bash is appropriate. Bring the family out to Lakebottom Park tomorrow from 11am – 1pm. There will be fun hands-on activities, animals from Oxbow Meadows, bucket truck rides, environmental exhibits, and Country’s Barbecue will be on site selling lunch. The Urban Forest and Beautification Department will be giving out free tree seedlings so you can take them home and plant your own tree! It’s a great way to spend the day with the kids and teach them the importance of taking care of nature!

As we get closer and closer to wedding season, it’s time for all those bride-to-be’s to get serious about planning! This Sunday, the National Infantry Museum invites you to enjoy a spectacular evening of magic and romance as you prepare for your big day. Their event staff and dozens of the Southeast’s top wedding professionals will have transformed the museum into a world of fantastic color, elegant couture and succulent cuisine. You’ll meet photographers, caterers, planners, florists, and more..all who will help you to make your dream wedding come true! And earlier that day, from 1-5pm, (which works out perfectly) you can attend the Ultimate Bridal Expo at Rivermill Event Centre. $3-$5 to get in and you’ll meet more wedding professionals and enjoy free samples, food, door prizes and more!

And hopefully the weather will cooperate so we can join the staff at Providence Canyon this Saturday, February 23 from 11am to 1pm for Geology Day in the canyons. Learn how the canyons were formed as well as other history. Make sure you wear good hiking shoes and bring some water!

Don't forget to check out the Event Calendar to find more info on these events and plenty of others.

Now, go have some fun...

shelby

 

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, on Friday, February 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

Time for a Dose of Winter Fun in Columbus, GA!

It may have gotten a little cooler outside...hey, it is February...but that's not going to stop us from having some fun this weekend!  If you want a good look at what's happening, head to the Event Calendar for a complete listing or read on for a quick look at a couple of things going on in and around Columbus.

The other morning I saw the commercial for the performance coming up at the RiverCenter tonight called MOMIX:  Botanica and became absolutely mesmerized by the images of the performers!  And then I thought…how do you describe something so unusual?  So I went on the MOMIX website and they summed it up really well by explaining that it’s a company of dancer-illusionists who present a work of exceptional inventiveness and physical beauty.  It isn’t ballet or modern dance or mime...it’s something totally unique and one of those things you just have to see and experience in person to really get a feel for the unbelievable talent these performers possess. In this performance, it’s all about nature’s ever-changing spectacle.   Great for the whole family!  Show starts at 7:30pm.

I finally took the plunge and treated myself to a real digital camera for Christmas and I’ve gotten as far as getting it out of the box and attaching the neck strap!  If you’re new to the world of digital SLR cameras and want to find out what all those buttons and dials mean, they're having a great class at Callaway Gardens this Saturday (Feb 2) all about Foundations in Digital Photography and what to do once you get brave enough to take it out of the auto mode!  Reservations required, make sure you take your camera, owner’s manual, charged batteries and storage media.  And also plan to dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes because you aren’t going to be stuck in a classroom…you’re registration includes admission into the Gardens and your instructor will have you out in the real world so you can learn by doing.  You even get lunch with your registration!

It’s the last in the series of Drop-In Tours at the Columbus Museum.  This Saturday starting at 2:00pm, you can take a one-hour tour of the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions with a weekend gallery guide.  It's really cool to hear some of the back stories on these works of art. Best of all…it’s free and no registration is required! 

If you haven’t had a chance to catch a performance “Steel Magnolias” at the Springer Opera House, better call and get tickets now because the last shows are this Friday (Feb 1) and Saturday (Feb 2) nights at 7:30pm!  The movie was great, but it’s even better to watch this story come alive on stage! 

Here’s an event that is especially for girls ages 6-12 who love softball.  There’s a free softball clinic this Saturday at the South Commons Softball Complex, but this isn’t just any clinic…this one features two-time Olympic gold medalist and ESPN softball announcer Michele Smith!  She is an absolute legend in the world of fast-pitch softball and if your daughter has ever wanted to learn more and improve her game, here’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to learn from one of the best ever in the sport.  She played on the gold medal teams from the 1996 (held here in Columbus!) and the 2000 Olympics and she was inducted into the ASA Softball Hall of Fame in 2006.  Just make sure your girls bring a bat, a glove and be ready to learn and have fun!  Clinic kicks off at 9:00am.

Admittedly, I don’t know that much about Clifford The Big Red Dog, but I do know that he turned 50 in 2012 and he is still celebrating!  And we all have a chance to celebrate with him and all of his friends at RiverCenter with the big live show they’ve been doing all over the country.  It’s actually an Emmy-Award nominate show and it’s full of all sorts of new music and the whole gang is there including his best buddy Emily Elizabeth.  They go on a journey to Birdwell Island for all sorts of adventures with their friends Cleo, T-Bone, Charley, Jetta and Mac.  And they’ll also share some of Clifford’s BE BIG Ideas like Help Others, Work Together, Believe in Yourself and Share…something adults might need to hear just as much as the kids in the audience!  Be prepared for all sorts of laughter, music and dancing everyone in the family will enjoy!

Well, that should be enough info to get you started making some weekend plans.  Don't forget to take a look at the Event Calendar to get even more ideas.

Now, go have some fun...

shelby

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, on Friday, February 1, 2013

If You Need Some Weekend Fun, We’ve Got it in Columbus, GA!

Seems some of us are still suffering from the post-holiday blues, so the cure for that is to get out and have some fun!  This weekend is full of it...fun, that is...so why not get out and enjoy it.  If you want a good look at the options, head to the Event Calendar, or read on for a sneak-peek at a couple of things planned for family fun.

I took the plunge last September and bought a new (old) house and with that comes all sorts of ideas for improvements and projects!  So I’m really excited about all the ideas I can steal at this weekend’s Home & Garden Show at the Trade Center.  Whether you have an older home, new home, outdated home or just want to get some ideas of things you can do to make your house more of the kind of home you want, they'll have tons of ideas for home improvements, outdoor living and landscapes, interior design and accessories, plants & trees, and new trends in kitchen and bath design.  They’ll even have some before and after designer rooms set up. Designer Brian Santos will be on hand to share all the professional secrets of the trade.

Ever heard of a poetry slam?  Well, if you haven’t, you’re missing out on something pretty cool!  The Liberty Theatre is kicking off a poetry slam series this Saturday at 6:30pm called “The Lab.”  So, a poetry slam is a competitive event where poets perform their work and are judged by members of the audience.  The Lab is going to be a monthly open-mic poetry slam that will feature local poets, musicians and artists.  This is also introduces the first-ever adult poetry slam team competition in the area, so a heads-up, this is for those of us 18 and older!   So if you want to participate and get up on stage and do your thing, you need to come prepared with at least 2 original poems, no longer than 3 minutes in length.  The top 2 from each preliminary round will advance to the April 27th finals, then the top 4-5 will head to regional & national slams!

How many ways can you create a snowflake?!  Head to the North Columbus Library (5689 Armour Rd) this Friday (Jan 18) from 4:00-5:00pm to join in all the hands-on the fun dabbling in science, crafts, and more to explore the frozen world!  Free!!

Sounds like the incredible Columbus Symphony Orchestra is getting ready for a humdinger of a concert this Saturday night at RiverCenter!  This performance is called “Music in a Time of War” and not only will you get to hear unbelievable music performed by one of the best and oldest symphonies in the nation, but you might even learn a few history facts at the same time!  They’ll be doing American composer William Schuman’s “Prayer in a Time of War” and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7 called “Leningrad.”  In fact, that symphony is a commemoration of the struggles of the people of Leningrad during the 900-day siege of that city during World War II—kind of a portrait of the suffering caused by war.  But they’ll lighten it up with Schuman’s work because it’s more of a moving prayer for peace in a time of strife.

This sounds like it’s going to be fun!  It’s a whole new take on a classic fairy tale from The Family Theatre…but with a twist!  It’s called “The Trial of the Big, Bad Wolf” and that’s what this family comedy is all about.  Seems the Big, Bad Wolf is standing trial but is he the villain or victim?  What about those Three Pigs: innocent or at fault?  And just what do we know about the Jurors--Miss Muffet, Bo Peep, Cinderella and Humpty-Dumpty--solid citizens or characters with a past? And who is that surprise witness at the end? The answers to these profound questions and even more are revealed once and for all in this fun-filled, action-packed trial-of-the-century. And, as a bonus, a lesson or two is learned along the way.  You’ll even get complimentary desserts at intermission!

More fun theatre especially for kids going on this weekend with a production of a “Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly” at CSUs Riverside Theatre Complex (6 West 10th St)—Friday (Jan 18) at 7:30pm; Saturday (Jan 19) at 10:00am & 7:30pm; and Sunday (Jan 20) at 2:00pm.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids ages 12 & under.

Lots of good choices for things to do...you just have to pick the ones that suit you!

Now, go have some fun...

shelby

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, on Thursday, January 17, 2013

It’s Been a Long Week, Time for Some Fun in Columbus, GA!

What is it about that first full week after the holidays?!  It's so hard to get back in the swing of a normal routine...you just feel wiped out.  I know what can help!  Just because all the holiday-hoopla is over, that doesn't mean there isn't plenty of fun things to get out and do...especially with these warmer-than-normal temps outside--we'd better enjoy it while it lasts!  Check out the Event Calendar for tons of ideas of things to do, plus here are a couple of things you might really want to take in.

Speaking of "getting back in the saddle," this weekend the Professional Bull Riders bring their Touring Pro Division event to the Columbus Civic Center. Talk about tough! This event is where dreams of riding on national television begin. For every five Touring Pro Events, the top 5 riders move into the Built Ford Tough Series, which is what you see on TV. These young men are facing some of the fiercest bucking bulls in the world. It will be exciting, scary, & great fun…to watch anyway. You won’t ever see me up on one of those bulls! Both nights’ shows will feature the comedic canine act, Muttley Crew. It’s fun for the whole family!

So maybe bucking bulls aren’t your cup of tea. Maybe you’d prefer a more laid-back, peaceful evening with good music and entertainment. The Schwob School of Music has come to your rescue. They proudly present Donizetti’s “The Elixir of Love,” this Friday (Jan 11) evening and Sunday (Jan 13) afternoon at RiverCenter. A classic romantic comedy, “The Elixir of Love,’ will be sung in English, with an all-student cast, the CSU Philharmonic orchestra, professional sets and costumes in the Bill Heard Theatre.  Come share the laughter and amorous adventures that surround the famous “love potion” in 1830’s Italy. This is the perfect date night for you and your sweetheart!

From now until February 28, Callaway Gardens is offering free admission on weekdays. It may be cold outside, but there’s still a lot to see and do at Callaway. See the beautiful butterflies inside the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center or explore the Sibley Horticultural Center. Since we have a pretty mild winter, you can even plan to get some exercise on the walking trails or bike the Discovery Bicycle Trail. The Gardens are open daily from 9am to 5pm.

Columbus Regional & the Cunningham Center present the 10th Annual Mind, Body & Spirit Retreat for Women this weekend. This year’s theme is Stay Green…Keep Growing. The event includes breakfast, workshops, lunch and a tote bag. The featured speaker is national acclaimed storyteller, Barbara McBride-Smith. Workshops include “Nourish with Healthy Recipes,” “Green: The Color of Investment Opportunity,” “Chakras: Your Mind-Body-Energy System,” “Take Flight by Starting a Small Business,” “Examine Our Community’s Roots and History of Columbus,” and “Create More Economical and Safe Household Cleaning Products.” David Benefield from Ann’s Porch will give a presentation during lunch on flower arranging. Registration deadline is today (Jan 11) at 5pm!

I didn’t know this, but over 150,000 women served in the Women’s Army Corps in World War II. This Saturday (Jan 12) from 11:00am-2:00pm, on World War II Company Street at the National Infantry Museum, guests will get to see what it took to be a woman in the war. The new WAC trainees of Kelly’s Zeroes will be in the middle of basic training. Visitors will see the ladies learn to march, drill and more in this historic setting. What a history lesson for kids and adults! There’s nothing like seeing history come to life. After the presentation, take some time to explore the inside of the museum as well. It is truly an amazing place.

And the perfect way to wind down your weekend?  The 2nd Sunday of the month means it’s time for the Columbus Jazz Society’s Jazz Concert and Jam at St. Thomas Episcopal Church. The featured musician this month is John Sandfort, a jazz tenor saxophonist out of Atlanta, GA. He’s shared bills with B.B. King, Ray Charles, Tony Bennett and more. Should be a great show! Admission is $10. Concert starts at 6pm and jam session begins at 8pm.

See, getting back into a post-holiday routine isn't so bad!

Now, go have some fun...

shelby

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, on Friday, January 11, 2013

New Year, New Fun in Columbus, GA!

So if you're thinking that just because the holidays are over, then all the fun must be done as well...think again!  There's always plenty of cool stuff to get out and do...you just have to get out and do it!  A good way to start planning your weekend itinerary is by checking out the Event Calendar to get a look at what's out there.

Attention art lovers! This weekend is your last chance to see the current exhibit at the Columbus Museum, “Beautiful and Practical: Newcomb College and American Art Pottery. This exhibit will close Jan 6 so make plans to check it out before it’s too late. Also, every Saturday in the month of January, the museum is offering drop-in tours. These tours will be one hour in length and will cover the permanent collection and temporary exhibits. The tours start at 2pm and are free and no registration is required. Museum tours are usually self-guided so this is a great opportunity to see the museum, while hearing the information from an expert. Remember, the Columbus Museum is always free!

Tonight (Jan 4) at 7:30pm, the Columbus Cottonmouths will host the Huntsville Havoc at the Columbus Civic Center. The Cottonmouths had a great season last year so this is sure to be a fun and exciting game. Tickets are $12.75 - $30.75.  Go Snakes!!

We’re lucky as we usually have pretty mild winters where we can still get outside and enjoy the outdoors. And FDR State Park has activities and programs lined up for you this month to make sure you aren’t cooped up inside and they’ll help you get a start on that resolution to get in shape!  First up it's "Bark in the Park:  Dog Parade & Walk."  Bring your canine friend and let’s go for an easy walk through the forest. Both you and your furry friend will enjoy new sounds, sights and discoveries, and get some exercise. Dogs must be on a 6-foot leash. Even if you don’t have a pet, come join in the fun! They’ll meet next to the Trading Post. Make sure you bring water and $5 for the parking fee. This will be every Saturday thru Jan 26.  Or, check out "Holiday Bird Tree"--Come and test your bird IQ. Every Sunday thru Jan 27, from 11am – 1pm, learn all about our winter feathered friends and make an edible ornament for the birds in your yard to enjoy. Meet at the Park Office.  Or, discover the winter woodlands and all its inhabitants as you trek through hardwood bottoms along part of Mountain Creek Trail with the "Winter Wonder Walk." This is an easy walk, less than 1-mile for ages 6 and up. Another good way to kick off those fitness goals and get the whole family on the healthy track. Meet next to the Trading Post. This will take place every SUN thru Jan 27 from 1:30 – 3:00pm.

And finally, if you were one of the lucky ones (and I know a couple of you who were!) that got engaged over the holidays, then put this one on your list.  At the Convention & Trade Center, it’s the Wedding Extravaganza by Weddings of Georgia! Enjoy tons of vendors, a fashion show, and aisle after aisle of the area’s leading wedding professionals. You’ll find everything you need to plan your big dream wedding, from entertainment to photographers to receptions to honeymoons. You can even get a free limo ride from the Trade Center to the Garrett-Bullock House and back to see this awesome historic venue. Many exhibitors will offer demonstrations, samples and money-saving specials. You’ll also have the chance to win great gifts and prizes. It’s never too early to start planning!  Admission is only $6 and it all gets underway at 12:30pm this Sunday (Jan 6).

Here's hoping 2013 will be the best year yet for all of us!

Now, go have some fun...

shelby

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, on Friday, January 4, 2013

Time for Family Holiday Fun in Columbus, GA!

No doubt the holidays are officially upon us and that means spending time with family and friends enjoying this season.  Spending lots of time together is great...until you've all been under the same roof long enough and you need to get out of the house and have some fun!  Just because it's the weekend before Christmas, not to worry...there's still lots of things to get out and do. 

Head to the Springer Opera House to catch the final performances of Annie on the Main Stage and A Tuna Christmas in Foley Hall.  I saw "Tuna" last weekend for the umpteenth time and it gets funnier every time I see it.  If you haven't witnessed two grown men playing 20 or so different characters...in full get-up...you need to treat yourself and go!

At the IMAX Theatre at Patriot Park (National Infantry Museum), they are having a Polar Express Pajama Party...I'll bet that movie is incredible on that big screen!  Or you can take a really short roadtrip and head to LaGrange for Christmas Holidays at Hills & Dales or maybe start a new family tradition by making the Holiday Hayride with Santa at Roosevelt State Park in Pine Mountain something you look forward to every year.

Whatever you do this holiday time, be merry but safe!

Now, go have some Christmas Fun...

shelby

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, on Thursday, December 20, 2012

Holiday Fun has Begun in Columbus, GA!

Want to see Santa? Sip some hot chocolate? Hear choirs sing Christmas carols? See some snakes and alligators? Yep, that’s right…this Saturday (Dec 1) you can do all of this and more at Oxbow Meadows Holiday Open House. This free event has something for everyone! All day you can participate in ornament decorating and wreath making, at 11am hear a Children’s Choir performance, and Santa will be stopping in for a quick visit from 12-2pm…make sure you bring your camera for pictures! There will be hot chocolate and sweet treats for everyone! Again, admission is free, but a $10 donation is requested for the wreath making activities and Oxbow is asking that you bring an old or new ornament to help decorate their Christmas tree. What a way to kick off the Christmas Season!

It’s been looking a lot like Christmas in the lobby of RiverCenter for a few days now! Keep Columbus Beautiful is in its 2nd year of River City Festival of Trees, where a forest of spectacularly decorated trees have been on display since November 26. It’s quite a magical atmosphere and people can come see the trees at no charge. Each tree has been professionally decorated and can be acquired through a silent auction or by purchasing a raffle ticket from the Keep Columbus Beautiful office located on Front Avenue. 

How about some incredible music this weekend? Joe Bonamassa, a phenomenal blues guitarist, will be on stage at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts Friday, November 30. His regularly sold-out shows are amazing. There’s no opening act and he doesn’t leave the stage until the last encore, usually two hours later. The show starts at 8:00pm. Tickets range from $49 - $79.

Step back in time this weekend at the National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus and see how Christmas was celebrated in Victorian Times. The museum’s annual Victorian Christmas Open House offers guests free admission, unique holiday festivities, refreshments and one-of-a-kind shopping opportunities. It’s so popular they are actually having 2 weekends of Victorian fun and both will feature slightly different activities. This weekend, enjoy shopping, Victorian Christmas music, a guided tour of the fully decorated museum, Christmas Past, a look at the Victorian era roots of our modern Christmas season, and a cannon firing. Fountain City Coffee will provide some light refreshments.

What about a fun way to celebrate Christmas with the kids!? CSU’s Department of Theatre tells us about Santa’s mischievous elves that forgot to get Santa’s own Christmas tree so Santa sends them out the find the most beautiful one of all. Of course, all the trees on Snowy Mountain dream of being chosen as Santa’s Christmas tree and living ever after in his forest. The funny & macho Mr. Douglas, the elegant & vain Lady Spruce and the sophisticated Sir Noble all believe they are the perfect choice. And Miss Merry, the scraggly little pine, has to agree. But when the wild Blizzard Wizard arrives to cause chaos on the forest, Miss Merry comes to the rescue. And the rest is Christmas history…  One performance only, this Saturday (Dec 1) at 10:00am.

And if you're in the mood for a quick road trip, the Boys and Girls Club of Eufaula is holding a 5K for adults and a Rudolph’s fun run for kids this Saturday on their Rails to Trails. The 5k begins at 9am, registration at 8 am and the fee is $25. Kids 14 and under can participate in the Fun Run which starts at 10am and is $20. For more information call 334.616.7882.

Yep, holiday fun is definitely in the air!  If you want to find out more, head to the Event Calendar for all the details.

Now, go have some fun...

shelby

 

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, on Thursday, November 29, 2012

Perfect Weekend Weather for Perfect Weekend Fun in Columbus, GA!

So what do horses, folk art and caramel apples have in common?  They're all part of the fun going on in and around Columbus this weekend!  And it looks like a great weekend to get out and enjoy this beautiful Fall weather.  Want an idea of some things to do?  Head to the Event Calendar for a full listing, but to get you in the mood, here are a few things you might want to do.

Halloween may be over, but you can still have some Fall fun! This Saturday is Oxbow Meadows’ Harvest in the Meadows Fall Festival! And this is a true fall festival in every sense of the word. There will be fun and excitement for children and adults of all ages! Hear live music, see reptile shows, play some games and more! There will also be face painting, a bouncy house and my favorite thing of all…a caramel apple bar! What a great idea that is! Caramel apples might be my favorite fall treat and this way I get to make it just how I like it….with lots of extra caramel. Admission is free but wristbands are required for all games and activities and are $10. Game participants will earn tickets, which can be redeemed for prizes!

Are you ready for a doggone funny musical? Then you need to round up the kids and go see Martha Speaks at RiverCenter tonight! (Nov 2) Martha was an ordinary dog until she ate a bowl of alphabet soup one day. Then something unusual happened…all those letters went to Martha’s brain instead of her stomach. And she literally became outspoken. Life with a talking dog is a ton of fun! You can amaze your friends, play tricks on the pizza delivery person and even get your dog to make all those phone calls for you. Martha’s clever way with words saves the day in this new musical that’s based on the delightful Martha Speaks series of books. What a great way to expose your kids to live theatre!

It’s time for the 23rd Annual Fountain City Classic! All kinds of activities have been going on this week but tomorrow (Nov 3) is the big day. The Fountain City Parade is at 10am on Broadway in Uptown Columbus and the big game kicks off at 2pm at AJ MCClung Memorial Stadium. For a complete schedule of events and ticket info, visit fountaincityclassic.com.

If you’ve never been to Pasaquan (Buena Vista, GA), this is the weekend to go! Artists for Pasaquan is Saturday & Sunday (Nov 3 & 4) and will include site tours, live musical performances, dance demonstrations, food vendors, and more! The Uptown Drum Circle will be there so bring your drums if you want to participate and there’s an art show and sale featuring the works of many regional artists. Artists for Pasaquan allows artists and musicians to demonstrate their belief in the importance of preserving Pasaquan and offers visitors one last chance to see this world-renowned art site before it closes for the winter. The site consists of 6 unique buildings all interconnected by a series of painted masonry walls, colorful concrete sculptures and an assortment of landscape elements and plants. Cameras and picnic baskets are welcome!

The National Infantry Museum will have special guests onsite this weekend….Kelly’s Heroes. They will be here to perform a World War II Living History Event. Join our WWII soldiers as they prepare for winter at Fort Benning in November 1942 on World War II Company Street, which is located behind the National Infantry Museum. Admission is free and it’s open to the public!

Horses, funny hats, food, fun, tailgating,…this can only mean one thing. It’s time for the Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens this Saturday (Npv 3). Fun for the entire family, there is a huge kids zone, all kinds of entertainment, Jack Russell Terrier races, stick pony races and of course, horse races. They have food onsite to purchase or you can bring your own picnic set-up. Proceeds go to benefit arts organizations in the area so it’s great fun for a great cause.

Talk about a good variety of events to choose from...you just have to figure out how many you can squeeze into one weekend!

Now, go have some fun...

shelby

 

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, Good Eats!, on Friday, November 2, 2012

Who’s Ready for Weekend Fun in Columbus, GA?!

If the answer to that question is 'you,' then you've come to the right place to find out just where all this fun is happening!  Got a few ideas for you here, but I'd really suggest the time to head over to the Event Calendar to get at good look at all the options because it's another weekend where there's tons of choices.

Ok, this has got to be one of the best productions of all time. The storyline is hilarious and so completely off–the-wall that it’s unlike anything else. If you’ve never seen Little Shop of Horrors, you are in for a real treat with the production going on at the Springer Opera House! It’s all about a nerdy floral assistant that becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers a tiny exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Soon the plant grows into an ill-tempered, R&B singing carnivore who offers the assistant fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite. Little Shop of Horrors is one of the longest running off-Broadway shows of all time and is charming, extremely funny, and full of great music!  By the way, you can catch it this weekend or, if your calendar if filling up too quickly, go ahead and put it on the schedule for next weekend.

Nothing screams Fall like a good old fashioned fair…and The Greater Columbus Fair at the Columbus Civic Center is exactly that! Not just rides this year, this is the biggest and best fair in years. They have 2 stages with great local entertainment, lots of rides, and tons of games. There will be exhibitions inside the Civic Center Exhibit hall, a live lion and tiger show, The Puppetone Rockers, a roaming Grand Piano Show, the Torres One-Ring Family Circus, a 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament, and of course no fair is complete without its queen…the Miss Greater Columbus Fair Pageant will be held on Sunday (Oct 21) afternoon at 3pm. With all the fun and exciting activities plus all the wonderfully delicious fair food you can handle, this promises to be a most excellent weekend!

The Annual Arts on the River Festival will take place this Saturday, October 20 from 11am to 5pm in the 1100 block of Broadway. There will be over 30 artists from all over the Southeast with their work on display and for sale. Come down to Market Days on Broadway then make your way to Arts on the River for great music and beautiful art.

It’s October, it’s almost Halloween and that means it’s time for the Southern Pirate Festival! The National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus is the place to be this Saturday (Oct 20) if you want to have fun…or better yet, have a ton of fun dressed as a pirate! You’ll see all kinds of wild and crazy things….but family-friendly wild and crazy things. There’s a large variety of entertainment…musical numbers, demonstrations, sword swallowers and snake handlers, and pirate battles throughout the day. There will also be food and merchandise vendors on-site. You can get the full schedule and line-up of events on the website but there will definitely be something for everyone!

Enjoy a bit of German culture at Fort Benning’s annual Oktoberfest at Uchee Creek. Festivities begin Friday, October 19 at 4 pm with a ceremonial keg tapping at 6pm and run through Sunday. Sample authentic German food and music. There will be kids activities, a pumpkin patch and more. For more info, call 706.545.4499. Admission is free and it’s open to the public.

And finally, well...all good things must come to an end…It’s time for the last FREE Fall Friday Night Concert (Oct 19) in Uptown Columbus! But at least they’re finishing with a bang! Atlanta-based band Satin Finish will take the stage at 7pm to rock the streets. Not only is there an awesome concert but Uptown Columbus and Big Dog Running Company are also hosting an all female Girls Night Out 5K Run/Walk to benefit the Schryl Carden Breast Cancer Fund. Satin Finish will actually kick off the race at 7pm then continue with the concert. You can register for the race at Big Dog Running Co. So don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened and we’ll all wait for the concerts to start back up in the Spring!

Now, go have some fun...

shelby

 


 

 

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, Good Eats!, on Friday, October 19, 2012

Another Insanely Fun & Busy Weekend in Columbus, GA!

If you thought last weekend couldn't be topped with choices of things to get out and do, wait until you take a look at the Event Calendar to see what's happening this weekend!  It's crazy...but in a good sort of way!  Just to get you thinking about your weekend schedule, here's a look a just a fraction of what's going on.

I hope your taste buds are ready for a treat because this Saturday (Oct 13), it’s the Uptown Beer & Wine Festival!  This is pretty cool because it features all sorts of “Georgia Grown” wines and craft beers from more than 100 Georgia vineyards and southeast breweries.  But this isn’t just all about spirits because they’ll also have several of Uptown’s eateries serving up some tasty bites to compliment the beer and wine, and there’s live music in the courtyard with Peggy Jenkins & The Bizness and of course, we are in the South, so you know that means football games on Saturday in this part of the country, so they’ll have places for you to watch the games, too!  Everything kicks off at 1:00pm with the keg tapping…or in this case, a firkin tapping that promises to be a real spectacle!  Remember, this one is for ages 21 & older.

You might as plan on spending the whole day in Uptown because they’ve got more fun things going on like the “Out on a Limb for Trees” tree climb where you’ll have a chance to relive those days when you were a kid and you’d climb any tree you could shimmy up!  Thankfully in this case, you’ll be climbing with certified tree climbing instructors from Tree Climbing USA and be all harnessed up safely and they’ll even supply you with a helmet.  All experience levels are welcome and beginners are encouraged!  That's happening Saturday from 9:30am-3:00pm.

Earlier this year, Columbus had its very first drum circle event and it was so popular, the organizers got together to put another one together and it’s happening tomorrow!  If you missed it last time, put it on your schedule to go Saturday  (7:00-10:00pm) because it is really something.  It’s NOT a drum class and it doesn’t use culturally-specific rhythms, but it’s where people of all levels of musical expertise (including no expertise) come together and share their rhythmical spirit with what ever drums or percussion they bring to the event…you DO NOT have to be a drummer to participate!  They will have some drums available—first come, first served!  Also look for a Folk Art Bazaar on site as well.  Most of the action will take place on Broadway near 11th Street in Uptown Columbus.

Here’s a spot we haven’t been in a while and what a perfect time of year to do a little exploring at Providence Canyon State Park!  Put on your hiking shoes and join in on Geology Day at the park.  This is a 2-hour hike on Saturday (11:00am-1:00pm) into Providence Canyon with Professor Rich McWilliams and he’ll tell you how the canyons were formed and all about their history…and by the way, that whole thing about the canyons forming because a farmer’s wife used to throw bucket-fulls of dishwater out the back door, well, it’s a cool story, but it’s not true!  Make sure you wear comfy shoes and clothes and maybe bring along some water.

How about a fun way to kick off the Halloween season!? For the next three weekends, Roosevelt State Park in Pine Mountain will be hosting “Tales from the Haunted Trail!”  Start with a tractor-pulled wagon ride that takes you into the dark woods. A freakish, but friendly, guide will lead you down a lumpy, bumpy trail lined with flickering lights. Witches, goblins, and other scream-worthy denizens will tug at your sleeves before you encounter the Headless Horseman! Last year's haunted trail was a big hit with young and old alike. Approximate time to complete the guided trail is thirty minutes.  They’ll also have face painting, crazy hair, pony rides, a petting zoo and a bouncy house for small additional costs.  The "terror" starts at 7:00pm each night.

Now, if you do the Geology Day at Providence Canyon, then follow it up with “Rock Stars” at Oxbow Meadows on Sunday (2:00pm)!  Just a billion or so years ago, there would have been volcanoes erupting and violent earthquakes in this part of the world, so this program will tell you all the secrets buried under our feet!  Admission is only $3.

Wow...and believe me, that's just for starters!

Now, go have some fun...

shelby 
 

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, Good Eats!, Shopping, on Thursday, October 11, 2012

Busy, Crazy, Fun Weekend in Columbus, GA!

This is one of the most jammed-packed weekends of year so far, so make sure you get a good night's sleep...you're going to need lots of energy to take in all the fun this long weekend!  Here's a quick look, but do yourself a favor and head over to the Community Calendar to get a detailed look at tons of events.

Head down to Uptown Columbus this Saturday for The Market’s 3rd Annual Seafood Festival!  Go hungry because they’ll have all sorts of delicious seafood, including the new food trucks they’ll have there this year.  There will also be SEC football games on big screens, wine tasting booth, kid’s corner with games and bouncy house, and lots of live music with Ed Cox, Kevin VanNoy and the Soul Providers, and to end the night, the official and original Jimmy Buffet-sanctioned tribute band A1A will perform!  So even if you don’t like seafood, this is an even the whole family can enjoy!  Benefits the Uptown Market Thanksgiving, which helps feed the less fortunate.

Autumn is just barely underway and already the Fall festivals are popping up everywhere!  Thankfully, we don’t have to travel far to go to one of the best fall festivals in the entire southeastern US!  It’s the weekend for the big Cotton Pickin’ Fair just up the road in Gay, GA.  If you’ve never been before, you’re going to love it for so many reasons—it’s set in the middle of a beautiful field with a huge barn and farmhouse, lots of old-fashioned entertainment, more arts, crafts, and antiques vendors than you can possibly imagine, and the reason many folks make this an annual pilgrimage…the FOOD!  I have a couple of friends who go every time they open the gates and first they head for is the booth with the sausage biscuits to start their day and by lunch, there’re ready to hit the tent with the black-eyed peas, tomatoes & cornbread, then argue over whether to end the day with homemade banana pudding or fried ice cream…or both!  In other words, go hungry & ready to have fun!

The Columbus Museum is getting into the Autumn spirit with a “Falling into Seasons” festival this Saturday from 11:00am-3:00pm.  You and your kids can create seasonal art projects, take part in a scavenger hunt, visit the game ally, listen to seasonal stories and even enter the costume contest!  And it’s all free!!

Don’t slow down now because there’re still plenty of choices for things to do this weekend—like the 2012 Junior League Attic Sale—Columbus’ Largest Garage Sale!  Make sure you wear some comfy shoes so you can hunt for some serious bargains.  They’ve got everything from all sorts of furniture, appliances, electronics, books, kid’s toys, housewares, clothes, and even holiday decorations…you’ll be amazed at all the stuff that’s available!  And here’s a tip for you…if you have too much going on already on Saturday, you can go to what’s called the Doorbuster tonight where admission is $10 and the prices of the items are doubled, but you’ll still find all sorts of great deals!  Don’t forget that all money raised helps the Junior League with all of their community projects.

If I had to make a top 5 list from all the books I read in elementary school, this one would have to be near the top.  Who hasn’t read and fell in love with “Charlotte’s Web!”  Loved the book and loved the animated movie, so I was thrilled to see that the Family Theatre is doing a production as part of their season this year.  This, of course, includes Wilbur the pig, Templeton the rat, Fern and Charlotte and the wonderful story of a pig named Wilbur and his friendship with a barn spider named Charlotte. When Wilbur is in danger of being slaughtered by the farmer, Charlotte writes messages praising Wilbur (such as "Some Pig") in her web in order to persuade the farmer to let him live.  That’s as far as I can go because I’ll start tearing up it’s such a sweet story!  And speaking of sweet, they even serve complimentary desserts at intermission!!  Reservations highly recommended.

OK, one more then you have to get busy making some choices here...

Also on tap this weekend is the 37th Annual Andersonville Historic Fair complete with Confederate and Union encampments, mock Civil War battles, old time craftsmen at work, dealers in arts, crafts, antiques and collectibles, live entertainment and lots of kid’s activities.  Admission is only $4 for adults and $1.50 for kids 12 & under.  Andersonville is about an hour southeast of Columbus. 

It's going to be a beautiful weekend...so enjoy this weather while you can!

Now, go have some fun...

shelby

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, Good Eats!, Shopping, on Friday, October 5, 2012

Let’s Get this Weekend Started in Columbus, GA!

We need to get this weekend started because we have a lot of fun stuff to cram in these next 48 hours!  Forget about mowing the lawn or cleaning the house, you deserve to have a little fun this weekend, so if you haven't made out your "Fun To Do" list, here are a few ideas for you.  You might also want to take a look at the Community Event Calendar to get some other ideas.

It’s not often you get to see royalty in person, but this Saturday night (Sept 29) you have the wonderful opportunity to see Broadway royalty, Bernadette Peters, perform at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. Throughout her illustrious career, Peters has been honored with almost every theatrical award possible, including a Tony and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. On Saturday night, accompanied by a 28-piece orchestra, she’ll delight the audience with songs from Broadway and her Grammy-winning albums. I don’t know that you’ll ever have the chance to see Bernadette Peters live in Columbus, GA again so get your tickets today!

The Springer Opera House has a fun production going on this weekend.  Peter Warrant Hatcher, star of Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, has a big problem – his little brother Fudge. No matter what Peter does or where he goes, whether he’s playing with his friends, going to a birthday party or helping his parents, Fudge is always there, in the way, creating mischief and making a mess…and Peter has to straighten it out. When Peter brings home a pet turtle, another Fudge adventure begins. Kids and adults of all ages will love this hilarious look at family life with sibling rivalries. Especially if you can relate to the sibling rivalry part. This is a great way to introduce your kids to live theatre! It’s fun for the whole family and very reasonably priced.

If you're in the mood for some music under the stars, then head to Uptown Columbus because the Concert Series continues tonight (Sept 28) with Big Woody and the Splinters. A local favorite, the band will take the stage at 7pm in the 1000 block of Broadway. The concert is FREE! Bring your blankets, chairs and the whole family.

The Rock Ranch has a fantastic lineup for their Fall Family Fun Days! Every Saturday through November 10, they have a different theme and different activities along with all of their usual fun attractions! This Saturday is Lumberjack Day. See collegiate lumberjacks from UGA, University of Florida and Clemson compete in various lumberjack competitions throughout the day. There will also be a corn maze, cane pole fishing, hay rides, pony rides, a pumpkin cannon and so many more activities. Live music can be heard all day long and refreshments are available to purchase or you can rent a campfire site with a picnic area and bring in your own picnic lunch and snacks.

All you literature lovers and creative writing people, listen up! The Chattahoochee Valley Writers Conference is back in town this weekend at the Columbus Public Library. It actually kicked off last night with showings of 2 adaptations of Carson McCullers’ novels. Tonight (Sept 28) there is an evening of poetry with Irene Latham and Ayodele Heath, which is free and open to the public. The keynote speaker is Terry Kay. His presentation is Saturday morning at 9am and this too is free and open to the public. There are various courses and classes on Saturday. Registration is required for these and fees vary. It’s a full day of learning about different writing techniques for various genres as well as secrets to getting your work published and seen!

And here's a good way to crank up your Saturday morning!  Put your running shoes on and take part in the 35th Annual Preservation Run this Saturday! There’s a 1-mile, 5k, and 10k race. The 1-mile begins at 8am and the 5 and 10ks begin at 8:30am. Registration is $15 for the 1 mile and $25 for the 5 and 10ks. Proceeds benefit the historic District Preservation Society and the race starts at 685 Front Ave.

Now, go have some fun...

shelby

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, on Friday, September 28, 2012

Last Weekend of Summer Fun in Columbus, GA!

Fall officially makes it's debut next Saturday morning (Sept 22), so we've got one more week to squeeze in some Summer fun before the sun sets on this season!  If you want a good look at what's happening, check out the Community Calendar, because there's a ton of fun going on this weekend.

Let me just start by saying that I’ve been familiar with comedian Bill Engvall for a while, but it wasn’t until the advent of satellite radio and one of the comedy channels, that I really got to enjoy his work.  I mean enjoy it to the extent that when he did the routine about the “Dork Fish,” I was in my car driving to a meeting across the state and had to pull over because I was laughing so hard at this story!!  You know someone is really funny when they can make you laugh out loud when you’re alone, it’s clean comedy and it’s something we can all relate to—marriage, kids, vacations, growing older--and he has these abilities in abundance.  If you need a little laughter in your life…and who doesn’t these days…you can see him live at the RiverCenter tonight (Sept 14).

Earlier this week, I got a chance to go into the riverbed where all the construction is going on for the whitewater project and what this course is shaping up to be is nothing short of incredible!  The whole thing will be done by next August, but in the meantime, if you have a kayak or canoe and are itching to get in the water, why not join in this event on Saturday called Race the Hooch?!  It’s a 12.3-mile race down the Chattahoochee.  You’ll just need to meet at 9:00am at the boat ramp behind the Trade Center and at the takeout spot, there will be shuttles to bring you back to the beginning.  And not to worry, if you want to join in but don’t have a kayak or canoe, you can rent them from the Outside World for $20 and that includes paddles and life jacket.  Cost to join in is $25 for solo and $40 for tandem.

Some things we just never seem to outgrow and one of those things has to be the circus!  It’s the Shrine Circus and it will be at the Civic Center this Saturday and Sunday for several shows.  Admission day of the show is $20 for adults, ages 3-12 $10, and Military with ID is $18.

You may not see elephants and lions at this event, but you will see plenty of action and excitement with some more familiar kinds of animals at the 24th Annual Harris County Rodeo at the Mike Tracy Arena in Hamilton, GA!  They’re planning on having seven events on the program…things like steer wrestling, bareback riding, team roping, saddle bronc riding, barrel racing, and the big-daddy…bull riding competition!  This is a fun event for the whole family and they bring in some of the heavy-hitters and serious cowboys from the PRCA…or the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association…so you’ll get to see some of the best-of-the-best in action! 

Now here’s something you don’t get to see everyday…Winston Churchill is coming to the Little White House in Warm Springs, GA!  Actually, it’s Dr. Tom Wentland portraying Winston Churchill in a one-man show called “FDR…I Love That Man!”  The show is all about the incredible bond between these two giants of history.  If you’ll think back to your history classes, you might remember that during England’s darkest hour, Churchill appealed to the American people, especially President Roosevelt, for help and through all of the fire of World War ll, their friendship was forged.  There will also be other living history components including a paratroop unit preparing to jump and additional exhibits of equipment used by our servicemen in WWII.

Tons of fun going on in Uptown Columbus this weekend including the free concert tonight featuring The Lava Lamps!  With a name like that, you know this is going to be a fun show because this 70’s cover band will rock your platform shoes off!  Bring you lawn chairs, blankets and your family for a great time in Uptown!  Show starts at 7:00pm in the 1000 block of Broadway.

Now, go have some fun...

shelby

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, River Fun, on Friday, September 14, 2012

Ah Weekend…How We’ve Missed You!

The wait is almost over...the weekend is rolling back around and it brings with it a barrell-full of things to get out and do with friends and family.  We'll give you a couple of ideas here, but you may also want to check the Community Calendar to see more.

Have you ever wanted to travel through time? Well, this weekend at the Springer Opera House, you can! They’ll kick off their classic film series on Saturday with “Back to the Future!” If you’ve never seen the movie, in 1985 Doc Brown invents time travel; then as a result, in 1955 Marty McFly accidentally prevents his parents from meeting putting his own existence at stake. Whoops! The best edition of the film will be shown on a larger than life screen. The movie starts at 7:30 but the saloon opens at 6:30 if you want to grab some refreshments before it starts. This is the best way to watch in movie…in a historic theatre on a huge screen with popcorn and coke. Be on the lookout for other classic movies being shown at the Springer!

Calling all married or engaged couples! If you’re competitive and want to add some adventure to your relationship then you need to register for The Amazing Marriage Chase! It will consist of multiple challenges set up in Uptown Columbus and each couple can choose to participate in as many or as few challenges as they want. The challenges include scavenger hunts, brainteaser activities and physical exertion games. Put on by Right from the Start, it’s a way to celebrate the teamwork of marriage.  Prizes will be awarded to the top three couples. Call to register and reserve your place. It is limited to the first 100 couples so make sure you call today!

How about a hearty breakfast to start off the weekend...and you don't even have to do the cooking!  The Easter Seals West Georgia will be hosting a Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, August 18 from 7am-11am. The breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, coffee, juice or milk. It’s $4 per person or $2 for kids under 5. All proceeds support Easter Seals.

If you’re into paddling & have wanted to take a trip down river, you’re in luck. The GA Conservancy is holding a Columbus Paddle this Sat, Aug 18. The group will meet at Rotary Park & head downstream past Oxbow Meadows to the Uchee Creek Marina at Fort Mitchell. The trip will total 16 miles & is a FULL DAY paddle. Get ready to be sore, but smiling when you get off the river. At 5:30pm there will be a post paddle cocktail party for paddlers at The Loft, where the featured guest is John Turner & he’ll give an update on the whitewater project. You will need to register at georgiaconservancy.org & the fee includes shuttle service, light snacks, guided paddle, and a GA Conservancy membership. If you need to rent a boat, a special rate has been set up at the Outside World for this trip.

If you are looking for a special night out, The National Infantry Museum will hold its third annual 1775 Gala and Silent Auction this Saturday evening. The black-tie gala is the museum’s signature fundraising event. This year’s theme is Benning Beginnings! Tickets are $150 per person and include a catered dinner, followed by a night filled with music and dancing to the sounds of Jeremy Davis and the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra. The silent auction will have prizes ranging from a week at an Italian villa to an autographed football signed by the University of Alabama’s head coach, Nick Saban. This promises to be an evening to remember! Call to get your tickets today!

And here's something a little different to do this weekend! The Columbus Roller Derby League will take on the Marietta Derby Darlins this Saturday, Aug 18 at 7:30pm at the Civic Center. This is the last game of the season and it should be a good one! Tickets are $17.50 per person.

Looks like plenty of good stuff to do this weekend!

Now, go have some fun...

shelby

 

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, on Friday, August 17, 2012

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