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It’s Been a Week of Bad News/Good News, so let the Weekend Fun Begin!

First the bad news.  The week started off bright and early Monday morning with the well-coiffed national news anchor telling me the results of a 9-year study had just been released and that's when my whole world went dark.  She had the unpleasant duty of telling us unsuspecting viewers that experts are now saying the health benefits of dark chocolate and red wine are not as impressive as once thought.  Wait.  What?  Surely there's a flaw in this study.  For years now, I've been feeling good about the quantity of dark chocolate and red wine I consumed thinking I was "doing a body good."  Looks like not so much...say it isn't so.  So this is how my week began.

But now the good news!  Thankfully, there are so many fun things to get out and do this weekend, otherwise, I might just have to sit home and drown my sorrows...with a big glass of Cabernet...and a HUGE block of chocolate.  So, I hopped on the Event Calendar and was instantly cheered-up when I saw the all the options.  Then I started compiling a list and I felt even better.  First up, I might take in the Isley Brothers concert at the Civic Center tonight...hoping some feel-good music may soothe my soul.  Then maybe take in a performance of "The Odd Couple" at the Springer for some good laughs.  Of course, Saturday morning's ritual is to stroll along Broadway for Market Days--I'll just look away from the dark chocolate goodies--followed by  the 3rd Saturday tour at Historic Linwood Cemetery...there's a lot of really interesting history there and they tell the stories in such a cool way!  And then talk about something that will make us all feel good...there's a special event on Ft. Benning called "Salute to the Troops" on Saturday and it's open to the public.  And I can't think of a better way to finish off the weekend than to spend Sunday in Lakebottom Park with the 18th Annual Arts in the Park.

So it looks like red wine and dark chocolate are off the menu for the weekend, but it looks like we'll be so busy they won't be missed!  Ok, maybe a little.

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, Good Eats!, Ft. Benning-Military, Shopping, on Friday, May 16, 2014

Time for some Mother’s Day Weekend Fun in Columbus, GA!

Now, I'm not hear to preach or tell you how to run your lives, but I would like to give you a not-so-sublte reminder that Mother's Day is THIS Sunday, so if you haven't already made plans to treat Mom to something special this weekend, you'd better get planning!  How about if I give you a quick rundown of a couple of things going on that she might enjoy...and I'd be willing to be that you'd have a good time too!

Actually, if you just head to Uptown Columbus, you'll be right in the middle of tons of stuff going on.  The Columbus Symphony Orchestra has their final performance of the season Saturday night at RiverCenter and if you're still celebrating on Monday, maybe take Mom out to dinner then treat her to a performance with the Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus at RiverCenter and their Maestro for a Moment performance...that's a really talented bunch of young musicians and the competition between the three guest 'conductors' is always a lot of fun!

If it's outdoor, festival-fun you're looking for...boy are you in for a TREAT!  It's the return of RiverFest in Uptown Columbus and they have non-stop fun planned from Friday evening to late Saturday night.  There's a concert tonight with an incredible Eagle's tribute band called On the Border who I hear are phenomenal, the Boy Scouts invade Woodruff Park with all sorts of cool stuff, there'll be food trucks on Dillingham Street Bridge, the 2nd Annual Dragon Boat Race, all sorts of activities going on in the river...stand-up paddleboards, kayak demonstrations, boatercross, rafting, a reenactment from Port Columbus showing how during the Civil War, ironclads were able to make a daring escape...going down the rapids!, food and more food, and lots of vendors selling just about anything you can think of!

Mom will love it, the kids will love it, you'll love it...sounds like a winner of a weekend for us all.

Find out lots more details about these and other events on the Event Calendar.

And Happy Mother's Day, Mom!!

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, Good Eats!, River Fun, Shopping, on Friday, May 9, 2014

Celebrating Easter at Westville…1850’s Style!

Before there were plastic Easter baskets, plastic Easter eggs and plastic-tasting Easter candy, there was a bit more natural approach to celebrating this special holiday and the folks at the historic village of Wesville are giving us a peek into what it was like during the 1850's.  Not only do we get to see what it was like, but there's a lot of hands-on stuff to do to really get the full experience.  So instead of putting all your eggs in a basket, you get to start the fun off with making your own bag to fill with the "egg-cellent" treasures you find. (Sorry, it isn't Easter until there's a bad egg pun!)  And speaking of eggs, I don't know how they do it, but instead of the chemical dips most of us use to get those brightly colored eggs, you'll use a natural dye that turns the eggs the most beautiful colors I've ever seen.  You can even make an Easter paper flower bouquet, make a leather bracelet at the leather shop, fashion some pin wheels to spin in the breeze, and even join in the fun of an old-fashioned Easter Egg Roll!  If you have kids, this would really be fun to take the short drive to Westville and enjoy some family fun together...and even if it's still a little drizzly on Saturday (April 19), not to worry because most of the activities take place in the historic buildings in the village. 

And don't forget to check out the Event Calendar if you're looking for other things going on this weekend...there's plenty to choose from!  Happy Easter!

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, on Friday, April 18, 2014

It’s been Spring for exactly 4 hours and 24 Minutes.  That explains my quick on-set of Spring Fever!

Yep.  Just looked at the clock and Spring graced us with her presence exactly 4 hours and 24 minutes ago.  Combine that with a delicious lunch sitting outdoors on Broadway, a beautiful blue sky, it's Friday eve...and then it hit me.  I. Have. Spring. Fever.  This is one winter I am not unhappy to say goodbye to and am welcoming Spring with open arms.  I won't even complain about the pollen this year.  Maybe.  One thing for sure I won't be complaing about is the number of events going on in Columbus this Spring.  And I don't mean later on in the season...I mean this weekend!

So what do you want to do to celebrate?  You can kick things off with the Uptown Drum Circle on Friday night or take your kids to a performance of James & The Giant Peach at the Springer Opera House or The Secret Garden at Riverside Theatre Complex.  Or how about heading back in time at the National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus for their big RiverBlast 2014 event this Saturday?  Looks like some fun at the Coca-Cola Space Science Center with their MAD Science event on Saturday and you can even round out the weekend with a little culture with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and their performance highlighting the works of Tchaikovsky that evening at RiverCenter.

It's going to be a busy Spring and Summer, so just a suggestion, make sure you take a look at the Event Calendar often because events are added to it all day long!  And...Happy Spring.

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, River Fun, on Thursday, March 20, 2014

Soooooooooo Much to Do in Columbus, GA this Weekend!  From Planes to Plays to Paintings!

It's a good problem to have, but I've been trying to figure out all day the best way to let you know all zillion and one things that are going on this weekend...because the pickin's are anything but slim!!  There's Thunder in the Valley at the Columbus Airport, the Youth Orchestra of Columbus has a really cool Sunday lunch and live performance at the Trade Center, Beauty & The Beast at RiverCenter, the Color Me Rad 5k Run/Walk in Uptown Saturday morning...and the list goes on and on.  So to save you lots of time, I'd suggest you get a good look at the selections this weekend by combing through the Event Calendar.  You might even want to bookmark it or make it one of your favorites, because as the weather warms up, there are more and more fun things going on to get out and do...and I'm telling you, it's the best resource I know of to get this good info!

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, on Friday, March 14, 2014

It’s a Holiday Whirlwind Weekend in Columbus, GA!

Have you taken a look at the Event Calendar to see all that's going on this weekend?!  There's an amazine array of things to get out and do, starting with one of my favorite events all year...Broadway Holiday!  The big tree in the 1100 block of Broadway will be lit, lots of choirs singing carols, and of course, Santa himself will be in the gazebo to chat with all the kids.  And did I mention the snow!?!?!  I know it's going to be close to 80 degrees today, but a little detail like that won't stop the snow at Broadway Holiday.

Some other things you might want to squeeze in this weekend include the Holiday Tour of Homes in Overlook, Victorian Christmas at Port Columbus, Disney in Concert with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra at RiverCenter, Oxbow Meadows has a Holiday Open House, there's a performance of "A Place Called Christmas" at Riverside Theatre Complex, a Holiday Open House & Art Sale at Britt David Art Studio, the MCoE Band at RiverCenter, and a Christmas Open House at Columbus Botanical Garden.  And that's just for starters! 

Since I'm running out of room, I'd suggest clicking over the the Event Calendar to get a good look at all the fun stuff going on this weekend and next...and start making some plans to enjoy this season!

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, Good Eats!, Shopping, on Friday, December 6, 2013

Need to find out where all the fun is happening in Columbus, GA?  Then let me tell you where to go!

OK, I admit it.  Had to take a break from a proofing assignment and to clear my head, I checked out the Event Calendar just to see what sort of "serious" fun plans I can make for the weekend.  But then I went a little deeper just to see if there were any events listed for the upcoming holiday season and wow, looks like it's going to be a busy time of year for things to do!  I've already started penciling in some of the performances at the Springer, RiverCenter, Broadway Holiday, Christmas Parade, Victorian Christmas at Port Columbus, Cantus Columbus...yeah, it's going to be whirlwind of holiday fun.  But that's just the way I like it. 

Guess my break is over, but if you get a chance today, go take a look at the event calendar and start making plans for the holidays!

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, on Thursday, November 14, 2013

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

If you have the day off today...or if you are working, maybe your boss will give you a little time off...head to the National Infantry Museum for a day packed full of activities to honor our Veterans.  Activities kick off at 10:00 this morning with a Commemorative Paver Dedication Ceremony, there's a mini-camp for kids ages 5-11 to teach them the meaning and importance of this day, local Girl Scouts conducting a flag retirement ceremony, free self-guided tours of World War II Company Street, and special showings in the IMAX Theater.  And while you're there, make sure you shake the hand of a Veteran and say thank you!

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

Perfect Fall Night for Halloween Fright in Linwood Cemetery!

This weather could not be more perfect for the event happening at the Historic Linwood Cemetery tonight!  It's the 17th Annual Historic Linwood Foundation Fall Ramble and it starts at sunset tonight.  You get to walk through the cemetery and visit with folks who'll talk about some of the various people buried there.  You've got to love this...the theme this year is "Morbid Curiosities" so get ready to hear some of the strange and unusual causes of death of some of the "residents" at Linwood.  It all cranks up at 5:00pm and tours will start every 15 minutes.  If you've never done this one, cancel whatever plans you had for tonight and add this to the list!

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Categories: Events, History, on Thursday, October 24, 2013

Festive Fun Fall Frivolity…in Columbus, GA!

I've been waiting patiently for months to use that word "frivolity" because that's a word that be difficult to work into a conversation...unless it's really warranted.  After taking a look at the Event Calendar this afternoon to see what sort of offerings there might be for this first full weekend of Fall, that's the word that came straight to mind and sort of sums it all up!  There aren't many places in this universe that can offer anything from a Top 20 Event in the Southeast--the Cotton Pickin' Fair, to a Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre (and you could be the culprit!), a Dulcimer Jam at FDR State Park, the 7th Annual Sci-Fi Con at the Coca-Cola Space Science Center, and even have a Picnic with the Tortoises at Oxbow Meadows!  Time to start making those weekend plans in Columbus, GA!!

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, Good Eats!, Shopping, on Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Hello Weekend, My Old Friend!

And not a moment too soon, the weekend is staring us in the face!  If you've got some free time and you're thinking..."Hmmm, what can I do for fun this weekend?"...well, I've got the skinny on a few things you might want to check out.  Take a quick read, then head to the Event Calender to get a good read on all of the events going on.

You can always count on something fun for all ages going on at Oxbow Meadows and this Saturday is no exception with a couple of events happening like their Colorful Creations Animal and Art Program that’s all about Owls and their Reading Club.  The program about owls is open to kids ages 6 & up and they are going to love it because it includes an animal show, art class and all the art materials they’ll need!  Or, your kids can be a part of Oxbow’s Reading Club, where for just $1, they get a story performed with puppets, pictures and skits and they get a membership card.  They can also earn points for attending the club and eventually turn those points into prizes!

Every kid hearing this may cringe at first when they hear this is a back to school event, but it sounds like a fun afternoon and you’ll be helping out a great cause!  It’s the Back-to-School Fun Day in the Park with the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office and it’s going to be this Saturday (4:00-11:00pm) at the Northern Little League Field.  They’ll have bouncy houses, children’s obstacle courses, lots of vendors and even an outdoor movie!  It’s all free, but they are requesting donations, which will go to Project Lifesaver—a non-profit organization that provides “at risk” folks with cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Autism and brain injuries with a GPS-trackable bracelet and will provide training for 15 deputies to help locate the wearers.

If you’d love to find out more about local history and even art, try something completely different!  The Historic Linwood Cemetery is having one of their Third Saturday Tours and this one is going to focus on all the stone carvings found in the cemetery.  Tour starts at 9:30am at the Lummus Chapel on the east side of the cemetery and will last for about an hour.    No charge, but a donation would be accepted.

How about a chance to see some great movies in such a classically beautiful setting?  It’s all part of the Crowley Classic Film Series at the Springer Opera House and in fact, the series wraps up this weekend, but tonight you can see one of Steven King’s scariest stories…The Shining at 7pm. (That movie still gives me nightmares!) This film is rated R so get a babysitter and enjoy a night out. Tomorrow, you can take the kids to see Goonies at 2pm.  And tomorrow night at 7pm, if you’re in the mood for some comedy with Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn, they’ll be starring in Swingers at 7pm.  And don’t forget, Players Saloon opens and hour before and during the shows for snacks and refreshments so I promise, you won’t go hungry!  Great date night potential!!

Speaking of the Springer, this is the last weekend you can catch "Honk, Jr.--The Musical."  Great show for kids of all ages...yes, us big kids too.  Admission for this one ranges from $5-$10.

And, maybe a great start to the weekend can be found at the Columbus Public Library Friday night (7.19) with their free movie on the lawn—“The Land Before Time”—which will begin at sundown.  They’ll also have entertainment, jump houses, refreshments and lots more fun.  It all begins at 7:00pm.  The event is free and the refreshments will be available for purchase.

Don't forget to check out the big calendar of events to find out more about these happenings and tons of others.

Now, go have some fun...



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Categories: Arts, Events, History, on Thursday, July 18, 2013

Rain, Rain Go Away!  ‘Cause it’s time for fun in Columbus, GA!

There's nothing like a good rainy day. I love rain.  I really do.  But come on, enough already...even I'm over all these stormy days.  Hopefully, we'll get a few windows of sunshine this weekend so we can all get out and play!  There's quite a bit going on this weekend and to get a peek at all the happenings, check out the Event Calendar for all the details.  Here's a look at a few things I've got on my to-do list...

They took a break for a couple of weeks, but this weekend the Classic Movies at the Springer Opera House are back in full swing. In fact, the summer series will end next weekend so don’t miss your chance to see some great movies in such a classically beautiful setting. Tonight you can see The Big Lebowski at 7pm. This film is rated R so get a babysitter and enjoy a night out. Tomorrow, you can take the kids to see The Princess Bride at 2pm. This just happens to be one of my all time favorite movies! And tomorrow at 7pm, all the Marilyn fans out there can get tickets for Some Like It Hot showing at 7pm. The Players Saloon is open before and during the shows for snacks and refreshments so I promise, you won’t go hungry! Tickets for all movies are only $10.

Opening this weekend at the Columbus Museum is an exhibit I am extremely excited to see and have been waiting for forever…Warhol in Southern Collections. This exhibit will feature over 100 Warhol works from 1964 – 1983, including the famous and iconic Campbell’s Soup can series and the brightly colored Marilyn Monroe prints. These works come from museums and private collectors located throughout the South. Not only will the exhibit itself knock your socks off, but there will be 5 life-size resin and acrylic Andy Warhols created by contemporary artist Jack Dowd installed at the entrance to the gallery. This show runs in conjunction with the celebration of the museum’s 60th anniversary and is FREE!!

The Historic Linwood Foundation and the Fort Benning MCoE are hosting a ceremony to commemorate the life of General Henry Lewis Benning on Saturday, July 13 at 10am. Music will be provided by the MCoE Band and the color guard will present the flag. A presentation will be made by Foundation and Fort Benning personnel. The event will take place near the grave of General Benning.  This one is free, too!

If you’re ready for a creepy crawly good time, make sure you load up the family and head to Oxbow Meadows this Saturday for their annual Insectival! If you’ve never eaten an insect, spit a cricket or seen the world through a bug’s eye, this is something you must experience. From 10am to 3pm, it’s all about the awesome insect world…imagine, a day dedicated to bugs! There really will be a cricket spitting contest as well as lots of creepy crawly crafts and food, an Insectival science booth with demonstrations, a live honey extraction from a beehive and more! Get ready to be bugged eye from all the insect related fun you can get into! Admission is only $5 and kids 3 and under get in free...and just to warn you, they always have a huge crowd for this one so you might want to get there early!

Oh, and can't we all identify with this one!  The Ugly Duckling was always one of my favorite stories when I was a kid so I’m excited about this show at the Springer.  "Honk, Jr. The Musical" is a musical retelling of this classic story. This upbeat adaptation is set in springtime and a mother duck notices that one of her five eggs is quite larger than the others. When they hatch, this duck looks very different, with large grey feathers instead of the soft yellow down of his siblings. His brothers and sisters make fun of him and call him ugly but he soon discovers that he is truly beautiful, both inside and out – and proves that some eggs just can’t be beaten...get it?! This show is perfect for kids ages 4 to 400! It’s a feel good, world-wide sensation that’s been seen by more than 5 million people. Don’t miss out on your chance to see it too!

See?  I told you...lots of great stuff to get out and do this weekend.  If we can just get the rain to hold off until Monday!

Now, go have some fun...



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Categories: Arts, Events, History, Good Eats!, on Friday, July 12, 2013

4th of July Weekend Fun in Columbus, GA!

Happy Birthday, America!  And with any celebration, you've got to have some fun activities and it looks like we've got a lot to choose from in Columbus, GA!  This is a good weekend for family fun, so you may want to check the big Event Calendar to get a look at some of your choices, but here are some of the ones that sounded like a lot of fun to me.

It was years in the making, but the longest urban whitewater course in the world is open and if you haven’t taken the plunge yet, you don’t know what you’re missing!  You don’t have to know anything about rafting, because the expert guides at Whitewater Express will take you thru a course before you go down the rapids.  And if, like me, you want to try it but aren’t sure about the big rapids…no problem!  If you go earlier in the day for the Classic Trip, that course is good for everybody 7 years of age and up.  For the more adventurous of us, take on the High Water Trip that casts off at 5:30pm everyday.  So the earlier trips will have anywhere from Class 1-3 rapids, but when they release the water from the dam at 4:00pm, that’s when you’ll experience some Class 4 action!  If nothing else, go grab a spot on the new island by the Powerhouse and watch the fun!

No pun intended, but the Cool History programs they present at Port Columbus each summer are some of the coolest things they do!  Each month during the summer, they take on a specific aspect of the Civil War and really bring it to life.  If you only get to make it to one program this year, try to make it this Saturday because this is the one called “The Medical Navy” and yep, this is the one where there’s some blood and guts involved! You’ll get the learn all about Civil War surgery and medicine at sea through some pretty lifelike reenactments and living history—like watching the ship’s surgeon set up the dining room table in the officer’s wardroom to do surgery on (and it REALLY looks like there is some serious surgery going on!) and then when they were done for the day, the table would be wiped down and then dinner would be served!  WOW!  Plus, they are even doing something new this year...they've teamed up with Ride on Bikes to do educational bike tours along the RiverWalk.

Prepare to let your “inner percussion diva” come out and play this Saturday night at the Uptown Drum Circle!  Now, before you say something sensible like “I don’t know how to play the drums or any instrument for that matter”–-this isn’t a drum class…you don’t have to have any musical expertise, just go to have fun.  If you do have your own drum or any other percussion instrument, bring it with you…or make your own.  They’ll also have some instruments on hand that you can borrow to join in on jam.  Not to mention that the kids will be entertained too with face painting, temporary tattoos and crazy hair colors.  There will also be belly and fire dancing demos, performance artists, raffles, and if you really get into the moment, they’ll even have the jingly belly dancing hip scarves for sale!  It's all happening in the 1100 block of Broadway and there is no admission.

Callaway Gardens has their All-American Weekend happening with all sorts of live music, tons of beach activities, great food, and weather permitting...fireworks Saturday night!  And if you need fun stuff to do with the kids during the week, The Rock Ranch had their "Fun in the Summer Time" event going on July 9-27.  Lots of fun stuff going on...anything from train rides, to cane pole fishing to blackberry picking!

Whatever you wind up doing, make it a safe and Happy 4th!

Now, go have some fun...



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Categories: Arts, Events, History, Good Eats!, River Fun, on Wednesday, July 3, 2013

First Weekend of Summer in Columbus, GA!

Well, the hazy, crazy, and lazy days of summer are here, so we might as well kick off this season with a weekend full of fun!  And it looks like there's something for everyone...anything from butterflies to dinosaurs! 

It’s time again…for the 14th annual Denim & Diamonds Concert this Saturday, June 22 at the Columbus Civic Center. Every year they bring in a great performer and this year is no exception…in fact they may have outdone themselves in my opinion because The Band Perry is sure to put on a fantastic show! Some of their recent hits include Better Dig Two, If I Die Young, You Lie, and Done. All of their songs are really good and will have you up and dancing in the aisles. I love their edgy look and that their sound is a little different than most country music. All proceeds from this concert benefit Columbus Hospice and Columbus Hospice of Alabama. So you get to enjoy a great night out with friends and support a wonderful cause that helps so many in our community.

OK, so who doesn’t love Dr. Seuss!?!?! Fans can see some of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz and JoJo, a little Who boy with a BIG imagination Friday night (6.21) at the Riverside Theatre Complex in Uptown Columbus. All of these characters will be brought to life..the story centers around Horton who finds himself faced with a big challenge.Not only must he protect his little friend JoJo and the whole Who village from a world of naysayers and dangers but he must also guard an abandoned bird egg! It’s an adventure the whole family will love! Instead of family move night, make it family theatre night!

Learn all about the nature of the beautiful butterfly this Saturday, June 22, from 10am to noon during Oxbow Meadow’s Colorful Creations art program. It begins with a 30-minute educational program followed by an hour long art class taught by Rita Mead of Brush Busters. Registration is required!

Want to get a glimpse of what the days of dinosaurs might have been like? Come to Discover the Dinosaurs this weekend at the Trade Center. This is a unique hands-on exhibit that consists of up to 60 museum quality and animatronic dinosaurs that gives you the opportunity to get close and touch them. Some of the dinosaurs come to life with the push of a button, making them move, breather and even roar! You can even control some of their movement! Along with the animatronic dinosaurs, there will be museum quality static exhibits. After you’ve marveled at the dinosaurs, there is also lots of kids activities including dinosaur rides,  mini golf, inflatables, a dino dig, dino theater, dino coloring station and more! There’s even a Scavenger Hunt! Definitely something different to do with the family!

It’s time for fandoms to unite! If you’re a Twi-hard, Trekker, Whovian, Potterhead, Dragonballer, Marvel Zombie or Tribute then you need to listen up! Come celebrate your love for your favorite fandoms by attending the first ever fandom mini-convention at the Columbus Public Library on Macon Road this Saturday (6.22). You can make fan inspired crafts, participate in cosplay, trivia and art contests, browse vendors and much more! There will even be appearances from some special guests including Galaxy Man from Galactic Quest Comics and a virtual chat with author Marissa Meyers. This convention is completely free and is geared to teenagers but everyone is invited to attend!

The Crowley Classic Film Series continues this weekend at the Springer Opera House as they show several different movies on a big screen in the main theatre. Tonight (6.21) at 7pm see Young Frankenstein and tomorrow (6.22) at 2pm see Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and at 7pm see Breakfast at Tiffany’s…one of my all time favorites! There’s nothing like seeing a classic movie in such a beautiful historic setting! Tickets are $10 and The Saloon is open before hand for snacks and refreshments!

Don't forget to take a look at the Event Calendar to get the scoop on all the goings-on in and around Columbus.

Now, go have some fun...



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Categories: Arts, Events, History, on Thursday, June 20, 2013

Who Needs Some Weekend Fun?  We’ve got it in Columbus, GA!

It's Friday Eve, so that means it's time to do some quick research to see what's happening this weekend!  And to make your life easier, I've done a little digging for you and unearthed a few things you might like to get out and do.  Of course, it didn't take much effort on my part because I headed straight to the Event Calendar to take a look at all the happenings, so you might want to do the same.

It’s summertime and that means it’s getting hot outside! But you can stay cool inside the National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus as they kick off their Cool History Summer Series Program! This Saturday you’ll hear the compelling story of the ironclad, Atlanta. The program starts at 12:30pm where 12 lucky winners and fans of the museum’s Facebook page will have a boat tour of the Chattahoochee Riverfront, followed by a guided tour of the museum at 1:30pm, then at 2:30pm Dr. Maurice Melton will present the story of the Capture of the CSS Atlanta. Finally at 3:30pm it ends with a bang with a naval weapons demonstration and cannon firing! It’s a great way to see and hear history brought to life.

Looks like yet another big weekend in Uptown Columbus. The Concert Series has been extended! Friday night (May 31), you can come out to the 1000 block of Broadway to see Peggy Jenkins & the Bizness as they rock the streets. It’s a free show! Just bring your chairs, blankets and dancing shoes! Then come back down to Uptown on Saturday because in the 1100 black you can watch and even participate in the Uptown Drum Circle. It starts at 6pm. You can bring your own drums or if you don’t have any, they’ll provide one for you. There will also be a kid’s corner with face painting, crazy hair and more, a yoga demonstration by Art of Yoga Studio and a Belly & Fire Dance demo! Make sure you check out the re-purposed art exhibition and auction by local artists. This a great, FREE family friendly event!

The Coca-Cola Space Science Center will help you navigate the night sky this Monday at Callaway Garden’s Overlook Pavilion beginning at 9:00pm. See and learn about stars, planets, satellites and more. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the evening.

Not to mention there's an open house at Pasaquan, home of folk artist Eddie Owens Martin, in Buena Vista on Saturday---which is only open the first Saturday of every month from April thru November.  Or there's Fabulous Fridays at Callaway Gardens where you can get fresh produce, baked goods, and more yummy stuff. The fun continues into the evening with great food, drink specials, beach activities and live music! Each week, various bands will take the stage at 7pm for the Summer Music Series.  If you need a little comedy in your life, then you MUST check out No Shame Theatre at the Springer Opera House.  Every Friday night at 10:30pm,  you’ll see improve, poetry, dance, comedy and more. Anybody can perform, you just have to be one of the first 15 to sign up when the doors open at 10pm and acts must be original, less than 5 minutes and not break any laws. This is for an 18 and older audience. Admission to watch is $5.

Now, go have some fun...


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Categories: Arts, Events, History, Good Eats!, Shopping, on Thursday, May 30, 2013

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 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...


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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,


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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 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...


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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...


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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...


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

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