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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

A Bit of Fun for Everyone this Weekend in Columbus, GA!

That's what's great about living in Columbus, GA...there's always something fun going on!  Looks like this weekend is going to be full of all different sorts of events taking place, so there's something for everyone.  Don't forget...you can always check out the Community Calendar to find out more.

How about something a little different to do on a Friday night!?  The Joseph House Art Gallery is bringing back an event they used to do every year and it was really popular so they decided it’s time to bring it back!  It’s the Art Scavenger Hunt and it is happening Friday (Aug 3) from 5:00-8:00pm.  Here’s how this works:  each guest is given a list of items that can be found hidden in the Joseph House but here’s the twist…all of the items are actually in various pieces of artwork throughout the gallery!  The person who finds the most hidden items will get a piece of artwork donated by Gallery artists, Geri Davis and Barbara Gullett.  This might be a fun first-date or it’s also a good thing to bring kids to because it’s a good way to introduce the world of art to them.  Plus you get to see just how much incredible artistic talent we have in Columbus!

Here's a bit of trivia for you!  Did you know it was National Inventor’s Month?  Me neither, but now that we know, we can celebrate it at Port Columbus this Saturday because they have one of their Cool History programs going on and this one is called “Infernal Machines!”  They’re going to take a look at inventions and technological advancements in the navies of both the North and South during the Civil War.  I’m ashamed to say it, but I don’t think I ever knew that torpedoes and submarines were used during the Civil War…but I did learn about that going to Port Columbus…so they’ll talk about those and mines that were used, how the raid on the Albemarle happened, and how the sinking of the USS Cairo used the first electronically detonated mine—or did it?  Find out more about this mystery at Port Columbus!

If you want tickets to individual shows or performances of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra in the 2012-13 season at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, Saturday will be your first chance to purchase them. Visit the RiverCenter this Saturday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to select your seats and purchase tickets.  They’ll even be serving refreshments!

I recently saw a news story that was a little scary.  It said the American Red Cross’ national blood supply is at its lowest level in 15 years!!  The Red Cross needs 80,000 units on hand daily, but now has only about half of that and when you think about the fact that every two seconds a patient in the United States needs a blood transfusion, we need to donate!  If you want to help out with this cause and maybe get a few other health screenings done this Saturday (Aug 4), check out the American Red Cross Community Health Fair & Blood Drive at the WalMart on Buena Vista Rd. They’ll have free vision screenings, blood pressure screenings, and education about preventing high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol, and lots more.  This is open to everyone and remember, if you’re able, donate some blood while you’re there!!

Don’t be worried if the wailing of sirens and the flashing lights of police cars come down your street Tuesday (Aug 7) night!  It’s all part of National Night Out…an annual event started in 1984 to bring together law enforcement, civic groups, neighborhood organizations and just regular people together.  If your neighborhood doesn’t have anything planned for this event, then head over to the Britt David Art Studio for their Empty Bowl Decorating!  They’ll have bisque bowls already made and you get to paint and decorate however you want, then the staff there will fire and glaze the bowls and then be used for the annual Empty Bowl fundraiser for Second Harvest Food Bank.  You can either join in on any of the caravans out Tuesday night or just go on your own!  Another good way to help out our community!

And, if you're lucky enough to have a wedding in your future, head to the Ultimate Bridal Expo this Sunday (Aug 5) at RiverMill Event Centre.  They’ll have gift bags for the first 300 people, local and regional vendors, fashion show, free samples and lots of prizes.  Admission is $3 for brides and $5 for each guest.

There you have it...a small smattering of things to do for kicks this weekend!

Now, go have some fun...

shelby

 

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, on Thursday, August 2, 2012

Need Ideas for Weekend Fun in Columbus, GA? Well, Here You Go!

The 4th of July Holiday may be over, but we're still in the mood for some Summer fun!  Here are a few ideas of things to get out and do this weekend in Columbus and the surrounding areas.  There's not enough room to list all the fun stuff going on, so make sure you visit the Community Calendar to get a look at a full list of activities.

Here’s something to get your attention...Let’s talk about a little blood & guts!  Thought that might intrigue you.  What we’re really talking about is one of the coolest of the Cool History programs Port Columbus does all year.  This Saturday July 7) is the one called “Medical Mysteries” and it’s all about medical stuff during the Civil War and believe me, they tell you things that we NEVER learned in History class!  In fact, they’re doing something new this year by having three different components—one called “CSI:  Port Columbus,” which will be a dramatization of the autopsy of President Lincoln’s assassin, Booth, that was carried out aboard the USS Montauk before a dozen witnesses and performed by the Surgeon General.  Kids love this sort of gruesome stuff and they might learn something!

I think it’s pretty safe to say that there haven’t been too many people on this earth quite like eccentric folk artist Eddie Owens Martin.  A self-taught artist born back in 1908 and he did all sorts of things before he established himself as an artist like move to New York, be struck with a really high fever, have a few visions where 3 people of the future from a place called Pasaquan tell him he’s been selected to depict their world through art, and then call himself St. EOM.  So if you’d like to see this truly other-worldly compound that St. EOM created, you’ve got a chance this Saturday.  The whole thing covers 7 acres in Marion County and includes 6 buildings including an old late 19th Century farmhouse.  Both the insides and outsides of the buildings are painted in some wild colors and patterns and some even incorporate human figures and nature imagery.  More than 2,000 pieces of his artwork are also housed at Pasaquan!

If you need some great music to wind down your weekend, check out the incredibly popular Jazz Jam with the Columbus Jazz Society at the Historic Liberty Theatre this Sunday beginning at 6:00pm.  This month, they’re welcoming special guests the “Hotlanta Dixieland Jazz Trio.  Admission is only $10. 

Living in the South, we’re lucky to have lots of good food this region is known for and one of those delicacies has to be honey!  Can you imagine life without biscuits and honey?!  I can remember ending many a meal at my grandmother’s house with having a hot biscuit right out of the oven and sweet honey to pile on top!  But have you ever thought about where this honey comes from and just how in the world do they manage to get the honey without being beaten up by several thousand honey bees?!  Here’s our chance to get all the answers at Oxbow Meadows this Sunday because the Chattahoochee Valley Beekeepers Association will be on hand demonstrating how it’s done…from removing the honeycomb section of the beehive and knocking all the bees off before bringing it inside to then show us how they get the honey out.  Did I mention we get to sample this delicious honey or even buy some to take home!?

I’ll bet you won’t find this going on anywhere else either in the country this weekend!  It’s the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Look-A-Like Contest going on this Saturday!!  Put on a dapper suit, a distinguished hat, a pair of spectacles and a long cigarette holder (without the cigarette!) and head to the Little White House for your chance to win.  To make it even more interesting, organizers are dividing the contest into 4 age groups—so how funny will it be to see a little kid dressed up like this!!?  The Grand Prize winner gets Friends of the Georgia State Park and Historic Site passes.  Cost to join in the contest is $20.  Make sure you take time to tour the museum and the Little White House while you’re there.

If you want to get in out of the heat, go check out some of the shows at the Coca-Cola Space Science Center—they keep it nice and chilly in the planetarium!  They’re showing “Transit of Venus,” “In My Own Backyard,” “Secret of the Cardboard Rocket,” and others.  Great way to keep kids entertained this summer!

Now, go have some fun...

shelby

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, on Friday, July 6, 2012

Hot Fun in the Summertime in Columbus, GA!

Let's face it.  It's summer.  We live in the South.  It's hot.  We get it...that's just all there is to it!  There may be a few recording-breaking temperatures this weekend, but we never let a little heat slow down how much fun we have.  And to prove it, all you have to do is check out the Event Calendar to see all the cool (no pun intended) stuff going on!  

In fact, tonight (June 29) is your chance to take part in or just watch something you may never have seen in Columbus, GA…a Community Drum Circle. A drum circle is not a drum class, it’s a fun, family friendly event where people celebrate life and their community through rhythm and music. This is open to people of all levels of musical expertise and you can bring whatever type of drum or percussion instrument you have. You can even make your own! So, tonight, in Uptown Columbus, people in our community will come together and show their support for one another and this Columbus community through music. Even if you decide not to participate, it should be really cool to watch! And it’s completely FREE!  All the noise starts at 6:00pm.

Let's talk about a couple of big 4th of July celebrations happening.  This Saturday, Fort Benning will put on their annual Independence Day Celebration. The fun starts at 3pm at York Field! There will be free entertainment, including a Natalie Stovall concert, games, inflatables, great food and of course, a huge fireworks display, set to a patriotic performance by the MCoE Band. This event is open to the public and admission is FREE!! I can’t think of a better place to start off all of the 4th of July festivities and celebrate our nation’s independence than at Fort Benning with our service men and women and their families.

And because next week is the 4th of July, some people will be celebrating a little early this weekend. One of them being The Rock Ranch with their Celebrate America program. Great for the entire family, it’s an evening of patriotic fun and of course, fireworks. There will be train rides, pony rides, zip lines, paddle-boats, live musical entertainment and many more awesome attractions. It is going to be hot, so kids can cool off in the sprinkler zone or misting tents! You can also Adopt a Duck this Saturday as part of the Stepping Stones Great American Duck Derby. You’ll have a chance to win a million dollars, a big green egg, free Chick-fil-A for a year and more! Plus the proceeds go to benefit a great charity!

If you’re from around here you know that one of the biggest Independence Day celebrations in the area is WTVM’s Thunder on the Hooch! This is a family friendly FREE event that takes place on Wednesday, July 4th from 5:30-9:30pm on both sides of the Chattahoochee River in Columbus and Phenix City. There will be fun activities for kids, entertainment for the whole family, tons of food and craft vendors and of course, once it gets dark, a huge fireworks display will light up the night sky! You definitely want to get there early to get a great viewing spot. One good place to set up your chairs is in Woodruff Park, the green space off of Bay Avenue.

And how's this for something new and completely different!?  Columbus has a new Roller Derby League!! They'll kick things off this Saturday, June 30 at 7:30 pm at the Civic Center. They’ll play the Pensacola Roller Gurlz. I don’t know much about roller derby but this sounds like it will be a lot of fun to watch! Tickets are $17.50. Call 706.653.4460 for more information.

Just remember, lots of folks will be out and about doing celebrating this weekend and next week, so keep it safe.  Nag, nag, nag...

Now, go have some fun...

shelby

 

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, Ft. Benning-Military, on Friday, June 29, 2012

It’s a Weekend Free-for-all in Columbus, GA!

Just checked the calendar and the rumor is true...the weekend is almost here!  Time to make some plans for fun so we've got a few tips for you.  Of course, you can always go to the Community Calendar to find out more about these and other events.

I know the cost of a gallon of gas has come down a few cents in the last couple of weeks, but it's still high enough to make me think twice about taking a long roadtrip this summer...especially when there's so much to do in our own backyard!  Want to know how to spend your summer vacation? Where you should go? What there is to do right here in Georgia? If so, you need to make it a point to stop by Georgia On My Mind Day at the Welcome Center on Williams Road on Friday (June 8) from 11:00am-2:00pm. You’ll be amazed at how much there is to see and do right around the corner from home. Lots of experts from Georgia attractions will be on hand to give you all the details you need to start planning some fun family trips. The event is FREE and along with all kinds of information, there will be food samples, drinks, discount coupons, and games and entertainment. What a great way to kick-off summer!

Got a kid that loves chasing and catching bugs? And then bringing them to show you? Maybe not so much….Well, this Sunday (June 10) you can indulge your child in his love of bugs without having to play with the bugs yourself at Oxbow Meadows’ 12th Annual Insectival. This creepy, crawly fun family program will show you just how important bugs and insects are for a healthy environment. You can take a dragonfly hike, examine carnivorous plants, or watch honeybees get to work. Honeybees are really hard workers and pretty cool to watch. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous you can see how good you are at cricket spitting or buy some tasty bug snacks…Yum! It’s definitely a different way to spend a Sunday afternoon with your family!

Heads-up, animal-lovers!  Join Paws Humane for their Yard Sale Extravaganza this Saturday (June 9), from 7am to noon at their shelter located on Milgen Road.100% of the proceeds will go toward the homeless animals at PAWS. Go shop until you drop and maybe meet your new best friend too!

I know D-Day was June 6, but the National Infantry Museum is having a special program in observance of the 68th anniversary of D-Day this Saturday (June 9). “The Americans on D-Day” will be shown throughout the day in the IMAX Theatre. The “Americans on D-Day” is the first part in a trilogy of documentaries called “The Road to American Victory.” Shot in real time in exact locations, they are underpinned by powerful veterans’ testimonies and re-enactments. Even better, the producer of the documentary and one of the veterans featured in the film will be there after the 2:30 showing to answer questions. Veteran Jim “Pee Wee” Martin, a paratrooper with the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, is coming from Ohio to be here to tell his story. Don’t miss the chance to hear this hero’s story!

Come out and show your support and appreciation for the men and women that keep us safe…our local law enforcement officials. Tonight (June 8) at 7pm, there will be a free concert in the 1000 block of Broadway for Law Enforcement Appreciation Night. The concert will feature local favorite, The Neal Lucas Band. Don’t forget the concert is FREE! Bring your blankets or lawn chair and have a great night with the family in Uptown Columbus. In fact, you could get down there a little early and have dinner in one of the many fantastic restaurants in Uptown Columbus. Just make sure you bring your dancing shoes!

Speaking of shoes, you might want to lace up your hiking boots for Geology Day at Providence Canyon State Park.  Learn the history of the canyons and how they were formed as you hike along with Professor Rich McWilliams. It’s a 2-hour hike so dress for the weather, bring lots of water and bug spray.

The weekend is here, so make the best of it!

Now, go have some fun...

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, Good Eats!, on Friday, June 8, 2012

A Thousand Ways to Play in Columbus, GA!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Now, go have some fun...

shelby

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

Bring on the Summer Fun in Columbus, GA!

It’s finally here…the weekend most of us wait for all year long!  The unofficial start of summer kicks off with this Memorial Day weekend and there's a ton of fun going on.  My advice?  Check the Community Calendar because things are constantly being added to it...that way you won't miss out on anything.

I can’t think of any better way to get this summer underway than to head to Callaway Gardens for the 53rd Masters Water Ski and Wakeboard Tournament.  Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be filled with some of the best skiers and wakeboarders on the planet doing their thing on Robin Lake.  These guys will be doing all sorts of tricks, jumps and slaloms…things that the rest of us should never try on the water!  Besides all the competition, there’s also live music, specialty vendors, custom car show, FSU Flying High Circus, the Silver Wings Night Pyrotechic Parachute Team and of course all the beach activities!

While you’re in that part of our region, you might also take a bit of the day to head over to the Little White House in Warm Springs.  It only happens a couple of times a year and here’s one of those chances this weekend to take a dip in the historic pools created by President Franklin Roosevelt in his battle against Infantile Paralysis.  Normally these pools are kept empty for preservation, but they are filling them up with that warm spring water that flows naturally from Pine Mountain.  This mineral water is 88-degrees and even thought it didn’t do too much as a treatment for paralysis, it is unbelievably relaxing to swim in!  The swim sessions are 90-minutes each and you do need to make reservations, because it’s limited to 80 people per session.   A little known fact is that President Roosevelt spent two-thirds of his personal wealth to create this treatment center.

Let’s not forget what this day is all about, so to honor soldiers and veterans who have or are serving this country, Monday there is a special Memorial Day Dedication Ceremony along Heritage Walk at the National Infantry Museum beginning at 10:00am on Monday.  After the ceremony is over, there will be other activities taking place at the Museum. 

If you want to do a little exploring a little south of Columbus to see what’s happening this weekend, there’s something really cool going on at the 1850’s Village of Westville.  That’s the place where when you walk through the big gate, it’s no longer 2012…you’ve gone back in time to life in the 1850’s!  And this weekend, you get a to visit a Creek Indian village to she how they lived in the 19th-century and explore their culture.  You’ll also get to hear both sides of the story surrounding the Creek Wars, but watch out…the Creeks will “attack” the village of Roanoke and Shepherd’s Plantation!  Talk about living history…this is a lot more fun than watching a documentary on TV because you’re right in the middle of the action!

After you make it thru the Creek Indian War, you might need to chill a bit, so since you won’t be far from Florence Marina State Park, head that way for all of lots of activities with their Memorial Day Celebration!  They’ll have lots going on Saturday-Monday with crafts, games and boat rides.  But here’s a tip:  If you can’t squeeze in a trip to Florence Marina this weekend because there’s just so much going on, not to worry; but, make sure to put them on the calendar for next weekend because that’s when they do their annual Alligator Day…tell you more about that next Friday!

Wow, it's a full weekend...just make sure you keep it safe while you're out and about!

Now, go have some fun...

shelby

 

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, Good Eats!, Shopping, on Thursday, May 24, 2012

Let the Weekend Begin in Columbus, GA!

Not that I'm counting the hours or anything, but there's so much good stuff going on this weekend that it's time to get this thing started.  It would take up too much space here to try and give you the rundown on everything going on, so you may want to check out the Community Calendar to get a better look.

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 all day Saturday and Sunday.  Tons and tons of vendors with anything from pottery, jewelry, antiques, loads of entertainment, and the reason most of us go...the FOOD. Here's a tip, skip dinner the night before and breakfast the day of so you can eat all the good stuff you want and you won't feel guilty!

There aren’t many places in this world where you can get something for free, but that’s exactly what’s going on this Saturday at the Coca-Cola Space Science Center with their Free Comic Book Day!  Not only will you get a free comic book, but they’ve got a day full of fun stuff lined up like a costume contest, quick draw contest, you get to do some gazing at the sun (without damaging your eyes!), door prizes, you can shop for new comic books to add to your collection, and what sounds to me like the absolute coolest activity of the day……Reading with a Super Hero!!! 

The Columbus Lions are playing some great arena football this season and it looks like an intense game shaping up at the Civic Center this Sunday at 4:00pm as they take on in-state rivals the Albany Panthers!

Headed back north a bit, chances are you’ll be passing through Warm Springs on your way to the Cotton Pickin’ Fair, so tack on some extra time to stop in and join the celebration at the Little White House!  It was in May of 1932 that Franklin Roosevelt celebrated the completion of his cottage with a housewarming.  Fast-forward 80 years and check out this reenactment of that celebrationthis Saturday!  There will be an actor on hand portraying Pres. Roosevelt, as well as live music from the 30s and 40s, lemonade and cookies, even down to the smallest detail of being able to join in on an old-fashioned game of croquet on the lawn! 

It’s no secret that I am obsessed with the Springer Opera House’s annual production of “A Tuna Christmas.”  I don’t think I’ve missed a year yet, so when I heard about this brand new production this season, I did the proverbial Happy Dance!  How just two actors…in this case Paul Pierce and Ron Anderson…can bring so much personality to so many characters is beyond me.  Well, now we get to see the rest of the story and find out what’s been happening in the third smallest town in Texas.  In case you haven’t heard, Bertha and that no-good husband of hers, Arles are headed to Las Vegas to renew their wedding vows & it turns out the whole town of Tuna tags along with them!  They meet some new friends along the way…a mind-reading mystic named Anna Conda, a mafia thug, and a couple of Elvis impersonators.  They actually come home wiser, happier & richer!  I've got to see this...

That should get you started trying to figure out what you want to put on your weekend to-do list.  Don't forget to breeze through the Community Calendar to find out more.

Now, go have some fun...

shelby

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Categories: Arts, Events, History, Good Eats!, Shopping, on Friday, May 4, 2012

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