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Thursday, January 6, 2011

2011 Fun in Columbus, GA!

So it's out with the old and in with the new!  But just because the holidays are over, don't think that means all the fun is over as well.  It means there's a whole new year of things to get out and see and do with family and friends.  Here's just a sample of some of the events going on, but remember, you can always get more details on the Community Calendar.

If you've been cooped up inside and need to get a little fresh air, then this might do the trick.  How about a little communing with nature at Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center this weekend? They have a lot of stuff going on including a Nature Walk and a Garden Club meeting on Saturday, but here’s one thing that’s a little out of the ordinary. They are doing to do a Raptor Release during their Second Sunday program this month (2:00pm).  Oxbow is welcoming Auburn University’s Southeastern Raptor Center for a program on local raptors, followed by the release of rehabilitated birds into the wetlands!  Admission is only $3 and for ages 3 and under, it's free.  Oxbow is located at 3535 South Lumpkin Rd.  (706.687.4090)

And yes, the holiday season may be over, but guess which season is almost upon us? Wedding Season!! So if there’s a wedding in your near future, the Wedding Extravaganza at the Trade Center (801 Front Ave) is where you need to be this Sunday  (12:30-5:30pm). Whether your wedding is going to be small & quaint or a big, over-the-top ceremony, there are a lot of details to consider and plans to make. That’s what’s so great about events like this because they’ll have loads of vendors and exhibitors with demonstrations, samples, money-saving specials, ideas on entertainment, receptions, and photography…and of course, they’ll have a spectacular fashion show. You’ll even have a chance to win great gifts and prizes!  Admission is $6. (678.548.9498)

While you’re in the wedding planning mode, after the Wedding Extravaganza, stop by one of the most unique wedding venues in Columbus…the Garrett-Bullock House at 1302 2nd Ave. It's a beautiful old Victorian house. They’ll have the facility open to see if this might work for your wedding, reception, dinners or showers! Check it out this Sunday (Jan 9) from 1:30-5:30pm. Admission is free, but you need to RSVP at 706.536.4054.

We've got to have some music thrown in the mix this weekend so let’s check out a little bit of jazz! The Columbus Jazz Society is kicking off their 2011 season with their 2nd Sunday Jazz Concert and Jam Session at the Liberty Theatre (813 8th Ave) and they have a really special guest to kick off this season with the Kevin Vannoy Jazz Quartet. Kevin Vannoy has toured with some pretty heavy hitters like the Platters, Percy Sledge, and Clarence Carter…and he’s worked with the likes of Jerry Reed, Barbara Mandrell and Mel Tillis. That would look pretty impressive on anyone’s resume, but what makes this really cool is that Kevin’s hometown is right here in Columbus, GA!  Admission is $10 and the concert begins at 6:00pm and the jam session at 8:00pm.  (706.660.9295)

OK, typically this information is about things happening during the weekend, but sometimes you just need a little something to look forward to during the week. This ought to do the trick! The Color Purple is coming to the RiverCenter (on Broadway) for two shows only (this Tuesday and Wednesday-Jan 11 & 12). It’s of course, based on the Puliter Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the film that was a mega-hit just a few years ago…and it’s a soul-searching musical that tells the unforgettable story of a woman who finds her unique voice in the world. It’s packed full of Grammy-nominated jazz, gospel, and blues numbers and was even nominated for 11 Tony Awards…in other words, this is a landmark theatrical event! (706.256.3612)

Let's end on something that might make you feel good about yourself!  If you chowed down on too much turkey & dressing and pecan pie during the holidays, you can work some of that off at the Red Nose Half-Marathon taking place in Uptown Columbus Saturday morning (Jan 8) at 8:00am. It's free to join in or you can go for the optional T-shirt and that’s $25. They’ll be giving out awards and food.  (706.315.7060)

We all make New Year's resolutions and they can be hard to keep or broken too easily…but maybe one you can keep is to spend more quality time with family and friends doing things together and having a laugh.  Hopefully, these ideas will get you started in making some plans for a fun weekend.  Don't forget to check out the Community Calendar for more.

Now, go have some fun…



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Friday, July 29, 2011

2011 International Blind Golf Championship in Columbus, GA

Golf is a sport enjoyed by everyone regardless of age, gender, physical condition or physical challenge. It's a great way to enjoy nature, friendship & exercise while providing an opportunity for personal challenge & growth. There is no reason why the sport should not be enjoyed by everyone, & that includes people with limited or no vision. While we think of golf as an activity requiring eyesight, that's not necessarily the case. The game is enjoyed by thousands throughout the world who have someone else be their eyes.

The International Blind Golf Association is the governing & sanctioning body of blind golf events world wide. The IBGA is dedicated to promoting the sport, and assisting blind golfers enjoy golf. The IBGA was formed in 1998 with the United States Blind Golf Association one of the founding members.

The organization now has 13 member countries around the world. The sport can be traced back to 1924. Clint Russell of Duluth, Minnesota lost his sight when a tire exploded in his face. In 1925, he began playing blind golf. Clint slowly reduced his scores and by early 1930 had shot an 84 for 18 holes.

Columbus, GA is lucky to have so many notable and accomplished golfers here for this event. Take just a moment to meet some of them and learn a little about their lives.


David Charles Hughes Blyth

Chairman of the International Blind Golf Association

David was born in a small town towards the middle of Australia in 1934.David was Blinded in an accident with a Land Mine when he was 14 years of age. This was war surplus, which he found near Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia. After many months of hospital he went to work in Brisbane. David soon became an advocate for Blind and Vision Impaired Persons. After many positions on small self help organization he moved to Melbourne, Victoria. He soon established himself as a strong advocate and set up the first National Organization of Blind and Vision Impaired Persons in Australia in 1975. The organization, National Federation of Blind Citizens, (NFBC) soon became the major force for change for Blind persons in Australia. In 1984 David was elected to the International Blind Federation and was one of the Constitution committee which established the World Blind Union(WBU).David served for 8 years as chairman of the East Asia region of WBU. HE was elected as President of WBU in 1992 and served his 4 year term with distinction.  At the 2000 WBU General Assembly he was awarded, as one of the first two ever given, the Louis Braille Medal. WBU has only awarded 4 Louis Braille medals in it’s history. At the same General Assembly he was given Life Membership of WBU. David joined Lions Clubs International in 1970.He held most club positions along with District Offices,  and was awarded the star award for his work in Save Sight projects. He served as a District Governor in 1979 / 1980.David  chaired the steering committee to establish the International Blind Golf Association (IBGA).  He chaired the meeting in Florida that established the IBGA. He was Secretary/Treasurer from 2000 to 2004 and was elected chairman of IBGA in 2004 to present time. David was the inaugural President of Blind Golf Australia.  He served in this position from the beginning in 1992 till 2010. He is presently a director of Blind Sports Australia. David has held the Australian B1 Championship title for the last 7years. He also holds most of the State titles in Australia.  He won outright the New South Wales Blind Golf Open in 2009. David won the B1 net Canadian Open title in 2008. He won the B1 titles at the 2008 and 2009 Nova Scotia Opens.  Bob Cunningham is David Coach when he travels to North America and last year in Italy. Bob met David when he visited Nova Scotia in 2006 and they have developed a strong friendship ever since. Bob lives in Anti Gosh, Nova Scotia.

David Meador

Nashville, TN

Motivational Speaker, Author and Former National Champion

David is a B1 (totally blind) golfer, having lost his sight in an automobile accident at age 18.  He went on to graduate from Southern Illinois University and Loyola University of Chicago and later worked 20 years as a successful sales representative with Northwestern Mutual Financial Network.

David and his bride, Connie, are this year celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary, and live in Nashville, Tennessee.  They have two daughters and two grandchildren.  After retiring from Northwestern Mutual in 2002, David began a natural followup career in motivational speaking.  A two-time cancer survivor, David has since written and published his 2010 autobiography, Broken Eyes, Unbroken Spirit– available from or personalized, from

In 1977, David won the United States Blind Golf Association National Championship at the world famous Firestone Country Club.  He jokes that in the 30-plus years that followed, he "kindly allowed others to have the lime-light," finishing second to Pat Browne and others more times than he would care to count!

David's long-time eyes on the golf course, Everett Davis, is happily retired after a long career in banking.  He enjoys traveling with his wife, Judy, playing golf and volunteering his time and talents serving his church and other causes.  He and Judy are likewise celebrating a milestone wedding anniversary, their 50th! 

Neil Baxter

North Weald, England

Member of England And Wales Blind Golf since 1989. Winner of the order of merit in 1995 and 2001.Third in the overall net in the World championships in 2000.  Regular member of the England team. Secretary from 2002 to 2008. Director of I.B.G.A. since 2002 and Vice Chairman/Administration since 2004.

Guided by wife, Clara , herself a keen golfer.

George Pilz

King of Prussia, PA USA

George Pilz, who is totally blind, is an Air Force veteran and avid sportsman who loves the challenge of playing a good game of golf. Pilz was a lineman for Philadelphia Electric before injuries from a car accident took his sight at age 22. He was introduced to golf as a VA rehab patient in Hynes, Illinois in the early 1960s.

Pilz put golf on hold to run his own woodworking business. That was followed by a 26-year career with AT&T. In 1984, he was one of the runners who carried the Olympic Torch up the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum. When AT&T closed, Pilzopened his own business providing adaptive technology services for the blind.

Now retired, Pilz golfs several days a week with his buddies in the Middle Atlantic Blind Golf Association. In 2008, Pilzwon first place in the Senior Division at the USBGA National Championship held in Tunica, Mississippi.

Sheila Drummond
Lehighton, Pennsylvania  USA

Sheila was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 8 and lost her sight from complications of the disease in 1981. She was employed as an X-ray Technician before losing her sight and worked at a large trauma center in Allentown, PA.

Sheila never played golf as a sighted person but started playing 10 years after going totally blind. She took some lessons from a local Pro and 3 years later qualified to join the United States Blind Golf Association and was the first female member.

Sheila have served on the USBGA Board of Directors for 10 years and currently serves as President. 

Sheila had a hole in one on August 19, 2007 and was the first totally blind female to ever score an Ace. Keith and Sheila appeared on Good Morning America.

Keith Drummond is Sheila’s Husband and coach. They are members of a local country club where theytry to play golf several times a week. Keith is employed as a Supervisor at LAMTEC Corporation. They have been married for 20 years.   

Mario Tobia

Mt. Laurel, New Jersey  USA

Mario Tobiais 55 years old and lives in Mt. Laurel, NJ with his wife Ann.  He has two boys, his oldest son, Matthew, is a full-time student at Fordham University and is pursuing his MBA in Finance.  His younger son, Michael, is a senior at Seton Hall University and   is getting his undergraduate degree in Information Technology Management.

Mr. Tobiagraduated LaSalle University and obtained his degree in Marketing with a minor in Computer Science.  He then worked as a Computer Consultant and managed a staff of 30 people performing various functions for a major Publishing company in their Information Technology department.  He continued with that company until his vision deteriorated to the point where it became too difficult to perform his job duties.  He now works part time for the Philadelphia VA and the NJ Commission for the Blind as a Training Consultant, instructing visually impaired individuals on using the computer with the aid of adaptive technology.

Mario began playing golf at the age of 30 years old and had already lost enough of his sight that he could no longer follow the ball in flight.  At the age of 40, he gave up golf due to his eye condition.  It was not until five years later did he pick up the sport again when he discovered the Middle Atlantic Blind Golf Association. In 2007, Mr. Tobiacompeted in his first National Blind tournament with the United States Blind Golf Association and was hooked on playing competitive golf.  Along with his son, Matthew as his swing coach, Mr. Tobiadropped 10 strokes off his handicap and in 2010; Mr. Tobiatook third place in the USBGA National Championship in the totally blind division and one month later, won the American Blind Golf National Championship in the B1 division.  In June of 2011, Mario took 2ndplace honour at the Guiding Eye Classic Golf Tournament in Mt. Kisco, NY.  This event is considered the Masters of Blind Golf.

This year, Mario is looking to continue to improve his golf and repeat as national champion and play in the world championship in 2012 held in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Ty Thompson

Lexington, Kentucky  USA

Ty has won several USBGA Regional golf tourneys in the B2 division.  Past US National B2 champion and past Net National Champion.  Lost vision due to PXE. Past jobs include IBM/Lexmark and National Sales Manager. 

Jan Dinsdale

County Down, N. Ireland 

Jan Dinsdaleand her guide, David McVeigh are delighted to come back to the U.S.. They look forward to meeting up with old friends and maybe making some new ones!

Jan is a member of Blackwood Ladies Golf Club, County Down where she enjoys playing golf with her sighted peers. Her most proud achievement was winning  a monthly medal last year. 


Takeo Maruyama

Pearl City, HI  USA


Began to play as a caddie at 14.  Lowest handicap; 11 in 40s (age).  Broke 80 6 times during this period. Handicap ballooned from 18 to 26 in last 15 years as vision got worst.  Currently plays only once/week.  No nat'l or int'l experience.  Membership connection: Just got accepted to USBGA last year.  Was not eligible for Int'l Tournament in England.  

This is first chance to participate in Nat'ls this August at Columbus, GA.  Heard about USBGA through my niece who lives in Lompoc where a satellite, non USBDA sanctioned tournament is held each October.

Details on Coach;  Michael, his son and eldest of four children.  Michael plays golf only a couple of times/year.  Has broken 100 and got close to breaking 90 once or twice.  Hansen's Disease Branch Chief in HI State Dept of Health and 53 years old.


From early days (8th grade) Takeo could not pass the eye exam so he memorized it until his junior year in High School when he could no longer get by.  Finally he got corrective glasses at that time.  Takeo’s eyes were already not correctible to 20/20, only 20/30.  Eyes deteriorated to the point he could not pass the eye exam for the drivers' test, 13 years ago. He has not driven a car since 1998,   In the early days optometrists always called over co-workers to look at his paled nerve endings.  No diagnosis so far.  His nerves are atrophying as in  glaucoma and Liebers Optical Neuropathy.  The test turned out negative for  the latter but being treated for low pressure glaucoma with zalatan. Takeo got a waiver to enter the Air Force.

 Jobs:  He worked as a meteorologist in the USAF and retired after 20 years service at rank of Lt. Col,  Spent 7 years as a stock broker with Paine Webber after retirement from the Air Force and 13 years as a stock portfolio manager in the Trust Dept of Bank of Hawaii.  Takeo has been completely retired for the last 16 years.


Derrick Sheridan MBE

Berkshire, England


Blind Golf History :  Derrick became involved in Blind Golf in 1989 after hearing about it on the radio.  He was the first President of the IBGA from 1998 to 2004 and is currently Chairman of England & Wales Blind Golf (EWBG) and a Director of IBGA.  He has won many EWBG events including their Matchplay Championship on three occasions.  His best finish internationally was runner up in the British Open in 1991 and he has represented England several times against Scotland and the USA.  

Derrick’s guide is his wife Matt who is also a golfer.  

Golf outside EWBG :  Before joining EWBG Derrick and his wife had identified golf as a sport they could play together.  They joined a golf club and on one occasion he won the men’s monthly medal competing against over 100 fully sighted golfers, a success of which he is still very proud.  After relocating to Berkshire he became a committee member at his new club.  

Personal Background : Derrick is a 67 year old Welshman who has lived in England for the past 44 years.  He lost his eyesight at the age of 10 and attended a Blind School from the age of 14 where he received training as a shorthand typist.  He retired 15 years ago after 33 years in government service.  He started his career as a shorthand typist and moved on to jobs such as a Senior Industrial Relations Officer, Personnel Manager and finally as Manager of a group of offices helping unemployed people to find work and paying social security benefits.  He made a member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1990 for his services to the Employment Service and received his honour from the Queen at Buckingham Palace.  His wife and guide, Matt, was made an Officer of the Order in 1998. 



Geoffrey Bull 

Kalamazoo, Michigan  USA


Geoffrey Bull is totally blind, is 76 years old, and was born in England.  He moved to the States 30 years ago, and now spends six months in Florida and six months in Michigan.  Geoff has been playing golf for ten years – he has yet to feature prominently in any USBGA tournament.  He is retired;  his employment career included physical therapy, computer programmer, data processing manager, and Company president.  He is in his second marriage of eighteen years. Walter Calhoun is 64 years old, was born in Colorado, and moved to Michigan 40 years ago.  Walt has helped Geoff on the golf course over the past three years; this will be Walt’s second tournament as Geoff’s "coach".  Walt served as a Marine in Vietnam.  His professional career was as a cartographer.


John Casolo
Waterbury, Connecticut  USA


At 18 months old, John lost the sight in his right eye via an accident.  Growing up he played all the sports, but never really got hooked on golf until 1965.  Between 1965, and June 1968,Around the end of June 1968, his left eye began hemorrhaging severely causing complete blindness which lasted until early 1970.  From 1970 to 1978 his sight gradually improved to 20 over 200. In 1979 the retina began to deteriorate and in March of 84 the retina tore and left him sightless.  In November of 1987, he obtained his first guide dog, which turned his life around.  In March of 1988, John began down hill skiing as a totally blind skier.  Presently, he’s a black diamond skier.  In 1989 he enrolled in a local college and completed a computer course and a refresher course in typing.  In January 1990, because of his computer skills, he was elected treasure of the Greater Waterbury Chapter of the NFB, A position he held for the next seven years.

In 1993, John heard that blind people were playing golf, and he figured if they could do it, so could he.  What he didn’t realize was that playing the game wasn’t the hardest part, but finding a good coach was. Because of this, he played very little golf for the next 4 years.  

In the spring of 1997  John attended a blind golf demonstration presented by Bill McMahon, which sparked his interest in USBGA.  Later, in June of that year, Bob Andrews, then president of the USBGA, invited him to be his guest at the Guiding eyes tournament and play the first 9 holes of his practice round with him.  Not only was this quite an honor, but it cemented him in to the USBGA.  John only missed 3 national events in the past 13 years, primarily due to the lack of a coach.  This has always been his major problem.  John has a few dedicated coaches for home course play, but none that can take time off or afford to travel. John won his only first place trophy at the Wisconsin Regional in 2005, with his son as coach. Two years ago John was once again in need of a coach to play in the National championship in San Antonio.  Harry Hester, a B3 vision impaired golfer, called John. Harry knew of his dilemma and informed him that his very good friend, David Mouton, his former coach/golfing buddy was willing to coach John, if he was interested. Needless to say, John  jumped at the opportunity.  Dave and  John hit it off just great.  Dave has been a God send.  They played in 3 tournaments in 2010 and have already signed up to play in 4 this year, and possibly one more if they can find a sponsor.  At the young age of 79, John says he couldn’t be happier.   He has a great coach and is playing better golf now, than he ever played when he had sight.  




Reno, Nevada USA




David Wall

Wymark, SASK Canada


David Wall is a sports enthusiast.  When he was sighted, he enjoyed playing hockey and baseball as well as competing in track and field.   When David lost his sight, he became interested in golf.  Over the years, golf became a lifestyle, and David has the winning record to prove it.  He is a six time Western Blind Golf titlist, and he has won the Provincial tournament eight times.  David was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall Of Fame for his achievements in blind sports.   David is a family man with two children and five grandchildren; they all share his love of athletics.   He received his bachelor’s degree in administration in 1978 and currently operates a lake resort.   Educator Lloyd Dressler is David’s longtime coach and friend.  The team has worked together in ten international tournaments, one Canadian championship, and two WBGA wins.  Lloyd is also an accomplished curler. 


John White

 South Perth, Western Australia


John has been a member of the Western Australian Blind Golf Association for 7 years and played each week with the 

Westerners Blind Golf Club. He is coached by Mr. Brad Logan, Professional at Royal Perth Golf Club in Perth, where John

has been a member for 46 years, and continues to play in their weekly competition.


Brad Eaton

Harwich, Massachusetts USA



Brad began playing golf in 1973 while working as a greens keeper for the local golf course.  He continued playing until 1978 when he enlisted in the US Coast Guard.  1981 he was diagnosed with RP.  He did not play again until 1987 when he learned about a veterans group from NJ that sponsored a blind golf tournament.  It was at that time that he met Dr. Dennis Wyantt( blinded veteran), who informed him of the USBGA.  Over the years Brad played tournaments in Japan, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Canada and the United States.  This year he is coached by Linda Smith, a Lions Club member from Talladega, Alabama.  


Diane Wilson

Seattle, Washington  USA 


Diane is part of a golfing family so most of their vacations have included at least one round of golf.  Her brother, Ron Plath, has been a member of the USBGA since 2003 and has taught Diane everything.  She knows about blind golf.  Living in Alaska for 30 years limited her playing time so now she am ready to go. Diane and husband/coach are retiring after 43 years of teaching so now they can devote their time to golf. Prior to 2011 she competed in the US Open in San Antonio in 2009 and in the Nova Scotia Open in 2010.   She hopes to do much better this year and play in many more tournaments 


Richard (Dick) Pomo 

Green Valley, Arizona  USA


Dick became a member of the United States Blind Golf Association in 2002. Prior to him joining USBGA he had some limited vision and had played golf with sighted friends. After loosing his remaining vision, he discovered USBGA and joined in 2002. For a number of years he served on the board of directors and held the position of Vice President. 

Dick says he has been fortunate enough to have participated in every national tournament since joining USBGA and has had the opportunity to participate in a number of regional tournaments. He has hosted several regional tournaments while living in Wisconsin and in April of this year, he and his wife Sharon coordinated a regional tournament in Tucson Arizona. 

Several years ago he had the opportunity to participate in a tournament in Japan with his wife Sharon as my coach. While his golf left much to be desired, it was wonderful meeting and sharing experiences with folks from various parts of the world. 

As a legally blind child, he attended the Oak Hill School for the Blind in Hartford Connecticut. After receiving a bachelors degree and a subsequent masters degree in social work, he eventually moved to Wisconsin where he lived for 40 years before retiring to Arizona. His professional career was spent in the human services field with his last position serving as the director of the Wisconsin Council of the Blind. 

Dick was fortunate to have the opportunity to spend time both in Wisconsin and Washington D.C. working along side of other folks with disabilities to get the American’s With Disabilities Act, ADA, passed. 


“Golf to me has always reflected a philosophy that most individuals with disabilities embrace. This philosophy is reflected both in ADA and the spirit of blind golf. You do not change the rules of the game because of a disability, you simply allow for a few reasonable accommodations.”


Pat Browne III

New Orleans, Louisiana  USA



Pat attended Jesuit High School in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he was born and raised. A captain of the basketball team and two-year letterman in baseball, Pat received numerous accolades while at Jesuit, including All-State honors and election to the American Legion All Star Team, where he hit a league-leading batting average of .484. After graduating in 1950, Pat continued his athletic success at Tulane University, where he lettered three times in both golf and basketball and was named Captain of each team for two years. During his senior year, Pat set the single-game scoring record for Tulane Basketball. Upon receiving his Law Degree from Tulane in 1956, he practiced law for eighteen years in New Orleans, before becoming President and C.E.O of Hibernia Homestead Bank, an office he held for thirty years. He is presently the Chairman of the Board.



In 1966, Pat lost his sight and sustained multiple injuries as a result of an automobile accident. After a long recovery process he was introduced to the idea of blind golf by his close friend, Henry Sarpy. A 2-handicap prior to his accident, Pat’s return to golf proved to be a difficult transition, but after a few years of struggles, he eventually won his first USBGA National Championship with Henry as his coach in 1975. Thereafter, beginning in 1978, Pat and his coach, Gerry Barousse, won the USBGA National Championship 20 consecutive years. On two other occasions, Pat won the USBGA National Championship, one of which was with David Clark as his coach, and, most recently in 2005, with his son Patrick at his side.



At the Ken Venturi Guiding Eyes Golf Classic, which has been referred to as the “Masters of Blind Golf” due to its invitational nature, Pat and multiple coaches have been the champion 18 times, 16 years consecutively. The most recent of these victories took place in 2007, with his son Patrick as his coach. In his blind golf career, Pat, through the aid of many dear coaches, has 65 blind golf victories around the world. Pat recorded the lowest four consecutive rounds ever by a blind golfer, shooting rounds of 75, 74, 79, 75 at Mission Hills Golf Club in Palm Springs, California. He and Gerry Barousse shot 85 at St. Andrews and 80 at Pinehurst, as well as recording the lowest ever nine holes of competitive blind golf, shooting an even par 36 on the back nine of the USBGA National Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina.



In 1990, Pat and Gerry played a 9 hole exhibition match with two-time U.S. Open Champion, Payne Stewart, in which Payne blindfolded himself for the entire match and played with the aid of a coach. Payne shot 62 and Pat and Gerry managed to shoot 42. Pat has been elected to the Tulane University Athletic Hall of Fame, the Sugar Bowl Athletic Hall of Fame and the Louisiana State Sports Hall of Fame. In 1988, the United States Golf Writers Association presented Pat with the Ben Hogan Award in Augusta, Georgia during the Masters. This award is presented to a golfer who has overcome great adversity. In 2007, New York Metropolitan Golf Writers Association presented Pat with the Mary Bea Porter Award, which “recognizes an individual in golf who, through a heroic or humanitarian act, saves or betters the lives of others.”



Pat is father to three daughters and one son, and has eight grandchildren. He lives in New Orleans with his wife, Sherry.


Greg Hooper

Powder Springs, Georgia  USA


First year in USBGA!  Greg has played golf for 40 years. He became visually impaired 16 years ago due to complications from PXE. Currently retired volunteering at the local High school. 


Ron Murner

Wellington, Ohio  USA

Even though Ron had vision problems since a young man, he was able to work as a carpenter and construction superintendent in northeastern Ohio.   When his vision worsened in 1988, (he lost all vision in one eye and the other became severely impaired) he was no longer able to drive or do his job.  In 1999 he lost his remaining vision due to a severe infection in the eye.  Ron played golf for many years and he still wanted to play. He became involved with the Cleveland Sight Center golfers, thanks to help from Walter Dietz, another blind golfer.  Since Ron joined the USBGA in 2000, he has played in over 35 tournaments across the U.S. and in Canada.  His highlights so far are being repeatedly invited to the Guiding Eyes Tournament in Mt. Kisco, New York and winning low net in a regional in Florida in 2003.  He won the Boswell Trophy (low net in the B 1, or totally blind division) at the USBGA 2007 and 2010 National Tournaments in Philadelphia, PA.  In 2009 he was the Modified Stableford Grand Champion in the Dennis McCulloch Memorial Tournament in Ohio.Ron has many friends who coach him, but his wife Pat accompanies him and coaches him in most tournaments.  Through blind golf  Ron and Pat have met and become friends with so many wonderful people.  It has truly been a blessing in their lives.  


Barry Bonnell 

Meadville, Pennsylvania USA


Barry was born and raised in New England, primarily Boston.  He owned a commercial art business in Boston until he was about 30 years old, and then moved to Arizona.  He went back to school to complete a PhD in cell and molecular biology at Arizona State University.  It was during the course of his studies that his eye problems were finally diagnosed as some form of macular degeneration, later to be specified as Stargardt's Disease.  He completed his post-doc at University of California, Davis; then taught at University of Pittsburgh-Titusville and Westminster College. 


Barry was made aware of blind golfers through the Erie, PA, Center for the Blind and Visually Handicapped, and served as President of the Northwest PA Blind Golfers Association for 3 years.  He has played in Blind and Visually Impaired Tournaments since 2003, starting with the "Keep Your Eye on the Ball Tournament" in Erie, PA, USA.  He has played in IBGA tournaments in Nova Scotia, Canadian tournaments in Ontario, USBGA tournaments in Portland, Philadelphia, San Antonio, and the Heather Farr Tournament in Arizona.  His memorable win was over Charlie Adams in 2009 at the Dennis McCullough Memorial Tournament in Ohio.


Phil Hubbard 

Orange City , Florida USA


Golf History:

Todd has been a member of the USBGA since 2004. He has participated in many tournaments since then. From his first tournament in Raleigh , North Carolina in 2004, he has participated in many regional tournaments in Fort Wayne Indiana , Scottsdale Arizona , Philadelphia Pennsylvania , and Valders Wisconsin . Phil has played in several national championships, Ft. Lauderdale Florida 2004, Raleigh North Carolina in 2005, Philadelphia Pennsylvania in 2007 mad 2010 and Tunica Mississippi.



United States Blind Golf Association 

Board Member 


Coaches Information: 

Todd Gariepy 

Todd and Phil have been playing golf together since 2000. He has been the only coach that Phil has had.  He is a husband and a father to 3 boys ages 13, 5, and 8 months. 


Zohar Sharon

Afeka, Tel-Aviv Israel


Sharon Zohar, aged 57, is married and father of two children. He has an Arts degree from the AVNI Institute and is also a physiotherapist. 


Zohar served as a sniper in the paratrooper unit and lost his sight during his service at the age of 26. 

Despite the fact that he lost his eyesight 29 years ago, Sharon has developed a remarkable ability on the greens of fairways of local courses. He took up the sport four years ago. Initially, it took him almost three months just to hit the ball. Once he made contact, he continued practicing until he reached his actual level- he can now complete a full 18 hole. 


In July 2005 Sharon won the Caesarea Golf Club's Level Three Tournament for individual players and a month later, together with sighted golfer Asher Siso, he came in the first place in the Level three Israeli pairs championship. In both competitions Sharon beat a large group of non-disabled golfers.


He also took part at the World Blind Championships tournaments in September 2006, 2008 and 2010 in Scotland and won the first place. In 2007 and 2008 he also won the first place in his category - B1 - at the Blind Golf British Open Championships in York, UK.


Paul Wiese

Lexington, Kentucky  USA


Paula Wiese

Played in three USBGA regional tournaments in the past three years.

Member of USBGA for three years.

Spouse for 46 years.  First year coaching.


Michael McKone

Warwick, Rhode Island  USA


Michael began playing at age 10.  Played on the Bishop Hendricken High School Golf Team.

Played college golf at Providence College

2nd Place finish in the 2010 USBGA Championship

Affiliation: USBGA member since 2010


Robert Curtin

Adelaide, South Australia


Robert started playing Golf just over 15 years ago. He has competed in almost all of our state Opens in that time.

Robert also played in the World Championship at Rosebud, Victoria, and the Japan Open in 2009.

He won the net B3 in the New south wale Open in 2009, and the net B3 in the West Australian Open in 2010.

This year, he will be competing in the British Open, The Canadian Open, and the US Open. 

Wife Yvonne, 4 Children, and 10 Grandchildren, 2 of whom live with them (Girl 9 & Boy 8)


Scott Wilson

Ontario, Oregon USA


Scott has participated in Blind and Visually Impaired golf for three years.  In that time he has competed in the United States National Championship, IBGA World Championships (England), and several regional events in the United States and Canada.  Scott is a member of the USBGA. His coach is also his wife, Vicki.  She travels with and coaches in events outside of their local area


William H. McMahon, IV 

Framingham, Massachusetts  USA


Bill began playing golf as a totally blind person in 1985. He made the qualifying scores in 1986 and competed in his first USBGA tournament at the Ken Venturi Guiding Eyes Classic in June of 1986. Bill and his coach, Kevin Sullivan, began working together in 1991 and have been teammates ever since playing together at a Lions Club event in October 1991.

Bill and Kevin traveled across the pond to compete in the World Championship that was held in Edinborough, Scotland in 2000 and also to Belfast, Northern Ireland in 2008. Bill has competed in over 20 USBGA National Championships and has served on the USBGA Board of Directors since 1987.  When not working on USBGA matters, Bill also serves on the Board of Directors for the Lions Club of Framingham and for the Carroll Center for the Blind in Newton, Massachusetts.  Bill lost all of his eyesight due to complications from diabetes, which he has had since 1966. Bill also received a kidney transplant in 1996which was donated by his brother Kevin.

Kevin Sullivan is the instructor of golf at the Millwood Farms Golf Course in Framingham, Massachusetts and is also a member of the teaching staff of the Southborough Golf Training Center in Massachusetts.


Dr. William E. Pease

Charlottesville, Virginia  USA


Dr. Pease is the Director of Bands and Director of the Cavalier Marching Band at the University of Virginia since 2003. Dr. Pease was hired to start a college marching band program. Since 2003 the band program has grown to have 280 members. The band performs at over 80 athletic events during an academic year. Dr. Pease also directs the Men's basketball band, and UVA Wind Ensemble. Dr. Pease is an Associate Professor at the Mcintire Department of Music.


Dr. Pease is the 2009 and 2010 B3 National Champion. Dr. Pease has been married to Linda Pease for 21 years. They have four children Casey 20, Neal 17, Madison 13, Nick 13. Dr. Pease is coached by his hero in life, his father Maurice E. Pease Jr. His father a former all state football player in Virginia, enjoys coaching his son with rather unusual motivation techniques taken from his days as a football player. "Bad shot, give me 20 push ups son"


Brian Macleod 

Truro, Nova Scotia 


Brian MacLeod was born and still lives in Truro, Nova Scotia, with his wife, Joanne, and daughter, Sarah, the two people that mean more to him than anything in the world.  Brian worked at Superior Propane, as office manager, until his accident when he was 29 years old. He started the Nova Scotia Blind Golf Association in 2002 and this year will be the ninth tournament in Nova Scotia.

 Brian was named Athlete of the Year for Colchester County in 2004 and 2007; he received the Canadian Order of Merit.

 Brian has played in sixty golf tournaments around the world and has won forty; he has placed second in the last two world championships.

 Brian has helped raise money for Mother’s Against Drunk Drivers, Canadian Breast Cancer Association, Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, CNIB, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Halifax Progress Club, Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame and Sport Nova Scotia.


Ronald Boef

Bovenkarspel, The Netherlands


Born on 22 September 1976 Blind at Birth. From age 7 till 20 was at a special blind school. Studied Music and Keyboard. Lives alone in his own apartment in Bovenkarspel which is about 45 min drive from Amsterdam. 

Last 12 months: 1st in Tournament in Germany, 8th in Italy, 3rd in Egypt, 1st West Australian Open and 1st Australian Open 2010 all in the B1 category. 

Awards:Handicap Sportman from the Year – North Holland 


George Thirkill

Langley, British Columbia Canada


George was born in Sudbury, Ontario in 1939.  George is married and has two daughters and a son.  He played hockey and ball until he was over fifty years of age.  He discovered golf at Deep River in Ontario in 1960 and has played off and on since then.  George was the low gross winner at the WCBGA in 2008 and the low gross Canadian winner at the Canadian Open Blind Golf in 2008.  In 2009, George was the low gross winner at BC Blind Sports tournament in Burnaby, BC as well as the Pacific Coast Blind Golf Tournament in Kelowna.  He participated in the Nova Scotia Blind Golf tournament placing first in the low gross B3 division at River Oaks Golf Course in Meagher’s Grant in 2009.  In 2010, he represented Canada at the McCulloch Cup in Cleveland, Ohio and was voted Most Valuable Player for the event.  He presently resides in Langley, British Columbia and golfs at Eagles Quest and Coyote Creek Golf and Country Club in Surrey, British Columbia.


Bruno Boucher 

St- Gean Sure Richelieu, Canada


Bruno was born September 5th, 1951, in St-Jean sur Richelieu, Quebec.  When Bruno was a young boy, his dream was to fly an aircraft but the destiny sent him to work for an aeronautic company instead for 20 years. In 1992, that is when the great turning point of his life occurred, by losing the use of his central vision to both eyes. Bruno has played golf for 40 years and will still play all his life even as a visually impaired golfer. Bruno enjoys playing chess during the winter season, which has been a passion since his youth.  He has just recently won the Canadian championship for the blind and visually impaired chess tournament and is also currently the Canadian champion for the sport of blind and visually impaired players.


Ron Plath

Lake Oswego, Oregon  USA


Ron has lived in Oregon all of his 60 years and has played golf about 55 of those.

Ron's entire family loves the game and all of their vacations involved a round of golf together.

Prior to his vision loss he was an educator in Beaverton Oregon working with children with special needs.  Ron's wife Carolyn, was also a teacher in Beaverton before retiring in 2007.

Ron joined the USBGA in 2003 when their national championship was held at his home course in Oregon.  Ron has been fortunate to win the b3 national championship five times, the Canadian Open in 2006 and the British Open and World Championship in 2008.  He appreciates having the opportunity to compete against the best visually impaired golfers in the world and thoroughly enjoys meeting new players from around the world.

Ron and his wife/coach Carolyn are looking forward to their trip to Georgia in August.


Jack Herbert 

Wallingford, Pennsylvania  USA


Jack Herbert became legally blind in 1998 due to Macular Degeneration, Jack worked as a Mechanical Engineer for Sun Shipbuilding and DryDock Company for 35 years.  Jack won the Delaware County Senior Games Golf Tournament in 1994 at age 70 with a Low Gross score of 78.


Harry Hester

Austin, Texas  USA


Harry Hester, 58, lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, Margaret.  They have one grown son, Ryan.  Harry was a Rural Mail Carrier with the U.S.  Postal Service for twenty-five years before he became legally blind in 2003.  He now works as a Special Education Teaching Assistant at a neighborhood elementary school.  Harry says, "Being able to continue playing golf has enabled me to build close friendships, travel, and play competitively.  Blind golf is truly a team sport and I am blessed to have good friends who are willing to coach me."  He looks forward to playing golf in new destinations and enjoying the camaraderie of other blind golfers for many years to come.



Also participating…

Ron Derry- Baltimore, Maryland  USA
Gerry Nelson- Saskatoon, SASK Canada
Harry Hester- Austin, Texas  USA
Jim Durand- Longview, Washington USA
Chiara Pozzi- Milan, Italy
Andrea Calcaterra- Milan, Italy



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Fort Benning | 21 Days Until Spring…But Who’s Counting?  Me!

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Friday, February 27, 2015

21 Days Until Spring…But Who’s Counting?  Me!

Hope is on the horizon.  What a difference a day or two makes...clear, blue skies and a sun beaming its love in our direction today.  And hopefully, with Spring only 21 days away (yes, I am counting), maybe Mother Nature is on an up-swing with her mood.  We probably haven't seen the last gloomy day of winter yet, but let's enjoy this weekend while we can.  If you've been cooped up far too long and are in desperate need of some fun to shake off the gray clouds in your head, check out the Event Calendar and start making some plans to do just that! 

Lots of stuff lined up to do this weekend and a really good variety to choose from.  If you're in the mood for sporty type stuff, check out the NFCA NAIA Leadoff Classic Softball Tournament at the South Commons Softball Complex--it'll be some of the best fastpitch softball you've ever seen, or for something completely different, head to the corner of 14th Street and Broadway Saturday morning for the VIP Bed Race--and if you're saying to yourself..."Bed Race?"  Yep, it's exactly what you're thinking!  Teams have come together to fashion the most creative beds and they'll be racing them in the street!  It's all to the benefit Valley Interfaith Promise--a great organization here in Columbus.  Or maybe pile the kids in the car and take the short trek to FDR State Park for their Dr. Seuss Read Across America and Costume Contest.  You'll hear lots of great stories, see some creative costume designs and it's really great that the admission charged for this is only two canned goods per person for the local food bank.

If you want to keep the fun indoors, you're in luck.  RiverCenter for the Performing Arts will play host to comedian Kathleen Madigan on Friday night, the Broadway classic Jekyll & Hyde Saturday evening, and the annual CSU Guitar Symposium going on all weekend long.  Or if you're in need of musical comedy, then the Springer Opera House may just be your ticket.  I'm hearing from lots of folks that this is one of the best productions the Springer has ever done...and that's high praise indeed! 

Don't worry about the weather...just enjoy the weekend!


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Fort Benning | 3 Must-See Museums

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Monday, July 3, 2017

3 Must-See Museums

In addition to fantastic local restaurants, boutiques and outdoor adventures, Columbus, Georgia is home to some of the most engaging and well-curated museums in the country. With activities suitable for all age groups, we’ve rounded out the top 3 must-see museums for your Columbus itinerary.

The Columbus Museum

One of the largest cultural centers in the Southeast, The Columbus Museum is unique for its dual concentration on American art and regional history. With interactive exhibits and displays suitable for the whole family, the 13-acre site allows visitors to relive times past and experience the history of the Lower Chattahoochee River Valley.

As you wander the halls on your guided or self-led tour, be sure to visit the Chattahoochee Legacy Gallery for a chance to examine archeological marvels that include a turn of the century schoolhouse, an urban slave cabin, a 20th century army tent, and a true-to-size diorama of an ancient Native American dwelling. After that, step back in time with Albert Bierstadt’s romantic paintings of sweeping western landscapes, and listen as his brush strokes tell you the story of the 19th century Westward Expansion.

Once you’ve taken in the beauty of Bierstadt’s towering mountains and wind-swept prairies, take some time to enjoy the neoclassical style of the most fashionable portrait painter of the middle colonies, Charles Wilken Peale - known for portraits that include George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams.

Or perhaps you prefer abstract expressionists of the 20th century? If so, then you don’t want to miss Leonore “Lee” Krasner’s contribution to The Columbus Museum’s collection of notable American artwork. One of the few female artists to have had a retrospective show at the Museum of Modern Art, Lee Krasner is known not only for her paintings, but also for her charcoal drawings and occasional mosaics.

Round out your tour of paintings, sculptures and decorative arts from the colonial period to the present by enjoying the jazz-influenced, proto pop art of Stuart Davis and the wooden wall pieces and outdoor sculptures masterfully designed by Louise Nevelson.

And once you’ve returned to the present, there’s nothing more relaxing than unwinding in the beauty of the Bradley Olmstead Garden with your friends and family. More details

National Infantry Museum

National Infantry MuseumNext on our list of must-see museums is Columbus’ National Infantry Museum (NIM). Honoring the legacy and valor of the U.S. Army Infantrymen, the NIM is home to more than 70,000 unique artifacts, the WWII Company Street and Vietnam Memorial Plaza. Each gallery offers up a unique and truly emotional experience as you become acquainted with the lives and sacrifices of ordinary American citizens who gave up everything to defend the nation that they loved. The museum staff is passionate about the history they safeguard, and combined with their knowledge, the detailed and emotionally-charged exhibits will leave you with a deep appreciation for the individuals and events that made the America we cherish possible. The sacrifices made by our soldiers throughout the centuries are captured here and celebrated to perfection, going so far as to ensure that every soldier figure throughout the museum is modeled after actual men who served in the Civil War.

The NIM places great value on education. In addition to the interactive kiosks and exhibits placed throughout the galleries, the NIM hosts annual day camps each summer designed for children interested in learning more about our nation’s history. And nearly every Thursday and Friday, children’s author Kathy Maggart can be found in the museum lobby with her memorable book, The 1947 Freedom Train.

And don’t forget to visit the Giant Screen Theatre to take a 3D adventure through our country’s national parks! The National Infantry Museum offers all of this, and more. Allow yourself to be transported to the years preceding the Revolutionary War, and travel through time with numerous artifacts, exhibits and interactive displays that are sure to engage seasoned historians and inquisitive children alike. This nationally-recognized, state-of-the-art museum experience is not to be missed. More details

National Civil War Naval Museum

Rounding out our top three is another one for the history buffs. The National Civil War Naval Museum is home to the largest surviving Confederate warship, the CSS Jackson, as well as the wreckage of the CSS Chattahoochee. Among the many artifacts on display, you will find the largest collection of Civil War Naval-related flags in the country, as well as exhibits that will take you through the war’s most notable naval events.

With a range of events hosted throughout the year including museum theatre and historic character interpretation, living history events, tours, cannon firings, weapons demonstrations, and local history projects, there is something to peak the interest of every visitor.

So whether you’re a history enthusiast, an art critic or simply interested in learning more about local and national history, Columbus’ museums offer activities, exhibits and interactive displays sure to engage the whole family. More details

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Fort Benning | 35 Days and Counting until Christmas!

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

35 Days and Counting until Christmas!

No need to get into panic mode yet, but can you believe we’re about 35 days away from Christmas Day?  And before I even ask the question, I’ll shame myself and answer– “Guilty…haven’t even made a list, much less bought any gifts yet!”  Guess it’s time to get shopping, but instead of heading to the same old stores looking at the same types of gifts you bought last year, why not try something a little different and check out some of the amazing artwork at the Christmas Open House at the Gallery on 10th

I popped in there the other day to look around and was astonished at the level of talent on display from artists here in Columbus and the area.  Why can’t I have that kind of hand-eye-brain coordination?  Oh well, at least I know what I like and can purchase a piece for someone special or to go in my own house.  A bit of original art can change the look of an entire room and many of the pieces of art will be priced under $100.  And make sure you register for the Gallery on 10th “Gift Basket of Art.” So take a few minutes to swing by the Open House this Sunday (Nov 22) from 2:00-4:00pm and they’re located at #9 10th Street, right before you get to Broadway.  Happy Shopping!

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Fort Benning | 4th of July Family Fun!

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

4th of July Family Fun!

WTVM, the cities of Columbus and Phenix City are proud to offer this event for the entire family. This 12th annual event will attract over 30,000 people to both sides of the river. Scheduled from 5pm until the fireworks display, there will be fun for the whole family! Fireworks Celebration after dark!

Fun activities for the kids!
Free Entertainment!
Food and Craft Vendors!
Free Admission!
Spectacular Thunder on the Hooch® Fireworks Celebration after dark
This is an alcohol-free event!

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Fort Benning | 4th of July Weekend Fun!

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Thursday, June 30, 2011

4th of July Weekend Fun!

Lots of fun things to do in Columbus, GA this weekend to celebrate the 4th of July! Keep reading to get all the details! 

Thunder on the Hooch:

Everyone’s gearing up for the holiday weekend and all of the 4th of July celebrations and there are several going on the area. Of course, the big one is WTVM’s Thunder on the Hooch happening on Monday evening in Uptown Columbus. This is a FREE family event that continues to grow and get bigger and better every year. There will be all sorts of entertainment and activities from live music, to fun activities like face painting, water balloon and egg toss, pony rides, games, firing of the National Infantry Museum cannon and much more. And of course, no Independence Day celebration would be complete without a huge fireworks display. Everything starts at 5 PM and the fireworks will light up the sky at 9 pm. Don’t miss it! 

When: Monday, July 4 at 5 PM

Where: Chattahochee RiverWalk

Admission: Free

More Info: Click Here


Fort Benning's Independence Celebration:

Another patriotic event that people look forward to every year is the Independence Celebration on Fort Benning. It’s an afternoon filled with live music including Peggy Jenkins, Chris Collins and a Jimmy Buffet Tribute band. There are all kinds of activities for kids of all ages as well as plenty of food and refreshment vendors. This event is free and open to the public and you will not be required to stop for an access pass but everyone in the car over 16 will have to show an ID. The night will end with a fantastic fireworks display. Another great thing about this event is that it’s on Saturday so you wont have to choose…you can celebrate a little early at Fort Benning and then party again at Thunder on the Hooch on Monday. It’s a win/win and both events are free!

When: Saturday, July 2 at 4 PM

Where: York Field on Fort Benning

Admission: Free

More Info: 706.545.3328


Independence Day Celebration at Historic Westville:

Celebrate America’s Birthday the old-fashioned way at Historic Westville! There will be fun activities and entertainment all day long! The Wildwood Bluegrass Band will be performing from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM for your listening pleasure. But if you’re ready for action there will be watermelon eating and seed spitting contests, 3-legged, Sack, and Hoop Races, Bobbing for Apples, a Dunking Booth, Tomahawk Throwing, Horseshoes and much much more. You can even try your luck at the greased pole to win the cash prize at the top. And since now 4th of July celebration is complete without loud noise, Westville will blow the anvil every hour. If you work up an appetite, the Kiser House will have fantastic BBQ available to purchase.

When: Saturday, July 2 from 10 AM to 5 PM

Where: Westville

Admission: $8 - $10

More Info: 888.733.1850


July 4th Star Spangled Beach Party:

Callaway Gardens is celebrating the 4th of July all weekend long. On Friday night they’ll have the Callaway Gardens Farmers Market, an FSU Flying High Circus performance, a BBQ dinner at an additional cost and live music by Smith & Lewis. The fun continues on Saturday with 2 more circus performances, beach volleyball and sandcastle building and live music by Ricky Gunn. Then on Sunday there will be beach games, more circus antics, and even more live music by Running Down Romance. And Finally on Monday, the fun starts early with a Red, White and Blue pancake breakfast at an additional cost, 2 more circus performances, a Swingin’ Medallions concert and of course a big fireworks display.

 When: Friday - Monday, July 1-4

Where: Callaway Gardens

Admission: $12.50 - $25.00

More Info: 1.800.CALLAWAY


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Fort Benning | 4th of July Weekend Fun in Columbus, GA!

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Wednesday, July 3, 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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Fort Benning | 51 Reasons

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

51 Reasons

So, the CVB is kicking off its 51 Reasons campaign. It's basically just a fun, ever-changing list of reasons to visit or live in Columbus, GA. I asked our Facebook fans and friends to give me some of their favorite reasons, and these are a couple of the responses I received:


"I loved living in the Wildwood area! The historic homes and apartment that I lived in was beautiful and the parks are very well kept!" Kelly Carden McAbee

"A genuine historical catalog of "Suburban American architecture" from mid-1800s til today, rich military heritage balanced with a theatre district & vibrant songwriter/music scene.

Columbus, Georgia is an example of an American city transitioning from industrial to creative and back again…

Create in Columbus. Export to the world…" Sean Rox Michael Schoff

Please feel free to send any of your favorite reasons for visiting or living in Columbus, GA! Thanks!


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Fort Benning | 8 Reasons to Love Whitewater Rafting

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

8 Reasons to Love Whitewater Rafting

8 Reasons to Love Whitewater Rafting


Get A Work Out!
What better way to exercise than by having fun doing it. When whitewater rafting, there are certainly moments when you are paddling hard to ensure your raft takes the right path down a section of river, or when you need to avoid some obstacle. Not to mention the entire time you are in the raft you are continually keeping yourself balanced and centered. These are a few of the reasons why at the end of a long day rafting, you are generally physically spent.

Come to think of it, this entire list is made up of things most people don’t get enough of. Adrenaline pumping action certainly not being excluded. The thrill of crashing through waves, being bucked in the air, and going toe to toe against the elements causes your adrenaline to flow and for you to truly feel alive. As we know, motion is life itself, while stagnation is death. So keep moving!




The Family That Plays Together Stays Together!
It’s hard enough in our day and age to find quality time to spend with loved ones… but that’s not really an issue when you’re all packed onto a raft hucking rubber. These moments are also ones not easily forgotten, and nor should they be. You’ll remember these trips, and others like it, for the remainder of your life.




There is much in this life to experience, and there is much in this life you should experience. You only live once and you have to make the most of that limited time. It’s thrilling, enjoyable, memorable, and entirely worth every second spent doing it.

Fun Guides
There are always additional benefits to doing anything enjoyable, and for those taking guided rafting tours, the guides themselves are sometimes it. The men and women that have the intimate knowledge of the surrounding area and the physique of the gods themselves from endlessly and tirelessly rowing many times make these trips better. Not only good-looking and knowledgeable, our guides are crazy fun! This is most certainly an additional benefit.

Learning the history of our area
Many people, rather than having a love for beautiful people, or animals, or plants, or scenes, have a love for knowledge. And when it comes to knowing their surroundings, and all that it encompasses, rafting guides are often experts. They know local legends and tales, they know the behavior of the animals, they know almost everything that is to be known of the area in which they guide. This makes it especially easy to learn a lot about the history of the Chattahoochee that you would otherwise never think of considering.

Rafting is a sport that demands teamwork. The only way to successfully negotiate the rapids is with cooperation, listening, participation and anticipation. Sure there is a captain (guide) just like the manager in your office. The captain steers the boat while the paddlers (the staff) are the motor of the boat. Both serve vital roles within the team. Whitewater rafting allows your group to have some fun while learning about each other and bond together as a cohesive team!




Good Eats and Fresh Beer
After a day of Rafting on the Chattahoochee, stroll through Uptown Columbus and visit one of many local eateries: listen to great music at The Loft while indulging in one of many fabulous menu items, grab a Cheesesteak at PHILLY-osophy, sip on a unique brew from the Cannon Brew Pub, or tantalize your taste buds with a steak at The Black Cow just to name a few.

To book your trip, visit and visit, to find day-trip itineraries plus tips for things to do around town.

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

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Thursday, August 2, 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 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...



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Fort Benning | A Great Way to Start the Morning

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

A Great Way to Start the Morning

So, a little bit of background…Yesterday, I was getting ready for work after a long night of tossing and turning and waking up every 2 hours when I realized I was out of coffee. So I went through a fast food joint on Macon Road for my desperately needed hit of caffeine. Coffee was good, service was good and quick, and my co-workers were saved from the monster I can become without my morning coffee. I never made it to the store last night to buy coffee, so once again this morning, I made my way to a fast food restaurant that shall remain nameless on Macon Road. I pulled up to the window to order and asked for a large coffee. I opened my mouth and began to request cream and sugar and the attendant said, "2 creams and 4 Splenda packets, correct?" I was sort of shocked into silence, wondering if I am so very predictable. When I pulled up to the window, the woman said, "I thought that was you. I recognized your car when you pulled up. Here's your coffee with 2 creams and 4 Splenda packets." Now I this is only my 2nd time EVER going through this drive through for coffee and this women who sees hundreds of breakfast customers a day remembered how I like my coffee. Talk about customer service! THAT is a great way to start your day!


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Fort Benning | A Little Bit of Rain…OK, a TON of Rain…Isn’t Going to Stop Our Weekend Fun!

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

A Little Bit of Rain…OK, a TON of Rain…Isn’t Going to Stop Our Weekend Fun!

My first question:  Does anyone else think we might need to start building an ark?!  Holy Moley at the rain!  It rained so hard in Midtown Columbus yesterday that someone renamed the creek in Lakebottom Park to Whitewater Weracoba!  But my second question:  Is anyone going to let a little...ok, a lot...of rain spoil our weekend fun?  Nope, I didn't think so.  You might want to take a look at some of the offerings going on this weekend by exploring the Event Calendar.  I took a peek and found several good things going on...even some indoor stuff just in case!

In fact, if you haven't been to the Columbus Museum lately, you need to go see some of the really cool exhibits they've got going on right now.  The "Warhol in Southern Collections" is currently on display and it actually includes over 100 of Andy Warhol's works including the famous "Campbell Soup Cans" and those brightly colored Marilyn Monroe prints.  I also heard some fascinating tidbits about another new exhibit that will be opening this Sunday (Aug. 18) called "Dare to Wear:  Art as Fashion."  Technically fashion, but it's pieces that are sort of at the crossroads of artwork and body adornment.  I mean, some of this stuff looks like it could be plants, a sea creature, and even insect parts.  Lady Gaga would be all over this!!

Weekend, here we come!


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Fort Benning | A River Rafter Reviews Her Columbus Experience

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

A River Rafter Reviews Her Columbus Experience

(A lone kayaker in the late summer afternoon on the Chattahoochee in Columbus)“The charisma of Columbus is nothing were it not for the true embodiment of hospitality. Throughout your stay, you’ll meet local paddlers, business owners, families and students whose true desire, it seems, is to share as much of their city and kindness with you as possible. If the charm of the city wasn’t enough, you may find yourself invited for a home cooked meal, game night, or the next group paddle or post-boating libation. Amidst the deep opportunity for adventure of every kind is a thread of rich, sincere welcoming to a forgotten part of the south. You’ll arrive an out-of-towner and assuredly leave as a surrogate member of this unique river community.”

Says, Lydia Cardinal, writing for the NRS (Northwest River Supply) website as she shares her experience with Columbus. Lydia shares how Columbus it is the perfect place to “go all out,” whether one wants adventure or a great meal, and how everything you would want for an incredible weekend is all in one place. This is what we’ve been saying, but it is great to hear it from a visitor in such a thorough and eloquent way!


This might be one of the best reviews of Columbus we’ve seen, and it comes from an expert in the river rafting scene in America and especially in the South. The fact that Columbus turned the Chattahoochee into the world’s longest urban whitewater course smack dab in the middle of a growing restaurant, arts, music, and museum scene makes a weekend spent rafting or kayaking a totally unique experience for the adventurer and foodie alike.

Fountain along Broadway, Uptown Columbus


Lydia’s take on Columbus, saying, “The magnetism of Columbus seems to stem from the wicked collision of a growing college town and a burgeoning outdoor scene,” and “The true beauty of Columbus is its immediacy to quality adventure, grub, and entertainment and how easily you can jump back and forth,” help paint an accurate picture of exactly what a weekend in Columbus will look like for the traveler looking for a diverse (and unique) set of experiences. And, even if you aren’t a river rafter or kayaker, the energy of the river and the adventurers that it draws help charge the whole town with a rushing sense of wonder.


We’re glad that Lydia came to Columbus. Read her whole article and consider how you can go all out to craft your own experience! 

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Fort Benning | A Thousand Ways to Play in Columbus, GA!

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Friday, June 1, 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...


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Fort Benning | A Weekend in Columbus, GA is Just What We Need!

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

A Weekend in Columbus, GA is Just What We Need!

It's a good thing we're staring headlong into the weekend because we're going to need all this time to take in lots of the fun stuff going on!  We're never at a loss for things to do in Columbus, GA so here's a quick rundown of a few of the things scheduled, but remember you can always take a look at the Community Calendar and there you can find tons (and I do mean tons!) of ideas of things to get out and do.

If you can’t decide between a nice dinner and a night at the theatre or you’re looking for a great date night idea…well, here you go! How about checking out the new installment of Sherlock’s Mystery Dinner Theatre with their production of “A Red Carpet Murder” at the Marriott Hotel! Seems a young comedic actor is getting the lifetime achievement award, but he’s SO young that many of the celebrities in the audience are angry that he’s receiving it that they would kill to take his place! It’ll be a miracle if he makes it out of the first act alive! So whodunit? Could be you! That’s the fun part…not only do you get to have a great 3-course meal, but you just might be a part of the show! How much do folks love this? Since 2008, they’ve entertained more than 6,000 people!  Cost is $48.50 and that includes the meal AND the show…that's a great deal!  Show starts at 7:00pm (don't be late!) and will be held each Friday and Saturday through November 12.

The Harris County Cattleman’s Association is talking bull…no really! They’re getting geared up for the 24th Annual Professional Rodeo in Hamilton, GA, which will be held this Friday and Saturday (Sept 17 & 18) at the Mike Tracy Arena at the Agri-Center in Hamilton, GA . If you’ve never had the chance to experience a real rodeo before…well, here you go! Each night, you can check out the pros doing steer wrestling, bareback riding, team roping, saddle bronc riding, barrel racing and the one everyone really gets excited about…the bull riding competition! There’s even a midway that kids will love and plenty of southern eats. Gates open at 6:00pm and the rodeo starts at 8:00pm.

The Uptown Concert Series continues Friday night from 7:00-10:00pm with none other than Peggy Jenkins and The Bizness! Bring your lawn chair and scope out a good spot in the 1000 block of Broadway in Uptown and get ready for a night of great music and family fun!

It’s being touted as the “Biggest Shrine Circus to Ever Come to Columbus” and it’s happening this Saturday and Sunday with 5 huge shows at the Columbus Civic Center! I don’t care how old you are or whether you have kids or not…everybody loves a circus! They’ll have all the components you love…clowns, tigers, lions, acrobats flying overhead on the trapeze, and of course lots of good circus kinds of food…cotton candy, peanuts, candied apples…all the major food groups! So if you have kids, take them and make some good memories…and if you don’t have kids…go anyway and feel like a kid again!  You can get tickets in advance and save a few bucks or you can get them at the door the day of the show.

Maybe it was my imagination or maybe it was just wishful thinking, but I think I saw some leaves on the ground and blowing in the wind! Could it be that Fall is almost here? I know I’m ready for the change of seasons and it looks like the folks at Hills & Dales are as well. They’ve got a really cool workshop you can attend this Saturday called Leaf Casting ($25). The staff will lead this hands-on class and you can choose to work with a big leaf magnolia, hosta, oakleaf hydrangea, or an elephant ear. You get to create a wonderful casting of a large leaf that can be used as a decorative feature in your home or garden. Space is limited so the class is limited to 25 participants. While you’re there, make sure you take time to wander through the gardens or even take a tour through the big family home. It’s the home of the Callaway family and it’s now open to the public for tours…it is amazing!

Need some good music this weekend? Look no further than the performance with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra titled “Brahms and Prokofiev.” They are even going to have a special guest performer on the piano knocking out some classic pieces! Show starts at 7:30pm this Saturday night at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts.

Yep…all of this is going on in and around Columbus, GA and believe me when I tell you, this is just the tip of the iceberg!  There's something going on for everyone.

Now, go have some fun…




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Fort Benning | A Weekend of Laughter, Music, Words…and Love?

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

A Weekend of Laughter, Music, Words…and Love?

Hey, don't forget it's Valentine's Day this weekend, so grab your sweetie and make some plans to get out and have some fun! Here's a sample of what's going on, but don't forget, you can always check the Community Calendar to find out about these events and more. The calendar is pretty cool in that you can search for events by date, location, organization or type. Now…on with the show!


How about we have a little laughter in our lives this weekend!? This ought to do the trick…it’s Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family at the Columbus Civic Center. Madea is back after 5 long years of being off the stage. And Tyler Perry says that if you’ve never seen a Madea play, then you haven’t seen Madea at all! He based Madea on an aunt who lives in Georgia, as well as on his mother (sad note…she recently passed away.) Now remember that HE plays Madea, who is a grandma that dispenses wisdom in a "no-nonsense manner," and the fact that he’s 6’5” and is wearing a wig and a dress makes it all the funnier! FYI: The nickname "Madea" comes from a Southern African-American contraction of the words "mother dear." The play will take place on Sunday with two performances—3:00pm and 7:00pm. Tickets are $52.50 and $57.50. You can get tickets or more details by calling (706) 653.4460 or

Here’s another great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your sweetie! The Columbus Jazz Society is having their monthly concert and jam session at the Liberty Theatre and they are welcoming special guests, The Solar Quintet. This is one of those groups where the musicians are so talented that they can do it all…from fusion to Latin to traditional Jazz. And something else interesting about this band is that there isn’t a bandleader, so their rehearsal process is more like collaboration and discovery…it’s all about the innovation. This one you can really make a great night of because you get the concert, the jam session, and they’ll even be serving hamburgers and hot dogs thanks to CSUs Music Fraternity! Big date night potential here… Everything kicks off at 6:00pm with the concert and the jam session starts at 8:00pm. Admission is only $10. The Liberty Theatre is located at 813 8th Ave in Columbus. (706) 660.9295 or

So, we have to have a little romance this weekend and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra has just the thing! It’s a really unusual performance that involves live musicians and a silent movie. In fact, it’s one of the best silent movies ever…Charlie Chaplin’s “City Lights.” It’s one of those movies that will make you laugh and make you cry with no one ever uttering a word! (The final scene in the movie will really touch your heart!) But not only do we get to see this great movie, but the CSO will be in the pit providing a live musical score as a compliment to the movie. And, they’ll be serving champagne and strawberries before the concert! This all takes place in Bill Heard Theatre at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts on Sunday beginning at 7:30pm. Tickets range from $28-$36. (706) 256.3612 or

Now, this sounds pretty intriguing! It’s an original stage play called “Words” & the plot sounds really interesting. It all takes place in a small Georgia town and centers around a character named Darlene Russell, who is anything but nice…in fact, most folks refer to her as DarMEAN! The only thing big enough to stop this mean machine is a small lump in her breast. She has to get cancer treatment and is forced to leave her restaurant in the hands of the employees she’s been mistreating. Remember the old saying “When the cat’s away, the mice will play?” That’s just what happens here, but when Darlene returns from her treatment, she is a completely different person and has done a complete turn-around in her personality. Looks like this one’s going to be filled with laughter and tears! This is also taking place at the Liberty Theatre Cultural Center this Friday at 8:00pm, Saturday at 3:00pm and 8:00pm and a Sunday matinee at 3:00pm. General admission is $15, tickets for military, students and Seniors are $13. For more info, call (706) 561.8065.

And finally, you can't get much more romantic than sitting under the stars with your special someone! Not only could this be a romantic night, but you might also learn something about the stars in the heavens. The crew at the Coca-Cola Space Science Center are hosting an "Astronomy Night" at Providence Canyon this Saturday night beginning at 7:00pm. You can take your own telescope or you can gaze through the ones the Science Center will have set up. No admission charge for this one! (706) 649.1470 or

Cards, flowers, and chocolate are nice, but making a memory with your sweetheart is even better, so get out and have some fun this weekend! Ok, maybe chocolate wouldn't be a bad idea either…





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Fort Benning | A Wonderful Weekend Awaits in Columbus, GA!

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Friday, April 26, 2013

A Wonderful Weekend Awaits in Columbus, GA!

Ah, Springtime in the South!  The temperature is perfect, humidty hasn't reared its ugly head yet and there's plenty of events to get out and enjoy.  You should go take a look at the Event Calendar to get a taste of what's going on this weekend...there's a lot to choose from.

Speaking of 'getting a taste,' that's just what you can do tonight and tomorrow at this year's Bash on the Banks.  Barbecue.  Beer.  Live Music.  Need I say more?!  If you want to sample some of the best barbecue in the south, head down to Woodruff Park (Uptown) tonight (Apr 26) for the People's Choice competition...mmm, mmm, good!  There’s live music from The Relics, a big car show on Saturday that benefits the Special Olympics, a best burger competition, Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned events on Saturday… in fact, the winner gets to go to Las Vegas to compete in the World Food Championships! Remember, admission is free but food and drinks will be sold separately.

Forget about lions, tigers and bears because this Saturday (10am-3pm) at Oxbow Meadows, it’s all about reptiles with their annual Reptile Fest!  It’s a day dedicated to the awesome world of reptiles and they’ve got some really cool things planned like a reptile show hosted by Jason Clark of SnakesRUs, kid-friendly crafts, tortoise bingo, inflatables, games food, and two things that really sound worth the visit…an alligator feeding and the “Hiss America Pageant!”  So this alligator feeding, which they’re calling “Brunch with the Gators” happens at 11:00am and this should be something to see because these gators only get fed a couple of times a year!  And this “Hiss America Pageant?”  First of all, it gets the prize for the most clever name ever, but it’s tons of fun and is just like a real beauty pageant…only with reptiles!  Human participants will walk the runway with their dressed up pets and I guess answer for their pets during the Q & A portion!

If you’re in the mood for something cultural, like maybe some ballet…you’re in luck because the Columbus Ballet is having their Spring Performance this Saturday and Sunday at CSU’s Fine Arts Hall.  The dancers will be performing all sorts of dance from classic ballet, contemporary ballet, to jazz!  Tickets only $10 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 10.

If you’re looking for something a little different to kick off your weekend, you might want to make the short drive to Callaway Gardens tonight (Apr 26) for “Symphony on the Sand” that features the award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra!  They’ll be performing under the stars on Robin Lake Beach and end the evening with a bang with a sky full of fireworks!  You can either order a VIP Table on the Sand or you can opt for a ticket for a space on the lawn.  I say pack up a picnic basket, throw a couple of lawn chairs and blankets in the car, put on your flip flops and enjoy this Friday night.  And can I just say that this one has great date-night written all over it?!

It’s high-time to get your bicycle out of winter storage and on the road!  Check out the Wheels to Heal Bike Ride to benefit the John B. Amos Cancer Center this Sunday beginning at 7:00am with check-in and breakfast.  Rides, which begin at the Columbus Civic Center and range from 40-100 miles and the Family Ride, begin at 9:00am.  Remember, it’s a ride not a race, so choose a route that matches your endurance and helmets are required!  On top of all the other cook stuff you get for participating, there’s even a post-ride barbecue by Country’s!

The 3rd Annual Party on the Lawn is happening this Sunday on the lawn at the Wynnton Arts Academy!!  You don’t have to live or work in MidTown to enjoy all the festivities…just bring yourself, your kids, lawn chairs and dancing shoes because the afternoon will be filled with music with Jan Hyatt and The Usual Suspects, lots of activities for kids, food samples for MidTown restaurants.  What a great way to wind down the weekend!

Want to find out more?  Just head to the Event Calendar to all the details!

Now, go have some fun...


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Fort Benning | A Charlie Brown Christmas in Columbus?

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Friday, December 15, 2017

A Charlie Brown Christmas in Columbus?

It really is the most wonderful time of the year in Columbus, Georgia! But, will Charlie Brown discover the true meaning of Christmas? Can he push past all of the commercialization of the holiday and find what really matters? The River Center for the Performing Arts will be hosting this amazing show for the community on Monday evening, December 18th at 6:30pm. Why not add this to your Christmas festivities and be reminded what the season is all about?


A Charlie Brown Christmas, the Emmy and Peabody award-winning story by Charles M. Schultz, has warmed the hearts of millions of fans since it first aired on television over fifty years ago. Now the classic animated television special comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation featuring all of your favorite characters and classic Vince Guaraldi score. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the Peanuts gang as they mount a play, save a tree, and uncover the true meaning of Christmas.


Half-priced tickets for children under age 12. Order discounted tickets through the RiverCenter box office at 706–256-3612.


Columbus has great shopping, museums, outdoor adventure, and traditional and festive ways to enjoy the Christmas holiday season in the Deep South. Catch a show, eat a great meal, do some shopping, and enjoy a walk along the river or down Broadway taking in the Christmas trees and lights and window shopping. As you do all of this with family, your spouse, or friends, think about what really most, what lasts, and what can be treasured and celebrated with deep meaning during this special time of year! 

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Fort Benning | A Christmas Holiday Shopping Weekend in Columbus? Yes, Please!

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

A Christmas Holiday Shopping Weekend in Columbus? Yes, Please!

Have you got your Christmas shopping done yet? Instead of just being a part of the rat race, why not make a weekend of it in Columbus? Columbus has dozens of specialty shops, department stores, a mall, window shopping on Broadway, an outdoor market, and so much more! And, instead of just doing some shopping and going straight home, plan a weekend full of fun, catch a Broadway show, experience the Christmas trees downtown, and make our Christmas shopping more of an event than a chore!


Plan a trip to Callaway Gardens for the Christmas lights, visit some of Columbus’ amazing museums, and have a world class dinner after your shopping is done! Why does Christmas shopping for loved ones and friends have to be a grind? Why not make it part of the celebration? Columbus offers all you could ask for!


For example, Peachtree Mall is one of the top indoor malls in the region:


Peachtree Mall is the only super-regional shopping center within 60 miles and is home to more than 100 specialty stores, four anchor stores, and several restaurants. Our compelling mix of retailers include; Dillard’s, Macy’s, JC Penney, At Home, and H&M. Peachtree Mall is the favored retail and dining destination in Southwest Georgia attracting over 10 million customer visits to the center each year.


Or, try out the walkable outdoor shopping at The Landings or The Shoppes at Bradley Park for more upscale shopping. With so many options to choose from, including all of the unique shops downtown, you’ll get all of your shopping done in one weekend and have a great time while you’re at it!


Let’s reclaim Christmas shopping from the crowds and the drudgery and madness and make it part of the fun of the holiday season! Columbus is a fantastic place to do that!

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Fort Benning | A Local’s Guide to a Romantic Weekend in Columbus, Georgia

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

A Local’s Guide to a Romantic Weekend in Columbus, Georgia

Columbus, Georgia is one of the South’s best kept secrets. Nestled on the banks of the Chattahoochee River, the once-quiet river city has become a bustling hotspot for adventurous foodies with a passion for culture. While the city still possesses the quaint feel of a small town, its amenities and infrastructure make it the perfect destination for couples looking to explore someplace new.

Whether your ideal romantic getaway involves dining at a four-diamond restaurant and walking through world class art galleries, or you’re seeking whitewater rafting and barbecue, Columbus, Georgia has something for every couple looking to get away.


Columbus is home to one of the top urban whitewater courses in America and is also the only place you can zipline across a state line and back. The area is also a haven for cyclists and boasts incredible trails sprinkled all throughout the Chattahoochee Valley. 

For those who love hiking, a visit to Providence Canyon is a must do. Recently voted one of the top ten hikes in Georgia, Providence Canyon sits just a short drive away from Columbus and offers accessible hiking options for all ages.

We’d be remiss not to mention the popularity of our local bike shop, Ride On Bikes, which offers daily rentals of everything from California cruisers to mountain bikes. Cycle along the Riverwalk between Columbus and Fort Benning, or test out the newly developed Dragonfly Trail which connects Columbus’ Midtown area to Uptown and back.

Arts & Culture

High adventure isn’t all there is to do here, though. Just steps from the river are art galleries, theatres, breweries, and restaurants that offer an unexpected dose of culture like nowhere else.

The city’s thriving creative community boasts 7 theatres and 5 art galleries all within just a few city blocks of the recently-developed Uptown area. Depending on the weekend, it’s likely you’ll be able to catch a theatre production at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts or the Springer Opera House, Georgia’s Historic State Theatre.

Fine art enthusiasts simply cannot miss the opportunity to visit the internationally-acclaimed Bo Bartlett Center located in Columbus State University’s Corn Center for the Arts. Opened as an educational and rotating gallery focused on the work of living artist and Columbus native Bo Bartlett, the center boasts an incredible collection of Bartlett’s work held there year-round as well as a second gallery of rotating exhibits from around the world. 

Another romantic cultural gem is The Columbus Museum, which houses work focused on American artists. Contained in the collection are pieces by famous Columbus artists like Amy Sherald, Alma Thomas, Anna Betbeze, and more. The Columbus Museum also offers a wide variety of unique classes—including a couples’ glass blowing class—that has become a hit as a romantic date night for local couples across the city. Check out their schedule here!

Military history fans will enjoy trips through the National Infantry Museum (rated the top free museum in the nation) and the National Civil War Naval Museum. Both museums feature interactive galleries, artifacts, and films.


Columbus, Georgia's food scene has grown with the city’s exponential development and continues to be a driving force behind the rising popularity of the town as a Southern destination. 

For the top dining experience in the city, head to EPIC, only one of two four-diamond restaurants in Georgia located outside of Atlanta. Chef Jaime Keating and his team have received award after award for their imaginative spin on American cuisine that continues to push the envelope with every season. As an added bonus, the restaurant features art by Columbus native Teil Duncan Henley throughout its warm and intimate space. Keating also offers a unique dining experience called “The Chef’s Table” in which guests sit at a private table in the kitchen and witness Keating at work with his team throughout the evening. It’s truly an experience unlike any other.

If casual dining is more your speed, Columbus has a variety of restaurants to choose from. A local favorite is Mabella’s Italian Steakhouse which offers stellar cocktails, steaks, and desserts.

For seafood, head to Salt Cellar, a Mediterranean restaurant with a killer bar and the same pastry chef as Mabella’s. Known for its modern and streamlined atmosphere, Salt Cellar is the perfect stop for fancy, flavorful, accessible fare.

If Latin food is your jam, check out Vertigo Fusion Kitchen. The fusion-style restaurant opened in 2019 and wowed locals with its imaginative dishes, unique appetizers, and extensive specialty cocktail selections.

Other local stars include 11th & Bay, 7th Street Provisions, Stock Market, and Bare Roots that each, in their own way, provide delicious spins on the farm-to-table movement that’s swept the nation in recent years.

One last culinary destination to mention is Columbus’ only speakeasy, 18th Amendment. As it’s a speakeasy, we can’t tell you how to find it, but what we can suggest is to ask for directions to the only cigar shop on Broadway. We’re sure you’ll find your way from there.

Not sure where to stay or what else to do while you’re here? We put together an ideal itinerary designed specifically for a weekend in Columbus, Georgia. Below, you’ll find links and more local recommendations to assist you as your plan your romantic getaway for two!


  • Dinner: MaBella’s Italian Steakhouse
  • A Night of Arts & Culture: Attend a show at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, Springer Opera House, CSU Riverside Theatre, a concert by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, or catch live music at The Loft.
  • After Hours: Music & drinks at The Loft (Insider Tip: order the Buffalo Chicken Dip!)


  • Morning: Visit the Market on Broadway
  • Brunch: Bare Roots (Insider Tip: order the Eggs Benedict or the Avocado Toast!)
  • Morning Adventure: Hike Providence Canyon OR Rush South with a Whitewater Rafting Trip
  • Lunch: Pack a picnic from the market if you’re headed to Providence Canyon! Or, check out Country’s BBQ or Vertigo Fusion Kitchen—you can't go wrong with either one!
  • Afternoon: Visit the Bo Bartlett Center or The Columbus Museum to see the latest exhibits. Or, rent bikes and ride to the National Infantry Museum (Accessed via an 18 mile trail along the Riverwalk.)
  • Dinner: EPIC  (Reservations highly suggested! Check to see if the Chef’s Table experience is available during your stay.)
  • After Hours: 18th Amendment Speakeasy


  • Breakfast: Visit My Boulange for a leisurely breakfast, or grab French pastries to go if you’re in a hurry!
  • Before You Go: Stretch your legs on the RiverWalk, or hit an art exhibit or two on your way out of town at one of our many local galleries.

Questions about what to do or where to stay? Call our Visitor’s Center at 800-999-1613 for more information.

In collaboration with: The Columbusite

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Fort Benning | A Whole Lotta Shaking Going On This Month in Columbus!

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

A Whole Lotta Shaking Going On This Month in Columbus!

You’ve seen the iconic picture of the Million Dollar Quartet - Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Carl Perkins - playing together at Sun Studios. Now, experience the story behind that famous photograph, and what might have happened when some of the greatest musical legends of all time hung out together on that memorable night. The Springer Theater puts it all on stage with Million Dollar Quartet, a musical running from Nov. 2 - 19.


From the Springer’s description of this award winning, Broadway musical:


The Tony Award Winning musical, Million Dollar Quartet is set on December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together at Sun Records in Memphis for The greatest impromptu recording session of all time. Million Dollar Quartet brings that legendary December night to life with an irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal and celebrations that is both poignant and funny.


Showcased hit songs include: “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “Walk the Line,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Hound Dog,” and more. Don’t miss your chance to be a fly on the wall of fame as the “Million Dollar Quartet” performs their greatest rockabilly, gospel and country hits.


Show dates are November 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, and 18 at 7:30 PM & November 5, 12, and 19 at 2:30PM. Make plans now as tickets are going fast!


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Fort Benning | Ah Weekend…How We’ve Missed You!

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Friday, August 17, 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 & 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...




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Fort Benning | All Out Fave: Adventure Edition!  What are your #AllOutFave adventures in Columbus, Georgia?

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Friday, May 19, 2017

All Out Fave: Adventure Edition!  What are your #AllOutFave adventures in Columbus, Georgia?

All Out Fave: Adventure Edition

What are your #AllOutFave adventures in Columbus, Georgia?

Do you have a favorite adventure activity or spot in Columbus? Share photos of your #AllOutFave adventures in the Columbus region during the month of May for a chance to win prizes, including boutique gift certificates, dining experiences, zip line and rafting trips, and more!

Sharing is easy! Simply post a photo to the Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau’s  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media pages using the hashtag #AllOutFave. Make sure your post or photo is set to PUBLIC, so we’re able to see that you tagged us!




The contestant with the most shares, comments and likes will win a grand prize package for two that includes a one-night stay in Columbus, zip line adventure, bike rentals and complimentary lunch and dinner in Uptown Columbus.


The contest begins at May 1, 2017 Noon EST and ends at May 31, 2017, noon EST. (“Contest Period”). All entries (submissions) must be received on or before the time stated during that submission period. Sponsor reserves the right to extend or shorten the contest at its sole discretion.


For more information, please visit or call 706-322-1613.



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Fort Benning | All the World’s a Stage…

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

All the World’s a Stage…

Looks like a weekend full of great theatre and fun on ice!

First up, it’s been called one of the greatest plays of the past century and it’s being performed at one of the greatest theatres in the country…“Inherit the Wind” at the Springer Opera House. It’s the story of a schoolteacher who is arrested for teaching Darwin's theories. He is defended by a very famous lawyer and is prosecuted by a fundamentalist politician. The story is based on the 1925 "Scopes Monkey Trial" with debates between Clarence Darrow & William Jennings Bryan when they squared off in a Tennessee courtroom—a lot of the script is taken from the transcripts of that trial. Did you know this trial might have happened in Georgia instead of Tennessee if it hadn’t been for the Columbus Enquirer-Sun? Hmmmm…....


Find out why at this production going on now through February 6 at 7:30pm and a Sunday matinee (January 31) at 2:30pm. Admission is $35 and you can get tickets and more information at (706) 327.3688 or

Here’s a group that has been called one of America’s finest professional male vocal ensembles. It’s a group of guys called “Cantus” and they are known nationally and internationally for their broad repertoire, bold singing, and engaging stage presentations. They have this uncanny ability to span all periods and genres and wherever they go, audiences and critics can’t say enough good things about them. Not many vocal groups can claim to be able to do anything from Gregorian chants, to contemporary sacred works, then go back to Renaissance times, then switch to world music and even throw in a little pop music before they’re done! You can catch this performance at the RiverCenter's Legacy Hall on Sunday (January 24) at 4:00pm. Tickets are only $20. For more info, call (706) 649.7225 or visit

Lace up your skates and head to the Civic Center this Sunday (January 24) for 2 sessions of ice skating…there's one from 2:00-3:30 or you can attend the 4:30-6:00pm session. You can bring your own skates or you can rent a pair for $3. Admission is $7. To find out more, call (706) 653.4460 or

I don't know about you, but I LOVE classic movies and one of my all-time favorite movies is “Gaslight,” the thriller starring Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer, so I got really excited when I saw where The Family Theatre is putting on a production of “Angel Street,” which was the Broadway production that later was turned into the movie “Gaslight.” Angel Street tells the demoniac story of the Manninghams of London. So Mr. Manningham does this real fake-out number on his wife pretending to be kindest of men, but he’s really torturing her psychologically, trying to make her think she is going insane. He’s trying to make her think she is cuckoo crazy! A nice bonus with this one is if you take a canned good, the Family Theatre will donate it to the Valley Rescue Mission AND take a dollar off your ticket. The production will be held this Friday & Saturday (next weekend as well) beginning at 7:30pm at 2100 Hamilton Road. Admission is $10, Seniors & Military tickets are $8, and Student are $6. You can make reservations or get more details at (706) 536.8052 or

Looks like there’s a lot of great theatre to take in this weekend and this one is good for kids of all ages! It’s “Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business” being brought to us by CSUs Department of Theatre…their first performance of the year. Kids of all ages are familiar with and love the Junie B. Jones series of books because children and adults of all ages can relate to, and empathize with, Junie’s predicaments! It’s all about seeing the world through the eyes of a child…where kindergarten is a place to make new friends and NOT watch TV and your new baby brother could very well be a monkey! For fans of this series, you’ll be glad to know that this adaptation takes what’s on the page & puts it on the stage…just in a musical format! The production will be held on the Mainstage of CSUs Theatre on the Park at the RiverPark Campus in Uptown Columbus. You can catch a performance now through Saturday at 7:30pm and there are also matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2:00pm. General admission is $10, for Seniors, Children, Active Duty Military and CSU Alumni admission is only $5. You can get more scoop on this at (706) 507.8444 or at the CSU website.

And don't forget that our beloved Columbus Cottonmouths will take to the ice this Saturday (January 23) to play against the Pensacola Ice Flyers at 7:30pm at the Civic Center. Tickets range from $12-$22. Go Snakes!!! Get more details at

There's always a lot to get out to see and do…and remember, one of the best resources to find out where all the fun stuff is happening, is the Columbus Community Calendar.

Have a great weekend…go have some fun!




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Fort Benning | And now for something completely different…

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

And now for something completely different…

It's getting late in the afternoon and I have no doubt that in between meetings, classes, errands, kids and shopping, you've let your mind wander to its happy place for just a few minutes to think a bit about what you can do this weekend.  And that's ok.  Let me be the first to reassure you that you'll have plenty of opportunities for some real-life diversions...because sometimes you just need a break from the Monday-Friday routine.  I believe I may have found something to do just that.

Have you ever heard of or been to a drum circle?  If you have, chances are you've got it on your calendar already for Saturday night, but if you haven't, think about giving this out-of-the-ordinary gathering a try.  It all happens from 6:00-9:00pm in the 1100 block of Broadway, it's free, family-friendly and you don't even have to know anything about playing the drums.  No drum? No problem!  They'll have plenty to go around. No dancing ability? No problem!  They're just making it up anyway.  That's half the fun.  The featured artist for April is Jill Christensen, who will be creating some live art on the spot throughout the drum circle, and she'll have some of her own awesome art available for sale, and for just looking at!

I recently read an article that said participating in drum circles helps to improve your mood, enhances overall wellness, and helps you to relax.

You had me at "improving your mood and relaxing."  Guess I know what I'm doing Saturday night.

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

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Friday, May 8, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Fort Benning | And you thought last weekend was full of holiday fun!  Just wait until this weekend in Columbus, GA!

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

And you thought last weekend was full of holiday fun!  Just wait until this weekend in Columbus, GA!

Yep.  Last weekend was a non-stop, jammed-packed, something-going-on-every-minute-of-the-day blur of fun...but just wait until this weekend!  I know it's only Wednesday, but truly there is so much happening this weekend that if you don't start making plans now, it's just going to get out of control.  And getting out of control means nibbling on an extra piece of fudge, sausage ball, or sprinkly cookie, mugs of eggnog...well, you get the idea. So if we keep busy, we can avoid the holiday spread.

So put your weekend itinerary together and cram as many of these things in as possible.  One of the best Christmas movies ever, The Polar Express, is being shown in 3-D at the huge IMAX Theatre at Patriot Park; the Springer Opera House is presenting "A Christmas Carol: The Musical" and "A Tuna Christmas;" Langston Hughes' "Black Navitity" is at the Liberty Theatre Cultural Center; there's a Holiday Mini Camp at the National Infantry Museum; at the Civic Center it's "Disney Live! Presents Three Fairytales," the Bi-City Christmas Parade and the Reindeer Run are both taking place Saturday morning in Uptown; Fantasy in Lights is at Callaway Gardens, and Cantus Christmas 2013 at RiverCenter on Monday night. 

And that's just the first 10 things I saw on the Event Calendar, so you might want to head there to see all the other things on the line-up this weekend!

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Fort Benning | Another Christmas Tradition this Weekend in Columbus, GA! The Nutcracker with the Columbus Ballet!

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Another Christmas Tradition this Weekend in Columbus, GA! The Nutcracker with the Columbus Ballet!

When I was a kid, my mother, grandmother and I would pile up in the car and head off to Atlanta to take in a performance of "The Nutcracker" at the Fox Theatre.  I have such fond memories of that Christmas tradition the three of us shared because the ballet was always wonderful.  What wasn't so wonderful was the chunk of time it took to get to Atlanta, fighting the traffic, trying to find a place to park, paying for parking, trying to find a place to have dinner, paying for dinner, getting out of Atlanta, and then the looooooong ride home...other than that, it was a nice time.  Well, times have changed because we no longer have to make that trek to see this holiday spectacular.  Thanks to the talented bunch at the Columbus Ballet, you can enjoy "The Nutcracker" in all of its splendor right here in Columbus this Saturday & Sunday (Dec. 21-22) at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts.  Not to mention, you can practically park at the front door.  If that doesn't put you in the Christmas spirit, I don't know what will!

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Fort Benning | Another Full Weekend of Fun in Columbus, GA!

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Another Full Weekend of Fun in Columbus, GA!

I think I know the answer, but are you ready for the weekend?  Yeah, that's what I thought!  So how about we take a look at a handful of things going on this weekend and even stretching into next week…because you might need some ideas for Valentine's Day fun.  One quick tip is to check the Community Calendar often because events are always being added to keep it up to date.  So let's get this show on the road…literally!

It’s been four long years, but they’re finally back….The Follies! This year, the Junior League of Columbus proudly presents “Ballroom Blitz” at CSU's University Hall. This awesome musical variety show promises singing, dancing, and comedy acts by many familiar faces from our community. It’s a great way to spend this Friday (Feb 10) or Saturday (Feb 11) night….being highly entertained while supporting a good cause. Proceeds form the Follies benefit the operations, activities, and programs of the Junior League. Two that have been really successful are Kids in the Kitchen and Project Prom. You can get your tickets online or give the Junior League office a call. This could also make a great early Valentine’s present. Hint hint.

Since it looks like we're headed in the direction of romance this weekend, another option is a CSU vocal concert called "The True Story of Cinderella," with words and music by Warren Martin, featuring 12 Schwob School of Music voice students. The familiar tale takes some unexpected turns but ends happily ever after. It's happening Saturday (Feb 11) at 7:30 pm in Legacy Hall. And you've got to love this…admission is free!

OK, one more lovey-dovey mention!  It’s not too late to pull off a romantic Valentine’s evening that will score you major brownie points! On Valentine’s Day, which if you don’t know is February 14th-next Tuesday-the Columbus Symphony Orchestra presents their annual Valentine’s concert. This year it’s My Jazzy Valentine featuring Joe Gransden and his Trio. Come hear why he’s been compared to Chet Baker and Frank Sinatra. Some songs you might recognize and will enjoy are “My Funny Valentine,” “I Wish You Love,” and “A Portrait of Jenny.” Grab dinner beforehand at one of several close-by restaurants and make this Valentine’s Day one to remember.  Tickets range from $5-$36.

Switching gears completely…

Want to rock out this weekend? Well as crazy as it sounds, the Columbus Museum is the place to do just that! In conjunction with the Sound and Vision: Monumental Rock & Roll Photography exhibit they have on display right now, the Museum will host it’s first ever local teen Battle of the Bands concert (Saturday, Feb 11 from 6:00-9:00pm). Six bands will play in the Patrick Theatre as they compete for the title of the best band. A teen advisory board selected the bands that will perform and the winners will be chosen by a panel of judges in the music industry. Prizes will be given to the top three bands. This event is free and open to the public! While you’re their make sure to check out the photography exhibit with photos of some very notable figures of the past five decades including Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Janis Joplin, Tupac Shakur & many more.

Well it’s not quite time for outdoor produce markets, but Callaway Gardens is having a winter market this Saturday (Feb. 11) with lots of seasonal products like baked goods, soaps, sauces and other specialty items. It might be a little chilly this weekend so the market will be inside the big circus tent at Robin Lake Beach so you don’t have to work about braving the elements. There will be a wide variety of regional vendors selling organic breads, brownies, sweets, and other yummy goodies, local honey, freshly squeezed lemonade, and even grass-fed beef. If you’re looking for something other than food, there will be handmade soaps, lotions and lip balms, handcrafted woodwork, birdhouses baskets and more. There is no admission to this event so there’s nothing to stop you from going!

And, if you need a reason to get outside for some fresh air (and who doesn't need that!), join the staff at Oxbow Meadows this Sunday (2:00pm) as they welcome Auburn University’s Southeastern Raptor Center for a program on birds of prey followed by a release of a rehabilitated raptor into the wetlands.  Sounds pretty cool!  Admission is only $3.

With all these activities going on this weekend, you'll find something to make your weekend special.  Don't forget to take a glance at the Community Calendar to find out more about these and tons of other events.

Now, go have some fun…


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Fort Benning | Another Insanely Fun & Busy Weekend in Columbus, GA!

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Thursday, October 11, 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...


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Fort Benning | Another Weekend…Another Long List of Fun Things To Do!

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Friday, September 11, 2015

Another Weekend…Another Long List of Fun Things To Do!

Thank you, Mother Nature!  Even if you are just teasing us with this glimpse of Fall weather, we'll take it.  Something tells me we haven't seen the last 90-degree temp of Summer, but with a bit of a cool down forecast for this weekend, it looks like the perfect time to corral the kids or group-text your friends and make some plans to just get out and enjoy something...anything...this weekend!  And you won't be hard-pressed to find things to choose from--just depends on what you're in the mood for.

Try your hand at solving the mystery of who-dun-it at Sherlock's Mystery Dinner Theatre's new production called Murder at the Comic-Con.  You can either just sit back and enjoy the show and an incredible dinner or you can actually be a part of the fun and show off some acting skills. Either way, you'll have a great time and get to have a meal that's out-of-this world good.  If you can't make it this weekend, not to worry as the production runs thru October 17, but you still need to make reservations as some dates sell out quickly.  And speaking of yummy food, swing by the 3rd Annual Latino Festival at South Commons on Saturday (Sept 12) for a day of live music, dancing, Zumba demos, Kids Fun Zone, and of course some good things to nibble on.  This one is a great deal because there is no admission!

If it's been a while since you and the kids have made a stop at the Columbus Museum, put it on the schedule for tomorrow so you can pop in for their Second Saturday event.  You'll get to learn how to create tapestries, participate in a scavenger hunt, and check out story time at 11 a.m.  And this one is also free! 

How about a quick roadtrip?  Scoot up to Roosevelt's Little White House in Warm Springs because they have a pretty packed weekend with special events going on including a opportunity to meet and talk with Medal of Honor Recipient CSM Bennie Adkins.  I can't think of a more appropriate weekend to thank a true American hero for his service.

And just a reminder, make sure you visit the Event Calendar to get details on all of these events and plenty more going on in and around Columbus!                 


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Fort Benning | Applause, Jaws and Wiffle Balls in Columbus, GA!

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Applause, Jaws and Wiffle Balls in Columbus, GA!

Wow…what a weekend we've got coming up in Columbus, GA!  In fact, this is one of those weekends people wait for all year long because of all the fun stuff going on!  What's on the menu this weekend?  Let's take a look at a short list of events, then I'd suggest you take a look at the Community Calendar to get more details on these and a complete listing of other happenings.

We’re kicking it off on Friday night at 7:00pm (8.26.11) with the popular Beep Ball game at South Commons. If you’ve never been to a beep ball game or maybe have never even heard of it, it's softball for the visually impaired. The ball and the bases actually beep! The Chicago Comets, the World Championship beep ball team, are coming back again to play the sponsors of Country’s Midnight Run. But the twist is that the sponsors play blindfolded. So not only is this game hilarious to watch, because as far as I know the sponsor team has never won, but it also raises awareness and supports the visually impaired. Admission is free but donations will be accepted!

The festivities continue on Saturday (8.27.11) with Country’s Midnight Express. Even if you’re not a runner this is a great event. They block off streets and Country’s parking lot (Midtown location) and it’s basically a big party. The live bands will crank up at 7:00pm, CSU cheerleaders will be there putting on demonstrations, and Gold’s Gym always shows up with lots of cool stuff. Many of vendors will be on hand as well. And if you haven’t seen all the kids playing under the hose spray from the ladder truck of the Columbus Fire Department, it is truly a sight! If you want to run, the registration fee is $25 and you can register in advance on the website or on site before 11:30pm. Don’t forget, all of this is to raise awareness and benefit the visually impaired!

If you haven't had a chance to check out the new facilities at Oxbow Meadows, here's a great reason to put it on your To-Do list this weekend.  They've got a free event planned called "A Walk Through thr Calendar Year with Linda Frasier” She's a botanical artist that specializes in native plants of the Southeast. Her work can be seen in an exhibit on Saturday, August 27 from 11:00am to 3:00pm and the artist will be there to reveal the stories behind her paintings. I got a sneak peek at her work and it is amazing!  She even hides images of insects in each piece…pretty cool.

What great timing! Next week is Labor Day weekend, so lots of folks will be going to the beach and swimming in the ocean. I can’t think of a better time to go see JAWS! Especially on the big screen! Well you have the chanceFriday night at the Springer Opera House. As part of their Classic Film Series, Jaws will be shown on a huge screen set-up on their main stage. Wow! The show will starts at 7:30 PM, but the saloon opens at 6:30 PM or refreshments and snacks. Tickets are only $10, making it a great date night. I do recommend leaving the kiddos at home if you ever want them to go swimming again. I remember the first time I saw JAWS and I wouldn’t even get in a pool for a long time afterwards.

While we’re on the subject of theatres, let’s talk about RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. This Saturday is their much-anticipated Single Ticket Saturday, which means you can go and buy single tickets to any of the shows in their upcoming season even if you aren’t a season ticket holder. This is a huge deal because the single tickets are only available this Saturday until six weeks prior to the show. The RiverCenter’s Broadway on Broadway Events are so popular and so spectacular that you really need to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity. The tickets go on sale at 10:00am but the lobby doors open at 9:00am and I recommend getting there early because the line WILL start even earlier!

Now here's something way out of the ordinary and it's perfect for those of us who are adults, but would love to be a kid again…if just for a little while!  Head to Edgewood Park Baseball Field this Saturday for the Wiffle Ball Classic!  This Adult Wiffle Ball tournament is open to adults 18 and up. Teams will consist of 5 players and play according to Big League Wiffle Ball Rules. Games start at 9 :00am. Call 706.393.8181 for more information.  This should be a hoot!

All set for the weekend?  I thought so!

Now, go have some fun…




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Fort Benning | At the End of the Year, Explore Columbus In the Week Between Christmas and New Year’s Day!

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

At the End of the Year, Explore Columbus In the Week Between Christmas and New Year’s Day!

All of the wrapping paper is put away, the tree is growing brittle, the cookies and egg nog have been consumed (too much so), family and guests have gone home (or not), and the family is growing restless. What do you do in the last days of the year that are short, cold, and often aimless? Columbus has some options for you!


If you live in the Mid-South area, Columbus is just a bit over an hour’s drive from Montgomery and Atlanta. It makes for a perfect place for an overnight trip to visit military and history museums, take nature hikes, bike rides, walking tours, eat at great restaurants, catch a Broadway quality show, and explore the history and scenery of the Chattahoochee River Valley.


Take a local historic sightseeing tour that explores Columbus from many different angles. Or, plan a trip to the “Fantasy in Lights” at the incredible, beautiful, nearby Callaway Gardens and stay in Columbus as a home base. Visit the Smithsonian quality National Infantry Museum and the National Civil War Naval Museum . There is so much to do!


As the year winds down and you draw close to family, why not plan an adventure? An excursion to Columbus to explore, learn, eat great food, see amazing things, laugh, and play together?

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Fort Benning | Attention All Christmas Shoppers!

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Attention All Christmas Shoppers!

Hey there all you Christmas Shoppers! Are you still looking for that unique gift for a special person? Or maybe you're trying to find just the thing to send to an out of town relative. Why not give them a little piece of Columbus, GA! Stop by the Visitors Center located on the corner of Front Avenue and 9th Street in Uptown Columbus for a variety of Columbus, GA merchandise, from jams and preserves to t-shirts and hats to trinkets and books. We've got you covered! Give us a call at 706.322.1613 for more information.


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Fort Benning | Attention Bargain Shoppers!

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Attention Bargain Shoppers!

This is an event that all those bargain shoppers wait anxiously for all year…The Annual Junior League Attic Sale at the Columbus Civic Center. The Attic Sale is always very successful and due to all the wonderful treasures that have been donated. You can find everything from appliances and electronics to books and toys to lawn and garden tools. You can also find some great things for you home, including china, linens, and accent pieces. Clothing and accessories are always a big hit too and all of this stuff is in great condition and it wouldn’t surprise me if some of it is either brand-new or that cool vintage style. It’s also a good opportunity to do some early Christmas shopping! The preview sale is Friday evening and admission is $10 but admission for the official sale on Saturday is only $1. Times are Friday from 6 pm to 8 pm and Saturday from 8 am to Noon. Visit  for more information.


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Fort Benning | Back to School

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Back to School

This summer has flown by and school will be starting back up again in just a few weeks. If you've been wanting to have some fun with your kids before they go back to school but haven't had time or maybe the pool seemed too enticing to pass up, you still have a chance to get in some quality time with them. Columbus has so many kid-friendly attractions where they'll have a blast and learn something too. The National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus , The Columbus Museum , The National Infantry Museum , Oxbow Meadows and the Coca-Cola Space Science Center are all examples of places that have exhibits or programs or activities geared towards kids. So put the kiddos in the car and head out to explore Columbus before that school bell starts ringing.


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Fort Benning | Back to School Already?!

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Back to School Already?!

Not having kids, I kind of lose track of these things, so it wasn't until last night that I realized school's already starting back!  Wow, what happened to summer?  And it seems like when school is back in session, we look forward to weekends even more.  Maybe it would be nice to give your kids something special to look forward know, to take the sting out of the Back to School Blues.  A quick check of the Event Calendar and you'll find there's quite a bit to choose from, too.

The Columbus Museum has a brand new family program they're kicking off called "Second Saturdays."  You can visit the Art Cart and try your hand at creating your own Andy Warhol-inspired print and even hear a reading from a book written by his nephew.  And did I mention, this is absolutely free?!

Or, for just a buck, your kids can check out the Reading Club at Oxbow Meadows on Saturday morning.  And hey, if feel like they've done enough reading for one week, they might just enjoy seeing baby alligators, Athena the big python, or the bees busy buzzing in the hive making honey.  It's just such a cool place...even for us big kids.

Don't forget you can find out more at the Event Calendar...never too early to start planning some fun for the weekend!

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Fort Benning | Back to School Fun

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Back to School Fun

Hard to believe that for many students this is the last weekend before school starts back. What happened to Summer? Well, there's still time to get in a little more fun this weekend and here's a list of just a few of the events happening in and around Columbus, GA. Don't forget—you can find out more about these happenings and others by checking out the Community Calendar .

You have a chance this Saturday (Aug 7) to tour the home and grounds of one of the most unique individuals to walk this earth…and maybe other worlds! The home is called Pasaquan and the former resident was an artist named Eddie Owens Martin, who dubbed himself St. EOM, & this guy was truly a character! He grew up poorer than poor in southwest GA, left home at 14, traveling through Georgia and Florida, then made his way to New York City where his true abilities as an artist came shining through…even in Greenwich Village he was considered one of the more flamboyant artists! He got very sick & started having visions of tall, ghostly figures from a land called Pasaquan and they instructed him to carry out their vision of a place of peace and beauty and this is how his extraordinary home, painted in a fashion you have to see to believe, came about. You won't see anything else like it…anywhere. You'll find out more about this peculiar folk artist when you take the tour…I can't believe his life story hasn't been made into a movie yet. This is a guy that would boil a big pot of rice only to trash the rice but use the starchy water to put in his hair so he could get it to stand up straight! See what I mean? Pasaquan is located in Buena Vista, GA (238 Eddie Martin Rd) and the tour is taking place from 10:00am-4:00pm and admission is only $5. (229.649.7513)


If you’re in the mood for a little live music this weekend…live music that’s outdoors under the stars and…won’t cost you a dime…then here’s what you may be looking for! There's a concert taking place this Saturday night at 7:00pm (Aug 7) at Wetherby Field at Ft. Benning and this is for everyone, not just folks that live on post. The band being featured is one from the area called “706” and they are a rock/alternative band. I haven’t heard these guys, but they are being featured because of audience request, so they obviously have a strong following and should put on a good show! There are some seats at the field but you may want to take a beach towel or chair and find a good spot in the grass…just take some bug spray with you. To get to Wetherby Field, just take the Custer Rd. exit off Victory Drive…and you don’t even have to go thru any gates to get on post. Remember, this one's FREE! (706.545.3328)

If you’ve got kids and are looking for something fun for them to do on this last weekend before school starts back…they may enjoy this! There’s a really cool art gallery in Smiths Station called the Sarah West Gallery of Fine Art and if you haven’t checked it out yet, you really should stop in and take a look. They’re kicking off a series of workshops for kids and young adults that will take place each Saturday (10:00am-12:00pm) in August and each one will have a different theme…like this Saturday is called “A Study in Cubism” where you get to create your own cubist masterpiece from the inspirations of works by Da Vinci, Rembrandt and Van Gogh, by using pencils, markers, glue, paper and acrylics. Participants don’t have to artists, just bring an imagination! Cost of the class is $40 or $150 if you take all four sessions. The gallery is located at 2750 Lee Road, Suite A in Smiths Station, AL. (706) 480.2008

Have you had enough of working under fluorescent lights this week and need a dose of real sunshine and some fresh air? Then you might want to check out the hike going on with the Pine Mountain Trail Association this Saturday (Aug 7). This is a moderate 3-mile hike and hikers of all ages are welcome and you don’t even have to be a member of the association or pre-register. Just make sure you take water and snack/lunch and wear some good hiking shoes! A little history about the trail: It’s a 23-mile footpath with a main trail and connecting loops, that crosses and follows the beautiful Pine Mountain ridge. It lies inside Roosevelt State Park near Callaway Gardens and it’s nature at its best…quiet woods, sparkling streams, misty waterfalls, rock outcroppings, scenic overlooks, and you might even see deer and turkey! Meet at the Fox Den Cove parking lot on GA HWY 19 in Pine Mountain, GA by 10:00am. There's no cost to join in on the hike. (706.596.0497)

If you need something to look forward to on Monday night, the crew of the Coca-Cola Space Science Center is having an Astronomy Night at Callaway Gardens. Do a little star watching with your own telescope or take a peek at the heavens through one of their powerful telescopes they’ll have set up. It’s kind of cool to have the experts on hand to tell you exactly what you’re looking at! 9:00pm, Monday (Aug.9) FREE! 706.649.1470

Enjoy this last weekend of "freedom," but remember there's still more Summer fun to come!

Now, go have some fun,



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Fort Benning | Be a Kid Again…Go Pick some Berries!

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Be a Kid Again…Go Pick some Berries!

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

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


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Fort Benning | Bear Country at The Springer Opera House

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Bear Country at The Springer Opera House

Paul “Bear” Bryant is a name synonymous with Alabama and with football. Just hearing his name can bring to mind the phrase “national championships.” Very few names in the history of sports can inspire the kind of awe as Bear’s does, no matter which college football team you pull for. Replicas of his trademark hat can be seen on the heads of hundreds of fans at games today. Fame followed him, tormented him and tempted him.  Bear Country is a fantastic play that delves into the life of this extraordinary man and explores the wit, wisdom and wonder of Paul “Bear” Bryant who came from dirt-poor poverty to become the standard by which all college football coaches are judges today. Wow! Just saying that gave me chills.

Location:   The Springer Opera House
Dates/Times:    Every Thurs, Fri, & Sat thru October 30   7:30pm
Admission:   $35   
For More Information:  (706) 327.3688   


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Fort Benning | Beep Ball?!  Yep, you HEARD Right!

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Beep Ball?!  Yep, you HEARD Right!

One of the many great things about living in Columbus, GA is that there is always something to do!  All you have to do is take a look at the Event Calendar to get an idea of all the happenings.  But here's one that's a little bit out of the ordinary and we are so lucky to have this event here.

Every year at the end of August, Country’s Barbecue has their Midnight Express weekend and included in the festivities is a Beep Baseball Game played by the Chicago Comets against local sponsors. Well, this weekend, we have the 2013 Beep Baseball World Series right here in Columbus. The teams have been here all week and the excitement will culminate this weekend with the 5th and 6th games begin played Friday (Aug 2) evening and the final game of the series will take place Saturday (Aug 3) morning. 20 teams from across the nation and Taiwan are here competing for the Championship title. And remember, these players are visually impaired athletes that would probably beat any of us in a pick-up game of baseball at the park. They are amazing!  All the action is happening at Golden Park in South Commons and admission is absolutely free.  Take yourself out to the ball game!

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Fort Benning | big, Big, BIG Weekend in Columbus, GA!

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Friday, May 24, 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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Fort Benning | Big ‘Outdoor’ Fun this Weekend!

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Big ‘Outdoor’ Fun this Weekend!

Looking for something to do this weekend? You came to the right spot! Here's a quick look at just a couple of things going on in and around Columbus, but don't forget to check out the Community Calendar to find out about more fun stuff taking place.

So how's this for some outdoor fun! In Uptown Columbus, on Bay Avenue overlooking the Chattahoochee River, the Aflac Outdoor Games will take place all weekend. The fun kicks off on Friday at noon & goes until 10:30 PM. There will be food, Ultimate Air Dogs, Agility Dogs, a Lumberjack Show, Archery Challenge, and the Char-Broil Pig Bowl. For the music lovers, there will be live performances at 6 PM and 9 PM. It all starts back over again on Saturday from 10 AM to 10:30 PM with more of the same competitions and more music and food, but on Saturday they’re adding the Mercedes Benz Grand Prix, so all you cycling fans will see some great action. Sunday hours are 10 AM to 6 PM with competition finals and awards presented throughout the day. Now in a new location, the same great competitions, delicious food and the added bonus of live music, this year’s Aflac Outdoor Games are sure to be the best yet! Admission is $15 for Adults, $10 for Children and Military. The full schedule of bands and events is available at .


Since you’ll already be heading to Uptown Columbus Saturday morning for the Aflac Outdoor Games, why not go a little early & get some shopping in at Market Days on Broadway. Vendors will be set up selling locally grown fresh produce, beautiful flowers, homemade baked goods, arts & crafts, & so much more. It’s such a neat atmosphere, walking along Broadway & picking up all the vegetables you already had on your grocery list anyway, along with a few unique items you won’t be able to find anywhere else. It almost feels like you’re on vacation at a street fair somewhere. We’re lucky to have these kinds of things available to us in Columbus so please go out & take advantage of this fantastic way to spend a leisurely Saturday morning (9:00am-12:00pm). 706.596.0111

If you're in the mood…or in the need…for something funny in your life, then you HAVE to go check out the performance at the Springer Opera House called "The Complete History of America (abridged). It's 600 years of history rolled up in to a hilarious 90-minute performance. Just remember, this is the last weekend for the show, so call quickly to make sure tickets are still available for the Friday and Saturday shows that start at 7:30pm. 706.327.3688 Funny, funny, funny…...

It’s that time of year when everyone wants to redecorate their house. I don’t know what it is, but I always seem to get that itch right about now. Well, if you’re like me, this weekend is the perfect opportunity to pick up some great antiques for your home at the Uptown Columbus Antique Show. All weekend long there will be antique furniture, Persian rugs & many other decorative items on display and sale. And if you’re not in the market for home furnishings at the moment, there will also be fine estate jewelry for sale. The show features dealers from Atlanta area antique shows & from Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, North & South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia & Alabama. It all takes place at The Eagle & Phenix in Uptown Columbus. Admission is free and the event takes place Friday and Saturday (May 21 & 22) from 9:00am-6:00pm and Sunday from 10:00am-4:00pm. 706.507.4030

It could happen at a restaurant, during a party, really anytime…someone could need you to save their life. And this Saturday, you can learn how to do just that with CSU’s Heartsaver First Aid course at the Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center. Two EMTs will be your instructors and will teach you how to manage illness and injuries in the crucial first minutes of an incident until the pros arrive. You’ll learn how to quickly and calmly respond to a crisis and how to manage the scene. You’ll also become certified by the American Heart Association to perform CPR and use an automated external defibrillator on adults, children and infants. This could be one of the most important classes you’ll ever take and one if the most valuable ways to spend a Saturday (9:00am-6:00pm). Cost of the class is $89. 706.507.8070

In celebration of the exhibition The Way We Lived: Residential Architecture and Life in the 19th Century, the Columbus Museum will offer a guided tour of historic homes in Eufaula, AL and Lumpkin, GA. Minimum of 40 people is required, as are reservations. Call 706.748.2562 ext 651 to make your reservation. The tour will depart from the Museum at 9:00 AM and will return at 4 PM. Cost is $15.

And believe it or not, this is just a taste of what's going on this weekend !

Go have some fun,




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Fort Benning | Big Weekend Fun in Columbus, GA!

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Big Weekend Fun in Columbus, GA!

Life can't be all bad when there's a weekend coming up chocked full of fun things to do! Here's a quick sample of some of the things going on and remember, you can always take a look at the Community Calendar to find out more about these events and others happening in and around Columbus, GA.

Here’s another good reason to get out and enjoy some Spring weather this weekend with the 14th Annual Arts in the Park at Lakebottom Park! It’s this Sunday from noon-6:00pm and they’ll have all sorts of artists set up with works for show & sale, lots of live music and outdoor fun for kids-even pony rides! I remember my grandmother telling me stories of how Lakebottom Park once really was a lake and there were boats, twinkling white lights, willow trees and Sunday afternoon concerts…well, the look of the park has evolved over the years, but it’s still a great place for the family to gather and enjoy events like Arts in the Park! Don’t forget the picnic basket or check out some of the vendors on hand with food & drink. Admission is free. Most of the activity takes place near the band shell in the Park (near 18th Ave & 13th St.) 706.327.9533


If you’re in the mood…or in need…for something funny this weekend, then head to the Springer Opera House and take in their production of “The Complete History of America (abridged).” Everybody I know who’s already been to see this says it is one of the funniest shows they’ve ever seen at the Springer. It truly is just what the title says…it goes all the way back 600 years ago to the days of Amerigo Vespucci to things that happened just a few weeks ago! And everything and everybody is fair game…conserative, liberal, and everything in between! This show is a smart, slick, informative, happy and hilarious rampage through this country’s history. If History 101 would have been this fun, I might have stayed awake during class! Tickets are $35 and performances will be held this weekend and next weekend at 7:30pm and there is one matinee this Sunday (May 16) at 2:30pm. 706.327.3688

Big kids and little kids will love the show going on at the Columbus Civic Center because all of our favorite Disney friends will be there with "Disney on Ice—Let's Celebrate!" Show dates are May 13-16 and tickets range from $17-$40. 800.745.3000

Here’s something that has been so popular, it’s going into its third series! Following the success of numbers one & two, the Liberty Theatre (821 8th Ave) is showcasing a new production called “I Got the Music in Me 3” and it has all sorts of high energy singing and dancing and includes some of the most popular tunes covering the last 5 decades of music! You’ll hear anything from Natalie Cole, The Temptations, Elvis Presley, Hannah Montana, Beyonce, and Earth, Wind & Fire. Performances will be held Friday and Saturday at 8:00pm and there's also a matinee on Sunday at 3:00pm. Admission is $15 for Adults, $13 for Seniors, Students & Military, and $10 for ages 12 & under. 706.393.1056

Let the spirit move you…literally…this Friday-Sunday nights when you go on this walking tour…”Walk with the Shadows!” You may not realize it, but Columbus is quickly becoming known as a hot-spot for paranormal activities! It’s a mile and a half, lantern-lit, walking tour in the Original Historic District and you’ll hear all sorts of “goose-bumpy” stories about haunted houses, ghosts, legends and murder mysteries right here in our very own town! This is great for all ages, just make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes and bring the bug spray with you. By the way, the same tour company, Southern Odysseys, also does a tour specifically for kids you might want to check out also…could be a fun idea for a birthday party! Meet your ghoulish-guide at the Marriott Hotel in Uptown Columbus (corner of 9th St & Front Ave) at 8:00pm each night. Cost is only $13 (cash only). 706.225.8888

And, the music continues Friday night in the 1100 block of Broadway with more in the Uptown Friday Night Concert Series with the band Theatrics. 7:00-10:00pm FREE! (706) 596.0111

Make sure you check out the Community Calendar for more ideas on things to see and do.

Go have some fun,



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Fort Benning | Boots on Broadway: A Military Heritage Celebration in Uptown Columbus

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Boots on Broadway: A Military Heritage Celebration in Uptown Columbus

Our Military service men & women do so much for us & this Saturday Columbus is showing our appreciation with Boots on Broadway. This is a special day deigned to express thanks & gratitude to soldiers, but it also open to the public. There is lots of fun to be had including live music, tasty treats, a children’s family fin zone, corvette car show & more! 

Uptown Columbus will provide 300 free BBQ lunches to the 1st 300 soldiers in uniform & their families. There will also be drawings throughout the day for military personnel, for the chance to win gift certificates, vacations & more! While you’re here, check out Arts on the River, a fine art show & sale starting at 11 AM. Paintings, photography, hand-thrown pottery, sculpture & live demonstrations will be showcased. It’s all free & it’s all in Uptown Columbus!

Location:   On Broadway in Uptown Columbus
Dates/Times:  Saturday (October 16)        10:00am - 5:00pm
Admission:   Free
For More Information:  706.596.0111


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Fort Benning | Bring on the Candy…It’s Time for Halloween Fun in Columbus, GA!

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Bring on the Candy…It’s Time for Halloween Fun in Columbus, GA!

This time of year brings out the kid in all of us, so if you're ready for some good old-fashioned Halloween fun, you've got a lot to choose from this weekend!

If you’re looking for a fun place for your kids to do some trick-or-treating this year, all you need to do is head to Uptown Columbus for the 9th Annual Spooktacular Halloween Celebration this Saturday from 5:00-7:00PM in the 1000 and 1100 blocks of Broadway! Tons of kids show up for this each year and we all have a good time. Not only is there trick-or-treating in a safe and controlled environment…with a mountain of candy to be given away…the CSU Student Government Association will have lots of different activities going on in the media of Broadway, and there will be a Costume Contest kicking off at 6:15 (sign up between 5:00-6:00PM) on the stage and the winners in each category will get a really cool goody-basket! And the best part, this event is absolutely free. (706.596.0111)

OK, so we have to interrupt the Halloween festivities for just a bit to tell you about another big holiday that will be here before you know it…Christmas…so carve out some time this weekend to head to the Convention & Trade Center (Front Ave) for Christmas Made In The South ! I know a lot of folks who not only start their holiday shopping at this event, but you find so many cool gift ideas, that a lot of people finish their shopping as well! One reason the shopping is so good is that it features more than 400 master artists and craftsmen displaying and demonstration their handmade holiday creations. It's going on Friday from 10:00AM-8:00PM, Saturday from 10:00AM-6:00PM, and Sunday from 11:00AM-5:00PM. Admission is $6, kids 12 & under get in free.

Now, back to Halloween…
It’s only fitting that one of the scariest movies of all time is being shown in one of the most haunted places in the country! I'm getting goose-bumps just thinking about this…Sunday night, the Springer Opera House (which is said to be crawling with ghosts) is showing none other than “Psycho” this starting at 7:30p. This should be quite a show! Admission is $10. (706) 327.3688

As usual, the folks over at The Rock Ranch have come up with some wacky stuff to do for Halloween with their “Not-So-Spooky” Halloween Fest this Saturday (10:00AM-9:00PM). They’ll have pumpkin carving and painting, a costume contest and parade, there are trick-or-treat stations all over the ranch—including Tiny Town, a new 14-building children's playhouse village, an amazing magic show performed by a professional magician and all the usual fun stuff they have going on during the Fall Family Fun Weekend. But the one thing that sounds like CRAZY fun…they have this amazing corn maze for you to try and find your way thru…and here’s the kicker…at 7:30, they’ll turn off the lights in the maze and you have to find your way thru using just a flashlight!! Oh, somebody hold my hand…. Admission is $14, ages 3 and under get in free. (706.647.6374)

If you want to go to the next level as far as getting your ‘scare’ on this Halloween, then put on your walking shoes and join in the Ghost Walk with Southern Odysseys! Thursday thru Sunday night, you can walk the path of the spirit realm. Hear about unexplained murders, haunted houses, and accidental death as well as the ghosts that still haunt the river's edge. In this 
spell-binding tour you will glimpse one of America's Most Haunted buildings - the Springer Opera House. You’ll also hear the bizarre story of The Lady on the River, and learn about the good ghost that saves lives in the historic district. Be ready to be scared—you don’t know what may be lingering in the dark! Lasts about 1 ½ hours and covers about a mile. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Meet at the Marriott Hotel Lobby (Front Ave) at 8:30PM. Admission is $13 (cash only) and they even have a special for Halloween Week tours—come in costume and get $2 off! (706.225.8888)

Lots of 1850’s-style autumn celebrations going on at Westville ! Activities like cotton gin operating, sugar cane syrup being made, candle making, soap making, hay stacking, corn shelling, games from the past and LOTS of country cooking! Thursday-Saturday. Admission: $8-$10. Westville is located in Lumpkin, GA (about 45 minutes south of Columbus). 888.733.1850

Want to find out more about these events or see what else is going on in and around Columbus, GA? Check out the Community Calendar to make plans for a great weekend.

Now, go have some spooky Halloween fun!




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Fort Benning | Bring on the Fall Fun in Columbus, GA!

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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Bring on the Fall Fun in Columbus, GA!

There are so many great things about Autumn…like temperatures under 90 degrees…but one of the best things has to be all of the fall festivals!  And we might as well start this fall festival season off with a bang because this weekend is the granddaddy of them all—The Cotton Pickin’ Fair in Gay, GA (that's about 50 miles north of Columbus on GA Hwy 85).  It’s set in a field with a farmhouse, cotton gin and warehouse and lots of outdoor space to make room for everything.  If you’ve been before, chances are it’s already on your calendar because folks go back year after year for all the entertainment, arts, crafts, antiques, entertainment with cloggers, blue grass music, puppets, magicians; and if for no other reason than to sample an incredible array of Southern cooking at its best.  Wear some good walking shoes and plan to stay for several hours.  How good is this festival?  Year after year, it's voted as one of the Top 25 Events in the Southeast…it's that good!  Admission is only $5 for adults and ages 4-12 get in for just $3.  It's open from 8:00am-5:00pm Saturday and Sunday.  706.538.6814

Here’s something that I don’t ever remember happening in Columbus before and if you love seafood, go ahead and tie a napkin around your neck and make plans to attend the First Ever Seafood Festival in Columbus this Saturday!  It’s hosted by The Market and will actually take place in the courtyard just behind the seafood restaurant (1st Ave in Uptown Columbus) and it’s going to be a day of live music with Ed Cox (who plays a MEAN saxophone!), Kevin Vannoy, and Peggy Jenkins, shopping, wine tasting and let’s not forget…seafood galore!!  And not to worry if you’re a football fan, they’ll have the game on a big screen TV.  Not only will this be a fun day, but it’s also a fundraiser for several event The Market is involved in like the Uptown Market Thanksgiving and Save the Gulf.  If you get tickets before Saturday, they're only $5 or you can get them at the event for just $10…children 12 & under get in free.  Bring on the shrimp!!!  706.320.9733

Get out your running shoes and head to the Original City Historic District for their 33rd Annual Preservation Run happening this Saturday (Oct. 2) beginning at 7:30am.  It’s one of the most scenic runs in the City, winding through the Historic District.  (1 mile Fun Run and 5K & 10K Runs) All proceeds will support the preservation of the Historic District.  Meet at 685 Front Ave.

Anybody in the mood for a little laughter this weekend? I thought so.  Well, there’s a guy coming to the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts (Broadway) this Sunday who will definitely make you giggle!  It’s comedian Brian Regan and believe it or not, he’s one of the few comedians performing today that you can take the whole family to see and that’s why he sells out shows all over the country.  You may have also seen him on “The Tonight Show,” “The Conan O’Brien Show” and just last week, he made his 23rd appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman.”  He’s just that good!  People love his stuff because we can all relate to what he says and he’s not afraid to pick on himself.  Tickets are $35 and the show starts at 7:30pm.  706.256.3612

Make room for one more Fall festival this weekend and head to Andersonville, GA for their Historic Fair.  This one is a little unique in that it even features mock Civil War Battles; old-time craftsmen at work; all sorts of dealers in arts, crafts, antiques & collectibles; tons of stuff for kids to do; parade, classic cars, and live entertainment, even fresh produce from local farmers.  And of course, you can’t have a fall festival without more good festival food.  Bring on the funnel cakes!  Admission to this one is $5 for adults and for kids ages 4-12, it's just $3.  229.924.2558

Oh and there's been so much buzz about this one and rightfully so.  I can't remember when I've heard so much talk about a performance at the Springer Opera House than I have with "The Full Monty."  More folks have said this is the best production they have ever seen at the Springer and if you've been thinking about going, you better make the call asap to get tickets because…a) the performances have been selling out consistently…and b) this is the last weekend!  Just remember, this show is rated PG-16 so leave the kids at home for this one and make a date night out of it.  706.327.3688

You've got plenty of things to choose from this weekend and this is only a small sampling of all the events taking place, so make sure you check out the Community Calendar  to see what else is happening.

Now, go have some fun…



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Fort Benning | Bring on the Summer Fun!

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Bring on the Summer Fun!

It's the unofficial kick-off to Summer, so it's time to make plans now for a fun-filled Memorial Day weekend! So what's going on? Here's just a sample of things going on and don't forget to visit the Community Calendar for a full listing of events.

It’s hard to believe, but this is the last concert of the season coming up Friday night (May 28)! The crowds have been incredible, but nothing will compare to the crowd that will be on Broadway Friday night because it’s the return of Scott Ressmeyer and his motorcycle ‘gang’ who are slated to return after their whirlwind motorcycle tour of the lower 48 states. This tour, of course, has been is a fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network, with all the funds raised staying here at our very own Medical Center. And how appropriate is it that the band performing Friday night is called “DNR” (Do Not Resuscitate) and it’s comprised of a bunch of local doctors! Bring your lawn chair and come enjoy the show! This show is great for the whole family and will take place from 7:00-10:00pm in the 1100 block of Broadway. Admission is free but it isn't too late to make a donation. 706.596.0111


This only happens once or twice a year, but this weekend is your chance to swim in the historic pools built by President Franklin Roosevelt as a place for therapy for his polio. Normally these pools are kept empty for preservation, but the shallow pools will be filled with naturally warm spring water and folks who have actually been swimming in the pool say the water does have a real therapeutic effect…even making your hair feel like it has conditioner in it! Sessions, which begin at 10:00am each day, are 1.5 hours each and reservations are requested. Any remaining tickets will be sold first-come, first-serve. Recommended for ages 6 and older. Admission is $20 for adults and $12.50 for ages 6-17. 706.655.5870

There’s also Memorial Day fun at West Point Lake with their MusicFest going on May 28-31 and it includes music, a poker run, and fireworks. 706.523.2506

With this being the unofficial beginning of Summer, you know there’s tons of stuff to get out and do this weekend, including the 51st Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament at Callaway Gardens. You’ll see the world’s best water skiers and wakeboarders competing for the coveted title of Masters Champion and $100,000 in prize money! And what a bonus that we get to hang out by the beach, soak up a little sunshine, splash in the water, have a picnic, and enjoy all that Callaway Gardens has to offer. And if you’re into these sports, they’ll also have the latest in water sports equipment to check out! 1-Day or 3-Day passes are available. A 1-Day pass is $25 for Adults and $12.50 for ages 6-12, under age 6 get in free. The action cranks up at 8:30am on Friday (May 28), 8:00am on Saturday (May 29), and Sunday (May 30) at 10:00am. Callaway Gardens is located in Pine Mountain, GA…about 30 minutes north of Columbus. 888.806.2783

Here’s something different you can do on Memorial Day! It’s the 3rd Annual Radio Controlled Boat Regatta & Family Fun Day at Oakhurst Farm in West Point, GA. They’ll have all sorts of model boats and seaplane competing against each other on the lake. And they have tons of other activities planned like fishing, hayrides, kite making, a scavenger hunt, and face painting. Visit the farm animals at the petting zoo, ride in the mini-horse cart, check out more exhibits, and just enjoy the rolling farmland of West Central Georgia! Oakhurst Farm is located at 19888 GA Hwy 219 in West Point, GA. You have to love this admission price for all this fun…only $5 for ages 12 & up and just $3 for those age 4-11. 678.860.8765

Another great place to head with the family this weekend is Florence Marina State Park. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy a day of boat rides and games, crafts for the kids and lots more outdoor fun from 10:00am-4:00pm each day. Cost for activities range from $2-$4 and parking is $5. Florence Marina State Park is located in Omaha, GA, about 45 minutes south of Columbus. (229) 838.4706

And yes, this is just a few of the things going on this weekend! You can find out more by perusing the Community Calendar.

Hope you have a very Happy Memorial Day…just keep it safe!


Now, go have some fun…



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Fort Benning | Bring on the Summer Fun in Columbus, GA!

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Thursday, May 24, 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...



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Fort Benning | Bring on the Weekend Fun!

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Bring on the Weekend Fun!

Lots of good stuff going on in Columbus, GA this weekend, so how about a few ideas to get you started so you can make some plans?  Remember, this is just a taste of things happening, but you can get the full list of events on the Community Calendar.

We’ve got a brand new production at the Springer Opera House (103 10th Street) called “The Lady With All The Answers.” And just who is this lady with all the answers? Advice columnist Ann Landers! For 50 years, Ann Landers answered thousands of letters on such personal and wacky issues as nude housekeeping, the proper way to hang toilet paper, sibling rivalry, religion and wandering spouses! She served up blunt, insightful and usually hilarious advice. But here’s the twist for this production, which stars Judy Leavell as Ann Landers…on a night in 1975, she confronts a fresh kind of heartbreak…her own…and she shares it with her readers.  The production is going on now through April 30 and tickets are just $35. (706.327.3688)

Here’s a bit of trivia for you: Charles Lindbergh, the famous American aviator, bought his first plane, learned to fly and then soloed at Souther Field in Americus, GA in 1923! Not long after that, he made his non-stop flight from New York to Paris. So to celebrate this connection, they’re having The Lindbergh Boogie Aviation Festival this weekend in Americus (Jimmy Carter Regional Airport). There will be skydiving (including tandem skydives!), plane rides, a ‘flying feet’ 5K run, hot air balloon rides, remote control plane demos, classic car display, tons of stuff for kids (giant slide, face painting, clowns), food, live entertainment, and here’s the coolest thing…a paper airplane contest!!  It's taking place all day Saturday (April 16) from 9:00am until dark.  Admission is only $5 per vehicle, but there are additional fees if you want to do the tandem skydiving and plane rides.  (229.924.2646)

Don’t forget the Friday night Movie Under the Stars at Wetherby Field at Fort Benning will continue tonight at 8:30 pm. Tonight’s movies is Despicable Me. Bring pets, coolers, lawn chairs, but they’ll supply the free popcorn. This is completely free and open to the entire community.

It’s no secret this country has the best soldiers in the world and this weekend we get to find out who is the best of the best! It’s the Best Ranger Competition 2011, the 28th anniversary of this grueling competition. Originally created to salute the best two-man ‘buddy’ team in the Ranger Department at Ft. Benning, it’s evolved to determine the best two-man team from the entire US Armed Forces! The competition is 3-days of physical and mental tasks undertaken with very little rest between events. These guys will be competing in events like rifle & pistol marksmanship, 20 mile foot march with a 60 pound ruck sack, night land navigation using map & compass, rope climbing & rappelling…in all, about 60 events over 60 continuous hours…with no sleep time scheduled! The competitors don’t even know when and where they’ll be doing events, so check the website for details!  It's free to watch the competition, but make sure you take your ID with you to get on post.

Summer is going to be here before you know it and kids will be screaming that they’re bored and there’s nothing to do! Well, thankfully, there is a lot to do and here’s a great way to find out about everything all in one place! This Saturday from 1:00-4:00pm at the Civic Center, they’re having a Kids Camp & Summer Fun Fair where you can shop summer fun options for your kids and your family. Lots of different organizations will be there with information on camps, activities, attractions, destinations, and more. Plus, there’ll be clowns, Cottonmouths players, wild animals, face-painting, games, crafts and more for kids. You can register for a Stay-Cation Weekend at Callaway Gardens and a VIP Family Game Pack from the Columbus Lions! Presented by (Great website if you have kids!) Admission is free, but a $2.00 donation per adult would be greatly appreciated, which will benefit Partners in Education.

Lots going on at the Columbus Museum with their fundraiser “Let There Be Art” April 15-23. Parties, lunch & lecture, art show & sale, even a chance to win a fabulous trip to New York City…includes airfare, 3-nights accommodations, dinner at your choice of restaurant, a day of private, guided tours of art galleries and more! (706.748.2562)

Like we promised, there's a lot to get out and do this weekend…the hard part will be deciding which ones to fit in your day…but that's a good problem to have!

Now, go have some fun,





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Fort Benning | Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!  But these bugs you’re gonna love!

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!  But these bugs you’re gonna love!

I'm the first to admit I'm not a big fan of bugs.  Sure, I get excited when a butterfly or ladybug lands on me.  I'll even pick up a lizard that's found his way into my house and put him back outside where he belongs.  And roly-polies make me giggle.  But that's about where the fun ends and the terror begins.  However, I put all my fears aside one day each year and head out to Oxbow Meadows for their annual Insectival.  This Saturday (July 11) marks their 15th annunal insect festival and this thing never disappoints!  Once I get over the fact that there are creepy-crawlies everywhere, I'm ok and dive right into the fun.  You never know what you're going to experience but I know for sure you can check out things like honey extraction with the Chattahoochee Valley Beekeepers, hands-on insect inspections (I can guarantee you won't see me in line for this one), sweet buggy treats, and their Infamous Cricket Spitting Contest!  Back to the sweet buggy treats, it's exactly what it sounds like.  In the past, they've had lollipops with crickets and other things in them you normally are glad not to find in your food and they've even had chocolate-covered 'goodies.'  The fun runs from 10:00am-3:00pm so if you have kids of any age, take them...they will love this.  And if you don't have kids, go anyway and be prepared to squeal and squirm at the sight of these curious creatures.  Just don't look for me near the hissing cockroaches...I'll be in the car when they brings those out!!


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Fort Benning | Busy, Busy, Busy & Fun Weekend!

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Busy, Busy, Busy & Fun Weekend!

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

Broadway Holiday Snow Fun!

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Fort Benning | Busy, Crazy, Fun Weekend in Columbus, GA!

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Friday, October 5, 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'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 enjoy this weather while you can!

Now, go have some fun...


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Fort Benning | California Dreaming…in Columbus, GA?  Absolutely…at the Springer Opera House!

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Friday, November 15, 2013

California Dreaming…in Columbus, GA?  Absolutely…at the Springer Opera House!

So we've had a couple of cool and cloudy days, which I love, but I have to admit there was a moment when I was out in the wind and cold earlier this week that my thoughts went to a warm, sunny, sandy place.  Images of waves crashing, beach towels in the sand, the smell of Coppertone and the sounds of classic music from the 60's coming from a transitor radio.  (Uh-oh, I think I may have just really dated myself with that last one.)  Well, there isn't much I can do about the sun and the surf, but I can help out with the music part of this fantasy!  The Springer Opera House has a new production underway called "California Dreaming."  It's a musical journey through the California pop scene of the '60s and early '70s.  You know what I'm talking about...songs like "Fun, Fun, Fun", "Surfer Girl", "Dream a Little Dream of Me", "Our House", "Wouldn't It Be Nice" and of course, "California Dreaming.'"  If your schedule is a little too full to catch the show this weekend, it runs through November 23, so make sure it gets on your calendar!  And don't forget to check the Event Calendar for more fun things to do.


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Fort Benning | Can You Stand Some Weekend Fun?

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Can You Stand Some Weekend Fun?

Are you kidding?  If it were up to me, I'd say let's get this weekend started now, but since we all want to keep our jobs, maybe we should just stick to doing a little weekend planning!  Here's a quick look at just a few of the things taking place this weekend, but you can find tons more information on the Community Calendar so make sure you use that tool in making your plans.

There aren’t many people who are more of an icon in the entertainment industry than Lucille Ball! If you remember sitting on the floor in front of the big, color console TV and laughing until you cried watching Lucy & all the situations she got herself into, you are in for a treat at the RiverCenter Saturday night (March 5 @ 7:30pm). There’s a performance called “An Evening with Lucille Ball—Thank you for Asking,” and it’s a one-woman show (Suzanne LaRusch) directed by Lucy’s own daughter, Lucie Arnaz. You WILL NOT believe how much this performer looks and sounds like Lucille Ball…it’s uncanny! In this show, She’ll be sharing her memories of I Love Lucy sketches & her 30-year television career. She’ll even dish on her tempestuous marriage to Desi Arnaz!  Tickets range from $10-$47.  (706.256.3612)

What’s that old saying…”March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb….” or something to that effect! This month is known for breezy and windy days so this is perfect timing for us to head to Florence Marina State Park this Saturday for their annual “Kite Rally!” Talk about a relaxing way to spend the day…you can fly kites overlooking the lake and maybe even pack a picnic. If you feel like being a little more competitive, they’ll have contests you can join like the Highest Flyer and Best Made. You can bring your own kite or you can head to the Interpretive Center at the park and they’ll have all the materials for you to make your own. Put your own personality into it!  (229.838.4706)

Since you’ll be in the area, head over to Providence Canyon for an Astronomy Night program with the crew from the Coca-Cola Space Science Center. Bring your own telescope or gaze thru one of theirs. Parking Fee: $5  Program: Free! (706.649.1470)

Here’s something to put a little dance in your step! It’s High School Musical at the Springer Opera House!! Here’s the scoop: While on a New Year’s Eve vacation, high school hoops star Troy and brainy Gabriella—two teens who are worlds apart—meet. During a karaoke contest, they discover their love for singing and an interest in each other. After vacation, Troy finds out that Gabriella is the new girl at his school…which sounds great, but all of their friends, coaches, and teachers think this pairing is all wrong! Then they decide to both audition for the upcoming high school musical and that turns their world and the school’s world upside down!  The show runs now-March 19 with evening performances beginning at 7:30 and there's also a Sunday matinee on March 13 that starts at 2:30pm.  Tickets are $38.  (706.327.3688)

Sherlock’s Mystery Dinner Theatre is back in action, this time with a performance called “A Killer ‘80’s Reunion!” This is such a great idea for something different to get out and do or it has great potential for date night! Here’s how it works: you get to the Columbus Marriott no later than 6:45pm and the characters in the play will hand you the part that you’re going to play. You have a delicious dinner (salad, main course, and dessert) while you watch the action unfold. Then, you have to figure out…”Who Done it!” Those who correctly guess the identity of the murderer will have their names put into a drawing and if your name is drawn, you will win the prize of the evening! You can even come dressed in character, so pull out the shoulder pads and big hair!  Tickets are $46 and remember that includes a 3-course meal AND the show.  Here's a heads-up…the performances for this Friday & Saturday (March 4 & 5) are almost sold out, so if you want to go this weekend, you'd better call soon to make your reservation, or think about calling ahead for next week, because that'll be the final performance.  (706.604.5634)

If you feel like doing a little moving and grooving on ice this weekend, then head to the Columbus Civic Center because they’re opening up the rink for all of us to come skate! Bring your own skates or rent a pair for just $3. Sunday: 2:00-3:30pm and 4:30-6:00pm. Admission is $7. (706.653.4472)

And to think…these are just a few of the fun things going on this weekend, so hopefully you can find something that suits you to a "T."

Now, go have some fun!



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Fort Benning | Can you walk the walk…The RiverWalk, that is.

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Friday, March 5, 2010

Can you walk the walk…The RiverWalk, that is.

The Chattahoochee RiverWalk is outdoor 15-mile linear park that hugs the banks of the Chattahoochee River. It has become a recreational mecca for cyclists, runners, and those that just want to enjoy the natural beauty of the river. The relationship between the river and Columbus is a long and interesting one and the RiverWalk helps to tell that story. If you have never taken the time for a leisurely stroll along the RiverWalk, I urge you to do so. If you would like a sneak peek of the RiverWalk, click here to see a short video…but it in no way does justice to experiencing the serenity and beauty of this Columbus treasure firsthand.



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Fort Benning | Celebrating Easter at Westville…1850’s Style!

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Friday, April 18, 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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Fort Benning | Chattahoochee Challenge Adventure Race Weekend

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Chattahoochee Challenge Adventure Race Weekend

Family Action Pack – the Weekend Challenge Begins in Columbus, Georgia

November 18-20th


No matter the age, finding things to keep the family entertained on the weekends can be tough, and making kids put the electronics down is even harder. What do kids want these days in terms of weekend, family getaways? How about something they’ll remember for years to come? Challenge your family to an adventure packed weekend full of racing, rafting, zip lining, simulators and foodie fun.


Chattahoochee Challenge Adventure Race Weekend -- The family that adventures together, stays together. TriColumbusGa is hosting its third annual Chattahoochee Challenge Adventure Race November 19th. The race is open to all levels, requiring minimal orienteering or map reading skills, and it’s perfect for an adventurous family. The race consists of hiking, running, biking, whitewater rafting, zip lining, and more.


The race challenges families to work together, navigating their way through the course using plotting and mapping techniques, checking off points as they progress. This year, the race adds whitewater rafting and zip lining for extra points. To find more details about the race, and how it works CLICK HERE:




Grub -- Once the race is finished, everyone’s going to be hungry. Participants can show their race bibs at participating restaurants for 15% off the bill. Columbus’ local food scene is within walking distance of the race. This includes more than 10 locally owned and operated restaurants. Expect everything from homemade pizzas and southern classics like BBQ and burgers, to one of top 40 best restaurants in the country, EPIC.


Explore -- Columbus offers more adventure opportunities. And a bike rental connects most of them. Start at the Columbus Ga Whitewater park where families can paddle their way through the longest urban whitewater course, and top USA Today 12 man-made adventure in the world, zip line at 30mph over the Chattahoochee River, or take on a three level ropes course! Paddleboard and kayaks are also available for rent. Hone water skills with kayak lessons and even try Paddle Board Yoga. Namaste, adventure seekers!


Ride along the Chattahoochee RiverWalk to some of Columbus’ amazing points of interests… the Coca-Cola Space Science Center, the National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus and the National Infantry Museum, just named the #1 FREE National Museum in the country. Total cruise time is roughly 20 miles there and back.


November 18th-20th in Columbus, Georgia offers a weekend full of family adventure. Get the family off the iPads, out of the house, and give them a weekend they’ll remember for a lifetime!


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Fort Benning | Chattahoochee River Rafting – Adventure For Every Generation

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Chattahoochee River Rafting – Adventure For Every Generation

Did you know that off the banks of the Chattahoochee River in Columbus, GA, there’s one of the Top 12 Man-Made Adventures in the World?

That adventure is called Whitewater Columbus, GA, and it’s the longest urban whitewater rafting course in the world. It’s been described as “wild as the Colorado River, and warm as Costa Rica!” Intrigued yet?

Walk one block west of Broadway, the street that runs through Uptown Columbus and houses award-winning local restaurants, pubs, coffee shops, and so much more, and you’ll find yourself breath-taken by the Chattahoochee River flowing vivaciously down the Georgia/Alabama state line.

I say vivaciously, because in the afternoon, the dam-controlled release that has been built into the river to make this whitewater adventure possible is sending rapids of water with rafts of families and friends southbound down the current.

All those aboard a raft or kayak earlier in the day when the water was a bit calmer, are standing ashore drying off in the sun and anxiously awaiting another go-round as they watch adventure seekers make their way down.

Overhead, children and parents alike are lined up in gear waiting their turn to zip-line from the Georgia shore across the river to Alabama. And when you’ve conquered the Blue Heron Aerial Course on the Alabama side, get ready to zip back across the Chattahoochee River for your return trip to Georgia!

Whitewater Columbus sits right on the edge of Uptown facing the river and is the hub for everyone to check-in and get whatever supplies or gear you’ll need for your adventure. Beyond rafting the Chattahoochee or zip-lining across it, they offer kayaking, SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding) and the option to pretend the Chattahoochee is a lazy river for you to just float down. So, Grandpa and the kids can go take the “Classic” route early in the day, while Dad gears up for the late afternoon rapids, better known as the “Challenge.”  And mom can float her way down, while Grandma hangs out on the RiverWalk cheering on the family - now you see why Whitewater Columbus is an adventure your entire family will love!

Regardless of your whitewater thrill level or the number of people in your group, a certified guide (who may or may not be showing off by surfing the rapids) will accompany every group to ensure a great time and safe travels for all.

And if I still haven’t sold you on some of the most exciting whitewater rafting in the U.S. right here in Columbus, GA, then maybe these adventurers will: Reviews on Whitewater or Reviews on the RiverWalk.

After you’ve taken a ride on the Chattahoochee, be prepared to have a growling stomach – all the excitement really takes it out of you! Luckily, one block’s walk and your back in the heart of Uptown for a delicious meal at one of our many restaurants, enjoying the night life and all that Columbus has to offer!

Categories: Family-friendly, Outdoors, River Fun, Trip Ideas

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Fort Benning | Check the Event Calendar for Fun Things to do in Columbus, GA!

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Friday, August 30, 2013

Check the Event Calendar for Fun Things to do in Columbus, GA!

Let's face've been watching the clock since this morning wanting time to speed up so we can get this long, Labor Day weekend holiday started!  I say we get started now because there is a lot of fun to be had in and around Columbus this weekend.  If you're still wondering what's on the fun-menu so you can make some plans, I would absolutely suggest you head to the Event Calendar and take a look at some of the happenings.

I promise you'll find all sorts of stuff...anything from the big Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival at Callaway Gardens, all the cool stuff going on at Florence Marina State Park (that's just south of Columbus and it's a BEAUTIFUL state park!), the Labor Day Weekend Book Sale at the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Sarah Plain and Tall with The Family Theatre, Market Days on Broadway, even ice skating at the Columbus Ice Rink...and that's just scratching the surface--no pun intended.

Hope you have a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend!


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Fort Benning | Check Your Watch…It’s Time to Play!

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Check Your Watch…It’s Time to Play!

Ready to get out and have some adventures this weekend? Well, there's plenty of fun stuff going on so here's a quick rundown of a few of the events taking place. Don't forget you can find out more about these and other activities going on in and around Columbus on the Community Calendar. In fact, this is one your should add to your favorites!

This Saturday (April 24) is the 12th Annual Tai Chi and Qigong Day and to celebrate, there’s a big to-do going on at Lakebottom Park! There will be demonstrations by Columbus area Tai Chi and Qigong instructors and we’re all invited to participate…even if you don’t know anything about either of these disciplines! Or you can just bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy watching other folks get healthy!! In case of rain, the event will be held at the St. Francis Wellness Center (2000 16th Ave). It's all happening near the band shell at the park from 10:00am-12:30pm and there is no admission to attend or participate. (706) 561.2980


Now, here's a great way to spend a Friday evening…Imagine sitting under the stars on a beach listening to some beautiful live music on a Spring night…this has got date night written all over it! It’s something called “Symphony on the Sands” at Callaway Gardens and they are welcoming the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra doing a performance called "Marches & Medleys: A Night Under the Stars” right there on Robin Lake Beach! You can just take your beach towel or chair and find a good spot or really do it up right for date night and pack a picnic to have for dinner! This is a great deal because admission is only $15—and that includes the show—and kids 12 & under are admitted free! Gates open at 5:00pm and the performance begins at 8:00pm. (800) CALLAWAY

There’s a free outdoor concert called "Country for a Cause" this Friday night at 7:00pm in the 1100 block of Broadway featuring recording artist “Georgia Clay” and local talent “John J. Hooker Band.” This is a fundraiser to help provide meals for those who need it. (706) 327.4880

Here’s some more music for you and it’s something really different! It’s called a “Kaleidoscope Concert” and it’s being held at RiverCenter and it features students and faculty from CSU. In fact, over 240 musicians all located in different positions throughout the theatre! They’ll be playing a wide range of musical styles…anything from island-like steel drums, to strings, jazz, and musical theatre. And there will be large ensembles of musicians as well as chamber-size groups and soloists… playing it anything from alto saxophones to zithers! This is taking place Saturday (April 24) beginning at 7:30pm and get this, admission is only $5…that's an amazing deal! (706) 649.7225

If you’re a lover of all things automobile, you really ought to check out the 2nd Annual Spring Hot Rodz Car Show going on this Saturday on the grounds of the International Marketplace (318 10th Ave). They’ll have more than 200 vehicles on display…some vintage some modern…plus they’ll have entertainment & plenty of munchies on hand. Make sure you step inside and take a peek at the International Marketplace because they usually have some classic cars on display there too and you can go through the Lunchbox Museum (you have to see this to believe it) and the Antique Mall. Admission to the car show is Free! (706) 566.1503

That should be enough to at least give you something to look forward to this weekend.

Now, go have some fun…





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Fort Benning | Christmas Light Tour Guide 2019

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Christmas Light Tour Guide 2019

“But I also say this: that light is an invitation to happiness” - Mary Oliver

We couldn’t think of a better quote to kick off the journey we’re inviting you on! With a playlist and Google Maps route, we’ve made it easy for you and your loved ones to enjoy the best and brightest Christmas displays Columbus, Georgia has to offer. We’ve limited our list to 10 festive homes so that the route is doable in one night in about 1 hour (depending on how long you linger!). The lights are all there like the perfect invitation to Christmas cheer; all they need is you.



1000 Broadway
First up on our list we bring you Uptown Columbus. Get in the spirit with charming Christmas decor and an impressive row of Christmas trees decorated by various local companies and organizations. It’s the perfect start to our light tour because Fountain City and Iron Bank make excellent local stops for hot chocolate and baked goodies.

2854 Lynda Lane
What could be cuter than a school bus decked out in colored lights?! Not much. This is by far the most unique property on our list. It’s also very close to the next house on the list.

2715 Lynda Lane
Lights, blowups, this house has it all! Any despicable me fans along for the ride? They’ll get a kick out of the larger than life minions and colors galore.

2626 Habersham Avenue
Here we have another light display set to music! Tune in to 94.3 and enjoy watching elves toss presents over your car as well as Santa himself perched on the chimney.

3629 Dunhill Drive
Every square inch of this property is covered in lights and Christmas decor. It’s a complete showstopper you won’t want to miss. If you happen to be invited to go inside, definitely do not refuse. The people are friendly, and their inside display is just as impressive.

4500 Forrest Road
This house is all about the larger than life blow ups! It doesn’t need lights to make a festive impact due to the impressive array. 

5784 Ironstone Drive
Many of you are probably familiar with the “Ludy House,” and for good reason! The display extends into three yards and features over 100,000 lights all set to music and animation. Simply tune into 90.1 and enjoy the show. You’ll want to stay and watch a little while to take in the many details including a leaping frog!

6513 Clearwater Drive
Roll down your window at this lovely stop to take in all the Christmas lights and listen to their festive music.

6023 Morningside Drive
Candy Canes, shooting stars and Christmas trees all set to music! Turn your radio to 88.9 and linger a while to enjoy the show.

5753 Springhill Avenue
This stop is more like a Christmas village than a single house, making it the perfect grand finale to our journey. The amount of lights in this little area is pretty impressive. Light displays are especially colorful and packed with fun details that will make you want to slow your speed for a lap or two around the block to enjoy the views.


In collaboration with The Columbusite
Written by: Carrie Beth Wallace

Categories: Family-friendly, Itineraries, Trip Ideas

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Fort Benning | Cocktails in Columbus

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Cocktails in Columbus

Columbus is loved by locals and visitors alike for its old-town charm, family-owned boutiques and friendly community. While we enjoy everything that Uptown has to offer, our favorite activities include working our way through the cocktails that have been artfully crafted by local bars and restaurants. And while we haven’t had the chance to try them all, we’ve rounded out our 9 favorites and where to find them to make your trip fun and adventurous in more ways than one!

11th and Bay

1050 Bay Ave, Columbus GA

Just around the corner from the zipline tower and a short walk from the Chattahoochee River is 11th and Bay - a warm, inviting venue with fantastic local fare and signature cocktails to help you unwind after a long day in the sun. Fusing rustic and contemporary elements together, 11th and Bay is housed in an old cotton warehouse across the street from the river featuring heart pine floors, vintage Edison lighting and outdoor seating with sunset views.

Known for genuine southern hospitality and a passion for quality ingredients, 11th and Bay features a cocktail menu as unpretentious and inviting as the venue itself. Here are a few favorites:
Cucumber Gimlet, Fireside Rye,& Mulled Sangria

Smoke Bourbon & BBQ

1047 Broadway, Columbus GA

Another uptown favorite, Smoke Bourbon & BBQ offers a modern twist on traditional southern barbeque. And while the quality of their food is worthy of a blog in itself, the expertly hand-crafted cocktails are what draw you back time and again. When the weather is nice, we suggest kicking back on their rooftop patio and taking in the city views, cocktail in hand. While working your way through their extensive bar menu, the following suggestions are what we recommend to first-time Smoke Bourbon & BBQ guests:

Peach Cobbler, Blood Orange Old Fashioned, & Smoked Pineapple Margarita

The Black Cow

115 W 12th Street, Columbus GA

Just a few steps away from the Whitewater Rapids sits The Black Cow, Uptown’s only oyster bar. Popular among the locals for its small size, cozy atmosphere and friendly staff, the laid-back ambiance and small-town feel make it a great place to catch up with friends. We personally love The Black Cow for its simplistic, understated, yet refreshing selection of traditional American cocktails, and it’s the place to go when you’re in the mood for an old favorite with a local twist. Here are our top three go-to selections:

Black Cow Mary, American Mule, Dreamsicle Martini

While 11th and Bay, Smoke Bourbon & BBQ and The Black Cow are our personal favorites for great cocktails, Columbus, Georgia is full of fantastic local restaurants that each contribute to the memorable charm and character of the city. So don’t limit yourself to just these three! Head over to our Dining Page to peruse more local offerings and make the best selections for your itinerary.

Categories: Dining, Nightlife

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Fort Benning | Columbus, Cola and Southern Culture

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Columbus, Cola and Southern Culture

Golumbus, GA where Coca-Cola was invented by John PembertonAny visit to Columbus, GA will find you strolling down Broadway and passing the places where Coca Cola AND RC Cola were invented - all within a few blocks of each other. That’s right! After the Civil War, Columbus had several pharmacists also working as chemists who came up with all kinds of concoctions from perfumes to medicines to help with ailments to beverages. One of these pharmacists was a Civil War veteran named John Pemberton who was looking for something to help with wounds he suffered during the war. After many experiments, he invented something called French Wine Cola. It was meant to work a stimulant and promised to make people feel better from their ailments. Whether it was laced with cocaine or not is still up for debate, but Pemberton changed the name of his concoction to Coca-Cola, brought it to Atlanta for wider development and distribution, and the rest is history.

If Coca-Cola had been the only major soft drink invented in Columbus, that would be a great story, but there was more. Another pharmacist, Claud A. Hatcher, began inventing beverages in 1905 in the basement of a wholesale gr

ocery business. His offerings included Royal Crown Ginger Ale, Cream Soda, and Melo fruit drinks and he eventually created the Union Bottling Works. His business grew rapidly and by 1934, Royal Crown Cola was launched as the flagship drink, better known as RC Cola. It was the first cola that came in cans and was the first calorie-free cola ever invented. RC Cola became a mark of Southern culture and pride and you had to have one with a Moon Pie!

As you stroll around Uptown Columbus and you see the places where Pemberton and Hatcher developed their concoctions that changed the tastes of the planet and brought a smile to people around the world, maybe you’ll gain some inspiration for your own life changing endeavors! Let us know what you come up with when you do! 

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Fort Benning | Columbus Food Festival Coming Next Weekend!

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Columbus Food Festival Coming Next Weekend!

Uptown Columbus Fall Food Truck Festival Coming Next Weekend!

Do you love regional flavors and foods of all kinds? Food trucks? Variety? Walking around and trying different options a little at a time on a gorgeous Fall day along the Chattahoochee River? Who wouldn’t love that? Well, you get a chance to experience all of that and more Saturday, November 12th during Uptown's Fall Food Truck Festival!


Here are the details:


Bring your family and friends for a day of food and fun on November 12th  from 11am until 6 pm as Woodruff Park and Dillingham Bridge transform into a Food Truck Mecca. 25+ GOURMET FOOD TRUCKS will be set up along with DJ Dave Arwood playing jams all afternoon! In addition to the Food Trucks, there will be a Craft Beer Garden.


Admission is $5 (cash only) per person; children 12 and younger are free. Credit cards and cash will be accepted by the vendors. For more information, go to or call 706-596-0111.


What better way to spend a Saturday? What easier way to try those restaurants that you’ve only heard about one bite at a time? Columbus is becoming one of the better restaurant scenes in the South with great chefs opening eateries and offering their creations to the city and the region. Here’s your chance to take advantage of a great opportunity to try a little taste of Columbus at a time.


Columbus is a town that is designed for both residents and visitors to “Go all out!” with all kinds of experiences, tastes, sights, sounds, and adventures. Stay the weekend for the Food Festival and taste and see what Columbus really has to offer! “All out Yum!” is right!



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Fort Benning | Columbus, GA—Get Ready for a Jammed Packed Weekend!

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Columbus, GA—Get Ready for a Jammed Packed Weekend!

Another beautiful Autumn weekend, another weekend full of fun!  Clear your schedules of any non-fun related stuff and fill that time with one of the many events taking place.  I've got a quick peek at just a few of the things going on, but make sure you head to the Community Calendar to get all the details about these and other happenings.

If you’re planning on checking out Market Days on Broadway on Saturday (Oct 15), make sure you tack a little extra time so you can take a look at all the cool art that will be a part of the 16th Annual Arts on the River (11:00am-5:00pm). Local and regional artists will have their best works on display in the 1000 block of Broadway and…in case you see something you really like…it’ll be for sale too! They always have a good variety of artists with anything from pottery, pastels, photography, woodwork, even jewelry.  Free admission!

OK, I have to admit that I got more than a little thirsty reading about this event! It’s the 2nd Annual Backyard Brewfest happening this Saturday in the backyard/courtyard of The Loft (1032 Broadway). They’ll have live music from MudCat, food and lots of cold beer! In fact, they’ll have more than 100 different craft beers from around the world. You even get a complimentary souvenir mug for your taste testing! And if you prefer wine over beer, you can check out the brand new wine-tasting part of the event. Lest we forget that it’s a Saturday in the South in the Fall, there has to be football so they’ll be showing the Auburn v. Florida game on 3 big screen TV’s. You can get tickets in advance ($30) or at the door ($35).

When’s the last time you went on a real hayride? You’ve got a chance this Friday and Saturday night at FDR State Park in Pine Mountain! Just meet at the campground’s Trading Post and get ready to hit the trail at 7:00pm. It’s free, but donations will be accepted and there is a $5 parking pass.

It’s been called “the scariest comedy of all time” and I have to admit it’s one of my all-time favorite movies. Just the mention of “Eye-gor,” “Frau Blucher,” “Ovaltine,” “Abby Normal,” and “No Tongues” and you know we’re talking about one of Mel Brooks’ finest…Young Frankenstein!! I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve seen it and never get tired of it…because it’s just that funny. So how cool is it that it’s being show Friday night (Oct 14) at the RiverCenter’s Studio Theatre! And it gets even better…it’s absolutely free and open to all of us. Just remember that it’s being shown in the Studio Theatre at RiverCenter, so seating is limited and will be available on a first-come, first serve basis. This is the perfect set-up to the LIVE stage performance that will be at RiverCenter in a couple of weeks…more details to come!!!

Ready to do a little cycling? Then grab your bike and head for the Midtown Bike Around this Sunday! It’s a 9.3-mile ride that will begin and end at Dinglewood Park (across the street from Locos Grill & Pub on 13th St.) This is a great way to take in the sites of Midtown’s historic districts and even learn a little about Columbus’ 19th & 20th Century history. And don’t worry if it’s been a while since you’ve been on a bike! This ride is designed for cyclists of all levels and will be escorted by the Columbus Police Dept Bicycle Unit. Even if you don’t have a bike, they’ll have some on-site for rent for just $10. Remember that helmets are required! All registered participants get a cycling bag, t-shirt, and cycling bottle.

The music continues with Uptown's Friday Night Concert Series with Big Woody & The Splinters on stage in the median of Broadway from 7:00-10:00pm. This is a free, family-friendly event so bring your lawnchairs and enjoy a night of great music!

Well, there you have it…just a little taste of what there is to do this weekend.

Now, go have some fun…



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Fort Benning | Columbus hosts The Regional Visitor Center Annual Meeting

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Columbus hosts The Regional Visitor Center Annual Meeting

On February 24 - 26, 2010 approximately 50 Visitor Center representatives from across the Southeast were in Columbus, GA for their Annual Meeting. They had informational sessions all day at the historic Trade Center, with a little bit of free time thrown in to explore our beautiful city. On Wednesday night they had a fantastic dinner at the National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus. The atmosphere was wonderful and Country's catering was, of course, fantastic…steak, fried catfish, cheesy grits, hushpuppies, banana pudding, buttermilk pie, and chocolate chess pie…wow, I'm hungry again just thinking about it. Thursday night the participants did a dine around in our Uptown area where they ate at restaurants such as The Fresh Fish Market, Country's on Broad, The Cannon Brew Pub, Downstairs at the Loft, Houlihan's, and Locos Amigos Cantina. They'll finish up on Friday with a scavenger hunt and then head home, hopefully having learned a lot and leaving with some great memories of Columbus.

We want to say thank you to this group of great people for coming to Columbus and allowing us the opportunity to host their Annual Meeting. We hope to see them all again very soon!


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Fort Benning | Columbus Sci-Fi Convention at the Coca-Cola Space Science Center

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Columbus Sci-Fi Convention at the Coca-Cola Space Science Center

If you notice people walking around uptown Columbus this Saturday looking like they belong on another planet, don’t be alarmed…it’s just time for the CSU’s 3rd Annual Columbus Sci-Fi Convention and Toy Show at the Coca-Cola Space Science Center. It’s going to be an out of this world experience! No pun intended. The featured guest is actor Daniel Logan who portrayed young Boba Fett in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. He also does the voice of the same character in The Clone Wars animated series. There will be plenty of other things going on including costume presentations, planetarium shows in the full-dome Omnisphere Theatre, video game tournaments and more. Sci-fi collectibles and comic book vendors will be there as well as food vendors if you get hungry.

Location:  Coca-Cola Space Science Center
Dates/Times:   Saturday  (Oct 9)     10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Admission: $5  
For More Information: 706.687.4090 

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Fort Benning | Columbus When No One Is Looking

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Columbus When No One Is Looking

Alan Cross, author and public policy influencer, recently visited Columbus, GA and shared his thoughts with us about his experience on a normal day. What a great perspective from a first-time visitor to Columbus!

whitewater GeorgiaIf you are considering a visit to Columbus, GA when it “goes all out,” you might be thinking about coming for a huge event like RiverFest in May to enjoy food, music and activities. Or, you might want to try the longest urban whitewater course on in the world, visit world-class museums, or taste from the many restaurants that the Fountain City has to offer. As for me, I love experiences like that, but I also like to see a city on a normal day when it’s not expecting visitors and is just being itself.

Spring is a beautiful time of year in the Deep South when everything is in bloom, and the air is thick with the smell of honeysuckle and dogwood blossoms. Columbus embodies this and more. As I took an afternoon stroll on the Chattahoochee RiverWalk, I was struck by life breaking out all around me. Kids were running and exploring fountains at the Splash Pad. People were fishing. Kayakers were navigating the rapids below, and you could hear laughing with every splash of whitewater. People were jogging at the end of a beautiful day. There were couples and families everywhere from different heritages enjoying the sunshine. When Columbus thought no one was looking, it was peaceful and invited you to partake in the art of life painted in front of you. The city found another way to "go all out."

It was just a normal evening in late April, but as the river roared and the sun set on the Chattahoochee, the breeze reminded me again that the cool of spring was giving way to the warmth of the coming season. Summer is breaking in and you can feel it in the air, hear it in the laughter of the rafters and children playing. Everyone seems anxious to get on with the season's change much like the river itself can't keep from bounding over rocks and rushing through channels forged by time, water and the energy that is in this place ready to be unleashed.

Summer will have so much more to offer and it will all be on display. As for me, I found something meaningful and soul awakening at the end of a normal day in Columbus when the city thought no one was looking!

Click to find Resources in the Guide for your visit to Columbus, GA.

Categories: River Fun

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Fort Benning | Columbus Day Weekend Tuskegee-Moorehouse Football Classic!

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Columbus Day Weekend Tuskegee-Moorehouse Football Classic!


Are you ready for some football? Each October, Columbus hosts the Tuskegee-Moorehouse Football Classic, which is one of the great football rivalries in the South. We’ll be hosting events all week long (check out the calendar for the various events), all culminating with the big game on October 7.


The "Grand Daddy" of all classics is proud of our 82 years of gridiron tradition. We promote the best play from our student athletes, as well as sportsmanship like conduct on and off the field. We are indeed proud of the 112 years of family relationships associated with the classic.


The annual Tuskegee Morehouse classic is set for 2:00pm at A. J. McClung Memorial Stadium in beautiful Columbus, GA. This year marks the 82nd meeting between the Golden Tigers of Tuskegee and the Maroon Tigers of Morehouse College. Find all your gameday information here at the official classic website.


Host Hotels

Columbus Mariott Hotel
** Classic room rates $109 per night.
Toll Free Reservation Line (800) 455-9261.
Reservations must be secured with a credit card.
Classic Code: Tuskegee-Morehouse Classic


Country Inn and Suites
** Classic room rates $79 per night.
Toll Free Reservation Line (800) 830-5222.
Reservations must be secured with a credit card.


Youth Tickets(HS & Under) - $15.00
Advanced Tickets - $20.00
Game Day Tickets - $25.00


Come Out for a classic Southern football rivalry! We hope to see you around town!

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Fort Benning | Columbus, GA Restaurants Open for Curbside, To Go and Delivery

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Monday, August 10, 2020

Columbus, GA Restaurants Open for Curbside, To Go and Delivery

Looking for great food to pick up or have delivered to your front door?

We've created a list of local restaurants that includes curbside and delivery options that uphold social distancing protocols.

This information is subject to change. When placing your order, please confirm that these services are still available.





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Fort Benning | Columbus Restaurant Week 2020

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Columbus Restaurant Week 2020

It's Restaurant Week! Due to the COVID-19 crisis, this year's event has been expanded to include curbside and delivery options that uphold social distancing protocols.

Here's list of who's offering curbside and delivery options this week. Let's work together to support our deserving local food industry, and do our part to keep our neighbors safe in the process.

Proceeds benefit Giving Kitchen, a local non-profit offering emergency relief to food service workers.


Hudson's at Main
Vertigo Fusion Kitchen
Cafe le Rue
Bare Roots Bibb
Smoke Bourbon & BBQ
Wicked Hen
Parker's Pantry
The Black Cow
Hunter's Pub



Vertigo (WAITR delivery)
Cafe le Rue
Wicked Hen (Midtown-area only)
Smoke Bourbon & BBQ (WAITR delivery)


*Please call to confirm these services are still available before you place an order. This information is subject to change.

Categories: Dining, Events

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Fort Benning | Come for Whitewater, Stay for the Food, Fun and Attractions

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Come for Whitewater, Stay for the Food, Fun and Attractions

Come for Whitewater, Stay for the Food, Fun and Attractions

Find yourself in the heart of Columbus, Georgia to test drive the longest urban whitewater course in the world! The Chattahoochee River runs directly through Uptown Columbus, the center of all things dining, entertainment and family fun. Here are a few reasons to plan your trip today:

Good, Local Eats in Uptown Columbus
Uptown is home to Columbus’ best locally owned and operated restaurants and local coffee shops. Relax on an outdoor patio, enjoy fine dining right on the Chattahoochee River and enjoy everything Uptown has to offer. City life and the vibrant pulse of the street make Uptown Columbus a popular place for locals, Uptown residents and visitors alike to dine and enjoy the scene.

Bike or Run the RiverWalk

Biking is the best way to get around and experience the vibrancy of Uptown. Ride on Bikes ( is located right downtown on Broadway and offers a huge variety of bicycles and accessories, friendly staff to guide you in the right direction, and with rentals starting at $10 – it is easy and fun!

For avid runners, or those who would like to enjoy a leisurely jog along the RiverWalk, Big Dog Running Co. ( – a full service specialty running store – offers an array of quality running shoes, apparel and accessories.


Coca-Cola Space and Science Center
This state of the art facility houses a Challenger Learning Center, the Omnisphere Theater and the Mead Observatory. Visit the Plaza area for many interactive exhibits and displays. Experience the Space Center for fun for the whole family.

The Civil War Naval Museum
Located on the Chattahoochee Intra-Coastal Waterway, Port Columbus is the only museum in the world dedicated to telling the complete Naval story of the American Civil War. From the ironclads to steam and sailing ships to the first successful submarines, Port Columbus has gone to great extent to raise, recover and preserve the military and technological advances of the American Civil War Navies.


Oxbow Meadows
Oxbow Meadows is an environmental learning center, an animal "museum" filled with reptile and aquatic exhibits, and your go-to place for exciting public programming, events and everyday fun. The best part is, admission to the center is FREE! Add Oxbow Meadows to your itinerary for a complete outdoor learning experience.

National Infantry Museum
The National Infantry Foundation honors Soldiers by supporting the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center, whose mission is to provide education and training to Soldiers, families, and the general public on all facets of the history of the United States Infantry, the origin and development of Fort Benning, and an overview of the U.S. Army. The National Infantry Museum is truly a magnificent facility and a must-see for all visitors.

Categories: Dining, Events, History, Military, River Fun

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Fort Benning | Come on Weekend!

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Come on Weekend!

Seems like just about everyone I've come in contact the past few days is having a crazy week.  Could it be that we all just have a really bad case of Spring Fever?  It's nothing that a little bit of fun won't cure, so how about some ideas of things you can get into this weekend?  Hopefully this quick list will get you started, but if you want all the details, just head to the Community's a great resource for finding out about events going on in Columbus and the surrounding area.

One of the highlights of the month of May has to be “Arts in the Park” and it’s happening this Sunday (May 15) at the band shell in Lakebottom Park. This is the 15th year for this event and it’s just a laidback, relaxing day in the park that's full of music, art and food! It features works of area artists…with pieces available for sale from 12:00-6:00pm, as well as performances by local musicians like the Justice Family Bluegrass Band, the Fort Benning Band, and the Columbus Jazz Quartet. There will also be all kinds of stuff for kids to do…face painting, clowns, pony rides, petting zoo, puppet shows, and amusement games & rides. Take a lawn chair and a picnic basket (or you can buy food on site) and enjoy a day in the park!  Here's the best part…it's all FREE!

This concept has been so popular in the past that it’s coming back for its 4th installment! It’s the high-energy musical “I Got the Music in Me” at the Liberty Theatre (821 8th Ave) and this one is being called “Back Down Memory Lane.” If you’re a lover of old-school music, you’re going to love this one…it features music from the Chi-Lites (yep, I remember slow dancing to those guys in Junior High School!), The Emotions, The O’Jay’s, The Stylistics, even Prince, TLC and Mary J. Blige! If this music doesn’t make you want to get up and groove, I don’t know what will and it’s a show the whole family can enjoy.  There are performances Friday, Saturday and Sunday and admission is only $15 for adults, $13 for Seniors, students, and military and $10 for kids. (706.653.7566)

There's also more music in Uptown Columbus this Friday night as part of the Concert Series.  Throw your lawn chair into your car and head to the 1000 block of Broadway for a 3-hour performance with none other than Peggy Jenkins and The Bizness!  Man, can she ever put on a show!  Admission is free and everything gets underway at 7:00pm.

The toys are back in town! Disney on Ice presents “Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3” at the Columbus Civic Center! One of the biggest and best animated movies of all time comes to life on ice with the whole gang…Buzz Lightyear, Woody, and Jessica and all the others…and they are all trying to escape from the rambunctious tots of Sunnyside Daycare and race for home. There’re also a few new faces joining in on the fun like Barbie’s groovy bachelor Ken and Lot’s-O-Huggin’ Bear. And expect the unexpected…there’s anything from a galactic battle between Buzz and Emperor Zurg to a hoe-down at Woody’s Roundup! There’s no doubt that kids will love this, but adults seem to love Toy Story just as much if not more!  Performances are scheduled for 7:00pm on Friday, 2:30pm and 6:30pm Saturday, and Sunday at 2:00pm and tickets range from $17-$42.  (800.745.3000)

If you’ve never had a chance to visit Hills & Dales in LaGrange, GA, this may be the perfect weekend to do so. It’s the historic home of the Fuller Callaway Family and when I say home, it’s probably unlike anything you’ve ever seen! It’s a Georgian Italian villa surrounded by some of the most beautifully formal gardens to be found anywhere in the country. And this Saturday (May 14) is a great time to go and be a part of their 4th Annual Picnic in the Gardens, just make sure you take your picnic basket with you and here’s why…you’ll get in free! They’ll also have pony rides and games like horseshoes, ladder ball, bocce, croquet, beanbag toss and badminton. And there will even be some live music to entertain you while you picnic! Once you get there, you can walk to the picnic area or ride the tram. (706.882.3242)

If you need a good laugh this weekend, check out the brand new production at the Springer Opera House called “Lakebottom Proper,” all about a pair of social climbing 30-somethings who live on the "good side" of Lakebottom Park! Rated PG-13. Performances held this weekend and next weekend and tickets are $35.  (706) 327.3688

That should be enough to get you started making some plans for the weekend, but don't forget to explore the Community Calendar for tons more options!

Now, go have some fun…



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Fort Benning | Cooking, Hiking and Jamming this Weekend in Columbus, GA

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Cooking, Hiking and Jamming this Weekend in Columbus, GA

It's another weekend packed with all sorts of fun things to do in Columbus, GA!  The hard part may be figuring out how to get everything in Saturday and Sunday.  Let's take a quick look at a couple of ways to fill your weekend, but don't forget to cruise through the Community Calendar for more details.

First up, let's head to Oxbow Meadows for their Second Sunday program (Aug 14)...and you're going to love this one because it's all about food!  Summer is the best time of the year for fresh veggies right out of the garden, but if you’re like me, you buy the healthy fruits and veggies, get them home and try to figure out what to do with them. Well, this Sunday, local chef Austin Scott will teach you all the secrets of cooking with fresh, seasonal produce. And not only will you learn how to cook, but Cathy Carter with Columbus Natural Food CSA will be there to educate attendees about supporting our region’s farmers and how to enjoy fresh, local food throughout the year. All participants will go home with yummy recipes and be entered into a drawing for a basket of fresh vegetables. It's all happening this Sunday at 2:00pm and admission is only $3.  By the way, I got a tour of the all-new Oxbow Meadows earlier this week and if you haven't been out to take a look, you're missing out.  What a cool facility…it's unlike anything else in the region! 

How about a quick roadtrip a little north of Columbus?  You can make a full weekend of fun at FDR State Park this weekend. On Friday night (Aug 12), they will have one of their guided night hikes. It starts at sunset and ends under the stars. The route is easy and is about a ½ mile. Bring your flashlight and meet at the “No Name Parking Lot.” Then on Saturday, head back over to the park for a Picnic Potluck! This is a great way to make new friends and spend time with ole friends. The picnic will be at the park office picnic area. Don’t forget to bring a dish. Once you’ve had your fill of delicious home-cooked food, bring in the “Dog Days of Summer” with good wholesome music. Join local singer/song writers at the Park Office Amphitheatre for a good time and good tunes. What a weekend! And the best part is…all you have to pay is the $5 parking pass.

Don’t forget that Market Days on Broadway in Uptown Columbus continues every Saturday through November giving you many chances to get local grown, fresh produce, baked goods and other yummy treats. It’s from 9:00am to 12:00pm.

Even though school has started back, as you can tell as soon as you walk outside, summer is in full swing! And what better way to celebrate these dog days of summer than with some good ole beach music. This Saturday (8:00pm), at the Phenix City Amphitheatre, The Landsharks will take the stage and transport us to white, sandy beaches. You may even be able to close your eyes and smell the coconut oil and feel the ocean breeze. The Landsharks are a Jimmy Buffet and Beach Boys tribute band so you know you are in for a good time. Bring blankets and lawn chairs, but no coolers or pets please. There will be concessions available for purchase. You may even want to consider a battery-operated fan to help bring that ocean breeze to life.  Admission is only $10 and kids 12 and under are admitted free!

Maybe you're more in a jazz frame of mind this weekend.  Then pencil in the Columbus Jazz Society’s monthly Jazz Jam at the Liberty Theatre. This month, the featured guest musician is Tyrone Jackson. Tyrone has a very impressive resume and has toured all over the world with some really big names, including Chaka Kahn and the Crusaders. He says his major musical influence include Herbie Hancock and Earth, Wind & Fire. The concert starts at 6pm and the jam session, where other musicians can join in starts at 8:00pm. It’s a great way to spend a relaxing Sunday evening, while getting in the right frame of mind to start the work week the next day.  Believe it or not, it's only going to cost you $10 to hear all this great music!

It’s an afternoon of patriotic and summer-themed crafts from 2 – 4 pm this Sunday, August 14 at the Columbus Museum with their "Fort Benning Family Fun Day." Get out of the heat and into the AC while having some fun with the kiddos. And it's absolutely FREE!

So are you ready for the weekend?  Like I have to ask…........

Now go have some fun,



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Fort Benning | Cool Stuff Happening at Oxbow Meadows this Weekend in Columbus, GA!

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Friday, August 16, 2013

Cool Stuff Happening at Oxbow Meadows this Weekend in Columbus, GA!

There's no better place to get up close and personal with nature than at Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center here in Columbus.  Not only do they have some of the coolest critters on display, but they have a staff that works very hard to come up with really fun things to entertain...and maybe even teach us all a thing or two about the flora, fauna and creepy crawlies that live in this part of the world.  This is a great weekend to head there with your family because they have their Oxbow Reading Club going on Saturday (Aug 17) at 11:00 for the younger members of your clan and then on Sunday (Aug 18), we all get to take part in their "Picnic with the Tortoises" and actually feed these prehistoric buddies some grub!  If you've never seen the two big leathery terrapins up close, you're going to be amazed.  And they actually move a lot faster than I thought!  The other good part about these programs at Oxbow this weekend?  It only costs one dollar to particiapte.  Now that's a good weekend deal!

Don't forget to find out what else is happening around town by taking a look at the Event's a great resource to help make some weekend plans!

Categories: Events, River Fun

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Fort Benning | Cool Temps Mean Cool Fun in Columbus, GA!

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Cool Temps Mean Cool Fun in Columbus, GA!

Out came the coats and boots this morning because there was a definite Autumn chill in the air!  A little cool maybe, but this kind of weather is invigora