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March 21, 2013

Spring has Sprung in Columbus, GA!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yep, looks like Spring has Sprung!

Now, go have some fun...