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Enchanted Garden Of Lights At Rock City


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Volume 50 Monthly

Number 5 Nov. /Dec. 2010

CONTENTS Georgia Events & Activities . . .4-10 Christmas Parades . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Long-Running Holiday Events . . . .6 Purvis Pecan Company . . . . . . . . . .9 Merritt Pecan Company . . . . . . . .10 Holiday Theatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Holiday Events & More . . . . . .12-17 Metro Atlanta Calendar . . . . .18-20 The Nutcracker Productions . . . . .18 Holiday Tours of Homes . . . . . . . .20 Gardens & Nature Programs . . . .21 Festival of Camellias . . . . . . . . . . .21 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22-23 Tree Lighting Ceremonies . . . . . . .22

ON THE COVER njoy November and December in Georgia where an array of activities will delight visitors and residents alike. Shown on the cover is Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of Lights which features more than 30 holiday scenes, illuminated rock formations, and a million holiday lights.

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Enjoy Beautiful Camellias at Massee Lane Gardens • Camellia Days October Thru March • Festival of Camellias Every Day in February

• Tours Welcome

AMERICAN CAMELLIA SOCIETY 100 Massee Lane • Fort Valley • GA

478-967-2358 • www.americancamellias.org

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Dennis King . . . . . . . . . .Advertising Rep 706-846-9854, dennis@guidetogeorgia.com The GUIDE TO GEORGIA, founded in 1960, is the premiere publication for information on activities and entertainment in Georgia. Eight issues are published each year, and the magazines are distributed in all 11 Georgia Welcome Centers, in local visitor bureaus, in hotels, and numerous other outlets as well as to subscribers. Subscription is $18 per year. Contents are copyrighted and may not be reproduced without permission.

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6 – THOMASVILLE – Veterans Celebration Parade, Downtown, 9 a.m. 229-227-3242. 6 – WARM SPRINGS – Fala Day, Downtown. 706-655-3322. 6-7 – SOPERTON – Million Pines Arts & Crafts Festival, Iva Park. 912-529-6611. 6-7 – SUMMERVILLE – Rattling Gourd Art Festival, Civic Center. 706-506-2404. 6-7 – TOCCOA – Toccoa Harvest Fest. 706282-3309 or 877-6toccoa. 6-7 – TYBEE ISLAND – Light House Art Encounter. 912-655-9812. 6,13 – HELEN – Visiting Artist Series & Sat. Evening Concerts, Unicoi St. Pk. 800-573-9659. 6-21 – RISING FAWN – Hayrides & Campfires, Sat. 4-8 p.m. & Sun. 2-5 p.m. 706-657-4050. 6-27 – LITHIA SPRINGS – Hayrides, Sweetwater Creek St. Pk., Sat. 4-6 p.m. 770-732-5871. 7 – AUGUSTA – Cheaper to Keep Her, Bell Auditorium, 3 & 7:30 p.m. 706-722-3521. 7 – JASPER – Flute Choir of Atlanta, Big Canoe Chapel, 5 p.m. 706-692-1164.

1-6 – SAVANNAH – Film Festival. 912-5255050. 1-13 – BLUE RIDGE – Southern Appalachian Artist Guild Juried Show. 706-632-2144. 1-30 –SENOIA – Southern Living Idea House (Except Mon. & Tues.), 1-5 p.m. 770-254-2627. 2-6 – BAINBRIDGE – Decatur County Fall Festival & Fair. 229-246-4774. 3-6 – KINGSLAND – Kings Bay Subvet Reunion & Memorial Service. 912-882-2782. 4 – AUGUSTA – First Thursday, Midtown Market, 5-8 p.m. 706-922-5000. 4-6 – LUMPKIN – Fall Harvest Days, Westville Village. 888-733-1850. 5 – AUGUSTA – First Friday, Downtown, 5-10 p.m. 706-826-4702. 5 – BRUNSWICK – First Friday, Downtown, 5-8 p.m. 912-265-4032. 5 – ELLIJAY – Culinary Arts Event, Martyn House, 7-9 p.m. 706-635-4759. 5-6 – BRUNSWICK – Stewbilee Art & Craft HRISTMAS ARADES Show, Downtown. 912-262-0628. Stewbilee NOVEMBER Festival & Cook-Off on Sat., Mary Ross Water27 Helen (lanterns) . . . .5 p.m. 706-878-1908 front Park. 912-262-6934. 30 Madison . . . . . . . .5:15 p.m. 706-342-1251 5-6 – DALLAS – Fall Candle Light Tours, DECEMBER Pickett’s Mill Battlefield. 770-443-7850. 2 Athens . . . . . . . . . . .7 p.m. 706-357-4430 5-6 – VIENNA – Big Pig Jig BBQ Cooking 2 Fitzgerald . . . . . . .6:30 p.m. 800-386-4642 Championship. 229-268-8275. 3 Cochran . . . . . . . . . . .7 p.m. 478-934-2965 5-7 – DAHLONEGA – Hemlock Fest, Star4 Albany . . . . . . . . . . . .5 p.m. 229-883-8330 bridge Farm. 706-864-9003. 4 Atlanta (Downtown) 10:30 a.m. 404-785-6635 6 – BLUE RIDGE – Veterans Day Parade, 4 Baxley . . . . . . . . . . . .6 p.m. 912-367-7731 Downtown, 11 a.m. 706-632-3544. 4 Blairsville . . . . . . . . . .4 p.m. 706-745-5493 6 – BOSTWICK – Cotton Gin Festival. 7064 Brunswick . . . . . . . .10 a.m. 912-265-4032 342-0182. 4 Byron . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 p.m. 478-956-2409 6 – BRUNSWICK – U.S. Army Field Band 4 Clayton . . . . . . . . .5-7 p.m. 706-212-0241 Jazz Ambassadors, Ritz, 7 p.m. 912-262-6934. 4 Cleveland . . . . . . . . . .7 p.m. 706-865-5356 Fresh Air Affair, Hanover Square. 912-264-0777. 4 Conyers . . . . . . . .4:30 p.m. 800-266-9377 6 – CALVARY – Mule Day. 229-377-mule. 4 Cornelia . . . . . . . . . .11 a.m. 706-778-7875 6 – CARTERSVILLE – Iron Pour Demo, Red 4 Dahlonega . . . . . . . . .5 p.m. 706-864-3513 Top Mt. St. Pk., 8 p.m. 770-975-0055. John Berry 4 Douglas . . . . . . . .6:30 p.m. 912-383-0277 Concert, Grand Theatre, 7 p.m. 770-386-7343. 4 Fort Valley . . . . . . . . .5 p.m. 478-825-5986 6 – DARIEN – Fall Fest, Downtown. 912-4374 Hawkinsville . . . . .5:30 p.m. 478-783-1717 3410. 4 Helen . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 p.m. 706-878-2181 6 – DOUGLAS – Gigantic Indoor Yard Sale, Soul 4 Jasper . . . . . . . . . . . .6 p.m. 706-692-1164 of South Art Show & Sale, Holiday Bazaar & White 4 Kennesaw . . . . . . . . . .12 n. 770-422-9714 Elephant Sale, Georgia Made & Georgia Grown 4 LaGrange . . . . . . . . . .6 p.m. 706-884-8671 Exhibit & Sale, Central Square Complex. 912-2334 McCaysville . . . . . . . .2 p.m. 800-899-6867 0277 or 912-384-5161 or 912-383-8567. 4 Richmond Hill . . . . .10 a.m. 912-756-3345 6 – ELBERTON – Granite City Festival, 4 Tybee Island . . . . . . .11 a.m. 912-786-5444 Downtown. 706-283-5651. 4 Valdosta . . . . . . . . . .5 p.m. 229-259-3577 6 – MANCHESTER – Veterans Parade and 4 Warner Robins . . . .10 a.m. 478-922-8585 Lunch for Veterans, 11 a.m. 706-846-3141. 5 Griffin . . . . . . . . . .2:30 p.m. 770-228-8200 6 – MONTICELLO – Monticello-Jasper 5 Newnan . . . . . . . . . .3 p.m. 770-254-2627 County Deer Festival. 706-468-8994. 5 Thomson . . . . . . . . . .3 p.m. 706-597-1000 6 – PINE MOUNTAIN – Free Admission for 9 Bainbridge . . . . . . . . .7 p.m. 229-243-8555 Founders Day, Callaway Garden, 800-callaway. 9 Calhoun . . . . . . . . . .7 p.m. 706-625-3200 6 – ST. MARYS – Wounded Warriors Day, 14 Tallapoosa . . . . . . . . .7 p.m. 770-574-2482 Downtown, 10 a.m. 912-510-4019. 4 GUIDE TO GEORGIA / www.guidetogeorgia.com / November/December 2010

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13 – WARRENTON – Sportsman’s Festival, 46 S. Norwood St. 706-465-9604. 13-14 – DOUGLAS – Happy Pappy Car, Truck, Motorcycle Show. 912-381-5858. 13-14 – MOULTRIE – Calico Holiday Arts & Crafts Show, Spence Field. 229-985-1968. 13-14 – PERRY – Eastman Gun Show, Ga. National Fairgrounds. 229-423-4867. 13,20, Dec. 4 – AMERICUS – Archery Explorer, SAM Shortline Excursion Train. 877-ga-rails. 14 – COLUMBUS – CSU/Dr. Seuss-Green Eggs & Ham, Rivercenter, 2 p.m. 706-256-3632. 15 – AUGUSTA – Lady Antebellum, James Brown Arena, 7:30 p.m. 706-722-3521. 16 – AUGUSTA – Kick’s 99’s Guitar Pull, James Brown Arena. 706-722-3521. 16 – AUGUSTA – Gift Shop Open House, 105; Children’s Chorale Dessert Concert, 7 p.m. Sacred Heart Cultural Center. 706-826-4700. 16 – FITZGERALD – Bill Brown & Rhythm Masters, Carnegie Center, 7 p.m. 229-426-5035.

7 – ST. SIMONS – ART Studio Tours & Garden Art Party, Ace Garden, 5-7 p.m. 912-638-8770. 7 – THOMASVILLE – Americana, Cultural Center, 4 p.m. 229-227-6964. 7 – WARNER ROBINS – Community Concert, First UMC. 478-929-1111. 8-10 – MACON – Christmas Luncheons at Hay House. 478-742-8155. 9-10 – COLUMBUS – Legally Blonde, Rivercenter, 7:30 p.m. 706-256-3612. 9-13 – CALHOUN – Treasure Hunters Roadshow, KOA. 706-629-7511. 11 – ATHENS – Legally Blonde, Classic Center, 7:30 p .m. 800-918-6393. 11 – KINGSLAND – Veterans Day Parade & Ceremony, Veterans Mem. Pk., 10 a.m. 912-729-5613. 12 – THOMASVILLE – Inaugural Concert, Thomas University Chapel, Noon. 229-227-6964. 12-13 – CUMMING – Steam, Antique Tractor, & Gas Engine Exposition, Fairgrounds. 770-781-3491. 12-13 – LUMPKIN – Dred Scott Trial, Westville Village. 888-733-1850. 12-13 – ST. SIMONS – Upscale Island Flea Market, 1810 Frederica Rd. 912-223-6755. 12-14 – AUGUSTA – Christmas Made in the South, James Brown Arena. 706-722-3521. 12-14 – DOUGLAS – Gun & Knife Show, Central Square Complex. 912-389-3401. 12-14 – NORTHEAST GEORGIA – Arts Tour, various sites. 706-754-5989. 12,19, Dec. 3 – AMERICUS – Americus Adventure, SAM Shortline Excursion Train. 877-ga-rails. 13 – ATHENS – Athens Symphony Concert, Classic Center, 8 .m. 800-918-6393. 13 – BRUNSWICK – Rhythm on the River/ OSKAR Rockhammer, 6 p.m. 912-265-4032. 13 – CAMILLA to GAINESVILLE – High Cotton 65-Mile Yard Sale. 229-336-5255. 13 – COLUMBUS – Veterans Day Parade, Downtown. 706-568-4592. 13 – CORDELE – Tribute to Veterans, Ga. Veterans State Park. 229-276-2371. 13 – ELLIJAY – Three Rivers Music Jam, Downtown, 7 p.m. 706-635-7400. 13 – JASPER – Taste of Pickens, Chattahoochee Tech. College, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 706-692-1164. 13 – JULIETTE – Syrup Making and Storytellin’, Jarrell Plantation. 478-986-5172. 13 – MADISON – Godfrey Community BBQ, 11 a.m.-2 .m. 800-709-7406. 13 – OCHLOCKNEE – Old South Day Festival, Community Center. 229-574-5151. 13 – SANDERSVILLE – Holiday Bazaar, Historic Brown House. 478-552-1671. 13 – SAVANNAH – Oatland Island Harvest Fest. 912-395-1212. 13 – TWIN CITY – Cane Grinding, George Smith State Park. 478-763-2759. November/December 2010 / www.guidetogeorgia.com / GUIDE TO GEORGIA

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GEORGIA CALENDAR November 17 – ATHENS – Lyle Lovett, Classic Center, 8 p.m. 800-918-6393. 18 – ATHENS – Venice Orchestra & Violinist Robert McDuffie, UGA Arts Ctr. 706-542-4400. 18 – COLUMBUS – Christmas Music of Mannheim Steamroller, Rivercenter, 7:30 p.m., 706-256-3612. Biddin’ on the Banks Auction & Gala, Trade Center, 706-327-1566. Jason Aldean, Civic Center, 7:30 p.m., 706-494-8330. 18 – FITZGERALD – Massee Quartet, Carnegie Center, 7 p.m. 229-426-5035. 19 – AUGUSTA – Sam Bush & His Band, Imperial Theatre, 7:30 p.m. 706-722-8341. 19 – COLUMBUS – Gaither Homecoming Tour, Civic Center. 706-494-8330. 19-20 – CUMMING – Christmas in Central Park Art & Holiday Event. 678-455-8540.

19-21 – ATHENS – Christmas Arts & Crafts Show, Classic Center. 800-918-6393. 19-21 – CUMMING – Lakewood 400 Antiques Market. 770-889-3400. 19-21 – SAVANNAH – Christmas Made in the South, Convention Center. 912-447-4000. 19-21 – WARM SPRINGS – Candlelight Tour, Downtown. 800-337-1927. 19-24 – NEWNAN – Decorator Show House. 770-254-2627. 19-28 – AUGUSTA – Holiday Gingerbread Village, Augusta Museum. 706-722-8454. 20 – AUGUSTA – Christmas Music of Mannheim Steamroller, Bell Aud., 4 p.m. 706-722-3521. 20 – BRUNSWICK – Dromedary Quartet, Ritz Theatre. 912-262-6934. 20 – CLARKESVILLE – Habersham Chamber Holiday Bazaar. 706-778-4654.

L ONG -R UNNING H OLIDAY E VENTS Nov 1-Dec. 12. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Festival of Trees, Harris Arts Center, Calhoun 706-629-2599 Nov. 6-Jan. 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Holiday Model Trains, Atlanta Botanical Garden 404-876-5859 Nov. 11-Jan. 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Festival of Trees, Macon Museum of Arts & Sciences 478-477-3232 Nov. 13-Dec. 19 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Story of the Star, Macon Planetarium 478-477-3232 Nov. 13-Jan. 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . A Stone Mountain Christmas, Stone Mountain Park 770-498-5690 Nov. 17-Jan. 5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Winter Wonderland, Fernbank Museum, Atlanta 404-929-6300 Nov. 19-Dec. 30 . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fantasy in Lights, Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain 800-225-5292 Nov. 19-Jan. 1 . Enchanted Garden of Lights, Rock City Gardens, Lookout Mountain 706-820-2531 Nov. 19-Jan. 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Holiday in Lights, Atlanta Centennial Olympic Park 404-223-4412 Nov. 19-Jan. 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Colors of Christmas, Smith Plantation, Roswell 770-641-3978 Nov. 20-Dec. 23 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Holiday Art Show & Sale, Blue Ridge Courthouse 706-632-2144 Nov. 20-Dec. 30 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Magical Nights of Lights, Lake Lanier Islands 800-840-5253 Nov. 20-Jan. 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Symbols of Christmas, Bulloch Hall, Roswell 770-992-1731 Nov. 20-Jan. 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Christmas at Hay House, Macon 478-742-8155 Nov. 21-Dec. 30 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dressed for the Season, Barrington Hall, Roswell 770-640-3253 Nov. 23-Dec. 30 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lights of the South, Grovetown 706-825-6441 Nov. 24-Dec. 24 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Blue Ridge Scenic Railway/Santa Express 800-934-1898 Nov. 25-Dec. 11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Festival of Trees, Unicoi State Park, Helen 800-573-9659 Nov. 25-Dec. 23. . . . . Christmas at Southern Tree Plantation, weekends, Blairsville 706-745-0601 Nov. 25-Dec. 30. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Festival of Lights, Chehaw, Albany 229-430-5275 Nov. 25-Dec. 31 . . . . . . . . . . . . Gingerbread Village, Westin Savannah Harbor Resort 912-201-2201 Nov. 26-Dec. 12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Christmas House, 3376 Peachtree, Atlanta 404-733-4620 Nov. 26-Dec. 18 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Blue Ridge Scenic Railway/Santa’s Village 706-632-9833 Nov. 26-Dec. 23 . . . . . Extended Shopping Hours (Fri. & Sat.), Warm Springs Village 800-337-1927 Nov. 26-Dec. 30. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Christmas in Roswell, Historic District 800-776-7935 Nov. 26-Dec. 31 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Old-Fashioned Christmas, Dahlonega 706-864-3513 Nov. 26-Jan. 6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Festival of Lights, Downtown Fort Valley 478-825-8567 Nov. 27-Dec. 30 . . . . . . . . . . . Black Nativity–Holiday Gospel Celebration, Atlanta 404-588-0308 Nov. 27-Jan. 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Holidays in History, Jekyll Island 877-4jekyll Nov. 29-Dec. 30 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nights of Lights, Guido Gardens, Metter 912-685-2222 Dec. 1-12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Christmas at Callanwolde, Atlanta 404-872-5338 Dec. 1-31 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Festival of Trees, Massee Lane Gardens, Fort Valley 478-967-2358 Dec. 3-Jan. 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lafayette, Georgia’s Amazing Christmas 706-639-1500 Dec. 4-23 . . . . . . Antebellum Christmas at Old Governor’s Mansion, Milledgeville 478-445-4545 Dec. 4-26 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ruby Red Christmas, Ruby Falls, Chattanooga, TN 423-821-2544 Dec. 9-31 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Country Christmas in Lights, The Rock Ranch 706-647-6374 Dec. 10-23 . . . Okefenokee Swamp Enchanted Wilderness Light Show, Waycross 912-283-0583 Dec. 11-31 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Victorian Christmas at Cannonball House, Macon 478-745-5982 Dec. 16-24 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Holiday Ice Spectacular, Cobb Civic Center, Marietta 770-916-2800

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GEORGIA CALENDAR November 20 – CLEVELAND – Appalachian Christmas, BabyLand General. 706-865-2171. 20 – DOUGLAS – Pioneer Harvest Festival, Gen. Coffee State Park. 912-384-7082. 20 – FOLKSTON – Sugar Cane Grinding & Syrup Boil, Okefenokee Park. 912-496-7836. 20 – JULIETTE – Battle of Griswoldville Commemoration, Jarrell Plantation. 478-986-5172. 20 – LINCOLNTON – Pioneer Day, Lincoln County Historical Park. 706-359-7970. 20 – MADISON – Night in Vegas, Cultural Center, 8-11 p.m. 706-342-4743. 20 – MIDWAY – Revolutionary War Encampment, Fort Morris. 912-884-5999. 20 – TWIN CITY – Cane Grinding, George Smith State Park. 478-763-2759. 20 – WARM SPRINGS – Warm Springs Thanksgiving, Little White House. 706-655-5870. 20-21 – BLAIRSVILLE – Mistletoe Market & Sugar Plum Tea Room, N. Ga. Tech College. Preview Party Friday 6-9 p.m. 706-896-0932. 20-21 – MACON – Eastman Gun Show, Coliseum. 229-423-4867. 20-21 – ST. SIMONS – Holiday Pottery Sale, Visual Arts Ctr. Pottery Studio. 912-638-8770. 20-21 – THOMASVILLE – Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival, Cultural Center. 229-226-0588. 20-27 – WARNER ROBINS – Planes & Trains Exhibit, Museum of Aviation. 478-328-8790. 21 – BAINBRIDGE – Holiday Open House, Downtown. 229-243-8555. 21 – DOUGLAS – Downtown Holiday Open House, 1-5 p.m. 912-384-5161. Matinee at the Martin, 1-4 p.m. 912-383-0277. 22-27 – BLUE RIDGE – Festival of Trees, Downtown. 706-889-7415. 23 – APPLING – Pioneers and Indians, Mistletoe State Park. 706-541-0321.

New Year’s Eve Celebration To Help in Theatre Restoration The President Theatre in Manchester was the first source of real entertainment in 1935 when it was built. Now, using blueprints, plans, and photos, the theatre is being restored while taking full advantage of new materials and contemporary technology. As a fund-raiser for the theatre, a New Year’s Eve Gala will be held Dec. 31 at the Manchester Mill. With a theme of “A Night at the Oscars,” the gala, starting at 7 p.m., will include cocktails, dinner, and dancing. For more information, phone 706-573-6127 or visit thepresident theatre.com or e-mail bgarrett@thepresident theatre.com. Manchester is located between Atlanta and Columbus.

23 – ATHENS – Christmas Music of Mannheim Steamroller, Classic Center. 800-918-6393. 25 – COLUMBUS – Sea Ghosts: Tours of Haunted Port Columbus, 8 p.m. 706-327-9798. 25 – DAWSONVILLE – Appalachian Thanksgiving at Amicalola Falls. 706-344-1505. 25 – TALLAPOOSA – Christmas in Possum Snout, Downtown. 770-574-5594. 26 – HELEN – Christkindlmarket and Kinderfest, Downtown. 706-878-1908. 26-27 – CLAYTON – Holiday Shopping Extravaganza & Festival of Trees, Civic Ctr. 706-212-2149. 26-27 – SAVANNAH – Holly Days, Downtown. 877-278-2662. 27 – CLIMAX – Swine Time Fest. 229-243-8555. 26-27 – YOUNG HARRIS – Holiday Show, Brasstown Valley Resort. 706-897-6179. 27 – AMERICUS – Special Excursion, SAM Shortline Excursion Train. 877-ga-rails. 27 – BYRON – Gingerbread Market, Municipal Building, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 478-956-2409. 27 – CLAYTON – Lakemont Festival & Chili Cook-off. 706-212-0241. 27 – COLUMBUS – Joe Bonamassa, Rivercenter, 7:30 p.m. 706-256-3612. 27 – SAVANNAH – Harbor Boat Parade of Lights, 5 p.m. 912-201-2062. 30 – LUMPKIN – Christmas Decorating Workshop, Westville Village. 888-733-1850.

December 1 – ATHENS – Cinderella, Classic Center. 800-918-6393. 1 – JEKYLL ISLAND – Candlelight Tour & Reception, J.I. Club Hotel, 5 p.m. 912-635-2600. 1-12 – SENOIA – Southern Living Idea House (Except Mon. & Tues.), 1-5 p.m. 770-254-2627.

Christmas in Fitzgerald Christmas Parade

Through Downtown Historic Fitzgerald

Dec. 2, 6:30 p.m. Downtown Merchants will be open late

Old Fashion Christmas

Sponsored by the Blue & Gray Museum and the Fitzgerald-Ben Hill County Arts Council

Dec. 16, 7:00 p.m. The evening includes a Reception and Christmas music by The Bill Brown Ensemble 20 miles from I-75 Exit 82

www.fitzgeraldga.org

1-800-386-4642

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Light-Up Spectacular, Riverwalk. 706-722-8000. 3-4 – BRUNSWICK – Christmas on HofwylBroadfield Plantation, 6-9 p.m. 912-264-7333. 3-4 – CALHOUN – Community Chorus Concert, Harris Arts Ctr., 8 p.m. 706-629-2599. 3-4 – JASPER – Christmas Craft Show, 12-7 p.m. 1st Christian Church. 770-893-4349. 3-4 – MADISON – Morgan County Historical Society Christmas Tour of Homes. 706-342-9627. 3-5 – THOMASVILLE – Christmas at Cultural Center. 229-226-0588. 4 – BLUE RIDGE – Christmas Bazaar, High Hope Plantation. 706-632-8245. 4 – BRUNSWICK – Holiday Bazaar, Mary Ross Waterfront Park. 912-262-6934. 4 – CALHOUN – Candlelight Tour of New Echota, 6-9:30 p.m. 706-624-1321. 4 – CARTERSVILLE – Red Top Mountain Christmas. 770-975-4226. 4 – CLEVELAND – Christmas in the Mountains Celebration, 3-9 p.m. 706-969-3336. 4 – DOUGLAS – Music on Main Street, 3:305 p.m. 912-384-5161. Festival of Lights Christmas Parade, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 912-383-0277. 4 – HELEN – Christkindlmarket and Kinderfest, Downtown. 706-878-1908. Deck the Halls at Unicoi State Park, 3-6 p.m. 800-573-9659. 4 – RICHMOND HILL – Christmas Extravaganza, Station Xchange, 12-4 p.m. 912-7562969. Christmas on the Ogeechee Boat Parade, Ft. McAllister Marina, 6:30 p.m. 912-547-0149. 4 – SAUTEE – Sautee Stars Production, 2 p.m. CITY OF FORT VALLEY, GEORGIA 706-878-3300. 4 – ST. MARYS – Christmas in the Park, Downtown. 912-882-4000. Georgia’s Largest Outdoor Municipal 4 – TOCCOA – 1860’s Christmas at Travelers Lighting Display South of Atlanta Rest Historic Site. 706-356-4362. November 26 - January 6 4 – VALDOSTA – Downtown Holiday Open House/Festival. 229-259-3577. Events in Fort Valley 4 – WARM SPRINGS – Pearl Harbor RememDecember 2, 7 p.m. bered, Little White House. 706-655-5870. Mayor’s Christmas Party 4-5 – COLUMBUS – Victorian Holiday Open Austin Theatre House, Port Columbus. 706-327-9798. December 4, 5 p.m. 4-11 – SAVANNAH – Dunham Farms’ FesChristmas Parade tival of Lights & Music, 5-10 p.m. 912-880-4500. Events in Byron 5 – COLUMBUS – Messiah, Rivercenter, 4 p.m. 706-256-3612. November 27 Gingerbread Market 5 – THOMASVILLE – Thomasville Singers, Municipal Building Conference Center Trinity Anglican Church, 4 p.m. 229-227-6964. 5-6 – ST. SIMONS ISLAND – Glynn Art in December 4, 1 p.m. Christmas Parade the Park Festival, Postell Park. 912-638-8770. 6 – BRUNSWICK – Coastal Symphony of Ga., December 11, Depot, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Glynn Academy Aud., 7:30 p.m. 912-634-2006. Lunch with Santa 6 – THOMASTON – Sounds of the Season, Massee Lane Gardens R.E. Lee Auditorium, 7 p.m. 706-647-1605. Festival of Trees 7 – AUGUSTA – Festival of 9 Lessons & Carols, Dec. 1-31 (closed Mondays) Sacred Heart Cultural Ctr., 7:30 p.m. 706-826-4700. FORT VALLEY •478-825-5986 7 – THOMASVILLE – Music/Drama Troupe BYRON •478-956-0328 Christmas Show, Munc. Aud. 229-558-9470. PEACH COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 8 – JEKYLL ISLAND – Holiday High Tea, J.I. 478-825-3733 •www.peachchamber.com Club Hotel, 4 p.m. 912-635-2600. 8 GUIDE TO GEORGIA / www.guidetogeorgia.com / November/December 2010

2 – AUGUSTA – First Thursday, Midtown Market, 5-8 p.m. 706-922-5000. 2 – FORT VALLEY – Mayor’s Christmas Party, Austin Theatre, 7 p.m. 478-825-5986. 2 – MADISON – Holiday Concert, Cultural Center, 8 p.m. 706-342-4743. 2 – THOMASVILLE – Morgenstern Trio, Cultural Center, 8 p.m. 229-226-7404. 2-5 – THOMSON – Festival Off Main. 706597-1000. 2, 9-11, 15-18, 23 – AMERICUS – Special Excursion, SAM Shortline Excursion Train. 877-ga-rails. 3 – AUGUSTA – Wycliffe Gordon Jazz Quartet, Bell Aud., 7:30 p.m. 706-722-3521. 3 – AUGUSTA – First Friday, Downtown, 5-10 p.m. 706-826-4702. 3 – BLAIRSVILLE – Christmas Concert, Old Courthouse, 7 p.m. 706-745-5493. 3 – BRUNSWICK – First Friday, Downtown, 5-8 p.m. 912-265-4032. 3 – COLUMBUS – Columbus Symphony & the King’s Singers, Rivercenter. 706-323-5059. 3 – CONYERS – Olde Town Conyers Christmas Party, 5-9 p.m. 770-483-4411. 3 – SAUTEE – Yuletide Celebration, 8 p.m. 706-878-3300. 3 – THOMSON – Holiday on Hickory Hill. 706-595-7777. 3-4 – AUGUSTA – Lighted Boat Parade &

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GEORGIA CALENDAR Purvis Pecan Company in Douglas It’s pecans and more pecans! Purvis Pecan Company buys and sells all brands, types, and varieties of pecans and offers a full line of Farm Orchard Management Services as well as international export. Their plan is simple – to assist all growers and producers with their crop sales. Ross Purvis and Scott Craft are both pecan farmers who have worked in the pecan business all their lives. Purvis was raised in Pierce County, is a first handler member in good standing, and began his company in 1997. Craft, from Colquitt, was the farm manager for Merrily Plantation in Boston, Georgia, and comes from a family tradition of 100 years in growing pecans. The team purchased a new 18,000 square foot facility in Douglas and plans to expand next year by adding a cleaning plant. They offer a full line of gift baskets designed to custom order, shelled pecans for sale by the pound, and in-shell pecans in 50 pound bags or greater. The bags of 50 pounds and larger can be picked up at the Douglas facility. Mail order is recommended for the gift baskets and the one-pound bags of pecans. For more information, visit www.purvispecan.com or phone 912-331-0745.

December 9 – THOMSON – Christmas Celtic Guitar/Steve Baughman & Robin Bullock, Depot. 706-597-1000. 9-10 – THOMASVILLE – Victorian Christmas, Downtown, 6-10 p.m. 866-577-3600. 9-11 – THE ROCK – Journey to the Manger, the Rock Ranch. 706-647-6374. 10 – SAUTEE – Community Chorale, Art Center, 2 p.m. 706-878-3300. 10-11 – CHATSWORTH – Christmas by Candlelight, Chief Vann house. 706-695-2598. 10-11 – CUMMING – Christmas in Cumming Arts/Crafts Festival, Fairgrounds. 706-781-3491. 10-12 – SAUTEE-NACOOCHEE – Community Chorale concert. 800-392-8279. 11 – BYRON – Lunch with Santa, Depot, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 478-956-0328.

11 – CARTERSVILLE – Atlanta Pops Holiday Concert, Grand Theatre, 7 p.m. 770-386-7343. 11 – CONYERS – Atlanta Boy Choir Concert, Monastery, 6:30 p.m. 770-483-4411. 11 – DARIEN – Colonial Christmas at Fort King George, 7-8:30 p.m. 912-437-4770. 11 – DOUGLAS – Santa Stroll, Weir Senior Center, 8 a.m.-noon. 912-389-3401. Christmas on the Pond, Gen. Coffee St. Pk. 912-384-7082. 11 – ELLIJAY – Three Rivers Music Jam, Downtown, 7 p.m. 706-635-7400. 11 – FOLKSTON – Christmas on Chesser Island, Okefenokee Refuge. 912-496-7836. 11 – HELEN – Nacoochee Village Christmas. 706-878-2181. 11 – JULIETTE – Plantation Christmas at Jarrell Plantation, 1-4 p.m. 478-986-5172.

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GEORGIA CALENDAR The Merritt Pecan Company in Weston The Merritt Pecan Company offers a large selection of items including pecans, log rolls, homemade pecan pies, homemade cakes, jellies, jams, syrups, pralines, brittle, candy coated pecans, sugar-free items (candy, jellies, syrups), gift baskets and boxes, T-shirts, cookbooks, Georgia souvenirs, Vidalia onion products, homemade jerky, and BBQ sauces. All of the pecans are grown and harvested on their farms and processed at their plant. The retail store is located on Hwy. 520 in Weston, Georgia, halfway between Albany and Columbus. Store hours are 7 a.m.-7 p.m. every day except Christmas Day. Merritt Pecan Company takes pride in its clean restrooms and also has a Chevron Food Mart with a wide range of convenience store items, gas, diesel, a food court, and an ATM machine. Outside picnic tables are available, and there is ample space to walk a dog. Items can also be ordered from www.merrittpecan.com. For more information, phone 1-800-762-9152.

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12 – JEKYLL ISLAND – Santa at Crane Cottage, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. 912-635-2600. 11 – LUMPKIN – Christmas by Candlelight, 12 – MACON – Sugar Plum Party at Hay Westville Village. 888-733-1850. House, 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. 478-742-8155. 11 – PORT WENTWORTH – Festival Latino 12 – SAVANNAH – Colonial Christmas at Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe. 912-965-1999. Wormsloe, 1-4 p.m. 912-353-3023. 11 – RICHMOND HILL – Winter Muster, 16 – BAINBRIDGE – Christmas on the Battle, & Tour, Ft. McAllister. 912-727-2339. Square. 229-243-8555. 11 – SAVANNAH – Coffee Bluff Marina’s 16 – FITZGERALD – Old Fashion Christmas, Christmas Light Parade in Water, 6 p.m. 912-925Blue & Gray Museum, 7 p.m. 800-386-4642. 7474. City Market Christmas for Kids, 11 a.m.17 – AUGUSTA – Ralph Stanley & His Clinch 1 p.m. 912-232-4903. Mountain Boys, Imperial Theatre. 706-722-8341. 11-12 – ATHENS – Athens Symphony Christ17 – MACON – John Tesh Christmas Show, mas Concerts, Classic Center. 800-918-6393. Grand Opera House, 8 p.m. 478-301-5460. 12 – BRUNSWICK – Coastal Youth Symphony 17-18 – ELLIJAY – Christmas Cookie Walk, of Ga., Glynn Academy Aud., 3 p.m. 912-634-2006. Good Samaritan Catholic Church. 706-635-3672. 12 – MADISON – Community Holiday 17-18 – SAVANNAH – Christmas with the Concert, Cultural Center, 7 p.m. 706-342-4743. Philharmonic, Cathedral of St. John. 912-525-5050. 17-19 – CUMMING – Lakewood 400 Antiques Market. 770-889-3400. 18 – SAVANNAH – Luminary Fun Night with Santa, Skidaway Island, 6-8 p.m. 912-598-2300. 19 – COLUMBUS – Cantus Christmas, Rivercenter, 7:30 p.m. 706-256-3612. 19 – MACON – John Berry Christmas Concert, Grand Opera House, 7:30 p.m. 478-301-5460. 20-24 – JEKYLL ISLAND – Christmas Bagpiper, J.I. Club Hotel, 4 p.m. 912-635-2600. 24 – BAINBRIDGE – Community Band, Willis Park. 229-243-8555. 30 – COLUMBUS – Sea Ghosts: Tours of Saturday, 6:30 p.m. Haunted Port Columbus, 8 p.m. 706-327-9798. 30-Jan. 1 – JEKYLL ISLAND – New Year’s •One of the largest night-time parades in Southeast GA Bluegrass Festival, Convention Ctr. 877-4jekyll. •Featuring over 100 entries •Over 25,000 spectators 31 – LAWRENCEVILLE – New Year’s Eve Celebration, Courthouse Square. 678-226-2639. Additional Events for the Day 31 – SAVANNAH – Rockin’ New Year’s Eve, •Holiday •Music on Main Savannah Theatre, 9 p.m. 912-233-7764. City Shopping •5K Road Race Market New Year’s Eve Celebration, 9 p-.m.-1 a.m. 912-232-4903. 31 – TYBEE ISLAND – New Year’s Eve 912-383-0277 • www.cityofdouglas.com Fireworks. 912-786-5444. 10 GUIDE TO GEORGIA / www.guidetogeorgia.com / November/December 2010

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P HOLIDAY holiday THEATRE theatre P Babes in Toyland

Atlanta Dance Theatre Dec. 10-11 . . . . . . . . . Roswell 404-438-3028

Brother Heinrich’s Christmas Thomasville On Stage & Company Theatre Dec. 10-19 . . . . . . Thomasville 229-226-0863

Christmas Belles Rosewater Theatre Nov. 26-Dec. 18 . . . . . Roswell 770-640-5500 Theatre Guild Valdosta Nov. 18-Dec. 4 . . . . . Valdosta 229-247-8243 Christmas Canteen Aurora Theatre Nov. 26-Dec. 23. Lawrenceville 678-226-6222

Christmas Carol Alliance Theatre Nov. 26-Dec. 24 . . . . . Atlanta 404-733-5000 Alpharetta Christian Theater Nov. 26-Dec. 18 . . . Alpharetta 678-371-3079 Grand Theatre Dec. 15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . Macon 478-301-5460 Kudzu Playhouse Nov. 27-Dec. 24 . . . . . Roswell 770-594-1020 New American Shakespeare Theatre Tavern Dec. 1-23. . . . . . . . . . . Atlanta 404-874-5299 Ritz Theatre Dec. 16-19 . . . . . . . Brunswick 912-262-6934 Rosewater Theatre Nov. 26-Dec. 18 . . . . . Roswell 770-640-5500 Savannah Children’s Theatre Dec. 3-19 . . . . . . . . . Savannah 912-238-9015 Theatre Albany Dec. 9-19 . . . . . . . . . . . Albany 229-439-7193 Thomasville On Stage & Company Dec. 12-20 . . . . . . Thomasville 866-577-3600

Christmas Dinner Theatre 1902 Stock Exchange Public Square Opera House Dec. 3-18 . . . . . . . . Adairsville 770-773-1902 Christmas Gift Art Station Dec. 1-23. . . . Stone Mountain 770-469-1105 Christmas Story Georgia Shakespeare Dec. 7-26. . . . . . . . . . . Atlanta 404-264-0020 Kudzu Playhouse Nov. 28-Dec. 24 . . . . . Roswell 770-594-1020

Christmas Survival Guide Stage Door Players Dec. 3-19. . . . . . . . Dunwoody 770-396-1726

Christmas Tradition Savannah Theatre Nov. 25-Dec. 23. . . . Savannah 912-233-7764

Christmas Twist Newnan Theater Company Dec. 9-19 . . . . . . . . . . Newnan 770-683-6282

Dear Santa Ft. Gordon Performing Arts Theatre Nov. 12-Dec. 4. . . . . . Augusta 706-793-8552

Every Christmas Story Ever Told Main Street Players Dec. 2-23 . . . . . . . . . . Atlanta 404-607-show

Farnsdale Ave. Townswomen’s Production of Christmas Carol

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Atlanta Lyric Theatre Dec. 3-19 . . . . . . . . . . Marietta 404-377-9948 Homecoming Perry Players Community Theatre Dec. 3-5, 15-19 . . . . . . . . Perry 478-987-5354 It’s a Wonderful Life Henry Players Nov. 18-21 . . . . . . McDonough 770-914-1474 Jingle in the City Morton Theatre Dec. 9-12 . . . . . . . . . . . Athens 706-613-3771 Littlest Angel Theatre on Main Dec. 12-20 . . . . . . . . . Acworth 770-565-3995

Miracle on 34th Street Bainbridge Little Theatre Dec. 2-5. . . . . . . . . . Bainbridge 229-243-8555

Nutcrackers–The Nunsense Christmas Musical Holly Theater Dec. 3-19 . . . . . . . . Dahlonega 706-864-3759 Theatre on Main Dec. 4-24 . . . . . . . . . Acworth 770-565-3995

Place in the Christmas Choir Kudzu Playhouse Dec. 1-18 . . . . . . . . . . . Roswell 770-594-1020

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Center for Puppetry Arts Nov. 18-Jan. 2 . . . . . . . Atlanta 404-873-3391

Sanders Family Christmas Calhoun Little Theatre Nov. 5-13 . . . . . . . . . . Calhoun 706-625-2599 Theatre in the Square Nov. 23-Jan. 2. . . . . . . Marietta 770-422-8369

Santaland Diaries Newnan Theater Company Dec. 10-19 . . . . . . . . . Newnan 770-683-6282 Pumphouse Players Dec. 3-18 . . . . . . . . Cartersville 770-387-2610

Scrapbook: A Modern Christmas Carol Pumphouse Players Dec. 4-18. . . . . . . . Cartersville 770-387-2610

Second City: Miracle on 1280 Peachtree Street Alliance Theatre Nov. 5-Dec. 12 . . . . . . Atlanta 404-733-5000 Stench Who Stank Up Christmas Agatha’s Nov. 4-Jan. 12 . . . . . . . Atlanta 404-584-2211

Tuna Christmas Springer Opera House Dec. 15-23 . . . . . . . . Columbus 706-324-5714 Theatre in the Square Nov. 16-Jan. 2. . . . . . . Marietta 770-422-8369

Twas the Night Before Christmas Thomasville On Stage & Company Dec. 9-10 . . . . . . . Thomasville 229-226-0863

Winter Polar Express Academy Dance Company Dec. 17-18 . . . . . . . . . . Roswell 770-578-8272

Wizard of Oz Springer Opera House Dec. 9-23 . . . . . . . . . Columbus 706-324-5714

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Enjoy Thanksgiving and Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of Lights Rock City’s 16th annual Enchanted Garden of Lights will feature an enchanted trail with more than 30 holiday scenes and over a million lights and will be open Nov. 19-Jan. 1 from 6-9 p.m. each evening except Christmas Eve. See snow and visit with St. Nick and his elves. Enjoy nightly entertainment in the pavilion next to a warm fireplace with a hot cup of cocoa. There will be Sugar Plum Fairy Makeovers for children, gingerbread cookie decorating, and pictures with Santa. Just six miles from downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee, Rock City is an enchanted 4,100 foot walking trail showcasing lush gardens and soaring rock formations. This award-winning light extravaganza transforms the garden’s natural daytime splendor into a nocturnal fantasyland. For more information, visit www.seerockcity. com or phone 706-820-2531.

Ruby Red Christmas at Ruby Falls Enjoy holiday décor this Christmas season at Ruby Falls in Chattanooga. As you approach the Cavern Castle, it will be snowing; and during your tour you will meet wonderful costumed characters and be surrounded by holiday acoustical music. Enjoy a story-telling Christmas tour of the cave and waterfall, visit the North Pole Workshop, and experience a horse and carriage ride on Fridays and Saturdays in December (except Christmas Day) from 5-9 p.m. Ruby Falls is America’s deepest commercial cave and largest underground waterfall open to the public. Enjoy a guided tour through the fascinating cavern with its unique rock formation. Ruby Falls is open daily except Christmas Day, from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Visit www.rubyfalls.com or phone 423-821-2544.

Sandy Springs: A Place to Visit The Inaugural City of Sandy Springs Veterans Day Celebration will take place on November 11 at 2 p.m. at Morgan Falls Overlook Park. There will be appearances from the Army Ground Forces Band, and the keynote speaker will be the Lt. General Steven Whitcomb, Former Inspector General, U.S. Army. For information, call 770-730-5600. The new Morgan Falls Overlook Park, which is open 6 a.m. to dusk, includes hiking trails overlooking the Chattahoochee River, a 300-person open-air pavilion, four grills, picnic tables, playground, floating dock, and two boathouses. People can hold gatherings with city permits. No swimming is allowed. Other places of interest include the historic 1869 Williams-Payne House, Anne Frank Exhibit, Abernathy Arts Center, and Young Chefs Academy. For information, visit www.visitsandysprings.org or call 866-511-7742. The recently opened Sandy Springs Funhouse is great for children through 18 years of age. The funhouse is the only place in Georgia where you can enjoy Laser Frenzy, its new arcade-style attraction. For more information, call 404-843-1121 or visit www.ssfunhouse.com.

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d Christmas in Georgia! Scott Antique Market in Atlanta Scott Antique Market in Atlanta has over 2400 booths overflowing from two buildings. Find Victorian and primitive furniture, vintage hardware, rare art and prints, vintage clothing, nostalgic photographs, antique Christmas decorations, vintage musical instruments, glassware, pottery, porcelain, clocks, tools, campaign memorabilia, books, and more. Always held the second weekend of every month, the next shows will be November 12-14, Dec. 10-12, Jan. 7-9, and Feb. 11-13. Hours are Fri. & Sat. 9-6 and Sun. 10-4. Admission is $5 for the weekend. The show has a variety of food and free parking. Located in the Atlanta Expo Center which straddles I-285 at Exit 55. For information phone 740-569-4112 (office) or 404-361-2000 (show) or visit www.scottantiquemarket.com.

Visits from Santa to S.E. Railway Museum in Duluth Santa will arrive at the Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth on Saturday, Nov. 20, at 1 p.m. There will be pizza, music, and children’s activities, and photos with Santa from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Enjoy breakfast with Santa at 9 a.m. or lunch with Santa at noon on Dec. 4, 11, and 18. Guests can visit with and receive a gift from Santa, ride the train with Santa, and do a craft. Tickets are $15/person with under age 2 free. Each family will receive two 5x7 pictures with Santa. Reservations are required. The Polar Express Experience on Dec. 4, 11, and 18 at 6 p.m. will present The Polar Express on an authentic historic passenger car. Participants will experience some of what is happening on screen. Tickets will be $20/ person with under age 2 free and will include cookies and hot chocolate and a visit with and gift from Santa. Each family will receive two 5x7 pictures with Santa. Reservations required. Model Railroad Days on Nov. 6-7 will feature various gauges of model railroads on exhibit, hands-on activities, a craft table, and refreshments. The museum, with over 90 pieces of retired railway rolling stock, is open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. With ad on page 18 one free train ride with each paid admission. Located at 3595 Peachtree Rd. Call 770-476-2013 or visit www.srmduluth.org.

Fitzgerald and the Blue & Gray Museum “Old Fashion Christmas” with the Blue & Gray Museum will be held Thursday, December 16, at 7 p.m. The evening will include a reception and lots of Christmas music by The Bill Brown Ensemble. This event is sponsored by the Blue & Gray Museum and the Fitzgerald-Ben Hill County Arts Council. A Christmas Parade will be held Thursday, December 2, at 6:30 p.m. through Downtown Historic Fitzgerald. After enjoying the parade, visit the downtown merchants as they will be open late during this event. While in Fitzgerald tour the town where history is revealed on every corner with blue and gray sidewalks reflecting Civil War colors, streets named for Yank and Reb Generals, and Yanks and Rebs resting side by side in the Evergreen Cemetery. Fitzgerald was founded in 1895 by Philander H. Fitzgerald who was seeking a warm, receptive area where aging Union veterans and their families could retire in comfort. The Blue & Gray Museum in the historical railroad depot tells through a documentary and more than 1200 artifacts the remarkable story of Fitzgerald and its Civil War roots. Visit the Fire Engine Museum, tour historic homes and buildings, view a variety of architectural styles representing the settlers who came here from 38 states, and delight in home-cooked foods. For more information, visit www.fitzgeraldga.org or phone 800-386-4642. November/December 2010 / www.guidetogeorgia.com / GUIDE TO GEORGIA

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Douglas Festival of Lights Parade The annual Festival of Lights Christmas Parade will be held in Douglas on Saturday, December 4, at 6:30 p.m. The theme for this year’s parade will be “I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas.” One of the largest night-time parades in Southeast Georgia, this event will feature over 100 entries watched by over 25,000 spectators. Citizens of all ages will line the streets as the Festival of Lights Parade lights up Peterson Avenue. Other events during the day will include Holiday shopping, Music on Main, and a 5K road race prior to the Christmas Parade. Douglas will also host other events during the holiday season: Downtown Holiday Open House on November 21 from 1-5 p.m.; Matinee at the Martin on November 21 from 1-4 p.m.; Santa Stroll on Dec. 11 from 8 a.m.-Noon; and Christmas on the Pond at Gen. Coffee State Park on Dec. 11 from 6-9 p.m. For more information, call 912-384-4555 or 912-383-0277 or visit www.cityofdouglas.com.

Christmas Tour of Homes in Madison The Morgan County Historical Society will present its biennial Christmas Tour of Homes in Madison on December 3-4. The tour will showcase an intimate view of Madison’s past, a past filled with excellent examples of Greek Revival, Victorian, and Craftsman architecture. Stroll tree-lined streets in this enchanting antebellum town to see the homes beautifully decorated for the holidays. Day tours are scheduled from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. with candlelight tours from 5-9 p.m. Tickets are $20 before Dec. 3 and $25 beginning Dec. 3. There are special rates for groups of 10 or more and special combo ticket rates. Visa and MasterCard will be accepted. Madison offers charming restaurants, shops, and accommodations and is located an hour east of Atlanta and thirty minutes south of Athens. Ample parking is free. For more information, contact Heritage Hall-Tour Headquarters, 277 South Main St., Madison; phone 706-342-9627; visit www.friendsofheritagehall.org; or email madisonheritagehall@yahoo.com.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Festival in Port Wentworth The 12th annual Latin Festival of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be held in Port Wentworth on December 11, from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. The event will be held at the soccer fields at Cantyre Street and Barnsley Road and will feature folk music, games, piñatas, dancing, a greased pole, a mechanical bull, food, and children’s events. A national holiday in Mexico, the Festival of Trees feast day of HARRIS ART CENTER Our Lady of November 1 – December 12 Guadalupe • Featuring Decorated & Themed holds religious Christmas Trees • Silent Auction for Trees significance • Raffle Tree • Free Admission for Roman 706-629-2599 Catholics who honor Dec. 12 Candlelight Tour as the day Juan Diego, a 16th century NEW ECHOTA STATE HISTORIC SITE American Indian, said the Virgin Mary December 4 appeared to him on a hillside in Guadalupe. • 6:30-9:30 p.m. Take your own Candle, The image of the Lady of Guadalupe is on Lantern, or Flashlight • Decorations display in the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico • Music • Refreshments • Reminiscent City and is perhaps Mexico’s most popular of 19th Century Cherokees • $5 Admission religious and cultural image and the focus of 706-624-1321 an extensive pilgrimage. For more information, contact the Port 800-887-3811 Wentworth Chamber of Commerce at 912www.exploregordoncounty.com 965-1999 or www.VisitPortWentworth.com. 14 GUIDE TO GEORGIA / www.guidetogeorgia.com / November/December 2010

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Holidays in Brunswick & the Golden Isles The Christmas season will be filled with events in Brunswick and the Golden Isles. For a schedule of events call 800-933-coast or visit www.comecoastawhile.com. Jekyll Island: Enjoy the Tree Lighting Ceremony on Nov. 27, Holidays in History from Nov. 27-Jan. 1, and a New Year’s Eve Bluegrass Festival at the Convention Center on Dec. 30-Jan. 1. The Jekyll Island Club Hotel will host a candlelight tour and reception, a gingerbread house workshop, a Christmas décor workshop, a holiday high tea, Santa at Crane Cottage, and a Scottish bagpiper. Brunswick: There will be a Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Nov. 26 at 5:30 p.m., a parade on Dec. 4 at 10 a.m., a Holiday Bazaar at Mary Ross Waterfront Park on Dec. 4, Christmas on HofwylBroadfield Plantation on Dec. 3-4, the Coastal Symphony of Georgia on Dec. 6, The Christmas Carol at the Historic Ritz Theatre Dec. 1619, and a New Year’s Eve Dance Party at the Shrine Club. St. Simons Island: Events will include a tour of homes on Dec. 11 and the Glynn Art in the Park Festival at Postell Park on Dec. 5-6.

Holiday Celebrations in Peach County Downtown Fort Valley will boast over a million glowing holiday lights during the Festival of Lights November 26-January 6. The extravaganza will feature lights in the downtown gazebo, the outlining of the business area, stand-alone picture displays throughout the town, and the lighting of the approaches to the city. Holiday events in downtown Fort Valley will include the Mayor’s Christmas Party at the Austin Theatre on Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. and a parade on Dec. 4 will at 5 p.m. Massee Lane Gardens will have its Festival of Trees December 1-31. Admission to the tree display will be free; admission to the Gardens is $5. In nearby Byron the Gingerbread Market will be held at the Municipal Building Conference Center on November 27 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The parade will be Dec. 4 at 1 p.m. Lunch with Santa will be served at the Byron Depot on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; reservations are required at 478-956-0328. Fort Valley, Byron, and Peach County are located two hours south of Atlanta on I-75, exits 149-136. For more information, call 478-825-5986 or 478-956-2409 or 478-956-5555 or visit www.fortvalleyusa.com or www.peachcounty.net.

Candlelight Tours in Warm Springs Warm Springs will have its 26th annual Candlelight Tour Nov. 19-21; and throughout this quaint 19th century town streets will be aglow with candles and the twinkle of lights, and the buildings will be adorned with garlands and bows. There will be entertainment, carolers, buggy rides, a train ride for children, and mulled cider served along the sidewalk. Santa Claus will visit on Friday and Saturday at 6:30 p.m. The Candlelight Tour will be Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. During the holiday season, Nov. 26Dec. 23, stores will be open Fridays and Saturdays until 9 p.m. with normal hours Sundays through Thursdays. Other events will include Fala Day on Nov 6. in the Village and a Warm Springs Thanksgiving on Nov. 20 and Pearl Harbor Remembered on Dec. 4, both at the Little White House, Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachians, Warm Springs, with natural warm water, has welcomed tourists for over a century. Today it is home to FDR’s Little White and Museum and a downtown filled with unique shops, restaurants, and lodging. For more information, call 800-FDR-1927 or 706-655-3322 or visit www.warmspringsga.ws or www.visitmeriwther.com. November/December 2010 / www.guidetogeorgia.com / GUIDE TO GEORGIA 15


A Hometown Holiday in Conyers The holiday season in Conyers will begin with the opening of the Olde Town Conyers Pavilion Ice Skating Rink at 949 South Main Street on Nov. 17. The rink will be open through Feb. 27. Hours of operation will vary, so call the Conyers Welcome Center at 1-800CONYERS or visit www.icedays.com for a schedule. The Olde Town Christmas Party on Friday, Dec. 3, from 5-9 p.m. will feature complimentary carriage rides, shopping and dining opportunities, visits with Santa, and a Secret Santa Shop for kids. Other events will include the Covington-Conyers Choral Guild on Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. at the Rockdale Auditorium; the Hometown Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting on Saturday, Dec. 4, at 4:30 p.m.; the Pilot Club Holiday Tour of Homes on Sunday, Dec. 5 with five homes decked out in their holiday finery; and an Atlanta Boy Choir Concert on Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit. For information on these events and on Conyers, which is located only 25 miles east of Atlanta, visit www.visitconyersga.com or call 1-800-CONYERS.

Christmas in Calhoun The Festival of Trees will be held in Calhoun Nov. 1-Dec. 12. Admission will be free to the Harris Arts Center’s galleries which will be filled with beautifully decorated and themed Christmas trees. Entries by local businesses and talented individuals and artists will run the gamut from traditional to whimsical. Imaginative decorations featuring fairies, toys, trains, sports, nature, Santas, snowflakes, and more will be offered for silent auction. Purchase a unique, hand-crafted gift in the Holiday Artist’s Market. For more information, phone 706-629-2599. The New Echota Christmas Candlelight Tour will be held Dec. 4 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Take your candle lantern and celebrate Christmas New Echota-style with decorations, music, and refreshments reminiscent of the 19th Century Cherokee Nation Capital. Dress warmly and wear good walking shoes for this one-mile walking tour of the historic Cherokee town. Admission will be $5. Phone 706-624-1321. Other events will include a Community Chorus Christmas Concert at Harris Arts Center on Dec. 3-4 at 8 p.m. and the Parade of Lights on Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. For information on all of these events, visit www.exploregordoncounty.com or phone 800-887-3811.

Christmas in the Mountains of White County Christmas in the Mountains is a magical time in White County. Holiday festivities will begin at BabyLand General’s Appalachian Christmas on Nov. 20. The Festival of Trees at Unicoi State Park will be held Nov. 25 through Dec. 11. Trees and wreaths will be theme decorated and on display for a silent auction. Also at Unicoi, Deck the Halls on Dec. 4 will include holiday crafts, hayrides, and music in the decorated lodge. Admission will be free; parking will be $2. Helen, a quaint Bavarian village in Northeast Georgia, will kick off the holiday season with the Lighting of the Village on Nov. 26 at 6 p.m. The Christmas parade will take place on Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. Cleveland will celebrate with a “Christmas in the Mountains Celebration.” Festivities will begin Dec. 4 at 3 p.m. with pictures with Santa, choral groups, arts and crafts and food vendors, children’s activities, and a lighted parade at 7 p.m. A Tour of Homes will also take place on Dec. 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Other events will include a Yuletide Celebration in Sautee on Dec. 3 at 8 p.m., Christkindlemarket in Helen on Dec. 4, a Community Chorale concert Dec. 10-12, and Nacoochee Village Christmas in Helen on Dec. 11. For more information, visit www.whitecountychamber.org, phone 706-865-5356 or 800-3928279, or e-mail whitecountychamber@whitecountychamber.org.

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National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus A Victorian Holiday Open House will be held December 4-5 at the Port Columbus Civil War Naval Museum which will be decorated in traditional Victorian holiday style with circa 1863 decorations and trees. A Civil War Era Santa will listen to children’s want lists. Photos with Santa will be available. At the conclusion of the day, Santa will fire the original Civil War cannon from the CSS Jackson. The event will be free to the public. “Santa, as we know him, first appeared at an army camp to pass out presents to soldiers,” said executive director Bruce Smith. Prominent political cartoonist Thomas Nash’s 1863 image depicted a jolly, plump, bearded man delivering gifts to Union troops at their encampment, wearing a fur-trimmed suit of patriotic stars and stripes. Explore naval operations for the North and South through displays of uniforms, artillery, firearms, personal effects, flags, murals, a timeline exhibit, ships and ship replicas, and a battle simulator theater. Open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. See coupon in ad on page 9. Located at 1002 Victory Drive, Columbus. For more information, phone 706-327-9798 or visit www.portcolumbus.org.

Make Plans Now for the Atlanta Camping & R V Show The Holiday Season is a wonderful time to plan your family adventures for next year, so make plans now to attend the 36th annual Atlanta Camping & RV Show January 28-30, 2011 at the Atlanta Exposition Center South on Jonesboro Road, Exit 55 off I-185. The show will feature a huge variety of models on display, all at unbelievably show prices. There will also be RV accessories, innovative products for camping and RV’s, and exhibitors representing campgrounds, financing, insurance, vacation destinations, equipment, storage, and maintenance. Considered to be the largest RV Show in Georgia, this RV “super” market will have millions of dollars of RV’s on sale including Class A Motor homes, travel trailers, 5th wheels, toy haulers, van campers and folding camping trailers. There will be seminars, cooking demonstrations, and great prizes. Show hours will be Friday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission will be adults/ $10; seniors 55 & over/$9; children 6-16/$5; and under 6/free. Parking will be free. For MERRITT PECAN CO. ✩ HWY. 520 ✩ WESTON, GA information on this show and future shows, call 770-447-3334, e-mail bsmith@atlantarv show.com, or visit www.atlantaRVshow.com to print a discount coupon. A promise of a new RV would make a great Christmas Present!

Events sometimes change, so phone for information before driving long distances.

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METRO ATLANTA CALENDAR November “The Nutcracker”

2-7 – White Christmas, Fox Theatre. 404881-2100. 4-6 – Je Caryous Johnsons Cheaper to Keep Her, Civic Center. 404-658-7159. 4-7 – Stone Mountain Park Indian Festival & Pow-Wow. 770-498-5690. 4-Jan. 2 – OVO by Cirque du Soleil, Atlantic Station. 800-450-1480. 5 – Guido’s Orchestra, Cobb Energy Centre, 8 p.m. 770-916-2800. 5-26 – Martinis & IMAX, Fernbank Museum, Fridays, 5:30-10 p.m. 404-929-6300. 6 – America’s Got Talent, Cobb Energy Centre, 7:30 p.m. 770-916-2800. 6 – Chomp & Stomp Festival, Cabbagetown. 404-234-8337. 6-7 –Model Railroad Days, S.E. Railway Museum, Duluth. 770-476-2013. 6-7 – R.K. Gun Show, Miller Park, Marietta. 563-927-8176. 6-7 – Cotton States Cat Club Show, Gwinnett Center, Duluth. 800-224-6422. 8 – Soul Train Music Pre-Award Show, Civic Center, 8 p.m. 404-658-7159. 11 – Vince Vaughn & Kevin Jones, Cobb Energy Centre, 8 p.m. 770-916-2800. 11 – Fantasia & Eric Benet, Fox Theatre, 7:30 p.m. 404-881-2100. 11 – Lunchtime. Several Dancers Core Studio, Decatur. Free lunch/first 40. 404-373-4154. 11-14 – Angelah Johnson, Punchline Comedy Club. 404-252-5233. 12 – Lady Antebellum, Fox Theatre, 8 p.m. 404-881-2100. 12-13 – Mt. Zion Craft Show, Marietta. 770-971-1465. 12-13 – Atlanta Int’l. Military & Antique Gun Show, Cobb Civic Center. 704-282-1339. 12-14 – Scott Antique Market, Atlanta Expo Center. 740-569-4112 or 404-361-4900. 13 – Men of Soul, Fox Theatre, 8 p.m. 404881-2100. 13 – Evening with Styx, Cobb Energy Centre, 7:30 p.m. 770-916-2800. 13 – Veterans Day Parade, Downtown, 11:11 a.m. Veterans Day Ball, Omni Hotel, 6 p.m. 770-993-8312. 13-14 – Intergalactic Bead & Jewelry Show, Gwinnett Center, Duluth. 800-224-6422. 14 – Ultimate Wedding Planning Event, Georgia World Congress Center. 404-223-4000.

Atlanta Ballet Nov. 27-Dec. 26 . Atlanta (Fox) 404-873-5811 Atlanta Festival Ballet Nov. 28-29 . . . . . . . . Jonesboro 770-507-2775 Dec. 12-13. . . . . . McDonough 770-507-2775 Ballethnic Dance Company Nov. 17-21 . . . . Ferst, Atlanta 404-894-9600 Callanwolde Dance Ensemble Dec. 4-5. . . . . . . . . . . . Atlanta 404-872-5338 Columbus Ballet Dec. 11-12. . . . . . . Rivercenter 706-256-3612 Dance Augusta Nov. 26-28 . . Imperial Theatre 706-722-8341 Dance Theatre of Dalton Dec. 3-11 . Colonnade Theatre 706-259-2787 Gainesville Ballet Company Dec. 3-5 . . . . . . . . . . . . Brenau 770-538-4764 Georgia Ballet Dec. 3-5. . . Civic Ctr., Marietta 770-528-0881 Griffin Ballet Theatre Nov. 26-28 . . . . . . Griffin Aud. 770-228-1306 Gwinnett Ballet Dec. 4-19 . . Gwin. Ctr., Duluth 800-224-6422 International City School of Ballet Dec. 4. . . . . . . . . . . . Fitzgerald 229-426-5090 Dec. 19-20. . . . Warner Robins 478-953-1117 Lafayette Ballet Dec. 3-5 . . . . . . . . . . LaGrange 706-882-9909 Middle Georgia Ballet Dec. 8-12.Macon Opera House 478-301-5460 Northeast Georgia Ballet Nov. 26-28. Gwin. Ctr., Duluth 770-921-7277 Roswell Dance Theatre Dec. 3-5 Roswell Cultural Arts 770-998-0259 Ruth Mitchell Dance Theatre Nov. 27-28 Civic Ctr., Marietta 770-426-0007 South Georgia Ballet Dec. 10-12 . . . Thomasville Aud. 229-378-arts 16 – Dave Matthews Band, Philips Arena, 7 p.m. 404-878-3000. 16,24 – Jerry Farber, Punchline Comedy Club. 404-252-5233. 17 – Garrison Keillor, Cobb Energy Centre, 8 p.m. 770-916-2800. 18 – Rogers Waters, Philips Arena, 8 p.m. 404-878-3000. 18 – Gary Allan, Fox Theatre, 7:30 p.m. 404881-2100. 19 – Kevin Hart, Fox Theatre, 8 p.m. 404881-2100. 19 – Hit Men of Comedy, Civic Center, 8 p.m. 404-658-7159.

SOUTHEASTERN RAILWAY MUSEUM Georgia’s Official Transportation History Museum • Exhibit Hall & Gift Shop • Birthday Parties • Train Ride in Full-Size Cabooses • Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Friday, & Saturday (April-December) Present This Ad and Receive One Free Train Ride (with each paid admission)

3595 Buford Hwy. • Duluth • www.srmduluth.org • 770-476-2013

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METRO ATLANTA CALENDAR November

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19 – Friday Jazz, High Museum of Art, 5-10 p.m. 404-733-4437. 19-20 – Nick Cannon, Punchline Comedy Club. 404-252-5233. 19-21 – Nutcracker Holiday Market, Cobb Galleria Centre. 770-410-9771. 19-21 – Holiday Pottery Sale, Callanwolde. 404-872-5338. 19-21 – Gem, Mineral, Jewelry Show, Cobb Civic Center. 770-427-1108. 20 – Santa Arrives at S.E. Railway Museum, Duluth, 1 p.m. 770-476-2013. 20 – Anthony Bourdair, Cobb Energy Centre, 8 p.m. 770-916-2800. 20 – Celtic Thunder, Fox Theatre, 2:30 & 8 p.m. 404-881-2100. 20 – Canadian Tenors & ASO, Symphony Hall, 8 p.m. 404-733-4900. 20 – Les Still Big Band, Strand Theatre, Marietta, 2 & 7:30 p.m. 770-293-0080. 20 – Ludwig Symphony Orchestra, Gwinnett Center, Duluth, 8 p.m. 800-224-6422. 20 –Jason Aldean, Gwinnett Center, Duluth. 800-224-6422. 21 – Battle of the Dancelines, Georgia World Congress Center. 404-223-4000. 26-27 – Disney in Concert, Magical Music from Movies, ASO, Symphony Hall. 404-733-4900. 26-28 – Mike Speenberg & Stewart Huff, Punchline Comedy Club. 404-252-5233. 27 – Dave Doz & Friends (jazz), Cobb Energy Centre, 8 p.m. 770-916-2800. 28 – Vienna Boys Choir, Cobb Energy Centre, 7 p.m. 770-916-2800. 29 – Clayton Community Big Band, Spivey Hall, 7:30 p.m. 678-466-4200. 30-Dec. 5 – Cirque Dreams Holidaze, Cobb Energy Centre. 770-916-2800.

1,7,9,14,16 – Christmas High Teas, Bulloch Hall, Roswell, 4 p.m. 770-992-1731. 2,3 – Handel’s Messiah, ASO & Chorus, Symphony Hall, 8 p.m. 404-733-4900. 3-4 – ASO Gospel Christmas, Symphony Hall, Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 2 p.m. 404-733-4900. 3-4 – Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols, Schwartz Center, Emory. 404-727-5050. 3-5 – Works in Clay Holiday Show & Sale, Art Center West, Roswell. 770-641-3990 3-5 – Pablo Francisco, Punchline Comedy Club. 404-252.5233. 4 – Gingerbread Christmas, Smith Plantation, Roswell. 770-641-3978. 4 – 1st Century Bethlehem Marketplace, Live Nativity, Roswell UMC, 770-993-6218. 4-5 – Gala Holiday Concert, Rialto Center. 404-413-9tix. 4,11,18 – Breakfast or Lunch with Santa, S.E. Railway Museum, 8 a.m. & Noon. Polar Express Experience, 6 p.m. 770-476-2013. 5 – Usher, Philips Arena. 404-878-3000. 5 – Kathy Mattea–Songs & the Season, Ferst Center, 5 p.m. 404-894-9600. 5 – Michael O’Neal Singers/Christmas Memories, Roswell UMC, 3 p.m. 770-594-7974. 5,12 – ASO Kids Christmas, Symphony Hall, 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. 404-733-4900. 9-11 – Christmas with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Hall. 404-733-4900. 10 – Peter White Christmas with Rich Braun & Mindi Abair, Ferst Center, 8 p.m. 404-894-9600. 10 – Trans Siberian Orchestra, Gwinnett Center, Duluth. 800-224-6422. 10 – Russell Peters, Cobb Energy Centre, 8 p.m. 770-916-2800. 10-12 – Scott Antique Market, Atlanta Expo Center. 740-569-4112 or 404-361-4900.

REGENCY SUITES HOTEL 975 West Peachtree Street at 10th Street ATLANTA, GEORGIA

Conyers . . . so much to offer during the holidays!

Elegant Olde Town Christmas Party December 3

Luxurious Newly-renovated all-suite hotel serves an expanded continental breakfast as well as a complimentary dinner (Mon.-Thurs.). Each suite has a kitchenette. Located 2 blocks from I-75/85, next to the Midtown MARTA rapid rail station.

404-876-5003 / 800-642-3629 www.regencysuites.com

Hometown Holiday Parade December 4

Ice Skating at the Pavilion (open Nov. 17 - Feb. 27, 2011) 30 Minutes East of Atlanta

1-800-CONYERS

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METRO ATLANTA CALENDAR December

11 – Louis C.K., Cobb Energy Centre, 8 p.m. 770-916-2800. 11 – Battle of the Ice Sculptures, Callanwolde, 2 p.m. 404-872-5338. 11 – Tours/Barrington & Bulloch Halls, Smith Plantation, Roswell, 5-9 p.m. 678-639-7500. 11 – Holiday Jazz Vespers, Rialto Center, 8 p.m. 404-413-9tix. 12 – Atlanta Wind Symphony, Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 3 p.m. 770-641-1260. 12 – Empty Bowl Brunch, Art Place, Marietta, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 770-509-2700. 12 – Atlanta Singers, Spivey Hall, 7:30 p.m. 678-466-4200. 13-14 – Atlanta Opera Chorus Holiday Concert, All Saints’ Episcopal Church. 404-881-0835. 16-24 – Holiday Ice Spectacular, Cobb Energy Centre. 770-916-2800. 17-18 – Very Merry Holiday Pops, ASO, Symphony Hall. 404-733-4900. 18 – Joe Gransden’s Big Band Holiday Show, Spivey Hall, 8:15 p.m. 678-466-4200. 18-19 – Atlanta Celtic Christmas Concert, Schwartz Center, Emory. 404-727-5050. 19 – Straight No Chaser, Cobb Energy Centre, 7:30 p.m. 770-916-2800. 19 – Disney Live! Mickey’s Magic Show, Philips Arena, 12 & 3 p.m. 404-878-3000. 19 – Michael O’Neal Singers/Messiah SingAlong, Roswell UMC, 3 p.m. 770-594-7974. 20 – Amy Grant & Vince Gill, Fox Theatre, 7:30 p.m. 404-881-2100. 22 – 1853 Wedding of Mittie & Thee, Bulloch Hall, Roswell. 770-992-1731. 23 – Justin Bieber, Philips Arena, 404-878-3000. 28 – Christmas Music of Mannheim Steamroller, Fox Theatre, 7:30 p.m. 404-881-2100. 31 – ASO New Year’s Eve Poparazzi, Symphony Hall, 8 p.m. 404-733-4900.

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WARM SPRINGS 26th Annual

Candlelight Tour November, 19, 20, 21

Shop from 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Sunday WARM SPRINGS VILLAGE STORES are open HERITAGE HALL, TOUR HEADQUARTERS, 277 SOUTH MAIN ST.

Day and Candlelight Tours 706-342-9627 madisonheritagehall@yahoo.com

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until 9:00 PM Fridays & Saturdays beginning Thanksgiving Weekend through Christmas. Sunday thru Thursday are regular hours.

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Gardens & Nature Programs in Georgia



Festival of Camellias at Massee Lane in Fort Valley Camellias, the roses of winter, bloom throughout the coolest months during Camellia Days from November until March or April at Massee Lane Gardens, located 5.5 miles south of Fort Valley on GA 49. Easy walking tours wind through ten acres of formal camellia gardens with camellia trees flowering alongside the brick walks. A landscaped greenhouse with camellias and azaleas assures blooms even during the coolest weather. Two galleries showcase exquisite displays of porcelain art. The Festival of Camellias runs every day in February when camellia blooms are at their peak. The first Saturday of February offers free admission. Other events throughout the month will include a Camellia workshop, Camellia culture demonstrations, and entertainment. Camellias and Sasanquas will be for sale. The gardens are open daily and are handicap-accessible with wheelchairs available in the gift shop. Visit www.americancamellias.org or call 478-967-2358 or 877-422-6355.

NOVEMBER 1-30 – Mum Season at Callaway Gardens. 1-30 – Chocolate: Seed to Sweet at Atlanta Botanical Garden. 6 – 98th Stilesboro Chrysanthemum Show, Cartersville. 770-382-7773. 6 – Grow Your Own Pharmacy. Atlanta Botanical Garden. 6 – Astronomy Night, Providence Canyon, Lumpkin, 7-9 p.m. 229-838-4706. 8 – Landscape Design Basics, Atlanta Botanical Garden, 6:30 p.m. 8 – Fall Birdwatching, Sweetwater Creek State Park. 770-732-5871. 12-13 – Coastal Geocaching, Skidaway Island, Savannah, 7-8 p.m. 912-598-2300. 13 – Basic Birding Hike, Panola Mountain State Park, Stockbridge, 8 a.m. 770-389-7801. 13 – Basic Land Navigation; Basket Making with Natural Materials. Smithgall Woods. 13 – Meteors & More, Red Top Mountain State Park, Cartersville. 770-975-0055. 13-14 – Middle Georgia Camellia Show, Massee Lane, Ft.Valley. 478-825-4038. 14 – Chocolate Sunday, Atlanta Botanical Garden, 2 p.m. 16 – Herbal Lotions, Creams, Lip Balms, State Botanical Garden, 6:30 p.m. 17 – Field Trip to Ossabaw Island, Coffee Bluff Marina, Savannah. 912-925-7474. 19 – Owl Prowl, Sweetwater Creek State Park, Lithia Springs, 6-8 p.m. 770-732-5871. 20 – S’Mores Campfire & Astronomy, Ga. Veterans St. Pk., Cordele, 7 p.m. 229-276-2371. 20, Dec. 5 – Geology Hike (3M), Sweetwater Creek St. Pk., Lithia Spgs., 1 p.m. 770-732-5871. 20 – Earth Day Geology Hike, Providence Canyon, Lumpkin, 11 a.m. 229-838-4706. 20 – Prepping for Veggie Garden; Boughs/ Berries for Holiday Cards. At. Botanical Garden.

20-21 – Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hikes, Tallulah Gorge, 6-8 p.m. 706-754-7981.

DECEMBER 1-31 – Festival of Trees at Massee Lane. 1-31 – Chocolate: Seed to Sweet at Atlanta Botanical Garden. 4 – Holiday Market, Chattahoochee Nature Ctr. 4 – Ichiyo Ikebana, Japanese Floral Show, Atlanta Botanical Garden, 10 a.m. 4 – Wreath Making Workshop, Callaway Gardens, 10 a.m. 4 – Albany Men’s Garden Club Camellia Show, Albany Mall. 229-883-2349. 5 – Christmas at Ashantilly, Darien. 912437-4473. 4-18 – Hayrides, Sweetwater Creek St. Pk., Lithia Springs, Sat. 4-6 p.m.770-732-5871. 5 – Holiday Market, Atlanta Botanical Garden. 11 – Basic Birding Hike, Panola Mountain State Park, Stockbridge, 8 a.m. 770-389-7801. 11 – Valdosta Camellia Society Show, VSU University Center. 229-242-2965. 12 – Chocolate Sunday, Atlanta Botanical Garden, 2 p.m. 12,19 – Holiday Chocolate High Tea, Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1 p.m. 18 – Geocaching Class, Mistletoe State Park, Appling, 1-4 p.m. 706-541-0321.

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Atlanta Botanical Garden . . . . . . . . . . .404-876-5859 Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain . . . .800-Callaway Chattahoochee Nat. Ctr., Roswell . . . . .770-992-2055 Massee Lane, Fort Valley . . . . . . . . . . . .478-967-2358 Phinizy Swamp Park, Augusta . . . . . . .706-828-2109 Smithgall Woods, Helen . . . . . . . . . . . . .706-878-3087 State Botanical Garden, Athens . . . . . .706-542-1244 Tybee Island Marine Center . . . . . . . . .912-786-5917 Wildlife Excursions of Coast . . . . . . . .912-897-5108

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Sports Schedules FOOTBALL

ICE SKATING

Dec. 4 . . . . . . . . . . .SEC Football Championship Ga. Dome, Atlanta, 404-223-9200 Dec. 10-11. . . . . . . . . . . . . GHSA Football Finals Ga. Dome, Atlanta, 404-223-9200 Dec. 31 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chick-fil-A Bowl Ga. Dome, Atlanta, 404-223-9200

Nov. 16-Jan. 30 . . . . . Centennial Olympic Park Atlanta, 404-223-4412 Nov. 17-Feb. 27 . . Conyers Olde Town Pavilion 770-602-2606

Home Schedules ATLANTA FALCONS

Nov. 13. . . . . . Wilderness Survival, Sweetwater Creek St. Pk., Lithia Springs, 770-732-5871 Nov. 20, Dec. 18. . . Tree Top Excursions, Panola Mt. St. Pk., Stockbridge, 770-389-7801

Nov. 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TAMPA BAY Nov. 11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BALTIMORE Nov. 28 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GREEN BAY Dec. 27 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . NEW ORLEANS Jan. 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CAROLINA 404-223-8444, www.atlantafalcons.com

GEORGIA BULLDOGS Nov. 11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IDAHO STATE Nov. 27 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GEORGIA TECH 888-852-1231, www.georgiadogs.com

GEORGIA TECH YELLOWJACKETS Nov. 13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MIAMI Nov. 20 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DUKE 888-TECH-TIX, ramblinwreck.cstv.com

EQUESTRIAN SHOWS Nov. 6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ventures Horse Show Wills Park, Alpharetta, 678-297-6120 Nov. 6 . . . . . . . .Steeplechase, Callaway Gardens Pine Mountain, 800-callaway

GEORGIA INT’L HORSE PARK Conyers, 888-860-4224, www.conyersga.com Nov. 6-7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Royal Alpaca Challenge Nov. 11-14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Atlanta Fall Classic I Nov. 18-21 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Atlanta Fall Classic II

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2161 N. INDUSTRIAL BLVD. DOUGLAS, GEORGIA www.purvispecan.com • 912-331-0745 22

MISCELLANEOUS

HUNTING Nov. 6 . . . . . . . .Belle Meade Hunt Open Meet Thomson, 706-597-1000

T REE L IGHTING C EREMONIES NOVEMBER 23 Griffin (AIRPORT RD.) . . . . .6 p.m. 770-467-4750 26 Atlanta (LENOX) . . . .6:15 p.m. 404-233-6767 26 Braselton (CHATEAU) . .2-6 p.m. 770-867-9798 26 Brunswick . . . . . .5:30 p.m. 912-265-4032 26 Clayton . . . . . . . . .5-8 p.m. 706-212-0241 26 Helen . . . . . . . . . . . .6 p.m. 706-878-2181 26 Newnan . . . . . . . .6-8 p.m. 770-254-2627 26 Stone Mt. Village .6-8 p.m. 770-498-7334 27 Blue Ridge . . .11 a.m.-dusk 800-899-6867 27 Dunwoody . . . . . .4-7 p.m. 770-220-2744 27 Ellijay . . . . . . . . .6-10 p.m. 706-635-7400 27 Jekyll Island . . . . . . . . . . .12 n. 877-4jekyll 30 Madison . . . . . .5-6:30 p.m. 706-342-1251 30 Smyrna . . . . . . . . .6-9 p.m. 770-434-6600 DECEMBER 2 Griffin (DOWNTOWN) . . . . .7 p.m. 770-228-5356 2 Kennesaw . . . . . . .6-7 p.m. 770-422-9714 2 Kingsland . .5:30-8:30 p.m. 912-729-5999 2 Marietta . . . . . . . .5-8 p.m. 770-429-1115 2 Thomson . . . . . . . . .6 p.m. 706-597-1000 2 Vinings . . . . . . . . .6-8 p.m. 404-577-8686 2 Warrenton . . . . . . . .5 p.m. 706-465-9604 3 Acworth . . . . .6:30-9 p.m. 770-917-1234 3 Columbus . . . . . .6:30 p.m. 706-322-1613 3 Decatur . . . . . . . . .7-8 p.m. 404-370-4100 3 McCaysville . . . . . . .6 p.m. 800-899-6867 3 Port Wentworth .6:30 p.m. 912-964-4379 4 Augusta . . . . . . . . .All Day 706-722-8000 4 Blairsville . . . . . . .1-6 p.m. 706-745-5493 4 Conyers . . . . . . . .4:30 p.m. 706-576-5475 4 Jasper . . . . . . . . . .3-9 p.m. 706-692-1164 4 Morrow . . . . . . . . .2-7 p.m. 770-968-1623 4 Roswell . . . . . . . . . .5 p.m. 770-641-3950 4 Senoia . . . . . . . . . .5-8 p.m. 770-254-2627 4 St. Marys . .11 a.m.-7 p.m. 912-882-4000 5 Alpharetta . . . . . . . .5 p.m. 678-297-6078 11 Blairsville (VOGEL) . .4:30 p.m. 706-745-2628 11 Clarkesville . . . . . .5-7 p.m. 706-754-2220 11 McDonough . . . . . . .6 p.m. 770-288-7300

GUIDE TO GEORGIA / www.guidetogeorgia.com / November/December 2010


Sports Schedules HOCKEY

BASKETBALL

Home Schedules ATLANTA THRASHERS GWINNETT Nov. 4 . . . . . . .BLUE JACKETS GLADIATORS Nov. 6 . . . . . . .BLACKHAWKS Nov. 11 . . . . . . . . . . . . .WILD Nov. 13 . . . . . . . . .PENGUINS Nov. 17 . . . . . . . . .PANTHERS Nov. 19 . . . . . . . . . .CAPITALS Nov. 21 . . . . . . . . .ISLANDERS Nov. 24 . . . . . . . .RED WINGS Nov. 26 . . . . . . . .CANADIENS Nov. 28 . . . . . . . . . . . .BRUINS Dec. 6 . . . . . . . . .PREDATORS Dec. 10 . . . . . . .AVALANCHE Dec. 16 . . . . . . .HURRICANES Dec. 18 . . . . . . . . . . . .DEVILS Dec. 21 . . . . . . . . . . . . .BLUES Dec. 26 . . . . . . . . .LIGHTNING Dec. 30 . . . . . . . . . . . .BRUINS 1-866-715-1500 thrashers.nhl.com

Home Schedules ATLANTA HAWKS

Nov. 1 . .SOUTH CAROLINA Nov. 6 . . . . . . . .GREENVILLE Nov. 7 . . . . . . . .GREENVILLE Nov. 23 .SOUTH CAROLINA Nov. 25 . . . . . . . . . .TOLEDO Nov. 27 . . . . . . . . . .TOLEDO Dec. 3 . . .SOUTH CAROLINA Dec. 5 . . . . . . . .GREENVILLE Dec. 18 . .SOUTH CAROLINA Dec. 19 . . . . . . .GREENVILLE Dec. 26 . .SOUTH CAROLINA Dec. 28 . . . . . . . .WHEELING Dec. 29 . . . . . . . .WHEELING Dec. 31 . . . . . . . .WHEELING 770-497-5100 gwinnettgladiators.com

COLUMBUS COTTONMOUTHS Nov. 4 . . . . . . .FAYETTEVILLE Dec. 11 . . . . . . .HUNTSVILLE Nov. 14 . . . . . . . .MISSISSIPPI Dec. 16 . . . . . . .HUNTSVILLE Nov. 20 . . . . . . .HUNTSVILLE Dec. 23 . . . . . . . . .AUGUSTA Nov. 25 . . . . . . . . .AUGUSTA Dec. 28 . . . . . . . .LOUISIANA Nov. 27 . . . . . . . .MISSISSIPPI Dec. 31 . . . . . . . .LOUISIANA 706-571-0086, cottonmouths.pointstreaksites.com

Nov. 3 . . . . . . . . . . . .DETROIT Nov. 7 . . . . . . . . . . .PHOENIX Nov. 10 . . . . . . . .MILWAUKEE Nov. 12 . . . . . . . . . . . . .UTAH Nov. 14 . . . . . . . .MINNESOTA Nov. 20 . . . . . . . . . . .DALLAS Nov. 22 . . . . . . . . . . .BOSTON Nov. 25 . . . . . .WASHINGTON Dec. 1 . . . . . . . . . . .MEMPHIS Dec. 3 . . . . . . .PHILADELPHIA Dec. 7 . . . . . . . . .NEW JERSEY Dec. 11 . . . . . . . . . .INDIANA Dec. 17 . . . . . . . .CHARLOTTE Dec. 20 . . . . . . . . .ORLANDO Dec. 22 . . . . . . . .CLEVELAND Dec. 29 . . . . . .GOLDEN STATE 404-249-6400 www.nba.com/hawks

Events sometimes change, so phone for information before driving long distances.

HIKES & RUNS

BIKING

Nov. 6. . . . . . Pine Mountain, 10K, 800-callaway Nov. 13 . . Columbus, 26M, 13M, 706-575-3199’ Nov. 13 . . . . . . . . . . Douglas, 5K, 912-383-6988 Nov. 19 . . . . . Warm Springs, 5K, 800-357-1927 Dec. 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dalton, 5K, 706-278-0702 Dec. 4. . . . . . . . . . . . Douglas, 5K, 912-720-1011 Dec. 4 . . . . . . . . . . Royston, 10K, 706-245-6270 Dec. 11 . . . . . . . . . . Jekyll Island, 5K, 877-4jekyll Dec. 11 . . . . . . . . . . . Winder, 5K, 770-867-3489 Dec. 13 . . . . . . . . . Savannah, 5K, 912-598-2300 Dec. 18. . . . . . . Roswell, 20/25M, 770-640-3253 (See www.atlantatrackclub.org for more races)

Nov. 7 . . . . . . .Callaway Gardens Fitness Series Mountain Bike Competition, 800-callaway Nov. 20 . . . . . . .Easyriders Bike Show Tour, Ga. World Congress Ctr., Atlanta, 404-223-4000 Nov. 28, Dec. 26 . . . . . . . . .Conyers Depot, 4M 4 p.m., 770-483-1110

RACING ROAD ATLANTA

FISHING Nov. 7, 13, Dec. 5, 11 . . . . . .Fly Fishing Clinics Panola Mt. St. Pk., Stockbridge, 770-389-7801 Nov. 13 . . . . . . .Alderman’s Cup Inshore Slam Fishing Tournament, Savannah, 912-925-7474 SCENE

FROM

ROCK CITY’S ENCHANTED GARDEN

OF

LIGHTS

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

Braselton, 800-849-RACE, www.roadatlanta.com Nov. 5-7 . . . . . . . . . . . . SCCA American Road Race of Champions Dec. 3-5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . NASA Atlanta Motor Speedway . . . . . . . . . . Hampton 770-946-4211, atlantamotorspeedway.com Atlanta Dragway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Commerce 770-682-3782, www.atlantadragway.com Oglethorpe Speedway Park . . . . . . . . . . . Pooler 912-964-8200,ospracing.net Luke 2:14 Silver Dollar Raceway . . . . . . . . . . . . . Reynolds (NIV) 478-847-4414, www.silverdollarraceway.com November/December 2010 / www.guidetogeorgia.com / GUIDE TO GEORGIA 23



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