Events Attractions Fairs & Festivals
THE SANDY SPRINGS FESTIVAL
GGEORGIA uide To
Volume 50 Monthly
Number 3 September 2010
CONTENTS Metro Atlanta Calendar . . . . . . . . .4-5 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6-7 Georgia Events & Activities . . . .8-10 Labor Day Weekend Events . . . . . .11 September Events in Georgia . .12-23
September 10-12 October 8-10
ON THE COVER he Sandy Springs Festival on September 25-26 will feature arts and crafts, entertainment, children’s rides, a car show, food, and much more. See details on it and the many other special events planned for Georgia this fall in the section beginning on page 12.
37 th Annual
BUGGY DAYS September 18 -19
801 Nebula Rd., Manchester, GA 31816 Phone 706-846-2620, Fax 706-846-2620 E-mail email@example.com
ARTS & CRAFTS • FOOD • FIREWORKS BUGGY BLAST FUN PARK • STREET DANCE ENTERTAINMENT • BUGGY DISPLAYS PARADE • OLD FASHIONED GAMES
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Debi Richardson . . . . . . .Graphics Editor firstname.lastname@example.org Dennis King . . . . . . . . . .Advertising Rep 706-846-9854, email@example.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.
Tumbling Waters Society
ART IN THE PARK FESTIVAL September 18
(Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. & Sun. 12:30-5:30 p.m.)
Hurricane Shoals Park • Jackson County Only 10 minutes from Commerce Outlet Stores
Along the cool tumbling waters . . . Arts & Crafts • 5K Mill Race • Kids Zone Music • Down by the Water’s Edge Debut Barbecue • Home-made Goodies
Experience the 1800’s in the Heritage Village . . . Civil War Re-enactors • Tours • Food New Spirit of the River Miniature Golf Course FREE ADMISSION • FREE PARKING
706-335-6723 • www.hurricaneshoalspark.org September 2010 / www.guidetogeorgia.com / GUIDE TO GEORGIA
METRO ATLANTA CALENDAR September 1-29 – Blue Sky Concerts, Decatur Community Bandstand, Wed., N-1 p.m. 404-371-8386. 1-29 – Wednesday Wind Down, Centennial Olympic Park, 5:30-8 p.m. 404-223-4412. 2 – Toby Keith, Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood. 404-627-9704. 2-5 – Mike Destefano, Punchline Comedy Theatre. 404-252-5233. 2-30 – Music at Noon, Centennial Olympic Park, Tues. & Thurs., noon-1 p.m. 404-223-4412. 2-30 – Jazz Nights at Scottish Rite Hospital Lawn, Thursdays, 7-9 p.m. 404-370-0888. 3-24 – Martinis & IMAX, Fernbank Museum, Fridays 5:30-10 p.m. 404-929-6300. 4-25 – Concerts on Decatur Square, Saturdays, 7-9:30 p.m. 404-371-8386. 4-30 – Chocolate–Seed to Sweet, Atlanta Botanical Garden. 404-876-5859. 8 – John Mayer, Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood. 404-627-9704. 9 – Single Mingle at High Museum of Art, 7:30 p.m. 404-733-4437. 9-12 – Yellow Daisy Festival, Stone Mountain Park. 770-498-5690. 9-12 – John Heffron, Punchline Comedy Theatre. 404-252-5233. 10 – Avett Brothers, Chastain Park. 404733-5000.
10 – Temptations & Four Tops, Cobb Energy Centre. 770-916-2800. 10 – John Michael Montgomery, Mable House Amphitheater. 770-819-7765. 10-12 – Scott Antique Market, Atlanta Expo Center. 740-569-4112 or 404-361-2000. 10-12 – Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus, Gwinnett Ctr., Duluth. 800-224-6422. 11 – Charlie Wilson, Chastain Park. 404733-5000. 11 – Ga. Music Hall of Fame Awards Show, Cobb Energy Centre. 770-916-2800. 11 – Debbie Reynolds, Ferst Center for the Arts. 404-894-9600. 11-12 – Georgia Home Show, Georgia World Congress Center. 404-223-9200. 11,18,25 – Lasershow Spectacular, Stone Mountain Park, 8:30 p.m. 770-498-6590. 12 – North Georgia Bridal Showcase, Alpharetta, 12-4 p.m. 678-297-2811. 13 – Pixies, Fox Theatre. 404-881-2100. 15 – Kings of Leon, Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood. 404-627-9704. 16 – Alive After Five Street Party, Roswell Historic District. 770-640-3253. 16-19 – Sesame Street Live, Philips Arena. 404-878-3000. 16-19 – Arj Barker, Punchline Comedy Theatre. 404-252-5233.
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METRO ATLANTA CALENDAR The Atlanta Camping & RV Show The Atlanta Camping & RV Show will be a three-day, no-frill sales event featuring the biggest savings in its 34 year history. The show will be held September 17-19 at the Atlanta Expo Center South (exit 55 off I-285). This supermarket of campers will feature Class A motor homes, 5th wheels, travel trailers, Class C minimotor homes, van campers, folding camping trailers, and toy haulers, all with special low show prices. Dealers from across the region will be under the same roof, and shoppers can find instant financing and insurance representatives all on the same floor. There will be booths providing information on camping, campgrounds, vacation destinations, RV organizations, RV equipment and accessories, storage, and maintenance. There will be cooking demonstrations and prizes. Show hours will be Friday 11-7, Saturday 10-7 and Sunday 11-5. Admission will be $10/adults; $9 for 55 and over; $5 for 6-16; and free under 6. Parking will be free. For more information, phone 770-447-3334 or visit www.atlantaRVshow.com for a $1 off coupon.
25-26 – Sandy Springs Festival, Heritage 17 – Friday Jazz, High Museum, 5-10 p.m. Green. 866-511-7742. 404-733-4437. 25-26 – Decatur Garden Tour. 404-371-4444. 17 – Paul Taylor, Mable House Amphitheater. 25-26 – Duluth Fall Festival, Main Street. 770-819-7765. 770-476-0240. 17-18 – Rain–Tribute to Beatles, Fox 25-26 – Georgia Gun Show, Atlanta Expo Theatre. 404-882-2100. Center. 563-927-8176. 17-19 – Atlanta Camping & RV Show, 25-26 – Midtown Festival for the Arts, Atlanta Expo Center South. 770-447-3334. Peachtree St./5th-10th Streets. 404-832-6353. 18 – Marietta StreetFest. 770-429-1115. 27 – So You Think You Can Dance, 18-19 – Roswell Arts Festival. 800-776-7935. Gwinnett Center, Duluth. 770-813-7500. 18-19 – Shakerag Blue Grass Festival, 28 – Alice in Chains, Aaron’s Amphitheater Frederick Brown Amphitheater. 770-631-0630. at Lakewood. 404-627-9704. 18-19 – JapanFest 2010, Gwinnett Center, 29 – Evening with Rush, Verizon Wireless Duluth. 800-224-6422. Amphitheatre. 404-733-5010. 18-29 – Atlanta Arts Festival, Piedmont 30-Oct. 3 – Atlanta Greek Festival, Green Park. 770-941-9660. Orthodox Church. 404-633-7358. 19 – Folk Life Festival, Atlanta History Center. 404-814-4130. 23-26 – Dom Irrera, Punchline Comedy Theatre. 404-252-5233. 23-Oct. 3 – 78th Annual North Georgia 975 West Peachtree Street State Fair, Miller Park, Marietta. 770-423-1330. at 10th Street 24 – Rat Pack is Back, Frederick Brown ATLANTA, GEORGIA Amphitheater. 770-631-0630. 24-25 – Women of Faith, Gwinnett Center, Duluth. 800-224-6422. 24-25 – Two Gentlemen of Verona, Barrington Hall, Roswell, 8 p.m. 770-640-3855. 24-26 – Atlanta Home Show, Cobb Galleria Center. 770-998-9800. 25 – Centennial Birthday Celebration, Lilburn. 770-921-2210. 25 – Chili Cook-Off, Stone Mountain Park. Newly-renovated all-suite hotel serves an expanded 770-498-5690. continental breakfast as well as a complimentary 25 – 4th Saturday Family Fun Day & Project dinner (Mon.-Thurs.). Each suite has a kitchenette. Dance, Centennial Olympic Pk. 404-223-4412. Located 2 blocks from I-75/85, next to the 25 – Alpharetta Rotary FunFest & Classic Midtown MARTA rapid rail station. Car Show, North Point Mall. 678-770-3829. 404-876-5003 / 800-642-3629 25 – Peachtree City 51st Anniversary/ www.regencysuites.com Dragon Boat & Int’l. Food Festival. 678-216-0282. September 2010 / www.guidetogeorgia.com / GUIDE TO GEORGIA 5
REGENCY SUITES HOTEL
Sports Schedules GOLF
HIKES & RUNS
Sept. 23-24 . .Museum of Aviation Foundation Georgia Invitational Golf Tourney Pine Oaks, Warner Robins, 478-923-6600
Sept. 6. . . . . . . . . . . Atlanta, 10K, 770-432-0100 Sept. 6 . . . . . . . . . . . . Macon, 5K, 478-973-2050 Sept. 6. . . . . . . . . . . Valdosta, 5K, 229-219-0010 Sept. 11 . . . Alpharetta, 5K, 10K, 404-252-4107 Sept. 11 . . . . . . . . Covington, 5K, 770-385-2145 Sept. 11 . . . . . . . . . . . Dacula, 5K, 678-343-8746 Sept. 11 . . . . . . . . . . Decatur, 5K, 404-327-7738 Sept. 11 . . . . . . . . . Villa Rica, 5K, 770-459-6778 Sept. 11 . . . . . . Tucker, 5M, 10M, 404-231-9064 Sept. 18. . . . . . . . . . . Atlanta, 5K, 404-915-4559 Sept. 18 . . . . . . . Chamblee, 10K, 404-816-8488 Sept. 18 . . . . Cumming, 5K, 10K, 678-208-2000 Sept. 19 . . . Kennesaw, 13M, 5K, 678-795-0115 Sept. 25. . . . . . . . . Blairsville, 5K, 877-745-5789 Sept. 25 . . . . . . . . Carrollton, 5K, 770-834-4451 Sept. 25 . . . . Sandy Springs, 10K, 770-518-8002 Sept. 25 . . . . St. Marys, 5K, 10K, 912-576-5110 Sept. 25. . . . . . . Thomasville, 5K, 229-225-2186 (See www.atlantatrackclub.org for more races)
RACING ROAD ATLANTA Braselton, 800-849-RACE, www.roadatlanta.com Sept. 18-19 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HSR Sept. 29-Oct. 2 . . . . . . . . . . . .Petit Le Mans Race
MISCELLANEOUS Sept. 6 . . . . .Callaway Gardens Triathlon & 5K Pine Mountain, 770-565-5208 Sept. 11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ditch and City Racing (3M, 7 Obstacles), Ga. Int’l Horse Park Conyers, 770-860-4190 Sept. 11 . . .Sport Crabbers Tournament, Coffee Bluff Marina, Savannah, 912-925-7474 Sept. 11 . . . . . . . . .West Point Adventure Race (biking, running, canoeing), 706-643-9404 Sept. 11 . . . . . . . .Tugaloo State Park Triathlon Lavonia, 8 a.m. 706-356-4362 Sept. 18 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Vidalia Onion TRI Creek Shoals Estate. 912-277-2141 Sept. 22-25 . . . . . . . .Georgia Golden Olympics Warner Robins, 478-929-6945 Sept. 25 . . . . . . .Outdoor Adventure Day (fish, canoe, gun), Unicoi St. Pk., Helen, 800-573-9659 Sept. 25 . . . . . . . . . . . .Outdoor Adventure Day (fish, paddle, guns), Thomson, 706-597-1000 Sept. 25-Oct. 3 .USTA Nat’l. Men’s Clay Court Championships, Savannah, 912-598-2570
BIKING Sept. 14 . . . .Midnight Garden Ride, Downtown Savannah, 8-9 p.m., 912-228-3096 Sept. 4-5 . . . . . . . . . . . .Savannah Century Ride 912-228-3096 Sept. 6 . . . . .Men’s 100K Cycle/Women’s 10K Cycle, Atlanta, 770-432-0100 Sept. 9-11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .State H.O.G. Rally Jekyll Island, 877-jekyll Sept. 18-19 . . . . . .Motorcycle Madness, North Atlanta Trade Center, 770-279-9899 Sept. 25 . . . . . . . . .Road Bike Ride (41M, 23M) Panola Mt. St. Pk., Stockbridge, 404-375-6789 Sept. 25 . . . . . . . . . . .Mountain Bike Adventure Panola Mt. St. Pk., Stockbridge, 770-389-7801
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Sports Schedules BASEBALL
Home Schedules ATLANTA BRAVES
Home Schedules ATLANTA FALCONS
Sept. 1-2 . . . . . . . . . .NY METS Sept. 9-12 . . . . . . . .ST. LOUIS Sept. 13-15 . . .WASHINGTON Sept. 27-29 . . . . . . . .FLORIDA 404-577-9100 www.atlantabraves.com
Sept. 19 . . . . . . . . .ARIZONA 404-223-8444, www.atlantafalcons.com
Sept. 4 . .Chick-fil-A College Kickoff, Georgia Dome Atlanta, 404-223-9200 Sept. 11 . .Music City Classic Football Game Macon, 478-743-1074
Sept. 4 . . . .LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE Sept. 18 . . . . . . . .ARKANSAS 877-542-1231 www.georgiadogs.com
Home Schedules ATLANTA THRASHERS
SAVANNAH SAND GNATS Sept. 3-6 . . . . . . . . . . .ASHEVILLE Sept. 10-11 . . .SOUTH DIVISION 912-351-9150 www.sandgnats.com
SOCCER (See www.usyouthsoccer.org and www.soccerga.com)
GA. TECH YELLOWJACKETS Sept. 4 . . . . . . . . . . .SC STATE Sept. 25 . . . . . . . . . .NC STATE 888-TECH-TIX, 404-894-5447
HOCKEY (Pre-Season) Sept. 21 . . . . . .BLUE JACKETS Sept. 25 . . . . . .HURRICANES Sept. 29 . . . . . . . .PREDATORS 866-715-1500 http://thrashers.nhl.com
Sept. 17-18 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PRCA Pro-Rodeo Hamilton, 706-571-6035 Sept. 17-18 . . . . . . . . . . . .Championship Rodeo Ellijay, 706-889-2172 Sept. 18-19 . . . . . . . . . . . .Ventures Horse Show Wills Park, Alpharetta, 678-297-6120 Sept. 22-25 . . . . . . . . . . . . .Charity Horse Show Ga. Int’l. Horse Park, Conyers, 888-860-4224
Sept. 18 . . . . .Cathead Creek Canoe Excursion Fort King George, Darien, 912-437-4770 Sept. 18 . . . . . . . . . . . .Guided Paddle (11M) on Coosawatte & Oostanaula, 770-547-2275 Sept. 25 . . . . . . . . .Altamaha Fall Canoe Paddle Baxley, 912-367-7731 Sept. 26 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Augusta Ironman Marina, 706-823-6600
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GEORGIA CALENDAR SEPTEMBER
10-12 – LUMBER CITY – Farm Day Festival, Main Street. 229-868-6365. 10-18 – CALHOUN – N. W. Georgia Regional Fair. 800-887-3811. 10-18 – CLARKESVILLE – Chattahoochee Mt. Fair, Habersham Co. Fairgrounds. 706-768-6890. 11 – BLAIRSVILLE – Mountain Music and Arts & Crafts Festival, Vogel St. Pk. 706-745-2628. 11 – BLUE RIDGE – High Country Harmonizers, Fannin Arts Center, 7 p.m. 706-374-6225. 11 – CONYERS – Taste of Conyers, Olde Town, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 770-483-4411. 11 – FITZGERALD – Gospel Sing with Inspirations, Grand Theatre, 7 p.m. 229-426-5033. 11 – JASPER – Main Street Mania, Downtown, 7 p.m. 706-692-1164. 11 – SOCIAL CIRCLE – Car Show, 2-5 p.m. 678-464-2728. Park Concert, 6 p.m. 770-464-3480. 11 – ST. MARYS – Experience Coastal Georgia Festival, Crooked River State Park. 912-882-5256. 11 – VALDOSTA – Patriots Day Ceremony. 229-242-2600. 11 – WACO – Festival, Dntn. 770-550-4249. 11 – WARM SPRINGS – WWII Market Garden, FDR’s Little White House. 706-655-5870. 11-12 – CARTERSVILLE – Harvest Time at the Homestead, Red Top Mt. St. Pk. 770-975-0055. 11-12 – JACKSON – Native American Festival. 770-775-3313. 11-12 – McDONOUGH – Georgia Gun Show, Gateway Events Center. 229-423-4867. 11-12 – RYDAL – Pine Log Arts & Crafts, Fair Pine Log UMC. 800-733-2280. 11-12 – TUNNEL HILL – Battle of Tunnel Hill Civil War Reenactment. 706-876-1571. Guide 11-Oct. 31 – ELLIJAY – Apple Pickin’ Jubilee, Hillcrest Orchards, weekends. 706-273-3838. 12 – CALHOUN – SEBA Jam, Arts Center, 3-6 p.m. 706-620-2599. 12 – MACON – Bridal Showcase, Hay House. 478-742-8155. 12 – THOMASVILLE – Johnny Mercer Tribute, Cultural Center, 4 p.m. 229-227-6964. 16 – AMERICUS – Southwest Georgia Arrow, SAM Shortline Excursion Train. 877-ga-rails. Great family getaways await 16-18 – WAYCROSS – Gram Parsons Guitar you in Brunswick & The Golden Pull & Tribute Festival. 912-283-3744. Isles of Georgia–St. Simons Island, 16-25 – AUGUSTA – Westobou Festival, varSea Island, Little St. Simons Island ious venues. 706-755-2878. and Jekyll Island. Enjoy miles of sun-drenched 17 – CALHOUN – Indie Night, Harris Arts beaches, shrimp boat cruises, dolphin tours, Center, 7-9 p.m. 706-625-2599. museums and historical sites, and 17 – THOMASVILLE – Noon Concert & glorious weather year ’round, plus Luncheon, First UMC. 229-227-6964. lodgings to fit every budget. 17-18 – MADISON– Kitchen Tour. 706-342-4454. 17-19 – AUGUSTA – Arts in the Heart of Augusta, Common. 706-826-4702. For your free 80-page Visitors Guide 17-19 – BLAIRSVILLE – Bluegrass Festival, Downtown. 706-745-5493. call 800-933-COAST (2627) ™ 17-19 – CUMMING – Lakewood 400 ComeCoastAwhile.com Antiques Market. 770-889-3400. 8 GUIDE TO GEORGIA / www.guidetogeorgia.com / September 2010 1-15 – WATKINSVILLE – Perspectives: Georgia Pottery Invitational, OCAF. 706-769-4565. 1-30 – SENOIA – Southern Living Idea House (Except Mon. & Tues.), 1-5 p.m. 770-254-2627. 2 – AUGUSTA – First Thursday, Midtown Market, 5-8 p.m. 706-922-5000. 3 – THOMASVILLE – Downtown Night, 5-9 p.m. 229-227-7020. 3-24 – BLAIRSVILLE – Friday Night Concerts, Courthouse, 7 p.m. 706-745-5493. 3-25 – WOODBINE – Opry, Fri. & Sat., Old School, 7-10 p.m. 912-576-3027. 4 – THOMASVILLE – Gospel Concert, Municipal Auditorium, 7 p.m. 850-562-6060. 4,11,18 – AMERICUS – Archery Explorer, SAM Shortline Excursion Train. 877-ga-rails. 4-25 – HELEN – Saturday Evening Concert Series, Unicoi State Park, 8-9 p.m. 800-573-9659. 4-26 – HELEN – Visiting Artist Series at Unicoi State Park, Sat. & Sun. 800-573-9659, x305. 7-11 – SOCIAL CIRCLE – Rotary Fair. 770464-2380. 9, 23 – MADISON – Concerts in Town Park, 6-8 p.m. 706-342-1251. 9-11 – HOBOKEN – Bluegrass Music Convention, Twin Oaks Park. 912-458-2365. 9-12, 16-19 – HELEN – Oktoberfest, Helen Festhalle. Parade on Sept. 11 at noon. 706-878-1908. 10 – AUGUSTA – 9/11 Remembrance Celebration, Common, 9 a.m. 706-821-1754. 10 – AUGUSTA – Border Bash, Common, 5 p.m.-12 a.m. 706-396-7101. 10-11 – CLAYTON – Rabun County Mountain eer Festival, Downtown. 706-782-4512. VB-15881 Guide to GA 1/6:VB-13195 10-11 – OMEGA – Pepper Festival. 229-528-4400.
Come Coast Awhile!
GEORGIA CALENDAR SEPTEMBER 17-19 – JEKYLL ISLAND – Shrimp & Grits: Wild Ga. Shrimp Festival, Hist. District. 877-4jekyll. 17-19 – LINCOLNTON – Elijah Clark State Park Bluegrass Festival. 800-864-7275. 17-19 – SAVANNAH – Gray’s Reef Ocean Film Festival, Trustees Theater. 912-598-2345. 17, 24 – AMERICUS – Americus Adventure, SAM Shortline Excursion Train. 877-ga-rails. 17-26 – SAVANNAH – Ocean Exchange, Various Venues. 912-598-2417. 18 – BLUE RIDGE – Mystery in the Mountains Train Ride, Dwntwn, 6 p.m. 800-899-6867. Art Walk, Various Galleries, 5:30-8:30 p.m. 706-632-6882. 18 – BRUNSWICK – A Touch of Grey Concert, Mary Ross Waterfront Pk., 6 p.m. 912-265-4032. 18 – BUCHANAN – Fall Fair on the Square. 770-646-3369. 18 – CHICKAMAUGA – War Between the States Day, Gordon Lee Mansion. 706-375-4728. 18 – CLARKESVILLE – Big E Championship Show, Fairgrounds, 7 p.m. 800-835-2559. 18 – CLEVELAND – BabyLand General Hospital’s Fall Fest. 706-865-2171. 18 – COLUMBUS – Emile Pandolfi, River Center. 706-256-3612. 18 – FLOWERY BRANCH – Car Show & Chili Cook-Off, Downtown. 770-967-2934. 18 – MITCHELL – Hamburg Arts & Crafts Festival, Hamburg State Park. 478-552-2393. 18 – ROOPVILLE – Homecoming Festival, Main Street. 770-854-6874. 18 – SOCIAL CIRCLE – Tour of Homes. 770464-2380. 18 – STATHAM – Sunflower Festival, Downtown. 770-725-5455.
18 – ST. MARYS – Riverjam Concert, Waterfront Park, 7-9 p.m. 912-882-4000. 18 – SUWANEE – 27th Annual Suwanee Day, Town Center. 770-945-8996. 18 – TOCCOA – Traveler’s Rest Historic Site Pioneer Days. 706-886-2256. 18 – WAYNESBORO – Burke County Farm Festival. 706-849-6057. 18-19 – BARNESVILLE – Buggy Days, downtown. 770-358-5884. 18-19 – BLUE RIDGE – Wildlife & Nature Art Festival & Outdoor Expo, Dwntwn. 706-632-2144. 18-19 – CARTERSVILLE – Arts Festival at Rose Lawn. 770-387-5162. 18-19 – COLUMBUS – Shrine Circus, Civic Center. 706-393-4000. 18-19 – COMMERCE – Tumbling Waters Arts in the Park Festival, Hurricane Shoals Pk. 706-335-6723. 18-19 – DALTON – Festival of Fine Arts. 706278-0168. 18-19 – MINERAL BLUFF – Ride the Rails Festival. 706-455-8903. 18-19 – WARM SPRINGS – Southern Quilt Show, 1st Baptist Church. 800-337-1927. 19 – CONYERS – Fiesta Georgia, Georgia International Horse Park. 770-860-4190. 19 – ST. SIMONS ISLAND – Julie & The Bohemian Gypsies, Lighthouse, 7-9 p.m. 912-262-6934. 19-26 – SAVANNAH – Jazz Festival, Forsyth Park. 912-675-5419. 21-26 – COLUMBUS – Greater Columbus Fair, Civic Center. 706-653-4472. 23 – THOMASVILLE – Evening of Music, Dance & Art, Cultural Center, 6:15 p.m. 229-226-0588. 23-Oct. 31 – HELEN – Oktoberfest, Festhalle. 706-878-1908. 24 – AUGUSTA – Ron White, Bell Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. 706-722-3521.
APPLE PICKIN’ JUBILEE Sept. 11 - Oct. 31 ( Weekends)
our Pick y ples. p own a Pony Rides - Playground - Cow Milking - Pig Races Wagon Rides - Music - Petting Farm - Pedal Karts Food - Moonshine & Farmhouse Museums and more! 9 a.m.-6 p.m. • $5 per person (Petting Farm admission add $3 per person)
HILLCREST ORCHARDS Hwy. 52, 9 miles east of Ellijay
www.hillcrestorchards.net • firstname.lastname@example.org
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GEORGIA CALENDAR SEPTEMBER 24-26 – CARTERSVILLE – Quilt Fest, Civic Center. 770-606-0301. 24-26 – ROCK SPRING – Balloons and Tunes Festival. 706-375-7702. 24-26 – TIFTON – La Fiesta del Pueblo, Fulwood Park. 229-391-4820. 24-Oct. 3 – CONYERS – Rockdale County Fair, Ga. International Horse Park. 770-860-4190. 25 – AMERICUS – Americus Special, SAM Shortline Excursion Train. 877-ga-rails. 25 – AUGUSTA – Al Green, Bell Auditorium, 8 p.m. 706-722-3521. 25 – BLUE RIDGE – Classic Car Cruise-In, Downtown, 6 p.m. 706-492-5184. 25 – CLARKESVILLE – Taste of Clarkesville, Square, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 800-835-2559. 25 – DEXTER – Possum Hollow Arts & Crafts Fair. 478-272-5546. 25 – HARTWELL – ARTS in hARTwell, Downtown. 706-376-0188. 25 – JASPER – JMA Car Cruise, Downtown, 4-8 p.m. 706-692-1164. 25 – MADISON – Hispanic Heritage Festival, Downtown. 706-474-2526. 25 – NICHOLLS – Pioneer Harvest Festival, Gen. Coffee State Park. 912-384-1581. 25 – PLAINS – Peanut Festival. 229-824-5373. 25 – RICHMOND HILL – Fair on the Square, Station Xchange, noon, 912-756-2969. 25 – ST. MARYS – Rock Shrimp Festival, Downtown. 912-576-5110. 25 – SWAINSBORO – Emanuel Arts Festival, Downtown. 478-237-2592. 25-26 – DOUGLAS – Homecoming Gospel Sing, Weir Center. 912-389-3401. 25-26 – HAMPTON – Bear Creek Festival,
McBrayer City Park. 770-946-5490. 25-26 – HIAWASSEE – Summer’s Last Kiss: An Affair with the Arts, Main St. 706-896-4966. 26 – JASPER – Bella Voice on Broadway, Big Canoe Chapel, 5 p.m. 706-692-1164. 30-Oct. 2 – THOMASVILLE – Great Southern Music Festival, Pickers Paradise Pk. 229-221-5467. 30-Oct. 9 – NEWNAN – Coweta County Kiwanis Fair. 770-254-2629.
OCTOBER 1-31 – ELLIJAY – Apple Pickin’ Jubilee, Hillcrest Orchards, weekends. 706-273-3838. 2 – HARLEM – Oliver Hardy Festival. 888288-9108 or 706-556-0401. 2 – SOCIAL CIRCLE – Friendship Festival. 770-464-1866. 2-3 – ANDERSONVILLE – Historic Fair. 229924-2558. 2-3 – JASPER – Georgia Marble Festival, Newton Park. 706-692-5600. 4-9 – HAHIRA – Honey Bee Festival. 229794-3097 or 229-794-3274. 9 – SANDERSVILLE – Kaolin Festival, Downtown. 478-552-3288. 9 – WARNER ROBINS – Wings & Wheels Car, Truck, & Motorcycle Show, Museum of Aviation. 478-926-6870. 9-10 – CARROLLTON – MeccaFest, Cultural Arts Center. 770-838-1083. 9-10 – DALTON – Prater’s Mill Fair, Varner. 706-694-6455. 9-10, 16-17 – BLAIRSVILLE – Sorghum Festival, Meeks Park. 877-745-5789. 9-10, 16-17 – ELLIJAY – Georgia Apple Festival, Fairgrounds. 706-635-7400. 16 – WATKINSVILLE – Fall Festival, Downtown. 706-769-7947.
SOCIAL CIRCLE’S 16th Annual
Friendship Festival October 2 HISTORIC DOWNTOWN SOCIAL CIRCLE Great Shopping • Great Food Hometown Parade Sidewalk Booths of Arts & Crafts 2 Stages of Live Entertainment Children’s Activities
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LABOR DAY WEEKEND EVENTS SEPTEMBER
4-5 – JOHNS CREEK – Arts on the Creek, Perimeter Church. 770-495-0545. 4-5 – ROME – Running Water Pow Wow, Ridge Ferry Park. 800-444-1834. 4-5 – SAVANNAH – Labor Day Weekend, Skidaway Island, 912-598-2300; River Street Labor Day Celebration, 912-234-0295. 4-5 – ST. SIMONS ISLAND – Arts & Crafts Show, Pier Village. 912-262-0628. Antique Show, Pier Village. 912-264-3254. 4-6 – ATLANTA – Atlanta International Music Festival, Underground. 404-321-0663. 4-6 – KINGSLAND – 28th Annual Labor Day Weekend Catfish Festival, Dwntn. 912-729-4382. 4-6 – MARIETTA – Art in the Park, Downtown Marietta. 800-835-0445. 4-6 – NEWNAN – Powers Crossroads Country Fair & Art Festival, 770-253-2011; Moss Oak Plantation Country Crafts Festival, 770-254-2627. 4-6 – OMAHA – Labor Day Festival, Florence Marina State Park. 229-838-4706. 4-6 – STONE MOUNTAIN PARK – Lasershow Spectacular, 8:30 p.m. 770-498-6590. 4-6 – WARM SPRINGS – Dip into the Past, Historic Pools, FDR’s Little White House. 706-655-5870. 5 – ATLANTA – Caribbean Jerk Festival, Panthersville Stadium. 678-760-8543. 5 – CONYERS – Motorcycle/Car/Music Festival, Ga. Int’l. Horse Park. 770-860-4190. 5 – DARIEN – Churn Off (ice cream contest), Ashantilly Center, 4 p.m. 912-289-1144. 5 – DILLARD – Labor Day BBQ & Music, Dillard House. 706-212-0241. 5 – MITCHELL – Grits & Cornmeal, Hamburg State Park, 1-3 p.m. 478-552-2393. 5 – ST. SIMONS – Sensational Sounds of Motown, Lighthouse Lawn, 7 p.m. 912-638-4666. 5 – TYBEE ISLAND – Labor Day Bash, Pier. 800-868-2322. 6 – BLUE RIDGE – Labor Day BBQ, City Park, 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. 706-455-3818. 6 – FORT OGLETHORPE – Labor Day at the Post. 706-861-2860. 6 – WARM SPRINGS – Labor Day Celebration, Downtown. 800-337-1927.
3 – AUGUSTA – First Friday, Downtown, 5-10 p.m. 706-826-4702. Car Show, Common, 6-9:15 p.m. 706-831-1793. 3 – BRUNSWICK – First Friday, Downtown, 5-8 p.m. 912-265-4032. 3 – DAHLONEGA – Russo & Noe Concert, Downtown, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 706-864-6133. 3 – DALTON – First Friday Art Hope, 6 p.m. 706-278-0168. 3 – ROME – GA Blues Brothers, Bridgepoint Plaza, 7-10 p.m. 706-236-4520. 3 – SAVANNAH – 1st Friday Fireworks on the River, 9:30 p.m. 912-234-0295. Oyster Roast & Fireworks, Westin Savannah, 7-9:45 p.m. 912-201-2000. 3 – THOMASVILLE – First Friday, Downtown, 5-8 p.m. 229-227-7020. 3-4 – ROME – Armuchee Labor Day Bluegrass Festival, Armuchee Saddle Club. 706-766-6532. 3-5 – DECATUR – AJC Decatur Book Festival, Downtown. 404-370-4100. 3-5 – MARIETTA – Georgia Gun Show, Cobb Civic Center. 563-927-8176. 3-5 – PINE MOUNTAIN – Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival, Callaway Gardens. 800-callaway. 3-6 – ATLANTA – DragonCon, Downtown. Parade Saturday 10 a.m. 770-909-0115. 3-6 – CALHOUN – Labor Day Weekend, Calhoun KOA. 706-629-7511. 3-6 – CARTERSVILLE – Pioneer Days, Milam Farm. 770-974-9033. 4 – BLAIRSVILLE – Cruise-In, Square, 1-5 p.m. Block Party at O’Reilly’s, 6-9 p.m. 877-745-5789. 4 – CARTERSVILLE – Mountain Music, Red Top Mountain State Park. 770-975-0055. 4 – CLARKESVILLE – Music Jam, Gazebo. 800-835-2559. 4 – HELEN – Helenfest. 706-878-1908. 4 – LAKELAND – Flatlanders Frolic, Main Street. 229-482-9755. 4 – LUMPKIN – Crafts Day, Westville Historic Village. 888-733-1850. 4 –MIDWAY – Labor Day Commemoration, Fort Morris. 912-884-5999. 4 – NEWNAN – Market Day, 10-2. Pickin’ on the Square, 11 a.m. 770-254-2627. 4 – RICHMOND HILL – Labor Day at Fort Kaolin: McAllister. 912-727-2339. From Out of Our Ground 4 – ROSWELL – Concert, Riverside Park, 7:30-9:30 p.m. 770-434-6600. To the World Around 4 – TATE – First Mountain Cruisers Cruise-In, Saturday Quick Burger, 5-8 p.m. 706-692-1164. 4 – THOMASVILLE – Lighthouse Gospel Sing, Munc. Aud., 7 p.m. 850-562-6060. on the Square in Downtown 4-5 – ACWORTH – Love the Lake Festival, SANDERSVILLE Cauble Park. 770-974-3112. Arts & Crafts, Parade, Live Music 4-5 – ATLANTA – US 10K Classic Family Food and Fun! Festival, Galleria Gardens. 770-916-2800. 4-5 – BLAIRSVILLE – Mountain MarketFor info: 478-552-3288 place Heritage Festival, Mountain Life Center. www.washingtoncountyga.com 706-745-5493. September 2010 / www.guidetogeorgia.com / GUIDE TO GEORGIA 11
Kaolin Festival 2010
September Is Su 2010 Sandy Springs Festival The 25th Anniversary Sandy Springs Festivall will take place September 25-26. Features of the Festival will include the Doug Kessler Lightning 5K/10K race, a juried Artist’s Market, Business and Civic Expo, a Children’s Park, Collector’s Car Show, Kiwanis Pet Parade, Heritage Crafters, live entertainment, food court, Whole Foods Heritage Homegrown Market, Saint Joseph’s Hospital Health & Wellness Area, and more. The Festival has grown from a small picnic to a major event drawing over 20,000 attendees and was voted “Best Festival” on Access Atlanta’s “Best of the Big A.” The Sandy Springs Festival is the primary fundraiser for Heritage Sandy Springs, a non-profit organization dedicated to building community through preserving and promoting the historic and cultural identity of Sandy Springs. The Sandy Springs Festival will be held at Heritage Green, 6075 Sandy Springs Circle, next to City Walk and the surrounding area. Festival hours will be Saturday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Adults (age 18+) may purchase a single day pass for $5 and a two-day pass for $7. Youth (ages 6-17) may attend a single day for $2 and two days for $3. Heritage Sandy Springs members will receive free passes, and children age 5 and under will get in free. For more information, visit www.sandyspringsfestival.com or www.visitsandysprings.org or e-mail email@example.com.
Westobou Festival in Augusta The 2010 Westobou Festival, September 16-25, will celebrate excellence in the arts and will feature local, regional, and nationally-recognized artists. Performances and exhibitions, including dance, music, theater, and visual arts, will take place in downtown Augusta, at Augusta State University and Paine College, and in North Augusta, SC. Each day and evening of the Festival will be filled with a variety of presentations designed to showcase Augusta’s wealth of artistic talent. Highlights of the 2010 Festival will include legendary soul singer Al Green, country music legend The Charlie Daniels Band, Mezzo Soprano Denyce Graves, 13 Most Beautiful…Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests with Live Sound- The Charlie Daniels Band tracks featuring Dean & Britta , Cajun Cabaret featuring Juilliard Jazz, “Clay in a Can” Exhibition, the 30th Annual Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival, Del McCoury and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Miss Saigon presented by The Augusta Players, the Cavani String Quartet, The Nina Simone Exhibition, the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, The Augusta-Columbia Connection Exhibition, and more. The Westobou Festival was conceived in 2005 by the Trustees of the Academy of Richmond County in conjunction with their work on behalf of the Porter Fleming Foundation. Now in its third year, the 2010 Westobou Festival will include performances appealing to a variety of audiences. The 2009 Festival drew over 85,000 visitors, and its website received more than 1.9 million hits! This year’s event is poised to be even bigger and better and will feature 200+ performances and exhibitions. Visit www.WestobouFestival.com for the 2010 schedule of events, maps, and hotel partner information.
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uper in Georgia! Wildlife and Nature Art Festival & Expo in Blue Ridge If you love wildlife, nature, and art, then Blue Ridge, Georgia has just the right event for you! The 11th Annual Wildlife & Nature Art Festival & Expo will be held on September 18-19 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Downtown City Park. It will be a fine art, juried show which will feature some of the most spectacular wildlife and nature art and invitational crafts from around the region and beyond. There will be painters, photographers, potters, jewelers, craftsmen, and live demonstrations from fishing expos to sheep herding held throughout the weekend. The Georgia Jr. Duck Stamp artwork and the very first Blue Ridge Mountain Photographers National Juried Wildlife & Nature Photography Exhibit will be on display inside The Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association (The Art Center), the proud host of this exciting yearly festival. Take the family or go alone, and enjoy the creativity of over 75 different wildlife and nature artists. Admission will be $5 for adults and free for children. For more information, contact the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association at 706-632-2144 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.blueridgearts.net.
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 September 10-12 and October 8-10. 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. Phone 740-569-4112 (office) or 404-361-2000 (show) or visit www.scottantiquemarket.com.
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway This 26-mile round trip from Blue Ridge to McCaysville offers spectacular views of scenic valleys, forests, rolling hills, and the beautiful Toccoa River. This four hour round trip over tracks that were built over 100 years ago takes three to four hours. Each stop includes a trip to McCaysville. The train is dieselpowered and includes climate-controlled vintage coach cars, an open-air car, and a commissary car with snacks, drinks, and souvenirs. The ticket office is in the 100 year old depot in Blue Ridge, only 95 miles north of Atlanta. Reservations are strongly encouraged. For schedules, ticket prices, and more information 39th Annual 2010 call 877-413-8724 or 706-632-8724 or visit www.brscenic.com or e-mail info-brscenic.com.
Georgia Apple Festival Arts & Crafts Fair
October 9-10 & 16-17 SAT. (9-6) & SuN. (9-5 )
Over 300 Exhibitors with Handmade Crafts Great Food • Live Entertainment Antique Car Show (Oct. 9) • Parade (Oct. 16) Admission Adults $5 • Children Under 10 Free No pets except those assisting handicapped persons
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National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus Explore naval operations for the North and South through displays of uniforms, artillery, firearms, personal effects, flags, Civil War ship murals, and a paneled timeline exhibit of the war at sea. See the ironclad ram CSS Jackson; the blockade runner Virginia; the gunboat CSS Chattahoochee; replicas of the USS Hartford, USS Monitor, and CSS Albermarle; the full-scale replica of the USS Water Witch; and a battle simulator theater. Sea Ghosts: Tours of Haunted Port Columbus will be offered the last Thursday of each month at 8 p.m. These candlelight tours highlight the more chilling artifacts in the museum as well as experiences of the Alabama Paranormal Research Team and Effigy Paranormal. Open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. See coupon in ad on page 6. Located at 1002 Victory Drive, Columbus. For more information, phone 706-327-9798 or visit www.portcolumbus.org.
Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth The Southeastern Railway Museum features over 90 pieces of retired railroad equipment in its 35-acre site in Duluth. Known as “Georgia’s Official Transportation History Museum,” it includes vintage steam and diesel locomotives, passenger and private cars, WWII troop kitchen, railway post office car, wooden freight cars, baggage cars, cabooses, and maintenance of way equipment. Transit history features busses and trolleys from the early 1900’s to mid 1930’s, including MARTA’s historic bus fleet and its predecessor systems. Boy Scout Merit Badge Day will be Sept. 25. Call 678-873-3370 for information and reservations. The railway museum is open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m. from April-December. With ad on page 21 one free train ride with each paid admission. Located at 3595 Peachtree Rd., Duluth. For more information, phone 770-476-2013 or visit www.southeasternrailwaymuseum.org.
Apple Pickin’ Jubilee in Ellijay The 14th annual Apple Pickin’ Jubilee will be held on weekends from Sept. 11-Oct. 31 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at Hillcrest Orchards, nine miles east of Ellijay on Hwy. 52. Pick your own apples. Milk Buttercup the cow. Meet Barney the Talking Bull. Ride the pedal cart track. There will be pig races, pony rides, tricycle rides, face painting, honey bee demonstrations, apple bobbin’, corn shelling, clogging, country bands, and wagon rides. Visit the Moonshine Museum, Annual the Farm House Museum, the petting farm, the Children’s Play Area with a giant slide, and the Enchanted Forest and Nature Trail with scenes from nursery rhymes and fairy tales. An operating gristmill will be grinding corn Saturday, 2010 and selling cornmeal. Grandma’s Bakery will serve 9 A.M.-5 P.M. - MAIN ST. - HARLEM fried apple pies, apple cider, apple fritters, apple cider donuts, fudge, and homemade ice cream. Arts & Crafts • Live Entertainment • Parade There will also be mountain barbecue and other Ollie & Stan Skits • Civil War Re-enactment vittles. Look-A-Like Contest • Kiddie Rides & Games All activities will be included for a $5 admisFree Admission & Parking sion fee except for the petting farm which will have a separate $3 admission fee. For more inforExit 183 off I-20 • Harlem/Appling Exit mation, visit www.hillcrestorchards.net or phone 706-556-0401 • 888-288-9108 706-273-3838 or e-mail email@example.com. www.harlemga.org
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Plains Peanut Festival The Plains Peanut Festival on September 25 will honor the peanut industry, the peanut farmer, and Plains’ native son, Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the U.S. Admission and parking will be free. For information, call 229-824-5373 or visit www.plainsgeorgia.com. There will be a one mile Fun Run at 8 a.m. and a 5K Road Race at 8:30 a.m. with President Carter presenting awards for these events at 10 a.m. from the platform of the depot which was headquarters for his campaign in the 1970’s. Arts, crafts, and food vendors will open at 9 a.m. with continuous entertainment in Maxine Reese Park and on Main Street. A parade will begin at 11 a.m. A Peanut Pavilion will offer exhibits on the peanut industry and yummy samples. The Carters will have a book signing starting at 1:30 p.m. with a limit of three books per person. The SAM Shortline Excursion Train will run shuttles Saturday afternoon. The Musical folk play, If These Sidewalks Could Talk, will be performed at the school on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m. A Street Dance on Saturday from 8:30-11:30 p.m. will feature the band H2O. President Carter will be teaching Sunday School at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains on Sunday morning at 10 a.m.
Sorghum Festival in Blairsville The 41st annual Sorghum Festival will be held in Blairsville at Meeks Park for two great weekends on October 9-10 and October 16-17 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Celebrating the lost art of sorghum syrup-making, the festival will have live demonstrations showing how the cane is crushed and cooked as well as jars of the sweet syrup for sale. There will be arts and crafts, food, and live music. On Saturdays and Sundays there will be contests such as Biskit Eatin’, Pole Climbin’, Syrup Soppin’, Rock Throwin’, Horseshoe Throwin’, Baccur Spittin’, and Log Sawin’. There will be prizes given to the oldest visitor and the visitor who traveled the farthest. Special events will include a Sorghum parade on October 9 at 11 a.m. and the Good Neighbor Auto Club’s Antique & Special Car Show on October 16 with more than 200 cars at the United Community Bank parking lot. Festival admission will be $2, and parking will be free. The Sorghum Festival is hosted by the Blairsville Jaycees. For information, phone 877-745-5789 or 706-745-4745; visit www.VisitBlairsvilleGA.com or www.sorghumfestivalblairsville.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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ANDERSONVILLE FAIR Honey Bee HISTORIC OCTOBER 2 & 3 Festival HAHIRA
OCTOBER 4-9, 2010
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★ Confederate & Union Encampments ★ Civil War Reenactments ★ Old Time Craftsmen at Work ★ Arts, Crafts, Antiques, & Collectibles ★ Children’s Activities ★ Live Entertainment No Dogs 25 Lbs. or Over Located 50 miles south of Macon on Ga. Hwy. 49, 21 miles NE of Plains
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Oliver Hardy Festival in Harlem The 22nd annual Oliver Hardy Festival will be held in Harlem on Saturday, October 2. Festivities on Main Street will begin with a children’s parade at 9 a.m., an opening ceremony at 9:30 a.m., and a parade at 10 a.m. A BBQ Dinner will be served all day. During the day there will be 350 plus arts and crafts vendors, raffle drawings, games, pony rides, food, kiddie rides and games, a Civil War Re-enactment, and continuous live entertainment including a clogging exhibition and performances by local groups. There will be a Laurel & Hardy Look-Alike Contest and Laurel & Hardy Movie Mania & Skits. The Laurel and Hardy Museum will be open, and members of the Laurel & Hardy International Appreciation Society will be present. The Oliver Hardy Festival was started to honor Oliver Hardy who was born in Harlem on January 18, 1892 and later became famous as part of the comedy team with Stan Laurel. Harlem is located off I-20, Exit 183. No pets allowed. Phone 706-556-0401 or 888-288-9108, or visit www.harlemga.org.
Perspectives Georgia Pottery Invitational in Watkinsville The 8th annual Perspectives 2010: Georgia Pottery Invitational from August 28-Sept. 15 will showcase the work of 50 potters from all corners of the state and will exemplify the finest ceramicists in Georgia. Featuring over 5000 pieces of pottery for sale, an Opening Reception Gala, a Preview Sale, educational exhibitions, gallery talks, workshops, free weekend pottery demonstrations, and studio tours, the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation is sponsoring this three-week pottery event at the OCAF Art Center in Watkinsville. Rocket Hall (the Sales Hall) and the OCAF galleries will provide both novice patrons and veteran collectors an opportunity to select from the largest display of hand-made pottery in any one location. Held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, a portion of proceeds will benefit CERF, Craft Emergency Relief Fund. Perspectives 2010: Georgia Pottery Invitational is an annual event established by volunteers to recognize and promote quality utilitarian pottery produced by established Georgia potters and promote pottery as a craft and art form consistent with the OCAF mission. It is Georgia’s largest annual pottery exhibition and sale and highlights a wide collection of styles, forms, colors, and price range in contemporary functional pottery. For information, visit www.perspectives09.myocaf.com or phone 706-769-4565.
Social Circle’s Friendship Festival Social Circle will be holding its annual Friendship Festival on Saturday, October 2. These family oriented festivities will begin at 10 a.m. There will be a parade at 10 a.m. with family floats, bands, cars, and antique cars. It will wind through the downtown historic district which will be filled with craft vendors, children’s amusements, food, and live entertainment. Enjoy a day full of fun activities. There will be live music on two stages at different sections of the town. A special area for children will feature games, amusements, and moonwalks. Social Circle is 45 minutes east of Atlanta. For information call 770-464-1866, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.socialcirclega.com.
SEPTEMBER 25-26 HAMPTON CITY PARK Saturday 9-5:30 & Sunday 10-5:30 Live Entertainment • Parade • Arts & Crafts Food • Petting Zoo • Children’s Activities Antique Car Show Sun. 11-4
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Georgia Marble Festival in Jasper The 30th Annual Georgia Marble Festival will be held the first full weekend in October in Jasper. The festival will kick-off Saturday, October 2, at 10 a.m. with a parade on Main Street. The festival theme, “Marble Mania–the Craziest, Zaniest things You Can Do With Marble,” will be featured in the parade. The festival will be held at Lee Newton Park Saturday, October 2, from 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, October 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. There will be juried arts and crafts, fine arts, children’s area, entertainment, and a variety of foods. Parking and shuttles will be free. Festival admission will be $5/adults and $3/students age 6 and up. On Saturday, one of the shuttle pick-ups will be at Lawson Chevrolet, site of the Georgia Marble Festival Classic Car Show. A free street dance on Saturday at 7 p.m. in front of the marble courthouse will feature a popular local group. Take your lawn chairs. There will be tours of the marble mines on Saturday and Sunday. This is the only time of the year that the quarry is open for visitors, so join colorful local guides as they explain this rich slice of county history. Quarry tour tickets are sold on a first-come basis, so reservations should be made early. Tour tickets will be $10 (includes festival admission) for adults, children $7, under age 5 free. For information on festival activities and hotels (accommodations go quickly), visit the Chamber of Commerce office at 500 Stegall Drive in Jasper, call 706-692-5600, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.pickenschamber.com or www.georgiamarblefestival.com.
20th Anniversary Art in the Park Festival at Hurricane Shoals Park The Tumbling Waters Society of Jackson County will host the 20th Anniversary Art in the Park Festival at the historic Hurricane Shoals Park on Sept. 18-19. The Park is off GA 82 Spur between Jefferson & Maysville. Hours will be Saturday from 10-6 and Sunday from 12:30-5:30. Admission and parking will be free. Learn the history of the Shoals, putt by putt, on the Spirit of the River Miniature Golf Course. Marvel at the carved Indians and bears and replicas of the chapel and cabins; even play through the waterfall. There will be tours of the chapel and log cabins in the 1800’s Heritage Village; a blacksmith; Civil War Re-enactors with an 1860 church service on Sunday; quilting and weaving; fresh ground cornmeal for sale; festival foods; vittles like tenderloin, sausage, beans, and cornbread and bluegrass on the Grist Mill porch. Entertainment will include the Crystal River Bluegrass Gospel Band and local high school bands. Artists and craftsmen from North Georgia will demonstrate and sell handmade items. Children’s art will be on display. Kids Zone will include ponies, inflatables, petting zoo, games, and a visit from Splash. There will be the 5K Mill Race and 1-mile Fun Run/Walk on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. and the Duck Dash with prizes at 5 p.m. No pets. Phone 706335-6723 or visit www.hurricaneshoalspark.org.
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History Runs Deep in Bainbridge Bainbridge’s history runs deep both in the beautiful Flint River and on dry land. The waterways surrounding Decatur County were instrumental in the initial growth and development of the region. Bainbridge was Georgia’s first inland port, and in its early days was a proud river town with two steamship companies moving cotton and other goods along the Flint River to areas upstream and to the Gulf of Mexico. Resident John W. Callahan (1858-1926) owned and operated the largest individual naval store in the world. Callahan’s home, modeled after one of his steamboats, is part of Bainbridge’s Heritage Tour. This self-guided tour includes over 50 historic homes, churches, and other buildings, many now restored to their original stately glory. If the weather’s nice, start in Willis Park, the center of downtown, and try walking through the tour. Oak City Cemetery is one of the city’s most beautiful sights. The west section of the cemetery was deeded to Temple Beth-El in 1878, making it one of the first Jewish cemeteries in Georgia. Also buried there are Marvin S. Griffin, the 72nd Governor of Georgia; numerous Confederate soldiers; and Mariam Hopkins, a famous Broadway, movie, and television star in the 1920s-1950s. It is said that she was Margaret Mitchell’s first choice to play Scarlett O'Hara in the film version of Gone With the Wind. For more information, call 229-243-8555 or visit www.visitbainbridgega.com.
Barnesville Buggy Days The 37th annual Barnesville Buggy Days on September 18-19 will celebrate Barnesville’s heritage as the Buggy Capital of the South during the late 1800’s. A street dance will be held Friday at 7 p.m. at the Ritz Park Amphitheater with performances by Madelyn Patterson and Triple Threat with Master Blasters headlining the event. A parade on Saturday at 2 p.m. will feature buggies, floats, Shriners, and horses. Buggies will also be on display outdoors and in the Old Jail Museum. A juried arts and crafts show will welcome more than 150 vendors, and craftsmen will be demonstrating their skills in Craftsmen’s Village. Entertainment will include oldfashioned games, a car show, and the Miss Buggy Days Contest for all ages of beautiful Southern belles from birth to 21 years. There will be fireworks, tasty foods, music, square dancers, cloggers, and the Buggy Blast Fun Park. Festival hours will be Saturday 9-6 and Sunday 12-5. Parking and shuttle busses will be available. For information, phone 770-358-5884, visit www.buggydays.org or e-mail email@example.com.
WINGS AND WHEELS CAR SHOW Sat., OCTOBER
September 25, 2010
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MUSEUM OF AVIATION WARNER ROBINS, GA
• Free to spectators 9 a.m.-5 p.m. • 250 cars, trucks & motorcycles • Oldies DJ, cloggers, food & fun • Monster Truck Rides • More . . .
Take I-75 Exit 144 Contact: Bob Dubiel
FRIDAY & SATURDAY Folk Play: “If These Sidewalks Could Talk”
SATURDAY One Mile Fun Run/5K Road Race •Peanut Pavilion Exhibits Arts & Crafts •Food •President & Mrs. Carter’s Book Signing Parade •Entertainment •SAM Shortline Train Rides
SUNDAY Sunday School with President Carter
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Wild Georgia Shrimp Festival in Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits: The Wild Georgia Shrimp Festival on Jekyll Island on September 17-19 will celebrate coastal cooking and Southern hospitality. Since its inaugural year in 2006, the event has brought attention and public awareness to the unique sweet taste of Wild Georgia Shrimp. One of the primary purposes of Shrimp & Grits: The Wild Georgia Shrimp Festival is to bolster an affinity for Wild Georgia Shrimp. The other is to showcase Jekyll Island as a family vacation destination. Highlights of the festival will include cooking competitions, shrimp boat excursions, cookbook signings, cooking demonstrations, live entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, a kids’ fun zone, races, and dolphin tours. Festival hours will be Friday 5:30-8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, visit www.jekyllisland.com or www.ComeCoastAwhile.com or phone 877-4jekyll or 800-933-2627.
Bear Creek Festival in Hampton The 13th Annual Bear Creek Festival will be held September 25-26 in Hampton’s oak-shaded City Park with about 100 vendors, continuous live entertainment, a variety of food, children’s games, a parade at 9 a.m., and a short opening ceremony at 11 a.m. There will be an antique car show on Sunday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Visitors can enjoy shopping among a wide variety of items such as antiques, candles, jewelry, quilts, crafts, woodwork, and more. For children there will be pony rides, train rides, a moonwalk and other inflatables, games, face painting, a petting zoo, and more. Entertainment will include bands, soloists, cloggers, dancers, baton twirlers, a magician, and a DJ. Hampton was originally named Bear Creek because of a colony of black bears found there by the original surveyors of the town in 1849. Festival hours will be Saturday 9-5:30 and Sunday 10-5:30. For information call 770-946-5490; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit www.bearcreekfestival.com.
Georgia Apple Festival The 39th annual Georgia Apple Festival will be held two weekends, on Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 9-10 and Oct. 16-17, at the Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds on Old Hwy. 5, south of Ellijay. There will be over 300 vendors selling handmade, hand-crafted items, as well as many on-site demonstrations of crafts. This year promises many new crafts as well as favorites from past festivals, live entertainment, great food, an antique car show on Saturday, October 9, and a parade on Saturday, October 16, at 10 a.m. The festival, which celebrates Ellijay’s main agricultural product, the apple, will be held Saturdays from 9-6 and Sundays from 9-5. Admission will be $5 with children under 10 free. Parking at the fairgrounds is limited, so visitors are encouraged to use the shuttle bus service from the local schools. Parking donations will be welcomed for local Boy Scouts with a suggested donation of $2. No pets allowed. Phone 706-635-7400 or visit www.georgiaapplefestival.org.
Hahira Honey Bee Festival Scheduled for October 4-9, the 29th annual Hahira Honey Bee Festival will kick off festivities with a breakfast on Monday morning, a Senior walk on Tuesday, a Community Luncheon on Wednesday, and the Honey Bee Pageant on Wednesday and Thursday. On Friday there will be arts and crafts, food, and a gospel sing at 6:30 p.m. A parade on Saturday at 12 noon will feature antique cars, horses, floats, clowns, bands, and Shriners from Georgia, Florida, and Alabama bringing a band and all of the unique vehicles that delight spectators. Saturday will feature arts and crafts, a 5K run, a dog show, a century bike ride, food, and continuous entertainment. A Kids Zone on Saturday will have a variety of inflatable games, carousel, live pony rides, mountain climb, face painting, clowns, and characters in costume. Hahira is located in South Georgia off I-75 at Exit 29. For information, phone 229-794-3097 or 229794-3274 or e-mail email@example.com or visit www.hahirahoneybeefestivalinc.com. September 2010 / www.guidetogeorgia.com / GUIDE TO GEORGIA
Carrollton Fine Arts & Crafts MeccaFest The Carrollton Artist Guild will present The Carrollton Fine Arts and Crafts MeccaFest on October 9-10 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Cultural Art Center at 251 Alabama Street. This juried festival will feature fine artists from across the country. Eat on site at Jerry’s 1950’s diner or one of Carrollton’s fine surrounding restaurants. Over $5,000 in cash will be awarded to the Mecca artists. Patrons may also present awards to Mecca artists through the Patron Purchase MeccaBuck Program. (Call or e-mail the Art Center for information.) The festival will feature five children’s activity booths where young people can create with local artists. Live demonstrations will include artists creating a variety of mediums on site, a living sculpture, and stilt walkers. An entertainment stage will showcase local and regional artists including University of West Georgia Jazz, Carrollton Youth Orchestra, the Bumblebee Suzanne Smith watercolor “Duality” Ballet students, Lisdoonvarna (Celtic Folk Music), and a variety of solo musicians and singers. The theatre will include live staged readings of poetry and short stories by local authors from the Carrollton Creative Writers Club. The mission of MeccaFest is to highlight a community of artists and the historic city of Carrollton. For information, call 770-838-1083 or visit www.meccafest.com or www.visitcarrollton.com. Admission to the festival is free.
Wings and Wheels Car, Truck, & Motorcycle Show in Warner Robins See a $5 million display of 250 antique, classic, and custom vehicles on Saturday, October 9, at the Museum of Aviation’s 18th Annual Wings and Wheels Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Show. Strap yourself in and enjoy a ride around the Museum’s beautiful 51-acre site in the Extreme Team “Savage” 600-horsepower truck, and “Cruise to the Oldies” with disc jockey Tommy Landrum. Spectators will enjoy a fun-filled day which includes batteryoperated Kiddie Car “Runway Races,” Georgia’s Dance Explosion Cloggers, food concessions, and a large model airplane display. Any year vehicle is welcome. Early registration is $20 and $25 after Oct. 1. Cars can register the day of the show from 8-11:30 a.m. The show will be free to the public from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Don’t miss this great day at this 100-aircraft aviation museum located in Warner Robins next to Robins Air Force Base. Take I-75 Exit 144 (Russell Parkway) to GA 247. Call Bob Dubiel at 478-926-6870 or visit www.wingsandwheelscarshow.com for more information.
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Arts & Crafts • Live Music • Log Sawin’ Pole Climbin’ • Rock Throwin’ Baccur Spittin’ • Bisket Eatin’ Sorghum Parade (Oct. 9, 11 a.m.) Car & Motorcycle Show (Oct. 16)
www.VisitBlairsvilleGA.com Located in the Northeast GA Mountains
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Fall Festival in Watkinsville Enjoy a cool, crisp fall day in Historic Downtown Watkinsville, “The Artland of Georgia,” where the Oconee Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring the 37th Annual Fall Festival on Saturday, October 16. There will be over 200 arts and crafts exhibitors from all over the Southeast who will be displaying such handmade goods as jewelry, woodwork, photography, paintings, pottery, candles, and much more. Smell the funnel cakes, BBQ, and fresh popped kettle corn in the air. Sit, relax, and listen to the sounds of the local musicians. There will be plenty of activities for the young and the young at heart: rock climbing wall, spider jump, pony rides, petting zoo, inflatable slides, and train rides. The annual Scarecrow 5K Road Race and Fun Run will be held earlier in the day. This event has grown in popularity over the years. Race applications are available on the Oconee Chamber website. Admission will be free along with free offsite parking. Climb onboard a hayride which will take you to and from the festival. Hours will be 9 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information, contact the Oconee Chamber of Commerce at 706-769-7947 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. or visit www.oconeechamber.org.
Kaolin Festival in Sandersville A tradition started in 1957, the Kaolin Festival attracts 3000-5000 people who enjoy a parade filled with local pageant queens, marching bands, civic organizations, and elaborate industry floats each year. The downtown square is filled with vendors selling arts & crafts and food with live music starting mid-day. A juried art section will be added this year. The weeklong festivities kick off on Saturday, October 2, with the Kaolin Century Bike Ride.There will be four routes: 25K (18mi), 50K (32mi), 100k (62mi), and a Century, which is 108 miles. The scenic routes are within the rolling hills of Washington County and will pass through beautiful Kaolin mining areas and scenic farmland. There are routes for riders at all levels. This year’s festival theme, “From out of our Ground to the World Around,” will celebrate the global influence of locally mined and processed kaolin. The festival events will begin on Saturday, October 2, and wrap up on Saturday, October 9, with the Kaolin Festival on the Square. For information on the week’s events and the Tennille BBQ Blast on Oct 15-16, visit www.washingtoncountyga.com or phone 478-5523288 or or email email@example.com.
Andersonville Historic Fair The Andersonville Historic Fair on October 2-3 will welcome hundreds of Civil War reenactors who will set up camps and stage two realistic mock battles on Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Sutters will sell Civil War uniforms, guns, swords, flags, and Civil War era clothing. Craftsmen will include blacksmiths, basketmakers, chair caners, and artists. The fair will also include antiques, Civil War collectibles, arts and crafts, and live entertainment on two stages. The Drummer Boy Civil War Museum has a PHOTO BY JERRY BATTLE fine collection of Civil War uniforms, diaries, and weaponry. The fair will be open both days from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The parade will be Saturday at 11 a.m.; and battle reenactments will be Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Admission will be $4/adult and $1.50/child. No dogs over 25 lbs. allowed. For more information, call 229-924-2558 or e-mail andersonvillega@ bellsouth.net or visit www.andersonvillegeorgia.com.
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 September 2010 / www.guidetogeorgia.com / GUIDE TO GEORGIA
Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival The Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival on September 17-19, now in its 30th year, will feature visual, performing, and literary arts, while showcasing Augusta’s diverse ethnic and cultural heritage. Brazil is the featured country for 2010. Brazil has expanded their culinary display and will be bringing in the Brazilian Dance Group Capoeira Cordao de Ouro and Brazilian photographer D.K. Bhaskar. Capoeira is a martial arts/dance form that originated from African slaves brought to Brazil during the Colonial period. The festival will feature a global food village, with cuisine from over 35 different countries, a fine arts and crafts market with over 100 artist’s booths, and four stages with over 80 performances. The Children’s Area will provide free hands-on art experiences for more than 3000 kids. The fine arts and crafts market will include artists such as Fred Fisher who specializes in fish rubbings, Georgia folkartist Kay Edenfield, and local potter Betsey Borgatti. The Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival serves as an economic engine driving over 70,000 people to downtown Augusta each September. For more information, visit www.artsintheheart.com or phone 706-826-4702.
Prater’s Mill Fair Near Dalton The Prater’s Mill Fair near Dalton on October 9-10 will focus on mountain music, Southern foods, living history exhibits, handmade crafts, original art, and demonstrations of blacksmithing, weaving, quilting, rug hooking, wood carving, and hand tufting. The Fair will include self-guided tours of the operating grist mill, country store, Shugart Cotton Gin, and Westbrook Fair with farm animals; canoe trips on the Coahulla Creek; nature trails; pony rides, working antique engines; antique cars; and a clothesline display of handtufted bedspreads. Continuous entertainment will feature cloggers, square dancers, country band, gospel singers, and wandering musicians. At the 1898 Prater’s Store you’ll find cornbread, pinto beans, turnip greens, and sweet potato cobbler. Other fair delicacies will include barbecue, poke sallet, apple cider, and churned ice cream. Take I-75 to Exit 314; Hwy. 201N to Hwy. 2; turn right; go 2.6 miles. Admission will be $5 with children under 12 free and parking free. Hours will be Saturday 9-6 and Sunday 9-5. Phone 706-6946455, e-mail PratersMill@PratersMill.org, or visit www.PratersMill.org.
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SANDY SPRINGS FESTIVAL SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 9 A.M. - 7 P.M.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 11 A.M. - 5 P.M. For more information visit www.sandyspringsfestival.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Now celebrating its 25th anniversary year, the Sandy Springs Festival is the primary fundraiser for Heritage Sandy Springs, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building the community through preserving and promoting the historic and cultural identity of Sandy Springs.
Festival Highlights Include: •5K/10K Race •Artist’s Market •Children’s Park •Heritage Crafters •Pet Parade •Silent Auction •Live Entertainment •Car Show •Food Court •Green Market •and much, much more! HERITAGE SANDY SPRINGS 6075 Sandy Springs Circle • Sandy Springs, Ga. For more event and lodging information in Sandy Springs, GA visit us at www.visitsandysprings.org or call TOLL FREE at 866-511-7742.