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Summer 2013 INDEX OF ADVER TISERS Absolute Mower 12 Canongate Golf 2 Chattahoochee Bend State Park 14 Drake School of Irish Dance Fun Junction USA

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Third-year manager Fredi Gonzales hopes to guide the Atlanta Braves back to the Major League Baseball playoffs after reaching the Wildcard Playoff game last year. Veterans Brian McCann, Dan Uggla, Freddie Freeman, Jason Heyward and Tim Hudson have teammed with newcomers Justin and B.J. Upton in hopes of bringing another World Championship back to Turner Field. The Braves play 52 home games from May 17 through August 31 with featured teams such as the WorldChampion San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals invading Turner Field. For schedule / ticket information, call 404577-9100 or visit: atlanta.braves.mlb.com

Atlanta Dream Basketball All-WNBA standout Angel McCoughtry returns to lead the 2013 Atlanta Dream squad after averaging 21.4 points per game a year ago and helping her squad reach the Conference Semifinals with a 1915 record. Teammate Sandro Lyttle also returns after scoring 14.0 points a game last season. The Dream plays 17 homes games – all at Philips Arena in downtown Atlanta – during the regular season, including 14 between May 25 and August 31. For schedule / ticket information, call 877977-7729 or visit: www.wnba.com/dream

Downtown Atlanta’s gathering place is Centennial Olympic Park, the lasting legacy to the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. This 21-acre park boasts a variety of free, fun-filled family entertainment throughout the year. This summer, Music @ Noon is the lunchtime getaway with live music from Noon to 1 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. And Atlanta’s longest-running free concert series – Wednesday WindDown – again returns every Wednesday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. featuring jazz to contemporary music. In addition to special events and a great place to hold special receptions, Centennial Olympic Park is perfect for a stroll to take in the sculptures, water gardens and lavish scenery. Centennial Olympic Park is located at 220 International Blvd., in Atlanta. It is open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Admission to the park is free. Call 404-223-4412 or visit: www.centennialpark.com

Fernbank Museum of Natural History Fernbank isn’t just another museum – it’s a journey to another time and place. A visit to the Museum brings a unique opportunity to explore cultural treasures, experience the thrill of a film in the IMAX® Theatre, enjoy science interactives and marvel at the largest dinosaurs ever discovered. And thanks to a stunning lineup of special exhibits, and events for adults, families and children, and groundbreaking research projects – there’s always

Atlanta History Center Come and explore fun in historic proportions! Visit the Atlanta History Center, located on 33 acres in the heart of Buckhead. The History Center includes one of the Southeast’s largest history museums; two historic houses including Swan House and Smith Family Farm; Centennial Olympic Games Museum; historic gardens; and Kenan Research Center including the Cherokee Garden Library. The History Center also includes the Margaret Mitchell House, located at our midtown campus. Throughout the year, enjoy lecture series with award-winning authors, summer camps, annual festivals such as Sheep to Shawl and much more. The Atlanta History Center is located at 130 West Paces Ferry Road NW. It is open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday noon to 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 404-814-4000 or visit: atlantahistorycenter.com

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something new to discover! The permanent exhibits include Fernbank NatureQuest, Dinosaur Plaza, Giants of the Mesozoic, A Walk Through Time in Georgia, Reflections of Culture, Conveyed in Clay, Sensing Nature, Curator’s Corner and World of Shells. The Fernbank Museum, located at 767 Clifton Road NE in Atlanta – east of Midtown, near Emory University at the corner of Ponce de Leon Avenue and Clifton Road. The museum is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. For more information and admission prices, call 404-929-6300 or visit: www.fernbankmuseum.org

Georgia Aquarium The Georgia Aquarium is the world’s largest in size and could fit approximately 230 newly constructed average-sized American homes inside. It’s 10-million gallon playground of fresh and marine water inspires the imaginations of all ages when viewing the amazing aquatic animals and life. The six distinct galleries within Georgia Aquarium depict different aquatic habitats, ranging from arctic to tropical waters, featuring the largest collection of aquatic animals. The Aquarium tells a global water story with features modeled after the greatest zoos and aquariums in the world. Each majestic exhibit is designed to inspire, entertain and educate. The Georgia Aquarium is located at 225 Baker St. NW in Atlanta. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. Summer hours may vary. For ticket information, call 404581-4000 or visit: www.georgiaaquarium.org

Martin Luther King, Jr., Historic Site A young boy grows up in a time of segregation ... A dreamer is moved by destiny into leadership of the modern civil rights movement ... This was Martin Luther King, Jr. Come hear his story, visit the home of his birth, and where he played as a child. Walk in his footsteps, and hear his voice in the church where he moved hearts and minds. Marvel at how he

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was an instrument for social change. The Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site includes a number of facilities which are operated in partnership with the National Park Service, Ebenezer Baptist Church and The King Center. Daily activities include Dr. King’s birth home tour, where he lived from birth to age 12, and Encounter History Presentations, a 30-minute tour with information about Ebenezer Baptist Church, the Sweet Auburn neighborhood, The King Center, Dr. King and Coretta Scott King’s tomb, and the historic Fire Station No. 6. The King Historic Site is located at 450 Auburn Avenue NE in Atlanta. The park opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 6 p.m. daily during the summer. Admission and parking are free. Call 404-331-5190 or visit: www.nps.gov/malu

Zoo Atlanta From well-known native wildlife to critically endangered species on the brink of extinction, Zoo Atlanta offers close encounters with more than 1,500 animals from around the world. Visitors can feed giraffes and have behind-the-scenes adventures with African elephants, giant pandas and a Komodo dragon. See the nation’s largest collection of gorillas, the largest zoological collection of orangutans in the U.S., and many vanishing reptiles and amphibians. Don’t miss interactive wildlife shows; keeper talks and training demonstrations; the petting zoo; playgrounds; and kid-friendly rides and attractions. Zoo Atlanta is located at 800 Cherokee Avenue SE, just southeast of downtown Atlanta and I-20 and near Turner Field. Weekday hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., weekend hours are 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Call 404-624-WILD (9453) or visit www.zooatlanta.org

BALL GROUND Gibbs Gardens Less than an hour from Atlanta is nestled in the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains, Gibbs Gardens invites you to visit and refresh your

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sense of wonder. The Gibbs family has creatively planned and developed more than 220 acres of gardens. Their 300-acres estate has a 25-year-old manor house that overlooks the mountains and gardens. Enjoy the serenity of nature and stroll along the streams with many waterfalls or around the water gardens with 22 reflecting ponds. Cross the bridges and refresh yourself with the beauty and fragrance of thousands of plants, flowers, and millions of bulbs that provide a wide array of color, shape and texture for the 16 garden venues. The seamless integration of nature and artistic design provides a breathtaking canvas for the feature gardens including seven flowering terraces covering 150 feet change of elevation from the Manor House to the Valley Gardens. Gibbs Gardens is located at 1987 Gibbs Drive in Ball Ground, about 20 miles northwest of Cumming. Hours of operation are primarily Wednesday thru Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 770-8931881 or visit: gibbsgardens.com

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CARROLLTON John Tanner State Park This west Georgia park is best known for its large sand swimming beach. It is a recreational haven for water lovers looking for boating and fishing opportunities as well. Visitors can enjoy camping, picnicking, miniature golf, volleyball, pedal boats and horseshoes. A short nature trail and paved lake loop invite guests to enjoy wooded scenery. A small lodge located near the beach features six units, each with a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, living area and bedroom. Campers can settle in to a small campground. The John Tanner State Park is located at 352 Tanner’s Beach Road, just six miles west of Carrollton. Park hours are from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. For park information, call 770-830-2222 or visit www.gastateparks. org/johntanner

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Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad An amazing family adventure is the 26-mile, round-trip excursion on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. It all starts at the historic depot, built in 1905, in downtown Blue Ridge, Ga., as passengers can choose from vintage climate controlled rail cars or open air rail cars. After deparating the historic depot, the relaxing ride then stops for a layover in the quaint sister towns of McCaysville, Ga., and Copperhill, Tenn. Copperhill/McCaysville is one town with two names because it is split by the GA/TN State Line, where visitors have a two hour layover; plenty of time to eat lunch, shop for unique crafts and antiques, snack on ice cream, or walk across the old bridge in town to view the river. Then, reboard the train for the one-hour return trip. The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway Depot is located at 241 Depot Street in Blue Ridge. For information, call 1-877-413-8724 or visit: www.brscenic.com

Tellus Science Museum Explore the Earth and search the stars at Tellus Science Museum, a world-class, 120,000 sq.ft. facility that excites visitors with amazing exhibits while opening minds and igniting passions for science. The museum unites under one roof the highly respected collections and programs of the Weinman Mineral Museum and the widely acclaimed hands-on science programs of the Resource Center. Building on the success of these two institutions, Tellus provides the region with a stateof-the-art science museum. The 120-seat digital Planetarium features a variety of astronomy programs. Visit the Fossil Gallery and take a walk through history past millions of years of dinosaurs, reptiles and giant mammals that dominated the land, sea and air before becoming extinct. The Gallery features a full-size replica of a 40-foot T-rex and other dinosaurs.

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The Tellus Science Museum is located just off I-75 at exit 293 in Cartersville. It’s open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 770-606-5700 or visit: tellusmuseum.org

COLUMBUS Columbus RiverWalk The RiverWalk is an outdoor 15-mile linear park that hugs the banks of the Chattahoochee River in downtown Columbus. By foot or on wheel, you’ll skirt the cityscape, examine historic monuments and markers, and take in the wild beauty of the rolling river and native wildlife. The RiverWalk spans the riverfront from the Lake Oliver City Marina south and now extends through the campus of TSYS and into the cotton mill town of Bibb City. Before you start your RiverWalk venture, stop by the Visitors Center at 900 Front Avenue. Everything you need to help prepare you for your adventure on the scenic RiverWalk is there including brochures, water, and various tour options. If you would like a guided glide tour of the RiverWalk or if you are looking at renting a bike, all of that information and more can be found at the Visitors Center. Admission is free. For more information, call 1-800-999-1613 or visit: http://visitcolumbusga.com

National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center For more than two centuries, the oldest and largest branch of the U.S. military has fought for America’s freedom. More than half of all the Medals of Honor earned by all branches of the military combined have been earned by infantrymen. Close to 80 percent of those who have died for their country in war were in the infantry. Yet, until now, there has been no one place dedicated to their service and sacrifice. The new National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center salutes those soldiers in a $100 million, 190,000-square-foot facility nestled in 200

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acres of majestic pines and hardwood where Columbus meets Fort Benning, the “Home of the Infantry.” It is the only museum in the country dedicated to the American Infantryman and his 230-plus years of service. Other features of the museum and center include: Heritage Walk, 3D IMAX Theatre, Rifle Range Simulator, The Fife and Drum Restaurant and a World War II Street. The museum and center is located at 1775 Legacy Way in Columbus. Admission is free and hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday thru Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 706-6855800 or visit: nationalinfantrymuseum.com

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middle of Georgia Veteran’s Memorial State Park, just a short two-hour drive from Atlanta, the resort is the ultimate destination for any escape, from an adventurous weekday getaway, to a family reunion, to a romantic weekend, to a corporate meeting. Guests will find a variety of activities to suit every taste: golfing, hiking, fishing, dining and swimming. The natural surroundings put every guest at ease and in the mood to be creative and productive. The Resort and Golf Club is located at 2459H U.S. Hwy. 280 West in Cordele. For information, call 1-800-459-1230 or visit: lakeblackshearresort.com

DAWSONVILLE Amicalola Falls State Park Spectacular scenery and hiking trails make Amicalola Falls State Park & Lodge one of Georgia’s most popular state parks. At 729 feet, Amicalola Falls is the tallest cascading waterfall in the Southeast. Visitors have choices on how to best view the tumbling waters, ranging from an accessible pathway to a challenging trail with staircases. Those who tackle the latter can join the park’s Canyon Climbers Club. An 8.5-mile trail leads from the park to Springer Mountain, the southern end of the 2,175-mile Appalachian Trail. Numerous other trails provide shorter day hikes. A mountain-top lodge is popular with guests who prefer hotel comforts, while cottages and a campground offer more rustic accommodations. The park’s Maple Restaurant is known for its spectacular views and Sunday brunch buffet. For those seeking adventure, a 5-mile hike leads to the Len Foote Hike Inn, Georgia’s only backcountry lodge. The Amicalola Falls State Park is located at 418 Amicalola Falls State Park Road in Dawsonville, Ga., about 35 miles due north of Cumming. The park is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. A parking fee of $5.00 is required. Call 1-706-265-4703 or visit: www. georgiastateparks.org/AmicalolaFalls

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DULUTH Southeastern Railway Museum The Southeastern Railway Museum occupies a 34-acre site in Duluth and has been in operation since 1970. The museum features about 90 items of rolling stock including historic Pullman cars and classic steam locomotives. Ride in restored cabooses behind steam or diesel locomotives, stand next to the massive driving wheels of the locomotive that once pulled passenger trains to Key West on the “railroad that went to sea,” tour the business car that helped bring the Olympics to Atlanta, pose on the platform of the private car once used by President Warren G. Harding, and see just how green Southern Railway green can be as you walk the length of the diesel-electric locomotive that ran the point on the last Crescent before AMTRAK assumed control of the famous train. The Southeastern Railway Museum is located at 3595 Buford Hwy. in Duluth and is open Wednesday thru Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 770-476-2013 or visit: srmduluth.org

FAYETTEVILLE Fun Junction The Atlanta-area’s largest family fun center can be found at Fun Junction in Fayetteville, formerly known as Dixieland Fun Park. Over two dozen family attractions, thrill rides, three mini golf courses, fast-paced go-cart tracks and fun for the whole family await you. Fun Junction USA offers the best value for family entertainment in the area. Guests may purchase tickets for individual rides or wristband passes for all-day unlimited attraction rides. And Fun Junction can accommodate birthday parties, group and corporate outings and fundraisers. Fun Junction is located at 1675 Hwy. 85 North in Fayetteville. It is open primarily Wednesday thru Sundays beginning after Memorial Day through the first week of August. For information, call 770-460-5862 or visit: www.funjunctionusa.com

Southern Ground Amphitheater Looking for an assortment of country, rock, folk and soul music from legendary artists? Then look no further than the state-of-the-art Southern Ground Amphitheater (formerly the Villages Amphitheater) in Fayetteville. Five outstanding music acts are featured in their summer lineup – Vince Gill (June 7), The Spinners (June 15), Wet Willie and Swingin’ Medallions (July 13), The Guess Who (July 27) and the Bellamy Brothers (Aug. 17). The Southern Ground Amphitheater is located at 301 LaFayette Avenue in Fayetteville, Ga. Ticket prices vary and both reserved and lawn seating is available. On concert days, the box office opens at 6 p.m. and gates at 7 p.m. Call 770-719-4173 or visit: www. southerngroundamp.com

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visitors from across the region enjoy first-class musical performances, an upgraded juried arts & crafts show, fun carnival rides, unique attractions and a glimpse into North Georgia’s rich history and culture. The daily music scene is consists of fabulous musicians such as Neal McCoy, Briana Tyson, Mel Tillis, Kayla Leigh Armstrong, Marty Stuart, Gold Wing Express, Dustin Lynch, Brent Cobb, and the Bellamy Brothers. The Georgia Mountain Fair is located at 1311 Music Hall Road in Hiawassee, Ga. For ticket information, call 706-896-4191 or visit georgiamountainfairgrounds.com

JACKSON High Falls State Park In the early 1800s, this site was a prosperous industrial town with several stores, a grist mill, cotton gin, blacksmith shop, shoe factory and hotel. High Falls later became a ghost town in the late 1800s when a major railroad bypassed it. Today, park visitors can enjoy the scenic waterfall on the Towaliga River and hike to the remaining grist mill foundation. The state park, which is 1,050 acres, has a 650-acre lake, 103 campsites (tent, trailer, RV), 6 lakeside yurts, 5 picnic shelters, playground, miniature golf course and swimming pool. This park is also conveniently located just 1.8 miles east of I-75 between Jackson and Barnesville. The park’s address is 76 High Falls Park Drive, Jackson, GA. Park hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. For more information, call 478-9933053 or visit georgiastateparks.org/HighFalls

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visitors with a unique perspective into the strategic and economic use of railroads during and after the Civil War. The Museum is home to the General locomotive, made famous during the Great Locomotive Chase of 1862, an impressive Civil War collection, and the Glover Machine Works, a restored early 20th century belt-driven locomotive assembly line. The Jolley Education Center offers numerous hands-on and interactive exhibits that are fun for the entire family. The Southern Museum is located at 2829 Cherokee Street in Kennesaw. It’s open Monday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For information, call 770-427-2117 or visit: southernmuseum.org

LaGRANGE Highland Marina Resort Located on magnificent West Point Lake and surrounded by the beautiful yellow pines and rolling hills of west Georgia, Highland Marina Resort is ideal for your family’s next vacation or weekend getaway. An area well-known by water sport enthusiasts and fisherman alike, West Point Lake offers 27,000 acres for fishing, cruising and skiing fun. Bring your family, a fishing buddy, or just yourself and let Highland Marina Resort’s 200 acres of peace and quiet relax and refresh you. If fishing is your game, get ready for the best largemouth, crappie, hybrid bass & striper fishing in the country! West Point Lake has earned the title of one of the hottest fishing lakes in the nation. Anglers from all over the world flock to this lake where six-pound bass are common, the lake record largemouth bass is 14.2 pounds! Whether it’s tubing and wake boarding, fishing or jet skiing, or an incredible week of soaking up the sun on the sandy summer beach, there is always something for everyone at Highland Marina Resort. Highland Marina is located at 1000 Seminole Road in LaGrange, Ga. Call 706-882-3437 or visit: www.highlandmarina.com

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LOCUST GROVE Noah’s Ark Animal Rehab Center Walk the nature trails, visit the animal habitats and experience the power and effectiveness of love at Noah’s Ark, a rehabilitation center for animals and a group home for children. This 250-acre facility is home to lions, tigers and bears, as well as horses, llamas, peacocks and – all total – over 1,000 exotic or domestic animals including 100 different species. The most popular animals at Noah’s Ark are Baloo the American black bear, Leo the African lion and Shere Khan the tiger. They have lived together as a family at Noah’s Ark since 2001. Come and picnic while viewing the animals. Noah’s Ark is located at 712 L.G. Griffin Road in Locust Grove, Ga. The animal habitats are open from Noon to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. The picnic areas are open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., also Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free (donations accepted). Call 770-957-0888 or visit: www.noahs-ark.org

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Georgia Sports Hall of Fame The Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in Macon, Ga., is the country’s largest state sports museum. The 43,000 square feet state-ofthe-art museum houses over 3,000 artifacts. From the old style ticket booths to the brick columns in the rotunda and special lighting, the museum invites visitors to experience the history of sports in Georgia with more than 14,000 square feet of high-energy exhibit space and a Hall of Fame corridor that honors over 300 inductees, including Ty Cobb, Jackie Robinson, Bobby Jones, Evander Holyfield and Nancy Lopez. The Museum is located at 301 Cherry Street in Macon. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults (17-and-over), $6 for seniors and $3.50 for children (16-and-under). Call 478-752-1585 or visit: www.gshf.org

Whether out boating or fishing on the lake, enjoying championship golf, or just relaxing on the resort grounds, this special place offers something for everyone. Lake Blackshear Resort was opened in November 2002 and is managed by Coral Hospitality. The resort is situated on the tranquil 8,700-acre Lake Blackshear and inside the 1,308-acre Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park. Here, you’ll enjoy a thoughtful selection of amenities, all in a relaxed lakefront setting. As South Georgia’s premier lakeside resort and conference center, Lake Blackshear offers an incredible array of outdoor activities to invigorate the senses: golfing, hiking, fishing, dining and swimming. The natural surroundings put every guest at ease and in the mood to be creative and productive.

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NEWNAN Canongate Golf Clubs For more than 45 years, Canongate Golf Clubs has provided the ultimate in quality, variety and value to thousands of Coweta County and Metro Atlanta families. There is truly no other private club network like Canongate in the world where 1 membership gives access to 22 private clubs. During the summer, Canongate Junior Camps are a fun and educational series of lessons designed to get your junior excited about the game. The summer camps are offered four times in the months of June/July at Braelinn, Canongate I and White Oak. And the camps are an excellent means to expose your child to golf from the basic fundamentals to golf etiquette. For more information on the 2013 Junior Summer Camps, call 770274-0704 or visit: www.canongate360.com

Chattahoochee Bend State Park Georgia’s newest state park showcases a spectacular tract of wilderness in northwest Coweta County. Located in a graceful bend of the Chattahoochee River, the park is a haven for paddlers, campers and anglers. Chattahoochee Bend is one of Georgia’s largest state parks, covering 2,910 acreas and protecting five miles of river frontage. A boat ramp provides easy access to the water, while more than six miles of wooded trails are open for hiking and nature photography. An observation platform provides nice views of the river and forest. Although most of the park has been left in its natural state, campers have several options (RVs, campers, tents or Adirondack-style shelters) for staying overnight within park boundaries. Covered picnic shelters may be rented for birthday parties, reunions and other gatherings. The Park is located at 425 Bobwhite Way, just north of the Powers Crossroads area. Park hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. For more information, call 770-254-7271 or visit www.gastateparks.org/ chattahoocheebend

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When one thinks of Hometown USA celebrating Independence Day, then Historic Newnan comes quickly to mind. A day of festivities on July 4th is capped by a patriotic parade and exhilarating fireworks show. MainStreet Newnan sponsors the annual parade which marches from downtown onto LaGrange Street and concludes at Newnan High’s Drake Stadium. At the stadium, children can play on inflatable slides and bounce houses, get their face painted in festive, patriotic colors or watch clowns and artists make balloon animals. Live music is provided by local musicians and bands. And to highlight the day, a spectacular 30-minute fireworks show takes place in front of thousands at the stadium and many others who watch from various vantage points around the city. The fireworks show is sponsored by the Newnan Rotary Club with funding from both the city and county along with local merchants. The parade and fireworks shows, including parking, are free. Call 770-253-8283 or visit mainstreetnewnan.com

Georgia Academy of Dance and the Performing Arts With the belief that the arts can bring courage, perseverance and selfesteem to any child, the Georgia Academy of Dance and the Performing Arts provides a positive atmosphere where the potential artist in each may be explored and given the opportunity to thrive. Georgia Academy of Dance & the Performing Arts provides dance classes and instructions at our locations in Newnan and Peachtree City. They also offer dance camps, music lessons, performances and costume and prop rentals as well as provide professional dance instruction for ages 2 & up in areas such as ballet, jazz, tap, modem, hip hop and dance team prep. The Newnan location is at 1111 Lower Fayetteville Road and the Peachtree City location is 453 Hwy. 74 South. For more information, call 770-631-3128 or visit: gadance.com


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MainStreet Newnan Market Days If you like shopping in an outdoor setting, then MainStreet Newnan Market Days is the place for you. It takes place the first Saturday of each month from April-December. With the lovely downtown Square as the backdrop, vendors showcase homemade, homegrown, or handmade items to include fresh food, pottery, jewelry, arts and crafts, sweetsmelling soaps and lotions, children’s clothing, locally-grown produce and honey, pet accessories, jams, jellies, fresh-squeezed lemonade, salsas and much more. In addition, Pickin’ on the Square, a gathering of acoustic players, sets up adjacent to the courthouse steps and offers the wonderful sounds of bluegrass, gospel and many other well-loved selections for those in attendance. Market Days take place in downtown Newnan from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month. Admission is free. For more information, call 770-253-8283 or visit: www.mainstreetnewnan.com

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Newnan Theatre Company Newnan Theatre Company has been providing live entertainment in downtown Newnan for over 35 years. With a full season of 10 shows in 2013-14, NTC is a busy and active theatre. Additionally, it offers youth programming, an improvisational comedy group (NITWITS), interactive murder mysteries, special events, and summer and holiday theatre camps for children. The 2013-14 season runs from August to May and includes popular plays such as Bye, Bye Birdie (Sept. 5-15), The Mystery of Irma Vep (Oct. 24-Nov. 3), Annie (Dec. 5-15), Plaza Suite (Jan. 23-Feb. 2) and The Foreigner (May 8-18). The KidsCamp takes place in 1/2 day or full day sessions from early June through July as campers participate in designing and building sets, writing skits, creating characters and putting on a show. The Newnan Theatre Company is located at 24 1st Avenue in Newnan. For more information, call 770-683-6282 or visit www. newnantheatre.org

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Newnan Utilities’ Carl Miller Park

Summit YMCA Camps

Tucked away just south of downtown Historic Newnan, Carl Miller Park is a beautiful, family-friendly, 14-acre park which offers recreational activities for all ages. The park, owned by Newnan Utilities, contains a gigantic 32,000 sq. ft. Kids’ Castle Playground with swings, assorted bridges, tunnels, wooden climbing areas, forts and playhouses for children to play on. Also included in the park are picnic tables for those family outdoor get-togethers, a walking / jogging trail which is 6/10 of a mile, and plenty of room to toss around a football or just place a blanket on the ground and read your favorite book. Four pavilions are also located in the park for groups of 50 to 150 people. Both the picnic tables and pavilions are on a first-come, first-served basis, though the pavilions may be reserved by Newnan Utilities customers only. Carl Miller Park is located at 74 Sewell Road in Newnan. The park is open daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. (April to October). Admission is free. Call 770-683-5516 or visit www.newnanutilities.org

Camping, like many Y programs, is about learning skills, developing character and making friends. But few environments are as special as camp, where kids become a community as they learn both how to be more independent and how to contribute to a group as they engage in physical, social and educational activities. Fun for campers and a peace of mind for parents... that’s the Day Camp series offered by the Summit Family YMCA & Fayette Outdoor YMCA this summer. Ten weekly sessions (May 28 – Aug. 2) make up the series with a variety of camping options for ages 5-15. Camp themes change from Climbing Camp to Traditional Camp to Tennis to Jr. Lifeguard Camp and so on. The Summit YMCA is located at 1765 East Highway 34 in Newnan. Call 770-254-9622 or visit: www.ymcadaycamping.com

Powers’ Festival Labor Day Weekend around Coweta County means one thing – it’s time for the annual Powers’ Festival in west Coweta County. Powers Festival has been supplying the best arts, crafts, food, fun and entertainment for 44 years and is well-known nationally. The festival has been chosen several times as one of the “Top Twenty Events” and takes place on the 100acre grounds now known as Powers Pavilion. The Festival is scheduled for three days – Aug. 31, Sept. 1 and 2. Over 150 artists from across the country have exhibited and sold their creative juried arts and crafts at past years’ festivals. And entertainment has always been a constant with country, gospel, folk and contemporary music throughout the event as well as clogging. The Powers’ Festival is located at 4766 West Highway 34, some 12 miles west of Newnan. For more information, call 770-253-2011 or visit: powerspavilion.com

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PEACHTREE CITY Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater One of Metro Atlanta’s best venues for outdoor concerts is none other than the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater, affectionally known as “The Fred”. This cozy 2,500-seat outdoor arena has been serving as host to Summer Concert Series of world-renown musicians and bands since 1994. Musical acts scheduled for this summer include Los Lobos and Los Lonely Boys (May 18), World Class Rockers (June 8), The Temptations and The Four Tops (June 29), Fab Four (July 12), Where The Action Is Tour (July 20), Grand Funk Railroad and Spin Doctors (Aug. 10), Huey Lewis and The News (Aug. 23) and Hotel California (Sept. 13). The Fred is located at 201 McIntosh Trail in Peachtree City. Ticket prices vary. Reserved and lawn seating is available. Gates open at 7 p.m. Call 770-631-0630 or visit: www.amphitheater.org

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Drake School of Irish Dance Start off the summer with a hop, skip and a jig! The four, 4-day Irish dance camps will give your dancer a taste of both group and solo dancing, soft shoe steps, hard shoe steps, art and craft activities, music and song and much, much more. For Beginner Dancers, start with the basics of technique for the reel, slip jig, light jig and more as well as the fun with Celtic Arts and Crafts. For Advanced Dancers, hone your skills with work on both your soft shoe and hard shoe techniques with drills and brush up on your skills for the fall. Irish dance instruction is available for all ages and enrollment for both summer and fall classes is now taking place. The Peachtree City studio of Drake School of Irish Dance is located at 1980 Hwy. 54, Suite B. For more information, call 770-617-5301 or visit: www.drakeirishdance.com

The Stage Academy of Music The Stage Academy of Music in Peachtree City will once again host it’s exciting Rock Band and Recording Camps in June for beginning and intermediate musicians with a performance open to the public June 14th. If your budding musician would like to spend some free time this summer honing their craft and networking with like-minded music peers, The Stage is the place to be. The Stage hosts band rehearsals, recording sessions, movie nights, concerts, song-writing clubs, free group lessons for foster children through GnG, Chamber Ensemble groups and more. The Stage provides a social music experience with talented musicians, teachers, and producers in one of the most comfortable, best equipped studios in town. The Rock Ensemble one and two camps are perfect for newer


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music students of all ages and styles to get a taste of playing in a band. For those that have been in music for two years or more, don’t miss the two-week recording camp where you will get to train with skilled producers on top level gear. The Stage Academy of Music is located at 401 Dividend Drive, Suite C in Peachtree City. For more information, call 770-486-5340 or visit: www.ptcmusic.org

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80 miles southeast of Atlanta. Several park amenities were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression, including cottages and the Liberty Bell Swimming Pool fed by cool springs. Today, nearby Roosevelt’s Little White House Historic Site invites visitors to see his modest home, a museum and the pools that first drew him here. The F.D. Roosevelt State Park is located at 2970 Hwy. 190 between Pine Mountain and Warm Springs. Park hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, call 706-663-4858 or visit www.gastateparks. org/fdroosevelt

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Callaway Gardens Callaway Gardens is an award-winning, 6,000-acre gardens, resort and preserve nestled in the southernmost foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Pine Mountain, Georgia. In addition to three types of accommodations, nine restaurants and plenty of shopping, guests at this familyfriendly getaway enjoy lots to see and do. The Virginia Hand Callaway Discovery Center, Birds of Prey shows, Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center, John A. Sibley Horticultural Center, Mr. Cason’s Vegetable Garden, Callaway Brothers Azalea Bowl, Overlook Azalea Garden and miles of nature trails showcase the beauty of nature. The 10-mile Discovery Bicycle Trail combines sightseeing with an outdoor excursion that puts you up-close to Southern flora and wildlife. Callaway Gardens is located at the intersection of Hwys. 18 and 354 in Pine Mountain. For information, call 1-800-225-5292 or visit: www.callawaygardens.com

Jimmy Carter National Historic Site Few U.S. Presidents have had such close ties with the communities they were born and raised as Jimmy Carter and Plains, Ga. The National Historic Site Park have preserved key sites and structures associated with our 39th President during his life span. Within the park is Plains High School where Jimmy and his wife, Rosalynn, attended and graduated. It also includes the Train Depot which served as Carter’s Presidential Campaign Headquarters and the Boyhood Farm where he was raised. The park is located at 300 North Bond Street in Plains and open daily. Admission and parking is free. Call 229-824-4104 or visit www. nps.gov/jica

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up the Savannah River and people watching is a spectator sport. River Street Plaza boasts more than 75 boutiques, galleries, artist’s studios, restaurants and pubs. And just a couple blocks away in the heart of the Savannah Historic District, the City Market awaits. It was renovated to capture the authentic atmosphere and character of the city’s old open marketplace and now has restaurants, open-air cafes, jazz clubs, theme shops and stores offering crafts, accessories and gifts. The River Street Plaza and City Markets are located in downtown Savannah. For more information, call 912-944-0455 or visit: savannahvisit.com

SENOIA Historic Downtown Senoia Exciting times are taking place in this small city, located in the southeastern corner of Coweta County. New shopping destinations and restaurants have made for a successful revitalization of the historic downtown. And of course, two main features have brought national attention to Senoia – serving as the home base for AMC’s highly-successful series ‘The Walking Dead’ and rising country singing star Zac Brown opening his Southern Ground Social Club downtown. In 1989, much of the residential area of Senoia was placed on the National Register of Historic Places which has more than 100 homes in the district. The historic downtown area on Main Street now offers restaurants, boutiques, antiques, and bed and breakfasts all within a short walking distance. Last year, Southern Living opened its second Idea House, a renovation of a 4,000 sq.ft. farm house at 57 Morgan Street which was originally built in the early 1800s. Senoia has also been the setting for several movies – Pet Sematary II, Fried Green Tomatoes, The War, and Andersonville among others. Historic Senoia is located at the intersections of Hwys. 74/85 and 16. Call 770-599-3679 or visit: www.senoia.com

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STONE MOUNTAIN Stone Mountain Park’s Lasershow Spectacular This not-to-be missed Atlanta tradition promises to wow your family with state-of the-art digital graphics and awe-inspiring effects. Experience multi-dimensional magic on one of the world’s largest outdoor screens - Stone Mountain. More than 25 million people for more than 27 years have witnessed the Lasershow Spectacular, which is also the world’s longest running laser show. The Laser Canopy creates a dazzling display of neon laser lights featuring characters, stories, graphics and fireworks choreographed to popular musical scores, transforming the park into a natural amphitheater. The newly transformed show – 45 minutes in length – is enhanced with Mountainvision, a digital projection technology that adds 3-D like effects without the glasses. Stone Mountain Park is located 16 miles east of downtown Atlanta on Highway 78. The laser show begins nightly at 9:30 p.m. You may bring your own blankets and lawn chairs. Admission to the show is free with your $10 vehicle entrance fee to Stone Mountain Park. Call 770-4985690 or visit: www.stonemountainpark.com

THOMASTON Flint River Canoe, Kayak or Rafting Trips The peaceful and easy-flowing Flint River provides the perfect setting for canoe, kayak, or rafting trips. The Flint River Outdoor Center hosts 1/2day, 1-day and 2-day trips ranging from 5 to 20 miles in length. Camping is also an option, from primitive to RVs. The Outdoor Center is located 8 miles west of Thomaston on Hwy. 36. Hours vary during the week. Cost of trips range from $45 to $300. Call 706-647-2633 or visit www.flintriveroutdoorcenter.com

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Summer Theatre Camp for ages 5 to 12 From designing and building sets, writing skits, creating characters and putting on a show, KidsCamp campers will be taught by theatre professionals, teachers, and college theatre students during what is affectionately known as “Drama Boot Camp!” KidsCamp is offered for children ages 5 to 12 Monday through Friday with a performance on Friday afternoon. There are half and full day sessions offered.

NEW WEEKLY THEMES! No matter what your family’s idea of quality time is, Georgia State Parks offer the chance to spend it together at Chattahoochee Bend State Park. We have everything you’re looking for in a family getaway. The time you spend with us is sure to be the time of your life, so give us a call today!

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Sprewell Bluff State Outdoor Recreation Center This 1,372-acre park is a gem on the Flint River and a perfect location for a daytime getaway. Visitors can cool off in the gently flowing river, skip rocks across the water, picnic on the river’s edge or toss horseshoes in a grassy field. A three-mile trail winds along the bank and up rocky bluffs, offering excellent views from high above the river. Hikers can look for abundant wildflowers and butterflies. Birding enthusiasts might spot tanagers, warblers, osprey and eagles. A boat ramp is available for canoeists, kayakers, rafters and anglers, and canoes may be rented from nearby outfitters. The Center is located at 740 Sprewell Bluff Road, 10 miles west of Thomaston. Open daily from 7 a.m. to sunset. For information, call 478-825-6354 or visit: www.thomastonchamber.com/ sprewellbluff.html

VILLA RICA Pine Mountain Gold Museum Discover more than gold is the catch phrase for the Pine Mountain Gold Museum, a one-of-a-kind site with a museum, actual mining sites and gold panning all at one location. You can walk where the miners walked and experience gold mining techniques spanning over 100 years beginning in the 1820s through the early 1900s. In the 4,800 sq.ft. museum, you can check out artifacts that were found on Pine Mountain in Villa Rica dating back to the early 1800s, watch a 20-minute historical film, pan for gold and gems, visit the gold mines and see the grist mill wheel and operating 19th Century Stamp Mill on site, hike the 2 miles of trails and picnic/grill at our covered pavillion. The Pine Mountain Gold Museum is located at 1881 Stockmar Road in Villa Rica. It’s open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.. Admission is $5 adults and $4 for seniors 55+ and children (5-12), children under 5 are free. For more information, call 770-459-8455 or visit: pinemountaingoldmuseum.com

WARNER ROBINS Museum of Aviation The Museum of Aviation is one of the largest aviation museums in the United States and is the second largest museum in the U.S. Air Force. It is situated on a 51-acre site in Warner Robins, Ga., with a collection of over 90 aircraft including several that visitors can sit in the cockpits. Notable aircraft on display are the modern-era B-1B bomber, the SR-71 Blackbird, the U-2 Dragon Lady, and F-15 Eagle. Informative and interesting exhibits tell the story of aviation events from World War II to present. The Museum of Aviation is located at Ga. Hwy. 247 and Russell Parkway in Warner Robins. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is free. Call 478-926-6870 or visit: www.museumofaviation.org

WHITESBURG McIntosh Reserve Park The Reserve Park is a 527-acre facility operated by the Carroll County Parks and Recreation Department. The park is named for Chief William McIntosh Jr. of the Lower Creeks and contains land that was once his primary residence. It is packed with history, trails, a splash water park, pavilions, picnic areas and sweeping frontage on the Chattahoochee River. Visitors can camp, hike, ride horses and picnic. McIntosh Reserve Park is located just west of Whitesburg off Highway 5. Park hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Visitors can reserve pavilions by calling 770-830-5879 or visit: www.carrollcountygaparks.com

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