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Historic High Country (NW Georgia Mountains)
4th Qtr Artists in Residence: Marie Spaeder Haas & Mary Keasler - 12/1/15 - 1/9/16 at 10am-6pm - Open every day except on Mondays
Come see an exhibit unlike any other with the combined creativity and visions of watercolor artist Marie Spaeder Haas and quilter Mary Keasler. Artists' reception will be October 17, 5-7 p.m. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-632-2144 - Address: Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 W Main St, Blue Ridge, GA 30513
Cedartown Christmas Parade - 12/3/15 at 6pm
"Christmas Lights on Parade" is the theme for this year's Annual Christmas Parade. Join us as people line the streets to watch the floats decorated in Christmas lights parade through town. Santa will conclude the parade. Free fun holiday event! Phone: 770-748-3220 - Location: Main St, Cedartown, GA
Sacred Sounds at the Ringgold Depot - 12/4, 12/11 & 12/17/15
As part of Sensational Second Weekends at the Ringgold Depot, the Share America Foundation hosts Sacred Sounds Fridays at the Ringgold Depot. Randall Franks, "Officer Randy Goode" from TV's "In the Heat of the Night" hosts each event. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Please note: A $5 donation is appreciated, but not required. Times are at 7-10pm. Phone: 706-935-3061 - Address: Ringgold Depot, 155 Depot St., Ringgold GA
Ringgold Rods & Relics Cruise-In - 12/5, 12/12 & 12/19/15
Hours are 1-7pm. Parking is on a first come basis. Please back in spaces. Club members are there to help control traffic while parking. Look for our bright GREEN shirts. Saving spaces is frowned upon. If you have a large club coming and want to park together contact our events manager. Rules: No alcohol, pets on leash, no burnouts. Pick up your trash. Thru traffic is 25MPH. Door Prizes: Free door prizes are donated by local merchants. Go to the DJ table for a free ticket for door prize drawings. Drawings are done about every half hour. Handicapped Accessible event. Pets are welcome. Free admission and parking for spectators. 50/50: Tickets are $1 each, $5 for (1) arms length, $10 for (2) arms length, and $20 for a vehicle length. We draw the winner for the 50/50 about 4pm. You must be present to win. Phone: 706-935-3061 - Location: Nashville St, downtown Ringgold, GA 30736
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Northeast Georgia Mountains
Cornelia Christmas Light Spectacular - 11/30 - 12/31/15 at 5:30-11pm
The Cornelia Christmas Light Spectacular takes place in Cornelia City Park starting Thanksgiving evening at dusk and continues through New Year's Day. The drive through the lights is free! Enjoy a professional display of thousands of lights for your family to enjoy. As part of the festivities in 2015, Cornelia will once again host several days of additional activities. From Dec. 16-20, ice skating ($5 per person) and hayrides through the lights ($2 per person) return to Cornelia City Park starting at 5:30 p.m. Roast marshmallows around the fire pits, drink hot cocoa, play reindeer games and more. From Thursday, Dec. 17 to Saturday, Dec. 19, bring the kids by to visit with Santa with photo opportunities and let them enjoy fun in the Elf Workshop (free). On Dec. 18 and Dec. 19, visit the Holiday Market for any last minute gifts and one of a kind arts & crafts. Phone: 706-778-8585 - Address: Cornelia City Park, 601 Wyly St, Cornelia, GA 30531
Greater Atlanta Coin Show - 12/13/15 at 9am-5pm
Located in a hotel on a Civil War site, many dealers offer coins, currency, bullion and collectibles at the Greater Atlanta Coin Show one Sunday per month. Visitors can browse, buy, sell or trade at the show. The experienced dealers also offer free verbal appraisals for items brought to the show. Other collectibles are also on display, such as medals, Civil War artifacts, stock certificates, scrip from coal miners, jewelry and gemstones. All visitors are welcome to the coin show, including experienced collectors and investors, and those who are new to the hobby or just curious about the many items on display. Handicapped Accessible event. Admission and parking are free. Phone: 770-772-4359 - Address: Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel & Conference Center, 500 Powder Springs St, Marietta, GA 30064
Coast & Islands
Kingsland Christmas Tree Lighting - 12/3/15 at 6-8pm
The Kingsland Historic Depot offers snow in South Georgia. Then, watch as the City of Kingsland lights the Christmas Tree. This event is presented by the Kingsland Community Betterment Program and Kingsland Downtown Development Authority. Activities include: Live Christmas caroling, Christmas story reading, Santa Claus, and features free holiday refreshments - hot cocoa, wassail, and Christmas cookies. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 912-729-5999 - Address: Kingsland Depot, 200 E King Ave, Kingsland, GA
First Fridays in Historic Downtown Brunswick - 12/4/15
On the first Friday of each month, visit the shops, galleries and restaurants of Historic Downtown Brunswick. Enjoy live music from local musicians, art openings, and food and beverage samples from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free fun event! Phone: 912-265-4032 - Location: Newcastle Street & Gloucester Streets, downtown Brunswick, GA 31520
First Friday Fireworks - 12/4/15
Celebrate the end of the week and the beginning of a new month with First Friday Fireworks and River Street Fun! Fireworks show is during 9:30-10pm. Free fun event! Phone: 912-234-0295 - Address: Rousakis Riverfront Plaza, 115 E River St, Savannah, Georgia 31401
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Presidential Pathways
Poetry of Earth: Works by Sally Bradley and Stephen Hawks - 12/1 - 12/31/15 Open everyday except on Monday
Poetry of Earth highlights the work of two local artists whose works intersect with art and nature. Sally Bradley paints landscape views of the Chattahoochee Valley,and Stephen Hawks produces ceramic works using Georgia clay. The title of the exhibition is inspired by John Keats' On the Grasshopper and Cricket; the first line says "The poetry of earth is never dead." In this poem, he expresses his appreciation for the continuous cycle of change in the natural world and celebrates the harmony found in both poetry and nature. The works included in Poetry of Earth will serve as inspiration for poems that will accompany the work on display in the exhibition. Hours are 10am-5pm Mon-Sat and 1-5pm on Sunday. Closed on Monday. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-748-2562 - Address: The Columbus Museum, 1251 Wynnton Rd, Columbus, GA 31906
Troublemakers & Trailblazers - 12/1 - 12/31/15 everyday except on Mondays
This exhibition presents the more colorful characters of the Chattahoochee Valley, people who were criticized or ostracized for being outside the mainstream or going against dominant power structures. Race, class, gender, and sexuality are the topics of discussion, as well as what it means to "do the right thing." An overarching theme is how we perceive "trouble" and how these troublemakers are sometimes, but not always, seen differently through the long lens of history. Featured individuals include author Carson McCullers, musician Ma Rainey, anti-corruption lawyer Albert Patterson, civil rights activist Dr. Thomas Brewer, suffragette H. Augusta Howard, and journalists Julian and Julia Harris. Millworkers on strike, the Nancy Harts all-women militia in LaGrange, groundbreaking female architects, and local Unionists during the Civil War are also highlighted. Handicapped Accessible eveng. Hours are 1-5pm Sunday, 10am-5pm Tues-Wed, 10am-8pm Thurs and 10am-5pm Fri-Sat. Closed on Monday. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-748-2562 - Address: The Columbus Museum, 1251 Wynnton Rd, Columbus, GA
Once Collected, Always Cherished Highlights from the George Greene and J. Kyle Spencer Collections - 12/1/15 - 1/1/16 Open every day except on Mondays
The Columbus Museum recently acquired several items from the collection of the late Russell County Circuit Court Judge George Greene. An avid collector of local historical artifacts for decades, Greene served on the Museum's History Committee and applied a keen eye to capturing the rich heritage of the Chattahoochee Valley. Chief among these is an extensive archive related to the musician "Blind Tom" Wiggins, as well as several items related to the Civil War in Columbus. The museum is proud to unveil these 50 pieces as new and cherished additions to our collection. The exhibition also features maps from the J. Kyle Spencer Map Collection at the Columbus State University Archives. Spencer has collected maps documenting the emergence and evolution of the American colonies, specifically Georgia, for more than 30 years. Hours are 10am-5pm Tues - Sat and 1-5pm on Sunday. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-748-2562 - Address: The Columbus Museum, 1251 Wynnton Rd, Columbus GA
Discovering the Chattahoochee Valley Silk Paintings by René Shoemaker - 12/1/15 - 7/31/16 - Open everyday except on Mondays
Artist René Shoemaker will transform the Galleria with an exhibition of large-scale silk paintings, on view. Shoemaker, a long-time resident of Athens, Georgia, creates hand-painted silk works that celebrate the distinctive character of a city or place. For her exhibition at The Columbus Museum, the artist has created site-specific works about the Chattahoochee Valley after visiting here and immersing herself in its sights, sounds, and smells and making preliminary sketches of buildings, spaces and people. Shoemaker's medium of hand-painted silk has dye applied directly to the material. For this project, she used silk twill, a midweight silk that billows gently as the air moves. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-748-2562 - Address: The Columbus Museum, 1251 Wynnton Rd, Columbus, GA 31906
First Saturday Programs - 12/5/15 at 9am-4:30pm
During the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, park staff will conduct a series of programs on the first Saturday of each month. These programs will explore the events, conditions, or emotions of prisoners during the war. To expand the prisoner story, the park will also feature other Civil War prisons and draw on their stories to present a fuller picture of a soldier's life beyond the battlefield. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Contact the park to learn more about these programs. Free admission and parking. Phone: 229-924-0343 - Address: Andersonville National Historic Site, 760 POW Rd, Andersonville, GA 31711
Historic Heartland
Tour at Two: Highlights from the Permanent Collection - 12/2/15 at 2-3pm
Meet the Georgia Museum of Art's docents for a tour of highlights from the permanent collection. See American paintings, Southern decorative arts, a Kress Study Collection of Italian Renaissance paintings, selected works on paper and more. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-542-4662 - Address: Georgia Museum of Art, 90 Carlton St, Athens, GA 30602
Gallery Talk: Masaki Mori - 12/3/15 at 5:30-6:30pm
"What Makes the Samurai Special? A Brief Introduction to Their History and Culture" Get an intimate portrait of these elite warriors as Dr. Masaki Mori, associate professor and assistant director of the Japanese Program, UGA, outlines the samurais' rise, fall and culture.

Teen Studio: Spirit of the Samurai - 12/3/15 at 5:30-6:30pm
Teens ages 13–18 are invited to explore beautiful examples of Samurai armor, helmets, swords and more in the exhibition "Samurai: The Way of the Warrior." Local artist and educator Kristen Bach will lead a special tour of the exhibition, and then teens will create their own samurai-inspired works of art. Pizza and drinks are included. This program is free, but space is limited. Please email callan@uga.edu or call 706-542-8863 to reserve a spot.

Samurai Film Series: “Yojimbo” - 12/3/15 at 7-9pm
The incomparable Toshiro Mifune stars in Akira Kurosawa's visually stunning and darkly comic "Yojimbo." To rid a terror-stricken village of corruption, wily masterless samurai Sanjuro turns a range war between two evil clans to his own advantage. Remade twice, once as Sergio Leone's "A Fistful of Dollars" and once as Walter Hill's "Last Man Standing," this exhilarating genre-twister remains one of the most influential and entertaining films of all time. Japanese with English subtitles. Made in 1961. 110 minutes long. Handicapped Accessible events. Free admission and parking for all events. Phone: 706-542-4662 - Address: Georgia Museum of Art, 90 Carlton St, Athens, GA 30602
2015 Old Jail Tours - 12/5/15 at 10am-2pm
On the first Saturday of each month, explore the history of Conyers and Rockdale County at the Old Jail Museum. The Old Jail was constructed in 1897 and was used by Rockdale County until 1969. All exterior walls are three bricks thick, and all interior walls are two bricks thick. The floor and ceiling of the second floor area are constructed of steel with six inches of concrete above it. The main floor consisted of the sheriff's office and living quarters for his family. Five Rockdale County Sheriffs' families lived in the building between 1897 and 1969. The Rockdale County Historical Society acquired the property in 1975 to serve as the home to the Society and as a house museum. Free admission and parking. Call the Conyers Welcome Center for more info. Phone: 770-602-2606 - Address: Old Jail Museum, 967 Milstead Ave., Conyers, GA 30012
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Plantation Trace
Good Life Drum Circle - 12/5, 12/12, 12/19 & 12/26/15
Bring your rhythm, drums or other percussion instruments and chairs. If you don't think you have rhythm we will help you find it. If you don't have a drum or other percussion instruments, we will share what we have. No drumming experience necessary, just the willingness to share. Handicapped Accessible event. Starts at 4pm. Free fun event! Phone: 229-317-4760 - Address: Riverfront Park, 112 Front St, Albany, GA 31701
Magnolia Midlands
Fitzgerald Christmas Parade - 12/3/15 at 6-7:30pm
The whole town comes out to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season. The parade ends with Santa Claus on the fire truck. Free admission and parking. Phone: 229-426-5033 - Address: 116 N. Johnston St, Historic Downtown Fitzgerald, GA 31750
Christmas Extravaganza - 12/3 at 5:30-8pm & 12/4/15 at 6-7:30pm
Telfair County kicks off the 2015 Christmas season with a two-day celebration. On Thursday, December 3, join us from 5:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. for our Jingle Bell Walk, as we take a walk through Helena on 8th Avenue and McRae on Oak Street. Line up for the walk on Forsyth Street in Helena beginning at 5 p.m., and the walk will begin promptly at 5:30 pm. Bring your jingle bells and help us officially begin the Christmas season in Telfair County! After the walk, stay for Christmas Night Out from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Stroll along the streets of Helena and McRae, shop and sample delicious food from local merchants. Santa will make an appearance so the kids can get their wish lists in early. On Friday, December 4, watch the Annual Lighted Christmas Parade starting at 6 p.m. The parade route will be along 8th Avenue in Helena and Oak Street in McRae, ending at Piggly Wiggly. Free admission and parking. Phone: 229-868-6365 - Address: 9 East Oak St, downtown McRae, GA 31055

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