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Below are lists of festivals, fairs, holiday and special events for the Historic Heartland travel region through 2014. Please call listings contact numbers for more info.
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September
Perspectives 2014 - 9/1 - 9/17/14 at 10am-5pm
The annual PERSPECTIVES 2014 pottery event is one of the largest and best pottery events in the region. Showcasing the works of 50 Georgia potters, the event features three exhibits including Ron Myers, Ted Saupe, and Sun Koo Yuh, and offers over 5000 pieces of original, hand-made pottery for sale, and free pottery demonstrations each Saturday afternoon. A special Ocarina Show will be in the Hall Gallery. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-769-4565 - Address: Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation, OCAF 34 School St., Watkinsville, GA 30677
Old School History Museum Civil War Display - 9/1 - 11/30/14
The Old School History Museum features a number of new items in its Civil War display, including an 1866 U.S. Government Pardon of an Eatonton Confederate sympathizer with Andrew Johnson and William Seward signatures, Confederate discharge papers of an Eatonton soldier and several 1860s period dresses. Visitors will also be fascinated by a video of a Denham family descendant reading an 1864 family letter that details the destruction of Denhamville, Sherman's reason for coming to Eatonton, and the Denham family's narrow escape. The museum is home to the circa 1840 fish weathervane that once graced the Denham Tannery chimney. In addition, the museum has access to artifacts from several private collections and plans to exhibit some of these rarely seen items during the community's Nov. 20-24, 2014, special celebration weekend. A new self-guiding brochure will be ready for visitors who wish to tour at their leisure and without a docent. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Hours of Operation are Sunday at 2-4pm, Monday - Friday at 9am-5pm, and Saturday at 10am-4pm. Phone: 706-923-1655 - Address: The Plaza Arts Center, 305 N Madison Ave, Eatonton, GA 31024
Polar Bear Den - 9/2/14 at 10:30-11:15am
Toddlers and their adult buddies enjoy some great stories, a little art, and a little science. Cost are $5 per child (ages 2 to 5) and adults are free. Phone: 478-477-3232 - Address: Museum of Arts and Sciences, 4182 Forsyth Road, Macon, GA 31210
First Fridays in Downtown Madison - 9/5/14 at 5-8pm
Visit the shops, galleries, and restaurants of Historic Downtown Madison every First Friday when the downtown stays open late. Enjoy live music, art exhibits, and food and beverage samples. Take a stroll through the historic district. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-342-4454 - Address: Downtown Madison Shopping District, 115 E Jefferson St, Madison, GA 30650
Georgia concert event
First Friday Concert Series - The Swingin' Medallions - 9/5/14 at 7pm
General admission to the concert is free, just be sure to bring your own lawn chair if you don't reserve a table! VIP tables are available for $150/table (seating for 8), space is limited. Call to make reservations. Phone: 770-266-5331 - Location: Courthouse Lawn, downtown Monroe, GA 30655
Full Moon Kayak Tour - 9/5 & 9/6/14 at 8:30-10:30pm
Join a guided tour of Lake Rutledge, and enjoy a peaceful paddle under a bright moon. Listen for night sounds, enjoy the night sky, and learn about the history of Hard Labor Creek State Park. There will be "Super Moons during the month of September. Register in advance. The program will proceed if it is cloudy or if there is light drizzle. Cost is $15 per person and $5 parking fee. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Road, Rutledge, GA 30663
2014 Old Jail Tours - 9/6/14 at 10am-2pm
Explore the history of Conyers and Rockdale County for free 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. Free admission and parking. Phone: 770-922-3740 - Address: Old Jail Museum, 967 Milstead Ave., Conyers, GA 30012
Georgia State Astronomy - Observatory Open House - 9/6/14 at 7:15-8:15pm
Georgia State University's Observatory will have an open house monthly. In case of inclement weather, facilities will be open for a tour and slideshow. Large groups need reservations: 404-413-6024. Night sky observations start one-half hour after sunset. Open house lasts all day. Handicapped Accessible event. Free show, $5 parking. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Road, Rutledge, GA 30663
Twilight Night Paddle - 9/13 at 6:45-8:15pm & 9/27/14 at 6:30-8pm
Watch wading birds and enjoy the setting sun in this peaceful, ranger-led 3 mile canoe trip to Buck Creek. This program is open to adults and children 6 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. Reservations required. Cost per person is $15 which includes gear, plus $5 parking fee. Phone: 478-993-3053 - Address: High Falls State Park, 76 High Falls Park Dr, Jackson, GA
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New Moon Kayak Tour - 9/27/14 at 8-10pm
Lake Rutledge is a great place to enjoy the nightsounds, star-gazing, and a relaxing time on the water. A new moon means that many stars will be visible on the night-time paddle. Register in advance. $15 admission and $5 parking fee. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Road, Rutledge, GA 30663
October
Old School History Museum Civil War Display - 10/1 - 11/30/14
The Old School History Museum features a number of new items in its Civil War display, including an 1866 U.S. Government Pardon of an Eatonton Confederate sympathizer with Andrew Johnson and William Seward signatures, Confederate discharge papers of an Eatonton soldier and several 1860s period dresses. Visitors will also be fascinated by a video of a Denham family descendant reading an 1864 family letter that details the destruction of Denhamville, Sherman's reason for coming to Eatonton, and the Denham family's narrow escape. The museum is home to the circa 1840 fish weathervane that once graced the Denham Tannery chimney. In addition, the museum has access to artifacts from several private collections and plans to exhibit some of these rarely seen items during the community's Nov. 20-24, 2014, special celebration weekend. A new self-guiding brochure will be ready for visitors who wish to tour at their leisure and without a docent. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Hours of Operation are Sunday at 2-4pm, Monday - Friday at 9am-5pm, and Saturday at 10am-4pm. Phone: 706-923-1655 - Address: The Plaza Arts Center, 305 N Madison Ave, Eatonton, GA 31024
First Fridays in Downtown Madison - 10/3/14 at 5-8pm
Visit the shops, galleries, and restaurants of Historic Downtown Madison every First Friday when the downtown stays open late. Enjoy live music, art exhibits, and food and beverage samples. Take a stroll through the historic district. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-342-4454 - Address: Downtown Madison Shopping District, 115 E Jefferson St, Madison, GA 30650
2014 Old Jail Tours - 10/4/14 at 10am-2pm
Explore the history of Conyers and Rockdale County for free 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. Free admission and parking. Phone: 770-922-3740 - Address: Old Jail Museum, 967 Milstead Ave., Conyers, GA 30012
Georgia State Astronomy - Observatory Open House - 10/4/14 at 6:30-7:30pm
Georgia State University's Observatory will have an open house monthly. In case of inclement weather, facilities will be open for a tour and slideshow. Large groups need reservations: 404-413-6024. Night sky observations start one-half hour after sunset. Open house lasts all day. Handicapped Accessible event. Free show, $5 parking.

Astronomy Day Night Time Paddle - 10/4/14 at 8-10pm
Georgia State University's Observatory will have an open house monthly. In case of inclement weather, facilities will be open for a tour and slideshow. Large groups need reservations: 404-413-6024. Night sky observations start one-half hour after sunset. Open house lasts all day. Handicapped Accessible event. Free show, $5 parking. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Road, Rutledge, GA 30663
Polar Bear Den - 10/7/14 at 10:30-11:15am
Toddlers and their adult buddies enjoy some great stories, a little art, and a little science. Cost are $5 per child (ages 2 to 5) and adults are free. Phone: 478-477-3232 - Address: Museum of Arts and Sciences, 4182 Forsyth Road, Macon, GA 31210
Full Moon Kayak Tour - 10/10 & 10/11/14 at 8-10pm
Join a guided tour of Lake Rutledge, and enjoy a peaceful paddle under a bright moon. Listen for night sounds, enjoy the night sky, and learn about the history of Hard Labor Creek State Park. There will be "Super Moons" during the months of July, August and September this summer of 2014. Register in advance. Cost is $15 per person and $5 parking fee. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Road, Rutledge, GA 30663
New Moon Kayak Tour - 10/25/14 at 7:30-9:30pm
Lake Rutledge is a great place to enjoy the nightsounds, star-gazing, and a relaxing time on the water. A new moon means that many stars will be visible on the night-time paddle. Register in advance. $15 admission and $5 parking fee. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Road, Rutledge, GA 30663
November
2014 Old Jail Tours - 11/1/14 at 10am-2pm
Explore the history of Conyers and Rockdale County for free 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. Free admission and parking. Phone: 770-922-3740 - Address: Old Jail Museum, 967 Milstead Ave., Conyers, GA 30012
Old School History Museum Civil War Display - 11/1 - 11/30/14
The Old School History Museum features a number of new items in its Civil War display, including an 1866 U.S. Government Pardon of an Eatonton Confederate sympathizer with Andrew Johnson and William Seward signatures, Confederate discharge papers of an Eatonton soldier and several 1860s period dresses. Visitors will also be fascinated by a video of a Denham family descendant reading an 1864 family letter that details the destruction of Denhamville, Sherman's reason for coming to Eatonton, and the Denham family's narrow escape. The museum is home to the circa 1840 fish weathervane that once graced the Denham Tannery chimney. In addition, the museum has access to artifacts from several private collections and plans to exhibit some of these rarely seen items during the community's Nov. 20-24, 2014, special celebration weekend. A new self-guiding brochure will be ready for visitors who wish to tour at their leisure and without a docent. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Hours of Operation are Sunday at 2-4pm, Monday - Friday at 9am-5pm, and Saturday at 10am-4pm. Phone: 706-923-1655 - Address: The Plaza Arts Center, 305 N Madison Ave, Eatonton, GA 31024
Polar Bear Den - 11/4/14 at 10:30-11:15am
Toddlers and their adult buddies enjoy some great stories, a little art, and a little science. Cost are $5 per child (ages 2 to 5) and adults are free. Phone: 478-477-3232 - Address: Museum of Arts and Sciences, 4182 Forsyth Road, Macon, GA 31210
First Fridays in Downtown Madison - 11/7/14 at 5-8pm
Visit the shops, galleries, and restaurants of Historic Downtown Madison every First Friday when the downtown stays open late. Enjoy live music, art exhibits, and food and beverage samples. Take a stroll through the historic district. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-342-4454 - Address: Downtown Madison Shopping District, 115 E Jefferson St, Madison, GA 30650
Bike Trails Work and Ride - 11/8/14 at 9am-1pm
Join park staff and volunteers for some time spent working on the bike trail, and a guided trail ride afterward. If you assist with trail work there is no charge for the ride. $5 parking fee. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Road, Rutledge, GA 30663
December
Polar Bear Den - 12/2/14 at 10:30-11:15am
Toddlers and their adult buddies enjoy some great stories, a little art, and a little science. Cost are $5 per child (ages 2 to 5) and adults are free. Phone: 478-477-3232 - Address: Museum of Arts and Sciences, 4182 Forsyth Road, Macon, GA 31210
First Fridays in Downtown Madison - 12/5/14 at 5-8pm
Visit the shops, galleries, and restaurants of Historic Downtown Madison every First Friday when the downtown stays open late. Enjoy live music, art exhibits, and food and beverage samples. Take a stroll through the historic district. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-342-4454 - Address: Downtown Madison Shopping District, 115 E Jefferson St, Madison, GA 30650
2014 Old Jail Tours - 12/6/14 at 10am-2pm
Explore the history of Conyers and Rockdale County for free 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. Free admission and parking. Phone: 770-922-3740 - Address: Old Jail Museum, 967 Milstead Ave., Conyers, GA 30012
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