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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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October
25th Annual Georgia National Fair - Georgia Grown - 10/21 - 10/25/14 at 8am-10pm
Experience fun livestock and horse shows, competitive exhibits, food, rides and games, vendors, major concerts, street entertainers, family entertainment, circus and nightly fireworks. Costs are $8 - $65. Call for details. Phone: 478-987-3247 - Address: Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter, 401 Larry Walker Pkwy, Perry, GA 31069
Old School History Museum Civil War Display - 10/21 - 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
Tour at Two: "Aspects of Modernism: American Art of the 1920s & 1930s" - 10/22/14
Sarah Kate Gillespie, curator of American art, will lead guests on a tour of the permanent collection. Handicapped Accessible event. Show at 2-3pm. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-542-4662 - Address: Georgia Museum of Art, 90 Carlton St., Athens, GA 30602
The 5th Annual Historical Cemetery Tour - 10/23/14 at 5-8pm
Tours will begin at 5pm, and start at 30 minute intervals until 8pm. Guest will depart from The Plaza Arts Center, and will visit the gravesites of many of Eatonton's luminaries, where live actors will portray the inhabitants and bring history to life. Your paid admission will include your dinner for the evening. The walking tour of the Pine Grove Cemetery will last one hour and a half. $25 per person. Phone: 706-923-1655 - Address: Pine Grove Cemetery, The Plaza Arts Center, 305 N. Madison Ave., Eatonton, GA 31024
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Andrew Ladis Trecento Symposium - 10/23 at 5:30-6:30pm & 10/24/14 at 9am-6pm
Cosponsored by the Lamar Dodd School of Art. This symposium in memory of scholar Andrew Ladis celebrates both his love of trecento painting and his commitment to its display, study and preservation in a museum context. Funded by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-542-4662 - Address: Georgia Museum of Art, 90 Carlton St., Athens, GA 30602 All talks will take place at the Georgia Museum of Art. Handicapped Accessible event. Free parking. Phone:
Spooky Wagon Ride - 10/24-10/25/14 at 7-10pm
Take a frightful wagon ride through a dark and creepy forest. Meet a strange and ghastly cast of characters along the way. The wagon will depart from the beach parking lot. Each ride lasts about 20 minutes. Rides will be first come first serve. $10 admission fee and $5 parking fee. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Road, Rutledge, GA 30663
Haunted Halloween Trail - 10/24-10/25 & 10/31-11/1/14
The zombie apocalypse is upon us. Come to Zombie Farms and witness the dawn of a new era instead of hiding in your home and barricading the doors and windows. The government media complex would have you believe the undead must be feared and destroyed. One farmer knows better. He has discovered the secret to repressing the blood cravings of the undead and putting them to better use. So when you see strange slow moving scarecrows working nearby fields, fear not. The solution to the crippled economy and global climate change is at hand: a labor force that will require no payment, never complain, never pollute the environment and never rest. Open at 8-11:30pm. Admission cost is $20 per person. Phone: 706-395-0085 - Address: Zombie Farms & the Ghosts of Smithonia Road, 568 Smithonia Rd, Winterville, GA 30683
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
Quilting Bee at Jarrell Plantation - 10/25/14 at 9:30am-12noon
Beginner quilters can learn about hand piecing and stitching in the big frame, and the steps of making a quilt. Also the Plantation Quilters Guild welcomes visitors to their meeting. Phone: 478-986-5172 - Address: Jarrell Plantation Historic Site, 711 Jarrell Plantation Rd, Juliette GA
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First Saturday Village Market - 10/25/14 at 9am-1pm
This market is designed to attract artists who hand craft their product or who grow produce locally. Some of produce is organic and identified as so by farmers. This market is open to local artists who produce jewelry, dog clothings, hard and soft candies, pets, melons, cucumbers, etc... We are located on the campus of Mercer University in Mercer Village. See the growing campus, collaboration between the Univeristy, schools of journalish with the Macon Telegraph, athletic departments and redefining of Tattnall Square Park and surrounding neighborhoods. LimitedHandicapped Accessible. Pets are welcome. Free admission and parking. Phone: 478-741-3338 Address: Francar's Buffalo Wings, 1365 Linden Ave, Macon GA
34th Annual Olde Town Fall Festival - 10/25/14 at 10am-5pm
Celebrate Conyers' oldest existing festival. This event features a variety of vendors and attractions, food, music, arts & crafts and activities for the children. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Free admission and parking! Phone: 770-602-2606 - Address: Olde Town Conyers, 901 Railroad St, Conyers, GA 30012
Rutledge's Spooky Fall Festival - 10/25/14 at 5-9pm
This frightful festival with 'all things spooky' for the kids will have hayrides, trunk or treating, a halloween costume contest, and fun games for the kids to enjoy. In small but special Rutledge, parents can freely browse the stores or grab a bite to eat in an old train car or the famous Yesterday's Cafe, all while the kids are enjoying themselves out on the square! Free admission. Phone: 706-342-4454 - Address: 112 Martha Lane, downtown Rutledge, GA
Zombie Farms Halloween Trail - 10/25-10/26 & 10/31/14
Looking for something different this October? Come visit the new location of Zombie Farms where you can be a zombie and find a place to call home in a world full of brain bashing humans.The zombie apocolypse is upon us. Come to Zombie Farms and witness the dawn of a new era. For the humans, you no longer need to hide your home, barricading the doors and windows. The government media complex would have you believe the undead must be feared and destroyed. One farmer knows better. He has discovered the secret to repressing the blood cravings of the undead and putting them to better use. So when you see strange slow moving scarecrows working nearby fields fear not. The solution to the crippled economy is at hand: a labor force that will require no payment, never complain, and never rest. Here you will be trained in a way of life that allows you to be a productive member of a new society, while being protected from all the humans who would like to destroy your kind forever. Open 8-11:30pm. Cost is $20 per person. Phone: 888-776-9321 - Address: Zombie Farms, 568 Smithonia Rd., Winterville, GA 30683
Nevermore Hills Haunted Trail at Museum of Aviation - 10/25 - 10/26 & 10/31/14 at 8-11pm
Dr. Rod Usher was a military scientist who secretly began cloning animal and plant DNA/traits to humans to produce a super human military. Due to his unconventional and highly questionable practices, his project was closed and classified as the "Nevermore Project." He was dishonorably discharged and exiled along with his wife. Nevermore Hills Haunted Trail will include a variety of scares in the woods, as well as a number of haunted barns. Volunteers from the Warner Robins community have been working diligently for the last few months to prepare for this exciting new fundraiser. The cost for the haunted trail will be $13 per person and ticket sales will end by 11 p.m. Children ages 12 and under should be accompanied by an adult. All funds raised through the trail will be used for operating support for both the Museum of Aviation Foundation and the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame. Phone: 478-926-6870 - Address: Museum of Aviation, 200 Hwy 247, Warner Robins, GA 31088
Home School Wednesdays - 10/29/14 at 1:30-3pm
Join a park ranger and learn about the natural sciences and get some fun physical fitness by doing a variety of activities at Hard Labor Creek State Park. Each month will cover a different topic. Please register in advance. All activities will be outdoors. Cost is $3 per person and $5 parking fee. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Road, Rutledge, GA 30663
November
Zombie Farms Halloween Trail - 11/1/14 at 8-11:30pm
Looking for something different this October? Come visit the new location of Zombie Farms where you can be a zombie and find a place to call home in a world full of brain bashing humans.The zombie apocolypse is upon us. Come to Zombie Farms and witness the dawn of a new era. For the humans, you no longer need to hide your home, barricading the doors and windows. The government media complex would have you believe the undead must be feared and destroyed. One farmer knows better. He has discovered the secret to repressing the blood cravings of the undead and putting them to better use. So when you see strange slow moving scarecrows working nearby fields fear not. The solution to the crippled economy is at hand: a labor force that will require no payment, never complain, and never rest. Here you will be trained in a way of life that allows you to be a productive member of a new society, while being protected from all the humans who would like to destroy your kind forever. Cost is $20 per person. Phone: 888-776-9321 - Address: Zombie Farms, 568 Smithonia Rd., Winterville, GA 30683
Haunted Halloween Trail - 11/1/14 at 8-11:30pm
The zombie apocalypse is upon us. Come to Zombie Farms and witness the dawn of a new era instead of hiding in your home and barricading the doors and windows. The government media complex would have you believe the undead must be feared and destroyed. One farmer knows better. He has discovered the secret to repressing the blood cravings of the undead and putting them to better use. So when you see strange slow moving scarecrows working nearby fields, fear not. The solution to the crippled economy and global climate change is at hand: a labor force that will require no payment, never complain, never pollute the environment and never rest. Admission cost is $20 per person. Phone: 706-395-0085 - Address: Zombie Farms & the Ghosts of Smithonia Road, 568 Smithonia Rd, Winterville, GA 30683
Nevermore Hills Haunted Trail at the Museum of Aviation - 11/1/14 at 8-11pm
Dr. Rod Usher was a military scientist who secretly began cloning animal and plant DNA/traits to humans to produce a super human military. Due to his unconventional and highly questionable practices, his project was closed and classified as the "Nevermore Project." He was dishonorably discharged and exiled along with his wife. Nevermore Hills Haunted Trail will include a variety of scares in the woods, as well as a number of haunted barns. Volunteers from the Warner Robins community have been working diligently for the last few months to prepare for this exciting new fundraiser. The cost for the haunted trail will be $13 per person and ticket sales will end by 11 p.m. Children ages 12 and under should be accompanied by an adult. All funds raised through the trail will be used for operating support for both the Museum of Aviation Foundation and the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame. Phone: 478-926-6870 - Address: Museum of Aviation, 200 Hwy 247, Warner Robins, GA 31088
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
Quilting Bee at Jarrell Plantation - 11/1, 11/8 & 11/15/14 at 9:30am-12noon
Beginner quilters can learn about hand piecing and stitching in the big frame, and the steps of making a quilt. Also the Plantation Quilters Guild welcomes visitors to their meeting. Phone: 478-986-5172 - Address: Jarrell Plantation Historic Site, 711 Jarrell Plantation Rd., Juliette GA
First Saturday Village Market - 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/22 & 11/29/14 at 9am-1pm
This market is designed to attract artists who hand craft their product or who grow produce locally. Some of produce is organic and identified as so by farmers. This market is open to local artists who produce jewelry, dog clothings, hard and soft candies, pets, melons, cucumbers, etc... We are located on the campus of Mercer University in Mercer Village. See the growing campus, collaboration between the Univeristy, schools of journalish with the Macon Telegraph, athletic departments and redefining of Tattnall Square Park and surrounding neighborhoods. LimitedHandicapped Accessible. Pets are welcome. Free admission and parking. Phone: 478-741-3338 Address: Francar's Buffalo Wings, 1365 Linden Ave, Macon GA
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
First Saturday Village Market - 12/6, 12/13, 12/20 & 12/27/14 at 9am-1pm
This market is designed to attract artists who hand craft their product or who grow produce locally. Some of produce is organic and identified as so by farmers. This market is open to local artists who produce jewelry, dog clothings, hard and soft candies, pets, melons, cucumbers, etc... We are located on the campus of Mercer University in Mercer Village. See the growing campus, collaboration between the Univeristy, schools of journalish with the Macon Telegraph, athletic departments and redefining of Tattnall Square Park and surrounding neighborhoods. LimitedHandicapped Accessible. Pets are welcome. Free admission and parking. Phone: 478-741-3338 Address: Francar's Buffalo Wings, 1365 Linden Ave, Macon GA
2015
First Saturday Village Market - 1/3, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30, 6/6, 6/13, 6/20, 6/27 & 7/4/15 at
This market is designed to attract artists who hand craft their product or who grow produce locally. Some of produce is organic and identified as so by farmers. This market is open to local artists who produce jewelry, dog clothings, hard and soft candies, pets, melons, cucumbers, etc... We are located on the campus of Mercer University in Mercer Village. See the growing campus, collaboration between the Univeristy, schools of journalish with the Macon Telegraph, athletic departments and redefining of Tattnall Square Park and surrounding neighborhoods. Open at 9am-1pm. LimitedHandicapped Accessible. Pets are welcome. Free admission and parking. Phone: 478-741-3338 Address: Francar's Buffalo Wings, 1365 Linden Ave, Macon GA
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