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Below are lists of festivals, fairs, holiday and special events for the Historic Heartland travel region. Please call listings contact numbers for more info.
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Tour at Two: “Frank Hartley Anderson: Forging the Southern Printmakers Society” - 5/25/16 at 2-3pm
Join the Tour at Two: "Frank Hartley Anderson: Forging the Southern Printmakers Society" led by Sarah Kate Gillespie, curator of American art. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-542-4662 - Address: Georgia Museum of Art, 90 Carlton St., Athens, GA 30602
Gallery Discussion: The Meaders Family: North Georgia Potters - 5/26/16 at 7-10pm
This event is preceded by a screening of "The Meaders Family: North Georgia Potters," the 1978 Smithsonian documentary profiles Cheever and Lanier Meaders of Mossy Creek, Georgia, and captures the techniques of pottery making, an art tradition embedded in the natural resources and craft practices of the South. Following the film, join local potters and Education Program Specialist Brittany Ranew for a folk pottery discussion with visitors alongside the Meaders face jugs display on view in the permanent collection wing. Black and white, 30 min. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-542-4662 - Address: Georgia Museum of Art, 90 Carlton St., Athens, GA 30602
Night Hike and Scorpion Hunt - 5/27/16 at 8:45-9:45pm
We're heading into the night to learn about the things that we can't normally see. We'll hunt phosphorescent organisms, listen for owls, and watch the stars. You'll be meeting at the Trading Post (Visitor Center) to walk the easy/moderate 1 mile Brantley Nature Trail after hours with special permission from a Ranger. No registration necessary. Email questions to redtop.programmers@dnr.ga.gov. This program is made possible with assistance from AmeriCorps volunteer rangers and an AmeriCorps federal grant. Costs are $3 per person and $5 parking fee. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Road, Rutledge, GA
Family Farm Day - 5/28/16 at 10:30am-3:30pm
The farm comes to life with volunteers demonstrating crafts and chores of the past. See the skills from long ago, such as sewing, blacksmithing, woodstove cooking, gardening, woodworking and many other farm activities. Cost is $4 to $6.50 per person. Phone: 478-986-5172 - Address: Jarrell Plantation Historic Site, 711 Jarrell Plantation Rd, Juliette, GA 31046
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Memorial Day Miniature Golf Tournament - 5/28/16 at 10am
Show your skills at this year's miniature golf tournament! Compete against your friends and family as you celebrate the holiday. Costs are $5 per person and $5 parking fee. Phone: 770-504-2277 - Address: Indian Springs State Park, 678 Lake Clark Rd, Flovilla, GA 30216
Birding Workshop - 5/28/16 at 10am-3:30pm
A workshop for beginning birders for ages 12-100! Enjoy a day learning about one of FDR's favorite hobbies! The day will include a Birds of Prey Show, outdoor birding activities, and a personalized guided tour of the grounds. Our guest speaker, Terry Johnson, will be leading the workshop along with a representative from the Atlanta Audubon Society. Handicapped Accessible event. Admission Fees are: $55 for Adults, $45 for Youth (12-17), and $135 for Family. Phone: 706-655-5870 - Address: Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site, 401 Little White House Rd, Warm Springs, GA 31830
Memorial Day Duckie Race - 5/28/16 at 10am-3pm
We're kicking off summer at Chatt Bend with the 2nd annual Duckie Race. Race starts at 2 p.m. so be sure to get your lucky duck. Other activities include a nature hike at 10 a.m., and water balloon games in the afternoon. Lucky Duck winners get prizes! Costs are $1 to $5, and $5 parking fee. Phone: 770-254-7271 - Address: Chattahoochee Bend State Park, 425 Bobwhite Way, Newnan, GA 30263
Memorial Day Celebration & Ride for America - 5/30/16 at 11am-12noon
Join Madison's Main Street, the American Legion and about 1,000 motorcyclists participating in the Annual Ride for America in downtown Madison's Town Park. Honor the men and women who have died while in military service to our nation in this patriotic Memorial Day ceremony. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-342-1251 - Address: Madison's Town Park, 218 W. Jefferson St., Madison, GA 30650
Georgia's Walk of Heroes Memorial Day Ceremony - 5/30/16 at 10:30am-12noon
On America's 148th Annual Memorial Day), at 11 a.m., at the Stage area of the Walk of Heroes. Mr. James Blaylock, Vietnam Veteran and Past State & National Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, will be the keynote speaker. For more info, visit www.walkofheroes.org. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission & parking. Phone: 770-602-2606 - Address: Walk of Heroes Veterans War Memorial, 3001 Black Shoals Rd, Conyers, GA 30012
June
Frogging & Other Night Sounds by Kayak - National Trails Day - 6/4/16 at 8:30-10pm
Join Environmental Outreach Coordinator, Linda May, for this nighttime symphony performed by a host of nocturnal creatures on Lake Rutledge after dark. Frogs, crickets, and maybe an owl or two, may be heard on this easy paddle. Enjoy the stars after the sun goes down if the night sky is clear. Space is limited, please pre-register. $15 plus $5 parking fee. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Road, Rutledge, GA
Junior Ranger Day Camp - 6/7-6/9 & 6/21-6/23/16 at 9:30am-1pm
Are your kids looking for a little adventure, and fun learning this summer. Kids ages 6 - 12 can earn a level 1 Jr Ranger Patch in this 3-day camp. Participants will learn about native trees, wildlife, and history, and enjoy fishing, hiking, archery, keeping a nature journal and much more. Register in advance, space is limited. $75 plus $5 parking fee. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Road, Rutledge, GA
Historic Ruins at High Falls State Park
Bike Trails Work and Ride - 6/11/16 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. $5 parking fee. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Road, Rutledge, GA
Architectural Tour Series - 6/18/16 at 1:30-4pm
Revel in the profound beauty and history of one of the most magnificent places in Georgia with the Monastery of the Holy Spirit Architectural Tour. A trained docent starts this journey weaving the history, design, and construction of this remarkable Trappist community with a visit to the Visitors Center, the restored historic barn, and the Bonsai Garden. Strolling along the Prayer Path, participants proceed to the stunning Abbey Church built by monks over a ten-year period to explore the design and history of this architectural marvel. The tour culminates with a discovery of the historical and environmentally-friendly features of the open-air cloister, the elegant Abbey Cafe, and the enchanting Abbey Store. Proceeds from this tour will be donated to a local community food bank. Cost is $10 per person age 13 and older. Call for more info. Phone: 678-642-0680 - Address: Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212 SW, Conyers, GA 30094
July
Ol' Time Independence Day - 7/2/16 at 10:30am-3:30pm
Put on your red, white and blue, pack a picnic, and spend a day on the farm. Hear the Declaration of Independence at noon and have some ol' time fun with outdoor games, races, and ol' time skill demonstrations. Admission fee is $4 to $6.50 per person. Phone: 478-986-5172 - Address: Jarrell Plantation Historic Site, 711 Jarrell Plantation Rd, Juliette, GA 31046
Annual Independence Day Concert & Picnic - 7/1/16 at 5:30-9pm
Summer in Madison would not be complete without this free celebration featuring live patriotic music by Georgia's longest operating community band, the Athens Classic City Band. Bring a picnic, blankets, tables or chairs and join family and friends for the festivities. Music begins at 7 p.m., but come early to grab a spot on the lawn or rent a table from the Center for $20 each. Don't forget to decorate your table; prizes will be given for "Most Patriotic" table decorations. The Annual Independence Day Concert ends at dusk and is followed by professional fireworks presented by the City of Madison at Heritage Park. This is truly a fun-filled evening for the entire family! Rain Location: Cultural Center Hall on Foster Street. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-342-4743 Address: Madison-Morgan Cultural Center, 434 South Main St, Madison GA
Bike Trails Work and Ride - 7/9/16 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. $5 parking fee. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Road, Rutledge, GA
Architectural Tour Series - 7/16/16 at 1:30-4pm
Revel in the profound beauty and history of one of the most magnificent places in Georgia with the Monastery of the Holy Spirit Architectural Tour. A trained docent starts this journey weaving the history, design, and construction of this remarkable Trappist community with a visit to the Visitors Center, the restored historic barn, and the Bonsai Garden. Strolling along the Prayer Path, participants proceed to the stunning Abbey Church built by monks over a ten-year period to explore the design and history of this architectural marvel. The tour culminates with a discovery of the historical and environmentally-friendly features of the open-air cloister, the elegant Abbey Cafe, and the enchanting Abbey Store. Proceeds from this tour will be donated to a local community food bank. Cost is $10 per person age 13 and older. Call for more info. Phone: 678-642-0680 - Address: Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212 SW, Conyers, GA 30094
August
Bike Trails Work and Ride - 8/13 & 8/14/16 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. $5 parking fee. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Road, Rutledge, GA
Architectural Tour Series - 8/20/16 at 1:30-4pm
Revel in the profound beauty and history of one of the most magnificent places in Georgia with the Monastery of the Holy Spirit Architectural Tour. A trained docent starts this journey weaving the history, design, and construction of this remarkable Trappist community with a visit to the Visitors Center, the restored historic barn, and the Bonsai Garden. Strolling along the Prayer Path, participants proceed to the stunning Abbey Church built by monks over a ten-year period to explore the design and history of this architectural marvel. The tour culminates with a discovery of the historical and environmentally-friendly features of the open-air cloister, the elegant Abbey Cafe, and the enchanting Abbey Store. Proceeds from this tour will be donated to a local community food bank. Cost is $10 per person age 13 and older. Call for more info. Phone: 678-642-0680 - Address: Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212 SW, Conyers, GA 30094
September
Bike Trails Work and Ride - 9/10/16 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. $5 parking fee. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Road, Rutledge, GA
Architectural Tour Series - 9/17/16 at 1:30-4pm
Revel in the profound beauty and history of one of the most magnificent places in Georgia with the Monastery of the Holy Spirit Architectural Tour. A trained docent starts this journey weaving the history, design, and construction of this remarkable Trappist community with a visit to the Visitors Center, the restored historic barn, and the Bonsai Garden. Strolling along the Prayer Path, participants proceed to the stunning Abbey Church built by monks over a ten-year period to explore the design and history of this architectural marvel. The tour culminates with a discovery of the historical and environmentally-friendly features of the open-air cloister, the elegant Abbey Cafe, and the enchanting Abbey Store. Proceeds from this tour will be donated to a local community food bank. Cost is $10 per person age 13 and older. Call for more info. Phone: 678-642-0680 - Address: Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212 SW, Conyers, GA 30094
Your State Parks Day - 9/24/16 at 9am-1pm
Join park staff and volunteers as we celebrate the nation's "Pollinator Initiative" by planting native wildflowers in a 40 acre meadow. Wild mints, native thistle, and native asters are going to be the plants of choice this year, all native, and all collected near the park. Please call to register, so we know how many volunteers will be working. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Road, Rutledge, GA
October
Bike Trails Work and Ride - 10/8/16 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. $5 parking fee. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Road, Rutledge, GA
Architectural Tour Series - 10/15/16 at 1:30-4pm
Revel in the profound beauty and history of one of the most magnificent places in Georgia with the Monastery of the Holy Spirit Architectural Tour. A trained docent starts this journey weaving the history, design, and construction of this remarkable Trappist community with a visit to the Visitors Center, the restored historic barn, and the Bonsai Garden. Strolling along the Prayer Path, participants proceed to the stunning Abbey Church built by monks over a ten-year period to explore the design and history of this architectural marvel. The tour culminates with a discovery of the historical and environmentally-friendly features of the open-air cloister, the elegant Abbey Cafe, and the enchanting Abbey Store. Proceeds from this tour will be donated to a local community food bank. Cost is $10 per person age 13 and older. Call for more info. Phone: 678-642-0680 - Address: Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212 SW, Conyers, GA 30094
Spooky Wagon Ride - 10/21-10/22 & 10/28-10/29/16 at 7:30-9:30pm
Take a frightful wagon ride through a dark and creepy forest. Meet a strange and ghastly cast of characters along the way. Wagon will depart from beach parking lot, each ride lasts about 20 minutes. Rides will be first come, first serve. Volunteer ghosts are needed; contact the park as soon as possible. Costs are $5 plus $5 parking. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Road, Rutledge, GA
November
Architectural Tour Series - 11/19/16 at 1:30-4pm
Revel in the profound beauty and history of one of the most magnificent places in Georgia with the Monastery of the Holy Spirit Architectural Tour. A trained docent starts this journey weaving the history, design, and construction of this remarkable Trappist community with a visit to the Visitors Center, the restored historic barn, and the Bonsai Garden. Strolling along the Prayer Path, participants proceed to the stunning Abbey Church built by monks over a ten-year period to explore the design and history of this architectural marvel. The tour culminates with a discovery of the historical and environmentally-friendly features of the open-air cloister, the elegant Abbey Cafe, and the enchanting Abbey Store. Proceeds from this tour will be donated to a local community food bank. Cost is $10 per person age 13 and older. Call for more info. Phone: 678-642-0680 - Address: Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212 SW, Conyers, GA 30094
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