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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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Circle of Friends Dog Agility - 2/7/16 at 9am-5pm
Enjoy three days of fast fun that's gone to the dogs! Dog agility is an exciting team sport where dogs and their handlers navigate a challenging course of jumps, tunnels, weave poles and other obstacles at speed. Spectators are welcome, and admission is free. For more information, contact Circle of Friends Dog Agility, LLC at dcdriscoll@att.net. The event is located in the Charles Walker Covered Arena. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 770-860-4190 - Address: Georgia International Horse Park, 1996 Centennial Olympic Pkwy, Conyers, GA 30014
Wrenn with Tedo Stone - 2/7/16 at 10:30pm-2am
Tedo Stone was born to play rock and roll. Growing up in a family with a musical father and where brothers handed down bass guitars to younger siblings like old sweatshirts, Stone was fronting a band and playing in motorcycle bars around his hometown of Covington, Georgia, when he was 12 years old. Wrenn - Sometimes fun and quirky and at other times gravely beautiful, Athens' newly crowned pop-sweetheart, Wrenn, combines rich, vibrant vocals with powerful songwriting to, "... create something unlike anything in Athens music now or, probably, ever." Cost is $5 per person. Phone: 478-741-9130 - Address: The Hummingbird Stage & Taproom, 430 Cherry St., Macon, GA 31201
Judson Mitcham in Milledgeville - 2/7 at 3-5pm & 2/8/16 at 7-8:30pm
Acclaimed author Judson Mitcham will talk about Flannery O'Connor's Wise Blood, and then give a fiction reading. On Monday, in the Museum Education Room at the Georgia College & State University (GC&SU) Library, he will present the 2016 Flannery O'Connor Memorial Lecture-Reading. This begins with a brief appreciation of O'Connor and then a poetry reading. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Phone: 478-454-4029 - Address: Andalusia Farm, 2628 N Columbia St, Milledgeville, GA 31061
Festival of Camellias - 2/7 - 2/29/16
The Festival of Camellias is a special celebration of the peak camellia blooming season at Massee Lane Gardens. Massee Lane Gardens, the Historic Headquarters of the American Camellia Society, hosts a special workshop, guided tours, and a competitive camellia show. Thousands of camellias in all varieties, sizes and colors are at the peak of their blooming season. Also known as the "winter rose," camellias bloom from September through April, with the peak of the season arriving in January and February. Guests will enjoy an informational video on camellias and the gardens, and a self-guided tour of the gardens, porcelain galleries and greenhouse. The gardens are open seven days a week for the entire month of February! Admission cost is $4 to $5 per person. Free Admission Day on Saturday, February 6. The hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. A care and culture workshop will be held January 30. Guided tours for 10+ by appointment. Phone: 478-967-6723 and toll free at 877-422-6355 - Address: Massee Lane Gardens, 100 Massee Lane, Fort Valley, GA 31030
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African-American Historic Trolley Tours - 2/7, 2/14, 2/21 & 2/28/16 at 2-4pm
In honor of Black History Month, the Milledgeville Convention and Visitor's Bureau will be offering a free African-American historic trolley tour. The tour will highlight the African-American heritage of Milledgeville where religion flourished, education grew, and influential men and women left their mark on the Antebellum Capital. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 478-452-4687 - Address: Milledgeville-Baldwin County CVB, 200 West Hancock St., Milledgeville, GA 31059
Tour at Two: "Tools of the Trade" - 2/10/16 at 2-3pm
Join the co-curators of the exhibition, Carissa DiCindio, curator of education, and Tricia Miller, head registrar, for a special look at this show that explores the behind-the-scenes side of museum work. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-542-4662 - Address: Georgia Museum of Art, 90 Carlton St, Athens, GA 30602
Lecture: Artist Alice Aycock - 2/11/16 at 5:30-6:30pm
Join Alice Aycock as she shares stories of her career as an artist and get an in-depth look at selected works from the artist's oeuvre. Her large-scale pieces in earth and industrial materials pertain to themes of human and spatial relationships with nature, architecture and the built environment.

Make It an Evening - 2/11/16 at 8-8pm
Enjoy coffee, dessert, and a tour of the exhibition "Tools of the Trade" (led by co-curator and head registrar Tricia Miller) prior to the performance by pianists Wu Han and Alessio Bax, artist members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and special guest pianist Robert Spano in Hodgson Hall. Jittery Joe's Coffee and Cecilia Villaveces' cakes. Purchase tickets for the concert at pac.uga.edu. The event at the museum and refreshments are free.

Behind-the-Scenes Film Series: “Gerhard Richter Painting” - 2/11/16 at 7-8:30pm
This film follows legendary German painter Gerhard Richter in his studio through the spring and summer of 2009, granting viewers access into the artist's personal, tension-filled process of artistic creation. With a fly-on-the-wall perspective, viewers follow Richter as he creates large abstract paintings with fat brushes and a massive squeegee, applying layers of paint until the highly charged process creates a work of art. Directed by Corinna Belz. German with English subtitles. 2012, 97 min.

All events are Handicapped Accessible. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-542-4662 - Address: Georgia Museum of Art, 90 Carlton St, Athens, GA 30602
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Morning Mindfulness - 2/12/16 at 9:30-10:30am
The Georgia Museum of Art invites you into the galleries to enhance mindful practice in an environment of creative energy. Free meditation sessions will be held select Fridays during the spring semester. Sessions include instructor-led meditation followed by a period of reflection and discussion. Stools without backs are provided; please bring a cushion if desired. Reservations are encouraged; call to reserve. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-542-4662 - Address: Georgia Museum of Art, 90 Carlton St, Athens, GA 30602
Paws on the Falls - 2/13/16 at 1-2:30pm
Grab your leash and bring your dog out to walk with some new friends on the High Falls Trail. A special surprise for each dog that attends. Costs are $5 per dog and $5 parking fee. Phone: 478-993-3053 - Address: High Falls State Park, 76 High Falls Park Dr, Jackson, GA 30233
Spotlight Tour: Highlights from the Permanent Collection - 2/14/16 at 3-4pm
Meet the Georgia Museum of Art's docents for a tour of highlights from the permanent collection. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-542-4662 - Address: Georgia Museum of Art, 90 Carlton St, Athens, GA 30602
March
Antique Steam Engine Demonstration - 3/5/16 at 2-4pm
Come "let off some steam" by blowing the whistle atop the Jarrell Plantation 'Mill Complex', a signal used to communicate between Jarrell's manning different work positions throughout the mill. See our stationary steam engine in action and experience live steam that puts into motion this important provider of mechanical energy in America's past. Cost is $4.50 to $6 per person. Phone: 478-986-5172 - Address: Jarrell Plantation Historic Site, 711 Jarrell Plantation Rd., Juliette, GA 31046
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