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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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Family Day Special Event: Poe-tober Poetry - 10/27/16 at 5:30-7:30pm
Families and kids of all ages are invited to participate in fun gallery games and a spooky scavenger hunt in the permanent collection, and to listen to readings of selected poems by Edgar Allen Poe. Participants will also write their own poems inspired by works in the museum's collection and are invited to read them aloud in the lobby. Presented in conjunction with the NEA's Big Read program.

Brooklyn Bridge Film Series: “Kate and Leopold”
- 10/27/16 at 7-9pm
The Brooklyn Bridge plays an important role in this time-traveling romantic comedy starring Meg Ryan as a 21st-century New Yorker and Hugh Jackman as a 19th-century gentleman trying to understand the modern world. Handicapped Accessible events. Free admission & parking. Phone: 706-542-4662 - Address: Georgia Museum of Art, 90 Carlton St, Athens, GA 30602
Spooky Wagon Ride - 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
Campground Trick-or-Treating for Overnight Guests - 10/29/16 at 7-8pm
Our campground and cottage guests age 12 and younger are invited to participate in this year's Campground Trick-or-Treat. Bring your costume and visit with your fellow park fans. Campground guests will be handing out candy at their campsites. Free fun event! $5 parking fee. Phone: 770-504-2277 - Address: Indian Springs State Park, 678 Lake Clark Road, Flovilla, GA 30216
Bostwick's Cotton Gin Run - 10/29/16 at 7-10am
Come to Bostwick and enjoy a 5K run along side fields of cotton. Located a few miles outside of historic Madison, Ga., this farming town is home to the remake filming of the movie Footloose, as well as the Annual Cotton Gin Festival! On Saturday, October 29, the Annual 5K Gin Run will start at The Bostwick House on Highway 83 at 8 a.m. Prizes will be awarded for each age group. Participant fees are $20 before 10/25, $25 thereafter $15:No Shirt Option $20 before 10/25, $25 thereafter $15:No Shirt Option. Free admission for general public. Phone: 706-342-0182 - Address: 5951 Bostwick Rd (Hwy 83), downtown Bostwick, GA 30623
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Jackson Alive Fall Festival - 10/29/16 at 9am-9pm
Brought to you in the same downtown square featured in the new hit TV series "Stranger Things" is the 7th Annual Jackson Alive Fall Festival and Halloween on Second Street. festival focuses on arts & crafts, handmade items, Georgia made & Georgia Grown food items, prepared food, antiques, gardening, farmers market, children's activities, and information & demonstrations. The downtown square will feature many vendors and activities for kids and adults, including live musical performances and a parade at midday. Stick around for the evening and bring your costumes...because at dark, the square will be transformed into Halloween on Second Street, from the square to the old Carmichael Mansion. Candy will be given out to trick-or-treaters, provided by the local downtown merchants and others. It's a great place to take your kids for safe and supervised trick-or-treating. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 770-775-4839 - Address: Downtown Jackson Square, 25 3rd Street, Jackson, GA 30233
Briar Patch Arts Festival - 10/29/16 at 9am-3pm
This Arts Festival will be another spectacular, unique arts festival. Our specialty arts and crafts vendors will be showcasing handmade soaps, photography, paintings, jewelry, pottery, wood working, handmade glassware, clothing, potted plants, and children's items just to name a few. Live entertainment on the music stage will keep you tapping your toes while you wander through the maze of booths and vendors. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission & parking. Phone: 706-749-9150 - Address: Courthouse Square, 100 S Jefferson Ave, Eatonton GA 31024
Tour at Two: Thompson Collection - 11/2/16 at 2-3pm
Join Shawnya Harris, Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Curator of African American and African Diasporic Art for a tour of works from the Thompson collection on view in the permanent collection. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission & parking. Phone: 706-542-4662 - Address: Georgia Museum of Art, 90 Carlton St, Athens, GA 30602
Studio Workshop: Abstraction Expressionism - 11/3/16 at 5:30-8:30pm
Teens ages 13–18 are invited to participate in this studio workshop led by local artist and educator Kristen Bach. The group will check out the bold, colorful works of abstract expressionist artist Gary Hudson, then experiment with color and scale to create their own expressionist art in the studio classroom. A pizza dinner is included. This program is free, but space is limited. Call 706.542.8863 or email callan@uga.edu to reserve a spot.

3rd Thursday Twilight Tour: Highlights from the Permanent Collection - 11/3/16 7-8pm
Join us for the Third Thursday Twilight Tour led by docents. This tour will meet in the museum lobby. All ages are welcome. Handicapped Accessible events. Free admission & parking. Phone: 706-542-4662 - Address: Georgia Museum of Art, 90 Carlton St, Athens, GA 30602
Doc Holliday Historical Perspective - 11/3/16 at 11:30am-1pm
Are you a fan of the movie "Tombstone?" Or a history buff fascinated with the O.K. Corral? One of the pivotal characters in that saga will be the highlight of a presentation when noted author Victoria Wilcox comes to Jackson to tell the story of John Henry "Doc" Holliday. Wilcox has authored several books about Doc Holliday and his life, which began in neighboring Griffin, Georgia. She'll dispel some myths about Holliday, as well as offer some new insights and interesting facts about the man who became a legend of the Old West. The cost to attend is $15 and includes a catered luncheon. This is a great opportunity to brush up on your Old West history and learn some new facts about one of the most interesting people to come from this part of Georgia. Phone: 770-550-3065 - Address: Jackson United Methodist Church, 409 E Third St, Jackson, GA 30233
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Syrup Makin' Time on the Plantation - 11/5/16 at 10:30am-3:30pm
Have you ever wondered how sugar cane syrup is made? Find out how past farmers made their very own. Sip on fresh sugar cane juice while watching the syrup making process, and enjoy demonstrations around the farm. Come experience Syrup Makin' Day in the country. cost is $4 to $6.50 per person. Phone: 478-986-5172 - Address: Jarrell Plantation Historic Site, 711 Jarrell Plantation Road, Juliette, GA 31046
Forsyth Historic Train Festival - 11/5/16 at 9am-5pm
The festival features historic train exhibits, a chili cook-off, a car and bike show, children's inflatable fair, fine art gallery and auction, live music from local musicians, and food, crafts, and activity vendors. This family-friendly event has something for everyone, all crafted in celebration and rememberence of the historical role of the railroad in Forsyth. Come out and join us for fun, food, and trains! Free admission and parking. Phone: 478-994-7747 - Location: Historic Train Depot, East Adams St., Forsyth, GA 31029
Bostwick's Cotton Gin Festival - 11/5/16
Festivities will begin at 9 a.m. including a parade that starts at 11 a.m. complete with tractors and antique cars, followed by a full day of cotton-ginning, festival fun! There will be booths of hand-made arts and crafts, and you will likely find your favorite edible treat at the many food vendors. Kids may play in the recently harvested cotton, and the gin will be operating all day long! You'll definitely want to make it a weekend getaway and visit the many unique shops and restaurants that have earned Madison a place on Budget Travel Magazine's list of "Most Picturesque Villages in the World!" $5 parking fee. Phone: 706-343-0065 - Address: 5951 Bostwick Rd (Hwy 83), downtown Bostwick, GA 30623
Andalusia's 12th Annual Bluegrass Festival - 11/5/16 at 10am-8pm
The majestic oak and pecan trees are a wonderful canopy for hundreds of guests lounging in lawn chairs, on blankets, and enjoying picnics for several hours of the best Bluegrass music to be heard anywhere. Bluegrass at Andalusia is an event for the whole family! Bring your picnic baskets, or come hungry and get some snacks from one of the vendors! Bring your instruments for Porch Pickin' and join us for a Nature Trail Walk! Packway Handle Band will headline in this return engagement for the band that played to an appreciated crowd at Andalusia's 2014 festival. Also on stage will be The Skillet Lickers, of Country music's most historic and longest running groups (since 1924). Check out bands and be sure to join us this year! Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Phone: 478-454-4029 - Address: Andalusia Farm, 2628 North Columbia Street Hwy 441, Milledgeville, GA 31061
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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