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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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August
Tour at Two: Highlights from the Permanent Collection - 8/31/16 at 2-3pm
Sarah Kate Gillespie, curator of American art, will lead a tour of the newly reinstalled permanent collection galleries. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission & parking. Phone: 706-542-4662 - Address: Georgia Museum of Art, 90 Carlton St, Athens, GA 30602
September
Live on the Square Concerts w/ Lady Creech & The Main Street Band - 9/3/16 5-10pm
This family-friendly event takes place in Forsyth's Historic Square and features music, food, dancing, and community. We hope to see you there! Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission & parking. Phone:478-994-7747 - Address: Forsyth Main Street, 26 N Jackson St., Forsyth, GA 31029
Labor Day Folklife Festival - 9/3/16 at 10:30am-3:30pm
How better to celebrate Labor Day than learning about old time labor? Experience first hand the daily chores needed to run a farm and reward your labors with games and music. Cost is $4 to $6.50 per person. Phone: 478-986-5172 - Address: Jarrell Plantation Historic Site, 711 Jarrell Plantation Rd, Juliette, GA 31046
Tour at Two: “Gifts and Prayers: The Romanovs & Their Subjects” - 9/7/16 at 2-3pm
Join Asen Kirin, curator of the exhibition and professor of art history at UGA, for a special tour.
Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission & parking. Phone: 706-542-4662 - Address: Georgia Museum of Art, 90 Carlton St, Athens, GA 30602
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Morning Mindfulness - 9/9/16 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 on select Fridays. 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 or send email to callan@uga.edu. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission & parking. Phone: 706-542-8863 - Address: Georgia Museum of Art, 90 Carlton St, Athens, GA 30602
Pokemon Night Hunt - 9/9/16 at 8-9pm
Calling all Pokemon Trainers! Beginner or expert, join us for a Pokemon night hike and hunt. We will be setting up lures at some Pokestops in the park. We will also take a short hike to the falls to see what Pokemon are lurking at night. Bring your smartphone, headlight and walking shoes. Costs are $5 per person and $5 vehicle parking fee. Phone: 478-993-3053 - Address: High Falls State Park, 76 High Falls Park Drive, Jackson, GA 30233
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
Summer Concert Series -The Drifters - 9/10/16 at 7-10:30pm
The Drifters…one of Rock & Roll's founding vocal groups is once again touring the U.S. under the auspices of their original management team. Their songs include such hits as "Up on the Roof," "Under the Boardwalk," "This Magic Moment," "There Goes My Baby," "Dance with Me," "Spanish Harlem," and "Stand by Me." The hits goes on and on. From their inception in the early 1950's and up until recently, The Drifters has a symbiotic relationship with Rock & Roll legend George Treadwell, who's discovered and managed such famous artists as Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughn and Nina Simone. Handicapped Accessible access. Phone: 770-922-3143 - Address: Olde Town Pavilion, 949 South Main St, Conyers, GA 30012
Georgia Cycling League Race #1 - 9/10 - 9/11/16 at 8am-5pm
The Georgia Cycling League provides student athletes an arena in which to set and accomplish competitive goals, to achieve their personal best. Pets are welcome. Free admission and parking. Phone: 770-860-4190 - Address: Georgia International Horse Park, 1996 Centennial Olympic Parkway, Conyers, GA 30013
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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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