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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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August
Paddle Under the Perseids - Meteor Kayak Tour - 8/23/14
Join a park ranger on this kayak tour of Lake Rutledge as we watch the night sky for the Perseids Meteor Shower. This is considered by many to be the year's best meteor shower because the meteors are often bright and leave long trails. Will meet at the Lake Rutledge boat ramp. Register in advance. Cost is $20 per person and $5 parking fee. Hours are 10-11pm and 11:30pm-12:30am on 8/15, 8/16 & 8/22 and 11:30pm-12:30am on 8/23/14. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Road, Rutledge, GA 30663
New Moon Kayak Tour - 8/23/14 at 8:30-10:30pm
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
Classic City Rollergirls vs. Greenville Derby Dames - 8/23/14 at 7-9pm
The Classic City Rollergirls will host the Greenville Derby Dames at The Classic Center Arena. Come out and support the only flat track roller derby team in the Athens area! General admission tickets are only $12, if purchased in advance. Go to ClassicCenter.com to buy tickets or click on the direct buy ticket link at http://bit.ly/1kYpnh5 - Phone: 706-357-4444 - Address: The Classic Center Arena, 300 N. Thomas St., Athens, GA 30601
2014 Masters Bowling Tournament - 8/23 at 8am-4:30pm & 8/24/14 at 8am
Join us for the Masters Bowling Opening Ceremony on August 22 at 7-8p.m. at the Museum of Aviation Outdoor Amphitheater. The Special Olympics Georgia 2014 State Masters Bowling Tournament will be held August 22-24, 2014. More than 950 athletes from around Georgia will compete in the Masters Bowling Tournament at the Gold Cup Bowling Center and Robins Lanes in Warner Robins. Cheer on the athletes as they compete and witness first-hand their inspiring accomplishments and the impact of your support. For more information on the Summer Games competition schedule, contact David Crawford david.crawford@specialolympicsga.org or call 229-292-5143. Phone: 478-922-5100 - Location: Golf Cup Bowling / Museum of Aviation, Russell Pkwy/ GA Hwy 247, Warner Robins, GA 31088
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Old School History Museum Civil War Display - 8/23 - 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
Twilight Night Paddle - 8/23 & 8/30/14 at 7-8:30pm
Watch wading birds and enjoy the setting sun in this peaceful, ranger-led 3 mile canoe trip to Buck Creek. This program is open to adults and children 6 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. Reservations required. Cost per person is $15 which includes gear, plus $5 parking fee. Phone: 478-993-3053 - Address: High Falls State Park, 76 High Falls Park Dr, Jackson, GA
Labor Day Weekend Night Kayak - 8/29 & 8/31/14 at 8:30pm
Kick off your Labor Day weekend on Lake Rutledge. Join a ranger and experience the beautiful night sky by kayak. Let's meet at the boat ramp. Pre-register: space is limited. Admission Fee is $15 and parking is $5. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Road, Rutledge, GA 30663
Labor Day at Jarrell Plantation - 8/30/14 at 10:30am-3:30pm
What better way to celebrate Labor Day than learning about old time labor? Enjoy old time handicraft making demonstrations, learn about how household chores were done, and try some yourself. Cost is $4-$6.50 per person. Phone: 478-986-5172 - Address: Jarrell Plantation Historic Site, 711 Jarrell Plantation Rd., Juliette, GA 31046
Atlanta Audubon Beginners Bird Walk - 8/30/14 at 2-4pm
This field trip is designed for anyone interested in learning more about birds, habitats critical to some species, and organizations like the Audubon Society, which are dedicated to bird conservation. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. Donations of bird seed for the park bird feeder are welcome. $5 parking fee. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Road, Rutledge, GA 30663
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International Cultural Festival and Soccer Exhibition - 8/30/14 at 10am-6pm
This event will include a mini festival parade along State University Drive, starting at 9am. The opening ceremony will start at 9:30am at Wildcat Stadium. Soccer matches are from 10am to 1pm in Wildcat Stadium. The four teams are Rio Balsas, Futbol Club San Jose, Liberta and La Ruana, from Atlanta and Peach County. Enjoy the festival with music, food and other vendors, raffles, goat milk ice cream give-away, and more from 1 to 6pm. See an Afro Cuban group - Orquesta Macuba, a Caribbean steel band called PanSonics, stilt dancers, and a Soca and Calypso musician named King Danskie. The cost to attend the event is $2 per person. Children 12 and under and FVSU students with a valid I.D. are free. Free parking. To purchase tickets, visit FVSU's Wildcat Ticket Office: goo.gl/yIfGMs. Phone: 478-825-5319 - Address: Fort Valley State University Wildcat Stadium, Fort Valley State University, 1005 State University Dr, Fort Valley, GA 31030
Perspectives 2014 - 8/30/14 - 9/17/14 at 10am-5pm
The annual PERSPECTIVES 2014 pottery event is one of the largest and best pottery events in the region. Showcasing the works of 50 Georgia potters, the event features three exhibits including Ron Myers, Ted Saupe, and Sun Koo Yuh, and offers over 5000 pieces of original, hand-made pottery for sale, and free pottery demonstrations each Saturday afternoon. A special Ocarina Show will be in the Hall Gallery. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-769-4565 - Address: Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation, OCAF 34 School St., Watkinsville, GA 30677
September
Perspectives 2014 - 9/1 - 9/17/14 at 10am-5pm
The annual PERSPECTIVES 2014 pottery event is one of the largest and best pottery events in the region. Showcasing the works of 50 Georgia potters, the event features three exhibits including Ron Myers, Ted Saupe, and Sun Koo Yuh, and offers over 5000 pieces of original, hand-made pottery for sale, and free pottery demonstrations each Saturday afternoon. A special Ocarina Show will be in the Hall Gallery. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-769-4565 - Address: Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation, OCAF 34 School St., Watkinsville, GA 30677
Old School History Museum Civil War Display - 9/1 - 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 - 9/2/14 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 Friday Concert Series - The he Swingin' Medallions - 9/5/14 at 7pm
General admission to the concert is free, just be sure to bring your own lawn chair if you don't reserve a table! VIP tables are available for $150/table (seating for 8), space is limited. Call to make reservations. Phone: 770-266-5331 - Location: Courthouse Lawn, downtown Monroe, GA 30655
Full Moon Kayak Tour - 9/5 & 9/6/14 at 8:30-10:30pm
Join a guided tour of Lake Rutledge, and enjoy a peaceful paddle under a bright moon. Listen for night sounds, enjoy the night sky, and learn about the history of Hard Labor Creek State Park. There will be "Super Moons" during the months of July, August and September this summer of 2014. Register in advance. Cost is $15 per person and $5 parking fee. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Road, Rutledge, GA 30663
2014 Old Jail Tours - 9/6/14 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
Georgia State Astronomy - Observatory Open House - 9/6/14 at 7:15-8:15pm
Georgia State University's Observatory will have an open house monthly. In case of inclement weather, facilities will be open for a tour and slideshow. Large groups need reservations: 404-413-6024. Night sky observations start one-half hour after sunset. Open house lasts all day. Handicapped Accessible event. Free show, $5 parking. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Road, Rutledge, GA 30663
Twilight Night Paddle - 9/13 at 6:45-8:15pm & 9/27/14 at 6:30-8pm
Watch wading birds and enjoy the setting sun in this peaceful, ranger-led 3 mile canoe trip to Buck Creek. This program is open to adults and children 6 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. Reservations required. Cost per person is $15 which includes gear, plus $5 parking fee. Phone: 478-993-3053 - Address: High Falls State Park, 76 High Falls Park Dr, Jackson, GA
New Moon Kayak Tour - 9/27/14 at 8-10pm
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
October
Old School History Museum Civil War Display - 10/1 - 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
2014 Old Jail Tours - 10/4/14 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
Georgia State Astronomy - Observatory Open House - 10/4/14 at 6:30-7:30pm
Georgia State University's Observatory will have an open house monthly. In case of inclement weather, facilities will be open for a tour and slideshow. Large groups need reservations: 404-413-6024. Night sky observations start one-half hour after sunset. Open house lasts all day. Handicapped Accessible event. Free show, $5 parking.

Astronomy Day Night Time Paddle - 10/4/14 at 8-10pm
Georgia State University's Observatory will have an open house monthly. In case of inclement weather, facilities will be open for a tour and slideshow. Large groups need reservations: 404-413-6024. Night sky observations start one-half hour after sunset. Open house lasts all day. Handicapped Accessible event. Free show, $5 parking. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Road, Rutledge, GA 30663
Polar Bear Den - 10/7/14 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
Full Moon Kayak Tour - 10/10 & 10/11/14 at 8-10pm
Join a guided tour of Lake Rutledge, and enjoy a peaceful paddle under a bright moon. Listen for night sounds, enjoy the night sky, and learn about the history of Hard Labor Creek State Park. There will be "Super Moons" during the months of July, August and September this summer of 2014. Register in advance. Cost is $15 per person and $5 parking fee. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Road, Rutledge, GA 30663
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
November
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
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
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
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
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