- LOW BRASS BASH. Guest concert by Demondrae Thurman (Euphonium), Joanna Hersey (tuba), GC faculty and students at the Max Noah Recital Hall on the Georgia College campus in Milledgeville, GA. General Audience: $10, Seniors: $7, GC Faculty & Staff: $7, Students: Free. Concert begins at 7:30 pm. Call the music department at (478) 445 - 8289 for more information.
- LAKE COUNTRY BEEKEEPERS SHORT COURSE. Cost: $40.00 pre-registration ($45 at the door) $10 each additional adult. 18 and under are free with paid adult. Held at Central Georgia Technical College, in Milledgeville GA. Registration includes a First Lessons in Beekeeping book by Dr. Keith Delaplane, handouts, refreshments, and lunch. Course Program Fee includes 2016 Lake Country Beekeepers Association Membership. Course will be from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more information, visit Lake Country Beekeepers Association on Facebook or contact Mary Lacksen at 478-456-1049 or email@example.com
January 28 - 31:
- “BLINDFOLDED” A play by Iona Sun/Directed by Curtis Stallings. An evening of playful banter reveals a shocking truth. For Mature Audiences Only. General Admission $14. Senior Citizens, GCSU Faculty/Staff, and Non-GCSU Students $10. GCSU Students $5. Location is Max Noah Recital Hall 231 W. Hancock St. in Milledgeville, GA. Times: January 28-30 at 8pm and January 31 at 2pm.
- SAXOPHONE EXPRESSIONS. Stephen Fischer (saxophone) concert at the Max Noah Recital Hall in Milledgeville, GA. All seats $5 (students are free). Concert will begin at 7:30 pm. Call the music department at (478) 445- 8289 for more information.
- PARTY WITH PAULA. Celebrity Chef Paula Deen returns to Georgia's Lake Country for an evening of fun at Festival Hall in downtown Greensboro. Deen's Bag Lady Foundation is teaming up with the Circle of Love Center, a domestic violence shelter, to raise money for the local charities. The event will feature music by the Grapevine Band, catering by Lee Epting and a silent auction. For more information, visit www.partywithpaula.auction-bid.org
- 2016 LITERACY FAIR. The Baldwin County Board of Education is excited to be hosting the Milledgeville’s 4th Annual Literacy Fair at the Milledgeville Mall, January 30, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.The Literacy Fair is an initiative of the Baldwin County Board of Education. The fair is a free event designed to showcase literacy initiatives and family development opportunities in the community. Local schools, nonprofit organizations, and businesses will participate with performances and family activities. This year’s event will feature a “Make It, Take It” option for parents to learn about common core standards to better assist with their children’s education at home. For more information call 478-457-3325.
January 30 - March 5:
- Mixed Mania: An Exhibition of Works by University of North Georgia Dahlonega Studio Art Majors. Steffen Thomas Museum. museum hours. Mixed Mania includes a var iety of work by Art Majors from the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega. Art Instructor Stanley Bermudez's Drawing III-Mixed Media and 2D Design & Color Theory students explore nontraditional mediums like masking tape and duct tape as well as using more traditional mediums like pastels, inks, paint, color pencils, etc., combining them in interesting and new ways. Students experiment with materials, creating a series of projects that address line, shape, visual texture, and color. Although working within the parameters of the assignment, students create individual designs that challenge the definitions of drawing through the use of mixed media. Bermudez is an Athens-based artist whose mixed media works are also exhibited alongside his students' pieces.
- OPAS Presents: The 3rd Annual Oconee Idol. Join us at 7:00 pm January 31st, at Festival Hall in Greensboro, Georgia for the Oconee Idol finals where YOU will play a part in choosing the winner by LIVE text voting for your favorite contestant! The winner will be awarded a $1000 cash prize with $500 for the 1st runner up and $250 for the 2nd runner up! Local judges, Jeffrey Wells of OPAS, Amy Reber of Lake Oconee Academy, and Michael Wells of Lakeside Church, are looking for the contestant with the best voice, best stage presence, and best entertainment value. Visit www.oconeeidol.org for more information.
HOMECOMING AT GC&SU. Join GC for Georgia College's Annual Homecoming Weekend, Friday, February 5 through Saturday, February 6 in Milledgeville, GA. They've got a full schedule of events planned, from the Homecoming Concert featuring Rich Homie Quan, to tailgating at Tent City and the Men's and Women's basketball games.
The cost for Homecoming Weekend is $5 and includes registration, tickets to both Men’s and Women’s basketball games, access to the alumni hospitality suite on Friday, access to Tent City and Georgia College giveaways. Homecoming Concert tickets cost $10.
Schedule is as follows:
Friday, Feb. 5:
2-6 p.m.: Registration and Hospitality Suite
8 p.m. Homecoming Concert Featuring Rich Homie Quan, Lil Dicky, Pia Mia and Good Thoughts- $10/alumni ticket
Saturday, Feb. 6:
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Registration
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Homecoming Parade
12 p.m. Local Bands (Community Stage) - CAB
2 p.m. Cornhole Tournament - Centennial Square
2 - 4 p.m. Tent City - Centennial Square
3:30 p.m. GC Women’s Basketball vs. Columbus St. (to be aired on ESPN3)
(Women’s half time: Intro of Duke and Duchess Courts)
5:30 p.m. GC Men’s Basketball vs. Columbus St. (to be aired on ESPN3)
(Men’s half time: Intro of King and Queen Courts)
After Men’s Game: Parade Winners, SGA Election Results, Georgia College Early College’s King and Queen Introduction, Duke and Duchess Winners, and King and Queen Winners
- JUDSON MITCHAM IN MILLEDGEVILLE. Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016 from 3 pm - 5 pm at Andalusia Farm, Mitcham will talk briefly about Flannery O’Connor’s Wise Blood and then give a fiction reading. His appearance is part of the February Four series at Andalusia Farm - the Home of Flannery O’Connor.
Monday, Feb. 8, 2016 from 7 pm - 8:15 pm in the Museum Education Room at Georgia College Library Mitcham will present the 2016 Flannery O’Connor Memorial Lecture/Reading. He will begin with a brief appreciation of O’Connor and then give a poetry reading. The poetry and fiction of Judson Mitcham have been published widely in literary journals, including Poetry, Harper’s, Georgia Review, Hudson Review, and Southern Review. He has been the recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Creative Writing as well as a Pushcart Prize. He is the only writer to win the Townsend Prize for Fiction twice - for his novels The Sweet Everlasting and Sabbath Creek. His most recent book is A Little Salvation: Poems Old and New, published by the University of Georgia Press. Mitcham is the current Poet Laureate of Georgia. In 2013 he was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame. Mitcham served as a Visiting Writer at Georgia College for several semesters between 2008 and 2011. For more information call 478-454-4029.
- 10TH ANNUAL VALENTINE’S RENDEZVOUS. At the Magnolia Balroom in Milledgeville, GA. Max Noah Singers directed by Jennifer Flory. Event will begin at 7:30 pm. Call the music department at (478) 445- 8289 for more information.
- AN EVENING WITH BILLY MCLAUGHLIN. At the GC&SU Arts and Sciences Auditorium beginning at 7pm is presented by The Georgia College Creative Arts Therapies Department. Billy McLaughlin is recognized internationally as a world-class guitarist, Emmy Award winning composer and inspirational keynote speaker who has appeared on Billboard’s Top-Ten Chart. Previously signed to Virgin Records’ Narada label, McLaughlin has 14 CD releases, 3 National Campus Entertainer of the Year Awards*, 5 Minnesota Music Awards and his decades of national concert touring earned him the Hall of Fame Achievement Award*.
But in 1999 McLaughlin vanished from sight as his career crumbled due to a little-known neuro- muscular disorder called Focal Dystonia. After suffering several years without a cure or even a diagnosis, this right-handed guitarist embarked on an unlikely attempt to regain his career by re- learning his instrument….left-handed! His remarkable comeback is captured in the independent documentary film Changing Keys (seen on PBS stations in 2010) and a concert film called Coming Back Alive featuring McLaughlin with string orchestra and a reunion of his longtime rock band. KPBS (San Diego) produced the 2013 Emmy Award winning live concert program called Starry Night – Billy McLaughlin with Orchestra Nova highlighting McLaughlin’s extraordinary talent as both guitarist and inspirational speaker.
Now serving as Ambassador for Awareness for the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation, McLaughlin is the winner of the 2010 Public Leadership in Neurology Award** whose previous winners include Paul Allen, Julie Andrews, Leon Fleischer, and Michael J. Fox.
McLaughlin has resumed an international schedule of concert appearances and keynote speaking. He resides in his home state of Minnesota where he is proudly raising two boys. For more information call 478-445-2645. General admission $10, Students $5.
- GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT: We’ll be counting birds and logging them as part of the Audubon Society’s Great Backyard Bird Count. Other outdoor activities will be planned in addition to the birding. This event will be held at Lockerly Arboretum in Milledgeville, GA. For more information call 478-452-2112 or visit www.lockerly.org
- CHICAGO: THE TONY-WINNING BROADWAY MUSICAL. At the Russell Auditorium in Milledgeville, GA. Admission: $16 – General; $12 – GC Faculty/Staff & Non- GC students; $7 – GC Students; Groups of 10 or more $9. Music by John Kander/Lyrics by Fred Ebb. Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse. Collaboration of Theatre and Music Departments of Georgia College. Directed by Dr. Karen Berman, Music Direction by Sergio Ruiz, Choreographed by Amelia Pelton, with the amazing GC Jazz Band. Shows on Feb 24-27 begin at 8:00 pm, and the show on Feb 28 begins at 2:00 pm. For mature audiences. Call the music department at (478) 445- 8289 for more information.
Madison's Antique Show & Sale. February 25: Madison's Antique Show and Sale Preview Party | Madison- Morgan Cultural Center Hall | 6pm – 9pm | www.mmcc-arts.org.
February 26 & 27 - Madison's Antique Show and Sale | Madison - Morgan Cultural Center Hall | 10am – 5pm | www.mmcc-arts.org. Known as the “Best Little Antiques Show in America,” the Madison Antiques Show & Sale showcases American antiques and accessories as well as many Southern pieces. The Show & Sale attracts nationally recognized dealers from around the country. Come see the best in American antiques including furniture, pottery, art, silver, textiles, and more. Join us for this popular annual event that features a Preview Party Thursday evening and free lectures at 9:00 am before the Show & Sale on Friday and Saturday.
- DENIM AND DIAMONDS. Lake Oconee Academy Foundation will host its annual "Denim and Diamond" benefit featuring entertainment, food, and socializing. The event will take place at Parks Ferry in Greensboro. The nonprofit organization assists with a number of projects - big and small- at Lake Oconee Academy. The fundraising event will also feature a silent auction. For more information, visit www.lakeoconeeacademy.org.
- AN EVENING OF GUITAR MUSIC WITH JOHANNES MOLLER. Guest concert at the Max Noah Recital Hall on the Georgia College campus. General Audience: $10, Seniors: $7, GC Faculty & Staff: $7, Students: Free. Call the music department at (478) 445- 8289 for more information.
- Tiny House Festival. First Annual Georgia Tiny House Festival will be held March 4-6, 2016 at beautiful Crooked Pines Farm in Eatonton, Georgia. Be sure to reserve your spot for attending the Georgia Tiny House Festival before capacity is met and registration is closed. There will be a FREE Meet-and-Greet, Movie, and access to vendors. Concession sales will be available. Join us on Saturday for Festival events, lectures, presentations, entertainment, giveaways, Tool Seminar, and children activities for registered attendees. Join us Saturday night for an outdoor concert and entertainment for registered attendees. Visit www.crookedpinesfarm.com for more information
- NEXT FALL. Award Winning Play about Commitment and Faith. By Geoffrey Nauffts/Directed by Justin Kalin. For Mature Audiences Ages 15 and up, Trigger Warning. Campus Black Box Theatre. Touching non-traditional love story. General $14 Senior Citizens, GC Faculty/Staff, Non-GC Students$10 GC Students $5.
- OPAS Presents: The Willis Clan. Come to the Plaza Arts Center in Eatonton, Georgia at 7:30 pm to experience a group that has starred on America's Got Talent and TLC. See why the world has embraced this dazzling dozen of Irish American brothers and sisters in a fun, high energy, Celtic concert. Visit www.opas.org for more information
March 18 & 19:
- LAKE OCONEE FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL. Join us for the 7th annual Lake Oconee Food & Wine Festival, March 18-19, 2016. Don’t miss this delicious weekend filled with a delectable array of culinary samplings and fine wine, all enjoyed from the casual elegance of The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee in Greensboro. This year’s festival has a fantastic lineup – a sponsor appreciation Vintner Dinner, the Ultimate Grand Tasting, and two all-new events for 2016: the Linger Longer Launch Party and a Brew & Que Cook-Off. Visit oconeefoodandwine.com for more details.
- Do Tell! Stories under the Bell Tower Storytelling Festival. Nationally-recognized tellers offer a weekend of storytelling in Madison! This year’s expanded Festival will offer a Friday evening performance, a Saturday family festival, and finale performance on Saturday evening. Featured tellers include award-winning humorist Bill Lepp and veteran teller and songwriter Michael Reno Harrell. Madison-Morgan Cultural Center. Visit www.mmcc-arts.org for more details.
- Easter Egg Hunt. Come join us for Eatonton, Georgia’s third annual Community Easter Egg Hunt! 10:00 AM at the Putnam County Recreation Center. There will be four age divided egg hunts, music, crafts, games, balloon animals, a bounce house, prizes, concessions and A VISIT FROM THE EASTER BUNNY! Bring your camera for photos! This event is being planned by Eatonton Main Street, The Putnam County Recreation Department, Pilot Club and Lions Club. We are seeking other organizational planning assistance and sponsorships. If you would like to help host, provide an activity or donate to the event, please contact us at 706-749-9150 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- BICYCLE CLUB OF MILLEDGEVILLE’S 10TH ANNUAL APRIL FOOLS RIDE! Please join us for our yearly club fundraiser, a favorite southeastern spring tradition, featuring a variety of routes, climb, and fun for all. Where: Cogentes office 286 Jones Drive, CSH Campus, Milledgeville, GA 31061. The ride will begin at 9:00 am. Questions? Call Tamara for help: (478) 451-9601. Follow us on Facebook for more information.
- Real Buckhead 5K Road Race & Buckhead Days. Town of Buckhead | 8:30am | 5K Race, Parade, Vendors, Local Talent | Contact: Robin Bone - 706-474-8223 or www.active.com for more information.
- The Masters Tournament in Augusta. Rooms available in Georgia’s Lake Country!
- AN EVENING WITH VICTOR GOINES. Jazz Band Concert featuring Victor Goines at the Russell Auditorium at 7:30 pm. General Audience: $10, Seniors: $7, GC Faculty & Staff: $7, Students: Free. Call the music department at (478) 445 - 8289 for more information.
- FIRE AND ‘BRAHMS’-STONE: Chamber Music concert – David Johnson (violin), William McClain (viola), Martin Gueorguiev (cello) and Sergio Ruiz (piano) at the Max Noah Recital Hall at 3:00 pm. All seats $5, students free. Call the music department at (478) 445- 8289 for more information.
- MILLEDGEVILLE FILM FESTIVAL: The annual Milledgeville Film Festival, a five day movie explosion in the heart of Georgia’s lake country. Features and shorts are welcome in a contest that mixes our city’s history and new filmmakers with our Oliver Hardy Comedy Award and Central State Hospital horror screening. Outdoor screening at the Greenway. Compete, chat, and celebrate with other filmmakers in Milledgeville’s iconic buildings with our Magnolia Ballroom Gala and renovated Campus Theatre workshops. Tickets available by going to www.milledgevillefilmfest.com.
- Bicycle Ride Across Georgia (BRAG) Spring Tune Up Ride. Madison-Morgan County Headquarters TBA. Join us for the 23nd annual BRAG Spring Tune Up Ride. Last year we had 828 registered riders participate and for 2016 we're expecting over 1,000! See what makes the Bicycle Ride Across Georgia so special. For Spring Tune Up, riders travel at their own pace along a set route which includes rest stops with refreshments. At the end of each day's ride, we camp at a local venue where there will be food, live music, and games. Some riders will choose to stay at local hotels. Visit www.brag.org for more information.
- THE OLD GOVERNOR’S MANSION PRESENTS THE THIRD ANNUAL DOLL WEDDING AND HIGH TEA. Please join us for a reenactment of Mary Virginia Brown’s 1859 doll wedding, where the local Baptist minister married her dolls with pomp and circumstance. The day will include not only the doll wedding but a chance for attendees to marry their own dolls, enjoy a full high tea, and for the first time witness a maypole dance on the grounds. Tickets: Adults: $20, Students: $15 and children 2 and under: free. For reservations please call 478-445-4545 or email email@example.com.
- Southland Jubilee. Greensboro’s premier event celebrates the community with a heritage arts festival in the heart of downtown. Live music, heritage demonstrations, classic cars, antique tractors, children’s activities, and arts and crafts fillthe city streets for a great day of family fun from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Visit www.southlandjubilee.com for more information.
- NAACP Black History Parade & Festival. A day-long celebration of local black heritage. The day starts with a parade of bands, floats, and groups marching through downtown, and continues with speakers, food, crafters, and entertainment.
April 15-17 & 22-23:
- Putnam Alliance for Performing Arts presents Run for Your Wife. The Plaza Arts Center in Eatonton, Georgia will host this year’s spring production of Run for Your Wife by Ray Cooney. This play is a superb example of British farce that has had successful and positively reviewed runs in London, New York, and in international community theaters. The plot centers around a big city taxi driver who gets away with having two wives because of his irregular working schedule, or so he thinks! A heroic action on his part brings him unwanted attention, and things get complicated for him as he tries to keep his double life from exploding. Contact 706.923.1655 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- STRING CLASSICS ORCHESTRA CONCERT. Directed by William McClain in the Magnolia Ballroom at 7:30 pm. Guest artists: Kazanetti Quartet. General Audience: $10, Seniors: $7, GC Faculty & Staff: $7, Students: Free. Call the music department at (478) 445- 8289 for more information.
- THUNDER RALLY MOTORCYCLE RALLY: No one under 21 admitted. No ATVs allowed, Golf Carts and Side by Sides Welcome, Live Music, Miss Thunder Rally Bikini Contest, BYOB, Convenience Stores Nearby, No Glass Bottles, Onsite Camping, RVs Welcome, No Hookups, Hot Showers, Shavin’ Crème Rasslin’, Poker Run, Parade, Bike Games, Mini Bike Races, Bike Show, Burn Out Pit, Best Campsite contest, Swimmin’ Hole, Vendor Area and much more. Event is Rain or Shine. Vendor Info Contact David @ 478-804-2999, email email@example.com or visit our website www.milledgevillethunderrally.com
- LOCKERLY ARBORETUM ANNUAL PLANT SALE: The Arboretum will hold our annual Spring Plant Sale on Saturday, April 23rd at the Arboretum from 9 am – 2 pm. Some of the plants we will feature, and hours, will be posted on our web site in late winter 2016. For more information call Katherine Cummings at 478-452-2112 or visit their website www.lockerly.org.
- Second Annual Sweet Tee Off. The Second Annual Sweet Tee Off is set for April 25, 2016 at Cuscowilla Golf Course in Eatonton, Georgia! Just like last year, this will be a tournament that you will not want to miss. We have gone above and beyond to bring players and sponsors alike anew experience that will never be forgotten. Make sure to sign up your team before January 2016 and you will have the ability to pay in monthly installments leading up to the event. Last year's Tee Gift was Maui Jim Sunglasses, and this year's will top that! For more information on sponsoring or to sign up a team, contact Kaitlyn Parham at (706) 485-7701 or email her at Kaitlyn@eatonton.com
- MadisonFest. Madison’s Town Park. 10am – 4pm. MadisonFest features solutions for living a considered and "greener" life. This free day-long festival in Town Park features: amazing plants for sale, handmade arts and crafts for buying and browsing, great live music, and a great day for the whole family. Visit www.madisonga.com for more information.
- Madison in May Spring Tour of Homes & Gardens. Madison-Morgan Cultural Center. 10am – 5pm. Come celebrate Southern history, architecture, and art in historic Madison, one of Georgia’s largest designated National Register Historic Districts! Experience the living history of Madison while strolling through a selection of architecturally significant private homes. Bring in the 2016 Spring Season in grand style – experience the region’s most popular tour event! The Tour is self-guided, featuring homes and gardens within walking distance of the Cultural Center as well as some just a short drive away. Visit www.mmcc-arts.org for more information
- Madison-Morgan Conservancy Derby Day. Madison’s Historic Bonar Hall. 4:30pm – 9:00pm. Named one of the BEST eight DERBY PARTIES in the Country two years running (2013 & 2014)! Enjoy live viewing of the Kentucky Derby, delicious Derby supper, live auction, bourbon tasting, best dressed and best hat competition. You are cordially invited to attend Derby Day 2016 to benefit the Madison-Morgan Conservancy. Visit www.mmcgeorgia.org for more information
- Annual Music in The Park. Madison Town Park from 6:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M. Visit www.mcaam.org for more information
- Madison In May 5K, 10K & Fun Run. Annual 5K, 10K, and 1-mile Family Fun Run through Madison’s lovely Historic District. Second weekend in May. Registration required.
- OPAS Presents: Salute Salon. Join us at the Plaza Arts Center in downtown Eatonton, Georgia at 7:30 pm to hear this talented quartet. This group has won over audiences the world not only with their undeniable virtuosity but also with their fun sense of humor and charming instrumental acrobatics. Salute Salon brings a fresh take on classical music that will leave you wanting more! Visit www.opas.org for more information
- Putnam County Dairy Festival. This year's dairy festival will be held on Saturday, June 6, 2016 on the streets surrounding the Putnam County Courthouse. Hosted by the Pilot Club of Eatonton, GA, the annual Putnam County Dairy Festival is an exciting day for the whole family. As a tribute to the dairy industry and local dairy families, the festival acknowledges the success of Putnam County as a leading dairy county in Georgia. The festival engenders a feeling of good will and civic pride. Along with the festival, many other activities are planned which bring visitors and families back to the community such as class reunions, family gatherings, etc. Visit www.putnamcountydairyfestival.com for more information and a timeline of events.
- Pickin' on the Greene. Downtown Greensboro’s summer event is always a toe tapping good time. The family-friendly event features children’s activities, live entertainment and of course- shopping and dining all set in Lake Oconee’s Hometown. From 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM.
- Juneteenth Celebration with Music in the Park. Madison’s Town Park. 6pm – 10pm. Live music concert sponsored by the Morgan County African American Museum. Visit mcaam.org for more information.
- Independence Day Concert & Picnic. Madison-Morgan Cultural Center at 7pm. Celebrate our nation’s independence in the heart of Madison! Join us on the front lawn of the Cultural Center for this old-fashioned, festive event. Bring your picnic baskets, tables and/or chairs and join Uncle Sam, family and friends for a FREE concert of traditional patriotic music. Then head on over to Bill Wood Park (fka Heritage Park) for some fireworks fun! Visit www.mmcc-arts.org for more information.
- Rock N Roll Cruise In. Put on your dancin' shoes and get ready to "remember when" as live music from the '50's and '60's fills the air. This Fall favorite features more than 150 of the regions' most impressive classic cars. This event will be held in downtown Greensboro, GA. For more information about entering your car, visit www.georgiaclassiccruisers.com
- “Tailgate Party!” Fundraiser at Steffen Thomas Museum on Saturday, September 17. Come out and cheer on your favorite football teams while enjoying delicious local food! For more information call the Museum at 706-342-7557.
- Pumpkin Festival. Join Crooked Pines Farm on October 1 and 2 for their annual Pumpkin Festival! They will have fun activities and booths from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. This year there will be traditional fall fun activities such as a pumpkin patch, hay rides, petting farm, pony rides, and a corn-cob derby in addition to other fun stuff for the kiddos like bobbing for apples, face painting, crafts, a bounce house, and more! Grown-ups can enjoy visiting vendor booths where there will be homemade and original crafts, produce, and festival treats. Go to http://www.crookedpinesfarm.com for more information.
- Taste of Eatonton. Join us from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and make sure you bring your appetite! Stop by your favorite local restaurants for the area's largest foodie event at The Plaza Arts Center! Each year, this event gets bigger and bigger! We expect over 25 restaurants participating in 2016! Visit www.tasteofeatonton.com for updated information closer to the event.
- Madison’s 12th Annual Chili Cook-Off & Fall Festival. Join the fun at Madison’s 12th Annual Downtown (small-town) Chili Cook-off & Fall Festival in Town Park. The event will be held Saturday, October 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Chili teams compete in two categories with public chili sampling beginning at 12:30 sharp. Sample, and then vote, for your favorite chili, shop the handmade/homegrown market, listen to music in the toe-tapping music tent... and enjoy a great day in Madison. There will also be a Krystal’s Chili Pup Eating Contest and a Homemade Cornbread Contest (two categories: traditional and fancy. Find more info at www.madisonga.com
- Firefighters' Fall 5K & 10K. On Saturday, October 8 Madison’s Volunteer Fire Department will host it’s annual Firefighter’s Fall 5k and 10k. Both courses are mapped through one of Georgia's premier historic districts in Madison. Take in the beauty of the town that Sherman skipped while supporting a great cause. The course is an out and back - very fast, and run entirely on paved roads.
- 100 years of The Plaza Arts Center. The Old School History Museum will host a 100th - year birthday celebration for the old Eatonton School (now known as The Plaza Arts Center) on Sunday, October 9, 2016, at 2 p.m. in the Reception Hall. The event will be part of our popular Sunday At The Museum series. We will have a memory-filled program followed by a birthday cake and light refreshments. The event is free and open to the public. Anyone who attended school in the building will certainly want to come and share in this historic celebration!
- Spin for Kids Bike Ride. On Sunday, October 16, head out to Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge for their Annual Spin For Kids Bike Ride. The ride is a vital fundraiser for Camp Twin Lakes as the proceeds help provide life-changing camp experiences for children with serious illnesses, disabilities, or other life challenges. Six different routes at varying levels of difficulty will take you through rural Northeast Georgia and the historic towns of Madison and Rutledge. Route options are 5,15,27,47,62, or 100 miles. Visit www.spinforkids.org for more information.
- Legislative Breakfast. Join the Chamber of Commerce for the Annual Legislative Breakfast at The Plaza Arts Center. The Chamber of Commerce invites legislatures to enjoy breakfast among colleagues and community partners. There is an open networking starting at 7:30 a.m. and the panel session will begin at 8:00 a.m.
- Movies on the Courthouse Lawn. “ Goosebumps” will be shown on the big screen on the Putnam County Courthouse lawn at 8:30 p.m, Friday, Oct. 28. Sponsored by Eatonton Main Street, Movies in the Briar Patch is free and open to all. Bring your own chair or blanket, and movie refreshments are available for purchase. For information, call 706-749-9150 or visit eatontonmainstreet.com.
- The Briar Patch Arts Festival. The Annual Briar Patch Arts Festival will be another spectacular, unique arts festival from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. in downtown Eatonton. Specialty arts and crafts vendors will be showcasing handmade soaps, photography, paintings, jewelry, pottery, wood working, handmade glassware, clothing, potted plants, children's items and much more. Live entertainment on the Music Stage will keep you tapping your toes. For more information, contact the Eatonton Mainstreet Office (706) 749-9150 or visit www.eatontonmainstreet.com.
- Madison’s Dancing with the Stars. Come out and cast a vote for your favorite dancing duo, a fundraiser where proceeds directly benefit the Madison-Morgan Boys & Girls Club. For information, call (706) 342-1565
- Annual Bostwick Cotton Gin Festival & Gin Run on Saturday, November 5, Downtown Bostwick. Come to Bostwick, GA, home of the remake filming of the movie Footloose, and enjoy the Annual Cotton Gin Festival and Gin Run on Saturday, November 1st! The day will begin at 8am with the Annual 5K Gin Run and prizes will be awarded to each age group. The parade will begin at 11am complete with tractors and antique cars, then followed by a full day of cotton ginning, festival fun! If you’ve never seen 100+ tractors motoring through town, then it’s time to head to Bostwick. There will be booths and booths of hand-made arts and crafts and you’re sure to find your favorite edible treat at the many food vendors. Kids will even be able to play in the recently harvested cotton and the cotton gin will be operating all day long! www.bostwickga.com
- Holiday Tour of Homes. Heritage Hall. Step into a winter wonderland as you celebrate the season with a holiday favorite, Madison’s Holiday Tour of Homes. With daytime and candlelight itineraries, this event is not to be missed. Visit friendsofheritagehall.org for more information.
- Lighting of the Tree. Join us for a small town holiday celebration in downtown Greensboro as we flip the switch on "the big tree" on the Courthouse Lawn. Hundreds of twinkling lights decorate the streets as downtown shops stay open late to help visitors get started with their holiday shopping. There will be live performances form area choirs. The official Tree Lighting ceremony will begin at 6:00 PM and end at 8:00 PM.
- Annual Holiday Tour of Homes Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3. Madison comes to life each holiday season with the annual Holiday Tour of Homes. It seems unlikely that Madison’s antebellum homes could be even more beautiful, but come December the homes turn into a winter wonderland. With daytime and candlelight itineraries, this event is not to be missed. For more information and ticket information, visit www.friendsofheritagehall.org/
- Holiday Parade followed by Caroling By Candlelight Saturday, December 10. Bundle up, ‘baby, it’s cold outside’ - Join friends and neighbors for our annual Holiday Parade and Caroling By Candlelight celebration in Town Park from 4pm - 7pm. An evening full of music and holiday spirit brought to you by Madison Main Street. Local church choirs, school choral groups and bands, and community based musicians will perform holiday carols certain to warm our hearts. Performers will also lead the crowd in familiar carols to extend the holiday cheer. www.madisonga.com.