Fairs & Festivals
The Sandy Springs Festival
September 26 & 27
We hope to see you in 2009
for the 24th Annual Festival AT H E R I TA G E GREEN
on the fourth weekend of September featuring . . .
• Doug Kessler Lightning 5K/10K • Business & Civic Expo
• Live Entertainment • Children’s Park • Artists Market
• Heritage Crafters • Collector Car Show • Food Court
• Antiques & Collectable
• Georgia Made, Georgia
• Pet Parade
• Historic Museum
• Georgia Child
• Interactive Game Zone
Great Lodging Rates Available for the Festival Weekend! With over 20
upscale hotels and more than 2,800 hotel rooms, we invite you to stay
the night in Sandy Springs. For a listing of Sandy Springs Hotels,
call 866-511-7742 or go to www.visitsandysprings.org.
For more information visit the Festival website
or contact the Festival office at
Volume 49 Number 2
Monthly August 2009
Georgia Events & Activities . . . .4-6
Theatre, Music, & Dance . . . . . . . .7
Antiques, Art, and Museums . . . . .8
Garden & Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9
Georgia Celebrates Quilts . . . . . .10
Metro Atlanta Calendar . . . . .10-11
Atlanta Attractions . . . . . . . . . . .11
August Events . . . . . . . . . . . . .18-20
The Smart Place
Camping Information, Please . . . . .21
Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22-23
Dixieland Fun Park . . . . . . . . . . . .23
ON THE COVER
he Westobou Festival will take place in
to Have Fun!
T Augusta September 17-26. Images of
some of the performers are shown on the
cover. For information on this and other
special events scheduled in Georgia during
August and the coming months, see the
article beginning on page 12.
GUIDE TO GEORGIA
801 Nebula Rd., Manchester, GA 31816
Phone 706-846-2620, Fax 706-846-2620
Patty Proctor . . . . . . . . .Publisher/Editor
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800.325.5445 or 706.821.0245
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AUGUST 1-29 – BLAIRSVILLE – Farmers Market, Court-
1 – BLAIRSVILLE – Cruise-In, Square, noon- house, Saturdays, 7:30-11:30 a.m. 706-439-6000.
dusk. 706-781-3555 or 877-745-5789. 1-29 – COLUMBUS – Market Days,
1 – CARTERSVILLE – Car Show 6 p.m.; Broadway, Saturday Mornings. 706-596-0111.
Terrance Lonon & Untouchables Concert, 7 p.m. 1-29 – DAHLONEGA – Appalachian Jam,
Downtown. 770-607-3480. Gold Museum, Saturdays, 6 p.m. 706-864-3513.
1 – CONYERS – Feel Good Festival, Ga. Int’l 1-29 – ELLIJAY – Farmers Market, Saturday
Horse Park, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 770-306-2244. Mornings. 706-635-7400.
1 – DILLARD – Bluegrass Festival & BBQ 1-29 – GRIFFIN – Farmers Market, Solomon
Cook-Off, City Hall. 706-746-5891. Street, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-Noon. 770-467-4225.
1 – FITZGERALD – Brenda Madison & 1-29 – HELEN – Saturday Evening Concerts,
Missionaries, The Grand, 7 p.m. 229-322-1216. Unicoi State Park. 800-573-9659, x305.
1 – HELEN – Folk Life Traditions, Unicoi State 1-29 – LITHIA SPRINGS – New Manchester
Park. 800-573-9659, x305. History Hike, Sweetwater Creek State Park,
1 – SAUTEE-NACOOCHEE – Folk Potters Saturdays, 10 a.m. 770-732-5871.
Show & Sale, Folk Pottery Museum. 706-878-3300. 1-29 – MACON – City Market on the Green,
1 – SAVANNAH – First Saturday on River Dwntwn, Saturdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 478-743-1074.
Street. 912-234-0295. 1-29 – PINE MOUNTAIN – Saturday
1 – THOMSON – Tom Watson Watermelon Concert Series, FDR State Park, 7:30 p.m. 706-
Festival. 706-595-7777. 663-4858.
1 – VILLA RICA – Forty Years Later Concert, 1-30 – HELEN – Visiting Artist Series, Unicoi
Prospectors Park, 7:30 p.m. 678-785-1014. State P ark, Sat. & Sun. 800-573-9659, x305.
1-2 – BOWDON – Founders Day, downtown. 2 – MACON – Outdoor Movie Midnight in
770-258-8980. Garden of Good & Evil, Hay House, 8 p.m. 478-
1-29 – ATHENS – Farmers Market, Bishop 238-1735.
Park, 8 a.m.-Noon. 800-653-0603. 2 – ST. SIMONS ISLAND – Little Light Music
1-29 – AUGUSTA – Saturday Market on with After Hours, Lighthouse Lawn, 7 p.m. 912-
River, 8 a.m.-Noon. 706-722-8000. 638-4666.
2-30 – AUGUSTA – Candlelight Jazz,
Riverwalk, Sundays 8 -9:30 p.m. 706-821-1754.
4-25 – MACON – Free Concerts, downtown,
Tuesdays, 9 p.m. 478-744-2446.
5 – LITHIA SPRINGS – Full Moon Hike to
New Manchester Ruins, Sweetwater Ck. St. Pk.,
8-10 p.m. 770-732-5876.
5-29 – BLAIRSVILLE – Misty Mountain
Model Railroad Tours, Wed., Fri., Sat., 2 p.m. 706-
6-9 – NORTHWEST GEORGIA – 450 Mile,
World’s Longest Yard Sale (Ala, Ga., Tenn., Ky.)
Playmaze • Snack Bar • Sea Serpent • Bumper Cars 6-27 – McCAYSVILLE – Pickin’ in the Park,
The Southside’s Largest Arcade • Birthday Party Rooms Thursdays, 6 p.m. 800-899-6867.
OUTDOOR 7 – AUGUSTA – Concert & Car Show,
Go Karts (3 TRACKS) • Dixie Zip Line • Scream’n Swing Augusta Common, 6-10 p.m. 706-821-1754.
36 Hole Mini-Golf • Bumper Boats • Scrambler 7– AUGUSTA – First Friday, Artists’ Row,
Antique Car Track • Giant Slide Downtown, 5-10 p.m. 706-826-4702.
NE W THIS
4 Kiddie Rides • Drop Zone • Spider YEAR! 7 – BRUNSWICK – First Friday, downtown,
Scream’n Eagle Roller Coaster ALL DA N
Y 5-8 p.m. 912-265-4032.
SIO 7 – DAHLONEGA – Kurt Thomas Concert,
ONLY Hancock Park, 6:30 p.m. 706-864-3711.
7 – MACON – First Friday, Downtown, 6-10
7 – VALDOSTA – First Friday, Downtown,
6:30-9:30 p.m. 229-242-2600.
Fayetteville • 1675 Hwy. 85 N 7-9 – DALTON – Bead, Gem, Mineral, Jewelry
Show, N.W. Ga. Trade Ctr. 540-384-6047.
770-460-5862 7-28 – BLAIRSVILLE – Friday Night Con-
www.DixieLandFunPark.com certs, Old Courthouse, 7-8 p.m. 877-745-5789.
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7-28 – ELLIJAY – Pick’n in the Park, Fridays.
8 – ADAIRSVILLE – Jacob Bryant Concert,
Log Town, 7-9 p.m. 800-733-2280.
8 – COLUMBUS – H-Town, Troop, Next, &
Silk Concert, Civic Center. 800-745-3000.
8 – DALTON – Car Cruise-In, downtown.
8 – SAVANNAH – Evening in Monte Carlo,
Telfair Academy. 912-790-8800.
8 – SAVANNAH – End of Summer Fun,
Roundhouse Railroad Museum. 912-651-6823.
8 – SOCIAL CIRCLE – Alcovy River Band,
7 p.m. 770-464-2380.
9 – CALHOUN – Bluegrass Jam, Harris Arts
Center, 2-5 p.m. 706-620-2599.
9 – DAHLONEGA – Gold Fever, Smithgall
Woods, 9 a.m.-noon. 706-878-3087.
14 – THOMASVILLE – Bluegrass Concert,
Municipal Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. 229-227-4050.
14-15 – AUGUSTA – Ed Turner & Number 9,
Imperial Theatre, 7:30 p.m. 706-722-8341.
14-15 – KENNESAW – Pigs & Peaches BBQ
Festival, Adams Park. 770-422-9714.
14-16 – CLARKESVILLE – Northeast Georgia
Antique Auto Region Car & Truck Show, Fair-
15 – BLAIRSVILLE – Remembrance Walk &
Festival, Meeks Park, 10 a.m. 877-745-5789.
15 – BROOKLET – Peanut Festival, down-
15 – CALHOUN – Gospel Concert in Park,
Downtown, 7-10 p.m. 706-602-5570.
15 – ELLIJAY – Arts Around the Square. 706-
15 – MACON – Back to School 19th Century
Style, Cannonball House. 478-745-5982.
15 – SAVANNAH – Coin & Pottery Show,
Cobbs Galleries. 912-234-1582.
15 – VALDOSTA – Foreigner Concert, Wild
Adventures, 8 p.m. 229-219-7080.
15-16 – MANCHESTER – Centennial Play,
High School Auditorium. 706-846-5341.
16 – AUGUSTA – Dark Corner Bluegrass,
Morris Museum, 2 p.m. 706-828-3867.
16 – MACON – Outdoor Movie Iron Giant,
Washington Park, 8 p.m. 478-238-1735.
16 – ST. SIMONS ISLAND – Sam Rodriguez
(Latin Jazz), Lighthouse, 7-9 p.m. 912-262-6934.
20 – FITZGERALD – Organist Jon Durkovic,
Carnegie Center, 7 p.m. 229-426-5078.
20 – MACON – Drive By Truckers Concert,
Cox Capital Theatre, 8 p.m. 478-257-6391.
21 – GRIFFIN – Free Movie Tale of
Despereaux, Downtown, 8 p.m. 770-467-4750.
21 – VALDOSTA – Art After Dark, Down-
town, 6:30-9:30 p.m. 229-242-2600.
21-22 – JEKYLL ISLAND – Beach Music
Festival & BBQ Beach Bash. 877-4jekyll.
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29 – HAMPTON – Trains, Planes, & Auto-
21-23 – ATHENS – Southern Fusion Festival, 29 – MANCHESTER – Street Dance, Main
Classic Center. 706-208-0900. Street. 706-846-5341 or 706-977-9004.
21-23 – DALTON – Blue Ridge Numismatics 29 – ROME – Symphony Orchestra, Oak Hill,
Association Coin Show, N.W. Georgia Trade 7 p.m. 706-291-7967.
Center. 800-331-3258. 29 – SAVANNAH – Tools & Skills that Built
22 – CALHOUN – Outdoor Movie, Sonora- a Colony, Wormsloe. 912-353-3023.
ville Recreation Complex, 5 p.m. 706-602-4435. 29 – SAVANNAH – Old Fort Jackson Auction
22 – CARTERSVILLE – Allatoona Pass & Low Country Boil. 912-232-3945.
Battlefield Hikes, Red Top Mt. St. Pk., 10 a.m. 770- 29-30 – CONYERS – Big Haynes Creek Wild-
975-4226. life Festival, Ga. Int’l. Horse Park. 770-602-2606
22 – CONYERS – Hannah Thomas Concert, or 770-860-4190.
Olde Town Pavilion, 8 p.m. 770-922-3143. 29-30 – HIAWASSEE – Blue Ridge Moun-
22 – DEARING – Mutt Madness Dog Show, tains Festival of Arts, Georgia Mountain Fair-
Eubank Bell Park. 706-597-1000. grounds. 706-632-2144.
22 – YOUNG HARRIS – Tomato Festival, 29-Sept. 16 – WATKINSVILLE – Perspec-
Crane Creek Vineyards. 706-379-1236. tives 2009: Georgia Pottery Invitational, Oconee
23 – ATHENS – Weddings of Georgia Bridal Cultural Arts Foundation. 706-769-4565.
Expo, Georgia Club, 1-4 p.m. 770-725-8100. 30 – AUGUSTA – Baroque Music, Morris
23 – SAVANNAH – Jody Espina & Friends, Museum, 2 p.m. 706-724-7501.
Four Points by Sheraton. 877-savannah. 30 – BRASELTON – Grape Harvest Festival,
23 – SAVANNAH – Gospel Brunch, Jepson Chateau Elan. 678-425-0900.
Center for Arts, 12:30-2:30 p.m. 912-790-8800. 30 – ELLIJAY – Picnic by the River, ETC
28 – WATKINSVILLE – Opening Reception Pavilion. 706-635-5605.
& Preview Sale for Ga. Pottery Invitational, OCAF, 30 – ST. SIMONS ISLAND – Jazz in the Park
6 p.m. 706-769-4565. with Gwen Hughes, Lighthouse Lawn, 7-9 p.m.
28-29 – VALDOSTA – BBQ & Bluegrass, 912-262-6934.
Wild Adventures. 229-219-7080. 31 – ELLIJAY – Ellijay Under the Stars. 706-
29 – CALHOUN – King “Ham Jam,” Roe 635-7400.
29 – CALHOUN – Comedian James Gregory,
Civic Auditorium, 8 p.m. 800-887-3811. 5-6 – WATKINSVILLE – Perspectives Pottery
29 – CARTERSVILLE – Flintknapping, Workshops, OCAF. 706-769-4565.
Etowah Mounds. 770-387-3747. 11-12 – OMEGA – Pepper Festival, Ponder
29 – CARTERSVILLE – Blue-Eyed Grass Park. 229-528-4400.
Concert, Grand Theatre, 7 p.m. 770-386-7343. 11-19 – CLARKESVILLE – 34th Annual
Chattahoochee Mountain Fair. 706-768-6890.
12-Oct. 31 – ELLIJAY – Apple Pickin’ Jubilee,
Hillcrest Orchards,weekends. 706-273-3838.
17-26 – AUGUSTA – Westobou Festival,
18-20 – AUGUSTA – Arts in the Heart of
Augusta, Common. 706-826-4702.
19-20 – DALTON – Creative Arts Guild
19-20 – TUNNEL HILL – Civil War Battle
26 – PLAINS – Peanut Festival. 229-824-
26-27 – CANTON – Riverfest 2009, Boling
3 – CORNELIA – Big Red Apple Festival. 706-
877-745-5789 3-4 – JASPER – Georgia Marble Festival. 706-
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P Theatre P Music P Dance P
ASHFORD MANOR CONCERTS
Watkinsville, 706-769-2633, ambedandbreakfast.com
Aug. 10 Randall Bramblett
Aug. 24 Mama’s Love
Atlanta, 800-745-3000, www.classicchastain.org
Aug. 14 Temptations & Ashford and Simpson
Aug. 15 Steely Dan
Aug. 19 America with Christopher Cross
Aug. 26 The Flaming Lips
Aug. 28 Edwin McCain & Freddy Jones Band
Aug. 29 En Vogue
Atlanta, 404-881-2100, www.foxtheatre.org
Aug. 1-2 42nd Street
Aug. 11-16 Grease with Taylor Hicks
Aug. 21-23 Dora the Explorer
FREDERICK BROWN AMPHITHEATER
Peachtree City, 770-631-0630, amphitheater.org
Aug. 1 Oliver
Aug. 7 Glenn Miller Orchestra
Aug. 14-15 Hippiefest
Aug. 20 Army Ground Forces Band
Aug. 21-22 Peter Cetera
Duluth, 800-224-6422, www.gwinnettcenter.com
Aug. 1 Green Day
Aug. 2 Ricardo Arjona
Aug. 22 Freedom Concert
MABLE HOUSE BARNES AMPHITHEATER
Mableton, 770-819-7765, www.mablehouse.org
Aug. 8 Sara Evans
Aug. 14 The B-52s
Aug. 19 Peter Frampton
Aug. 28 Marshall Tucker Band
PUNCHLINE COMEDY THEATRE
Atlanta, 404-252-5233, www.punchline.com
Aug. 1-2 Jon Reep
Aug. 4 Bleep-Free Kenn Kingston
Aug. 6-9 Dennis Regan
Aug. 14-16 Bill Burr
Aug. 21-23 Greg Fitzsimmons
Aug. 28-30 Kathleen Madigan
Colquitt, 229-758-5450, www.swampgravy.com
Oct. 1-24 We’ve All Got a Story To Tell
VERIZON WIRELESS AMPHITHEATRE
Atlanta, 404-733-5010, www.vzwamp.com
Aug. 1 ASO–Rodgers & Hammerstein
Aug. 14 Incubus
Aug. 15 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Aug. 20 Judas Priest
Aug. 21 O.A.R.
Aug. 22 STS9
Aug. 23 Big & Rich
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ANTIQUES, MUSEUMS, AND ART
National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus
Explore naval operations for the North and South through displays of uniforms, artillery, firearms,
personal effects, flags, Civil War ship murals, and a paneled timeline exhibit of the war at sea. See the
ironclad ram CSS Jackson; the blockade runner Virginia; the gunboat CSS Chattahoochee; replicas of the
USS Hartford, USS Monitor, and CSS Albermarle; the full-
scale replica of the USS Water Witch; and a battle
Scheduled during August will be another Cool
History program held inside the cool, air-conditioned
museum and utilizing the interior interpretive spaces to
bring actual events from the war to life with the use of
staff and volunteers. All of the Cool History programs are
living history events which reenact famous or fascinating
incidents in Civil War History.
Open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. See coupon in ad on page
22. 1002 Victory Drive, Columbus. For more information
706-327-9798 or www.portcolumbus.org.
Scott Antique Market in Atlanta
Scott Antique Market in Atlanta has over 2400 booths overflowing from
two buildings. Find Victorian and primitive furniture, vintage hardware, rare
art and prints, vintage clothing, nostalgic photographs, antique Christmas
decorations, vintage musical instruments, glassware, pottery, porcelain,
clocks, tools, campaign memorabilia, books, and more. Always held the sec-
ond weekend of every month, the next shows will be August 7-9 and
September 11-13. Hours are Fri. & Sat. 9-6 and Sun. 10-4. Admission is $5
for the weekend. The show has a variety of food and free parking. Located in
the Atlanta Expo Center which straddles I-285 at Exit 55. For more infor-
mation phone 740-569-4112 (office) or 404-361-2000 (show) or visit
Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth
“Georgia’s Official Transportation History Museum” has over 90 pieces of retired railway rolling
stock: trains from the 1920’s and 1950’s including vintage steam and diesel locomotives, passenger and
private cars, WWII troop kitchen, railway post office car,
wooden freight cars, baggage cars, cabooses, and main-
tenance of way equipment. The museum is home to
MARTA’s historic bus fleet which includes busses from
many of the predecessor systems to MARTA. Train rides
aboard restored cabooses are normally available for $1
Trains, Trucks, and Tractors will be highlighted on
August 1-2, and visitors will be treated to exhibits,
train rides, refreshments, temporary tattoos, and crafts
The railway museum is open Thursdays, Fridays, and
Saturdays 10-5 from April-Dec. With ad below one free museum admission with admission of equal
or greater value. 3595 Peachtree Rd. 770-476-2013. www.srmduluth.org.
SOUTHEASTERN RTransportation History USEUM
Georgia’s Official Museum
• Exhibit Hall & Gift Shop • Birthday Parties
• Train Ride in Full-Size Cabooses
• Open Thurs., Fri., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Apr.-Dec.)
Present This Ad and Receive One Free Admission
(with the purchase of an admission of equal or greater value)
3595 Peachtree Road • Duluth • www.srmduluth.org • 770-476-2013
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Gardens & Nature Programs in Georgia
25 – Grogus Concert, State Botanical
AUGUST Garden, 7-9 p.m.
1 – Geology Hike, Sweetwater Creek State 28 – Los Lobos Concert, Atlanta Botanical
Park, Lithia Springs, 10 a.m. 770-732-5876. Garden, 8 p.m.
2 – Athens Brass Choir, State Botanical 29 – Orchid Care Clinic, Atlanta Botanical
Garden, 3 p.m. Garden, 10 a.m.
4-25 – Frog Slog, Panola Mountain St. Pk., 29 – Observatory Open House, Hard Labor
Stockbridge, Tues., 7-8:30 p.m. 770-389-7801. Creek St. Pk., Rutledge, 9-11 p.m. 706-557-3001.
6 – Animal Tracking Hike, Panola Mountain 29 – Miniature Garden in Bottle, Smith-
St. Pk., Stockbridge, 10 a.m. 770-389-7801. Gilbert Gardens
6-27 – Walk on the Wild Side Twilight
Hikes, Panola Mountain State Park, Stockbridge, • Massee Lane, Fort Valley . . . . . . . . . . . .478-967-2358
7 p.m. 770-389-7801. • Atlanta Botanical Garden . . . . . . . . . . .404-876-5859
7 – Full Moon Night Hike (2.5M), Callaway • Bamboo/Coastal Gdns., Savannah . . .912-921-5460
Gardens. • Birdsong Nature Ctr., Thomasville . . . .800-953-bird
8 – Weed ID & Control; Common Snakes • Callaway Gardens, Pine Mt. . . . . . . . . .800-Callaway
of Georgia. Atlanta Botanical Garden, 10 a.m. • Chattahoochee Nat. Ctr., Roswell . . . .770-992-2055
8 – Butterfly Bonanza, Smith-Gilbert • Elachee Nature Ctr., Gainesville . . . . . .770-535-1976
• GSU Botanical Garden, Statesboro . . .912-871-1149
• Hills & Dales Estate, LaGrange . . . . . .706-882-3242
11 – Plants That Beat the Heat, Atlanta
• Medicine Bow, Dahlonega . . . . . . . . . . .706-864-5928
Botanical Garden, 6:30 p.m. • Melon Bluff Nature Ctr., Midway . . . . . .912-880-4500
13 – Plan Autumn Vegetable Garden, • Oatland Island, Savannah . . . . . . . . . . .912-898-3980
Atlanta Botanical Garden, 6:30 p.m. • Oxbow Meadows, Columbus . . . . . . . .706-653-4954
15 – Start Your Autumn Veggie Seeds, • Phinizy Swamp Park, Augusta . . . . . . .706-796-7717
Atlanta Botanical Garden, 9:30 a.m. Smithgall Woods, Helen . . . . . . . . . . . . .706-878-3087
20 – Edible Plants Hike, Panola Mountain • Smith-Gilbert Gdns., Kennesaw . . . . . .770-424-8274
State Park, Stockbridge, 10 a.m. 770-389-7801. • State Botanical Garden, Athens . . . . . .706-542-1244
22 – Composting, Atlanta Botanical Garden, • Tybee Island Marine Ctr. . . . . . . . . . . . .912-786-5917
9:30 a.m. • Wildlife Excursions of Coast . . . . . . . .912-897-5108
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METRO ATLANTA CALENDAR
Georgia Celebrates Quilts in Marietta
See a glorious display of over 400 quilts at
Georgia Celebrates Quilts in Marietta on September
18-20. The 12th biennial quilt show is produced by the
East Cobb Quilters’ Guild. There will be a colorful
exhibit of quilts of every kind made by hundreds of
talented textile artists throughout Georgia: large quilts
and small ones, contemporary pieces and traditional
quilts, appliquéd and embroidered, hand-quilted and
machined artistry. The colors, the workmanship, and
the beauty of these quilts are amazing. Even the
award ribbons are works of art.
The show will include a Small Treasures Auction of
quilts, a vendor mall, a sewing machine raffle, quilting
demonstrations, and classes offered by several local
shops. A king-sized quilt in the Lori Smith pattern
Sampler Magic will be on display and raffled on
Sunday. The quilt was made by members of the Guild
and pieced together and quilted by Red Hen Fabrics.
The quilt show will be held at the Cobb County
Civic Center, 548 S. Marietta Parkway in Marietta. Show hours will be Friday and Saturday
10-6 and Sunday 10-4. Daily admission will be $8. Parking will be free. Visit www.ecqg.com or
call 404-843-1040 for more information.
August 1-2 – Atlanta Reptile & Exotic Animal
Show, Gwinnett Ctr. Fairgnds. 770-963-6522.
1 – 57th Old Soldiers Day Parade & 1-9 – Greenhaven Decorators’ Show
Program, Alpharetta, 8:45 a.m. 678-297-6078. House, Marietta. 404-432-0356.
1 – Birthday Celebration, Village Green, 1-9 – Lasershow Spectacular, Stone Moun-
Smyrna, 6-10 p.m. 770-434-6600. tain Park, 9:30 a.m. 770-498-5690.
1 – Elvis Memorial Show, Riverside Park, 2 – Concert by the Springs with the
Roswell. 770-641-3705. Swingin’ Medallions, Heritage Green, Sandy
1-2 – Trains, Trucks, & Tractors, S.E. Rail- Springs, 7-8:30 p.m. 404-851-9111.
way Museum, Duluth. 770-476-2013. 4 – Movin’ Grovin’ Morning, Heritage Green,
1-2 – Atlanta Black Arts Festival, Woodruff Sandy Springs. 404-851-9111.
Arts Center. 404-733-5000. 4-27 – Music at Noon, Centennial Olympic
Park, Tues. & Thurs., noon-1 p.m. 404-223-4412.
REGENCY SUITES 5-26 – Wednesday Wind Down, Centennial
HOTEL Olympic Park, 5:30-8 p.m. 404-223-4412.
6 – Chris Brooks Lecture on Pottery Legacy,
975 West Peachtree Street Heritage Sandy Springs, 6:30 p.m. 404-851-9111.
at 10th Street 6-27 – Art in the City: Thursday Nights at
ATLANTA, GEORGIA High Museum, 5-8 p.m. 404-733-4437.
Elegant 7-9 – Scott Antique Market, Atlanta Expo
Center. 740-569-4112 or 404-361-2000.
7-28 – Martinis & IMAX, Fernbank
Museum, Fridays 5:30-10 p.m. 404-929-6300.
8 – Flashback Festival, Lakewood Amphi-
12 – Open Mic Poetry Reading, Callan-
Luxurious wolde, 8:15 p.m. 404-872-5338.
Newly-renovated all-suite hotel serves an expanded 14 – Jazz on the Lawn with Madoca &
continental breakfast as well as a complimentary Company, Callanwolde, 7:30 p.m. 404-472-5338.
dinner (Mon.-Thurs.). Each suite has a kitchenette. 14-15 – Kennesaw’s Pigs & Peaches BBQ
Located 2 blocks from I-75/85, next to the Festival. 770-424-8274.
Midtown MARTA rapid rail station. 14-16 – Slotin Folk Festival, North Atlanta
Trade Center. 770-279-9899.
404-876-5003 / 800-642-3629 15 – Decatur BBQ, Blues, & Bluegrass
Festival, Harmony Park, 4-10 p.m. 404-370-4100.
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METRO ATLANTA CALENDAR
August 16 – Atlanta Concert Band, Roswell Cultural
Arts Center, 2:30 p.m. 770-594-6232.
15, 22, 29 – Lasershow Spectacular, Stone 20 – Alive After Five, Historic Roswell, 5-9
Mountain Park, 9:30 p.m. 770-498-5690. p.m. 770-641-3705.
21 – Emmett Goods Jazz Quartet, High
Museum of Art, 5-10 p.m. 404-733-4437.
ATLANTA ATTRACTIONS 21 – Joel Osteen, Philips Arena, 7:30 pm.
J Atlanta Cyclorama . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .404-658-7625 404-878-3000.
22 – 4th Saturday Family Fun Day, Centen-
J Atlanta History Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .404-814-4000
nial Olympic Park. 404-223-4412.
J Atlanta Preservation Walking Tours . . . . . .404-688-3350
22 – Melodies in the Meadow, Art Station,
J Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center. . . . . .404-523-6275 Kennesaw, 7 p.m. 770-514-5930.
J Braves Museum & Turner Field Tours . . . . . 404-614-2311 22 – Jonas Brothers, Philips Arena, 7 p.m.
J Breman Jewish Heritage Museum . . . . . . .678-222-3700 404-878-3000.
J Bulloch Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .770-992-1731 22-23 – Intergalactic Bead & Jewelry
J Callanwolde Fine Arts Center . . . . . . . . . . .404-872-5338 Show, Gwinnett Center, Duluth. 770-813-7500.
J Carter Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .404-865-7100 23 – Native American History & Culture,
J Centennial Olympic Park . . . . . . . . . . . . .404-222-PARK Atlanta History Center, 12-5 p.m. 404-814-4000.
28 – The Mustangs, Glover Park, Marietta,
J Center for Puppetry Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . .404-873-3391
8 p.m. 770-794-5601.
J Chattahoochee River Park . . . . . . . . . . . .678-538-1200
28-29 – Women of Faith, Philips Arena.
J CNN Studio Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .404-827-2300 404-878-3000.
J Dixieland Fun Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .770-460-5862 29 – Alton Brown, Cobb Energy Center,
J Fernbank Museum of Natural History . . . . . 404-929-6300 2 & 7 p.m. 770-916-2800.
J Fox Theatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .404-881-2100 29 – German Bierfest, Woodruff Park. 678-
J Georgia Aquarium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .404-581-4000 244-1528.
J Georgia Department of Archives . . . . . . . .678-364-3700 29-30 – Summer Shade Festival, Grant Park.
J Georgia Dome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .404-223-9200
J Georgia State Capitol . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .404-463-4536
J Georgia World Congress Center . . . . . . . .404-223-4000 September
J Gone With The Wind Museum, Marietta . . . 770-794-5576 6 – Concert by the Springs with The
J Governor’s Mansion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .404-261-1776 Return, Heritage Green, Sandy Springs, 7-8:30
J High Museum of Art . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .404-733-4400 p.m. 404-851-9111.
J Kennesaw Mtn. Nat’l Battlefield . . . . . . . . .770-427-4686 11-13 – Scott Antique Market, Atlanta
J King Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .404-526-8923 Expo Center. 740-569-4112 or 404-361-2000.
J Margaret Mitchell House & Museum . . . . .404-249-7015 18-20 – Georgia Celebrates Quilts, East
J Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art . . . . . . . . . .770-528-1444
Cobb Quilters’ Guild Juried Show, Cobb Civic
Center, Marietta. 404-843-1040.
J Marietta Museum of History . . . . . . . . . . . .770-794-5710
25-27 – Atlanta Camping & RV Fall Show,
J Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic Site . . . . . .404-331-6922 Atlanta Expo Center South. 770-826-1448.
J Michael Carlos Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . .404-727-4282 26-27 – Sandy Springs Festival. 866-511-
J Museum of Civil War/Locomotive History . .770-427-2117 7742.
J National Museum of Patriotism . . . . . . . . .404-875-0691
J Oakland Cemetery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .404-688-2107
J Philips Arena . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .404-878-3000
J Road to Tara Museum, Jonesboro . . . . . . .770-478-4800
J Sandy Springs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .866-511-7742
J Scott Antique Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .740-569-4112
J Six Flags Over Georgia . . . . . . . . . . . . . .770-948-9290
J Smith Plantation, Roswell . . . . . . . . . . . . .770-641-3978
J Southeastern Railway Museum . . . . . . . . .770-476-2013
J Stone Mountain Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .770-498-5690
J Underground Atlanta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .404-523-2311
J Woodruff Arts Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .404-733-4200
J World of Coca Cola . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .404-676-5151
J Wren’s Nest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .404-753-7735
J Yellow River Game Ranch, Lilburn . . . . . . .770-972-6643
J Zoo Atlanta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .404-624-9453
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August Is Absolutel
Westobou Festival in Augusta September 17-26
The 2009 Westobou Festival, September 17–26, will celebrate excellence in the arts and will
feature performances by local, regional, and nationally-recognized artists. Performances, includ-
ing dance, music, theater, and visual arts, will take place in downtown Augusta, at Augusta State
University and Paine College, and in North Augusta, S.C. Each day and evening of the Festival
will be filled with a variety of presentations
designed to dazzle visitors and showcase
Augusta’s wealth of artistic talent.
Highlights of the 2009 Festival will
include a concert featuring the Avett
Brothers presented by the Westobou
Festival, the 29th Annual Arts in the Heart
of Augusta Festival presented by the
Greater Augusta Arts Council, Video
Games Live presented by the Augusta
Symphony, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage
presented in conjunction with the Southern
Soul and Song Series, Elisabeth von Trapp
in Concert presented by The Riverwalk
Series, Inc., Gypsy presented by The
Augusta Players, Sitka Trio and The Blind
Boys of Alabama presented by Augusta
State University, Langston Hughes’ Ask Your Mama: Twelve Moods of Jazz featuring the Ron
McCurdy Quartet presented by the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, American Ballet
Theatre II presented by Augusta Ballet, Inc., and much, much more.
The Westobou Festival was conceived in 2005 by the Trustees of the Academy of Richmond
County, in conjunction with their work on behalf of the Porter Fleming Foundation. The 2008
Festival drew over 100,000 visitors, and the festival’s website received over 1.5 million hits. This
year’s event is poised to be even bigger and better. Visit www.WestobouFestival.com for the
2009 schedule of events, maps, and hotel partner information.
Sandy Springs, A Place to Visit
Sandy Springs, only 15 miles north of Atlanta, offers not only metropolitan amenities but also
many outdoor retreats and one-of-a-kind venues. With three national parks, Big Trees Forest
Preserve, and the Chattahoochee River serving as its natural border, Sandy Springs boasts a
variety of outdoor fun.
Concerts by the Springs will feature the
Swingin’ Medallions on Aug. 2 and The Return
on Sept. 6 at Heritage Green on the Sandy
Springs Society Entertainment Lawn. 404-851-
9111 or www.heritagesandysprings.org.
Chris Brooks from the Folk Pottery Museum
of N.E. Georgia will discuss the 19th century
migration of potters from N.C. to Georgia and
their legacy on August 6 at 6:30 p.m. at Heritage
Sandy Springs. The Young Chefs Academy also
has classes planned for August. 404-255-9263 or www.youngchefsacademy.com.
The Punchline Comedy Club is Atlanta’s Number One comedy club, and Chastain Park
features prominent performers on an outdoor stage. The schedules of both, as well as that of the
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, are in the Theatre Section on page 7.
The Sandy Springs Festival on Sept. 26-27 will feature 5K/10K races, artist market, children’s
park, car show, food court, heritage crafters, live entertainment, pet parade, silent auction, and
business and civic expos. www.sandyspringsfestival.org or phone 404-851-9111.
For information visit www.visitsandysprings.org or phone 866-511-7742.
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ly Great in Georgia!
Perspectives 2009: Georgia Pottery
Invitational in Watkinsville
Perspectives 2009: Georgia Pottery Invitational will be held
August 29-September 16 at the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation
(OCAF) in Watkinsville. This 7th annual exhibition and sale will
feature a wide range of handmade pottery while highlighting 50
contemporary potters from all corners of the State. Georgia’s
finest potters have accepted invitations to participate in this event
offering over 5000 pots. The exhibit and sale will be open daily
from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The opening reception gala will be August 28 from 6-9 p.m.,
and the preview sale from 7-9 p.m. will offer an extensive selection
with each potter displaying an average of 100 pieces of original
handmade functional pottery. Admission will be $5.
A large exhibit of pottery will feature two works by each of the 50 participating potters as well
as a piece from their private collections. The second exhibit is designed to help the pottery
enthusiast identify various types of pottery with info on how each piece was made, its history
and uses. Pottery Workshops, offered Sept. 5-6, will be taught by Katy McDougal on Saturday
and Jennifer Graff on Sunday. The fee will be $65 per day or $125 for both with continental break-
fast & lunch included. Self-guided studio tours on September 13 from noon-5 p.m. will visit
Oconee County Potters, DeWitt Smith Studio, Happy Valley Pottery, and Yukiko & Bob Marable
Studio. Maps are available at OCAF or online at www.ocaf.com. For more information visit
www.perspectives09.myocaf.com or phone 706-769-4565 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blue Ridge Mountains Festival of Arts in Hiawassee
Cool off in the mountains this August! The first annual Blue Ridge Mountains Festival of Arts
will be held August 29 & 30 at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee. Artists from
across the Southeast will be lining the tree shaded walking paths along beautiful Lake Chatuge
The festival will be presented by the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, which has over 33
years experience in producing quality, juried arts and crafts events.
Along with the arts and crafts, there will be music in several locations, fine art, handmade
crafts, demonstrations by artists, wonderful
food, and children’s art activities. Visitors can
explore Pioneer Village and learn how their
ancestors lived and worked; in the restored
village are a blacksmith shop, mercantile,
smokehouse, sawmill, barns, one-room
schoolhouse, and much more. Festival hours
will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. Admission
will be $5 with children under 12 free. For
more information, call 706-632-2144 or visit
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Big Haynes Creek Wildlife Festival in Conyers
The 3rd Annual Big Haynes Creek Wildlife Festival will be held August 29-30 at the Georgia
International Horse Park on August 29-30 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. The outdoor festival will feature
wildlife exhibits, demonstrations, hands-on activities, stage
performances, children’s activities, arts, crafts, a birds of prey
exhibit, reptile show, and more.
Steve Scruggs, the Snake Master, will show poisonous
snakes. Wildlife Wonders, as seen on Discovery Channel, will
give guests a close encounter with different wild animals.
Educator Carol Brown will tell Native American stories. Jason
Clark with Southeast Reptile Rescue will recount adventures
of wildlife removals.
See native wildlife. Learn the basics of fly-fishing, archery,
and hunting with hands-on demonstrations. Watch re-
enactors show how Creek and Cherokee Indians lived off the
land and how the influence of early settlers changed their
lives. Mine for gemstones. Swap hunting and fishing gear.
Located across from the Georgia International Horse Park, just off I-20, the Big Haynes
Creek Nature Center has walking trails, observation docks overlooking the wetlands, and a
canoe launch. Festival admission will be $5 per person with children 4 and under free. Parking
will be free. For more information call the Conyers Welcome Center at 770-602-2606 or 800-
CONYERS or 770-860-4190 or visit www.bighaynescreekwildlifefestival.com.
Trains, Planes, and Automobiles in Hampton
The City of Hampton will celebrate its historic role in transportation on Saturday, August 29.
The event will be staged in the downtown district of
Hampton which is currently going through a face-lift. The
event will be sponsored by the Downtown Development
Authority, and all proceeds will go towards the improve-
ments of downtown.
Vintage cars, a trackless train, model train displays,
transportation art, train memorabilia, and food vendors will
be in the downtown district. There will be a shuttle bus from
downtown escorting guests to the nearby Tara field airport
to view vintage planes, a military static fly over, and helicopter rides.
Tickets will be available the day of the event at the train depot. They will be $10 for adults and
$5 for children with children under 6 free.
For more festival information or vendor booth information, contact Patti Battle at 770-946-
4306 or visit www.cityofhampton-ga.gov.
Georgia Celebrates Quilts
QUILT SHOW September 11-12
September 18 -20 Fun For All Ages!
Fri., Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10- 4 Friday, September 11
Admission $8 Arts & Crafts Vendors (5-10:30 p.m.)
400 Quilts Saturday, September 12
Parade • Arts & Crafts
Vendors u Silent Auction Food • Recipe Contest
Kiddie Park with Inflatables
Silver Sponsor: Discover Sewing Musical Entertainment
Dancers & Cloggers
COBB COUNTY CIVIC CENTER Dance/Concert at Ponder Park (8 p.m.-12 midnight)
548 Marietta Pkwy., Marietta
in metro Atlanta • OMEGA, GA
Hwy. 319 South
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Riverfest 2009 in Canton
The Riverfest Arts and Crafts Festival will be held at
Boling Park in Canton September 26-27. This 25th annual
juried show will feature the work of over 200 artists and crafts-
men from around the USA including fine art, paintings,
jewelry, pottery, quilts, furniture, clothing, florals, baskets,
dolls, and other unique gift items.
Entertainment will feature bands, cloggers, dancers, and
singers. The Market Place will offer fresh produce, flowers,
and homemade goodies such as jellies and jams, relishes,
and fudge. The concession area will include a variety of food
from Cajun treats to fruit smoothies to roasted corn. The
children’s area will have inflatable games, face painting, rock
climbing, pony rides, steam engine train rides, and hands-on activities.
Admission will be $5/adults with children 10 and under free. Festival hours will be Saturday
from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Parking will be free. All proceeds go to
providing help for the needy children of Cherokee County through medical and dental services,
shelter, utilities, clothing, and food. Take I-75 North to I-575 North to Exit 16. For information
phone 770-704-5991 or visit www.riverfest.org.
Apple Pickin’ Jubilee in Ellijay
The 14th annual Apple Pickin’ Jubilee will be held on weekends from September 12-October
31 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at Hillcrest Orchards, nine miles east of Ellijay on Hwy. 52.
Pick your own apples. Milk Buttercup the cow.
Meet Barney the Talking Bull. Ride the pedal cart
track. There will be pig races, pony rides, tricycle
rides, face painting, honey bee demonstrations, apple
bobbin’, corn shelling, clogging, country bands, and
wagon rides. Visit the Moonshine Museum, the Farm
House Museum, the petting farm, the Children’s Play
Area with a giant slide, and the Enchanted Forest and
Nature Trail with scenes from nursery rhymes and
An operating gristmill will be grinding corn and
selling cornmeal. Grandma’s Bakery will serve fried
apple pies, apple cider, apple fritters, apple cider donuts, fudge, and homemade ice cream.
There will also be mountain barbecue and other vittles.
All activities will be included for a $5 admission fee except for the petting farm which will have
a separate $3 admission fee. For more information, visit www.hillcrestorchards.net or phone
706-273-3838 or e-mail email@example.com.
The Atlanta Camping Show
The Atlanta Camping & RV Fall Show will be a three-day no-frill sales event featuring the
biggest savings in its 34 year history. The show will be held September 25-27 at the Atlanta Expo
Center South (exit 55 off I-285).
This supermarket of campers will feature
Class A motor homes, 5th wheels, travel
trailers, Class C mini-motor homes, van
campers, folding camping trailers, and toy-
haulers, all with special low show prices.
Dealers from across the region will be under the
same roof, and shoppers can find instant
financing and insurance reps all on the same
floor. There will be booths providing information
on camping, campgrounds, vacation destina-
tions, RV organizations, RV equipment and
accessories, storage, and maintenance. There will be cooking demonstrations and prizes.
Show hours will be Friday 11-7, Saturday 10-7, and Sunday 11-5. Admission will be
$10/adults; $9 for 55 and over; $5 for 6-16; and free/under 6. Parking will be free. See website
for $1 Off coupon.
For discounts and additional information, visit www.atlantarvshow.com.
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Georgia Marble Festival in Jasper
The 29th Annual Georgia Marble Festival will be held October 3-4 in Jasper. The festival will
kick-off Saturday at 10 a.m. with a parade on Main Street. The festival theme, “Marble on My
Mind,” will be featured in the parade, which will be led by Rumble in the Mountains; these motor-
cycle riders will continue for one hour through picturesque Pickens County and end at a motor-
cycle expo with live entertainment. The festival will be held at Lee Newton Park Saturday from
10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. There will be juried arts and crafts, fine arts,
children’s area, business expo, entertainment, and a variety of foods. Parking and shuttles will
be free. Festival admission will be $5/adults
and $3/students age 6 and up.
On Saturday, one of the shuttle pick-ups
will be at Lawson Chevrolet, site of the
Georgia Marble Festival Classic Car Show. A
free street dance on Saturday at 7 p.m. in front
of the marble courthouse will feature popular
local group 53 West. Take your lawn chairs.
There will be tours of the marble mines on
Saturday and Sunday. This is the only time of
the year that the quarry is open for visitors, so join colorful local guides as they explain this rich
slice of county history. Quarry tour tickets are sold on a first-come, so reservations should be made
early. Tour tickets will be $10 (includes festival admission) for adults, children $7, under age 5 free.
For information on festival activities and hotels (accommodations go quickly), visit the
Chamber of Commerce office at 500 Stegall Drive in Jasper, call 706-692-5600, e-mail denise@
pickenschamber.com, or visit www.pickenschamber.com or www.georgiamarblefestival.com.
Mountain Beauty in Blairsville Area
Union County, located on the northeast border of Georgia, is
known for its mountain beauty. Crossed by the Blue Ridge
Mountains and with more than half of its acreage within the
Chattahoochee National Forest, Union County is a haven of
streams, lakes, wooded trails, and waterfalls. Visitors can choose
22nd Annual ing, mountain
Big ing, river raft-
Apple are a variety
restaurants, and overnight accommodations.
Festival Union County is also home to waterfalls;
Vogel State Park; Brasstown Bald, the
highest point in Georgia; Lake Nottely with its
October 3 106 miles of shoreline; and Logan Turnpike
Mill producing stone-ground grits.
SATURDAY 10 A.M.- 5 P.M. During August Blairsville will host Friday
Night Concerts at the Old Courthouse from
DOWNTOWN CORNELIA 7-8 p.m. and a Car Cruise-In at the Square on
Fun For Everyone! Saturday, Aug. 1. The Misty Mountain Model
Railroad Tours are open to the public on
Arts • Crafts • Live Music Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at
Children’s Activities 2 p.m. The Union County Farmers Market is
Food • Hayrides held every Saturday through Oct. 10 from
7:30-11:30 a.m. at the Union County Court-
Apple Pie Eating Contest house, rain or shine.
706-778-7875 For more information on Blairsville and
Union County call 877-745-5789 or visit
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Dalton, A Destination Worth Discovering
Discover Dalton, nestled in the foothills of Northwest Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains and
only 87 miles north of Atlanta just off I-75. There are many events planned for the Dalton area
during the summer and fall.
A Car Cruise-In will be held downtown
on Saturday, August 8. The North Georgia
Bead, Gem, Mineral, and Jewelry Show
will be held at the Northwest Georgia Trade
Center on August 7-9. The Blue Ridge
Numismatics Assn. Coin Show will be held
at the Trade Center August 21-23.
Are you a history buff? If so, step back
in time during the Tunnel Hill Civil War
Battle Reenactment on September 19-20.
You will not only be able to visit suttler
tents and be a part of battle, but you can
also visit the Heritage Center and the W&A Railroad Tunnel.
Looking for a more colorful, artistic twist? Venture into downtown Dalton and visit the state’s
oldest multi-discipline Creative Arts Guild and attend their 46th Festival September 19-20. The
Farmer’s Market, held every 2nd and 4th Saturday, features local artisans as well as an
abundant supply of local, fresh produce.
For information on the Dalton area, visit www.VisitDaltonGa.com or call 1-800-331-3258.
Jekyll Island Beach Music Festival
The Jekyll Island Beach Music Festival & BBQ Bash will be held August 21-22. New this year
will be a BBQ contest sanctioned by the Georgia Barbecue Association. An Early Bird Party will
be Thursday, August 20, at the Oceanside Inn & Suites from 7-10 p.m. and will offer food and
entertainment by a top beach music DJ. Admission will be $10 per person.
On Friday night the Swingin’ Medallions will be playing from 8:30-12 p.m. at Atlantic Hall in
the Jekyll Island Convention Center. Admission will be $15 at the door; dress will be casual with
no swimsuits allowed; guests must be 21 or
older; and no outside food or alcohol will be
On Saturday shag lessons will be taught at
Atlantic Hall from 10 a.m.-noon for $10 per
person. The BBQ Bash Judging will be from 1-
4:30 p.m. Visitors should check with the
Consumer Choice Panel tent for a chance to
taste and judge the food. A free concert on the
beach from 1-6 p.m. will feature the bands,
Second Chance and Fantastic Shakers. No
outside alcohol or pets will be permitted.
The finale party on Saturday night from
8:30-12 p.m. will welcome Jim Quick &
Coastline to Atlantic Hall. Admission will be
September 11-19, 2009
$15 at the door; visitors must be 21 or older; Celebrate one of Habersham County’s most
no outside food or alcohol will be permitted. anticipated events when the fair returns
For information phone 912-635-3636 or
877-4jekyll or visit www.jekyllisland.com or • Miss Chattahoochee Fair Pageant
ComeCoastAwhile.com. • Rodeo • Petting Zoo
• Pig Races • Horse Show
• Carnival Rides • Entertainment Nightly
• Talent Show • Gospel Music
• BBQ Cookoff • Livestock Shows
• Chainsaw Artist • Arts & Crafts
Fair opens nightly at 6 p.m.,
Saturdays 9 a.m., Sunday 3 p.m.
706-768-6890 or 706-778-3709
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Centennial Celebrated in Manchester
In celebration of its 100th anniversary, Manchester will produce a folk play entitled Tales of a
Magic City on August 15-16. Show time will be Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. Tickets
will be $10 per person with no reserved seating.
There will be a cast of approximately 100
people in this play which was compiled from
stories told by local citizens. The play was written
by Debra Jones of Colquitt, one of the writers of
the popular Swamp Gravy plays.
Manchester was founded in August 1909, and
the town’s early strength came from the railroad
and textile mill. Manchester is located 37 miles
from Columbus and 70 miles from Atlanta.
A time capsule will be buried Sunday, August
16, at 2 p.m. at Freedom Park next to the
Manchester Mill. Also, the town will have a street dance on August 29 from 7-10 p.m.
There are area hotels and restaurants in the area for visitors wishing to stay overnight after
viewing the play. For more information phone 706-977-9004 or e-mail betterhometown@
manchester-ga.com or visit www.cityofmanchester-ga.com.
Omega Pepper Festival
The 6th annual Omega Pepper Festival will be held September 11-12 at Ponder Park in
Omega which is located on Hwy. 319S between Tifton and Moultrie.
The Festival will begin on Friday evening,
September 11, with a program of gospel music.
Arts and crafts and food vendors will be open. A
delicious home-cooked dinner will be served, and
tickets for the dinner will be available in advance
as well as that night.
Saturday’s events will include a parade at
10:30 a.m., a pepper recipe contest, arts and
crafts, food, and musical entertainment including
dancers and cloggers. A Kiddie Park will offer a
variety of inflatables as well as other fun activities
for the children. A dance and concert will be held
at Ponder Park from 8-12 p.m.
For information or a vendor application call Yolanda Baker at 229-528-4400; e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit www.omegapepperfestival.com.
Sept. 12 - Oct. 31 ( Weekends)
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Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Pony Rides - Playground - Cow Milking - Pig Races • Handmade
Wagon Rides - Music - Petting Farm - Pedal Karts Arts & Crafts
Food - Moonshine & Farmhouse Museums and more! • Children’s Area
9 a.m.-6 p.m. • $5 per person
(Petting Farm admission add $3 per person) • Food Concessions
HILLCREST ORCHARDS • Market Place
Hwy. 52, 9 miles east of Ellijay • Entertainment
Sponsored by the Service League of Cherokee County
www.hillcrestorchards.net • email@example.com
770-704-5991 • www.riverfest.org
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Chattahoochee Mountain Fair in Clarkesville
The 34th Annual Chattahoochee Mountain Fair will be held September 11-19 at the Haber-
sham County Fairgrounds at 4235 Old Toccoa Hwy. in Clarkesville. The fair will open weekdays
at 6 p.m., Saturdays at 9 a.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The fair will feature family entertainment including a carnival,
livestock shows, horse shows, arts & crafts, exhibits and demon-
strations, great food, and nightly entertainment.
Events will include the Hayes Dodge Rodeo, the Miss
Chattahoochee Pageant, a horseshoe tournament, the WCON
Talent Show on Monday night, an art show, the Sam Path Petting
Zoo with camel rides on the weekends, pony rides every day, bingo,
Robinson’s Racing Pigs, a BBQ cookoff, and daily demonstrations
by Edgard Diaz, a chainsaw wood carving artist from Peru.
Entertainment will feature Southern Gospel with The Bridgmans
and The Carolina Crossman. Country and bluegrass entertainers will
be featured as well. Youth Night will be Tuesday, Sept. 11, and will
feature the chorus and band from Habersham Central High School.
Admission will be $5 with children under 10 free. For information
call 706-778-3709 or 706-768-6890 or visit www.chattahoocheemountainfair.org.
Plains Peanut Festival
The Plains Peanut Festival on September 26 will honor the
peanut industry, the peanut farmer, and Plains’ native son, Jimmy
Carter, the 39th President of the U.S. Admission and parking will
be free. For information visit www.plainsgeorgia.com or call 229-
There will be a one mile Fun Run at 8 a.m. and a 5K Road
Race at 8:30 a.m. with President Carter presenting awards for
these events at 10 a.m. from the platform of the depot which was
headquarters for his cam paign in the 1970’s. Arts, crafts, and
will open at
9 a.m. with
Reese Park and on Main Street. A parade will
begin at 11 a.m. A Peanut Pavilion will offer
exhibits on the peanut industry and yummy August 29, 2009 • 10 AM-6 PM
samples. The Carters will have a book signing Hampton, Georgia
starting at 1:30 p.m. with a limit of three books Fun for the
per person. Entire Family!
The SAM Shortline Excursion Train will • Vintage Planes
run shuttles Saturday afternoon. The Musical • Air Show
folk play, If These Sidewalks Could Talk, will Drive your car on the
be performed at the school on Friday at 7:30 •Model Train Atlanta Speedway track!
Display •Vintage Auto Show
p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m. A Street Dance •Train
on Saturday from 8:30-11:30 p.m. will feature Memorabilia
the Joey Stuckey Band. President Carter will Train
be teaching Sunday School at Maranatha
Baptist Church in Plains on Sunday morning Hampton, Georgia’s “Trains,
at 10 a.m. Planes, & Automobiles” Show is a
day-long celebration of Hampton’s spot in the history
of Georgia Transportation. Join in the Fun on Aug. 29!
TICKETS: Adults $5, Children 12 & under free
Tickets available at Hampton, GA, Railroad Depot
Shuttle service provided to Tara Field Airport from
downtown Hampton. Event is sponsored by the Downtown
Development Authority of Hampton. Proceeds go to
improving the downtown district of Hampton.
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Big Red Apple Festival in Cornelia
The 22nd annual Big Red Apple Festival will be held in downtown Cornelia on Saturday,
October 3, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. This family-oriented event will feature live music as well as kiddie
rides, face painters, arts, crafts, and plenty of food.
The award-winning Apple City Cloggers will per-
form; and on the depot stage there will be gospel
music all day. New this year will be the apple pie
eating contest which will be held on the big stage at
Apple Tree Alley. A hayride to the Historic Cheno-
cetah Tower for a tour of the tower will be available for
a small fee.
Art and craft vendor applications are available at
Visit Cornelia for the festival, the history, and the
quaint downtown shops. To go to Cornelia, take I-85N
to Hwy. 985N. For more information contact Andrea
Harper, Better Hometown Manager, at 706-778-7875
Fun at Fort Discovery in Augusta
Discover the fun of hands-on science! Fort
Discovery is located on the scenic Riverwalk in
downtown Augusta. This 128,000 square-foot family-
oriented math and science center fires the imagina-
tions of children and adults by making math,
science, and technology come alive with 250 hands-
on exhibits, custom digital programs in the Paul S.
Simon Discovery Theater, StarLab planetarium,
educational workshops, and demonstrations in the
And now, join us for the Augusta tradition of Fat Man’s for lunch! The Usry family has moved
their popular eatery to the first level of the
science center. Tried and true Southern-style
favorites like squash casserole and turnip
greens will tempt your tummy, or you may
prefer a slimmer salad or sub. Blue Bell ice
cream tops it all off. Grab a comfy couch and
catch up on emails with free Wi-Fi, as well.
National Science Center’s Fort Discovery
is the perfect place to plan birthday parties,
family reunions, special events, wedding
rehearsals, and company outings. The muse-
um is located at One Seventh Street on
Downtown Augusta’s Riverwalk. For informa-
tion phone 800.325.5445 or 706.821.0245 or
September 26 th visit www.NationalScienceCenter.org.
One Mile Fun Run/5K Road Race
Arts & Crafts Vendors • Exhibits • Food
Road Race and Post Card Awards • Presentation
Main Street Parade • President & Mrs. Carter’s Book Signing
I t is such a comfort to
drop the tangles of life into
SAM Shortline Train Rides • Entertainment God’s hands and leave
Folk Play: “If These Sidewalks Could Talk”
Cast your cares on the L ORD
Sunday School with President Carter
and he will sustain you.
at Maranatha Baptist Church, 10 a.m.
PSALM 55:22 NIV
www.plainsgeorgia.com j GOD’S LITTLE INSTRUCTION BOOK FOR WOMEN
Honor Books, Tulsa, OK
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Camping Information, Please
By Gertie Blabbit
My friend is a rather old-fashioned lady, always quite delicate and elegant, especially in her language.
She and her husband were planning a week’s vacation in Georgia, so she wrote to a particular campground
and asked for a reservation.
She wanted to make sure the campground was fully equipped, but didn’t quite know how to ask about
the toilet facilities. She just couldn’t bring herself to write the word “toilet” in her letter. After much delib-
eration, she finally came up with the old-fashioned term “bathroom commode.”
But when she wrote that down, she still thought it sounded too forward. So she started all over again,
and rewrote the entire letter, and referred to the bathroom commode merely as the B.C. “Does the camp-
ground have its own B.C.?” is what she actually wrote.
Well, the campground owner wasn’t old-fashioned at all; and when he got that letter, he just couldn’t
figure out what the lady was talking about. That B.C. business really stumped him.
After worrying about it for a while, he showed the letter to several campers, but they couldn’t imag-
ine what the lady meant either. So the campground owner, finally coming to the conclusion that the lady
must be asking about the location of the local Baptist Church, sat down and wrote the following reply.
“Dear Madam, I regret very much the delay in answering your letter, but I now take the pleasure of
informing you that a B.C. is located nine miles north of the campground and is capable of seating 250
people at one time. I admit it is quite a distance away if you are in a habit of going regularly, but no doubt
you will be pleased to know that a great number of people take their lunches along and make a day of it.
They usually arrive early and stay late.
“The last time my wife and I went was six years ago, and it was so crowded we had to stand up the
whole time we were there. It may interest you to know that right now, there is a supper planned to raise
money to buy more seats. They’re going to hold it in the basement of the B.C.
“I would like to say it pains me very much not to be able to go more regularly; but it is surely no lack
of desire on my part. As we grow older, it seems to be more of an effort, particularly in cold weather.
“If you do decide to come down to our campground, perhaps I could go with you the first time you
go, sit with you, and introduce you to all the other folks. Remember, this is a friendly community.”
(Publisher’s Note: If you would like to read more travel commentaries
by Gertie Blabbit, write and let us know.)
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Aug. 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . .Full Moon Canoe Outing ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY
Tallulah Gorge St. Pk., 8:30 p.m. 706-754-7981 Hampton, 770-946-4211, atlantamotorspeedway.com
Aug. 4-9 . . . . . . . . . . . .National Bikers Round-Up
Aug. 6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Thunder Run
Aug. 14, 28 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Friday Night Drags
HIKES & RUNS Aug. 21 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Super Bike Motorcycle
Aug. 1. . . . . Alpharetta, 5K, 10K, 678-297-6100 Aug. 22-23 . . . . . . . . .Sports Car Club of America
Aug. 1 . . . . . Flowery Branch, 5K, 770-366-4317 Time Trials
Aug. 4 . . . . . . . . . . . Valdosta, 5K, 229-219-0010 Atlanta Dragway . . . . . . .Commerce, 706-335-2301
Aug. 8 . . . . . . . . . . . Bowdon, 5K, 678-333-5439 www.atlantadragway.com
Aug. 8 . . . . . . . . . . . Marietta, 5K, 404-877-5224 Douglas Motorsports Park . . . . . . . .Nicholls
Aug. 8 . . . . . . . . . . Warner Robins, 5K, 10K, 1M 912-384-7733, www.dmpdragway.com
478-972-2609 Oglethorpe Speedway Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Pooler
Aug. 15 . . . . . . . . . . . Atlanta, 5K, 404-231-9064 912-964-8200, www.ospracing.net
Aug. 15 . . . . . . . . Fayeteville, 5K, 770-631-9040 Road Atlanta . . . . . . . . . . .Braselton, 800-849-RACE
Aug. 15 . . . . . . . . . . . . Rome, 5K, 706-235-3035 www.roadatlanta.com
Aug. 15. . . . . . . . . . Suwanee, 5K, 770-271-4492 Silver Dollar Raceway . . . .Reynolds, 478-847-4414
Aug. 22 . . . . . . . . . . Decatur, 5K, 678-464-6950 www.silverdollarraceway.com
Aug. 29 . . . . . . . . . . . Atlanta, 5K, 404-327-7738
(See www.atlantatrackclub.org for more races) BIKING
Aug. 14-16 . . . . . . .Fools’ Gold Mountain Bike
Race & Festival, Dahlonega. 706-864-3513
EQUESTRIAN SHOWS Aug. 23 . . . . .Bike Ride in Olde Town Conyers
Aug. 21-22 . . . . . .Rodeo, Blue Ridge Fairgrounds (4M), 4-6 p.m. 770-602-2606
GEORGIA INT’L HORSE PARK MISCELLANEOUS
Conyers, 888-860-4224, www.conyersga.com Aug. 1 . . . . . .Tree Top Excursion, Panola Mt. St.
Aug. 1-2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dressage Horse Show Pk., Stockbridge, 1-4 p.m. 770-389-7801
Aug. 8-9 . . . . . . . . .Fox GHJA Classic Horse Show Aug. 15 . . . . .Ga. Veterans St. Pk. Triathlon &
Aug. 15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Horse Show Ventures Duathlon, Cordele, 7-10 a.m. 229-273-1668
Aug. 22-23 . . . . . . . . .Fox GHJA Signature Classic Aug. 22 . . . . .Wilderness Survival Tournament
Horse Show Panola Mt. St. Pk., Stockbridge. 770-389-7801
Aug. 28-30 . . . . . . . . . . . .Fall Classic Horse Show Aug. 29-30 . . . . .Wilderness Survival Weekend
Aug. 29-30 . . . . .Dogwood Buckskin Horse Show Amicalola Falls St. Pk., Helen. 706-265-1969
The Big Haynes Creek Wildlife Festival
August 29-30 10 AM-5 PM
Something for the Entire Family . . .
BIRDS OF PREY H ARTS & CRAFTS H LIVING HISTORY
REPTILE SHOW H CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES
Learn to Fly Fish, the basics of Archery,
or take a Hunting 101 course on-site.
THE GEORGIA INTERNATIONAL HORSE PARK
$5 Admission Fee & Free Parking
Children 4 and under are Free
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Dixieland Fun Park Near Fayetteville For Fantastic Family Fun
Dixieland Fun Park in Fayetteville has been a staple in fantastic family fun for 19 years. With
over 20 rides and attractions, Dixieland has something for every age. For the thrill seekers,
Dixieland offers many high thrill rides, including the Drop Zone, Stealth Attack Zip Line,
Scream’n Eagle Coaster, the Scream’n Swing, and more. Two new high thrill attractions for
2009 include the Great Air Race Zip Line and the Impulse. For kids, Dixieland offers outdoor
kiddie attractions as well as an indoor playmaze
complete with slides, tubes, and an indoor ferris
Also new for 2009, Dixieland offers an incred-
ible value that rivals all other Georgia amuse-
ment venues. Visitors can enjoy Unlimited Fun at
Dixieland at a price of only $19 for guests 44" or
taller and $12 for guests between 31"-43". Paid
admission allows riders access to all rides and
attractions as well as in-house entertainment.
For those who don’t wish to ride, a $5 Mini
Golf Links Pass is available. Links Pass holders have unlimited access to Dixieland’s 36-hole
mini golf course and in-house entertainment. Dixieland Fun Park can accommodate groups
from 10-3000 and offers special pricing.
All rides and attractions are based on height. For more information about Dixieland Fun
Park or to book a group outing, visit www.dixielandfunpark.com or call 770-460-5862.
BASEBALL & SOFTBALL BASKETBALL
Home Schedules Home Schedules
ATLANTA BRAVES AUGUSTA GREENJACKETS Aug. 1 . . . . . . . . .NEW YORK
Aug. 1-2 . . . . . .LA DODGERS Aug. 1-2 . . . . . . .GREENVILLE
Aug. 8 . . . . . . . . . . .CHICAGO
Aug. 11-12 . . .WASHINGTON Aug. 4-8 . . . . . .CHARLESTON
Aug. 13 . . . . . . . . . . .DETROIT
Aug. 14-16 . . .PHILADELPHIA Aug. 19-21 . . . . .SAVANNAH
Aug. 15 . . . . . . . . . . .SEATTLE
Aug. 17 . . . . . . . . . .ARIZONA Aug. 22-24 . . . .CHARLESTON
Aug. 20 . . . . .SAN ANTONIO
Aug. 21-23 . . . . . . . .FLORIDA Aug. 31-Sept. 2 . .SAVANNAH
Aug. 23 . . . . . . .LAS ANGELES
Aug. 25-27 . . . . . .SAN DIEGO 706-736-7889
greenjacketsbaseball.com Aug. 25 . . . . . .SACREMANTO
SAVANNAH SAND GNATS www.AtlantaDream.net
ROME BRAVES Aug. 1-3 . . .BOWLING GREEN
Aug. 1-2 . . . . . . . .ASHEVILLE Aug. 10-13 . . . . .LAKEWOOD FOOTBALL
Aug. 4-8 . . . . . . .SAVANNAH Aug. 14-17 . . . . . .DELMARVA Aug. 21-22. . . . . .Kell Classic
Aug. 19-21 . . . .CHARLESTON Aug. 25-27 . . . . . . .AUGUSTA Georgia Dome, Atlanta
Aug. 22-24 . . . . .SAVANNAH Aug. 28-30 . . . . . . . . . .ROME 404-223-9200
www.romebraves.com www.sandgnats.com Home Schedules
Aug. 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Super 8 Series USSSA Men’s Softball Aug. 29 (pre) . . . .SAN DIEGO
Dellinger Park, Cartersville. 678-407-0643 Sept. 3 (pre) . . . . .BALTIMORE
Aug. 8-12 . . . . . . . . . .Little League Southern Regional Jr. League www.atlantafalcons.com
Championships, Cartersville Baseball Complex. 800-733-2280
Aug. 15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Big 10 Series ISA Softball Tournament GEORGIA BULLDOGS
Dellinger Park, Cartersville. 404-285-1949 Sept. 12 . .SOUTH CAROLINA
FISHING GA. TECH
Aug. 4, 8, 25, 28 . . . . . . . . . .Fly Fishing Clinics, Panola Mt. St. Pk. YELLOWJACKETS
Stockbridge, 770-389-7801 Sept. 5 . . . .JACKSONVILLE ST.
Aug. 15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Youth Fishing Day, Smithgall Woods 888-TECH-TIX, 404-894-5447
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