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Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day and was initiated to honor the soldiers for the Union and Confederate armies who died during the American Civil War.

Celebrations honoring Civil War heroes started the year after the war ended. The establishment of a public holiday was meant to unify the celebration as a national day of remembrance instead of a holiday celebrated separately by the Union and Confederate states. By the late 19th century, the holiday became known as Memorial Day and was expanded to include the deceased veterans of all the wars fought by American forces. In 1971, Memorial Day became a federal holiday.

The original national celebration of Decoration Day took place on 30 May 1868. When Memorial Day became a federal holiday, it was given the floating date of the last Monday in May. Since many companies close for the holiday, Memorial Day weekend is three days long for most people. It is the unofficial beginning of the summer vacation season that lasts until the first Monday in September, which is Labor Day.

 

 

 

TONIGHT LIVE!!!
8:00PM
FAIRBURN STAGE & COURTYARD
15 WEST BROAD STREET
BRING YOUR CHAIR, BLANKETS, COOLERS AND ENJOY THE CONCERT!
Fairburn Pool & Splash Pad is now officially open!
Open swim times are
Saturday & Sunday – 1pm – 6pm
Monday – Thursday – 12:30pm – 3:45pm  &  4:15pm – 7:30pm
Friday – 12:30pm – 6:00pm

Memorial Day Presentation
Sunday @ 6:50pm

Ticket holders, this Sunday prior to the Willie Nelson concert, we have a special presentation put together in honor of Memorial Day!

Starting @ 6:50pm, we’ll begin by honoring the Boyd family and recognizing those in armed services. Next, for the National Anthem, we’ll welcome the Young Singers and Troup High School JROTC Color Guard on stage. Finishing the presentation – a special finale!

You don’t want to miss this! Make sure you get here early enough to grab concessions and find your seats before the Memorial Day Presentation begins! Gates open @ 6pm.

Do You Know Where to Park?

In addition to street parking near the amphitheatre, you’ll find parking lots within walking distance including LaGrange High School, the Troup County Government Center parking deck and the downtown parking deck adjacent to Del’avant.

VIP Parking is only available with a designated parking pass.

Available Parking

“Meet & Greet” Cam Contest

Ticket Holders! We have a sweet treat for you. Singer and songwriter Cam, is holding a “Meet and Greet” @ 6:20pm, prior to the concert. Here’s your chance to win 4 passes to come face to face with this talented GRAMMY® nominated artist.

Contest ends Sunday @ 12pm, so don’t miss your chance to enter.

Date: June 04, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

We are bringing the river to the square!
There will be a 35′ x 50′ pool setup on the street in downtown Newnan for kayak demos and canoe/kayak tug-of-war. There will be a rock wall climbing wall, exhibits, and more.

the week of May 26

 Memorial Day is a time for remembering those who gave the ultimate sacrifice while in our nation’s armed forces. During this holiday weekend, please take a moment to reflect on the commitment demonstrated by these brave men and women, and those they left behind, as they worked to protect our freedom and liberty.

 

Chamber Events

Troup Trends – May 2016

Take a few minutes to enjoy the latest issue of Troup Trends, the quarterly magazine produced by your Chamber. This edition features stories on the Callaway Foundations, Hills & Dales, Jindal Films, LaGrange Symphony Orchestra and more.

 

https://issuu.com/lagrangechamber/docs/troup_trends_may_2016_issuu?utm_source=conversion_success&utm_campaign=Transactional&utm_medium=email

 

Thursday, June 2, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Georgia Chamber Town Hall Meeting with lunch

Please join the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Chamber for an interactive town hall meeting facilitated by Georgia Chamber President and CEO, Chris Clark.

 

Over lunch, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a live poll created to ensure everyone is included in the conversation to help us plan for the future of Georgia. Immediately following lunch, attendees are encouraged to stay and provide additional feedback in an optional issue and region specific poll.

 

The meeting will be held at Del’avant, 141 Main Street.

 

Register via this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1FwwFxX0p7NKvEJ3FS532We0JRiVU0xiH0W52_sUXdU8/viewform

 

If you have difficulty with the link, please call 706.884.8671 or email Dave (dave@lagrangechamber.com), and we will take care of your registration! This event is FREE, but registration by Friday, May 27 is required to attend.

 

Tuesday, June 14, 7:00 AM

Early Bird Breakfast

Join us for the June EBB to hear students from THINC College and Career Academy reflect on an exciting and fulfilling first year of academic achievement. THINC CEO, Dr. Kathy Carlisle, will also provide an update on the current status and future plans for the academy.

 

Please join LaGrange Housing Authority/West Georgia STAR for coffee and networking in the McLellan Parlor prior to the breakfast. Breakfast will be provided by C’sons/Mare Sol. To register online click here: http://business.lagrangechamber.com/events/details/early-bird-breakfast-june-2016-2431

 

You may also call 706-884-8671 or email letisha@lagrangechamber.com. To guarantee your seat and receive advance registration discount, please submit by June 9.

 

June 14 – June 28, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

The Right Combination

Presented by UGA Small Business Development Center, this three – part series is designed to help business owners/entrepreneurs better understand your business funding needs whether you’re starting a business or growing one.

 

  • June 14 – Are you credit worthy? How to understand your credit score and more.
  • June 21 – How is your business doing?  Understanding income statements, balance sheets, ratios, revenue, volume and pricing.
  • June 28 – How to make your business bankable. Implications of business lending and how personal credit impacts a business’s ability to borrow. Debt structuring.

 

All three classes $99, includes lunch, or can be taken singly for $39 each.  Classes will be held in the Emory Room at the Chamber.  To register:  Contact Todd Carlisle at tcarlisle@georgiasbdc.org

 

Summer Camps

June 6-July 1

LaGrange Art Museum – Artful Visions Summer Camp

Summertime is a wonderful opportunity for children to expand and grow! Camps offer weeks of fun, age appropriate visual arts integrated lessons Experienced artist/teachers and great projects (new or re-imagined for 2016) make Camp LAM an excellent summer experience! Ages 3-6 yrs. June 6-10, Rising 2nd and 3rd Graders June 13-17, Grades 4-6 June 20-24, Advanced Placement Portfolio Middle and High School June 27-July 1

For full list of Classes, Workshops, and Camps, or for registration email: art@lagrangeartmuseum.org

 

June 13 – 18

New Horizon Theatre Performing Arts Camp

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM.  Final Performance on the evening of the 18th

Open for students ages 6-15 years. Drama, Music, and Dance

New Horizon Theatre, 411 W 8th St., West Point

$175 per camper (multi-camper family discounts available)

For registration and payment information visit www.nhct.org, or email us: info@nhct.org

 

June 13-17

Winshape Camp – Lafayette Christian School

For details call 800.448.6955 x1120

 

June 13-July 1

LaGrange College – Learn-2-Serve

An Academic Camp for rising 5th-8th graders only. Rolling acceptances until full. For details contact Bethany Myers at bmyers@lagrange.edu or 706.880.8984.

 

July 18 – 22. 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

St. Mark’s “To the Beach We Go”

If you have a preschooler ages 2-rising Kindergarten we have a camp for you. The cost of the camp is $75.00. Call Kim Davison at 706-884-1568 and leave your name and email address to receive a registration form. Deposit of $25.00 is required when registering your child. Space is limited so hurry and apply.

 

July 25-29

LaGrange Symphony Youth Orchestra – Ovation Music Camp

A camp for young beginner and intermediate students of violin, viola, cello and bass to be held at LaGrange College. For details contact the LSO office at 706-882-0662 or info@lagrangesymphony.org

 

Events

Summer Art Camps!

Spend an exciting week with paint, clay, found objects and more! Campers have adventurous experiences looking at, talking about, and making art with a team of fun and creative professional educators and artists.

July 11-15, 9am – 11:30am
Rising 1st-3rd Grade
$130, Space is limited!
More information & Registration

July 18-22, 9am – 11:30am
Rising 4th-6th Grade
$130, Space is limited!
More information & Registration


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Order Food Ahead

From our Caterer’s Corner Restaurants

Wonderful eats and treats await you at Sweetland. To enjoy ready-to-eat meals from local restaurants in the Caterer’s Corner, simply order directly with each of our featured restaurants. Their pre-boxed meals, gourmet picnic baskets or entertainment platters will be awaiting you for pick up.

For the May 29th concert, orders must be received by 8pm, Thursday the 26th.

If you’re not interested in ordering ahead, concessions by Kimble’s Food by Design will also be available on-site.  For more information, a list of participating restaurants, menu items and more, visit the link below.

View Restaurant Menus

Permitted Chairs

Low profile, beach-style chairs are permitted on the general admission sloped lawn ONLY. Out of respect for fellow concert-goers, chair legs must be no higher than 5” off of the ground with backs no higher than 27”.

Rules & Regulations

Outside Food & Beverages

Outside food and beverages, including alcoholic beverages, are not permitted to be brought into the Sweetland Amphitheatre for the Summer Concert Series. Only events labeled “Picnic Approved” will allow outside food and beverages.

More Information

Parking & Directions

Sweetland Amphitheatre sits just north of historic, downtown LaGrange, Georgia. Within a few blocks of Sweetland and downtown LaGrange there are over 1,000 free parking spaces.

More Information

Smoking/Tobacco Use

Smoking is only allowed in the designated smoking area located on the Great Lawn just west of the Pavilion. Smoking is strictly prohibited in all seating areas including the lawn and pine straw area. This includes electronic/vapor cigarettes.

Rules & Regulation

REMEMBER TO VOTE:  Polls are open in Georgia from 7 am to 7 pm today!  There are important decisions to be made including Troup County Tax Commissioner, School Board & County Commission, plus state senator and US Congress.  In addition, voters will be asked to renew the education SPLOST.  The Chamber Board encourages you to exercise your right to vote and to vote “yes” for the E-SPLOST.  See more below.

 

At our quarterly meeting, the LaGrange-Troup County Board of Directors voted to support the continuation of the Troup County Education SPLOST (E-SPLOST), the 1 cent sales tax currently charged to support capital projects in the Troup County School System.  The referendum is on the May 24 ballot.  The sales tax is one of the fairest ways of funding new or re-building of schools.  The sales tax is a consumer-based tax and not a direct property tax imposed only on property and business owners.  In fact, more than 30% of the sales tax is estimated to be paid by non-residents and visitors per a study conducted by the University of Georgia.
 
“The economic success Troup County continues to experience can be directly tied to the investment our community has made in education,” said Board Chairman Eric Blackman.  “The E-SPLOST has allowed our schools to implement needed technology, maintain the community’s investment in our facilities and provide facilities that foster a positive learning environment to prepare students for college and the workforce when they graduate despite significant budget cuts to the operating budget over the past decade.”
 
The E-SPLOST will generate approximately $71.3 million that will be used to needed safety and security investments, build and renovate schools and upgrade technology.  This is not a new tax, but rather the continuation of something Troup County citizens have voted “yes” for since 1997.  All Georgia counties pay a sales tax rate between 6-8 percent; if approved, the sales tax in Troup County would remain at 7 percent.
 
“Every facility in the Troup County School System has benefitted from past E-SPLOST investments.  More importantly, so has every family who sent their child to one of these schools and employer who has hired a graduate,” added Blackman.  
 
“To prepare a globally competitive workforce, we need a community that is united and committed to providing a standard of education that can compete with the best in the world, not just in Georgia,” added John Asbell, Chamber Board Chair-Elect and Chair of the organization’s public policy initiatives.  “The E-SPLOST will continue to provide our schools with necessary funding to ensure that Troup County can provide the highest quality of education possible.  We look forward to partnering with the Troup County School System to leverage these dollars in ways that will ensure increased student achievement.”

Celebration scheduled for August 25 at 4pm at The Newnan Centre.  
Presented by SouthTowne Motors and UBS Financial Services. 
   
Congratulations to our recent winners!
Montreal Trip:  Marlene Rhodes, Renasant Bank
1st Place Golf Ball Drop:  Phil Trickey, Yamaha
2nd Place Golf Ball Drop:  Allen Skelton, Buffalo Rock-Pepsi
May 24 Constant Contact: Supercharge Your Business with Social Media 
9 – 11am 
The Chamber
Are you seeing the results you want from your social media marketing? Take your brand to the next level by supercharging your online efforts. Learn how to use social media marketing to grow your list, promote your services and generate income. We’ll discuss your goals; show you how those translate into online strategies, and determine what tools and networks can help you achieve results. We will give you a closer look at the popular social media networks – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Google+ and newer channels like SnapChat and Periscope. We’ll show you the benefits of using each, how other organizations are marketing with them, and some dos and don’ts of each channel. We’ll also discuss how to create an editorial calendar for social media and use the content you already have to build brand loyalty. You’ll walk away with specific tactics that your organization can use right away.
(Intermediate Level)
$25 for Chamber members
$35 for non-Chamber members

RSVP Now!

May 26 Member Connect 
11:30am – 1pm 
The Chamber
Held quarterly, these lunches help Chamber members explore and discover opportunities for involvement and ROI while connecting to Chamber benefits and advantages that help them grow their businesses and prosper.
RSVP by contacting the Chamber at 770.253.2270 or emailing info@newnancowetachamber.org
Ribbon Cutting
May 31 Ribbon Cutting for Blue Fern Merchant 
12 – 1pm
5 Greenville St, Newnan
Join us for the ribbon cutting for the Blue Fern Merchant!
Contact Lori Duncan for more information!

Sky Boxes, Reserved & Lawn Seats are on Sale Now

Recently Released for the Upcoming Willie Nelson Concert

Here’s your chance to grab seats for the SOLD OUT Willie Nelson concert with special guests Cam and American Aquarium on Sunday, May 29th. Nearly 100 reserved and lawn seats have been released this morning, including two sky boxes featuring prime-viewing!

Originally built to be media and camera stands, these sky boxes are now available for purchase. They include 8 premium seats, two tables, one parking pass, two gourmet picnic baskets from Tulla White Catering or 505 Eats, and limited complimentary beverages.

There is a two ticket maximum per order for reserved and lawn seating. To purchase tickets please visit the link below. Act quickly, these seats won’t last long!

PURCHASE TICKETS >>

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