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The final Family Fright Night Movie on the Beach will be this Saturday Night, Oct. 25.  Families are invited to enjoy the fun, family movie Disney’s Hotel Transylvania


Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy these movie nights. And, dress for the cooler night air.  Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase.


Admission for these special nights is $5 per adult; $2.50 per child age 6 to 12 and free for children 5 and younger.  Admission will be complimentary for annual passholders.  Guests visiting the Gardens during the day will be admitted to the movies at no additional cost.  Day admission is $18/adult; $9/child (ages 6 to 12); children 5 and younger are admitted for free.  The Gardens and its attractions are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Callaway Gardens® is in Pine Mountain, Ga., 60 minutes southwest of Atlanta and 30 minutes north of Columbus.  For additional information, call 800-463-6990 or visit www.callawaygardens.com.




Saturday, November 1, 2014


Steeplechase is a competitive sporting event that provides spectators an opportunity to watch the thrills, smarts and athletic ability of Thoroughbred race horses as they jump over 52” high hurdles at premium speeds. Thoroughbreds, almost all of them converted from flat racing, compete in 12 states at some 36 National Steeplechase Association (NSA) stops both in the spring and fall of every year. They have lineages proven with official Jockey Club registration papers, and are ridden by the top steeplechase jockeys in the nation.


The Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens has been one of these meets for the past 29 years. Mason Lampton, Race Chairman, was the visionary who combined his love of steeplechasing with the community’s needs. “Our mission has always been to support the arts in the community, using the steeplechase as a vehicle to do so,” Lampton stated. He continues, “This has proven to be a positive experience for everyone, both in the area of adding an additional sporting event which is entertaining for anyone at any age, as well as allowing us to contribute close to $3.3 million to the arts!”


The 2-3/8 mile course near Callaway Gardens has been cited as one of the most beautiful in the United States. The 200 acre site is cradled in hardwoods and statuesque Georgia pines with rolling hills overlooking Pine Mountain Ridge.  The scenery is punctuated with striking colors of the changing leaves.  It is a wonderful setting for a day in the country.

2013 Proceeds:

2013 was another successful year with a distribution of $162,000 to the Steeplechase’s five beneficiaries: The Columbus Museum, The Columbus Symphony Orchestra, The Historic Columbus Foundation, The Springer Opera House and The Ida Cason Callaway Foundation.  An additional partnership with the Auburn Veterinary College of Medicine is made possible through the proceeds.

2014 Race Director:

Laura Smith Wickham is this year’s Race Director and Marie Wade Arnold is the Operations Chair.


This year’s total purse for The Steeplechase at Callaway is $160,000.  “It is extremely important to keep our purse at the upper level,” Lampton says, “ensuring quality horses that put on a quality show.  Your race has the best trainers and riders so patrons are watching the best of the best in steeplechasing.  After all, without the horses, there is no steeplechase!”

In today’s show, Patrick talks about the exciting new exhibit in the Lagrange Arts Museum with owner and founder, Mr. Preston Evans!

Community Events and Activities for October 17-24


Friday, October 17

Va Va Va Vroom Exhibit Opening at LaGrange Art Museum (7– 9 pm, 112 Lafayette Parkway, LaGrange)

Opening reception from 7-9 pm is FREE with food and beverage provided!


America’s love affair with speed is legendary.  Who hasn’t dreamt of heading down the highway with the radio blasting?  This look down memory lane combines the history of free-wheeling with the history of jazz and takes us from Soap Box Derby to Sturgis and from Dixieland to Dizzy.  From Bo Callaway’s wooden soap box racer to the vintage American Indian, this show will feature the motorcycle collection of local auctioneer Preston Evans and the staggering vinyl collection of a young English boy in pre-World War II.  So, kick start your engines, bebop or cruise . . . just be sure you don’t miss this look at America’s love affair with sound and speed.


“The Return” Beatles Tribute Band Concert (7:30-9:30 pm, Lafayette Square)

Celebrate LaGrange College Homecoming at the Panther Palooza and hear great music.  Free admission!connie hen


Saturday, October 18

Hogansville Hummingbird Festival (10-5 pm, Downtown Hogansville)

Named on the Southeast’s top 20 events in October, the 17th Annual Hogansville Hummingbird Festival will feature more than 100 arts and crafts vendors plus an art competition, exhibits and demonstrations, antiques, international food court, and more!  Bring your whole family!


Halloween Ghosts to Haunt Your Party Workshop (10 am to 12 pm, Hills & Dales Estate, 1916 Hills & Dales Drive, LaGrange)

If decorating for Halloween is a favorite activity for your family, these goblins made of cheesecloth and starch are guaranteed to lift your décor out of the ordinary.  This workshop is designed for adults and children, age 6 and up.  Each participant will make a friendly ghost to enhance “Trick or Treat” atmosphere for their home.  $20 per adult; $5 per each accompanying child. Registration required; call 706.882.3242.


Leggin’ it for Literacy (6 pm – 11:30 pm, Downtown LaGrange)

Join CLCP for a fun night 5K race held in downtown LaGrange; all proceeds benefit Troup County Certified Literate Community Program.  This year, the race course will be illuminated with LED luminaries and lighted displays.  As we light a way for literacy, we encourage all participants to dress in their best glow attire for this festive night run.  Registration and packet pick-up will begin at 6:30 pm and end at 8:45 pm.  There will be a Tot Trot at 8 pm.  The 5K race will begin at 9 pm.  Participants and families are encouraged to come out early to enjoy festivities.  There will be music by the Smokey Road Band and other entertainment throughout the evening.  After the race, each participant will enjoy a Country’s Barbecue sandwich and sweet tea!


Hogansville House of Horrors (7 pm – 10:30 pm, 400 E. Main Street, Hogansville)

It’s creep; it’s old; it’s haunted!  The Old Royal Theater of Hogansville is stirring in its mouldering grave.  Entities are rising from the dust and debris of the decades, and you must meet them face-to-face!  You can explore these haunted tunnels yourself for 4 terror-filled nights in October.  It is no place for the faint at heart!


Callaway Gardens Family Fright Night (5 pm – 8 pm, Callaway Gardens Robin Lake Beach)

Fall in love with fall!  Enjoy $5 admission after 5 pm and a not so scary Halloween Movie (Frankenweenie) on the beach.  Make your Saturday nights in October not so spooky with a family friendly movie.  Mark your calendar for Hotel Transylvania on October 25.


Sunday, October 19

Hogansville Hummingbird Festival (10-5 pm, Downtown Hogansville)

Named on the Southeast’s top 20 events in October, the 17th Annual Hogansville Hummingbird Festival will feature more than 100 arts and crafts vendors plus an art competition, exhibits and demonstrations, antiques, international food court, and more!  Bring your whole family!


Tuesday, October 21

First Choice Women’s Fundraising Dinner (6:30-9 pm, Del’avant, LaGrange)

Contact Michelle at 706-884-3833 for more information, including sponsorship opportunities.


LaGrange Symphony Orchestra Concert (7:30-9:30 pm, Callaway Auditorium, LaGrange)

The season opens with Celebrating Stage and Screen and guest conductor Richard Prior.  Featuring selections from acclaimed Broadway musicals including Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, and The King and I, as well as classic movie music from James Bond, Star Wars and the haunting melodies of Schindler’s List, the concert promises to be one of the most popular of the season.


Wednesday, October 22

US Senate Candidate David Perdue Meet & Greet (11 am, Upstairs at the Chamber)

You are invited to meet David Perdue, candidate for US Senate.  He will greet the public, answer questions and discuss solutions for the direction of our country.  Free and open to the public.


Thursday, October 23

War and the Long Civil Rights Movement (11:30 am-1:30 pm, Highland Country Club, LaGrange)

The Troup County Historical Society presents a special luncheon with speaker Jamil Zainaldin from the Georgia Humanities Council.  Cost is $25/person.  Call 706.884.1828 to reserve your spot.


Georgia Three Rivers Chapter of the American Red Cross Lunch & Learn (12-1 pm, 900 Dallis Street, Suite C)

The American Red Cross needs your help to improve fire safety in the communities most at risk.  Teams will canvass neighborhoods to educate homeowners and install smoke alarms on November.  Learn how you can help at lunch and learn on 10/23.   Contact Jessica McFadden (jessica.mcfadden@redcross.org or 706-884-5818) for more information and to reserve your spot at the lunch and learn!


Living Hope for Honduras Annual Golf Tournament (12 pm-5:30 pm, Highland Country Club, LaGrange)

Annual 4-man scramble–$100 per player—lots of prizes and fun for a great cause.  Contact Gary Kirkendall (706-884-4482) or visit www.livinghopeforhonduras.org for more information and to register.


LaGrange Academy Fall Festival (4:30-7:30 pm, 1501 Vernon Road, LaGrange)

Join in the best fall festival!  Giant slide, inflatable obstacle course, haunted house, costume contest, crazy hair, face painting, jail, cakewalk, Go Fish!, beanbag toss and more.  Fun for the entire family!


October 23-25

Merry Market (Callaway Conference Center, LaGrange)

The annual event to support early learning in Troup County and sponsored by the United Way of West Georgia will kick-off with a Preview Party on Thursday, October 23 from 5-8:30 pm.  Be the first to purchase from unique and specialty vendors at the shopping extravaganza.  Preview party includes food, beverage, silent auction and music.  Cost is $25/person.


Shopping continues on Friday (9 am to 7 pm) and Saturday (9 am to 5 pm).


Upcoming Activities for a Good Cause


October 28

Candlelight Vigil (6:30 pm – 8 pm, Lafayette Square)

In observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a candlelight vigil will be held in downtown LaGrange.  Free and open to the public; children are welcome to attend.  Presented by Harmony House Domestic Violence Shelter and Troup County Domestic Violence Task Force


Mark Your Calendars:  Upcoming Events & Activities


October 30-November 1

12 Angry Men (New Horizon Theatre, West Point)

Tickets are on sale now.  Call 706-518-6234 or buy online at www.nhct.org.  The production is based upon the 1957 movie, written by Reginald Rose and starring Henry Fonda, Lee J Cobb, Martin Balsam, E G Marshall, Jack Klugman, Jack Warden, and Ed Begley, Sr.

The Senoia Optimist Club is hosting a pancake breakfast fundraiser on Saturday 10/25/14 to support the Senoia Area Athletic Association and other youth programs and activities in the community.  We would appreciate it very much if you would please help in publicizing this event.

Attached are 3 pictures from our Spring Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser, a flyer with information for the event, and a Word document with the press release content.

Thank you very much for your coverage!

Laura Dzwigalski
Social Media Strategy and Website Design
Idlewild Promotions

State, local candidates to speak at Callaway Conference Center


A candidates forum for three state seats and the Troup County commission chairman is planned for 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 20, inside West Georgia Technical College’s Callaway Conference Center.


Candidates discussing their positions and policies are running for the state Senate seats for districts 28 and 29, state House seat for District 132 and chairman of the Troup County Commissioners.


The forum, hosted by the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Troup County Democratic and Republican parties, will be moderated by LaGrange Mayor Jim Thornton. The 2014 general election is set for Tuesday, Nov. 4.


For more information on the forum, call (706) 884-8671.

he Coweta Community Foundation is holding its 2nd Annual Wine Tasting and Auction hosted at the Senoia Coffee & Café. Besides great wine and food, there is a 1 in 125 chance raffle for a Green Egg, tickets are $20 each.  Also a 5/50 cash raffle and many door prizes which include gift cards from various places, golf accessories and movie ticket to name a few.


DATE:    Thursday, October 23

TIME:    6:30PM

PLACE:  Senoia Coffee & Café

PRICE:   $60.00 per person


To reserve your tickets please call: 770.253.1833,  email:  CowetaFoundation@gmail.com  cash, checks and all credit cards are accepted for payment.  Don’t wait too long, seats are filling up.


Here is a partial list of the live auction items:

  • Painting by Millie Gosch
  • Signed Vince Dooley books
  • 20 gauge cz over and under shot gun with skeet shoot at Blalock Lakes
  • 3BR beach house in Mexico Beach, FL
  • 3BR Bayfront condo in Dauphin Island, FL
  • Necklace and earring set
  • Necklace and earring set
  • Wine bottle print by artist Vicki Turner
  • Falcon’s tickets

And more to come….


The Coweta Community Foundation is a publicly supported 501(c)3 organization that exists both to maintain the charitable intent of donors and to act as a catalyst to help focus on local philanthropy in our community.  The Foundation distributes grants to a wide variety of non-profit organizations that enhance and support the quality of life in Coweta County.  For more information visit www.cowetafoundation.org or call the # above.


Star Spangled Spectacular: Scholarship Concert
A Celebration Of The 200th Anniversary
Of Our National Anthem

Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 3 pm
New ticket pricing for this year
Season tickets: $36 for all
Individual tickets at door: Adults $15
Students with school ID: $5
Children under five: Free

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Masterworks Chorale

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