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On today’s show Patrick speaks with Don Nixon director for the Center for Performing and Visual Arts of Newnan, and world famous artist Francoise Gilot who will be exhibiting at the center as well.


On today’s show Patrick speaks with Don Nixon director for the Center for Performing and Visual Arts of Newnan, and world famous artist Francoise Gilot who will be exhibiting at the center as well.

On today’s show Patrick speaks with Don Nixon director for the Center for Performing and Visual Arts of Newnan, and world famous artist Francoise Gilot who will be exhibiting at the center as well.

On today’s show Patrick speaks with Don Nixon director for the Center for Performing and Visual Arts of Newnan, and world famous artist Francoise Gilot who will be exhibiting at the center as well.

When the SAM Shortline Excursion Train pulls out of Georgia Veterans State Park, passengers forget their worries for a while, sit back and connect with their fellow travelers.  Riding in vintage cars, they watch pecan groves and country fields pass by their windows as the train rolls down the tracks.  Along the way, the train stops at little-known museums and quaint towns for plenty of shopping and exploration.

Riders have found that southwest Georgia’s tourist train is a one-of-a-kind getaway for a variety of reasons.  Some bring children for the sheer joy of watching their faces when they hear the train whistle. Groups of friends gather for good old-fashioned gossip and giggles.  Couples enjoy the romance of yesteryear.  And church groups come for fellowship and fun.

“We have all kinds of people on our train rides,” said Train Manager Kathy Odom.  “It’s the kind of daytrip that is relaxing for some, because they just want to sit back and enjoy the ride. And it’s an adventure for others who prefer to get off at a variety of stops and explore small towns.  We even host birthday parties, family reunions and anniversary parties on the train.”

The SAM Shortline runs only a few days each month, and the schedule and layovers vary from day to day.  Each excursion begins at Georgia Veterans State Park in Cordele as the train crosses Lake Blackshear on a wooden trestle.  Its first stop is usually Americus, where colorful homes from developing nations greet passengers as they step off near Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village. Passengers can also shop boutiques or tour the historic Rylander Theater and Windsor Hotel before hopping back on the train.

The next destination is Plains, a little town made famous by being the campaign headquarters and current home of President Jimmy Carter.  Visitors can sample peanut-butter treats and go shopping along the quaint main street.  A bit further down the tracks is Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, a beautiful country farm where the president spent his boyhood.  Walking through houses and barns, visitors can hear recordings of the president talking about his upbringing.  Running around a garden and windmill lets the youngest train passengers burn off energy before re-boarding.

Perhaps the most surprising stop along the way is the Rural Telephone Museum in Leslie, a destination on the “Southwest Georgia Arrow” ride.  This large building is filled with antique cars, clocks, switchboards and, of course, telephones.

“Several people tell us that the telephone museum is their favorite part of the trip,” said Odom.  “I think they’re surprised because few people have heard of it, and it’s found in such a small town.  That’s part of the charm though.”

The train’s many volunteers wear conductor hats and bandannas as they greet boarding passengers.  Their enthusiasm and love for the train is infectious, ensuring that all travelers have a great experience.  One long-time volunteer has an uncanny resemblance to the train’s mascot conductor “Sam” and enjoys posing for photos with passengers.

For four days in October of each year, preschoolers are thrilled to ride a real train pulled by storybook character Thomas the Tank Engine.  It’s a big event, where kids can take a 25-minute train ride over Lake Blackshear, meet Sir Topham Hatt, play with Mega Bloks and listen to storytellers.

The SAM Shortline Excursion Train’s 2012 schedule is posted on www.SamShortline.com.  Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 1-877-427-2457.  Prices vary depending on which railcar is chosen, and rates range from $17.99 per child to $35.99 for a premium adult ticket.  Most trips depart at 9:30 a.m. and return in the late afternoon or early evening.  Prices for the Thomas the Tank event run from $14.98 to $19.26.

2012 Calendar of Train Rides

SAM Shortline Excursion Train
Located inside Georgia Veterans State Park.
2459 U.S. Highway 280 WCordele, GA 31015

SENOIA COFFEE & CAFÉ and BARTELS, INC. host another weekend of Clean Laughs Night with standup Comedian, TOM DRAKE.  Tom is referred to as “An Attitude with a Tie”.  His likeable style and observational comedy will surely keep you laughing.  Friday – April 27th:         seating begins at 7:30pm and Saturday – April 28th:     seating begins at 7:30pm

 Reservations are $30.00 per guest and must be paid in advance by credit card online atwww.cleanlaughsnight.com  or by cash or check at Senoia Coffee & CaféEach reservation includes one dinner item of your choice. (additional dinner items, dessert, wine, beer and other beverages are available for purchase).  Visa/MC, cash or check can be used the evening of the show. 

 Seating is limited so be sure to purchase your reservations early.

 (770) 599-6802-voice-



It’s with great regret that the Sporting Day of Traditional Driving has been cancelled. Please see Pat’s statement.

I appreciate your response to our news and am sorry for any inconvenience. Best,

Martha Woodham

“A Sporting Day of Traditional Driving” originally scheduled for Saturday, March 31, 2012, at Blalock Lakes near Newnan has been cancelled.

According to organizer Pat Cheatham of Newnan, the first-time event just did not generate the number of entries needed: “We had amazing response from volunteers, generous sponsors and the public, but skyrocketing transportation costs have forced us to regretfully cancel the event. I appreciate the support from the community, the media and other horse enthusiasts.”

Cheatham said he will re-evaluate holding the event at some time in the future.


Masterworks Chorale Concert on March 31 at Arts Centre

     During the eight years of its existence, the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts of Coweta County has become well known not only for bringing in great performing artists from all over the world, but also for its own vocal artists in the Masterworks Chorale.  The next concert by the Masterworks Chorale, entitled Come To The Music, featuring the music of Joseph Martin, is scheduled for Saturday March 31 at 7:30 PM.  Tickets are $15 for general admission, $5 for students.  Reservations, which are strongly advised, can be made on the website, www.thecentreonline.net.
The Centre For Performing & Visual Arts
1523 Lower Fayetteville Road • Newnan, Georgia 30265

Phone: 770-254-ARTS (2787) • Fax: 678-423-1854

On today’s show Patrick talks with Dr. Dwayne Hubbard of Newnan about

Naturopathic medicine.


Saturday’s Easter Egg Hunts; Sunday’s Easter Sunrise Service and Buffets offer something for everyone

 PINE MOUNTAIN, GA (03/15/2012) – Enjoy Easter weekend with your family this year at Callaway Gardens® during the weekend of April 7 and 8, 2012.  As in years past, Callaway Gardens has family-friendly activities planned for the whole weekend.

 Family Activities

All ages are invited to participate in the Easter Egg Hunts on Saturday, April 7, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the lawn at the Overlook Azalea Garden.  Guests of all ages should bring an Easter basket and set out to find thousands of candy eggs, along with some very special prize eggs.  The Easter Bunny will visit from Noon to 5 p.m. with whom boys and girls can have their Easter photo taken.  Egg hunts are free with admission to Callaway Gardens.

The annual Easter Sunrise Service will be Sunday, April 8, at 7:30 a.m. on the lawn between the Gardens Restaurant and the Boat Dock. The natural beauty of Callaway Gardens during the early morning hours serves as a magnificent backdrop to this service to be led by Retired Baptist Minister Max McCord of LaGrange, Ga. and beautiful music.  Admission is free prior to 8 a.m.  Guests should enter through the original Gardens gate on U. S. Hwy. 27.

After the Sunrise Service, guests can enjoy one of Callaway Gardens’ popular Easter Buffets for dozens of delicious selections.  The Callaway Gardens culinary team will have something to please every palate with choices from lamb chops with apple chutney to slow smoked prime rib and baked salmon with mustard cream to roasted chicken with celeriac sauce and pickled beets.  Guests may indulge themselves with desserts featuring blueberry bread pudding, pecan pie with blackberry caramel, crème brulee cheesecake, and chocolate layer cake with caramel and crème Chantilly.

The Easter Buffet in the Mountain Creek Inn Ballrooms will be from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $34.95* per adult.  A children’s buffet will be available for $17.95* for children 6 to 12 years of age.  For ballroom reservations, please call 1-800-CALLAWAY (225-5292) ext. 6832 or 706-663-6832.

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