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Winter Break
The first 15 days of January, a timeframe with historically low visitation, Callaway Gardens** will temporarily close operations to the public for a Winter Break.  Reservation agents will be available daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer questions and book future reservations, which also can be made online 24 hours a day at www.callawaygardens.com.  To reach someone, please email reservations@callawaygardens.com or call 1.800.352.3810.  For group reservations, someone will be available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  To contact Group Sales, call 1.800.543.7121 or email sales@callawaygardens.com.


Free Admission

Beginning Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, admission to the Gardens will be free on weekdays* through Friday, Feb. 27.  There are lots of fun things to do and see at Callaway Gardens in the colder months, such as witnessing butterflies emerging and taking flight in the warm, tropical Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center and exploring the beautiful John A. Sibley Horticultural Center with gorgeous floral displays.  While visiting, get outdoors for a little exercise on one of the many walking trails or meander through the Gardens on the Discovery Bicycle Trail (bicycles are available for rent or bring your own). It’s amazing what wonders nature provides at this time of year.


For those who have visited Callaway Gardens before, free admission during this time is one way to show our appreciation for their patronage and support of our mission of connecting man and nature.  For those who have not had the opportunity, we want to invite them at no cost on these special dates to experience and discover Callaway Gardens.  Every season provides a great reason to visit Callaway Gardens!



Jan. 1-15:  Closed for Winter Break**

Jan. 16-Feb. 27: Free admission Monday through Friday, excluding weekends** and holidays*. The Gardens hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission* will be free on Sat., Feb. 21 for Founders’ Day in memory of co-founder Virginia Callaway’s birthday.



Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Georgia


In today’s segment, Patrick discusses how New Years is celebrated in France, with restaurant owner of The Tour d’ Argent who is also his blood cousin, Andre Terrail!

Celebrate the New Year with Fun and Frivolity with Two Great Party Options


PINE MOUNTAIN, GA (12/22/2014) This New Year’s Eve get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and ring in the new year at Callaway GardensÒ.   There are two options:


The first option is the traditional New Year’s Eve Dinner DanceRevelers on this New Year’s Eve package will enjoy:

  • Reception with passed hors d’oeuvres
  • Gala celebration with live music by “The Fabulous Brass Masters Orchestra” featuring The Musical Flamboyance and Outrageous Emcee Antics of Peter Petty
  • Plated dinner**with wine prepared by the Callaway Gardens culinary team led by Executive Chef Michael Gonzalez
  • Complimentary drink coupon
  • Party favors
  • Champagne toast at midnight
  • Transportation to and from your Callaway Gardens accommodation and the New Year’s Eve Celebration
  • Admission Monday, Dec. 31, to our world-class Gardens featuring the Day Butterfly Center, Sibley Horticultural Center, Callaway Discovery Center, live Birds of Prey Shows, seven miles of nature trails and our 10-mile Discovery Bicycle Trail and more.
  • Choice of accommodations from our charming Mountain Creek Inn, relaxing Southern Pine Cottages or secluded Mountain Creek Villas

Starting at only $399* per couple in the Mountain Creek Inn, rates also are available in the Southern Pine Cottages, Mountain Creek Villas and Vacation Homes.  For those wanting to attend the New Year’s Eve dinner and dance only, the price is $300 per couple or $150 per person.

The second option is the Fantasy & Fireworks New Year’s Eve Party.  Partygoers will have a bonus 2014 opportunity to drive their personal vehicle through Fantasy In Lights between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.  When they return to the Robin Lake Beach area, they can park to begin the evening’s celebration.  The band Final Answer will take the stage at 9 p.m.  As the excitement builds toward the midnight hour, a big screen will showcase “the” countdown from New York.  Fireworks will welcome in 2015 with a bang!  Tickets are only $15 per person.  They can be purchased online or by calling 800.863.6990.  A special Fantasy & Fireworks New Year’s Eve overnight package also is available beginning at $119* per room.


Make your New Year’s Eve reservations now by calling call 1.800.463.6990 or visit www.callawaygardens.com.

In today’s show, Patrick discusses current and upcoming films with our favorite film critic and director, Mr. Jonathan Hickman!


PINE MOUNTAIN, GA (12/19/2014) – This week Callaway Gardens received an email from USA Today stating, “Fantasy In Lights – Callaway Gardens is one of the winners of the Best Public Lights Display category in 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest sponsored by USA TODAY.

“We are so excited that Fantasy In Lights continues to be recognized as leader in light displays.  And, to finish in the top five is even better news.  We appreciate everyone who voted and everyone who visits Fantasy In Lights and Callaway Gardens.  That support allows Callaway Gardens to continue its mission of environmental education, and to be a haven for guests to enjoy year-round for visits, meeting, weddings, to play golf and more,” stated Edward Callaway, president and CEO of Callaway Gardens.  “And, to win two 10Best categories in 2014 – this one and the ‘Best Public Gardens’ category this past Spring – is such an honor.”

The full list of winners can be viewed at http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-public-lights-display/. Nominees are chosen by a panel of relevant experts which include a combination of editors from USA TODAY; editors from 10Best.com; relevant expert contributors; and sources for both these media and other Gannett properties. The nomination panel for each award category is displayed on its associated contest page.  All voting is digital and the 10Best Readers’ Choice Award contest is accessible on the 10Best.com website.

“USA TODAY is thrilled to have this method of sharing what 10Best and USA TODAY readers and users love most,” said John Peters, president of USA TODAY Travel Media Group. “Our readers are well-informed, well-traveled and opinionated.  At the end of the day, content on our platforms is a reflection of them.  A destination, organization or business which finds itself the recipient of a 10Best Readers’ Choice Award has really accomplished something.”

10Best.com provides users with original, unbiased, and experiential travel content of top attractions, things to see and do, and restaurants for top destinations in the U.S. and around the world. The core of the site’s uniqueness is its team of local travel experts: a well-traveled and well-educated group who are not only experts in their fields – and their cities – but discriminating in their tastes. These local experts live in the city they write about so the content is constantly updated. In 2012, 10Best.com averaged more than 700,000 monthly unique visitors generating approximately 28 million page views.  It was acquired by USA TODAY in January of 2013.

Fantasy In Lights is available nightly through Dec. 30, 2014.  Overnight packages and tickets are available at www.callawaygardens.com/fil or call 1.800.463.6990.  Advance ticket purchases are recommended.

In today’s segment, Patrick discusses the book, Gratitude and Trust, with authors, Tracey Jackson & Paul Williams!

Chamber Board Nominations


Are you interested in serving on the Chamber Board of Directors?  Is there a colleague/business associate that you would like to nominate?  Please submit the name and organization/business to Page (pestes@lagrangechamber.com) by December 22.  All nominations will be submitted to the Nominating Committee that will present a slate of officers and board members at the Chamber’s annual meeting set for January 22 at 7:30 am.  Mark your calendars!


Vote for Callaway Gardens & Fantasy in Lights!


USA Today has notified Callaway Gardens that Fantasy In Lights is in the running for their 10 Best Readers’ Choice travel award in the “Best Public Lights Display” category.  We want them to win!  Please vote at www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-public-lights-display/.  Voting ends Monday, December 15 at midnight.  Go vote!


Upcoming Chamber Events


December 16

Networking Group, 7:45 am, Upstairs

Leadership Troup Board Meeting, 8 am, Downstairs Conference Room


December 17

Full Chamber Board of Directors Meeting, 8 am, Victoria Belle, Hogansville


Tourism Advisory Committee Meeting, 1:30 pm, Downstairs Conference Room


December 18

Diplomats Meeting, 8:30 am, Downstairs Conference Room. Contact Sheila (sheila@lagrangechamber.com) for more information.


Community Events and Activities for December 12-19


Now—January 15

Athos Menaboni and 1930s WPA Art (Legacy Museum on Main)

Explore some of Georgia’s historical architectural murals and Works Progress Administration artists’ projects through the art works of Athos Menaboni.  Most well-known for his paintings of birds, the Italian native and longtime Georgia resident created many enduring works.  Legacy Museum will exhibit several mural studies as well as a sampling of other genres of his paintings.  During the holiday season, an exhibition of Menaboni’s beautiful Christmas cards will be added.  Robert W. Woodruff, president of Coca-Cola from 1923 to 1954, commissioned Menaboni to create he cards which featured a bird that could be seen at Mr. Woodruff’s homes.  He created the cards for more than 40 years.  The artwork is from the Callaway Gardens collegection which is housed at Troup County Archives.


Now—December 30

Fantasy in Lights (Callaway Gardens)

Selected as one of the “Top 10 Places to See Holiday Lights” by National Geographic Traveler, this drive-through Christmas spectacular delights people of all ages.  Visit CallawayGardens.com/fil for more information.


December 6-27

Hills & Dales Holidays  (Hills & Dales)

Special tours of the Fuller E. Callaway home, all decked out for the holidays, will be offered.  Come experience the circa 1940s tinsel-laden Christmas tree, brilliant poinsettias and other seasonal decorations during the holiday season.  Enjoy the aroma of fresh cookies in the kitchen, and open an old-fashioned Christmas card from a friend.  Regular tour prices apply.


December 19 from 5-9 pm; December 20, 21 from 1-5 pm

Free Holiday Carriage Rides, Downtown LaGrange

Carriage departs from the Plaza at the corner of Bull Street and South Lafayette Square every 15 minutes.  Free!  Sponsored by the Downtown LaGrange Development Authority.


December 12-13, 19-20, 24

Follow the Shepherds Walks (Explorations in Antiquity Center)

Follow the journey of Joseph and Mary as they travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem and learn new insights into the Christmas story.  These walks can be done in conjunction with the Christmas Sound and Light Show.  Call 706.885.0363 for more information.


December 12-13, 19-20, 24

Christmas Sound and Light Show (Explorations in Antiquity Center)

This multimedia sound and light show in the Roman stepped theater will contrast the difference between the world of King Herod and the character of the reign of King Jesus as understood by his early followers.  The show will feature new information about the newly discovered tomb of King Herod.  Call 706.885.0363 for more information.


December 13, 20

Santa at the Square (1-4 pm, Lafayette Square in Downtown LaGrange)

Bring your wish list and your camera for a visit with Santa at Lafayette Square in Downtown LaGrange.  Rain location is Marketplace at Lafayette Square.  Santa is provided by the downtown merchants as a gift to the children of LaGrange.  Free of charge.


Saturday, December 13

Market at Jefferson (9-11:30 am, 625 Jefferson Street—Hillside Station, LaGrange)

Join your favorite Market on Main vendors in the off-season for a special indoor market.  Hosting different group each week who share their experiences and talents—come, eat and learn!


JSL Breakfast with Santa (9-11 am, Upstairs at Chamber)

Enjoy breakfast, crafts and pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus plus special guests Elsa and Anna from Frozen.  $10 adults; $20 children.  Tickets can be purchased at Whimzey, Blondie Roux or by emailing jsl.breakfastwithsanta@gmail.com.


Wednesday, December 17

Longing for Light in the Darkness  (5:30-6:30 pm, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church)

A special service for the holidays.  St. Mark’s invites you to come and rest in between all the busy-ness of this time of year.  Come, take care of yourself and your relationship with God by singing songs of home, hearing God’s word and enjoying a space set apart for quiet and for peace.


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

Celebrating Christmas will fill the air with holiday spirit.  The concert will feature special guests, the LaGrange High School chorus led by Katie Westbrook.  Selections include traditional seasonal favorites.

Many thanks to all of those who frequented our table last Saturday, braving the somewhat inclement weather. It was so nice to see so many familiar faces!!
We will be returning this coming Saturday with our usual fare and the bread of the week will be the Harvest Bread again. It is really a nice holiday bread and makes a nice hostess gift.
 It contains organic dried apricots, golden and dark raisins, currants, pumpkin seeds and is made with unfiltered apple cider.
 We will probably have some other pastries and possibly some stollen and Christmas cookies . And for sure will have stollen and cookies the following week.
We will take pre-orders for the stollen. The cost is $18.50. We have had a very good response to these over the past few years.
Please let me know if you have any special requests or orders for Saturday as we will bring a limited amount of product and hate to disappoint you.
Sam Jones will be there with his fresh milk and Little Bit Farm and perhaps a few others. George and Becky of Pecan Point will come every other week , so they will not be here this weekend.
We will be there 8:30am ish . I believe there is a Christmas parade that morning on Broadway with the Clydesdale horses , not sure of the details….
Thank you so very much for your continued patronage and hope to see some of you on Saturday!
We can be contacted at 706-663-7877 or Maria’s cell # 480-294-2401
Maria and John Makin the Bakery and Café at Rose Cottage

Non-Equity AuditionsDecember 15 and 16

Adapted by Christopher Sergel

From the Book by Frank Gilbreth and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey

Produced by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing

Directed by Eileen Baldwin

Roles for children ages 9 and above

and adults

begins at 6:30 each night

Auditions begin at 7:00

Performance Dates Feb. 12 – March 1


Auditions will take place at the theatre


Click here for plot summary and character breakdown

Please bring a resume and a list of potential conflicts.

No appointment necessary.

Southside Theatre Guild
20 W. Campbellton St.
Fairburn, Georgia 30213

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