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Alumna to take storytelling stage at festival

Alumna to take storytelling stage at festival

After serving as emcee for the Azalea Storytelling Festival for 10 years, things are going to be different for Carol Howington Cain ’85 this year. She will be performing on the main stage as a featured storyteller, joining some of her mentors and biggest supporters.
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By Reginald Rose

Black Box

February 26 – March 8, 2015

Thursday-Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 3pm.


A 19-year-old man has just stood trial for the fatal stabbing of his father. “He doesn’t stand a chance,” mutters the guard as the 12 jurors are taken into the bleak jury room. It looks like an open-and-shut case—until one of the jurors begins opening the others’ eyes to the facts. “This is a remarkable thing about democracy,” says one juror, “that we are notified by mail to come down to this place—and decide on the guilt or innocence of a man; of a man we have not known before. We have nothing to gain or lose by our verdict. We should not make it a personal thing.” But personal it does become, with each juror revealing his own character as the various testimonies are re-examined, the murder is re-enacted and a new murder threat is born before their eyes! Tempers get short, arguments grow heated, and the jurors become 12 angry men. The jurors’ final verdict and how they reach it—in tense scenes that have electrified audiences and kept them on the edge of their seats for over 40 years. To purchase tickets click here.


Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Book by James Lapine

Main Stage

March 19 – 29, 2015

The Brothers Grimm hit Broadway with an epic fairy tale where worlds collide. James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone’s favorite storybook characters and brings them together for a timeless yet relevant piece and rare modern classic. The story follows a Baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to attend the King’s Festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results. To purchase tickets, click here.

Summer Series Auditions

For bare: a pop opera &

Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom

Saturday, March 28, from 1 pm to 6 pm;

Sunday, March 29, from 7 pm to 10 pm;

Monday, March 30, from 7 pm to 10 pm.

For performers 14 to 22 years of age only.

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Smallcakes: “Maybe a Cupcake Will Help?”

In our February issue Allison Meyer writes about Smallcakes Cupcakery, owned by Lori Pitts and located in Newnan, Ga.

“We bake fresh every day,” says Smallcakes owner, Lori Pitts. This includes 14 flavors that are available every day and three to four rotating specialty flavors.

There are over 200 mouthwatering recipes to choose from, including unique flavors such as the stuffed French toast – stuffed with cream cheese and topped with cinnamon maple icing. The maple bacon gets a lot of attention as an unusual, but surprisingly tasty, flavor. Stephanie Mounts, a Smallcakes customer, describes it as “eating a pancake with bacon and maple syrup. It’s delicious. I love it,” she says. Of all the flavors, Lori’s personal favorite is the coconut. “It’s a vanilla cake with a coconut cream cheese icing,” she says.

Customers not in the mood for a cupcake can satisfy their sweet tooth with fresh brownies, cookies, cookie sandwiches and whoopee pies.

The menu items are a real treat, but for Lori, owning her own business is about more than selling sweets – it’s also about giving back to the community. “I want to love what I do and what the company stands for,” she says. In addition to donating extra cupcakes to local charities, she believes in taking the time to mentor her employees, many of whom are just starting out in the workforce. “I enjoy helping them grow as a business person in a job environment,” she says.

Lori spent 10 years working as a CFO for a regional CPA firm before making the leap from accounting to cupcakes. After a lot of number crunching, research, and taste-testing, she decided to open her first Smallcakes franchise in West Cobb in December 2012. Two years later, she now has three more locations: Smyrna, Augusta, and Newnan.

Smallcakes offers a variety of services for special events. Customers can enjoy a cupcake decorating birthday party at the bakery or a “girl’s night out” cupcake tasting. Catering is also available for delivery, pick-up or served out of a food truck.

Smallcakes; Hours: Mon-Thurs: 10-8; Fri-Sat: 10-9; Sun: 12-5; 770-252-1400; 113 Newnan Crossing Bypass, Newnan, GA.

For more information about local businesses, pick up your copy of 85 South / Out & About at restaurants, businesses and retail locations from East Point to West Point.

What to know…

$hop at Home certificates are the perfect gift for family and friends and a special way to reward your employees. Available in denominations of $10, $15, $25 or $50 only at the Chamber office, $hop at Home certificates are accepted in area restaurants, shops and some of the attractions listed below. See the entire list of participating merchants in the attachment. Your purchase supports local businesses and our community. Call Sheila at (706) 884-8671 to purchase yours today.


Your feedback is welcome

Please let us know your thoughts on Where to be…your new event calendar produced each week by the Chamber of Commerce. Send your comments to: dave@lagrangechamber.com.


February 27

Ribbon Cutting – JAM-N-JAVA Coffee House & Bakery (4:00 p.m.)

708 3rd Avenue, West Point

Join us as we celebrate another new business in our community. Cinda Lott, Owner, will be giving away Door Prizes, T-Shirts, and more in celebration of their Grand Opening.


Now-May 28

Recalling the End: The 150th Anniversary of the Civil War (Legacy Museum on Main, LaGrange)

Using photographs of soldiers from West Georgia together with maps and letters written by soldiers to their families, this exhibit will explore the War Between the States and its effects on West Georgia. Admission is free. www.LegacyMuseumOnMain.org – (706) 884•1828


Now-February 27 (weekdays only)

FREE Admission to Callaway Gardens

Enjoy all that Callaway Gardens has to offer throughout the winter months for free! Admission is complimentary during the week, Monday-Friday. www.CallawayGardens.com – (844)-265-7908


Now – February 27

3rd Annual Downtown Lagrange Children’s Art Show

Enjoy viewing works of art from LaGrange’s tiniest artists, on display in downtown storefronts during February. Downtown LaGrange Development Authority – www.Downtownlagrange.com – (706) 298-4534


February 24 – March 1

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

The Lab Theatre at Price Theater

Price Theater – LaGrange College – Box Office 706.880.8080


Saturday, February 28

Eat, Learn and Grow: Magnificent Mushrooms, (10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Each participant will create an oyster mushroom growing basket to take home, nurture and harvest. All supplies will be provided. $35 per person. Registration required.

Hills & Dales Estate – www.HillsandDales.org – (706) 882-3242


Saturday, February 28th

Victoria Belle Bridal Open House, (2:00 – 4:00 p.m.)

You will have the opportunity to view your future – touch, see, hear and taste your wedding day experience at Victoria Belle’s Open House & Bridal Tasting. FREE for the Bride and Groom, Additional Guest $25 each. Reservations are required.

Victoria Belle Mansion & Vintage White Barn – www.victoriabelleweddings.com/vb-open-house/


March 3 – April 3, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Open Tuesday – Saturday)

Follow the Cross Walks

Learn more about the last week of Jesus’ ministry in the most authentic setting this side of Israel. For the ultimate Easter experience, schedule a Biblical meal as part of your tour! Reservations required.

Explorations in Antiquity Center – ExplorationslnAntiquity.com – (706) 885-0363


Friday – Sunday, March 6, 7, 8.

Azalea Storytelling Festival

A weekend of nationally acclaimed Storytellers to delight and entertain the entire family.

Callaway Auditorium

Lafayette Society for Performing Arts – lspaarts.org – (706) 882-9909


Saturday, March 7

20th Annual Kiwanis Club Pancake Breakfast, (7:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)

First Baptist Church Family Life Center

Kiwanis is celebrating its 100th year of service so we would like everyone to come out and enjoy all you can eat pancakes and sausage. All funds go towards scholarships and local youth services.  There will be a pancake eating contest between Police Chief Dekmar, Chief Marshal Edmondson and Sheriff Woodruff at 10am. Any members of the police force, sheriff’s office, marshal’s office or fire department who come in uniform will receive breakfast free of charge. Tickets are $6.00 and are available in advance or at the door.


Saturday, March 7

BBQ Benefit, (11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)

Join us for a BBQ benefit to help cover kidney transplant expenses for Dexter W. Davis

Community Bank & Trust, 201 Broad Street

Tammy Bilbo (706) 884-7999, Donna Davis (706) 616-3757


Saturday, March 7

Chick-fil-A® Connect Race

Join the Herd! Moo’ve it with your friends and family at the Chick-fil-A® Connect Race Series of LaGrange, GA .The race will benefit WinShape Camps for Communities and help provide scholarships for children to attend week-long camp. Registration is now open at http://cfaraceseries.com/races/137/


Saturday, March 7

Turn Back the Clock for Great Futures, (6:00 pm – 9:30 pm)

Highland Country Club

Come enjoy great food, drinks, and auction items while dancing and singing some of the 1950’s greatest hits performed by Mr. Terrific! All to support the programming and operations of the Boys & Girls Clubs of West Georgia.

bart_mcfadden@yahoo.com or (706) 812-9699


Sunday, March 8

Spring Forward Par 3 Scramble

In honor of the Daylight Savings time change, we are springing the tee boxes forward for an 18 hole par 3 course. Tee Times starting at 2:00pm. Two-man Scramble, $100 for non-member teams, $75 for member teams. Price includes greens fee, cart fee, range balls, post tournament cookout, opportunity to win prizes. Registration deadline is Wednesday, March 4.

The Fields Golf Club – (706)845-7425 – thefieldsgolfclub@me.com – thefieldsgolfclub.com


Friday – Sunday, March 13 – 15

Beauty and The Beast, (Ballet)

The wondrous story of a cruel Prince, cursed to spend his life living in a castle, yet finding salvation in the heart of a beautiful girl. Rich choreography brings to life magical transformations through dance and a relationship that ultimately ends up amazing and beautiful.

Troup High School Fine Arts Auditorium

Lafayette Society for Performing Arts – lspaarts.org – (706) 882-9909


Saturday, March 14, 10 a.m. – noon

Reptiles on the Road

What native reptiles can you find in your backyard?  Join Lauren Johnson from Oxbow Meadows in Columbus as she brings us a live reptile presentation.

$10 per adult and $5 per child. Registration required.

Hills & Dales Estate – HillsandDales.org – (706) 882-3242


Tuesday, March 17

Tour West Georgia Tech, (10:00-11:00 a.m. or 5:30-6:30 p.m.)

No need to register or make an appointment, simple show up at WGTC, One College Circle, LaGrange. Tours are held every third Tuesday of the month. (706) 845-4323 or www.westgatech.edu.


Tuesday, March 17

Celebrating Music of the British Isles, (7:30 p.m.)

Elissa Lee Koljonen, violin and the 2015 Young Artists Competition winner in the piano category. Recognized as one of the most celebrated violinists of her generation, Ms. Koljonen will join the Orchestra for a performance of Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy, op.36.

LaGrange Symphony Orchestra – www.lagrangesymphony.org – (706) 882-0662


Saturday, March 21, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

A Tea Party for All

Come enjoy our first annual afternoon tea which will have a historical theme and highlight famous women in American history. Wear your Sunday best. $50 for each pair. Perfect for mothers and daughters (age 8-12).  Registration required.

Hills & Dales Estate – HillsandDales.org – (706) 882-3242


Sunday, March 22

Creative Youth Art League

LaGrange Art Museum – www.lagrangeartmuseum.org – (706) 882-3267


Monday, March 23 – 10 a.m.

3D Journeys Lecture, (10:00 a.m., Dickson Assembly Room)

“Christianity in Croatia,” Dr. John Cook, Religion

3D Journeys offers you free lectures to enrich and inspire. Focused on Croatia, each Monday morning session will feature a member of LaGrange College’s distinguished faculty.

LaGrange College – Dickson Assembly Room – (706) 880-8244 or 3DJourneys@lagrange.edu


Wednesday, March 25 – 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

LaGrange Woman’s Club BBQ at Bellevue

All proceeds go for the preservation of Bellevue.

$10 per meal, 706-884-1832 for tickets and more information


Thursday, March 26 – Sunday, March 29

Callaway Gardens Annual Plant Fair and Sale

This is one of Callaway Gardens’ largest fundraising events, with proceeds going to the Ida Cason Callaway Foundation in order to support the Gardens and its educational and environmental programming. Enjoy free admission to the Plant Fair by entering through the Beach Gate entrance on U.S. Highway 27.

www.CallawayGardens.com – (844)-265-7908


Ongoing Events

Toastmasters International, every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month

Wingate by Wyndham LaGrange, 8:00 a.m.


REMINDER: To let everyone know where they need to be, please enter the event/activity details on the community calendar (www.lagrangechamber.com). Only events/activities sponsored or hosted by Chamber members are included.

Get ready early for St. Patrick’s Day at Callaway Gardens’ Go Green! St. Patrick’s Day Party.


On Saturday, March 14, guests are invited to wear their green for live music by both Daniel Lee, who defines his music as ‘not country, not rock but southern,’ and the Barstool Prophets, and a group of musicians that love the blues with a little soul, fun and rock and roll thrown in to make their unique sound.


In addition to food and drink being available, those wearing green can purchase special $2.50 drafts and try their luck at a St. Patty’s Day outfit contest.  These outdoor performances will be on Callaway Gardens’ Robin Lake Beach between 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Tickets are $10* and be purchased both online or at the gate. To purchase tickets, visit www.callawaygardens.com/stpatricksday  or call 1.800.463.6990.


Make it a getaway!  A special concert overnight package that includes lodging, two event tickets, and admission to the Gardens and its many attractions starts at $119**.


For more information or to make arrangements, call 1.800.463.6990 or visit www.callawaygardens.com.  Keep up with news from Callaway Gardens at www.facebook.com/callawaygardens and at www.twitter.com/CallawayGardens.


Callaway Gardens® is in Pine Mountain, Ga., 60 minutes southwest of Atlanta and 30 minutes north of Columbus.



In today’s show, Patrick discusses cruises for this summer and how you can plan for a cruise that will fit your budget with founder and CEO of Uniglobe Travel, Mr. Mitchell Hicks!

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