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Get Tickets to Individual Concerts This Friday!

The inaugural summer concert series at Sweetland Amphitheatre brings an impressive lineup of music legends – including Willie Nelson, The Temptations and The Charlie Daniels Band – to the newly completed venue in LaGrange’s Boyd Park.

This Friday, April 1st at 10am, we’ll release a limited number of reserved seating for your purchase. You need to be fast, because these seats will sell out quickly.

Summer Concert Series



PINE MOUNTAIN (03/25/2016) – Finally, the blooming of these world-famous azaleas has arrived.  Don’t miss this amazing display of color that happens only a brief time each year.  The Overlook Azalea Garden is nearing peak bloom!  The Callaway Brothers Azalea Bowl is coming into peak but a few days behind the Overlook Azalea Garden.  In addition, dogwoods, redbuds, red buckeye, spring wildflowers, native azaleas, and more are blooming, too.  Share this news with your friends and family.  It’s definitely a season not to be missed.


For a glance at what they look like, visit the Azalea Watch section of www.callawaygardens.com or visit the Callaway Gardens Facebook Fan Page. A variety of Spring overnight packages are available in the Mountain Creek Inn as well as the Southern Pine Cottages, Mountain Creek Villas, and a variety of vacation homes.


For more information, contact Callaway Gardens at 1.800.463.6990 or www.callawaygardens.com.



Paula Smith, Miss Troup County 2016, is seeking volunteer opportunities between now and April 16. If you or your organization is interested, please contact paulajsmith02@gmail.com or jujuandjim@aol.com.



Now – March 26

Follow the Cross Walks

(By reservation, 10 am – 6 pm)

Learn more about the last week of Jesus’ ministry in one of the most authentic settings this side of Israel. Guided tours include: Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, teaching at the Temple, the Last Supper, the arrest in Gethsemane, trail before Pontius Pilate, crucifixion and the Resurrection. www.biblicalhistorycenter.com. Biblical History Center, 130 Gordon Commercial Drive, 706-885-0363


Friday, March 25, 7:30 PM

Pure Life Studios presents Open Mic

Singer/Songwriters perform original tunes and compete to win a 30 minute time slot at the 2nd Hillside Arts and Music Festival. Artist and Audience welcome. Pure Life Studios 206 Clark St., LaGrange, Doors 6:30 Music 7:30, For information, Maggie McDonald 706.443.4838 text or leave a message. $20.00 CASH donation at the door.


Friday, March 25, 7:00 PM

Good Friday Reflection


A community gathering to reflect on the significance of Good Friday.

Biblical History Center, 130 Gordon Commercial Drive, LaGrange, 706-885-0363

Free admission


Saturday, March 26, 10:00 AM -6:00 PM

Holy Saturday Multi-Media Presentation


Ongoing throughout the day in Roman Theatre.

Biblical History Center, 130 Gordon Commercial Drive, LaGrange, 706-885-0363

Included in admission


Sunday, March 27, 7:00 AM

Easter Sunrise Celebration


Celebrate Easter in one of the most authentic settings this side of Israel.

Biblical History Center, 130 Gordon Commercial Drive, LaGrange, 706-885-0363

Free admission


Sunday, March 27, 7:00 AM

Community Easter Sunrise Service

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and join area Methodist Churches for a Community Sunrise Easter Worship Service at Sweetland Amphitheatre, 110 Smith Street LaGrange. Contact: First United Methodist Church at 706-884-4635


Monday, March 28, 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM

LaGrange College 3D Journey Lecture: Cuba

3D Journeys offer you free lectures to enrich and inspire. “Exploring the World of Cuban Music” Dr. Oliver Greene. For more details, 706-880-8244 or 3DJourneys@lagrange.edu or www.lagrange.edu/events/3djourneys/index.html LaGrange College Campus Turner Hall: Dickson Assembly Room


Monday, March 28, 3:00 PM

Genealogy II

Get to know your ancestors better! Learn how and where to find the records that tell their story – marriage, birth, death, military, and others. Prerequisite: Genealogy I. Registration is required. LaGrange Memorial Library 115 Alford St, LaGrange


Monday, March 28, 6:00 PM

Intro to iPad

Bring your own iPad and learn the basics. LaGrange Memorial Library 115 Alford St, LaGrange


Tuesday, March 29, 12:00 PM

Souper Reads Book Club

For the month of March our members will be reading a biography of their own choosing. This is the perfect opportunity for anyone who’d like to join a book club to come and share your take on a biography you are currently reading or have recently read.

Hogansville Public Library 600 E. Main St., Hogansville


Wednesday, March 30, 10:30 AM

Story Time

Join us for storytelling, songs, and crafts.

Hogansville Public Library 600 E. Main St., Hogansville


Wednesday, March 30, 10:30 AM

Story Time

Join us for storytelling, songs, and crafts.

LaGrange Memorial Library 115 Alford St, LaGrange


Thursday, March 31, 5:00 PM

Anime/Manga Club Video Game Tournament

Practice against your friends, then come test your skills with your fellow Shinobi!

LaGrange Memorial Library 115 Alford St, LaGrange


March 31 – April 3

Callaway Gardens Annual Plant Fair and Sale

The Annual Plant Fair and Sale is an exceptional shopping opportunity, featuring a wide variety of plants and unique garden items from more than a dozen local and regional vendors – all under one roof at the Robin Lake Beach Dome! The Plant Fair is open: Thursday – Preview – 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy FREE admission to the Plant Fair by entering through the Beach Gate entrance on U.S. Highway 27. Admission to the Gardens is separate. www.callawaygardens.com


April 7-9

Happy Days, A New Musical

8 pm each night, plus a 2 pm Matinee on Saturday, Apr 9

Rejoin Richie, Potsie, Ralph, and, of course, “The Fonz” as they fight to save Arnolds. Based on the 1970s TV show, and featuring new music by Paul Williams.

New Horizon Theatre, 411 W 8th St, West Point, Tickets: www.nhct.org or call ticket hotline at (706) 518-6234, $16 Adults, $13 Students and Seniors (55+)


Friday, April 8, 5:30 pm

Sweetland Amphitheatre at Boyd Park’s Ribbon Cutting.

Plan to stay after and enjoy our free, preview concert beginning at 6:30 pm featuring the very talented Barry Waldrep and Kelli Johnson as they become the first to grace the Sweetland stage. There will be no admission fees and seating will be first come, first serve. (For those who prefer lawn seats please bring a blanket.) Enjoy dinner and a show….food vendors will be present and ice cold beverages will be for sale! Limited parking, including accessible parking, will be available at the venue as well as off-street parking surrounding the venue and at LaGrange High School (follow signs to Sweetland), for more parking details visit our website at www.sweetland.events/parking. ; For questions, please call 706.298.4532.


Saturday, April 9, 7:30 PM

Daniel Toole CD Release Party

Meet Daniel Toole. Daniel is a local musician who currently signed with Neobolical Records and released his first CD. Daniel will perform songs from the new release and talk and sign CD’s. This will be a real celebration and we invite everyone to join us.

Pure Life Studios 206 Clark St., LaGrange, Doors 6:30 Music 7:30, For information, Maggie McDonald 706.443.4838 text or leave a message. Donations accepted at the door.


Tuesday, April 12, 6:30 PM

Author Talk: Terry Kay

Award-winning novelist and Georgia native,Terry Kay will be the speaker for the 2016 Annual Friends of the Library Meeting. LaGrange Memorial Library 115 Alford St. LaGrange, www.thrl.org


Thursday, April 14

15th Annual Heart of West Georgia Golf Tournament

The Heart of West Georgia is pleased to present their 15th Annual Golf tournament to at Highland Country Club. This year’s co-honorees are Wayne and Sylvia Hunter who have steadfastly supported the projects for the Heart of West Georgia throughout the last 15 years. For more information or to receive a registration form contact Co-Chairs John Leverett (706-773-0557 or jtleverett@aol.com) or Gordon Smith (gordonmsmith@bellsouth.net)


Friday April 15, 4:00 PM

Legacy Museum on Main Exhibition Ribbon Cutting

Legacy Museum on Main presents an exhibit on the 100th Anniversary of Hills & Dales in conjunction with Hills & Dales Estate, and dedication of the Callaway Monument Clockworks. 136 Main Street, LaGrange, 706.884.1828


Friday, April 15, 7:00 PM

Sunday, April 17, 3:00 PM

Sons of LaFayette – Spring Concert

This Spring concert will lift your spirits and encourage your heart. New pieces have been added to the repertoire that you will be sure to enjoy. Be sure to bring your family, friends, next door neighbor and work associates. www.sonsoflafayette.org, First Presbyterian Church, LaGrange


Saturday, April 16, 8:00 AM

Kia’s DASH for Hillside

Kia Motors and DASH of LaGrange are proud to present the first annual Kia’s DASH for Hillside. The USATF certified 5K will start and finish in the beautiful Hillside neighborhood located in LaGrange, Georgia. The race will also take participants through the historic Hills and Dales Estate providing stunning views of the Callaway Home that will be celebrating its 100th birthday this year. All race participants and spectators will be treated to the Hillside Arts and Music Festival which will be taking place directly next to the finish line of the race. The race will start and finish at 625 Jefferson Street, LaGrange, GA 30240. http://raceroster.com/events/2016/7780/kias-dash-for-hillside.


Saturday, April 16, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

DASH presents Hillside Spring Art, Music, and Food Festival

The festival aims to build partnerships between residents, institutions, and private corporations that lead to further reinvestment in the community. The event showcases local artistic talent and the strength of a neighborhood working to build a resilient future. for details, Ben Wheeler 706.298.0585.


Saturday, April 16, 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM

11th Annual Rod Benders Homecoming Tournament

The community is invited to come out to Pyne Road Park and support this annual tournament that brings more than 200 boats to West Point Lake. If you’re interested in having a booth to promote your product or sell concessions, please contact Dale Hill, Rod Benders Marketing Director at 770-560-0846 or dellj123@aol.com.


Saturday, April 16, 7:00 PM

Band-X and Members Only at Sweetland Amphitheatre at Boyd Park

Lawn: $15 Reserved: $25 Premium Reserved: $35 VIP Table: $500 Parking Pass (Per season): $120 Full list of season line up and ticket prices: https://www.ticketalternative.com/venue/sweetland-amphitheatre-lagrange-ga

Contact: Becca Eiland, Director, 706-298-4523


Sunday, April 17, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Creative Youth Art League Opening Reception and Exhibition

Exhibition runs from April 17-April 23


This K–12 juried exhibit will showcase work by students – public and private, throughout a 5 county area; over 700 participating students and their teachers and parents will attend the opening reception. Now in its 23rd year, this annual event began in 1993 as an outreach program for high school art students in Troup County and the surrounding areas, and has grown over the years.

LaGrange Art Museum’s Center for Creative Learning, 114 Lafayette Parkway

For information, 706-882-3267 or art@lagrangeartmuseum.org


Sunday, April 17, 7:00 PM

LSPA’s Young Singers of West Georgia Spring Showcase

New Community Church 1200 South Davis Rd., for tickets or more information, www.lsparts.org


Tuesday, April 19, 7:30 PM

LaGrange Symphony Orchestra Concert

Passion & Power


Brahms:  Academic Festival Overture; Tchaikovsky:  Symphony No. 4

Callaway Auditorium on the campus of LaGrange College

For tickets or more information, info@lagrangesymphony.org or 706-882-0662


April 21-24, 28-30

ON THE VERGE or The Geography of Yearning

By Eric Overmyer

Directed by Kim Barber Knoll

Curtain is at 7:30 pm. April 24 at 2:30 pm (Matinee only)


In this hilarious time-traveling fantasy, three Victorian women explorers trek to the Himalayas, the shrouded jungle, the exotic Orient and across the frozen tundra. They encounter a troll, a yeti, a cannibal, a smooth Havana club owner, and many other fun, surprising characters. As they travel the world they also travel through time, and their language morphs from 1888 properness to the lingo of 1955! “For the linguistically inclined, this ardently alliterative and omnivorously onomatopoetic safari should be difficult to resist.” – The New York Times

Price Theater, 304 Forrest Ave. LaGrange, Tickets: (706) 880-8080 or priceboxoffice@lagrange.edu,$10 Adults, $8 students, $8 seniors (age 55+), LC free


Saturday, April 23, 10:00 AM – 7:30 PM

LaGrange College 3D Journeys: Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

3D Journeys offers you a travel experience to enrich and inspire. Join us as we experience one of Shakespeare’s most enduring plays in Montgomery’s Blount Cultural Center at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Our journey also will include a visit to the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, the oldest fine arts museum in Alabama. For more information, 706-880-8244 or 3DJourneys@lagrange.edu. www.lagrange.edu/events/3djourneys/index.html


Saturday, April 23, 10:00AM – 2:00 PM

Homefest 2016

Come find all the answers to your home ownership questions at this FREE event! There will be door prizes & a silent auction as well as music, food  and kids activities. Representatives from banks, mortgage companines and more will be on hand to assist you.  For more information contact, Mandy Brown @TCBOR – 706/884-2600, Patty Maenhoudt, TCBOR Pres. – 706/675-1870,or Ashley Torrance, HOMEFEST Chairman – 706/616-1765. www.tcbor.com


Saturday, April 23, 6:00 PM

Symphony on the Sand at Callaway Gardens

“Amazing” describes the experience of sitting on the shores of Robin Lake enjoying the music under the stars on a Spring night. Mark your calendar to be at the annual concert at Callaway Gardens. To purchase tickets, gourmet food baskets or arrangements, call 800.852.3810. www.callawaygardens.com


Monday, April 25, 10:00 AM

LaGrange College 3D Journey Lecture: Cuba

3D Journeys offers you free lectures to enrich and inspire. “A Curriculum for Revolutionary Consciousness: Illuminating the fusion of Ideology and pedagogy in Cuba’s Schools.” Dr. Don Livingston, Education, 706-880-8244 or 3DJourneys@lagrange.edu, www.lagrange.edu/events/3djourneys/index.html


Monday, April 25, 5:30 PM

Point MusiKids Spring Concert

Open and free to all students, faculty, staff, and the community.

Point University, Scott Fine Arts Center


Thursday, April 28, 10:00 AM

American Red Cross Clara’s Circle of Friends

Clara’s Circle of Friends is a women’s giving society which supports the mission of the American Red Cross. American Red Cross of Central Midwest Georgia – 706-884-5818

Membership contribution varies


Saturday, April 30, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Troup County Master Gardener Plant Sale

Refresh the garden and landscape. Select from master gardener grown annuals, perennials, shrubs, fruits and vegetables-all REASONABLY priced! Browse our rare and unusual plants, 2016 new introductions and unique gifts. Master gardeners will be available to offer expert advice and suggestions. Admission and parking-FREE! A complete list of plants is available on our Facebook page: TCMGA https://www.facebook.com/TCMGA/?fref=ts


Ongoing Events

Every Wednesday

Preschool Story Time at the Hogansville Public Library

Every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.

600 E. Main Street, Hogansville

Call for More Information, 706-637-6230


Tour West Georgia Tech, (10:00-11:00 AM or 5:30-6:30 PM)

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


Available Meeting Space – Vernon Woods Retirement Community has space to host a meeting or small gathering for up to 14 from your organization. No charge for chamber members or non-profit organizations. Contact Susan Burdick at 706-812-2899.


Available Meeting Space – Ashton Court Senior Living Apartments has space to host a meeting or small gathering for up to 20 from your organization. No charge for chamber members or non-profit organizations. Contact Darlene Bailey 706-882-1400.


Kiwanis Club – Kiwanis meets every Thursday at noon at the Highland Country Club. We would love for anyone to come out and see what we are all about.


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


Your feedback is welcome

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





Tethered Balloon Rides, Easter Egg Hunt, Flowers, Fun Run, Sunrise Service, Brunches, and More Offer Something for Everyone


PINE MOUNTAIN, GA (3/23/2016) – Enjoy Easter weekend with your family this year at Callaway Gardens® during the weekend of March 26-27, 2016.  As in years past, Callaway Gardens has family-friendly activities planned for the whole weekend.


Family Activities

The day will begin with what appears to be a giant, colored Easter egg floating in the sky … but it’s actually a Tethered Hot Air Balloon* ride.  For a small fee, guests can experience the gentle feeling of floating in a hot air balloon.  Saturday and Sunday tethered rides* will be available 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. and cost $10 per person.


A new Bunny Hop Children’s Fun Run will be open to all children that would like to participate at 11 a.m. on Saturday.  It will be followed by The Great Bunny Chase 5K at 11:30 a.m.  Pre-registration for the 5K is available at www.active.com or onsite prior to the event.


The Easter Bunny will visit from Noon to 5 p.m. with whom boys and girls can have their Easter photo taken and enjoy the festivities.


All ages are invited to participate in the Easter Egg Hunts on Saturday, March 26, at Robin Lake Beach.  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 hunt for Toddlers to 3-year-olds will start at 2 p.m.  All other age groups will hunt simultaneously in dedicated areas at 2:30 p.m.  Egg hunts are free with admission to Callaway Gardens.
After the egg hunts, Missing Peace will entertain guests with featured lead singer 14-year-old Marty Joe Barnes.


Sunday Sunrise Service

The annual Easter Sunrise Service will be Sunday, March 27, at 7 a.m. on the ski pavilion on the west-side of Robin Lake Beach. Marc Pritchett of R.U.S.H. Ministries and Mountain View Baptist Church of Thomaston, Ga., will deliver the Easter Sunday message. The natural beauty of Callaway Gardens during the early morning hours serves as a magnificent backdrop to this service and beautiful music.  Admission is free prior to 8 a.m.  Guests should enter through the original Gardens gate on U. S. Hwy. 27.


Enjoy These Options for Easter Brunch

After the Sunrise Service, guests can enjoy one of Callaway Gardens’ popular Easter Brunches for dozens of delicious selections.  The Callaway Gardens culinary team will have something to please every palate with choices from cola roasted pit ham with “red eye” ham jus and Cajun spiced mahi mahi to roasted chicken with spring onions and smoked bacon as well as a variety of other delectable brunch items.  Guests may indulge themselves with desserts featuring peach cobbler, sweet potato pie, pecan pie, New York Cheesecake, and more.


The Easter Buffet in the Mountain Creek Inn Ballrooms will be from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $50* per adult.  A children’s buffet will be available for $25* for children 6 to 10 years of age.  For ballroom reservations, please call 1.877.522.0328.


The Gardens Restaurant will offer an Easter meal Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Guests may choose an appetizer, entrée and dessert from a prix fixe Easter menu for $55* per adult. For reservations, please call 1.855.901.2154.


The Country Kitchen will offer a plated meal for $13.95 beginning at 11:30 a.m.


Details on Easter weekend are available online at www.callawaygardens.com/Easter.



Dad’s Garage Theatre
560 Ezzard St
Atlanta, GA 30312



Discover New Wine While Enjoying Beautiful Spring Gardens


PINE MOUNTAIN, GA (3/22/2016) — Spend the afternoon of Saturday, April 9, discovering at least 16 new wines while enjoying the breathtaking beauty of Spring at Callaway Gardens®.


The three-hour afternoon, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., of wine sampling will begin at the Callaway Discovery Center and include stops at the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center, Robin Lake Beach, and the Overlook Azalea Garden. A complimentary shuttle will transport you to each location through the amazing natural beauty of the season for which Callaway Gardens is famous.
Admission to the Spring Wine Tour includes:

  • Gardens Admission (a $25 value)
  • Sampling of four wines at four locations (16 total)
  • Access to wine experts to answer your questions
  • Transportation along the Spring Wine Tour


Make it a getaway! To purchase an overnight package starting at $199* with two Wine Tour tickets and Gardens admission each day of stay and day of departure, visit  www.callawaygardens.com/SpringWineTour2016 or call 1.800.463.6990.


Advance tickets for the Spring Wine Tour with Gardens admission are $60; $65 at the gate. Annual Passholders can purchase Spring Wine Tour tickets for $40.  To purchase tickets in advance, visit www.callawaygardens.com/SpringWineTourTicket or call 1.800.463.6990.  To take advantage of the Annual Pass price, visit www.callawaygardens.com/annualpass today to sign up.


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.


James “The Songman” Sennett will be singing
 THIS FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 6:00-8:00
THIS SHOW WILL FEATURE MANY OF MY FAVORITE SONGS TO PLAY ON THE GUITAR.I’M SURE MANY OF YOUR FAVORITES WILL BE AMONG THEM!SPECIAL FOCUS ON THE MUSIC OF JOHN SEBASTIAN AND THE LOVING SPOONFUL!The Rednexican menu is a unique blend of Southern barbeque and Mexican dishes that offers something special for everybody. Prices are in the inexpensive-to-moderate range, comparable to other establishments on the Square.The Rednexican is located on the east side of the Square in Downtown Newnan, just two doors from Broad Street. (See map below)HOPE TO SEE YOU MARCH 25!!Other upcoming dates for The SONGMAN (all Fridays):April 8, 7:00-9:00: The Leaf and Bean in NewnanApril 15, 6:00-8:00: The RednexicanMay 6, 7:00-9:00: The Leaf and BeanMay 20, 6:00-8:00: The Rednexican  For more information, or to schedule the Songman for an upcoming event or concert, contact James Sennett at songman@jamesfsennett.com, or call 678-877-9022.NOTE: You are being sent this message because it is my understanding that you desire to receive notices of my play dates. If this is incorrect, or if you wish no longer to receive these notices, please inform me (nicely, if you don’t mind …)  by return email and I will remove you from the list at once. I apologize in advance for any inconvenience. Please feel free to forward this notice to anyone you please, as long as you are willing to take the blame ….


Individual Tickets Now On Sale

Excellent Seats Available for April Concert

We’ve just released some pretty sweet seats for the first concert in our 2016 Summer Concert Series including reserved, premium reserved and VIP seating. If you missed out on season tickets, check out the seating options for the April concert featuring Band-X and Members Only.


Band-X is a high-e group of talented musicians and lead singers who provide adrenaline-charged, interactive live entertainment. With major touring experience, these professional musicians, dancers and singers electrify audiences, create entertainment news, and share the bands stage with some of the biggest attractions in entertainment music.

Paying tribute to the decade that brought you the Rubik’s Cube, leg warmers and the Iran-Contra Affair, Members Only is a high-energy group of young performers bringing the most accurate and high energy recreation of popular 80’s hits. Featuring male and female vocalists and high energy musicians, Members Only covers a wide range of 80’s pop hits that keeps the party on its feet.

Tickets on Sale for April Concert

Tuesday, March 22 @ 10am

Individual Advanced Tickets: $15 – $30 plus service fees
Advanced Table of Six: $325 – $500 plus service fees

NOTE: Single Tickets for May, June, July and August shows go on sale on April 1st. Also on that day, we’ll announce our lineup for the September concert!

Purchase Individual Tickets
If you prefer to purchase tickets over the phone, please contact Ticket Alternative directly at 877-725-8849.


Mar_16_coverIf you did not pick up our March Easter issue, it is now available on our website


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