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Archive for March 2017

Now – April 14

20th Century Graphics from the Cochran Collection

The exhibition features 63 works of modern art showcasing pieces from pivotal moments in modern art history by pioneers of abstract expressionism, surrealism, pop art and post-modernism. Lamar Dodd Art Center, 310 Panther Way, LaGrange College.

The museum’s galleries are open to the public from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. weekdays when classes are in session. www.lagrange.edu

Now – April 15

Follow the Cross Walks

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 and teaching at the Temple, to the Last Supper, the arrest in Gethesemane, trial before Pontius Pilate, crucifixion and the Resurrection. For the ultimate Easter experience, schedule a biblical meal as part of your tour. Reservations required. Biblical History Center, 130 Gordon Commercial Drive, LaGrange. Contact Information: biblicalhistorycenter.com, Penny Smart, www.biblicalhistorycenter.com

Now – April 10

Line Dancing Lessons

Line Dance Lessons mainly for adults 55+ but Adults of All Ages are welcome

The Active Life Wellness Center, 140 Ragland St, LaGrange

Mondays at 7:00 p.m., Contact Information: Molly Jones 706-883-1681

No charge to participate

Thursday April 6, 12:00 PM

TLC (Thursday Lunch Club)

TLC presents The Reunion Quartet following a delicious served at the table lunch for only $6. Please make reservations by calling 706-884-4635 or emailing: churchoffice@lagrangefumc.org

LaGrange First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 401 Broad Street

Contact Information: Joyce Young, Coordinator 706-416-7868

Fees/Admission: $6 – Lunch

Sunday, April 9, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Broad Street Walking Tour

Join County Historian, Clark Johnson, for a walking tour of historic Broad Street. Please reserve your space on the tour by calling (706) 884-1828.

Contact Information: Brianna Russell, Troup County Archives, (706) 884-1828 http://trouparchives.org, Fees/Admission: $20

Sunday, April 9, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

“Sacred Places”


Join us for an Easter Cantata with choir and orchestra. Location: The Sanctuary of First United Methodist Church of LaGrange. Contact Information: Darian Krimm, darian@lagrangefumc.org, 706-884-4635

Thursday, April 13, 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Spring 2017 Jobs Fair

Hosted by Congressman Drew Ferguson

The Callaway Center, West Georgia Technical College, 120 Fort Drive LaGrange,

Congressman Drew Ferguson is hosting a local Jobs Fair this April. We are looking for local businesses and organizations who are interested in participating in the event. There is no cost to participate. Tables will be provided, and we will handle all advertising for the event. The first hour will be geared towards veterans, then the fair will be opened to the general public. If you would like to participate in the event, Contact: Jessica Craddock at Jessica.Craddock@mail.house.gov, 770-683-2033 Fax: 770-683-2042

Friday, April 14, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Catfish Dinner

Catfish Dinner and games. Open to Adults of All Ages. Tickets must be purchased or reserved by 1:00 p.m. day of dinner. For more info, call 706-883-1681

The Active Life 140 Ragland Street LaGrange, Fees/Admission: $7.00 per person

Friday, April 14, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Ballroom Dance

Come enjoy waltz, swing, slow dance, foxtrot, cha-cha, tango, samba, quick step, polka and more! The Mike Skipper Band will be playing. Open to Adults of All Ages. For more info, call 706-883-1681, The Active Life 140 Ragland Street LaGrange, Fees/Admission: $20.00 per couple

Saturday, April 15, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Easter Egg Hunt

Community Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by First United Methodist Church of LaGrange

Location: Nick Allen Pavilion at LaGrange College

Contact Information: Director of Children’s Ministry, 706-884-4635, www.lagrangefumc.org

Saturday April 15, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Saturday Night Dance

Country Music Dance with live band…Jimmy Smith and the New River Band. Open to Adults of All Ages

The Active Life Wellness Center, 140 Ragland St, LaGrange

Contact Information: 706-883-1681, Fees/Admission: $6.00 per person

Sunday, April 16, 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Community Easter Sunrise Service

A Community Easter Sunrise Worship Service sponsored by local Methodist Churches. Please bring a chair or blankets for seating. All are welcome. Sweetland Amphitheater on the lawn. Dr. Brian Germano, 706-884-4635, www.lagrangefumc.org

Sunday, April 16, 7:00 AM – 8:15 AM

Easter Sunrise Celebration

Come celebrate Easter in one of the most authentic settings this side of Israel. Title of program is “Following Mary Magdalene from Galilee to the Empty Tomb.”

Biblical History Center, 130 Gordon Commercial Drive, LaGrange

Date/Time Information: Sunday, April 16 7am – 8:15 am, Contact Information:

Brandi Wardrip, www.biblicalhistorycenter.com

Fees/Admission: Free admission.

Friday, April 21, 6:00 PM – 11:55 PM

Relay For Life of Troup County

Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Relay is staffed and coordinated by volunteers in more than 5,200 communities and 20 countries. Volunteers give of their time and effort because they believe it’s time to take action against cancer. www.relayforlife.org/troupga, Chris Joseph Track, 1700 Whitesville St, LaGrange, Contact Information: Calle Wallace (404) 329-5730

Saturday, April 22, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Troup County Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale

Refresh the garden and landscape. Select from master gardener grown annuals, shrubs, fruits and vegetables- all REASONABLY priced! Browse our rare and unusual plants, 2017 new introductions and unique gifts. Master gardeners will be available to offer expert advice and suggestions.

Location: Troup County Agriculture Center, 21 Vulcan Materials Road, LaGrange

Contact Information: Shirley Gilliam 706-883-1675  or http://ugaextension.org/county-offices/troup/agriculture-and-natural-resources/master-gardener.html

Saturday, April 22, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

HOMEFEST & Amateur BBQ Cookoff

Join us for our Annual HOMEFEST on Lafayette Square – Downtown LaGrange! Come and get all your home ownership questions answered!! We will have tons of information from our Brokers, Mortgage Lenders, Insurance Agents, Pest Control companies, surveyors and more. Giveaways, music, food, kids activities and more!! We will also be having final judging for our first ever Fair Housing Coloring contest too!! Contestants are being chosen from all Troup County 3rd grade classes. Overall winner judging & prizes to be awarded at HOMEFEST! This year we’ve added an Amateur BBQ Cookoff!! Overall winner will receive $200 cash!! Entry fee is $50 for contest. DEADLINE to register/pay is March 22. For application or more information, please contact 706/884-2600 or troupcountybor@gmail.com, www.tcbor.com

Contact Information:Mandy Brown @706/884-2600 or Tania Griffin @706/518-9577

Fees/Admission: HOMEFEST on the Square is a free family event. The amateur BBQ Cookoff entry fee is $50.

Saturday, April 22, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Sons of Lafayette concert

Make plans to join the Sons of Lafayette for a jovial time experiencing a “Bach to Broadway” concert. Several ensembles will also present pieces during the concert. Bring your family, friends and next door neighbor. We look forward to getting to greet you at the concert. LaGrange College, Callaway Auditorium, 405 Forrest Place LaGrange, Purchase tickets on line at www.sonsoflafayette.org or Facebook, from active members or at Plum Southern, Stephens Exclusives in LaGrange, GA, www.sonsoflafayette.org, $15 general admission seating

Monday, April 24, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

LaGrange College 3D Journey Lecture: Sicily

3D Journeys offers you two free lectures to enrich and inspire. Focused on Sicily each Monday morning session will feature a member of LaGrange College’s distinguished faculty. March 27 “Vincenzo Bellini: Siciliy’s Son of Musical Drama” Shelley Cooper, Musical Theatre. LaGrange College Turner Hall Dickson Assembly Hall

Contact Information: Alumni and Community Relations 706-880-8244 3DJourneys@lagrange.edu www.lagrange.edu. Free shuttle from Sunny Gables to Turner Hall beginning at 9 am Free lectures Dutch treat available in Pitts Dining Hall following the lecture for $8.

Tuesday, April 25, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

LSO presents EARTH – Of Earth and Nature

LaGrange Symphony Orchestra concludes the 2016-2017 season with EARTH – Of Earth and Nature. This concert includes Rossini’s William Tell Overture and Copeland’s Appalachian Spring. Concert features Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter) featuring soloists selected from the LSO., Callaway Auditorium on the campus of LaGrange College, Contact Information: Raylene M. Carter Executive Director 706.882.0662, www.lagrangesymphony.org, Fees/Admission: Tickets available at $10, $20 and $30. Students over 12 are $5. Children 12 and under are free but must have a ticket.

Friday, April 28, 8:00 PM

Sweetland Amphitheatre Presents Blackberry Smoke- Like An Arrow Tour

Tickets: $25 – $48 (plus fees) www.sweetland.events

Saturday, April 29, 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Kia’s DASH for Hillside 5K

Kia Motors and DASH of LaGrange are proud to present the second 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 101st birthday this year. It is the only race that enters this historic site and is a must do for any runner. The race is chipped and results will be available immediately after the race. Awards are handcrafted by local artisans, and every runner receives a soft sports blend t-shirt. www.facebook.com/pg/kiasdash/about/?ref=page_internal

Contact Information: Brittany Wynne, wynnebrittany@gmail.com

April 29 – May 13

Biblical History Center Trip to Israel and Jordan

Travel with Dr. Jim Fleming and Hannaniah Pinto for a profoundly moving experience! Day-by-day details of trip are posted on www.biblicalhistorycenter.com

Contact Information: Ginny McCabe, travelbr@earthlink.net

Sunday, April 30, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

“Through The Poet’s Eyes”

This concert by Bel Canto LaGrange Women’s Ensemble will explore the relationship between poetry and choral music for women’s voices. www.cswg.weebly.com

Location: TBA, Contact Information: Bettie Biggs, Artistic Director Choral Society of West Georgia, 706-333-0627

Here is what’s happening at The Nixon Centre for the Arts this week!


Newnan’s art group, the “Society of Seven” and friends, will sponsor their 3rd annual art sale in memory of Mr. Gene Chesnut (d.2013) at the Donald W. Nixon Centre for Performing and Visual Arts.
This sale will be ONE DAY ONLY and no art work will exceed $250.00. All proceeds from the sale will help provide funding for art supplies for Title 1 Schools as well as the Patrons of the Centre’s Educational Fund which enables deserving students to participate in various educational experiences in the visual and performing arts.The Society of 7 and Friends
David Boyd, Sue Christman, Millie Gosh, Dana Johnson, Martin Pate,
Elas Sibley and Brenda Sumpter

Sara Arnall, Anne Berry, Greg Blair, Stephen Brownlee, Ellen Davis,
Andy Gosch, Ellen Guillory, Jim Johns, Jenny Jones, Austin Lindsey,
Jim Litoff, Suzie McKibben, Julie Nestor, Sandy Parker, Kim Ramey,
Carol Tamplin and TIffany Thomas

The Barefoot Movement
Friday, March 31, 2017
7:00 PM

Heartfelt, energetic, and down home. Heralded by CMT Edge as “one of the most promising bands on the bluegrass scene,” the music of the Nashville based group The Barefoot Movement is as down to earth as their intention for members of their audience: sit back, relax, take your shoes off, and stay a while. All the worries and frustrations of the world melt away as this charming, acoustic band takes listeners back to a simpler place and time.

Order Food Ahead

for The Beach Boys from our Caterer’s Corner restaurants.

Wonderful eats and treats await you at Sweetland for the Summer Concert Series! To enjoy ready-to-eat meals from local restaurants in the Caterer’s Corner, simply order directly with each of our featured restaurants. Their pre-boxed meals or entertainment platters will be awaiting you for pick up.

For the April 7th concert, orders must be received by Tuesday, April 4th at 8 p.m.

If you’re not interested in ordering ahead, sandwiches, wraps, and fresh off of the grill items will be available from Kimble’s Food by Design in the concession stand. Visit the link below for a list of participating Caterer’s Corner restaurants, menu items, and more.

*The Order Ahead option is not available on March 31st for Jason Isbell or April 28th for Blackberry Smoke. There will be made-to-order concessions and food trucks on-site for these dates.*

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Enjoy Wonderful Music Under the Stars; Tickets, Tables, Overnight Packages Now Available


Enjoy the tenth annual Symphony on the Sand at Callaway Gardens® on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at 8 p.m.

“The 2017 Symphony on the Sand is set to be spectacular,” said Andy Brown, director of recreation for Callaway Gardens.  “Whether this will be your first year or tenth time attending, the experience is just so memorable.  We are thrilled to again feature the talented Columbus Symphony Orchestra and hope that everyone will com

e out for this night under the stars.”

A limited number of stage front tables* on the beach (with eight chairs and table cloths) are available for $300 to $400 based on proximity to the stage.  A variety of food baskets created by Callaway Gardens’ culinary team, lead by Executive Chef Sid Kurrimbukus, are available for purchase.  To order, visit www.callawaygardens.com/cso. Limited food concessions will be available onsite.


General seating* on the lawn at Robin Lake Beach is available online in advance for $25 or at the gate for $30.  Admission is half-price of same-day ticket pricing for Callaway Gardens Annual Passholders and active/retired military and their dependents, upon presentation of a valid military identification card at the gate.  Those with lawn seating should bring a chair or blanket.

The Robin Lake Beach gate will open at 5 p.m.  The concert will begin at 8 p.m.  Proceeds benefit the Ida Cason Callaway Foundation (ICCF). For information on becoming a sponsor, please contact Carson Bayer at cbayer@callawaygardens.com. Dress is casual.

“This is always an amazing night at Callaway Gardens. Truly, the best way to experience it is on the overnight package,” said Brown. “It includes general admission concert tickets, lodging accommodations, transportation to and from your lodging choice, and admission to the Gardens each day of stay and day of departure.”  Overnight packages start at $229* in The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens.  Packages also are available for the Cottages, Villas, or Vacation Homes.

On May 13th we’re hosting a

Market Day at the Main Street Depot.

What is Market Day?

We want to bring an artisan market to downtown Hogansville. Maybe it will become a monthly event. The first event is on May 13th.

We need your help!

Help us get the word out and find interested vendors. We also have posters available if you’d like to display one.


Please like our Facebook event page.

We’re looking for interesting vendors and local artisans and farmers.

If you know anyone please send them to the below link.


If you would like to be involved or have any ideas or comments, please let us know!


Rodeo on April 21 and 22 in Franklin, GA

The Heard County Cattlemen’s Association is hosting their 9th annual Rodeo on April 21 and 22, 2017.  Gates open at 6pm. The PCA sanctioned Rodeo will begin at 8pm Friday and Saturday night.  Rodeo will feature cowboys and cowgirls competing in eight events each night.  Enjoy great food, rides, and family entertainment.  Tickets will only be available at the gates of the Heard County Covered Arena in Franklin (Cash Only) – 12080 Hwy 100.  All tickets are $10, children ages 5 and under are Free.   Any questions about rodeo, please inquire at heardco.cattlemens@gmail.com. New stable stalls and camping spaces with water/electricity are available for $25 per night each. Reservations can be made at 706-675-3821, but not required.  Contestants: Entry fee $60 + $10.   Books open: Apr. 17, 2017, call in time 9:00am-3pm (est).  Call-In number for contestants:  706-857-5149.    Prize money: $750.  Contractor: 4L & Diamond S Rodeo.

Get into the spirit of National Cocktail Day

3rd Annual Society of 7 Benefit Art Sale

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Newnan’s art group, the “Society of Seven” and friends, will sponsor their 3rd annual art sale in memory of Mr. Gene Chesnut (d.2013) at the Donald W. Nixon Centre for Performing and Visual Arts.
This sale will be ONE DAY ONLY and no art work will exceed $250.00. All proceeds from the sale will help provide funding for art supplies for Title 1 Schools of Coweta as well as the Patrons of the Centre’s Educational Fund which enables deserving students to participate in various educational experiences in the
visual and performing arts.

The Society of 7 and Friends
David Boyd, Sue Christman, Millie Gosh, Dana Johnson, Martin Pate,
Elas Sibley and Brenda Sumpter

Sara Arnall, Anne Berry, Greg Blair, Stephen Brownlee, Ellen Davis,
Andy Gosch, Ellen Guillory, Jim Johns, Jenny Jones, Austin Lindsey,
Jim Litoff, Suzie McKibben, Julie Nestor, Sandy Parker, Kim Ramey,
Carol Tamplin and TIffany Thomas

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