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                   September 2017
Market Day is a once a month gathering of artisans, craftsmen, and local foodies to celebrate the resurgent culture of quality Southern cuisine and vibrant art. Come join us as we eat, shop, socialize and enjoy local music.
Market Day Under the Lights
Saturday, September 9
The Depot
5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.       Live Music *** Main Street Shops Open Late
100 E. Main Street
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Award-winning film about local teen filmed entirely in LaGrange sets date for free outdoor community screening at Sweetland Amphitheatre.

Sweetland Amphitheatre and IAMHOLDENON will partner to provide a community screening of Tamlin Hall’s award-winning feature film, “Holden On”, on Wednesday, October 18th.

This fun-filled event is FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and will include live music, art walk, lawn games, food vendors, local craft beer and wine, and culminate in the screening of HOLDEN ON. $2 suggested cash donation per person.

For more information, donations, or how to get involved CLICK HERE.
Scroll down to watch the trailer.

“Holden On” is a true story about Hall’s childhood friend, Holden Layfield, who suffered silently with a mental illness as he began to self-medicate and eventually took his life at the age of 19. The independent film, shot entirely in LaGrange, has garnered praise from critics and audiences around the country. “Holden On” was an Atlanta Journal-Constitution critics pick and Audience Award winner for best feature when it bowed at the 2017 Atlanta Film Festival. The social issue teen drama has gone on to win at every film festival it’s screened thus far across the country.

On top of the film’s success, the film has also sparked a nationwide movement called #IAMHOLDENON that allows teens to use their own voice through art to discuss mental health and suicide. One in four people will be affected by a mental disorder during their life and suicide is the #2 cause of death of ages 15-24.

The event will also be a celebration party to announce the #IAMHOLDENON movement has officially transitioned into a 501(c)3 IAMHOLDENON nonprofit that will use Holden’s personality traits of compassion, generosity and acceptance to create a social shift surrounding mental health. The national organization will be based in Georgia. The organization plans to host its inaugural Camp IAMHOLDENON for teachers, counselors and youth community leaders in 2018. In its 2nd year, the organization plans to add an annual IAMHOLDENON Music & Arts Festival to be hosted at the Sweetland Amphitheatre.

Coinciding with the “Holden On” screening at Sweetland on October 18th will be a high school student led IAMHOLDENON art exhibit as well as live music.

Writer-Director Tamlin Hall and actor Matthew Fahey will be in attendance. Fahey recurred on two seasons of MTV’s “Awkward.” and can be seen in the upcoming faith-based film “The Favorite” starring opposite John Schneider of “Smallville” and “Dukes of Hazzard” fame. Hall is attached to direct the upcoming film adaptation of “A Child Called It,” which was a #1 New York Times bestseller that has sold over 10 million copies.

All proceeds for the Sweetland community event will go towards the IAMHOLDENON organization.

For more information, please visit www.iamholdenon.org and http://www.sweetland.events.

Lamenting the end of another Summer?  Worry not … at Callaway Gardens®, things are looking up with the return of the Callaway Gardens® Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival for its 19th year.

Set for Labor Day Weekend***, this annual Balloon Festival has something for everyone, from majestic, colorful balloons to Callaway Gardens’ unique mix of natural beauty, to its endless helpings of multi-generational activities and events.  When it comes to family fun, Callaway Gardens is the place to be to end Summer on a high note.

Festivities kick off Friday night when guests flock to Robin Lake Beach for the Balloon Glow.  Upbeat live music by Spencer Daniels & The Rogue Tones sets the mood as balloons inflate. While the sun sets, the balloons’ individual colors glow against the gorgeous evening sky.

On both Saturday and Sunday mornings, guests can marvel at the beautiful colors of the balloons as they set up and offer tethered balloon rides** (weather permitting*).  As the morning progresses, Robin Lake Beach opens for swimming, miniature golf, balloon artists, disc dog demonstrations, and more activities for all ages.  For those guests pondering about hot air balloons, the 4 p.m. Meet & Greet on Saturday and Sunday will be a perfect time to get some answers and then stick around for the afternoon tethered rides.  Balloons are most active around sunrise and sunset as this is when winds are calmest.

To make the early arrival deal a little sweeter, the Exchange Club of Columbus will be serving an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast for $8 per person (while supplies last) under the Beach Pavilion on Saturday and Sunday morning.

On Saturday, don’t miss the popular Classic Car Show.  Nearly 300 cars are expected to roll through the gates and add more color to the already spectacular event.

The Callaway Discovery Center will be showing the Disney® balloon-theme movie, “Up,” on Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

And, this is one last weekend for guests to enjoy Robin Lake Beach’s Aqua Island,**a floating water playground.

Sports fans have no fear.  The games will be on the big screens at The Beach Bar at Robin Lake.  Saturday night will include live music by the Kyle Wilson Band and inflation of the larger-than-life patriotic Eagle-shaped hot air balloon (weather permitting).

Added to the fun on Sunday will be additions of surprises such as an entertaining performance by a Caribbean Dance Troupe as well as some stilt walkers.  The Moody Band will take the stage on Sunday night followed by the grand finale Balloon Glow as the festival comes to a close.

Inside the Gardens, be sure to witness the flight of hundreds of blue butterflies as part of September’s special Blue Morpho Month. If the trend continues, for the month of September there will be more Blue Morphos on display in one place at Callaway Gardens’ Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center than any other place on the planet. There are also bicycle trails, Birds of Prey shows, floral displays, walking trails, and more.

To get the adrenaline really pumping, guests have options.  The newly repaved seven miles of the Discovery Bicycle Trail is a great way to spin around the Gardens and take in the sites between balloon tether times.  Bicycles are available for rent or guests can bring their own.  Or, fly through the trees at TreeTop Adventure**, a year-round attraction at Callaway Gardens featuring more than 30 obstacles and zip lines in the tree canopy.  Advanced reservations are suggested.

Want to be a part of the high-flying balloon action?  Sign up to be on a Balloon Crew for the weekend.  Crew members are assigned to assist pilots with their balloons throughout the weekend. For more information, contact Carson Bayer at 706-663-5043 or cbayer@callawaygardens.com.

Overnight accommodations, including the recently renovated rooms of The Lodge and Spa, are available at Callaway Gardens that include admission to Callaway Gardens and these wonderful weekend events.  With comfortable lodging options and a host of great events and activities to choose from, a getaway to Callaway Gardens over Labor Day weekend is a great way to close out the Summer.

Admission for overnight guests is complimentary throughout their stay.  Festival admission on Friday and Monday is standard general admission of $20 per adult (ages 13-64); $10 per child (ages 6-12); and free for children 5 and younger (admission prices include tax).  Saturday and Sunday Festival admission is $30 per adult (ages 13-64); $15 per child (ages 6-12); and free for children 5 and younger (admission prices include tax).  These prices include access to Callaway Gardens and its many attractions and activities.

Callaway Gardens Annual Passholders and Military, including active duty, retired and Veterans, and up to five accompany guests in the same vehicle can enter the Gardens for half-price.

Don’t delay.  Call now for reservations at 1.800.463.6990 or make reservations online at www.callawaygardens.com.

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


Note to Editors:  Images, interviews and visits to the event can be arranged.  Thank you.

*Ballooning is dependent on safe weather conditions including wind velocity and direction.

Thrusday, September 7

7:00pm – Tickets $15/$20
The Ultimate EAGLES Experience is back with a stunningly accurate tribute to the music of the Eagles. Using no backing tracks or harmonizers, 7 Bridges faithfully re-creates the experience of an Eagles concert from the band’s most prolific period. Every show features one brilliant hit single after another with some mighty Don Henley and Joe Walsh surprises sprinkled into the mix.

Newnan Labor Day Weekend and September Events

We have a lot of excitement in Downtown Newnan this weekend and next.  Join us for the Labor Day Sidewalk Sale which begins on Friday, September 1. The Sunrise on the Square Road Race and September Market Day will take place on Saturday, September 2.  Lastly, The Newnan- Coweta Arts Association is hosting their 2nd Annual Arts and Crafts Festival on Monday, September 4!

The Sunrise on the Square Labor Day Road Race is a local favorite, and has been held annually in Downtown Newnan on the Saturday before Labor Day for over 30 years!

The race features a 5k /10k USATF certified course (chipped timing), where runners will enjoy the diversity of terrain, including long flat stretches, downhill, and uphill sections. Packet pick up is Thursday, August 31 from 10 am-6 pm.  Late registration is during packet pick up or at 6:30 AM the day of the event. This event is hosted by Main Street Newnan, in partnership to benefit Communities In Schools of Coweta County. Communities In Schools of Coweta County provides services and support to students struggling to remain in school and graduate.

The September Market Day will take place from 10 am- 2 pm and will feature handmade, homemade, and homegrown products from 69 local vendors. Market Day favorites include fresh locally grown produce, honey, jams & jellies, salsa, pottery, art, handmade children’s clothes, hand-woven baskets, leather products, freshly baked goods, handmade furniture, handmade birdhouses, wood-art, fiber-art, wreaths and floral design, and much more!

Free parking is available along downtown streets and in the City of Newnan’s public parking lots, located at 13 Lagrange Street, 25 Lagrange Street, 22 Spring Street, 6 First Avenue, 50 East Broad Street, 65 East Broad Street, 41 East Washington Street, and 22 East Broad Street.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Texas as they continue to struggle with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and the continued pelting rains of the lingering tropical depression.  As the FEMA Director indicated this morning, the worst is yet to come in terms of historic flooding and devastation to a 50-county area. 

I’ve had several emails this morning asking how we can help.  There are numerous organizations involved in rescue and recovery operations.  However, you can certainly make financial contributions to two of our local nonprofits:  American Red Cross and Salvation Army.  Note your donation is for Texas, and they will make sure the funds go where they are needed most.  Contact information is below.

American Red Cross

900 Dallis Street

LaGrange, GA  30240


Salvation Army

P. O. Box 3087

LaGrange, GA  30241


And, most importantly, continue sending prayers.

City of LaGrange Utilities Ranked Among the Lowest Cost Providers in the State

LaGrange, Ga. August 25, 2017 – The Georgia Public Service Commission released its Summer 2017 Residential Rate Survey and the City of LaGrange is ranked among the lowest cost providers in the state.

The City of LaGrange ranks 14th out of 94 Georgia utility providers for 1000 kilowatt number of hours of usage.

“I’m proud of our employees and how efficiently they work,” said City of LaGrange Utility Director Patrick Bowie.

“We are able to operate our utility department at a low cost to our customers, who are also our owners.”

The City of LaGrange is an enterprise city. Residents do not pay a property tax.

The city pays for traditional government services through its utilities including water, electricity, and internet.

According to LaGrange City Manager Meg Kelsey, “Since 1998, the City of LaGrange has financed municipal operations largely through sales tax and utility revenues. This has allowed the city to operate entirely without the use of levying a city property tax. ”

Kelsey adds the study shows citizens are also afforded utility rates that are very competitive.

“We are pleased that the city electric rate is in the lowest 20% of all providers within the State of Georgia.”

For more information on the Georgia Public Service Commission go to www.psc.state.ga.us/electric/surveys/residentialrs.asp

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