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PINE MOUNTAIN, GA (12/13/2017) – The holidays are a time for making memories and spending time with family and friends.  Pine Mountain, Georgia’s Callaway Resort & Gardens provides the perfect place for such experiences at the famous Fantasy In Lights®.

Tickets are available now and every day through January 6, 2018.  And, to celebrate the arrival of 2018, on December 31st there will be the Fantasy & Fireworks New Year’s Eve Celebration.

A Unique Holiday Experience

At Fantasy In Lights, visitors experience the light and sound extravaganza on a “Jolly Trolley” or by driving through the lighted scenes in their personal vehicle, including the newest addition, “Snow Day.”  The sparkling, animated displays such as  Snowflake Valley, a winter wonderland filled with enormous snowflakes and thousands of cascading white lights; Magical Christmas Garden with a 24-foot wreath entrance; and Santa’s Workshop, showcasing animated versions of Santa’s elves busy making toys for the big night.  Two “don’t miss” scenes with music and narrative are on Robin Lake Beach: ’Twas the Night Before Christmas and The Nativity.  Each lasts approximately 10 minutes and are presented consecutively.

Ninety-nine percent of the frames used to create the scenes in Fantasy In Lights are custom designed and built just for Callaway Gardens, taking 3,900 hours to install.  In keeping with Callaway Gardens’ mission of connecting man and nature, every kilowatt of power used to light up Fantasy In Lights is compensated with “green” power. Callaway Gardens was the first destination in the Southeast to offset 100 percent of its electricity use by purchasing wind power credits.

Families experience the Christmas Village, a 22,000-square-foot indoor, heated area featuring visits with Santa and other holiday characters.  Inside the Village, guests have the opportunity to shop for specialty food items from the Callaway Gardens Country Store®, unique gifts, nostalgic toys from simpler times, and an assortment of holiday ornaments.


Tickets Include Fantasy In Lights Admission and So Much More

Tickets to Fantasy In Lights can easily be purchased three ways:  1) online at www.callawaygardens.com/FIL (recommended); 2) by phone at 1.800.463.6990; or in person at the Fantasy In Lights Christmas Village on U. S. Hwy. 27 in Pine Mountain, Georgia.  The Christmas Village opens nightly at 4 p.m.

Value Date tickets are $21* for adults; $10.50* for children. Prime Date tickets $28* for adults; $14* for children. Children 5 and younger are always admitted for free.  Tickets are sold on a first-available basis. Purchasing tickets in advance is strongly advised and ensures guests receive their preferred time slot at a great price.

And, a Fantasy In Lights admission provides visitors with complimentary one-day admission to Callaway Gardens during the day once before Jan. 6, 2018, which is a value of $20 per adult and $10 per child.  In addition to enjoying the holiday décor, a day visit to the Gardens includes visiting the beautiful Day Butterfly Center, educational Callaway Discovery Center, live Birds of Prey Shows, the seven miles of nature trails, our 10-mile Discovery Bicycle Trail, peaceful Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel, and more.

Annual Passholders receive half-price tickets on Value Nights as well as enjoyment of the Gardens throughout the year.  For more information, visit www.callawaygardens.com/AnnualPass.

Second LaGrange Southeast Regional
Paintings, Prints and Drawings:
Second LaGrange Southeast Regional, LaGrange Art Museum, 112 Lafayette Parkway, LaGrange GA 30240

Photography, Ceramics, Sculpture, & Mixed Media:
Second LaGrange Southeast Regional, Lamar Dodd Art Center, LaGrange College, 310 Panther Way, LaGrange GA 30240

Event Dates: 9/15/17 – 4/20/18
Entry Deadline: 1/5/18
Days remaining to deadline: 23


Images – Minimum: 1, Maximum: 4
Total Media – Minimum: 1, Maximum: 4

Entry Fee (Entry Fee): $35.00

The LaGrange Southeast Regional traces its roots to the LaGrange National Competition which began in 1964 when a competitive show known as the Gardens Art Festival was organized and sponsored by the Chattahoochee Valley Art Association, LaGrange College and Callaway Gardens. In 1974, the competition was moved to LaGrange, took the name LaGrange National, and was expanded from a regional to a national show. In 1984, the competition expanded again and displayed in two locations, with the Chattahoochee Valley Art Association Museum and the Lamar Dodd Art Center, of LaGrange College.

Over the years, the LaGrange National earned an excellent reputation numerous distinguished jurors including Lloyed Goodrich, Richard Lahey, Carl Holty, Joseph Rishel, Larry Poons, Jane Livingston, Cynthia McCabe, Linda Cathcart, Ted Potter, Roy Slade, Henry Hopkins, Patterson Sims, Peter Mirin, Siri Engberg, Benny Andrews, Robert Lyon, Jane Jackson, Eleanor Heartney, J. Richard Gruber, Robert E. Steele, Annette Cone-Skelton and Deanna Sirlin. This year, David Houston joins the list of these respected jurors who have helped bring additional prestige to the museums’ juried exhibitions.

The LaGrange Southeast Regional provides the citizens of West Georgia and East Alabama access to current artistic practice; offers artists exhibition opportunities and purchase possibilities; and affords the LaGrange Art Museum and the Lamar Dodd Art Center a means for the development of significant collections of contemporary American art. Both organizations have been extremely fortunate to have generous support from the Callaway Foundation of LaGrange who has provided purchase award funds to further their growing collections. Exhibition funding also provided by the Georgia Council for the Arts.

The categories include: Drawings, Paintings, Prints, Sculpture, Photography, Ceramics & Mixed Media. You must indicate which category your submission falls under for each individual entry. You may enter more than one category, just be sure to include the category you have selected along with each submission’s detail requirements. Select the category for your work that you think is appropriate.

The venues for the exhibition are the LaGrange Art Museum, (Paintings, Prints & Drawings) and the Lamar Dodd Art Center of LaGrange College, (Photography, Ceramics, Sculpture, & Mixed Media).

The First LaGrange Southeast Regional is a juried competition open to all artists in the southeast over 18 years of age. Eligible states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. All work must be original and completed within the last two years. The sponsors are the final authority on eligibility.

Purchase Awards will be made. The purchased works are added to the permanent collection of the sponsor. The Juror will present Merit Awards to a limited number of works.

Complete the Entry Form at www.callforentry.org. Entry fee is $35 for up to 4 works. Your entry must be submitted by January 5, 2018.

All accepted artists will be notified via email by January 12, 2018.

February 2, 2018
Works accepted by the Juror will be exhibited at two venues. Paintings, Prints and Drawings will be exhibited at the LaGrange Art Museum. Photography, Ceramics, Sculpture, and Decorative Arts will be exhibited at the Lamar Dodd Art Center. The exhibitions will open with an award ceremony at the LaGrange Art Museum and gala public receptions at both venues on February 16, 2018. The exhibitions will be on view through April 20, 2018. No work accepted for the exhibition may be withdrawn before the close of the exhibition. Once your work has been accepted, you cannot substitute another work.

Thursday, December 14, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Holiday BASH

Join us at Splash Kitchens & Bath Design Gallery for an evening of Holiday Food, Fun and Fellowship. 115 Broad Street, Suite 103, LaGrange

Troup Trends – November 2017


The November 2017 issue of Troup Trends features an inside look at Rep. Drew Ferguson’s first nine months in the U.S. House of Representatives, a discussion with young professionals who have returned home to live and work in Troup County, an important update with the latest tips on cyber security and much more.

PLEASE NOTE: All LaGrange Memorial Library and Hogansville Library events are available at the end of this list.

Now – February 19

Sweetland on Ice provided by Ice Days

Visit www.icedays.com/lagrange for exact dates and times

Sweetland Amphitheatre will play host to a covered ice skating rink provided and operated by Ice Days Outdoor Skating Rinks. Bring your family and friends to this winter wonderland and enjoy holiday decorations, a spectator section with heaters to enjoy the ice skating action, affordable concessions, visits by Santa and the Sweetland Beer Garden – a heated tent serving local craft beer and wine.

Contact Information: Ice Days Outdoor Ice Rinks 678-374-7655

$10 per skater includes 2 hours of ice skating and skate rentals. Free for spectators.

December 2 – December 30, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Holidays at Hills & Dales

The Callaway home and visitor center will be decorated for the Christmas season. The Callaway home will be adorned with fresh plants, flowers, and evergreens. The Christmas tree will be styled circa 1940s and a special display will adorn the Palm Room. Regular tour prices apply. $15 for adults/$7 for children & students

Saturday, December 16, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Hills & Dales – Children’s Christmas Celebration

Children can create their own gingerbread house. There will also be a Christmas sing-a-long, story time, and visits with Santa. Free

Now – December 23

Follow the Shepherds Walks


Every Friday and Saturday night in December, follow the journey of Joseph and Mary as they travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem and learn new insights into the Christmas story. These evening walks can be done in conjunction with the Christmas multi-media presentation. Make reservations early. Admission charged.

Biblical History Center, 130 Gordon Commercial Drive, LaGrange,

Contact Information: Penny Smart, penny@biblicalhistorycenter.com

Fees/Admission: Admission charged. Make reservations early.

Now – December 23

Christmas Multi-Media Presentation


This multi-media presentation in the Roman stepped theatre provides new insights into the Christmas story. Make reservations early. Admission charged.

Biblical History Center, 130 Gordon Commercial Drive, LaGrange,

Contact Information: Penny Smart, penny@biblicalhistorycenter.com

Fees/Admission: Admission charged. Make reservations early.

December 7, 6:00 PM

Valley-Wide (West Point) Christmas Parade

contact Laurie Blount, 334-756-5281 or lblount@cityofvalley.com

December 8, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Ballroom Dance

Ballroom Dance with live band. Open to Adults of All Ages. $20.00 per couple. Complimentary Polka dance lesson begins at 7:00 p.m. Snacks are welcomed but not mandatory. The Active Life, 140 Ragland St, LaGrange, Phone:(706) 883-1681

$20 per couple

December 8 & 9

Celebrate the Season, a Point Community Christmas

A Point Community Christmas presents, Point University’s Concert Choir, Signature Voices, Concert Band, and MusiKids (Friday at 6 p.m. only) performing seasonal favorites, including Suites One and Two from Many Moods of Christmas, arranged by Robert Shaw and Robert Russell Bennett. Location: Spring Road Christian Church in Lanett, Alabama, Times: Friday December 8th: 6 p.m. & 8 p.m. Saturday December 9th: 3 p.m.

December 8, 7:00 PM

Young Singers of West Georgia: Christmas Memories


Join us for this holiday concert with the talented members of the Young Singers of West Georgia. Location: To be announced – Call (706-882-9909) anytime between 9:00am and 4:00pm Monday through Thursday, or email us at lspageneral@lsparts.org

December 9, 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Celebrate the Christmas season with Southern Charm.

Southern Charm will be hosting a Lula Roe pop up boutique and Initial Outfitters jewelry and custom monogram party. We will be collecting donations for toys for tots and new hats, gloves, scarves, and blankets for Harmony House Domestic Violence Shelter. Bring in a donation and be entered into a drawing for your chance to win a $50 gift certificate to Southern Charm. There will be 2 drawings so bring a friend! We will be serving hot chocolate and cookies… Let’s celebrate, and shop, and donate. We’re located behind Jim Bob’s at 300 East Bacon Street, LaGrange.

December 9, 3:00 PM & 6:00 PM

The Nutcracker Ballet

Royal Academy School of Dance Presents The Nutcracker Ballet Directed by Miriam Oropeza. Troup Performing Arts Center 1920 Hamilton Road, LaGrange, for more details call (706) 882-2278. Admission is FREE, Donations are welcomed.

December 9, 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Peace on Earth | Christmas in Hogansville


Love Christmas lights, holiday cheer and the thought of a Christmas Bazaar? What about tree lightings and caroling? Or how about simply getting your family photo with Santa? No matter your holiday highlight preference, historic Downtown Hogansville has something for you. The city is ushering in the holiday season with events slated to bring in the Christmas cheer. Festivities begin at 11 am with the inaugural Christmas Bazaar in downtown Hogansville 17. The annual Tree Lighting in Calvin Hipp Memorial Park takes place at 5 pm. The annual Christmas parade is a tradition in Hogansville going back many years and takes place at 6 pm. And of course, there will be plenty of photo opportunities with Santa, Caroling, and Shopping ’til 9 pm!

December 9, 6:00 PM

Hogansville Christmas Parade

contact service@wmandmary.com for details.

December 9 – 7:00 PM & December 10 – 3:00 PM

Christmas with the Sons


Join the Sons of Lafayette for a season starter, Christmas spirit building concert. The concert features Dr. Maryann Kyle as guest soloist and includes many favorite selections as well as new pieces and arrangements. Dr. Beth Everett has created a fun, enjoyable program that will be enjoyed by all ages. Be sure to wait around after the concert so we can speak to you. Location: First Presbyterian Church 120 Broad St LaGrange, All tickets are $15

December 9, 7:00 PM

Ugly Sweater Party at Wild Leap


Join us as we kick off the holiday season by wearing your ugliest, flashiest or most colorful holiday attire to win prizes! FEATURING • No Cover • Sounds by DJ Verse • Party Favors • Holiday Themed Beers LARGE PARTY? • Call 706-298-6400 to secure a table FINE PRINT • 21+ Event • No pets are allowed (except service dogs) • No outside food or beverage is permitted. Wild Leap Brew Co., 308 Main Street, LaGrange

Contact Information: info@wildleap.com

December 9, 7:30 PM

Pure Life Studios presents Piedmont Bluz


Openers: Jontavious Willis and Andrew Alli. The Piedmont Bluz Acoustic Duo is dedicated to the preservation of Country Blues and the Piedmont Style and their mission is to help keep this rural, east coast tradition alive by education audiences about this unique aspect of African American culture through musical entertainment. Pure Life Studios, 206 Clark St, LaGrange, 706-443-4838, Tickets available at www.purelifelagrange.com

December 10, 2:00 PM

LaGrange Woman’s Club Christmas Tea

The LaGrange Woman’s Club Trust Board will be hosting tea at Bellevue from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Please call Bellevue at 706-884-1832 for a reservation on or before December 8. A $20 donation is to benefit Bellevue. Contact Information: Bellevue 706-884-1832

December 10, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Nativity Festival


Nativity Festival with crafts for all ages, a Nativity Drama, and displays of nativities and crèches from around the world…all to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Location: 401 Broad Street at Trinity Street

Contact Information: Wanda-Ann Kinnaman, churchoffice@lagrangefumc.org

December 11, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Christmas Carol: Scrooge in Bethlehem

Scrooge in Bethlehem is going to be presented by Point University’s community children’s ensemble and Musikids.

Location: Scott Fine Arts Center Performance Hall

December 12, 7:30 PM

Embrace the Spirit of the Season


Joining the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra for the annual holiday concert are Jason Coleman, grandson of Floyd Cramer, and Meagan Taylor, great-niece of Chet Atkins. A wonderful blend of music with special appearance by The Young Singers of West Georgia. Callaway Auditorium on the campus of LaGrange College

Contact Information: Raylene Carter, Executive Director 706-882-0662 or info@lagrangesymphony.org

December 14 – 16

Gifts of the Magi


A heart-warming, captivating musical treat, drawn from two short stories by the immortal O. Henry. An uplifting American Christmas Carol. New Horizon Community Theatre, 411 W 8th Street, West Point – Date/Time Information: December 14, 2017 – 8:00 PM December 15, 2017 – 8:00 PM December 16, 2017 – 2:00 PM December 16, 2017 – 8:00 PM Contact Information: www.nhct.org info@nhct.org 706/518-6234 (tickets) 706/643-7529 (theatre)

December 16, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Saturday Night Dance

Country Music Christmas dance featuring Jimmy Smith and the New River Band. Special guest performer and have your picture taken with Santa! Open to Adults of All Ages Pot Luck Dinner…bring your favorite side dish to share! The Active Life, 140 Ragland St, LaGrange, Phone:(706) 883-1681, $10 per person

December 17, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Carols by Candlelight


Candlelight Christmas celebration of music featuring Choir and Orchestra

First United Methodist Church Sanctuary, 401 Broad Street, LaGrange

Contact Information: Darian Krimm, darian@lagrangefumc.org

December 21, 7:00 PM

Once Upon A December


A New Horizon Holiday Tradition, with traditional and contemporary Christmas music and fun. Featuring local talent, backed by fan favorite “Alabama Avenue” under the direction of international entertainer and educator Julia Langley. A true Christmas treat!

Contact Information: www.nhct.org, info@nhct.org, 706/518-6234 (tickets) 706/643-7529 (theatre)

December 31, 8:00pm-1:00am

Brew Year’s Eve – New Year’s Eve at Wild Leap Brew Co.


Join us as we ring in the New Year with the biggest party of the year at Wild Leap! EVENT HIGHLIGHTS: • 5 Hour Open Beer Bar • Special, ONE NIGHT ONLY Beers • DJ Verse (Spinning Top 40 / Pop / Dance) • NYE Party Favors • Midnight Keg Drop ADDITIONAL DETAILS: • Age Requirement: 21+ • Wild Leap Brew Co., 308 Main Street, LaGrange

Contact Information: info@w

Merry Christmas Darling

Carpenters’ Christmas
Saturday, December 16 @ 7pm
Tickets $15/$20
Merry Christmas Darling: Carpenters’ Christmas is a family-friendly holiday show that celebrates the classic Carpenters’ Christmas recordings! Only at this show can you hear their greatest hits like “Close to You,” “Yesterday Once More,” “We’ve Only Just Begun,” and all your holiday favorites! The Carpenters released two classic Christmas albums and two Christmas-themed television specials, establishing their reputation as one of the most successful recording acts of all time. Their holiday music plays every winter and their Christmas records remain at the top of “Favorite Holiday Album” lists every year! With Harry Sharpe directing the show, Michelle Berting Brett takes center stage, accompanied by a 7-piece Nashville band. You’ll hear enthralling stories and entertaining sing-along songs, making this is one heart-warming holiday show that’s fun for the whole family

Symphony on the Sand 2018

Callaway Resort & Gardens continues this beloved Spring tradition of offering an enchanted evening under the stars with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.

Tickets and overnight packages are available now and make a perfect unique gift for that special someone on your holiday shopping list.

Mark your calendar!

2018 Symphony on the Sand
Robin Lake Beach  
Saturday, April 28, 2018

Order your tickets and book a stay today!
Call 888.862.4090 or click below.


For The fourth time in five years, Georgia Trend magazine has named WellStar West Georgia Medical Center the No. 1 Large Hospital in the state for 2017.

WellStar WGMC also placed at the top of Georgia Trend’s annual hospital report in 2013, 2015 and 2016.

Jerry Fulks, President of WellStar WGMC, said earning the top spot is a wonderful achievement made possible by the skills, compassion and teamwork of the hospital’s physicians and team members.

“We all enter into healthcare careers with the intention of helping improve the health of our fellow human beings,” Fulks said. “So it is particularly rewarding when our entire team receives an honor like this on a consistent basis. It shows we are achieving our goals.”

The rankings are determined by grouping together hospitals of similar size and mission and then by comparing data from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which provides publicly available information (hospitalcompare.hhs.gov) on more than 40 quality-related indicators, including patient experience, outcomes of care, process of care, and efficiency and value of the services rendered.

The magazine published its list of the state’s top hospitals in its December issue, including small-, medium- and large-sized hospitals as well as teaching hospitals.  The Large Hospital category denoted a medical center having more than 400 beds.

Achieving this honor punctuates two years of many prestigious awards for WellStar West Georgia Medical Center, including being named a Top 100 Hospital by Truven Health Analytics™, one of 100 Great Community Hospital by Becker’s Hospital Review®, and placed on the 2016 Most Wired Hospitals and Health System’s list by the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum in both 2016 and 201

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