CALLAWAY GARDENS’ FANTASY IN LIGHTS SELECTED AS A USA TODAY’S 10BEST “BEST PUBLIC LIGHT DISPLAY”
PINE MOUNTAIN, GA (12/19/2014) - This week Callaway Gardens received an email from USA Today stating, “Fantasy In Lights – Callaway Gardens is one of the winners of the Best Public Lights Display category in 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest sponsored by USA TODAY.”
“We are so excited that Fantasy In Lights continues to be recognized as leader in light displays. And, to finish in the top five is even better news. We appreciate everyone who voted and everyone who visits Fantasy In Lights and Callaway Gardens. That support allows Callaway Gardens to continue its mission of environmental education, and to be a haven for guests to enjoy year-round for visits, meeting, weddings, to play golf and more,” stated Edward Callaway, president and CEO of Callaway Gardens. “And, to win two 10Best categories in 2014 – this one and the ‘Best Public Gardens’ category this past Spring – is such an honor.”
The full list of winners can be viewed at http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-public-lights-display/. Nominees are chosen by a panel of relevant experts which include a combination of editors from USA TODAY; editors from 10Best.com; relevant expert contributors; and sources for both these media and other Gannett properties. The nomination panel for each award category is displayed on its associated contest page. All voting is digital and the 10Best Readers’ Choice Award contest is accessible on the 10Best.com website.
“USA TODAY is thrilled to have this method of sharing what 10Best and USA TODAY readers and users love most,” said John Peters, president of USA TODAY Travel Media Group. “Our readers are well-informed, well-traveled and opinionated. At the end of the day, content on our platforms is a reflection of them. A destination, organization or business which finds itself the recipient of a 10Best Readers’ Choice Award has really accomplished something.”
10Best.com provides users with original, unbiased, and experiential travel content of top attractions, things to see and do, and restaurants for top destinations in the U.S. and around the world. The core of the site’s uniqueness is its team of local travel experts: a well-traveled and well-educated group who are not only experts in their fields – and their cities – but discriminating in their tastes. These local experts live in the city they write about so the content is constantly updated. In 2012, 10Best.com averaged more than 700,000 monthly unique visitors generating approximately 28 million page views. It was acquired by USA TODAY in January of 2013.
Fantasy In Lights is available nightly through Dec. 30, 2014. Overnight packages and tickets are available at www.callawaygardens.com/fil or call 1.800.463.6990. Advance ticket purchases are recommended.
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Chamber Board Nominations
Are you interested in serving on the Chamber Board of Directors? Is there a colleague/business associate that you would like to nominate? Please submit the name and organization/business to Page (firstname.lastname@example.org) by December 22. All nominations will be submitted to the Nominating Committee that will present a slate of officers and board members at the Chamber’s annual meeting set for January 22 at 7:30 am. Mark your calendars!
Vote for Callaway Gardens & Fantasy in Lights!
USA Today has notified Callaway Gardens that Fantasy In Lights is in the running for their 10 Best Readers’ Choice travel award in the “Best Public Lights Display” category. We want them to win! Please vote at www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-public-lights-display/. Voting ends Monday, December 15 at midnight. Go vote!
Upcoming Chamber Events
Networking Group, 7:45 am, Upstairs
Leadership Troup Board Meeting, 8 am, Downstairs Conference Room
Full Chamber Board of Directors Meeting, 8 am, Victoria Belle, Hogansville
Tourism Advisory Committee Meeting, 1:30 pm, Downstairs Conference Room
Diplomats Meeting, 8:30 am, Downstairs Conference Room. Contact Sheila (email@example.com) for more information.
Community Events and Activities for December 12-19
Athos Menaboni and 1930s WPA Art (Legacy Museum on Main)
Explore some of Georgia’s historical architectural murals and Works Progress Administration artists’ projects through the art works of Athos Menaboni. Most well-known for his paintings of birds, the Italian native and longtime Georgia resident created many enduring works. Legacy Museum will exhibit several mural studies as well as a sampling of other genres of his paintings. During the holiday season, an exhibition of Menaboni’s beautiful Christmas cards will be added. Robert W. Woodruff, president of Coca-Cola from 1923 to 1954, commissioned Menaboni to create he cards which featured a bird that could be seen at Mr. Woodruff’s homes. He created the cards for more than 40 years. The artwork is from the Callaway Gardens collegection which is housed at Troup County Archives.
Fantasy in Lights (Callaway Gardens)
Selected as one of the “Top 10 Places to See Holiday Lights” by National Geographic Traveler, this drive-through Christmas spectacular delights people of all ages. Visit CallawayGardens.com/fil for more information.
Hills & Dales Holidays (Hills & Dales)
Special tours of the Fuller E. Callaway home, all decked out for the holidays, will be offered. Come experience the circa 1940s tinsel-laden Christmas tree, brilliant poinsettias and other seasonal decorations during the holiday season. Enjoy the aroma of fresh cookies in the kitchen, and open an old-fashioned Christmas card from a friend. Regular tour prices apply.
December 19 from 5-9 pm; December 20, 21 from 1-5 pm
Free Holiday Carriage Rides, Downtown LaGrange
Carriage departs from the Plaza at the corner of Bull Street and South Lafayette Square every 15 minutes. Free! Sponsored by the Downtown LaGrange Development Authority.
December 12-13, 19-20, 24
Follow the Shepherds Walks (Explorations in Antiquity Center)
Follow the journey of Joseph and Mary as they travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem and learn new insights into the Christmas story. These walks can be done in conjunction with the Christmas Sound and Light Show. Call 706.885.0363 for more information.
December 12-13, 19-20, 24
Christmas Sound and Light Show (Explorations in Antiquity Center)
This multimedia sound and light show in the Roman stepped theater will contrast the difference between the world of King Herod and the character of the reign of King Jesus as understood by his early followers. The show will feature new information about the newly discovered tomb of King Herod. Call 706.885.0363 for more information.
December 13, 20
Santa at the Square (1-4 pm, Lafayette Square in Downtown LaGrange)
Bring your wish list and your camera for a visit with Santa at Lafayette Square in Downtown LaGrange. Rain location is Marketplace at Lafayette Square. Santa is provided by the downtown merchants as a gift to the children of LaGrange. Free of charge.
Saturday, December 13
Market at Jefferson (9-11:30 am, 625 Jefferson Street—Hillside Station, LaGrange)
Join your favorite Market on Main vendors in the off-season for a special indoor market. Hosting different group each week who share their experiences and talents—come, eat and learn!
JSL Breakfast with Santa (9-11 am, Upstairs at Chamber)
Enjoy breakfast, crafts and pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus plus special guests Elsa and Anna from Frozen. $10 adults; $20 children. Tickets can be purchased at Whimzey, Blondie Roux or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, December 17
Longing for Light in the Darkness (5:30-6:30 pm, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church)
A special service for the holidays. St. Mark’s invites you to come and rest in between all the busy-ness of this time of year. Come, take care of yourself and your relationship with God by singing songs of home, hearing God’s word and enjoying a space set apart for quiet and for peace.
LaGrange Symphony Orchestra Concert (7:30 pm, Callaway Auditorium)
Celebrating Christmas will fill the air with holiday spirit. The concert will feature special guests, the LaGrange High School chorus led by Katie Westbrook. Selections include traditional seasonal favorites.
Piedmont’s medical community supports Toys for Tots
This holiday season, Piedmont Newnan Hospital is teaming up with Piedmont Fayette Hospital and physician practices in Coweta and Fayette counties to support the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Piedmont “elves” have been busy delivering collection boxes throughout the two counties. So far, more than 100 boxes have been distributed to 70 locations where toys will be collected through December 16. Toys for Tots is collaborating with local organizations in Coweta and Fayette to ensure these toys are distributed to local families in need.
“We’re excited to see our caregivers in Coweta and Fayette counties embrace the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. We’re especially grateful that all of the donations made at our hospitals and physicians offices will help provide a better Christmas for children right here in our own communities,” said Julie Hanson, manager of physician outreach at Piedmont Fayette Hospital and Piedmont Newnan Hospital.
The mission of Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is to assist the U.S. Marine Corps in providing a tangible sign of hope to economically disadvantaged children at Christmas. The primary goal of the foundation is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them into becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.
Piedmont is asking that new, unwrapped toys for children ages 0-14 be donated at either Piedmont Newnan Hospital, Piedmont Fayette Hospital or at area physician offices. On December 16, a “Collection Celebration” will be held at Piedmont Heart, 20 Francis Way, Sharpsburg between 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The community is invited to come out and celebrate with members of the U.S. Marines. Santa Claus will be on hand for photos.
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The LaGrange Symphony Orchestra continues its 2014-2015 concert series with “Celebrating Christmas” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 16, in Callaway Auditorium. The program features the LaGrange High School Chorus, led by LaGrange native Katie Westbrook, and includes traditional holiday favorites and an always popular Christmas sing-a-long.
Ms. Westbrook, who is in her seventh year as the director of the LaGrange High School Chorus, holds a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from LaGrange College and has studied voice with Marty Davis, Teresa Hopkin, and Dr. Toni Anderson.
“The thrill of making music with a symphony orchestra is extremely special and is something that cannot be taught in a classroom but must be experienced. It is an experience that can very well change your relationship with music for a lifetime,” said Ms. Westbrook. “We are building future symphony goers and arts supporters by giving these students the opportunity to make music in such an exciting way.”
This concert will be a sell-out. Concert tickets may be purchased in advance from the Symphony office by calling 706.882.0662 prior to the day of the concert. Tickets will also be sold at the Callaway Auditorium box office beginning at 7:00 p.m. the night of the concert. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m., and concertgoers are encouraged to arrive early.
Adult tickets are $25 for Mezzanine seating and $15 for seats in the Orchestra and Gallery. Special value seats in the first four rows of the Orchestra section are available for $5. All tickets for students sixth grade and older are $5. Children fifth grade and younger are admitted free with an adult.
In today’s segment, Patrick discusses holiday activities with Mr. Derrick Lewis, who operates Explorations in Antiquities. He also talks to Ms. Rachel Crumbley from Fantasy and Lights at Callaway Gardens!