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October Festivals in Central Georgia

October Festivals in Central Georgia

USA TODAY

Middle Georgia -- sometimes referred to as Central Georgia or the Heart of Georgia -- is home to several bustling small cities, including Macon, a cultural and educational center for the region; Milledgeville, a former state capital; and Warner Robins, the metropolitan area around Robins Air Force Base. Though many of the cities in this area have festivals throughout the year -- including Dublin's St. Patrick's Day celebration and Forsyth's March Forsythia Festival -- the region's mild autumn weather in Middle Georgia makes October a popular time for festivals.

Near Macon

In late October, the Riverside Cemetery conservation group hosts a spooky evening celebration. Tour the pre-Civil War cemetery, where you'll run into the spirits of notable folks from Macon's past, including escaped slaves-turned-celebrities and Southern belles with nerves of steel. Unlike most festivals, the aptly named Spirits in October celebration requires you to sign up in advance to participate, because only a limited number of participates can join each walking tour. Tours take place every half-hour between 6 and 10 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, and the event usually takes place the weekend before Halloween.

Near Perry

Check out Georgia arts and crafts, ranging from word carvings to cornshuck weaving to pottery, and tap your feet to Appalachian music and gospel singalongs at the Mossy Creek Barnyard Festival. This semi-annual celebration devoted to old-fashioned skills takes place in March and October just north of Perry. In addition to music and crafts, you'll find demonstrations of vintage skills, such as tatting lace and braiding bullwhips, as well as hayrides, storytelling and special performances. Though kids are encouraged to join the festivities, pets aren't allowed, so plan accordingly.

Near Milledgeville

You'll find local and national bands, plenty of kids activities, live stage shows and arts and crafts at the annual Deep Roots Festival in Milledgeville. The festival takes place every year in late October. One of the biggest attractions at the festival is the People's Choice BBQ Championship, where festival attendees can sample and cast their vote for the festival's best pulled pork. The festival also hosts several other contests, and there are prizes for photography, crafts, cooking and more.

Near Eatonton

In Eatonton, the Briar Patch Arts Festival is an October highlight. The festival, which started in 2010, gets its name from the works of Joel Chandler Harris, who was born in Eatonton, and features work by local artists and craftspeople. Bands set up on live music stages throughout the festival, so you can check out local music while you browse the offerings at the booths.

Jones Co. Man Remembers Segregated South

Jones Co. Man Remembers Segregated South

Fifty years ago this month, Martin Luther King told America about his dream.

In August 1963, he delivered his "I have a dream" speech to a huge crowd in Washington DC.

That became one of the landmark moments of the civil rights movement.

This week and next, thousands of Americans will travel to the nation's capital to commemorate that day including many from Central Georgia.

But it's also a time to remember the way it was, how America changed and why.

When getting a drink at a fountain came down to color and the ease of buying a car was based on what you looked like, that was Central Georgia 50 years ago.

In that time Felton Miller lived according to the rules of black and white.

"You were white and I was black. They didn't care about me than a rabbit out there in the woods," he says.

Miller, now 83 years old, was born and raised in Jones County. The segregated South was what Miller described as hard and unfair.

Mercer University Cheerleaders to Host Camp for Kids

Mercer University Cheerleaders to Host Camp for Kids

The Mercer University Cheerleaders will hold a camp for children ages 5-14 July 8-12 and July 15-19.  The camp will be held at the Macon campus.  Times are are noon to 5 pm.  Cost is $120 per session and includes a T-shirt.

Checks, made payable to Mercer University Cheerleading, should be sent to 1400 Coleman Ave, Macon, GA 31027 (Attn: Mercer Cheerleading) along with waiver/registration form. 

Call 551-427-8968 or email MercerUniversityCheerleading@gmail.com for more information.

Robins Chamber Honors May's Outstanding Employee

Robins Chamber Honors May's Outstanding Employee

WARNER ROBINS, GA- The Robins Regional Chamber’s Business of the Month Committee presented Marie Gates, server at The Hilton Garden Inn’s Great American Grill with the Outstanding Employee Award for May 2013.  The award presentation is sponsored by Spherion Staffing Services of Middle Georgia.

“Marie is an excellent example of great customer service,” said customer, Marie Munson.  “We have a group of ladies that meet once a month to go out and eat; normally a different restaurant each month.  After eating at the Great American Grill our group has chosen to return to the Hilton for 5 months in a row.”

Senior Leaders at Robins AFB Enjoy Repeat Win at the 2nd Annual Robins Cup Golf Tournament

Senior Leaders at Robins AFB Enjoy Repeat Win at the 2nd Annual Robins Cup Golf Tournament

Warner Robins, GA- Col. Mitchel Butikofer and senior leaders from Robins Air Force Base united with community leaders from throughout the Robins Region to win it all in a very close match during the 2nd Annual Robins Cup Golf Tournament.

Sponsored by the Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee, State Bank & Trust Company and Lowe Toyota, the event’s purpose was for leaders to have a day of fun while appreciating and further enhancing the already great relationship between Robins Air Force Base and the local community.

The event matched Col. Mitchel Butikofer and 35 senior Robins AFB leaders with 36 community leaders who competed in an 18 hole, two person scramble, match play event.  Both Robins AFB and community leaders alike thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to network and strengthen ties during the event.  Major General Bob McMahon, USAF retired, led the Community Team.

Robins to Play Ft. Valley State Army ROTC in Basketball Competition

Robins to Play Ft. Valley State Army ROTC in Basketball Competition

 

Robins will hold a basketball game today at 1:00 pm at the base gym, culminating a month-long of activities in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  

The game will feature the Ft Valley State Army ROTC “Wildcats versus the Robins base team. The Russell Elementary “Jumping Patriots” will provide half-time entertainment. 

Robins Regional Military Affairs Committee Hosts 2nd Annual Community Golf Tournament Featuring RAFB

Robins Regional Military Affairs Committee Hosts 2nd Annual Community Golf Tournament Featuring RAFB

Warner Robins, GA- The Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee will host the 2nd Annual Robins Cup Golf Challenge, May 3, 2013 at Houston Lake Country Club. The purpose of the event is to have a day of fun while appreciating and further enhancing the already great relationship between Robins Air Force Base and the local community.

“The Robins Cup highlights the community’s strong relationship with Robins Air Force Base in a fun and competitive fashion,” said Morgan Law, President of the Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The event will match 36 senior leaders from Robins Air Force Base with 36 community leaders competing in an 18 hole, two person scramble, match play event.