Local area events April – June 2014

April 4-5, 2014
1st Annual Peanut Classic Girls Softball Tournament
PLAINS, Georgia

Details to follow

April 4-11, 2014
Andersonville National Historic Site – Avenue of Flags
ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia

The Avenue of Flags is the display of a multiplicity of U.S. flags usually arrayed on both sides of the principal avenue or drive that leads from the main entrance or gate into the cemetery. The Avenue of Flags cemetery and reinforces patriotism, national pride and represents a visible, bold and proud display of flags. In most cases, the Avenue of Flags is only flown on days of special ceremonial significance such as Memorial Day. At Andersonville National Cemetery, the Avenue of Flags display is arrayed five times each year: for the National Former POW Recognition Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, National POW/MIA Recognition Day and Veterans Day weekends.  For more information, visit http://www.nps.gov/ande/planyourvisit/aveofflags.htm

April 5, 2014
Andersonville National Historic Site — First Saturday Programs
ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia

Join park staff and volunteers for “First Saturday” programs which explore the themes and topics of the 150th anniversary of the Andersonville prison and the Civil War prisoner of war experience. Every two months, the park will focus on a single word or theme that represents the events, conditions, or emotions of prisoners during the war. To expand the prisoner story, the park will also feature other Civil War prisons and draw on their stories to present a fuller picture of a soldier’s life beyond the battlefield. These programs will be held on the first Saturday of each month.  Programs will vary. For more information, visit http://www.nps.gov/ande/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?eventID=540390-245777

April 7-13th, 2014
Hodges Hobbies – Southeast Electric Flight Festival
ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia

The Fayette Flyers of Georgia are pleased to announce America’s premier electric flight festival, SEFF. The host field will once again be Hodges Hobbies in Americus GA, which features a flat green 1,700ft bermuda grass runway with clear open skies! Pit area and parking are abundant for all. Southeast Electric Flight Festival (SEFF) is primarily for open flying, with some planned special events. On Friday and Saturday there will be flying demonstrations (Noon Demos) by accomplished electric flight enthusiasts, sponsors and show teams. The Staff will be cruising the flightline looking for unique aircraft representing the non-commercial pilots to participate in the noon demos. Vendors will also be exhibiting their products, conducting demo flights and releasing new models. For more information, visit http://www.seffweek.com/ or http://www.hodgeshobbies.com/

April 9, 2014
Andersonville National Historic Site — National Former POW Recognition Day
ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia

On this presidentially proclaimed observance we recognize the sacrifices of prisoners of war throughout American history. On April 9, 1942 United States forces surrendered on the Bataan Peninsula, beginning the Bataan Death March. The park observes the day through programs and raising the Avenue of Flags in the national cemetery. For more information, visit http://www.nps.gov/ande/planyourvisit/formerpowrecognitionday.htm

April 12, 2014
Andersonville National Historic Site — National Park Day
ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia

Each year the Civil War Trust sponsors Park Day on the first Saturday of April. This event joins parks and volunteers nationwide for a day dedicated to preserving America’s Civil War sites. Volunteers and park employees will work on rebuilding a replica prisoner shelter in the northeast corner of the prison site. For information on volunteering for Park Day, contact the park at 229 924-0343 or visit http://www.nps.gov/ande/planyourvisit/parkday.htm

April 12-13, 2014
Welcome Carter Center Ambassadors
Details to follow

April 13, 2014
Albany Symphony Orchestra – Rylander Theatre- Downtown Americus – 3 pm
AMERICUS, Georgia

50th Anniversary Concert, Albany Symphony Orchestra, live on stage at the Rylander Theatre in Downtown Americus, Georgia. This concert is in partnership with the GSW Chamber Series and generously sponsored by the Charles L. Mix Memorial Fund. “Evening of Italian Opera” will feature the musical talents of Georgia Southwestern State University, Albany State and Darton College.   For more information about this and other Friends of the Rylander Theatre events, please contact the Rylander Theatre at 229-931-0001 or visit www.rylander.org

April 19, 2014
“Running Thru History” – Andersonville 5K Run & Walk –8am
ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia

Macon County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a 5K Run & Walk on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at the Andersonville National Historic Site. Proceeds benefit Macon County Recreation and Friends of Andersonville. The race starts at 8:00 a.m., registration begins at 7:00 a.m. The fee is $20.00 before March 31st and $25.00 after March 31st. Online registration ends March 31st. All participants will receive a T-shirt and a Pac Bag filled with goodies. Awards are presented to the top three male and female finishers in each of 7 age groups. There will also be some Fantastic Door Prizes! Contact Macon County Board of Commissioners, (478) 472-7021 or Macon County Chamber of Commerce, (478) 472-2391, for more information.

April 19, 2014
Plains, Georgia Annual Antique Car Show
PLAINS, Georgia

Bobby Salter’s Plains Peanuts & Plains Inn & Antiques present the 8th Annual Plains, Georgia Open Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show. The show will be held on Main St. in Downtown Plains, Georgia, home of former President Jimmy Carter. President Carter is expected to be there Saturday afternoon to make his choice. Entry fee is $20 in advance or $25 on show day. Registration is 8:00 – 11:00 am. Dash Plaques to the first 100. Judging starts at 11am. Awards presented at 3pm. 

April 25, 2014
Relay for Life of Sumter County – 6pm
AMERICUS, Georgia

Relay for Life of Sumter County is being held on Friday, April 25, 2014 on the track of the south campus of Americus-Sumter High School, 200 Industrial Blvd. Americus, Georgia, beginning at 6:00 pm. The Relay for Life of Sumter County is an incredible and inspiring opportunity to unite as a community to honor cancer survivors, raise awareness about what we can do to reduce our cancer risk, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease. For more information, to enter your team or to make a donation, visit the official Relay for Life of Sumter County events page here: http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?pg=entry&fr_id=60573

April 20-26
National Park Week

Details to follow

April 26, 2014
Junior Service League – Fundraiser – Mighty Machines
AMERICUS, Georgia

Details to follow

April 26, 2014
Arts in the Park – Rees Park
AMERICUS, Georgia

Arts in the Park, an annual event sponsored by the Americus-Sumter County Arts Council, is being held on Saturday, April 26th at Rees Park in Americus, Georgia from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Arts in the Park will foster numerous art exhibits, craft booths, and entertainment, all free to the public. For more information, http://www.sumter-arts.org/index.html

May 2-4, 2014
Plains Chautauqua – A Journey to Plains
PLAINS, Georgia

We hope you will join us for the first Plains Chautauqua weekend event May 2-4, 2014. Travel back in time to the mid-1800s and explore the unique history of Plains, Georgia. On Friday, enjoy local area attractions such as the Leslie Telephone Museum, Andersonville POW Museum, Habitat’s Global Village and Discovery Center and Lindbergh’s Solo Flight location. Enjoy historic district Trolley Tours, a tour of the Historic Windsor Hotel in Americus and an evening reception with the Carters at the Haunted House. Saturday’s itinerary includes guided trolley tours, a May Day Celebration, Old Farm Days at Carter Farm and Dessert with Rosalynn Carter. Keynote speaker is former President Jimmy Carter! Sunday will feature a Community Church Service. To register for the event, visit www.plainschautauqua.com

May 1-3, 2014
Pop Curtis Memorial Spring Fly-In — Hodges Hobbies
ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia

Details to follow 

May 3, 2014
Old Farm Day – Carter Boyhood Farm – 10am-3:30pm
PLAINS, Georgia

Old Time Farm Day will be held Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 10am-3:30pm at the Jimmy Carter Boyhood Home located in Archery, Georgia, just west of Plains. This special event, which is free to the public, highlights life in the “good ol’ days.”  Demonstrations will include plowing with mules, blacksmithing, and peanut boiling. Earl Carter’s Country Store will also open and you may purchase items from it. Buy a postcard, and a representative from the Plains Post Office will be on hand to stamp and postmark your purchase. Make plans to visit the Boyhood Farm at Jimmy Carter National Historic Site for Old Time Farm Day. For school trip information and reservations, please visit www.jimmycarter.info or call (229) 824-4104. There is no admission charge to visit Jimmy Carter National Historic Site.

May 3, 2014
Andersonville National Historic Site — First Saturday Programs
ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia

Join park staff and volunteers for “First Saturday” programs which explore the themes and topics of the 150th anniversary of the Andersonville prison and the Civil War prisoner of war experience. Every two months, the park will focus on a single word or theme that represents the events, conditions, or emotions of prisoners during the war. To expand the prisoner story, the park will also feature other Civil War prisons and draw on their stories to present a fuller picture of a soldier’s life beyond the battlefield. These programs will be held on the first Saturday of each month.  Programs will vary. For more information, visit http://www.nps.gov/ande/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?eventID=540390-245777

May 3, 2014
Prison to Peanuts to Park Bicycle Ride from Andersonville to Plains
ANDERSONVILLE and PLAINS, Georgia

On Saturday, May 3, 2014, join the River Valley Regional Commission, Andersonville National Historic Site, Jimmy Carter National Historic Site and Sumter Cycling, Inc., in the Prison to Peanuts Bicycle Adventure. We are encouraging riders of all levels and skills to join us on this amazing opportunity to visit beautiful sites in Sumter County and visit Andersonville, Americus and Plains, Georgia by bicycle. Registration will begin at 8:00 am at the Andersonville National Historic Site. The cost is tba for a half ride and tba for a whole ride. This is a family friendly event. All participants are required to wear a helmet. There will be SAG stops (Support and Gear) with water, fruit and snacks in Andersonville, Americus, Plains, and Ellaville.  Support vehicles will carry a limited supply of water and snacks in case of emergencies. Support vehicles will also monitor traffic and will provide help with minor mechanical issues. For more information and updates visit http://www.activevalley.org/prisontopeanuts.htm or contact the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site at (229) 824-4104, the Andersonville National Historic Site at (229) 924-0343 or River Valley Regional Commission at (706) 256-2910.
We are still in the planning stages for this event. Please check back for more details.

May 15-18, 2014
Sumter Players – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Rylander Theatre
AMERICUS, Georgia

Based on the book by Roald Dahl, Sumter Players presents this popular tale, live on stage at the Rylander Theatre in Downtown Americus. You will see Augustus Gloop, Violet Beauregarde, Veruca Salt, Grandpa George, Grandma Georgina, Willy Wonka and Charlie himself come to life, and all involved will discover the true meaning of teamwork, self-confidence and self-esteem. The delicious fun of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory awaits you! Show times are at 8:00 p.m. on May 15 – 16, 2014 and 2:30 p.m. on May 17 – 18, 2014. For more information, visit http://sumterplayer.org/Season.php#fourthshow or http://rylander.org/events/icalrepeat.detail/2014/05/15/322/-/charlie-the-chocolate-factory

May 16, 2014
Bike to Work Day
AMERICUS, Georgia

Bike to Work Day is an annual event held on the third Friday of May across the United States and Canada that promotes the bicycle as an option for commuting to work. Leading up to Bike-to-Work Day, national, regional, and local bicycle advocacy groups encourage people to try bicycle commuting as a healthy and safe alternative to driving by providing route information and tips for new bicycle commuters. On Bike-to-Work Day, these groups often organize bicycle-related events, and in some areas, pit stops with snacks along bicycle routes. For more information, visit http://www.activevalley.org/BikeToWork.htm or email Julio Portillo at jportillo@rivervalleyrc.org or call (706)256-2910.

May 17, 2014
Andersonville National Historic Site – EchoTaps
ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia

On Armed Forces Day the solemn tune Taps will be sounded at every National Cemetery and U.S. Veterans cemetery worldwide at 11:00 AM. On Armed Forces Day, the third Saturday of May, the solemn tune Taps will be sounded at every National Cemetery and U.S. Veterans Cemeteries worldwide at 11:00 a.m. This tribute to veterans is called Echotaps.
For more information, please visit http://www.nps.gov/ande/planyourvisit/echotaps.htm

May 17, 2014
Junior Service League – Fundraiser – Bunco Night
AMERICUS, Georgia

Details to follow 

May 23-27, 2014
Andersonville National Historic Site — Memorial Day Observance
ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia

Memorial Day has long been the most important day of the park’s event calendar, with preparations beginning months in advance, leading up to a week’s worth of activity involving staff, partners, volunteers, and the American public. The National Cemetery is open for visitors throughout the weekend, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The annual service occurs at 2:00 p.m. on the Sunday of the holiday weekend. For a complete schedule of events during the Memorial Day weekend from Friday through Tuesday, visit http://www.nps.gov/ande/planyourvisit/memorialdayobservance.htm

May 24-25, 2014
Hodges Hobbies – Sowega Grand Prix Boat Race
ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia

Details to follow

May 24-28, 2014
Andersonville National Historic Site – Avenue of Flags:
ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia

The Avenue of Flags is the display of a multiplicity of U.S. flags usually arrayed on both sides of the principal avenue or drive that leads from the main entrance or gate into the cemetery. The Avenue of Flags cemetery and reinforces patriotism, national pride and represents a visible, bold and proud display of flags. In most cases, the Avenue of Flags is only flown on days of special ceremonial significance such as Memorial Day. At Andersonville National Cemetery, the Avenue of Flags display is arrayed five times each year: for the National Former POW Recognition Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, National POW/MIA Recognition Day and Veterans Day weekends.  For more information, visit http://www.nps.gov/ande/planyourvisit/aveofflags.htm

May 31-June 1, 2014
Hodges Hobbies – Peach Pattern Contest
ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia

Details to follow 

June 7, 2014
Andersonville National Historic Site — First Saturday Programs
ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia

Join park staff and volunteers for “First Saturday” programs which explore the themes and topics of the 150th anniversary of the Andersonville prison and the Civil War prisoner of war experience. Every two months, the park will focus on a single word or theme that represents the events, conditions, or emotions of prisoners during the war. To expand the prisoner story, the park will also feature other Civil War prisons and draw on their stories to present a fuller picture of a soldier’s life beyond the battlefield. These programs will be held on the first Saturday of each month.  Programs will vary. For more information, visit http://www.nps.gov/ande/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?eventID=540390-245777

June 16-20, 2014
Jimmy Carter National Historic Site – Camp JC – Session One
PLAINS, Georgia

Details to follow

June 21 -22, 2014
Hodges Hobbies – Cass Underwood Memorial SPA Contest
ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia

Details to follow 

June 27 – July 7, 2014
Andersonville National Historic Site – The Avenue of Flags
ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia

The Avenue of Flags is the display of a multiplicity of U.S. flags usually arrayed on both sides of the principal avenue or drive that leads from the main entrance or gate into the cemetery. The Avenue of Flags cemetery and reinforces patriotism, national pride and represents a visible, bold and proud display of flags. In most cases, the Avenue of Flags is only flown on days of special ceremonial significance such as Memorial Day. At Andersonville National Cemetery, the Avenue of Flags display is arrayed five times each year: for the National Former POW Recognition Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, National POW/MIA Recognition Day and Veterans Day weekends.  For more information, visit http://www.nps.gov/ande/planyourvisit/aveofflags.htm