Local area events July – Sept 2014

July 5, 2014
Movie at the Market – Downtown Americus
AMERICUS, Georgia

Join us for family friendly entertainment at Lenny’s Market in Downtown Americus as we present an outdoor Movie at the Market! Admission is free and open to the public. Drinks and bottomless popcorn can be purchased at the concession stand. Bring your chairs or blankets! The movie starts when it gets dark. For more information, call the Americus Downtown Development Authority at (229) 924-4411.

July 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

July 12, 2014
Movie at the Market – Downtown Americus
AMERICUS, Georgia

Join us for family friendly entertainment at Lenny’s Market in Downtown Americus as we present an outdoor Movie at the Market! Admission is free and open to the public. Drinks and bottomless popcorn can be purchased at the concession stand. Bring your chairs or blankets! The movie starts when it gets dark. For more information, call the Americus Downtown Development Authority at (229) 924-4411.

July 14-19, 2014
Peacebuilders Camp – Koinonia Farm – Session One
AMERICUS, Georgia

Peacebuilders Camp at Koinonia Farm is a unique overnight summer camp in rural south Georgia where youth ages 11 to 14 spend a week together learning how to work toward peace and justice. Campers enjoy farm life, play games and sports, go on field trips, learn about human rights, make new friends, and explore the stories of peacemakers past and present. Session One is for ages 11‐12 and will be held July 14‐19, 2014. Campers experience summer life on a Georgia farm. A typical day at camp includes some combination of games, discussion time, sports, crafts, farm fresh meals, chores, service learning, field trips, helping in the garden, free time, storytelling, workshops, and s’mores around the campfire. Registration is open through April 1, 2014. We use a sliding scale tuition system. Every family pays a different amount based on what they can afford. For more information, visit http://www.peacebuilderscamp.org/ or email contact@peacebuilderscamp.org

July 19, 2014
Movie at the Market – Downtown Americus
AMERICUS, Georgia

Join us for family friendly entertainment at Lenny’s Market in Downtown Americus as we present an outdoor Movie at the Market! Admission is free and open to the public. Drinks and bottomless popcorn can be purchased at the concession stand. Bring your chairs or blankets! The movie starts when it gets dark. For more information, call the Americus Downtown Development Authority at (229) 924-4411.

July 21-26, 2014
Peacebuilders Camp – Koinonia Farm – Session Two
AMERICUS, Georgia

Peacebuilders Camp at Koinonia Farm is a unique overnight summer camp in rural south Georgia where youth ages 11 to 14 spend a week together learning how to work toward peace and justice. Campers enjoy farm life, play games and sports, go on field trips, learn about human rights, make new friends, and explore the stories of peacemakers past and present. Session Two is for ages 13‐14 and will be held July 21-26, 2014. Campers experience summer life on a Georgia farm. A typical day at camp includes some combination of games, discussion time, sports, crafts, farm fresh meals, chores, service learning, field trips, helping in the garden, free time, storytelling, workshops, and s’mores around the campfire. Registration is open through April 1, 2014. We use a sliding scale tuition system. Every family pays a different amount based on what they can afford. For more information, visit http://www.peacebuilderscamp.org/ or email contact@peacebuilderscamp.org

July 26, 2014
Movie at the Market – Downtown Americus
AMERICUS, Georgia

Join us for family friendly entertainment at Lenny’s Market in Downtown Americus as we present an outdoor Movie at the Market! Admission is free and open to the public. Drinks and bottomless popcorn can be purchased at the concession stand. Bring your chairs or blankets! The movie starts when it gets dark. For more information, call the Americus Downtown Development Authority at (229) 924-4411.

August 2, 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

September 5-22, 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

September 6, 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

September 10, 2014
Innovative Senior Solutions Fall Festival – SGTC – 10am-2pm
AMERICUS, Georgia

Innovative Senior Solutions host its 4th Annual Fall Festival on September 10, 2014 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at South Georgia Technical College Hangar Gymnasium, 900 South GA Tech Parkway, Americus, Georgia. The purpose of the Fall Festival is to provide information to seniors, disabled individuals, and their caregivers about services. For more information, please contact ISS at (229) 928-3673.

September 18-20, 2014
POW/MIA – The Ride Home
AMERICUS, Georgia

The goal each year is to invite former POWs and MIA families offering a weekend of honor and recognition commensurate with their extraordinary courage & valor. For more information and updates, visit http://www.theridehome.com/

September 19, 2014
Andersonville National Historic Site — National POW/MIA Recognition Day
ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia

POW/MIA Recognition Day is a day of remembrance and hope for the speedy and safe return of American Prisoners of War, and those still Missing in Action. Join the park for a series of events recognizing POWs. For more information, visit http://www.nps.gov/ande/planyourvisit/powmiarecognition.htm

September 25, 2014
Taste of Sumter – Downtown Americus
AMERICUS, Georgia

The 27th Annual Taste of Sumter will be held from 6-9pm on Jackson Street in Downtown Americus. This event has become a staple in Americus, offering residents and visitors a chance to sample a variety of local cuisine from restaurants in the area. Admission will be $5.00, which includes $3 in tokens. For more information, call the Downtown Development Main Street Office at (229) 924-4411.

September 27, 2014
Plains Peanut Festival
PLAINS, Georgia

The 18th Annual Plains Peanut Festival will be held in Plains, Georgia on Saturday, September 27th, 2014. The Peanut Festival is centered around one of the Sumter County community’s claims to fame, its peanut productions, and features the community’s most famous residents in active roles. The festival kicks off with a 1-mile fun run and a 5K road race. People line the sidewalks of Plains each year to watch the unique entries in the parade downtown. Visitors enjoy the all-day event and educational exhibits are on display to accent the importance of agriculture in this region. There is a street dance on Saturday evening, beginning at 8:30 pm. This year’s musical entertainment will be provided by tba