Local area events for this year

MARCH 2017


3
First Friday Americus – Downtown Americus
5 PM – 8 PM

5, 12, 26
President Jimmy Carter Sunday school class – Maranatha Baptist Church, Plains
Class begins at 10 a.m., with orientation at 9 a.m. Church doors open at approximately 8 a.m. Visitors should arrive early to ensure seating. Check regularly for schedule updates. For more information, call 229-824-7896.

11-12
Living History Weekend – Andersonville
The Andersonville National Historic Site hosts the event, where living historians and park staff share stories of U.S. prisoners, Confederate guards and civilians at Andersonville prison during the last months of the Civil War. Living historians will be present in the site from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. You can stop and speak with prisoners, guards, and civilians. Visit the Civil War medical tent or talk to a local clergyman who ministered to the prisoners. Each represents a different perspective of the prison site and its inhabitants, and not everyone agreed. For information, call 229-924-0343.

17-19
Dogwood Days Antique Show and Sale – Leslie
Antique vendors from Georgia and neighboring states participate in this annual event, sponsored by the Town and Country Garden Club of Leslie. The event takes place at the Leslie Civic Center. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. A variety of items will be available, including furniture, stained glass, silver and jewelry. Homemade cakes, pies and other foods will be for sale. Cost for admission is $5 and is good for each day of the sale. For information, call 229-924-5212.

24-25
2017 Jimmy Carter National Historic Site BioBlitz – Plains
Join the National Park Service for the BioBlitz, a partnership project with National Geographic focused on documenting all species at the site. Be part of this celebration of biodiversity. The main goal of this citizen science project is to collect as much data as possible over the two days. On Friday, area students are invited to explore, identify, and document all the plants and animals they see. Saturday will be a day to experience hands-on science experiments. Visitors are invited to come to any or all of three locations (Plains Depot, Jimmy Carter’s Boyhood Farm, and Plains High School) to take photos of any living species that they see using the digital app, iNaturalist. Information and photos collected will be put into a database to document the park’s biodiversity. Volunteers with extensive knowledge of the various species of southwest Georgia are needed. More info will be available as the date of the BioBlitz nears. To learn more or volunteer, contact Patty Kuehn at patricia_kuehn@nps.gov or 229-942-0045.

31
Avenue of Flags – Andersonville National Historic Site
The Avenue of Flags display can be viewed five times a year at Andersonville National Historic Site. For information, call 229-924-0343.

APRIL 2017


2, 9, 16, 23, 30
President Jimmy Carter Sunday school class – Maranatha Baptist Church, Plains
Class begins at 10 a.m. with orientation at 9 a.m. Church doors open at approximately 8 a.m. Visitors should arrive early to ensure seating. Check regularly for schedule updates. For more information, call 229-824-7896.

7
First Friday Americus – Downtown Americus
5 PM – 8 PM

7
SAM Shortline – Americus Explorer Train Ride
9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Boarding begins at 9:10 AM at Downtown Cordele Depot. For information, call 229-276-0755.

8
Hot Glass Craft Beer Festival – Downtown Americus
This first-ever festival taps Americus’ rich history of artisan glass blowing and combines it with Georgia’s innovative craft culture. The festival will bring two artisan worlds together in one epic event. At least 10 regional breweries will be featured. VIP admission is 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. General admission is 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Tap Takeover throughout Americus on the city’s historic trolley is at 7 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by Pluck Tones and Pickled Holler. General admission tickets (with beer) are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate. General admission tickets (no beer) are $5 at the gate. Tickets also are available online and at several Americus locations. For information, contact Patrick Kay at 229-924-4411, Ext. 235.

8
Open Car Truck & Motorcycle Show – Downtown Plains
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Plains Better Home Town and Plains Inn & Antiques presents the show. This will be the only show this year, as no show is scheduled in November. Awards include 75 Best of Show and 20 Overall Best of Show Awards for cars, trucks and motorcycles and a club participation award. Awards will be presented at 3 p.m. Entry fee is $20 pre-registered and $24 day of show. For information, call 229-824-3462.

14
SAM Shortline – Sumter Special Train Ride
10 AM – 4:30 PM
Boarding begins at 9:40 AM at Georgia Veterans State Park Depot at Lake Blackshear. For information, call 229-276-0755.

22
Arts in Rees Park – Americus
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Activities at the family-oriented arts festival include an art show, art vendors, music and more. New this year is the Sidewalk Arts Competition. A $100 prize for Best Individual Entry and a $100 prize for Best Group Entry will be presented. The contest will be held on the sidewalk in front of the Rees Park Economic Development Center at 409 Elm St. The event is sponsored by Georgia Council for the Arts and and is presented by Americus/Sumter County Arts Council. For information, visit americusarts.org.

MAY 2017


7, 14
President Jimmy Carter Sunday school class – Maranatha Baptist Church, Plains
Class begins at 10 AM, with orientation at 9 AM. Church doors open at approximately 8 a.m. Visitors should arrive early to ensure seating.
Check regularly for schedule updates. For more information, call 229-824-7896.

19-20
Plains Presidential Auction – Plains
President and Mrs. Carter have agreed to share mementoes from their years of service and travel. Special packages are included. The event is a fundraiser for Plains Better Home Town Program and Friends of Jimmy Carter National Historic Site.
For more information, call 229-824-5373 or 229-824-4825.

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SAM Shortline – Americus Explorer Train Ride
9:30 AM – 3:30 PM. Boarding begins at 9:10 AM at Downtown Cordele Depot.
For information on this and other rides, call 229-276-0755.

JUNE 2017


2
SAM Shortline – Americus Explorer Train Ride
9:30 AM – 3:30 PM. Boarding begins at 9:10 AM at Downtown Cordele Depot.
For information on this and other rides, call 229-276-0755.