Local area events for this year

MAY 2017


5-12
National Travel & Tourism Week – Downtown Americus
The Americus Welcome Center at 101 W. Lamar St. kicks off the 34th year of this annual week with events at the Welcome Center, highlighting all of Sumter County’s attractions. Events begin on “First Friday” at 5 p.m., celebrating Cinco de Mayo.

May 6, a Tourism Scavenger Hunt begins.
May 7 will feature Tourism Trivia on social media. The theme for
May 8 is “Goin’ Nuts,” with peanut butter ice cream samples from Plains available 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
May 9 will be “Tasty Tuesday” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a free culinary tour. May 10 is Agritourism Day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with possible samples of coffee, peanuts, chocolate, pecans, spirits, and green beans available.
May 11 is “Celebrating Our Hotels” day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 12 will feature “Honoring Our Tourism Industry” from 11 a.m. to noon. Snacks and goodies will be available.

For more information and to celebrate tourism, call 229-924-4411 (Ext. 254)
or 229-928-6059.

5
First Friday Americus – Downtown Americus

5:00 PM-8:00 PM

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.

11-14
“Heaven Can Wait” – Rylander Theatre, Americus


The production is the final show for the 2016-2017 season. For tickets and information, call 229-931-0001.

19
Bike To Work Day – Americus

11:00 AM

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.

19-31
Avenue of Flags – Andersonville National Historic Site

For information, call 229-924-0343.

26
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.


28
Memorial Day Observance – Andersonville National Historic Site


2:00 PM
On the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, join park staff and area residents in honoring
 America’s servicemen and women. For information, call 229-924-0343.

JUNE 2017



2
First Friday Americus – Downtown Americus


5:00 PM-8:00 PM
The theme for the month is “Celebrating 125 Years of the Windsor Hotel.”

2
Americus Explorer Train Ride


9:30 AM-3:30 PM
Boarding begins at 9:10 AM at Downtown Cordele Depot. Stops include a three-hour layover in historic downtown Americus. For information on this and all SAM Shortline rides, call 229-276-0755.

4, 11, 18
Jimmy Carter Sunday school class – Plains


10:00 AM
The former president will teach his regular class at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains. Orientation begins at 9 AM. Church doors open at approximately 8 AM. Visitors should arrive early to ensure seating. Check regularly for schedule updates. For information, call 229-824-7896.

16
Windsor Hotel’s 125th birthday anniversary

Hotel opened on this date in 1892. For all event information, call 229-924-1555.

24
Windsor Classic 2017 – Rubik’s Cube Competition – Americus
8:00 AM-6:00 PM
The event takes place at Fine Arts Theater at Georgia Southwestern State University. Free for
 spectators. Watch competitors solve with their feet; one-handed; and blindfolded! Help
 build a mosaic with more than 500 cubes. For details, call 229-924-1555 or see tinyurl.com/WC17Info

30-July 11
Avenue of Flags – Andersonville National Historic Site

For information, call 229-924-0343.

JULY 2017


June 30-July 11
Avenue of Flags – Andersonville National Historic Site

For information, call 229-924-0343.

1
Plains, Trains & Fireworks – Plains


The second annual family-friendly event takes place on the streets of downtown Plains throughout the afternoon, followed by the dazzling fireworks at dusk. For information, call 229-938-3835 or 229-928-4825.

4
DeSoto Fireworks Show
9:00 P.M.
The city of DeSoto will be sponsoring a fireworks show and refreshments at the ballpark in DeSoto (old Southeast School). Bring your lawn chairs to kick back and enjoy the show!

7
First Friday Americus – Downtown Americus


5:00 PM-8:00 PM

7
Sumter Special Train Ride

10:00 AM-4:30 PM
Boarding begins at 9:40 AM at Georgia Veterans State Park Depot at Lake Blackshear. For information on this and all SAM Shortline rides, call 229- 276-0755.

16, 23, 30
Jimmy Carter Sunday school class – Plains
10:00 AM
The former president will teach his regular class at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains. Orientation begins at 9 AM. Church doors open at approximately 8 AM. Visitors should arrive early to ensure seating. Check regularly for schedule updates. For information, call 229-824-7896.