Local area events for this year

JUNE 2018

Downtown Walking/Architecture Tours – The Americus Welcome Center is offering tours Monday-Friday, and one Saturday each month, at 3:30 PM. Schedule may vary. Historic cemetery tours also are scheduled this summer. Please call Steve Short at 229-928-6059 for tour schedules, costs, and other information.   


29 – JULY 11
Avenue of Flags – Andersonville National Historic Site
ALL DAY
Display of U.S. flags lines the roads in the National Cemetery during the July Fourth holiday. For information, call 229-924-0343.

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Plains, Trains & Fireworks – Downtown Plains
6 PM
Visit former President Jimmy Carter’s hometown for this third annual fun event. Fireworks will light up the town at dusk. The SAM Shortline train will depart from the Cordele Depot at 6 p.m. for this special ride to Plains. For information, call 229-938-3835, 229-928-4825, or 229-276-2554.

JULY 2018

Downtown Walking/Architecture Tours – The Americus Welcome Center is offering tours Monday-Friday, and one Saturday each month, at 3:30 PM. Schedule may vary. Historic cemetery tours also are scheduled this summer. Please call Steve Short at 229-928-6059 for tour schedules, costs, and other information.   


JUNE 29 – 11
Avenue of Flags – Andersonville National Historic Site
ALL DAY
Display of U.S. flags lines the roads in the National Cemetery during the July Fourth holiday. For information, call 229-924-0343.

4
SAM Shortline train ride – BBQ & FIREWORKS
8 PM
Boarding begins at 7:30 PM at Georgia Veterans State Park Depot at Lake Blackshear. Enjoy a barbecue dinner with a view of beautiful Lake Blackshear. After a  ride through the Sumter County countryside, the train returns to the Lake Blackshear trestle for visitors to view the huge fireworks show at Georgia Veterans State Park. For information, call 1-877-GA-RAILS.

4
Fireworks Celebration – DeSoto
Join the city of DeSoto for its annual Fireworks Celebration to celebrate Independence Day. For more information, call 229-874-7219.

6
First Friday – Downtown Americus
5 PM-8PM

6
SAM Shortline train ride
9:15 AM
Boarding for the Americus Explorer ride begins at 8:45 AM at Downtown Cordele Depot. Train arrives in Americus at 11:25 AM for a 2 hour-15 minute layover and departs at 1:40 PM. For information, call 1-877-GA-RAILS.

8, 22
Jimmy Carter Sunday school class – Plains
10 AM
President Carter teaches Sunday school at Maranatha Baptist Church. Visitors must arrive early. For more information, call 229-824-2896.

16-20
Kidsweek – Rylander Theatre, Americus
Kids will enjoy this weeklong drama camp at the historic Rylander Theatre in downtown Americus. Participants between the ages of 6 and 12 will play theater games, learn voice and movement, learn stage combat and makeup, and create props! Students also will rehearse and present a short play on July 20 called “The Tower of Babel” by Peter Bloedel. Cost is $25 per child. For information or to register, email: Schopendavis1013@gmail.com.

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SAM Shortline train ride
10 AM
Boarding for the Sumter Special ride begins at 9:30 AM and departs from Georgia Veterans State Park Depot at Lake Blackshear. Train arrives in Americus at 11:25 AM and departs at 1:15 PM for Plains. For information, call 1-877-GA-RAILS.

21
The 1963 Leesburg Stockade Girls – Americus
1 PM
The Boys & Girls Club of Americus-Sumter County remembers, recognizes and honors the 1963 Civil Rights Sheroes in this event at the Student Success Center on the campus of Georgia Southwestern State University. Keynote speakers are Jody Redding and Travis Love.  Admission is $5 per person, and all proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club. For information, contact Dr. Shirley Reese at 229-938-3300 or reese6363@yahoo.com.

AUGUST 2018

Downtown Walking/Architecture Tours – The Americus Welcome Center is offering tours Monday-Friday at 3:30 PM. Schedule may vary. Historic cemetery tours also are scheduled once each month at 1:30 PM this summer and fall. Please call Steve Short at 229-928-6059 for tour schedules, costs and other information.


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First Friday – Downtown Americus
5 PM-8 PM

5, 19
Jimmy Carter Sunday school class – Plains
10 AM
President Carter teaches Sunday school at Maranatha Baptist Church. Visitors must arrive early. For more information, call 229-824-2896.

10
SAM Shortline train ride
10 AM
Boarding begins at  9:30 AM at Georgia Veterans State Park Depot at Lake Blackshear for the Sumter Special ride. The train arrives in Americus at 11:25 AM, then departs for Plains at 1:15 PM. For information on this and all other SAM Shortline rides, call 1-877-GA-RAILS.

SEPTEMBER 2018

Downtown Walking/Architecture Tours – The Americus Welcome Center is offering tours Monday-Friday at 3:30 PM. Schedule may vary. Historic cemetery tours also are scheduled once each month at 1:30 PM this summer and fall. Please call Steve Short at 229-928-6059 for tour schedules, costs and other information.


7
First Friday – Downtown Americus
5 PM-8 PM

8
SAM Shortline train ride
10 AM
Boarding begins at Georgia Veterans State Park Depot at Lake Blackshear for the Sumter Special ride. The train arrives in Americus at 11:25 AM, then departs for Plains at 1:15 PM. For information on this and all other SAM Shortline rides, call 1-877-GA-RAILS.

16, 23
Jimmy Carter Sunday school class – Plains
10 AM
President Carter teaches Sunday school at Maranatha Baptist Church. Visitors must arrive early. For more information, call 229-824-2896.

22
Plains Peanut Festival – Downtown Plains
ALL DAY
Come and enjoy a full day of festivities at this popular annual event in Plains. Activities include a One Mile Run Run/5K Road Race; arts and crafts vendors; Peanut Pavilion exhibits; SAM Shortline train rides; entertainment acts; postcard award presentations; President and Mrs. Carter’s book signings; Main Street parade; and a street dance. On Sunday, Sept. 23, enjoy Sunday school taught by President Carter at Maranatha Baptist Church. For more information, call 229-824-5373.

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Taste of Sumter – Americus
6 PM-9 PM
Whet your appetite at the 31st annual event, which takes place this year at Rylander Park downtown. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. For more information, call 229-924-4411, Ext. 247 or Ext. 235.

OCTOBER 2018

Downtown Walking/Architecture Tours – The Americus Welcome Center is offering tours Monday-Friday at 3:30 PM. Schedule may vary. Historic cemetery tours also are scheduled once each month at 1:30 PM this summer and fall. Please call Steve Short at 229-928-6059 for tour schedules, costs and other information.


5
First Friday – Downtown Americus
5 PM-8 PM

6-7
Andersonville Historic Fair – Downtown Andersonville
10 AM-5PM
Join hundreds of reenactors and thousands of spectators for this 42nd annual event in the Civil War Village of Andersonville. Reenactors will stage two realistic Civil War mock battles, at 3 PM on Saturday and 2 PM on Sunday. Saturday is also highlighted with an annual parade. Old time craftsmen will be at work, and dealers in arts, crafts, antiques and collectibles and food vendors will be on site. The Drummer Boy Civil War Museum is open for tours. Extensive entertainment for children and live entertainment also will fill the day. Gates open both days at 10 AM and close at 5 PM. Admission is $4 for adults and $1.50 for children. Parking is free. For more information, call 229-924-2558; write: Andersonville Guild, P.O. Box 6, Andersonville, GA 31711; or visit andersonvillegeorgia.info.