Local area events for this year

SEPTEMBER 2018


12
Senior Fall Festival – Americus
10 AM – 2 PM
The theme for Innovative Senior Solutions’ fall festival this year is “Under the Big Top.” The event will take place at the gymnasium on the campus of South Georgia Technical College, 900 South Georgia Tech Parkway in Americus. For more information, call 229-928-3673, Ext. 101.

14
Rumours: A Fleetwood Mac Tribute – Americus
Rumours is the country’s premier Fleetwood Mac tribute band. Based in Atlanta, Rumours captures the energy of Fleetwood Mac at the height of their career by blending perfect harmonies, precise instrumentation, and a visually engaging stage show. Get your tickets early for this Friday night show at the historic Rylander Theatre in downtown Americus. For information, call 229-931-0001 or email director@rylander.org.

15
Wolf Creek Plantation Grape Stomp & Harvest Festival – Americus
11 AM-6 PM
This second annual event will offer treats for the whole family, including free winery and vineyard tours. Free tastings also will be offered, as well as 20 percent off case discounts. Live music will be provided by Megan Fowler. Many children’s activities also will fill the day. A wide array of vendors will range from home décor to boutiques and jewelry. Admission is free. For more information, call 229-942-0091.

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.

19-21
National POW/MIA Recognition Day – Andersonville
National Prisoner of War/Missing in Action (POW/MIA) Recognition Day is Friday, Sept. 21 and in honor of that day, the National Park Service, The Ride Home, the Friends of Andersonville and Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus will present special programs on Sept. 19 and Sept. 21. The 2018 National POW/MIA Convocation will be 11 a.m. on Sept. 19 in the Storm Dome on the GSW campus. The public is invited. The Avenue of Flags, a stirring spectacle of more than 200 full-sized flags, will be on display at Andersonville National Historic Site until Sept. 26. At 9 a.m. on Sept. 21, The Ride Home and Andersonville National Historic Site will conduct a special ceremony in the park’s National POW Museum. For more information, call Jody Mays at 229-924-0343, Ext. 115.

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.

OCTOBER 2018


5
First Friday – Downtown Americus
5 PM – 8 PM

5
SAM Shortline train ride
10 AM
This “Sumter Special” ride includes a 1-hour, 50-minute layover in Americus. Boarding begins at 9:30 a.m. at Georgia Veterans State Park at Lake Blackshear. The train arrives in Americus at 11:25 a.m. and departs for Plains at 1:15 p.m. For information on this and all other SAM Shortline rides, call 229-276-0755 or 1-877-GA-RAILS (1-877-427-2457).

5-6
Café Campesino 20th Anniversary Weekend Celebration – Americus
5 PM-7 PM Friday; 9 AM-10 PM Saturday
Live music, food and drinks and a community celebration will mark the 20th anniversary of Café Campesino.  The event kicks off with a free Welcome Reception on Friday, followed by daylong events on Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. Locations include the Roastery, Coffee House, LaLoma Park and Koinonia Farm. You can register online for free tickets. For more information, visit www.cafecampesino20.com.

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.

14, 28
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.

20-21
Historic Souther Field Centennial – Americus
Aircraft that represent the entire 100 years of Souther Field operations are expected to be a part of the centennial celebration of what is today known as Jimmy Carter Regional Airport. Souther Field, off Ga. Highway 49 North in Americus, is most famous as the site of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh’s first solo flight in 1923. Exhibits are set to include original and replica aircraft with an emphasis on World War II. For more information, call Holly Lott or Stephanie Williams at 229-924-2813; Mike Cochran at 229-815-0535; or contact Marty Steiner at 229-292-6335 or marty@souther-field.com, or email Stephanie Williams at stephanie@southefield.com.

NOVEMBER 2018


2
First Friday – Downtown Americus
5 PM-8 PM

9
SAM Shortline train ride
10 AM
This “Sumter Special” ride will stop in Americus at 11:25 a.m. for a 1-hour, 50-minute layover before departing for Plains at 1:15 p.m. Boarding begins at Georgia Veterans State Park Depot at Lake  at 9:30 a.m.. For information on this and all other SAM Shortline train rides, call 1-877-GA-RAILS (1-877-427-2457) or visit www.samshortline.com.

9
Veterans Day Parade – Downtown Americus
11 AM
This annual event pays tribute to the men and women who served our country, and draws a crowd to downtown Americus. For parade applications or more information, contact Frank Mitchell at 229-938-4310 or email efmamericanlegion558@gmail.com.

11, 25
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.