Past Events

Please note that the following events have past for 2013

So why are we still listing them? … well a number of these are annual events so if you’re planning a visit next year you may be able to plan ahead a little. Although the dates won’t be exactly the same, it will give you an idea, as we have a load going on and we would hate it that you missed anything.

Now through February 2013
Andersonville National Historic Site
ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia – Andersonville National Historic Site, home of the National Prisoner of War Museum, is pleased to announce the installation of Recent Acquisitions, a new temporary exhibit at the Prisoner of War Museum. This exhibit features items donated to the museum collection by former POWs, their families, and others in recent years. The images and artifacts relate to the prisoner of war experience during the Civil War, World War II from the European and Pacific theaters, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.
The objects on display were used for eating, recording daily activities, and personal items used by the prisoners during their captivity as well as items used to remember POWs.Among the artifacts on display for the first time are a knife made by Korean War POW William Borer, a pair of socks knitted by World War II POW Larry Dennis, and a poem by Vietnam War POW Theodore W. Triebel.These items help illustrate the complexities of the Prisoner of War experience.
Andersonville National Historic Site would like to thank the following contributors who made this exhibit possible: Donna Jo Woollen, William F. Borer, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Murphy, John H. Anderson, Paul F. Hannan, David G. Rawlings, Theodore W. Triebel, Lawerence J. Dwyer, Joseph Casano, Betty Cozens, Laurence Dennis, Rita Grenier, Muriel King, Virginia Niebrand, Faye Lowe, Marilyn Hodges, Robert W. Phillips, and Midway Village Museum. The exhibit opened September 27, 2012 and the public can view it through early February of 2013. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/ande.
January 12, 2013
Masters of Motown – Rylander Theatre – Downtown Americus – 8 pm
Some of the most iconic names in the history of popular music are celebrated in this show featuring a high energy, costumed and choreographed tribute to the Temptations, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, the Four Tops, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Jackson Five, The Commodores and more – all backed by a live band.
For tickets or more information visit www.rylander.org or call 229 931-0001.
January 26, 2013
Collards & Cornbread Cook-Off – Lenny’s Market – Downtown Americus – 11am-3pm

The Americus Times Recorder and the Americus Rotary Club will be hosting the first annual Collards & Cornbread Cook-Off on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at Lenny’s Market, 110 North Hampton Street, in Downtown Americus. Cook off categories includes Amateur Prize, Professional Prize, and People’s Choice Award. Proceeds benefit the Americus Rotary Club scholarship program. For more information, call Angie Singletary at 229 928-6059/
January 26, 2013
5K Kold Run and Walk – Lenny’s Market – Downtown Americus – 6 pm

The Americus Kiwanis Club will be hosting a 5K Run and Walk Saturday, January 26th, beginning at 6 pm at Lenny’s Market in Downtown Americus. The registration fee is $25 and all participants will receive a Kool Kiwanis Gemline Surge Sport Cinch Pac Bag. Awards will be presented to the top three male and female finishers in each of 15 age groups. There will also be some fantastic door prizes.
For more information, contact Charlene Pennymon at 229 928-6487 or Stephen Pinnell at 229 924-2783.
January 26, 2013
Andersonville National Historic Site – Night Museum – 6-9 pm

ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia The National Prisoner of War Museum will be open for a rare nighttime opportunity to view the museum exhibits and experience the prison site. At the National Prisoner of War Museum, the exhibits, museum and bookstore will be open. At 7 pm, a special presentation, “The Resurrection of Camp Lawton” will occur in the museum theater. The park films Voices From Andersonville will be shown at 6 pm, and Echoes of Captivity will be shown at 8 pm. From the courtyard at the rear of the museum, the path to the prison site will be illuminated by lanterns, allowing access to the reconstructed northeast corner of the prison site. Among the replica shelters will be living history volunteers, portraying the often-overlooked winter period of the prison in 1864-65. The special program, “The Resurrection of Camp Lawton” will be presented by Dr. John K. Derden, Professor Emeritus of History, East Georgia College, and will focus on the recent investigations, both archeological and textual, that have illuminated the story of this large, yet little known Confederate military prison. Dr. Derden’s most recent book is The World’s Largest Prison: The Story of Camp Lawton, published at the end of 2012 by the Mercer University Press. Copies of the book will be available for signing after the program. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/ande.
February 22-23, 2013
Murder Mystery – Best Western Plus Windsor Hotel – Downtown Americus

There’s a murder mystery at the Best Western Plus Windsor Hotel in Downtown Americus, but it’s not a real one. The Georgia Southwestern Dramatic Arts Department will present a murder mystery dinner theater production. Cocktails will be served from 6-7pm, with dinner beginning at 7pm. The event is not suitable for children 13 and younger.
Tickets are $55 per person. An overnight stay which includes 2 tickets and a regular room is only $213.50 plus hotel room taxes. For tickets or more information call 229 924-1555.
March 9-10, 2013
Andersonville National Historic Site – Living History Weekend

ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia On March 9 and 10, 2013, living historians, re-enactors, and park rangers will help you understand the lives of Union and Confederate soldiers as well as civilians near the end of the Civil War at the actual site of the infamous prison.
Throughout the day, the staff and volunteers at Andersonville National Historic Site will lead you through the events which took place every day within the Andersonville prison (Camp Sumter) as well within the Confederate camps and offices.
The living historians will explain to you the activities and challenges that the soldiers from both sides faced daily: How did these men endure the many hardships they confronted daily? Were these men any different than the normal soldier in the field? What was the reaction of the young boys and old men assigned to the operation of the overcrowded prison?
Join us to gain a better understanding of the Camp Sumter experience during the Civil War. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/ande.
Mar 21-24, 2013
Big Musical, Big Comedy, Big Hair! Big Break! Hairspray –
Rylander Theatre Downtown Americus

Hairspray delighted audiences by sweeping them away to 1960’s Baltimore, where the 50’s are out – a change is in the air! Loveable plus-size heroine, Tracy Trunblad, has a passion for dancing, and wins a spot on the local TV dance program, “The Corny Collins Show.” Overnight she finds herself transformed from outside to teen celebrity. Can a larger-than-life adolescent manage to vanquish the program’s reigning princess, integrate the television show, and find true love (singing and dancing all the while, of course!) with mussing her hair?
For tickets or more information visit www.rylander.org or call 229 931-0001.
March 9-10, 2013
Andersonville National Historic Site – Living History Weekend
ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia
On March 9 and 10, 2013, living historians, re-enactors, and park rangers will help you understand the lives of Union and Confederate soldiers as well as civilians near the end of the Civil War at the actual site of the infamous prison.
Throughout the day, the staff and volunteers at Andersonville National Historic Site will lead you through the events which took place every day within the Andersonville prison (Camp Sumter) as well within the Confederate camps and offices.
The living historians will explain to you the activities and challenges that the soldiers from both sides faced daily: How did these men endure the many hardships they confronted daily? Were these men any different than the normal soldier in the field? What was the reaction of the young boys and old men assigned to the operation of the overcrowded prison?
Join us to gain a better understanding of the Camp Sumter experience during the Civil War. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/ande.
March 13, 2013
Jimmy Carter National Historic Site to dedicate new exhibit in the Plains Depot
PLAINS, Georgia
Jimmy Carter National Historic Site will be unveiling new exhibits in the Plains Depot on March 13, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. President Carter will be in attendance and will speak on the importance of the depot. After the brief talk, President Carter and the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony.
The train depot, the oldest structure in Plains today, gained national notoriety in 1976 during the presidential campaign of Jimmy Carter. The building was leased to the Carter Peanut Warehouse in the 1970s when Governor Jimmy Carter decided to run for the presidency. He used the train depot in Plains as a center for his presidential campaign. The building was cleaned and painted by Jimmy Carter’s friends and family and officially opened on Easter Sunday, 1976. Dedicated volunteers at the depot greeted thousands of visitors arriving daily to Plains to learn more about candidate Jimmy Carter. Their hard work and dedication paid off on November 2, 1976, when Jimmy Carter was elected the 39th President of the United States.
Following an emotional send-off by the president-elect himself, the “Peanut Special”, an 18-car Amtrak train, pulled away from the rural Plains train station on January 19, 1977, and headed for Washington, D.C. bearing 382 proud and joyous Southerners who had chosen to take the historic 18-hour journey to attend the presidential inauguration on January 20, 1977. The train depot continued to be a popular tourist attraction during President Carter’s term in office. Today the depot stands as the most recognized symbol of the community of Plains and the 1976 Carter presidential campaign. Learn more at www.nps.gov
March 15-17, 2013
Dogwood Antique Show & Sale

LESLIE, Georgia
The Leslie Town & Country Garden Club is hosting its annual Dogwood Antique Show & Sale March 15th-17th in Leslie, Georgia. The show takes place at the Tearoom of the Leslie Civic Center, located at 173 East Allen Street, Leslie, Georgia. On Friday, March 15th and Saturday, March 16th, the show will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. On Sunday, March 17th it will be from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $5.00 and open to all ages. For more information, please call the Town & Country Garden Club at (229) 874-5725.
March 22-23, 2013
Jimmy Carter National Historic Site – Peanut Classic
PLAINS, Georgia
The Jimmy Carter National Historic Site invites you to the 3rd Annual Peanut Classic Wooden Bat Baseball Tournament on March 22nd and 23rd, 2013. Four local middle school baseball teams will be competing. Friday, March 22, 2013 games are 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm. Saturday, March 23, 2013 the First Game will be at 9:00 am. Admission is Free. For more information, call (229) 824-4104.
March 21-24, 2013
Big Musical, Big Comedy, Big Hair! Big Break! Hairspray- Rylander Theatre
AMERICUS, Georgia
Hairspray delighted audiences by sweeping them away to 1960’s Baltimore, where the 50’s are out – a change is in the air! Loveable plus-size heroine, Tracy Trunblad, has a passion for dancing, and wins a spot on a local TV dance program, “The Corny Collins Show.” Overnight she finds herself transformed from outside to teen celebrity. Can a larger-than-life adolescent manage to vanquish the program’s reigning princess, integrate the television show, and find true love (singing and dancing all the while, of course!) without mussing her hair? For tickets or more information visit www.rylander.org or call (229) 931-0001.
April 5-12, 2013
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.
April 6, 2013
Andersonville National Historic Site – Park Day
ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia
Each year the Civil War Trust sponsors Park Day on the first Saturday of April. This event joins parks and volunteers nationwide for a day dedicated to preserving America’s Civil War sites. Volunteers and park employees will work on rebuilding a replica prisoner shelter in the northeast corner of the prison site. For information on volunteering for Park Day, contact the park at 229 924-0343 or visit www.nps.gov/ande.
April 9, 2013
Andersonville National Historic Site National Former POW Recognition Day
ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia
On this presidentially proclaimed observance we recognize the sacrifices of prisoners of war throughout American history. For more information contact the park at 229-924-0343 or visit www.nps.gov/ande.
April 13, 2013
Plains, Georgia 7th Annual Open Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show
PLAINS, Georgia
Bobby Salter’s Plains Peanuts & Plains Inn & Antiques present the 7th Annual Plains, Georgia Open Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show. The show will be held on Main St. in Downtown Plains, Georgia, home of former President Jimmy Carter. President Carter is expected to be there Saturday afternoon to make his choice. Entry fee is $20 in advance or $25 on show day. Registration time will be 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Dash Plaques to the first 100. Judging starts at 11:00 a.m. Professional judging by Bayside Auto Enthusiasts of Pinellas Park, Florida. Awards presented at 3:00 p.m. For more information, call (727) 547-8082 or visit www.premiumcarshows.com For an online application, visit http://www.plainsgeorgia.com/calendar_of_events.html#April_13,_2014
April 13, 2013
Brickyard Plantation Golf Club & RV Park – Knights of Columbus Golf Tournament
AMERICUS, Georgia
The 16th Annual Knights of Columbus Charity Golf Tournament begins at 8:30 a.m. at Brickyard Plantation Golf Course. The format is a four player scramble, and each player’s tee shot must be used twice during the round. The cost per player is $50, and this includes your green fee, cart, snacks and lunch. A hole sponsorship is only $100. A special prize will be given to one lucky golfer. He or she will receive an invitation to golf in the Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Classic in Albany along with members of the NFL Hall of Fame. Some of the Hall of Famers who played last year were Rayfield Wright, Ted Hendricks and Bobby Bell. Thanks to Knights of Columbus State Secretary Sandy Hillsman for donating this prize. To register to play or become a hole sponsor, please call Ron Akerman at 229-942-1653, Brickyard Plantation at 874-1234 or email Ron at ronakerman@mediacombb.net.
April 13, 2013
Rylander Theater – This Is My Story
AMERICUS, Georgia
Willa Bost, a nationally acclaimed artist, returns to the Americus community to present her latest work, This Is My Story. This candid journey of life experiences features Stewart County native Willa Bost. Having performed nationwide in the regional theatre circuit, Bost is sure to delight audiences with poignant recollections and soul-stirring melodies. This compelling, heartfelt journey of real life accounts is sure to captivate audience members of all ages! Admission is $20.00, show starts at 7:30 p.m. For event information or to purchase tickets, please contact the Rylander Box Office at 229-931-0001, or toll-free, at 877-662-2312; Hours: Tuesday – Friday (11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) Open 90 minutes prior to each performance.
April 16, 2013
Andersonville National Historic Site – Park Day

ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia
Each year the Civil War Trust sponsors Park Day on the first Saturday of April. This event joins parks and volunteers nationwide for a day dedicated to preserving America’s Civil War sites. Volunteers and park employees will work on rebuilding a replica prisoner shelter in the northeast corner of the prison site. For information on volunteering for Park Day, contact the park at 229 924-0343 or visit www.nps.gov/ande.
April 20, 2013
Sweatin’ to the 80’s 5K Run
AMERICUS, Georgia
Sumter County 4-H hosts a 5K Run on Saturday, April 20, 2013 on the campus of Georgia Southwestern State University. Check in is from 7:00-7:45 a.m. and the race begins at 8:00 a.m. The 5K (3.1 mile) course starts in front of the Student Success Center parking lot, loops through Wildwood Circle and onto Felder Street, and then continues back to the GSW campus through Perimeter Road. The entry fee for pre-registration is $25, race day registration is $30, Ghost Runner registration is $15. Short-sleeved t-shirts are guaranteed for those who pre-register before April 9, 2013. All ages are welcome to participate. There are 6 age groups; boys 14 & under, girls 14 & under, boys 15-18, girls 15-18, men 19-29, women 19-29, men 30-39, women 30-39, men 40-49, women 40-49, men 50 & over and women 50 & over. Awards will be presented to the 1st male and female overall winners and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in each age group. An award will also be given for the best 80’s attire, so don’t forget to dress up! There will be refreshments following the conclusion of the race. You can register online at active.com or at the Sumter County 4-H Extension office located at 127 William Bowen Pointe – Americus, GA 31709 (229) 924-4476. For More Information, Please contact Chelsea Melotte at cmelotte@radar.gsw.edu
April 22nd – 28th 2013
Hodges Hobbies – Southeast Electric Flight Festival
AMERICUS, Georgia
Hodges Hobbies hosts the Fayette Flyers of Georgia’s Southeast Electric Flight Festival. Pit area and parking are abundant. There is a full service, air conditioned hobby shop right off the SEFF flight line. All kinds of radio controlled flight will be there including RC sport planes, hotliners, parkflyers, 3D, giant scale, slow flyers, RC gliders, pylon racers, ducted fan jets, RC helicopters, scale, F5B, etc. SEFF is primarily for open flying, with some planned special events. There will be some flying demonstrations by accomplished electric flight enthusiasts, sponsors and show teams. Vendors will also be exhibiting their products, conducting demo flights and releasing new models. For Friday and Saturday, there will be a $3 per day Spectator fee, per person. Children under 13 are free. There are camping and RV Spots available. Contact Mac Hodges at 866-924-9505 for more information regarding camping and RV availability. For more information regarding participation, please visit www.seffweek.com or call Event Director, Matt Klos at 678-656-6420.
April 25-28, 2013
Rylander Theater – Romeo & Juliet
AMERICUS, Georgia
Georgia Southwestern State University’s Dramatic Arts Department presents Romeo & Juliet at the Rylander Theatre with performances at 8:00 p.m. Thursday, April 25th through Saturday, April 27th and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 28th. This event will be Free and open to the community. Call the Rylander Box Office at 229-931-0001 for additional information.
April 27, 2013
Arts in Rees Park
AMERICUS, Georgia
Arts in the Park, an annual event sponsored by the Americus-Sumter County Arts Council, is being held on Saturday, April 27th at Rees Park in Americus, Georgia from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Arts in the Park will foster numerous crafts booths, art exhibits and entertainment, all free to the public. For more information, visit www.sumter-arts.org/index.html or call the Americus-Sumter County Arts Council at (229) 931-2211.
April 27, 2013
Park to Park Bike Ride – Andersonville NHS and Jimmy Carter NHS
ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia to PLAINS, Georgia
Mark National Park Week by riding between Andersonville National Historic Site and Jimmy Carter National Historic Site in southwest Georgia. On Saturday, April 27th, 2013, Join the River Valley Regional Commission, Andersonville National Historic Site, Jimmy Carter National Historic Site and Sumter Cycling Inc., in the Prison to Peanuts Bicycle Adventure. We are encouraging riders of all levels and skills to join us on this amazing opportunity to visit beautiful sites in Sumter County and visit Andersonville, Americus and Plains, Georgia by bicycle. No need for horse-power, just your-power! Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. at the Andersonville National Historic Site. There is a cost this year – $15 for the half ride to Plains (includes shuttle back to Andersonville), $20 for the full ride (includes a lunch voucher). This is a family friendly event. All participants are required to wear a helmet. There will be SAG stops (Support and Gear) with water, fruit and snacks in Andersonville, Americus, Plains, and Ellaville. Support vehicles will carry a limited supply of water and snacks in case of emergencies. Support vehicles will also monitor traffic and will provide help with minor mechanical issues. For more information and updates visit www.activevalley.org/prisontopeanuts.htm or contact the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site at (229) 824-4104, the Andersonville National Historic Site at (229) 924-0343 or River Valley Regional Commission at (706) 256-2910.
May 4, 2013
Jimmy Carter National Historic Site – “Old Time Farm Day”
PLAINS, Georgia
Old Time Farm Day will be held Saturday, May 4th, from 10:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Jimmy Carter Boyhood Home located in Archery, Georgia, just west of Plains. This special event, which is free to the public, highlights farm life in the “good ol’ days.” Demonstrations will include plowing with mules, blacksmithing, and peanut boiling. Earl Carter’s Country Store will also be open and you may purchase items from it. Buy a postcard, and a representative from the Plains Post Office will be on hand to stamp and postmark your purchase. Make plans to visit the Boyhood Farm at Jimmy Carter National Historic Site for Old Time Farm Day. For school trip information and reservations, please visit www.jimmycarter.info or call (229) 824-4104 for more information. There is no admission charge to visit Jimmy Carter National Historic Site.
May 9-12, 2013
Phantom Toll Booth – Rylander Theatre
AMERICUS, Georgia
Here are Milo’s adventures in the Land of Wisdom where he’s forced to think about many new things. Milo learns of the argument between King Azaz and his brother, the Mathematician whose disagreement over words and numbers has led to banishment of Princesses Sweet Rhyme and Pure Reason. Milo is dispatched to rescue the Princesses from the Land of Ignorance. The knowledge and skills Milo picks up on his journey help him to save the Princesses. When he must return home, Milo’s sorry to leave his friends – but enriched by his experience, he realizes his attitude towards learning will never be the same. For tickets or more information, visit www.rylander.org or call (229) 931-0001.
May 18, 2013
Andersonville National Historic Site – Echotaps
ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia
On Armed Forces Day, the third Saturday of May, the solemn tune Taps will be sounded at every National Cemetery and U.S. Veterans Cemeteries worldwide at 11:00 a.m. This tribute to veterans is called Echotaps. The public is encouraged to be at Andersonville National Historic Site to witness this unique tribute. The National Park Service maintains fourteen National Cemeteries nationwide. Two of these, Andersonville National Historic Site and Andrew Johnson National Historic Site are classified as active, continuing to bury veterans and their dependents. All National Cemeteries within the National Park Service will serve as host sites for this commemorative event.
May 24-28, 2013
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.
May 26, 2013
Andersonville National Historic Site – Memorial Day Observance
ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia
On the Sunday of the Memorial Day Weekend, join park staff and area residents in honoring America’s servicemen and women. Memorial Day has long been the most important day of the park’s event calendar, with preparations beginning months in advance, leading up to a week’s worth of activity involving staff, partners, volunteers, and the American public. The focal point of all these activities is the Sunday afternoon Memorial Day ceremony which takes place at the National Cemetery rostrum. The service traditionally includes a musical program, speaker, and the placement of memorial wreaths. For more information visit www.nps.gov/ande/planyourvisit/memorialdayobservance.htm
June 1, 2013
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. Drink 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.
June 28-July 5, 2013
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.
June 29, 2013
Summer Nights – Lenny’s Market – Downtown
Americus
AMERICUS, Georgia
Head down to Lenny’s Market, 110 North Hampton Street, in Downtown Americus for live musical entertainment beginning at 8 pm and ending at midnight! Admission is $5 – 21 to drink. For more information, contact the Downtown Development Main Street Office at 229-924-4411.
July 6, 2013
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. Drink 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 27, 2013
Summer Nights – Lenny’s Market – Downtown Americus
AMERICUS, Georgia
Head down to Lenny’s Market, 110 North Hampton Street, in Downtown Americus for live musical entertainment beginning at 8 pm and ending at midnight! Admission is $5 – 21 to drink. For more information, contact the Downtown Development Main Street Office at 229-924-4411.
August 3, 3013
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. Drink 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 17, 2013
Jimmy Carter National Historic Site — National Honey Bee Day
PLAINS, Georgia
The Jimmy Carter National Historic Site will be hosting programs on August 17, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the Boyhood Farm located on Old Plains Highway for National Honey Bee Day. The program will offer information about basic bee keeping, and how to start your own hives. An observation hive will be present, so you can see how the honey bees work. Presenters for the program will be DeWayne Pitts of Americus, who is assisting the Jimmy Carter NHS with their hives, Jessie McCurdy of Perry, GA, who has over 30 years’ experience in keeping honey bees, and Bryan Payne of Fort Valley, GA, who is the current president of the Heart of Georgia Beekeeper’s Association. For more information, please contact Steve Theus at 229-824-4104, ext. 42 or visit www.nps.gov/jica
August 31, 2013
Summer Nights – Lenny’s Market – Downtown Americus
AMERICUS, Georgia
Head down to Lenny’s Market, 110 North Hampton Street, in Downtown Americus for live musical entertainment beginning at 8 pm and ending at midnight! Admission is $5 – 21 to drink. For more information, contact the Downtown Development Main Street Office at 229-924-4411.
September 6-23, 2013
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.
September 16-23, 2013
Parade of Flags – Rylander Park – Downtown Americus
AMERICUS, Georgia
In an effort to foster community and national pride, Downtown Americus will host a Parade of Flags at Rylander Park. Among the flags displayed, we will proudly showcase POW/MIA flags, as part of National POW/MIA Recognition Day, which is Friday, September 21, 2013.
September 19-21, 2013
Andersonville National Historic Site –
National POW/MIA Recognition Day

ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia
National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed on the third Friday in September. It honors those who were prisoners of war and those who are still missing in action. In 2012, National POW/MIA Recognition Day will be Friday, September 21st. Each year the park sponsors a speaker for the Georgia Southwestern State University Convocation, the Wednesday before National POW/MIA Recognition Day. 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 please visit www.theridehome.com/ or www.nps.gov/ande/planyourvisit/powmiarecognition.htm
September 26, 2013
Taste of Sumter – Downtown Americus
AMERICUS, Georgia
The 26th Annual Taste of Sumter will be held from 6:00-9:00 p.m. 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 28, 2013
Plains Peanut Festival
PLAINS, Georgia
The 17th Annual Plains Peanut Festival will be held in Plains, Georgia on Saturday, September 28th, 2013. The Peanut Festival is centered around one of the Sumter County community’s claims to fame, its peanut production, and features the community’s most famous residents in active roles. The festival kicks off with a 1-mile fun run and a 5-K 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 p.m. This year’s musical entertainment will be provided by “The Swingin’ Medallions”, live on Main Street.
October 5, 2013
Jimmy Carter National Historic Site – “La Fiesta En El Parque” 2013
PLAINS, Georgia
Enjoy authentic food, festive music, traditional dances, arts and crafts, and a children’s carnival as part of “La Fiesta En El Parque” 2013. The festival features nonstop entertainment on stage at Jimmy Carter National Historic Site’s main visitor center, Plains High School. The children’s carnival will feature an obstacle course, playground, games, arts and crafts and a face painting area. There will be booths with information on health, education and social services. The festival is free and open to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For additional information, contact Steve Theus at 229-824-4104, ext. 42 or visit www.nps.gov/jica
October 5-6, 2013
Andersonville Historic Fair
ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia
The 37th Annual Andersonville Historic Fair will take place Saturday, October 5th and Sunday, October 6th in Andersonville, Georgia. Gates open at 10:00 a.m. both days with a parade at 11:00 a.m. on Main Street on Saturday. Mock battles take place at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. Special entertainment includes performances by The Southern Gunslingers, puppet shows, line dancing, clogging, bluegrass band performances, gospel singing and much more! Admission is $4 for adults, $1.50 for children 12 and under. For more information call (229) 924-2558.
October 11-12, 2013
Brickyard Plantation Golf & RV Park – Bluegrass Festival
AMERICUS, Georgia
The 3rd Annual Brickyard Plantation Bluegrass Festival will be held Friday, October 11th and Saturday, October 12th at Brickyard Plantation Golf & RV Park, located at 1619 US Hwy 280 East in Americus, Georgia. For more information, please call (229) 847-1234 or visit www.brickyardgolfclub.com/index.html
October 17-19, 2013
Hodges Hobbies – All Electric Fly In
ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia
Hosted at Mac Hodges beautiful 1600’ grass field in Andersonville, Georgia, HHAEFI welcomes all kinds of electric flying from ultra micro to giant scale. Helicopters, multi-rotor, EDF, 3D, scale, and more are all welcome. Noon Show with world class pilots including the world famous B-29, plenty of Night Flying, HHAEFI Full Contact Combat, over $3000 in Raffle Prizes! Concessions available at the field, camping hookups available for a small fee (while they last!), non-hookup camping is FREE! Pilot registration is only $10 during pre-registration and $15 at the door. Registration covers all three days and includes 2 raffle tickets. For more information visit www.hhaefi.com
October 18-20, 2013
Lindbergh Boogie – Aviation Festival & Fly-In
AMERICUS, Georgia
The Lindbergh Boogie is a family friendly aviation festival that kicks off on Friday, October 18th with the “Flying Feet” 5K at the First United Methodist Church in Americus, GA. On Saturday, October 19th and Sunday, October 20th, guests can take part in 30-minute Cessna 172 Skyhawk plane rides, Tandem skydives (for those 18 and older) and Hang Gliding with a USHGPA-certified tandem instructor. There will also be a jumping castle, face painting, dunking booth and other kid-friendly activities! On Saturday night, bring your lawn chair and enjoy live music starting at 8:00 p.m. The Lindbergh Boogie is brought to you by the Americus Rotary Club, hosted at Old Souther Field Airport/Jimmy Carter Regional Airport, home of Charles Lindbergh’s First Solo Flight. Any proceeds from the event support the Americus Rotary Club in its fight for worldwide polio eradication, literacy, clean water, and a cure for Alzheimer’s. For more information, visit www.lindberghboogie.com/#!home/mainPage
October 19-20, 2013
Thomas the Train – GA Veterans State Park
CORDELE, Georgia
Thomas will visit the SAM Shortline Excursion Train at Georgia Veterans State Park in southwest Georgia. You can spend a whole day with the beloved storybook engine, Sir Topham Hatt and other friends. Thomas departs at 10:00 am, 10:45 am, 11:30 am, 12:45 pm, 1:30 pm and 2:15 pm each day. For more information visit www.samshortline.com/thomas or call 1-877-427-2457.
October 26-27, 2013
Thomas the Train – GA Veterans State Park
CORDELE, Georgia
Thomas will visit the SAM Shortline Excursion Train at Georgia Veterans State Park in southwest Georgia. You can spend a whole day with the beloved storybook engine, Sir Topham Hatt and other friends. Thomas departs at 10:00 am, 10:45 am, 11:30 am, 12:45 pm, 1:30 pm and 2:15 pm each day. For more information visit www.samshortline.com/thomas or call 1-877-427-2457.
October 31, 2013
Downtown Americus –
Downtown Trick or Treat and Kiwanis Pet Parade

AMERICUS, Georgia
The Kiwanis Pet Parade starts off at 4:00 pm; registration begins at 3:00 pm, look for the tent on Jackson Street in between Church and Lamar Street. The parade is open to people of all ages are invited to come and enjoy the parade, but participation is open only to children under 13 years of age, and their pets. Costumes will be judged in two categories: best costume and best costume with pet. The top three participants in both categories will receive prizes. Participants will be judged based on creativity and originality. The parade route is on Lamar and Forsyth streets.
Downtown Trick or Treat begins immediately after the Pet Parade. Businesses stay open late to hand out candy and other goodies to children ages 10 and under. Children must be in costume, have a wristband and be accompanied by an adult. Wristbands will be available beginning at 3 pm under the tent on Jackson Street between Church and Lamar Street. Participating businesses will have “Welcome Trick or Treat” signs in the window. For more information call the Downtown Development Main Street Office at 229-924-4411.
November 8-10, 2013
Tour de Farm – Southwest Georgia
AMERICUS, Georgia
A fantastic weekend of food, farms, cycling and fun is scheduled for this year’s Tour de Farm in Southwest Georgia. We hope you will join us. Tour de Farm 2013 will feature tours at White Oak Pastures, Richland Rum, President Jimmy Carter’s Boyhood Farm (an National Park Service site), Koinonia Farm and Cafe Campesino. To register or learn more, please visit https://tdf2013.eventbrite.com If you would like to pay by check or cash, please contact Cafe Campesino at 229-924-2468.
November 8-12, 2013
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.
November 16, 2013
Andersonville National Historic Site – Night Museum
ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia
Experience the National Prisoner of War Museum and historic prison site during this night-time event. From 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., the National Prisoner of War Museum will be open for a rare night-time opportunity to view the museum exhibits and experience the prison site. The main entrance gate will re-open at 5:45 p.m. and the museum will open at 6:00 p.m. During this night-time event the prison site tour road and the Andersonville National Cemetery will be closed. At the National Prisoner of War Museum, the exhibits, museum and bookstore will be open. At 7:00 p.m. a special program will occur in the museum theater. From the courtyard at the rear of the museum, the path to the prison site will be illuminated by candle lanterns, allowing access to the reconstructed northeast corner of the prison site. Among the replica shelters will be living history volunteers, portraying the often-overlooked winter period of the prison in 1864-65. For more information please call the Andersonville National Historic Site at 229-924-0343 or visit www.nps.gov/ande.
November 16, 2013
Veterans Day Fall Show – Open Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show
PLAINS, Georgia
Bobby Salter’s Plain Peanuts and Plains Inn & Antiques presents the 2nd Annual Veterans Day Fall Show – Open Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show. The show will take place on Main Street in Downtown Plains, Georgia, home of former President Jimmy Carter. President Carter is expected to be there Saturday afternoon to make his choice. For more information, call 727-547-8082 or Bobby Salter at 229-824-3462 or visit www.premiumcarshows.com Registration time is 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., judging starts at 11:30 a.m.
November 18, 2013
Chamber Concert Series –
Billion Dollar Trio – Georgia Southwestern State University

AMERICUS, Georgia
Georgia Southwestern State University’s 2013-2014 Chamber Concert Series presents the Billion Dollar Trio. The performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Jackson Performance Hall on the campus of GSW. Season tickets for all concerts are available: adults $45, GSW faculty and staff $40, senior citizens $35, and Habitat for Humanity volunteers $25. GSW students and children 15 and under are admitted free of charge. Tickets to individual performances are also available and can be purchased at the door. For more information or for tickets, please call 229-931-2204.
November 18, Dec 27, 2013
Parade of Trees – Downtown Americus
AMERICUS, Georgia
Join us in Downtown Americus for the “Parade of Trees” in Rylander Park. See over 40 trees decorated for the Christmas Season. Some are in memory of loved ones and some are decorated for soldiers who may not be home for Christmas. Businesses, individuals, civic groups and many organizations come together and help celebrate this special time of year. For more information, call the Downtown Development Main Street Office at 229-924-4411.
November 21, 2013
Christmas Open House – Downtown Americus
AMERICUS, Georgia
Join us in beautiful Downtown Americus from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 21st as we kick off the holiday season! A decades-long tradition, the event showcases local businesses which are all dressed out in their holiday regalia. Some businesses will offer special deals for early Christmas shopping and many will offer refreshments to visitors. For more information, call Downtown Development Authority Main Street Office at 229-924-4411.