Local area events for this year

NOVEMBER 2018


8-9
26th Madrigal Dinner – Windsor Hotel, Americus
6 PM
The 26th Madrigal Dinner is presented by Georgia Southwestern State University and the Best Western Plus Windsor Hotel. The Thursday-Friday event takes place at the Windsor downtown. The GSW Chamber Singers and Brass Ensemble will provide entertainment in period-style costume, under the direction of Dr. Julie Megginson. Dutch Treat cocktails at Floyd’s Pub begin at 6 PM. Dinner and entertainment promptly begin at 7 PM. Tickets and room packages are available. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Windsor Hotel at 229-924-1555 (Ext. 0 or Ext. 138).

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 Blackshear 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.

10
Americus Arts Creative Christmas Fair
10 AM-4 PM
This Christmas fair takes place at Americus Center For the Arts, 326 W. Forsyth St. in downtown. Original art and crafts, food, pictures with Santa and much more will fill part of the day. For more information, visit www.americusarts.com.

10
Night Museum event – Andersonville
6 PM-9 PM
Andersonville National Historic Site presents its annual  Night Museum event that will tell the story this year of the most witnessed execution in U.S. history. At 2 PM, Alan Marsh will lead a special guided cemetery tour. The park closes at 5 PM but reopens for special programs from 6 PM until 9 PM. At 7 PM, author Gary Morgan shares the real story behind the Andersonville Raiders. Other activities follow at 8 PM, led by park guide Ryan O’Connell. You can experience the deadliest ground of the Civil War by the soft glow of candlelit lanterns and camp fires. You can talk to living historians portraying Union prisoners and Confederate guards, and roam the halls of the National Prisoner of War Museum in the quiet of the night. For more information, call Jody Mays at 229-924-0343, Ext. 115.

11
Henry Wirz Memorial Service – Downtown Andersonville
3 PM
The 43rd annual Capt. Henry Wirz Memorial Service will take place in the town of Andersonville. The service is sponsored by the Alexander H. Stephens Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans, in Americus. The public is invited. In case of inclement weather, the service will be held in Village Hall. Guest speaker will be retired Army Maj. Glen LaForce of Hilton Head Island, S.C. Beginning at 2:30 PM, the group Southern Sounds will offer Southern music and church hymns. The Muckalee Guards re-enactment group will provide Honor Guard Service. For more information, contact James Gaston at 229-924-7460 or email gaston7460@bellsouth.net.

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.

15
Christmas Open House – Downtown Americus
5 PM-8 PM
Santa Claus, carriage rides, trolley rides and Downtown Dollar Giveaways will be part of the 2018 Christmas Open House in Americus. Businesses will be open late to showcase holiday merchandise. The big Christmas Tree Lighting will be at 7 PM. For information, call 229-924-4411, Ext. 247.

16 – DECEMBER 28
Sixth annual Parade of Trees – Americus
Come and experience the joy of the holidays at Rylander Park in downtown Americus. Dozens of brand new Christmas trees will be decorated this year. The trees will be on display through Dec. 28. For more information, call 229-924-4411, Ext. 247.

24
Small Business Saturday – Koinonia Farm
2-6 PM
This Small Business Saturday event takes place at the farm, 10 miles southwest of Americus. Koinonia’s Welcome Center will be open the usual time of 9 AM to 5 PM. The Welcome Center will offer 10 percent off everything. Holiday gift boxes are available. Special products include new Christmas ornaments and jewelry. Lots of samples and door prizes, hidden coupons and a giveaway for a pecan tour will be part of the event. Hay rides and walking tours take part at 2:30 PM and 4:30 PM, and a bakery demonstration occurs at 2 PM. For more information, call Carol Schuster or Elizabeth Dede at 229-924-0391.

 

DECEMBER 2018


FROM NOV 16 – DECEMBER 28
Sixth annual Parade of Trees – Americus
Come and experience the joy of the holidays at Rylander Park in downtown Americus. Dozens of brand new Christmas trees will be decorated this year. The trees will be on display through Dec. 28. For more information, call 229-924-4411, Ext. 247.

1
Christmas Tree Lighting – Downtown Plains
Join the fun as President Carter’s hometown of Plains conducts its annual lighting of the Downtown Christmas Lights. For more information, call Ruth Sanders at 229-824-5373 or 229-938-3835 or visit www.plainsgeorgia.com.

2, 16
Jimmy Carter Sunday school class – Plains
10 AM
President Carter teaches Sunday school at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains.  Visitors must arrive early. For more information, call 229-824-2896.

3, 5, 10, 12
Holiday Ornament Workshops – Americus
4:30 PM-7:30 PM
Join Sunni Zemblowski for these workshops to make unique ceramic ornaments for the holiday season. The Monday and Wednesday workshops are project oriented, but with flexibility to create different resulting objects. You can choose to create a from-scratch, glazed ceramic ornament or simply decorate a pre-existing ceramic ornament. Class dates and times vary. The cost is $5 per ornament. For information, email contact@szemblowski.com or visit szemblowski.com/Americus.

6
Americus Christmas Parade – Downtown Americus
7 PM
This annual event is a highlight of the holiday season each year downtown. Nearly 75 entries include floats, marching bands, and a variety of participants, including Santa Claus. For information, call 229-924-4411, Ext. 247.

7
First Friday – Downtown Americus
5 PM-8PM

11
An Andersonville Christmas – Downtown Andersonville
6 PM-9PM
Join in the fun as the historic Village of Andersonville hosts its annual holiday event. For more information, contact Cynthia at 229-924-2558 or email andersonvillega@att.net.

15
Wreaths Across America – Andersonville
NOON
The display at the Andersonville National Historic Site’s cemetery pays tribute to America’s veterans, and is part of the national Wreaths Across America program. After a short public ceremony to honor our veterans, visitors will be invited to help place wreaths on veterans’ gravesites. Between 500 and 800 wreaths are donated for Andersonville National Cemetery each year. For more information, call 229-924-0343.

31
Windsor Hotel New Year’s Eve Celebration – Americus
Hundreds enjoy this annual event at the historic 1892 Best Western Plus Windsor Hotel. For information, call  229-928-0533.