Local area events for this year

WAYS TO ENJOY SUMTER COUNTY THIS FALL & WINTER:


Americus

  • Stop by the Visitor Center for a copy of the Historic Homes Driving Tour
  • Order take-out from any of our local restaurants and have a picnic at Rees Park
  • Explore two historic cemeteries
  • Visit the place where Charles Lindbergh took his first solo flight
  • Play disc or footgolf at Americus KOA
  • Take a self-guided walking tour of the Historic Windsor Hotel or Rylander Theatre
  • Shop Saturday morning at Lenny’s Market (Farmers Market)

Plains

  • Pick up a homemade Peanut Butter Ice Cream cone from Bobby Salter’s Plain Peanuts
  • Shop in the beautiful antique & boutique shops on Main Street
  • Pick up take-out and have a picnic at the Plains Visitor Center
  • Explore Jimmy Carter National Historical Park grounds
  • Walk the streets where a former president lives!

Andersonville

  • Explore Pioneer Farm and Drummer Boy Civil War Museum
  • Grab take-out and head to Andersonville National Historic Site for a picnic
  • Shop the local antique shops and grab some ice cream
  • Visit the national cemetery and grounds of the former POW camp

Leslie/DeSoto/Cobb

  • Explore the towns and stop by the Georgia Rural Telephone Museum
  • Take the boat out to Lake Blackshear and relax on the water
  • Take a drive down the winding roads through beautiful pecan orchards
  • Head to SAM Shortline at Lake Blackshear and take a ride on the train!

2022
JANUARY

24
Wreaths Across America pickup – Andersonville
9 AM-2 PM
Volunteers are encouraged to join staff at Andersonville National Cemetery on this day at 9 a.m. to pick up wreaths from the Wreaths Across America event in December. If you are interested in volunteering on this Monday, please complete a volunteer agreement from the website listed. Andersonville National Historic Site staff members look forward to seeing you there! https://www.nps.gov/ande/planyourvisit/wreaths-event.htm

31-Feb. 5
GSW Homecoming Week – Americus
Homecoming Week at Georgia Southwestern State University begins on this date and runs through Saturday, Feb. 5. The community and visitors are invited to attend all Saturday events. Festivities include Alumni’s 5K and 1-mile fun run; food trucks; live music; inflatables for kids; NPHC Step Show; and basketball and baseball games.
For more information, call Chelsea at 229-928-4116 or email Chelsea.collins@gsw.edu. For a list of events open to the community, visit www.gsw.edu/community/events.


FEBRUARY

3
American Spiritual Ensemble – Rylander Theatre, Americus
8 PM
Since its inception by Dr. Everett McCorvey in 1995, these vocalists have thrilled audiences around the world with their dynamic repertoire ranging from spirituals to classical to jazz and Broadway numbers. Composed of some of the finest singers in the United States, the American Spiritual Ensemble is dedicated to keeping the American Negro Spiritual alive. This event at the Rylander Theatre is presented in partnership with the GSW Chamber Music Concert Series. Tickets are $36 and on sale now through a Ticket link, at rylander.org, or through the Box Office directly. Call the Rylander at 229-931-0001 for more information.

4
First Friday Chili Crawl – Americus
5 PM – 8 PM
Think you have a taste for the best chili in downtown Americus? Then don’t miss this “First Friday” of the month – the first of 2022 – and put your taste buds to the test. Winners will be awarded Downtown Dollars.
For more information on this and all other First Friday events, call Haley at Americus Main Street at 229-924-4411, Ext. 235 or Qaijuan at Ext. 247.

5
First Saturday Storefront Sale – Andersonville
10 AM – 2 PM
Visit Andersonville Antiques in the Civil War Village of Andersonville for special sales on the storefront, and shop the other stores downtown, too. Andersonville Antiques offers this special sale on the first Saturday of every month.
For more information, contact Jeanette at the store, or call the Andersonville Welcome Center at 229-924-2558.

11, 12, 14
Unique February Tours – Downtown Americus
7 PM
The Americus Visitor Center presents three “Unique February Tours” on Friday, Saturday and Monday nights. The Haunted History walk incorporates both architecture and African-American history, with an emphasis on Americus’ haunted past. See a side of the city that you never knew existed! Tickets are $12. The tour begins at 7 p.m. outside the Visitor Center, weather permitting. The Friday and Saturday tours are reserved for Windsor Hotel guests only; the Monday tour is open to the public and geared toward couples for Valentine’s Day. For more information, call the Visitor Center at 229-928-6059 or go to visitamericusga.com.

12
Valentine’s Day Dinner Train – Lake Blackshear
6 PM
Enjoy a special Saturday romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner aboard the SAM Shortline train. Boarding begins at 5:30 p.m. and departs at 6 p.m. from Georgia Veterans State Park at Lake Blackshear. Meal includes garden salad, prime rib or chicken dinner, with vegetables and roasted potatoes, bread and dessert, and tea or water. Cost is $109.99 plus tax, per person. Dinner on the Dearing is $219.00 plus tax, per person. Train ride only price (no meal) is $25 for adults and $15 for kids ages 2-12. For more information, call 229-276-0755.

19
SAM Shortline train ride – Presidential Flyer / Lake Blackshear
10 AM
Kick off the 2022 SAM Shortline regular season with a ride aboard the Presidential Flyer. The train departs at 10 a.m. from Georgia Veterans State Park at Lake Blackshear, and arrives in Plains at 11:45 a.m. Enjoy a two-hour layover in President Carter’s hometown. The train arrives back at Georgia Veterans State Park at 4:30 p.m.
For information on this and all other SAM Shortline rides, call 229-276-0755.

24
CATAPULT: Magic Shadows – Rylander Theatre, Americus
7 PM
The world’s premier shadow company featured on “America’s Got Talent!” comes to Americus for this Thursday evening show. Tickets go on sale Jan. 26 at 11 a.m. Catapult is a magical production that features incredible dancers who work behind a screen to create shadow silhouettes of shapes from the world around us and a kaleidoscope of colorful storytelling that will awe and astound you. Catapult is a great show for the whole family – full of laughs, emotions and miraculous transformations. For more information, call the Rylander at 229-931-0001.

26
SAM Shortline train ride – Presidential Flyer / Lake Blackshear
10 AM
Ride SAM Shortline’s “Presidential Flyer” on another fun trip to Plains. The train departs at 10 a.m. from Georgia Veterans State Park at Lake Blackshear; it arrives in Plains at 11:45 a.m. Enjoy a two-hour layover in President Carter’s hometown. The train arrives back at Georgia Veterans State Park at 4:30 p.m.
For information on this and all other SAM Shortline rides, call 229-276-0755.

26
Women’s Wine & Chocolate Walk – Americus
2 PM – 6 PM
Women of all ages will enjoy one of downtown Americus’ favorite events again amid the beauty of February. Sip wines from across the state and eat chocolates made locally. For a girls’ weekend, it doesn’t get any better than this when visiting Georgia’s Sumter County!
For more information, contact Americus Main Street at 229-924-4411, Ext. 235 or 247.


MARCH

4
First Friday Americus – Downtown Americus
5 PM-8 PM
“ShamRock N’ Roll” is the theme for this month’s First Friday event in downtown Americus. Come check out all the shops that will be open late, and enjoy free rides on the new Americus Trolley.
For more information on this or any other Main Street event, call 229-924-4411, Ext. 235 or 247. 

5
First Saturday Storefront Sale – Andersonville
10 AM
Visit Andersonville Antiques in the Civil War Village of Andersonville for special sales on the storefront, and shop the other stores downtown, too. Andersonville Antiques offers this special sale on the first Saturday of every month.
For more information, call Jeanette at the store at 229-894-3243, or the Andersonville Welcome Center at 229-924-2558.

12
Food Truck Fest – Americus
NOON- 6 PM
Love to eat, and love an early spring event? Then check out Americus Main Street’s Food Truck Fest, on the second Saturday of the month. The servings begin at noon, and the event runs until 6 p.m.
For more information, call Haley at 229-924-4411, Ext. 235.  




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