Local area events for this year

WAYS TO ENJOY SUMTER COUNTY THIS SPRING & SUMMER:


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
MAY

5
Butterfly Trail Annual Plant Sale – Plains
10 AM
The Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail will have its annual plant sale on this date beginning at 10 a.m. in the Plains Community Center Courtyard. The Thursday sale runs until 1:30 p.m. The sale will include native milkweed, native azaleas, perennials, and annuals that attract butterflies. Some large container gardens also will be for sale.
For more information, call Annette Wise at 229-824-4567.

6
First Friday Americus – Downtown Americus
5 PM-8 PM
The theme for this month’s First Friday is “Multicultural May.” Join large crowds downtown for this monthly event, which starts at 5 p.m., and is the last First Friday celebration before August. Businesses will stay open until 8 p.m. Enjoy free trolley rides across town. For more information, call Qaijuan Willis at Americus Main Street at 229-924-4411, Ext. 247. 

7
First Saturday Storefront Sale – Andersonville
10 AM-3 PM
Don’t miss this special sale at Andersonville Antiques downtown in the Civil War Village of Andersonville. A large variety of merchandise goes on sale at 10 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month. Be sure to stop by the other stores, too, including Easterlin’s Country Store, Dirt Road Debutante, and the Drummer Boy Civil War Museum and Andersonville Welcome Center. For more information, call Jeannette at 229-894-3243 or Cynthia at 229-924-2558.     

7
‘Prison to Peanuts’ Bicycle Adventure – Countywide
6:30 AM
Join Sumter Cycling, the River Valley Regional Commission, Jimmy Carter National Historical Park, and Andersonville National Historic Site for this bicycle adventure. Riders of all levels and skills are invited to join in on this amazing opportunity to visit beautiful sites across Sumter County and visit Americus, Andersonville, and Plains by bicycle. The ride starts in downtown Americus at Lenny’s Market, 110 N. Hampton St., where it also ends. Lunch and peanut butter ice cream will be provided at the finish. On-site registration and check-in will begin at 6:30 a.m. for the century riders. Ride times are 7 a.m. (103-mile); 8 a.m. (67-mile); 8:30 a.m. (34-mile); and 10 a.m. (13-mile). Children 10 and under ride free!
For additional information, check the Sumter Cycling Facebook page.

13
GSW Graduation – Americus
Join hundreds of guests for the Georgia Southwestern State University spring commencement at the Storm Dome on campus. The event starts at 3 p.m.  A web live stream will be available for those unable to attend in person.
For more information, call Chelsea Collins at GSW at 229-928-4116.

14
Open Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show – Plains
ALL-DAY
Plains Historic Inn & Antique Mall and Buffalo Café present the 14th annual spring Open Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show on Main Street in President Carter’s hometown. Awards will be presented in a number of categories. President Carter is expected to be there on Saturday afternoon to make his choice. Professional judging will be done by Premium Auto Enthusiasts of St. Petersburg, Fla. Registration forms are available at the Plains Inn and other stores downtown. The entry fee is $20 pre-registration or $25 day of the show. The event is held rain or shine, with no refunds. For more information, call 727-321-1211 or 727-455-5969.  

14, 28
SAM Shortline train ride – Presidential Flyer
10 AM
Boarding begins at 9:30 a.m. at Georgia Veterans State Park at Lake Blackshear for this “Presidential Flyer” ride to Plains. The train departs at 10 a.m. and arrives in President Carter’s hometown at 11:45 a.m. for a two-hour layover.
For information on this and all other SAM Shortline rides, call 229-276-0755.

20
Avenue of Flags – Andersonville
TIME TBD
The flag-raising along National Cemetery Road takes place this day ahead of Memorial Day tributes to follow later in the month. The Avenue of Flags is a display of state flags in the parking lot of the National POW Museum as well as hundreds of U.S. flags lining the roads of Andersonville National Cemetery. You can see the display anytime during park hours. No reservations are required.
For more information on this and all other Andersonville National Historic Site events, call Andrew R. Miller at 229-931-7200 or 601-738-0034.   

21
‘Plains Stock’ – Downtown Plains
4 PM-9 PM
Join in the fun in downtown Plains for this event that begins at 4 p.m. Enjoy the music of the 1960s and ’70s by Thurston Clary. You can tie-dye a new T-shirt or paint a peace picket or a peace sign. Eat some good food, too, and be sure to enter the BBQ cookoff!
For additional information, call 229-928-4825.  

21
SAM Shortline train ride – 70’s Night in Plains
3:15 PM
The train departs at 3:15 p.m. for this special ride to enjoy “70’s Night in Plains.” Riders are urged to dress in 1970s attire and enjoy shopping in Plains.
For more information on this and all other SAM Shortline rides, call 229-276-0755.

28
Market Opening – Americus
8 AM-NOON
Join Downtown Americus Main Street for the 2022 opening of Lenny’s Farmers Market on Hampton Street. The event kicks off at 8 a.m. and runs until noon. Vendors are excited about the upcoming season, which runs every Saturday through November.
For more information, call 229-924-4411, Ext. 247, or email Qaijuan Willis at qwillis@americusga.gov.

28
Flag raising – Andersonville National Cemetery
Hundreds of scouts and other volunteers will add to the patriotic atmosphere by placing small American flags on more than 21,000 gravesites at Andersonville National Cemetery on the National Historic Site grounds. The dramatic and moving display of thousands of veterans’ graves decorated with American flags, set against the backdrop of the Avenue of Flags, will create a powerful and patriotic setting for visitors.
For information, call Charles Barr at 229-924-0343, Ext. 112.

28-30
Andersonville Welcome Center events – Andersonville
9 AM-4 PM
The Andersonville Welcome Center and the Drummer Boy Civil War Museum will have extended hours on this Friday and Saturday and on Monday, May 30, staying open until 5 p.m. Stop by to learn about all events in the town during Memorial Day weekend. The Welcome Center and Drummer Boy Museum also will be open on Sunday, May 29. Be sure to shop at Andersonville Antiques, Easterlin’s Country Store, Dirt Road Debutante, Nancy’s Treasure Chest, and see Pioneer Farm and other sites while in town. And don’t miss dining at Easterlin’s! Easterlin’s will be open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday; and 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m. on Monday.
For additional information, call Cynthia at 229-924-2558 or Audra at 229-591-3778.

29
Memorial Day Observance Ceremony – Andersonville National Cemetery
1:30 PM
The U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence band will perform beginning at 1:30 p.m. and the formal program will start at 2 p.m. The ceremony will feature keynote speaker USAF Lt. Col. James Ethan Wolfe of Americus and wreath presentations will be conducted by several militaries and civic and patriotic organizations.
For information on activities at the National Historic Site, call Charles Barr at 229-924-0343, Ext. 112.

30
Knights of Columbus Mass – Andersonville National Cemetery
11 AM
The Knights of Columbus will hold a special Mass at Andersonville National Cemetery on this Monday, Memorial Day. The public is invited to attend.
For information, call Charles Barr at 229-924-0343, Ext. 112.

 


JUNE

3, 10, 17, 24
Food Truck Fridays – Americus
11 AM- 7 PM
Come enjoy a variety of food trucks, including Kona Ice, Deb’s Curbside Cupcakes, and more, throughout downtown Americus every Friday in June. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
For more information, call Qaijuan Willis at Americus Main Street at 229-924-4411, Ext. 247.

4
First Saturday Storefront Sale – Andersonville
10 AM- 3 PM
Andersonville Antiques in the Civil War Village of Andersonville offers its special storefront sale on the first Saturday of every month starting at 10 a.m. For some of the most unique gifts in Sumter County, stop by to see what’s new. The sale always draws large crowds. While in town, shop the other stores including Easterlin Country Store, Dirt Road Debutante, Nancy’s Treasure Chest, and Andersonville Welcome Center, and take a walk through the historic Pioneer Farm.
For more information, call Jeanette at Andersonville Antiques at 229-894-3243, or Cynthia at the Welcome Center at 229-924-2558.

20-25
Missoula Children’s Theatre: “Rumpelstiltskin” – Americus
10 AM-3 PM
Missoula Children’s Theatre is back for its annual Summer Residency at the historic Rylander Theatre in Americus. This year’s production is “Rumpelstiltskin,” and is open to students who are entering first grade in the fall, through age 18. Older participants have the opportunity to serve as assistant directors and technical crew. Registration is required and space is limited.
For more information, call the Rylander Theatre at 229-931-0001.

27 – July 1
Janet’s Planet Astronaut Academy – Americus
9 AM-4 PM
Join in an incredible week of Astronaut Academy for ages 8-12 at the historic Rylander Theatre. Each day will include live instruction with Janet Ivey, president of Explore Mars and creator of Janet’s Planet, as well as other experts in the field including a Zoom conversation with a NASA astronaut. The Academy kicks off at 9 a.m. each day, with scheduled breaks. Participants should be prepared to bring water bottles and snacks if desired. The fee includes all of the supplies necessary to participate each day.
For more information, call the Rylander Theatre at 229-931-0001.  

 


JULY

2
Plains, Trains & Fireworks – Plains
6 PM
Travel from Georgia Veterans State Park Depot at Lake Blackshear to President Carter’s hometown of Plains to enjoy a Southern-style Fourth of July celebration this Saturday before the holiday. Kids’ activities, retail shopping, local food vendors, and Sumter County’s most impressive fireworks show at dusk are among the activities. Boarding begins at 5:30 p.m. The train arrives in Plains at 7:45 p.m. and departs Plains at 9:45 p.m. Prices vary.
For more information, call 229-276-0755.

9
SAM Shortline train ride – Murder Mystery Train
6 PM
Boarding begins at the Jackson Street Depot in Americus at 5:30 p.m. and departs for Plains at 6 p.m. Try to solve the mystery on another of the SAM Shortline’s favorite rides. The Depot parking area and shelter will be in use.
For more information on this and all other SAM Shortline rides, call 229-276-0755.

23, 30
SAM Shortline train ride – Presidential Flyer
10 AM
Boarding begins at 9:30 a.m. and the train departs from Georgia Veterans State Park at Lake Blackshear at 10 a.m. The train will arrive in Americus at the Jackson Street Depot at 10:45 a.m. for a 1-hour, 45-minute layover. Enjoy the shops downtown! The train departs for Plains at 12:30 p.m.
For more information on this and all other SAM Shortline rides, call 229-276-0755.  

 


AUGUST

  

 


SEPTEMBER

3
SAM Shortline train ride – Murder Mystery Train
6 PM
Boarding begins at the Jackson Street Depot in Americus at 5:30 p.m. and departs for Plains at 6 p.m. Try to solve the mystery on another of the SAM Shortline’s favorite rides. The Depot parking area and shelter will be in use.
For more information on this and all other SAM Shortline rides, call 229-276-0755.




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