Local area events for this year

SEPTEMBER 2019


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Labor Day holiday

6
First Friday Americus – “Back to School Bash”
5 PM-8 PM
For information on this month’s event, call 229-924-4411, Ext. 247.

6-25
Avenue of Flags – Andersonville
The stirring display of more than 200 flags at Andersonville National Cemetery appears five times a year. It will feature POW/MIA flags as well as American and state flags. For more information, call 229-924-0343.

8, 29
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.

18, 20
National POW/MIA Recognition Day – Andersonville
The National Park Service, the Ride Home, the Friends of Andersonville and Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus will present special programs on these Wednesday and Friday dates. Featured speaker will be Col. Robert Certain (ret.) on both days. For information, call 229-924-0343. The public is invited free of charge.

20
SAM Shortline Train Ride – Sumter Special
10 AM-6:25 PM
Boarding begins at 9:30 a.m. at Georgia Veterans State Park Depot at Lake Blackshear for this Friday adventure. Train departs at 10 a.m. and arrives in Americus at 11:55 a.m. at Jackson Street Depot for a 1-hour, 45-minute layover. Train then departs for Plains at 1:40 p.m. For information on this and all other SAM Shortline rides, call 1-888-GA-RAILS or 229-276-0755.

20
“Cruising Steady” – Rylander Theatre, Americus
8 PM
Take a trip down memory lane as this show explores the music, career and friendship of Aretha Franklin and Smokey Robinson, two of America’s biggest hit makers. It features Broadway stars Patrice Covington and Jesse Nager. Call the Rylander at 229-931-0001 for tickets and information.

25-29  
Americus-Sumter County Fair
5 PM-10 PM Monday-Friday
1 PM-10 PM Saturday, Sunday
The fair returns to the Sumter County Fairgrounds on Ga. High 30 West in Americus. For information, contact Tim Estes at 229-924-4878.

26
Taste of Sumter – Americus
6 PM-9 PM
This popular food tasting event makes its return in downtown this year. For more information, call Americus Main Street at 229-924-4411, Ext. 247.

28
Plains Peanut Festival – Plains
All-day
Come out and enjoy this popular annual festival in President and Mrs. Carter’s hometown. Events include a One Mile Fun Run/5K Road Race; arts and crafts vendors; Peanut Pavilion exhibits; entertainment acts; street dance; President and Mrs. Carter’s book signings; and the highlight, a Main Street Parade at 11 a.m. Visitors can stay and hear President Carter teach Sunday school on Sunday morning at Maranatha Baptist Church. For more information, call 229-824-5373.

OCTOBER 2019

4
SAM Shortline Train Ride – Sumter Special
10 AM-6:25 PM
Boarding begins at 9:30 a.m. at Georgia Veterans State Park Depot at Lake Blackshear for this Friday adventure. Train departs at 10 a.m. and arrives in Americus at 11:55 a.m. at Jackson Street Depot for a 1-hour, 45-minute layover. Train then departs for Plains at 1:40 p.m. For information on this and all other SAM Shortline rides, call 1-888-GA-RAILS or 229-276-0755.

4
First Friday Americus
5 PM-8 PM
The theme is “Flash Back Friday” this month. For information, call Americus Main Street at 229-924-4411, Ext. 235.

5
Eastview Cemetery Tour – Americus
1:30 PM
Tickets are $5 for adults and $1 for children. Tickets must be purchased at the Americus Visitor Center, 101 W. Lamar St., in advance.
Tour takers then meet on site at Ashby Street at 1:30 p.m. Call 229-928-6059 for more information.

13,27
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.

19-20
Andersonville Historic Fair – Andersonville
10 AM-5 PM for both days
This popular event returns to the Civil War Village of Andersonville for the 43rd straight year. Hundreds of re-enactors join thousands of visitors downtown for the two-day event, which this year moves to the third weekend of October instead of the usual first weekend. H.K. Edgerton and the group Dixie Jubilee will be back to perform. For more information, call 229-924-2558 or 229-869-4160, or email  andersonvillega@att.net.

24
Kiwanis Pet Parade & Downtown Trick-or-Treat – Americus
4 PM-8 PM
This annual event draws scores of kids to downtown Americus. For information, call 229-928-6487.

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Happy Halloween!

NOVEMBER 2019


1
First Friday Americus
5 PM- 8 PM
The theme this month is “Downtown Tailgate.” Come and show your support for your favorite sports team! For information, call Americus Main Street at 229-924-4411, Ext. 235.

1-13
Avenue of Flags – Andersonville
The stirring display of more than 200 flags at Andersonville National Cemetery appears five times a year. For more information, call 229-924-0343.

3, 17
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.

8
Veterans Day Program and Parade – Americus
10 AM, 11 AM
The sixth annual Veterans Day program and parade will take place on Friday before Veterans Day in front of the Sumter County Courthouse on Lamar Street at 10 a.m. The parade will follow at 11 a.m. downtown. The public is invited to attend. A special luncheon for invitees follows the parade. For information, contact event chairman Frank Mitchell at 229-938-4310 or efmamericanlegion558@gmail.com.

8
Night Museum – Andersonville
6 PM-9 PM
This event is hosted by the Andersonville National Historic Site and is growing in popularity each time. Experience the National Prisoner of War Museum and the historic prison site after dark in this program. For more information, call Charles Barr at 229-924-0343.

11
Veterans Day

16
Oak Grove Cemetery Tour – Americus
1:30 PM
Tickets are $5 for adults and $1 for children. Tickets must be purchased at the Americus Visitor Center, 101 W. Lamar St., in advance.
Tour takers then meet on site by the flag pole at the cemetery on Rees Street at 1:30 p.m. Call 229-928-6059 for more information.

21
Christmas Open House – Americus
5 PM-8 PM
Come out and see what downtown vendors offer as the 2019 holiday season kicks off at this Thursday preview. Stores are open late. For more information, call 229-924-4411, Ext. 235.

22
“Lightwire Theatre/A Very Electric Christmas” – Rylander Theatre, Americus
7 PM
Combining the arts of puppetry, theater and electroluminescent technology, this captivating tale of family, friendship and hope is truly a one-of-a-kind holiday experience. Call the Rylander at 229-931-0001 for tickets.

28
Thanksgiving Day

29-30
Small Business Weekend – Americus
The weekend after Thanksgiving always offers specials for shoppers. Come check downtown out! For more information, call 229-924-4411, Ext. 235.

30
Christmas Lighting – Plains
6 PM
The annual Christmas lighting of the downtown Christmas lights brings large crowds in for this annual tradition in President Carter’s hometown. For more information, call Plains Better Hometown at 229-824-5373 or 229-928-4825.

DECEMBER 2019


5
Americus Christmas Parade
7 PM
More than 70 entries, including local high school bands, fill the streets of downtown Americus for this annual holiday treat.
For more information, call 229-924-4411, Ext. 235.

6
First Friday Americus
5 PM-8 PM
The theme this month is “Home for the Holidays.” For more information, call 229-924-4411, Ext. 235.

7
Winter Wonderland
9 AM-1 PM
Furlow Charter School is hosting its fourth annual Winter Wonderland beginning at 9 a.m. The Saturday event is open to the public. The community is invited to visit the school and support local vendors by purchasing goods. Vendors are being sought at the present time. For information, contact assistant principal Jason F. Williams at 229-337-2168.

8, 22
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.

14
Wreaths Across America – Andersonville
Take part in the wreath laying ceremony on the second Saturday of December and help honor fallen veterans at Andersonville National Cemetery. The goal is 15,000 wreaths. For information on how to sponsor a wreath, visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/GA0213 or call 229-924-0343.

21
Eastview Cemetery Tour – Americus
1:30 PM
Tickets are $5 for adults and $1 for children. Tickets must be purchased at the Americus Visitor Center, 101 W. Lamar St., in advance.
Tour takers then meet on site at Ashby Street at 1:30 p.m. Call 229-928-6059 for more information.

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Merry Christmas!