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!

JUNE 2024

10-12
Summer History Camp – Americus, Andersonville, Plains
9 AM-5 PM
Interested rising sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-graders will have the opportunity to explore the historic area during History Camp with the Sumter Historic Trust, 318 E. Forsyth St. in Americus. Campers will tour the National Prisoner of War Museum in Andersonville with Vietnam POW Bill Robinson, who spent more than seven years in captivity. Participants also will visit the historic Andersonville Civil War Village, and explore the Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm outside Plains and study the legacies of our Sumter County president and first lady. An agritourism tour of McNeill Farms in Americus and a glassblowing demonstration by a local artist also will be given. For more information on the three-day camp, emailprofstovall@gmail.com or call 229-924-1163.

14
Happy Flag Day!

15
Father’s Day Car Show – Americus
10 AM-1 PM
South Georgia Technical College in Americus will sponsor it’s SGTC Father’s Day Car Show on Saturday, the day before Father’s Day. The event starts at 10 a.m. and is held on the front lawn of the Lonnie Sweat Cafeteria on campus. The address is 900 South Georgia Tech Parkway. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Trucks, cars, motorcycles all will be on display. Admission is free. Lunch is provided. Prizes will be presented in a number of categories, including Best in Show (old), Best in Show (new), Best Paint Job, Best Truck, Best Motorcycle, Best Police, Best Fire & Rescue, Best Ambulance, and Most Car Club members.
For more information, contact Kevin Beaver at 229-931-2578.

15
132nd Anniversary Celebration – Americus
6 PM
Come downtown to help the famous Windsor Hotel celebrate its 132nd anniversary! The ticket includes a three-course dinner; birthday cake; champagne toast; commemorative gift; and live entertainment by Joey Recker on the piano. The price is $65 per person, tax and gratuity included. The hotel, built in 1892, is located at 125 W. Lamar St.
For tickets for the Saturday event, call 229-924-1555.   

15,16
Juneteenth Day of Celebration – Americus
8 AM-5 PM
Code Black Atl, Sisters in Service and the Sumter County NAACP present Juneteenth 2024 on these two days. Come out and join in for a day of celebration. Both Saturday and Sunday hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event takes place at the Americus Train Depot, 329 S. Jackson St. There will be vendors, video gaming, musical entertainment, food trucks, a live band, and free watermelons.
For more information, call 229-389-8275 or 404-323-3314.

15, 16, 29, 30
Glass Blowing Class – Americus
9 AM-4 PM
Artist Devan Cole will be teaching classes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 701 McGarrah St. in Americus. Other classes are offered in July, all on either Saturday or Sunday. The sessions cost $120. Guests can pay with cash or check upon arrival for the workshop. Guests are invited to bring their friends! It takes roughly 30 minutes to complete one artwork; up to two people can make something at the same time. Call 585-704-6942 to make an appointment. Participants must wear closed toe shoes and 100 percent cotton clothing. After your class, the glass must cool in the annealer for 24 hours before it is ready to pick up to take home.
For full pickup details and other information, call 585-704-6942.  
Also visit www.hotglassacademy.com.

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Happy Father’s Day!

17-22
Missoula Children’s Theatre – Americus
TBA
Visit the historic Rylander Theatre on Lamar Street in downtown Americus for Missoula Children’s Theatre’s “Jack and the Beanstalk” on June 17-22. Kids ages 6-18 are invited to participate in this summertime event. Registration begins soon. Visit www.rylander.org for updates.
For details and other information, call the theater at 229-931-0001.

24-28
Janet’s Planet Astronaut Academy – Americus
TBA
Visit downtown Americus and the historic Rylander Theatre for Janet’s Planet Astronaut Academy, one of the theater’s most favorite events of the year. For kids ages 8-12, the entertaining summertime session runs June 24-28. Registration begins soon. Visit www.rylander.org for updates.
For all other details, call the Rylander at 229-931-0001.

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Plains, Trains & Fireworks – Plains
6 PM
Hop aboard the SAM Shortline at Lake Blackshear for a trip to Plains to view the best fireworks show in Sumter County! The spectacle begins at sundown, always on the Saturday before the Fourth of July. Get your tickets early as the train fills quickly and seats are limited.
For more information on this and all other SAM Shortline rides, call 229-276-0755 or visit www.samshortline.com, or call Kim Fuller at Friends of Jimmy Carter National Historical Park at 229-928-4825.


JULY 2024

4
Avenue of Flags – Andersonville
8 AM-5 PM
Visit Andersonville National Historic Site to see this patriotic spectacle. The Avenue of Flags is a display of state flags in the parking lot of the National Prisoner of War Museum as well as hundreds of U.S. flags lining the roads of Andersonville National Cemetery. The Avenue of Flags reinforces patriotism and national pride in a visible bold and proud display of flags. This display occurs four times a year in addition to the Fourth of July around special days of ceremonial significance – National Former POW Recognition Day; Memorial Day; National POW/MIA Recognition Day; and Veterans Day. You can see the display anytime during park hours. No reservations are required.
For more information, call 229-924-0343 or 229-931-7222, or email Susie_Sernaker@nps.gov or Charles_Barr@nps.gov.

4
Happy Fourth of July!

6
Murder Mystery Dinner Train – Americus, Plains
6 PM
SAM Shortline’s latest Murder Mystery Dinner Train takes place on the first Saturday of the month. Boarding begins at 5:30 p.m. and the train departs at 6 p.m. from the Americus Depot, 329 S Jackson St., en route for Plains. Hope aboard for an exciting interactive trip and try to solve the “murder.” The dinner cost is $139.99 per person. Chairman’s Class is $239.99, and that includes dinner. Coach seats are $35 and do not include dinner. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information on tickets and other questions, call 229-276-0755.

6, 7, 27, 28
Glass Blowing Class – Americus
9 AM-4 PM
Artist Devan Cole will be teaching classes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 701 McGarrah St. in Americus. Other classes are offered in June, all either on Saturday or Sunday. The sessions cost $120. Guests can pay with cash or check upon arrival for the workshop. Guests are invited to bring their friends! It takes roughly 30 minutes to complete one artwork; up to two people can make something at the same time. Call 585-704-6942 to make an appointment. Participants must wear closed toe shoes and 100 percent cotton clothing. After your class, the glass must cool in the annealer for 24 hours before it is ready to pick up to take home.
For full pickup details and other information, call 585-704-6942.
Also visit www.hotglassacademy.com.

8-12
Kids Week/Teen Week – Americus
TIMES VARY
It’s summertime, and kids can visit the historic Rylander Theatre in downtown Americus for Sumter Players’ Kids Week/Teen Week during the second week of July! “The Stinky Cheese Man – And Other Fairly Stupid Tales” by John Glore will be offered for rising kindergartners through second-graders from 10 a.m. to noon and for rising third- through seventh-graders from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. All performances will be on Friday, July 12 at 7 p.m. Sessions for rising eighth through twelfth-graders will be 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. That includes Andy’s Tech Hour at 6:30 p.m.
For more information, contact members of Sumter Players or call the Rylander Theatre
at 229-931-0001.

13
SAM Shortline train ride – Sumter Explorer
9:30 AM
Hop aboard the SAM Shortline train for a Sumter Explorer ride to Americus and Plains on this summertime Saturday. Boarding begins at 9:30 a.m. and the train departs at 10 a.m. from Lake Blackshear. The train arrives in Plains at 11:15 a.m. for a 1-hour, 30-minute layover. The train will arrive back in Americus at 1:15 p.m. for a 1-hour, 45-minute layover. Special abbreviated tours of the historic Windsor Hotel may be offered by the Americus Visitor Center for train passengers only. Call 229-928-6059 for details.
For tickets or more information on this and all other SAM Shortline rides, call 229-276-0755 or visit www.samshortline.com.  

20
SAM Shortline train ride – Sumter Explorer
9:30 AM
Hop aboard the SAM Shortline train for a Sumter Explorer ride to Americus and Plains. Boarding begins at 9:30 a.m. and the train departs at 10 a.m. from Lake Blackshear. The train arrives in Plains at 11:15 a.m. for a 1-hour, 30-minute layover. The train will arrive back in Americus at 1:15 p.m. for a 1-hour, 45-minute layover. Special abbreviated tours of the historic Windsor Hotel may be offered by the Americus Visitor Center. Call 229-928-6059 for details.
For tickets or more information on this and all other SAM Shortline rides, call 229-276-0755 or visit www.samshortline.com.  

27
SAM Shortline train ride – Sumter Explorer
9:30 AM
Want a fun summertime trip before school starts for the kids? Then hop aboard the SAM Shortline train for a Sumter Explorer ride to Americus and Plains. Boarding begins at 9:30 a.m. and the train departs at 10 a.m. from Lake Blackshear. The train arrives in Plains at 11:15 a.m. for a 1-hour, 30-minute layover. The train will arrive back in Americus at 1:15 p.m. for a 1-hour, 45-minute layover. Special abbreviated tours of the historic Windsor Hotel may be offered by the Americus Visitor Center. Call 229-928-6059 for details.
For tickets or more information on this and all other SAM Shortline rides, call 229-276-0755 or visitwww.samshortline.com.


AUGUST 2024

TBC
Carter Presidential Auction – Plains
TBC
Save the date now for the annual Carter Presidential Auction in President Carter’s hometown of Plains. The event takes place on the third Saturday of the month. Please consider offering suggestions, donating auction items and being a financial sponsor.
For details, contact Kim C. Fuller at 229-928-4825 or email friendsofjimmycarter@outlook.com.

17
8th Annual Grape Stomp Festival – Americus
11 AM-6 PM
Wolf Creek Plantation will host its eighth annual Grape Stomp Festival beginning at 11 a.m. The address is 207 Wolf Creek Drive in Americus. Local food vendors, arts and crafts vendors and wine and wine slushies will be available all day long! Free tastings and free tours will be offered. Admission is free. Guests are encouraged to bring their family, friends and dogs (on a leash) and have a “grape” time! The event is child-friendly.
For more information, call 229-942-0091 or visitwww.wolfcreekplantation.com.


SEPTEMBER 2024

6
First Friday Americus – ‘Downtown Goes Disney’
5 PM-8 PM
Join hundreds of visitors to downtown Americus for the favorite First Friday of the year – “Downtown Goes Disney.” See dozens of Disney-themed characters dressed in appropriate attire, and visit the shops downtown on this fun night for special gifts and souvenirs. Remember to bring your camera! And don’t forget the free trolley rides across town.
For more information, contact Americus Main Street at 229-924-4411, Ext. 235 or Ext. 247.

26
Taste of Sumter
6 PM-9 PM
Visit downtown Americus for one of the favorite events of the year and taste the best food across Sumter County. Dozens of establishments will be serving their favorites.
For more information, call Americus Main Street at 229-924-4411, Ext. 235 or Ext. 247, or visit www.downtownamericus.com.




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