Cherry Blossom Festival daily calendar

March 16, 2012 

Friday, March 16

Old Book Sale

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Macon Centreplex, 200 Coliseum Drive. Come, look through and leave happy, knowing your purchases help support Bibb County libraries. 745-2422. friendsofthelibrarymacon.com. Free admission. Event continues March 17-18.

Central City Park Opening Ceremony and Ribbon Cutting

Noon, Central City Park. Celebrate the opening of the festival. Free.

Kachunga and the Alligator Show

2 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Central City Park. The excitement, education, fun and safe factors of this show cannot be overstated: The alligators are treated with respect and care and are never harmed. Free. Presented by Flash Foods and Georgia Farm Bureau.

Nightly Concert

Coca-Cola Entertainment Stage, Central City Park. Featuring the John King Band from 6-7:30 p.m. and A2Z Band from 8-11 p.m. Free. Presented by State Bank.

An Evening with Livingston Taylor

8 p.m. Cox Capitol Theatre, 382 Second St. Loosen up and listen in for a night of music and storytelling with James Taylor’s singer/songwriter brother. All seats reserved. 257-6391. coxcapitoltheatre.com. $25 floor seats, $20 balcony box seats, $15 balcony seats.

Cherry Blossom Gala

8 p.m. Macon City Auditorium, 415 First St. This fun kick-off evening features live entertainment by the Tams, the Drifters and the Japanese Matsuriza Taiko Drummers. Heavy hors d’oeuvres, cash bar; black tie optional. 301-5470. $62.50 per person; tables of eight available. Presented by Birch Communications and Georgia Power. Supported by Bank of America and Durwood Fincher, Mr. Doubletalk.

Saturday, March 17

Pink Pancake Breakfast

7-10 a.m. Virginia College Parkview Pavilion at Central City Park. Eat up for a good cause. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. $5; free parking. Presented by the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department.

Cherry Blossom Golf Tournament

Bowden Golf Course, 311 Millerfield Road. Hit one for the festival. Men’s two-man best ball tournament. 256-4101. cityofmacon.net. $180 per team; $90 per person.

Central Georgia’s Strongest Man

10 a.m. Central City Park, top of the park. Strongmen from across the United States battle it out in a competition of pure brutal strength. nastrongman.com. Free admission. Presented by Greg Fields for North American Strongman.

Kids CherryDazzle

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Central City Park. Be dazzled with face painting, games, mascots and prizes. Free admission for kids of all ages.

Dixie Disc Dogs Championships

11 a.m.-5 p.m. Central City Park. Watch Frisbee dogs from around the country compete for the championship title. $5 for competing dogs; free to watch. Presented by the Greater Atlanta Dog and Disc Club in Association with WOOF.

Pet Fashion Show

11 a.m. registration; 1-2:30 p.m. show, Coca-Cola Entertainment Stage. Best dressed, pet owner look-a-like, most unusual, best Asian outfit and grand prize doggy dazzle king and queen. $25 prizes. $5 registration; free to watch. Presented by FURever Friends Humane Society.

Snakes of Georgia Encounter

2:30-3:30 p.m. live demonstrations, Central City Park, Coca-Cola Entertainment Stage. Prepare for amazement at this educational experience featuring venomous and non-venomous snakes of Georgia. Look-and-learn display by the animal show. Free. Presented by Southeastern Reptile Rescue.

Chalk the Walk

11 a.m.-1 p.m. Third Street Park. While the beds race, draw on this extra-large art board. Fun for all kids and the occasional adult. Free admission and chalk.

Racing Beds

1 p.m. Cherry Street. These wild and wacky speed machines are serious. Beds race in historic Downtown Macon in hopes of hoisting the “Fastest Bed” trophy. $50 per five-member team; free to watch. Heat timing by Technicon Engineering. Presented by Georgia College & State University and Walthall Oil Company. Official Bed Race Headquarters: Beds & Bedding.

Heels for the Cure

2 p.m. or immediately following Bed Race, Cherry Street. Get pumped. Fast and often funny, men, women and kids run in high heels through downtown Macon with Susan G. Komen for the Cure to raise money for a cure to end breast cancer. Register at komencentralga.org; call 390-4828 for more information. $10 donation to run; free to watch.

Macon-Bibb Firefighter Competition Events

Cherry Street. Adding yet another reason to love everyday hero firefighters, this is a competition sure to entertain the entire family. See their skill, agility and teamwork live. 751-9180. Free.

Andy Gross’ Mind-Boggling Magic Comedy Show

3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Cox Capitol Theatre, 382 Second St. Laugh in wonder at this captivating show for young and old. 257-6391. coxcapitoltheatre.com. $15 advance, $20 day of show; $25 reserved tables.

A Festival of Music for Organ and Brass

7:30 p.m. St. Joseph Catholic Church, 830 Poplar St. This concert is one for classical music lovers. Featuring Colony IV Brass with timpanist Rob Sumowski and organist Nelda Chapman. 745-1631. stjosephmacon.com. Free.

Motorcycle Mania

12:30-2:30 p.m. Central City Park. Why pedal when you can ride? See more than 250 bikes on display from motorcycle enthusiasts from around the state. Free.

Kachunga and the Alligator Show

2 p.m. 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Central City Park. Free. Presented by Flash Foods and Georgia Farm Bureau.

Tunes and Balloons at Macon State College

Gates open at 4 p.m.; balloons glow at dusk, weather permitting. Macon State College, 100 College Station Drive. Marvel at hot air balloon tether rides and the balloon glow at this picnic-style event. Children’s activities and live entertainment by Campbell Airlines on stage and the Matsuriza Japanese Drummers of Disney during the glow. Tour Waddell Barnes Botanical Gardens. Blankets and lawn chairs encouraged. Food and beverages for purchase; no glass or pets. $5; children under 6 are free; free parking. Presented by American Pride Bank, Cox Communications, Frito-Lay and Georgia Lottery.

Nightly Concert

Coca-Cola Entertainment Stage. Central City Park. Featuring Foxx City Band from 5:30-7 p.m., Big Daddy & Company from 7:30-9 p.m. and Alter Eagles -- Tribute to the Eagles from 9:30-11:30 p.m. Green margarita specials all day! Free. Presented by State Bank.

Tickled Pink Comedy Show

9 p.m. Grand Opera House, 651 Mulberry St. Laugh yourself pink with comedian, actor and author Finesse Mitchell, a star of Disney’s hit show “A.N.T. Farm,” Essence Magazine columnist and a former “SNL” feature character. 301-5470. $25. Pre-party starts at 7 p.m.

Sunday, March 18

Cherry Blossom Golf Tournament

Bowden Golf Course, 311 Millerfield Road. Hit one for the festival. Men’s two-man best ball tournament. 256-4101. cityofmacon.net. $180 per team; $90 per person.

Amazing Animal Athlete Dog Show

11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Central City Park. Fun for dogs and their non-furry friends, these freestyle demonstrations feature championship disc dogs. $5. Presented by the Greater Atlanta Dog and Disc Club in Association with WOOF.

Opening Worship Service

12:15 p.m. St. Joseph Catholic Church, 830 Poplar St. Worship in pink in honor of the Cherry Blossom Festival. Free.

Kachunga and the Alligator Show

2 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Central City Park. Free. Presented by Flash Foods and Georgia Farm Bureau.

Cherry Blossom Parade

3 p.m. Cherry and Mulberry streets. Celebrate 30 years of fun and festivities and see celebrity Grand Marshals Barbara Eden of “I Dream of Jeannie” and Carlton Varney of Dorothy Draper Interiors, marching bands, colorful floats, military units, performers and entertainers who will wow and dazzle. Free. Presented by GEICO.

Laughing Pizza

4 p.m. Cox Capitol Theatre, 382 Second St. Straight from TV, family band Laughing Pizza will bring a fun-filled concert of original pop songs. 257-6391. coxcapitoltheatre.com. $12 advance, $15 day of show, $20 reserved table seats.

Voice and Piano Concert

4 p.m. Vineville United Methodist Church, 2045 Vineville Ave. A showcase of young talent enjoyable for all, featuring pianists Curtis Smith and Bradley Smith and soprano Kerrie Caldwell. 745-3331. vinevillemethodist.org. Free.

Dinner and a Jazz Band

6 p.m. Riverside United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 735 Pierce Ave. Listen to First Presbyterian Day School’s jazz ensemble. Bring your own brown bag dinner and enjoy homemade desserts for purchase. 746-9688, extension 120. rumcmacon.org. Free admission.

Nightly Concert: R&B and Beach

6-9 p.m. Coca-Cola Entertainment Stage, Central City Park. Featuring Hollywood Band. Free. Presented by State Bank.

Music for the World

7:30 p.m. Porter Auditorium, Wesleyan College, 4760 Forsyth Road. Feast your ears on the international language -- music! Prepare to hear Middle Georgia Concert Band’s variety of music inspired by the festival’s featured nation. Free. Presented by CertusBank.

Monday, March 19

Cherry Blossom Cupcakes

11 a.m.- noon, Amanda’s Cakery, 321 Cotton Ave. Free cupcakes! Need we say more? 738-9504. amandascakery.net.

Third Street Park Festivities

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Third Street Park. Free Coca-Cola, ice cream and live music. Carriage rides courtesy of Jackson Automotive. Presented by Atlanta Postal Credit Union.

Cherry Blossom Organ Concert

Noon, Mulberry Street United Methodist Church, 719 Mulberry St. Hear the 30-minute organ concert by organist Nicole Murane. Free.

Kachunga and the Alligator Show

2 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Central City Park. Free. Presented by Flash Foods and Georgia Farm Bureau.

Nightly Concert: Blues/Funk/R&B

6-9 p.m. Coca-Cola Entertainment Stage, Central City Park. Featuring Big Mike and the Booty Papas. Free. Presented by State Bank.

An Evening of Music

7 p.m. Performing Arts Center, Central High School, 2155 Napier Ave. Delight in an evening of fine music from The Department of Fine Arts featuring the Bibb County Honor Choir and instrumental music. 765-8595. Free.

Tuesday, March 20

Authors Luncheon

11:30 a.m. Idle Hour Country Club, 251 Idle Hour Drive. Along with a delectable lunch, listen to the stories behind Barbara Eden’s “I Dream of Jeannie” series and her recent memoir. 301-5470. $40 per person, tables of eight. Presented by Burgess Pigment.

Third Street Park Festivities

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Third Street Park. Free Coca-Cola, ice cream by Bruster’s and live music. Carriage rides courtesy of Jackson Automotive. Free. Presented by Atlanta Postal Credit Union.

Cherry Blossom Organ Concert

Noon, Mulberry Street United Methodist Church, 719 Mulberry St. Hear the 30-minute organ concert by organist Joseph O’Berry. Free.

Taste of the South

Noon, 730 College St. Sit and enjoy lunch served by Federated Garden Club members, a house tour, Neel Reid exhibit and brief garden talk. Reservations required. 742-0921. fgcmacon.org. $25.

Kachunga and the Alligator Show

2 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Central City Park. Free. Presented by Flash Foods and Georgia Farm Bureau.

Nightly Concert: Margaritaville and Smirnoff Ice Night

6-10 p.m. Coca-Cola Entertainment Stage, Central City Park. Featuring Sons of Sailors -- Jimmy Buffett Tribute. Smirnoff Ice specials. Free. Presented by State Bank.

“Fiddler on the Roof” The Musical

7:30 p.m. Grand Opera House, 651 Mulberry St. The Tony Award-winning musical that has captured the hearts of people all over the world with its universal appeal, filled with a rousing, heartwarming score. 301-5470. $40 and up.

Army Ground Forces Band Concert

7:30 p.m. Porter Auditorium, Wesleyan College, 4760 Forsyth Road. Listen to a special performance of lively patriotic and popular music for all. Free. Presented by Hudson and Marshall.

Wednesday, March 21

Third Street Park Festivities: Military Appreciation Day

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Third Street Park. Free Coca-Cola, ice cream by Bruster’s and live music. Carriage rides courtesy of Jackson Automotive. Presented by Atlanta Postal Credit Union.

Cherry Blossom Organ Concert

Noon, Mulberry Street United Methodist Church, 719 Mulberry St. Hear the 30-minute organ concert by organist Thomas Williford. Free.

Taste of the South

Noon, 730 College St. Sit and enjoy lunch, a house tour, Neel Reid exhibit and brief garden talk. Reservations required. 742-0921. fgcmacon.org. $25.

Kachunga and the Alligator Show

2 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Central City Park. Free. Presented by Flash Foods and Georgia Farm Bureau.

Nightly Concert: Blues to Boardwalk

6-9 p.m. Coca-Cola Entertainment Stage, Central City Park. Featuring the Fabulous Boomers. Free. Presented by State Bank.

“Fiddler on the Roof” The Musical

7:30 p.m. Grand Opera House, 651 Mulberry St. Enjoy the Tony Award-winning musical. 301-5470. $40 and up.

Broadway in Bloom: A Dinner Cabaret

6:30 p.m. cash bar cocktail hour, 7 p.m. dinner, Armory Ballroom, 484 First St. Sing along and tap your toes to Broadway show tunes performed live by artists J.J. Hobbs, Victor Ryan Robertson and C.J. Warren. 301-5470. $40 per person.

Thursday, March 22

Cherry Blossom Golf Tournament

Bowden Golf Course, 311 Millerfield Road. Hit one for the festival. Women’s two-person best ball tournament. 256-4101. cityofmacon.net. $75 per team.

Cherry Blossom Grand Rounds

8 a.m.-9 p.m. Eversole Auditorium, The Medical Center of Central Georgia, 822 Hemlock St. Enjoy this presentation focusing on health care in WWII Japanese American Concentration Camps (1942-1945). 633-1367. Free.

Cherry Blossom Fashion Show and Pink Champagne Brunch

11 a.m. doors open, 11:30 a.m. show, Anderson Conference Center, 5171 Eisenhower Parkway. Local tastemaker Mark Ballard will coordinate and emcee this stylish fashion show, including celebrity guest models, pink champagne and catered brunch by Edgar’s Bistro. 301-5470. $35; tables of 10 available. Presented by Carlyle Place, Georgia Arrhythmia Consultants and Georgia Heart Center of The Medical Center of Central Georgia.

Third Street Park Festivities

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Third Street Park. Free Coca-Cola, ice cream by Bruster’s and live music. Carriage rides courtesy of Jackson Automotive. Presented by Atlanta Postal Credit Union.

Taste of the South

Noon, Federated Garden Club, 730 College St. Reservations required. 742-0921; fgcmacon.org. $25.

Cherry Blossom Organ Concert

Noon, Mulberry Street United Methodist Church, 719 Mulberry St. Hear the 30-minute organ concert by organist Alvin Blount. Free.

Kachunga and the Alligator Show

2 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Central City Park. Free. Presented by Flash Foods and Georgia Farm Bureau.

Nightly Concert

Coca-Cola Entertainment Stage Central City Park. Featuring Floco Torres from 7-9 p.m. and Jubee and the Morning After from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Beer specials beginning at 8 p.m. Free admission. Presented by State Bank.

Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve Concert

7:30 p.m. Porter Auditorium, Wesleyan College; 4760 Forsyth Road. Tune your ear to this dynamic performance of rousing patriotic and popular music for all. Free. Presented by Osan Petroleum.

Friday, March 23

Third Street Park Festivities: Founders Day

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Third Street Park. Free birthday cake, ice cream by Bruster’s, Coca-Cola and live music. Carriage rides courtesy of Jackson Automotive. Presented by Atlanta Postal Credit Union.

Cherry Blossom Organ Concert

Noon, Mulberry Street United Methodist Church, 719 Mulberry St. Hear the 30-minute organ concert by organist Catherine Elliott. Free.

Kachunga and the Alligator Show

2 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Central City Park. Free. Presented by Flash Foods and Georgia Farm Bureau.

Coleman Hill Concert

6-8 p.m. Come early, with blanket and picnic ready for a fantastic evening of music overlooking Macon at twilight. Jazz selections performed by Ken Trimmins and the Quiet Storm. Free. Presented by Jones, Cork & Miller.

“Girls Night” The Musical

7:30 p.m. Grand Opera House, 651 Mulberry St. A touching and hilarious “tell-it-like-it-is” look at the lives of a group of female friends, this show promises to have you laughing, crying and dancing in the aisles. 301-5470. $38 and $32 for groups of 10 or more.

Nightly Concert: Country in the Park

Coca-Cola Entertainment Stage, Central City Park. Featuring Travis Denning from 6-7:30 p.m. and Shane Bridges from 8-11 p.m. Free. Presented by State Bank.

Saturday, March 24

Pink Pancake Breakfast

7-10 a.m. Virginia College Parkview Pavilion at Central City Park. Eat up for a good cause. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. $5; free parking. Presented by the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department.

Cherry Blossom Road Race

8-11 a.m. Howard High School. Run among the cherry blossoms, and bring the kids for the carnival. Options include 10k, 5k and 1-mile fun run. To register, call 972-9188 or visit cherryblossomroadrace.com. $12-$20. Presented by Wesley Glen Ministries.

Cherry Blossom Golf Tournament

Bowden Golf Course, 311 Millerfield Road. Hit one for the festival. Senior men’s two-man best ball tournament. 256-4101. cityofmacon.net. $90 per team.

International Food Fair

11 a.m.-6 p.m. Third Street Park between Mulberry and Walnut streets. Chow down on international dishes with live entertainment by Ernest Rogers under the cherry tree canopy. Beer sales onsite. Free admission. Presented by Cheddar’s.

PAWS for a Cause

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Central City Park, top of the park. Make good on your promise to your pooch with agility training demos and obedience 101. Presented by FURever Friends.

“Girls Night” The Musical

3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Grand Opera House, 651 Mulberry St. This show promises to have you laughing, crying and dancing in the aisles. 301-5470. $38 and $32 for groups of 10 or more.

16th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival Car Show

8-10 a.m. registration; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. show, Central City Park (rain date: March 25). Enter your own beauty on wheels, or see fine favorites that might just spark your interest in a new-to-you old ride. 960-4240. freewebs.com/flagcitymc. $25 day of show, $20 before March 17; Free to look. Presented by Flag City Mustang Club.

Kachunga and the Alligator Show

2 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Central City Park. Free. Presented by Flash Foods and Georgia Farm Bureau.

Nightly Concert: Georgia’s Premier Party Band

Coca-Cola Entertainment Stage, Central City Park. Featuring HERO from 6-7:30 p.m. and the Grapevine from 8-11 p.m. Free. Presented by State Bank.

Street Party

7 p.m. gates open, Third Street. Cherry Plaza Stage: Party on the pavement with national recording artist Rodney Atkins and openers Stevens Layne and Gasoline Brothers. rodneyatkins.com. Gateway Plaza Stage: Dance the night away with rapper, producer, musician, cartoonist Shock-G, the mastermind behind multi-platinum artists Digital Underground. Best known for the hit track “The Humpty Dance,” this group, alongside Nappy Roots, is prepared to party. Opener: Bo Ponder. shockg.com. $12 advance, $20 day of show. Presented by Georgia Lottery. Supported by Miller-Motte Technical College.

Sunday, March 25

Cherry Blossom Golf Tournament

Bowden Golf Course, 311 Millerfield Road. Hit one for the festival. Junior tournament. 256-4101. cityofmacon.net. $90 per team.

The Rev. Jimmy Waters Closing Worship Service

11 a.m. New Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, 475 Church St. Gather in pink in honor of the Cherry Blossom Festival. Free.

International Food Fair

11 a.m.-5 p.m. Third Street Park between Mulberry and Walnut streets. Chow down on international dishes with live entertainment under the cherry tree canopy by Ernest Rogers. Beer sales onsite. Free admission. Presented by Cheddar’s.

Concert: Bluegrass in the Park

11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Coca-Cola Entertainment Stage, Central City Park. Live bluegrass music. Free. Presented by State Bank.

Kachunga and the Alligator Show

Noon, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Central City Park. Free. Presented by Flash Foods and Georgia Farm Bureau.

Joyous Music for Organ

2 p.m. St. Joseph Catholic Church, 830 Poplar St. Joby Bell brings to both the trained musician and the average listener a new appreciation for the wonders of the pipe organ. This concert is presented on the church’s 53-rank Schlicker pipe organ. 745-1631. stjosephmacon.com. Free.

Organ Concert

4 p.m. Vineville United Methodist Church, 2045 Vineville Ave. A showcase of young talent enjoyable for all, featuring organist Bryan Anderson. 745-3331. vinevillemethodist.org. Free.

Grand Finale

5 p.m. Wesleyan College; 4760 Forsyth Road. Fireworks at dusk, children’s activities, food vendors and live entertainment by Crankln’ Daddies. Picnics and blankets are encouraged at this closing event of the 30th annual festival. Free. Presented by Capital City Bank. Supported by Butler Automotive.

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