Its a gently blowing fall evening in Macon. The autumn moon is overhead. The stars are sparkling over the skyline of downtown. And Percy Sledge just finished a free concert in Washington Park, closing out another successful season of the Second Sunday concert series in the College Hill Corridor. My, how lucky we are.
And even though Second Sunday goes on break and the Georgia National Fair is packed up until next year, its not over yet. In fact, fall in Middle Georgia is just getting started.
This weekend weve got a new event. Macons Octoberfest offers two full days of live music with artists such as Shawn Mullins and Ruby Velle & the Soulphonics. Also, Jazz & the Arts on Riverdale is celebrating its 10th year with the best of local jazz, arts and block party fellowship. And if that wasnt enough, Macon has a Greek Festival going on as well.
Every autumn, just like New Years resolutions, I make a bucket list of things I want to experience within a 40-mile radius when the weather is just right. From the challenge to eat at every Middle Georgia barbecue restaurant to trying new hiking trails, re-visiting historic sites and picnicking at some of my favorite green spaces, my list has never run short (or been completed, for that matter). So, this year, think about a fall bucket list of your own. Here are just a few recommendations for your own autumn adventures.
Take a time warp into Macon history with Riverside Cemeterys Spirits in October. The guided cemetery tours, taking place throughout the last two weeks of October, stroll you through the final resting places of some of Macons most notorious history-makers. Along the tour, costumed characters greet visitors and bring to life stories of Macons fascinating past. This years theme is Lucky or Unlucky 13 and among the spirits youll meet is Lowry Eugene Stripling Sr., also known as Uncle Ned, a musician, radio deejay and television front man of Uncle Neds Hayloft Jamboree, which once aired regularly on 13WMAZ.
Another place to get outside and feel the fall is at Lane Southern Orchards in Fort Valley. This year, Lanes took agritourism to the next level by adding music heritage into the mix. Their Allman Brothers-inspired corn maze is 6 acres of familiar twists and turns, designed in ode to the iconic Eat a Peach album cover and with music trivia throughout.
And in the spirit of Allman brotherhood, fall is a great time to visit the Big House, the official museum of the Allman Brothers Band. Not only can you spend hours getting lost in the many displays of relics, band history and re-creations of their actual living spaces, but the grounds to the Big House are also a music experience. Take a moment by the koi pond, stay a spell on the front porch and catch a breeze through the old trees found throughout the property, and youll feel that special something about the Big House that the band felt, too.
Finally, I invite you to take a Rock Candy Tour. This is my favorite time of year to be giving tours about Macon music history. Youll find one of us guiding tours every Friday night, leaving at 9 p.m., from the Rookery. Well walk you through almost every genre of music. Well swap stories of infamous haunts like Le Bistro, Red Lamp Lounge and Miss Annes Tic Toc. Well share why our sidewalks are special, why our music is legendary and why if our walls could talk, they would sing.
Jessica Walden is director of communications for the College Hill Alliance and co-owner of Rock Candy Tours. Contact her at email@example.com.