Out & About Calendar

December 13, 2013 


Ice Skating

Macon Coliseum, 200 Coliseum Drive. Dec. 15, 22, 29, Jan. 19 and 26, Feb. 23: 12:30-3 p.m., 4-6:30 p.m. and 7:30-10 p.m.; Dec. 18-20, Jan. 17 and 24, Feb. 17 and 21: 5-7:30 p.m. and 8:30-11 p.m.; Dec. 21, 23 and 26-28, Jan. 18 and 25, Feb. 18 and 22: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 1:30-4 p.m., 5-7:30 p.m. and 8:30-11 p.m.; Jan. 20 and Feb. 19: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 1:30-4 p.m. and 5-7:30 p.m. $10 per person; $8 per person for matinee sessions, which are 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; $6 for military during matinee sessions. Admission includes skates. Free to watch. www.maconcentreplex.com.

Celtic Christmas with Robin Bullock and Steve Baughman

7:30 p.m. Dec. 13, Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. With special guest artists joining in the second set. 478-742-2000. $20.

A Century of Christmas at Hay House

Hay House, 934 Georgia Ave. Christmas luncheon: 12:30 p.m. Dec. 13; three-course lunch, self-guided tours, musical performances; reservations required; $25 per person. Christmas Gala: 7-9 p.m. Dec. 19; Performance by Theatre Macon, drinks and appetizers; reservations preferred; $20 per person or $30 per couple. 478-742-8155. www.hayhousemacon.org.

Christmas Events at the Rock Ranch

5020 Barnesville Highway, The Rock. Breakfast/lunch with Santa Claus: Dec. 14; bring your own cameras for free photos, make reservations online, $13.95 per person. Country Christmas in Lights: 6-10 p.m. nightly through Dec. 31, over a mile of Christmas lights will be open for families to drive through; free, donations accepted. Snacks, shopping and children’s activities: Dec. 13-14, 19-21 and 23, Truett’s Barn; Christmas music, shopping among jams, jellies and gift items from the farm market, fresh-baked goods and hot meals for purchase, free admission; kids can go through the Christmas Crafts Experience complete with Santa’s elves, a photo spot, cookie decorating, ornament making, letters to Santa, Christmas movies in the theater room and more, $10. www.therockranch.com.

Christmas Festival

Noon-3 p.m. Dec. 14, Frank Johnson Center, 2227 Mercer University Drive. Performances by George Muhammad and the Torchlight Academy, Phenomenal Phoenix, the Rev. Alexander Newton and Iron Sharpens Iron. Candy and children’s clothing will be distributed to those in need. Free. 478-751-9274.

Love Lights a Tree Ceremony

2-4 p.m. Dec. 14, Macon Mall, 3661 Eisenhower Parkway. Performances by Bibb County students, kids crafts and activities and raffle. Symbolic Christmas and tree lights are being sold to honor and remember those touched by cancer. Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. 478-972-0207.

Old Time Christmas Celebration

6-8 p.m. Dec. 14, the Cannonball House, 856 Mulberry St. Enjoy an evening of family fun, make crafts, sing carols, hear the Christmas story, expect a visit from Father Christmas and take part in period dancing. With warm cider and cookies. $6; free for children under 12. 478-745-5982.

Very Merry Christmas Tour

6:30 p.m. Dec. 14, Homer J. Walker Civic Center, 702 Watson Blvd., Warner Robins. Featuring NewSong, Audio Adrenaline, Sidewalk Prophets and Jason Castro. Tickets available at www.itickets.com or at the Lamb’s Well, 115 Margie Drive, Warner Robins. $40 VIP general admission, $20 general admission in advance, $25 day of show.

Christmas Tours at Lockerly Arboretum

8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Dec. 16-18, Lockerly Arboretum, 1534 Irwinton Road, Milledgeville. Lockerly Hall will be decorated in live greenery by local garden clubs. $5. Reservations required by calling 478-452-2112.

Santa’s Little Helper Workshop

6-8 p.m. Dec. 18, Bloomfield Park, 4115 Lions Place. Children will be able to make an ornament and meet Santa. Refreshments for sale. Free. 478-781-6000.

Mike Fuller’s Annual Holiday Magic & Variety Show

7:30 p.m. Dec. 19, Macon Little Theatre, 4220 Forsyth Road. Featuring Kim Meeks with songs of the season, Middle Georgia Youth Ballet, handbell choir from Highland Hills Baptist Church, magic, music and merriment. Tickets available at the door. www.MaconLittleTheatre.org or 478-471-7529. $10 adults, $5 children under 17.

John Berry

7:30 p.m. Dec. 20, Grand Opera House, 651 Mulberry St. The Grammy Award nominee returns with his Christmas concert. $35. 478-301-5470. www.thegrandmacon.com.

The Macedonia Church Christmas Affair

7 p.m. Dec. 20, Macon Marriott City Center, 240 Coliseum Drive. Food, music, dancing, comedy. Tickets available at the Macedonia Church office, 478-750-0040. $30.

Holiday Arts and Crafts Mart

Through Dec. 21, Suite 70, Peach Shops, Byron. Featuring 25 local artisans and crafters. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday. 478-397-1476.

Fort Hawkins Frontier Christmas

Noon-4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday in December, Fort Hawkins Historic Site, Emery Highway. Tour the three-story Blockhouse Replica of the early American frontier fort and factory with unique daytime candlelight tours of the second floor. Warm mulled cider and ginger snaps will be served. 478-742-3003. www.forthawkins.com. Free.

New Year’s Eve Bash

8 p.m.-midnight Dec. 31, Macon Centreplex Ballroom, 200 Coliseum Drive. Featuring WoolFolk, the Tyler Hammond Band and the Whiskey Gentry. All-ages, non-smoking environment. There will be a free trolley service between the event and downtown Macon. $15. $65 VIP pass includes two tickets, appetizers, open bar and post-midnight breakfast buffet. 478-803-1628.

New Year’s Eve Ball

8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Dec. 31, Landings Golf Club, 309 Statham’s Way, Warner Robins. Black tie event includes dinner, entertainment and champagne toast. Valet parking included. $25. Reservations required by Dec. 23 by calling 478-923-5222, extension 2.

New Year’s Eve Big Bash

Dec. 31, Terminal Station, 200 Cherry St. Dance featuring the Grapevine Band and silent auction. Benefits the Arc Macon. www.arcmacon.org. 478-477-7764. $40 per person.

Perry Buzzard Drop

9 p.m. Dec. 31, Courthouse Square, Perry. Live music from the Celebration Band; spirits sold on-site, confetti and a balloon release. As part of the evening’s festivities, Perry’s downtown restaurants and businesses will stay open late, offering food and drink specials. 478-988-2757. www.perrybuzzarddrop.com. Free.


Wesleyan Market

9 a.m.-1 p.m. the second Saturday of every month, Wesleyan College, 4760 Forsyth Road. The event features a variety of locally grown and produced items ranging from flowers and organic fruits and vegetables to baked goods, art and crafts. 478-757-5233. Free.

The Fall Line Farmers Market on First Fridays

4-8 p.m. the first Friday of every month, First Presbyterian Church, 210 S. Wayne St., Milledgeville. Locally grown seasonal produce, fresh seafood, arts and crafts and more. Held in conjunction with First Friday events sponsored by Milledgeville Mainstreet. 478-452-9394 or fall.line.farmers.market@gmail.com.

State Farmers Market

8 a.m.-dark daily, 2055 Eisenhower Parkway. Farmers selling fresh produce, as well as dealers year-round. Closed New Year’s Day.

Mulberry Street Market

3:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Mulberry Street. Locally grown produce, dairy, meat, desserts and more.

International City Farmers Market

1-6 p.m. Thursday, Watson Boulevard and Maple Street, in front of Perkins Field across from Robins Federal Credit Union, Warner Robins. Featuring Georgia-grown/made foods. Local, seasonal produce, meat, milk and more. 478-225-7626.


Benefit Sing

7 p.m. Dec. 14, Cathedral of Christ Baptist Church, 3216 Hartley Bridge Road. Gospel benefit sing for Taylor Rozar Mission Trip to Russia. Featuring the Gospel Travelers, Sylvia Rogers, Taylor Rozar and more.

Contemporary Christmas Drama

7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 15, Parkway Assembly of God’s Family Life Center, 5191 Eisenhower Parkway. The church drama team and choir will present “The Night before Christmas,” a contemporary drama about three families in crisis on Christmas Eve. Nursery provided for ages 3 and younger. Free. 478-477-5678.


The Black Lips

7 p.m. Dec. 13, Cox Capitol Theatre, 382 Second St. With special guests Curtis Harding and Shehehe. $15. www.coxcapitoltheatre.com.

Chuck Leavell and Friends

8 p.m. Dec. 21, Cox Capitol Theatre, 382 Second St. Limited seating. Benefits the Big House Foundation. Tickets can be purchased at the theater. $35-$62.50. www.coxcapitoltheatre.com.

Birthday Tribute to Elvis

7:30 p.m. Jan. 9, Ritz Theatre, 114 S. Church St., Thomaston. Todd Allen Herendeen and this Follow That Dream band bring Elvis to life on stage in this annual performance. $15 in advance; $20 at the door. 706-646-2749.

Monroe Crossing

7:30 p.m. Jan. 10, Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Bluegrass show full of jaw-dropping, red-hot picking. 478-742-2000. $20.

Don Williams

8 p.m. Jan. 15, Grand Opera House, 651 Mulberry St. Appropriate for all ages. Tickets are available at www.tickets.mercer.edu or 478-301-5470. $45 and $55.


7 p.m. Jan. 25, Cox Capitol Theatre, 382 Second St. $15. www.coxcapitoltheatre.com.

Willie Nelson

7:30 p.m. Feb. 4, City Auditorium, 415 First St. Tickets on sale at Coliseum Box Office, 800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com.

Poetic Peace Open Mic Nights

7-11 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month, Bar 41, 414 Cherry St. Featuring spoken word, musicians, dancers, visual artists and more. 478-719-2054. $5 cover. First five open mic artists are free.


“Dances for Fun”

7:30-10:30 p.m. Dec. 14, St. Joseph Catholic Church Social Hall, 860 New St. Co-sponsored by the church’s new dance ministry and the Greater Macon Chapter of USA Dance No. 6059. For ages 21 and older. There will be a DJ and a variety of dance music; dress is semi-formal or Sunday best; light refreshments. Lighted parking across the street. 478-743-7970. $10 per person, $5 students with ID.

Holiday Gala

8 p.m.-midnight Dec. 14, La Piada, 4295 Interstate Drive. Holiday themed dance featuring special performances, door prizes, food and a cash bar. Dress to impress. Proceeds benefit “First Time College Students and Disciplinary Arts.” $40. 478-474-3566.

Argentine Tango

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Holiday Inn, 3953 River Place Drive. Guided practica for beginners. 478-742-9367. Free.

Macon Shag Club

6:45 p.m. shag lessons, 7:30 p.m. dancing, Thursday, Holiday Inn Macon North, 3953 River Place Drive. 478-960-3450. Free.


8 p.m. Friday, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 9, 4493 Houston Ave. Featuring the Dixie Pride Band. 478-784-1454. Public welcome. $7.


8:30 p.m. Saturday, VFW Post 658, 4864 Harrison Road. Band: Winchester. Singles welcome. 478-474-3663. $7.

Pairs and Spares Square Dance

6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, except holidays, North Macon Park Recreation Center, Wimbish Road. Caller: Lee Dixon. 478-757-2912. Free.

Western Square Dancers of Macon Square Dance Club

6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, except fourth Thursdays, Howard Community Club, 5645 Forsyth Road. Caller: Bob Shiver. Cuer: Jack Raye. 478-935-8364. Free.

North Macon Square Dancers Dance

6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, 815 N. Macon Park Drive. 478-471-1560.


Bleckley County Jamboree

7 p.m. Friday, Oak Grove Community Center, Ga. 126, Cochran. Classic country and gospel music, featuring Josh Lucas and Friends. 478-230-3380. Free.

Hollonville Opry House

6:30 p.m. Saturday, Ga. 362, Hollonville. 770-228-4832 or hollonvilleopry.com. Free; operated on donations.

Juliette Opry House

5:30 p.m. every first Saturday; front porch local bluegrass jam; 7 p.m. open mic stage show; 8 p.m. headliner stage show; Ga. 87, Juliette. Call 478-335-3895 for tickets or buy online at www.acousticproductions.com. $17.

Ole Clinton Opry

5:30-10 p.m. Friday, 215 Old Ga. 18, Gray. This week: 5:30 p.m. Music Man, 7 p.m. Good News Bluegrass, 8:45 p.m. John Holliday. 478-825-4118 or www.clintonopry.com. Free; donations accepted.

Powersville Opry

4-9 p.m. Saturday; south onto Powersville Road off Ga. 247 Connector between Warner Robins and Ga. 49. This week: 4:30 p.m. House Band, 6 p.m. Good News Bluegrass, 7:30 p.m. Ruby Rose and Southern Nites; also open 6 p.m. Monday, House Band practice, 7 p.m. open stage. Also open Tuesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. 478-328-0678 or powersvilleopry.com. Free.

Wagon House Opry

6:30-10 p.m. Saturday, 699 Altman Road, Haddock. This week: 6:30 p.m. Dixie Sunlighters, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Ray Knighton and Wanell Collins & the Phoenix Band. Contact Randy, 478-363-1274. Free; donations accepted.


Movies at Luther Williams Stadium

Luther Williams Stadium, Central City Park, downtown Macon. Gates open at 5 p.m.; movies begin at 6 p.m. Dec. 14: “Elf”; Dec. 21: “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (Jim Carrey version). Bring a blanket and sit on the field next to the bonfires or sit in the stands. Free. Hot chocolate, candy and popcorn for sale; but guests can bring their own snacks. Free.

“A Grand Mercer Christmas”

8 p.m. Dec. 17 and 7 p.m. Dec. 20 and 24. Georgia Public Broadcasting will air the “Grand Mercer Christmas” concert filmed last year at the Grand Opera House. Tune in to watch. www.mercerchristmas.com.

Family Movie Night

6 p.m. Dec. 20, Bloomfield Park, 4115 Lions Place. Come watch a family movie and enjoy hot chocolate and popcorn. Free. 478-781-6000.

Macon Film Guild

Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12: “Wadjda.” Feb: 9: “The Broken Circle Breakdown.” Special documentary series presentation at 7 p.m. Jan. 21: “20 Feet From Stardom.” 478-742-2000. www.maconfilmguild.org. $5.


CBF Coat Drive and 5K Run/Walk

Sponsored by the Middle Georgia Charity Benevolent Fund. Coats, blankets, gloves and scarves can be dropped off until Dec. 27 at American Finance, 689 North Macon Ave. 478-746-6752. 5K Run/Walk: 8 a.m. check-in, 9 a.m. start, Dec. 28, intersection of Rivoli Drive and Old Forsyth Road. Pets on leashes, strollers and walkers welcome. cbf@mycbfund.org, 478-986-4908 or www.mycbfund.org. $20 early, $25 day of, $15 students and children ages 7-18, children 6 and under are free, $70 family of four.

Museum of Aviation Foundation Marathon, Half-Marathon and 5K Run/Walk

Jan. 18, Museum of Aviation, Warner Robins. Proceeds benefit the Museum of Aviation. The start time for the marathon is 8 a.m. (six-hour cutoff). The half-marathon will start at 8:15 a.m. and the 5K Run/Walk will start at 8:30 a.m. Patriotic opening ceremonies will be held in the Century of Flight Hangar. Registration until Dec. 31: $80 marathon, $55 half-marathon, $25 5K. Registration after Jan. 1: $85 marathon, $60 half-marathon, $30 5K. Relay teams may register anytime for an entry fee of $150. 478-923-6600. www.museumofaviation.org. www.robinspacers.org.


Junior League of Macon Holiday Book Fair

Dec. 13-15, Barnes and Noble Booksellers, The Shoppes at River Crossing. Story time with Santa Claus at 6 p.m. Dec. 13. Benefits students in Middle Georgia. www.jlmacon.org.

Book signings

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 21, Kema’s Hobby Book Store, 109 Atlanta Road, Gray. Retired prosecutor Otis Scarbary will be signing copies of his book, “Leo’s Redemption”; and local attorney John Carter will be signing copies of his Eli Arnold book series. Free. 478-737-3269.

Macon Writers Group

2-4 p.m. the last Saturday of each month, Sidney Lanier Cottage, 935 High St. Membership in the group is open and free, and writing of every sort is accepted. The only absolute criteria for membership are a love for the written word and a willingness to share your writing and to give constructive criticism and encouragement to other members of the group. For more information, email trayers.shane@gmail.com.


Mid-South Forestry Prelims

All prelims at Walker Auditorium, Middle Georgia State College’s Cochran campus. Jan. 25: Bibb, Crawford and Twiggs counties; Feb. 15: Houston, Peach and Pulaski counties; March 1: Bleckley, Dodge and Laurens counties. Winners will advance to the 75th Georgia Forestry State Scholarship Pageant in Tifton in June. For applications, visit, www.midsouthforestrypageants.tripod.com or email Victoria Lovett at victorias21roses@yahoo.com.


High Falls State Park

76 High Falls Park Drive, Jackson. Birding Basics Workshop: 1 p.m. Dec. 13 and Jan. 4; learn the foundations of birding; bring your own binoculars; $5. Woodland Foraging for Beginners: 1 p.m. Dec. 14, 2 p.m. Jan. 5; learn about common edible plants; $5. Christmas Crafts: 3 p.m. Dec. 14; make a Christmas tree pinecone, wreath and more; $5. First Day Hike: 10 a.m. Jan. 1; ranger-led hike; $5. Historic Trail Tour: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Jan. 11; learn the history of the town of High Falls and tour the old powerhouse; wear sturdy shoes; $5. Hug a Tree Hike: 2 p.m. Jan. 14; learn why trees are an important part of the ecosystem; $3. Full Moon Hike: 6 p.m. Jan. 17; view the falls by moonlight; $5. Barks and Bud Hike: 10 a.m. Jan. 18; learn how to recognize trees by the bark or the bud; $5. Georgia Explorers: 2 p.m. Jan. 18; complete activities in the free Junior Ranger workbook; $5. Winter Nature Crafts: 1 p.m. Jan. 19; use natural materials to make winter decorations; $3. All events meet at the park office. An additional $5 per car parking fee also is required for all events. 478-993-3053.

Ocmulgee National Monument

Guided Earth Lodge tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Ocmulgee National Monument, 1207 Emery Highway. Guided night walk: Hot chocolate and cookies at 6:30 p.m., walk 7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 14. One-mile night walk from the park’s Visitor Center to the Great Temple Mound, Christmas themed walk with lanterns to the first 50 guests. Free. 478-752-8257.

Fort Hawkins Historic Site

Noon-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Maynard Street at Emery Highway. Explore the early American frontier fort, Blockhouse Replica and archeological dig site. Free. 478-742-3003. www.forthawkins.com.

Rock Candy Tours

Free Birds and Night Owls Tour: 9-10:30 p.m. Friday; the Rookery, 543 Cherry St. $10. Reservations required. Intown Rock ’n’ Roll Stroll, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., the second Saturday of the month. $15. Reservations required. Call 478-955-5997 or email rockcandytours@gmail.com. for reservations or private tours.

Cannonball House

856 Mulberry St. Tours offered 10 a.m.- 4:15 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 478-745-5982. $6 for adults; $5 for seniors and military; $3 for students with college I.D.

Hay House

934 Georgia Ave. Tours offered 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Last tour at 3 p.m. each day. $11 adults; $10 seniors and military; $7 students; free for children under age 6 and members of the Georgia Trust. 478-742-8155.

Neel Reid Tours

10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and by special appointment, Federated Garden Clubs of Macon Inc., 730 College St. Guided tours of historic 1910 Joseph Neel House designed by Georgia architect Neel Reid. 478-742-0921. www.fgcmacon.org. $5.

Amerson River Park

9 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday vehicle gate is open. Pedestrian gate open Mondays-Tuesdays, North Pierce Avenue, Macon. A place to walk, bike, hike, fish, study nature or enjoy the handicapped-accessible playground and pavilion. www.ocmulgeeheritagetrail.com. Free.

Lawn Mower Races

11 a.m. the second Saturday of the month, across from Camping World, Byron. 478-956-3929.


6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Freedom Park Community Center, 3301 Roff Ave. Prizes. For ages 21 and older. 478-751-9248.


7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 1 p.m. Saturday, Macon Moose Lodge No. 1455, 2217 Gray Highway. Public welcome. 478-742-5372.


7 p.m. Thursday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Disabled American Veterans No. 9, 4493 Houston Ave. Vann Edwards, 478-784-1454.

Adult Card Night

6-7 p.m. Friday, Freedom Park Community Center, 3301 Roff Ave. A social event for adults who want to show off their skills. 478-751-9248.

Adult Volleyball

6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Freedom Park Community Center, 3301 Roff Ave. For skilled adults age 18 and older. 751-9248. Free.

Pool Tournament

8 p.m. Friday, L&W Sports Bar, 4479 Pio Nono Ave. The tournament is 9 Ball with handicap rules. 478-254-4117. $15 tournament, no cover charge.

Go-Kart Racing

10 a.m. Saturday, 230 W.E. Green Parkway, Interstate 75 exit 149, west on Ga. 49, Byron.

Rampage Pro Wrestling

2 p.m. the first and third Sunday of the month, Johnny G’s, 815 Russell Parkway, Warner Robins. 478-329-8002. www.rampageprowrestling.net. $8 adults, $5 kids, VIP seating available.

Wine Tasting

6-8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, WineStyles, 6255 Zebulon Road, Suite 210. Tuesday: Six wines with light appetizers. $7. Thursday: Eight wines with appetizers. $10. 478-474-9595. www.winestyles.net/macon.

Craft Beer Tasting

6-8 p.m., the first and third Saturday of the month, Winestyles, 6255 Zebulon Road, Suite 210. Six craft beers with snacks. $7. 478-474-9595. www.winestyles.net/macon.


7:30 p.m. doors open, 8 p.m. bell time, the first, third and fifth Fridays of the month, 1361 Peach Parkway, Fort Valley. All-Star Wrestling Network. 478-397-5734. www.allstarwrestlingnetwork.com. $6.50 admission, discounts to military and students, children 6 and younger free.


Second Saturday Activities

10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. the second Saturday of each month, Georgia Children’s Museum, 382 Cherry St. Family-friendly activities. 478-755-9539. $4, free for Macon residents wit ID.

Mini-Zoo Tours

3 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, plus extra tour at 1 p.m. Saturday, Museum of Arts and Sciences, 4182 Forsyth Road. Free with museum admission, $5-$10. 478-477-3232.

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