Riddle: Cultural renaissance not just a pipe dream

February 14, 2014 

Doo-dee doo-dee doo. Oh, don’t mind me. I’m just in my own little world pretending that we are experiencing a cultural renaissance here in Macon and around Middle Georgia.

In my perfect little world, Art Garfunkel and Travis Tritt just played two of our historic theaters to sold-out crowds.

Little girls will be drinking tea at the Victorian Valentine’s Children’s Tea this Saturday at the Hay House. During this fancy and fantasy-filled high tea in the Hay House’s Music Room, little girls will receive an etiquette lesson and a brief tour of this historic home’s galleries.

Also in my dream of cultural plenty, there are more plays in Middle Georgia than I am able to go see. “Our Town” at Macon Little Theatre is wrapping up its run with three shows Friday through Sunday. The thrilling and funny “Deathtrap” will be performed by the Main Street Players at the Black Box Theatre in Griffin. Over at Middle Georgia State College on Friday through Sunday, Sydney Chalfa is directing “Rabbit Hole” about a couple who experiences a life-shattering event that leaves them floating apart.

In Forsyth this weekend, the Backlot Players at the Rose Theater are performing “A Bench in the Sun,” a story about friends in a nursing home who spend their days bickering with each other until they find out their home may be sold. Then they concentrate their efforts to save the residence.

Warner Robins Little Theatre gets in on the action, performing “Little Old Ladies In Tennis Shoes” opening this Friday and running until March 1.

If I decide that I want a little music and art, Little Carnegie of the South on Forsyth Road will present a concert and art show at 8 p.m. Saturday. This great event will be put on by Louise Barfield and the students of Wesleyan College’s art department.

Macon Arts Alliance will have art on display from Leroy Young and DeWitt Smith.

Then, I would round it all out by taking a Tai Chi class taught by Nicole Gaither on Thursday at the Coliseum Health System.

The great thing about this cultural renaissance is that it’s all true. You can do all of these things right here, right now, in Middle Georgia.

Contact Roger Riddle at roger.riddle@gmail.com.

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