Hill: Here’s why I will always love Macon

May 23, 2014 

One of the things that happens when you announce you’re moving from Macon to Savannah is that people respond with “I love Savannah” and then proceed to name the architecture, art, music or some other element with the implication that it’s better there than it is here. The thing is, Macon has these elements and many others that Savannah and other larger cities do not.

The community theater here can’t be beat, offering audiences an array of plays and musicals each season and giving Middle Georgians the chance to perform or work backstage on plays like “The Philadelphia Story,” a wedding comedy based on a Katharine Hepburn film, which opens Friday at Theatre Macon.

Macon also has the Grand Opera House, which presents a national touring Broadway season (that will be announced next week), hosts the annual production of “The Nutcracker” and this summer will host Theatre Macon’s production of “Les Miserables.”

Macon has the Douglass Theatre, which hosts live broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera and London’s National Theatre, including this Sunday’s performance of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” at 3 p.m. They also host Jazz in the Courtyard, a free concert featuring the Ken Trimmins Quartet, at 7 p.m. Sunday night.

Macon has galleries including Ingleside Avenue’s Middle Georgia Art Association, which just opened “Keep Your Hat On” with juried art by midstate artists. The exhibit continues through June 13. Macon has Fired Works, the state’s largest ceramics exhibit, which just enjoyed a banner year in new digs at Central City Park.

Macon has more historically significant architecture than Savannah, including the Hay House, which is worth a re-visit if you’ve not been in the past year or two. Macon has the Ocmulgee National Monument, and incredible exhibits at the Tubman African American Museum and the Museum of Arts and Sciences. Macon has the Cox Capitol Theatre, home to the Macon Film Festival and Bragg Jam. Macon has the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University, Macon Pops and College Hill’s awesome outdoor concerts. The list goes on and on.

When people in Savannah ask me where I’m from I’ll smile and say I’m from Macon. And if they don’t respond with “I love Macon,” I will tell them why I do.

J. Cindy Hill is moving to Savannah to work with Georgia Public Broadcasting. This is her final column for The Telegraph. She may be contacted at jcindyhill@gmail.com.

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