Historic Macon Foundation hosted pre-concert cocktails on the porch prior to the Second Sunday concert in Washington Park. Visitors were able to take their drinks and hors d’oeuvres inside to see the recent renovations to the Sidney Lanier Cottage, which houses the offices of HMF upstairs and provides spacious rooms for parties and other events downstairs.
Among the visitors on hand to admire the fresh paint and enjoy the pleasure of rocking chairs on the porch were Joe Neel, Priscilla and Ned Esser and Brenda Renick, who recently moved from Athens to the Intown Historic district with her family.
The party must go on
It was a typically humid August afternoon in Macon with storm clouds threatening, so moving the Second Sunday concert to the Cox Capitol Theatre was a pleasant surprise and relief for the diehard fans who probably wouldn’t have missed the performance even if they did get wet. Same As It Ever Was, the Talking Heads tribute band, brought the crowds inside where, within less than an hour, there was standing room only.
One of the Talking Heads’ hits, “Burning Down the House,” was apropos; the Cox did not burn, but the band certainly brought down the house! The youngest rocker on hand was 20-month-old Gage Weeks, who had the most comfortable seat in the house in his mother’s arms. David Hyatt and Laurie Boone brought their picnic inside. Newton Collier, local music ambassador, greeted everyone with his big smile; and Jeff Davis was one of the lucky ones who snagged a cushy seat in the downstairs gallery. Kudos to the Cox for its generosity in offering an alternative to canceling the concert.
Bring your boo to the cemetery
Last Saturday night, the super moon had dress rehearsal over Lake Tobesofkee where patrons of the Fish N’ Pig watched this once yearly phenomenon hover over the water, a benign smile on the man in the moon.
But, the best place to be Sunday night was Riverside Cemetery, where Super Moon Euphoria was held for guests who wanted to “bring your boo” and cameras to take advantage of the perigee moon phase when its orbit is closest to Earth.
Maryllis Wolfgang, who has spearheaded other photography opportunities at the cemetery, could not let this event miss the attention of Suzanne Doonan, director of the Historic Riverside Cemetery Conservancy, and Cecil Coke, president of the cemetery. What better place to set up your tripod and wait for moonrise than in a serene setting at one of the highest elevations in Macon with artificial light at a minimum and no obstructions save nature’s caprice. How romantic it was to watch the giant moon peek over the clouds, then burst above them just at sunset in its surreal glow, which gradually paled to coffee with cream.
Bonnie and Tom Brant were prepared to catch the image as they watched the clouds disperse and captured the super moon against an inky blue sky. Other moon enthusiasts who made themselves comfortable for the wait were Connie and Tom Black and Suzanne and Bob Minarcine.
Put on your dancin’ shoes
For those of you who secretly wish you could be on “Dancing With the Stars” or at least pretend to handle those athletic leaps and turns, lose your inhibitions and drop in at the Howard Community Club on the second Saturday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by the local chapter of USA Dance, there is an admission charge of $10 for nonmembers and $5 for students. Anyone is welcome. Even if you are just a spectator, you won’t be for long. For the first hour there is a guest instructor on hand to teach simple steps to one of the more popular dances before the music begins and everyone gets on the floor.
Last Saturday, the local chapter adopted a luau theme for the evening and encouraged guests to dress the part. I didn’t see any grass skirts or ukuleles, but Peggy Mullis and Linda Wilhim were in brightly flowered island attire. Tango steps were demonstrated for the numerous guests by Daniel Boudreault and Laura Thomason. A pre-wedding party, which had heard about the Hawaiian theme, had recently left their own luau and decided to stop by and join the fun.
Speaking of dancing, this weekend has been an abundance of riches for dance enthusiasts. Last night, Macon Arts Alliance re-created the infamous disco Studio 54 in the Terminal Station as a fundraiser, while Pinepointe Hospice and Palliative Care benefitted from their Summer’s Night Picnic and Dance at the City Auditorium. You will get the scoop on those events next week.
Katherine Walden is an interior designer and freelance writer living in Macon. Contact her at email@example.com or 478-742-2224.