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Fennelly: New Tubman museum dream to become reality

On my desk is a carefully preserved article from The Telegraph from February 1998. The visionary piece about the importance of tourism and the feasibility of expanding the Tubman African American Museum may be 17 years old, but dreams do come true.

One of the major events in Macon’s history will occur in a matter of days. The long-anticipated opening of the new Tubman museum -- an epoch-making event by any yardstick -- will take place May 16, concurrent with the 19th annual Pan African Festival.

The 1998 article prophesies that the expanded museum could become a leading draw for travelers. Certainly, with the Ocmulgee National Monument, the Douglass Theatre, the Hay House and other attractions factored in, Macon should fast become Georgia’s leading tourist magnet outside of Atlanta.

Currently, the state’s official tourism publications don’t say much about us, nor are we very visible in Atlanta’s major publications. It’s time to step-up and do better.

SEASONS END, SALES BEGIN

The April showers, in addition to the May flowers, bring the close of the season for most of our music and theater series. That also means it’s time for new tickets. If the Macon Symphony Orchestra’s closing concert under the baton of Mercer University graduate Kei Harada is any prediction of what next season holds, you’ll want to grab your 2015-2016 tickets before you forget.

Theatre Macon’s new tickets will go on sale at the annual Preview Party on Saturday night, while across town at Macon Little Theatre, next week will see the opening of the Oscar Wilde comedy “The Importance of Being Ernest,” one of the all-time great classics of English stage. At the same time, next season’s membership drive will begin, with “Into the Woods” leading-off.

Seasons are ending in the world of music as well. The Macon Symphony Youth Orchestra will wrap things up with its Kaleidoscope concerts at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. May 9. That same day, the renowned folk musician John McCutcheon will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Douglass Theatre.

Another appealing -- and eclectic -- event next weekend is “Music in the ‘Macon.’ ” Top students from the McDuffie Center for Strings will team up with such celebrated local talent as Otis Redding III and Floco Torres at the Library Ballroom on May 8.

Contact Larry Fennelly at LarryFennelly@avantguild.com.

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