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Byas: Music camp offers unique experience for youth

It’s no secret that camps are a big topic for families in Middle Georgia during the summer. Pick almost any week and you’ll find one available. But this week features something special in Macon, where kids ages 12 to 17 can participate in an experience that is unlike any other in the state -- the Otis Music Camp.

Founded in honor of Otis Redding (no introduction required), the Otis Music Camp was first implemented in 2008. It continues to offer unique programming that serves the mission of the Otis Redding Foundation: “Progress Through Education – Enlightenment Through Music.”

When asked about the excitement revolving around this year’s camp, Karla Redding-Andrews, executive director of the Otis Redding Foundation, said, “Even though the camp is always centered around a challenge related to music and songwriting, we never offer the same thing every year. This year, for the first time, we’ve decided to involve campers in an effort to write the theme song for the Otis Redding Foundation.”

“We’ve never selected an official song before and that is one of the features that makes this year’s camp so special,” she added. “Not only will campers be challenged to write their own song, but they also will be tasked, while organized into random groups, to write the best song in the genre of their choosing. Whether it’s rap, pop, rock, folk, R&B or even gospel, we’ll select the best written and produced composition, which will become the official song of the foundation.”

Hear the newly penned, official song of the Otis Redding Foundation at the ongoing camp’s grand finale performance in the David J. Zuver Center for Performing Arts at Mount de Sales Academy. Call 478-742-5737 for more information.


Saturdays have never been as super as those that begin tomorrow at the Museum of Arts and Sciences. This national leader in STE+AM programming (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math plus Art) is featuring exhibitions and activities that foster creativity and imagination in adults and children. Check the museum’s website (www.masmacon.org) for more information about Super Science Saturdays.


Grab a camera and head over to the Ocmulgee National Monument on Saturday to participate in National Trails Day. The country’s largest celebration of trails includes events all across the nation such as hiking, biking, horseback riding, river paddling, bird watching and more.

This commemoration was established by the American Hiking Society, which is sponsoring a photo contest (www.nationaltrailsday.org/2015-photo-contest).

Contact Melanie Byas at melanie@retrowarehouse.com.