Out & About

Art, prose, revelry fill the weekend

Dean Brown performs with a drum band during a previous year’s Juneteenth Festival at Tattnall Square Park.
Dean Brown performs with a drum band during a previous year’s Juneteenth Festival at Tattnall Square Park. BEAU CABELL

There’s a wonderful mixed bag of events on the calendar this weekend. Here’s some information on just a few.

Primary Color on Display

“Yellow,” a judged exhibition featuring the work of Middle Georgia artists, opens Friday night at the Middle Georgia Art Association gallery on Ingleside Avenue. The reception, which begins at 6 p.m., is free and the exhibition runs through July 8.

Also, MGAA is taking registrations now for its Summer Art Camp in July and Summer Adult Art Classes in July and August. Contact 478-744-9557 for information and to register.

Spotlight on Georgia Writers

The Georgia Writers Museum will host a “Meet The Author” event Saturday with Wesleyan College and Mercer University graduate Kathy Bradley, author of “Wondering Toward Center.” Published by Mercer University Press, Bradley’s second book examines the human experience through the author’s observations of the world of animal life, agriculture and changing seasons to understand some of the dilemmas of the 21st century.

GWM strives to engage the public in honoring our literary heritage through the lives and works of Georgia writers and to promote literary excellence. Exhibits in the gallery honor three of the most famous local authors — Alice Walker, Flannery O’Connor and Joel Chandler Harris — and other Georgia writers will be added soon. The organization sponsors lectures, readings and creative writing programs at its temporary storefront location in downtown Eatonton, but plans are underway to relocate to larger quarters to expand meeting rooms for writers guilds and book clubs to further promote writing.

Meet Kathy Bradley from noon-2 p.m. Saturday. Seating is limited, so call 706-991-5119 now to reserve your space.

Celebrating a major milestone

Activities commemorating Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration observing the ending of slavery in the United States, have taken place in Macon since last Friday, and Georgia Juneteenth Week culminates Saturday at the 24th annual Juneteenth Freedom Festival. A full day of activities — music, dance, sports, exhibitions, games, food and more — is planned.

Special highlights include musical performances by Macon’s Divine Divas of Soul, Perry’s Mitchell Art School Youth Musicians Ensemble, the Middle Georgia Jazz & Blues Allstars and Dean Brown’s Dub Shak Band; storytelling by Ocmulgee Ranger Historian Lonnie Davis and Tindall Heights history told by Newton Collier; dance presented by Terrie Axam’s Total Dance Ensemble and Kali Dance; an original short Juneteenth theatrical tribute produced and performed by LandMindz Inc.; and living history demonstrations by the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, the unit depicted in the movie “Glory,” starring Denzel Washington.

Drop by Tattnall Square Park from noon-9:30 p.m. Saturday for the free Juneteenth festivities!

Contact Melanie Byas at melanie@retrowarehouse.com.

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