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Summer getting ready to heat up

A bedroom in the Design House at 1388 Calhoun St. in Macon is almost a finished work.
A bedroom in the Design House at 1388 Calhoun St. in Macon is almost a finished work. bcabell@macon.com

Summertime in the midstate started slow, but it’s accelerating rapidly. We’re even tooting our horn with a handsome “Where soul lives” ad in the Travel Planner section of Southern Living magazine. The ad depicts the Ocmulgee National Monument, one of the most significant historic sites in the Southeast.

Speaking of historic sites, this weekend features the Historic Macon Foundation’s Design House on Calhoun Street near Mercer University. On the way there, you’ll see dozens of other homes that Historic Macon has rescued. What would we do without this energetic organization?

While it has been announced that Little Richard’s former home at 1540 Fifth Ave. is slated to be moved, a posting from Rock Candy Tours indicates that three other of the icon’s former residences have gone the way of the historic Douglass House.

Speaking of Charles Douglass, the Douglass Theatre (which almost wasn’t rescued!) will host the Monty Cole Quartet for Jazz in the Courtyard on Sunday.

TRIPS FOR KIDS (BIG & LITTLE)

Don’t forget about the new exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Sciences. “Great Balls of Fire: Comets, Asteroids and Meteors” will appeal to everyone old enough to have a grasp of the cosmos. I also recommend the current exhibits at Atlanta’s Fernbank Museum of Natural History: “Wild Music” and “Creatures of Light.” In the IMAX theater is “A Beautiful Planet” and “National Parks Adventure.”

Given recent events, the Center for Human and Civil Rights might be a good choice. If cost is a factor, the nearby Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site is free (as is parking).

THEATER FEST

It’s almost here. Macon’s first Summer Theatre Festival opens with the Fats Waller Musical “Ain’t Misbehavin” on July 1 at Theatre Macon. The following week, while that show continues at Theatre Macon, “42nd St” opens at the Grand Opera House and “The Complete Works of Shakespeare, Abridged” opens at the Tattnall Square Center for the Arts.

In the midst of all this, Macon Little Theatre presents “Broadway Loves America” and “The Addams Family,” while Warner Robins Little Theatre’s “Nunsense” will take us through the end of July.

MORETTI AND THE EHNES QUARTET

It’s easy to lose sight of the extraordinary talents that walk among us. Currently Amy Schwartz Moretti and the renowned Ehnes Quartet are in Seoul, South Korea, performing all 17 Beethoven quartets in 17 days. Yes, these are the same amazing folks we often see right here on the sidewalks around Tattnall Square.

Contact Larry Fennelly at LarryFennelly@avantguild.com.

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