Out & About

One more week to soak up summer fun in Middle Georgia

Holly Goodman, playing the title role in Perry Players’ production of “Mary Poppins,” sings and dances with Jason Niederkorn, who plays Bert.
Holly Goodman, playing the title role in Perry Players’ production of “Mary Poppins,” sings and dances with Jason Niederkorn, who plays Bert. bcabell@macon.com

What? Can it be? Is summertime fun practically over? In some parts of the country, kids head back to school after Labor Day, but in Middle Georgia school begins around Aug. 1. The practical effect of this policy is that families with school-age children have just one week remaining to enjoy summer. Happily, some good stuff lies ahead.

The Macon Film Festival is going full blast this weekend at three downtown venues, the annual Bragg Jam Music, Arts and Kids Festival will be here next Saturday, and several community theater groups still have good times in store.

In Houston County, the Perry Players are presenting “Mary Poppins the Musical,” while Warner Robins Little Theatre is bringing us the comedy “Nunsense.” To the north, “Footloose” is at the Backlot Players’ Rose Theater.

Meanwhile, families that haven’t yet made it to the Museum of Arts and Sciences (“Great Balls of Fire: Comets, Asteroids and Meteors”) or the Tubman Museum this summer are reminded that time is running out. The Tubman, by the way, was recently the recipient of the gift of a major work by David Gaither, whose exhibit is at the museum through Saturday.

Those who have already visited our local museums recently may be interested in a trip to Atlanta’s Fernbank, where “Wild Music” and “Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence” are the featured exhibits, while in the IMAX theater is “A Beautiful Planet,” with footage from the International Space Station. I have to say that this film is one of the finest to come to Fernbank.

MSO talent

While the Macon Symphony Orchestra’s 2016-17 season won’t open for several more weeks, the orchestra has been generating excitement with a series of emails announcing the credentials of impressive new talents who have come on board. While the earth-shaking news, of course, is the addition of celebrated conductor Gerald Steichen, these intermittent announcements will keep the excitement level high.

Jonathan Killen award

Theatre Macon has announced that Emma Johnston is the recipient of this year’s Jonathan Killen Scholarship. The multi-talented Johnston is an honor graduate of Central High School and was a Golden Eagle nominee, among other achievements.

This award is given annually in memory of Jonathan Killen, one of the founders of the Youth Actors Company, a group that constantly astonishes. The Killen award, its subsequent recipients and YAC remind me of the famous Margaret Meade quote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.” Indeed!

Contact Larry Fennelly at LarryFennelly@avantguild.com.