NewTown planning reunion event for this weekend

A decade ago, Macon community leaders hosted a small “reunion” to tout plans for progress downtown.

This weekend, NewTown Macon is revisiting the concept on a larger scale, inviting former Maconites back to town to celebrate the city’s heritage and to look forward to what is next.

“It’s all our progress for the last 10 years,” said Kris Hattaway, NewTown’s director of place. “It celebrates the progress of downtown.”

Macon Reunion 2010 kicks off Friday night with one of Macon’s most celebrated musicians, violinist Robert McDuffie, performing a sold-out show with the Macon Symphony Orchestra at the Grand Opera House.

Hattaway said there’s a slew of events Saturday morning, beginning with a breakfast at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame from 8 to 9 a.m., that is free to the public.

Also free, and running simultaneously from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.:

n Good Golly Miss Molly, a look at the city’s musical heritage, at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, 200 Martin Luther King Blvd.

n Looking Back, a historic walking tour that begins at NewTown’s office, 479 Cherry St.

n Think Community and On The Right Track Panel, which talks about government issues relating to Macon and Bibb County, including passenger rail service. It takes place in the conference room on the fourth floor of Terminal Station.

n Venture Here, which talks about investment opportunities in downtown Macon, in Poplar Street Park across from Alpha Graphics, 566 Poplar St.

n What’s New, which talks about downtown development, at Capital City Bank, 325 Fifth St.

The event also is operating in conjunction with the Macon Book Fair, which will take place Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon at the Macon City Auditorium.

Sixteen Georgia authors will be there to sign their books. Chuck Leavell, former keyboardist for The Allman Brothers Band, will sign copies of his book “The Tree Farmer” and also perform at the event.

For more information about the book fair, visit

For more information about Macon Reunion, call NewTown Macon at (478) 722-9909.

To contact writer Phillip Ramati, call 744-4334.