The Sun News

Organ concert, cleanup among weekend’s marquee happenings

Back by popular demand is Robert Parris, who will present an organ concert Sunday as the grand finale of the 2009-10 season of the Warner Robins Community Concert Association.

Parris is the Charles B. Thompson Professor of Music and university organist of Mercer University. He is also choirmaster and organist of Christ Church in Macon and formerly served in a similar position at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Warner Robins for several years.

“We are so excited that the ‘master’ himself will be performing at this final concert of the year,” said Norma Hunt, board member and publicity chairwoman for the Warner Robins Community Concert series. “Dr. Parris has made so many contributions to our community that we are honored to have him as our performing artist for this event.”

The concert will be held at 3 p.m. and will be given on the Moller pipe organ at First United Methodist Church, 205 N. Davis Drive in Warner Robins.

Parris has performed throughout the United States and Northern Europe. His program will include works by Pachelbel, Bach, Franck, Willan and Dupre.

Adult tickets are $10 and are available at the door. Admission for students is free. For further information, contact 923-7024 or visit

Also this weekend, the Great American Cleanup in Warner Robins kicks off Saturday with E-Cycle Day, an electronics recycling program held in the Happy Hour Service Center parking lot from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sponsored by Keep Warner Robins Beautiful, E-Cycle Day is one of several local beautification events through May 31 under the auspices of Keep America Beautiful. Other events include a Warner Robins Cleanup Day on April 24; the Robins Regional Business and Green Expo, sponsored by the Warner Robins Area Chamber of Commerce, noon to 5 p.m. May 7 at the Galleria Conference Center; and the Senior Citizens Flower Show at 9:30 a.m. May 11 at the Wellston Center. For more information, call 929-7258.

Keep Warner Robins Beautiful originally was known as the Clean Community Commission, made up of a group of concerned citizens who recognized the need for an anti-litter and beautification program for the city. In 1985, the program officially was certified by Keep America Beautiful, a nationwide network of clean community systems.

The goal of Keep Warner Robins Beautiful is to develop programs that involve a number of volunteers in promoting our city. Last year, more than 3,100 volunteers participated.

Some took part in a statistical Litter Survey to document the success of litter awareness and reduction. Annually there are 26 cleanups around the city in the Adopt-A-Highway program, all done by volunteers picking up litter. There is also the Home of the Month and Business of the Month recognition for exceptional landscaping.

Keep Warner Robins Beautiful is involved with greenspace projects, applying for grants to provide enhancement to areas such as Bay Gall, a hiking trail with picnic tables for the public to enjoy. There are also EnviroScape educational presentations made in Houston County elementary schools to instruct youngsters on the importance of caring for the environment and the delicate balance of nature.

The Keep Warner Robins Beautiful office is located in the E.L. Greenway Welcome Center in the train depot, located at First Street and Watson Boulevard.

Marsha Priest Buzzell is the director of the Warner Robins Convention & Visitors Bureau. She can be contacted at 922-5100 or