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BUZZELL: Independence Day celebrations on the horizon in midstate

It is a strange coincidence that TeaTime will be honored the week before Independence Day celebrations begin in Middle Georgia. But that’s how it will be June 21 when a traditional English tea and a raffle will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church, 1708 Watson Boulevard, in Warner Robins. Guests are encouraged to wear hats because a prize will be given for the most original. A donation of $20 is asked. Ticket information is available by calling 478-335-1487 or the church office at 478-923-1791.

Perry celebrates its patriotic pride by kicking off the holiday week with the a parade and fireworks on June 28. The parade of hometown heroes, military units and floats begins at 6 p.m. and will proceed through downtown Perry on Washington Street, Main Street and Courtney Hodges Boulevard. The fireworks begin at 7 p.m. at the Georgia National Fairgrounds, with a children’s zone, live music and food vendors. Attendees may also bring a picnic to enjoy during the fireworks at dusk.

If you are interested in having a float in the Perry parade, contact Kip Dingler at 478-256-8944. Any other questions concerning the event can be answered by contacting Bonnie Giles at 478-987-1234 or emailing or visiting

Centerville will present its second annual Independence Day Celebration from 5:30-9:30 p.m. June 30 at City Hall, 300 East Church St. On July 1, a concert will be held, featuring the Wellston Winds ensemble at the Museum of Aviation. Show time is 7 p.m. in the Century of Flight Hangar.

Independence celebrations in Houston County culminate July 3 with the Independence Day Celebration in Warner Robins featuring Darius Rucker. The concert is followed by the International City Builders Fireworks Display. The concert and fireworks are at the Museum of Aviation this year with the gates opening at 5 p.m. For more information, visit


An exciting event hosted by the I Think I Am Foundation will be held June 27 at the Perry Arts Center, 1121 Macon Road in Perry from 3-6 p.m. This will be their fourth annual fundraising event with a Celebrity Midday Soiree “Sneaker Ball,” which will include R&B recording artist B Angie B and a “recognition of Middle Georgia’s finest food, fun and dancing” according to the news release. Dignitaries attending will be mothers of NFL and NBA players such as Lucille O’Neal, mother of Shaquille O’Neal; Sheryl Howard, mother of Dwight Howard; and Paulette Smith, mother of Josh Smith.

“The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of the mental and emotional challenges of families of children who are given up for adoption and/or placed in foster care, as well as other at-risk youth and families,” the release said. Ticket and vendor information is available at

Marsha Priest Buzzell is the director of the Warner Robins Convention & Visitors Bureau and may be contacted at 478-922-5100 or