Georgia's Lake Country - Lake Oconee & Lake Sinclair

Resort • Retreat • Relax

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ONGOING EVENTS FOR MILLEDGEVILLE

January

January 8:

  • 'Storyteller Miss Renee @ Morgan Co. Library 9:50am – 706-342-1206

January 9:

  • Bingo for Books @ Morgan Co. Library 6pm – Free, Reservations Required 706-342-1206

January 11:

January 13:

  • 'Peter Pan' Student Series @ MMCC – 9:30am & 1pm – 706-342-4743

January 14 & 16:

  • Basket Weaving. Basket Weaving for Adults from 4 - 6 p.m. Instructor Deb Ricks will teach a basket weaving class and you'll be able to take home your own basket after only two classes! Class price is TBD but materials will be included. Class will meet in the Art Room of The Plaza Arts Center. Students must pre-register so that materials can be ordered. No same day registration is allowed. For more information and to enroll, www.theplazaartscenter.com or call 706-923-1655.

January 17 - April 13:

  • 'Georgia & Beyond' Opening Reception - 6pm-8pm – 706-342-4743

January 18:

  • Lake Oconee – Red Carpet Awards Gala @ Madison Morgan Cultural Center - 706-342-4743

January 24:

  • 'Capitol Steps' @ MMCC - 7:30pm – 706-342-4743 - www.mmcc-arts.org
  • War Bonds, Stories & Letters from WWII. 8 p.m. at The Plaza Arts Center. War Bonds is a musical journey through a war that redefined the world. This multi-media living history cabaret is interspersed with personal letters from the front and headline news of the period. If you have any family letters from WWII, please make a copy for The Plaza and your letters may be read on stage. Please have letters to The Plaza by January 15th. Tickets are general admission at $10 each. To purchase tickets call The Plaza at 706-923-1655 or visit www.theplazaartscenter.com.

January 30:

  • 'Charlotte's Webb' Student Series @ MMCC – 9:30am & 1pm – 706-342-4743

February

February 5:

  • Storyteller Miss Renee @ Morgan Co. Library 9:50am – 706-342-1206

February 8:

  • California Dreaming. California Dreaming at 7:30 p.m. at The Plaza Arts Center. California Dreaming celebrates that brief magical moment in the mid-'60s and early '70s when American youth migrated to California by the millions and transformed pop culture forever. When well-groomed folk musicians grew out their hair and plugged in their Fenders and Rickenbackers, the radio began to sizzle with tight harmonies and dreamy lyrics. The show features the music of groups like the Mamas and Papas, The Beach Boys, The 5th Dimension, The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash. To purchase tickets call The Plaza at 706-923-1655 or visit www.theplazaartscenter.com.

February 13:

  • AFLAT – A Funky Little Art Thing @ MMCC - Opening Reception - 3:30-6:30 – 706-342-4743

February 13:

  • Bingo for Books @ Morgan Co. Library – 6pm- Free, Reservations Required 706-342-1206

February 14-15:

  • AFLAT – A Funky Little Art Thing Exhibit @ MMCC - 706-342-4743
  • Reynolds Chorus. 7:30 p.m. at The Plaza Arts Center. Fall in love all over again as The Reynolds Chorus serenades you with love songs from the '40's-'90's! You can purchase tickets from any member of the chorus and in person at The Plaza Arts Center, 706-923-1655 or visit www.theplazaartscenter.com.

February 20-22:

  • Madison's Antique Show & Sale - Designated "Best Little Antiques Show in America" by Maine Antique Digest

February 20:

  • Madison's Antique Show and Sale Preview Party - Madison- Morgan Cultural Center Hall - 6pm–9pm - www.mmcc-arts.org

February 21 & 22:

  • Madison's Antique Show and Sale - Madison- Morgan Cultural Center Hall - www.mmcc-arts.org

February 26:

  • 'Henry & Mudge' Student Series @ MMCC – 9am & 1pm – 706-342-4743

February 26:

  • University of Georgia OLLI Lecture Series @ MMCC The Hall - 2:30-3:45 - 706-342-4743

February 27:

  • 'Bidder 70' – Southern Circuit Independent Film @ MMCC – 7pm – 706-342-4743

February 28:

  • Three Billy Goats Gruff. 6:30 p.m. at The Plaza Arts Center. Bit 'N Pieces GIANT Puppetry is returning to The Plaza, this time bringing the Children's Classic, Three Billy Goats Gruff! Kids will "Oooo and Ahhh" at these wonderful characters... some of them 8 feet tall! Tickets are General Admission at $10 each. To purchase tickets contact The Plaza Arts Center, 706-923-1655 or visit www.theplazaartscenter.com.

March

March 5:

  • Storyteller Miss Renee @ Morgan Co. Library 9:50am – 706-342-1206

March 11:

  • University of Georgia OLLI Lecture Series @ MMCC The Hall - 2:30-3:45 – 706-342-4743

March 13:

  • A Taste of Madison - Come and sample the best fare Morgan County has to offer under one roof! Tickets $20, Kids 4-12 are $10, 3 and under are Free. Madison-Morgan Cultural Center Hall; 5:30 – 7:30. To purchase tickets, visit www.madisonga.org
  • Bingo for Books @ Morgan Co. Library – 6pm – Free, Reservations Required 706-342-1206

March 20:

  • 'Perfect Strangers' – Southern Circuit Independent Film @ MMCC - 7pm – 706-342-4743

March 20:

  • 'Perfect Strangers' – Southern Circuit Independent Film @ MMCC - 7pm – 706-342-4743

March 22:

  • Peace, Love & Rockin' Art. Steppin' back in to the 60"s at Steffen Thomas Museum of Art located in Buckhead - For more information, visit www.steffenthomas.org

March 29:

  • Bo Bice Plaza Arts Center
  • Bo Bice. Bo Bice at 7:30 p.m. Arguably one of the best seasons of American Idol was when the top two were Carrie Underwood and Bo Bice! Known for his diverse vocal abilities, the songs Bo Bice is writing these days have put him in a new spot musically. "My next record will continue to reflect my love of my country, my family' my faith and the emotional journey I'm on," he said during a recent interview from a recording studio behind his home that he shares with his wife and three young children. "I moved my family to Nashville six years ago and that change is now reflected in my music." To purchase tickets, contact The Plaza Arts Center, 706-923-1655 or visit www.theplazaartscenter.com.
  • Madison-Morgan Conservancy Membership Supper – For more information, contact Christine McCauley
    at 706-342-9252

April

April 4-6:

  • BRAG - Bike Ride Across Georgia Spring Tune-Up - Join us for this Spring Tune-Up Ride to clear the cobwebs off your bicycle and shake the winter right out of your legs. Come see what makes the Bicycle Ride Across Georgia so special. It’s much more than just another bike ride. Ride for a day or for the entire 3-day weekend. Madison is located on Georgia’s Antebellum Trail and the town has plenty to enjoy while you’re giving your legs a rest! www.brag.org

April 5:

April 7-13:

  • Masters Tournament in Augusta, GA - Rooms available in Georgia’s Lake Country!

April 9:

  • Storyteller Miss Renee @ Morgan Co. Library9:50am – 706-342-1206

April 10:

  • 'The Retrieval' - Southern Circuit Independent Film @ MMCC - 7pm – 706-342-4743

April 10:

  • Bingo for Books @ Morgan Co. Library– 6pm – Free, Reservations Required 706-342-1206

April 12-13:

April 15:

  • 'The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe' Student Series @ MMCC - 9:30am & 1pm - 706-342-4743 or
    www.mmcc-arts.org

April 22:

  • "[Re]turn" Premier Staged Reading of a new play by Jimmy Holder, directed by Iona Holder. GCSU Campus Black Box Theatre - 8:00 p.m - Shades of Green Conference.

April 25:

  • Moonlight on the Capital At 6 p.m. is the Third annual "Moonlight on the Capital" with dinner and dancing to the music of Reunion on Grant Parade outside the Old Capitol Building on the Georgia Military College campus. Ticket information at 478-453-1803 or email sally@oldcapitalmuseam.org.
  • Maria Howell & The Mose Davis Trio. 7:30 p.m. - Maria Howell & The Mose Davis Trio will present an evening of jazz in Allen's Market. Maria Howell is a native of North Carolina who now calls Atlanta home. She has appeared in television shows like "Army Wives" and "Drop Dead Diva", and in movies including "The Blind Side" and "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." Howell started singing in church at the age of 13 and hasn't stopped since. She has shared the stage with such acts as Marvin Hamlisch, Ray Charles and Boyz II Men, among others. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the Marlor House from 9:00 a.m-4:30 p.m. M-F or online at www.milledgevillealliedarts.com.

April 25-27:

  • Milledgeville Film Festival. A three-day movie explosion in the heart of Georgia's lake country. Features and shorts are welcome in a contest that mixes our city's history and new filmmakers with our Oliver Hardy Comedy Award and Central State Hospital horror screening. Outdoor screening at the Greenway. Compete, chat, and celebrate with other filmmakers in Milledgeville’s iconic buildings with our Magnolia Ballroom Gala and renovated Campus Theatre workshops. Tickets available by going to store.milledgevillefilmfestival.com/ For more information call 706-623-3595 or email info@milledgevillefilmfestival.com.

April 25 - August 17:

  • 'Three Paths' Visual Arts Exhibit Opening Reception @ MMCC - 6pm-8pm - 706-342-4743 or www.mmcc-arts.org

April 26:

  • MadisonFest in Town Park – An outdoor festival in historic, downtown Madison GA features garden and craft vendors, food, live music and creative activities for children. Spend the day interacting with local and regional visitors interested in shopping for hard-to-find perennials and heirloom plants, and eager to browse a wide variety of handcrafted wares created by talented regional artists. 10am – 4pm; www.mainstreetmadisonga.com
  • Habitat for Humanity's Orange Vest Fest and 5K Run. 9:00 a.m.-Noon - Powell Building on Central State Hospital Campus, Milledgeville. The Orange Vest Fest and 5K race will consist of a Fun Run, a 5K Race and a festival featuring a kid's zone, group activities and vendors from local businesses and community groups for a morning of family-friendly fun. All monies raised will stay in the Baldwin County community. This event will take place rain or shine. Admission: $15 for children 12 & under, $25 for adults. To register today and help make a difference in the Baldwin County community visit www.milledgevillehabitat.org/5k.
  • Pickle Barrel Golf Tournament. 9:00 a.m. Little Fishing Creek Golf Course, Pickle Barrel Golf Tournament to Benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Baldwin and Jones Counties. Two-man scramble, 18 holes, $50 per person, $100 per team. For information on the tournament call Kyle at 478-445-0796.
  • Music at the Mansion 6:00 p.m. In partnership with the Georgia College Department of Music, the Old Governor's Mansion will host a concert featuring the university's small ensembles, Max Noah Singers, and the Wind Symphony. This will be a "picnic pops" event, so bring you food blanket, and enjoy and evening of wonderful music. Donations will be accepted and all proceeds benefit music scholarships and the Old Governor's Mansion.

May

May 1-3:

  • Madison in May Spring Tour of Homes & Gardens - Southern history comes alive at the annual Madison in May Spring Tour on Homes & Gardens! Our Spring tour features private homes and gardens plus historic churches dating from the early 1800s into the 1900s, with the same houses and churches open all three days.

May 2:

  • Tom Brantley and Missionary Ridge An evening of bluegrass music at the Allen's Market Building on Friday, May 2 at 7:30 pm. Tickets for the performance are $10.00 each and can be purchased at the Marlor House, 201 North Wayne Street in Milledgeville from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday or online at Allied Arts website, www.milledgevillealliedarts.com.

May 3:

May 7:

  • Storyteller Miss Renee @ Morgan Co. Library9:50am – 706-342-1206

May 8:

  • Bingo for Books @ Morgan Co. Library6pm – Free, Reservations Required 706-342-1206

May 10:

  • Voices of Lee. OPAS presents Voices of Lee at 7:30 p.m. at The Plaza Arts Center, Eatonton. As seen on the NBC show, the Sing-Off, the Voices of Lee amaze audiences with their unique variety and exceptional harmony and spirit. Please visit www.OPAS.org or give them a call at 706-467-6000 for more information.
  • The Doll Wedding. 1:00 p.m. on the grounds of the Old Governor's Mansion. In the late 1850's, Mary Virginia Brown, daughter of then-Governor Joseph Brown, held a wedding for her two dolls, Jack & Sue Jones, which was officiated by a local Baptist minister. The mansion will be recreating this wedding, and local girls and boys will have the opportunity to have their dolls married following the ceremony. A Mother's Day mother-daughter tea will be held in conjunction with the doll wedding. For reservations, call 478-445-4545. Advanced reservations are available.

May 10-11:

May 16:

  • Downtown Dance in Town Park – Bring your dancing shoes and hit the fountain plaza 'dance floor' in Town Park. Live music and a beautiful setting make for a great May evening. Picnic baskets and coolers are welcome and downtown restaurants are open for carry out. For more information, visit www.mainstreetmadisonga.com

May 17 & 18:

  • Farm Days. Crooked Pines Farm presents Farm Days, good old-fashioned fun on the farm! 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Enjoy the country store, hayrides, petting farm, mining for treasure, seasonal crafts and an inflatable obstacle course. Horseback riding lessons are by appointment only, contact stefanie@crookedpinesfarm.com. Free admission, costs associated with each activity. For more information contact Crooked Pines Farm by calling 706-347-0274 or visit www.crookedpinesfarm.com.

May 18:

  • Sundays at the Museum. How to Search for Your Civil War Ancestor. Mr. Segars, a writer and publisher, is a frequent speaker at genealogical gatherings. He will share his expertise with those interested in tracing their Civil War ancestry. 2 p.m. The Sundays at the Museum series takes place within The Old School History Museum and focuses on Civil War topics. All programs will be held are free to the public, though donations are always appreciated. Light refreshments will be served afterward. Anyone who enjoys history, has an interest in the Civil War, or simply loves a good story may find "Sunday at the Museum" to be habit-forming.

May 18-19:

  • The Annual GMC Golf, BBQ & Texas Hold 'Em At the Milledgeville Country Club beginning at 6:00 p.m. Sunday evening. The Annual GMC Golf Tournament will tee off 11:00 a.m. Monday morning at the Country Club. For more information contact Karen Wright at 478-387-4704.

May 22:

  • Celebrate Patriotism. A pre-memorial day celebration on The Putnam County Courthouse Lawn at 6:30 p.m. Bring the whole family for an evening honoring those who served our country. Enjoy free hot dogs and ice cream; a pictorial tribute; and a concert.

May 24:

  • The Rutledge Country Fair– 9am-4pm – For more information, visit www.smallbutspecial.info
  • Who's Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute. 7:30 p.m. Eatonton. An incredible tribute to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, will be at The Plaza Arts Center! This 'ultimate' tribute is one of the biggest shows The Plaza has ever presented and you'll feel as if you're actually watching MJ himself Moonwalk across the stage! Call The Plaza at 706-923-1655 or visit www.ThePlazaArtsCenter.com to purchase tickets.

May 25:

  • Georgia Military College Old Capitol Triathlon. The sprint triathlon will feature the same 500 yard swim, starting at the Legacy at Sinclair at 7 am. The biking portion will start afterwards and go for 18 miles down Log Cabin Road, and around the airport before cutting across Marshall Road and returning to Log Cabin Road. The 5K run will take place through the golf course of the Milledgeville Country Club and under the shady trees of Sinclair Dam Road until the athletes are routed back to the Legacy at Sinclair to finish back at the lake. Money raised by the race will be donated to the Georgia Military College Foundation to build additional student scholarship funds for those students in need of assistance. Any company that wishes to support this race will receive a 501c3 tax break for any cash or in-kind donations. For further information, or if you would wish to make a cash or in-kind donation, please contact Jill Robins, Race Director, at jrobbins@gmc.cc.ga.us

May 26:

  • Madison’s Memorial Day Ceremony & Ride for America. Join Madison's Main Street, the American Legion, and, about 1,000 motorcyclists participating in the Annual Ride for America, in Downtown Madison's Town Park for a patriotic Memorial Day Ceremony honoring the men and women who have died while in military service to our nation.

June

June 6:

  • Boys & Girls Club Golf Tournament @ Hard Labor Creek – 1pm 706-342-1565

June 7:

  • Dairy Festival. The Annual Putnam County Dairy Festival is held around the Courthouse Square in downtown. The festival pays tribute to the county's dairy industry. Activities for the day include: 8:00 a.m. Road Races, 9:00 a.m. Booths open on and around the Courthouse Square, 10:00 a.m. Parade, 11:00 a.m. Platform Program - Speakers and Honoring the Dairy Family of the year, 11:00 - 1:30 Barbecue and 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Free Entertainment.

June 14:

  • Ooh La La Lavender Festival At Ooh La La Lavender Farm, 217 Tanyard Rd., Eatonton. (706) 816-4503.

June 21:

  • The Soul Purpose Band. Meet Me at The Plaza presents The Soul Purpose Band at 7:30 p.m. As the name implies, The Soul Purpose Band is steeped in a true Soul/R&B tradition that offers the audience a combination of dance hits and soulful sounds from the 60's to the 80's, with an occasional tune from recent current pop charts. The Soul Purpose Band is an 11-piece band consisting of a 5-piece rhythm section, a four-piece horn section and both a male and a female singer. Bring your family, friends, blankets and coolers to the lawn of The Plaza. Tickets are $12 in Advance and $15 at the Gate! Call The Plaza at 706-923-1655 or visit www.ThePlazaArtsCenter.com to purchase tickets.

June 21 & 22:

  • Farm Days. Crooked Pines Farm presents Farm Days, good old-fashioned fun on the farm! 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Horseback riding lessons are by appointment only, contact stefanie@crookedpinesfarm.com. Free admission, costs associated with each activity. For more information contact Crooked Pines Farm by calling 706-347-0274 or visit www.crookedpinesfarm.com.

July

July 3:

  • Annual Independence Day Picnic and Fireworks - The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center presents its Annual Independence Day Concert and Picnic Tuesday, July 3, 2013 at 7:00 PM. A presentation of the Colors followed by a FREE patriotic concert. Bring a picnic, tables and chairs and join the family and friends on the front lawn of the Cultural Center for a favorite annual event in Madison. Then head on over to Heritage Park for some firework fun!
  • City of Milledgeville Annual Fireworks Celebration. Join in the fun as the City of Milledgeville presents a pre-fireworks show beginning at 6:00 pm that will feature The Fall Line Ramblers, Ms. Ericka and Former Milledgeville Idol, Jon Peeler and fireworks starting at dark.

July 4:

  • "Made in America". First Friday downtown Milledgeville, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. First Fridays encourage the celebration and exploration of all that downtown Milledgeville has to offer. Participating First Fridays merchants, restaurants, cultural venues and nightlife hotspots stay open late, present special events, and offer discounts on the first Friday of every month making downtown Milledgeville an ideal destination for an evening out.

July 12:

  • Greenway River Jam at the Oconee River Greenway. Live music for everyone to enjoy. $10.00 donations are appreciated and will help finance future phases of the greenway project. Please come out and help support this worthy project as well as have some fun.

July 19 & 20:

  • Farm Days. Crooked Pines Farm presents Farm Days, good old-fashioned fun on the farm! 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Enjoy the country store, hayrides, petting farm, mining for treasure, seasonal crafts and an inflatable obstacle course. Horseback riding lessons are by appointment only, contact stefanie@crookedpinesfarm.com. Free admission, costs associated with each activity. Farm Days are the third weekend of every month. For more information contact Crooked Pines Farm by calling 706-347-0274 or visit www.crookedpinesfarm.com.

July 21:

  • The Grapevine Band. Meet Me at The Plaza outdoor summer concerts presents The Grapevine, a premier Geogia Party Band! 7:30 p.m. The Grapevine has a very diverse repertoire, with styles that include Motown, R&B, Beach, Pop, 60s-70s-80s rock, and much more! Bring your family, friends, blankets and coolers to the lawn of The Plaza. Tickets are $12 in Advance or $15 at the Gate. Call The Plaza at 706-923-1655 or visit www.ThePlazaArtsCenter.com to purchase tickets.Back to Top

July 25-26:

  • Firefly Festival in Town Park
    Friday Frolic – Town Park - Join us on Friday night for the Family Frolic - it’s "kids’ night" at Firefly. Bring the kids for a night of fun with stilt walkers, music, bubbles, face painters, fun inflatables, creative kids crafts, and family entertainment - all in the park from 7-9:00 pm. Food vendors will be on site for supper, cool drinks, and sweet treats – sorry, no coolers allowed on Friday night and Fido should be left at home. This is a ticketed event with a maximum family price. Your ticket includes all activities within the park!

    Saturday Twilight – Town Park - On Saturday evening, join us as we host a "date night," in the park with a free Firefly Twilight Concert. A dance band will keep the crowd moving from 7:30–9:30 pm. Come early to claim your favorite spot on the Great Lawn - blankets, chairs, and coolers are welcome on Saturday night. If you don't feel like sitting on the lawn this time around, reserve a Gazebo Terrace table and treat your guests to take-out from our nearby downtown eateries. A Gazebo table is very affordable and seats 4-6 people (Four chairs are included with a table but there's plenty of room for two extra chairs if you want to bring them along.). For the Twilight Concert, a table includes a lighted umbrella and a cooler of ice to keep your beverages chilly. Tables can be reserved through Madison Main Street at 706-342-1251 x208

July 26:

  • Movies in the Briar Patch. Join us under the Briar Patch stars on the Eatonton Courthouse Lawn for a FREE viewing of one of our favorite childhood films: Hook! Bring your own chairs or blanket. Movie refreshments available for purchase. Seating begins at 8:00 pm, Movie 8:45 pm.

August

August 2:

  • Good Vibrations. Meet Me at The Plaza outdoor summer concerts presents Good Vibrations, a premier Geogia Party Band! 7:30 p.m. Top 40 hits from the 60's through present day! Beach, Rock & Roll, Soul, Oldies, Disco and Motown. Bring your family, friends, blankets and coolers to the lawn of The Plaza. Tickets are $12 in Advance or $15 at the Gate. Call The Plaza at 706-923-1655 or visit www.ThePlazaArtsCenter.com to purchase tickets.

August 10:

  • Sunday’s at the Museum. The Old School History Museum presents The Governor's Mansion & The Civil War - Matt Davis, Director of the Old Governor's Mansion in Milledgeville, GA will discuss this landmark's time during the Civil War. 2 p.m. All programs will be held at the Old School History Museum within The Plaza Arts Center and are free to the public, though donations are always appreciated. Light refreshments will be served afterward. Anyone who enjoys history, has an interest in the Civil War, or simply loves a good story may find "Sunday at the Museum" to be habit-forming.

August 16 & 17:

  • Farm Days. Crooked Pines Farm presents Farm Days, good old-fashioned fun on the farm! 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Enjoy the country store, hayrides, petting farm, mining for treasure, seasonal crafts and an inflatable obstacle course. Horseback riding lessons are by appointment only, contact stefanie@crookedpinesfarm.com. Free admission, costs associated with each activity. For more information contact Crooked Pines Farm by calling 706-347-0274 or visit www.crookedpinesfarm.com.

September

September 14:

  • Sunday’s at the Museum. The Old School History Museum presents Sherman Comes to Milledgeville, Dr. Bob Wilson, GCSU Professor of History, will present some little known information about the Georgia State Penitentiary (once located in Milledgeville) and its role during the Civil War. 2 p.m. All programs will be held at the Old School History Museum within The Plaza Arts Center and are free to the public, though donations are always appreciated. Light refreshments will be served afterward. Anyone who enjoys history, has an interest in the Civil War, or simply loves a good story may find "Sunday at the Museum" to be habit-forming.

September 27-28:

  • The Cotton South Fine Arts Festival. "An Old Label / A New Festival" at Harbor Club on Lake Oconee. Cotton South Fine Arts Festival is dedicated to showcasing the best in contemporary fine art and fine craft, with over 50 artists. Admission is $10 per person, Children under 12 free with parent/guardian. For more information visit, http://www.cottonsoutharts.com/

October

October 4:

  • 10th Annual Downtown Chili Cook-Off – Madison’s 10th Annual Chili Cook-off & Fall Festival offers something for everyone, fun things for kids to do, great entertainment and a new bigger and better harvest marketplace with a variety of handmade goods and locally grown produce. Everyone is invited to spend the day shopping and browsing the unique vendor tents, eating delicious food, and sampling our excellent chili while enjoying live music in Madison’s downtown Town Park. Teams will prepare their own special-recipe chili for a panel of hungry judges and festival visitors alike. Cooking gets underway early (everything is prepared on site) with the chili judging and public sampling starting at 12:30 PM and ending at 3 PM (or earlier if the chili runs dry). After 3 PM, votes will be tallied and Chili Cook-Off winners announced. For the general public, a $3 wristband lets you sample all of the delicious chili, plus you’re encouraged to cast your vote in the People’s Choice Chili Competition. The three top winners in the OPEN chili competition will take home cash and prizes. A Showmanship Prize will also be given to the best decorated chili booth. www.madisonga.com

October 6:

  • Taste of Eatonton – 6 - 8:30 p.m. Bring your appetite and join your favorite local restaurants for the area's largest foodie event! At The Plaza Arts Center indulge in bites of fine dining and celebrate with friends the culinary expertise of the area. Enjoy old favorite restaurants and discover new dining joys. For more information, call (706) 485-7701 or visit www.TasteofEatonton.com

October 11:

  • Firefighters' Fall 5K & 10K – An annual fall run through one of Georgia's premier historic districts, benefiting Madison’s volunteer fire department. The course is an out and back - very fast, and run entirely on paved roads - through beautifully landscaped neighborhoods. For more information, visit www.madisonga.com
  • Rock Legends Concert, Featuring Billy McGuigan. 7:30 p.m. Part rock concert, part rock tribute, all rock n' roll. Rock Legends combines all of these elements to create a show that is the only one of its kind. In this unique rock and roll revue created by audience favorite Billy McGuigan, audiences are given the opportunity to vote, through the power of their applause, for the songs and music they want to hear. Rock Legends musical choices take audiences on a journey from the 50's rock and roll of Elvis, Buddy, and Jerry Lee, to the 60s British Invasion bands The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Who. They'll hit the groove of the 70's with the Bee Gees, and the piano men - Billy and Elton and even dabble in the music of the 80s with the likes of Tom Petty, U2 and more! Call The Plaza at 706-923-1655 or visit www.ThePlazaArtsCenter.com to purchase tickets.
  • Annual Rutledge Fall Yard Sale- 8am to 4pm. For more information, call 706.557.9021​

October 18:

  • Madison-Morgan Conservancy Greenprint Ramble – Tour at 2pm; Supper at 5:30pm. For more information, visit www.mmcgeorgia.org
  • Deep Roots Festival. Named one of Southeast Tourism Society's Top 20 events, Deep Roots is a cultural arts and music festival that is located in historic downtown Milledgeville and composed of regional and national talents, artists, and vendors. It beckons travelers from all over with an antique car show, live entertainment ranging from bluegrass to rock-and-roll, artist market, and LittleRoots KidZone. The festival will also once again hold a MBN sanctioned BBQ cook-off contest featuring the ever-popular People's Choice award that will draw BBQ connoisseurs from around the Southeast! 10 a.m. – Midnight in Historic Downtown Milledgeville. Admission: $6 prior to festival; $8 at the door or $6 for 4 or more tickets. For more information, 478-414-4014 or visit http://www.deeprootsfestival.com/

October 19:

  • ​9​th Annual Spin for Kids Bike Ride. On Sunday, October 19​ , 201​4​, rides will begin and end at Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge, Georgia. The routes will take riders through rural Northeast Georgia and the historic towns of Madison and Rutledge. Five courses will allow riders of various skill levels, from the occasional rider to the experienced cyclist, to participate in this exciting event. This year, we will feature 5, 27, 47, 62, and 100-mile rides. All routes are fully supported with premium rest stops, SAG wagons, and motorcycle escorts. To form a team or to volunteer, visit www.spinforkids.org

October 23:

  • Cemetery Tour. The 5th Annual Historical Cemetery Tour. Tours will begin at 5:00 p.m. and start at 30 minute intervals until 8:00 p.m. On an hour and a half walking tour of the Pine Grove Cemetery, guests will visit the gravesites of many of Eatonton's luminaries, where live actors will portray the inhabitants and will bring history to life. A light supper is included with each ticket purchase.

October 25:

  • Briar Patch Arts Festival. From 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in downtown Eatonton. Come stroll the streets of historic downtown Eatonton and enjoy talking with and purchasing from some of middle Georgia's most talented artists. All our artists are from Georgia and sell one-of-a-kind handmade items. Also, you don't want to miss the mini farmers market! Late October is the beginning of 'winter' crop and is the best time to get peppers, cabbage and lettuce. Our farmers will have these and many more goodies to fill your fridge and pantry! NEW FOR 2014 - ANTIQUES! For more information, contact Eatonton Mainstreet, www.eatontonmainstreet.com
  • Farm Day at the Madison Morgan Cultural Center- 10am to 2pm. For more information, visit
    www.mmcc-arts.org
  • Annual Rutledge Spooky Fall Festival in downtown Rutledge- 5pm to 9pm. For more information, call 706.557.9021

November

November 1:

  • Bostwick Cotton Gin Festival & Gin Run - Come to Bostwick, GA, home of the remake filming of the movie Footloose, and enjoy the Annual Cotton Gin Festival and Gin Run on Saturday, November 1st! The day will begin at 8am with the Annual 5K Gin Run and prizes will be awarded to each age group. The parade will begin at 11am complete with tractors and antique cars, then followed by a full day of cotton ginning, festival fun! There will be booths and booths of hand-made arts and crafts and you’re sure to find your favorite edible treat at the many food vendors. Kids will even be able to play in the recently harvested cotton and the cotton gin will be operating all day long! www.bostwickga.com

November 13:

  • Dancing With Madison Stars– Boys & Girls Club of Morgan County - For information, call 706-342-1565

November 20-23:

  • Dinner with Uncle Billy At Georgia's Old Capital Museum an old-fashioned southern dinner followed by vignettes portraying events surrounding General William T. Sherman's occupation of Milledgeville in 1864. Ticket information at 478-453-1803 or email sally@oldcapitalmuseam.org.

December

December 3:

  • Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert at the Madison Morgan Cultural Center - For more information, visit www.mmcc-arts.org

December 5 & 6:

  • 31st Annual Holiday Tour of Homes - Step into a winter wonderland as you celebrate the season with a holiday favorite, Madison's Holiday Tour of Homes. With daytime and candlelight itineraries, this event is not to be missed. For more information and ticket information, visit www.madisonga.org

December 13:

  • Holiday Parade followed by Caroling By Candlelight - Bundle up, ‘baby, it’s cold outside’ - Join friends and neighbors for our annual Holiday Parade and Caroling By Candlelight celebration in Town Park from 5:30pm - 7:30pm. An evening full of music and holiday spirit brought to you by Madison Main Street. Local church choirs, school choral groups and bands, and community based musicians will perform holiday carols certain to warm our hearts. Performers will also lead the crowd in familiar carols to extend the holiday cheer. www.madisonga.com
  • Christmas Rush Classic Road Race - A downtown race offering varied distances of 5K, 8K, and 1 Mile Fun Run. For more information, contact Rusty Ewing at 706.342.4900 ext. 21