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Grand Opera House Presents "Scrooge"

"Scrooge" will be presented at the Grand Opera House on Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m.

This performance is sponsored by NewTown Macon, Inc.

General admission is $28 and $24 with a student i.d.

Call 478-301-5470 or order online at www.thegrandmacon.com

The Grand Opera House is located at 651 Mulberry St.

Friends of the Cannonball House Annual Meeting

Join us on January 25th as the Cannonball House hosts its Annual Membership meeting. 

Guest speaker will be Scott Walker, Baptist Minister and Professor at Mercer University. 

Walker is the author of eight books including "Hell's Broke Loose in Georgia" the book about the 57th Georgia Infantry CSA.  His ancestor fought in the 57th Georgia Regiment and this non-fiction book is written in the narrative style giving all the details of the unit and its men.

Walker is a Mercer graduate and received his Doctorate from UGA.  He lived in Texas for many years but moved back to Macon recently.  He bought the old Col. Wiley home on College St.  He will bring books to sell after the meeting including his latest book titled 'Edge of Terror,' true experiences of WWII.

Atlanta Braves Broadcaster to Emcee Hall of Fame Induction

Atlanta Braves broadcaster Joe Simpson is scheduled to serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame’s 2011 Induction Ceremony. 

At the ceremony, Robert Davis, Joe DeLany, Dale Ellis, Ray Goff, Bill Ploeger, Lisa Spain Short, and James “J.T.” Thomas will each be enshrined as members of the Hall of Fame.

 The news release says that Joe Simpson has been part of the Braves broadcast team since 1992 and currently calls Atlanta’s games on FSN South, SportSouth, and Peachtree TV. 

Simpson was named Georgia Sports Broadcaster of the Year in 1995 and was tapped to cover the MLB Playoffs on TBS in 2007 and 2009.  Prior to joining the Braves, Simpson worked as an analyst on Seattle Mariners telecasts. 

 Simpson was born in Purcell, Oklahoma and was an All-American outfielder and first baseman at the University of Oklahoma.  He was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1973. 

Cherry Blossom Festival & Historic Macon Partner for Decorators' Showhouse Tour 2011

Cherry Blossom Festival & Historic Macon Partner for Decorators' Showhouse Tour 2011

This March, historic preservation will be in full bloom during the 29th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival.

Historic Macon Foundation’s 18th Annual Decorators’ Showhouse will serve as the Cherry Blossom Festival’s Tour of Homes.

The home located at 306 Orange St. in the intown Macon Historic District dates back to the 1880s when Benjamin Lawton Willingham gave the lot to his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Furman Lawton.

Historic Macon is currently rehabilitating the property based on standards set forth by the Secretary of the Interior in order to make it eligible for tax incentives for preservation totaling over $100,000 for the new owners.

Green living features adorn the home as well including an ultra-efficient ductless HVAC system, injected foam insulation, high efficiency water heaters, a pervious-surfaced driveway and limited construction waste.

Macon Film Festival Wins Best Program at International Film Festival Summit

Macon Film Festival Wins Best Program at International Film Festival Summit

The Macon Film Festival won Best Program at the International Film Festival Summit in Las Vegas this week. Film Festivals from all across the country were in the competition.

Other film festivals in the competition included South by Southwest Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, L.A. Comedy Shorts, D.C. Shorts Film Festival, Martha's Vineyard Film Festival, Indie Memphis, Mendocino Film Festival, Sedona Film Festival & the Austin Film Festival.

Macon Film Festival's 2010 winning program was designed locally by Burt & Burt Design and the cover logo was designed by Macon Film board member Stephanie Shadden.

Macon Film Festival board members Tabitha Walker, Julie Wilkerson, Stephanie Shadden & Terrell Sandefur attended the summit.

Historic Macon Announces Release of Architectural Styles Book

A new book promises to boost local pride and draw new visitors to experience Macon’s unparalleled collection of architectural treasures. 

After years of work, Historic Macon Foundation’s Education Committee is pleased to announce the release of A Tour Through Time: An Architectural Guidebook to the Houses of Macon, GA

The guidebook has been a project of the Education Committee for many years, led by community volunteers Lars Anderson, Charles Brittain and Susan Long.

The book is available for sale today, Dec. 9, 2010, for $14.95 exclusively at the Sidney Lanier Cottage at 935 High St., and will continue on sale at the Cottage through the holidays.  The gift shop at the Cottage is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Concert Benefitting the Mentor's Project Scheduled for Friday

The 567 Center for Renewal, with The Blue Indian, will host a benefit concert for the Mentor's Project of Bibb County this Friday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m.

Stribling, Jubee and the Morning After, Free Ticket, and Broken Bootstraps will be performing.

Tickets cost $5, and all proceeds will go to the Mentor's Project.

Concert attendees who bring a coat, gloves, or blanket for the homeless will receive a coupon for $2 off any Blue Indian concert in 2011.

The Mentors Project of Bibb County's provides role models for encouragement and motivation to eligible Bibb County public middle and high school students who need additional support outside their family and assists them in reaching their full academic, social, and personal potential.

The 567 Center is located at 533 Cherry St. in downtown Macon.