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What a Night

What a Night

Well, Juliette Opry opened up Saturday night for the 2011 season with Exception to the Rule, a family group from up around Athens . The weather cooperated, and we had about 60 people there . (Don't worry we got room for more) . I started my evening off with supper at The WhistleStop Cafe , ummm ,Fried Pork chops with mashed taters and butter beans. We played a little local music before the main show. Nothing like a little dobro to help you digest. Exception to the Rule brought the house down with their mix of old stuff, new stuff and stuff they had written. They closed the show with a mash (my 13-year-old makes me watch glee) of "Foggy Moutain Breakdown" and "The Devil Went Down to Georgia." It was about the best something i had ever heard. These people could really play. Juliette's next show is in April, and I'll post more on that later.

I wanted to tell you about another show coming though.

Mount de Sales Academy Seniors Named as Finalists in National Merit Scholarship Program

Mount de Sales Academy Seniors Named as Finalists in National Merit Scholarship Program

Mount de Sales Academy announces that two students have been named finalists in the National Merit Scholarship program. 

Finalists are selected based on PSAT scores earned during the junior year, a complete transcript of grades and SAT test scores, school recommendations, and a student essay.  

Of the some 1.5 million program entrants, only approximately 15,000 are considered in the finalist category.

William Underwood, son of Bill and Lesli Underwood, and Katy Hutto, daughter of Rick and Katherine Hutto, are among this highly selective national group.  Each will be considered for National Merit Scholarships to be announced in April, 2011.  

Mount de Sales Academy Student Chosen as 2011 Bibb County STAR Student Recipient

Mount de Sales Academy Student Chosen as 2011 Bibb County STAR Student Recipient

Mount de Sales Academy senior Katy Hutto was selected as the 2011 PAGE STAR Student for Bibb County, and College Counselor and English teacher Benjamin Rollins was selected as the 2011 STAR Teacher. 

This is the 3rd consecutive year that a Mount de Sales Academy senior has claimed the Bibb County STAR Student award. Katy will now move on to compete in the STAR Regions level. 

The Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program focuses attention on Georgia’s outstanding high school students and the teachers who have been most instrumental in their academic development and is coordinated by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) in association with the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Department of Education. 

Macon State College Hosts Art Festival

Macon State College Hosts Art Festival

“The Arts at Work” is the theme of the 2011 Macon State College Arts Festival scheduled for March 14-16.

All events are in the Macon Campus theater or the rehearsal hall, both located in the Arts Complex, and are free and open to the public.

 For more information, contact Dr. Laura E. Thomason at 478-471-2015.

Cherry Blossom Gift Shop Opens, Pre-Festival Events Begin

The Cherry Blossom Festival gift shop is now open at a new location on 567 Cherry St.

That was announced at a press conference Monday.

The gift shop plans to sell mugs, 2011 festival pins, art prints, and more.

Public hours are from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and will open daily during the festival.

The shop is open until April 1.

At the press conference, Cherry Blossom Festival President and CEO Karen Lambert announced a pre-festival event, "Drink Pink."

The event will debut Cherry Blossom Festival signature cocktails created by local restaurants and bars, Lambert says.

The event is scheduled to take place at the Macon Arts Alliance on Friday, March 4 from 5 until 8 p.m.

The Arts Alliance will host a textile show and display paintings by J. Alan Gibson in the gallery during the event.

March's First Friday Line Up

March's First Friday Line Up

The bands that will perform on the First Fridays this month:

March 4, 7-9 p.m.: The Joey Stuckey Band

March 11, 7-9 p.m.: Finesse Band

March 18: Friends and Family

Nobody's Darlings

The First Stone

March 25: Louise Warren

For more information, contact NewTown Macon at 478-550-2185.

New Outdoor Exhibits at Ocmulgee National Monument

Ocmulgee National Monument has seven new waysides throughout the park.

The waysides include different aspects of the park's history, including the two Civil War battles that took place on the grounds.

The waysides expand on the outdoor interpretation of the park, including the history of the railroad cuts, the Ocmulgee River and the Dunlap House.

Two of the new waysides replace the older Earth Lodge and Cornfield Mound waysides.

Park hours are from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily and admission is free.