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Improvements to City Auditorium coming thanks to the SPLOST

The Commission approved using $150,000 in SPLOST funds for improvements and repairs at the Macon City Auditorium. While there is much more that is needed to bring the Auditorium back to where it needs to be, this will provide for some first steps, including cleaning, table repair, dusting, new carpet, and other smaller projects to keep it in shape for performances and events.  

The Auditorium is one of our major cultural centers and represents a milestone in our community’s history having been built for the city’s 100th Anniversary. It is estimated to need more than $15 million in repairs and upgrades, and needs to be kept in better condition over time. Without that, it becomes more and more difficult to attract larger performances and to provide our community and arts organizations the high-quality space in which to perform that they deserve.

Revitalization beginning in East Macon-Bibb’s Mill Hill Arts Village

In what’s called Macon-Bibb’s first neighborhood, there sits an old, abandoned auditorium. But with a little assistance, this building will be a vibrant center for the arts in Macon-Bibb and the center of neighborhood revitalization. The goal is to create a spot where people from all walks of life, and all skill levels can come and hone their craft, learn a new one, or just enjoy the talents of others.

Thanks to money from six Macon-Bibb Commissioners’ blight funds, an anonymous donor, the Macon Arts Alliance, and several other community partners, Mill Hill: East Macon Arts Village is under construction. Watch the video to hear about how this came together, and why it matters so much to the whole community. 


MLK Commission in Macon-Bibb announces year of events

On December 14, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission announced its annual series of event to honor and remember the civil rights leader. At the same time, they partnered with The Mentors’ Project to pack bags for those in need this holiday season.

A website has been launched listing all of the events and connecting the Commission with organizations that want to help with an event or host their own. The press conference was covered by MaconBibbTV and can be viewed by clicking here, and the website can be found by clicking here

Middle Georgia State University to "deconstruct Disney"

Middle Georgia State University to "deconstruct Disney"

Middle Georgia State University will hold a viewing and discussion of a Disney movie in November.

According to a news release, "Mulan" will be shown November 12 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Professional Sciences and Conference Center room 136.

The event is free and open to the public.

Free Halloween pictures to be provided by Portrait Innovations in Macon

Portrait Innovations in The Shoppes at River Crossing is offering parents with children dressed in Halloween costumes free pictures.

The shoot will be Monday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Parents can receive a free 5x7 picture and three digital photos of each child in their costume, according to a news release. Portrait Innovation employees will also be handing out candy.

Parents also have the option to enter a photo contest to win one out of three $5,000 cash prices.

To submit a portrait entry and enter the contest, click here.

Children's Hospital for Navicent Health to host fall festival

Children's Hospital for Navicent Health to host fall festival

Lane Southern Orchards in Fort Valley will hold a fall festival which will benefit the Children's Hospital, Navicent Health.

It'll be Saturday, October 24 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., according to a news release. The festival will include family-friendly events, like hayrides, face painting, pumpkin painting, a play area and a six-acre corn maze.

Additionally, car seat techs will be available throughout the event to provide free child car seat safety information.

The orchard is located at 50 Lane Road.


Historic Macon announces Rose Hill Ramble

Historic Macon and friends of Rose Hill will hold a Rose Hill Ramble on October 25 at 2 p.m.

The walk will start at the main entrance to the cemetery and end next to the grace of Macon founder Dr. Ambrose Baber, according to a news release. The walk will last about 90 minutes and $5 admission includes light refreshments. Friends of Rose Hill may attend for free and all proceeds will benefit the friends of Rose Hill cemetery.

The theme for the walk is "Arsenic, Cyanide and Cottonseed Oil in 19th Century Macon." The release says the walk will lead past graces of painters, pharmacists and chemical geniuses.

Phil Comer will lead the ramble.

The tour is free to friends of Rose Hill members and $5 for the public.

For more information, please call Kim Campbell at 478-742-5084 or email her at kcampbell@historicmacon.org.