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Great American Main Street Hometown Celebration

Great American Main Street Hometown Celebration

Submitted by Milledgeville Main Street: Milledgeville, GA- On May 18th 2014 Milledgeville was named a Great American Main Street City. This nationwide award recognizes Milledgeville as one of the finest downtown areas in America. This prestigious award is given to communities that exemplify the use of the Main Street Approach to revitalization of their traditional downtowns and/or business districts. Carlee Schulte, Director of Milledgeville Main Street/DDA applied for and received a grant from the Knight Foundation Fund for Milledgeville, which is a component fund of the Community Foundation, in the amount of $20,000. The grant, along with other generous community partner donations will provide a chance to engage the community and generate a strong sense of place for residents and visitors alike.

Georgia Writers Museum hosts Amateur Writing Contest

Georgia Writers Museum hosts Amateur Writing Contest

The Georgia Writers Museum is accepting written work for their Creative Writing Contest.

Deadline to enter is August 15.

Full details:

Andalusia Farm Blog: (Re)Considering O'Connor

Andalusia Farm Blog: (Re)Considering O'Connor

On July 4th Andalusia hosted a luncheon gathering for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)  Summer Institute.  "Reconsidering Flannery O'Connor" runs at Georgia College July 1-30 and is the second such Summer Institute. The first NEH O'Connor Institute was held at Georgia College in 2007 and was by all accounts a rave success. Well, NEH folks did tell co-organizer, O'Connor scholar,  and Andalusia board member Bruce Gentry that the 2007 effort was a model for how NEH Summer Institutes should be done. Post-facto activities of 2007 participants reveal impressive numbers that advance O'Connor studies: three books, 24 peer-reviewed articles, and 63 conference presentations. ... Read More

Andalusia Blog: All Flannery All the Time

Andalusia Blog: All Flannery All the Time

I have to say that I am so enjoying life on the farm. Well, not life as in the kind of day-in-and-day-out life that Flannery and her mother lived at the farm, but the kind of work-a-day life that characterizes a professional career in the museum world. Those of us who work at historic house museums and historic sites know well the ways in which ALL aspects of the place seep in to your consciousness. It is a daily delight for me, as I go about 'bidnis' at the farm, to experience themes and images from Flannery’s writing (fiction and non-fiction) that was so shaped by place: Andalusia, Milledgeville, and Middle Georgia. Some of the behind the scenes tasks of ‘opening up’ the farm for visitors take me directly into Flannery’s fiction and her letters. When I swing open the big door and enter the now defunct milking parlor in the Cow Barn the ghosts of cows with names like Scotty, Big Margie and Primrose seem to lurk at the edges... Read More

Green Market opening in downtown Milledgeville

Green Market opening in downtown Milledgeville

From 9 a.m. until noon, you can visit the Green Market at the Milledgeville Market Pavilion on Hancock Street.

They have a ribbon cutting Saturday at 10 a.m.

They'll have the following available, according to a release:

Marlor House to exhibit “Works from Allied Arts Permanent Collection”

Marlor House to exhibit “Works from Allied Arts Permanent Collection”

Allied Arts invites the public to view “Works from Allied Arts Permanent Collection” on display at the Marlor House now through Friday, August 1.  Allied Arts permanent collection contains over 175 pieces of artwork by local, regional and nationally recognized visual artists. According to Program Coordinator, Brian Renko “This exhibit includes thirty four pieces done in a wide variety of media, styles and subject matter. I have included oil and water color paintings, photographs, sculpture and mixed media pieces in this showing of the collection.”

New artworks on display include an artist signed print titled “Prisoner Leaning on His Chains” by Francisco Goya and an etching by Fritz Eichenberg. Other artists represented in this exhibition include, Sara Finney, Betty Bivins Edwards, Cookie Noel and Sterling Everett.

Dana Wiggins leads photography classes

Dana Wiggins leads photography classes

Artist Dana Wiggins will be teaching a four-day photography class the week of July 14, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday in the Allen’s Market Building, the registration fee is $65. The class will focus on the beginning photographer.

According to Wiggins, “We are going to take you through the mechanics of your camera first. You will learn also, just how easy it is to shoot a manual exposure.” Through Dana's unique teaching style and informative critiques, you will understand the relationship between f/stops, shutter speeds and ISO.  During the course students will also learn how to adjust the autofocus on their camera.

If you are not shooting consistently perfect exposures or if you don't understand why some exposures work and others don't, then this course is for you.  This course will teach you all about the creative use of shutter speed from freezing action to implying motion.