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Allied Arts Permanent Collection shown at Marlor House in Milledgeville

Allied Arts Permanent Collection shown at Marlor House in Milledgeville

Allied Arts invites the public to view “Selections from the Permanent Collection” on display at the Marlor House now through Friday, September 20.  Allied Arts permanent collection contains over 150 pieces of artwork by local, regional and nationally recognized visual artists. According to arts director Randy Cannon, “This exhibit will include thirty two pieces in a wide variety of media, styles and subject matter. We have included drawings, paintings, photographs, sculpture and mixed media pieces in this showing of the collection.”

New additions to the collection include an artist signed print titled “Benton” by Thomas Hart Benton and an untitled photograph by Genie Hargrove. Other artists represented in the collection include Stan Strickland, Cookie Noel and Sterling Everett.

'Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys' Discussion Comes to Milledgeville

'Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys' Discussion Comes to Milledgeville

Growing up in Iran as a Christian in a majority Muslim country, Georgia College professor Dr. Claudia Yaghoobi had what she calls a normal life.

“When I came to the U.S. for my graduate program, I found that many people looked at me as though I was an oppressed Middle Eastern woman,” said Yaghoobi. “That was shocking to me, especially since I was in Los Angeles where there was a large Middle Eastern population.”

Yaghoobi did not see herself as a victim; instead she viewed herself as a free woman who actively made choices about her life and future.

“I was unaware of the fact that my Persian-Armenian identity would put me in the category of the oppressed as a Middle Eastern woman in the Western society. Everyone I met expressed concerns about my victimization in Iran and wanted to liberate me,” she said.

That life experience of facing cultural biases led Yaghoobi on a journey to research the cultural diversity, history and literature of her native country.

October Festivals in Central Georgia

October Festivals in Central Georgia

USA TODAY

Middle Georgia -- sometimes referred to as Central Georgia or the Heart of Georgia -- is home to several bustling small cities, including Macon, a cultural and educational center for the region; Milledgeville, a former state capital; and Warner Robins, the metropolitan area around Robins Air Force Base. Though many of the cities in this area have festivals throughout the year -- including Dublin's St. Patrick's Day celebration and Forsyth's March Forsythia Festival -- the region's mild autumn weather in Middle Georgia makes October a popular time for festivals.

Near Macon

In late October, the Riverside Cemetery conservation group hosts a spooky evening celebration. Tour the pre-Civil War cemetery, where you'll run into the spirits of notable folks from Macon's past, including escaped slaves-turned-celebrities and Southern belles with nerves of steel. Unlike most festivals, the aptly named Spirits in October celebration requires you to sign up in advance to participate, because only a limited number of participates can join each walking tour. Tours take place every half-hour between 6 and 10 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, and the event usually takes place the weekend before Halloween.

Near Perry

Check out Georgia arts and crafts, ranging from word carvings to cornshuck weaving to pottery, and tap your feet to Appalachian music and gospel singalongs at the Mossy Creek Barnyard Festival. This semi-annual celebration devoted to old-fashioned skills takes place in March and October just north of Perry. In addition to music and crafts, you'll find demonstrations of vintage skills, such as tatting lace and braiding bullwhips, as well as hayrides, storytelling and special performances. Though kids are encouraged to join the festivities, pets aren't allowed, so plan accordingly.

Near Milledgeville

You'll find local and national bands, plenty of kids activities, live stage shows and arts and crafts at the annual Deep Roots Festival in Milledgeville. The festival takes place every year in late October. One of the biggest attractions at the festival is the People's Choice BBQ Championship, where festival attendees can sample and cast their vote for the festival's best pulled pork. The festival also hosts several other contests, and there are prizes for photography, crafts, cooking and more.

Near Eatonton

In Eatonton, the Briar Patch Arts Festival is an October highlight. The festival, which started in 2010, gets its name from the works of Joel Chandler Harris, who was born in Eatonton, and features work by local artists and craftspeople. Bands set up on live music stages throughout the festival, so you can check out local music while you browse the offerings at the booths.

Milledgeville Wins Highest Honors at Georgia Downtown Conference

Milledgeville Wins Highest Honors at Georgia Downtown Conference

At a statewide conference, Milledgeville was named the 2013 Downtown Development Program of the Year.

According to a release, the town has netted 82 new jobs, 25 new businesses and 18 building rehabs since 2010.

The town has also invested $55 million in the Main Street area through both public and private funds.

Milledgeville won out of over 50 applications at the Georgia Downtown Awards of Excellence event in Savannah last week.

Read the full release from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs:

Hundreds gathered in Savannah last Thursday night, August 15th, at the Historic Lucas Theater to recognize those individuals being honored at the Georgia Downtown Awards of Excellence Event.  This awards reception held annually in conjunction with the Georgia Downtown Conference recognizes outstanding achievements in downtown development by our local communities, volunteers and hard-working downtown development professionals. 

Allied Arts Permanent Collection shown at Marlor House in Milledgeville

Allied Arts Permanent Collection shown at Marlor House in Milledgeville

Allied Arts invites the public to view “Selections from the Permanent Collection” on display at the Marlor House now through Friday, September 20.  Allied Arts permanent collection contains over 150 pieces of artwork by local, regional and nationally recognized visual artists. According to arts director Randy Cannon, “This exhibit will include thirty two pieces in a wide variety of media, styles and subject matter. We have included drawings, paintings, photographs, sculpture and mixed media pieces in this showing of the collection.”

New additions to the collection include an artist signed print titled “Benton” by Thomas Hart Benton and an untitled photograph by Genie Hargrove. Other artists represented in the collection include Stan Strickland, Cookie Noel and Sterling Everett.

CGTC Reveals New Sports Logo

CGTC Reveals New Sports Logo

Central Georgia Technical College revealed their new sports logo after the merger of Middle Georgia Technical College in Warner Robins and Central Georgia Technical College in Macon and Milledgeville.

The merger was official on July 1, according to a release.

Wednesday: Deep Roots Festival Lineup to be Announced

Wednesday: Deep Roots Festival Lineup to be Announced

The annual Deep Roots Festival returns this fall!

The day of music falls on Saturday, October 19 and the lineup will be announced August 21 on Z97.3

Festival-goers will find an artist market, a BBQ cookoff, a car show and of course, the music.

See details.