Happy Fourth of July! I'm getting hungry just thinking about all the cookouts happening today. Whether you're getting into events downtown or some other place, enjoy yourself, and keep in mind Georgia on My Mind Day - my pick this week.
The event, held at the Georgia Visitors Center at Interstate 20 West from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, promotes regional tourism and will highlight hotels, attractions and other notable things to do and places to go across Georgia.
People will be there to tell you things you probably didn't even know about the state. For example, did you know that Babyland General Hospital, the place where Cabbage Patch Kids are "born," is in Cleveland, Ga.? Well, I just found out last year, and the Cabbage Patch people will have a booth at the event.
Also to be represented are the city of Vidalia with Vidalia onions; Coca-Cola, with a tractor-trailer that has interactive games for children; the Fort Valley peach packing plant, Lane Packing; DeKalb County, grilling hot dogs; and Milledgeville, Louisville and other cities showing what their areas have to offer.
The best part is that coupons for good deals on vacations and hotel stays will be given away. You might find a retreat you didn't know was just around the corner. And at today's gasoline prices, a quick trip within the state is sounding mighty fine!
As you're having fun today, don't forget about my pick. It might help you choose the next fun you'll have!
Read on. There's more to do this week.
The exhibit of artworks by Davidson Fine Arts School art teacher Ann Marie Dalis and her daughters, Patti Dalis and Zoe Dalis, opens at Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St. There will be a free reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Call 826-4700 for details.
This year's July Fest is in a new location. The annual festival will be at the Newberry Street Festival Center in downtown Aiken from 2 to 7 p.m. and will feature food, vendors, local and national entertainment, carnival games and rides, arts and crafts, a youth talent show, karaoke and a gospel performance. Call (803) 642-7635 for information.
Know how to play the dulcimer, or want to learn? Then go to the workshop and take part in hands-on demonstrations with the folk instrument being held from 10 a.m. to noon at Mistletoe State Park, 3723 Mistletoe Road in Appling. Admission is free; parking is $3. Call (706) 541-0321.
HOLY HIP-HOP CONCERT
Gospel singer, songwriter and producer Canton Jones will headline Barefoot Productions Inc. and Creative Impressions' Holy Hip-Hop concert at 7 p.m. at the Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre at Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way. Also performing will be Creative Impressions and a mass choir of area teenagers. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the free show. A love offering will be taken. Call (803) 302-0482 for details.
I rarely get to find something for bikers to do, so I'm happy to include this. The Dragoneez Sport Bike Club Show-N-Shine bike show will be at 3112 Washington Road, behind Piccadilly Cafeteria, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aside from giving awards to a variety of bikes, there will be raffles, activities for children, door prizes and - get this - a bikini bike wash. The event is free; $15 to enter a bike. Call 364-5972 or 855-1886 for details.
Reach C. Samantha McKevie at (706) 823-3552 or firstname.lastname@example.org.