Half Week of Tim Fain: Video 2 - Portals Trailer
Half Week of Tim Fain: Video 2 - Portals Trailer
Half-Week of Tim Fain - Video 1: Tim Fain in the movie Black Swan
I was talking to someone who had a friend visiting from out of town. The person was visiting from a bigger city and it made me realize that while Macon, Georgia is growing as a city, we are NOT trying to compete with Chicago or New York. We can’t offer giant museums, although our museums are great. We can’t offer a million places to eat, though what we have to offer is delicious. What we can offer is good food, a laid back environment (where you can sit out, enjoy your drinks, and unwind), and a lot of history.
What to Do When Visiting Macon: Part 2
11. The Ocmulgee River - The Ocmulgee offers lots of floating, feet dangling, and contemplation opportunities. And with warm- make that hot - weather for 8 out of 12 months, the citizens and visitors of Macon, Georgia have plenty of chances to take advantage of the river.
12. Bars & Entertainment - Whether you choose your favorite downtown bar, crosstown bar, or music venue, you will have plenty of chances for drink specials (Macon’s prices are much less than some of those big cities we can’t emulate), great music, and maybe even the chance to meet a local celebrity!
13. DJ Shawty Slim - We have plenty of local celebrities that are known across the world… Chuck Leavell and Robert McDuffie just to name a few. However, we happen to be a city where the local celebrities come out to play as well. From jazz and blue greats to hip hop artists, you never know who you’ll run into when you have a drink at the Hummingbird Stage & Taproom or Grant’s Lounge, including the official DJ for Grammy nominated artist B.O.B, DJ Shawty Slim.
14. Second Sunday at Washington Park - Of all the events that have begun uniting a city, the Second Sunday events, sponsored by College Hill Corridor, has brought people from all areas of town to enjoy music, food, and drinks in the park with family, friends, and pets.
15. Grant’s Lounge - You have to see The Wall, which shows the amazing history of music that has played within their walls. If you’re here on the right weekend, you’ll hear some amazing music as well.
16. The Museum of Arts & Sciences - We have a great museum with interesting collections, traveling exhibits, and original exhibits featuring the talents of locals. While it might not compare to MoMA or the Museum of Contemporary Art or Field Museum in Chicago in breadth, we also have the Mark Smith Planetarium. With the addition of the new lens, one of only three in the Americas, it projects images, photographs, visualizations of space, and more onto the third largest dome in the entire state (the largest in Central Georgia within 100 miles), and creates a virtual reality of space and other astronomy related programs for the thousands that visit every year.
17. Ocmulgee Indian Mounds - The Indian Mounds has the oldest living history record of anywhere in the United States and is one of Macon’s largest attraction. A visit would be remiss without taking your guest to the Indian Mounds.
18. St. Joseph’s Catholic Church - This Church is only one of many historical places in town that can be visited. The majesty and beauty of St. Joseph’s, the history and elegance of the Hay House, and other places like the Sidney Lanier Cottage. There is history in so many buildings. Taking a walk through downtown Macon can offer views like these.
19. Parks & Recreation - There are a lot of parks available for picnics, for reading, for relaxing… because if you’re visiting Macon, you’re here to see friends or family and you’re here to relax. Take advantage of those quiet times in some of our most beautiful open spaces.
20. The Allman Brothers Museum at The Big House - Here we are again with that musical legacy. We have a lot to be proud of and we have museums to show it. Plus, The Big House is beautiful, the back yard is phenomenal, and if you’re lucky, you’ll visit at a time when a band is playing.
Surprisingly, we’re not done! There’s much more to do when you visit Macon, Georgia.
I was talking to someone who had a friend visiting from out of town. The person was visiting from a bigger city and it made me realize that while Macon, Georgia is growing as a city, we are NOT trying to compete with Chicago or New York. We can’t offer giant museums, although our museums are great. We can’t offer a million places to eat, though what we have to offer is delicious. What we can offer is good food, a laid back environment where you can sit out, enjoy your drinks, and unwind, and a lot of history.
What To Do When Visiting Macon: Part 1
1. Rose Hill Cemetery - Set up on the Victorian idea of cemeteries being a place to gather, picnic, and enjoy, Rose Hill is a great spot for a run, to paint, for contemplation, or in homage.
2. The Grand Opera House - Nearly every week there is something going on at the Grand. Whether it is a Broadway Show, a ballet, or The Symphony, you’ll find some really great events!
3. Mercer University’s Townsend Hall and the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings - Great classical music happening much more often than you think. Visit mercer.edu to find out what’s going on.
4. The Golden Bough Bookstore - This requires a visit just because of the interesting collection of books about Macon or from Macon writers. Also, Eric Wakefield, the proprietor, knows a ton about books.
5. 2nd Street Record Store - Two words - Real Vinyl!
6. The Clubs of Macon - There are clubs for every musical taste, from country to jazz. You should visit at least one!
7. Tubman African American Museum - The largest museum in the southeast dedicated to African American art, history and culture. You should visit to see current art from the African American community and artistic portrayals of African American heritage and history.
8. Eateries - There are a great many places to eat in Macon. From American cuisine to Caribbean to Pho, we have many restaurants that will satisfy your most basic need to feed yourself or satisfy your need for high quality multicultural foods.
9. Mulberry Street Market - While this requires your visit to include a Wednesday, this is a great little market to visit. The vendors become friends, helping you find the best quality foods. They remember you and will save foods for you if they know you’re coming. While it is a small market, it is worth seeing and worth the reminder of how far we’ve come as a city.
10. Coleman Hill - While you might not be doing the sunrise yoga (though it’s a great way to greet the morning), Coleman Hill offers a great vantage point for viewing the city. Sometimes they are movies, or jazz, or just a free spot for picnicking. But definitely go for the view.
More photos and places to visit to come. If you’ve been to Macon, Georgia, do you have pictures of places out-of-towners should definitely visit? Add to our collection!
Gateway Macon is an initiative of the Peyton Anderson Foundation tasked with getting the word out about Macon to other places. We’ve started with Houston & Peach County, the Atlanta area, Savannah, and any other place we can capture the imagination of the traveler and convince them that Macon is a great place to stop.
We’ve been seeing a lot of conversation about Macon, Georgia. How do we express the things we are disappointed about while still being positive about the things that are actually great? How do we push our city forward? Do we believe we have a part to play in rebuilding Macon along the “right” lines? What are the right lines that Macon needs to move along? Everyone has an opinion and every opinion needs to be heard.
A few places trying to help get the word out about the great things going on in Macon:
Love. Exciting and new! There’s plenty to love about Macon, Georgia and plenty to do for people who are in love. There’s also plenty for people who are in lust. Singles, you’re not left out either, no matter how you feel when it comes to Valentine’s Day!
Sometimes, it’s hard to find anything to do in Macon. This week is not one of those times.
African American Voices at the Museum of Arts and Sciences and the Freddie Styles Exhibit at the Tubman Museum. Also, the Opening Arts exhibits from First Friday at the Gallery of the Macon Arts Alliance and The Gallery of The 567 are still going on.
Music will fill the week. Thursday, Rubblebucket will headline the Cox Capitol Theatre with JuBee and the Morning After (local band whose performance in Seattle was broadcast on Jimmie Kimmel Live), Baby Baby, and Triathalon. Saint Francis takes a break from recording in Nashville and heads home to the Hummingbird Stage and Taproom Friday night. Louise Warren, an up and coming singer/songwriter, will be opening for them. Tokyo Spa, local cover band, will round out the weekend at the Hummingbird Stage and Taproom.
Hip Hop, Rock and Alt Country are not the only music on display. You’ll can also experience culture. Make it to the Douglass Theatre at 1pm on Saturday and you’ll get to catch the final in the Wagner four-parter The Ring, Gotterdammerung, streaming live from the Metropolitan Opera.
Robert McDuffie, who lent his musical skills to the A Little More Soul video for Gateway Macon, will be playing at Mercer University on Saturday at 7:30pm. Students and faculty from the Center for Strings will join the Center’s founder in an evening of Vivaldi, Glass, Bach, Mozart, and a few surprises!
Also, Wednesday, Macon Arts Alliance in connection with the Macon Concert Association presents a preview of violinist’s Tim Fain’s Portals, Wednesday at 5pm at the Gallery of the Macon Arts Alliance. Portals (www.portalsproject.com) is an interactive experience combining film, dance, and spoken word with multimedia elements.
These are just a few of the things going on this week. What are your plans for this week?