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March

JazzMarch 12: GCSU Jazz Band The Plaza and GCSU are once again teaming up to bring you a night of wonderfully talented local college students! The Jazz Band is coming to The Plaza for a night that promises to be filled with great music! The show starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information visit www.theplazaartscenter.com

5KMarch 15: Swamp Stomp 5K for Kaye Gatewood Schools is excited to announce that the 7th Annual Swamp Stomp 5K for Kaye is scheduled for Sunday, March 15. The day will kick-off with a One Mile Fun Run at 2:30 p.m. followed by the 5K at 3 p.m. For more information visit http://gatewoodschool.com/node/95

5KMarch 19: Dancing with the Lake Oconee Stars Dancing With Lake Oconee Stars raises funding for young women who find themselves in an unplanned pregnancy. We provide free pregnancy tests and ultrasounds. The event starts at 7:00 p.m. Tickets go on sale on March 2nd and may only be purchased through First Call! Call 706-453-1908 or come by 1531 W Broad St. in Greensboro. For additional information on First Call Pregnancy Center, visit http://www.firstcall.me/

WineMarch 20-21: Lake Oconee Food & Wine Festival Please join the community in support of the 6th annual Lake Oconee Food & Wine Festival, March 20-21, 2015. Don't miss this delicious weekend filled with a delectable array of culinary samplings and fine wine, all enjoyed from the casual elegance of the Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation. This year's festival has a fantastic lineup - a sponsor appreciation Vintner Dinner, the all-new VIP Lounge sponsored by The Local Palate Magazine, featuring a Celebrity Chef demonstration and the finale - The Grand Tasting. This annual fundraiser helps raise funds for our very own Eatonton-Putnam Arts Foundation, as well as Gatewood School, and the Oconee Performing Arts Society. Please visit http://www.oconeefoodandwine.com/about.html for tickets and more information.

Sunday at MuseumMarch 22: Sunday at the Museum: What the Yankees Did to Us Renowned author, Stephen Davis, will give a lecture in the Reception Hall and then a light reception will take place in the Old School History Museum. This event is free of charge and will begin at 2:00 p.m.; however, donations are appreciated. For more information, visit www.theplazaartscenter.com

April

Fairytale FestivalApril 1: Fairytale Festival Little Scholars Academy is hosting a Fairytale Festival! It will be a fairytale themed event with games, arts and crafts, character meet and greet, pirate/princess makeover, royal carriage rides, face paintings, bounce houses, food, music, petting zoo and more! For more information call The Little Scholars Academy at (706) 817-8013

Garden TourApril 4: Not Your Mama's Garden Tour Oconee Area Citizen Advocacy Presents their 4th Annual "Not Your Mama;s Garden Tour" in Eatonton. 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Rain or Shine. Tickets are $15.00. For more information call 478-452-6968 or visit www.oconeeareacitizenadvocacy.org. This event is sponsored by Eatonton Main Street.

Egg HuntApril 4: Community Easter Egg Hunt Starting at 10:00 a.m. at the Putnam County Recreation Center (140 Recreation Rd). This is a FREE EVENT. Come enjoy hunting eggs, entertainment, prizes and a visit with the Easter Bunny! Concessions will also be available. For more information call 706-749-9150. This event is sponsored by Eatonton Main Street, Putnam County Recreation Department, Pilot Club, Lions Club, Elks Club and Kiwanis.

DowntownApril 4: Eatonton Downtown Merchant's Spring Fling Enjoy specials and treats all day in our Downtown Shops. For more info call 706-749-9150

ContestApril 11-18: 6th Annual Amateur & Advanced Photography Contest & Show CALLING ALL PHOTOGRAPHERS: Join the fun and enter the 6th Annual Photography Contest and Exhibition. The 2015 show will include amateurs, juniors, and advanced photographers. Yes, the more advanced photographers will be showing their best photos in one category. Ribbons and Best in Show prize money will be awarded to the amateurs and the advanced photographers. Entries will be accepted March 9-16. The show will be open to the public April 11-18 For more information, visithttp://theplazaartscenter.com/activities/photography/

HarveyApril 17, 18, 24 & 25 at 7:30 and April 19 at 3:00: PAPA Presents Harvey by Mary Chase Elwood P. Dowd is an affable man who claims to have an unseen (and presumably imaginary) friend Harvey - whom Elwood describes as a six-foot, three-and-one-half-inch tall pooka resembling an anthropomorphic rabbit. Elwood introduces Harvey to everyone he meets. His social-climbing sister, Veta, increasingly finds his eccentric behavior embarrassing. She decides to have him committed to a sanitarium to spare her and her daughter Myrtle Mae from future embarrassment. When they arrive at the sanitarium, a comedy of errors ensues. For more information visit www.theplazaartscenter.com

May

Fine ArtMay 2-16: 4th Annual Fine Art Show and Contest Get your brushes, paints, pencils and canvas ready! The Plaza Arts Center is calling all Amateur Fine Artists to submit their work for the 4th Annual Fine Art Show taking place in 2015. Applications and photos of work will be accepted through March 7, 2015. The artists' reception will be on May 1st and the show will open to the public on May 2nd, running until May 16th. Ribbons awarded to those placing in their categories and a cash prize will be awarded to the piece chosen as "Best in Show!" View the Application and Rules by visiting http://theplazaartscenter.com/activities/art/

Annie JrMay 2: Lake Oconee Academy Presents: Annie, jr. Lake Oconee Academy's Drama Club will present the musical "Annie, jr." on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at The Plaza Arts Center at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Ticket prices for the matinee and evening show are $10.00 per adult and $7.00 per student ages 4 and up. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Lake Oconee Academy at 706-454-1562.

OPAS PresentsMay 9: OPAS Presents: Mojo & The Bayou Gypsies You have to see Mojo & The Bayou Gypsies LIVE for an authentic Cajun experience with original Zydeco music. For more information, please visit www.opas.org or call OPAS at 70-999-1518.

Golf TournamentMay 11: Sweet Tea Off Golf Tournament The Plaza Arts Center and Eatonton-Putnam Chamber of Commerce are teaming up and bringing you the First Annual Sweet Tea Off Golf Tournament at Cuscowilla. The event will include beer tastings and a beer garden for the teams. For sponsorship and team information please contact The Chamber of Commerce at (706) 485-7701 or The Plaza Arts Center at (706) 923-1655. Spaces are limited so hurry!

June

Dairy FestivalJune 6: Putnam County Dairy Festival This year's dairy festival will be held on Saturday, June 6, 2015 on the streets surrounding the Putnam County Courthouse. Hosted by the Pilot Club of Eatonton, GA, the annual Putnam County Dairy Festival is an exciting day for the whole family. As a tribute to the dairy industry and local dairy families, the festival acknowledges the success of Putnam County as a leading dairy county in Georgia. The festival engenders a feeling of good will and civic pride. Along with the festival, many other activities are planned which bring visitors and families back to the community such as class reunions, family gatherings, etc. Visit www.putnamcountydairyfestival.com for more information and a timeline of events.

Soul PurposeJune 20: MEET ME AT THE PLAZA- The Soul Purpose Band Back by popular demand ... The Soul Purpose Band! As the name implies, The Soul Purpose Band is steeped in a true Soul/R&B tradition that offers the audience a combination of dance hits and soulful sounds from the 60's to the 80's, with an occasional tune from recent current pop charts. The Soul Purpose Band is an 11-piece band consisting of a 5-piece rhythm section, a four-piece horn section and both a male and a female singer. Tickets are $12 in Advance and $15 at the Gate! Call The Plaza at 706-923-1655 or visit www.theplazaartscenter.com for more information!

July

a1aJuly 3: OPAS Presents: Arrival from Sweden, The Music of ABBA Experience the Music of ABBA! Arrival from Sweden will transport you back to the '70's as they bring back to life the iconic music, fashion and energy of ABBA! For more information visit http://www.opas.org.

Ice creamJuly 18: Ice Cream Festival at Crooked Pines Farm Join us for our first ever Ice Cream Festival at Crooked Pines Farm on Saturday, July 18th from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. There will be ice cream samples, an Ice Cream Queen pageant, a popsicle sculpture contest, a homemade ice cream competition, in both a Back Porch and Local Creamery division, live entertainment and more! To enter the pageant, compete in the homemade ice cream competition or to sponsor our event, please visit http://www.crookedpinesfarm.com/ice-cream-festival.html!

a1aJuly 18: MEET ME AT THE PLAZA- A1A A1A is returning to The Plaza this summer! That's right, the official and original Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band is ready to turn The Plaza Lawn into a Beach Party once again! Tickets are $12 in Advance and $15 at the Gate! Call The Plaza at 706-923-1655 or visit www.theplazaartscenter.com to purchase tickets.

August

Matt RogersAugust 22: MEET ME AT THE PLAZA- Matt Rogers Band The Last but certainly not least act for the summer concert series is Eatonton native, Matt Rogers and his band. Bringing the freshest sound in country music, Matt Rogers delivers his unique approach to entertainment every time he steps in front of a microphone. As a singer and a songwriter, Matt's original music is rich with emotion and struggle. As a cover musician, he brings a unique texture to songs and presents them in a different way-without disturbing the integrity of the original version. Today, Matt is performing all across the south. He has recorded a five-song demo EP and has just released two new singles. Produced by industry giants Dino Pastin and JoAnn Berry, "I Was Raised" and "Please Come to Boston" have already created waves of enthusiasm with music executives in Nashville. Tickets are $12 in Advance and $15 at the Gate! Call The Plaza at 706-923-1655 or visit www.theplazaartscenter.com to purchase tickets.

September

swingSeptember 11: OPAS Presents: The Swing Dolls Mark your calendars for this special date, A tribute to our Service Men and Woman! This dynamic femaile vocal trio has been thrilling audiences nationwide for over 10 years with their stunning close harmonies, dazzling costumes and stylish choreography! For more information visit http://www.opas.org.

Parents Night OutSeptember 26: Parents' Night Out National headlining comedians Karen Morgan & Jim Colliton join together in this funny show about parenting, marriage & family. Jim and Karen are both happily married - just not to each other - so they bring both perspectives of parenting to the stage. Through stand-up comedy and hilarious audience participation, Karen and Jim take you on a wild ride through the insane world that is family. Whether you are a parent or you have parents, you will love this show. So get a baby sitter! You deserve a Parents Night Out! Call The Plaza at 706-923-1655 or visit www.theplazaartscenter.com to purchase tickets.

October

Taste of EatontonOctober 5: Taste of Eatonton Join us from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and make sure you bring your appetite! Stop by your favorite local restaurants for the area's largest foodie event at The Plaza Arts Center! Each year, this event gets bigger and bigger! We expect over 25 restaurants participating in 2015! Visit www.tasteofeatonton.com for updated information closer to the event.

Cemetery TourOctober 22: Cemetery Tour The 6th Annual Historical Cemetery Tour! It's an Eatonton favorite! A light supper is included in your ticket price, so come out and make a night of it. Supper will be served from 5:00-6:00 PM. The Tour buses will leave The Plaza at 6:15 PM to take guests to Pine Grove Cemetery, where your tour begins at 6:30 PM. The Ghost Walk is about an hour and a half long and golf carts will be available for those needing assistance. Guests will visit the gravesites of many of Eatonton's luminaries, where live actors will portray the inhabitants and will bring history to life. Call The Plaza at 706-923-1655 or visit www.theplazaartscenter.com to purchase tickets.

November

OysterNovember 7: Oyster Roast The Annual Oyster Roast is a big fundraiser for the Eatonton-Putnam Arts Foundation and it's also a great night filled with good food, friends and fun! The Oyster Roast will be held at Stepback, GA and live entertainment will be provided along with ALL YOU CAN EAT Steamed and Raw Oysters and Chicken Gumbo. Beer and Wine are also included in the ticket price. Call The Plaza at 706-923-1655 or visit www.theplazaartscenter.com to purchase tickets.

1940sNovember 13-15 & 20-21: PAPA Presents 1940s Radio Hour Fabled WOV, a seedy little New York radio station, takes to the air on December 21, 1942 (about a year into the U.S. involvement in World War II), this time to record a broadcast for the troops overseas. The narrative concerns the harassed producer, the leading singer who is often drunk, the second banana who dreams of singing a ballad, the delivery boy who wants a chance in front of the mic, and the young trumpet-player who chooses a fighter plane over Glenn Miller. Call The Plaza at 706-923-1655 or visit www.theplazaartscenter.com to purchase tickets.

December

Christmas in the Briar PatchDecember 5: Christmas in the Briar Patch Eatonton's Annual Christmas Parade begins at 4 pm and runs throughout downtown Eatonton. At the end of the parade, we will welcome Santa who will light the Tree and be available for pictures. Just make sure to bring you cameras! .

Christmas AvenueDecember 6: Christmas on the Avenue Come enjoy this annual holiday performance by the church choirs of Eatontons's North Madison Avenue. It's free but you must make a reservation. Call The Plaza at 706-923-1655 or visit www.theplazaartscenter.com to purchase tickets.

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