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April

Fairytale FestivalApril 11: 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

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, visit http://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

Clean UpApril 18: Downtown Eatonton Clean-Up Event A Kick-off event to celebrate Georgia Cities Week, 4/19-25. Show your pride for OUR community by helping with Spring Cleaning that will showcase Eatonton as a GREAT CITY to live, work and play! 9AM - 12PM, Meet at The New CIty Center Parking Lot. Sponsored by The CIty of Eatonton, GICH & Eatonton Main Street. For more info, or to volunteer contact Eatonton Main Street: eatontonmainstreet@outlook.com or 706-749-9150

Cities WeekApril 18-25: Georgia Cities Week "Destination Downtown" | Make sure to look for more information, coming soon at www.eatontonmainstreet.com or call 706-749-9150

Basket WeavingApril 20-21 and 27: Gracious Goodness Basket Weaving Class Join instructor Deborah Ricks for a fun and informative class on basket weaving. There are two classes offered each day: 4-6 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Make sure to reserve your spot now! For more information, visit http://theplazaartscenter.com/activities/photography/

Job FestApril 29: Job Fest This is a Putnam County community job fair that will take place Wednesday, April 29 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Please RSVP by April 10. This event will be held at Central Georgia Technical College | 580 James Marshall Bypass, Eatonton, Ga. 31024. For more information contact Carrie Dietrich at (706) 923-5000 or Patrick Ivey at (478) 218-3306

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! Download the Sweet Tee Off brochure here!

GWMMay 17: The Multiple Legacies of Joel Chandler Harris: From Brer Rabbit, the Tar-Baby, and the Brier Patch to the World Participants are invited to share memories of hearing Uncle Remus stories and seeing Song of the South. There will be discussion on the writers that were influenced by Harris, and those who still are. Racial issues will be discussed, as well as racism accusations in Harris. Additionally, Bickley will refer to Harris' moving depictions of Middle Georgia poor whites and to importance of his New South journalism. The afternoon will be run like a seminar. There will be a lot of rich and controversial things to explore in Harris' huge legacy. Bickley will accompany his lecture with posters, first editions of Harris' works, famous illustrated editions, and handouts for everyone. The program will last about 45 minutes, followed by open time for give-and-take questions. For more information, call (706) 991-5119

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.

Briar Patch ArtsOctober 31: The Briar Patch Arts FestivalThe Annual Briar Patch Arts Festival will be another spectacular, unique arts festival from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in downtown Eatonton. Specialty arts and crafts vendors will be showcasing handmade soaps, photography, paintings, jewelry, pottery, wood working, handmade glassware, clothing, potted plants, children's items and much more. Live entertainment on the Music Stage will keep you tapping your toes. For more information, contact the Eatonton Mainstreet Office (706) 749-9150 or visit www.eatontonmainstreet.com.

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.

MerchantsNovember 20-21: Downtown Merchant Holiday Open House Friday from 5 pm - 7 pm. Kick off your holiday shopping in Downtown Eatonton! Stroll our candlelit streets and enjoy caroling, refreshments and specials in our shops. Specials continue through regular business hours on Saturday.

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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