Explore events in Eatonton-Putnam County, Georgia. From festivals to theater performances, there is always something on the calendar between the lakes!
January 17 : Simon and Garfunkel Revisited : Tribute Concert In 1981, music fans gathered in Central Park to witness the now legendary reunion of the folk duo Simon & Garfunkel. Award-winning recording artists, Lee Lessack and Johnny Rodgers recreate that magical night in this LIVE CONCERT event.
January 19: Prayer Breakfast : 9:00 – 11:00 AM The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. prayer breakfast will be held at the Putnam County Primary School Cafeteria, 162 Old Glenwood Springs Road. Individual tickets are $5 each. The speaker for the occasion is Pastor Frederick Lowe of the Zion Covenant Fellowship, Eatonton.
January 19: Beginning Watercolor: 10:00AM – 1:00PM and will be taught by Steve Kippels in the Garden room of the Artisans Village art Gallery. Class is first come first serve, cost $45 please contact Gail Vail email@example.com.
January 21: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. March and Ecumenical Service -4:00PM -The procession to the Putnam County Courthouse Square will leave St. John A.M.E. Church. 220 Willie Bailey Street, promptly at 4:00pm. Speakers for the rally are Pastor Simone Jones, Texas A.M.E. Church, Eatonton and Minister Kareem Farley, Assistant Pastor of the Siloam Missionary Baptist Church, Union Point. Following the rally at the Courthouse, you will make your way back to St. John. The speaker for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ecumenical Service is St. John’s Senior Pastor, the Reverend Wayne Griffin Sr.
January 22: Open House: the Plaza Community Center 5:30-7:00pm 100 Ulysses Rice Court . Bring a friend and meet the community.
January 27: Meet the Author : James C. Cobb 2-4 pm at the Georgia Writers Museum. Seating is limited tickets are $20 .
February 7 : Reverse painting on Glass 5:00 – 8:00pm and will be taught by Theresa Horn in the Garden Room at the Artisans Village Gallery. Class is first come first serve, cost $45 please contact Gail Vail firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 22 and 23 : Trike with Nelly- Join Nelson Vails Olympic Cyclist and UGA All American Rennie Curran for some great FREE family fun from 4-7pm on Feb. 22 with a 1k and 5k Bicycle Race youth (Ages 3-10). On February 23 starting at 10 am join Nelson Vails for your choice of 20k, 50k or 100k Cycle ride through Historic Downtown Eatonton and by the Historic Sites of Putnam County . Registration is $30 for the “Ride with Nelly”.
February 23 : Scaly, Slimy Spectacular at Rock Eagle 4-H Center – 10:00AM at the Natural History Museum, Guests will have the opportunity to meet live animals in person and have all their questions answered by Rock Eagle’s herpetology experts. During this program guests will not only learn about Georgia’s native reptiles and amphibians, they will also have a chance to touch, hold, or get a picture with our animals. Do not miss out on this opportunity to become an expert on some of the animals you can find in your own back yard!Doors will open at 10:00 am and guests will meet at the Natural History Museum. The program will begin promptly at 10:30 am.Advanced registration is required. For more information, please contact Anna Nolan at (706) 484-4838 or by email at email@example.com.
This program is appropriate for all ages and costs $3 per person, free ages 4 and under.
February 23 : 2nd Annual Putnam County Black History Luncheon– 11:45AM at the Eatonton Waterworks building 457 E. Sumter St. . Guest speaker The Honorable Tonya P. Anderson.
March 1 : Gatlin Brothers Live: Larry, Steve, & Rudy, the Gatlin Brothers are a Grammy Award-winning trio who have dazzled audiences for more than sixty years with a lifetime of noteworthy achievements in their storybook career, including a Grammy for Best Country Song (“Broken Lady”), three ACM awards for Single of the Year (“All The Gold In California”), Album of the Year (Straight Ahead) and Male Vocalist of the Year for Larry Gatlin, along with five nominations for CMA Vocal Group of the Year, Single, Album and Male Vocalist of the Year.
March 2 :The Fifth Annual “Seuss on the Loose” Celebration at the Putnam County Primary School on Glenwood Springs Road in Eatonton. The day begins with a Fun Run at 9:30 am and continues with Seuss related activities for children of all ages in the school cafeteria from 10:00 till noon. There is also a raffle drawing and silent auction, and winners of the art contest held at the Primary and Elementary schools will be recognized. Tickets for each activity are 50 cents; wristbands which allow access to all of the activities can be purchased at the cost of $10.00 per child. Tickets can also be purchased for the silent auction. This event, sponsored by Ferst Readers of Putnam County, helps raise funds to provide new, age-appropriate books each month to Putnam County children from birth to Kindergarten.
March 2 :Beginning Drawing 12:00 – 3:00pm and will be taught by Gail Vail. in the Garden Room at the Artisans Village Gallery. Class is first come first serve, cost $45 please contact Gail Vail firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 7 : Palette Knife Painting 5:00 – 8:00pm and will be taught by Jeanne Trammel in the Garden Room at the Artisans Village Gallery. Class is first come first serve, cost $45 please contact Gail Vail email@example.com.
March 9-15 : 10th Annual Photography Contest and Exhibition at the Plaza Arts Center 10am-4pm . Entries accepted February 18-22, 2019.
March 15-17 : 2019 Lake Oconee Food and Wine Festival -Pamper your palate and join us the Lake Oconee Food & Wine Festival held at
The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee for tenth anniversary weekend! You will not want to miss out! Hurry, tickets sell out fast!
March 17 : Sunday at the Museum Lecture Series-2:00pm The Old School History Museum is pleased to welcome historian Rick Joslyn back to the Sunday At The Museum lecture series. In this lecture, Joslyn will focus on one of Georgia’s most gripping Civil War stories – that of the Georgia Military Institute in Marietta, GA, and its cadets. The Institute opened in 1851 on a 110-acre campus and had a 4-year curriculum modeled after West Point. However, when war came to the campus in 1864, life changed for the cadets as they served with other State Troops in the Atlanta Campaign and Sherman’s March to the Sea. Join us for stories of the school and its amazing young soldiers! Rick Joslyn has degrees from Virginia Military Institute and Virginia Tech. Commissioned in the US Air Force, he served as a navigator on C-130 air transport aircraft. A soil scientist by profession, Joslyn is a life-long researcher and historian of the Civil War. He is married to Mauriel Joslyn, another SATM favorite speaker and an accomplished author of seven books on the Civil War. They live in a circa 1821 house in Sparta, GA.
March 22 : Under the Street Lamp-7:30-9:30pm -Join the modern day Rat Pack for an evening of classic hits featuring leading cast member from the Broadway hit Jersey Boys! Hosted by the Oconee Performing Arts Society at the Plaza Arts Center 305 n. Madison Ave. .
April 1-5: Camp EcoAdventure at Rock eagle 4-H center: 8:00am-5:00pm an environmental education day camp open to ages 6 – 11. The program aims to offer an affordable, educational, and fun day camp to children interested in our local natural resources. Join us for a day, or sign up for the whole week!
2019 Daily themes: Monday 4/1: Awesome Aquatic Culture -Tuesday 4/2: Weather Wonders-Wednesday 4/3: Wildlife Warriors-Thursday 4/4: The Power of Plants and Pollinators-Friday 4/5: Creepy Crawly Entomology. Visit our website or contact Anna Nolan at firstname.lastname@example.org or (706) 484-4838 for more information
April 1-12: The Eighth Annual Amateur Fine Arts Show and Contest at the Plaza Arts Center 9am-5pm Tuesday -Friday. Entries Accepted February 18-22, 2019.
April 6-9: Plein Air 2019 : Have you ever watched a painter capture a scene on canvas outside? You will have that opportunity for free during The Artisans Village Guild’s Lake Country Plein Air Event April 6-9, 2019. If you are a painter and would like to paint, you can do that, too.
April 13: 2019 Community Easter Egg Hunt eggstravaganza!! 10:00AM-12:00PM From under 3’s up to age 10 we welcome you to the Fun Zone. There will be crafts and games galore. That’s no Yoke!!! This event is eggactly what you are looking for!!!! See y’all there at 140 Recreation Road (The Putnam County Recreation Dept.) in Eatonton. I know you can’t contain your eggcitement!!!! We have over 6,000 eggs. We will also have crafts, games, music, picture with the Easter Bunny, and much, much more. The age related hunts start at 11am.
April 22: The 5th Annual Sweet Tee Off Golf Tournament will be held at Cuscowilla on Lake Oconee, a members only course. Registration will begin at 9:30am with a shotgun start at 11:30am . For more information about registering to play or sponsoring this event, please contact Hayley Chandler at (706) 485-7701 or Hayley@eatonton.com.
April 23-28: 2019 Eatonton- Milledgeville Film festival: Now in its 6th year in 2019, Milledgeville has expanded to the neighbouring city of Eatonton, Georgia for a six-day film festival. It is branded as a Southern Gothic-themed film event, created by filmmakers for filmmakers. Women’s Impact in Filmmaking and New Media are two main focuses of interest for this internationally-flavored line up. Events include screenings in an outdoor midnight horror film viewing on the grounds of the abandoned Central State Hospital, a red carpet awards show with a Golden Globes style dinner, and a Sunday filmmaker’s brunch at Lockerly Arboretum. Ticket Sales
May 4: 5 year Memorial Ride The Eatonton Police Department, Blue Knights GA. XIX, Lions Club of Eatonton and Downtown Eatonton are sponsors of the event in honor of fallen office Noel Hawk (EOW 5-4-14). A motorcycle ride will take place with registration to begin at 9:00am. The ride will begin at 10:00am leaving W. Sumter St. behind the Courthouse and ending at the same location. The entry fee for the ride is $20.00.There will be a motorcycle show with an entry fee of $10.00. Trophies will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. The winners of this event will be recognized at the time of the raffle drawing. Trophies will be presented courtesy of the Huskins Law Firm of Eatonton.
Georgia and the South made music that conquered the world. Blues, Country, Gospel and Jazz, the invention of centuries of European migration and African slavery, have had a profound influence on the music of yesterday and today. Come to the Sunday at the Museum Lecture, May 5th at The Plaza, to hear historic recordings of a wide range of Georgia musicians and styles, including music from the cultures of Georgia immigrants from Asia, Africa, and Spanish America. Each recording will be accompanied by commentary on the performers and their times. Enjoy a fascinating afternoon of music, famous and forgotten.
Richard Garrett is a collector of 78 rpm and LP records of popular and traditional music from all over the world. His collection dates back over 30 years and contains many rare recordings from the 1910s to the 1960s. A recent transplant to Eatonton, and originally from England, Richard and his wife, Karen, run the Dot2Dot Inn, a bed and breakfast and catering business. Richard also works in higher education as a researcher.
The lecture is free, but donations are appreciated.
(Refreshments after lecture)
May 18: The Rock Hawk Talk History Mystery Cruise tours will be from 12 noon–2 PM and 3:30-5:30 PM Climb aboard a luxury cruise boat on Lake Oconee with local historian Larry Moore and Georgia Power Lake Resources Manager Keith Hill who will explore the archaeological sites, history and culture of Lake Oconee. Seating is limited $60 per person Make reservations with Hayley Chandler email@example.com or 706-485-7701. **SOLD OUT**
May 18 & 19: Bronson House – Located at: 114 Madison Avenue, Eatonton, Ga.
The Eatonton-Putnam Historical Society is opening the Bronson House to the public for tours on Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19. For more information, contact Jim Marshall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 1816, the Eagle Tavern Inn, owned by Thomas T. Napier, occupied this site. William Wilkins bought the inn in 1830, and the property was purchased by Andrew and Alexander Sydney Reid in 1835. They changed the name of the inn to Reid’s Hotel. By 1846, Andrew Reid was the sole owner, and he converted the inn into a private home with the assistance of builder James M. Broadfield. The Greek Revival House features twelve wooden Doric columns. Subsequent owners include Francis Asberry Leverette, James M. Rainey, Mr. & Mrs. Emerson Foote Bronson, and Eunice Bronson (Frank P.) Stubbs. Stubbs donated the home to the Eatonton-Putnam County Historical Society in 1985. In his childhood, Joel Chandler Harris and his mother lived in a small cottage behind this house.
May 23 & 30: Write Your Autobiography on Thursday, May 23 & 30 from 4PM to 6PM. Writing instructor Ed Grisamore will first encourage you and then teach you how to write your memoirs in a way that is entertaining, stimulating and inspiring. His step-by-step approach will tweak your memory, organize your thoughts, and break up the story of your life into manageable pieces. Materials given out in this class give you a useful tool to continue your writing long after the class is over. The class environment is collaborative and supportive, so bring your friends. You will be surprised how much you learn about them and yourself! Ed Grisamore is a well known journalist, journalism teacher, columnist for The Macon Telegraph and author of nine books.
May 30: Council Member Janie B. Reid presents Cocktails and Community Conversations on Thursday, May 30th, at 6:00PM at Frisk Pub sponsored by The Peoples Bank! The Frisk Pub is located at 117 North Jefferson Avenue, Eatonton, GA. This public event is designed to bridge the gap between individuals within our community while also enriching and strengthening social relationships. Ms. Tekeshia Hill will be a guest speaker at the event. The event is no cost and attire is business casual.
June 1: 60th Annual Putnam County Dairy Festival 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.
June 1: Come to Eatonton, Georgia, on Saturday, June 1st, for the Putnam County Dairy Festival and the 41st Annual Torture Trail 10K and One Mile Fun Run. For 41 years the Torture Trail Road Races have officially kicked off the Putnam County Dairy Festival, & they continue to attract runners from many states including South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, Alabama and even Oregon! The start/finish is located at the First United Methodist Church on North Madison Avenue. Both races will begin at 8:00AM and will be run on paved streets in and around Eatonton, GA. Stained Glass Awards will be given to Overall M/F, Masters M/F, and top three M/F in age groups beginning 14 and under through 70 and over. Finish line management provided by Classic Race Services with complete results posted online at www.runningintheusa.com and www.coolrunning.com. Packet pickup will begin at 6:30AM at the First United Methodist Church.
Registration is available online or visit the Farmers and Merchants Bank. There is no day of race registration.
June 1: Team Time at the Dairy Festival: If you need to take a break and relax over a cup of tea and a slice of home made quiche, fruit scones or Victoria sponge cake, then stroll over to the Dot 2 Dot Inn and join them for afternoon tea, between 2 and 5PM. Menu includes Quiche – spinach and goats cheese OR bacon, caramelized onion and blue cheese, Fruit Scone with clotted cream and jam OR Victoria sponge cake filled with whipped cream and raspberry jam, selection of freshly baked biscuits (cookies), and your choice of loose leaf tea (hot) or specialty iced tea.
$15.00 per head, excluding tax. Please call 706-991-5030 to make a reservation or email email@example.com. The deadline for reservations is Wednesday, May 29.
June 2: Meet the Author Series: Jessica Handler on Sunday, June 2, from 2PM to 4PM. This Georgia author has written essays and non-fiction features that appeared on NPR, in Creative Nonfiction, Newsweek, The Washington Post, and More Magazine, among others. A founding member of the Decatur Book Festival, she teaches creative writing at Olgethorpe University and lectures internationally. Based on a true story, The Magnetic Girl was named a Wall Street Journal “ten books to read this spring”, is an Indie Next pick, a SIBA Okra pick, and featured in Atlanta Magazine.
June 6 & 13: Write Your Autobiography on Thursday, June 6 & 13 from 4PM to 6PM. Writing instructor Ed Grisamore will first encourage you and then teach you how to write your memoirs in a way that is entertaining, stimulating and inspiring. His step-by-step approach will tweak your memory, organize your thoughts, and break up the story of your life into manageable pieces. Materials given out in this class give you a useful tool to continue your writing long after the class is over. The class environment is collaborative and supportive, so bring your friends. You will be surprised how much you learn about them and yourself! Ed Grisamore is a well known journalist, journalism teacher, columnist for The Macon Telegraph and author of nine books.
June 20-Aug 1: The Artisans Village: Lake Country Juried Art Show: Opening Reception Thursday, June, 20 5:00PM-7:30PM, Exhibit on display until August 1st.
June 22: People Get Ready for June Jam on Saturday, June 22, and enjoy the experience of three stages in one day in beautiful Downtown Eatonton. The 1st Annual Frisk Pub Music Festival is an all day event! Starting at 10:00AM and ending at 11:30PM. Inside, outside and somewhere in between, it is indeed music to our ears. Bring your lawn chairs, hats and sunscreen and prepare to be entertained by the best in Lake Country music. Portions of net benefits to Alzheimer’s Research Association.
July 13: Alice Walker 75th Birthday Celebration: To celebrate the occasion of Alice Walker’s 75th birthday, the Georgia Writers Museum will host a day’s worth of activities and events to honor the Eatonton native’s life and achievements on July 13, 2019. Walker will attend the festivities, which will culminate with her taking the stage of the Plaza Arts Center for a candid conversation with Valerie Boyd, editor of Walker’s forthcoming journals and author of the award-winning biography, Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston.