Run Like Hell 5K at Oakland Cemetery

Runners await the start of Run Like Hell on a beautiful morning at Historic Oakland Cemetery. Credit: Krista Turner

Runners await the start of Run Like Hell on a beautiful morning at Historic Oakland Cemetery. Credit: Krista Turner

Don a bonnet and race through Atlanta’s Historic Oakland Cemetery in a one-of-a-kind event that’s a heck of a lot of fun.

Lace up your running shoes – oh, and don’t forget to don your favorite fun costume – in preparation to Run Like Hell or Run Like Heck through Atlanta’s Historic Oakland Cemetery, April 12, in the one-of-a-kind family-fun event, Run Like Hell: Pushing Up Daisies Edition, presented by the Historic Oakland Cemetery Foundation. New this year – the beloved race has moved from fall to spring and is now an electronically-chipped Peachtree Road Race qualifier!

There’s no better time to feast the eyes on the rolling hills of Oakland’s verdant green paths and soak up the spring blooms of Oakland’s and neighboring Grant Park’s magnificent gardens than during a spring jaunt through one of Atlanta’s most sacred grounds. Push your limits with the Pushing up Daisies edition of the well-loved Run Like Hell 5K, or let little ones Run Like Heck during a 1K fun run.

: Even the smallest runners can enjoy the Run Like Heck Fun Run. Run Like Heck, the annual 1K, begins at 10:30 am on Saturday, April 12. Credit: Krista Turner

Even the smallest runners can enjoy the Run Like Heck Fun Run. Credit: Krista Turner

Fun and free add-on this year: Stay the day and rest your bones post-race with a picnic in the park and savor spring at its best with the whole family. Utilize the convenient picnic basket/cooler check or visit one of the neighboring restaurants for a take-out lunch. Also new this year, present your race bib at Oakland’s Museum Shop and Visitors Center weekends through May 11 for a free guided walking tour. Choose from one of the four regularly scheduled weekend tours which begin at 10 a.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. See website for tour details.

As always, awards will be given for best times by age group, and for best costumes – this year featuring a new category:  the “Easter” bonnet.

The event begins at 9:30 a.m. and benefits the Historic Oakland Foundation. Registration cost is $35 for 5K and $20 for 1K available online only at Active.com.

Parking is free but limited. Historic Oakland Foundation encourages runners to take MARTA to the King Memorial Station.

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Off-the-course activities during Masters Week

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Photo Credit: Masters Tournament

Fabulous food, music and Augusta history are all available for visitors to Augusta during Masters Week, and provide an opportunity to experience Augusta’s southern hospitality. There are a number of off-the-course attractions and activities open to the public.

The Augusta Visitor Center will offer three Historic Trolley Tours during Masters Week. Guests will see historic homes, hear about the bones in the basement of the Old Medical College, see where a president lived as a boy and more. All tours include a 30-minute self-guided tour through the Augusta Museum of History prior to boarding for the Historic Trolley Tour. Tours will take place on Wednesday, April 9 from 2-3:15 p.m.; Thursday, April 10 from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; and Saturday, April 12, from 2-3:15 p.m.

Trolley tours depart from the Augusta Visitor Center, located at 560 Reynolds Street in downtown Augusta, inside the Augusta Museum of History. Tickets are $15. Reservations are required and include admission to the Augusta Museum of History. To make reservations, call the Augusta Visitor Center at 706-724-4067.

Below you’ll find a list of Masters Week events that are sure to keep you busy off-the-course:

Monday, April 7
The Major Rager
Get ready for the inaugural Major Rager, presented by Friends With Benefits. Music fans will experience an unforgettable night with Umphrey’s McGee and Moon Taxi!
Tickets: $37.50 available online or at the gate
Time: 7:00 – 11:30 p.m.
Location: Jessye Norman Amphitheater, Downtown Augusta
For more information or to purchase tickets: TheMajorRager.com.

Tuesday, April 8
Rock Fore! Dough
First Tee benefit concert featuring: Darius Rucker, Randy Houser, Will Hoge and Daniel Johnson
Tickets: $25 in advance or $35 at the gate
Time: Gates open at 4 p.m.
Location: Lady Antebellum Amphitheatre at Evans Towne Center Park, Evans, Georgia
For more information or to purchase tickets: RockForeDough.com.

Wednesday, April 9

Comedy Zone
Enjoy a fun night out of cool brews, hot wings and comedy at Somewhere in Augusta Sports Bar and Grille. Many of the comics performing at Somewhere in Augusta have been seen on The Tonight Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, HBO, Showtime and Comedy Central. Somewhere offers an intimate setting where you can enjoy the funniest entertainers, live and up close, the way stand-up comedy was intended. Reservations may be required as this is a popular show.
Tickets: $8
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: Somewhere in Augusta Bar and Grille on Washington Road
For more information: SomewhereInAugusta.com

Friday, April 11
Augusta Canal Moonlight Music Cruise
Tour featuring musical entertainment, the Mike Frost and Lauren Meccia Duo performing jazz standards. Bring your own snacks and drinks aboard.
Tickets: $25, reservations required
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Augusta Canal Discovery Center, Downtown Augusta
For more information or to purchase tickets: 706-823-0440 ext. 4 or AugustaCanal.com

Saturday, April 11
Voices of the Past
The character of a Petersburg Boat Pilot, is based on oral histories provided by Elberton, Georgia resident,  Mr. ‘Buck’ Balchin, about his grandfather, James Henry Balchin. From the mid-nineteenth century until 1900, Balchin crewed and piloted cotton boats from Petersburg to Augusta.

Tickets: $25, reservations required
Three shows at: 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, and 1:30 pm.
Location: Augusta Museum of History, Downtown Augusta
For more information: AugustaMuseum.org

All Week 
Celebrating a Grand Tradition, the Sport of Golf 
Explore the history of golf and its legacy in Augusta. Exhibit includes two galleries, totaling over 2,000 square feet.
Tickets: $4 per person
Hours: Monday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sunday 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Augusta Museum of History, Downtown Augusta
For more information: AugustaMuseum.org

For more information about these and other events in Augusta, Georgia, please contact the Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau at 877.AUGUSTA or find us online at VisitAugusta.com.

St. Patricks Day Events in Georgia

Forsyth Park in Savannah, Georgia

Forsyth Park in Savannah, Georgia

Break out your cheesiest shamrock jumper and put on your best Irish accent: it’s St. Patty’s Day and we know exactly how you can celebrate! From rediscovering your Irish roots in Dublin to marching in the Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade: one of the largest parades in the country. However you choose to celebrate, make sure to wear green and find the luck o’ the Irish here in Georgia.

3/14/14 – 3/17/14: St. Patrick’s Day Celebration on River Street in Savannah

3/14/14 – 3/16/14: Irish Balloon Fest & Carnival in Dublin

3/15/14: St. Patrick’s Annual Book Sale in Dublin

3/15/14: St. Patrick’s Day at Tiger Mountain Vineyards in Tiger

3/15/14: Leprechaun-a-thon in Rome

3/15/14: St. Patrick’s Day Happy Hour in Ringgold

3/15/14: Cypress Grill’s St. Patty’s Day Party in Cordele

3/15/14: St. Patrick’s World Safari Collection Exhibit in Dublin

3/17/14: Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade

3/21/14: Shamrock Dulcimer Blast in Blairsville

3/22/14: St. Patrick’s Arts & Crafts Festival in Dublin

3/22/14: Leprechaun Road Race in Dublin

Springtime in Georgia

Callaway Gardens

Callaway Gardens

Springtime in Georgia marks the beginning of beautiful flower blooms, warm afternoons outdoors and popular spring celebrations. Georgia’s scenic beauty, nationally known attractions and beautiful coast offers an array of vacation opportunities for college students and families.

While spring traditionally signals the flock of beach goers searching for a sunny escape, the peach state can become more than what the traveler bargained for while considering their spring vacation or weekend getaway. With enchanting floral displays, world-class golf courses, storybook like colonial history and miles of untouched beaches – Georgia has something for everyone during spring travel!

The following are just some of the many offerings that are sure to make a spring getaway a memorable one.

Floral Events

  • International Cherry Blossom Festival in Macon has been an iconic state event for 32 years, clearly stabilizing its recognition as the Cherry Blossom Capital of the World. Festival-goers experience one of the most extravagant flower displays as more than three hundred thousand Yoshino cherry trees are bursting with pink blooms.
  • Spring Celebration at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain features special activities and events for families and friends to share against the backdrop of Callaway Gardens’ twenty thousand dazzling display of colorful native blooms. But Callaway Gardens is more than just flowers, providing amenities such as golf, outdoor adventures, a beautiful sandy lakeside beach and so much more. There is a lodge and spa located at the garden as well as cottages and an inn.
  • Atlanta Dogwood Festival has been an Atlanta staple for more than 75 years. With every kind of art you can image from nationally renowned sculptors, painters, photographers and jewelry makers the Atlanta Dogwood Festival is the hand-made shoppers dream. There is something for everyone to enjoy with dozens of activities everyday including live music, contests, arts-and-crafts and even a walk climbing wall!
Blood Mountain

Blood Mountain

The Great Outdoors

  • The Augusta Canal was once a water source for textile mills and factories that used hydro-power to operate large machinery. Today, it is an outdoor lover’s dream, with tours via boat, bike or foot. Take your own kayak to the canal head gates and paddle the seven miles down the waters calm current. This nature excursion is incredibly surreal, with an abundance of wildlife and a dirt path trail, all while heading through the heart of downtown Augusta.
  • Blood Mountain offers the best in hiking as you can truly immerse yourself in the Appalachian nature. There is a two and a half mile hike to the top of beautiful Blood Mountain which is lush and green during spring. Hikers can enjoy the serene nature as they make their way up to the top and experience the gorgeous view.
  • Flat Creek Lodge in Swainsboro is east Georgia’s premier hunting and fishing resort and spa. The avid outdoorsman will be one with nature as they experience an unforgettable hunting and fishing adventure at this pristine and private woodland preserve. The lodge and spa offers 12 lodge rooms, 6 two bedroom cottages and two 4 bedroom cottages. Each room at Flat Creek Lodge is built over a pond with beautiful balconies and patios where guests can enjoy stunning sunsets as they watch the ducks, swans and geese glide peacefully over the water.
Tybee Island

Tybee Island

Soak Up the Sun

  • Tybee Island is only a few miles east of Savannah, making it the perfect vacation setting to unplug and recharge. Tybee Island offers a variety of lodging options including homes, cottages, and condos that will fit any traveler’s needs. Take a break from the textbooks and emails as you bask in the sun on Savannah’s own beach – Tybee Island.
  • Cumberland Island is Georgia’s largest barrier island and is considered one of the most remarkable natural habitats in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s known for being the perfect spot to completely disconnect from the world because of the seclusion. Cumberland Island is only accessible by ferry or private boat and has restricted motor traffic as well as limited shops and restaurants. This oasis is completely untouched! Visitors can fish, bike, kayak, hike Cumberland’s wilderness and catch a glimpse of wild hogs or horses roaming freely. Accommodations on the island consist campsites or the Greyfield Inn.
  • St. Simons Island is a postcard worthy vacation stop that has been a family favorite for decades. The islands sandy beaches, natural beauty and rich history offers a wide variety of activities that will create lasting memories for family and friends. St. Simons offers local shopping and dining as well as all the beautiful scenery the southern coast has to offer.

Many spring vacation destinations can be found throughout the state as well as seasonally themed events and activities. For more Georgia travel ideas and special offers, please visit ExploreGeorgia.org.

7th Annual R.A.D. Studio Cruise

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What: 7th Annual R.A.D. Studio Cruise

When: Saturday, March 15th from 12 noon to 8:00 pm

Take a cruise through the ever expanding Rail Arts District, a burgeoning arts district coalescing around a one-mile stretch of CSX rail line highlighting Avondale Estates, Decatur and Scottdale. This one day event gives you the opportunity to visit a variety of studios to get the behind the scenes look of what it takes to create art. Six anchor studios along with dozens of individual artist studio locations will host live demonstrations, performances, exhibits and art sales from painting, pottery, glasswork and paper arts to photography, sculpture, jewelry, fiber arts and more.

Downtown Avondale Estates will feature two major locations hosting special events. The Market Events building in Tudor Square will be open (formally the Academy Theater). Sample artisanal foods and beverages, and enjoy the popular Root City Market that will set up its spring pop-up shop in this location. Avondale Mayor Ed Rieker will be on hand to discuss the remarkable re-development plans that will transform this area. Additionally, the charming Towne Cinema in the city’s Tudor Village will be open to the public for the first time in years and will offer free music performances by DeKalb School of the Arts students and visual art on display.

Visitors can download a RAD Studio Cruise Map and view Schedule of Events at www.railartsdistrict.com.

The free, open-to-the-public event will offer FREE trolley service between participating venues.

“Like” R.A.D. on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/railartsdistrict

And, a clever little page for RAD cruisers: RAD Studio Cruise Survivor’s Guide.