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Hawkinsville Gears Up for 38th Harness Festival

The Harness Festival is scheduled for April 14 through April 16 this year.

The sponsors' fried catfish dinner will take place on April 14.

April 15 will be fireworks and live entertainment.

The 5k, Opening Ceremonies, BarBQ Competition sanctioned by the GA BarBQ Association, Harness Racing is scheduled for April 16.

MGC Presents Battle of the Bands

Middle Georgia College will present Battle of the Bands Saturday, March 19 at 7 p.m. at the Theatre Dublin. 

Bands of different genres will be competing, with First Place winning $1,000, Second Place winning $500, and People’s Choice winning $350.

Admission is $5.00 for the general public, and free for MGC students with an MGC ID and children 12 and under.

For more information, contact Christy Faulk at 478-275-6768. 

MGC Theatre to Present 'Anna in the Tropics'

Middle Georgia College (MGC) will present Nilo Cruz’s Pulitzer Prize- winning play “Anna in the Tropics” March 2-4 at 7:30 p.m. and March 5 at 2:30 p.m.

The performance will take place at Russell Theatre on MGC’s Cochran campus. “Anna in the Tropics” explores the trials and tribulations of a Latino family that owns a cigar factory in Tampa, Florida in 1929 while dealing with the beginning of the Great Depression.

Admission to “Anna in the Tropics” is free for MGC students, faculty and staff. Admission for the general public is $5.00 and $2.00 for senior citizens, children, and non-MGC students.

For more information, contact Dr. Kathy Downs at 478-934-3089.

Belly Dance Lesson in Perry, Ga and Warner Robins, GA

Perry Belly Dance is now offering belly dance lessons to students of all levels in the Perry and Warner Robins area.

Our studio is conveniently located in Downtown Perry, GA and we are also available for private and group lessons at our studio or at your site.

Classes include:  Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced and Professional belly dancing.

We will also be offering additional classes and workshops in the near future.

MGC Art Exhibit

MGC Art Exhibit

Michael Marks’s exhibit “Fragments” recently opened at Middle Georgia College’s Peacock Gallery in Russell Hall. Marks gave a Gallery Talk to MGC students, faculty, and friends on January 24.

“Fragments” is interested in how past works of art are investigated; for example, through digital means, such as zooming in on individual paint chips, said Charlie Agnew, an associate professor of art at MGC and the Gallery Director of Peacock Gallery, a Middle Georgia College news release says. 

Marks is also interested in why paintings last and what happens to them over the years.

“Fragments” is also concerned in how the meaning of works changes as the work is altered over time. But Marks doesn’t promise to have all the answers. “I don’t have the final say,” he said. “‘Fragments’ is a process; it’s not explicit, but more ambiguous.”

Ocmulgee Symphony Orchestra to present concerts of "Pure Pleasure"

Ocmulgee Symphony Orchestra to present concerts of "Pure Pleasure"

The Ocmulgee Symphony Orchestra (OSO) will be in concert February 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the Hawkinsville Opera House and will perform February 27 at 3:30 p.m. at Wesleyan College. 

It will be the fourth concert series of the season for the OSO entitled "Pure Pleasure."  Maestro Adrian Gnam, conductor laureate  of the Macon Sympthony Orechstra, will conduct the performances. 

Said OSO founder, artistic director, and conductor Dr. Charles Quinn in a news release  “The combination of these pieces are simply pure pleasure for those who play and unquestionably for those who hear them. It will be enjoyable for me to see Adrian conduct the OSO; he has a style of conducting that only comes from years of experience.”  

Gnam is currently Director of the International Conductors Workshop and Competition, Assistant Professor of Music at Georgia Southern University and Distinguished Artist-in-Residence at Mercer University.

Pancake Breakfast to Benefit Secret Santa Fund

The Cochran Masonic Lodge #217 will host a Pancake Breakfast on February 26 from 7 until 10 a.m. 

All you can eat:  Pancakes, sausage, coffee, tea & OJ. 

All uniformed workers eat in for free. 

All profits go to the Joe Lassiter Secret Santa Fund that provides a Christmas to local families.