PERSPECTIVES 2019, a juried exhibit of pottery and sale, kicks off Aug. 31 and extends through Sep. 15 at the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation in Watkinsville. The Georgia Pottery Invitational is set up in three galleries in the main building, with 6,000 pieces of pottery, all by Georgia artists, on sale in nearby Rocket Hall. Admission to the event is free, and viewers are welcome to come from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. each day the exhibition is open. There will also be a two-day demonstration workshop, gallery talks, and other pottery demonstrations over the course of the event. For more information on PERSPECTIVES 2019, contact Sheila Chrzan (706-340-4919, firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ruth Parsons (email@example.com).
Classic Center Broadway and 501 seasons announced
Alison Krauss, winner of 27 GRAMMY Awards ®, will kick off the 501 series on Oct.15 followed by bestselling author David Sedaris who will host a reading and a book signing on Dec. 4. And the series will conclude with the production of Escape to Margaritaville on Mar. 18. Support the arts in Athens and scholarships for talented students by joining the 501 Club. You’ll get VIP access, including exclusive presales, specialty lounge access, a member concierge, and more!
The Broadway Entertainment Series will commence with a production of A Bronx Tale on Nov. 11, followed shortly by Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on Dec. 9. The new year will kick off with a performance of Waitress on Jan. 20, followed by Escape to Margaritaville on Mar. 18. The series will conclude with An American in Paris on April 2.
Tickets go on sale Friday, Aug. 2, and range from $203-$338, plus fees. Season ticket holders get a 10 percent discount as well as other benefits. Tickets for individual shows go on sale Friday, Sept. 13. For more information, visit the Classic Center Box Office at 300 N. Thomas St. in downtown Athens, or call 706-357-4444. For more on exclusive presales, pre-show receptions, trips to New York, and more, join the Center Stage Society, or visit www.ClassicCenter.com/Foundation.
Athens Area Newcomers Club
Welcoming folks over 50 since 1957, the Newcomers’ Club holds meetings on the second Thursday each month at the Alps Road Presbyterian Church, 380 Alps Rd. They start at 9:30 a.m. with coffee and fellowship, followed by a guest speaker. There are several special interest groups that meet at various times during the month. And you don’t have to be new to Athens, “you’ll be new to us.” For more information, contact Anita Dean at 706-850-0114.
New walking trails and a kayak launch at Lake Herrick
A watershed restoration project is currently a work in progress at UGA’s Lake Herrick. A renovated pond and walking trails through Oconee Forest Park are complete. Renovations have begun on the Lake Herrick Pavilion, and will ultimately culminate with an open lawn for recreation, expanded walking trails, a refurbished dock, native vegetation to ensure ecological sustainability, and a kayak and canoe launch for non-motorized boats. Pets are welcome so long as they are leashed at all times. An official dedication ceremony has been announced for the area on Oct. 17.
UGA golf course renovations
UGA’s Golf Course recently underwent a series of renovations in order to better serve its patrons. These projects include facility and customer service improvements, a new entrance, and an ADA-approved ramp. The UGA driving range field and the cart path have both been updated.
Can’t Wait for football season?
Any football fans eagerly awaiting the fall kick-off should visit Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall to tour the Georgia Bulldog Hall of Fame. The hall is open Monday through Friday and is open for tours during normal business hours.
Madison’s Walking-Driving Tour
Visit the Madison Welcome Center to pick up a brochure about this historic walking-driving tour. Participants can explore one of the largest historical districts in the state while learning about its architecture and the nature of its history. Visit 115 E. Jefferson St., Madison, or call 706-342-4454.
Mockingbird Hill Farm
A historic plantation originally spanning 228 acres, Mockingbird Hill Farm combines remnants of history and present-day farming. Five acres of the land is currently being farmed, and introductions to this farm are offered between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. by appointment. This introduction covers the farm’s history as well as its education and entertainment aspects. Visitors are asked to bring their own lunches but are welcome to supplement with a complimentary serving of fresh vegetables or flowers, should the harvest permit.