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Spotlight on the Arts Festival

The University of Georgia’s annual festival returns for its eighth year with dozens of exhibitions and performances in the visual, literary and performing arts from Nov. 6 – 17. The creative work presented over the 11-day festival features UGA faculty and students as well as visiting artists from around the world.

On Nov. 17, the UGA Libraries will host the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame Author Discussion, which will feature 2019 inductees John T. Edge and A. E. Stallings. The 4 p.m. discussion will be moderated by Virginia Prescott on GPB’s On Second Thought. For the full schedule of events, go to www.arts.uga.edu.

42ndAthens Symphony season begins

Sunday, Nov. 3, kicks off the Symphony’s 2019-2020 season with a concert of works by Smetana, Gounod, Grieg, Mussorgsky and Ravel beginning at 3 p.m. at the Classic Center. Concerts are free but tickets are required, and available at the Classic Center box office two weeks before performances.

Then, it’s the Christmas Concert, featuring the Athens Symphony chorus and Terry Kay narrating his marvelous Christmas story “To Whom the Angel Spoke. There will be two performances: Saturday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. For more information, go to www.athenssymphony.org.

Botanical Garden events

The Athens Art Association, in celebrating their centennial year, presents the exhibition, Growing Through Art, with the opening reception on Sunday, Nov. 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. Current members will present watercolor, pastel, oil, acrylic and color pencil art with an emphasis on botanicals and pollinators found in garden and field settings.

Then, Heritage Days Fall Festival celebrates horticultural and agricultural history with art, crafts, stories, music and hands-on education classes on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Win a cake walk, learn to dance a reel, and see demonstrations on lace making, seed saving, natural dyes, beekeeping and more. Bring a picnic or sample some favorite food trucks. Admission is $2 a person or $10 per family.

LeAnn Rimes at Classic Center

LeAnn Rimes’ famous, “You and Me and Christmas” tour will be onstage at The Classic Center Theatre on December 10. Tickets are on sale now; call, click or stop by the box office at 300 N. Thomas St. (www.classiccenter.com)

Christmas shop at OCAF

The Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF) offers unique gift items at their Holiday Market: Dec. 6 – 8, and the Artists’ Shoppe, Dec. 6 – 21. 34 School St., Watkinsville, www.ocaf.com.

New race series for the Firefly Trail

Firefly TrailThe inaugural 2020 Firefly Trail Race Series which combines one registration for four established races will benefit the continued construction of the 39-mile rail-trail between Athens and Union Point.

Registration for the Winterville Snowflake 10K, Maxey’s Model Mile 5K, Crawford Restoration Run 5K and the Union Point Junction Jamboree Jog 5K, is open now through Jan. 20 at $64 per runner/walker. To register, go to the events tab at www.fireflytrail.com.

Athens Chautauqua 2020

A unique, new event is planned for June 13-14 next year. In cooperation with the highly successful Greenville Chautauqua History Comes Aliveprogram, the Athens Chautauqua will provide free performances by historical re-enactors at The Morton Theatre. The theme will be Ideas That Changed America. Using the Greenville model, actors in costume take the stage to entertain and inform, and the audience becomes a large part of the performance, asking any questions – no holds barred. Sponsors are now being lined up by local organizers, Dr. Art Crawley (artcraw623@gmail.com) and Dr. Peter Balsamo (pb9665@gmail.com).

Boomerish by Steve Greenberg

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