CHERRY BLOSSOM GIFT SHOP
CHERRY BLOSSOM GIFT SHOP
CHERRY BLOSSOM GIFT SHOP CHERRYBLOSSOMFESTIVALGIFTSHOP March22-31 GiftShopHours:Dailyfrom 10:00am-10:00pm CentralCityPark:115WillieSmokieGloverRoad,Macon,GA31201 Visit our Gift Shop for all your Cherry Blossom Festival souvenirs. Check in to Central City Park on Facebook and receive 10% off at the gift shop when you show your post. For more information or to shop the online store visit cherryblossom.com/gift-shop. 2019CHERRYBLOSSOMFESTIVALPIN Presented by Robins Financial Credit Union SupportedbyPublixSuperMarketsCharitiesandS&SCafeterias MediaPartners:41NBCandTheTelegraph $5.00 This year’s Cherry Blossom Festival Pin was designed in collaboration with artist Kelby Haugabook and the Cherry Blossom Festival.
The pin was produced by Apparel Authority. Coupons included with purchase of a pin are for admission to Central City Park and S&S Cafeteria. COMMEMORATIVEPOSTERBYKELBYHAUGABOOK $10.00 Purchase at the Cherry Blossom Gift Shop or shop the online store. Visit cherryblossom.com/gift-shop.
COMMEMORATIVEFINEARTPRINTBYDINADEASON $25.00 Purchase at the Cherry Blossom Gift Shop or shop the online store. Visit cherryblossom.com/gift-shop. TICKETEDEVENTS Tickets for Bollywood Ball and Pasta on Poplar are on sale now at cherryblossom.com. Reservations Required. There is a Gate admission for Central City Park and Tunes and Balloons. PRE-FESTIVAL EVENTS SATURDAY, MARCH 2 *CHERRYBLOSSOMCARPAINTING Presented by Riverside United Methodist Church 9:00am-3:00pm RiversideUnitedMethodistChurchlocatedat735PierceAve.,Macon,GA31204 Carartworkstartsat$10 Show your support of the Cherry Blossom Festival by having Cherry Blossoms painted on your car! The Cherry Blossom Festival Royalty will be onsite from 1:00-2:00 pm.
There will be painted poodles by local artists from Think Pink and bows for sale. The artist is Arrin Freeman Burgand. Car artwork starts at $10. For more information, contact Jerry Akin at 478-746-9688.
SATURDAY, MARCH 10 *OCMULGEEDUCKDASH Presented by Big Brothers Big Sister Duckscanbeadoptedthedayoftheracefrom9:30am–11:15am. Racestartsat11:45am AmersonRiverPark-2551PierceAveMacon,GA31204 FREE!Admission.Duckadoptionsstartat$5perduck. This is a fun, family-friendly event where 5,000 ducks race down the Ocmulgee River at Amerson Park. One Lucky Duck will win $1,000!! Second and third place ducks also receive prizes. Proceeds support Big Brothers Big Sisters – providing mentors to Defend the Potential of Our Youth. Duck adoptions are available from agency board members and staff. *sanctioned event
MONDAY, MARCH 18 *ANEVENINGOFMUSIC Presented by the Department of Fine Arts & Magnet Programs of the Bibb County School District 7:00pm 2155NapierAve.,Macon,Georgia31204 “An Evening of Music” will feature the Bibb County Honor Choir and the Rutland High School Band. The concert will take place on Monday, March 18, 2019, at 7:00 pm at the Performing Arts Center of Central Fine Arts & International Baccalaureate Magnet High School. If you have any questions, please contact Ben Bridges at 478-765-8595. FREE! THURSDAY, MARCH 21 *SPRINGPLANTSALE Presented by Master Gardeners of Central Georgia and U.G.A.
Extension Macon-Bibb and Houston County 12-5:00pm StateFarmersMarketlocatedat2055EisenhowerParkway,Macon,GA An annual fundraising event for our Junior Master Gardener school and community programs. We offer Master Gardener-grown trees, shrubs and plants at great prices along with free gardening advice and research-based information. We also have bare-root Cherry trees for your home and garden! FREE! *YAPPYHOUR Presented by Macon-Bibb Parks and Recreation 5:30-7:30pm MaconDogParklocatedat831AdamsStreet,Macon,GA31201 Enjoy an evening at the Macon Dog Park with your furry friend and live music! The Dog Park offers the following areas for your canine friends: • Small Dog Area • Large Dog Area • Fenced Spaces • Dog Wash Station For more information, call 478-621-6280.
FREE! THE FESTIVAL AT CENTRAL CITY PARK Presented by Drew Exposition FUNINTHEPARK: The Festival at Central City Park is the heart and hub of the Cherry Blossom Capital of the World. The Festival at Central City Park features 10-days of magnificent midway rides, exciting exhibits, spectacular shows, incredible headliners and fantastic food. You’re sure to make lifelong memories when you enjoy $400,000 worth of free entertainment with a $5 admission. Children under 10 are FREE!
EventHours: March22-31:10:00am-10:00pm Admission: Twoconveniententrances: RoundBuildingatCentralCityPark Presented by Cricket Wireless WillieSmokieGloverRoad $5/person; Children 10 and under FREE! COMFORTSTATION: Presented by Ingleside Baptist Church The Comfort Station provides separate areas for diaper changing, a quiet space for young children, and for nursing mothers. Location:NexttoRoundBuilding *sanctioned event
CONCESSIONS&VENDORS March22-31 CentralCityPark Come enjoy your favorite festival food such as corn dogs, gyros, cotton candy, funnel cakes, kettle corn and much more! Also onsite are caricature artists, henna tattooists and face painters.
ROUNDBUILDINGATCENTRALCITYPARK Presented by Cricket Wireless March22-31 10:00am-10:00pm CentralCityPark YoshinoCherryTreeSale Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful Commission returns to Central City Park’s Round Building to sell the official Yoshino cherry trees. The cost of a tree is $10.00. For more information, contact Pam Carswell at 478-330-7054. CherryBlossomGiftShop Visit our Gift Shop in the Round Building for all your Cherry Blossom Festival souvenirs. For more information and or to shop the online store, visit cherryblossom.com/gift-shop.
ThinkPinkArtContestDisplay Winners’ artwork from the Think Pink Art Contest for grades K, 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, and 11-12, will be displayed in the Round Building at Central City Park. The theme for the contest this year is ”Macon’s Blooming Pink!” There are first, second, and third place awards for each grade level category as well as a “Best in Show” award. WAYS TO SAVE! HeroesDay:Monday,March25 Presented by 21st Century Partnership, AARP, Georgia VECTR Center, the Museum of Aviation, and Planters First Bank. Media Partners: 13 WMAZ, Cumulus, Macon Magazine, The Telegraph, and Que Pasa Heroes Day at the Festival at Central City Park will provide free admission to all active, retired, reserve, and veteran Military, Department Of Defense civilian employees, firefighters, first responders, and law enforcement with ID as well as their immediate family.
They will also receive discounted, pay-one-price, unlimited midway rides for $10 with ID. AmusementSpecials:EVERYDAY!
Friday,March22:$20 pay-one-price, unlimited midway rides, with $5 gate admission; Children 10 and under receive free gate admission. Forbothweekends,March23-24andMarch30-31: $25 pay-one-price, unlimited midway rides (*On Saturday, March 23 and 30, must be purchased by 3:00 pm), with $5 gate admission; Children 10 and under receive free gate admission. Monday-Friday,March25-29:$20 pay-one-price, unlimited midway rides, with $5 gate admission; Children 10 and under receive free gate admission. Monday3/25:All Active, Retired, Reserve, and Veteran Military, Department Of Defense Civilian Employees and immediate family, Firefighters, and Law Enforcement receive discounted unlimited rides for $10 with ID.
The pay-one-price unlimited midway rides specials may only be purchased at the midway.
NightlyConcertSeries: Presented by Drew Exposition and Yuengling on the Coca-Cola Stage Media Partners: 41 NBC, Cumulus, The Telegraph NightlyfromMarch21-31 Join us each night at the Coca-Cola Entertainment Stage for our nightly headliner series. The line up will be shown in the following pages. For more information, visit https:// cherryblossom.com/central-city-park/central-city-park-nightly-concerts/. Entertainment is included with $5/person park admission. Children 10 and under FREE! Parking: On a first-come, first serve, limited basis, there are 2 free parking lots within Central City Park-- United Building parking lot and Luther Williams Field parking lot.
We also provide 3 Free Park&Walk locations near Central City Park. Two parking lots are located along Walnut Street. One lot is also located along 7th Street. Please look for directional signage and pink flags noting our Free Park & Walk locations. We also offer overflow parking at an additional Free Park & Walk Location on New Street and Riverside Drive (843 Riverside Drive, Macon, GA 31210).
Handicap parking is located inside Central City Park. Please enter the Festival at Willie Smokie Glover Drive and turn into the United Building parking lot on your right. You will see signs noting handicap parking spaces inside this parking lot. Visit cherryblossom.com for parking locations. Parking is FREE EVERY DAY! CENTRAL CITY PARK EXHIBITS & SHOWS CATHERINEHICKLAND’SHYPNOTICWORLD Presented by Homewood Suites By Hilton Media Partners: ABC 16 FOX 24 WGXA, Cumulus, and The Telegraph. March22-31 CentralCityPark ShowTimes:1:00pm,3:00pm,and5:00pm Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be truly free in your imagination? To be without a care, without doubt of your abilities, fear, and without a thought about what other people would think if you just… let go and cross over to the dream state in an instant? Have you ever thought about what it would be like to be truly…UNLIMITED? Welcome to Catherine Hickland’s Hypnotic World.
This show is fast-paced, hilarious, and family friendly. FREE WITH PARK ADMISSION!
“ICE”SKATINGINTHEPARK Presented by ICB Construction Group Media Partners: ABC 12 FOX 24 WGXA, Cumulus, and The Telegraph. March22-31 Times:Skatetimesareinincrementsof30minuteswitha15minutebreakin betweeneachskateperiod.Visithttps://cherryblossom.com/event/ ice-skating/forexacttimes. “Ice” skating in March! Rent some skates and show off your best triple axel jump or just glide along the edge. This “ice” rink is open to all ages and levels, from children to adults and beginners to hockey players! Each group will receive 30 minutes on the “ice.” Height restrictions do apply, and we will ask for a waiver to be signed before your skate session begins.
FREE WITH PARK ADMISSION!
ARTICOLYMPICHIGHDIVESHOW Presented by Drew Exposition and Microtel Macon Media Partners: ABC 12 FOX 24 WGXA, Cumulus, and The Telegraph March22-31 CentralCityPark DailyShowsTimes:12:00pm,2:00pm,and4:00pm ***OnFriday,March22,theperformancetimeswilltakeplaceat11am,2pmand4pm. Welcome to the Arctic Olympic High Dive Show! An energetic trainer starts coaching several elite penguins for the upcoming Arctic Olympic Games. At first, everything is going well. But then the food runs out and the trainer must leave to replenish the food bucket with more treats. The Penguins (cleverly dressed humans) take this opportunity to have fun and frolic on the boards.
When the trainer returns, he is invited to take part in this play session. After the fun is over the Penguins show off and perform their real Olympic dives. The penguins show off their abilities and perform the high dive from over 80 feet to introduce high diving as an Olympic event. FREE WITH PARK ADMISSION! *sanctioned event
DAILY MUSEUMS & TOURS *SPRINGSPIRITSSTROLL Presented by Riverside Cemetery March22-24andMarch28-31 6:00-8:00pm 1301RiversideDriveMacon,GA31202 Admission:$10.00 Ticketscanbepurchasedonlineatwww.riversidecemetery.com. Take a guided walking tour during the 10 days of Macon, Georgia’s International Cherry Blossom Festival with a few “spirits” from the Cherry Blossom past. This tour is where Macon’s history comes alive with live actors portraying some of Macon’s most infamous at their graveside. Golf Cart tours are available at 6pm every night for those with mobility challenges.
*TOUROFST.JOSEPHCATHOLICCHURCH Presented by St.
Joseph Catholic Church March22and25-30 Monday–Friday12:00-4:00pm Saturday9:30am–3:30pm Visit a beautiful Romanesque Neo-Gothic style church that was dedicated in 1903. Carrara marble altars and statues, as well as windows crafted by Bavarian artists, adorn this historical structure. St. Joseph Church is one block from the Macon City Hall. *FREEBIRDS&NIGHTOWLSMUSICHISTORYWALKINGTOUR Presented By Rock Candy Tours MondayMarch25-FridayMarch29from1:00pmto2:30pm TheRookerylocatedat543CherryStreet,Macon,GA31201 The cost of the tour is $15.00 per person and reservations may be made at www.rockcandytours.com or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free Birds & Night Owls Music History Walking Tour presented by Rock Candy Tours is a 1.5-hour public “easy walking” tour that focuses on the downtown commercial district of beautiful Macon, GA. In association with the Cherry Blossom Festival, Rock Candy Tours is hosting this fun and entertaining tour every day during the week of tour starts at the Rookery (543 Cherry St.) and ends at Grant’s Lounge (576 Poplar St.); just a block away.
*CANNONBALLHOUSETOURSANDDEMONSTRATION MondaythroughSaturday:Tours:10:00am-3:30pm 856MulberryStreet,Macon,GA31201 $8.00Adults $6.00Age65+orMilitaryI.D. $4.00Students(CollegewithID) Under4-FREE! The Cannonball House, named for damage sustained during the War Between the States, was built in 1853 as a planter’s townhouse. Located in Macon, Georgia, The Cannonball House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is an example of authentic Greek Revival architecture containing fine period furnishings. The house is also the repository for the Founders’ parlors of the Adelphean (ΑΔΠ) and Philomathean (ΦΜ) societies, recreated from Wesleyan College, where they began in 1851 and 1852.
For more information, visit www.cannonballhouse.org or call 478-745-5982.
*HAYHOUSEDAILYGUIDEDTOURS MondaythroughSaturday:10:00am-4:00pm Sunday:1:00-4:00pm 934GeorgiaAvenue,Macon,GA31201 $11.00Adults $10.00Seniors(ages65+)andMilitarywithID $7.00Students(collegewithID) Underage6andmembersofTheGeorgiaTrust:FREE! One of Georgia’s most historic homes and distinguished structures, the Johnston- Felton-Hay House in Macon was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1974. Construction began in 1855 and continued into 1859. The House was built in the Italian Renaissance Revival style, a marked contrast to the Greek Revival architecture of the Antebellum period. For more information, please call 478-742-8155.
*GEORGIASPORTSHALLOFFAME TuesdaythroughFriday:10:00am-5:00pm Saturday:10:00am-3:00pm 301CherryStreet,Macon,GA31201 $8.00Adults(17&Over) $6.00Seniors,College,&MilitarywithID $3.50Children(16&Under) The Georgia Sports Hall of Fame makes a difference in the lives of our youth and honors the struggle, perseverance, and achievement of our state’s best teams, athletes, and coaches. Join in honoring the spirit of past generations while encouraging and supporting today’s competitors. For more information, please visit georgiasportshalloffame.com or call 478-752-1585.
*MUSEUMOFARTSANDSCIENCES TuesdaythroughSaturday:10:00am-5:00pm Sunday:1:00pm-5:00pm 4182ForsythRoad,Macon,GA31210 Members&Children2&UnderFREE! $10.00Adults $5.00Children3-17 $8.00SeniorCitizens&MilitarywithID $7.00StudentswithID The Museum of Arts and Sciences in Macon is a community museum.
The facility includes four galleries with frequently changing exhibitions, the Discovery House with hands-on activities, live animal habitats, the Mark Smith Planetarium, an observatory, nature trail, garden, store, auditorium and classrooms. Formore informationvisitwww.masmacon.org.
*TUBMANAFRICANAMERICANMUSEUM TuesdaythroughSaturday:9:00am-5:00pm 310CherryStreet,Macon,GA31201 $10.00Adults $8.00AdultGroupRate(15+) $6.00Children/Teens(age3-17) The Tubman Museum is the largest museum in the nation dedicated to educating people about the Art, History and Culture of African Americans. For more information, visit www.tubmanmuseum.com. *THEBIGHOUSEMUSEUM ThursdaythroughSaturday:11:00am-6:00pm Sunday:11:00am-4:00pm 2321VinevilleAvenue,Macon,GA31204 $15.00Adults $13.00SeniorCitizens,Students&MilitarywithID $10.00Children In 1969, The Big House was for rent, and by January 1970, it became the house where members of the Allman Brothers Band, their roadies, friends and families lived until 1973.
It was the focal point of gathering in those early years when the magic that is the Allman Brothers Band was just taking shape and radiating from this historic Southern town. The Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House guarantees that the dreams, music, and legacy created so long ago by the band will live on. For more information visit www.thebighousemuseum. com.
*MUSEUMOFAVIATION Opendaily:9:00am-5:00pm 1942HeritageBoulevard,RobinsAFB,GA31098 FREE!Admission|FREE!Parking The Museum of Aviation opened to the public on Friday, November 9, 1984, with 20 aircrafts on display on an open field and another 20 were in various stages of restoration. It has grown to become the second largest museum in the United States Air Force and the fourth most visited museum in the Department of Defense. The museum is a place that honors our veterans and their families and reminds our Airmen of their legendary Air Force heritage. For more information, visit www.museumofaviation.org.
*OCMULGEELANTERNLIGHTTOURS Presented by Ocmulgee National Monument Date:March22,23,24&March29,30,31 Time:7:30pm-9:00pm:Toursevery10minutes 1207EmeryHighway,Macon,GA31217 Admission:$6forages13&up,$1forages6-12,and 5andunderareFREE! Grab a lantern and stroll along the luminary-lined path from the Visitor Center to the Great Temple Mound. Step back in time to meet characters with ties to Ocmulgee’s history and the people who once lived here. Join interpretive talks at the bridge, Earth Lodge, and Trading Post sites and see downtown Macon illuminated at night from the top of the Great Temple Mound.
End the tour by visiting the unique exhibits and artifacts inside the Visitor Center. For more information, call 478-752-8257. CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL MARCH 22-31 FRIDAY, MARCH 22 *SPRINGPLANTSALE Presented by Master Gardeners of Central Georgia and U.G.A. Extension Macon-Bibb and Houston County 8:00am-5:00pm Please see page 10 for more details. *DOWNTOWNMACONOPENAIRMARKET Presented by Macon Open Air Market, LLC 10:00am-3:00pm SecondSt.betweenCherryandPoplarStreets-4682ndSt.(Parkinglot) The Cherry Blossom Open Air Market on Second St. will have over 60 Middle Georgia arts, crafts, artisan, and farm vendors bringing only the best that Middle Georgia has to offer.
We will also have local live music, face painting for children, and more! Come grab a bite to eat from any one of our local Downtown Macon restaurants; check out our wonderful local vendors; take in some tunes, and enjoy Downtown Macon with us. There is no entry fee, and this market is family-friendly. We even have a shade tent complete with complimentary treats and water for your furry friends. So come spend your day with us, and kick off your Cherry Blossom Festival season! FREE! THEFESTIVALATCENTRALCITYPARK Presented by Drew Exposition 10:00am-10:00pm CentralCityPark Exciting shows, concerts, fair food, amusement rides, vendors, exhibits, and more! See pages 10-14 for more information OPENINGCEREMONYATCENTRALCITYPARK Presented by Drew Exposition Media Partners: ABC 12 FOX 24 WGXA, Cumulus, and The Telegraph 12-1:00pm CentralCityPark International, state, and local dignitaries celebrate the 38th International Cherry Blossom Festival as they conduct the ribbon-cutting to open the 2019 Cherry Blossom Festival.
Central City Park will open at 10:00 am and close at 10:00 pm. FREE WITH PARK ADMISSION!
PASTAONPOPLAR NEW EVENT! Presented by CenterState Bank and Piedmont Brewery Supported by Constangy, Brooks, Smith, & Prophete, LLP Vein Specialists of the South/ Spa Medical, Rental Concept Media Partners: 41 NBC, Cumulus, Macon Magazine and The Telegraph 6:00-9:00pm PoplarStreet Ticketsare$75perperson;Reservationsrequired;LimitedSeating. Revel in an exquisite harvest-table dining experience down Poplar Street. Enjoy beautiful decor by Canaan Marshall, music, cocktails under the stars, and some of your favorite Italian dishes served by Fountain of Juice. Cocktail hour will begin at 6:00 pm.
Dinner will be served at 7:00 pm. Join us for a new way to experience and indulge in beautiful Downtown Macon.
*VOGUEBLOSSOMSOIREE Presented by Eche Salon 6:00pm EcheSalonlocatedat414CherryStreet Kick off the Cherry Blossom Festival with this extravagant event! Eche Salon will be hosting a singular night to never forget! The evening’s festivities include premier floral paintings by Heidi Clinite, live mannequins wearing designer clothes by Quitman Alexandar, a dance performance by Akasha Giselle Vidalle, voguing lessons with Akasha and friends, and DJ B3 will be keeping the party fresh!Formoreinformation,contactAmberCaldwellat478-719-5162. FREE! *CORKSANDCANVAS Presented by The 567 Center for Renewal 7:00-9:30pm The567CenterforRenewal $28for11x14canvas,andincludesallmaterials(exceptyourfavoritebeverage) Corks & Canvas is a fun, beginner-friendly painting workshop where you can relax, hang out with friends, and sip on your favorite bottle of wine (or other beverage) while a local artist teaches you how to re-create a beautiful 11 x 14 painting.
No painting experience required. BYOB. Corks & Canvas is for adults 18 and up, but you must be 21 to imbibe. Space is limited. To register, call (478) 238-6051 or you can pay online at http://www.the567center.org/art-classes/. THEPURPLEMADNESS:ATRIBUTETOPRINCE Presented by Drew Exposition and Yuengling on the Coca-Cola Stage Media Partners: ABC 12 FOX 24 WGXA, Cumulus, and The Telegraph 8:30-10:00pm CentralCityPark The “Purple Madness” is the ultimate celebration of the most widely beloved entertainer and profoundly influential artist of all-time, Prince. Bobby Miller presents an electrifying performance that can be best described as high energy and a “must see” performance.
The Prince Purple Madness Tribute Show has all but perfected every last nuance in recreating the sights and sounds of the artist Prince. It is with great honor and utmost reverence that The Prince Tribute Band was formed. For anyone who wasn’t fortunate enough to have witnessed a live Prince show, the experience was undeniably one of the best live performances on the planet. It was with this idea in mind that Bobby Miller chose to re-create some of Prince’s most memorable concert moments. The production team consists of Bobby Miller as the artist, backed by some of the most talented dancers and musicians that have toured the US and abroad.
Collectively, the team consists of over 100 years of music experience. The group lovingly describes their show as a performance that is second to none. FREE CONCERT WITH PARK ADMISSION! SATURDAY, MARCH 23 *PINKPANCAKEBREAKFAST Presented by Macon-Bibb County Fire Department 7:00-10:30am UnitedBuildingatCentralCityPark $5perperson/5andunder-$3perperson Come enjoy delicious pink pancakes served up by the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department! All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. For more information, call 478-751-9180. *SPRINGPLANTSALE Presented by Master Gardeners of Central Georgia and U.G.A.
Extension Macon-Bibb and Houston County 8:00am-3:00pm Please see page 10 for more details. *CHERRYBLOSSOMFESTIVALGOLFTOURNAMENT Presented by Historic Bowden Golf Course 8:00am HistoricBowdenGolfCourselocatedat3111MillerfieldRoadMacon,Georgia31211 $220/twomanparticipatingteam This year’s two man best ball golf tournament will be held again at Historic Bowden Golf Course which has been recently renovated and lengthened. Historic Bowden Golf Course is on the National Register of Historic Places due to its role in the civil rights struggle as the first venue in Macon to end its whites-only policy in 1961.
*GIRLSWILLBEWOMENINSTEAMCONFERENCE Presented by Real IMPACT Center Inc. 9:30am-3:00pm $45andincludesaconferencet-shirt RegistrationendsonMarch8th.Therewillbenoregistrationonthedayoftheevent. Registertodayatwww.realimpactcenter.org It’s Cherry Blossom Festival time in the city! Real IMPACT Center, Inc could not think of a better way to kick off the 38th Festival than by collaborating to host the 4th Annual Girls will be Women in STEAM Conference. This will target 3rd through 8th-grade girls and will be located at Central Georgia Technical College’s Titans Arena on Anthony Road in Macon. Over 200 girls will have STEAMtastic fun engaging in hands-on science, technology, engineering, agriculture and math activities, while parents enjoy more of the Festival.
This is an all-day event, happening from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm! Doors open at 8:00 am for a chance to meet and greet with Chef Simone! For more information visit www.realimpactcenter.org.
*MACONAMATEURRADIOCLUBSPECIALEVENTSTATION Presented by Macon Amateur Radio Club 10:00am-4:00pm 700PoplarStreetMacon,GA31201 Licensed amateur radio operators from the Macon Amateur Radio Club will set up a shortwave station at the Macon-Bibb Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and attempt to contact other “hams” across the US and Canada to promote Macon’s Cherry Blossom Festival. For more information, contact Ed at email@example.com. FREE! THEFESTIVALATCENTRALCITYPARK Presented by Drew Exposition Media Partners: ABC 12 FOX 24 WGXA, Cumulus, and The Telegraph 10:00am-10:00pm CentralCityPark Exciting shows, concerts, fair food, amusement rides, vendors, exhibits, and more! See pages 10-14 for more information.
*SESAMESTREETLIVE Presented by the Macon Coliseum 10:30amand 2:30pm TheMaconColiseumat200ColiseumDr.Macon,GA31217 Ticketsstartat$23.Allattendeesagedone(1)yearorolder requireaticket Jump to the beat with your friends on Sesame Street! Join the fun with an interactive show that unfolds on one of the world’s most famous streets at the funniest, furriest party in the neighborhood … get ready for Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party! WIENERDOGRACE NEW EVENT! Presented by OdoBan Supported by Sapporo Media Partners: ABC 16 FOX 24 WGXA, Cumulus, and The Telegraph 11:00am-12pm CherryandThirdStreetMacon,GA Dachshund dogs will be racing down Cherry Street for the title of “Fastest Wiener Dog in Middle Georgia!” Join us for a day of racing on Cherry Street, starting out with the Wiener Dog Race followed by the Bed Race and the Firefighting Competition! FREE! *sanctioned event
CHERRYBLOSSOMBEDRACE Presented by Walthall Oil Company Supported by Sapporo Media Partners: ABC 16 FOX 24 WGXA, Cumulus, and The Telegraph TimeClockPresentedbyMagnoliaSoapBoxDerby 1:00-2:00pm CherrySt.andThirdSt.,Macon,GA Chuckle if you will, but these speed machines are serious! The Bed Race is open to anyone who wants to get in on the fun and excitement of old fashioned bed racing. FREE! *FIREFIGHTERCOMPETITION Presented by Macon-Bibb County Fire Department 2:00-3:00pm CherrySt.andThirdSt.,Macon,GA31201 Watch the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department put all their skills to the test in this annual competition! For more information visit www.cherryblossom.com.
*COPPERJEWELRYWORKSHOP Presented by The 567 Center for Renewal 2:00-4:30pm 4561stStreet $40includesallmaterials($32formembers) Learn to forge copper into jewelry! In this hands-on workshop, Darlene of Freestyle Art & Design will show you how to transform copper pipe into beautiful custom jewelry using a variety of techniques. The class will start by heating and hammering the metal and end by adding your own designs. In the November class, we will focus on making cuff bracelets. Space is limited. To register, visit http://www.the567center.org/art-classes/. *GEORGIADOOMPLAYERMEETANDGREET Presented by the Georgia Doom 3:00-5:00pm CentralCityPark Come out to our exclusive Player Meet & Greet with the players from Macon’s Professional Arena Football Team, the Georgia Doom.
The meet and greet features an autograph session with Georgia Doom players, Staff, and Cheerleaders, a prize giveaway and a few surprises! FREE WITH PARK ADMISSION!
BOLLYWOODBALL Presented by Georgia Farm Bureau and Graphic Packaging Supported by AVAYA, Bluestone Technologies, Carolyn McAfee, Jones Cork, Nichiha Fiber Cement, Myers McRae, PMC Building Materials, Mary & Brick Warren, and R.A. Bowen Trust Media Partners: ABC 16 FOX 24 WGXA, Cumulus, Macon Magazine, The Macon-Middle Georgia Black Pages, and The Telegraph 7:00-11:00pm MaconCityAuditorium Reservationsrequired;Individualticketsavailableatcherryblossom.com Ticketpricesare$75foranindividualor$600foratable Black Tie Optional Join us at the Macon City Auditorium for the glamorous Bollywood Ball.
The theme of this year’s Ball honors one of our featured nations, India. Enjoy decorations by Canaan Marshall and delicious Indian dishes by Sodexo. An evening featuring dining and dancing to music by Papa Sol is the perfect way to celebrate the 38th Cherry Blossom Festival! Doors open at 6:30 pm. The Ball will begin at 7:00 pm.
SNAKEOIL:ATHEATRICALTRIBUTETO ROCK’SBIGGESTSTARS PresentedbyDrewExpositionandYuenglingontheCoca-ColaStage Media Partners: ABC 16, FOX 24 WGXA, Cumulus, and The Telegraph 8:00-10:00pm CentralCityPark It’s the classic rock music you love … and you can’t get enough of it. Are these rock icons the real thing or is this Snake Oil? This is not a tribute band! Snake Oil’s musical cast not only look like the rock stars they portray, but they use their own natural voices to perfectly impersonate the singing and speaking voices and stage mannerisms of these rock icons. Snake Oil’s live theatrical shows are known for their impeccable authenticity to the original artists’ recordings, with spectacular costumes, hilarious audience interaction and an array of incredible special effects.
Snake Oil has an outstanding cast of world-class accomplished musical artists, talented singers, and technical support to ensure an authentic 80’s arena-style rock show experience. FREE CONCERT WITH PARK ADMISSION! *sanctioned event
SUNDAY, MARCH 24 *CHERRYBLOSSOMFESTIVALGOLFTOURNAMENT Presented by Historic Bowden Golf Course 8:00am HistoricBowdenGolfCourse,3111MillerfieldRoad,Macon,Georgia31211 $220/twomanparticipatingteam See page 26 for more information. *MGRL“LIBRARYWITHOUTWALLS”POP-UPONPOPLAR Presented by The Middle Georgia Regional Library and The Rotary Foundation 10:00am-5:00pm PrinceParkonPoplarStreet,Macon,Georgia31201 Visitors can request information on their PINES library account. Adults with appropriate ID can apply for a new/ replacement PINES card. Children may have their guardian apply for a PINES library card on their behalf.
Library Materials will be available for check-out with a valid PINES card. Visit Middle Georgia Regional Library’s Library Without Walls to learn more about the wealth of resources and services found at your local library! THEFESTIVALATCENTRALCITYPARK Presented by Drew Exposition Media Partners: ABC 16, FOX 24 WGXA, Cumulus, and The Telegraph 10:00am-10:00pm CentralCityPark Exciting shows, concerts, fair food, amusement rides, vendors, exhibits, and more! See pages 10-14 for more information.
CHERRYBLOSSOMWORSHIPSERVICE Presented by Christ Church 11am-noon 582WalnutSt,Macon,GA31201 Join as we celebrate love, beauty, and international friendship by worshiping and enjoying fellowship with our community. *SESAMESTREETLIVE Presented by the Macon Coliseum 10:30amand 2:30pm TheMaconColiseumat200ColiseumDr.Macon,GA31217 Tickets start at $23. All attendees aged one (1) year or older require a ticket Please see page 27 for details. *MERCERUNIVERSITYYOUTHCHOIRS Presented by Mercer University 2:00-4:00PM RiversideUnitedMethodistChurchlocatedat735PierceAve.Macon,GA31204 Join the Mercer University Youth Choirs in their 14th season as they present a variety of gorgeous sacred and secular songs from around the world.
Conducted by Dr. Richard Kosowski, Director of Graduate Studies in Mercer’s Townsend School of Music, the choir involves singers ages 8 – 18 in four auditioned choirs. These include the Touring Choir, which conducts an annual out-of-state concert tour. Previous destinations include St. Louis, New York City, Chicago, and, most recently, the Texas International Choral Festival in Dallas. For more information, call 478-737-4276. FREE! *CHERRYBLOSSOMROADRACEFORWESLEYGLEN Presented by Wesley Glen Ministries 2:30-4:00pm RosaParksSquarelocatedatPoplarSt.andFirstSt.,Macon,GA EarlyBirdRegistration:$14forFunRunand$25for5K*EndsonMarch5 RegistrationAfterMarch5:$16forFunRunand$28for5K The 17th Annual Cherry Blossom Road Race is a family-oriented Fun Run/Walk and 5K to support adults with developmental disabilities served by WesleyGlen Ministries.
All participants receive signature Cherry Blossom race shirts; children in the Fun Run/Walk receive medals, and 5K participants are eligible for age groups awards. The2019RoadRace willfollowanewcourse,whichwilloverlapwiththeCherryBlossomFestivalParaderout esobystanderscan cheeronrunnersandwatchthe38thCherryBlossomParade,immediatelyfollowingtheRoa dRace.For more information, visit www.cherryblossomroadrace.com.
LANTERNLIGHTING Presented by the Georgia Department of Economic Development and Wesleyan College 3:00-3:30pm ThirdStreetPark,Macon,GA31201 Join Festival dignitaries for this special Cherry Blossom Festival tradition as they light the ceremonial lantern in Third Street Park. FREE! 38thCHERRYBLOSSOMPARADE Presented by GEICO Supportedby41NBC,Cumulus,QuePasa,andTheTelegraph 4:00-5:30pm CherryStreetandMulberryStreet,Macon,Georgia The Cherry Blossom Festival Parade is one of the Festival’s premier events. Fantastic floats, marching bands, military units, costumed performers, international dignitaries, and more combine to transform an already beautifully historic downtown into a dazzling showpiece.
Performers and entertainers leave audiences of all ages in awe and excitement. Bring your family and friends and experience the magnificent Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. We are excited to announce, the world’s most famous clown, and McDonald’s® Chief Happiness Officer, Ronald McDonald® will be the Grand Marshal for the 2019 Cherry Blossom Festival Parade in Macon, Georgia, provided by McDonald’s. A good friend to Ronald McDonald Charities of Central Georgia™, Ronald is making a stop in Macon as a part of his worldwide tour, sharing smiles with everyone he meets along the way. The Celebrity Marshal for the 2019 Cherry Blossom Parade is ‘Emmy Nominated’ actor Michael O’Leary.
Michael was a twenty five year veteran actor on the longest running show in broadcast history ‘The Guiding Light”. Come out early and grab a spot to cheer on Wesley Glen Ministries Road Race participants as they follow part of the Cherry Blossom Parade route. Visit cherryblossom.com for a Road Race route. FREE!
THECONQUESTSHOWBAND Presented by Drew Exposition and Yuengling on the Coca-Cola Stage Supported by 41 NBC, Cumulus, and The Telegraph 8:00-10:00pm CentralCityPark Conquest is a live music party machine. For over 10 years, the band has performed all over the state of Georgia to a variety of audiences. Conquest plays almost all types of music but specializes in R & B from the ‘60s to the present. The band does a number of high-energy skits, including an astonishing rendition of “Tina Turner.” This show is a must see for all live music fans, no matter what the musical preference. Catch the Conquest Show Band and you will be “Conquered”.
FREE CONCERT WITH PARK ADMISSION! MONDAY, MARCH 25 THEFESTIVALATCENTRALCITYPARK Presented by Coca-Cola and Drew Exposition Media Partners: ABC 16, FOX 24 WGXA, Cumulus, and The Telegraph 10:00am-10:00pm CentralCityPark Exciting shows, concerts, fair food, amusement rides, vendors, exhibits, and more! See pages 10-14 for more information.
HEROESDAY Presented by 21st Century Partnership, Georgia VECTR, Museum of Aviation Foundation, Planters First Bank, and AARP ParkHours:10:00am-10:00pm CentralCityPark FREE admission to all Active, Retired, Reserve, and Veteran Military Members, Department Of Defense Civilian Employees, Firefighters, Law Enforcement Officers, First Responders, and their immediate family, with ID. Pay-one-price discount with Military or DOD ID, for $10 unlimited midway rides! *sanctioned event
THIRDSTREETPARKFESTIVITIES:FOUNDERSDAYCELEBRATION Presented by Atlanta Postal Credit Union Supported by Coca-Cola, Felicia’s Cake Factory, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Kroger, Lighthouse Nursing Agency, & Mrs.
Griffins BBQ Media Partners: ABC 16 FOX 24 WGXA, Que Pasa, The Telegraph, and Joy FM 11:30am-1:30PM ThirdStreetParkMacon,GA Join us on Founders Day at Third Street Park as we enjoy cupcakes, provided by Felicia’s Cake Factory, and celebrate the founders of the Cherry Blossom Festival. Don’t miss the exciting Third Street Park festivities happening every day during the weekdays of the Cherry Blossom Festival. Entertainment and a special theme each day honoring Mexico will set the mood for light-hearted fun, while horse-drawn carriage rides take you back in time for an adventure-filled afternoon.
BBQ sandwiches while supplies last by Mrs. Griffin’s BBQ Sauce for Founders Day. FREE! *CHERRYBLOSSOMORGANCONCERTS Presented by Macon Chapter of the American Guild of Organists & Mulberry Street United Methodist Church 12pm 719MulberryStreetMacon,GA Mulberry Street United Methodist Church and the American Guild of Organists are proud to present the 2019 Cherry Blossom Organ Concert Series. Recitals are offered on March 25-29, at 12 pm. Admission is FREE to the public. Each performance lasts 30 minutes and is performed by an outstanding roster of organ recitalists. For more information, please contact Tom Granum at 478-745-8601.
*CLASSICALCONCERTBYINTERNATIONALPIANISTLOUISEBARFIELD Presented by Little Carnegie of the South 5:00pm LittleCarnegieoftheSouthlocatedat1954ForsythSt.,Macon,GA31201 Tickets:$30.Reservationsareencouragedduetolimitedseating. Childrenmustbeeightyearsoldandabovetoattend. Ticketsareavailableatwww.littlecarnegieofthesouth.comoratthedoor. Louise Barfield, Macon musician and international classical concert pianist, will be featured at Little Carnegie of the South. Miss Barfield has a Master’s Degree graduate from the Juilliard School in New York City and is a twice Fulbright Scholar to Rome, Italy.
She has performed extensively in the United States and Europe, including Carnegie Recital Hall in New York City. Little Carnegie of the South is a non-profit concert hall and art gallery founded and directed by Louise Barfield. Parking is located at 1910 Forsyth Street Office Park or the corner of Holt Avenue and Forsyth Street. Follow signs or take the shuttle. For more information, please call Louise at 478-256-3388. *COLONYIVORGAN,BRASSANDTIMPANIINCONCERT Presented by St. Joseph Catholic Church 7:30pm 830PoplarSt. The Colony IV Brass quintet, organist Nelda Chapman, and timpanist Rob Sumowski present a program of music for organ, brass, and timpani in the beautiful historic St.
Joseph Catholic Church in Macon. The acoustics of the church magnify the beauty of the instruments as the brass quintet, the 53-rank Schlicker pipe organ, and timpani join together in joyful music. Close your eyes and listen, or gaze at the beauty of the architecture and the stained glass windows as you listen in this wondrous surrounding.
BLUESBROTHERSOULBAND:ATRIBUTETOTHEBLUESBROTHERS Presented by Drew Exposition and Yuengling on the Coca-Cola Stage Media Partners: ABC 16 FOX 24 WGXA, Cumulus and The Telegraph 8:00-10:00pm CentralCityPark One of the hottest tribute bands this side of the Mississippi, the Blues Brothers Soul Band generates energy and excitement everywhere they perform. What you see and hear are master bluesmen at their craft. With songs by figures such as Ray Charles, Cab Calloway, John Lee Hooker, Aretha Franklin, James Brown (the “Godfather of Soul”) and Booker T. & the MG’s how could it fail to be anything other than a musical extravaganza?! There is enormous variety in the songs performed, from Soul to Blues and the Stax/Volt Rhythm & Blues.
The sets are superb but not distracting, and the whole production is something that must be experienced by everyone! So grab your sunglasses and your pork-pie hat; get down with your blues and go see these good ol’ boys for a truly mind-blowing evening. FREE CONCERT WITH PARK ADMISSION!
TUESDAY, MARCH 26 THEFESTIVALATCENTRALCITYPARK Presented by Drew Exposition Media Partners: ABC 16, FOX 24 WGXA, Cumulus, and The Telegraph 10:00am-10:00pm CentralCityPark Exciting shows, concerts, fair food, amusement rides, vendors, exhibits, and more! See pages 10-14 for more information. SENIORSDAYATCENTRALCITYPARK Presented by AARP ParkHours:10:00am-10:00pm CentralCityPark Allguests55andolderwillreceive$1offadmissionsatCentralCityPark. BlossomBingoPresented by AARP Blossom Bingo will take place from 4- 6pm under the tents near the concessions and Coca-Cola Entertainment Stage.
Guests have the chance to win a variety of prizes each round. THIRDSTREETPARKFESTIVITIES Presented by Atlanta Postal Credit Union Supported by Coca-Cola, Felicia’s Cake Factory, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Kroger, Lighthouse Nursing Agency.
Media Partners: ABC 16 FOX 24 WGXA, Que Pasa, The Telegraph and Joy FM 11:30am-1:30pm ThirdStreet,Macon,GA Don’t miss the exciting Third Street Park festivities happening every day during the weekdays of the Cherry Blossom Festival. Entertainment and a special theme each day honoring Mexico will set the mood for light-hearted fun, while horse-drawn carriage rides take you back in time for an adventure-filled afternoon. FREE! *CHERRYBLOSSOMORGANCONCERTS Presented by the Macon Chapter of the American Guild of Organists & Mulberry Street United Methodist Church 12pmNoon 719MulberryStreetMacon,GA Mulberry Street United Methodist Church and the American Guild of Organists are proud to present the 2019 Cherry Blossom Organ Concert Series! Recitals are offered March 25-29 at 12 pm.
Admission is FREE to the public. Each performance lasts 30 minutes and is performed by an outstanding roster of organ recitalists. For more information, please contact Tom Granum at 478-745-8601. FREE!
*ALLTHATJAZZTEA Presented by the Federated Garden Clubs of Macon 2:00-4:00pm 730CollegeStreet $18.00peradult$10.00perchildunder12 Step back in time to the Jazz Age and enjoy the gracious art of afternoon tea in a beautiful setting of a 1910 Neel Reid House. Guests will enjoy a 1920/1930’s fashion show with great food, music and tea. Seating is limited. *CHERRYBLOSSOMTEA Presented by The Mentors Project and Think Pink 2:30-4:00pm 195HoltAvenue,Macon,GA31204 The Cherry Blossom Tea will be March 26th at the American Red Cross on Holt Avenue and will be sponsored by the Mentors Project. Think Pink will be co-sponsoring the event and a new addition to the tea will be a hat contest.
If you have any questions, please visit www. mentorsprojectbibb.org. FREE!
RUMOURS:AFLEETWOODMACTRIBUTE Presented by Drew Exposition and Yuengling on the Coca-Cola Stage Media Partners: ABC 16, FOX 24 WGXA, Cumulus, and The Telegraph 8:00-10:00pm CentralCityPark Rumours, (also known as RumoursATL) calls Atlanta, GA, home and has built a solid fan base there and throughout the eastern United States. While traveling across the United States and selling out venues the band continues to collect an even larger and devoted fan base on a national level. Selling out shows to standing room only crowds, fans have seen Rumours at venues including The Fillmore in Charlotte, NC, Daryl’s House in Pawling, NY owned by music icon Daryl Hall, a weeklong residency at Epcot Center in Disney World, the 310 Room Austin City Limits and multiple Live Nation venues.
Rumours have quickly become one of the most sought after and highly regarded tribute bands in the genre. FREE CONCERT WITH PARK ADMISSION!
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27 THEFESTIVALATCENTRALCITYPARK Presented by Drew Exposition Media Partners: ABC 16 FOX 24 WGXA, Cumulus, and The Telegraph 10:00am-10:00pm CentralCityPark Exciting shows, concerts, fair food, amusement rides, vendors, exhibits, and more! See pages 10-14 for more information. THIRDSTREETPARKFESTIVITIES Presented by Atlanta Postal Credit Union Supported by Coca-Cola, Felicia’s Cake Factory, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Kroger, Lighthouse Nursing Agency Media Partners: ABC 16 FOX 24 WGXA, Que Pasa, The Telegraph and Joy FM 11:30am-1:30pm ThirdStreet,Macon,GA Please see page 42 for more information.
CHERRYBLOSSOMORGANCONCERTS Presented by Macon Chapter of the American Guild of Organists & Mulberry Street United Methodist Church 12pm 719MulberryStreetMacon,GA Please see page 42 for more information. *SKATINGWITHYOURMAYHEMHOCKEYPLAYERSATCENTRALCITYPARK Presented by Macon Mayhem 4:00-8:00pm CentralCityPark Come skate with your Mayhem hockey players at Central City Park! Your favorite players will be giving lessons, signing autographs and taking pictures. Don’t forget to join the Mayhem on their final home game of the 2018-19 regular season on March 29 for Fan Appreciation Night. #weareMACtown *SPARKSYOGAFLOW Presented by Sparks Yoga 5:00-6:00 pm Coca-ColaEntertainmentStageatCentralCityPark Yoga flow with Sparks Yoga! Join the Sparks Yoga team as we flow into the Cherry Blossom Festival with breath and movement! Yoga means “union” in this instance a union between breath and movement but more importantly a union of our middle Georgia community! This is an all levels class that uses the entire body to work towards mindful movement.
Join on on the mat with a towel and water as we flow together to create an amazing energy to get your Cherry Blossom Festival started off right!
*PUREBARREPOP-UPCLASS Presented by Pure Barre 6:00-7:00pm Coca-ColaEntertainmentStageatCentralCityPark We’re so excited to announce that Pure Barre Macon will be hosting a free pop-up class at the pinkest party of the year! Experience the nation’s leading barre workout at a free Pop Up class in the park! Pure Barre is the fastest, most effective, yet safest way to change your body. Each class is designed to lift your seat, tone your thighs, arms and abs, and burn fat. Participants should bring a yoga mat and water and must be 18 or older (or 16 with a legal guardian present).
Learn more at purebarre.com/ga-macon or call 478-757-8561. FREE! RANDALLBRAMBLETTBAND Presented by Drew Exposition and Yuengling on the Coca-Cola Stage Media Partners: ABC 16 FOX 24 WGXA, Cumulus, and The Telegraph 8:00-10:00PM CentralCityPark Multi-instrumentalist Randall Bramblett may be known for playing on stage with rock’s legends like Bonnie Raitt, The Allman Brothers Band, Steve Winwood (16 years) and Widespread Panic. He is respected for his songwriting – he penned the title track for the Grammy nominated Blind Boys of Alabama’s new album, adding to a long catalog of songs covered by Raitt, Gregg Allman, Bonnie Bramlett, Hot Tuna, Delbert McClinton and more.
But it’s Bramblett’s own career as frontman where his artistry is in full display. He continues his storied career with continual reinvention and true conviction on his 11th album, Juke Joint at the Edge of the World. His band is a revelation live – tight, professional, but with the right amount of spontaneous soul that amazes audiences. With a commitment to the necessary evolution of music, Bramblett has kept his career as fresh as the day it began. Reason #528 he is Georgia’s Musical Treasure. FREE CONCERT WITH PARK ADMISSION!
THURSDAY, MARCH 28 THEFESTIVALATCENTRALCITYPARK Presented by Drew Exposition Media Partners: ABC 16, FOX 24 WGXA, Cumulus, and The Telegraph 10:00AM-10:00PM CentralCityPark Exciting shows, concerts, fair food, amusement rides, vendors, exhibits, and more! Seepages10-14formoreinformation. THIRDSTREETPARKFESTIVITIES Presented by Atlanta Postal Credit Union Supported by Coca-Cola, Felicia’s Cake Factory, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Kroger, Lighthouse Nursing Agency Media Partners: ABC 16 FOX 24 WGXA, Que Pasa, and The Telegraph 11:30am-1:30pm ThirdStreet,Macon,GA Please see page 42 for more information.
*CHERRYBLOSSOMORGANCONCERTS Presented by Macon Chapter of the American Guild of Organists & Mulberry Street United Methodist Church 12pm 719MulberryStreetMacon,GA Please see page 42 for more information. *CLASSICALCONCERTBYINTERNATIONALPIANISTLOUISEBARFIELD Presented by Little Carnegie of the South See page 40 for more details GEORGIAONMYMIND Presented by Atlanta Postal Credit Union Supported by Ingram Entities Media Partners: The Telegraph 7:00-9:00pm PorterAuditoriumatWesleyanCollegelocatedat4760ForsythRd,Macon,GA31210 Enjoy an evening of old sweet songs featuring Georgia music from the Middle Georgia Concert Band! The Middle Georgia Concert Band was organized in the fall of 1992 to provide opportunities for amateur musicians with high school or college music backgrounds, to continue participating in music performance, rehearsals and fellowship with other musicians.
The group was founded by trombonist and music educator Norman (Rocky) Short and numerous charter members who continue to perform with the group. FREE!
COLLEGETHROWDOWNWITHAJTHEDJ Presented by Drew Exposition and Yuengling on the Coca-Cola Stage Media Partners: ABC 16 FOX 24 WGXA, Cumulus, and The Telegraph 8:00-10:00PM CentralCityPark Andre A. Jones, “AJ the DJ”, is one of the most epic entertainers in Macon. AJ, owner of AJ the DJ Entertainment, knows how to get the party started and keep it going. Hosting College Throwdown, AJ will create the biggest dance party Central City Park has ever seen. FRIDAY, MARCH 29 THEFESTIVALATCENTRALCITYPARK Presented by Drew Exposition Media Partners: ABC 16 FOX 24 WGXA, Cumulus, and The Telegraph 10:00am-10:00pm CentralCityPark Exciting shows, concerts, fair food, amusement rides, vendors, exhibits, and more! See pages 10-14 for more information.
THIRDSTREETPARKFESTIVITIES Presented by Atlanta Postal Credit Union Supported by Coca-Cola, Felicia’s Cake Factory, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Kroger, Lighthouse Nursing Agency. Media Partners: ABC 16 FOX 24 WGXA, Que Pasa, The Telegraph and Joy FM 11:30am-1:30pm ThirdStreet,Macon,GA Please see page 42 for more information. *CHERRYBLOSSOMORGANCONCERTS Presented by Macon Chapter of the American Guild of Organists & Mulberry Street United Methodist Church 12pm 719MulberryStreetMacon,GA Please see page 42 for more information. *MAYHEMHOCKEYCHERRYBLOSSOMGAMEVSKNOXVILLEICEBEARS Presented by Macon Mayhem 6:30pm 200ColiseumDrive,Macon $16AdultAdmission$8Child2-12withchildpresent.$22glassseats.
Call478-803-1592forgroupsof10+(specialpricingandperks) Your local hockey team the Macon Mayhem looks to finish their home schedule strong as they face off with the Knoxville Ice Bears on Fan Appreciation Night! The first 1000 fans will receive a commemorative team photo. Visit online at maconmayhem.com or follow on social media for the most up-to-date information. Doors open at 6:30 pm game starts at 7:35 pm. #weareMACtown MOVIENIGHTFEATURINGCOCO New Event!
Presented by Kenneth S. Nugent Attorneys at Law Supported by Infinity Network Solutions and Synovus Media Partners: 13 WMAZ, Cumulus, Joy FM, Macon Magazine, Que Pasa, and The Telegraph Activitiesstartat6:00pm Moviestartsat8:00pm TheGreenatWesleyanCollege Bring a lawn chair and a cooler and join us for a movie night under the stars! We will be showing Disney Pixar’s Coco on a large outdoor screen on The Green at Wesleyan College. Arrive early to grab a good spot and enjoy inflatables and activities for the kids to play on starting at 6:00 pm! We will have Mexican themed food trucks and entertainment before the movie starts.
This new Cherry Blossom Event is the perfect event for the whole family! The movie will start at 8:00 pm. FREE!
The 2019 Cherry Blossom Royal Court Presented by: Princess Lyndsay Richardson, Miss Cherry Blossom Macon, Michaela Heide, Princess Sylandi Brown Little Miss Ahmarah’EL Hubbard Senior Queen Anna Roberts Little Mr. Brayden Hopper Senior Princess Deborah Stevens Supported by: Media Partners: 41 NBC, Cumulus, and The Telegraph Thank you to Gregory Gallery The Frame Game, our official framing store.
AWARD-WINNINGGOSPELEXTRAVAGANZA Presented by SMART, Inc. (South Macon Arts Revitalization Technology) 7:00pm GrandOperaHouse,651MulberryStreet,Macon,GA.
Admission:$15perperson This years local talent: Destined for Greatness, Warner Robins, GA, National Dance Team Champions, Dazzling Divas Praise Team, and Soloist Dejoin Ross. Featured Artist: Anointed Bodies of Christ, Mississippi, Steve Dalton and the Leviticus Singers, Charlotte, NC, and the main attractions: T. L. Barrett, Chicago, Illinois accompanied by the SMART International Children’s Choir, and The 22 time Stellar Award Winner and Internationally known Gospel Artist, The Rev. Marvin Sapp, Grand Rapids, Michigan. THEULTIMATETINATURNERTRIBUTE FEATURINGMICHELLEMARSHALL Presented by Drew Exposition and Yuengling on the Coca-Cola Stage Media Partners: ABC 16, FOX 24 WGXA, Cumulus, and The Telegraph 8:00-10:00pm CentralCityPark From “Proud Mary” to “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” to “Simply the Best” to “Private Dancer,” Michelle Marshall is the Ultimate Tina Turner Tribute artist.
Marshall has been wowing packed houses on the Las Vegas strip and throughout North America for the past 17 years. Marshall’s amazing transformation and uncanny look as the Queen of Rock N’ Roll has been seen in casinos, cruise ships, corporate events, films, television shows and commercials. The Las Vegas Sun hailed Marshall’s act as “the best Tina Turner tribute in the world.” Fox Television station KMSS in Shreveport, Louisiana, said Marshall “captures the magic, energy and showmanship of [Tina Turner] like no one else.” With authentic costumes and note-for-note musical renditions, Marshall recreates the energetic stage presence, persona, mannerisms and powerful vocals of the Grammy Award-winning original.
FREE CONCERT WITH PARK ADMISSION!
SATURDAY, MARCH 30 *PINKPANCAKEBREAKFAST Presented by Macon-Bibb County Fire Department 7:00-10:30am UnitedBuildingatCentralCityPark $5 per person/ 5 and under-$3 per person See page 26 for more details. *SIDEWALKCHALKARTFESTIVAL Presented by Macon-Bibb County Parks and Recreation 9:00am-3:00pm TattnallSquareParklocatedat1155CollegeStreet,Macon,GA31201 $5forCompetition;FreeforNon-Competition You can be a part of one of the largest annual public art installations Macon has ever seen. Enjoy a day at the Tattnall Square Park during the annual Sidewalk Chalk Festival. This festival is open to artists both tall and small.
We have categories for all skill levels, including four categories for competition, or you are welcome to chalk for free! For more information, contact Dominique Lewis at 478-6216-6280.
THEFESTIVALATCENTRALCITYPARK Presented by Drew Exposition 10:00am-10:00pm CentralCityPark Exciting shows, concerts, fair food, amusement rides, vendors, exhibits, and more! See pages 10-14 for more information. *MULBERRYSTREETARTS&CRAFTS FESTIVAL Presented by The Middle Georgia Art Association 10:00am-6:00pm 500MulberryStreet Join us for the largest shopping and art festival in Middle georgia! We will have hundreds of vendors selling everything from homemade soaps, jams, bread, and snacks to fine art photography, leather work, jewelry, and so much more. As always, it is fee to attend. This year will be bigger and better than last! We hope to see you there! For more information, visit www.middlegeorgiaart.org.
FREE! *sanctioned event
FOODTRUCKFRENZY Presented by Flex Health, Orangetheory Fitness and WAITR Supported by The Casserole Shop, Infinity Network Solutions, and Sapporo Media Partners: ABC 16 FOX 24 WGXA, Cumulus, Joy FM, and The Telegraph 10:00am-7:00pm ThirdStreetbetweenCherryandMulberryStreets Gourmet food trucks from around the South featuring the latest culinary trends gather on the last weekend of the Festival to provide Macon with a taste of the food truck mania sweeping the country. Purchase delicious food while enjoying music and on-site beer sales! FREE! *CHERRYBLOSSOMANDGEORGIADOOMTAILGATEPARTY Presented by the Georgia Doom 10:00am-2:00pm MaconColiseum:200ColiseumDrive The Georgia Doom will be hosting the Cherry Blossom Tailgate Party for the 2nd Annual Cherry Blossom Celebration game from 10 am- 2 pm at the Macon Centreplex.
Come out and have a chance to win prizes, play games, and cheer on Macon’s professional Arena Football Team, the Georgia Doom, as they host the defending American Arena League Champions, the Carolina Havoc. FREE!
*2NDANNUALCHERRYBLOSSOMGEORGIADOOMCELEBRATIONGAME Presented by the Georgia Doom 2:00pm MaconColiseum:200ColiseumDrive Ticketsstartat$10 Macon professional Arena Football team, Georgia Doom, will take on the defending American Arena League Champion, the Carolina Havoc. The Havoc won the inaugural Cherry Blossom Celebration game, but the Doom is looking for some revenge. For more information, call 478-216-3020. PARTYINTHEPARK Presented by Drew Exposition, Yuengling and YKK on the Coca-Cola Stage Supported by Central Georgia Technical College, Infinity Network Solutions and Navicent Health Media Partners: ABC 16 FOX 24 WGXA, Cumulus and The Telegraph 6:30-10:00pm CentralCityPark A Festival first! Party In the Park will be one for the books.
With gate admission, you have access to watch and listen to not one, but two very talented, nationally-touring, radio-played country artists. Kicking off the night, Travis Denning, originally from Warner Robins, Georgia, will take the stage from 6:30-7:30 pm. Then Drake White will closeout the show as our headliner from 8:30-10:00 pm. FREEWITHPARKADMISSION! DRAKEWHITE:Named one of No Depression’s 7 Male Artists to Breakout in 2018, Drake White is going to put together the PIECES. His PIECES EP is available now and features 5 new tracks, 2 of which he co-wrote. This follows his debut album SPARK which has earned praise both commercially and across his loyal fan following.
The 2016 Taste of Country Fan Choice Awards Album of the Year is a 12-track labor of love that showcases his exemplary songwriting with a rock-infused, organic Country sound and signature foot-stomp. The sultry song “Makin’ Me Look Good Again,” hit the top spot on SiriusXM’s The Highway with its deeply personal lyrics and pulsating groove. It also earned Drake the honor of International Song of the Year at the British CMA Awards. Fans from all genres voted Drake as CBS.com’s GRAMMY “Artist of Tomorrow” as he continues to stun crowds with his incredible live show and soulful voice. Drake, along with his band The Big Fire, has previously toured with Superstars including Willie Nelson, Dierks Bentley, Little Big Town, Zac Brown Band, Eric Church, Toby Keith and more.
It is no wonder that the Alabama native was featured in Entertainment Weekly’s New Artists Who Will Rule 2017, Rolling Stone’s 10 Country Artists You Need To Know and Billboard’s Hot New Country Artists to Watch. Major corporations have also taken notice with Geico showcasing his song “Heartbeat” in their national television campaign. Drake recently wrapped a second leg on Kip Moore’s PLEAD THE FIFTH TOUR and is currently on the road for additional headline dates. For the latest updates, visit DrakeWhite.com. *sanctioned event
PARTYINTHEPARK (cont. from page 52) TRAVISDENNING: A native of Warner Robins, Georgia, Mercury Nashville’s Travis Denning vividly remembers the moment he realized he wanted to pursue music for a living. He was seven years old sitting in his Dad’s truck and heard AC/DC for the first time. From then on, he was hooked and devoured all types of music from country, pop, rock and heavy metal. Travis started playing local bars at the age of 16 and built a Moore, Michael Ray and Chase Rice he caught the attention of Universal Music Group where he eventually signed a record deal in 2017. Travis just released his debut single “David Ashley Parker From Powder Springs,” an upbeat coming-of-age song that paints a picture of a young man reminiscing on his carefree college memories.
Travis was recently selected as a CMA Kixstart Artist Scholarship recipient and will receive unique opportunities to participate in CMA-related events as well as connect with industry professionals. The singer/songwriter has previously opened shows for Cole Swindell, Alan Jackson, Chase Rice as well as Justin Moore and is currently on the road with LANCO as part of the “Hallelujah Nights” tour. When Travis is not touring, he is in the studio working on his debut album.
*PARTYINTHEPARKAFTERPARTY Presented by Crazy Bull 10:00pm CrazyBulllocatedat473SecondSt.,Macon,GA31201 $5admissions 18+only The Crazy Bull will host the Party In the Park After Party. The lineup includes Trey Teem and Murphy Elmore. There will be drink specials for pink draft beer and $2 Cherry Blossom shots. Keep the party going. For more information, visit http://www.thecrazybullga.com. SUNDAY, MARCH 25 FOODTRUCKFRENZY Presented by Flex Health, Orangetheory Fitness and WAITR Supported by The Casserole Shop, Infinity Network Solutions, and Sapporo. Media Partners: ABC 16 FOX 24 WGXA, Cumulus, Joy FM, and The Telegraph 10:00am-6:00pm ThirdStreetbetweenCherryandMulberryStreets Please see page 52 for more details.
THEFESTIVALATCENTRALCITYPARK Presented by Drew Exposition Media Partners: ABC 16 FOX 24 WGXA, Cumulus and The Telegraph 10:00am-10:00pm CentralCityPark Exciting shows, concerts, fair food, amusement rides, vendors, exhibits, and more! See pages 10-14 for more information.
*MULBERRYSTREETARTS&CRAFTSFESTIVAL Presented by The Middle Georgia Art Association 10:00am-5:00pm 500MulberryStreet Please see page 50 for more details. *GAILARCHERINCONCERT Presented by St. Joseph Catholic Church 2:00pm 830PoplarStreet,Macon Renowned organist Gail Archer is in concert on the 53-rank Schlicker pipe organ at the historic St. Joseph Catholic Church. Among her many professional CDs, Ms. Archer has recorded her latest, “A Russian Journey,” which was recorded on the Schlicker organ at St. Joseph Church in January 2017. We welcome her back to Macon to continue her history of appearances during the Cherry Blossom Festival.
TUNESANDBALLOONSFESTIVALFINALE Presented by Georgia Power, Burgess Pigment Company, Middle Georgia State University, Microtel Macon, and Sapporo Supported by Atlanta Gas Light, Cadence Bank, Carlyle Place, Cast Iron Catering, Coliseum Health System, Cox Communications, Infinity Network Solutions, The Sembler Company, and the Society Garden Media Partners: 13 WMAZ, Cumulus, Macon Magazine, and The Telegraph 4:00-8:00pm MiddleGeorgiaStateUniversity-100UniversityParkway,Macon $5.00gateadmission;Children10andunderareFREE! Grab a lawn chair and a cooler and come celebrate the final day of the Cherry Blossom Festival with the return of Tunes and Balloons! Join us for an afternoon of family fun with live music featuring Macon Pops, inflatables for the kids, tethered hot air balloon rides ($10 per ride), and fireworks finale at 8 pm! Macon Pops will honor and celebrate musical legends of the recent past.
Featuring the songs and music of Prince, David Bowie, George Michael, Michael Jackson, Al Jarreau, Glen Frey, Tom Petty, Earth Wind & Fire, and so much more. They will play from 6:00- 8:00 pm. Featuring Special Guests: Ansley Stewart and Zanuck Kapala Lindsey. Concessions for sale. Service dogs only.
A2Z:THEULTIMATEPARTYBAND Presented by Drew Exposition and Yuengling on the Coca-Cola Stage Media Partners: ABC 16 FOX 24 WGXA, Cumulus and The Telegraph 8:00-10:00pm CentralCityPark A2Z plays a very wide, diverse variety of music that consists of songs from artists like Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Bruno Mars, Kool and the Gang, Earth Wind and Fire, Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Doobie Brothers, Guns and Roses, Aerosmith, Chris Stapleton, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, and many, many more. The current members of A2Z are DC Willis (vocals, guitar, keyboard), Frances Billow (vocals, keyboard), Steve Holcomb (drums, vocals), Ricky Sorrells (guitar, keyboard, vocals), Jeff Smith (bass guitar, vocals), and Rusty Smith (keyboard, guitar, vocals)! FREE CONCERT WITH PARK ADMISSION!
POST FESTIVAL EVENTS MONDAY, APRIL 1 *THINKPINKARTCONTESTANTWINNERSRECEPTION Presented by the Think Pink Committee RiversideUnitedMethodistChurchlocatedat735PierceAvenue,Macon,Ga 31204 The reception is held for students who are First, Second, and Third Place winners from the grade level categories: K, 1-2, 3-4, 5-6 7-8. 9-10, and 11-12. There will also be a “Best in Show’ Winner. Each winner’s family, school art teacher, and principal will be invited to attend. The event begins at 6:00 pm, and it will be held on April 1, 2019, in the Fellowship Hall of Riverside Methodist Church. FREE!
SATURDAY, APRIL 13 *MAGNOLIASOAPBOXDERBY Presented by Magnolia Soap Box Derby 10:00am-5:00pm MagnoliaStreet,Macon,GA 31201 Magnolia Soap Box Derby, established in 2009 by a rag-tag group of Maconites and speed enthusiasts, is only a continuation of Macon’s long-standing tradition of Soap Box Racing, which goes all the way back to the 1930s! Every second Saturday in April, Magnolia Soap Box Derby hosts three types of races: Professional (the super-fast ones), Shadetree (communally built cars, not necessarily speed-focused), and as of 2015, the Gravity Racing Challenge (for High School Students).There will also be a Hot Wheel Steem Zone this year! So come on down and cheer on your friends, enjoy food and music, and watch some soap box cars go really, really fast.
For more information contact magnoliaderby.com. FREE!
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