Buzz: Open Door Home to benefit from Rome City Brewing’s ‘Lemonade Stand’ brew; tap party Sunday. Duck Derby a week away; you in? Chieftains Museum to conduct new archaeological dig on-site May 22-25.

Buzz: Open Door Home to benefit from Rome City Brewing’s ‘Lemonade Stand’ brew; tap party Sunday. Duck Derby a week away; you in? Chieftains Museum to conduct new archaeological dig on-site May 22-25.

Rome City Brewing Co.’s tap party on Sunday to benefit Open Door Home — with a twist. Rome’s hometown brewery at 333 Broad St. has a great way to introduce a new brew inspired by a good cause. Here’s how the tell the story about Berliner Weisse “Lemonade Stand.”

“Whit Molnar, 12,  has been raising money for years at his Lemonade Stand and donating proceeds to the Open Door Home. So far, he’s raised $30,000! Rome City Brewing Co. was so blown away at Whit’s efforts for such a great cause that we decided to help a little. Brewmaster Dr. Trent Prault created our very own “Lemonade Stand” just for this cause and starting Sunday at 2 p.m., we’ll be donating 10 percent of every pint sold throughout summer to the Open Door Home as well.”

It will be available starting at 2 p.m. Sunday in the tap room (brunch also available all day). Lemonade Stand will start distribution around Northwest Georgia soon and also will be available in cans.

Duck season is under way with thousands of people adopting little rubber ducks for the 2019 Advocates for Children Duck Derby event on May 11. With a new location and the renewed grand prize of $10,000, co-sponsored by Ely Corporation, there is a lot of interest in the annual fundraiser.

This year’s event will be held at Sam Smith Park and the organization’s longtime supporters from the local Gerdau steel mill are leading the charge of bringing the man-made waterway to life. Guests can expect to see a starting pool and end pool connected by a winding waterway. This allows event attendees to watch the ducks from start to finish and enjoy the excitement as their ducks race along to hopefully win the $10,000 prize. There will be multiple races and the first crates of ducks from each will be pulled to race in a final race for the grand prize.

All duck adoptions serve as an entry into the race, and every duck has a chance to win the grand prize and many other outstanding prizes. Ducks can be purchased at participating locations throughout Bartow County or at for $5 for a Lonely Quacker (1), $25 for a Quack Pack (6) and $50 for a Quacker’s Dozen (13).

Additionally, there is a Very Important Duck (VID) race that will take place just before those 20,000 go for a swim. In this separate race, the first three ducks pulled will win a cash prize. First place gets $1,000, second gets $750, and third $500. VID ducks are sold as a package for $250 that includes one VID duck and 50 ducks in the main event.

In addition to the $10,000 grand prize, there will be prizes for other ducks pulled from the water including Braves tickets, concert and meet & greet tickets for Lee Brice, Tyler Farr, Maddie + Tae, a drone package, a Discover Cartersville bundle, an iPad, and more. The last duck out of the water will receive a year gym membership to Real Life Fitness to get in better shape for the race next year.

The Duck Derby event will include delicious on-site meal options from the following trucks: Tom + Chee, Chuck’s Curbside, Julian’s Kitchen, and Johnny Mitchell’s Smokehouse. The kind folks at JMS will also be providing wine and beer on site, as well. There will be a large kid zone where children can wear themselves out on inflatables – including an option for the 3 & under crowd. Some of the business vendors plan to host fun games and give-a-ways for event attendees and volunteers will be hosting a duck-o-rating station for kids to paint and embellish ducks of their own to take home. It will be a jam-packed day full of fun, food and activities.

There is no charge to attend Duck Derby and all the fun festivities of the day. The only expenses guests will encounter at the event would be for merchandise purchases and food or beverages from the food trucks on site.

Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home will welcome back Pat Garrow to conduct a new archaeological study on the museum campus May 22-25.

Garrow has had a 51-year career in archaeology, of which 40 years have been spent in cultural resource management. He has extensive experience in ethnohistory, historical archaeology, prehistoric archaeology, urban archaeology, historic cemetery studies, and cultural resource studies. He has directed projects over much of the continental United States and the U.S. Caribbean.

Garrow served as the lead archaeologist who performed the original archaeological digs at Chieftains in the late 1960s and early 1970s with the help of local students and volunteers. His work at the museum unearthed some of the most valuable pieces in the current collection and provides a touchstone to the past for our area. He retired in 2016 and has since been working on two books and several articles.

Visitors to the museum will be able to see the archaeological dig in progress during from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday at the museum. Admission prices for the dig and museum that week will be $10 for adults, $6 for seniors age 62+, and $4 for students K-College. Museum members can volunteer to participate in the dig that week and may sign up for shifts by contacting the museum.

The community can also participate in two related events the week of the archaeology dig. On Tuesday, May 21st, Garrow will present a free public lecture, “What We Learned from Archaeology at Chieftains” at 6:30 p.m., location TBA. In addition, Chieftains Museum will host the first “Museum Pop-In” event on Saturday May 25 from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on the museum campus. Admission prices for the “pop-in” event is $5 per person with a $20 family cap. Participants in the “pop-in” event will be able to see the archaeology dig in progress, tour the museum, and complete a variety of activities related to archaeology including a mock dig, creating clay beads, making your own paper gorget necklace, and more.

The archaeological dig and related events are part of a series of programs hosted by the museum in 2019 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the arrival of Major Ridge to the Chieftains property in 1819. For more information about these events, visit or call (706) 291-9494.

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