Weekend! presented by The Forum River Center: Regional fair opens in Calhoun; River District Music Festival, Outsider Art Party on Saturday. Plus: Outdoors, farmers markets.

Weekend! presented by The Forum River Center: Regional fair opens in Calhoun; River District Music Festival, Outsider Art Party on Saturday. Plus: Outdoors, farmers markets.

Tickets and more details now at forumrivercenter.com


Friday-Sept. 14: Northwest Georgia Regional Fair opens Friday, continues through Sept. 14: “Celebrate the harvest season with fun, food, entertainment, and friendship. Exhibits, rides, fantatsic food, and more are all on the menu.” Fairgrounds at 1060 Liberty Road SW in Calhoun just off Ga. 53 before the split. Admission: $5. Unlimited carnival rides: $25 nightly. Other events are still being finalized; updates here.

Saturday: River District Music Festival featuring local musicians from noon-8 p.m. The free event will be located along Fifth Avenue. Guests are welcome to bring chairs and blankets. No outside coolers or drinks allowed; food and drinks will be available from several River District businesses. No streets, including Fifth Avenue, will be closed to traffic.

Saturday: Outsider Art Party featuring Pony Bradshaw at 7 p.m. at the Harbin Clinic Gallery at Makervillage. The event will feature an art auction, dinner and music with Rounder Records’ Pony Bradshaw. Cost is $40 for VIP tickets or $20 general admission. Proceeds benefit Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden Foundation. For more information or tickets, visit www.paradisegardenfoundation.org.

Saturday: Ray Fulcher at Brewhouse Music and Grill on Broad Street. Standing room only show begins at 9 p.m., doors open at 8 p.m. Ages 18 and up. Tickets available at www.brewhouseofrome.com.

Sunday: The Highland Rivers Foundation Tennis Carnival and Ball will be at Lawrence Plantation, 127 Winding Road in Rome, from 2-5 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m. Melanie Oudin, former World Junior No. 2 tennis player, will be the keynote speaker. The ball will feature two events for a day of affordable family fun that will benefit the Highland Rivers Foundation. First, a tennis carnival from 2 until 5 p.m. will include a fast-serve speed clock, cardio tennis, and USTA tennis instruction for kids and adults. Donation to attend the carnival is $25 per family. Following the carnival, there will be a ‘come as you are’ dinner, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Lawrence Plantation dining room. Catered by Provino’s, the dinner buffet will include four entrees. The dinner program will feature individuals sharing their personal recovery stories, with a keynote address by  Oudin. Donation for the dinner is $75 for two tickets. The event will also feature a silent auction with items donated by local businesses and theme baskets donated by Highland Rivers Health staff, as well as live music. Tickets for both events are available at the door the day of the event, or can be purchased online at: bit.ly/HRF_tennis.


  • Farmers market at Ridge Ferry Park: Saturdays and Wednesday through Oct. 12. Hours: 7 until 11 a.m.
  • Between the Rivers Farmers Market, Bridgepoint Plaza, 8-11:30 a.m. Saturdays.
  • Cartersville Farmers Market, 7 a.m.-noon, in historic downtown Cartersville in the parking lot across the street from City Hall.

Latest water samples from the above locations courtesy of Coosa River Basin Initiative. Click tests.



On the rivers: Check here if you’re planning a day on the water:

Local river levels

  • Etowah River near Dixon Landing/Grizzard Park off the Bypass: Latest report
  • Oostanaula River at Turner McCall near Riverside Parkway: Latest report
    • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers information hot line: Call for the water release schedule — 706-334-7213

Dust off your gogo boots and head to the DeSoto Theatre for Rome Little Theatre’s 2019-2020 season opener, Mamma Mia!,  which runs September 13 through September 22.

Mamma Mia! unfolds on a Greek island paradise when, on the eve of her wedding, a young woman’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited twenty years ago. Non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers, along with a soundtrack of ABBA’s hit songs that include “Dancing Queen,” “Take a Chance on Me,” “The Winner Takes It All,” and “SOS,” combine to make this enchanting show a trip down the aisle audiences won’t soon forget.

Rome Little Theatre selected Mamma Mia! as the season opener after surveying their patrons last season. “We asked our audiences and volunteers what they wanted to see, and their number one choice was Mamma Mia!,” said Executive Director Chris Davidson. “Our audiences are really excited about this show; early ticket sales are setting new records.”

The production is directed by Amanda Swendsen who previously brought Forever Plaid, White Christmas, and most recently, Seussical the Musical, to the RLT stage.

“Mamma Mia! is great music and a heartwarming story, wrapped up in a fast-paced and funny musical package,” Swendsen said. “It has been an absolute pleasure working with the talented cast and it has been so much fun getting to dive into all of the iconic ABBA songs.”

RLT newcomer, Holly Lynch, agrees, “Mamma Mia! is such a fun production. – if you love a great story, fabulous ABBA music, and high-energy singing and dancing – you do NOT want to miss this show. I’m having a blast just at practices, so I know the final production will be incredible.” As a member of the ensemble, Lynch plays a number of roles in the production, and in a nod to her day job as President of The Season Events, she portrays a wedding planner in one of the final scenes.

Maegan Williams, an RLT veteran who most recently starred as Reno Sweeney in last season’s Anything Goes, plays Donna Sheridan. “She is a powerhouse of a woman with such an incredible life story,” said Williams. “That is the part of Donna I have loved discovering.”

“Mamma Mia!” runs September 13-22 and show times are 8:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets* are $18 for adults and $16 for students and seniors (*prices include $2 facility and ticketing fees). Tickets can be purchased at romelittletheatre.com or by calling the box office at 706-295-7171.

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