Weekend! presented by The Forum River Center. Violinist Tim Reynolds surprises fans at Fiddlin’ Fest. Two Sunday concerts. Next weekend: Chili Cookoff, John Wisdom Wagon Train and more.

Weekend! presented by The Forum River Center. Violinist Tim Reynolds surprises fans at Fiddlin’ Fest. Two Sunday concerts. Next weekend: Chili Cookoff, John Wisdom Wagon Train and more.

Tickets and more details now at forumrivercenter.com


Violinist Tim Reynolds makes a surprise appearance at Saturday’s Fiddlin’ Fest on Broad Street. He was a guest at the Oktoberfest at The Vogue as well.  (photo by Cindy Kelley)
Twin stages helped keep the music going during Saturday’s Fiddlin’ Fest which drew a strong crowd to downtown Rome on Saturday in this photo by Win and Dena Myers. By far, it was the largest event of the season and fuels new calls toreturn to downtown block parties vs. less popular events scattered from Bridgepoint Plaza to Town Green. One other suggestion: Move the generators and equipment behind the stages to reduce the noise.


Sunday: The 2019 Georgia Mushroom Festival returns to Cave Spring. Speakers, participate in mushroom forays in Rolater Park and on the Pinhoti Trail, participate in workshops our growers provide and admire the cool stuff our vendors have to offer.  GeorgiaMushroomFestival.com. Entrance: $5 per person/free under 12 years old.

Sunday: The Three Rivers Singers will present “An Early American Songbook,” featuring hymns and songs including “The Hebrew Children”, “Deep River”, “Awake My Heart” and many more. The concert will be held at Garden Lakes Baptist Church on Sunday at 4 p.m. Music Director Len Willingham will conduct, and Joan Hill will accompany. The group also will be joined by violinist Samantha Lester and flutist Debbie Adair. The concert is free and all are welcome. Donations are appreciated.

Sunday: The Iconic Ladies of Soul and Jazz featuring Myrna Clayton comes to The DeSoto Theatre at 7 p.m. Enjoy the music of Aretha, Ella, Gladys and many other Iconic Ladies of Soul & Jazz performed by Myrna Clayton. General admission and reserved seating tickets available online.


Friday, Oct. 18: BooFest at the Y returns to Grizzard Park from 6-9 p.m. The family-friendly event will feature a trick or treat village, bounce houses, games, hayrides, story telling music, train rides and more. Advance Purchase Tickets are $7 per person or $10 the day of the event. Tickets on sale at Y on Second Avenue.

Friday, Oct. 18: The last Live Music of the season at Courtyard Rome Riverwalk will be from 6:30-10:30 p.m. featuring Kevin Allen Music on the patio.

Saturday, Oct. 19: The last Harbin Clinic Walk with a Doc of the year will be at Bridgepoint Plaza at 9 a.m. with Harbin Clinic Pediatrician Dr. Melissa Davis. Davis will speak to the group about the health benefits of an active lifestyle as well as lead a discussion on tips to keep the community healthy during flu season. Walkers of all ages are invited to participate and should wear light clothing and comfortable shoes. Registration is not required, and the walking path is stroller-friendly. Much of the path is alongside the Etowah River on Kingfisher Trail. Please check Harbin Clinic’s website, Facebook and Twitter  for updates about the events in case of inclement weather.

Saturday, Oct. 19: The final ride of the John Wisdom Wagon Train begins Saturday from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. This is the 40th John Wisdom Wagon Train and Billy Puryear Ride to celebrate John Wisdom, “Georgia’s Paul Revere”, who warned Rome of impending attack by Union forces in May of 1863. The 16-mile ride, led by Wagon Train Master, Billy Puryear, begins and ends at the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds. There will be a parade down Broad Street at 3 p.m. Participants will camp at the fairgrounds ($10/person admission).  The Wagon Train Dance will feature music by Scott Thompson & Friends ($5/person admission). Details

Saturday, Oct. 19: The 24th annual Trout Unlimited Chili Cook-Off returns to Ridge Ferry Park. Gates open to the public at 10:30 a.m. Admission is $5 per person for both adults and children over 5 years old. There are over 100 different chili teams competing for the title of “2019 Chili Champ”. There will be music on stage and playground area for the kids. There will also be a $5 per vehicle charge to part in the “Preferred Area”. Details                         

Saturday, Oct. 19: The Elevating Minds Art Show and Auction will be from 5-8 p.m. at Heritage First Bank, 501 Broad St., to benefit Elevation House. A multitude of mediums, community and live music will make for an enjoyable evening. Featured artwork has been donated from around the region and a few come from as far away as the United Kingdom. Elevation House is a nonprofit organization committed to ending the social and economic isolation adults living with serious mental illness experience

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