The Scoop – Fall 2022
by Kayla Pritchett and Thomas Lee
Looking for a market that sells homegrown, seasonal produce? The Marigold Market never fails to have fresh and affordable goods every Saturday at Pittard Park in Winterville, Ga., just a short drive east of Athens. The market’s vendors include farmers, creators and bakers, as well as live music and activities for children.
Photo courtesy of Marigold Market on Facebook
AthHalf Half Marathon & 5K
Whether you are running the half marathon, the 5K or not running at all, AthHalf is an event for everyone in Athens to celebrate and listen to live music while cheering others through the finish line. With both routes exploring downtown, you can roam the streets and support local businesses and other Athenians entertaining the runners. The race proceeds go to the nonprofit organization, AthFest Educates, to support music, arts and education for K-12 students. If you are looking to participate, sign up for either event on athhalf.com.
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The Comedy Musical: Tootsie
The Classic Center is proud to host the Broadway Musical, Tootsie, on October 4. Tootsie won the 2019 Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical on Broadway. The show will serve as the 25th Anniversary Broadway Entertainment Series opener for The Classic Center. The show is known for being a hilarious, laugh-out-loud love letter musical.
Reserve your tickets and season packages today at classiccenter.com.
Photo courtesy of tootsiemusical.com
Annual Fall Golf Tournament
The Athens Area Home Builders Association presents their Annual Fall Golf Tournament at Athens Country Club on November 7. Registration begins at 9 a.m., tee-off is at 10 a.m., and there will be a reception following the tournament. The cost for admission is $550 per team and sponsorships are available.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Photo courtesy of Athens Area Home Builders Association on Facebook
The Bulldogs Face The Bulldogs
Your one and only 2021 National Champions return to Athens for their first home game of the season to defend their title against the Samford Bulldogs. Get back into the excitement of football season at the Dawg Walk alongside thousands of other fans just hours before game time. Don’t miss the 4 p.m. kickoff and support the Georgia Bulldogs Saturday, September 10, at Sanford Stadium.
Photo courtesy of Georgia Bulldogs on Facebook
The Georgia Museum of Art
The Georgia Museum of Art has been the official museum of the state of Georgia since 1982 and it lives right here in Athens. Located on East Campus, 90 Carlton St., you can explore the 17,000 works in the museum’s permanent collection along with works in many exhibitions throughout the year for free when you sign up for a time slot online.
The core of the museum’s collection began with a crucial donation from Alfred Holbrook who gave his collection of 100 American paintings in memory of his first wife, Eva Underhill Holbrook. Holbrook became the first director at the museum and served past his 90th birthday. The ever-growing collection now features a variety of art including American Art, The Thompson Collection of African American Art, The Daura Collection, Decorative Art and The Kress Collection of Old Master paintings.
The new building on East Campus opened in 1966 as part of the Performing and Visual Arts Complex, which also includes the School of Music, the Performing Arts Center and the Lamar Dodd School of Art.
Check out the museum’s website to find their varying hours and secure a time that works for you. Be sure to look out for the different exhibitions that could be going on during your visit and take time to scroll through the many online exhibitions available at your fingertips.
Photo courtesy of georgiamuseum.org
Alice H. Richards Children’s Garden Performance Series
Experience a multitude of educational and artistic connections at the Theatre-in-the-Woods stage in the Alice H. Richards Children’s Garden. This event includes captivating shows, intriguing music, as well as entertaining artists. The performance is free to attend and begins at 9:30 a.m. every third Saturday. Head over to the State Botanical Garden to experience this engaging and interactive performance.
Photo courtesy of georgiamuseum.org
Porchfest is back and better than ever for its fourth year showcasing many talented artists around town. Enjoy the cooler weather as you stroll down the historic streets of Athens while listening to live music from more than 100 porches. Follow the tunes to Pulaski Heights, Newton Boulevard, Buena Vista, Normaltown and Cobbham neighborhoods on October 2.
Photo courtesy of Historic Athens on Facebook
Wild Rumpus Halloween Parade & Spectacle
Put on your best Halloween costume and march through downtown Athens for The Wild Rumpus Halloween Parade & Spectacle. The parade begins at 8 p.m. on West Hancock Avenue next to Creature Comforts Brewing Co. The crowd will make their party route through downtown with multiple artists scattered along the way. The parade route will end on West Washington Street and Pulaski Street for a DJ dance party until 11 p.m. Wristbands may be purchased by participants who are 21 or older at Creature Comforts, Paloma Park, Ted’s Most Best, Rook & Pawn and Trapeze Pub for open container drinking within the festival zones from 5 p.m.-1 a.m.
Photo by Mike White of Deadly Designs
Zombie Farms Haunted Trail
Do haunted houses, spooky forests and scary monsters put you in the spirit of Halloween? This year Zombie Farms is celebrating their 10th year with more chaos and attractions in their new Halloween Forest. Zombie Farms differs from your usual haunted houses because of its Haunted Trail theme. The trails have different paths and provide new scares each time you go. Located in Winterville just outside of Athens, Zombie Farms is a great Halloween experience for families, parties and many other groups. Beginning on October 1, the trails will be open at 7:30 p.m. every Saturday and the last three Fridays of the month.
Zombie courtesy of Sketchify Germany on Canva
B & B Theatres
If you love trips to the movie theater and need to quench your passion for cinema, B&B Theatres has all the newest and unique features to make your movie watching experience greater than before.
Athens 12 ScreenX is a multi-projection, 270 degree viewing experience with screens on the side walls of the auditorium. This fully immersive visual experience takes a huge step above traditional moviegoing.
The Lyric is an additional space that is unique to B&B Theatres with intimate limited seating and luxurious furnishings, tray tables and heated leather recliners. Here they show art house films, indie content and award winners for public showtimes and private events.
Need plans that can also occupy the little ones? ScreenPLAY! is an auditorium completely designed to keep young kids entertained with a play area and playground. Guests can arrive 30 minutes early to play and enjoy music and entertainment on the big screen before the feature presentation!
Photo by Tima Miroshnichenko on Pexels
By Hailea Boykin
PONKO Chicken is now part of Athens! Opened in August, experience this “east meets west” Japanese fusion restaurant’s award-winning chicken tenders. Located at 529 Baxter Street, PONKO is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, order on the app for pickup, take a seat inside or on the patio! If you’re looking for vegan/vegetarian options, PONKO has you covered. Tailgating? Don’t worry, they’ve got specials for that too!
Photo courtesy of Ponko Chicken