Downtown Newnan

Art show, Taste of Newnan highlight busy week

by Staff Reports


Newnan Times-Herald File Photo

Linda and Wilson Culbreth of Senoia enjoy their dessert of ice cream and funnel cakes at the fall edition of Taste of Newnan.

With the Newnan-Coweta Art Association’s spring art show today, Taste of Newnan Thursday and the Georgia Municipal Association cities celebration, there will be plenty to do in Newnan the next couple of weeks.

The spring art show and sale is on the Court Square Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the theme “A Celebration of Spring.” For more information go to .

Main Street Newnan is gearing up for a night of fun for the whole family at Thursday’s Spring Taste of Newnan food festival on the Court Square 5-8:30 p.m. It showcases local restaurants and lets attendees sample foods that these businesses do best.

A Kidz Zone will set up on West Washington Street where youngsters can enjoy carnival rides, funnel cakes and other treats. Voting for “Best of Taste of Newnan” and “Best Booth” will be held at the Main Street information tent on West Broad Street.

Enjoy music by “True Story Worship” and Trenton Ewing who will be performing on the stage on West Broad. Tables and chairs will be available in front of the stage so participants can sit and enjoy their food and listen to the music.

Tickets to exchange for food samples will be sold at the event and presold at Bank of North Georgia (Jefferson Street and Temple Avenue branches), Encore Decor, Charter Bank (downtown branch), DuBose Jewelers, Fine Lines Framing, Gillyweed, C. S. Toggery, Let Them Eat Toffee, and Grannie Fannie’s Antiques. Tickets at these locations must be purchased with cash or check, said Main Street director JoAnn Gentry.

Free public parking is available along downtown streets and in several off-street lots — on the corner of LaGrange and Spring streets, at First Avenue and Spring, on East Broad Street near Perry Street and at East Washington Street and Perry.

Taste of Newnan is open to the public and there is no admission charge other than for food tickets. As with all Main Street events, this is rain or shine. For more information visit

The City of Newnan celebrates Georgia Cities Week April 21-27, and Newnan Carnegie Library is taking reservations for several special programs. Georgia Cities Week is sponsored by the Georgia Municipal Association and is designed to showcase and celebrate cities and the many services they provide. The theme this year is “Georgia’s Cities: Where the Action Is,” highlighting cities’ contributions in economic development, historic preservation and in providing quality of life for residents and businesses.

The Carnegie and the Keep Newnan Beautiful have partnered to present “Take Action: Recycle, Reuse, Re-Create” as part of an awareness campaign on Saturday, April 20. This program is designed as a contest for middle and high school students. Students will create new crafts for preschool story time using recyclables that will be provided to them. The event is from 10 a.m. to noon.

Using everyday craft supplies and recycled items such as paper towel tubes and water bottles, middle and high school students will design and create an original craft based on a favorite children’s book or story time theme that can be duplicated by preschool age children and their caregivers at the Carnegie’s Story Time. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place as well as a $100 grand prize winner. Prizes will also be given to each student who participates. Call the Carnegie to register at 770-683-1347

A program Extra! Extra! “Where the Action is” at the Carnegie April 23 at 1 p.m. with Newnan’s very own movie extra Mayor Pro Tem Cynthia Jenkins. She will speak on how to become an extra in a movie and tips on what to do, dress and more. Call the Carnegie, 1 LaGrange St. at the Court Square, at 770-683-1347 for seating reservations.

A special screening of “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” will be at the Carnegie April 25 during the lunch hours of 12:15 to 2:30 p.m. This movie starring Jennifer Gardner was filmed here in Newnan in 2011. 

Movie location manager Mike Riley will speak before the showing about his experience in the movie industry, Riley was part of the production team on the movie set.

”Riley brings a lot of Hollywood productions to Newnan and the surrounding area,” said city information officer Gina Snider. Riley has been location manager on some Hollywood’s most notable movies such as: 2007 - “Stomp the Yard,” 2003 - “Dumb and Dumber,” 2002 - “Sweet Home Alabama,” and 2000 - “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”

”Unique to Newnan is the Central Educational Center which was the first charter school created to promote college and serve as a career academy. It has served as a model for 25-plus other Georgia communities that have developed their own academies,” Snider said.

As part of Georgia Cities Week, Newnan will showcase a special broadcast/video team from CEC at the Carnegie April 25 at 7 p.m. City Councilman George Alexander will emcee program.

CEC provides a multitude of work-based learning programs, among them video broadcasting. The broadcast team members who participated in a video shoot with Lt. Governor Casey Cagle are Amber Rogers, Leah Gailliot, Josh Bruce and Brittany Clifton. These students are veterans of the CEC’s Video Productions, Director Michael Britt’s class, and work with NuLink Digital and other organizations on video projects.

A city inspired art contest was also held in the local high schools, and the top five art pieces are displayed at City Hall during April.

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