Weekender: See & Do

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Some 325 artisans and antique dealers gather for the spring edition of the Cotton Pickin’ Fair in Gay, Ga. 


• Southern Ground Social Club in Senoia hoss The Ends, a groovy, American rock band from North Carolina, on May 2. The show begins at 9 p.m., is open to all ages and does not have a cover. On May 3, alternative and folk rock Kenny George Band is playing at 9 p.m. All ages are welcome and there is no cover.

• The Alamo will be hosting a night of “stanky punk” with Mikey Lurid and Daniel Freeman, and Robby Barnes, formerly of Atlanta’s DSK, on May 2 at 9:30 p.m. There is a $5 cover. On May 3, DJ Ken Luellen will host a night of karaoke at 9 p.m. with no cover.. For more information, call 770-683-2526. The Alamo is located at 19 W. Court Sq. in Newnan.

• Screen on the Green movie planned by Main Street Newnan as part of its First Friday events is rescheduled to May 2, 7-10 p.m., due to expected inclement weather for last month’s scheduled night. “We will be showing Disney’s ‘Frozen’ on an oversized inflatable screen in First Avenue Park. The event will be free to the public,” said Newnan Business Development Director Hasco Craver IV. Visit www.mainstreetnewnan.com for more information regarding Main Street Newnan events.

• Market Day, organized by Main Street Newnan, is held the first Saturday of the month from April through December from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Court Square in downtown Newnan. (May 3)

• Pickin’ on the Square — Main Street Newnan hosts Pickin' on the Square on the first and third Saturday of every month at 11 a.m. on the Court Square. Musicians are invited to come down and play. All music genres and skill levels are welcome as long as it’s acoustic. (Next: May 3)

• Centre Masterworks Ensemble Choir performs in concert at Newnan’s Wadsworth Auditorium May 4. This ensemble group is made up of young middle school singers, high school singers and members of the Adult Centre Masterworks Choir who have been selected to represent Newnan and travel to its Sister City of Ayr, Scotland this June. The ensemble will be presenting the program they are performing in Ayr. Tickets are $10 and will be available April 1 at the same ticket outlets as "Friends of Wadsworth 2014 Concert - The Legacy Continues" are sold: Let Them Eat Toffee! - downtown Court Square, the Visitors Center in the historical Coweta County Courthouse downtown, Morgan's Jewelers - Ashley Park, and Bank of North Georgia - Thomas Crossroads.

• The Cotton Pickin’ Fair is May 3-4 in Gay, Ga. Since 1972 The Cotton Pickin’ Fair, a national-award-winning festival, has been held on the grounds of the 180-year-old Gay Family Farmstead. Brings 325 amazing artisans and antique dealers to a bucolic agrarian venue. Southern foods cooked on site by area clubs and regional entertainment combine combine for a family outing and historic farm country experience. Adults ($7), children 7 to 12 ($3); 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. – www.cpfair.org – 706-538-6814.

• Chattahoochee Riverkeeper presents “The Art of Water,” a river-themed art exhibit May 2. Show is 5 to 10 p.m. at the Cochran Gallery in downtown LaGrange. Includes screening of the documentary “Who Owns Water” by David and Michael Hanson at 8 p.m. Exhibit includes river-related and inspired work by local artists, photographers, craftsmen and sculptors, and is meant to raise awareness for the need to protect and preserve the Chattahoochee River, its streams and tributaries. Show is free to the public. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/765078456849428/ .

• Georgia Renaissance Festival opened April 19 and runs Saturdays and Sundays and Memorial Day, through June 8, off I-85 in Fairburn. Celebrating 29 years of “Crazy Days and Amazing Knights!” Interactive art and entertainment festival combines outdoor theater, circus-style entertainment and an arts and crafts marketplace, all set inside a recreated 16th century-style European village. Hours 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tickets: adults, $22; seniors (60 and up), $20; children (6-12) $10; children 5 and under admitted free. Discount tickets at Walgreens in greater Atlanta area and online – adults/seniors, $19; children 6-12, $8. Details: www.garenfest.com .

• Musical “Grease” will be presented in a production by East Coweta High School drama students at the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts, Lower Fayetteville Road in Newnan, May 8-10 (Thursday through Saturday) at 7 p.m.

• Author Victoria Wilcox will bring stories of Doc Holliday and his Georgia and “Gone With the Wind” connections to the Senoia Area Historical Society May 8 at 7 p.m. Wilcox is the author of “Inheritance,” the first book in the historical novel trilogy “Southern Son: The Saga of Doc Holliday.” Wilcox will present “Gone With the Wind Goes West: The Surprising Southern Heritage of Doc Holliday.” Light refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. Wilcox, founding director of Fayetteville’s Holliday-Dorsey-Fife House Museum and a member of the Western Writers of America, spent 18 years researching and writing the Southern Son saga, becoming a nationally known expert and speaker on the life of Doc Holliday. The Senoia museum is 6 Couch St. Event is free. Details: www.senoiahistory.org .

• Play “The Foreigner,” by Larry Shue, runs on Newnan Theatre Company’s Main Stage May 8 – 18. Tickets: www.newnantheatre.org, or call 770-683-6282. The scene is a fishing lodge in rural Georgia often visited by “Froggy” LeSeuer, a British demolition expert who occasionally runs training sessions at a nearby army base. This time Froggy has brought along a friend, a pathologically shy young man named Charlie who is overcome with fear at the thought of making conversation with strangers. So Froggy, before departing, tells all assembled that Charlie is from an exotic foreign country and speaks no English. Once alone the fun really begins, as Charlie overhears more than he should—the evil plans of a sinister, two-faced minister and his redneck associate; the fact that the minister’s pretty fiancée is pregnant; and many other damaging revelations made with the thought that Charlie doesn’t understand a word being said. That he does fuels the nonstop hilarity of the play and sets up the wildly funny climax in which things go uproariously awry for the “bad guys,” and the “good guys” emerge triumphant.

• Open vehicle show to all vehicles, all makes, models and ages – bikes, trikes, cars and trucks – will be held at Great South Harley Davidson of Newnan May 10. New location. Includes a swap meet with spaces for $20; vendor pre-registration is preferred. Tents allowed. There is plenty of parking and clean restrooms, notes coordinator Mary Davenport. Swap meet begins 9 a.m., and vehicle show runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine. Features top 20 awards plus “best of” awards, door prizes, dash plaques, goody bags, 50/50, music, auction and more. Vehicle registration is $20. Proceeds go to God’s Bread Basket local food pantry. Details: Davenport at 706-668-7731 or email rdcoupe@gmail.com .

• Cruise-in and bike night is monthly fourth Saturdays through October, rain or shine, at Great South Harley Davidson, 185 East Highway 16 at Exit 41 off I-85 south of Newnan. Runs 4-7 p.m. with door prizes, music, 50/50, and cruiser-of-the-month awards. Plenty of parking, food vendors and restrooms – and the opportunity to look at the Harleys and other rides. Free to all, and all vehicles welcome. Remaining dates: May 24, June 28, July 26, Aug. 23, Sept. 27 and Oct. 25. For details contact Mary Davenport at 706-668-7731 or rdcoupe@gmail.com.

• A Trip Down Memory Lane 3rd annual car show is June 13 from 1-4 p.m. at Savannah Court, 27 Belk Road, Newnan. All vehicles are welcome, and the show is free to all. There will be refreshments and awards chosen by the seniors and employees. For details contact Mary Davenport at 706-668-7731 or email rdcoupe@gmail.com .

• Rebel Reelers Square Dance Club — Dances 8-10 p.m. first and third Fridays at Coweta Recreation Department on Hospital Road, Newnan. Meets in Johnny Brown Building. Square dancing and round dancing, along with finger foods. Club offers lessons. Details: Darline Barge, Pres., 770-617-1211; barged@bellsouth.net.



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