With the temperature cooling down (a bit) and football season in full swing, you’ll find lots to do when you visit Statesboro this month! The family friendly events are plentiful! A great one to kick off the month is GreenFest in downtown Statesboro on the 6th. The 57th Annual Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair begins on the 15th for a week full of thrills and chills on the midway plus the famous Kiwanis Pancake House is a tradition that brings people back to the Boro year after year. Scare on the Square will pack downtown on the 27thwith Trunk or Treaters and zombies who will close the night with Michael Jackson’s Thriller dance through the streets. Looking for adult only entertainment? Break out the boas and stilettos for the Rocky Horror Picture Show LIVE on October 26th and 27th at the Averitt Center for the Arts.
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There’s so much to do so clear your calendar for Fall fun in Statesboro! See the Community Calendar with a complete list of events.
Georgia Southern Theatre brings “Émilie: The Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight“ by Lauren Gunderson as the fall season opener.
The 18th century scientific genius Émilie du Châtelet is back and determined to answer the question she
died with: love or philosophy, head or heart? In this highly theatrical rediscovery of one of history’s most intriguing women, Émilie defends her life and loves and ends up with both a formula and a legacy that permeates history.
Directed by Lisa L. Abbott, Émilie is the story of a mathematical genius, the first woman published by the French Academy of Science, a member of the royalty and a lover of Voltaire. The Marquise overcomes the challenges faced by women of her time by living her life on her own terms. She fought for her own education, carried out experiments in physics and completed a translation and commentary of Isaac Newton’s Principia Mathematica that is still in use to date.
Lauren Gunderson is an American playwright who is best known for her plays about women in science and history and comedies based on Shakespeare. She is currently one of America’s top 20 most produced playwrights.
Georgia Southern Theatre brings Émilie Du Châtelet to life on Wednesday, September 26 and runs
through Wednesday, 0ctober 3. Curtain for all performances is at 7:30pm (The Sunday Matinee is on September 30 at 2pm). We encourage audience members to arrive at least 15 minutes early as all seats are open admission.
Ticket prices are $12 for general admission and $6 for Students, Seniors and Members of the Military.
Group rates are available. Contact the box at 912-478-5379 to make reservations. Reservation requests can be left on the box office voicemail 24-hours a day.
The Box office is located at the Center for Arts and Theatre and is open in the Afternoons Monday – Friday for ticket purchases and reopens at 6pm on performance days. Tickets can also be purchased through the Marketplace on the GSU website at http:/class.georgiasouthern.edu/cat/season
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Georgia Southern Eagle Football is back and nobody celebrates the season better than True Blue fans! The excitement doesn’t stop there, though! September in Statesboro is bursting at the seams with live music including country music legend Tanya Tucker, Victor Wainwright and the Train, and a celebration of the music of Tom Petty. Bring the kids to Brooklet for the 29th Annual Peanut Festival and be sure to get tickets early for The Addams Family Musical at the Averitt Center for the Arts. Check out our weekly calendar to see where you can kick back with karaoke or trivia and be sure to put the Statesboro Main Street Farmers Market on your “to do” list when you Visit Statesboro..
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Discover Statesboro during the month of August! Enjoy family friendly events like the Downtown Getdown or catch an exciting soccer game at Georgia Southern University. Love the night life? We aren’t the home of the Statesboro Blues for nothing! Check out our weekly calendar to see where you can kick back with live music, karaoke or try your hand at one of our Trivia Nights. There’s something for everyone when you Visit Statesboro!
by Amy Connell –
For as long as I can remember, the Fourth of July has always been associated with some of my fondest memories. It’s a day that everyone comes together to show their pride for our great country. Growing up in Statesboro, the Firecracker Fest held at Mill Creek was always a tradition. From watching the fireworks from inside the car with my mom as a child because I was afraid of how loud they were, to laying on blankets surrounded by my friends looking up at the bright-colored explosions in the sky, those memories will stay with me forever.
The past couple of years I have been out of town on the 4th, so I was excited that I would get to attend the Firecracker Fest this year. When I arrived, I was immediately flooded by all of my senses taking me back to the memories of the event in the past. From the smell of hamburgers grilling to the sound of children laughing, I was reminded of what a special event this was. As I managed my way through the crowd, I saw families sitting together, dressed in red, white, and blue to show their patriotism. Children ran around with American flags painted on their cheeks enjoying snow cones, and there was live music from local bands and artists playing in the background. People from all over arrived with their blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the event.
I noticed a line of people out the corner of my eye. As I walked around the corner, I saw that there was a giant red, white, and blue, inflatable water slide. Children and adults were eagerly waiting for their turn to slide down. Children were laughing and smiling as the joy they felt from the rush of sliding took over their bodies. On the other side, a tie-dyed tapestry was hanging up as families put on silly glasses and wore feather boas to take a photo. To me, it was a picture of the American dream as I looked around at all of the smiling faces and happy families.
As the night progressed, different bands played on the stage as people gathered around sitting in the grass. The children were anxiously awaiting for the sky to grow dark enough for the fireworks to begin. When the time finally came, the loud bursts and crackles were followed by a colorful show in the sky. The looks on the children’s faces were unforgettable as they looked up into the night sky smiling. There is something so special about everyone coming together to celebrate such a wonderful holiday. Firecracker Fest 2018, thank you for reminding me how awesome Statesboro is, and Happy Independence Day, America. Until next year.
From the coast to the mountains and everything in between, Georgia’s nine travel regions offer well-known and off-the-beaten path gems in cities both big and small. Statesboro is sitting pretty in the Magnolia Midlands region which is known for a variety of historic, outdoor and culinary attractions so we would love to see a local recipe featured on the official 2018 Magnolia Midlands tourism rack card. The winning recipe will be seen by thousands of travelers hungry for local flavor! Think you’ve got a winning dish with great taste and a colorful story? Share it with us! This contest is open to individuals & restaurants with no limit on the number of submissions.
- Winning recipe chosen by description of dish and descriptive story
- Recipes can include local products but this is not a requirement
- Submission format: Dish name, story/description (no more than 100 words), ingredients, mixing & cooking instructions, photo of dish
- Submissions must be emailed to email@example.com by July 11, 2018
(Submissions may be used to showcase culinary tourism or local products in Statesboro & Bulloch County.)
Expect the unexpected as The Performing Arts Center at Georgia Southern University welcomes canine comedy show “Mutts Gone Nuts” on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm. Tickets for this show are on sale now and going fast!
Since 1985, comedy duo Scott and Joan Houghton have brought their unique blend of physical comedy and circus arts to audiences from Las Vegas to Tokyo. In 2005, they turned their attention to a creating a comedy dog act. Their nine amazing canine partners are all adopted from animal shelters and rescues, and have been trained with positive, reward-based training methods.
This top-notch presentation includes incredibly high-flying Frisbee dogs, tightwire dogs, dancing dogs, magic dogs, and of course, the one and only Sammie the Talking Dog! Mutts Gone Nuts is sure to unleash havoc and hilarity as the Houghtons attempt to match wits with their mischievous mutts in a family-friendly performance that has been leaving audiences across the country howling for more.
Says Performing Arts Center Director Stacie McDaniel, “I could not imagine a more fun way to end our season here at the PAC. Our whole staff has been waiting all year for this event. The show itself is going to be incredibly funny, but I also love that it’s bringing some much-needed attention to the dogs themselves, who have all been adopted from rescues – look how far they’ve come! Such a super-talented group of animals.”
Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for youth 17 and under, and are on sale now at the Performing Arts Center at Georgia Southern Box Office. Discounts are available for Georgia Southern students and faculty/staff. Group rates for groups of 10 or more are also available. Visit the Box Office in person Monday-Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, or purchase tickets over the phone at 912-478-7999 or online at www.georgiasouthern.edu/pac.
by Chatise R. Smith –
In a world where morality is being mandated, Shakespeare explores the hypocrisy of sexual politics. Angelo, a strict, moralistic politician, has been appointed by the Duke to govern in his absence. Angelo uses his new authority to clean up the city. Until he meets Isabella, a young nun whose brother is facing death as a result of Angelo’s laws. He makes her a bargain, if she sleeps with him, her brother goes free.
The age old tale of injustice depicts what happens when an immoral ruler imposes moral laws in a society devoid of forgiveness. This production’s contemporary setting emphasizes the universal nature of Shakespeare’s work as it comments on the sexual and moral politics of modern America. In this time of #metoo the play is even more prevalent to a modern audience. A New York Times review of the Polonsky Shakespeare Centers production claimed: “Measure for Measure includes some of the finest moral argumentation in the canon: thrilling back-and-forths between well-matched antagonists with a great deal on the line.”
Measure for Measure opens Wednesday, Apr. 4 and runs through Wednesday, Apr. 11. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee performance on Sunday, Apr. 8 at 2:00 p.m. in the Georgia Southern Center for Art & Theatre Black Box. There will be no show on Monday, Apr. 9.
Student and youth tickets are $6. Faculty, staff and community tickets are $12. All seating is general admission. Group prices are available, contact the box office for information. The house opens at 7 p.m., and we encourage audience members to arrive no later than 7:15 p.m. to ensure good seats. The balcony will serve as overflow seating. Call the Box Office at 912-478-5379 to make reservations.
The box office is open from 1:45 to 3:45 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, as well as 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday for ticket purchases, and reopens at 6:00 p.m. on performance days. Tickets can also be purchased through Marketplace on the GSU web site at http://class.georgiasouthern.edu/cat/season.
Measure for Measure: Written by William Shakespeare and directed by Professor Lisa L. Abbott. Press release by Chatise R. Smith.
Time to dust off your boots and shine your spurs, rodeo season is coming to the Boro! Kiwanis International and their sponsors are proud to present the Annual Statesboro Kiwanis Rodeo April 20th and 21st at the Kiwanis Fair Grounds.
Cowboying is a longstanding American tradition, with a deep-rooted history spanning from sea to shining sea. The hard work of cowboys from over a century ago guided our nation’s expansion into the west, and also helped usher in a successful agriculture industry. With little time away from the very tools and animals the riders used on their long days of work, their only means of recreation spurred from their very means of labor. And so, from the modest trade of breaking, herding, tending, roping and riding beasts of burden, the American Rodeo was born.
Viewers are guaranteed a treat with plenty of saddle and bareback riding, bull riding, cattle roping, barrel racing and lots more! The Statesboro Kiwanis Rodeo offers traditional American family fun as well as a great historical experience. Fans also get a chance to meet the cowboys and cowgirls from the show, including Miss Rodeo USA. The excitement starts when the gates open at 5pm with the rodeo starting at 7:30. All events are at the Kiwanis Fair Grounds, easily located off of Highway 67 in Statesboro. Entrance is just $7.00 for kids and $12.00 for adults when purchased in advance at Anderson’s General Store. Ticket prices at the gate are $11 for ages 6-13 and $16 for adults.
For more information please visit: https://www.statesborokiwanisrodeo.com
If you want to know about the people, places, and things that make Statesboro a great area to visit and live in, pick up a Statesboro Magazine. It’s an enjoyable read to discover what makes Statesboro and the surrounding area one of America’s Best Communities. Outsiders and locals alike look forward to the bi-monthly publications filled with nuggets of information.
This is where you will find stories that often blend the history of the area into profiles of the dynamic people who make up the community today. From topics that range from agribusiness, to community events, leaders, history, and up to date economic development activity, this is the publication that has it all. As the stories unfold about people who are behind the businesses, government, arts, restaurants, entertainment, sports scene, education and so on, you will obtain a real sense of what makes Statesboro a special place.
With 25,000 plus regional readers, the Statesboro Magazine consistently showcases a community calendar full of events in order to know what is happening around town during each two-month period of publication. Distribution of 5,000 copies makes issues available in hotels, restaurants, retail outlets, and free standing magazine racks throughout the area.
You can easily find them in the Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau, Statesboro Regional Library, RJ’s Grill, The Chamber of Commerce, County Commission Offices, City Hall and many other locales. If you are flying in to Savannah, be sure to pick one up in the tourist information kiosk and learn about Statesboro before you arrive.
The Statesboro Magazine staff, headed by Editor Jenny Starling Foss, does an excellent job captivating readers with stories to interest, educate, delight and inspire. With guest editors, readers will learn from experts on all types of subjects as well.
The Statesboro Magazine is a full-color, coffee table style publication used as the leading Economic Development piece by The Chamber of Commerce, Visit Statesboro, the City, the County, Georgia Southern University and Ogeechee Technical College that promotes the area to newcomers, residents, visitors and tourists. Be sure to pick one up or go online and read current and past issues at: statesboromagazine.com.