New York has nothing on the ‘Boro! When it comes to upscale performances that appeal to all ages, you can find a fabulous selection of entertaining shows that are sure to delight right here in Statesboro.
The Georgia Southern University’s Performing Arts Center, better known as the PAC, is located in the heart of campus on Plant Drive. It’s mission is “to present diverse, quality cultural experiences to the Georgia Southern University and regional communities through the performing arts.; to support and enhance the University’s performing art departments.; to promote the discovery, appreciation, and enrichment of the performing arts to all with accessibility to perform and train in a professional, state-of-the-art performing arts center.” This is certainly being achieved!
From Live From Nashville to the big band Equinox Orchestra to the Moscow Festival Ballet’s “Sleeping Beauty” performances, you can find a show to interest you. Like Broadway? Check out The Inspiration of Broadway scheduled in April. Have a child in the Bulloch County schools? There is a wonderful school matinee series where books are brought to life on stage with engaging music and acting to lift the stories right off the pages!
The PAC is also the site of other community and university sponsored events open to the public, such as the Rockin’ Out Alzheimer’s event schedule on January 23rd which is a Billy Joel experience. In addition, check out the music and opera performances by GSU students.
Tickets and packages are available online at http://www.etix.com/ticket/v/1841/performing-arts-center-at-georgia-southern-university?cobrand=georgiasouthernpac.
The Performing Arts Center is not only home to outstanding cultural talent, but it is available for rent for community and private events. This makes the PAC’s state of the art theatre a tremendous asset to the Statesboro and Bulloch County community.
When you want to enjoy first class culture on stage, you can find it right here in Statesboro, Georgia. Visit the Performing Arts Center online to learn more: http://academics.georgiasouthern.edu/pac/.
A resource that many take for granted is their local library. With technology increasing, some may wonder if a library is still a viable place for locals and visitors. The Statesboro Regional Library has a full range of programs and opportunities for everyone who wants to visit and participate…and it’s available to everyone.
From Genealogy Workshops, Adult Coloring Classes, Craft Night – Sip and Sketch, Job Search Workshop with Resume Writing to teen activities, there is something for all ages and interests. For the health conscious, holistic health series: Yoga & Essential Oils and New Year/New You – Food & Nutrition are features during January. A great way to preserve family recipes is the “Original Recipes Made to Last” program where the library staff will take original recipes and preserve them in a durable format by the Genealogy Coordinator.
There is even an open forum called “Our Community Talks!” This is a chance for people to come in and discuss issues/concerns/news within the community and find ways to get involved.
Book lovers can participate in a free Book Club once a month. There is also a Book to Movie Club. All of these wonderful activities are being held just in the month of January 2016. What a great way to start out the New Year!
The Youth and Family Services calendar is full of great programs, including Toddler Time and Teen Nights. Reading to Rover (children practice reading to therapy dogs), Lego Club and 52 Weeks of Giving are favorites.
For Genealogy enthusiasts, The Statesboro Regional Library has over 7000 books, magazines, bound periodicals, which includes oral history collections, census records, family histories, court records, marriages, land records, will abstracts, Civil War records and cemetery records to search. It would be easy to dig in and discover your family history here.
Of course, books in all genres are available in all forms. You can even load eBooks at the library and check them out just like a hard cover book.
There are so many reasons to visit the Statesboro Regional Library! Whether you are visiting or live in the area, there is something for you at the Library. Be sure to check out the website for a calendar of events, list of services, Book Club news and more: http://strl.info. You will be pleasantly surprised at the variety of ways you can enjoy Statesboro’s local library. Stop in soon!
Do you realize how lucky Statesboro is to have a thriving arts community? The Averitt Center for the Arts is integral to the development of art, theatre, and culture in the region. The mission of the Statesboro Arts Council, operating under the name David H. Averitt Center for the Arts, is to provide quality arts opportunities for our community and to serve as a centerpiece for a vibrant, historic downtown. We think the Averitt Center is outstanding and gets an A+!
The facilities are a testimony in downtown development. Housed in two historic landmarks, the old Bank of Statesboro building (circa 1911) and The Georgia Theater (circa 1936), we now know these as the David H. Averitt Center for the Arts and the Emma Kelly Theater. The addition of the Center for Performing Arts/ Whitaker Black Box Theater on W. Main Street has expanded the artistic capabilities.
If you are traveling to Statesboro, be sure to check the Averitt Center’s calendar to see if you can catch a performance or participate in a program or event. Under the capable leadership of Tim Chapman, the twenty-two member staff does an outstanding job of organizing and careing for the facilities in order to reach thousands of citizens.
The galleries in the Averitt Center house ongoing art shows throughout the year. Currently, The Raven: Prints from Larry Vienneau, has a public exhibition through November 14th. Next, Statesboro Regional Arts Association Annual Juried Exhibition will be available for public viewing from November 20th through December 19th.
The 2015-16 Main Stage Performance Season in the Emma Kelly Theater will next feature The Rocky Horror Picture Show, October 30th, Calendar Girls, November 6th, and an annual favorite, The Nutcracker, November 20 – 22nd. Season tickets are available for a variety of productions including dramatic, musical produced nationally and locally.
The Averitt Center is intricately involved with downtown Statesboro community events, such as the Main Street Farmers Market, First Friday Events with the Downtown Development Authority, and seasonal events like Scare in the Square. They also sponsor events like pre-performance dinners.
Local productions involve community stars that audition, act and dance their way into patrons’ hearts. This thriving aspect of the Averitt Center allows talented citizens, of all ages, to shine on stage to the adoration of the community. South Pacific auditions will take place November 14th at the Center for the Performing Arts, Black Box Theater.
Learning the arts has no age barriers at the Averitt Center. Youth benefit from the Averitt Center with theater, ballet classes, chorale, strings and visual arts classes. Adults also can take continuing education classes in drawing, painting, acting and even ballroom dancing.
Yes, the Averitt Center receives an A+ for their commitment to excellence and quality arts experiences for their patrons. Operated by the Statesboro Arts Council, the Center receives funding from grants through various sources that include the City of Statesboro, Georgia Council for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts and Southern Arts Federation.
As the weather begins to change with cooler temperatures, easy breezes in the air and falling leaves, we begin to think about pumpkins, corn mazes, hayrides, costumes and apple cider. The good news is there are fantastic fall activities happening throughout October and November for locals and visitors alike to attend. Let’s take a look:
October 9 & 10th – Ol’ Scarecrow Statesboro Whaddaya Know Medicine Show – Emma Kelly Theater – Free to All 3rd Grade Classes in Public and Private Schools in Bulloch County
October 19-24th – Ogeechee Fair – Kiwanis Fair Ground, Highway 301 South
October 3rd – November 11th – Old Freeman Family Farm Fun – Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch – Cooperville
October 27th & 28th – Rocky Horror Picture Show – Emma Kelly Theatre
October 30th – Ghost Tours by Lantern – Averitt Center for the Arts – Downtown Statesboro
October 31st – Halloween Concert by the Statesboro Youth Chorale – Emma Kelly Theatre
October 31st – Scare on the Square – Best Halloween Events in Bulloch County – Downtown Statesboro
November 7th – Nevils Elementary School PTO Fall Festival
November 14th – International Festival – Mill Creek Regional Park
November 21st – 8th Annual Turkey Trot – Downtown Statesboro
November 21st – George L. Smith Annual Sugar Cane Festival, George L. Smith State Park
November 24th – Shopping by Lantern Light – Statesboro Main Street Farmers Market – Charlie Olliff Square – Downtown Statesboro
Each of these events is geared to families and will help you enjoy a variety of offerings to help you “fall” into fall. So grab your kids, family and friends and come enjoy yourselves. Get into the “spirit” while you enjoy the season!
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Being “home grown” in Statesboro, Eagle Creek Brewing is Statesboro’s only craft beer production facility. It is located at 106 Savannah Avenue and hosts tours and tastings on Friday and Saturday nights at 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm for anyone over 21, many times featuring musical artists. The Low Country Ale, the Spot Tail Light Blonde Ale, Georgia Tea Party Amber Ale, Grass Roots Lemon Lime Hefeweizen and Puff’s Magic Dragon Dry Stout round out their regulars. Tours and tastings are the only time the brewery is open to the public.
In Georgia beer news, Governor Nathan Deal just signed into law new beer regulations allowing for take-home products starting later this summer. Growlers, six packs, glass souvenirs and other swag may be purchased at Eagle Creek Brewing Company with specific limitations on the take-away alcohol.
Another local business to visit is Southern Growlers, established in 2013 as the “Beer Filling Station” of Statesboro. Located at 514 S. Main Street across from Gnats Restaurant, this unique business in Statesboro features “the best fine beer collection in Southern Georgia.” It includes a full range of craft beers from about twenty regional and national craft breweries. Customers can visit the store with their growlers in hand and try a variety of choices on tap that rotate continuously. Hours are Mon – Friday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am – 10:00 pm and Sunday 1:00 – 5:00 pm. The store offers its own swag for the local beer enthusiast.
The young adult generations in particular have embraced craft beer, so being in a college town makes sense for these two craft beer businesses. Have no doubt, beer lovers of all ages appreciate the taste offered through beers that include flavors all across the board, from hoppy to citrus, light to heavy stouts. Locals and visitors alike can enjoy the opportunity to taste fresh, home grown beers as well as those throughout the region and the world right here in Statesboro, Georgia.
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June 16, 2014
All New Coca-Cola 125 Raceway Gets the Green Light
June 16, 2014- STATESBORO, GA – The Clubhouse has announced the Grand Opening date of its new, eco-friendly go cart track, the Coca-Cola 125 Raceway. After 13 weeks of construction by Lavender and Associates Inc., Statesboro’s most anticipated summer attraction is set to open Friday, June 27th.
The Coca-Cola 125 Raceway is the only one of its kind in Southeast Georgia, featuring 28 of the industry’s most cutting-edge, fully electric, environmentally friendly go carts. The new attraction combines the excitement of real-life racing sounds with the sensation of driving on a professional racing course. Each cart features an on board audio system with accelerator-sensitive stock car engine sounds, driver controlled turbo boost, wirelessly controlled messages that instruct racers on track rules and driving technique, and a pit sound system that hypes the race for spectators. The unique course layout is one of hilly terrain, filled with twists & turns, offering drivers a thrilling 1.25 mile adventure.
“We couldn’t be happier with the outcome of the course,” said Darin Van Tassell, owner. “We are looking forward to all of the excitement the Coca-Cola 125 Raceway is going to bring this summer. We want guests from Bulloch and all the surrounding counties to visit The Clubhouse, aiming to have a fun outing with their family and friends, and leave with the feeling that they can’t wait until their next visit. Making The Clubhouse the best place for fun and unforgettable memories is what we strive to do every day.”
As the newest entertainment attraction at the Clubhouse, the Coca-Cola 125 Raceway will generate additional jobs in Bulloch County. The Clubhouse staff is expected to increase to accommodate guest traffic, which is anticipated to total 1,200 people per day and 34,000 per month during the summer season.
Each of the 28 go carts will be painted and maintained by the Raceway’s sponsor, Statesboro Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Netra Van Tassell, owner of The Clubhouse said, “Since our opening in 2010, Coca-Cola has been such a supportive vendor. We’re thankful for their continued interest and involvement with The Clubhouse and our growing attractions. The Coca-Cola 125 Raceway is going to be an exciting addition to the Statesboro community, and we’re glad Coca-Cola is such a big part of it.”
In addition to the Coca-Cola 125 Raceway, the Clubhouse’s 30 acre sports and entertainment complex features a 42,000 square foot indoor facility with 24 lanes of bowling, including 4 luxury lanes in a private party suite, as well as a state-of-the-art arcade, “Evasion Training Center”, mini bowling, laser tag arena, and Ballocity Indoor Playground. Other activities include a championship mini golf course, golf practice range, batting cages, a Sports Academy, and full service pro shop. The newly remodeled and expanded Spikes Sports Grill and Bar features a completely new menu, along with beer and wine for guests 21 and older. The Clubhouse also has space for meetings, parties and other special events. For more information, visit www.ClubhouseStatesboro.com.
Darin Van Tassell