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Biggest crowd ever?

Trick-or-treating along Thomaston Street and its tributaries drew record crowds Tuesday night as ghosts, goblins, ghouls and other assorted characters paraded the streets collecting treats.

Here is a pictorial.

(Photos: Walter Geiger)

Gordon Theatre to present ‘Cotton Patch Gospel’

Gordon State College Humanities and Fine and Performing Arts will raise the curtain on its 2023-24 season with the sensational bluegrass musical, Cotton Patch Gospel. A whirlwind of banjos, fiddles and harmonies will set the stage for an amazing premier production.

Written by Tom Key and Russell Treyz, and music by Harry Chapin, Cotton Patch Gospel is described as “the greatest story ever re-told.” It’s based on the book, “The Cotton Patch Version of Matthew and John” by Clarence Jordan. The musical score begins with a raucous, “Something’s Brewing in Gainesville” and continues on a journey that captivates the audience with reverent humor and redemption.

The bluegrass band that accompanies the show consists of Dr. David Janssen, GSC English professor on guitar; Michael Sanders, GSC Human Services major from Bibb County on upright bass; Sue Tomlin, professional musician and entertainer from Bibb County on fiddle; and J.M. Philips, professional musician based in Barnesville on the banjo.


The full production will run Nov. 2-5 at the GSC Fine Arts Theatre beginning at 6:30 p.m. nightly culminating with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. on Nov. 5. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $5 for children 12 and under. Complimentary admission for all GSC students, faculty and staff.

The 2023-24 GSC theatre season is made possible in part through a generous grant from Upson EMC in Thomaston, Georgia and GSC Board of Trustees member, Dan White, with the endowed Constance H. Chinery Fine and Performing Arts Support Fund.

Halloween events underway here as big night looms

Trick-or-treating along the streets of Barnesville’s Thomaston Street corridor is a time-honored tradition and is the climax of a series of events leading up to the promenade of ghosts and goblins.

Barnesville will celebrate Halloween on Tuesday, Oct. 31 and Thomaston Street and other thoroughfares will be blocked off beginning at 5 p.m.

Lamar Arts kicks things off this week with the Painted Pumpkin Promenade Oct. 19-21 at the Depot Gallery. Participants can pick a pumpkin, paint it and either take it home or leave it on display at the gallery. The cost is $12 per pumpkin and includes the necessary art supplies.

Other events we are aware of include:

Oct. 22:
Halloween Friendly Pageant, 10 a.m. at the event center located at 108 Main Street in Barnesville. $55 entry fee; $10 photo fee. Costume contest. Info: 770.584.4201.


Oct. 28:
Lamar NAAACP Freedom Fund Variety Show, a local talent showcase featuring social media comedian Mattie J.; LC Fine Arts Center, 5-7 p.m. Tickets are $40 and available from any NAACP member.
Trunk or Treat, presented by the Milner civic committee, 5-7 p.m. at Milner city park. Candy donations are encouraged and can be dropped off at Milner city hall. Contact mayor Kathy Buffington at 770.468.8893 to reserve a spot.


Oct. 29:
All Howls Eve Harvest Fest to benefit Dolly Goodpuppy Society; noon-6 p.m. at Summers Field Park. Dog costume contest and dog walk parade. Food trucks, vendors, kids’ events, cakewalk, photo booth, hot dog bobbing, raffle. Info: 678.640.4351.
Fall Festival hosted by First Baptist Church, recreation department football field, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Info: 770.358.2353.

Oct. 31:
Fall Festival, front lawn, Barnesville First United Methodist Church, 5-6 p.m. Start your trek down Thomaston Street with popcorn, games and other goodies. Info: 770.358.1494.

Wrestling fundraiser for Heather Bunn

A Pro Wrestling event will be held Nov. 18 at the St. George’s gym in Milner to benefit Heather Bunn who is battling breast cancer for the second time. Heather is the wife of Milner police chief Lamar Bunn.

For more information on tickets and other ways you can help, call 770.358-1604.

Party like its Buggy Days with special event cocktail

Due to plumbing issues at the Depot Gallery and the subsequent lack of restroom facilities, the Buggy Days kickoff party, which was to be held there Thursday, has been canceled. A private, invitation only party for volunteers, sponsors and VIPs will be held from 5-7 p.m. at a private residence instead.

A public after party will go on as scheduled at Mangia on Main downtown from 7-10 p.m.

Throughout the festival, Mangia on Main and the Playpen Lounge will be serving a special Buggy Days cocktail featuring a handmade mixed berry syrup by J2, a new business venture by local bartenders. J2 will be selling their syrups and other goodies downtown during the festival in booth 13.

The cocktail also includes vodka, soda water and lemonade and will be served in a special Buggy Days commemorative cup.

Next year there will be a new downtown spot to celebrate Buggy Days. Joe and Cristy Sims have sold their downtown building to Robert Parlier and purchased the former Tommy’s building from Robyn Underwood. They will move their Georgia Hometown Realty office there.

Parlier has also acquired the old Toki building adjacent to the former real estate office and is tearing out the dividing wall to build out a sports bar.

On Saturday, Jim Graham of Balamo Building Supply on Taylor Street will host a concert featuring his legendary band Junkshun.

The Southern Creed Band will perform from 6-9 p.m. Saturday at the nearby special events area in front of the old B&L convenience store building at the corner of Taylor Street and College Drive. There will be a corn hole tournament there as well.

Just down the road at Summers Field, Al Cast will host Sound Wave, a rap/hip-hop extravaganza, from 6-9 p.m.

Soundwave features DJ Smooth, Roscoe Dash, Destiny Reeves, Elijah Parham, Juroses, Big Fwad, Rad, Slade Babies, Yung Blizzy, Sensitive Thugs and others. There will be food trucks and vendors on site.

The Buggy Days fireworks show will follow immediately after the concert at the park.

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