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Canvas, Corks, & Cuisine with Paula Deen
Friday & Saturday, August 7th & 8th 9 AM to 6 PM
Start the weekend off on August 7th and from 9am-6pm, Painting enthusiasts will revel in this fun-filled day of painting with Paula Deen! Start the morning off with a demonstration by Jim Richards, one of America's top impressionist artists and teacher, and enjoy a casual lunch with new friends while beginning a painting of your own. After lunch, take your time with the entire afternoon to work on your project alongside Paula Deen and top the day off with wine and cheese refreshments as everyone has a chance to mingle and critique the artwork. A supply list will be provided upon registration. LIMITED TO 40 PAINTERS
The fun continues on Saturday, August 8th at Cuscowilla's Waterside Restaurant. Start the morning brunch off with Bloody Mary's and Mimosas as Paula Deen & Cuscowilla's Chef Schmidt share the spotlight with a cooking demo and a surprise meal that's sure to delight as you mix and mingle with the other guests. You'll also be entertained by Brandon Branch and James Farmer. Brandon has been Paula's personal assistant for 13 years and his article, "Style with Brandon," appears in Cooking with Paula Deen magazine. James Farmer is President of James Farmer, Inc. which specializes in residential landscape, interior and floral designs and he is also an editor-at-large for Southern Living Magazine. LIMITED TO 100 PEOPLE
The cost is $150 per event, per person and the funds are going to support Paula Deen's charity, The Bag Lady Foundation. Her charity will then, in turn, donate a portion of the proceeds back into the community and The Plaza's new Community Center will receive a portion of those proceeds.
To learn more and to register, please Click Here.
Sunday at The Museum: Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas: A Georgia Woman of the Civil War Who Suffered and Grew Strong
Sunday, August 9th 2 PM
Carolyn Newton Curry will present "Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas: A Georgia Woman of the Civil War Who Suffered and Grew Strong" on August 9, 2015, as part of the Sunday at the Museum lecture series sponsored by the Old School History Museum. Dr. Curry's lecture will be based on her fascinating book, Suffer and Grow Strong - the Life of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas, 1834-1907, which is published by Mercer University Press. The book tells the story of a remarkable Georgia woman who persevered through the Civil War and Reconstruction, then fought for women's rights. Curry's lecture will share a rare perspective of the war-torn South through the eyes of this brave and determined woman.
Upon publication, Suffer and Grow Strong immediately began earning accolades and awards. Earlier this month, the Georgia Writers Association recognized Curry with its Author of the Year Award in the category of Biography. In the words of Southern writer Pat Conroy, "Suffer and Grow Strong is a remarkable biography by Carolyn Curry that is destined to become a classic in women's studies. It tells the story of the redoubtable Ella Gertrude Thomas, who kept a vivid record of her life for forty-one years. Her courage and resilience during and after the Civil War are reminiscent of Scarlett O'Hara..."
Dr. Curry holds a BA in English from Agnes Scott College and MA and PhD degrees in History from Georgia State University. She has taught at the Westminster Schools in Atlanta and The University of Kentucky. She is the founder and chair of Women Alone Together®, a non-profit foundation created to meet the needs of women who are alone in our culture. The well-being of women past and present has been her lifelong passion.
For more than 50 years, she has been married to Bill Curry, who is the former head football coach at Georgia Tech, the University of Alabama, the University of Kentucky, and Georgia State University. He was an ESPN Football Analyst for eleven years. They have a daughter, Kristin Hunter, a son Bill Curry, Jr., and seven grandchildren.
MEET ME AT THE PLAZA: Matt Rogers Band
AUGUST 22, 7:30 PM 7:30 PM
The Last but certainly not least act for the summer concert series is Eatonton native, Matt Rogers and his band. "If you want someone's attention—be different." Matt Rogers has used that approach since he began performing. Bringing the freshest sound in country music, Matt Rogers delivers his unique approach to entertainment every time he steps in front of a microphone. As a singer and a songwriter, Matt's original music is rich with emotion and struggle. As a cover musician, he brings a unique texture to songs and presents them in a different way-without disturbing the integrity of the original version. Today, Matt is performing all across the south. He has recorded a five-song demo EP and has just released two new singles. Produced by industry giants Dino Pastin and JoAnn Berry, "I Was Raised" and "Please Come to Boston" have already created waves of enthusiasm with music executives in Nashville. Tickets are $12 in Advance and $15 at the Gate! Call The Plaza at 706-923-1655 or Click Here to purchase tickets.
Lawn & Disorder, Comedy from the Suburbs
Saturday, September 26th 7:30 PM
National headlining comedians Karen Morgan & Jim Colliton join together in this funny show about parenting, marriage & family. Jim and Karen are both happily married - just not to each other - so they bring both perspectives of parenting to the stage. Through stand-up comedy and hilarious audience participation, Karen and Jim take you on a wild ride through the insane world that is family. Whether you are a parent or you have parents, you will love this show. Call The Plaza at 706-923-1655 or Click Here to purchase tickets.
Thursday, October 22nd 5:00 PM
The 6th Annual Historical Cemetery Tour! It's an Eatonton favorite! A light supper is included in your ticket price, so come out and make a night of it. Supper will be served from 5:00-6:00 PM. The Tour buses will leave The Plaza at 6:15 PM to take guests to Pine Grove Cemetery, where your tour begins at 6:30 PM. The Ghost Walk is about an hour and a half long and golf carts will be avaialble for those needing assistance. Guests will visit the gravesites of many of Eatonton's luminaries, where live actors will portray the inhabitants and will bring history to life. Please call the Historical Society for further information: (706) 485-6442.
Member Only Event
Saturday, November 7th 7:30 PM
An exclusive Plaza Partner Members' Event. If you are interested in joining us for this event, you must become a Plaza Partner. Learn How HERE!
PAPA Presents Bingo, The Winning Musical By Michael Heitzman, Ilene Reid, and David Holcenberg
November 13th, 14th, 20th, & 21st at 7:30 PM November 15th at 3:00PM
Bingo is a splashy, zippy, fun new musical comedy. Best friends and Bingo pals Vern, Honey and Patsy brave a terrible storm in order to attend the yearly celebration of the birth of Bingo and tribute to its founder, Edwin S. Lowe. As the storm knocks out power at the Bingo Hall, Patsy and Honey remind each other of the ominous night fifteen years ago that began in the same way. In flashback, Honey tells us about the night Vern and her best friend, Bernice, had their falling out. Bernice's sweet, yet headstrong daughter, Alison, enters the Bingo hall in disguise - Bernice's health is failing, and Alison is determined, with the help of Bingo, to reunite her mother with her long-lost best friend. Call The Plaza at 706-923-1655 or Click Here to purchase tickets.
Christmas on the Avenue
Sunday, December 6th 4:00 & 6:30 PM
Come enjoy this annual holiday performance by the church choirs of Eatontons's North Madison Avenue. It's free but you must make a reservation. Call The Plaza at 706-923-1655 or Click Here to purchase tickets.