Professional Wrestling returning to Macon January 15th

Pro wrestling is returning to Macon! This Sunday, January 15th, New Generation Pro Wrestling (NGPW) will be live at the Anderson Conference Center at 5171 Eisenhower Parkway for their Championship Chaos event.

Doors open at 4:00 pm and the action will start at 4:30 pm. However, a VIP Ringside seat will get you in at 3:30 pm for a meet and greet. The meet and greet is a unique experience where fans will get to see the stars up close. Autographs and pictures will be available. Tickets are $10 for general admission or $12 for Ringside VIP.

The Jagged Edge AIWF Champion.
AIWF Champion The Jagged Edge will be part of the Main Event as New Generation Professional Wrestling comes to the Anderson Conference Center in Macon. Photo courtesy the NGPF Facebook page.

Former WWE superstar and TNA wrestler, MVP will be in action. Also on hand will be former WWE star and Smackdown General Manager, Teddy Long. At the show, you will see #HeelDaddy Chris Nelms, AJ Steel, and Terry “Rocker” Lawler. Other matches include Sean Nelson vs Skrilla, Chris Henry and Twisted vs Trevor Aeon and Charlie Anarchy with a special appearance by Micah Taylor and Mr. Hollywood. Both the AIWF Americas Championship and the AIWF Heritage Championship will be on the line!

This will be a great opportunity for fans of all ages to see world class professional wrestling on an intimate level. This is sure to be a much more personal event than one of the large scale companies where you sit in the rafters to cheer on wrestlers you can barely see. Here, the action will be in your face and you will have a much greater interaction with the performers.

Tickets can be purchased at the Anderson Conference Center. For more information, call 404-667-0029.

NGPW Championship Chaos
Sunday, January 15 at 4:00
Anderson Conference Center in Macon, GA
$10 General Admission, $12 Ringside VIP

Poster for the NGPW event in Macon on January 15, 2017. Tickets are $10-12 and the doors open at 4PM.
Poster for the NGPW event in Macon on January 15, 2017. Tickets are $10-12 and the doors open at 4PM.

Roe’ing for a Cause: Crisis Line & Safe House of Central Georgia

LuLaRoe clothing is one of the year’s most popular clothing brands for women and girls, and today, women in Macon have the opportunity to shop LuLaRoe for a good cause.

Today, Thursday, November 17th, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., there will be a LuLaRoe clothing pop up sale at 915 Hill Park, Suite 100C, in Macon, hosted by LuLaRoe consultant Kayla Blades and benefiting the Crisis Line and Safe House of Central Georgia.

LuLaRoe's Carly dress
LuLaRoe’s Carly dress

The Crisis Line and Safe House of Central Georgia is a non-profit organization that provides support to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. They provide a broad range of services, including legal and financial help, planning assistance and shelter for families needing to escape abuse, access to counseling and support groups, and community education programming.

The Crisis Line and Safe House operates through a combination of local, state, and federal grants, as well as through donations made by members of our community. Their services are free to families and individuals in need. Purchases of LuLaRoe clothing items made through today’s sale, which also be available on Facebook at LulaRoe Kayla Blades, will benefit the Crisis Line and Safe House and families in our community.

LuLaRoe leggings come in sizes to fit little girls up to the curvy woman, and each pair is buttery soft.
LuLaRoe leggings come in sizes to fit little girls up to the curvy woman, and each pair is buttery soft.

LuLaRoe is popular for many reasons: their clothing is beautifully designed in a wide range of sizes that can fit most women. Their fabrics are soft, especially their leggings, which are often described as “buttery,” and rightfully so! They also come in awesome patterns: from holiday themes to fanciful “hobby” designs (like bicycles, books, and animals), and lots of geometric patterns.

The LuLaRoe Nicole dress comes in a variety of patters and fabrics, perfect for work or weekend wear.
The LuLaRoe Nicole dress comes in a variety of patters and fabrics, perfect for work or weekend wear.

One of the most popular design trends for women is pattern mixing, and LuLaRoe saleswomen are excellent at helping you find the right patterns to make a great outfit.

Today is a great opportunity to try on LuLaRoe in person, and support the work of the Crisis Line and Safe House in their mission of helping make Central Georgia families safer.

The pop up sale is today, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at 915 Hill Park, Suite 100C, in Macon. Hill Park is located at the bottom of Coleman Hill, off Spring Street. If you can’t come try on clothes, check out the Facebook page, where you can shop November 17-18 to benefit the Crisis Line and Safe House, at http://www.facebook.com/groups/lularoekaylablades.

For more information about the Crisis Line & Safe House of Central Georgia, please visit http://cl-sh.org.

Halloween ComicFest coming October 29, 2016 to area comic stores

Do you celebrate Halloween? Do you read comic books? Even more importantly, do you like free stuff? If you answered yes to any of these, then you should trick or treat yourself to Halloween ComicFest!

Wonder Woman and Steve
Wonder Woman and Steve from Minecraft are both characters that are popular with kids and adults. Photo by Doug Deal.

Halloween ComicFest will be held on October 29 at participating comic shops all across America, with 2016 marking its 5th anniversary. Much like Free Comic Book Day, which takes place in May each year, Halloween ComicFest is a great time to make your way down to your local comic shop, join in the celebration, and score some free comics! The difference is that the comics are Halloween themed and each store usually holds Halloween themed events, such as costume contests, to aid in the festivities. The Middle Georgia area is lucky enough to have three great locations to choose from.

Heroes and Villains at 117 Russell Parkway, Suite F in Warner Robins will have a storewide sale with discounts up to 50% off, three separate costume contests (kids, teens, and adults) complete with store credit prizes for first place and honorable mention, door prizes, and free comics for the kids. See their Facebook page for complete details or set yourself a reminder with their event page.

Vigilantes Comics & Café, located at 1291 S Houston Lake Rd, Suite J in Warner Robins, will celebrate from 11:00 am until 8:00 pm. Everyone who attends will receive free comics and candy on a first come, first served basis. Vigilantes will start the day with a mini sale. There will be several events for kids, such as carnival games, a coloring contest, and a costume contest. For gamers, there will be a Halloween edition Heroclix tournament and a Spooky Magic the Gathering tournament. Visit their Facebook page for more information. They also have an event page with a full schedule of events.

Comics Plus at 4007 Northside Drive in Macon will also be participating in the event, but could not be reached for event details.

You can find out more about Halloween ComicFest at their Facebook page or visit their official website where you can locate other participating retailers.

Georgia National Fair in full swing

The Georgia National Fair in Perry opened on Thursday, October 6, and will run through Sunday, October 16, 2016, at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry.

Georgia Fair Swings
There are plenty of exciting rids for the kids at the Georgia National Fair. Photo by Doug Deal.

Families from all across the state travel to Perry to experience all of the best in wholesome fun. Be prepared to walk A LOT, although there are accommodations including handicapped parking and trolley transportation from the parking lots to the fairgrounds. Still, comfortable shoes and clothing are a wise choice.

There are many choices of food vendors selling everything from traditional fair foods like corn dogs, funnel cakes, and turkey legs, to Greek specialties, steak sandwiches, and grilled veggies. There are also treats ranging from Mayfield ice cream to apple dumplings, and of course, caramel apples and lots of cotton candy. New food vendors this year include Cedar River Seafood, the Donut Shop, and Coolicious Treats.

Among the most popular attractions at the Georgia National Fair are the midway rides, which include a Ferris wheel, a small roller coaster, and a high swing. A special selection of kiddie rides includes spinning cups and a child-sized roller coaster. Several rides are proportioned so that parents can ride with their children. The Agri-lift carries riders high above the midway, and rentable paddle boats let families enjoy time on the water below.

A note about the rides: on weekdays and the final Sunday of the fair, ride-all-you-want armbands are available, but they are not sold for the first full weekend of the fair, or on the second Saturday. Tickets for rides are approximately a dollar each, although purchasing in bulk gives a discount on ticket price, and most rides cost 3-5 tickets, though some cost even more. Also, some attractions, like the paddle boats, are cash pay. On Terrific Tuesday, arm bands are discounted, so if you love rides, or have children who do, it may be well worth it to make a weeknight trip.

The rides aren’t the only fun at the fair. The Georgia National Fair website has a map of all the attractions, as well as printable schedules for daily performances, livestock shows, horse competitions, and special events. Plan ahead!

Georgia National Fair - Rides
The Wiggle-Worm is a popular ride with younger children. Photo by Doug Deal.

Among the fun performances scheduled for the fair include daily magician shows, sea lion performances, a petting zoo with special feeding times, and many other daily concerts and performances. Every night at 10 p.m., the fair closes with fireworks over the pond.

One of the coolest opportunities for families is the chance to go see the Royal Hanneford Circus inside the fair, and admission is already included in your fair entrance fee. Showtimes are 4 p.m., 6 p.m., and 8 p.m. daily, with an additional 2 p.m. show on Saturday.

Between livestock and equestrian shows, fairgoers can roam through the barns and see the cows, sheep, horses, rabbits, chickens, and other animals on display at the fair. Unlike in past years, children can’t hold the baby chicks, but watching them is always fun.

There are many educational exhibits at the Georgia National Fair. These include livestock and wildlife exhibits, and agricultural and gardening exhibits. The Miller-Murphy-Howard Building, Heritage Hall, and the Georgia Grown building house these exhibits. One of the newest exhibits is the bee story, devoted to Georgia’s beekeeping and honey producing industry. In the Georgia Grown building, fairgoers also have the opportunity to support Georgia agri-industry by purchasing homegrown products sold at the Georgia Grown Pavilion.

Nearby, in the McGill Marketplace Shops, vendors offer everything from leaf-guard gutters to handmade fudge and jewelry to boots. It’s a great place to start your holiday shopping. If you have a Thomas train fan, be sure to check out the train tables set up in the back corner, where your little engineer can play with trains while you relax on nearby benches.

At the Georgia National Fair, there is truly something for everyone. Fun fair foods, exciting rides and performances, free concerts for lovers of all kinds of music, livestock shows, equestrian shows, educational exhibits, and much, much more. There is no better way to enjoy all of the best that Georgia has to offer, and it’s a great way to celebrate fall in Middle Georgia.

For more information, including daily schedules and ticket information, please visit the Georgia National Fair website at http://georgianationalfair.com/

 

 

2016 Central Georgia Greek Festival October 21, 22 & 23

Gyro. Is it pronounced “guy-row” or “jai-row?” Neither! But, at the 9th annual Central GA Greek Festival, you can get yourself a delicious gyro (pronounced “year-row”). Yes, among all the other festivities that will take place on the weekend of October 21st through the 23rd, there will be plenty of authentic Greek cuisine available at the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church at 859 First Street in Macon.

The festival will commence at 11:00 am on Friday, October 21 and will end on Sunday, October 23 at 3:00 pm. There are regularly scheduled tours of the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church throughout. This beautiful property was purchased in 2004, underwent extensive renovations, and was officially opened in June of 2005.

The Hellenic Dancers of Marietta will make their way down to Macon to perform both traditional and modern dance shows for attendees. Be careful or you might just find yourself pulled from the crowd and joining right in with the merriment. And don’t worry; live music to help you tap your toes will be provided by the Muses Greek Band.

About a dozen vendors will be on hand so that you can take a piece of the festival home with you. You can get jewelry, imported clothing, souvenirs, religious artifacts, artwork, and more. There’s even a Greek market where you can buy your herbs, spices, and feta cheese.

Speaking of food, let’s get to the main event. The festival offers two special plates along with plenty of a la carte items. The Yiassou Special sports chicken souvlaki, Greek salad, and bread while the larger Opa Dinner Platter has all the same, plus pastisio, dolmada, and spanakopita.

Pastisio is a mixture of ground beef and pasta that has a creamy, baked topping. Spanakopita is a delicious spinach pie. Dolmades are grape leaves stuffed with seasoned beef and rice. Oh, and did we mention gyros? You can choose between a lamb and beef gyro or a chicken gyro sandwich. Both come topped with the famous tsadziki sauce made from yogurt, cucumbers, and herbs. For those with a sweet tooth, you can finish off your meal with ice cream or one of the many authentic Greek pastries, such as baklava, that will be available.

For a complete schedule of events, you can visit Holy Cross’s website or if you like to like things, head over to their Facebook page.

Opa!