2013 May

Columbus named a Runner Friendly Community by Road Runners of America

The Road Runners Club of American has named Columbus a Runner Friendly Community for 2013. This honor comes with a plaque and royalty-free use of the RRCA Runner Friendly Community logo for five years, among other benefits. Columbus is one of three communities to receive the honor this quarter. Joining Columbus in this round of selctions is Peachtree City, Ga. and Eugene, Ore.

The goals of the Runner Friendly Community program are to shine a national spotlight on communities that standout as runner-friendly and provide incentives and ideas for communities to work towards becoming runner friendly communities. Runner friendly communities can increase the quality of life, improve physical activity for residents as outlined in the National Physical Activity Plan, and provide for increased economic impact for the community.

From Columbus’ Fall Line “Rails to Trails” to the Chattahoochee RiverWalk, Columbus is a place with unique optiosn for runners of all experience levels. Recognition as a Runner Friendly Community could create an additional draw for out-of-town visitors, according to Peter Bowden, president and chief executive officer of the Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau. Some local races already attract runners from outside the Chattahoocee Valley. Among those events is the Soldier Marathon and Half Marathon, now in its fourth year.

Read more here: http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2013/01/29/2363124/columbus-recognized-as-a-runner.html#storylink=cpy

“This designation gives Columbus a competitive edge in attracting athletes from all around to enjoy our running trails, locally owned shops, restaurants and more. We look forward to being a part of Columbus’ growth over the next several years,” says Leah Braxton of W.C. Bradley Co. Real Estate, LLC.

Read more here: http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2013/01/29/2363124/columbus-recognized-as-a-runner.html#storylink=cpy

Read more here about how this honor pays tribute to our community in the Ledger-Enquirer.

Grand Opening of Whitewater Columbus, GA

<p>See you Saturday!</p>


Cut Bait Music Festival


CutBait Music Festival</p>
<p>Immerse yourself in the ultimate music experience along the Banks of the beautiful Chattahoochee River! It&rsquo;s the <a target=”_blank” title=”Cut Bait Music Festival” href=”http://www.cutbaitmusicfestival.com/”>2013 CutBait Music Festival</a> featuring over 40 national and southern artists performing in nine unique indoor and outdoor venues in <a target=”_blank” title=”Uptown Columbus” href=”http://www.uptowncolumbusga.com”>Uptown Columbus, GA</a>. You&rsquo;ll enjoy rock, pop, country and more in intimate stage settings that connect artists and concertgoers. Walk from venue to venue while enjoying a wide variety of music. Art galleries, casual restaurants, unique stores and thrilling river rapids make Uptown the perfect destination and the 2013 CutBait Music Festival an event you&rsquo;ll want to attend every year!</p>
<p><a target=”_blank” title=”Tickets” href=”http://www.cutbaitmusicfestival.com/tickets/”>TICKETS</a>:</p>
<p>A two-day weekend pass allows you first come, first served access to over 40 performances in every venue. Venues range in size from 75 to 2,000. Some venues have limited seating capacity so we suggest arriving early if there is an artist you really want to see. WEEKEND PASS: $35 (After May 1) FRIDAY ONLY TICKET: $15 SATURDAY ONLY TICKET: $25 KIDS 10 AND UNDER: FREE</p>

This Week in Uptown!

Upcoming Events
May 14
May 16 – 18
May 17 – 18
May 17


May 18


Market Days on Broadway
May 18
Uptown Concert Series: Classic Addict and the Return of the Miracle Riders
May 24
Grand Opening of Whitewater
May 25
Market Days on Broadway
May 25
May 25
May 29 and 30
Market Days on Broadway
June 1
June 1
June 1
May 7, 2013

Events this Week
Lakebottom Prime
May 9-11 at 7:30pm and May 12 at 2:30pm
Springer Opera House
Before Lakebottom was Lakebottom there was … a lake! The wedding of the century is being planned by Priscilla Tuttle and nothing will stop her from devising the perfect lakeside ceremony attended by all of Columbus’ elite. But there are problems in Wildwood Park. The bride’s mother is proving to be the embodiment of evil, the bridesmaids come down with malaria and the city begins to drain the lake. But as the water level lowers, the anxiety rises: There’s a secret at the bottom of that lake. And the Tuttle family will do anything to keep it hidden. Topher Payne’s hilarious prequel to his 2011 hit (Lakebottom Proper),Lakebottom Prime turns the clock back to the days when brass bands played on an island bandstand, lovers paddled canoes around the lake and families picnicked on the shore.
Vega String Quartet
May 9th at 7:30pm
Quartet-in-Residence at Emory University, the Vega String Quartet is on the cutting edge of the new generation of chamber music ensembles.
The group has appeared at Weill Hall and Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall and at Duke Hall at the Royal Academy of Music, London.
The quartet is a frequent guest at numerous music festivals, including Aspen, Brevard, Highlands-Cashiers, Kingston, Mostly Mozart, Musicorda, Rockport, San Miguel de Allende, and SummerFest La Jolla, among others.
Uptown Concert featuring:DSOS

May 10 at 7:00pm


Join us for a FREE concert on Broadway featuring DSOS. The music starts at 7pm and the concert is fun for the whole family!

Incredible Places

May 10 from 5pm – 8pm

The Joesph House

The Joseph House Art Gallery is hosting, “INCREDIBLE PLACES – A Journey in Art” on Friday, MAY 10 from 5pm to 8pm. The theme of the artwork is the INCREDIBLE PLACES the gallery artists have visited and painted. The refreshments and snacks will be a flavor of each of the INCREDIBLE PLACES. The exhibit will end on May 31. The Gallery is free and open to the public. 828 Broadway.


Junkin’ on Broadway

May 11 from 9am – 2pm 


Join us for a huge Junk (yard) sale on Broadway! Lots of different vendors will fill up the 1200 block with all kinds of treasures! We hope to see you there!

A Feathered Affair

May 11th from 9:30am – 11:00am


A Feathered Affair, Columbus Area Habitat’s birdhouse auction, is just around the corner.

We are excited to be able to bring this event back to Columbus and show off birdhouses decorated by artists, local celebrities and Habitat supporters!

The event’s purpose is to engage the community and educate them about how Habitat is working in the Fountain City.  We also hope to have a little fun and raise funds to continue working towards our goal of eliminating poverty housing in Columbus.  This event was last seen in Columbus in 2002.

Market Days on Broadway

May 11 from 9am – Noon

Welcome spring with Market Days on Broadway! Check out over 100 vendors selling everything from produce to baked goods to arts and crafts! Everything at the Market is homegrown, handmade or homemade! Shop Local, Shop Uptown and check it out!


Red Shoe Run

May 11 at 8am

Big Dog Running Company – Broadway

Ronald McDonald House Charities of West Georgia, Inc., located in Columbus, GA, provides temporary lodging to families with seriously ill or injured children who travel to our city for specialized medical care.  Providing a warm and supportive alternative ot costly hotels or uncomfortable hospital waiting rooms, families can stay close to their hospitalized children. Our House offers them a place to call “home” at little or no cost so families can afford the best care possible for their children.

Join them for the Smile Mile and 5K this weekend!

Cinco de Mayo Celebration

May 11 from 5pm – 10pm


Join us on Broadway as we celebrate Cinco de Mayo (a few days late thanks to the rain last weekend). We will have free live music, games and fun for the whole family! Brought to you by Ritmo Con Sabor and Uptown Columbus.

Uptown Drum Circle

May 11 from 6pm – 9pm


The next Uptown Drum Circle event is set for Saturday May 11th 6-9pm on Broadway (in front of Momma Goldberg’s, concrete stage.)

Family friendly , non-profit free community event. Drums are provided, and you can bring your own. Other entertainment elements include:

~ Kids corner face painting

~ Yoga demo by Art of Yoga Studio

~ Belly & fire dance demo

~ Re-purposed art exhibition with local artist

~ Musicians

~ Local goods & services raffle