Plan Time for Fun: Liberty Theatre hosts dinner and a movie event, Ice Rink offers public skating

sokamoto@ledger-enquirer.comNovember 10, 2011 

I’ve received some emails in the past few weeks that information about upcoming events that deserve some attention.

Dinner and a movie

The first is an alternative activity to the usual shopping the day after Thanksgiving.

The Liberty Theater, 828 Eighth Ave., will be having a dinner and a movie on Black Friday.

Robert Anderson, who is the president of the board of directors of the Liberty, is also the president of Citizens’ Trust Bank, and he really wants the theater to thrive.

Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 25. Skippper’s Seafood is catering the dinner.

The movie will begin after dinner, probably around 7:45 p.m., he said.

The movie is “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.” When I asked if it were going to be the original one, he emphatically said yes. “Not that crazy one,” he said.

The original, released in 1967, starred Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Sidney Poitier and Katherine Houghton. Other stars included Beah Richards and Isabel Sanford.

It was about a young woman (Houghton), who brings home her new boyfriend (Poitier), who is black, and what happens.

The dinner and movie will cost $50. Reservations must be made by 5 p.m. Nov. 18 by calling Robert at 706-326-5668.

The theater will present a Christmas concert on Dec. 17. The time has not yet been set, but most Liberty productions start at 8 p.m.

Robert wants to show more movies at the Liberty. Like the Springer Opera House, it started as a presenting venue, then became a movie house. Later, it became a presenting venue.

“We’ve got a beautiful screen,” he said. “Eventually, we’d like to show a movie a month. And once a month on Saturday morning for the kids, like I used to watch.”

He laughs when he says he doesn’t know what children watch these days.

“Once I figure that out, we’ll start.”

Gardening scholarships

Callaway Gardens announced that there are scholarships available for college students to go to the gardens’ 26th annual Southern Gardening Symposium. The dates are Jan. 27-29.

Last year’s winner was Sarah Leach, who majors in horticulture at North Carolina State University.

The registration includes Friday’s opening reception; Saturday’s continental breakfast, programs and printed materials, box lunch and evening banquet; Sunday’s continental breakfast and programs with printed materials.

Lodging will be in the Mountain Creek Inn.

Admission to the gardens is included. Transportation will be at the expense of the winner.

To apply for the scholarship, the student must be a full-time student in a college or university. The student must also submit the application and a written essay. The essay should tell Callaway Gardens officials why it is important for him or her to attend the symposium.

The student has to submit a letter of recommendation from a major professor.

The winner will receive symposium registration and lodging for him or herself and the major professor of his or her choice.

The deadline to submit an application is Dec. 5 and the winner will be notified by Jan. 6.

Public ice skating

If you haven’t been to the Columbus Ice Rink, 400 Fourth St., you’re missing a good time.

You can skate from 4-6 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays; 7-10 p.m. Fridays; 4-6 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. Saturdays.

It’s $7 for adults and $5 for children 10 and younger. It’s $3 to rent skates.

Call 706-225-4500.

Happy birthday, Art Works

Art Works, in the Askew Art Center, 134 McDouglad Ave., in Pine Mountain, is celebrating its fourth anniversary.

The party will be 1-5 p.m. Sunday, and it is also a chance to welcome Bare Ware Pottery Studio to the art center.

Bare Ware Pottery allows people to paint pottery and leave it to be fired. Then you pick it up later.

I once had a birthday party at Bare Ware Pottery and it was great fun. I chose a platter and had everyone write or draw on it. It’s a beautiful piece and I’ll cherish it forever.

Besides seeing the art that’s produced at the art center, there will be a chance for you to sample dips, sauces, coffee and other goodies.

If you’d like, you can paint a holiday ornament.

It’s free.

Call 706-663-7778.

Sandra Okamoto, sokamoto@ledger-enquirer.com or 706-571-8580.

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