Whitewater just one option for this weekend

dminty@ledger-enquirer.comMay 20, 2013 

Here's a sampling of Chattahoochee Valley activities happening through Monday:


Whitewater rafting: Events kick off at 10 a.m. with the official grand opening ceremony at WaveShaper Island - off the Riverwalk, below Eagle & Phenix Power House. The Dragon Boat Festival is noon-5 p.m. near the Columbus Convention and Trade Center. Expect music, food vendors, art vendors and drinks. Rafters can book their trips now by calling 800-676-7238 or visiting whitewaterexpress.com. Rafting trips are $32.50 for the Adventure Trip and $48.50 for the High Adventure Trip, which includes two runs of the river.

Mark Farner: The rock legend, formerly of Grand Funk Railroad, performs at 8 p.m. at the Phenix City Amphitheater. Gates open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m. with special guests Band of Thieves to open. Admission is $10 adults, kids 12 and younger are free. Concessions available, including food, beverages, beer and wine. No coolers or pets are allowed inside the Amphitheater. Bring folding chairs or towels to sit on. Fireworks will be after the show. 334-291-4719.

Colorful Creations: 10 a.m.-noon May 25. Owls are explored at CSU’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center. A 30-minute animal program about owls (no live owls will be present), followed by an hour-long art class taught by Rita Mead of Brush Busters. This program is open to kids ages 6 and older. The deadline to register is at 4 p.m. Friday, May 24. Cost is $15 per child. columbusstate.edu/oxbow

1836 Creek Indian Wars at Westville: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 25, and 1-5 p.m. May 26. See how the Creeks lived in the 19th century, and learn about flintkapping, bowmaking, twining, pine-needle baskets and more. Adults and children (K-12) $10; senors/college/military $8. Located in Lumpkin, Ga. 888-733-1850.

Kelly’s Zeroes reenactors: Take a step back to May 1943 at the National Infantry Museum this weekend. The popular Kelly’s Zeroes reenactors are coming back to relive history on World War II Company Street between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, May 25. Experience, first-hand, some of the drills and marches from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Free but donations are appreciated. www.nationalinfantrymuseum.org

Saturday Drop-In Tours: Visitors may take a free, one-hour tour with a weekend gallery guide at 2 p.m. every Saturday at the Columbus Museum. 706-748-2562, ext. 651 or email sworley@columbusmuseum.com.

Market Days on Broadway: Vendors sell locally grown produce, homemade goodies and crafts 9 a.m.-noon today along Broadway.

Masters Water Ski and Wakeboard Tournament: Callaway Gardens hosts the 54th annual competition featuring tricks, slalom, wakeskate, wakeboard and jumps. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at the East Beach Pavilion area on Robin Lake. At the gate, tickets cost $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, $12.50 for children ages 6-12, free for kids 5 and younger. It’s free for active and retired military and their family. Admission is half price after 6 p.m. Concert with Kona is 7-9 p.m. Saturday. 706-663-2281. callawaygardens.com and masterswaterski.com


Run Across Georgia Finish & Post Race Party: Celebrate with bands, food and vendors 3-9 p.m. Sunday, May 26 as runners finish their race between at the Uptown Columbus stage, 1040 Broadway. Awards ceremony will start at 8 p.m.


Visit the National Infantry Museum: In celebration of Memorial Day, the museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Memorial Day. Special events include a Paver Dedication Ceremony, Kids’ Mini-Camp, Flag Retirement Ceremony, free concert, art show by local school children and free films at the IMAX Theatre. Get a schedule at www.nationalinfantrymuseum.org or 706-685-5800. Regular hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Museum includes galleries tracing 235-plus years of Infantry history, soldier training and the sacrifices soldiers and their families make . $5 donation requested.

Visit National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 12:30-4:30 p.m. Monday-Sunday. Civil War naval-related flags on permanent exhibit, uniforms and weapons used by both navies during the Civil War. $7.50; $6.50 for seniors and military; $6 for students through college with proper ID; free for children 6 and younger. 706-327-9798.

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