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By JOHN W. PEELER / john.peeler@thebayonet.com

It is said when you find a penny on the ground the penny is supposed to bring good luck, but what happens when you take a coin from the Fountain of Love? You steal the love someone has wished for and they fall hopelessly in love with you.

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    Family Theatre’s biggest production of the year is truly a family affair. The 1920s musical, Cheaper by the Dozen, concerns the exploits of the Gilbreths, an exciting, if expansive, family with an efficiency expert at the helm. And it’s running through June 19.

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    If you expect the new release of Robin Hood to mimic the storylines of the 1938 classic, The Adventures of Robin Hood starring Erol Flynn or the 1991 Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves starring Kevin Costner, it won’t.

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    There’s nothing like going to a museum where you can shoot hoops, kick a field goal, drive a (simulated) race car or test your balancing, jumping and reflex skills. Those are some of the things you can do at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in Macon, Ga. While you read about the greats, you can see their photos, trophies, jerseys and other memorabilia, enjoy hands-on exhibits and play interactive games. You might be surprised how many sports legends were born right here in the Peach State.

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    Just released this month, the River City Pass represents some of the best venues Columbus has to offer — all contained in a $20 wallet-sized card. One pass is good for admission to the National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus, the Coca-Cola Space Science Center and the Rifle Range and IMAX theater at the National Infantry Museum. The pass also features discounts at several places in uptown Columbus, including dining, shopping and entertainment. Here’s a peek at what your pass includes.

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    It’s sun, fun and mega-excitement on Memorial Day weekend, May 28-30, when the world’s greatest waterskiers converge on beautiful Robin Lake for a weekend of intense competition to discover who is the best male and female water skier. With more than $100,000 in prize money, the skiers are sure to put on quite a show in what has been considered the ultimate “pressure cooker” of all tournaments.

  • In an old Irish tale, it is said St. Bridget made a deal with St. Patrick to allow women the right to ask men to marry them on one day every four years — but nothing in the deal said anything about the luck of the Irish smiling on Anna Brady.

  • Shrek Forever After

  • Eufaula, Ala., is a lot closer than I ever thought. My 18-year-old daughter texted me on her way to Panama City, Fla., for spring break how pretty Eufaula is, and it was where she was going to get married. Naturally, I was curious.

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    Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is back as Iron Man in this made-for-the-big-screen Marvel Comic Book sequel. This time Iron Man is pitted against Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke), the government and the palladium contained in the arc reactor that keeps his heart beating is slowly killing him.

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    An interactive journey through the nation’s stormy past can be found at the National Civil War Naval Museum — but Port Columbus is more than just a static showcase of the bloody, maritime battles waged between Union and Confederate forces. The museum pays homage to the vision, sacrifices and innovation forged by both sides that built the arsenal and might within today’s U.S. Navy.

  • Bad Blake (Jeff Bridges) is a 57-year-old, overweight, washed-up, alcoholic, country and western singer whose better days have passed.

  • Iron Man 2

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    Straddling the Georgia-Tennessee border, Lookout Mountain isn’t your typical 2,392-foot mountain. This lofty peak is home to three renowned tourist destinations: Ruby Falls, the world’s largest underground commercial waterfall, the Incline Railway, the world’s steepest passenger railway, and Rock City, a wonderland of gardens, rock formations and breathtaking views.

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    Connecting more than 370 students with 100 Soldiers, the partnership between McBride Elementary School and the 192nd Infantry Brigade is an award-winning relationship. The two earned the title Partnership of the Year for the academic year April 20 at the Partners In Education awards banquet.

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    According to the 2006-2008 American Community Survey, more than 75 percent of Americans drive to work alone. That’s more than 106 million drivers commuting an average of 25 minutes one way.

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    More than 2,000 volunteers contributed more than 91,000 hours of work last year to the Fort Benning community. That saved the post about $1.9 million, as illustrated with a ceremonial check presented by Starla Desaussure, the post volunteer coordinator, to MG Michael Ferriter, Fort Benning’s commanding general, during the volunteer recognition ceremony April 29.

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  • Download the PDF of the calendar to get ready to make all of your plans for the upcoming month.

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    The home of MoonPies and miniature golf, claiming both the world’s longest pedestrian bridge and the world’s steepest passenger railway — that’s Chattanooga, Tenn. The city is about four hours away from Fort Benning, and with dozens of unique attractions you can’t find anywhere else, it’s perfect for a weekend getaway.

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    Don’t wait, or you’ll miss it. The azaleas at Callaway Gardens are reaching their peak color right now, and if you want to see all the different shades — red, pink, purple, orange, lavender, cream and fuchsia — you should grab your camera, a bottle of sunscreen and go. It’s not too late.

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    Recently I learned about “date night” for married couples, who “date” to keep up the spark in their relationship. But what’s to keep the dates from becoming just another dull routine? Thus the dilemma presented in the movie Date Night.


    A high school kid who loves comic books asks the question, “Why do you need superpowers? Why can’t a costume, good intentions and intestinal fortitude be enough to be a superhero?” I’m really liking what I’m seeing about this movie. The advance buzz has been first rate. Not for kids. Rated R for strong brutal violence throughout, pervasive language, sexual content, nudity and some drug use.

  • Hubble 3-D For nearly 20 years, the Hubble Space Telescope has dazzled us with unprecedented views of the cosmos — from the splendor of our celestial neighborhood to galaxies billions of light years away. Audiences will blast off alongside the Atlantis STS-125 crew, witness up-close some of the most challenging spacewalks ever performed, and experience virtual star travel via breathtaking, never-before-seen 3-D flights through Hubble imagery.

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    If you’ve never heard the name before, you’re not alone. Although not a household name like Tennessee Williams and William Faulkner, Carson McCullers is considered one of the major writers of 20th-century Southern fiction.


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    If you like Southern charm and elegant antebellum homes, consider visiting Eufaula, Ala. This tiny city — the population is fewer than 15,000 — sits about 50 miles south of Fort Benning on the 45,000-acre Walter F. George Lake. It boasts excellent fishing, quaint shopping and everything else you’d expect in your typical small town, and their biggest shindig of the year is April 9 to 11.

  • Hubble 3-D
    For nearly 20 years, the Hubble Space Telescope has dazzled us with unprecedented views of the cosmos — from the splendor of our celestial neighborhood to galaxies billions of light years away. Audiences will blast off alongside the Atlantis STS-125 crew, witness up-close some of the most challenging spacewalks ever performed, and experience virtual star travel via breath-taking, never-before-seen 3D flights through Hubble imagery.

  • Clash of the Titans

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    You are invited to “the Pinkest Party on Earth.” It’s going on this weekend in Macon, Ga., — the Cherry Blossom Capital of the World — where more than 300,000 Yoshino cherry trees bloom every March.

  • Coming Attractions: For the weeks of March 29 and April 5

  • Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets

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    “It’s a plant. It can’t hurt you,” said artist Allyson Comstock. “Imagine you boiled a piece of cabbage and rinsed it.”

  • For the weeks of March 12 and March 19

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  • Nestled deep in the woods, on a bluff atop Lookout Mountain, sits a row of cabins, and although they look rustic and simple, they include all the comforts of home, and best of all — they’re within a four-hour drive of Fort Benning.

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    Located along the banks of the Flint River, the Flint RiverQuarium tells the story of the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint River basins.

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    I live in Georgia for many reasons and snow isn’t one of them. Friday’s snow sent me wishing for the tropics. Because I don’t have a jet at my disposal, I visited the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center at Callaway Gardens instead.

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    It’s a hidden jewel tucked away on northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast, designed as a getaway for Soldiers and their families.

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    “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.”

    In those immortal words, Elizabeth Barrett Browning wasn’t referring to tens and twenties, but the average Valentine’s Day bill seems to suggest the contrary.

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    Every Friday night, Columbus’s newest hotspot attracts dozens of performing artists — from comics, poets and dancers to actors, singers and musicians. Whether your gift is sleight of hand or turn of phrase, you too can take the stage at No Shame Theater, a venue of the Springer Opera House for emerging artists and everyday creative minds. Think open mic night meets underground arts movement.

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    “No strings attached.”

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    Benicio Del Toro stars as Lawrence Talbot, The Wolfman, in this remake of the 1941 classic originally starring Lon Chaney Jr.

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