Brenau LitFest, Sept. 22

Celebrate literature, art and music this weekend at Brenau LitFest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Brenau Downtown Center.

Meet authors and artists, join workshops to learn about writing and how to find inspiration, enjoy fun children’s activities and more! For more information, go to

Sophie and the Pirates Stage Tour Sept. 20

The Gainesville Theater Alliance invites the community to a free, open-to-the-public stage tour of WonderQuest’s Sophie and the Pirates Thursday, Sept. 20, 6 p.m. in the historic Pearce Auditorium.

Sophie and the Pirates is a bold, fun-filled adventure about a young girl thrust into the wacky, weird, wonderful world of life aboard a pirate ship. The show opens Sept. 28 and runs through Oct 6. While the stage tour is free, family performance tickets range from $10-12 for adults and seniors, $7-8 for students and children depending on seat location. Patrons can select and purchase their seats at, or by calling the GTA Box Office at 678-717-3624, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bobby Reidling Senior Recital Sept. 14

Bobby Reidling, a senior music education major from Maysville, Ga., performs his senior recital Sept. 14.

Come enjoy an evening of fine music on Friday, Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m. as Bobby Reidling, baritone, performs his senior recital in the Theatre on the Square at the Brenau Downtown Center. Joined by Jennifer Skidmore, soprano, Nicholas Whitmire, tenor, and Julie Brady, piano, Reidling will perform selections by Mozart, Bizet, Handel and Schubert.

Free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Pre-Auditions for Gospel Choir Workshop Sept. 25 and 29

Do you have a spiritual talent that you’ve always wanted to showcase? The Brenau Music Department will host pre-auditions for singers who want to audition on stage for celebrity guests during the Gospel Choir’s fall workshop concert on Sunday, Nov. 4,  6 p.m. This opportunity is open to all students!

Auditions will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 29, 12 p.m. both in the third-floor choir room of the John S. Burd Performing Arts Center, room 345.O

Five students will be selected to audition and perform at the workshop. The winner will not only have one-on-one time with the celebrity judges, but also perform in the Brenau Gospel Experience in March 2019. Please have accompaniment or be prepared to sing acapella. For more information, contact Portia Burns at

History Center Forum: Midland Engine 301, Sept. 11

This month’s History Center Forum is “The Amazing Story of the Gainesville Midland Engine 301” The event will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m.

Warren Jones will give some background about the famous Gainesville Midland Railroad, highlighting the tale of one of its engines from production to where it rests on display today.

Admission is free for history center members and $3 for non-members. For more information, call 770-297-5900.

Northeast Georgia History Center Family Day Sept. 9

The Northeast Georgia History Center presents “Saw-bones to Space Age: 200 Years of Medicine in North Georgia,” Sunday, Sept. 9, 1-4 p.m. This Family Day will give attendees an up-close look at medical care from the “down and dirty” practices of the 18th and 19th centuries to the nationally recognized reputation of Gainesville’s health care facilities. With living history demonstrations, hands-on activities, special exhibits and performances. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 770-297-5900.

Spirit Week 2018 Sept. 24-28

Spirit week 2018 flyer
Click to download the PDF flyer.

Mark your calendar to participate in these fun activities and themed days during Spirit Week, Sept. 24-28!

Dress as your favorite movie, literary or historical
character or a person who inspires you.

  •  “Moment Maker” craft and lunch, Hopkins Dining Hall, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; register by Sept. 10.

Wear mismatched clothes or patterns.

  • Taco Tuesday lunch, Hopkins Dining Hall, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Tiger Territory Tennis mini-matches, Leslie Smithgall Tennis Court, 3:30-5 p.m. (3 Wellness points); register by Sept. 14.

Wear animal print or Western wear.\

• Old-timey photos and cowboy-themed lunch, Hopkins Dining Hall,11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; register by Sept. 14.

Dress from your favorite decade.

  • Retro, reggae, rock and rap music during lunch, Hopkins Dining Hall, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Wear your favorite Brenau shirt or Spirit Week shirt.

  • Aramark Food Truck lunch (cash only), Sorority Circle lawn, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Tiger Pride Path celebration, Fitness Center, 4 p.m.
  • Dinner and softball mini-tournament, Ernest Ledford Grindle Athletics Park, 7:30 p.m. (3 Wellness points); registration required. Faculty/staff playing softball should email Ashley Carter,, for registration code.

Register for events at

Faculty and staff who register before Sept. 6 will receive a free Spirit Week T-shirt!

Spectrum Winds Recruiting Brenau Musicians

Brenau’s Spectrum Winds New Music Ensemble is truly a post-modern ensemble for rhythm section, woodwinds and brass with repertoire that blends the styles of traditional classical, jazz, modern, popular and original music into a single expression reflecting the eclectic soundscape of today’s world.

Spectrum Winds is open to all students on campus, Brenau faculty/ employees, and to experienced adults in the Gainesville-Hall County community. We are recruiting members for all instrument sections including piano, bass, guitar and drums. Ability to read music or a desire to learn to read music is preferred.

If you or anyone you know would like to participate in Spectrum Winds, contact Dr. Sterrs-Howard at

Fall 2018 Arts & Events Calendars Now Available

Copies of the Brenau Arts & Events Calendar for August – December 2018 are now available at the Office of Marketing & Communications, 437 Brenau Ave., on the Gainesville campus. To request copies for your department or building please contact Alison Reeger Cook at or 770-534-6160.

Condolences to Scott and Danielle Miller and family

Sarah “Sally” Miller, mother of Scott Miller, Aramark Facilities, and mother-in-law of Danielle Miller, director of Special Events, died on Wednesday, Aug. 1, at the age of 76.

The family will receive friends for visitation Friday and Saturday, Aug. 3 and 4, from 6-9 p.m. at Memorial Park Funeral Home, 2030 Memorial Park Road, Gainesville, Georgia. The funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, at Timber Ridge Baptist Church on Timber Ridge Rd. in Gainesville.

Additional information is available at