Northeast Georgia History Center Family Fun on Saturday

The Northeast Georgia History Center will host Riding the Rails: Family Fun at Engine #209 on Saturday, June 30, from 12-4 p.m.

Join the History Center for a day of family fun at Gainesville Midland Engine #209. There will be guided tours of the grounds, living history interpretation, and hands-on activities for all ages. See if you have what it takes to drive a railroad spike or switch a freight train. All Aboard!

Parking is available at 320 Maple Street or at the Public Parking Deck on the Gainesville Square. View a map with the event location marked at,+Gainesville,+GA+30501/@34.2968045,-83.829806,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88f5f6929428b45f:0x81b8e363acc74a75!8m2!3d34.2968045!4d-83.8276173?hl=en.

Admission is free. Please note the History Center itself will be closed during this special event.

Dance Adjunct Christen Weimer Featured on DIYDancer

Dance adjunct Christen Weimer was recently featured on the DIYDancer website sharing how she has used her passion for movement and dance to help heal victims of sex trafficking, particularly through working with the organization Wellspring Living.

Christen presented her most recent project earlier this month – a benefit concert to raise money and awareness for Wellspring Living. Two Brenau dance majors, Myles Jones and Lathan Roberts, were cast in her piece “Ajna” and performed at the event.

For the full DIYDancer article on Christen’s involvement with Wellspring Living and the ways in which she has incorporated dance into helping this cause visit

Northeast Georgia History Center New Chautauqua Event Tuesday, June 12

At 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 12,  the Northeast Georgia History Center will hold its first Chautauqua event of the year.

The theme of the 2018 Chautauqua season is “Women of the Years,” exploring the stories of three fascinating Georgia women: the American Revolution Loyalist Elizabeth Johnston, founder of the Girl Scouts of America Juliet Gordon Lowe, and Gainesville’s pioneering African American educator Beulah Rucker. These three very different women overcame difficulties both personal and public as they left their marks on family, community, and nation.

Join us Tuesday, June 12, to hear Susan McCranie as Elizabeth Johnston, a Georgia Loyalist during the American War for Independence.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and admission is free for members, $5 for nonmembers. We hope you join us as we meet these engaging Georgia Women of the Years!

History Center Forum on General Longstreet Tuesday, May 8

Join the Northeast Georgia History Center for “Forum: General James Longstreet During the Civil War” as Tom Rasmussen, representing the Longstreet Society, portrays General Longstreet.

Rasmussen’s presentation will focus on Longstreet’s military and personal life before his move to Gainesville in 1867. He will also examine why Longstreet was heavily blamed for the Confederacy’s defeat and how recent scholarship has corrected the historical record.

The forum will begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free for members and $3 for nonmembers. History Center forums are scheduled through June on the second Tuesday of each month.

For more information on these events, call 770-297-5900, email, or visit

Spectrum Singers and Vocal Chamber Ensemble Concert Tuesday, April 17

Bobby Ivey directs the Vocal Chamber Ensemble at Pearce Auditorium during "Concerts Connecting Cultures...Get Your Passport Ready!" presented by the Brenau University Department of Music.

The Spectrum Singers and Vocal Chamber Ensemble, directed by Bobby Ivey, will perform songs of unity and freedom in the final Department of Music concert of the semester, “One Nation, One People.”

The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17, in Pearce Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

Collaborative Gallery and Dance Event on Saturday, April 14

As part of Alumnae Reunion Weekend & May Day the Department of Dance’s Composition 1 choreographers will perform during the opening reception of the Brenau Collaborative at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 14.

The Brenau Collaborative combines the Undergraduate Juried Exhibition and Senior Projects and Portfolios Exhibition of the Art & Design and Interior Design Departments with the Senior Exhibition Fashion Show from Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising students.

The first dance performance will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the President’s Gallery; the second presentation will begin immediately after the first at approximately 5:50 p.m. in Sellars Gallery.

This collaborative event is free and open to the public.

Spectrum Winds and Il Portale Musicale Honors Concert Tuesday, April 10

Donald Strand, adjunct instructor of music, conducts the Spectrum Winds. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Donald Strand, adjunct instructor of music, conducts the Spectrum Winds. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

On Tuesday, April 10, Spectrum Winds woodwind ensemble, Director Don Strand, and juried soloists from the Department of Music will present a variety of musical repertoire in several genres and international languages.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Pearce Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

Gainesville Theatre Alliance Performs ‘The Odyssey’ April 10-21

The Gainesville Alliance will present “The Odyssey,” its final main stage production of the 2017-18 academic year, from April 10-21 in the University of North Georgia’s Ed Cabell Theatre.

In “The Odyssey,” playwright Mary Zimmerman tackles Homer’s epic story of the warrior Odysseus and his arduous 10-year journey home from the Trojan War. Rated PG.

Tickets: $18-20 for adults, $16-18 for seniors, $12-14 for students. Brenau faculty, staff, and students are eligible for $5 tickets.

For tickets, showtimes, and information, call 678-717-3624 or visit

‘Inception’ Student Choreography Showcase Tuesday, April 10

The Department of Dance presents “Inception” on Tuesday, April 10, at 1 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre at Pearce Auditorium.

This student choreography showcase presents solo and group works from freshman dance majors created through their study of choreography in composition class. Join us to witness the creative scholarship and innovation of Brenau’s dance artists.

This concert is free and open to the Brenau community and general public.

For more information, call 770-538-4764 or email

‘Lucent’ Concert April 7 to Include Special Celebration for Jolie Long Carlton

Immediately after the Department of Dance’s Saturday’s evening “Lucent” Concert at 7:30 p.m. in Hosch Theatre, there will be a ceremony honoring Jolie Long Carlton, professor and former chair of the Department of Dance. Jolie is retiring from Brenau after 20 years of dedicated service to the university and Department of Dance to focus on her health. Jolie’s husband and family will be in attendance on April 7, and Jolie herself is planning to attend the concert if she is well enough.

If Jolie is not well enough to attend the concert as she hopes to, in addition to the ceremony, the department plans to create a special video with a candid recording of the dancers and audience sending a special message to Jolie.

We hope to see you on Saturday in celebration of Professor Carlton and our senior choreographers!

“Lucent” is the Senior Thesis, Faculty and Guest Artist Concert and will run Thursday, April 5 through Saturday, April 7, in Hosch Theatre, John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. April 5-7, as well as a matinee at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $7 general admission; $5 for seniors, children under 12, college students and Brenau alumni with valid ID; free for Brenau faculty staff, and students with ID.

For more information, call 770-538-4764 or email