History Center Events March 11 and 13

The Northeast Georgia History Center will host two events next week: “Family Day: Food Ways” on Sunday, March 11, and “Forum: Saving Appalachian Gardens and Stories,” on Tuesday, March 13.

cornbread in a skilletMarch is the month when spring planting begins, and a new cycle of yearly food preparation begins. On Sunday, March 11, from 1-4 p.m. come to the History Center’s March Family Day and have a taste of history as we celebrate the planting season with hands-on activities, living history interpretation and cooking demonstrations – and of course, samples of traditional food cooked over an open fire. Family Day is free and open to the public.

heirloom seed packetsOn Tuesday, March 13, learn about an heirloom seed-saving project at “Forum: Saving Appalachian Gardens and Stories” with Rosann Kent, director of the University of North Georgia Appalachian Studies Center. Through this project, students collect, grow, bank and share seeds that have been passed down in families for more than three generations. See visual art based on the lives of the seed-keepers. Plus, take home a packet of free heirloom seeds.

The forum will begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free for members and $3 for nonmembers.

For more information on these events, call 770-297-5900, email historycenter@brenau.edu, or visit negahc.org.

David Markwith Senior Music Recital Friday, Feb. 23

Markwith with a trombone on stage
David Markwith performs during Water, a Musical Perspective, a concert by Brenau’s Spectrum Winds with solos from HONORS Il Portale Musicale. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

David Markwith will perform his senior recital at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23, in Pearce Auditorium. Markwith, who plays the trombone, will perform musical selections by Handel, Curnow and Blume. The concert will feature the trombone and brass ensemble.

The concert is free and open to the public.

GTA February Festival: ‘Avenue Q’ and ‘Monstrous Regiment’

The Gainesville Theatre Alliance will present two main stage productions Feb. 13-24.

Avenue Q logoAvenue Q will be performed in Hosch Theatre, John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts,at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13-17 and Feb. 20-24, as well as at 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 18 and Feb. 24.

A racy mix between South Park and Sesame Street, part flesh, part felt, and packed with heart, Avenue Q won the Tony Award triple crown for best musical, score and book. This laugh-out-loud musical tells the story of a bright-eyed college grad named Princeton, who arrives in the city with big dreams and a tiny bank account. He has to move into a shabby apartment all the way out on Avenue Q, where he meets a colorful cast of characters. Together, they struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life. Music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx. Rated R.

Tickets are $24-26 for adults, $22-24 for seniors and $14-16 for students.

Monstrous Regiment imageRunning concurrently with Avenue Q, Monstrous Regiment will be performed at UNG-Gainesville’s Ed Cabell Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16, 18 and 20-24, as well as at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 17 and Feb. 24.

Based on the 31st novel in Terry Pratchett’s popular Discworld series, Monstrous Regiment is a wickedly funny look at the absurdities of war and ambiguities of identity. Adapted for the stage by Stephen Briggs. Rated PG-13.

Tickets are $18-20 for adults, $16-18 for seniors and $12-14 for students.

Brenau faculty, staff and students are eligible for discounted tickets on all performance nights and free tickets on certain nights to both shows. For more information and for tickets, call the box office at 678-717-3624 or visit gainesvilleTHEATREalliance.org.

History Center Hosts Colonial Georgia and Digital Media Events

The Northeast Georgia History Center will host two events next week: “Family Day: Colonial Georgia” on Sunday, Feb. 11, and “Forum: The Magic of Digital Media — How the Cottrell Digital Studio Brings History to Life,” on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

The last of the original thirteen colonies to be established by Great Britain, Georgia nonetheless had 43 years of colonial development. For the “Family Day: Colonial Georgia” program on Sunday, Feb. 11, living history demonstrations of Georgia’s Colonial military, music and dance performances, and hands-on activities illuminate life in Colonial Georgia from its founding in 1733 to the separation from England in 1776.

Family Day will be held from 1-4 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Family Days are scheduled from January through April on the second Sunday each month.

During next Tuesday’s Forum on Feb. 13, the History Center’s Media Producer, Libba Beaucham, will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the technology in the center’s Cottrell Digital Studio. With tips on how to achieve quality video content on a small budget to the basics of video conferencing, this forum is a great introduction to both the creative and practical uses of digital technology.

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

For more information on these events, call 770-297-5900, email historycenter@brenau.edu, or visit negahc.org.

GTA’s ‘Avenue Q’ and ‘Monstrous Regiment’ Stage Tours Next Week

The Gainesville Theatre Alliance will present stage tours of two of its upcoming spring productions next week.

Avenue Q logoThe stage tour for the spring musical “Avenue Q” will be Tuesday, Jan. 30, at 6 p.m. in Hosch Theatre, John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts. Get a behind-the-scenes look at this award-winning, R-rated show. The production of “Avenue Q” will run Feb. 13-24.

Monstrous Regiment logoOn Thursday, Feb. 1, GTA will present a stage tour of “Monstrous Regiment” at 6 p.m. in UNG-Gainesville’s Ed Cabell Theatre. Make sure to attend this event to hear how the design team is creating this hilarious British comedy. “Monstrous Regiment” will run Feb. 16-24.

Both stage tours are free and open to the public. For more information on the stage tours and for tickets and information on the actual performances, call the box office at 678-717-3624 or visit gainesvilleTHEATREalliance.org.

Reminder: Singing for the Sugar Snouts Concert Saturday, Jan. 20

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Join the music students of Jan Grissom and some special friends for a concert this Saturday, Jan. 20, in the John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts atrium.

This concert will contain musical theater favorites and will benefit the animals of Frankie and Andy’s Place. There will be a small reception at 7 p.m. before the concert. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be followed by dessert around 8:30 p.m.

Free and open to the public; however, donations are greatly appreciated.

Singing for the Sugar Snouts Concert Saturday, Jan. 20

Join Jan Grissom’s music students and some furry friends for a concert Saturday, Jan. 20, in the John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts atrium.

This concert will contain musical theater favorites and will benefit the animals of Frankie and Andy’s Place. There will be a small reception at 7 p.m. before the concert. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be followed by dessert around 8:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. However, donations are greatly appreciated.

Brenau’s Music Ensembles Open to Students, Faculty, Staff and Community

The Brenau University Department of Music has opportunities for students, faculty, staff and community members to share their talents and love of music by joining any of the three open ensembles: The Gospel Choir, Spectrum Singers and Spectrum Winds. Students may also choose to add these ensembles as a one-credit course.

Brenau University Gospel Choir concert (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)
Brenau University Gospel Choir concert (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Have you ever wanted to be a part of an ensemble that not only sounded good, but fed your soul as well? The Brenau Gospel Choir is here to satisfy those needs. The Gospel Choir meets every Tuesday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the choir room on the third floor of the Burd Center (Burd 345). Students may choose to register for the Gospel Choir as a one-credit course (MC 130.01). Please contact director Portia Burns at pburns1@brenau.edu for more information.

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.
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.

All interested singers are invited to join Spectrum Singers. This non-auditioned mixed choral group is open to Brenau students, faculty, staff and community members who love to sing and want to perform in a choir. Students may choose to register for Spectrum Singers (MC 120.01) to receive one credit. This choral group rehearses Mondays from 5-6:30 p.m. in Thurmond McRae. Contact Bobby Ivey at bivey@brenau.edu or 770-534-6234 if you are interested in joining or have any questions.

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)

Finally, Spectrum Winds is a wind ensemble consisting of woodwinds, brass and percussion. The ensemble is open to students, faculty, staff and community members of all levels and performs a wide range of popular, multi-cultural and traditional styles of music. Check out Spectrum Winds on “That Mancini Magic” on YouTube. Students may also choose to register for Spectrum Winds as a one-credit course (MC 160.01). The ensemble meets Mondays from 7-8:59 p.m. in Banks Recital Hall in the Burd Center. For more information, contact Don Strand at dstrand@brenau.edu or 404-915-1480.

History Center Forum Tonight, Jan. 9, and Family Day Sunday, Jan. 14

The Northeast Georgia History Center will host two events within the next week, starting with a forum, “The People, Laws, and Cases of the Indian Removal Act” tonight, Tuesday, Jan. 9, and “Family Day: Music in the Mountains” on Sunday, Jan. 14.

Tonight, join the History Center at 7 p.m. to hear the organization’s own David French speak on the timeline, legal context, characters and court cases surrounding the Indian Removal Act and the subsequent Trail of Tears. Learn how one of the most divisive laws in American History came to pass.

General admission is $3; members enter free.

History Center Forums will run January through June on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.

Family Day Music imageThis upcoming Sunday, Jan. 14, from 1-4 p.m. the History Center will present “Family Day: Music in the Mountains,” which will provide a look and listen at the music traditions and instruments of North Georgia from the early 19th century, when if you wanted music you made it, through the 1940s, when the transition to music readily available through technology was complete. Live music and dance performances, living history interpretation, and hands-on activities make for a great way to start the New Year!

Family Days run January through April on the second Sunday of each month from 1-4 p.m. Family Days are free of admission.

For more information on these events, call 770-297-5900, email historycenter@brenau.edu, or visit negahc.org.

‘Family Day: Victorian Christmas’ and ‘Forum: Pearl Harbor’ Coming to History Center Next Week

Victorian Christmas Image with two women in Victorian garb, carol books, and a wreath.

The Northeast Georgia History Center will host two events next week: “Family Day: Victorian Christmas,” on Sunday, Dec. 10, and “Forum: Pearl Harbor,” on Tuesday, Dec. 12.

On Sunday, visit the 19th century with the Northeast Georgia History Center as we celebrate the holidays and explore the traditions of Victorian Era Christmas-tide during “Family Day: Victorian Christmas.”

Have your holiday photo made with Santa Claus by the fire, refresh yourself with hot cider, hot chocolate and cookies, and hear performances of ‘Twas the night before Christmas, as well as Christmas songs and carols. You can also make pioneer era-inspired ornaments and decorations to take home or put on the History Center Christmas tree as we explore holiday traditions with performances, hands-on activities, living history interpretation and demonstrations.

This Family Day will be held from 1-4 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

During the forum on Tuesday, Dec. 12, the History Center’s own Executive Director Glen Kyle will speak about that cataclysmic “day of infamy” 76 years ago: Pearl Harbor. Kyle is the History Center’s resident WWII expert, having taught continuing education courses on the subject and having authored the book Hall County in WWII. The forum will begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free for members and is $3 for nonmembers.

For more information on these events, call 770-297-5900, email historycenter@brenau.edu, or visit negahc.org.