The crafting season is upon us. There’s just something about the crisp fall air just makes you want to curl up on the couch with a hot glue gun and some twine and have a DIY fest. With the holidays hiding right around the corner, it’s a perfect time to break out your glitter collection and get cracking on some new decorations for your home.
It’s never been a better time to be a budget conscious crafter. You can scour the internet for all manner of affordable fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas projects you can create from objects found both outdoors and around the house. Even the simplest search can give you hundreds of options and ideas. If you’ve got little ones you can travel to kceadventures.com for a tutorial on festive and educational leaf rubbings you can do at home that’s way more exciting than a hand turkey. Novice creators can head to their local craft store and pick up a project kit that includes all the materials and instructions you need for an amazing finished product.
For further inspiration, you can head to a local arts and crafts fair like Lilburn Daze in Lilburn City Park this weekend to visit with local artists selling their wares. Browse through the vendors section and get in touch with other crafters to trade tricks and tips.
If you’d like a little guidance in your quest for crafting glory, then you’re in luck. Studios in downtown Covington and Olde Town Conyers have fall schedules packed with activities. The Southern Heartland Gallery is hosting a Clay Pumpkin Workshop on November 1st where you can learn to embellish your own ceramic pumpkin. In the meantime you can stop by the gallery for their 10th birthday celebration this Thursday. Grab a cupcake and a glass of punch to commemorate the gallery’s 10th year in historic downtown Covington and be sure to take advantage of their 10% off deals throughout October. Drop in, go to southernheartland.com, or call (770) 788-8799 for details about upcoming events. For more holiday art head to the Sketching Pad in Olde Town Conyers for a Zombie Makeup Workshop on October 11th, a Jack O’ Lantern painting party on October 18th, a Pumpkin Carving Workshop on October 25th, a Fall Path Painting Party on November 1st, or a Fall Leaf Coaster Workshop on November 8th. Check the website for pricing, which always includes your supplies for the afternoon. Register at thesketchingpad.com or by calling (678) 787-2552.
May your weekend be filled with soft feathers and faded leaves, and may your hands remain free of hot glue gun induced burn marks.
Blithe Spirit (Rockdale Auditorium)
8:00 p.m. October 9th–11th and 16th–18th and 3:00 p.m. October 12th and 19th
Cost: General Admission: $20 Seniors and Students: $16
Are you ready for a night of witty jokes with a ghostly twist? The New Depot Players are proud to bring you the wildly successful Blithe Spirit. The comedy hit that has wowed audiences in London and New York makes its way to Olde Town Conyers starting October 9th, with a special preview performance on October 8th. The play follows the exploits of Charles Condomime, a disgruntled novelist quite literally haunted by his incurably sassy late wife. This classic play has been delighting audiences since 1941. The haunting comedy will be around until October 19th, so there’s plenty of time to grab your tickets.
10th Birthday Celebration (Southern Heartland Gallery)
All Day October 9th
Break out the party hats, the noisemakers, and the confetti because Southern Heartland Gallery is celebrating their 10th year on the historic Covington Square. Swing by for a birthday cupcake and a glass of punch before you browse through the remarkable gallery of local artists. Make sure to ask about weekly and specialty classes while you’re there and don’t forget that most artwork and supplies will be discounted 10% throughout the month of October.
Rock’n Ribville (Lawrenceville Lawn)
12:00 p.m. Saturday, October 11th
You’re going to have BBQ sauce under your nails for a week. Check out Rock’n Ribville and dig into some of the best ribs in Georgia while taking in the lush Lawrenceville lawn. Wash down you’re rib feast with some good old fashioned Rock’n Roll from several different Georgia based bands. Visit the vendors area for a little shopping, swing by the kid’s area for some inflatables and face painting, or simply grab a comfy patch of grass and soak up some October sun.
Fox Theatre Ghost Tours (Fox Theatre)
7:00 p.m. Saturday, October 11th
There are some whose passion for the theatre is so immense that not even death can separate them from the stage. The Fox Theatre offers up a chilling ghost tour through their large and historic facility for one week only beginning on October 11th . Get into the Halloween spirit with haunted tales from the past as an experienced guide directs you through the spaces occupied by the theatre’s resident ghosts. Tours start every twenty minutes until 10:00 p.m. and are not recommended for children under ten.
Farm to Table Dinner (Montessori School of Covington)
6:00 p.m. Friday, October 18th
Cost: General Admission: $65 VIP $85
Investing in education just got delicious. Prepare your pallet for an evening of elegant dining as The Montessori School of Covington hosts their first annual Farm to Table Dinner with meat and vegetables locally sourced from sustainable farms in Georgia. Pay a little extra for the VIP treatment and you’ll also gain access to an exclusive appetizer and cocktail hour prior to the event, as well as the ultra-fresh 7:00 p.m. dinner, wine, and live entertainment included with general admission. All proceeds from this evening benefit the Montessori scholarship program.
The Great Bull Run (Georgia International Horse Park)
9:30 a.m. Saturday, October 18th
If you’re into being chased by 1,500 bull, intensely sticky food fights, and free cold beer, then The Great Bull Run meets all of your qualifications for a pleasurable Saturday afternoon. The day starts off with you sprinting down the quarter mile track in front of up to twenty four hefty bulls (spectator seats are provided for the faint of heart). Later, you can take part in the Tomato Royale, which involved lots and lots of chucking tomatoes at perfect strangers. Finish off your day with a complimentary beer, amazing food, live music, and tons of festival-style games.
Boss of the Toss- Cornhole and Tailgating (Duluth Town Green & Amphitheatre)
3:00 p.m. Saturday, October 18th
Liven up your tailgating experience by putting your finely honed tossing skills to the test. Enter the “Boss of the Toss” cornhole tournament and face off against other self-proclaimed champions for the title. The Duluth town green will feature four large flat screen TV’s so you can get a fantastic view of college football games while you tailgate in style. This family friendly afternoon of friendly competition and football includes free inflatable entertainment for your little ones.