7-8 a.m., Breakfast at hotel.
8:30-9:30 a.m., Valdosta’s Historic Driving Tour – There are four national registered historic districts, including Brookwood North, Downtown, Fairview and North Patterson Street. This tour offers an overview of our city’s growth and landmarks. It’s very interesting. Discover history, beauty and hospitality.
10 a.m.-noon, Lowndes County Historical Society & Museum – Founded in 1967 and dedicated to preserving the rich history of Valdosta and Lowndes County, this museum offers nearly 10,000 sq. ft. of displays and research material. The grounds also include multiple exhibits.
12:30-2 p.m., Lunch at Rainwater Conference Center – This is private dining with no lines, no waiting, great atmosphere and great food, drinks and dessert are included. Enjoy our chef's choice selections, all plentiful and super good!
2:30-4 p.m., The Crescent at Valdosta Garden Center – This is a landmark home on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the most admired and photographed sites of the South. Col. William S. West built the neoclassical, crescent-shaped front porch, 23-room home for his family in 1898. It has been Valdosta’s national treasure for more than a century.
7-8 a.m., Breakfast at hotel.
8:30-9:30 a.m., Grand Bay Wildlife Management Area – This is a beautiful place to visit and get close to nature. It is a spacious wildlife refuge offering swampy nature walks, a winding boardwalk through a natural environment and a 54-foot observation tower for a bird’s eye view of the surrounding wetlands.
10-11:30 a.m., Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts – The Lowndes-Valdosta Arts Commission was chartered in 1962. In 1993, LVAC purchased and renovated the former first State Bank & Trust building. Former Georgia Senator Loyce Turner gave a significant gift to the Center to be named in memory of his late wife, Annette Howell Turner. The new Center was completed in April 2003 and houses six galleries in 17,000 sq. ft. of space showcasing local and regional artists’ works.
Noon-1:30 p.m., Lunch at Covington’s Dining & Catering – This restaurant is locally owned and operated. They have been in the food service industry for over thirty years. They serve lunch daily from their diverse menu that is sure to have something for everyone, along with daily specials to add variety to the restaurant. It is walking distance to Dosta Playhouse.
2-5 p.m., Dosta Playhouse – The playhouse opened in 1941. This was a small one-screen theater in Downtown Valdosta. It is one of two remaining theaters from the Martin Theatre chain that still stands in Valdosta. At one time, the city was home to several Martin Theatres. After the last movie flickered off the screen in 1966, it was closed for several years. It reopened briefly in 1977 to 1979. It later served as a furniture warehouse after all the interior was gutted. The local arts center and a group of thespians worked diligently to raise funds and grant money to restore the building to its original state. It is home to Theatre Guild Valdosta. The Guild purchased the building in the 1990s and then purchased adjoining buildings for much needed expansion. The Guild produces six shows each year. *Weekend show time*
Check Web site for show time schedule: http://www.theatreguildvaldosta.com