Friday, May 15, 2009

This Weekend in Georgia

It's the third weekend of May and there are many things to do and see in the Empire State of the South!

Now, this first one isn't really a tourism event, but, we wanted to be sure that you knew about the Macon- Middle Georgia Job Fair and Career Expo. For more information, check out this website. On Sunday, May 17 from 1-5 p.m. at the Macon Centreplex located at 200 Coliseum Dr. over 100 employers and exhibitors will partner with the Georgia Department of Labor to assist job seekers. If you can't physically go to Macon to visit the Expo event, we invite you to watch a live television broadcast on GPB Television and simulcast on partnership stations WMAZ/Channel 13 in Macon and WALB/ Channel 10 in Albany. That's Job Fair 2009 this Sunday, May 17 from 2-4 PM. You can also watch online and chat live with Job Specialists from the Department of Labor on the GPB website at

On Friday, May 15 the annual Tybee Island Beach Bum Parade might surprise the unsuspecting visitor. Like most parades, there are floats pulled behind cars and trucks. Unlike most parades, however, the floats, often trailers or boats, are filled with water-throwing paraphernalia. Spectators, lined up along the parade route on Butler Avenue, are armed with buckets, squirt guns and hoses. What results is an all-out water war for fun loving beach bums of all ages. For more information, check out their website.

Saturday, May 16 is the day for the Traditional Singing Convention in Blairsville. The event, which will be held at 2 PM at the Historic Court House will feature Shape Note Singing. Organizers tell us that the key is audience participation. Different singing masters, or leaders, will choose a song from one of the shaped-note songbooks and lead the congregation in the singing. The music is like any music except each note has a particular shape, and the music is performed by reading and singing the notes. Those in attendance who cannot read the shaped notes simply listen and enjoy the music. To learn more about the Convention, check out their website. To learn more about Shape Note Singing and see our own Phil Proctor in action at the Chattahoochee Sacred Harp Convention, click here to watch the Georgia Traveler segment!

And those are just a few of the great ways to explore Georgia this weekend. For more information, check out the Explore Georgia website operated by Georgia Traveler's production partners at the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

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