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Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 2:55am

Middle Ga. Weekend: Model Trains, Holiday Music, And Broadway Comes To Macon

Huffington Post film critic Jackie K. Cooper and harpist Betsy Fitzgerald join us to talk about fun things to do in Middle Georgia over the weekend and beyond.

Betsy's picks for Nov. 27:

The Macon Symphony is setting the tone for the holiday season with Home for the Holidays, with special guests the Mercer University’s Children’s Choir and Vineville Academy’s Vineville Voices, all under the artful direction of conductor C. David Keith.

The concert is filled with sacred and secular holiday favorites including a delightful musical version of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and “God Bless Us Everyone” from Disney’s A Christmas Carol, featuring tenor Richard Kosowki.

I am personally very excited to hear Mack Wilberg’s exquisite setting of Still, Still, Still. Mack is the Music Director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and is one of the most respected choir composers and arrangers in the world.

That's "Home for the Holidays," Macon Symphony Orchestra, Sunday, December 1, The Grand Opera House, 651 Mulberry Street, 4:00 p.m. Admission is $13.50-$38.50 and discounts are available for groups of ten or more. Call 478.301.5300 to purchase tickets or for more information.

Macon harpist Betsy Fitzgerald (yours truly) and flautist Wendy Cohen are joining together for a spectacular holiday concert featuring Rutter's Suite Antique. In addition, the duo will perform classical favorites including Massenet’s Meditation from Thais as well as seasonal repertoire to celebrate the holiday season.

This program is part of the Music and the Arts concert series presented by Vineville United Methodist Church.

That's "Joyeux Noel!," December 8, 2013, Vineville United Methodist Church, 2045 Vineville Avenue, Macon, 4:00 p.m., free admission.


Jackie's picks for Nov. 27:

My first pick is the Planes and Trains Model Railroad Show at the Museum of Aviation, Robins AFB, Georgia, now through December 1 with the exception of Thanksgiving Day.

The hours are 9 till 5 and the admission is free. This is the 6th year of the exhibit and it is bigger and better than ever.

The club will have displays in two Museum buildings. The Eagle Building will have detailed static modeling displays. The Century of Flight Building will be the site of large operating layouts and other railroad related exhibits.

The club will have a HO-scale train display that will feature up to 9 trains running continuously on 3 main lines through landscape scenes with miniature buildings, cars, bridges, rivers, buildings and an airport. Additional trains will be doing switching at modeled industrial sites.

The club will also have a large N-scale layout which also features a 1950’s drive in theater. There will also be an O-scale Lionel layout, where railroad cars experience “hot box” fires, a Christmas Village, a Thomas the Tank Engine layout on Sodor Island, a modern train on the World’s Greatest Hobby layout, and a large G-scale floor display.

The Museum “Planes and Trains” display will be much more extensive with the addition of exhibits from the Southeastern Railroad Museum, Operation Lifesaver, and others.
Ed Lusk, spokesman for the railroad club, said “Our club continues to make ‘Plans and Trains’ an even larger display each year and 2013 will be no exception in our continuing effort to make this the largest model railroad event in Middle Georgia.”

Club members will be on hand to answer questions about model trains and the hobby of model railroading. The Middle Georgia Model Railroad Club has been around since the 1970s and currently has about 25 members.

The Club holds a public meeting at the IHOP restaurant, 2710 Watson Boulevard, Warner Robins on the third Tuesday of every month and invites anyone interested in learning about model railroading to come to the meeting. For more information on the club visit their website or address questions to

My second pick is “Memphis” at the Grand Opera House, 651 Mulberry St, Macon, Georgia.

This four-time Tony award-winning musical is based on true facts about a DJ and a Club singer. It is an inter-racial romance. Performance is Dec 2 and 3 at 7:30 PM. Call (478) 301-5470 for more information.