Here & There

By David Monforton


Going for Gold in Their Golden Years

You've heard it before, and you'll hear it again: You're only as old as you feel. As a testament to the notion that you can be physically fit—and even athletically competitive—at any age, the 2010 Georgia Golden Olympics will be held Sept. 22-25 in Warner Robins, GA. The competition serves as a qualifying event for the 2011 National Competition, scheduled for next June in Houston.

The Georgia Golden Olympics is for adults 50 years of age or older, and provides an opportunity for seniors to participate in an amateur sports competition, learn new leisure skills, discover that physical activity is for all ages, meet new friends, and share good times. More specifically, it is an opportunity to have fun!

A variety of activities are held to make it possible for participation regardless of an individual's age or physical ability. Different age divisions and several levels of ability spread the competition out, so there is something for everyone. Athletic competitions range from the traditional, such as swimming and track and field, to those commonly associated with the over-50 set, including golf, horseshoe toss and, yes, shuffleboard. There are several dozen events in all, including competitions in checkers, Frisbee throwing, racquetball and badminton. And to accommodate those confined to a wheelchair, several of the events allow participants who cannot stand the option of sitting.

Medals will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each event and age category, and participants will receive lunch, dinner, a certificate and a Golden Olympics T-shirt.

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Really…It's About Racecars

When you read the name of this festival, it's not what you think. The Mountain Moonshine Festival explores the history of Georgia's Dawson County during Prohibition, when liquor was illegal and running moonshine through the foothills of the northeast Georgia mountains was a way of life. The significance of this illegal activity is that the moonshine runners would modify their small, fast cars to go even faster in order to evade the police. When Prohibition ended, these drivers couldn't divest themselves of their need for speed, and they began racing each other. The races became very popular and soon resulted in the birth of an American icon: NASCAR

Celebrating the roots of stock car racing, the 43rd annual Mountain Moonshine Festival will be held Oct. 23-24 in Dawsonville. It goes without saying that there will be a car show, with vintage racecars and their drivers lining the streets, eager to share stories about the era's legends. In addition, there will be food, music, kids' games and more.

Proceeds from the festival will benefit KARE for Kids, a local non-profit organization that provides necessities to underprivileged children in Dawson County.

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An Old Favorite in New Venues

For more than 76 years, experiencing the Rockettes and their Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been a holiday thrill for millions of people young and old, from its early days in New York City to today's nationwide tour. This year, two Florida cities will be hosting the Spectacular for the first time ever, introducing thousands more to this winter classic.

From Nov. 11-28, the Rockettes and their Spectacular will be at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers. Then from Dec. 2-12, the show will move to Jacksonville, where the high leg kicks will be on stage at the Times-Union Center.

What better way to bring the family together during the holidays than to spend an evening (or afternoon) surrounded by life-sized toy solders, Raggedy Ann dolls and more—including an appearance by Santa himself! Sparkling sequins, toe tapping footwork and eye-high kicks are just part of all the pizzazz that makes for what will be a memorable holiday experience.

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Dali's Head of a Royal Bengal Tiger, 1962.

High Dalí

The first major exhibition to re-evaluate the last half of Salvador Dalí's career is currently on display at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. "Salvador Dalí: The Late Work" explores the artist's enduring fascination with science, optical effects and illusionism, as well as his connections to artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Willem de Kooning.

The exhibit is comprised of more than 100 works, including 40 paintings and a related group of drawings, prints and other Dalí ephemera. Among the highlights are several works that have not been seen in the U.S. in 50 years, including the monumental Christ of St. John of the Cross, Santiago El Grande and Assumpta Corpuscularia Lapislazulina.

"Salvador Dalí: The Late Work" was organized by the High Museum of Art in collaboration with the Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, FL, and the Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí in Figueres, Spain. The High is the sole venue for this exhibition, where it will be on view through Jan. 9, 2011.

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50 Years of Great Music

On April 15, 1961, a new community orchestra debuted in Fort Myers with 24 musicians performing in local community centers and schools. Fifty years later, that orchestra has matured into one of the region's most respected and entertaining groups.

This fall, the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will celebrate its 50th Anniversary Season with the world premiere of Ecce Cecilia, a work composed by Paul Richards specifically for the symphony, on Oct. 30. The concert will also include Stravinsky's Firebird Suite.

The season will continue with concerts featuring music by Beethoven, Haydn, Prokofiev, Schubert, Mahler and many more. Later in the season, the symphony will perform another world premiere piece: Pandora's Waltz–A Concerto for Flute, composed by James Stephenson.

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