Christmas in Carrollton

Whether it’s an altogether magical musical performance, pictures downtown with Santa, finding a unique gift or just sharing a cup of good cheer, ’tis the season to celebrate Christmas in Carrollton!

Irish Folksinger Harry O’Donoghue

November 20, 2020, 7:30pm
Folksinger, storyteller and songwriter, Harry O’Donoghue, tells Ireland’s story in song. Harry has shared the stage with the Savannah Symphony, Mary Black, Cathie Ryan, Andy M. Steward, Natalie McMaster, the Furey Brothers, Tommy Makem and Danny Doyle. He performs throughout the U.S. and Ireland and hosts GPB’s The Green Island Radio Show. Harry was voted Best Acoustic/Folk Artist by the readers of Connect Savannah. This show will feature special guest dancers. Sponsored by Bank OZK and Baxley Jewelers.
Tickets: $15 Adults, $10 Youth (12 and under)

Groove Gypsies: A Night of ‘70s and ‘80s Rock and Roll

December 4, 2020, 7:30pm
The Groove Gypsies bring their unique mix of ‘70s/’80s/’90s rock, Motown, new country and popular blues tunes to the Center for the Arts. The band consists of experienced and talented musicians from the West Georgia area.
Tickets: $10

Christmas in Downtown Carrollton

December 5, 2020, 1-4pm
‘Tis the season to celebrate Christmas in Downtown Carrollton. Bring your family to Adamson Square for an altogether magical day filled with festivities and fun. Check out the special offers at your favorite shops and eateries throughout the day and enjoy the lights and decorations that will add a sparkle to your evening. Follow us on social for details. From 1pm – 4pm, grab a cup of hot cocoa while carolers fill the air with sounds of the season. Shop the holiday gift market. Drop your wish list to Santa in our very special mailbox. Snap pics of your kiddos taking a sleigh ride with Santa – reservations required.
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Handmade Greeting Cards Workshop

December 5, 2020
Make and decorate cards for the season. All kinds of craft and drawing media will be available for you to play with and instructors will be stationed to provide creative suggestions.
Ages: All ages (Ages 6 & under will need a parent or guardian to assist)
Class Size: 4 Min.; 30 Max
Cost: $5 All materials included
Register here.

Christmas in Carrollton

December 11 – 12, 7:30pm
December 12, 4pm
The Carrollton Christmas tradition continues as the Community Chorus performs classics such as Children Go Where I Send Thee, White Christmas, Go Tell It On The Mountain, I’ll Be Home for Christmas and some less traditional works like Fruitcake and These Christmas Lights.
Tickets: $10 (Season ticket holders attend on December 11)

Wind Ensemble Christmas Concert

December 15, 7:30pm
Let the Carroll Community Wind Ensemble transport you to a winter wonderland with sentimental favorites such as Sleigh Ride and White Christmas.  Conductor Terry Lowry will take your requests at the piano.
Tickets: $10

CJO: A World Jazz Solstice

December 17 & 18, 7:30pm
The Carrollton Jazz Orchestra presents A World Jazz Solstice, featuring Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite and other Christmas selections from around the world.
Tickets: $15 Adults, $10 Youth (12 and under)

Greeting Card Show: Art Contest and Exhibition

Through December 13
Let the season inspire you to create a piece of artwork to participate in this special contest. All submitted work will be displayed at the Center for the Arts during the Christmas season.
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Small Packages

Through December 13
These small-but-mighty works reflect the diverse interests and expertise of the members of the Carrollton Artist Guild and Carrollton Writers Guild. All purchased items may be taken home immediately and make great gifts for friends, family – and yourself.
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The Art of the Quilter: West Georgia Quilters Guild

Through December 13
WGQG’s annual show of quilt projects, including bed quilts, wall hangings and home decor. Styles range from traditional Civil War and ’30s prints and patterns to modern abstract quilted art. The WGQG promotes the art and tradition of quilting through personal exchange, educational programs and community service. To learn more, visit www.westgaquiltguild.com.


West End Arts Market

The Carrollton Center for the Arts will kick off the gift buying season with the West End Arts Market, a one-day market for local artists, November 7, from 11am – 5pm.

“With the holidays approaching, the arts center wants to give our public the opportunity to buy something original, not something that is mass produced or marketed,” Arts Superintendent Tim Chapman said. “The West End Arts Market gives people the opportunity to purchase something unique while supporting our local artists.”

The market will feature items, from jewelry to glass ornaments, woodwork to paintings and pottery and more. All artwork at the event will be original in design and handmade.

Register for Fall Arts Programs

Registration is now open for the Carrollton Center for the Arts’ fall classes, workshops and programs.

“Try something new — learn to paint, dance, act or play an instrument,” said Arts Superintendent Tim Chapman. “The arts can help heal our community.”

The fall schedule includes a broad range of programming for all ages across the spectrum of arts disciplines, including visual arts, theatre, chorus and dance. The center also hosts workshops on topics like baking, working with clay and glass. Private lessons are provided in voice and a variety of instruments. Several community arts organizations like the Carrollton Artist Guild, Carrollton Writers Guild, Carroll County Community Theatre, Carroll County Community Chorus, and Carroll Symphony Orchestra programs such as the Carrollton Jazz Orchestra and Community Wind Ensemble, bring an expanded menu of programs to the center’s diverse offerings.

Participants can register for fall semester activities online at www.carrolltonarts.com, by phone by calling 770-838-1083 or in person at the center at 251 Alabama Street.

The center requires its staff, visitors, students and event attendees to wear masks and follow safety guidelines established by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

City Offices Closed July 3

City of Carrollton offices will be closed Friday, July 3, 2020, in observation of Independence Day. Garbage and recycling collection will remain on its normal pick-up schedule the following week.

Memorial Day Schedule

City of Carrollton administrative offices will be closed Monday, May 25, 2020, in observance of Memorial Day. All garbage and recycling will be picked up the day following your usual scheduled collection day.

Carrollton Coronavirus Precautionary Measures

In support of state and local efforts to slow the spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), the City of Carrollton will be taking the following precautionary measures: 

Effective immediately, we are postponing and/or canceling all large public events, meetings, programs and classes for a two-week period, or until further guidance recommends otherwise. This includes, but is not limited to, all city-sponsored events, city-permitted events, tournaments and rentals in city-owned facilities. Cancellations and rescheduled dates of affected events will be announced on their respective social media pages, our carrolltonga.com and department webpages. We will continue to update you on the status of events based on CDC recommendations.

Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, all City facilities will be closed to the public until March 29. As we receive further information or guidance, we will communicate any changes. This includes, but is not limited to; City Hall, Parks and Recreation facilities, city parks, Center for the Arts, Senior Center, Depot on Bradley and The Amp. Our drive-through window at City Hall will remain open for utility bill payment, but we strongly encourage customers to utilize online services for utility billing, permits, etc. Some services will also be available by phone. Please contact our main line at 770-830-2000 to be directed to the appropriate department. Specific contact information will be listed online at https://carrolltonga.com/

Essential services such as police, fire, sanitation and water will continue as normal. 

While the risk to the general public remains low at this time,  these measures are being taken out of an abundance of caution to protect the safety and wellbeing of our community. For updates, please visit https://carrolltonga.com/covid19 


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Permit and license applications can be found online at https://carrolltonga.com/doing-business-with-the-city/ or call 770-830-2000.

For local information about COVID-19, visit Tanner Health System at http://www.tanner.org/coronavirus. For additional information, visit Georgia’s Department of Health at https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus or find answers to frequently asked questions at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html.


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• Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
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• Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily.
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Quilt Expo and Exhibits

The Carrollton Center for the Arts and the Southeastern Quilt and Textile Museum are joining forces this week to showcase the art of quilting, beginning February 21. The quilt museum’s Imagine 2020: A Quilting Expo, February 21 and 22, will feature exhibits, vendors, workshops, speakers and demonstrations for quilters at the Center for the Arts and at the museum.

In conjunction with the expo, the center will host a public reception starting at 5:00 p.m. to mark the opening of JAM Session, an invitational exhibit in the Roush Gallery of works by the members of the Georgia/South Carolina region of Studio Art Quilt Associates.

“These quilts show the potential of the medium to express complex ideas and realistic imagery, which can be difficult to do with sewn fabric,” said Carrollton Visual Arts Coordinator Marcella Kuykendall. “The four artists approach their pieces in a unique fashion, allowing visitors to see several techniques and viewpoints within one exhibit.“

In conjunction with Studio Art Quilt Associates, the quilt museum will host a show in their gallery called A Thread Runs Through It through the end of April.

“I would say that these exhibits are not your grandmother’s quilts,” said Tim Chapman, Carrollton’s arts superintendent. “The quilts do not include repetition in design and therefore might lead the viewer to think they are paintings.”

As an expo extra, the Carrollton Presbyterian Church will host A Congregation of Quilts, a free exhibition by the West Georgia Quilt Guild, from 9am-4pm, also on February 21.

School Break Arts Camps

As students take a break from school this month and again in April, Carrollton Center for the Arts’ camps offer several opportunities for them to stay creative and have fun outside of the traditional classroom environment. While most of the center’s regular classes and programs will not meet during the weeks of February 17 and April 6, young people can learn about pastry, robotics and the technical side of the arts, working with clay and theatre production — from a murder mystery to the Land of Oz.

Pastry Chef Camp
This kids-only cooking camp, taught by LaToya Gamble, will teach pastry, baking skills and confectionery techniques. Each day of camp will focus on a specific dessert finale.
Winter Camp: Feb. 17 – 19, 9am –12pm, Ages: 6 – 7
Spring Camp: April 6 – 10, 9am –12pm, Ages: 8 – 12
Member Fee: $75 per person
Non-Member Fee: $85 per person

ARTS + TECH Bootcamp
The Center for the Arts and the Neva Lomason Public Library team up to explore how technology like robots, video production tools and even Legos can open up new ways for students to express themselves.
Feb 17 – 19, 9:30am – 12pm
Ages: 8 – 12
Free

Creative Clay Camp
Instructor Melanie Drew will teach hand-building skills, from preparing the clay to slab building, coiling and the wheel, before the works are glazed and fired.
April 6– 10, 12pm – 3pm
Ages: 6 – 12
Member Fee: $75 per person
Non-Member Fee: $85 per person

Wizard of Oz Camp
Campers will learn dances, songs, lines and blocking, create simple costumes and sets and take part in theatre exercises to build confidence and improve overall performance. The class will present a 30-minute production of scenes from The Wizard of Oz. Tammy Barton is the camp’s instructor.
April 6– 10, 1am – 4pm
Ages: 5 – 7
Member Fee: $75 per person
Non-Member Fee: $85 per person

Murder Mystery Theatre Camp
Instructor Jenny Lyle’s camp will explore the murder-mystery genre while students hone their acting and performance skills. The week will end with a spaghetti dinner, followed by a theatre performance with guests investigating the crime. The evening event starts at 6pm.
April 6– 10, 9am – 12pm
Ages: 8 – 12
Member Fee: $75 per person
Non-Member Fee: $85 per person

Register for these camps now online here, by phone at (770) 838-1083 or at the Center for the Arts’ box office at 251 Alabama Street.

Bike Summit Coming to Carrollton

Nearly 200 bicycle advocates, industry representatives, planners and elected officials will roll into Carrollton for the 2020 Georgia Bike Summit, September 18-19.

“We are very excited to bring the 11th Annual Georgia Bike Summit to Carrollton,” said Georgia Bikes Executive Director Elliott Caldwell. “With the Bicycle Ride Across Georgia (BRAG) also coming to Carrollton this summer, 2020 is shaping up to be a big year for bicycling in the area.”

Georgia Bikes is a state-level affiliate of League of American Bicyclists, an organization that advocates for bicycling as a safe and healthy form of transportation and recreation. They work to improve conditions for bicycling by focusing on state policy, bicycle education and developing local advocacy organizations. In 2017, the League designated Carrollton as a Bicycle Friendly Community (one of 12 such communities in Georgia as of 2020) and the University of West Georgia as a Bike Friendly University.

Each year, Georgia Bike Summit brings together a diverse group of stakeholders to share best practices, disseminate information and collaborate in building a bicycle-friendly Georgia. A secondary purpose of the summit is to showcase the bicycle culture and amenities of communities throughout the state.

“Carrollton has really focused on being a great place to ride a bicycle,” said Caldwell. “The dedication of many community members, the local government in creating the GreenBelt, as well as better on-road infrastructure, is bearing fruit with these kinds of events coming to Carrollton.“

The Bike Summit is Georgia’s only statewide gathering for bicycle advocates. This is the first time the event is being held in Carrollton after being held in larger cities and on the coast for its first 10 years. Caldwell said the 2016 Georgia Trails Summit in Carrollton, which several Bike Summit organizers attended, positively influenced the decision to award the city the 2020 event.