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What to do this weekend
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Art for art’s sake
The second annual Midway Art Festival is planned for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Local artists and crafters will display their works on the grounds of the old Midway Church on Highway 17 in Midway. Admission is free. For more information, call the Midway Gallery at 884-3726.

Fun at the VFW
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6602 plans to have karaoke at the club tonight. The events are open to the public, but attendees must be 21 years of age to enter the lounge. The post is at 931 Highway 196 West in Hinesville. For more information, call 876-6602
Upcoming is Slick Nickel’s blues and country music on May 4. The next week on May 11 will feature karaoke with SS Entertainment as well as on May 18. And Simply Southern, country and southern rock, is slated for May 25.

Art classes at YMCA
Art classes are sponsored by the Hinesville Area Arts Council on each fourth Saturday at the YMCA. Next is April 28. Children’s classes are 10 a.m.-noon and an adult classes, 1-4 p.m. The cost is $12 for the children’s class and $20 for adults. Make reservations by calling 408-6380 or 408-6151.

Shepherd’s in Concert
The annual Shepherds in Concert is planned for 6 p.m. April 28 at Trinity Missionary Baptist Temple. Singing shepherds include Pastor C.L. Anderson, Bishop Vincent Drummer, Pastors John Harmon and Alvin Jackson, Apostle Walter Ross and Pastor Shirley Wingate. Call Alberta Mickel at 368-3850, Minister Artee Davis at 368-4137 or Shirley Frasier at 368-5204.

Gospel concert
St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 6624 Leroy Coffer Hwy. in Fleming will present a gospel concert at 6:30 p.m. Saturday featuring New Men of Faith from Savannah, Spiritual Lights Gospel Singer of Savannah, Sister Helen G. Singleton and the Singing Messengers of Midway, The Gospel Messengers of McIntosh and more. Everyone is invited.

Lions mini-circus
The Hinesville Lion’s Club presents “The Magic Celebration with Kenny’s Illusions,” Bingo the Clown, jugglers, tumblers and acrobats at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Liberty High School gym.  Proceeds support the Lion’s Club work in the community.

Kiss-A-Pig poker run
A car/bike poker run to benefit the American Diabetes Association through the Liberty County team in the annual Kiss-A-Pig contest is planned for Saturday (rain or shine). The ride starts at Savannah Harley Davidson on Highway 204. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the first bike will depart an hour later. The last bike out will be at 11 a.m. Fees are $10 per hand with additional hands at $5. Prizes will be drawn at 3 p.m. All motorcycles and cars are welcome. For more information, call (912) 977-5335 or (912) 408-8000.

House and garden pilgrimage
Liberty County will showcase homes and gardens of historic Hinesville and Midway from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 5. This 12th annual event will feature seven historic sites in Liberty County, including Midway Museum, Midway Church and Cemetery, Seabrook Village’s costumed re-enactment of slave days, the Bacon-Fraser Home and Garden, Dorchester Academy, and the LeConte-Woodmanston Rice Plantation and Botanical Garden. Author Erskine Clark will sign copies of his book, “Dwelling Place, a Plantation Epic” at the Midway Museum. Lunch will be served at LeConte Woodmanston. For more information, call Kay Peacock at (478) 237-7528 or Sherle Beck at (912) 264-3745. Tickets are $25 each or $20 for groups of 12 or more. Lunch can be purchased for an additional $10. For more information, visit online at

 “Nina” to visit Brunswick
The “Nina,” a replica of Columbus’ favorite ship will open in Brunswick May 10. The ship will be docked at Brunswick Landing until her departure May 14.
Built completely by hand and without the use of any power tools, Archaeology magazine called the ship “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.” The craftsmanship of construction and the details in the rigging make it a truly fascinating visit back to the Age of Discovery.
The “Nina” was used in the production of the film “1492” starring Gerard Depardieu and directed by Ridley Scott.
The ship was built in Bahia, Brazil, by the Columbus Foundation, which is based in the British Virgin Islands. The ship has been touring continually since 1992 as a sailing museum to educate the public and school children on the “Caravel,” a Portuguese ship used by Columbus and many early explorers to discover the world.
While in port, the public is invited to take self-guided tours. The prices are $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens, and $3 for students. Children, 4 and under, are admitted free. The ship will be open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. No reservations necessary. Teachers or groups wishing to schedule a 30-minute guided tour with a crew member can call the ship at (787) 421-0402, or email Minimum of 15. Visit the Web site at for additional information. The ship arrives May 9.  For more information, call (284) 495-4618 Fax (284) 495-4616 or e-mail

Fort Morris Commemoration
A Memorial Day commemoration has been set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, May 28, at Fort Morris. Join the staff and volunteers at the state historic site in east Liberty County as they commemorate the holiday with hourly soldier talks, and musket and cannon firings. The historic site is seven miles east of I-95 via Islands Highway and Fort Morris Road. Travel about five miles from the interstate down Islands Highway/GA38 to Fort Morris Road, take a left and travel another two miles. Fort Morris is on the right. For more information, call (912)884-5999 or visit online at
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