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Community members can 'build your own Clocktower' Thursday

As the famous Rome Clocktower turns 150, the city’s got a full calendar of events so community members can participate and celebrate the iconic structure.

A very special 150th birthday part is planned on Jan. 27 at Clocktower Hill starting at 11:30 a.m. The celebration will be 1870s style with music, a short ceremony and cake. That evening, the public can view a display of Rome Clocktower art at the Rome Area History Center.

Pieces in the display have been made by artists of all ages and abilities. Awards for creativity will be announced at 5:30 p.m.

The Rome Area History Center will host a “Build Your Own Clocktower” Craft Night on Thursday, Jan. 13 from 4-6 p.m. Drop-in for instruction and templates to build your own. The class is $5. Spaces can be reserved online at All participants are encouraged to enter their art in the Rome Clocktower Art display.

Community members can learn the history of the Rome Clocktower from conception to construction to alterations in a monthly lecture series held at The Rome Area History Center. The series will be held the second Friday of each month, April through September. Rome History Center Director, Selena Tilly, will share stories and unique insights each month. Tickets are $5 (free for History Center members).

Enjoy a “Night with the Stars: Stargazing Event” on Friday, April 1. View the stars and planets through telescopes from Clocktower Hill. Learn about the constellations and the universe. Details will be posted closer to date on how to secure your timeslot.

Monthly Clocktower Tours will return Saturday, April 1. Guests can climb the steps to the very top of the clocktower to see the best views of Rome while Learning the history of Rome in painted murals depicting the founding of Rome through present day on the interior of the tower. Tours will be offered the first Saturday of the month, April through September. Tickets are $10.

The Rome Area History Center will host a Rome Clocktower History special exhibit of the Clocktower and the Rome Fire Department. The exhibit will open Wednesday, April 13 and will run through September. Entry is free.

Storyteller, Bob Harris will share wonderful tales of Rome and the Clocktower on the lawn of the Clocktower Hill on Thursday, May 5 at 6 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs for seating. Admission is free.

Aspiring artists or just those who enjoy being creative can celebrate with a painting party on Friday, May 6. Guests can create their own Clocktower masterpiece and enjoy “Clocktail drinks” on the deck overlooking downtown Rome with views of the river and the Clocktower. Artist Kristi Kent will facilitate the event and guide participants through the painting. The event will be held at the Courtyard Rome Riverwalk on Friday, May 6 at 5:30 p.m. The cost waill be $40 per person; all proceeds will benefit the Clocktower Restoration Fund.

All ticketed events held at the Rome Clocktower benefit the Rome Clocktower Restoration Fund. The Rome Area History Center is a non-profit; all ticketed events held at the center benefit the Rome Area History Center.

For more details on the Rome Clocktower 150th Birthday Kickoff and events planned for the year, visit:

Kingfisher gallery hosts Linda Mitchell exhibit through Feb. 12

Atlanta based artist and former Berry College student, Linda Mitchell, is exhibiting 25 mixed media paintings and an installation at downtown Rome’s new art gallery, Kingfisher Art Co., through February 12.

Mitchell’s layered, richly colored paintings are populated by real and imagined animals who are often stand-ins for human beings and their inner lives.

Kingfisher is open Thursday-Saturday noon to 6 p.m., and Wednesdays 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and by appointment.

Mitchell combines painted and photographic images, fabric, wood, safety glass, and found objects in works that plunge the viewer into dream-like scenarios. In her highly textured paintings she uses objects and images of personal significance, such as fabric from her childhood home, her son’s drawings, and her pet dogs. Mitchell’s work looks both inward, expressing the artist’s hopes and fears, and outward, embracing the world in its beauty and environmental damage.

In her work, Mitchell explores themes of the self and close relationships, the melding of past and present, loss and memory.

In the paintings, animals act out human dramas of loss, searching, and even transcendence. The beautiful, floating landscapes are drenched in the feeling that a way of life and the land itself may be in the process of vanishing. The African animals that appear in Mitchell’s recent work similarly suggest the threat of environmental degradation.

Mitchell has described her process as intuitive, with a kind of visual poetry emerging from the layering of images and materials. Combining paint, images, words, and objects, a piece develops in ways that are often surprising and in Mitchell’s words it, “... inevitably ends up that a piece is about something with which I am dealing, thinking about, or problems I am working through in life.”

Linda Mitchell has exhibited her paintings extensively with solo exhibitions in a variety of galleries across the country.

Kingfisher Art Co. is located at 7 E. 2nd Ave.

Author Neely Young to sign copies of "Georgia Made" at Dogwood Books on Saturday

Author Neely Young will be signing copies of his book “Georgia Made” on Saturday from 1-4 p.m. at Dogwood Books.

The book is called “Georgia Made — the Most Important Figures who Shaped the State in the Twentieth Century” and in it, Nelly, an author and longtime journalist, details the lives of remarkable men and women who “hauled Georgia up from its poor, agrarian roots, making it among the most diversified, prosperous states in the country.”

The book was published last October and is a continuation of Young’s long-standing interest in Georgia history and historical figures who “fought for freedom and served in the statehouse and White House. They excelled at sports, founded institutions that shaped countless lives and inspired through art and lives lived artfully. They are famous, obscure, colorful, outrageous and saintly, all with fascinating stories and all consequential, sometimes in ways felt the world over.”

The individuals covered in the book include Martin Luther King Jr., Jimmy Carter, Ted Turner, Alice Walker, Juliette Gordon Low, “Hammerin’ Hank” Aaron and Vince Dooley.

Young is a Cedartown native who graduated from the University of Georgia. In 1968, he joined his family-owned newspaper, the Valdosta Daily Times, working in the photography department.

After leaving Valdosta, he worked in various positions, and as both editor and publisher, for Georgia newspapers in Marietta, Canton, Dalton and Clayton County. In 1986, he became CEO of Morris Newspaper Corporation, which owned and operated 40 newspapers in six states.

He has served as a curator on the Georgia Historical Society and often wrote about historical figures in his columns for Georgia Trend magazine.

Dogwood Books is located at 231A Broad St.

St. Mary's to host Color Run, online auction, reverse raffle

St. Mary’s School is kicking off its “Color the Knight” spring fundraiser with three events community members might be excited about.

The first event is an in-person Color Fun Run at the school on Saturday, March 19 starting at 9 a.m. There will also be an optional Virtual 5k for those who’d like to run on their own.

The run will take place from 9 a.m. to noon and will be done by age group. There will be food, inflatables and games.

Registration is available at Knight and prices are $35 for participants (includes a race shirt, medal and swag bag); $30 for St. Mary’s alumni and $25 for St. Mary’s students, faculty and staff.

“The color run will be a fun filled community event taking place at Saint Mary’s School,” said St. Mary’s PTO President Julie Ireland. “We will be hosting a color run (this is non-competitive) and we will have games, music, bubble machines, food, and inflatables. People who attend the color run will also be able to take a peek at the auction baskets from the online auction.”

There will also be an Online Auction beginning Thursday, March 17 at 9 a.m. through Saturday, March 19 at 7 p.m. Auction items will include gift baskets, sparking spaces and class auction items for St. Mary’s parents as well as fun filled parties and vacations.

The school will also host a Reverse Raffle which will take place on Facebook Live, March 19 at 6:30 p.m. You do not have to be in virtual attendance to win.

Tickets are $100 each and give the buyer a 1 in 350 chance to win $10,000. Tickets are available online at and clicking on Reverse Raffle Tickets.

“People do not want to miss their 1 in 350 chance to win $10,000,” Ireland said. “We are so excited to offer a webpage to purchase raffle tickets using a credit card. This makes it so much easier to support Saint Mary’s School. Anyone can buy one if they are 18 or older.”

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