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21
Apr
2017

Stop and smell the Roses…It’s Rose Show Time!

by keysouth in THINGS TO DO IN THOMASVILLE

Stop and smell the roses….it’s time for the Thomasville Rose Show and Festival, this year marks the 96th year of  this fantastic event for our town! The Rose Show Festival has been a tradition since the 1920’s, it’s a great way for not only locals to enjoy our beautiful town, but a way to attract many visitors to our area. There will be two parades, live music, a street dance, arts and crafts, amazing food and much more!

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 27

INSPECTION AND ANNUAL REVIEW OF THOMASVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT

5:30pm, North Broad Street, Downtown Thomasville

An impressive review of the Thomasville Police Department. The public is invited to witness the Annual Thomasville Police Department Review. This Police Command Inspection will also include a community meet-and-greet with the officers. Free admission.

39TH ANNUAL CHILDREN’S ROSE BUD PARADE

7pm, Broad Street, Downtown Thomasville

Possibly the cutest parade in the area featuring hundreds of area children! Free Admission. Click here for a map of the parade route and rules and regulations.

POWER OF THE PAST MUSEUM

9am – 6pm, 882 Airport Road (Off GA Hwy 122/Pavo Road)

Located at the Thomasville Regional Airport, the museum is home to the extraordinary personal collection of some of the oldest and rarest aircraft engines and aviation memorabilia of the James Dekle Family of Thomasville.  For more information call 229-226-3010 or visit www.powerofthepast.org.

JACK HADLEY BLACK HISTORY MUSEUM 

10am-5pm, 214 Alexander Street

The Jack Hadley Black History Museum is home to over over 4,669 pieces of African American artifacts with emphasis on Thomasville’s First Black Achievers, state and national achievers that commemorate their lives and accomplishments. During the Annual Rose Festival, there is a special display of Historical Thomasville First African American Rose Show Queens-1978 to 2008.” The exhibit includes the Thomasville First African American First entry of floats and Miss Black Soul Queens in the Annual Rose Show parades 1976 to 1981, (designed and directed by Mr. Joseph “Joe Soul” Thomas), and will exhibit 21 years of Homecoming Queens from Douglass and Magnolia High School Era, 1948 to 1970.

Annual Rose Show discount rates are: Adults $4.00 and Students: $2.00, dates April 27-29, 2017. Museum is located at 214 Alexander St., Thomasville, Ga. 31792.

Call 229-226-5029 or e-mail [email protected] for details, and visit our website www.jackhadleyblackhistorymuseum.com

STEP INTO THE PAST AT THE THOMAS COUNTY MUSEUM OF HISTORY

Thomas County Museum of History, 626 North Dawson Street

Self-guided tours available from 10am – 4pm, Guided Tours available at 10am, 2 pm, and 3:30pm – Learn about Thomasville’s Victorian past, Rose Show traditions, and tour six historic buildings. For information visit www.thomascountyhistory.org or call (229) 226-7664 to schedule group visits.  Group rates available.

PLANTATION TRACE EN PLEIN AIR ART EXHIBIT

8am – 5pm, Thomasville Visitors Center, 144 East Jackson Street

Plein Air Painting /plane er/ adjective / 1:  a phrase borrowed from the French equivalent meaning “open (in Full) air” painting

This preview exhibit features works by Katie Dobson Cundiff, Bill Farnsworth and Mary Erickson – award-winning members of Plein Air Professional Painters of the Southeast (PAP-SE). These and other artists will return on October 4-8 to paint plantations, historic rural towns and charming Downtown Thomasville Broad Street for a special event, Plantation Trace En Plein Air. Presented by Pines & Palms – The Georgia Florida Artists Association.

FRIDAY, APRIL 28

11TH ANNUAL ORCHIDS ON PARADE 

9am – 4pm, inside the Municipal Building, 144 East Jackson Street

Showcasing orchids grown by members of the Thomasville Orchid Society in a natural habitat. Members will be on hand to answer questions. Free admission. Donations appreciated.

ROSE FESTIVAL PAINT OUT – HOW TO START PAINTING OUTDOORS

9:30am, Thomasville Municipal Building Breezeway, 144 East Jackson Street

Professional water-color painter Mary O. Smith will guide you and get you started in the morning so you can learn about plein air painting. You will meet in the breezeway outside the Visitors Center and will wrap up in time for lunch. Sign up by April 10. Mary will send you the materials list. Presented by Pines & Palms – The Georgia Florida Artists Association. Click here to download an application and schedule of events.

ROSE FESTIVAL PAINT OUT 

9:00am – 10pm, check in at the Thomasville Municipal Building Breezeway, 144 East Jackson Street

The morning will begin with painting from a list of suggested sites including a 6-acre wild bird sanctuary, historic downtown buildings, Cherokee Lake Park, Thomasville Rose Garden and more! After lunch, paint classic homes and churches shown on the map or other sites of your choice. The evening will include Nocturne Painting of the Rose Festival’s family events. You will be assigned a place on Broad St. with electricity. Close out the evening at the Street Dance and Fireworks Show. Presented by Pines & Palms – The Georgia Florida Artists Association. Sign up by April 10. Click here to download an application and schedule of events.

96TH ANNUAL ROSE SHOW

1pm – 5pm, Broad Street at Remington Avenue, Downtown Thomasville

Ribbon cutting ceremony with Miss Georgia and local dignitaries. View hundreds of beautiful roses from regional growers. Free Admission. Click below for entry information.

Division I – Horticulture             Division II – Arrangements           Division III – Photography

**Bring your beauty or beauties to the back of the Rose Show Tent Friday, April 28 between 7:00am – 10:00am. Show display items provided include:  vases, tags, mats for photo entries, table easels and water. Arranging is easy; cut your stems as long as possible, use foliage for simple accents and a pencil when filling out your tag. Know your rose by name or you can ask one of our rose specialists for advice.

FASHION SHOW LUNCHEON

12:30pm, Thomasville Garden Center, 1102 South Broad Street

Tickets for the Fashion Show Luncheon are $15/pp and must be purchased in advance. Don’t miss this lovely opportunity to kick-off Rose Show and Festival weekend with a delicious lunch and divine fashion!  Tickets are available at the Visitors Center, 144 East Jackson Street. For more information call 229-228-7977.

STANDARD FLOWER SHOW “TOTALLY GROOVY 70S!”

1:45pm-5pm, Thomasville Garden Center, 1102 South Broad Street

Ribbon cutting ceremony with Miss Georgia and local dignitaries. Seated picnic luncheon/fashion show begins at 12:30 pm (tickets required for Fashion Show). Free admission to flower show. The Standard Flower Show is sponsored in part by Thomas County Federal. $3 donation suggested.

69TH ANNUAL ROSE PARADE “LOCALLY GROWN HEROES” 

6:45 PM      Pre-parade Mini Concert by The Kings Voices

The Kings Voices acapella group from First Baptist Church of Thomasville will present a mini concert featuring a brand new arrangement of “Georgia on My Mindâ€Â followed by “The Star Spangled Bannerâ€Â that were both arranged by Derric Johnson, who for 33 years served as a Creative Consultant for WALT DISNEY WORLD where he arranged and produced Epcot Center’s  THE VOICES OF LIBERTY, America’s premier a cappella stylists.

7pm, Broad Street, Downtown Thomasville

Watch as Thomasville comes to life with colorful floats, marching bands, stilt walkers and much more! Free admission. Local Boy Scouts will have chairs set up in the 200 block of North Broad Street under the shade of the beautiful oak trees. $5 per chair. Chairs available the day of the parade or you can call or text ahead to reserve your seats at 229-224-6874.

19TH ANNUAL STREET DANCE

8:30pm, immediately following the parade, intersection of North Broad and Jefferson Streets, Downtown Thomasville

This year featuring The Swingin’ Medallions! Get down and boogie! It’s fun for the entire family! Free admission.

FIREWORKS SHOW

10:00pm, immediately following the 19th Annual Street Dance, intersection of North Broad and Jefferson Streets, Downtown Thomasville

JACK HADLEY BLACK HISTORY MUSEUM

10am-5pm, 214 Alexander Street

The Jack Hadley Black History Museum is home to over over 4,669 pieces of African American artifacts with emphasis on Thomasville’s First Black Achievers, state and national achievers that commemorate their lives and accomplishments. During the Annual Rose Festival, there is a special display of Historical Thomasville First African American Rose Show Queens-1978 to 2008.” The exhibit includes the Thomasville First African American First entry of floats and Miss Black Soul Queens in the Annual Rose Show parades 1976 to 1981, (designed and directed by Mr. Joseph “Joe Soul” Thomas), and will exhibit 21 years of Homecoming Queens from Douglass and Magnolia High School Era, 1948 to 1970.

Annual Rose Show discount rates are: Adults $4.00 and Students: $2.00, dates April 27-29, 2017. Museum is located at 214 Alexander St., Thomasville, Ga. 31792.

Call 229-226-5029 or e-mail [email protected] for details, and visit our website www.jackhadleyblackhistorymuseum.com.

POWER OF THE PAST MUSEUM

9am – 6pm, 882 Airport Road (Off GA Hwy 122/Pavo Road)

Located at the Thomasville Regional Airport, the museum is home to the extraordinary personal collection of some of the oldest and rarest aircraft engines and aviation memorabilia of the James Dekle Family of Thomasville.  For more information call 229-226-3010 or visit www.powerofthepast.org.

STEP INTO THE PAST AT THE THOMAS COUNTY MUSEUM OF HISTORY

Thomas County Museum of History, 626 North Dawson Street

Self-guided tours available from 10am – 4pm, Guided Tours available at 10am, 2 pm, and 3:30pm – Learn about Thomasville’s Victorian past, Rose Show traditions, and tour six historic buildings. For information visit www.thomascountyhistory.org or call (229) 226-7664 to schedule group visits.  Group rates available.

LAPHAM-PATTERSON HOUSE TOURS

626 North Dawson Street

Guided tours available on the hour from 1pm – 4pm. Learn about this whimsical Queen Anne style home and its fascinating owners! For information visit www.thomascountyhistory.org or call 229.226.7664 to schedule group visits. Group rates available.

PLANTATION TRACE EN PLEIN AIR ART EXHIBIT

8am – 5pm, Thomasville Visitors Center, 144 East Jackson Street

Plein Air Painting /plane er/ adjective / 1:  a phrase borrowed from the French equivalent meaning “open (in Full) air” painting

This preview exhibit features works by Katie Dobson Cundiff, Bill Farnsworth and Mary Erickson – award-winning members of Plein Air Professional Painters of the Southeast (PAP-SE). These and other artists will return on October 4-8 to paint plantations, historic rural towns and charming Downtown Thomasville Broad Street for a special event, Plantation Trace En Plein Air. Presented by Pines & Palms – The Georgia Florida Artists Association.

SATURDAY, APRIL 29

40TH ANNUAL ROSE CITY 10K RUN

8am, In front of the Post Office on North Broad Street

Registration information can be obtained by calling (229) 226-9878.

ROSE CITY GOLF CLASSIC (SATURDAY, APRIL 28 AND SUNDAY, APRIL 29)

8:30am – 4pm, Country Oaks Golf Course, 6481 Georgia Highway 122 North

2 person team tournament with morning and afternoon tee times on both days. Teams can choose their Saturday tee times, and Sunday tee times will be determined by their flight.  *Regular play will be limited on both days.* For more information call 229-225-4333 or visit www.countryoaksgolfcourse.org.

COMPLIMENTARY TROLLEY

10am-4pm, Route includes stops at each of the Rose Show and Festival Activities throughout the day on Saturday.  Click on the map below to enlarge.

11TH ANNUAL ORCHIDS ON PARADE

9am – 4pm, Continues inside the Municipal Building, 144 East Jackson Street

Showcasing orchids grown by members of the Thomasville Orchid Society in a natural habitat. Members will be on hand to answer questions. Free admission.

15TH ANNUAL CITY OF ROSES CAR & TRUCK SHOW

Registration at 9am, Show from 10am – 3pm around the Historic Courthouse on North Broad Street

View unique and award winning motorcycles, cars and trucks. Free admission.

Click here to fill out your registration online. Please mail in your payment check or bring with you the day of the show.

96TH ANNUAL ROSE SHOW

9am – 4pm, Continues under the big top on Broad Street at Remington Avenue

Hundreds of hybrid rose varieties and breathtaking specimens will be on exhibit from growers throughout the southeast.

38TH ANNUAL 1 MILE RUN (AGES 12 & UNDER)

9:30am, in front of the Post Office on North Broad Street

Registration information can be obtained by calling (229) 226-9878.

ROSE CITY SYMPHONIC BAND

9:45am-10:45am, in front of the Civic Garden Club Flower Show Tent in Paradise Park, 403 South Broad Street

Lisa M. Foltz, Music Director and Conductor

76TH ANNUAL CIVIC GARDEN CLUB FLOWER SHOW “LOOKING BACK WHILE MOVING FORWARD” 

10am  – 4pm, Under the big top ten in Paradise Park, 403 South Broad Street

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with Miss Georgia at 10am. Enjoy beautiful roses, wild flowers, horticulture settings, potted plants, hanging baskets, table settings and more!

REDESIGNED ART IN THE PARK

10am  – 4pm, Paradise Park, 403 South Broad Street

Featuring over 30 fine arts and crafts vendors including horticulture and regional authors. Delicious food options including everything from chicken wings to egg rolls to kettle corn and more! You’ll also find vendors selling some of the finest handmade Georgia food products to take home with you, from Georgia Olive Farms olive oil to bags of stone ground grits. Children’s activities including face painting, temporary tattoos, outdoor games and Hover Archery throughout the day. Free admission.

New!  9:45am – 10:45am – Concert by Rose City Symphonic Band (located next to the Civic Garden Club Flower Show Tent) Free admission.

           10:00am – 4:00pm – Civic Garden Club Flower Show:  Looking Back Whle Moving Forward – Free admission. Donation suggested.

New!  11:00am – 11:45am – Interactive Story Time by Southern Shakespeare Company – This high energy and fun performance will delight the young and young at heart.  Main Stage. Free admission.

New!  12:00pm – 3:00pm – Live music featuring Bleu Burden. Main Stage. Free Admission.

New!  Horticulture area featuring a wide variety of plant vendors. From rose bushes to succulents to old timey favorites, plant vendors will be on-site to help you create the garden of your dreams.  Stop and smell the roses from Thomas County Hardware, enjoy succulents from South Georgia Succulents and find your favorite old timey-plants courtesy of Birdsong Nature Center.

New!  This year, Art in the Park falls on Independent Bookstore Day. To celebrate, the City of Thomasville is partnering up with Downtown’s local bookstore, The Bookshelf, to bring local and regional authors to the park to share their stories with visitors.  Come peruse the writing of authors from all genres.

New!  Take a Taste of the Festival Home with you including:  Georgia Olive Oil from Georgia Olive Farms, Stone Ground Grits from Gaylay’s Grits, Fried Pecans by Popi & Mimi’s Pecans, Frozen Sausage from Hubbards Country Meats, Hand-Made Chocolates from Sweet Cacao Chocolates and Old-Fashioned, Hand-Made Brittles from Earnestine’s Old Fashioned Brittle.

New! Joyride Bike Rentals will offer a balance bike rides and course for children 1 to 6 yrs. Adults can take a spin on an Ebike (electric bike). Free admission. Guided tours will available throughout the day beginning at Paradise Park. For more information and tour reservations, call 229-236-2453

New! Enjoy a Segway Experience with Tallahassee Segway Tours in the Park! Learn how to balance and enjoy the glide! Free admission. For ages 14+. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian. Historic Thomasville Segway Tours will be available throughout the day beginning at Paradise Park. Call 850-385-6376 or visit www.tallahasseesegwaytours.com to purchase tour tickets.

BARK IN THE PARK

10am-1pm, Paradise Park, 403 South Broad Street

Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society presents Bark in the Park. The children, in particular, really enjoy this event which will include contests for Prettiest Eyes, Cutest Costume, Best Trick, Prettiest Coat, and Owner/Dog Look-A-Like. There will also be raffles, prizes, and trivia. It’s generally fun for the whole family, and event proceeds will benefit the lost, homeless, abused, and abandoned pets in our community. Some go all out for the costume contest…dressing up both the canine and their human companion. The tricks are often very challenging and demonstrate the many hours of quality time spent with their favorite person.

Bark in the Park Schedule:

10:00 a.m. ~ Registration

11:00 a.m. ~ Prettiest Eyes

11:30 a.m. ~ Cutest Costume

12:00 p.m. ~ Best Trick

12:30 p.m. ~ Prettiest Coat

1:00 p.m. ~ Owner/Dog Look-A-Like.

Bring your lawn chair and join in the fun! For information call Kelly at 229-228-0613.