advocatesThe next American Idol star may be in our midst! A great way to take that first step towards stardom is by auditioning for Advocates for Children’s Every Child’s a Star talent show.

Auditions will take place on Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 6:00pm-8:00pm and Saturday, January 31, 2015, 2:00pm-5:00pm at Expedition Church, 32 Center Road, Cartersville, Georgia 30120.

Auditions are open to anyone in kindergarten, primary, elementary, middle or high school in Bartow County and surrounding areas. Those wanting to audition should attend one of two audition dates, bring a cd of accompaniment and be prepared to perform a two minute act of dance, drama, music (vocal or instrumental) or gymnastics. Music and performance must be age appropriate, G-rated.

A panel of three judges will select thirty one acts (twenty one individual and ten group acts) to perform at Every Child’s a Star talent show to take place on March 20, 2015 at Cass High School Performing Arts Center. Participants are required to attend all rehearsals and are responsible for their own costumes.

Regina Gilbert and her son Thomas Gilbert have once again stepped up to volunteer their time and talents to help Advocates for Children bring this show to fruition for the 22nd year in a row. Regina serves as producer while Thomas serves as the director. The Gilberts bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the production and ensure every detailed is covered.

For more information about Advocates or Every Child’s a Star go to or contact Thomas Gilbert,, 678.276.5521, Regina Gilbert, or Advocates for Children,

Advocates for Children strengthens our community of families by offering safety, comfort and hope to children and preventing child abuse in all its forms. To learn more about Advocates and the services they offer, call 770.387.1143 or visit

It’s Time To Take A “Frozen” Plunge

frozenGet ready to take a “Polar Plunge” to help children in need! Join Advocates for Children on Saturday, February 7, 2015, 10:00 am at Dellinger Park to brave the chilly waters for a worthy cause.

The Polar Plunge is a winter time fundraiser organized to benefit Advocates for Children. Those brave enough to endure the frigid waters are encouraged to come up with a creative costume, add some great theme music and take a plunge into the waters of Dellinger Park pool.

This year’s theme is “Frozen”, a very fitting title for the event and to go along with the extremely popular Disney movie, Frozen. Each jump will help raise money for children and families that need the services provided by Advocates for Children. Eight programs make up the Advocates name and all services are provided to 2600 children and families each year free of charge thanks to community support of fun events like the Polar Plunge.

Participants, supporters and sponsors make this event a success. For those who would like to support the event thru sponsorship, there are three different levels: Ella sponsorship $1,000, Anna sponsorship $500 and Olaf sponsorship $250.

Jumpers may pre-register by completing an application available online at or by coming to the Advocates administrative office, located at 49 Monroe Crossing, Cartesville, Georgia.

Day of registration will begin at 9:30 am along with Chick-fil-A breakfast and pictures with the popular “Olaf”. Jumps will begin at 10:00 am, each jump will be judged by a celebrity panel of judges. Prizes will be given for best jump, best costume and most money raised. Some of the prizes include $100.00 of frozen food from Publix of Cartersville, a Kindle fire HD7 and much, much more.

For more information about the Polar Plunge or to learn more about what Advocates does go to or contact Jennifer
Wiggins Matthews,, 770.387.1143 or Angie Barnette, Georgia Power,, 770.550.3229.

Advocates for Children strengthens our community of families by offering safety, comfort and hope to children and preventing child abuse in all its forms. To learn more about Advocates and the services they offer, call 770.387.1143 or visit

Acworth Opry – Saturday, September 21!

acworth_beach_cauble_park_gazeboThe City of Acworth and 41 Management Productions is proud to present the Acworth Opry at Cauble Park on Saturday, September 21 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Live music performed by local bluegrass and country groups will be played from the Gazebo.This is a free event! Bring your family, friends and chairs or blankets and enjoy great bluegrass music, friendly folks and lots of fun!

Two Major Fund Raisers for American Legion

american-flag-2a.jpg (JPEG Image, 640 × 480 pixels)Post 304 is hosting a Gigantic Yard Sale on the property, 4220 South Main Street, on Saturday, September 21, 2013, and a Grand Ole Opry on Sunday, September 22, next door at the Impact Dance Studio, 4246 South Main Street. The goal: these two events will bring in some $5-6,000, and more fundraisers are in the works.

For the Yard Sale, vendor spaces and tables will be available for $15-20 and donations of items for the Post to sell will be gladly accepted. Cash donations will also be accepted and, since the Post is a 501 (c) 19 non-profit veterans organization, all donations may be tax deductible (check with your financial advisor). Advance reservations are available and items may be delivered to the Post Home prior to the Sale.

For the Grand Ole Opry, eight to ten country singing star impersonators will thrill the crowd on Sunday afternoon from 1:00 until 5:00 p.m. Elvis, Johnnie Cash, Patsy Cline, Reba McIntyre and others will be there! Tickets may be purchased in advance for $10. for a single and $15. for a couple. At the door, tickets are $15 and $20.

For more information, to reserve a space, arrange for items to be stored in the Post Home or to purchase tickets, please call or email Dave Burdette at (770) 428-0400 or The veterans and community of North Cobb County will benefit from your help and contributions. Funds raised will be used for improvements to the building required by law.


Are you “Tough Enough To Wear Pink”?

165904_388167501242292_223589281_nCowboy up! Its rodeo time again in Bartow County. This year’s event promises to be the best ever. The excitement begins on Friday, July 12 and ends on Saturday, July 13 at the Bartow County Saddle Club Arena off of Burnt Hickory Road. The rodeo starts each night at 8 p.m.

The theme for the 2013 Rodeo is “Tough Enough to Wear Pink.” All fans are asked to join the rodeo contestants, as they wear pink to the rodeo in an effort to raise awareness about breast cancer. The goal is to “Pink-Out” the rodeo area.
Bridgett Phillips, of Phillips Rodeo Productions, has successfully fought a battle with the disease undergoing surgery and treatment requiring a near year-long stay in her native state of Oklahoma.

Rodeo events planned are bareback riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing, team roping and bull riding. Some of the other events that will be held each night are the kid’s calf scramble and the wild cow milking contest. Both of these events prove to be very poplar with the crowd each year.

The rodeo provides good wholesome entertainment, something that has become to rare in this day in age. The rodeo begins each night with the Star Spangles Banner and a patriotic grand entry that will make you proud to be an American. You will sit and visit with your friends and neighbors and ooh and awe over the skill of the rodeo athletes and the tenacity of the bulls.

This year’s event will also help bring a boost economically by bringing in people from all over the country who will buy gas, stop and eat, or shop at our local stores. So if you happen to see some people in cowboy hats, buckles and boots, help them and be nice to them. After all rodeo people are just like us, they are really good people.

The rodeo admission is paid at the gate. $10 for general admission; $5 for children 4-8; children 3 and under are free. If you have questions please feel free to call 706-218-0382 for more information on the rodeo.

Saturday Evening Post Covers on Display at the Booth Museum

HomePlateNorman-Rockwell-For those of us who grew up in the 40’s, 50’s, and early 60’s, there was no CNN, hourly news, or even tv’s — however, there was the  Saturday Evening Post, the weekly magazine filled with current event articles, editorials, human interest pieces, humor, illustrations, a letter column, poetry (with contributions submitted by readers), single-panel gag cartoons (including Hazel by Ted Key) and stories by the leading writers of the time. It was known for commissioning lavish illustrations and original works of fiction.

Booth Western Art Museum is proud to announce it has partnered with The Saturday Evening Post Society to showcase art from some of America’s foremost illustrators who contributed to the covers of the magazine in the 1950’s and early 1960’s. Covering America: The Saturday Evening Post in the 1950’s and early 1960’s  run through September 29, 2013 inside the Museum’s Special Exhibition Gallery.

Featuring 30 original paintings alongside The Saturday Evening Post covers they graced, the exhibit showcases a magazine that captured the heart and soul of America. The art of Norman Rockwell, John Clymer, Stevan Dohanos, John Falter, George Hughes, Amos Sewell, Richard Sargent, Mead Schaeffer and Thornton Utz embodies everyday life in post-World War II America — a time of tremendous growth and change.  Returning veterans started families and moved them into newly developed suburbs.  Expanding highway systems allowed cross country travel in automobiles that were now affordable.  “Under God” was added to the Pledge of Allegiance and activities with the nuclear family became a way of life. They were living the American Dream and it was captured on the covers of The Saturday Evening Post featured in this exhibit.

Unique to the exhibit at Booth is the inclusion of several western paintings by W.H.D. Koerner and Harold von Schmidt that were featured inside the magazine. The Museum will also exhibit 18 western themed original Saturday Evening Post covers from the permanent collection.

For more information about Covering America: The Saturday Evening Post in the 1950′s and early 1960′s, call 770-387-1300.  The exhibit  is organized by The Saturday Evening Post Society and Sponsored by The Benefit Company.

The cover featured here is Norman Rockwell, Home Plate (Construction Crew), 1954, 28.5 x 26.5”, ©SEPS




whats_the_story_logoBooth Western Art Museum Takes Top Prize in Education Category at  State Museum Annual Conference
What’s the Story? Connecting Art & Literacy is best among museum educational programs

Booth Western Art Museum’s educational program What’s the Story? Connecting Art & Literacy has won the Education Category at the Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries (GAMG) annual conference in Athens, Georgia.

Over the past decade, the Booth Education Department has continued to develop and coordinate educational opportunities for students visiting the Museum. What’s the Story? Connecting Art & Literacy provides gallery lessons and hands-on activities developed around the narrative works in the Booth Museum’s collection. The artwork offers a wonderful and accessible way for students with different learning styles to enhance their reading and writing abilities. The program has been developed by five extremely creative classroom teachers and museum education staff to meet Georgia Performance Standards in language arts, social studies and visual arts.

What’s the Story? Connecting Art & Literacy is designed for children in grades kindergarten through fifth. The program feeds students into the Museum’s Writing Through Art literary program and annual contest for students in grades six through twelve.

About the Booth Western Art Museum
The Booth Western Art Museum, an Affiliate to the Smithsonian Institution, is a 120,000 square foot museum located in Cartersville, Georgia, where guests are invited to See America’s Story through contemporary Western artwork, a Presidential Gallery, Civil War art gallery, and Sagebrush Ranch, an interactive children’s gallery. Open since August 2003, the Booth Museum is the only museum of its kind in the Southeast and is the second largest art museum in the state of Georgia. To learn more about the Booth Western Art Museum, visit