Rome Little Theatre kicks off its 61st season with the Broadway musical “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” running Sept. 3, 7-10 at the Historic DeSoto Theatre with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. This musical tells the tale of six elementary school students participating in the highly competitive local spelling bee. The spellers enter the Bee with their own individual hopes and dreams, and ultimately face their own challenges. Under the supervision of three hilarious adults, Vice Principal Douglas Panch (Michael Hillman), comfort counselor Mimi Mahoney (Beth McCain), and former Putnam County Spelling Bee Champion Rona Lisa Peretti (Maegan Williams), the spellers share details of their own story and compete for the winning trophy. In her directorial debut, Lillian Shaw brings this Broadway musical to life alongside a talented cast of local actors and singers. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for students and seniors, and $12 for children. Tickets can be purchased by visiting romelittletheatre.com or by calling the Rome Little Theatre box office at 706-295-7171. This production is rated PG-13, and adult guidance is recommended for younger audience members.
28th Annual Running Water Powwow, Ridge Ferry Park. This year honoring Frank Blair who passed away in January. Sunday: Gates open at 10 a.m. Grand entry is a 1 p.m. Gates close at 6 p.m. Tickets are sold at the gate. Admission is $8 for anyone 13-64. Everyone else is admitted for free. Facebook
Season finale of the Rome Braves vs. Columbia Fireflies: Games are at 2 p.m. Sunday and 1 p.m. Monday.
The 50th anniversary edition of the Knights of Columbus Labor Day Barbecue is Monday, Sept. 4, at Rome Civic Center. Doors open at 10 a.m. sharp and stay open until 2 p.m. or sold out. Guests are welcome to dine in or carry out. Options include barbecue plates, sandwiches or bulk sales. You can buy tickets at the door or from any member of the Knights of Columbus. For more, please call Saint Mary’s Catholic Church at 706-290-9000. Also, please see our website, www.kofcromega.us or www.facebook.com/kofcromega, for continuing updates. On the menu this year:
- $9 plates with your choice of beef, pork, ribs or a quarter of a chicken, each served with Brunswick stew, baked beans, chips and bread included.
- A pound of beef or pork to go, $9 each.
- $5 sandwich combo.
- $7 for half a chicken or a quart of baked beans.
- $9 for a quart of Brunswick stew (50 percent more stew will be available this year)
- $18 for a half rack of spare ribs.
To ease traffic congestion in Northwest Georgia during the Labor Day holiday weekend, the Georgia Department of Transportation in is suspending interstate highway construction-related lane closures from noon Friday, Sept. 1 until 5 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5. Lane closures are also limited on major state routes that directly serve key tourist and recreation centers. “The only exception would be for emergency maintenance work in the case of traffic accidents, and other unpredictable types of transportation incidents,” said DeWayne Comer, district engineer at the Georgia DOT in Cartersville. “We understand that a lot of people are hitting the road for the Labor Day holiday and we would like to make it a little easier for them to go through Northwest Georgia. We typically see an increase in roadway fatalities during heavy travel holidays.”