Buzz: CRBI’s Harvest Moon paddle is Thursday evening. Mountain Day arrives at Berry. 40 years for Jowers-Sklar Insurance. RSO’s first ‘concerts and cocktails’ set. Kelley leads Oct. 21 Walk With a Doc. 3 Rivers Singers open season.

Buzz: CRBI’s Harvest Moon paddle is Thursday evening. Mountain Day arrives at Berry. 40 years for Jowers-Sklar Insurance. RSO’s first ‘concerts and cocktails’ set. Kelley leads Oct. 21 Walk With a Doc. 3 Rivers Singers open season.

File photo courtesy of Mills Fitzner, November 2016.


The Coosa River Basin Initiative’s annual Harvest Moon Paddle is set for Thursday on the Coosa River. The six-mile nighttime paddle coinciding with the full moon will launch from Heritage Park in downtown Rome at about 7:45 p.m. and arrive at Lock and Dam Park about 10:30 p.m. Paddlers will view the Harvest Moon from their boats as it rises above downtown Rome. From there, the moon will light their path down the Coosa. The trip is free to CRBI members. Non-members can register to participate at Membership dues begin at $15 for students and seniors. Individual memberships are $35 and family memberships are $50. Rental canoes and kayaks are available for the trip, and shuttle service will be provided. For more information, call 706-232-2724. For safety reasons, participants must provide a flashlight or other light source to attach to the front and back of their vessels. The Harvest Moon is the full moon that falls closest to the autumnal equinox which marks the first official day of fall. This year that was on Sept. 22. The weather forecast calls for clear skies for Thursday night with temperatures in the 60s, making for ideal conditions to enjoy the lunar show. For more: Jesse Deombreun Chapman at 706-232-2724 or email at

Mountain Day Weekend at Berry College, a celebration of Martha Berry and the college’s homecoming, will take begin Friday and run through Sunday. Mountain Day is held on the first Saturday in October to honor the college’s founder. A tradition lasting over a century, students, faculty and staff, alumni, friends and families are welcome to participate in various events and activities throughout the weekend. Details. Organizers predict more than 7,000 visitors throughout the weekend. On Friday afternoon, residence halls, commuters, and faculty and staff will kick off the weekend by competing against each other in the Mountain Day Olympics, a series of competitive events that range from tug-of-war to egg toss. Saturday begins at 10 a.m. with a graveside service for Martha Berry outside the College Chapel, hosted by the Daughters of Berry. On Saturday afternoon, Berry students participate in the Grand March, a tradition started by Martha Berry herself. Dressed in colors designating gender and class year, students march hand-in-hand up and down the mountain symbolizing campus-wide harmony. There will also be inflatables for kids, tours of the House O’ Dreams and Old Mill and a concert by the Berry College Wind Ensemble, directed by Lauren Denney Wright. At 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, as well as 2 p.m. on Sunday, the Berry College Theatre Company will present “Crimes of the Heart” at the E.H. Young Theatre, which will be open to the public. For more information and tickets visit

Jowers-Sklar Insurance is celebrating 40 years of service on Thursday, starting with a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. with the Rome Floyd Chamber at 706 E. Second Ave. Light refreshments will be served afterward.

As part of its ‘Concerts & Cocktails’ lecture series, Rome Symphony Orchestra guest artists; magician Landon Swank and Maestro Jeff Dokken, will be appearing at Off Broad on Thursday, Oct. 12, for a trick or treat happy hour of magic and music.  Meet both artists up close and personal, learn exciting facts about the upcoming concert, and be amazed by live magic and slight- of -hand tricks performed by celebrity Las Vegas illusionist Landon Swank. Swank appeared on a record-breaking 12 episodes of America’s Got Talent and now tours the country and Europe as America’s youngest Master Magician specializing in unique story-telling illusions. Dokken is the composer in residence for the National Kaiser Permanente Foundation, and conducts the North Virginia Symphony Orchestra in Richmond. He is also the conductor for Christmas at the White House. Off Broad is located inside the Hawthorne Suites in  downtown Rome. Artists arrive at 5:30. Admission is $20 at the door and includes a complimentary cocktail.  For more information about the RSO’s 96th season, and to learn about future “Concerts & Cocktails” dates and venues, please contact the RSO 706-291-7967, or visit us at .


Harbin Clinic Pediatrician Dr. Todd Kelley loves caring completely for his patients. When he’s not at the office, he enjoys hitting the local trails running or biking to help stay active. On Saturday, Oct. 21 at 9 a.m. Dr. Kelley gets a chance to combine his love of caring for patients and his love of being active, as he leads the October edition of Harbin Clinic’s Walk With a Doc. The event begins at Bridgepoint Plaza and follows the Kingfisher Trail. The walk is approximately two miles, but walkers have the option of adding more miles or turning around early. People of all fitness level are welcome and encouraged to participate. The free series began in April and since then more than 250 community members have joined Harbin Clinic physicians on the monthly jaunts. Dr. Kelley not only advises his patients to exercise, the long-time pediatrician and father also competes in road races and triathlons around the country. “Getting regular exercise is important for people at any age. I want all of my patients to be healthy and active,” Dr. Kelley says. “I believe this event is great, because walking is a great form of exercise that anyone can do.” Statistics show that active people typically live longer and have a lower risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, depression and some forms of cancer. October weather can be unpredictable. Be sure to check the weather forecast before the walk to see if you might need to add an extra layer or bring rain gear. Please also check Harbin Clinic’s web site, Facebook and Twitter pages for event updates due to inclement weather.

The Three Rivers Singers community chorus will kick off the 2017-18 season with “Harp and Voices – Rejoice and Sing” on Oct. 15 at 4 p.m. at Garden Lakes Baptist Church, 2200 Redmond Circle, NW. The concert will bring about a dozen choral compositions and arrangements by John Rutter and several other composers/arrangers. Len Willingham will conduct and Joan Hill will accompany on piano and organ. Joining the 60-member chorus will be flutist Debbie Adair, Oboeist Allison Robinson and Nella Rigell, harpist. The concert is free and open to the public. Donations are always appreciated. More information can be found on Facebook and online at

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