Perhaps one of your goals for 2018 is to spend more time outside. If it’s not, it should be, because Macon has some great outdoor spaces for you to take advantage of.
If you are reading this, you are most likely a resident of the city of Macon—that, or you are extremely lost. Either way, welcome to Macon, and to 2018, for that matter. What you hold in your hands, or behold before you on a screen, is the 11th Hour, Macon’s only arts and entertainment publication.
This particular piece of the publication’s pie—apparently, I’m still hung up on the holidays—is the Local Tourist column. It is here to give you a taste of what Macon is all about. The 11th Hour keeps you in the know, always informing you about what is happening next. Local Tourist offers insights into some of these events, letting you know what you can expect. In short, we are here to set you up for success. Why? Because we wholeheartedly want you to love living in Macon as much as we do.
If loving Macon has not been your “thing” in past years, there is no time like the present to change your point of view. Speaking of change, Macon is moving forward, becoming busier and brighter with each passing year. You too can become a busier, brighter you. In fact, as your self-appointed Local Tourist, I firmly believe that some of your personal goals can be accomplished locally, by putting yourself out there and saying, “Hey, Macon! I’m here too. Believe in me, and I’ll believe in you.”
Perhaps one of your goals for 2018 is to spend more time outside. If it’s not, it should be, because Macon has some great outdoor spaces for you to take advantage of. You can’t throw a perfectly plaid picnic blanket in Macon without it landing in a park. There is Washington Park, Amerson River Park, and Tatnall Square Park, just to name a few. Not only are these great areas for everyday adventures, but they are also home to some of Macon’s finest events throughout the year. Go ahead and add Second Sunday and Ocmulgee Indian Celebration to your Macon To-Do List. For me, 2018 will be the year I conquer the concrete slide on Coleman Hill.
If it is community involvement you want, there are several ways in which you can show up for your fellow citizens. You can cheer them on as they race down Magnolia Street during the annual Soapbox Derby. You can pay for pink pancakes at one of the many Cherry Blossom Festival events. There are plenty of opportunities every weekend to support local artists, musicians, and thespians. Swing by the Macon Arts Alliance and purchase an original art piece, or pick up tickets at Cox Capitol Theatre for what will most likely be a sold out show.
Maybe you are more interested in creating art rather than just observing it. If it is a new skill you want, sign up for cooking classes at Travis Jean. There is nothing more satisfying than art you can eat. Although, I also like the idea of making art while you drink. Grab a bottle of your favorite wine and go to The 567 Center for Renewal for a Corks & Canvas event. I am already scheming up a private pottery class at Macon Clay with a few good friends.
In the spirit of trying something new, there are also a lot of great under-the-radar-restaurants here in Macon to try. Pho Saigon on Riverside Drive could not be more inconspicuous on the outside, but there is nothing unremarkable about the food prepared inside. Papouli’s Mediterranean Cafe and Market on Tom Hill Senior Boulevard also appears underwhelming at first sight, wedged between chain establishments on either side. However, it is hands down my favorite Greek restaurant in Macon. (Insider’s tip: make sure you get feta dip with your curly fries!) This year my taste buds are telling me it is time to immerse them in Caribbean food. A trip to Tropical Flava on Ingleside Avenue is long overdue. Let’s not stop there, though! We can make a whole night out of trying something new by ending the night at Reboot Retrocade & Bar or the Situation Room.
It is also possible that none of these things interest you at all. Last year was long and exhausting, full of the usual ups and downs, and it is completely understandable if you want to take some time to relax. To that I say, do the damn thing! Book a massage at Kay-Lynn Massage & Bodywork Studio. Have a few beers at Just Tap’d. Show up for free yoga in the park with nothing but you, yourself, and your yoga mat. Your Macon Resolutions do not have to look anything at all like mine. You do not actually have to have any Macon Resolutions at all. But if you are reading this, I suspect that you do want to make the most out of the new year, and that you do actually want to like living in the city you call home—that, or you are still lost. Either way, thanks for reading along.