Enjoying Spring Break in Athens - Ideas for entertainment, education
By JESSICA LUTON
It’s Spring Break at UGA and campus is quiet this week. However if you’re in town and looking to enjoy this beautiful weather, there are quite a few seasonal events worth checking out. Here’s my list of UGA-related things to do over Spring Break in the area.
1. It’s Women’s History Month. Celebrate the accomplishments of women this month with a visit to the Richard B. Russell Building’s Special Collections Libraries. Photographs, books, memorabilia and artifacts documenting the first U.S. and U.K. women’s movements from 1840-1920 are on display this month. This exhibit features rare treasures from the likes of Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth and many other early leaders.
Find more information at: http://calendar.uga.edu/index.php/detail/womens-history-month-exhibit
2. Get ready for the season with a course on Wilderness First Aid. Offered at the Ramsey Student Center for Physical Activities from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. March 13-16, this event will get you prepared for any emergency in the wild in the coming season.
3. Take a drive to Rock Eagle in Eatonton, Georgia. Located approximately 45 minutes from Athens, the Rock Eagle 4-H Center will inform you about Georgia Native American history. This Saturday, head on down to Rock Eagle for “Saturday at the Rock,” from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. The event features a program called “Simple Machines at the Scott Site,” a morning of exploration of simple machines and tools from the turn of the century.
Participants are invited to roll their sleeves up and get their hands dirty as they work on the early 1900’s-era homestead. Activities include cutting shingles from tree rounds with a froe and maul, shaving wood with a drawknife, sawing trees with a cross-cut saw, using a spoon gauge to create a bowl and other hands-on activities. Rock Eagle’s costumed guide will lead a tour of the site including the saddlebag farmhouse, the blacksmith shop, the smokehouse, the chicken coop, the outhouse and gardens.
Advanced registration is required. The cost is $5.
4. Head over to the State Botanical Garden of Georgia on S. Milledge on Sunday from 8 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. for a full moon hike. The cost is $5 for a person or $15 for a family. Each walk will focus on a different topic such as the moon, constellations or nocturnal creatures. Be prepared to hike up to 2 miles on the wooded trails and in the garden. Registration requires.
Be sure to visit the UGA calendar for other worthwhile events, including sporting events.