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55 southside must-dos this year!

 

1. Eat a sausage biscuit at Williams Grocery in Haralson.

 

2. Attend an exhibit opening at Dogwood

Gallery in Tyrone.

 

3. Play on the shoals along Line Creek at Line Creek Nature Center in Peachtree City.

 

4. Sign up for Open Mic night at Zac Brown’s Southern Ground Social Club in Senoia.

 

5. Enjoy a seafood dinner and an evening of jazz at Georgia Shrimp Company in Peachtree City.

 

6. Rent a canoe and paddle the Chattahoochee River at Chattahoochee Bend State Park in Coweta County.

 

7. Experience an outdoor theatrical production at Serenbe Playhouse.

 

8. Rent a golf cart and travel the paths in Peachtree City.

 

9. Take an historical tour of Newnan with historian Elizabeth Beers.

 

10. Shop Main Street Senoia. There are dozens of antique stores, boutiques, specialty shops, and restaurants.

 

11. Ride past the gates of Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayette County to see the largest film production studio in the South—and where Ant-Man was filmed.

 

12. Get a cup of Joe at Senoia Coffee and Cafe. Who knows, you may run into some stars of The Walking Dead doing the same.

13. Ride everything from the Screaming Eagle Roller Coaster to the kiddie carousel and ferris wheel at Fun Junction in Fayetteville.

 

14. Take a Southern Hollywood Film Tour and see locations for films and TV shows shot in Fayette and Coweta counties. Tours leave from the Peachtree City Visitors Center.

 

15. See a play or musical production at the Legacy Theatre in Tyrone.

 

16. Pick your own strawberries or blueberries at Adams Farm in Fayette County.

 

17. Order a potato pizza at Peachtree City’s most iconic restaurant—Partner’s Pizza. Be sure to ask for a side of Partner’s Special House Dressing.

 

18. Visit the Woodbury Shop in Senoia to see props and paraphernalia from the popular AMC television show, “Walking Dead.

 

19. Eat at the Hawaiian-themed Truett’s Luau in Fayetteville—palm trees, tiki wood tables, totem poles, and pineapple on your Chick-fil-A.

20. Listen to stories about old Fayette County on the Historic Cemetery Spirit Walk at the Fayetteville City Cemetery held one weekend a year in October.

 

21. Ride the hay wagon and buy a pumpkin at Uncle Bob’s Pumpkin Patch in Newnan.

 

22. Re-live your childhood—take a turn or two around the rollerskating rink at Starlite Family Fun Center in Sharpsburg.

 

23. Visit Elders Mill in Coweta County where the movie Lawless as well as scenes from The Walking Dead have been filmed.

 

24. Visit McIntosh Reserve in Coweta County to see where Creek Indian Chief William McIntosh lived and met his fate.

 

25. Take a self-guided walking tour of Fayetteville’s historic downtown to see Georgia’s oldest Courthouse and sites relating to Doc Holliday and Margaret Mitchell. Pick up a brochure at the Fayetteville Visitors Center.

 

26. Visit “The Wall” in Senoia. This 15-foot wall surrounds a neighborhood of brownstones that has become a set for The Walking Dead.

 

27. Tour the lovely terraces, hanging gardens, and waterfalls of Newnan’s Dunaway Gardens in the spring.

 

28. Rejuvenate yourself! Book a spa package at Plumyumi Day Spa in Peachtree City.

 

29. Visit one or more of the area’s farmers markets for fresh veggies and homemade food items.

 

30. You have two chances—May and September—to go to the Cotton Pickin’ Fair in Gay with more than 300 artisans and antique dealers, food, musicians, and folk dancers.

 

31. Visit the Farmers & Artists Market at Serenbe for chef demos, canning and preserving demos, and activities for children.

 

32. Attend the annual Old Courthouse Square Art show in Downtown Fayetteville. This juried fine art show exhibits artists from around the country.

 

33. Savor a donut at The King’s Donuts in Fairburn, where a 1930s recipe from an old time donut shop is the basis for some scrumptious donuts.

 

34. Take an art class at Turnipseed Farm in Fayetteville taught by artist and property owner Steven Stinchcomb.

 

35. Visit the stables in Serenbe to see where scenes from the upcoming movie Insurgent, second in the Divergent series, were shot.

36. Take in a summer outdoor concert at either “The Fred” in Peachtree City or the Southern Ground Amphitheater in Fayetteville.

 

37. Dress in your best Elizabethan garb and amble through the Georgia Renaissance Festival in Fairburn for music, comedy, juggling, and amazing feats of skill on 10 stages.

 

38. Take the family to a summer outdoor movie at Peachtree City, Southern Ground Amphitheater, or The Avenue.

 

39. Stop at Selborne Sweets in Serenbe for a piece of fudge—made from shop owner and chef Charles Fricke’s family recipe.

 

40. Attend the Annual Zac Brown Southern Ground Senoia Social. The huge July block party benefits Camp Southern Ground.

 

41. Watch July 4th Fireworks in Peachtree City or downtown Newnan.

 

42. Sign up for the Run Like a Diva Half Marathon and 5K in Peachtree City.

43. Take a Serenbe Farm Tour. Tours happen every Saturday during the growing season.

 

44. Go antiquing through Tyrone.

 

45. Take a class on growing, cooking, and preserving food at Country Gardens Farm in Coweta County.

 

46. Visit Farmer Street Cemetery in Newnan, possibly the largest slave cemetery in the South and the second largest in the nation.

 

47. Take the Senoia Historic Driving Tour of historic homes. The tour includes 48 Senoia homes and structures dating from 1830 –1924.

 

48. Eat a burger at Meat N Greet on the square in Newnan.

 

49. Hike or horseback ride through Pine Mountain Trail inside Franklin Delano Roosevelt State Park.

 

50. Attend the Great American Air Show at Falcon Field in Peachtree City—The Blue Angels are coming in 2015.

 

51. Take the family for Sunday dinner at the Historic Green Manor Restaurant in Union City.

 

52. Form a team and enter the Dragon boat races. Teams race across Lake Peachtree for trophies and bragging rights in the annual event.

 

53.  Attend the International Festival in Peachtree City. Held in conjunction with the Dragon Boat Races, the festival has food, vendors, and musical and theatrical performances—all with an international flair.

 

54. Attend a workshop on cheesemaking at Many Fold Farm in Chattahoochee Hill Country.

 

55. Play checkers on the square in Newnan.«

Bucket List 2015

photos left to right : Monica Gaddy

BY SHERRI SMITH BROWN | JAN 16, 2015

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