This past Tuesday afternoon, November 7th was an extremely busy day for many in LaGrange and Troup County. This past Tuesday, November 7th, was the local election, sending members of the political parties into overtime. With everything going on that day, the Republican Party decided to have a meeting that not only touched on the election, but also shed some light on all of the happenings for the rest of the year in the downtown area. Becca Eiland, Director of Sweetland Amphitheater, and Barbie Watts with the Downtown Development Authority both took the floor and shared their upcoming events with all of those in attendance.
Becca Eiland has been with Sweetland Amphitheater long before the venue even opened its doors to the public in 2016. From concept to design, the amphitheater has been the perfect example of public/private partnerships here in the community. With the first two summer concert series in the bag, Sweetland has seen some incredible performances from some huge names, including acts such as Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Charlie Daniels, The Temptations, and so much more. Outside of the huge events, Sweetland has also been home to some incredible community events, such as the craft beer festival and the chili cook off.
Recently, Sweetland made an announcement about the forth coming ice skating rink that will be active all winter at the venue. Sweetland on Ice will premier on November 17th at the great lawn at Sweetland, where the venue has been transformed into an incredible skating rink. The rink will run through February 18th 2018. There hours will run Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-9 pm, Fridays from 5-10 pm, Saturdays from 11 am -10 pm, and Sundays from 1-8 pm. The cost will be $10 per skater, including a two hour skate and rentals.
Barbie Watts also spoke that afternoon about the pulse of downtown, with many exciting events coming in the next month or so. The sip and shop is set to make a return, the horse and carriages rides will be back, and Santa himself might even make a special appearance. There will be more announcements to come regarding the holidays and the downtown over the coming weeks.
The Republicans also briefly touched on the elections that afternoon. While polls were still open until seven that night, the group urged everyone to make sure to get everyone that they knew to go out and vote. The trick seemed to work, as the Republican Party did very well in the polls, continuing to hold the mayor seat and one city council seat, a seat that had three Republicans running unopposed from the Democrats. The group will not meet for the month of December but will resume regular meeting hours at the beginning of the year.