SPRING JAUNTS II:  An American Small(ish) Town Weekend Planner by Hampton Rhodes

An American Small(ish) Town Weekend Planner

All around America, it’s not too early to plan ahead for a Spring Mother’s Day Weekend Jaunt that Mom will love. All off-beat and unusual, interesting and memorable things to do to make this Mother’s Day memorable — from the Turtle Crawl Festival in Jekyll Island Georgia, to the Miniature Arts Show in Madrid, New Mexico; from the Whitewater Kayaking at the Reno River Festival to the Bavarian Maifest in Leavenworth Washington — Z’Scoop has got you covered!

Turtle Crawl Festival, Jekyll Island, GA
Since 2003, Jekyll Island has hosted the Turtle Crawl, a set of races benefitting the Georgia Sea Turtle Center (GSTC). Jekyll Island’s picturesque oceanfront and maritime forest are settings for two triathlons — the International Distance Triathlon and the Sprint Distance Triathlon, both sanctioned by USA Triathlon. Returning for 2017, a 10K race will accompany the 5K run, providing race fun for the whole family. All races are timed, and take place on certified courses.

From elite, world-class athletes to running novices, the Turtle Crawl races offer something for every athlete at every skill level. With four races to choose from, Turtle Crawl Festival, and a unique island getaway, Turtle Crawl Weekend on Jekyll is a not-to-be-missed “racecation” for all families. 

Join GSTC for a celebration of the start of the sea turtle nesting season. Play in field day-style games hosted by the Center, dance with the GSTC mascot Scute during one of several live music performances on the Village Green, and grab a bite from a regional food truck. Enjoy the evening’s festivities while learning about what small changes you can do to make a huge difference in the life of a sea turtle.

Date: May 12 – 14
Time:  All Day
Location: Great Dunes Park, Jekyll Island, GA
Address: 901 Downing Musgrove Parkway, Jekyll Island, GA 31527
Website: Jekyll Island Turtle Crawl Weekend
Phone: 912.635.3636
Contact: info@jekyllisland.com 

In Microscale: 7th Annual Miniature Arts Show, Madrid, NM
Metallo Gallery In Microscale: 7th Annual Miniature Art Show celebrates its fabulous new location on Saturday, May 13th from four until eight p.m. in Madrid, New Mexico. The gallery space — refreshingly modern, yet rustic and genuine — will be inaugurated by the newest installment of Metallo’s beloved In Microscale series. With a larger, open floor plan, exposed original beams and a lovely front deck, these artworks will be at last showcased in a gallery as remarkable as they are. In Microscale presents vigorous miniature works created by established, collected artists such as Nigel Conway and Kevin Box, while also introducing emerging talents, including Shelly Johnson and Alicia Stewart.

In its seventh year, this all-original show recorded the largest number of submissions yet, in a dynamic variety of media and genres. Metallo Gallery’s Grand Re-Opening will feature organic, homemade s’mores (complete with campfire!) from Santa Fe start-up The S’more Pit. Music will be provided by Santa Fe quartet Golden General. While specializing in metal sculpture and jewelry, the gallery’s collection is notable for its range of tones, textures and tenor.

Metallo’s new space brings cohesion to otherwise diverse expressions by contemporary artists, such as the fanciful paintings of Michael Copeland and the exuberant sculptures of Chris Turri. Cassidy Watt graduated from New York Institute of Technology in 2002 with a degree in Fine Arts. He moved to Madrid in 2007 and opened Metallo Gallery in 2008. In 2017, he moved his gallery to its new home on the southern end of Madrid, New Mexico.

In Microscale will hang in Metallo Gallery from May 13th until June 10th.

Date: May 13 – June 9, 2017
Time: Opening Reception, May 13 – 4 – 8 p.m.
Location: Metallo Gallery
Address: 2833 State Highway 14, Madrid, NM 87010
Website: In Microscale: 7th Annual Miniature Art Show
Contact: 505.471.2457

2017 Reno River Festival, Reno NV
The 2017 Reno River Festival will be at Wingfield Park in downtown Reno on Saturday and Sunday, May 13 – 14. This event is free to attend and will be bigger and better than ever. Thanks to record rain and snow, there is plenty of water in the Truckee River for whitewater events along with the Reno River Roll and the Great River Relay.

Whitewater kayaking competitions are the main reason for the Reno River Festival, but there is much more — free music and yoga in Wingfield Park, lots of food and drink (not free), free kayak, canoe, and fly fishing clinics, an Adventure Park, Smuggler’s Village, Craft Beer Village, and Pub N’ Grub Village. You can freely enjoy the white water kayaking during both days. Some events, such as slalom and boater cross, are fast and provide plenty of exciting action. You don’t have to get wet to have fun, but it is an option.

An action-packed weekend of music, food, activities, whitewater competition and fun!  This 2-day festival is often considered the kick-off to the special events season and offers something for everyone:

  • Enjoy interactive summer and outdoor experiences
  • Watch freestyle and competitive kayaking, free to the public
  • Shop at over 100 food/beverage, outdoor merchants and craftsmen vendors, free to the public to browse
  • Enjoy FREE live music — the music line-up has featured up-and-coming and established national recording artists
  • Participate in Yoga in the Park
  • Entertain the kiddoes in the Kids Play Area
  • Improve your skills at the Fly fishing clinic
  • Register for the 2nd annual Reno River Roll (slow bike ride)

Date: May 13 – 14, 2017
Time: All Day and Evening
Location: Wingfield Park, Reno, NV 89501
Cost:  Free to Attend – (see website for cost of special events)
Website:  Reno River Festival
Contact: 775.851.4444
Email: team@liquidblueevents.com

Bavarian MaiFest Weekend, Leavenworth, WA
Celebrate Spring! It’s May, spring is here … and not a moment too soon! The sun is out, the wildflowers are bursting, the apple and pear blossoms are springing to life, and the Bavarian Village is ready to celebrate with their annual Bavarian Maifest weekend May 12-14, 2017.

Maifest is a German tradition dating back to the 10th century, when villagers would gather to celebrate the arrival of Spring by planting flowers, playing music and games, and raising a “maipole” in the local square. The pole would be decorated with sausages, cakes, flowers, and ribbons, and villagers believed that dancing around it would bring good luck and wealth to the village. Come to the Bavarian Maifest and celebrate both Mom and Spring in beautiful Leavenworth Bavarian Village!

Date: May 12 – 14, 2017
Time: All Day
Location: Various – throughout Leavenworth, WA
Website: Bavarian Maifest
Contact: Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce – 509.548.5807
Email:  info@leavenworth.org

We’ll be back again next Wednesday with more ideas and suggestions for Spring Weekend Jaunts Around America, with plenty of time for you to make plans to participate in these or other events and festivals of your choosing.

Until then, make some special plans to celebrate Mom on Mother’s Day — and get out and do something FUN!

Jekyll Island, GA
Madrid, NM
Reno, NV
Leavenworth, WA

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