From left, Brent Driggers with son Riley participate in the 5K run.

From left, Brent Driggers with son Riley participate in the 5K run.

Georgia author to hold book signing

ALBANY — Columnist and author Carole Adams Townsend will hold a book signing on Saturday at the Book Barn, 2401 Dawson Road, from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Her new book, “Southern Fried White Trash,” is filled with humorous real life stories involving weddings, funerals and holiday gatherings.

“I am delighted to be in Albany as part of the book tour for ‘Southern Fried White Trash,’” Townsend said.

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Cane grinding, syrup cooking parties set

TIFTON — The Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village will conduct its annual cane-grinding and syrup-cooking parties on Saturday and Nov. 19.

The folk life museum in Tifton, part of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, is one of the few places left where visitors can go back in time to see sugar cane grinding with a mule leading the way. The resulting juice from grinding the cane is poured into a cast iron kettle, where it’s cooked down into syrup.

Also on Saturday, the Carpenter Brothers Band will be playing music at the Cravey House. Bill Nicholson will be featured at the Gibbs House.

Ken Averyt and his wife will showcase their blacksmithing talents and hold classes each hour starting at 11a.m. for anyone interested in trying their hand at transforming iron into art. Costumed interpreters will also demonstrate wool washing and spinning during the day.

On Nov. 19, luthier and fiddle-maker Mike Vandevelde will perform on the Gibbs House porch as wool washing and spinning demonstrations take place in the yard. Plein Aire artists will be featured throughout the Historic Village both Saturdays. Both events will have concessions available, including chili and cornbread, hot dogs or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

Admission to the museum Tuesdays-Fridays is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors (ages 55 and over), $4 for children ages 5-16 years of age, and free for children 4 and younger. On Saturdays, admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for children and free for children under 5.

‘Run for Lungs’ to become annual event

CORDELE — The Georgia Chapter of Lung Cancer Alliance held a 5K Run and 1K fun walk recently at Lake Blackshear Resort inside Georgia Veterans State Park. The event, “Run for your Lungs,” was held to raise awareness and money to help support lung cancer. Lung cancer kills more people each year than breast, prostate, colon and pancreatic cancers combined. Eighty percent of new lung cancer patients are not smokers or former smokers.

The run is planned to be an annual event and to take place the first Saturday of each November.