Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Free things to do around Perry, Georgia

Old Downtown in Perry, Georgia (City of Perry, Georgia)
The Family Motor Coach Association returns to Perry, Georgia, March 15 -18 for the group’s 97th International Convention & RV Expo. It is the 10th FMCA event at the RV-friendly Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter, 100 miles south of Atlanta and just off I-75, the main north-south route for snowbirds.

"Nestled in the heart of Georgia lies the quaint but thriving city of Perry, where you’ll find a slower pace, a relaxing retreat, and no traffic jams," states the Perry visitor website. "Recognized as the place 'Where Georgia Comes Together,' our city has a tradition of delivering a warm and gracious welcome to visitors dating back more than a century, all the way back to when the city was a major North – South stagecoach stop."

Perry prides itself on being "the home of Southern charm and hospitality."  Here are free things to do around Perry to get a feel for that Southern hospitality.

Perry Farmer's Market
Perry Farmer's Market
901 Carroll St
Saturdays @ 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The Perry Farmer’s Market is a "producer-only market" meaning that growers and producers may sell at market only products they grow, raise, or produce themselves. "This is key to guaranteeing quality, authenticity and freshness, and to knowing the farmer who grows and raises your produce."

Museum of Aviation
Museum of Aviation
1942 Heritage Blvd, Robins AFB
GA Hwy 247 & Russell Parkway
Warner Robins, Ga.
Free Admission, Free Parking. Open Daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The Museum of Aviation opened in November 1984. The Museum sits on 51 acres next to Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, Georgia. The facility includes four large exhibit buildings which house some of the 85 historic U.S. Air Force aircraft, missiles, cockpits and award-winning exhibits. The Museum is the home of the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame located on the second floor of the Century of Flight Hangar. The Museum has grown to become the second largest museum in the United States Air Force and the fourth most visited museum in the Department of Defense.

Perry Area Historical Museum
Perry Area Historical Museum
901 Northside Dr.
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m.

"Opened in May of 2010, the Perry Area Historical Society's Historical Museum offers a collection of artifacts and memorabilia from Perry's earliest days. Of particular interest to researchers is the Museum's Resource Room which contains many family histories and photos. The Museum is located approximately 1/2 mile from Exit 136 on I-75," according to the society's website.

 Read more about the FMCA gathering by clicking here.

-- Julianne G. Crane
To read more articles about the RV lifestyle by Julianne G Crane, go to RVWheelLife.com

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Lucy the Margate Elephant lives on

Lucy The Elephant and Lucy's Beach Grille from the Atlantic Ocean (LucyTheElephant.org)
(This item was first posted in April 2011.  It was updated Jan. 31, 2018)

Lucy the Elephant is one of those places that always brings a smile to every child's face, no matter what their age.

As with the Wall Drug Store, the world’s largest ball of twine or the Jolly Green Giant--this 65-foot pachyderm is worth flicking on your RV’s blinker and pulling off the road.

First built in the 1880s, Lucy has long been part the colorful Southern Jersey seashore history. She stands proudly on Atlantic Avenue near the Atlantic Ocean just a few minutes from Atlantic City.

The wooden elephant-shaped building was the brain child of wealthy land speculator James V. Lafferty, Jr. He wanted something odd and wonderful to attract visitors and potential buyers to his holdings south of Atlantic City.

The largest elephant in the world, Lucy stands six stories, 60-feet long and 18-feet wide. During her career she is rumored to have been a hotel, real estate office and even a tavern (until, it is said, that drunks nearly burned her down).

Lucy was recognized as a national Historic Landmark in 1976, just in time for the United States' Bicentennial. Tours of inside Lucy's belly are fun for the entire family. See details below.

Lucy the Elephant
If you go:
Lucy the Elephant

9200 Atlantic Ave., Margate City, NJ
URL: LucyTheElephant.org

Hours of Lucy and Gift Shop: 
January-March: Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Open Presidents' Day, Monday, 2/19, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.) 
April: Wednesday-Friday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
May-Mid-June: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Mid-June to Labor Day: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
September-October: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
November-December:  Wednesday-Friday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day)
Guided tours:  Every 30 minutes top and bottom of hour, lasts about 20 minutes. Final tour of day occurs 30 minutes prior to closing.
Tour Cost: $8, ages 13 and up; $4, ages 3-12; free, under 2. Free to U.S. Military with valid ID.

-- Julianne G. Crane
To read more articles about the RV lifestyle by Julianne G Crane, go to RVWheelLife.com

Photos: Courtesy of Lucy the Elephant.org