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September 15, 2021

Adventure Awaits in Unleashed Escape Room at ABAC’s Georgia Museum of Agriculture

Experience a new Halloween thrill during the Unleashed Escape Room at the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Georgia Museum of Agriculture (GMA) this fall. The Unleashed Escape Room will be held every Friday in October from 5-9:30 p.m. with four sessions available each night. Tickets are $12 per person and must be purchased as a group set. A minimum of four tickets must be purchased to reserve an escape room session. Groups are limited to seven participants per session. All sessions of the Unleashed Escape Room are private experiences and only one group will be present in the room. Tickets are available now online at https://abacgma.eventbrite.com. Players begin their experience being “locked” as a group safely in the Clyatt Cabin to be protected from frightening creatures that have overrun the Historic Village. Safety is only fleeting though, and groups must work together to decode clues, solve puzzles, and open locks to solve the mystery before it’s too late. Groups have 60 minutes to successfully escape before time runs out. The Unleashed Escape Room is designed for groups of four to seven people. The event is recommended for ages 13 and over.  All minors must be accompanied by an adult. The Unleashed Escape Room is part of the 2021-2022 “History After Dark” program series which provides guests of all ages the opportunity to experience the Museum after hours. The series features evening programs throughout the year on a variety of topics and immersive activities. For more information, interested persons can contact Chloe Holbrook at cholbrook@abac.edu or (229) 391-5213.
August 30, 2021

Audition for “A Wiregrass Christmas Carol,” presented by ABAC’s Georgia Museum of Agriculture!

ABAC's Georgia Museum of Agriculture is seeking theatre enthusiasts ages 15 and older to audition for a role in "A Wiregrass Christmas Carol" scheduled for Friday, Dec. 17. Auditions will be held Thursday, Sept. 9, and Friday, Sept. 10 from 3:00-6:00 pm at the GMA Peanut Museum Conference Room (located behind the Country Store). The audition will consist of a script reading from the play. A Wiregrass Christmas Carol is a retelling of a classic Christmas story, with a Wiregrass twist! Join prickly print shop owner Edwin G. Fitzer, as he is guided through the past, present, and future by three spirits to learn the meaning of Christmas. The experience takes guests through the Historic Village by tram to watch the story unfold at select sites decorated for the season. Email cholbrook@abac.edu or call 229-391-5213 to sign up or for additional details. 
August 23, 2021

ABAC’s Georgia Museum of Agriculture Hosts Education Appreciation Day September 11

The Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Georgia Museum of Agriculture will host an Educator Appreciation Day from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sept. 11. Museum Assistant Director Sara Hand said educators and up to three guests can enjoy the Museum at no cost.  A school ID must be presented upon check-in at the Country Store to receive free admission. “Educator Appreciation Day offers an opportunity to experience the Museum and Historic Village, preview upcoming special events, and learn about programs and resources offered on-site and virtually,” Hand said. The event will include, but is not limited to, rides on the train pulled by the 1917 Vulcan steam locomotive, blacksmithing demos, dollmaking, and visits with resident animals including June Bug the mule. For more information, interested persons can contact Hand at sfhand@abac.edu or call her at (229) 391-5208.
August 19, 2021

ABAC’s Georgia Museum of Agriculture Hosts Girl Scout Day September 18

Girl Scouts and their families are invited to Girl Scout Day on Sept. 18 at the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Georgia Museum of Agriculture (GMA).  The event will feature an assortment of interactive experiences relating to Girl Scout badges. Girl Scouts may pre-register for one of two badge workshops, Textile Artist for Cadettes or Playing the Past for Brownies. The Textile Artist experience will provide Scouts a unique, behind-the-scenes look at various textiles in the Museum collection, an exploration of various textile arts, and a hands-on sewing class. During the Playing the Past workshop, Scouts will dream up a character from the past, choose an historic costume, and experience life on a 19th century homestead by gardening, carding, drop-spindle spinning, cooking, and more. Girl Scouts will enjoy other hands-on sessions provided by GMA such as riding train cars pulled by the Museum’s 1917 Vulcan steam locomotive, experiencing a one-room schoolhouse, and meeting resident animals including a mule, cows, gopher tortoise, and more. Registration for the workshops is $20 per Girl Scout and includes admission to the Museum. Scouts may register online at https://www.gshg.org/en/events/event-list.html. Families of Girl Scouts may also experience the Museum’s attractions during the event. Admission for the day is $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens, $5 for children 5 – 16 years of age, and free for children under four.   For more information, interested persons can contact Chloe Holbrook at cholbrook@abac.edu or (229) 391-5213.
July 27, 2021

ABAC to honor Tom Cordell and Ford Spinks at Georgia Museum of Agriculture

TIFTON — Two icons in the city of Tifton's history will be honored on July 23 at the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Georgia Museum of Agriculture. The Tom M. Cordell Conference Center and the Ford B. Spinks Exhibit Hall both will be dedicated in the 3 p.m. ceremony at the main exhibit hall in the Georgia Museum of Agriculture. ABAC President David Bridges said the recognition for Cordell and Spinks is well-deserved. “Both of these men had a tremendous impact not only on Tifton and south Georgia, but on the entire state of Georgia,” Bridges said. “Honoring them in this way is a tribute to the impression they made while they were serving the citizens of this great state.” The Tom M. Cordell Conference Center honors the longtime dean and coordinator of continuing education at ABAC. Recognized as the “Man of the Year” by Progressive Farmer magazine in 1971, Cordell received the Georgia Adult Education Council Citation in 1972. During his 39-year career at ABAC, Cordell created ABAC’s famous agricultural short course program that helped to educate thousands of Georgians, including President Jimmy Carter when he was a peanut farmer in Plains. Before he retired in 1979, Cordell served as acting president of ABAC on five different occasions. The ABAC Foundation created the Tom M. Cordell Distinguished Lecture Series in his honor in 1985. Cordell passed away in 1991. The Ford B. Spinks Exhibit Hall recognizes an ABAC alumnus who was a key influencer in the establishment of the Georgia Agrirama in Tifton in 1976 and a strong supporter of the State Museum of Agriculture when it became a part of ABAC in 2010. A World War II veteran, Spinks served in the Georgia State Senate from 1962 until 1971. He also served on the Georgia Public Service Commission from 1971 until 1989. An active member of the community, Spinks owned and operated Tifton Tractor Company, was a director at South Georgia Banking Company, and was the chairman of the Coastal Plain Area Tourism Council. In 2000, he was named to the Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce Wall of Fame. He passed away in 2016.
November 19, 2020

Museum Copes with COVID, Gets Ready for Holidays

After being closed for almost six months because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Georgia Museum of Agriculture. “The team at the Museum and all of our visitors continue to be very understanding and patient as we adjust to pandemic operations,” Museum Director Garrett Boone said.  “We have made changes to about every aspect of our operation, and now we are looking forward to a festive holiday season.” Museum Country Store Manager Tonia Carpenter said the venue’s convenient location at 1392 Whiddon Mill Road just off I-75 in Tifton makes it a popular Christmas shopping spot.  “We have new merchandise galore,” Carpenter said.  “I think the Georgia Grown products are going to be really great gifts this year.  We have peanuts, pecans, honey, and cheese straws.” New items also include Bundt pound cakes for $20 and pound cake loaves for $8, both made fresh to order.  Shoppers can also pick up syrup, grits, corn meal, and turpentine, all produced on site at the Museum.  “After being closed for almost six months because of the pandemic, we were able to slowly open back up, starting with the Country Store,” Boone said.  “People were ready to get out of the house and looking for something safe and fun. Thankfully, our Country Store and playground fit that bill. “We added cotton candy, hand-dipped ice cream, and popcorn to the Country Store as well as two pieces of playground equipment behind the store.  We also have umbrella picnic tables and comfortable benches in the shade to give guests a way to spread out and enjoy their ice cream and the playground.” Boone said the Museum’s children’s programs, “Toddler Time” and “Wiregrass Kids,” have been well received. The Museum’s other educational programs and field trips are re-opening cautiously and gaining momentum. Several school groups have visited on site for guided tours, and the Museum is also providing virtual educational programming. “We understand the situation these schools are in, and we are trying to meet their needs,” Boone said.  “Guided tours have been really popular with the home-school groups.  It’s just a different time for everybody.” Conference facilities are back open at the Museum but at a 50-person capacity.  The facilities have been used recently for corporate training, weddings and receptions, and birthday parties. “We are receiving a lot of inquiries for events,” Boone said. “People have been very understanding about the size of the groups, guidelines, and requirements brought on by the pandemic.”  Museum guests can also visit the Gallery where a unique presentation titled “Blood, Bone, & Stone” is now on display.  Museum Curator Polly Huff said the exhibit includes several hundred hand-crafted artifacts by Ocilla resident Jack McKey, a master craftsman of Naturalist and Native American Technology. Meanwhile Carpenter is ordering extra items for the Christmas rush at the Country Store. “We have some really unique little toys for kids that I think will go well,” Carpenter said.  “We also have a great selection of candy for stocking stuffers and Christmas party bags.” The Museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.  The Country Store has expanded its hours of operation to 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and from noon until 5 p.m. on Sundays.