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Berry College Mountain Day is coming

Berry College Mountain Day is coming

ROME, Ga. -- Nearly 8,000 alumni, students, parents, faculty members, staff and friends will visit Berry College this weekend for the annual Mountain Day celebration.

The fun begins Friday night with several sports activities, including the Mountain Day Golf Scramble that benefits Berry's golf team, and the student-run Mountain Day Olympics.

Then, on Saturday morning, there will be a 5K Run and 2-Mile Health Walk, followed by a Convocation Service in Berry's Frost Chapel. This year's featured speaker is Laura Sutton, a Berry alumna who works as a human capital analyst for Deloitte Consulting in Atlanta.

Convocation will be followed by Berry's traditional picnic at 11:30 a.m. and the Grand March at 1 p.m. The Grand March is a time-honored Berry tradition featuring live music, inflatables, games, snow cones and other family-friendly activities.

Current students will show off their dramatic talents in a production of "Moonlight and Magnolias" at 8 p.m.

New Moon Gallery exhibit features Emory professor's work

New Moon Gallery exhibit features Emory professor's work

ROME, Ga. -- "Black Garden," a new exhibit from Atlanta artist Sarah Emerson, is on display at Berry College's Moon Gallery through Friday, Oct. 14.

Moon Gallery curator Denise Markonish describes Emeron's paintings as containing a "similar dichotomy between a Disney-like saccharine sweetness and a lurking darkness beneath this surface. Emerson's paintings catch animals and they in turn catch us looking at them ... where man and animal can really see each other, even if only for a brief moment."

Emerson teaches painting and drawing at Emory University. She graduated from the Atlanta College of Art in 1997 and later earned a master's degree at Goldsmiths College in London.

Her work has been shown throughout the United States and Europe, including the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.

The Moon Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Dove Award winner to perform at Berry

Dove Award winner to perform at Berry

ROME, Ga. -- The 2011 Dove Award winner for Best Worship Album of the Year is coming to Berry College this week.

Meredith Andrews, a contemporary Christian musician, is currently on her "As Long As It Takes" tour for her sophomore album. She will perform at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22 in the Berry College Chapel.

Andrews felt God calling her into music ministry during her junior year at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. She went on to lead worship at the 12,000-member Harvest Bible Church before being signed to Word Records.

"My hope is that in these songs, [the audience] will see the love of God more," Andrews said. "Maybe these songs will challenge them in their walk with the Lord and, in turn, they'll just run after him."

For more information about Thursday's concert, call the Berry chaplain's office at 706-236-2217.

All choirs invited to join Rome Christmas concert

All choirs invited to join Rome Christmas concert

ROME, Ga. -- Calling all choirs! Music groups from anywhere in Georgia are invited to participate in the third biennial Christmas Candlelight Concert and Processional in Historic Downtown Rome.

Choirs of singers of all ages, high school to adult, can sing in this non-denominational community event, as can people who are not affiliated with a certain choir.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6 with a candelight processional from the Rome City Auditorium to The Forum. Music is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m.

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Boston Symphony Orchestra trombonist to perform at Berry

Boston Symphony Orchestra trombonist to perform at Berry

ROME, Ga. -- The Fall 2011 Berry College Concert Series will begin with a performance from Toby Oft, principle trombonist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

"As the top trombonist with one of the premiere orchestras in the world, I'm certain [Oft] is fantastic," said Adam Hayes, assistant professor of music at Berry. "This will be his first appearance at Berry College and, for us, one of the most significant performers we have ever had at Berry."

Oft played jazz trombone until enrolling at Indiana University, where he began exploring classical and orchestral styles.

BEST SPOTS: Labor Day Weekend Activities in Atlanta

BEST SPOTS: Labor Day Weekend Activities in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- If you're stuck in Atlanta for the Labor Day holiday, don't worry, there are plenty of events to make your weekend unforgettable. The Where U Live team has compiled a list of things to do for familes, foodies, runners and many more.

Families:

There are a number of things for families to do, this weekend, around Atlanta. At the Chastain Park Amphitheatre HLM Worldwide and Soul Headphones by Ludacris will host a concert called “The Reunion” with The Isley Brothers, El Debarge and Carl Thomas. The concert will be hosted by Idris Elba on Saturday afternoon.

Take your family to see one of the greatest spectacles, presented by the Cirque de Soleil Company. Dralion infuses the “ancient Chinese circus tradition and the avant-garde approach of Cirque du Soleil production”.