Monday, July 27, 2015

There's Now an APP for US!

Whether you're interested in shopping and dining, looking for a weekend getaway, or touring one of the "Most Picturesque Villages in the World," <Budget Travel Magazine> We now have an App for all of this!  To check out all there is to see and do in Madison and Morgan County, search "Visit Madison Georgia!" ...and for an audio walking tour of our historic district, search "Madison Ga Downtown Tour" to download your FREE App! And be sure to stop in to our Welcome Center downtown to pick up your            FREE maps to get around town!                                                              

See you Soon!


Friday, June 5, 2015

Farmview Market in Madison Offers a Fresh Take on the Community Grocery
Kelly Products, a leading provider of essential information and automation solutions to the agribusiness industry, announced its new retail grocery, Farmview Market, is on track to open this fall. Under one roof, Farmview Market will house a specialty grocery, a full-service butcher shop and a farm-to-table café. Also on site will be an open air farmers market to open next spring.
“We want to offer an experience that stands alone in the minds of our guests with many of our items being prepared and created in store,” said Richard Rotroff, general manager, Farmview Market, adding, “Our grist mill allows for the freshest ground flour and grains that you can find. Local fresh ground coffee and self-filled oils and detergents add to the unique experience of the grocery. A new twist on the traditional butcher shop will bring fresh local cuts along with numerous ready-to-cook value-added recipes that will make fresh meal ideas easy.”
Located in Madison, Georgia, one mile south of Interstate 20 on GA Hwy 441, the facility is being constructed around two historic barns from the mid-1800s, purchased in the northeast U.S. and being reconstructed on site. “These barns are truly stunning and something to see. The construction lends to the ambience of the venue, telling a story and enriching the Farmview Market experience,” said Keith Kelly, president and CEO of Kelly Products. The specialty grocery core offerings will include proprietary meat products, coffee, dairy, produce, nutrition and wellness products and artisan crafts—in short, high quality items that are uniquely local, Southern or agrarian. “We have spent a lot of time curating a unique collection of some of Georgia’s best products – from the grocery, to the butcher, to our café menu. We are a Georgia Grown Founders Circle company and Georgia Grown products will be displayed throughout the facility,” said Rotroff.
Central to the mission of Farmview Market is education.  “We want to bring families and communities closer together and closer to their food. We are fortunate that our region has such a vibrant agriculture industry. We want to provide real value for our farmers and suppliers to maximize participation in this effort,” said Kelly. Kelly Products’ philanthropic work supports a number of local, national and global nonprofit organizations. Farmview Market will offer a selection of finely crafted artisan fair trade products for which sales will support communities in developing countries. The farmers market will be open seasonally on Saturdays and will showcase local farms and artisans, with demonstrations and entertainment. There will also be a you-pick operation. “The you-pick will start small so that the plants get the proper care needed to become established. We are exploring several perennial fruit options and plan to plant a couple of select areas on the property within the first year, as most varieties take at least two years to get established and start really producing. There are many varieties that do well in our region with little inputs other than fertilizer and that really fits in with what we are trying to promote throughout this development,” said Brad Kelly, farm operations manager, Kelly Products, Inc.
Farmview Market will be a community resource. In partnership with Morgan County, Farmview Commons will be a 15-acre community park on site, open to the public year round. “Morgan County has been instrumental in the successful implementation of our project,” said Kelly. “Leadership in the community truly understands and supports our vision and have a vested interest in growing the county’s already thriving agricultural and tourism base.”
Farmview Market is a Kelly Products’ company, developing as a natural outgrowth of the Kelly family’s business and personal interests around farming, agriculture, education and community engagement.  “Putting these venues together on one property is unique, and to be part of the local food continuum – promoting sustainable practices and a sense of community is very exciting,” said Rotroff, adding, “What could be more rewarding than helping people eat better, feel better, and live better?”
Farmview Market is currently seeking suppliers with products across the following categories: fresh meats and proteins (beef, pork, poultry, and seafood), produce and specialty grocery products. Access sourcing partner information here. Interested producers should contact Brad Kelly, at or 770-385-1187.

About Farmview Market

Farmview Market is a new retail complex that incorporates a grocery store, specialty butcher shop and casual café—all featuring delicious, locally sourced offerings. It fuses elements of Georgia’s rich agrarian heritage with a sensible approach to sustainability to present a truly unique food and educational experience for guests. Our company is built around the belief that helping people understand where their food comes from—and the positive impact buying local and eating healthier can have—will result in more vibrant, connected and economically sustainable communities. For more information, visit

Friday, January 23, 2015

Southern American Antiques Showcased at
14th Annual Madison Antiques Show and Sale 

Join us and experience the best in Southern American antiques and accessories at the 14th Annual Madison Antiques Show and Sale at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center.  Having earned a reputation as the “best little antiques show in America,” the 2015 Madison show spotlights 21 national dealers bringing American antiques, predominantly Southern in origin.  We invite you to attend our fantastically fun Preview Party and Early Buying on Thursday, February 19.  The Show and Sale continues on Friday and Saturday, February 20-21.  The weekend events also include free and informative lectures by experts in the field of antiques. 

Participating dealers include Antiques Road Show veterans and many others who have years of experience and knowledge.  Dealers appreciate the show’s reputation for drawing a wide audience of shoppers.  Whether you have a discerning eye or you are eager to learn about the world of antiques, this show is for you!  The dealers travel from Kentucky, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, Ohio, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, and Georgia, bringing the best in furniture, silver, pottery, textiles, art, oriental rugs, accessories, and more.

This year’s free lectures will take place at 9:00 am on Friday, February 20 and Saturday, February 21, 2015 in the Cultural Center’s historic auditorium. The guest speakers will be Roddy Moore, Co-Director of the Blue Ridge Institute & Museum, and Mary Green Burdell, Historian for the Sea Island Company.

A complete schedule of events for the Madison Antiques Show and Sale follows:
q  Thursday, February 19, Preview Party and Early Buying 6:00 – 9:00 pm.  Entrance fee $50, includes repeat admission Friday and Saturday.
q  Friday, February 20, 9 am Free Lecture:  Roddy Moore, “Chasing the Facts, Chasing the Objects.” Friday, February 20, Public Show and Sale 10 am – 5 pm.  $7, includes repeat admission on Saturday.
q  Saturday, February 21, 9 am Free Lecture:  Mary Green Burdell, “Sharing Henry Green.”
q  Saturday, February 21, Public Show and Sale 10 am – 5 pm.  $7, includes repeat admission.

Order your Preview Party tickets NOW for the first opportunity to view and purchase antiques before the public sale begins on Friday!  Purchase on-line at or by calling 706-342-4743 (toll free 877-233-0598).  For additional information, please call the Center at the same phone numbers or e-mail  Visit the Antiques Show and Sale webpage for a list of the 2014 dealers and more information on the lectures,


Proceeds from the Madison Antiques Show and Sale, sponsored by Rosie and Don Becker, support programming at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center, a non-profit multidisciplinary visual and performing arts center located in a renovated 1895 Romanesque Revival schoo.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

2014 Fall Events in Madison, Georgia!

2014 Fall Events in Madison, Georgia!
Annual Chili Cook-Off & Fall Festival
~October 4
Just listed in AAA Living Magazine as one of "3 Best Chili Cook-Offs' in Georgia, you definitely do not want to miss this favorite fall event.  Sample great chili, relax in the beer garden, learn to carve a pumpkin from a pro, shop for locally grown produce and handcrafted art, listen to great live music, check out a cool tractor or two, and have your face painted. Shop, eat and enjoy!

First Fridays in Historic Downtown Madison
Visit the shops, galleries, and restaurants of Historic Downtown Madison every First Friday through December when the downtown stays open late. Enjoy live music, art exhibits, and food and beverage samples. Take a stroll through the historic district, and stay over to discover a different pace in one of Downtown Madison's beautifully appointed bed & breakfasts!
Gazebo Grooves Brown Bag Concert
Join us every Friday from Noon to 1pm through October for a free concert in Madison's Town Park!
nullBostwick Cotton Gin Festival 
& Gin Run
November 1 
Ever been to Bostwick, Georgia?  Located a few miles outside of historic Madison, this farming town is home to the remake filming of the movie Footloose as well as the Annual Cotton Gin Festival!  On Saturday, November 1, the day will begin at 8am with the Annual 5K Gin Run, a parade beginning at 11am complete with tractors and antique cars, followed by a full day of cotton-ginning, festival fun!  There will be booths and booths of hand-made arts and crafts and you'r e sure to find your favorite edible treat at the many food vendors.  Kids will even be able to play in the recently harvested cotton and the gin will be operating all day long! You'll definitely want to make it a weekend getaway and visit the many unique shops and restaurants that have earned Madison a place on Budget Travel Magazine's list as one of the "World's Most Picturesque Villages!"  

For a full list of FALL FUN, click Here!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

13th Annual Antiques Show & Sale ~ Madison, Georgia

The 13th Annual Madison Antiques Show & Sale will feature FREE lectures at 9:00 am on Friday, February 21 and Saturday, February 22, 2014 in the Cultural Center’s historic auditorium. 

On Friday, Jenny Garwood, Curatorial and Education Associate for the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA), will give a lecture on “Needlework in the Most Approved and Fashionable Manner.”  Her lecture will explore Georgia through textiles at MESDA, and will introduce MESDA and its extensive collection of southern textiles.  This includes the discovery of a previously unknown Madison, Georgia whitework bedcovering. Jenny Garwood is an expert on early southern textiles in the MESDA collection and has been closely involved with much of the new interpretation in the museum.

Then on Saturday, John Case of Case Auctions and Appraisals from Knoxville, Tennessee will give a lecture on the “Market Trends for Southern Decorative Arts.” His lecture will discuss the trends of Southern pottery, furniture, fine art, silver, textiles, civil war items, and more.  John has over 20 years experience researching and evaluating American antiques and art, with a specialization in early Southern decorative arts.  He is also an accredited member of the Appraisers Associate of America (AAA).

After the lectures, head over to the Cultural Center’s Hall for the Show and Sale where you can experience the best in Southern American antiques and accessories. Having earned a reputation as the “best little antiques show in America”, the 2014 Madison show spotlights 22 national dealers bringing American antiques, predominantly Southern in origin, for two days of some of the finest and most enjoyable antiques shopping available.  Come browse the show floor, enjoy the beautiful antiques, ask questions and get to know the expert dealers. The Show and Sale, sponsored by Rosie and Don Becker, will be open 10 am to 5 pm, on Friday, February 21 and Saturday, February 22.  Tickets are $7, which are good for both days and can be purchased at the door. 

Visit the Madison Antiques Show and Sale webpage for a list of the 2014 dealers and more information on the lectures, or call the Cultural Center (706) 342-4743.

Proceeds from the Madison Antiques Show and Sale support programming at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center, a non-profit multidisciplinary visual and performing arts center located in a renovated 1895 Romanesque Revival school building in historic Madison, GA.  Through the performing and visual arts, the Center serves an 11 county area and maintains an active membership base.  The Cultural Center is handicap accessible and offers hearing devices for its audience members. 
The Center is located at 434 S. Main Street, Madison, GA 30650.

John Case, Case Auctions & Appraisals
 The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center
Circa 1895