May 2017
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2017 Administrative Professionals Luncheon
Thank you to our Event Sponsors!

Without the businesses in our community who invest in the Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce, programs like the Administrative Professionals Luncheon wouldn't be possible.  We want to also thank all of the volunteers who cooked, decorated and served. These individuals truly helped make this event spectacular.

We had a business expo with six merchants displaying items at their table.  Each business was given the opportunity to speak on what they have to offer, and to say thanks to all of the participants for their hard work and dedication.  Let's not forget the amazing fashion show that took place.  We had three local boutiques with several models present the latest fashion trends.  Thank you Anna Lou Designs, The Luckey Charm, and Priss Pots and Tots Children's Boutique. 
And to end the event with a bang, we announced Anita Reese from Georgia Pacific as our 2017 Administrative Professional of the Year. Congratulations Anita!

Congratulations Anita Reese with Georgia Pacific,
2017 Administrative Professional of the Year
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May 13, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
521 W. Hill Street, Thomson, GA

Spend a weekend exploring the up-and-coming Georgia Little River Water Trail! Join us for an exciting two-day paddle, dinner party, and campout within the Clarks Hill Wildlife Management Area near Thomson, GA!

The Event Will Include:
Lunches * Festive Dinner Party * Live Music * Games and Activities * Camping * Hot Breakfast * Plein Air Painting Demo * Fish Seining * Presentations on Native Wildlife, River Health, River Restoration Opportunities, Cultural & Native American Indian History, and more...

We will be Paddling:
On Flatwater near Historic Gold Mining Sites * In the Habitat of Bald Eagle, Heron, Kingfisher, River Otter, Beaver, Fox, and a Variety of Fish Species...

Learn More and Register NOW - Spots are Limited!
Beginner Paddlers are Welcome to Join! Rental Boats Available upon Request...

Georgia River Network is excited to partner on this event with McDuffie County, Georgia, Wilkes County, Georgia, Warren County, Georgia, and Georgia's Little River Water Trail Stakeholder Team!

Join us as we welcome bike riders from all over Georgia for an overnight visit to Thomson, as they ride from Athens to the Golden Isles!

They will be camping out at the Brickyard Stadium and at the Old Norris Elementary School. 

Food Vendors
We are inviting food vendors to set up for Lunch (noon - 3:00 p.m.) and Dinner (5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.) on June 5, and Breakfast June 6 (5:30 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.).

Business Expo - Block Party!
We will also have a Business Expo on Railroad Street with a live band as our guests will be visiting our downtown area.  Railroad Street will be closed in front of the Depot from Main Street to the corner of  Hogie Joes. We ask that you bring a table and canopy tent to show off your business. The cost to participate in the Business Expo is $25 per entry.

Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival
2017 Lineup:  The Wood Brothers, Mingo Fishtrap, Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, the Joey Landreth Trio, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and the Marcus King Band.

Tickets: $30 Advanced/$40 Gate. Children 12 and under get in free.

The Festival is "Rain or Shine."

Vendors: Food trucks, local restaurants and food vendors offer a wide variety of food, from snacks to full meals. Be sure to arrive hungry! The local arts council sets up a booth with blues/music related art and items for sale.

What To Bring: Cash is king! Most vendors do not take credit cards. All seating is lawn seating. Bring a blanket or low-back beach chair, camera, sunscreen. Tailgate tents are allowed in designated areas. No Coolers.

On April 19th, Leadership McDuffie explored Quality of Life of McDuffie County learning the impact organizations like the Family YMCA and University Hospital McDuffie have on the citizens of our County, as well as the importance of a downtown.   

The next class session will be May 10, 2017, Leadership McDuffie will go back to school to hit the books  for Education in McDuffie County.

Hope Hodge, Co-Chair
David Crawley, Co-Chair



In honor of the Memorial Day holiday, the Reese-Hyman Post 96 of the American Legion seeks volunteers to help place flags on veteran's graves on May 27th, 2017.  You do not have to be a veteran to volunteer.  Everyone is welcome.  Volunteers will meet at 8:00 a.m. at the new Legion Hall at 472 Main Street, in Warrenton. (the old Georgia Power Building)

There are approximately 700 veterans buried in over 50 cemeteries in Warren County, and the American Legion's goal is to honor each veteran's service and sacrifice by placing an American flag on each grave for the week of Memorial Day.

The flags will be placed on Saturday, May 27th, and retrieved on Saturday, June 3rd.

If you would like to volunteer to help, please contact the American Legion through their Facebook page http://www,, through email at, or call 706-466-4705 from 6 pm-9 pm.  Please note if you have any physical limitations, as we would like everyone who wants to participate to be able to so.

If you have information on a veteran buried in Warren County, or of an out of the way cemetery, and would like to ensure that those service members are honored, please contact the American Legion.

All Volunteers are invited back to the Legion Hall after placing the flags for refreshments.

Consider starting your Memorial Day Weekend, remembering the reason for the holiday, and honoring those who gave their time and sometimes their lives so that you could spend the rest of the weekend any way you want to, anywhere you want to, and with anyone you want to.

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