Local favorites to be featured on GPB Monday

Published 7:11 pm Sunday, October 8, 2017

The City of LaGrange will be one of three cities featured on the upcoming Georgia Public Broadcasting show Hometown Georgia.

The show, which allows locals to tell the story of the city they live in, will air Monday at 8 p.m. The episode will be shown again Thursday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at noon and 7 p.m.

Sharon Collins, senior executive producer of the show and several others on GPB, said this is the second episode.

“This is a show I created and I created it on a whim. I said what if a town told its own story?” Collins said. “There’s no host, there’s no narration. I realized it would be pretty hard to do.”

For this episode, she wanted to look at three towns that were about an hour and a half from Atlanta. Blue Ridge and Milledgeville are also featured on the episode.

“I had frankly driven by numerous times but I’d never driven into LaGrange. I thought it was such an interesting name, and I knew nothing about it, so why not LaGrange?” Collins said.

She said the show is a way for people to discover more about cities in Georgia.

“Everybody knows Atlanta and Savannah. That’s sort of the point in this, to showcase towns that might get overlooked,” she said.

The episode features Charlie Joseph’s, Wild Leap Brew Co., artist Annie Greene, Hills & Dales Estate and visited the annual West Point Lake Dragon Boat Race.

“What I found about the people of LaGrange is they just love the city so much, and they are passionate about it,” Collins said.

She said after visiting LaGrange and seeing all the new businesses opening, she believes the city is going to continue to grow.

“I was really impressed with the cultural activities that are there. It’s a cute place,” Collins said.

For more information on “Hometown Georgia” go to www.gpb.org/television/shows/hometown-georgia.