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Plenty to do this weekend in LaGrange

This weekend will have something for everybody. Whether you feel like running for a cause, checking out one of the top events in the Southeast, dress shopping, listening to live bands or a combination, this weekend is sure to impress.

The Kiwanis Club pancake breakfast will get the weekend off to a delicious start at First Baptist Church in the Family Life Center. The breakfast costs $6 and will take place from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. For more information, call John Carden at 706-883-7506.

Chick-fil-A will also encourage an early start with the Awesomesauce Road Race 10k, 5k and 1 mile runs at The Thread starting behind St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. The 10k will begin at 9 a.m. The 5k will begin at 9:15 a.m., and the fun run will begin at 10:15 a.m. Awards will be announced at 10:45 a.m. The annual race is a fundraiser for Winshape Camps for Communities.

The Winshape Road Crew will be out at the race with fun activities for the kids and chicken biscuits for all the participants. For more information, visit Active.com/lagrange-ga/running/distance-running-races/awesomesauce-10k-5k-fun-run-2018.

The 22nd annual Azalea Storytelling Festival will be one of the biggest events of the weekend for more than just LaGrange. The event has been recognized as one of the top events in the southeast and is expected to draw around 2,500 people to this year’s festival. The committee that organizes the Azalea Festival is primarily made up of longtime volunteers who work to ensure that each year will be a novel experience.

“I think what people can expect is the same high quality of stories and new and different stories, but from the same high quality tellers,” said Joyce Young, one of the organizers for the festival.

“The storytellers make an effort to bring fresh material every time.”

This year’s featured storytellers will include Carol Cain as Emcee, Michael Reno Harrell, Dolores Hydock, Kevin Kling and Bil Lepp.

“Also, an addition over the last few years has been the music before each session,” Young said. “The LaGrange College music department is providing music Friday and Saturday night, and David Fountain will play Saturday afternoon. He is a favorite. The youth orchestra’s strings attached will play Saturday morning, and those are third, fourth and fifth graders. The dulcimers play every year on Sunday morning, and they are a real favorite.”

The festival is also coordinating with local restaurants to encourage visitors to eat local food.

“One of those is the Woman’s Club cornbread and soup luncheon at Bellevue, so that is a favorite and tickets will sell out Friday night for that,” Young said. “Also, now that the downtown development authority furnishes shuttlebuses for us, Taste of Lemon and 505 (Eats) will be open Saturday. Also, we think a lot of people who are new to the area will go to Wild Leap Brew Co., so I think that will be fun for them.”

The Azalea Storytelling Festival will take place at LaGrange College’s Callaway Auditorium. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Lsparts.org/azalea/.

If you are hoping to prepare for prom this weekend, the Portal Boutique and Harmony House Domestic Violence Shelter will host a Gown Gala at the Courtyard by Marriott of LaGrange from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

New and sample gowns will be available for purchase for $30 at the event. The entry fee is $10. All proceeds from the event will go toward Harmony House.

Pure Life Studios will host The Honey Dewdrops in concert at 206 Clark Street on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

“We are inspired by country music, styles of American folk music ranging from old time to that blue grass kind of music that features string band instrument setups — so guitars and banjos, which we each play — and a lot of vocal harmonies as well, so a lot of songs that feature voices in a close harmony style,” said Kagey Parrish of the Honeydewdrops. “It is sort of a throwback in that way, but we are also committed to writing new songs for this project. It is a lot of new music, and we are working on a new album out there. People can expect to hear some brand-new songs.”

The band has played at stages and festivals in North America and Europe full time for nine years.

They will be a returning act for Pure Life, and Parrish said that he looks forward to performing in LaGrange again.

“We played in LaGrange last time, last spring — I want to say it was last May — and we are looking forward to getting back and having a great time at Pure Life Studios,” Parrish said.

Tickets cost $20. For more information, visit Purelifelagrange.com.

If you are hoping for a dose of theatrical comedy, LaGrange College Theatre’s production of “Bedroom Farce” may be just what you’re looking for.

The British comedy will be performed at Price Theater on Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and non-LaGrange College students. Admission is free for LaGrange College students, faculty and staff. For reservations, email the box office at priceboxoffice@lagrange.edu or call (706) 880-8080.