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Tales from the Altamaha


Both the Toombs County Joint Comprehensive Plan and the Heart of Georgia Regional Commission regional assessment recognized the importance of the Altamaha River and the Tales from the Altamaha to the economic well being of the community. Fitting nicely into the community goal of developing and promoting regional tourism, Tales from the Altamaha is a folk-life play organized by the Lyons Better Hometown Program (recently renamed Lyons Main Street) and performed in the downtown Lyons Blue Marquee Theater in April of each year. The play, which has received much success and acclaim, is based on stories of the colorful characters, events, and heritage of early settlers along the Altamaha River written by a local lawyer, Colonel Thomas Ross Sharpe, and published weekly during the 1950s and 1960s in the local newspaper, the Lyons Progress. Tales from the Altamaha has been performed each year since 2005. The play has been a boon, not only to the restoration of the Blue Marquee Theater, but to the economic and cultural revitalization of the entire Lyons downtown. (See www.lyonsga.org/tales-from-the-altamaha/)
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