"[There are] a lot of activities across our county and to me that just says, 'Summer is here,'" said Regina Wheeler, deputy director for the Cartersville-Bartow County Convention & Visitors Bureau. "I know it's a little early. It's not quite the 21st of June, but that just tells you, 'School's out. Summer's here.' And there's a lot of activities to keep you busy throughout the summer months. Just [this] one weekend [is] packed full of options for all ages."
On Saturday, shoppers will be able to partake in the Dixie Highway 90-Mile Yard Sale's second day of operation. Spanning from Ringgold to Kennesaw on June 3 to 5, the sale will highlight 12 communities: Ringgold, Tunnel Hill, Rocky Face, Dalton, Resaca, Calhoun, Adairsville, Cassville, Cartersville, Emerson, Acworth and Kennesaw.
"Our first calls actually came in December of 2010, right after the Christmas holidays," Wheeler said, about inquiries relating to the yard sale. "People were going ahead and getting that on their calendar. I guess, [they were] just saving the date. So they began calling then. We had quite a few calls. Then those calls have been fairly steady coming in through the late winter and spring months. They come from all over the Southeast, primarily. That's where the event has been advertised and promoted in the past so that generally is where people come from.
"[The sale offers] a large variety [of items for sale]. Locally, of course, we allow people to register. Anyone that's having a yard sale along the route can register for free," she said, referring to www.DixieHighway.org. "So that's been a good insight this year as to types of items that are going to be sold."
A precursor to Interstate 75, the Dixie Highway was envisioned by Carl Fisher in 1912 to transport northerners to the South in the winter. After being built between 1915 and 1927, the popular route attracted local vendors, who sold items such as fruit and chenille bedspreads to travelers from Michigan to Florida.
The yard sale started in 2006 to celebrate the road's revitalization after the Georgia legislature designated the Dixie Highway as a historic driving route. The Georgia Dixie Highway Association promoted the project through the purchase and installation of 126 roadway signs.
In Bartow County, yard sales will be set up on Main Street in Adairsville and will run southbound through Cassville. Afterward, the route will follow Georgia Highway 293/Cassville Road to downtown Cartersville and then Tennessee Street or Highway 293 south to Emerson.
Along with people participating in the yard sale, downtown Cartersville also will be a hub of activity with the Summer Concert Series and Improv Night also on tap. Hosted by the Cartersville Downtown Development Authority, the series' second offering will feature The Tams from 7 to 9 p.m. at Friendship Plaza beside the Cartersville train depot.
According to www.thetams.com, "Known for such hits as 'Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy,' 'What Kind of Fool,' 'I've Been Hurt' and 'Untie Me,' The Tams have had [two] Gold Records and [one] Platinum Single. 'What Kind of Fool' hit #9 on the Billboard charts and #6 on the R & B charts. 'Hey Girl Don't Bother Me' hit #1 in the UK in 1971. ... Though their style of music has historically been referred to as Beach Music, it can be also classified as a mixture of Smooth Soul and R & B. Their show is fun, fresh and exciting and appeals to audiences of all ages and musical tastes."
Following the concert, Cartersville's entertainment will wrap up with the Attention Deficit Players' Improv Night at the City Loft, 110 S. Museum Drive. The doors will open for the Improv Night at 8 p.m., with the show starting at 9 p.m.
"If you've ever seen an episode of the Drew Carey show that used to be on called 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' -- that's basically it," said Alan J. Sanders, who helped form the troupe with his wife, Susan Delmonico, and Meghann Humphreys, Tony Bowers, Mike and Teresa Harris, Shane Phebus and Erin Brown. "[There are] a lot of five- to six-minute long theater games that we play as actors.
"We come up and it's randomly chosen. ... But the greatest thing I like about improv is the audience is really part of the show. We ask them for ideas, situations, scenarios, objects, things, whatever, and we have to then incorporate those ideas in the game we're playing. So the audience is kind of in on a lot of the gags. They kind of know the outcome. And it's fun to watch the actors try to figure out the scenario because a lot of times the actors don't know what's been presented."
Even though the Attention Deficit Players is its own entity, the troupe is a splinter group of The Pumphouse Players. The troupe was formed after the thespians' improvisational talents emerged when participating in fundraising offerings at The Legion Theatre.
More details about the Attention Deficit Players can be obtained by visiting its Facebook page. For Saturday's Improv Night, there will be a $5 cover charge. Due to the possibility of adult language and themes, no one younger than 17 will be admitted without a parent.
"In my invites I always say, 'Get a babysitter, leave the kids at home [and] make a date night of it," Sanders said.