One of the best parts of traveling is getting to experience the unique culture of each place you visit. From certain terms the locals use, to common pastimes and beloved traditions, to favorite places to eat, drink and play, every city has its own signature traits. Milledgeville is no different, and we want you to experience as much of our culture as possible when you visit our city. When in Milledgeville, do as the Milledgevillians (or “Mocals”) do!
Terms you need to know:
Mocal: A term used to describe people who are local to Milledgeville (as opposed to students whose permanent residence is in another city, or our lovely tourists!)
Milly: A term of endearment for Milledgeville, and also the name of the CVB’s trolley!
The Mocals love historic downtown Milledgeville just as much as (if not more than!) the tourists do. On any given evening, you’ll find Mainstreet buzzing with locals as they shop, eat and play. You’ll spot many locals wearing TOMS shoes and brightly-colored accessories purchased from Jack & Darcy’s on Wayne Street, as well as classy dresses and jewelry from the French Vill’edge next to Blackbird Coffee on Hancock Street.
Later in the evening, you’ll surely find locals filling the dining rooms of the plethora of locally-owned restaurants downtown, whether it’s grabbing a slice of pizza at Amici or The Brick, or a tasty glass of wine at Aubri Lane’s. And, of course, we can’t leave out BlackBird Coffee, the favorite of many for coffee, tea and dessert.
First Friday, a monthly celebration held by Milledgeville MainStreet, is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. On the evening of the first Friday of each month, mainstreet comes to life with live music, special discounts, local vendors, fun for the kids and more.
Deep Roots Festival, the annual festival that locals and tourists look forward to all year long, takes place in October and fills Mainstreet with vendors, music, food and even a KidZone. The festival will be held on October 24th this year, so be sure to mark your calendars! You won’t want to miss the music line-up and the return of the BBQ cook-off.
Sounds of the South is another annual festival, founded in 2012 by Georgia College students. This two-day festival brings the Georgia College students and the local community together with the common appreciation for music and the arts. Several restaurants downtown host a lineup of bands for two consecutive nights, filling downtown with the “Sounds of the South.”
Mocals love the Oconee River Greenway – whether it’s jogging or biking the trails, playing with their dogs in the dog park, kayaking down the river, having a picnic on the lawn or lounging in a hammock overlooking the water, time at the Greenway is a wonderfully relaxing way to spend the day.
Lake Sinclair is another place often full of locals and visitors on weekdays and weekends alike, as the waters are perfect for kayaking, waterskiing or a relaxing day of fishing for largemouth bass, crappies, hybrids, catfish and striped bass.
Of course, another local pastime is golfing – and Milledgeville has two great places to do it. Little Fishing Creek (72 par) and Milledgeville Country Club (71 par) would love to see you along with the Mocals for a day of golf – just be sure to call and schedule in advance!
For a complete listing of things to do in Milledgeville, visit http://www.visitmilledgeville.org or call the Convention & Visitor’s Bureau at (478) 452-4687.
What are some of your favorite parts of the Milledgeville culture?