5 things to do around Mercer’s Macon campus this summer


While we are socially distanced and many events have moved online, Mercer University is still alive with many activities. Here are five things to do around Mercer’s Macon campus this summer. 

Eat and drink in Mercer Village

Mercer Village has several restaurants to whet your appetite, including the Village’s newest addition — Jags Pizzeria and Pub. Jag’s has many of the same pizzas as the restaurant it replaced and has added a full-service bar. Not feeling pizza? Try Margaritas for Mexican, Francar’s for hot wings or Z Beans for a cup of joe.

Try yoga

In the wake of all these life-changing world events, you might be looking for a way to refocus and relax. Yoga can help you do that. Donation-based classes taught by Christina Lucia Murray are held 6:30-7:30 p.m. every Monday at Mill Hill Community Arts Center. Sparks Yoga also is holding donation-based classes 9-10 a.m. June 20 and 27 and July 11, 18 and 25 in Tattnall Square Park. If going out right now isn’t your style, there are plenty of yoga apps in the Apple and Google Play stores, such as 5 Minute Yoga and Pocket Yoga.

Explore Mercer Music at Capricorn

Mercer Music at Capricorn is open and ready for visitors. The museum has implemented new guidelines in the wake of COVID-19, such as encouraging guests to wear masks, offering hand sanitizer stations throughout the museum and allowing no more than 10 guests in the museum to help maintain social distancing guidelines. While there, you can explore artifacts, murals and interactive digital kiosks. 

Keep up with virtual events on campus

The Office of Campus Life and Student Involvement is planning virtual events throughout the summer and is a one-stop shop for other Mercer-related events and stories. You can like its page on Facebook to stay in the loop. In addition, Opportunity Scholars will be hosting a series of virtual events, including webinars about nursing and college essays, as well as a movie night. Keep up with Opportunity Scholars on Instagram to hear more about these events and others. 

Learn a new skill

If you’re interested in learning something new, try art classes. Central Georgia’s Micah Goguen Art Studios is hosting a number of online art classes this summer. Check out the schedule. Or, join The 567 Center for Renewal’s in-person classes, which include watercoloring and pottery. The next class on watercolors is 7-9:30 p.m. June 25. See the full calendar of events.

If art’s not your thing, try learning a new language. Apps like Duolingo or Babbel offer a wide variety of activities to help you learn hundreds of languages. If you’re interested in learning American Sign Language, there are also many online resources such as Sign Language 101 or the ASL App


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