Callaway Gardens presents Coach Vince Dooley Book Signing

What: Get the perfect gift for UGA fans, or for yourself, this Christmas.

Coach Vince Dooley will be signing his newest book, Dooley’s Play Book, which was just re-released in July of 2013 with a new chapter on UGA football star – now NFL star – Jarvis Jones.  In addition, Dooley will have other books he has written available including:

History and Reminiscences of the University of Georgia,

  • Vince Dooley’s Garden – The Horticultural Journey of a Football Coach,
  • Dooley: My 40 Years At Georgia and
  • How ’Bout Them Dawgs (children’s book).

In addition, a great variety of collegiate gifts representing many schools is available in the Christmas Village.

When: Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Callaway Gardens, Fantasy In Lights’ Christmas Village, U.S. Hwy. 27, Pine Mountain, Georgia

How: Admission to the Christmas Village is complimentary.  Please park as directed by security. Fantasy In Lights tickets are available at or 1-800-CALLAWAY (800-225-5292).

Vince Dooley – Profile of a sports legend

For 25 years as head football coach at the University of Georgia and later serving as the school’s athletic director, Vince Dooley firmly planted himself as one of the state’s most beloved sports icons.

Dooley was twice named NCAA National Coach of the Year (1980 and 1982), while taking home honors as SEC Coach of the Year seven times in his heralded career.

An Alabama native who made Georgia his home in 1964, Dooley coached the Georgia Bulldogs to 201 victories. During his span as head football coach, he led the team to a national championship in 1980 in addition to six Southeastern Conference championships. After retiring from coaching in 1988, he remained at Georgia as the school’s athletic director until his retirement. During his 25 years as athletic director, he built one of the most successful programs in the nation, with his teams winning 25 SEC championships and 22 national championships.

His long list of accomplishments led to his induction into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1994. Dooley also has been named to the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, and the former Auburn University player and assistant coach is an Alabama Sports Hall of Fame inductee.

Dooley lives in Athens, Ga., with his wife, Barbara, in the same home they purchased in 1964 when they moved to Georgia.

Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens

Callaway Gardens Fantasy in Lights

Pine Mountain, GA is only a short drive from the Birmingham area and is home to Callaway Gardens, offering a spectacular display of more than a dozen larger-than-life holiday scenes this Christmas. Fantasy in Lights is a unique opportunity to see celebrated, custom-designed lighting displays such as March of the Toy Soldiers, Snowflake Valley, Twas the Night Before Christmas, and The Nativity (light and sound shows). Drive your car through or ride the Jolly Trolley to experience the magical nature of this exhibit.

Callaway Gardens Fantasy in Lights is one of the premier light and sound shows in the Southeast and attracts visitors from miles and miles away. This year’s event features more than eight million twinkling lights celebrating the holiday season. Since its opening in 1992, Fantasy in Lights has become a holiday tradition for many families and has hosted some two million visitors.

This is an excellent family holiday trip that I highly recommend!

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