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The Odd Couple, Female Version: Lead actresses talk about their roles 52 Weeks of Giving: Local kids show what kindness is all about
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Welcome to spring…and pollen season! I don’t know about you, but I’m glad to see one of those. You can guess which one it is. Here’s a hint: it’s the one that’s not coating my car. This month, we’re taking you on a high-flying adventure. On the literal side of this, we’re taking you up in the sky with Cameron Jones, the owner of Southeastern Balloon Services LLC. You may have seen Cameron flying high above Statesboro in his hot air balloon. We talked to him about how he got into the business of ballooning, and you’ll enjoy reading his story. On the not-so-literal side, but just as exciting, we spent some time talking to the contestants for this month’s Statesboro Voice competition. Eight men and women are competing for the top prize, and we are bringing you their stories…be sure to enjoy their performances on April 28 as they come together at the Averitt for the final night of competition. You’ll also enjoy reading about some very special folks that gather twice a month at the local library to bring kindness to the Boro. You’ve probably seen their kindness in action, but maybe didn’t know who to credit. Now you know. And last, we interviewed the two women heading up the cast of The Odd Couple, Female Version. This unusual take on the classic production hits the stage this month. Be sure to get out and enjoy the show — and read what these women thought of these iconic roles and their take on the production. We’ll be beginning our annual Reader’s Choice Awards voting, so be sure to check that out and cast your votes for your faves. Enjoy the spring weather!
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The Music Scene • By Brandi Harvey
Ten Mile Creek: Six years in In January of 2013, Brendon Sapp was looking for something new. After six years, his band Stoneheart had recently broken up, and as you’d expect after any relationship ends, a change was necessary. For some of us, it’s a new hairstyle. For others, a new car. For Brendon, a genre change was what was needed, and that meant getting back to his roots of southern rock and country. Thus was born a band that’s been a staple in the circuit for six years, and Sapp says it’s here to stay. Having spent the last 20 years in the area, I knew the answer before I asked, but I know a lot of TMC’s following are college kids who aren’t necessarily familiar with the backroads of Evans, Tatnall and Bulloch counties. So when I asked where the name came from, I wasn’t disappointed. BH: For the uninitiated, where did the name Ten Mile Creek come from? Brendon: It really came down to two names. “The Lost Highway” and “Ten Mile Creek.” Even though we liked the Hank Sr.influenced name, we decided that we wanted a name that reflected a part of us. Being from Evans County, we tried every dirt road name, and every location we could think of. Ten Mile Creek is a creek that runs into the Canoochee River just above the Bulloch/Evans line at
Kennedy Bridge. We all grew up fishing that area, so when the name was thrown out there, we jumped on it. The original lineup for TMC was Samarie Palmer on drums and vocals, Brendon Sapp on guitar and vocals, Gil Postell on keys and vocals, and David Hallman on bass. Recently, though, David Hallman left the band to focus on his family. “We always put family first,” acknowledged Sapp, “so as much as it hurt, we understood his reason for leaving.” Rodney Baldwin has been playing bass with the band since September and has been very pleased with the band’s sound. “They are a fun band to play with. They have really great vocal harmonies and musicianship. The set list is really fun takes you on a ride that covers different taste of music. Anybody will hear a song they like.” For a musician of Baldwin’s caliber, that’s saying something. Formerly of Dead Man’s Hand, The Chester Project, and other well-known local bands, Baldwin has been playing a variety of instruments since childhood, and his skill is well acknowledged in the community. Since its inception, the band has put out two EPs. One was released in 2014 entitled “TMC Style” and the other, “Hail Southern” came out in 2016. Hard copies of the albums are cur-
rently on backorder, but should be available soon, and they are hoping to be on Spotify and iTunes for streaming and download. As for live shows, you can catch them regularly at Gnat’s Landing in Statesboro where they play about once a month. For information about where they’ll be, they have a Facebook page that stays current with upcoming gigs. For a sneak peek at what you’ll hear of their original music, check out their reverbnation page. When asked if he had any other thoughts he’d like to share about the vision or mission of the group, Sapp echoed a sentiment that I hear nearly every time I speak with a local band or artists. “The Statesboro music scene is important to us. After a couple of shows in Claxton, it’s where it all began for us. Last April we all lost a big part of the heart of Statesboro and its music scene when Wesley Bragg passed away. We strive to make all we do in the Boro honor what he stood for. The brotherhood/ sisterhood of musicians, and the growth of our music scene.” And they are doing just that. With their heartfelt music and southern charm, Ten Mile Creek is six years in and just getting started on making their mark on the music scene in Statesboro and beyond.
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1. Joseph Cashore is assisted by Robert Cottle as he unloads at the Averitt Center for the Arts. Cashore brought his show, the Cashore Marionettes, to the Averitt in February. The audience was dazzled by his artistry and skill. 2. Joseph Cashore prepares one of his marionettes for the show at the Averitt. Photos courtesy of Averitt Center for the Arts 3. Ladies from Willow Pond Senior Care enjoyed the day painting canvases, with a little help from Kim Riner, from the Roxie Remley Center for Fine Art. Photos courtesy of Roxie Remley Center for Fine Art April 2018
Chaos and Contentment • By Cristina Emberton
Unsupervised chaos leads to supervised meltdowns Warmer days are approaching and soon spring will be here. Children will be ready to spend more time outside and parents are ready for them to get out of the house! Growing with the greener grass and spring daffodils is also a nemesis of mine. As you’re heading home from town, you will begin to see them peeking over a rooftop; your children will not miss them, off in the distance in a random backyard or a church on a Sunday afternoon. The weather gets warmer and they start growing and appearing….everywhere! At birthday parties, the park, a 5K run event, your neighbor’s house….just for fun! No… no… noooo!!! Bouncy houses, the room where we allow our children to enter into utter unsupervised chaos! Bonking, whacking, screaming, bouncing into one another — and they love it! Then….as always…one gets taken out. The little guy or girl that is in over his or her head and now pulling through the little net doors trying to escape the firefight inside. Mom is there, dragging him or her out the rest of the way. “Oh sweetie, what happened??!!?” 8
What? You know what happened! The 12-year-old in there just used your child as a spring board! This legalized mosh pit for children created melt-downs for both of mine at their prime toddler stages and much whining ever since. The first time was in Savannah at the Irish festival. I tell you that because there was quite a crowd. I only had my son with me who was about 3 years old at the time. “This will be fun,” I thought. “I got this!” The lines were horrible and my son had not grasped the idea of waiting quite yet. Needless to say, I was carrying a kicking, screaming, fanatical boy back to my car which was two blocks away. I even sat down at a bench to rest while he continued, while people were passing, looking with disgust. “Move along, nothing to see here…...” The second time was my sweet baby girl. She was 3 and her father had yet to experience the new little storms that raged inside her. We were at a festival in North Carolina when she displayed the desperate need to enter one of these bright-colored dungeons of chaos. The kids inside were all twice her size
and there was no way she could go in. Her father finally got to experience the piercing screams of anger our daughter could bellow when she was not allowed this privilege. So my feelings about them are this — if you must erect these temporary “fun” houses of pain, consider hiring a professional sports referee — uniform, flags and whistle included — powerful enforcement skills required!
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Up, Up and Away Written By Lauren Porter • Photography courtesy of Southeastern Balloon Services If you are ever in Statesboro when the weather is just right, you are likely to see a hot air balloon flying in the sky. The bright, vibrant colors demand everyone’s attention as it drifts above our heads. When you spot one in the air for the first time, you will be flooded with questions like, “how does it work?” and, “what would it feel like to fly?” For centuries, people have been riddled with the same inquisitions, and their hunger for answers is what gave life to hot air ballooning in the first place. A Brief History It all began in 1783 when two brothers named Joseph-Michael and Jacques-Ètienne Montgolfier experimented with lighter-thanair devices and studied the effects of heated air flowing into thin fabric. Their observations led them to conclude that this type of air current would make the fabric rise. They revealed their findings in a public demonstra10
tion in Annonay, France: a hot air balloon that was lined with paper and made of silk. The balloon rose 5,200-6,600 feet and traveled around 1 mile before descending. Later, on Sept. 19, 1783 a scientist by the name of Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier launched a hot air balloon called Aerostat Reveillon. The first recorded passengers were a duck, a sheep and a chicken. They flew in the air for about 10 minutes and then crashed to the ground. In October of that year, the first manned attempt took place. The balloon was made by the Montgolfier brothers, and Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier had the honor of being the first human passenger. It successfully stayed afloat for about 5 minutes. The modern era of hot air ballooning had finally arrived! Hot Air Ballooning Today Though the technology and equipment has evolved since the 1700s, the concept of hot
air ballooning remains the same. Hot air balloons rise when the air inside is hotter and less dense than the air outside. The pilot heats the air in the canopy with a burner that is fueled by propane to give the balloon its lift. Today, around 4,000 FAA regulated commercial hot air balloon pilots are licensed to fly in the US. Among them is Statesboro native, Cameron Jones. He is a second-generation pilot who claims he grew up sleeping on top of hot air balloon bags while his dad drove them across the country. “As a child, I didn’t understand the adventure that I was part of. I had no idea that my friends weren’t doing the same cool stuff as me on Saturday mornings. I didn’t have the same appreciation for it back then. About five years ago, I was at an arts festival where I saw one and I had a rush of memories come over me from being around balloons and flying in them with family. I knew right then that
I had to get my license and start flying again,” Jones told Connect. Since then, he has found a way to continue the family tradition by bringing his twin girls, Arabella and Adelene, along for the adventures. Jones is earning his master’s in Business at Georgia Southern while working on campus as a maintenance foreman for the housing department. He is the owner/operator of Southeastern Balloon Services, a company he purchased from his father, Dan Jones, who founded it in the 80s. SBS is dedicated to building lasting relationships with farmers and land owners of the region. Taking Flight Connect had the privilege of meeting Jones and his crew one Friday afternoon to learn about the process of flying firsthand. It starts with a few bags and a wicker basket that is intricately woven, yet sturdy enough to carry up to four people across the sky. The crew begins by attaching the burner to the basket and laying out the balloon envelope. The balloon is inflated with a fan until it takes shape. It is then attached to the burner, where the pilot blasts flames into the canopy to launch it in the air. One minute you are planted firmly on the grass, surrounded by crew members holding down the basket with all their weight. The next minute you are rising above the treetops like an Eagle in the sky. And, while we’re on the topic of Eagles, Georgia Southern’s campus is just as lovely from a bird’s eye view as it is on the ground. Jones and his crew take everything into account during the flight. They care for livestock while overhead because the burners can be loud and alarming, so they try to respect the land and its inhabitants throughout the journey. Reaching altitudes of 2,000 feet, you get a picturesque view of Statesboro’s true beauty. From the creeks to the landmarks, there is something to take in from every direction. When it is time to come down, wide open spaces are always ideal. However, because targeting an exact landing zone can be difficult, the crew attempts to land as safely as possible without harming the people, livestock or crops in the process. This sometimes results in landing on a dirt road or the edge of a field, but let’s be honest, that’s not the biggest risk you are going to take that day. Even with the associated risks involved, it doesn’t stop some of us from wanting a taste of the adventure. The most important part of the experience is taking flight and seeing the land that we call home from a new, higher perspective. April 2018
Statesboro soon to find its ‘voice’ Written By Angye Morrison
Ever felt the need to grab a mic and belt out a show-stopping tune? Ever had dreams of being the next big thing in show business? Some area residents are doing just that — reaching for their dreams — by competing in the inaugural Statesboro Voice competition. The competition will highlight the best of the area’s vocalists, but will also serve as the largest annual fundraising event for the Averitt Center for the Arts for the 2017-18 fiscal year. “The committee has been planning this event since last summer and we are excited and nervous about the community’s response,” said Jamie Grady, Averitt executive director. “I have heard a lot of great voices and talents within the community and I think this is a great opportunity for those people to really shine.” Contestants were asked to submit a 2-minute video, showing off their best vocal abilities. The top 20 were then showcased in a preliminary competition in early March, and
mentors Brandi Harvey, Brock Taylor, Jennifer Nunn and Chris Mitchell each selected two singers to work with to prepare them for the final competition, to be held on April 28. During that live performance, the contestants will compete for Judges’ Choice and People’s Choice awards, along with cash prizes. Contestants included Jasmyn Smith and Chyann Rose, mentored by Harvey; Joshua Davis and Will Gay, mentored by Taylor; Sidney Claire Smith and Joey Bielik, mentored by Nunn; and Jordan Mathis and Miranda Winter, mentored by Mitchell. Here’s a brief look at each contestant: Will Gay He’s 29, and works at Queensborough Bank in Millen, where he’s a resident. He is
a graduate of Jenkins County High School, and has been singing since he was 8 years old. He started singing in church, and loves to sing gospel, as well as country music. Although he sees singing as a hobby, he has made a few recordings, including a gospel and a country CD. He is looking forward to the competition, and to what he can learn from the mentoring process. “I think we (he and his mentor) can do a lot of good things together. I hope he can pinpoint my strongest points,” he said. Gay says that winning would mean a lot to him. “I would be glad to win it. It might help me get into the Statesboro market with my sing-
ing. That’s kind of what my hope is,” he said. Jordan Mathis Statesboro native Mathis is 26, a registered nurse, worship leader at her church and mommy to a beautiful baby. She was raised in a musical family, and has been singing a long time — but she didn’t enter herself in the competition. “My husband, mom and sister submitted my video audition, which they discreetly captured during our church band rehearsal. I didn’t know anything about it until I received a call from Robert (Cottle) at the Averitt Center congratulating me and inviting me to compete,” she said. Mathis sang “Forever,” by Kari Jobe for her semifinal audition, and says “I guess it went alright because I turned a chair!” “Just to be part of the eight singers competing is an honor for me, but winning the competition would obviously be icing in the cake. The prize money would also help me pay off some pesky student loans,” she said. Joshua Davis This isn’t the first rodeo for 17-year-old Davis, who has competed in both The Voice and America’s Got Talent. He’s been singing since he was very young. The Statesboro resident is in the adult education program at Ogeechee Tech, and likes video games, writing poetry and listening to music. Participating in this competition may be a step toward his long-term goals. “I really wanted to get my name out there. I wanted to really experience the whole voice atmosphere to see what it’s like. I also wanted to do it to work on my stage presence, to get it to another level,” he said. Davis plans to be a recording artist, producer and own his own record label someday. This competition, he says, could get some-
one’s attention and help him get discovered. Davis enjoys singing 90s R&B, and sang Michael Jackson’s “You Are Not Alone,” for his semifinal performance. He hopes that his mentor will be able to help him work toward “having the best performance that I possibly can.” Jasmyn Smith Twenty-five-year-old Smith has auditioned for The Voice and for American Idol, and made it through several rounds of auditions. And now she’s competing in Statesboro Voice. A native of Statesboro, Smith is the oldest of three children. She loves to sing, dance and act, and enjoys online shopping, bowling, playing BINGO, vacationing and sleeping. She is the Infant & Toddler Suite Leadership Manager at Kid’s World Learning Center, and has a degree in Culinary Arts and in Early Childhood Education. Her love of music led her to audition for Statesboro Voice. “I plan to sing more in the community of Statesboro and wanted to showcase my voice in the different genres I sing for future performances,” she said. “My audition was exhilarating and nerve-racking at the same time. I was excited, shocked, and appreciative to see all four judges turn as quickly as they did for me.” Becoming an even better singer is what Smith hopes to get out of the competition. “I hope to strengthen my singing skills, network with like-minded singers, and bring my joy of singing to the community of Bulloch County,” she said. Chyann Rose She began singing at 7 years old in church, and has been performing ever since. She was a member of one of the Pladd Dot Music’s School of Rock bands, called Su-
pernova. At just 18, Rose is a regular on the Statesboro music scene, and has performed all over the state for the past five years. Rose enjoys performing country music, mixed with Southern rock and classics from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Her voice has a bluesy, soulful quality. She has been nominated by Georgia-Country.com as a finalist for Teen Artist of the Year for the past four years, as well as the Georgia Music Awards in 2016, and was a two-time finalist at the Country Showdown in Savannah. Rose has opened for Cole Swindell, Colt Ford and Chelsea Bain, and has performed her original song, “Georgia Girl,” for Jennifer Nettles. “I’m so honored to be a finalist in Statesboro Voice, and I’m so excited to be working with Brandi Harvey. I’ve worked with several different people along my musical journey, so I’m excited to work with somebody new,” she said. “I’m also excited because I think Ms. Brandi and I have similar styles, so I’m looking forward to working with her.” Sydney Claire Smith Smith had just gotten over the flu when the deadline dropped for Statesboro Voice auditions, so she wasn’t planning to participate. “I sounded really, really bad,” she said, laughing. “But my mom was like, come on, just do one video. Now I’m really glad I got in. But at the time, I was not ready for it.” Smith attends Southeast Bulloch High School, and is in the advanced women’s choir at school, and is in the School of Rock & Roll at Pladd Dot. She sings at her church, and loves animals, so she volunteers on adoption Saturdays at Petco. She wants to be a veterinarian someday, but singing professionally is also on her radar. Smith says her audition in the semifinals went well — she went first. “It was really nerve-racking to hear everyone after me, so I’m glad that I went first,” she said. She is excited work with Nunn as her mentor. “She’s a really good mentor. She’s expand-
ing my range of songs I listen to,” Smith said. Winning the competition would be amazing, she added. “It would mean that I can kind of go after this goal of singing more and doing more with singing. And that would be awesome,” she said. Miranda Winter Winter says she’s been singing since she could talk, and she started to pursue it as a career at 16. She started singing in restaurants and bars around her native Augusta at that time, and began auditioning for American Idol. Three years ago, she received the golden ticket to Hollywood during Season 14 of the show, but was cut during the first round. She moved to the Boro two years ago when her husband took a job teaching at
Statesboro High School. Winter says she has continued to write music, sing and play the guitar. She also had a lead role in the Averitt Center’s production of Guys and Dolls. As for auditioning, she says her friends and family had been asking if she was still singing since moving to Statesboro. “I haven’t sang a lot since I’ve been here,” she said. “A couple of people in the area tagged me on (Statesboro Voice), including my boss at SERVPRO, so I said what the heck, I should give it a shot and see what happens. And I got four chairs turned around.” Winter is hoping that her mentor will be able to push her to branch out into a new area of music, and is excited because he is very knowledgeable about music and technique. If she wins, she plans to record a couple of original songs with the prize money. And if she wins, Winter says it will mean, “I can
still sing and that I’ve still got it. And that you’re never too old to follow your dream.” Joey Bielik Bielik was a Music Education major and Drama minor at the University of Georgia, and is happy to get a chance to be a part of the theater world again. Other roles and musicals he has been a part of include the role of Jesus in Godspell, being in the pit orchestra for Ragtime, and working as assistant music director for Little Shop of Horrors. He recently starred in his first Averitt Center production, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, playing Leafy Coneybear and Carl Grubenierre. The final competition for Statesboro Voice will be held April 28, at 7:30 p.m. at the Emma Kelly Theater in downtown Statesboro. Tickets are $25. To purchase tickets for the event, call (912) 212-2787, or go online at www.averittcenterforthearts.org.
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Overthinking It • By Katherine Fallon
This just in: Parenting is hard Eleven months ago, my first nephew, Enzo, was born. We weren’t able to be there for his birth, and it took several months for me to meet him, at which point he was a doll baby in need of head support. This week, though, Enzo came to visit Georgia, and now, he’s nearly walking. We were utterly unprepared for guests of the mobile child kind, and spent the last couple of weeks awkwardly perusing the baby aisle of Wal-Mart in search of organic foods he might eat. We borrowed play pens and dump trucks and brightly colored blocks from a friend. We barricaded fragile things in the guest room, and tried to minimize contact with sharp-edged furniture. We are both highly educated people with excellent problem solving skills, but we met our match with the car seat on the day Enzo and Celeste were to arrive. We had to watch videos to figure it out, and that was our first taste of the complexities of the minutiae of parenting. In further preparation, we isolated the cats and moved a small mattress into the living room to create a soft barrier, the other two sides comprised of our L-shaped sofa. It served as a pen and a safety net over the week, as Enzo has developed the skills and dexterity to get himself into 16
trouble. He is in the wriggling stage of development where he is constantly moving, and is able to climb. He kept mounting the plastic dump truck and the elephant walker. He thrashed about inside his playpen like a WWF wrestler. The brightly-colored blocks were a hit: Nikki built towers with them and Enzo, delighted, smacked them down into their smaller components. Every other toy made noise, and the off switches were hidden, blending carefully into one of the dozen colors each toy boasted. Sometimes, while he was napping, we would accidentally incite the sounds: children’s voices counting, singing, mechanical bells and whistles. Luckily, he has grown up in the house with a loud pit bull, and he slept peacefully through most interruptions. We watched Celeste do everything onehanded, collapse and extend the travel stroller, search for pacifiers and toys that had been tossed or dropped, share her meal time with him so that she took bites, then prepared bites for him, tearing up apples and sweet potato for him to feed himself. We watched her rub his back until he fell asleep, and readjust him when he woke, fitful, from slumber. She knew what he needed when he cried. She knew when he was
“faking it.” Right now, Enzo requires 24/7 supervision, even in the moments he is sleeping. I have always known that parenting isn’t an easy job, which is part of why I have never wanted children, myself, but I didn’t realize exactly how demanding it would be at every moment of every day. Even with a well-behaved and goodnatured baby like Enzo, the constant vigilance would wear me down by noon, at which point I would petulantly wish for time alone, and independence. But some people are impressively good at parenting, and well-suited to it. Celeste sang cheerily throughout the day, and smiled consistently at her beautiful baby. She rarely expressed frustration, and managed somehow to navigate Enzo’s needs will still tending to her own, which really was something of a miracle. We learned this week that where Celeste is good at being a parent, we are best suited — and maybe even good at — being aunts. We got used to it right before he left, and for a moment, I felt much more adept at caring for a baby. Then I realized that the next time I see him, he’ll be in a different stage of development, and the learning will begin anew.
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52 Weeks of Giving teaching more than kindness Written By Angye Morrison It started eight years ago with a mom who just wanted to teach her kids about the world around them and how to give back. But for Cindy Hatchell, Youth & Family Services manager and assistant library manager at the Statesboro Regional Library, the lessons have gone far beyond that. Hatchell began 52 Weeks of Giving while she worked at another library in Kentucky. “I wanted some volunteering, some different services to teach my children how to give back. So I spoke with my director there; I had this idea, and she was all for it. So we started 52 Weeks of Giving,” she said. Her children, now both 13, were joined each Friday by about 25 to 30 other children. The program was originally intended to only be for one year. “I had planned to do one year and be done with it, but the kids wouldn’t let me stop,” Hatchell said, smiling. 18
Hatchell said she knew the kids in Kentucky were getting in when they ran in one day, after hearing that some Navy SEALs from Kentucky had been killed. They asked, “Miss Cindy, what are we going to do? How are we going to help these families?” “I knew right then, they were getting it,” she said. Her partner in Kentucky, Libby Edwardson, moved from there to Maine, and took the program with her, so that meant there were two libraries using the program. Hatchell has worked to write a curriculum for it, and other programs across the country have requested it for their use, including groups in North Carolina, Washington and California. And when Hatchell interviewed for the job in Statesboro, she also asked if she could bring it here. It was agreed that if she got the job, she could institute the program in Statesboro as well.
Hatchell said there has been a “good core group” coming each Friday. It has been a weekly thing, but the program this year will now be on the first and third Friday of each month at 4 p.m. This change began in March. During last year’s program, the group did encouragement projects for local firefighters, made kindness rocks, adopted a platoon, made no-sew blankets for a local nursing home, wrote and delivered random notes of kindness, created Birthday in a Box packages for the homeless shelter, created book packages for children for a local group home, and put together blessing bags for the homeless. And that’s not the complete list. When the group has been doing a lot of “heavy” projects, Hatchell said she throws in something fun and silly for the kids to do, such as eye bombing, where they put google eyes on inanimate objects around town, just to give people a smile. They also handed out
balloons and treat bags on St. Patrick’s Day, calling it, “It’s Your Lucky Day.” The group has some ongoing projects, including collecting soda can tabs for Ronald McDonald House, a penny fundraiser for charity, and Socks for Courtney, a partnership that allows the children to collect and donate socks in memory of Cortney Kemp, a Mill Creek Elementary student who passed away at 9 years old with an undiagnosed heart condition. The items for these projects are collected year-round at the library, along with cake mix and frosting, party decorations, toiletries, stuffed animals (new or slightly used), small cars and notecards. As if that wasn’t enough, the group has also created lending libraries and placed them around town. Using racks donated by the Statesboro Herald, the libraries allow local residents to take a book and leave one. The project was a joint partnership with students at Georgia Southern University. Projects for this year include collecting stuffed animals for children in foster care and for Cuddly Cops, to be giving to children in scary situations. They will also be doing a special project to encourage single mothers, hosting a bake sale for charity, and offering encouragement to sheriff’s deputies, mail carriers and library staff. Hatchell says the ongoing projects have taught her children much more than she ever expected. “It has opened their eyes to how they can help people. I notice my son, you know, just little things. He helped a lady get her groceries out of her buggy the other day. My daughter, if she sees somebody drop something, or having a tough time getting something out of a cart to put in their car, she’ll say, ‘Mama, can I help them?’ So it’s opened their hearts,” she said. She sees evidence in the other children in the group as well. When the shootings happened recently in Parkland, Florida, some of the children came to her and asked how they could help. The group soon was sitting down to write letters of encouragement, which were sent to those left hurting after the incident. “It opens them up to see little things that a lot of people these days don’t see. Like somebody struggling with getting something out of their buggy, or trying to open the door with a stroller, or whatever. These kids, I see them noticing things like that,” she said. Hatchell becomes emotional when she speaks about what the program — and its participants — are teaching her.
In February, students gathered to clean up luggage for foster children in the area. The luggage is filled with blankets, stuffed animals, washcloths and toiletries, and given to children in need.
The group created nurse survival kits in August, including items like Lifesavers, to remind nurses of the many times others need their help, and gum, to help them tackle “sticky” situations.
To help the community understand that kindness rocks, the group created colorful kindness rocks to place all over the community as reminders. They asked that as the rocks were found, that people post photos on social media.
“They’ve taught me way more than I could ever teach them,” she said. “I work with the greatest kids ever. They’ve opened my heart. They’ve shown me that there is good in the world, there is kindness in the world. That’s something that we, as adults, we lose track of. We see all the bad on the news, but I can come here on Fridays, and they show up and they’re smiling, and they’re eager to do whatever it is that we have planned. And I know there’s hope.” Hatchell said the program is made possible by donations from the Friends of the Library, as well as a generous donation from Socks for
Courtney. She says she couldn’t do it without the generosity of the parents of the participating students. And she said anyone who wants to come is welcome, no matter their age. She tells people that anyone, from 1 to 101, can participate. “I feel like, no matter the age, no matter where you come from, everybody can use some good,” she said. For more information on 52 Weeks of Giving, call (912) 764-1344, or e-mail Hatchell at email@example.com. April 2018
‘Odd’ characters to bring familiar themes to the Whitaker stage
to find the right voice for her,” she said. What she loves about Olive, Harvey said, is her sense of humor and how much she genuinely cares for her friends. What she doesn’t like, she adds, are the things that frustrate her about herself. By Angye Morrison “She doesn’t worry about keeping her house clean and, to be honest, as a woman There has never been a couple more odd wreck.” She added that Florence seems to with a ton of responsibilities, it can get out of than Olive Madison and Florence Unger. Just get her self-worth from her skills as a househand for me, too. I think she cares less about ask Brandi Harvey and Christie McLendon, wife, but does seem to find some happiness it, though. I can’t imagine living in the state who will play the duo in The Odd Couple, by the end of the play. But to make the role her own, McLendon she does,” she said, shuddering. Female Version, April 19-21 at the Whitaker Harvey said the biggest challenge for her plans to add “a little of my own snarky sense Black Box Theater. thus far in this role came during the readThe story is like the classic Neil Simon play: of humor.” “I’ve never played a character like this through — keeping a straight face. messy Olive and neat freak Florence make for “It’s hilarious, and the lines are so funny. an unusual set of roommates, but Olive invites before, and I’m so looking forward to the Florence to move in with her after Florence’s challenge, to see if I can be funny with a There are some lines that I get to smirk a little personality that is so different than my own,” about, but sometimes I genuinely have to be divorce, and the results are, well, hilarious. Local audiences will be familiar with both she said. She has been working to make her the straight man, and it’s tough!” she said. Both Harvey and McLendon recognize that Harvey and McLendon. The duo just fin- version of Florence very expressive, with overwith today’s headlines, a play focused on the ished another performance of the hit show the-top reactions. female perspective carries some significance. McLendon was looking forward to working Always…Patsy Cline, which first hit the lo“I love that this play is about a group of cal stage a year ago. Both women are lo- with director Ashley Morgan as well. women who really love and support each “She is full of fun ideas and new ways of cal fixtures on the Averitt stage. In addition other. It reminds me a lot of some of my looking at things. I think our to her role as Cline, Harvey friends,” said Harvey. “The subject of women production will be different has played Annie Sullivan in just from having her fun and in the work force and such isn’t as uncoma 2016 production of The unique creative energy on set,” mon today as it was when the play was writMiracle Worker. She has also ten, but it’s still always wonderful to get to she said. become known as “the voice be a part of a show that shows empowered Harvey says she realized of downtown,” regularly takwomen standing on their own and supporting during the first read-through ing the mic at various events one another.” of the play that her character, as a vocalist. McLendon agrees. Olive, is actually a lot like her. McLendon is a regular per“Today’s modern woman is represented in “She’s a very witty and sarformer in the Tribute to Maycastic recent divorcee with a Olive; she is already divorced, independent, berry show, which brings has a job and is supporting herself. Then you strong focus on her career. I’d the beloved characters from Brandi Harvey like to think I’m not as sloppy have Florence, living the more traditional “The Andy Griffith Show” to the stage. She recently starred in the Averitt’s as she is, but I can relate to the fact that role, the housewife; her job is her family and her home. There are referencproduction of Guys and Dolls, as Miss Ad- when you’re working hard on es to the Women’s Lib moveelaide. Her breakout role in the Boro was in a career, some things can get ment of the 80s and women’s South Pacific, when she had to step up after neglected. However, I’m not a rights issues in general, but an understudy dropped out 10 days before sports fanatic like she is, and since this play was written for she doesn’t have kids, so that the show opened. basically an all-male cast, you Both women are excited to work together makes her outlook and intercan see how these issues afactions a little different from again. fect all genders. Learning to “I am looking forward to working with mine,” she said. stand on your own, learning It will be easy to slip into the Brandi again. She is such an immensely talhow to accept your shortcomented singer but most people might not be character, Harvey said, beings, the respite we find in our aware of what a great actress she is, too. cause of the similarities. friendships are things we can Christie McLendon “I tend to be a little more The rest of the cast is full of talented actors all relate to, male or female,” who are really going to bring the characters tenderhearted from the start she said. to life. This should be a fun and lively produc- than Olive is, so I’ve got to come at it from “When women stand together, they can be a slightly different angle. I’m already hearing tion with a ton of laughs,” said McLendon. such a compelling force for positive change Speaking of her role, McLendon said, “The and seeing elements of people close to me in in one another and in society as a whole,” role of Florence is completely opposite of me. the character, as well, though. So, I think I’ll She is whiny, OCD and frankly, a nervous be probably drawing on what I know of them Harvey said. The show begins each night at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $16, and can be purchased by calling (912) 212-2787, or go online at www.averittcenterforthearts.org. 20
Tailgate Tattler • By Chandler Avery
Eagle golf teams on course It is that time of year where everything seems to just hit a wall. Another basketball season has come and gone, baseball is getting into the midway stretch, spring football practice is nearing the end, and final exams for students are under a month away. But there is one thing that will push me through the month: Golf. The month of April is a big golf month for those of us in Southeast Georgia, you know, with that big tournament called the Masters just an hour or so up the road in Augusta. But for Georgia Southern, April is also a big month. With the Schenkel past us, the Eagles will soar into the final stretches of the season in April, with hopes of competing for a Sun Belt title, and a trip to the NCAA regionals and championships. For many of you readers, you probably don’t have much insight to golf at the collegiate level, but lucky for you I happen to be a former competitive golfer who has a pretty good eye for college golf. Men’s Golf As aforementioned, the season is right in the thick of things. For those of you who don’t know, NCAA golf is a sport that takes place in both the fall and spring. Some other sports may play exhibitions in the offseason, but for golf there is not really a designated offseason, as the tournaments in both fall and spring affect rankings and standings. The Eagles however, have performed quite well thus far this year. In their six tournaments, the team has finished in the top 5 four times, including a win at Georgia State’s home tournament in Atlanta. In that tournament, the five golfers for Georgia Southern collectively shot a score of 24 under par, which was remarkable, as they won by
17 shots. All of these tournaments put together have Georgia Southern ranked 65th in the nation according to Golfstat.com. Now, 65th in the nation may not seem too great, but keep in mind there are about 300 Division 1 programs, so the Eagles are in the top 20 percent in the nation. Part of this success is due to Steven Fisk, who is certainly leading the team on the course. According to Golfstat rankings, Fisk is the No. 10 individual in the nation, and currently is sixth in the Arnold Palmer Cup standings. Fisk has been playing lights out, recording top 10 finishes consistently. Even if Georgia Southern does not receive a bid to NCAA regionals, I do not see how Fisk does not at least garner an individual bid. Just to highlight his play, in the Georgia State tournament in which the Eagles won, Fisk carded rounds of 66-66-65 for a three day total of 197 on his way to winning the individual competition. This broke the school record by six shots, a record that had stood since 1975. Fisk shows no signs of slowing down as we gear up for the last two tournaments of the regular season. Gearing up for the Sun Belt tournament at the Sandestin resort, the Eagles look primed to seek revenge. After dropping the championship match against Georgia State, the team returns all but one player from the team last year, which bodes well. The team will be one of the favorites, with Arkansas State ranking 66th in the nation, essentially level with Georgia Southern compared to the rest of the field. My take on the course, The Raven Golf Club, is that the though one may be in Miramar Beach, less than a mile from the Gulf of Mexico, it will not
feel like it. The Robert Trent Jones course uses the pines and water to make both an aesthetically pleasing course, as well as a challenging one. I believe the Eagles will be able to look past the pines we are oh, so accustomed to in South Georgia and find their way to victory. Women’s Golf The Lady Eagles are still young, as they are only in their third season as a program, but have certainly made strides. This year started slow for the team, as they struggled to find a top 10 finish in the first few starts of the season, but with a second place finish at Wofford’s tournament, as well as a top five at Texas State’s tournament and a top 10 at College of Charleston’s event, the team began to climb the rankings. As of now, they currently sit around the 150 mark according to Golfstat. The team has three tournaments left in the regular season, including stops in Kennesaw, Georgia, Charleston, South Carolina, and the Sun Belt Tournament in Sandestin. The Sun Belt tournament for the ladies will be at the same course as the men’s tournament (The Raven Golf Club). For the ladies to have a chance at reaching the NCAA regionals, it will take nothing short of a victory at the Sun Belt Tournament, which is definitely possible, but will take some lights out playing from the team. The Sun Belt conference is not as strong in women’s golf as it is men’s, but teams like Coastal Carolina and Texas State will be bringing their A-game in hopes of an at-large bid even if they do not come away with the conference title. The great thing about being a new program is we as fans get to see the progression of the players. The Lady Eagles do not have a senior on the roster, and will likely return everyone on the team next year. That being said, if the team is unable to bring home a conference title, it is a good thing to see the improvement of the team as a whole. So, though the April showers may bring May flowers, I hope your April is showered with birdies, for both our Eagles as well as for any of you fellow golfers. In the meantime, enjoy the resurgence of Tiger Woods (he’s back, I can feel it), the drama of Amen Corner on Sunday at the Masters, and the 6-foot putts that are worth a buck or two at the country club blitz games. Side note: If anyone has the awesome opportunity to go to the Masters and feels so inclined to find a way to ship a dozen signature Augusta pimento cheese sandwiches to Orlando, I would be more than happy to provide an address! April 2018
Day Trippin’ • By Kenley Alligood
Sunshine and clear water By the time this article reaches you, spring will have arrived in full force here in the South. Honestly it feels like it’s here already. Birds are singing at the crack of dawn, all varieties of plant are blooming, and pollen is caked an inch thick on your windshield. What with all of this activity and the recent time change bringing longer days, it’s time to get outside and treat our vitamin D deficiency with a little sunshine. And what better place to do that than the Sunshine State itself? The Gulf of Mexico boasts some of the clearest and bluest water in the world, but we can’t all just jet off to the Caribbean whenever we feel like it. Luckily, our neighbor to the south has the next best thing: natural warm springs with water so clear that they named the town after it. Crystal River, Florida is the self-proclaimed “Home of the Manatee,” hundreds of the animals flocking to the warmth and seclusion of the springs. The peak time of year to see manatees is mid-November through late March, however many of the areas where they congregate are protected and may be closed to visitors for part of the season. It is also the busiest time of year to 22
visit, with more than three dozen snorkel and kayaking companies running tours daily and competing for views of these gentle giants. Though the peak time of year is past, some of the animals enjoy the area so much that they have become permanent residents. Homosassa State Park, 10 miles south of Crystal River, has an underwater viewing area where the park’s small pod of manatees can be seen year round. The park is also a wildlife conservation area so myriads of local wildlife can be seen on its boardwalks and trails including alligators, herons, osprey, deer and bobcats. Rarer species like black bear and the nearextinct red wolf can be seen at the park’s rehabilitation center. The Crystal River Preserve and Archaeological State Park boasts more than 27,000 acres of salt marsh, tidal creeks, mangrove forests, and old growth forest with 61 acres of the park devoted to one of the largest preColumbian Native American complexes in the south. The site includes burial and temple mounds and was a major center of activity and trade for early Americans. The nearby museum is open 9-5 Thursday through Mon-
day. The park also offers eco boat tours which explain to visitors the ecological history of the area and its importance to the people who lived there. The 1.5 hour tour runs at 10:30 and 1:30 Monday, Wednesday and Friday with tickets offered on a first-come, first-serve basis so get there early to secure your spot, especially in the busy spring months. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children aged 7 to 12. Hiking and biking trails are open 8 a.m. to sundown daily and there is no entrance fee for the park so there is no reason not to take advantage of the opportunity to see one of the most pristine natural environments in western Florida. Kayaking is one of the best ways to explore this area. Three Sisters Spring, a favorite with the manatees, is often the busiest but the large swaths of protected wildlife areas make almost anywhere an ideal place to spot other types of wildlife. Hunter Spring City Park is a good place to begin your paddling adventure, offering an ideal place to put in kayaks whether you brought your own or want to rent one on the spot. Maps are available at the nearby visitors center.
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TOP 10 REASONS to advertise frequently
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1. People may not need your product or service today, but they may need it tomorrow. 2. Frequency builds trust. 3. Frequent advertising adds credibility to your message. 4. When an ad is seen frequently, it gets the consumer yearning for your service and they will take action to buy it. 5. Advertising frequently helps put your name out in front of the competitionâ€™s. 6. Frequency is the best way to get lower advertising rates. 7. Advertising frequently is a lot like repeatedly inviting a friend to come see you. One day, they are bound to visit! 8. Frequent advertising helps you build a steady source of incoming sales. 9. Out of sight, out of mind. 10. You make more money when you do! Itâ€™s plain and simple.
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Stephanie comes to Connect Magazine with more than 15 years of sales and marketing experience both internationally and nationally. Currently serving as the Marketing/Sales Manager
for Connect Magazine and GSU Eagle Nation (gsueaglenation.com), she is also a Multimedia Sales Strategist for the Statesboro Herald. She has extensive knowledge in providing strategic marketing planning to ensure her clients are reaching their desired goals. Stephanie prides herself in providing integrated advertising plans; campaign management; understanding the market and key competitors; and working collaboratively to determine creative messaging for all her clients. Stephanie has extensive marketing and sales experience – B2B and B2C - in various industries including: business services; consumer
products; food and beverage; financial, government; hardware; health care; recreation/leisure; and notfor-profit. She places strong emphasis on integrating traditional marketing principles into her clients’ digital strategies to maximize their exposure so they receive the best ROI. A native of Statesboro, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her son Jackson; staying active at her son’s school, Bulloch Academy; traveling; cooking; and taking continuing education courses to stay abreast of all the changes and industry trends that affect marketing and communications.
Q: What makes an effective print marketing campaign? A: Often the lack of understanding what the purpose of your ad is targeting, results in feeling as if it did not work for you. First and foremost, deciding on your print ad campaign should be well thought out and planned ahead of time. Your ad campaign is no different from putting together a business plan or budget; Just like the aforementioned, you need to know exactly what you want to achieve from running your ad and the most effective way to reach your goal. Now, what I am about to say will certainly raise some eyebrows and it does not apply to all ads – but it does for many. Most ads are not designed to sell, but to get people to remember your brand and reputation is quintessential if you want readers to remember you. In general, consumers need to see an ad 7 times before they take action. When meeting with your print rep to discuss your ad, you should involve anyone else that will have a hand in your campaign present. If you use a graphic designer, photographer, or copywriter and they will be involved in any capacity with the placement of your print ad - avoid delays and have everyone meet together. This will ensure all of you are on the same page and working to achieve the same goal.
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