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What’s in a Name? USG WILL KEEP RACIST BUILDING NAMES AND MORE LOCAL NEWS By Blake Aued news@flagpole.com The Board of Regents has opted not to rename more than 70 buildings and institutions in the Georgia university system that were named for segregationists, slave owners and white supremacists, going against the recommendation of an advisory board. The Naming Advisory Group, led by Albany State University President Marion Fedrick, was appointed to examine the names of 3,800 buildings and colleges, working with Civil War historian Lisa Tendrich Frank, in June 2020. The final report recommended changing almost three dozen names on the UGA campus and adding context to another nine. “The intent of the advisory group was to better understand the names that mark our buildings and colleges, recognizing there would likely be a number of individuals who engaged in behaviors or held beliefs that do not reflect or represent our values today,” regents said in a statement after a called meeting Nov. 22. “The purpose of history is to instruct. History can teach us important lessons, lessons that if understood and applied make Georgia and its people stronger. The Board, therefore, will not pursue name changes on USG buildings and colleges as recommended by the advisory group’s report. We acknowledge, understand and respect there are many viewpoints on this matter. Going forward, the Board is committed to naming actions that reflect the strength and energy of Georgia’s diversity.” The recommended changes included buildings named for senators, governors and congressmen. For example, Sen. Richard Russell (the Richard B. Russell Special Collections Library, Russell Hall), Sen. Herman Talmadge (Talmadge Auditorium) and Rep. Carl Vinson (Vinson Hall) were powerful lawmakers who used their influence to keep civil rights at bay for decades. Buildings are named for several segregationist governors, including Allen Candler, Joseph E. Brown, Wilson Lumpkin and John Milledge. Some, like Lumpkin and Milledge, also pursued Native American removal policies. Others were named for figures associated with the university. Examples include Aderhold Hall, named for O.C. Aderhold, who resisted integration as president of UGA throughout the 1950s. Church Hall is named for Alonzo Church, who served as UGA president for 30 years in the early to mid-19th century and enslaved at least 13 people. Law school co-founder T.R.R. Cobb (Cobb House, Lucy Cobb Institute) and chancellor Patrick Mell’s (Mell Hall) writings attempted to justify slavery; Cobb was also a Confederate officer. Professor Joseph LeConte (LeConte Hall), whose claim to fame was co-founding the Sierra Club, enslaved 200 African Americans on a plantation he inherited. The naming group didn’t just look at buildings. It also recommended changing the name of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, named for legendary newspaper editor Henry W. Grady, whose vision of an industrialized “New South” maintained Black


Southerners’ status as second-class citizens. Unlike the USG, many universities have opted to rename or contextualize campus buildings in the past few years. Clemson stripped secessionist leader John C. Calhoun’s name from its honors college. Ole Miss moved a statue of a Confederate soldier from a prominent place on campus and added signs to some buildings explaining their history. Princeton took the segregationist President Woodrow Wilson’s name off one of its schools. Emory announced in June that it would start the process of removing racists’ names from buildings. Individual universities in Georgia don’t have the authority to change the names on their own, though. Building names on any USG campus must be approved by the Board of Regents.

Cognia Is Coming to Town Accreditation agency Cognia will make a virtual site visit to Athens this week to check on Clarke County School District’s progress in retaining its accreditation. Cognia, formerly known as AdvancEd, placed CCSD in the “accreditation under review” category after former superintendent Demond Means complained to the agency in 2019 that several school board members were attempting to micromanage and intimidate him. While Means’ feuds with various school board members led to his departure almost two years ago, the Cognia investigation remains open. The school board has made significant progress in most of the problem areas Cognia identified in a January 2020 report, but two items related to board effectiveness and ethics remain to be checked off the list. In particular, the agency had concerns about the committee process and “the perception that a decision was made because you have a quorum or close to a quorum, and then you come out, and it really should have been [full] board work, but it was done in the committee structure,” Superintendent Xernona Thomas said at the board’s Nov. 9 work session. CCSD administrators have been preparing a written report on the district’s progress, and Cognia is reviewing meeting agendas and watching videos of board meetings in preparation for the site visit. During that visit, scheduled for Dec. 2, Cognia representatives will meet separately with Thomas and her top leadership team, school board members in groups of three, and other groups composed of principals, parents and other community members.

West Broad School in Peril The historic African-American West Broad School has been in peril for more than a decade now—a fact that recently won some recognition from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. The trust placed the school grounds on its 2021 list of “Places in Peril,” a list of 10 historic sites across the state that are in danger of demolition or from neglect.


According to the Places in Peril report, released earlier this month: “The West Broad Street School, a collection of three education buildings, sits on a piece of land dedicated to the education [of] African American students from the late 19th century through integration. The Minor Street building, constructed in 1938, dates to the Jim Crow era. The other buildings date to the 1950s, during the equalization era… “Recently the Clarke County School District proposed demolition of the buildings to allow for new construction of an early learning center. With no preservation guidance, the site’s historic architecture is at risk of being severely altered or lost. Local partners and community members have worked tirelessly to advocate for sensitive reuse of the existing buildings, allowing the new learning center to have a tangible connection to its important cultural history. The school district has agreed to reconsider its proposal, though final plans have not been approved and a preservation outcome is not guaranteed.” The buildings have been vacant since 2009. Other potential uses considered over the years have included offices and a community center. The school board voted in October not to move forward with administrators’ plan to tear down the 1950s buildings and construct a new one. Superintendent Xernona Thomas said recently that CCSD will renovate the old Gaines School for early learning classrooms instead, although a similar project remains on the table for West Broad.

Pulaski Townhouses Proposed The Athens-Clarke County Commission will vote Dec. 7 on a new type of denser residential development for Pulaski Street. Developers are planning to build 16 three-story, two- and three-bedroom townhouses on Pulaski. The zoning in place on the property just south of the railroad tracks allows for multifamily residential development. The request is to waive a requirement for ground-floor commercial space. Instead, an abandoned cotton mill behind the townhouses would be converted into commercial space at a later date.

Commissioner Ovita Thornton, who represents the area, said at a meeting last month that she was unable to attend a community meeting on the issue, but based on the 8-1 approval by the planning commission, “it looks like I would support this, but I will do my due diligence,” she said. Commissioners Mariah Parker and Patrick Davenport raised concerns about too much density on the narrow street. “This looks like an awful lot of stuff to put on a street that’s already congested,” Parker said. “You can hardly get down the street.” Architects Arcollab and Koons Environmental Design said in a submission to the ACC Planning Department that concerns about scale would be alleviated because houses across the street sit on top of a steep hill, making the roof heights about the same. In addition to the width of the street, Commissioners Jesse Houle and Melissa Link also raised concerns about how affordable the units would be. They’re architecturally similar to the new single-family homes on Pulaski, also designed by Lori Bork Newcomer, that are worth $500,000 or $600,000. “I feel like if we’re going to grant these variances, there should be some affordable housing in there somewhere,” Link said. Commissioners Carol Myers, Russell Edwards and Tim Denson, though, said the neighborhood, being close to campus and downtown, is appropriate for higher-density development. “There is a modern aesthetic in this neighborhood,” Edwards said. “This architect’s done great work throughout the county… To me it’s an opportunity to drive up our housing stock in a very desirable neighborhood.” No members of the public spoke about the development at the agenda-setting meeting. Three nearby residents submitted written comments in support of it to the planning department, although one asked for a sound barrier and another wanted a second entrance to the parking and garages behind the townhomes. A similar project was proposed for the property in 2016, with 20 condominiums and a community market, but it fell through. f





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estive Athenians, take heart: The Downtown Parade of Lights is back and merry as ever. Brave the chill on Thursday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. to watch approximately 50 floats from organizations around the community—among them the Clarke Central and Cedar Shoals High School marching bands, the Classic City Roller Girls and, of course, Santa—travel through downtown. As a result of construction on Clayton Street, the parade is scaled down and will follow an alternate route that is expected to yield a quicker procession. This year’s theme is a “superhero holiday.” Rather than just one grand marshal, two nurses will serve and lead the procession in honor of Athens’ own health-care heroes. St. Mary’s Hospital selected Luke Duncan, a registered nurse in the Neurosciences Critical Care Unit, and Piedmont Athens Regional Hospital chose Laura Breckenridge, a registered nurse in the Cardiac Telemetry Unit. “These are real life superheroes who have served the community and have been working so hard to keep us healthy,” said Cathy Padgett, community relations specialist for AthensClarke County Leisure Services. “It just seemed really appropriate this year as we continue to battle COVID-19.” Participants and spectators are also encouraged to pay tribute to heroes, real or fictional. The absence of the Parade of Lights last year left a void for those who ring in the holiday season with the festivity. Padgett was frequently asked if there would be a parade, and when she had to say no because of COVID-19, the reaction was one of chagrin. “They understood, but it was still disappointing,” Padgett said. This year, Athens’ close-knit charm is back on display, an important reminder amid the city’s rapid growth. “We have all these apartment buildings and all this stuff going up around us, but you can really capture that small town feel when you have a parade that brings in people from all across the community,” Padgett said. “We have school groups; we have businesses; we have twirlers; we have high school bands. It just gives it that real sense of community, and it’s really something Athens needs.” Though COVID-19 cases in Athens have dipped in recent weeks, safety is still a priority. In addition to the procession being an entirely outdoor event, participating orga-

nizations are encouraged to social distance as they prepare their floats and will not be throwing candy. But don’t fret—Santa will still conclude the parade by lighting the Christmas tree in front of City Hall, per tradition. As a bonus for parade-goers, parking in the West Washington Street, College Avenue and courthouse decks is free for two hours through Christmas Eve. The entire Leisure Services Department will be very busy with various roles come parade night. “We have our staff lining up floats. We have staff working the sound system. We have just so much activity going on. It’s just really great for our department’s staff SAVANNAH COLE / FILE

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to all be out there again working together,” Padgett said. “We’re really glad that the [COVID-19 case] numbers are at the point that we can have this event, and we just look forward to people having a great time.” In preparation for the parade, the Washington Street and College Avenue intersection will close to traffic at 2 p.m., Hancock Street along the assembly area will close at 3 p.m., and the rest of the route, including Pulaski, Lumpkin and Thomas Streets, will close at 6:30 p.m. Athens is in no shortage of festive activities to supplement the parade. The State Botanical Garden of Georgia is opening its inaugural holiday lights show on Dec. 1, along with a holiday market. The half-mile trail will be open each evening through Jan. 9. Tickets are $15, with children age 3 and under free, and are available at wonder lights.uga.edu. In addition, the Lyndon House Arts Center is hosting holiday markets on Saturdays throughout December, and the Athens Welcome Center is hosting a holiday wreath workshop on Dec. 2 with The Petal Exchange. The Classic Center opened for ice skating on Nov. 26, and Santa will stop by for breakfast and to collect toy orders on Dec. 4. f


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MILTON LEATHERS BROUGHT US TOGETHER THROUGH HIS STORIES By Pete McCommons pete@flagpole.com We have lost our Faulkner—our garrulous, sparked the past to life, kept it from being curious, peripatetic, witty, caring Milton past. Leathers, whose words and insights are Given who he was and who he came collected not in books but in a thousand from, Milton had the bona fides to be conversations reverberating in our minds, as exclusive as he chose. Instead, he was in our collective consciousness, from all thoroughly inclusive, a part of all that strata of our community, through which he he had met, delighting in the infinity of moved as a kinsman who welcomed us to personalities he encountered, wanting to his family. know everybody’s stories, connecting yours He was seemingly related to all of with mine, which reminded him of his, Athens, always bringing tales of what an and gladly elucidating the ties that, if they aunt said to her third cousin once removed, don’t make us kin, at least make us kindred, his mother’s grandrelated if not by blood daughter’s godchild. He or marriage at least by He has left us a vast shared experience, transwas filled with so much family lore that it spilled inheritance which we mogrified by his wide over into his stories and reach into that commonhistoric sketches. He was must all continue to share. ality of experience that so infinitely Southern makes us all citizens of that in order to tell you he ran by the store Milton’s community of souls and of the to pick up coffee, he might have to explain Athens he spread before us and showed us something like how his aunt had preferred how it is our town, how we belong together. that brand and how difficult it was to find it And so we remain. Although he has during the war, when her son-in-law whose slipped away, he has left us a vast inherinephew knew a wholesaler would bring it tance that we must all continue to share, over to her from Atlanta—or some such. investing it in each other so that time will


But the thing about Milton was that no matter how full of his own tales he was and how eager to spin them out for our amusement and edification, he was intensely interested in our own stories and delighted in the details, remembering them and bringing them up from time to time in other conversations. And of course an integral part of Milton was his beloved Kammy and their far-flung, handsome family. Milton caught on early to William Faulkner’s grasp that, to the old, “the past is not a diminishing road but, instead, a huge meadow which no winter ever quite touches,” and there Milton’s mind roamed, communing with those who have gone before, introducing them to us as he introduced us to each other. And Milton brought us history with his stories, because so much local history was made by his family, and he

not diminish but will enhance Milton’s wonderful gifts of the spirit, so that he will live forever in our hearts. Faulkner’s early poem quoted by Joseph Blotner at the conclusion of his masterful Faulkner biography provides a summation that applies aptly to our own beloved bard: If there be grief, then let it be but rain, And this but silver grief for grieving’s sake, If these green woods be dreaming here to wake Within my heart, if I should rouse again. But I shall sleep, for where is any death While in these blue hills slumbrous overhead I’m rooted like a tree? Though I be dead, This earth that holds me fast will find me breath. f

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are things that I am telling myself about myself, and that none of those things are demonstrated in my past or even my present. The idea that no one wants to be with me is not true in any way, shape or form. It’s a thought, and it comes only from me. I am the type of person who likes evidence of things, and I can believe something if I can lay my hands on the proof that it’s true. Whenever that thought becomes pervasive for me, I just think about all of my life experiences that prove it to be untrue. Of course I’ve been in love before, and of course people have loved me in return. Of course I am desirable, because people in the past have desired me. People desire me presently, even if that’s clouded by negative internal thoughts that don’t want me to see that. Maybe that feeling of futility is related to your professional life, and maybe the evidence leans in a direction that bums you out. Maybe you feel like you’re spinning your wheels a bit.

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Y’all know me—I love a good breakup, and that includes breaking up with jobs and industries that no longer serve our purposes. If Athens is coming up Millhouse for you, do not hesitate to seek out greener pastures elsewhere. It can be an undertaking, but I’ve moved to another city for work before, and it was the greatest decision of my life. It’s how I ended up with this job. To quote Eric Draven, “It can’t rain all of the time.” You’re in a tough spot right now, but I promise you’ve been in tough spots before. Bad times can and will come to an end. They literally have to. Remember the last time you felt like this, like everything was so terrible that it couldn’t be worth your effort to soldier on, and remember when that feeling faded. Remember all of the good that has happened to you in your life, and remember that you have the ability to effect positive change for yourself. You’ve done it before, haven’t you? f Email advice@flagpole.com, or use our anonymous online form at flagpole.com/get-advice.

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Bubblicious THE DOWNTOWN BUBBLE TEA CRAZE By Hillary Brown food@flagpole.com


Bubble tea has been around Athens for nearly 10 years, much longer than you probably think, but the Instagramfriendly drink does seem to be in the middle of a… well, “bubble” is the best word for it. Downtown Athens is now home to three places that primarily focus on boba and associated teas, slushes and so on, in addition to a couple more that offer it, which feels like a lot. After drinking a whole bunch of the stuff, I’m still not sure that I can distinguish very well which places do it best, but I can at least lay out which place does what and why you should go to it rather than its competitors.

akin to pop rocks) or Oreos, and you can add more for a slight upcharge. There are many opportunities to customize your drink, like amount of sugar, amount of ice, type of milk and green tea versus black tea as a base. I tend to favor the fruit flavors with a green tea base, popping boba and less sugar than the norm, but you do you. Bubble Cafe has a couple of distinguishing characteristics. First, it’s the only truly local business of the three, a one-off rather than a chain. Second, its prices are probably the best. If I were to make the order above, it would run me $4.10 for a small (as opposed to $4.75 at Taichi Bubble Tea and $5.80 at Ding Tea). Third, it continues to have a pretty nice food menu that is especially strong on snacks: steamed and fried dumplings, salt-and-pepper chicken nuggets,

BUBBLE CAFE (247 E. Broad St., 706-355-3002): This cafe started out in a below-street-level space underneath Marvin’s Shoes, which was cozy but also full of the soundtrack of cobbling. When the downtown Taco Stand (RIP) closed, Bubble Cafe moved in. Although the entrance still brings a lot of sense memories of delicious quesadillas, the interior is cute now, with a lot of faux greenBubble Cafe ery and blond wood. Tea-wise, there’s a fairly wide selection, with milk teas in 20-plus flavors (from jasmine to taro, tiramisu, coconut, winter melon and caramel), a comparable number of fruit teas (often made with fresh ingredients), slushes (blended with ice), snows (closer to a milkshake), smoothies and cloud creams (a thick whipped cream-like topping). You get your first topping for free, whether it’s regular boba, one of various jellies (rectangular prisms of chewy gummies in flavors from lychee to coffee), popping boba (spherified bubbles that explode under pressure from your tongue and/or teeth rather than something

takoyaki, deep-fried donut-like sweet buns, fried tofu nuggets that can be tossed liberally with gochujang and quite a bit more. Looking for something heartier? There are rice bowls, poke bowls and some pretty tasty udon-based noodle soups, with greens, soy egg, scallions and a rich broth that hides chunks of beef, chicken or tofu. TAICHI BUBBLE TEA (151 E. Broad St., 706-395-6483): It opened recently next to the downtown Target and, like Bubble Cafe, is more of a restaurant than just a fancy

beverage emporium. It has a dozen or so other locations and also does ramen (not bad! Available with a tomatoey broth as well as shoyu, miso and tonkotsu, and with a particularly well-cooked boiled egg with a jammy yolk), poke bowls (not bad but not as good as Ahi’s, on the other side of downtown, and with fewer ingredients), sushi burritos (the only place I know of in Athens to offer these supersized, seaweed-encased combos of sushi rice, veggies and proteins that can include raw fish) and rice boxes (cooked meats with sides that might include sliced tomatoes and jalapeños). Its bubble teas include something called a Zang Zang Special, that features brown sugar-infused boba and milk, and are available in slightly fewer flavors than the competition. DING TEA (125 W. Washington St., 706-8503737): Located in the Washington Street parking deck building, there are more than 1,000 locations around the world. As far as food goes, it’s limited to cute overpriced macarons, boba-topped coffee ice cream with caramel syrup (quite tasty but hardly a meal!) and, at least according to its website, Irvins Salted Egg Chips. It has by far the largest selection of different teas, and if you find its menu intimidating, there’s a small board with staff recommendations that may make decision making easier. The “rainbow slush,” a three-layer icy concoction of strawberry, mango and kiwi, is great to take a photo with but far too sweet for me to drink. All three tea places have online ordering on their websites for pickup, keep fairly similar hours and offer hot drinks as well as cold ones. Taichi and Bubble Cafe both offer delivery. If you’re getting ramen from the former, orders close 30 minutes before the restaurant does. WHAT’S UP: The downtown location of Condor Chocolates, on Washington Street next to the College Avenue parking deck, opened Nov. 24. After months of renovation, the Prince Avenue Agua Linda has reopened, now with a rooftop patio. Keep up with the latest restaurant news at flagpole.com’s Grub Notes blog. f





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Chaos Reigns



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fter her first book, Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, garnered an American Book Award in 2000, the recognition catapulted Appling County native Janisse Ray onto the national stage as a lyrical environmental writer and helped her create a career of writing, teaching and activism. Ray comes to the UGA School of Environmental Design, in room 130 of the Jackson Street building, at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2 to read from and discuss her eighth book, Wild Spectacle: Seeking Wonders in a World Beyond Humans. It’s her only stop in Athens on a whirlwind book tour, and it promises to be as enjoyable as Ray herself. If John McPhee can compile his various New Yorker pieces into a book, Ray thought, why couldn’t she do the same? So she gathered essays she had already written. In collecting her work, she looked for common threads and themes and settled on the pursuit of wildness. CHRISTOPHER IAN SMITH

The book is divided into three parts: “Meridian,” “Migration” and “Magnitude.” In “Meridian,” Ray takes us to Montana, where she earned an MFA in environmental writing from the University of Montana. She ventures into the Bob Marshall Wilderness; to Wild Horse Island in Flathead Lake; into the Yaak, an area in the extreme Northwest corner of Montana, where her friend and fellow writer Rick Bass has lived and fought for wilderness for decades; and to an isolated cabin in Helena National Forest. Having lived in Montana and trekked into the Bob Marshall, I found her story about encountering a herd of elk there during a rainstorm—the animals didn’t smell or really see Ray and her husband—both mystical and moving.


She writes: “Looking back, I remember those moments as hypnosis. I was under the spell of wilderness and under the power spell of the elk. If the cow had asked me to go with her, I would have. For this one fleeting interlude, I belonged to her world.” I won’t talk about the other Montana stories Ray shares, but trust me, after reading them, you’ll want to visit, as I do most every day. Please refrain from doing so. Confine your Montana visits to Internet searches—the state is being loved to death. In the “Migration” section, we accompany Ray to the Nicoya Peninsula in western Costa Rica; to the avian and aquatic life of Belize; to the desert Southwest; to Michoacán in southern Mexico to see monarch butterflies; and to a dinner party with friends in Sitka, AK, where almost everything served is locally sourced. The people Ray introduces us to are as memorable as the environment she shows us. I really wish I could have been on these trips with her, but in reading her account, you can almost feel you were. The last section, “Magnitude,” has several stories from the South, close to Ray’s home in Tatnall County, about 50 miles west of Savannah. We see her paddling a kayak through Okefenokee and towing behind her a sick child in another kayak. “Okefenokee Swamp is a large bog, a depression, a peat-maker, a mosaic of peat batteries—a saucer, not a cup. There is very little solid ground, only floating sod. The sphagnum that defines the bog is so thick it appears weight-bearing, but when you step onto it, you sink.” On the Appalachian Trail near Springer Mountain, darkness overtakes her, unprepared, and she removes her shoes to feel the trail on the earth. She muses about darkness, writing, “I have found out that what we miss, in our love for daylight and things of day, is a nocturnal natural history of fabulous proportion, Spring and fall, birds fill the night sky, mostly unseen. High in the universe yellow-billed cuckoos migrate, their bodies silhouetted against harvest moons.” No matter where she travels, Ray finds wildness. Or maybe she travels to places renowned for wildness. In Crystal Springs, FL, we meet manatees. In an Oxford, MS cemetery, Ray goes spider hunting with two women who love all varieties of arachnids. “My favorite parts of nature writing are moments of reflection, when I get to philosophize a little and think ‘Why did it happen?’” Ray says. “I feel really grateful that I get to answer that question, ‘What does it mean?’ For me, that’s the best part of being a writer.” f


In the final week of the 2021 regular season, the gods of the sport saw fit to bless us with great rivalry game after great rivalry game, many of which had College Football Playoff implications. To start off the day, Michigan pulled the old switcheroo on Ohio State. The Wolverines defeated the Buckeyes for the first time since 2011, eliminating OSU from playoff contention and catapulting themselves into that spot. Then Auburn took Alabama the distance in the Iron Bowl. The Tide needed a 97-yard drive and four overtimes to overcome the Tigers. Finally, Bedlam lived up to the name as Oklahoma State beat Oklahoma to keep the Pokes in the playoff hunt.

accomplishments in the regular season stand above and beyond every other team. Which isn’t to say there isn’t a whole lot to play for. Of course, there is the prize of being crowned SEC champs for the 14th time in program history. But there is also the more tangible reward of slaying Nick Saban and his Crimson Dragon once and for all, likely keeping them out of the playoff in the process. I’m going to say something that is incontrovertibly true but is still difficult to get out because of the deep psychological scarring that has been inflicted on me by the Alabama Crimson Tide: Georgia should win this game. I won’t say Georgia will win this game. But Georgia should win this game. TONY WALSH


Georgia is running away from the college football pack like Brock Bowers ran away from Georgia Tech.

Thanks to the chaos wrought this weekend and throughout the season, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Clemson—with 14 playoff appearances among them—will miss the College Football Playoff. There’s a chance Alabama, with six playoff appearances, might miss out, too. In their place, we could be looking at new blood, such as Cincinnati, Michigan and Oklahoma State. Meanwhile, the Georgia Damn Bulldogs stand above the fray. While other teams have bloodied and broken themselves on the regular season battlefield, the Dawgs strolled through it, picking off stragglers as they went, trampling the weak and hurdling the dead. Georgia went undefeated in the regular season for the first time since 1980, and the Dawgs were every bit as dominant as their record indicates. They have outscored opponents 443–83, and rank first nationally in defensive points per play and third in offensive points per play. The defense is one of the greatest in college football history, and the offense is one of the best in the country this year, once you get past the 5’11” former walk-on starting under center. Now only a game stands between the Dawgs and the College Football Playoff. Notice I said “game” and not “win.” Barring a cataclysm heretofore not beheld by human eyes, we’re in, baby. Georgia’s

Based on everything we’ve seen this season, Georgia enters the game as the better team and the favorite. The Dawgs have fared better against common opponents, crushing Arkansas, Tennessee and Auburn, while each of them tested Bama to varying degrees. Georgia is better in both trenches. Alabama just went to war with Auburn for a full game plus four overtimes while Georgia was sitting its starters by the third quarter against Georgia Tech. Every sign points to a Georgia win. But that aforementioned deep psychological scarring has led me to doubt any matchup with Saban and the Tide. I don’t care about the stats or matchups, a team with that much talent coached by that dude can beat any team in the country in any given week. But that doesn’t mean they will. And that doesn’t mean we don’t have an advantage. We can play loose because we can lose and keep on trucking. Our consolation prize is another chance to beat the Tide down the road. Bama has to win or its season is finished. Maybe that gives them the extra edge they need to be at their best. Or maybe it causes them to play a little too tight and try to force a little too much against a defense that’ll take several miles should you give it an inch. All signs point to Georgia. Stay above the fray, and let’s finish this off. f


Enjoy the sounds of the most wonderful time of the year at these special holiday performances! Hugh Hodgson School of Music Holiday Concerts Thurs-Fri, Dec 2-3, 7:30 pm Athens Choral Society Mon, Dec 6, 7:30 pm Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis Big Band Holidays Tues-Wed, Dec 7-8, 7:30 pm

Georgia Children’s Chorus Tues, Dec 14, 7:00 pm Christmas with The King’s Singers Sat, Dec 18, 7:30 pm Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder Bluegrass & Christmas Tues, Dec 21, 7:30 pm

All performances take place in Hodgson Concert Hall at the University of Georgia Performing Arts Center. Free admission to Athens Choral Society. Tickets for all other performances can be purchased from the Performing Arts Center Box Office.

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Flagpole’s Holiday Market Roundup SUPPORT LOCAL ARTISTS AT CRAFT FAIRS AND STUDIO SALES By Jessica Smith arts@flagpole.com


holiday tradition all on its own, hundreds of local and regional artists and makers come together every December to showcase and sell their most recent handcrafted creations, demonstrating the strong entrepreneurial spirit and diverse talents within the community. Whether it’s a multi-vendor fair or a more intimate open house at a private studio, these events provide opportunities to connect directly with the talented makers who help provide the backbone of Athens’ arts community. The pandemic severely impacted the livelihoods of many artists, particularly those who depend on in-person markets and the holiday rush to float them through the following months of production. Last year, roughly half of the annual markets we look forward to every year moved to virtual formats or chose to take the season off altogether. Gratefully, nearly all have returned this month, with a few new ones to boot. With 40 different events scheduled over the next three weeks, opportunities abound for directly supporting local artists and finding one-of-a-kind gifts for a loved one or yourself. In the spirit of tradition, let Flagpole make shopping locally a little simpler this year with our annual Holiday Market Roundup, a list of artist markets, studio open houses and craft sales happening in Athens and nearby.

IN ATHENS The UGA Ceramic Student Organization’s annual Winter Pottery Sale will occur in the Lamar Dodd School of Art’s first-floor lobby Nov. 30–Dec. 1 from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Created by students and faculty, the works range from decorative pieces and handbuilt sculptures to functional pottery like mugs, plates, vases, lidded boxes and bowls. Proceeds support educational field trips to ceramic conferences and also bring in visiting artists to campus. Parking is available in the Performing Arts Center deck. Visit art. uga.edu. The Woodhill Art Exhibition offers paintings by Dortha Jacobson and Leigh Ellis, natural sculptures by Barbara Odil, textiles by Greg Krakow and Wini McQueen, and candles and soaps by Ansley Williams. Kicking off last weekend, the sale continues Dec. 1 from 12–6 p.m. and Dec. 4–5 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Woodhill is located at 4745 Bob Godfrey Road. Call 706-621-0799. Part of a web-based collective with galleries in Charleston, Atlanta, Nashville and Washington, the Atlanta Artists Collective is a group of artists “with the mission to curate high quality, affordable, original art while giving back to the community.” Bringing a piece of the big city to town, the AAC will host a holiday show, “Brushstrokes,” to benefit Love.Craft Athens. In addition to Athens-inspired works by Winston Wiant, who recently relo-


cated here from Atlanta, the lineup includes Atlanta-based artists Michele James, Britt McGraw, Carrie Penley, Christie Gregory, David Colgan, Tyler Colgan, Dawn Trimble, Debby Alphin, Eleanor Post, Katherine McClure, Lea Ann Slotkin, Linda James, Lisa Gleim, Susan Westmoreland and Anne Strickland. The event takes place on Dec. 2 from 6–8:30 p.m. and Dec. 3 from 9 a.m.– 12 p.m. at 336 Hill St. Check out atlanta. artistcollectives.org to see new works. Operating primarily as a wholesale business, Mbare, Ltd. will open its warehouse to the public for the annual Africa in Athens Warehouse Sale Dec. 3 from 4–8 p.m. and Dec. 4 from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. The fair-trade company works directly with artisans and craftspeople in Zimbabwe, Senegal, Swaziland, South Africa, Tanzania, Mali and Ghana to collect wall decor, textiles, baskets, glassware, stone sculptures, wood carvings, tin art, masks and more. Mbare is located at 118 Commerce Blvd., behind the Athens Habitat ReStore West, and more details can be found at mbare.com. Maria Dondero’s 13th annual Marmalade Pottery Holiday Sale will be held concurrently with Southern Star Studio, located at 180 Cleveland Ave., Dec. 4–5 from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. The ceramic artist will share a new collection of mugs, planters, platters, pots and more, all decorated in her one-of-a-kind illustrations of flowers, animals and faces. Enjoy live music by Hawk Proof Rooster on Saturday morning, and coffee and sweet treats both days. Visit mariadondero.com for examples of work. Southern Star Studio, located at 180 Cleveland Ave., will present its sixth annual holiday sale of members and friends Dec. 4–5 from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Offering an array of pots, ornaments and other gifts, participating potters include Maria Dondero, Sophie Goode, Kerry Sternberg, Courtney Howard, Kate Couch, Esther Mech, Brandon Bishop and Mac Burns. The studio’s gallery will also be open Thursdays–Saturdays from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. through December. Check out southernstudioathens.com to learn more about the collective work space and gallery. New this year, the Dirty Ladies Kiln Opening and Pottery Sale will offer brand new pots straight from the kiln. Local potters include Tina Lawrence, Mary Mayes, Kathleen Miller, Caroline Montague, Linda Rovolis, and Rob and Jessica Sutherland. The sale runs Dec. 4 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and the kiln will be opened at 11 a.m. Visit Caroline Montague Pottery at 180 Clarkewoods Road, and email art.montague@gmail.com with any questions. Heirloom Café and Fresh Market, at 815 N. Chase St., will host an opportunity for seasonal shopping at the Heirloom Holiday Market Dec. 4–5 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Each day features a different lineup of vendors offering handmade wares like jewelry, gourmet foods, woodwork, ceramics, bath and


body products, textiles and more. Keep an eye out for jewelry by Rebecca Holt, illustrations by Lois Songster and embroidery by Rachel Winters on Saturday, plus graphic novels by Joey Weiser, polymer miniatures by Rachel Blair and paintings by Zock Art Originals on Sunday. Salvage Sparrow will offer tintype portraits both days. Visit heir loomathens.com. Set aside time to look around at several new exhibitions currently on view at the Lyndon House Arts Center, located at 211 Hoyt St., while visiting the Holiday Artist Market. This year’s lineup includes Bee Natural, Amanda Burk, Denise Burns, Creations by Rise, Will Eskridge, Jadin Fielteau, H Camren Gober, Leslie Grove, Hannah Jones, Will Langford, Leslie Litt, Sara Parker, Suzanne Reeves, Ciel Rodriguez, Lily Smith, William Stephanos, Margo Rosenbaum, Jim Talley, TinkerWagon and others. The market will be open Dec. 4, 11 and 18 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. as well as during Third Thursday on Dec. 16 from 6–8 p.m. Earlier that day from 5–7 p.m., Abigail West will lead a free pop-up Athens Lantern Project workshop for making lanterns from reclaimed materials, supported by an Arts in Community Resilience Award from the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission. Saturday markets will additionally coincide with a series of Holiday Makers Workshops, held 11 a.m.–2 p.m., with coffee, treats and activities such as jewelry, printmaking and ceramics. For more details, visit accgov.com/lyndonhouse. For specialty items straight from the garden, visit the UGArden Herbs Holiday Market on Dec. 4 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Using organic practices, UGArden offers a selection of medicinal teas, seasoning blends, salve and other earthy products. UGArden is located at 2500 S. Milledge Ave. Check facebook.com/ugardeners for more information. Fiber artist Mary Rugg will host a porch sale at her home studio located at 263 Milledge Circle on Dec. 4–5 from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. or by appointment. Using centuries-old traditions to inspire modern designs, Rugg weaves a variety of scarves, shawls, cowls and wraps in a blend of colors and fibers. She will also sell items outside of Athens Running Company, located at 1210 S. Milledge Ave., every Monday from 11 a.m.–6 p.m. until Christmas. Contact 706-202-7636 or maryerugg@gmail.com to arrange an appointment, and visit mary ruggweaver.com for examples of work. Introducing visitors to artists and makers from across the state, each of Steel+Plank’s Sidewalk Saturdays will have a different focus from “Sustainable Holidays” to “Cozy Gift Guide for the Stylish Gourmand.” The sidewalk sales will be held on Dec. 4, 11 and 18 from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Steel+Plank’s own shop will show off its line of minimalist, handcrafted furniture and home goods. Visit steelandplank.com to see what’s in store. The West Broad Farmers Market at 300 Rocksprings St. will offer two Holiday Markets on Dec. 4 and Dec. 11, 11 a.m–2 p.m. In addition to the market’s fresh produce, seasonal baked goods and other fare from local artisans, the lineup will include a handful of crafters. Visit facebook.com/ WestBroadMarketGarden.

The Flicker Holiday Craft Market at Flicker Theatre and Bar will host a mix of artwork, clothing and plants, plus metaphysical crafts, services and products. Check out illustrations by Christy Wooke, harnesses by Night Owl Assembly, ropes by Ropes & Knot, paintings and terrariums by Studio PenPen (Noah McCarthy and Lea Purvis), and shamanic sprays and lotions by Wheels of Light. Flicker co-owner Kim Naugle Long will also offer tarot and oracle readings. The market will be held Dec. 4 from 12–5 p.m. at 263 W. Washington St. Visit flicker theatreandbar.com. In addition to the Beechwood Shopping Center’s restaurants and retail shops, the second annual outdoor Beechwood Holiday Market will set up several pop-up storefronts and vendor booths. Activities include hay rides, ornament making and Santa’s post office. Located at 196 Alps Rd., the market is currently running through Dec. 12 on Saturdays from 2–8 p.m. and Sundays from 2–6 p.m. A Christmas tree farm will also run Fridays from 6–9 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m.–8 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Visit beechwood athens.com. Treehouse Kid and Craft presents its annual Hollyday Handmade Artist Market across the street at Starlite Showroom, at 750 W. Broad St., Dec. 5 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Find details at treehousekidandcraft. com. The Boulevard neighborhood café Buvez will host a Holiday Pop Up showcasing ceramics, prints, clothing, jewelry and more from a variety of local artists and collectors. Slated for Dec. 5 from 11 a.m.–3 p.m., the outdoor event will happen at 585 Barber St., Suite A. See facebook.com/buvezathens. Supported by an Arts in Community Resilience Award from the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission, Hendershot’s Coffee will host a Holiday Market with art vendors, food trucks and live entertainment. In addition to an open mic freestyle and performance by the Good Grief Trio, the event will feature a live art installation by Broderick Flanigan and a community art project. The market takes place at the Jittery Joe’s Roaster, located at 425 Barber St., on Dec. 5 from 1–6 p.m. Go to hendershotsathens.com. An outdoor patio under twinkling lights makes for a festive setting at the juried Athens Holiday Market at Big City Bread Cafe Dec. 9–10 from 5–9 p.m. Peruse the works of 35 local and regional artists while a live band performs around the bonfire. Artists like Susan Staley, Kerry Sternberg, Lou Kregel, Frank Saggus, Jim Norton, Jimmy Straehla, Jamie Calkin and Greg Krakow will sell everything from painting, pottery and jewelry to leather goods, floral design and homemade jams. Big City Bread is located at 393 N. Finley St. and can be reached at 706-353-0029. Though Good Dirt Clay Studio is not hosting its traditional studio sale this year, owners Rob and Jessica Sutherland will showcase their work in the gallery for private shopping appointments through the holiday season. The couple will additionally run an online sale at oxoxpottery.com on Dec. 10. In addition to pottery, Good Dirt is selling Espress Yourself coffee, with all

profits helping to provide scholarships for underfunded school groups and community members to participate in the studio’s programs. If you miss Good Dirt in December, make sure to check back in next month for a special donation sale through which the profits of pay-what-you-wish pieces will be donated to local organizations in need. Good Dirt is located at 485 Macon Highway. Call 706355-3161 or email info.gooddirt@gmail.com to schedule an appointment. Southern Brewing Co.’s artist market will take place during the Ho Ho Ho Down X, a concert featuring Susto, The Pink Stones, Daniel Donato, Convict Julie and WesdaRuler. As a creative fundraiser for Love.Craft Athens, the benefit concert will support the nonprofit in its mission of promoting inclusivity of adults with disabilities. Several of Love. Craft’s pottery crew members will sell their own pieces. Located at 231 Collins Industrial Blvd., the event happens Dec. 10 from 5–10 p.m. Visit sobrewco.com.

Bohemian Spirit Glass, RockBelly, Lovely Bones, Sewcraftic, Raccoon Moon Woodworking, Oscar Bites Dog Treats, Franny’s Farmacy and Piedmont Provisions. If you’ve only got time for one market this season, let this be the one. Food vendors include Hendershot’s Coffee, Freeze Cream and tacos by Homero Elizalde. The two-day

monthly Sunday Showroom on Dec. 12 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Dedicated to promoting the inclusivity of adults with disabilities, Love.Craft Athens uses pottery and music as tools for developing job skills and personal growth. The Sunday Showroom brings together artists of all abilities, with both Love.Craft crew members and community artists present. Love. Craft is located in the Chase Park Warehouses at 160 Tracy St. To learn more about the nonprofit’s mission, visit lovecraftathens. com. Enjoy a beer while perusing Creature Comforts’ Get Artistic Holiday Market, featuring 20 or so vendors, on Dec. 15 from 5–9 p.m. A list of confirmed artists and artisans will be updated at getcurious.com/events/getartistic-holiday market.

Hosted by Indie South, the Abnormal Bazaar offers a last-minute opportunity to pick up everything from vintage and collectibles to vinyl and crafts. Held the third Saturday of every month, the outdoor The Normaltown Pottery pop-up flea market is scheduled Holiday Sale, slated for Dec. for Dec. 18 from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. 10 from 4–8 p.m. and Dec. 11 at 470 Hawthorne Ave. Be sure from 9 a.m.–4 p.m., will feature to venture inside Indie South’s handmade, functional pottery by brick and mortar as well for a Nancy Green, Shawn Ireland and tastefully curated selection of studio owner Juana Gnecco, plus David Morgan celebrates his 40th anniversary of making pottery this year. handcrafted items, crystals, rare soaps by Farmington Herbals. house plants, tarot decks and Normaltown Pottery is located at 465 open-air market takes place Dec. 11 from adornments for the body and home. Visit Belvoir Heights. For more information, call 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and Dec. 12 from 11 a.m.–5 indiesouthfair.com for details. 762-728-0575. p.m. in the athletic field at Bishop Park. For more details, visit theindiesouth.com. In celebration of the changing season, Local painter Jim StipeMaas will open the Rabbit Hole Studios will host a Winter doors of his studio, located at 100 Three Michele Dross Ceramics will host an Solstice Festival on Dec. 21 from noon until Oaks Drive, for a special sale held Dec. 11 outdoor Holiday Sale at her cozy backyard midnight. In addition to an artist market, from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Spanning many years, studio in Normaltown. Dross’ distinctive the free event features performances by works will range from drawings and painthandmade porcelain pottery is characterWhite Rabbit Collective, MYNAWA, Fake ings to oil pastels and watercolors. Focusing ized by mystical narrative drawings full of Zappa and others, as well as a bouncy house on nature, weather, seasons and light, many celestial women, plants, rainbows, snakes, for kiddos. Rabbit Hole Studios is located at of his landscapes were painted nearby. Visit goats and roosters. Floral works intricately 1001 Winterville Road. Stay tuned to rabjimstipemaas.com for examples of work. illustrated in cobalt blue will also be availbitholestudios.org. able. The event takes place Dec. 11 at 10 Cruise through residential streets for a a.m.–2 p.m. at 515 King Ave. Keep up with handful of pop-up shops at the first annual the artist at micheledross.com. Forest Heights Neighborhood Vendor The Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation‘s and Artist Market on Dec. 11 from 10 The third annual Holi-LADDER-day Market 27th annual juried Holiday Market presa.m.–4 p.m. Highlights include sewn items at tiny ATH gallery will make the best use ents the works of dozens of regional artists by Thready Handmade (Kendra Kline), of its small square footage by displaying and crafters, including paintings, pottery, mushroom grow kits and tinctures by Tree­ creations vertically on ladders. Located at union Forest Gardens, houseplants from 174 Cleveland Ave., the outdoor market will stained and fused glass, jewelry, photography, woodwork, sculpture, fiber art and Sarah Runels, woodworking by The Martin be held Dec. 11–12 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. more. The market is open Dec. 3 from 5–8 Collective, vintage clothing from Florbe Visit tinyathgallery.com. p.m., Dec. 4 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Dec. 5 Orb, jewelry by Demi Thomloudis and pottery by CvW Ceramics (Caryn van WagtenGrab a coffee and shop for local art, jewelry, from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Admission for all three days is $5 for adults and free for children donk). Find the event on Facebook for a full vintage clothing and vinyl at the Warped under 16. OCAF’s Artists Shoppe, which list of vendors, shopping map and details Vinyl Vintage Popup Market at the features handmade items created by the galon a “Really, Really Free Gift Exchange.” Jittery Joe’s Roaster on Dec. 11 from 11 lery’s members, opens in conjunction with a.m.–5 p.m. Contact kylie.andherson@ the Holiday Market and will remain open With over 110 vendors spread across the gmail.com. from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesdays through field, Indie South’s 15th annual Holiday Saturdays Dec. 3–22. OCAF is located at 34 Hooray is one of the largest markets of Artists will come together during the ninth School St. in Watkinsville. For more details, its type in the region and covers virtually annual Holiday Artist Market to benefit visit ocaf.com. everything handmade, from original art in the local nonprofit Campus Cats/Cat Zip every medium, bath and beauty products, Alliance Dec. 11 from 5–9 p.m. at Little Venture over to Farmington Pottery’s vintage and sustainable fashion to artisanal Kings Shuffle Club, at 223 W. Hancock December Open House Pottery Sale Dec. food and home goods. Keep an eye out for Ave. The nonprofit works to promote 4–5 from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. to view the latest Appaloosa Designs, Chris Hubbard, Hannah humane community cat management creations of Geoff and Lisa Pickett. A wide Betzel, Color of Heat, Sisters of the Moon, through a trap, neuter, return approach. To variety of Geoff’s wood- and gas-fired dinAppalachian Sacred Smoke, O Timeless learn more, visit catzip.org. nerware, kitchen and tableware, and varThreads, Geek In Stitches, Cherokee Moon ious pots for the home and garden will be Mixology, Very Good Puzzle, Hamilton Showing off its newly expanded gallery spaciously displayed outdoors. Lisa, meanGlassworks, Bear Hug Honey Company, space, Love.Craft Athens will host its


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very corner of downtown is filled with history and businesses that have fostered the whimsical music community Athens is known for—although many locations are just memories and topics of bar chatter now, especially after the pandemic. After 79 years of service as Athens’ oldest full service music store, Chick Music is closing its doors Wednesday, Dec. 15. However, this close is one of bittersweet relief: The Shepherd family is retiring. Lewis Chick opened Chick Music, then Chick Piano, in 1942 on Jackson Street. Chick, a blind lawyer who found it difficult to obtain clients during World War II and decided to join the music business, met Billy Shepherd at a school for the blind and hired him. In 1965, Billy and Anne Shepherd purchased the business from the Chick family after Lewis’ death, and they moved the store a few years later from its Lumpkin Street location next to the Georgia Theatre to Clayton Street, where it has remained ever since. The Shepherd children (Van, Steve, Christy and Carol) grew up in the family business and continued running it together alongside Anne after their father’s death. Steve reflects on Chick first moving to Clayton Street, which was not much of a retail space at that time, and says across the street was a barn-like brick building housing a John Deere tractor dealership. As downtown has changed over the years, so has the nature of the music business. As the name suggests, Chick Piano began as a piano and organ store, says Van, but organs are now outdated. As the ‘60s ushered in rock and roll, Chick began selling electric guitars and amps. “Peter Buck [of R.E.M.] bought his first guitar from my


father, and we’ve built relationships with the Athens bands in their infancy,” says Van. “The upstairs that we opened up, the first thing that we had up there before we had any kind of recitals was The B-52’s used it for two weeks to prepare for their tour when they did the show at The Classic Center. Back in the day when [Widespread] Panic would travel, we would ship things to them when they were on the road and needed something.” In the early 2000s, band instrument rental and repair and a lesson studio became integral parts of (l-r) Steve and Van Shepherd stand outside Chick Music, closing Dec. 15. Chick’s business model. It is currently the only music store in Athens able to service band instruments. “We chain issues continue to affect music businesses, especially stand behind what we sell, and I think that’s very importsmall businesses that are not able to warehouse backup ant as far as dealing with local businesses, as opposed inventory. “Small dealers with less capital, we have less to something on the internet. People come in with the inventory, so when it’s cut back, you suffer quickly,” says off-brand instruments they bought on the internet, and Van. “We lost a lot of sales because of that.” Small busiwe can’t fix them,” says Steve. Hand-in-hand with band nesses of all types have felt similar pains over the past two needs, the state of sheet music has been one of the bigyears. gest demand changes. The Clayton Street store condensed As this year comes to a close, so does the lease for Chick down to a third of its size because people did not buy sheet Music. Steve and Van say that at their age and with the music like they used to, says Christy, and due to this, Chick declining health of their mother, who requires full-time started a download service. care by Van and Carol, it’s just the right time to say goodUnfortunately, the lesson studios have been empty since bye. “We have been around each other all day, every day. March 2020, and many teachers set up online lessons from Not many people work with family all the time, and so it’s home because of COVID. At the height of the pandemic, going to be weird not to see them every day,” says Christy. Chick received approval from Athens-Clarke County to The Shepherd family welcomes and encourages all who open three hours a day, three days a week for curbside wish to stop by for a visit or a final chance to shop ahead of pickup, despite not being an “essential business.” Supply the official closing date. f

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Ixian’s Folding Space PLUS, MORE MUSIC NEWS AND GOSSIP By Gordon Lamb threatsandpromises@flagpole.com HAVIN’ THEIR DAY: Athens band Everyday

Dogs has been out there for the past few years doing the daily work of making a name for itself. They’ve done pretty well building a steady fan base and have proven willing to play wherever they can get booked. They’ve come a long way since their 2018 debut EP, which saw them kind of scrambling around finding their sound. Now, they operate dependably in that arena-level sound that has its roots in pop punk. Last week they released a new single named “Sidewalk Smasher” that’s among the most aggressive music they’ve ever done. It opens with a riff not unlike a distant relative to Budgie’s “Crash Course In Brain Surgery,” and the whole track unwinds via a pretty straightforward, no-frills arrangement. That is, until the final minute or so, when they let loose the big rock guitar solos. I dunno. This didn’t, like, blow my mind wide open or anything, but it was cool to be able to dig into an enjoyable local band making its way in our scene outside the prescribed townie cultural structure. Find this on Spotify, and find out more via facebook.com/everydaydogsband.

TRIPLE THREAT: Do you have nearly three

hours to spare, ever, really? Well, if you do, and you’re down for—depending on

the spectacularly lovely album In Bone, and it’s been one of the best surprise listens to cross my desk all year. Barry sings in a rich and sturdy baritone that occasionally stretches its limits and is the perfect accompaniment to his gentle and intricate guitar work. This is one of those records that demands pause and commands attention. While not necessarily living in a direct lineage, Barry’s work appears well informed by Bert Jansch, John Fahey, the more minimal tracks from Fairport Convention

your tastes—total punishment of being thrown into your particular briar patch, then curl up this season with Ixian’s new triple CD release Folding Space. Across the three discs, listeners will experience a pretty wide swath of creator Daniel Shroyer’s (Mandible Rider, Shadebeast) particular musical roadmap. Loosely speaking, disc one is the loudest and most metal oriented, disc two is more along the lines of quieter experimentation with an ear for discreet electronic manipulations, and disc three is a solid hour of oscillating ambient noise. Personally, I would recommend listening to each disc as a whole, as they work very well as individual units. Noted guests here include Ian Hemerlein (Kwazymoto, Saint Syzygy), Joel Hatstat (High Jump Media, Cinemechanica), and Ihlyatt/J Anderssen. Find, stream and Ixian’s Folding Space order this over at ixian.band camp.com. and the less flowery arrangements of John OH ‘DEED HE DO: Singer and acoustic songRenbourn. Specific highlights here are writer Patrick Barry recently released opening song “Things Change” and “Roman

Roads,” each of which is an instrumental, as well as “Song For Howard” and “Milkbox Parade.” Find this on Spotify as soon as you can. GRAWK AND ROLL OVER: Athens band The Grawks has made decently serviceable pop punk for several years, and the band’s new EP Not Pretty continues this tradition. It’s been almost four and a half years since the band released any new music, so it was a surprise to see this released. Super noticeable on this release, as opposed to their others, is the distinct Marc Bolan-style vibrato in the vocals. This is especially notable on “20 Megatons.” Musically speaking, everything circles around the major rock and roll chords and cooks right along. Find this over at thegrawks. bandcamp.com. MAKE YOUR DECISION: Pre-orders are now being taken for the new album by Elijah Johnston, Day Off. Three tracks are currently available for preview (“Greatest Hits,” “Molly Haskell” and “Swimming Pool”). I think the best of these three is “Swimming Pool,” which makes ready use of the loudness of a full band arrangement while still marinating Johnston’s tunefulness and steadiness. The arrangement is packed to the gills with multiple rock touchstones that mercifully blend just right. Find these over at elijahjohnston.bandcamp. com. f





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Art ARTIST MARKETS (Athens, GA) Over 40 artist markets and studio sales will showcase handcrafted items by local and regional artists and makers throughout the month of December. For a full list of locations, dates and descriptions, check out Flagpole‘s annual Holiday Market Roundup on p.12 or online at flagpole.com ARTS IN COMMUNITY (Athens, GA) The Athens Cultural Affairs Commission invites local organizations, groups and artists to apply for the Arts in Community Awards. Two awards of $2,000 each will be issued to fund public art projects, events or activities that interpret the theme “Athens in Color.” Deadline Dec. 17, 5 p.m. Projects must be completed by June 30. athens culturalaffairs.org ATHENS CREATIVE DIRECTORY (Athens, GA) The ACD is a platform to connect creatives with patrons. Visual artists, musicians, actors, writers and other creatives are encouraged to create a free listing. athenscreatives@gmail.com, athenscreatives.directory ATHICA’S BUY THE BUILDING CAMPAIGN (Athens Institute for Contemporary Art) In celebration of its 20th anniversary, ATHICA

is hoping to purchase its current facility. Donations are tax-deductible and offer incentives. www.go fundme.com/f/athica-20th-birthday CALL FOR ART (Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation: OCAF) “Reinvented & Reclaimed: A Recycled Art Exhibition” seeks wearable art made from “trash” and recycled materials such as plastic bags, newspaper, soda cans, bottle tops and foil. Deadline Feb. 28. Fashion showcase held on Global Recycling Day, Mar. 18. www.ocaf.com CALL FOR MUSIC (Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation: OCAF) “Rhythm & Movement: The Art of Music” will showcase musicians from Northeast Georgia performing in jazz, blues, country, bluegrass, classical, rock and roll, and experimental. Selected applicants will be featured in the exhibition and perform live at Rocket Field in downtown Watkinsville. Deadline Jan. 3. $15. buff.ly/ 3nC3RW2 COMMERCE FOLK TO FINE ARTS FESTIVAL (Commerce Civic Center) Seeking regional artists for the 10th annual festival. Deadline to apply is Feb. 15. Event held Mar. 4, 3–8 p.m. Mar. 5, 9 a.m.–7 p.m. 706-335-6417, folktofinearts@ commercega.org, www.folk-fine arts.com JOKERJOKERTV CALL FOR ARTISTS (Online) JOKERJOKERtv is

art around town ACC LIBRARY (2025 Baxter St.) Lisa Freeman brings to light the mystery of the forgotten through “Furthermore,” an exhibition of assemblage art constructed from found objects and photographs. Through Jan. 2. ARTWALL@INDIGO (500 College Ave.) “All of Nothing” considers the intersection of natural and industrial beauty through the works of Alexa Rivera, Christina Matacotta and Zahria Cook. THE ATHENAEUM (287 W. Broad St.) “Trevor Paglen: Vision After Seeing” explores the limits of human vision and the rise of automated vision technologies such as surveillance cameras and high powered telescopes. Through Dec. 1. ATHENS INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART: ATHICA (675 Pulaski St.) “Exposure” features images by undergraduate and graduate students at the Lamar Dodd School of Art. Through Dec. 5. ATHICA@CINÉ GALLERY (234 W. Hancock Ave.) Floridian artist Eddie Lohmeyer’s exhibition, “Entropic/Cinema: Selections for Eye Noise,” is a series of experimental video works that explore the relationship among the entropy of digital media and the birth of novel and unexpected landscapes through modes of spiritual abstraction. Through Dec. 25. BARBAR VINTAGE TEXTILES AND HOME (1354 S. Milledge Ave.) “Michael Ross: Gardens and Forests” features lush oil paintings of forests, fields, wetlands, birds and humans in relation to natural spaces. His subject matter results from his sense of wonder at the world, and evokes the meditative and healing qualities of nature. Through Dec. 11. CIRCLE GALLERY AT THE UGA COLLEGE OF ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (285 S. Jackson St.) “Oh, The Places We’ll Go!” features photographs by Brad Davis and David Nichols from their new book, Plants in Design, which depicts landscapes of the Southeast, the East and West Coasts of the U.S., and Europe. Through Dec. 17. CLASSIC CENTER (300 N. Thomas St.) “Hello, Welcome!” presents abstract worlds by Maggie Davis, Jonah Cordy, Carol MacAllister and Jason Matherly. • “Classic City” interprets the city of Athens, GA through the works of James Burns, Sydney Shores, Thompson Sewell and Allison Ward. COMMUNITY (260 N. Jackson St.) A collection of paintings by Andy Cherewick. Through December. FLICKER THEATRE & BAR (263 W. Washington St.) Artwork by Jay Domingo. Through December. 40 WATT CLUB (285 W. Washington St.) Juniors and seniors attending the Lamar Dodd School of Art at UGA present the exhibition “Carnival of Sorts.” Dec. 1, 6–10 p.m.


open to ideas and actively accepting proposals for collaboration from visual/musical/video artists and curators living in Athens. Artists worldwide can also submit music videos, short films, skits and ideas to share with a weekly livestream audience. www.jokerjokertv.com/ submit OPEN STUDIOS (Lyndon House Arts Center) Studio members have access to spaces for painting, printmaking, photography, ceramics, jewelry, fiber and woodworking. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. $65/month. accgov. com/7350/Open-Studio-Member ship PERIOD PROJECT ART NIGHT (Rabbit Hole Studios) The Period Project at UGA hosts an art exhibition and drive for period products. The organization seeks to eradicate period poverty and the stigma around menstruation. Donated products will be delivered to community partners. Dec. 3, 6–7:30 p.m. QUARTERLY ARTIST GRANTS (Athens, GA) The Athens Area Arts Council offers quarterly grants of $500 to local organizations, artists and events that connect the arts to the community in meaningful and sustainable ways. Deadlines are Dec. 15 and Mar. 15. www.athens arts.org/grants


ACTING FOR CAMERA AND STAGE (Work.Shop) Learn how to act with professional actor and coach Jayson Warner Smith (“The Walking Dead,” “The Vampire Diaries,” “Outer Banks”). Mondays, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. $400/12 sessions. jwsclassinquiry@jaysonsmith.com, www.jaysonsmith.com/teacher ART WORKSHOPS (K.A. Artist Shop) René Shoemaker teaches a class on the business of art. Dec. 18–19, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. $200. admin@ kaartist.com CHAIR YOGA (Sangha Yoga Studio) This class is helpful for flexibility, strength, balance and increasing circulation and energy. All levels welcome. Every Thursday, 12–1 p.m. $16 (drop-in), $72 (six weeks). 706-613-1143 CHAIR YOGA AND MINDFULNESS (Winterville Center for Community and Culture) Nicole Bechill teaches a well-rounded, gentle and accessible chair yoga class to promote breathing, mindfulness and inward listening. Every Monday, 9 a.m. $10. www.wintervillecenter.com CLAY CLASSES (Good Dirt) Registration opens on the 15th of every month for the following month’s classes and workshop. Classes range from wheel, unique handles, hand building sculpture and more. Studio membership is included in class price. www.gooddirt.net COMMUNITY MEDITATION (Rabbit Hole Studios) Jasey Jones leads a guided meditation suitable for all

GEORGIA MUSEUM OF ART (90 Carlton St.) “Kota Ezawa: The Crime of Art” pays homage to the objects stolen during the Gardner Museum heist in 1990 through light boxes, color-blocked graphics and video animation. Through Dec. 5. • “Neo-Abstraction: Celebrating a Gift of Contemporary Art from John and Sara Shlesinger.” Through Dec. 5. • “Whitman, Alabama” features 23 of 52 films from journalist, photographer and filmmaker Jennifer Crandall’s ongoing documentary project of the same name. Through Dec. 12. • “Inside Look: Selected Acquisitions from the Georgia Museum of Art” features previously unseen works from the museum’s collection of over 18,000 objects. Through Jan. 30. • “Collective Impressions: Modern Native American Printmakers.” Through Jan. 30. GLASSCUBE@INDIGO (500 College Ave.) Zane Cochran presents “Aurora,” a sculptural interpretation of the aurora borealis using 3D geometric figures and lights. HEIRLOOM CAFE (815 N. Chase St.) Multimedia artist Lois Songster renders plants and animals in combinations of gouache, color pencils, wood, watercolors, paper, pen and ink, digital art and more. Through Jan. 3. JITTERY JOE’S DOWNTOWN (297 E. Broad St.) Tom Hancock’s mixed media works combine acrylic painting, drawing and found objects. Through December. LYNDON HOUSE ARTS CENTER (211 Hoyt St.) AJ Aremu presents a largescale installation for “Window Works,” a site-specific series that utilizes the building’s front entrance windows for outdoor art viewing. • Collections From Our Community presents Bill Raines’ collection of antique toy pond boats. Through Jan. 16. • George Davison presents “Chants/Chance: Tincture, Totem & Charms,” a collection of whimsical assemblages. Through Jan. 1. • “Figure Ground” explores positive space versus negative space, or figure versus ground, through the artworks of Kevin Cole, William Downs, Phil Jasen, Susan Nees, Terry Rowlett, Kate Windley and Sunkoo Yuh. Through Jan. 15. • Curated by Kendall Rogers, “Curation of Self Image” includes works by Parawita Stamm, Anjali Howlett, Lauren Schuster, Monsie Troncosco, Emmie Harvard and Alan Barrett. Through Jan. 15. • “Follow Like Friend” investigates issues surrounding social media through the works of Alyssa Davis, Kimberly Riner and Stephanie Sutton. Through Jan. 15. MADISON ARTISTS GUILD (125 W. Jefferson St., Madison) Folk artist Peter Loose presents “When Birds Gather.” Through Dec. 24. MADISON-MORGAN CULTURAL CENTER (434 S. Main St., Madison) “MAG POPS!” is a group exhibition of artwork by members of the Madison Artists Guild. Through January. MASON-SCHARFENSTEIN MUSEUM OF ART (567 Georgia St., Demorest) Jan Walker of The Children’s Gallery in Cornelia presents a glittery, colorful holiday wonderland. Reception Dec. 2 from 4–6 p.m. Through Dec. 15.


levels that incorporates music, gentle movement and silence. Wednesdays, 6–7 p.m. jaseyjones@gmail. com DEDICATED MINDFULNESS PRACTITIONERS (Online) Weekly Zoom meditations are offered every Saturday at 8:30–9:30 a.m. Email for details. richardshoe@gmail.com HOLIDAY MAKERS WORKSHOPS (Lyndon House Arts Center) Get into the spirit with workshops on jewelry, printmaking and ceramics. Saturdays in December, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. www.accgov.com/myrec LINE DANCE (Bogart Community Center) For beginners and beyond. Every Thursday, 6:30–8 p.m. $7. ljoyner1722@att.net MINDFULNESS PRACTICE EVENINGS (Online) Discuss and practice how to change your relationship with difficult thoughts and emotions. Email for the Zoom link. Second Friday of the month, 6–7 p.m. FREE! mfhealy@bellsouth.net PAINTING CLASSES (Private Studio on Athens Eastside) One-on-one or small group adult classes are offered in acrylic and watercolor painting. Choose day workshops, ongoing weekly classes or feedback sessions. laurenpaintspaintings@ gmail.com SPANISH CLASSES (Athens, GA) For adults, couples and children. Learn from experts with years of professional experience. Contact for details. 706-372-4349, marina bilbao75@gmail.com, www.marina-spain-2020.squarespace.com YOGA CLASSES (Revolution Therapy and Yoga) Online classes include “Trauma Conscious Yoga with Crystal” Thursdays at 6 p.m. and “Yoga for Wellbeing with Nicole Bechill” on Saturdays at 10:45 a.m. Visit website to register. www.revolution therapyandyoga.com ZOOM YOGA (Online) Rev. Elizabeth Alder offers “Off the Floor Yoga” (chair and standing) on Mondays

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Events ART EVENTS (Georgia Museum of Art) “Inside Look: Selected Acquisitions from the Georgia Museum of Art” is held Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. “Book Sale” runs Dec. 2–5. “Morning Mindfulness” is held Dec. 3 at 9:30 a.m. “Tour at Two” is held Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. “Family Day: Inside Look II” is held Dec. 11 at 10 a.m. “Art + Wellness” is held Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. “Sunday Spotlight Tour” is held Dec. 12 at 3 p.m. “Toddler Tuesday: Art Gifts” is held Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. “Artful Conversation: Arthur Tress” is held Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. “Yoga in the Galleries” is held Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. “Tour at Two” is held Dec. 29 at 2 p.m. www.georgia museum.org ATHENS FARMERS MARKET (Multiple Locations) Saturday markets are held at Bishop Park from 8 a.m.–12 p.m. Markets offer fresh produce, flowers, eggs, meats, prepared foods, a variety of arts and crafts, and live music. Additionally, AFM doubles SNAP dollars spent at the market. www.athensfarmers market.net ATHENS MLK DAY PARADE & MUSIC FEST (Hull and Washington streets) The Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement and the United Group of Artists Music Association host the sixth annual parade. Vendors and participants can still register. Jan. 17, 3 p.m. www.athmlkparade.com ATHENS SHOWGIRL CABARET (Hendershot’s Coffee) Drag For All Christmas Edition is an all-ages affair at Hendershot’s Coffee. Dec. 4, 8 p.m. FREE! Fabulous Fridays

TINY ATH GALLERY (174 Cleveland Ave.) Ceramicist Amanda Jane Crouse and printmaker Amanda Jane Burk present “The Amanda Janes Show.” Opening reception Dec. 5, 2–5 p.m. Open through December by appointment. UGA MAIN LIBRARY (320 S. Jackson St.) “Georgia Trailblazers: Honoring the 60th Anniversary of Desegregation at UGA” chronicles the historic events of 1961 when Hamilton Holmes and Charlene Hunter became the first African American students admitted to the university. UGA SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARIES (300 S. Hull St.) The new Ted Turner Exhibition Hall and Gallery showcases CNN founder and environmentalist Ted Turner’s life and legacy through memorabilia, photographs and other items. • “Drinkable Water in Georgia” is an interactive exhibit tracing the geographic, environmental and political factors that surround the natural resource and how those issues have impacted Georgians. Through December. • “Not Only for Ourselves: The Integration of UGA Athletics” celebrates the 50th anniversary of integration of the Georgia Bulldogs football team. Tours are offered at 3 p.m. on Fridays before each home football game. On view through Spring 2022. • “At War With Nature: The Battle to Control Pests in Georgia’s Fields, Forests and Front Yards” includes 3D models of insects alongside newspaper articles, government documents and photos to take viewers through the entomological and horticultural wars that Georgians have waged in their own yards, as well as the environmental, ecological and public health concerns related to pests and eradication efforts. Through May 27. WHEN IN ATHENS (Multiple Locations) Organized by The Humid with support from an Arts in Community Award from the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission, “When In Athens” is a city-wide public art exhibition of images by over 100 photographers made in every Athens. Photographs are installed in the windows of street-facing businesses. Participating locations include Creature Comforts, Georgia Theatre, The Grit, Hi-Lo Lounge, Trappeze Pub and many others. Visit thehumid.com for a full list of participating venues. WOODHILL (4745 Bob Godfrey Rd.) A pop-up exhibition includes creative works by Dortha Jacobson, Greg Krakow, Leigh Ellis, Ansley Williams, Wini McQueen and Barbara Odil. Event held Dec. 1, 12–6 p.m. and Dec. 4–5, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Visit barbaraodil.com/woodhillartshow2021. WILLSON CENTER FOR THE HUMANITIES AND ARTS (Online) As part of UGA’s Spotlight on the Arts, the Willson Center presents “Shelter Projects,” a virtual exhibition of over 30 projects created by graduate students or community practitioners who reflect pandemic experiences through the arts. Visit willson.uga.edu. WINTERVILLE COMMUNITY CENTER (371 N. Church St., Winterville) The “Student Art Exhibit” features works by current art students at the Winterville Center. Through December.

Christmas Edition is a holiday drag show at Sound Track Bar to close out the year. Dec. 10, 10 p.m. FREE! www.athensshowgirlcabaret.com BIKE NIGHT (Akademia Brewing Co.) Grab a beer with the Athens Litas Women’s Motorcycle Collective. All bikes and people are welcome. First Thursday of every month, 6–9 p.m. www.akademiabc.com CHRISTMAS AT WIRE PARK (Wire Park, Watkinsville) The celebration features live music by The Athens A-Train Band, a collection of food trucks, a firepit, Java Joy and a visit from Santa. Bring a blanket or chair. Dec. 11, 5:30–8 p.m. FREE! CHRISTMAS BAZAAR AND BOOK SALE (No. 3 Railroad) Friends of the Oglethorpe County Library host a pop-up sale of gift baskets, ornaments, wreaths, holiday books and more. Dec. 4, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. www.3railroad.org COFFEE HISTORY & TASTING (Historic Athens Welcome Center) Jittery Joe’s head roaster Charlie Mustard hosts a tasting of the new “1820 Classic Cup” coffee blend. Dec. 4, 12 p.m. FREE! www.athens welcomecenter.com THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME (Town & Gown Players) Town & Gown players present an in-person and live stream performance. Seven minutes after midnight, 15-year-old Christopher stands beside his neighbor’s dead dog, Wellington, who has been speared with a garden fork. Finding himself under suspicion, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington, and he carefully records each fact of the crime. Dec. 3–4 & 9–11, 8 p.m. Dec. 5 & 12, 2 p.m. $20. tinyurl. com/curioustickets HENDERSHOT’S EVENTS (Hendershot’s Coffee) UGA’s Next Act Cabaret performs a musical theater show on Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. Stand-up comedian Dom Irrera and opener Lanny Farmer perform Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. www.hendershotsathens.com HOLIDAY CABARET (40 Watt Club) Boulevard Burlesque Company hosts a night of music, dance, comedy and more. Featuring the Modern Pin-Ups and other special guests. Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m. $10–15. www.40watt.com HOLIDAY WREATH WORKSHOP (Historic Athens Welcome Center) Join Maggie Haden from The Petal Exchange for an afternoon of making holiday wreaths. Materials included. Dec. 2, 2 p.m. $65. www. athenswelcomecenter.com LYNCHING REMEMBRANCE VIGIL (Harris Shoals Park, Watkinsville) Gather to remember Aron Birdsong, Wes Hale and George Lowe, three African Americans lynched by a mob on Dec. 4, 1921. Meet at the park and then walk or carpool to the location along Lampkin Branch Creek across Hwy. 53. Vigil held Dec. 4, 11:45 a.m. MADISON CO. LIBRARY EVENTS (Madison Co. Library) “Inclusive Book Club” for adults of all abilities will discuss Dog Stories by James Herriot on Dec. 7 and Dec. 21 at 11 a.m. “Rather Be Reading” Book Club will discuss The Arctic Fury by Greer Macallister on Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m. “Veterans Appreciation tea” will be held Dec. 12 at 4 p.m. www.athenslibrary.org/madison MARGO METAPHYSICAL EVENTS (Margo Metaphysical) Monday Tarot Readings offered 1–5 p.m. ($6 per card). Tuesday Tarot with Davita offered 4–6 p.m. ($5 per card). Wednesday Night Sound Healing with Joey held 6–7:30 p.m. ($35). Thursday Tarot with Courtney is offered 12–5 p.m. ($10–45).

Friday Henna Party with Aiyanna ($10–75). 706-372-1462, jfurman 65@gmail.com MARIGOLD MARKET (Pittard Park, Winterville) Vendors offer local produce, prepared and baked goods, and arts and crafts. Season runs every Saturday through Dec. 11, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. marigoldmarketwinterville@gmail.com THE NUTCRACKER (Classic Center) The State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine performs the treasured holiday fairytale of a young girl’s journey through a fantasy world of fairies, princes, toy soldiers and an army of mice. Dec. 18–19. www.classic center.com OCONEE CO. LIBRARY EVENTS (Oconee Co. Library) Bring wrapped books and baked cookies to exchange at the “Third Monday Book Club: Book and Cookie Swap” on Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. www.athens library.org OCONEE RIVERS AUDUBON SOCIETY (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Dr. Charles van Rees will speak on the conservation story of the ‘Alae ‘Ula (Hawaiian Gallinule). Dec. 2, 7 p.m. www.oconeeriversaudubon.org PARADE OF LIGHTS (Downtown Athens) See a parade of festive floats and community groups. This year’s theme is “A Super Hero Holiday.” Dec. 2, 7 p.m. www.accgov. com/parade REALLY, REALLY FREE MARKET (Reese & Pope Park) Just like a yard sale, but everything is free. Bring what you can, take what you need. Second Saturday of every month, 12–2 p.m. reallyreallyfree marketathens@gmail.com RABBIT HOLE EVENTS (Rabbit Hole Studios) Acoustic Firepit Jams are held every Monday, 7–11 p.m. Fake Zappa hosts Crazy Cowboy Night, an evening of redneck fashion, outlaw country and poor taste with live music, comedy and more. First and third Thursdays, 7 p.m. Athens Crypto Society meets Fridays at 6 p.m. Rabbit Hole Business Networking Guild meets Fridays at 7 p.m. White Rabbit Collective hosts a drum circle every Sunday from 5–7 p.m., followed by an afterparty with painting, singing, games, yoga and more from 7:30–11 p.m. www. rabbitholestudios.org SOUTHERN STAR STUDIO OPEN GALLERY (Southern Star Studio) Southern Star Studio is a working, collective ceramics studio, established by Maria Dondero in 2016. The gallery contains members’ work, primarily pottery. Every Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. www.southern starstudioathens.com UGA ICE DAWGS (Classic Center) The dawgs play indoor ice hockey versus Kennesaw State University Dec. 2 at 7 p.m., versus Tennessee Dec. 3 at 9 p.m. and versus Coastal Carolina Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. www. classiccenter.com VINTAGE MARKET POP-UP (Historic Athens Fire Hall) Orphintage hosts vintage vendors from Athens and Atlanta slinging T-shirts, jackets, dresses, jeans, hats, shoes and other unique finds. Dec. 4, 11 a.m.–7 p.m. & Dec. 5, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. www.vintagemarketpop-up. com WILD SPECTACLE (Jackson Street Building) Janisse Ray celebrates the release of her new book, Wild Spectacle, a series of 16 essays spanning a landscape between Alaska to Central America. Dec. 2, 4:30 p.m. amk27208@uga.edu WOODHILL ART EXHIBITION (Woodhill, 4745 Bob Godfrey Rd.) A pop-up exhibition includes creative works by Dortha Jacobson, Greg Krakow, Leigh Ellis, Ansley Williams, Wini McQueen

who manage the challenges of Parkinson’s disease or other movement disorders. Second Friday of every month, 1 p.m. gpnoblet@ bellsouth.net RECOVERY DHARMA (Recovery Dharma) This peer-led support group offers a Buddhist-inspired path to recovery from any addiction. Visit the website for details. Thursdays, 6–7 p.m. FREE! www. athensrecoverydharma.org RESTORING RESILIENCE & MINDFUL LIVING (Heart Stone) “Restoring Resilience” is a fiveweek resource building psychotherapy group for trauma survivors. Tuesdays, Jan. 11-Feb. 8, 10 a.m. (RSVP by Jan. 4). $35 per group session. “Mindful Living” is a five-

17–Apr. 14, 10 a.m.–1:30 p.m. www.athensoconeecasa.org THE CLOCKED IN CREATIVE PODCAST (Athens, GA) Hosted by Seth Hendershot, a new podcast called “The Clocked In Creative” will touch on entrepreneurship, business models, IP rights, brandART CARD CLUB (K.A. Artist Shop) ing, etc. for creatives. Episodes will Katy Lipscomb and Tyler Fisher feature Serra Jagger of Indie South, lead weekly gatherings to create, Sanni Baumgartner of Community, trade and exhibit miniature masMichelle Davis, Bertis Downs, Shil terpieces the size of playing cards. Patel of Tiger Bomb Promo, Rashe Some materials provided, but Malcolm of Rashe’s Cuisine and participants can bring their own as Nick Canada of Satisfactory. Check well. The club meets on Fridays, it out at @theclockedincreative on 4:30–6 p.m. (ages 10–12) and Instagram 6:30–8 p.m. (ages 13–17). www. COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS TREE kaartist.com (Athens, GA) ACC Government FALL CLASSES (Treehouse Kid and seeks a donated symmetrical cedar Craft) In-person tree roughly 35 feet fall classes offer tall and 20 feet in Spanish for ages diameter for display in 7–12, advanced art front of City Hall this techniques for ages December. Contact 9–12, homeschool to donate. ACC Landart for ages 4–6 or scape Management 7–12, art school handles tree removal jr. for ages 4–6, and transportation at art school for ages no cost. 706-6137–10 and tiny 3561, stanley.beasley things Fridays for @accgov.com ages 8 & up. Check CORNHOLEATL website for dates WINTER LEAGUE and to register. REGISTRATION www.treehouse (Southern Brewing kidandcraft.com Co.) Different diviHOLIDAY ACTIVsions of play accomITIES (Multiple modate all levels. The Locations) ACC seven-week season Leisure Services begins in January. hosts many holiRegister by Jan. 3. day activities this info@cornholeatl. season. “Deck the com Hollow” at Bear FREE COVID-19 Hollow Zoo runs VACCINES (Clarke Dec. 3–12. “TodCounty Health Departdlers in the Kitchen ment) Vaccines are with Ms. Portia” is available by appointheld at East Athens ment or walk-in. Community Center No insurance or ID on Dec. 4. “Letters required. www.public “Michael Ross: Gardens and Forests” is currently on view at BARBAR Vintage Textiles and Home through to Santa” is held healthisforeveryone. Dec. 11. Dec. 6–13. “Gincom gerbread Workshop” at Lay Park is week psychotherapy group to build OLLI MEMBERSHIP (Athens, GA) VIDEO GAME NIGHT (Lay Park) Play held Dec. 8. “Breakfast with Santa” self-care and mindfulness practices. Join OLLI@UGA, a dynamic the latest video games during tourat Memorial Park and “Cookies with Thursdays, Jan. 13-Feb. 10, 10:30 learning and social community for nament style play and free play. For Santa” Sandy Creek Nature Center a.m. $35/session. (RSVP by Jan. adults 50 and up that offers classes, ages 11–17. Registration required. are held Dec. 11. Check website 6). Brianna@HeartStoneTH.com shared interest groups, social activMondays through Dec. 13, 6–7:30 for additional events. www.accgov. SEX ADDICTS ANONYMOUS (Athities and events. www.olli.uga.edu p.m. FREE! 706-613-3596 com/holidayevents ens, GA) Athens Downtown SAA POP-UP PARK (Athens, GA) ACC MADISON CO. LIBRARY EVENTS offers a message of hope to anyone Leisure Services has a new bus, (Madison Co. Library) “Family who suffers from a compulsive sexdecorated by Eli Saragoussi, that Movie and Craft” is held Dec. 4 at ual behavior. Contact for location. serves as a mobile recreation unit to AL-ANON 12 STEP (Multiple Loca2 p.m. “Tween Anime Club” is held www.athensdowntownsaa.com take free activities and equipment to tions) Recovery for people affected Dec. 16 at 6:30 p.m. Holiday Movie public community events, festivals by someone else’s drinking. Visit Marathon is held all day Dec. 18 and school programs. Request the the website for a calendar of elecand Dec. 23. www.athenslibrary. bus online. www.accgov.com/9961/ tronic meetings held throughout the org/madison Athens-Pop-Up-Park ACTS DRIVE (Bogart Library) The week. www.ga-al-anon.org MAKING DANCES (Work.Shop) This SUPPORT FOR SENIORS WITH library is collecting clean coats ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS (Athalternative dance class teaches PETS (Athens, GA) The Athens and blankets in good condition for ens, GA) If you think you have a improvisation and choreography Area Humane Society and Athens all ages to help those in need this problem with alcohol, call the AA techniques. For ages 10–14. Taught Community Council on Aging have winter. Drop off bagged items in the hotline or visit the website for a by Lisa Yaconelli. Tuesdays, 6:15– partnered to offer support services foyer of the library through Jan. 15. schedule of meetings in Barrow, 7:30 p.m. $60/month, $210/14 to seniors enrolled in ACCA prowww.athenslibrary.org Clarke, Jackson and Oconee weeks. lisayaconelli@gmail.com, grams. This includes emergency ATHENS ON ICE (The Classic CenCounties. 706-389-4164, www. www.lisayaconelli.com pet fostering, affordable wellness ter) Ice skate on the largest rink in athensaa.org OCONEE CO. LIBRARY EVENTS care, pet health workshops and pet Northeast Georgia. Through Jan. 9. FAMILY CAREGIVER SUPPORT (Oconee Co. Library) Author Jan training. www.accaging.org www.classiccenter.com GROUP (ACC Library, Classroom Brett discusses her latest holiday WINTER LEISURE ACTIVITIES (AthBE A SANTA TO A SENIOR (Athens, A) Alzheimer’s Association Georgia book, The Nutcracker, on Facebook ens, GA) ACC Leisure Services will GA) Home Instead Senior Care presents a support group conducted with children and their families on offer a diverse selection of activities hosts a program to collect blanby trained facilitators that is a safe Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. “Prism” is held highlighting the arts, environmental kets, toiletries and other items to place for those living with dementia Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. “Dungeons & science, recreation, sports and holdistribute to local seniors in need. and their caregiver to develop a Dragons” is held Dec. 20 at 6 p.m. iday events for adults and children. Items can be selected online and support system. First Wednesday “Pillows & PJs” is held Dec. 22 at Programs include tai chi, baton, sent to Athens Community Council of every month, 6–7:30 p.m. 7066 p.m. “Anime Club” is held Dec. youth cooking classes, gymnastics, on Aging. Participants can also pick 206-6163, www.alz.org/georgia 27 at 6 p.m. www.athenslibrary.org nature programs, theater and more. out an ornament of a “wish” at a LGBTQIA+ VIRTUAL ALPHABET RIPPLE EFFECT FILM PROJECT Now registering. www.accgov.com/ participating location, then buy the FAMILY GATHERING (Online) CALL FOR FILMS (Athens, GA) myrec This is a safe space for anyone on item and return it. Check website Submit a short film interpreting this WINTER WONDERLIGHTS (State the LGBTQIA+/TGQNB spectrum. for details. Through Dec. 3. www. year’s theme is “Healthy Water, Botanical Garden of Georgia) Fourth Sunday of every month, beasantatoasenior.com Healthy World.” Open to Pre-K See the garden’s new Garden of 6–8 p.m. uuathensga.org/justice/ CASA TRAINING (Online) The Aththrough 12th grade filmmakers. Delights, Candy Cane Lane and welcoming-congregation ens-Oconee CASA program will Deadline Jan. 15. www.rippleeffectCone Tree Plaza, among other magPARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP host a virtual info session on Dec. filmproject.org ical features, along a half mile trail. (First Baptist Church) This group 8 at 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to SANTA PHOTOS (Madison-Morgan Lighted displays will be on view is to encourage, support and share learn about the next training class, Cultural Center) Make an appointDec. 1–Jan. 9. $15. wonderlights. information with fellow sojourners which runs Thursdays from Mar. ment to have your photo taken with uga.edu f and Barbara Odil. 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Santa. Dec. 3–4, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $45–90/family. www.mmcc-arts.org TEEN CLUBS (Lyndon House Arts Center) “Teen Media Arts Club” covers how to make and edit videos. Tuesdays, 5–7 p.m. “Teen Fashion Design/Sewing Club” is led by local designer Tabitha Fielteau. Tuesdays, 5:30–7:30 p.m. “Teen Cartoon/ Illustrator’s Club” covers drawing techniques, storytelling, anime and more. Thursdays, 5:30–7:30 p.m. www.accgov.com/myrec TUTORING (Online) The Athens Regional Library System is now offering free, live online tutoring via tutor.com for students K-12, plus college students and adult learners. Daily, 2–9 p.m. www.athenslibrary. org

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Athentic Brewing Co. 6:30 p.m. www.athenticbrewing. com HOT HOTTY HOTS Mary Sigalas, Dan Horowitz, Steve Key and surprise guests play swingin’ tunes from the ‘10s, ‘20s and ‘30s. Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. www.flickertheatreandbar. com DR. FRED’S KARAOKE Featuring a large assortment of pop, rock, indie and more. Hendershot’s Coffee 7–10 p.m. www.hendershotsathens. com OPEN MIC NIGHT Lizzy Farrell hosts an open mic the first Wednesday of every month. Signups go live on Mondays at noon on the Hendershot’s Open Mic Facebook page. Porterhouse Grill 6–9 p.m. www.porterhouseathens. com/jazz JAZZ NIGHT Enjoy standards, improv and originals by a live jazz trio every Wednesday night. Southern Brewing Co. 8–9:45 p.m. FREE! www.sobrewco. com MINKA Get your groove on during a dance party.

Athentic Brewing Co. 5 p.m. FREE! www.athenticbrewing. com ASHLEY TATARSKY Acoustic singer-songwriter. Ciné 9 p.m. $10. www.athenscine.com SHEHEHE Local band that draws from old-school punk and arena rock to create a fist-pumping atmosphere. WYLD STALEYZ Hot-blooded, ball-clenching power rock from members of Manger, Gear Jammer and Noise Mountain. The Classic Center Annual Christmas Concert. 7 p.m. FREE! www.classiccenter.com CLASSIC CITY BAND Community band performing the “Overture to a Winter Festival” by James Cumow, selections from Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite” and “O Magnum Mysterium” by Morten Lauridsen. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8 p.m. (doors). $10. www.flicker theatreandbar.com DANA DOWNS Old school local musician of Cosmo Jr. BEN DE LA COUR Nashville-based singer-songwriter. JIM WILLINGHAM Local songwriter known for fronting the bands Old Smokey and Harry Carey. Georgia Theatre 7:30 p.m. (doors), 8:30 p.m. (show). $35–$40. www.georgia theatre.com ST. PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES Alabama-based rock and roll soul band that has opened for The Rolling Stones and made several TV appearances. BUFFALO NICHOLS Guitarist, songwriter and vocalist bringing more Black stories into the genres of folk and blues. Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall 7:30 p.m. $3 (w/ UGA ID), $25. 706-542-4400 HOLIDAY CONCERT Various UGA groups present a festive performance. Participants include the Hodgson Singers, Mens Glee Club, Womens Glee Club, University Chorus, UGA Symphony Orchestra, British Brass Band, UGA Jazz Sextet, Guitar Ensemble, Graduate Flute Ensemble and Bulldog Brass Society.

Thursday 2 Flicker Theatre & Bar 8 p.m. (doors). $7. www.flicker theatreandbar.com RAG BAGS New local alt-rock band led by Alex and Tyler Nicholson. BLEACH GARDEN Three-piece grunge-rock group from Atlanta. GETAWAY COMPANY Four-piece local band inspired by ‘90s and 2000s alt-rock. Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall 7:30 p.m. $3 (w/ UGA ID), $25. 706-542-4400 HOLIDAY CONCERT Various UGA groups present a festive performance. Participants include the Hodgson Singers, Mens Glee Club, Womens Glee Club, University Chorus, UGA Symphony Orchestra, British Brass Band, UGA Jazz Sextet, Guitar Ensemble, Graduate Flute Ensemble and Bulldog Brass Society.


International Grill & Bar Outdoors. 7 p.m. FREE! www.facebook.com/IGBAthensGA THE LUCKY JONES Old school rockin’ rhythm and blues. The Lewis Room at Tweed Recording 6 p.m. (doors), 7 p.m. (show). $12 (adv.), $14. www.lewisroom.com CALEB CAUDLE Nashville country artist whose critically acclaimed catalog includes mentions by Rolling Stone magazine and NPR. SPENCER THOMAS Local alternative rock artist with classic rock roots. Nowhere Bar 9 p.m. $10 (adv.), $15. www. nowherebarlive.com PARTS AND LABOR Macon-based band heavily influenced by the Allman Brothers, The Band, the Grateful Dead perform a combination of funk, blues and jazz. DIABLO SANDWICH Local all-star Southern rock band blending country, jazz and more.

Saturday 4 40 Watt Club 8 p.m. (doors). $6. www.40watt. com PILGRIM Local hard-hitting, riffheavy rock band led by songwriter Paul McHugh. SETH MARTIN Raucous and rootsy local songwriter. LONG TALL SHORTY Nashville band fronted by songwriter Chelsea Lovitt. Bishop Park Athens Farmers Market. Outdoors. 8 a.m.–12 p.m. www.athensfarmers market.net MARK PLEMMONS Talented local pianist. (8 a.m.) BRAD GERKE Local folk and alt-country singer-songwriter. (10 a.m.) Flicker Theatre & Bar Pulp Swim Presents Matilde: A Skateboarding Film. 8 p.m. www. flickertheatreandbar.com NUCLEAR TOURISM Local college-rock band playing surf-punk originals. ALDENTE Local genre-bending rap band featuring multiple vocalists. JOSEY Local artist who plays keyboard-based pop. International Grill & Bar Outdoors. 7 p.m. www.facebook.


com/AthensGA SCARLET STITCH Straight-up rock and roll band from Athens. Nowhere Bar 9 p.m. www.nowherebarlive.com THE SHUT-UPS Five-piece newwave power-pop band from Atlanta and Athens. THE WYDELLES Local alt-country band fronted by songwriter Bo Bedingfield. Trappeze Pub 11:30 p.m.–2 a.m. $5. www.trappezepub.com SILENT DISCO Grab a pair of headphones and enjoy a silent disco with your pals. Every Saturday.

Monday 6 Creature Comforts Brewery Athens Service Industry Celebration. 5 p.m. www.facebook.com/ CreatureComfortsBeer THE BOOTY BOYZ DJs Immuzikation, Twin Powers and Z-Dog spin dance hits. Food available from Farm Burger Athens. Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall 7:30 p.m. FREE! www.athenschoral society.com ATHENS CHORAL SOCIETY The chorus celebrates its 50th year with “A Baroque Christmas” featuring the music of Vivaldi, Bach, Corelli and Handel.

Tuesday 7 40 Watt Club 8 p.m. (doors). $7 (adv.), $10. www.40watt.com BIRD DOG JUBILEE Rock and roll collection of instrumentalists that blur the lines between structured songs and improvisational jams. FUN ROOM Jammy covers and originals with a laid-back attitude. BIGG CHUNGUS Funky fused improvisational music. The Classic Center 7:30 p.m. $27–34. www.classic center.com IRISH CHRISTMAS IN AMERICA Produced by Sligo fiddler Oisín Mac Diarmada, the family-friendly show features top Irish music, song and dance in a performance rich in humor and energy.

Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall 7:30 p.m. $59-99. pac.uga.edu JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA WITH WYNTON MARSALIS Under the leadership of trumpeter, composer and musical director Wynton Marsalis, the group performs soulful, big band versions of the season’s greatest classics. Rabbit Hole Studios 7–10 p.m. FREE! www.rabbithole studios.org OPEN MIC Featuring spoken word, performance art, comedy, singer-songwriters and more. Sign-ups are first come, first served. Hosted by Peyton Covfefe. Southern Brewing Co., Monroe 7 p.m. www.sobrewco.com FUNKY BLUESTER Blues outfit inspired by traditional Chicago and Texas styles.

Wednesday 8 Flicker Theatre & Bar 8 p.m. (doors). $7. www.flicker theatreandbar.com ¿BANANA? Acoustic Shimmering twee folk-pop harmonies. SELINE HAZE Athens-based hip-hop artist who makes “music

to inspire, to empathize and to motivate.” PORT CURTIS Atlanta group playing covers and rock originals. Hendershot’s Coffee Wednesjays with Jay Gonzalez. 8 p.m. www.hendershotsathens.com JAY GONZALEZ Drive-By Truckers member creates summery, bright piano pop melodies. Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall 7:30 p.m. $59-99. pac.uga.edu JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA WITH WYNTON MARSALIS Under the leadership of trumpeter, composer and musical director Wynton Marsalis, the group performs soulful, big band versions of the season’s greatest classics. Porterhouse Grill 6–9 p.m. www.porterhouseathens. com/jazz JAZZ NIGHT Enjoy standards, improv and originals by a live jazz trio every Wednesday.

Down the Line 12/10 Mother’s Finest (Georgia Theatre) 12/12 Dayglo Mourning, Horseburner, Beast Mode (The World Famous)

Pandemic Protocols 40 Watt Club: proof of full vaccination or negative COVID test within 72 hours; masks indoors Athentic Brewing Co.: masks indoors Bishop Park: outdoors; masks encouraged Buvez: masks indoors Ciné: proof of full vaccination or negative COVID test within 72 hours The Classic Center: masks indoors Creature Comforts: masks indoors Flicker Theatre & Bar: proof of vaccination or negative COVID test within 48 hours; masks indoors Hendershot’s Coffee: proof of vaccination or negative COVID test within 48 hours Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall: masks encouraged International Grill and Bar: masks encouraged The Lewis Room at Tweed Recording: proof of full vaccination or negative COVID test; masks indoors Nowhere Bar: proof of full vaccination or negative COVID test within 48 hours Porterhouse Grill: masks encouraged Rabbit Hole Studios: masks encouraged Southern Brewing Co.: masks indoors Trappeze Pub: masks indoors


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The University of Georgia presents

DEC 1 2021

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The inaugural walk-through light show features a half-million glittering lights along a path a spectacular 40-foot cone tree, ending at a holiday marketplace. See the magic and make memories to last a lifetime.

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Indoor dining is back Online ordering available for take out Delivery through Bulldawg food Follow on Facebook and Instagram for

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ATHENS METAL ARTS GUILD bringing the art of metal smithing to the Aiken Center for the Arts Exhibition December 9th - January 21st | Reception December 9th, 6-8pm These programs are supported by the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives funding from the National Endowment for the Arts

Artwork by Diane Perry



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Athens School of Music. Now offering in-person and online instruction in guitar, bass, drums, piano, voice, brass, woodwinds, strings, banjo, mandolin and more. From beginner to expert, all styles. Visit www.athens schoolofmusic.com, 706543-5800.

Adult or teen acrylic, watercolor, drawing classes with professional artist in private studio. One-on-one or small groups. All levels welcome. Students provide their own supplies. laurenadams artist@icloud.com, 404913-3597


VOICE LESSONS: Experienced teacher (25+ years) retired from day job, ready to expand studio. Ages 12–90+, all genres. Contact stacie.court@gmail.com or 706-424-9516.

Pop Up POTTERY Sale: Handmade locally. Hand built, thrown-on-wheel, raku, etc. 12/4, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. 599 Cherokee Ridge Athens, GA 30606


Sell your stuff in the Flagpole Classifieds!

Instant cash is now being paid for good vinyl records & CDs in fine condition. Wuxtry Records, at corner of Clayton & College Dwntn. 706-369-9428.


Mid-1800s pine cupboard. 75”H x 35”W x 20”/12”D. Perfect period piece for older Athens-area home. $450.

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HOME AND GARDEN Are your home and yard ready for winter? Leaves blown, trees and bushes cut back, pipe wrapping, etc. Free estimates in person or over the phone! 706-4107374 Advertise your service in the Flagpole Classifieds!

Plumber Pro Service & Drain. Upfront pricing. Free estimates. $30 Flagpole discount. Call 706-769-7761. Same-day service available. www.plumberproservice. com Need old newspapers for your garden? They’re free at the Flagpole office! Call ahead, then come grab some. Leave current issues on stands. 706-549-0301

JOBS FULL-TIME Condor Chocolates is hiring for all positions—baristas, packers, production and seasonal catering. Both part-time and full-time available. Please send a resume to jobsatcondor@gmail. com to apply. Half-Shepherd Market is hiring a Retail General Manager, a Kitchen Manager and cheesemongers. Find the JOBS button at half shepherd.com for details. UberPrints is now hiring for multiple positions! Both full and part-time positions available. For more information and applications, go to uberprints.com/company/ jobs

PART-TIME Experienced kitchen help needed. Bring resume or fill out an application at George’s Lowcountry Table. No phone calls please. 420 Macon Hwy. Athens, GA 30606 Learn to be a transcriptionist at our South Milledge location! No customer interaction! Work independently, set your own schedule (16–40 hours, M–F weekly). Relaxed, casual, safe space office environment. Extremely flexible time-off arrangements with advance notice. New increased compensation plan. Start at $13 hourly. Make up to $20 or more with automatic performance-based compensation increases. Show proof of vaccination at hire. No resumés required. Selfguided interview process. Work at your own pace! Hours 8 a.m.–8 p.m. www. ctscribes.com Get Flagpole delivered straight to your mailbox! It’s the perfect present for that buddy who just moved out of town. $50 for six months or $90 for one year. Call 706-549-0301 or email frontdesk@flagpole. com.


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Briscoe (54992)

Briscoe’s such a good boy! He knows how to sit, shake and play fetch. With his charming personality and cute face, this guy will find his furever home soon enough!

Fiddler (56614)

Fiddler’s a quiet, gentle pup that’s sure to play on your heartstrings! He loves toys, treats and spending time with people. Call today to become Fiddler’s best bud!

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Maui is sure to catch your eye and your heart! This girl’s one of many pups longing for a place to call home, not only this holiday season but for a lifetime. Call for more on Maui!

These pets and many others are available for adoption at: • Deadline to place ads is 11:00 a.m. every Monday for the following Wednesday issue • All ads must be prepaid



Athens-Clarke County Animal Services 125 Buddy Christian Way · 706-613-3540 Call for appointment

Village Wine & Spirits is the best liquor store on the Eastside! We are looking for part-time night clerks who want to learn about new and exciting products each week while helping us to continue to offer the great customer service that we are known for. Stop by with a resume, or email one to villagewineathens@gmail. com Viva Argentine is looking for a few nice hardworking folks to be part of the team! Competitive hourly wages for all positions. $10/hr. training, $12/ hr. hosting and kitchen, $5/ hr. + tips servers (must be 18+). Please email resumes to vivaargentinecuisine@ gmail.com Find employees by advertising jobs in the Flagpole Classifieds!

NOTICES MESSAGES All Georgians over the age of five are eligible to be vaccinated! Call 888-457-0186 or go to www. publichealthathens.com for more information. COVID testing in Athens available at 3500 Atlanta Hwy. Athens, GA 30606. (Old Fire Station in the corner of Atlanta Hwy. & Mitchell Bridge Rd. near Aldi and Publix.) Mon–Fri. 8:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. To register, call 844-625-6522 or go to www. publichealthathens.com Mobile Food Pantry @ General Time Athens! Athens Terrapin Beer Co. alongside Food Bank of Northeast Georgia and various local sponsors will host a drive-thru food pantry on the 3rd Monday of each month thru 2021. All ACC residents that meet income requirements may attend. First come, first served. This event will take place outside rain or shine. 100 Newton Bridge Rd. 10 a.m.–12 p.m. www.terrapinbeer.com


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Cut-to-order cheese and charcuterie.

by Margie E. Burke


Solution to Sudoku:


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Complain Emulate Pollock Hysterical Head honcho Party tray items Green veggie in spears Like a new candle Fuzzy fabric Bad thing to blow Cabaret fixture Priceless? One's partner Boat propeller

DOWN 1 Attack 2 Fictional Karenina 3 Book keeper? 4 Hard to find 5 Carbonated 6 Intense feeling 7 Butcher's offering 8 Sofa problem 9 Bad-tempered 10 Become pals with 11 Bird-related 12 Military attack

13 Person to respect 19 Senseless 21 One beyond hope 24 Prey grabber 25 Shopper's item 26 On the safe side, at sea 27 Belmont transaction 30 Humidor item 32 Hearing-related 33 Highlands family 34 It can be bold 36 Follow in time 38 Beyond the 'burbs 41 Chopper spinner 43 Parodies 46 Smooth, in music 48 Meal on a blanket 49 Part of SSgt 50 Phony 51 Waldorf salad ingredient 52 Amble along 54 Hair piece 55 Pitchfork part 56 Stash away 58 Cotton machine

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March 4–5 • 2022

Historic Downtown Commerce Georgia CALLING ALL ARTISTS!

Now accepting applications for the 10th Annual Folk-to-Fine Arts Festival. We are looking for a variety of Folk and Fine Artists. Email folktofinearts@commercega.org or call 706-335-6417 for more information


Commerce Civic Center

110 State Street