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always tried to start the fire with flint and steel or by rubbing sticks together, but we never went without matches as a backup. And we always had to use them. I have some great memories of fires, but my favorite is of a fire I never saw. I was in a small cove fishing in a tournament at Jackson Lake one cold December morning just after daylight. Wisps of gray fog curled around the cabins and trees on the bank. At first, the only sound was the gentle lapping of water against my boat. At about the same time I began smelling wood smoke and feeling the warm glow of a fire, someone on the bank started playing a haunting, slow blues song. I have since tried to find out the name of that soft, gentle song, but I never learned the name or artist. I still get a flood of warm feelings from my memories of the sounds, smells, and sights of that morning. The big fire at deer camp always brings back great memories. For years, we kept a big cast-­ iron caldron hanging over the fire, keeping water hot for washing dishes and other chores. That fire burned from the beginning of camp until the end. We never let it go out. The stories told around those fires at night and our anticipation as we prepared to go to our deer stands in the dark of early morning added to the mysticism of the fire. The boiled

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peanuts that simmered in the big pot were always great, too. Cooking food on an open fire is always an interesting experience. From bacon burned on one end and almost raw on the other to scrambled eggs that are full of ashes, nothing tastes so good. A bird or squirrel roasted over the fire is a delicacy even if tough and chewy! Another great fire memory was with my mother. I was a freshman in college at the time. We put a trotline across a cove at Clark’s Hill, then, just as it got dark, started a small campfire on a sandbar nearby. After baiting our rod and reels with chicken liver and setting them up in forked sticks, we sat on the ground by that fire and talked for hours. It was one of the first times my mother talked to me like I was a man rather than her kid. I don’t remember catching any fish, but I do remember sitting there with her and talking. This is a great time to have a campfire or to keep your house warm with a fire. The work can be hard but well worth it, and both the work and the fire will make great memories.

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its incorporation of design motifs from several different architectural styles, an amalgamation plainly utilized by Bleckley on Griffin’s City Hall. From the Italianate-influenced cornice to the Baroque-inspired, subsequently destroyed cupola, City Hall is truly eclectic—memorable to anyone who has ever visited downtown Griffin. In addition to its remarkable form, City Hall also has been tremendously functional for the better part of a century, serving as Griffin’s administrative hub until a few short years ago. Alongside Griffin offices and courtrooms, City Hall housed firefighters and their equipment, making the structure one of the first mixed-use developments in Spalding County. While City Hall’s rich history and beautiful design are, when taken alone, compelling enough reasons to favor renovation, the building’s future potential makes the decision to renovate a no-brainer. What City Hall once was—visually striking, architecturally important—justifies a certain level of attention, but our concern is the here and now. So why not reclaim some of the beauty? Why not use existing resources to meet current needs? According to McLemore, Griffin officials have plans to incorporate the City Hall structure into future development, but, in order to attract a responsible buyer, an investment of public funds may be necessary. McLemore says a few ideas have been mentioned, including “archives, a museum, conference meeting space, leasable space for restaurants and law offices, or some combination,” with most recent discussions centering on “tying the old City Hall building into the redevelopment of the entire block…a 2.7 acre park plan with amphitheater…creating a population center and amenity downtown.” You can fill in your own blank on the site’s future. One thing is clear, though; downtown development would greatly benefit from a utilization of the City Hall building. In forgoing a scorched-earth teardown, Griffin officials could reclaim a bit of history, using the best of our past to create a dynamic future. City Hall represents an opportunity—a chance to rebuild, but on an already existing foundation. Any other option would result in a loss. City Hall would be gone forever, “and the place thereof shall know it no more.”


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n any given day, you can find Dr. Dan Dunnahoo up to his elbows in clay or paint, completely absorbed in creating a work of art. “Dr. D,” as his former students call him, seems to be making up for lost time. During the 28 years he had been teaching and involved in extracurricular activities at Pike County High School, his paintbrushes mostly stood dry in a tin can in the corner of his bedroom, and the potter’s wheel outside his house was still. All of that changed a few years ago when Dan reluctantly left his classroom. “I retired in 2009 to take care of my wife, who was ill, and then she passed away in May of 2012,” he reflected. “All of these paintings have been done in the last few months.”

The seven paintings to which he referred were previously displayed at Journey Church in Griffin and will be exhibited at Griffin First United Methodist Church’s Welcome Center beginning November 1 in conjunction with the publication of this article. A reception for Dr. Dunnahoo will be held at the same location on November 14 from 5:30-­6:30 pm. (As the date of the next Griffin Area Concert Association concert at the Griffin Auditorium, November 14 was selected in hopes that members of our community will go from the exhibit to the concert with a stop for dinner in between.) “All of these paintings are done from photographs I took on two trips to Italy,” Dan explained. When I saw Dan’s paintings from a distance, I thought they were photographs rather than paintings done Continued on p. 31

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thoughts, ideas—so that was my interpretation of the assignment.” Clearly, Dan is not only creative but also contemplative. No doubt his professor was impressed with his response to the assignment.

Continued from p. 28 from photos. It was striking just how similar Dan’s painting of Ponte Vecchio, in Florence, was to a photograph I had taken from the very same vantage point back in 2005. Dan’s parents recognized his gift with a paintbrush and oils early in his life. As he explained, “I had an eye for detail even at a young age. At age 11, I got my first oil painting set for Christmas. Right away, I created a still life, using fruit from my stocking. I grew up in Thomaston— shy, a loner—and every day after school I went to my room to paint.” Drawing and painting became both a life-­long passion and Dan’s chosen college major at the University of Georgia. Understanding how difficult it would be to survive financially as an artist, though, he then earned his Master’s and doctoral degrees in art education. “I majored in drawing and painting, and the only way to make a living is to teach,” he lamented. Teaching art turned out to be something Dan loved so much that his students became the subject of a summer course assignment for his doctoral degree. “Our assignment was to bring to class a container for the things we treasured—not the things themselves. I talked some of my students into letting me take their photographs, so I made a series of black and white pictures, because that was what I treasured—my students. I brought those to class because any work of art is a container—for your

His former students are such treasures that he has gotten in touch with many of them to see how they are progressing with their art. Some of them have gone on to become graphic designers or photographers; six are professional photographers in the Griffin area. “If they have the talent and ability, I always encourage them to explore a career as an artist and at least give it a shot,” Dan said. Inspired by Johannes Vermeer, Robert Rauschenberg, and a 19th century American artist named William Harnett, Dan has returned to creating his own works of art, taking the advice he gave so encouragingly to his students for 28 years. Preferring to paint in oils, Dan concentrates on his favorite subjects, architecture and landscapes. “Every painting has a very special meaning to me. When I do a painting, I do it for a purpose, either for me or for someone else,” Dan explained, adding that he has painted only one portrait, the subject of which is his wife during their trip to Italy. A former student was the grateful recipient of his most recent painting which was done from a photograph Dan found on her Facebook page. The art educator knew the works of Claude Monet were her favorites, and the qualities of this particular photograph struck Dan as being much like a painting by that Impressionist. The subject is a lone duck swimming in the reflecting pool of the Washington Monument. Rippling water caused by the duck’s movement gives a Monet-­like appearance to the monument and trees reflected in the pond. The completed painting looks like a

replica of the photograph. On a recent sunny afternoon I felt honored to view this painting while visiting Dan’s home studio. Nestled behind tall trees on his heavily wooded property in Zebulon, this “loner” creates his paintings by the large window of his stunning master bedroom. Taking advantage of the sun exposure, Dan designed the bedroom—and the entire house—to utilize as little consumable energy as possible. Not only is his home an architectural gem, but it is also filled with gorgeous wood furniture Dan built himself. From the kitchen cabinets to a china cabinet, from a chair to a four-­poster bed, so many beautiful wood pieces were available to admire. Dan even painstakingly built the fireplace surround. Outside, under the carport, the potter’s wheel sits in front of a tall, thick stand of trees. Dan sat down in his tattered clay-­ and paint-­stained jeans to brush up on his technique, preparing for a demonstration he would be giving two days later at his church. In five minutes’ time, again up to his elbows in clay, he created a perfectly shaped vessel. Don’t take my word for it. Check out his paintings for yourself. I predict that you’ll find them as arresting as I did. To view Dan Dunnahoo’s earlier works, stop by Safehouse Coffee Roasters at 109 South Hill Street. Following the exhibition of Dan’s more recent works at Griffin First United Methodist Church, Dan will be exhibiting his paintings at A Novel Experience (426 Thomaston Street, Zebulon) in January.


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tepping into the Ritz Theatre in Thomaston is like stepping into the past. The historic movie theatre, located on the courthouse square in the old downtown area, has been a part of the Thomaston community since 1927. At the time it was built, there were five theatres in the town, including a drive-in, but now the Ritz is the only one left. The Ritz is a singlescreen theatre that seats 400 people. Viewers can sit downstairs, or if they are 21 or older, they can take advantage of the special VIP area upstairs. The balcony has stadium seating, but with the added luxury of counters in front of the rows of seats. This area allows patrons a full “dinner and a movie” experience—instead of just typical movie concessions, movie watchers can get dinner from the café and comfortably eat it upstairs while they enjoy the movie. Since 1927, the Ritz has had only three owners. The Odom family owned the theatre from

1927 until around 1990; John Cox owned it from 1990 to 1997; and then in 1997, the current owners, Malcolm and Amy Neal, purchased the Ritz. When the Neals bought it, the interior and exterior of the building were in bad shape; some of the equipment was still from the 1940s-1950s, with bad picture and terrible sound. The Neals renovated the inside of the theatre, installed new equipment such as the projector screen and sound system, and replaced many other important parts. Most of the money for renovations was spent on the inside, so the outside is still in need of renovating. “We’ve been fighting a battle that most historic buildings do...where to spend what little funds are available,” Malcolm said. “It’s an ongoing process with any old structure. Where do we use the money? The roof, the paint, air conditioner, or something else?” Now, the Ritz Theatre is facing an even bigger problem. A few years ago, movie studios began


We need something big to happen... If we don’t get to change over to digital by the end of the year, we may have to close.

discontinuing 35 mm film and going over to digital projection. This saves money for studios because they do not have to spend the money to print 35 mm films anymore. “The panic was on,” Malcolm stated. “Theatre owners thought they had to ditch all the old equipment to stay in business.” Most theatres are all digital now, and several hundred small theatres are stuck trying to raise what, for them, is a lot of money. The price of converting one screen is $75,000, which includes the digital projector, the sound system, and the screen. This cost can be daunting for a small-town theatre that is just breaking even. Big multiplexes have more access to funds such as the Virtual Print Fee (VPF), the fee paid to the theatre by the studios for showing digital movies and aimed toward the purchase of digital projectors. Most small-town theatres do not qualify for the VPF because of the terms, which are based on number of movies shown and the number of showings.

In Georgia, three single-screen theatres operate on a full-time basis: The Bacon Theatre in Alma, which closed for a while until it reopened in 2012; The Zebulon Theatre in Cairo; and The Ritz Theatre in Thomaston. “We don’t have a lot of people coming to the movies like in a big town,” Malcolm said. “That’s why there’s not a lot of small town theatres. People are going to the bigger ones.” These small theatres are not only competing with large multiplexes, but they are also fighting for the 35 mm films that are still made. Some movies are not even released in that format anymore, so small theatres are finding it difficult to find films to show on their screens. “We need something big to happen,” Malcolm said. “If we don’t get to change over to digital by the end of the year, we may have to close.”

The Ritz is open seven days a week. It shows one movie a night at 7 p.m. and a matinee on Sundays at 2 p.m. Movies cost $6 for all ages, and concessions are half the price of those at the multiplex. In addition to being affordable entertainment, seeing a show at the Ritz includes the ambience of a nearly centuryold theatre. The building was built in the 1920s, during the era of silent movies accompanied by live music from the orchestra pit, so it has great acoustics.

The Ritz had to close for two weeks in September because there were no 35 mm films available for them to show. The theatre cannot even show old, classic films because they also have been converted to digital format. Malcolm said, “It’s almost coming to the point where the small-town theatres can’t survive without digitizing.” The Ritz Theatre has been hosting fundraisers for 18 months in an effort to raise the funds for the new projector; however, they are only halfway along to the cost of the projector. The theatre

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has held car washes, Zumbathons, bake sales, and even rock-and-roll shows. “We can raise money,” Malcolm said, “but it’s going very slowly because it is in such little amounts.” A silent and live auction, rock shows, and 5Ks are in the works for the future, but the theatre is trying to think of ways to raise more money fast. “If we had five years to go, we could keep going with fundraisers, but the studios are not waiting for us,” says Malcolm.

“Once you’ve been to the Ritz, it’s a whole different experience than going to a multiplex,” Malcolm claimed. “Come to the Ritz Theatre and see what it’s like to see a movie in a real movie palace. Come thirty minutes south instead of north, and find a theatre that gives you a completely different way to see a movie.”

The Ritz Theatre’s 24-hour movie information line is 706-647-7022. For additional information about the Ritz, call 706-647-5372 (evenings only).

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n 1995, director Richard Linklater released Before Sunrise, a quiet, intimate drama about two starry-­ eyed young people sharing a romantic evening together in Vienna. Jesse (Ethan Hawke,   Training  Day) was an American wandering across Europe, while Celine ( Julie Delpy, 2  Days  in  Paris) was a French student enjoying her summer vacation. It’s a lovely, bittersweet movie which perfectly captures the pangs of falling in love against your better judgment. Nine years later, Linklater released the sequel Before  Sunset, which finds Jesse and Celine sharing another chance encounter, reconnecting and filling each other in on what’s happening in their lives. They’re a little older, a little wiser, and a little more guarded in the second film, but one can still see traces of the youthful passion that fueled their characters the first time around. Fast forward another nine years to the latest film in the series, Before  Midnight, which finds our two characters in the middle of a long-­ term relationship. This is unlikely material for a movie franchise, to be sure, but that’s also a large part of what makes the Before series one of the most unique film sagas of all time. Given the nine-­ year chunks of time between installments, it’s always striking to see how much our beloved characters have changed over the years. It’s a series of films which adds up to more than the sum of its parts—a series which takes on the ambitious task of examining how we view both life and love changes as we get older. The woozy infatuation of Before  Sunrise gave

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brutally honest and unflinching arguments ever captured on film: a hotel room spat so emotionally taxing that you may feel as if you’re watching a horror film. As bleak as it can get at times, Before Midnight isn’t a cruel or nihilistic film. There are moments of genuine loveliness alongside the moments of misery, and the arguments are

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occasionally balanced by scenes which suggest that genuine love still exists between these two weary souls. The greatest accomplishment of the film is the manner in which it demonstrates that sustaining any long-­lasting relationship is hard work. Hawke and Delpy deliver absolutely masterful performances and capture every nuance hidden in the dialogue (co-­written by Linklater and the actors). Will these two make it another nine years? It’s hard to say, but I’m sure that both the two lovers and their audience once again will have grown and changed a great deal by that point. Linklater and his superb actors are taking us on an unprecedented lifelong journey, and I’m looking forward to the next chapter nine years down the road.

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he holiday season, especially, reminds us of needs in our community. We want to help others but may not know where to start. Families Feeding Families of Middle Georgia is one good answer to that question. The organization's biggest ministry by far is providing hot, family-­sized Thanksgiving meals to needy families in our area. They try to provide more than enough food for each family's meal so that recipients can share with their neighbors and even enjoy leftovers later. A typical meal includes a smoked turkey, homemade dressing, vegetables, and dessert. Volunteer Tyler Carpenter says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We start cooking on Sunday and don't stop until Thanksgiving Day.â&#x20AC;?

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Upson, Pike, and Lamar. A total of 3,325 people were served. This year, Families Feeding Families expects to feed over 1,000 families on Thanksgiving Day. Most food preparation and packaging activities are done from Mountain View Baptist Church near Thomaston. According to Anne Kelley, who helped by baking desserts and delivering food, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is an amazing group of folks...last year I visited the food prep for the Thanksgiving dinners and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never seen so many turkeys!â&#x20AC;?

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Volunteers with Families Feeding Families know that needs don't stop when the holiday season ends. The organization maintains a year-­round food pantry out of Mountain View Baptist Church and takes meals to homeless persons as needs are LGHQWLÀHGDQGUHVRXUFHVEHFRPHDYDLODEOH7KH\DUHSODQQLQJWRH[SDQGWKHLUPLQLVWU\ to the homeless, begin a disaster relief ministry, and help another local organization 's soup kitchen be able to open more days each week; but, of course, the scope of these expansions will depend upon donations. Seeing the difference each meal makes in the life of each family is a reward in itself for Steve Hendricks. He tells of delivering a Thanksgiving meal to an older couple who were not able to receive it because the husband had been rushed to the hospital earlier that day. Steve and the other helpers decided to ask if the couple's neighbors, a single mom and her young daughter, would like to have the food. Steve says he'll never forget that little girl looking into her mother's eyes and saying, “We're going to get to have Thanksgiving after all, aren't we?” Steve says, “God gets those meals where they need to be.”

If you'd like to help this worthy cause, please mail donations to Families Feeding Families of Middle Georgia, Inc. at PO Box 812, Thomaston, Georgia 30286. To volunteer, call 706-975-1397 or email steve@gafamiliesfeedingfamilies.org. For more information, visit gafamiliesfeedingfamilies.org. Donations and volunteers of all ages are crucial. According to Steve, “We couldn’t do this without an army of hands and feet.”

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BIOGRAPHY:

Mitch & Lori Flanders

Studio D GRIFFIN BALLET  THEATRE By Allison Smyly

There is nothing more frustrating than pouring one’s creativity into doing a great job of answering the wrong question, so invest plenty of time in getting to the right question before you invest your creative energies in finding solutions...Good artistic thinkers observe. Great artistic thinkers observe the ordinary, and in that ordinariness, find great insight. Great ideas evolve; they do not spring fully formed from the minds of geniuses...Diversity always creates the strongest ideas. Don’t stop until you have explored at least three ideas you would be excited by. One of the most satisfying things about artistry is that the results are tangible. Something exists at the end of the process that did not exist before. -­-­ Lori Flanders w w w.k it chendr aw er.net

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The Griffin Ballet Theatre’s production of The Nutcracker has become a local holiday tradition. Some don’t realize, however, that the ballet company, which prides itself on being one of the top pre-­professional dance companies in Georgia, presents a full season of ballets each year. Many people are also not aware of the wealth of dance education opportunities available locally which help make these performances possible. The Studio D School of Dance, home of the Griffin Ballet Theatre (GBT), offers lessons in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, and modern dance for beginning through advanced students. Studio D Productions provides musical theatre training and performance opportunities for students ages six through 18 and presents two Broadway Jr. or Broadway KIDS shows each year. Behind the first-­class performances are Griffin residents Mitch and Lori Flanders, co-­owners of Studio D. Mitch is the artistic director of the Griffin Ballet Theatre, and Lori is the vice-­president of the GBT board. Lori is also the director of Studio D Productions. Working in theatre across the U.S. and touring Europe gave Lori a love for travel, and she has been a flight attendant with American Airlines for 24 years. Mitch and Lori have three children, Evan, Hayden, and Faith. Both Mitch and Lori have very impressive resumés in the performing arts. Mitch began his training with the Savannah Ballet under the direction of Bojan and Stephanie Spassoff, founding directors of The Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia. He also studied at the Atlanta Ballet and on scholarship at the School of American Ballet in New York City. After he graduated, he was invited to dance with the Eglevsky Ballet, where he danced leading roles in many Balanchine ballets, often as a partner of NYC Ballet’s principal dancer, Allegra Kent. Mitch then joined the Chicago City Ballet, where he was a frequent partner of Suzanne Farrell, New York City

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Ballet’s prima ballerina. Later, he was a principal dancer with the Los Angeles Ballet. As a guest artist, Mitch toured the U.S. with Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gelsey Kirkland, and he has performed in various European cultural centers, including Rome, Paris, Berlin, Geneva, and Vienna. He performed with the Metropolitan Opera for five years, sharing the stage with some of the world’s greatest singers, including Luciano Pavarotti and Plácido Domingo. Lori trained at Ballet Oklahoma, Ballet West, the American Ballet Theatre, and the Joffrey Ballet. She studied ballet at the University of Oklahoma and studied Dance, Musical Theatre, Entertainment Management, and Vocal Performance at Oklahoma City University. She worked on many productions with the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, the Music Theatre of Wichita, and the Crown Uptown Dinner Theatre. At New York City’s Gately Poole Studios, Lori studied the Meisner acting technique with specialist Jim Bonney for two years. She toured Europe with the show Diamonds. Sharing knowledge and love of dance is a key part of what Mitch and Lori do. In addition to teaching at Studio D for the past 19 years, Mitch taught at The New Jersey Ballet School and New Dance Studio in New York City. He served as ballet master for the Ballet Rotaru in Atlanta and the Georgia Ballet. He is the director of Festival Dance Camp at the University of Georgia. As artistic director of GBT, he has created and staged many full-­length ballets, including Coppélia, Peter Pan, Robin Hood, The Little Mermaid, Alice in Wonderland, The Armed Man, and, of course, the annual Nutcracker production. In recent years, GBT has expanded their company to include an apprentice company so that even the younger more serious dancers have added opportunity to learn and grow.

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Lori has been teaching ballet, tap, jazz, and musical theatre at Studio D for 19 years. Like Mitch, Lori enjoys sharing her talents with the local community and is also involved in the larger arts community. She helps both Griffin High School and Spalding High School with choreography for their musicals, has directed the Main Street Players summer youth productions for the past three years, and has performed in and choreographed a number of productions for Griffin’s Camelot Theatre Company. She is a state-­qualified judge for Georgia one-­ act plays, an honorary Georgia Thespian, and a Shuler Hensley judge for high school musical theatre. At the 2013 Junior Theatre Festival, Lori was one of eight educators from across the country chosen to participate in last summer’s Freddie G Broadway Experience in New York City. The Freddie G Experience allowed Lori and the other participants to learn from some of Broadway’s top producers, directors, choreographers, actors, and designers.

in Savannah; in fact, he was instrumental in helping bring the film industry to Georgia. Instead of hiring a babysitter, my parents would take us to the theatre with them. We were there almost every night—we’d do our homework there. When they needed children’s parts, they’d put us up on stage. When I was in high school, I was in West Side Story. Doris Martin of the Savannah Ballet was the choreographer. She showed interest in me and said that I picked up on the dancing pretty well. I had never even seen a ballet performed when I danced in Coppélia, my first ballet. At the time, I was a football player and had considered a career in football.

Although most GBT productions are presented in the Griffin Auditorium, much of the hard work takes place at Studio D on Hill Street. For 30 years, Studio D has been located in downtown Griffin’s historical Shuerman Opera House, which was built in 1870. Upstairs was Shuerman’s Theatre, which was used to present plays until 1894. The ground floor includes two large dance rooms; the second floor ballet room has an 18’ ceiling and a 35’ by 55’ floor space.

Studio D plans to continue providing training in dance and musical theatre. Our vision is to expand our musical theatre department. We are planning to perform a Broadway KIDS, a Broadway Jr., and a full musical each year. We plan to have one Cabaret performance a year in addition to our yearly recital. The Cabaret allows our students to perfect audition skills and perform selections from several different musicals at one time. Inspiring our students to give their best to become better performers is our ultimate goal. We try to set the example by giving them 200 percent whenever we are working with them.

Mitch and Lori are dedicated to keeping the performing arts thriving in our community. They were instrumental in re-­establishing the Griffin Area Arts Alliance 12 years ago and in the renovation of the Griffin Auditorium. Since its inception, GBT has offered three to four productions per year, including at least one outreach performance per year. GBT’s collaboration with professional ballet companies enhances the quality of their productions.

Here, Mitch and Lori share with Kitchen Drawer their inspiration and their thoughts on the arts in our comMunity. What inspired you to become involved in dance and the performing arts? Lori: I began dancing at the age of three in New Orleans at Miss Thelma’s School of Dance, and by age six, I was writing musicals and directing friends as we performed them in my garage in Houston, Texas. We would put on performances every weekend. I have loved dance and theatre all my life and never imagined wanting to do anything else.

Mitch: My parents were very involved in the Little

Theatre in Savannah—when they weren’t on stage, they were usually working backstage. My mom acted, sang, and played piano. My dad acted and worked in movies

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What are your plans for the future? GBT hopes to continue to grow and provide quality performances and training for the community. We hope to continue collaborative arts projects with other performing arts groups and to inspire young dancers for years to come.

What advice do you have for aspiring performers? Have fun! If you are planning on a career in performing arts, research and understand what is required to become a ballet dancer or musical theatre performer. The definition of musical theatre is singing, dancing, and acting. Many students don’t understand that all three components must be present to get accepted into a college for a degree in musical theatre or to work at a regional or Broadway theatre. You would never plan to go to college as an engineer and not take classes in math or science. Some students don’t want to put the time into the training, and this always ends up in disappointment when they come up against students who are well trained. Every summer, we see hundreds of “triple threat” students (who can sing, dance, and act) realize, as they work alongside Broadway professionals, how much more skill and drive it is going to take to make a living in musical theatre. We see ballet dancers coming back from summer intensives across the U.S. with the realization that they need flawless technique even to be considered for a job with a ballet company. Next, have a headshot and resumé with you at all times, and always research what you are auditioning for, be it a show, a summer intensive, or a college. The theatre community is small, and you will be judged on your talent and your reputation, so make sure you are organized and ( 7 7 0) 412 - 0 4 41


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have a good work ethic. Learn from other performers, as well as directors; watch what makes them special and investigate why they stand out. In an audition, you usually get only one to three minutes to make an impression, so use your time wisely and make careful choices with your audition songs and monologues. Take creative and emotional risks and learn to trust your abilities throughout the rehearsal and performance process. How have Griffin Ballet Theatre and Studio D impacted our community and vice versa? GBT has provided quality performances and huge outreach programs to the public and private schools in the community—over 4,500 children see a ballet or theatre performance each year. We now hear a fifth-­ grade boy leaving the theatre comparing his likes and dislikes to last year’s performance. These are the happiest days of our lives, as we believe every child should experience the arts. We believe ballet, theatre, and the arts play an important role in developing our youth into more responsible, confident, respectful, and tolerant human beings. The community has given us the gift of support, which has allowed us to continue to do what we love. We couldn’t exist without the support of the community. We’re very thankful—it’s been a blessing.

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Upcoming productions of the Griffin Ballet Theatre at the Griffin Auditorium are The Nutcracker (November 29 -­December 1); A Mother’s Tears, a collaboration with Griffin Choral Arts (March 28 and 29); and Peter Pan (May 3 and 4). Studio D Productions will present iCabaret: Musicals for Millennials at the Main Street Players Theatre on November 1 and Seussical Jr. at the Griffin Opera House February 28-­March 2. Studio D’s annual recital will be May 24 at the auditorium.

Studio D and the Griffin Ballet Theatre 111 North Hill Street, Griffin 770-­228-­1306 www.griffinballettheatre.org www.studiodschoolofdance.com

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KITCHEN Sisters Ida Mae, Dorothy, and Bobbie Biles grew up on a farm in southeastern Spalding County with their parents; their older sister, Elizabeth; and their brother, Joel. Now, more than 50 years later, the sisters live within a mile of each other and the site where that farmhouse once stood. The ladies, all good cooks, share with our readers some simple but delicious recipes that are sure to be a success at your holiday gatherings.

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Raising Country Music Failures

BY JAY SANDERS

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own a four-­wheel-­drive automobile. I live in a small Georgia town that has a prominent water tower. I can’t play an instrument or sing. By my estimation, that qualifies me to have a hit song on a modern country radio station. Be sure to keep an eye out for me the next time the fair comes to your town. I’ll be singing my hit, “Me and Linda Lou Having a Ball Under the Water Tower (Linda Lou is My Truck’s Name).” Catchy, huh? Success is king in our culture. That’s why we have so many famous singers who, well, can’t sing. It’s why every major athletic accomplishment is met with skepticism from a fan base that’s heard one too many stories about performance-­enhancing drugs. And it’s why parents spend thousands of dollars and even more hours so that their kids can learn from the best in whatever particular field it is in which they want them to succeed. For many parents, success is the destination. Character is the journey. And they want that journey to be as short as possible. My son took a test on Monday. It was over a book that he wanted to read. The book is way above his reading level, but he showed an interest in it. When he started to read it, my wife and I encouraged

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him and quizzed him along the way. He seemed to grasp all that was happening in the story. Then came the time to take the test. He got a 20. That’s a 20 out of 100. The less politically correct way to say that is that he failed. He got an F. In bold, red ink. It really tore him up. But I couldn’t have been more proud. My son tried something—something hard. And he failed. Hard. If we’re willing to do the work of parenting, instead of passing the job off to a coach, teacher, or pastor, we will see that moments like these provide opportunities to shape our kids into men and women of character. Today, trophies aren’t earned. They’re given. Just sign up for the team, try to look busy for the duration of the season, and get your trophy when it’s all over. Integrity doesn’t work that way. It can never be given. It can only be earned. Quite often the payment comes in the form of failure. Crushed expectations, bruised egos, and humbled spirits are the mounds of clay from which character and integrity are molded. So maybe we’re missing something in the mad dash to see our kids succeed. Maybe this pursuit of success is driven by our fear of

seeing our kids fail like we did. And, as is usually the case, our fearful reaction causes much more harm than good. Paul David Tripp calls failure a needed pathway to the destination of character. If he’s right, and I think that he is, then our pursuit of success is really just a part of an elaborate Ponzi scheme in which we give more and more in hopes of a big return. But like today’s modern country singer, our kids are left with a few of the side effects of success but none of the substance. The pursuit of success tells us to make our kids do hard things so that they can be the best. The pursuit of character tells us to make our kids do hard things so that they can fail. When success is the goal, failure is the enemy. When character is the goal, failure is an opportunity. My son knows that he failed, but he also knows that he is loved by two parents who are very proud of him. We’re not proud because of some grade. Grades are just a small part of the journey, sort of like trophies. We’re proud because with each failure and the determination to try again, we’re seeing the destination get closer and closer.

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DESPAIR IN ATLANTA BY TAYLOR GANTT

Another First-Round Fiasco

WITH THE BRAVES FALLING SHORT IN THE MONTH OF OCTOBER, WHAT CAN FANS TAKE AWAY FROM ANOTHER LOST SEASON?

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an Atlanta sports fan, one fact must be established: failure is a very familiar theme. Unlike other sports cities such as New York and Boston, Atlanta is not a town that can boast consistent athletic excellence. Sure, we have the hallowed Braves baseball teams from the 1990s, but even they could only cash in their success in a single year (1995) despite having many division-­winning seasons. Every season, fans can gaze across the Atlanta sports landscape and witness the continual shortcomings of the major sports franchises. Even in years when the Falcons, Braves, and Hawks guarantee themselves an opportunity to play in the playoffs, disappointment and an early exit are usually right around the corner. This past October showcased one more tragic chapter of Atlanta sports history as the Braves were knocked out of the first round of the MLB playoffs—simply another terrible end to another promising season. How did this talented, first-­place team fall so short of expectations?

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The Braves worked incredibly hard all season to maintain their hefty division lead and avoid the wild card play-­in game that ended their season last year. They finished their season with a sparkling record and the home-­field advantage in their first playoff series. Despite their seemingly easy ascension as division winners, there were definitely problems lying beneath the surface. Several of the Braves’ highest-­paid players underperformed the entire season, adding little to the overall team output. Dan Uggla, making $13 million per season, batted an abysmal .179 in 2013 and rarely posed a threat to opposing pitchers, striking out 171 times. Consider this truly cringe-­worthy statistic: every time that Uggla stepped to the plate cost the Atlanta Braves almost $25,000. His seasonal performance was so terrible that he was left off the postseason roster, despite being the team’s highest-­paid player. Another recent big-­money signing, B.J. Upton, didn’t provide the on-­ field impact that many expected of him. Upton barely outhit Uggla (.184 average) and looked incredibly lost at times when batting. Whether it was the pressure of playing with his younger brother or the large contract he signed during the off-­season, Upton looked out of sorts all season and eventually lost his starting spot in the outfield. To complicate matters further, the Braves lacked a truly successful veteran presence in the starting rotation. The top three pitchers for the Braves (Medlen, Minor, and Teherán) all have undeniable talent, but certainly their youth and significant

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As another hopeful baseball season goes by the wayside, what can Braves fans look for during the long wait for the 2014 season?

lack of playoff experience made it even harder for them to deal with the intense pressure of pitching in a playoff game. The leader of the pitching staff, Tim Hudson, was tragically lost midseason after breaking his ankle in a freak base-­running accident, taking away the only pitcher who could steady the younger arms. As the playoffs started, the Braves looked outclassed and overmatched through most of the series. Dodger ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw dominated the Braves in game one, putting Atlanta down 0-­1 in the best-­of-­ five series. Atlanta would then rally to tie the series at home on the back of a solid Mike Minor start. But as the teams flew out to Los Angeles for the next two games, the Dodgers swiftly ended any hopes for a return to Atlanta. Game three saw rookie pitcher Julio Teherán implode under pressure, giving up six runs and letting the game spiral into a blowout. The Braves played well in a must-­win game four, even holding a lead in the eighth inning. But tragically, a two-­run homer by Dodger Juan Uribe ended another season for the Atlanta Braves and began another

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off-­season full of questions. As another hopeful baseball season goes by the wayside, what can Braves fans look for during the long wait for the 2014 season? Certainly, the highly paid players who underperformed this season will be under heavy scrutiny this off-­ season. Tough decisions must be made as to whether the players in question should be given another season to prove themselves or if more profound change is necessary. Uggla’s rope is certainly much shorter than Upton’s, considering that Uggla has had multiple seasons to right his many wrongs. Considering the amount of money involved, finding a willing trading partner for these two players might prove difficult. Another tough decision the organization must make is to decide the future of Brian McCann, whose contract is currently expired. Even though he has contributed so much over the past years, the high price he will command will make the decision to bring him back incredibly weighty. Not much more can be said about the Braves’ latest postseason failure: they fell woefully short of the high expectations for them. The only course of action is to address the current weaknesses, reconfigure the roster accordingly, and hope for another chance at the postseason in 2014. Until then, the Braves and their city will once again dream of what could have been, an all-­too-­often occurrence for the long-­ suffering citizens of Atlanta, Georgia.

Stats from baseball-­reference.com

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Volume 5 Issue 6 Kitchen Drawer Illustrated  

November/December 2013 Issue of Kitchen Drawer Magazine based out of Griffin, GA

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