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BRAD EVANS bradevans11@gmail.com The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars. -Jack Kerouac This passage has lived with me and helped me justify who my friends are for about as long as I can remember. On the Road was one of the first books I ever read that wasn’t handed to me, and I carried it around and it changed my life. There is one friend I have, that makes me think of this passage, perhaps more than any other. I met him briefly after he’d stolen a car from Ocilla, GA, to make the drive down to Valdosta, where I was in school at the time. He was drunk, probably high on something, and without a doubt he was the smartest person I’d ever met, gently mixing the philosophical ponderings of Socrates with the backwoods lyrics of Charlie Pride, all in a deep southern accent that sounded like it couldn’t possibly belong to his brain. The only times he’s been out of Ocilla is for work and school. He’s been an apprentice millwright in Puerto Rico, a dock builder in Savannah, and a mobile home salesmen in Crestview, Florida. Though I have no doubt he could be a physics professor at MIT were it not for his glorious appetites, he does have a degree in History, and has followed with post graduate studies both in history and in Latin. He’s currently a third year law student for the second year running, and the law administration is trying to keep him from registering for spring. He recently sent me a poem about a girl, who he loved and lost last year. I don’t know that I’ve ever published a poem in the 11th hour, or that I’ve ever been sent one that I wanted to publish. But I thought this one was pretty amazing, and I thought it deserved a place here. I’m also printing the email that accompanied it which explains who the poem is about. Another character in the poem, Wesley Walters is someone else who deserves troves of books written about him. He has a legion of South Georgian’s who worship the ground he galloped on, and the more I learn about him, the more I think they are right to. EMAIL EXCERPT When I was about 25 I got Kimberly’s best friend Alison pregnant, but I refused to marry her. After our child was born in 1999 I tried desperately to get Alison to marry me, to love me again. It was too late. My heart was wrenched for years in regret and pain. Summer of 2009 Kimberly and I came into close and frequent contact. We soon fell in love. She was now pregnant. I knew she was struggling, wrestling with demons, but I was certain that I had the ability and strength of character to help her. I was certainly not going to make the same mistake I had made with her friend Alison. I was a fool for all the right reasons. We were married on December 31, 2009. 04 DECEMBER 17 - 30, 2014

I discovered her body in the bathroom early one Fall morning, 2012. I experienced years of regret and pain in one exquisitely heart-wrenching instant. We had been using drugs together for a couple of years. She didn’t make it. I was so affected by the loss of Kimberly that I fell in love with her mean and cruelly beautiful little sister. The outcome of that turn of heart has not been favorable. Not for anyone. This Fall little sister made it abundantly clear that our romance was a one-way street and I have finally begun to heal. The poem is about Kimberly and is as true as I can write. In the coolest crystal palace on the most exclusive moon I came to her, she met me there, then left us all too soon. In a single wide in Mystic, black plastic for a roof she bore herself with dignity, from insult held aloof. From a big old house in Gordon, whence her father left in shame she came forth her head held high, impervious to same. Where now will her soul abide, her shell the flames consume? In the coolest crystal palace on the most exclusive moon. A little girl in a little place, Dry Branch, true in words. She stalked and hoped to win it, the manic hummingbird. The wiliest cat ought hide its face, young huntress on the make. The hour but a minute, the time is hers to take. She creeps evermore so slowly, one mete longer than the last until her hand holds in it time, no present future past. She grasps the bird, and lo she wonders, hears its silent tune in the coolest crystal palace on the most exclusive moon. An older girl as yet untouched by hand of any man stood beautiful and poor and proud upon a gentry’s land. Her lovely head so darkness-fletched to beggar raven’s wing among her peers demure, reserved; inside her was the thing. When the Man storms up on horseback, a heaving spirit tide the others washed away, he asks, “Who with me will ride?” She raised her hand, he pulls her up, they gallop to their doom in the coolest crystal palace on the most exclusive moon. Her midnight mane it glows alight, luminous ether caught. Wings in time with the hummingbird, but furiously not. She rides, she flies, she plumbs the height, the very speed of thought. We are here, the ones left anchored, weeping on this spot. Somewhere yet they All are One, a timeless sidereal noon in the coolest crystal palace on the most exclusive moon.

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As the year winds down, I want to say that I’m yet again impressed by the changes that have occurred in Macon over the last twelve months. Yes, we’re a far cry away from getting it all right but I believe the train is headed in the right direction. I’ve lived in Macon for sixteen years now and I’m confident that when the clock strikes midnight and all the excitement of the new year comes rushing in, I’ll look back on 2014 with a smiling face. A friend recently said to me, “Don’t look forward to this next year like it’s going to be your best yet. Instead, think of it as a road trip with your family that you’ve been dreading but you have to go. Those always turn out awesome in the least expected ways.” So yeah, take that however you want. Have a great year and I hope you enjoy the last few days of December. There’s plenty of things happening around town to keep you entertained. The Historic Hay House will be hosting their annual Christmas Gala on Wednesday, December 17th from 7pm - 9pm. The event will allow guests the opportunity to see the house in full decoration, plus enjoy a variety of drinks and hors d’oeuvres and live music to get you in the holiday spirit. Tickets are $30. Call 478-742-8155. If you aren’t tired of the Christmas music that’s been playing in stores everywhere since before Thanksgiving, the Grand Opera House will be presenting a concert with Grammy-nominee John Berry on Friday, December 19th. Berry’s annual Christmas Tour is now in its 18th year and will feature signature takes on old classics, as well as plenty of the more than fifteen hits that Berry has charted during his career. Tickets are available by visiting TheGrandMacon.com. Rising blues-rock sensation Selwyn Birchwood takes over the Cox Capitol Theatre on Friday, December 19th as part of the Outlaw 100.9 “Blues, Brews, and BBQ” Series. He’ll be joined by John Nemeth, another notable player in the blues circuit. If you haven’t made it to any of the shows in this series, this is the time! A meal from Georgia Bob’s BBQ is included with your ticket price and the Theatre always has great specials on beverages. Tickets are available for $15. I’m probably most excited about celebrating an amazing year (and my upcoming birthday) at back-to-back shows on the 26th and 27th. You’ll likely have a bit of extra cash in hand from Christmas and what better way to spend it than on live music! TheBlueIndi-

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an.com has teamed up with the Hummingbird Stage & Taproom and the Cox Capitol Theatre to close out 2014 in style! On Friday, December 26th, The Hummingbird’s 3rd annual Holiday Extravaganza will bring Atlanta’s BABY BABY to Macon for the first time in more than a year. After touring with Run the Jewels, releasing a fulllength album, and playing countless festivals around the country, they’re ready for Macon. They’ll be joined by GOOD NIGHT ALIVE, a rapidly growing local indie-pop group who will be releasing their debut EP at the show. Thomas Young, a singer-songwriter from Macon will be making his debut at The Hummingbird to start the evening off. Admission is $5 for guests 21+ and $10 for guests 18-20. On Saturday, December 27th, a benefit concert for Historic Macon will take place at the Cox Capitol Theatre. Featuring ROADKILL GHOST CHOIR, T. HARDY MORRIS, and SUNDOLLARS, the event partners are proud to promote that 100% of profits from the show will be donated back to Historic Macon for use with their continued preservation efforts. ROADKILL GHOST CHOIR released Quiet Light in 2013 and then toured the country with Band of Horses and played festival slots at New York’s Governor’s Ball, Austin City Limits and Shaky Knees in Atlanta. This year, the band performed on the “Late Show with David Letterman” and released a full-length record, In Tongues, as well as touring around Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza. The band has been garnering praise far and wide, with acclaim fromRolling Stone,SPIN and Relix, and “Consequence of Sound” claiming the band is “combining the experimental edge of Radiohead and the dusty roots-rock of Tom Petty, tailor-made for arena-sized, prog-rock festivals and grassy, pastoral stages alike.” Hardy made his debut in Macon years ago with Dead Confederate and returned more recently for a solo show at Bragg Jam 2013. SUNDOLLARS are a longtime local favorite of mine and I’m thrilled to wind down the year with them. Tickets are $10.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door . As for New Year’s Eve, I’m hoping to split my time between the 6th annual Cherry Blossom Ball Drop in Downtown and Marriott Macon’s NYE Bash with Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds. Macon knows how to ring in the New Year like no other city and I look forward to seeing everyone out and about. Stay safe and stay happy!


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A Christmas Cabaret at Theatre Macon December 18 - December 21. Back for a third year, A Christmas Cabaret at Theatre Macon is already an annual favorite for the entire family! Many of your favorite Theatre Macon peformers sing and dance to holiday favorites! Accompanied by Jim Penndorf on Piano, David Lintz on Guitar, and Rob Sumowski on drums, this will certainly be a performance you don’t want to miss! Please note: A Christmas Cabaret is not included in Theatre Macon’s season, and so season tickets are not valid for this production. Tickets are $20. 478-746-9485

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Hawkins Frontier Christmas. Enjoy some warm mulled cider and sweet treats around one of the earliest known Christmas trees in the country at the site’s Blockhouse Replica. In 1805 Moravian Missionaries in Georgia created a simple cedar Christmas tree and those same Moravians served at Col. Benjamin Hawkins Creek Agency on the Flint River and at Fort Hawkins. The new log cabin Visitors Center will offer spectacular gift purchases of Native American art including western silver jewelry with many bear motifs. Free event every Saturday and Sunday thru December.

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Circles with Shel Silverstein Presented by College Hill Alliance at Coleman Hill 8:30 a.m. Join us #inthecorridor for a morning meditation of whimsy with Shel Silverstein poetry readings, author of “The Missing Piece” and inspiration behind the circle sculptures rolling down Coleman Hill. In the spirit of fun, enjoy doughnuts and coffee from Ocmulgee Traders. Free, but RSVP is reccommended. 285 Spring Street. Also Dec. 30.

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Frozen Movie Screening at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame The Georgia Sports Hall of Fame will be showing Frozen at 2pm and 6pm in our 205 seat theater. Get there early seating is first come first serve. Admission to the museum will be FREE all day and we will have hot chocolate, popcorn, and soda for sale. Don’t miss out on this family fun event! Presented by The Children’s Hospital at Navicent Health

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Haliegh’s Hope Continues: Representative Allen Peake and HB1 for 2015 Last year I surprised a lot of people with my stance on medicinal cannabis and how much I am in favor of its’ legalization. Much to the chagrin of my highly conservative friends, some of whom sometimes can’t see the forest for the trees, I am still steadfastly in favor of its’ passage as is my good friend State Representative Allen Peake. For the past year, Peak has worked tirelessly in an effort to get this measure passed in the Georgia State Legislature and on November 17th, pre-filed his new bill HB1, which upon passage allow the use of non-smoking cannabis to be used medicinally in the form of liquid, pill or injection while specifically eliminating recreational use. By now I’m sure you have all heard or seen the story of Haleigh Cox, a young child who suffers from severe seizures, who has had to move to Colorado with her mother Janea in order to get treatment, as medicinal cannabis is legal there. To say that Haleigh has improved is an understatement, as she has gone from hundreds of seizures per day to a few seizures per week. Janea and I have become very good friends since my original interview with her earlier this year, which I have reprinted below. James Russell Lowe once said, “The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinions.” Although several people in the community might disagree, I guess I’m neither foolish nor dead because I’ve certainly changed my opinion about the legalization of marijuana being used in Georgia for medicinal purposes. For years I’ve heard that medicinal marijuana helped ease pain for people suffering from glaucoma, cancer, AIDS and even for children who have autism but Conservative that I am, also thought that legalization somehow might lead to the fall of our moral nation as we know it. That all changed when I saw the story of four year old Haleigh Cox of Forsyth on WMAZ over the past couple weeks. I reached out and contacted Haleigh’s mother Janea to ask her a few questions about Haleigh and her treatment. Janea has been extremely busy with Haleigh and is currently in Atlanta getting treatment for her at Egleston Children’s Hospital. Has Haleigh had epilepsy since birth and has it gotten progressively worse? What types of treatment is she currently under? Haleigh started having seizures when she was 8 months old. They were small and unnoticeable, but still seizures. She started having infantile spasms, which is a very devastating diagnosis to hear. Infantile spasms are very dangerous seizures. If they go on uncontrolled they can continue to cause more damage to her brain. They have continued to get progressively worse. She started at 1 a month to now having 100+ a day. When Haleigh was first diagnosed the neurologist told us that our child would never walk or talk and her seizures would get worse till they could not be controlled by medicine. He told us she would live a 12 DECEMBER 17 - 30, 2014

horrible life. We have tried everything for Haleigh. We have tried Haleigh on 10 different anti epileptic drugs that have side effects of brain shrinkage, liver disease, and blindness-they failed. We have tried having her cord blood re-infused at Duke University, after keeping it when she was born-it failed. We have 2008 GOP Casttherapy of Characters tried hyperbaric oxygen in New Orleans, LA for 2 months- it failed. We have tried a special high fat low carb low protein diet called the ketogenic diet for 2 years- it failed. We have even gone to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis TN to have surgery to have a special device implanted that sets off a shock of electricity to the brain to try and change the chemistry of the brain- it failed. What has been the response of people since the story broke on WMAZ and then again with Representative Peake’s comments? I have had an overwhelming response from the 13WMAZ story. Most of the comments were positive. I wasn’t expecting as much support. Some comments wanted to pass recreational use and other comments were just people who were uneducated about medical Cannabis. When Representive Peake put his story on Facebook, I was shocked. I didn’t know he was against it from the start. My child changed his mind. That is the reason I wanted to get her story out. I wanted to educate people to what children are experiencing in Colorado, California, Oregon, and Maine. Why is it that children can get this life saving treatment in other states but my child is left to die? How would the Cannabis treatment be administered to Haleigh? Medical Cannabis is made into a special oil. It is high on CBD (Cannabidiol) and low in THC ( the chemical that makes you high and gives marijuana it’s addictive properties). Most kids can take it by mouth in a capsule form. Some kids have to take it through a tube in their stomachs because they are unable to eat anything by mouth, like Haleigh. What would you say to lawmakers or citizens who are steadfastly against legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes? CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE


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As a parent, I can’t imagine the horror and pain that parents like Janea and Brian Cox go through as they see their baby suffer over 100 times a day but what is even more unimaginable is a lawmaker who would presume to be so pious and heartless as to vote against a bill which could help alleviate some of the pain. Currently 18 states have

legalized some sort of medicinal use of marijuana, with only Washington and Colorado legalizing its’ use for recreation. Also, our neighbors to the south down in Florida are debating legalization in their legislature as well. For the record, I am in NO WAY advocating any legislation for Georgians that would allow marijuana use for anything besides medical treatment and I hope that all of our legislators will be like Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston, who, like local Representatives Allen Peake and Nikki Randall, is open to legalization for medical purposes. Now before all of you ‘real’ Republicans call for my head on a platter for daring to support this idea, the most Conservative of the Conservatives William F. Buckley was completely in favor of total legalization of marijuana. Here’s my question: Why do we have a double standard when it comes to marijuana? What I mean is that the last I heard smoking opium is illegal and has been since 1905 when Congress shut down all of the nations’ opium dens yet morphine is one of the most widely used opiate painkillers prescribed. What am I missing? Once again I urge all of you to contact your State Representatives and State Senators to get this important bill passed this time so people like Janea and Haleigh don’t have continue to be refugees from their own state.

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I would say that it is so unfair that I have to put my family through more financial strife by uprooting to California, Colorado or Oregon to legally treat my daughter. Do people know the side effects of the drugs my daughter is exposed to DAILY? Look up valium, Diastat (rectal valium), Versed, Phenobarbital. Anyone want to start their child on any of the above? Me neither. One kills the liver and subsequently the child. The other causes irreversible ocular damage -- blindness. All of these will stop her seizures 0 to 2%. The 3rd -marijuana with a high CBD to THC ratio - unlike most pharmaceuticals in the AED class MMJ has no life threatening side effects. What are you afraid of GA? Have you witnessed a child stoned on Versed, valium, Phenobarbital and the like? You know they give burn victims Versed because it so hampers the memory that they do not recall the trauma of debriefing a burn? I gave that memory killing stuff to my kid today -- legally -- up her nose. She cannot even WALK on 1/2 the legal drugs she is prescribed as deemed SAFE by our enlightened government.

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The Right Recipe Last week, I along with a throng of others attended the Leadership Macon Class of 2014’s ceremony that celebrated the opening of the Ingram-Pye Elementary School Playground and Garden Complex. All Leadership Macon classes are tasked with the development and implementation of a project that in some constructive way brings benefits and blessings to our community. This year’s class, of which I am proud to say that my daughter, Arielle, is a part, developed their project when it was discovered that the students at Ingram-Pye had absolutely no access to any playground equipment at all. In addition, they determined that the construction of a school and community garden adjacent to the playground would also significantly enhance the quality of life and the educational experience of the students. The Class of 2014 recognized that it could not effectuate all of this alone, and successfully solicited and secured partners in the endeavor that included the United Way of Central Georgia, the Macon-Bibb County School District, Mercer University and the Macon-Bibb County Government. A $30,000 grant from GE Capital was the key ingredient made the playground at Ingram-Pye happen. I’ve heard that GE Capital actually began its partnership with Bibb County schools at Burke Elementary in 2005. GE has also provided Ingram-Pye with the necessary financial support to create a mobile computer lab, replenish its library and enhance its accelerated reading and science & technology programs. As if all that isn’t enough, GE continues to provide volunteers to mentor students in math, reading and technology.

Students from Mercer University’s Tift School of Education also played a role in the development and construction of the playground. They have also spent numerous hours with Ingram-Pye students as student teachers, mentors and tutors. It was Perdue Farms, its Arthur W. Perdue Foundation and the Macon-Bibb Consolidated Government that provided the grant monies necessary to create the school and community garden. Lowes on Eisenhower Parkway also partnered with Leadership Macon and Macon Roots to supply materials at cost and volunteer labor that is still in the process of creating raised garden beds, drip irrigation systems, storage benches, solar lighting, and an outdoor classroom. In addition to the portion of the garden set aside for the students at Ingram-Pye that will engage them in year round in activities to promote gardening and healthy food choices, the garden will be also open to all community members who would like to cultivate a garden for themselves, their community or even for their own profit. All in all and in addition to the to inkind donations and volunteer hours, the Leadership Macon Class of 2014 raised some $60,000 in grant monies and contributions to this most worthy cause. But what ought to be most impressive to, and a model for all of us, is just how various businesses, groups and individuals of common vision and purpose actually came together in public private partnership, and pooled their resources in the recipe that made their vision real.

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WHAT KILLED THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT ON CAPITOL AVENUE? by JESSICA WALDEN

Between the matching flannel nightgowns my sister and I were wearing and the bundle of blankets thrown over us, there was so much static energy in the backseat of our mother’s car, you could see the blue zaps of electricity before you felt them. There we were with our noses pressed against the car windows with the Christmas music cranked and headlights off. Our car was now at a slow crawl, bumper-to-bumper with others who came to see the same thing. For four blocks, stakes were driven into yards and outlined with blinking, twinkling Christmas lights. Cut-out milk jugs and paper bags lined the streets as luminaries. House upon house glowed in the night with its icicle lights, rope lights, white lights, rainbow lights, shaped lights and hundreds upon hundreds of plastic lawn ornaments – the carolers, candy canes, angels, snowmen, gingerbread houses, candles, Rudolphs, Vixens, Blitzens, Donners and more, elves, Wise Men, baby Jesus and the rest of the Nativity, Looney Tunes, Mickeys and the Santas, black and white. For us, it wasn’t Christmas Eve until you visited Macon’s Capitol Avenue. On that one Holy Night, in the midst of holiday trappings and retail hyperactivity, all was put aside to visit – and to linger – in a place that by the late 1980s was being considered “the wrong part of town.” None of that mattered when you were cruising the street’s Christmas lights. We were all equal. We were all at peace. Call it tacky, over-the-top or kitsch, but the fact was evident by all of the visitors. The Christmas lights on Capitol Avenue brought Macon together, if only for that stretch of four neighborhood blocks. ----One of the easiest ways to get to Capitol Avenue is take Houston Avenue past Fincher’s Barbecue, turn left on Chatham Street and arrive head-on in what was once Christmas lights central. But first you must pass Pendleton Homes, a multitude of hand-painted ministry signs, neon fast-cash ads, rodent-gnawed furniture in front yards, people out of work, people hustling for a living, stray dogs, pitbull mixes on chains, boarded up houses and spray-painted phone numbers on ram-shackled boarding houses. But for one moment in Macon’s time, from the night after Thanksgiving to the night of December 25th, never mind the neighborhood decline. Capitol Avenue was Macon’s winter wonderland, where even unseasonable 70-degree December nights couldn’t damper the Christmas Spirit.

That spirit was led by four dedicated neighbors, cornerstones of Capitol Avenue – Joe Cornelius, Al Crooke, James Tidwell, Jr., and Ed Herron. Tidwell moved to the neighborhood in the 1970s. “It was an excellent neighborhood, then,” he described. “Just a good place to raise a family.” He said the lights, at first, were very traditional – he liked to put up strands around his windows and house, much like several of his neighbors at the time. But he said when Herron moved to the neighborhood that’s when things “went to the next level,” he said. Herron, now retired, arrived in Macon via Brown & Williamson. With him came an uncanny love for Christmas, brought on from a childhood growing up in Louisville, Kentucky. As a young boy, he stared wistfully at the elaborate window displays created by Sears & Roebuck and other downtown retailers during the holiday season. The moving animatronics particularly caught his eye. “It was just magical,” he recalled. “I began to live for Christmas. It became my hobby.” The year was 1982 when things got colorful on Capitol Avenue. Herron’s yard was so elaborately decorated that a neighbor asked if he could help do the same to hers. He had extra lights and decorations, so why not? Soon, it caused a chain reaction. Other neighbors wanted to participate in the merriment and Herron was there to help. “The furnished what they could afford,” he said. “And I helped with the rest.” Tidwell is quick to say that he furnished his own lights and displays. And it was Tidwell, Herron, Corne-

lius and Crooke that began the physical installation of the lights which now stretching throughout the street for four entire blocks. Stakes were driven into yards so lights could outline the street. Tidwell purchased a “Merry Christmas” light display that stretched across the street as cars entered the neighborhood on display. Herron’s house was one of the biggest spectacles of the Christmas light blitz. Not only was the outside of his home covered in all of the holiday bells and whistles, but its inside was decked to the hilt as well with his growing collection of animatronics. From a full-size singing choir to seven-feet tall Mr. and Mrs. Claus to an entire room dedicated to Looney Tunes and Disney moving and grooving Christmas characters, Herron was obsessed with the animated dolls and would buy out the entire stock at local discount retailers. “I would go in the stores and clean out everything they had. I would get a discount for buying it all at once, but I would still spend $10,000 at a time,” he said. And if they didn’t have them here, he’d travel. He once went all the way to Florida to buy a robotic Christmas Yosemite Sam. He eventually amassed 5,000 animatronics in his collection. Word was out that Capitol Avenue was the place to see the Christmas lights. For almost a decade, the participating neighbors went to work four months before opening night in preparation. Tidwell assumed the role of Santa Claus, spending the season in full costume waving to onlookers and passing out donated candy to all of the children. Herron had to take the furniture out of his modest house to make room for the moving decorations, which now stacked four shelves high. He opened his home to the public. Anyone could park their car and come through his living room to take a gander at his impressive collection. “I just wanted kids to have what I had in Louisville, Kentucky, when I stared at those windows. I wanted them to experience that sense of magic,” he reminisced. That magic created was now attracting busloads of gawkers, some even coming from Atlanta. Jake Fincher, whose family has owned Fincher’s Barbecue since 1935, recalls the busloads of people who would stop at their original location on Houston Avenue for dinner before touring Capitol Avenue’s lights. “People would come from all over,” Fincher said. “There would sometimes be 15 buses stopping by Fincher’s in one day before going to see the lights. Christmas was huge there.” CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE 11thHourOnline.com 23


CAPITOL AVENUE cont. Despite the high traffic and even higher power bills, Tidwell refused to take cash when offered by revelers. “I just believed if you didn’t do it from the heart, you shouldn’t do it all,” he said. He also admitted that the cash donations began to make it awkward among neighbors. But there was another Grinch of sorts working against them. Although there was peace and joy for just over a month a year, the rest of the calendar was being filled by crime. ---The final lights went out on Capitol Avenue about five years ago. That’s when Herron quit decorating his yard. “Things just got so bad,” he said, slightly shaking his head. His yard still has the remnants. A few strands of dangling lights here and there, a faded bow and the painted former stable that housed baby Jesus and company are markers of the holiday glory days gone by. Most of the yard ornaments that once adorned his front yard are also gone. “I like to say they were borrowed and someone just forgot to bring them back,” he said. “I can’t point too many fingers because I’ve still got to live in this neighborhood.” Crime is a clear reason. In a previous 11th Hour article on gang violence, Macon-Bibb Sheriff David Davis was quoted as saying, “Christmas lights have given away to blue lights,” as Capitol Avenue is considered a hotbed of gang activity. But when asked recently about the street, Sheriff Davis also factored in another reason things began to get “so bad” as Herron described. “I think the major influence was when many of the old-time residents either died or moved away,” Davis said. “The houses then became mostly rental with a lot of absentee landlords. Things deteriorated from there.” As a business owner, Fincher also said time just hasn’t been on the neighborhood’s side. “You really began to see things go downhill when some of the older churches moved, like Mabel White and Macedonia,” he said. Tidwell left the neighborhood in the late eighties. He said it was obvious that the area was in decline. He now lives in Lizella. Cornelius has since passed away. Crooke and Herron still live on the street and are some of the rare remaining owner-occupied residences. Herron also points to a small home that once belonged to a favorite neighbor. “She had one of those floating interest loans. Her payment got up to $1,000 a month and she could no longer afford it.” Herron is determined to stay in his home. He’s literally seen surrounding homes go up in flames due to angry drug dealers. But still, this is his home. Macon is where he found his place as the King of Christmas. 24 DECEMBER 17 - 30, 2014

“I’ve gotten used to it all – the crack heads, the drug dealers,” he said. “The neighborhood still loves me. I don’t know why.” Ultimately, Herron amassed close to $40,000 in credit card debt between his own Christmas collection and decorating the neighborhood. He mortgaged his house twice to pay it off. He still has his indoor moving collection, though he is hesitant to say where he keeps it all now. Herron dearly misses the days of bringing joy to his neighborhood – and all of the Macon. Christmas was his hobby-turned-calling. He made memories for many of us who once made Capitol Avenue a part of our Christmas rituals. Tidwell still shares fond memories of Capitol Avenue’s heyday. His favorite part of the display that still makes him smile is the large manger scene that proclaimed, “A King is Born.” “I just never dreamed it would get so big,” he reminisced. “I hate what happened to the neighborhood. I loved doing it so bad,” added Herron. “I wish I was young enough and still had the money. It was the best part of my life for 25 years.” STREET TO SUCCESS In the Spirit of Christmas, there is a new leader near Capitol Avenue who is working to bring something good to the now blighted neighborhood. Ray Rover is director of the local outreach Street to Success on Houston Avenue. In addition to hosting youth programs, such as weekly tutoring, technology access and basketball, the center also hosts a weekly “Scrambled Eggs for Jesus” breakfast for those in need. “Not living in Macon all of my life has left me out of a lot of changes she’s been through the last 30 years,” says Rover. “Speaking of Capitol Avenue, I remember coming up from Warner Robins to see the lights several days before Christmas. There would be a long line of cars turning to go the whole length. Even as an adult, I was taken with the wonder. Flash forward 30 years. I’m working in the neighborhood with the kids who have nothing, hoping for everything. Where 13 out of 20 homes are boarded up. Where a good lesson to be learned has so much evidence. Among the children walk every manner of evil – from abandoned houses to empty, overgrown lots. When those lights of amazement were replaced by the blinking blue lights of Sheriffs’ cars, we readied to take our last breath. At Street to Success, we believe there is a place for each one of us to right where we are called to be through hard work and study.” To get involved, visit their Facebook page at Facebook.com/Street-to-Success or call Ray Rover at 478.284.8463. Volunteers are needed for tutoring and preparing breakfast.


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Mike Cooley/Music Ambassadors Show 12/7/14 Cost: $35 at the door / by JR Olive Chances are, if you grew up playing in a band, had a friend who played in a band, or were ever invited to a party in high school, you’re familiar with the idea of the house show. Most often house shows are cheap or free shoulder-to-shoulder music performances in some guy’s living room or sweatbox garage. They also usually end with the cops showing up instead of the band actually finishing their set. That said, there’s definitely something intoxicating about being inches from a rock trio going full tilt or a singer/songwriter turning intricate stories into songs. The latter was the case with Mike Cooley’s Music Ambassadors: Macon show. For the last year and a half, a handful of volunteers led by Tim Regan-Porter (of Mercer’s Center for Collaborative Journalism) have taken the idea of the house show to a new place with a concert series called Music Ambassadors: Macon. The series brings nationally recognized artists to play intimate shows in historic homes in the College Hill neighborhood. On the first Saturday in December, the Music Ambassador folks booked Mike Cooley to play at 1483 Oglethorpe Street for a house show that was a completely new experience yet felt oh so familiar. Doors were advertised as opening at 6:30, but there was a line up the front porch steps of 1483 at 5:30. Fans were eager to get in, get a drink from the bar setup in the living room, and then figure out how the rest of the evening would play out. Questions like, “Can I smoke out here?” or “Can I bring a beer in?” were common as people tried to gauge just how comfortable they could get in someone else’s home. Cooley went on around 7:20 in a garage behind the main house. The space was one car wide, but long enough to accommodate 75 or so. In true house show fashion it was hot and nearly impossible not to rub shoulders with the guy next to you if you wanted to stand inside. Luckily, the garage had plenty of big windows and outdoor speakers which allowed overflow to stand outside and still enjoy the show. Cooley sat alone on a stool at one end with his custom Baxendale acoustic. Before starting his performance, he told the story of how Drive-By Truckers co-writer Patterson Hood had left their summer tour during a short break to play his Music Ambassadors gig in Macon back in June. Cooley said he had to see what all the fuss was about and

hadn’t been disappointed by his choice to play a Music Ambassadors gig. The first two songs began slowly and quietly with a crowd that was ready and waiting and another few who were just there to party. After those first two songs, Cooley addressed the crowd to say, “This isn’t a free show and people paid good money to be here, so take your conversations out in the yard.” This drew loud cheers from the diehards standing up front and sent a few fashion-forward females out to the yard. From then on it was nearly silent in the garage except for cheers of approval at the beginning and end of each tune. Cooley’s songs are an incredible blend of clever storytelling, gritty humor, a little frustration, and words of wisdom that seem to come from a place of real authenticity. It’s easy for singer/songwriter solo artists to fall into a pattern of only singing about depression, woe, and heart-ache which can be exhausting to listen to— Cooley couldn’t have been further from this cliche. The show was like listening to after-dinner stories from your funny uncle who never spares the details that make your mom blush. As the show came to a close, the crowd could’ve mobbed Cooley for photos and autographs. After all, there were only about 100 in the audience; the show itself took place in what is basically a tool shed. Instead, most chose to respect his space, which was a welcomed since many in the crowd left in cabs after paying hefty bar tabs. Like all home shows, Mike Cooley at 1483 Oglethorpe was not just a performance, but an entire experience. Cooley’s special brand of narrative song, strong fan base, and the fact that I had to go through someone’s living room and kitchen to watch a show in their garage made the whole evening something special. Something that’s not really happening anywhere else; nowhere but Macon, Georgia.This is your music scene Macon. Get dirty. Dig the field.


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