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THEATRE The Unchained Tour + MUSIC Veara Comes Home + SPORTS Ice Hockey + PEOPLE The Zombie Crawl + FUN Halloween Events All Over the CSRA | community driven news | October 13, 2010 3

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What A Difference A Community Makes

Here we are again – that was quick! Two weeks flew by really fast. Verge has accomplished a lot since our last issue. On the distribution end, verge can now be found on Fort Gordon at the PX, the Eisenhower Medical Center and several convenience stores. We are now in all area Publix stores, Earth Fare, McDonald’s and some Circle K stores. We have grown distribution in Aiken and Columbia County, making verge now easier for you to find and enjoy! I received a wonderful surprise this past week: a visit from a very dear and close friend that I have not seen in over four years. (It was great to see you, my friend, let’s not let it be another four years.) As we spent the afternoon walking downtown, talking about the rich history, the architecture and the current growth in our epicenter, I stepped out of the conversation to think about the other people that visit our downtown and wondered if they had a similar positive “takeaway” as my friend did. On that note, are you are participating in the A to Z of Broad Street contest we ran in the last issue of verge? It’s a great way to become more familiar with our downtown district – specifically Broad Street. You still have time to complete the entry form and submit it by the end of October for your chance to win dinner for two. If you need a copy of the cover (and contest form), you can find one at VERGELIVE.COM. There are lots of changes in downtown currently underway. If you have driven down Reynolds Street lately you may have seen the landscape change in a pretty dramatic way. Buildings have been torn down and lots are being cleared to make way for the new TEE Center and parking deck. Within a year, the entire area will be greatly improved and bustling with even more excitement and opportunity. We can’t wait! In this issue, we’re rolling out more editorial features. There is an “On Base” section highlighting events at Fort Gordon. We also begin “Ask Dr. Karp,” a monthly column on nutrition by Dr. William Karp. You can submit questions to him via email at: We will screen the questions and have the good doctor give his best and most educated advice. I recently became aware that many people (myself, included) are unaware of many of the laws and ordinances that govern day to day life in Richmond County. To help us all, I’ve decided to start an FYI section of Smatterings – and it is information only, not an interpretation. To see the ordinances in full, visit the City of Augusta’s website at AUGUSTAGA.GOV. The ordinances and laws are under the Law Department tab, Codes and Statutes. Today, we’ll look at the Noise Ordinance (you can find it under the Law Department tab: Charter and Laws of Local Application: Public Safety Title Three. Basically 3-6-2). The law basically states that, between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., our radios, phonographs or other similar devices are not to be “plainly audible” at a distance of fifty (50) feet from the building, structure or vehicle in which it is located. The law goes on to address personal behavior: “It shall be unlawful for any person to make, continue or cause to be made or continued or permit to be made, continued or caused any loud, unnecessary or unusual noise or any noise which either annoys, disturbs, injures or endangers the comfort, repose, health, peace or safety of others in Augusta-Richmond County.” This also goes for yelling and hooting. Let’s all keep that in mind. It is our continued wish and desire for you to become engaged and more involved with our community. Together we can make a community that we are all proud of! It does however take a lot of communication, patience, commitment and dedication to a vision. I have started to hear a common statement more and more over the past several months and that is: “we need to support our local economy and local business owners. They are the backbone of our community.” Bravo! See you downtown – supporting the local economy! – Matt

ON THE COVER Pumpkin Ballet by Leonard Zimmerman

We’re pretty sure Leonard Zimmerman (also known as “Porkchop”) is one of Augusta’s favorite artists. His robots simply make passersby smile - though much more simmers under the surface of those seemingly humorous icons. Zimmerman discovered art at an early age - distracting parishioners on Sunday mornings by drawing on church programs. His parents recognized his natural art ability and encouraged it by applying for his admission to John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School in Augusta, GA, and then to Savannah College of Art and Design. He graduated cum laude and began to pursue a career in graphic design. Today, Porkchop’s designs are popping up all over town since he’s joined forces with local design firm Wierhouse. But, it’s his art that keeps people coming back for more. Steven Uhles once said in the Augusta Chronicle, “[Zimmerman] is the rare artist who can work quite seriously in a whimsical way, and his painting combine pop-culture kitsch with hard emotion and extraordinary levels of skill and talent.” MAKEMYPORKCHOP.COM

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7 Urban Body Fitness 11 A Solution to Downtown Parking Issues 12 Ice Hockey Returns to Augusta Spinning studio reopens with new look and more classes

The Augusta Commission continues to review proposal

The Riverhawks prepare for their inaugural season

13 Make the Pledge to Be Unchained 16 It’s Halloween 23 Riff Rockers Clutch Come to Sky City 25 Fort Gordon: More Than A Base

A night of storytelling and music promote choosing local first

A visit to Nightmare Plantation and a look at the Zombie Walk

Joined by 2 Cents and Righteous Fool

Welcoming the community beyond the gates

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Film: The Curious Mister Catesby Spoken Word: Poetry Under the Stars Music: Veara in concert The Written Word: Homestyle Theatre: Rocky Horror Picture Show

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Urban Progress Get This: Our Favorite Things All Around Town The Pipeline of Upcoming Events Chow Bella Fresh Food Bites The Film Reel Ask Dr. Karp In Progress: The Emporium Sound Bites: Lokal Music Musings More Halloween Fun


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“I have built a city

from the books I’ve read.

There are thousands of books that go with me everywhere I go.” - PAT CONROY, NOVELIST

“One thing is sure. We have to do something. We have to do the best we know how at the moment. If it doesn’t turn out right, we can modify it as we go along.” - FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT | community driven news | October 13, 2010 5

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Urban Body Fitness Spinning to Success

Urban Body Fitness, a new fitness center at 1286 Broad Street featuring the acclaimed Spin Blast 800 program, opened its doors Sept. 27th and invited all of downtown to experience fitness on the cutting edge. In addition to the Spin Blast 800 program, the fitness center offers weekly boot camps, yoga, indoor cycling “buttz and gutz,” and crunch training. “I’m excited about us doing it downtown because I think we can really bring something to the area that people haven’t seen before,” said Lynn Horseman, gym instructor. “This is a whole new concept in fitness and we hope to get as many people involved as possible.” The center’s claim to fame, Spin Blast 800, is a new concept in fitness designed to burn 800 calories during a one hour workout. The lesson consists of interval workouts alternating between work on the indoor cycle and floor exercises including bosu balls, step benches and weight training. Horseman, who received her training certification from Johnny G Spinning and has been teaching throughout Augusta for 25 years, says the workout is perfect for all ages and activity levels. “Spinning is something my 75 year old father can do, but if a teenage athlete comes in here I can kick their butt on the machine also,” she said. “It provides a good workout for all skill levels and will whip you into shape really quickly.” For those desiring even more punishment, boot camps will be offered every Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. This program combines weight training with cycling and an outdoor run led by a team of skilled instructors for a workout

that will push any person to their limit. Other planned programs include entertaining themes or celebrity trainers on Friday evenings, and a once per month charity ride which will raise money for local nonprofit groups such as the Sheppard Community Blood Center. Each class can hold up to 24 students, and there are 10 different instructors to ensure each student gets the personal attention they deserve. Showers and lockers are also available. In all cases the first class is free, with future classes available for $10 per day, and no membership is required. Packages are also available for 30 days, 90 days, 12 months or for a set number of classes, with discounts for military, students and seniors. “It keeps you young and it keeps you healthy, and it also helps your mind to stay sharp when you get used to exercising regularly and taking the effort to stay in shape,” said trainer Rich Iannacone. “Some people take better care of their cars better than they do their own body, but through Urban Body Fitness we’re hoping to see a healthier downtown Augusta.” “If you don’t have your health you don’t have anything,” added Horseman. Urban Body Fitness is open Monday through Saturday with three to five classes offered at various times throughout the day. For a complete list of classes, call 706.364.7746 or visit THEURBANBODY.COM. article and photos by CHRISTOPHER SELMEK


DDA’s Revolving Loan Fund Spurs Downtown Development The Revolving Loan Fund is one of the more exciting programs funded by the Downtown Development Authority, which allows property owners to apply for loans of up to $250,000 for projects that will enhance or bring business to the downtown area. The loans are available for projects such as real estate acquisition, building rehabilitation, new construction and green space. As of September, four loans have already been applied for and approved by the Georgia Cities Foundation and the DDA hopes more are applied for and approved. “It’s definitely a good tool for the people who want to live and work downtown,” said Margaret Woodard, DDA executive director. “Each loan is evaluated based on its likelihood to have a positive economic impact on the community and is a good way to compliment bank loans, so this may spur growth and development where we live, work and play.” The interest rate for these loans is below marked rate and the repayment plan is normally 10 years, not to exceed 15. To apply, land developers need only approach the DDA and go through the process of projecting a budget and time frame, matching funds and getting an underwriting review. Several projects which have already been successfully financed through the DDA by means of this loan source include the renovation of the former J.B. White’s department store, the old

grocery store on Telfair (which now houses Quilt Shop on the Corner) and the historic Slusky Building. “If we could get more builders interested in these types of loans, it would only mean good things for our downtown,” said Woodard. The Revolving Loan Fund was one of the initial initiatives of the Georgia Cities Foundation, a nonprofit group under the Georgia Municipal Association. In the last eight years, the foundation has loaned almost 12 million dollars to fund 67 projects across the state. “Our mission is to assist cities in their efforts to revitalize and enhance downtown areas,” said Perry Hiott, GCF managing director. “Through these low-interest loans we can serve as a partner in funding capital projects. We don’t seek to be the primary benefactor in any project, but this is a good way to match the investments of banks and individual contributors.” Another loan program offered by the GCF, the Green Communities Fund, provides low-interest financing to businesses and property owners for energy efficient improvements to downtown properties. Through the use of both these programs, the GCF hopes to spur downtown development throughout the state. For more information, visit GEORGIACITIESFOUNDATION.ORG by CHRISTOPHER SELMEK | community driven news | October 13, 2010 7

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ALL AROUND TOWN Carl at 706.364.5253 for the specific meeting point and information on your watershed of choice. SAVANNAHRIVERKEEPER.ORG



Savannah Riverkeeper and Community Partners for Clean Waterways has organized a communitywide waterway cleanup on Saturday, October 23rd, from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will be working at several watersheds including: Betty’s Branch, Butler Creek, Euchee Creek, Horse Creek, Jones Creek, Lake Olmstead, Augusta Canal, Raes Creek, Reed Creek, Rocky Creek, Savannah River, and Spirit Creek. Or you may have a favorite stream that needs some maintenance. Volunteers will receive an official Rivers Alive T-shirt and picnic lunch to celebrate the morning’s labors. Contact Frank

Education and Deputy Director of The Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, Georgia, has been selected by the Georgia Art Education Association to receive the Georgia Art Education Association Distinguished Service within the Profession Award. This award recognizes an outstanding GAEA member for exemplary contributions, service and achievement at the state level. According to GAEA President Debi Davis, “This award recognizes a high level of professional accomplishment and service by a dedicated art educator. Mr. Tucker exemplifies the high quality of individuals involved in the field of art education today: leaders, teachers, students, and advocates who give their very best to the profession. We are proud to recognize David Tucker.” Just take a look at the Morris Museum’s calendar of educational events and you’ll get a glimpse of what Ms. Davis is talking about: THEMORRIS.ORG. Congratulations, Mr. Tucker.


Our Favorite Way to Start a Fall Saturday Morning


A mere month after the Ironman competition, Augusta will fill up again with athletes – this time competing in the 3rd annual Augusta Half Marathon on Sunday, October 24th. The little over 13 mile stretch encompasses a scenic tour of Augusta – starting downtown, winding around Lake Olmstead and wandering through the historic streets of Summerville. Registration is on Saturday, October 23rd and the half marathon gets started at 7 a.m. on Sunday. Not quite up for the long run? Two fun runs take place on Saturday: Medals for Miles Fun Run and the Spooky Stroll Run/Walk. Everything begins and ends at the Augusta Common. AUGUSTAHALF.ORG

neighborhoods and culture (Friday October 22nd and Saturday October 23rd). Through this outreach event, the organizers seek to increase awareness for Augusta’s irreplaceable resources and highlight what makes “this places matter,” not only to Augusta, but to the region. Attendees will hear guest speakers on neighborhood preservation issues, see works by internationally known African American sculptor Richard Hunt, and view many of Augusta’s African American historic resources while on a guided bus tour. A neighborhood picnic will be held on the lawn of Trinity CME Church on Eighth Street following the end of the bus tour on Saturday. Registration for the weekend is $25. Details: 706.724.0436 or HISTORICAUGUSTA.ORG


Freshly Brewed Coffee

In A Handthrown Mug

With a Good Book

Snuggled in a Comfy Chair

Locally Roasted by MoonBeams New Moon Café 1002 Broad St | $10.99 to $17.99

Jane Austen’s Emma by Penguin Classics The Book Tavern 1026 Broad St | $20

Local Pottery by Jerry Pruitt Art on Broad 1028 Broad St | $12 each

The Estate Collection Upholstered & Leather Chair and Ottoman Merry’s Trash & Treasures 1236 Broad St | $1695 (set)



Center won an Award of Merit from the American Institute of Architects in its 2010 Awards for Design Excellence competition. Designed by Heery International, the judges called the Cancer Center “one of the better buildings in Augusta” and recognized “the roof gardens as part of the healing experience.” The $31-million MCGHealth Cancer Center, located at 1411 Laney Walker Boulevard, opened its doors to patients in January 2010. The 57,000-square-foot facility was built on MCGHealth’s philosophy of Patient Family Centered Care. The two-story structure features abundant windows, elegant artwork and other modern amenities including a café, library and meditation retreat. The center houses a team of cancer specialists who take a holistic approach to care using the most advanced treatments in the region. MCG Health, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation operating the MCGHealth Medical Center, MCGHealth Children’s Medical Center and related outpatient facilities throughout the state. MCGHEALTH.ORG

medical illustration students and alumni collected 14 awards at the 65th annual meeting of the Association of Medical Illustrators in Portland, Ore. “I am very appreciative of the support our program and students receive from the MCG administration and the deans, faculty and staff of all five schools,” said Dr. Steve Harrison, chairman of the Department of Medical Illustration. “Over the years, our students have collaborated with faculty to develop communication projects for varying audiences ... It is through these collaborations that our students prosper in the profession and receive recognition and awards.” The Lifetime Achievement Award, the organization’s highest award, was given to MCG alumnus William B. Westwood of Westwood Medical Communications in Albany, N.Y. Student winners include Paul Kim for “Superficial Parotidectomy” and Douglas Walp for “Kidney Physiology: Reabsorption in the Proximal Tubule.” Professional winners include: Patrick Eckhold, Glen Hintz, Andy Rekito, Hardy Fowler, Paul Gross, Nobles Green II and Birck Cox.

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Commission Continues to Ponder Proposal to Enforce Parking Rules A PARKING PROLOGUE FROM THE EDITOR: Downtown Parking has become a four-letter word in Augusta these days. It seems to me that most of the grumblers simply don’t want to obey the laws – the ones we already have on the books. Well, I live on the busiest block of Broad Street, where the parking spaces are full most afternoons and evenings. From my balcony, I see business owners parking right in front of their store all day long. I see cars parked on the sidewalk, totally ignoring the curb. I see cars parked in front of the fire hydrant and on the center median. I see loading zones filled with cars all day. I see the same cars parked in the same spots day in and day out. I see flagrant abuse of the liberal parking system we have now. Every day. And I am one of the offenders. I need to change my own bad habits – not only because now I might get a ticket that I’m actually going to have to pay – but out of respect for the businesses that depend on those street-front spots and for the folks who patronize those businesses. The solution is simple: just park smart – park responsibly – park legally.

The Downtown Development Authority may soon have the means to enforce parking regulations throughout downtown through use of private contractors, if changes to the downtown parking ordinance go through as planned.

a parking spot doesn’t have turnover and the business owners lose $150 to $300 a day,” said Woodard. “According to our calculations, the city may be losing over three million dollars in sales tax revenue alone because potential customers can’t find a place to park.”

The Augusta County Commission approved the measure to make the DDA the downtown regulatory agency on Sept. 29th, however they requested a public information session about the new provisions on Oct. 5th. While the future of downtown parking is still somewhat uncertain, DDA executive director Margaret Woodard is hopeful that something eventually will be passed.

Current regulations stipulate two-hour parking only from 5th Street to 13th Street, and from Reynolds Street to Ellis Ave. However, these regulations are virtually unenforceable as they stand. A 2005 traffic study noted that as many as 40 percent of downtown shoppers ignored the two hour parking limit and that 212 cars were parked for over six hours. Many of those cars belonged to downtown employees.

“We feel like it’s our job to protect the commerce when

“Sheriff Ronald Strength told us that he didn’t want to spend time writing parking tickets downtown when that manpower can be better used to deal with real crimes,” said Woodard. “We looked into how to solve the problem and saw that the DDAs in Rome and Athens, Georgia, had hired their own employees to deal with parking, a trend which is actually occurring all over the United States, and we decided to model our procedure off of theirs.” In Rome, the downtown parking program is entirely selfsufficient. The Athens DDA generates over $1.6 million in parking fees each year. The DDA’s closer inspection of the parking ordnance comes as a result of mass public disapproval over installing parking meters downtown, as suggested by the DDA in December. A new ordnance would allow safety officers to dispatch parking tickets to violators and encourage traffic flow throughout the downtown area. “We aren’t changing any of the existing regulations, we’re just adding some teeth to it,” said Woodard. Whatever gets passed, Woodard said it will take effect only following three months of educational campaigns familiarizing downtown visitors and residents with the new regulations, including new signs and public safety attendants. In addition, a two week warning period will allow those used to parking in the twohour spaces to find appropriate alternatives. Woodard suggested that employees and visitors requiring parking for longer than two hours park south of Ellis Ave. Residential permits can be registered for with a modest fee at the DDA office. For more information, visit MYAUGUSTADOWNTOWN.COM

by CHRISTOPHER SELMEK Parking issues are not new: 28 years ago, artist Armand Fernandez proposed a solution to Germany’s parking problem in his sculpture Long Term Parking

Q&A with the DDA

The Skinny on the Proposed Parking Plan When will enforcement begin? Three months after commission approval, with a two week warning period.

Will current signage be replaced? Yes, plus new signs will be added and the stripes will be repainted. Will areas currently marked as loading zones be kept (and enforced) as loading zones? Yes, but unloading can occur only between the hours of 3 p.m. and 10 a.m. What are the hours designated for two-hour parking? 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be no ticketing at night or on weekends, though the DDA is considering an option to add enforcement on Saturdays. Is there designated parking for residents and employees? Residential zones will be established. The DDA will assist employees as needed to find affordable parking. For those impacted by the reduction of parking spaces available due to the construction of the TEE Center, where should they park? They can find parking on their own, such as through monthly permits that are available at the Mariott or the DDA can assist them as the need arises. Will businesses be able to obtain any kind of permit to avoid having employees move their cars every two hours? No. They can park in private lots that are safe and affordable, or in designated all day spots south of Greene St. Where will there be all day parking? Greene St., and west of 13th St. Will the “parking wells” continue to be all-day parking or will they have a two-hour limit? The two-hour limit will be enforced. What if I’m downtown for a three-hour concert at the amphitheater? Do I have to leave early to move my car? No, you can find three hour parking on a website ahead of time. However, most concerts occur during the evening or on Saturday when the two-hour limit is not being enforced. How many parking enforcement people does the DDA expect to hire? Five. How will the DDA fund the initial $300,000 needed for the first year of the project? Through third party financing. The project is expected to net $40,000 by the end of the year, which may be funneled into additional projects for area beautification. What sort of accountability will there be? There will be an annual audit of this program. Additionally, all tickets will be issued through a third party collection agency with nationwide access to DMV records. Currently parking tickets cannot be enforced because there is no traffic court; how will ticketing be enforced with the DDA? Through a mediation process and the superior court. Do you think enforcing parking tickets will deter people from coming downtown? No, it will create turnover of spaces and encourage folks to return downtown. | community driven news | October 13, 2010 11


This Ice Is No Longer Dry; Ice Hockey Returns To Augusta If you walk just to the left of the Bell Auditorium, you’ll see a small awning that’s always been there, but these days looks a little bit different. A fresh vinyl logo clings to the green fabric that is, until recently, the only clue that a new ice hockey team is in town. Riverhawks, the logo reads, in edged letters – letters as sharp as the blades returning to the ice in mid-October. Past the awning and the glass doors, the next thing that greets you is a smell familiar to most people; the peculiar odor of old concrete, permeated by chlorine and carefully cleaned locker rooms. It evokes memories of childhood swimming lessons at the YMCA or your first day in high school PE class. The smell of industrial strength athletics; far from offensive but certainly possessing a singular character. Competition. The team’s office has the appearance of carefully controlled chaos as the management is drawn inexorably closer to the beginning of their first season. The giant dry-erase board is immediately recognizable to anyone who has been in a military war-room or worked at a start-up company; plans and strategies for multiple operations are jammed into every open space on the stained, heavily used tablet. Which player is arriving on what day, who’s taking care of the billboard project, meetings, meetings and more meetings. Stacks of folders and files are neatly arranged on the boss’ desk. Gilles Richard is the general leading this charge. An imposing man, towering at over six feet tall with shoulders as broad as a Zamboni, his grey hair neatly groomed, one quickly gets the sense that this man has a firm grip on everything happening around him and the light in his eye tells you he’s got a hundred more things planned that couldn’t be squeezed onto the whiteboard. He whips into the room with an air of authority, but his native New Brunswick accent belies a pleasant attitude that his Canadian culture is known for: manners and good graces that could charm the socks off of any antebellum gentleman of the South. Introductions are made. His assistant, Ken Vezina, is a fellow Canadian from Winnipeg and immediately apparent as the man who gets things done. Both Ken and Gilles are veteran hockey managers, having worked together in Jacksonville for several


PRE-SEASON PREVIEW GAME Augusta Riverhawks vs. Fayetteville FireAntz WHERE James Brown Arena WHEN Saturday, October 16 at 7:30 PM WHY Your first chance to see Augusta’s new ice hockey team in action HOW MUCH $5

FIRST HOME GAME Augusta Riverhawks vs. Huntsville Havoc WHERE James Brown Arena WHEN Friday, October 22 at 7:30 PM WHY Cheer the local team onto victory! HOW MUCH $10 to $18


“The players are coming, the managers are leading, the arena is abuzz and the optimism here is infectious. The battle is about to begin.

Ice hockey is back in Augusta.

years. They know their way around a rink and the offices attached. There’s an elephant in the room, however. A question that had to be asked. What about the Augusta Lynx? What about our local ECHL-affiliated hockey team that unfortunately folded in 2008 after financial difficulties? The Riverhawks management has, no doubt, anticipated that question. “It boils down to financial flexibility,” Gilles answers. “This league [Southern Professional Hockey League] is the perfect fit for us. Plus, we have never been so excited in a building before,” he adds, speaking of the James Brown Arena. The new hockey team has, by all accounts, formed a very close relationship with Global Spectrum, the entertainment company which manages the Bell and the James Brown arena. “They really took a leap of faith with us, and have taken a very active role in our success,” says Ken Vezina. “With the combination of Global Spectrum and the SPHL, we’re going to be able to do it differently than the Lynx. We have a flexibility that allows us to play 28 home games, almost exclusively on the weekends,” Gilles explains. “We have six full months of a maxed out schedule already, and the nature of this model means a cheaper budget and much more affordable tickets for the fans.” When asked what will draw the fans of a distinctly Southern city to a uniquely Northern game, both managers just smile. “This is going to be an incredibly physical team,” replies Gilles. “The rink here is shorter than NHL arenas … there’s hardly any neutral zone at all (the area where the puck is initially dropped).” We walked to the rink and I saw immediately what he meant. As soon as the puck drops, there will be no room for fancy maneuvering. In fact, it will more likely resemble a football line of skirmish, except it will be on ice. One can almost hear the deafening clash of players, even in this rink which doesn’t yet have ice. Even though they likely see the rink on a daily basis, the excitement shared by Gilles and Ken is palpable as we step through the gate; both of their eyes light up like boxoffice lights. Gilles slowly wheels around, taking in the empty, silent stands. He can already hear the crowd, and for a moment, his well ordered mind goes back to a simpler time growing up in

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Gilles Richard, General Manager (L) and Ken Vezina assistant GM (R) on the yet unfinished rink at James Brown Arena

Canada, growing up with hockey. “Once you see a hockey game live … well … T.V. just doesn’t do it justice.” Ken jokingly grouses about the maple-leaf flag hanging next to Old Glory; it’s decidedly smaller. “We’ll have to talk to the arena about that,” he mutters. There’s still a lot of work to be done on all counts, in fact. The arena is working at a fever pitch, getting the rink ready for a 16th of October exhibition match with the Fayetteville Fireantz and their season starter on the 22nd with the Huntsville Havoc. The Zamboni, having been in mothballs for months, is getting detailed. Most of the team’s roster hasn’t even gotten to town yet by this story’s publication. They’re descending on Augusta from all over the world; as close as North Augusta and as far away as Russia. The majority of the team is primarily a US and Canadian mix. But everything is coming together. The players are coming, the managers are leading, the arena is abuzz and the optimism here is infectious. The battle is about to begin. Ice hockey is back in Augusta. article and photos by CLARK FOX


What do Storytelling and Music Have to Do with Books? Let me pose the answer as two questions: what was the first book? and who was the first author? High school history teachers will tell us that the first written book was the Epic of Gilgamesh (author unknown) or Homer’s Iliad. Some claim it is the hymns to the Pharoahs written by their scribes. But those who argue about these things agree that all contenders started with an oral tradition. The traveling bard, the Hebrew fathers, itinerant preachers, grandma’s stories on the porch – this is the imaginative pool which spawned the written word, the basis of our civilization. And this is why a painted schoolbus full of storytellers and bluegrass musicians promoting independent booksellers is travelling through small towns across the state of Georgia, coming to Augusta on Tuesday, October 26th. “Books and storytelling are both looking after the same things,” says David Hutchison. Hutchison’s store, The Book Tavern, is the local partner for The Unchained Tour. “This event is getting people to look at books as a way to reach out into other worlds.” He cites the book club phenomenon as evidence that people need more than what’s in a book to really read a book. It’s a communal activity, just as all sharing of stories is.

PLAN TO GO WHAT The Unchained Tour of Georgia WHERE Le Chat Noir WHEN Tuesday, October 26 7:30 PM WHY Sign the pledge to GO LOCAL HOW MUCH $15 (bring cash - there’s a $1.75 surcharge if you pay with plastic). Availalbe at The Book Tavern.

MEET & GREET Meet the entire Unchained crew before the show at The Book Tavern (Tuesday, October 26 from 5 PM to 6:30 PM)


Preserve Your Past for the Future Come tell your own story to a loved one, and have it recorded for posterity. The mission of StoryCorps is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives. We accomplish this by recording high-quality 40-minute interviews between friends or family, in which one person interviews the other. A trained Facilitator guides the interview, if necessary, and handles all the technical aspects of the recording. Interviews recorded are added to the StoryCorps Archive, housed at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, and excerpts from interviews may be considered for weekly broadcast on NPR’s Morning Edition. StoryCorps participants receive a broadcast-quality copy of their interview on CD. To help celebrate the human drive to tell stories, The Book Tavern will host a StoryCorps recording day on Monday, October 25, from 10-6. Space is limited, so contact David Hutchison at to make your appointment.


The Unchained Tour is a not-for-profit, 14-show travelling project that seeks to draw attention to the independent bookstore as a town’s cultural center. Four well-known storytelling artists – Dan Kennedy, Edgar Oliver, Juliet Hope Wayne, and Wanda Bullard – along with musicians Cary Ann Hearst/Michael Trent and Katy Rose Cox will regale listeners from the stage of Le Chat Noir on a Tuesday evening. Before the show, members of the group will spend the day in Augusta, and a film crew will capture footage for a documentary about the project. According to tour organizers, the show should be reminiscent of one of those rich autumn nights on a screened-in porch somewhere, when the warm Southern day has dissolved into cool and cicadas sing beneath the sounds of people sharing tall tales and songs. “A real component of civilization, and the great joy of these kinds of evenings, has been lost,” argues George Dawes Green, founder of both The Unchained Tour and the internationally-acclaimed storytelling organization, The Moth. The former project, while independent of the latter, takes a page from the same book by borrowing storytellers, who are well-known in the Moth network for “riveting, poignant, hilarious and contemplative” stories based on their own lives. “Storytelling,” muses Green, “should support independent booksellers because it always draws a large crowd.” In New York, The Moth boasts entrance lines that start curling down the street hours before the show actually begins. I’ve been to The Moth. It is remarkable to sit shoulder to shoulder with fellow audience members and to listen in absolute silence – not to music or to a speech, which is common – but just to someone’s skillfully-told story. We were all taken for a jaunty ride into the experiences of other people. We were enraptured easily for two hours. It’s a testament to the value that is beginning to be placed on spending slow time with a person and his or her narrative. Independent booksellers understand that value, and the beauty in spending extra time chatting about a good read, or recommending an author to a patron, or promoting the specific interests of his or her community. But, the fact is booksellers like this are a rare breed and the recent economic storms have hit them


hard. When Green, who is also a novelist, was on book tour with his most recent work, Ravens, he discovered just how much independent bookstores are hurting because of vendors like Borders and Barnes and Noble, as well as electronic reading devices like the Kindle. The worst enemy of these local bookstores, however, is the same enemy that battles books themselves daily: the Internet. “It [the Internet] is destroying people’s lives,” Green posits fiercely. “It’s taking away the deep satisfaction people used to get from sitting down and reading a book. But breaking the Internet addiction is hard. We want to hit a button to get over a hard paragraph (instead of reading).” The Internet, while it has its place, so easily hijacks our capacity to be culturally stimulated because it is convenient, and convenience has reigned as supreme virtue in our culture for decades. But, Green continues, “reading a book is not convenient; it’s an aesthetic experience. If you want convenience, put the book away and stare at a wall.” Books are challenging to us because, like people and communities, they require a commitment. “They are almost like lovers,” says Green. A book without a reader is inert. The moment the book is opened, however, it begins a give-and-take relationship, and it demands much of us. Yet relationships were never meant to be experienced in a vacuum; a community that wants to reach into other worlds through reading – art, music, science, learning of all kinds – not only makes reading richer, it breeds innovation, even revolution. Hutchison agrees. He quotes Steven Johnson, who wrote Where Good Ideas Come From, “Independent bookstores are the last authentic cultural centers.” Here, he says, great ideas lying dormant in people’s minds awaken when they meet the ideas of other people, and this primarily happens in physical space. Thus, the bookstore opens its doors to all kinds of community events, and the community gets smarter, more artistic. It values its traditions and its progress more. Says Green, “Bookselling is a very democratic profession. The critics don’t determine what’s going to be successful ... there are just people who buy books, and they buy books within their communities. This makes us (the book consumer) powerful.” People who buy books from their local sellers have a direct impact on the culture of their town. The upshot is that independent booksellers need an advocate. But if independent booksellers need an advocate, then so do books, relationships, communities--slow things. And who better to do the rallying than people perfecting the deeply human, historic art of storytelling? by CHARLOTTE OKIE | community driven news | October 13, 2010 13

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16 OCT

The Fair is Coming!

October 15 to 24 | Augusta Exchange Fairgrounds $2 to $6 at Gate | $17 Unlimited Ride Pass Once the standard of the carnival industry, traveling by railroad became a thing of the past with the advent of tractor-trailers and smooth highways. Strates Shows though continues to use this nostalgic method of travel – a brightly colored 61-car train that’s chugging up to Augusta on October 13th for the Georgia-Carolina State Fair which opens Friday, October 15th. Of course, the fair is much more than Ferris wheels, roller coasters and (my favorite) funnel cakes. Stroll through the Family Life Exhibits (from science demonstrations to 4-H Club creations), check out the Talent Competition, peruse the cattle and goats, and check out Wambold’s Circus Menagerie who boasts the only group of traveling kangaroos. Gates open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 5 p.m., Tuesday at 2 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. STRATES.COM | GEORGIACAROLINASTATEFAIR.COM

24 OCT

Take A Walk Through Water Sunday October 24 Augusta Canal | 3 PM

Join local civil engineer Tom Robertson on this unique “Waterworks and Working Water” walking tour exploring the Augusta Canal’s historic engineering structures. Look inside Augusta’s 1899-era water pumping station and related water supply structures and learn how the Canal feeds the city’s water. Explore the challenges and solutions of the 19th Century engineers whose basic design for Augusta’s water system still serves the city today. The walk begins at the Waterworks parking lot at the end of Goodrich Street. Cost is $2 per adult or $1 per child with an $8 maximum per family group. You can also catch the tour on Saturday, October 23rd at 10 a.m. AUGUSTACANAL.COM

30 OCT

Storyland Theatre: The Emperor’s New Clothes Saturday October 30 | Imperial Theatre 3 PM | $5

Storyland Theatre recreates childhood tales and fables, skillfully twisting them into toe-tapping, tickle-your-funnybone, top-notch theatre that’s just as entertaining for adults as it is for kids. The Emperor’s New Clothes starts their 2010-2011 Season with definite style (all the Emporer’s own). All active duty military personnel and their families are admitted free with military ID. KNOLOGY.NET/STORY

Chemistry in the Movies

Saturday October 16 | Ruth Science Patrick Center (USC-Aiken) 10 AM to 3 PM | Free They may not have won an Oscar, but the chemists behind the special effects in Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen created the biggest – most realistic – explosion caught on film. The science behind the end result was pure chemical reaction. And, now, you can learn more about it during National Chemistry Week, sponsored by the Savannah River Section of the American Chemical Society. The theme for this year’s National Chemistry Week is “Behind the Scenes with Chemistry”, celebrating the chemistry in movies, movie set design, makeup artistry, and common special effects. The activities that are planned will demonstrate concepts in chemistry which can explain the mystery behind the “magic” that is shown in films. Here’s where the drudgery of schoolwork takes on new meaning and applicability! This is hands-on learning, designed to engage children (and adults) in the various ways chemistry impacts our lives. If you’re at the Georgia-Carolina State Fair, head over to the science demonstrations held in the Family Life Center. Want more immersion? Head over to S.E.E.D. Day at the Ruth Patrick Science Center (USC-Aiken) on October 16th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Chock full of hands-on demonstrations (you can make your own slime). And it’s free. RPSEC.USCA.EDU/SEED

27 OCT

Tuesday’s Music Live: Oni Buchanan

Tuesday October 27 | St. Paul’s Church | Noon | Free (Lunch $10) Concert pianist Oni Buchanan exudes the poetry of traditional and contemporary composition in her solo concerts: ranging from Bach to Ravel, Prokofiev to women composers writing today. Her written work is also poetry, literally. Buchanan is an award-winning poet. Her second book of poetry, Spring, was selected by Mark Doty as a winner of the National Poetry Series, and also received the 2009 Massachusetts Book Award. Reservations: 706.722.3463 or TUESDAYSMUSICLIVE.COM

23 OCT

Augusta Choral Society: Back to the Future Saturday, Oct 23 | Sacred Heart | 7:30 PM | $15 to $30

Celebrate 60 years of the Augusta Choral Society by going Back to the Future – an evening of songs pulled from the past 60 years followed by a celebration reception. AUGUSTACHORALSOCIETY.ORG | community driven news | October 13, 2010 15


New Haunted House Evokes Southern Gothic Nightmares “We sweat laugh and scream here ‘cuz life is just a dream here. You know inside you feel right at home here. Welcome to my nightmare.” - ALICE COOPER This is my nightmare, welcome inside. Like Mr. Cooper also once sang: “I think you’re gonna like it.” It is a nightmare that involves everything a southern fall nightmare can. Spirits, history, mixed emotions, and darkness. Lots of darkness. As I ascend the hill on this dark, humid September eve, I notice the full moon above. For a brief second, I think I hear the sound of howling. Could Lon Chaney be nearby? Ah, the moon; it can play strange tricks on a person. A full moon, even stranger. With one turn, there it is, like a shining beacon in the darkness. The nearly century old plantation home that stands as the centerpiece of this nightmare. It is brimming with activity; patrons wander in and out – admiring the plantation’s charm. I wonder what other beings might be wandering about and what must they think about this intrusion into their normally somber turf. Then again, the spirits could be happy for the company. Located on the 21 plus acres of Mandalay Plantation in Grovetown, Nightmare Plantation is being promoted as “the area’s newest haunt.” Something tells me that the ghosts of the past beg to differ. The plantation’s current owners are said to have experienced paranormal activity on many occasions over the years. If the dead do indeed walk among us, it is almost a certainty that they would inhabit this plantation. “Cheryl [Carswell, owner of the plantation] has mentioned several encounters,” said Don Dyches, director of Nightmare Plantation. “When they [the Carswell family] first moved into the house all the clocks stopped at the same time. Me personally? I have been out on the property by myself and had every hair on my body stand up.” While unseen spirits of the past may pull pranks from time to time, the plantation is the home of one spirit in particular who likes to make her presence known from time to time. A spirit with a connection to a time when the property was owned by pharmacist and racing enthusiast John Dodge. “Years ago, John Dodge bought the property and built the house and a race track,” said Dyches. “There is a bag lady, an older lady in a brown coat that is carrying bags that walks the track.” Hearing Dyches recount the tale of the track walking apparition peaks my curiosity. Does the plantation’s bag lady simply enjoy regular leisurely strolls or is the old gal in search of money lost betting on the horses? While I may never know the answer to my own question, one thing is for sure, it is dark and spooky on the plantation. A perfect night to experience the likes of Nightmare Plantation. Maybe even the perfect night to forward my question to the bag lady herself. After taking a few shots of the plantation house and the close surrounding area (Later viewing of the photos would show light spots or spots known to some as “orbs”), it is finally time to experience the haunt attraction itself. Now history buffs, don’t get overly excited. At no time does the trek through Haunted Plantation veer through the actual plantation house itself. But, with its magnificent columns and classic lines, the house is every bit a part of the experience as the buildings used for the walk-through portion of Nightmare Plantation. Starting off in a “welcome center” building, guests are read a list of rules and regulations meant to make the virtual walk through your individual nightmare more pleasant, enjoyable, and safe. Not just for the visitor, but also for the ghosts and ghoulies that will make up the nightmare. “Safe for the ghosts and ghoulies?” I had heard that said “ghosts and ghoulies” were merely actors from downtown Augusta theatre Le Chat Noir but, with all the paranormal activity that has been reported over the years, my plan is to keep my eyes wide open and my hands to myself. Besides, once inside there’s enough light to keep one safe from things that go bump in the night ... um ... the dark. Just one problem with that – the stroll through Nightmare Plantation involves a walk through a graveyard and through the woods, both done under the cover of only the moon and the black of night. This is not your typical “old house in the ‘burbs turned into a haunted house” attraction. With its wide open dark field and rows of trees, Nightmare Plantation appears as how I imagine Sleepy Hollow did to Ichabod Crane as the Headless Horseman was fastly bearing down on him.

Plan Your Nightmare WHAT Nightmare Plantation WHERE The Country Club WHEN Thursday - Sunday through Halloween 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM BEST DAYS October 15th and 16th feature “Bloodfest Haunts Nightmare Plantation” with live bands at 9 PM TICKETS $18 to $28


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Following a clumsy walk through the attraction’s makeshift (or is it real?) cemetery, our group arrives at the next building – a long structure that may have at one time housed stables, livestock, or torture devices. On this dark night, the building plays host to a maze of hallways and rooms filled with dimly colored lights, beat up furniture, and a multitude of scary boogeymen that attempt to pipe into my every fear, into everything that always finds itself in what I consider to be my nightmares. Just as soon as I am able to convince myself that it is all merely a presentation, I am dumped out once again into the darkness of the plantation to make my way through the woods and back into the open field that has surrounded my vehicle since I arrived several hours earlier. After taking one final look back at the old plantation house, I fix my aim on the full moon. It will be my guide out of this nightmare and back into civilization. It is my ticket out of Nightmare Plantation. But first it appears that I will have one final obstacle before escaping the plantation. I roll down my car window and ask: “Ma’am, could you use a hand carrying those bags?” by JOHN “STONEY” CANNON


The Undead Claimed The Streets of Downtown on First Friday For 15 minutes on Friday, October 1st, zombies ruled the streets of downtown Augusta. The First Annual Zombie Walk Augusta flooded Broad Street with almost two hundred brains – hungry, moaning, shambling reanimated corpses who spent the next quarter hour making their way to the Augusta Common.


Encountering dozens of the undead sounds like a situation most First Friday attendees would avoid like the plague. On this night, though, those not utterly confused by what was happening to the Garden City were very pleased; laughing, taking pictures, and generally having a great time. For those unfamiliar with the concept of a Zombie Walk, it’s pretty simple. A group of people who share a common interest in the zombie lifestyle meet in a designated spot and make their way across town, entertaining the non-zombie hordes and having a good time in the process. Often, bars and restaurants run specials connected with the Zombie Walk. Zombie Walks began in Sacramento, California in 2001 but didn’t become the national event it is today until about 2003. Since then, Zombie Walks have spread to nearly every major city in North America, sometimes resulting in Zombie Bar Crawls, Zombie Proms, and even Zombie Beach Parties. Occasionally, Zombie Walks are organized for specific reasons, such as gathering cans of food for food banks or meeting at the Monroeville Mall in Pennsylvania where the classic George Romero zombie film Dawn of the Dead took place in the 1970s. The largest Zombie Walk on record boasted 8,000 people. Beyond that, there is no real purpose to a Zombie Walk but simply to have a good time. For the first annual Zombie Walk in Augusta, zombies met at Springfield Park on the corner of 12th and Reynolds. At 7:45 p.m., the undead began making their way to the Augusta Common via Broad Street, moaning and crying for brains. Many onlookers were perplexed, a few frightened, but most, entertained. At the same time, Halo Salon and Spa hosted their annual zombie fashion show and several bars sold zombie

themed drink specials. Zombies appeared in a myriad of attire – some meticulously outfitted, others choosing the spur-of-the-moment look. One zombie sported a gas mask; he admitted to having found in his car and appropriated for the event. Other zombies included cheerleaders, an acoustic guitarist missing an eye, Waldo from Where’s Waldo?, a skeleton dog, dancers, children, and even members of local rock band Augusta Wind. In addition, there were a few survivors armed with homemade weapons to fend off the encroaching armies of the walking dead. Franklin and Caitlin, two participating zombies, explained that like most of the other undead there, they heard about this event through the usual channels, Facebook and word-of-mouth. A tall man dressed to the nines with a white mask appeared to lead the shambling souls. Bryce Capps is a veteran of the regionally popular Raleigh Zombie Walk and brought the nasty fun to Georgia’s second largest city to see how it would do. He admitted, “I started it,” in Augusta. This night’s event was basically a “soft launch” to see how Augusta, the police, and the public would respond to the concept of a Zombie Walk. “What do you want?” Bryce yelled to the crowd before the walk began. “Brains!” The undead horde screamed back. “When do you want them?” Bryce asked. “Now!” was the answer. With that said, the zombies started walking. Want more? Check out Zombie Walk Augusta on Facebook. by DINO LULL photos by CLARK FOX

“What do you want? Brains!”

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CHOW BELLA: COOKING CLASS WITH MANUEL Exploring Fresh & Healthy Ways to Provide Low Protein Meals I walked outside today to 75 degrees of loveliness. It’s feeling a lot like fall, my favorite season. This is the time of year when I enjoy cooking most, not because I don’t enjoy sweltering kitchens in the midst of weather that feels like a boar’s underbelly, but I truly enjoy the warm goodness of a freshly cooked meal when there is a chill in the air. I do not pride myself as a great chef, but I do enjoy a well cooked meal. So, when I was given the chance recently to attend a cooking class taught by Manuel Verney-Carron of Manuel’s Bread Café in North Augusta, I was very keen. This specific class was even more interesting in that it was created to specifically address low protein dietary needs of individuals with PKU, in a farm to table approach. I honestly had never heard of PKU before this experience. PKU is short for Phenylketonuria and, simply put, is a condition in which one is born without the ability to properly break down phenylalanine, an amino acid found in milk, eggs, and other common foods. Hence why it is so important for these individuals to maintain a low protein diet. Manuel partnered with drug representative, Erica Stelten to create this event for families that struggle with this condition. The class began with all the families in attendance travelling a short walk from the café to Manuel’s well stocked garden. The children were eager to start the vegetable picking. Manuel showed us an assortment of vegetables and herbs like squash, peppers, thyme, lemongrass; all simple to grow for farm-to-table dishes. In his buttery french accent, Manuel expounded on the glory of basil, especially for pesto; as well as the ease that peppers grow in our humid subtropical climate. Once our baskets were full, we returned to the cooking space, to watch Manuel effortlessly craft all that we had just culled into a PKU friendly dinner. The menu consisted of vinaigrette, pesto, soup, pasta, and many other pleasing low protein options for those who have the dietary constraints of PKU, delicious even for those who do not.


It is refreshing to see local talent give their time and ability to such a worthy cause. I recommend participating in a class at Manuel’s Bread Café, and you can always catch lunch there when you can. They have an amazing menu, and I recently ate one of the best burgers in the CSRA there. I hope to experience more, very soon. Manuel’s Bread Café is located in Hammond’s Ferry at 505 Railroad Avenue, North Augusta, SC. The Café is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information on the next cooking class: 803.380.1323 or MANUELSBREADCAFE.COM article and photos by ELIZABETH BENSON

fresh food bites

Sloppy Joes for a Healthy Halloween October is the perfect month to launch my new column, a little something called “Fresh Food Bites,” with all those hungry werewolves and vampires running around. But, for we mere mortals, we have to settle on delights that are a little less “fleshy,” if you get my meaning. For some of us, that also means making healthy decisions when it comes to our food choices.

For a holiday like Halloween though, that can be tough. You have to figure out something quick and easy that will feed the kids, make them happy, and get them out the door in time to collect all that sugar! Well this issue I’d like to share a Halloween tradition courtesy of my wife’s childhood which we amended over the years to fit our daughter’s desire not to eat red meat, and eventually amended again to make healthier. Oddly enough, in the process of making our annual Halloween meal healthy, we feel that we’ve also made it better! So here goes!

Healthy Halloween Sloppy Joe’s 8 oz (1/2 can - the whole can is just TOO sloppy) of Sloppy Joe/Manwich/etc. One pound of ground turkey Whole wheat or white wheat hamburger buns Now just about everybody knows how to make Sloppy Joes. The directions are on the can for crying out loud! If you look hard enough there are a couple of brands that have versions that are lower in sugar, or salt, etc. but overall the difference is minor. As far as using an alternative to ground beef: one thing about using ground turkey, it doesn’t break down as fine as ground beef and actually makes for a chunkier Sloppy Joe! So once you get everything all cooked up and mixed up, break out some cool Halloween paper plates, put out some bread and butter pickles (there are a few good “No Sugar Added” brands if you are watching your sugar intake) and of course some big ol’ cheese doodles (hard pretzels for those looking for a bit healthier side snack) and chow down! This is also quick and easy for those just planning on staying in. Just make sure to take it easy on the cheese doodles. I don’t think they have a healthy alternative for those just yet! by JOHN “STONEY” CANNON John believes that anyone can learn to eat healthier - in small steps - taking one bite at a time.

from manuel’s cooking class: BUTTERNUT SQUASH, APPLE and GINGER SOUP Low in protein, high in flavor - 8 small servings


2 medium butternut squash: cut in half lengthwise and seeded 2 Granny Smith apples: peeled, cored and diced 1 tbsp. fresh ginger: peeled and grated 1 yellow onion: diced 1/4 tbsp. ground nutmeg salt and pepper to taste 1/2 cup butter 1 cup of vegetable stock

DIRECTIONS: 1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Combine apple, onion and ginger and fill squash cavity. 3. Top each squash half with 1/4 of the butter. 4. Place squash on sheet pan and bake for 30 to 45 minutes until squash flesh is soft. Let cool. 5. Scoop the squash mixture into a food processor with the motor running. 6. Gradually add vegetable stock until mixture is smooth. 7. Add nutmeg, ground ginger, salt and pepper to taste. 8. Return soup to stove to reheat. | community driven news | October 13, 2010 19


Spies, Ghosts, Horrors Hollywood has turned to comic books for a great deal of material lately, spawning films like Jonah Hex, The Losers and Kick-Ass. DC Comics takes Tinseltown hostage again on October 15th with a graphic novel adaptation whose stellar cast includes Hollywood heavyweights Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren and John Malkovich. The aforementioned actors play a team of retired black-ops CIA agents who reorganize themselves after the government turns on them for knowing too many secrets in RED. Willis – a frequent victim of type-casting in cop roles – shows his A-list co-stars how to mix action and comedy as retired agents who find they’re still “extremely dangerous.” Mary-Louise Parker (TV’s Weeds) co-stars along with Oscar-winning actors Richard Dreyfuss and Ernest Borgnine. Robert Schwentke (Flightplan, The Time Traveler’s Wife) directed the film, the premise of which originated from a graphic novel by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner.


It’s hard to believe someone could make a living out of publicizing their juvenile pranks, but that’s exactly how Johnny Knoxville and his buddies have risen to fame. Their MTV show and its two big-screen spin-offs have caused countless copy-cat youngsters to visit the emergency room, and now Jackass is celebrating ten years of dangerous antics and too many groin-shots to count with the cinematic trend du jour – a 3D feature. JACKASS 3D showcases asinine stunts performed by Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Wee-Man (Jason Acuna) and company for the sheer amusement of the teenage-boy crowd. Knoxville is nearing forty and was recently married, but he still manages to act like an overly hormonal, goofy eighth grader for cheap laughs. Helmed by veteran franchise director Jeff Tremaine, the film was once again produced with help from famed music video director Spike Jonze (his major films include Adaptation and Where the Wild Things Are). THE JACKASS SAGA CONTINUES

A limited opener finds Oscar-winner Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby, Boys Don’t Cry) playing Betty Anne Waters, a working mom and the younger sister of an accused killer (Sam Rockwell) who earned her GED and worked her way through law school over nearly two decades to try to prove her brother’s innocence. CONVICTION is based on a true story that began with a murder near Boston in 1980. Minnie Driver, Juliette Lewis and Melissa Leo also star. October 22nd brings the highly-anticipated sequel to last year’s sleeper hit about a young couple who experienced other-worldly phenomena in their home at night. A camera mounted in the couple’s bedroom recorded supernatural occurrences, including the presence of a demonic figure. PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2 opens in time for early Halloween thrill seekers, aiming to recreate the raw simplicity of its low-budget predecessor. The week’s other release comes from director Clint Eastwood with a script from Peter Morgan, the gifted screenwriter whose recent work includes Frost/Nixon, The Queen and The Last King of Scotland. Matt Damon and Bryce Dallas Howard (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) star in HEREAFTER. Damon’s character is a psychic medium with a special connection to the dead. He is reluctant to use his gift as he views it as a curse instead, but he uses his abilities nonetheless to touch the lives of a French journalist and a London schoolboy. Questions de FRANCE AND DAMON IN HEREAFTER about mortality set the tone in this thriller, which is a departure from Eastwood’s typically featured genres. Eastwood also worked with Damon in last year’s historical-political drama Invictus. The Halloween box office brings what is being advertised as the final chapter of a horror franchise seven films strong. SAW 3D is the last hurrah for the gory screamer series whose Halloween release tradition began in 2004 with deranged sadist Jigsaw. by MARIAH GARDNER, MOVIE GURU

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The Curious Mister Catesby

Many have heard of John James Audubon, the famous naturalist and artist, but a lesser-known man, Mark Catesby, preceded Audubon in the work of cataloging North American wildlife. A documentary, The Curious Mister Catesby, is elevating Catesby’s forgotten legacy however, and is showing all October at the Augusta Museum of History. In 1722, Catesby arrived in the Carolinas, which then included Georgia, and explored the area collecting specimens to send back to England. Although the specimens were desired, it was Catesby’s paintings that his supporters coveted, to the point that the explorer complained about how most of his time was spent illustrating. The illustrations, although not as accurate as the later Audubon’s, were elegant depictions of the species he encountered in what was then a near pristine landscape. Long before Audubon, Catesby depicted the Carolina Parakeet (he is also credited with discovering that birds migrate). “This is the only one of the parrot kind in Carolina: some of them breed in the country; but most of ‘em retire more south,” he wrote of the now extinct bird. After three years in Carolina, Catesby explored the Bahamas. He then returned to England and over a period of 20 years produced the first published account of North American flora and fauna, the two volume Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands. While Catesby’s contribution to science was great in his time, his work now provides a unique portrayal of the early colonies. In reading his descriptions of America then, one is impressed with how truly wild the land still was, how foreign it seemed, but also how inspiring. He wrote: “The inhabited parts of Carolina extend west from the sea about 60 Miles, and almost the whole length of the coast, being a level, low country. In these parts I continued the first year searching after, collecting and describing the animals and plants. I then went to the upper uninhabited parts of the country, and continued at and about Fort Moore, a small fortress on the banks of the river Savannah, which runs from thence a course of 300 miles down to the sea.” His description of a flood is a reminder of the


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Savannah River’s power, as are the crest marks at the Riverwalk: “on the Savannah River, about midway between the sea and mountains, the waters rose twenty-nine feet in less than forty hours. This proceeded only from what rain fell on the mountains, they at the fort having had none in that space of time.” Of the Native Americans he wrote extensively: “No people have stronger eyes, or see better in the night or day than Indians, though in their houses they live in perpetual smoke; their beards are naturally very thin of hair, which they are continually plucking away by the roots; they never pare their nails, but laugh at the Europeans for paring theirs, which they say disarms them of that which nature designed them for; they have generally good teeth and a sweet breath.” Catesby’s folio even describes several types of native foods and their benefits, including kidney beans, which he wrote “are of great use for feeding Negroes, being a strong hearty food.” Catesby’s passion for his work is often present in the descriptions that accompany his illustrations. Describing the “Fishing Hawk,” he wrote: “Their manner of fishing is (after hovering a while over the water) to precipitate into it with prodigious swiftness; where it remains for some minutes, and seldom rises without a fish: which the Bald Eagle (which is generally on the watch) no sooner spies, but at him furiously he flies: the hawk mounts, screaming out, but the eagle always soars above him, and compels the hawk to let it fall; which the eagle feldom fails of catching, before it reaches the water. It is remarkable, that whenever the hawk catches a fish, he calls, as if it were, for the eagle; who always obeys the call, if within hearing.” If you are still curious, The Curious Mister Catesby will show at the Augusta History Museum all October (admission to the film is free). AUGUSTAMUSEUM.ORG For the especially enthusiastic, an electronic version of Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands can be found online: etext/home.htm by PM ROGERS illustration by MARK CATESBY

“The starry night is almost like another performer.” - CURTIS ADAMS, DFA TEACHER

After months of record heat and humidity, there’s a welcome chill in the air. And on October 29th, Augustans (brains too long befuddled by the sun) may be ready to spread a blanket on the ground, pull a sweater tighter, break out a picnic supper, and listen to the writing, music, and spoken word performances of Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School’s “Words Under the Stars.” Since 2007, “Words Under the Stars” has been a perennial crowd-pleaser. One of the most informal of the school’s offerings, the evening’s entertainment is also one of its most intimate – perhaps strange for an event taking place under the infinite sky. “’Words Under the Stars’ is a very special evening,” says faculty sponsor and Davidson English teacher Nancy Sladky. “There’s just something really compelling about the venue. Instead of an auditorium, you’ve got the whole world as your stage. It really tends to bring out the best in our writers and performers.” Those performers will include members of the Davidson Writer’s Workshop classes, who will perform their original poetry, fiction, and memoir, as well as students from the school’s Improv Troupe and various musical acts. Previous years have featured a solo saxophone piece and selected guitar and other string performances, while the writing has ranged from humorous group pieces to more serious prose. Robert Slaughter, a senior at Davidson, is about to enjoy his first – and last – performance at the event, where he will read his poetry. “I’m nervous, but I’ve attended in previous years and I’ve seen how the atmosphere just opens people up. I’m looking forward to it,” he says. “It’s good experience,” junior Katie Baker adds. “Writing something alone in your room is one thing, but performing it for your peers, their families, and the public is a whole new thing.” The audience is encouraged to bring blankets and picnic fare, although refreshments will also be available for those who wish to be more spontaneous. If it rains, the event will be rescheduled, not taken indoors. “The starry night is almost like another performer,” says Curtis Adams, Davidson English teacher. “It just wouldn’t be the same without the night sky and those stars.” Kaylee Key, a junior at Davidson, is excited to represent the school’s Improv Troupe for its first appearance at “Words Under the Stars”: “We’re used to looking up and seeing the grid of lights above the stage, so it will be really different for us. The courtyard is the best of both worlds—we’ll have all the technological advantages of microphones and speakers, but you might actually hear a train whistle in the background, too.” Admission is $3 at the door and the public is welcome to attend. “Bring a blanket or lawn chairs,” Ms. Sladky advises. “And your spirit of adventure,” Mr. Adams adds. by ABBY SPASSER art VAN GOGH’S STARRY NIGHT OVER THE RHONE | community driven news | October 13, 2010 21

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Twenty Years of Pure Rock and Roll Comes to Augusta Hard rock veterans Clutch will make their Augusta debut on October 25th at Sky City in what guitarist Tim Sult promises will be an “awesome show in the perfect venue.” Clutch — Sult, vocalist/guitarist Neil Fallon, drummer Jean-Paul Gaster and bassist Dan Maines — have been pounding volume into live audiences for close to 20 years, creating rock and roll that falls under different categorizations while defying them all. Having built their loyal following during the days of vinyl and thriving major labels, they now record on their own imprint and continue to make loud but remarkably melodic, unique albums. Expect the unexpected when Clutch takes the stage, says Sult. “We might play the entire second album [Clutch, 1995], but probably not, or all new stuff. We switch the set every night, so you never know what you’re going to get.” VERGE: In the 20 years that you have been together, what has changed and what has stayed the same? SULT: For the band, not too much. We have the luxury of riding in a tour bus, whereas obviously before this we would drive ourselves in a van, but otherwise the process is very similar, and the songwriting process has always been the same. VERGE: When you look at all of your albums, do you consider some of them milestones in the band’s career? SULT: I guess our second album had quite a bit of impact on people. It’s still our best-selling album. For me, the newest album is always a milestone. But with the second album we found our sound and went into a more experimental direction. I don’t know if it continues to be the best selling. We put it out in 1995, before downloading, and that’s a big part of it. Our shows are a lot bigger these days, so obviously the music is getting out there and that’s the most important thing. VERGE: How have you grown as individuals and musicians over two decades? SULT: We’ve grown a little as people. We have families. That’s a very deep question. Honestly, I don’t see a huge difference in myself from 1991 to who I am now. I still want to play shows and I want the band to be successful. I want us to play for as many people as possible. In the past couple of years we’ve been able to make a living at it. VERGE: Your music is described as stoner rock, metal, sometimes as having some punk elements, sometimes hardcore elements. Are any of these accurate? SULT: I’m comfortable with riff rock. Stoner rock or riff rock — both are good. I had never heard the term “stoner rock” until we toured Europe in the 1990s. It always had to do with bands like Kyuss and Fu Manchu, and I’m just fine with that because I like those bands. VERGE: So many bands don’t make it past the first or second year. Have there been times over the years when Clutch was close to calling it a day? SULT: Not really. We always had the determination to keep playing music because we never suffered too many setbacks. We were progressing in baby steps and we never had to take steps back and re-examine our lives. We were always moving forward. That’s a positive thing and it kept us positive. VERGE: How do you continue challenging each other? SULT: We’re always listening to different kinds of music, and that sinks into the songwriting process, but to me the process has not changed from the first album to the last. I guess people see the progression and the fact that a lot of our songs from album to album sound kind of different. But I think that has to do with the production. VERGE: This business has changed so much. What’s been good and bad in your eyes? SULT: My point of view is that everything has been good with the music industry going down. Obviously, I think it’s great. It’s all their fault; they ruined it for themselves. The good part is that the only bands out there are the ones that want to do it on their

“It’s not rocket science; it’s just rock and roll.” - TIM SULT, CLUTCH

own. Back in the day, everybody got signed and they all got tour support and thought they were going to be rock stars. That’s why they only lasted one or two albums — because they weren’t dedicated to it. They were dedicated to signing a record deal and being rock stars, not to the music, so that weeded out a lot of fake bands. At the same time, we’ve been around a long time. We were on a couple of major labels and we had distribution early on. Bad or good, it’s distribution nonetheless that you don’t get when you’re not on a major. I’m glad the labels are going down. They are feeding the public generic bands. They’re trying to make generic copycat bands that end up sounding like nothing. Real musicians and real music fans have no interest in it. It’s an American Idol style in the rock format and that is not what rock fans want to hear. They alienated people who are really into music, as opposed to consumers who are just into one song. VERGE: What led you to launch your imprint? SULT: Back in the late ’90s we put out a couple of releases on our own that we only sold at shows and on the Internet. We put them out on River Road Records, but we never tried to find distribution. That was our first foray into doing our own label. We were on another label and it was time. We released three albums on DRT and it was getting worse and worse, so we decided to hire the guy who brought us to Atlantic and who also worked at DRT and get him to manage our label and put out everything on our own. We’ve been doing it for two years with several releases and a couple of reissues of the old DRT stuff. It has been the greatest thing of all time, but it’s not the easiest thing for a new band. It is not 100 percent doable for younger bands. I really am glad we’re not starting out now.

ones. But I always have an SG or a Les Paul and Marshall amps. I got a Gibson in the 1980s and I like the natural tone, that woody tone is what I call it. I’m not a processed tone kind of guy. VERGE: What is important for you to do as a guitarist when you’re playing behind Neil, who is such a powerful vocalist? SULT: I think a lot of it is him placing the vocals around the riffs as opposed to us playing around the vocals. Most of the time the music exists before the vocals and he phrases around the rest, so it’s all on him. “Mice & Gods” was music that I put around his voice. I tried to fill in the spots where he wasn’t singing and cut through with riffs where there were no vocals. It’s not rocket science; it’s just rock and roll. VERGE: How would you define your playing as the guitarist for Clutch? SULT: I would say that my playing got more rock oriented instead of heavy-chord oriented around early 2000. The Elephant Riders [1998] and Jam Room [1999] had rock influences totally in there. I don’t know that my playing has changed much. My solos are a bit more focused, but I’m still doing the heavy riffing and just trying to make something heavy out of the meat-andpotatoes riffs. by ALISON RICHTER

Plan to Go

VERGE: You work a lot of your new songs live prior to recording them. How do you keep that energy and spontaneity in the studio? SULT: I definitely like having the luxury of being able to tour and play the new songs. Fifty percent of the time that’s what happens, but hopefully we’ll be able to do more with the next album. Playing the songs makes us so much more confident when we record them because we’ve had time to practice them. A lot of songs on the albums were written before we went into the studio, or while we were in the studio, and by the time we played them live, they had grown and turned into something different.

WHO Clutch + 2 Cents + Righteous Fool WHERE Sky City WHEN Monday, October 25 at 9 pm TICKETS $19 to $22 ETIX.COM

VERGE: Is your gear the same live and in the studio?


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Local Group Comes Home to Sector

October 17th marks a homecoming of sorts for self-described “pop-punk” band Veara. Although the members — Bradley Wyrosdick - lead vocals/ guitar, Patrick Bambrick - guitar/vocals, Bryan Kerr - bass/vocals and Brittany Harrell – drums — are from Augusta, their touring schedule is so labor-intensive that they spend little time at home and almost every day on the road. On October 25th, they leave for Europe — their first time overseas — to tour with Sum 41, the Riverboat Gamblers and the Black Pacific. Veara released their Running Man Records/Epitaph Records debut, What We Left Behind, in May. Since then, they’ve been on the road nonstop. Verge caught up with Brittany Harrell while the band was driving through Arizona to yet another gig. VERGE: It’s been seven years since you put Veara together. What has changed and what has stayed the same? MOORS: It has gone by really fast. The original members are Patrick, Bryan and me. We formed the band with different singers and guitarists, and now we have Brad playing guitar and singing. He joined us three years ago. Other than that, everything is the same: it’s about four people with the drive to do this and make it happen, playing the kind of music they like. VERGE: Was it hard to find people who shared that drive? MOORS: The three of us always had it, but you think you’ve found someone, everything is great and then they drop out. They decide that they don’t want to be in a band, and you think, Why did you join in the first place? Friends who play will join and then the next thing you know, they’re not with it. It can be really tough. We knew Brad through other bands, and he sings and plays guitar, so that was great, finding someone who could do both. It helps to know people, but I’d say there’s also luck involved in finding the right one. VERGE: What makes Bryan right for you as the other half of the rhythm section? MOORS: We’ve been together since my freshman year of high school. We met in band class, so we’ve had years to lock into each other. A lot of it comes from clicking right away and some of it comes from playing together for a while. We’ve definitely had our share of practices and shows to make it happen.


VERGE: What were the odds of making it for a band from Augusta MOORS: Honestly, I’m not sure. A lot of it is luck and a lot of it is hard work, and hard work is what we’ve been doing from the start. We never stopped touring and trying to get our name out there. I think it’s a combination of knowing the right people, being in the right place at the right time, and showing them that we work hard. by ALISON RICHTER

WHO Veara + Rufio + Before Their Eyes + Close to Home WHERE Sector 7G WHEN Sunday, October 17 , 6 PM HOW MUCH $12 KAPIRO.COM


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Oktoberfest, The Soldier Show, Wine Fest, Riding There is a lot more to Fort Gordon than meets the eye. Sure, the United States Army military base, once known as Camp Gordon, houses and trains soldiers. The Fort encompasses a huge area in West Augusta. These things are obvious. What many civilians don’t know is that Fort Gordon hosts several events every month that are often open to the public.


OKTOBERFEST | October 15 thru 17 Free and open to the public, Fort Gordon’s Oktoberfest begins at 5 p.m. on Friday, October 15th, at Barton Field with the kegtapping ceremony at 6:45 p.m. Terry Cavanagh and the Alpine Express will provide live music throughout the night as folks pile in from a long day at work and wind down in the best fashion possible: with music and beer. The festival continues into Saturday (from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.) and Sunday (noon to 8 p.m.) with a smorgasbord of events. There are craft vendors, a bike-car-truck show, delicious German food (of course), and a carnival for the kids. If the beer and food that has made Oktoberfest legendary across the globe doesn’t entice people just based on the reputation of the event, there is still plenty to do for the whole family, including the kids and the music lover in all of us.

THE SOLDIER SHOW | October 23 and 24

normal for the cast and crew as they prepare for the show.

The 2010 Soldier Show is another free event where the public is encouraged to attend. One of Fort Gordon’s own, PFC Andrew Clouse, will be performing in this year’s show.

Once on the road, Soldiers work an average 14-hour day, seven days a week for six-and-a-half months. Totally self-contained, the cast and crew offload, load, set-up, and dismantle 18 tons of equipment at each stop on the tour, including four miles of cable and 100 theatrical lights. During the tour, they will handle more than a million pounds of electrical, sound, stage and lighting gear. Some Soldiers have described it as their toughest duty outside of combat. The Soldier Show is not funded with taxpayer dollars, but with non-appropriated funds generated from business programs of Morale, Welfare and Recreation and with generous corporate sponsorship (if you were wondering).

For 27 years, the modern version of the Soldier Show has entertained troops and civilians across the world. Originally the brainchild of Irving Berlin (who started the Soldier Show concept in 1918 on Broadway), the show demonstrates the more artistic side of the military – including dance, musical, and performance skills from some of the best active duty soldiers in the United States Army. It’s definitely a modern age – this year’s show opens with Disturbed’s heavy metal anthem “Indestructible,” which was written to inspire soldiers headed for battle.

The show will take place in Alexander Hall on Chamberlain Avenue on Saturday, October 23 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, October 24 at 6 p.m.

FALL WINE FEST | October 30 For a more upscale night on the base, try Fort Gordon’s Fall Wine Fest on October 30th. The evening offers a selection of over 100 wines with complimentary food, live music and door prizes. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

This is a great way to have fun and show your appreciation for the hard work Fort Gordon puts in to both the military and the civilian community.

HILLTOP RIDING STABLES | Year Round Hilltop Riding Stables is open to the public during the entire year and provides horse riding lessons. Look for the brown cozy wood cabin with rocking chairs out on the front porch and you know you will have found Hilltop Riding Stables. THE SOLDIER SHOW CHORUS LINE

While these soldiers may be amateurs, this isn’t a high school talent show. It’s a 90-minute live event that takes five weeks to prepare and then tours for six months. Every member of the Soldier Show, from the performers to the technical crew, is specially selected for their exemplary record. The performers go through auditions after submitting their applications. The screening process is rigorous by most civilian standards. Think about what it’s like to perform in front of Simon Cowell, and then add the extra tension of a military judging panel on top of that. Sounds nerve-wracking. But this screening process assures that only the best will become part of the annual show.


The finalists undergo training at Fort Belvoir in Virginia with the guidance of Soldier Show alumni. 12 to 16 hour days are

The stables offers one hour rides on Wednesday through Friday by appointment or Saturday and Sunday on a first come, first serve basis. The riding stables are also available for parties, youth horse camp, and pony rides for kids six and under. Hilltop is at Building 508 on North Range Road. To schedule a horse trail ride, call 706.791.4864.

Make sure to check out what Fort Gordon is doing each month because there is quite a bit more going on behind those gates than training for soldiers: there is a whole community ready to embrace all of Augusta and open the doors for tons of family fun. For more details, call 706.701.6780 or visit FORTGORDON.COM. by DINO LULL | community driven news | October 13, 2010 25

ASK DR. KARP IN PROGRESS: EMPORIUM Fit Living in an Light at End of the Tunnel (VII) Unhealthy Society Someone asked me the other day, “Is it my imagination or are Augustans getting fatter?” Well, AUGUSTANS ARE GETTING FATTER! Just walk downtown for a while and look at the people passing you on the sidewalks, in the cars, and on motorcycles. The vast majority of them, even the younger ones, are overweight. Did you know that two-thirds of all Augustans are either overweight, obese, or, what we now call, super-obese. WOW! Did you get the two-thirds part? When is the last time you ran into a friend at the movies who has lost weight? What you usually find, in Augusta, is that people are fat or on their way to being fat. Augustans assume that as you get older, you get fatter. This is not part of the natural plan. In fact, being fat ages your body! When you speak to people, you discover that they either 1) do not know they are overweight, 2) do not care that they are overweight, 3) are proud that they are overweight, or 4) a combination of all these. Proud that you are overweight? Come on! The other day, my wife, Nancy, and I were strolling down Broad Street and a young, obese guy was walking along in back of us, wearing a shirt that proudly proclaimed, “XXL.” Guess whose health insurance premiums are going to pay for his hip or knee replacement, heart attack, stroke, or high blood pressure? YOURS!

The long process of restoring the Emporium into usable condos is beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel, which makes it ironic that one of the last major difficulties facing the builders involves light.

You might be asking, “How can’t you know you are overweight?” In our culture, today, it is getting harder and harder for the average person to realize that he or she is overweight. Our society is starting to use the overweight person as the norm. BAD NEWS! For example, all the clothing sizes have been increased (men’s pants marked 40 just a few years ago are now marked 36, today’s women’s size 10 was actually women’s size 14 in 1940). Seats in theaters and on buses are getting wider and, if the majority of your friends and family are fat, then FAT becomes a norm for YOU! It is easy to determine if you are overweight. You need to know your correct height, your correct weight and then, calculate your BMI. Go to NHLBISUPPORT.COM/BMI – put in your weight and height and calculate your BMI. If your BMI is over 25, WATCH OUT. Now, what is the problem with being fat? Isn’t it just a cultural or personal preference? NO! Does it all simply boil down to our society being prejudiced against fat people? NO! Choosing to be fat or obese is also choosing a very hard life. Did you ever watch an overweight person walk? Did you ever notice how overweight people seem physically uncomfortable so much of the time? Clothes don’t fit; moving is more difficult and is a lot more work. Did you know that, for the first time in the history of the U.S., there are now more OBESE people than overweight people? Did you know that your child’s life expectancy is SHORTER than yours? This is a first in the U.S. Did you know that we can’t say “adult diabetes” anymore because it has become so common in overweight children? It is easy to explain why you are fat. You eat too much and move around too little. It is as simple as that. So, to get down to a healthier weight, you have to eat less and move more. Where does one begin on this seemingly impossible task? The best place to start is with moving. You must get into the habit of taking a walk for at least an hour EVERYDAY. If you can’t commit to this, then the chances of you losing weight, long term, are not very good. It is autumn and we have some beautiful walking weather in Augusta. If you work in downtown Augusta, you can walk to 15th Street, cross the bridge, walk down to the Greenway and walk around the brick pond. Say hello to “Alex” the gator and the turtles when you are there! More advice will come in future columns. by DR. WARREN KARP Ask Dr. Karp focuses on food, diet and nutrition. Dr. Warren Karp is Professor Emeritus at The Medical College of Georgia. If you have a question you would like answered in this column, email him at

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“Because we had to keep the front of the building looking more or less the same for historical purposes, it forced us to get creative with the way we get light into the apartments,” said owner Natalie McLeod. “It’s been one of the biggest challenges of the whole project.” Part of that problem is being fixed by the two patios being built into the front of the Emporium, which will be surrounded on three sides by the apartment with one side overlooking the roof of the adjacent building. This will allow sunlight to flood through the windows and into the living room, where transom windows over the doors and more windows on the interior walls can ensure an even light distribution. “In that case, we run into a problem where there’s actually too much light coming in, so we have to build slats to offer a little bit more shade,” said McLeod. “It’s called a pergola, which some would call a gazebo except it isn’t a free standing structure.” Unfortunately, this is only a solution for two of the apartments. Two other apartments on the second level use a clerestory, a raised portion of the ceiling containing windows, and in some spots McLeod obtained special permission from the federal historic preservation society to drill small windows into the outside wall. Another problem with sunlight is the issue of visibility. Though the drywall is finished on most interior walls, the four by eight foot sheetrock panels have a different texture than the plaster

used to hold them in place. “What we’re having to do is put sheetrock mud over the entire surface so it doesn’t sheen differently when the sun hits it,” said drywaller Tim Prosser. “We’re going the extra mile to take care of the building, because we want the owner to be 100 percent satisfied with the way everything looks.” McLeod says she appreciates the extra effort of all her workers as well as the fine job they have done so far. “When the roofing is finished, the framing is done and the sheetrock is in place, then the detailing can begin, and the finishing takes a long time to get right,” she said. “That’s when we can focus on getting the cabinets and light fixtures in place, which we’ve been planning for a long time.” In fact, plans for the location of lights and appliances needed to be drafted very far in advance so the electricians could wire sockets for them. A change in even one of these minute elements can affect many others. “I ordered exhaust fans for 24 bathrooms, and then they said 3 of them weren’t going to work because of the design of the room, which shows the importance of trying to stay flexible in this business,” said McLeod. “A friend of mine once mentioned that it’s like trying to build 10 houses at the same time, which is exactly what we’re trying to do and do well before the end of the year.” Follow the progress of renovations to The Emporium at 1106 Broad Street from vacant, derelict property to a vibrant residential/ commercial gem. Missed an episode? Check out back issues at VERGELIVE.COM. article & photos by CHRISTOPHER SELMEK

THE WRITTEN WORD Home Style Clay was mid-pull on a vine that reached the top of the twisted pine tree, near the back of the yard by the shed, when she called to him from the porch. He stopped and held the vine. It was Sunday. He had been looking at the bright, green sunlight through the pecan leaves and thinking of Isabelle’s eyes. He looked down, and down the long yard, to her figure in a powder blue sun dress, on the porch. He said to her, “So was I once myself a swinger of vines.” The yard was long, but she could read lips and heard the words in thought. She smiled. He pulled once more. A branch came down with the vine and hit hard

sting of a shell on his left temple when near a tree, and brushed the feel away with

between Clay and the shed. The impact shook them.

his hand that hummed from the vibration of gripping the handle. His temple felt the

“Be careful!” Her hands were near her face. Clay stood. He looked from her to the

hand, but the hand not the temple—no salute. He paced the yard in lines with the

branch. It was thick, old, but had not broken like pine often did from that height.

mower raised at an angle to cut the tall grass and then went back over the cut with

“I’m fine!” He shouted, but wasn’t and made himself pull again on other vines, to

the mower on all wheels, with the sweat running into the wound, and the brushing

show, until she went inside.

when it stung, and seeing the red on his palm that did not show more than the sweat

He collected the debris of what he’d pulled down after she left and could see her in the broad kitchen window. The pale face moved behind the glass. She was cutting lemons in half, between the ends, to make lemonade. She squeezed them with her

on the black handle of the machine. He saw it true. The officer with the black gloves. The one with high boots who ordered: “MOVE IT! CAN”T SIT THERE!” Waving his flashlight over the old man’s eyes.

hands into the steel mixing bowl. It was hard work. She had tried to do it without

The vision was there: walking behind the uniform when he barked, “Y’ALL GO ON!

cutting them, like her Nana had, but her hands weren’t strong enough.

MOVE IT! NOW!” Pointing the heavy, black light at the crowd of people, shining the

Isabelle had an idea. She placed a whole lemon on the cutting board and got the

beam down the sidewalk and across faces.

meat mallet from the drawer. When hit, it jumped to the wall, then bounced to the

Clay remembered the black eyes. When he cut in front of the officer at an intersection,

floor. Isabelle squealed. It was wonderful. She did it then, with the lemon halves,

to go down a side street after Isabelle, he looked back and saw the eyes. The officer

after getting as much as she could with her hands and working the insides with her

saw him, but Clay kept looking long enough to know they were black. Not the black

fingers. The toothed mallet made easy work, pulverizing the yellow skins, and bits

one sees when in a staring contest—not that at all—when you stare at one pupil long

flew off hitting the marine colored walls of the kitchen. She despised the color, but

enough the peripheral view blacks away. The black grows until it meets the pupil and

loved the sound and the contrast when they hit, and the process itself.

then all is black until you blink several times and move your eyes.

It was a different way of doing it than she had intended, but it would make for good

The officer’s eyes were the black that is absence and the peripheral was colored.

detail in the story she was writing about her Nana. She got to work fishing out the

The group walked on slow, crossing the intersection. Clay caught up with Isabelle.

seeds, but they were slippery and so many. She tired of it and put everything into

“HEY!” He barked. “Hold on! Isabelle! Where you going?” The violet skirt raised to

the blender. She filled the mixing bowl with water to get the remnants off the edges

her thigh as she turned. The skirt fell back to the knee. “Clay. You need to stop! You

and poured it in; then scraped the board with the flat edge of a knife into the mix.

promised you wouldn’t embarrass me!”

The sunlight reflected off the board and it looked like stars. Bits of lemon left on the board looked like tadpoles. “Stars and tadpoles!”

“I didn’t do anything! They’re the ones! Someone needs to say something!” “No one gives a damn anymore! You need to stop! Keep it on the page!”

Clay was behind the window, in the yard at the edge of the porch. He looked thirsty. He was wearing a drab-olive, short-sleeved, button-up shirt, and jeans, barefoot in the heat of August, to drag vines around the yard. The shirt had two pockets on the chest. He called it his “El Che” shirt.

Clay turned around to look at the people. They were herded by shouts and sweeping lights across the intersection and would pass over the place in the sidewalk where there were impressions of leaves in the cement, from a time not known to him, when it had been poured and wind blew before the mortar dried. He made Isabelle

Isabelle took a cup outside. “How’s the revolution, darling?”

stop there and pointed it out, earlier, when they walked with the crowd under a

“Coming along. The people are tired, fed-up, angry, hot.”

copper sky, behind an old man with long, white and gold hair.

“Have some water.”

They were standing on fossils from the leaves of the trees that lined Broad Street.

“I need a beer—I’m hot.”

“And this,” said Clay, as he had many times in their walk, and pointed, so she would

“I can tell—you’re red like that when you’re angry.” “I’m not angry—just hot, and alcohol lowers the core body temp.” “It dehydrates you and you still have to mow the grass. You said you’d do it weeks

see as well. Isabelle shifted her feet, so she wasn’t on any of them. “They look like fish! Fish in clay. Don’t you think so, El Capitan?”

ago. Now there are chiggers. No one can play out here.”

“C’mon! Isa don’t you see? Didn’t you see his eyes? Opaque. He enjoys it! He’d pack

“I’ve been writing. Get a beer.”

them into box cars if he was ordered to do it!

“Show me. Have water.” She held the cup out. “I’ll get it then,” he said, and started toward the porch steps. “You can’t go in there! I just mopped the floors!” “Fine! After the mowing.” He grabbed the glass and gulped it down. “You bother me, on fundamental levels,” he told her, handing back the empty cup. “Glad to hear it, El Capitan. Back to your writing!” She waved her hand, a regal dismiss, and walked to the door where she stopped and turned to Clay. “I’ll get you more water.”

Clay’s head pounded, eyes throbbed. He stopped the mower and stepped away. He walked to the porch, sat down on the steps, dropped his head, his hands covered his face and he breathed. A tap on the kitchen window brought Clay back. It was dusk. He looked over at Isabelle behind the glass. He went inside. Jack was home. “Jack wrote today, Clay. Isn’t that nice? At Nana’s, didn’t you sweetie?” Clay opened the freezer and stuck his head in to cool down. “Clay? Your son is trying to tell you something.”

“Now I’m angry.” “No you’re not. Your left eyebrow spasms when that happens.” “I love you!” He said, with mocked affection.

“What’d he say?” “He said he wrote about the smell of your books.” “Okay Jack, I’ll read it after I cool down.”

“I love you!” Was the reply, in a bird’s high voice.

“Here darling. I made lemonade. It will help.”

Clay mowed. After a while he saw it clear in a meditative state, how to write it, mowing—the pop of pecans hitting the blade, the projectiles hitting the side of the house, the base of tree trunks, the twigs splintered and shot out shrapnel. He felt the

Clay closed the freezer and took a drink from the glass. It was thick with pulp and sour. She saw the grimace. “It’s a little thick, I know. It needs to settle.” finish the story on PAGE 28

by PM ROGERS A method writer

EDITOR’S NOTE PM wrote Home Style to show why many writers are perceived to be eccentric.

photo by LARRY E. FLOYD Fish in Cement

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THE REST OF THE STORY Home Style continued from PAGE 27

“Sour though—awful sour … how did you ...” “It’s home-style. I used the blender. That’s what lemons taste like—bitter. No use avoiding it.” “What are these green and purple flecks, Isa?” “Mint leaves and red grapes. Never mind that! Aren’t you going to respond to your son, Clay?” “I didn’t hear what he said, snook’ums. He mumbles. He’s a low-talker.” “He gets that from you.” “He needs a speech therapist—I keep telling you.” “He said ‘I love you, Papa.’” Clay set the glass on the counter. “I love you too … son. Now go play in the study.” Isabelle held out a stack of copy paper. “Read his story.” “I’ll read it later, Isa.” “At one point he says that a book from 1929 is nice and smells like fall; and that the 1940 smells like Papa, but that the cover is gone.” Isabelle sighed. “It’s good, for his age. Simplistic.” “He is only five.” “Yes, no need of a dictionary for this—how he does take after his father.” “It’s an expressionistic style of writing, Isabelle! How many times have we gone over this? Expressionism in prose! You know what I’m doing!” “Calm yourself man. You are no fun around deadline! Do you even know when your deadline is, Clay?” “I’m no good around deadlines—you know that.” “Your editor called your phone three times today.” “My phone is off for a reason, Isa.” “That branch could have gone through you, Clay.” “It didn’t.” “But it could have, and where would that leave us? You dead and the book unfinished with no notes to go on cause you kept it to yourself. At least make some notes Clay—I can emulate your style. It’s not complicated.” “You don’t know Jack!” “Oh I know Jack, you bastard!” Clay opened the fridge, grabbed two beers and walked to the back door holding the cold necks. “I’ll be in my bivouac,writing, if you need me.” He heard her, behind him as he closed the door. “The one word I didn’t know—that’s all—in seven years!” Late that night, the house was pitch dark when Clay got in bed. He pulled Isabelle to him and she moaned in sleep. He breathed in her scent, his face against the nape of her neck. She was wearing the white nightgown. It felt cool over her skin. He held her and squeezed. Her arms and hands held his arms and hands over her chest. Her hands were softer than before. “Clay?” “Yes?” “It’s okay that Jack’s fictional, right?” Clay sighed. “Yes.” “Really? You wouldn’t rather have a real son?” “It’s fine love. Let’s sleep, okay?” “You’re lying—your voice changed!” She pushed herself away and sat up. Clay rolled onto his back. He heard her move near the edge of the bed and her cold voice in the dark. “You should go.” “My voice didn’t change,” he protested, turning his head to the voice. “Don’t look at me. That makes it worse. Go!” Clay swung out of the bed. He stood and passed the rapid breathing. He walked out and felt his way to the study and found his easy chair. He felt the near bookshelf till he found the notebook with the pen in it. He wrote and tried to write clear in the dark about Isabelle making lemonade, tried to write it straight on the page by touch. He wrote about Jack. He knew Jack—had written about him first. His son. Jack swinging on vines. Jack’s questions about the people on the trains. Clay didn’t know where in the book he was or if he was writing over anything, but he wrote about the first time Jack saw the black eyes. The boy knew, by intuition, what it meant. Clay wrote until the first dim light when he saw the pages. He had written over—there were layers, so many that the pages were almost black. He signed it “persona non grata” and slept.

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It’s Alive! Rocky Horror Picture Show

Lokal Music Musings As the cool breeze of fall slowly creeps towards Augusta, music fans begin to crave blood. Blood, you say? Yeah, I know it sounds a bit extreme but when October, or excuse me, as Jonathan Karow at Rock Bottom Music likes to call it - ROCKtober, rolls around each year that evil annual rendezvous between rock & roll and Halloween picks right back up where it left off the year before in a way that would even make the Godfather of Gore Alice Cooper get goose bumps. Over the years, different places have been haunted by their own unholy matrimony of music’s most controversial genre and history’s most controversial holiday. Augusta is no different. Sure, we’ve had haunted houses, and hay rides, and maybe even a beheading or two; but one constant since the early 90s has been BLOODFEST. Just the name “Bloodfest” alone conjures up visions of hundreds of kids crammed into a loud and hot building on an October night all in the name of loud and crazy rocking Halloween madness. Sure, Bloodfest, along with its original audience, may have grown up but it’s still as loud and insane as ever. That’s right, if you haven’t already heard, Bloodfest returns with its 16th installment (there’s more sequels for Bloodfest than Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street combined!) on October 29th at Sky City and, man, what a lineup! How about reunions from a pair of bands who stalked the Augusta music scene during the time of the original heyday of Bloodfest – CYCLE and YOUTH@RISK! Plus, a reunion (of sorts) by more recent metal band 88MPH and a set by, hands down the bloodiest band to come out of the Garden City, CHAIRLEG. If ever there was a band created for Halloween, it would have to be Chairleg. Throw in a pair of bands from the BF16 Battle of the Bands earlier

“Let’s do the time warp again” with Misfit Theatre Group’s reincarnation of the Rocky Horror Picture Show 10 p.m. Oct. 27th at Club Argos. This year is the 35th anniversary of the original release of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, a classic 1975 musical about a straight-laced couple, Brad and Janet, whose car breaks down outside the castle of the Dr. Frank-N-Furter, who is secretly an alien from the planet Transsexual. “The blue-ray edition comes out later this month, so I expect this to be a really popular, big show and for a lot of people to come out to it,” said director Robert Seawell IV. “I’m really excited. The whole cast is really excited, and I can’t wait to see how it goes.” “Typically people perform it right smack in front of a movie screen, so you don’t have to give as much attention to detail because people can just follow the action on the screen,” said Buffy Duncan, who has played Janet for over ten years. “The way we do it is much more screen accurate, and when you see us we want you to be impressed with how well we got our characters down.” Audience members will not be allowed to bring their own props into this presentation, however official prop bags will be available for a small fee at the door. There will also be a costume contest with a show appropriate prize for those who choose to come as their favorite character. “We don’t like people to just show up, we like them to feel like they’re in the show,” said Seawell, encouraging audience participation. “We do something surprising at each show. ‘If people want to find out, they should give in to absolute pleasure,”” said Duncan, quoting the shows tagline. While at times funny, the musical also carries strong sexual themes that made it extremely risqué for its era. The fact that the movie is considered one of the greatest cult classics of all time is a testament to its near fanatical fan base.

this month and Bloodfest will end up with more blood and metal than Lizzy Borden at a family reunion. But before

“I started out when I was 11 in Rocky Horror playing Riff Raff, and I always wanted to play Frankenfurter,” said

Bloodfest arrives on October 29th, there’s more Bloodfest-

Seawell, who now claims the lead role. “I’ve always tried to bring a unique flavor to Augusta, and I feel this show is something they haven’t seen before.” “Something about being out there on stage gets me out of my shell, because I’m ordinarily very shy,” said Duncan. “When I’m hanging out with the cast we have this connection that I don’t have with other people because you see a different side of people when they’re acting.” While the Argos show is for ages 21 and up only and costs $6 at the door, an encore presentation at Sector 7G at 9 p.m. October 30th will be open to all ages for $10. The show stars Seawell as Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Duncan as Janet, Christopher Bowman as Riff Raff, Jezibel Anat as Magenta plus a large ensemble cast. According to Seawell, most of the proceeds will be directed toward future productions of the Misfit Theatre Group. by CHRISTOPHER SELMEK

related fun to be had! On October 15th and 16th,



Bloodfest invades NIGHTMARE PLANTATION with two nights of allages musical horror outdoors at the darkest, spookiest place in the CSRA. Three hard-hitting bands each night at the minimal cost


of $5 per night with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Lexie’s

Annual Scarecrow Contest

Legacy and the Special Olympics. Now, if you’re dying for a whole blood bucket of Halloween stuff

Living History Park, North Augusta October 18 to 31

Spooky Full Moon Hike

The Fright Factory

Phinizy Swamp, Augusta October 22 | 9 PM | $10

Martinez, GA Every Thu, Fri, Sat & Sun through 10/31



to do this year, there is also a ton of other stuff going on for fans of


Trick or Trot Halloween Carnival

Edgefield Haunted House

loud music and spooky stuff. Now I’m not going to get into all of it

Fall Fest 2010: Haunted Forest

The Augusta Common, Downtown October 23 | 1 PM | Free

Edgefield, SC October 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30 | $5



after all, I’m pretty sure there’s a list buried somewhere in this issue of VERGE, but here’s a few choice cuts of prime Halloween fun:

Graystone Ranch, Hephzibah Every Fri, Sat & Sun through 10/31

The Misfit Theatre Group presents THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE


Jack-O-Lantern Jubilee


SHOW twice this Halloween season: first, on the 27th for the over

Kackleberry Farm

North Augusta, Downtown October 30 | 10 AM to 4 PM | Free

Halloween Rave Night

21 crowd at Club Argos and then on the 30th at Sector 7G, which


Sector 7G October 29 | 8 PM

Clay’s Yard of Boos


the 29th and the ROCK & ROLL CIRCUS on the 30th.

3622 lakeshore dr.martinez October 29 to 31 | Sundown | Free

Black Cat Ball

So you see, there are plenty of ear-splitting, blood-curdling, heart-


pumping rock and Halloween things going on again this year. Have

Le Chat Noir, Downtown October 30 | Dusk | $20 | 21+



Nightmare Plantation

95 Rock’s Halloween Bash

Mandalay Plantation, Grovetown Every Thu, Fri, Sat & Sun through 10/31

The Playground Bar, Downtown October 29 | 10 PM | 21+

will of course be an all-ages show. Sector 7G will also play host to a HALLOWEEN RAVE night on the 29th and the Playground will put on a double feature of sorts with the 95 Rock Halloween Bash on

fun and remember, not too much candy corn and red apples, they can upset your stomach and leave you in ... stitches. To get an earful of what’s happening in Augusta music, listen to me rant with my good buddy Brian “Stak” Allen at CONFEDERATIONOFLOUDNESS.COM.

Til next time … Make it

LOKAL, Keep it Loud. by JOHN “STONEY” CANNON Check out Stoney’s long-running website LOKALLOUDNESS.COM

Louisville, GA through November 7 | $8 to $11 KACKLEBERRYFARM.COM


Plantation Blood Windsor Spring Road, Augusta Every Thu, Fri, Sat & Sun through 10/31

Rock & Roll Circus The Playground Bar, Downtown October 30 | 10 PM | 21+

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