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REGIONAL

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Community, culture, and history, our journey to expanding regionally.

ALTAMAHA-HA

Altie, the sea monster that followed children from Scotland to Darien.

Celebrating the Spring POW-WOW with American Indian traditions.

Creating painting mediums with organic powders from the earth.

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CAROLYN GILL 55 Potter, painter, and advocate for encouraging everyone to create.

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Award-winning photographer, Deborah Baird, opens luxury gallery in Woodbine.

THE STUDIO

DEXTER JONES

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THE NEUTRAL ZONE

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Stroll through a starship and meet some famous Star Trek scenes and faces.

Embrace nature’s provided elements with Brunswick mixed-media artist and mentor.

GALLERY 307

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Kingsland Saxophone musician swoons Southern Georgia.

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AURORA POPE

DOC’S DESIGNS Turning wood into masterpieces with Dr. Johnathan Reed.

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EARTH PAINTS

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St. Mary’s commisioned bronze scupture artist creates Owls on Osborne.

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CHEROKEE OF GEORGIA

WALTER PALMER

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Darien’s premier gallery featuring a family with generations of renowned artistry.

ART OF EMBROIDERY Traditional craft makes a comeback into the hands of Southerners once again.

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FROM THE

EDITOR

Happy New Year readers, as the winter chill starts to retreat and spring is carried in by a gentle warm breeze, we enter the season of new beginnings! There is something magical about this season of the year, as once empty branches begin to sprout bright green buds, which later will emerge into lush leaves, gifting us the much-needed shade during the summer months. As I write this, we are sitting on our back porch and there is still just enough chill in the air that I had to pause my writing to run inside for a lap blanket. The air is filled with the sound of spring peepers as the daylight lingers over the pond in the distance. It is a magical sound we only get for so long, just like anything in a life of seasons. Everything has its time to come alive, be present, and fade off till the next year. Spring is a magical and trying season. It teaches us the lesson of finding contentment in the moments of change, which tend to be the most uncomfortable. Years ago, I struggled with the word contentment. Contentment in my 20’s and early 30’s, for some odd reason, sounded similar to settling. I have always felt a desire to want more, I wanted to find something beyond where I was, but this isn’t always the

right approach. This past year and all that it surprised us with, I have learned that contentment is a gift. I have found that when we find comfort and happiness in what we have, where we live, we find calm and presence in our life. Just maybe, more isn’t more? Sitting here on the first “warm” evening of spring, I am reminded once again of how contentment is the goal, a gift. My family has found deep contentment in embracing our life here in Southern Georgia. Falling in love with the communities, culture, food, and people of this region for the last decade has brought us peace and a type of comfort one can not find anywhere else. It is for this reason, this spring we have declared a new beginning, transitioning from Camden Lifestyle to Southern Georgia magazine. The communities and culture we are captivated by, cannot be contained in just one county. Its history is deeply woven, just like its winding rivers through the entire region! Thank you for continuing on this journey with us as we make this exciting change. In the pages of this first issue, we celebrate the artists, makers, and musicians of this magical place we call home... Southern Georgia.

Faythe Hall Executive Editor in Chief


RE GIO NAL www.southerngeorgiamagazine.com 2021


HALF OF

YOUR LIFE

IS SPENT TRYING TO

OUT

GET OF A SMALL TOWN AND THE OTHER HALF IS TRYING TO GET BACK TO

ONE.


SOUTHERN GEORGIA

Every city has a story to tell, and as we explored the uncovered, untold stor i e s o f S o u t h G e o r g i a ’s d e e p r o o t s a n d r i c h h i s t o r y, w e d i s c o v e r e d a p a s t t h a t intricately weaves all the small cities and secluded islands of Southern G e o r g i a t o g e t h e r i n a c o l o r f u l t a p e s t r y. These findings shined a spotlight on the need for rural South Georgia cities to have a stronger voice in the digital realm by taking the opportunity to u n i t e t h r o u g h S o u t h e r n G e o r g i a ’s f i r s t region-wide publication. This platform will continue to share the legacies through storytelling for both current a n d f u t u r e g e n e r a t i o n s t o e n j o y. W i t h the expansion to all of Southern Georgia, this publication celebrates and encourages a lifestyle that is more eng aged with our communities, not just the one we live in but also the communities within neighboring cities.


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T h e r e ’s n o p l a c e l i ke S o u t h e r n G e o rgia - and together we bring the cities of the South to life through outdoor adventures, lush lands to gardens, historical architecture to new developments, the pursuit of adventurous travel, food and drink to visual s p l e n d o r. S o u t h e r n G e o r g i a c e l e brates how to live a life that is more engaged with our cities, with the land, the literature, the music, the arts, the traditions, our businesses, and the food of the South. Elegant and relevant. Authentic and fun. We believe in appreciating the richness of the culture and lifestyle we share in Southern Georgia.


CO MM UM IT Y


STORY TELLINGG History is a continuous documentation of our past, including great triumphs and grave mist a k e s. I t ’s a t i m e l i n e r i f e w i t h v i c t o r i e s a n d tragedies, with one thing always leading the dance to the next. By sharing the line of events, and how one small occurrence can spark countless, invaluable incidents or one devastatingly large one, we begin to understand the nature of ch a n g e i n S o u t h e r n G e o r g i a . Te l l i n g a s t o r y — while being witnessed with loving attention by others—may be the most powerful medicine on earth. Each of us is a constantly unfolding narrative, a hero in a novel no one else can write.


H I S T O R Y R E P E AT S I T S E L F, A S T H E S AY I N G G O E S . History grounds each and every one of us in our roots. By sharing the histor y of our hometowns and related region, it can manifest a deeper, more meaningful glimpse into our ancestral pasts, and how we got to where we are today in this special part of Georgia. One of the best parts about embracing our identity is sharing the qualities, traditions, and philosophies of Southern Georgia culture with others and celebrating the overlaps and differences. Sharing history is important in helping us understand the patterns that arise in our shared timeline. History re peats itself, as the saying g oes. Being aware of the human nature behind historical events can help us draw parallels between what happened then, and what is h a p p e n i n g n o w, a n d w h a t w e c a n p o s s i b l y d o t o p r e v e n t negative outcomes in the future. Gandhi said, “Be the c h a n g e t h a t y o u w i s h t o s e e i n t h e w o r l d . ” We c a n o n l y d o t h a t b y s h a r i n g o u r S o u t h e r n G e o r g i a h i s t o r y, t h a t of the past and that which is presently being written. There is bound to be something meaningful in history f o r e v e r y o n e , w h e t h e r t h a t b e a s o u r c e o f i d e n t i t y, a feeling of hope or inspiration, or even an idea for your next book or movie! The possibilities are endl e s s w h e n i t c o m e s t o h i s t o r y.


One of the best parts about embracing our identity is sharing the qualities, traditions, and philosophies of Southern Georgia culture with others and celebrating the overlaps and differences.


GUIDE TO SOUTHERN GEORGIA EVENTS

March SUNDAY

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MONDAY

National Pig Day

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TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

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THURSDAY

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FRIDAY

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SATURDAY

Walkabout Music Festival Live music, food trucks, beer tent, and so much more! All proceeds go to our local food bank.

National Old Stuff Day

National Anthem Day

Kingsland Job Fair At the Camden County PSA

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Women’s Weapons Carry License Course

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Family Friendly Bicycle Poker Ride at Crooked River State Park

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National Funeral Director and Mortician Recognition Day

National Pack Your Lunch Day

Broken Spur Pleasure Show Equestrian fun at the Broken Spur Saddle Club

14 National Potato Chip Day

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National Nap Day

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International Day of Forests

28 Hog & Hominy; Life on the Okefenokee Frontier Visit Okefenokee Swamp Park in Waycross on Sat & Sun to take a step back in time and see the daily lives of pioneers who settled in this area during the 1850s. Smell the woodsmoke, walk around Pioneer Island, view historic structures, and enjoy an interactive historical experience like no other.

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Food Preservation: Canning Basics

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National Vietnam War Veterans Day

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St. Patrick’s Day

The Collective and Company’s Business and Strings Business Afterhours at KD’s Cafe with the Waycross-Ware County Chamber of Commerce.

World Social Work Day

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Folkston’s First Farmers Market On the 2nd & 4th Saturday’s enjoy a selection of fresh vegetables and produce, crafters, vendors, and more!

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National Agriculture Day

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National Take a Walk in The Park Day

Editor note: If you are hosting an event large or small in Southern Georgia, we want to know and share it with our readers! Visit www.southerngeorgiamagazine.com to submit your event to us.

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American Red Cross Giving Day

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Manatee Appreciation Day

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Social Media Bootcamp Presented ny The Collective and Company and hosted by the Waycross-Ware County Chamber of Commerce.

Fan Appreciation Weekend at the Neutral Zone Studio Join Vic Mignogna from the original Star Trek once a month to lead your walkthrough of their full-scalestarship, and will be available for autograph signings.

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Momentum Athletics Spring Bash / Parents Night Out Drop your little ones off for a night of fun, pizza, drinks, bouncy houses, and a glow party!

Downtown St. Mary’s Community Market Every Saturday lined along the streets, you can find local arts & crafts, jewelry, homemade baked goods, wild honey, and more.

27 Wayne County Annual Dogwood Festival Celebrate Spring through arts and craft vendors such as quilts, paintings, dolls, woodworking, clothing, and leather goods. Indulge in the delicious food and live music.



This past year, the worldwide coronavirus pandemic affected every aspect of our daily lives and the lives of those who are in our community. During the coronavirus pandemic, local health system team members on the front lines have made many sacrifices, oftentimes prioritizing their patients above their own health and safety. Our editors wanted to honor these frontline heroes in a dedicated monthly web spotlight titled “Behind the Mask”. Each healthcare team member of the month is selected by their group peers, recognized for their dedication and outstanding commitment to their patients. They are the ones who take care of our loved ones in their greatest moments of need and we could not be more thankful to have these heroes apart of our community here at Southeast Georgia Health System.

About Southeast Georgia Health System Southeast Georgia Health System is a not-for-profit health system comprised of two acute care hospitals, two long term care facilities, two comprehensive Cancer Care Centers, and multiple specialty care centers, including orthopedic and spine care, joint replacement, breast care, maternity, outpatient rehabilitation, sleep management and wound care. The Brunswick Campus Cancer Care Center is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and offers the only CyberKnife®️ M6 with MLC technology in Georgia. Additionally, the Southeast Georgia Physician Associates medical group includes more than 140 providers working in 20 different medical specialties at more than 50 locations. The Health System is part of Coastal Community Health, a regional affiliation between Baptist Health and Southeast Georgia Health System forming a highly integrated hospital network focused on significant initiatives designed to enhance the quality and value of care provided to our contiguous communities. For more information, visit sghs.org

AUGUST Mylekia Ambers, CNA It can be difficult to see the silver lining in a storm, especially when that storm doesn’t have a foreseeable end. But when faced with the uncertainty and adversity of a global pandemic, it’s having health care professionals like Amber on our side and looking after our health that makes a world of difference. Mylekia Ambers, CNA, sees patients on the medical-surgical floor of the Camden Campus. A Health System team member for eight years, Ambers serves as the nurses’ “right hand,” taking patient vitals and tracking activities of daily living, such as bathing, toileting, transferring, walking, and eating. She knew from an early age that she wanted to join the health care profession. A Woodbine native, Ambers decided to work toward becoming a CNA in high school, eventually dedicating her time and talents to her local hospital.


SEPTEMBER Angelita Frazier, R.N.

OCTOBER Damon W. Brantley, M.D.

A Southeast Georgia Health System Camden Campus team member for fifteen years, Frazier has dedicated fourteen of those years to the Maternity Care Center. “I grew to love labor and delivery during my brief time as a float nurse. It’s very rewarding, helping to bring new life into the world,” says Frazier. “My greatest love is caring for the infants. Previous to joining the Health System, I worked ten years with developmentally delayed pediatric patients, so working with babies is definitely my strong suit.” A mother herself, she is extremely proud of her children and how they have “grown into awesome adults.”

Between politics and a global pandemic, people have no shortage of polarizing topics to debate. Whether you’re a republican or democrat, pro- or anti-mask, or just trying to survive these difficult times, Damon W. Brantley, M.D., believes that two things can bring people together: a common enemy or a common goal. As a surgeon, that goal is patient care, and Brantley’s pursuit of better health stems from his medical expertise, strong community ties, and love of music. When Brantley was initially recruited to join the Health System, he came to “do good surgery and make sure patients have the best outcomes possible.” Since his arrival, his duties and experience have expanded beyond surgery and patient care to areas of leadership and community outreach.

NOVEMBER Herman Levy, M.D.

DECEMBER Jessica Lamb, CNA

Children visit pediatricians and adults visit primary care or family medicine providers, but patients in good health rarely need the skills of a health care specialist. Since the rise of COVID-19, however, the skills of pulmonary specialist Herman Levy, M.D., have certainly been appreciated by all of Camden County. A board-certified internist at Southeast Georgia Physician Associates-Pulmonary Medicine, Levy has treated Health System patients with lung disease for nearly 30 years. With an additional specialization in critical care medicine, Levy’s skills are especially helpful as Southeast Georgia Health System battles the potentially deadly virus. Levy hopes that his empathetic care encourages patients to embrace his suggestions. “Lifestyle is crucial to our quality of life. I emphasize the importance of not smoking and avoiding situations that are injurious to their lungs and overall well-being.”

The work of their health care professionals continues, day in and day out, even when it risks their own safety. While every department on the Camden Campus adjusted to cope with the pandemic, these changes were especially poignant at the Senior Care Center-St. Marys. To protect the health of aging, at-risk residents, the Center suspended visitations in March. With restrictions in place, team members like Jessica Lamb, CNA, strove to keep residents cheerful through window and FaceTime visits with loved ones. Lamb provides direct care to residents living at the Center and her role as a caregiver is especially meaningful now when families have limited access to their senior relatives.

Visit our website to read the full spotlight feature on each monthly healthcare provider.



Altamaha-ha Writte n by: Shawn Clark Ar tw or k by : The Colle ctive & Company LLC.


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We have all heard stories and legends of fantastic creatures from around the world. Animals like Sasquatch in the forests of North America and Canada, El Chupacabra in Mexico, and the Loch Ness monster from Scotland. Often thought to be real, many have sought out to hunt them, but no one has been able to verify any of these creatures past a blurry photograph or video. Only catching glimpses or hearing strange noises. Sightings like these have been happening for generations right here in our own backyard, in the coastal town of Darien. There are reports of strange hissing sounds and an oddly shaped figure lurking in the waters of the Altamaha River near Fort King George, in Darien. Originally established as an English outpost, Fort King

George was abandoned after several years because of the unfamiliar coastal weather. In 1763 General Oglethorpe brought Scotsman from the Highlands of Scotland, who made use of the Altamaha River by establishing the area as a major shipping port. The Altamaha River is 137 miles long, is fed by the Ocmulgee River and the Oconee River, ending in the Atlantic Ocean as it passes Darien. The Altamaha River is one of the most dominant rivers in Georgia and is also the second-largest river basin in the country. For centuries, the river has provided transportation, fishing, and hunting to the inhabitants of Georgia. There are, “at least 130 species of rare or endangered plants and animals, including seven species of freshwater mussels found nowhere else in the world”.

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INFANT Altamaha-ha

ADULT Altamaha-ha

Altamaha-ha rostrum & zygomatic arches


SEA MONST ERS

Given the size and significance of the Altamaha, there is no wonder why the river is Altie’s home, and why the Scotsman of Darien used it for logging. The settlers of Darien are not the only people to have encountered the strange sounds. Before the English and the Scotsman arrived, the Indians inhabiting the region encountered the same phenomena. Who is now known as the Lower Muskogee Creek Tribe, the original Indians of the region called the creature Altamaha-ha. Although the animal’s given name is Altamaha-ha, over time it has come to be known as “Altie, The Darien Sea Monster.” Although the legends of Altie are a few centuries old, aside from being big and snake-like, with fins and flippers, Altie’s description varies. What appears to be the first recorded encounter with Altie is an article from the Savannah Georgian newspaper. The article reports Captain Delano and his crew from The Schooner Eagle witnessed an animal, “70 feet long, and its circumference about that of a sugar hogshead” (Dale Cox, exploresouthernhistory.com). If you are like me and do not know the measurements of a hogshead (aka a wine cask), they are 4 feet long and 30 inches wide at the end. According to stories in Weird Georgia by Jim Miles, Altie is, “thirty to forty feet in length and three to four feet thick” (Jim Miles, Weird Georgia), or 10 feet long or 20 feet long. No matter which story you choose to read, Altie is big. There is even a fictional children’s book by Ann Richardson Davis, The Tale of the Altamaha “Monster”. In this tale, Altie is a Scotland native who followed a family of three boys from the Highlands of Scotland. One of the three boys went to the lake to play with boats. As they were watching their boats, “suddenly, there was a mighty swirling and churning in the lake, which swallowed their boats” (Davis, The Tale of the Altamaha “Monster”). Altie sunk their boats and scared the boys, but the boys did not run away. Soon the boys and the creature became friends, and they enjoyed each other’s company. Soon the boy’s family and clan left for America, and the monster figured out they were leaving, so he set out to find them. Eventually, he saw the boys boarding a ship and he followed it all the way to America. While the story continues, it becomes less about the Altamaha monster and more about the boys in their new land. Nevertheless, it is an interesting take on Altie. From eyewitness accounts to children’s tales, Altie has certainly become an integral part of Georgia’s history and culture. Whether you believe the stories or not, there is no denying the fact that there is something strange in the waters of the Altamaha River. If anyone would be inclined to search for Altie, start your search at the Darien Visitor Center, where you can pose with the statue of Altie, The Darien Sea Monster.



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THE ALTAMAHA-HA

SCULPTOR

Hi! My name is Rick Spears and I have been drawing and sculpting for as long as I can remember. Maybe even before that. My work is representational and usually within the realm of Natural History. You know how most little kids go through a dinosaur phase? Well, I never grew out of mine. I don’t know what it is about dinosaurs that I find so fascinating, but do I ever! I really enjoy drawing and making models of prehistoric creatures as they may have looked in life. No matter how much one can glean from the fossil record, there is still a lot of guesswork involved in making restorations of extinct animals I also like cryptozoology: the study of “hidden animals” such as Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster. Again, maybe the attraction comes from piecing together what is known about a mysterious animal, then adding one’s own speculative scientific plausibility, or SSP*, to create an image of said animal.




BLESSING of the FLEET Parade, April 18th, 2021

Darien’s annual Blessing of the Fleet Parade will be held April 18th at the Darien Bridge, where the boats will be blessed for a bountiful season! The annual Blessing of the Fleet Festival will be held on September 17th and 18th. Visit blessingofthefleet.com for more information


Railwatch April 10th - Folkston , Ga


GUIDE TO SOUTHERN GEORGIA EVENTS

April SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

1

THURSDAY

Annual Spring Pow Wow Cherokee of Georgia Preseve and celebrate Georgia’s indian culture and history through three days of dancing, family fun, and Mama Martin’s famous frybread.

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National Deep Dish Pizza Day EASTER SUNDAY

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Paddle Georgia 2021: Spring on the Satilla Escape to a wild azalea-lined paddle path at the height of a beautiful spring season with the Georgia River Network.

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National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day

Blessing of The Fleet Gather at the Darien Waterfront to watch the boat parade and bless the captains with a safe and prosperous season.

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National Walking Day

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FRIDAY

3

SATURDAY

Swampfest Head to the biggest party in all of Waycross; featuring live music, a firework show, classic car show, food trucks, contests, dancing, kid’s zone, arts & craft vendors, and more!

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Folkston Railwatch Railfans from across the country line the tracks to enjoy the rumble of the constant flow of trains, vendors, food trucks, photo contest, and the classic & custom carshow.

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National Peach Cobbler Day

Vibes & Keys: Classical Meets Jazz Enjoy classical structures and harmonies performed by the Coastal Symphony of Georgia in an improvized jazz style.

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National Bicycle Day

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National Gardening Day

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National Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Day

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National Tea Day

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National High Five Day

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Earth Day

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Okefenokee Swamp Camp N’ Paddle Kayak fishing and camping for three days at Traders Hill Campground with Georgia Kayak Fishing, Inc.

Benefit Ride for Autism Kings Bay Moose Lodge 2418 invites you to come out and ride for autism and the Black Sheep Band will be performing afterwards.

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The Price is Right Live™ Camden County High School Fine Arts Auditorium

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Rebuilding Together Waycross Workday 2021 Voluteers from around the community gather together to help neighbors with home related projects.

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National Marine Mammal Rescue Day

National Pet Parents Day

National Get Organized Day

Editor note: If you are hosting an event large or small in Southern Georgia, we want to know and share it with our readers! Visit www.southerngeorgiamagazine.com to submit your event to us.

National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

National School Principals’ Day


C H E R 2021

SPRING

POW WOW

April 1st - 3rd

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O K E E Southern Georgia is rich in American Indian history. The area surrounding the Okefenokee Swamp was home to the Creek Indians. In 1796 representatives of President Washington and the State of Georgia met with a large delegation of Creek and their leaders near the St. Marys River. The Treaty of Colerain was signed on June 29th, establishing the boundaries of the Creek Nation with the United States. In the following years, those from other tribes came to the area for its sparse population and proximity to Spanish Territory, which would become Florida. Many residents are descendants of the Creek and the other tribes who migrated to the area or escaped the removals. Cherokee of Georgia is a State Recognized Tribe maintaining a traditional Cherokee community and additional American Indian descendants. The Tribe works to preserve and share American Indian culture and history. Located in St. George, Georgia, 16 miles south of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge entrance, the Tribal Grounds, over 18 acres, includes a traditional seven-sided Council

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House for tribal functions. Each side represents one of the primary clans of the Cherokee: Bird, Paint, Blue, Wolf, Deer, Wild Potato, and Long Hair. This is one of only a few Cherokee Council Houses actively used in the traditional manner. Their museum contains cultural displays of past and present items including Cherokee attire, textiles, stone and bone work, art pieces, pottery, leather, and feather work. There are also items graciously gifted by those from other tribes including Lakota, Navajo, and Blackfeet. Displays are alternated regularly from their collection, providing new items to learn about throughout the year. Gatherings, known as Pow Wows, have been held at the Cherokee of Georgia Tribal Grounds since 1995. This year’s Spring Pow Wow will be Thursday through Saturday, April 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, 2021. The dates for Fall Pow Wow are Thursday, September 30, 2021, Friday and Saturday, October 1st and 2nd, 2021. These gatherings are open to the public with free admission, parking, primitive tent camping, and a family atmosphere. Activities begin at 10 am each day and last well into the night. Safety is always a priority. Masks and social distancing will be required for Spring Pow Wow. One of the highlights of Pow Wow is Arena dancing. The beautiful and varied dance attire (regalia) is truly stunning. Cherokee of Georgia Pow Wows are inter-tribal and dancers from all tribes are welcomed and attend. Grand Entry is held Friday evening at 7 pm and on Saturday at 1 pm and 7 pm. The dancers in their finest regalia enter the Dance Arena and all Veterans, Active Military, and First Responders are invited to join them and be honored for their service to the community and country. There are also fun social dances and special dances for the children. The public is encouraged to participate in these dances. Arena dancing is not traditional for the Cherokee or other Southeastern Tribes. However, it has been included at gatherings to provide a way for those of all tribes to join together for dancing. The traditional Cherokee dance is the Stomp Dance. This is held on Thursday night of Pow Wow after arena dancing.

Visiting and shopping with the Pow Wow traders (vendors) is both enjoyable and educational. All are knowledgeable and most are talented, skilled artists. There is much to learn about their items and some offer demonstrations of traditional crafts and skills at their booths. From home décor, attire, jewelry and accessories to tools, books, and works of art, there is a wide variety. Trading is the traditional form of commerce and has always been part of American Indian gatherings. This continues at Cherokee of Georgia during Pow Wow with a Trade Blanket after dancing on Friday night. The flute is one of the world’s oldest musical instruments and the drum is an integral part of American Indian culture. Both are available from several traders. Award-winning and widely renowned flute players share their beautiful music during Pow Wow and have CDs available for year-round enjoyment. Another engaging event is the Committee Booth Auction held Saturday from 3:30 pm until 5 pm. Auction items are donated by each of the traders and others. Proceeds from the auction, committee booth, and daily raffles go towards Pow Wow expenses. There is one more tasty fundraiser during Pow Wow, frybread. This is a post-European contact food that has become a staple and tradition for tribes nationwide. Recipes and cooking techniques vary by region and family. Mama Martin is one of the founders of Cherokee of Georgia and the first Tribal Mother. Her frybread recipe has been passed down through generations and is famous across the country.

Image by Jane & Tim Winkler






Guided tours are offered on Thursday and Friday mornings of the Pow Wow. This is an opportunity for schools, home schools, scouting, and other groups of all ages to learn about the Tribe, Tribal Grounds, visit with the traders, and enjoy the gathering. Tours include the Council House, museum, demonstrations, storytelling, inter-tribal dancing, and a sample tasting of frybread. A discount lunch is offered for tour participants at the cookhouse, which also serves breakfast and dinner. The Tribal Grounds and permanent facilities are handicapped accessible with ample parking for buses and vans. Reservations for guided tours are recommended. Throughout the year, the Cherokee of Georgia is active in the community. Field trips and campouts are hosted at the Tribal Grounds. Presentations on American Indian culture and history with interactive displays and activities are held at local libraries, schools, and activity centers. Their interactive displays are also set up at events to provide information and inspire interest to learn more. In times of crisis and hardship, tribal members have provided assistance, such as delivering hurricane supplies. Cherokee of Georgia has been recognized by the State of Georgia and the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge for housing firefighters on the Tribal Grounds during wildfires. Recognition has also been received from Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base for Native American Heritage programs on base. Their Tribal Council is incorporated and has held nonprofit status since 1989. The Tribal Grounds are located at 110 Cherokee Way, Saint George, GA 31562. Additional Pow Wow information is available at “Cherokee of Georgia Tribal Grounds” (@CherokeeofGA) on Facebook. Written by: Jane Winkler., Jane is a member of Beaver Creek Indians of South Carolina. She and her husband, Tim, have volunteered with the Cherokee of Georgia for over a decade. Layla Perchal Neal is a UK photographer based currently in Jacksonville. Photography has been a passion of Layla’s ever since her father gifted her with his 35mm camera as a teenager. Layla has spent a third of her life living outside the UK as an expat and is drawn to documenting the stories of the people, and places she experiences. Layla worked for Al Jazeera in Doha for eight years amongst a wealth of media experience. Currently, she is studying for her Masters in Photography in the UK.


THE ART OF CREATING

Earth Paints

The art of painting throughout history has always been a

wonderful open-ended medium. But I found that when someone goes through the unparalleled process of collecting, digging, and crushing the pigments to create the paints right from the earth beneath their bare feet, it becomes a much more holistic experience. Similar to the paintings of cavemen we read about in ancient historical documents, there is a primal beauty in making art from organic ingredients in the simplest of colors. Browns, coppers,

there are numerous beautiful soils, clays, soft rocks, and sands. From our previous night’s campfire, we gather

charcoal and ashes which will create lovely rich blacks and moody shades of grey. Should you be limited to an outdoor space with rich soil to dig into, there are also a number of beautiful spices inside your pantry cabinet that will provide both a fragrant and natural sensory experience. Next, we slip on a mask and safety glasses and use mortar or pestle to grind each pigment sample into the finest

rich tea-browns, and pale goldenrod clays,

of powder. The natural elements we

each of these pigments from the earth’s

forged can create puffs of dust clouds

layers sing with the vibrance they

and particles as they are ground into

were gifted. Using natural-colored

the pigment powder. Larger stub-

paints offers a rich opportunity for hands-on learning and a celebration of each person’s unique creative spirit. As we begin our process of creating earth paints,

born pieces can be sifted with a cheese-cloth, for the better part we are wanting a pigment that is similar to the texture of flour or sugar but having a variety of course and

we first begin by

softer textures. Pour-

collecting a variety

ing each ground-up

of pigments from the earth. Along the rivers, lakes, beaches,

pigment into separate jars, slowly begin to add drops of

and

water

creeks

into



each container. Obviously, the more water you add to your pigment, the lighter your final shade of color will be, so add the water sparigly to ensure your earth pigment doesn’t become a dull watercolor. At this stage, you can choose to move forward and paint with the medium the way it is or pour in a small amount of acrylic painting meidum and mix it well to achieve the consistency of a smooth rich paint. Adding the acrylic medium will cause it to appear a bit “milky” while the paint is wet, but rest assured that once your paint is fully dry, it will become transparent and only the vibrant color and tecture of your natural raw pigment will remain. The acrylic is only added to act as a “binder” to adhere your pigment to the paper or canvas. If used in their natural state, earth paints without acrylic can tend to flake off into dust again when your art has dried. Once all of your earth-created paint shades have been well mixed, enjoy bringing them to life once again in your art!


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AURORA POPE Mixed media artist, Aurora Pope, moved to Brunswick, Georgia from Tennessee when her husband accepted a position at the College of Coastal Georgia. Now also an assistant professor herself at the college, it didn’t take long for Aurora to immerse herself into the Brunswick art scene when she began teaching various art courses. You can often find her creating or mentoring aspiring artists and students within historic downtown’s “Brunswick Stewdio”. An awareness of the natural elements can be felt as she uniquely embraces earthy tones throughout the body of her work. If the material of the composition did not derive from a natural environment, the elements will

certainly find a way into the imagery. Upon settling into Southern Georgia you can see an extension of her surroundings in the way that she incorporates the various coastal wildlife into her work including everything from egrets to fish scales and spines. She is currently on the final piece of her series that is a reflection of our language and the way we have incorporated birds into our expressions. The next endeavor you can find her delving into is a sequence of handmade books. Her first book spine will consist of a real fish spine, setting the mood for the rest of the series.


NO REGRETS (Aurora Pope)


LATE TO THE PARTY (Aurora Pope)

TALES FROM THE NEST Eggshell, willow whips, waxed linen thread, paper, graphite, fabric, beads.

Aurora Pope

TWO BIRDS, A ROCK (Aurora Pope)


From the artist “I am terribly interested in defining space. I want to understand how an object affects the space in which it exists, how it is defined from its environment, and what might happen if that delineation did not take place. I like to explore the paradigms of inside and outside, of positive and negative space. So, the surface is of crucial importance to me. Additive and subtractive techniques might reveal a hidden world beneath or behind the object’s surface. The pattern might offer the illusion of infinity. Texture brings it beyond the visual and into the realm of the tactile, allowing the viewer (and the artist) a secondary means of understanding. My work is process-driven. I reposition or erase elements throughout; I establish, edit, and remove edges. I want the materials to have a voice in the process, so each action leads to and informs the next. Marks, once made, cannot be undone, so with each change the entire composition shifts and adjusts. It is an organic progression, demanding reciprocity; and the work-in-progress takes on a life of its own. In this way, the object contributes to its own creation; and the scars that mark it denote its stages of growth. It becomes a memory.” - Aurora Pope



“Clay can be dirt in the wrong hands, but clay can be art in the right hands.” - Lupita Nyong’o


RUSTIC COILED POTS (Gillfish) “Looking to create a more rustic pot, I applied ceramic stains and oxides to a tan spec clay body. Using several building techniques such as coiling, molds, and stamps, I produced these earthy, primitive pots.”

CAROLYN GILL Potter and painter, Carolyn Gill (AKA Gillfish) is the president and one of the founders of the Brantley County Art Association, and has been one of the beacons for bringing together a community of artists to foster an appreciation and understanding for creative arts in Southern Georgia. She is a strong advocate in encouraging everyone to create!

JEKYLL ISLAND HAMMOCK “Spending my summer on weekly, plein-air, painting outings, this is one of my Jekyll Island compositions. This particular hammock can be found just to the left of the Jekyll Island boat ramp.”

CERAMIC BASKET & HOGAN INFLUENCED VASES “These vases were inspired by the Navajo dwellings known as a Hogan. Forming the circular shape of my vases, I used a clay building technique called, coil building. Coil building originated over 4,000 years ago in Central Mexico. Over the centuries, the technique moved slowly north into what we now know as Arizona, which is where the earliest pieces of pottery have been found.”


“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” - Pablo Picasso

CERAMIC BOTTLES (Gillfish)

Carolyn Gill (Gillfish)

Carolyn Gill has spent the past twenty years creating and teaching art. Carolyn retired from the Brantley County School System after 23 years of being a paraprofessional. During the last ten years, she primarily taught primary and elementary students in addition to after-school art programs that were sponsored by the Brantley Count Family Connection. One of her favorite memories during this time was when a student gave her the nickname “Gillfish”. She took this playful nickname and ran with it by then signing all of her pottery and paintings as Gillfish. When the student heard what became of the name he was initially shocked but quickly became pleased with himself and declared that he would be expecting a commission on her future work! Smart kid! In 2015, Carolyn became one of the founders and president of Brantley County’s first art association, The Brantley County Art Association (BCAA). The organization meets monthly at The Creative Corner in Nahunta, Georgia where you can enjoy the display of works from twenty-eight local artists, including Carolyn’s. You can also find her pottery at the Goodyear Cottage on Jekyll Island, Georgia.

THE CURLY BOWL (Gillfish)

ANCIENT EGYPTIAN INFLUENCED BOXES “Ancient Egyptian Funerary Art has always intrigued me. This set of lidded boxes was inspired by canopic jars and a symbol of Upper Egypt, the Lotus. In addition to the carved relief sculpture.”


GUIDE TO SOUTHERN GEORGIA EVENTS

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National Teacher Day

Cinco De Mayo

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International Museum Day

World Bee Day

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7th Annual 50/50 Raffle Run to benefit Hospice of South Georgia

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National Blueberry Cheesecake Day

National Poem In Your Pocket Day

National Hamburger Day

National Biscuit Day


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DEBORAH BAIRD & GALLERY 307

When you step into the black and white tiled entrance of Gallery 307, you can’t help but feel like you have been transported to a refined New York gallery. Upon entering, you are met with a beautifully ellipsed chandelier that brings a modern touch to the timelessness of this historic building. On display, you can find sculptures by Roz Harrell, jewelry by Ridley Baird from Grateful Beads and Kristin Pickett of GypSea Glass, and fine art photographs carefully hung throughout the walls taken by photographer, painter, illustrator, and owner of Gallery 307, Deborah Baird.


BAREHANDED (Deborah Baird)

Sculptures (Roz Harrell) ANGEL OAK (Deborah Baird)


“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” - Edgar Degas

QUARRY (Deborah Baird)

Deborah was born in Missouri and after living in Philadelphia for 20 years, her husband, Rick, her son, Thomas, and Australian Shepherd, Ruby all settled into the beautiful and peaceful town of Woodbine, where she has decided to open Gallery 307. Due to the pandemic, her public grand opening was postponed and she has been mostly only been available by appointment since March of last year. However, she is excited to announce that the gallery is now open regularly for walkins! Since her family’s arrival 11 years ago, Deborah has immersed herself into the Woodbine community by joining the Woodbine Women’s Club and serving on the Bryan-Lang Historical Archives Board of Directors. With her award-winning photography skills, Deborah’s abilities allow her to take details which we would consider ordinary and use them to elevate the subject in a way that is beyond ordinary resulting in works that could be described as visually intimate. Her favorite subjects to photograph include intimate landscapes, still life, and candid portraits. You can see the avid gardener in her through her delicate and inimitable photographs of butterflies and florals, in addition to the secret garden along the side of the gallery.


COMPETITION (Deborah Baird)

JEWELERY (Kristin Pickett)

From the artist “In my photography, I strive to have others see the art in the subjects of my images. Intimate landscapes, still life, and candid portraits are my favorite subjects. My hope is that my images conjure some emotion in the viewer as well as an appreciation of the art in their creation.” - Deborah Baird

Deborah Baird


Elise Miller-Palmer

Long hailing from the Southern Coastal area, the creative abilities of the Palmer family was passed down for generations and it was no different for painter Elise Miller-Palmer. In 2003, Elise opened Elise’s Unique Arts & Gifts in downtown Brunswick. During this period, Elise traveled around the world teaching art periodically on cruise ships. Then in 2007, Elise moved to Charlotte, North Carolina. Here she embarked on a new career direction, teaching fitness in gyms and fitness centers in the Charlotte area.


ELISE MILLERPALMER & THE STUDIO Elise combined her passion for art and fitness by opening the doors to The Studio in the heart of Darien’s downtown historic district in October 2020. You can’t help but feel immersed into the Darien art scene with the gorgeous gallery boasting many paintings of Coastal Georgia scenery, bronze native wildlife sculptures, and crafts from local artists including many gems created by Elise and the Palmer family. If you’re looking to indulge in a little weekend fun with the locals, enjoy a glass of wine, or two, and let the inner artist in you blossom, you must stop in during Elise’s guided paint and sips.


DARIEN MARSH (Elise Miller-Palmer)

DAVID (Elise Miller-Palmer)

SHELLS (Elise Miller-Palmer)

The beautifully preserved historical space within The Studio provides the perfect backdrop for enjoying a workout in a timeless space. Throughout the week you can enjoy a variety of fitness classes including yoga, Zumba, light weights, chair fitness, dancing, and even children’s options. “I’m excited to be back in this area and have been overwhelmed by the response to The Studio. I look forward to many years to come here providing art and fitness experiences!” Elise exclaimed.


HOME (Jim Palmer)

Elise’s father, Jim Palmer, is known for capturing the serenity and charm of the southern coast through his paintings and illustrations which are included in national, international, private, corporate, and public collections. Among the collectors are former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Eisenhower, former South Carolina governor Robert McNair, and singer John Denver. Her mother, Barbara, could be described as the administrative artist, who keeps careful track of all things art related to the Palmer family and can often be found frequenting her

Jim Palmer holding “Moonshadows, The Search for a Legend”, one of the books he illustrated in 1977.

daughter’s fitness classes. You can’t mention the Palmer family without also taking note of Elise’s brother, Addison Palmer, also a renowned artist. From the age of thirteen, Addison has been painting full time. His landscapes, seascapes, wildlife portraits can be seen on display at The Studio. Esteemed in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, this family has also made quite a name for themselves in the Southern Georgia region. You may also remember them as the former owners of The Palmer Gallery once located in St. Simons, Georgia.

WAITING FOR LUNCH & EVENING LIGHT (Addison Palmer)

RED BUCKET (Elise Miller-Palmer)


Owls on Osborne

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BRONZE SCULPTOR WALTER PALMER Elise Miller-Palmer’s uncle, Walter Palmer, has created whimsical and enchanting sculptures featuring his signature birds for over 40 years. He was commissioned by the St. Marys Downtown Development Authority to create small bronze owl sculptures to be found in the most frequented areas of Downtown St. Marys through “Owls on Osborne”. Take a stroll down Osborne Street and see if you can spot all six of the owl’s perches! Expect to find information cards and a map display of the locations coming soon. Also celebrated in Hilton Head Island, Walter’s unusual combination of childlike characters executed by the certain hands of a seasoned artist are highly sought after and can be seen in boardrooms of Fortune 500 companies, luxury hotels, cruise lines, and a long list of discriminating private collectors throughout the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean. His bronzes range from 20foot high fountains to tabletop pieces of various sizes.


DR. JONATHAN REED & DOC’S DESIGNS FURNITURE When pharmacist, Jonathan Reed, was asked by his mother to build her a table as a joke in 2014, he had no idea this would be the beginning of a small business with thousands of social media followers. He began working on his mother’s table by researching how to build one, purchased a few power tools, and then went straight to work in his garage. A month later, his first wood creation was finished and delivered!

Jonathan, his wife Katie, and their two daughters Emily and Reagan have lived in Kingsland since 2008. While he is a one-man shop, but he appreciates their support when it comes to cleaning up shop at the end of a long sawdust-filled day. Especially since 2019 when official business operations began for Doc’s Designs Furniture. His most cherished creations are his heirloom furniture, high-quality pieces that can be appreciated and passed down within a family for generations. Using select domestic and exotic hardwoods and techniques the furniture is custom built to withstand and be around for years to come. In addition to hardwood furniture, he also creates custom gift items with personalized engravings and other unique designs. With the future in mind, Jonathan plans on expanding into more traditional methods of digital design and fabrication of furniture using computerized design and machinery to enhance his current offerings.


LIVE EDGE MONKEYPOD TABLE (Dr. Jonathan Reed)

SUBMARINE WARFARE INSIGNIA - WALNUT WITH GOLD INLAY (Dr. Jonathan Reed)

Doc’s Designs Furniture first public exhibition at the 2020 Kingsland Catfish Festival. Community is everything to Jonathan and his wife, Katie. They partnered with local Coldwell Banker agent Becky Vail and her assistant Paris Rojas.

MAPLE / WALNUT DRESSER (Dr. Jonathan Reed)

ROLLING PIN CRADLE (Dr. Jonathan Reed)



Dexter Jones


DEXTER JONES SAXOPHONIST Dexter Jones’ story begins in a small town not very different from some of our rural communities in Southern Georgia. Stamps, Arkansas had a population of about 2,000. His music career begins in a setting we old-schoolers are all too familiar with. Sixth grade was the time for students to choose what instrument they get to learn in music class. Until this big day of reckoning, Dexter had to make do with the instrument called the recorder. In addition to marching through the town’s homecoming parade, Dexter’s mother also made him perform in front of the church every Sunday with this instrument. Needless to say, he counted down the days to play a real instrument and when the day finally arrived, he eagerly selected the drums, saxophone, and trombone. Of the three the saxophone proved the most potential and the rest was history. He performed alto sax and tenor sax in concert and the marching band while continuing to excel as he was selected to be drum major and made all-region and all-state.


When he arrived at the University of Arkansas in Monticello, it came as no surprise when he was also named drum major. While he initially enrolled to major in pharmacy, with the encouragement of his bandmates and saxophone mentor, the music called him back and he decided to major in music education. This decision began the countless hours of practicing classical saxophone daily and numerous recital performances. A close friend of Dexter’s who played the trombone shared the same dream of moving forward to graduate school to become instructors for their instruments. To Dexter’s disappointment, his friend decided to join the Navy Band. Very quickly Dexter understood that by joining the Navy Band he could ultimately be paid to play saxophone for a living. As soon as he finished his bachelor’s degree in classical saxophone performance, he went straight to boot camp! During Dexter’s time in the United States Navy Fleet Band, he performed thousands of times to millions across the nation including two United States Presidents, numerous foreign military leaders, and notable events. One of his most distinguished performances was at the opening of a new Medal of Honor museum. Medal of Honor recipients from the Vietnam War filled the room, some missing limbs and others were a little weary from their wartime experiences. Survivors of the bombing of Pearl Harbor also attended to share their stories. “As a navy musician, you play our National Anthem so much that you do it in your sleep,” Dexter explained, “but performing the anthem for people who gave life and limb for our country, brought a whole new appreciation for those who served the country we are so blessed to live in.” After twenty years Dexter retired from his professional saxophonist career in the Navy but his performances didn’t end there. He continued performing professionally, joining several different bands in Jacksonville, Florida ranging from contemporary pop, Blues, R&B, and even Reggae. One of his most memorable performances would be at Mardi Gras in New Orleans as a soloist and band member. You can find him now throughout Southern Georgia and North Florida primarily performing as a solo saxophonist. Believe it or not, his performances include no vocals at all! How does he still manage to entertain a crowd without any vocals, you ask? He carefully selects songs that people recognize, sing, and dance to, and with the use of backing tracks, he plays the lead “vocal” parts on his saxophone. He gets the most joy during performing when he looks out into the audience and see’s someone or multiple people really feeling and getting into the music. Through gospel music, he learned to play by ear and improvise. While music in general and several great saxophonists inspire him, his roots come from playing gospel music in church. When asked what he enjoys the most about playing his response is, “The challenge of continuing to get better knowing that you will never know everything about playing the saxophone. Music is a journey without a real destination. The joy is in the journey!”


The Neutral Zone in Kinglsland, Georgia is a non-for profit facility that contains a full-scale suite of constituion class starship sets including: the bridge, transporter room, engineering, sickbay, briefing room, captain’s quarters, auxiliary control, a 100 foot-long corridor, in the same footprint as Paramount Studios in 1966!


THE NEUTRAL ZONE The Neutral Zone is an area of space between the United Federation of Planets and the Romulan Star Empire that measures approximately one light-year and serves as a “buffer” zone in the Star Trek series. Kingsland, Georgia’s best-kept secret is not a light year away, in fact, it’s nestled in the heart of downtown, just past the adorable small shops and across the railroad tracks, you’ll find The Neutral Zone. You might not run into any Romulans on your visit to this amazing studio, but you are sure to run into a few Trekkies in costumes and even a famous face or two from the series “Star Trek Continues” which was filmed there. Fan weekends have returned this year and tours are often guided by the Executive Producer of the series, Vic Mignogna. For more information visit neutralzonestudios.com



Performance by Casey Mitchell Music

MARCH 18TH, 2021 | 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM KD’S CAFE IN DOWNTOWN WAYCROSS

BUSINESS & STRINGS

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the art of

EMBROIDERY The art of embroidery is a quintessential pastime with a rich history here in Southern Georgia. No longer just for past generations, it has rebirthed as a vibrant art form for people of all ages and skill levels.


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PA S T & P R E S E N T One would think of embroidery as a nineteenth-century scene of a woman sitting by the window at home, in a rocking chair, with just enough light barely shining through to illuminate the canvas she is working on. Perhaps handicraft of embroidery holds longago memories of watching your mother or grandmother sketch out a design and loop bright strands of thread into a needle to embellish a dishtowel or pillowcase, which may now be a treasured heirloom that belongs to you or even decorates your home. In the South, if it doesn’t move for a minute, we embroider a monogram on it. For those not born and raised in the South, a monogram, by definition, is the art of intentional placement of letters as a way to represent and identify yourself. Embroidery is not limited to characters though, just browse through Pinterest or Etsy these days and you’ll find that the old handicraft of decorating fabric is reemerging in bold, vivid artforms from plants to animals, landscapes, silhouettes, and modern designs. To create a design yourself, it takes only a few supplies and some basic instruction.

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Aries - Patience is the key for you this season. This can be difficult because you are such a sign of action. Try not to get frustrated and focus on self-reflection and relaxation techniques. If you don’t meditate, now is a good time to learn. Taurus - You are creatures of comfort and you like your comfortable spaces the best. Whether it be your house, office, or bedroom. Make sure you are venturing out this season and getting plenty of fresh air! It is fine to be comfortable, but don’t hold yourself back from new opportunities. Gemini - You are a sign of high intelligence, you love to learn and are good at doing new things. This season pick up a new hobby or book series to help keep your busy mind from feeling overwhelmed with all the changes happening around us. Don’t overindulge in your addictions. Be mindful of what you put in your body.

Libra - You are the true peace makers of the zodiac and we need your unique abilities to see a situation more than ever! Gently encourage your friends and family to try to see both sides of a situation to help avoid conflict, especially in your places of work. The world is not just black and white, but many shades of grey in between. Scorpio - Your intense energy is making you feel frustrated this season, and that frustration will make you want to throw caution to the wind. Hang tight and breathe through these emotions. Remember that your actions do have consequences and that they also very often affect those around you as well. Sagittarius - This season you finally make a big decision about your life! Awesome, now don’t backpedal and second guess yourself every minute. You took the time to really examine your situation and you made the right decision! Celebrate that and believe in yourself. You have strong intuition that will not fail you. Capricorn - Saving those pennies will come in handy for you this season. You might feel a loss of control around your financial life. Don’t panic, things will even out in the end and these things have to happen for the changes coming up. Remember money is like water, there is always an ebb and flow that naturally occurs.

Cancer - This can be a difficult season for you Cancers, there is so much emotional energy surrounding us that you may feel bombarded by it all. This can lead to anxiety and fear, so combat this with self-care and only focusing on what makes you happy. Family is very important for you at this time. Leo - This season is a time for you to shine! Right now people need your optimistic and quirky view of the world. You are natural entertainers and are not afraid to tell your stories. Connect with people and share your light with everyone who is having a hard time feeling their own. Virgo - This is the season to get your house in order. Clean out closets, drawers, and even your cars. This will give you a sense of accomplishment and control. This will also help give you a sense of calmness if you feel the pressures of certain social situations that will come your way.

Aquarius - Self-expression is very important to you right now, and if you feel like you aren’t being heard or seen you may want to over-exaggerate a situation. Try finding other outlets for your emotions this season. Talking to a trusted loved one or friend will be very beneficial to you. Don’t be afraid of the hard to talk about topics. Pieces - Love is what you are looking for this season, whether it is from a partner or you need more self-love to give yourself. Trust that you are completely worthy of both and you don’t need to get love from a person or thing that doesn’t have your best interests at heart. Carry around rose quartz to remind yourself how lovable you are, and your perfect partner will show up in divine timing.

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