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Moving Forward his is our first publication of the 2012 year. Rather than bore you with the clichéd “New Year, New You” editor’s letter, I’d like to remind you that a life devoted to a healthy “you” guarantees a renewed you every day. Besides, I don't like the word "resolutions. “ It has some negative connotations implying that the present isn't good enough and needs to be improved in the New Year; an idea I find hard to get on board with. The present is perfect. It is as good as you visualized it yesterday. And if it isn't good, you need to work on your imagination.


In this election year, forget for a moment about your political affiliation, and think more about our country. It’s up to us, not those we’ve elected to public office, to bring about the change we need and desire. We are the ones with the power, the ones who are in control.

We can start right now, by respecting each other, caring more for others and focusing on those basic values that will unite us all. This is how we will heal America. For a taste of an enhanced SVM in 2012, we are bringing you an interview with legendary Green Bay Packer Bart Starr and a one-on-one interview with Columbus-native and Broadway actress, Lucy Sheftall. We’re also including a piece of Russia to our pages with a nice interview of Russian-born, Columbus State student Marina Savashynskaya. We are excited to be part for the 2012 Toast of the Town in March to support the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. And, to make things even better, SVM is honored to be the recipient of the Hometown Hero Award issued by the Columbus Chamber of Commerce.


onthecover You are currently studying to be a Psychologist, what it is that attracted you to this subject? I enjoy learning about reasons why people act as they do and different methods of behavior that make people who they are. What are some of your main interests and hobbies? I like to hang out with my friends and go to concerts and the beach. I also enjoy photography. How would you describe your fashion style? My friends describe my fashion style as “laid back” and “beachy” but I’m pretty versatile. If it looks good on and I like it, I’ll wear it. What is fun and rewarding about modeling? The fun aspect of modeling is getting all dolled up for a photo shoot with clothes, accessories, hair and makeup. The rewarding aspect of modeling is when you get compliments from people. For me, I like it when my parents show my pictures to all their friends and brag about how proud they are of me… that’s rewarding.

Olivia Watts

What we do at the magazine is, at times, absorbing and challenging. It’s gratifying to know that our particular take on what

What do you do to blow off steam? I will usually vent to my friends, if that doesn’t help, I’ll go for a drive and blast my music really loud while singing at the top of my lungs until I can clear my head. Where is your ideal vacation destination? My ideal vacation destination would be anywhere where there is a

secluded beach with pure white sand and clear blue water surrounding me and no one to answer to; just the sun on my face and not a worry in my mind. If you could wake up tomorrow with any ability, what would it be? I would want to wake up with the ability to erase the sadness and worry from people’s lives. I know people who spend too much time worrying and/or being sad and not enough time enjoying life. I would definitely want to take away worry in the world so that people could be happy and joyous for a life to live. What makes a stylish lady or man? Is there a difference? A stylish man or lady is someone who is confident in his/her style and dresses to impress. He/she is styling from head to toe. They bring a flavor to their style that makes it their own. Describe the atmosphere when you're on a shoot. Do you play music? Do you talk with the photographer between shots? The atmosphere is usually always serene. The lighting is my favorite part. There usually isn’t music playing. I do talk to the photographer to get a feel for what type of shot they are looking for and if what I am doing is right. I like to casually joke around with the photographer to make myself more comfortable. ClotHIng anD aCCessorIes: Caché, Peachtree Mall, 706.571.0921, HaIr anD MakeuP: Jessica Singletary and Christina Hall for Salon NG, 298 Veterans Parkway, Suite 2G, 706.494.2940, PHotograPHY: R. Caligaris and S. Saxon.



thismonth’smail Golden Chef

True Beauty

What do you get when you take a chef who knows that customers want fresh, delicious food that’s presented attractively, and does his best to make sure that happens for every customer who enters the RiverMill? Chef Jamie Keating. In addition to making customers happy, Chef Keating always keep up-to-date with what’s happening in his field and that is a recipe for success. Great job on including him as your Food Stylist, you got the best!

I faithfully regard SVM as the guide of local modern fashion. While varied fashion spreads are guaranteed in every one of your issues, I was deeply impressed with your December “After Midnight” spread. Katherine Webb’s (just elected Miss Alabama) simple and elegant attire in the spread matches her beautiful personality. Isn’t that what fashion is all about.


No wonder Chef Keating is my favorite cook! (The Food Stylist, December 2011). Jamie is a Chef known for being very creative and always willing to try something new. His creativity inspires a food’s presentation, which is very important to the overall dining experience. I’m excited to see him in the pages of your magazine. LISA T , VIA EMAIL


Without a doubt your December cover (The Holiday Issue, December 2012) is a rare gem. Katherine Webb is a true beauty. There are plenty of so-called beautiful people out there who lie, cheat or steal. This type of beauty does not last. Ms. Webb adds warmth and color to the magazine and offers a great portrait of a girl beautiful both on the inside and on the outside. Katherine’s down to earth attitude and Christian values will shine as Miss Alabama. SARAH F, VIA EMA

Across the Board

I was thrilled to read your entire December issue. SVM provides a great service to our community covering all the events that make

Columbus proud. I’m positive that readers enjoyed the Steeplechase and Chaser’s Eve photographs, as well as, stories about people and happenings here. There is more to it than spreads on fundraising events; non-profits benefit greatly from the coverage SVM gives them. We are a giving, caring community, and SVM shows that we have a good time when we are supporting our local organizations. In turn, more people are encouraged to get involved. Kudos to you!! CLAuDIA M, COLuMBuS, GA

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P s the pesky winter months and constantly fluctuating temperatures continue, we remain on a consistent path to provide our directory of area business with the “P” series. We have highlighted some of the area’s most notable businesses that make Columbus a great place to live, work and play. From pampered pets and permanent enhancements to pesky personal problems, this group of businesses is not only practical for everyday issues; they provide the perfect excuse to incorporate educational experiences into your routine. So grab a pal, of the two or four-legged kind, and have some fun, local style!


FEATU R IN G Pacelli Paisley Pooch Pastoral Institute Permanent Cosmetics Petland Port Columbus




ST. ANNE-PACELLI CATHOLIC SCHOOL Pacelli Catholic School is fully accredited by the Advanced Ed (SACS) for grades PK4-12 and the Florida Catholic Conference for grades PK4-8.

YEARS OF SERVICE: St. Anne-Pacelli Catholic School is named for St. Anne, the mother of Mary, and Pope Pius XII, Eugenio Pacelli. It is the only PK4-12 Catholic School serving southwestern Georgia. St. Anne School was started in 1952, and Pacelli High School, was built in 1958. under the direction of the Diocese of Savannah, St. Anne-

SERVICES: The mission of St. Anne-Pacelli Catholic School is "to provide an excellent education in a Catholic Christian environment to every student entrusted to our care." This mission is implemented through a faith-based curriculum which includes daily prayer, a broad selection of college prep academics, athletics, and other cocurricular and extra-curricular programs. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is an active member of the National Catholic Education Association, the Georgia High School Association, and is administered within the framework of the Catholic Diocese of Savannah. The student body is composed of students from a diversity of many different faiths, which strengthens the school and adds to its distinctive character..

2020 Kay Circle, Columbus, Georgia, 706.561.8232,

PAISLEY POOCH YEARS OF SERVICE: A passion for working with animals can turn into a career and the Paisley Pooch is exactly that. Rod Calton started his business to provide a safe, happy grooming environment where his customers and staff share a common interest; a love of pets, both cats and dogs. They believe in creating a relationship not only with the pet owners, but with the pets as well, striving to make them feel comfortable and secure during the grooming process. At the Paisley Pooch they use top quality products, and treat your pet as though he/she is one of the family. Their love for your pet shows with their attitude and everything they do. They invite you to visit our clean, welcoming, environment at any time.

5021 River Road, Suite B Columbus, Georgia, 706.660.9500,

SERVICES: The Paisley Pooch is passionate about providing exceptional service to their customers. Grooming and bathing are essential to having a healthier, happier pet. Regular grooming not only keeps your pet looking and smelling good, but it helps reduce some diseases and conditions. Their talented and experienced groomers offer a variety of services to pamper your dog. Groom prices are based on breed and clients may choose between a "Bath & Neaten: or a "Haircut." The Paisley Pooch offers a wide selection of grooming cuts, from the continental to the lamb clip, and one style is sure to fit your pet. They also offer medicated shampoo, flea & tick shampoo, mink-oil spray, re-moisturizing treatment, zoom groom, shed out and teeth brushing. And all clients are encouraged to take advantage of the open door policy at the Paisley Pooch, and watch how they take care of your pet.



PASTORAL INSTITUTE YEARS OF SERVICE: The Pastoral Institute (PI) is a board of trustee governed non-profit organization accredited by the Samaritan Institute and the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. Established in October 1974, the PI was born out of a vision that community leaders shared to see the needs of the whole person met, and they believed the PI would be a refuge of healing, clarity and inspiration for those who come seeking help with difficult life experiences. In 2010, the Pastoral Institute dedicated a new campus that provides a wonderful sense of place and possibility with new gardens, a chapel, conference rooms, a community room and dedicated counseling areas for children, teens and adults. SERVICES: For over 37 years, Pastoral Institute has played a vital role in contributing to the well-being and quality of life in the community. Their exceptional counseling services are offered to a widely diverse group of individuals. Not only do they offer counseling for individuals, couples, families and children, they provide counseling and training to area businesses and clergy throughout the nation. They have approximately 60 staff in two locations; the main office in Columbus, Georgia and a satellite office in Valley, Alabama. They are accredited by the Samaritan Center as an organization that provides team-oriented, cost-efficient counseling, education and consultation with an emphasis on the holistic perspective. The Pastoral Institute is committed to restoring hope and transforming lives. 2022 15th Avenue, Columbus, Georgia, 706.649.6500,

PERMANENT COSMETICS BY WENDY YEARS OF SERVICE: After earning a Master’s degree in Information Technology and being a computer programmer for 12 years, Wendy decided it was time to make a change. The birth of her first son motivated her to open her own business and having permanent eyeliner and lip color herself, she knew the difference it could make in a person’s life. Wendy’s career in permanent cosmetics started in 2006 and includes thousands of completed procedures. Her initial training was obtained from the International Institute of Permanent Cosmetics in Orange County, California. To further develop her skills and knowledge she attended advanced training in Phoenix, Arizona, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Anchorage, Alaska. During that time she also kept up an apprenticeship here in Georgia and earned the Certified Permanent Cosmetic Professional (CPCP) national certification.

6501 Veterans Parkway Suite 3-C Columbus, Georgia, 706.576.4939

SERVICES: Permanent Cosmetics by Wendy is about always looking your best and helping people feel better about themselves. They offer permanent eyebrows, eyeliner and lip color designed specifically for each client to give a natural look. Wendy dedicates her professional life fully to permanent cosmetics, working full time on her passion of enhancing her client’s natural beauty. Driven to be the best, Permanent Cosmetics by Wendy always puts continuing education and her client’s safety and satisfaction first. She completes continuing education and blood borne pathogens training yearly. Wendy is referred by the area’s leading plastic surgeons and dermatologists due to her excellent reputation of providing artistic, natural-looking permanent cosmetics.




5592 Whitesville Road, Columbus, Georgia, 706.321.9921,

YEARS OF SERVICE: It is their desire at Petland to make a difference in the communities they serve. For more than 38 years, Petland has been the retail pet industry leader in the area of animal care with ongoing staff training programs, in-store animal husbandry systems and community service programs aimed at placing homeless pets and curbing pet overpopulation in the community. Petland Columbus offers a wide variety of registerable and Adopt-A-PetSM companions just waiting to give you their unconditional love. Their pet counselors are dedicated to matching the right pet with the right customer and meeting the needs of both. For customers who already have pets, they are dedicated to enhancing their knowledge and enjoyment of the human-animal bond.

SERVICES: At Petland Columbus, they believe in customer service the old fashioned way. When you come in you will be greeted by a knowledgeable pet counselor who is there specifically to help you find what you are looking for. Maybe you are looking for a new puppy, bird or small animal; their pet counselors will help you find a pet that is perfect for you. Maybe you have questions about your new pet and need some advise, their pet counselors are there to help. Maybe you just need somebody to carry a huge bag of dog food to your car, their pet counselors only job is to provide you with the best customer service possible. Pet Counselors go through an extensive training program and their education is an on-going process. They focus on learning the proper care for each and every type of pet that Petland carries. They apply that knowledge by matching you with a pet that will work best for you and your environment. Then they help you choose the products needed to fulfill the four basic needs of the pet. Finally, they help you understand how to take care of your new pet when you get it home.

PORT COLUMBUS YEARS OF SERVICE: Located in historic Columbus, Georgia on the Chattahoochee Intra-Coastal Waterway, Port Columbus is the only museum in the world dedicated to telling the complete Naval story of the American Civil War. From the ironclads to steam and sailing ships to the first successful submarines, Port Columbus has gone to great extent to raise, recover and preserve the military and technological advances of the American Civil War Navies. SERVICES: Port Columbus is open 7 days a week and provides individual and group tours and programs to people of all ages. For groups larger than 20, Port Columbus offers a variety of group tours, including many specially crafted to meet state and national educational standards in various subjects. The most recent step in the development of the National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus is the completion of the uSS Water Witch. This full-scale ship representation is situated between the museum and Victory Drive (Hwy 280/27). The commissioning of the completed uSS Water Witch represents one of the most exciting events in Civil War Naval History. The ship is the latest phase to our new educational program platform. In addition, it also acts as a new landmark for Columbus, Georgia, an icon for South Commons, the Gateway to Columbus South and a ‘larger than life’ signpost for Port Columbus. svm 1002 Victory Drive, Columbus, Georgia, 706.327.9798,



Breakfast with By Kristen Brown


LUCY Photos by S. Saxon Hair and Makeup by Jessica Melton

INTERVIEW Columbus-native and aspiring actor, Lucy Sheftall, is a born performer. From family Thanksgiving performances to her earliest days as a kindergarten drama student on stage at the Springer Opera House, she has captivated audiences and found her true calling. Styled here after Audrey Hepburn's character, Holly Golightly, in the classic film Breakfast at Tiffany's, Lucy exudes a refined confidence that remains closely in tune with her unmistakable Southern hospitality. Lucy graciously sat down with SVM on a recent trip to Columbus to discuss her passion for developing characters, her favorite Hollywood starlet, the iconic Audrey Hepburn, and her future aspirations.

‘‘ On stage, focus allows you to be present, moment–to-moment, in the world of the story and available to really listen and respond. How and when did you get involved in theater? From a very early age, I loved art in general; visual art, making up stories and plays, etc. I’d dress up as my characters and perform for my family often at inconvenient times when I had them captive, like every year at Thanksgiving. The first role that I ever became hell-bent on eventually playing was “Mary” in a Christmas Pageant. What would you say is your greatest strength in performing? Developing characters. I really strive to be thorough in my research and development for every role. Personally, bringing a character to life as authentically as possible is my highest goal as an actor. After all, an actor’s contribution to telling a story is representing the


people of the story. There’s always a period of struggle with character development: I hit walls or feel stuck, but in the end, if I “nail down” the honesty of a character every single night of a performance, there’s not a more rewarding feeling to me. Did you have any teachers and/or mentors who really encouraged you to pursue theater and had a powerful impact on your desire to follow this path? Sharon Jiles, the drama teacher at Brookstone School supported and was invested in every student’s potential. She always encouraged me, helped me with my college audition material, and remains a dear friend to this day. At Syracuse, I had several very influential teachers that inspired me.


INTERVIEW What roles do you most like to play? Honestly, I would happily play any roles at this stage in my life. Lately, I’ve been playing characters that have a secret that becomes revealed or are misunderstood by other characters, until there’s a dramatic revelation and I show them there’s more to me than meets the eye It’s a joy when I get to have versatility among the roles I play: temperaments, socio-economic backgrounds, cultures, and time periods.

If you could perform on any stage in the world, which would you choose? Well, Broadway is a dream for all actors who love doing stage work, but more specifically, I’d love to perform at Lincoln Center. Any of the theaters at the National Theatre in London would be unbelievable to perform in! And two stages I’ve had the good fortune to perform on in my life that I hope to perform on again some day are Shakespeare’s Globe in London and the Springer Opera House in Columbus.

Dialects are divine; during the last six months I’ve gotten to do West Texan and RP English dialects and I’ve had a ball!

Where did you study/develop as an actress? The Human Experience Theatre, The Springer Opera House, Brookstone School, Walnut Hill School Summer Theatre in Massachusetts, Boston university Summer Theatre Institute, Carnegie Mellon university Summer PreCollege, Syracuse university BFA Acting program and their study abroad program at Shakespeare’s Globe in London.

In the theatre world, there are the roles that all young actresses dream of playing one day like, “Juliet”, “Nina” in TheSeagull, “Blanche DuBois, and I’m no different. You were involved with the production for an off-Broadway play. What was the play and were you satisfied with the results? The play I was a co-producer for and actor in was Pluck the Day. It was selected by the Broadway production company, The Araca Group, among three others to receive an off-broadway theatre slot and matching grant for raised donations.

actresses dream of playing one day like, “Juliet”, “Nina” in The Seagull, “Blanche DuBois”, and I’m no different. In general, I’ve always hoped to play characters from almost every period of history. Playing someone foreign - Russian, German, or French - would be amazing and I’ve also had this desire to play characters with careers that in real life I wouldn’t want to have, but I’d sure love to “make believe” as: lawyers, doctors, politicians, and secret agents. What should we be on the lookout for next? In two weeks, my show Enchanted April opens at the Heights Players in New York City. It runs from January 11-22, three or four days a week. It’s such a sweet show; it’s a British “dramedy” set in 1922. I play “Lady Caroline Bramble.” svm

Which actors and actresses inspired you early on? are they the same today? I adored watching Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady growing up! She was so enchanting as “Eliza Doolittle”. She not only made me want to act, but she made me want to play that part. She also became my favorite old Hollywood icon. After reading her biographies, I admired her role as a crusading humanitarian with uNICEF after her own years of hardship in WWII Amsterdam. She presented a significant link to be as an aspiring actor between wanting to tell people’s stories and wanting to help them. Do you have any dream roles you think are perfectly suited for you, or something completely opposite that you’d love to try as a big challenge one day? In the theatre world, there are the roles that all young

The play was a "dramedy" set in the middle of nowhere West Texas about young people being confined in some way and experiencing a 'failure to launch." I was very pleased with the results both artistically and professionally - with great thanks to gracious donors from Columbus.

Enchanted. Lucy with the cast of

What do you think makes a successful performer? Well, first off, like other demanding jobs, it’s a given that to be successful, actors must be professional; collaborative, articulate, grounded, dedicated, confident, and enjoyable to be around. In terms of a skill, focus applies to everything! On stage, focus allows you to be present, moment–to-moment, in the world of the story and available to really listen and respond. And for a career of such ups and downs, actors need other passions/pursuits, solid relationships, and a steadfast sense of his/herself, as a firm foundation.

Lucy on the set of Enc hanted.



CSM Ricky and Angie Young with Chelle and BG Tom James.

Nancy and Thomas Carlisle.

Mim Hallock, MG Robert Brown and Evelyn Nichol.


CSM Steven McClaflin, Jacquie Rawls and Jackie McClaflin.

Photos by Stephanie Cosby and Ed Barker

TH E EVEN T: On December 11, 2011 the Annual Christmas Social was held at the home of Ft. Benning Maneuver Center of Excellence (Riverside) Commanding General, Major General Robert Brown and his wife Patti. Jerry Newmann and Bill Putman

TH E PU R PO SE: The event, a tradition for the Commanding General of Ft. Benning, brought members of the military and Columbus communities together during the holidays. svm John and Sissy Hargrove

Regina and Lt. Col. Frank Schuster, SGM Bernd Rabenstein.

Riverside. Patti Brown, Congressman Sanford Bishop Jr., Mary Lou Austin and Vivian Bishop.



Dr. Larry and Gina DiChiara

Patti and MG Robert Brown with their granddaughter Hazel Calway. Toni and Mark Morrison

Christmas Social At Riverside A Ft. Benning Tradition Marleen and Marc OliviĂŠ

Betsy Leebern, Jacquie Rawls and Candie Wojokowski.

Martin, Janice and Robert Pfotenhaue.

Anne Marie and Daniel Agers Betty and Cecil Cheeves

COL (P) Walt and Cynthia Piatt and Chelle and BG Tom James .

Lauren and Tim Mescon



Noteworthy Parties 1

By Kristen Brown • Photos by Amy McDow and Borden Black he Columbus Symphony Guild (CSG) proudly presents the 2012 Noteworthy Party Season in memory of a very dedicated patron of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra (CSO), Susan B. Cochran. The Guild will donate proceeds from its Thirty-Fourth Noteworthy Dinner Series (1978-2012) to the CSO in her honor.


Susan Cochran was the first president under the reorganization of what was then called the Columbus Symphony Women’s Association in1978. After moving to Columbus with her husband, Butch, and attending the first Columbus Symphony performance at the Three Arts Theater she recognized the need for a major fundraiser and she intended to find a way to make that happen. Susan presented a great idea that she had seen executed in her hometown of Jackson, Mississippi and with the help of Sherry Wade and other dedicated volunteers, the Gourmet Dinners were born. The dinners became some of the most anticipated social events of the year. For more than thirty years, hosts and hostesses have given a wide variety of parties in their homes and other venues throughout the area. There have been many different themes and styles to please both young and old. The CSO has benefitted greatly from the funds raised over the years and appreciates the countless hours put in by volunteers who plan the series yearly. This year’s Dinner Series will have you dancing, participating in a mystery event, enjoying a day on the water, or “traveling” to several exotic locations! With the variety of options to choose from, there is truly something for everyone in the lineup this year. Mark your calendars for fabulous feasts and fun times with friends all to benefit the CSO and in memorandum of Susan Cochran. svm

Mark Your Calendars Sherlock’s Mystery Dinner Theatre .........................................March 8th Hosted by JJ and Kate Musgrove Spring for the Bridge.............................................................March 29th Hosted by Babette Rothschild Same Day Catch Lobster Feast ..................................................April 6th Hosted by Robert and Judy Ottman Cocktails and Croquet on Broadway........................................April 28th Hosted by Chuck and Cathy Williams Phantom of the Opera.................................................................May 3rd Hosted by Arlene Lowery Rolling on the River ...................................................................May 5th Hosted by Al and Barbara Gaston Philippine Island Delight.........................................................June 10th Hosted by Fred and Pat Oehrlein The Noteworthy Book is available online at or from the CSG office by calling 708.256.3647. Call the CSG office today to make your reservations.




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Noteworthy Parties

1 Awaiting their Noteworthy Party guests, The Slavich Family takes a moment and poses in front of their 1850's Greek Revival home. The home was caught in the cross-fire of the Battle of West Point on April 16, 1865. 2 Guests learned about the fully restored Civil War Fort at a reception before dinner and dancing at the Slavich Home. 3 Dr. and Mrs. Mark Fortson stopped to read a historical marker during the reception at Fort Tyler. 4 Mrs. Suzette Mauzon at the Plantation Dinner and Ball. 5 Displayed on the dining room table were a top hat, cane, neckties and doctor's bag which all belonged to Dr. Asa Griggs, the home's original owner. Also displayed were a pair of porcelain vases that had been buried in the yard during the Civil War and dug up afterwards. 6 Hawaiian dancers at the party hosted by CSM Daniel and AnneMarie Agers, Borden Black and Nelson McGahee. 7 Faye Carles and Shirley Baker. 8 AnneMarie Agers and Stella Schabbehar. 9 Dr. Fred and Mrs. Pat Oehrlein co-hosted the Plantation Dinner and Ball with Dr. Lewis and Mrs. Sheila Slavich. 10 Jan and Tom Tilkens, CSM Daniel Agers, Daniel Agers III (standing in front), AnneMarie Agers, and Borden Black.








NFL great Bart Starr visited Columbus as the featured speaker at this year’s Dr. Clarence C. Butler Service and Leadership Awards Dinner. Interview by Kristen Brown

art Starr is arguably the most well-known and influential football quarterback of all time. He was a 17th round draft choice of the Green Bay Packers in 1956 and soon became one of the NFL's greatest field leaders.


By 1960, Starr led Green Bay to the Western Division championship, the first in a long run of successes for the Packers.


Starr ended up playing for 15 years as a quarterback and rose to become one the greatest players the team has seen. He used his intelligence and skill to lead the Packers to five NFL titles and two Super Bowl Championships. He was honored three times as Most Valuable Player- once as a Green Bay Packer MVP in 1966 and MVP of Super Bowls I and II.

INTERVIEW In 1977 he was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame. Starr has won a number of awards, including NFL Award for Citizenship and the Byron White Award. Bart Starr was the man who helped make a name for the Green Bay Packers and he will always be respected for his hardworking attitude and perseverance. Bart Starr is the featured speaker at this year’s Dr. Clarence C. Butler Service and Leadership Awards Dinner. He graciously sat down with SVM to discuss his upbringing in a military family, the power of goal setting and discipline, and his involvement with an amazing organization that helps at risk adolescents. You grew up in a military family, with a father who served in both the army and air Force. How did that impact your childhood? It impacted me greatly. At a very early age I came to appreciate the importance of discipline and that was just a great thing to happen in my life. We moved around several times with my father to different parts of the country, so that was also a bonus. We lived mostly in Montgomery, Alabama, but he was transferred to Fort Ord in California, which is north of Monterey, so we were able to live near the Monterey area for a time. It was beautiful and a big change of environment from Alabama. I’m fortunate that I got to see many different parts of the country growing up.

Coach Vince Lombardi and quarterback Bart Starr during a game at City Stadium in 1961.

Having played college football at the university of alabama. What does this year's national Championship mean to you? It’s very meaningful and I’m extremely proud of Coach Saban and his team and coaches. We were just ecstatic! You had many great accomplishments during your professional football career with the green Bay Packers, including five nFl titles, two super Bowl championships and three MVP awards. Do you have one that you treasure the most? Well the greatest memory is the experience I had playing with the Green Bay Packers because it is a wonderful organization. You have to really experience it to understand what I’m saying, but to be in a city that size and win a world championship is just beyond description, so that was a great thrill. Another great thrill, and my favorite of all those championships, was the “Ice Bowl” against the Dallas Cowboys in 1967. The temperature was well below freezing; actually it was below zero degrees. It was really cold and that game took on the name and has been known as the “Ice Bowl” ever since. It was quite an experience. You are well-known for promoting hard work and dedication to achieve goals. Who instilled this tendency in you and how do you promote it to younger generations? My father instilled that in me. Being a military man he was driven and I’ll always appreciate that growing up as a youngster I saw those experiences continually. I think what you do is teach youngsters, as a parent, a teacher in a classroom and beyond, the importance of having goals and objectives. And in order to reach those goals and objectives you need to have a plan. I think when you have those motivators in front of you it’s amazing what you can accomplish.

Bart Starr accepting the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Year award from Phil Simms on behalf of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. in 2011. Former Alabama quarterback Bart Starr poses for a photo when he played for the Crimson Tide. /Bryant Museum

as the co-founder of the rawhide Boys ranch in Wisconsin, how do you continue to combat the impact of drugs and violence on adolescent boys? My wife and I were honored to be invited to be cofounders by another couple in the area years ago. We went out to look at the site of where this was going to be, to find out what the objectives were going to be, and how they were going to put a plan in place by which to reach those objectives. We were so impressed by what we saw and immediately wanted to be a part of it. I am not there on a daily basis like those at the ranch, but we have a great leader and Executive Director in John Solberg. He is the one who is there every day and he’s a person everyone needs to be aware of because he is a true leader. When you are trying to accomplish something of this nature, you need to have a strong leader. He has been there for many years and really makes it work. Hanging on the wall across from me in my office is a wonderful picture of the entrance to the Rawhide Boys Ranch that I look at every day; I just love it and it reminds me what it’s all about. svm



right is still a newcomer to the salon scene in Columbus, but in less than a year, the Midtown based salon has established a great reputation and set itself apart from the pack. They not only established a business built on customer satisfaction and outstanding service, they became the only authorized Kerastase salon south of Atlanta in the state of Georgia.




Escape into a world of innovation,

Kerastase is a French luxury line of hair care exclusivity, indulgence and products that is unparalleled in science and elegance’ with Kérastase technology. The brand itself values performance, at Bright Salon expertise, personalization and beauty and prides itself on offering customers a superior brand “that is classic and modern, audacious yet not provocative, aspirational without being inaccessible.” These unique attributes, combined with the commitment to consumers, are the reason Bright and Kerastase go hand in hand. Bright believes that healthy hair is beautiful hair. That belief drives their commitment to offer hair treatments unique in the area; including customizable concentre treatments that penetrate deep into the cortex of the hair, providing instant results. Bright’s hair treatments range from $25.00 to $45.00 making beautiful, healthy hair something everyone can achieve. The most preferred and recommended treatment at Bright is the Kerastase Fusio-Dose. These offer a profound hair transformation with seven exclusive patents by La Recherche Avancee L’Oreal. This extremely concentrated blend of ingredients is customized for each guest, addressing their primary and secondary needs and lasting up to five weeks. With the customization and long lasting effect, this is a must try for anyone who needs to show their hair a little love. Beyond the high-quality products and exclusive treatments offered at Bright, they strive to offer a uniquely personal level of customer service and highly-trained staff. In order to achieve this, Bright offers weekly insalon training and off-site education that helps stylists fine-tune their techniques and remain current on the latest industry trends. Bright hosts many events at the salon including treatment parties, styling classes, and much more. svm • 706.221.1177





It’s all about Nautical this spring. This trend has become a classic, it has a saucy, bold flair that lends pizazz – i.e stripes in bold blue and white, navy and gold colors and anchor motifs. Photos by R. Caligaris and S. Saxon

Nautical trends are always a safe investment being that the looks are crisp, clean, classy and elegant. Sunshine Lace Up Tunic Suiting Pant Long Gold Chain Necklace Blue Stone Bracelet


FASHION Keep the look chic and classic (think Jackie O and Audrey Hepburn) with a few bold accents added in and it’s hard to go wrong! Medallion Halter Top Braided Waist Trouser Jean Chain Detail Cardigan Blue Stone Bracelet


FASHION So if you love this look, dressed up and rock your stripes. Navy lovers unite. The nautical look is back!


Graduated Stripe Dress Chain & Stone Bracelet Neutral Stretch Bracelet




January is that time of year when we dream of escaping the winter chill for sunshine, the seaside, sailboats and, frankly, anything spring. Border Print Open Shoulder Top Flare Jean Drop Stone Earrings

MODEL: Lindsey Braxton CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES: CachĂŠ, Peachtree Mall, Columbus, Georgia 706.571.0921, HAIR AND MAKEUP: Lauren Kelly and Barbara Baswell for Bright Salon, 1328 13th Street, Columbus, Georgia 706.221.1177, SPECIAL THANKS: Eagle & Phenix Mills


EVENT Greg Pridgen, Monte Galbraith and Bill Scarbrough.

Dick, Louisa, and Mimi Childs.

FRONT ROW: Catherine Melissa Galbraith, Carolyn Bailey Robinson, Mary-Martin White, Elizabeth Renee Sudduth and Kyle Anne Scarbrough. BACK ROW: Anne Alstyne Gravlee, Elizabeth Anne Lingo, Grace Helen Straus, Mary Reynolds Porter, Courtney Ann King and Patricia Avery Carreker. Banks Carroll, Lisa Galbraith and Cheryl Carroll.

Zach Rathel and Elizabeth Sudduth

COTILLION Mark Porter, Chris Harman and Al Ramsay.

Ball Photos by Margie Richardson

TH E EVEN T:The Cotillion Club of Columbus honored eleven young ladies at the annual Ball December 27 at the Country Club of Columbus. TH E PU R PO SE: While the Cotillion Club provides entertainment for its members and families, great emphasis is placed on the earnest support and cooperation of members in community service. This year the debutantes participated in a community service project. svm

Alstie Gravlee with her escort, Jack Warren.

Pete Robinson and Russ Carreker

Carroll Pound, Katie Turner, Nancy King, Leslie Slaughter and Lynn White.


EVENT Don and Nicole Farley

Worth Williams, Landy Sudduth and Betsy Ramsay.

Alstie Gravlee, Elizabeth Lingo, Gracie Straus, Carolyn Robinson, Avery Carreker, Mary-Martin White and Courtney King.


2012 COTILLION Jack Sherrer, Lucy Sheftall, McKay Sheftal and Gracie Straus.

Rachel, Greg and Kelly Pridgen.

Courtney and Nancy King Weesie Laney, Mimi Coplan and Alice Douglas.

Laura Porter, Bo Kamensky, Mary Reynolds Porter, Andrew Carroll and Catherine Galbraith.


EVENT Nicholas Caligaris, AJ Cheek, Jack Sherrer and Wesley Nicholson.



Steve and Kent Butler

Catherine Galbraith, Kyle Scarbrough and Elizabeth Sudduth.

Jane Christopher, Will Varner, Caroline and Ellie Christopher.

Elizabeth Lingo, Avery Carreker, Morgan Batson, Megan Ray and Elizabeth Sudduth.

Margie Richardson, Shelley Miller, Mary Lynne Cumiskey, Sara Wilson and Elizabeth Knight.

Stevenson, Swain, Bill and Alstie Gravlee, Heidi Buie and Will Gravlee.




For Chris and Shelly Blanton, a dream became a reality when they partnered with Mark Alexander to build their home in Midland, Georgia. By Kristen Brown • Photos by R. Caligaris


n 2001, newly engaged Chris and Shelly spotted a home in Southern Living magazine and fell in love. Jokingly, they saved the picture and hoped that one day they could build it for their family. When that day came, they pulled out the saved picture and commissioned the help of contractor Mark Alexander. Loving the look of the home, he jumped on board and called on his father, architect Joe Alexander, to modify the floor plan for a single family home while maintaining the integrity of the exterior.



The result is a gorgeous lakeside home on 4 acres of land designed in a low country style with 3 bedrooms and 3 and ½ bathrooms. Sprawling covered porches in the front and back of the home, along with 2 decks provide the perfect place for a relaxing afternoon gazing at the lake and sipping southern sweet tea. A dream home became a beautiful reality for the Blanton’s and they even dedicated their son in the living room of their home surrounded by their pastor, family and friends.


ABOVE: The bright and elegant living room features a marble fireplace accented by the painting overhead and brightly colored striped drapes from Hinson Galleries. The sofa is a green raw silk fabric from Fine & Funky, framed by matching lamps purchased at Cotton Blossom. The antique secretary to the left of the fireplace belonged to Shelly’s grandparents. The French doors to the left of the sofa lead out to a beautiful deck and provide tranquil views of the lake. BELOW: The formal dining table is set with china that belonged to Shelly’s late grandmother and Waterford crystal that was a wedding gift. The chandelier, from Beals Lighting, provides the perfect rustic and elegant accent. The matching wood dining chairs were upholstered by Walter Mansfield. The drapes are done in a lovely silk fabric from Valley Fabrics and sewn by Liz Allison. The oriental rug is from Hinson Galleries and the grand dining table was found at Scott’s Antique Market in Atlanta.

COLORFUL FABRICS. Midland felt like home to Shelly, who is from the area, and has proven to be as peaceful and serene as the woods and water that originally attracted them to the plot of land. From fishing on the lake, to running and walking in the woods, they have the feel of the country while remaining close to town. Interior design was done by Shelly with the help Mallory Harris and Lauren Bryan during the building process. Close friend Sharon White also assisted in the original selection of paint colors, tile, carpeting and hardwood. More recently, Carol Fortune and Marilyn Bush from Blueberry Hill, helped facilitate some redesign and staging in the home. Joyce Fiame of Hinson Galleries played a decorating role and Greg Sparks of Greg’s Contracting did all the interior and exterior paint. The low country style is accentuated throughout the home with several family antiques combined with fresh pieces and pops of colorful fabrics. svm



ABOVE: An expansive and open kitchen boasts a large granite island from Countertop Solutions adorned with stools upholstered by Walter Mansfield. Gourmet stainless steel appliances, like the Viking four-burner stove top, vent hood and warming drawer, are from Daniel Appliance. Navajo white cabinets layered with a chocolate glaze bring rich color into the space and contrast the mahogany wood of the island. Oil rubbed bronze faucets are from E&E Plumbing. The kitchen opens to the formal dining room and allows adequate space for entertaining. BELOW: A pleasant place to enjoy your morning coffee is just off the den in the breakfast room that is decorated with French Country flair. The table and chairs, from Hinson Galleries, provides an intimate table for four, or expands up to ten feet to accommodate more guests. A Brooke Douglas painting sits cheerfully above the rich wood buffet. The table settings, Spode in Woodland pattern, reflect Chris’ passion for hunting and the dough bowl filled with pinecones in the center of the table belonged to his great grandmother.

ABOVE: The cozy den also features a slate tile fireplace and brick paver flooring done by Columbus Flooring & More and flows into the separate breakfast room. A painting of the Italian countryside by Sheryl Connelly bought at Scott’s Antique Market adorns the mantle and the large slate coffee table was purchased at Hinson Galleries. French doors in this room also open to the calming retreat of the outdoor deck. Bamboo shades were installed by Barry Berndt of Berndt Company and contrast the light tan of the frieze carpeting from Columbus Flooring & More.


HOME LEFT: A soothing couple’s retreat, the master bedroom features a Ralph Lauren bed frame and Drexel night stands from Hinson Galleries that match a large armoire purchased at an auction in Pine Mountain, Georgia. The mirrored lamps beside the bed are from Fine & Funky. Small egg prints found at Scott’s Antique Market were framed by at Christensen Studio and Hardwick Photography & Framing to match the room’s décor. The bed linens were purchased from Valley Fabrics and sewn by Liz Allison.


THEIR PASTOR, FAMILY AND FRIENDS. ABOVE: The master bath provides a true escape from reality, complete with custom cabinetry by TNT of Phenix City and a custom-made ottoman. Tumbled marble by Clark Tile & Marble surrounds the spa style bathtub, complete with television at one end to enjoy while soaking at the end of a long day. The rustic mirrors are from Hinson Galleries and contrast the light granite counters from Countertop Solutions. LEFT: Four-year-old son Smith has a room fit for a growing boy. Adorned with blue and green plaid fabric from Valley Fabrics and monogrammed shams done by Cherry Zebra, the fun frog fabric Roman shades were sewn by Liz Allison. The wooden night stand was another find from Scott’s Antique Market and beds are from the children’s furniture collection at Hinson Galleries.







G.E.N.E.S.I.S. Gospel Choir

Ben Link and Alee Morrison


Lisa and Jeremy Jeffery

Photos By S. Saxon TH E EVEN T: On Sunday, January 8th the Columbus Museum hosted a Gospel Brunch. Guests dined on an array of delectable New Orleans-style breakfast and lunch items while listening to soulful music provided by the G.E.N.E.S.I.S. Gospel Choir. TH E PU R PO SE:The event celebrated the roots of rock and roll music with MAGIC 101.3 radio personality Edgar Champagne “The Leader of Beautiful People Everywhere”, New Orleans style cuisine, and live music by G.E.N.E.S.I.S. Gospel Choir. Afterward, guests were welcomed to tour the Sound and Vision: Monumental Rock & Roll Photography Exhibition. Each artist in the exhibition captured rock and roll’s most notable and memorable figures of the last five decades with images that are startling, poignant and remarkable. svm Abbie Edens and Mary Luby

Jane and Bruno Zupan

Toni and Mark Morrison

Maxine, Prather, Catherine, Camille and Edward Hudson.


Ansley Forsberg, Alice Kenny, Peggy Scarborough Eliza Mason and Marsha Mason.




1 Jimi Hendrix, London, 1967, pigment print on watercolor paper by Gered Mankowitz. 2 Madonna, Paris, 1984, pigment print on watercolor paper by Claude Gassian. 3 Mick Jagger, London, 1968, pigment print on watercolor paper by Baron Wolman. 4 The Who, London, 1968, pigment print on watercolor paper by Art Kane.



SHOTS The Follies Troopers

Melissa Ingle, Amy Walters, Meredith King (JLC President-elect), and Julie King.

Lisa Powers, Ethelyn Riley, Libbie Key, Jaime Donegan and Mary Boyd.

Crystal Trawick, Jaime Donegan and Whitney Pease.

he Junior League of Columbus held the “Meet The Director� on January 16 at the Downstairs at the Loft in anticipation of the 2012 Follies. Whitney Pease and Crystal Trawick are serving as chair and co-chair of the 2012 production and Jaime Donegan is the 2012 Follies Director. The 2012 Follies took place at the CSU university Hall. svm


Photos by S. Saxon

Ginny Lawrence, Crystal Shahid, Amy Adams (JLC President) and Jessica Pate.

Lane Riley with Ben and Christy Hubbard.

Margie Richardson, Crystal Shahid and Darlene Hughes. Stephanie and John Pezold

Maggie Portillo, Meg Perkins, Sara Dismuke, Margaret Ward, and Mia Rice

Amy Palmer, Christy Hubbard, Cathryn Pease and Amanda Baker.




Photos by S. Saxon

Marina Savashynskaya is a name you may not have heard yet, but as a student at Columbus State University and a budding artist, you may have unknowingly come across her artwork currently featured at the Columbus Museum. Born in Minsk, Belarus and transplanted to Columbus at age 9, she discovered her appreciation for art and an interest in painting during her second year of high school. Marina sat down with SVM to discuss her draw toward abstract and surrealist styles, taking an analytical approach to understanding art, and her most famous influences, Picasso and Dali. You are originally from Russia, can you tell us a little more about your background? I came to Columbus from Russia when I was nine years old with my mom.




and emotion that presents itself in an otherwise still subject. I want to take an ordinary face and turn it inside out, to paint the emotion before the face. Are there any special artists or mentors that have influenced your pursuit in art? In what ways? I respect and admire any artist that created something new that hasn’t been done before. Picasso and Dali are the most revolutionary artists in my opinion and I am inspired by every aspect of their art.

Did your move impact the creative process of your artwork? How has your creative process changed as a result? I didn’t really start taking painting seriously until my first years of high school. However, when I lived in Russia my mom and I traveled to different places in Europe and visited many different museums which I believe laid the foundation for my interest in art.

As far as mentors, my high school art teacher, Mrs. Butler, had the most influence on me as artist because she encouraged me to do what I was good at, therefore making me better.

Much of your work is very colorful. Do you work with any specific styles or subject matter? I tend to paint in surrealistic and abstract styles because that’s what comes most natural to me.The subject matter is always different; the only element that remains the same is the movement

How long do your paintings normally take? Do you do any research before you begin or do you dive right in? They usually take as little or as long as they need to. If it needs to be done in a day, it will be, but if I have months to work on a project I will use the full time frame.


SVM Cover, Oil On canvas. 2012




ARTISTS IN MY OPINION AND I AM INSPIRED BY EVERY ASPECT OF THEIR ART.’’ Generally I like to do research on the idea, but I don’t like to sketch out the full painting because I believe if you know exactly what a painting will be, you might as well not even do it. Many artists have a dream project that they would love the opportunity to fulfill. Do you have a dream project you would like to share with us? I want to one day contribute something meaningful to the art world. That is what I aim for as a general goal, rather than a specific project. What does the future hold for Marina Savashynskaya the artist? My ultimate goal is to own my own gallery, displaying my art and the works of other artists. I want to advocate for art that is different and original and strays away from artwork that lacks a deeper meaning. svm



Ray of Light

Jump start Spring with fresh choices and romantic flair Photos by R. Caligaris and S. Saxon


FASHION Try a peasant blouse this season, combining a classic silhouette with an updated girly print, this look is casual and refined. Snake Print Peasant Top Denim Trouser With Embellished Pocket Mesh Link Bracelet


FASHION Soft pastel colors bring out the girly side in you. Lighter yellow, sweet peach and shades of blue will definitely take the lead this spring. Choose subtle details like layered ruffles to add an extra femine touch. Shoe Print Ruffle Blouse Braide Waist Denim Trouser Neutaual Stretch Bracelet Stone And Chain Earring



Coral is one of the hottest hues of Spring 2012. Pair a coral top with crisp wide-leg trouser pants, a skinny belt and gold accents for a fresh, flirty look. Coral Charmeuse Blouse Sorbet Stretch Bracelet Set Trouser with Chain Belt


A cascade of romantic ruffles adds a decidedly feminine look to the deep navy shade of a chic sleeveless blouse in sheer fabric. Sheer Ruffle Blouse Chain and Stone Bracelet White Trousers with Gold Chain

MoDEL: Olivia Watts CLoTHiNG AND ACCESSoRiES: CachĂŠ, Peachtree Mall, 706.571.0921, HAiR AND MAkEuP: Jessica Singletary and Christina Hall for Salon NG, 298 Veterans Parkway Suite 2G, 706.494.2940, PHoToGRAPHy: R. Caligaris and S. Saxon SPECiAL THANkS: Rachel Crumbley, Marla Caligaris, Kristen Brown and Jessica Melton.


EVENT Dr. Tommy and Susan Lawhorne

Gwen and James Johnson and Mac Plummer.

Dr. Clarence C. Butler Service and Leadership Award Dinner Patty and Dr. George Lipscomb Dr. John Cabelka and Matt Moore

Ken and Sandy Coolik

Photos By S. Saxon THE GALA:  On January 24th, the St. Francis Foundation celebrated its 8th annual Dr. Clarence C. Butler Service and Leadership Award Dinner at the Columbus Ironworks and Trade Center. THE HONOREE: The 2012 recipient of the Dr. Clarence C. Butler Award is a man who has served his patients, hospital and the Columbus area for almost 50 years and is pioneer in interventional radiology and the first physician to perform balloon angioplasty at St Francis Hospital, Dr. George E. Lipscomb. FEATURED SPEAKER: Bart Starr, former Green Bay Packers quarterback and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, was the special guest and featured speaker. Starr is well-known for his hard work on and off the field and was honored three times as Most Valuable Player- once as a Green Bay Packer MVP in 1966 and MVP of Super Bowls I and II. PURPOPSE:  The Butler Service and Leadership Award was created to honor the memory of the esteemed Dr. Clarence C. Butler, who left a lasting legacy of excellence. The annual award recognizes individuals, like Dr. Butler, who have had a significant impact on the quality of health care in our region. svm

Melanie Lipscomb, Patty Lipscomb, Kathryn Godwin, Debbie Lipscomb and Molly Lipscomb.

Sonny and Lisa White, Claude and Molly Scarbrough.


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EVENT Marc and Marleen Olivie, Rachel Plummer, Kent Butler and Allison Granger.

Vance and Michelle Smith, Pat and Dexter Jordan. Corie Greenblatt and Jessie Wright

Martin Drake, Jessica Pate and Casey Sorrell.

Jolyn and A. J. Morris, Tammy Beck and Nita Dixit. Dr. Fred and Freddie Meine, Dr. David and Mary Varner.

Dr. Clarence C. Butler Services and Leadership Award Dinner

Bart Starr and Robert Granger

Art and Sue Smith, Tenchy and Dr. Charlie Ray.

Tammy and Don Beck, Sally Turner and Helen Johnson.






FOOD stylist

INC approach creativity, budget and change while listening to our clients and making sure we provide what is not just asked of us but what they deserve. vent and Food Stylist Jamie Keating, CEC is well-known in Columbus, Georgia for his exquisite cuisine and amazing events. He is the owner and chef of the premier catering company, Jamie Keating Culinary, Inc. that manages The RiverMill Event Centre.



ith Spring just around the corner I felt the need to discuss some of the processes we go through in planning events such as weddings, galas and fundraising events.



Every event, no matter what the cause or theme is, deserves to be elegant and unique. The food should be delicious and presentable, but also affordable.


We cater several events on an annual basis that we really enjoy such as; Alzheimer’s “Dancing with the Stars”, PAWS, Columbus Symphony “Toast of the Town”, American Cancer Society Crystal Ball, Mardi Gras Ball, Master Circle, March of Dimes, Steeplechase Weekend, Strike out Leukemia, Heart Ball and Arthritis “‘Bone Bash”!

Columbus Museum’s Let There Be Art! had its inaugural event in 2011. The menu and theme featured items selected through a process we adhere to for most events that includes; meeting with the clients to pinpoint their vision, creating a well-balanced menu, managing location specifications, and staying within the budget provided. With 2011 behind us, it is necessary to reflect on last year’s events with a vigilant eye. I met with the committee to discuss areas for improvement and how can we build on the foundation we laid last year to make 2012 even better. I found it fitting to share with you the point of view from my sous chef, Ben Stein. He artistically describes the way we at JK Culinary,



New to us this past year were GUSTO and Let There Be Art!

BEN: A chef’s life is surrounded by consistency. Every morning my coffee is the same; I drive to the same RiverMill in the same car; I fold my towels, button my chef jacket, and wear my apron the same way every day. Consistency is the hallmark of any good restaurant. However, consistency can start to make you feel like Bill Murray in Groundhog’s Day. That’s when we have to find ways to fight consistency’s evil cousin: Complacency. Every event we do has the right to be special. More often than not, it is the details that take an event over the top. A bride’s favorite drink or an ice carving decorated with flowers in the center of a ballroom, these are the things that can bring uniqueness to an event. Being a Chef, some part of me feels connected to nature. I take what Mother Nature has provided and I make something special with it. It is only appropriate that she has her own system for fighting the mundane. Every year around March she brings that system to my doorstep; a wonderful sense of renewal that is Spring. svm

FEATURE RISOTO Risotto is a traditional Italian dish that is incredibly versatile when it comes to adding additional flavors. This is a basic risotto recipe to that can be built into a single-pan meal or served as an accompaniment to a main dish.

Ingredients 1 cup Aborio rice 2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil 1/2 large onion, small dice 3 cloves minced garlic 1/3 cup dry white wine 5 cups hot chicken stock ¼ cup grated asiago or parmesan cheese ¼ cup heavy cream 1 tablespoon unsalted butter to finish Artichokes Serves 4-5

Directions In a large sauté pan add the oil and bring to medium-high heat. Once oil is hot, add the onions and sauté until translucent. In a separate sauce pot, add the stock and heat to a simmer. Add the rice to the onions and stir to coat. Carefully stir the rice for three minutes. Keep the rice moving to avoid browning. Deglaze the pan with white wine and add the garlic. Stir the mixture until wine is evaporated and garlic is tender. Slowly add the hot stock one cup at a time to avoid splashing. Do not add another cup of stock until the previous has been completely absorbed. This helps to avoid over-cooking and achieve the correct texture of the rice. When rice becomes firm but not mushy, add the cream and stir. Once the cream is incorporated, add the butter and cheese. Stir to combine. Add desired flavorings and serve. You can think of risotto as an empty canvas that is open to any color–or in this case, flavor. Spring is perfect time to get fresh produce that goes well with risotto. Add items right before the butter and cheese just to heat them through: grilled chicken, wild mushrooms, asparagus, English peas, truffle oil, fresh herbs, lemon zest and juice, sundried tomatoes, roasted peppers, and artichokes- just to name a few!

PARALLELE 45 CÔTES DU RHÔNE ROUGE Wine Suggestion This Côtes du Rhône takes its name from the 45th north parallel which runs few miles from the cellars of Maison Paul Jaboulet Aîné. In the village of Pont de l’Isère, a monument symbolizes this line with the inscription: “the South begins here”. Their wines has had this name since the beginning of the 1950s. The most significant development in the history of Paul Jaboulet Aîné for many years, however, came late in 2005, with news that the business, complete with vineyards and stock of back vintages, had been sold to the Frey family, who also own Château La Lagune in Bordeaux. It was reported that French inheritance taxes created the need to sell, but I do wonder whether other reasons, such as a lack of a firm direction, may have played a part. The 2006 vintage is a consistent Grenache-Syrah based blend year in and year out. This wine has plenty of palate appeal, with cherry and blackberry dominating the fruit profile and an attractive smoke and earth contingent supporting. Special Thanks to Brad Bush, Georgia Crown Distributing Co.



The true vodka for connoisseurs who enjoy tasting the source grain in their spirit. By Kristen Brown eter Hjelm, founder and owner of Kanon Vodka, was born in Sweden to a family of cannon manufacturers. Growing up, Peter was instilled with an interest in mechanics and engineering– bikes and cars primarily.


He encountered the city of Åkers Styckebruk and its history with distilling in the 1980’s. Inspired by his discovery of centuries-old bookkeeping records from the old distillery, he set out to refurbish the old Gripsholm Distillery into the modern and eco-friendly facility where Kanon is made and bottled today. Peter’s mission is a vodka that’s not only 100% local and organic, but one that tastes great. Gripsholm Distillery is the only EU and US certified organic distillery from Sweden. Beyond that, Kanon Organic Vodka has a bit of a royal history; previously a cannon manufacturing company from the late 16th century, Gripsholm started supplying vodka to their foundry workers as well as the local people. With 29 pot-still pans, 280 workers and a production of over a million liters of vodka annually, Gripsholm quickly became the largest distillery in Sweden.

Peter Hjelm

Kanon Organic Vodka is distilled from locally grown organic wheat (no chemicals, alterations or additives). While many brands actually redistill their vodka (continuing to purify and refine), Kanon’s unique organic process enables levels of purity with no need for multiple distillations or charcoal filtering. The use of fresh spring water (not public waters) delivers natural flavor without the typical vodka burn; a trait found in very few vodkas today. The nose on the Kanon Organic Vodka is unique. It’s sweet with a nice soft wheat note. There’s a level of complexity to the nose that you don’t find with a lot of vodka. The entry is bursting with flavor. You get big sweet wheat delivered with almost no burn. As strong as the taste is, it feels very nicely rounded so you’re getting an intensity of flavor without a bite. Kanon Organic Vodka–is a vodka for connoiseurs who enjoy tasting the source grain in their spirit. This product is distributed in Columbus by Georgia crown Distributing Co. Expertly crafted and distilled, Kanon shows much more than a play at the ‘organic’ market, with one of the more impressive vodkas you will ever taste. svm


INTERVIEW The Columbus Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is proud to present their 3rd annual Toast of the Town: A Symphony of Food and Wine. The highlyanticipated event will be held on Friday, March 23th beginning at seven in the evening at the RiverMill Event Centre.

By Kristen Brown

For one day only the regions finest chefs will gather together to showcase their absolute best offerings of the south.

Wine toasting will feature selections from some of the most celebrated vineyards in the world. The evening will cost $85 per person, or for $350, guests can experience the V.I.P. treatment with the Connoisseur’s Club. This exclusive package includes two event tickets, special selection wine tasting with special guests, and premium parking. Toast of the Town is the annual fundraiser for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and supports guest artists, young musicians, and educational programs throughout the year. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit or call 706.256.3640.

Cathead Distillery Cathead Distillery in Mississippi is a true home-grown operation. Owners and founders Richard Patrick and Austin Evans strive to provide the highest quality vodka to customers as the first legal distillery in the state, while aligning closely with foundations that support local music, arts and the southern roots of Blues music. Cathead provides $1 of every 750ML sold to help support foundations that agree with their cause. Richard spoke to SVM about the upcoming event.

Chef Rob McDaniel Rob McDaniel is the General Manager and Executive Chef at SpringHouse Restaurant in Alexander City, Alabama. He is passionate about his grandmother’s cooking, supporting local farmers and preserving southern cooking methods. Rob practices his incomparable skills and knowledge of southern traditional cooking and presents exceptional products from local producers in a modern way. What would you consider your signature dish? I have never been good at giving a “signature dish.” I like having the ability to change the menu at anytime. I would rather have people think that the whole menu is special or signature to what we do, progressive southern food.

Can you give us a little background about Cathead Vodka – like the meaning behind your slogan “Mississippi’s first legal distillery”? Mississippi legalized prohibition in 1966 and was the last state to do so. Mississippi has had its share of illegal spirits operations, many of which were devoted to the southern cultural art of making moonshine whiskey; in fact, illegal moonshine stills in the state are still prevalent. With the introduction of Cathead Vodka, people can now enjoy legal liquor that is produced and bottled right here in Mississippi. Aside from your admirable mission to support live music and the arts, what makes Cathead Vodka unique? Cathead Vodka is unique because it tells a story. We wanted something that was representative of the state's heritage. The "cathead figurine" on the bottle was constructed by a blues musician in the Mississippi Delta and has become the logo for the underground blues community. Blues musicians would also refer to each other as "blues cats" or "cats" as a term of respect. For every bottle sold, we donate a $1 to Music Maker Relief Foundation, which is a non-profit that assists blues musicians in many ways; producing records, booking gigs, and even day-to-day needs like food, shelter and medical care. In your first appearance at Toast of the Town, what are you expecting out of the experience? We’re expecting to expose more blues heritage and southern-made products to the South. You list several drink recipes on your web site. Will any of these be feature at Toast of the Town? Which one is your favorite? I don't have a particular favorite; I more enjoy a drink appropriate to the season. We have yet to determine what cocktail we’ll feature at the event, but you must try "The Blues Cat,” the recipe can be found on our web site.

It is well-known that you are passionate about your grandmother’s cooking, supporting local farmers and preserving Southern cooking methods. How do you maintain that enthusiasm for your craft and an innovative approach to new ideas? I really like to cook whatever is fresh and really good. If I know that I can get really good local rabbit one week, then guess what, we are going to have rabbit on the menu. Most of the farmers that I work with understand that philosophy and call me or my sous chef when they are really excited about something they have. There are also things all around us that we don’t use in the kitchen, but could. Just last summer I was walking in the woods with my dog and say a yellow mushroom. After further investigation I realized I had found a Chanterelle. Chanterelle mushrooms are among some of the most prized mushrooms in the world and I had them growing under my nose this whole time. We enjoyed fresh local Chanterelle for the next few months. My grandmothers defiantly didn’t do that. I also try and surround myself with like minded people just recently some of those folks and I created a group called The Front Porch Revival. The goal of The Front Porch Revival is support one another but also spread the word of what southern food is all about and who is making it happen. We hope to do this through dinners and workshops, so keep an eye out.

Owners of Cathead Distillery, Austin Evans and Richard Patrick


In the 3rd year of this highly-anticipated event, what do you hope to contribute to Toast of the Town this year? I have not decided what I’m going to cook for the Taste of the Town yet but be assured it will be fresh and delicious.

INTERVIEW Lambert Bridge Winery Established in 1975, Lambert Bridge Winery in Sonoma County, California is one of the oldest in Dry Creek Valley. They continually strive to raise the quality in everything they do, producing 8,500 cases across 13 different wines, all made in limited lots, while continuing to welcome guests as part of their family. Andy Wilcox is a partner at Lambert Bridge and responsible for national sales and marketing, he ensures the wines are at your favorite restaurants and assists in all phases of winery operations. Lambert Bridge Winery is located in one of the most well-known regions for wine production in the U.S., Sonoma County, California. What makes your products stand out from the rest? Balance and food friendliness! Whether it’s our Chardonnays or any of the other 14 wines we make across our 6,000 cases of total production, it’s the ability to pair food with our well balanced wines that keeps wine club members and guests coming back for more. That being said, there are many moments in life where food is not present and we found out that our wines work just as well as the first sip of the day or while sitting in front of the fireplace with friends and family sharing stories. Either way, we promise that our wines offer the perfect conversation lubrication.

Andy Wilcox and Paige Price Wilcox

How would you describe the Lambert Bridge Winery wine making style? Our style is elegant, refined, and food friendly. We craft small lots of artisanal world-class, blends and varietals, each reflecting an individual and distinguished identity that is consistent vintage to vintage. We spare no expense and we make no compromises in our efforts. Our veteran winemakers, Jill Davis and Jennifer Higgins, lead our efforts by reducing yields in the vineyards to achieve concentrated flavors, sorting our fruit “berry by berry” and choosing to use only French Oak barrels. What Lambert Bridge Winery products will you be featuring at Toast of the Town and how were they chosen for the event? We are coming to Columbus with some of our favorite Bordeaux style blends and even a few surprises that rarely leave the winery tasting room, including our 2009 Bevill Vineyard Viognier. The perfect wine for spicy foods or a nice warm day on the porch, our Viognier combines the aroma of honeysuckle on the nose and baked peach on the finish. After a couple years of helping out with Toast of the Town, we have made some great friends in Columbus and so we are bringing the wines they like the most! Do you have a signature product at Lambert Bridge that you are particularly known for? We are best known for our Bordeaux style blends, including our Crane Creek Cuveé. This signature blend is reminiscent of the great Pomerol wines of France and has a special place in my family’s heart as much of the fruit comes from our tiny 3acre terraced hillside merlot vineyard that sits just a mile south of the winery and about 1,000ft up! You are known for promoting wine as an essential ingredient to any meal, much like salt and pepper. How does this philosophy translate to the Lambert Bridge Winery experience? We take a European approach to wine and believe that it should be incorporated regularly into your life – not just on special occasions. Our vaulted redwood Tasting Room, candle-lit Barrel Room, lavish gardens with private picnic areas, and hillside setting surrounded by redwoods awaken the senses and create a place to relax and linger

Chef Mark Jones Located in North Columbus, Mark’s City Grill prides itself on serving uniquely different dishes with extraordinary flavor. From meatloaf and peanut butter pie to nightly fish specials and the region’s best steaks, food lovers keep coming back to experience the genuine taste and hospitality of Mark’s City Grill. What would you consider your signature dish? I have been preparing dishes for 23 years so it is hard to say I have just one signature dish; I have created several signature dishes throughout those years! I am probably better known for my steaks and different seafood specials. Of course, everyone loves my mother’s Peanut Butter Pie recipe, too! In the 3rd year of this highly-anticipated event, what items will you be featuring at Toast of the Town? At this time we are still working on our menu, but we guarantee to please the palate! What is the most rewarding part of participating in events like this one? I enjoy celebrating food and wine as well as supporting community events. And it is always rewarding to see the community enjoy our food. svm



Brookstone Day of Service

Senior students helped the Anne Elizabeth Shepherd Home

Easter Seals Columbus Dream Center

n January 13th, 277 students from Brookstone School participated in the Brookstone Upper School Day of Service. Students served at 21 different organizations in the community, including: Bridges Learning Center, Easter Seals, Literacy Alliance, Open Door, Feeding the Valley, Azalea Trace Nursing Home, Mercy Med, Oxbow Meadows, Columbus Dream Center, Boys and Girls Club, Columbus Community Center, Girls Inc., National Infantry Museum, PAWS, Sara Spano Clothing Bank, Columbus Botanical Gardens, Keep Columbus Beautiful/Trees Columbus, Pine Mountain Trail, Brown Bag of Columbus, Anne Elizabeth Shepherd Home, and Habitat for Humanity. svm


Habitat for Humanity Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center

Photos by S. Saxon Paws Humane

Columbus Community Center Open Door Community House

Literacy Alliance




Two Columbus couples take a journey in history. By Lindsey Epperly

hen Patsy Leary and Frankie Brown asked me to put together a road trip that would take them back in time, I started doing my research – I love a good challenge. Both of their husbands, cousins Ralph Leary and Kenny Brown, are history buffs and the group wanted to explore the original Lewis and Clark Expedition.


“It was top notch,” Frankie said, “it felt like you were on the trail with Lewis and Clark.”

“We remember history when it’s presented well,” Patsy added. Ralph, the true history lover of the bunch, especially enjoyed the weapons demonstration of flintknapping, the process of shaping stone into arrows and other tools. REMEMBER

Since the entire 3,700 mile trail would have taken “WE quite some time to drive, I mapped out a condensed version that would cover about 1,300 miles. While not a stop on the original trail, the Leary’s and Brown’s requested some time in Rapid City, South Dakota, which is where their trip began. They hopped on a day tour that featured incredible views of Mount Rushmore and highlighted Custer State Park, where they enjoyed buffalo stew at the State Game Lodge, best known as the Summer White House for President Calvin Coolidge.


The next stop, Lolo, Montana, offered a unique addition to the trip’s historical theme: Traveler’s Rest Park, the only archeologically verified Lewis and Clark campsite in the world. Through a series of excavations and comparisons with Lewis and Clark’s journals and military records, archeologists have been able to identify specific areas of the campsite. The couples loved the significance and history behind each city they visited and were thrilled to have followed in the steps of Lewis and Clark.


After two days of sightseeing in Rapid City, the couples drove up Highway 212 to catch part of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in Billings, MT. The recurring joke on the trip revolved around the expansive highway, which seemed to last forever. “Kenny kept saying, ‘How long is this road?’,” laughed Patsy as she retold stories from their trip, “but we enjoyed it because there was so much to see, especially wildlife.” During the length of their 10 day trip, the couples observed plenty of wildlife, including eagles, elk, bison, prairie dogs, and much more. “Patsy’s our spotter,” Frankie informed me while showing off photos of the different animals. From Billings, I mapped out directions to Great Falls, Montana, where I hoped the group would enjoy the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. With multiple movies and hands-on exhibits that recreated everything from weaponry to boating, the exhibit exceeded their expectations.


Since the modern day Lewis and Clark Expedition isn’t known for five-star hotels, I wanted to give the couples a luxurious ending to their trip. Having them fly out of Missoula worked out perfectly: Triple Creek Ranch, an all inclusive luxury resort in Darby, MT, is only an hour south of the airport. Located in the Bitterroot Mountain Range of the Montana Rockies, Triple Creek is a one-of-a-kind experience for nature lovers who still enjoy the finer things. Triple Creek boasts 23 cabins, each complete with a fireplace, outdoor hot tub, and personal golf cart to use on property. The fridge is restocked daily and every morning the staff brings fresh fruit, granola, and trail mix for guests to snack on. Guests have more to enjoy than just trail mix, though—Triple Creek is renowned for its all-inclusive dining.

TRAVEL Triple Creek Ranch is located in Darby, Montana.

Triple Creek Ranch offers rustic elegance in a mountain retreat featuring private log cabins and a comfortable lodge.

As a member of Relais and Chateaux, the property was hand-selected for its impeccable standards in food and wine; the culinary experience here far surpasses that of traditional all inclusive resorts. “We didn’t gain any weight until we got here,” the couples joked. Not only are meals included in the upfront price at Triple Creek, but most activities are available to guests at no additional cost. The ranch offers plenty of complimentary excursions, like fly fishing, hiking trails, birding and nature tours, and even horseback riding, to name a few. For those interested in a little more adventure, other activities, like cattle drives, helicopter tours, ATV rides, and white water rafting, are available at an additional price.

golf cart and took off to go trout fishing. The fun wasn’t just for the guys, though: Frankie and Patsy gushed over the knowledge, and good looks, of their guides on the ATV excursion.


“The woman at the activities desk told us we had ‘cute and cuter’ as guides,” Frankie explained. “She wasn’t lying.”

While the couples shared their stories with me, it was evident that the warm, welcoming atmosphere of JUMPED IN THE GOLF CART Triple Creek made the trip a memorable one. The AND TOOK OFF TO GO staff went above and beyond to make all the difference, from providing the couples with outerwear for the cold weather to preparing threecourse lunches to take on the excursions. “You added The Leary’s and Brown’s didn’t waste a minute in enjoying the activities. just the right thing onto the end of the trip,” Patsy told me. “We just wish As soon as they dropped off their luggage, Ralph and Kenny jumped in the we could’ve stayed longer!” svm


There is more than gold in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Above dense forests and pristine streams, the Mount Rushmore National Memorial represents a national treasure.

The Lewis and Clark Trail is a cultural destination that covers over 3,700 miles.

Ralph and Patsy Leary, Frankie and Kenny Brown.

Lindsey Epperly is a luxury travel consultant who enjoys preparing custommade vacations for her clients. To find out more about Lindsey’s travel planning and to request a trip, please visit or call 706-992-2824.


Cattledrive near Missoula, Montana.



Spring Exhibition of George Goddard’s Sculptures and Prints By Hannah Israel • Photos by S. Saxon n exhibition of selected works by late Columbus artist, George Goddard, will be on display at CB&T’s Turner and Jordan Galleries (courtyard entrance at 1138 Broadway) from March 22nd until May 22nd.


Goddard, a Georgia native, made Columbus his home in the early seventies and served for thirty years as Professor of sculpture and photography in Columbus State University’s Department of Art. The art pieces featured in this exhibit highlight the manifold exploration of material and form that signified the artist’s work throughout his life. A number of delicately rendered stone carvings and bronze castings allude to his preference for contemporary European stylization and display the level of regard Goddard held for both modern, innovative techniques and venerated industrial procedures.


foundry. Though the facility was housed in different locations through the years, likeminded artists and artisans would search Goddard out and gravitate to the studio space to exchange ideas about art and share a range of technical experience that spanned from furniture and boat building to the production of monumental sculpture. Goddard’s Columbus studio also served as an unofficial cultural hub of the community, administering sculpture workshops, hosting various exhibitions, public demonstrations and was used to introduce his students, from the department of art, to the ancient metal casting technique of the lost wax process. In addition to the Goddard exhibition in late March, the Columbus Sculpture Walk will introduce a host of new sculptures to the Broadway streetscape, from regional and national artists. Please join us this spring, in celebrating the arts in our community. svm

The vast majority of Goddard’s work was produced in his Columbus studio sculpture



Faye Woodruff, Rev. Sandra McCann and Becky Yarbrough.

Dr. Sidney Yarbrough and Brad Turner

STEWART COMMUNITY Photos by S. Saxon TH E EVEN T: On January 10th at 6:30 pm The Stewart Community Home held the Reverse Raffle Celebration honoring Rev. Sandy McCann, MD at the Columbus State University Cunningham Center. TH E PU R PO SE:The Stewart Community Home provides permanent or transitional safe housing for those homeless and disabled adults requiring limited personal care by providing nutritious meals, medical stabilization programs, and activities to maximize essential life skills. Sally Turner, Glenda Sexton and Rev. Sandra McCann.

Dr. Crow Gudger, Merrie Ellen Thomas and Dr. Fred Flandry.

Sue Anne Baker, Dr. Dan and Pauline Sigman, Dr. Champ Baker.

TH E SPO N SO R S:Copaco, Greystone Properties, Hughston Clinic, PMB Broadcasting, Radiology Associates of Columbus, St. Francis Hospital. svm

Reverend Douglas Hahn, Dave Arwood and Emily and Joseph Brannan.

Betsey Wilson and Bitsy Dedwilder

Randy Robertson, Theresa Garcia, Austin and Laura Gower, Amy Bickerstaff.

Corie and Michael Greenblatt, Cindy Woodsmall-Jones and Matt Jones


EVENT Kathryn Stockett

Tyler and Eleanore Townsend, Kathryn Stockett, Ken and Janice Townsend.

2012 Library


Grand Reading Room

Photos by Chad White

TH E G A LA : The Muscogee County Library Foundation hosted the 2012 Library Gala on Saturday, January 28 at the Columbus Public Library. This year’s Gala featured Kathryn Stockett, author of the bestselling novel, The Help.

James and Marguerite Bussey with Kathryn Stockett.

TH E PU R PO SE: The Library Foundation was established as an opportunity for individuals to support the Library – support that makes a significant difference in Muscogee County libraries through staffing and programs. While the community made the investment to build and maintain our libraries, it is the generosity of the Library Foundation supporters that makes the extra and critical difference. TH E H IG H LIG H TS: Kathryn Stockett entertained guests with stories of how her love of libraries shaped her life and writing. Stockett wowed the Gala attendees with her intimate and often hilarious, stories about the mega-success of The Help.. svm

Lisa Jeffery, Nancy Burgin, Muffy Schladensky and Kathryn Stockett .

Edward and Maxine Hudson

Jeremy Jeffery and Kathryn Stockett


Jeanne Swift, Kay Broda and Kay Broda. Pat and Dexter Jordan


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