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Clark NORWAY BARE WALLS

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EDITORIAL

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MMXV

very year, life gives you a chance for a new day, a new year, a new way to live your life. The sense of celebrating New Year’s is to leave all your mental stress, your negative emotions, your past histories and everything that makes you unhappy behind so that you can become a new person with a new life. New Year’s does not mean that something finishes, but that something new starts.

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2015 (MMXV in Roman numerals) will be a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. 2015 will also mark the 15th year of the 3rd millennium, the 15th year of the 21st century, and the 6th year of the 2010s decade.

A new year also brings new prophecies, predictions, and psychics, all trying to get their point across. According to the World Economic Forum, in the coming year we will face a number of diverse and significant challenges: growing income inequality, heightened geostrategic tensions, the unsustainable use of our planet’s natural resources and, of course, the climate crisis.

2015 has been designated the International Year of Light and the International Year of Soils by the sixty-eighth session of the United Nations General Assembly. But not everything is bad. If you believe in the Chinese New Year (February 19, 2015) this will be the year of the goat. For people born in the year of the goat (1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003), 2015 is considered an auspicious year. "Goats" are said to like to be in groups. They are honest, intimate, and can be easily moved by the misfortune of others. Each year, more than 100 million people in the U.S. make New Year's resolutions right before midnight on the eve of the New Year. And each year, more than 88 million people quit before the finish line. Sixty percent of these people give up within the first 30 days and 88 percent by the end of the second month. You can’t win the race if you never make it across the finish line. My resolution for next year is simple and always the same: be a better father, husband, brother, and son.

I look at resolutions a little differently and encourage you to do the same. Rather than start on Jan.1, why don’t you start in December? Then some of your “New Year’s resolutions” would already be achieved by the New Year. Holiday cheers, Editor-in-Chief .

onthecover Food you could never live without Fried chicken and butter biscuits First celebrity crush Channing Tatum Most grateful for All my traveling experiences in life. No matter if the trip was work or a vacation, they have showed me all different people and cultures throughout the world. Hair Care To take care of my long hair I combine three hair styling products. First thing you’d do as President of the US I would like to find a way to shape the community. We need to get more people in shape and find a way for people to stop taking drugs and live healthy lifestyles. Favorite Karaoke song Super Bass by Nicki Minaj. It's funny because I’m not a good rapper! Most important value in a relationship or friendship Trust. Because you always have them to tell things to and lean on even during the hard times. Most treasured possession A box that I hide somewhere with things from my childhood – like pictures, t-shirts, letters, etc. so that one day when I grow up I can have fun things to show my kids about my past. Favorite magazines If I'm not reading SVM – which is my favorite – I am probably looking through People Magazine just to keep up with all the celebrity drama. Most Southern characteristic I love to eat healthy but sometimes I can’t help but eat deep fried foods! CLOTHING: The Posh Peach, Broadway, Columbus, Georgia, 31901, 706.221.6402, theposhpeach.com. ACCESSORIES: Pursona, 6501 Whitesville Road, Columbus, Georgia, 31904, shoppursona.com, 706.653.9800. Sophie Blue, 706.604.8893, sophieblue.com. HAIR AND MAKEUP: Sara McMahan for Bliss Salon, 6575 Whittlesey Boulevard, Columbus, Georgia, 31909, 706.653.0306

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LETTERS

thismonth’smail American Icon

Your October issue was a tour de force. Your editorial and pictures on Bo Bartlett were gorgeous. I have been a fan of Bo since I can remember. Bo can definitely handle a brush, and he knows how to make a big painting meaningful. Thank you for including an American icon in your glossy pages.

K. MILLER, VIA E-MAIL

Each month I look forward to your interview section, but I especially enjoyed your October editorial on Bo Bartlett. No longer the bestkept secret in the art world, his formidable collection has made him one of the most admired painters of his generation. He paints because of emotions and he does exactly the way he wishes, ignoring the influences of popular culture, critics, or negative comments. These types of editorials are a true indicator that the magazine will continue to be successful.

A. EDWARDS, COLUMBUS, GA

Seal of Approval

Thank you SVM for the wonderful publication and the opportunity you have given me to market my brand. It looks fantastic and I’ve had lots of great feedback from both readers and clients. All your hard work and creativity is most appreciated. JAMIE KEATING, CEC, EPIC RESTAURANT

The Woodruff Properties would like to extend a great big congrats to the SVM team for reaching the BIG TEN-OH! Congratulations on your anniversary and all these incredible years of publishing a beautiful magazine that embodies the Southern Lifestyle: classy and elegant. Cheers to another ten years!

LUCY W. JONES, WOODRUFF PROPERTIES

Congratulations on 10 fabulous years! It has been a true pleasure working with you for the past decade!

AMBER MORDIC, THE BLUE DOOR BOUTIQUE

Digital World

I’ve subscribed to SVM for more than three years and just read the October issue on my iPad. I love the local features and the convenience to carry my October issue in my purse! I’ve read other digital publications, but none has been as satisfying as SVM. Well done.

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I thoroughly enjoyed reading your article on G. Gunby Jordan (Columbus Heritage, October 2014) Columbus always had great examples of human endeavors pushed to the limit in order to succeed. G. Gunby Jordan is a clear example of what hard working visionaires can do for their communities. Through the years I have learned that we are all the sum of our myriad of influences, and that rather than fighting them, one must selectively curate. Keep it coming.

RACHEL D, COLUMBUS, GA

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Kidder–Wiley

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Tabatha Rushell Kidder and Trevor Martin Wiley were married on October 25, 2014 at Playa Norte Beach, in Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Mexico. • The parents of the groom are Sharon and Steve Wiley. • The bridesmaids were Brandy Welch, Kristi Wingard, Laura Wiley and Ashley Walker. • The groomsmen were Steve Wiley, Torrey Wiley, Tony Welch and Kevin Padgett. • The reception dinner was held at Sunset Grill on Playa Norte Beach. • The couple stayed at the Privilege Aluxes in Playa Norte Beach. This beach is one of Trip Advisors Best Beaches in the World. • More than 60 family and friends were in attendance to this special occasion. svm

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Camp–Brown

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Betty Jinks Camp and Ryan Simpson Brown were married June 14, 2014 at First Presbyterian Church, Columbus, Georgia. • The bride is the daughter of Julie Bond Woodruff and Mr. and Mrs. Leon Kleiser Camp, II. • The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Edward Drew, Jr. and Mr. Kenneth Alan Brown. • Reverend Charles Ransom Hasty, Jr. officiated the ceremony. • The maid of honor was Caroline Megan Carter. • The bridesmaids were Mrs. Janice Kyle Camp, Debra Brooks Woodruff, Erica Hauserman Sergerberg, and Kendall Michelle Brown. • The best man was Joseph Hunter Caballero. • The groomsmen were Benjamin Conrad LeComte, Brad Paul Moehring, Kurt Austin Steighan, and Jeffrey Scott McManious, Jr. • Ushers were Charles Bond Camp and Mr. Leon Kleiser Camp, III. • The flower girls were Madelyn Brooks Moore and Willow Blue Shipworth. • The ring bearer was Master Wyatt Andrew Skipworth. • Following the ceremony a reception was held at the Country Club of Columbus. • After a honeymoon in the Great Exuma Island, Bahamas, the couple returned home to Midland, Georgia. svm . svm

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LOCAL BEST

501 SALON

Edgy or classic, straight or curly, short or long, 5O1 Salon creates forward-thinking, sophisticated style for clients while providing exceptional service in Uptown Columbus. By Andrea Hayes

Owners Amy Jagade and Chalet Kossey talked with SVM about their salon, their favorite protective styles for winter, and where their inspiration for their many creative styles comes from. The 5O1 mantra is “5 senses, Only 1 Experience”. How does this guide your work? While the individual ‘look’ we create is vital, serving our guests is about much more than that. We want the experience of coming to 5O1 to be special – so we focus on all of the senses. Sight invites street-side from our restored façade into a welcoming lobby/retail area. Our talented team helps you feel relaxed in reclining shampoo loungers, under dimmed lighting during a gentle scalp massage while eclectic soothing background music plays. Enchant your taste buds with our home baked daily treats, fresh coffees, teas, and hot chocolate.

The hair industry in Columbus is competitive. How do you separate yourself from other salons? Our goal is to be perceived as different rather than better in comparison to other salons. Salon success has many layers and we believe 5O1 stands out from the crowd by the education of our staff, the education of our clients, forward thinking teamwork, believing in our product and our values, and in our relationships with our guests by exceeding their expectations in every conceivable way. Another unique benefit specific to 5O1 is our owners are the only Redken Certified Haircolorists in Columbus. Chalet, also being a Redken Educator, gives us exposure to new techniques far before any other in our area.

Your stylists are categorized as a “Rising Star”, an “Artist”, or a “Daymaker”. What does this mean for your clients? We chose specific titles as a form of inspiration: “Rising Star”: our stylists who completed cosmetology, are licensed, and beginning their career path with us; “Artist”: these stylists joined the 5O1 team after having acquired years of experience independently; “Daymaker”: these 5O1 stylists have industry “degrees”,

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they have proven to consistently meet our education requirements, have an exemplary commitment toward professional goals and have completed our internal 5O1 standards.

Our pricing structure reflects variations in education and experience amongst 5O1 professionals as well as the opportunity for our guests to experience our services at a price that best suits their needs.

Where do you get your creative inspiration from and what are some styles or techniques that are created at 5O1? The creative is about adapting styles and techniques to fit individual needs, lifestyle, profession, overall look desired, and maintenance. We seek new techniques and use creativity to alter them, creating a custom fit for our guests. We pay close attention to trends and classics, and we inspire one another collectively. Each stylist has an education fund based on performance, plus we provide additional support for training as we see fit.

WE WANT THE EXPERIENCE OF COMING TO 5O1 TO BE SPECIAL SO WE FOCUS ON ALL OF THE SENSES.

What tips can you offer women transitioning between seasons? Seasons can play havoc with our locks; as long as you adapt your hair care you’ll beat the winter blues: 1: Prevention is better than cure. It’s a lot easier to protect, condition, and maintain healthy hair than to rectify damage. 2: Treat your tresses or indulge in seasonal pampering. Indulging in a conditioning treatment is especially important to keep your hair nourished and protected from environmental conditions and heat styling. 3: Regular trimming will help to strengthen your hair, reduce the chance of breakage and split ends, even if you are growing it out! 4: Avoid washing your hair daily and brushing while still wet. 5: Experiment with richer colors and more subtle highlights for a more organic, less contrasting [color] or use semi/demi color tones to add depth to hair, they are conditioning and non-permanent so when summer rolls around the hair isn’t damaged transitioning back to bolder [tones]. svm soviewsmag.com

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LOCAL BEST

MACON ROAD VETERINARY CLINIC

Without our pets, many of us would be lost. Dr. Brooks Glass and the doctors at Macon Road Veterinary Clinic are eager to help you keep your furry friends in their very best health so that they can be a part of your family for as long as possible.

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r. Glass shared with SVM key tips that will help pet owners and animal lovers alike keep their animals safe and healthy, his experience with veterinary care and his devotion to animals.

Macon Road Veterinary Clinic has been serving the Columbus area for over 30 years. What made you decide to go into this profession? My father is a veterinarian, so I grew up around veterinary medicine. That and my love of animals led me into the profession.

What's the number one reason people take their pets to the vet today? Here in the South we see lots of skin allergies—mostly associated with fleas, pollens, dust mites, and some foods. Most of these allergies end up with secondary infections and pets that are very itchy. I think an itchy dog with open lesions is probably one of the most common reasons we see pets today.

How many veterinarians are in your practice? We have 3 veterinarians. My father, Brooks K. Glass, Kelly McKee, and myself.

If my dog has allergies or another special condition, how would the vets at Macon Road Veterinary Clinic be able to help him? We would be able to help develop a treatment plan that would help eliminate the allergy or decrease the symptoms associated with the allergy.

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What is your most rewarding experience as a vet? The most rewarding thing is the joy of an owner when they see their pet happy and wagging his or her tail following a close call on a sickness or injury.

Everyone knows that our pets are our best friends. Do you believe that animals have the power to provide healing to their owners? Absolutely. This is what we call the Human-Animal Bond. The American Veterinary Medical Association defines this as a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between people and animals that is influenced by behaviors that are essential to the health and well-being of both. This includes, but is not limited to, emotional, psychological, and physical interactions of people, animals, and the environment. It is our job to help maximize the potentials of this relationship.

THE MOST REWARDING THING IS THE JOY OF AN OWNER WHEN THEY SEE THEIR PET HAPPY AND WAGGING HIS OR HER TAIL FOLLOWING A CLOSE CALL ON A SICKNESS OR INJURY.

October is National Animal Safety and Protection Month. How often should pet owners have their furry friends vaccinated? We recommend an annual physical exam. A year between physical exams for a dog or cat is like seven years between examinations for us. As pets age, we recommend different options to help detect disease early and therefore treat it before it gets out of control. This is a time to discuss appropriate vaccinations for your pet depending on the type of exposures that they have. svm soviewsmag.com

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BARE WALLS GALA PHOTOS BY S. SAXON

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THE EVENT: The Bare Walls Gala was held October 29th at CSU’s Corn Center for the Visual Arts to commemorate the opening of the Bo Bartlett Center. The Center is named to honor native Columbus artist Bo Bartlett. THE SPEAKER: The event’s featured speaker was award winning, Seattle based architect Tom Kundig, of Olson Kundig Architects.

Bo Bartlett

THE PURPOSE: The Bo Bartlett Center is an extension of Columbus State University’s College of the Arts and will exhibit and interpret Bartlett’s work and sponsor a wide range of educational programming for the Columbus community. svm

Becky Yarborough, Judy Harris and Kent Butler.

Vicky and Brad Bush

Joe McClellan and Betsy Leebern

Helen Johnson and Rex Whiddon

Tripp Tomlinson, Anne and Grant Scarborough.

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EVENT Laura Spencer, Dan Amos, Chris Henson and Kathelen Amos.

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Rachael Peek, Regina Fernicola, Maxine Hudson, Debbie Jacobson and Kate McGrory.

Steve Hodges and Pat Daniels

Kayron and John Laska

Jack Key, A.J. and JoLyn Morris.

Margaret Lewis, Barbara Houser and Michelle McCrillis. Gina Averett and Katie Jacobson

Tim and Erin Gregory, Joe Sanders.

Chris Woodruff and Erin Scott

Fray McCormick and Steve Butler

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2014 CCC VETERANS DINNER PHOTOS BY MARGIE RICHARDSON

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Vicky Bush, Col. Paula Lodi and Brad Bush Julie and Robert Hinson

Maj. Gen. Scott Miller and Marjorie Newman Linda and John Shinkle

THE EVENT: The Country Club of Columbus held its 12th annual Veterans Appreciation Dinner on Friday, November 7.

THE PURPOSE: To honor and commemorate our community’s Veterans and Active Duty service members. George Reynolds, Becky and Ed Roddenbery.

THE HIGHLIGHTS: The Columbus High Color Guard presented the Colors and a tribute was shown to current CCC members who served or serve in the Armed Forces as well as a memorial remembrance for those CCC members who passed away since last year’s event. The Club’s own Karen Lord delivered a wonderful tribute through song and the special guest speaker at this year’s event was Major General Scott Miller, Commanding General of the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning. svm

Carolyn Steele, Hazel Rust and Hazel Fox.

Sally Hatcher, George Hubbard, Susan Buck and Maudie Huff.

Sally Foley and Bill Turner CCC President Kee Evans, Edie Evans and Dick Stone.

James McMullen, Scott Jones and Tracy Fisher.

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MARY FRANCES FLOWERS Columbus native Mary Frances Flowers has a knack for creating things. With the help of family, friends and mentors, she has taken a favorite past time and turned it into a booming business creating stunning jewelry. By Andrea Hayes • Photos by S. Saxon and Eliza Morrill

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ary Frances talked with SVM about her passion for design, her artistic philosophies, and her favorite holiday trends.

When did you first realize you wanted to design and create jewelry? I’ve always loved making things, from rolling laundry baskets to soap figurines. I remember from an early age wanting to learn how to whittle wood.

Of course, my mom wouldn’t let me use a sharp knife at age 7, so she gave me one of my father’s dulled pocket knives, a bar of soap, and told me to go outside and not cut myself. I never really knew what was going to come of my soap whittling (it was usually a blob of whittled down soap, to be honest), but I knew there was something interesting about the medium.

Every woman needs a piece that makes them feel so good about themselves that when they go home at night, they don’t want to take it off.

As easy as it was to carve, there was no sustainability to it. Soap was meant to be used until it was gone and I hated that. I became intrigued by my mother and grandmother’s jewelry collections, especially the pieces that were from past family members.

My great grandmother, Mildred Swain Flowers, was a New York socialite and had the jewels to prove it. Her daughter-in-law and my grandmother, Elaine, was given some of that jewelry, and I loved pouring through it whenever I went to visit (and she allowed), and I feel fortunate to have received some very special pieces from her when she passed away a few years ago.

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After spending a semester in Milan, Italy, my junior year of college, I returned to Wofford for my senior year with a new curiosity. Fashion and jewelry were these beautiful things that weren’t completely untouchable, as I had always believed. There was a jewelry designer, Jane, that had just moved to Spartanburg from New York City, and she needed a production intern. Jane took a giant leap of faith in me. She recommended I go to a trade school in NYC when I finished college and that’s what I did. Are there certain materials you gravitate toward? I work mostly with wax and sterling silver metal. To make my jewelry, I use a process called the lost wax casting technique, which means I start with a piece designed and created out of jeweler’s wax and then cast that wax piece into metal (my website has a more thorough explanation of this process in the “about” section).

However, I’ve always been drawn toward reclaimed wood, steel, leather, and animal hides. I love the rustic, industrial look in a home, and I’m dying to find a way to incorporate that style into my collection.

What is one signature piece that every woman should have in her collection? A necklace that makes you feel like dynamite. Every woman needs a piece that makes them feel so good about themselves that when they go home at night they don’t want to take it off. Earrings can be lost in a fabulous hair style, bracelets and rings are only seen when your hands are visible, but necklaces are always there, always in someone’s sightline. A


gorgeous necklace can make a boring jeans and white t-shirt combo into an outfit. My go-to is the Charlotte’s Web Necklace.

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How would you describe your style? It is seriously all over the place. My mom doesn’t even give me clothes for gifts anymore because she says I’m so unpredictable in my style. Sometimes I’ll be in a uniform of jeans, a white tee, and nude flats for a few weeks. But other times, I’ll be in a leather skort, patterned crop top, and sky high booties. I love just about everything from Anthropologie, and I get giddy when their seasonal lookbook comes out. I think it’s the unique textures and soft but bold color palettes that make me swoon. Whatever I’m wearing, as long as I feel good about myself in it, I’m in. Is there a piece in your current collection that you had to own for yourself? If so, what struck you about it? The Oyster Necklace. It’s stunning. It’s organic, real, and looks exactly as the original oyster did, which still amazes me. I really think my jaw dropped when I saw it completed. The oyster itself came from a dinner I was having with my family down in Seaside, FL at The Great Southern Cafe last April.

I’d rather go on a walk, check out a museum, or scan the pages of a home decor magazine to get inspiration. That way, I know that any images that come to mind are solely my own.

Do you monitor the fashion runways for trends or do you follow your own instincts? A little bit of both. Some of the best advice I’ve received is to never compare what you’re doing to what someone else is doing. I follow several jewelry designers on Instagram, and I love getting marketing inspiration from them, but I try not to get design inspiration from them. I’d rather go on a walk, check out a museum, or scan the pages of a home decor magazine to get inspiration. That way, I know that any images that come to mind are solely my own. What is your philosophy about the art of fashion/jewelry? That’s a controversial topic right now. Just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I’d have to say that the same goes for art. Personally, the detail, time, and passion that goes into a jewelry maker’s design is extremely artistic to me.

Jewelry designers follow a process similar to any other classically recognized artist (painters, sculptors, textile designers, etc). We find inspiration, brainstorm what our final product will look like, and then take necessary steps to achieve that end product.

Give us some styling insight – what’s your philosophy for dressing up an outfit with jewelry for upcoming holiday cocktail parties? Nothing is more statement making than an all-black ensemble with some pops of bold jewelry. For more casual parties, I’ll dress up my black jeans and top with the Charlotte’s Web Necklace, Cuff, and Skinny Cuff combo in Sterling Silver.

The Long Bar Ring is definitely going to be seen in almost every outfit I wear this holiday season, too. It brings personality to an outfit but still allows for functionality.

The silver jewelry really stands out (especially with the two different width cuffs on the same arm) and gives a touch of elegance to the otherwise simple outfit. svm Mary Frances will be hosting a trunk show for last-minute gift buying in Columbus during the holiday season. For date and location details, email hello@maryfrancesflowers.com.

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THE POWER OF THE PURSE PHOTOS BY S. SAXON

Rachel Chambless and Katie Snapp

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Sallie Martin and Janet Baker

THE EVENT: The United Way 3rd Annual Women’s Leadership Luncheon, The Power of the Purse, was held November 4 at the St. Luke Ministry Center.

THE PURPOSE: The event is held in order to support women in need in the Chattahoochee Valley area. Practical undergarments are donated by sponsors and attendees in order to help make a difference in the lives of women in need.

Tammy McDonald and Stephanie Lee

THE SPEAKER: This year’s keynote speaker was former rocket scientist, consultant, women’s empowerment speaker and author of Skirt Strategies Katie Snapp. With her unique skillset, Snapp, owner of better-leadership.com, works to provide women with the skills they need to become better leaders nationwide.

Amanda Chapman and Helen Johnson

THE COMMITTEE: The 2014 Women’s Leadership Council Committee included: Susan Wiggins, Chair; Helen Johnson, co-chair; Janet Baker, Sallie Martin, Patsy Thomas, Tami McDonald, Maggie Childers, Kathy Riley, Martha Paull, Angie Hart and Jewett Rothschild. svm

Corrin Riley and Kathy Riley

Nancy Strickland and Melissa McAllister

Linda Nguyen and Charlotte Quirk

Loye Cole and Scott Ferguson

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STATE of the ART A mixture of Southern charm and sophisticated New York verve are some of the elements that led the Columbus native Blair Voltz Clarke to a successful career in the art industry in New York. For the past twelve years, her notable curatorial talent has been in presenting the work of emerging contemporary artists to sophisticated audiences in unexpected venues. By Paola Cigui

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olumbus native Blair Voltz Clarke moved to New York City in 1999, where she founded the Voltz Clarke LLC, a company that focuses on the exposure of contemporary artists, especially international, through private consulting and public exhibitions.

Although there are zillions of insanely talented artists in my own neighborhood, lands from afar are interesting places to source young careers. Indirectly, our roster becomes a replica of a small artistic globe.

When and where did you start to develop your passion for art? Growing up in Columbus was wonderful because my parents encouraged me to try many extra curricular activities. It is a little easier to cram in ballet, tennis, soccer and art when the studio, field and courts are all in one campus. That isn't the case in Manhattan so one needs to pick and focus.

When installing a show, we always want them to be happy with the orientation, composition or the placement of paintings. Because we do pop up shows, we are always working with either easy or challenging spaces and, depending on where we are installing, we work collaboratively to have a successful exhibition.

In between her continuous travels, pop up exhibitions, studio visits and fashion collaborations, Clarke shared with SVM the origins of her passion for art, the secrets about her philosophy in promoting emerging talents in NYC, and some curiosities about her unique Southern roots.

I always had a passion for painting and drawing since my kindergarten days at Brookstone and with Gerri Davis classes. It was always my favorite subject.

In 2002 you founded Voltz Clarke LLC, an independent company that focuses on the exposure of American and International contemporary artists. What is your overall philosophy in putting together exhibitions and promoting the artists? As the artists are like our own children we are very protective and sensitive to their wishes and desires.

I studied both studio painting and art history at the University of Georgia and soon realized I was a better cheerleader for artists than an artist myself. I still love everything about being in a studio (the fresh smell of paint and turpentine), but now it is about listening to my artist's interpretations and inspirations and preparation for their next exhibition. I also couldn't do what I do today without an incredible team. Our director Laura, gallery assistant Ariel and intern Haley are my eyes and ears allowing me to be ten places at one time!

Where are your favorite places to see art in New York? I love to see art at the Guggenheim because it’s by my daughters’ school. The Museum of Modern Art is fabulous and in our neighborhood.

I also love going down to the LES to the New Museum or making a trip to The Brooklyn Museum, and last but not least it is nice to support my husband at Sotheby’s.

You are originally from Columbus. How does being a Southern entrepreneur affect the way you approach the art industry? As my Southern friends and I in the city agree, we try to be more friendly and approachable in a slightly intimidating world. Walking into a Chelsea gallery in Manhattan can be an awkward experience for anyone, yet we try to make everyone feel comfortable no matter if we are looking at a conceptual abstract piece or a figurative portrait. There is never a silly question and we are always here to provide support and help with people’s art experience.

You are always trying to identify new talents. Where is the new hotbed for International artists today? Just this week I met with a Mexican artist that lives in Paris. With Voltz Clarke, we are always trying to shrink the globe and bring international talent closer to home.

What is the most challenging part of curating these exhibits? Because we don’t work with one particular space (from an UES townhouse, a high end Madison Avenue fashion boutique, a downtown loft space.. the sky is the limit!) we find the space every bit as exciting as the artwork that we are bringing, as it really requires a harmony with the space that we are working with.

Who are some of the most inspiring young artists you have come across lately? I find everyone in the Voltz Clarke roster inspiring and most recently, Elaina Sullivan. She is a young Southerner from Georgia living and painting in New York.

ALTHOUGH THERE ARE ZILLIONS OF INSANELY TALENTED ARTISTS IN MY OWN NEIGHBORHOOD, LANDS FROM AFAR ARE INTERESTING PLACES TO SOURCE YOUNG CAREERS.

Your husband, Alistair Clarke, works for Sotheby and oversees the company’s team of European and English furniture experts. Is he involved with some of your exhibitions? Does he give you advice? Yes! Alistair is very helpful for bouncing ideas around with. His keen 'art' eye is always pitching in whether it be to assist in a show installation or edit a press release. Finish this sentence: The best part about being a Southerner is: Our values. svm

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I FIND EVERYONE IN THE VOLTZ CLARKE ROSTER INSPIRING AND MOST RECENTLY, ELAINA SULLIVAN. SHE IS A YOUNG SOUTHERNER FROM GEORGIA LIVING AND PAINTING IN NEW YORK.

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P R O D U CT IO N D E SIG N E R

TODD WIGGINS

COLUMBUS NATIVE, HARDAWAY HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE AND COLUMBUS STATE UNIVERSITY ALUMNI, TODD WIGGINS HAS BEEN MAKING A NAME FOR HIMSELF IN THE WORLD OF SET AND PRODUCTION DESIGN. BY ANDREA HAYES

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INTERVIEW entored by world renowned production designer Mary Howard, Todd has clearly learned from the best and is now putting his imagination to work creating spectacular sets for the likes of Robert Cavalli, Calvin Klein, Vogue, Vanity Fair and Harper’s Bazaar.

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How did you first get interested in being a set designer? I became interested in set design while attending Columbus State University. I floated around from major to major, but nothing seemed to hold my interest. By chance, I had a friend who worked in the set shop at CSU and encouraged me to take a few theater classes – which I did and became fascinated with the Arts. The base curriculum for theatre was a broad introduction to the arts, which until that time, I had not been exposed. Learning about art history, acting, designing, and architecture, I grew to love the visual arts and over my time at CSU began to love working in the set shop building and painting the set for theatre department plays. It was at that time I realized that one of my strengths was creativity and the ability to craft things with my hands. Mary Howard, one of the most well-known production designers in the world, has been your mentor for quite some time now. What types of things have you learned about the business from her? Mary is certainly a mentor to me. I’m really lucky to have met her, and been fortunate enough to learn from the best in the world. But, you know, luck is the intersection of effort and timing. So I knew the first time I met Mary that she was doing something bigger than I had ever been involved in before and I was hooked – hooked on the adrenaline rush and energy of the photo shoot. Mary always commanded respect on every shoot, because of her unwillingness to accept any less than 110% from any of her crew or from any other crew involved in the shoot for that matter. I guess to state it simply, things I always keep in mind: “you are only as good as your last job, so you better walk away feeling like a million bucks;” “good isn’t good enough;” “never wait to be told what to do… if that happens, it’s already too late to do it;” and “always find a way to contribute.”

of the set. But the great thing about doing fashion shoots is there are no rules, so my favorite shoots are those where you are juxtaposing textures, playing off the color of the clothes in a way that doesn’t match, but works with the other elements and textures to make something beautiful. After all, I’m just creating an environment in which the model can present the clothes in their best light and it doesn’t have to be a literal place. It’s all about keeping the viewer looking at the page a few seconds longer than they normally would. Details or the absence of details are important, whichever it is it must be a choice and embraced. Which do you prefer best: working with inanimate objects, being on set designing, or styling a model? Well, I don’t style the model. There is a team of people choosing and making sure the models look great in the clothes, but what is important that I consider in every set is what the model is doing. Am I giving her elements that she can interact with and help the story? This often is reflected in the choice of the furniture for a shoot.

The Hollywood Reporter, November 2014. Photo by Ruven Afanador.

THE GREAT THING ABOUT DOING FASHION SHOOTS IS THERE ARE NO RULES, SO MY FAVORITE SHOOTS ARE THOSE WHERE YOU ARE JUXTAPOSING TEXTURES, PLAYING OFF THE COLOR OF THE CLOTHES IN A WAY THAT DOESN’T MATCH, BUT WORKS WITH THE OTHER ELEMENTS AND TEXTURES TO MAKE SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL.

Not only do we have to consider the style and color, but will the model be able to lay in a certain way or use a certain prop to convey her tough attitude? Really, my job is to make sure there are no inanimate objects. Everything should be alive in the picture. You live in New York, a place where, in your field, everything changes constantly. How do you manage to stay current? Well, to be honest, I take the opposite approach. I try to not be influenced by what is current. I want my inspiration to be organic. I want my sets to be different, even unusual in a way. Not to say I’m never influenced by current trends but I am usually influenced in a different direction.

Does the world of fashion still manage to surprise and inspire you? How does it influence your work? Both and always. Every project is different. You never know what path a certain project or idea will take you. One of my favorite parts of the process is research. This usually starts with a Google image search. I type in a word that is associated in some way to the idea of the shoot. This could be a color, place, person or “Set designer” is one of your activity, whatever. Then add other job descriptions – and a very words to refine the search and just interesting one. What is the Katie Perry for Vo gue, July 2013. Photo by Annie Leibovitz. see where the images lead me. I process when you create a set love a great picture, so it is always story for a photo shoot? Well in inspiring to discover images and be influenced by unexpected finds. the world of fashion photography, it’s all about the clothes. So the idea for

the set is usually established in some way from the design or style of the fashion. If the clothes are very modern, usually that is reflected in the style

The best thing about the South is: My mom, dad and Smokey Pig BBQ. svm

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TODD’S WORK

1 British singer Rira Ora is the face of Roberto Cavalli's Autumn-Winter 2014 campaign — and looks incredible in the Marilyn Monroeinspired shoot.

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2 Model Magdalena Jasek for W Magazine Accessory - Korea, October 2014.

3 Todd Wiggins on set in Brooklyn, New York. 4 English model and socialité Poppy Delevingne for Glamour Italy, March 2014. Photo by Francesco Carrozzini. 5 Magazine Numero — Tokyo with Victoria’s Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

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SERVANT LEADERSHIP GALA PHOTOS BY MARGIE RICHARDSON

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Ruth Graham, Bill Turne and Marie Moshell .

Lauren and Tim Mescon with Ruth and Marvin Schuster. Marie Moshell and Dr. Ron King

THE EVENT: The third annual Sue Marie and Bill Turner Servant Leadership Gala was held on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at the Columbus Ironworks Convention and Trade Center. THE SPEAKER: Best-selling author and founder of Ruth Graham Ministries, Ruth Graham was this year’s keynote speaker. THE HONOREES: This year’s honorees were Ruth and Marvin Schuster.

THE PURPOSE: The event was created to honor Sue Marie and Bill Turner’s passion and desire for serving others and each year is a celebration of a deserving couple’s life and the servant leadership they have exhibited throughout the community. All proceeds benefit the Pastoral Institute. svm

Marvin Schuster Nancy Stephens, Margie Richardson and Susan Metcalf.

Chandler and Lane Riley with Gilbert Miller.

Featured Speaker Ruth Graham

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Martin Jones, Ashley, Cathey and Brooke Turner, Gerry and Leo Seguin.

Sallie and John Martin, Kay Saunders, Marc and Marleen Olivie, Linda Shinkle, Al and Betsy Ramsay.

Courtney Blackmar, Elizabeth Sudduth and Worth Williams.

SERVANT LEADERSHIP GALA Hugh and Vicki White

Helen and Dennis Calhoun Greg and Kelly Pridgen

Sally Ramsay and Steve Humber

Nancy Stephens, Tommy Adams, Susan Metcalf and Larry Stephens. Martha Cunningham and Joan Holder

Kathy and Mike Sims

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Woody Platt

In 2013 The Steep Canyon Rangers won a Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album for their album No bo dy Kno w s.

WOODY PLATT North Carolina native and front man for the Grammy winning group Steep Canyon Rangers, Woody Platt, has been making music his entire life. When he and his college roommates started their bluegrass band almost 20 years ago they knew that their band, grounded in true friendship, had nowhere to go but up. BY ANDREA HAYES

oody will be visiting Columbus later this year to join other bluegrass musicians for the Bluegrass for Babies fundraising event. He talked with SVM about his musical background, his passion for helping underprivileged youth and his views on the rapidly changing music industry.

Where do your musical roots start? Well, I had a lot of influence from my family and the kind of music I listened to growing up. My mom listened to a lot of Bob Dylan and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, and that kind of music when I was younger and that interested me and I still love that music today. When I was younger I also sang in the local boys choir in Brevard, North Carolina where I grew up. Also, I played trumpet and baritone horns in middle school and I took piano lessons. I wasn’t really into bluegrass at that age, although it was around where I lived—you could find a bluegrass band at a square dance and that kind of thing. So it was around, but it didn’t really sink in until I was in college.

Okay, so what do you think changed? I don’t know. I was in college and a couple of my friends and I started a band. One of my good friends, Graham Sharp, bought a banjo and I knew some old like folk songs, a few songs I could play on guitar. So it just kind of naturally ended up going in that [bluegrass] direction because we had a banjo.

You mentioned a few artists, like Bob Dylan. Where there any other artists that just sort of inspired you? Doc Watson. Doc Watson was one of my early inspirations in this type of genre. I really got into him when I was younger, like in high school. Especially his record called Remembering Merie. I learned a lot of the songs off of there that I could sing and play early on and I continued to play.

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We did some research and we learned that your wife, Shannon Whitworth, is also a singer and a songwriter. So we thought it would be interesting to talk a bit about how you two met and if there were any similarities


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in your music. Well, we met when I was in Chapel Hill going to college. Her family had a house there and she was going to Appalachian State so we met then. But it was 10 years before we stated dating. She toured in a bluegrass type band called the Biscuit Burners. There are some similarities in our music, but she’s not really a bluegrass artist anymore. She plays banjo and ukulele and guitar. I’m a little more straight up bluegrass, but there is some overlap in folk music and country music and bluegrass. But she also does Pop music and Americana music too.

Do you do any collaborations? Or have you done any in the past? Not that often. We have. Sometimes we’ll be on the same concert or the same festival and we’ll sing a song together, that kind of thing. Last year at Bluegrass for Babies we sang a song together.

The Steep Canyon Rangers are based out of friendship. We started the band as good friends, music didn’t bring us together.

You and your band, Steep Canyon Rangers, are coming up on 15 years together. How do you think you have been able to keep it going for so long? The Steep Canyon Rangers are based out of friendship. We started the band as good friends, music didn’t bring us together.

We’ve been able to keep singles and make sacrifices to grow and to stick together. And we’ve realized that by sticking together we have a better chance at success and having a kind of continuity as a band. It’s hard to get up five or six guys willing to do the same thing week end and week out for that long a time, but we’ve been able to do it. We’ve been lucky.

Not too long ago things like Napster and lots of other types of sources started popping up where people can get music without having to pay for it. Have you guys had any issues with that? Yeah. We’ve been in this business and seen the decline in record sales and the decline in record labels because music is purchased in a different way and it’s shared easily. You can download a CD to your iPod and I can just hear it from you.

You can share it in Spotify and things like that. And if you have an account with Spotify or Pandora you can just listen to whatever you want whenever you want. That doesn’t trickle down to the labels or to the artists.

There’s also the situation where you’re more accessible. If you want to promote yourself through the internet that’s giving you another avenue to promote your band. So it might be easier to reach the fans and gain popularity as a band, but it’s harder to capitalize on that by selling records.

We’ve always made our money as a touring act. And so that’s kind of what you have to do now. Even these huge pop bands have to tour more now to make a living than counting on selling records. So, you know, people change and the selling of music is different.

makes these types of causes so special to you? Initially, my mother was the president of the Boys and Girls Club.

NOW YOU CAN BUY A LA CART STYLE AND PAY FOR ONE SONG INSTEAD OF BUYING THE WHOLE ALBUM AND THAT’S KIND OF

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Now you can buy a la cart style and pay for one song instead of buying the whole album and that’s kind of disappointing because the band has an idea that flows from song to song and how they fit together and it’s kind of like a masterpiece for a band to put out an album.

Do you all have a set list for the 2014 Bluegrass for Babies fundraiser? Not really, we’ll figure it out that day. Last year we did that and it went well. One thing that’s cool about it is that it’s very spontaneous. It’s put together on the spot and it’s exciting for the band and if the audience knows that they’re getting something that hasn’t really been done before then it can be special. So kind of like old school jazz? Absolutely. It’s very improvisational and it just kind of happens on the spot. It’s real traditional bluegrass that way.

Sticking with the idea of Bluegrass for Babies. We’ve noticed that you’re really involved with charity work involving children. What

She helped start the Boys and Girls Club in our county, Transylvania County. She inspired us to start a festival to make money for the kids in our community and I’ve done that with friends and our band together—it’s been a really good thing. It’s kind of a passion now; we look forward to it every year.

We’ve raised about $420,000 for the Boys and Girls Club in nine years and it’s a big event. It brings the whole community out. We just decided a long time ago that our benefit, our cause, would be young people, youth. And we’ve stayed with that. So this [Bluegrass for Babies] makes a lot of sense. It effects the NICU and so we’re happy to be down there. Who else will be coming with you? Jason Carter is a fiddle player with the Del McCoury band. He just won fiddle player of the year. Rob McCoury is Del McCoury’s son. Rob is a banjo player and he’s been involved with bluegrass music and bluegrass history for a long time. His family’s band is one of the best. On bass is Barry Bales. He plays bass with Allison Krauss and Union Station. He’s bass player of the year this year. The mandolin player is Darren Shumaker. He mainly works on the road as a sound engineer for the Del McCoury Band and he’s been out with Sam Bush. He’s played at the Grand Ol’ Opprey. I play guitar, we’ve won a Grammy and played with Steven Martin. It’s a cool band, just a bunch of friends. And now, through our friend Frank Cranst, this will be our second year in doing this in Columbus as the Kowike Creek All-Star Bluegrass Band. svm soviewsmag.com

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COLUMBUS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT SEASON OPENING PHOTOS BY MARGIE RICHARDSON

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Booth and Frances Malone, Theresa G. Robertson, Lucile Flournoy and Randy Robertson.

Cameron Bean and Paul Hostetter

Joseph and Emily Brannan

THE EVENT: The Columbus Symphony Orchestra kicked off the 2014-15 concert season with Totally Tchaikosvky at the Bill Heard Theatre at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. Nancy Carlson, Sherry and Tom Wade, Melinda Hunter and Zada Feighner.

JoRhee and Jack Pezold, Barksdale Boyd and LTC John McCabe.

THE HIGHLIGHTS: Guests enjoyed selections from Tchaikovky's Serenade for Strings in C Major, Op. 48; Romeo & Juliet Overture-Fantasy; Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36 and a welcome reception for the CSO’s new Executive Director, Cameron Bean. svm

Cameron Bean, Matt Swift, and Marquette McKnight.

Christine Senn, Tammy Zitzelberger, and Hannah Arendondo.

Anna Bradley, Jacquie Rawls and Zada Feighner.

Ann and Dr. Max Burr

Marc and Marleen Olivie, Lana and Ed Helton.

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FASHION

MADE TO PARTY

Try not to fall too hard for this lace one shoulder evening dress by The Vintage Shop. Pair with black suede pumps, stunning statement jewelry and a killer Shiraleah clutch from Pursona for a simply fabulous look at this year’s holiday parties. Accessories by Sophie Blue.

COCKTAIL HOUR The holidays are officially upon us. With all the glitz and festivities comes the age old question: What do I wear? From embellished to sleek, black or gold, and everything in between, these cocktail dresses will get you through any holiday occasion, all while looking chicer than chic. Photographed By S. Saxon Creative Director R. Caligaris

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FASHION

LIGHTS! CAMERA! FASHION!

Wow Couture World Of Women’s metallic blush dress is perfect to bring in the New Year in style. Paired here with chunky black suede pumps and an elegant box clutch by Urban Expression, that’s just right for all your evening outings. Accesories by The Posh Peach.

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EVENING STAR

Put the cherry on top of a magical evening with this glamorous Yetts shift dress from The Posh Peach. Sparkling black and silver sequins form a show-stopping chevron pattern on this gorgeous body-con mini dress. Pair it with a HOBO clutch from Pursona for a stylish silhouette and convertibility. Accessories by Sophie Blue.

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SHINE ON!

From formals to loft parties, this dazzling dress shines like a fire in the night sky. Be the center of attention and the talk of the season in this red mini dress by The Clothing Company. Pair it with simple pumps and minimalistic jewelry for the perfect festive ensemble. Shiraleah clutch from Pursona and accessories from The Posh Peach.

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LADY LUXE

Turn heads in this glamorous Nikibiki Sequin bottom blouson dress from The Posh Peach. Covered in iridescent sequins, this dress will instantly make you the shining star of the party. Small and structured, the bag's shapely body by SNOB Essentials from Pursona features a metal chain making it practical, other than classy.

MODEL: Abby Grace Champion CLOTHING: The Posh Peach, Broadway, Columbus, Georgia, 31901, 706.221.6402, theposhpeach.com. ACCESSORIES: Pursona, 6501 Whitesville Road, Columbus, Georgia, 31904, 706.653.9800, shoppursona.com, Sophie Blue, 706.604.8893, sophieblue.com. HAIR AND MAKEUP: Sara McMahan for Bliss Salon at CaraVails, 6575 Whittlesey Boulevard, Columbus, Georgia, 31909, 706.653.0306, caravailsdayspa.com SPECIAL THANKS: RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, 900 Broadway, Columbus, Georgia, 31901, 706.256.3620

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2014 STEEPLECHASE AT CALLAWAY GARDENS

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PHOTOS BY R. CALIGARIS, SARA CARVER AND CHRISTIAN ZUBERNYS

THE EVENT: November 1, 2014 marked the 30th annual Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens to benefit the arts in Columbus. Since its beginning in 1985 proceeds from The Steeplechase have generated over $3.3 million for arts related organizations in the Columbus and surrounding area.

Tim Farmer, Audrey and Selvin Hollingsworth, Becky and Bill Rumer and George Atkins.

THE LAMPTON BRONZE: The award was established to honor Mason and Mary Lu Lampton, the visionaries who created the Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens. This year’s recipients were Lucille Flournoy and Christy Stapleman.

Christy Stapleman and Lucille Flournoy

THE BENEFICIARIES: The Columbus Museum, The Columbus Symphony Orchestra, The Historic Columbus Foundation, Ida Cason Callaway Foundation, The Springer Opera House, Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine and Callaway Gardens. Joe and Marie Arnold

Tim and Erin Gregory, Ben and Christy Hubbard.

Mason Lamptom with the Past Race Directors

Katie Parker, Charlene Pearson and Vicky Bush.

Shannon and Ernie Smallman, Mary Lu Lampton.

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2014 STEEPLECHASE AT CALLAWAY GARDENS PHOTOS BY R. CALIGARIS, SARA CARVER AND CHRISTIAN ZUBERNYS

Katie Cummings and Amanda Baker

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Ali Postell, Rhonda Miller and Britnay Ervin.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE: Mason Lampton, Race Chairman; Mason H. Lampton, Race Vice Chairman; Kim Jinks, Executive Director; Peyton Farrar, General Manager; Laura Wickham, Race Director; Marie Arnold, Operations Chairman; Christy Stapleman, Assistant to Race Chairman; Carroll Pound, Ticket Manager; and Jackie Thomason, Treasurer.

Amanda Blauvelt, Blaire Willis, Molly Young and Mary Nell Pate.

ENTERTAINMENT: Entertainment included the 103.7 Lite FM Tailgate Competition, the Carmike Cinemas Kids Corral, the Horseshoes Tent Co-Sponsored by Diageo, Triangle Beverage, Outdoor Events, and United Rentals, the Ledger-Enquirer “Best Decorated” Terrace Box Competition, the Midland Fox Hounds Parade, the Southern Views Magazine Hat Contest, the Jack Russell Terrier Races Sponsored by Woodruff Properties and the Stick Pony Race gave attendees plenty to do between races. svm

Chris Harman, Betsy Ramsay and Mark Porter.

Brad Bush and son.

Carolyn Shuler, Mary Bailey Whickham, Mary Jane Mitchell, Anna Varner and Lauren Grace Regan.

Mike and Nicole Bibb, Bryce and Taylor Holt, Diane Archie, Blake and Jodi Bourne, Mike Bourne, Evelyn Smith and Logan Bourne.

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Kathryn and Lance Collier, Greg and Susan Safakinos, Angie and John Adams, Shana and Donnie Young.

Tammy Beck, Debbie Lane, Leslie Bryan, Angie Hart and Sue Anne Baker.

2014 STEEPLECHASE

John and Kim Futch, Jenny and Philip Adams, and Margie Norman.

Rob Varner, Leslie Ann Jones, Sara Knight, Sara Varner, Anna Varner, Toni Morrison, Lizzie Swift, Baili and Mark Morrison.

Damini Jain, Skylar Toole, Ana Mendoza, Lorianne Dos Santos and Paola Cigui.

Caroline Cooney, Elizabeth Henderson, Anna McAbee, Ali Mac Jinks, Maggie Bridges, Natalie Taylor and Madeline Gaffney.

Joe and Teresa Young

Liz Land, Jan Miller, Brenda Hudson and Harriet Elkins.

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SVM HAT CONTEST PHOTOS BY R. CALIGARIS, CHRISTIAN ZUBERNYS AND S. CARVER

1st Place Most Whimsical: Ellen Meisse Overall Winner: Ann Murphy

THE EVENT: One of the most anticipated events at the Steeplechase was the SVM Hat Contest. In keeping with the tradition of wearing elaborately decorated hats on race day, many attendees joined in the fun by entering our Hat Contest. Competitors came out in style in hats adorned with feathers, bows and beautiful flowers.

3rd Place Most Whimsical: Barbara Daulton

THE JUDGES: Baskin Champion, SVM Cover June 2014; Emily Yarbrough, SVM Cover August 2014; Marla Caligaris, SVM Cover December 2006; and Reynolds Bickerstaff were this year’s judges. EMCEES: Ed Bostic, Morning Show Host 103.7 Lite FM; Kristina Privette, Morning News Anchor WRBL TV; Sam Eaton, News Director WRBL TV; and Brian Waters, Program Director and Afternoon Show Host 103.7 Lite FM.

1st Place Most Glamorous: Angela Fannin 2nd Place Most Whimsical: Jeff McCrary

3rd Place Most Glamorous: Jennifer Goodson

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2nd Place Most Glamorous: Teresa Robinson

1st Place Creative Kids: Hallie McTyre


SVM HAT CONTEST PHOTOS BY R. CALIGARIS AND S. SAXON

Emily Yarbrough, Baskin Champion and Marla Caligaris.

Ashley Underwood

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Rita Davis

THE SPONSORS: The top three finishers from each category were given gifts from the following sponsors: Georgia Crown, EPIC, RiverMill Event Centre, Outdoor Events, 103.7Lite, The Social, The Posh Peach, Wildwood Day Spa, 501 Salon, Baldwin Interiors, Wynnifred Style Studio, Massage Envy, River Road Pharmacy, Bloomwoods Flowers, Salon NG, Junior League of Columbus and SouthEast Med Spa.

THE WINNERS: Overall Winner: Ann Murphy. Creative Kids: 1st Place: Hallie McTyre; 2nd Place: Sophie Goodson; 3rd Place: Brooklyn Bueker. Most Whimsical: 1st Place: Ellen Meisse; 2nd Place: Jeff McCrary; 3rd Place: Barbara Daulton. Most Glamorous: 1st Place: Angela Fannin; 2nd Place: Teresa Robinson; 3rd Place: Jennifer Goodson. svm

Creatrive Kids 2nd Place: Sophie Goodson

Creative Kids 3rd Place: Brooklyn Bueker

Ed Bostic, Kristina Privette, Sam Eaton and Brian Waters.

Mary Price

Linda Hirst

Nancy Spraker

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2010 Race Director Kate McGrory

Adam Gurley, Baskin Champion, Brianna Womack and Josh Champion.

Candy Rutheford

SVM HAT CONTEST Mary Minkanic

Christi Griffin

Robbin Smolcic

Michael Wright, Emily and Amy Yarbrough.

Mary Price

Crowd Favorite: Melinda Stickland.

Claire Nicholson Shelly Thayer

Lily Goodson

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FEATURE

FOOD the

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DUCK THE HALLS

In the Movie “The Christmas Story” a Peking duck was the centerpiece of the Parker family’s meal as it will be in the Keating’s this year! New for this year, we will start a tradition of roasted goose. A challenge in regards to preparation, I will share with you my successes and failures in another issue.

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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.

have been preparing duck dishes since 1990 and with that said I have not altered my cooking techniques over the years. One word would best describe the methods below “Simplicity!” With that being said I am most certain that I have turned so many diners on to the tastiest of proteins. With the Holidays around the corner, I felt it fitting to share with you some of my favorite recipes.

There are several kinds of duck, and hence different duck breasts. My favorite is the Moulard. It is a 12- to 14 ounce breast that is generally aged and very rich tasting. Second on my list is Muscovy, followed by Pekin. Pekin is by far the easiest to find, and it is very delicious. Obviously sourcing the best product will be key to the overall dining experience.

All three of these processes are not difficult; but no matter which cut you're preparing, cooking duck comes down to two things: rendering off the fat, and getting the skin crispy. For the best flavor, duck should be served medium rare and sliced very thinly.

As the fat begins to render, slowly raise the heat to medium. Often the skin will adhere to the pan in a few places. If it does, gently lift the duck breast, then set the edge back down. Lift from the opposite side, and the breast should release without leaving any skin behind.

A whole roast duck is as satisfying to eat as it is pretty on the table; for the true version of pure comfort food, look to the Confit preparation (Confit meaning to cook and store in it’s own fat). A delicious seared and crispy-skinned duck breast is one of the real luxuries of eating.

Moulard

A moulard is a sterile hybrid of the male Pekin and the female Muscovy, and is bred for breast meat and foie gras. The Moulard is larger than the Pekin and has a stronger, gamier taste; it is also considerably fattier, which shows well when cooked rare.

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Gently score the skin side of the duck in a cross-hatch pattern with a very sharp knife. The fat is pretty much like butter, so it doesn’t take a lot of pressure. Be careful; you don’t want to score the actual breast meat. It takes a long time to brown the duck breast, so be patient. Place the duck skin-side down in a cold pan, then place the pan over medium-low heat.


FEATURE

Duck and White Bean Chili 1 pound diced duck breast 2 tablespoons canola oil ¾ can diced yellow onion 1 garlic clove, minced ½ can diced carrots 2 cans cooked white beans 1 can peeled and diced tomatoes 1 quart chicken stock chili powder (to taste) cumin (to taste) 2 tablespoons of chopped cilantro

METHOD: Heat oil in Dutch style oven pan and sear duck on all sides, then add onions, garlic, carrot and celery. Continue to stir for 5 minutes. Add cooked white beans and chicken stock. Adjust seasonings and add diced tomatoes and cilantro at end. This recipes goes perfectly with Ancho corn Fritters…

Ancho Corn Fritters

Sift flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar into medium sized mixing bowl. Combine eggs, milk, and butter separate. Fold in dry ingredients then corn and chili paste. Deep fat fry until golden brown.

WINE SUGGESTION

2011 Bouza Albariño - Uruguay

One of the best products of the Bodega Bouza’s wine collection is the 2011 Albariño, with its enticing aroma of stony minerals, white flowers, and tropical fruit. This delicious wine started as a bit of an experiment for Bouza and has quickly turned into one of the winery’s most sought after bottlings. With its well-balanced and long lasting ending, it paired and it continues to match perfectly with seafood courses over the last 3 years.

Bodega Bouza was born as a smaller family business in Montevideo, Uruguay. The winery was built in 1942 by Numa Pesquera following the model of a French chateaux. This family already managed the concept of “fine wine”, front-line idea for the wines of Uruguay at that time.

Their main goal, since 1942, is one and only: maximum expression of the fruit in their wine and the adequate concentration for cellaring potential. The grapes they produce are Albariño and Chardonnay as white varieties and Merlot, Tempranillo and Tannat as red varieties, the latter being one the variety that identifies the wines of Uruguay.

The property consists of two vineyards. One is beside their winery in Melilla, around 3 miles from Santa Lucia River. The other is in the region of Las Violetas. This 100% Albariño product is from the Las Violetas, a traditional vine growing area, 24 miles north of downtown Montevideo and the River Plate. Grown in calcareous soil, the grapes were hand sorted before being fermented in 80% stainless steel and 20% French oak. In this delicious wine, the tropical fruit profile on a fleshy profile is enlivened by bright acidity creamy mineral. Special thanks to Brad Bush, Georgia Crown Distributing Co. svm

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BelCreme de Lys With its characteristic elusive Pinot character, Belcreme De Lys Pinot Noir offers a profound aromatic complexity, a silky texture, and a gentle but saturated flavor, in a wine that has a firm but never overbearing structure. By Paola Cigui elcrème De Lys Pinot Noir is a Californian domestic still wine, juicy and intense at the same time. With its silky and smooth taste, it is the perfect reward at the end of your day. Its fruity taste derives from the opulent currant, black cherry aromas and ripe strawberries, with an addition of mocha and caramel notes. The same fruit elements in the intense flavors mingle with smokey oak and vanilla notes, building to a long, sweet finishing after-taste, like a pine forest after rain. Big, harmonious, complex and graceful, this is delicious Pinot Noir with a promising future. Try it with moderately spicy Thai or Cajun dishes, smoked salmon and don’t forget mild cheese.

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Belcrème De Lys Pinot Noir is delivering the finesse and flavor of its distinguished origins – the prime vineyards up and down California’s Central Coast and Lodi regions. This blend of costal fruit with warmer climate fruit creates an engaging and layered wine. These cooler sites have an affinity for this varietal, lending complexity and nuances that can only be achieved in this climate. The careful grape selection, followed by stainless steel fermentation, produces the bright, exuberant fruit focus of the varietal. A secondary fermentation is able to soften and round out the palate. In the end, in order to add structure and gentle spices, the wine is aged for eight months with French oak.

This wine is also produced in Sonoma County, California, the home to classic Pinot Noirs, and one of the most important wine-growing regions in the United States. Vines have been planted here since the 1850s, and apart from the inevitable hiatus brought about by Prohibition, the county’s relationship with wine has always been prolific and unbroken. ‘Viticulturally’ speaking, Sonoma County is divided into three distinct sections: Sonoma Valley, Northern Sonoma and Sonoma Coast. Each of these has its own AVA (American Viticultural Area) title that indicates the specific geographical area a wine comes from. The Pinot Noir is the red wine grape of Burgundy (France), now adopted in wine regions all over the world, perhaps more notably in California, Oregon and New Zealand. Pinot Noir is the patriarch of the Pinot family of grape varieties – so called because their bunches are similar in shape to a pine cone (“pinot” in French). Belcrème De Lys Pinot Noir is a product of Diageo and it is distributed in Georgia by Georgia Crown Distributing Co. svm

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Sweets

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‘Tis the season to satisfy your sweet tooth with our Christmas dessert recipes. Whether you're looking for an impressive cake for company or cookies to deliver as gifts, sweets will be always your best choice.

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Yellow Tail Bubbles

[ yellow tail ] Bubbles White is a vibrant, light straw color with zesty, tropical fruit on the nose and a palate of fresh, fruity flavors with citrus hints. The finish is crisp and refreshing. [yellow tail] Bubbles RosĂŠ is delightfully fresh, fruity and soft with great palate length. Lifted aromas of fresh strawberries and spice are united with flavors of sweet cherries and tropical fruits.

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Ingredients

2 1/2 cups self-rising flour 1 1/2 cups white sugar 1 cup vegetable oil 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 eggs 1 cup buttermilk 3 ounces red food coloring

Yellow Tail is distributed in the United States through W.J. Deutsch one of the largest wine importers in the United States, and by Georgia Crown Distributing Co. in Georgia.

Cream Cheese Frosting

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened 1/4 cup butter, softened 4 cups confectioners' sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup chopped pecans PREPARATION: 30 mins COOK: 30 mins READY IN : 1 hr 30 mins

Directions

Preheat oven to 350Ëš F. Grease and flour mini bundt pans. In a large bowl, mix together sugar, oil, and eggs. In a separate bowl, add the food coloring and vinegar to the cup of buttermilk. Add baking soda to flour. Add flour mixture and buttermilk mixtures alternately to the sugar mixture. Mix well. Stir 1 teaspoon vanilla into the batter. Next pour the batter into the prepared bundt pans. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until done. Remove from oven, and cool on wire racks. Mix together cream cheese, butter or margarine, confectioners' sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla. Using a frosting bag, drizzle frosting on cooled cakes. Sprinkle nuts on top of cakes. svm

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HOME

WAVERLY HALL paradise Builder Brinegar Inc. turns tradition upside down, giving a Federal style house a bright outlook and a modern-day attitude.

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By Andrea Hayes • Photos by Doug Roth Photography • Aerial Photos by James Gates

he 8400 sq.ft. house sits on 96 acres of gently rolling green pasture. There is a small fishing pond, guest cottage and a 15 horse stall stable on the property. The house has a master bedroom on the main floor as well as a guest suite. There are 3 additional bedroom suites on the second level as well as a nursery, game room, and children's play area. On the main level the formal and informal areas are well defined. The elegant foyer leads to a formal living room continuous to a large formal dining room. The house has 6 fireplaces, 3 with granite, 2 marble, and 1 Tennessee Field stone faced with custom mantels. The front and rear porches are perfect for enjoying the picturesque scenery. The architectural style of the new house was inspired by a Federal style home which existed on the premises. The home also includes six fireplaces with custom mantles. Sitting on approximately 96 acres of land, the property also includes a two bed room, two bathroom guest house, three barns and a pond. The house was built by Brinegar Inc. in a 22 month period. svm

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This home is currently for sale. For more information, please contact Melissa Thomas with Coldwell Banker-Kennon, Parker, Duncan & Davis. melissa@melissathomashomes.com, 706.256.1000 or 706.575.0669 to schedule your private tour.


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ith approximately 96 acres of land, this two story traditional style home boasts three barns, a private pond, stables and ample room for family, friends and pets to roam and enjoy the land yet convenient to work, shopping, and schools.

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TOP: The formal living room features 26' ceilings & vast windows that allow the flow of natural light. The custom wood work makes this home stand out from the rest. Living room opens to spacious dining room. BOTTOM: Inviting family room with beautiful coffered ceilings, granite fireplace, Brazilian cherry hardwood floors with view of formal dining room opens into casual dining area and the expansive kitchen.

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COLUMBUS

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The Alexander family of companies has been serving Columbus and the surrounding areas for over 66 years — powering Columbus and protecting the community with integrity and state-of-the-art technology.


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TOP: Gourmet kitchen equipped with custom cabinets and under cabinet lighting, stainless steel appliances, double ovens, and Thermador 6 burner professional range. BOTTOM: Kitchen is open with two 10' Granite Islands, granite counters, built-in sub zero refrigerator & freezer, granite fireplace with custom mantel, and ample cabinet space.

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MIDTOWN MINGLE PHOTOS BY MARGIE RICHARDSON

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THE EVENT: The 2014 Midtown Mingle was held on Thursday, October 10, at the Dixon Drive Park in the Wildwood Circle-Hillcrest Historic District.

With a sold out crowd, hundreds attended the fourth annual Mingle and a special Mingle Menu was served by Divine Dinners for dining. Music was provided by Tony Thomas & Company. The event benefits Midtown Columbus. svm

BENEFITING MIDTOWN COLUMBUS

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COLUMBUS HERITAGE Every city in the world has a beginning. Those that have survived the tests of time were only able to do so by people that saw promise and endless potential in the city, and the people, itself.

George P. Swift was president of the Muscogee Manufacturing Co. from 1867 until the time of his death.

GEORGE PARKER SWIFT Shrewd, ambitious and cognizant of the proper and most successful ways to start a business, George Parker Swift was a Georgian transplant that realized the value of cotton mills in the South and, thus, spearheaded cotton manufacturing in late 19th century Georgia while simultaneously starting a family legacy that is still thriving in Columbus today.

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eorge Parker Swift, I, was born Sept. 1, 1815, in Fairhaven, Massachusetts. By 1832, the seventeen year old Swift was soon going to find himself in Georgia as an up and coming textile manufacturer and the patriarch of a family whose contributions to their community have assisted in the metropolization of Georgia’s second largest city.

During the height of the cotton boom, Swift moved to the land of cotton and found himself in the epicenter of cotton production, Georgia. After spending some time in Knoxville, Georgia, he relocated to Upson County, Georgia where his sister, Deborah, lived. Following the untimely death of Deborah’s husband, William T. Wayman, during the construction of the county’s first textile mill, the brother and sister teamed together to finish Wayman’s dream mill.

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Only experienced as a store clerk at the time, Swift benefitted from a good New England education and quickly learned the trade of textile manufacturing. By 1843, he owned half of his sister’s share in the company, ultimately becoming her financial partner. During the same year, Swift married fellow Massachusetts native, Cornelia Adelaide Jewett, who was ten years his junior. The couple were wed for nearly five decades and had grown to a nine member family, seven of whom were the couple’s children.


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early three decades later, in 1860, Wayman’s dream had expanded to three mills in Upson County and was operating as a 26 loom mill that also produced yarn using 16 cards and 1568 spindles. These mills, though, were burned towards the end of the Civil War during General William T. Sherman’s infamous March to the Sea in the winter of 1864.

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Though the Civil War left many business owners destitute, or even dead, Swift managed to not only stay afloat, but he was able to increase his economic standing. Throughout the duration of the War, specifically in 1863, Swift and his partners purchased a sawmill in Upson County for $7,000, enabling them to sell wood; work with farmers to sell bacon; and Swift purchased two plantations and its surrounding lands in a real estate venture.

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Drawn by the use of water power, river transportation, and abundance of raw materials vital to the textile industry, Swift and his then nine member family left Upson County and settled in the river front town of Columbus, Georgia in 1866. The family had expanded to include three daughters Helen Swift Murphy, Elizabeth Swift Shorter, Adelaide Buford Swift Kyle – and four sons – George Parker, William Augustus, Charles Jewett and Edward Wellington Swift. The move proved to be quite lucrative for the Swifts and the next year, 1867, Swift founded the Muscogee Mills – which were reconstructed from the Coweta Falls Mills also destroyed by Sherman’s Troops – later called the Muscogee Manufacturing Company. Swift served as the president of the company and by 1880 a second mill was added. Seven years later, the Swift Manufacturing Company was founded.

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1: Outside view of the Muscogee Manufcturing Co. 2: Edward Swift (middle), youngest son of George, with J.P Kyle inside the Mott House circa 1900. 3: George P. Swift marker located in Broadway at 14th Street, Columbus. 4: The Waymanville Cotton Mill was destroyed on April 18, 1865 when Union raiders began three days of devastation in Upson County. 5: The Swift-Kyle House, also known as the Swift Mansion and Billings House, was built in 1857. 6: George P. Swift marker at the Linwood Cemetery.

THE SWIFT-KYLE HOUSE WAS BRIEFLY USED BY UNION SOLDIERS DURING THE UNION OCCUPATION OF COLUMBUS DURING THE CIVIL WAR. AFTER THE BATTLE IN COLUMBUS, SWIFT MOVED HIS FAMILY INTO THE HOME AND IT HAS SINCE THEN BEEN PASSED TO VARIOUS MEMBERS OF THE SWIFT FAMILY. 3

Another key piece of Columbus’ history is the Swift-Kyle house. This stately manor has resided on Twelfth Street for nearly two centuries. Built in 1857 by Dr. and Mrs. Samuel A. Billing, the original home was a simple wooden home that was eventually moved to the back portion of the lot. The house was later sold to Frank and Simon Rothschild and later purchased by Colonel George Parker Swift with $50,000 dollars in Confederate currency and osnaburg, a type of textile.

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The house was briefly used by Union soldiers during the Union occupation of Columbus during the Civil War. After the last battle in Columbus, Swift moved his family into the home and it has since then been passed to various members of the Swift family.

After decades of ingenuity and entrepreneurship, George P. Swift succumbed to a brief illness and passed away on January 22, 1897. Colonel George P. Swift died at 82 years of age. He was then the president of the Muscogee Manufacturing Company and one of the most prominent citizens of Columbus. His wife, Cornelia, preceded him in death the year before. svm

Special thanks to Historic Columbus, Tracy Spencer, John S. Lupold and Katherine Waddell.

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The Sixth Annual Synovus Toast of the Town is scheduled for Friday, March 13, 2015 at the RiverMill Event Centre. Savor world-class wines, handcrafted beers, and delicious Southern spirits while dining on food prepared by some of the region’s most celebrated chefs. In addition to sampling their wares, guests will meet and mingle with the contributing brewmasters, vintners, and culinary luminaries, all of whom will be on hand to share their unique tastes and toasts. The main event of the Synovus Toast of the Town is the Grand Tasting. In addition to the Grand Tasting, we’re excited to confirm the return of the Garden & Gun Cocktail Tent, presented by Garden & Gun Magazine. This year the focus is on mixology. Shaking, stiring and rendering cocktails for guests while enjoying live music and gourmet hors d’oeuvres in the garden of the RiverMill Event Centre.

SYNOVUS TOAST OF THE TOWN Friday, March 13, 2015 To order tickets, go to: www.ToastColumbus.com


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NORWAY Norway is a once-in-a-lifetime destination and the essence of its appeal is remarkably simple: this is one of the most beautiful countries on earth. BY PAOLA CIGUI

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ome of the most lasting impressions travellers carry with them after visiting Norway – a land of snow and ice, a bountiful coast, with extreme climatic conditions and a thinly populated land – have been present here since the dawn of Scandinavian civilisation. Indeed, the human presence in Norway was for thousands of years overshadowed by Norway’s geography and climate, which have strong claims to being the most enduring personalities of Norwegian history.

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Every winter, the Northern Lights – Nordlys – Aurora Borealis are seen in Tromso, nothern Norwegian coast.

From 1380 until 1814 Norway was in a union with Denmark. When the union ended, it wrote its own national constitution. Later that year, Norway entered into a new union with Sweden which lasted until 1905. Norway was then able to choose its own king, and Prince Carl of Denmark, who became known as King Haakon VII, became the first ruler of an independent Norway for 525 years.

In the late 1960s, enormous fields of oil and gas were discovered off the Norwegian coast. This has had a huge effect on the country’s economy and for the last eight years, Norway has been voted the best country in the world to live in by the UN.

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The main street in Oslo Norway is called Karl Johans Gate. It runs from the main railroad station to Norway's Royal Palace.

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Oslo, the capital of Norway, is one of the most interesting sightseeing stops in the country. Regularly ranked one of the best cities in the world in which to live, the most populous city of Norway boasts a rich cultural scene and it is famous for its theatres, museums and galleries. The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design is an absolute must-see, and in fact incorporates a number of exhibition venues across the city, located within walking distance of one another.

Oslo’s main avenue – Karl Johans Gate – stretches from the Oslo Central Station near the waterfront all the way up to the Royal Palace. This main street, named in honor of King Charles III John, showcases many of Oslo's tourist attractions, such as the Oslo Cathedral (consecrated in 1697), and the Royal Palace, where the daily work of the monarchy is conducted. Situated in the city center by the Oslo Fjord, the majestic Akershus Fortress, built by Håkon V at the end of the 13th century, is a great place to discover Oslo’s history.

The Viking Ship Museum displays the world's two best-preserved wooden Viking ships built in the 9th century.

Vigeland Sculpture Park is another absolute mustsee in Oslo, representing the life work of the sculptor Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943), with more than 200 sculptures and a unique park – a monumental artistic creation with a human message that is worth a visit.

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Tromsø is one of the best places in the world to spend during the Christmas holiday season. This city offers a chance to view the Northern Lights, an object of fascination for Norwegians. In January, Tromsø hosts two unique events: the International Film Festival, and the Northern Lights Festival, a big musical extravaganza with some of the best symphonic orchestras in Scandinavia.

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Drobak

Drøbak, a small idyllic town 20 miles south of Oslo, is famous for two things: a sinking of the German cruiser Blücher in the Drøbak narrows in 1940, from the time when Drøbak used to be the winter harbour of Oslo, and the Tregaarden's Christmas House, a must-see as Scandinavia’s only permanent Christmas shop, called “Julehuset” (The Christmas House). The local restaurant serves all the traditional meals with the fire over-looked by impish elves and “Julenissen”.

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Bergen, a city on the west coast of Norway, is also known as the world’s largest gingerbread town (Pepperkakebyen). Every year since 1991, many inhabitants of Bergen have been bringing their home-made contributions to help build a brand new gingerbread town. This city is perfect for both kids and grown-ups, being a truly enchanting feast for the eyes, and certainly mouth-filling for every bon vivant.

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Due to the abundance of fish in the waters inside and surrounding the nation, Norway has been synonymous with fabulous salmon fishing. Norwegians enjoy it in many different ways: grilled salmon, together with smoked salmon, might be some favorites amongst many. Smoked salmon exists traditionally in many varieties, and is often served with scrambled eggs, dill, sandwiches or mustard sauce. Another traditional salmon product is “gravlaks”, literally "buried salmon", made of fresh or frozen salmon fillets, and marinated in a dill mixture and served with piquant mustard sauce. Sliced smoked salmon with an egg omelet and tomatoes is a typical breakfast in Norway..

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Glogg

“Gløgg” is a delicious hot, spiced wine that Norwegians drink around the Christmas holidays. Traditionally, “gløgg” was made from red wine, but the non-alcoholic version is often preferred. It is made with cloves and cinnamon, and served warm with a helping of almonds and raisins. Not letting anything go to waste, in true Norwegian style, they just added spices and honey to make it drinkable again. A perfectly delicious snack that goes along with the “gløgg” in the Christmas time is the “pepperkake”, a Norwegian gingerbread cookie, made of dried ginger, syrup and spices.

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The “Risengrynsgrøt” (hot rice pudding) is an old, traditional dish in Norway, often served warm for dinner, often on Saturdays. As the legend goes, this is what the barn gnome eats, so in the countryside, many people put a bowl outside their houses for the barn gnome. This dish is simply made of rice, water and milk mixed with butter, sugar and cinnamon. The leftover cooked rice porridge can be used to make the “riskrem”, a delicious Norwegian rice cream served with a red sauce made from berries. svm

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THE LIGHTER SIDE

We all share common threads in life. Whether it be in enjoying similar TV shows, foods, stores, or the same types of people, all of humanity is connected in one way or another. In essence, we all live through parallel lives — living, breathing and existing through subtle, but ever existent, common pulses.

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For hundreds of years, or at least since pens and paper became commonplace, people who wanted to get in touch with other people separated by distance had only one way to do it: they wrote letters, the only means of longdistance communication, at least until the invention of the telegraph in the 19th century. According to the testimony of the ancient historian Hellanicus the first recorded hand written letter (epistle) was by Persian Queen Atossa, daughter of Syrus, mother of Xerxes around 500 BC.

Papyrus became so popular a writing material that laws where introduced preventing it leaving its country of origin in the East. While Amerigo Vespucci’s discoveries were significant, his most important contribution to the exploration of the New World was most likely his letters, which were published in Europe shortly after they were written. Prior to 1840 letters were delivered by courier, coach or horse rider. The receiver of the letter had to pay on its receipt and the cost was dependent on the number of pages and distance travelled. The first stamps issued were authorized by an act of Congress and approved on March 3, 1847. The earliest known use of the Franklin 5¢ is July 7, 1847, while the earliest known use of the Washington 10¢ is July 2, 1847. Fidel Castro sent a letter to the then President of the United States of America, Franklin D. Roosevelt, when he was 14. He speaks of his approval of Roosevelt’s presidency, asks the President for $10, and offers to reveal the location of Cuba’s largest iron mines.

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On December 21, 1970, Elvis Presley personally handed over a letter to a guard written on the plane to Washington DC - in which his services were offered in the war on drugs. As a result of his request, Elvis had an impromptu meeting with President Nixon.

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Today thanks to social media, anyone who has the desire, can have a voice. People can now get their point across in 140 characters on Twitter, by commenting on a recent Facebook post and even by creating a 15 second video on Instagram. That’s how communication works in the 21st century. The first email was sent by Ray Tomlinson to himself in 1971. "The test messages were entirely forgettable. … Most likely the first message was QWERTYIOP or something similar," he said. The first AOL Instant Message was sent by Ted Leonsis to his wife on Jan. 6, 1993. It read, "Don't be scared ... it is me. Love you and miss you."His wife replied, "Wow ... this is so cool!" Leonsis later became AOL's Vice Chairman. Spam is the best known problem with e-mail. From unsolicited marketing messages to scams attempting to trick recipients out of cash, spam is a true scourge of the Internet. E-mail spam costs businesses on average $712 per employee per year. So is it e-mail, email, Email, E-Mail, E-mail or eMail? As of 2013 The Associated Press Stylebook still insists on seeing the word as an abbreviation of "electronic mail" and therefore sticks with e-mail. Texting is so popular that among adults aged 26-35 only 1 out of every 10 people would prefer to meet up face-to-face rather than send a text message. Teenager Marcel Fernandes Filho recently became the world’s fastest texter by writing this message in 18.19 seconds: “The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human.” The 2012 election broke records with 31.7 million political tweets. Election Day was by far the most tweeted about event in US political history.


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