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As the seasons change and you’re thinking about pulling out your spring/summer wardrobe that you never really put


away, don’t forget to evaluate your skin care routine. As the largest organ and your most important protection against the

• There will be a new magazine in The Ville, scheduled for this fall...

elements, our skin needs pampering and maintenance that isn’t always glamorous. Of course, the very first thing you should consider when evaluating your skin care routine is sunblock. I am a huge


• Big Bad VooDoo Daddy is here! In The Ville! See Dance Card for deets…

proponent of it, and you can see it on my face! I started using a daily sunscreen at age 18 and it shows. Now don’t be stingy


- use it on your neck and the tops of your ears, if you have short hair!


• SGD is experimenting with a pimento spice rubbed version Thomasville Tomme…

I have used drug store products, department store products and boutique products, and have had good results from I’m currently looking for a cleanser that I can get from a local business, and I asked my Facebook friends for suggestions. Here are some of their favorites:

• Due South is bringing some Grammy winners to town… • This summer, Landmarks and TCA are cooking up something… • FREE concert this Saturday at the new-old courthouse…6:30pm… details at

• Metta Day Spa - Eminence • At Home - Bare Essentials, Bliss and Mario Badescu • Aesthetic Plastic Surgery - Obagi • JMarie Day Spa - Osmosis • Merle Norman • Mary Kay

Clean Up: The Drama in Your Life I’m not mad at you, I’m mad at the dirt! This year I made a new year’s resolution. I resolved to get rid of the drama in my life, and make new friends. Easy enough, you say? Well sister, it is...

out and… the needs of your skin change! One of my favorite drug store products is Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream with SPF 15. It contains Retinal and other vitamins and I use it as a daily moisturizer. My favorite cleansers tend to be boutique products, and I’ve used brands from Merle Norman to Murad. Susan at Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Center invited me over for a facial and consultation and it was a great experience. Not only did she quickly and correctly identify my needs, she gave me lots of samples to try. They are very patientfocused, and you can read more about my experience at

“No matter how plain a woman may be, if truth and honesty are written across her face, she will be beautiful.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

Voice in my head: “Oh please. Stop already with the dramatics. How hard can it be? I am not a drama queen!” Well, let me begin by saying this: we live in a very, very small town. Your business is my business, his business and their business. You can’t sneeze without soooomebody knowing it. But, I have finally figured out that you CAN get off that gossip train. You’ve just got to stop digging in the dirt. That’s right. Stop for a moment and think about your recent conversations with friends. Are you guilty of spreading the news? Most of us ARE. It begins easy enough...a chit chat and a glass of bubbly. Next thing you know, you’ve got “the dirt” on your neighbors, your friends, and your frenemies. Whatcha gonna do with that dirt? You going to soil somebody’s name? Or are you going to wash that dirt off your hands and walk away with a clean conscience? Sometimes dirt is really hard to get rid of...but here’s how. First, you start valuing your time. Second, your start evaluating your friendships. Ask yourself, am I enjoying the time I spend with a certain person? Does that person make me feel good and enrich my life? Do I feel empty after my time with them, or do I feel full of love? Or do I just feel dirty? Modern social mediums are one way to find out who is doing what, where, when and with who. All nine hundred of your “close” friends online. Texting has become the communication technique that we use the most. So I began thinking, is my life so boring that I need to know what so-and-so is pissed off about this week? Do I need to text anything to anyone besides “I love you?” Absolutely not. So, here’s what I decided to do...I started cleaning house. Not the kind of domestic wizardry you are thinking of, but rather a soul cleansing purge. I am getting rid of the relationships that involve drama that make me feel bad about myself or are hurtful to others. I am getting rid of the empty feelings of hate that I have for certain people. I am just letting them a balloon. You just aren’t meant to be friends with everyone, not matter how hard you try. And once you wash away the old, you will be surprised at how good the “new” feels. I have lived in this town for only four years, but I really thought that I knew everybody. Happily, last week I learned that there are lots and lots of great people I had not met...people that I am now calling “friend.” By just reaching out a little bit I have made new friends who have interesting lives, full of love and happiness. I welcome them in to my existing circle of kind, fun-loving and sincere friends that I do indeed cherish. I also have found that happy people attract one another. Are you attracting the people who you enjoy being with? If not, it’s time to cut the cord. You can do it in a nice way...start being reallllly busy with work. Or tell them you have taken up knitting. Get off of Facebook and get out and live. Pick up the phone, take up a new hobby or take a road trip. Chill that

different lines. I like to change things up every year or so, because new research comes

It’s always good to get a professional opinion about your skin, especially if you have freckles or moles. A dermatologist can save your life, so don't be shy about asking them to look. Better safe than sorry—and better early than late. Be good to your skin, you will have it for the rest of your life!

Road Trip red hills horse trials in tally I have been looking forward to this event all year! Even if you don’t ride, this event is a fantastic display of athleticism, both of the riders and the horses. The event is three days long, Friday, March 8th through Sunday, March 10th. I’ll be volunteering all weekend, so you may see me at the Welcome tent! Eventing allows riders of all ages and abilities to compete. It was developed from cavalry competitions during the early 1900’s and tests the rider’s and horse’s “partnership and athletic prowess over three days and three disciplines: the grace and harmony of dressage; the rigors and thrills of cross-country jumping over natural obstacles; and the power and pageantry of show jumping.” The dressage portion is the first day, and has been described at “horse ballet.” The second day is cross country and will include creatively constructed obstacles and dramatic jumps. Bring your walking shoes to follow riders on the course! Sunday is stadium jumping, and you may have seen this on TV. Each day, there will also be a kids’ fun area with wildlife demos and pony rides {of course!}, Saddler’s Row with vendors, food court, demos + exhibits, and, on Sunday, a guided botanical tour and lecture at 9:30.

red hills horse trials is a non-profit and exists to: • To benefit two worthwhile charities promoting ecological study, protection of environment, and use of green space • To promote interest in the sport of Eventing • To entertain family, friends, and business associates Tickets are: $15.00 suggested donation/adult/day, $25.00 suggested donation for three-day pass. Children under 12 accompanied by an adult are free. For tickets or more info, see

bubbly and take it across town to a new friend’s house. Wash down that drama and start living dirt-free. —Leslie

Health and cheerfulness naturally beget each other. ~Joseph Addison " !



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Dr. Gundry’s Diet Evolution: Turn Off the Genes That Are Killing You – and Your Waistline – and Drop the Weight for Good by Steven Gundry, M.D. This book is becoming the new Bible for smart eating…and its secrets extend far beyond what people believe is the obvious. Clean by Alejandro Junger, M.D. This book is a manual for readers to learn how to turn on and work with their own detoxification systems to restore and maintain optimal health.

“I don’t like people,” said Velvet. “... I only like horses.”


—Enid Bagnold, National Velvet

hilliary’s stuffed raspeberries

They are taking the town by storm! Or at least her nursing classes.

Clean Up: Your Curb Appeal

{Recipe from For the Love of} 1 cup of fresh raspberries, washed Milk chocolate chips or White chocolate chips Clean raspberries then lay them on a paper towel to soak up the excess water. Gently push either a milk chocolate chip or a white chocolate chip into the center of each raspberry. Serve immediately and enjoy!

We asked our sponsor Chubb Realty to give us a few pointers on enhancing your home’s curb appeal for selling or renting. They’re some clever folks and Rebecca, Peggy, Emily, Pam, and the others have tons of experience and know-how. They suggested getting your property ready by “Putting It On The Map!”

Manicure Prune, mow, edge, trim bushes and tend beds. Amplify Pick one feature to enhance: add trendy shutters OR columns OR a pediment.

Polish Paint front door and mailbox; new porch lighting. Pop Plant seasonal colors in containers, along walkways, or in new window boxes.

Sparkle Pressure wash exterior + clean windows.


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April 19 and 20th

We can help with medication management, fall risk assessment, home safety inspection, home physical therapy among many other services. Ask your Physician or give us a call for advice.

Presented by Thomasville National Bank friday night

Grammy Award winning Steep Canyon Rangers with Shannon Whitworth. General admission tickets: $25 advance or $30 at the door. VIP party tickets are $125. saturday Ralph Rodenberry, Mama's Love and Big Bill Morganfield, food trucks and the Maker's Market from 10am to 5:30 PM. Admission is FREE. For more information visit

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The Family Enrichment Group and Downtown Thomasville have teamed up for a St. Patrick’s Day themed putt putt tournament.

PUTT PUTT GOLF CONTEST March 16th from 10:30-4:30

Downtown merchants will create “holes” and strokes will be counted. All proceeds benefit children in our community. Registration is $100 for a team of 4.

Register by March 4th for a free tournament t-shirt! Playtime is from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM. To register, call 229-225-4338 or visit





Margret Brinson

Add weights to your routine. Many women skip the weights because they believe they will “bulk up” and this is not true. Think of it this way- muscle tissue is more metabolically active than fat tissue. The more muscle you have, the more calories you will burn throughout the day! Increasing your muscle mass revs up your metabolism.

Favorite intangible about The Ville? Thomasville is worldly but not wary—Everyone is welcome!

LAMP SHADES For quick, monthly cleaning, dust shades with a soft brush or microfiber cloth. For washable shades, fill the bathtub with lukewarm water and add small amount of liquid laundry soap. Dip shade, wiping from top to bottom with a clean rag. Rinse shade in clean, lukewarm water; blot with a towel. Drip dry or place shade in front of a fan.

What are you reading right now? I just finished The Great American House by Gil Schafer and am starting Butterfly in the Typewriter: The Tragic Life of John Kennedy Toole and the Remarkable Story of A Confederacy of Dunces by Cory MacLauchlin.

Think quality, not quantity. Maximize your time and intensity level by introducing intervals to your workout. Research proves that a 30 minute interval training session burns more fat and calories than a 30 minute endurance session. In addition, you can do it anywhere- home, gym, and the outdoors. Add in body-weight exercises- pushups, mountain climbers, lunges- for a combined cardio and strength training effect.

Ice cream or cake? And what kind? I am a chocolate cake kind of girl (with coffee ice cream on the side) The ultimate vacation? I would rent a house in London as a home base and make lots of side trips to Bath, Edinburgh, Paris, Florence, etc. Family and dear friends are invited, of course!

WASHING MACHINES Did you know that residue from laundry detergents and fabric softeners can cling to the inside of your washer? Baking Soda Scrub Add 4 tablespoons baking soda to 4 cups warm water. Wipe down the inside surface of the washing machine, scrubbing lightly if needed. Run the washer through a rinse cycle - if you see a powdery, white residue on the surface, rinse again. Vinegar Rinse Add 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar to 1 quart water. Wipe down the interior of the washer, scrubbing lightly if needed. Run the washer through a rinse cycle.

Try a Group Fitness class- exercise doesn’t have to be lonely and boring. Attending a class is fun! Plus, it gives you accountability and community! Lacking motivation? Let a certified instructor give you the motivation you need to finish the workout!

If I could teach my children one character trait, it would be... I would like for our boys are learn perseverance {they already have kindness, thoughtfulness and humor down pat!}. ….And why only one “a” in Margret? I honestly don’t know exactly why I only have one ‘a.’ One theory is that the aunt for whom I was named removed her ‘a’ in a fit of post WWII glamour and it appealed to my parents. Another theory is that my parents wanted to give their middle daughter a little edge. (They sheepishly cannot remember!)

Re-evaluate your fitness goals. The New Year’s Resolution hype has died down, and it’s back to everyday life. What is working for you? What isn’t? If walking on the treadmill for an hour at 5:30 AM isn’t your thing, then switch to a 30 minute spin class after work. Choose obtainable goals and be realistic!

The TownieLoves Margret!

Consult a fitness professional. Personal trainers and fitness experts are full of new ideas, encouragement and guidance. They can provide you with helpful tips and support to keep you motivated! —Rebekah G.

a little birdie told me...

THE IRON Be sure your iron is cool before you begin! Waxy? Turn iron to highest setting and press onto newspaper until the residue disappears.

clean up: your morning routine


Do you ever feel like a tortoise trying to make your way to Don’t try to get thirty errands done before you have to go to work? The race is on, and Dr. Towns is here helping you get work. Do not mind boggle yourself in the mornings—and to the finish line. save yourself from needing to make a call to the auto doctor! Go to bed at a decent hour. I promise you Facebook and Net- Having a clear mind can keep you concentrated and accident flix will be there tomorrow. As adults, we don’t always like free. Organize and prioritize your errands and spread them setting curfews for ourselves. However, the better rested you throughout the week. The more stress you have at the start of are, the more energy you will have the next day. And the more your day, the less tolerant you might be towards the end of the energy you have, the more tweets you will be able to post the day. And who doesn’t love saving money from not having to pay a deductible on your car? next day!

ThomasvilleCtr4Arts @ThomasvilleArts “Learn to paint your house- POP Art Style!”

Oily? Use ammonia to break it down and wipe away. Unidentified substance? Combine vinegar and baking soda and scrub surface with soft cloth.

TULibrary @TULibrary “Get your study on at the TU Library!”

Build-up in the vents? Use a pipe cleaner or cotton swab to clean gently. Never use a knife or anything else that will scratch the iron’s surface.

Rebecca Bonfanti @rbanditt “Easter dress and suit bought for the kids. I love shopping in downtown #Thomasville. #frillsandfreckles. Pictures next weekend.”

Gotta satisfy that inner neurotic and clean the inside? Mix one part vinegar + one part water and add to reservoir. Allow iron to steam for four minutes. Cool and drain, then rinse and drain again.

Try some exercise before your busy day starts. Run a mile or two around your neighborhood or even around your house. If this sounds boring, have your dog join you. Yoga is another activity you can do in the morning. Your kids will be too tired to laugh at all the awesome stretches you will be doing.

Trey Collins @treycollins3 This panel is trying to brag about the beautiful downtown Macon. I’m sorry, but have you seen downtown #Thomasville?

DISHWASHER After a fresh wash, with or without dishes, empty the washer and remove racks. Check spray arms to be sure holes are open. Use a toothpick to loosen any clogs. Look for buildup + debris in or around the wastewater grate and remove. Clean with a baking soda paste. If you have a filter, remove. Disassemble the filter in your sink and clean thoroughly with soapy water or a baking soda paste. Wipe outer seal with vinegar solution. Dissolve hard water stains by running a cycle empty, with white vinegar.

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I take birthdays seriously, and my own is no exception. I’ve compiled my own Bookshelf wish list! It’s the perfect way to say “happy birthday” to those you love. —Katie

1 Branch + Cotton ampersand notepad 2 Where’d You Go, Bernadette 3 Branch + Cotton gift box 4 My Ideal Bookshelf 5 Smart Folks Read tee 6 Kate Spade’s Things We Love 7 Wild, a memoir


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Last but not least, start your day with a multivitamin. Vitamins have a lot of nutritional value that will put more pep into your step each day. And if vitamins bore you, have no fear… they make gummy vitamins for adults! —Jon


Kevin’s Catalog @kevinscatalog Marquin’s Turkey Spur Cuff links, Featured on Garden and Gun’s blog are available at Kevin’s!!!


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Let the professionals at Servpro help you with your Spring Cleaning! 229-236-1902

“Toast to The Townie” celebrate Our Lucky

RELISH & DASH Relish the sunshine! Dash here for sunblock!


come see us on broad street!

ISSUE Tuesday,March 5th at 6:00 sharp! @ Sweet Grass Dairy Downtown

Get ready for an evening of high energy! Get ready for an evening of high energy! The Thomasville Community Resource Center (TCRC) is hosting their First Annual Step Showcase to be held Saturday, April 27th. The Competition begins at 7:15 PM on stage at the Thomasville Center for the Arts. All proceeds from the evening will directly benefit the TCRC to sustain opportunities for academic enrichment and tutorial services for the children participating in its after school programing. Step Dancing electrifies the audience as the dancer’s entire body is used to create a percussive instrument. The dancers produce complex rhythms and sounds using footsteps, words and clapping as they compete for bragging rights as the best dance troupe. It is usually performed by groups and has grown in great popularity among college students for competition. It is an energetic, creative dance event for the whole family. The Step Showcase will present electrifying performances from Florida A&M University, Valdosta State College and local Thomasville, GA, Praise Dance ministries. Please join us for a night of fun and great entertainment! For more information or to join in the competition, contact LaRhonda Larkins at (229) 226-5846 ext 104 or by e-mail at Tickets can be purchased in advance at



Does your workout have the winter blues? Since starting your New Years Resolution to get in shape, you may have noticed you’re reaching a plateau and aren’t seeing the results you want. Here are some tips to spice up your fitness routine and get ready for summer!

Townie Chums

Well, not weird, but maybe things you don’t normally put on your cleaning rotation. Namely: lampshades, the washing machine, your iron and the dishwasher.


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It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade. —Charles Dickens

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how to wash your dog... STEP 1—Gather supplies...shampoo, towels, swimming mask and knee pads. Arrange all supplies by tub while dog is not looking. STEP 2—Find dog. Best bets are under the bed, in the back of the pantry, behind the toilet or down the street running at a fast rate... STEP 3—Wrassle dog into tub. May involve superhuman strength and octopus-like arm maneuvers. Refrain from calling the dog names...the neighbors can hear you. STEP 4—Set water temperature using teeth. (Hands are in death grip on dog’s body.) Feel sorry for dog tip toeing in cold water. STEP 5—Wet dog with water using large plastic cup or a bucket. Either is a futile effort that you will regret. Consider calling plumber for hand held fixture installation, this week!

STEP 6—Apply shampoo by mistakenly squirting huge blobs of it on to dog with one hand. Careful, dog may shimmy out of way, allowing shampoo to run down the drain. STEP 7—Lather dog with breakneck speed before he escapes.Quickly alternate scrubbing with death grip hands. Stop only to wring out your shirt from dog shaking soapy water all over you and the entire bathroom. Threaten dog with his life for moving a muscle. STEP 8—Rinse dog with cup after cup of water, making sure to rinse off his head. Prepare for violent head shaking and soaking of walls. STEP 9—Unfurl towel and cover dog’s head and body, and begin to gently dry off entire dog. Praise him, apologize profusely and give him a smooch on the nose. Offer him a treat—and MEAN IT. STEP 10—Cuddle dog in a second dry towel...the one you put in the dryer for him earlier. He’ll forgive you quicker. —Leslie








march 16

Opening reception + preview of exhibition entitled New Growth Wiregrass Gallery, 5 to 8 PM

Free Concert! Drew Holcomb + the Neighbors 6:30 - 8:30 PM Downtown on the bricks in front of the Courthouse.

Thomasville Entertainment Foundation presents Big Bad Voodoo Daddy 8 PM Municipal Auditorium Adults $35, students $15 226-7404, Purchase online at

33rd Annual Brookwood School Auction Saturday, March 9 6 PM Glen Arven Country Club $75 per ticket, includes dinner Tickets (229) 226-8070

Women’s History Month viewing of the short documentary film, Rosie: Stories from the Home Front, followed by a time for sharing memories of World War II 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM TVille City Public Library (229) 225-5252

Spring Lecture Series Dr. Andrew K. Frank, Allen Morris Associate Professor of History, Florida State University: The Making of Chief Osceola: The Seminoles & The Abolitionists Free and open to the public, 7:30 PM (229) 226-7664

Metcalfe Community Association Yard Sale Starts at 9 AM Metcalfe Community Park

MARCH 1 Color and Space: New Work by Konstantin Prokos Also a writer, the artist will be reading his poetry at 6:30 PM, Accidental Gallery, Boston, 5 PM to 8 PM

MARCH 2 Pebble Hill Trail Ride 10 AM,-1 PM $10/adult, $5/child. Bring your lunch. Proof of negative Coggins is mandatory for entrance! 229-227-5384

Bacchus Wine Bar Sushi Night Thursdays Thursdays, order ahead at

MARCH 12 Taste of France: Champagne 3 course dinner + drinks. $50 pp, reservations required. Liam’s, 6:30 PM (229) 226-9944 *Townie Attending*

Stay tuned for news about Due South, Dogwood + Derby!

march 16 Birdsong’s Old Timey Plant Sale 100s of Native Azaleas *Townie Attending* 9 AM - 1 PM (229-377-4408) for more information.


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