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Thomasville’s Grant Aldridge expands his shop and his offerings of handcrafted furniture, jewelry, and more. Peeping North Georgia beckons with its showy splash of fall color and opportunities for hiking and camping. of Rosemary

It’s almost time for the popular kickoff event for the Wildlife Arts Festival, the Red Hills Rover Rally. Customs

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Just when you thought you knew everything about workouts, fitness expert Stephanie Rice dispels some untruths. iLead Empowering Thomasville teens and encouraging them to improve the community around them.

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This issue focuses on the people and places that make Thomasville the jewel of Southwest Georgia. From an historical building given new life, to not one but two programs building up our young leaders of the future, to a local artist making his way one handcrafted treasure at a time. And it’s almost time for North Georgia to show off its fall display, so we’ve included some info on where to go for the best leaf peeping.

Your downtown merchants and all of our Thomasville area advertisers make this great publication possible for all of us. It’s no secret that shopping local benefits everyone in a community. So, let’s all get out there and support one another.

I absolutely love these first mornings with just the slightest touch of fall in the air. It’s a promise of cooler days, football games, and the long approach to the holiday season. Call me biased but fall seems extra special in this corner of the state, surrounded by longleaf pines, the excitement of hunting season, and all the traditions and events that are wrapped up in these last few months of the year.




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PICTURED · Charlie Whitney, a fourth generation Thomasville resident and an artist himself, has been an avid participant in the rally, carried along every year by his quintessential vehicle, a 1964 Land Rover.



Now in its seventh year, the rally continues to increase in popularity. “Every year we welcome back a great group of core supporters to the Wildlife Arts Festival, and several newcomers join us each year through the Rover


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wenty-seven years ago, founders of the Wildlife Arts Festival began inviting world-renowned artists to a celebration of sporting life anchored by a fine art show. It was a time for friends to catch up and to support local culture while showcasing the splendor of the land captured by artists. Today, the art show has added scores of other events, many of which are held outdoors in the beautiful landscape of Thomas County.

“Meandering in vintage vehicles through some of Thomasville’s most historic properties, guests enjoy beautifully curated bites and sips during the Red Hills Rover Rally’s fun kickstart to the 10-day festival,” says Mariam Mirabzadeh, director of the popular Wildlife Arts Festival.

The allure for many outdoor and motor enthusiasts alike is the chance to be completely immersed in nature. And not just any old nature, but some of Thomasville’s most pristine privatelyowned properties. The trail gives a behind the scenes look at some of the

The Red Hills Rover Rally allows participants to view the art of nature and connect with the land from their Scout, Land Rover, or hunt buggy. With fewer than 50 entries available each year, the spots fill up quickly when registration opens.

Rally,” says Mirabzadeh. “It’s always a beautiful trail riding experience through longleaf pine forests and iconic red dirt roads with the spirit of adventure as your backdrop. You get to pause for a moment and have a true appreciation of the land we get to call home.”

“It’s a fun outdoor event that anyone can participate in,” says Whitney. “Folks

bring their children and their dogs, and weather-wise it’s the perfect time of year.” One of his favorite moments each year is seeing the lengthy line of classic Land Rovers as they ramble along through the woods.


“We are careful to keep it small and intimate, not only for the sake of the experience, but for the sake of the land,” says Mirabzadeh.

Charlie Whitney, a fourth generation Thomasville resident and an artist himself, has been an avid participant in the rally, carried along every year by his quintessential vehicle, a beloved 1964 Land Rover.

Some landowners have generously created trails throughout their property specifically for the rally.

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untouched rolling red hills, flora, and fauna amid the longleaf pines for which Thomasville is known.

The 2022 Wildlife Arts Festival featured painter, Sue Key, tops the list of artists who will share their unique perspectives on the natural world. Key spent a week in May immersing herself in the beauty of the Red Hills to capture imagery to inspire her paintings for the show.



“Some of the landowners have even created trails just for the rally,” says Mirabzadeh. “We are humbled year after year at the generosity of our supporters and their capacity to go above and beyond to support the wildlife festival.”

With a new route every year, each rally is a special, curated experience. This is both ideal and necessary since Mirabzadeh estimates that 60 percent of the same folks participate each year and enjoy seeing new sights.

“It’s like a homecoming, and it’s truly about the connections and relationships,” she says, adding that each event during the Wildlife Arts Festival showcases a different element. “This one is definitely the let-your-hairdown one.” So much so that in recent years, some of the land contained mud bogs so deep some folks had to be carted back after bogging down.

Every fall Thomasville welcomes the arrival of world-renowned wildlife artists from near and far to Wildlife Arts Festival, now embarking on its 27th year. It’s a true celebration of Thomasville’s sporting culture during a long weekend in November, at the start of Georgia’s quail season, through a fine art show, experiences that celebrate the land, workshops led by artists and designers and family friendly events.

The day starts with grab-and-go bites at a location known only to participants, then proceeds onto the trail led by guides, says Mirabzadeh. “Along the way, there are stops for Bloody Marys and pairings, lunch, and demonstrations.”

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Whitney recalls one year when there had been a drought in the area, and they were on red clay backroads. “I was fortunate to be leading the rally that year,” he says. “Because when I looked back everything behind me was covered in a thick layer of red dust.”

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“The riders loved it,” she says.

“We like to change it up every year and always strive for everyone to leave satisfied with all festival events,” says Mirabzadeh. In the past riders have enjoyed granola from Orchard Pond Farms, Sister’s Sauce Bloody Marys paired with all the fixings, including JB Crumbs’ candied bacon, smoked quail, and other local and regional delights. Following the Red Hill Rover Rally, the evening rolls into another event, Whiskey in the Woods, making it an all-day affair for some participants.

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The rally launches the festival’s 10-day stretch, full of parties, galas, art shows, wildlife encounters, and workshops available to all and philanthropically motivated. The festival is Thomasville Center for the Arts’ largest annual fundraiser, enabling them to fund art scholarships, arts education programming, and other artistic experiences and opportunities throughout the year, including a robust public art program. TM

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Taking beautiful pieces from the natural world and giving them a secondary purpose has stellar results for one Thomasville craftsman.

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“I enjoy putting the vintage machines to work, doing what they were built to do,” Aldridge says. “There are also saws from the 1920s front and center in my shop, and I wouldn’t want it any other Aldridge,way.”who was born and raised in Thomasville, first established Taproots Customs in 2005. The business is a small-batch manufacturer of fine furniture primarily, with additional metalworking and jewelry-making. He uses a woodturning lathe to create his

“I use a lot of river-recovered cypress, but my favorite would be working with highly figured woods, such as a burl wood. It has a lot of variation and swirls in it,” he says.

“It’s a strong central root with many smaller roots branching off,” Aldridge says. “I enjoy making everything from fishing rods to jewelry, but the furniture is my focus, like a taproot.”

Today, almost any woodturning lathe you come across is electric and much more advanced than those during Egyptian and Roman times, but Grant Aldridge, owner and founder of Taproot Customs in Thomasville, still has a weak spot for vintage American-made machines when it comes to creating his woodwork.


Working with wood isn’t just something he started doing when he opened his business.

“I grew up around construction work,” he says. “My dad always says, from the time I could carry a hammer, I was helping him.”

“I got into that trade in high school,” he adds. “I started working in construction and took a liking to some of the finer trim work, so I decided I wanted to build some furniture pieces.”

pieces, anything from laser-engraved wood luggage tags and conference room tables to manzanita burl wood titanium rings.

The business name, Taproot Customs, comes from trees starting out as taproot, which provides their stability.

Creating in a new space has inspiredEldridgeGrantto offer more new products.

oodturning lathes— machines used to smooth and shape wood—were first developed and used thousands of years ago in Egypt and Rome. In fact, early lathe workers would sometimes use their bare feet to hold cutting tools in place while using their hands to power a lathe.


The first piece Aldridge ever built was for a friend—a huge entertainment center he built in a tiny shed behind his home. But since that time, he’s continued to expand and cultivate his skills, adding jewelry in the past three years.

Aldridge’s father, Gary, built homes and did steel construction work for many years in the Thomas County area.

The type of wood Aldridge uses depends on the piece, but he prefers locally sourced wood.

“When you get on the wood lathe, you just never know what’s going to come out the other side,” he says when asked what led him to start making jewelry. “You just start cutting, and you end up with whatever the wood wants to be sometimes. I also had seen some pictures of something and just kind of messed around with it and came up with some jewelry pieces and went from there.”

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Creating an interior sign for Hubs and Hops, a bike shop and taproom, gave Aldridge an opportunity to work with an artist in Michigan, which he enjoyed.

The desk he built for his daughter, Chloe, was one of the first finer pieces of wood furniture he had ever built. It had nice spindles and curvy legs.

And whether he’s building something for a family member or client, each and every piece is always fully personalized.

“If they have any particular requests, we’ll work that in there,” Aldridge says. “I love doing something that I haven’t seen before. I have a full machine shop and a wood shop, so I can do metal works, make brackets and mechanisms, anything that we need.”

Speaking of shops, Taproom Customs is scheduled to open a new shop and showroom this fall on Campbell Street in Downtown Thomasville.

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Two favorite pieces he’s had an opportunity to work on are a sign at a local business in Thomasville and a desk for one of his daughters. (He’s a father of two, Chloe and Kenley.)

Aldridge also works with a laser engraver, and his dad helps with the steel work and welding.

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“It’s always a great sense of satisfaction when something comes to life,” Aldridge concludes, “and I think this will help expand the business.” TM

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rimson reds, rustic oranges and bright yellows mark the highly anticipated start of fall in Georgia’s State Parks. Take in the kaleidoscopic scenery with family and friends from atop overlooks, underneath waterfalls, in kayaks or tents. Whatever adventure visitors seek, there are activities for everyone at Georgia’s State Parks. Venture out to discover why these parks are a must-visit for autumn.



Georgia’s parks offer a wide array of options for lodging as well as for hiking and taking in the splendor of the season.


Sleep Under the Stars

Looking for the perfect spot to toast s’mores and enjoy crisp, cool fall air? There is no better time to gather around the campfire than fall. Regardless of equipment, whether it be a motorhome or a tent, or how you prefer to get there, via foot, boat, or car, Georgia State Parks have campsites for all tastes. Stay in the heart of autumn beauty and in the middle of the action at Black Rock Mountain, F. D. Roosevelt or Tallulah Gorge state park. A few unique camping spots include Chattahoochee Bend and High Falls where you can paddle into your site. Lakefront locations at Tugaloo, Elijah Clark and Seminole, or tent platforms at Victoria Bryant and Fort Mountain are also favorites. Camp with your steed at equestrian campsites at Hard Labor Creek, A.H. Stephens, General Coffee, and Watson Mill Bridge state parks.




Georgia’s Top Overlooks

Track vibrant fall color as it moves across the Peach State at some top parks for leaf-peeping. Top overlooks to experience glorious fall foliage await in Black Rock Mountain, Cloudland Canyon, Amicalola Falls, Vogel, Unicoi, F.D. Roosevelt, and Tallulah Gorge state parks. Visit these hot spots to revel in the dazzling display of fall color in late October through November, depending on weather and temperatures. Those who enjoy venturing off the beaten path will particularly enjoy the lesser-known state parks for viewing fall color—Moccasin Creek, James H. “Sloppy” Floyd, Victoria Bryant, Chattahoochee Bend, and Watson Mill Bridge.

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Waterfalls are Georgia’s State Parks’ calling card. Pick and choose from one of Georgia’s many awe-inspiring waterfalls perfectly positioned around the state. Watch from atop an overlook or on a bridge below at the whitewater cascading down as the rocks reflect bright reds and oranges of fall. At 729 feet, Amicalola Falls is the tallest cascading waterfall in the Southeast. Cloudland Canyon has two waterfalls that tumble over layers of sandstone and shale into pools below. Guests can also discover these wonders of nature at Fort Mountain, Black Rock Mountain, High Falls, Tallulah Gorge and Vogel state parks. Best of all, the cooler fall temperatures make the hike to reach these falls even more worth it.


With the Leaf Watch 2022 travel planner, visitors can find information on the perfect Georgia State Parks for viewing fall foliage at The site also includes hiking tips, autumn events and updates from park rangers. Visitors are encouraged to tag their most Instagram-worthy photos with #GaLeafWatch and #GaStateParks for a chance to be featured on the Leaf Watch website.



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Major Elijah Remer Young, a man with no formal education himself, and who had made a fortune as a planter and railroad promoter, was one of the first to propose a college for young women in


A Storied Past

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The school offered classes from the primary grades through junior college and emphasized such subjects as rhetoric, logic, philosophy, religion, penmanship, and, to a lesser extent, mathematics and science. The college offered a degree called “Mistress of the Liberal Arts and Sciences” to the 6 to 12 graduates each year, most of whom were from prosperous families in Southwest Georgia and North Florida.


Built in 1905, the concrete stone structure originally served as the administration building for Young’s Female College. The school, began in the mid-19th century as a higher level of education for white females, was slowly becoming acceptable in Georgia. Before that time, one wealthy man told a solicitor seeking educational funds, “No, I will not give a dollar; all a woman needs to know is how to read the New Testament and to spin and weave clothing for her family.” By the 1850s, though, the women’s education movement had begun to take hold in earnest.


he Rosemary building, located in the Dawson Street Historic District in the heart of downtown Thomasville, has been part of the town’s history for more than a century. As Thomasville has grown, the building has adapted to fit the community’s needs—from an educational institution, to an inn for northern visitors, to commercial offices and, finally, to a multi-family property of upscale condominiums.

Thomasville. When Young died in 1860, $40,000 from his estate was designated for a local female college, and the school was named in his honor. All plans were temporarily halted by the Civil War, but Young’s Female College, administered by the Presbyterian Church, opened on a 15-acre lot on North Dawson Street in 1871.

The campus grew through the years to include several buildings, including the administration building, now known as the Rosemary. At the time that the Georgian Restoration style structure opened in 1905, Young’s Female College had 15 teachers and 115 students.

The president of the college at the time reported to the overseeing body of the Macon presbytery, about the “marvelous development” and “continued prosperity” of the college, stating that, after the completion of the administration building, the school was “free from debt.” However, this


The Hands, who are avid collectors of English antiques, began visiting Thomasville more than 20 years ago to attend local antique shows. On their visits, they would stay in bed and breakfasts and enjoy local restaurants.

good fortune was not to last. After the panic of 1907, financial problems began to plague Young’s Female College, and it spiraled further and further into debt, closing in 1914.

In the years following the Civil War, Thomasville’s economic recovery was unusually rapid for a small Georgia town, due to the development of the winter resort industry. The area was quickly discovered by wealthy visitors from the North who retreated to South Georgia by rail to escape harsh winter weather and the harried pace of big cities. Thomasville offered a healthy and moderate winter climate, a sportsman’s paradise due to the surrounding plantations, and more than its fair share of charm and hospitality. Starting in the late 1800s, the local economy thrived, offering a rapidly growing stock of hotels and boarding houses.

“We just found it to be a charming place,” says


Although a little late to the party, the former administration building of Young’s Female College became a part of Thomasville’s tourism industry in 1939 when it was purchased by Raymond Charles Rolt, who renamed it the Rosemary Inn. He renovated the property, converting it into lodging to house affluent travelers who wintered in Thomasville. Rolt grew beautiful roses and camellias in the gardens of the Rosemary Inn, grafting and naming a special camellia for each of his granddaughters, including one granddaughter named Rosemary.

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The building underwent various commercial uses during the following years, but today this landmark structure has been reinvented once again, renovated and converted into eight luxury condominiums. The Rosemary is home to a mix of local professionals who occupy their spaces year-round, along with retirees, like Ann and Louis Hand, who use the Rosemary as a second home. Their primary residence is in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.



In addition to antique hunting, the two were drawn to the sportsman lifestyle of the area. In fact, they like it so much that they looked into buying a historic home in Thomasville years ago, but the timing wasn’t right.

“When we drove up, there were several other couples coming through,” recalls Louis. “We went back that evening to walk around, and the realtors were there showing it at nine at night.”


“It was almost uncanny,” Louis remembers. “Everything we had fit perfectly, including every

“What actually brought us to the Rosemary three years ago was Louis’s hunting,” says Ann. Louis is an avid hunter and does a lot of deer hunting. “He joined a hunting lease in the area, and it seemed to be the opportune time for us to find a place to have here.”

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The Hands discovered the Rosemary online and were intrigued by the way the developers had elegantly recreated the luxurious lifestyle that has come to define Thomasville. They made an immediate appointment to see the available unit and were impressed by the antique heart pine flooring, custom millwork and moldings, and top-of-the-line kitchen and bathroom fixtures. Although the two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit was just slightly more than 1,400 square feet, it felt spacious thanks to the 12-foot ceilings. Perhaps not surprisingly, it turned out that the Rosemary was in high demand.

The Hands wasted no time putting in an offer, and the condo was theirs. Having recently downsized, they turned to items they had in storage as they began to furnish their new place.

The Hands find the location and peaceful, residential setting ideal for their retirement years. They are able to enjoy the building and grounds without the responsibility of upkeep. A special feature of the property is an outdoor courtyard shared by residents. It includes a firepit and a small decorative pool bordered by flagstones. Two crane fountains provide a refreshing splash of water.

The Hands stay at their Rosemary condominium numerous times throughout the year and still enjoy the charm that first drew them to the area, including hunting, dining, and shopping, and annual events like the Rose Festival and Victorian Christmas.


“We just love Thomasville,” says Louis. “We have enjoyed visiting for years, and the Rosemary makes the ideal second home for us during this time in our lives.” TM

The fountain cranes in the decorative pool lend the calming sounds of water to the setting.

One piece that Louis repurposed is the early 19th century Regency rosewood writing table that now serves as a bar. It is just the right size to hold and display liquor bottles and glasses.

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The cooler months are easy to enjoy, when being in a warm kitchen is a blessing and not a curse. We’ve rounded up a few recipes perfect for cooler weather, family dinner nights, and football tailgates.

Twist on Bolognese

Heat oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté for 2-3 minutes, stirring until fragrant. Lower heat to medium and add carrots, celery, garlic, salt, pepper, chili flakes, and herbs.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Peel, core and slice the apples vertically into 8 slices each. Squeeze the lemon into a bowl of water and add the apple slices to keep them from turning brown. In a medium saucepan, mix 1 cup water, 3/4 cup of the sugar, the butter and vanilla. Bring the sugar mixture to a boil over medium heat.

easy apple dumplings

2 tsp balsamic vinegar

8 canned buttermilk biscuits

3 1/2 cups veggie stock or broth

4–6 cloves garlic, rough chopped

4 tsp ground cinnamon

1 lemon

1 1/4 cup black caviar lentils (or other small lentils)

1/3 cup tomato paste

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

2 Granny Smith apples

Separate each biscuit into 2 layers. Wrap a biscuit layer around a slice of apple, stretching the biscuit slightly to overlap, and seal on the bottom. Place the wrapped slices, sealed side down, in a 9x12x2-inch casserole dish. Pour the hot sugar mixture over the apple slices. Mix the remaining 1/4 cup sugar with the cinnamon and sprinkle the mixture over the tops of the wrapped apples. Bake until golden brown, 35 minutes.

1 large onion, diced

1/2 tsp pepper

1 1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp fresh oregano or thyme (or 2 teaspoons dried Italian herbs)

Sauté 7-8 minutes, stirring. Add the tomato paste, browning it just a bit in the pan (this will deepen the flavor), then deglaze with wine, if you want, scraping up any brown bits.

Generous splash red wine (optional)


This would be a great recipe to get the kiddos in the kitchen to help.

1 1/2 cups celery diced

This meatless version of a rich and hearty Bolognese sauce can be served over pasta or polenta – or eaten straight from the pan!

1/4 tsp chili flakes (optional)

1 1/2 cup carrots, small diced

3 medium tomatoes, diced with juices (or 14-ounce can of diced or crushed tomatoes)

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter


Easy Apple Dumplings

1 cup sugar

3/4 cup crushed toasted walnuts or pecans

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Cooked polenta or pasta for serving

2 tbsp olive oil

5 tbsp water, or as needed to blend paprika, red pepper flakes, parsley, or chopped raw veggies for garnish dippers - warm pita bread, chips, raw or roasted veggies, etc. for serving


A super healthy snack, homemade hummus can be paired with just about anything!

1/3 cup smooth tahini


2 tbsp fresh lemon juice, more to taste

½ tsp sea salt

Hummus & Dippers

Transfer to a serving plate, top with desired garnishes and a drizzle of olive oil, and serve with dippers of choice.

1½ cups cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed

In a high-speed blender, blend until very smooth the chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and salt, adding water as needed to reach your desired consistency.

1 garlic clove

If you’ve never eaten homemade hummus, you’re in for a treat. It’s far and above better than store bought, and there are so many variations of flavors to experiment with. Center your finished hummus in the middle of a serving tray and surround with roasted or raw veggies, warm pita bread, pita chips, pretzels, etc. Feeding a tailgating crowd? It’s simple to make a double batch!

2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

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Once most of the wine has cooked off, add the tomatoes and their juices, and cook them down for just a few minutes. Add lentils, veggie stock and walnuts or pecans. Bring to a boil, cover tightly, lower heat to low, and simmer gently 20-25 minutes, or until the lentils are tender. Uncover.

Continue cooking uncovered until most of the liquid has cooked off. Stir in the balsamic vinegar and taste to adjust salt, pepper, vinegar and chili flakes to your liking. (Keep in mind, you want this just slightly salty if tossing with pasta.) Serve this tossed with your favorite pasta or serve it over creamy polenta.


Ribbon Cutting & Public Art Unveiling | 6pm

Creative Covey Floral Workshop #1 | 1pm


Youth Art Workshops | Noon & 2pm

27th Wildlife Arts Festival

Creative Covey Floral Workshop #2 | 3pm


Fine Art Show & Sale | 10am-5pm

Youth Art Workshop | 11am & 1pm

Fine Art Show Preview Party | 7pm

Land & Lore Lectures | Noon, 2pm & 4pm

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Fine Art Show & Sale | Noon-5pm

Bird Dog Bash | 7:30pm

Land & Lore Lectures | Noon, 2pm & 4pm

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A s museum professionals, one of the most frequently asked questions we hear is, “How did you get into this?” The truth is you can come to the museum field from just about any background. In the case of the Thomasville History Center’s (THC) staff, we are all self-described history nerds, but each of our paths to these careers differ.

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With the assistance of local teachers, we recruited eight students from Thomasville Scholars Academy, Brookwood School, Thomas County Central High School, and Leon High School to comprise the first cohort of apprentices. Participants included Maggie Claire Richardson, Parker McCollum, Claire Pope, Carter Newsom, Anabelle Proctor, Ransom Young, Savannah Taylor, and Tallulah King.

The Apprentice Program debuted at THC in the fall of 2021. However, its origins go back a year or two before to discussions we shared with our program assistant at the time—a former classroom teacher and museum studies graduate student.

Plans are already in action for the next group of apprentices that will parallel the first class in their exploration of the world of museums. The two sessions will run concurrently. Most members of the first class chose to return to the program and will dig deeper into issues facing modern museums and venture to other institutions in the region.

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During the 2021-2022 school year, this inaugural group got an up-close look at how museums and non-profits operate. They went on excursions to other local museums such as Pebble Hill Plantation and the Jack Hadley Black History Museum. In the spring, apprentices completed a capstone project that allowed them to display their new expertise through a temporary exhibit proposal, research project, or program plan. Projects ranged from the photography of A.W. Moller to a proposed tour script for the Lapham-Patterson House, to a social media plan to bring the THC into the Tik-Tok era. They shared their hard work with family, friends, and museum visitors at an event this spring.

From there, further training in graduate school narrowed my focus to museum education and how all ages interact with museums through programs and events. Museum professionals focus on the work of the museum that interests them the most— collections, conservation, or even administration. Museum studies isn’t limited to history; it can be natural history, art, arboretums, or even zoos and national parks.

For me, it began in college in an introduction to public history course covering historic sites, archives, museums and more. It became clear to me that there was an option to “do history” outside of teaching and academia, and I was soon introduced to museum studies.

Putting the program into practice required some adjustments, but the mission to empower high school students through mentorship and projectbased learning opportunities remains the same. From our experiences in the museum field, we realized the need to foster the curiosity of teen learners and help them to develop and master transferable skills that will serve them well into the future—public speaking, time management, creative problem solving, and working together within a group.

We discussed the possibilities. What if we could introduce students to our field in a new way? What if we could encourage students to explore the professional field of history? Let’s face it, this isn’t exactly a job typically highlighted at a school career fair, so we had our work cut out for us.

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This initiative is presented at no charge to participants and their families and is underwritten by a generous grant from the Thomasville Antiques Show Foundation, Inc. Additional funding support is always appreciated to maximize the experience for the apprentices and to help the initiative grow. To contribute, please contact Thomasville History Center.

Follow the Thomasville History Center on social media @ThomasvilleHistory to stay up to date with their journeys into Thomas County’s fascinating past.

Exploring HISTORY

The center was formed in 1952 and opened a museum within the FlowersRoberts House in 1972. Since 1972, THC’s collections have grown to include more than 500,000 artifacts and archival materials, and eight historic structures. THC, in partnership with the state of Georgia, operates the historic LaphamPatterson House. The board, staff, and growing membership invite you to join in their mission to enrich the community through the exploration and discovery of its history, people, and stories.




Sprint training is another great form of exercise that offers a lot of results for way less time and sometimes energy. Studies show greater fat loss and improved insulin sensitivity and heart health with sprint training vs cardio. Five to 10 sprints are a great place to start.


By Stephanie Rice

It’s been proven that physical activity plays a key role in overall health. But cardio in and of itself is not necessarily going to achieve weight loss. Cardio is appropriate for the body in doses and offers many benefits such as cardiovascular health and metabolic function. If weight loss is a goal, try incorporating one or two 10-minute HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) sessions into your week.

The fitness industry has been aiming at and pulling on your heart strings for years. They know exactly where people struggle and how to manipulate them into thinking they need to do more of this and buy more of that. Well, I am here today to debunk at least some of these myths!

Cardio is the best form of weight loss.

Whatever you do, don’t skip lifting weights because you fear getting bulky. There are so many benefits to weightlifting. It is hands-down the best way to increase your metabolism and burn fat. Weightlifting also helps build stronger bones (goodbye, osteoporosis) and balance hormones.


2Burning calories through exercise is the best way to lose weight.

It pains me to think of how many women still believe this very common misconception. They avoid lifting anything that feels heavy at all because they are scared it will make them look like gladiators. This is not true. Men and women have different hormones that affect how their bodies respond to lifting weights. Testosterone, for example, is much higher in men and the reason it is easier for them to build big, strong muscles. Yes, women have testosterone too, but it is at a much lower level than men, therefore it is very hard for women to develop big, bulky muscles.

Activity alone will not burn body fat. Although I am not a huge fan of the “calories in vs. calories out” belief, there is some merit to it. What we feed our bodies, along with exercise for all the other benefits it offers, is much more important than exercising to burn calories. Exercise should be an opportunity to enjoy moving the body, challenging the mind, and improving its functions. It is imperative to engage in exercise you enjoy. Not only will you stick with it, but you will see results much faster.

If lifting weights is just not your thing—and remember I want you to do exercise that you enjoy—try doing Pilates, a suspension trainer (like TRX), yoga, or Barre. All offer resistance against the muscles by using a machine, a strap, or your body weight.

Lifting weights makes you bulky. (This one’s for the ladies.)



Did you know there are zero studies supporting the mythical “eat every two to three hours?” In fact, studies show the complete opposite. Eating less frequently can help lower overall blood sugar, improve energy, reduce inflammation, and promote a faster metabolism.

If you are prioritizing protein, and I hope you are, but still eating every couple hours, you may be desensitizing your body and lowering its rate of protein synthesis. In other words, your body will have a harder time using protein to create muscle… yikes! And as we learned earlier, muscle is what burns fat.

4You need to eat every two to three hours.


Most people do really well eating two times a day. Play with different times and frequencies of eating and see what works best for you. Please keep in mind this is not to cut calories but to distribute them differently throughout your day. You will naturally eat less when your blood sugar and hunger is under control.

As discussed earlier, let’s just agree on the fact that everyone needs a diet high in protein. Protein is a macronutrient that helps every part of the body to develop, grow, and function properly. Protein helps build muscle and strong bones, stabilizes sugar, increases brain function, boosts mood, and improves heart health. It also helps fill you up, thus promoting weight management.

Aim for an intake of .75 ounce of protein per pound of body weight for optimal protein intake. If you are a novice exerciser and trying to transition to a healthy lifestyle, try adding a little more protein into your diet. Your body will thank you!

5Only athletes need protein powder.

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There are many natural ways of eating high-protein foods, such as meats, seafood, dairy, eggs, and beans, which should be chosen first whenever possible. Protein powder is another way of getting your protein for the day. There are great protein formulas on the market. Make sure you read the label and get organic and/or grass-fed when possible.



Giving yourself a cheat meal will make your body and mind feel guilty and anxious, and it creates an unhealthy relationship with food. Aim for healthy, balanced eating where you can be grateful for your food and account for the amazing benefits it’s offering you.

I’m sorry to say this will negatively affect your progress and usually ends up leading people down a rabbit hole that creates a bad relationship with food. Looking forward to your Saturday cheat on Wednesday can prove disastrous. If you are trying to lose fat, that cheat meal will most likely be stored as fat, even if you’ve been “perfect” all week.


So, there you have it. Don’t be swayed by these common myths! TM meals (or days) will help you reach your goals quicker.

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Each year, a group of no more than 20 students comes together from local high schools, a mixture of applicants and student recommended by teachers.

While many local high school students are eager to earn their diplomas and leave Thomasville for supposed “better opportunities,” a program right here in Thomasville is helping to shed light on some of the ways students can make an indelible difference right in their own backyards.

By Sarah Dasher Shearer

Katie Chastain, designer and facilitator for the program, is enthusiastic about the ways iLead has empowered Thomasville youth to broaden their horizons while at the same time fostering a deeper love for their “Hopefully,hometown.asaresult of the program, kids will realize there is a lot they can do in their own community,” says Chastain.

Last year students were involved in a communityand neighborhood-focused challenge where they learned how they can bring change to dilapidated areas in Thomasville. They completed asset-mapping and windshield assessments, becoming aware of the connection between abandoned properties and higher crime rates. Together, they created a housing survey using an app from the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing at UGA. These experiences launched problem-solving ideas for improving their localDuringcommunity.theweeklong program, students tour local businesses and learn about career opportunities they might not otherwise have discovered. Dealjah Mills, a junior at Thomasville Scholars Academy, participated in iLead. She was recommended by one of her teachers, Jamie Gammel, and Dealjah admits she was hesitant at first. With some encouragement, she decided to try it out, and she’s very glad she did. Dealjah learned first-hand how people can come together and generate great ideas to better their town. One of her ideas to serve less privileged areas in the community was a mobile refrigerated food truck. Dealjah hopes to study biology and become a pediatrician. Her plan is to return to Thomasville and serve her hometown, exactly the impetus behind the iLeadLandonprogram.Beaty, also a junior at Thomasville Scholars Academy, is a bright prospect for the world of business. As soon as he found out about iLead, he was immediately interested, given his entrepreneurial bent. While the focus of this year’s challenge centered around city planning, he’s more interested in how to be a better businessman. He learned the two aren’t mutually exclusive.

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Many of these students are recognized by a mentor or teacher for their zeal, business acumen or creative ideas. It is not a grades-driven program, but rather a passion-driven initiative.

An initiative of the Thomas County Chamber of Commerce for three years, iLead empowers high school students in the areas of leadership, community development, problem-solving, and networking, among other skills. Students that participate in the program learn how a community thrives and, more importantly, how they can play an integral role in their town’s success and future. iLead is a one-week summer intensive program open to rising 11th and 12th grade students in Thomas County.




Next summer, iLead will offer even more fun and inspired educational opportunities for students. A business pitch competition will be open to area students who have great business ideas and need seed money to help them get started. Applications open February 10, and students apply as individuals or a team of up to three people. Top teams will take their businesses from ideation to operations, with up to $2500 in cash and prizes on the line.

“You find out what the need is in your community and you come up with ways to problem solve and improve, much like you would in a business,” says Landon, who already operates his own photography and video business. After high school he hopes to study business and create more problem-solving entrepreneurial endeavors that benefit others.

The Thomas County Chamber of Commerce continues to imagine creative ways to make this bedrock community better for everyone. Children are the future, and with the ideas coming out of these groups of students, Thomasville’s future has never looked brighter. TM

This Summer in Thomasville


It was a fun-filled summer across Thomasville as kids participated in a variety of activities. Remember, the Thomas County Library, Thomasville YMCA, Center for the Arts and others offer engaging programming for children year round!


November 4


Music in Paradise


TEF presents of An Evening in Paris. Tickets $40.50 for adults/$17 for students; 7:30pm; Thomasville Center for the Arts, East Washington Street, Thomasville. For info, call 229-226-7404. FALL

Visit Downtown Thomasville for some holiday shopping and dining. Free trolley rides, on-street entertainment, and chances to win Downtown Dollars round out the day. You can also grab a beer or wine from a participating merchant to sip while you shop. 1-5pm. For info, call 229-227-4136.

First Friday Sip & Shop

November 8

Enjoy dinner, grab a beer or wine from your favorite downtown restaurant or venue, and shop ‘til you drop. Participating shops will have extended hours, with many bars and restaurants open until 10pm. Live music at the amphitheater begins at 8pm.

October 20

Holiday Open House

An Evening in Paris

Hands & Hearts for Horses

November 26

October 7


Small Business Saturday

Support Thomasville shops and restaurants and play a key role in helping our small businesses thrive. This national event is traditionally held the Saturday after Thanksgiving, so explore all of Thomasville, and show your support for small businesses!

October 22

September 24 Dinner on the Bricks


A creative outdoor dinner party benefitting youth at the Vashti Center. To participate, sponsors purchase a table of eight and gather a group of friends. Prizes available for best table theme. Visit to purchase a table. For info, contact the Vashti Center, 229-226-4634.

First Friday Sip & Shop

Enjoy dinner, grab a beer or wine from your favorite downtown restaurant or venue, and shop ‘til you drop. Participating shops will have extended hours, with many bars and restaurants open until 10pm. Live music at the amphitheater begins at 8pm.

Enjoy the 2nd Annual Tailgate Party at the farm for a night of fun, food, and football. Don’t forget to represent your favorite college team. 6pm. For info, contact Susie

Join the Thomasville History Center for their annual Crate-to-Plate event, this year in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Thomasville History Center’s founding. Reserve your crate (serves 2), including a hot, ready-to-eat meal from local vendors, one bottle of wine, and a few surprises! Take your crate home to enjoy or dine on the grounds of the history center. For info, visit

30th Annual Chicken Pilau Dinner

Fundraisers across Thomas County rely each year on the hard work and dedication of an army of volunteers.

September 10

Prepared and served on the grounds, this traditional Southern supper supports the museum’s programs and preservation. Eat-in or take-out. 4:30-7pm, Thomas County Museum of History, 725 N. Dawson St., Thomasville; 229-226-7664;

November 20

TEF partners with the Thomasville History Center, Thomasville Landmarks and Thomasville Center for the Arts to celebrate Paradise Park’s 140th anniversary with a free pops concert by Seraph Brass, plus a community picnic on the grounds. Bring your own lunch or purchase hot dogs and hamburgers on site. 11am. Paradise Park, Thomasville. For info, call 229-226-7404.

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