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Volume 15 Issue 3


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15 Years, 15 Makers


2004 Unusual, Goofy Stuff

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Dynamic Dara and Her Hometown Tours Wild and Wonderful Thomasville History: 15 Entertaining Historical Anecdotes


In Every Issue 8

Food & Fitness


Brick Street Sweets & Eats

17 Landscaping 57

Calendar of Events

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In celebration of the 15th anniversary, a collection of many previous Thomasville Magazine covers.

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Thomasville’s first and finest magazine is celebrating 15 years. Can you believe it? I’m so honored to be a part of this journey that began all those years and almost 60 issues ago. This milestone would not have been possible without the combined efforts of every individual who’s contributed along the way. From the bottom of my heart, thank you! In honor of this year’s celebratory theme, I’m sharing 15 things you may not know about me. At age 5, I used Hooked on Phonics. I now own a magazine. Never give up! It worked for me! My first job was in the Gift Shop at Archbold Memorial Hospital. I was 15.


I have never been on a cruise. I don’t eat seafood. Breakfast food is life. I could eat it three times a day. I could not turn left on my bike until I was 13. I do not know how to drive a stick shift. I have tried, and it’s not good. I do not swim in water unless I can see my feet in it. Music was my first major and love. I play the flute, piano and a little guitar. I sing well … in the shower.


Jimmy Carter signed my Hello Kitty diary at the Old Walmart (location) in Thomasville. My mom was too scared to go up to him, so I did.

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I’m a “PK” (preacher’s kid).

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I haven’t had a glass of sweet tea since 2004.

I have two siblings, an older sister and a younger brother.

I miss life before cell phones.


Jack Kelly was one of the first people to offer me a job when I moved back home after college. I applied for countless jobs in 2009 and had no luck. Jay Kres so graciously hired me for a seasonal job at his store. While working there, I met Jack. We spoke briefly. As he left, he handed me his business card and offered me a job on the spot. I will never, ever forget that day. He gave me the opportunity that launched my career. Thank you, Jack. Thank you, Thomasville. With Love,

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Fifteen Ways to Get a Heart-Shaped Butt What better way to celebrate the magazine’s 15th anniversary than to talk about butts! Sorry men, but this article is for the ladies.


hat exactly is a heart-shaped butt? First, let’s discuss all butts. There are four classic shapes: square or “H,” round or “O,” inverted or “V” and heart/pear or “A” shaped. If you look at your booty from behind, mentally draw one of these letters on your rear end to find your exact shape. Why all the attention on the heart shape? It is considered the most feminine of the buttock shapes. They are rounder in shape. Fat is distributed more along the lower portion of the butt and on the cheek. A heart-shaped butt also makes your waist appear smaller. There are many ways to build your rear end to look more like this sought-after heart shape. The most obvious, of course, is exercise. Most of you probably didn’t even realize this was the shape you were working toward while hitting the gym floor.

But there is much more to getting a heart-shaped butt than just working up a sweat. Good news: some of these things you don’t even need to sweat for! Don’t lie; some of you love hearing that because not all ladies like to sweat while exercising. Below are 15 ways to work toward that luscious upsidedown heart shape we all want. Some of them are classic weight training exercises, some are simple body weight, and some are nonconventional, but trust me … they all work together! Here’s the key with all the exercises: you must make sure your pelvis is in proper neutral position during the exercise. This means you are not tilting your pelvis too far anteriorly (forward) or posteriorly (backward). This means your lower back has a slight curve, and your belly button is being pulled tight to your spine. It is also important to watch the angle of your feet. Make sure they are not internally or externally rotating during an exercise.

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Let’s start with classic weightlifting exercises. If you are a beginner, you will get as much out of doing these properly with just your body weight.

Bulgarian lunge 3 4 Deadlifts


Lateral resistance walks

Next, we have the classic floor and body weight exercises. Many of these are done in Mat Pilates classes. These are great because you do not need any equipment. If you do want more of a challenge, you can add a resistance band around your ankles or knees. Remember to keep that spine neutral.

Standing straight leg extension 6 7 Clamshell


Side lying leg lifts

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Hip raises (feet on floor)


Single leg hip raises (feet on floor or exercise ball)



Clean eating

Thank you Michael Phelps for making this awesome ancient Chinese medicine technique so popular. Cupping helps improve circulation and decrease the appearance of cellulite.

Last but not least, one of the best ways to get any butt shape you want, whether it’s heart shaped or not, is to watch what you put at the end of your fork. Eating clean helps build lean muscle, decrease fat and fat storage. You will lose body fat around your hips, waist and, of course, butt if you eat well along with an awesome exercise routine.

It takes time to reshape your body. Rotate through the exercises listed above at least three times a week. You do not have to do every single exercise every time. Pick at least five, and then do five different ones the next time, and so on. TM

Hip raises (feet on exercise ball)

Now, for the more nonconventional ways of working that booty. Doing one of these at least once a month, along with the other 15 ways, will get you to your goal much faster.



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15 Bean Soup Ingredients • 1 package Hurst’s® HamBeens® 15 Bean Soup® • 8 cups water (use chicken, beef or vegetable broth for added flavor) • 1 pound smoked sausage, ground sausage (browned in pan), ham hocks or diced ham. A leftover ham bone with some meat on it is suggested. • 1 large onion, diced • 1 clove garlic, minced • 1 teaspoon chili powder (optional) • 1 can diced tomatoes (15 ounces) • Juice from 1 lemon • Optional: hot sauce or crushed red pepper to taste


Cooking Directions 1. No Soak Method 2. In a colander or sieve, rinse beans thoroughly. Sort and inspect for any unwanted debris, and discard. 3. Drain and pour beans in a slow cooker with 8 cups of stock/water, onions, meat or hambone, garlic and chili powder. 4. Stir to combine. Set slow cooker on high and cook for 5-7 hours. Then, check to make sure beans are tender. The soup can continue to simmer for several hours and will develop more flavor over time. 5. After the beans are tender, remove the ham bone (leave any ham in the pot), stir in the can of diced tomatoes, ham flavor packet, and the lemon juice. 6. Cook for additional 30 minutes. Keep warm until ready to serve. 7. Serve with freshly baked corn bread or over rice. 8. Please keep in mind that every time the lid is opened, cooking time will be longer. Cooking Tips • For even more flavor, substitute beef, chicken or vegetable stock instead of water. • Also try 1 pound boneless chicken breasts or 1 pound beef roast. Then, shred meat before Step 5 above. • As with all dry bean recipes, it's best to wait until AFTER the beans have become tender or fully cooked before adding any acidic ingredients like tomatoes, citrus, vinegars, etc. • If you have already soaked the beans, that's not a problem; just use 1 cup of water/stock less. • Variations on the recipe will work for almost all of Hurst's HamBeens items. • For a more "brothy" soup, add an extra cup of liquid when preparing. Recipe Link:

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“Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.” ~ Earl Nightingale Mark


launched from his Harvard dormitory room. Think ol’ Mark may have had second thoughts later?

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The Republic of Ireland becomes the first country in the world to in all workplaces, including bars and restaurants. Irishmen will live forever!

ban smoking

Brittney Spears had her surprise marriage annulled less than after tying the knot with childhood friend, Jason Alexander. What happened to lifetime commitment?

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The world’s largest ocean liner, RMS Queen Mary, made its . Bet it was bigger than a Cadillac sedan!


A in Taiwan. A buildup of gas in the decomposing sperm whale is suspected of causing the explosion. Maybe we’d better lay off soda pop!


The of NBC’s “Frasier” was watched by 33 million people. What do you suppose the other five people were doing?


North Korea just “badda book, badda boom!”


The world’s population was Before long, we’re gonna need a globe-stretcher.


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Canadian Robb James played games of golf in a single June day. What do you suppose he did after lunch?

we lived out in the country, we had that many under our house!


The movie “White Chicks” was nominated for five Razzies: Worst Picture, Worst Actress, Worst Director, Worst Screenplay and Worst Screen Couple. Film critic Richard Roeper even rated the film as the of 2004. Amazingly, “White Chicks” was recently televised the same evening we read the critique. Everything said was right on the money!

worst movie

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Morgan Spurlock gained eating only fast food. It took him 14 months to lose the weight. Those Snickers bars are lethal!


Cost of a Superbowl ad in 2004: I was afraid to check out the current prices.

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Oldsmobile builds its final car, ending of production. Just when I had my down payment saved up.

bans mobile phones. Now it’s

of ants measuring 62 miles 11 Awidesupercolony was discovered under Melbourne, Australia. When

first maiden voyage whale explodes

final episode


$2.3 million.

Now for the very best “happening” of 2004: Hopefully, you were sufficiently fortunate to have made the acquaintance of one of the , Jack Kelly. He summoned his considerable creative skills and 15 springs ago his Thomasville Magazine made its initial appearance. Jack passed in July 2015, but thanks to current editor Christi Layfield, Jack's brainchild is alive and thriving! TM

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A lot of unusual, even goofy, stuff took place in this big world of ours back in 2004. But – as in all years – some extra special events also transpired. Fourteen of the following fit nicely into the first category, but the 15th is a couple of miles past splendid.


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“She is skilled at developing concepts into workable projects,” Barwick explains. “Her ideas—combined with my devotion around small towns, rural life and the economic development opportunities in tourism—formed the business.” In addition to the inspiration and assistance from her daughter, Barwick also sought advice from Downtown Thomasville Main Street Director of Tourism Bonnie Hayes, Plantation Trace Regional project manager Amanda Peacock, and other tourism friends. Barwick has a unique outlook on and experience with tourism. She worked with the Georgia Department of Economic Development, or GDEcD, which housed the tourism department. Although she worked in the Global Commerce Division, she was very connected to her tourism colleagues. “I always thought they had more fun,” she said. “When I retired from there and started Dara Barwick Consulting, the GDEcD Tourism Division was my first client, so I learned so much from them! There is a need for tourism ‘product’ in every community but, sadly, every community does not have a paid tourism professional to develop and promote local tourism.”


he name Dara Barwick is well-known throughout the local area. Barwick has her fingertips at the pulse of Southwest Georgia and North Florida. She owns her own consulting company, Dara Barwick Consulting, she cofounded She Creates Business, she is a facilitator of Economic Impact 2018 and, most recently, she started her own tour company, Hometown Tour Co. Barwick’s daughter, Jill, is the inspiration behind her hometown tours. “I worked for many years with communities all over Georgia and up close with the ones in South Georgia, so I know how hard it is for small communities to have paid tourism professionals,” she said. “It takes a significant amount of time to form the concept, create a tour, coordinate with all involved and end up with a package that can be easily implemented.” A goal of Hometown Tour Co. is designing custom tours and itineraries for other communities, businesses or nonprofits. The seasoned tourism dynamo is using her knowledge to help communities build their local economy and tourism. She’ll begin in South Georgia and North Florida with possible plans to expand to other locations. “Most people know that when there's no one leading the charge, many things don't get done, and in small communities, volunteers get maxed out,” Barwick continues. “I will connect Hometown Tour Co. with those specific communities, helping them create tourism products (tours) that will bring in more visitors and impact their local economy.” Hometown Tour Co. had its successful launch with an insider maker tour. Tourists were picked up in the company’s 10-15 passenger van and saw behind the scenes action at Southlife Supply Co., Linda Lawson Signs, Cindy Inman Gallery, Everfan, Nichols Lures and Grassroots Coffee Roasting. Barwick calls this first outing a “test” tour.

Her tours highlight a variety of interesting places and people in small towns and the countryside. Barwick’s goal is to provide an insider's view of a place where unique things happen—the behind the scenes look at makers, farms, historic landmarks and homes. She sees endless possibilities with touring.

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“I was a little nervous that something crazy would happen, but thanks to the wonderful makers we visited and the fine folks on the tour, it was smooth as silk,” she said. “I received very helpful feedback, which helps me with future tours, and many positive high-fives.” Barwick is always on the lookout for unique, interesting, one-of-a-kind treasures to share with others. Another tour is on the books for Sept. 28. This farm and food tour, "Tasty Food, Go Hog Wild and Happy Hippie Herbs!" will take tourists to meet three makers and two farms in Thomas and Brooks counties. She is planning other tours for the coming months including another food and farm tour, an architecture tour in Quitman to showcase some of its homes and structures that were designed by well-known architects, and a trip to St. Marys for November's Rustapalooza Vintage Market. Outside of tour development, Barwick also is involved in She Creates Business and Economic Impact 2018, both of which are being held in Thomasville. “I’m a natural problem solver, and I often think about better ways to do things or how I can encourage and influence others to be all they can be,” she said. “I'm a small business/entrepreneur FAN. So, I have a passion for seeing people succeed at whatever they want to be or do. I simply want as many people as possible to understand they must first have a purpose, then pursue that purpose with gusto and goodness.” For more information on Barwick’s tours and upcoming schedule, visit the website TM




Fresh Face:

FULL NAME: Sydni Claire Barwick AGE: 24 FAMILY: parents, Hubert and Lisha Barwick; sister, Abi Barwick EDUCATION: Bachelor of Science in agriscience and environmental systems from University of Georgia; should complete her Master of Science in entomology from UGA this December

decisions. I look forward to continuing to do research and helping growers in the community to apply these practices. I’m excited to help educate the community about something that I’m so passionate about and to also have the opportunity to learn for many years to come.

TM: What do you most enjoy about your job? Why? What do you least enjoy? Why? OTHER EDUCATION/QUALIFICATIONS: past SCB: I really enjoy learning about the variety of things that student research assistant for UGA Department I get questions about every day and meeting new people in of Crop and Soil Sciences (Tifton) with a research the community. I’m so glad that I can go home knowing focus on the effects of soil moisture on cotton that I’ve helped someone be more successful at growing growth and yield; past graduate research assistant anything from hundreds of acres of cotton or peanuts to a for UGA Department of Entomology (Tifton) with zinnia! a research focus on the biology and postharvest I really hate to sometimes be the bearer of bad news. In control of the cowpea curculio some cases, if a plant has a disease that can’t be treated, there is not much left that can be done to save it. I dread informing people that their now “crunchy” tree will not THOMASVILLE MAGAZINE: Why did you want to make a recovery. Lazarus was brought back from the become an extension agent? SYDNI CLAIRE BARWICK: I wanted to become a county dead in the Bible, but that does not make him the patron extension agent because I couldn’t imagine a more gratifying saint of dying/dead foliage that we can call on in these difficult times. career path for myself! I started to seriously consider a career in agriculture after learning about how important certain conservation practices are in high school during my TM: How would you describe what an extension agent is and your job to someone who has no idea? environmental science class. After high school, I worked SCB: I often jokingly tell people that I turn over leaves in the UGA Extension Office in Brooks County and got all day; however, my responsibilities are much wider. I to see firsthand how I could help the local community. hope to be a valuable resource for growers, landowners, While pursuing my bachelor’s degree, I got involved in and homeowners and provide them with research based, agricultural research and extension and continued to do unbiased information. The previous agent, Andrew Sawyer, similar work in graduate school. This work is important to started some great programs that I plan to continue, such as ensure that growers can be confident in their management

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15 Questions with County Extension Agent Sydni Claire Barwick


the Forestry Field Day and his radio program. If there are more areas of concern, I’ll try and provide programming in those areas as well. For example, last year cotton growers faced the most intense silverleaf whitefly problem in many years, and this year we have done some sampling to learn more about this issue and a few others.

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"It's a Legacy for the TM: What are some of your daily tasks? Please provide details club to workday the about a regular SCB: During this time of year, I answer grower and next generations." homeowner questions about controlling weeds, insects and diseases in their fields or gardens. For example, cotton growers are combating stink bugs and target spot, and peanut growers are trying to control leaf spot and white mold. In lawns, diseases were a problem early in the year, but now I’m getting more questions about weeds. Following harvest season, it will be time to arrange educational grower meetings.

TM: What is something you do in this job that people would be surprised to know is one of your responsibilities? Why is this one of your duties? SCB: Sometimes people are surprised that I can make a site visit when I need more information about the issue that they are having. People are also surprised and grateful when I send them publications via mail/email so that they can 18 better understand what the problem is and how to solve it.

Extension agents across the state are also entering data for the FarmGate Survey this time of year. We enter data on crops, yields and prices for our county so that the data can be used to help policymakers make decisions for our area. Agents also enter data weekly for the USDA Crop Report to monitor the crop conditions throughout the season. TM: Why are extension services important to our area? SCB: Extension works hard to improve agricultural and environmental quality. We provide soil, manure, water, plants, feed and forage, microbiology and other testing for people in our community. Agriculture and natural resources agents make site visits and phone calls to diagnose certain issues, and the information gathered through these tests and visits help provide unbiased recommendations on the best way to solve these problems. These recommendations help to improve management practices, reduce waste and increase yield. This year I have an on-farm cotton variety trial that will help farmers make more educated decisions on variety selection. This type of variety testing has increased crop yield values by almost 250 million each year in Georgia and results in savings for the consumer. Agribusiness is Georgia’s No. 1 industry and made a $74 billion total economic contribution to the state in 2015, and I’m so glad that I get to help support it. UGA also provides programming on protecting pollinators. I’ve given one of these presentations in the Pavo Library in an effort to educate others how insecticides work and the importance of pollinators in the environment. TM: When did you first become an extension agent? How long have you worked in the local office? How did you find/ get the job? SCB: I began work as a county extension agent Jan. 16 this year, but I worked for UGA for a few years before I got this opportunity. I found out that this job would be opening from another UGA employee and thought that it was too good to be true!

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TM: What do you most enjoy about agriculture? Why? SCB: I like that agriculture is so diverse. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with and learn from scientists from several different disciplines, such as agronomists, horticulturalists, soil scientists, engineers, entomologists, plant pathologists and geneticists. Our county is also very diverse as far as agricultural commodities grown. Some of these commodities include: blackberries, broccoli, corn, cotton, citrus, pine trees, hay, oats, peanuts, pecans, peppers, rye, sorghum, soybeans, tobacco, tomatoes and wheat. Having the opportunity to study so many different crops in so many different and very specific ways makes it almost impossible to have a boring day.

TM: Outside of work, what are some of your hobbies? What do you most enjoy doing in your down time? SCB: I enjoy spending time with friends and family, going to the beach, reading and almost anything outdoors! TM: What is the most important thing about yourself that you would like the people with whom you’ll be working/the public to know? Why? SCB: Firstly, I’m so grateful for this opportunity and I’m excited to learn more about agriculture in the community where I grew up. I also thank everyone for their patience, especially homeowners, with turf and ornamental questions. My background is in cotton and vegetable production, so this is an area that I’m catching up in. Since I’m from here, I want to do the best that I can for everyone, and while the contribution may be small, I hope that it will add up! TM

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TM: What are some new or upcoming developments in agriculture that you look forward to sharing with local farmers/gardeners/etc.? SCB: Technology has quickly advanced in agriculture in the past few decades, and it seems to be speeding up dramatically. Advancements in data management, UAVs, integrated pest management plans for harmful crop pests, and many other improvements are being made by scientists at UGA that I’ll be glad to share with growers and gardeners.

TM: How do you think we all can be better stewards of Earth? SCB: I would encourage people to try not to over apply fertilizers, to carefully apply pesticides according to the label, choose landscape plants that are well adapted to this area, don’t overwater your lawn or garden, and consider composting.


TM: Where do you see the field of agriculture in the next 10 years? SCB: I see crop yields continuing to improve and crop diversity continuing to increase. I think that our pesticides will continue to become more targeted to the pest. I also can’t even imagine how much equipment will improve. All these advancements are essential because the world’s population is expected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050 and growers will have to produce more on fewer acres. TM: What is the most important, rule No. 1 tip you give to anyone seeking to do any kind of planting or work with living green things? SCB: I would first make sure that the plant is adapted to this area. If the plant is poorly adapted to the area where it’s been planted, it will become stressed and [is] more likely to become susceptible to pests. Then I would ensure that it is getting the proper amount of sunlight, water and nutrients from the soil. You can make sure that the plant has the nutrients it needs by having us do a soil test for you. After this I would focus on pest management. A Comprehensive Multi-Specialty Pain Relief Center that has Interventional Pain Mangement, Physical Therapy, Chiropractic Care and Massage Therapy all under one roof.

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Before Henry O. Flipper's body was brought home to Thomasville in 1978, his body was buried in a family gravesite at Southview Cemetery in Atlanta in 1940. Flipper was the first AfricanAmerican to graduate from U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and he later was a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army, a civil engineer, author, and a pioneer in the U.S. oil industry.


Nellie CoCroft, born in 1885, wrote ragtime music, an act considered somewhat scandalous in the early 20th century because she was a woman. She published all her music under the name “N. Weldon CoCroft” so people would not know she was female. CoCroft is recognized for the “Pinywoods Rag,” which was an homage to the Piney Woods Hotel.

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Entertaining Historical Anecdotes


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Dwight Eisenhower took pictures of the Big Oak during a 1956 visit, and the pictures were in the White House while he was president. He also golfed at the Glen Arven golf course, went turkey hunting and played bridge each time he visited the area. His 1956 visit is particularly significant because he had a heart attack the previous year and the national press closely watched his round of golf at Glen Arven. Rumor had it he’d told people if he could walk a specific uphill hole there, he would run for re-election.

e e r t4h There are tales of two goat men in Thomasville’s history. The first is a man who would travel through town annually on a wagon that was pulled by goats. The man, who was most likely the legendary Ches McCartney, traveled the South for more than five decades starting as early as 1915. He was known for selling pots, pans and other wares. He set up shop near Cherokee Lake.

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The second one is more of a goat man myth perpetrated in the early 1900s. An enterprising and scheming Dr. John Dedge took a trip to Central America and came back with claims of a man with goat horns. The man allegedly returned to the South with Dedge. He was later found to be a hoax, but not before the Atlanta Journal Constitution ran a story about it March 8, 1902. A Times-Enterprise article dated March 4, 1913, tells the story of a man named Joe Wright, who underwent an operation to remove a knobby silver plate Dedge reportedly placed in his skull that would have housed horns. Wright reportedly escaped and sought medical attention to remove the plate from his skull. In 1933, Dr. Arthur Little of Thomasville, who performed this operation, wrote a journal article about the case.


The Hide Away – a bar/ lounge/club – was owned by Lewis and Morris Wilson. Located at 219 Oak St. from 1982-1992, it was slightly infamous for nefarious activity.

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St. Thomas Episcopal Church has five stained glass windows, including three signed by Louis C. Tiffany, the famous stained glass maker.


Jackie Kennedy visited Thomasville twice. Her first visit was Feb. 21-24, 1964, three months after her husband John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Greenwood Plantation’s staff was “sworn” to secrecy so no one would know she was in Thomasville. But she decided to go to church, where she was spotted by reporters. She left shortly afterward. Her second visit, when she also stayed at Greenwood Plantation, was Feb. 9-12, 1968.

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Hoyt Wimpy started WPAX simply because he owned a radio store and wanted to sell more radios. It became the 20th licensed station in the United States and third licensed station in Georgia in 1922. By 1930, he was able to move the station out of his garage and into downtown Thomasville. Wimpy chose the call sign PAX, as in Latin for “peace,” due to his experiences as a World War I ambulance driver in France.

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According to a TimesEnterprise article dated Sept. 6, 1907, nearly 900,000 bricks were laid on Jackson and Broad s t re e ts i n d own town Thomasville to complete the brick paving project of that era. Due to later paving projects, less than this number are currently exposed.

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Piney Woods Hotel was considered one of the finest hotels in the Southeast and was covered by Harper’s Magazine in November 1887. The hotel was located on Smith Avenue and fronted Paradise Park, which was twice as big then and stretched to South Street with Broad Street cutting through the middle. Piney Woods Hotel burned down April 12, 1906. The space the hotel occupied stretches from present day businesses Rite-Aid to Travel Time.

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“Moonshine Pours Down Over Thomasville” was a limited release book that spilled all of Thomasville’s best/worst kept secrets which may or may not have been true. This was a 108-page, hand copied, plastic bound book that only one bookstore in town carried. The bookstore owner immediately sold out of it, and copies are impossible to find now.

Local legend claims that hundreds of Union soldiers were buried under Broad Street, near where First United Methodist Church presently stands.

13 n e e t r i tH Greenwood Seed Company operated on Greenwood Plantation for a few decades and is touted as the birthplace of modern corn seed production.

On April 1, 1948, the Ochlocknee River flooded. At least one person died and several dozen were injured. Flowers Foods used boats and small planes to deliver bread across the river so that impacted communities could have fresh bread and rolls. Chester Bellamy, owner o f B e l l a m y Boa t Sh op i n Thomasville, provided and drove the boats for Flowers.

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Ship Ahoy Drive-In was a popular hangout for local teens from the mid-50s through the mid-70s. It had a somewhat shady reputation, particularly in relation to easy alcohol procurement and drinking, and some parents forbade their children to go there. The iconic building is at 1311 W. Jackson St.

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“When I was admitted to Camellia Gardens, I had been in the hospital over 30 days. Because of such a long hospitalization, I experienced severe weakness and was unable to care for myself. Thanks to the expertise and loving care of the CNAs, nurses and therapists, I regained my strength and reached my goal of returning home!”

–– Florence McMillan, received short-term therapy at Camellia Gardens of Life Care.



804 S. Broad Street Thomasville, GA 31792


According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, a maker is defined as someone who makes or produces something. This may translate into painting a landscape that moves the viewer to tears, harvesting garden crops each morning to sell at the local farmers market, or delicately crafting chocolate truffles consumers may find almost too exquisite to eat. Thankfully, Thomas County is home to a community of talented makers who accomplish such tasks. They strive each day to create a product that’s a reflection of their passion. And they enjoy sharing their love with others. They help awaken the five senses in ways that illustrate what pure bliss can sometimes be and produce their wares with two hands and a creative spirit. On the following pages, learn about these 15 Thomas County makers selected to commemorate the 15 years since Thomasville Magazine was founded.

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Adele Creative, LLC 312 N. Broad St. Thomasville, GA 31792 (229) 200-6684 Instagram: @adelecreativellc Facebook: @adelecreativellc Answering questions: Lauren Vann, co-founder

THOMASVILLE MAGAZINE: What year was Adele Creative started? LAUREN VANN: 2013

TM: Briefly describe Adele Creative. LV: We create beautiful digital marketing and websites that provide an opportunity for friends and neighbors to connect, whether that’s with a local business, organization, product, event or person. TM: What is digital marketing? LV: At its best, digital marketing creates a relationship with a community that increases understanding, builds trust and leads to opportunities. We create moments of joy, connection, memories, awareness and positivity. Whether it’s a website or social media, our clients are committed to the kind of online messaging we do in sending positive messages into a community. TM: Are you originally from Thomas County? LV: Milton and I are both originally from Thomas County but have each worked for a number of years overseas in Latin America. Since moving back, we have invested in our local community through service projects, Rotary clubs and churches.

TM: What led you to start Adele Creative? TM: Who founded the business? LV: We are a family company that started out of a mutual LV: I started the business with Milton Fielding, co-founder and CEO. appreciation for entertainment, business and marketing. Milton and I have been a vital part of creating two separate TM: Who is Adele Creative named after? international spectaculars that reached millions of people each LV: Adele is a family name and means “noble and kind.” We year overseas. Through working separately on these projects, felt it expressed our vision to produce stories and visuals that we realized that we shared a passion for the amazing influence elevated other people and to conduct our business in a way storytelling has on an audience. Marketing is an essential part that was good for everyone. It reflects our family values. of that, and our company grew out of a love for storytelling.

companies, storefront owners or statewide respected consultants. We were proud to contribute back to that community by branding and marketing the She Creates Business Conference in 2018.

TM: Where did you learn your craft as a web designer? LV: I was mentored by some of the legends of live entertainment, including the minds behind 50 years of entertainment at Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and SeaWorld. I developed my craft while writing for a team of consultants, then turned around and pitched my own concept to the Brazilian government. I was subsequently tasked with leading a statewide department in the Amazon for a number of years. Culture and entertainment work hand in hand with marketing, so I learned my craft directly in the trenches, not in a classroom.

TM: Why do you believe Adele Creative is important to the business community in Thomas County? LV: We offer a unique product that local business owners desperately need. Public relations agencies in major markets can’t connect with local audiences because they don’t share the values; they don’t know what makes local audiences tick. We offer the quality of a major market firm while also bringing a much higher engagement rate to local business owners. Nothing we do is automated.

TM: Where did Milton learn his expertise in business? LV: Milton brings nearly 50 years of experience to the table in private business. He provides the stability and business practices our company needs to provide consistently great service as we grow with our clients. TM: What has it meant for you to be a maker and run your business in Thomas County? LV: We have received incredible support in the community, including from Thomasville National Bank, which was a client in our first year. With their support and many others, we were able to grow into a profitable business in less than 12 months and that is just incredible. We have owned the business for five years but took it full time a year ago. I'm glad we waited to do so until we were based in Thomas County. TM: What does it mean to be a majority women-owned business in Thomas County? LV: It is great to be a part of a community with such strong women leaders, whether they are owners of publicly traded

TM: What makes Thomas County such a good place as a maker and business owner? LV: The people of Thomas County are incredibly supportive of local business. They’ll give you a shot, and they’re honest, hardworking and intelligent. We are proud to share this community with our clients and give back to it. TM: How might you describe the success of your business? LV: We are a relatively young company that is growing fast, but our clients typically perform better than 90 percent of similar accounts online, and that’s because we place a high value on integrity, quality and style. TM: What do you believe has led to this success in such a short time? LV: We concentrate on the success of our clients first and believe that our growth comes from that. Our growth is our best accolade—in our first year full time, we’ve been honored to work with clients like the Georgia Citrus Association and Thomasville National Bank, Georgia’s highest rated bank. TM

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Our background in entertainment shows in our ability to message for our clients. Marketing is part art, part science. We do a bit of both, but the art of what we do—our unique style of messaging—is what sets us apart from other companies.


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TM: What led you to relocate Bayly Inc. to Thomas County? JW: The people—the overwhelming reason I decided on Thomasville over other places was the talent that is here. And the talent has helped us grow. There is interest, even excitement, in this area about creating and making, and people take pride in what they do and seeing their work all across the country. TM: Describe your business to our readers. JW: We manufacture uniform headwear for a wide variety of customers inside and outside the United States.


Bayly Inc. 55 Genesis Parkway Thomasville, GA 31792 (800) 882-0255 Instagram: @baylyhats Answering questions: John Wagner, owner

TM: Who do you make uniform headwear for? JW: Some of our customers are the U.S. Postal Service, Secret Service, Capitol Police, Department of State and Park Police. We also manufacture headwear for marching bands, performing arts, movies and even beekeepers. TM: Are the hats handcrafted or are manufacturing machines used to make them? JW: Each hat is made to order to the exact specifications and size of the customer. Many hands touch each cap produced here in Thomasville, but the majority of the operations require a team member to work with an automated machine. TM: Why is it important to also use manufacturing machines in this business? JW: Working with automated machines increases productivity, uniformity and the value of the people.

THOMASVILLE MAGAZINE: What year was Bayly Inc. founded? JOHN WAGNER: 1865 TM: Where was the business originally opened? JW: The business was started in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by the Bayly family. TM: Before moving to Thomas County, was the business located anywhere else? JW: My grandfather moved the business to Florida in the 1960s. TM: When did the business move to Thomas County? JW: I moved the business to Thomasville in 2008.

TM: What is the name or title of someone who makes these particular types of hats? JW: Hatter or capmaker are common classic descriptions, but there are many more skill sets involved. The process requires designers, pattern makers, engineers and programmers. TM: Are you an expert in this craft as well? JW: I can do just about everything in the factory, but the group of people I have assembled are the experts in each of their departments. TM: Where did you learn your craft? JW: I graduated from Florida State University with degrees in accounting and marketing, which have served me well. Most everything else I learned from my father and his experience and

success [in] finding a way to survive and thrive in a time when textile manufacturing in the United States seemed like a lost cause.

JW: You have to continue to create, take risks, minimize mistakes and learn from them.

TM: What is the most unique organization, group or individual you've had a chance to make hats for? JW: Our hats are always well represented in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and Rose Parade. Our team also enjoyed getting to design beautiful new caps for the Thomasville Police Department for the first time this year.

TM: Why do you believe your craft and business is important to the business community in Thomas County? JW: I think Bayly Inc. is important to my family and the local families we work with. I believe any company that brings revenue in from outside our community and redistributes it inside our community is key to a prosperous local economy, and we need to make it a major target of regional economic development. The same economics apply nationally and internationally. TM

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Brandon L. Godwin Architecture, LLC 222 E. Monroe St. Thomasville, GA 31792 (229) 236-2220 Instagram: @brandonl.godwin_architect_llc Answering questions: Brandon L. Godwin, owner and fabric designer


TM: What led you to start designing fabrics? BLG: I’m a licensed architect by trade, but when my house was featured on HGTV while we were building it three years ago, they incorporated some of my paintings into the wallpaper and other aspects of the design. That inspired me. I started researching fabrics and how you take a piece of art and turn it into a fabric that people can use for pillows, drapery or tabletops. I spent about two years just playing with it and creating samples. TM: Has anyone else inspired you to design fabrics? BLG: My mom has always encouraged me to look into textiles. She ran a large drapery company years ago that produced drapery for homes. She oversaw a lot of different functions and she knew, with my artistic background, it was something I should consider one day.

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TM: Did you take art classes? BLG: My grandfather was an engineer, and my mother is an artist, so it’s always come natural to me. But, I took some fine art classes my first two years of college at Southern Polytechnic State University (now Kennesaw State University, Marietta Campus). I also studied under a couple of professional artists who taught me watercolor basics. Once I saw the technical details, I kind of ran away with it. I also do a lot of private painting commissions using oils, but that’s something I learned on my own observing and playing with it. I’ve been making a little money selling artwork since I was 19 years old. TM: What is your inspiration for your designs? BLG: Being in Thomasville, it’s wildlife. Birds and water fowl, that’s what I know well, and I try to put a modern touch on these classic images. TM: How many fabric designs have you created? BLG: I’ve printed between eight and 10 and two to three are my biggest sellers. But I know one day they are going to be saturated, so I’m going to have to come up with something different. That’s what I’m working on for the fall.

TM: What is your most popular design? BLG: The Bobwhite Quail is the premier sporting club bird 32 in the Southeast and people tend to associate that with

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South Georgia Opera - La boheme

Sunday, October 7th 3:00 pm Tickets $20 / Students 10 and Under $10 Withers Auditorium Peach State Opera brings this beauuful story to life, using English, for audiences to enjoy a taste of Opera. The opera tells the story of a love affair between a poor poet and an equally poor seamstress in 19th century Paris.

Annie Kids

Christmas Shoppe

Handmade crafts and gifts from local artists

At the Arts Center

Friday, October 12th at 7:00 pm Saturday and Sunday, October 13th & 14th at 2:00 PM Tic Tickets $6 With equal measures of pluck and posiivity, liile orphan Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan.

Kiiy Dodd - Colored Pencil Arrst

October 18th - 21st 9:00 am - 4:00 pm D $280 - 4 Days $240 - 3 Days Kiiy is a well know instructor and excellent colored pencil arrst. Thursday will be a review day and introduccon for new students. Friday - Sunday will hold new and exciing techniques.


Saturday, October 27th at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm Sund October 28th at 2:00 pm Sunday All ckets are $10 Dark and dazzling, bizarre and beauuful, Nevermore – The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe is a unique opera-like musical play about one of the world’s most famous and fascinaang writers.

the Musical Nov 15th - Dec 14th Seussical Friday and Saturday, November 9th and 10th 7:00 pm Frid Opening Reception Nov 15th at 6 pm

Sunday, November 11th 2:00 pm Tickets $6 Hor Horton discovers Whos, including a child named Jojo on a speck of dust. Not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, lee to his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird.

higher-class finishes in homes. I’ve sold more yards of that than anything else even though my feathers are the ones that end up in magazines. TM: When did you begin selling the fabrics? BLG: Two years ago. TM: Where can people buy your designer fabrics? BLG: We sell the textiles in Thomasville at Trolly’s Designer Fabric, in Tallahassee, and at the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center and Travis and Company, both in Atlanta. TM: How were your textiles “discovered?” BLG: Once I got my samples established, I sent them to the board at the International Textiles Market Association in Highpoint, North Carolina — the largest designer fabric show in North America. They said no one had ever brought anything like it to their show. They waived other regulations so that I could attend their December 2016 show. I set up a booth, and the next thing I know, I’m in the same room with some of the biggest names in designer fabrics and furniture. TM: Did you get some good feedback from the event? BLG: People thought I had this huge company and kept asking me where my production is located. I had to explain that I hadn’t even really started yet. TM: What is the process to turn artwork into fabric? BLG: I start with an image and paint it using watercolor or acrylic. I take my original art images and compose them where they would work with a standard yard of fabric. You have to think about repeats, width, how it may work on a pillow. Then, a printer sends me samples and we make sure the colors look right and details aren’t lost. From there, I decide how much I need — 10 yards, 50 yards, 250 yards. TM: Have you enjoyed adding designing fabrics to your architect business? BLG: I’ve just been playing around and having fun. It’s an expensive hobby, but I don’t stress over it. If you put too much pressure on yourself, a passion becomes something you hate. TM: Do you have an art studio in your home or business? BLG: I’m renovating an old building in Thomasville right now and it’ll have a place where I can paint. TM: Why do you believe Thomas County is a great place for your work? BLG: Thomas County has a rich history of sporting art because of the plantations, history and heritage. I don't think I’d be as successful if I weren’t here. TM

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Buzzery Pizza & Mead 110 S. Main St. Boston, GA 31626 (229) 498-6552 Facebook: @thebuzzery Answering questions: Jerry Magginnis, who co-owns Buzzery Pizza & Mead with his wife, Bev

TM: Is there a unique story behind the naming of the restaurant? JM: Buzzery Pizza & Mead is named as such since we use honey in our dough, sauces and mead (honey wine). TM: What led you to start your business? JM: The family had a lot of energy for making good pizza and mead.

THOMASVILLE MAGAZINE: Are you and Bev from Thomas County? JERRY MAGGINNIS: No TM: If not, about how long have you been in the community and where are you and Bev from? JM: Five years, and we are from Ohio. TM: Did you move here specifically to start your business? If so, why? JM: No. We moved here to be near family. TM: What year did you open Buzzery Pizza & Mead? JM: 2015

TM: Briefly describe Buzzery Pizza & Mead to our readers. JM: We make gourmet pizza using high-quality ingredients and a special blend of varietal honeys in our crust and base sauces. We have a winery in the back and make our own wines and meads using Georgia honey and fruits. TM: When did you first become interested in brewing? JM: We started home brewing meads in 2008. TM: Who or what influenced your passion in brewing? JM: Shortly after being introduced to it during my daughter’s wedding, we became interested in brewing ourselves. The cherry mead we sampled became a mead we make and serve at the restaurant.

TM: Where did you learn your craft? JM: I studied under Bob Avery and followed instructions from Ken Schramm’s book, “The Compleat Meadmaker.”

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TM: How many types of handcrafted beers are served at Buzzery, and do you brew the beers on site? JM: Four, and we purchase our craft beers from Savannah Distributor. TM: What flavors are the most influential in your brewing process? JM: People favor most everything we make using Georgia fruits, such as peaches, blueberries and blackberries; although, the black currant mead from CurrantC farms in New York is pretty popular. TM: Do you try to use local ingredients? JM: We purchase from Best Apiaries, Brett Owens Farm,

Harpers Farms and Lawsons. TM: What makes Thomas County such a good place as a maker and business owner? JM: When we prepared our business plan, we realized Thomas County had a number of specialty businesses that would augment what we wanted to do. The uniqueness makes the experience special in the minds and hearts of all those who shop here. TM: How might you describe the success of your business? JM: We realized a need to expand the building as business grew quickly in our first year of operation. It’s also exciting to see people taste mead for the first time in their life; it’s something that words can’t describe. The ratings we have received on social media encourage us to work hard and continue to produce new products and services. TM


Edgemon Crockett Alligator Belt 118-1 Madison Ave. Thomasville, GA 31792 (770) 500-9193 Facebook: @edgemoncrockett Instagram: @edgemoncrockett Answering questions: Tom Edgemon, co-owner

TM: What color are the hides? TE: Every color in the world. You can get pastels, purples, blues, greens, reds, shades of blacks and browns.

THOMASVILLE MAGAZINE: Are you from Thomas County? TOM EDGEMON: No, I live in Bainbridge. TM: What year did you start the business? TE: In 2010. … Prior to this I was a sod farmer for 20 years. I had five farms in Sumter County.

TM: When did you relocate the business to Thomas County and why? TE: We moved here earlier this year (spring 2018). The building where we had the store on the square in Bainbridge was bought, so we decided that for our future, Thomasville was a great place to relocate. To me, Thomasville is the most beautiful small city in Georgia. I love the brick streets. It’s an artsy area, and the building we’re in has artists, pottery makers and sewing shops. TM: Briefly describe your business to our readers. TE: Edgemon Crockett is a family owned business. We make alligator skin belts, alligator skin wallets and other products made from genuine American alligator hides. TM: What led you to start this business? TE: I have always worn alligator belts, since I was about 10 years old when my mother bought me my first one, and I have always been proud to wear one. My dad wore them his entire life. My old belt kept falling apart and I kept trying to superglue it back together, so I said I’d go into this business and just make my own belts. TM: Where do you buy your alligator hides? TE: When I researched making alligator belts and talked to lots and lots of people, I found out that the biggest and finest alligator tannery is located in Griffin — American Tannery.

TM: How did the first belt you ever made from start to finish turn out? TE: I was very proud of it, but it’s probably the ugliest alligator belt made in the United States. I still have that belt and I wore it with pride for about the first five or six years. TM: How long does it take to make a belt and how many belts can you get out of one hide? TE: About four hours. We could mass produce them and make them in about an hour and a half, but they wouldn’t look as good. You just have to take your time. A 6-foot hide, for example, will make four, one-piece belts and eight spliced belts. TM: Do you have any partners in the business? TE: My son George is half-owner. He started full time in 2014 and works in Ellijay at our workshop there. He comes down about every two to three weeks and will work with me for a week. TM: When did you start making other alligator products? TE: I started making wallets about a year or two after I opened my business. George is a pocket book and bag maker, mainly. TM: Are your products made in-house? TE: Everything is made in our shop. When you walk in, there’s a workshop on your left and our items for sale on the right. People can come in and pick a gator hide, material and color, I measure them and build them a belt right here. TM: Have you ever made a belt for a celebrity? TE: Three or four years ago, we made belts for two dancers on “Dancing with the Stars”— they were so beautiful. We also made a belt for Michael Jordan through another company and Robert Downey Jr. bought a blue one a long time ago. TM

Deb Phillips

ASSOCIATE BROKER, GRI, CRS Mobile: (229)221-4613 Email:

422 Remington Avenue • P.O. Box 1196 Thomasville, Georgia 31799 (229)226-6515 • FAX (229)228-7548 Web:

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TM: What is the significance of the business name? TE: My last name is Edgemon and my mother, who passed away in 1987; I named it after her family name, which was Crockett. It is dedicated to her.

TM: Who taught you how to make an alligator belt? TE: When I went to American Tannery, they set me up with the best alligator person in the United States. She taught me the correct way to build a belt. I took her training and I have tried to perfect it.


THOMASVILLE MAGAZINE: Are you from Thomas County? ANNA CARROLL GREGORY: John is a born and bred New Yorker, but I was raised in Thomasville. My parents are Thomasville locals, Don and Dee Dee Sims.

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TM: When did you return to Thomas County? ACG: John and I decided to relocate from New York City to Thomasville around two years ago. TM: Did you move here specifically to start your business? If so, why? ACG: Yes, we did. We met in the restaurant business in New York City, and after we were married in 2015 in Thomasville, we started an open dialogue about whether it would be crazy if we quit our jobs and moved to Thomasville to open up a shop of our own. The quality of life in Thomasville was so appealing, as we were also looking to start a family. John and I had our first child, Vivie, in Thomasville in February. TM: What year did you start your business? ACG: The doors for Empire Bagel & Delicatessen opened mid-December 2017.


TM: What led you to start your business? ACG: John was working as executive chef of P.J. Clarke’s in Manhattan and dreaming of owning his own business. John and I met working in the restaurant business, so it seemed like a natural progression for us to eventually have a place of our own. TM: Do you have any additional business partners? ACG: We are very much a family run business with John in the kitchen and me out front.

Empire Bagel & Delicatessen 221 W. Jackson St. Thomasville, GA 31792 (229) 236-2210 Instagram: @empirebagel Facebook: @empirebageldeli Answering questions: Anna Carroll Gregory, co-owner

TM: Briefly describe Empire Bagel & Delicatessen to our readers. ACG: Our craft is specializing in hand-rolled and boiled bagels. We sell breakfast and lunch items, and aim to provide delicious and interesting products, ranging from baked goods and eggs in the morning to hot and cold sandwiches at lunch. We also have specials that change weekly. TM: Are your products made on-site? ACG: Our bagels are made from scratch in-house. We hand roll and bake the bagels and delicatessens daily. TM: Where did John learn his craft? ACG: John was trained at the Art Institute in New York City and has worked more than 10 years as a chef in the restaurant industry.

TM: Approximately how many bagels are sold each day? ACG: More than 200. TM: How many kinds of bagels and delicatessens do you sell? ACG: We average 12 different types of bagels a day — we also have housemade shmears. We carry around 16 flavors of shmears, ranging from savory to sweet, and some of our favorites are bacon cheddar, jalapeño asiago, birthday cake, cinnamon raisin walnut and more.

TM: What has it meant for you to do your craft and run your own business? ACG: Owning our own business has been the hardest and

TM: Why do you believe your business is important to the business community in Thomas County? ACG: We believe that local businesses are what make a community unique. For us, it’s being able to provide goods that are homemade. A lot of takeout and even dine-in is processed these days, and we like to offer a fresh alternative. TM: What makes Thomas County such a good place as a maker and business owner? ACG: We have great resources. My dad was the president of the Thomasville-Thomas County Chamber of Commerce in Thomasville for more than 25 years, so I grew up understanding how important supporting local is. TM

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TM: What is each of your favorite treats? ACG: John’s favorite: an everything bagel with plain cream cheese and slices of tomato. My favorite: it changes from week to week because we have so many choices! Right now, it’s probably the No. 10, The BayRidge Press Panini on our deli menu.

most rewarding experience. It has meant a lot to us to be able to work alongside other makers in the community. We have a very creative network of friends that we might not have met otherwise. Part of what makes Thomasville so unique to our region is our special community of makers and small businesses.


THOMASVILLE MAGAZINE: Are you from Thomas County? KATIE CHASTAIN: Scott grew up here, but I moved around a lot — Florida, North Carolina, Texas — which was, for me, part of the appeal of Scott and Thomasville. I loved that he had deep roots and a strong family base here. TM: What year did you start Everfan? KC: 2011 TM: Briefly describe Everfan to our readers. SCOTT CHASTAIN: We make products that inspire wonder, imagination, strength and hope. Our primary business is customizing superhero capes, but we also make hooded cloaks, tutus, crowns, masks, headbands and other costume accessories.

Everfan 623 E. Clay St. Thomasville, GA 31792 (229) 234- 1222 Facebook: @Everfan Instagram: @everfanheroes Twitter: @EverfanHeroes Answering questions: Scott and Katie Chastain, co-owners

TM: What led you to start Everfan? SC: I love college football and the heroics that happen on the field. I had a thing for superheroes growing up and would often have a sheet or pillowcase tied around my neck. So, the original idea was to combine the two concepts and make superhero capes with embroidered logos. From there, we found our market when other businesses and nonprofits started contacting us to put their logos on our capes. TM: Are your products made in-house? SC: We design and prototype all of our products in-house and work with our manufacturing partner to produce blank products in bulk. We customize and modify them in-house, per our customers' needs.

TM: About how many capes are you making annually? KC: Between 200,000 and 300,000. TM: What are some of the nonprofits you've crafted capes for? KC: Capes and Crowns Foundation, Heart Heroes, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Foundation, PetCure Oncology, Lupus Foundation of America, Love Your Melon and Girl Scouts of the USA.

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TM: What are some of the companies you’ve crafted capes for? KC: Pampers, Chick-fil-A, Google, T-Mobile and Evite. TM: So far, what’s been your favorite cape made? SC: We really enjoy celebrating National Superhero Day, because it’s a chance to hear and share some amazing stories of people we know and love locally. It’s the one time of year we really get to interact with our local community.

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TM: What has it meant for you to run your business in Thomas County? SC: This is the third business we’ve started in Thomas County and have always found the resources and connections we’ve needed for our businesses. There are a handful of seasoned entrepreneurs that have been so generous in giving their time and advice. And then there’s a fun community of younger entrepreneurs we can kick around ideas and strategies with. In some ways, our craft has been more creating businesses to support our creative lifestyle rather than just crafting capes. TM: Why do you believe Everfan is important to the business community in Thomas County? SC: As an internet company, we don’t rely on our local market to buy our products, but we do rely on local talent and resources to run our business. So, we are bringing money from outside of our community and infusing it back into our local economy. TM: What makes Thomas County such a good place as a maker and business owner? SC: As a business owner, you have to be able to afford to take risks and have banks willing to finance those risks. Because of the relatively affordable cost of living and the very personal approach and accommodations of our local banks, we have definitely been willing to take some risks we wouldn’t have been able to take if we stayed in a bigger city. Also, you will find the people with the knowledge you need so accessible. When we were trying to understand the process of overseas manufacturing, we didn’t have to look far. When we needed some temporary warehouse space, we had several people respond to fill the need. People seem to have the time and willingness here to support other business owners. TM: How might you describe the success of Everfan? SC: Success in business is so fleeting. You think you have figured something out, and then a variable changes. Or, you reach a milestone and then you are already looking to the next milestone. So, we try to focus on what’s ahead. Someone once said the greatest hurdle to your next great success is your last great success. TM: Anything else in the works for Everfan? SC: We are currently developing an ed-tech app to inspire kids to be effective changemakers. TM

Hampton Inn of Thomasville

118 S. Broad St. Thomasville, GA 31792 (229) 226-3388 Twitter: @grassrootscoffee Instagram: @grassrootscoffee Facebook: @grassrootscoffee Answering questions: Spencer Young, co-owner

THOMASVILLE MAGAZINE: Are you from Thomas County? SPENCER YOUNG: I grew up 60 miles north of Thomasville in Tifton. TM: How long have you lived in Thomasville? SY: I have been in Thomasville for nine years now. TM: Did you move here specifically to start your business? If so, why? SY: I did. My wife, Megan, is from Thomasville, and a good family friend of hers (who is now my business partner), Ed Millere, called us with an opportunity to open a coffee shop, so we jumped at the chance! TM: What year did you open Grassroots Coffee? SY: 2009 TM: What led you to start your own business? SY: I have worked in coffee since my teenage years and

have always loved the business. My wife and I always used to talk about one day having our own shop, so when we were presented with the opportunity to do it in her hometown, we couldn't pass it up. TM: Briefly describe Grassroots Coffee to our readers. SY: Grassroots Coffee is a full-service coffee shop located in downtown Thomasville. We roast our coffee in-house in small batches to ensure optimal freshness and quality. We offer a great selection of breakfast and lunch items with weekly specials and delicious soups prepared from scratch. TM: Why did you originally become interested in coffee, specifically the roasting it? SY: When we were working on opening the shop in 2009, I wanted a way we could set ourselves apart from other coffee shops and I believed we could do that by roasting our own coffee. Roasting allows us to really control our product and make it the best we can. We actually opened our roasting company a year after we opened our doors in 2009 and have grown our wholesale business. TM: Have you and Megan ever had an opportunity to travel and individually select the coffee products you use in your shop? SY: We have always talked about being able to visit a farm where coffee is grown and get to know some farmers, but we have not had the opportunity to do that just yet. Maybe one day! TM: What is the importance of roasting your coffee inhouse? Is that a common practice among coffee houses? SY: I wouldn't say it's a common practice, but it is gaining popularity among small, independently owned coffee houses. Roasting in-house really gives you freedom to create and make the coffee exactly how you want it. We are able to purchase and roast the coffees that we think are best for our customers.

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TM: Where did you learn your craft? SY: I got my coffee start working for Starbucks in high school. That’s where my love for coffee really began. Before we started roasting coffee at our shop, we went to roasting school with our coffee roaster manufacturer in Clearwater, Florida. Throughout the years, there are various other places to pick up training and coffee industry specific education like at the Specialty Coffee Association of America Conference every year.

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TM: What is your favorite specialty hot beverage? SY: I’m a sucker for a good Americano, espresso and hot water. TM: How do you take your coffee? SY: Black like the night. TM: What is your favorite snack or treat served at Grassroots Coffee?

SY: My favorite is our shortbread cookies and our rice crispy treats — also my son’s favorite. I also help myself to our green smoothies every morning to get my day off to a good start. TM: What has it meant for you to run your own business in Thomas County? SY: Thomasville and Thomas County has been very supportive of us over the last eight years. Thomasville truly embraces the entrepreneurial spirit and wants to see small businesses succeed and thrive. TM: Do you operate other locations? SY: We have licensed stores in Valdosta at Birdie's Market in downtown Valdosta and at Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville. You can find our staple menu of coffees and drinks on our website. TM


JW Grubbs Furniture (229) 225-7690 Facebook: @JwGrubbsFurniture Instagram: @jwgrubbswoodworking Answering questions: Walker Grubbs, professional woodworker

THOMASVILLE MAGAZINE: Are you from Thomas County? WALKER GRUBBS: I was born and raised here. I went to Brookwood School and graduated from Thomasville High School.

TM: What year did you begin woodworking and building furniture for a career? WG: 2010 TM: How did you get into woodworking and building furniture? WG: My mentor professor in college at Southern Polytechnic State University (now Kennesaw State University, Marietta Campus) recommended I try a woodworking or furniture building class. Next thing I know, I’m falling in love with these classes and making A’s.

TM: Where was your first shop? WG: I started out by working on pieces in my family’s garage. TM: Where is your shop now? WG: Springwood Plantation.

TM: Do you have items in your shop you’ve made in the past that people can buy now? WG: I tried to make and sell things in the beginning and found myself with a large inventory of stuff floating around. And most of the time, I just ended up giving it away. I strayed away from that because it can sometimes be a headache to manage a large inventory. TM: Where might people find your work in Thomas County? WG: Relish, Liam’s Restaurant, Kevin’s Fine Outdoor Gear & Apparel, Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese Shop. TM: What is the most difficult piece you’ve ever made? WG: A display case that went into Relish. It was a curly pine knife case. I spent about two months on that one cabinet. It wasn’t so much that it took that long, but it was something that I took a lot of time to design. TM: What types of wood do you work with and do you have a favorite? WG: I use whatever but specialize in reclaimed materials – mostly hardy pines and cypress. My favorite is pecky cypress. It’s a rustic material, but it smells so good.

TM: Are you commissioned to work on pieces? WG: 99.9 percent of my work is commissioned. I go through


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TM: How did you turn woodworking into a career? WG: I wasn’t sure how I could make it a career, but after I graduated from college and moved back to Thomasville, the stars just seemed to align. I knew some plantation families, so there were a lot of opportunities for me there. Slowly but surely, one person at a time helped me get onto the path where I am right now.

a design process and once we figure out what a client wants, I make it.


TM: What has it meant for you to be a maker in Thomas County? WG: It’s a special feeling. I am beyond humbled and appreciative that I have this opportunity.

TM: Do you create a lot for your family? WG: I’ve made dining room and coffee tables for my parents and my sister. Whenever I ask them what they want for Christmas or their birthdays, they always have the same response, “make me something,” and they may send a couple of pictures a few months in advance to work with.

TM: If you ever had another profession, what would it be? WG: That’s a tough one to answer, but I’d either go into pilot training or working at a marina. TM

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TM: What is the average time it takes to work on a piece from start to finish? WG: Usually one to two weeks, but I’ve also done projects in one day and others that took two months.


Linda Lawson Signs 116 N. Stevens St. Thomasville, GA 31792 (229) 403-5343 (229) 551-1312 Facebook: @lindalawsonsigns Answering questions: Linda Lawson Cubitt, owner

TM: What led you to open Linda Lawson Signs? LL: I opened my current shop when there was downturn in the economy. The shop I was working for was not doing well, so I started Linda Lawson Signs and am very fortunate to be going strong 10 years later. TM: How long have you been making signs? LL: I have been in the business of making signs for 39 years, either for myself or other area sign shops. TM: Where did you learn your craft? LL: In the summer of 1979, I did a three-month apprenticeship in Albany, and returned shortly thereafter and opened my first sign shop.

THOMASVILLE MAGAZINE: Are you from Thomas County? LINDA LAWSON: I am a born and raised Thomasville native. TM: When did you open Linda Lawson Signs? LL: 2008.

TM: Briefly describe your shop to our readers. LL: At Linda Lawson Signs, we specialize in hand-carved and hand-cut signs in a variety of materials. We also offer cut and printed vinyl posters and banners.

TM: Approximately how many signs do you make a year? LL: More than I can count! Let’s put it this way, I work six days a week. TM: What types of materials are the signs made of? LL: HDU board, poly metal, vinyl, poster and canvas. TM: What is the most durable material used? LL: HDU or poly metal. TM: What is the most popular material used? LL: Poly metal.

TM: How many people work in the shop? LL: Just me. I have a subcontractor who does my installations. TM: What has it meant for you to run your own business in Thomas County? LL: The most special thing about doing business in Thomasville are the customers, some of which I have had since 1979. TM: What makes Thomas County such a good place as a maker and business owner? LL: Thomas County has made it possible for me to make my living working with my hands and doing something different every day. I am 61 and still excited to go to work! To my amazement, the business continues to grow and prosper. I hope that I have been able to make a contribution to the appearance of our town by making the best signs I know how. TM

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TM: What is the most unique sign you remember making in your nearly 40 years in this business? LL: I made an 8-foot by 20-foot carved backdrop for a play in California.

TM: Where in Thomas County can people see your work? LL: Mostly downtown Thomasville.


Sweet Cacao Chocolates 115 W. Jefferson St. Boston, GA 31626 *Moving in mid-September: 108 E. Jackson St. Thomasville, GA 31792 (229) 421-5846 Instagram: @sweetcacaochocolates Facebook: @SweetCacaoChocolates Answering questions: Dena White, owner

THOMASVILLE MAGAZINE: Are you from Thomas County? DENA WHITE: I have lived in Boston almost my entire life. I have moved away a few times but always seem to come home.

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TM: Where else have you lived? DW: I was a chocolatier in Athens, Georgia, for two years, and the love of my grandchildren brought me back home.


TW: What year did you open Sweet Cacao Chocolates? DW: I started my business in 2016 from my home, then operated a few pop-up shops and then finally a retail space in Boston. TW: Do you have any partners in the business? DW: My son and husband are partners in Sweet Cacao Chocolates and handle marketing and outside sales. TM: Briefly describe your business to our readers. DW: My business is crafting handmade chocolates, truffles, toffees, bars and many other chocolate treats. TM: Where did you learn your craft? DW: I have always loved cooking and baking. I am self-taught and have spent many hours learning from trial and error. I learned to cook as a young child and have always loved experimenting with unique flavors. TM: What is your favorite treat? DW: My pride and joy are my hand-painted truffles because they are inspired from my love of art. TM: What is the most difficult treat to make? DW: French macarons. Living in the hot, humid South is quite a challenge with meringue-based treats.

TW: How long does it take to make a French macaron? DW: A French macaron is one of the most temperamental items to make. It has to be the right temperature and humidity to make these properly. Even if all conditions are right, they are still one of the most tricky pastries to make. From start to finish, they take about three hours and then they “cure” for a minimum of 24 hours. TM: Is there a specific type of chocolate you use? DW: I only use chocolates that are sourced from farms certified as fair trade and well compensated for their hard work. My favorite chocolate is from Ecuador. Cacao can only be grown in tropical climates close to the equator. It is similar to wine in the way that terroir affects taste. The taste is greatly dependent on the region. TM: What are the most popular treats sold in your shop? DW: Homemade marshmallows, which are covered in caramel, then dipped in dark chocolate and topped with Georgia pecans and flaked sea salt. Truffles are also popular. They are all hand-painted with colored cocoa butter, filled with flavor-infused ganache and then molded into beautiful truffles. TM: You mentioned grandchildren: Are you teaching them your craft? DW: My 13-year-old granddaughter loves to help out with everything in the shop. She is very good with customers and is beginning to learn to help out with things in the kitchen. My 3-year-old granddaughter has the biggest sweet tooth ever and loves chocolate. My 8-year-old grandson loves wrestling and all things boyish, not so much cooking. I will convert him later. TM: What do you love most about owning your own business? DW: The best thing is when people come into my shop and the faces they make when they taste some of my treats. It is amazing to see someone who really loves it. TM: Why do you believe Thomas County is a great place for business? DW: I think Thomas County is a great place for local businesses because it seems that most local people really try to buy local. I look forward [to] growing my business in Thomas County. TM: What advice do you have for other makers who are considering opening their own business? DW: I encourage all makers and dreamers to just take that leap. When you have faith in yourself and your product, you will find a way. Don't let age, negative people or anything else slow you down. As English novelist, poet, journalist and translator Mary Anne Evans, known by her pen name George Eliot, says, “It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” TM

Thompson Farms, All-Natural Pork 2538 Dixie Road Dixie, GA 31629 (229) 263-9074 Toll free: (866) 463-9218 Instagram: @thompsonfarms Facebook: @thompsonfarmspork Answering questions: Abby Thompson, marketing manager

THOMASVILLE MAGAZINE: Who founded Thompson Farms? ABBY THOMPSON: Raymond Thompson, or “Granddaddy Raymond” who passed away four years ago, established the farm with my father, Andrew Thompson, a second-generation pig farmer, in 2004.

TM: Why was the business started? AT: The idea stemmed from Granddaddy Raymond’s dream of providing his family and friends with the same delicious pork his father prepared for him in a dirt-floored smokehouse in their backyard. Most farmers who had row crops in the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s would also raise pigs in their woodland non-cultivated fields and grow them to market weight. That’s how we got started. We grew corn, cotton and peanuts, and raised pigs to sale. There was no shortage of local buyers until [a Virginia-based meat-processing company] ventured South. Soon, all of our local buyers were bought out, and we could either get out of the hog business or find a way to make it better. Granddaddy Raymond and my dad came up with a plan to disrupt the pork industry and bring it back to the basics by cutting out the middleman to control the quality of product from beginning to end. TM: How is this pig farm different than others? AT: We raise our pigs on pasture. We never administer antibiotics or steroids. Our pigs are healthy and happy because they roam, graze, root and play like pigs should. They are fed a 100 percent vegetarian diet of non-GMO corn and nonGMO soybean meal, ryegrass and millet. We've also taken on the responsibility of making sure our pork is produced at the highest standard, so we have an abattoir and processing plant on site.

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TM: Are the founders originally from Thomas County? AT: Our farm is in Brooks County; however, we’re just a couple of miles from the Thomas County line. We’re members of the Thomasville-Thomas County Chamber of Commerce and try to stay up to date on what’s happening in the community.


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TM: Where did your grandfather learn his farming and pork processing craft? AT: Granddaddy Raymond’s dad taught him what it means to truly care for and raise animals and showed him how to smoke and cure pork in the smokehouse in their backyard.


TM: Who else in the family works at Thompson Farms? AT: In addition to the 23 hardworking employees on the farm, several family members work there, including Donna Thompson Anderson, Abby’s aunt, is the office manager; Bayly Thompson, Abby’s brother, is a third-generation pig farmer who will return to the farm after he completes his degree in agribusiness at the University of Georgia in 2019; Jeniffer Thompson, Abby’s mother, is a farm chef who prepares delicious, free lunches for employees each day; and, Roy Little is their processing manager who they consider family and has been working at Thompson Farms since the beginning. TM: What is your favorite meal your mom cooks? AT: Everything my mother makes is delicious, but she makes baked pork chops with a blueberry sauce that is out of this world! TM: How many hogs are on the farm? AT: Three hundred. TM: How many acres is the farm? AT: Six hundred acres, 200 of which pigs are raised on. TM: Where can you buy Thompson Farms products? AT: We have a store on our farm in Dixie. They can also order online at and buy our products at The Bread Wagon and Sweet Grass Cheese Shop.

TM: Why do you believe your craft and business is important to the business community in Thomas County? AT: We believe the people of Thomas County are looking for quality pork the way their parents or grandparents used to make it. This is a Southern town, so most people know how a farm works and, more importantly, what good food tastes like. They appreciate the hard work that's put into getting that healthy, delicious product. TM: Can people tour the farm? AT: We offer free farm tours to the public to encourage people to come out and learn about how we produce our pork. TM: What makes Thomas County such a good place as a maker and business owner? AT: The people, hands down. The customers we've met from Thomas County have been so supportive of us over the years. TM: How might you describe the success of your business? AT: Our success is measured by the blessings God has given us. Every relationship we make, customer we meet and the impact we’re able to make on a daily basis is defined as a gift from God. As far as honors, we have been recognized by the nonprofit Global Animal Partnerships as the first farm in the world to receive the highest rating in animal welfare (Step5+) and are non-GMO certified. TM: What has it meant for you to grow up on this farm? AT: It's shown me the value of knowing where my food comes from and the importance of animal welfare. It's also given me a strong work ethic, which I've learned from watching my parents work day in and day out doing something they love. TM

W.G. Hamil Pecans & Produce 289 Commercial Drive Thomasville, GA 31757 (229) 228-9169 Facebook: @wghamil Instagram: @wghamil Answering questions: Greg Hamil, owner

of storage space now that we use for processing and storing the pecans. In addition, we started our business in 1980 with zero sales and our sales now average between $45 and $50 million a year. THOMASVILLE MAGAZINE: Are you originally from Thomas County? GREG HAMIL: No. I was born in Tallahassee, Florida, graduated from high school in Carrollton, and went to college at Auburn University.

TM: Briefly describe your business to our readers. GH: We buy pecans from farmers and growers and ship them to customers, domestic and internationally. When I joined the company, watermelons were added to the line of quality products we handle.

TM: How many pecans do you ship annually? GH: Depending on how big the crop is, we handle between 12 and 15 million pecans a year. Of that, we probably export between 6 and 8 million pounds internationally, and the balance is sold domestically. TM: Where do most of the pecans come from? GH: The majority of our supply comes from Dougherty, Mitchell, Grady, Decatur, Brooks and Thomas counties. We also buy as far south as Gainesville, Florida, and into middle and east Georgia.

TM: Why was Thomas County chosen for a new branch office in 1980? GH: Georgia is the leading producing state of pecans in the country, so it was natural to go to an area where there is a good supply of nuts and growers, and that’s what we have in Thomas County.

TM: How many watermelons do you ship annually and where can people buy them? GH: We ship around 750 semi-truck loads a year. Watermelons are available at Lewis Produce in Thomasville and are sold in our retail store as well as at Whole Foods in Tallahassee, Florida, and Harveys and Winn-Dixie stores locally. We also ship a lot to Kroger.

TM: What led you to become a part of the family business? GH: I was very close with my grandfather and would spend summers with him, so I was familiar with the business. I took a semester off at Auburn in 1979 and worked and lived with my uncle, who took over the business in 1974, in Pensacola, Florida. After that experience, he told me that if I wanted to work in the business, they would find a place where I could buy pecans, and that’s how I wound up coming to Thomasville.

TM: Briefly describe the retail shop — Southern Treats of Thomasville. GH: In 2010, we built a retail shop where we sell shelled and in-shell pecans, jellies, candies and other gifts. We do an awful lot of corporate gifts. My wife is very dialed into what different people like to give through the holidays and she will customize gifts to people’s budgets. Initially, we opened the store seasonally, but we found there is demand during the offseason.

TM: Where was the branch office first located when you came to Thomas County? GH: We were in a space in the state farmers market. In 1984, we purchased one of the buildings (about 10,000 square feet of space) that is part of our business now on Commercial Drive.

TM: Are the treats made in-house? GH: We buy the pecans and have two or three partners we work with who make the candies and treats.

TM: How much has the business grown since you founded W.G. Hamil Pecans & Produce in 2007? GH: In 2007, we built two additional warehouses that are about 10,000 square feet, another storage building that is about 5,000 square feet, and we bought a building across the road from us and remodeled it about three years ago. So, we’ve probably got between 75,000 and 80,000 square feet

TM: What is your favorite treat? GH: I think my favorite are the chocolate-covered pecans. The nuts are roasted, lightly salted and they have a high-quality chocolate that they coat them with. TM: What has made Thomas County such a great location to run and grow your business? GH: I think the business environment in Thomas County is good. We get a lot of support from lending institutions and, of course, the trade for our retail store is very good. TM

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TM: What brought you to Thomas County? GH: I came to Thomasville in 1980 with the purpose of opening a branch office for a company my grandfather J.W. Renfroe started in the mid-1930s in Troy, Alabama — J.W. Renfroe Pecan Company. I worked with my uncle in the Thomasville office from 1980 until 2007, when I bought out his interest in the Thomasville assets of the company and started W.G. Hamil Pecans & Produce.

TM: Who else in the family works in the business? GH: My son Michael, who worked part time for us in high school and college, has been with us full time for nine years now. My wife, Jeanne, who is a third-generation Thomasville native, works full time seasonally and is in charge of running our retail gift store. Our youngest son William, who just started his second year at Georgia Tech, works part time for us and is our IT manager. He also works in the retail store when he’s home.


TM: How long have you lived in Thomas County? MH: Forty-five years.

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TM: What year did you start Wiregrass Gallery: An Artists Cooperative? MH: In fall 2001, I discussed with a few of my friends and fellow artists opening a storefront in downtown Thomasville during Victorian Christmas. I sent a call for artists, expecting about 10 to respond, but 24 artists were interested in joining. When Victorian Christmas ended, we extended our operation until the end of December and later through the end of January. Due to the success we had, we decided at the end of January 2002 to establish a cooperative that operates a permanent gallery presence in downtown Thomasville. TM: Briefly describe the gallery to our readers. MH: Wiregrass Gallery is a cooperative currently numbering 34 members. It is dedicated to promoting its members and their work through a high-profile gallery space and to provide South Georgia and North Florida with quality fine art and fine craftwork. Members share the expenses of the gallery and help with the management and staffing.


TM: Briefly describe the co-op to our readers. MH: The Wiregrass Artist Cooperative is a nonprofit of regional visual artists dedicated to empowering professional and emerging artists, building a mutually supportive artist community, bringing quality art to our region and actively engaging in our local community to promote the visual arts.

Wiregrass Gallery: An Artist Cooperative 120 N. Broad St. Thomasville, GA (229) 233-2043 Facebook: search Wiregrass Gallery: an artist co-op Answering questions: Marty Haythorn, founder

THOMASVILLE MAGAZINE: Are you from Thomas County? MARTY HAYTHORN: I was born in Rochester, New York, and have lived in Texas, California, Maryland, Florida and Germany.

TM: How does the gallery and co-op benefit local artists? MH: By promoting our own artwork and supporting the efforts of local organizations, government and businesses, the cooperative contributes to economic development, community livability, tourism development and art education. TM: How might you describe the success of the gallery and co-op? MH: Our gallery has steadily become more successful over the years and we are confident that we will continue to be a part of the Thomas County community for a long time to come. TM: Where can co-op members’ artwork be seen? MH: We organize and participate in downtown Thomasville events and activities, providing the public with experiences in the visual arts through demonstrations and exhibits, and supporting local businesses and other nonprofits through a variety of activities.

TM: Where is some of the co-op members’ work currently displayed? MH: One of our members, Wyatt Nocera, with help from other members, organized a community art project titled “Weaving Hopes and Dreams.” We set up a tapestry loom in the gallery and invited the public to help weave a portion of the project. They could also write their hopes and dreams on a slip of fabric which would be included in the weaving. Four panels were created, each approximately 3 feet wide by 8 feet high. These panels are currently hanging in the entrance to the Thomas County [Public] Library. My wife, Lindajo, and I also created a mosaic panel for a local business, Meta.

TM: How can an artist become a member of the co-op? MH: Membership is open to any professional or emerging artist who is 18 years old or older. An applicant submits images of their work and a brief bio and artist statement. This is reviewed by our membership committee and juried on the basis of quality of work, originality and compatibility with our community needs.

TM: When did you first become interested in art? MH: I began making pottery when I was a kid after watching Native American potters in the Southwest. My interest slowly grew from a hobby to part-time work and eventually a full-time profession. TM: Where did you learn your craft? MH: I received a Bachelor of Arts from Friends World College (now known as LIU Global) in New York with a major in arts administration and a minor in ceramics. TM: What roles have you served with Wiregrass Gallery? MH: I served as president for the first two years and vice president since then. I also served as chair of the membership committee until this year. TM


You’re Maker 18 S. Madison St. Thomasville, GA 31792 (229) 234-7664 Instagram: @youremaker Facebook: @you’remaker Answering questions: Emily McKenna, owner



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TM: What specific events throughout Thomas County highlight co-op members’ work? MH: Thomasville Main Street events, including First Friday, Sidewalk Sales, Rose Festival and Victorian Christmas, among others.

TM: What impact has the gallery and co-op had on Thomas County? MH: As a longtime resident of Thomasville, I have seen impressive positive changes in recent years. Our local government, local businesses and the Thomasville Center for the Arts have worked diligently to improve our community and have created a hospitable environment for businesses such as Wiregrass Gallery.

THOMASVILLE MAGAZINE: What year did you open You’re Maker? EMILY MCKENNA: 2014 TM: Are you from Thomas County? EM: No, I’m originally from Ocala, Florida. TM: How long have you lived in Thomas County? EM: We moved from Boston, Massachusetts, six years ago. TM: Briefly describe You’re Maker to our readers.

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EM: You're Maker fosters creativity of all kinds through classes, workshops, events and parties.


TM: What led you to start your own business? EM: I have always had a desire to create and have my own business, but I had no desire to sell what I make. When we moved to Thomas County, I decided to make every day, hoping that my path would become clear. I posted some of my making adventures on Instagram, which led to lots of conversations with people. I heard over and over again that either someone had a sewing machine 10 years ago and never opened it, jamming [it] in the closet, or that they had always wanted to learn to sew but didn't know where to start. I hated saying no when people asked me to sew things for them even though I really didn't enjoy doing it. It was much easier to offer the alternative of lessons. TM: Who are your other partners or contributors in the business? EM: I host many teachers and rent studio space to artists, including Sara Anders, Hillery Richards, Molly Squires and Laura Beggs. TM: When do you remember first loving the art of crafting? EM: I grew up in a house of makers and it was just what we did. TM: Where did you learn your craft(s)? EM: My mom sewed, upholstered, designed, did needlework,

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quilted and more. My dad did wood and metal work as a hobby. TM: What did you learn from growing up in a house of makers? EM: The No. 1 thing I learned was that if there is something you want to make, you can figure out how to do it. There weren't any formal lessons, just a desire to make something and then figuring out how to do it. For me, I usually learned how to do something because I had a gift in mind for someone. TM: Do you enjoy making gifts for others? EM: Homemade gifts always seem more valuable than anything else. I learned to sew, for instance, because I wanted to make scrunchies for my friends. TM: What has it meant for you to do something you love? EM: Everything! I am working a dream job because I do what I love with others who also have the same passion for creating. Only when I have to work in QuickBooks does it feel like a job. TM: What has it been like running your own business in Thomas County? EM: The enthusiasm for You're Maker has been thrilling, and I appreciate being allowed to do what I love. TM: Why do you believe You’re Maker is important to the Thomas County community? EM: Generally, creating things with your own two hands is grounding. It reduces stress and gives you confidence. It helps you get to know yourself. It is generally a very open and enthusiastic community to be a part of. While you get something very personal from making, you also get to mix with people you might not meet otherwise. More specifically, I think it gives kids (and adults but kids especially) a sense of self that isn't found in other kid activities. TM: What makes Thomas County such a good place as a maker and business owner? EM: Thomas County is so supportive of business owners and creative opportunities. There is a very strong entrepreneurial spirit in Thomasville. Combine that with Thomasville's desire to develop a stronger artistic identity and You're Maker has found a home in that space. We are all so thankful for the community support. TM: How might you describe the success of your business? EM: Success is every time someone says, “I can't believe I made this” or “I can't wait to show everyone!” We encourage making but also entrepreneurship. We have a First Friday Maker Shop open to local makers and young makers. We have watched kids bring their creations, talk to customers, take custom orders and leave with a pocket full of money and a feeling of empowerment. We also support kids when their talents are teaching. Ellie Godwin, a sewing student at You're Maker, teaches Slime Lab each summer and has been hired for slime birthday parties. Being able to get to know makers and find ways to support them beyond lessons is exciting. TM

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Southern Leaders Etiquette Program (teaches children ages 8-18) • Dining skills • Social dance • First impressions and conversation skills • Electronic etiquette and more Corporate Etiquette Training for businesses • Customer Service skills • Personal interaction and telephone skills • Dressing for success We can design a program specifically for the needs of your business!


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This calendar runs as submitted by Thomasville Main Street and Visitors Center. Listed events are subject to change. Please verify event dates and times prior to scheduling activities. Call (229) 228-7977 or toll free at (866) 577-3600 with questions, comments or submissions. Visit for the current Thomasville area calendar of events. Or, stop by the Thomasville Visitors Center, located at 144 E. Jackson St., for the most up to the minute information.

SEPTEMBER 14, 2018

Senior Moments Acrylic Seagull Senior Moments classes are designed to expose senior citizens to lessons in crafts, fine arts, and journaling. Sponsored by Southern Pines Senior Living. Free for Southern Pines residents, $10 for all other students. Subject: Seagulls - Medium: Acrylic Teaching Artist: Hillery Richards - Class time is from 10 am For more Information visit Sep18_AcrylicSeagull

SEPTEMBER 15, 2018

Farm to Fork Dinner at Owl & Moon The Treehouse Farm to Fork Dinner will be an evening of farm fresh food - locally grown produce and meats, locally crafted beverages, live music, and more! Stay tuned to our event page for special announcements and details. Proceeds from the Farm to Fork Dinner benefit The Treehouse. For more information call 229-977-1639 or visit jackla. SEPTEMBER 16, 2018

SEPTEMBER 15, 2018

Jerger Scramble Golf Tournament Join the Jerger Elementary PTO for the Jerger Scramble Golf Tournament from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. This 4 person scramble is $240/team or $60/person, benefitting the Jerger School (Hole sponsorships are available). Entry fee includes greens fee, cart, range balls, and lunch. Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams; prizes for the longest drive & closest to the pin; putting contest...with a chance to win $5,000! For more information call (229) 224-8881 SEPTEMBER 15, 2018

Open Pottery Studio Time Access to an independent study program designed to give qualified students equipment, and studio space to create pottery. Students must have completed one 6 week pottery wheel session and/ or be approved by our Potter in Resident. All firing is done by resident artist. Includes storage for your work and clay. Time cannot be gifted to another. Open Studio Hours (monitored by a resident artist) Saturday 10am-4pm Dates: 9/15, 9/22, 9/29 Open Studio time is not available during classes or workshops. For more information visit Sep18_OpenStudioSat

BA Summer School: Tracking II - Big Adventure Outfitters & Dark Horse Armory Join us for our BA Summer School series with Lance of Dark Horse Armory. The Tracking II session will include topics such as: use of land nav for widespread tracking, data collection, follow up of spoor in low transfer areas, personal camo techniques, stalking techniques, use of wind and thermal zones, pre-incident indicators, critical incident stand, team tracking and real time follow up Event times: 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM For more Information visit: SEPTEMBER 20, 2018

Crowder American Prodigal Tour Known for his hit songs, "All my Hope", "Come as you are", "Run Devil Run", "How He Loves", and "I saw the Light", his music continues to impact millions of people around the world, and we cannot be more excited to announce that this fall, he will be making his way to Thomasville, GA on Thursday, September 20th! If you've never seen him live, you are in for a treat. Tickets are on sale now on Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite. com/e/david-crowder-american-prodigal-tourtickets-44138532539 Date: Thursday, September

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20, 2018 - Time: 7:00pm (doors open at 6:00pm) If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at or 229.233.0409. SEPTEMBER 21, 2018

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Adult Intensive Introduction to Engrossers Script Calligraphy Artist Angela Welch will work with the class starting with the explanation of the tools, how to prepare and use them for this type lettering. The class is appropriate for the very beginner as well as those who would like to elevate their handwriting to a new level. Upper and lower case letters will be taught and guide sheets provided. Class Hours: 10am-12pm (lunch break 1.5 hrs.) resume class 1:30-5:30pm - For more information visit: SEPTEMBER 21, 2018

Senior Moments Acting from the Inside Out Join local thespian Donna Mavity for ‘Acting from the Inside Out’, a monthly acting class designed specifically for those that have seen it all, and want to express it! Classes will include scene work from live theatre and movie scripts both familiar and unknown, 58 classic and avant garde! Ever wanted to put yourself in Katherine Hepburn’s shoes, or don Bogey’s cap?

Perhaps you’d like to try a Hamilton rap? Sponsored by Legacy Village at Plantation Manor. The class will explore acting in various modes. How about a writing and performing commercial for your favorite dog food? Or reciting a poem from your most beloved poet? How about reading a scene from Scrooge or The Tempest? It’s all possible in ‘Acting from the Inside Out.’ There’ll be lots of exciting activities too, such as theatre games which are fun and easy. Sometimes there’ll even be a guest performer. Donna Mavity has participated in local theatres in Thomasville (TOSAC and Red Hills Players), Bainbridge (BLT) and in LaGrange GA (LaGrange College) She is founder of youth theatre troupe DRAMAKiDS! (Thomas Co. Schools) Most recently she directed The Secret Garden for TOSAC’s spring 2017 Rose Festival production, and appeared in TOSAC’s Fall production of The Fantasticks. Class time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM For more information: SEPTEMBER 22, 2018

Book Signing with Kristina McMorris Kristina McMorris is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author published by Sourcebooks Landmark, Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, and Kensington Books. Her novels have garnered more than two dozen prestigious awards and

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nominations, including the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, RWA's RITA® Award, and a Goodreads Choice Award for Best Historical Fiction. Come meet her at The Bookshelf and pick up a signed copy of her latest novel, SOLD ON A MONDAY. For more Information: call (229) 228-7767 or visit events@

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SEPTEMBER 22, 2018

Dinner on the Bricks for the Vashti Center 6:00-10:00pm, Park and Amphitheater, 131 S. Stevens St., Thomasville, GA - Now in its fifth year, Dinner on the Bricks is a creative outdoor dinner party benefitting the youth at the Vashti Center. This colorful evening brings people together for food, live music and fun. Sponsorship includes a dinner table for guests to decorate in the theme of their choice, with prizes awarded for creativity. Catering available along with food trucks. For event sponsorship and general admission information, please visit Info: Susan O’Neal, 229-226-4634, SEPTEMBER 28, 2018

Senior Moments Drums Alive Golden Beats stimulates people whether they are 60 young or old, healthy or ill. When we drum and dance we are having FUN! This in return releases endorphins

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and releases negative feelings. The rhythmical patterns of the drum increases synchronization of brain wave activity which in turn provides feelings of euphoria and improved mental awareness and self-acceptance. Golden Beats® is specially designed for the senior population, and students will be able to remain seated throughout the class! Sponsored by Legacy Village at Plantation Manor. Class Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM For more information: SEPTEMBER 29, 2018

Live Better 5K Pink Run Live Better, the Archbold-led community health initiative, is hosting a 5K pink run to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Pink Run will help promote the link between obesity and cancer, as well as the early detection of breast cancer and overall healthy living. Runners and walkers are welcome. Health education materials will be available. Wear your best pink attire! This event will begin at the Lewis Hall Singletary Oncology Center from 8 am to 10 am. For more information: 229-584-5520 or email kelgeer@ SEPTEMBER 29, 2018

Semi-Annual Downtown Sidewalk Sale Join us for Downtown Thomasville’s semi-annual

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Sidewalk Sale! Participating downtown merchants will have great items available at a discounted rate on the sidewalks outside their store. Come see all the Downtown Thomasville has to offer! Sponsored by the Main Street Office. Info: 229-227-7020,

conversations--some spanning the course of years-with ten fascinating and very different individuals who share two basic things in common: an autism spectrum diagnosis and a life in which music plays a central part. Event time: 2pm – 4pm - For information call 2292287767 or email

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Book Signing with Michael Bakan Michael Bakan is Professor of Ethnomusicology at Florida State University. In his book, SPEAKING FOR OURSELVES, Bakan engages in deep

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Wheel Throwing Class Tuesday Evenings In this 6 Tuesday evenings workshop, artist Jessica Dell will instruct students on the proper use and care of the wheel. Students will learn the fundamentals of wheel throwing and will experiment with basic throwing techniques (centering clay; forming cylinders, bowls, and cups with handles). Surface decoration, and glazing will also be covered. Class Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm; Class Dates: 10/2, 10/9, 10/16. For more information contact Becky Felts at 229 221-7374 or bfelts@ OCTOBER 4, 2018


Wheel Throwing Class Thursday Evenings In this 6 Thursday evenings workshop, artist Jessica Dell will instruct students on the proper use and care of the wheel. Students will learn the fundamentals of wheel throwing and will experiment with basic throwing techniques (centering clay; forming cylinders, bowls, and cups with handles). Surface decoration, and glazing will also be covered. Class Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm; Class Dates: 10/4, 10/11, 10/18. For more information contact Becky Felts at 229 221-7374 or bfelts@ OCTOBER 4, 2018

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Landmarks Annual Picnic Jefferson Street Eats Join us as we celebrate you, the members who make preservation

a reality in Thomas County. Enjoy a gourmet dinner by Southern Bleu, cocktails, and live music while taking a stroll down historic Jefferson Street. Meanwhile, several homes will be open to attendees. Tickets $60 per person and are partially tax-deductible; they can be found on our website. Event time: 5:30 pm – 8 pm For more information: http://www.

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First Friday Sip & Stroll Featuring David Gerald 6pm-10pm, Grab a beer or wine from your favorite Downtown restaurant or venue and stroll the historic streets in style! From 6:00-8:00 PM, musical acts and fun entertainment will be tucked throughout the Downtown for you to discover while you’re shopping and dining. Then, beginning at 8:00 PM, grab your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a free outdoor concert in the Park and Amphitheater in Downtown Thomasville featuring David Gerald! For more info contact: 229-227-7020, OCTOBER 11, 2018

Opening Reception Blended Exhibition Blended is designed to allow the connection between art and audience to brew naturally. Featured artists are provided a space to experiment with new ideas in a culturally diverse and creative environment to provoke thought and conversations. Wood Artist, Marlo Ransdell, challenges the properties of natural wood through traditional and digital fabrication technologies from 10 am – 11 am. For more information: (229) 221-1859 or OCTOBER 12-14, 2018

51st Annual Thomasville Fly-In Varies, Thomasville Regional Airport, 882 Airport Rd., Thomasville, GA – See all types of aircraft from lovingly restored classics to shiny new home builts and everything in between. The kids always enjoy the candy drop, and everyone seems to enjoy the food, but the best thing about the Thomasville Fly-In is the people who come to support us and stay to visit a while.

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terminal building 12:00PM – Fly-In over

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Info: Thomasville Aviation Club, Irv NeSmith, 229-403-1071, OCTOBER 13, 2018

Pining for Hospitality: A Mitchell House Inspired Supper We invite you to partake in a Resort Era-inspired supper among friends in celebration of the work of the Thomasville History Center from 6 pm to 9 pm! Two years ago we “solved” the mystery of the Piney Woods Hotel Fire, and this year we are imagining the opening of another “season” at the Mitchell House Hotel. We’ve scoured our 64 archives for menu inspirations from Mitchell House menus and we will emulate the atmosphere of elegance and respite that the Northern and Midwestern “pleasure seekers” experienced on their visits to Thomasville. Sponsorship support is integral to the success of this event. Our Sponsor list is comprised of individuals, couples, and local businesses. Last year, we had a record number of Sponsors and hope to reach that goal again this year! To participate in Pining for Hospitality as a Sponsor, please complete and return the Sponsor Information Form and your payment to the History Center by email or mail by August 31, 2018. To return by email: The form is a fillable pdf; download, complete the required fields, save, and attach the form to an email to Sponsorships can be purchased online using the link below! To return by mail: Thomasville History Center, PO Box 1922, Thomasville, GA 31799 Proceeds from this event support the ongoing programs and

Gala and Auction: Oiseaux d'une Plume Covey Film Festival invites you to join our flock! The gala theme is “birds of a feather” so get ready for a fun, fanciful, and feather-filled night from 7 pm to 11 pm! Enjoy live music from a great band, a French dinner, wine, bar, and amazing silent auction with unique trips, events, services, celebrity items, and more! Proceeds benefit the Thomasville Community Resource Center. Event location is the Glen Arven Country Club. Admission is $200 per person and $375

2018-2019 Season Tutus & Tennis Shoes 10K, 5K & Fun Run September 8, 2018 Fall Series: Seasons September 15, 2018 The Nutcracker November 24 & 25, 2018 FUSE January 26, 2019 Beauty and the Beast May 31 & June 1, 2019

per couple. For more information contact (229)2266546 or OCTOBER 19, 2018

Lives Without Limits 8th Annual Auction and Banquet Silent Auction ~ Live Auction ~ Games and Raffle from 6pm to 10 pm $40 Individual Tickets Sponsorship Opportunities Available by calling 229-236-5965 For more information contact: or

October 20, 2018 15th Annual Hands on Thomas County Day Join us for our biggest day of service from 9 am to 2 pm! Individuals, families, organizations, clubs, churches, schools and businesses are invited to participate in this volunteer-a-thon at various project sites throughout Thomas County. Learn more at OCTOBER 20, 2018

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John Rosemond Parenting Seminar John Rosemond has worked with families, children, and parents since 1971 in the field of family psychology. In 1971, John earned his master’s in psychology from Western Illinois University and was elected to the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society. In 1999, his alma mater conferred upon John the Distinguished Alumni Award, given only once per year. Upon acceptance, he gave the commencement address. From 1971-1979, he worked as a psychologist in Illinois and North Carolina and directed several mental-health programs for children. From 1980-1990. John was in full-time practice as a family psychologist with Piedmont Psychological Associates in Gastonia. Presently, his time is devoted to speaking and writing. John is syndicated in approximately 225 newspapers nationwide. He has written eleven best-selling parenting books. He is also one of America’s busiest and most popular speakers and most

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Pops in the Park As part of TEF's Family Series, Pops in the Park features the Atlanta Pops Orchestra Ensemble with vocalist Katie Deal in a program of movie music, Broadway showstoppers and standards from the Great American Songbook. Cosponsored by Thomasville Center for the Arts, City of Thomasville and CNS, this fun event offers free admission for the whole family! Event time is 4 pm -7 pm


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certainly the busiest and most popular in his field. He’s known for his sound advice, humor and easy, relaxed, engaging style. In the past few years, John has appeared on numerous national television programs including 20/20, Good Morning America, The View, The Today Show, CNN, and CBS Later Today, as well as numerous print interviews. All of his professional accomplishments aside, John is quick to remind folks that his real qualifications are that he’s been married to the same woman for over forty years, is the father of two successful adults, and the grandfather of seven children...make that seven well-behaved grandchildren. For more information call (229) 226-8070 OCTOBER 30, 2018

U.S. Navy Band Commodores Jazz Ensemble Concert Jazz is America’s music and the U.S. Navy Band Commodores, the Navy’s premier jazz ensemble, have been performing the very best of big band jazz for the Navy and the nation for over 40 years. As a versatile and relevant musical organization in the 21st century, the Commodores write and arrange much of their vast library of music. Their concerts are an eclectic 66 mix of traditional big band music, exciting jazz vocal

arrangements as well as fresh new instrumental music written specifically for the Commodores of today. This vibrant, dynamic musical group is constantly striving for musical excellence and the pursuit of new and exciting ways to communicate with their audiences. Join us for a FREE concert featuring the U.S. Navy Band Commodores starting at 7:30 pm!


Working Like a Dog Exhibit An exhibition of one-of-a-kind paintings, prints, and sculpture explores the special relationship throughout history between dogs and people. Created by the Genesee Country Village & Museum. Held all month long, except for Mondays, out at Pebble Hill Plantation. Hours vary by day. For more information call (229)226-2344 NOVEMBER 1, 2018

Daniel Hope and Friends: Air Baroque Journey Violinist Daniel Hope and fire virtuoso collaborators trace the evolution of the violin during one of its most dynamic periods of development, discovery and experimentation. For tickets and more info, visit

NOVEMBER 2, 2018

First Friday Sip & Stroll Featuring The Maggie Valley Band 6pm-10pm, Grab a beer or wine from your favorite Downtown restaurant or venue and stroll the historic streets in style! From 6:00-8:00 PM, musical acts and fun entertainment will be tucked throughout the Downtown for you to discover while you’re shopping and dining. Then, beginning at 8:00 PM, grab your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a free outdoor concert in the Park and Amphitheater in Downtown Thomasville featuring The Maggie Valley Band! For more info contact: 229-2277020, 4th Annual Warrior Run 5k & Fun Run 4th Annual Warrior Run 5k & Fun Run starting at 7:30 am. Community event open to all! Walkers and strollers welcome. Age division prizes available. For more information call: 2292268070 NOVEMBER 3, 2018

Community Family Day Presented by Thomas University and the Junior Service League of Thomasville. More information coming soon

Chicken Pilau Dinner 26th Annual Chicken Pilau Dinner presented by the Thomasville History Center, eat-in or take-out. NOVEMBER 10-18, 2018

Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival More Details Coming Soon! Stay Tuned!! NOVEMBER 10, 2018

Old South Day in Ochlocknee 6:00am–4:00pm, Ochlocknee Community Center, 5020 Spence St., Ochlocknee, GA - This annual festival celebrates the many heritages of this region and Ochlocknee's past as one of the top producers of cane syrup in the nation. Unique arts and crafts, food, an old-fashioned country fair, a living museum, an antique museum, the awarding of the Old South Day Heritage Quilt, the making of cane syrup by the old-fashioned open kettle method (from the grinding of the sugar cane, to the cooking of the juice and to the finished product of cane syrup) and much more. Activities begin at 9:00am. Old-fashioned country breakfast with sausage and biscuits beginning at 6:00am. Sponsored by the Ochlocknee Community Civic Club. Visit www.facebook. com/oldsouthday for more info or call 229-224-9303.

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Pilau (Per-loo): A delicious chicken and rice dish cooked over open fires in cast iron pots on Election Night

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A Mitchell House Inspired Supper Saturday, October 13, 2018

26th Annual Chicken Pilau Dinner Tuesday, November 6, 2018


A Listing of Local Deaths in Our Community. Names and dates provided by Allen & Allen Funeral Home and Whiddon-Shiver Funeral Home

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Ruth Laverne Suber Aug. 16, 1927 - May 1, 2018

Linda Yearout July 27, 1948 - May 17, 2018

Jean Hathaway June 29, 1936 - June 7, 2018

Robert Sulkazi Aug. 25, 1944 - June 22, 2018

Joan Sullivan March 6, 1934 - May 1, 2018

Nellie Huante Sept. 06, 1935 - May 17, 2018

Herbert Shepherd Feb. 4, 1929 - June 11, 2018

Randall Stewart March 21, 1947 - June 24, 2018

John Kenneth Lee Oct. 28, 1938 - May 2, 2018

John Hinrichs Dec. 9, 1919 - May 21, 2018

Jeffery Leidigh July 28, 1953 - June 12, 2018

Glenda Speigner July 11, 1943 - June 23, 2018

Joy Harvey Oct. 27, 1937 - May 3, 2018

Dion Draper Nov. 13, 1960 - May 21, 2018

Cynthia Morris Sept. 9, 1946 - June 14, 2018

Suzette Hurst Nov. 20, 1959 - June 23, 2018

Patrick Carter Oct. 16, 1966 - May 4, 2018

Caroline Sipp Feb. 19, 1926 - May 25, 2018

Richard Henderson, Sr. Oct. 14, 1923 - June 15, 2018

Ronald Daughtry, Jr. Sept. 25, 1970 - June 24, 2018

Alma Clem April 3, 1933 - May 7, 2018

Richard Kent Oct. 11, 1964 - May 23, 2018

Mary Parrish June 28, 1921 - June 16, 2018

Faye Young July 31, 1941 - June 25, 2018

Betsy Schafer Jan. 7, 1935 - May 8, 2018

Carol Strozier March 27, 1949 - May 27, 2018

Larry Fletcher May 3, 1948 - June 16, 2018

Raymond Hamilton May 7, 1932 - June 29, 2018

Cecilia NeSmith Nov. 18, 1943 - May 12, 2018

Melton Hobbs, Jr. March 15, 1936 - May 27, 2018

Renae Daniel April 11, 1964 - June 16, 2018

Dorothy Keegan Dec. 22, 1929 - June 29, 2018

Donald Hargraves July 12, 1950 - May 11, 2018

James Pilkinton Dec. 23, 1945 - May 31, 2018

Martin Wheeler May 9, 1933 - June 18, 2018

Barbara Knapp Sept. 21, 1940 - June 29, 2018

Charlie King June 23, 1933 - May 15, 2018

Martha Wilder May 19, 1938 - June 2, 2018

Robert Ferrel, Sr. Jan. 6, 1929 - June 20, 2018

Martha Long Sept. 8, 1940 - July 4, 2018

Raymond Carver June 1, 1956 - May 14, 2018

Dorothy Maxcy Aug. 12, 1927 - June 4, 2018

Lilibeth Tillman Dec. 26, 1966 - June 18, 2018

Catherine Waldrep Dec. 7, 2013 - July 3, 2018

Dwayne Patrick Hall Feb. 28, 1988 - May 13, 2018

Guy Savoie Feb. 16, 1932 - June 4, 2018

Pearl Anne DeJong Sept. 19, 1946 - June 22, 2018

William Slaughter Dec. 7, 1937 - July 5, 2018 LueAnna Knight Sept. 20, 1921 - July 7, 2018 Madelyn Hall March 12, 1926 - July 8, 2018 William Lewis, Sr. Feb. 3, 1923 - July 8, 2018 Corinne Brinson Oct. 21, 1920 - July 8, 2018 Ruth Dixon Nov. 27, 1943 - July 9, 2018 Patsy Vick May 24, 1926 - July 9, 2018

Whiddon-Shiver Billy Frank Wilson Dec. 27, 1939 - June 22, 2018

James Earl Mills June 1, 1937- Aug. 18, 2018

Mary Jane Yoder (Boley) April 29, 1942 - May 6, 2018

Evelyn Mildred Glausier (Brinson) Jan. 13, 1963 - June 24, 2018

Robert Steven Chastain March 6, 1951 - Aug. 20, 2018

Charles Hubert Hurst, Jr. Oct. 25, 1950 - May 7, /2018

Jitendrakumar Babubhai Patel Feb. 26, 1975 - June 25, 2018

Walter Ronald Collins, Sr. Feb. 21, 1938 - May 9, 2018

Maude Jeanette Howell Nov. 14, 1936 - July 1, 2018

Paul Eugene DeFalco May 15, 1968 - May 12, 2018

Dorothy Annette Miller-McLeod (Bynum) Oct. 12, 1942 - July 3, 2018

Martha Lee Carey (Vann) April 11, 1940 - May 13, 2018 James Wallace Cone May 16, 1935 - May 14, 2018 Trudy Blackburn (Clark) Aug. 5, 1944 - May 21, 2018 Wayne Lamar Jenkins Feb. 26, 1943 - May 22, 2018 Lurlie McRae (Lewis) July 8, 1926 - May 23, 2018 Robert Emory Green, Sr. April 8, 1928 - May 25, 2018 Darryl Jackson Beatty Jan. 16, 1952 - May 29, 2018 Yvonne Cook (Horne) Feb. 21, 1945 - May 30, 2018 Debra Susan Taylor (Fortune) April 6, 1953 - June 5, 2018 Barbara Ann South (Barlow) May 4, 1962 - June 5, 2018 Ralph J. Webb Jan. 10, 1950 - June 7, 2018 Afton Brady Jan. 12, 1918 - June 14, 2018 Donald Johnson, Jr. July 5, 1933 - June 17, 2018 Abel Cleveland Gay, Jr. April 1, 1933 - June 16, 2018

Willard Jean Britt Feb. 9, 1934 - July 4, 2018 Robert Harvey Prevatt, III Dec. 12, 1939 - July 9, 2018 Randall Norris Butler Nov. 24, 1962 - July 11, 2018 Benjamin Rayford Risher March 22, 1975 - July 16, 2018 Everett Gaynor Hart, Jr. Dec. 28, 1959 - July 17, 2018 Deborah Ann Trammell (Bertschy) Sept. 1, 1952 - July 19, 2018 Nathan Eric Hickey Oct. 27, 1988 - July 25, 2018 Reba Helen Moree (Dyes) Jan. 2, 1930 - July 29, 2018 Judy White Oct. 30, 1948 - July 29, 2018 Randy Jackson Willis Oct. 28, 1958 - Aug. 1, 2018 Ouida Daniell (Roberds) Aug. 17, 1920 - Aug. 6, 2018 Donald D. Watt Dec. 21, 1924 - Aug. 2, 2018 Irene Alice Manning (Jackson) April 2, 1914 - Aug. 17, 2018

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