TM Summer 2019

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VOLUME 16, ISSUE 2

SUMMER 2019 $3.95

Crescendo 100 years

Outdoor guide

NEW BOOK OFFERS PEEK BEHIND THE CURTAIN AT THE LEGACY OF THOMASVILLE MUSIC & DRAMA TROUPE FOUNDERS FRED AND WINNIE ALLEN

FLOWERS FOODS’ EXHIBIT EXPLORES ITS “HISTORY IN THE BAKING”

SHEPARD’S BAIT TACKLE & PAWN HAS BEEN NURTURING THE FAMILY SHEPARD’S BAIT & FOR FISHING TRADITION PAWN, A FAMILY FISHING NEARLY 50 YEARS TRADITION



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CONTENTS

37 FEATURE STORY

Behind the Curtain New book offers peek behind the curtain at the legacy of Thomasville Music & Drama Troupe founders Fred and Winnie Allen

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INSTAGRAM INFLUENCER Jacqueline Don Sims shares her essential summer wardrobe pieces

LAZY DOG FARM serves up a summer recipe and Farm to Table fresh produce bags

STEPHANIE RICE explains the Omega fatty acids and offers tips on how to incorporate them into a healthy daily diet

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FLOWERS FOODS celebrates 100 years with new exhibit, “History in the Baking”

THE BOOKSHELF proprietress Annie B. Jones shares her summer reads

ANNIE MAE ROLT reflects on a century of living

JLLS creates the perfect outdoor entertaining space

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OUTDOOR GUIDE & BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

SHEPARD’S BAIT & PAWN has been nurturing the family fishing tradition for 50 years

LOCAL HISTORY

FASHION & BEAUTY

ANNIE READS

SUMMER FOOD

LOCAL PROFILE

FITNESS & HEALTH

GARDEN & GRILL

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FROM THE EDITOR

“Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul.” – Unknown Most of you don’t know this, but I am one class shy of my minor in music: almost two full years in college through a music scholarship. It’s my first love, I say. After I changed my major to public relations, I honestly wasn’t sure how music would come back to my life. Fast-forward 14 years; my heart is whole once again. Come to Dawson Street Baptist Church and hear our orchestra and handbell choir. Your heart will surely be blessed. Bringing awareness to music and the arts is something I have always been passionate about, so I’m honored to have our cover feature on Thomasville Music & Drama Troupe founders Fred and Winnie Allen. A new book shines the spotlight behind the curtain to bring awareness to the history of the Allens’ journey to our town, what it took to build this organization here, and the legacy they’ve left in the hearts and talents of countless individuals along the way. This is our second edition collaborating with local individuals and businesses to create content. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do. One of my favorites this quarter is Shepard’s Bait and Pawn. I grew up right next to my uncle, who had a small bait and tackle business in his yard. Playing and fishing with worms and crickets is one of my fondest childhood memories. Today, this mama won’t touch those creepy crawlers, but I do love watching my children have fun learning to fish! I love that we have this local business keeping this tradition alive so kids and families can have the same experience I did growing up.

I discovered Lazy Dog Farm from a friend who shared it on Facebook. A fresh bag of veggies straight from the farm? I’ll take it! Other contents this issue include suggestions for “go to” summer wardrobe items, JLLS offers advice on building your perfect summer outdoors space, regular columnist Chuck Bowen introduces us to a local lady who is still living life to the fullest 100 years on, and Flowers Foods gives a tour of its “History in the Baking” exhibit. I hope everyone finds something from this issue to try or experience. I strive to bring readers people and places unknown to them. As always, your help is appreciated, so keep those submissions coming. Stay cool and safe this summer!

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OUTDOOR GUIDE & BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

SHEPARD’S BAIT & PAWN N U RTU R I N G TH E FA M I LY F I SHI NG T R AD I T I O N FO R MO R E T HAN 50 YEAR S

PICTURED: Levin Lane assists a customer with bait

BY DENISE PURVIS

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PICTURED: Kaiden Lane uses a net to retrieve minnows


MANY PEOPLE WHO GREW UP IN SOUTH GEORGIA SHARE FOND CHILDHOOD MEMORIES OF GOING FISHING WITH THEIR DAD Some of these individuals grew up to carry on this fishing tradition with their children. Since summer break has arrived and Father’s Day is quickly approaching, what better way to create a fun bonding experience between father and child(ren) than to go fishing? Thomasville has a cherished local bait and tackle shop that can rival any big-box store, Shepard’s Bait & Pawn. Shepard’s has been operating for more than 50 years, and Levi and Chasity Lane took over the family business in 2014. Since the takeover, they have given the shop a makeover and eventually will expand the 2,000 plus square foot store. The Lanes explain that part of the joy of this business is talking with the customers and helping them pick out the perfect gear for their fishing ambitions. For example, helping children choose their first reel, rod and bait and showing them how to use it.

PICTURED: Levi Lane helps a customer select an item; (below) the Lane family

They advise the best route to go based on each family’s fishing goals, or they can help parents pick out something simple for a daughter or son like a cane pole. “We often suggest a brim hook and worm for a 5-year-old — nothing too technical,” Levi said. “We are always happy to show them how to use anything they pick out. We are also able to order anything you might want that we don’t already have in stock.” Many people come in with their excited children looking for gear, Chasity adds. The Lanes explain that children get excited when they see all that is inside of Shepard’s. The world of fishing can be very colorful, which children love, and the Lanes strive to have a clean, updated, kid-friendly shop. 11

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Outdoor Guide / Business Spotlight “We have three different types of worms—black wigglers, big reds and pond worms – as well as crickets,” Chasity said. “We let them look at the bait and take their time to decide what type they want. Once they’ve picked, we show them how to bait the hook.” They also have mealworms, minnows and goldfish, which are a hit for the kids. While shopping for the children, go ahead and pick up something for Dad to make it a family fishing experience. Before grabbing at the different types of lure and gear, ask Levi and Chasity what items they suggest. Is the father in question a pond, lake, river or ocean fisherman? What types of fish does he want to catch? Is he shopping in deep or shallow water? Does he like to top water fish or bottom fish? Levi has the following suggestions, but ask the Lanes for more details: • For pond fishing for brim, he suggests an ultralight rod—a brim buster up to 20 feet long – with crickets, worms or beetle spins for lure. • For fishing for specks, he suggests a reel and rod with minnows or jigs for lure. • For bass fishing, he suggests a heavy-duty reel and rod with plastic or artificial lures (keep in mind these reels and rods can get expensive). • For catfishing, he suggests a heavy reel and rod with stink bait for lure. • Shepard’s also carries fly fishing and saltwater gear and equipment, so stop in for suggestions on saltwater or trout fishing. 12

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Shepard’s has a massive selection of jigs, worms, reels and rods and accommodates all price-points and special orders, so customers are likely to find something that suits any dad’s taste. For those dads to whom fishing isn’t their thing, then consider some of the other items the Lanes carry. Many people do not realize Shephard’s is more than just a bait and tackle store; it also has a full pawn shop with guns and ammunition. Televisions and gaming systems are also very popular at Shepard’s. The inventory is often changing, so be sure to stop in to see what items they have on hand. Shepard’s Bait & Pawn is located at 1006 W. Jackson St. in Thomasville. For more information, call (229) 2269347 TM


PICTURED: Chasity and Kaiden Lane gather crickets for a customer


Before fishing, remember to get a fishing license! For more information, go to www.GeorgiaWildlife.com. Basic fishing privileges cover fishing (except mountain trout) in fresh and salt water and access to the state properties listed on the Georgia Department of Natural Resources website. Saltwater fishing additionally requires the free Saltwater Information Permit (SIP). Mountain trout fishing additionally requires a Trout License.

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My Summer

WARDROBE ESSENTIALS BY JACQUELINE DON SIMS

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Summer is, quite possibly, the most fashionable season. It’s effortless, casual, dressy and most importantly, comfortable. It’s the perfect season to embrace an undone and effortless style. The days are uncomfortably hot, so functional fashion is of the utmost importance. My goal in finding summer essentials is to keep in my mind my sense of style yet also experiment with colors and the latest trends. Summer is the time for relaxed fashion. Getting dressed shouldn’t be a difficult decision. It should be as simple as throwing on your favorite denim shorts, front tucking a breezy blouse and grabbing your carryall tote full of all the summer necessities. Besides, we all know the hardest decision of summer is deciding on an ice cream flavor. Here are my “go to” summer essentials to help you beat the heat, save some time and most importantly, look stylish. The Summer Maxi Summer maxis are my No. 1 grab and go clothing piece. The maxi dress is billowy and breezy, exactly what you need to beat the summer heat yet still look put together. Maxi dresses are effortlessly easy to style. You can dress them up with a wedge and statement earrings or dress them down with flat sandals. My favorite summer maxis can be found at Ally B Boutique. I never knew the perfect maxi dress existed until I spotted a BuddyLove dress in their window. I love this brand of dresses because they are colorful, gorgeous, and a piece of cake to transition from day to night. Whether you wear them to the beach or on date night, the maxi dress will make you look and feel glamorous all summer long. The Perfect Denim Cutoffs My summer wardrobe depends upon the perfect denim shorts. They are comfortable, functional and so much fun to style! Whether going to a barbecue, meeting friends for coffee, or watching fireworks under the stars, denim shorts are my absolute musthave summer item. They are my casual outing necessity and the one thing I can quickly style when I’m running behind on time. I like to partner my denim shorts with a simple T-shirt and sneakers for a casual look or pair them with a tank and a kimono for a bohemian vibe. 18

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Fashion & Beauty Ally B Boutique carries my absolute favorite pair of denim cutoffs by Articles of Society. They are such an essential wardrobe staple and quite possibly the only denim shorts you’ll need all summer. Denim shorts are summer weather approved, oh so comfortable and you can mixand-match them in a variety of ways. The Carryall Tote The carryall tote is the ideal bag choice for summer. I prefer a large straw tote that is neutral in color and spacious in size. I tend to go for the biggest tote because it’s roomy enough to carry all of summer’s odds and ends, from sunscreen to summer reads. Caroline Hill has a variety of summer tote bags to hold all your essentials yet also keep you looking stylish. The Madagascar Multi and the St. Lucia straw totes are my top picks to take you anywhere from the beach to shopping at your local farmers market. The straw tote can pull together your outfit in an instant and give you an overall fashionable look. Not only are straw bags the must-have summer accessory, but they are also practical. What’s not to love about a beach bag that also works as a purse?

Summer maxis are my No. 1 grab and go clothing piece. My favorite summer maxis can be found at Ali B Boutique.

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Fashion & Beauty

Animal print There’s something about animal print that I can’t quite quit. It’s classic, feminine and undeniably chic. If you ask my mom, it’s never went out of style and it never will. Whether it’s a pop of print worn as an accessory or making the print the entire focus of the outfit, leopard print is majorly on trend. My favorite way to wear animal print in the summer is to style it with a colorful solid. His Daughter Boutique is my place for a pretty pop of color. They also happen to have the CUTEST animal print heels right now that are essential to any summer shoe collection. I love that they are just the right amount of animal print. The chunky heel happens to be a comfy bonus. If you want to make your outfit stand out in a crowd, opt for a solid color and add the heels as your leopard print accessory. This is a subtle way to mix the print in and not feel as if you’re going overboard. I love using accessories to brighten my look and express my definition of style. I love pairing my favorite leopard print top with boyfriend jeans or wearing the classic little black dress and adding a printed clutch or heels. Whether you decide to make it the focus of the outfit or the backdrop, animal print is a wonderful starting point to build your look. The Denim Jacket I’m proclaiming my love for a jean jacket loud and clear. It’s a classic closet staple and a breeze to incorporate into your summer look. You don’t need much of a coat in the summer (especially in Georgia), but you do need a denim jacket. It is necessary and essential for your summer wardrobe. You can wear it for early morning errands or pair it with your date night dress just as the temperature starts to drop. 20

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I love pairing my denim jacket with light and casual summer dresses. It creates an instant “put-together” look, and it’s such an easy layer to your wardrobe. Your best bet for finding a denim jacket at an affordable price would be on Amazon. They offer a variety of styles, and most are under $25. The best summer essentials are the ones that capture the full essence of summer style. These key items build and pull together your summer look. I enjoy timeless pieces that I can wear on rotation yet also feel relaxed and on trend. Whether you are wearing a free-flowing maxi dress or a pop of animal print, my summer essentials are just what your wardrobe needs for a fresh summer look. TM

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Jacqueline Don Sims Jacqueline Don Sims moved to Thomasville in 2015. She originally hails from Bonifay, Florida, and is a graduate of Florida State University. She holds a degree in social science education but is currently a stay at home mom. Sims is married to husband Jamie. They have a daughter, Eleanor, and two dogs, Bella and Maddie. Sims enjoys running, yoga, reading, thrift shopping, cooking, spending time with family, traveling and sharing beauty, lifestyle and fashion tips on Instagram @jacquelinemayah. She plans to launch a new blog this fall.

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LOCAL HISTORY

Celebrating 100 Years F LOWE R S’ “ H I STORY I N THE BAKI NG” EXHI BI T T EL L S MANY STO R I ES

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Local History As one of the oldest and largest employers in Thomasville, it seems only fitting that the story of Flowers Foods’ first 100 years is being told in the lobby of a landmark building with a rich and varied history of its own. “History in the Baking” is an interactive exhibit recently opened by Flowers in a 104-year-old building that began as a post office, served as a public library, and later, was home for several nonprofit organizations. Flowers acquired the building, located at the corner of Broad and Jefferson streets, in 2015 and undertook a substantial renovation that recently earned an Excellence in Rehabilitation Award from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. The self-guiding exhibit walks visitors through the significant milestones in the company’s transformation from a family-owned local bakery that opened in 1919, to what it is today: a publicly traded company and the largest U.S.-based producer of a wide range of bakery foods, including those by brands Nature’s Own, Wonder, Dave’s Killer Bread and Tastykake. The exhibit also shares a Flowers family timeline, highlights from the local community, and the story of the historic post office building. The space originally was conceived as a leadership meeting area where participants from Flowers bakeries throughout the country could learn more about the company’s history. The exhibit communicates the Flowers’ culture by showcasing how the company’s values of quality, integrity, service and creativity led to its success and 22

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continue to drive its growth. Flowers currently employs more than 9,000 people and operates 47 bakeries in 18 states. As the exhibit plans took form, the company realized the community, tourists, and special visitors might also find it enjoyable. Local history, a background of the historic building and the Flowers family, and interactive exhibits were included and increase the appeal for all types of visitors. Displays include a restored 1946 bread delivery truck, a selfie station with Little Miss Sunbeam, and a 1920s phone booth that invites visitors to record a story. “There’s something here for everyone,” chairman of the Flowers Foods Board of Directors and former CEO George E. Deese said. “Our current and past employees will enjoy the stories we share, but we’ve included content that should appeal to almost any visitor, including 1915 tokens for Flowers Ice Cream Company, vintage marketing items, and even a booklet to help families manage during World War II wartime rationing.” Former Executive Vice President of Corporate Relations Marta Jones Turner served as exhibit project director after she retired in 2017. Although her career at Flowers spanned more than 40 years, she said there were still surprises uncovered as she and the exhibit team researched Flowers’ history. “We were thrilled to unearth a Flowers Ice Cream Company tray from 1915, early ads and correspondence for Flowers Baking Company,


VINTAGE 1946 DELIVERY TRUCK Visitors can sit inside a fully restored Dodge delivery truck displayed in Flowers’ “History in the Baking”, a self-guided interactive exhibit paying tribute to the company’s 100 years in business.

historic family documents and much more,” Jones Turner said. “Our team did extensive research on the facts and stories shared in the exhibit. The Flowers story is unique in many ways, including that in its 100 years in business, the company has had only seven chief executive officers who provided continuity of leadership, strategy, and culture and guided the company through significant periods when change was needed. Flowers Foods’ “History in the Baking” in its final form brings history to life with photographs, quotes, videos, and activities for all to enjoy.” The exhibit is open to the public on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., and on the first Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visits may be scheduled outside of those hours through the “History in the Baking” page on Flowers Foods’ website at https://www.flowersfoods.com/company/history/history-exhibit/visit. TM

THROUGH THE DECADES A vintage neon bakery sign, believed to have been salvaged from the Flowers bakery in Jacksonville, Fla., when a new bakery was constructed, hangs above a colorful timeline illustrating the growth of Flowers Foods and the City of Thomasville. 23

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HISTORY INSIDE THE EXHIBIT THE FLOWERS FOODS HERITAGE CENTER The “History in the Baking” Exhibit is housed in the 104-year-old building at the corner of Broad and Jefferson streets, originally built in 1914 to house the post office.

A SHARED HISTORY Flowers Foods has been a part of the Thomasville community for 100 years. The company’s “History in the Baking” exhibit celebrates not only the story of the company but also of the city.

PRIZED COLLECTIBLES Display cases in Flowers Foods’ “History in the Baking” house a range of vintage and modern promotional products featuring some of America’s most iconic bakery brands.

LITTLE MISS SUNBEAM SELFIE STATION A family poses for a photograph with a life-sized cutout of Little Miss Sunbeam, the longtime symbol of one of the company’s earliest brands.

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LOCAL PROFILES

The Amazing Mrs. Rolt A N N I E M A E RO LT R E CO U N T S A N I N C R E D I B L E L I F E B E G U N I N 1 9 1 8

PICTURED: Annie Mae Rolt and daughter Kathy Lincoln

100 Years+ BY CHUCK BOWEN | PHOTOGRAPHY BY LESLIE HODGES

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Local Profiles My wife and I were entering a doctor’s office. A perky little lady was commenting to an acquaintance, “I’m a hundred years old.” I had no idea to whom she was speaking but felt confident – for humorous reasons, perhaps – that she was greatly exaggerating. She couldn’t be more than 70 years old, could she? We engaged her in conversation and learned she had indeed graced the planet since Oct. 6, 1918! Why was her real age so surprising? Her face, hair, demeanor, voice and energy reflected anything – let me repeat, anything – but a century-in-the-making. Immediately I knew I had to interview her for the TM. As it turned out, she lives only a few blocks from Syd and me and readily agreed for us to drop by the very next day.

Annie Mae Rolt was born in Bainbridge but spent her early years in the Bethany community. Her parents had 11 children – four boys and seven girls. Everything the family needed for food was raised on the farm except coffee, tea and flour.

At the appointed time, her daughter, Mrs. Kathy Lincoln, was visiting and graciously assisted with specific events, times and places. Our daughter, Leslie Hodges, accompanied us to act as photographer.

Aging is not ‘lost youth’ but a new stage of opportunity and strength. - BETTY FRIEDAN

On finishing high school, Annie Mae was valedictorian in a class of eight – four boys and four girls. Her parents wanted her to be a teacher, but after spending a year in Southwest Georgia College, she did some teacher substitute work and realized teaching was not to her liking.

Her father then agreed for her to attend Bainbridge College to study business. Girls were not allowed to take rides to class, so she walked 2 miles to school singing “Right by jingo, left by jingo” to pass the time. In 1937, she received a business degree and was ready for the workplace.

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Local Profiles An additional footnote on her school days: her brothers – trying to make her a tomboy – insisted she join them in stick-ball games. This proved to be a blessing when her college golf coach asked her to join the team. He was amazed when she turned out to be his best player. Never one to avoid a challenge, Annie’s first job after college was with a judge followed by employment with a pecan company. She opted to leave the “nut company” because she felt the men were too fresh, but before she could resign, a tornado “blew away” her employment. She was then hired by an Albany pipeline company that required travel along the Eastern Seaboard, which she very much enjoyed. During World War II, she and a girlfriend took a job at the naval yard in Charleston, South Carolina. Around this time, while visiting Thomasville, she met her husband-to-be, Oris Raymond Rolt. After a lengthy courtship, she returned home to Bainbridge to plan her wedding. Annie gave birth to five children, three girls and two boys. All the family sang in the church choir and attended musical summer schools. This proved to be the impetus that enabled her third daughter to get her degree. Sadly, the two youngest daughters died last year, five months apart. She also recalled that when her husband was a child, he developed polio. His parents took him to the hospital, but the staff did not think he would survive and turned him away. His mother took him home and treated him for seven years. He survived but was left with difficulty walking. However, in manhood, he would not slow down, attending Davidson College where he played tennis and golf. Annie and Oris were married 42 years. He

passed at age 77; Annie was 59. She then took a job at Balfour Lumber Company and worked until retirement at age 80. When asked about what contributed to her longevity, it appeared that she had never given it much thought. She did acknowledge genes. Her brothers all lived into their 80s, and three sisters lived until 96, 93 and 88. She recognized family and friends, and faith in God for her extended time on earth. Her daughter, Kathy, reminded her to acknowledge Blue Bell ice cream. Annie gives no hint of slowing down. She lives in a beautiful townhouse with part-time help, sometimes uses a cane and would beat us all in a Jeopardy match. She recently attended a celebration at her grandson’s elementary school. When the students learned she was 100 years old, one sincerely asked, “Were dinosaurs alive when you were born?” TM 29

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Finding the Right Fats

BY STEPHANIE RICE of FIT FAB LIFE LLC

Fat in our diet is necessary for our health. One way to ensure we are getting the right fat is to focus on the Omegas. What exactly is an Omega? An Omega is either essential fatty acid or nonessential fatty acid. We are not able to produce essential fatty acids on our own, so we need to get them through the foods we eat. Our bodies already produce nonessential fatty acids. Stephanie Rice B.S. Exercise Science, Jacksonville University

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Both fatty acids are called essential because they are just that: essential to our well-being. They are healthy fats crucial to maintaining optimal health and preventing deficiencies. Our bodies need these fatty acids for energy, cell health, and to assist in absorbing other vital vitamins and minerals. They decrease inflammation, improve immunity, and are key to heart and brain health. Omega 3 is the most common essential fatty acid, and a buzzword in most health and wellness venues. Yes, this fatty acid has the most bang for its buck, but did you know there are more? There’s also Omega 5, 6, 7 and 9. There is one difference. Omegas 3 and 6 are the only essential fatty acids; the rest are nonessential fatty acids. What we do not want is to be deficient in any of them.

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Omega 6, although vital to overall health, is not good in excess. The human body needs a ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 of about 1:3. Unfortunately, the national average is around 1:16. This excess in Omega 6 is leading to increased inflammation, diabetes, heart disease and arthritis. Omega 6 is in unhealthy foods such as french fries, chips, salad dressings and processed meats. My favorite way of getting plenty of Omega 3 is by adding chia seeds to my smoothies every morning. I eat a lot of avocados/ olives for a snack and cook with avocado and coconut oil. Grass-fed meat is a must in the Rice house. And I take a supplement that has safflower seed oil. So, I’m getting all my Omegas! Are you?


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Omega 3 to Omega 6 OF ABOUT 1:3

Below is a graph with each Omega, its benefits and where you can find them. The benefits are endless! Omega 3 Benefits include Anti-inflammatory, Cardiovascular health, Improves blood lipids, Cognitive health, Healthy pregnancy— fetal brain, eye and birth weight, Decreased depression and mood swings SOURCES Chia seeds, Hemp seeds, Atlantic mackerel, Alaskan salmon (and salmon fish oil), Cod liver oil, Walnuts, Flaxseeds, Albacore tuna, Whitefish (cod), Sardines, Egg yolk (cage-free, free-range)

Omega 5 Benefits include Skin health, Hair growth, Regulates blood sugar, Helps the body respond to inflammation, Immune support, Positive effect on weight, Skin health, Hair growth, Regulates blood sugar, Helps the body respond to inflammation, Immune support, Positive effect on weight SOURCES Pomegranate seed oil, Full-fat, grass-fed dairy, Coconut oil, Salmon

Omega 6 Benefits include Energy, Cardiovascular health SOURCES Safflower. Grape seed, Sunflower oil, Poppy seed oil, Corn oil, Walnut oil, Cottonseed oil, Soybean oil, Sesame oil

Omega 7 Benefits include Skin health, Hair growth, Regulates blood sugar, Healthy weight loss, Bowel regularity SOURCES Macadamia nuts, Grass-fed meat, Dairy, Avocado, Sea buckthorn oil, Salmon

Omega 9 Benefits include Helps the body respond to inflammation, Immune support, Reduced triglycerides, Improve insulin sensitivity, Decrease diabetes risk, Potentially help control nerve pain (when paired with Omega 3) SOURCES Canola oil, Cashew oil, Almond oil, Sunflower oil, Avocado oil, Peanut oil, Olive oil, Olives, Almonds, Cashews, Walnuts, Avocado


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FEATURE STORY

Behind the Curtain “ CR E SC E N D O” B OOK PE E K S I NTO T HE L I V ES O F W I NNI E AND FR ED AL L EN

“Nobody knows the journey he took to get where he is today to become a mentor in our community.”

- ALLEN CHENEY, CO-AUTHOR “CRESCENDO”

BY LINDSAY PENTICUFF PHOTOS THE CHENEY FAMILY and THE THOMASVILLE HISTORY CENTER

Whether you’ve lived in Thomas County for two years or 50, chances are you’re familiar with or are fortunate enough to know Winnie and Fred Allen. The couple have been a staple in the community

for decades, sharing their love of music with young people through their work in local high school music programs, the First United Methodist Church choir and with their illustrious Thomasville Music & Drama Troupe.

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Feature Story But prior to Winnie and Fred’s arrival in Thomasville — and long before they created what became one of the most impressive singing sensations in the South for 45-plus years — the couple shared a life that may be largely unknown by many people. Where did they grow up? What brought them to Thomasville? When did Fred learn to play the piano? That’s where their grandson, 31-year-old Allen Cheney, who affectionately calls them FF (pronounced “fuh-fuh”) and Woo, is stepping in to tell their story. Two years ago, Cheney wanted to create a film, something inspirational that he believed the movie industry direly needed. 38

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“I love movies that are fun, family-friendly and artistic,” he said. “Knowing the kind of content I wanted to create, I had an epiphany that I had a great story so close to home in my own grandparents.” Cheney knew his grandfather grew up with what he describes as a tumultuous childhood, and in a broken home with parents who — quite frankly — didn’t care if he went to school, or if he even had anything to eat that day. “For almost 45 years, Fred was this incredible


presence in Thomasville and has impacted thousands of kids’ lives,” Cheney said. “But nobody knows the journey he took to get where he is today to become a mentor in our community.” When Cheney started toying around with how he wanted his grandparents’ story to play out, specifically Fred’s portion of it, he realized there was much to tell, and he wanted to take it slow, and not jump right into a two-hour movie. “I thought a book would be a beautiful way to map out a bigger story, and then I could see how the story does, put it out into the world and let it live, then go from there,” he said. The biggest problem was, however, he had never written a book and knew nothing about the lit world. But he’s been fortunate enough to meet several people in publishing who could help him get his idea off the ground. “I didn’t necessarily want to write the book; I just

wanted it to manifest it into a book from these ideas I have,” Cheney said. He connected with a literary agent who helped share his story with several publishing companies. Within three weeks, Cheney had offers from three of some of the best in the industry — Harper Collins Publishing, Simon & Schuster Publishing and Penguin Books USA. Cheney met with all three and chose to work with Harper Collins. The only problem was the editor wanted him to write the story. “I don’t write,” he admits. “I don’t even spell well!” But they connected Cheney with New York Times best-selling author Julie Cantrell, who became his co-author on the project. “I always love a challenge, and I am my happiest when I’m getting to do something I’ve never done before. It was terrifying but so exciting,” Cheney 39

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Pictured from left to right: Lane Walthall Beatty, Gloria Pittman Robb, Winnie Allen, Fred Allen, Allison Allen Cheney, Allen Cheney, Stevenson Everett Clawson, Tyler Hayes, Traci Bond Hilton, Amy Boland, Stephanie Bentley, and Camille Bentley Lipton attending Nashville’s The Crescendo Foundation and Book Launch Party.


“THIS LITTLE BOY WHO DIDN’T HAVE SHOES AS A KID...

WENT ON TO DO ALL THIS BECAUSE PEOPLE BELIEVED IN HIM”

- Allen Cheney


Feature Story said. At first, Winnie and Fred were very hesitant to share their story. They are a humble couple who doesn’t like attention or being in the spotlight. “The idea of me doing something that was going to highlight their life just mortified them,” Cheney said. “So, I told them, ‘I can do it when you’re dead, and you can’t say anything about it, or I can do this while you’re alive and you can have input.’ They slightly begrudgingly agreed to participate.” The coolest part of the whole process was that Cheney was permitted by his grandfather to use the journals he’s been writing in daily since he was a child. These were the key to mapping out Fred’s life. “One of the great aspects of his story is that he was born a musical genius, teaching himself how to play at just 3 years old,” Cheney said. “He was also born into a very abusive, impoverished family. His parents didn’t care if he went to school, so he taught himself how to read and write, and he started keeping journals back in the 1940s.”

At 84 years old, Fred Allen still writes in his journals almost daily, and Cheney says he was quite surprised when his grandfather gave him permission to use them for the story, because as children he had always been told, “You can read my journals when I’m dead, so don’t ask again.” Fred turned over his journals, and they were used to help create the dialog and memories for the book, which is about 275 pages. Cheney also interviewed more than 100 former students, hearing them pour their hearts out and share what much music has meant to their lives, and how Winnie and Fred created a spark in a small town in South Georgia. “It was almost selfish at first because I wanted to share their story, but I’ve walked away the last two years learning what a true impact they were in Thomasville,” Cheney said. Naming the book was one of the last steps Cheney took. He chose “Crescendo.”

The journals share stories of where Fred and Winnie grew up, Columbus and LaGrange, Georgia, respectively, and how his college education was paid for by members of his community who saw potential in the young musician. He later attended Auburn University, the University of Georgia, Columbia University, graduated top in his class from The Juilliard School and became a Grammy-nominated music producer with RCA Records. “This little boy, who didn’t even have shoes as a kid and didn’t eat most nights because his mom didn’t feed him, went on to do all of this because people believed in him,” Cheney said. 42

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Above: Fred and Winnie Allen at the Nashville, Tenn. launch party for the Crescendo Foundation.


“Crescendo� author Allen Cheney is the grandson of Fred and Winnie Allen


Time to make your dinner reservation! Save the date for the most creative event in town Dinner on the Bricks 2019! Let your imagination loose for all of Thomasville to enjoy, knowing that your support helps provide mental and behavioral health services to children and youth in Southwest Georgia. When: Saturday, September 21 Where: Ritz Amphitheater For more information on how to reserve your table and event guidelines, go to vashti.org/events or contact Susan O’Neal at susano@vashti.org or (229)226-4634.

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Feature Story

The book is scheduled to be released July 16, and Cheney says Harper Collins plans to roll out the red carpet for the launch. The week prior, they will host an event in Thomasville and are still narrowing down the details, but visit crescendothebook. com to learn more. Following that, there will be a formal book launch event in L.A., and the book tour will include visits throughout the Southeast to cities like Savannah, Columbus and Atlanta, Georgia, and Oxford, Mississippi. And while Winnie and Fred Allen no longer direct music at the local schools, in church or with the Thomasville Music & Drama Troupe, their story can now live on in Cheney’s book, as well as in a nonprofit he established with longtime supporters of the couple and the Thomasville music programs—The Crescendo Foundation. The Crescendo Foundation, which officially launched in 2018 and is directed by a Thomasville native and former music student of Winnie and Fred’s, Amy Boland, was established to support and promote music and arts mentorship for youth through scholarships, music, and arts organizations and media. They provide funding through partner organizations, allowing students to access mentorship,

training and performance opportunities; provide scholarships for students in the arts; develop and share the story of Fred and Winnie Allen’s inspiring journey of selflessness and impact through media; and recognize and honor other mentors in the arts whose examples have affected many lives. At this time, funds raised at various events throughout the country in addition to “Crescendo” book sales are supporting the Thomasville Music & Drama Troupe, The Atlanta Music Project, W.O. Smith School of Music, Music Unites, The Harmony Project and Scholly. Friends and supporters of Cheney’s mission comprise the foundation’s board. “I reached out to different people who I thought might be able to help run this thing and do it the right way,” he said. “I knew that I wasn’t the person to be running the everyday business, so I put a great team in place.” In addition to Boland and Cheney, the following people are serving on the board: Denise Stevens, partner at Loeb & Loeb LLP, and Ryan Smith, a producer with Mountainview Creative.

“It means to grow in loudness and intensity,” he explains. “It was a long journey to find the right name, but if you look at Fred’s life, from what he came from to what he did with his life, it was this incredible growth.”

“This is our way of continuing my grandfather’s legacy,” Cheney concludes. “And Fred’s legacy is as a mentor, not just a music teacher. He used music and his resources to really pour into students’ lives.” TM

This is our way of continuing my grandfather’s legacy - Allen Cheney


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Each bag contains a mixture of five fruits and vegetables Travis picks each week just days before delivery. Some of the organic produce they provide includes spring lettuce, yellow and purple carrots, leeks, onions, romaine lettuce, squash, zucchini, onions, potatoes, kale, collards, okra, figs and cucumbers. And since the fruits and vegetables are picked fresh right before delivery, they tend to last longer. For example, carrots will hold for up to six weeks in the refrigerator. Customers are welcome to pick up produce bags weekly at specified locations in Valdosta, Thomasville and Moultrie. Learn more about Lazy Dog Farm and how to purchase your bag of fresh produce by searching “Lazy Dog Farm” on Facebook. 46

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SUMMER FOOD GUIDE

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RECIPE

KALE, SAUSAGE & POTATO SOUP FROM BROOKLYN KEY: “We first made this recipe when we had an overabundance of kale and had no idea what to do with it! At the time this recipe was a winter favorite but has quickly become my go-to meal when kale is in season. The best part of this soup is that you can add and take away ingredients and it always turns out delicious (no beans, don’t worry! it will still taste yummy). I usually don’t measure, so feel free to adjust the amount of chicken broth (more broth makes it more of a soup, less broth makes it more of a stew).” INGREDIENTS 1. A pack of smoked/cooked sausage (any brand) cut into small slices OR ground sausage (cook it first) 2. 6-8 cups (usually two cartons) of chicken broth 3. 6 cups of kale, approximately, torn into little pieces (wash the kale while it is intact, and then rip the green leaf off the stem and tear into little pieces; use or discard the stem) 4. 1-2 medium-size onions, cut into small pieces 5. Potatoes, cut into fourths (the Keys use Yukon gold) 6. Spices – salt, pepper, minced garlic and a bay leaf – to taste 7. Optional veggies such as carrots, celery, white northern beans DIRECTIONS: In a large soup pot over medium/high sauté the onions with butter or bacon grease (salt and pepper to taste). Once they are soft (4-5 minutes), add the garlic and potatoes, and let cook 4-7 minutes. Once the potatoes are slightly soft, add in the kale (and any other veggies). Add sausage once the kale starts to wilt. Then put in the chicken broth followed by bay leaf. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and let it simmer 30 minutes to 4 hours. Simmer time depends upon preference. The soup is great after 30 minutes – make sure the potatoes are soft – but gets better the longer it simmers. Remove the bay leaf before serving. Key suggests serving this soup with warm cornbread. TM


HOME & GARDEN

Outdoor Spaces

CR E AT E TH E PE R F E C T OU TD OOR ENT ERTAI NI NG SPACE W I T H T HESE T I PS FRO M J LLS

BY LAUREN VANN | PHOTOS BY JLLS

At JLLS, we design and install a lot of high-end residential landscapes. No matter what environment you are working with, the key to creating a great space lies in careful planning.

- Joey Barrow

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OUTDOOR SPACES Since its founding in 2003, Joey’s Landscape and Lawncare Services (JLLS) has built a reputation as one of the region’s premier landscape design, installation and maintenance companies. When you speak with founder and owner Joey Barrow it’s no surprise why... His passion for beautiful landscapes is contagious. It’s a passion shared by his team, including a host of talented hardscape specialists, nursery managers, designers and professionals who form the core part of JLLS’ services. A visit to the JLLS offices on County Line Road is also revelatory. What was once an abadoned flea market was transformed when Barrow and his wife Becky bought the land for their headquarters just a few years ago. The former hodge-podge of dilapidated buildings has been transformed into the center of their operations, complete with an impressive nursery, greenhouse, hardscape elements, urns and even a hardscaped patio outside the offices. “At JLLS, we design and install a lot of high-end residential landscapes,” said Barrow. “No matter what kind of environment you are working with, the key to creating a great space lies in careful planning.”

#2 Purpose Drives Decisions “What will bring you the most joy in your outdoor space? Are you looking for somewhere you can garden and relax in the evenings with your partner? Or are you wanting to entertain groups of friends, grilling out, etc.? If you can get really clear on your objectives, a lot of the look and feel of the space will evolve from that. Gravel is beautiful, until you have to walk on it in heels. So it’s not ideally suited to parties.”

#3 Consider All Elements “Science has shown that the sound of water makes people more relaxed. A fountain or water feature is a great way to add another dimension to a space and without it, it often feels like something is missing. Fire is also a common gathering point. It might be summertime now, but plan a fireplace or firepit for the cooler months. You’ll also want to consider how rain or direct sun might affect your enjoyment of a space, and plan accordingly.”

Below, Barrow shares a few of his tips for a great outdoor experience:

#1 Understand the Terrain “We don’t plant anything without understanding the soil. The same goes for planning an outdoor space. Start by really looking at the flow of the land, the terrain, water runoff, etc. It is the foundation of whatever project you’ll construct.”

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Recent projects reflect the difference in style of homeowners.


PLANT FOR ALL SEASONS A pathway comes alive with the blooms of spring and summer with landscaping by the JLLS team


COOLER MONTHS

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#4 Don’t Forget the Lighting “It’s easy to miss the lighting when you’re planning a space, but lighting is a critical element of design. Not only will you use your space often when it is dark, but lighting can add dimension to a design plan. If you’re doing it yourself, consider easy elements you can add, from torches to cafe lights or small spotlights.”

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Dumbledore’s Army

SIGN THEM UP FOR

OUR MONTHLY KIDS’ REVIEW TEAM

If you’re looking for other reading-adjacent activities for your kids to do this summer, sign them up for Dumbledore’s Army, our monthly kids’ review team. They’ll read Advanced Reader Copies (not-yet-published books) and write reviews for our store manager, Olivia. Just email Olivia at manager@ bookshelfthomasville.com to register your child and for summer meeting dates.


FROM THE BOOKSHELF

Summer Family Reads OW N E R A N N I E B. J ON E S SH A R ES SUMMER R EAD S FO R T HE W HO L E FAMI LY

BY ANNIE B. JONES | Owner of the Bookshelf

I was the kid who loved summer reading. Arm me with a checklist of titles, a cozy chair, and a pencil for taking notes, and I was — and still am — a happy girl. Of course, that’s not the case for every kid. Just the phrase “summer reading” sends shivers up some

children’s spines. Students spend nine months out of the year inside, sitting at their desks. They’ve earned their summers, and who wants to be inside reading when you could be outside adventuring? Where’s the fun in that? There’s not much fun in it, not on its face. 55

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BOOKSHELF

SUMMER

But if you provide your kids with reading assignments they’ll enjoy — or, better yet, read certain titles right along with them — you might cultivate a habit they’ll continue well into adulthood. And while summer reading often means your kids are left to their books while you peruse yours, so many of the below titles would be excellent to read aloud together as a family or to listen to as an audiobook while on vacation.

Sarah Mackenzie’s new book “The Read-Aloud Family” offers great tips and tools for reading together. I can’t recommend it enough.

Here are my recommendations for family summer reading: “THE WAR THAT SAVED MY LIFE” By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley My book club just finished this children’s chapter book, and I adored it. Ada and her brother Jamie evacuate their home in London at the start of World War II and find themselves in a small town at the home of a tough, but a kind woman named Susan. Born with a clubfoot, Ada finds her freedom at Susan’s house, and the book is devoted to Ada and Jamie’s discovery of joy even during terrible world events. Children will fall in love with persistent Ada and her horse Butter; adults will appreciate a child’s perspective on World War II.

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“BLOOMABILITY” By Sharon Creech Sharon Creech is a beloved children’s novelist, and with good reason. Her books are filled with breathtaking adventure and unforgettable characters. I was a little older than 13-year-old protagonist Dinnie when I encountered “Bloomability” for the first time, but that didn’t matter — I was hooked from Page 1. Dinnie’s aunt and uncle move her, quite against her will, from New Mexico to the American School in Switzerland, and that setting still resonates deeply in my brain. I never went to boarding school, but Dinnie’s adventures made me feel like I had.


THE THEODORE BOONE SERIES By John Grisham Beloved adult author John Grisham pens this series, just re-released with new covers. Theodore Boone is a nosy, crime-obsessed kid much like Nancy Drew, and in book one, Theo’s obsession with the law leads him into the heart of an intense murder trial in his small town. I think we forget that kids are often just as intrigued by the things we’re interested in, so if you’re constantly listening to true crime podcasts in your car, chances are your kid might like to read a mystery, too. Theodore Boone and his escapades — which offer an insider’s look at the justice system — should fit the bill.

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“THE CROSSOVER”

By Kwame Alexander Kids often want something lightning fast to read during the summer, and I don’t blame them. “The Crossover” is perfect because it’s told in rhyming verse; in the hands of another author that might feel tedious, but in the hands of Kwame Alexander, it’s perfect. Fourteen-yearold twins Josh and Jordan are basketball stars trying to handle life off the court, too. The book moves along at a furious pace, building into an intense climax, so this one’s perfect for young sports fans and reluctant readers.

“THE VIEW FROM SATURDAY” By E.L. Konigsburg This book tells the story of a sixth-grade academic bowl team, and E.L. Konigsburg manages to weave the four different team members’ tales into a compelling narrative. That she’s able to introduce kids to the literary concept of a short story while also making them laugh is evidence she’s incredibly gifted at what she does. Did you like “The Breakfast Club”? Your kids will love “The View from Saturday.”

COMING IN JULY: Pick up a Waldo Passport from the Bookshelf This July marks our seventh year of downtown Thomasville’s Waldo hunt. The Bookshelf is partnering with 25 local downtown businesses to hide Waldo in their shops. Beginning July 1, kids can pick up a Waldo passport at The Bookshelf, then start their monthlong search. Gather stamps or stickers from 20 or more stores to be entered for prizes and participate in our annual Waldo Party, held 11 a.m. Saturday, July 27. More information about Waldo is available on our store website, bookshelfthomasville.com. TM


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Meet the Contestants THOMASVILLE ROSE QUEEN PAGEANT presented by the Junior Service League

The Thomasville Rose Queen pageant empowers young women to be thoughtful, vocal, and impassioned advocates for themselves and our community, and encourages their pursuit of scholastic achievement as a path toward a bright future

“What I love about Thomasville”

“What I love about Thomasville is that it is more than a community, but it is a safe place that always provides me with someone to rely on no matter where I am.”

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“Thomasville’s hometown feel, outreaching community, and prosperous environment are just a few qualities that I love most about the City of Roses.”

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“What I love about Thomasville is the ability to immerse yourself in its rich history and contribute through volunteerism, while still being part of a small, hometown community.”

“What I love most about Thomasville is its rich history and the community’s commitment to preserving it.”


“There is so much to love about Thomasville, the beautiful downtown and history, but the kind and friendly people are my favorite.”

“Thomasville has a special place in my heart due to the comfort I feel walking the historic brick roads of downtown and knowing that I live in a community that has never failed to support its aspiring youth.”

“What I love about Thomasville is the beautiful hearts of the people that live here and the amazing scenery of roses in our downtown area.”

“What I love about Thomasville is how we perfectly embody Southern class and find value in long-standing traditions that bring the community together.”

“One of the many things I love about Thomasville is that it is commercially progressive, and you can still see the stars at night.”

“What I love about Thomasville is that it has shown me the kindness of people who I now cannot imagine my life without [and] inspired me to become more involved in volunteer work, all while remaining unique in its history and serving as a hospitable community.”

Thomasville Rose Queen Pageant 7 P.M. SATURDAY, JUNE 15 Thomasville Municipal Auditorium

“Thomasville perfectly embraces modern culture while blending historical elements into everyday aspects of life; it has given me endless appreciation for the stories behind every small town!”

“Thomasville has a very welcoming and unique atmosphere; I love how its beautiful downtown attracts all different types of people.”



Calendar OF Events JUNE • JULY • AUGUST

This calendar runs as submitted by Thomasville Mainstreet and Visitors Center.


June2019 June 1-30, 2019 Thomasville Center for the Arts PRESENTS: BLENDED: Art + Coffee with Alex Workman, Photographer Blended puts emerging artists to work in an incubator where they can experiment with new ideas and then take these developed ideas into their businesses. Grassroots patrons offer a focus group of artists, creatives and entrepreneurs for this experimentation. With each installation, this quarterly exhibition opens with a morning reception to give the audience an introduction/education on these artistic expressions and allows the connection between art and audience to brew naturally.

June 1, 2019 Sundowner Motel LIVE! Come out to Hubs and Hops, Saturday June 1st at 8 pm to hear Sundowner Motel- a Georgia duo who blends folk, alt-country and Americana music with incredible vocals to create a unique and enjoyable performance. June 7, 2019 First Friday FREE ADMISSION & FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY! Time: 6-10 pm --What is First Friday Sip & Stroll? It’s a great night to come Downtown and sip, stroll, shop, dine, and listen to some great music. Participating shops and restaurants will be open late, and our concert will be held from 8-10 pm at The Ritz Amphitheater (131 South Stevens Street) featuring Grains of Sand. This gives you time to shop and dine before the concert. The Grains of Sand Band are a diversified seven-piece show band that plays your favorite Soul, Beach and Motown music from the 60’s, 70’s with just a splash from the 50’s. Their lineup includes a group of stellar musicians from the Northeast Georgia Area. With more than half a century of combined playing experience, the band is comprised of seven of the finest musicians in the country. These are true artists, players who have performed with artists like Marvin Gaye, The Platters, Jackie Wilson, and Patti Labelle to name a few. For more information, call (229) 2287977. June 7, 2019 Farmer’s Daughter Vineyard and Tasting Room Presents: Robert Willis Smith acoustic set by house musician Robert Willis! Come enjoy some award winning wine and bring your tribe! For more information contact Whitney Hines at (229)403-4958

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June 8, 2019 Fuzz Goat’s Worldwide Knit in Public Day Join us in celebrating World Wide Knit in Public Day - the largest knitter run event in the world (last year there were 1125 Knit-In-Public events in 54 different countries)! This is our public demonstration that knitting is a community activity with the power to connect across generations, cultures & perspectives. If you’re a knitter, be ready to share the love by talking about what you’re working on, how you learned & why you love it. It’s that easy! If you’ve never picked up a knitting needle, join other knitters in our community to see what it’s all about! We’ll have crocheted hackysack toss, places to sit and knit and the much-loved Fuzzy Goat playlist in our backyard, aka Ritz Amphitheater. PLUS, guest Sarah DeRoo of Copper Corgi fame Stay tuned for more details! https://www.facebook.com/events/271517283642543/


June 10, 2019 Animal Tales: Creatures of the Galaxy Come get an edZOOcation and see some amazing animals! Animal Tales Southeast will be here with ‘Creatures of the Galaxy!’ We will be meeting some cool creatures and matching the animals with the constellations. You will meet an emperor scorpion, coatimundi, Flemish rabbit and more. Please be aware that these are live animals and reptiles, if you are uncomfortable around such beings, this may not be for best program for you. All ages welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult. *This program is part of TCPLS’ Summer Reading Program. Not sure what that is? Head to the Children’s Section after the show and learn how you can win prizes, attend more events and programs, all for FREE at the Thomas County Public Library! For more information contact Samantha Hanchett at (229) 225-5252 June 10-14, 2019 Project Impact Summer Service Camp Open to rising 6th-9th graders, IMPACT is a week of fun and hands-on volunteer service. Students may earn up to 20 community service hours for their participation (pending prior approval from their school) that may be applied to the upcoming school year. Cost is $75 per camper, and includes t-shirt, and lunch on 2 chosen days. Space is limited. First come, first serve. Visit us at www.HandsOnThomasCounty.org to learn more. June 15, 2019 Thomasville Rose Queen Pageant The Thomasville Rose Queen Pageant presented by the Junior Service League of Thomasville is a staple on local calendars as we celebrate and crown a young lady as the reigning Queen, and ambassador to our sweet City. More details and applications available soon at jslthomasville.com, and on Facebook @ jslthomasville. For more information please email tjslpresident@gmail.com June 17, 2019 Pint-Size Polkas: the Mike Scnieder Band At five years old, Uncle Mike heard polka music for the first time. The performer was America’s Polka King, Frankie Yankovic

and needless to say it was love at first sound. As a child, the music’s bouncy beat drew him in, leaving an impression that will last a lifetime. It’s no secret that polka music is the happiest form of music on the face of the earth. Uncle Mike will help you discover the good, clean fun that comes from polka music. Songs like the Alphabet Polka, the Numbers Schottische, and Tiny Bubbles in the Tub are sure to make you get up and dance! All ages welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult. **This program is part of our Summer Reading Program. Not sure what that is? Stop by the Children’s Desk after the show and learn how you can win prizes, hear about more events and programs, all for FREE at the Thomas County Public Library! For more information contact Samantha Hanchett at (229) 225-5252! June 19, 2019 Trigg, the K-9 Dog Demo Meet us at 10:30, downtown at the Ritz Ampitheater, for an awesome K-9 dog demonstration. Trigg and his human, Corporal Greg Wade of the Dept. of Natural Resources, will be there showing us the ways a K-9 dog does its work. All ages welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult. *This program is a part of TCPLS’ Summer Reading Program. Not sure what that is? After the demo, head over to the library and learn how you can win prizes, hear about more programs and events, all for FREE at the Thomas County Public Library! For more information contact Samantha Hanchett at (229) 225-5252! June 28, 2019 Magician Arthur Atsma Get ready to be amazed! Sleight of hand artist, magician, musician, entertainer extraordinaire, Arthur Atsma is back!! Arthur has been entertaining audiences across the US for over 20 years. Contemplate the impossible, as Arthur Atsma dazzles your mind. Laugh at the absurd, as Gus the stunt chicken finds your card! Chuckle at the dangerous, as Arthur risks life and limb in each performance! All ages welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The show will begin at 10:30 am at the Library, and then again at noon. *This program is a part of our Summer Reading Program. Not sure what that is? Stop by the Children’s Desk for more information on how you can win prizes, learn ahead of time about awesome events and programs all for FREE! For any additional information contact Samantha Hanchett at (229) 225-5252

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July 4, 2019 Fireworks and Festivities Sponsored by CNS THE FIREWORKS AND FESTIVITIES WILL BE HELD AT REMINGOTN PARK. Celebrate Independence Day with good old-fashioned fun and activities for the whole family! Enjoy great games, food, and music beginning at 6:30 p.m.. and, of course, a fantastic fireworks display beginning at 9:30 p.m! Live music featuring Michael Miller. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy listening! Children’s activities, Lawn games, plus all your favorite summer foods served up by local veterans’ groups and food vendors! For 20 years, CNS has brought the annual Fireworks and Festivities celebration to the community as a way to express thanks for the community’s support and loyalty. CNS is very proud to bring this event to our community each year so that together we can celebrate our nation’s birthday with our family, friends and community.

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August2019 August 2, 2019 First Friday FREE ADMISSION & FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY! Time: 6-10 pm --What is First Friday Sip & Stroll? It’s a great night to come Downtown and sip, stroll, shop, dine, and listen to some great music. Participating shops and restaurants will be open late, and our concert will be held from 8-10 pm at The Ritz Amphitheater (131 South Stevens Street) featuring Bleu Burden. This gives you time to shop and dine before the concert. Bleu Burden is a local band that originated on a front porch in Thomasville, GA. They enjoy playing feel good music from a variety of genres- with a little country and southern soul mixed with a little rock! For more information, call (229) 228-7977.

September2019 September 6, 2019 First Friday FREE ADMISSION & FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY! Time: 6-10 pm --What is First Friday Sip & Stroll? It’s a great night to come


Downtown and sip, stroll, shop, dine, and listen to some great music. Participating shops and restaurants will be open late, and our concert will be held from 8-10 pm at The Ritz Amphitheater (131 South Stevens Street). This gives you time to shop and dine before the concert by the Honey Hounds, who reenergize western music, embodying the rock n roll lifestyle while embracing the roots of soul and funk. Balancing between righteousness and the mysticism that surrounds the blues culture, they’ve come to represent the resurgence of a genre and the voice of a generation. For more information, call (229) 228-7977. September 14, 2019 Semi-Annual Sidewalk Sale Join us in Downtown Thomasville for our Semi-Annual Sidewalk Sale. Shops will be clearing out merchandise at huge discounts to make room for new arrivals. After shopping, grab a bite to eat at one of our fabulous restaurants.

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