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CONTENTS MARCH-APRIL 2019
28 features 22 | For the Love of Lewis We remember Morelandâ€™s Lewis Grizzard at the 25th anniversary of his death. By Jackie Kennedy
40 | Watch Them Fly Students of classic dance soar into self-confidence. By Frances Kidd 10 | www.newnancowetamag.com
51 | Easter’s Meaning Celebrated through Music Local churches observe Easter with special music. By Sue Mayer Davis
54 | A Different Approach to Decorating Eggs Skip the store-bought stuff and try our natural methods for dyeing and decorating eggs. By Emily Wurst
in every issue 12 | Roll Call 14 | From the Editor 34 | Coweta Arts 36 | Coweta Cares 44 | Coweta Home 48 | Coweta Cooks!
56 | Coweta Garden 58 | Coweta to Me 59 | Book Review 60 | Coweta Calendar 64 | Blacktop 66 | Index of Advertisers
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Lewis Grizzard spoke for many—and aggravated others—in the newspaper column that made him famous. ➤ For the Love of Lewis, page 22 Illustration by David Boyd Sr.
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Roll Call Susan Mayer Davis lives with husband Larry and golden retriever King Charles V (Charlie). “Have computer, will write” is her motto. What she enjoys most about writing for NCM is meeting great people when she researches articles and then sharing their stories. “It’s fun,” she says, “but it’s also a privilege.”
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Robin Stewart is a volunteer with the Newnan-Coweta Humane Society and, along with her artist husband, active in the local art scene as a member of the Newnan Coweta Art Association. She loves all animals, is addicted to costume jewelry, and the part of her brain that used to know math is now occupied by useless facts for team trivia purposes.
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From our readers Dear Editor, Thank you so much for the great article written by Jeffrey Ward in the January-February issue of NewnanCoweta Magazine. You surely got a lot of information about our museum in that space. I just know that will increase our visitor numbers. The entire issue was great. Thanks for giving Senoia and the Senoia Area Historical Society History Museum a boost. — Maureen Schuyler, Director Senoia Area Historical Society History Museum
Marty Hohmann is a career journalist whose sweet spot is in good, oldfashioned storytelling. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys cooking, gardening and making her home a place where people want to gather around the dinner table and share a tale or two.
Emily Wurst is an admissions representative at the University of West Georgia, where she recently graduated with a degree in communications. A lifelong Newnan resident, she enjoys writing, running, and spending time with her four nieces and nephews. Clay and Beth Neely are co-publishers of The Newnan Times-Herald, times-herald.com, Newnan-Coweta Magazine, Xtra and Coweta Living. They live in Newnan with their two children.
Martha A. Woodham became a Coweta County Master Gardener Extension Volunteer (MGEV) in 2014. As such, she often writes about gardening for local publications. Unfortunately, that doesn’t leave her much time to work in her own garden, but she still manages to grow a tomato or two each summer.
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Frances Kidd is a Newnan native who spent most of her adult years away from Coweta County, working as a nonprofit and marketing consultant. Although she’s an avid traveler, she never lost her Southern accent. If she’s not in Georgia, you can find her out in the country in Italy.
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Letter from the Editor
His Mama’s Name was Word
ABOVE It’s not every day you get to interview a newspaper icon. For our tribute to Lewis Grizzard, I did when meeting with retired Atlanta JournalConstitution Editor Jim Minter.
o say Lewis Grizzard had a way with words is like saying the sun has a way of rising in the morning. The acclaimed writer from Moreland made a name for himself in Georgia as a newspaper sportswriter and later achieved national fame as a syndicated columnist. He was mourned across America following his death in 1994. It’s hard to believe it’s been 25 years. To mark the anniversary, we’ve put together a tribute to our hometown boy-done-good. We’ve reminisced with some who knew him well, like Jim Minter, his longtime editor at the Atlanta papers, and Newnan’s David Boyd Sr., his friend and illustrator, who created the art for this issue’s cover. (“You still got it, Boom-Boom Boyd,” Lewis might say.) Minter, Boyd and others who dearly miss the man and his column agree it would be fun to hear Grizzard’s take on the hot topics of the new millennium. What would he say about today’s politics? Social media? The Kardashians? On a serious note, what might he have written about 9/11, the rising rate of suicides among military veterans, the opioid crisis? When I was a teenager, I wrote Mr. Grizzard a letter complimenting him on a column he’d written. It was about Patti Barry, a young woman shot to death in downtown Atlanta in October 1979. It was that year’s 185th homicide, and Lewis was angry. His column expressed his outrage at the increasing violence in the city he loved. He called on the governor, the mayor, the police commissioner — somebody, anybody — to do something. It was a powerful piece of writing, and I wasn’t the only one who thought so. The column appeared the following year in Grizzard’s second book, “Won’t You Come Home, Billy Bob Bailey?” He prefaced the column by saying it produced more favorable reaction than anything he’d ever written. Apparently, my letter was one among thousands. That made the fact that he wrote me back even sweeter. In my letter, I mentioned my plans to write for a newspaper. In his note, he thanked me for the kudos and then schooled me by saying he equally enjoyed hearing from his critics. He was the first to teach me that a writer should appreciate being read, whether or not readers agree with the viewpoint. Along with his legions of fans, Grizzard had detractors. Not all enjoyed his homespun humor or unabashed allegiance to UGA and grits. But there’s one thing that should be easy enough to agree on: He was a fearless writer. He wrote what many thought but didn’t have the opportunity, or courage, to say. Almost 40 years later, because of him, I remember Patti Barry’s name. Names matter. Also in this issue, we feature the new downtown Newnan mural depicting country music star Alan Jackson. I find it fascinating that his mother grew up with the last name Musick. Recently thumbing through dog-eared pages of books by Grizzard, I was reminded of his mother’s maiden name: Word. Alan Jackson and Lewis Grizzard are the two biggest names to come out of Coweta County in the past 50 years. Alan’s mother was named Musick, and Lewis’ mama was a Word. I wonder what Lewis would say about that. Jackie Kennedy, Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
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Coweta County’s Lewis Grizzard left us 25 years ago, but his legend lives on.
If Lewis Grizzard wrote the headline to this story—a tribute to him, the celebrated columnist and author—he might have gone with something like this: They Don’t Make ’Cue at St. Peter’s Pork Barn the Way They Do at Sprayberry’s. Whether residing in Atlanta or Heaven, he wouldn’t miss an opportunity to A) poke fun at the way things are; B) wrap a serious subject, like a tribute to his life at the anniversary of his death, in a cocoon of humor; or C) pay homage to something gloriously Southern, like his favorite barbecue joint, Sprayberry’s in Newnan. Raised in Moreland, Grizzard died 25 years ago on March 20, 1994. For those who knew him, and those who felt like they knew him from reading his column, the quarter century has passed swiftly— Wasn’t he here just yesterday, raving about Georgia beating Tech or ranting about Yankee actors mangling Southern accents?—yet slowly. “I miss him a lot,” says Jim Minter, the retired Atlanta Journal-Constitution editor who hired Grizzard four times. Grizzard’s first byline appeared in The Newnan Times-Herald. In the early 1960s, as a student in Sara Jane Skinner’s journalism class at Newnan High School, he wrote for the school news, Tiger Tracks, which was published weekly in The Newnan Times-Herald. He further honed his writing and reporting skills at the Athens Daily News while a journalism student at the University of Georgia. In 1968, Minter hired Grizzard, then 21, as a sportswriter for The Atlanta Journal and, when he was 23, Grizzard was promoted to executive sports editor, the nation’s youngest in that role at a major newspaper. He eventually was promoted to associate city editor, but left half a year later
to work as a freelance writer. Within months, he hinted to Minter, by then managing editor at The Atlanta Constitution, that he wanted to return to newspapering. Minter hired him again. In late 1975, Grizzard was 28 when he moved north as executive sports editor at the Chicago SunTimes. Not long after, Minter hired him a third time, this go-round to helm the newly combined weekend Journal and Constitution. “He came down for the weekend but didn’t take the job,” Minter recalls. “He said he owed it to them in Chicago to stay—that he hadn’t been there long enough.” Grizzard ended up hating the cold weather and almost everything else about Chicago. When his former boss mentioned in 1977 that he was looking for a columnist, Grizzard was quick to ask, “How about me?” “He sent me three columns, and one of those was ‘If I Ever Get Back to Georgia, I’m Gonna Nail My Feet to the Ground,’” Minter recalls. Grizzard later expanded that column into a book about his journalism career. Grizzard returned to The Atlanta Constitution, first writing a sports column before moving to the news side where his humor column ran four days a week. His column eventually was syndicated in 450 newspapers, bringing him fame throughout the nation. In 1979, he published his first book, “Kathy Sue Loudermilk, I Love You,” a collection of his columns. He wrote 20 books, with several making the New York Times bestseller list. Year after year, he was the South’s best-selling author. His popularity as a writer opened doors. He recorded humor albums, did stand-up comedy, and made several TV appearances. But he considered one of his greatest claims to fame was having a plate at Sprayberry’s named for him. The Lewis Grizzard Special features his favorite meal there: a barbecue
sandwich, Brunswick stew and onion rings. As Grizzard’s career skyrocketed, his health began to plummet. When he was a young man, doctors had detected a heart murmur but figured it wouldn’t cause him much trouble. They were wrong. “It’s what killed him,” says Minter, who visited Grizzard daily during his last hospital stay. In his column and books, Grizzard shared details of his failed marriages, childhood mischief and adult foibles. When he fell ill, readers knew about it, sympathized and suffered with him. He chronicled his heart’s condition, from the heartbreak of losing wives, Georgia games and his beloved dog Catfish — to the heart repair he underwent in multiple surgeries. In 1982, he wrote about that year’s successful heart surgery in “They Tore Out My Heart and Stomped That Sucker Flat.” In that book, he recalled the kindness of friends back home: “Somebody put up a big board at the courthouse in Newnan and people signed it, wishing me a speedy recovery. When they brought it to my house and gave it to me, I didn’t cry. When they left, I cried.” Twelve years and two surgeries later, in March 1994 he was back at Emory Hospital in Atlanta for his fourth and final heart surgery. After he died, friends and fans from throughout the country exposed their own broken hearts in condolences and tributes to Grizzard. Today, fans from around the world visit the Moreland Hometown Heritage Museum to view Grizzard’s high school letterman’s jacket, childhood photos and memorabilia. The tributes and condolences continue, according to Museum Spokesperson Carol Chancey. “We miss our friend,” she concludes.
Top: His parents, Christine Word and Lewis Grizzard Sr., love on Lewis. Above: Grizzard adored his grandmother, “Mama Willie” Word. Photos Courtesy of Moreland Hometown Heritage Museum: A Tribute to Lewis Grizzard
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“He could do everythi ng.” As managing editor of The Atlanta Constitut ion, Jim Minter oversaw con solidation of the Journa l and Constitution newsroom s in 1982 and, in 1986, was named senior editor of the Jou rnal and Constitution and vice president of Cox Newspa pers. Retired from the paper, he lives in Fayetteville with his wife, Anne. Sin ce 1997, he has helped his family host Inman Farm Herit age Days each September. NCM: You hired Lewi s four times. Tell us about that first tim Minter: I had a low lev e. el position opening on the sports staff at The to Athens and asked Vin Atlanta Journal. I dro ce Dooley who was the ve over young sportswriter tha he said Lewis Grizzard. t’s most impressed him I went to Joel Eaves, wh , and o was the athletic dir name. I went to see a coa ector, and he gave me the ch, didn’t like him, and same he gave me some other recommended, and he sai name. I told him Lewis d, “Oh, don’t talk to him had been .” And that wrapped it up. NCM: What talent did you see in the young Le wi s Grizzard? Minter: In about two weeks, I realized Lewis was better than I was. best headline writer and He could do everythin cutline writer I ever cam g. He was the e across. During the Ma sand trap. Anybody els sters, Jack Nicklaus wa e would have written the s in a headline: Nicklaus in on the beach. sand trap. Lewis wrote: Nicklaus He had great ideas for stories. And when USA Today came out, you cou presentation that the ld tell by their charts y had picked up a lot fro and m Lewis. Some editor the Journal. re was reading The Atl anta NCM: Lewis eventuall y took a job at the Ch icago Sun-Times, bu Georgia. t you brought him ba ck to Minter: He never got use d to Chicago. I was loo king for a columnist, read them and asked my and he sent me three col wife, Anne, to read the umns. I m. She said, “You aren’t you? You’re going to get going to hire Lewis aga yourself fired.” in are I really wanted him bac k as my advisor. I wante d him back for his min had, I could go to him d because I knew whate and ask his opinion abo ver job he ut the newspaper. He wa but we started him out s hired to write the new with a sports column so s column, he could get used to col news, he was an instan umn writing. When he t success. He didn’t swe moved to at over his columns, lik down and wrote them. e the rest of us do. He just sat NCM: What would Lewi s say about politics today? Minter: He would hav e voted for Trump to kee p from having to vote first two years, he wou for the other one, but ld have wished he hadn’ after these t voted at all. I imagin the Democrats and als e he would have a lot to o the Republicans. I thi say about nk he could detect som e holes in the wall. NCM: Final thoughts? Minter: Lewis wanted to write books, maybe novels, when he got hom serious writer. e from the hospital. He was a
e way he wrote.” “The way they felt was th at as head football coach Vince Dooley, 86, served as and 8 198 to 4 196 m fro a the University of Georgi won the 9 to 2004. His Bulldogs athletic director from 197 d ize ogn rec was he in 1980, and national championship s ter cas rts Spo al ion Nat the as “Coach of the Year” by and his ation, among others. He and Sportswriters Associ ens. wife, Barbara, live in Ath
g for a sportswriter ter when he was lookin Min Jim to rd zza Gri Lewis NCM: You recommended t? News. I thought it was for the Journal, correc ll for the Athens Daily tba foo UGA ng eri unity came, I cov an shm ition, so when the opport Dooley: Lewis was a fre e such a responsible pos hav to ng you t tha e eon unusual for som ter. and I did that with Jim Min certainly promoted him,
iter? in the young sportswr write a story on a NCM: What did you see perception, his ability to his ts— gif his ng coach, I all of on ati the same time, me as a you Dooley: It was a combin ays claimed we arrived at alw He . ion uat sit or son particular per 17. We were both young. was 31 or 32, and he was would you te newspaperman.” How zzard as “the consumma Gri is Lew be cri des NCM: Some would summate UGA fan”? to be, though, describe him as “the con to be the fan he wanted was never able early on He t. which nobody tha ng, ely tyi nit par defi and was Dooley: He me, instead of going out lga bal a er fan he wanted Aft y. the ilit be tor and could never because of his responsib was a writer or sports edi the game or he er is, cov to Lew e n hav tha n’t ter did bet could party he had a column, but he n The o. cag Chi m fro k . to be until he came bac n he really became a fan the paper out. That’s whe stay up all night to get n by giving him a certai of Lewis Grizzard was e lif the in yed pla you NCM: Another key part us about Catfish. ver puppy, right? Tell when black Labrador retrie ck Lab the children got en. We had this little bla ldr e to chi hav we el’s t, sch tha Her do of I schel. I said before Dooley: Catfish was one to name the new puppy Her I asked him, ). ted hip wan s ons kid mpi cha The al ll. ion sma they were to its 1980 nat running back who led UGA was doing. ask Herschel (Walker, the he’d ask me how Herschel el, sch Her see I’d e tim ry Eve ud. pro many love be d he’ d and he sai t of 14 years, and he had family for the better par our riage of mar t d par goo a big a was was re Herschel the dog ful golden retriever. The uti bea a h cial to wit spe y eet ver str the luding Catfish. He was affairs. One was across duced several puppies, inc pro ver rie ret den gol there, and the us. Lewis as Herschel was to zzard has been gone? 25 years since Lewis Gri t pas the in sed could mis NCM: What have we ional championship, he like when we won the nat op, great int his nta was mou t the Tha on s. ection after a los Dooley: If he was happy, sad, he’d express total dej was he If ns. um col his express it in the way he wrote. fans; the way they felt was gh for whatever the ability—to relate to the e them inspiration or a lau giv to e abl was is Lew , ple peo For a lot of down to earth s that. situation was. People mis or other topics? say about UGA football and then NCM: What would Lewis on the mountaintop again having that chance to be ut the past r abo k ove tal ngs nly thi tai of cer lot Dooley: He would re are certainly a The us. of y man to ng ati devast e said? to lose it, which was so ed: What would Lewis hav want the question answer 25 years where we’d all
“Being a newspape r columnist is like being married to a nymphomaniac. It’s great for the first two weeks.”
– Lewis Grizzard
“Lewis isn’t dead yet.
Journaleditor of The Atlanta Lee Walburn served as 5 and 198 to 0 198 magazine from Constitution’s weekend He 2. 200 to 7 198 m gazine fro as editor of Atlanta ma 10 miles e in Armuchee, about liv , kie Jac e, wif and his zzard “an Gri h wit ls his connection north of Rome. He cal ip.” adventurous friendsh
izzard? first meet Lewis Gr ht to the newspaper. NCM: When did you d he’d just been broug an s, ave Br meeting with the for s baseball. My first public relations ta stadium and Brave Walburn: I was with an Atl the le. ard rab tow mo gravitate to be most me Naturally, he would etings all turned out le, but subsequent me rab mo me not s wa him ngs. ose memorable meeti at The about a couple of th s when Lewis came on ave Br NCM: Please tell us the h wit go to t rag-tag lef y of ead s the biggest bunch I start? I had alr softball team. It wa Walburn: Where do l's city softball ta rna an Jou Atl e Th the on of y me pla ed to the finals end asc we y Journal, but they let all ided our nic dec iro s, act to most thing ’ve ever seen, but softball players you , who tended to overre s for the next wis rm Le t ifo bu un , y als bu fin to t in the to pokey up money d ha all championship. We los we t s. an rm me ifo looking un s unlimited. That ts once we had decent future in softball wa m The e to such lofty heigh ros er nev we t an d Lewis had a team fro me an year, which hit Braves office staff, he the d of an e g yin som h pla wit re m football tea s, and one day we we ave Br s the ave Br for Later, I had a touch d the rke of wo had a reunion ff. Charlie Sanders uldn’t tell me why. We ch wo ie tou Journal’s sports sta t arl tha Ch in rs, wis yea Le y you hit the eyes. For you have to tell me wh Lewis right between o and I said, “Charlie, .” ag up rs ut yea sh ’t two dn ce ul wo offi front way to nounced drawl, “He pro a h wit id sa to find a more passive He .” football game ple might have tried peo of lot a rs, yea l Lewis. Over the And that was typica . up ut sh to get Lewis as a newsman? and as imaginative think of Grizzard permen I’d ever seen spa NCM: What did you new t an spaper lli bri st mo t, but most of the new Lewis was one of the ing his fame as a columnis cu ed res iev Walburn: I thought t ach kep r He . nte red Mi I ever encounte ess. Of course, as any sports editor the newspaper busin in e tiv ecu ex e ur . fut as a ce for him management saw him y found the proper spa back until he finall him and bringing him n writing? u describe his colum to be half a bubble off NCM: How would yo attention to, you have pay ll wi ple peo t ple react to things tha at columnist most people are; peo se au bec a brief ing Walburn: To be a gre ink th way of saying a lot in ally normal in your an extremely gifted d ha plumb. You can’t be tot wis Le . ing ink eral line of th that are not the gen rything. eve d ere cov t way tha t Lewis Grizzard? st 25 years withou pa e th in .” If they are ed ss mi t tell us about Lewis NCM: What have we “Yeah, yeah, yeah, bu think: When ar to he I me , ses ech spe cau a It . ke to ma nt to hear about him wa ll Walburn: When I go ? From that sti you y the out ab er, g old ally 50 or en they quit talkin wh or ve gra the of a certain age, basic in die—when they put you does a person really ’t dead yet. isn wis standpoint, Le
NCM: What would Lewi s say about Trump as president, the border Walburn: He would not wall or social media be permitted to write ? abo ut the things people are Journal-Constitution, interested in today in I guarantee you. With social media, though, The now. Everybody wants everybody can express to be heard. Not everyo their opinion ne has something to say When Lewis was at his , but that doesn’t stop them. height, everybody wante d to listen. Now, 25 yea rs later, everybody wa nts to talk.
“I don’t think I’ll get married again. Every five years or so, I’ll just find a woman I don’t like and give her a house.”
– Lewis Grizzard
Terry Kay “ He could b e
o handle.” The author Georgia Wri of 17 books, Terry K ay was ind ters Hall ucted into of Fame in “The Year the 2006. His the Lights books incl Came On,” Dance With ude “The Runa the White w ay” and “T Dog.” His la Who Made o Paper Flow test book, “The King ers,” was p his wife, T ublished in ommie, liv 2016. He a e in Athen nd s. NCM: When did you mee t Lewis Gr Kay: I was izzard? wor
king with as a sports The Atlanta writer. I w Journal in orked with the sports stories and him most d departmen putting ou irectly du t when he t the Sund the ‘60s an ring footba ay football d ‘70s. ll season in came to work there section. Th the office pr at was back ocessing NCM: What in the heyd did you th ay of journ ink of Lew alism in Kay: I lik is? ed him a lo t. I though drinking to t he wa o much, thou gh, he could s warm and humorous drinking h e could be and funny. be difficult hurtful. B In the years to handle. ut when he when he wa When I say was not dri NCM: What s d ifficult, I nking, he w did you th mean when in a s k d he was of el ightful an him as a n Kay: He wa d very funny ewsman? s a very goo . d newspaper in the prof man, there’ ession as a s no questi newspaper such dema on about th man, he wou nd as a spea at. If he h ld have bee ker and for concentrat ad wanted n incredib his column ed on the w to stay ly successf s, and was riting rath u l. But he w g etting paid er than ru as in NCM: As a n n g oo in d g m th oney for it e newspaper writer? , th or at a he departmen Kay: Any ti t. me you see a story that and, oh my ’s got the n God, Lewis am was good at issues. For it. People lo e Billy Bob in it, you the most p ’re dealing oked forwa art, he alw attempt at with carica rd to what ays couched writing fict he was goi ture it in terms ion, his hu ng to say a of m or h u w m ou or bout variou . I thought ld have serv NCM: What s that if he’ ed him wel about his d made an writing st l. Kay: It’s a yle? lways been my sense th is the one w at the style ho guided h of wri im to approa ch writing th ting he employed, he go NCM: What t it from Jim e way he did. would Lew Minter. I th And there a is say abou ink Minter re others wh Kay: He wou t issues to o feel the sa ld do the sa day? m e way. me thing to comment ab day he was out them th doing back at would h what is th ave people then. He wou e general op saying “Yea ld take topi inion out h h , er cs and hav that’s exa e? Let me tak NCM: What e some ctly right. e the oppos have we m ” Or he’d th ite.” He wa issed by n in k “Hmm, s re Kay: I don ally good at ot having ’t know that Lewis’ colu that. mns for th Lewis’ pop writing bec e past 25 ularity wou ause that years? ld have con typical ru to change in tinued wri ral Souther order to kee ti n n er g th simply cea tiresome ov p his popu e same mat sed to exis larity or h erial he w er time. I’m t. I think as e would hav so tired of he would h e become ti myself I ca ave had re n’t read an so m e. E very write ything I w r becomes rite.
David Boyd Sr.
“We aren’t go nna get out of this alive.”
A political cartooni st first published in The Newnan Times-Herald, artist David Boyd Sr. illus trated several Lewis Grizzard books and calendars. Frien ds and golfing buddies, he and Grizza rd traveled twice to Scotland where they golfed at St. Andrews. Boyd als o illustrated books for comedian Jef f Foxworthy and now paints portraits at his studio in Newnan.
NCM: How did you get to know Lewis Grizza rd? Boyd: My wife Rosie wen t
really; of course, everyb
to Newnan High School with Lewis. I think he was kind of sweet on her ody’s sweet on Rosie. ,
I loved him. We hit it off . Lewis and Jeff Foxwor thy were two of the fun started off as friends, niest people I’ve ever kno and later on they becam wn. We e subjects for illustrat ions. NCM: Tell us about gol fing with Lewis. Boyd: He was as compet iti
ve as he could be. He wou ld bet you his lungs. He the world, on the finest played golf all over courses in the world, but he’d rather play at Orc Newnan than anywhere hard Hills here in . He and I golfed a lot wit h Bob and Mike Steed (br Privett (Grizzard’s age others and writers), Ton nt) and Chuck Perry (Gr y izzard’s publisher at Lon gstreet Press). NCM: Sh
are one of your advent ures with Lewis. Boyd: We were playing at
Callaway Gardens and this editor with the New was with us. Tony Privet York Times Magazine t comes up and says we have to leave because thi to catch to New York and s guy’s got a flight we’ve got to get a pictur e of Lewis that’s typica playing with Lewis, and l of the South. I was he said, no, he’s havin g a good game and he’s “We’ll take the picture not leaving. Lewis say at your house, David. Th s, e Yankees aren’t going between a Greek column to know the difference and a Victorian column.” So we finished playing and went to my house, and golf at Callaway Garden the editor dropped by for s the picture on his way I’ve been in a couple of to the airport. places with Lewis and thought, man, we aren’t And then at the end, eve gonna get out of this ali rybody was laughing. I ve. don’t know what kind of magic that is.
NCM: I understand you basically wrote a cha pter in one of his boo Boyd: Yes, it was about ks? sha
nking in his book about golfing, “Does a Wild Be Shanking is the most hor ar Chip in the Woods?” rible thing in golf. Th at was the turning poi wrote that chapter for nt in Lewis’ career, wh him. That legitimized en I him.
NCM: Did you know any of his wives? Boyd: I knew two of the m NCM: Why did people enj
but didn’t know them wel
oy reading his colum ns? Boyd: Humor is someth ing
l. I don’t think Lewis did , either.
bad that has happened to somebody else. If hu you aren’t in danger of mor isn’t dangerous, if offending someone or bei ng in poor taste, it’s pro funny. Humor ought to bably not going to be scare you, and Lewis cou ld get away with that. would be offensive to any The problem now, his stu one who’s not in the Sou ff th because it’s not pol itically correct.
NCM: What have we missed not having Lewis
in the past 25 years?
to hear something new—a new thought, a new gag to be entertained. Nobody looked at things like line, another view on something. You were going Lewis did.
Boyd: Lewis was by-God exciting. You were going
Mary Ann Cauthe ntoo.” d him, “I would have spoile
Cauthen, shared st cousin, Mary Ann Lewis Grizzard’s fir in Moreland. Le owing up with wis gr es ad ap esc od ho child her husband, Pediatrics, she and Retired from Newnan raise beef Moreland where they Stanley, still live in cattle.
Lewis. use was int growing up with er’s, and Lewis’ ho NCM: Tell us abou e to our grandmoth us ho llie” Word. r Wi ou a om am fr “M th r grandmother, and I had a pa ou ter th sis wi d to ed My ay n: st he ut ter Ca and my sis , she’d tell us we ha
ers, Lewis, me ie wanted a rest arge since I between. In the summ and when Mama Will , en th ck ba lio bed and put me in ch po a of in ed us ar d of sc e s re wa th y e Everybod ile Mama Willie an She’d put th plums. One time wh h or we’d get polio. ow nc ll lu ye ter sh icy af bu ju p e d, na th a un up take th big, ro cleaned had a plum bush wi er and pretty much was the oldest. She d I got her salt shak an t our own switches. s ge wi d Le an , ps go na to d ng taki ng jelly. We ha ki ma for my sister were still re we s um found out the pl from plums. Then we e of humor, e his career? ma had quite a sens s’ upbringing shap ma s hi t bu y, nn fu NCM: How did Lewi to make it funny. daddy was so d dress anything up lks about how his ul ta y co o od f. wh yb , er rs Ev ne n: in Cauthe rs, yarn sp l the baseball stuf nts were storytelle ad and memorize al re d ul wo s wi Le d too. Both his pare r, an ok the Atlanta pape Our Aunt Jessie to alism. rn jou for ve lo s hi t That’s where he go ther. Was he? rden; all s spoiled by his mo wa s wi Le at th nt to work in the ga id cause he didn’t wa NCM: It’s been sa be losing his n t tte ou ro ab ed ied oil rr sp wo my child was uld say he was d wo an y d dd ce da or div My s n: wa he Caut think if I s play ball. But I he wanted to do wa o. to m, hi ed spoil daddy, I would have th act as adults? Bowdon. He’d be wi Lewis stay in cont ly Thanksgiving in mi s fa NCM: Did you and hi rd re Wo e we th we to d y year s, too, an d come almost ever d d grew up with Lewi Cauthen: He woul on the side porch an the time. My husban at sit to go ’d ied we rr er, ma s nn di wa g out he in ab fe giv ad wi ks re er an ’d ev what After Th then later we iends in Moreland. telling tales, and go ’d We o. -s nd connection to old fr -a so we remembered old Lewis would ask if it in a column. up into a hoot iting? u think of his wr store, and build it e th to ip tr a on NCM: What did yo g it. His writing ing, like goin good double dose of ke any mundane th a ta t d go ul he . He co so He , at n: th he Caut both like out his upbringing er and daddy were s pretty honest ab wa he e us ca be k in of a story. His moth , I th a variety of people struck chords with . on was a regular pers B., his Aunt Jessie and H. u last see Lewis? him with Aunt Una, e NCM: When did yo se to y or Em to nt before he died, I we e other. Cauthen: The week g one tale after th in ll te y da e th t en sp We . er th fa step
NCM: Final thoughts? from Indiana standing in Moreland, and there was a man e grav a’s mam my ting a big visi was I Cauthen: s. It feels like my newspaper has
ost caught me with tear at Lewis’ grave. He said, “You alm hole in it now.” ght. My husband and I were in n anyone in Moreland ever thou tha wn kno er bett was is Lew k I thin had on a hat that says “Where in line at the Great Wall. Stanley China a few years back waiting me about this Moreland. Is that ” The man beside us says, “Tell in the oink is Moreland, Georgia? zard?” the one that’s home to Lewis Griz
ltural “His writing was a cu pressure valve.” Cloudland Canyon Carol Chancey operates reland contracts with the Mo Entertainment, which metown Ho d and the Morelan Cultural Arts Alliance d and an rel Mo to ng attention Heritage Museum to bri Lewis Grizzard.
d? gnize Lewis Grizzar visitors to m in Moreland reco seu mu e th es s Grizzard welcomes do w Le NCM: Ho m, A Tribute to wi d general seu an Mu ot e ag dep rit in He tra n and Hometow about, like the old ote wr s st wife wi fir Le Chancey: The Morel s at Hi th ces seum.
the mu ll to see the pla r given or loaned to s the old Moreland Mi with artifacts eithe ted , plaques given for hi ds rea ar rec aw ing ing be e ort sp , res tu pic store, which ar od . ho es routin ess, and we have child pearances and comedy gave her wedding dr and video from TV ap s, ok bo s hi , ors av de philanthropic en
m? who visit the museu come from the the Grizzard fans him and find us. They from r NCM: Tell us about be em rem o wh rs ito ts vis ris of tou steady stream oups, and there are Chancey: We have a a stop. p. We have a lot of gr
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ALAN JACKSON ON A WALL:
Written by ROBIN STEWART | Photographed by CLAY NEELY
One day in summer 2018, the painting of a gigantic white cowboy hat appeared on the exterior wall of downtown Newnan eatery Redneck Gourmet. The next day, voila! The image of Newnan native and country music superstar Alan Jackson appeared under it, his likeness supersized on the brick wall just off court square. A big guy at 6-foot 4-inches, Jackson looms even larger in the 24x40-foot mural that depicts him in his signature cowboy hat and boots while seated on his favorite motorcycle. The vibrant painting is the result of the creative efforts of Newnan ArtRez, a community artist-in-
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residence program. Muralist Tim Davis, of Nashville, created the large-scale painting. Like the country superstar he painted, Davis is renowned in his field. An accomplished mural artist who’s honed his skills for more than two decades, he was chosen by Jackson for the job after the star saw and liked the painter’s work on the wall of Legends Café in Nashville. For the Newnan mural, ArtRez staff searched for the ideal wall to best feature the Country Music Hall of Famer. In addition to location, the size, condition, type of brick and number of windows were considered. Redneck Gourmet’s exterior wall fit the
bill. The building’s owners, Casey and Melissa Smith, agreed to the project, and paint hit the bricks soon thereafter. ArtRez worked closely with Jackson’s management team who contributed their creative input, selecting from a few possible mural designs. Ultimately, the image selected was “more about how it fit on the wall,” says ArtRez board member Robert Hancock, noting that the taller layout of the chosen design allows for maximum visibility. And, he adds, “It’s good for selfies.” Country music journalist, deejay and former Newnan resident Melissa Loncaric Miller immediately recognized the mural as iconic 1990s Alan Jackson. She identified the artwork as the cover image of Jackson’s blockbuster album, “A Lot About Livin’ (And a Little ’Bout Love),” which was released in 1992 and produced hits including “Chattahoochee” and “Mercury Blues.” “I absolutely love that this photo was chosen for the mural,” says Miller. “It was during that magical moment in time when Jackson began his metamorphosis from a local boy with some hits on the radio into the living legend he has become.” For those who get to downtown Newnan only once a week or so, the mural seemed to pop up overnight. It actually took the artist about 10 days to complete. His tools included buckets of paint, large red solo cups for mixing paint colors, and a rented scissor lift to reach the high spots. Most of the work was done by hand with “not much rolling” involved, according to Davis, who used high quality acrylic paint that’s recommended for exterior murals. The artist incorporated a two-part UV-blocking clear coat, just as he did on the Legends mural. “I haven’t seen any changes two years later,” he says of that mural. He expects the same long-lasting results for his Newnan piece. In the meantime, ArtRez has agreed to maintain the mural for 10 years. Murals are big work, and Hancock marvels at how Davis honed the fine details with a small brush. “I was amazed at his technique,” says Hancock. “I had a great experience,” says Davis of his first artist-inresidence gig. “Newnan has a ‘Southern gentleman’ kind of vibe.” He sees Alan Jackson the same way: “He seems like a nice guy. I hear he’s soft-spoken. He’s quintessential country.” Hancock calls the mural a “neat thing for Newnan” and reports that Jackson and his team are pleased with the finished product. The building’s owners are pleased as well. “We are very grateful that they chose our building,” says Melissa. “There’s been a lot of buzz around it. It’s brought us a lot of attention, and we’re happy to share our little piece of Newnan with the community.” “Newnan is proud of Alan Jackson, and we’re happy to be a part of that,” adds Casey. NCM
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All Women T Written by MARTY M. HOHMANN
Marlo Moore, of Marlo J. Moore Ministries in Atlanta, is declaring
war on fear, anxiety, despair and hopelessness.
Ready for battle, she expects her upcoming RAW II Conference in Newnan to be a
catalyst for women to reclaim control of their lives.
his year’s RAW (Reaching All Women) Conference is designed for girls and women age 13 and up and takes place March 29-30 at Unveiling Word Ministries at 37 Frank Cook Road in Newnan. Moore calls the conference a “wake-up call to all women who have been through traumatic backgrounds, past hurts and anything that is keeping them blocked from their destiny.” The first conference was held in January 2018, and women young and old, rich and poor, black and white, came from Coweta County and beyond to hear a powerful message that set them on a path to healing, according to Moore. When Deborah Sheppard, founder of Unveiling Word Ministries, offered her facility for the conference, Moore knew she had found the ideal location. Last year’s event was standing room only in the 300-person capacity building and an even larger crowd is expected in March. Sheppard and her husband, Wayne, have
OPPOSITE PAGE 1. Deborah Sheppard, of Unveiling Word Ministries in Newnan, addresses women at last year’s RAW Conference and looks forward to ministering to more at this year’s conference in March. 2. Women at last year’s RAW Conference get on their feet. 3. Deborah and Wayne Sheppard lead Unveiling Word Ministries, host to the Reaching All Women (RAW) Conference in March. 4. Speakers and attendees from last year’s RAW conference look forward to this year’s meeting. 36 | www.newnancowetamag.com
PHOTOS 1, 2 AND 4 COURTESY OF MARLO J. MOORE MINISTRIES. PHOTO 3 COURTESY OF UNVEILING WORD MINISTRIES
Women at last yearâ€™s RAW Conference get on their feet.
“There are a lot of women who suffer in silence. God showed me there are so many women who are hurting, and we need to be there for one another.” — Marlo Moore, Marlo J. Moore Ministries
ministered in Coweta County for more than a decade and believe that Moore’s conference meets a real need in the community. “Whenever there is something involving women who have been wounded, I want to be involved,” says Sheppard. She says it was the abuse in her past that led her to start her own women’s ministry, Sister to Sister, and to use her gifts as a life coach and pastor to help women see their worth. Serving as host to the RAW Conference is a natural extension of that ministry. “It’s exciting,” she says. “Marlo is bringing together a team of women to make sure that every woman has the opportunity to experience healing.” Moore says that’s the idea behind the conference. “There are a lot of women who suffer in silence,” she says. “God showed me there are so many women who are hurting, and we need to be there for one another.” According to Moore, “being there” means helping each individual experience a deeper relationship with God and to know his desires for them as Proverbs 31 women; this scripture rejoices over women who are strong, kind, fearless, capable and worth more than the finest jewels. Opening the conference to girls as young as 13 is intentional, says Moore, “to grab the minds of our young ladies before they become women and help shape their destiny. We want to let them know that they are fearfully and wonderfully made and precious to God.” RAW II is open to all area women and begins Friday evening at 7 p.m. and concludes on Saturday. Conference speakers will address issues ranging from sex trafficking and prostitution to domestic abuse, divorce and single-parenting. Vendors will be on hand with resources on employment assistance, childcare, health care and professional advice. There is no admission fee. Latoria Durden attended last year’s conference and is excited to see what this year’s event holds. “It was a life-changing eye opener for me,” she says. “I can’t wait until RAW 2019.” This year’s theme is “RAW goes to WAR: No More Suffering in Silence.” “You’re not the only person who has gone through divorce or lost a child,” says Moore. “It’s not where you start; it’s where you finish.” NCM
March 29-30 Unveiling Word Ministries 37 Frank Cook Road, Newnan ➤ for girls and women ages 13 and up
OPPOSITE PAGE 1. Women at last year's RAW Conference join in praise and worship. 2. Deborah Sheppard, of Newnan, addresses attendees at the 2018 RAW Conference. 3. Journalist Britni Moore prepares to speak at the Conference.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF MARLO J. MOORE MINISTRIES.
PHOTO COURTESY OF SOUTHERN ARC DANCE
Students of Classic Dance Soar Into Self-Confidence
Southern Arc Dance Owner Paulo Manso de Sousa and Marcia Sussman Frantz perform a number from “Who Cares,” a Balanchine ballet. 40 | www.newnancowetamag.com
Written by FRANCES KIDD
enowned dancer and choreographer Twyla Tharp called dance “the most fundamental of all art forms.” Local instructors of classical dance agree that dance, as an artform, benefits body and brain. While dance for all ages improves physical health by building cardiovascular systems, increasing flexibility and expanding range of motion, it benefits children by building emotional maturity and social awareness. Teachers of dance have seen the art build self-confidence in shy or withdrawn students. “Our students are not just here for dance,” says Paula Manso de Sousa, artistic director at Southern Arc Dance in Newnan. “They gain confidence in themselves and develop a sense of body awareness and teamwork.” Parents appreciate dance class because it puts their sons and daughters in a studio instead of in front of a TV or computer screen. “They learn discipline and how to listen to someone other than their parents,” says Will Slay, operations director at Southern
PHOTO COURTESY OF STAR DANCE STUDIO
A large group from Star Dance Studio prepares to perform ballet to “Snow” from “The Nutcracker.”
Arc. “And they make friends and learn about life—with all its teamwork, excitement and disappointment. When a dance parent was asked why he paid so much for dance classes, he answered that he didn’t pay for classes; he paid for the opportunities that dance provides his children to develop qualities that will serve them well through life.” Not only children gain from dancing; adults of all ages benefit from dance as well. Routine physical activity helps keep the body and brain healthy as people age, according to AARP, which promotes dancing as a way to boost brain power by improving memory skills when it comes to remembering dance steps and sequences. Coweta children and adults have ample opportunity to learn dance with numerous studios in the area. Classes range from ballet to hip hop to flamenco
and beyond. In the studio, young dancers may work toward dancing in competition or receive training in classical ballet. While classes and philosophies may differ from studito to studio, local instructors teach the art of dance with enthusiasm that spills from their studios. So grab your tap shoes or your tutu, and everybody dance now.
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Manso de Sousa opened Southern Arc Dance in 2013. Today, he and Slay offer professional dance training, providing a place for children and adults to express their creativity. Students range from age 3 to 70-plus and anyone who wants to enroll is welcome. “We believe everybody can dance,” says Slay.
Manso de Sousa danced his way across America with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, The Eliot Feld Ballet, and other dance companies. He also danced in other countries, including his native Portugal, before bringing his classicallytrained expertise to Newnan. In addition to traditional types of dance, Southern Arc offers Dance for Parkinson’s, giving dancers an experience that develops artistry and grace while addressing PD-specific concerns. Southern Arc also offers Dance without Limits classes where children with special needs can join in an extracurricular activity while improving motor skills, confidence and socialization. Along with their routine productions, Southern Arc presents Artz in the Park, an annual dance, music and art festival that’s open to the public on the first march/april 2019 | 41
We believe everybody can dance.
The youngest competitors at Star Dance Studio, ages 5 to 8, make up the Petite Dance Company. Here, they ham it up before performing a jazz routine to “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.”
Saturday in May at Greenville Street Park.
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this year. Her students range in age from 3 to 18. All students learn proper techniques, including recreational students who attend class once or twice a week and more serious students whose goals are to compete or win college scholarships, according to Tincher-McGuffey.
PHOTO COURTESY OF STAR DANCE STUDIO
— Will Slay, operations director at Southern Arc
Classes include pre-pointe, ballet-tap combo and tumbledance/hippity-hop (for kid ages 6 to 8). Certified through Dance Educators of America, Tincher-McGuffy says she keeps current on dance education trends as a member of the Professional Dance Teachers Association.
Star Dance has an audition-only
performance company that has been successful in regional and national
competitions. In 2018, the company
earned 42 first place awards, 15 secondplace awards and 13 third place awards. The studio was named the top scoring
studio of the year by Platinum National Dance Competition. “We cultivate a true sense of family,” Tincher-McGuffey says. “Some of our students attend college on dance scholarships, and they can often be found at the studio when home on break to help with classes or just dance at the studio again.”
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PHOTO BY WILL DARNELL
Parents and children who want to experience a full range of artistic endeavors and storytelling will find their place at Steppin’ Out
LEFT Elizabeth Darnell and her daughter, Rachel, a dance student at Steppin’ Out, prepare for a holiday performance.
PHOTO BY PAULO MANSO DE SOUS A
Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow look forward to dance lessons at Southern Arc.
Performing Arts GA in Newnan. Cassie Jackson opened her studio in August 2018 and already has a large following of students from ages 2 to 12. Jackson is passionate about helping her dancers achieve their highest potential while having as much fun as possible. “All of our combo classes for ages 2½ to 6 experience an enchanting introduction to ballet, tap and jazz techniques in a fun and creative environment using story time, props and dress-up costumes to make each class a magical experience,” says Jackson. One of her students, Rachel Darnell, moved to Newnan with her parents last July. When asked why she chose this studio, Darnell’s mother, Elizabeth, says, “We wanted a place where she could learn dance techniques but also be able to enjoy herself.” “And I get to perform on a stage,” adds 7-year-old Rachel, who dances in Jackson’s musical theater classes. “I like that.” NCM march/april 2019 | 43
Fixer Uppers: In the Middle of a Remodel Written by NEIL MONROE | Photographed by BETH NEELY
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Ricky Henson, Joe Knight, Todd Morgan and David Burrell of Henson Concrete pour a foundation that will enable construction of a new bedroom/bath and basement extension. About four months remained on the construction timeline when this photo was taken in early January.
BUILDING ON KNOWLEDGE Ginna Jordan has extensive experience in the construction business, and her project in Newnan’s Featherston Heights neighborhood builds on that knowledge. The late 1940s house had only a single bath; an additional bedroom, new kitchen, exterior renovation and three more bathrooms will bring the home up to modern standards.
ne of the most popular genres on television has been home renovation. From the venerable PBS series “This Old House” to the more modern “Fixer Upper” and “Flip or Flop,” these shows attract a wide audience. The premise is simple: Buy an older, rundown house, invest money in rehab and design, then sell it for a nice profit—all in one TV hour or less. Onscreen, it’s a formula that seems to work almost every time. But as Newnan resident and contractor Ginna Jordan will tell you, the reality of such projects is far from the glamorous, seemingly easy transformations featured on TV. Jordan has successfully managed her own contracting and construction firm for more than a decade and rebuilt or remodeled dozens of properties in Newnan and nearby towns. She brings that experience to her current project, one near and dear to her. It’s the house directly next door to
hers in the Featherston Heights area of Newnan, and she believes it represents a solid opportunity. “It’s a wonderful house, and it has great little details that make it very attractive, like original hardwood flooring, unique trim and molding, and an arched opening into the dining room,” says Jordan. “But this house is a bit of a challenge because of its age. It was built in the 1940s and it’s large, about 2,000 square feet, with a full basement and three bedrooms. But it only has one bathroom, and these days, that just doesn’t work.” With design help from her neighbor, Minerva Winslow, Jordan is adding on a master bedroom suite, a new laundry room and another bathroom, all on the main level. She’s also restoring a bathroom in the basement, reclaiming the original floors, replacing all the windows and putting on a new roof. The kitchen has been gutted and is being completely replaced and redesigned. “For its age, the house is in good condition overall,” says Jordan. “The march/april 2019 | 45
“I’m a contractor. The TV folks are investors. They hire out the work, while we do the work. About three-fourths of our work is helping homeowners rebuild or renovate their own homes.”
a house before rehab begins, termite damage often goes undetected until a wall is opened or a pipe replaced, according to Jordan. The rehab contractor began her close-to-home project in early October with a completion goal of approximately six months, barring unforeseen issues. “That timeline reflects the challenges of working through the winter,” she says. “We expected some bad weather, but to be — Ginna Jordan honest, this winter has been extremely difficult. The tremendous rain we had framing is solid, the walls are good, all through December has left us a bit the things that give a house durability behind. We’re working hard to catch are fine. Of course, you never know up. As with any construction project, what you’re going to find until you begin time is vital. Delays cost money. We to peel back the layers.” have to stay organized, stay ahead of One of the biggest potential the job with our employees and our challenges with any old home is contractors, and make certain we’re termites. Despite best efforts to check moving effectively.” 46 | www.newnancowetamag.com
If that sounds like a business-like, no-nonsense approach, rest assured, it is. Sitting in the unfinished, unheated living room of the project house on a rainy winter day, Jordan is clear about her main goals: doing quality work and turning a profit. During the housing downturn 10 years ago, she turned her business focus to the available market. She worked with government municipalities in the West Georgia area to rehab several foreclosed properties. She continues to do that type of work, even as the real estate market has improved. “I started in this business working with my dad, and I learned some key lessons pretty quickly,” she says. “To succeed in this business for the long term, you have to be able to adapt to the market conditions that exist. We couldn’t change the downturn, but we could find a way to work through it.” Jordan doesn’t see herself becoming one of the TV folks who makes renovations and rehab look easy. “I’m a contractor,” she says. “The
TV folks are investors. They hire out the work, while we do the work. About three-fourths of our work is helping homeowners rebuild or renovate their own homes. Flipping a house is something that happens when there’s a good opportunity.” For any would-be home flippers who dare try to match the success of the onscreen rehabs, Jordan offers some advice: “Know your market. This isn’t California, and while we’re doing well in and around Coweta now, the market can change quickly. You have to be careful.” With the right knowledge and a willingness to try a different approach, it is possible to have success, she adds, using a successful project in her own Featherston Heights area as an example. “During the downturn, a very large house had been vacant and on the market for several years,” says Jordan. “It had a fireplace in practically every room, and the problem was that the four brick chimneys were all leaning and needed to be rebuilt. As a result, no one wanted to buy the house.” Jordan studied the house, met with an engineer and developed a plan. “We removed the fireplaces and chimneys, reframed the roof, and solved the problem,” she recalls. “It worked, and that demonstrates another important point: Anything can be fixed.” NCM
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Written and Photographed by JACKIE KENNEDY
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or many Southern families, a baked ham is to Easter what turkey and dressing is to Thanksgiving. And just as Thanksgiving leftovers provide turkey sandwiches and such for days to come, after Easter is a great time to feast on recipes prepared with leftover ham. Don’t let that precious ham go to waste. Chop the leftovers into cubes and freeze them for the future. Whether that future involves a ham-beer-cheese soup or classic creamed ham, you’ll end up thankful the kids filled up on candy eggs at Easter. Making your post-Easter lunch could be as easy as crafting sandwiches from slices left from the spiralsliced ham. Or you could go all out and prepare a ham and egg frittata for breakfast, ham salad for lunch, and scalloped potatoes with ham for dinner. Here are a few recipes to help you ham it up.
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loaf French bread cups sour cream cups shredded cheddar cheese (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened cup chopped ham cup green onion cup chopped green chilies teaspoon Worcestershire sauce dash Tabasco dash salt dash black pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Hollow out bread to create bowl, reserving hollowed-out bread pieces. Mix remaining ingredients. Place mixture inside bread bowl. Wrap stuffed bread in foil, and bake for 1 hour. Serve with bread pieces or dip-style corn chips.
Creamy Ham Fettuccine 1 (12-ounce) package fettuccine 3 tablespoons finely chopped onion 3 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour 3 cups heavy whipping cream 2 cups fresh broccoli florets 2 cups cubed, fully cooked ham 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, divided ½ to ¾ teaspoon garlic salt ¼ teaspoon black pepper ¼ teaspoon dried oregano ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg Cook fettuccine according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, saute onion in butter until tender. Stir in flour until blended. Gradually stir in cream. Slowly bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Add broccoli; reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 7 to 10 minutes or until broccoli is crisptender, stirring occasionally. Stir in ham, ½ cup Parmesan cheese, garlic salt, pepper, oregano and nutmeg. Drain fettuccine; top with sauce. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese.
Cheesy Ham, Rice and Broccoli Casserole 2 2 â…” 1 1 1/2 1/2 1Â˝ 3 2 1
(10-ounce) cans cheese soup cups water teaspoon Italian seasoning teaspoon garlic powder teaspoon salt teaspoon black pepper cups uncooked long-grain rice cups broccoli florets cups chopped ham cup shredded Colby Jack cheese
In a large bowl, whisk together soup, water, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Stir in rice, broccoli and ham. Pour mixture in 9x13-inch casserole dish. Cover tightly with foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until rice is tender. Stir casserole to fluff rice; top with shredded cheese. Bake for 5 to 7 more minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
Overnight Ham and Egg Casserole 2 2 7 1/2 3 6 3/4 3/4
cups diced cooked ham tablespoons butter, or as needed slices bread, crusts removed pound American cheese, cubed cups milk eggs, beaten teaspoon dry mustard teaspoon salt
Spray a 9x13-inch casserole dish with cooking spray. Spread ham into the bottom of prepared casserole dish. Butter one side of each bread slice; cut slices into cubes. Arrange buttered bread cubes on top of ham; layer American cheese over bread cubes. Whisk together in a bowl: milk, eggs, dry mustard and salt; pour mixture over cheese layer. Cover dish with aluminum foil and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove aluminum foil from casserole. Bake until cheese is melted and eggs are set in the middle, about 1 hour.
Ham and Bean Slow Cooker Soup 1 1/2 1/2 2 1 2-3 6 4
cup dried navy beans cup chopped onion cup chopped celery teaspoons olive oil tablespoon thyme carrots, chopped ounces cooked ham, cut into 1-inch squares cups vegetable broth Salt and pepper, to taste
Place dried beans in pot and cover with water; water should be about 2 inches higher than beans. Cover pot, and soak beans overnight. Drain beans, rinse thoroughly and set aside. Cook onions and celery in olive oil; stir in thyme. When mixture is browned, add it with beans and remaining ingredients to slow cooker. Cook on low for 8 hours. Serve with bread or crackers.
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ABOVE The Resurrection is celebrated in song at Central Baptist Church in Newnan.
Easter Music Marks the Season
Written by SUSAN MAYER DAVIS
ay the word â€œEaster,â€? and many people think of the Easter bunny and baskets, egg hunts and lilies. For Christians, the word means more. The celebration of Easter, also known as Resurrection Sunday, is one of two major annual observances celebrated by Christians. The other is Christmas, and music is woven
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closerlook into the fabric of each. The core of the Christian faith is based on the resurrection of Christ whose triumphant return is commemorated at Easter. For more than 2,000 years, believers around the world have opened their hearts and raised their voices in celebration of this event. The words of the songs—from timeless hymns to contemporary worship songs—express joy and thanksgiving for the selfless act of God in giving his son to redeem the sins of mankind. Easter season observances in the church begin about six weeks prior to Easter Sunday. This season of Lent, a 40-day period of reflection, starts with Ash Wednesday, when many of the faithful attend a church service that may include congregants receiving on their foreheads a cross marked in ashes. Since Lent is a six-week period of reflection, the music is generally somber and includes classic hymns and newer standards like “Rock of Ages,” “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross,” “Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)” and “Were You There When They
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ABOVE David Kinrade leads the choir at First United Methodist Church in Newnan.
Crucified My Lord?” Some churches present cantatas during this time to portray the agony of Christ’s last days and the immense sacrifice he made. At Easter services across Coweta, music heralds the celebration of Christ’s resurrection. At First United Methodist Church in Newnan, Minister of Music David Kinrade and Assistant Music Director Bonnie Krider begin planning in early January for special Easter music. To mark the beginning of Lent on Sunday, March 17, First Methodist’s Chancel Choir and Chamber Orchestra (with organ, cello, flute, oboe, glockenspiel and timpani) will present “Requiem” by John Ruitter. The theme for “Requiem” commemorates Christ’s suffering leading up to the resurrection. On Palm Sunday, April 14, First Methodist presents special music with the Joybells Handbell Choir along with the sweet music of the Carol Choir (grades 3-6) and the Chancel Choir. Easter morning features triumphant music by the Chancel and Youth
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ABOVE Symbolic of the sovereignty of Christ, the color purple is often prominent at area Easter services like this one at First Baptist Church in Newnan.
choirs with brass accompaniment.
Anne Cronic, music director at Central
Baptist Church in Newnan, looks forward
to their Holy Week program, a service that
alternates between scripture readings of the
Passion narrative and musical selections. The program, “Tenebrae: A Service of Darkness” by Hal Hopson, is set for April 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. The Chancel Choir
will present special music on Easter Sunday, April 21, at 10:55 a.m., accompanied by a string quartet.
Rev. Lee Chitwood of First Baptist Church
in Newnan invites the public to Easter
services, particularly their Tenebrae service featuring acclaimed violin virtuoso Jaime
Jorge and the Sanctuary Choir and orchestra on Good Friday, April 19, at 7 p.m.
Most churches in Coweta County offer
special music during Lent and on Easter to enhance the spiritual side of the season.
➤ Check websites of area churches for
more info. NCM
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All-Natural Dyed Eggs The bright, vibrant colors of Easter eggs do not need to rely on artificial dyes. You can easily create your own, all-natural dye with everyday ingredients from the grocery store.
RS Written by EMILY WU
s springtime rolls around, it’s time to embrace the season and the holiday it brings. With Easter at hand, there is one constant craft you can count on: dyeing eggs. With a tradition as classic as egg dyeing, it’s easy to feel stuck in a rut. But it doesn’t have to be that way. From the dyes themselves to the decorations and techniques, the possibilities for unique, creative Easter eggs are limitless. Here are a few ideas to help spark your creativity when it’s time to get cracking on those eggs. 54 | www.newnancowetamag.com
You will need: ✓ Bowls or cups large enough to submerge an egg ✓ A small pot to bring dye solution to a boil ✓ Mesh strainer ✓ White vinegar ✓ For blue dye: 2 cups chopped purple cabbage and 2 cups water ✓ For yellow dye: 4 tablespoons turmeric and 2 cups water ✓ For pink dye: 2 cups peeled, grated beets and 2 cups water Place ingredients for each color dye in a small pot and bring to a boil, then allow to simmer until the desired color is reached. Once the colors are to satisfaction, remove the solution from heat, allow it to cool to room temperature, and pour the solution through a mesh strainer into individual bowls. Add one tablespoon of white vinegar to each bowl, and then place eggs in the bowls. Place the bowls with the eggs in the refrigerator to set until desired level of color intensity is reached.
This fun dye method from Everybody Craves on YouTube uses shaving cream to create a fluffy dye and a unique swirl pattern. It also does not require any boiling or hot liquids. Up your standard egg game with this fun and artistic technique. You will need: ✓ Shaving cream ✓ Cookie sheet or disposable foil pan ✓ Liquid food dye (neon dye creates brighter colored eggs) ✓ Spatula ✓ Water Begin by covering your cookie sheet or pan with an even layer of shaving cream. Drip food dye onto the shaving cream and use the spatula to mix color and create swirls. Next, roll one egg through the colored shaving cream. Allow egg to sit for five minutes, then wipe away extra shaving cream and rinse in cool water.
Masking Stripes, Prints and Designs Adding designs to dyed eggs doesn’t have to be complicated; stripes, lines and intricate designs can be created with an easy technique called masking. This is achieved by applying an extra layer of a material to the egg in certain spots before dipping it into the dye. You will need: ✓ Egg dye prepared ✓ Electrical tape, rubber bands, or thin lace For thick, even stripes, wrap a bare boiled egg with a strip of electrical tape. For thin, sporadic lines, wrap a rubber band both across and down the length of the egg. To add a delicate touch, wrap a strip of lace around the center of an egg. When the egg has been prepared, simply place it in the preferred dye solution and allow to soak as normal. After the egg has completely dried, remove the masking to reveal your art. Experiment with other materials to create your own designs. NCM
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Kid-Friendly Sticker Eggs Involving young children in egg dyeing projects can sound like a messy tragedy waiting to happen, but that doesn’t have to be the case. For mess-free fun, use stickers to decorate eggs. You will need various stickers in favorite shapes, colors or characters. Help children apply stickers to already-dyed or bare, boiled eggs to let even the youngest helpers be part of the project. ABOVE Toddlers can get in on the fun of egg-decorating minus the mess as 1-year-old Avery demonstrates.
The Elegant EASTER Written by MARTHA A. WOODHAM
“Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.”
ome Easter morning on April 21, churches all over Coweta County will be adorned with beautiful flowers in celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Many of these blooms will be the ethereal Easter lily—large, white, trumpet-shaped flowers, elegant and regal, set on dark green stalks. It was two centuries ago when the now-popular Lilium longiflorum came to represent Easter. The Bible describes lilies growing in Palestine, but the large, white flower now known as the Easter lily didn’t become common in churches until the 1800s. Marketing Lilium longiflorum for Easter is a tradition found only in North America. According to the Easter Lily Research Association, the bulbs are native to the Ryukyu Islands of southern Japan. During the 1800s, they were widely cultivated in Bermuda, which shipped bulbs to the United States. When returning to Oregon after World War I in 1919, Louis Houghton smuggled a suitcase full of lily bulbs into the U.S. and gave them away to family and friends. After the attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II, sources of the Japanese bulbs were cut off and the value of lily bulbs skyrocketed. Oregonians who grew these lilies as a hobby went into business cultivating bulbs for the American market. By 1945, there were about 1,200 growers producing bulbs along the Pacific Coast. Today, most Easter lily bulbs sold in North America are grown on 10 farms in northwestern California and southwestern Oregon, which has become known as the Easter Lily Capital of the World. Ninety-five percent of the more than 11 million Easter lilies grown in the U.S. come from this area.
Selecting an Easter Lily
First, a word of warning: Some Lilium species—especially L. longiflorum—are highly toxic to cats. Plant lovers with cats should not bring Easter lilies into their homes.
nursery & gardens It’s tempting to buy a lily in full bloom, but delay your immediate gratification for long-term enjoyment. Consider these tips for choosing lilies that will last beyond the holiday season: • Choose a plant two times as tall as the pot. A plant that has outgrown its pot will be stressed. • Select a plant with flowers and buds in various stages of development, preferably from tight bud to partially opened flower. • Make sure the foliage is a healthy green color and extends all the way down the stem to the soil line. • Check that the plant has no signs of insects or disease. • Be wary of Easter lilies displayed in paper, plastic or mesh sleeves, which will deteriorate the plant’s quality. • Avoid waterlogged plants. A wilted plant could be a sign of root rot.
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Place the lily near a window that receives bright, indirect natural light. To prolong the life of each blossom, remove the yellow anthers before they begin to shed pollen. Protect your lily from drafts and heat sources. Cool daytime temps in the 60-65 degree range will prolong the life of the flowers. Water the lily only when soil is dry to the touch. Keep soil moist but not too wet. For proper drainage, remove the decorative foil around the pot. Remove flowers as they fade and wither.
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Planting Lilies in Your Garden
Attempting to get an Easter lily to rebloom in its pot is usually unsuccessful. However, the plants can be replanted in your outdoor perennial flower bed in the spring since Easter lilies can be grown in Coweta County. Wait until the lily has finished blooming and the plant begins to die down. • Pick a sunny garden spot with well-drained soil. Lilies like sunshine, but their roots should be kept cool with mulch. • Remove any remaining flowers and browning leaves from the bulb. Set the top of the bulb three inches below the soil surface, mounding up an additional three inches of topsoil over it. • If you have multiple bulbs, space them at least 12 to 18 inches apart. • Water bulbs immediately and apply a two-inch layer of mulch. NCM
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Coweta to Me
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by Rosa Lovejoy
hat I like most about Newnan is that it offers the best of both worlds—a small-town feel, but also an international cosmopolitan flavor. The people are friendly and still exude the Southern charm of decades past. In June 2016, I took the bold step of moving from Thomas County in southwest Georgia to the Atlanta area to fulfill my desire to travel and serve in short-term foreign missions. First, I moved to an apartment in Peachtree City but was unable to find a condo or small house there. I found a townhome in a subdivision in Newnan and moved to Coweta County in March 2017. I had never heard of Newnan, but I liked it right away. It met the criteria important to me: It is near the airport, there are lots of restaurants and shopping, and the post office and library are not far away. One day, I decided to find the public library but got lost (no GPS). I asked a man downtown for directions, and he pointed me to the Newnan Carnegie Library on LaGrange Street. It was love at first sight. Even though Whether you’ve it is not part of the public library system, it offers an array of activities that lived here all your life or only a year, we want to have helped me acclimate smoothly to my new home and its surroundings. hear your persona l Coweta story. I began to take exercise classes there twice a week and gentle yoga on Did you and your husband fall Wednesdays. I have also attended lectures and workshops and sometimes in love here? Did yo u move here in borrow books. The staff is friendly and very helpful. your senior year of high school an d There is a vibrant community of artists in Newnan. I’ve taken a quilting make lifelong frien ds? Did you pick class at Corner Arts Gallery Studio and plan to take painting classes with guitar with your grandpa and grow its owner, Jenny Jones. I have met several writers and hope to become part up to be a musici an? of a writing group. Whatever your ow n Coweta County story is, we I have been retired for several years and my experience in Coweta ’d like you to share it with read County is very good and nourishing. I’ve met good neighbors and friends ers of NewnanCoweta Magazin here. I have visited several area churches and look forward to connecting e. Keep your word count at 350-450 to one where I can serve and contribute to the congregation and help words, please. Email your “Cow eta to Me” story others. to magazine@ne wnan.com and This is life at its best, and I am happy to be part of this thriving we’ll publish the best. We look community. NCM
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‘Illusions of Paradise’ Reviewed by Silvia Gaines
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ou never know what you’re going to get from a first-time author. You could hit the jackpot or go bust. As an avid murder mystery reader, I was excited to read “Illusions of Paradise,” the debut novel from author Pat McKanic. Not only does she reside in my hometown of Sarasota, Fla.; the book cover blurb sounded so intriguing, I decided to give it a read. I’m glad to say that I hit the jackpot. The book focuses on a newspaper reporter named Toni Jackson. She arrives on a fictional Caribbean island and falls in love—against her better judgment—with Police Detective Jameyson Tolliver. She thinks she’s found paradise. And you will, too, based on the author’s ability to transport you to the island with her descriptions of the lush vegetation, turquoise waters, white sand beaches, mouth-watering Caribbean cuisine, traditions and customs. Things go south, though, when a woman is found murdered on a beach, and police seem unable, or unwilling, to solve the case. They’re covering up for someone, but who? Everyone, including Toni’s lover, is suspect, and she realizes that nothing is what it seems; it’s all just an illusion. Toni is determined to get justice for the murdered woman at all costs. When her sources start dying, she decides to leave the island. But a sinister someone has other plans for her and escaping Paradise may not be in the cards for her. “Illusions of Paradise” is a whodunit in the truest form. Early on, the story focuses on the love story between Toni and Jamey. That concerned me initially, but to her credit, McKanic masterfully intertwines their story with the murder plot in a way that is both captivating and satisfying. This book ranks as one of the best murder mysteries I’ve read in terms of keeping me guessing. The book is chock full of twists and turns you’ll never see coming. One chapter, especially, is written so cleverly and has a twist so shocking that you’re compelled to go back and read it again. The entire book is well-written, suspenseful, quirky, laugh-out-loud funny and sexy without being graphic or over-the-top.
KENTE RAINBOW BOOK CLUB Newnan resident Silvia Gaines, second from left, introduced members of her book club, Kente Rainbow, to Pat McKanic’s book, “Illusions of Paradise.” The author joined club members via Skype for their discussion of the book. Since the book features pineapple mimosas, book club members and McKanic sipped on mimosas during their discussion. Enjoying the event are, from left, Cecelia Mann, Gaines, Susan Galloway, Rogina Williams and Joan McNeil.
The characters are exceptionally welldeveloped. You know that a book has truly captured your imagination when you find yourself missing the characters. I felt like I knew the people in this book personally. That can be attributed in part to dialogue so authentic and believable that it practically jumps off the page. Surprises abound at almost every turn, leading to a heart-racing, climactic and satisfying conclusion. This book will keep you engrossed and entertained from the first to the very last page. I enjoyed it so much that I chose it for my book club, and the club members loved it, too. “Illusions of Paradise” is an excellent read from a first-time author, and I anxiously await the next book from McKanic. “Illusions of Paradise” earned a Five Star review from Readers’ Send your review with Favorite; 410 pages; your contact information published December to magazine@newnan. 2017. ★★★★★
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MARCH Tapestry: The Carole King Songbook Show
The Nixon Centre for the Arts, Newnan 3 p.m. | $15-$20
Tapestry, the Carole King Songbook is the premier musical tribute to Carole King. The show recreates the sound and vibe of a 1970s King concert following her legendary album, “Tapestry.” Impeccable attention to detail is taken in re-creating a respectful and accurate musical presentation of piano and vocals. The show serves as a retrospective of the iconic songwriting team of Goffin and King, the prolific team who wrote chart-topping hits for Aretha Franklin, The Beatles, James Taylor and more. You’ll feel the earth move under your feet. For info, visit thenixoncentre.net, call 770.254.2787 or email John.Molettiere@cowetaschools.net.
Two American Stories
Wadsworth Auditorium, Newnan | 3 p.m.
Spend an afternoon with two unlikely friends, a Syrian refugee turned cardiologist and a military veteran who is a former KKK member. Both men have overcome great obstacles in life and want to share the message that what unites us is much more than what divides us. The conversation will be followed by a Q&A session and refreshments. For info, visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘The Boys Next Door’ Newnan Theatre Company Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. | $10-$17
“The Boys Next Door” tells the story of four men with various mental disabilities who live in a group home. Through a series of vignettes, the performance shows how the men try to fit in and find their place in society. They have their work cut out for them. For more, visit newnantheatre.org/2018-19-season.
Senoia Optimist Club Pancake Breakfast Senoia Senior Center 7 a.m.-11 a.m. | $5
Fill up on pancakes and feel good about it because proceeds support Senoia Athletic Youth. Five bucks for all you can eat. For more, visit facebook.com/SenoiaOptimistClub.
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13th Annual ShamRock Run Newnan Court Square | 8 a.m.
The Newnan Junior Service League hosts this annual USATF-certified run. Competitive runners race the 10K course, while the entire family will enjoy the 5K and Leprechaun Dash. Walking the course is fine, and dogs and strollers are welcome for the 5K and Dash. Awards will be given for Most Creative Green Costume Adult and Most Creative Green Costume Child under 12. For more, visit njslserves.org.
4-H Horse & Pony Club Spring Fun Show
Coweta County Fairgrounds, Newnan 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Pull on your boots and mosey over to the Horse Arena at the local fairgrounds for the annual Horse & Pony show. Participants in junior, senior and adult divisions win trophies for first place and ribbons for placing first through sixth. (April 20 is the rain date.) For more, visit facebook. com/Coweta-County-4-H-Horse-Pony-Club.
Newnan Kennel Club Match Show
Coweta County Fairgrounds, Newnan 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
This AKC event provides an important learning process for dogs, exhibitors, handlers, judges and members of the Newnan Kennel Club. Held at the Fairgrounds Ag Building, Ticket Booth and Walker Horse Outdoor Theater. For more, visit newnankennelclub.org.
The Masterworks Chorale featuring The Carrollton Jazz Orchestra Nixon Centre for the Arts, Newnan 2 p.m. | $15
The Masterworks Chorale shares the afternoon program with one of the hottest new jazz orchestras in the area, The Carrollton Jazz Orchestra, a 20-piece jazz band in residence at the Center for the Arts in Carrollton. The “big band” orchestra performs challenging music in the context of a contemporary jazz orchestra format. The program is a tribute to the works of Leonard Bernstein. For info, visit thenixoncentre.net, call 770.254.2787 or email John. Molettiere@cowetaschools.net.
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Unveiling Word Ministries 37 Frank Cook Road, Newnan
The RAW Conference is a Women’s Empowerment Revival designed to meet the needs and help shape the destinies of young women from age 16 and up. Designed as a wake-up call to women who have been through traumatic backgrounds, the experience provides a deeper relationship with God. Starts Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. For info, visit eventbrite. com/e/raw-ii-reaching-all-women-329-33019-tickets.
APRIL Newnan Theatre Company Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. | $10-$17
Touching and often hilarious, this production follows Miles, a young actor from the big city, who moves in with Morgan and Angus, aging bachelor farmers, to do research for a new play. Intrigued by the puzzling Angus who suffered brain damage during World War II, Miles includes an overheard story in his play and unwittingly reawakens Angus’s memory. For more, visit newnantheatre.org/2018-19-season.
Coweta County Master Gardener Extension Volunteers Spring Plant Sale
Coweta County Fairgrounds, Newnan 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Plants raised by local master gardeners are for sale. Bring a box or a wagon and stock up on flowers, trees, tomato and pepper plants, herbs and more. Proceeds fund 4-H Camp scholarships, college scholarships, Backyard Association speakers, master gardener projects with Newnan/Coweta Boys & Girls Club and advanced training for master gardeners. For more, visit facebook.com/CowetaCountyMasterGardener ExtensionVolunteers.
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Broadway’s Next Hit Musical Nixon Centre for the Arts, Newnan 7 p.m. | $15-$20
Every song is fresh. Every scene is new. Every night is different. It’s all improvised and it’s all funny. This hilarious musical is the only unscripted theatrical awards show. Master improvisers gather made up, hit song suggestions from the audience and create a spontaneous evening of music, humor and laughter. The audience votes for its favorite song and watches as the cast turns it into a full-blown improvised musical complete with memorable characters, witty dialogue and plot twists galore. For info, visit thenixoncentre. net, call 770.254.2787 or email John.Molettiere@ cowetaschools.net.
Abby’s Angels Foundation Rainbow Run & Family Fun Day Coweta County Fairgrounds, Newnan 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
The sixth annual Rainbow Run funds work of Abby’s Angels Foundation. Rainbow Run participants are doused with a rainbow of colorful powders, and Family Fun Day activities include music, entertainment, food, inflatables and a raffle. For more, visit abbysangelsfoundation.org.
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The various restaurants of Senoia will have goodies for tasting. Entertainment and face painting are on the agenda, and raffle tickets are $20 each toward a seven-night stay at Mountain Thunder Resort in Breckenridge, Colo. Proceeds support various projects of the Senoia Optimist Club, including scholarships and donations to organizations that support community youth. For more, visit facebook. com/SenoiaOptimistClub.
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(1 mile west of GA 85) Open: Fri & Sat: 10 am-5pm; Sun: 1-5 pm
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CowetaFayette Fayette EMC employees Coweta EMC employees are are members, parents, volunteers members, parents, andand volunteers justlike likeyou. you. Our employees just Our employees are are dedicated providing your homes dedicated toto providing your homes and and businesses with safe, reliable power businesses with safe, reliable power while forgetting their reason why.why. whilenever never forgetting their reason CFEMC more than keep the the lights CFEMCdoes does more than keep lights on. We give you the power to plug into on. We give you the power to plug into your family, friends and neighbors.
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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties
Coweta / Newnan Office
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Chris & Julie Hunt
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Linda Huff, Sr. VP & Managing Broker – Coweta/Newnan Office 770-254-8333 - 1201 Lower Fayetteville Road, Newnan, GA 30265
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