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he Christmas decorations have been on store aisles for months now and it’s finally time to embrace the season. What about all those decorations that the stores stock their shelves with starting in September (which is just wrong by the way)? Decorating can be as simple or elaborate as you decide. We’ve got some basic tips for organizing your gameplan in our Holiday Decorating article. The holidays are a time of  joy and family for many, but some families are especially fortunate to be celebrating the return of soldiers who have or are serving our country. Veteran’s Day on November 11 gives a chance to thank all our veterans. The Quilts of Valor Foundation is dedicated to recognizing veterans of all wars and thanking them for their

service with a handmade quilt. Read more in Annie Quern’s article in this issue. May God bless all who have served and our currently serving our country. Does holiday shopping drive you to drink? We can help with both! Sue Davis did some legwork for the reluctant shopper and identifies a few Cowetamade gift ideas to help you add some Ho, Ho, Neato to your gift list. We also took one for the team and did the rounds of our local bartenders for their recommended holiday cocktails. Their concoctions will lift even the Grinch-iest of spirits. If you’re a transplant to Coweta and celebrating “Friendsgiving” away from your family this year then you know the importance of Friendship. Studies have shown that people with a network of friends have better health, less stress and live longer. Check out the article on Golden Friendships to meet a group of Newnan natives who have maintained an active friendship for more than 60 years. Will social media and our fast-paced lifestyles make keeping lifelong connections easier or harder? What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear them at magazine@ Please have a safe and joyous holiday season,

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Kristi Westlake with Westlake Design Studio in Newnan suggests decorating with red as an accent color.


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he holiday season calls for shopping, choosing and trimming the tree, and of course, decorations. Some families may decide to go all out for the holiday season, while others may do little decorating. The decision may be made based on budget, traditions or whether someone has an idea of what type of decorations they want to use. Decorations can make the season more merry and bright. Nearly 102 million Americans say decorating for the winter holidays is one of their favorite things to do each year and 72 percent of Americans start their holiday decorating before Thanksgiving or right after, according to a survey conducted by proflowers. com, an online flower delivery service. Newnan native Kristi Westlake, owner of Westlake Design Studio in Newnan, offers holiday decorating tips for the seasoned and beginner decorator to make holiday decorating easy and fun. “Red is one of my favorite go-to colors for the season,” Westlake said. “It pairs so well with green. With all the hype and holiday decor around it’s easy to go overboard when decorating for the holiday season.” Westlake said anyone who is decorating should choose a theme and stick with it. “For instance, in one project we wanted to warm up the space with red and gold accents,” Westlake said. “Red is a vibrant color that has a lot of impact.” When it comes to decorating, the interior designer said less is best. “When in doubt, sprinkle your accents

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Accents may be placed strategically in desired locations to avoid clutter, according to Kristi Westlake with Westlake Design Studio in Newnan.

strategically, placing them in desired locations,” she said. “For example, we may place red cloth napkins on our white plates. This simple understated look is a classic touch, creating a nice pop of color to the tablescape. “Coordinate your theme and colors with your large statement pieces, like Christmas trees, wreaths, and greenery. This could be setting red poinsettias and red bows in the greenery and on the Christmas tree,” she continued. Westlake said the same tips can be applied if decorating with jewel or blush tones. Below are some tips from Cowetans who decorate their home for the holidays. Whether your decorating is simple or complex, may you have a Merry Christmas. Angela Cambas - Christmas 20 |

decorating is one of my favorite things. I helped my mom decorate for her home to be “Santa’s house” for about 10 years. She and my dad are not able to open their home up to others like in years past, but we still love to decorate and do three trees at her house. For my home, I do five to seven trees indoors and one or two outside. I would love a tree in every room, but just do not have the space. The trees are full of things I love: Santas, Disney, things my children and grandchildren have made and some toys. Some are themed, but I tend to like to change them up each year so I can mix and match everything. Christmas items start coming out of the boxes a week before Thanksgiving with the weekend of  Thanksgiving full of decorating. I have tons of child-friendly decorations and Christmas books. Friends

have said it’s like walking into Santa’s playland. My tip is to always have some decorations down where children can touch and explore them. Let them enjoy the magic of the season. Keep a basket full of Christmas books to read with them every day. Decorate a spot just for you that makes you relaxed and happy every time you see it. Samantha Wood - I start Christmas decorating the week before Thanksgiving. We always go to Missouri to be with my husband’s family for Thanksgiving and I like for the house to be fully decorated when we return. I try to decorate every room. I leave Christmas pictures up yearround as well. I feel like Christmas is not a time of year, but a feeling we carry with us all year long. Have you ever noticed how most people are jollier and how the lights

Nearly 72 percent of Americans begin their Christmas holiday decorating before Thanksgiving or right after, according to a survey conducted by, an online flower delivery service.

and decorations make you feel happy? I want that feeling all year so I keep a little bit of Christmas up all year long. I normally put up five to seven trees, but I can get three up even in a smaller home. I love decorating and making bows. My best decorating tip is use lighted garland to fill the inside of your tree. It makes it look much fuller and you can’t see through it as much. Merry Christmas!

“Coordinate your theme and colors with your large statement pieces, like Christmas trees, wreaths, and greenery. This could be setting red poinsettias and red bows in the greenery and on the Christmas tree.”

Sherri Rainwater - I love Christmas! My decorating begins the day after Thanksgiving every year, and has since I began my own “grown-up” decorating. I have at least one tree in each room of my house. Under each tree is a village scene. Each scene has houses, stores, churches, people, etc. I have a very special tree in the kitchen in memory of my daddy, Gary Calhoun. He passed away February 20, 2008. Daddy and I love sunflowers. So this little tree has blue lights and is covered in sunflowers. It’s not the typical Christmas tree but it’s mine for my daddy. In total, I have 12 Christmas trees in my house, each decorated differently. Outside, my husband, Kevin, constructs a 12’ light tree with a star on top. That’s his special project each year. He has also done smaller light trees as well. My tip is to have fun with it. When decorating becomes a chore and you begin to dread it, stop doing so much. Remember, if it’s not perfect, children won’t see the imperfections. They will only see the magic of the season. NCM

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Holiday Cocktails

from Coweta’s Best Bartenders


t’s that time — shop ‘til you drop, entertain, be entertained, see your family. The next two months are a whirlwind of fun, but sometimes getting in the spirit requires some, well, spirits! We asked some of Coweta’s finest bartenders their recommendation for a holiday cocktail. To suit the season, there’s lots of creamy goodness in many of their recommendations, a mule with a Christmas kick and a little champagne is always a good idea. Our bartenders hail from all over the county so you’re never far from a cocktail break. Just be responsible and make good choices! Written by DEBBIE BURNS BRADY Photographed by CLAY NEELY

Alyson Whigham

Brickhouse Grille & Tavern ou’ll get a warm welcome from Alyson Whigham, who has been with Brickhouse since before it moved from Thomas Crossroads. Most of Alyson’s customers don’t test her mixology skills as they tend more to straightforward mixes but, when put to the test, she delivers! Her Peach Nectar looks festive, and that’s before you take a taste! Champagne in the mix makes it happy and light, you can stay in holiday mode straight through New Year.

Peach Nectar 1 1/4 oz. Absolut Apeach 2 oz. Triple Sec Splash of lime ju ice Dash of sugar Topped with cham pagne or prosecc o

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Michael Barnes

Nic & Norman’s

ou’re likely to have out of town guests whose trip to Coweta wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Senoia for a possible zombie sighting. Once you meet Michael Barnes at Nic & Norman’s, you’ll be encouraging a jaunt to Senoia on the regular. Michael has a passion for bartending and her cocktails are unique and flavorful. Her specialties are margaritas, and they are both her favorite drink and her most requested one. Now we know where to go on Cinco de Mayo, but we’ve got to get through the holidays first. To help with that, Michael is mixing up a Cinnamon Roll Martini.

l l o R n o m a n n i C Martini

1/2 oz. Kahlua ata 1/2 oz. RumCh &-half Splash of halfS haken o ver ice the rim n o r a g u s n w o r glass with b i in t r a m o t in d Straine cinnamon f o h s a d a h it Topped w

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Apple Cranberry Mule

1-1/2 oz. apple vod ka 1/2 lime fresh-squ eezed 2 dash of bitters 1 oz. cranberry juic e Topped with ginger beer

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o trip to Senoia is complete without a stop at Maguire’s. If you’re lucky, Rob Maguire will be behind the bar. The eldest Maguire son, Rob is back from San Diego and mixing up a good time in Senoia. When asked his favorite thing about bartending, his immediate answer is “Everything! Best job ever!” Rob isn’t going to drown your sorrows, he’s going to put a smile on your face. Let’s face it, it’s hard to be glum with a mule in your mug. And Rob’s putting a holiday flare on this versatile drink.


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Jarrod Reader

Knife & Stone

ew in downtown Newnan is the Knife & Stone. Chef Jarrod Reader is putting his twist on flavors from the kitchen and the bar. Whether he’s plating up your tapas or mixing up a cocktail, you can count on it to be a unique experience. His Smokey Old Fashioned is a treat for all your senses — with the smoke off of a cedar plank filling the glass and the muddled cherries adding a dash of color. It’s the most popular drink on the bar menu. For his holiday cocktail, Jarrod is mixing up a fresh twist on fall flavors.

Spiced Butternut Squa sh Sidecar

1-1/2 oz. curried bu tternut squash puree 1/2 oz. smoked simp le syrup 1-1/2 oz. Cognac Crushed sage leaf Shake over ice

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Strain into a Coupe glass with sea salt coconut milk caram el on the rim Dust with smoked p aprika Garnish with a toast ed marshmallow

Todd The Cellar Frazier at Firestone ack to downtown Newnan — time to make a stop at The Cellar at Firestone. Whether you’re in the bar or in The Bays, you can count on top-notch cocktails. Todd Frazier is fairly new to The Cellar but he’s bringing some great ideas from his 10 years in the restaurant and bar scene in Nashville. He’s looking to add to The Cellar’s cocktail offerings over the next few months, and he started with a fun cocktail to benefit the NewnanCoweta Humane Society — Puppy Love. Since it’s the season of giving, proceeds from Puppy Love cocktails benefit the Humane Society. Order one for the puppies and kittens!

Puppy Lovello

once 1-1/2 oz. Pink Lim cus syrup is ib h e d a m se ou h . 1/2 oz p 1/4 oz. simple syru Muddled lemon ginger garnish & r ee b er g in g h it Topped w

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Kim Reebel

RPM Full Service Patio Pub & Grill

lso in downtown Newnan, swing by for a high-octane drink at RPM — it’s not your average watering hole. Bartender Kim Reebel has been pouring drinks for thirsty customers for over 20 years and always has a few special concoctions for any occasion. With Christmas around the corner, Kim said her Spiked Apple Cider is the perfect soul-warming cocktail, tailor-made for those cold, winter months.

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on 2 oz. bourb 6 oz. cider lemon d e z e e u q s h 1 fres on stick m a n n i c r o ise Top with an

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know a woman who has all her Christmas gifts bought, wrapped, and stashed away with her already-addressed Christmas cards by the end of August. I don’t like her much. I confess to being the kind of shopper who stresses out about Christmas shopping beginning between Thanksgiving and December 24. I tell you, just starting a list causes me hives, and it’s not easy to type with all that scratching going on. This year, I’m taking one for the team and hoping to make life easier for all who suffer from the phobia commonly known on twitter as #shoppingsucks, which includes the fear of fighting big crowds, of being caught in a brawl on Black Friday, and of disappointing a loved one by buying them a Chia Pet or nose hair scissors from an online garage sale at the last minute. First, let me say that Coweta residents are very fortunate to have a plethora of artists and craftspeople in our county. Go into many stores around downtown Newnan or Main Street Senoia, or many other shopping areas available to us, and you can purchase a lovely, unique work of art as a gift. I plan to do plenty of that myself. But for this article, I searched out a few gift ideas I consider interesting items that are not only lovely, or delicious, or gender neutral, but also have a great backstory. I start where I start every morning — with

coffee! Let me introduce you to locally roasted Savage Boys Coffee. As the story goes, the founders, Jono Ramey and his longtime friend, Shane Harper, were musing over a cup of coffee, bemoaning the price tag of $17 for a 10-ounce bag of beans. These two coffee lovers researched importing their own beans and roasting them locally. They sourced only organic, fair-trade beans from Central America, Ethiopia, and Sumatra, and began experimenting with roasting and blending the beans about two years ago, using a small “Hot Top” roaster. The process has evolved so that they now have a room dedicated to a 2,000-kilo roaster, and the related packaging equipment. They are also fully licensed in Georgia to process and sell the beans. When asked about the company name, Jono said the name refers to the movie “Peter Pan,” and the Lost Boys, who were sometimes referred to as “savages.” To the owners, the name reflects their rejection of the idea of climbing a corporate ladder as the ultimate goal in life. Therefore, the company is “dedicated to producing exceptional coffees that are good for people and good for the earth.” You can find Savage Boys Coffee at Greenhouse Mercantile and the Corner Arts Gallery around downtown Newnan and at Bloom Organics Market & Boutique in Peachtree City. A native of Coweta County, Terrell Blankenship


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worked for Sperry Rail Service and traveled extensively across the U.S., Mexico, and Canada until he was injured at work when a truck hit him in 2007. Terrell started making wooden pen and pencil sets as a hobby about 20 years ago for friends and family. As he found different pen parts he liked, he started incorporating them, and requests for his pens grew. Now he offers many items including a unique, hand-turned wooden “pen” made out of deer antler, wood, or acrylic, with a writing pen at one end, and fitted with a carbide tip capable of being used as a glass punch or a self-defense weapon, if needed, at the other. Each pen comes equipped with a ferro rod to start a survival fire that will make you want to grunt like a caveman around the fire pit. He even has one in “winter camouflage” colors of black/ gray, and white. Terrell also has a selection of decorative bird houses and beautiful hand-turned bowls in a variety of specialty woods such as osage orange, maple, oak, sassafras, persimmon, walnut, pecan, and many burls to consider as well. You can see his work at Corner Arts Gallery at 30 S. Court Square, Newnan. Speaking of woods and a fire pit, do you know a neighbor, boss, friend, or relative that is a BBQ King? Why not pick up some locally crafted Bentley’s BBQ Brew and Bentley’s Rib Rub made by Dr. Jack and Pam Giles right here in Newnan. Pam explained that when they moved to Newnan 40 years ago, they discovered that their neighbors exchanged small gifts of cookies, fudge, or the like at Christmas. Eventually, since Jack had been working on a unique and delicious BBQ recipe, they decided to share that as gifts. Their first recipients received it in plastic squirt bottles! It was so well-received, that soon the Gileses had requests coming in all year-round. They had to come up with a name, so Pam named it after their dog, Bentley, a Boxer Mastiff mix who proudly adorns their logo, stating, “It’s dog-gone good!” Pam attended a course at UGA to find out how to prepare and market the sauce, and later the rib rub, and turned one of their downstairs bedrooms into an FDA-approved commercial kitchen. They had to obtain food licenses, etc., and the rest, as they say, is history. Their products—now in actual jars—are available at a few select stores in Newnan (see their blog at and they are hoping to have it available in Publix soon in their special “Made in Georgia” section. Being a foodie, I have to add one more item to the list. Almost everyone likes a sweet bite after a good meal, or as an afternoon treat. And a piece or two of buttery toffee fills the bill every time! 34 |

The delicacies are made in downtown Newnan by local craftspeople, Kerry and his wife Phyllis Graham at Let Them Eat Toffee. Kerry and Phyllis began their business when they first arrived in Newnan in 2009. Kerry apprenticed under a French chocolate maker in Florida, and together they incorporated Kerry’s mother’s toffee recipe with the Frenchman’s chocolate to create a remarkable candy. When his friend moved back to France, Kerry and Phyllis acquired some of the equipment and set out to find a place to set up their own shop. All the chocolaty toffee delights are made right in their store by chocolatier Kerry and Phyllis. They will box up a few of the favorites candies for you to present to that special someone. While you’re at it, why not grab an extra box or two for your office party, your mail carrier, favorite aunt, or even yourself! And don’t forget to try their local favorite, the “Fig Newnan.” For that teacher, friend, or confessed foodie, consider a unique, but affordable gift such as a box of specially selected toffees from Let Them Eat Toffee on the square. If you know people who love Newnan as much as I do, you would do well to give them something relating to our historic town. Lou Wackes provides beautiful handdrawn pictures of the most iconic places in Newnan, including the courthouse, Redneck Gourmet, the Carnegie Library, The Alamo, Sprayberry’s, the old Train Depot, and some of our beautiful historic homes. She also accepts commissions to draw a building of your choice, including your own home. These are perfect for framing and showing your pride in our town. Done with pen and ink, Lou then highlights each one with watercolor or acrylic. She does large paintings as well. They are available at Gillyweed in Newnan and Beyond the Door in Senoia. Lou moved here with her family last summer and wanted to get some of her art out for sale, so she drew a picture of the Gillyweed building and emailed it to Valerie, the owner. Valerie urged her to do other iconic places in Newnan, and her reputation has spread. If you want a piece of the town’s history for your wall, check out the selection at Gillyweed or peruse her website at This list is far from comprehensive. Discover for yourself more Coweta-crafted or sourced gift ideas to transform your gift giving from Ho Hum into Ho Ho Ho by shopping locally for creative, fun, one-of-a-kind gifts. The recipients will appreciate your thoughtfulness, your feet will appreciate the ease of shopping, and your community of artists and merchants will appreciate your support.



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Creative A Christmas In addition to the five items spotlighted as unique gifts, be sure to browse through the other one-of-akind shops in our area. Save time and miles by hitting all the great shops in downtown Newnan and Senoia and throughout the county. You can rest assured that the items you find will be treasured keepsakes or appreciated goodies that the recipient will love. For just a sampling of such businesses, see below.


Blue Fern Merchant — Newnan Finding a one-of-a-kind gift is easy at Blue Fern. Browse vintage and repurposed items to find the perfect treasure. C.S. Toggery — Newnan We all have those people on our gift list that are always fashionably attired. Chances are you can find something that fits their put together, country casual style at C.S. Toggery. Candy Vogue — Newnan Candy Vogue’s tagline is Candy is Always in Style — no truer words! Put together a collection of treats for your friends with a sweet tooth. Fine Lines Art & Framing — Newnan This great little gallery off the square has paintings from local artists to suit a wide range of budgets. They also do custom framing.


Lee-King Pharmacy — Newnan Much more than a pharmacy, Lee-King is a great place to find gifts. From monogramming to home decor and fashion accessories, they have a bit of everything. They also offer free gift wrapping — so you can check that off your to-do list! Morgan Jewelers — Newnan You can never go wrong with jewelry, and Morgan’s can help you customize something that will really up your gift-giving game.

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Murphey Florist — Newnan Flowers are another can’t-miss gift. When you need a hostess gift for all those holiday parties, save yourself some stress and get Murphey’s to whip up one of their fabulous creations. Pontoni Hair Design & Skincare — Newnan Look your best at all the holiday parties; treat yourself to a facial or any of the other skin care treatments at Pontoni. Or go all out and have your hair and makeup done professionally.


Southern Roots Nursery — Newnan Bring your home decorations to life with greenery and potted plants from Southern Roots Nursery. The smell of pine boughs and the brilliant red of poinsettias just say Christmas inside, and pansies, ornamental kale and other seasonal annuals will make your yard holidayready. The bonus from buying your plants from Southern Roots is that they can tell you how to keep them looking great throughout the season. Treasures Old and New — Newnan Treat yourself and those on your gift list by browsing through the collectibles, antiques, furniture and so much more at Treasures Old and New. Their collection of dealers are always updating their inventory, so be sure to go by a few different times to see what’s new. Typo Market — Newnan Lovers of pen, pencil and paper will find their home at the Typo Market. Journals, art supplies and many other unique gifts will be sure to offer a treasure for the writers, artists, and readers in your life.


Atlanta Market Furniture — Peachtree City You’ll find something to suit even the most stylish hostess on your list at Atlanta Market Furniture. Or look for art and accessories that will put the finishing touches on your home before you welcome your holiday guests. Carriage House Country Antiques — Senoia When you drive up to the Carriage House you just know you’re in for a treat. From the charming location to the array of antiques, vintage items, jewelry and more, shopping will feel like a pleasure instead of a chore. The Print Shop Gallery — Greenville, GA A venue for local artists to offer their creations, the Print Shop is worth the short drive to Greenville. They are open Thurs.-Sat. from 11 to 5.


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Eric Mays, the new Santa at Ashley Park, grew up in a family that took the Christmas spirit very seriously.

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“My mother always loved Christmas, she would always go all out,” Mays said. Once he was grown, people would jokingly call him “Chevy Chase,” because he would decorate his house as extravagantly as Clark Griswold. So it was a natural progression when Mays started dressing up like Santa Claus. It began slowly . . . . “I started doing it first for family and friends. I would grow my beard out, then after Christmas I would shave it off,” he said. The white beard and hair weren’t a problem, even though he was only in his mid-40s at the time. “I started turning gray as soon as I got out of high school,” he joked. Mays started playing Santa for a few other people and folks starting telling him he should become a full-time Santa, letting his hair grow out and keeping the beard year-round. “So I did. I went to Santa school and got into it full time.” Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa school. Schools, actually. Quite a few of them. The world’s oldest is the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Michigan, founded in 1937. Atlanta has the Northern Lights Santa Academy, and the International University of Santa Claus also holds classes in Georgia. There are even classes for Mrs. Claus. Santa Eric has fond memories of Thanksgiving afternoons at his grandmother’s house, when his mother and aunts would go through the newspaper to see where the big afterThanksgiving sales were. During one of those shopping

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trips, his mother bought a Santa suit from the Sears store in downtown Atlanta. It was many years before her son became Santa Eric, but that suit was his first. The fall is Santa’s busiest time, with photo shoots for Christmas cards in October and early November, and more traditional Santa duties closer to Dec. 25. his wife Laverne Mays joins him as Mrs. Claus. Mays also does some Christmas in July work. But these days, he’s Santa all year long. Any time he’s out in public, he’s usually wearing a red or green or white shirt. He has shirts specially made. And the kids, of course, flock to him. “They’ll say, ‘Santa what are you doing here?’ I tell them I’m on vacation,” he said. “When we go out to eat, I’ll have kids come up to the booth. The parents say, ‘Leave him alone.’” He tells them the kids are fine. “If they want to talk, we’ll talk.” “It’s fun, just to see the looks on people’s faces. Kids will say, ‘Can we go ahead and give you our list now?’” He recalled one time he was at a restaurant and ran into some people he hadn’t seen in years. He was introducing them to his grandchildren. “All of a sudden this one kid comes running up and starts bear-hugging me and grabbing my leg. They asked me



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which one of my grandchildren he was.” The little boy wasn’t one of Mays' grandchildren, just a kid who loved Santa. The grandkids – there are 11 of them – play along when they are out in public with their granddad and kids come up to see Santa. Even after 17 years, Santa Eric never gets tired of being approached out in public by children. “If you ever have the opportunity to do that and see the smile on a kid’s face and the way they just light up – there is no way you can feel bad when something like that is going on.” When he’s out and about, sometimes Santa Eric will see people he knows from his pre-Santa days who don’t recognize him. And that can lead to some shenanigans. Santa Eric recalled being in a home-improvement store one day when a couple down the aisle was arguing. He recognized the woman as someone he had known in high school. He walked by her and said, “Man, you’re still mean after all these years.” “I told her where she lived and said, ‘Your brother used to be just as mean as you.’” The woman was, of course, quite taken aback and asked how he could possibly know that. “I said, ‘I’m Santa, I know everything.’” And he walked away. Most of Santa Eric’s work has been private parties and business

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f you ever have the opportunity to do that and see the smile on a kid’s face and the way they just light up – there is no way you can feel bad when something like that is going on.”

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events, as well as the Christmas card photo shoots, so being the Ashley Park Santa will be a bit of a change for him. He’s done work in Alabama and Florida and “sometimes I had to travel overnight just to get to the next party or gig,” he said. “I try not to do it too much now that I’ve gotten older.” There’s no doubt Mays loves being Santa. “I love kids. I love seeing the smiles on kids’ faces,” he said. He delivers some presents to children on Christmas Eve. “I’ll be putting the gifts under the tree and the parents will get the kids and say, ‘Look, there is Santa!’ They get a big thrill out of that.” If a child is getting a pet for Christmas, he’ll take the pet a day or two early. Santa Eric tells the kids that he doesn’t want to take the pets on the sleigh – it’s too dangerous for them – so he brings them by a little earlier. The kids, of course, love it. Being Santa is a joy, but it can also be heart-wrenching. “I’ve held babies in my arms that can literally die any minute, they were terminally ill or very sick,” he said. Parents will bring their children to see him before the kids have to go in for surgery or medical procedures. Every Christmas Eve, Santa Eric visits patients at Spalding Regional Medical Center in Griffin. He recalled a man who brought his four daughters in for a photo. He heard the girls talking about how much their mother would love the photo of all of them with Santa. He asked where momma was. The news wasn’t good – she was dying of cancer. “I’ve had stories like that, that really get to you,” Mays said. The kids will tell Santa everything. “And I mean everything – they tell on their parents,” he said. But most stories are happy. Santa Eric recalled visiting with “a young fellow who was about the age where he doesn’t believe anymore.” Mays had a bag of small toys to give out to the children who visited with him. The boy told Santa he wasn’t sure if he believed in him or not. “I said, ‘Well, that is up to you. But I’ve got something in the bag I’d like to give you anyway.’” He reached in and pulled out a Hot Wheels truck. The boy’s jaw dropped, his eyes widened and he looked at his mother. “She said that’s the exact truck – the same color and everything – that he wanted for Christmas.” Santa looked at the boy and asked him if he believed now. “He said, ‘You’re durn straight!’” Mays said he’s had people ask if he ever gets tired of being Santa. He doesn’t. “The kids always cheer me up, especially if I’m feeling down,” Mays said. He’s in several groups with other Santas and, “We believe if you cannot portray Santa 365 days a year, you don’t need to do it,” he said. “The day that I get bored with it and don’t enjoy doing it is the day the beard comes off and I quit.” NCM


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Honoring Veterans with Quilts of Valor

Written by Annie Singh-Quern | Photographed by SUSAN CRUTCHFIELD 48 |

”The quilt is big enough to wrap around the shoulders of a veteran, to provide ‘comfort, warmth and healing.’”


t is presumptuous to assume that all Americans who have served our great nation during times of war have been publicly acknowledged for their service and sacrifice. While many have received praise from family and friends, we must not forget the brave choices made, despite the calling to serve — youth interrupted, abandonment of home, forsaken embrace of loved ones, and more — all these in exchange for our security and peace so we can continue to live free in the world’s greatest democracy. Americans return home from war carrying the inescapable consequences of serving in harm’s way. Though not always visibly disabled, almost all carry the collateral damage of emotional burden — from being haunted by those gone and those missing in action, to wondering why they are the spared ones. Some return to relationships hanging on by a thread, and more than a few have no place to call home again. And in the streets of society, an invisible stranger with an embossed cap may flicker in and out of our world, silently plagued by his or her private nightmares, long after the fighting is over. New Year’s Eve in 1966 found U.S. Air Force communications expert, Jeffrey Ward, on a plane, homebound, as one of the lucky few. The aircraft was also carrying fallen soldiers, the harsh truth that life had proven not equal for all gone abroad to fight in the Vietnam war. Upon arriving on U.S. soil, young men, in states of disbelief and relief, rolled onto their bellies, kissing the soil of the free and safe land they would finally know as home again. The coming-of-age of the Baby Boomers in the 1960s produced an anti-war sentiment in the U.S. Soldiers who had returned from Vietnam laid low, playing out their everyday life, stuffing their anguish in the aftermath of an unpopular war. Over time they faded behind the veil of society — as tormented spirits yearning for acknowledgement. Almost half a century after his retirement from the military, Jeffrey Ward was awarded his Quilt of Valor in November 2015. Ward’s response — “Why me?” To him, he had answered his America’s call to serve out

Jeffrey Ward received his quilt nearly 50 years after leaving the military as thanks for his service in Vietnam.

of loyalty and love. So many other men whose fates were worse than his, he felt, deserved the quilt more than him. Today he states, “A simple ‘ Thank you for your service’ from the public does wonders to soothe the souls of many Vietnam vets.” Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOVF) was created by Catherine Roberts, whose only son was deployed to the war in Iraq. She felt the void that men and women needed to be comforted in some way after leaving their loved ones and their beloved America. The mission of the foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor. Before the Coweta chapter was formed, Kathy Wilson, now group leader and coordinator of the QOVF in november/december 2017 | 49

Ira Bray was the first Coweta recipient of a Quilt of Valor for his service in WWII. His quilt is placed on his bed each morning after he rises. Written by SUSAN MAYER DAVIS | Photographed by SARA MOORE 50 |

Coweta, had started a tradition of sending simple “thank you” cards to veterans for Veteran’s Day. One day, a WWII veteran from her church approached Kathy with a hug and began crying on her shoulder. “No one has ever sent me a ‘thank you card’ for my service,” he said. Struck with disbelief, Kathy and her friend Mandy Robinson, who had been sewing quilts for veterans for the QOVF for many years, set into motion a local chapter to honor Coweta county veterans with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor. Today, the QOVF Coweta chapter has awarded 300 quilts over the last three years to men and women who have served in wars. Anyone can receive a Quilt of Valor if he or she has served in the military. A simple request can be made on the foundation’s website. Each quilt carries a label to include the recipient’s name, location and date of presentation along with the names of the volunteers who created the quilt. The quilt is big enough to wrap around the shoulders of a veteran, to provide “comfort, warmth and healing.” Quilts are predominantly red, white and blue but the foundation tries to add a special touch to each one, if possible, with imprints of photographs or quotes to the fabric. The QOVF is run 100 percent by volunteers and all quilts are given free to the veterans from funds raised through special events such as an annual fish fry along with other monetary support from the surrounding communities. Ira Bray, 92, born and raised in Georgia, became the first recipient of a Quilt of Valor in Coweta County in September 2014 for having served in WWII. The quilt came as a surprise one day when he was volunteering for the Coweta-Fayette County Amateur Radio Emergency Service. Kathy Wilson and other volunteers presented Bray with his quilt. “I was greatly honored by the recognition after all these years,” he reminisced. The quilt is laid gently across Bray’s bed each and every morning after he rises.

Veda Brooks was a proud teenager who attributed her patriotic enthusiasm to enlist in the U.S. Army to her DNA. Both her father and grandfather served in the military, as did one of her uncles. In 1990, Brooks entered Operation Desert Storm as a Combat Medic. Her heart-stopping assignments took her to the sides of war-battered men and women — and children. The dire consequences of the young fighting a war meant for adults was a daily reality that Brooks could not fathom. When she returned to the U.S., she joined a nonprofit and welcomed homeless teen moms into her home. Today, she is the proud mother of eight, two of which are her biological children. “During the war, I treated children with gunshot wounds and shrapnel. Becoming a role model for children in my community and taking in pregnant teens was my way of saving the life of a child,” she said. Brooks was volunteering at a church event in August of this year when she was surprised with a Quilt of Valor. Enveloped in it, she felt a rush of pride for a country she has loved ever since she was a little girl. “Receiving the quilt was a great honor. I felt loved and appreciated.” Brooks shared. Dustin Shelton banded together with other U.S. Army soldiers in February 2007 believing that he

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Veda Brooks served as an Army Combat Medic in Operation Desert Storm. She came home determined to make a difference in children's lives and is now a mother of eight, two biological and six adopted.

could make a difference in the lives of his “brothers and sisters” who were overseas fighting the war in Iraq. “I knew there was something I could do about bringing more of my family home alive, even if it cost me my life,” Sheldon explained. The 25-year-old returned home one year later with physical injuries that required him to walk with a cane and a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder, a common and serious consequence for those who serve in wars. Shelton was presented with his quilt in the summer of 2015 at the first QOVF Fish Fry fundraiser that usually draws 300 people together annually to support U.S. servicemen and veterans. In comparison to the Combat Infantryman Badge he had received for his exemplary service on the war on terrorism, Sheldon said, “… receiving my Quilt of Valor was a much more rewarding feeling that I will never forget.” Nine years after his homecoming, the 35-year-old Army veteran is still learning to adjust to civilian life. “If there ever comes a time that my memories or thoughts become too much for me, then all I have to do is wrap myself in the quilt … and I feel that America is giving me a hug,” he said. Sometimes a deed, though great in service and sacrifice, deserves a simple, “thank you” to help mend heavy hearts and heal wounded spirits. Indeed it’s a very small gesture in return for our security, peace and freedom. NCM

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Our Veterans’ Bios Jeffrey Ward and Cindy, his wife of 46 years, are active in the community, supporting the Quilts of Valor Foundation and other nonprofits. The couple are retired in Senoia. Ira Bray has visited 59 countries, most with his wife, Betty, and has returned to Germany five times since his first trip there in 1944. The Brays live in Newnan. Veda Brooks lives in Newnan. She is a proud employee for the Georgia Department of Veterans Service where she was chosen as a coordinator for women veterans affairs. Dustin Shelton, his wife Nikiea and their two sons, have made Newnan their home. Shelton is passionate about finding ways so that he can help “change this world for the better.”

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➤ To find out more about the QOVF Coweta chapter, request a quilt, donate to the foundation or volunteer, please contact Kathy Wilson at cowetacountyquiltsofvalor@gmail. com. The QOVF website is:

George Ballantyne, M.D. Michael Cushing, M.D. Michael Gruber, M.D. David Heinsch, M.D. Chad Kessler, M.D. Jayson McMath, M.D. Jack Powell, III, M.D.

Our Physician Assistants Darron Baham, P.A.-C. Beth Fleming, P.A.-C. Jared Shafer, P.A.-C. Rusty Smith, P.A.-C.


Dustin and Nikiea Shelton and their two sons live in Newnan. Dustin received his quilt in 2015 in recognition of his service in Iraq.

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ne of the early signs of fall in the rural South is the sound of repeated gunfire as hunters sharpen their skills in preparation for the deer and bird season. Some folks also practice their marksmanship for shooting competitions. With clay shooting, you get the opportunity to shoot moving targets for fun, for competition or just to become a better hunter. Trap and skeet are Olympic sports, and there are many competitive opportunities. For Coweta youth, there is a Coweta County 4-H Shotgun Team, and Trinity Christian School has a team. The Coweta County 4-H Shotgun Team follows a modified-trap format. The team is open to students in grades 7 to 12, and informational meetings are held in early summer. The team’s head coach is Stan Roughton, who is assisted by Ray Yeager, Troy Morgan, Josh Morse, Buzz Glover and Glenn Burkey. For more information about the team,

contact the Coweta County Extension Office at 770-254-2620 or email For adults, there aren’t any public ranges in Coweta, though there are two private ones. Nearby Big Red Oak Preserve in Gay and the Tom Lowe Shooting Grounds off Camp Creek Parkway in southwest Atlanta are open to the public and offer gun rental. Tom Lowe, which was the site of shooting sports for the 1996 Olympics, also has instructors as well as introductory classes. Of course, you don’t need a range with electronic traps that throw the targets in all directions. A simple hand-held target thrower can be bought for under $20. Hand-held throwers are versatile, portable, and cheap, and offer many possibilities. Various mechanical target launchers can be had for under $200. Whether trap, skeet or sporting clays, the basic idea is the same – using shotguns to shoot clay targets as they fly through the air or roll along the ground. Cowetan Max Owen is a competitive trap shooter who competes in Amateur Trapshooting Association events. Over the summer, he and his family traveled to Wyoming and Montana for competition, and Owen competed in the Grand

At top, competitive trap shooter Max Owen takes aim. Bottom photo, new clay target shooter Travis Mawrey joins Jay and Max Owen at Bear Creek Farms for his first time trying out his new shotgun.

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American World Trapshooting Championship in August. Once you reach the higher competition levels, accuracy is extremely high. At the Wyoming tournament, competitors shot 200 clays, said Max’s dad, Jay. “He shot 195 and came in third.” Max started shooting trap with the Fayette County 4-H team because he lived in Fayette at the time. He started on the air-rifle team in fourth grade, and as soon as he reached seventh grade, moved to the shotgun team. Air rifle was “kind of like going to the library. This is more like going to a party,” Jay said. Max got into trap shooting for fun, but over time started getting serious about it. He hopes to compete in college and, maybe, beyond. “If I get the opportunity to shoot even higher, that is just the icing on the cake, I would think,” he said. At higher levels, competition depends on endurance as much as accuracy. “Competition is a grind, especially if you go to one of these tournaments that is 1,000 targets over four days. You don’t just show up and decide to shoot 1,000 targets. You have to work up to it,” the elder Owen said. “It takes some stamina.” After Max started shooting on the 4-H team, his father started trying it out at practices, and they began working on trap fundamentals. “Then I ended up becoming a coach,” Jay said. He’s been shooting and hunting since he was a kid, but had only shot clay targets a few times before his son started with the team. Shooting clay targets can make you a better hunter in some ways, Max said, and in other ways, there is really no correlation. Jay recalled one duck hunting trip where he couldn’t hit a thing – because he was trying to pre-mount the gun and closing

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Photo courtesy Wendy Owen Max Owen shoots trap as a member of the Trinity Christian School Clay Target Sports Team while competing at Tom Lowe Shooting Grounds in Atlanta.

one eye, then opening it again. “Once you aim and look at the gun, it’s over. You completely lose the relationship of the gun and the target,” he said. Trap and skeet are similar in that shooters move through five shooting positions, firing at a certain set of targets. In trap, the targets are moving away from the shooter at a predictable height. In skeet, the targets cross in front of the shooter, going from one side to the other. Sporting clays is different. It’s sometimes described as “golf for shotguns” and consists of several different shooting stations arranged over a large area. Typically, competitors travel between the stations on golf carts or ATVs. When it comes to success with clay targets, the gun itself is a crucial element. Everybody is different, and a gun needs to fit an individual shooter’s particular characteristics. There are many factors – the length of the arms and neck, the width of the shoulders, the width of the face. “Two different people can pick up the same gun, and it’s not going to fit them the same way,” Jay said. High-level competition shotguns have features you won’t find on a low-cost self-defense shotgun – such as adjustable butt plates, combs, and ribs. Lower-cost guns that are designed for clay shooting will come with shims that can be added or removed to help a gun fit the shooter. “It’s all about a consistent gun mount and a good gun fit, where your face is aligned properly with the firearm,” Jay said. “It’s about training yourself how to view the target and where you put your face and the gun in relation to the target. “Once you figure that out, you can get pretty consistent,” he said. “If you put the gun to the right spot on your face, you should never really have to look at the gun, assuming it fits you.” Travis Mawrey is a new clay shooter who was recently trying

out his new Benelli shotgun with Jay and Max Owen. Mawrey got interested in the sport when he ended up at a sporting clays course with a friend. “I didn’t have my shotgun, and my roommate from college had a self-defense shotgun that was so annoying. We couldn’t hit crap with it,” Mawrey said. But he had a lot of fun anyway. Mawrey said he wanted to pick up a hobby, and decided on clay target shooting. “I figured I’d be better at it than golf,” he said. “It would be something I’d enjoy doing, and I like being outside – and it’s cheaper than a horse.” Jay said that when a new shooter is interested in joining one of the youth teams, “we encourage the kids – don’t go buy anything. Grab what’s in the closet.” The 4-H program has a few guns that students can borrow. They want students to try it out and make sure it’s something they want to stick with before they go and spend money. Like many hobbies, there is a cost to get started in clay target shooting. And once you get started, the sky is the limit as far as the amount of money you can spend. With guns, “You can spend as much as you want. You will see people shooting $300 to $500 hunting guns,” Jay said. But the competitors who are hitting nearly 200 targets are usually using $6,000 to $10,000 guns. NCM

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Right, Rider Mandarius Smith, a student at Newnan Crossing Elementary School, and volunteer Clarice Marinello feed treats to Belle after Smith’s ride.

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rown and Marie Powell weren’t planning on buying a barn. When Brown called to ask the new owner of the historic Sewell barn in Roscoe if they could open up a portion of the barn and use it for their horses, as they had done under a previous owner, the man made them an offer they couldn’t refuse. Marie recalled listening to her husband’s side of that phone call. “Brown said, ‘No, we can’t buy the barn,’ and the next thing, he got off the phone,” Marie said. “I said — can we use the barn? He said, ‘I think we just bought the barn.’” “And that is how we ended up with a barn,” Marie said as she and Brown sat in the barn, more than 30 years later. “I was wondering what would we do with his big ol’ barn,” she said. “God works in mysterious ways,” her husband replied. Not long after the Powells bought the massive barn, they began the Coweta Organization for Riding, Rehabilitation and Learning. CORRAL got its start in the fall of 1987 and its first riders arrived that spring.

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“Horses communicate with body language, and so do kids that are non-verbal.” — Marie Powell

At top, rider Mandarius Smith and volunteer Clarice Marinello pet Belle. Above, instructor Cheryl Reed talks to Smith about balancing an egg on a spoon as he rides.

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At CORRAL, children and adults with various disabilities come out to ride horses. But it’s more than that. The riding does so much for the participants. “The self-esteem is one of the first things,” Marie said. “You take a child and put them on a horse and all of a sudden they are up higher.” Marie said she’s seen children who, once they are on the horse, look around in amazement. “They’ll say, ‘I’m taller than you are. I’m taller than my daddy.’ It’s a big deal.” Children who are in wheelchairs or who have limited mobility suddenly become mobile. Not only that, but they are now in charge of a large and powerful animal. In the early ‘80s, Brown had begun volunteering at a therapeutic riding program in Palmetto, originally called Shalimar and later the Karen Hill Riding Academy. He had volunteered there for a few years when the program changed because the director had health problems. Brown got to thinking he and Marie could start a similar program in Roscoe. After all, they had that huge barn and a few acres of pasture. “I was saying — I don’t see how it’s going to work,” Marie said. The barn and property were a mess. You could barely see the barn from the road because of the privet and other brush that had grown over. “Some people said — I had no idea this barn was this big,” Brown said. It took a while to get the barn and the property cleaned up. The Powells took

what Brown had learned volunteering and their two horses, and CORRAL was born. The founding board members were Brown and Marie, Kelly Abercrombie, Susan Hyde, Mitch Powell and Cynthia Denney. “Our first budget was $14,000,” Marie said. The “miscellaneous” line item in the budget was $25. “That was our extra spending money,” she said with a laugh. Then, as now, insurance is the biggest part of the budget. Their first two riders — who had both ridden in Palmetto — were Emilie Strickland and Denice Roberts. “That was on Saturdays. We just rode out here in the pasture. We didn’t have a riding ring or anything,” Brown said. Strickland and Roberts continued to ride well into adulthood. Strickland passed away a few years ago, while Roberts was shot and killed by robbers fleeing the home she shared with her grandmother in Fairburn in 2012. The murder has never been solved. A memorial plaque to her stands by the painted CORRAL horse next to the gazebo. Board member Susan Hyde was a special education teacher who had been taking her students to Karen Hill Riding Academy, and got involved in the founding of CORRAL so her students could come to the new program. For many years, CORRAL helped with the equestrian events in the Special Olympics, and once they took a team to the International Special Olympics games. Riders from CORRAL were


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chosen for the international games several times, Marie said. Traveling for the Special Olympics could get hectic. “You never knew what the environment was going to be,” Brown said. “It was always scary and near-misses.” Eventually, they decided to have horse shows at CORRAL instead. Shows are held in spring and fall. CORRAL provides recreational therapy. It’s not exactly hippotherapy, which is physical therapy with a horse that is done by a physical therapist. At CORRAL, “the horse is the therapist,” Marie said. The riders learn strength, movement and balance. When riders are sitting correctly and holding the reins

correctly, they may be given a large serving spoon with an egg balanced on it, to improve their balance. There are baskets around the riding arena and the riders take things out of them and identify them. They even go on scavenger hunts. Marie loves games and toys and has a large stock of them. They’ll do egg and spoon races, or weave through cones. “Every kid loves competition,” she said. There’s a small bridge that sits in the arena that the horses walk over. “They think it’s the greatest thing ever, going over the bridge,” she said. There are plans for a sensory trail, as well. Each rider has three volunteers who

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Horses aren’t the only animals that kids interact with at CORRAL — fishing is nearly as fun. Left to right are: Newnan Crossing Elementary student Justin Collins, CORRAL’s Brown Powell, students Ryleigh Scott, Leo Casanova and Cayden Caldwell and volunteer John O’Connor.

The worm pile is a big hit with CORRAL’s riders — they dig worms before going fishing. Left to right are: Brown Powell of CORRAL, Newnan Crossing students Ryleigh Scott, Justin Collins Jr., parent Justin Collins Sr., paraprofessional Edith Graham and student Cayden Caldwell. 62 |

accompany him — a leader and two “side walkers.” Typically, the leader holds a lead that is attached to the horse’s halter. But once the rider is good enough, the leader unhooks and the rider is truly in charge. No bits are used at CORRAL, but the horses are so well-trained they are not needed. “It is a big deal when your leader unhooks,” Marie said. “We tell them if you show me you can steer, then your leader is going to unhook and you’re in control. “You should see them – they sit up and they are serious.” “Any time you do anything a little bit different, that little bit of difference is amazing,” she said. When a rider is really experienced, they’ll go to the big field and even the side walkers will step away. On Tuesdays and Thursdays during the school year, students from self-contained special education classrooms in the Coweta

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Leo Casanova and Ryleigh Scott, students at Newnan Crossing Elementary, show off a catch at CORRAL. Students usually go fishing after their riding session ends.

County School System come to CORRAL. Two classes come each day, and one session is in the fall and another in the spring. Some children have been coming to CORRAL for many years. There is also Saturday riding for more experienced riders as well as riders from outside of the local school system. There is currently a waiting list for Saturday. Last year, a total of 178 kids rode at CORRAL, Brown said. Sometimes children with autism who are non-verbal seem to have a special connection with the horses. “Horses communicate with body language and so do kids that are non-verbal,” Marie said. Sometimes when a particular child arrives for the first time, he or she isn’t quite ready to get on the horse. Brown will take them out to one of the other pens and they’ll run to get their energy out. They’ll see he is running with them, not trying to catch them. “The next thing you know, they’re following Brown, he’s being the leader,” Marie said. Then, he’ll maybe take a bucket of balls and an empty bucket and get the child to put the balls in the bucket. That may take a day or two, Brown said. “If they can’t follow directions, it’s dangerous for them to get on the horse.” So they work on things. Sometimes, volunteers will

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“You put a kid and horse together — what’s not to like?” bring the horse to the kids and introduce it to them and have the children pet it. Some children are scared of the horse, Brown said. The next step is “Duncan,” the fake horse. Sitting on Duncan gives the kids a bit of an idea of what sitting on a real horse will be like, and Brown will lift the

“If you try to make somebody do something you’re going to get resistance …. Cause it to be their idea and it goes a lot easier.” The riders build a relationship with their horses, and always ride the same horses during their six-week session. “Kids will remember their horse and remember their names. If they have to ride a different horse, it is upsetting to them,” Marie said. “I’ll have kids I run into in the grocery store and they don’t remember my name but they’ll ask about Pumpkin pony.” Several years ago, Brown started a driving program for those who can’t ride a horse but can Newnan Crossing students Ryleigh Scott, Justin Collins Jr., parent Justin Collins Sr., paraprofessional Edith Graham and drive a pony and student Cayden Caldwell participate in the nativity program. cart. Some older riders have outgrown back up and down. CORRAL’s horses, so the driving Getting on and off the horse is the most program is perfect for them. There are dangerous part, and can be a real problem two sets of reins and as novice drivers gain for some children. “Sometimes it will take more experience, Brown will let them take six weeks and we’ll get them on the steer, though he can always take control horse,” Brown said. “I’ve had very few that again with his reins. I haven’t been able to get on the horse.” A child’s time at CORRAL is about “You have to build a relationship before more than just horses. you ask someone to do things,” Marie After or before their turn to ride, said. “Just like horses, once you have a students will often dig worms with Brown relationship, you’re more likely to get and head down to the pond to fish. something if you cause them to want to do “Some of the little boys get off the bus wanting to know ‘Are we going to fish it,” she said. 64 |

today?’” Brown said. He thinks some would rather fish than ride a horse. The kids also love to feed the catfish, or play in the handicapped accessible tree house. Brown will take the children on walks and teach them about plants and animals. The school groups usually eat their lunches or a snack at the pavilion, and when it’s cold, there’s a fire in the outdoor fireplace. And then there is the outdoor Nativity. The live Nativity program is held in the barn for three nights before Christmas every year. The horses are elegantly attired as the steeds of wise men, and there are goats, a donkey and, of course, Baby Jesus. The Nativity program is even older than CORRAL — it started the year the Powells bought the barn. For many years, Hillcrest Chapel funeral home in Newnan had a live Nativity display. “That was the highlight of Christmas to me with my grandparents,” Brown said. He’d usually end up going four or five times each Christmas season. “I can remember getting out of the car and just standing at the fence — it was donkeys, horses, rabbits, goats and sheep.” The animals were all in a pen, together. Brown thought his new barn would be a great place to have a Nativity program. It’s changed over the years, and is now a pantomime with music and recorded narration. After the program ends, children rush up to pet the horses and goats — and to hold the Baby Jesus. This year’s Nativity program is Dec. 21, 22 and 23. CORRAL couldn’t exist without volunteers. A large number of volunteers are needed for every riding session — a minimum of a leader and two side walkers

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for every rider. Volunteers groom and tack the animals before and after the riding sessions. Most volunteers are Cowetans, but, “I’ve got folks that are so dedicated, from Villa Rica, from Carrollton. They come a long way to be able to volunteer,” Marie said. When it comes to the young riders, “I tell my volunteers, ‘I can’t change what is their hand, but you can make a difference for a little while.’ ” “I’ll see my volunteers with tears in their eyes over just the slightest thing that we take for granted — it’s just a big deal,” she said. “That’s why we have such good volunteers. They love the kids and they want to be there. You put a kid and horse together — what’s not to like? “But on any given day, anything can happen.” CORRAL has been Brown and Marie’s life for 30 years. And they love it. “But now we’re to the point that we’re hoping and praying that a person is going to come along that is going to want to take this on,” Marie said. “It would be nice to find somebody, but it’s got to be somebody who has the heart for it.” “It’s a God thing, and he’ll send the right person at the right time,” Marie said. NCM ➤ This year's CORRAL Nativity program with live animals, costumed actors and narration is Dec. 21, 22 and 23.

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I knewabout the Sewell family before I actually knew any of them. My grandmother’s high school classmate, Kathleen Sewell, taught in Luthersville for years. My father said she explained the facts of life to seventh graders with clarity in a time when such topics were often avoided. As a young adult, when I came to work in Newnan, the Otasco store was across the street from The Newnan TimesHerald. My wife’s first cousin, Jackie Flournoy, worked there, and I sometimes would pop in. I got to know the store’s owners, Emmett and Bessie Sewell. I ran into their daughter and son, Grace and Emmett, back in May, and we enjoyed catching up. In the early 1980s, efforts to restore Dunaway Gardens began. In covering that story, I learned about Wayne P. Sewell, who came from a salt-of-the-earth farm family but became an Atlanta businessman with theatrical flair. With the

aid of his wife, Chautauqua star Hetty Jane Dunaway Sewell, he put together a home talent theater project. It was centered at Roscoe where young women trained each summer, then set out across the southland to put on plays with humorous songs and dialogue using local actors and singers. I’ve heard stories of Wayne Sewell keeping a bear in the large barn that now is the headquarters for the Coweta Organization for Riding, Rehabilitation and Learning (CORRAL). Horses pulling wagons on the road would sense the bear and rear and snort as they passed. Hetty Jane Sewell’s vision turned the old Milton Newton Sewell plantation into Dunaway Gardens with its charming rock walkways and colorful plantings. Milton Newton’s wife, Sarah Ann Shackelford, grew up in eastern Georgia. As young women, she and her sister, Mary, unwound silkworm cocoons and wove cloth to make dresses. It was said that the Shackelford sisters and first lady Lucretia Garfield were a rarity in that era in having dresses wholly made of American-

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Above, Carolyn Turner at the courthouse welcome center. At bottom, Sarah Sewell's grave marker.

produced silk. There are actually two lines of the Sewell family in Coweta today. The Lone Oak Sewells were mostly Methodist, and the Macedonia Sewells, mostly Baptist. John Sewell, progenitor of the Coweta branch, and James Sewell, who settled in Lone Oak, were both sons of Samuel Sewell, Maryland-born settler of North Carolina. I have a couple of Sewell connections myself. My greatgrandmother, Nan Hindsman Trammell, was the sister of Sarah “Sallie” Hindsman Sewell. Aunt Sallie married Pierce Sewell, John’s youngest son. Pierce and his first wife, Elizabeth Rainwater, had 11 children and are buried at Ramah Baptist Church in Palmetto. Sallie, who added a daughter and son to Pierce’s progeny, is buried in the remote Hindsman Cemetery near Moreland. Cheryl, one of my Hunter cousins, married Harry Sewell. I see their son, Ben, who works for the county, as we make our way to various places downtown from time to time. Harry’s sister, Carolyn Turner, is one of Coweta’s most dedicated historians. She and Jan Bowyer spearheaded Coweta’s observance of the Civil War’s 150th, and she continues to share Southern hospitality and wisdom at the courthouse welcome center. I never see JeNeill Sewell that she doesn’t ask about my daughter and son-in-law, Sallie and Jim Kight. Jim’s step-grandfather, Gene Hayes, who ran a men’s clothing store downtown, was her first cousin. Miss JeNeill is the oldest member of historic Liberty Christian Church. She gave her church a grand piano and also, for years, made sure the grass got cut at the cemetery at the disbanded Mt. Gilead Primitive Baptist Church in Madras. The Sewells have made their mark on our county’s history, and their stories will be woven into the fabric of Coweta as the future unfolds.


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said. “We take each other to the doctor when there’s illness. If there’s a death, we drop whatever we’re doing to be there for support.” The Girls have lost some members over the years. Recently Winslow hosted a lunch and revealed a home video of a party in 1983 that was the last time they were together with one of those lost friends. She kept the find a secret and told the Girls to come to lunch in their finest ’80s attire. Ever game for fun, they scrounged up shoulder pads, blue eye shadow and leg warmers. Each arrival was greeted with laughter and memories. Together they watched the long-lost home movie and cried and laughed. The Girls continue to do what they do best. Love one another and pursue the joyful effort of lifelong friendships. NCM

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Holiday baking tips

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hen the holidays roll around, it’s easy to get visions of grandeur about the meals on Thanksgiving and Christmas. You may be tempted to try your hand at new recipes and new cooking techniques — go for it! It’ll either turn out spectacular or you’ll have a “Pinterest fail” to laugh about. Be sure to take pictures either way. Baking can be challenging if you don’t do it often, so we turned to local cake-making professional Bonne Boyd Bedingfield for some tips of the trade and triedand-true recipes.

Bonne’s tips for beautiful icing My tips for icing a simple and classic cake are as follows: 1. Always, always chill your cakes before attempting to ice them. This does two things: it stabilizes the cake, making it easier to work with, and two, it keeps the crumbs in check. They are less likely to run amuck in the icing if the cake is cold.

2. If the cake is on the delicate side, after it’s chilled, apply a crumb coat. (I prefer crumb coat to the “dirty icing” you often hear on tv shows. “Dirty” shouldn’t be used when speaking of cake!) This coat is very thin and its sole purpose is to lock the crumbs in place. (Editor’s note: Find details on applying a crumb coat at www. Chill again and apply the final coat. 3. While applying the final coat, more is better! I begin with a giant plop of icing on top and push it toward the edges in a windshield wiper motion, never lifting my offset spatula knife straight up. Doing this pushes out any air trapped between the layers. I then ice the sides. You can make various designs with the icing at this stage. You could use a bench scraper to make the icing smooth or you could swirl the icing for a beautiful homemade look. 4. Chill once more to set. I prefer to eat cake at room temperature, so make sure, ingredients permitting, that you bring the cake up to room temperature before treating yourself! 5. My final tip — if you want to dabble with icing bags,

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tips, and piped decorations, watch someone first. I’m a visual person, so this allowed me to look and get a few ideas before jumping in head first. YouTube is bursting at the seams with videos of how to use a piping bag. Practice makes perfect, and parchment paper is great for improving your skills. You can scrape the icing off each time and refill your bag. No waste! Or you can do what I do and eat it right off the parchment when you finish.

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Carrot Cake Recipe Wet Ingredients: 4 eggs 1 ½ cups granulated sugar ½ cup brown sugar ½ cup orange juice 1 cup sour cream 1 ½ cups vegetable oil 1 tsp. vanilla Dry Ingredients: 3 ½ cups all purpose flour 1 tsp. cinnamon ½ tsp. nutmeg 2 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. baking powder 3 cups grated carrots Optional: 1 cup raisins, 1 cup coconut, 1 cup chopped pecans, 1 cup crushed pineapple (drained).

Here are some other holiday dessert options submitted by our readers: Pumpkin Cake 1 box yellow cake mix ¼ cup sugar 1 cup cooked or canned pumpkin 1 tsp. cinnamon 4 eggs ½ cup canola oil ¼ cup water dash of nutmeg Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease and flour a bundt pan and set aside. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and beat for 5 minutes with an electric mixer. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 40 - 50 minutes until done. Frost with Cream Cheese Icing. — Submitted by: Megan Harris

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Prepare pans by greasing. Add wet ingredients and mix well, then add dry ingredients and mix gently. Fold in the carrots and optional ingredients. Pour into prepared pan and bake until toothpick comes out clean.

Cream Cheese Icing (Pairs perfectly with both Carrot and Red Velvet cakes)

½ cup ½ cup 8-oz. 1 tbsp. 2 lbs. ¼ tsp.

shortening unsalted butter at room temperature cream cheese at room temperature pure vanilla extract sifted powdered sugar salt

Cream together the shortening, butter and cream cheese until the ingredients become silky and smooth. Add in the sugar little by little until everything is incorporated. If you desire a thicker icing, more sugar can be added. For a thinner icing, add cream a teaspoon at a time until the desired consistency is reached. ➤ For more baking inspiration, check out Bonne’s Facebook page - Beautifullybakedbybonne/

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Combine sugar, milk and syrup. Cook to a soft ball. (If you have a cup with very cold water and drop some of the first ingredients into it, you will be able to tell when you have a soft ball.) Turn off heat. Add peanut butter, chocolate squares, butter and vanilla. Let set for about 5 min. then heat and pour into a buttered pan quickly. Cook this in heavy saucepan. Cut this into squares as it cools. — Submitted by: Misha Benson

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Pumpkin-Pecan Cake Roll 3 eggs 1 cup sugar ¾ cup all-purpose flour ¾ cup cooked or canned pumpkin 1 ½ tsp. ground cinnamon 1 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. ground ginger ½ tsp. salt ½ tsp. ground nutmeg 1 tsp. lemon juice 1 cup finely chopped pecans confectioners sugar FILLING: 2-3 ounce ¼ cup 1 cup ½ tsp.

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Lula’s Chocolate Pie 3 tbsp. cocoa powder 3 tbsp. all-purpose flour 1 cup sugar ½ stick butter 2 eggs 2 cups milk 1 tsp. vanilla extract Blend together cocoa powder, flour and sugar in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add 2 eggs and mix well. Add 2 cups milk (have it hot) and stir constantly until thickened. Then add vanilla extract and butter. Pour into pre-baked pie crust and chill until set. ­— Submitted by: Libby Henderson

Sour Cream Pound Cake ½ lbs. 3 cups 6 3 cups 1 tsp. ¼ tsp. 1 tsp. ½ pint

butter sugar eggs, separated all-purpose flour almond extract (optional) baking soda vanilla extract sour cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Cream butter and sugar well with mixer. Add egg yolks and beat until lemon yellow colored. Sift flour with baking soda and salt. Add sour cream and flour mix to mixing bowl. Beat well. Add extracts. Beat egg whites until stiff then fold into the batter. Grease and flour a loaf or tube pan. Pour batter in the pan and bake for an hour, then start checking for doneness by inserting a toothpick. If the toothpick pulls out clean, it is done. — Submitted by: Roxanne Wells

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Oreo Balls 1 pkg. 8 ounces

Oreo cookies cream cheese Dipping chocolate

Crush Oreos in a food processor until finely chopped, put in mixing bowl. Mix crumbled Oreos with the cream cheese. Use a teaspoon to scoop out the Oreo mix and roll into a ball and arrange on a cookie sheet. Chill. Melt the dipping chocolate and dip the chilled Oreo balls in it to coat and then place back on the cookie sheet until the chocolate sets. — Submitted by: Shelly Pope

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Cream sugar and Crisco, add eggs, baking soda in water. Add rest of dry ingredients, then add raisins, dates and nuts. This dough gets stiff. Drop onto greased cookie sheet by teaspoon. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 8 minutes or until done. (Delicious) — Submitted by: Misha Benson

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unsalted butter sugar light brown sugar light corn syrup pinch of salt all-purpose flour finely chopped almonds

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. In medium saucepan, heat the butter, sugars, corn syrup and salt over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally until smooth. Remove from heat and mix in the flour and almonds just until incorporated. Drop teaspoons of the batter onto parchment-lined cookie sheets. Space about 4 inches apart, as the cookies will spread. Bake 6 – 8 minutes until golden brown. Cool until firm —8 to 10 minutes — then move to wire racks for complete cooling. — Submitted by: Nicole Andrews-Kees

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Face 2 Face: Tribute to Billy Joel & Elton John

The Donald W. Nixon Centre | 7 p.m.

Touring as Billy Joel and Elton John, “Face-2-Face” Tribute Show has sold out shows at The House of Blues, The Fillmore, and many other theaters around the country! This show features all of the hits from both legendary artists. Details at


Newnan-Coweta Art Association 49th Annual Christmas Arts & Crafts Market

Coweta County Fairgrounds | Fri. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Sunday Noon – 4 p.m.  

Original art and unique, handmade gifts by local artisans and craftspeople. Free admission, parking and refreshments. Start marking off your Christmas list in a relaxed, unique shopping experience.


November Market Day Courthouse Square, Newnan 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The Market Day is hosted by Main Street Newnan on the first Saturday of every month from AprilDecember, around the courthouse square in downtown Newnan.  The market showcases a variety of handmade, homemade, and homegrown products created by local artisans, artists, and farmers.  It features 50 unique booths with new vendors and oneof-a-kind items each month.

Santa at The Avenue

The Avenue Peachtree City | 6 – 8 p.m.


Celebrate the Holidays at The Avenue Peachtree City. Enjoy a professional photographer, tree lighting, Santa photos, hot cocoa, and horsedrawn carriage rides. Donations benefit St. Nick's Closet.  Santa will return to visit with the kids on November 21, December 5 and December 19. 78 |

NCHS Old-Fashioned Possum Supper Newnan Depot | 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. | Tickets $25

Join the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society for an oldfashioned Possum Supper in the tradition of the longtime Newnan Possum Eaters Convention. Hear history of how Possum Suppers became a Newnan tradition starting during the political campaign of William Yates Atkinson for Governor of Georgia in the 1890s, and how the possum became a mascot for President William Howard Taft. The tradition was continued by Newnan civic leaders at several locations into the 1950s and ‘60s.  You are invited to try a taste of possum... but there will be plenty of less-exotic alternatives offered on the evening’s menu.  No one will go hungry.  Come help us celebrate this long Newnan tradition! Call NCHS for info at 770-251-0207

Holiday Sip & See

Historic Downtown Newnan | 5 – 8 p.m. Free Admission


During the Holiday Sip & See, downtown retail establishments extend their normal business hours to introduce their holiday gift items and offer special promotions or discounts.  This event is a great opportunity to get an early start on holiday shopping! Participating businesses will serve hors d’oeuvres and beverages during the event.  The Holiday Sip & See is also an opportunity for spectators to stroll our beautiful downtown streets with family and friends while enjoying the season in downtown Newnan!


Pianist Ian Gindes

The Donald W. Nixon Centre | 7 p.m.

Acclaimed for his dramatic and athletic performances, Dr. Ian Gindes is a gifted American pianist.  His ability to tackle intense passages and yet have a sensitive singing tone has captivated audiences while attracting the attention of well-known classical musicians.  His performances have drawn high praise from critics, performers, and audience members alike. Details at

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by William Mastrosimone Newnan Theatre Company Tickets $10 / 13 / 17

* Audience Choice * Marjorie is home alone when Raul enters through her unlocked door and attempts to attack her.  The tables turn when Marjorie is able to subdue Raul and keep him tied up in her fireplace.  When Terry and Patricia, — Marjorie’s roommates — come home, they are shocked and begin discussing how to handle the situation: call the police or take matters into their own hands? Details and times at



Ashley Park Tree Lighting Ashley Park | 6 – 8 pm

Come out and celebrate the lighting of the Ashley Park tree with special guest, Santa Claus! Holiday music and cheer will abound.

Plaid Friday

Historic Downtown Newnan | All Day


On Plaid Friday, shop in downtown Newnan and simplify your day-after-Thanksgiving experience!  The name “Plaid Friday” celebrates the idea of LOCAL, which aims to promote the importance of supporting our community by shopping at small businesses.  The plaid pattern represents weaving the individual threads of small businesses together to create a strong fabric that celebrates the diversity and creativity of independent businesses. Wear plaid attire during Plaid Friday and expect to save, as numerous downtown businesses will offer a significant discount to any customer wearing plaid clothing.

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Black Friday @ the Avenue

The Avenue Peachtree City | All day

Shop the Avenue Friday, November 24th and receive an “I survived Black Friday” tote bag (while supplies last!) filled with shopping survival goodies, and enter for a chance to win gift cards to The Avenue Peachtree City.

Santa on the Square

Historic Downtown Newnan | 6 – 8 p.m.


Santa visits downtown Newnan to greet children, who are welcome to sit on Santa’s lap and read him their Christmas list. The downtown streets will close prior to the event, as Santa will be making a special trip from the North Pole in a fire truck to the downtown Newnan Square, and will light the beautiful downtown Christmas tree.  This litterfree, smoke-free event is free to the public, and welcomes children of all ages.

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‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ Newnan Theatre Company Tickets $10 / 13 / 17

Adapted for the stage by James Rodgers, based on the film directed by Frank Capra.

In our American culture,  “It’s a Wonderful Life” has become almost as familiar as Dickens’  “A Christmas Carol.”  The saga of George Bailey,  the Everyman from the small town of Bedford Falls, whose dreams of escape and adventure have been quashed by family obligation and civic duty, whose guardian angel has to descend on Christmas Eve to save him from despair and to remind him — by showing him what the world would have been like had he never been born — that his has been, after all,  a wonderful life. This fine dramatization not only celebrates the faith of the season, it also celebrates the American philosophy of life:  hard work, fair play, and the love and support of one’s family and community.  Details and times at

Courthouse Square, Newnan | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Market Day is hosted by Main Street Newnan on the first Saturday of every month from AprilDecember, around the courthouse square in downtown Newnan. The market showcases a variety of handmade, homemade, and homegrown products created by local artisans, artists, and farmers. It features 50 unique booths with new vendors and one-of-a-kind items each month.

The Inn at Serenbe Pavilion | 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.


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Don’t miss the annual tradition of touring Newnan homes decorated for the holidays.  Sponsored by the Newnan Presbyterian School and Kindergarten, this event goes on rain or shine.  Details at Tickets available on the website or at the Courthouse.  Ten percent of the proceeds will go the Coweta Samaritan House.


Light Up Senoia

Historic Downtown Senoia | 5 p.m. Enjoy Senoia’s annual Christmas Parade, and stick around to see Mr.  & Mrs. Santa Claus and listen to Christmas carols.

Santa’s Workshop

December Market Day

Serenbe Holiday Bazaar

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Christmas Tour of Homes

Ashley Park | Noon – 6 p.m. Get some quality time with Santa and enjoy arts & crafts, hot cocoa and pop-up shops with special holiday treats.  Professional photography available.


A Very Electric Christmas The Donald W. Nixon Centre | 7 p.m.

Brought to you by Lightwire Theater.  Santa’s helpers are putting the final touches on presents as a young bird named Max and his family head south for the winter.  Max gets blown off course during a snowstorm and ends up alone and lost at the North Pole.  As he tries to make his way home, he encounters friendly caroling worms, dancing poinsettias, Nutcracker soldiers, mischievous mice and an evil Rat King.   This production will make children wide-eyed with delight and warm even the smallest of hearts. Details at



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A Charlie Brown Christmas




by Charles M. Schulz Newnan Theatre Company Tickets $10 / 13 / 17 Based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson. Stage adaptation by Eric Schaeffer by special arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson.

When Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism he sees in everyone during the Christmas season, Lucy suggests that he become director of the school Christmas pageant. Charlie Brown accepts, but this proves to be a frustrating endeavor.  When an attempt to restore the proper holiday spirit with a forlorn little Christmas fir tree fails, he needs Linus’ help to discover the real meaning of Christmas.  Details and times at november/december 2017 | 81





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Tellus Science Museum Day Trip Cabin Fever? Pack up the kids and go to this great interactive science exhibit.

Eating Healthy It doesn’t have to be hard or boring.


Magazine Advertising Deadline December 8, 2017

Next Publication Date: January 5, 2018

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