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Welcome to this issue of Connect. It’s the month of all things Irish, and as a proud Irish woman myself, I’d just like to say, “Céad Mile Fáilte!” (It means “you are welcome, a thousand times,” loosely translated.) In this issue, we are featuring a very special event here in the Boro, the Ogeechee International History Film Festival. In its first year, this special festival will allow a look at some excellent films and the people who produced them. Headlining the event will be the Eric Stange-produced “Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive,” which will debut later on PBS’ American Masters series. We’re also featuring a story on a local production of “Always, Patsy Cline,” featuring Statesboro’s own Brandi Harvey as Cline. We interviewed Harvey about what it’s like to play this country music legend, and she filled us in on the role she’s excited to play. In addition to a regular performance, there’s also a dinner and a show performance, which includes a meal at RJ’s Grill. You won’t want to miss this production – you’ll be singing and clapping along, I just know it. In addition, we’ve interviewed the director of the Statesboro Youth Chorale, which will perform its final show for the season this month. These students have worked hard for months perfecting their selections, and you will want to attend the show and support their efforts. Continuo Collective of the South will also be performing at the Averitt this month. The Collective – which includes Ruth Berry, Ken Courtney, Angela Massey and Pawel Kozak – will take the audience on a journey to experience a variety of Baroque chamber music. Be sure to check out the calendar inside to see what’s going on in the Boro’s music and arts scene this month. There’s lots to do and see, and it’s all going to be spectacular. And I’ll pass on a bit of an Irish blessing to you as you go, a little something my Granny would say: “May you always have a clean shirt, a clean conscience, and a guinea in your pocket.” Sláinte!
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Things to do in March
Wednesday, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 DJ & Karaoke at Gnat’s Landing, 9 p.m. Friday, March 3 Forest Colter & Friends at Dingus Magees, 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 4 Jon Langston at South City Tavern, 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, 14, 21, 28 Open mic night at Loco’s, 9 pm. Tuesday, March 7, 14, 21, 28 Karaoke at Applebee’s, 9:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9 John Brannen at Dingus Magees, 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 21 Continuo Collective of the South Averitt Center for the Arts The Continuo Collective of the South is an ensemble dedicated to
Baroque chamber music. The concert will also feature members of the Statesboro Chamber Orchestra in the Youth Strings program at the Averitt. The show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth. Call (912) 212-2787 or go online at www.averittcenterforthearts. org to purchase tickets. Friday, March 24 Trey Teem at Dingus Magees, 9:30 p.m. Sunday, March 26 Season-Ending Concert for the Statesboro Youth Chorale Averitt Center for the Arts All the choirs of the Statesboro Youth Chorale end their season with a special concert. Tickets are $10 for adults and youth. Call (912) 212-2787 or go online at www.averittcenterforthearts.org to purchase tickets. Ongoing Live music at Loco’s Musical acts perform each weekend, 9-11:30 p.m.
Saturdays Family Fun Swim, 10 a.m.-noon Splash in the Boro
Friday, March 3 F1RST Friday – Green Grits 10 Siebald Street in Statesboro The March F1RST Friday event is a combination of a St. Patrick’s theme and sustainability. Attendees are invited to indulge in green food and drinks, and enjoy eco-friendly displays, crafts and entertainment. Thursday, March 9 Tasting Statesboro…The United Way Natural Resource Building, Behind OTC, 20 Joseph E. Kennedy Blvd, Statesboro Now in its seventh year, the event, which features dishes from more than 35 local restaurants, will begin at 5;30 p.m. Tickets are $15 before March 7, and $20 after. Call (912) 489-8475 for tickets, or go line to www.eventbrite. com. Saturday, March 25 Pink Power 5K Run RAC at Georgia Southern University Registration for the race begins at 7 a.m., with the race beginning at 8 All proceeds from the event benefits the Statesboro-Bulloch County Breast Cancer
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Foundation. Registration forms can be picked up at AgSouth Farm Credit on South Main Street or Statesboro Plastic Surgery on Brampton Ave. Register online at www.statesboropinkpower.org or ww.pinkpowerrun.com. Call (912) 764-PINK for more information. Spring Classes at Averitt Center for the Arts Finger Painting Poetry: For ages 9-12 years, the class is held at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, and taught by Claire Nelson. Weird Science: For ages 14-17 years, the class is for writing poetry and prose about the things that inspire in the natural, weird world around us. Instructor is Christina Olson. Tuition for either class is $44 per month ($54 for non-members). Call (912) 212-2787 or go online at www.averittcenterforthearts.org for more information. Friday, March 31 Life: A Cosmic Story Georgia Southern University Planetarium How did life begin? This question forms the basis of this journey through time, where you can witness key events since the Big Bang that set the stage for life. Shows to begin at 6, 7, 8, and 9 p.m. Tickets are available in the Physics Department Office, Room 2005, in the Math and Physics Building.
March 3 - April 26 Leaves: Book and Paper Arts Exhibition Averitt Center for the Arts The exhibition features three artists who make one edition artist’s books and paper to build and create narratives or architectronic magic. Artists participating include Susan Lenz, Jenny Bick and Christina Lihan. The opening reception is March 2.
inflatables as painting, sculpture, installation and performance costume. Using the language of painterly abstraction, monumental sculpture, slapstick humor and pop art, Ashley transforms materials into inflatable painted sculptures and performance props. Artist Talk to be held in the Arts Building, Room 2071, Feb. 15 at 5 p.m., with reception to follow.
March 1-31 Youth Gallery Averitt Center for the Arts The Youth Gallery features the artwork of Bulloch County students. Every month new schools are featured – Nevils and Stilson are featured in March. The new exhibits are celebrated with a reception in the third floor gallery on the First Friday of each month.
Through March 22 Applied Heart: Jorge Montero Poster Show Center for Art & Theatre, Georgia Southern University Jorge Montero, a professor at SCAD in Savannah, Is a Venezuelan-born graphic designer, illustrator, visual artist and educator. The gallery talk and reception is March 22 at 5 p.m.
March 3 - April 26 Private Presidential Pathways Averitt Center for the Arts A collection of candid presidential photographs by the late New York Times photographer, George Tames Tames, the NYT White House photographer from 1945 to 1985. Opening reception to be held March 2. Through March 17 Night Visions: Claire Ashley Contemporary Gallery, Center for Art & Theatre, Georgia Southern University Claire Ashley’s work investigates
Ongoing Give it a Spin! Workshop, 3rd Sunday each month Averitt Center for the Arts For those 16 years of age and up, from 1-4 p.m., this pottery class for beginners covers the basics. Bring a towel with you; all other materials provided. Cost is $25 ($40 for nonmembers). Paint-N-Party, 2nd Friday each month Averitt Center for the Arts Come and have fun with your friends and your favorite drink (21+ to drink). Price includes a 16X20 canvas and art supplies. Call Tony Phillips at (912) 212-2787 to register. Cost is $35 per session.
Theater Tuesday, March 7 “Annie” Georgia Southern University Performing Arts Center The Tony Award winning show tells the story of little orphan Annie, who is searching for her birth parents and finds a new family along the way. The broadway musical is perfect for the entire family. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 10, 11 “Always…Patsy Cline” Averitt Center for the Arts The show centers around the friendship between the country
music legend and Louise Seger, who corresponded with Cline until her death in 1963. Tickets for the March 10 and 11 shows, which feature 27 of Cline’s hits, are $20. The curtain goes up at 8 p.m. on March 10, and at 7:30 p.m. on March 11. On opening night, Dinner and a Show tickets are available. A table for eight may be purchased for $700, and includes a meal at RJ’s Grill from 5:30 to 7:30, followed by the show at the Emma Kelly Theater. Dress is casual or western attire. Call (912) 212-2787 or go online at www.averittcenterforthearts.org to purchase tickets.
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By Angye Morrison
Patsy Cline-inspired show to benefit Averitt capital campaign Patsy Cline died tragically at just 30 years old in a plane crash in 1963, but her story – and her music – has continued to shape country music and those who love it as much as she did. A tribute to the legendary singer will be performed at Averitt Center for the Arts in Statesboro on March 10 and 11. “Always…Patsy Cline” is based on a true story about Cline’s close friendship with a fan from Houston, Texas, named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honkey-tonk in 1961. The pair corresponded up until Cline’s death, and each letter from the singer was signed, “Love always…Patsy Cline.” The play, created and originally directed by Ted Swindley, is filled with down-home country humor, true emotion and even audience participation, and includes many of Cline’s hits, like “Crazy,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “Sweet Dreams” and “Walking After Midnight.” It stars Statesboro’s Brandi Harvey as Cline, and Metter resident Christie McLendon as Seger. The play is directed by Helen Rosengart, who says this is her sixth time at the helm of an Averitt production. “It’s an amazing show. The girls are amazing. They are absolutely outstanding in their interpretation of the characters,” she said. She added that she’s more excited about this show than any other she’s directed. “I’ve never been more excited or enthused. It’s going to be outstanding,” she said.
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Harvey says it’s intimidating to play Cline. “She’s such an icon who has influenced so many people’s musical careers and tastes. As a performing musician myself, I’ve been strongly influenced by her music, so this was a big role to take on,” she said. Harvey says she approached the role trying as much as possible to sound like Cline. “I want the audience to feel as though they are getting one last chance to see Patsy perform. However, no one can get it exactly. There will always be a little of myself that slips into the performance, no matter how I try,” she said. Harvey shares Rosengart’s excitement about the production, and says she’s eager to share the show with the audience. “It’s a great blend of high energy and sweet moments. Christie… is such a fantastic actress and gives her character such energy and a fun, funny, southern, down-home quality. The band is fantastic as well,” she said. Harvey added that Jerry Roberson has brought together some of the area’s best musicians, who carry so much of the show. “Christie and the band really have the hard jobs. I get to just show up and sing,” she said. All proceeds from the show benefit the Averitt Center for the Arts Creative Growth Capital Campaign. The campaign is a multiyear, multi-faceted fundraising campaign for the physical expansion of the Averitt Center. In 2011, then-Executive Director Tim Chapman, along with the center’s Board of Direc-
tors, volunteers and staff, took community input and came up with a bold and dynamic plan to increase the center’s educational services across disciplines for children and adults in the local and regional area. Led by Sheila Stewart-Leach, planning consultant, the board approved a three-year business plan that mapped out increased arts offerings. By the end of 2013, it was apparent that the original 15,000 square foot facility was full, after a successful increase in the center’s programming. There were waiting lists for almost all of the new offerings, including dance, ceramics, art after school and summer camps, and there was an increased demand for more, including the Youth Chorale, Youth Strings and Youth Theater. Averitt leadership began to plan an expansion of facilities to address the need for more space, and thus the Creative Growth Capital Campaign was conceived. The multi-phase project includes three buildings. Phase I included the West Main Center for Performing Arts, including dance studios, a Black Box theater for small performances, rehearsals and theater classrooms and an expanded sales gallery to promote local artists’ work. Phase II, the Roxie Remley Center for Fine Arts, is an arts career incubator that provides studios and equipment for artists, and business support through Georgia Southern University’s Fab Lab and public classes for ceramics, drawing and painting. Phase III, the Thurman Lanier Center for
Arts Education, is a fine arts gallery, with support spaces for the gallery and the theater, as well as additional classrooms. It will also include a small stage for chorale and musical rehearsals. Projected costs for Phase I were $450,000. In the end, costs were $565,000. The building opened March 21, 2015. For Phase II, renovations were at $100,000, with an additional $150,000 from a USDA grant shared by Georgia Southern University in a partnership agreement. The Roxie Remley Center for Fine Arts grand opening was held in September 2016. The combined funding need for Phase I and II is $650,000, and the Averitt has raised more than $450,000. Of that, $340,000 was from individual pledges. The projected cost for Phase III is expected to be $1.2 million. There are numerous opportunities to help provide the needed funding. Among these are permanent plaques that can be purchased as a legacy gift for $250 each, to be installed in the Averitt. Seats can also be purchased in the Emma Kelly and Mical Whitaker Black Box theaters. For a $500 donation, a plaque will be placed on the designated seat. Special events have also been held to benefit the capital campaign, including the Legends Luncheon, “Dreamgirls,” and the Calendar Girls and Elvis dinner theaters. “Always…Patsy Cline” is the latest in the campaign. Tickets for the show on March 10 and 11 are $20. The curtain goes up at 8 p.m. on March 10 and at 7:30 p.m. on March 11. On opening night, Dinner and a Show tickets are available. A table for eight may be purchased for $700, and includes a meal at RJ’s Grill from 5:30 to 7:30, followed by the show at the Emma Kelly Theater. Dress is casual or western attire. Purchase tickets online at averittcenterforthearts. org or by calling (912) 2122787.
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Youth Chorale By Angye Morrison
Statesboro Youth Chorale ends season with young choirs to perform March 26 According to the website of the Averitt Center for the Arts, the mission of the Statesboro Youth Chorale is “to provide quality music education and music performance education with the goal of attaining the highest level of artistic excellence in choral music.” If Dr. Tamara Watson Harper, artistic director for the program, has anything to say about it, that’s exactly what’s going to happen. Now in her second year at the helm of the program, Harper says all of the pieces are in place for the program to grow and become something incredible. “Our faculty is amazing and I’m really excited to see our program grow,” she said. She encourages the community to not only support the program, but become involved. “Music is so important for the growth of a child. There are developments in the brain that happen when you study music. Music brings something to the development of a child that cannot be easily replaced by anything else. I’m hoping that we’ll get more parents bringing their kids to our program,” she said. Harper says the program has drawn students from throughout Statesboro and the surrounding area. Children begin in the program at age 4, but children are encouraged to join at any age and at any level. The choirs are kept small, Harper said, so that they can focus on basic skill building and technique. Students are uniquely equipped when they leave the program. “They will leave the program with a sense of music appreciation. They will be able to read music and communicate the text through music to an audience,” she said. Students who are interested in music education or performance as a career will also receive guidance and preparation. The season for the Chorale goes from August to March. This year’s season-ending performance will be held on March 26 at 7 p.m., at the Averitt. Tickets are $10 for adults and youth.
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The program will feature Dolce, the choir for four- and five-year-olds, under the direction of Emily Kochetta. This is the first year for the choir, which will focus on performing simple songs and dance moves, to get their “feet wet in performing,” Harper said. Seraphim, the choir for first and second grade students, will also perform, with Jenna Mabie as their director, in addition to Bel Canto ( grades 3-5/6) and Cantabile (Grades 3-5), under the direction of Matthew Kersey and Amber Miller, respectively. Harper says a select group of middle-schoolers will also be doing some duets and solos. An exciting new addition to the program this year is the new middle school choir, Mambo (grades 6-8). The choir has been a tremendous success, Harper said. “It’s been a joy to watch them progress as they learn how to use their voices. I’ve seen them really grow and blossom, not only vocally, but also with their confidence,” she said. “There’s a lot of excitement around the middle school choir. They’ve been doing wonderfully well in their performances.” The older students will perform as part of Vox Novum, under the direction of Russell Watkins, new this year to the program at Averitt. Harper is particularly excited about his contributions to the program. “He has a wonderful spirit as a person, and he is such a gifted teacher. He has a true passion for these kids and the art,” she said. Vox Novum, along with the high school show choir, Viva Voce, under Harper’s direction, and her private Solo Cantare students, will be performing in the West Atlanta area on March 10, 11 and 12. This will be their final performances of the season. The students will perform in Carrolton with the high school show choir there, and will participate in a master class, as well as a joint performance. They will stop off in Griffin for a special performance for senior citizens on the way home, as well as an end of the year
awards ceremony for the group. Harper says the trip will be a great time for the students to bond. “They don’t have a lot of time for that during rehearsals because they are so fast paced,” she said. All of the choirs have performed throughout the season, including performances at local nursing homes and assisted living facilities, as well as performances in the fair parade and the downtown holiday celebration, a Veterans Day concert and the Winter Showcase. They have also learned that responsibility comes with talent. “They have been given this gift, and it’s important that they learn to give back to the community,” Harper said. So the students went out on the Tuesday before Christmas and sang to shut-ins, in nursing homes, in the hospital and even on the street corner. “It was amazing to see the joy it brought,” Harper said. “There was something really magical in that moment.” And Harper says that same magic will be there when the younger choirs perform at the Averitt on March 26, and she encourages the community to come out and support the students and the program. All proceeds from the concert will benefit the Statesboro Youth Chorale. “We need community support. We encourage everyone to come out. Music is powerful. It’s magical,” she said.
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Film Festival By Rashida Otunba
Ogeechee International History Film Festival to debut in Statesboro March 24 The Ogeechee International History Film Festival will make its debut in Statesboro as the very first film festival in the United States dedicated solely to historical films. This festival has been a long-time dream of Georgia Southern Associate Professor of History Dr. Michael Scott Van Wagenen, who has always been interested in historical films. It has gone from dream to reality thanks to the combined efforts of various organizations in the Statesboro community. “I’ve watched festivals as cultural phenomena in the United States just take off and kept an eye out on that history festival to eventually show up and it didn’t, so I decided to do it myself,” Van Wagenen said. The event has been organized by the States-
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boro Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Statesboro Herald and Georgia Southern University. Regan Everett, graduate student in the Georgia Southern Public History program, has worked diligently to organize the event as part of her master’s thesis and sees the creation of a historical film festival as an integral part of making history documentaries entertaining for modern audiences. Everett cites the popularity of modern shows like “The Crown” and “Downton Abbey” as a key clue that modern audiences enjoy historical content when it is made entertaining. “[Those shows are] all heavily based in history and people love it. We want to make sure people understand that there is a value in historical films,” Everett said.
The Public History program at Georgia Southern uses the creation of historical films as a way make history engaging and accessible to modern audiences. The film festival called for film submissions from filmmakers worldwide on a variety of historical subjects, with the conditions being that submissions contain valid historical research and promote the accuracy of historical facts. Two original film submissions come from recent graduates of the Georgia Southern public history program, who both made films focused on local topics as part of their graduate non-thesis projects. Both students took film class with Van Wagenen and produced a documentary about the history of downtown Statesboro, which
inspired them to make their own films. Alumna Katherine Connor submitted a film about Fort Pulaski, a project that took more than a year to complete. The 25-minute documentary follows the history of Fort Pulaski and highlights why the National Park Service is so important. Connor, like many other historians, believes that film is the next step in getting people interested in and motivated by history. “It’s the digital age. I think this is the way history is going to have to go. It’s going to have to become digital,” Connor said. Alumnus Daniel Hancock focused his film, “Bonaventure: From Plantation to Monument” on the Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, Georgia, a project that he hopes will get audiences interested in the cemetery and the history surrounding it. “Hopefully [the film festival] show some good support for the public history program at Southern,” Hancock said. The festival will also feature “Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive,” a film by acclaimed Boston-based filmmaker Eric Stange, who will also lead a discussion after the film’s premiere. Van Wagenen has been an avid fan of Stange’s work for many years, and invited him to join the festival as a featured guest. Statesboro residents will be one of the first audiences to see “Poe: Buried Alive” before it premieres on PBS as part of the American Masters series. Stange’s work is notable due to the cinematic approach that he takes towards historical filmmaking. Stange hopes that audiences who come to see the film will leave with an appreciation of a more multi-layered Edgar Allan Poe. “[Poe’s] reputation is dark. He had a hard life, the loss in his life hard to imagine and he was constantly poor. I hope people come to appreciate him in more depth and the impact he had on American literature,” Stange said. Stange adds that aside from his dark reputation, Poe’s work in the field of literature helped to elevate American culture in the 1800s due to the fact that at that time period people saw American literature as a poor imitation of European work. The festival begins on March 24 at 7 p.m. at the Averitt Center for the Arts with the screening of “Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive” and discussion with Stange, and will continue to Saturday where screenings of film submissions and panel discussions will be held on Georgia Southern’s campus in the Russell Union Theater. March 2017 • 11
Continuo Collective By Angye Morrison
Continuo Collective of the South to perform at the Averitt The Continuo Collective of the South will perform at Averitt Center for the Arts on March 21 – and will take the audience on a journey through their vast repertoire of Baroque chamber music. Baroque music is a style of Western art music composed from around 1600 to 1750. Key composers of the era include Johan Sebastian Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, George Frideric Handel and Johann Pachelbel. The period saw the creation of tonality, in which a piece is written in a particular key. Baroque concerts were typically accompanied by a basso continuo group which consisted of chord playing instrumentalists like harpsichordists and lute players, while a group of bass instruments – viola, cello, double bass – played the bass line. The continuo, the harpsichord and cello, is the consistent, driving force of the group that reinforces the voice most fundamental to Baroque music – the bass line. This core duo is always included in the Continuo Collective’s concerts, and joined by a variety of instrumentalists or vocalists, depending on the
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repertoire being performed. Founding members of the Continuo Collective include cellist Ruth Berry and Ken Courtney on harpsichord, along with soloists Angela Massey on flute and Pawel Kozak on violin. Berry is also a founding member of the Fenimore Strong Quartet, the Megellan String Quartet and Trio d’Esprit. She gives recitals of popular classics with Ensembles Intermezzo, performs with and is Artistic Director of the musician-run chamber orchestra, Lyra Vivace, and manages a unique musician booking service, In Praise of Music. During the summers, she performs with Glimmerglass Opera. She received a B. Mus. From Boston University, and her graduate degree and studies at Cornell University were in musicology, analytical techniques and performing practice. Courtney has served as Director of Music/ organist at First Presbyterian Church in Aiken, South Carolina since 1988, and is an adjunct faculty member at the University of South Carolina in Aiken, where he teaches Organ, World Music and Introduction to Music, in the Visual and Performing Arts Department. He
studied at the University of Memphis and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Massey holds the position of third flute and piccolo with the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the Augusta Choral Society, Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, Lyra Vivace Chamber Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra Augusta, in addition to numerous solo performances. She studied at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Cincinnati CollegeConservatory of Music, as well as Carnegie Mellon University. Kozak is an adjunct violin and viola instructor at the Presbyterian College and Lander University. He studied at the University of Georgia, and frequently performs as a member of Lyra Vivace Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra Augusta, Greenville Symphony, Charleston Symphony and South Carolina Philharmonic. The show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $10 for youth. Call (912) 212-2787 to purchase tickets or go online at www.averittcenterforthearts.org.
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products; food and beverage; financial, government; hardware; health care; recreation/leisure; and notfor-profit. She places strong emphasis on integrating traditional marketing principles into her clients’ digital strategies to maximize their exposure so they receive the best ROI. A native of Statesboro, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her son Jackson; staying active at her son’s school, Bulloch Academy; traveling; cooking; and taking continuing education courses to stay abreast of all the changes and industry trends that affect marketing and communications.
Q: What makes an effective print marketing campaign? A: Often the lack of understanding what the purpose of your ad is targeting, results in feeling as if it did not work for you. First and foremost, deciding on your print ad campaign should be well thought out and planned ahead of time. Your ad campaign is no different from putting together a business plan or budget; Just like the aforementioned, you need to know exactly what you want to achieve from running your ad and the most effective way to reach your goal. Now, what I am about to say will certainly raise some eyebrows and it does not apply to all ads – but it does for many. Most ads are not designed to sell, but to get people to remember your brand and reputation is quintessential if you want readers to remember you. In general, consumers need to see an ad 7 times before they take action. When meeting with your print rep to discuss your ad, you should involve anyone else that will have a hand in your campaign present. If you use a graphic designer, photographer, or copywriter and they will be involved in any capacity with the placement of your print ad - avoid delays and have everyone meet together. This will ensure all of you are on the same page and working to achieve the same goal.
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Join us in celebrating the 44th anniversary of National Ag Day. That’s over 40 years of recognizing agriculture’s role in American life, and that’s certainly an achievement worth celebrating!
America’s farmers try to balance sustainability with financial viability.
Many people see industrial farms as an economic necessity of the last several decades, while others believe that sustainable farming practices are the only way to ensure a future for agriculture in our country. For still other farmers, a happy medium is the goal. They want to stay economically sound and produce the food and fibers the country needs, all while ensuring that their soil stays fertile for future generations. Healthy farms try to leave some uncultivated land that filters potentially polluted water before it reaches nearby bodies of water. They use crop rotation as much as possible, and plant a diverse selection of crops to avoid depleting the soil and reduce the need for pesticides. When fields are empty, healthy farms use cover crops to avoid soil erosion and introduce natural fertilizers to the soil. They also allow livestock to range on pastures in order to fertilize them and facilitate the use of diverse crops as feed. As good stewards of the land, farmers need to balance financial viability with sustainability. It’s important that we consumers support them in every way possible. Buying food and agricultural products made in America is a great place to start.
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America’s farmers produce most of the food we eat and much of the fibers used in our clothing and in our homes. On National Agriculture Day, which takes place March 21, 2017, we recognize agriculture’s important role in the economy and in keeping us well fed and well clothed. With this year’s National Ag Day theme - Agriculture: Food for Life.
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1. What advice would I give to young women in the work place: First, make sure it is a job you enjoy and will be happy to go to every day. Then work like you own the business. Take pride in everything you do, because it represents you. People do notice. If its a customer based job, put the customer needs above yours. Patience, courtesy, and kindness are great virtues to strive for. 2. Do you think women feel intimidated in the business world: This probably depends on your personality. I started work in the early 70’s and it definitely was a “Man’s” World in the work place. I was not intimidated then nor am I now. Rights for women have improved along with pay scales and benefits. Owning my own business, I am not exposed to the Corporate World but I would say, stand your ground. 3. How do you achieve work-life balance: Time Management. I was trained by the best, my Mom, I grew up in a family of 9 so everyone had to cooperate and help each other. I later had four children and learned to manage that scheduling so work is a breeze after that. I was fortunate to have good support at home to help me. 4. How did I get to where I am today and who/what helped me along the way? Two major influences in my life. My Mom taught me to work hard and she believed I could do anything I set my mind to. My husband, Nate Hirsch, and I owned Radio Stations in town and throughout Georgia and I watched him and learned from him. They both encouraged me to buy my Real Estate Business and truly were my champions. I also heard a speaker, Patricia Fripp, years ago that gave me the advice, Find your unfair advantage and work like you own the business. I took it to heart. Pat Hirsch Owner/Broker ERA Hirsch Real Estate Team 408 S. Zetterower Ave Statesboro, GA 30458 912.764.6774
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But as with anyone with their own business it takes self involvement and work. Listening to what your customers want and being their for them when they need you. I think one of the biggest reasons is that I wake up every day excited about my work and happy to be a part of an experience that brings happiness and security to people.
A woman’s life over the decades A woman’s busy life can make her feel as though she’s caught up in turbulent waters, especially when she reaches another milestone birthday. From time to time she may feel the need to make sure she’s still heading in the right direction and that her values and objectives are still in line with her life goals. As she goes through her twenties, she’s travelling a highway with no speed limit. Life’s great projects are taking shape — finishing school, career plans, travelling, adventure, romantic encounters. This is the decade for discovering the world and taking the first steps towards independence. Everything is possible at the dawn of adult life. Then comes the thirties and maturity. Her ideas and opi nions become more defined. A young woman becomes surer of the road she wants to take. She might be come a mother. She might make her career her priority. Either way, she won’t let her growing responsibi lities compromise who she is. Her destiny is beginning to become clearer. In the forties, the middle of life, comes a certain sense of urgency to live life to the fullest and push the boundaries. This is of ten the time to leave a failing marriage and start again, to transform life in some way,
on a personal as much as a professional level. A woman who has always put the well-being of her family in the forefront suddenly feels the need to make more time for herself. In a way, it is a good thing that her life forces her to regularly review the path ahead. It is a great way of ensuring that her internal GPS is still pointing in the right direction!
Shattering the glass ceiling The “glass ceiling” expression appeared towards the end of the 1970s and refers to the obstacles that women must surmount in or der to reach the higher levels of professional hierarchies. Even though women in the West are more highly educated and qualified than ever before, we are still quite far from the principal of equal work for equal pay. That is especially the case in other parts of the world. But we mustn’t despair. We just have to look back at the progress made in the last decades and redouble efforts to overcome the discrimination and stereotyping in the workplace that still cast a shadow over many women. We must stop believing that only men can embody competitiveness, ambition, charisma, combativeness, power, and authority. We must see that women bring these qualities — and more — to the workplace in a diffe rent, equally effective way. We should look at how the glass ceiling hinders their progress and reinforces a negative image of women. We should also ask ourselves if the glass ceiling is maintained by choice or unconsciously, and what we can do to change those attitudes. We should ask ourselves why it is that many women end up in careers with only modest prospects and salaries, out of range of management roles and decision-making posts. Too many companies remain insensitive to the inner conflict many working women live, especially those who are mothers and heads of single-parent families. The solution is to move towards creating conditions that would help wo-
men reconcile their work-family responsibilities. Women should take heart that starting a family doesn’t necessarily mean that they have to sacrifice their other dreams. Ral lying their partners and children to the quest for equality and power-sharing is certainly the best way to change attitudes and ensure that one day the glass ceiling is shattered.
Working out the work-life balance When it seems as though there aren’t enough hours in the day, it can be difficult for working mothers to find time to catch their breath and enjoy life. The family is one area where the majority of women rarely compromise. While some find it difficult to be separated from their little ones, others need to be part of the workforce in order to flourish. This is where a work-family conflict can arise. Even though they work as hard as everyone else, some working mothers often have the impression that they’re not able to produce as much as their childless colleagues. Swamped by their workloads, others feel that they are always neglecting their family responsibilities. With guilt hovering in the background, women tend to waver between the two worlds, always in search of the right balance. Although a woman might often have the im pression of being overwhelmed, all she has to do is look around to realize that this is the reality for thousands of other families. Of course, the grass always seems greener on the other side of the fence, but few mothers would truly want to change their lives. Above all, the key to successfully reconci ling work-family responsibilities lies in organization, good time mana-
gement skills, and the setting of priorities. Give yourself some leeway in case of unforeseen events. After a hectic week, cut back on housework and organize a family outing instead. Ask your partner to give you a hand. Suggest to your employer that you could work from home when your children are sick or on vacation. In other words, find your own solutions to reduce the hectic pace of your life. After all, everyone has a right to be happy and successful!
Working women: finding new paths! Choosing a profession is, first and foremost, an expression of one’s personality. This choice should be made according to personal tastes and aptitudes; why blindly follow the beaten path if something else appeals to you? After all, you’ll spend a large part of your life in the workforce, so you’re much better off if you can live out your passions in your work. One way to put an end to job discrimination is to provide women with a range of career choices that allow for flexible working conditions and a way to reintegrate after having children. Making such changes may seem threatening, but that’s a normal reaction when entrenched attitudes are overturned. It is not so long ago that medicine and engineering were all-male preserves, where the “invasion” of women was derided. In their own ways and in their own eras, women such as Elizabeth Blackwell, Irma Levasseur, and Lucille Teasdale defied prejudice to practice medicine in more than just subordinate roles. These days, the healthcare system couldn’t do without women. Any progress is a step forward for women and enriches those sectors which welcome these intrepid heroines. And the traditionally female-dominated sectors are still well populated by women who want to make use of their desire to care for, educate, and help others. Changing the rules of the game was certainly overdue. There is no good reason why more women shouldn’t migrate towards mechanics, carpentry, forestry, military service, or road transportation. Every trade has its value, and everyone has their own likes and dislikes. It’s perfectly legitimate to want your livelihood to be a source of accomplishment, pride, and personal satisfaction.
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vAMPIN’ gAMER By Tim Webb
The luckiest signs this Month: Pisces, Aries and Taurus.
ARIES You might decide to go on a trip at the last minute. You need this break in order to sort out your ideas and make a difficult decision. TAURUS You may decide to make a few changes within your circle of friends. Fortunately, some of them should finally be able to pay back what they owe you. GEMINI You might have to check one of your bills in order to find a mistake that has been made. You end up devoting a good part of the week to ensuring that the matter is put right. CANCER You finally receive the right health treatment, or you start a new diet that suits you and shows some quick results. LEO You’re suddenly quite popular with your friends. If you’re single, you’re surprised to find that your suitors are competing with each other in imaginative ways to win you over. VIRGO Your family takes center stage in your life this week, as your loved ones are rather demanding. Some projects related to moving will take shape in the not-too-distant future. LIBRA Comings and goings could get complicated, or communications won’t always be very clear. Your outspokenness has a powerful impact on your entourage. SCORPIO Sometimes money is a source of concern. Don’t hesitate to take the bull by the horns and negotiate with the people concerned in order to solve your financial problems. SAGITTARIUS Everything needs to get done—by yesterday. You won’t even know where to begin tackling things. Just slow down a bit; focus your energies and take things one step at a time. CAPRICORN You might have to replace a colleague who is going to be absent for an indefinite period of time. This might be stressful, but you’ll benefit from the situation eventually. AQUARIUS You receive some applause after addressing a large crowd. On the other hand, a few people will have the nerve to criticize you. Just remember who you are despite what you hear. PISCES It isn’t always easy to balance work and family life. You have to work miracles with your schedule in order to meet all your responsibilities without disappointing anyone.
For Honor Developed and published by Ubisoft for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, For Honor is an action fighting game. For Honor allows players to assume the roles of knights, samurai and vikings during a fictional medieval time. The game’s third person perspective offers strategic and technical melee fighting. For Honor is primarily a one-on-one fighting game; however, situations do arise where players fight several enemies at once. Intricate mechanics and 12 heroes to choose from, each with their own unique weapons and fighting styles, permit players to refine their play style as they wish. Strategic opportunities are ever present for gamers providing a balance and extensive complexity that makes For Honor unique. The game is all about calculated strikes and defense rather than amateurish button mashing. Reading the opponent and knowing when to counter are imperative if players expect to survive and win. To help refine these calculated abilities, For Honor includes training modes and a single player that teaches the fundamentals of battle. The game really shines in the multiplayer modes where players can put their training to the test. Players can customize their heroes while taking part in the following five different game modes: • Duel is a one-versus-one multiplayer mode in which a player must successfully kill the opponent to win. • Brawl is a two-versus-two multiplayer mode, a team must eliminate the entire opponent team completely to win. • Elimination, a team of players must eliminate the entire team of opponent players in this four-versus-four multiplayer mode. The team that still has remaining warriors will automatically win the match. • Skirmish is a four-versus-four multiplayer mode in which players gain points while killing enemies. When one team earns enough points, they must eliminate the players from the other team and win the match. • Dominion is a four-versus-four multiplayer mode in which players must capture and hold multiple zones in a battlefield. Points are earned through occupying combat zones. When one team earns enough points, they must eliminate the players from the other team and win the match. Although For Honor does a great job with its combat system, the single player campaign is very linear and could have told an even greater and memorable story. Also, the game is very difficult to grasp requiring players to have patience and practice. To add to the steep learning curve, online battles against players who are already settled may frustrate newcomers. It’s clear that For Honor has an in-depth combat system with heaps to master. Visually the game is stunning and provides brilliant game play modes to keep it refreshing for a long time. With rewarding fighting mechanics and downloadable content (DLC) planned, Ubisoft has a winning formula with this new fighter. March 2017 • 21
oVERTHINKING IT bY katherine fallon
Aiming for perfection – and not quite hitting the mark I haven’t had a business card since 2008. I oftentimes think about printing new ones that include not only my professional accomplishments, but also my various medical diagnoses, which have acronyms that mimic those of academic degrees and professional associations. Like Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). The most intense manifestation of my OCD has always been my commitment to whatever job I hold. At Whole Foods, I was a machine of a cheese cutter: neat, accurate and impossibly swift. I worked mostly when the store was closed, alone at 4 a.m. behind the counter in my chef’s coat, listening to audiobooks while I sliced and wrapped hundreds of wedges of soft, aged and pungent cheeses, arranging them in cascades or neat wheels along the coffin cases – whatever it took to make the inventory look most robust. On the farm, I sharpened tool blades in single-digit weather, watching through my work goggles to be sure the newly burnished line of each tarnished blade was even. I measured twice and cut once. I had to be reminded to stop and drink water on the days we dug potato trenches for hours on end. I weeded so thoroughly the soil looked like chocolate cake when I moved on to the next row. But I haven’t had a job I’ve taken home with me for years. The last was returning to the chicken house when it was my turn in the rotation to feed and water 50 hens (and a rooster or two) at 10 p.m., then 6 a.m. That was 2011.
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Now that I’m teaching, scheduling a class in order to insure that the correct material has been covered by an assignment deadline, and that new units are not begun while students are still fixated on completing papers for the last unit, has proven to be a juggling act that takes all of my time and mental energy. I wake up and get started planning almost immediately, oftentimes from bed. I fixate on Folio, changing each section’s HTML several times a day to ensure accuracy. I plan to the minute, keep my phone close by on timer mode during class so that we don’t go over on any one activity. Sometimes, quieter classes don’t meet that mark with conversation, while others plough through it so swiftly I don’t realize it’s happened, and I wind up with multiple trajectories for multiple classes. I underline, highlight, use bold and change fonts to help me keep up. When people think about obsessive compulsive disorder, they often think about flipping a light switch a certain number of times before leaving a room, washing one’s hands repeatedly, or arranging things on a desktop so that they all point in one direction, or are perfectly aligned. My OCD does not look like this. Yes, my dresses are arranged in my closet according to neckline, length, pattern and weight. Yes, I count my steps as a holdover from jumping hurdles in high school track. But you wouldn’t know those things if I hadn’t told you. In fact, there is always food on my clothing and I’ve never achieved a smooth ponytail in my life.
What people don’t think much about when they imagine a person with OCD is that we often make a lot of mistakes based on the tunnel vision of our disorder, the nature of which is to seek perfection. Because my brain is full of so much else, I crumple the toothpaste tube with my fist without realizing it, and almost never remember the replace the cap. I forget to lock doors, let ice chips melt on the floor, and I always, always forget to empty the kitchen sink drain basket after painstakingly completing a load of dishes. When I hear my partner cleaning up after my clean-up efforts, the selfloathing begins. Likewise with education: sometimes, I provide my students with broken links, fail to cover important information, tell Monday/ Wednesday classes that I’ll see them on Thursday, and provide syllabi with typos on the very first page. In these cases, I have to answer to the most conscientious of students, who seem always to be at least one step ahead of me, despite all of my efforts. I panic then, because I can see them registering my fallibility, but these students are exactly the kind of scholars I hoped to have in my classes: attentive, accurate, and dedicated to their educations. They correct me for accuracy, not to prove any point, and I owe them humility as much as anything else. If only I could apply my OCD to what would make me truly good at what I do: being empathetic toward and forgiving of my only-human self. The hardest thing about the drive to be perfect? I can’t be.
Which olive oil is the right one for you?
March is Nutrition Month
Not a week goes by without someone extolling the virtues of Mediterranean cuisine and its central ingredient, olive oil. But considering that there are approximately 2,000 varieties on the market, making a choice among the rows of bottles on grocery store shelves can be daunting. Here are a few pointers about olive oil so you can get the best value for price. First of all, a little lesson: the olive is a fruit, of which there are more than 500 varieties around the world. Almost all the olives we eat and use are produced by six countries in the Mediterranean basin.
You can give the nod to red wine and dark chocolate Foodies love giving in to the temptations of fine red wine and the best dark chocolate. And more and more studies are giving them a good reason to do so, particularly because of their health benefits for the heart. Of course, the key word here is moderation, meaning a glass of red wine and just a few pieces of dark chocolate per day. Let’s start with the positive effects of red wine in preventing heart disease. Resveratrol is the ingredient in red wine we should all be thankful for. This is one of the most powerful antioxidants around, as it reduces the amount of saturated fat in the arteries. This same antioxidant is also a powerful cancer-fighting agent. Red wine has other advantages as well: it’s good for slowing down the skin’s aging process and preventing acne. Moderate consumption of this delicious nectar is also good for bone health. It helps us live longer, while protecting us against dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
wine. Dark chocolate containing at least 70 per cent cacao also improves blood circulation. So, next time you’re drinking a glass of red wine, be sure to drink a toast to the scientific studies that have turned our guilty pleasures into healthy habits. Cheers! If consumed in moderation, red wine and dark chocolate can improve heart health.
Virgin or extra virgin? Extra virgin olive oil is a premium oil with a flawless taste. Its acidity has to be less than 0.80 per cent, and its refined taste and fruity aroma distinguish it from other olive oils. Virgin olive oil is a lower-quality product. The term “light” refers to the taste of the oil rather than its fat content, as all olive oils are 100-per cent fat. What will it be used for? All olive oils can be used cold, while only some are suitable for cooking. As olive oil loses its flavour when it reaches temperatures of over 70°C, you’re better off keeping your best, most expensive olive oil for your salad dressings or to dribble over your favourite recipes when serving them. Lastly, olive oil keeps for about 18 months to two years, so you should look for a bottle that has an expiry date printed on the label. Store your extra virgin olive oil at room temperature in an opaque bottle, away from the light.
As for dark chocolate, our stomach bacteria turn it into compounds that reduce inflammation in cardiovascular tissue and reduce the risk of stroke. Furthermore, it’s a great source of flavonoids, which are antioxidants that are also present in red
Living food is healthy food Living food, or raw food, is a popular topic of conversation these days. In fact, you might call it a nutrition movement. Do you like the idea of only eating living foods? For many people, eating living foods is more than just a diet; it’s a lifestyle. Its proponents only eat raw, unprocessed foods that may be germinated or fermented. It is usually a vegan diet, which means that it doesn’t include any animal products. Raw or dried fruits, sprout juices, seaweed, raw or sprouted nuts and seeds, sprouted bread and sprouted pulses are all part of the daily diet of living food fans. Advantages. You never feel hungry with this diet, as it is rich in dietary fibre and plant proteins and low in fat. In addition, people who choose to eat only living foods usually lose weight.
Disadvantages. Eating only living foods can become monotonous. This type of diet also limits choices in restaurants or when travelling; living food fans often end up taking their own food along with them. A living food diet can also cause certain nutritional deficiencies. The right balance? Including living foods in your daily diet is always a good idea, as cooking destroys some of the vitamins and minerals in many foods and reduces their anti-carcinogenic potential. However, you should also consider eating cooked foods, which add variety to your diet while meeting all your nutritional needs. All in all, eating a little of everything, in moderation, is definitely the best way to go.
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Tailgate Tattler BY Chris Stanley
Georgia Southern’s basketball team is ballin’ While many folks in Statesboro simply wait around for spring football season to begin, they sit in ignorance of the fact Georgia Southern’s basketball team is doing quite well this season. As a matter of fact, the Sun Belt’s leading scorer plays for the Eagles – but most people in Statesboro might not be able to pick Ike Smith out of a lineup. Let’s get to know the sophomore from Gainesville, Florida. CS: So I have to ask, where does Ike come from? I feel like we don’t make a lot of Ikes anymore. IS: Well, my Dad’s actually an Ike. I have a whole family of Ikes. My full name’s Ikeon. CS: Ikeon? IS: I go by Ike because it’s shorter. CS: I would too. Ikeon sounds like the giraffe mascot for Ikea. IS: I know right? It’s a weird name. It makes it easier on everyone to call me Ike. People look at Ikeon on paper and get all confused. I’d just rather be called Ike. CS: You’re the only Ike I’ve ever met. Outside of other the Ikes in your family have you met any other Ikes?
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IS: I know a bunch of Isaacs who go by Ike. CS: Isaacs go by Ike? IS: Yeah, I’ve met a few. CS: Has that been something fans have caught on to going back to your high school days in Gainesville? Saying or chanting Ike? IS: Yeah, it was. It’s something I’ve always taken to be unique. CS: Speaking of Gainesville, you came out of the same Florida recruiting class as Ben Simmons. He didn’t play that far away from you, did y’all ever cross paths in high school or travel ball? IS: No, I never saw him, for travel I was on team Adidas and he was on team Nike. CS: Wait a minute, you played for team
Adidas? IS: Yeah, it was the Florida Elite Adidas team. That was a pretty crazy experience. CS: How did you wind up on that team? IS: Well, I played for a local travel team around Gainesville, and team Adidas had a big camp near where we lived. I got invited to come play at the camp and I guess they liked me so much they decided to keep me on. CS: Were there any other notable names on the team besides yourself? IS: Deng Adel, Ryan McMahon from Louisville were both on my team, so was Deng Riak from ECU. Adel is a big time player for Louisville, so that’s pretty cool to watch. CS: What all did you get to do playing for
the Florida Elites? IS: Well, above anything else going to Las Vegas was the coolest thing. We got to play in a big tournament where we played against all the other big prospects. CS: Who was the best kid you got to see while you were out there? IS: Jaylen Brown for sure. That kid was a beast. CS: Jaylen Brown? As in the kid from Cal who was the No. 3 overall pick by the Boston Celtics last year? IS: Oh yeah. I had to guard him too. CS: What was that like? IS: Unbelieveable. He was so good. It’s crazy to see him playing in the NBA now. It really makes me want to keep pushing myself so I can get on his level someday. CS: Anyone else big you all played against who comes to mind? IS: I got to go up against Chase Jeter from Duke, but other than that I can’t think of anyone off the top of my head. But that whole experience was crazy. I’ll never forget it. CS: Was there anything you didn’t like about Vegas? IS: Yeah, it was way too hot for me. CS: But you’re from Florida – aren’t you supposed to be used to the heat? IS: Not that kind of heat, man. That’s that dry desert heat. I could never be in that kind of heat again for the rest of my life and be perfectly fine. CS: Would I be correct in assuming while you were in Vegas you got to play in front of a lot of scouts? IS: Oh yeah, that was nerve racking. I’ve never played in front of that many people in my life. But the good thing about that was I got a majority of my offers from playing in those seven games in Vegas. CS: Who were some of the teams that recruited you out of that tournament? IS: Georgia Southern obviously, Ohio, Tennessee Tech, Jacksonville, Arkansas State and Coastal Carolina. CS: Well, those are all mid-majors. You had just finished playing against guys from Duke and Cal. Were you at all disappointed you didn’t get any offers from bigger schools? IS: No not really. Division I is Division I. Mid-majors are good, I mean the Sun Belt is one of the better college basketball conference in the mid-majors in my opinion. CS: Why do you think you were so overlooked? I mean you weren’t even ranked in the top-50 kids coming out of Florida in 2015. IS: I really couldn’t tell you. All I know is that it’s put a chip on my shoulder to be better once I got here to Statesboro. CS: Has that chip helped you become the leading scorer in the Sun Belt this year? IS: To be honest, I never thought I’d come here and do that. And I really don’t try to think about that either. CS: What? I mean you have to admit, it’s pretty cool out of all those guys you played with in travel league you’re the only one who leads his conference in scoring. IS: I mean it is cool, but I don’t think that’s what’s important. I’m just here to win games, man. CS: So if you guys don’t make it to the big dance would that be a disappointment? IS: I mean that’s been the goal from the start is to make the tournament. Right now we just have to take one game at a time, and hopefully it all pays off.
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Day trippin’ bY Kenley Alligood
Visit where the stars have walked
One of my favorite movies as a kid was the Disney comedy “Snow Dogs,” starring Cuba Gooding Jr., of all people. I watched it on a constant loop, so often in fact that I think the tape wore out. Imagine my surprise when I saw the star of my favorite movie riding in a convertible being pulled by a film truck right through the middle of my hometown. Cuba was there to film scenes from his 2003 film, “The Fighting Temptions,” alongside Beyoncé. Needless to say, I found this brief brush with Hollywood exhilarating. Over the years, chances like that have increased. Georgia, and specifically metro-Atlanta, is quickly becoming a treasure trove of locations for any movie or TV buff. From “The Walking Dead” to “Stranger Things,” many directors have decided to take advantage of Georgia’s incredible geographical diversity. With huge productions like “The Hunger Games,” “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “The Avengers” franchises selecting the Atlanta area as prime real estate for the silver screen, Georgia is cementing its status as the “Hollywood of the East.” Popular film franchises like “The Walking Dead” have sparked fan tours or even restaurants like Mystic Grill in Covington, Georgia in the wake of the teen drama “The Vampire Diaries,” which filmed in Covington, Loganville and Monroe throughout my high school years. Walton County as a whole and its county seat Monroe are becoming increasingly popular with filmmakers. It has been the location for two films released in 2012: “Wanderlust,” starring Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd, and “American Reunion,” the fourth film in the “American Pie” franchise. This particular film necessitated
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the painting of a mural on the side of a local furniture store advertising the (fictional) falls of “Great Falls, Michigan” where the movie is set. Monroe, proud of its selection as a big budget movie set, decided to leave the mural up after filming, though some edits have been made to ease confusion. More recently Monroe, and specifically its historic courthouse, was chosen to play a key role in 2016’s Academy Award
winning film, “Hidden Figures.” The film tells the story of three of the female African-American mathematicians employed by NASA in the early 60s and the challenges they faced in a male dominated and racially segregated environment. One of the movie’s key scenes, in which Mary Jackson (played by Janelle Monae) petitions a court for the right to take evening classes at an all-white school in order to earn an engineering degree, was filmed at Monroe’s courthouse. Though the building played a small part in an important film, I couldn’t help feeling a swell of hometown pride at the fact that it was included at all. All of this attention from film companies
looking for the prime example of a historic small town has had an amazing effect helping to revitalize the fading downtown. It’s been exciting to watch more and more local businesses set up shop in Monroe’s historic buildings. Southern Roots Outfitters has moved in across the street from The Wayfarer Hotel, a boutique hotel where guests can spend the night in a beautifully restored 1910 building with event space and within walking distance of various restaurants. Among restaurants like Butcher Block Grill and Amici’s, local spots shine. Kaity’s Downtown is a favorite and, according to my hairdresser, their fried green tomatoes are a necessary addition to any order. Or check out The Cotton Café for pancakes and coffee, burgers and Georgia-brewed craft beers, and live music and trivia nights on the weekends. A new addition to the beautiful tree-lined downtown is The Story Shop. Though geared toward actual children, this creatively designed bookshop appeals to the child in all of us. I, a grown woman and a generally reserved person, crawled inside the to-scale Hobbit hole and climbed through the coats hanging in the wardrobe and emerged into Narnia (well, the Narnia themed reading room, anyway) giggling with delight the entire time. Additionally, the old cotton mill just down the street from downtown has been repurposed as a 55,000 square-foot antique store with everything from knickknacks to salvaged lumber. This vibrant history is a major factor in what is drawing filmmakers to Walton County. Maybe it’s enough to draw you – especially when the chances of spotting your favorite star like I did as a child are growing every day.
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Connect Crime bY Holli Deal Bragg
HIGH SPIRITED – A Savannah-Chatham County Metro Police K9 apparently became too excited during training at the Travis Airfield in Savannah, and damaged a “drug aid” used in training that was issued to the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office. The aid, which apparently held some sort of drug, was collected, weighed and repackaged. GASSED OR OUT OFGAS? – A man sat in his truck at the GATE station on South Main Street in Statesboro for half an hour before someone called police. It turns out he was passed out behind the wheel and was arrested on DUI charges.
IN PLAIN SIGHT – A Ponderosa Road, Portal man was arrested after stealing his neighbor’s TV and antenna – and installing the antenna outside his own door. When the woman saw her property on display, she called the law – and they found the TV in the man’s storage shed. He claimed he found both items in a nearby Dumpster.
NAIL SALON BROUHAHA – A nail salon employee and a client engaged in a battle of blows during a dispute over service. Both were arrested. Friends of the female client posted a video of the aftermath on social media, and the business owner later filed a report with police that the customer’s family was harassing him by phone. MYSTERY ASSAULT – A man who was found lying next to a fence on May Road, with a bloody nose and bruise over his eye, refused EMS treatment and would not cooperate with deputies and tell them what happened. He was arrested, taken for a medical evaluation and then booked into the jail on obstruction charges. SNAKES ALIVE – A man walking on Bell Road was reported suspicious after knocking in another man’s door to ask whether someone lived there. He appeared intoxicated, had a vial with suspicious white powder on a piece of plastic and told the deputy he was “infested with bugs and had snakes crawling on him.” He was arrested. FLASHING FLIGHTS - A woman who said she works at the Savannah/Hilton Head National Airport told deputies someone flashed a green laser at two U.S. Army H60 helicopters that flew about 5 miles north of the Statesboro airport. THAT’S A BIG TURTLE – A Kendricks Road man told deputies someone stole an African Sulkata turtle he kept in a cage beside his workshop. The turtle was valued at $2,000 and reportedly weighs 40 pounds.
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