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November 2016

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It’s hard to believe that November is upon us, Christmas decorations are filling the stores and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts has been open for a month in Statesboro. For the record, I’ve only eaten seven doughnuts total, but bought a lot more for my office and kids, which has made me very popular with both. It certainly was impressive to see a line of cars at Krispy Kreme on the Saturday morning after Hurricane Matthew blew through. I guess if you’re determined to have a hot doughnut, navigating some downed trees is no obstacle. While it says “Editor” on this column, it is a very short-term title. As you know, our previous editor Brittani Howell headed north to a new challenge in Indiana, so I’m filling in for this month only. We have a new editor – Angye Morrison. While I’ll let Angye more fully introduce herself in the December issue of Connect Statesboro, we are pleased she is heading east and slightly north from Tifton, where she worked as managing editor of the Tifton Gazette for the past three and a half years. A Georgia native from Lincoln County, Angye has plenty of experience working with magazines and newspapers, loves social media and, I think, will bring some great ideas to our newly redesigned Connect magazine. So that brings us to the November issue of Connect. Fall always is late arriving in Statesboro and Bulloch County and this year is no exception. We’ve had a couple of nights tease us in the 40s, but for the most part, we’re still near 80 every day. I love it. The longer we can put off the colder temps, the better. It’ll be cold soon enough. But November does bring some wonderful events for all of us to enjoy. Inside, you’ll read about the annual Shopping by Lantern Light event that closes our Downtown Farmers Market every year. You can find extra fresh herbs, meats, casseroles and desserts for your Thanksgiving table, some unique gifts to start your Christmas shopping and a wonderful, start-of-the-season holiday atmosphere. Julie Lavender gives you all the details. While “The Nutcracker” show is a holiday tradition we’ve all come to love every year at the Averitt Center, Jurjis Safonovs is taking his ballet troupe, and us, on a new adventure. The Statesboro Youth Ballet artistic director is staging “A Christmas Carol Ballet,” based on the famous story we all know by Charles Dickens. Read all about the challenging new production inside. And Georgia Southern has lots of events in November that will entertain, motivate and inspire us. From the Black Box Theater production of “She Kills Monsters” to the International Festival to music performances for every taste, you could attend an event almost every day leading up to Thanksgiving Day. I’ve enjoyed my brief tenure as Connect editor and look forward to welcoming Angye Morrison’s vision for Connect as we move forward.

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Table of Contents Editorial Edition

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Connect Statesboro is published monthly (12 issues a year). The cover and contents of Connect Statesboro are fully protected by copyright laws of the United States and may not be reproduced, in whole or in part, without the written consent of Connect Statesboro. We are not responsible for loss of unsolicited inquiries, manuscripts, photographs, transparencies or other materials. Such materials will not be returned unless accompanied by return postage. Address letters and editorial contributions to Connect Statesboro, Angye Morrison, 1 Proctor Street, Statesboro, GA 30458, amorrison@connectstatesboro.com. Copyright © 2016 by Statesboro Publishing Company, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Nov. 4-Dec. 17 Annual Statesboro Regional Art Association Juried Exhibition “The Statesboro Regional Art Association (SRAA) members will participate in a juried competition and art exhibition. This annual exhibition traditionally consists of beautiful local landscapes, figurative work and portraiture, narrative pieces, abstract paintings and still life in both traditional and nontraditional media. Averitt Center for the Arts, Main Gallery Nov. 4-26 MacKenzie Willard, Questionables: Ceramics & Sculpture Averitt Center for the Arts, Legends Gallery Reception: Nov. 4, 5-7 p.m. Willard, who took home first-place honors in the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art’s Undergraduate Juried Exhibition in the spring, uses personal experiences and hybrid self-portraits to express her views on topics that influence her daily decision-making and the exceptions she makes for the normal rules of society. Nov. 4-30 Youth Gallery The Youth Gallery features the artwork of Bulloch County students. Every month new schools are featured – Mill Creek and Portal Elementary Schools are featured in November. The new exhibits are celebrated with a reception in the third floor gallery on the First Friday of each month. Averitt Center for the Arts

Nov. 7 - Dec. 9 Alyce Santoro: Tonal Relativity Center for Art & Theatre, University Gallery Having set out early on to make subtle wonders of science and nature visible and/or audible, Alyce Santoro has come to explore the cultural phenomena that cause disciplines to be viewed as separate, and the ways that “social imaginaries” are formed and can shift. Santoro’s Tonal Relativity series uses a visual symbolic language to reveal patterns and interrelationships within a 12-tone musical system, and features work with both sonic and visual components. Nov. 10 Artist Talk: 5-6 p.m., Visual Arts Building, room 2071 Reception: 6-7 p.m., Center for Art & Theatre .

Thursday, Nov. 3 West King String Band Dingus Magees, 9:30 p.m.

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Friday, Nov. 4 Southern Invitational Choral Competition Georgia Southern Performing Arts Center Choirs perform, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Chorale concert, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 GSU Stompfest 2k16 Hanner Fieldhouse, 7 p.m. Georgia Southern Strings Chamber Recital Carter Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m. Electric Soul Pandemic Dingus Magees, 9:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7 Veterans Day Concert Statesboro Youth Chorale Averitt Center, 7 p.m. $10 adults; $5 youth Wednesday, Nov. 9 Georgia Southern Percussion Ensemble Concert Carter Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m. Open Mic Night Eagle Creek Brewing Company Thursday, Nov. 10 Sumilan Live Dingus Magees, 9:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 11 John the Revelator Eagle Creek Brewing Company, 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 Morgan’s Road Live Dingus Magees, 9:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14 Georgia Southern Jazz Ensemble Concert Performing Arts Center, 7:30 p.m. Full story on page 12 Tuesday, Nov. 15 Georgia Southern Wind Symphony Performing Arts Center, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16 Georgia Southern Symphony Performing Arts Center, 7:30 p.m. Open Mic Night Eagle Creek Brewing Company Thursday, Nov. 17 Georgia Southern Wind Ensemble Performing Arts Center, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23 Open Mic Night Eagle Creek Brewing Company

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Thursday, Nov. 3 History Fall Film Series: John Rabe Based on actual events, this film tells the story of a German businessman who rescued more than 200,000 Chinese during the “Nanking Massacre” in China by courageously negotiating a safety zone to protect innocent civilians from the Japanese Army. GSU Sanford Hall, Room 1002, 6 p.m.

Theater

Nov. 9-12, 15-17 She Kills Monsters GSU Center for Art and Theater Black Box Theater, 7:30 p.m. (2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13 matinee) Tickets: $12 Faculty, staff, community, $6 for students and youth Full story on page 16 Nov. 18-20 ‘A Christmas Carol Ballet’ Averitt Center for the Arts Emma Kelly Theater, 7:30 p.m. (2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20 matinee) Tickets: $18 members, $20 nonmembers; $10 youth Full story on page 10

Ongoing Phi Kappa Phi Book Drive Donate new and gently used books to the Boro Book Nooks, a series of little lending libraries across the Boro. Drop-off locations include the Henderson Library and College of Education Building lobby on Georgia Southern University’s campus. Friday, Nov. 4 Walk to End Alzheimer’s (Rescheduled due to Hurricane Matthew) GSU Recreation Activity Center, 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 Family Christmas Crafts Statesboro Regional Public Library, 2 p.m.

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Family Fun Swim Splash in the Boro, 10 a.m.-noon Every Saturday through April Wednesday, Nov. 9 Health and Wellness Fair Statesboro Regional Public Library, 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11 Annual Veterans Day Observance Averitt Center for the Arts Patriotic music, 10:30 a.m.; Program, 11 a.m. Chess Club Statesboro Regional Public Library, 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 11th Annual International Festival Mill Creek Regional Park, 10 a.m.4 p.m. Full story on page 17

Monday, Nov. 13 How to use Ancestory.com Statesboro Regional Public Library, 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16 Kids (8-12) Art Night Statesboro Regional Public Library, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 Family Fun Day Statesboro Regional Public Library, 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22 Shopping by Lantern Light Downtown Statesboro, 6-8 p.m. Full story on page 8 Wednesday, Nov. 30 Anime Club (ages (12-18) Statesboro Regional Public Library, 5:30 p.m.

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A Boro holiday tradition You can find a little bit of everything at annul Shopping by Lantern Light event

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rnate and antique lanterns of all shapes and sizes will help guide your way to make your Thanksgiving celebration that much more special or get a jump on some early Christmas shopping or simply to enjoy a late fall evening in downtown Statesboro. The Mainstreet Farmers Market will once again conclude its season with the festive and much-anticipated Shopping by Lantern Light event on the Tuesday evening before Thanksgiving. The annual event has become the unofficial start to the Boro’s holiday season and is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22 in the Sea Island Bank parking lot. The family-friendly night boasts local vendors galore, live music and much fun and fellowship.

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“It’s the grand finale for the season,” said Debra Chester, cofounder of the Downtown Farmers Market and member of the board of directors for the Market. “Shopping by Lantern Light is the Market’s gift to our community to remind us of our heritage, who we are and where we came from and that Bulloch County is an agricultural community. “It’s a time to come together as a community to be grateful. When you come to the Market, you see the bounty that the farmers bring to the community. “The event helps to kick off the holiday season where shoppers may find locally-grown foods and handmade crafts for their holiday gatherings,” Chester continued. “The downtown Sea Island Bank parking area will once again be transformed into an old-fashioned market place, and lantern lights will provide a soft glow over shopping choices from dozens of food and craft booths.”


JJ Lee of Lee Family Farms of Statesboro said the holiday event is a great opportunity to educate the public and “show them what we’re about. Many people don’t see the farm side of it. “I think it brings the community and farmer together at a time when we need to remember where our food comes from.” Lee said he’ll have all kinds of greens and traditional crops – everything but the turkey and stuffing – at the market to complete the Thanksgiving Day menu. But never fear – most likely at a booth or two further down the parking lot, patrons can purchase or preorder baked casseroles, stuffing or goodies to finish out the meal. The largest market of the season, Shopping by Lantern Light is unique to the region, and Chester said thousands will come to wander among the booths, making holiday selections. Shoppers can purchase produce and products like honey and honey-related items, cornmeal, grits, flour, apple tarts, roasted chestnuts, firewood, herbs for stuffing, poultry, beef, pork, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, baked goods, onions, eggs, broccoli, greens and carrots, just to name a small sample. Visitors to the Lantern event can nibble on pralines, cake pops, Georgia blueberry pies, cookies, chocolate-covered peanuts, Caribbean food, Italian sausage, kettle corn and breads and other baked goods and sip on coffee, coffee drinks, hot chocolate and hot cider. And if the palate-pleasing menu doesn’t offer enough enticement to join the merriment, then surely the selection of handmade arts and crafts items will sway customers to head to the event. Guests can find locally-made ceramic and wood items, placemats and table runners, dog scarves, soaps and laundry detergent, leather and pearl jewelry and various crocheted items. Additionally, local authors will be on hand to autograph their newest literary contributions. Al Clark of Clark and Sons Farms says he believes what makes the Shopping by Lantern Light event a special night is the opportunity to fellowship with others in the community. “It’s a really fun night, even more of a family atmosphere than the Saturday Farmers’ Market.” When asked what he’d have to offer at his booth, Clark responded, “We’re gonna have our soon-to-be worldfamous sausage dogs and our peanut products that are already world famous.” Not only is the event touted as a family evening, most of the vendor booths are manned by families working together to share their wares with others. For example, the Seven Willows Body Care Company is owned and managed by Carol Calhoun and her seven children. “Shopping by Lantern Light brings out the best Statesboro has to offer,” Calhoun said. “The mood is great during the evening shopping and everyone is excited about the holidays.” Calhoun points out that their natural body care products are made with local resources, like the peaches and grits lip scrubs made from Freeman’s Mill grits and soaps made with Farmer’s Market goat milk. Statesboro native Julie Bland Lavender is married to David Lavender and enjoys celebrating with children Jeremy, Jenifer, Jeb Daniel, and Jessica. November 2016 • 9


‘A Christmas Carol Ballet’ By HOLLI DEAL SAXON

Averitt Center hopes to start a new holiday tradition with famous Dickens story

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Photos by: Adam Pittman | Cast members in costume from “A Christmas Carol Ballet,” pictured left to right, Stan Haselton, Andi Johnson, Claire Robb and Clint Nessmith.

he Statesboro Youth Ballet is trying something a little different this year, hoping to establish a new holiday tradition. The group won’t perform “The Nutcracker,” but instead, a familiar Christmas story will be told through dance: “A Christmas Carol Ballet.” Jurijs Safonovs, artistic director for the Statesboro Youth Ballet at the Averitt Center for the Arts, couldn’t hide his excitement when speaking about the upcoming treat for Statesboro residents. The holiday classic based on the Charles Dickens novel is set in Victorian London on Christmas Eve. Most know the main character, Ebenezer Scrooge (portrayed by Savonofs), whose greedy demeanor and grumpy “Bah, humbug” reveals intense dislike for the holiday. Through ballet interpretation, the production will carry the tale of how Scrooge is met by the ghosts of his former business associate Jacob Marley, who warns Scrooge that his negative attitude will carry over into the afterlife if he doesn’t change. He warns that three ghosts —Christmas Past, Present and Future, will show him the error of his ways. Savonofs said the idea to do something different for the holidays was former Averitt Arts Center director Tim Chapman’s suggestion, and one he embraced immediately. While The Nutcracker has been an anticipated annual event at the Averitt Center for years, A Christmas Carol Ballet promises to be a welcome alternative, he said. “A lot of people think it is a theater show. In ballet, it hasn’t been done often at all. We are definitely pioneers in the ‘Christmas Carol’ ballet world,” he said. “When you think of Christmas and winter holidays, you think of ‘The Nutcracker.’ Of course, it is one of my favorites.” But when Chapman suggested trying something new, Savonofs saw immediately how it would dovetail into his mission to teach ballet to his students He teaches on three principles, he said: Quality training, emphasis on classical ballet, and looking into the future “Ballet can be as powerful as a theatrical production. It can be more expressive than language and connects people from all over the world,” he said. “I want to continue to innovate and keep tradition

going, as well, and at the same time, introduce it in a new way.” A Christmas Carol Ballet should appeal to people because it is “a classic story everybody knows, definitely a story that resonated with everyone who has been introduced to Charles Dickens,” he said. “It will definitely be interesting to see it as a ballet version.” Savonofs said the ballet’s “energy makes life interesting – creative with a purpose.” Through project such as this ballet, he sees lessons. “I see a dancer walk into our doors knowing very little about ballet as an art form and see them get more educated and engulfed in such a beautiful and spiritual art form.” He is not just involved in the ballet as a producer; Savonofs will take on the Scrooge character with a passion, he said. As a dancer, he enjoys getting into the story and hopes to see Statesboro become even more enthusiastic about such events. He is one of six professional dancers in the ballet; there are about 50 actors and students involved, too. Being both director and actor in the ballet is a challenge, but one he enjoys, he said. “It is an exciting challenge. There are times I wish I could step out and see what I have created. At the same time, I have to see myself from the perspective as director and the audience.” Dancing on stage helps him be a better producer, he said. “Being part of the cast makes me feel the vibe on stage. While on stage, you can see what parts need more emphasis. My energy also gives a certain feel of confidence (to students) and ignites them.” Will A Christmas Carol Ballet become a Statesboro tradition? Savanofs hopes so. “I certainly would love to see that happen,” he said. “It is different and will attract more people, and has similarities and differences that may appeal to a broader audience.” “A Christmas Carol Ballet” will be shown Friday and Saturday, Nov. 18-19 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. Tickets for “Friends of the Arts” members are $18 for adults, $10 for youth and $20 box seats. For non-members, tickets are $20 for adults; $10 for youth and $22 for box seats. For more information, call the Averitt Center for the Arts at (912) 212-2787.

Holli Deal Saxon is a staff writer for the Statesboro Herald. She can be reached at hbragg@statesboroherald.com 10 • CONNECT Statesboro


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Tailgate Tattler By alex brown

Talented Eagles primed for turnaround

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s football charges down the home stretch of the 2016 season, basketball season is cranking up. And it should be a fun one at Hanner Fieldhouse. Georgia Southern returns its six leading scorers and over 86 percent of its offense from last season. The team primarily made up of freshmen and sophomores last season has turned into a deep, experienced group of sophomores and juniors. The Eagles stumbled out of the gate to a 5-11 record through the halfway mark of last season—not terribly surprising for what, as far as I know, was the youngest Division I team in the country. But Southern turned it around with a run of nine wins in its next 12 games, but couldn’t carry that momentum into the postseason. The Eagles lost their last two regular season games on the road and then made a first-round exit from the Sun Belt tournament. Georgia Southern finished last season 14-17, but Eagle fans have plenty to be excited about for the upcoming season. While still very young, this team is plenty experienced— and very talented. As the season nears, preseason accolades should start rolling in for what may be the best backcourt in the Sun Belt. Sophomore Tookie Brown was named Sun Belt Freshman of the Year last season and junior Mike Hughes was named third team All-Sun Belt in 2015-2016. And while the duo has already received preseason all-conference honors from some media outlets and will get most of the attention from the press, this team is much deeper than a two-man show. In fact, the Eagles should run about nine or ten deep, so fatigue should not be an issue later in the season as long as everyone stays healthy. In head coach Mark Byington’s fourth season at the helm, Georgia Southern will face North Carolina State and Minnesota on the road and Florida Gulf Coast in a home and home in non-conference action. The Eagles will also participate in the Savannah Invitational during the week of Thanksgiving.

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The Sun Belt conference schedule features 18 games including two against new member and a pretty doggone good program in Coastal Carolina. There is one glaring disadvantage on the Eagles’ schedule. Georgia Southern’s home game in the rivalry with Georgia State—typically a surefire sellout and huge home court advantage for each home team—will be played on New Year’s Eve on what will probably amount to a neutral floor because no students will be in town and it’s on a holiday weekend when most people will have other plans. Way to go, Sun Belt. On the women’s side of things, head coach Kip Drown enters his second season in Statesboro after a disappointing finish to last season. The Eagles appeared to be on track to compete for a spot in the conference tournament in his first season after starting the year 7-14 and 4-8 in conference play. But Southern didn’t win a game after a February 6 win over UL Monroe as the Eagles dropped the final eight games of the season to finish 7-22, 4-16. It’s been a tough few years for women’s basketball at Georgia Southern, but eight of last season’s ten conference losses were by 10 points or less and the core of the team is coming back. I look for improvement after Drown and his staff have had a full season and offseason with this team. The Eagles’ schedule features non-conference road tilts with Clemson and Alabama and a home date with Central Florida. Oh and let’s not forget, the Sun Belt was kind enough to also schedule Southern vs. State on the women’s side on New Year’s Eve too. That rivalry has been every bit as hotly contested as the men. Once again, thanks a lot, Sun Belt. I’m done complaining for now. This should be a really fun basketball season at Hanner Fieldhouse, which may have a slightly different feel after some upgrades during the offseason. The men open the season at N.C. State on November 11, but the home opener is just three days later on Monday, November 14 against Coastal Georgia. The women open with North Carolina A&T at home on Friday, November 11. It’s hard to believe it’s basketball season already, but this should be a good one. Let’s get that little bandbox known as Hanner Fieldhouse rocking all season long, Eagle Nation!


Sony gets ‘real’ with PlayStation 4 VR bundle

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he gaming world is always changing and finding new ways to keep gamers entertained. Virtual Reality has been the newest craze with gaming and up until now could only be experienced if you owned a pretty powerful computer and one of the expensive choices of an HTC Vive ($799) or Oculus Rift( $719). Sony has changed all that with a more affordable option that connects to a PlayStation 4 called the PlayStation VR bundle ($499). If you are a PlayStation owner that already owns a PlayStation camera and the 2 move controllers, you can purchase the VR headset alone for $399. Inside of the box, gamers will find the PlayStation VR headset, an HDMI cable, a processor unit, in-ear headphones, instruction manuals, a lenscleaning cloth, a demo disc and a good deal of cables. The instruction manual is very easy to follow and cables are marked with numbers to simplify the process of installation. It took me about 25 minutes to connect all the cables to the television and PlayStation 4. The headset itself has an OLED 1920 x 1080 pixel display capable of displaying 120fps with an RGB sub pixel matrix. It features a FOV of 100°, stereoscopic 3D and six degrees of freedom head-tracking. Developers can choose to render at a native 90 Hz or 120 Hz using asynchronous reprojections. There is also a cinematic mode that allows users to enjoy standard PlayStation 4 games that will be simulated on a five-meter screen within the virtual space and include support for viewing 360-degree photographs and videos captured with devices like omnidirectional cameras. Although the PlayStation VR comes in at a highly discounted price compared to the other two VR headsets released, the VR experience is not a budgeted one. I genuinely felt like I was inside an alternate reality while playing the games and had the feeling that games have stepped into the realm of what I’ve always wished was possible. Friends and family who do not have the actual headset on can get a 2D view of what the headset wearing is seeing on the television screen, thus allowing players to have social engagements while playing the VR as well. Even though PlayStation VR is in its infancy with a release date of October 13, the quality of the games at launch is impressive. Sony even included a demo disc that showcased several of these games with the headset. I found very little

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wrong with the VR itself. PlayStation could use an extra port for USB, however, to charge all the controllers. Also, the PlayStation camera, although good and tracking, prefers the gamer to either stand or sit while using the headset. If players try to walk around, the headset will remind the user to stay within the allowed space. I believe the potential with the VR headset is limitless. With the amazing games that are already available, I can’t imagine what games in the future will be like once developers familiarize themselves with the hardware. And coming in at an affordable price point well before Microsoft has released their own console VR version, Sony looks to wrap up the home VR entertainment market.

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eorgia Southern’s Theatre & Performance production of “She Kills Monsters” invites the audience to find their “inner geek.” “She Kills Monsters” opens Nov. 9 and runs through Nov. 17, at the Black Box Theater inside the university’s Center for Art and Theater. Performances Nov. 9-12 and 15-17 are at 7:30 p.m. There is a 2 p.m. matinee on Nov. 13 and the cast takes a day off on Nov. 14. Monsters playwright Qui Nguyen boldly goes where generations of dungeon masters have gone before, to tell the story of a young woman who, in losing herself in a game, reclaims a loved one. Agnes is grieving over the loss of her 15-year-old sister Tilly in a car crash. Seeking to know the sister she has lost, Agnes enters Tilly’s fantasy world to discover more about her sister and the world she lived in. Directed by Professor Nicholas Newell, the production engages the audience with an escape into the world of fantasy, grief and gaming. Filled with sword fights and monsters and the odd gelatinous cube, the cast hopes the comedy will touch your heart and release your inner geek. Professional fight choreographers Jake Guinn and his assistant Caitlyn Larsen were brought in to train the student actors and

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create the multiple fight sequences for the production. Guinn is the youngest ever certified teacher of the Society of American Fight Directors. Larsen is a certified actor of the society. Both choreographers work in stage and film in Atlanta acting, choreographing fights and doing stunt work. “Jake and Cate are bringing a level of artistry and discipline to the process that has been terrific for our students and should delight our audiences,” production director Newell said. “His knowledge of various martial arts forms and a wide range of weaponry is impressive even within the society.” Kelsey Poole, a student actor in the production, said the cast is excited about showcasing the skills the pair has taught them. “There are so many kinds of fights in this show from hand to hand, sword fighting, dance offs- and that’s what gives the show its layers [and] variety,” Poole said. “This is a very action packed show, but it also has a lot of heart! So expect a few pulls on the heartstrings along with the gut punches.” “She Kills Monsters features Poole as Agnes, Sade Thomas as Tilly, David Jackson as Chuck and Joey Simon as Miles. Student and youth tickets are $6. Faculty, staff and community tickets are $12. All seating is general admission. Call the box office at (912) 478-5379 to make reservations. Reservation requests can be left on box office voicemail 24 hours a day. Tickets can also be purchased through Marketplace on the GSU web site at http://class.georgiasouthern.edu/cat/season.


International Festival 2016

The ‘world’ comes to Mill Creek Park

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eorgia Southern University will bring the world to Statesboro during the Eleventh Annual International Festival on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mill Creek Regional Park. The annual festival, hosted by the university’s Office for International Programs and Services, is a celebration of culture, music, art and food from around the world. Admission to the festival is free and open to everyone. Activities include a Global Village where students from area schools pick a country and create an educational display that showcases that nation. The students get their ideas and information from Georgia Southern’s Global Ambassador Program. An ambassador from the country the students select visits their school to give a presentation, answers questions about customs and culture and offers advice on creating a booth. Georgia Southern has students from more than 90 countries. Schools participating this year and countries represented: Langston Chapel Middle School (India), Portal Middle/High School (Spain), Screven County Middle School (Italy), Southeast Bulloch High School (Denmark), Statesboro Steam (Nigeria), Swainsboro Middle School (Tanzania), William James Middle School (Brazil). The “It’s a Small World” area provides free

international arts and crafts activities for children. There will also be musical and dance performances on the World Stage throughout the day. Plus, there will be an International Food Court and World Craft Bazaar. At the Food Court, cuisine from Argentina, Bahamas, France, Greece, India, Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Lebanon, the Philippines, Thailand and Mexico will be available. At the Bazaar, people can buy items from China, Ghana, Haiti, India, Kenya, Korea, the Philippines, Taiwan and Trinidad. For more information visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu/intfest. The International Festival is a collaboration among the Bulloch County Board of Education, the Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department, the Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce.

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dAY tRIPPIN’ by Kenley Alligood

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ake a moment and think of Decatur. You probably picture traffic, businesses, and everything else that goes with a fairly upscale area of Metro Atlanta. What you probably didn’t picture is 65 acres of hardwood forest right off of Ponce de Leon Avenue. The Decatur area is home to Fernbank Museum of Natural History and its newest addition, Fernbank Forest. The forest is actually not a new acquisition for the museum, but years of planning and work have gone into making it an enjoyable space for visitors. As you walk through the Great Hall, under the neck of the massive fossilized skeleton of a Sauropod, and out the door you step into one of the oldest hardwood forests to exist in a metropolitan area in the United States. The area directly adjacent to the museum, called Wildwoods, is full of activities for children, allowing them to climb, run, and learn. Various interactive exhibits allow them to learn about local wildlife and their habitats in a hands-on way uncommon at most museums. The paved paths and boardwalks of Wildwoods wind deeper into the forest, leading you to the gate marking the border of Fernbank Forest and the less developed paths. The entrance to the Forest proper is a simple chain link gate and

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a mulched trail leading up the hill. Much of the path is actually paved, which makes the walk more like an afternoon stroll than a hike. Over 2 miles of trails lead you through the trees and, periodically, signs inform you about nearby flora and fauna. The Forest is a wildlife sanctuary inhabited by various species of mammal, reptile, and bird. The afternoon of my visit, a hawk glided low over the trail less than 15 feet in front of me. I can’t promise you’ll have an encounter like that, but you are almost guaranteed to see a chipmunk dart into a fallen log or hear any number of birds calling among the trees. The Fernbank Forest area closes at 4:30, so take some time to check out the rest of the museum if you haven’t already. The museum’s special exhibit, open until January 2017, is an in-depth look at the largest dinosaurs to ever walk the earth. The interactive exhibit focuses on the biology and habits of various species of Sauropods just like the one in the great Hall. If dinosaurs aren’t your speed, check out the IMAX film “The Search for Life in Space,” available until January as well. The museum is open 10-5 Monday through Friday, with more limited weekend hours. General admission is $18 for adults and $16 for children. For an additional $8 you can add an IMAX film ticket to your admission. Roughly a three-hour drive from Statesboro, Fernbank has something to offer for the kid in all of us.


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Matthew: Remembrances of a Hurricane Hugo past

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hen Georgia Southern announced its campus closure mid-morning on Thursday during the week of Hurricane Matthew’s arrival, I was torn between believing the forecasters were wrong—as they so often are—and believing that we, situated within a proper glade of Southern pines, were in very serious trouble. My partner, who is from the Northeast, had never been threatened by a tropical storm of this nature, and kept asking me questions: will we lose electricity? Will we be safe? Should I be scared? I am extremely rational about most things that aren’t my heart, but when I was 8 years old, Hurricane Hugo ploughed through my inland town, uprooting trees and in some cases, entire houses. I have never forgotten it, and I vacillate between believing all storms will take me down, and believing that Hugo was one unfortunate exception. At the time, we lived in an A-frame with a garage on one side and a sunroom on the other, like panniers, and although my parents had stocked the fridge with all things white, no one believed we’d get the brunt of the storm because we were not in the coastal zone. While I slept that night, out cold in a way I now see as being superhuman, two pines fell upon each side of the house, like guillotines. Because I slept right through the storm even as windows cracked around me, everything felt quiet and otherworldly when I awoke the next day, which seems magical, if sinister, in my memory. It was beautiful outside, the sky nearly Tiffany blue, with birds singing furiously and all of our neighbors outside on their lawns, chin-scratching and pointing with fallen branches at damage to their homes.

My sister and I tiptoed around the broken glass in our jelly shoes and pastel nightgowns and, peering into the flattened sunroom, we saw our beloved Nintendo floating about like a boat, and we grieved. The garage where we kept our banana-seat bikes was similarly flattened, and the doghouse was a pile of splintered wood. Our dog, Chumley, was alive, but loose in the neighborhood, lionmaned and acting feral. Windows were missing from our house and from the houses around us, shingles littered the street, and giant, stolid trees had gone horizontal in the night. I took the “no big deal route” this time around, and reassured my partner that we probably wouldn’t lose power during Matthew, and we had just fallen asleep on Friday night when the humming white noise of the house shut down, plunging us into complete silence and darkness. Then the winds came screaming through around 4 a.m., and I could feel the house swelling and swaying almost imperceptibly. I gripped my partner’s rib cage for hours that night, even at times when the wind slowed and all was quiet again, save the rain and our breathing. The winds kept returning, though, and my blood went cold each time. At some point, we fell asleep. We woke the next day to a gorgeous, Tiffany-blue sky, the birds particularly vocal, everything wet and verdant. Trees had fallen around us, on houses nearby, in the woods that border our yard, but we’d made it through without being struck by one directly. We had a yard to clean, and we had no power or running water, but we were safe. We didn’t know how badly it had struck elsewhere, how many people lost their lives or would return to evacuated areas to find their homes destroyed. We had no way of knowing. We were caught in the same eerie quiet I recall from the aftermath of Hugo: a dream sequence where adults pour out of their homes and onto their lawns, speak in low tones, tiptoe around broken glass, and wait for the lights to come back on. November 2016 • 25


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