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FEATURES 14 Set Sail 22 Paddling Around There’s nothing more liberating than being in control of a kayak on the open water.

28 One Stop Shop LakeWelcome Center is a resource for information on all things Oconee and Sinclair.

34 Hook, Line & Sinker Fisherman from throughout the region will soon descend upon lakes Sinclair and Oconee

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A lake is the landscape's most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth's eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.

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ON THE COVER  Sailing on Sinclair: Relaxation seems eminent when gazing at the calm waters of Lake Sinclair and the perfect blue sky above it. Many thanks to Danielle Fields Photography for our cover photo this issue.

DEPARTMENTS 6

From the Editor

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Church Profile

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The Staff

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Church Directory

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Scene & Heard

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Arts & Entertainment

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Dining Scene: Bone Island Grill

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Advertiser Index

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the Ed i From t o r “I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o’er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.” — William Wordsworth From “I wandered lonely as a cloud”

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ust as Wordsworth’s words beckon the mind to the waters, so do summer days in Lake Country. Warm weather is upon us, and for many of us that means time out on the water with family, friends and fellowship with the great outdoors. In this, our second Lake Issue of Milledgeville Scene, we celebrate our area waters by sharing insight into the serenity and beauty that make this area so treasured and unique. Travel along the peaceful waters of Lake Sinclair as staff writer Jessica Luton brings us tips gained firsthand from local kayakers. Prepare to set sail with the Oconee Sailing and Yacht Club, whose members find their true fulfillment outside the competitive spirit of the races themselves by simply taking in the wonders of the experience out on the waters. Follow writer Vaishali Patel

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as she takes part in one of their races and brings the Oconee Sailing and Yacht Club’s story to life. Also in this issue, discover how the palate of Key West meets a Southern flair in writer Jonathan Jackson’s feature on the dining tables of the Bone Island Grill. We’ll also share the story behind one of the area’s newest and most unique congregations, the Church at Choby’s Landing, where writer Sarah Beth Ariemma shares how the picturesque lake scenery and simple worship touches locals and many weekenders. Speaking of visitors, the Lake Country receives many of them this time of year and inside, you’ll discover how the newly revamped Lake Welcome Center and the Baldwin County Airport usher them in to area surroundings and point newcomers and lake veterans in the right direction from the moment they touch down. In these warm days of summer, be sure to take some time this year to become more of a tourist in your own backyard. Don’t take the beauty of the local waters for granted — get out and explore — you may be surprised at what you discover. Thanks again for reading Milledgeville Scene. Don’t forget to email and give us your feedback and let us know what stories you’d like to see in upcoming editions. E-mail me at ndavis@unionrecorder.com and let us know what you think of our latest issue. Set sail on your own journey this summer and create your own path along the local waters.

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We asked our staff, what’s your favorite part of summer? Jonathan Jackson Staff Writer My summers are spent staring through chain link fence while my daughters play softball, but the summer also means the quasi-annual vacation trip to St. Georgia Island, Fla. Twenty-nine days and counting.

Johnny Mundie Circulation I love to garden in the summer — fresh tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, cabbage, okra and strawberries.

Patsy Smith Human Resources I get to work in my garden and I get to do more activities with my grandchildren. We fish, we picnic and just hang out at the Greenway. Everything just comes alive again in summer.

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Test your aquatic ingenuity at the 2nd VILLAGE Cardboard Boat Regatta at Lake Oconee Village in nearby Greensboro. The event, which benefits the Oconee Performing Arts Society (OPAS) and other area charities. Each team in the event will display their handmade, cardboard boat at the regatta site and visitors to the event will view the entered boats and vote for their favorites with monetary donations at each boat site. The donations are added up and the team with the highest total wins the “Pride of the Fleet” trophy. All of the proceeds will be awarded to area charities. Among the day’s other events will be a contest to see which boaters can stay afloat in hopes of winning the “Black Pearl” trophy. Those who survive the speed race will have the option to participate in the final and most entertaining event, the “Last Boat Afloat” competition. As they say “All is fair in love and war” and it will definitely apply when it comes to this event; boaters will attempt to sink their competitors while managing to keep their own boat afloat. The last boat floating will receive the highly coveted “Unsinkable Molly Brown” trophy. Those who sink, whether in the Speed Race or Last Boat Afloat competition, will have a chance at winning the “Titanic” trophy. This will be awarded to the boat with the most spectacular sinking. This year’s event will be held Sunday, Aug. 15 from 2 to 6 p.m. There is a boat registration fee of $50. The event is free and open to the public. For more information on the VILLAGE Regatta and other upcoming VILLAGE events, please visit our Web site at www.OPAS.org or www.LakeOconeeVillage.com.



The Twin Lakes Library System’s Summer Reading Club returns for another exciting season full of surprises to engage the minds of area readers. The library’s summer reading program includes a children’s reading club, a teen reading club and an adult reading club. Registration kicks off Thursday, May 20. This year’s theme for the Summer Reading Program is water and beach related and many areas of the library will soon be under the guise of the beachfront. Last year, more than 1,500 area readers registered for the summer program, which features weekly presentations and learning activities such as the ever-popular Okefenokee Joe. Children will be able to count books toward their ‘official book count’ until July 15, and prizes can be collected until July 31. For more information visit the Twin Lakes Library System Website at www.twinlakeslibrarysystem.org

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Georgia College Student Government Association recently released the recorded version of the university’s official fight song, “Here Comes the Thunder!” This is the first fight song in the history of the university. “I was an SGA senator for four semesters, and one topic frequently discussed was the university’s lack of a fight song,” said Terrance J. Brown, Georgia College music minor and the song’s composer. “In response, SGA held a fight song lyric-writing competition for any student to submit lyrics, and from our two winners, I tried to create original music that would provide a proper, yet spirited backdrop.” Lyric winners were senior Marcus Green and junior Paul Rossetti. “I decided to submit lyrics because I wanted to express the true spirit of Georgia College, while highlighting old and new customs as the university has gone through many name changes,” Green said. “The words Paul and I combined embodies what the campus looked like to us—the

Corinthian columns, blue and green pride colors, and older traditions like the golden slipper.” “Here Comes the Thunder!” debuted earlier during Midnight Madness, courtesy of the GCSU Pep Band. “Everyone enjoyed it; however, the next step was to record the song so we could play it at events whenever the Pep Band could not appear,” said SGA President Zach Mullins. The 53-second score will play at upcoming sport events throughout campus and on SGA, Campus Life and GCSU Athletics Web pages. “School spirit has really become important over the past couple of years,” Mullins said. “We have improved homecoming tremendously and seen an increase in campus ethos. Our sports have become an even bigger deal, so I think students started to realize our competitiveness, which requires changes like a fight song to better reflect our school support.” For lyrics, visit http://www.gcsubobcats.com/information/GCSU_Fight_Song.pdf.



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With April showers in the past and temperatures on the rise, many sailing enthusiasts have already begun cleaning their galleys, securing their masts and sails and enjoying their vessels on Lake Sinclair, including 80 membersof the Oconee Sailing and Yacht Club (OSYC). Commodore Ken Griffin said the members of the club typically begin their spring races in April progressing until winner is determined and recognized with an award in mid-June after a series of five races. “A yacht is any recreational boat used for leisure and I think the name does not relate to what we really do here. We have a good time sailing. Whether you like cruising or racing, sailing is a passion. There are so many rules that most of us haven’t even started to understand all of the racing rules,” Griffin said. “For some sailing clubs, racing is unbelievably serious and that tends to scare people off because if you don’t know the fundamentals of it, you can get intimidated. I thought I knew how to sail until I started racing. Racing really helps you tune the boat. Anybody can make a sailboat go, but racing is what really hones your sailing skills.”

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OSYC originated in 1955 when six club members purchased the property, located just north of Milledgeville on Lake Sinclair, in which the club still resides today. Facilities include a clubhouse with showers, a paved launch ramp, boat slips up to 25 feet long and a camping, beach and swim area. Lake Sinclair was formed in 1953 when the waters of the Oconee River were dammed by Georgia Power to establish a 45,000-kilowatt hydroelectric generating station. The completion of a pump-storage reservoir for Lake Sinclair, Wallace Dam, created Lake Oconee

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almost three decades later. Past OSYC Commodore Jimmy Harrell said even though weather conditions and wind drives are constantly monitored before races, “we sometimes do get shadowed.” “Lake Sinclair is a typical inland lake and the wind is very shifty. Winds can go from being incredibly strong to no wind at all. Even though the club pre-dates Lake Oconee, the club became the Oconee Sailing and Yacht Club since this was the Oconee basin,” Harrell said. “The club started out as a small boat club with people


camping on the grounds and going out on the boats. The boats have changed from little boats to bigger boats and today, most of the members have some type of sleeping accommodations.” Harrell’s passion for sailing began in his early 20s and he decided to re-engage himself in the pastime once by joining OSYC in 2002 after moving and retiring in Milledgeville 11 years ago. “Sailing is sort of addictive thing I guess. Some people come out and fall in love with it and some people say that this just isn’t for them. Sailing is a life sport and it

can be done on many different levels,” he said. “There’s a saying that says, ‘if you’re going motorboating, then you’re going somewhere; if you’re going sailing, then you’re already there.’” Robin Taviner of Macon, a Toronto native, has been active within the club for more than a year and he says he still continues to polish his sailing skills, even with many years of experience under his sail. “I’ve been sailing since I was a teenager. In Toronto, I sailed in the Royal Canadian Yacht Club,” he said. “In [OSYC], you get to meet a bunch of great people who are

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To help navigate your way on the waters, here’s a brief look at some of the most frequently used sailing terminology: 1. Galley -the kitchen area of a ship, train or aircraft 2. Mast - the vertical spar (pole) supporting boom and sails 3. Thistle - high performance one-design racing dinghy (small boat), generally sailed with a three-person crew 4. Rigging - the system of masts and lines on ships and other sailing vessels 5. Regatta - a series of rowing, sailing or yacht races; often includes social and promotional activities surrounding the racing event 6. The Mug Race - The world’s largest river race, held in Jacksonville, Fla., open to sailboats of all sizes with more than 100 trophies awarded based on boat class and various categories. There are two courses, depending on mast size, in which each boat has a start time based on their rating. 7. B.E.E.R. Cruise - Backwater Environmental Escape Rendezvous; Group of trailer sailors and their families from around the country and Canada gather at Pensacola Naval Shipyard Marina in Florida annually for an approximately four day, 40 mile round trip beginning in June. Members of OSYC plan to participate in the 9th annual event this year. 8. Boom - a spar (pole) along the foot (bottom) of a fore and aft rigged sail that greatly improves control of the angle and shape of the sail; also serves as an attachment point for more sophisticated control lines.

really very easygoing.” Club member Jack Mahaney owns and races one of the original thistles in the club, in which class rules limit innovations to the one design class boat in rigging, sail purchases and electronic navigation gear, but not weight. He hopes the club will incorporate a youth program for the fascinated junior sailors. “We don’t have a lot of youth programs. When the younger kids grow up, then those kids can graduate to other classes,” Mahaney said. “You never stop learning and you can sail till quite late in life. You might not compete as heavily as you had before when you’re 70, even though I’ve raced against some very ferocious competitors in their 70s. This is a family-oriented affair that you can continue to do as a family while building relationships with others and honing your skills as a sailor.” The private club offers more than worldclass sailing and sports; families are able to share their interests at various social functions including summer barbecues, beach parties and holiday regattas. Membership is by sponsored by invitation only and non-members can attend events listed as “open” on the OSYC Web site. The club is currently seeking membership applications from interested sailors. “We participate in other sailing events such as the Mug Race in Jacksonville, Fla., which is a 40 mile race with 120 participants and the B.E.E.R. Cruise in Pensacola,” Griffin said. “The requirements to join the sailing club are that you just have to be interested in sailing and we don’t encourage power boats. The initiation fee is $300 and annual dues are $300. Not anybody can just get in though; there is a membership process. Once you fill out an application and meet with the membership committee, it then goes to the board and then it’s posted.” With summer nearing, Griffin said good boatmanship and having the right safety equipment is essential in order to create a more pleasant and safe experience for everyone while out on the water. “Having the right equipment like floatation devices, having the knowledge of riding a boat, since sailboats are different than regular boats, and definitely being aware of the boom [are important before sailing],” he said. “We practice man overboard drills with life preserves out in the water. With the sailing experience we’ve gained here, it helps us do what we love to do.” For more information about the OSYC, to become a member or to view the calendar of events, visit www.osyc.net.

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There’s really nothing more liberating than being in control of a kayak on the open water. Whether you crave the adrenaline rush of kayaking down the river or a calming, peaceful tour of nearby Lake Sinclair or Lake Oconee, exploring and reacquainting oneself with nature has never been so easy and affordable. On a beautiful Sunday afternoon in April, I had the opportunity to take an easy-going tour of Lake Sinclair with Oconee Outfitters store manager and local bicycle

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club president Adam Heagy. In tow for the ride, we each brought a friend and I got a firsthand experience at the many benefits and joys of kayaking on the local waters. With the wind in my hair, glistening sunshine on my shoulders and the occasional splash of water to cool me down, I saw the lake as I had never seen it before — up close and personal.


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After a brief overview of how to adjust the foot pedals and seats on our kayaks, as well as a brief demonstration of the proper kayaking stroke, we launched off from Bass Boat House and tested the waters. Within no time, the four of us had acquainted ourselves with the technique and we glided along, following the edge of the water at a slow pace and looking out for any other oncoming boat traffic. As we rounded the first curve from the dock, we got a waterfront view of the newly built condominiums near the Country Club. As we continued onward, we chatted about our personal experiences with kayaking, which ranged from a few years under the belt to novice, and we discussed the benefits of becoming a regular kayaker—exercise, stress relief and socializing, to name just a few. As we made our way to a small island just across the lake, it became apparent to me that the experience included a nice arm workout, but just as my arm muscles had all but tired out, we arrived to the shoreline of the island to witness a bit of wildlife that made the journey worthwhile for me. A large, strange bird hopped along the shoreline, weary of our presence there and eventually retreating to the wooded area to hide before flying off in another direction. I snapped a quick photo in hopes of catching this fascinating bird in flight and it struck me that this would be a great way to capture the bounty of nature that’s in and around our local waters. As I guided my kayak away from the water, I began to notice several very small birds, intermittently diving into the water and, in a fleeting instance, flying off into the distance. Good and tuckered out by this point, we headed back into the shoreline after about an hour on the water, observing the change in the real estate properties along the way and inquiring about the advantages, if any, of owning your very own kayak. With a $15 for a half-day and $25 for a fullday price for renting kayaks at Oconee Outfitters, I couldn’t fathom investing $500 in a kayak of my own, but could certainly see myself and a large group of friends all renting kayaks for a half a day and traversing down the river or exploring different portions of our local waterways on a regular basis. I’ll be planning another trip with some friends this summer. And you can too.

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Learning to paddle: a beginner’s instructions for the kayaking stroke Hold the paddle, arms length apart, between your fingers and thumb and imagine that there’s an imaginary rectangle in front of you. Glide the left side of the paddle into the water at a slight angle and then sweep the paddle to the side and to the hip. Repeat with the right side of the paddle. As you perform this movement, the right side of the paddle should be at the top, right corner of the imaginary rectangle and then move toward the kayaker before the left side of the paddle enters the top left corner of the imaginary rectangle and then towards the kayaker again as the right side of the paddle sweeps to the side and behind the kayaker before exiting the water. The stroke should not strain the kayaker, but should instead be easy to execute smoothly again and again. Additionally, the most important movement in the kayaking stroke is twisting of the body as the kayaker paddles. It should be more of an endurance workout for your core muscles than a strength workout for your arms. For more technique instructions, ask for assistance from your kayak renter or search YouTube for kayaking instructional videos.

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Safety for kayaking: It’s important know a bit about kayaking safety before taking to the waters. Local area waters are generally safe for all skill levels under normal conditions, but kayakers need to be prepared for low light conditions, ways to contact help, minor medical emergencies, outings which extend past the estimated return time, weather pattern changes, other traffic or rising water levels. Before heading out into the open water without a guide, it’s a good idea to review the safety guidelines available at the American Canoe Association’s website, www.americancanoe.org. Additionally, kayakers can take an online safety course before embarking on an adventure at www.ipaddle.com

Adam’s top kayaking safety recommendations: No. 1: Never paddle alone, for obvious reasons. No. 2: Never paddle above your level, but if you’re not an experienced kayaker take your experience level into consideration. Under normal conditions, the water around this area is safe for paddlers of all levels. No. 3: Bring water to stay hydrated, wear sunscreen and dress for the possibility of your kayak flipping. No. 4: Be aware of your surroundings, particularly if other boat traffic is present or the river water is moving fast. Never cross in front of a moving motor boat on the lake. It’s better to wait and let them pass.


Here’s your guide to planning your own kayaking trip: Local kayak rental businesses:

Fishing Creek Outfitters: 201 Roberson Mill Rd NE Milledgeville, GA 31061-4991 (478) 451-3474 http://sites.google.com/a/fishingcreekonline.com/fcoi

Oconee Outfitters 133 E. Hancock Street Milledgeville, GA 31061 The downtown Milledgeville business is entering its second year as a kayak renter and plans are in the works for adding to the eight available rental kayaks. Kayaks are available for rental from 10 a.m. through 6 p.m. in the summer months. Pickup and dropoff to and from launching points is available for an extra charge. Price: $15 for half a day rental; $25 for a full day rental; Rental includes kayak, lifejacket or PFD and paddle. For more information or to make reservations: info@oconeeoutfitters.com, www.oconeeoutfitters.com or call the shop directly at (478) 452-3590.

Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. through 6 p.m. Price: $35 a day for a single Kayak $45 for a tandem In-town drop-off points: Rocky Creek Park Bass Boathouse The Oconee River Greenway;

Other resources: To plan a longer trip via any of Georgia’s numerous rivers and other waterways, be sure to check out the Georgia Canoe and Kayak Paddler’s website at www.gapaddle.com. The website includes a wealth of information on kayaking routes and a community forum on Georgia kayaking trips and adventures.

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Story By Sarah Beth Ariemma Photos contributed by the Lake Welcome center & Sarah Beth Ariemma

An avid boater and boat salesman, Reginald Gustafson set out some time ago to develop a one stop shop for Lake Country information and upcoming events. The Lake Welcome Center, located in Oconee, soon became the place. The welcome center is located conveniently near the lake, and is attached to Boats with Gusto. Gustafson, who owns both the welcome center and Boats with Gusto, decided that it would be a great idea to compile a list of all of the maps of lakes in the

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area and have them in one central location that would be easily accessible to those who are looking for information about the lakes, or just something fun to do in the nearby areas. “We’ve been here since 2006,” Gustafson explained. “We give a central location of information from all over, so when people come here to visit, they can stock up on maps and other kinds of information for their vacation or day-trip.” The welcome center is a large plantation-style façade building that seems to perfectly complement


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the structures around it in the Oconee area. Not the typical welcome center, it’s the kind of locale where a traveler can stop in to browse or rest easy in the large armchairs by the dark, wooden tables just like at a friend’s home. Spacious and surrounded by bookcases and a wealth of information, the welcome center also gives off an air of comfort where visitors can relax and stay the afternoon. Shortly after organizing, Gustafson realized that having a space this large could also be beneficial to the community, and offered it up as an area with a free-space for all. “The inside of the building got a new paint job a few months ago. It used to be just for information, but now we have Bible studies, Weight Watcher’s meetings, and even the Humane Society meets here,” Gustafson said. “It is a place for everyone, and for every purpose.” Such a building is gold to a budding community like Oconee. With the growing numbers of people flocking to both the lake Oconee and Sinclair areas, townspeople can have a place to gather and the space can serve many different purposes for the duration of time necessary. The brainchild branched out from Gustafson’s business and he ran with the notion that a central location was possible to procure visitor information about the lakes. “We designed the center from an idea that stemmed from Boats with Gusto. For the first three years we had a paid employee who would take care of folks when they would come by and ask for information,” Gustafson said, “but this year, Boats with Gusto is funding the center and is also waiving the fee for Chamber of Commerce members.” “It gives everyone a chance to recover financially.” The center is of great importance to both tourists, day-trippers and residents of the lake area. “Thousands of people pass through this community yearly,” Gustafson said. “We usually get about 10,000 visitors a year. But we get a combination of two types of people. We’ve seen in the past two or three months that so many people have come in for information about moving to the area, boating docks, and lots to build homes. The other types of people are just folks that live in the area and are just interested in finding a new great place to eat,” he said with a laugh. The visitors are key to local tourist revenue, but Gustafson is quick to note that the welcome center is not just for visitors. “We’re trying to let the area know that this space is available and ready to be used by anyone and not just the private communities,” Gustafson said. The Lake Welcome Center is presently privately funded, but that hasn’t always been the case. Because of the economic downturn, money that once funded the welcome center has dissipated,

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leaving Boats with Gusto to fund the welcome center with money gleaned from boat purchases. “We use the profits from Boats with Gusto to fund the displays and the center. In the past years, we’ve used advertising to fund the center,” Gustafson said. “But due to the harsh economic times many of those advertisement dollars have pulled out.” The economic downturn has not lessened the level of professionalism and service provided to visitors, however. The center offers recreation information and brochures, the most current magazines and newspapers for both business and pleasure, and information on day trips within the region. With so much information on such a large area of lake property and historical significance, it is perhaps interesting to know how such a task is carried out. “It was hard at first to compile everything in one place. There is a lot of information out there, and not all of it was current. Places change; lake water rises and recedes from year to year. But we have established ourselves as the center for all of Georgia’s Lake Country information. If people do need more details though, we’ve got to send them to the [local] Chamber of Commerce,” Gustafson confided. “The center just serves as a great starting point to get people thinking about what to do and where good places

to live might be.” The welcome center is not only a place for meetings and valid information about the surrounding areas, but it has recently become a concert hall as well. “We’re changing things up a little from last year, “ Gustafson said. “We’re partnering with Atlanta businesses and bands. This means that bands can play a show in Atlanta, and then the next night, come to Oconee and play at the welcome center. We’re excited to be able to feature new bands and have people in the area come out and support the talent. It is going to be a great summer attraction this year.” Last summer, the welcome center hosted a few roadhouse concerts that were very popular with both locals and tourists. Gustafson hopes that this summer with new bands, the trend will continue. “One of the beautiful things about living in Georgia’s Lake Country is that we can really take advantage of the water and the surroundings. Money is tight for pretty much everybody, but just being able to go down to the lake, or catch a show at the welcome center is free, or at least dirt cheap. At the welcome center, we can help you find great pastimes for less money, and improve those long, lazy days of summer.”

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he lazy days of summer are upon us, and as the temperatures rise so will the action and activity on area lakes. Fishermen from throughout the region will descend upon lakes Sinclair and Oconee in local tournaments — much to the enjoyment of local outdoors enthusiasts. To see these fishing pros in action, check out these local tournaments this summer. All Lake Sinclair tournaments are held out of Little River Park.

December 11: Berry’s Trail December 19: C&R Bass Series

All Lake Oconee tournaments are held out of Sugar Creek Marina. June June 5: Berry’s Tournament Trail Classic June 20: C&R Outdoors June 26: Bulldawgs Fishing Classic

June June 3: C&R Thursday Series June 5: Atlanta Tight Lines June 5: Baldwin Backlashers Nite – 6 p.m. June 6: Berry’s Classic June 12: R&R Classic June 19: Baldwin Backlashers Nite – 6 p.m. June 19: Southern Anglers Challenge Make-up June 26: Baldwin Backlashers Nite – 6 p.m.

July July 1: C&R Thursday Trail

July July 10: Baldwin Backlashers Nite – 6 p.m. July 11: C&R Bass Series July 15: C&R Thursday Series July 24: Baldwin Backlashers Nite 6 p.m. July 31: Baldwin Backlashers Nite 6 p.m.

September September 11: BASS Weekend Series September 12: BASS Weekend Series September 18: Berry’s Tournament Trail September 23: C&R Thursday Trail

August August 7: Baldwin Backlashers Nite – 6 p.m. August 12: C&R Thursday Series August 21: Baldwin Backlashers Nite 6 p.m. August 28: Backlasher Nite Classic September September 19: C&R Bass Series October October 7: C&R Thursday Series

November November 27: Atlanta Shoot-out

August August 1: C&R Outdoors August 7: Berry’s Tournament Trail August 26: C&R Thursday Trail August 28: BFL August 29: BFL

October October 9: Berry’s Tournament Trail November November 6: Atlanta Tightlines November 13: Berry’s Tournament Trail November 18: C&R Thursday Trail November 20: C&R Outdoors December December 30: C&R Thursday Trail

Outdoor Columnist Bobby Peoples can be contacted via e-mail at brpeoples@windstream.net. Photos by James McCue

December December 2: C&R Thursday Series December 4: R&R

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key west meets twin lakes By JONATHAN JACKSON • Photos By DANIELLE FIELDS

We like to call it a Caribbean influence with a southern twist.” - John Jansen

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Winding through the often convoluted roads and streets that surround Lake Sinclair like a network of webs, visitors can often find surprises around the bend. Each cove yields its own tiny neighborhood of residents who know each other from the streets that connect their homes. Those neighborhoods then stretch outward past the dock to where the lake becomes the byway and neighbors transition from living across the street, to across the water. One such community on the lake hides a marina with big plans and a restaurant with a big following. After following Pea Ridge Road to Scuffleboro Road to Crooked

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Creek Road, visitors find themselves at a paradise of sorts as the Bone Island Grill, surrounded by water on three sides, beckons boaters, neighbors and travelers to its comfortable island-themed tables, bar and booths that immediately immerse diners into tranquility. The Crooked Creek community is home to the Crooked Creek Marina near the northern end of Lake Sinclair, for years most noticeable for the bright orange ‘Gulf ’ sign that stood out on the point in front of the restaurant. The eatery was a haunt for many lake dwellers through the years and has seen its latest incarnation become a hotspot for lake dwellers and land lubbers alike. Though the history of Crooked Creek Marina is long and varied, the current owners’ tenure stretches back less than three years. Conyers-based brothers Mike and John Jansen purchased the marina in 2007 and saw potential from the minute they discovered the property. The plan was — and still is — to open a dry dock boat storage at the marina. “We opened the restaurant as an amenity to the boat storage,” John Jansen said. “Once we complete the approval process, we’ll add the dry dock storage.” In the meantime the duo set out to give the marina a makeover, concentrating heavily on the restaurant. After a thorough remodel and addition of the outdoor space, The Bone Island Grill at Crooked Creek Marina opened its doors last summer and has since generated buzz and repeat business. “Our vision was to open a restaurant with a Key West inspired menu,” Jansen said. “My brother and I joked about going down to Key West to get a chef.” As fate would have it, the Jansens met two chefs from Key West that had a big part in developing the menu, which is heavily influenced by Key West fare. Even the open design of the restaurant’s interior was inspired by Key West.

“We like to call it a Caribbean influence with a southern twist,” Jansen said. The Bone Island Grill menu is everything one would expect to find at a nice seafood restaurant, with surprises scattered throughout. Blackened yellowfin tuna and traditional shrimp cocktail are paired with southern staples such as catfish — in bite size form — and fried green tomatoes. Gumbo and oysters round out the appetizer offerings and although the catfish is a Southern tradition, the dipping sauce has a Caribbean twist that makes the two pair for a happy mouth. Red snapper, mahi-mahi and tuna are available pan sautéed, grilled and blackened respectively as entrees, as is fried catfish. Jansen said two other items on the menu are the clear favorites and most requested. “The most popular dishes are shrimp and grits and fried shrimp,” Jansen said. “The fried shrimp are handbreaded to order.” The shrimp and grits entrée steams out of the kitchen in a large, shallow bowl filled with cheesy grits, grilled shrimp and delicious Andouille sausage. That magic combination of flavor and texture is enough to turn any Yankee into a grits lover. Although strong flavor comes through from the shrimp as well as the sausage, the grits are clearly the star of the show. The other favorite entree from the Bone Island kitchen is fried shrimp that are served without being overdone, revealing a crust with a light texture and tender, juicy shrimp inside. Entrees also include sirloin and ribeye steaks and are paired with side dishes that, though traditional, stand on their own. Sandwiches and salads round out the dinner menu. The lunch menu has more to offer in the line of sandwiches including one that is especially worth a try. The

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fried green tomato BLT gives a tried and true favorite a Southern twist. The restaurant offers specials that range from appetizers ranging from oysters on the half-shell to New England clam chowder and entrees including snow crab legs, filet mignon, crab cakes, coconut pecan crusted mahi-mahi, pan-seared sea scallops and low country boil. “We run specials everyday in the off-season and Wednesdays and Thursdays in summer,” Jansen said. The bar at the Bone Island Grill is full-service and offers a Caribbean spin on traditional drinks. The Island Mama and Marina Runner are slightly different takes on the traditional Bahama Mama and Rumrunner. Other entries include the Bone Island Breeze, the Islandtini, the Crooked Creek and the Fishing Frenzy. Frozen offerings include the Passion Fruit Margarita, Island Punch, the Crooked Colada, Bailey’s Banana Colada and the Sinclair Shiver. Crooked Creek has just one permanent dessert — the key lime pie — but the restaurant periodically offers chocolate lava cake, cheesecakes, peach cobbler and key lime cake. Since opening last summer, the attention to detail and laid-back atmosphere have landed the restaurant loyal, repeat customers. “We draw from Lake Sinclair, Lake Oconee, Eatonton and Milledgeville,” Jansen explained. “We even have a couple from Snellville that will drive that long distance just to come eat with us.” The sense of community isn’t lost on the Bone Island Grill either. The restaurant frequently hosts fundraisers for organizations including Camp Kudzu, a camp for children with diabetes. The main fundraiser for that effort is the Lake Country Freedom Fest, culminating in a July 4 fireworks show that Jansen said is likely the largest on the lake. On July 4, the tranquil, big water surrounding the restaurant fills with boaters who want to see the show. Live entertainment and vendors set up near the restaurant before the big event at dusk.

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“It’s a good way to thank this community for what we’ve been given,” Jansen said. The operation of the restaurant itself has been a smooth road, he said. The restaurant has a good balance on size and even experienced a 50 percent growth in revenue during its first year. “The restaurant is doing much better than we expected,” Jansen said. In addition to the Freedom Fest, the restaurant features events like the Woodies on Lake Sinclair boat show that shows off antique and classic wood motorboats. Jansen said the restaurant also features live entertainment throughout the year and is currently in the middle of its Endless Summer Nights series. The series features Eddie Byrd and Good Vibrations, the Cussinwillas, Jon Scott, Scott Little, William Kitchens, Tyler Hammond, Conner Pledger and Jim Chapman. “Our entertainment is tailored to the 30- to 90-year-old crowd,” Jansen said with a smile. “We have a 93-year-old that comes in and dances to Eddie Byrd. It’s a great place where husbands can bring wives to come dance, then go home from a pleasant evening.” Jansen said the philosophy at Bone Island Grill is a simple three-prong approach where problems create opportunities to create raving fans. “First,” he said, “our goal is to create raving fans — guys that will leave our restaurant and tell everybody they know about us. The second goal is happy employees. The third goal is making a profit. We’ll never have to worry about number three if we do one and two right. Nobody leaves our restaurant unhappy.” The Bone Island Grill at Crooked Creek Marina employs around 20 people. You can reach the restaurant by calling (706) 485-9693 or by visiting their website at www.crookedcreekmarina.us. “When we bought this place,” Jansen said, “we felt like Lake Sinclair was like a beautiful jewelry box. We want to be a center for the community and we want to be the crown jewel of Lake Sinclair.”


dining directory 119 Chops 30 W. Main St. Milledgeville AJ’s Hotwings & More 2601 North Columbia ST Suite 4 Milledgeville (478) 804-0101 Amici Italian Cafe 101 W Hancock St. Milledgeville (478) 452-5003 Applebee’s 106 NW Roberson Mill Rd. Milledgeville (478) 453-8355 Asian Bistro & Grill 124 W. Hancock St. Milledgeville (478-452-2886 Aubri Lane’s 114 S Wayne St. Milledgeville (478) 454-4181 Barberito’s Restaurant 148 W Hancock St Milledgeville (478) 451-4717 Blackbird Coffee 114 W Hancock St. Milledgeville (478) 454-2473 Bo Jo’s Cafe 3021 N. Columbia St. Milledgeville (478) 453-3234 The Brick 136 W Hancock St. Milledgeville (478) 452-0089 Bruster’s Ice Cream 1801 North Columbia St Milledgeville (478) 453-1303

Burger King 2478 N Columbia St. Milledgeville (478) 453-3706

Crooked Creek, Bone Island Grill 208 Crooked Creek Dr., Eatonton (706) 485-9693

Captain D’s Seafood 2590 N. Columbia St, Milledgeville (478) 452-3542 Catering by Crockett’s 100 Fieldstone Dr. Milledgeville (478) 454-2205

Dairy Queen 1105 S Wayne St., Milledgeville (478) 452-9620

Chick-Fil-A 1730 N. Columbia St. Milledgeville (478) 451-4830 W. Hancock St., Milledgeville (478) 452-0585 Chili’s Bar & Grill 2596 N. Columbia St. Milledgeville (478) 452-1900 China Garden 1948 N. Columbia St. Milledgeville (478) 454-3449 China Wings 3 1071 S. Wayne St., Milledgeville (478) 453-3655 Choby’s at Little River 3065 N. Columbia St. Milledgeville (478) 453-9744 Church’s Chicken 620 N Jefferson St., Milledgeville (478) 414-1808

Country Buffet 1465 SE Jefferson St., Milledgeville (478) 453-0434

Deano’s Pizza 128 N. Wayne St., Milledgeville (478) 414-1155 Domino’s Pizza 1909-B N Columbia St. Milledgeville (478) 453-9455 Down South Seafood 972 Sparta Hwy Milledgeville (478) 452-2100 Dukes Dawghouse 162 Sinclair Marina Road, Milledgeville (478) 453-8440 El Amigo Mexican Restaurant 2465 N Columbia St., Milledgeville (478) 453-0027 El Chapparro Tex-Mex Cantina 1000 Parkside Main, Suite 300, Greensboro (706) 454-1400 El Tequila 1830 N Columbia St., Milledgeville (478) 414-1702 Golden Corral 1913 N Columbia St., Milledgeville (478) 414-1344 Goodie Gallery 812 N Columbia St., Milledgeville (478) 452-8080

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Great Wall Chinese Restaurant 1304 N Columbia St. Milledgeville (478) 452-5200

Little Tokyo Steak House 2601 N Columbia St., Milledgeville (478) 452-8886

Grits 132 Hardwick St. Milledgeville (478) 453-2520

Margaritas Mexican Grill 2400 N Columbia St., Milledgeville (478) 453-9547

Harold’s BBQ 411 Pea Ridge Rd. Eatonton 706-485-5376

McDonald’s 2490 N Columbia St., Milledgeville (478) 452-1312 611 S Wayne St., Milledgeville (478) 452-9611 Wal-Mart, Milledgeville (478) 453-9499

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Huddle House 300 E. Hancock St. Milledgeville (478) 452-2680 206 NW Roberson Mill Rd., Milledgeville (478) 452-3222 IHOP 2598 N Columbia St. Milledgeville (478) 452-0332 James Fish and Chicken 905 S Wayne St. Milledgeville (478) 453-8696 Judy’s Country kitchen 1720 N. Columbia St. Milledgeville (478) 414.1436 Kai Tai 2600 N. Columbia St. Milledgeville 478-454-1237 Kentucky Fried Chicken 2337 N Columbia St. Milledgeville (478) 453-2456 Kuroshima Japan 140 W. Hancock St., Milledgeville (478) 451-0245 Lieu’s Peking Restaurant 2485 N Columbia St., Milledgeville (478) 804-0083

Mellow Mushroom 2588 N. Columbia St., Milledgeville 478-457-0144 Metropolis Cafe 138 N. Wayne St., Milledgeville 478-452-0247 Mida Sweet 201 S. Wayne St Milledgeville (478) 453-8634 Octagon Cafe Milledgeville Mall (478) 452-0588 Old Clinton Barbecue 2645 N. Columbia St., Milledgeville (478) 454-0080 Old Tyme Dogs 451 W. Montgomery St. Milledgeville Paradise Country BBQ 111 Old Montgomery Hwy Milledgeville (corner Hwy 441 N. & Log Cabin Rd) (478) 452-8008 Papa John’s Pizza 1306 N Columbia Street, Milledgeville (478) 453-8686


Papa and Nana’s Wang House 174 Gordon Hwy SW Milledgeville (478) 414-1630 Pickle Barrell Cafe & Sports Pub 1892 N Columbia St., Milledgeville (478) 452-1960 Pig in a Pit Barbecue 116 West Hancock St., Milledgeville (478) 414-1744 Pizza Hut 650 W Wayne St., Milledgeville (478) 453-3703 2511 N Columbia St. Milledgeville (478) 452-7440 PJ’s Steak House 3052 Highway 441, Milledgeville (478) 453-0060 Puebla’s Mexican Restaurant 112 W Hancock St, Milledgeville (478) 452-1173

Pryme Steakhouse 3010 Heritage Rd Milledgeville (478) 451-0160 Quiznos Subs 1827 N Columbia St, Milledgeville (478) 451-0790 Ruby Tuesdays 2440 N Columbia St., Milledgeville (478) 452-5050 Shrimp Boat 911 S Elbert St. Milledgeville (478) 452-0559 Sonic Drive In 1651 N Columbia St., Milledgeville (478) 451-0374 Sonny’s Brew’N Que 120 N. Greene St., Milledgeville (478) 452-0004

Soul Master Barbecue & Lounge 451 N Glynn St. Milledgeville (478) 453-2790 Subway Sandwich Shop 1692 N Columbia St., Milledgeville (478) 453-2604 2600 N Columbia St. Milledgeville (478) 804-9976 Super China Buffet 1811 N. Columbia St., Milledgeville (478) 451-2888 Sylvia’s Grille 2600 N Columbia St. Milledgeville (478) 452-4444 Taco Bell 2495 N Columbia St.,Milledgeville (478) 452-2405 TNT Icy Remedy 1820 N. Columbia ST (478) 451-0342

Velvet Elvis 118 W Hancock St., Milledgeville (478) 453-8226 Vinson Dinner 2136 SE Vinson Hwy, Milledgeville (478) 453-1171 Waffle House 1683 N Columbia St Milledgeville (478) 452-9507 3059 N Columbia St.,Milledgeville (478) 451-2914 Wendy’s 2341 N Columbia St., Milledgeville (478) 453-9216 Zaxby’s 1700 N Columbia St., Milledgeville (478) 452-1027 If you don’t see your restaurant listed here then please call us at 478-453-1436 to have it added to our directory

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TOUCHING DOWN Story by DANIEL McDonald Photos by JESSICA LUTON For some visitors to Baldwin County, the way into the Twin Lakes area involves falling from the clouds and touching down on tarmac that floats on top the shimmering water on Lake Sinclair. “Just about everyone who comes to visit says ‘Man that was cool flying in over the lake,” Baldwin County Airport Manager Chris Hamilton says about the high-octane entrance of landing an aircraft on the airport’s runway peninsula that stretches right out into Lake Sinclair. But from that spectacular entrance, visitors are now ushered out of their plane and into one of the newest additions to Baldwin County’s economic development arsenal, the Baldwin County Airport Terminal Building.

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Replacing an old terminal building, which served the airport since it was moved to that location in the late 1950s, the new terminal building at Baldwin County Airport is meant to reflect the progress the community has made in the last half century. At 2,534 square feet, the new terminal building boasts spacious meeting areas, a kitchen, showers and a separate lounge area where pilots can log a flight plan and relax between flights as well as the latest technological accoutrements like wireless Internet. “We want to make a good first impression for anyone who might be thinking of opening a new businesses here,” Milledgeville-Baldwin County Development Authority Executive Director Angie Gheesling said. “Many times, the first thing people see is the airport.” And sometimes the only thing people see is the airport terminal building, as many business people only have time to drop in, meet with a potential business partner and take right back off into the great blue beyond. “People will fly in and the only part of the community they experience is a meeting with people in this room,” Hamilton said. And that frequent occurrence played largely into the planning of the terminal building, especially the building’s meeting facilities, Gheesling said. “It was important to the Development Authority because we hope to gain more prospect visits when companies know they can fly in and meet with people,” she said. “On a project manager’s schedule, there are limitations on how much time they can spend in a given community, and if you can cut half-an-hour off

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of that visit, then Milledgeville might make the cut when they are not sure they are able to visit.” Historically, the ability to fly in and out of Milledgeville helped Baldwin County land the Northrop Grumman facility, which is now Vought Aircraft Industries, Gheesling says. So the airport can be a major part of drawing new industry to the area. To that end, Baldwin County benefited from several grants and donations to make the new terminal building a first class place to conduct business. The OneGeorgia Authority, a state entity that makes grants to aid economic development in rural areas, gave the community a $354,000 grant to aid in the planning and construction of the new building. TriCounty EMC provided roughly $6,000 to help furnish the new building and Century Bank & Trust donated a conference table and chairs for the terminal’s conference room. And the new building also benefited from Georgia Department of Transportation funding. Several local pilots, including Glenn Wilkinson, Alan Maxwell and Chat Daniel, made donations to benefit their fellow aviators by outfitting the building’s pilot’s lounge. But Gheesling says the ongoing improvements at the airport are not solely for the benefit of pilots and business prospects. Once the old terminal building is taken down, the concrete foundation will be left in place to act as a picnic area to encourage more residents to come out and enjoy the airport. And anyone interested in aviation can schedule a tour of the airport facility. Hamilton says the airport tour has been especially popular among local scouting groups. And for those people interested in more than a tour, Milledgeville Aviation is an all-purpose aviation company that in addition to selling fuel and aviation supplies, offers flight lessons, sight-seeing flights and aerial photography services. “We really want to convey to people that we are open to the public,” Hamilton says. And the terminal building’s forthcoming grand opening celebration should do a lot to help convey that message to the Milledgeville community. “We just want to emphasize how important it is that we show both pilots and potential business owners how much we care about this community, and the support and input into this building has been a great way to do it,” Hamilton said.

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Lake Sinclair makes a picturesque backdrop for the Church at Choby’s Landing and its message for simplistic worship

Story and Photos by SARAH BETH ARIEMMA

The Church at Choby’s Landing is making waves this summer, and all of the days that follow. Fellowship and the comfort of good food against a picturesque background give a full worship experience for all who attend Sunday morning services. Dr. Don Long is pastor to this budding church and he says he could not be prouder of the progress that the worship and fellowship has made since the church began in August 2009. “We have around 44 members. We started out on that August morning with about 13. I did feel called to this ministry. I used to be the pastor at Sinclair Baptist Church for ten years. I felt there was a need in Milledgeville for what I believe is simple church.” Long says he felt that a new day had come for the people of Milledgeville to come back to a simple church experience. It is a way for those who want to engage in the word of Christ to come to a deeper understanding of the scriptures, and therefore, themselves.

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“The driving acts of simple church are word by word preaching and the worship experience. We’re not rebelling against organized church, but I feel like there is a need for us to simplify the body of Christ.” Long believes there was a need for people who do not have children, or have children who are not involved in organized choirs, or other activities, to come to church to have a biblical sermon and a worship experience that would bring them greater comfort in the days after Sunday. The Church at Choby’s Landing offers a release from the “extras” offered at church that may get in the way of the teachings, he said. “We build lives,” Long said. “We want to see movement, and that involves moving congestion out of our lives to focus on God. We need unity and focus — focus that stays on Christ and simply church.” The Church at Choby’s Landing began with Sunday


ser vices only. But as the months went by, there became a need for an intimate Tuesday night Bible study. Long chose Tuesday night as to allow parishioners from other churches to attend, as well as allow room for parishioners from Choby’s to also be able to attend Wednesday night services and Bible studies at other churches with their friends. Linda Kerce, a parishioner from the Church at Choby’s Landing, found the church and became a member. “I was attending church somewhere else,” she explained, “and I sat through the first sermon and I have been to every church sermon and Bible study since. I feel extremely blessed.” Her blessings come from her intense understanding of the Bible and of the fellowship that she has experienced every Sunday morning and Tuesday night Bible study.

“There is no doubt that my strength in Christ has grown since I started attending church at Choby’s Landing. Each person is so interested in lifting up the other person. We pray for each other. The spirit I have experienced in this church is unlike any other,” said Kerce. The Church at Choby’s Landing holds services on Sunday mornings at ten o’clock, as well as Tuesday night Bible studies at six o’clock in the evening, although most attending the Bible study arrive around 5:30 in order to partake in the pre-study meal. “We provide a meal for working families,” Long said. “We all get together and decide what to cook every Tuesday night. It is just another way that we can help out our brothers and sisters and make life a little easier and blessed for everyone.” The Church at Choby’s Landing is more than just good food and fellowship. The worship experience would not be complete without music, and the music director also happens to be Long’s son, Allen. “We have the most awesome music. Our music pastor, Allen Long is a prayer warrior. Dr. Long’s daughter, Amber, leads a lot of the praise and worship songs,” Kerce said. “Amber is my partner in song,” Allen Long said MAY/JUNE 2010 • MS • 51


laughingly. “She’s been helping me for years.” The church not only focuses on contemporary praise and worship songs, but also hymns and psalms from the Biblical text. It gives a wellrounded voice to the worship experience, while aiming to offer something for all age groups to enjoy. The Church at Choby’s Landing is branching out this summer to reach more people with through its ministries. Long is planning to partner with Grace Baptist Church to get the ministry out to a wider spectrum of people. “We’re partnering with Grace Baptist Church to saturate people with the Gospel. Grace Baptist Church has a ‘His Way’ ministry and that is whom we as a church are pairing with. We’ll be holding a revival soon from ten o’clock until about two in the afternoon. We’ll have music and food and the best part is that it is all free,” Dr. Long informed, “It’s going to be the starting point to begin our outdoor ministries, and we hope to continue these revivals outdoors for a long time.” Perhaps one of the most exciting new programs planned this summer for The Church at Choby’s Landing is the vacation Bible school program. Although a date for the program has not been set, Long is in the process of planning the Bible school, which will mix both fun and teaching in a safe and beautiful outdoor environment. “We’re really going to have to lean on the experience of others to know when the right weekend is this summer to put our first vacation Bible school on. But we know that it will be great for both the children of this community and their

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parents.” Although the Church at Choby’s Landing does hold worship in a less traditional church atmosphere, Long says that it is just another way that the church is reverting back to simpler times. “Since we meet in a restaurant,” Long began, “We don’t have a traditional baptismal pool. We have to go down to the river to baptize, just like they used to do in Biblical times. Jesus was baptized in the river, not a baptismal pool. It just gives you a sense of what He must have felt, and that to me is just an awesome feeling.” During Easter Sunday service, parishioners were treated to a beautiful sunrise service overlooking the lake, along with breakfast and worship. “It just could not have been more beautiful, or more of a blessing,” Kerce said. The Church at Choby’s Landing is small in number, but large in heart. It is the “simple church” method that Long preaches that reaches out to a larger dominion of Milledgeville, and it is Long and his parishioners’’ hope that their parish will continue to grow and flourish. “Our goal and our desire and design are not to recruit members from other churches. Our desire is to welcome home people who haven’t attended church in years. We’re reaching the unchurched — the Christian who has become disgruntled with the modern church movement of too many things at once. We offer a way to get back to simple church and simple preaching. These are words to live by. We’re here to change lives, but there is nothing simple about that.”


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Antioch Primitive Baptist Church 512 NW Monticello Rd. 478-968-0011 Baldwin Church of Christ 57 Marshall Rd. 478-452-5440 Bible Rivival Church 101 Deerwood Dr. 478-452-4347 Black Springs Baptist Church 673 Sparta Hwy NE 478-453-9431

First United Body of Christ Methodist Church Deliverance Church of

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366 Log Cabin Road Milledgeville, GA 31061

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Countyline Baptist Church 1012 Hwy 49W 478-932-8105 Countyline Primitive Baptist Church 120 NW Neriah Rd. 478-986-7333 Covenant Presbyterian Church 440 N. Columbia St. 478-453-9628 Discipleship Christian Center Church 113 SE Thomas St. 478-452-7755

First United Methodist Church 366 Log Cabin Rd. 478-452-4597 Flagg Chapel Baptist Church 400 W. Franklin St. 478-452-7287 Flipper Chapel AME 400 W. Franklin St. 478-453-7777 Freedom Church Inc 500 Underwood Rd. 478-452-7694

140 SW Effingham Rd. 478-453-4459

Elbethel Baptist Church 251 N. Irwin St. 478-452-8003

Freewill Fellowship Worship Center 115 Cook St. 478-414-2063

Central Church of Christ 359 NE Sparta Hwy 478-451-0322

Emmanuel Baptist Church 384 Gordon Hwy 478-453-4225

Friendship Baptist Church 685 E Hwy 24 478-452-0507

Church of God 385 Log Cabin Rd. 478-452-2052

Faith Point Church of Nazarene 700 Dunlap Rd. 478-451-5365

Friendship Baptist Chapel 635 Twin Bridges Rd. 478-968-7201

Church of Jesus Christ 1700 N Jefferson St. 478-452-9588 Community Life Baptist Church 1340 Orchard Hill Rd. 478-414-1650

First Baptist Church 330 S. Liberty St. 478-452-0502 First Christian Church 555 N. Columbia St. 478-452-2620

Community Baptist Church 143 NE Log Cabin Rd. 478-453-2380

First Presbyterian Church 210 S. Wayne St. 478-452-9394

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Grace Baptist Church 112 Alexander Dr. 478-453-9713 Greater Mount Zion Baptist Church 171 Harrisburg Rd. 478-452-9115 Green Pasture Baptist Church 150 N. Warren St. 478-453-8713

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Hardwick Baptist Church 124 Thomas St. 478-452-1612 Hardwick United Methodist Church 195 Hardwick St. 478-452-1513 Hope Lutheran Church 214 Hwy 40 W. 478-452-3696 Hopewell United Methodist Church 188 Hopewell Church Rd. 478-453-9047 Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses 2701 Irwinton Rd. 478-452-7854 Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses 110 NW O’Conner Dr. 478-452-8887 Lakeshore Community Church 882 Twin Bridges Rd. 478-986-7331 Life in Peace Christian Center 116 SW Frank Bone Rd. 478-453-3607

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Living Word Church of God 151 W. Charlton St. 478-452-7151 Milledgeville Christian Center The Sheep Shed 120 Ivey Dr. 478-453-7710 Miracle Healing Temple 133 Central Ave. 478-452-1369 Missionaries of Church of Christ of Latter Day Saints 141 Frank Bone Rd. 478-452-5775 Montpelier United Methodist Church 449 Sparta Hwy 478-453-0040 Mosleyville Baptist Church 106 SE Oak Dr. 478-452-1723 Mount Nebo Baptist Church 338 Prosser Rd. 478-452-4288 Mount Pleasant Baptist Church 265 SW Mt Pleasant Church Rd. 478-452-7978 Milledgeville Study Group 140 Chase Ct. 478-414-1517 New Beginning Church of Christ 325 Hwy 49 478-454-5489 New Covenant Community Outreach Ministries 321 E. Hancock St. 478-453-3709

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New Hope Baptist Church 345 E. Camden St. 478-452-0431

Rock of Ages Baptist Church 601 W. Montgomery St 478-453-8693

New Life Fellowship Church 123 Ennis Rd. 478-414-7654

Rock Mill Baptist Church 2770 N. Columbia St. 478-451-5084

New Life Foursquare Church 112 Jacqueline Terrace 478-452-1721

Sacred Heart Catholic Church 110 N. Jefferson St. 478-452-2421

New Life Ministries 1835 Vinson HWY SE

Salvation Army Corps Community Center 478-452-6940

New Vision Church of God in Christ 941 NE Dunlap Rd. 478-414-1123

Second Macedonia Baptist Church 2914 SE Vinson Hwy 478-452-3733

Northridge Christian Church 321 Log Cabin Rd. 478-452-1125 Northside Baptist Church 1001 N. Jefferson St. 478-452-6648 Oak Grove Baptist Church No. 1 508 Hwy 49 478-453-3326 Oak Grove Independent Methodist Church 121 Lingold Dr. 478-453-9564 Old Bethel Holiness Church 866 SE Stembridge Rd. 478-451-2845

Seventh Day Aventist 509 N. Liberty St. 478-453-3839 Seventh Day Adventist Church of Milledgeville 156 Pettigrew Rd. 478-453-8016 Shiloh Baptist Church 204 Harrisburg Rd. 478-453-2157 Sinclair Baptist Church 102 Airport Rd. 478-452-4242 Spring Hill Baptist Church 396 Lake Laurel Rd. 478-453-7090 Saint Mary Missionary Baptist Church 994 Sparta Hwy 478-451-5429

Pathfinder Christian Church 120 N. Earnest Byner St. 478-453-8730

Saint Mary Baptist Church Hwy 212 478-986-5228

Pine Ridge Baptist Church 657 Old Monticello Rd. 478-986-5055

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Union Baptist Church 720 N. Clark St. 478-452-8626 Union Missionary Baptist Church 135 Prosser Rd. 478-453-3517 Vaughn Chapel Baptist Church 1980 N. Jefferson St. 478-452-9140

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Victory Baptist Church 107 Sinclair Marina Rd. 478-452-2285 Wesley Chapel AME Church 1462 SE Elbert St 478-452-5083

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arts & entertainment May 23 The Community Dance Program Spring Concert. GCSU Theatre Department. 2 p.m. Russell Auditorium. $13 general admission, $5 GCSU students. Call (478) 445-4226. Purchase tickets online at www.gcsutickets.com.

and Library Services and by GCSU. Free school bus transportation will be provided for participating teachers to take their students to the Natural History Museum and Planetarium at Georgia College. Call (478) 445-7531 or visit www.science.gcus.edu.

Students will use the rich architectural and historical backdrop of Milledgeville as inspiration for their landscape paintings. Beginners are welcome.

Ongoing June June 5 Baldwin Fine Arts Center Grand Opening Alumni Concert. Presented by Baldwin High School. 7 p.m. Featuring the BHS Concert Choir and BHS Symphonic Band with featured alumni guest performers. $10. All proceeds go to the Leave a Legacy Fund to purchase a grand piano for the new stage. More information at www.BHSTheatre.com June 7-11 Watercolor camp. Allied Arts. 9 a.m. to noon. Ages 8 to 12. This summer art camp focus on painting with watercolor, and the various techniques used in creating great works of art. Some drawing will also be taught. $65. June 11 Georgia Military College graduation. 7:30 p.m. Grant Parade. Ribbon Cutting and Reception. Georgia’s Old Capital Museum. 11 a.m. Celebrating the opening of the Barbara Chandler Education and Activity Room. Call (478) 453-1803. June 14-18 Tiny Act camp. Allied Arts, 201 N. Wayne St. Session I 10:30 a.m. to noon, ages 3 to 4; Session II 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., ages 5 to 6. This camp will expose young children to fun and games, using ribbon sticks, scarves, costumes, musical instruments and lots of movement games. $20.

June 21-22 “From Fossils to Space.” GCSU Science Department. 8 a.m. Free. Supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum

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June 24 44th Anniversary Party of BrownStetson-Sanford House. 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Come celebrate the 44th anniversary of the moving of the house to its present location. Call (478) 453-1803. June 21-25 Cartooning camp. Allied Arts, 201 N. Wayne St. 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Ages 6 to 9. This camp is designed to encourage children to be creative, not only in drawing humorous illustrations, but to think as well. The students create their own cartoons (this is not drawing already famous characters.) Mr. Ollie has done daily comic strips, editorial cartoons, humorous illustrations for advertising agencies and magazines. Students are sure to enjoy this camp. Supplies are included in the registration fee. Illustrations camp. Allied Arts, 201 N. Wayne St. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Ages 10 and up. $70. students will learn the professional techniques used in creating cartoons and humorous illustrations. Using basic drawing fundamentals as well as color blending and composition, students learn how to come up with gag cartoon ideas and various pen techniques. June 28-July 1 Printmaking camp. Allied Arts, 201 N. Wayne St. 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Ages 10 and up. $75. Supplies provided.

Milledgeville Marketplace, 222 E. Hancock St. (City lot between the Golden Pantry and the Huddle House across from SunTrust Bank). Downtown farmer’s market sponsored by Milledgeville MainStreet featuring produce, plants, baked goods, arts and crafts. Open Tuesdays, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. through November. Public parking available. Visit www.milledgevillemarketplace.com. Call (478) 414-4413 for more information. “Labor Behind the Veil.” Old Governor’s Mansion. Tours by appointment only. A historically documented tour that provides mansion visitors a glimpse of the working lives of men and women who lived and worked on the mansion grounds. Call (478) 4454545. “The Collections Tour.” Old Governor’s Mansion. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday-Friday (by appointment only). $15 for adults; $8 for seniors; $10 for groups; $4 for students. Hear an indepth discussion on the Mansion’s varied material and textile collections, the process of building the collection, recent restoration, and culminating in the methodologies employed in locating both original and period appropriate pieces and materials for display within the museum. Call (478) 4454545. Attractions

Adult watercolor landscape painting with Pam Daresta. Allied Arts, 201 N. Wayne St. 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. $70. Adult Introductory watercolor class will introduce landscape design techniques, which will include drawing and painting. We will work on site at various locations around downtown Milledgeville.

Andalusia Flannery O’Connor’s Farm, North Columbia Street, (478) 454-4029, www.andalusiafarm.org. Open to the public Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Bartram Forest In 1794, Native Americans inhabited the Bartram Forest. Today, educational hiking trails allow visitors to see centuries of abundant wildlife, natural wetlands, and an erosion ravine with soil that is a remnant of the ancient shallow seas that covered Georgia 50 to 100 million years ago. Three looping trails cover this natural wonder. 2892 Highway 441 South. (478) 445-2119. Blackbridge Hall Art Gallery 111 South Clarke St., (478) 445-4572, www.gcsu.edu/art, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. This art gallery exhibits regional, national and internationally recognized contemporary artists. It also presents GCSU senior art major exhibitions at the end of each semester. Brown-Stetson-Sanford House 601 West Hancock St. (478) 453-1803. Open by appointment and on the Historic Trolley Tour. An architectural gem built by John Marlor in the “Milledgeville Federal” style with its characteristic columned double porch. It served the state capital as the Beecher-Brown Hotel and then the State’s Rights Hotel for the many visiting legislators who came to the area. Central State Hospital Museum The Central State Hospital Museum, located on Broad Street in an 1891 Victorian train depot, contains memorabilia that spans the history of CSH. From annual reports to medical equipment, to client’s personal effects, the museum’s contents tell the story of the history of mental health treatment in the United States and the unique story of the hospital once renowned as the largest “insane asylum” in the world. Central State Hospital Museum tours are available by appointment only. For information call Terea Jacobs at (478) 445-4128. www.centralstatehospital.org. Flannery O’Connor Room Dillard Russell Library, GCSU campus, University session. On display are manuscripts from O’Connor’s personal collection of more than 700 books and journals. The room is furnished in the Victorian style of the 1870s. Most of these items were brought from Andalusia, the farm where O’Connor lived and wrote the major portion of her fiction. For information (478) 445-0988.

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Georgia’s Old Capital Museum is located on the ground floor of The Old Statehouse in Milledgeville, Georgia. The Statehouse served as the capitol from 1807 to 1868. It is a rare example of Gothic architecture in early 19th century Georgia. It was here that Georgia seceded from the Union in January of 1861 and was where Sherman’s troops occupied during their march to the sea in November of 1864.

GCSU Natural History Museum Herty Hall, Room 143, Wilkinson Street (478) 445-0809 for hours; also open by appointment. Visit the Paleozoic, Mesozioc and Cenozoic eras and see fossils from Georgia and across the world. The museum offers an explanation of the history of life through geological time. Georgia’s Old Capital Museum 201 East Greene St., Old Capital Building ground floor, (478) 453-1803,www.oldcapitalmuseum.org, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Experience real Civil War history in the building where Georgia legislators voted to secede from the Union and learn about Native Americans who lived in the area before European settlement. The Old Capital Building was the first public building designed in the Gothic Revival style.

Museum Hours of Operation T-F 10-4pm and Saturday 12-4pm • Mondays May-Aug. Also visit the museum’s 1825 Brown-Stetson-Sanford House Thursday through Saturday on the Trolley Tour.

Admission: $5 for Adults, $4 for Seniors, $2 for students, under six free Old Statehouse Square 201 E. Greene St. Milledgeville, GA

Phone: 478-453-1803 Website: www.oldcapitalmuseum.org Email: sally@oldcapitalmuseum.org

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Georgia War Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery 2617 Carl Vinson Highway, (478) 445-3363. John Marlor Art Center 201 North Wayne St., (478) 452-3950, www.milledgevillealliedarts.com. This facility is one of three historic buildings that make up the Allied Arts Center. This area was once known as “The Strip,” which was the heart of the AfricanAmerican district until the 1980s. It is a beautiful Milledgeville-Federal/Early Greek Revival. Originally twoover-two clapboard with shed rooms and an open dogtrot porch. It now houses arts offices and the Marlor Art Gallery. The Allen’s Market Building, across from the John Marlor Art Center, is a 1911 building that has been adapted into theatre, meeting and studio space. Visitors are given guided tours of current exhibitions. Allied Arts is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on weekends by appointment. For more information (478) 452-3950. Lake Sinclair Lake Sinclair, U.S. Highway 441 North, encompasses 15,300 acres for fishing, skiing and fishing tournaments, swimming, boating, camping and has several marinas for the convenience of visitors. Recently declared the “Cleanest Lake in the State,” Lake Sinclair boasts more than 500 miles of shoreline. Campgrounds, picnic areas and unsupervised beaches add to the enjoyment of Lake Sinclair. Lockerly Hall 1534 Irwinton Road, (478) 452-2112, www.lockerlyarboretum.org. Lockerly Hall, a Greek Revival home circa 1839, is the centerpiece of the Lockerly Arboretum, and presides over its surroundings with elegance and grace. The mansion is a significant example of the finest plantation architecture of the area as well as the entire cotton belt of the Old South. Lockerly Hall is open for tours on the Monday and Wednesday Trolley Tour through the Convention & Visitors Bureau. (478) 452-4687 or (800) 6531804. Mary Vinson Memorial Library Baldwin County’s first public library was founded in 1923 and at one time occupied the building that now serves as the Milledgeville Visitors Center. In 1961, the library’s name was changed to the Mary Vinson Memorial Library in honor of Congressman Vinson’s late wife. The current 18,900-square-foot building on Jefferson Street was completed in 1986. Today, the Mary Vinson Memorial Library is home to an extensive genealogical and local history collection. Located at 151 South Jefferson St. www.twinlakeslibrarysystem.org Memory Hill Cemetery Originally designated as one of the four public squares of twenty acres each in the Milledgeville town plan of 1803, it later came to be known as Cemetery Square. Many people associated with Milledgeville and Georgia history, such as L.Q.C. Lamar, Congressman Carl Vinson, and Flannery O’Connor, as well as early Georgia governors, legislators, college presidents, slaves, and soldiers, are buried here. Liberty and Franklin streets; www.friendsofcems.org/MemoryHill. Milledgeville Convention & Visitors Bureau The CVB offers guided trolley tours Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. and Saturdays at 2 p.m. Group tickets available by request, as well as step-on guides at the CVB, 200 W.

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Hancock St. Office hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed holidays. For additional information call (478) 452-4687 or 1-800-6531804 or visit www.milledgevillecvb.com

Museum & Archives of Georgia Education A two-story clapboard with Corinthian columns and a Palladian window are highlights of this former private residence, which now provides space for the historical records, artifacts and memorabilia documenting the development of education in Georgia. The museum is open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, during regular GCSU sessions. For information call (478) 445-4391. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, circa 1841, was consecrated in 1843. A Gothic roof now replaces the original flat roof destroyed by the explosion of the nearby arsenal during the Civil War. Of special interest is the chancel window of Old English glass, a gift from Christ Church in Savannah. Early parishioner Capt. John Wilcox created the hand-carved chancel furniture. Located at 220 S. Wayne St. Tours Milledgeville’s Trolley Tour A drive through the landmark Historic District includes rotating visits to the Old Governor’s Mansion, c. 1838, Old State Capitol, c. 1807, Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church, c. 1841, Lockerly Hall, c. 1839 and the Stetson-Sanford House, c. 1825. Tours are available at 10 a.m. Monday through Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday. Adults $10; children ages 6 to 16 $5. Tours begin at Convention & Visitors Bureau, 200 West Hancock St. (800) 653-1804 or (478) 4524687. The Old Governor’s Mansion The Old Governor’s Mansion, located at 120 S. Clarke St., was the home of 10 Georgia governors. Built in 1838, it is a superb example of Greek Revival architecture and was restored in 1967. Open for tours Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. with tours at the top of each hour. Closed on Monday, Thanksgiving, and the week after Christmas until New Year’s. Admission charged. For information (478) 445-4545. Georgia’s Antebellum Capitol Museum Located at 201 E. Greene St., the Antebellum Capitol Museum is housed in the Old Capitol Building, and tours are available Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday noon to 4 p.m. For more information call (478) 453-1803. Olive Forge Herb Garden Located at 161 Brown’s Crossing Road in Haddock, the garden is open every Thursday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Still Room is always stocked with herbal goodies to eat, smell or wear. Call ahead during the summer months. Workshops available for groups of 7 to 15 participants and must be scheduled at least three weeks in advance and prepaid. For more information (478) 932-5737. oliveforge@alltel.net


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Sightings

CAMPUS THEATRE GRAND OPENING

 The Campus Theatre open house ceremony featured a visit by Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy impersonators.

 Georgia College President Dr. Dorothy Leland gives remarks as Milledgeville Mayor Richard Bentley looks on during the Campus Theatre opening ceremony.  Project Manager Mark Bowen of GCSU Plant Operations speaks with media representatives during the media tour of the newly renovated facility.  GCSU Theatre Department Chair Karen Berman discusses the Black Box Theatre.

 Juggler Anne Rohr was excited to do her part in attracting patrons to take time out to tour the Campus Theatre during its grand opening. 60 • MS • MAY/JUNE 2010


 A large crowd braved the rainy weather to be a part of the grand opening of the newly renovated Campus Theatre in downtown Miledgeville.  The newly renovated facility also features a Jittery Joe’s coffee shop.

 Baldwin Assistant County Manager Ralph McMullen is greeted with some of the snacks and theater fare, which was available as part of the grand opening event.  Russell Staples of the Georgia College Theatre Department works in the renovated Campus Theatre facility. MAY/JUNE 2010 • MS • 61


Sightings

MILLEDGEVILLE-BALDWIN JUNIOR MISS

 Kaley Barker performs a fitness routine during the program.  Jahrea Brown performs during the talent portion of the Junior Miss program.

Amber Bullard, Self Expression, award winner, takes the stage. 62 • MS • MAY/JUNE 2010


PHOTOS BY SHANA CAWLEY PHOTOGRAPHY

 Junior Miss participants take part in the program’s opening performance. A record number, 25 contestants, took part in this year’s Milledgeville-Baldwin Junior Miss scholarship program.

 (Left): Abby Webb, Shelby Brantley, Amber Bullard and Jahrea Brown backstage during this year’s scholarship program. Right: Emily Griffin, Baldwin’s Junior Miss 2011 and Lindsey Garrett, Milledgeville’s Junior Miss 2011 perform during the show. MAY/JUNE 2010 • MS • 63


Sightings

LOCKERLY EASTER EGG HUNT

 Nineteen-month-old Eric Burgamy protects his Easter basket at Lockerly Arboretum.

Emily Mullis, 2, takes a peek inside to reveal her basket prize.

 Raegan Prance, 2, shows off one of her finds during the Lockerly Easter Egg Hunt. 64 • MS • MAY/JUNE 2010


DOMESTIC VIOLENCE MARCH

 About 100 community members attended the annual domestic violence march and lit candles in memory of those affected by the issue.  Linnesia Latimore, S.A.F.E. advocate, speaks during the candlelight vigil, held in memory of local victims of domestic violence.

 Whitney Langold performs a special tribute praise dance in honor and memory of local domestic violence victims during the annual candlelight vigil and march at the Baldwin County Courthouse.

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Sightings

COTILLION GRAND SPRING BALL

 Taylor Evans and Derick Villarreal fill out their dance cards during the Grand Spring Ball at the Magnolia Ballroom, Sunday May 2.  Thirty-three young ladies and gentlemen took part in the Antebellum Chapter of the National League of Junior Cotillion’s Grand Spring Ball held at the Magnolia Ballroom. The ball was the culmination of the co-ed classes held from January through April through the Georgia College Department of Continuing Education. Pictured: Junior Cotillion participant Charity Suggs goes through the ball receiving line.

 Jamey Peugh, Antebellum Chapter director, poses with the Junior Cotillion class. New cotillion classes will begin in September and run monthly through May. Prospective participants can register through the GCSU Department of Continuing Education. 66 • MS • MAY/JUNE 2010


PHOTOS BY KYLE HITCHCOCK PHOTOGRAPHY

 Pre-Cotillion program participants lead the group in the electric slide at the end of the ball. Two groups of classes were held — a pre-cotillion program for kindergartners through third-graders, and a junior cotillion for fourth-graders through 10th-graders.

 Jamey Peugh, A n t e b e l l u m Chapter director, presents graduation certificates to pre-cotillion class members.

 Hailey Wilkinson waltzes with her dad at the ball. Parents were invited to the final cotillion class to learn the waltz with their young ladies and gentlemen.

 Olivia Salter and Eric Wilkinson fill out their dance cards. During the course of classes, participants learned four dances — the fox trot, cha-cha, the shag and the waltz — and demonstrated what they learned at the Grand Spring Ball. MAY/JUNE 2010 • MS • 67



Milledgeville Scene June-July 2010