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Sarah Beth Ariemma Lauren Davidson Jimmy Holder Samantha Severin Jon Joiner Daniel McDonald It’s the end of the year. The clock is ticking on 2010, and the big 2-01-1 is right around the corner. The countdown to the close of another year is always a great time to catch up on all the music and entertainment goods we’ve missed over the course of the past 12 months. Everywhere you turn from now ‘till the clock strikes midnight on Dec. 31, there’ll be countdowns and recaps and year-in-reviews, chockfull of the highs (and notorious lows) that have comprised 2010 in everything from music, movies, books, celebs, politics, gadgets and more. If you’re anything like me,
you’ll be spending at least a portion of your downtime between now and the end of the year playing catch up on all the goods. But, if you’re not like me and you prefer spend your free time at the holidays out and about, we sure hope this issue of The Ville has something that piques your interests. However you choose to celebrate the holidays and ring in the New Year, enjoy it and be safe. Most importantly though — make it worthwhile. See you in 2011.
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Brick Buffington’s Digital Bridges French Vill’Edge Folks Art Gallery Kuroshima Blackbird Coffee Three Guys Pies Aubri Lanes Yellow Box in front of the courthouse and Post Office Amici The Bellamy Roc’s Texaco Express Fitness Plus Cowboy Bills Hop-in next to Lowe’s BP at Garrett Way Hallmark TNT Icy Remedy Twin Lakes Library Precise Clothing The Velvet Elvis
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Art, Entertainment and Culture in the ‘Ville
The Tyler Hammond Band Guitarist Thomas Archer lets us know what it’s like to play music for 7,000 screaming fans.
High Energy Wake up with a can of Red Bull and go Loko at night.
Q&A We checked in with city manager Barry Jarrett to see what new projects to look forward to in the future.
Good Eats Lauren Davidson headed over to The Goodie Gallery to check out some of their delicious desserts.
Not Just Photography With help from her husband Michael, Danielle Fields expands the business and opens up a photography and custom framing venture.
Also check out..... Local Beer Review................................................8 Jimmy Holder of the Brick shares his love for good beer and gives us his recommendation for good beer in the city.
Dining Guide .........................................................8 This is not your average dining guide. We sorted them by cuisine so you can easily find Chinese or Mexican and also get a quick glance at the prices to expect.
Opinions...............................................................12 We ask the people of Milledgeville what New Year’s Resolutions they’d like to see government leaders take in 2011.
Fashion.................................................................14 A look at some of the items and services offered at Charmed Salon.
local band profile
Tyler Hammond Band reaching new heights with small-town country appeal By SARAH BETH ARIEMMA The Tyler Hammond Band is rocking their way to the top of future country music charts. From their humble beginnings in Milledgeville to a shiny and unknown future, the band is hard at work plucking guitar strings and making music for fans across Georgia. Milledgeville’s Thomas Archer, a guitarist for the band, gave a phone interview about what it’s like to play music for 7,000 screaming fans, yet continue to be the small-town boys they were raised to be. “Two years ago, Tyler and I met and discussed getting a band together. We practiced and worked at it and two years later — we’re the Tyler Hammond Band. Tyler is our singer, Joey Hollis plays the electric guitar, Chris Franklin plays bass and Garrett Hughes is the drummer.” The band used Hammond’s connections from his time playing with Joey Hollis to break into bars across Georgia and reach an even wider fan base. The chance and offers to play with country hit-makers like Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley propelled the band to even higher popularity. “We opened for Luke Bryan in September when he came to Macon. We
played for about 7,000 people. When you are in a small place, performing is a lot harder. If you are in front of 10 people, the nerves might grab a hold of you. Playing for over a thousand people is easier because the pressure is less in terms of the closeness of the people. It was an incredible show and opportunity for us though,” Archer said. The band had been opening for Luke Bryan at Capital City for years before Bryan was courted by Nashville. Bar owners, Trey Britt and Rocky Duncan, knew that The Tyler Hammond Band would be perfect to open for Luke Bryan in Macon, and pushed the band to be great. “The owners of Capital really pushed Luke Bryan to get out there and be something, and that’s what they are doing for us. They are incredible guys, and they are so helpful. It is wonderful that they have given so many great artists a chance to showcase their music,” Archer said. The down-to-earth band played football with Luke Bryan’s band before the big show in Macon to keep themselves occupied and the nerves at bay before singing in front of thousands of people. A tour is already in the early stages of
being planned. Bryan’s next tour will include The Tyler Hammond Band for more than just one show. The group is beyond thrilled. “Most of us graduated, or will graduate from Georgia College. We’re all excited to take that next step in our music careers if it comes knocking. We’re going to be doing a show in Loganville at Atmosphere Atlanta for New Year’s Eve, and we hope everyone comes out for that,” Archer said. The band has one solid goal: to perform. But each individual member desires different parts of the experience. Archer is focused on song writing. “We want different goals. We perform as a band, but we do all share the same passion. We love to get up there and play music. We hope someday that Nashville will come to us. Going to Nashville would be starting over. We have an incredible fan base, and that is all that we can ask for.” To learn more about The Tyler Hammond Band, and to follow their progress from small-town to a number one hit, check out their Myspace page www.myspace.com/tylerhammondband. The group can also be found on Facebook.
WHO: Tyler Hammond Band GENRE: Country, Southern Rock LINEUP: Tyler Hammond (lead vocals, guitar), Thomas Archer (guitar), Joey Hollis (electric guitar), Chris Franklin (bass), Garrett Hughes (drums) RECENT RELEASE: “Hell on Her Mind”
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By SAMANTHA SEVERIN The Peacock’s Feet, Georgia College’s literary magazine, publishes the creative exploits of students from Georgia College. The magazine accepts submissions in fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, poetry translations, drama and 2D art. The deadline was earlier this month, so the student editors will be hard at work over the break,
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weeding out pieces to find the best in each genre. The student editors have to stick to a page limit and assure that each genre is equally represented, so the job of deciding what pieces make the cut is not an easy one. Each issue also contains a special features section. This year, the feature will focus on Laura Newbern,
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a Georgia College professor who recently published a collection of poetry titled “Love and the Eye.” The Peacock’s Feet is named as such as an homage to Flannery O’Connor, the literary giant who graduated from Georgia College in 1945. O’Connor was an avid lover of peacocks and collected them at her home, Andalusia. The preface of the 1989 issue of the publication explains that peacocks are renowned for their beauty, and the peacock’s beautiful plumage and ability to attract admirers is representative of O’Connor’s fiction. The only feature on the peacock’s feet that distracts from its beauty is its “gangly, awkward feet.” The students who published the first volume of The Peacock’s Feet considered their “meager creative efforts” the feet to O’Connor’s peacock. This year, The Peacock’s Feet will feature a new section of 100-word stories. Since this section is relatively new, the deadline for 100word story submissions is being extended until Feb. 14. Students from all majors are encouraged to submit their work to The Peacock’s Feet, and information regarding submissions can be found at peacocksfeet.blogspot.com.
It’s the holiday season. Christmas music is everywhere. I always get to hear at least one performance of Handel’s Messiah during Christmas, and though I hear it every year, it never seems to lose its energy. Music at church can be uplifting and inspiring. It truly makes me stop and think about how wonderful life can be. On the other end of the spectrum I also hear lots of fun silly songs on the radio. Have you ever heard the hippopotamus Christmas song? I think it’s actually titled “I want a hippopotamus for Christmas.” My fiancé introduced me to this song, and to this day we have a little hippopotamus ornament on our tree that will play the song whenever it is touched. While searching for it on YouTube I came across another silly Christmas song called “Dominic the Donkey.” Check it out. It’s pretty ridiculous, but it’s good for a laugh. Whatever type Christmas music you like to have playing this year, make sure you enjoy it with loved ones. Music is a great way to enjoy family and friends. Once Christmas is over there is still one great night of music left. New Year’s Eve! New Year’s Eve is always a good night for music. Bands love doing shows for New Year’s. You’ll most likely get a good crowd of people that are ready to dance, celebrate and pretty much rage face. If a live band is what you’re looking for then make sure you make it to Buffington’s downtown for Josh Roberts & The Hinges. These guys have been rocking Milledgeville for years. Josh has performed all over the country from Denver to D.C. and has shared the stage with such artists as Band of Horses, Drive By Truckers, Jason Isbell, Big Head Todd and The Monsters, Billy Joe Shaver and many more. For those of you that can remember, Josh used to be in a band call Captain Easy where he and Ryan Monroe (Band Of Horses) wrote catchy yet rocking songs that were loved by their fans. Josh continues this idea with the Hinges. You will most definitely walk away from this show singing one of their songs. They just stick in your brain, and never leave. Also, make sure you get there early to check out the opener The Whiskey Gentry. If live music isn’t your thing for New Year’s, then I know that many places will have DJs and shuffies (a shuffie is someone who just works a playlist) that will play all of your favorite hits and get those feet moving. Everyone have a safe and fun holiday season. — Jon Joiner, co-owner of Amici, is a local musician, music lover, and member of the band Stokeswood.
food and drink
Sleep-deprived locals getting their energy kicks from a can By SAMANTHA SEVERIN
Steven Showalter says he uses energy drinks as a pick-me-up at work. Photo by Samantha Severin
Jordan Hortman, a Hallmark employee and Georgia College student, prefers to get her jolt the “old-fashioned way” with a cup of joe. Photo by Samantha Severin
The latest trend in consumable culture is energy. And why not? With the way we live our lives today, we need more energy. Most of us fall asleep late, wake up groggy, start our day with coffee or an energy drink, then have to be re-fueled by 2 p.m. Most of us don’t have time to obtain energy the “old-fashioned” ways, like getting more sleep or exercising. It’s much easier for us to fork over $2.50 and chug some carbonated sweetness. Since non-alcoholic energy drinks aren’t regulated by the Food & Drug Administration, many energy-blends are not backed by clinical studies that track the long-term effects of prolonged consumption. As reported by medicinenet.com, an online, healthcare media publishing company, 10.1 percent of college students have an energy drink weekly and 2.6 percent of college students drink one every day. Students in Milledgeville are no different; most students only reach for the energy drinks on a need-to-drink basis. Amanda Beck, Georgia College junior, drinks a 5-Hour Energy shot maybe once a month, if she feels like she really needs it. Sarah Hittler, an employee at Carmike Cinemas and a Georgia College senior, says she’ll drink maybe two Red Bulls a month, usually when she’s working a double shift. “They taste bad,” she said. It’s not enough for us to have energy during the day. Many college
students have taken to alcohol-infused energy drinks, like the infamous Four Loko. While Four Loko is slowly becoming banned state-by-state, consumption of this atomic energy cocktail is on the rise. The danger of Four Loko is that it contains caffeine, guarana, taurine and 12 percent alcohol. A bit of informal research at a recent party revealed several students were getting “Loko’d.” If you know what that means, please put down your drink and have some water immediately. Though many students will claim that a Four Loko-filled night is just another night of drinking, the health risks associated with alcoholic energy drinks are no joke. Ramapo College in New Jersey banned the possession of Four Loko on its campus after 23 students were hospitalized with symptoms that resulted from drinking it. In November, the FDA issued a warning to the manufacturers of Four Loko and three other manufacturers of alcoholic energy drinks stating that if they do not change their formula they will be pulled from the market. Avid fans of the dangerous drinks can find out where drinks such as Four Loko are still available via the Internet, oftentimes on sites that display maps showing where Loko is banned and where it is only sold sans caffeine. Just remember — your body will not appreciate it the next morning.
Q&A - Barry Jarrett p.m.], was this move an effort to get more local residents involved in the process by coming to meetings? BJ: We make every effort to involve the community and the media of what’s going on in the city, and we’re going to continue to do that. … We want the input and involvement of the citizens, especially on the items that directly affect them [such as alcohol licensing, taxi service, etc.]. It’s important that the business owners have their input so that there can be some discussion. In addition [to the change in City Council meeting times for 2011], there will be a work session the first meeting of every month following the Council meeting. The agenda for that meeting will be discussion on items that will be on the agenda for the second meeting of the month, and there will be additional meetings as needed.
Barry Jarrett took the helm as Milledgeville’s new city manager in September, following years of work as head of the city’s water and sewer department. He’s become quite familiar with the job, having served in the interim capacity for almost a year following the departure of Scott Wood from the post. As interim and now as fulltime city manager, Jarrett wears many hats for the city, overseeing day-to-day departmental operations on everything from water and sewer to public works to Mainstreet and planning and zoning. The ‘Ville recently spoke with Jarrett from his downtown office at City Hall on a number of key issues impacting the city, from Streetscape to Mainstreet, and discussed what’s ahead for Milledgeville in 2011. THE ‘VILLE: When will the next phase of Streetscape begin and what will be the projected timeline for completion? BJ: We hope to be able to bid that out around March 2011, and to start construction by June. We’re looking at a 90-day time period [for completion]. The project will cover two blocks of Greene Street from Wayne over to Elbert, and one block of Hancock Street. The three blocks are not as critical as far as parking [as the previous phase] for Deep Roots. We don’t anticipate the same problems. The particular blocks we’re working in will require a lot less work than the current phase. THE ‘VILLE: Is there a timeline to fill the Mainstreet/Downtown Development Authority opening? BJ: I have indicated that’s it’s going to be done in the first quarter of 2011. We’re presently looking at that position and what it does and what it will do. I’d like to get a little more than Mainstreet out of it. THE ‘VILLE: Will any changes be made to the job description for the Mainstreet director? BJ: There will be changes in the job description. THE ‘VILLE: Please explain the chain of command for the Mainstreet director. Who does the person in this position answer to, and what role does the Mainstreet board play in oversight for this position? BJ: The Mainstreet director is a city department who reports to the city manager. THE ‘VILLE: What areas do you think need to be strengthened to build greater communication and community involvement in local government? City Council recently moved their meeting times for next year [from 7 p.m. to 6:30
THE ‘VILLE: At recent community forums, there has been some discussion of consolidation of city and county services. What are your thoughts on consolidation? BJ: It’s important that the elected officials look at ways that we can effectively serve the citizens of Milledgeville and Baldwin County. Consolidation is an area we have to explore. We should be very, very careful and not rush into that. Consolidation is definitely something to look at. It has been shown in other communities that [consolidation doesn’t necessary result in direct cost savings]. We all want to save, but I think it’s something to look at to improve efficiency. We, at the city, have a good relationship with the county. [Interim County Manager] Ralph [McMullen] and I communicate openly very well with each other. We have good communication within the city and with county officials. It’s something we can continue to improve on. THE ‘VILLE: Looking at the remainder of 2010 and looking forward to 2011, where does Milledgeville go from here? BJ: This city has so many assets, and we need to market those assets. The issue at hand is cooperation among the leadership here. I think we’re on the right road to improving that. THE ‘VILLE: Since this is an arts and culture publication, what do you think of the future of the arts in Milledgeville? BJ: We still have a group that’s working toward plans for something similar to a First Friday-type event. Allied Arts is financed by the City of Milledgeville. The colleges here have certainly worked to promote the arts here. … The city’s quite conscious of the arts, and the city would like to continue to promote the arts in any way we can. THE ‘VILLE: What’s your favorite movie? BJ: “The Godfather.” Whenever I get the opportunity, I look at it, and I see things I’ve never seen before. I’ve watched it for years. THE ‘VILLE: What type of music do you listen to? BJ: I really listen and enjoy all types of music. I come from a family that’s involved in music. The music goes with what I’m doing at the time. I really enjoy music, and there’s always music playing somewhere around me. THE ‘VILLE: What’s your favorite book and who is your favorite author? BJ: The one [book] that comes to mind is “A Lesson Before Dying,” by Ernest Gaines. He’s not my favorite author, but I really enjoyed that book.
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss by Daniel McDonald Now that the people have had their say, the power in state government returns to the politicians who’ve parted it out since the Dome first rose over that new state Capitol in Atlanta. In the days and weeks following the Republican Party’s historic reset of Georgia’s political balance, opportunists and some of the last vestiges of that old Democratic majority took a midnight train to Right-of-Center Georgia, where the state’s mainstream resides. On several mornings in the last two months, Democratic voters in one state Senate and seven state House districts woke up to the news that at least one of their recently re-elected state legislators — almost all of whom ran unopposed on the November ballot —broke ranks with the minority party they qualified with in April to caucus with the majority party this January. Though it should seldom be advised that elected officials ignore opportunities to benefit their community in ways that only majority-party affiliation can guarantee, these newly minted Republicans’ decision to wait until after Nov. 2 to announce their new party preference surely left some of their long-time Democratic supporters feeling a little shell-shocked. Three of Valdosta’s four-member legislative delegation, including former Senate Minority Caucus Chair Tim Golden, walked across the aisle despite the Grand Old Party’s inability to field more than one legislative candidate in Lowndes County during the 2010 election cycle. Golden’s counterpart in the state House, former Democratic Caucus Chair Doug McKilllip of the Democratic stronghold in Athens, comes a little cleaner in speaking to the realities of Democrats’ chances of doing just about anything in the next two-year session. “As an independent-minded Republican, I can accomplish a great deal for my constituents and my city,” McKillip told the Athens BannerHerald. But perhaps Baldwin County’s Caucus of One, state Rep. Rusty Kidd, the General Assembly’s lone independent, says it best when he paints the individual legislators’ decisions into the larger picture of Georgia’s political reality. “Politics are going to be controlled by the Republicans, so [these Democrats] feel they need to be Republicans to play the game,” he said. “Republicans don’t just own the bat and the ball, they own the whole club.” For the first time in the modern era,
Republicans maintain solid majorities in both chambers of the General Assembly (115 to 65 in the House and 36 to 20 in the Senate) and will take seats in every constitutional office of the executive branch. But less an affirmation of conservatism’s national rise to prominence over the last generation, Georgians’ shift to the right is a return to the one-party politics of the almost century-and-a-half since Reconstruction. And like the years of Democratic dominance during the last century and the intervening years of a Republican-led legislature working with and battling against a mixed executive branch, the newfound futility of partisan bickering will do little to suppress the egos and infighting within the Republican majority. Georgians witnessed a flare up of that just three days after the Nov. 2 election, when Senate Republicans traveled to Macon to elect new leadership, draft new rules for the legislature’s upper chamber and wrestle back the power to name committee members and appoint committee chairs from Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, sharply curtailing the powers of the executive brancher who serves as Senate President. This new arrangement reinvigorates the Senate Committee on Assignments that was originally convened to strip Democratic Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor of his power to appoint after Republicans took control of the Senate in 2004. Cagle retains some say in creating the committee structure as he will appoint two members to this Committee on Assignments and also appoint those senators who will meet with representatives in the House to iron out differences between two chambers’ versions of legislation in conference committees. But the message is clear, Senate Republicans saw an opportunity to renegotiate some of the terms of the contract between the Legislative and Executive branches, and they took it. Don’t expect this to be the last example of brazen opportunism, as factional and personal politics within the majority party drive the drama under the Gold Dome, and Democrats stick their nose in the history books to devise ways of staying relevant in this new Republican era. — Daniel McDonald is a former city and county government reporter for The Union-Recorder. Regular updates, and the electronic edition of this column, can be found at onecapitalremoved.com.
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Enjoy some specialty beers during the holidays Jimmy Holder, Good Beer Afficionado
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AMERICAN/BARS/PUBS Appleblee’s 106 Roberson Mill Rd. Sports bar, classic American dining, hot wings. LD • BAR • $-$$. (478) 453-8355. Buffington’s 120 W. Hancock St. Sandwiches, salads, hot wings and dining specials in a tavern-like setting. LD • BAR • $-$$. Weekdays 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturdays 11 a.m to 1:30 a.m.; also open Sundays. (478) 414-1975. Chili’s 2596 N. Columbia St. Bar and grill, hot wings. LD • BAR • $-$$. (478) 452-1900. Duke’s Dawghouse 162 Sinclair Marina Rd. Sandwiches and burgers. LD • BAR • $-$$. (478) 453-8440
The December holiday season is one of my favorite times of year for beer. It seems every micro-brewer in America offers a special one-off launching around Thanksgiving and good through the rest of the year. This time around, I am not going to recommend a particular beer, but rather ask you to do some taste testing yourself. When you go to reach for a six-pack for the house or purchase more for a party, take time to peruse the inventory available to you. Look for a special winter seasonal. Go for something you may not usually buy. Look for offerings by Terrapin, Bells, Brooklyn, LaGunitas, Magic Hat, Dog Fish Head or any other micro-brewer we are lucky to have access to in our region. If you’re having friends over, have a tasting party and try a few different beers together and discuss. It’s OK not to like every beer, but ask yourself why. Remember some winter ales are made for sipping, not chugging. Some will be thick or almost syrupy and have higher ABV’s than 6 percent. Look for nuances of coriander, chocolate, cinnamon, berries, wine and nuts. A new beer is a good way to spice up the holidays and may even make Aunt Kathe’s green been and squash casserole palatable. Let me know what you try. I would love to have your opinions. E-mail me the name of the beer(s) and your notes to firstname.lastname@example.org . Enjoy some specialty beers and have a great holiday everyone!
119 Chops 119 S. Wayne St. Sports pub and nightly specials. LD • BAR • $-$$. (478) 387-4550. Pickle Barrel 1880 N. Columbia St. Café and sports pub. LD • BAR • $-$$. Sunday-Tuesday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday 11 am - 11 pm Ruby Tuesday 2440 N. Columbia St. Classic American dining. LD • BAR • $-$$. (478) 452-5050. Velvet Elvis Supper Club 113 West Hancock St. Seafood, burgers, wings and more. LD • BAR • $. Monday-Saturday 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. (478) 453-8226.
ASIAN Asian Bistro & Grill 124 W. Hancock St. Traditional Asian cuisine, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and Thai. LD • BAR • $-$$$. MondayThursday 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Closed 3:30 to 5 p.m.; Sundays 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Bar hours Wednesday-Saturday 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. (478) 452-2886.
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China Garden 1948 N. Columbia St. Wings and Chinese. LD • $-$$. (478) 454-3449. China Wings 3 1071 S. Wayne St. Wings and Chinese. LD • $-$$. (478) 453-3655. Great Wall 1304 N. Columbia St. Chinese. LD • $-$$. (478) 452-5200. Kai Thai 2600 N. Columbia St. Thai. LD • BAR • $-$$$. (478) 454-1237. Kuroshima Japanese dining. LD • BAR • $-$$$. (478) 451-0245.
Paradise Country BBQ 111 Old Montgomery Highway, at the corner of Highway 441 N. and Log Cabin Rd. Pork, ribs, chicken. LD • $-$$. (478) 452-8008. Pig in a Pit Barbecue 116 W. Hancock St. Pork, chicken, ribs. LD • $-$$. (478) 414-1744. Soul Master Barbecue & Lounge 451 N. Glynn St. American barbecue. LD • $-$$. (478) 453-2790. BUFFETS/CAFES Country Buffet 1465 SE Jefferson St. Southern buffet dining. LD • $-$$. (478) 453-0434.
Lieu’s Peking Chinese. LD • BAR • $-$$. (478) 804-0083.
Grits 132 Hardwick St. Home-cooked Southern dining. LD • BAR • $-$$. (478) 453-2520.
Little Tokyo Steakhouse Japanese, sushi. LD • BAR • $-$$$. (478) 452-8886.
Golden Corral 1913 N. Columbia St. Buffet-style American dining. BLD • $-$$. (478) 414-1344.
Super China Buffet-style Chinese. LD • BAR • $-$$. (478) 451-2888.
Judy’s Country Kitchen 1720 N. Columbia St. Buffet-style dining. LD • $-$$. (478) 414-1436.
Octagon Café Milledgeville Mall Sandwiches and salads. LD • $-$$. (478) 452-0588.
The Goodie Gallery 812 N. Columbia St. Sandwiches, breads, salads, pastries and desserts. BL • $-$$. (478) 452-8080. Ryals 135 S. Wayne St. Pastries and fresh-baked goods. BL • $-$$. (478) 452-0321.
BARBECUE Old Clinton BBQ 2645 N. Columbia St. Ribs, pulled pork, country sides. Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sundays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. LD • $-$$. (478) 454-0080.
Shrimp Boat 911 S. Elbert St. Serving Chicken & Seafood for more than 40 years. LD • $-$$. (478) 452-0559. COFFEE HOUSES Blackbird Coffee 114 W. Hancock St. Coffee, teas, pastries, desserts and sandwiches. BLD • $-$$. (478) 454-2473. Jittery Joe’s 135 W. Hancock St. Coffee, teas, pastries, desserts and sandwiches. BLD • $-$$. (478) 452-7918.
dining in the ‘Ville Starbucks 2400 N. Columbia St. Coffee, teas pastries, desserts and sandwiches. BLD • $-$$. (478) 454-4040. CONTEMPORARY Aubri Lane’s 114 S. Wayne St. Steaks, seafood, contemporary Southern dining. Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Tuesday-Saturday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. dinner; closed Sundays and Mondays. LD • BAR • $$-$$$. (478) 454-4181.
El Tequila 1830 N. Columbia St. Fine Mexican dining. LD • BAR • $-$$. (478) 414-1344. Margaritas Mexican Grill 2400 N. Columbia St. Central Mexico cuisine. LD • BAR • $-$$. (478) 453-9547. Puebla’s Mexican Restaurant 112 W. Hancock St. Mexican cuisine. LD • BAR • $-$$. (478) 452-1173.
Sylvia’s 2600 N. Columbia St. Pasta and seafood, Mediterraneaninspired. Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. LD • BAR • $$-$$$. (478) 452-4444.
Bone Island Grill 208 Crooked Creek Marina Dr. Key West-style, Caribbean-inspired Southern seafood and steaks. Lunch Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dinner Wednesday-Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 4 to 12:30 a.m. Closed Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. LD • BAR • $$-$$$. (706) 485-9693.
Amici Italian Café 101 W. Hancock St. Pizza, pasta and casual Italian dining. Monday-Friday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturdays 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.; Sundays 11 a.m. to midnight. LD • BAR • $-$$. (478) 452-5003. The Brick 136 W. Hancock St. Brick oven pizza, pasta, salads and hot wings. Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. LD • BAR • $-$$. (478) 452-0089. Deano’s Pizza 128 N. Wayne St. Brick oven pizza, pasta, salads and hot wings. Tuesday-Thursday 11 am to 9 pm; Fridays & Saturdays 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. LD • BAR • $-$$. (478) 414-1155. Mellow Mushroom 2588 N. Columbia St. Gourmet pizza and sandwiches. Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sundays noon to 9 p.m. LD • BAR • $$-$$$. (478) 457-0144.
Bo Jo’s Café 3021 N. Columbia St. Seafood and steaks by the lake. D • BAR • $$-$$$. (478) 453-3234.
Choby’s at Little River 3065 N. Columbia St. Fish and seafood by the lake. D • BAR • $$-$$$. (478) 453-9744.
STEAKHOUSES P.J.’s Steak House 3050 Highway 441 N. Steak and chicken by the lake. LD • BAR • $$-$$$. (478) 453-0060.
SPECIALTY Mida Sweet 201 S. Wayne St. Asian-inspired cuisine, specialty coffees, gelatos and ice cream. LD • $-$$. (478) 453-8634.
El Amigo 2465 N. Columbia St. Fine Mexican dining. LD • BAR • $-$$. (478) 453-0027.
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MEXICAN Barberito’s 146 S. Hancock St. Fast food, Southwestern-style burritos, salads, fajitas and tacos. LD • BAR • $-$$. (478) 451-4717.
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Goodie Gallery offers good eats By LAUREN DAVIDSON The holidays are a time for stuffing your face with delicious holiday food and sweets. I decided to start my holiday eating early and visit the Goodie Gallery to try out some of their sweetest treats. To get in the mood for Christmas, I decided to indulge myself in eating three of their holiday-decorated cookies, a cupcake with Christmas sprinkles and a slice of their delicious pecan pie. Every holiday meal should include a slice of pecan pie to top off the meal. The Goodie Gallery’s pecan pie was absolutely delicious and is one of the best I have ever tasted. (Sorry Grandma!) The filling was very rich and smooth, the crust had a fresh taste to it and was cooked to perfection. To top it all, off the pie was garnished with fresh whole pecan halves. If you aren’t in the mood for a pecan pie this holiday season, the shop also offers pumpkin pie, coconut pie, lemon pie and Boston crème pie. A whole pie is
priced at $9.90 and a slice is $1.87. They also have cheesecakes, one topped with strawberry and the other with cherry, priced at $26.22 a pie and $2.94 a slice. The pies and cheesecakes go fast and the owner recommends that customers call a day or two in advance to place orders. After finishing my slice of pecan pie, I decided to taste the sugar cookies. The first cookie was shaped like a Christmas tree and garnished with green sugar, while the second cookie was in the shape of Santa Claus and covered with green sugar. The last cookie was a simple sugar cookie with red and green sprinkles. All three were moist and sweet. Their delicious cookies are reasonably priced at $0.50 each. To finish off my sugar-filled visit, I ate a vanilla cupcake with white icing topped with red and green sprinkles. The cupcake was also moist, and I was pleasantly surprised at how delicious the icing tasted
because I have never been a fan of white icing. If you aren’t really a fan of cup cakes I suggest that you try out their apple bread, donuts, cinnamon rolls or even their muffins. My overall experience at the Goodie Gallery was exceptionally great, and I wish that I could have tried everything that they offered. The new owner Cal Johnson
was very nice and the renovations that he has made at the bakery really made the atmosphere of the bakery nice for customers to enjoy. I highly recommend that everyone makes a trip over to the Goodie Gallery and try out their delicious sweets, as well as the great lunch and breakfast items on their menu.
Fields Photography changes venue, expands to custom-framing By LAUREN DAVIDSON Fields Photography and Framing, 122 S. Wayne St., officially opened its doors Oct. 14 in downtown Milledgeville. Prior to the opening, Danielle Fields occupied a space located inside FolksArt Gallery. She and her husband, Michael, decided to expand the business and open up a photography and custom-framing venture. Before the opening of their business, the
two discussed the possibility of offering custom framing and did extensive research on the specifics of a framing business. They decided that it would be a great compliment for the photography business. Michael had some experience in framing in the past doing part-time framing jobs and recalled that he really enjoyed it. “When I did it before I enjoyed it and
was good at it and saw it as something that could be successful not only alongside the photography. Even independently in and of itself, was something that could do well and that this area needed. I saw a void in the market for professional framing; there was only one other location here and a lot of people have been going outside of Milledgeville to have their
framing done and so it looked like a good vacuum that we could fill as well.” After the plans were made final and the two decided to offer framing as a service along with photography, Michael traveled to Las Vegas where he completed training at the American Picture Framing Academy in Las Vegas. Since their opening they have strived to make prices affordable, have a speedy turn around and offer their customers outstanding customer service. In the framing business, many shops can take a few weeks time to finish a piece for a customer. Fields is striving to involve his customers fully in the design process and have their pieces returned in at least one week’s time. They have done little marketing and have found that much of their business is coming from word of mouth. Being open for two months now, they have already received a good response from the community. “One thing I’ve been pleased with is that I haven’t had a single thing that I’ve presented to a customer where their response wasn’t ‘Wow’. That’s going to be the biggest advertising I think is satisfied customers telling other people. So the response from the community, as far as traffic and customer flow, has been good and then on the other side of the framing process has been good as well.”
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hot potato resolve to get things going What New Year’s Resolution would you like to see leaders in local, state, and national government take in 2011? Jarvis Austin “We need more jobs, because it would help people to get their own healthcare plans. We need to help small businesses build up so that they can hire more people. We’ve got to create more jobs, and if leaders would be resolute in their creation, we’d have a better year.”
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“Definitely to create more jobs. My son is in need of a job because I’m about to have back surgery and cannot get a job right now. Gas prices should come down a bit, and more jobs should be available to people who are willing and able to work them. Our elected officials need to be getting a plan together to make this a reality.”
Barbara Thigpen “I’d like them to promote the local economy in every way possible. And I’d like them to stimulate the state and national economy, that way we would all be able to benefit. When our local officials push the ‘Shop Local’ campaign, our own economy will benefit. If you can’t find it in Milledgeville, then go in search of it elsewhere. But always try locally first.” Carter Davis “I’d like them to adopt a fair tax. And to stop putting so much money into healthcare, when they should leave the system as it is. Our leaders need to listen to what the people are saying in 2011.”
Josh Lee “I hope they will actually listen to their constituents. We need less spending and focus on a 10 percent reduction on food stamps to get rid of excess spending.”
— Compiled by Hot Potato Sarah Beth Ariemma
Christy Karson “Speak Now” Taylor Swift
Books “Speak Now” is the third studio release from Taylor Swift, who wrote all the songs on the album without a co-writer.
Notable tracks include: “Speak Now,” “Sparks Fly” and “Last Kiss.”
The man (woman really) on the street randomly asks local residents what they are reading and listening to right now.
“Rich Dad, Poor Dad” by Robert T. Kiyosaki
David Souter “Sigh No More” Mumford and Sons
It’s a very good book about learning how to succeed in this world. It makes you view money in a different way.
“Sigh No More” by Mumford and Sons “Sigh No More” is the first album from London-based folk rockers Mumford and Sons. This year, it was ranked 8th Best Record on NPR’s “All Songs Considered.”
Jordan Dozier “Animal Farm” by George Orwell
Notable tracks include: “The Cave,” “Little Lion Man” and “Awake My Soul.”
“Animal Farm” was first published in 1945. The book depicts a farm full of animals as an allegory for the pre-WWII Stalin-era. The novella has been adapted to film twice and was chosen by Time as one of the 100 best English novels.
Diana Young “Infinite Arms” Band of Horses
- Compiled by Samantha Severin “Infinite Arms” is the third album from Band of Horses. In the true indie spirit, the album was produced without any assistance or funding from a record label. Band member Ben Bridwell has called “Infinite Arms” Band of Horses’ first album, since it’s the only album to date where the band’s line-up “hasn’t been a revolving door.” Notable tracks include: “Loredo.”
Julie Sharpe “Fury: A Memoir” by Koren Zailckas “Fury” is Zailckas’ sequel to “SMASHED,” her 2005 memoir about alcohol addiction.
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For a day of beauty and pampering, look no further than Charmed Salon. Bare Minerals makeup, a full spa and hair salon make Charmed the perfect spot for gifts, girl’s days, and anytime beauty is desired. Dana Wolfe, one of three daughters of the owner, Debra Diana Brett, recently spent some time showcasing all of the products and features that Charmed has to offer Milledgeville. “Our Bare Minerals ‘Get started’ kit is worth $166 and is only $60. They are completely customizable. Every year, Bare Minerals releases a gorgeous holiday collection kit. This year, the kit is nine pieces including an eye shadow and face brush, pencil eyeliner, two eye shadows, full-size
mascara and lip gloss, as well as blush and a mineral veil,” Wolfe said. Bare Minerals makeup is one of the hottest makeup trends of the season, both healthy for your skin and full of colors for every occasion. Gift certificates can also be purchased for Charmed that go toward spa, hair or makeup. “We do this so that our guests don’t get stuck with a spa service or product that they don’t want. With one of our gift cards, they can treat themselves,” Wolfe said. A new addition to Charmed’s extensive line of products is White Sands hair products. This full line is used by performers
on the ABC program “Dancing with the Stars.” The product holds hair, but brushes out easily. “This new line is very affordable and professional. We wanted great products at very affordable prices. Nothing is over $30. A full size shampoo is $12. We want to carry different lines that aren’t available everywhere,” Wolfe said. Charmed entered the Milledgeville downtown area in October 2006. “I had just gotten into cosmetology school, and my mom wanted to create a business that my sisters and I, as well as my mother, could all work together on. We all love Bare Minerals makeup and wanted to carry it here. The hair salon
came later. We had a lot of clients who asked about it and we thought it would be a great addition,” Wolfe said. The salon also features spa-style manicures and pedicures. “We spend about an hour with you, and do a full foot bath, care for toenails, as well as a mask for your feet and wrap them in hot towels. We also buff and polish,” Wolfe said. “We’re like a family here. This is a second home. We all get along so well. We love to get personal with our community. We’re your one-stop shop for beauty and gifts.”
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December - February 2010
A&E Calendar WEEKLY Bluegrass Jams PJ’s Steakhouse 3050 Highway 441 N. 7 to 9 p.m. Every Tuesday (478) 453-0060 Trivia Night Mellow Mushroom 2588 N. Columbia St. 8 p.m. Every Tuesday (478) 457-0144 Trivia Night Amici Italian Café 101 W. Hancock St. 10:30 p.m. Every Monday
Live Music Mellow Mushroom 2588 N. Columbia St. 8 p.m. Every Thursday (478) 457-0144 Live Entertainment The Brick 136 W. Hancock St. Mark the Magic Man 6 p.m. Every Friday (478) 452-0089
Trivia Night Buffington’s 120 W. Hancock St. 8:30 p.m. Every Wednesday
December 18 Historic tours Old Governor’s Mansion candlelight tours 6 to 8 p.m. (478) 445-4545
Trivia Night Pickle Barrel Café 1892 N. Columbia St. (478) 452-1960 Every Thursday
December 16-18 Live Music Stageline Cowboy Bill’s 2657 N. Columbia St.
Jazz Night Amici Italian Café 101 W. Hancock St. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Every Tuesday
December 23 Live Music Scott Little Band Cowboy Bill’s 2657 N. Columbia St.
Hookah Metropolis Café 138 N. Wayne St. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Every Thursday (478) 452-0247 Live Music Asian Bistro & Grill 124 W. Hancock St. 11 p.m. Every Thursday
JANURARY January 5-February 3 Arts Georgia Artists with Disabilities traveling exhibition Opening reception January 5, 7 to 9 pm Marlor Arts Center Gallery hours 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday January 6-8 Live Music Ronnie Pittman Cowboy Bill’s 2657 N. Columbia St. January 13-15 Live Music Joe Oldes Cowboy Bill’s 2657 N. Columbia St. January 18, 21 Arts Succession re-enactment Old Capitol Building, Legislative Chamber Georgia’s Old Capital Museum 7 p.m. $5 admission, free to Georgia’s Old Capital Museum members (478) 453-1803 http://www.oldcapitalmuseum.org
January 25-27 Theater “Wonder of the World” By David Lindsay-Abaire Directed by Erin Williams Campus Black Box Theatre, Hancock Street 8 p.m. $13 general admission, $9 seniors/GC staff, non-GC students, $5 GC students (478) 445-8290 February February 23-27 Live Music “1940s Radio Hour” by Walton Jones Directed by Amy Pinney. Music directed by Wendy Mullen Russell Auditorium 8 p.m., 2 p.m. Feb. 27 $13 general admission, $9 seniors/GC staff, non-GC students, $5 students
ONGOING Through May 10 Art Exhibit 2010-2011 President’s Hall Student Exhibition GCSU Department of Art 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. MondayFriday Parks Hall, 3rd floor (478) 445-4572
E-mail your events to: New Year’s Eve Live Music Josh Roberts & The Hinges Buffington’s 120 W. Hancock St. Live Music Deep Step Cowboy Bill’s 2657 N. Columbia St.
January 21 Arts Illusionist Jason Bishop Russell Auditorium, Georgia College Allied Arts and the Georgia College Arts Unlimited Committee 8 p.m. $12 adults, $10 students and senior citizens (478) 452-3950
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