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FASHION Sea Side Fashions for Summer months

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ARTS&ENTERTAINMENT our list of May’s A&E happenings

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ADVICE COLUMN Are You Being Held Hostage?

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HEALTH & BEAUTY It’s All In the Eyes

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RELISH RECIPE of the MONTH Penne with Asparagus, Peas & Mint

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DINING The Lighthouse Grill Family Restaurant

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HORSES in HAHIRA • Jacobs’ Ladder Therapeutic Riding Center • KB Horse Camp • Justamere Farm

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FEATURE Downtown Valdosta Farm Days

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WHERE WERE YOU SCENE? Photos from recent events

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from the editor VALDOSTASCENE

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Established 2005 Volume IX • No. 5

ou have in your hands a beautiful Scene this month, showcasing some of the best things about our community. Inside you’ll find a three-part look at the horse farms in Hahira that do so much to help children, the disabled, and others. You can learn to ride, indulge your love of horses, and pitch in on some of the many charitable events they hold each month.

A special thank you to downtown guru Albert Sloan for graciously allowing the Scene to photograph our models on the rooftop of his lovely home this month. Our models are showcasing summer fashions and bathing suits from Target this month, and are shown against the lovely backdrop of downtown Valdosta. The Lighthouse Grill has been a perennial favorite of diners in the Ray City and Lakeland areas for some time, and they were gracious enough to showcase some of their more popular food items for the Scene. You’ll also find information about the new season of Farm Days beginning this month, get great relationship advice from Mark Webb and some terrific skin care tips from Christy Howell.

The ValdostaScene magazine is published monthly at 201 N. Troup St., Valdosta, GA 31601 Published by the South Georgia Media Group

PUBLISHER Jeff Masters EDITOR Kay Harris ASSOCIATE EDITOR Dean Poling CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Caitlin Barker Kay Harris Quinten Plummer Dean Poling COLUMNISTS Christy Howell Mark Webb

And you just might find yourself in one of the many photos from recent events, so read and enjoy!

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Paul Leavy Dean Poling Brandon Powers LAYOUT Derek Schaper ADVERTISING DIRECTOR Mae Stokes

Kay Harris Editor

on the cover 18-year-old Heather Weaver poses on a downtown Valdosta rooftop in an indigo Xhilaration top, featuring a Mossimo bandeau, Mossimo white denim shorts, a gold chained necklace, hoop earrings and a gold chunk bracelet. photograph by BRANDON POWERS

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Subscription Rates: Annual subscription (U.S. mail) $24 Send your check to: ValdostaScene Subscriptions 201 N. Troup St. Valdosta, GA 31601 www.ValdostaScene.com Newsstand $3.50 For information on submitting articles or advertising in the Scene call (229) 244-1880


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adies, Spring may be in the air but Summer time is rapidly approaching, so live in the now and think about your perfect look for the upcoming sun kissed months. From swimsuits to shorts, accessories and more, Target is your one stop shopping destination to feel fun, flirty and fashionable. As bikini season inches closer, trying to find that perfect swimsuit can be both challenging and exhausting. You feel as if nothing looks right or push yourself in the gym just to feel comfortable at the pool. Don’t kill yourself to fit into that bikini, find the right one that compliments who you are as a woman.

If you feel you are not swim suit ready, Target has introduced a wide selection of classy and trendy tankinis for you to choose from. From vibrant colors to bold prints, these spectacular suits are guaranteed to make you feel beautiful in the skin you are in. Scene model Heather Weaver looks ready to hit the beach in her stylish black and white striped tankini by Mossimo Supply Co. This suit is both flattering and comfortable for every shape and looks great against a variety of skin tones. Dress this look up by adding a Mossimo straw fedora, cream gold hinged bracelet and a white drop necklace, to take you from beach side to restaurant ready in less than five minutes.

9-year-old Aspen Hall is beach ready in Xhilaration’s white and navy striped suit laced with adorable pink ruffles.

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Heather is featured in this elegant bright red halter tankini from Merona. At around $40, this suit will look amazing accompanied by a pair of red Mossimo round sunglasses and a gold chunk bracelet.

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Another popular style trending this year is the use of bold colors such as bright reds, turquoise’s and fuschias. Heather is featured looking classy and feeling great in her bright red halter tankini from Merona. At around $40, this suit will look amazing accompanied by a pair of red Mossimo round sunglasses and a gold chunk bracelet. For those who wish to cover up a little more, Merona’s fuchsia one piece is the way to go which can be seen on Scene model Heather. With an Xhiliration floral scarf wrapped around the waist, this style will add a little more color pop to the ensemble and keep you feeling comfortable throughout the day. A beautiful fuschia gem bracelet and a pair of cream Mossimo square sunglasses also works well with this color scheme, as well as a fun and stylish tote

bag for all of your beach items at around $10. While swimsuit shopping may be all the rage during the summer season, you may also want to think about what you can wear over top of them that will keep you looking fashionable. Many cover up’s can sometimes be frumpy, unflattering and most of the time uncomfortable but Xhilaration has solved this problem by designing their loose fitting half sleeved top. Featured in indigo on Heather, this top is light, flattering and looks fantastic paired up with a pair of Mossimo white denim shorts and a white Mossimo bandeau swim top. Heather has accentuated this look by adding a gold chained necklace, gold hoop earrings, and a gold chunk bracelet that fits right into a nautical atmosphere. Target also has a wide selection of little girls bathing suits in bold colors that will fit any child’s personality.

From vibrant colors to bold prints, these spectacular suits are guaranteed to make you feel beautiful in the skin you are in.

9-year old Aspen is ready to hit the pool in this sporty turquoise Xhilarartion tankini with colorful beading accented on the straps and hips. At around $15, this style looks adorable with ruffles on the front and a halter neckline design.

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18-year-old Heather Weaver poses in a stylish black and white striped tankini by Mossimo Supply Co. Dress it up by adding a Mossimo straw fedora, cream gold hinged bracelet and a white drop necklace to take you from beach side to restaurant ready in less than five minutes.

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FA S H I O N For those who wish to cover up a little more, Merona’s fuchsia one piece is the way to go featured on Heather Weaver. With an Xhiliration floral scarf wrapped around the waist, this style will add a little more color pop to the ensemble and keep you feeling comfortable throughout the day.

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Heather Weaver sits next to Aspen Hall in a bright red halter tankini from Merona, featuring colorful patio pillows from Room Essentials.

From bright pinks to stylish patterns, your child is sure to find the suit of her dreams. Scene model Aspen Hall can be seen wearing a sporty turquoise Xhilarartion tankini with colorful beading accented on the straps and hips. At around $15, this style looks adorable with ruffles on the front and a halter neckline design.

If you are desiring a one piece for your child, well then look no further than Xhilaration’s white and navy striped suit featured on Aspen. Laced with adorable pink ruffle accents, this suit will give your child the mobility they need to splash around and play in the sand. Not only does Target have everything to suit your fashionista needs but a variety of patio decor and furniture can be found in their home section. From colorful pillows to majestic lanterns and more, these items are perfect to spice up your deck for the upcoming summer season.

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MAY 2013

> The 26th Annual Spring Into Art 2013

> Christian Music Day

Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts, 527 N. Patterson St. The region’s largest and most inclusive annual art show. All galleries. Runs through June 5. Ticket: $45. More information: Call (229) 247-2787; or visit www.turnercenter.org

Wild Adventures Theme Park, Old Clyattville Road. Run date: May 4. Concert featuring Christian music artists Building 429, Tenth Avenue North, and Big Daddy Weave. More information: Visit wildadventures.com

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The Dosta Playhouse, 122 N. Ashley St. Run dates: 7:30 p.m., May 9, 10, 11; 3 p.m., May 12; 7:30 p.m., May 16, 17, 18. Theatre Guild Valdosta presents this play of a college department head wanting to force a philosophy professor into retirement; he pushes the mild-mannered professor to the point of violence. Variety described the show’s mix of comedy and mystery as combining “the warmth and humor of ‘On Golden Pond’ with almost as many plot twists as ‘Deathtrap.’” More information: More information: Call (229) 24STAGE; or visit www.theatreguildvaldosta.com

> Claudia Encinas, viola presents a student recital, Whitehead Auditorium, Valdosta State University Fine Arts Building, corner of Oak and Brookwood. Run date: 3 p.m. May 5. Part of VSU Music’s regular recitals and programs. Admission: Free and open to the public.

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Wild Adventures Theme Park, Old Clyattville Road. Run date: May 18. More information: Visit wildadventures.com

> Scotty McCreery in concert Wild Adventures Theme Park, Old Clyattville Road. Run date: May 25. More information: Visit wildadventures.com

> Charlie Daniels in concert Wild Adventures Theme Park, Old Clyattville Road. Run date: June 1. Music legend returns to South Georgia. More information: Visit wildadventures.com

> Peach State Summer Theatre Sawyer Theatre, Valdosta State University Fine Arts Building, corner of Oak and Brookwood. Run dates: June 1 through July 15, with shows opening on a staggered schedule then running in rotating repertory. More information: Visit www.valdosta.edu/psst

THE SHOWS • THE SOUND OF MUSIC: Arguably Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s most loved musical. It was also their last pairing as Hammerstein died less than a year after its Broadway debut. Based on the von Trapp family, this musical premiered on Broadway in 1959 then became the classic film starring Julie Andrews in 1965. The musical includes beloved songs such as “Edelweiss,”“My Favorite Things,”“Climb Ev’ry Mountain,”“Do-Re-Mi,” and the title song. Opens June 1. • THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES: Created by Roger Bean, this off-Broadway hit takes audiences to the Springfield High School prom in the late 1950s. As the girls share their stories and prepare for the prom, they also sing ‘50s and ‘60s hits such as “Lollipop,”“Dream Lover,”“Stupid Cupid,”“Lipstick on Your Collar,”“Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me,”“It’s My Party” and 20 more classics. Opens June 15. • A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC: Inspired by Ingmar Bergman’s “Smiles of a Summer Night,” Stephen Sondheim developed this musical which takes its English name from the German of Mozart’s Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major. The musical revolves around the relationships of several couples. It’s best known song is “Send in the Clowns.”“A Little Night Music” premiered on Broadway in 1973. Opens June 22.


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Are You Being Held Hostage? BY MA R K W E B B Mark Webb is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice at South Georgia Psychiatric and Counseling Center in Valdosta. He is the author of “How To Be A Great Partner”. Read more of his articles at www.TheRelationshipSpecialist.com

14 Warning Signs of an Unhealthy Relationship

Emotional hostage takers can be your partner, your child, your parents or any person in your life. They can be hard to spot and even harder to cope with. Here are the warning signs to help you identify if you are in an emotionally unhealthy friendship or relationship:

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The person seems like they are your friend but the relationship is very draining on you. They conjure up situations that play off your sense of duty to the relationship. If the emotional hostage taker is afraid you are pulling away, or they don’t want you to do something with other friends, they will become ill, injured, or have a crisis.

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They may be a generally nice person but you have to watch what you say and do. Hostage takers can be easily upset which leaves you with a sense that you are walking on eggshells.

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They seem to have a lot of emergencies. They expect you to drop everything you are doing when they are having one of their countless crises. They may come across as helpless and in desperate need of your help but the situation doesn’t seem as bad as they are reacting.

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They have a way of making you question your perception of what’s going on around you. While the rest of the world seems to trust your judgment, this person tries to make you think you are crazy.

situation is escalating. Emotional hostage takers are masters at laying on the guilt trips. They will increase the amount of guilt until you apologize enough for their liking.

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Your feelings are trivialized but their feelings are positioned much higher in significance.

Hostage takers may hold you captive with charm, praise and attention. They will tell you things like you are the only person who truly understands them. This sounds nice but it will feel like a shackle.

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Emotional hostage takers have a way of obligating you to the friendship. They may be very sincere sounding and appreciative of your time, devotion and energy but this kindness turns sour if you don’t comply with their plans for you.

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If you let them down, they will be angry and hurt with you. You might not have done anything wrong but they have twisted it somehow and now you must profusely apologize. You might not be clear as to why you are apologizing but you know you had better apologize because the

They can flip on you in an instant and make you feel like you are ungrateful and unappreciative of all their love and their understanding.

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These people usually have a deep seated insecurity and low self-esteem that is masked with a good appearance of confidence.

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If you feel isolated from your family and friends, you may be an emotional hostage. Their need for your friendship keeps you from being available to the other people in your life.


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Points To Consider If You Are Thinking About Ending A Relationship With An Emotional Hostage Taker:

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You feel worse about yourself when you’re with this person.

The hostage takers’ needs and crises have a way of preventing you from going to social events where you can interact with others. It is easier to stay in their company than to have to deal with their negative reactions. If you do go to a social event without them, you feel like you have to omit or alter exactly what you’ve done so as not to upset them. They want to know exactly what you do and with whom. If they have disapproval, you will either feel their guilt or the sting of their anger.

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They may even entrust you by placing their well-being in your hands. The emotional hostage taker may threaten self-harm if you try to end the relationship. If they can get you to fall into this trap, this will become their go-to method of holding you captive in the future. It is crucial that you get immediate intervention through therapy for yourself and for them. If the person makes a suicide threat, then call 911. Let the experts handle this.

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Friendships/relationships shouldn’t involve patterns of intimidation, humiliation or ridicule.

The friendship doesn’t feel like a friendship. Friendships should have mutual trust and respect. They shouldn’t feel negative and draining.

Your friends and family have tried to convince you to leave. They see the problem but you still feel compelled to continue your involvement with this negative person.

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Something is wrong if you live in fear of their reactions. You’ve made a mistake or done something wrong; and have done your best to make amends for your error but the other person is still punishing you for “ruining” their life.

You have noticed a decline in your school or work performance because of this friendship.

Getting out of this kind of interaction usually requires therapy. Get professional help. If someone you love is trapped in this psychological challenge, go with them to therapy. Be supportive instead of confrontational.

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H E A LT H & B E AU T Y

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Voted South Georgia’s Best Aesthetician 2013! hen it comes to eye cosmecueticals, there are many excellent yet diverse technologies available today. First, it is important to understand the etiology of under-eye dark circles. There are six basic issues that contribute to this annoying entity: shadow, hollow, translucent skin, superficial dermal pigment, deep dermal pigment and hemosiderin, and rhytids. Prolapsed orbital fat will cast dark shadows on the inferior orbital rim. As we age we lose tissue along the inferior oribital rim that presents with a hollow area that looks dark. Also, our lower eyelid skin becomes so thin that it is translucent, allowing us to see through to the vascular dark orbicularis muscle beneath. Laser resurfacing can thicken this skin by producing more opaque collagen. Some patients with darker Fitzpatrick skin levels are more prone to harbor deep dermal pigment that can be very difficult to treat. More superficial pigments such as lentigos are more amenable to improvement with topical products. Finally, rhytids are caused by wrinkling in both the skin and the orbicularis muscle, which creates a multitude of dark shadows. Rhytids can improve with laser resurfacing, nueromodulators, skin/muscle redraping and botox.

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There is scarce quality research on topical eye products and their efficacy. However, here are four basic groups of cosmeceuticals for the skin that can be used around the eyes: • Antioxidants • Retinoids • Growth factors • Peptides and Chemical peels Many products’ package inserts state not to use them around the eyes, for example, tretinoin. However, this well known topical agent has long been a popular treatment for periocular rhytids. My personal favorites include topical antioxidants, which have abundant research to demonstrate the ability to prevent damage to the skin from oxidative stress, whether that be from light, pollution, or poor diet. I have used Vitamin C on my face and under my eyes nearly every day for the past 10 years. Only when Vitamin C is formulated with a proper acidic pH can it enter the skin, and it takes application for three to four days to reach a peak level. Twice-daily application does not speed attainment of this level, so only once per day application is necessary. One beauty of the product is that it maintains this level for three to four days after the product is stopped, so if you forget to

bring it on a weekend trip, it continues protecting the skin. Drug store formulations of vitamin C will not enter the skin due to lack of proper acidic formulation. Growth factors have shown the ability to approve some improvement. Human growth factors are controversial because of their potential ability to induce skin cancers. I believe that these have an excellent role in post-laser healing. Deep dermal pigment can be a stubborn problem. This can be due to melanin migrating downward into the deeper dermis. Hydroquinone 4% has been a standard of care for years. Chemical peels are also known to improve under-eye appearance. By the slight chemical wounding of the skin, it forces increased cellular turnover and smoothes fine lines and wrinkles on the surface. Elastin and collagen fibers are strengthened in the dermis below. Peptides are proteins that help to strengthen the elastin and collagen fibers on a daily basis. A small amount applied daily can truly help to keep the tissue strong and firm. The tissue around the eyes is the most delicate tissue of the body. By using the correct cosmeceuticals listed above on a daily basis you can greatly improve the tissue surrounding the facial eye area.


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Relish recipe of the month Penne with Asparagus, Peas, Toasted Almonds and Mint Recipe by Laraine Perri

A vegetarian pasta dinner starring tender asparagus and the heady aroma of mint. Ingredients 12 2 1 1⁄4 1 4 1 ⁄2 ⁄ ⁄ 1 ⁄2 1 ⁄3 1 4 1 4

ounces dried penne pasta tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil pounds medium asparagus, trimmed and cut diagonally into 1 1⁄2-inch pieces cup fresh shelled green peas large garlic cloves, minced teaspoon coarse salt Freshly ground black pepper cup dry white wine cup chopped fresh mint cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese cup sliced almonds, toasted

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DINING OUT

The Lighthouse Grill a delicious destination story by CAITLIN BARKER

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re you craving a thick and juicy steak, fresh handmade salad or succulent seafood? Look no further than the Lighthouse Grill Family Restaurant in Ray City as your next dinner destination. Started by Dave Linares in 2005, the Lighthouse Grill is the only place where you can kick back, relax, and enjoy some of the freshest ingredients that Ray City has to offer. Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, Dave moved to Ray City after working with the post office for nearly 20-years. He dreamed of starting his own business, one that would serve the residents of Ray City a quality product while in a fun and family oriented atmosphere. “After the post office, I wanted a place of my own,” Linares said. “We’ve gone from a

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bar that serves food to a restaurant that has a bar.” The Lighthouse Grill is beautifully decorated in a whimsical manner and has a variety of delicious items to choose from. From the fresh seafood to their flavorful steaks, this local hangout is nothing short of spectacular. Dave and Jane also have quite a few signature items present on the menu, from their hand cut to order salads, grilled to perfection steaks and juicy burgers, your mouth will begin to water as soon as you pull into the parking lot. “Our burgers are awesome and Jane has developed a great reputation for her salads and desserts,” Dave said. One of the more popular items on the menu is the Delmonico, a 14 to 16 oz. semi boneless steak grilled to a flavorful and tender perfection by Dave Linares himself.

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This delicious dish can be topped with your selection of sautéed onions, mushrooms and peppers, for a little extra flavor pop at around $2. “We try and strive to get the freshest ingredients out there,” Dave said. “I think we are one of the best restaurants.” Another local favorite is the hamburger steak, a 12 oz. helping of ground chuck, served with your choice of mushrooms, onions, gravy or green peppers that are included in the meal. A mini version of this dish is also available, averaging around 6 oz. of ground chuck for $2 less. These signature items come with a variety of sides including a house salad, cut and made to order by Jane Linares, two pieces of zesty and delicious garlic Texas Toast and your personal choice of Lighthouse’s crispy fries or loaded baked potato.


If the ocean is calling your name, try some of the Lighthouse Grill’s magnificent and tasty seafood. From the succulent crab bites with home made tartar sauce to the lemon pepper grilled shrimp, these items will make you feel right at the beach along with a cold beer and a friendly atmosphere. “We’ve been called the beacon in the night,” Jane said. “A comfort place to come and eat.” The Lighthouse Grill’s most popular seafood dish is the fried seafood platter. A mound of shrimp, clams, two catfish fillets, crab bites, and one ponga fillet, fried to a crispy golden brown and served with a side salad, Texas Toast, and your choice of fries or a baked potato. This dish is big enough for two and comes with Jane’s home made tartar and cocktail sauces. “Bringing in all of the flavors of Georgia and Florida,” Dave said. “It’s all about the customer.” If you want a lighter option for your main course, one of Jane Linares specialty salads is just what you need. Hand made to order, Jane slices each individual ingredient by hand to ensure the quality of freshness. Each salad includes the option of cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, onion and cheese. The types of salads served at the Lighthouse Grill are shrimp, chicken, steak, house and Jane’s signature chef salad. This heavenly dish is piled high with turkey, ham, cheddar cheese and mozzarella. Dressings to choose from are home made blue cheese or thousand island, French, ranch, light ranch, honey mustard, golden Italian and oil and vinegar. If you are craving one of these delicious signature salads, please give the kitchen plenty of notice. Jane spends at least 20 minutes preparing her masterpieces to ensure you have the freshest ingredients possible.

A local favorite, the Delmonico is a 14-16 oz semi boneless cut that can be ordered with sautéed mushrooms, onions or peppers.

The Hamburger Steak consists of a 12 oz ground chuck patty with your choice of mushrooms, onions, gravy or green peppers.

The Seafood Platter is served with shrimps, clams, 2 catfish fillets, crab bites and a ponga fillet. MAY 2013 | ValdostaScene

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Made to order salads, like the Chef salad pictured here, are a house speciality at the Lighthouse Grill.

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“We cut the vegetables to order, nothing is pre-cut, the lettuce is hand shred,” Jane said. “It’s going to take a little bit longer but it’s worth the wait.” At the end of your meal, make sure you save room for one of Jane’s iconic desserts that will leave your sweet tooth satisfied. “I make a brownie delight, a warm home made brownie topped with ice cream. It’s very decadent, very rich dark chocolate,” Jane said. “Also I make the C.A.S.H. (candy apple sugar high), served in a frosted beer mug.” Even though Jane’s desserts are not listed on the menu they do sell out fast, especially her famous peanut butter dream pie. “It’s the most famous one,” Jane said. “It’s yummy and delicious peanut butter cookie dough and peanut butter mousse.”

All of Jane’s sinfully sweet concoctions can be found on their Facebook page, The Lighthouse Grill, allowing Jane to be unique and create a new masterpiece without sticking to a routine. “If I make a dessert with no name, it’s gone very quickly,” Jane said. “The reason we call it a dessert with no name, is because there is no name good enough.” The food at the Lighthouse Grill is a must have if you pass through the Ray City area and if you enjoy good music, Dave and Jane encourage you to come out and listen to some wonderful live entertainment. In 2008, the Linares’ built a full deck and bar outside their restaurant with inspiration from all of the elements of Tampa. They are also in the process of building a stage to accommodate their extraordinary

musical acts, such as Jarrod Brogdon and several other performers. “In May, Joe Smothers and Shaun Hopper will be here over Memorial Day Weekend,” Dave said. So if you have some time on your hands, this is the perfect opportunity to come out and treat yourself. Indulge in some great food and enjoy a cold drink, as you listen to some great local artists. “We’re open to anything. Come and set out a tip jar, we encourage anyone to play,” Dave said. The Lighthouse Grill is open Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Wednesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. For more information about this restaurant, please visit the Lighthouse Grill Facebook page or call Dave and Jane Linares at (229) 4552188.

An outdoor performance area complete with stage, picnic tables, concessions and restrooms allow the Lighthouse Grill to host larger outdoor performances.

Crab Bites with a side of homemade tartar sauce is a popular appetizer.

Owner Dave Linares flips a burger on the grill. MAY 2013 | ValdostaScene

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H A H I R A’ S H O R S E S

Jacobs’ Ladder by QUINTEN PLUMMER

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n article detailing case studies of special needs kids achieving new life skills on a therapeutic riding ranch out in Texas brought tears to Leslie Jacobs’ eyes, because she says she knew she had found a way to be near her horses and help people at the same time. The owner of Jacobs’ Ladder Therapeutic Riding Center says she’s always had a special place in her heart for people with disabilities or challenges. That care and empathy may have come about as a result of her father losing an eye when she was two years old, says Jacobs. “He was a master craftsman – he did woodworking and construction, and was great at it,” says Jacobs. “As I grew, I saw how people treated him. People didn’t want to take the risk in contracting with him because he only had one eye. I thought it was unfair to limit people based on what you think they can and can’t do.” Out on Jacob’s family run ranch, she has witnessed children with disabilities accomplishing things they’d likely shy away from in a clinical setting, Jacobs says. She challenges her pupils with thought provoking questions and tasks, says Jacobs.

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“We see a lot of children who have speech delays, and, before you know it, they’re talking up a storm on a horse,” says Jacobs. “A lot of the time we see that happen because the focus in the clinical setting, ‘is I have to do this. I have to do that.’ Kids out here tend to relax. And all of a sudden, those words will start coming out. That isn’t always the case of course, but it happens.” Jacobs was determined that this would happen, the nurturing of kids in a nature setting as they share in her love of horses, she says. Jacobs grew up taking lessons and riding on other people’s horses, but she says she has always loved them and felt she’d have her own at some point. After Jacobs and her high school sweet heart, Glen, wed and headed off to explore the South Pacific on the military’s orders, the Orlando natives set down roots in Lowndes County as the Air Force sent her husband to Moody Air Force Base. “When he got to Moody, he was still traveling a bit but the kids and I had settled here and this became home,” says Jacobs. “Then one day my husband came home, just so tickled with himself. He said, “I have found you a horse. This was about 20 years ago, and I was very much an adult, but I had finally gotten that horse that I wanted.”

She had a full-time job at a local bank, according to Jacobs, but she was about to be whisked away in to rural Lowndes County by a herd of horses. “We had a major life change at that point,” says Jacobs. “All of a sudden, I had a horse. But we didn’t just get one horse, because the one we got was pregnant and she had a baby. And before we left the farm where we got her, we bought another horse. Then two or three weeks later, we found another horse when my husband went to buy a horse trailer. The man said we’re not using the horse. She’s a good horse. Take her if you want her.” It all happened in two months time, Jacobs says. “I was learning to be a country girl and things like what you should do when a horse gets sick,” says Jacobs. “I loved it and I kept thinking, there has got to be something else that I could do to satisfy my need to be near my horses and help someone else at the same time.” With time on her hands, she began subscribing to equestrian publications. She says her husband was supportive as the idea to start a therapeutic riding ranch emerged, so she trained through PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship).


A young cowgirl saddles up a for soothing session of horseback riding with an educational aim at Jacobs’ Ladder Therapeutic Riding Center.

Ranch Owner Leslie Jacobs leads Honey, 20, to take in some sun at Jacobs’ Ladder Therapeutic Riding Center, outside of the riding ring where kids with disabilities tackle thought-provoking objectives.

Out on Jacobs’ family run ranch, she has witnessed children with disabilities accomplishing things they’d likely shy away from in a clinical setting. The rings and pole activity is one of many missions that Leslie Jacobs sends her pupils on as they learn to better manage or overcome some of their everyday difficulties during a session at Jacobs’ Ladder Therapeutic Riding Center. MAY 2013 | ValdostaScene

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“I told myself that if I was going to get my accreditation and provide these services, and I want people to realize we’re not just a little backyard operation,” says Jacobs. “We’re part of a big membership that sets standards and regulations. They set standards that have helped us along the way.” Jacobs isn’t a therapist and she doesn’t claim to be, but the riding center has enabled her to construct a therapeutic environment and she says they sometimes work with therapists on goals for individual riders. “We try to work with the parents and teachers to find out what that child needs,” says Jacobs. “A teacher may tell me he’s been really antsy this morning and he has been having trouble paying attention. It’s really amazing how putting a child on a horse and the movement of the horse will provide that input that they need and will calm them down. And all of a sudden, they’re sitting still and paying attention.”

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The Jacobs employ horses of varying sizes to meet the needs of a wide range of riders, Jacobs says. A horse that might have worked for them two weeks ago may not be the greatest horse for them today, according to Jacobs. “Kids with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) sometimes need a calming horse that’s quiet and slower,” says Jacobs. “But sometimes that backfires and we need to put them on a faster horse to maintain their attention. We don’t want them to zone out on us, we want to reach a happy medium.” As a non-profit organization, Jacobs’ Ladder often finds simple employment for horses that have retired from other uses. “They have a bit of age, and the ideal horse is between 10-15 years old – they’ve been there and done that,” says Jacobs. “They’ve been ridden, been to shows, loaded in trailers, and experienced a little bit of life. So when they come out here and we put another little thing to the test, it’s just another little thing that they’re learning to do.”

For horses weary of their careers but still maintaining a touch of vigor, Jacobs says the riding center will take them in for a month or two trial run. Some of Jacobs’ Ladder’s participants are Olympians in training, according to Jacobs who says the center shuttles a groups of horses and athletes to the Special Olympics. But whether they go on to the Paralympics or limit their appearances to rodeo shows at the riding center, Jacobs says it’s important that her pupils have the opportunity to show off what they’ve learned and it’s good for the parents as well. “The parents get to seethings that happen in our yard displayed on a larger scale,” says Jacobs. “I think it’s good for other parents to see other families too, because we have our own little network out here. The parents will sit down here at the picnic tables. They’ll talk to each other and exchange advice while their children are riding.” This network composed of family, parents, riders and volunteers is what Jacobs had envisioned back in 1999, she says. Just as Jacob dreamed of angels climbing a ladder to heaven in the Bible, the children at Jacobs’ reach new heights when they climb onto the backs of horses. “These kids thrive and accomplish something,” says Jacobs. “It’s like being a parent of a multiplicity of children. I watch them grow and develop and we take pride in what they do, just like a parent.” Visit JacobsLadderRiding.com to find about more about Jacobs’ Ladder and to learn ways you support their effort. You may also reach Jacobs’ Ladder by phone at 229-794-1188.


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KB Horse Camp by QUINTEN PLUMMER

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egrees in nursing and animal sciences put Kim McGhee at a fork in the road after graduating Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College, but McGhee says she choose to tread the trail God had carved out for her and, 14 years ago, she launched KB Horse Camp. Her dad cautioned that while he’d support McGhee’s dreams of turning their uncultivated land into a horse ranch, she had to be sure that the ranch

“It’s time that we all start really helping each other out and being there for people whenever they’re in need.” would turn a profit. Her nursing degree had opened up a path to assured financial security and she had even received a two-year scholarship offer in the medical field, she says he reasoned. “It’s not what I wanted to do – it’s what God told me to do,” says McGhee. “If you’re using your talents for him, then you’ve got a major job on your hands. Not everyone can do the same thing. It wouldn’t be a cool world if we all had the same job and shared the same passions.”

Today, Kim’s ranch has prospered under the reigns of the cowgirl and her cowboy husband Brian. The couple offers livestock hauling, horse training, rider training, trail rides, party catering and they even offer membership to the horse camp’s rodeo team. “We teach anything from basic horsemanship skills to advanced techniques like pole bending and goat tying,” says Kim of the camp’s riding lessons. As for the horses’ curriculum, Kim says Brian breaks in the colts and she verses them in barrel. “You have to start from the ground and work them in the group pin,” says McGhee of the rowdy young colts. “Then they have to get used to a saddle and the weight of a rider. If you don’t know much about horses, it isn’t wise to do it on your own. If the horses know they can throw you, they’ll do it for life.” She’s only seen her husband bucked off of a horse one time in the over seven years they’ve known each other, she says.

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Little Savannah Dallas has found emotional respite from her early life battle with cancer through horses, so, with Kim McGhee’s assistance, she brought Oreo to cheer up Addison.

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“He just grew up around horses,” says McGhee. “He’s been riding since he was 8. He has competed at the high school and college levels and pretty much won every year. He competed in bareback riding, saddle bronco riding, team roping, calf roping, and steer wrestling every year. You name it, he did it.” While students are in the hands of two well-trained instructors, studying equestrian arts at KB Horse Camp isn’t all work and devoid of play. The organization’s party events and camping trips allow student to shore up their riding skills as well as build a closer relationship with God, because, according to McGhee, the camp is a ministry at its core.

As soon as the lead-line was removed from KB Horse Camp’s mouth, McGhee says she has steered the organization towards people in need of inspiration. Whenever the weather’s clear and the community gathers outside for a worthy cause, you will assuredly see the KB horse trailer in the lot and their cart train shuttling kids over the grounds. Roughly two years ago, McGhee took up a personal cause and has turned it into the camp’s signature event. There’s a big ole soft spot in the young cowgirl’s heart that just gushes over kids, but aches to see them struggle with cancer. Savannah Dallas, a girl whose battle with cancer broke McGhee’s

heart, began visiting the camp for fun and much needed diversion from treatments. After Dallas’ parents informed McGhee of just how prevalent childhood cancer was in our community, the camp took up arms to join in on the fight against cancer as she launched the camp’s annual “Ride for a Cause” event. Each April, kids battling or recovering from cancer star in a rodeo show. Everyone knows what pink stands for, but not nearly enough people understand that gold ribbons seek to spotlight childhood cancer, according to McGhee. “It’s time that we all start really helping each other out and being there for people whenever they’re in need,” says McGhee. “Everyday, we strive to be Jesus’ hands and feet. We want to use all of the talents that God has given us to be a blessing to others.” Right now, the horse camp’s two owners are overseeing as many programs as they can manage. Anyone who’s spent time out on the farm will likely conclude that if McGhee is anything, she’s passionate about horses and is committed to drawing others as close to God as she is. “I love horses and I feel like I’m doing exactly what God wants me to do,” say McGhee. “Whatever path God places before me, I want my feet to follow.” To learn more about KB Horse Camp and its programs, visit the organization’s website at KBHorseCamp.com. You may also contact the camp by phone at 229-7945275 or 229-539-2933. KB Horse Camp kicks off its summer camps with the first session running from June 9 through 15 and the second session is scheduled to run from July 14 through 20.

Kim McGhee embraces Emma and Addison, an angelic pair of twins who’ve faced cancer in the dawn of their lives. MAY 2013 | ValdostaScene

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Justamere Farm by QUINTEN PLUMMER

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hat started out as mere riding instruction to fund Amanda Leverett’s education evolved into a small farm for a few boarders, and eventually turned into a stable job as Justamere Farm today boards more than 20 horses in its folds. “It’s just a mere farm,” says Leverett as she calls out the components of her farm’s name. “It

sounds really elegant when you put it all together.” Just like her farm’s name, Leverett has found success in her career through the melding of simple components. Originally, I just wanted to give enough lessons to pay for my own horses,” says Leverett. “I earned my degree in public relations and was going to get a real job, but this became my real job. But honestly, this is what I said I would do from the time I was five.” She is also a licensed auctioneer, available to call auctions, and a real estate agent for United Country in Valdosta, Leverett says. “I tell people you need a house if you want a horse, so I’ll sell them a horse and a house,” says Leverett. Leverett’s love for horses began with her aunt, a rider of whom Leverett says she thought the world. Leverett took every chance she could to ride horses, no matter what breed or riding discipline, she says. Leverett’s love for horses has manifested itself today in a equine-centric facility where the young Amanda Leverett’s love for horses may sometimes lure her into regarding the cowgirl can spread her

labor she and her staff pour into Justamere Farm as fun and not quite a real job.

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passion to others, both young and old. Aside from herself, there’s one other full-time employee to help keep Justamere running and a part-timer to keep the ship afloat as well. Full-timer Nashae Mayo covers the feeding schedule, horse logistics and instructs students in the English riding style, says Leverett. Part-timer Anna Foye, a student at Valdosta State University, is the camp’s trail guide, according to Leverett who oversees lessons in Western riding style. “Nashae has a degree in sociology, but she does this full time,” says Leverett. “We obviously have a passion for it, because we went to school for real jobs and we’re still out here being barn bums. Well, this is a real job. Some days it just feels like a real job and other days it just doesn’t, but it’s always wonderful.” After assessing new students, Leverett says she separates students into either advanced or beginner’s classes. “Students start out learning the basics of horsemanship such as grooming, conditioning, saddling, bridling,” says Leverett. “And for our more advanced students, we have an instructor for them as well. And you can see, thanks to the size of our facility, we can break them up into groups.”


Justamere Farms offers 17 12x12 stalls for boarders, which Leverett says are cleaned twice a day and lined with fresh shavings at the start of each day, along with two tac rooms, a party room and a picnic area. The site also features a rarity in the region, a covered riding area. “You see it’s a nasty day today, but we’re still out here riding and working,” says Leverett. “I think we’re the only boarding barn in the south region that can offer that service. We have an outdoor riding area as well and a jump course set up.” The site itself is surrounded by trails and backwoods, which boarders may use at their leisure. There are nine paddocks on the property, separated by fences so that Leverett and

Winners share the spotlight with grace after Justamere Farm’s annual Justamere Farm Rodeo Queen Contest.

company can sort the horses out. Also outside, next to trailer parking, sits a hot walker. The hot walker is neat because, if you can’t ride your horse, you can give us a call and we’ll keep them fit,” says Leverett. “A lot of our clients are deployed, because we have a lot of military personnel that board their horses here. It’s neat because when they get home, their horses are ready to jump.” Matching Leverett’s varied, yet complimentary repertoire of skills, Justamere Farms offers a wealth of services beyond riding lessons and horse care, she says. Leverett and company also hosts birthday parties, offer trail rides and they put on shows like their monthly buckle series show and annual Justamere Farm

Students start out learning the basics of horsemanship such as grooming, conditioning, saddling and bridling...

Amanda Leverett and her staff at Justamere Farm cover a myriad of horsemanship skills and offer a bevy of horse services at Justamere Farm. MAY 2013 | ValdostaScene

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rodeo queen contest, according to Leverett. “Several area barns come together for a monthly show and everyone brings their students to compete in events like barrel racing, pole bending and goat tying,” says Leverett. “Everyone brings their lawn chairs out and we make it a Saturday. Admission is free and we have concessions available as well. The shows help promote my business along with other area horse camps. Its a great way to show what we all do.” Mayo and Foye had been leading a horse camp for kids of all ages and all levels when The Scene stopped by the site. The group was headed a few miles north of KB Horse Camp, where they assist their neighbors in helping their annual “Ride for a Cure” event to promote awareness of childhood cancer, says Leverett. It’s an amazing horse community –

we’re not the only one that does this,” says Leverett. “I may be the biggest, but we all work together. I can’t handle everything, so we’ve been kind of shuffling things back and forth between us over the last few years. A lot of my kids own their own horses. I keep a few horses here for trail rides, while some of the other horse camps keep more on hand to ride trails. Boarding is more of our niche here, and we sell a lot of family and barrel horses too.” While Justamere has carved a niche in boarding in the area, Leverett’s love for horses seems to be allencompassing. “I ride everyday, but how often do I ride them for fun,” says Leverett. “I want to go to the beach if I just want fun. I still go to barrel races over the weekend on my own, but this is what we do. I don’t know if it’s for work or for fun anymore. This is what I’d be doing even it wasn’t my job.”

Justamere’s next horse camp is scheduled for May 27 through the 31, running from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, according to Leverett. She says you can arrange half days for the little ones and early and late pickups and drop offs. Adult classes are also available, according to Leverett who says morning are usually the best times for mature students. The Justamere Farm Rodeo Queen contest kicks off in May with entrants broken down into ages 6 and under, ages 7 through 9, 10 through 12, according to Leverett. She says the Miss Justamere farms will be selected from the 13 through 19 age group. To find out more about Justamere Farms, visit the organization’s website at JustamereFarm.com or you may contact them by phone at 229-4602331.

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Downtown Farm Days has proven to be so successful that it’s back again this year, bigger than ever! The first one this year will be Saturday, May 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Historic Lowndes County Courthouse Square. The events were so successful that this year, they are going to be held every Saturday in June, and every other Saturday through the end of September. Vendors from around the South Georgia area bring their fresh produce to sell, along with plants, flowers, food items, homemade items, honey, organic meats and cheeses, and more. The Lowndes County Partnership for Health and the South Health District are partners in Farm Days and will be there on Saturdays to provide health and nutrition information. In addition, the Wholesome Waves program will allow SNAP participants to use their EBT cards to purchase fresh food from the market as a way to combat health issues and give those with a low income access to healthy food. Dozens of area farmers will be on hand selling home grown tomatoes, corn, potatoes, berries and much more. Vendors also sell home baked goods, and fresh baked foods at the events. The event began through Valdosta Main Street as a way to promote local small farmers and encourage healthy eating in the community. Dozens of area farmers are expected to participate in the events.

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229-794-8162 107 W. M ain St. • Hahira

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Hahira Hahira Insurance Agency

The Tin Bucket gifts & etc. “Come browse the Bucket”

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213 W. Main St. • Hahira

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Tues - Fri 10am-5pm Sat 10am-2pm 801794

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Collision Repair • Tires • Spray Bedliners Brian & Stacy Tomlinson - Owners 800 S. Church Street • Hahira, GA www.TomlinsonBodyShop.com (229) 794-2351• Fax: (229) 794-2800 Email: bjtbs@windstream.com 801798

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Anything Your Car Or Truck Needs We Can Take Care Of You.

Come to Hahira and check our prices for affordable custom framing...

Open M-F ~ 8a-6p and the

It’s worth the drive!

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103 North Lowndes St. Hahira, GA

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TOMLINSON BODY SHOP

Why pay high dealership prices when you can have the same quality and experience at a fraction of the cost?

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Sew Blessed Sewing & Sew Blessed Quilting 794-1025 • 201 S. Church St.

407 W Main St. • Hahira 229-794-2429 801796

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Hahira

A great place to live, work, and play! 32nd A nnual

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W H E R E W E R E YO U SC E N E ?

Wine Tasting Fundraiser at Two Friends Café photos by BRANDON POWERS

Hilary Sauls, Elizabeth Vickers, Amy Draper and Amy Swails enjoy a sampling of wines.

Front of house manager, Justin Stephens, SGMC Director of Business Development & Community Relations, Charles Roberts and Two Friends Cafe Chef, Randy DeCoudres pause for a photo during the Wine Tasting fund raiser for the March of Dimes.

Laurie Scruggs enjoys a rosé wine during the fund raiser.

Chef Randy DeCoudres enjoys a glass of wine with (left to right) Jacquelyn Dickey, Justin Cowart and Lee Dickey.

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Attendees were treated to a delicious selection of hor d’oeuvres.

Dickie Johnson picks up his glass to begin sampling wines from three distributors.


The Smithsonian Comes to Nashville!

May 18 - June 29 Visit Historic Downtown Nashville, GA View the Smithsonian Exhibit, “New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music” at the Nashville Community Center and the “Berrien Roots Music” at the Old Courthouse on the Square

Grand Opening - Saturday, May 18 • 11:00 - 4:00 Hall of Fame Fiddle Jam and Festival Concert each Sunday Afternoon - beginning at 1:00 Brown Bag Concert Series in Connies Childrens Park each Tues & Thurs. 11:00-1:00

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Exhibits open Tuesday thru Saturday 10-5 & Sunday 1-4 For group Tours call Dawn Morrison: 686-5527 For more info call Brian Shaw: 686-5123


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Business After Hours hosted by Wild Adventures photos by BRANDON POWERS

Mandy Harmon of Maurice’s and Margaret Ann Bennett from the Chamber of Commerce.

(left to right) Jennifer and Sean Strickland from ‘The IT Guy’ and Gerrell Aldrige and Taylor Lewis of New Hire Solutions.

Scott Register of Comfort Suites talks with zookeeper Rachel Manus and Oscar the Sloth.

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Valdosta Regional Airport Director and Manager Jim Galloway, along with his wife Reneé, enjoy the food provided by Wild Adventures.


Attendees of the Business After Hours were treated to rides on ‘TailSpin’ one of Wild Adventures’ newest attractions.

Barbara Fontaine, an accounts assistant at Valdosta State University, pets the rabbits in the petting zoo at Wild Adventures.

Fashion Has Never Been So Comfortable Wild Adventures’ General Manager Molly Deese welcomes the attendees to the March 26 Business After Hours.

Country Cobbler

1737 Gornto Rd. Valdosta, Ga

(229) 242-1430 Like Us on Facebook Margaret Porter holds a duckling in the petting zoo.

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VSU President Inauguration William J. McKinney, Ph.D. photos by BRANDON POWERS

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Dr. William McKinney delivers his inauguration address.

Valdosta State University First Lady Dr. Dacia Charlesworth looks on as the ROTC Color Guard present the nation’s colors during the national anthem.

Valdosta Mayor John Gayle speaks during the inauguration of Dr. McKinney.

Dr. James LaPlant, Dean of the Graduate School, introduced the speakers during the ceremony.

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Five Points Fine Wine and Spirits

HOW DO I LEARN ABOUT WINE?

That question puzzles most individuals. Some people take suggestions from other people, or assume because a wine is expensive it must be good, or buy it because the label is pretty. The best way I have found is through experimentation of different wines.

Dr. McKinney, joined by members of the platform party on stage, recites the national anthem.

To begin, I have found that if you start with sweeter wines; White Zinfandels, Rieslings, Moscatos that your progression of learning will be successful. If a wine is too sweet start trying Sauvignon Blanc and white blends. Eventually you will start enjoying Chardonnays. It is also important that the food you have with the different wines will dictate how appealing the wines are. Once you feel comfortable with white wine start venturing into reds. The easiest reds to begin with are Beaujolais and Pinot Noir. From there start trying Malbecs, Merlots and Shiraz. The upper tier of red wines is going to be Cabernets, Red Blends and Red Zinfandels. The same premise applies about food as with white wines. Here are some suggestions on how to learn about wine. 1. Knowledgeable person at your local wine/package store 2. Read and buy wines based on different publications 3. Attend wine tastings at local restaurants and charity events 4. In the spring and fall you will find a lot of wine festivals to attend if you go on line.   Remember, it is your taste buds that will dictate how good a wine is. The perfect marriage of food and wine is the ultimate aphrodisiac. For more information on selections, contact Tom Fazekas at

Faculty Marshal Dr. Tracy Woodard-Meyers leads the processional carrying the Valdosta State mace.

3015 N. Ashley St. • Valdosta , GA www.fivepointswineandspirits.com MAY 2013 | ValdostaScene

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VSU Inaugural Ball honoring William J. McKinney, Ph.D. at the VSU Student Union photos submitted by PAUL LEAVY

Blaze poses with Dr. David Laborde (CEO and Co-founder of SwiftPayMD), President McKinney and Dr. Charlesworth, Chuck Roberts (Physician Relations at South Georgia Medical Center), Baha Zeidan (CEO and Co-founder of Azalea Health), Blaze, Dr. Hitham H. Khalil, MD, Douglas Swords (CFO and Co-founder of Azalea Health), Thomas Amiot (Operations Manager, Azalea Health).

Peggy Gayle, President McKinney, Lowndes County Commissioner Demarcus Marshall, Valdosta Mayor John Gayle and Lowndes County Commissioner Joyce Evans.

Inaugural Ball guests look over the posters with photographs of President McKinney and the past presidents of Valdosta State University at the entrance to the Inaugural Ball at the VSU Student Union.

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Dancers hit the floor moving to the music played by Total Package at the Inaugural Ball.

Mike and Julie Savoie with President McKinney during the Inaugural Ball.

Dr. Doug Farwell with Valdosta State University’s Department of Music with Jerry Jennett.


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Hand Cut Steaks • Seafood • Prime Rib Best Hamburgers in South Georgia! John and Marcia McRae start the dancing for the Inaugural Ball.

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Ferrell Scruggs and Wade Coleman pose with Blaze.

Valdosta President Dr. William McKinney takes to the stage showing his drumming skills at the Inaugural Ball.

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