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Justin Hayes


KaterwerksExecutive Chef for Jones Creek Golf Club, Katerwerks Events and Hospitality, and Cork and Flame 

Number of years in position: 3

Family: Grandmother, Ellie; mother, Susan

Why I’m Passionate About What I Do: Passion is not taught; it comes from within. I’ve done my best to harness this gift and apply it to every aspect of my culinary career. With no allegiance to a particular style of cooking, my attention is captivated as long as the ingredients are sourced properly and cooked with purpose, balance, finesse and respect. I’ve harnessed my passion and honed my culinary skills while building a reputation for preparing seasonal items with innovative techniques. 

After initially studying with American Academy Award Chef Heinz Sowinski, I worked under Master Chef Marcel Biro and then pursued additional education under Chef Biro’s mentor in Germany, Master Chef Robert Rauh. After returning to Augusta, I began working with JCI Management, which operates Jones Creek Golf Club and Katerwerks Events and Hospitality. I remain dedicated to my craft and continue to enchant guests with innovative culinary creations. My team has been voted Best Caterer in Columbia County for 2016 and 2017. 

Community Groups and Charities I Love to Support: (1) SafeHomes of Augusta, which empowers our community to take a stand against domestic violence and supports victims as they transform their lives into survivors. (2) American Junior Golf Association, which is committed to providing a platform for high school students to gain exposure to college coaches on the golf course and enable them to receive college scholarships, thereby furthering their education. I`ve personally had the opportunity to work with both organizations through the support of Jones Creek and Katerwerks.

Biggest Career or Life Obstacle I’ve Overcome and How: So far…my externship to Germany. As an eager novice chef, I decided when I was 24 to jump on a plane and travel 5,000 miles away with $1,000 in my pocket to study under a master chef in Germany. I spoke very little German and quickly discovered my miscalculations regarding the ease of this transition. I had to adapt to the cultural changes around me, but always found reassurance and solace in my one true love — the kitchen. Cooking transcends cultural barriers. 

Accomplishment I’m Most Proud Of: Finding a group of people who believe in me enough to invest in what will be Columbia County’s premier restaurant, Cork and Flame, which will open soon.

What Your Childhood Self Wanted to Be When You Grew Up: Shortstop for the Atlanta Braves

Favorite Way to Spend Saturday Afternoon: Preparing the season’s finest ingredients with my colleagues in anticipation of our first guests to arrive.

Favorite TV Show: “No Reservations”

Favorite Movie: Anything by Wes Anderson

Favorite Sports Team: Go Dawgs!

Favorite Comfort Food: Oma’s Goulash

Favorite Apps: Instagram, Amazon and OpenTable 

Last Book Read: Love Is a Dog from Hell by Charles Bukowski 

Dream Vacation: I want to hike the Camino de Santiago in order to get away, enjoy a slower pace of life and to have time to think and reflect. 

Something That Has Changed My Life: Steve Jobs once said, “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else`s life.” I`ve spent the last 12 years of my life in and out of kitchens, helping with the success of other chefs. I`m finally on the cusp of building my own success, and I can’t say that it has been one event or action that has changed my life, but the guidance of my mentors along the way.

Best Thing I Ever Learned: You`re only as good as your last dish served. 

One Word You Would Use to Describe Yourself: Motivated

Favorite Hobbies: I`ll let you know when I find the time.

Secret Aspiration: James Beard Foundation Award nomination

Reality Show I Would Totally Win: “Shark Tank”

Something People Would Be Surprised to Know About Me: I have a tattoo of a 1960s children’s book — The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.

Everybody Has the Blues


Kenny-Brawner-as-Ray-CharlesAnd that’s a good thing when an Augusta native returns home to pay tribute to music legend Ray Charles

A brand new hybrid concert/theater work brings the music and story of Ray Charles to vivid life. Portraying Charles, master pianist and vocalist Kenny Brawner, a native Augustan, leads his 12-piece orchestra and three sultry vocalists (a la Raelettes) in performing the American legend’s most popular hits.

Interweaving songs, Brawner depicts how gospel, blues, jazz and country music influenced the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer’s style. He also reflects on American social history, Charles’ battle with drugs and his triumphant return home to Georgia.

Brawner plays his own distinctive style of jazz, funk, R&B and blues. John Wilson of the New York Times once described his style as “rich, romantic with bold striking figures and a strong stomping beat.” Curt Davis of the New York Post called his writing, playing and singing “strong and assertive.”

For nearly a decade, Brawner led and composed for a jazz-funk recording band called “Raw Sugar.” During that period, his funk composition, “Whups it on Me” was chosen Showstopper of the Week on WBLS in New York, and another production collaboration with Onaje Allan Gumbs achieved success as well.

If You Go:
What: “Ray Charles on My Mind” featuring Kenny Brawner
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 27
Where: Jabez S. Hardin Performing Arts Center
How Much: $47
More Info: augustaamusements.com or (706) 726-0366

For the Love of Barbecue


Steve-NunnIf you’re looking for a sweet or spicy barbecue sauce, there are “Nunn” like the ones that a Grovetown resident makes 

Any self-respecting Southerner has a heartfelt love affair with barbecue. It seems, however, that a healthy appetite for barbecue applies to transplanted Southerners by way of St. Paul, Minnesota as well.

Grovetown resident Steve Nunn, a St. Paul native and U.S. Army captain who is stationed at Fort Gordon, developed his passion for barbecue when he was 19 years old. His late uncle challenged him to a barbecue contest, and really, the outcome was inevitable. “I couldn’t let him win,” says Nunn. 

BBQ-sauce-2x3For more than 20 years, Nunn has been experimenting with flavors and seasonings to perfect his barbecue sauces and dry rubs as well as his barbecuing skills. To him, barbecuing is a form of artistry. 

“Everybody has their own ritual when it comes to barbecuing. Everybody is an artist when it comes to barbecuing,” says Nunn. “You can meet strangers and talk about it forever.”

He started his business, Nunn Family BBQ, in 2016 shortly before he was deployed to Kuwait for nine months. While he was overseas, he “took an operational pause,” but he was able to launch his website near the end of his deployment in September of 2017.

He has developed a sweet barbecue sauce, which is available online by the bottle or by the case. The low-calorie, gluten-free sauce can be used as a marinade for steak, chicken, ribs or pork. “It’s a great dipping sauce,” says Nunn. “You can even put it on a salad.” He also is slated to roll out a new spicy sauce by the end of March. 

Nunn Family BBQBarbecue is a passion that must be shared with others, he believes, and he’s not alone in his thinking. “Everybody wants to taste each other’s sauce,” says Nunn. “When you barbecue, it brings out your personality. The sauce is my way of sharing something I love and enjoy.”

For more information, call (706) 814-1233 or visit nunnfamilybbq.com.

Down to the River — The War & Treaty

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The-War-&-TreatyMichael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Blount are a dynamic duo that captures a soul-punch of grit with a pure Gospel-holler of melodies and natural funk rhythms to invite all who enjoy life’s trials and triumphs to rally, heal and celebrate.

Trotter found his calling on the battlefields of Iraq where music became the release of burden. His powerful voice served as a release to his fellow soldiers who labored through the loneliness and suffering of extended missions of war.

After serving our country, he found a kindred voice and soulmate in Blount (internationally acclaimed recording artist best known for her performance in the movie Sister Act 2 singing “His Eye Is on the Sparrow”). She possessed the companion piece to his passion, birthing the instant legendary duo, The War & Treaty. Now married, they have created an intimate, vintage blues explosion of soul-folk-gospel that is as sweet as apple pie with a smoky BBQ pit of flavor. 

Their debut release, Down to the River, is a raw tap into what will be an expansive catalog of experiential and relatable heart and soul. Every track is laden with expressive soul-fire vocals and shoe-stomping rhythm. No matter the venue, The War & Treaty will fill it with pure and ferocious fire.

–Chris Rucker

On the Fast Track


exterior-museum-sideThe county is going to town with a trio of construction projects at The Plaza at Evans Towne Center.

Columbia County officials have long had a dream of creating a thriving downtown center in the heart of Evans. With three construction projects in various stages of completion underway at The Plaza at Evans Towne Center, a public-private venture between Columbia County and Meybohm Development Group, that vision is coming into focus.

lobby-1Construction on the county’s new performing arts center, which will anchor The Plaza at Evans Towne Center, got underway in early March. The project is expected to take 18 months to complete. 

At a groundbreaking ceremony in February, Ron Cross, chairman of the county Board of Commissioners, called the project a dream come true that will “benefit Columbia County citizens for years to come.” 

The facility will include seating for about 2,100 people, a main floor, two balcony areas with box seats, a concessions area and an orchestra pit that has the capacity to be lowered below the floor to accommodate extra seating. 

theater-seats“We’re looking forward to the first Broadway play or musical we can have for the citizens,” Cross says.

The $31 million-plus project was approved by voters as part of the 2017 general obligation bond in the November 2016 general election. It is being financed by the GO bond and SPLOST monies remaining from completed projects.

“We’re excited that the county has started the performing arts center,” says Lionel Prather, senior vice president of commercial development for Meybohm Commercial Properties.

The other projects include the first phase of The Plaza at Evans Towne Center, a walkable multi-use area, and a raised sidewalk that will connect The Plaza with Evans Towne Center Park. The $1 million sidewalk project, which includes brick pavers, trees, plants and crosswalks, is being funded by the 2017 GO bond and TSPLOST funds. These projects are expected to be completed in late May. 

theater-stageThe first phase of The Plaza features a four-story, L-shaped building that will include the Meybohm headquarters; retail, professional and restaurant space; and a rooftop terrace that can accommodate 300 people for special events. The project also features greenspace, streetscape and sidewalks. Professional tenants are expected to include cyber and software companies, local businesses that are looking for a Columbia County presence and restaurant concepts that are new to the area. 

“We are in talks with two companies now that would take up almost all the professional space that Meybohm doesn’t occupy,” says Prather.

Your Pie, a fast-casual craft pizza and beer restaurant, is expected to open in the development this summer. Preliminary plans also are underway for the second building, which will be built behind the first building and face The Plaza. The square, three story building will house retail space on the first floor and professional space on the second and third floors. 

Upon completion, the entire 22-acre site will include six buildings covering 150,000 square feet. The development will offer 60,000 square feet of professional space and almost 75,000 square feet of office space. 

“We are completing the county’s vision of a downtown area,” Prather says. “It’s going to enhance the whole area.”

Game of Privilege by Dr. Lane Demas

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Lit-Loop--April-2018From George F. Grant’s invention of the golf tee in 1899 to the dominance of superstar Tiger Woods in the 1990s, Game of Privilege: An African American History of Golf by Dr. Lane Demas challenges stereotypes and the fundamental story of race and golf in American culture.

This groundbreaking history of African Americans and golf explores race, class and public space in golf course development; stories of black golfers during the age of segregation; legal battles to integrate public golf courses and the little-known history of the United Golfers Association, a black golf tour that operated from 1925 to 1975.

Demas charts how African Americans nationwide organized social campaigns, filed lawsuits and went to jail to desegregate courses. He also provides dramatic stories of golfers who confronted wider segregation in their local communities.

Demas is the winner of the 2018 Herbert Warren Wind Book Award, which recognizes and honors outstanding contributions to golf literature.

“I’m proud of the fact that this book provides a narrative and historical content that’s accessible to everyone, especially the everyday golf fan,” says Demas. “It’s very humbling to receive this prestigious award and be recognized by a premier organization such as the USGA.”

The Wilmington Star News says, “The story [Demas] has to tell is enthralling. . . . Reminds us that golf can be serious business—and that it’s much more than a game.”

Dinner of Champions

Sergio Garcia, José Andrés and Luis Figo

Sergio Garcia, José Andrés and Luis Figo

Even if you can’t get tickets to the Masters Tournament in April, you can get tickets to Taste of the Master Chefs on Friday, April 6 — while they last, that is. That’s where you can experience award-winning cuisine and rub elbows with captains of industry, athletics and entertainment.

The fundraising event was started last year by Laurie Merrill, CEO of Taste of the Master Chefs, and Wayne Kostroski, Taste of the NFL founder and 2010 James Beard Humanitarian of the Year.

“There are a lot of elite private corporate events during Masters Week,” says Merrill. “We wanted to create an evening event for local people, corporate and elite celebrities, amazing chefs and professional athletes to come together at one venue.” 

Taste of the Master Chefs will feature cuisine prepared by 15 to 18 James Beard Award-winning chefs from around the country, along with live musical entertainment. Like last year, José Andrés, one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” and 2011 James Beard Foundation Outstanding Chef, will serve as chef chair for the event. The party is designed to raise funds and awareness for hunger relief, and all proceeds will benefit food programs at Salvation Army of Augusta.

“It’s a phenomenal team effort involving a vast group of people who believe in the same cause,” Merrill says. “It’s a great vehicle for all of the people who are coming to the Masters to enjoy the beauty of the Masters and the beauty of Augusta in the spring. We also want local people to be there and enjoy it. It’s a one-of-a-kind event that has just enough exclusivity to it.” 

A limited number of tickets are available. Athletes who attended last year’s event include Sergio Garcia, who went on to win the 2017 Masters, and Real Madrid soccer legend Luis Figo.

“Come and enjoy the amazing party,” says Merrill. “There isn’t anything else you’ll do all year long in Augusta that will come close to Taste of the Master Chefs.”

If You Go:

What: Taste of the Master Chefs

 When: 7 p.m. 10 p.m. Friday, April 6; VIP reception begins at 6 p.m.

Where: West Lake Country Club 

How Much: $175 –general admission; $275 VIP 

More Info: tasteofthemasterchefs.com

Walk in the Park

Construction of a raised sidewalk between Evans Towne Center Park and The Plaza temporarily will close a portion of Evans Town Center Boulevard.

Construction of a raised sidewalk between Evans Towne Center Park and The Plaza temporarily will close a portion of Evans Town Center Boulevard.

Changing traffic patterns due to new construction are a familiar site in Columbia County, and a pedestrian sidewalk that is under construction to connect Evans Town Center Park to The Plaza at Evans Towne Center temporarily will close a portion of Evans Towne Center Boulevard.

The road is expected be closed from Ronald Reagan Drive to the rear entrance of the Kroger Shopping Center until construction, which began in October, is complete on May 29.

 According to county officials, construction crews are working on a traffic calming area to include sidewalks, crosswalks and parking for areas around The Plaza and Evans Towne Center Park. Pedestrian traffic is expected to increase when The Plaza, a walkable, multi-use downtown area in the heart of Columbia County, opens this spring. 

The connecting sidewalk will be raised 6 inches above street level, similar to a neighborhood speed bump. The $1 million project, which is being funded by 2017 general obligation bond and TSPLOST monies, will include brick pavers, trees, plants, crosswalks and sidewalks. 

The roadway project is designed to improve traffic safety and pedestrian access between The Plaza and Evans Towne Center Park. In addition, the streetscape element of the project will provide a cohesive and pleasant walking environment to encourage pedestrian activity between the two facilities.

Wine & Dine


1.-main-photoPremium wines fused with culinary samplings highlight the annual Lake Oconee Food & Wine Festival.

Any day is a good day to enjoy good food and fine wine. For three days in March, however, connoisseurs can enjoy both at the ninth annual Lake Oconee Food & Wine Festival.

The festival will feature more than 200 out-of-this-world wines from vintners across the planet as well as international liquors. Highlighting the region’s most creative chefs and culinary talent, the event will feature an eclectic mix of performers and visual artists as well. 

In addition to tastings, other activities include a silent auction, the Linger Longer Launch Party, Brew and Que cook-off, What’s the Right Glass? class, Jazz Brunch, a Masserati Ride & Drive and, of course, the Grand Tasting. 

New events this year include the Go Wild! Game and Beer Dinner and Festival Cigar Lounge (no tickets required for this event). Festivalgoers can pick and choose the activities they would like to attend. 

2.-Wine-Fest-TentWhat to Do
At the launch party, wine, beer and specialty cocktails will be available while people dance the night away to the music of country singer and Lake Oconee native Eric Dodd. The launch party tickets also include admission to the game and beer dinner, where guests can enjoy a five-course dinner featuring wild game selections paired with craft beer by Sierra Nevada.

If you have ever wondered which glass to use for which wine, wonder no more. Matt Garafalo of Oconee Cellars in Greensboro and Riedel Ambassadors will give a live demonstration on the effects that the shape of a wine glass has on each varietal.

In addition, they will explain how stemware delivers the bouquet, taste, balance and finish of a wine. Attendees will be able to sample wines from the Wagner family, the owners of Caymus Vineyard, and wines from Silver Oaks, the featured vintner at this year’s festival. Tickets also include a set of four Riedel Veritas wine glasses.

As the centerpiece of the festival, the lakeside Grand Tasting will feature food from local and regional chefs paired with wines from around the world as well as local brews and spirits. A silent auction will offer items such as destination vacations, gourmet dinners and sporting packages. Thomas Arvid will demonstrate live painting at the Grand Tasting.

Who to See
To ensure that no one goes hungry at the Food & Wine Festival, the featured chefs will offer a wide variety of offerings at the Brew & Que and the Grand Tasting.

At the Brew & Que, festivalgoers can enjoy the talents of Griffin Buffkin of Southern Soul Barbecue on St. Simons Island, Alex Davidson of Georgia Butts BBQ on Lake Oconee, Eric Thomas, pitmaster of The Rolling Grill in Atlanta and Eric Wisham of Wisham Kellies in Tifton.

The Grand Tasting will feature the culinary craftsmanship of an additional slate of chefs. The lineup includes Reva Alexander of Merci Beaucoup Cakes, Teri Blevins of Lil’ Bit of Heaven Cupcakes, Corrado Corrias of Da Corrado Ristorante in Greensboro, Scott Debernardo of The Pine Food & Drink in Athens, Joy and James Kuper of Sweet Kneads Bakery and Café in Eatonton, the Last Resort Grill in Athens, Edward Mendoza of Cucina 503 in Augusta and Derin Moore, executive chef at Reynolds Lake Oconee

3.-DessertIf You Go: 

What: Lake Oconee Food & Wine Festival

 When: Friday, March 23 – Sunday, March 25

Where: Ritz-Carlton Reynolds Lake Oconee, Greensboro, Georgia

How Much: Tickets for various events range from $75 to $200 

More Info: occoneefoodandwine.com

By Todd Beck

Photos courtesy of Lake Oconee Food & Wine Festival

Ruins — First Aid Kit

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first-aid-kit-knod-to-rocks-past-2When Johanna and Klara Söderberg, aka First Aid Kit, hit the map as YouTube laptop sensations four years ago with their unique covers of Americana music, little did they know it would lead to a Monte Rosa of commercial success and never-ending touring overnight. The Swedish sisters found themselves with three critically acclaimed albums with uphill sustaining expectations barreling down like a mandolin meteor.

Taking the good, bad and exhausted from a whirlwind of success and personal trials, they fueled the creative tank for their fourth full-length record appropriately titled Ruins. The simple, familial harmonious blend is as deep as the roots they share, which lends to sunbeams of lush acoustic arrangements and steel-pedal twangs of gold.

Ruins takes the distinctive braid of vocal honey and vintage tunage to a classic level of Americana nectar via Swiss-made crafted goodness. Ruins is the perfect gateway into warmer weather. 

- Chris Rucker

Tricks and Tributes


Liverpool-LegendsFrom Fido to the Fab Four, upcoming shows at the Jabez will be jumping with entertainment. 

Dogs and Beatles will appeal to your animal instincts by headlining the performances at the Jabez S. Hardin Performing Arts Center this month. 

Olate Dogs, the season 7 winners of “America’s Got Talent,” will perform Friday, March 9 while Liverpool Legends will bring “The Complete Beatles Experience” to the stage Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24. 

Led by Richard Olate and his son, Nicholas, the Olate Dogs are a high-energy theatrical act filled with pet tricks. Most of the dogs are rescue dogs, and they often perform at halftime of NBA games. Richard, a third-generation circus performer who grew up in a poor family in South America, has been in the spotlight since he was 12 years old. Through hard work and struggle, he made it to America at age 33. His dream to have his own dog variety show finally came true, and he has four completely different dog acts. Tickets are $29.50 for adults and $19.50 for children under age 15. 

Liverpool Legends features four musicians and actors who were hand-picked by Louise Harrison, sister of the late George Harrison of The Beatles. Her involvement makes Liverpool Legends the only Beatles tribute band with a direct family link to the original Fab Four.

“Each member of the group is so close to the originals that I often feel like I’m transported back in time with the lads,” she says. “These are exactly the kind of fun-loving, quality musicians that my brother, George, would have loved to hang out with.”

Liverpool Legends, which has toured worldwide and performed at many historic Beatles-related venues, sings songs spanning the entire career of The Beatles as well as songs from their solo years. Tickets are $45. 

All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. A limited number of meet and greet tickets also are available for the shows. For more information, visit augustaamusements.com or call (706) 726-0366.

Time Capsule


Time CapsuleSometimes there are better ways to step back in time than by looking through history books. An up-close and personal look at artifacts from bygone days can offer a peek at the past as well, and history buffs will get a chance to do just that at a “show and tell” program in Harlem. 

Through newly archived historical documents, an upcoming program will give a glimpse of life in Harlem at the turn of the 20th century. Featuring bank records and other documents from the early 1900s that were discovered last year, the event will give local residents a chance to discover what life was like in Columbia County around the turn of the 20th century.

The program, sponsored by the Harlem Arts Council, will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22 at the new Harlem Library. It should last about an hour, and will include a presentation by Nancy Glaser, executive director of the Augusta Museum of History, a panel discussion and a question-and-answer session.

Glaser has helped organize and preserve the documents. Panel members include Phil Turner, a Harlem resident and historian; Bobby Culpepper, former mayor and a Realtor at DeFoor Realty; county Commissioner Bill Morris and Judy McAlhany, an Augusta University archivist.

Memorabilia include bank records, legal documents, fire insurance tables, handwritten Harlem Telephone Company records, merchandise receipts from Harlem’s old W.E. Hatchers & Sons dry goods store and a book from the 1920s of Georgia World War I dead that was found in pristine condition. Many of the records are from the Bank of Harlem, which was established in 1905 and became the Bank of Columbia County in 1910. The records were discovered in February of 2017 in the building where the Bank of Columbia County was located in the early 20th century.

“The documents included more than bank records because it seems other institutions such as the legal system deposited items there,” says Turner. “It was the only fireproof place in the county. The records paint a solid and informative picture of what Harlem was like 100 years ago.” 

An electrician uncovered the documents at 225 North Louisville Street during renovations to the one-time bank building to become a DeFoor Realty office. The records had been stored in boxes in an attic, which had been concealed by a drop ceiling, above the bank vault in the building.

Some of the items already have been cleaned, organized and archived while others are still in “raw condition,” says Turner. He says the city hopes to receive a grant to continue the archiving efforts.

Some of the documents will be kept in the new library, he says, while others will be moved to a central location, probably in Appling.

Force of Nature by Jane Harper

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Force-of-Nature-by-Jane-Harper-Five women go on a hike. Only four return. Jane Harper, the New York Times bestselling author of The Dry, asks: How well do you really know the people you work with

When five colleagues are forced to go on a corporate retreat in the wilderness, they reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking down the muddy path.

But one of the women doesn’t come out of the woods. And each of her companions tells a slightly different story about what happened.

Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing hiker. In an investigation that takes him deep into isolated forest, Falk discovers secrets lurking in the mountains, and a tangled web of personal and professional friendship, suspicion and betrayal among the hikers. But did that lead to murder?

Force of Nature bristles with wit; it crackles with suspense; it radiates atmosphere,” says A.J. Finn, author of The Woman in the Window.

“A compelling read,” says Kirkus Reviews. “Harper’s crackerjack plotting propels the story and layers it with hidden depths.”

Riot of Color


Riot of ColorAnd the 2018 Color of the Year is . . . . well, it depends on who you ask. While different color experts and paint companies each choose their own Color of the Year, they agree that it’s time to color outside the lines with vibrant hues.

The Pantone Color Institute, the expert on all things color, has named Ultra Violet as its Color of the Year. Historically, there has been a mystical or spiritual quality attached to Ultra Violet. Enigmatic purples have long been symbolic of counterculture, unconventionality and artistic brilliance. 

“We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination. It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level,” says Leatrice Eiseman, Pantone’s executive director. 

Sherwin Williams has named Oceanside as its Color of the Year. The rich shade of blue, coupled with jewel-toned green, evokes a multitude of moods and associations.

Oceanside’s marine-inspired look can create a welcoming statement, and it makes a lively color for a front door. The green-meets-blue tone can boost creative thinking and clarity of thought in a home office or invite meditation and introspection in a bedroom or reading nook. Because of its timeless association with nature, the color pairs well with other blues as well as corals and copper metallic tones. 

Benjamin Moore has selected Caliente, a vibrant, charismatic shade of red, as its Color of the Year. Caliente can make a bold statement in lush carpeting or as a backdrop in a book-lined library. The color can make a powerful first impression on a glossy front door as well.

“Strong, radiant and full of energy, Caliente is total confidence,” says Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore director of strategic design intelligence. “It is pleasing, passionate and makes people feel special, like red-carpet treatment. It goes well with whites, neutrals and complementary bold hues.” 

According to Glidden by PPG, it’s time to go back to the basics with the most forgotten neutral of all – black. Glidden has named Deep Onyx, a no-fuss shade of black, as its Color of the Year.

“Using a black paint color like Deep Onyx on your walls or in your décor may feel intimidating at first, but it’s actually one of the easiest colors to use to create the low-key, easygoing style that’s trending for 2018,” says Misty Yeomans, PPG color marketing manager. “Black can be overlooked as a neutral color, but it works well as an accent wall or as an alternative to white paint on doors, trim and cabinets. It complements primary reds and blues, earthy browns and greens, whites, yellows and pinks with coral or peach tones.”

However, those who prefer more subdued tones can keep up with the latest trends as well. Behr has announced that its first ever Color of the Year is In The Moment, a soothing mix of blue, gray and green. Versatile and neutral, this shade offers a serene backdrop to spaces where people go to unwind and recharge.

“In The Moment speaks to our society’s desire to disconnect and be present,” says Erika Woelfel, Behr vice president of color and creative services. “Spruce blue, soft gray and lush green coalesce into a fresh shade that evokes a sense of sanctuary and relaxation amid our always-on lives. It pairs well with other subdued colors to create harmony for interiors or exteriors.”

Déjà Vu

Déjà Vu

Photos courtesy of Donna Zapata and GSGA

A Columbia County native is the repeat winner of the Georgia State Golf Association Men’s Player of the Year award. 

For Chris Waters, 2018 is starting out as a sequel to last year. Waters will be honored this month at Cherokee Town Club in Atlanta as the 2017 Georgia State Golf Association Men’s Player of the Year. He also won the award in 2016.

“The list of people who have won the award multiple times is pretty short, and it’s an honor to be on that list,” says Waters. 

ChrisWaters2Since 1983-84, he is the fourth person to win the Men’s Player of the Year award at least twice. The winner is determined by a point system based on participation and finishes in GSGA and United States Golf Association events throughout the year. With his steady play, he landed atop the points list at the end of the year to capture the honors.

“I didn’t have any wins, but I had a lot of consistency and high finishes,” says Waters, whose mother Donna Zapata of Evans frequently caddies for him.

His stellar showings began in the Georgia Four-Ball Championship at the Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta in April. After a five-hole playoff, Waters, 30, and his partner, Billy Mitchell of Roswell, finished in second place. He notched two more top 10 finishes – T9 in the Georgia Amateur Championship at West Lake Country Club in July and sixth place in the Georgia Public Links Championship at Southern Hills Golf Club in Hawkinsville in September. He also made it to the match play round of the U.S. Amateur Championship, which trims the field from 312 competitors to the low 64 players after two days of stroke play, at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California in August.

Waters-Trophy“The U.S. Amateur is the biggest tournament I’ll ever play in,” Waters says. “It’s one of my favorites because it’s hard to get there.”

He first took up the sport during his Greenbrier High School years, playing the game with his stepfather. Waters, who lives in Atlanta now and works as an assistant controller for Rubicon Global, is happy to keep his amateur status. 

“I like the competition, and I always like striving to get better,” he says. “I think there’s a difference between playing golf for fun and playing for a living.”