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Merry and Bright Ideas

In The Home
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Photography by Haley Lamb

Do you need a boost to your holiday décor? Check out the creativity at Augusta Ballet’s annual holiday home tour.

Every family has its Christmas traditions, and those customs typically include holiday décor. Whether people prefer the latest decorations or favorite family heirlooms, however, everyone can use a new decorating tip from time to time. And the Augusta Ballet Holiday Tour of Homes is full of ideas. 

This year the fifth annual Holiday Tour of Homes, which benefits Augusta Ballet, will showcase homes in Summerville. The event will be held 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, December 8 and Saturday, December 9 and 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday, December 10. Tickets will cost $20 and be available online at augustaballet.org until Friday, December 1. After that date, they will be available for $25 online and at the door. Tickets also will be available at some interior designers’ locations. However, the event not only offers the latest in Christmas décor. 

“The home tour gets a lot of people aware of the ballet,” says Larry Baratto, Augusta Ballet executive director. “It lets people know who we are and what we do. This is another way of working with the community, and Augusta has a thriving arts community.” 

Burlap, Bouquets and Ballerinas
Last year’s tour featured four homes in River Island. Three homeowners decorated their own houses, and local interior designers showcased their talents at the home of Stan Stanton.

Fleur de Lis designers set the tone for the home by decorating the mailbox with greenery and red berries. More greenery surrounded the front door, and lanterns hung from the garage.

In the foyer, where Brooks Haven Floral & Flowers designed the décor, a wreath with a gold bow and red and gold balls, hung on the mirror. A small bouquet of flowers peaked out of a small red package on the chest, and a pair of topiary reindeer dressed in a green wreath with a gold bow looked as if they were ready to fly to the rooftop. A narrow tree with gold balls and ribbons guarded the front doors, and greenery adorned with more gold ribbon and red and gold balls topped the doorways.

Dining-Room-TabletopBallet symbols were found in various parts of the house, including the dining room that was decorated by Brittany Wallace Interiors. In one corner of the room, a tall black soldier’s hat was perched atop a mannequin torso clad in a red tutu and red epaulettes with gold fringe.

“Every year Brittany Wallace does the ballerina,” says Jan Hodges Burke of the Augusta Ballet board of trustees.

White, fur-trimmed ballet slippers were tied to the china cabinet with red ribbon, and a white flocked tree decorated with red balls and red ribbon occupied a corner of the room. Topped with a white tablecloth and a red table runner and round red placemats, red and white was the color scheme for the table setting as well. Red goblets sat in the middle of white plates, and the centerpiece featured white pillar candles atop tall red candlesticks.

Royal Stewart tartan plaid throws were draped on the two head Chippendale chairs. Eye for Design added a red lacquer finish and painted fabric seats, which offer a pearlescent look, to the two chairs. The local interior design shop employs veterans to paint, wax or custom finish “rescued furniture” and décor.

Snowflakes that were handmade by Augusta Training Shop employees hung from the chandelier, which was decorated with greenery, ornaments and strand of clear beads.

The hardwood flooring in the house continued into the kitchen, which featured granite countertops with a leathered finish and a brick backsplash, and Cynthia C. Balentine Interiors added lots of greenery to the room. Greenery was tucked into fruit bowls on the counter, and two small, live trees with white lights reached for the ceiling from stockpots on the island.

Breakfast-AreaA rustic manger scene on a side cabinet featured handmade papier mache figures that were wrapped in wool.

Vince Smith of Indigo Floral Studio trimmed the breakfast area with red and lime green décor. A centerpiece of red roses with shimmering lime green balls situated in greenery sat atop the wood planked tabletop. Red plates topped with lime green napkins were wrapped with red and green ribbon that was tied in a bow. Wreaths hung from the windows by ribbon, and greenery with a red and green bow adorned the chandelier.

Greenery and burlap made up the décor by Home for the Holidays in the butler’s pantry. A trio of wreaths with snowflakes and burlap bows hung on cabinet doors, and wooden boxes filled with pinecones, greenery and burlap twists were arranged on the countertop. Greenery was tucked into the wine racks as Hallway-Treewell.

The Sound of Music
Home for the Holidays also decorated the back hallway and study. In the hallway, brown paper packages tied up with string sat beneath a tall Christmas tree trimmed with burlap ribbon, ribbons made of sheet music and homemade snowflakes. A handmade snowflake even served as a tutu for a ballerina ornament. Swag on the staircase railing included greenery interwoven with burlap, gold berries, balls and lights.

A pair of reindeer and a red lantern sat on one end of the kidney-shaped desk in the study, where a tree was decorated with red and brown burlap ribbon and poinsettias. Ornaments included burlap boots with fur trim, owls, antlers, pinecones and red and burlap balls. A reindeer head poked out of the burlap tree topper.

Pinecones on red ribbon dangled from greenery on the shutters and from a framed map on the wall behind the desk.

Family-Room-TreeIn the family room, which featured a coffered ceiling, LMT Designs trimmed a Christmas tree with red and gold ribbon and ornaments that range from elegant gold leaves and branches to whimsical Disney characters and red berries. The mantel was covered with magnolia leaves, gold ribbon and red silk flowers. A self-playing grand piano filled the home with Christmas music.

Even the laundry room, designed by Kim Landrum Designs, was awash with Christmas spirit in a scene straight out of the North Pole. Looking as if he had made a clean break from his toy-making duties, an elf poked out of a sudsy bed of snow in the washing machine. A clear bowl, filled with peppermints and a silver scoop, sat on a bed of greenery on top of the dryer. Three red-striped ‘Santa Baby” sleepers hung on a rod while a pair of elf boots sat on the countertop.

Santa’s freshly laundered red suit was laid across a plaid chest on the tile floor, and oversized mugs of hot chocolate filled with artificial marshmallows and candy canes sat on a tray on another countertop.

Green wreaths with red berries hung by red ribbons from hooks in the adjoining mudroom where three stuffed bears, along with a stuffed Santa and a Christmas pillow, lined a built-in bench.

All Snug in Their Beds
Christmas was celebrated in the bedrooms in the home as well. The master bedroom, which was designed by Martina’s Flowers and Gifts, featured an outdoorsy theme. A Christmas tree by the window included burlap ribbon, giant mushroom cluster ornaments, red beaded balls and gold balls. While a pair of owls and twigs topped the tree, small burlap trees surrounded the base. Birdhouses were set on a bedside table and at the end of the four-poster bed, and bright red cardinals were perched on the tables as well.

A grapevine wreath with red berries and cardinals hung on a wall, and a box on the upholstered bench at the foot of the bed was filled with pinecones and red berries.

The theme spilled into the master bath, which also was decorated by Martina’s. An arrangement on the vanity was filled with greenery, sticks, red berries and cardinals, and swag on the walls featured red bows and burlap poinsettias.

Continuing the natural décor, another bedroom, decorated by Peacock Hill, included stuffed bears and a wreath with pinecones above the bed. One bedside table included a Santa and a small lighted tree, and the other featured reindeer, greenery and pinecones. A needlepoint pillow on the bed said, “Like Friends, It’s the Old Ornaments That Mean the Most.”

In a basement bedroom, S.E.E. (Stage + Embellish Enterprise) placed a white tree on a bed of turquoise fabric on a white dresser. Bright pink, purple and turquoise ornaments dangled from the branches, while pink and purple nutcrackers stood at attention on the dresser. A trio of acrylic and collage canvases depicting ballerinas by Lillie Morris Fine Art hung on the walls, while four golden turtledoves nestled beneath a gold tree decorated with angel wings, gold leaves and gold branches in a corner of the room. A pair of golden ballet slippers sat on a glass-topped table.

Back-Porch-2Brooks Haven Floral provided the décor, where burgundy and gold dominated the color scheme, for a second basement bedroom. A tree was trimmed with red and green ribbon, gold ornaments and red berries. Two small cone-shaped trees stood at the base of the Christmas tree in front of a picture of jolly old St. Nick on the wall. A wreath hung on the wall above the bed while another wreath was tied to the footboard with gold ribbon. Gold busts of the three wise men were nestled in greenery on the TV cabinet.

Another tree in the basement by the billiards room, also decorated by Brooks Haven Floral, featured gold balls and red and gold ribbon. The red and gold ribbon, along with leopard-print ribbon, formed the bow at the top of the tree. More leopard-print ribbon was intertwined with greenery in the light fixture above the pool table, where the pool cues were tied together with red and gold ribbon.

The theater room had a touch of Christmas spirit as well. Brooks Haven Floral topped the coffee table with a white flocked tree trimmed with turquoise ribbon, plaid ribbon and bows, and white twigs. For a finishing touch, even a wooden sled was tied with a turquoise bow.

By Betsy Gilliland

Join the Club

Sports
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Photos courtesy of the Augusta Gaelic Sports Club

Local hurling and Gaelic football players try to ignite interest in the Irish sports 

The people of Ireland have a gift for storytelling. Even though their history is filled with strife, the Irish always seem to bring the tales they weave to a glorious conclusion. I’m not Irish, though, and it wasn’t too long ago that my saga linked to the Emerald Isle had no happy ending in sight.

The story began in 2004 when I visited Ireland for the first time and fell in love with its music, history, culture, and especially its sports. Yes, they play soccer, rugby, and basketball there. But those are foreign sports, and all of them fail to capture the essence of what it means to be Irish. 

For that, we have to look back more than 3,000 years to when the Celts introduced warrior training practices to the green fields of their homeland. They used flat, curved wooden sticks to propel a stuffed, leather ball toward a goal, fighting off opponents along the way. “Hurling,” they called it. And it hasn’t changed much over the millennia. Warriors in every corner of Ireland still play, simply for the pride of their home parish. 

_Main-Hurling-game-3Growing in Number and Skill
When I was in Ireland, a stadium in Dublin full of 80,000 exuberant fans woke me from a sporting slumber. I bought a stick, or “hurley,” and brought it home, hoping I could find some way to be part of what I had just witnessed.

Like it always does, life got in the way. Two jobs, rent, car repairs, and before I knew it, years had passed with nothing to show for it. It took the death of a close friend to remind me that we aren’t guaranteed time to accomplish our goals.

Within four months, I was learning hurling from an Irish coach in Atlanta. Months later I was teaching three friends everything I had learned. From there, the Augusta Hurling Club was born.

We invited friends and family, but not having enough for our own full team, we played with the Atlanta club every chance we got. We grew in number and skill. We were doing the unimaginable, something that blew the mind of every Irish person I spoke to: Developing a club of American-born hurlers in a small Southern town.

Six years ago, we aimed to introduce hurling to more people. They came, and we were glad to have them. Since that time, the sports have taken off across the country. In the Southeast alone, the number of clubs has grown from five in 2011 to 20 today.

To attract soccer and rugby players, we began playing hurling’s sister sport, Gaelic football, in 2012. We even changed our name to Augusta Gaelic Sports Club to reflect that we included both of Ireland’s national pastimes. Those changes paid dividends as well.

Group-PhotoResurrected Dream
Like every good story, though, complications must arise to create drama. As time pressed on, many of our members drifted to other pursuits. Some found jobs and moved away. Some got married, or joined the military. By spring of 2014, weekly practices had dwindled to a twosome. After months of futile effort reminding everyone we knew about these awesome sports, we decided to pack it in. The dream was over.

For two years I didn’t touch a hurley. The bags of equipment I bought for others to try, all sat in the dark corner of a closet I never opened. I returned to a familiar old pastime – playing pickup basketball with a couple of former Club members, Appling residents Chuck and Will Renfro, on Tuesdays.

Hurling eventually came up during between-game conversations. They missed it, they told me. I did too, but there was no sense in disturbing that ghost. Then another Appling resident, Nathan Montgomery, overheard us.

“Now, what sport is that?” he asked.

_Main-Hurling-game-5We explained it the best we could: “Kind of like a cross between field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, and rugby, but like nothing you’ve ever seen.”

I showed him some videos on my phone, then dusted off my hurleys and brought them the next week. To our surprise, Nathan was excited to give it a try. Still skeptical, I scheduled a trial event to gauge interest in restarting the club. We planned to meet on a September Sunday afternoon last year at Patriots Park. Then the floodgates opened.

The first was a Navy man, Erik McTaggart, who had played hurling at Purdue University. He had just completed his training and been stationed at Fort Gordon. He was praying that our club was still functioning. Then came a sergeant in the Army, Sean Fox, who had seen hurling and Gaelic football in Ireland and wanted to play.

Next was Thomson resident Kim Jenkins. While living in Seattle, she had played both sports after being introduced to them during Irish Week. She was ecstatic to again have a place to play. Then came Lee Doby, a lacrosse coach from Grovetown, looking to connect to his Celtic heritage. He was followed by USC-Aiken professor, Eric Carlson, who had played in the early days of the Milwaukee Hurling Club, now the largest club outside of Ireland.

Football-2Competition and Fellowship
One by one, the messages came through email and social media. Our past members wanted to give it a go once more, and people new to the area or new to the sports were eager to try. As we continued to play, the new folks brought their friends, who brought their friends.

“I literally couldn’t stop thinking about how I wanted to play more,” Montgomery remembers. “Kris let me borrow a hurl, and I would just hit the ball from one end of my yard to the other, over and over again.”

In the year that has passed, we held our own tournament and are doing so again on Saturday, November 4. We participated in tournaments in Atlanta and Charleston and helped two former members who had moved to Athens start a club of their own. We even got a club sponsor, Cornerstone Granite Company, allowing us to order authentic Gaelic jerseys.

At recent practices, we’ve had between 15 and 20 participants. But we’re still growing and spreading the word. In fact, despite how far we’ve come in such a short time, we still have a long way to go. Our story isn’t over yet. But with testimonials from people like Montgomery, who has dragged his entire circle of family and friends to the park to join us, we are sure the games will catch on to an even larger audience.

“I love the sport and the character of the guys and girls who play it here in Augusta,” he says. “Even though it can be a physical sport, American hurlers have this incredible respect for each other on and off the field.”

While our members love to play, once the competition is over, the fellowship afterward is what many anticipate most.

“Practice and food,” Jenkins says, listing the two club events she looks forward to most. “I love the camaraderie. The team is very welcoming to all skill levels and is very inclusive.”

Football-1Come One, Come All
We haven’t even considered that there’s any other way to be. For other sports, there may be a tryout, or organizers may only gather people they know are talented enough to help the team win. We are on the other end of that spectrum; we don’t discriminate. We accept everyone, from the person who has never played any sport in his life, to the Irishman who grew up with a hurl in one hand and a Gaelic football in the other.

We take pride in teaching new folks how to play. We play hard while on the field, and we shake hands after the final whistle. Then we share a meal and drink together while weaving our own tales of the battle that just ended. 

If this sounds like a story to which you want to contribute, don’t hesitate. Joining us is easy, and we will welcome you with open arms. Anyone can reach us at facebook.com/AugustaGaelicSportsClub, at twitter.com/AugustaGaelic, or at augustahurling@gmail.com.

By Kristopher Wells

Dogs on Deployment

Community Groups in Action

AMI-Dogs-on-Deployment-5When members of the military are deployed overseas, they need to make arrangements about a number of issues before they leave. One worry they shouldn’t have, however, is care for their pets while they are gone. 

Dogs on Deployment, a national nonprofit organization, provides an online network for service members to find volunteers who are willing to board their pets during their deployment. In addition to helping military personnel find volunteer boarders, the organization provides them with peace of mind during their service commitments and resources to help them.

To promote responsible pet ownership, Dogs on Deployment helps military members cover the cost of pet care during emergencies before and during deployment. The nonprofit provides military members with resources about responsible pet ownership and connects with community organizations to ensure that Dogs on Deployment resources are available to military families. The organization also offers financial assistance to get military pets spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. 

Dogs-on-Deployment-1“Dogs on Deployment can relieve stress for soldiers by making sure their pets are taken care of while they serve our country,” says Phil Alexander, CallingPost founder. “It’s a great way for folks with a heart for animals to support our military personnel.” 

Dogs on Deployment was founded in 2011 when a dual service couple, Alisa and Shawn Johnson, received simultaneous military orders. When they realized that no one could care for their dog, they decided to start an organization that would connect military members with volunteers who are willing to board their pets during service commitments. 

According to the organization, volunteer foster homes are available in all 50 states and military members should be able to find a boarder within 50 miles of the base where they are stationed. As of early 2016, almost 900 military pets have been placed in foster care, and more than $200,000 has been awarded to military families in need.

Dogs on Deployment sponsors directly affect military members and their pets by improving morale, stability and overall livelihood. For more information, visit dogsondeployment.org.

Ghoul Power

In The Home
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Photography by Haley Lamb

There’s no disguising a lifelong love of Halloween – or a weakness for witches – in this West Lake home.

Ever since she was a little girl, West Lake resident Debbie Clark has loved Halloween. 

“I grew up in a small town, and Halloween was a lot of fun,” she says. “We always had a big party at our school.”

The party has continued into adulthood for Debbie, and her family and friends have joined in the fun along the way. Every year Debbie decorates her home, where she and husband Lee have lived since 2003, with Halloween decorations that she has accumulated for 30 years.

Surrounded by witches and pumpkins and candy corn every October, Lee has no choice but to love the holiday. And Debbie can decorate with no double, double toil and trouble because Lee has one job to perform each year.

“He brings all the stuff down from the attic and puts it back up in the attic,” says Debbie.

Side-Porch-1Witches, Ghosts and Pumpkins
Evidence that the Clark residence is a happening Halloween house is apparent before anyone even steps foot inside. Two pumpkins sit on the brick front porch, where a quartet of witches could hold a convention on four black rocking chairs. One pumpkin rests beside a witch while the other sits next to a trio of black cats. Six white columns stand in a row along the porch, but one of them is the true marker that Halloween has arrived at the Clark house. The column is the landing spot for a gray-haired, black-clad, pointy purple-hatted, broom-riding witch that has crashed into it.

“I have had the witch for the longest time,” says Debbie. “That was my daughter’s favorite decoration for Halloween. She’s now 31, but I still put it up.”

Healthy ferns – that look as if they have been fed a magic potion to help them grow – spill out of the sides of two black planters, which could double as cauldrons for a witch’s brew. 

Across the threshold through the front door, even the pumpkins dress up for Halloween. At the foot of the stairs, two pumpkins clad in wedding attire greet guests. The “bride” wears a white veil and a white boa while her well-dressed “groom” sports a black top hat and black bowtie. Spider “rings” dangle from each of their hands. Debbie put the bride and groom pumpkins together for a fall wedding shower for a friend’s daughter, and they fit in perfectly with her décor. The faceless couple are typical of the pumpkins – not jack-o’-lanterns – around the house. “I can sew a costume, but I can’t carve a pumpkin,” Debbie says. 

Dining-Room-Table-CengterpieceIn the dining room, the table features an orange polka-dotted table runner underneath a shorter runner with spider webs on either end. A pair of black, oversized witch’s shoes filled with burlap, gourds and pine cones serves as the centerpiece.

“I found the shoes several years ago. I fell in love with them. I thought, ‘They have to go home with me,’” Debbie says. “I just thought they were cute and fun. I fill them with something different every year.”

There are signs of Halloween throughout the house – literally – as well. A cloth banner on the back of a dining room chair says, “Come fly with me.” On the dining room table, a small sign reads, “Hanging with my Ghoul Friends.”

 Debbie really takes those words to heart. Every October she has a Halloween costume party for the women in her neighborhood bunko group.

On a small chest, ghost and witch candles keep a close eye on all of the Halloween happenings around the house. The candles are nestled in gobs of candy corn that fill clear candleholders of all sizes. Showing her practical side, Debbie saves the candy corn from one year to the next.

On the opposite side of the room, a three-tiered stand is covered with Halloween petit fours. Round orange pumpkin petit fours are mixed together with square cakes with white icing that are decorated with ghosts or pumpkins. 

“All of this is an accumulation of things,” says Debbie. “Most of my friends know I love Halloween, so a lot of this stuff has been given to me through the years.”

Den-Witch-&-PlanterWords to Live By
A collection of witches can be found throughout the house – Debbie has a thing for witches –  and her favorite decoration is a papier mache witch stationed by the fireplace in the den. A jack-o’-lantern planter filled with spider mums sits next to the witch, which is dressed in green from her pointy hat to her pointy shoes.

Witch legs clad in silver-and-black-striped stockings and red heels poke out of two black cauldrons on the mantel, and an orange grapevine wreath, topped with a purple witch’s hat, occupy the center of the mantel. A cluster of black or white painted pumpkins, decorated with polka dots or stripes, is grouped in front of the wreath. 

The den features hardwood flooring and built-in bookcases on either side of the fireplace. Using a bit of Halloween sorcery, Debbie wrapped orange netting around a stand that she topped with a witch hat and placed on the bookcase. “I thought the stand was kind of ugly, so I just wrapped it to make it look a little better,” she says.

Gold pumpkins line the top of a secretary, and a Department 56 Halloween village is set up on the writing area of the secretary. Another witch, which was given to Debbie by a friend, dangles from the ceiling fan chain. Small orange, black and white painted pumpkins, also adorned with stripes and polka dots, fill a big bowl on the round glass coffee table in the den.

In the adjoining kitchen, which features granite countertops and hardwood flooring, a two-tiered stand on the counter is full of gourds. Orange pumpkins are scattered around the kitchen as well, and two wine bottles clad in witch and ghost costumes stand sentry on a side counter.

Of course, since Debbie has her practical side, the kitchen isn’t as decorated as the rest of the house. “I can’t work around all my decorations,” says Debbie, who likes to cook.

A pumpkin filled with spider mums bring a touch of the holiday to the deck off of the den. On the side porch, a pumpkin, a witch hat and a sign that says, “Come On In My Pretties” add to the Halloween décor. The doormat reveals Halloween words to live by – “Eat, Drink and Be Scary.” 

Side-Porch-2Tastefully Tacky 
The Clarks have lived in the area since 1979, and Debbie thought it would be fun to decorate for Halloween after they bought their first house. She starts decorating for Halloween at the end of September, and it takes her a couple of days to finish the décor. Of course, those boxes of Halloween goodies that Lee brings down from the attic are carefully labeled and stored. (He’s better than waving a magic wand.)

And one of Debbie’s favorite thing about her Halloween décor is that it doesn’t have to be expensive. She gets a lot of her decorations from discount stores, and Fat Man’s was one of her favorite haunts back in the day.

“I’m always on the lookout for things,” she says. “I started with it because it can actually be tacky, and it’s OK. It doesn’t have to be perfect.

While Debbie celebrates the holiday all month long, the festivities come to a thrilling, chilling finish on Halloween night with a neighborhood block party on their cul-de-sac. “We set up tables and wear costumes, and we have lots of trick-or-treaters,” says Debbie. “It’s so much fun.”

By Betsy Gilliland

Pat Goodwin CEO, CSRA Wine Festival Inc.

People

CEO, CSRA Wine Festival Inc.Number of years in position: 12

Family: Daughter and two grandchildren

Why I’m Passionate About What I Do: We chose to reside in Columbia County, relocating back to Georgia from Birmingham, Alabama. I became involved in the area as I attended Leadership Augusta, Class of 2001. I learned a lot about our entire community, and I’ve met some wonderful people living here. A friend, who knew I enjoy food and wine, shared details about a culinary event held at Hilton Head Island. I attended the event and was convinced that we needed to have a food and wine event here. I felt that if I could create an event it would accomplish two things.

First, the event could raise funds and give back to a nonprofit organization or entity. Second, it could bring diverse people together for a common cause. That was my focus as I began developing the wine festival event in a volunteer role. As the event has grown, this has allowed us to provide funds to the Culinary Endowment Scholarship at Augusta Technical College. Looking forward, I want to see the event grow and have more educational components. I also want to invite local top chefs to be a part of this process.

Community Groups and Charities I Love to Support: It’s important we contribute to making our communities better. Through the CSRA Wine Festival, we have given back to the American Cancer Society, CSRA Humane Society, the arts and primarily, the Culinary Endowment at Augusta Technical College. We added Easter Seals to the event this year, and we’re happy to help this wonderful group to continue and support its mission.

Both causes help support individuals who are productive and are a contributing component to the economic impact in our area. If you haven’t toured the Easter Seals facility, make a call and do so. If you haven’t observed or attended an event at Augusta Technical College conducted by the culinary class, you are missing out on a wonderful treat.

I also have been a volunteer on Leadership Augusta and Leadership Columbia County, assisting the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce in developing its first leadership program. I am passionate about economic development, and I was honored to serve on the Development Authority of Columbia County as chair of the Columbia County Convention and Visitors Bureau for several terms. I also have served the Augusta Chamber of Commerce, volunteering with the Red Carpet Tour, and as chair of the Capital Campaign Planning Committee and as chair of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta. Currently, I am serving as secretary of the Columbia County Chamber and as a member of the Government Affairs Committee.

Biggest Career or Life Obstacle I’ve Overcome and How: It’s always a challenge to be able to change and adapt at any given time, and to stay calm and think through the what if’s. With the wine festival, I shared the concept with a local distributor, who laughed and told me I would never be able to make it happen. We both laugh about it now. I admit, I doubted myself at first. But as I did my research, I found that there were many obstacles and old laws on the books in Georgia. As a project manager, this helped pave the way to communicating with people and learning what I could and couldn’t do legally

Accomplishment I’m Most Proud Of: Always learning from each life experience and involving others. I previously worked at Southern Company for 29 years and at the Medical College of Georgia for 13 years, and I’m thankful I have been allowed to hire employees that have great potential and watch them grow. Today, I am appreciative of helping mentor younger leaders to become more involved and to give back to their communities.

What Your Childhood Self Wanted to Be When You Grew Up: An airline stewardess

Favorite Way to Spend Saturday Afternoon: I have worked as a Realtor at Blanchard & Calhoun Real Estate Company for four years, and I love conducting open houses and meeting people.

Favorite TV Show: I’m a Food Network and HGTV junkie.

Favorite Movie:Sleepless in Seattle

Favorite Sports Team: Atlanta Falcons – whether they win or lose

Favorite Comfort Food: Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Favorite App: Intuit Quickbooks Mobile for my iPhone

Last Book Read:The Go-Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann

Dream Vacation: I would love to go on a California wine tour. It’s just an experience I’ve always wanted to do, so I’m adding it to my bucket list.

Something That Has Changed My Life: My faith, children and best friend.

Best Thing I Ever Learned: Have faith in people and in yourself. There are strengths and positives in each person, and you need to know them first to help guide and mentor them where they can be successful. In other words, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.”

One Word You Would Use to Describe Yourself: Persistent

Favorite Hobbies: Traveling

Secret Aspiration: To become a food writer or critic in my spare time

Reality Show I Would Totally Win: “Wheel of Fortune” 

Something People Would Be Surprised to Know About Me: I knew nothing about planning a wine festival, and before I started doing that, I only knew there were two types of wine – red or white.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Light the Night

Community Groups in Action

LighttheNightAugustaWalk252A cancer diagnosis for an individual or a loved one can be one of a person’s darkest hours. With Light the Night, however, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society brings hope to those who are battling blood cancers.

This year, the area Light the Night will be held Saturday, October 21 at Evans Towne Center Park. Registration begins at 5 p.m., and the walk begins at 7:30 p.m. The event will conclude with a fireworks display about 8:30 p.m.

“It will be more of an event now than an actual walk,” says Marci Miller, Light the Night campaign manager for the local Leukemia & Lymphoma Society chapter. “We will have a variety of family friendly activities. During part of the ceremony, we will have a survivors’ circle where survivors come to a certain spot and a light will shine through the middle of the group to make it more of an experience.”

Lanterns of different colors will be distributed to participants as well. Survivors will receive white lanterns; supporters will carry red lanterns; those who have lost someone to cancer will have gold lanterns. 

“The different colors of lanterns lit up really provide a dramatic perspective on just how widespread cancer is as well as how it can be overcome as a result of the great research that organizations like the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society make possible,” says Phil Alexander, CallingPost founder.

LighttheNightAugustaWalk235Currently, 75 teams have registered for the event, and the fundraising goal is $280,000. Proceeds from the event go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

“We are a national organization with a local presence,” Miller says. “Our chapter provides co-pay assistance for local residents and education for people when they initially are diagnosed.”

The mission of LLS is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma and to improve quality of life for patients and their families. Because there are no means of prevention or early screening for most blood cancers, the LLS research agenda focuses on finding cures.

For more information, visit lightthenight.org.

Care More Animal Hospital

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Care More Animal Hospital is a full-service, AAHA accredited veterinary medical facility, located in Martinez, GA. The professional and courteous staff at Care More Animal Hospital seeks to provide the best possible medical, surgical and dental care for their highly-valued patients. We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and health-related educational opportunities for our clients.

Care More Animal Hospital strives to offer excellence in veterinary care to Augusta, GA and the surrounding areas.

Please take a moment to contact us today, to learn more about our veterinary practice and to find out more information about how Care More Animal Hospital can serve the needs of you and your cherished pet.

4016 Old Blackstone Camp Rd
Martinez, GA 30907
Phone: (706) 650-1839

Or visit our website at caremoreanimalhospital.vetstreet.com

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Orthopedic Associates of Augusta, P.A.

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Since 1969, our practice has provided quality, comprehensive orthopaedic care in the CSRA. Our physicians are board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, and are available to provide general orthopaedic care as well as specialty care, including hand and upper extremity surgery, sports medicine rehabilitation, arthroscopic surgery, foot and ankle surgery, and treatment of spinal disorders. Our total joint replacement program is second to none, and includes the newest minimally invasive procedure for hip replacement. For the convenience of our patients, we have locations both in Augusta and in Evans, as well as an orthopaedic surgery center that provides a comfortable and caring atmosphere for most out-patient surgical procedures. Please dial (706) 823-3812 to schedule an appointment at either location.

University Professional Center
811 13th Street, Suite 20 | Augusta, GA 30901
(706) 722-3401

Evans Town Park
2511 Associates Way | Evans, GA 30809
(706) 854-2140

VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT www.oaapa.com

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Dr. Reginald Pilcher

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Dr. Pilcher, along with board-certified nurse practitioners Pamela Pilcher, CPNP, Alicia Murdock, CPNP, and Anna Beth Brooks, CFNP, provides complete and compas- sionate quality care from infancy to 21 years of age. Dr. Pilcher offers comprehensive services which include general pediatrics, wellness care, immunizations, hospital care, along with evaluation and treatment of certain learning dis- orders. Dr. Pilcher is board- certified in pediatrics and adolescent medicine and has been practicing for 29 years. He and his staff strive to provide a pediatric home, and his patients are considered family.

3652 J. Dewey Gray Circle • Augusta, GA • 30909
(706) 854-9416

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Pediatric Partners of Augusta

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HEALTH CARE AS EASY AS PIE!
Pediatric Partners of Augusta is the largest private practice group of Board Certified Pediatricians and Board Certified Pediatric Sub Specialists in the CSRA. Our goal is to partner with parents in helping their children to grow into healthy and happy young adults.

We have two office locations to better serve our patients, one in downtown Augusta and one in Evans.  Our Evans office also has our After Hours Clinic, which is open 365 days a year  for your convenience and is always staffed by one of our Board Certified Pediatricians.

Our Sub Specialists include Pediatric Allergy, Pediatric Cardiology and Pediatric Neurology, all of whom have on site diagnostic testing for your convenience.  Often we are able to schedule referrals to our specialists within 48 hours, and urgent referrals are seen that same day.

DOWNTOWN AUGUSTA
1303 d’Antignac Street • Suite 2600
Augusta, GA 30909
706.854.2500

EVANS OFFICE
411 Town Park Blvd
Evans, GA 30809
706.854.2500

 

Visit our patient portal at www.portal.pedpartners.com

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