Monthly Archives: August 2015

Doozy of a Dozen


Kicking off the 2015-16 season with a performance by legendary trumpeter Doc Severinsen, Augusta Amusements brings 12 talented acts to Columbia County

Doozy of a DozenAugusta Amusements has a knack for bringing talented entertainers to the area, and this season its lineup of 12 performances will offer showmanship at its finest. While some acts such as the Annie Moses Band and the Glenn Miller Orchestra will make encore performances, others will bring local concertgoers exciting new entertainment.

Doc Severinsen and His Big Band will kick off the 2015-16 season on Saturday, September 12. Tickets are $67.

The Grammy-winning bandleader on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” was as well known for his flamboyant fashion and his quick wit as he was for his trumpet. And he has been sharing his talents with appreciative audiences ever since. Within a week of the late-night show’s final telecast in May of 1992, Severinsen was on the road with his big band.

In addition to touring regularly with his band during his 60-year career, Severinsen performs with symphony orchestras all across the country. He has made more than 30 albums in genres ranging from big band to jazz-fusion to classical. The Very Best of Doc Severinsen reprises 15 of his signature pieces. He received a Grammy for “Best Jazz Instrumental Performance – Big Band” for his recording of Doc Severinsen and The Tonight Show Band-Volume I.

Other performances this season include The Broadway Boys, The Stranger – Billy Joel Tribute Experience, Collin Raye, Live from Nashville, Johnny Peers & Muttville Comix, Band on the Run – The McCartney Years, Evening in the Round, Henry Gross and futurist Adam Trent.

All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Jabez S. Hardin Performing Arts Center in Evans. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call (706) 726-0366. Season tickets are available as well.

Hops to It


Annual Augusta Beerfest Jekyll BrewingState and regional brew masters will showcase their talents at the second annual Augusta Beerfest

Break out your beer steins because it’s time once again to celebrate Augusta’s growing beer craft culture. The second annual Augusta Beerfest will be held at the Bell Auditorium Saturday, August 15. More than 100 beers, crafted by brew masters and brewers from all across the state and region, will be available for tasting. Tickets include a souvenir tasting cup and all the beer you can sample.

The event is open to people age 21 and older. If you get hungry, local food trucks will provide food for purchase. If you’re a connoisseur or even just a lover of the lager, VIP tickets also are being offered. This package includes exclusive beers, paired hors d’oeuvres, a VIP area on the Bell Auditorium stage, a T-shirt and one-hour early access to whichever session you choose.

Participating breweries include Sam Adams, Jekyll, Eagle Creek, Three Taverns, 21st Amendment, Highland Brewing, Anderson Valley, Founders Brewing, Victory, Great Divide, Bells and Dogfish Head.

– Caitlin Conger


Pub Fiction

Pub Fiction Book Club

The new book club’s opening selection for the August 10 dinner discussion will be New York Times bestseller The Martian by Andy Weir, which follows the adventures of astronaut Mark Watney during a mission to Mars.

Check out Columbia County Library’s new book club at Pizza Central in Evans

Columbia County Library has a new recipe for the phrase, “cook the books.” Beginning August 10 the library will start a book club called Pub Fiction, which will meet at Pizza Central in Evans from 7-9 p.m. the second Monday of each month.

“We’ve had suggestions from patrons to do more to appeal to young professionals who aren’t available during normal library hours,” says Natalie Gibson, the library reference manager. “This book club will be a relaxed meet-up where people can eat some pizza, have a drink and talk about books that the group will choose.”

The first book selection will be New York Times bestseller The Martian by Andy Weir. The book follows the adventures of astronaut Mark Watney during a mission to Mars. Six days after he becomes one of the first people to walk on the planet, a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew members, who think Mark is dead, to evacuate.

Stranded and completely alone, Mark has no way to signal Earth that he is alive, and even if he could, his supplies would run out before a rescue team could arrive. Drawing on his engineering skills and his refusal to give up, Mark faces one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after another.

“It has mass appeal,” Gibson says of the book, “and the movie version will be released in October.”

Library staff members will serve as hosts for the book club. Reservations are recommended, but not required. People can reserve their spots at They can purchase the book or place a hold on a copy with their library card. For more information, visit or call (706) 863-1946.

California Dreaming


California Dreaming Tyler MooreA former Evans High School baseball star is selected by the San Diego Padres in the 29th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Evans native Tyler Moore burned up the base paths during his three-year baseball career at the University of South Carolina-Aiken. Now he is on a path to pursue his lifelong dream of playing in the major leagues. The San Diego Padres drafted him in the 29th round of the 2015 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft in June.

“Once I got drafted, everything started going really fast,” says Moore, who was the 867th overall pick.

Two days after he was drafted, he flew to Arizona to play Rookie League baseball through September 1. He says he didn’t care which team drafted him, but the Padres showed the most interest in him. “They called me a lot, and I had two workouts with them,” he says.

The 5-foot-8-inch Moore, who calls his arm and his speed his greatest strengths, played in the outfield for the Pacers. However, he says the Padres want to put him at second base.

“I’ll try my best to play second base. I played that position on a few travel teams when I was growing up, and I played shortstop in high school,” he says.

Moore played baseball and basketball at Evans High School. In his senior year, he was the baseball team MVP and won the basketball team’s award for the best defensive player. His classmates also selected him as Most Athletic and Homecoming King.

At USC-Aiken, Moore started 41 games as a junior and had a .362 batting average. He had 16 stolen bases, the second-highest number on the team, and four outfield assists. He also drove in 32 runs, scored 48 times and tallied 10 extra-base hits. In his sophomore season, he hit a school-record 10 triples while batting .377. He led the team with 24 steals and posted 84 hits in 52 games. As a freshman, he batted .384, had nine multi-hit games and stole 13 bases.

Moore was the second Pacer picked in the draft this season after four were selected a year ago. He is grateful for the chance to play on the next level.

“It means a lot to be able to pursue my dream and play professional ball. Some people don’t get the opportunity to play after college,” he says.

Pure passion — bowled over by a passion vine

Southern Hospitality

As Mother Teresa used to say, ““Give, but give until it hurts.” I discovered what that means when, just the other day, I pulled a passion vine root out of the ground to give to my sister, Cathy, who wanted to plant it in her own yard. She was standing nearby when I trudged through my English cutting garden, through the god-awful red mulch (dang our H.O.A.), to the beautiful vine in question.

I searched through the tender, new growth and found a baby root coming up from the trunk of the mother plant. Aha! Oh yeah, baby! This is going to be simple, I thought.

Upon closer inspection, however, the baby was connected to a very thick root. I can do this, I thought. I knelt down, careful my knees didn’t touch the razor-like mulch. I took a couple of deep breaths. Then, using all my strength, which isn’t insignificant, I pullllllled on that sucker like there was no tomorrow. For reasons I’ll never understand, the imposing root, which resembled a small stick and seemed quite attached, popped off easily and immediately.

The sheer centrifugal force knocked me backward, slamming my body down hard against Mother Earth. I’m sure it looked like something you’d see on America’s Funniest Home Videos. I’m still surprised that I didn’t do a backward somersault.

“Oh, no! What can I do?” Cathy asked, trying hard not to laugh.

“Well, for starters, you could help get me up OUTTA HERE!” I said, sprawled flat out in the flowerbed. But in order for her to help me, I had to try to meet her half way. Either that, or a gurney would be needed.

I carefully rubbed my hands together to brush off the mulch, a million tiny potential splinters just dying to stick in me. Then I managed to get myself into a squatting frog position. Cathy tugged, but I fell backward, laughing. I made it up on the second try, and we rallied excitedly with our prized twig. (Was it just my imagination, or did she in fact search my hand for the plant before searching my body for injuries?)

The next day Russ and I went to church, then brunch, then Walmart whereupon my sweet hubby bought me the kind of gift that warms a gardening gal’s heart: a 125-foot, heavy duty, no tangle garden hose. I’d rather have that than jewelry, honey — in the summertime, that is, when I’m actively gardening. In the winter, I’d prefer a Caribbean cruise and a nice piece of jewelry before debarkation.

We came home and Russ hooked up my hose, which I used to water all my new plants — a Japanese fatsia, ginger lilies and Mexican petunias from Cathy’s yard. Next I went to the grocery store, came home and cooked dinner. All was well.

But about 7:30 that night, an inexplicable, mysterious pain came over me that intensified with each breath — a crippling burning in my chest, under my arms, my ribs and back. It was excruciating. Since I’m a former medical transcriptionist, I know how doctors rate pain: 1–10. Mine was 100!

Twenty-four hours later, I’m on the mend, but not unscathed. You see, I had to tell Russ what happened, which bruised my ego, but at least he didn’t get to see it. The pills that the doc gave me resulted in a 16-hour deep sleep. I’m still sore, but thankfully I didn’t break any bones. Perhaps passion vine is adequately named, because my passion for gardening is still here. In fact, you could say I’m bowled over by it.

– Ann Ipock
Author of Life is Short, But It’s Wide; Life is Short, So Read This Fast; and Life is Short, I wish I Was Taller

East Georgia Fence & Construction

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We provide specialty options such as privacy slats and shade cloth, which are often used to provide privacy on chain link fence.

We also offer installation of guardrails. Used most commonly at commercial locations such as entrances to neighborhood bridges, churches, roadways etc.

Our Access Control division offers all types of gate operators for residential and commerical use that can be used at your home or business. The gate operators can be installed on chain link or ornamental gates.

And now we are happy to announce our staining division that specializes in oil-based and water acryllic based stains for wood fences.

Phone number: (706) 220-0854


MANER Builders Supply Co.

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  • A hollow metal commercial door & frame shop – creating any custom work you need.
  • A certified Engineer/Lumber Designer.
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  • Millwork & Design Specialist.
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With over 60 years of experience, we have the Professionals, the Products and the Service to meet your project needs.



Contact Darrell French 706-533-4119

Apple, Cranberry & Lemon Pepper Chicken Salad


Apple, Cranberry & Lemon Pepper Chicken Salad1 garlic clove, minced
2 teaspoons lemon pepper seasoning
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 tablespoon olive oil
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 apple
Dried cranberries
Lemon wedges for garnish

Make a marinade by combining the first seven ingredients. Coat chicken and marinate in refrigerator for at least 2 hours. Place olive oil in a skillet. Remove chicken and cook in skillet over medium high heat 3-4 minutes a side or until cooked through and juices run clear. Let cool and refrigerate until ready to serve. Before serving, slice chicken and apple. Serve on a bed of lettuce with dried cranberries and garnish with lemon wedges. Makes 2 servings.