What’s Coming Up in the South

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, we once again have time to pack our social calendars with events that don’t center on cranberries and turkey. Here are a few hand-picked
happenings coming up this week in the South for young professionals, families and kids.

November 29
Girls on the Run “Night in Tuscany” Fundraiser, 5:30-7:30 P.M.

Enjoy a Tuscan-themed silent auction with live music and catering by Corleone’s Tratoria. The event will benefit Girls on the Run, a character development program for girls that utilizes the power of running to provide pre-teen girls the tools to celebrate their bodies, honor their voices, and recognize their unique gift.

Southern Pines Courtyard, 616 E. 35th Street, Savannah GA
Tickets are $25

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CASA’s Savannah Dancing With The Stars 2012

Image by Ivan Feign

Event coverage by Shena And The Fashion Rehabber

Dancing With The Savannah Stars at the Lucas Theater had all the glitz and glamour you would expect…and more! All of the dancers showed that 10 weeks of preparation pays off.
The moves were spectacular but the WOW factor was at an all time high. The event benefits CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) program and Executive Director, Zadonna Slay does a tremendous job of getting all of the Stars together for this event! This year’s co-host Kenya Cabini of E93 radio was a contestant last year. The premise is like the television show a ‘Star’ partners with a ‘Professional Dancer’ to achieve one perfect dancing routine.

Everyone came to have a great time while raising money for the a very worthwhile cause. The Hosts and Hostesses entertained between dancers with light-hearted banter with and to each other. The dancers worked very hard to receive a good score from the judges who let them know early that didn’t give anything away; they had to earn it.

SHENA And The Fashion Rehabber got the behind the scenes tidbits that the audience didn’t see. At the reception at 45 Bistro I couldn’t take my eyes off of Jo Beth Hinley Fuller’s shoes. Not only did her aspiring fashion designer son Troy Allen pick them out, But her Dancer’s garb was created by Project Runway All-Star Fashion Designer April Johnston. How’s that for star-studded. Heather Burge of Blue Belle Boutique also outfitted one of the dancers.

A highlight moment happened as event Co-Host and WTOC reporter Don Logana wore an enormous live snake on stage at the end of Lori Judge’s routine! A nod to the ever- popular Aug/Sept South Magazine issue cover that featured realtor Lori Judge.

Our own breakdown of the Dancers:

Jamie Ertle, WTOC-TV – Her lobby pre-show was spectacular. Both Jamie and her dancing partner had personality to spare. Fun, Fun, Fun!

Cassady Lance, WJCL-TV – This month’s South Magazine cover model looked like a goddess and danced away with the Viewer’s Choice Award. Outstanding!

Meredith Ley, WSAV-TV – Don’t let this petite beauty fool you, she’s got a lot of spunk and not afraid to show it on stage. Tremendous!

Jo Beth Fuller, USA Cargo – A woman who knows how to work it on and off stage…in skinny extra-high stilettos. Fantastic!

Lori Judge, Judge Realty – Welcome to the Jungle! Our popular South Magazine cover model brings the snake back. Outstanding!

Shazia Edmonds, Train Me 24/7
– She was one ‘Smooth Criminal’, dancing to both a Salsa and the original Pop version of Michael Jackson’s song. Crowd Pleaser!

Roberto Leoci, Leoci’s
- Worked the room and the stage with effortless style, and looking dapper in his tuxedo. Classic!

Darin Sehnert, 700 Kitchen Cooking School, Mansion on Forsyth Park- Sizzled on stage to the delight of the Lucas Theater audience. Excellent!

Chance Raehn, Thomas and Hutton Engineering – Gets several points for costume: a pair of jeans with # on one pocket and 1 on the other in rhinestones and sequence. Dynamic!

Dr. Jacques Beauchamp- Dr. turned Dancer showed off his athleticism and dancing prowess in front of the panel of impressed judges! P.H.D..D is for dancer!

Jamie Amerson, Cricket Communications
– The Amerson family came out to support their Jamie in droves! Little Graceson was his biggest, and cutest cheerleader. Kudos!

Scott Weeks, Fox and Weeks Funeral Home - The Fox and Weeks support was strong! Many of the Fox and Weeks family, friends and staff came out to support their Dancer. Impressive!

WTOC’S Don Logana holds Lori Judge’s ‘Asp’ after her rhythmic dance routine!

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Embrace the Race for Adoption

By Grace Barkley

Over the past 23 years Covenant Care Services has helped families across Georgia with both pregnancy counseling and adoption assistance. What began as a non-profit, nondenominational group for Middle Georgia grew statewide and beyond. Join Covenant Care Services at Skidaway Island State Park Saturday, November 10 for the Trail of Hope 5k, 10k and Kids’ Fun Run. The Kids’ Fun Run begins at 7:45 a.m. and the adult races follow close behind, starting at 8 a.m. To date, Covenant Care has served nearly 6,000 pregnant women and built over 550 families through adoption. Those who have endured the process of adoption know its challenges and the waiting game that ensues. Covenant Care monitors the entire process for their families, from initial adoption education classes, to ensuring smooth placement of children into adoptive homes.

Visit covenantcareadoptions.com/trail-of-hope or register at active.com

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A Weekend of Festivals:
Fun for the Whole Family

by Grace Barkley

The 18th Annual Telfair Art Fair: Arte Al Fresco

This weekend the Telfair Museum presents its 18th Annual Telfair Art Fair. This year’s theme is “Arte Al Fresco,” a nod to the upcoming exhibition Offering of the Angels: Paintings and Tapestries from the Uffizi Gallery. This open air event, held on historic Telfair Square, will feature artists displaying and selling works in the media of painting, printmaking, drawing/pastel, digital media, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics/pottery, photography, furniture, glass, textiles/fiber and mixed media.

Friday, November 9: 6 – 9 p.m., Opening Night Preview “Arty Party”
Saturday, November 10: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, November 11: 12 – 4 p.m.

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S&TFR on the scene: Savannah Film Festival

Event coverage by Shena And The Fashion Rehabber

The Savannah Film Festival turned our town into a Southern Hollywood for a full week. Everyday was a testament to Star power and SCAD power; and Shena And The Fashion Rehabber was on the scene to bring you you our Red Carpet commentary plus behind the scene look at the whole shebang. We have pictures, video, audio and probably sketches of honored filmed makers, award-winning actors, celebrities of all walks of life.

The opening reception took place right in front of the SCAD Trustees Theater. Broughton Street was transformed into a swank upscale venue posh enough to accommodate the visitors from
Los Angeles, New York and all points around the country.

I will tell you that Actors and Directors that graced the festival and receptions seemed as eager to meet the attendees as the autograph seekers were to see them. This is the first of the weeks breakdown of events.

Opening Night: Celebrities in attendance:

JAMES GANDOLFINI (Sopranos) he was there to promote the film Violet & Daisy: about Two teenage assassins accept what they think will be a quick-and-easy job, until an unexpected target throws them off their plan. Directed by Honoree Geoffery Fletcher, the two of them held a Q&A after the film.

GABOUREY SIDIBE (Precious): Not only rocked the red carpet in electric blue, but she also held a Masters Class for SCAD~ Beautiful inside and out, the Oscar and Golden Globe Award nominated actress took photos with fans and shook hands all the way down the red carpet to the theater door!

Other Notables: This thing was star-studded! WJCL’s Jennifer Andrews: Dressed to the nines but receives all tens on our celebrity score board! Bobby Zarem: Publicist to the superstars (check out Janice Shay’s article in the latest issue of the South Magazine for the 411 on this heavy hitter!) Not to mention Starz television and the people who run it! Every single person was thoroughly impressed with the city of Savannah and all of the people in it.
We showed them meaning of southern hospitality, a commodity not readily available in the big cities they reside in. Plus the festival itself surpassed expectations by bringing the glitz the glamour until we rolled up the red carpet on Nov. 3rd, the conclusion of the festival.

COMING NEXT: S&TFR along with South Magazine and SOUTH TV bring you more recap coverage of the Savannah Film Festival. Matt Dillion, Diane Lane, Stan Lee, Matthew Lillard and more!

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Spotlight Award Winner Michelle Monaghan

The list of leading men Michelle Monaghan has collaborated with is astounding: Matt Damon in The Bourne Supremacy; Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible III; Jake Gyllenhaal in Source Code; Robert Downey Jr. in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Due Date; Patrick Dempsey in Made of Honor; Brad Pitt in Mr. and Mrs. Smith; Casey Affleck, Ben Affleck and Morgan Freeman in Gone Baby Gone; Ben Stiller in The Heartbreak Kid… Even with this impressive body of work, Monaghan is down to earth, kind, endearing and just plain fun to talk with, laughing easily during our interview. Her love of acting and getting to be creative was evident by the enthusiasm she exhibited when discussing her characters as well as films that have made an impact on her.

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Matthew Lillard Steps Behind the Camera

After two decades of acting in more than 50 films (we stopped counting at 50, anyway) including ‘90s favorites like Scream, She’s All That and SLC Punk, and others like Scooby-Doo and The Descendants, Matthew Lillard showed his directorial debut at the festival. Fat Kid Rules the World is an adaptation of KL Going’s 2003 novel that tells the story of Troy, a depressed, overweight teen who is contemplating stepping in front of a bus when a homeless teen named Marcus McCrae who has been expelled from Troy’s school steps in. We had a chance to sit down with Matthew and talk to him about his experience directing his first film—which was shot with only $750,000 in 23 days in Seattle, Washington—and what he does on his days off.

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The Kindness Bus: Raising Awareness of Bullying and Adolescent Suicide

By Imani Chamberlain

According to the National Association of School Psychologists, bullying is the most common form of violence in our society; between 15% and 30% of students are bullies or victims. On average, 4,200 young adults, 14-25 years old are committing suicide, every year, in the United States. The Kindness Bus, which was parked outside of Panera Bread on Bull Street Thursday afternoon, is dedicated to raising awareness of bullying and adolescent suicide. Founder Bob Votruba’s mission has been to save lives by encouraging people to spread acts of kindness to others throughout their communities.

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The Unstoppable Appreciation of Diane Lane

It’s early evening on Halloween, but Diane Lane isn’t knocking on doors for treats. No, instead she’s looking up–at the ceiling of Jen Library on Broughton Street to be exact. “Wow, the ceiling is so beautiful,” she says of the exposed beams and florescent lights. She’s very perceptive and for a long moment she stands still among a small group of assistants and escorts to study the whole room before they usher her to the next.

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Simply Children’s Dentistry’s Operation: Cash for Candy

By Imani Chamberlain

With perfect timing just days after Halloween, the Great Candy Buyback presents: Operation Cash for Candy. In an effort to prevent cavities in the community, children of the Lowcountry are encouraged to trade their pounds of holiday candy for some extra cash on Friday, November 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. Each child will earn $1 per pound of candy, with a $5 max payout per child. An added bonus to having healthy teeth and spare cash? All candy will be sent to our troops overseas.

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Southern Gothic: South’s Guide to Halloween in Savannah

sugar skull: Chris Nickels

Against a backdrop of relatively cooler temperatures and the sudden appearance of persimmons, pumpkins and hurricane updates, autumn unfolds in “America’s Most Haunted City” a bit differently than in its Northern counterparts. Most of the city’s trees don’t shift into a glorious mélange of color, but as shadows grow longer and the cerulean skies darken, Savannah takes on a delightfully ominous tone for this most haunted of holidays beneath a backdrop of looming Victorian mansions and gas lamps flickering somberly upon brick and cobblestone. South has the inside scream–I mean scoop–on the best haunted events of 2012

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Enjoy the Best of American Opera in Savannah

By Kayla Griffin

You don’t need to go to Milan, Paris, or New York to enjoy the arias and ariosos of Opera. On October 27, in celebration of National Opera Week, VoicExperience will be bringing some of the best of American Opera to Savannah.The event, An American Songbook Concert, will include music from everything from Broadway to opera and feature composer Carlisle Floyd. Concert goers will enjoy scenes from some of his most famous works such as Susanna, Of Mice and Men and Wuthering Heights, introduced and directed by the 86-year-old composer himself.

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Southern Ground Musical Festival Review

By Jeff Vrabel

The Lowcountry is rich in a lot of things — seafood, humidity, insect life — but live music isn’t necessarily one of them. With the giant and thrilling exception of the Savannah Music Festival, there aren’t a lot of reliable live-music outlets in the zone here. That can be attributed to a number of things, but logistics is chief among them — Savannah, Charleston and the surrounding environs are lovely places to visit, but it’s tough to route a tour through them, if you want to make any money, anyway.

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Global Tactical Training Group: For the Skills You Didn’t Know You Needed

By Jeff Vrabel

Gary Glemboski has been shooting for 50 years and practicing martial arts for 46, long enough to become a seventh-degree black belt. He’s received a Medal of Valor from his police department for climbing a Savannah TV tower during a nighttime thunderstorm to pull down a potential jumper, and he’s been awarded a Silver Star for an operation in which he and his fellow officers were shot at about 80 times.

He knows what he’s doing. And he wants to teach it to others, often by showing them how they don’t.

“I’ve had guys tell me, ‘Man, I’ve been shooting for 25 years, but you’ve taught me more in three hours than I knew in all that time,” Glemboski says, hanging out at a gun range in a Midway forest well south of downtown. “But I say, ‘No, that’s probably not true. You were unconsciously incompetent. You really didn’t know what you didn’t know.”

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Farm Day at Hunter Cattle Company

Event coverage by Shena And The Fashion Rehabber/photo by SweetZs

Where’s the grass-fed beef? The Hunter Cattle Company rolled out the ‘green’ carpet during their Farm Day! Fun in the sun on the farm as guests were treated to a tour of their vast operations and farm. Local farmers and the Hunter family involved children and adults in the demonstrations and tutorials
about the animals, the fields and how to smoke a whole pig.

Family and community friends came out to support the day and get the VIP tour of the place that provides their favorite eatery with their favorite burgers. Many of the areas restaurants boasts serving Hunter Cattle Company’s grass-fed bovine.

The children enjoyed horse and pony rides while the adults shopped the ‘farmer’s market’. Leoci’s had a stand that sold their preserves, oils and olives. Check out the Sweet Vidalia Onion relish! Freeman’s Mill was there with Stone ground corn meal. Perfect for that cornbread from scratch. That’s how it’s done on the farm, folks.
Farm Fresh.

Everyone enjoyed a hay ride, the food and the community of people who came out to learn and celebrate with the Hunters.

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SCAD’s Colleen Heine Presents at
This Week’s EPIC Conference

by Grace Barkley

Colleen Heine is a woman of many talents. During her studies in graphic design at the University of Kansas, she took up the fiddle and a love of bluegrass and Americana music, now playing in local the Savannah band, The Accomplices. Music continued to be a large part of her life, as she went on to lead the non-profit Folk School of St. Louis for 7 years post-graduation. While this was her ideal job, “at the intersection of design, music and social impact,” Heine looked to SCAD and its programs to broaden her understanding of design as a tool for leadership and change.

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A matter of taste: Chocolate & Wine at Foxy Loxy

A lesson in vino! Michael O’Sullivan of National Distributing Company pours another palate-pleasing wine for attendees.

Chocolate and wine. Brilliant! That describes the idea, the cafe’s owner Jennifer Jenkins, and the two hosts of the event held at Foxy Loxy Printing Gallery and Cafe. The event was intimately held in the courtyard and garden behind the cafe. The candle-lit tasting was enhanced by careful instruction and information about the wine by Michael O’Sullivan of National Distribution Company while Kelly Spivey, owner of The Chocolate Lab, provided her expertise on chocolate paired with various wines.

We sat down and talked to the dynamic duo about future Chocolate and Wine soirees. We also got three steps on how to pick a good wine from the expert. We indulged in a Black Bottom Chocolate Bannana Cream Pie made by Kelly Spivey herself! The pie and other The Chocolate Lab delights are sold at Foxy Loxy daily.

Event covered by SHENA And The Fashion Rehabber for SOUTH TV/photos by SweetZs

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Wet Willies for the cure

WET WILLIES STAFF at 2nd Annual Koozies event for Susan G. Komen foundation

PINK! Everyone was wearing it at Wet Willies on River Street and Tybee Island for the cure. 2nd Annual Koozies
for Boobies Breast Cancer Awareness Party appeared to be poised to break last year’s fundraising effort of $10,000. The staff (men included) donned pink t-shirts in support of the event.

There was a table (with pink ribbon table cloth) covered in a pleathera of pink items being sold to raise money. Among the items where bracelets, cups and of course koozies. Wet Willies provided a special non-alcoholic blended beverage, also pink, in honor of survivors who were there to enjoy the festivities.

We were able to catch up with Corporate Chef, Paul England somewhere between the pink balloons and the disco ball. He spoke to us about the City Market location opening soon, reinerating that the River Street location will continue to be a downtown hotspot. He also gave us some insider information about the new location that will have to wait to be revealed in a much-anticipated interview with the Chef Paul. Let’s just say, if you haven’t eaten at Wet Willies, what are you waiting for? We recommend the Shrimp and Grits.

Savannah Trivia: Did you know that the River Street location was the FIRST Wet Willie’s? Thanks for that tidbit Chef!

Event coverage by SHENA And The Fashion Rehabber for SOUTH TV/photo by SweetZs

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Downtown Business Association (DBA) Luncheon

SOUTH Magazine Account Executive Nicole Conway and SOUTH TV Host of Shena And The Fashion Rehabber, Shena.

The Downtown Business Association’s monthly luncheon at Outback Steakhouse welcomed store owners and the business power players of Savannah. The attendance was strong and the room filled with newcomers and members networking and getting aquainted.

When we spoke to President of the D.B.A Ruel Joyner, owner of 24e, before he took the podium we queried him about the agenda of the day and his sharp attire including Bananna Republic white button down and black and white pin-striped p ants. The ensemble echoed the atmosphere: Doing business in style.

Also fashionably in attendence were WJCL’s Jennifer Andrews, City of Savannah’s Anthony Hood, Old Town Trolley Company’s Colonel and special guest speaker Mayor Pro Tem Alderman Van Johnson.The whole room consisted of athe dressed-to-impress business community. The wonderful waitstaff kept the everyone’s mind on the business at hand by keeping the warm bread, salad, and Outback entrees coming.

Event Coverage by Shena And The Fashion Rehabber for SOUTH TV/by photo SweetZs

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Picnic In The Park and Bark

October 7, 2012 Savannah’s Picnic in The Park

The welcome was warmer than the weather at Savannah’s Picnic In the Park. Parkers was one of the sponsors of this years blanket-booming event with the unified theme ‘Some Enchanted Evening’. The attendees’ interpretation of fantasy brought a fun whimsy to Forsythe Park! The many tents and blankets prepared thier fairytale picnics for the ‘Best Picnic’ judging. Their was a perpetually pink tent for ‘Princess with a Purpose’ and a Wizard of Oz tent complete with yellow brick road along with two of each of Dorothy’s travel companions.

The hospitality and creativity from we received from each picnic was nothing short of Southern hospitality at it’s finest. Everyone really put their best dish and picnic theme forward. Also notable was the Alice in Wonderland picnic (tea cups and cookies with clock frosting), Ali Baba and the Forty Theives, and Pappy’s picnic I simply call “Chilling out Southern Style”. Though it wasn’t exactly the ‘theme’ of the day, he did have a whole tent wall of photos from picnics past, many taken with or by SOUTH Magazine!

At once several costumed characters including Prince Charming, Cinderella, Jack Sparrow, Snow White, Robin Hood and several other favorites came through the Forsythe making it feel like a theme park. Picnic attendees, young and old, delighted in taking photos with their favorite fairytale characters.

Not to be outdone, the pet costume contest; sponsored by TailSpin and 98.7 The River, got the dogs to induldge in fantasy as one by one they paraded across the stage dressed as fairies and princessess.

Event coverage by SHENA And The Fashion Rehabber for SOUTH TV/photo by Sweetzs

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