Downtown Ghost Town

As much as I want to support local businesses, especially downtown businesses (as I am a downtown business owner myself), sometimes I wonder if local businesses want to support me. Around 3:30, every downtown business I visited to buy a last-minute Christmas card was closed. Only a couple hours ago there were shoppers here carrying shopping bags, so there are people here ready to make those last minute purchases. Ironically, most of these closed businesses are displaying anti-Walmart signs, but guess what? Walmart is open right now this Christmas Eve, ready to meet my needs, whether it is something frivolous like a Christmas card or something important like a prescription drug. Here downtown, some local businesses took three days off for Thanksgiving, which last I checked was a one-day holiday. So I am finding myself leaving downtown for dining or shopping at chain businesses more than I ever expected. I guess I will join the highway traffic to visit a business I can rely upon this afternoon.

This post is more of an observation than a complaint. I am glad that we have business owners who aren't slaves to schedules and have the freedom to close whenever they want to. However, these extended vacations undermine my effort to make a habit of supporting local businesses. It is easier to support businesses with reliable schedules and make downtown a second, unscheduled stop.


Holiday 2011 Athens Indie Craftstravaganzaa

The Holiday 2011 Athens Indie Craftstravaganzaa is happening Saturday December 3rd this year from 10am til 6pm at Ben's Bikes, 670 West Broad at the corner of N. Pope Street. We are so excited about our new location that we decided to add even more features to make this the best event ever. In addition to our usual tunes from DJ Mahoghany, we will include a few live performances from acoustic acts Coconut Moon and Matthew Garrison. There will be art cars and live art demos from local toy maker Chris Purcell. Gretchen Elsner will head up the clothing Swap O Rama Rama, a workshop that gives people an opportunity to re-construct their old clothing into something brand new! There will be no need to leave to go get lunch, because Farm cart will join us to provide locally grown, sustainable eats and Ursa Minor from Atlanta will be on hand with hot drinks and tasty pastries. Of course you'll also find the largest selection of handmade arts and crafts, from jewelry and fashion to paintings and photographs, cute stuff for your pets, and lots more. See you there!

Athens Indie Craftstravaganzaa Holiday Market
December 3rd, 2011 from 10am till 6pm.
670 West Broad Street, Athens, Georgia


'Surprised' if Richt doesn't stay, says UGA's Adams | Online Athens

'Surprised' if Richt doesn't stay, says UGA's Adams | Online Athens

Athens parade tonight

the athens parade is tonight!


Neal Boortz: It may be time for Herman Cain to think about leaving race

Neal Boortz: It may be time for Herman Cain to think about leaving race

Eva Galambos reading at UGA Main Library

Mayor Eva Galambos, fearless and unwavering champion of the City of Sandy Springs, Georgia, has written a fascinating book chronicling her very good life.  Escaping the Nazi terror in Germany to her arrival at the University of Georgia in Athens is a most remarkable story.

Please join us for a book reading and signing by Eva Galambos, Mayor of Sandy Springs, GA
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 4:00p.m. - 1st Floor Reading Room, Main Library.

We hope you can join us.


Concert at 40 Watt to benefit Whatever It Takes

The Futurebirds, Patterson Hood, Woodfangs, Claire Campbell, and My Cousin, The Emperor are lined up for a show at the 40 Watt Club on December 6 at 8 p.m. to benefit Whatever It Takes, an Athens non-profit working to break the cycle of poverty through education. This concert is organized by Poverty Is Real and will be presented by Flagpole.

Poverty Is Real has the mission of organizing concerts in different cities to promote efforts to combat issues such as poverty, abuse, and homelessness at the local level. The group partners with established local organizations and reaches out to musicians to create a benefit concert series. Proceeds raised at the show in Athens will benefit Whatever It Takes. This is the second concert of the series, with the first show in Decatur in June benefitting Decatur Cooperative Ministry.

The generous support for this show comes from Flagpole, the 40 Watt Club, Barnes Law Group, and Red Eye Gravy Records. Admission in advance is $10 plus a $2 service charge.


UGA's Russell Library on the move & special collections library update

 for those who might be interested...
Russell Library is Going West!
Russell Library, University of Georgia Libraries
Move and Access Update: Bulletin #3

From November 10, 2011 through December 22, 2011, patrons may access Russell Library collections by advanced appointment only in the new Special Collections Libraries Building located at 300 South Hull Street.

To make an advance research appointment, request materials, and receive an orientation to using Russell collections in the new location, please submit an email to russlib@uga.edu, or call 706-542-5766.

UNTIL JANUARY 2012, researchers cannot access the new building TO DO RESEARCH without FIRST making an appointment!

• Regular research access resumes on January 2, 2012.

• Special Collections Libraries Building dedication is February 17, 2012.

• Russell Exhibition Galleries open in mid February 2012.

For more information about arranging research access during fall 2011, please contact Russell archivists at russlib@uga.edu or 706-542-5766.

For general updates and news about the Russell Library and its westward journey, please visit any of the following information points:

• Web Site: www.libs.uga.edu/russell
• Russell Blog: http://rbrl.blogspot.com
• Twitter: @RussellLibrary
• Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/fbrusslib

Russell Library will share space in the new building with Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library and the Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection. For information regarding their respective moving schedules and access to their collections, please visit:

• Special Collections Building Web Page: www.libs.uga.edu/sclb/index.html
• UGA Libraries’ News Blog: www.libs.uga.edu/blog/?p=4948
• Hargrett Library Web Site: www.libs.uga.edu/hargrett/index.shtml
• Brown Media Archives Web Site: www.libs.uga.edu/media/index.html


AT&T Wireless will launch 4G network in Athens

AT&T Wireless has announced that it will be launching its fourth-generation wireless network known as LTE (Long Term Evolution) in Athens next week. Their new smartphones will be available here starting on Sunday, November 6, the same day that the new network will launch. Athens will be the second city in Georgia and one of only nine cities across the nation to have a full LTE buildout at this time. While I do not have the technical details in front of me, this is supposed to mean that higher upload and download speeds for data transfer will be available. AT&T cites Athens' concentration of colleges as making it a priority to expand this service here. You can write comments here to let me know how it works out.

Drinking Liberally Athens on Occupy Wall Street at 7:00 tonight

From the Athens chapter of Drinking Liberally:

We the administrators of your friendly neighborhood Drinking Liberally - Athens were thinking the other day: "What do we think of the Occupy Movement?" (Full disclosure: We didn't all think this out loud at the same time or manifest psychic powers). We talked about it for a bit and we came to the same conclusion...

We like it.

There are protests like it in over 900 cities worldwide. Nine hundred cities worldwide.

Whether you call yourself liberal, conservative or the Rent Too Damn High guy we all agree with one thing: It certainly feels like the process and the power have been pulled out of our hands.

That is in the interest of everyone.

That is in short what the Occupy Movement is about.

If you cannot stand out with the group at the Arches, on Wall Street or where ever, what can you do?

Well there is still a lot. We feel like a lot of good can come from it.

Please join us at Little Kings this Thursday at 7. We're going to talk about where we might go from here. We need others who are interested in moving forward to join us. Not in some kind of crazy way. With civility & justice. We will succeed. It's just better if you are there.

All are welcome. Forward this invite. Spread the word. See you later


Bike Master Plan meeting

The University of Georgia Office of University Architects for Facilities Planning and the Athens-Clarke County Department of Transportation and Public Works are holding  campus and community meetings to solicit comments and suggestions from interested students, faculty, staff and ACC residents about current county and university planning efforts to update the ACC Bike Master Plan and the UGA Bike Master Plan.

Meetings will be held on October 13th at 7:00pm at the Athens Clarke County Planning Department, located at 120 Dougherty Street and on October 19th at 4:00pm on the University of Georgia Campus in Room 250 of the Zell B. Miller Learning Center, located at 48 Baxter Street.

Please click below and take a few moments to fill out this survey, your participation is very important to us!

Thank-you for your participation in advance!


Haunted gatherings

Please feel free to share info about haunted gatherings (haunted houses, ghost tours, parades, etc.) as you hear of them. Audience levels are as stated on the website.

Haunted Houses & Ghostly walks 
  • Haunted Hike  20 October- 31 October Location The Sandbar, Bowman, GA
    Haunted Hike! $8 Admission (cash only), and snacks available! Please bring cash only!
    The Hike will be going on Oct. 20-22 and 27-31 and consist of a roughly 30 minute walk through forest trails beside the river. Please dress for cool weather and a hike in the woods!

    Audience level: This event may not be for the faint of heart. Once on the trail, there may be no way to turn back and one must continue until the end.

  • Watkinsville Ghost Tours: Oct. 7 - ? walking tour starts at Eagle Tavern, Watkinsville, GA
    Tour host Melissa Piche tells ghoulish tales from the past or the present. Tours offered every Friday and Saturday 8pm; Price: $12 per adult/$20 per couple/ Children 12 and under $7/ 3 or more children $5: Audience level: All ages  > more

Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes & Hayrides
  •  Washington Farm Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze, Watkinsville, GA (check homepage for hours or call 706-769-0627 : Pumpkin Patch, T-Fri 3:00pm until 7pm Saturday: 9:00am until dark, Sunday: 1:00pm until 6:00pm ; Corn Maze late hours: T: 6pm- 0 pm; Fri: 3-11pm; Sat: 9AM-11pm; Sunday 1-6pm Audience: All ages
  • Milledge Ave Pumpkin Patch, Milledge Ave Baptist Church, Athens, GA; hours:   M-Fri 12-8pm;  Saturday-9am to 8pm;  Sunday-12-6pm;  Prices range from $.50 to $20.00; Audience: All ages
Festivals & more 
Children Halloween Carnival : Athens, Ga. Oct. 26, 5-6:30pm East Athens Community Center, (706) 613-3593 Fee: $3 ACC resident; $5 Non-resident Audience k-6
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Games, activities, face painting, “scary” story readings and haunted

  • Halloween "Spooktacular" Carnival Athens, GA,  October 27 6–8 pm; $3 ACC resident; $5 Non- resident; Location: Lay Park, 706-613–3596; Audience: ages 5-12: Carnival style program includes Halloween-themed games, a costume contest, candy and more. Ages: 5 – 12

  • Memorial Park Halloween Carnival, Athens, GA, Oct 27,5–8pm,$4 per child (No charge for parents/ guardians) ake a haunted trick-or-treat tour of Bear Hollow Zoo & Halloween carnival. Stories, games, activities and more. Costume contest every hour! Purchase tickets the night of the event. Audience: ages 2-12, must be accompanied by a parent, for more info: Memorial Park, 706- 613-3580


Lawrence retiring after 26 years on State Court bench | Online Athens

Lawrence retiring after 26 years on State Court bench | Online Athens

Demonstration at the Arch

Since yesterday there have been demonstrators at the Arch showing solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement going on in New York City and spreading to other cities in the U.S. Today I overheard a gentleman discussing our local demonstrators with a friend, and he remarked: "They're protesting poverty. What do you want me to do about it? Go get a job, a**hole."

Here is what you can do about it. You can be open-minded to the message that our country is experiencing a severe economic problem right now. Jobs are not like coconuts lying on the ground waiting to be picked up. From my professional prospective, I can tell you that in the Athens area there are talented, hardworking people who have been employed in successful positions and run multimillion-dollar businesses but are now shut out of the economy, either desperately underemployed or desperately searching for any job whatsoever.

You might tell them to "Get a job, a**hole," but I guarantee you they have already thought of that. I have no simple solutions to propose, and the Occupy Wall Street movement has a hopeless and absurdly long litany of grievances, but one message to be heard is that we need rational, open-minded debate in our society, not epithets and platitudes.


Drinking Liberally tonight at Little Kings

From the Athens Chapter of Drinking Liberally:

The news has got my head spinning. Occupy Wall St gathering more protesters & the spotlight everyday, the whole Republican nomination process & all of its characters (almost lost in the news cycle Palin announces she will not run), the Koch Brothers sales to Iran you can see why I'm dizzy.

Which makes me want to have a beer, sit with some nice people & talk about it. We have a topic prepared but Occupy Wall Street & it's local off shoots will probably hold our attention. Especially since they'll be in protest and hopefully in full force a few blocks away.

But the back up topic is basically how much do we compromise to get something, anything done? Discussion, about Occupy Wall Street or political deadlock is open to everyone and anyone who's willing to have a discussion with a civil tongue. For you right wingers that means "From the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks." Look it up

The only way to make it all worth while is for you to make an appearance, share a drink and a laugh and a thought or two. See you at 7 Thursday Oct 6th, Little Kings Shuffle Club.

Let's get the word out. Thanks


Wilson Soul Food Closes

I wasn't a regular at Wilson Soul Food, but sad to see it go. Story at the ABH:
Wilson’s Soul Food, Athens’ oldest soul food restaurant, closed today, another casualty of the hard financial times, the owners said.


Cedar Shoals High School Concert Choir pancake breakfast

Did someone say pancakes? From the email:

The Cedar Shoals High School Concert Choir will be selling tickets for a PANCAKE BREAKFAST on Saturday, October 15, 7:30 am - 10:30 am. The Breakfast will be held at Fatz Café on Lexington Road. Tickets are $7.00 and children under 6 are Free. These students will be singing in CARNEGIE HALL in April 2012 and the proceeds from this Breakfast will help finance this incredible trip! Contact Linda Moon, Choral Director at moonli@clarke.k12.ga.us or Choral Booster Club parent Angela Johnson at ang_johnson@bellsouth.net or (706) 543-8560 for tickets for the breakfast or more information.


Visual Culture Colloquium

Visual Culture Colloquium


Established in fall of 2008, the Visual Culture Colloquium brings together under one rubric lectures given at the LDSOA which adopt a scholarly approach to the field of art history, broadly conceived. An integral part of the Colloquium are those lectures organized by graduate students in the history of art under the auspices of A.G.A.S., (Association of Graduate Art History Students), to which we now add lectures by our own graduate students and faculty.

Comprised of scholars from universities and museums, both here and abroad, as well as graduate students and faculty from the LDSOA, the Visual Culture Colloquium is conceived as an integral part of graduate education in art history at UGA and is meant to provide a forum for scholarly exchange among interested parties.

Presentations will cover a wide range of subject matter and vary in format from traditional, 20-minute conference papers to more formal, one-hour lectures. All presentations will take place on Thursdays at 5:00 pm in LDSOA Rm. S 150 unless otherwise noted. Receptions may precede or follow some lectures, as indicated on the schedule below.

2010-2011 Visual Culture Colloquium

Upcoming talks (dates to be announced)
Professor Isabelle Wallace

On Rivalry and Retribution: Sacrifice and Ritual in the Art of Paul Pfeiffer

Georgia officials past due on their tax bills  | ajc.com

Georgia officials past due on their tax bills | ajc.com

Pulaski St. Art Crawl

Also see: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sculpture-Program-The-University-of-Georgia/
Athens, GA (October 8, 2011) - The Georgia Sculptors' Society is hosting The Inaugural Pulaski Street Art Crawl on Saturday, October 8, 2011 from 5:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. Pulaski Street artists and businesses are opening their venues to the public to showcase Athens artists. The Pulaski Street Art Crawl will start at ARTini's Art Lounge, culminating at Pints and Paints featuring the Georgia Sculp...tors' Society's Juried Art Exhi...bition. The Pulaski Street Art Crawl is an opportunity for Athens artists, business owners, and patrons to come together and engage in cultural discourse while boosting Athen's respective businesses and art community. Food for the juried show will be provided by Last Resort Grill and The Grit! Admission is free and open to the public.
The Georgia Sculptors' Society's Juried Exhibition will be judged by local bronze and mixed media sculptor, Mary Engel, and local figure sculptor, Kinzey Branham. The public is encouraged to plan their walk down Pulaski Street to arrive at the Leathers Building by approximately 7:00 P.M. for the opening of the Georgia Sculptors' Society's Juried Exhibition. Pints and Paints is located in the Leathers Building (suite 600). Maps of all participating venues will be available at ARTini's Art Lounge located at Broad and Pulaski.

ARTini's Art Lounge, the kick off point, is showcasing Project Safe artwork and will have artists and organizers of Project Safe available to answer questions. Participating venues include ARTini's Art Lounge, Agora, Pain & Wonder Tattoo, Flicker Theatre and Bar, Sunshine Cycles, Ted's Most Best, Revolutions Per Minute, The Grit, Mary Engel's Studio, Stan Mullins' Studio, Gymnopedie, Magic Mountain, Shiraz Fine Food & Gourmet, Plexus, Bellwether Salon, Studio in Athens, Koons Environmental Design, Pints and Paints and more. Please visit Georgia Sculptors' Society's generous sponsors: Pints and Paints, The Grit, Last Resort Grill, and Lowes Home Improvement (Lexington Road).

The Georgia Sculptors' Society is a diverse group of artists organized through UGA's Sculpture Department. We are student run; however, we do have members who are alumni and professional artists. We're not just sculptors, we also have ceramic people, metal smiths, and painters. Our main purpose is to further our education by emerging ourselves in the art world as well as bringing art to the community so they may experience the power of art—the power to engage us in the world in which we live and converse. Members of the Georgia Sculptors' Society are actively involved in the community through hosting events such as this year's Inaugural Pulaski Street Art Crawl on October 8.
It is the very nature of sculptors to get involved and engaged with the community. Larry Millard, the head of UGA's Sculpture Department, often asks new students, "How do you manifest inspiration? How can an artist take a pure idea and manifest it?" Well, sculptors are trained to do this! We build inspiration. What sets us apart is that often sculpture takes a lot of hands to create—it takes a community of artists. One sculptor can't pour molten iron to make art on her own. We all have to work together. It takes excellent management and collaboration skills to be a sculptor. So it's only natural that we, as sculptors, would reach out to our larger community of Athens to collaborate between artists, businesses, and the people of Athens to bring into being The Pulaski Street Art Crawl.
Our vision is for Athens to have a fully engaged community of artists and business owners participating in cultural and art centered events like The Pulaski Street Art Crawl. Atlanta has their First Thursdays where galleries stay open late for art walkers. But we are Athens! We can do this even better. Let's not just engage with artists and galleries, but lets have a bigger vision. A vision where artists come together with businesses, non-profits, and the community. One of the ways we can do this is through a monthly Athen's Art Crawl where businesses and organizations are just as involved as the galleries and artists. The Railroad Art District of Pulaski Street is the perfect starting point in manifesting this vision. It can be what SoHo was to New York in the 1970s—on a mini scale.

Valerie Mathews
Sculptor. Painter. Pilot. Poet.
President,  Georgia Sculptors' Society.
Event Organizer, The Pulaski Street Art Crawl--October 8.
Gallery Director, Art Land Gallery


Caregiver – Aging – Resources Expo

Sponsored by Athens Senior Resources Network
Tuesday, October 18, 3pm - 7pm
Oconee County Civic Center

"Caregiver – Aging – Resources – Expo
Join us to learn more about:
Aging in Place Technology – Assisted Living Facilities – Disability Aids – Elder Referral / Placement – Financial Services – Home Health Care and In-Home Care – Home Accessibility / Modification / Mobility Hospice & Palliative Care – Hospitals & Nursing Homes – Medical Equipment /Healthcare Products – Medication Resource information & much more"



9/11 Artifact Delivered to Oconee County

Rose of Athens Theatre's AS YOU LIKE IT 2011

North Georgia Folk Festival

27th Annual North Georgia Folk Festival, September 24 at Sandy Creek Park, north of Athens. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and kids free. 10 bands playing from 11:30 until 9:00. Music Workshops, food. The night before (Friday Sept 23) is the Acoustic Jam and Contradance at Memorial Park (Athens). 7:30 until about 11:00. Hope y'all can come! Details at http://www.athensfolk.org


Blueprint: School rallies to help family || OnlineAthens.com

Blueprint: School rallies to help family || OnlineAthens.com

Athens Weather Blog

If you've not seen this blog, you might check it out http://athensgaweather.blogspot.com/
It's run by a UGA grad (B.S. in Geography) and former intern with the National Weather Service at Peachtree City, GA.Very interesting & informative.  You can also get weather updates via Twitter, too.


On rivalry and retribution (lecture)

rIsabelle Loring Wallace
VCC Lectures
Lecture: October 3rd, 2011, 5:00 PM


Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Morning after the Deluge, Fragment of a Crucifixion: if Paul Pfeiffer’s titles are any indication, his is an art deeply engaged with Judeo-Christian narratives. But to what end, these thematics and the analogies they engender? Indeed, what do game shows and athletes have to with crucifixions and apocalypses? And what might it mean to align contemporary culture with these biblical narratives and themes?

Drawing on the work of literary critic René Girard, this paper considers the work of Paul Pfeiffer with an eye to these questions, arguing that Pfeiffer establishes compelling parallels between various biblical narratives and aspects of contemporary-culture as defined (and dominated) by technology’s omniscient and all-seeing eyes. Fleshing out the comparison Pfeiffer seems to make between the vengeful eye of an all-seeing, Old Testament God and our own culture’s relentless surveillance by mass and new media, I suggest that Pfeiffer also aligns various biblical sacrifices – namely, the Old Testament sacrifice of the word by flood, and subsequently, in the New Testament, the sacrifice of Jesus by God – with the contemporary sacrifice of the world (or more accurately, reality) by new technologies that have radically restructured our relation to both time and space. Arguing that Pfeiffer thus sets the stage for a new interpretation of new media, I suggest that he treats new media as an enactment of dynamics at the very heart of the Judeo- Christian tradition, perhaps for the purpose of decatheting the primal trauma described therein.


More details here


Shona Sculpture on the Lawn | Oconee Art & Entertainment, Organizations, Family, and Outdoor Events on Patch - Oconee, GA Patch

Shona Sculpture on the Lawn | Oconee Art & Entertainment, Organizations, Family, and Outdoor Events on Patch - Oconee, GA Patch

Russell Edwards at Drinking Liberally

From our local Drinking Liberally chapter:

The Athens Chapter of Drinking Liberally is happy to announce former U.S. House of Representatives candidate and local attorney Russell Edwards will be attending this week's meeting a very special guest.

Mr Edwards ran against Paul Broun Jr. in 2010 touting a message of unity and common sense during a particularly difficult election cycle. In addition he co-hosts a radio program called "True South" with Neal Priest on WGAU 1340 AM, Saturday mornings at 10.

Mr Edwards will be available to discuss his experiences in the election and the political world from a first hand perspective and what we can do to push forward for constructive change. He'll be accompanied by his fiance, local business owner (and force to be reckoned with in her own right) Airee Hong, owner of Agora.

Drinking Liberally - Athens is happy to host the event at the usual location, Little Kings Shuffle Club 223 W Hancock Ave. Thursday September 1st, 7 pm.

All of any political persuasion are invited. Should be a fun night. Please forward or repost as you like. Tell your friends and family. See you there.


Preservation Matters

Preservation Matters presented by Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation

On Monday, August 29, Mark C. McDonald, president and CEO of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, will discuss a topic important to many Athenians, “Historic Preservation and Sustainability.” The talk will explore the environmental benefits of historic preservation and how they relate to land use, urban planning, and green building.

He will stress the need for preservationists and green building advocates to cooperate and will also explain the sustainability goals set by the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation.

This event will be held at the Melting Point. Join us to mix, mingle, and eat at 6:00 p.m. The lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. and is FREE and open to the public.

“Preservation Matters” debuts in August as the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation’s newest program, to annually consist of a lecture, hands-on-workshop, symposium and tour. Visit http://www.achfonline.org/ for more information.

*ACHF is a proactive force in developing community-wide understanding of the value of historic buildings, neighborhoods, and heritage.


Athens Indie Craftstravaganzaa

From the email:

Applications for the 2011 Athens Indie Craftstravaganzaa Holiday Market are online NOW!

The 2011 Holiday Indie Craftstravaganzaa will be held the first weekend of December, Saturday December 3rd, from 10am till 6pm. We plan to bring back our indoor Vintage Market as well as the clothing Swap-o-Rama-Rama with Gretchen Elsner, plus music, food and drinks from the Caledonia.



Athica Mystery Triennial Fundraiser & Exhibit

If you're looking for something to do this weekend (or even next month), please consider visiting the Athica Mystery Triennial Fundraiser & Exhibit.  120 artists are exhibiting artwork(& no this piece by robin fay is not part of the auction ).

ATHICA Mystery Triennial
Small works by more than 120 signature Athens’ artists all displayed anonymously
August 20 – September 18, 2011
Opening Reception:
Saturday, August 20: 7:00 - 9:30 p.m.
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.: ‘First Dibs’ with $10 donation
8:00 – 9:30 p.m.: Free Entry
Refreshments donated by Five and Ten, Ted’s Best Food and other fine establishments.

Artist list: Rinne Allen | June Ball | Nina Barnes | Elizabeth Barton | Wayne Bellamy | Greg Benson | Jorie Berman | Stanley Bermudez | Gregg Bernstein | Rebecca Brantley | Tony Bravo | Vanessa Briscoe Hay | Jim Buonaccorsi | Amanda Burk | Don Byram | Lucy Calhoun | Jamie Calkin | Ainhoa Canup | Toni Carlucci | Jill Carnes | Laura Carter | Nancy Carter | Andrew Cayce | Bob Clements | Claire Clements | Cal Clements | Toby Cole | Dana Jo Cooley | Bob Davis | Chris Davisdson | Kim Deakins | Krista Dean | Brooke DeVere | Didi Dunphy | Margot Ecke | John English | Will Eskridge | Robin Fay | Larry Forte | Laura Foster | Cooper Gage | Lauren Gallaspy | Annette Gates | Jennifer Graff | Jillian Guarco | Alexei Gural | Krysia Haag | Amy Hairston | David Hale | Melissa Harshman | Jonathan Hart | Bob Hart | Jennifer Hartley | Annette Hatton | Joe Havasy | Hope Hilton | Brian Hitselberger | Christopher Hocking | Katherine Hodges | Nash Hogan | Jeremy Hughes | Joel Izlar | Stefanie Jackson | Jonathan Jacquet | Carol John | Cindy Jerrell | Hannah Jones | Jasey Jones | Robert Sparrow Jones | Kenneth Kase | Violet Kester | Megan Kluttz | Missy Kulik | Michael Lachowski | Charlotte Lee | Diana Lee | Nancy Lloyd | Peter Loose | Bart Lynch | Barbara Mann | Jenn Manzella | Michael Marshall | Carl Martin | Valerie Mathews | Erin Mcintosh | Manda Mckay | Katherine McQueen | Judy McWillie | Rosemary Mendicino | LeeAnn Mitchell | Caroline Montague | Andy Nasisse | Carlo Nasisse | Jim Norton | Michael Oliveri | Rich Panico | Mary Pearse | Lanora Pierce | Mary Porter | Karla Pruitt | Lea Purvis | Darcy Reenis | Kathryn Refi | Bryan Poole | REM | Ben Reynolds | Cecilia Reynolds | Art Rosenbaum | Margo Rosenbaum | Malissa Ryder | Beth Sale | Havivah Saltz | Noah Saunders | Hal Schwarze | Charley Seagraves | Rene Shoemaker | Eric Simmons | Mark Steinmetz | John Stidham | Lawrence Stueck | Jon Swindler | Tara Taylor | Larry Tenner | Paul Thomas | Jason Thrasher | Steve Trimmer | Andrea Trombetta | Tatiana Veneruso | Rusty Wallace | Robyn Waserman | Mark Watkins | Drew Weing | Jacob Wenzka | Charles Westfall | Eddie Whelan | Ouida Williams | Anthony Wislar | Cheri Wranosky |


Free concert

The Northeast Georgia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and St Stephen's Anglican Church and will present Dr. Ivan Frazier, Amy Hepworth, and William Coscarelli in concert on Sunday, 7 August 2011, at 4:00pm.  The concert will consist of original works for organ by Joseph Jongen and Herbert Howells as well as a selection of arrangements including works by JS Bach/Schreiner, Mozart/Wolford, Grieg/Asper, Gounod/Frazier, and Saint-Saens/Gigout. 

St. Stephen's Anglican Church is located at 800 Timothy Rd., Athens, GA 30606.  Ivan Frazier retired from the Hugh Hodgson School of Music in 2005, Amy Hepworth is a graduate student in musicology, and William Coscarelli is head of music collections for the University of Georgia Libraries and director of music for St. Stephen's.

The program is free, open to the public, and everyone is welcome.


Forum on animals

Please plan to join the Athens-Clarke County Federation of Neighborhoods on Monday, August 1 at 7:30 pm for our monthly program held at 489 Prince Avenue (the Old Fire Hall).

This month we are hosting an information session on animal welfare in the community. Our panel of guests will discuss progress, problems, and potential solutions to animal welfare issues in Athens-Clarke
County with a focus on topics such as pet overpopulation, spay & neuter, adoption, and responsible pet ownership.

Speakers will include representatives from ACC Animal Control, Athens Canine Rescue, Athens Area Humane Society, Helping Paws Rescue, and the Athens Area Rescue Foundation. The public is invited and questions
will be taken from the audience.

Our panel members will be:
* Bly Crane, President, Athens Canine Rescue
* Amanda Rodriguez Crook, Owner, Helping Paws Rescue
* Denise Plemmons, Special Projects Manager, Athens Area Humane Society
* Michelle Rabold, ACC Animal Control Officer / Athens Area Rescue Foundation
* Patrick Rives, Superintendent, ACC Animal Control

Federation of Neighborhoods meetings are always free and open to the public. Please plan to attend and join the discussion on this important topic.


Athfest & found footage festival

"""To celebrate their 20th year of collecting forgotten VHS tapes, Joe Pickett (The Onion) and Nick Prueher (Late Show with David Letterman) return to Athens with a special "Best of the Fest" lineup from their acclaimed touring showcase of odd and hilarious found videos, accompanied by their unique observational commentary. 20
years of regrettable exercise videos, 20 years of insulting training videos, 20 years of forsaken home movies -- all in a one-of-a-kind, one-night-only celebration of video obscurities and live comedy at AthFest."""



Call for artist/sculpture

Not Athens related, but I know there are lots of artists here...
(from xanadu gallery...) 
We have a commercial client looking for a mid-size bronze sculpture (approx. 5 ft. tall x 5 ft. wide x 2 ft. deep) that would have appeal to a western rural/Native American clientele. Subject matter could include a horse and rider.

The owner of the business is only interested in very a realistic, traditional style. No contemporary/abstract works would be of interest.

The budget is approximately $25,000 retail. (Xanadu's commission is 40% for the project.)

If you have or know of any bronzes that might fit the above criteria, please email images, dimensions, and retail price to elaine@xanadugallery.com.

Don't have a piece that will work but know someone who might? Please pass this email on.


ACC Library renovation news

Hey all, the ACC Library has a new blog, http://acclrenovation.blogspot.com/,  with all of the news and details about the renovation (the library is open but you have to use the back entrance). Also check out the renovation photos here

Love the sharing of info via flickr and blogger! ;-)


Friends of ACC Library Seeks volunteers

Tuesday night, 6-7-11, at 7 p.m. is the next meeting of Friends of the Athens-Clarke County Library. http://www.clarke.public.lib.ga.us/arls/support/athfriends.html There still are a couple of openings on the Friends Board that we would be delighted to fill if there are any A-CC residents interested. I've been on the board for a year and have been impressed with the amount of offerings Friends makes available to the community. The workload is not heavy and the activities sponsored by Friends are always fun ones.

Friends of the Athens-Clarke County Library is a non-profit organization that advocates on behalf of the library and helps supplement library funding shortfalls. Funds raised by Friends help the library to better serve and enrich our community by making available free information, education, entertainment, and literacy activities for library patrons. In the current economy, use of the library has heavily increased (books, periodicals, movies, activities), but library funding has not increased, so Friends activities will be more important than ever.

If you are interested in working on the friends board, please come to our meeting Tuesday to see what we do and then, if you are interested, put your name forward as a nominee.
If you can't find the time to work on the Friends Board but wish to become a member of the Friends non-profit organization, the online membership form can be downloaded from the link above or at: http://www.clarke.public.lib.ga.us/arls/support/fotl_membershipform.pdf


Art exhibit & reception

Honestly, this is a great showing of work. Check it out if you have time. Reception June 15 6-8 p.m. Oconee County Library. Featuring work from robin fay (me), sarah hubbard & rene shoemaker.


Oglethorpe Co. planning meeting

Community Wide Planning Meeting
Come share your vision for Oglethorpe County and Cities
Tuesday June 21st
Oglethorpe County Middle School
7:00 pm

Tuesday June 21st at 7:00 pm in the new middle school cafeteria is your chance to tell community leaders your vision for Oglethorpe County and Cities future.

Your input is important and will be used as the community reviews its Comprehensive Plan. This plan guides development and decision makers as they prepare for the future. The plan considers:

? Natural, Cultural and Historic Resources
? Community services and facilities
? Population and other community indicators
? Economic development
? Housing
? Intergovernmental coordination
? Transportation
? Land use and development

Come tell us what you think and hear from your friends and neighbors.
Hope to see you there!


Hall Democrats hear from state party leader | AccessNorthGa

Hall Democrats hear from state party leader | AccessNorthGa

UGA/Athens Art School program rankings

Kind of nice to see that the UGA Art School programs are so highly rated (U.S. Report).

My intent was to see how schools are ranked and what schools to recommend to him. It is a really good source. Print making, painting and drawing, photo and ceramics fair well as well.

Sculpture #12 University of Georgia Athens, GA

Ceramics #14 University of Georgia Athens, GA

Painting and Drawing #14 University of Georgia Athens, GA

Photography #18 University of Georgia Athens, GA

Printmaking #10 University of Georgia Athens, GA

Schools of Art #37 University of Georgia Athens, GA 3.4



42nd Annual Preservation Awards

Passing along the announcement...

42nd Annual Preservation Awards
June 13, 2011, 6:30-9:00pm [new date]
UGA Fine Arts Theatre
255 Baldwin Street

What do an indoor climbing gym, a community garden and a medical school have in common?  They were all 2010 Preservation Award winners!  Each year the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation showcases outstanding projects that revitalize historic places in our community.  See this year’s best local makeovers, from small-scale rehabilitations, to LEED-certified new construction, to million-dollar historic restorations.  It's an exclusive behind-the-scenes look (via slideshow!) of the best preservation projects in town, and you are all invited.  This is your Athens.

Drinks and light hors d’oeuvres in the lobby at 6:30; show starts at 7:00pm.

Free Concert music

The Festival of American Chamber Music will have concerts at the Ramsey Recital Hall at the UGA Performing Arts Center May 20, 21 and 22. You can see the event descriptions and times at https://sites.google.com/site/americanchamberfestival/.


Two officially qualify for Georgia House seat || OnlineAthens.com

Two officially qualify for Georgia House seat || OnlineAthens.com

New local/regional site & a call for entries

I'll be honest, I don't have a problem with niche websites (this is certainly one) but I know there will be people beyond the target audience at new local regional site, The Boomers, who would be interested in hearing Elizabeth Barton talk about quilting. I also noticed there is a call for entries for a poster contest; I don't recall seeing that at flagpole or anywhere else online Perhaps, I missed it, but it's dreadful how regional entertainment information is scattered every where imaginable. We seem woefully disorganized compared to other states and even cities. Ok, off of my soap box for now. ;-)
Anyhow, I wish them great success and I really hope they share their content beyond their target audience. If you are interested in community folks, art & more, check out the site. Perhaps, someone will even consider crossposting or sharing their information here at athensworld.

Marigold Festival - 5k, parade, music, arts & crafts!

marigold festival featuring musicians, crafts, entertainment & $10/bag book sale at the Front Porch Bookstore May 21, 2011.

Don't forget to register for the 5k - Running Through the Marigolds
5k Fun Run/Walk
May 21, 2011 @ 8:00 a.m.
$10 early registration (guaranteed t-shirt)
$15 late registration (t-shirt only while supplies last)
This event will take place in the City of Winterville, at 8 a.m. on May 21. The starting line will be located in the city square. You will also be able to pick up your race number and retrieve your t-shirt from the Pittard Park Pavilion. In order to insure that you are given the appropriate size t-shirt, please indicate your size below. The 5k Fun Run/Walk will come at the beginning of Winterville's Marigold Festival.

Santana bashes Atl. over immigration law | Atlanta Business Chronicle

Santana bashes Atl. over immigration law | Atlanta Business Chronicle

Mule Day

Join us for our annual Mule Day farm celebration! As in years past, we will host our favorite craftspeople and artisans who will demonstrate basket-making, quilting, soap-making and blacksmithing. This year will feature some new guests from Georgia Mudcats Pottery who will bring their work (including face jugs) to share and sell.
The Georgia Old Time Plow Club will demonstrate plowing with mules and oxen and wagon rides will be available for anyone who wants a ride down the road or up to the schoolhouse.
Local barbecue will be cooked and served onsite along with several sweet treats to the accompaniment of bluegrass and gospel music.

Visit www.shieldsethridgefarminc.com for more information


Falafel King Cafe

This restaurant has the best falafel I have ever eaten. This stuff is so good that I don't even see the point of trying the other menu items. I would recommend you check this out, and it is located at 1074 Baxter Street in what is obviously an old Pizza Hut building. I am not even the type of person to explore much international or vegetarian fare, but the falafel is spicy and satisfying. Here is a story from Online Athens last year about the place.


Gone with the Wind Screenings, lectures & more

Friday, May 6, 2011
Exhibit Opening and Reception
Join us for the opening of a one-of-a-kind exhibit featuring never before exhibited materials highlighting Margaret Mitchell's life during the writing of Gone With the Wind and in the days leading up to its publication.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Seminars and Documentary ScreeningA variety of authors and experts will discuss Margaret Mitchell, Gone With the Wind, and its impact on literature and the world at large. On hand will be John Wiley, considered by many to be an expert on Margaret Mitchell and Gone With the Wind, to discuss his new book, noted Gone With the Wind memorabilia collector and author Herb Bridges, UGA's Albert B. Saye Professor of History Dr. John Inscoe, and others.

We will be screening Change in the Wind;, the latest documentary from Emmy-winning filmmaker C.B. Hackworth, who along with Mary Taylor, former director of the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum will dicuss the never before seen aspect of Mitchell's life uncovered in the documentary. Following a break for dinner, we will be treated to a performance of Mrs. Marsh, a one-woman play written by Melita Easters based on the letters of Margaret Mitchell.
Please contact Leandra Nessel at (706) 542-3879 or lnessel@uga.edu  for more details and a timeline of events!