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Volume One | Summer 2019

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Visitors, locals, professionals, students ‒ they're all a part of the growing number of people<br />

coming to the Chattahoochee Valley every season.<br />

But who are they? Artists, medical students, soldiers, educators, classical musicians, filmmakers,<br />

computer programmers, chefs, bankers, young professionals spanning every demographic, families,<br />

retirees. <strong>The</strong>y're coming here, to our community, and then many of them are choosing to stay.<br />

But why?<br />

What is often presented as a complicated answer really boils down to one simple thing: A multigenerational,<br />

diverse population of people are coming ‒ and staying ‒ in the Chattahoochee<br />

Valley. <strong>The</strong>y're staying because of the vibrant cultural landscape that envelops them when they<br />

arrive.<br />

Over the past year, our team at <strong>The</strong> Columbusite has worked to give a voice to more than one<br />

hundred local artists and over forty organizations supporting the arts in our region. What we've<br />

learned is that our community wants, merits, and needs a voice for our unique cultural<br />

environment.<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Current</strong> is yet another way we hope to achieve this goal. You, our readers, have asked for<br />

more information on local artists and the organizations that support them. You have asked for<br />

insight on events, food, and regional travel. You will find all of that here.<br />

We've worked to make <strong>The</strong> <strong>Current</strong> an active resource. A resource for locals to dive deeper into<br />

the bountiful plenty of cultural gems here. A place for visitors to get their feet wet. And most<br />

importantly, a voice for everything making waves along the Chattahoochee.<br />

with our Summer Arts & Culture Guide<br />

<strong>The</strong>re's a new current here, and it's changing everything.<br />

Here's to the ride.<br />


Founder & Editor in Chief<br />

Follow along on Instagram and Facebook @thecolumbusite

I N THI S I S S UE<br />

Entrée des Artistes<br />

Homeward Bound<br />

Natalia Temesgen: On Being Home<br />

Impressed to Dress: Loren Corcoran, Fashion Designer<br />

Worth the Drive<br />

RushSouth<br />

A Day at Callaway<br />

Food + Bev<br />

Sunday Brunch at Bare Roots<br />

Culture 'Cues: Top Local BBQ and Where to Find It<br />

Local Living<br />

<strong>The</strong> Livin' is Easy: Our Summer Arts & Culture Guide<br />

Coming in Hot: RiverCenter's Upcoming Season<br />

Schwob Summer Music Festival<br />

Momstrosity Makes its Mark

a publication of T H E C O L U M B U S I T E<br />


THE<br />


Founder & Editor in Chief<br />


Creative Director<br />

INTERNS 2018-2019<br />

Abby Barnett<br />

Emma Baum<br />

Amy Wood<br />

Courtney Fields<br />

Emiline Meyers<br />

CONTRIBUTORS 2018-2019<br />

Mandy Ochoa<br />

<strong>The</strong>resa Garcia Robertson<br />

Natalia Temesgen<br />

Charlotte Gallagher<br />


Eliza Morrill<br />

Jennifer Corcoran<br />

Carrie Beth Wallace<br />


Local playwright, Natalia Temegen, chats about her new series called Grounds. <strong>The</strong> web<br />

series is set to release this Fall and was filmed with a local production team from Springer<br />

Film Institute on location at Fountain City Coffee. Temesgen is pictured in front of new<br />

local public art mural by Yoyo Ferro.<br />


Columbus<br />

Georgia<br />

rapidly changing<br />

the landscape of<br />

southern culture

Story by Carrie Beth Wallace<br />

BOUND<br />


n the once sleepy little town of Columbus, Georgia, rapid<br />

change crests upon whitewater and within the hearts of<br />

Iyoung artists returning to reclaim the city as their home.<br />


<strong>The</strong>re's a contingent of young female artists who<br />

have come home to settle down and work in their<br />

hometown. Many of the artists are Columbus<br />

natives who have spent the beginning of their<br />

careers in large cities like Charleston, Nashville,<br />

or New York City.<br />

So what's bringing them back to the<br />

Chattahoochee Valley? We asked several local<br />

artists why they've chosen to return to home to<br />

live and work here.<br />

Above: Teil Duncan Henley sits with some of her lovely ladies. Photo by<br />

Minette Hand.. Previous page: A painting of Columbus, Georgia's iconic<br />

riverfront by local artist Kate Waddell.<br />

Teil Duncan Henley is one of the growing<br />

network of young women choosing to work and<br />

live here. "<strong>The</strong> primary pull to Columbus was to<br />

be near my large family and to attend<br />

CrossPointe Church," said Henley. "It is a<br />

wonderful added bonus that Columbus has only<br />

blossomed since I have been gone! <strong>The</strong> food,<br />

downtown atmosphere, river activities, CSU art<br />

facilities, and outreach opportunities just keep<br />

popping up and providing so much life to this<br />

town. I absolutely loved Charleston as it is filled<br />

with artists of every kind: graphic designers,<br />

chefs, well-curated boutique owners, interior<br />

designers, musicians- there was an incredible<br />

amount of stimulation. Moving home to Georgia<br />

where the pace is a little slower and the overall<br />

"hype" is not quite as loud, but I think will allow<br />

for a more concentrated focus on the evolvement<br />

of my work with less distractions, along with new<br />

inspiration from family life, Georgia pines and<br />

hills, changing seasons, and riverside culture. I<br />

am so excited to be back home."<br />

Katie Jacobson is another young artist who has decided to move back to Columbus to work. "I love this community<br />

because it is so supportive and inspiring in endless ways," said Jacobson about the beautiful atmosphere here. "I<br />

experienced other cities and loved them, but at the end of the day home has always felt like Columbus. I love being close<br />

to family, old friends, and all the new friendships that have come since I moved back. <strong>The</strong>re is a energy here that is so<br />

exciting to be apart of. As an artist, it's inspiring being surrounded by so many passionate creatives."<br />

with our Summer Arts & Culture Guide<br />


Jessica Kennedy is a graduate of Columbus State University and co-founder of <strong>The</strong> Columbus Collective, a new startup<br />

hosting popup art exhibits. Due to the blossoming cultural environment Kennedy found in Columbus, she and her<br />

husband have decided to stay in Columbus as well. “My husband Michael and I both live and work here. Whether you<br />

are into art, motorcycles or kayaking, the best thing you can do is find an active community and pour into it. My<br />

husband loves the outdoors, but for me, it’s Columbus’ art community," said Kennedy. "Thanks to <strong>The</strong> Columbus<br />

Collective, I found a community that needed me as much as I needed them. I’ve never felt like I had more of a purpose.<br />

I’m here to stay.“<br />

A R T<br />

I R E C T ( O R Y )<br />

D<br />


WHO'S<br />

<strong>The</strong> arts in the Chattahoochee Valley continue to flourish. Artists continue to settle down and invest in Columbus'<br />

renaissance . New organizations emerge every season. Educational programming is on the rise. It isn't stopping. <strong>The</strong><br />

question is — what's to come? ◼<br />


NAT<br />

ALIA<br />

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ESG<br />

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on being home<br />

Written by Natalia Temesgen<br />

Images by Carrie Beth Wallace

It was morning, already hot. I was sitting in the back seat<br />

of my mom’s minivan, looking out the window as we<br />

drove past the thin bridge-driveways along Cherokee<br />

Avenue. Sarah McLachlan’s “Adia” played on the radio. It<br />

was the summer of 1998.<br />

We had only lived in Columbus a short time then. In my<br />

early childhood in New York, I grew up taking dance<br />

lessons and auditioning for commercials and movies.<br />

When we moved to Rochester, MN for my father’s job, I<br />

got into the children’s theatre and took ballet classes. It<br />

only made sense that I was now on my way to Day 1 at<br />

the local theater camp.<br />

That year, Springer Academy was held at St. Elmo<br />

Elementary School due to renovations at the Opera<br />

House. We made the right turn onto Garrard Street and<br />

pulled into a parking lot. Mom and I walked into the<br />

building where I would meet other artsy, unique, and<br />

outgoing kids. I got my gray shirt with the drama faces<br />

printed in green. I wrote my first name in the box. In the<br />

summers to follow, I began to write my nickname, “Nat,”<br />

which Academy Director Ron Anderson would call me<br />

from then until he passed away many years later.<br />

As a young camper, I began to understand what it meant<br />

to be an artist. We were children, but we were still<br />

encouraged to treat theatre as a craft. I met people there I<br />

would go on to work with as an adult. Sara and Jef<br />

Holbrook, the dynamic couple behind the Springer Film<br />

Institute and producers of my web series “Grounds,” were<br />

my classmates. Sally Baker, the current director of the<br />

Springer <strong>The</strong>atre Academy, was my teacher. Some others<br />

I came to know there are now professional artists working<br />

in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and Europe. But some<br />

of us are still here. And what we learned then has become<br />

foundational to what makes our local arts scene so<br />

powerful today: every voice is important, good art<br />

requires discipline and hard work, and a production is<br />

more powerful when its artists truly collaborate.<br />

I spent a decade in the Northeast after graduating from<br />

Columbus High School in 2004. I studied playwriting in<br />

college and graduate school, and began working as a<br />

playwright in Manhattan. <strong>The</strong> opportunities for theater<br />

professionals in New York are overwhelming. Calls for<br />

new plays, especially plays by emerging writers, are<br />

plentiful. I began to have a promising early career. Upon<br />

returning to Columbus in 2013, I panicked at the thought<br />

that the only producing theater in town was the Springer<br />

Opera House.<br />

One theater can only do so many shows, especially new<br />

plays which can be financially risky. I knew I needed to<br />

return to those early lessons of collaborative artwork if I<br />

wanted to continue thriving as a playwright.<br />

In 2014, I produced a staged reading and subsequent<br />

full-scale production of my play “<strong>The</strong> Old Ship of Zion”<br />

at the National Civil War Naval Museum. This journey<br />

drew me to two of my dearest theater collaborators:<br />

Jonathan Samuel Eddie Perkins, director of the Fountain<br />

City Slam, and the late Tamara L. Curry-Gill, actor and<br />

director.<br />

I worked with near strangers who became like family.<br />

<strong>The</strong> production was a financial success, thanks in part to<br />

the early support of local residents with a vision for arts<br />

and culture and the strong attendance of the<br />

performances.<br />

I believe the artistic journey of 2014 was responsible for<br />

my biggest growth as an artist thus far. I would put it<br />

above graduating from Tisch with my MFA or being<br />

produced off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane. Because that<br />

year back home in Columbus, I finally put old lessons<br />

into practice.<br />


I had to believe in myself, trust that my voice was important, and so were those of my characters. I had to exert a level of<br />

discipline and hard work that was unprecedented for me. I wasn’t simply writing. I was a business executive, a fundraiser,<br />

an HR rep, a PR professional, an accountant. Finally, I had to learn that even in a city without multiple theaters looking<br />

for new work, there was still a talented community of seemingly tireless artists ready to collaborate and make things<br />

happen.<br />

I am convinced that Columbus is generous to the arts in ways that Manhattan could never be. I am also convinced that we<br />

are just as artistically rich, though our opportunities appear fewer. Innovation is a mark of the Columbus artist. And with<br />

each passing year, Columbus appears to be on the brink of an indie arts renaissance. Community members, now is your<br />

time to walk this road with us. Show up to the events that pop-up and surprise you. Donate to the projects that seem<br />

exciting and even a little risky. Believe in our voices as we believe in each other, and witness the incredible power of the<br />

local indie arts scene for yourself. ◼<br />




iverCenter’s 2019-2020 season was announced in May to immediate local acclaim. <strong>The</strong> list of titles<br />

was released first to the media where gasps could be heard as each of the TSYS Broadway on<br />

Broadway titles were announced. RENT. Fiddler on the Roof. CATS. Two of the first major tours of<br />

shows still currently running on Broadway: Beautiful : <strong>The</strong> Carole King Musical and Waitress, the hit<br />

Rmusical by Sara Bareilles.<br />

Gladys Knight will be here in November as the headliner for Synovus' Center Stage series. <strong>The</strong> Atlanta Symphony<br />

Orchestra is coming in April. Columbus will also host a free performance in March of one of the largest military<br />

tours put together in the last decade. <strong>The</strong>re’s also a contemporary ballet set to music by Bach and David Bowie.<br />

Another musical called Escape to Margaritaville, which is based on the music of Jimmy Buffet. Next year’s<br />

programming for children will include <strong>The</strong> Pout-Pout Fish, <strong>The</strong> SpongeBob Musical, Pilobolus, and What Do You Do<br />

with an Idea? Cantus Columbus will close 20 years of performances will their final concert at RiverCenter.<br />

Next year will bring a lot of potential growth and change with this new season. RiverCenter will host its second<br />

national tour in two years. <strong>The</strong> producers and directors of RENT have decided that Columbus is the perfect place<br />

for their cast to come and complete their final rehearsals for the latest tour pickup before heading out to perform.<br />

This means that Columbus will get see the first performance of the show.<br />

“For a city of our size to receive a national tour launch is a big deal,” said Jim Rutland, RiverCenter’s Program<br />

Director. “No other theatre in the state of Georgia is launching one this year.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> national tour launch of RENT will mean more than a great performance to open RiverCenter's season though.<br />

<strong>The</strong> cast and crew are expected to need around a hundred nights in local hotel rooms, caterers for each day of<br />

rehearsal, in addition to all of the materials and supplies they’ll purchase locally. Overall, it's estimated that an<br />

economic impact of $200,000- $300,000 will come to the community as a result.<br />

Rutland said the 2019-20 season has been in the works for quite some time. “<strong>The</strong> booking process begins over a<br />

year in advance. We don’t book specific dates at first, it’s really more of working out the general timelines for the<br />

shows we’d like to have. <strong>The</strong>n, there are two conferences that happen each year where a lot of the business and<br />

initial booking conversations take place.”<br />

Sometimes, the plan doesn’t work out though. “This season we had a particularly heartbreaking situation. <strong>The</strong><br />

company producing Ain’t Too Proud wanted to do their broadway launch here. It happened fairly late in the game,<br />

and during the three to four-week period they were looking at, we had another show booked. We just couldn’t find<br />

acceptable dates that would work for both organizations, so we had to ultimately pass on the opportunity.”<br />


Managing the booking of so many different shows in a season can be a challenge for Rutland and his team. “Often, we<br />

will hold dates for more than one title until we see how things play out. Sometimes, their tour schedule will change and<br />

the dates won’t work out for us. Other times, it all works out beautifully and the first company we spoke with ends up<br />

being the show that we book. It’s all just a part of the process.”<br />

RiverCenter’s team has set a goal to continue to work toward hosting more national tours. “It’s a wonderful opportunity<br />

for us as a performing arts center, but it’s also an incredible way for us to increase visibility for our city,” explained<br />

Rutland. “Launching national tours is a big push for exposure. All of the national tours we work with list RiverCenter<br />

and Columbus, Georgia as the place where their tour launched from. It’s a really valuable thing to be able to say.”<br />

<strong>The</strong>re is one obstacle to this goal, though. <strong>The</strong> new sales tax law to benefit theatre companies didn’t cross over to the<br />

Senate this year. “It really hurt us,” explained Rutland. “I was in conversations with four different production<br />

companies in the country at the time. <strong>The</strong>y produce pretty much everything. Broadway tours, equity tours and<br />

everything in between. When the legislation didn’t cross over into the senate, most of them walked away.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> only ones that didn’t walk away were the companies who had already been here. “Once these companies have come<br />

through Columbus and the RiverCenter, they are always eager to come back,” said Rutland. “<strong>The</strong>y love the facilities<br />

and they can’t believe we can accommodate two semi trucks in our loading dock.” When a production rolls into town,<br />

the first thing they have to do is unload everything. Most venues in big cities don’t have a lot of space around their<br />

venue, which makes the process tedious and difficult. RiverCenter’s location and setup makes it simple.<br />

“We have a 50 foot push from the loading dock to center stage. Most places have elevators, rain, snow, and all kinds of<br />

other things that make loading in a production more difficult. A lot of planning went into ensuring the RiverCenter was<br />

a state of the art facility that is easy to work in for production companies. It’s one of the things that RiverCenter does<br />

really well.”<br />

Rutland said that retaining companies is not a problem. “All of the production companies that have been here want to<br />

come back. <strong>The</strong>y know how great this community is. Uptown is exploding, we have restaurants, we have hotels and<br />

more being built. <strong>The</strong>re’s the river and tons of recreation - people just like being here.”<br />

For companies that haven’t been here though, the sales tax is an impediment. “I am really hopeful that the legislation<br />

will go through this year. It’s not that big of a deal,” Rutland explained. “<strong>The</strong>re is already legislation on the books that<br />

is really good for film, and it’s a really wonderful thing. Now, they have parameters they’re trying to add for stage<br />

productions and concerts. <strong>The</strong> issue is the threshold that you have to hit. It’s too high”<br />

<strong>Current</strong>ly, a production company has to hit a threshold of $500,000 and tour for 52 weeks to get 15% of their total<br />

expenditures in the state of Georgia as a tax incentive. “<strong>The</strong> length of the tour and the cap are impractical for regional<br />

tours. Our tours spend around $350,000 and only run for about 30 weeks. <strong>The</strong> request is that the threshold be reduced<br />

to $100,000 and reduce the tour length by about half. This would cover national tours and tour pickups like RENT.”<br />

This new legislation is important because similar tax breaks exist in other states. This means that Georgia loses out to<br />

states that can offer the productions tax incentives elsewhere.<br />

“If we are able someday to have the tax incentive locally for companies to produce their tours here, there is no limit to<br />

the number of tours we could host each year,” explained Rutland. “If we have the dates, we can host them. It’s just a<br />

matter of having the ability for the legislation to benefit them enough for them to choose to produce the shows in<br />

Georgia.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> legislation hurdle hasn’t slowed down RiverCenter though. <strong>The</strong> 2019-20 season is a testament to the hard work of<br />

RiverCenter’s staff and the growth of our community. RiverCenter’s guests can expect to see state of the art, current<br />

productions with some of the finest stars in live theatre on stage. And, if the trend continues, each season will only get<br />

better and better. ◼<br />



ur community is bustling with artists of all different mediums and styles. We<br />

see them on social media, in magazines, and encounter their work in museums<br />

or galleries around town. But due to the impact of our digital world, artists can<br />

often feel elusive to the average person.<br />

Who are they? Where do they work? Where can someone find a list of local<br />

artists and their work online? How do you reach out if you're looking to<br />

network? Where do you go to put a face with a name before you purchase a<br />

piece? How do you request a commission or find out about new work before it's<br />

released?<br />

<strong>The</strong>se questions and many others are some of the most common things we've been asked by locals in our first<br />

year. After some extensive research in markets similar to our area, and many conversations with local artists,<br />

we hope our new Art Directory is a good first step into bridging the gap between visitors, locals, and the artists<br />

we love.<br />

We are thrilled to introduce a visual guide to artists who are either from or working in our region. This guide is<br />

complete with clickable links to connect you with each artist and their work. This is the first installment, with<br />

two more installments to come: one for performing artists, and one for arts organizations, galleries, and<br />

businesses.<br />

It is our hope that this online resource continues to grow into a conduit of creativity and connection for all of us<br />

living in this beautiful place we call home.<br />


click the images to be directed to each artist's work and website<br />

for image sources, view page 14.<br />


ART<br />

Erin Gregory<br />

fine art<br />

Bo Bartlett<br />

fine art<br />

Lulie Wallace<br />

fine art, textles<br />

Bunny Hinzman<br />

fine art<br />

Kate Waddell<br />

fine art<br />

Amy Sherald<br />

fine art<br />

Jessica Kennedy<br />

fine art<br />

Najee Dorsey<br />

fine art<br />

Eliza Daffin<br />

large format photography<br />


click the images to be directed to each artist's work and website<br />

for image sources, view page 14.<br />


ART<br />

Garry Pound<br />

fine art<br />

Betsy Eby<br />

fine art<br />

Teil Duncan<br />

fine art<br />

Courtney Johnson<br />

jewelry<br />

Katie Jacobson<br />

fine art<br />

Eliza Morrill<br />

photography<br />

Coulter Fussell<br />

textiles<br />

Mollie Jenkins<br />

pottery<br />

Ralph Frank<br />

fine art<br />


click the images to be directed to each artist's work and website<br />

for image sources, view page 14.<br />


ART<br />

Jarrett Key<br />

fine art<br />

Trey Walker<br />

adventure photographer<br />

Kate Scrivner<br />

fine art<br />

Helen Brooks<br />

fine art<br />

Ximena Rozo<br />

textiles<br />

Elyse Mixon<br />

jewelry<br />

Natalia Temesgen<br />

writer<br />

Gina Tew<br />

designer + illustrator<br />

Rani Garner<br />

fine art<br />


click the images to be directed to each artist's work and website<br />

for image sources, view page 14.<br />


ART<br />

Lark Champion<br />

textiles<br />

Sally Bradley<br />

fine art<br />

Evelyn Henson<br />

illustrator<br />

<strong>The</strong>resa Garcia<br />

Libbie Rothschild<br />

Mary Margaret<br />

Robertson<br />

writer<br />

sculpture<br />

Monsees<br />

sculpture<br />

Are we missing someone?<br />

Submit an artist here.<br />



THE<br />

Because we believe in taking every measure to ensure artists receive credit for their work.<br />

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Click on the multicolored arrows below to be directed to the precise location of each image featured in our directory.<br />

Erin Gregory, This Must Be <strong>The</strong> Place 6 | 48x60 | @ Stellers Gallery<br />

Bo Bartlett, School of the Americas | 76x76 | @ Bo Bartlett Center<br />

Lulie Wallace, Aquatic Plant No. 3 | 30 X 40<br />

Bunny Hinzman, Untitled, No. 4 | 14x18<br />

Kate Waddell, Paris in the Rain | 36x48<br />

Amy Sherald, Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama | @ National Portrait Gallery<br />

Jessica Kennedy, Portrait courtesy of the artist<br />

Najee Dorsey, Black Art in America, Portrait courtesy of the artist<br />

Eliza Daffin, Returning, Silver gelatin print<br />

Garry Pound, Self Portrait, 2012 | 5'x8'<br />

Betsy Eby, Force Majeure | 48x60<br />

Teil Duncan, image by Hailey Wist, courtesy of the artist<br />

Courtney Johnson, jewelry designer, Bent by Courtney<br />

Katie Jacobson, Palo Alto | 220 x 24 | mixed media on canvas<br />

Eliza Morrill, photographer, bridal portrait of Ivey<br />

Coulter Fussell, Self Portrait 2018 from Piecework Collective<br />

Mollie Jenkins, ceramic pottery<br />

Ralph Frank, artist<br />

Jarrett Key, fine artist, hair painting, image courtesy of the artist<br />

Trey Walker, adventure photographer, image courtesy of the photographer<br />

Kate Scrivner, Pastel Abstract | 24x36<br />

Helen Brooks, Assembly Line | 9x12 | acrylic mixed media<br />

Elyse Mixon, jewelry, image courtesy of the artist<br />

Natalia Temesgen, writer, our image<br />

Gina Tew, designer + illustrator, Sunshine Flowers<br />

Rani Garner, Misty Lake | 30x30 | @ Two Sisters Gallery<br />

Larkin Lane Designs, Photo courtesy of the aritst<br />

Sally Bradley, Untitled<br />


Evelyn Henson, Map of Columbus<br />

<strong>The</strong>resa Garcia Robertson, writer, image by Eliza Morrill<br />

Libbie Rothschild, White Aura, image courtesy of the artist<br />

Mary Margaret Monsees, fine art, image courtesy of the artist<br />


the living<br />

is easy<br />

with our Summer Arts & Culture Guide

JUNE<br />

EVENTS<br />

View our online calendar here!<br />

June 1-2, 2019 Columbus Georgia LGBT Pride Festival, Downtown Columbus<br />

June 1, Bites of Uptown Food Tour, My Boulánge<br />

June 1, Burger Wars 2019, <strong>The</strong> Railyard, Opelika, AL<br />

June 1, Art for the Ark, Jarfly<br />

June 1, Company C 14th Annual Spring Production No Apologies, <strong>The</strong> RiverCenter<br />

June 3, New Moon Ceremony, River Flow Yoga and Wellness<br />

June 4, Children's and Young Adult Used Book Sale, Auburn Public Library<br />

June 4-5, Kinky Boots, <strong>The</strong> RiverCenter<br />

June 6, 7th Annual Bunco Bash, Courtyard by Marriott Columbus/Phenix City - Riverfront<br />

June 7, Neon Ride, Wild Leap Brew Co.<br />

June 7, SummerNight 2019, Downtown Auburn, AL<br />

June 8, Chattahoochee Valley Daylily Festival, Columbus Botanical Garden<br />

June 8, Knobby Knees Music Festival, Flint Riverkeeper, Albany, GA<br />

June 8, Free Outdoor Movie - Presented By Navy Federal Credit Union, Woodruff Park<br />

June 8, City Farmers Feast 2019, <strong>The</strong> UP Factory<br />

June 8, 2019 Denim and Diamonds with Old Dominion, Columbus Civic Center<br />

June 13-15, 18-22, 25-29 Corduroy at 10:00 AM, June 16, 23 & 30 at 2:00 PM CSU <strong>The</strong>atre<br />

June 14, <strong>The</strong> Columbus Collective Presents ART at No Shame <strong>The</strong>atre, Springer Opera House<br />

June 14-15, Galactic Fan Expo, Coca-Cola Space Science Center<br />

June 14-29, Legally Blonde: <strong>The</strong> Musical, CSU <strong>The</strong>atre Department<br />

June 15, Chattahoochee Brews & Views Walking Tour, 900 Front Ave, Columbus<br />

June 15, <strong>The</strong> FUBU Photo Exhibit by GSV, Pop Uptown<br />

June 15, Full Moon TreeTop Adventure, Callaway Gardens (Monthly)<br />

June 16, Second Annual Fountain City Father's Day Blues Festival, Columbus Civic Center<br />

June 17, ColGAthtr Artists Monthly Happy Hour: June!, Jarfly (monthly)<br />

June 20, Summer Concert: Ft Benning Jazz Band, <strong>The</strong> Columbus Museum<br />

June 20, Karaoke for Kitties (and Puppers Too!), <strong>The</strong> Uptown Tap<br />

June 21-22, Frogtown Crawfish Festival, Woodruff Park<br />

June 21, 16th Annual Juneteenth Western Dance, Columbus Convention and Trade Center<br />

June 22, A Night in Paris, Pine Mountain<br />

June 22, Westville Columbus Opening Day, 3557 South Lumpkin Road, Columbus, Georgia<br />

June 22, Day in Clay, Dean Road Ceramic, Auburn, AL<br />

June 22, Wild Leap Wing Jam 2019, Wild Leap Brew Co., LaGrange, GA<br />

June 22, Auburn Food & Wine Festival, Twenty-One Acres, Auburn, AL<br />

June 22, Early Show! Marona and Goodwin Rainer, Fountain City Coffee<br />

June 23, Holistic & Handmade Festival, Breathe Holistic Health & Wellness Spa<br />

June 27, Downtown West Point Pop-Up Markets, 707 3rd Ave, West Point, GA<br />

June 28, Summer Movies at the Park!, Municipal Park, Opelika, AL (once a month)<br />

June 28, Bring It! Live: <strong>The</strong> Dance Battle Tour, <strong>The</strong> RiverCenter<br />

June 28, <strong>The</strong> Brewery Comedy TOUR returns to Beacon, Beacon Brewery Co., LaGrange, GA<br />

June 29, Red, White & Blueberry Bash, Donald E. Davis Arboretum, Auburn, AL<br />


JULY<br />

EVENTS<br />

View our online calendar here!<br />

July 4, Cool Pool Summer Splash Celebration, Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park<br />

July 4, Campsite Decorating Contest, Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park<br />

July 6, Art Exhibition, Cold Overton Church<br />

July 10, Young Professionals Leadership Edge, CoWork Columbus<br />

July 14, Sunday Snapshot Gallery Tour, <strong>The</strong> Columbus Museum (monthly)<br />

July 18, ColGAthtr Artists Monthly Happy Hour: July!, Jarfly (monthly)<br />

July 19, Kids Drive-In Movie, Opelika SportsPLEX<br />

July 19, Fantastic Fridays: Jongleur de Paris, <strong>The</strong> Columbus Msueum<br />

July 20, New! Museum Book Club, <strong>The</strong> Columbus Museum<br />

July 20, Full Moon TreeTop Adventure, Callaway Gardens<br />

July 22-28, Columbus Restaurant Week presented by U.S. Foods, Yalla Public Relations<br />

July 25, St. Paul and <strong>The</strong> Broken Bones, Sweetland Amphitheatre<br />

July 25, Downtown West Point Pop-Up Markets, 707 3rd Ave, West Point, GA<br />

July 25, Summer Concert Series: Bonaventure Quartet, <strong>The</strong> Columbus Museum<br />

July 26-28, Friends BIG Book Sale, Columbus Public Library<br />

July 26, Fantastic Fridays: A Seusome Twosome, <strong>The</strong> Columbus Museum<br />

July 26, Summer Movies at the Park!, Municipal Park, Opelika, AL<br />

July 26, Alabama, Columbus Civic Center<br />

July 27, Flint Fest, 506 Thundering Springs Rd, Molena, Georgia<br />

AUGUST<br />

EVENTS<br />

August 1-3, Wild & Scenic Film Festival presented by Georgia Power, Riverside <strong>The</strong>ater<br />

August 3, RENT 20th Anniversary Tour, <strong>The</strong> RiverCenter<br />

August 3, End of the Summer Movie, Duck Samford Park, Auburn, AL<br />

August 6, Harry Potter Night at Your Library!, Mildred L. Terry Public Library (monthly)<br />

August 15, Guest Lecture Series: Michael Jordan, National Civil War Naval Museum<br />

August 17, Celebration of Life Butterfly Release, Columbus Botanical Gardens<br />

August 22, Summer Concert Series: Rabbitfoot, <strong>The</strong> Columbus Museum<br />

August 29, Downtown West Point Pop-Up Markets, 707 3rd Ave, West Point, GA<br />

August 30 - September 1, Mastering Night Photography at the Hot Air Balloon Festival, Callaway Gardens<br />

Check our online calendar this summer for more events as information becomes available.




F R E E S T E A M P R O G R A M S F O R K I D S A L L S U M M E R<br />

S C I E N C E • T E C H N O L O G Y • E N G I N E E R I N G • A R T • M A T H<br />


FAMILY<br />


June 2 Mini Makers: Wild About Gears, Columbus Public Library.<br />

June 3, Wild About Building with <strong>The</strong> Home Depot, Mildred L. Terry Library<br />

June 4, Harry Potter Night, Mildred L. Terry Public Library<br />

June 6, Wild Science (Ages 5-12). North Columbus Public Library.<br />

June 10-14, Clement Kids Art Camp, Westminster Campus<br />

June 13-15, 18-22, 25-29 at 10:00 AM, June 16, 23 & 30 at 2 PM, Corduroy, Riverside <strong>The</strong>atre<br />

June 14-15 Galactic Fan Expo, Coca-Cola Space Science Center<br />

June 15, Ninja Warriors: Library Edition (Ages 5-11), Columbus Public Library<br />

June 17-21 Clement Kids Ballet Camp, Westminster Campus<br />

June 19, Juneteenth Celebration, Mildred L. Terry Public Library<br />

June 29 Sensory Play Saturday (Birth – 5), North Columbus Public Library<br />

July 3, Fourth of July Celebration. Mildred L. Terry Public Library<br />

July 5, LEGOS @ the Library. North Columbus Public Library<br />

July 11, Rock Painting Party (Ages 3-12), North Columbus Public Library<br />

July 12, Chattahoochee Challenge Kids Fun Run<br />

July 13, Scientific Saturday (All Ages), Columbus Public Library<br />

July 18, Ventriloquist Marc Griffiths, Columbus Public Library<br />

July 19, Fantastic Fridays: Jongleur de Paris, <strong>The</strong> Columbus Museum<br />

July 22-26, Clement Kids Drama Camp, Westminster Campus<br />

July 25, Summer Reading Wrap-Up Party North Columbus Public Library<br />

July 26, Super Splash Party in the Garden,. 11:00 a.m. Columbus Public Library<br />

July 26, Fantastic Fridays: A Seusome Twosome, <strong>The</strong> Columbus Museum<br />


A D A Y A T<br />


Written by Carrie Beth Wallace<br />

Callaway Gardens is the area's largest regional attraction with over 2,500 acres to explore. Founded in 1952 by<br />

Cason and Virginia Callaway, the Gardens were established to be a destination where people could enjoy being with<br />

nature as they experienced how nature could play a positive role in their lives. Nearly 70 years later, Callaway<br />

Gardens remains an ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of life.<br />

Families from all over the southeast make the trip annually to retire to the Gardens for a few days. Callaway's event<br />

schedule boasts everything from a food and wine festival to their famous holiday light show, Fantasy in Lights. In<br />

the summer, families travel to attend Callaway's various camps and outdoor events.<br />

But what about local families who just want to go for the day?<br />

Summer is the perfect time to take a drive out to Pine Mountain and spend some time at Callaway. Admission prices<br />

may vary depending on the time of the year, so check online before you go. If you're only able to go for the day, we<br />

suggest renting bicycles to explore the grounds. Bicycle rentals are available for all ages, and bike trailers are<br />

available for young children. As the paths contain some uphill pedaling, Callaway even has tandem bikes for older<br />

children who might need the extra help getting around. We recommend driving to the Discovery Center to park for<br />

the day. From there, you can rent bikes and head out in any direction you please.<br />

Not up for cycling? No problem. It's easy to get around Callaway a number of ways. Consider renting a golf cart or<br />

just driving from attraction to attraction. If you plan to walk, study the park map before you head out. Some of the<br />

attractions are far enough apart that you might need to drive depending on the ages in your party. In the heat of<br />

summer, it's good to know you can get water and snacks at any attraction shop throughout the park. We're partial to<br />

the strawberry shortcake popsicle at the Discovery Center cafe, though!<br />

A must-do at Callaway in the summer is an afternoon on Robin Lake Beach. Pack your bags and head out for a day<br />

at the lake. Picnics are allowed in the park, but food is also available for purchase at Callaway's beach cafe. After<br />

the beach, dry off and change for a trip to the Day Butterfly Center. <strong>The</strong> tropical indoor butterfly habitat is a mustsee<br />

any time you're in the park. Wear bright colors for a chance to have a butterfly land on you, and don't miss the<br />

educational information docents have to share about the Day Center. It's a great opportunity to learn something new<br />

as a family.<br />

Before you leave, don't miss the chance to stop by the Ida Cason Memorial Chapel. on Falls Creek Lake Built by<br />

Cason Callaway as a memorial to his mother, the Chapel's beautiful stained glass windows feature images from<br />

throughout the Gardens. If you happen to be there on a Sunday, don't miss one of the weekly organ recitals — one of<br />

the region's best kept secrets ‒ given by local musicians. ◼<br />


A R T<br />

D I R E C T ( O R Y )<br />

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with our Summer Arts & Culture Guide<br />



with our Summer Arts & Culture Guide

Impressed<br />

to Dress<br />

M E E T F A S H I O N D E S I G N E R<br />

L O R E N C O R C O R A N<br />

Story by Courtney Fields<br />

Images by Carrie Beth Wallace<br />

Columbus brides no longer need to travel to bigger cities to<br />

find the perfect wedding dress. <strong>The</strong> wedding dress of your<br />

dreams can be created for you in the heart of our city.<br />

Custom wedding gown designer Loren Corcoran wants you<br />

to bring your vision boards and print out your favorite<br />

pins to craft your ‘this is the dress’ aha moment right here<br />

in Columbus.<br />

Since 2015, Corcoran has been creating these moments for<br />

brides, but her journey to Loren Elizabeth Designs began<br />

several years prior. Corcoran was unsure of her calling as a<br />

student and single mother at Auburn University, but<br />

enrolled as a fashion merchandising student.<br />

After completing one project that pushed her to create a<br />

dress for a window display, Corcoran’s professor<br />

encouraged her to venture into fashion design. She had no<br />

prior knowledge of design and didn’t even know how to<br />

sew, but she followed her gut and changed her major to<br />

fashion design.<br />

With the help of her professors and after being mentored<br />

by a Columbus area seamstress, Kristin Morgan, Corcoran<br />

began to learn the ropes (or rather, seams) to become a<br />

fashion designer. Through her mentorship, she was also<br />

able to get involved with New York Fashion Week<br />

beginning in 2014. Under the direction of Sherri Hill,<br />

Corcoran along with two others are responsible for altering<br />

nearly 60 dresses within 5 days, along with dressing the<br />

models backstage and taking each of their measurements.<br />


Details, details.<br />

Details are an essential element of Corcoran's style. On the<br />

previous page, Corcoran is pictured working on a custom cape<br />

of a rehearsal dinner dress she's designing for a local bride. "I<br />

just love the details here," Corcoran said to us as we watched<br />

her work. "<strong>The</strong>se tiny pearls and the delicate way this cape<br />

will drape over the bride's silk strapless dress... it's going to be<br />

perfect. I love that the pretty little details are what is<br />

important to her."<br />

On this page:<br />

(Top) Details of fabrics used in previous dresses.<br />

(Bottom left) <strong>The</strong> designer's Bernina Sewing Machine.<br />

(Bottom right) Corcoran in her studio.

After growing in the craft, Corcoran’s sister<br />

entrusted her with one of the highest honors- the<br />

responsibility of designing her wedding gown. With<br />

only three months but a vast amount of faith in her<br />

sister who lived far away, Samantha awaited her<br />

fairytale dress. And when she tried it on, Corcoran<br />

says that her sister shed tears of joy because<br />

everything came together. Loren says that she<br />

wouldn’t be where she is today if her sister hadn’t<br />

encouraged her to take that step.<br />

Today Loren Elizabeth Design is located at Bibb<br />

City Studios among a group of artists including<br />

painters, photographers, interior designers, and<br />

more! Her goal is to continue creating custom<br />

wedding gowns and to eventually move into the<br />

world of resort-wear for honeymoons and vacations.<br />

At this point Corcoran is unsure if she will enter the<br />

world of mass-production for her gowns. For now,<br />

each dress is made and named specifically for the<br />

person wearing it.<br />

Though it took a while for Corcoran to be able to<br />

call herself a fashion designer, she is now confident<br />

and excited about the possibilities. As a fashion<br />

designer and single mother, she wants to inspire<br />

other moms that “you can follow your dreams and<br />

make a living of it. It is possible.” She says to<br />

persevere, look for your dream job, and don’t settle.<br />

Especially for your wedding dress! You can visit<br />

Loren Elizabeth design studio at Bibb City Studios,<br />

or virtually on her website and Instagram. ◼







'CUES<br />


C<br />

olumbus, Georgia is no stranger to good barbecue. In fact,<br />

some of the most popular menus in the Chattahoochee<br />

Valley have their roots deeply steeped in the Southern<br />

summer fare. As is the case in most towns below the<br />

Mason-Dixon Line, locals have strong opinions on where<br />

to go for the best. It's no secret where family<br />

barbecue allegiances lie, and if you've lived here long<br />

enough, there's no doubt you've been a part of a heated<br />

barbecue debate between family friends a time or two.<br />

Whether served out of an airstream, a hole in the wall,<br />

or even in an old bus, it's hard to describe our city's<br />

aesthetic without barbecue at the heart of it all. It's just<br />

a part of who we are.<br />

If you're new to these parts, it's helpful to know that<br />

Country's BBQ is the household name around here and<br />

has been since 1975. With three locations spanning the<br />

area, it's not hard to find yourself in one of their wellworn<br />

booths sipping sweet tea and watching the Braves<br />

(hopefully) beat the Yankees. We're partial to their<br />

brisket tacos, but other popular dishes are the brunswick<br />

stew and chopped barbecue plate.<br />

Another local staple is 13th Street BBQ. <strong>The</strong> selfproclaimed<br />

home of the pork chop sandwich, 13th Street<br />

BBQ is a favorite among millennials who grew up<br />

heading to its original location in their teens. Now<br />

though, you can get 13th Street BBQ in Columbus,<br />

Phenix City, and Cataula ‒ meaning there's likely a pork<br />

chop sandwich waiting on you within ten minutes driving<br />

time.<br />

Looking to switch things up? Take a spin down River<br />

Road to one of our favorite local BBQ hotspots, Clearview<br />

BBQ. With a simple menu and a cash-only policy,<br />

Clearview is a favorite for its quintessential, oldfashioned<br />

hometown vibe. Not sure what to order? Just<br />

ask. <strong>The</strong>re's likely to be a local regular standing in line<br />

near you that'll offer their opinion on which sandwich<br />

and sauce you should try. If you're asking us, we'd<br />

recommend the Old-Fashioned Sandwich with baked<br />

beans and potato chips. But that's just us.<br />

If the concept of traditional BBQ has you bored, now's<br />

the time to snap out of it. At Smoke Bourbon & BBQ you<br />

can enjoy a modern take on traditional barbecue dishes<br />

and sides. Local food star Mark Jones' inventive menu<br />

has earned Smoke a reputation for pushing the limits of<br />

Southern BBQ in a phenomenal way.<br />

Looking for something different?<br />

Try a brisket taco from Country's BBQ. Texas Brisket marries<br />

with chipotle mayo, bacon, cheese, and cilantro for a modern<br />

Southern take on traditional Mexican street tacos.<br />

We swear by the pork nachos — any time, any day.<br />

Other popular menu items include the Pig Mac<br />

sandwich, the pimento cheese wontons, and the<br />

Smoke BBQ Burger. As with any Mark<br />

Jones restaurant, we'd recommend always asking what<br />

the kitchen is up to when you visit. You just never<br />

know what new menu item you might get to try first.<br />

Last, but certainly not least is Zombie Pig BBQ. <strong>The</strong><br />

small veteran-owned business serves up some<br />

seriously big flavor that's won award after award.<br />

<strong>The</strong>ir loyal posse regulars that'll swear Zombie stands<br />

toe-to-toe with any place in town. <strong>The</strong>y even have<br />

gluten free options, which can be hard to find when it<br />

comes to barbecue. <strong>The</strong> restaurant has gotten more<br />

than local attention, though. Zombie Pig was recently<br />

featured in an online article by Sports Illustrated's<br />

Andy Staples who was taken back by Zombie Pig's<br />

flavor and texture. "This was the meat that filled the<br />

best pulled pork sandwiches at the family gatherings<br />

of my childhood," he said. "Each bite took me back to<br />

ping pong tournaments and July 4 fireworks."<br />

So whether you're just in town for a few days or you<br />

live here year-round, give our local 'cues a chance.<br />

Barbecue is at the heart of our local culture, and no<br />

matter your preference, there's something on the<br />

menu for you here.<br />

Keep in mind, our list isn't an exhaustive one. Did we<br />

leave out your favorite? Contact us here to let us<br />

know what to try next! ◼

Sunday<br />

A R E R O O T S<br />

B<br />

Brunch<br />

Written by Carrie Beth Wallace<br />

reshness abounds at the Farmacy this summer. With an everrevolving<br />

menu of seasonal ingredients and newly completed<br />

renovations, guests will find Bare Roots has nailed the farmto-table<br />

aesthetic from first look to final (delicious) bite. FOver the past five years, Sunday Brunch has become a local staple<br />

thanks to residents and tourists heading to Uptown's multiple hip<br />

eateries now offering the meal each week. This growth has led to an<br />

underlying battle for the best Sunday brunch — a dining debate you<br />

won't hear locals complaining about anytime soon. Food has a new<br />

place in our community and the quality of each meal served just<br />

keeps getting better. It's hard to argue Bare Roots<br />

Farmacy hasn't had a large part in the rapid<br />

improvement of Columbus' food culture.<br />

Not sure you'd agree? <strong>The</strong>ir Sunday<br />

Brunch for the summer is a weekly<br />

demonstration of why and how the<br />

Farmacy has been a major catalyst<br />

for local food upping its game.<br />

Every Sunday, visitors can order<br />

from a variety of dishes suited for<br />

any diet. Though the menu does<br />

change each week, it's guaranteed<br />

that the kitchen will offer items that<br />

are vegetarian, gluten-free, and<br />

organic.<br />

Bare Roots Farmacy's Chicken & Pimento Cheese Biscuit.<br />

Wine and traditional orange or grapefruit juice<br />

mimosas are served alongside a well-versed craft<br />

beer menu complete with many regional favorites<br />

like Omaha Brewery, Pretoria Fields, and a new<br />

brew or two from Macon Mounds. <strong>The</strong>y even have a<br />

gluten-free Bourbon Peach Kombucha Ale on tap for<br />

those needing an alternative option from the bar.<br />

Not big on alcohol? No problem. Try the lemonade or a cup<br />

or two of River Rock Roasters' organic coffee. It's local as well.<br />

<strong>The</strong> summer brunch menu is thoughtful, inclusive, and far-reaching. Classic dishes are entirely<br />

transformed by the addition of locally-sourced, and often organic, ingredients add a surprising<br />

depth of flavor to the menu. Favorites include the popular Stuffed Breakfast Sweet Potato, the<br />

Power Breakfast, the Gluten Free Chicken Fingers, and the Chicken & Pimento Cheese Biscuit.<br />

It's helpful to know that each menu item is served with a side unless otherwise noted. <strong>The</strong><br />

restaurant's sides rotate more often than the menu items, but tend to be a highlight of the meal.<br />

Recent sides have included apple coleslaw, gouda grits, and a southern potato salad that evoked<br />

a summer vacation in my childhood spent at a picnic table with my grandmother.<br />

All in all, we're convinced locals and visitors alike will be lined up to dive into Bare Roots'<br />

summer Sunday Brunch this season. Our advice is to go early, sit on the patio, and make plans<br />

to take your time. Find out who the musician is. Strike up a conversation with your neighbors.<br />

Wave goodbye. Hold the door for the next person headed in. Oh, and order that potato salad. ◼<br />



Momstrosity takes the nation by storm as a voice for healthy communities and foster care<br />


Stephanie Hollifield and Eliza Morrill are local<br />

next door neighbors who became best friends<br />

nearly five years ago when they bonded over a<br />

series of shared interests. <strong>The</strong>ir mutual desire<br />

for life lived well in community led them to create<br />

Momstrosity, one of the fastest growing online<br />

communities for families raising children - biological<br />

or otherwise.<br />

Momstrosity is comprised of a website, social media<br />

channels, and weekly live videos that reach nearly 2<br />

million people a month. Each week, Hollifield and<br />

Morrill sit down together and discuss a range of topics<br />

from potty training to adoption. <strong>The</strong>ir infectious blend<br />

of realism and humor sets them apart from other<br />

brands in their market. In just under a year their<br />

content has been featured on <strong>The</strong> Today Show, BBC,<br />

Good Morning America, People, <strong>The</strong> Bump, Ebony, and<br />

PopSugar.<br />

It's not all fun and games, though. Momstrosity is<br />

popular for offering more than the typical articles for<br />

moms. <strong>The</strong> brand has a depth and substance due to<br />

their shared passion for life lived in healthy<br />

communities, and how that can translate to families<br />

involved with foster care.<br />

Read on to learn more about Momstrosity, how it began,<br />

and the ways Hollifield and Morill hope their work is<br />

changing the narrative around foster care locally and<br />

around the nation.<br />

Q: How did Momstrosity get started?<br />

A: (Stephanie) Eliza moved in next door almost five<br />

years ago. She was childless at the time and I had three<br />

kids.<br />

A: (Eliza) Which was a relatively normal number of<br />

kids…<br />

A: (Stephanie, laughing) It was so normal. Anyway, we<br />

are among the youngest families on the street, so when<br />

Eliza moved in my husband and I were like, “<strong>The</strong>y’re<br />

ours.” We called dibs. So we worked really hard to<br />

become their best friends. Seriously. It was our New<br />

Year’s Resolution one year.<br />

A: (Eliza) …. What?<br />

A: (Stephanie) No, really. It was. You should feel<br />

creeped out and honored.<br />

Anyway, as we started talking with them and getting to know<br />

them, we realized that we had a lot of the same ideas. We<br />

had both wanted to build community for parents. Eliza<br />

started blogging through parenthood which led to our<br />

conversations about foster care opening up.<br />

As we got to be closer friends, we decided we should start a<br />

podcast. We joked about it for years, and then one day Eliza<br />

called and said she'd ordered a microphone from Amazon and<br />

it was on its way.<br />

Q: Seriously? You just ordered a microphone?<br />

A: (Eliza) I mean, yes. But then, we did a little research and<br />

realized that before we started a podcast, we needed a<br />

website and social media pages to direct people to.<br />

And then, we got a little sidetracked by the Kiki Challenge.<br />

Q: Yes, about that…<br />

A: (Stephanie) I can’t watch it now. It’s so terrible. But it was<br />

the only way we were going to get a thousand followers<br />

overnight.<br />

(Eliza) That’s exactly right. And it's exactly what happened.<br />

Q: <strong>The</strong> video you made is so funny.<br />

A: (Eliza) Well, thanks. I just think it resonated with people<br />

because it was a parody about potty training. Which is the<br />

worst part of parenting toddlers, hands down.<br />

(Stephanie, laughing) Amen. Amen. Amen.<br />

So after the video released, people went a little crazy and we<br />

decided to just put the podcast on the back burner and grow<br />

our website and social media following first.<br />

Q: Are you glad you decided to go that route?<br />

A: (Eliza) Absolutely. I think it was a very good thing for us<br />

because it let us grow and learn valuable lessons about our<br />

brand and our collective voice along the way.<br />

We’re gearing up to launch our podcast this summer, and I<br />

think that if we didn’t have the fan base that we have now, it<br />

would have been very difficult to succeed. I mean, we don’t<br />

know if the podcast will succeed or not, but it definitely has<br />

a much better shot now that we have followers to direct<br />

there to listen.<br />


Q: What was your goal with Momstrosity?<br />

A: (Eliza) <strong>The</strong> whole point of Momstrosity was to form a<br />

community for moms that aren’t making pinwheel<br />

sandwiches in their kid’s lunch box every day. For moms<br />

who love their kids but need some space. And then also on<br />

the flipside of that, we want to show people that families<br />

don’t have to look alike to be families.<br />

We know that foster care and adoption are very scary to<br />

people. We get it. We understand it. But we want to<br />

normalize foster care and shed a light on the need for foster<br />

care. We want people to know that this is a great thing to do.<br />

And not just for the kids - it’s been the best thing we’ve ever<br />

done for our family.<br />

(Stephanie) Yes. I also think it’s important to talk about our<br />

audience. We felt like there was this space on the internet<br />

for the “hot mess mom” where it’s cute to be frazzled.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re’s that, and then there’s the Pinterest mom. We just<br />

felt like we were somewhere in-between. I mean, we are a<br />

mess but we’re not like frazzled mess moms. And we do want<br />

to learn how to do things better - how to feed our kids better,<br />

which sunscreens work best, and anything that can help us<br />

or our kids - but that’s not our lives.<br />

(Eliza) We do a lot of stories and try to create a good mix of<br />

the emotional aspects of motherhood and the hard truths of<br />

things, but also simplifying your life because none of us have<br />

a lot of time. For example, here are “Our Five Favorite Car<br />

Seats This Year” so that you don’t have to find them all<br />

yourself. You know, things that are practical that actually<br />

help people. Instead of something like “Here are Eight Ways<br />

to Make Peas Look Cute on Your Child’s Plate.” Moms need<br />

practical tips that help them out and save them time, and<br />

that’s what we try to share.<br />

(Stephanie) Yes. Our biggest overarching theme is parenting<br />

within community. We just think it’s so important.<br />

Community provides us with so much as parents. <strong>The</strong><br />

opportunity to help when we can, get help when we need it,<br />

and share in life along the way.<br />

(Eliza, laughing) It’s true. We say “we’re sister wives without<br />

the sex stuff” - which is funny, but it’s also true. Last week,<br />

I was at the DFCS office with one of my children and I was<br />

going to be late to pick up my twins from school. Without<br />

hesitation, Stephanie was like “I’ll just get them.” I said,<br />

“How?” And she said, “AJ’s home so I’ll go get my kids and<br />

bring the back to my house and then I’ll go get your kids and<br />

bring them back to my house until you get home.” She saved<br />

me.<br />

(Stephanie, laughing) A lot of people say that about me.<br />

(Eliza) No really, we just do that. All of the time. We call<br />

each other and ask if the other needs something from ALDI.<br />

If they do, we just pick it up. Everything doesn’t have to be a<br />

twelve step complicated process. Especially things like that.<br />

Q: That’s amazing. How else do you help each other?<br />

A: (Eliza) I mean, my kids are younger. I have four under<br />

four. Stephanie’s are older. She has a seven, eight and nine<br />

year old. I ask her all of the time, “Is this normal?” It’s just<br />

really nice to have someone in your community who you can<br />

trust and confide in. We know we can always go to each other<br />

with anything. It’s life-changing as a mom to have<br />

community in our lives and we’re passionate about creating<br />

it for other women.<br />

Q: What motivation did you have for joining in this<br />

together?<br />

A: (Eliza) Our families. We’re both foster parents and have<br />

biological children as well. When we go out, people think<br />

we’re a daycare or a school. We really wanted to break down<br />

the barrier and mystery of how our daily lives function with<br />

our families, and with each other.<br />


Q: I really believe that your commitment to standing in<br />

that middle ground of motherhood and keeping a sense<br />

of humor is what makes Momstrosity so relatable to so<br />

many women. Is it hard to keep a sense of humor?<br />

A: (Stephanie) Sometimes, it’s easy to get lost in the<br />

“should.” We often spend time thinking about what we<br />

should be doing or what we should or shouldn’t say. What we<br />

do when we get stuck there is to just come back to being who<br />

we are.<br />

Another thing is that we do have a lot of deep, hard issues<br />

that we talk about because we believe so strongly about<br />

them. I think that if you don’t come at topics like that with a<br />

sense of humor and with a commitment to discussing both<br />

sides, you’re going to lose your audience and have potential<br />

for conflict. Our audience knows that we are going to always<br />

admit when we don’t know the answer, that we will make<br />

mistakes, and that we’re committed to hearing both sides of<br />

the discussion every time.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re is so much hard truth on the internet and so many<br />

polarizing conversations that happen all of the time. We want<br />

to present those topics, but not in a way that divides.<br />

(Eliza) Yes. Absolutely. I’d also love to add to what Stephanie<br />

said. I think it’s key for our audience to know that we realize<br />

that each person is going to either love us or hate us, and<br />

we’re not really interested in towing that line. First of all,<br />

because that’s not productive. Second, because we just can’t<br />

constantly worry about things like that. Momstrosity is about<br />

creating community for people who want to have meaningful<br />

conversations. Because our followers run the gamut of origin,<br />

color, family dynamic, and even whether or not they’re<br />

moms or not. We have grandparents in our audience.<br />

Stephanie is right. You can’t just be like, “We need to talk<br />

about…” If you spend your time doing that online, it’s just<br />

not interesting and it’s unproductive. What we try to do is<br />

come at things from an honest perspective, in relationship<br />

with one another, with humility and humor, and we believe<br />

that we’re able to get much farther that way.<br />

Q: Well, there’s no doubt that you’re resonating with<br />

people all over the world. What about locally? What are<br />

your goals for local impact moving forward?<br />

A: (Eliza) I hate to use the phrase “change the narrative”<br />

because it’s overused. But honestly, we really want to help<br />

create a community of moms both on a local and national<br />

level that provides a network of people to help one another<br />

through this season of life.<br />

(Stephanie) We’re also looking into meetups. We have several<br />

cities with a high volume of Momstrosity followers, and we’d<br />

love to select some people to start meetups in those places.<br />

You know, completely laid back, low pressure meetups for<br />

moms who are looking to network.<br />

(Eliza) <strong>The</strong> other thing is that we’re really trying to get<br />

people more involved in foster care. Many people do not<br />

realize that you don’t have to be a foster family to be<br />

involved. You can become a foster family, but you can also<br />

be a respite family, an emergency care family, or just get<br />

involved locally by supporting families who foster. Even just<br />

taking someone a meal can be an enormous help to a mom<br />

who has a new child in her home.<br />

<strong>The</strong> biggest goal is to help people realize there’s a lot of<br />

misinformation about foster care. <strong>The</strong>re’s a huge stigma<br />

around it, and a lot of people don't know how much say they<br />

can have about the types of children they parent. Whether<br />

you feel more equipped to parent a toddler or a teen, the<br />

need is there, and there is something everyone can do. Teens<br />

are incredible and are often overlooked because statistically<br />

people would rather parent younger children. However,<br />

there's such a need for teen caregivers, and some people feel<br />

called to help in that way.<br />

Q: What’s the best thing that’s come out of this venture<br />

for you?<br />

A: (Stephanie <strong>The</strong> most rewarding thing that has happened to<br />

us out of Momstrosity are the incredible number of messages<br />

that we get from families wanting to learn more about foster<br />

care. We’ve gotten many that have said, “We signed up to<br />

become a foster family because of you.”<br />

That’s just a really beautiful thing.<br />

It is the sweetest thing. And it’s happening because they see<br />

us and they see that we are normal. <strong>The</strong>y see that our<br />

children are just children. That in some cases our most high<br />

maintenance kids aren’t necessarily our children from foster<br />

care. At the end of the day, what we want people to see is<br />

that it’s just kids.<br />

We have just published a new resource for people wanting to<br />

get involved with foster care. We hope it will be a great place<br />

to direct people who are considering bringing children into<br />

their home. It really is the best thing we both have ever<br />

done. ◼<br />




Stephanie: Bare Roots Farmacy<br />

1 B E S T B R U N C H<br />

Eliza: Bare Roots<br />

2 L O C A L O R G A N I Z A T I O N<br />

C O N N E C T W I T H M O M S T R O S I T Y<br />

Stephanie: Young Lives<br />

Eliza: Highland Gallerie<br />

3 D A T E N I G H T S P O T<br />

Stephanie: Mabella's<br />

Eliza: Nōnic<br />

Making <strong>The</strong>ir Mark was written by Carrie Beth<br />

Wallace.<br />

All images featured are property of Momstrosity.<br />

4 S P O T T O P L A Y<br />

Stephanie: <strong>The</strong> dinosaur playground<br />

behind Columbus Public Library<br />

Eliza: Our garden at home.<br />

5 C O F F E E H O U S E<br />

R E A D M O M S T R O S I T Y ' S<br />

P O S T " H O W T O B E C O M E A<br />

F O S T E R P A R E N T " H E R E . > > ><br />

Stephanie: Iron Bank Coffee Company<br />

Eliza: Iron Bank<br />




Welcome to Columbus, Georgia where outdoor adventure coexists with urban development. A place where there is<br />

intentional space for fresh air and culture to mingle freely. A destination with a Southern landscape that still feels fresh<br />

and inviting. A place where locals are happy to serve as tour guides, and where developers choose to raise their families.<br />

This is Columbus, Georgia. And it's a place where everybody who's anybody is about to<br />

RushSouth<br />

RushSouth.<br />

Headed here before the crowds? Here are our top 8 things to do at America's newest whitewater park:<br />

RAFT<br />

RushSouth's whitewater park was named "one of the top 12 man-made<br />

adventures on the planet" by USA Today. So what are you waiting for? For the<br />

full experience, we recommend a trip when the water's high, but slower trips<br />

are also available if that's more your speed. Start here to book your trip.<br />

WATCH<br />

With 360° of adventure, there's always something to watch going on at RushSouth.<br />

Settle in on RiverWalk Island to watch rafters and kayakers tackle the rapids, or<br />

head down river for a concert or a show. Not sure what's happening? Check out our<br />

calendar for an updated schedule of what's going while you're here.<br />

PLAY<br />

RushSouth isn't just for grownups. <strong>The</strong> whitewater park is also home to two play<br />

areas for kids. <strong>The</strong> Harmony Playground at Woodruff Park is perfect for children<br />

of all ages and has musical instruments to play. Here in the heat of summer? Pack<br />

your swimsuits and head to the splashpad also located at Woodruff Park - just<br />

across the street from our local whitewater outfitter.<br />

Welcome to the only place in the country you can zipline across two state lines.<br />

Book a trip with Blue Heron Adventures to experience their one-of-a-kind ziplining<br />

experience across the Chattahoochee River and back.<br />

FLY<br />

WALK<br />

<strong>The</strong> Loop at RushSouth is home to more than just outdoor adventure. Culture<br />

abounds here. Mere steps from the RiverWalk are some of the region's top parks,<br />

restaurants, art galleries, and performing arts centers. Interested in catching a little<br />

culture? Check our website for the scoop on what's happening while you're here.<br />

Walkable attractions include Spark Art Park, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts,<br />

the Bo Bartlett Center at Columbus State University, Riverside <strong>The</strong>atre, the Coca<br />

Cola Space Science Center, Phenix City Amphitheater, and more!<br />


EAT<br />

<strong>The</strong> Chattahoochee Valley is the origin of some pretty incredible food. Walkable<br />

restaurants include Epic (the only AAA Four Diamond Award winner in the<br />

region), 11th & Bay, Nonic, Country's BBQ, Chili Thai, <strong>The</strong> Loft, Mabella's,<br />

Smoke Bourbon & BBQ, Ride on Bikes Smoothie & Juice Bar, and more!<br />

DRINK<br />

In addition to fantastic dining, Columbus is home to some of the most popular craft<br />

breweries south of Atlanta. Walk to Chattahoochee Brewing in Phenix City or head<br />

into Uptown to <strong>The</strong> Cannon. RushSouth also has its own private label brew from<br />

Omaha Brewing Company that's set to be distributed soon. Ask about it at any local<br />

restaurant where alcohol is served.<br />

RELAX<br />

Need to take it easy for awhile? At RushSouth, relaxation is built in. Head to Phenix<br />

City's new hammock park along the RiverWalk or take a S.U.P. Paddleboard Yoga<br />

class. Laid-back evenings are also in store with regular concerts and festivals<br />

happening at night. Can't seem to find a quiet place to sit? Ask around. Locals are<br />

usually happy to help, and can steer you to the closest place to put your feet up. ◼<br />

Connect with RushSouth here.<br />

Story and images by Carrie Beth Wallace<br />



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JUNE 23-29<br />

SCHWOB<br />


he Schwob Summer Music Festival provides an immersive musical environment for wind, brass, percussion, voice<br />

and guitar students. Open to students ages 14-18, the festival's enrollment has increased dramatically for its second<br />

Tyear. <strong>The</strong> intense program is intended to assist its students in their preparation for college auditions and beyond.<br />

Features include one private lesson per participant, daily masterclasses, access to Schwob School of Music's renowned<br />

faculty, chamber ensemble rehearsals and coaching, participation in wind ensemble, choir, or guitar orchestra. It also offers<br />

workshops on musician wellness, exploratory classes on entrepreneurship, musicianship, world drumming, and conducting,<br />

vocal workshops, collaborative activities, and festival performances.<br />

Students have the option to either participate as residential campers or day campers. Residential students' tuition includes<br />

housing and three meals a day, while day campers' tuition includes lunch and dinner. Faculty instructors are as follows: Dr.<br />

Andree Martin (flute), Dr. Susan Tomkiewicz (oboe) Dr. Lisa Oberlander (clarinet), Dr. Stephanie Patterson (bassoon), Dr.<br />

Joseph Girard (saxophone), Dr. Robert Murray (trumpet), Dr. Natalie Brooke Higgins (horn), Dr. Bradley Palmer (trombone),<br />

Mr. Bernard Flythe (tuba/euphonium), Dr. Paul Vaillancour (percussion), Dr. Jamie Nix (wind ensemble director), Dr.<br />

Michelle Folta (voice), Dr. Michelle Debruyn (voice), Dr. Ianthe Marini (choir director), Dr. Andrew Zohn (guitar & guitar<br />

orchestra director,) and Mr. Michael Gratovich (guitar).<br />

Festival performances will take place in Legacy Hall at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts in Uptown Columbus. For<br />

more information, call 706 - 641 -5124 or visit the festival's website here. ◼<br />


A heartfelt thanks to our sponsors and advertisers in our first year!


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