Georgia Magazine - December 2011 - (Page 8)

COMPILED BY JENNIFER J. HEWETT Georgia glimpses • Silverbacks in stripes. The Atlanta Silverbacks soccer team will don new striped uniforms for the 2012 season, thanks to fan Adrian Portillo, of Roswell, who submitted his design in the Silverbacks’ recent uniform redesign contest, featured on Facebook and voted on by fans. Portillo also won a trip to Bogota, Colombia, where the Silverbacks’ apparel partner, Saeta, is headquartered. For more on the Atlanta Silverbacks, visit • A Georgia ‘gift.’ Looking for a stocking stuffer for families or outdoor enthusiasts? An Annual ParkPass from Georgia State Parks, available for $50 or $25 for seniors 62 and older, provides a year of free parking and year-round access to hiking, waterways and lakeside beaches. Call (800) 864-7275 or visit for details. • Service stars! Two Georgia teens, Charles Orgbon III, 15, of Hoschton, and Jordan Schwartz, 18, of Atlanta, were chosen as members of Parade magazine’s All-America Service Team for service efforts in their communities. Orgbon encourages students to recycle through his Greening Forward nonprofit group, while Schwartz stages storytelling/literacy events and shows through her nonprofit Children’s Bilingual Theater company. • New Augusta attraction. Visitors to Augusta can get a taste of travel of bygone times with the city’s latest tourist attraction—the Lady Liberty trolley tour. Departing Saturdays from the Augusta Museum of History, the tour highlights several Augusta stops, including historic homes, the Augusta Canal, the James Brown exhibit and the Haunted Pillar. Call (706) 7244067, or visit www.augusta for details. 8 Calling all kid-sized cowboy poets! BOOTH WESTERN ART MUSEUM Gene Choate, of Banker’s Fidelity, presented awards to 11th- and 12th-grade winners Elizabeth Brown (first place), Melissa Cobb (third place) and Madison McCarty (second place) at the Booth Museum’s 2011 Georgia Youth Cowboy Poetry Contest. Gathering ’round the campfire, telling tall tales and entertaining stories about cowboy life is the inspiration behind the Booth Western Art Museum’s latest contest, geared toward all sixth- through 12th-grade students in Georgia. The Cartersvillebased museum’s “Writing Through Art” contest, now in its seventh year, includes traditional cowboy poetry, narrative poetry and short stories. Cowboys and cattle drives, horses, landscapes and vistas, the price of change, Native American culture and women of the West are among the featured themes. Contestants vie for cash prizes, including $500 for first place, $300 for second place and $200 for third place in each division. “The emphasis is on writing, and this contest gives kids the opportunity to express themselves and gives them a voice,” says Doc Stovall, the museum’s entertainment manager and Writing Through Art contest coordinator. The top eight entrants in each division will perform their pieces in front of their peers as part of the Georgia Cowboy Poetry Festival, set for March 11, 2012, at the Booth Museum. Entries are being accepted now through Feb. 3, 2012. For additional details, including an entry application, rules and contest background, visit, or call (770) 387-1265. Listen in! To hear cowboy poetry from last year’s contest, click here in the December web exclusive digital edition, available online web exclusive at val, known as the “Super Bowl of beer festivals,” is the largest commercial beer competition in the world. Overall, 3,930 beers in 134 styles were vying for medals in this year’s event. Entries came from 526 breweries representing 48 states plus Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. For more on the festival and winners, visit www.greatamerican GEORGIA MAGAZINE SWEETWATER BREWING CO. A ‘Sch’Wheat!’ win Georgia’s breweries scored well at the 30th Annual Great American Beer Festival, held Sept. 29-Oct. 1, in Denver, Colo. Atlanta’s SweetWater Brewing Co. won a gold medal for its Sch’Wheat! beer, an Americanstyle wheat beer. Earning bronze medals were Atlanta-based Max Lager’s Wood-Fired Grill & Brewery, for its IMOS, an Imperial Stout, as well as SweetWater Brewing Co.’s Crank Tank, a rye beer. The Great American Beer FestiMore online at

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Georgia Magazine - December 2011
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Georgia Magazine - December 2011