Georgia Magazine - July 2012 - (Page 8)

Compiled by Jennifer J. Hewett Georgia glimpses • Vote for a park! Several Georgia parks are in the running to be named “America’s Favorite Park” with a chance to win a $100,000 grant for outdoor recreation— but they need your vote by July 15! The contest, part of Coca-Cola’s America Is Your Park campaign, encourages families to get active outdoors. Vote today at www. GA. DEPT. OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COURTESY OF GEORGIA HUMANITIES COUNCIL The McIntosh County Shouters are set to perform during the New Harmonies exhibit’s visit to Darien. Celebrating music’s coastal roots The Smithsonian exhibit New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music heads to Georgia’s coast this month. Sponsored by the Georgia Humanities Council, the exhibit will run July 21-Sept. 1 at the Historic Darien Hotel in downtown Darien. Coastal Georgia boasts many rich music traditions that have attracted the attention of folklorists around the country. Robert Winslow Gordon, the head of the Archive of American Folk Song at the Library of Congress, came to collect songs from Georgia’s Sea Islands in 1926 on his very first research trip. Library of Congress folklorist Alan Lomax returned to the region to document the Georgia Sea Island Singers in 1935 and again in 1959-60. Folklorists have been particularly drawn to the music of the AfricanAmerican community. The Georgia Sea Island Singers, formed in 1920, performed and interpreted songs, dances and ring shouts from the Gullah culture. The ring-shout traditions are still performed by the McIntosh County Shouters, who will perform during the exhibit’s tour. The Darien community is sponsoring a wide array of free public programs during the exhibit tour. Musicians will perform live music on 8 Saturday evenings at the Dairen waterfront from July 21-Aug. 25. Other events feature historians, writers and filmmakers, plus children’s programs and a film series. For more information on New Harmonies, visit the Georgia Humanities Council at www.georgiahuman or the Darien exhibit’s page at NewHarmoniesDarien. —Ann McCleary, University of West Georgia • Bowling for kids. Free summer bowling is still available to children through the nationwide Kids Bowl Free program at participating bowling centers from Cumming to Pooler. For details and to sign up, visit • In the movies. This summer marks the release of the movie “Eye of the Hurricane,” a family drama about a small town trying to regroup after a devastating hurricane. Filmed in St. Marys and featuring locals and area landmarks, the movie stars actors Campbell Scott and Melanie Lynskey, and has earned a four-star rating at the Florida International Film Festival in Winter Park, Fla. Camp Toccoa marks 70th anniversary Camp Toccoa, the first parachute infantry training center where the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division trained, is celebrating its 70th anniversary July 20 at the Currahee Military Museum in Toccoa. The regiment’s heroic actions during World War II inspired the HBO miniseries “Band of Brothers.” Sponsored by the Stephens County Historical Society, the celebration welcomes back veterans who trained at the camp along with their families, and features speaker Robin Sink McClellan, daughter of Col. Robert Sink, who was the regiment’s commander. More online at Regiment members at Camp Toccoa on Currahee Mountain For more on the celebration, call (706) 282-5055 or visit www.toccoa GEORGIA MAGAZINE COURTESY OF THE STEPHENS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia Magazine - July 2012

Georgia Magazine - July 2012
Liberty Notes
Picture This?
Georgia News
Calendar of Events
Georgia’s Energy Outlook
Unveiling a Healthier Georgia
A Soldier’s Wish
Around Georgia
My Georgia
Georgia Gardens
Georgia Cooks

Georgia Magazine - July 2012