Georgia Magazine - February 2020 - 4


Comments from our readers * Compiled by Jennifer J. Hewett

Winner, winner!
Thanks for the Target gift card [for winning the December 2019 trivia contest]. I was so excited when I received it in the mail.
I love to read the magazine and enter the trivia vontest every month. Thanks
-Carole Logue, Tennille

They read and won!
Congratulations to Georgia Magazine's latest trivia contest
winners: September: Cynthia Britt, Winston; October: Patricia Gamboa, Calhoun;
November: Dennis Pastor, Marietta; and December: Carole Logue, Tennille.
Look for our contest questions in the magazine each month and online at This month's contest is on page 9.
The Punch Brothers, an acoustic quintet that plays American countryclassical chamber music, will perform at the Savannah Music Festival.

On behalf of our live Nativity program that was
held this past December, I would like to thank you so
much for your monthly calendar. I worked with Pam
Keene, and she was so helpful with getting our listing
in the calendar. We had a wonderful response and
attendance at our live Nativity we presented to the
We really look forward to your calendar of events
each month as well as the interesting articles in your
-Mary Crook, live Nativity director, Oakland Baptist
Church, Warner Robins


By Jim Jess


"Springtime in
Georgia," "Cute


1. Laci Jane, left, and
Lanslie Mae wear
reindeer antlers while
celebrating Christmas
with their grandmother, Barbara Waters,
of Dallas. Laci Jane is
the daughter of Paul
and Michelle Barron,
of Dallas, and Lanslie
Mae is the daughter
of Timothy and Ginger
Moss, of Douglasville.
(All are GreyStone
Power members.)

Country Christmas at The Rock Ranch


he Rock Ranch in The Rock celebrates the season
in style from Nov. 28 through Dec. 25, offering a
drive-through holiday light display, visits with Santa,
wagon rides and other family activities on select
"We're open every day from Thanksgiving night
through Christmas Day," says Adam Pugh, general
manager of The Rock Ranch. "Our one mile of light
displays is open for people to drive through during
our Drive-Through Christmas Lights Nov. 28-29,
Dec. 1-5, 8-12, 16-18 and 22-25.
"Other nights, folks can park their cars and enjoy
our Country Christmas Nights and all the festivities."
During Country Christmas Nights, Nov. 30,
Dec. 6-7, 13-15 and 19-21, The Rock Ranch offers
tractor-pulled wagon rides through the light displays,
the Christmas Express Train with dancing lights and
bubble snow, Santa's Workshop and visits with Santa,
as well as shopping, dining and entertainment.
"Every year our event just continues to grow,"
Pugh says. "It's our gift to the community and a
chance for people to make holiday memories."
Reservations are required for Country Christmas
Nights. For more information or to make reservations,
visit, or call (706) 647-6374.
-Pamela A. Keene

Event details and costs are subject to change; please verify before attending.

■ Historic High Country
Forum On Ice, through Jan. 6, Forum River
Center, Rome. Indoor ice skating and a 100-foot
ice slide. (706) 291-5281.
7th Annual March of the Toys Parade, Dec. 6,
downtown, Ball Ground. Marching bands, floats,
Peachtree Clown Alley, superheroes, plus gift
vendors, Santa and Mrs. Claus; new, unwrapped
toys will be accepted for Toys for Tots.
(770) 735-4263.
"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," Dec. 6-8,
13-15, Historic DeSoto Theatre, Rome. Stage
adaptation of the bestselling book.
(706) 295-7171.
Lessons and Carols, Dec. 7, College Chapel,
Berry College, Mount Berry. Traditional English
Christmas program with Scripture readings and
carols performed by the Berry College choirs.
(706) 232-5374.
"The Messiah," Dec. 7, City Auditorium, Rome.
The Rome Symphony performs the classic work

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by composer George Handel. (706) 291-7967.
Christmas Back Home, Dec. 13-14, City Auditorium, Rome. Classic Christmas songs featuring
Scott Thompson, Brent McDonald and friends.
(678) 642-2997.
Christmas with Cherokee Chorale, Dec. 14-15,
Canton First United Methodist Church, Canton.
Holiday music, including "Do You Hear What I
Hear?" and the "Hallelujah Chorus."
(614) 302-0160.
Possum Drop, Dec. 31, downtown, Tallapoosa.
See Spencer, the stuffed possum, herald 2020,
plus music by On the Border, an Eagles tribute
band. (678) 250-3767.

■ Northeast Georgia Mountains
Christmas in Cornelia with Lights Spectacular, through Jan. 1, Cornelia City Park, Cornelia.
Drive-through holiday light display. Ice skating,
marshmallow roasts, hayrides, Santa, Dec. 12-14.
(706) 778-8585.

Mountain Country Christmas Lights,
Nov. 28-30, Dec. 5-7, 12-14, 19-21, 26-28,
Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, Hiawassee.
Arts and crafts, caroling, entertainment, food.
(706) 896-4191.
Old-Fashioned Christmas, Nov. 29-Dec. 21,
downtown, Dahlonega. Festival of trees, carriage
rides, concerts, parade on Dec. 7, Santa; events
vary each day. (706) 892-9741.
"A Christmas Story," Dec. 6-8, 13-15, 20-22,
Holly Theater, Dahlonega. Stage version of the
popular movie about Ralphie and his wish for a
Red Ryder BB gun. (706) 530-5162.
Holiday Bazaar, Dec. 7, Cornerstone Baptist
Church Family Life Center, Hartwell. More than
40 vendors with home décor, ornaments, birdhouses, jewelry, clothing, baked goods.
(706) 436-3544.
Christmas at the Inn, Dec. 7, 14, Traveler's Rest
State Historic Site, Toccoa. Traditional holiday
music, inn decorated in 1890s style.

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Surprised by Snapshot


Holiday memories

DECEMBER * Compiled by Pamela A. Keene


Kudos to calendar

EVENTS Calendar

I just wanted to say thank you for using my granddaughter Caroline's picture in the December issue.
[See Snapshot, "Holiday memories," page 42;]
Everyone loved it, and she was so surprised!
-Elizabeth Hodges, Warner Robins


2. Crew enjoys a
nap during his first
Christmas. He is the son of Chan and Erica Carter, of
Wrightsville (Washington EMC).
3. Caroline exclaims, "It's just what I wanted!" She is
the daughter of Colin and Amber Mills, of Mahomet,
Ill., and the granddaughter of Mark and Elizabeth
Hodges, of Warner Robins (Flint Energies).

Booth. At the bottom, from left, are Sidney Green and Emily Green,
the daughters of Johnny and Michele Green. They all live in LaGrange
(Diverse Power). (Lisa Booth and Johnny Green are employees at
Diverse Power.)

5. Marilyn McNeely (center, in red suit), of Clarkesville (Habersham EMC),
is surrounded by members of her family, dressed as elves on Christmas
morning. From left: Wiley, Kitty and David Hartley; Ellen Silbermann, Marilyn
McNeely, Hallie Hartley and twin sisters Maddie and Lizzie Silbermann.
The Hartleys are from Atlanta, and the Silbermanns live in Union, Conn.
(Mat Silbermann, Ellen's husband and the twins' father, was not able to make
the trip to Georgia for this gathering.)

Shout-outs from readers

I love the magazine and appreciate my electric
cooperative in Conyers (Snapping Shoals EMC)
sending it to me to keep me informed about Georgia
things. I was born and raised in Atlanta and lived 33 years in Conyers but remarried in
2007 and [moved to] Minnesota. I miss everything about Georgia (especially my
children, grands and greats!).
-Iris Jordan-Pierce, Worthington, Minn.
4. Phyllis Bruce submitted this photo highlighting a
family tradition. When her grandchildren were young,
Bruce would put their most recent school pictures
into homemade felt ornaments and hang them on her
Christmas tree. At the top, from left, are photos of Julie
Noles and Lindsey Truitt, the daughters of Bill and Lisa

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"Snapshot" submissions: Send photos, along with names of children and parents
(or guardians), city of residence, electric co-op (if served by one), phone number,
email address and mailing address, to Snapshot, 2100 East Exchange Place, Suite 510,
Tucker, GA 30084. Or send crisp digital (300 dpi) photos to snapshot@georgiaemc.
com. (Photos become magazine property.)

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such interesting articles each month; it's a wonderful publication.
-Beth Devitt, Deerfield Beach, Fla.
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Georgia Magazine

February 2020

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson made
national news on Aug. 28, when he
announced he would retire from office at
the end of the year. Although only halfway through his term, he cited health
challenges in making what he called "a
very tough decision" to leave the Senate.
During Isakson's 40-plus years of
public service, he earned a reputation
as an honest, compassionate and
bipartisan statesman. He also holds the
distinction of being the only Georgian
to have been elected to the state House,
state Senate, U.S. House and U.S. Senate.
To learn more about Isakson's legacy and
his plans for the future, turn to "A lifetime
of service," starting on page 16.
Next, we catch up with a young
woman from Snellville who was very
much in the news eight years ago. Aimee
Copeland made national headlines when
she fell from a zip line and gashed her
left leg, ultimately losing the leg, both
hands and her right foot to necrotizing
Today, Copeland leads the Aimee
Copeland Foundation, an organization
she created to promote accessible
outdoor opportunities and adaptive
recreation for people of all physical and
psychological abilities. See page 22 to
find out how she exemplifies the adage:
"It's what you do with what you have that
Finally, we check in with Georgia's
best-known feathered celebrities: the
eagles of Berry College. The eagles were
first documented on the Berry campus in
2012, and the school installed a camera
in an adjacent parking lot so that viewers
could see the eagles at their nest.
Since then, two more cameras have
been installed and millions have
watched as the eagles fledged a total of
10 eaglets. See "Berry College's bald
eagles are social media stars" on page 26
to discover why these national symbols
have become internet sensations.

Laurel George

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