Denim and Diamonds concert

The Denim and Diamonds concert was held on June 16th at the Columbus Civic Center. The event featured Travis Tritt with special guests Charlie Daniels Band and Marshall Tucker Band. More than 27 years after Travis Tritt launched his music career, the Southern rock influenced artist continues to display strong fan support and stay true and relevant to country music fans across the globe. His 1990 debut Country Club and its succession of hits put him in the vanguard of the genre’s early ’90s boom, dubbing him as one of “The Class of ‘89,” which included country music superstars Garth Brooks, Clint Black and Alan Jackson; all whom dominated the charts in the early ‘90s.

All proceeds of the event will benefit Columbus Hospice and Columbus Hospice of Alabama. Since 1979, Columbus Hospice has provided care to patients whose life expectancy is limited and who can no longer benefit from curative treatment. Columbus Hospice currently services the following counties: Chattahoochee, Harris, Marion, Meriwether, Muscogee, Schley, Stewart, Talbot, Taylor, and Webster counties in Georgia, and Lee and Russell counties in Alabama.


A Midsummer’s Night Screen, hosted by Emilie Menser and Alia Azhar, was held on June 20th at Emilie’s home. Brian Rawlins, 2016 Best Overall winner of WDFF, and one of the 2017 WDFF Judges, has been visiting Columbus ever since his win at the film fest. He’s fallen in love with our town, and is in plans to have a feature film produced here. Brian and his producer, Nicole Layson, came into town to screen their new short film, Lily White, for Columbus friends and film community supporters at the intimate event.

2018 Boy Scouts Honor Phil Tomlinson for SVM

Retired TSYS Chairman and CEO Phil Tomlinson was honored on Tuesday, June 12, at the 38th Annual Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner. The event was held at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center. The Distinguished Citizen Award, presented by the Chattahoochee Council, Boy Scouts of America, brings singular recognition to an individual who has rendered outstanding service to the community, state, or nation. Such service is not limited to, but might include, Scouting. By presenting the award, the Chattahoochee Council hopes to call attention to the contributions and good works of such individual. Congratulations to Phil Tomlinson on such an outstanding honor!

Photos by Margie Richardson

Steeplechase Past Race Directors Luncheon

THE EVENT: The Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens Past Race Directors gathered together for their annual luncheon, hosted by Mason Hardaway Lampton. Mason Lampton, Race Chairman, welcomed the current and former directors and took the time to thank each of them, the staff, and volunteers for helping make the past 33 years of Steeplechase one of the most successful fundraising events in the region.

THE RACE: The Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens, known as the “event of the season” and always falling on the first Saturday in November, brings family and friends together to watch thoroughbred horses race over timber and brush hurdles.

Columbus Botanical Garden Gala

THE EVENT: The 2017 Garden Gala was held on October 3rd at Green Island Country Club. THE

FEATURED SPEAKER: Preston Bailey was the featured speaker. Recently named one of the best wedding designers in the world by Vogue Magazine, Preston Bailey has been globally celebrated for his unique ability to transform ordinary spaces into lush, theatrical environments. This has helped to establish him as the premier event designer for a client roster that includes celebrities, royal families, CEOs, and athletes.

THE GARDEN: From its founding in 1999, the Columbus Botanical Garden has been a steward of a 20-acre rolling property located about 6 miles northeast of downtown Columbus (the property has now grown to 23 acres).

River Raffle 2017

THE EVENT: The Ninth Annual Historic Columbus River Raffle was held Thursday, September 14, 2017 at the new Mott House Terrace at TSYS.

THE HIGHLIGHTS: Prior to the Terrace activities, a Patrons Reception was held in the TSYS Lobby, which is adjacent to the site of the River Raffle. Food at the River Raffle was provided by local restaurants including Country’s Barbecue, Ezell’s Catfish Cabin, River and Rail, and Kilwins, among others.

THE PURPOSE: The event is a fundraiser for Historic Columbus, and helps the HC continue to fund various projects throughout the community and promote economic development through historic preservation.

CSU's 2017 Spring Swing

THE EVENT: On Saturday April 29th, Columbus State University presented the second annual Spring Swing held in downtown Columbus at Woodruff Park.

THE PURPOSE: The Spring Swing is held annually with proceeds to benefit Columbus State University’s new Minor in Dance program. This program is offered under the CSU Department of Theatre and will enable students in our region to fulfill their hopes and dreams of entering the dance world as performers, choreographers, teachers or arts managers.

THE HIGHLIGHT: Dance lovers from all over the region danced the night away under the stars to the rhythm of The Shimmer Band - a powerhouse show band from Atlanta.  Guests enjoyed the diversity of music that they played from Big Band to Rock & Roll to current Billboard hits.

Groundbreaking of the Rapids at Riverfront Place

THE EVENT: Mat Swift, President and COO, W.C Bradley Co. real Estate, and Marc Olivié, President and CEO, of the W.C Bradley Co. welcome the media, family and friends to the groundbreaking ceremony of The Rapids at Riverfront Place.

THE PROJECT:  The Rapids is a 5-story mixed-use building, which includes 226 luxury apartments and more than 15,000 square feet of retail, shops, and restaurant space. The Rapids will be the first of four planned projects within the masterplanned development by W.C. Bradley Co. named Riverfront Place. Located between 13th and 14th Streets, and constructed on top of a two-story parking podium, The Rapids has been uniquely designed to overlook the Chattahoochee River, the Riverwalk, and Legacy Park.

THE RAPIDS AT A GLANCE:  226 studio, one, and two bedroom homes. 15,000 sq. feet of shops and restaurants. On-site management. Controlled access, covered parking. One-ofa-kind amenities. 24 hour fitness center.

2017 Let There Be Art!

The Columbus Museum kicked off its 2017 annual sale and celebration of art – Let There Be Art! -- with a Premier Party on Thursday, April 6. From April 6-13, the Museum presented the fine art show. The show provided works of art from various artists and featured galleries. It was a wonderful evening of fine art and food in a festive setting.

Serving on the 2017 Let There Be Art! Committee were: Artist Selection - Marleen Olivie and Garry Pound, Sponsorships – Chris Henson and Sallie Martin, Gala Design – Bob Vardaman, and Luncheon Design – Vandy Middleton and Mary Lou Doughton. In addition to the Gala Premier Party, the weekend featured a Free Family Event Second Saturday on April 8, and a Luncheon with Keynote Speaker Rebecca Wood of R. Wood Studios on Thursday, April 13.

Major sponsors of the event were: Diamond Sponsors Aflac; Platinum Sponsors Bob Vardaman Events Management, Friend of the Museum, TSYS, and W.C. Bradley Co.; and Gold Sponsors Georgia Crown Distributing Company.