BICKERSTAFF PARHAM REAL ESTATE GRAND OPENING

Bickerstaff Parham Real Estate celebrated its official grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on February 2nd. The new state-of-the-art home office is located at 5547 Veterans Parkway.

PASTORAL INSTITUTE TURNER GALA

PHOTOS BY MARGIE RICHARDSON

Featured Speaker Patrick Kennedy

Featured Speaker Patrick Kennedy

THE EVENT: The 2016 Pastoral Institute’s Sue Marie and Bill Turner Servant Leadership Gala was held on Thursday, October 20 at the Columbus Ironworks and Trade Center.

THE HONOREES: This year’s honorees were Jo Ann and Frank Brown. It was a wonderful tribute to the contributions the Brown’s have made to Columbus.

FEATURED SPEAKER: The featured speaker was the Honorable Patrick J. Kennedy, son of the late Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy, and a former United States House of Representative for Rhode Island. Kennedy delivered an inspirational and passionate message on addition and
mental illness.

HISTORIC COLUMBUS 50TH ANNIVERSARY GOLDEN JUBILEE

PHOTOS BY MARGIE RICHARDSON

Tom Brokaw during his speech.

Tom Brokaw during his speech.

THE EVENT: Historic Columbus celebrated its 50th Anniversary Golden Jubilee on November 15, 2016 at the Columbus Iron Works Convention and Trade Center.
THE SPEAKER: Historic Columbus Executive Director Elizabeth Barker introduced the guest
speaker for the evening -- former NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw, who recalled his time
in the South and praised HCF for their work and 50th anniversary.
THE REDEVELOPMENT FUND: Over the years, the organization has saved 80 properties.
For her continuing efforts, the redevelopment fund was renamed the Janice P. Biggers Revolving Redevelopment Fund.
THE CHAIRS: Janice Biggers, who was the first Executive Director of Historic Columbus from
1969-1989, and Virginia Peebles, who served as Executive Director from 1992-2005, served as the chairs of the 50th Anniversary Gala Committee. Serving as chairs of the Golden Jubilee Committee were Dexter Jordan and his daughter, Mint Flowers.

WAY DOWN FILM FESTIVAL

PHOTOS BY S.SAXON AND JAMES JOYCE

Film directors during a Q&A session.

Film directors during a Q&A session.

THE EVENT: The Way Down Film Festival held at the Springer Opera House October 21-22, 2016.
THE PURPOSE: Event founders Jacy Jenkins, Cora King and Stacy Cunningham saw a real need to show off the “Camera Ready” status recently bestowed upon Columbus thanks to Georgia’s booming film economy. Together, the three of them set out to establish an international
film festival which would shine a light on Columbus’ burgeoning arts community. Over 100 films were submitted and of those, only 47 were selected to be featured on the multiple Springer stages.  

THE RECEPTIONS: A bevy of events surrounded the two-day festival. It kicked
off with a VIP Reception catered by Jamie Keating Culinary. On Friday evening, a networking even was held at Meritage. The next morning, Iron Bank Coffee transformed the Springer Saloon for a special Q & A with the festival judges panel. The Closing Nights Award Ceremony Gala was held on Saturday from 8 to 10 p.m. at The Loft. The Gala awarded filmmakers
honors and prizes, including a $2500 prize.

2016 STEEPLECHASE AT CALLAWAY GARDENS

PHOTOS BY S.SAXON AND R.CALIGARIS

The third race of the day, The Crown Royal Maiden Hurdle, was sponsored by Crown Royal.

The third race of the day, The Crown Royal Maiden Hurdle, was sponsored by Crown Royal.

THE EVENT: November 5, 2016 marked the 32st annual Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens to benefit the arts in Columbus. Since its beginning in 1985 proceeds from The Steeplechase have generated over $3.3 million for arts related organizations in the Columbus and the surrounding area.

THE LAMPTON BRONZE: The award was established to honor Mason and Mary Lu Lampton, the visionaries who created the Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens. This year’s recipients were Curt Elver and Aimee Horstman.

THE BENEFICIARES: The Columbus Symphony Orchestra, The
Historic Columbus Foundation, Ida Cason Callaway Foundation, The Springer Opera House, Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine and Callaway Gardens.

State Botanical Garden of Georgia Dinner

The Event: Special Guest James Garmer wined and dined the members of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. James Farmer is the author of the best selling garden book A Time to Plant. He has also written other works including Sip & Savor, Proch Living, Wreaths for All Seasons, A Time to Cook, Dinner on the Grounds, and A Time to Celebrate.

The Highlights: A delectable and charming four course meal was prepared and served by the acclaimed author. The menu featured seasonally inspired dishes including corn chowder with basil and tomato garnish, as well as peach buttermilk pound cake with spring berries.

The Chairs and Host: The dinner was held in the home of Mrs. Betsy Lebrun. Board members from the Columbus area are: Ruth Anne Curtis, Maudie Huff, Sherri Callaway and Betsy Lebrun.