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.

2017 Wynn House Heritage Ball

THE EVENT: The 2017 Wynn House Heritage Ball was held on Saturday night, May 13, 2017 at The Wynn House. The Wynn House is delighted to continue this Columbus tradition and it is an honor to be able to continue the presentation of the Cotillion Club Debutantes at such an event.

THE PURPOSE:  The event benefits The Wynn House so the Board can continue to preserve, maintain, and restore this historic structure for many years to come.

MASTER OF CEREMONIES: Serving as master of ceremonies for the evening was Dr. Murphy Garrett Pound IV.

SPECIAL PRESENTATION: Prior to the presentation of the Debs, Jack Pease Jenkins made a presentation to Mary Dana Knight for her 12 years of service to the Wynn House, and announced the naming of the Mary Dana Knight Bridge Room in her honor.

THE COMMITTEE: Melinda Ward  and her Wynn House Heritage Ball Committee did an outstanding job as did the Wynn House staff for catering the event and getting everything ready. Around 500 attended this fundraiser benefitting the Wynn House.

Photos by Margie Richardson and Southern Exposure Photography


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.



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.



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.



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.



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.