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        the cultural
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        arts · enterta i n men t · Des ti n atiOn s · Di ni nG


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        103 John Maddox Drive / Rome, GA / 706.235.7711 / 888.969.3376 /
2       Welcome

4       History Close to Home:
        Oak Hill and The
        Martha Berry Museum                   4
6       Winning Ways

11 Treat Your Senses:
   Chiaha Harvest Fair

12 A Southern Wordsmith

15 J. Jacobs

16 On Many Different Notes

18 Rome Area History Museum:
   Opening New Doors &                        16
   Rising to New Heights

20 Dining Experience

23 Calendar of Events

27 The Bluffs:
   So Close, Yet So Far Away

30 Testing the Limits
        An Interview with Courtney Hizer

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    To Our Readers,
      That little exclamation point in our name Enjoy!, serves a particular purpose.

      As we explore the joy and excitement jam-packed within the four county areas, we
    can’t help but exclaim! We hope you share the sentiment, too. We celebrate our beautiful
    northwest Georgia and the events and happenings that continue to interest and impress us.
    We acknowledge the gifted and vivacious people for their undertakings and devotion in
    helping to make things happen that are exciting and new.

      Maybe it’s just us, but we think a sizeable number of our readers will exclaim over
    the exquisite beauty and simple elegance to be found in Miss Martha’s dining room. Of
    course, her beautiful and exceedingly well-preserved home has been featured in hundreds
    of publications, not to mention the stardom received by the comedy film, Sweet Home
    Alabama. Nevertheless, we were captivated by a singular moment in the house recently,
    just when outside lightening illuminated the quiet elegance of the dining room. It was Oak
    Hill at its best. It ‘spoke’ Martha Berry. One felt the expectation of important company
    coming. Knowing that her dinner parties with a president, foreign ambassadors, prime
    ministers and manufacturing gurus would shape the course of our history, it spoke quite
    well! The ambience is literally fit for a king or queen, and it’s all yours to cherish.

       We hope you’ll applaud ‘the little elevator that could’ and take a fresh look at history
    offered at the Rome Area History Museum, indeed rising to new heights...or maybe you’ll
    like getting to know a woman who believes that joy indeed comes from giving back to her
    community, and she does so again and again...and, you might not ever feel the thrill of
    flying low at 254.1 miles an hour, but you’ll learn that planning and determination can be
    personally rewarding, and even bring home a championship.

      If you think Shorter College football is engaging, we remind you that your love affair
    with Shorter began with the arts, which continues to lure the brightest and most talented.
    Then consider Floyd’s next-door neighbor, Bartow. Cartersville, Georgia, is on fire with
    surprising interest in western art at the Booth Museum – along side Tellus to sky-rocket
    our imagery, taking us to the stars.

      How could we not exclaim the wealth of enthusiastic, altruistic people
    who happily live among us? With generosity and purpose, they have
    intertwined us, and the tapestry of our culture is deeper and richer for it!

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                  oak hill &
             history close to home...
     the martha berry museum
       Despite a troublesome economy, most Americans are not                Today, guided tours which are led by Berry College students,
    letting it interfere with vacation and travel plans. More and more    take visitors through the house, carriage house and grounds.
    individuals and families, however, are focusing at least some of      On the grounds, a popular stop is Aunt Martha’s Cabin. “Aunt”
    their leisure time toward historical and cultural adventures, which   Martha Freeman was a former slave, a cook for the Berry family,
    can often be found in their own communities. While Rome’s             and for many years a highly valued friend and trusted advisor to
    Berry College is known for its challenging academic program,          Martha Berry. It’s a setting even Hollywood cannot reproduce.
    innovative student work program and expansive campus, Historic        Oak Hill was the filming location for the 2000 movie Sweet
    Berry offers an on-going program of cultural and recreational         Home Alabama. Special “Behind the Ropes” tours of the house
    opportunities that appeal to a variety of interests.                  are offered twice a year for a glimpse into rooms and areas not
                                                                          normally open to the public. “It’s a chance to see the house in a
      The heart of Historic Berry lies on the eastern side of bustling    different, more personal way,” Shannon says.
    U.S. Highway 27 (Martha Berry Highway) across from the college
    campus. In a setting of sweeping lawns and graceful structures is        The Oak Hill gardens – a formal garden, a sundial garden, a
    founder Martha Berry’s home, Oak Hill, along with its grounds and     flower garden with 23 different varieties of flowers, a goldfish
    gardens; the Martha Berry Museum; and the Oak Hill Gift Shop.         garden and a sunken garden – are one of only three All-America
                                                                          Selection Gardens in Georgia. “There are also nature trails which
       Oak Hill was built before the Civil War. “It was a farmhouse-      run down to the Oostanaula River,” Shannon adds. The trails
    style structure that was converted by the Berry family into a         stretch over some 170 acres of the property.
    Greek Revival mansion in the 1880s,” says communications
    and marketing coordinator Patrice Shannon, “and it became the           The history of the Berry family and the institutions which were
    lifelong home of Martha Berry.”                                       the forerunners of today’s Berry College are highlighted at the
Martha Berry Museum, a short walk from the house. The second             celebrates the Christmas traditions of Berry College throughout
floor houses the art collection of Miss Berry’s sister, Eugenia, who     the years.
married the Italian prince Enrico Ruspoli and includes paintings
by both Italian and American artists. The Oak Hill Gift Shop, an           Oak Hill and the museum host many temporary exhibits. Currently,
historic structure which was once a gatehouse to the property,           visitors may explore “A Rich Tapestry: The History of Handicrafts at
is stocked with Berry-related merchandise including gardening            Berry.” In her desire to preserve the traditional crafts of the Southern
items and gifts, children’s items, handicraft items and paintings.       Highlanders, Martha Berry made arts such as weaving, sewing and
                                                                         basket-making an integral part of her Mount Berry School for Girls,
   It is, however, Oak Hill’s growing calendar of year-round special     established in 1910. Late winter and early spring workshops in 2010
events and programs that keep visitors coming back. “Since 2007,         will have a handicrafts focus. “We will have sewing workshops for
we’ve been hosting Movies on the Meadow, an outdoor series               children as well as for adults,” Shannon says.
of classic films on the second Friday evening of June, July and
August,” Shannon says. Indeed, there are few more beautiful                 In April 2010, Historic Berry will be celebrating a new event, the
locations in northwest Georgia than the verdant meadow that              Azalea Festival, with concerts, garden shows, art displays and show-
slopes gently away from the Oak Hill lawn to enjoy Hollywood             casing products from Berry’s student-run beef and dairy industries.
favorites under the summer stars. “These are films that are suitable     “We want to take advantage of the beauty that bursts into bloom at
for everyone,” Shannon adds, “from nine-year-olds to ninety-year-        this time of year with the azaleas, tulips and cherry trees,” Shan-
olds.” While it’s not official yet, Shannon hints that the 2010 series   non observes. “It’s an event that will hearken back to traditional
may be Alfred Hitchcock-themed. “We’ve gotten many requests              May Day-type festivities.” A series of spring and summer gardening
for it,” she says. The Rome Symphony Orchestra also performs an          workshops introduce amateur gardeners to the delights of tilling the
annual summer jazz concert on the meadow in August.                      soil. In addition, in 2009, garden-themed walks were also added.

   During the summer and early fall months, bicycle tours have as          Oak Hill’s first Mother’s Day Tea, a light afternoon tea, was
their itinerary major (and historic) buildings on the main campus        also an inaugural event in 2009. A year-round free public lecture
such as the Berry chapels, the Ford buildings and Roosevelt Cabin        series in the museum’s auditorium focuses on history, literature,
(currently undergoing restoration). As a slight chill begins to fill     art and gardening.
the air, it’s time for Haunted History Tours the last two weekends
of October. From Oak Hill to the college chapels to Possum                 “Most of our visitors are not Berry alumni,” Shannon says. “But,
Trot, the 1850s church on the college’s Mountain Campus where            that’s what makes it so wonderful. We’re able to share with others
Martha Berry began teaching Southern Highland children in                the incredible story of Martha Berry and the unique Berry mission
1900, ghostly myths and legends of these Southern Highlanders            of educating the head, the heart and the hands. All of these events
are explored. In keeping with the holiday season, Oak Hill hosts         and programs are opportunities to enjoy beauty and nature – and to
its annual celebration of Candles and Carols in December, which          learn – something Martha Berry would definitely approve.”

               To be added to Historic Berry’s newsletter mailing list, call 706.368.6775 or email

    Winning Ways
    Glenda Almand, Floyd Medical Center 2009 Samaritan of the Year

        It is a win-win if you find     Glenda is no stranger to many of those she sees while on
                                      volunteer duty. A native Roman, she attended the “old” Rome
      that special something that     High. She graduated from Mercer in 1961 with a major in English.
                                      She worked in a Dean’s office at Emory University, and attended
       both satisfies your craving    graduate school at Georgia before settling back in her home town
                                      of Rome in 1963 to teach.
         for doing something you
         consider worthwhile, yet       She was a popular high school teacher and counselor at East
                                      Rome High School, counselor at Coosa High School before
           fills a community need.    going on to Coosa Valley Tech High until she retired in 1997.
                                      A generation has grown up since her teaching career began, and
          Such is the pleasure that   she sees many of the students and their families she taught and
                                      counseled come through Floyd Medical Center. “It’s good to see
     keeps Glenda Almand busy         so many people you know and can help in some way,” she says.
       and happy volunteering at        She has been a Sunday school teacher for 30 years, accompanied
             Floyd Medical Center.    her Church on mission trips and home ministries and provided
                                      her musical talents with choir and piano. She has worked in

                                                                       at floyd medical center

                                                                       Arts in Medicine:
                                                                       This is a relatively new and very exciting field of vol-
                                                                       unteerism, attractive to people with a talent for music,
                                                                       painting, writing or other expressive arts. Especially are
                                                                       those with an outgoing personality invited to join the
                                                                       team that explores healing benefits of artistic expression.
                                                                       Working one-on-one or with groups of patients, Arts in
                                                                       Medicine volunteers quickly build relationships with pa-
                                                                       tients and encourage them to express their feelings about
                                                                       their hospitalization through art. As this program devel-
                                                                       ops and expands, the volunteers tell Floyd that their lives
                                                                       are greatly enriched as they share talents and know-how
                                                                       with patients who are strengthened by a pursuit of artistic
                                                                       challenges. Uniquely, this field of volunteerism is open
                                                                       to all age groups, and Floyd offers guidance on how to
                                                                       develop special skills of working with patients.

                                                                       Rehabilitation Volunteers:
                                                                       They help assist patients to practice tasks of daily liv-
                                                                       ing in preparation for their return home.

                                                                       First Steps:
                                                                       Provide support for new mothers and services for
                                                                       families of newborns, helping get their babies off to a
                                                                       healthy start in the first three months of their lives. This
                                                                       program helps parents and their infants get to know
                                                                       each other.

                                                                       American Red Cross:
                                                                       These friendly individuals
                                                                       serve as greeters that
                                                                       man the front desk,
                                                                       provide information
her community with Habitat for Humanity and Heroes Great               to guests, answer
and Small. She is a member of the Georgia School of Retired            telephone inquiries,
Educators, Delta Kappa Gamma and Greater Rome Chamber of               help deliver cards,
Commerce Leadership Rome class, VIII.                                  flowers and balloons
                                                                       to patients. These
  The retired high school counselor found her niche serving as a       people are first
Floyd volunteer with a variety of duties. She has happily served       members of
in The Breast Center since its opening in 2008, and although           the American
she thoroughly enjoys working at the Outpatient Surgery desk,          Red Cross.
you can often find her in the Auxiliary Gift Shop on weekends.
The breast cancer survivor has amassed some 1,500 hours of             (Continued
volunteerism, yet still finds time for her husband, Avery, her three   on page 8)
grown children and three grandchildren.

   Glenda says that for her, the real joy in life is giving back to
others and her community. “You don’t have to have a special
talent to do good things – everyone has something to offer – you
just need to tap into it.”

(Floyd Volunteer Opportunities continued from page 7)

Support Services:
Encompasses all volunteers who are not part of a specific
volunteer program, with responsibilities that vary widely
through Floyd and serve in all departments. Small rehab                                                                        invited to...
tasks such as hairdressing, facilitating for games, walkers
for exercise. It may provide clerical help in the ER reg-
istration or any department with a need for non-medical
tasks. Escorts are needed throughout the hospital and the
330 Physicians Center. Doctors may request research assis-
tance. The library cart, pet therapy, and The Breast Center
volunteers come from this group. College students looking
for experience come into this group.

In the pursuit of wellness beyond expectations, volunteers
give of themselves, and receive in return – deeply meaningful
personal benefits. It is a win-win for everybody.

An organization as large and as diverse as Floyd Medical
                                                                                                                               Saturday, September 26, 2009
Center offers a wide menu of volunteer possibilities for all                                                                   10am - 6pm
ages. If you would like to explore the possibilities, contact                                                                  Music by “The Jazz Merchants”
Amy Astin, Floyd Director of Volunteer Services, at 706-                                                                       For directions:
509-5109. Go to for a more complete picture                                                                      Raindate, Sunday, September 27
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of Floyd – one of Georgia’s top hospitals.

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                            45th Annual Fair • Rome’s Premier Arts & Entertainment Festival

                                                       125 Juried Artist and Craftsmen
                                                               Live Musical Entertainment Every Hour for Two Days
                                                               Community Exhibits and Information Booths
                                                               15 Southern Cookin’ Food Booths
                                                               Children’s Fun Art & Activities
                                                               FREE Hot Apple Cider

Two Days LIVE                                          Saturday & Sunday, October 24th and 25th
ENTERTAINMENT                                                Days: Saturday & Sunday
SCHEDULE:                                                    Hours: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm both days
Saturday, October 25                                         Admission: $5 Adults, $1 Children
10:15 - Russell McClanahan & Moon Crew
10:45 - David Elliott
11:45 - Calvin Snow
12:30 - Bryan Bowers
1:15 - Rome Little Theatre - Scenes from
        “Steel Magnolias”
2:00 - Little Country Giants
3:00 - Kelley & Marcie Lane
4:00 - Faye Pierce Band
Sunday, October 26
10:30 - Steve Vasil
12:00 - Craig & Steve
12:45 - Bryan Bowers
1:30 - Naked Blue
2:15 - Jennifer Daniels
3:00 - Thunderbolt Patterson
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       treat your senses
        to fall’s finest festival at the 45th annual chiaha harvest fair

Every year folks from                                                   Chiaha also treats the auditory senses with a continual offering
                                                                      of live musical entertainment from bluegrass to soft rock to blues.

all over Georgia look                                                 There is a little bit of sound for everyone’s taste, and plenty of room
                                                                      to circle around a giant stage platform in the park to enjoy. Grab

forward to the two-day                                                a seat on a hay bale, get an ear of roasted corn, and spend some
                                                                      time just chilling to the tunes of some of the region’s best talent. A

festival of arts and crafts                                           full list of entertainers as well as descriptions of their music can be
                                                                      reviewed on the Chiaha website at

(and so much more) held in                                               The sense of taste can also be tantalized by approximately
                                                                      fifteen unique food vendors that offer a variety of southern food
Rome’s Ridge Ferry Park.                                              treats. From fried fruit pies to authentic New Orleans style gumbo,
                                                                      from roasted ears of corn to lace cakes, fairgoers will delight in
   Over 120 artists and craftsmen who have been carefully             a walk thru the Chiaha “food court” to find a full meal or just
selected for the quality of their work offer unique items for sale    a snack to enjoy while strolling the park. The unique smells of
at individual booths. From pottery, baskets, wood turned bowls to     kettle corn, barbecue and hot apple cider waft throughout the
leather work, glass, watercolors, oils, jewelry and textiles – each   park and combine for a marvelous flavor of fall only available at
item offers shoppers those “rare finds” for gifts or collecting.      the Chiaha fair. Hot apple cider is a trademark product offered at
                                                                      the fair, as it has been given to fairgoers free of charge for all 45
  According to Fair Director, Andi Beyer, “many of our exhibitors     years of the fair. It is warmed in a large black cauldron that serves
return every year because they enjoy being included with other        as a centerpiece of the fairgrounds.
high quality vendors and know that we take the time and effort
to balance the show. Our exhibitors also come to compete for            The color and texture of fall abound at the fair from pumpkins
awards and ribbons as well as over $5,000 in purchase awards          and corn stalks to bright banners, flowers and flags, all washed
offered to them. It makes for an excellent mix of vendors.”           against the brilliant blue sky of fall and the changing leaves of
                                                                      giant oaks that line the banks of the Oostanaula River in Ridge
  Another unique art exhibit that will take place at Chiaha           Ferry Park.
this year will be the work of hundreds of school students from
throughout Floyd County. Students are given free admission              The Chiaha Fair takes place on two days only, Friday and
to the Chiaha Harvest Fair if they have work on exhibit in this       Saturday, October 24 & 25 from 10 am until 5 pm each day.
unique student art section.                                           Admission to the fair is $5 for adults and $1 for children.

     For more information about the fair and a list of vendors and entertainers, check out the website at
     A southern
                  Unlike most nineteen-year-olds, Raymond Atkins listened to his soon-
                  to-be wife’s advice. Atkins had written her “a long, very sappy, awful”
                  poem designed to impress with the title The Front Porch Prophet. Her
                  reaction – and her advice? Scrap the poem, but save the title, advice
                  which he took and which became the title of his first published novel,
     and an award-winning novel, in 2008. Only a year later, in August 2009, Atkins’
     second novel, Sorrow Wood, was released, and he is already under contract with
     Medallion, his publisher, for novel number three, coming in August 2011.

        “The publisher wanted to market Sorrow Wood as a mystery,              The mystery element, Atkins says, wasn’t intended. “I didn’t
     and there is a mystery in the book that is resolved, but it’s really   sit down to write a mystery,” he says. “The mystery element is
     a love story,” Atkins explains. “It’s a love story between two         just the vehicle through which I tell my love story.” Those who
     people, Wendell and Reva, who have loved each other through            have lived for many years in northwest Georgia may remember
     this long life, and if Reva is right, through many other lives         the infamous Corpsewood Manor murders in 1982 in a wooded
     as well. She believes in reincarnation because of dreams she           mountainous region, approximately five miles from Trion. “The
     has had all of her life, dreams in which she has loved the same        murder mystery aspect of the book is very, very loosely based
     man in earlier lives. It’s a story about undying love, love that       on that incident,” Atkins says. “While this couple in my story,
     transcends the word in the traditional sense.”                         Wendell and Reva, the town policeman and the town probate

judge, work their way through a similar series of happenings at                                  Before Sorrow Wood’s official release, the novel received praise
the fictional Sorrow Wood farm, I’m able to use that as a vehicle                             from Publishers’ Weekly, a premier industry publication that often
to illustrate not only their love for each other but also their love                          influences booksellers and libraries’ choice of books.
for each other for lives uncounted.”
                                                                                                While he has not tried his hand at poetry again, Atkins does also write
  While there appear to be differences between Atkins’ first book                             essays, columns and blogs and has been an occasional contributor to
and his current novel, they are not as different as they appear                               the Rome News-Tribune. His books can be purchased locally from
at first glance, he says. “They are a little different in subject                             Barnes and Noble at Riverbend Center and Dogwood Books on
matter,” he admits, “but the people are the same. My heroes are                               Broad Street as well as from the Rome Area Council for the Arts
regular people, and my towns are just small Southern towns.”                                  (RACA). Dogwood Books also carries signed copies of both of
The two novels are set in adjacent fictional towns. The Front                                 Atkins releases. “I believe in supporting local booksellers,” he adds.
Porch Prophet takes place in Sequoyah, Ga., and Sorrow Wood
takes place in Sand Valley, Ala., just across the state line from                                Novel writing has only been an activity he has been able to
Sequoyah. The second book shares some minor characters with                                   pursue since his retirement. A Valley Head, Ala. native, Atkins
the first, although the major characters are different. The third                             lived in Summerville for a number of years before moving to
book will also take place in the same fictional geographical area                             Rome about twenty years ago. “I always wanted to be a writer,”
and will share some characters. “They are stand-alone books,”                                 he says. “I was always in love with the idea of being a writer, but
Atkins says, “and it’s not necessary to read the first before the                             it wasn’t until I retired that I was able to make the dream come
second in order to understand the plot of the story.                                          true.” Married at 19, Atkins and his wife worked at Riegel Textile
                                                                                              Corp. (now Mount Vernon Mills Inc.) in Trion. “For the first four
   “There is nothing especially remarkable about my plots,”                                   years, I put my wife through school, and then for the next four
he notes. “Where I think I excel as a writer is in how I tell                                 years, she put me through school,” he recalls. “Although I wanted
my stories. The way in which a story is told is at least as                                   to be a writer, with four children at home, I couldn’t afford to
important as the story itself, and sometimes more important.                                  write and didn’t have time.”
I love language; I love how words tie together and the way
words play off each other, so to me the telling of a story is the                                Finally, three years ago, when the youngest of the children left for
art of it.”                                                                                   college, his wife, the woman who gave him such wise advice at 19,
                                                                                              told him that if he was going to get around to writing, he was not
  For The Front Porch Prophet, Atkins was awarded the                                         getting any younger. “So I started putting together all the snippets and
prestigious Georgia Author of the Year Award for First Novel.                                 chapters that I had collected and stuck away over the years,” he says. A
The Front Porch Prophet also garnered an IPPY Award                                           familiar bit of writing advice is to “write what you know,” and Atkins
(Independent Publishers Book Award), the gold medal for                                       concedes that “a lot of what I’ve done and what I’ve experienced has
regional fiction – Southeast. “I was quite happy to receive these                             worked its way into my novels. Writing is not always easy, but it’s
two awards in my first outing as an author,” he says.                                         enjoyable and – it beats working at the mill,” he jokes.

      the Authors Are coming to town! saturday, october 17
                                                                   Auditorium, in the Rome City Commission chambers, in        Haney; Rome News-Tribune cartoonist Mike Lester,
                          Ex • Libris                              the Coosa and Oostanaula rooms of the Sarah Hightower       who is also a children’s author and illustrator; Gregg and
                                                                   Regional Library, at the historic DeSoto Theater and at     Debra Lewis; Sandra Meek; and Helen Ruchti.
                                                                   Hair Story’s presentation room on Broad Street.
                                                                                                                                  In addition, several panel discussions will address
                                                                      “We’ve got quite an outstanding line-up,” Atkins says.   various aspects of publishing and literary work. These
                                                                   Among the long list of authors (which can be viewed         include sessions on songwriting, genealogy, oral history,
                                                                   at        self-publishing, storytelling and play writing.
                        Rome • Georgia
                                 2009                              Festival) are Terry Kay, the prize-winning Georgia
                                                                   Hall of Fame author of more than a dozen books; Lloyd          “This event also showcases the success of authors
       For the first time, Rome will play host to the annual       Arneach, author and master Cherokee storyteller; poet       from the region of the state where the festival is being
    Georgia Literary Festival. Celebrating Georgia’s rich past     Earl Braggs; essayist and gardening expert Lynn             held,” Atkins explains. The four authors honored
    and current literary heritage, the festival has been held in   Coulter; and Vincent Coppola, former Newsweek               this year will be Calder Willingham and Jeanne
    cities around the state since its beginning in Eatonton in     correspondent and author of the nonfiction book, The        Braselton, who are both deceased, as well as Tony
    2001, with 2009 being Rome’s – and northwest Georgia’s         Sicilian Judge. It will be an opportunity to also see and   Grooms and Melanie Sumner, both novelists who
    – first event. Rome author Raymond Atkins serves as            hear Lauretta Hannon, the popular NPR commentator           teach at Kennesaw State University.
    chair of the festival’s planning committee. The various        and Atlanta-based author of The Cracker Queen; novelist
    events that make up the festival will be held at locations     Joshilyn Jackson; Southern humorist Man Martin;                Barnes and Noble will be the on-site bookseller and
    around downtown Rome on Saturday, October 17.                  historian Robert J. Norrell, author of Up from History:     will be located in the lobby of the Rome City Auditorium.
                                                                   The Life of Booker T. Washington; and popular Atlanta       “It’s a great opportunity to hear a favorite author speak
       Over 30 authors will be in town and will be presenting      mystery author Patricia Sprinkle. Rome authors              and then walk out into the lobby and buy a book and get
    their work at multiple venues: at the Rome City                featured are Atkins; Carmen Acevedo Butcher; Eric           the author to sign it,” Atkins says.

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       Why is hairstyle so essential to our
       JJ: An up-to-date, fresh hairstyle does
       wonders for appearance, confidence and
       mood. It’s almost instant gratification.
       I enjoy seeing my clients leave with a
       positive attitude.

       How do we avoid ‘bad hair day’?
       JJ: Healthy hair. Using good products,
       including a good leave-in conditioner, is a
       must. Don’t ‘over style’ your hair with curling
       irons, flat irons and blow dryers.

       What do you see for hair trends next year?
       JJ: In 2010 more waves and curls, with a relaxed
       feel. Color will be more vibrant, reflecting a new,
       hopeful outlook for the year.

       How do you wind down?
       JJ: My family and our time together. I read
       everything. I also make it a habit to exercise and
       workout regularly. It keeps stress levels in line.

       J Jacobs Salon is located at 1105 East
       Second Avenue in Rome. Services include
       manicure, pedicure and waxing in addition to hair
       care. Appointments may be arranged by calling

                                                                       Ransom (who has collaborated with world-renowned musicians
                                                                       such as cellist Yo-Yo Ma) along with internationally known violin
                                                                       soloist David Kim, concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

                                                                         The 2009 holiday concert will be December 5, a traditional
                                                                       “Feaste of Caroles” in conjunction with Shorter College’s
                                                                       Chorale and Chorus. “We will feature our conductor, Dr.
                                                                       Richard Prior and Shorter College’s Dr. Martha Shaw,” says
                                                                       Rome Symphony Executive Director Debra Cook.

                                                                         On February 27, the symphony will present a Brahms
                                                                       Concerto for violin and cello with Timothy Schwarz from
                                                                       Lehigh University as violin soloist and Lawrence Stomberg
                                                                       from the University of Delaware on the cello. The April 24
                                                                       concert will offer a Mendelssohn Concerto for clarinet and
                                                                       bass clarinet. Special guest soloists will be clarinetist virtuoso
                                                                       Ashraf Attalla, formerly with the Cairo (Egypt) Opera and now
                                                                       an Atlanta-based soloist and bass clarinetist Alcides Rodriguez,
                                                                       from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

                                                                          “In the summer, in June and August, we move to our very
                                                                       popular Pops concerts,” Cook adds. The Pops concerts are held
                                                                       at Darlington School’s Huffman Center and on the grounds of
                                                                       Oak Hill at Berry College. “The 2009-2010 season should be a
                                                                       wonderful one, marking the second season for Dr. Richard Prior,
                                                                       our conductor.” Prior’s orchestral, choral and chamber music
                                                                       compositions have been performed, recorded and broadcast
                                                                       widely in Europe and North America, with works featured at
                                                                       international festivals.

                                                                         Since 2002, Cartersville’s Etowah Jazz Society has been

                on many
                                                                       bringing the sounds of big band-era jazz to concerts, festivals
                                                                       and events around northwest Georgia and the metro Atlanta

                                                                       area. “It’s a Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller and Count Basie-
                                                                       style group,” says Jack Howell, a retired teacher and coach and

                                                                       one of the group’s founders, “and we also have a jazz combo
                                                                       for smaller venues such as weddings and restaurant settings.”
                                                                       The 21 members of the jazz society hail from Cartersville and
                                                                       surrounding areas. They play all types of jazz from old favorites
                                                                       to Broadway classics, pop hits and new compositions. With one
                                                                       CD, Headwaters, already behind them (CDs may be purchased at
                                                              or, the group anticipates the release
                                                                       of a Christmas CD in time for the 2009 holiday season.

        Whether they are the                                              Another uniquely American musical genre, bluegrass, also has

     sounds that soothe the soul                                       a loyal fan base around the Coosa Valley. The Armuchee Saddle
                                                                       Club hums to the sounds of jam sessions of bluegrass, gospel

      or uplift the spirit, music                                      and old-time music on the Friday and Saturday of Memorial
                                                                       Day and Labor Day weekends during the Armuchee Bluegrass

       lovers will find them in                                        Festival. “It’s the oldest bluegrass festival in Georgia,” says
                                                                       Chuck Langley, who began the event in1973, along with his

         northwest Georgia.
                                                                       wife Kricket. “We started in a pasture off Old Dalton Road,”
                                                                       he explains. “After the first three years, it had grown so much
                                                                       that we had to move to the saddle club.” It is now a widely
       The Rome Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1921, has               recognized event throughout the Southeast (it has also been
     the distinction of being the oldest symphony in the South. The    inducted into the Atlanta Music Hall of Fame) and has been a
     orchestra will launch its 2009-2010 season on September 19 with   springboard for many musicians into the world of professional
     a performance of a Mendelssohn Concerto for violin and piano.     bluegrass music. In addition to toe-tapping music, concessions
     The featured piano soloist will be Emory University’s William     are available, including barbecue and Brunswick stew.
           School of the Arts

                            Arts on the

                                                           The word spotlight has been defined as
                                                    “a projected circle of light used to illuminate brilliantly
                                                        a single person or object or group on the stage.”

                                                    The 2009-2010 School of the Arts Season does exactly
                                                     that: it “illuminates brilliantly” the many students,
                                                      faculty, and guest artists who will provide unique
                                                                   artistic experiences this year.

                                                    Shorter College’s strong legacy in the arts lives on in the
                                                    excellent visual arts, music, and theatre events included
                                                      in this season. Yet, these great artistic events will be
                                                             lacking without great patrons like you.

                                                     Please join us for our 2009-2010 season as we put the
                                                            Spotlight on the Arts at Shorter College.

                                                 For complete season information, visit

Believe. Be True. Become.   315 Shorter Avenue, Rome, GA 30165
                                                                         Perennially ranked among the South’s best colleges
                                                                       by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. 17
                               706-291-2121 • 800-868-6980
      opening new doors and
     rising to new
       After years of hard work, the
      Rome Area History Museum is
         making it’s own history.

  Thousands of travelers visit the world’s major cities every day,
and one of the first items on their itinerary is to visit the museums.
Here in the U.S., from New York to San Francisco, museum visits
are a number one choice on sightseeing lists.

   Increasingly, smaller cities have also invested in museums to
tell the stories of their communities. Rome is fortunate to have
three fine museums, each dedicated to bringing the city and
the area’s history and heritage to life. The newest is the Rome
Area History Museum, established in 1996, located in the heart
of the city at 305 Broad Street in downtown Rome. The core of
the museum is the private collection of photographs of the late
physician and local historian Dr. C. J. Wyatt, which chronicle
decades of community life. The building which houses the
museum was also a gift from the Wyatt family.

  Fascinating exhibits and displays educate visitors of all ages.
The permanent exhibits begin with the story of the Native
Americans and the early settlers. They explore the struggles of
the Civil War era and tell the story of Rome’s manufacturing and
industrial legacy as well as illustrate the city’s educational and
cultural growth. Of special interest is an exhibit highlighting the                          the elevator now opens to make the historic documents of the
history of Rome’s prominent medical community. Many of the                                   third floor accessible for anyone interested in viewing them. As
names and faces who helped shape Rome and northwest Georgia                                  a community-supported institution, the museum depends upon
can be found here, among them native Roman Admiral John H.                                   contributions and assistance from volunteers, members and
Towers, who is widely considered the Father of Naval Aviation.                               donors who keep the doors open and the lights on because they
                                                                                             love their community – its past, its present and its future.
  Events at the museum include lectures, traveling exhibits,
videos, mini-concerts, poetry readings and front-porch                                         As Rome comes alive along the river path with the beautiful
storytelling. High teas with featured speakers are also popular                              pedestrian footbridge and the new Town Green in front of The
events, as are the monthly City Clock tours. An important                                    Forum, so the Rome Area History Museum is opening new doors
part of the museum’s mission is to share the city’s rich and                                 to history. The new entry on Tribune Street welcomes all who
diverse heritage with new generations of Romans. A number                                    cross the bridge, walk along the levee, attend an event at the
of programs are offered year-round for youngsters, including                                 Forum, or stroll through downtown. Visit the Rome Area History
school tours and summer history camps.                                                       Museum. You’ll find volunteers ready to answer questions or
                                                                                             share a favorite story. Perhaps you’ll find answers to questions
  A recent fund-raising campaign has allowed the museum to                                   about your family history, too.
expand its floor space. While it was “a long time coming,” the
elevator now lifts off the ground floor to provide easier access to                            The Rome Area History Museum is open Tuesday through
the archives on the third floor. Rising to new heights has finally                           Saturday, 10a.m. – 5p.m. and is closed on major holidays. For
become more than wishful thinking. It was through the generosity                             more information or to schedule a group tour, call 706.235.805
of long-time volunteer and Rome businessman Bernard Neal that                                and visit our website

                  Looking to the future...learning from the past
                                                                                                                                             PLEDGE CARD
                                                                                                                                                           Capital Campaign
                                                                                                                                                           Rome Area History Museum

                       Giving Levels ($1 - $25,000*) Donors will be listed in Annual Report
          b           $10,000 - $25,000                                   The Founders’ Roundtable
          b           $5,000 - $9,999                                     Romulus and Remus Society
          b           $1,001 - $4,999                                     Clocktower Society
          b           $1,000                                              Museum Patron
          b           $1 - $999                                           History’s Heroes

          b           $25,000 or more*                                    Naming Opportunities Available
          I would like to secure a naming opportunity in the amount of ________________________________.
          Please contact me about further details. I can be reached at _________________________________.

          RAHM is a 501(c)-3 non-profit corporation. Your gifts are tax deductable to the extent of the law.

     dining                                      adairsville
                                                 Adairsville Inn Restaurant · 770-878-9695
                                                 100 South Main Street, Adairsville GA 30103

                                                 Come experience the newly-remodeled Adairsville Inn Restaurant, now open under
                                                 new ownership. Enjoy an extensive menu, homemade breads and desserts. Open
                                                 Tues.-Fri. for lunch 11am-2pm. Thurs.-Sat. for dinner 5-9pm & Sun. 12:30-2:30pm.

     local flavors                               El Nopal Family Mexican Restaurant · 770-769-9335
                                                 15 Legacy Way, Adairsville. I-75 Exit 306, GA 140 west, turn left onto US 41 south at
                                                 traffic light. Continue approximately 1/2 mile to Legacy Way on right (just past Sim-
                We have a unique corridor of     ple Simon’s). Open Mon.-Sat. 11am-10:30pm; Sun. 11am-10pm. Full bar service.
          home-grown restaurants to satisfy
        any taste. From Adairsville to Rome,     Maggie Mae’s Tea Room · 770-773-190
                                                 Inside 1902 Stock Exchange, Downtown Adairsville. Hours: Tues.-Sat. 11am-2pm.
             enjoy treats from the traditional   Call for dinner theater & special party reservations. No alcohol served.
          southern meal to tasty ethnic treat.

        Read on and                              MJ’s Grill · 706-629-9969
                                                 Prime Outlets, Suite #12 in Calhoun, GA. Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10am-9pm and Sun.,

      discover some                              11-7pm. Menu consists of homemade pizza, wings, burgers, chicken strips, salads
                                                 and appetizers. All you can eat wings for $7.99 every Wednesday evening.

         of the local                            cartersville
           favorites!                            Appalachian Grill · 770-607-5357
                                                 14 East Church Street, “Under the Bridge” in downtown Cartersville. Hours: Mon.-
                                                 Thurs. 11am-9pm; Fri. 11am-10pm and Sat. 5-10pm. Arrive early if possible. It’s
                                                 worth the wait! No reservations accepted, everyone seated on a first- come, first-
                                                 served basis. A People’s Choice Best Restaurant Award Winner!

                                                 Antonino’s Italian Grotto · 770-387-9664
                                                 28 S. Wall St., downtown Cartersville. Select from Italian entrees, salad, soup,
                                                 pasta and homemade desserts. Homemade fine Italian cuisine to tantalize your taste
                                                 buds. Tues.-Fri. 11am-2pm & 5-10pm; Sat. 5-10pm. Closed Sun. & Mon.

                                                 The City Cellar and Loft · 770.334.3170
                                                 110 South Museum Drive , downtown Cartersville. “Big city flavor in a small town”
                                                 Executive Chef Sean C. Pruitt puts a delicious modern twist on traditional Ameri-
                                                 can style food. Sorry, reservations not accepted. All major credit cards accepted.
                                                 Full bar served. The Loft is a special events venue for parties of up to 150 patrons;
                                                 ideal for special events, catering and jazz concerts. Open Monday-Thursday 11 am-
                                                 10 pm, Friday-Saturday 11 am-Midnight.
Blue Fin, Rome (Courtesy of Tracy Page)
                                                 Hearth & Harvest · 770-607-7772
                                                 650 Henderson Drive, Suite 403 at West End Commons in Cartersville. “Fine
                                                 Comfort Food” is to be expected from the newest dining experience created by
                                                 the owner of the popular Appalachian Grill. Menu choices include signature
                                                 entrees paired with delicious vegetables chosen to complement each dish,
                                                 along with the side of the day. Guests may choose a beverage from Pop-Pop’s
                                                 Fridge, which features a selection of nostalgic beers, or from the extensive
                                                 wine list. Open Monday-Thursday 11 am-2 pm and 5-9 pm Friday 11am-2 pm
                                                 and 5-10 pm and Saturday 5-10 pm No reservations, everyone is seated on a
                                                 first-come basis.

                                                 Knight’s 1889 Food & Spirits · 678-605-1889
                                                 24 West Main Street, downtown Cartersville. New Home Style Menu, as well as
                                                 old favorites such as Etouffee, Gumbo, Crabcakes, Shrimp & Grits, Red Beans &
                                                 Rice, Ribeyes, Filets, Ribs and more. Lunch served Mon.-Sat. 11am-2:30pm (open
                                                 all day Sat); Dinner served Mon.-Thurs. 5-11pm, Fri. 5pm-1am and Sat. 5pm-mid-
                                                 night. Full-bar service.

Appalachian Grill, Cartersville                  Moore’s Gourmet Market · 770-387-0059
                                                 227 Fite Street, Cartersville. Mon.-Sat. 11am-9pm for lunch and dinner. Outdoor seat-

ing available. Friday Night Dinner Series on the 3rd Friday of each month    Bella Roma · 706-235-0911
features reserved seating and unique menu from 5-9 pm. Also offering full-   3403 Martha Berry Highway, Rome. This Italian restaurant also features
service catering, meals to go, hand-cut butcher shop steaks and more.        great Greek food and very good pizza. Hours are 11:00 am to 10:00 pm
                                                                             Sun.-Thurs. and until 11:00 pm on Fri. and Sat.
Schroeder’s New Deli · 770-334-3141
148 West Main Street in downtown Cartersville. “Food for the Beli” .         Blue Fin · 706-232-3317
Classic menu items that are regional favorites include the Roast Beef        727 Turner McCall Blvd., NE, Rome. Specializing in sushi, hibachi and
Relief, Hoagie Carmichael and Salvador Deli. Enjoy sandwiches, pizza,        steaks. Mon.-Thurs 11:30 am-2:30pm and 4:30pm-10pm. Fridays and
calzones, salads and appetizers. Beer and wine served. Group reserva-        Saturdays 11:30am-2:30pm and 4:30pm-10:30pm.
tions available for parties of 20 or more. Monday-Saturday 11am-10pm;
Sunday Noon-8pm. Don’t miss trivia night, fun for the entire family!         The Country Gentleman · 706-295-0205
                                                                             26 Chateau Drive, SE, Rome. Offering seafood and steaks as a staple,
                                                                             along with good Italian food since 1978. Open for lunch during the week
Swheat Market Deli · 770-607-0067
                                                                             from 11am-2pm. Mon.-Fri. 5pm to 10pm and Sat. 4pm-10pm. Now open
5 East Main Street, Cartersville. Serving lunch Mon.-Sat. 11am-3pm.
                                                                             for lunch on Sundays 11am-2:30pm.
Choose from Gourmet Soups (three choices daily) and Bread Stix, Swheat
Sandwiches (all served with organic breads and veggies) and Bountiful
                                                                             Crystal Thai Restaurant · 706-291-9599
Bowls of Greens (four delectable salad choices).                             526 Broad Street, Rome. Excellent Thai food served in an elegant atmo-
                                                                             sphere. The owner absolutely delights in recommending dishes for her
The Village Porch Cafe · 770-386-3100
                                                                             guests. Open for lunch and dinner.
25 N Wall Street, Downtown Cartersville, near the Grand Theatre. Choose
from more than 20 sandwiches, Italian sodas and ice cream. Tuesday-Fri-
                                                                             Duffy’s Deli · 706-291-0531
day 10:30am-3pm, Sat. 7:30am-3pm. No alcohol served.                         500 East Second Avenue, Rome. A great place to go for lunch, a Rome
                                                                             classic! Enjoy a huge selection of sandwiches, soups and desserts. Mon-
                                                                             Fri 10am-7pm. Saturday 10am-4pm.
A Taste of New Orleans · 678-901-0374                                        Harvest Moon Café · 706-292-0099
                                                                             234 Broad Street, Rome. Enjoy a very eclectic atmosphere and an even
109 Prior Street, Cedartown. This fun restaurant offers an authentic taste
                                                                             more eclectic menu. Joining Harvest Moon recently is the Honeymoon
of New Orleans where the proprietor is from! Specialties of the house
                                                                             Bakery with an excellent selection of homemade Italian gelato and great
include the must try Crawfish & Crabmeat Pasta. Open Tues.-Fri. from
                                                                             cakes. Hours are 11am-2:30pm on Mon; 11am-10pm Tues.-Sat. and
11am-2:30pm, dinner 5pm until. Sat. from noon until and Sun. for lunch
                                                                             10:30am-2pm on Sun.
from noon until 3pm.

Heavenly Bar-B-Que · 770-748-8448                                            Jefferson’s Restaurant · 706-378-0222
                                                                             340 Broad Street, Rome. A fun sports bar, great burgers and spicy wings
1375 S. Main St., Cedartown. Really yummy BBQ, 15 Southern Style
                                                                             make up this fun downtown eatery. Open for lunch and dinner 7 days a
Veggies and Award Winning Fried Green Tomatoes are some great rea-
                                                                             week. Mon. -Wed. 11:00 am-10:00 pm, Thurs.-Sat. until 11 pm, Sunday
sons to check out this little piece of Heaven. Open Wed. and Thurs.
                                                                             11:30am-10 pm.
11am-8pm; Fri. and Sat. until 9pm.
                                                                             La Scala Italian Restaurant · 706-238-9000
Moore’s Drug Store & Soda Fountain · 770-748-0974                            413 Broad Street, Rome. Our favorite classic Italian restaurant in an up-
402 Main Street, Cedartown. An old-fashioned experience with great
                                                                             scale but cozy atmosphere with an excellent wine list. Accompanied by
down home southern food. Hours are limited.                                  the 400 Block Bar on the Broad Street side. Hours are 5:30pm-10 pm
Zorba’s · 770-748-8490
805 Main Street, Cedartown. Great Greek and Italian Food in this Cedartown   Los Amigos Mexican Restaurant · 706-290-0733
standard, Open Sun.-Thurs. from 10am to 10pm and Fri. and Sat. until 11pm.   5 East 12th Street, SW, Rome. This restaurant overcomes location issues
                                                                             with the most authentic Mexican food in Rome. This popular restaurant
                                                                             features freshly prepared Mexican dishes with homemade tortillas and
rome                                                                         garnished with cilantro. Open for lunch and dinner, Mon.-Thurs. 10:30
                                                                             am-8pm; Fri. & Sat. until 9 pm.
333 on Broad · 706-528-4844
333 Broad Street, Downtown Rome. Owner Jay Shell offers laid back            Schroeder’s New Deli · 706-234-4613
and casual dining at this popular eatery. The diverse menu offers ev-        406 Broad Street, Rome. We don’t think any of us really remember
erything from mahi mahi, wings, country fried steak and filets. Kids         Broad Street without Schroeder’s which has become a Rome institu-
eat free every Thursday night. For a fun, relaxing evening enjoy the         tion. Since 1981 they have been serving their own brand of “Food for
upstairs acoustic lounge featuring some of the best music in northwest       Beli” including tasty sandwiches & pitas, pizza & calzones. Now serv-
Georgia. Happy hour daily from 5 to 7pm on the outside patio. Lunch          ing in Armuchee as well at 3170 Martha Berry Highway. Open for
Hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 11am-2pm. and dinner 5pm-10pm.               lunch and dinner Mon.- Thurs. 11am-10pm; Fri. and Sat. until 11pm.
The acoustic lounge opens Tuesday-Saturday from 5pm-1:30 am.                 The Martha Berry location offers trivia on Monday nights, 7pm.

Amer Pacific Rim Bistro · 706-232-2455                                       Victorian Rose Tea Room · 706-232-3911
168 Shorter Avenue, Rome. Offering a stunning blend of Thai and Japa-        510 Broad Street, Rome. No main street is complete without the clas-
nese cuisine. Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:30 am-2:30 pm Saturday-Sun-            sic Southern tea room. Rome’s version serves excellent salad plates,
day 12:00-2:30 pm. Dinner: Monday-Thursday 4:30-9:30 pm Friday and           scones, biscuits and a wonderful variety of hot tea. Open Mon.-Fri. for
Saturday 4:30-10:30 pm and Sunday 4:30-9:00 pm.                              lunch service through afternoon tea and available for special events.
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                                           BANQUETS, WEDDINGS, AND RECEPTIONS.

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                                           INCLUDING BOUTIQUE SHOPPING, HISTORIC
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09-10                  calendar of events
august                                          at 1:00 pm. General admission advanced
                                                $14. General admission day of show $20.
                                                                                               home of evangelist Sam Jones. The show
                                                                                               includes everything from fine paintings
4-28                                            706-291-5281                                   and jewelry to basketry, quilting, weav-
Exhibition of Works by Mike Lester                                                             ing, pottery, glass, photography and
Featured works by illustrator and cartoon-      12                                             wood - all original works by exhibitors
ist Mike Lester sponsored by the Rome           Movies in the Park: Wall-E                     with prize monies being awarded in Jur-
Area Council for the Arts.                      Enjoy the showing of Wall-E at the out-        ied Categories. Victorian House Museum
248 Broad Street, Rome. Gallery hours are       door movies in Cartersville’s Dellinger        Tours $4 adults. Rose Lawn Museum,
Tues- Fri, 11-5 and the first Saturday of the   Park. Movie begins at dusk. Guests may         Cartersville. Free. 770-387-5162
month from 10-4. Free. 706-295-ARTS             bring picnic, chairs and blankets from
                                                home. Come early and enjoy family activi-
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
                                                ties before the movie. 100 Pine Grove Rd,
                                                Cartersville. Free. 770-387-5625
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm; Sundays                                                      1-4; 8-11
at 2:30 pm. Rome Little Theatre, Rome.          18-19                                          Shorter College Theatre’s Fall Musical:
Adults $12 and seniors/students $10.            One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest                The Wedding Singer
706-295-7171                                    Presented by Stageworks, Inc. Grand The-       Thurs-Sat, 7:30 pm and Sundays, 2:00 pm.
                                                atre, Cartersville. Times and ticket prices    Shorter’s Callaway Theatre, Rome. $12
29                                              to be announced. 678-848-4400                  for adults and $8 for senior adults/students.
Blue-Eyed Grass                                                                                706-233-7288
The singing duo of Delnora Reed and             19
Jayron Weaver blend their unique talents        Shorter Chorale Fall Fundraiser: Star          2-4
ranging from the Celtic-toned fiddle of the     Spangled Salute!                               40th Annual
West Virginia Mountains to the pure coun-       A tribute to the men and women of the          Great Locomotive Chase Festival
try music that rises from the small towns       American Armed Forces. Hilltop Café,           Arts and Crafts Festival in the town that
of northwest Georgia. The Grand Theatre,        Shorter College, Rome. 6:30 pm $40             witnessed Andrews’ Raiders Civil War
Cartersville. 7pm. $10. 770-386-7343            (includes dinner). 706-233-7288                Escapade. Adairsville Historic Square,
                                                                                               downtown Adairsville. $3.
29                                              19                                             770-773-3451, ext 26.
Rome Symphony Orchestra at Oak Hill             Rome Symphony Orchestra Concert
Martha Berry Museum, Rome, GA.                  Mendelssohn’s Concerto in D-minor for          3
706-291-7967                                    Violin and Piano                               Cedartown Fall Festival
                                                William Ransom, Piano (Mary Emerson            Local vendors feature baked goods and
31                                              Professor of Piano at Emory University)        hand-made crafts along Cedartown’s Main
Shorter College Music Faculty Gala              and David Kim, Violin (Concertmaster of        Street, Main Street, Cedartown. Free.
The Historic DeSoto Theatre, 530 Broad St,      the Philadelphia Orchestra). City Audito-      770-748-2090
Rome. 7:30 pm. $20 adults, $15 seniors and      rium, Rome. 7:30pm. Tiered ticket pricing
students. 706-233-7288                          in effect. 706-291-7967                        3
                                                                                               Torchlight Tour of the Ancient City
                                                19                                             When the sun goes down, history comes
september                                       Rome Beer Festival
                                                Taste exotic and interesting beer from all
                                                                                               to life with this torchlight tour of Geor-
                                                                                               gia’s famous ancient city. Etowah Indian
                                                over the world. Heritage Park, Rome. 1-5       Mounds State Historic Site, Cartersville.
1-30                                            pm. $25 admission. Admission includes:
Behind the Ropes Tours                                                                         7:00-9:00 PM. Admission charged.
                                                live music, 5 oz. commemorative plastic        770-387-3747
The tours provide visitors unprecedented        glass, available samples of over 40 beers.
access to the home of Berry College found-      Designated Driver tickets available for
er, Martha Berry. Guided tours will take                                                       3
                                                $10 at the gate the day of the festival when   An Evening at Oak Hill Cemetary
guests beyond the velvet ropes and into the     accompanying someone with a ticket. For
private life of Martha Berry. Martha Berry                                                     The Bartow History Center, Cartersville,
                                                ticket information, contact the Rome Area      and Stageworks present “An Evening at
Museum, Rome. $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3         Council of the Arts. Must have picture ID
students and children. 706-368-6775                                                            Oak Hill Cemetary” with costumed per-
                                                to enter. No Admission under 21.               formers presenting a living history. Tours
                                                706-295-ARTS                                   begin at 6:00 pm and take place each half
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory                                                              hour. Tickets will go on sale Sept. 1 and
                                                19                                             must be purchased in advance. $10 for
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm; Sundays       Euharlee Chili Cook Off
at 2:30 pm. Rome Little Theatre, Rome.                                                         members and $15 for non-members.
                                                11 am-5 pm. Backyard chili “experts”           770-382-3818
Adults $12 and seniors/students $10.            compete for cash and trophies. A fun day
706-295-7171                                    is planned for all with crafts, food, and      4
                                                entertainment featuring the Tom and Chad       Shorter College presents a Special
4-7                                             Show. Moby from South 107 will broad-
30th Annual Acworth Pioneer Days                                                               Guest Concert featuring pianist Emile
                                                cast live! Frankie Harris Park, Euharlee.      Pandolfi
Friday: 4-11 pm - Arts & crafts booths, car-    770-386-1542
nival rides. Concert featuring the Georgia                                                     Emile Pandolfi applies his classical tech-
Satellites. The Mother Trucker Band begins                                                     nique to Broadway and popular music,
                                                19                                             in addition to classical performance, to
at 7 pm followed by the Georgia Satellites      Historic Berry Bike Tours
at 9 pm. Saturday: 10 am - Pioneer Days                                                        the delight of his many fans. You will
                                                10 AM. Tours of the Berry College cam-         be treated to a brilliant musical perfor-
Parade through downtown Cartersville.           pus take guests on a ride through history.
Noon-Midnight - Arts & crafts, carnival                                                        mance and entertained by his charming
                                                Guests will hear about the rich history of     sense of humor and friendly personal-
rides. Sunday: Noon-11 pm Arts & crafts,        each building and the tour will feature no-
1-11 pm Carnival rides Dusk (9:15 pm)                                                          ity. City Auditorium, Rome. 3pm. $18
                                                table sights such as Roosevelt Cabin, The      adults, $15 senior adults, $10 students.
Labor Day fireworks display. Monday:            College Chapel and The Ford Buildings.
10 am-10 pm Arts & Crafts; Noon-10 pm                                                          706-233-7288
                                                Berry College, Rome. Meet behind Her-
carnival rides. Sam Smith Park at Milam         mann Hall. Call to reserve your spot. Free.
Farm, Cartersville. $5 admission; children                                                     6
                                                706-368-6775                                   Northwest Georgia Winds presents Mu-
ages 12 and under are free.
770-387-5625                                                                                   sical Milestones: Anniversaries in Music
                                                                                               City Auditorium, Rome. 7:30 pm. Free..
                                                19-20                                          706-233-7285
12                                              34th Annual
Southern Vets Fest                              Arts Festival at Rose Lawn
Buck & Duke, Babes Bayou Band & other           Sat. 10 am-6 pm; Sun. 12 noon-5 pm. A
featured artists. Ridge Ferry Park, Rome.       juried fine arts festival held on the spa-
Gates open at 11:00 am. And music begins        cious lawn of historic Rose Lawn, the                             (Continued on page 24)

     calendar of events

        (Calendar of Events continued from page 23)           intricate paths and tell the stories and note sym-     Historic Stilesboro Academy, Cartersville. 11
                                                              bolism of the cemetery, circa 1857. Grave hosts        am to 8 pm. $2 adults; $1 children.
        10                                                    will tell the stories of the lives of those who rest   770-382-7773
        14th Annual                                           along the way. Wear comfortable shoes. Tickets
        Trout Unlimited Chili Cook-Off                        available at the Rome Visitor Center. Adults, $8       7
        Ridge Ferry Park, Rome. Gates open 10:30am,           and children under 12, $5. 706-295-5576                Shorter College Friends of Theatre Cabaret
        judging starts at 2:30pm. $5 adults, $2 children                                                             Best of Broadway Fundraiser Georgia North-
        12 & under.                                           17-18                                                  western Technical College Conference Center,
                                                              Cartersville Antiques on the Square                    1 Maurice Culberson Dr., Rome. Doors open:
        10                                                    A weekend dedicated to antiques and collect-           6:30 pm, Performance: 7:00 pm. $25.
        Classic Car Cruise In                                 ibles featuring demonstrations and appraisals,         706-233-7288
        5 -9pm. Crank your classic and roll into Rome!        plus food and music. Sat. 9 am-5 pm and Sun.
        Door Prizes & 50/50 drawing. Historic Down-           11 am-5 pm. On the Square in Historic Down-            7-8
        town Rome, Fourth Avenue - Broad Street to            town Cartersville. Free. 770-607-3480                  Come Harvest Our History
        Second Street. Free. 706-236-4520                                                                            Tour of Homes - Cartersville
                                                              22-25                                                  Sat. 10 am-4 pm Sun. Noon-4 pm. Tours begin
        10-11                                                 Shorter College Fall Opera:                            with purchase of tickets at the 1903 gold-domed
        Native American Pow Wow                               Hänsel und Gretel                                      Bartow County Courthouse in downtown Cart-
        Gathering of Inter-Tribal Native Americans            Shorter’s Callaway Theatre, Rome. Thursday-            ersville. Shuttle buses will take visitors to the
        bring their handmade crafts, foods, music and         Saturday, 7:30 pm and Sunday, 2 pm. $12 adults,        homes and return visitors to the courthouse
        dance. Bert Wood Youth & Athletic Complex,            $8 senior adults and students. 706-233-7288            parking. At each stop, hostesses will be avail-
        Cedartown. 770-684-8760                                                                                      able to provide historical points of interest
                                                              22-25                                                  and information about each home. Tickets are
        10-11                                                 7th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Festival                $15, $12 for groups of 10 or more, and may be
        7th Annual                                            and Symposium Booth Western Art Museum,                purchased in advance from the EVHS Office
        Etowah Valley Indian Festival                         Cartersville. 770-387-1300                             (770-606-8862) in the 1903 Bartow County
        This annual festival celebrates with dance, mu-                                                              Courthouse. Tickets will also be available on
        sic, native foods and crafts. Sam Smith Park at       24 & 25                                                tour dates. Call for information on the tour and
        Milam Farm, Cartersville.                             Chiaha Harvest Fair                                    on these spectacular homes. 770-386-7944
        800-733-2280 or 770-387-1357                          “A Toe-tappin, cider sippin, fun-for-everyone
                                                              arts festival”. Ridge Ferry Park, Rome. 10am -         10
        17                                                    5pm. Admission charged.                                Empty Bowls Dinner
        Georgia Literary Festival                             706-295-5576 or 800-444-1834                           Pottery by Potters, filled with soup, benefitting
        The 11th annual festival, a “moveable feast”                                                                 local charities. 5:30 - 7:30 pm. Rome Civic Cen-
        that celebrates Georgia’s rich literary heritage in   24 & 31                                                ter, Rome. $20, purchased in advance at Rome
        a different city each year, will be held in Rome.     Haunted History Tours                                  Area Council of the Arts. 706-295-ARTS
        It marks the festival’s first appearance in North-    Tours of Oak Hill and the Berry College cam-
        west Georgia. More than 30 authors will be lec-       pus will reveal the myths about death and              14
        turing, appearing on panels and signing books         spirits that were held by the Southern High-           Shorter Chorale Fall Concert
        including Terry Kay, Hollis Gillespie, Virginia       landers. Tours will also feature prominent             Brookes Chapel at Shorter College, Rome. 7:30
        Willis, Robert J. Norrell, Lauretta Hannon, Pa-       ghost stories and tales told by Berry College          pm. $12 adults, $8 senior adults and students.
        tricia Sprinkle, Eric Haney, Joshilyn Jackson,        students, faculty and staff members. Martha            706-233-7288
        Raymond Atkins and Kim Siegelson. The festi-          Berry Museum, Rome. 6-8pm. Limited seat-
        val also will pay a special tribute to four Georgia   ing is available, please call to reserve a space.      12-14
        writers: Anthony Grooms, Melanie Sumner and           $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 students and chil-           2010 Miss Georgia USA and Miss Georgia
        the late Calder Willingham and Jeanne Brasel-         dren. 706-368-6775                                     Teen USA Pageants
        ton. 9 am - 6                                                               Woodland Performing Arts Center, Cartersville.
        pm Locations in downtown Rome. Free.                  31                                                     770-387-1357
        (Featured on page 13) 706-295-ARTS                    Cartersville’s Downtown
                                                              Holiday Extravaganza                                   13 & 14
        16 & 17                                               Enjoy music, crafts, foods and holiday shop-           Christmas with the Homemakers Clubs
        Much Ado About Nothing                                ping. Friendship Plaza, Downtown Carters-              Wonderful homemade arts, crafts, baked and
        Presented by The Pumphouse Players. Grand             ville. 10 am-6 pm. 770-387-1357                        canned goods. Rome Civic Center, Rome.
        Theatre, Cartersville. Times and ticket prices to                                                            10am to 5pm. Free.
        be announced. 770-387-2610                            31                                                     706-295-5576 or 800-444-1834
                                                              Shorter Chorus Fall Concert
        16-17, 23-24, 30-31                                   Brookes Chapel at Shorter College, Rome.               14-15
        Halloween Hayrides                                    7:30 pm. $12 adults/ $8 senior adults and stu-         Cave Spring Holiday Open House
        Take a “spooktacular” hayride and then listen         dents. 706-233-7288                                    Retailers in Cave Spring are decorated and
        closely as storytellers bring ghosts and goblins                                                             ready for the holidays!
        to life around a campfire. Suitable for all ages.     31
        Reservations required. $5 parking. Red Top            Hallowed Hauntings                                     18-22
        Mountain State Park and Lodge. Cartersville.          Chieftains Museum, Rome. 8:00 pm. Join the             Shorter College’s Fall Play: Still Life with
        770-975-4226.                                         Seven Hills Tellers as they meet at Chieftains         Iris Callaway Theatre at Shorter College, Rome.
                                                              for the special 13th year of scary stories! Deb-       Thurs.-Sat., 7:30 pm and Sun., 2 pm. $12 adults,
        16-17, 23-25                                          by Brown, Jane Cunningham, Bob Harris and              $8 senior adults and students. 706-233-7288
        Steel Magnolias                                       Mary Elena Kirk will weave their frightening
        Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm; Sundays at          stories. $5 adults, $3 senior adults, $2 students.     20 & 21
        2:30 pm. Rome Little Theatre, Rome. Adults            $1 discount per ticket for Chieftains Museum           Willy Wonka, Jr.
        $12 and seniors/students $10. 706-295-7171            members. 706-291-9494                                  Presented by The Grand Theatre, performed
                                                                                                                     by an all youth cast ages 7-18. Grand Theatre,
        17                                                                                                           Cartersville. Times and ticket prices to be an-
        Historic Berry Bike Tours                                                                                    nounced. 770-386-7343
        10 am. Tours of the Berry College campus take
        guests on a ride through history. Guests will
        hear about the rich history of each building
        and the tour will feature notable sights. Berry
                                                              5th Annual Rome Fine Wine Festival Wine                december
        College. Meet behind Hermann Hall. Call to            Tasting to Support the Arts Forrest Ballroom,
        reserve your spot. Free. 706-368-6775                 Rome. 3:00pm to 6:00pm. $50 per person, in-            1
                                                              cludes a complimentary Riedel wine glass. $60          Weekend in December Candles & Carols
        17                                                    at the door. 706-291-7967                              Enjoy the glow of Oak Hill and The Martha
        Myrtle Hill Cemetery Tours                                                                                   Berry Museum with hundreds of candles and
        Myrtle Hill Cemetery, Main gate on Myrtle             7                                                      lights. Delight in Christmas traditions and walk
        Street, Rome. Tours depart at 10 am, 10:30 am,        96th Annual                                            through the Oak Hill home to see it decorated
        11am and 11:30 am. Tour guides lead you through       Stilesboro Chrysanthemum Show                          for Christmas. 6-9pm. Oak Hill and Martha
                                                                                                                  calendar of events

Berry Museum, Rome. Parking at the Harbin                                                              Featuring the Requiem of
Clinic. $5 admission.                              6                                                   Maurice Duruflé
706-295-7171 or 706-368-6775                       Shorter College Friends of Theatre                  First Baptist Church, Rome. 7:30 pm. $12
                                                   Fund Raiser                                         adults, $8 for senior adults and students.
1                                                  Stratton Tor, the home of Jerry and Patsy Hub-      706-233-7288
Rome Christmas Parade                              bard, 593 Radio Springs Road, Rome. 6:30
Historic Downtown Rome. Free. 5:30 is ap-          pm. $35. 706-233-7285                               24
proximate start time.                                                                                  Rome Symphony Orchestra Concert
706-295-5576 or 800-444-1834                       12                                                  Mendelssohn’s Concertstock
                                                   Heart and Soul 3                                    for Clarinet and Basset Horn
4-6; 11-13                                         Concert presented by the Clock Tower Jazz En-       Ashraf Attalla, Clarinet, (Former Principal
Babes in Toyland                                   semble. The City Auditorium, Rome. 7:30 pm.         Clarinet of the Cairo Opera, internationally re-
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm, Sundays at       $10 single, $15 couple. 706-233-7285                nowned Atlanta-based soloist) and Alcides Ro-
2:30 pm. Rome Little Theatre, Rome. Adults                                                             driguez, Bass Clarinet, Principal Bass Clarinet
$12 and seniors, students $10. 706-295-7171        25-28                                               of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra). City Au-
                                                   Shorter College Spring Play:                        ditorium, Rome. 7:30 pm. Tiered ticket pricing
5                                                  Romeo and Juliet                                    in effect. 706-291-7967
The Shorter Chorale and Chorus with the            Callaway Theatre at Shorter College, Rome.
Rome Symphony Orchestra present Han-               Thurs-Sat, 7:30 pm, Sun. 2pm. 706-233-7288          24
del’s Messiah                                                                                          The International String Band Festival
Conducted by Dr. Martha Shaw. City Audito-         27                                                  Enjoy free music in the streets of Calhoun be-
rium, Rome. 7:30 pm $15 adults, $10 seniors,       Rome Symphony Orchestra Concert                     ginning at 11 am, then join us for the ticketed
$3 students. 706-233-7288                          Brahms’ Double Concerto in A-minor                  performance in the Ratner Theater that eve-
                                                   for Violin and Cello                                ning. Harris Arts Center, Calhoun. 7:00 pm.
6                                                  Timothy Scwartz, Violin (Head of the String         General admission $15. 706-629-2599
Downtown Cartersville Tree Lighting                Department at Lehigh University) and Law-
Complete with a visit from Santa! Friendship       rence Stomberg, Cello (Associate Professor of       24
Plaza, Downtown Cartersville. 5 -7:00 pm.          Cello, University of Delaware). City Audito-        44th Annual Atlanta Steeplechase
770-387-1357                                       rium, Rome. 7:30 pm. Tiered ticket pricing in       Kingston Downs, between Rome and Carters-
                                                   effect. 706-291-7967                                ville on US 411. Tickets by advance reserva-
8                                                                                                      tion, $30. 706-295-5576 or 800-444-1834
Christmas Candlelight Procession and Con-
cert Concert presented by the Northwest Geor-
gia Winds, mass choir and soloists. The Forum,     march                                               24-25
                                                                                                       Cedar Valley Arts Festival
Rome. 7:00 pm. Free. 706-233-7285                                                                      Regional arts and crafts fair hosted by the Ce-
                                                   1-31                                                dartown Junior Service League. Peek Park,
12                                                 Behind the Ropes Tours                              Cedartown. 770-748-2090
Christmas at the Cabin                             The tours provide visitors unprecedented ac-
Bring your kids and camera for a photo oppor-      cess to the home of Berry College founder,
tunity with Santa and his Mrs. by the fireplace.
Experience the sights and sounds of holiday
                                                   Martha Berry. Guided tours will take guests
                                                   beyond the velvet ropes and into the private        may
preparations in a simpler time. Red Top Moun-      life of Martha Berry. Martha Berry Museum,
                                                   Rome. $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 students and        1
tain State Park and Lodge, Cartersville. 10 am                                                         Across the Big Pond X
to 4 pm. $5 parking. 770-975-4226                  children. 706-368-6775
                                                                                                       Gaelic & Celtic Concert. Northwest Georgia
                                                   9                                                   Winds. The Forum, Rome. 7:30pm. Free.
12                                                                                                     706-233-7285
Cave Spring Christmas Parade                       Invitation to Dance
Cave Spring Square, 6:00 pm. Free.                 Concert presented by the Northwest Georgia
                                                   Winds. The City Auditorium, Rome. 7:30 pm.          1
                                                   Free. 706-233-7285                                  2nd Annual Mother’s Day Tea
19                                                                                                     The light afternoon tea will include and as-
NAIA National Championship                                                                             sortment of sandwiches, fruit and sweets;
Football Game                                      19-21; 26-28
                                                   My Fair Lady                                        live music; tours of the Oak Hill home and
Barron Stadium, Rome. 10:00 pre-game, 12:00                                                            gardens as well as the opportunity to be pho-
kickoff. $25 reserved, $20 general, $15 group      Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm, Sundays at
                                                   2:30 pm. Rome Little Theatre, Rome. Adults          tographed in front of the Oak Hill home. Oak
706-295-5576 or 800-444-1834                                                                           Hill, Rome. 2:00 pm. $20. Reservations are
                                                   $12 and seniors, students $10. 706-295-7171
                                                                                                       contingent upon payment. 706-368-6775

january                                                                                                7-9; 14-16

                                                   april                                               Play it Again, Sam
                                                                                                       Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm; Sundays at
Shorter College’s Winter Opera:                    9-10                                                2:30 pm. Rome Little Theatre, Rome. Adults
The Merry Widow                                    Azalea Festival                                     $12 and seniors/students $10. 706-295-7171
A comic opera presented by the Shorter Col-        Guests will be able to attend concerts by local
lege Opera Theatre and Chamber Players of the      bands, there will be an arts and crafts festival,   15
South.City Auditorium, Rome. 7:30 pm. $12          garden how-to showcasing, “Something Old,           Celebrate International Museum Day
adults, $8 for seniors and students.               Something New” garden tours, tours of the           Free admission. Refreshments all day with
706-233-7288                                       Oak Hill home and the Martha Berry Museum.          special activities. Martha Berry Museum,
                                                   Oak Hill, Rome. 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. $10.            Rome. 10am - 5pm. 706-368-6775
29-31; Feb. 5-7                                    706-368-6775
12 Angry Men                                                                                           30
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm; Sundays at       17                                                  American Salute Concert presented by the
2:30 pm. Rome Little Theatre, Rome. Adults         Shorter Chorus Spring Concert                       Northwest Georgia Winds
$12 and seniors, students $10. 706-295-7171        Brookes Chapel at Shorter College, Rome.            The City Auditorium, Rome. 7:00 pm. Free.
                                                   7:00 pm. $12 adults, $8 for senior adults and       706-233-7285
                                                   students. 706-233-7288
feburary                                           20-25
1-28                                               Shorter College Spring Musical: Godspell                       To learn more about
Erasing the Color Line Exhibit                     Callaway Theatre at Shorter College, Rome.
Tells the story of integration at Berry College    Thurs-Sat, 7:30 pm and Sun, 2pm. $12 adults/$8           what’s happening in Rome visit:
and of the courageous individuals who led the      for senior adults and students. 706-233-7288
way in erasing the color line. Martha Berry Mu-                                                 
seum, Rome. 10 am - 5pm. $5 adults, $4 seniors,    24
$3 students and children. 706-368-6775             Shorter Chorale Spring Concert
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the Southeast.                                                          park that is currently under construction. While the lake is world
                                                                        famous for its crappie and bass fishing, water enthusiasts can also
  Developers Joe Hiatt of Atlanta and John Hyatt of Roswell were        enjoy sailing, jet-skiing and leisure boating. A marina with boat
captivated when the first selective clearing of timber and underbrush   rentals and protected boat storage is located a mile away.
revealed the breathtaking views that only a few people even knew
existed. With the 30,000-acre Weiss Lake and its tributary rivers          “We think it is important for potential lot or home owners to
unfolding below and the beautiful Talladega mountain range              know that we do not have external debt, therefore we do not have
serving as a backdrop, the development was christened The Bluffs,       financial institutions “helping” us make decisions,” says John
Overlooking Lake Weiss. It was their plan that every home site          Hyatt. “In this time of strict lending requirements, we offer a seller-
would have a generous view of both the mountains and water.             supported financing plan with a 10% down payment and attractive
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offer owners views of the mountains, rivers and the expansive           reasons for the popu-
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rates, moderate building costs and super amenities make this an         beginning: A mountain
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         An Interview with
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       How many people do you know who can – legally – thunder               “I started reading about Bonneville in car magazines when
     along at more than 200 miles per hour? Rome’s Courtney Hizer is       I was 13 and started building my first car when I was 15,” he
     one of a select few who have performed this daring feat. Hizer is a   says. “It was a 1939 Mercury convertible with a modified 1951
     member of the Bonneville 200 MPH Club and the owner of seven          Oldsmobile engine. I’ve had a car or motorcycle project going
     records set at the Bonneville Salt Flats speed competitions.          ever since.” In 1961, as a student at Georgia Tech, he planned,
                                                                           with a fellow student, to build a car that would race at Bonneville.
       The 159-square-mile Salt Flats (a deposit of dazzlingly white,      Involved with drag racing until 1962, a year later he entered the
     hard, densely packed salt, the remnants of a lake from prehistoric    fast-paced world of NASCAR.
     times) are located on the eastern edge of the casino-resort town of
     Wendover, Nev., 88 miles west of Salt Lake City, Utah. They are         In 1985, after establishing his business career, he decided to
     most famous for their use as the Bonneville Speedway for high-        build the car to race at Bonneville. “Friends went with me to
     speed race cars, and they are the site of three annual events in      the Salt Flats in 1985 and 1986 to start preparing,” he explains.
     which cars compete for speed records. Speed Week, the world’s         “When evaluating what class to run, I looked for a record that
     fastest speed trials, often called the “granddaddy” of racing         would put me in the 200 MPH club. While I was at a 24-hour
     events, is held in August of each year, while the World of Speed is   IMSA [International Motor Sports Association] race in Daytona
     held in September and the World Finals take place each October.       in 1987, I presented my plan to Joe Negri, who was director of
     Hizer’s most recent record, set just last year, was 254.1 miles per   racing for Buick. Within a few weeks, parts began arriving at my
     hour driving his 1987 Buick LeSabre T-Type Coupe.                     shop, and frame assembly began at my friend EJ Trivette’s shop
in Norcross.” The car’s sheet metal was the ’87 Buick LeSabre          whatever they need to set up in the pits on the salt. Everything is
T-type coupe (the same body style that Bobby Allison drove)            inspected for safety, and drivers must wear fuel-proof suits. It’s
with a Buick turbo-charged IMSA V-6 engine. Hizer’s group of           a five-mile course, and to qualify to run, drivers must beat the
friends worked around the clock for 30 days to complete the car’s      current record.”
construction at the shop of Don Ledingham in Pendergrass.
                                                                         Hizer’s business partner in his racing venture is Bobby Hogg,
  “The car was finished on a Wednesday, and we drove straight to       and his crew consists of Jim Captain; Parker Merrill; Hizer’s
Bonneville, arriving on a Friday afternoon, the last day of racing,”   wife, Villa; Paul Powell; Pat Ryan; and Chris Camp. “It’s a great
Hizer says. “I made my test run at 188 mph, then the qualifying run    group of racing addicts,” Hizer says, “enjoying the challenges of
for a record at 210 mph. The next morning, we made two record          engineering and salt gremlins. There’s no money involved,” he
runs, averaging 215.5 mph. That broke the record by 20 mph. From       admits. “It’s all for the record books and a trophy.”
that point, we were hooked.” Hizer and his racing buddies have
continued racing at Bonneville for the last 23 years, having set         “What I think is so great about his success is that he realized his
seven records with five different engine combinations.                 dream of being in the 200 mph Club,” says Villa Hizer. “He saw
                                                                       an opportunity. He had friends who helped him, he never gave up
  The quest for records on the Salt Flats requires dedication and      and he was successful on his first try. He is now well-respected on
perseverance. “There are long lines, on a first come, first run        the Salt Flats, even for a guy from Georgia. He has seven world
basis, on some very hot days,” Hizer adds. “Drivers must bring         land speed records, and he still wants to drive faster.”
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