TagColumbus Georgia

Sunday Q&A: Allen Woodall

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Creator of the the wacky/wonderful/world-famous Lunchbox Museum, noted local collector and historian Allen Woodall now aims to “preserve the history of Columbus, Georgia.” What inspired you to create The Lunchbox Museum? “Back in 1985, I was in an antique show in Atlanta, Georgia, and on one of the tables one of the vendors had a Green Hornet and a Dick Tracy lunchbox. When I saw...

Sunday Q&A: Steve Scott

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Strut the Hooch parade founder, musician, educator, author U.S. Navy veteran, bon vivant How would you describe the Strut the Hooch parade to the uninitiated? “As a kind of giant Mardi Gras parade.”Is it hard to instill that Mardi Gras vibe in Columbus?“No. I’ve found people who want to have a lot of fun and show off their personality and their creativity.”What are some of the most creative...

Sunday Q&A: The Do Good Fund Opens Doors to Southern Photography

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A conversation with Gallery Outreach Coordinator Eliza Daffin. Additional comments by Collection Manager Jessica Hughes.  What distinguishes Southern photography as compared to photography from other places?“Southern photography is really rooted in history. And the place. Some Southerners have a real pride in where they’re from and who they are.Even though the history of the South is pretty...

Effort to Establish Equal Rights Protection Fails in Columbus

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Right-wing religious groups mobilize to block extending civil rights on basis of individual’s sexual orientation / sexual identity. Georgia one of 3 states in the country without civil rights law. Text from an email by Assistant City Attorney Lucy Sheftall sent out to City Councilors 8.18.2021:Attached you will find a clean copy of the NDO which will be placed on the Agenda for next Tuesday...

Sunday Q&A: Paige Martin Swift Executive Director, Nature Now

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New nonprofit will host popular annual event, the nationally touring Wild & Scenic Film Fest, August 19-21. How did the last local Wild & Scenic Film Festival in 2019 become its largest ‘On Tour’ event?“I think it’s because of the way we choreograph it.And the capacity potential we’ve got. We have an amazing urban footprint downtown now that’s walkable, with all these amazing outdoor...

Sunday Q&A: Leah & Darius Prather

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The Chill Power Couple Columbus Needs Right Now Who — or what — is an Afro Hippy?    “The term is more so to represent the alternative Black culture and the subcultures within that.  Things I’m into: nerd culture, photography, things of that nature. On her side, it’s holistic care and the wide variety of things that play into that.We did the Afro-Hippy event [June 26 at the...

Sunday Q&A: Thad Haygood

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Senior Pastor, St. Luke United Methodist Church Why do you think God called you to come lead St. Luke as Senior Pastor?“The ‘Why?’ will come about down the road. I don’t know the ‘Why?’ yet.But I can 100% percent say that God has definitely called us here to Columbus at this time in our lives. We know that because we were not looking to move. We were not planning to move. We didn’t ask for this...

Sunday Q&A, Memorial Day Edition: Army Veterans Visit the Global War on Terrorism Memorial

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Army Buddies: Joe Farruggia (left) and Jonathan Gaver (right) When did you serve in the Army and in which division?Joe: “We were privates together in 21 Infantry in the ‘90s, back when it was out of Ft. Wainwright in Alaska. I was in before 9/11.”Jonathan:  “I served from 94 to ‘99, then I came back in 2002.”Why did you decide to re-enlist?Jonathan: “One, I missed the camaraderie of the Army...

Sunday Q&A: Abeika Alexander, Community Garden Advocate

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Why have you taken on growing fresh produce and eating well as a personal cause?“Because food sovereignty is a community effort. If I am affected, indirectly or directly, then the whole community is affected by the lack of food.Being a food/agriculture activist, I can’t sit by in a food desert — having the skills that I have to grow food and to teach people to grow food — and do nothing. My...

Sunday Q&A: Dr. Grant Scarborough, Founder + CEO of MercyMed

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The MercyMed staff was on the frontlines in treatment and testing for COVID since the earliest days of the pandemic. How were y’all able to take such an aggressive approach?“We just saw a need. So I called the Health Department and asked, ‘How can we help?’  That was the day that the governor gave his first speech about it. They said, ‘We need someone to help us test.’We did the first...