Where To Spend Christmas Vacation With Kids


Christmas is a time for giving, so give yourself a break. “But, what about the kids?”, you may find yourself asking with some frustration. Fear not! Callaway Resort & Gardens is the perfect Christmas vacation getaway for you and the kids! Nestled in Pine Mountain, Georgia just a short drive from Atlanta you’ll find one of America’s best Christmas vacation spots. Book a suite in the Lodge and Spa, and you’ll be treated to a beautiful view overlooking the lake, woodlands, and the garden. The gorgeous room interior will give you the same comfort as your own home. With quick access to the garden, swimming pool, spa and fitness center, and cabana-style bar, the Lodge and Spa suites are the perfect setup for a fantastic vacation. But, what about the kids? Well, the resort offers some of the best activities for families near Atlanta. Families can explore the amazing Callaway Gardens together. The Callaway Brothers Azalea Bowl, Overlook Azalea Garden, Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel, Pioneer Log Cabin, Meadowlark Garden, and Thornhill Hydrangea Garden are just a few of the outdoor attractions offered at the resort. There are plenty of nature trails to walk as well. If you’re looking for a unique nature experience, the Day Butterfly Center houses over 1,000 butterflies for your viewing pleasure–it’s one of North America’s largest tropical butterfly conservatories! You’ll have the chance to learn all about the wonderful butterflies that inhabit the Center and watch them in their natural habitat. At the Callaway Discovery Center, you can enjoy a show so spectacular, it that requires the approval of both U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Callaway Gardens’ Birds of Prey program is designed to educate visitors about their impact on wildlife, but it also gives visitors an up close and personal demonstration of predatory birds’ strength, speed, and natural instincts. It’s definitely a must-see! If your kids are looking for a little more adventure, they’ll love the Callaway Resort & Gardens’ Treetop Adventure – Zip Lines & Obstacle Courses. The self-guided, in-air obstacle course will entertain any thrill seeker. The 10 zip lines and 34 challenges will take the average zip liner two to three hours to complete. The challenges and thrilling heights are sure to bring any family closer together and give a sense of accomplishment when completed. You can also sign up the kids for the zip lines and take those two to three hours to unwind. The resort offers two world-class 18-hole golf courses that take you through some of the most breathtaking scenery in America. You can also work up a sweat at the Mountain Creek Tennis Center, where you’ll find both hard-surface and soft-surface courts. If you prefer the calmness of the waters, you can opt to rent a canoe, kayak, or jon boat and venture onto Mountain Creek Lake. Let’s face it, though—if you’re going to unwind, you’ll do it best at the Spa at Callaway Resort & Gardens. Sign up for massage therapy, facials, manicures, pedicures, salon services, or botanical body treatments. While the kids climb sky high, you’ll be floating along on cloud nine. “That sounds great,” you might say, “but what about Christmas?” Well, if you’re at Callaway Resort & Gardens during Christmas, you’ll be treated to one of the world’s Top 10 Places to See Holiday Lights, according to National Geographic Traveler. At Callaway Resort & Gardens’ Fantasy In Lights, there are eight million lights, 15 scenes and shows, and awesome Christmas characters that will bring the holiday spirit to your amazing Christmas vacation. You can even sign up to have breakfast with the Christmas characters! If you’re wondering where to spend Christmas vacation with kids, you’ll find all the makings of a perfect vacation at Callaway Resort & Gardens. Call today to book your stay!

Source: Callaway Gardens

National Espresso Day… Have Yourself A Cup Today


Espresso made its debut in Italy in the early 20th century although coffee was already very much a part of Italian life for centuries. Espresso lovers owe their thanks for the tasty brew to Italy’s Luigi Bezzera, the owner of a manufacturing plant who wanted to speed up the time it took to make coffee. It’s unclear whether he was motivated to hasten the process by frustration over how long his morning coffee took or whether he wanted to speed up the time his employees took for their coffee breaks. Regardless, Bezzera discovered that adding steam pressure to the process produced a stronger, more robust cup of coffee. This machine used in this new quick-brew process was named the Fast Coffee Machine. The beverage produced by the machine would eventually become known as espresso, which means fast in Italian. Regrettably, Bezzera wasn’t as talented at marketing and sales as he was at engineering. A few years later in 1905, Desidero Pavoni purchased the rights to the machine from Bezzera and had it patented. It is due to Pavoni’s marketing genius that espresso grew in popularity. In the early 1940s, Achille Gaggia created a piston-based espresso machine that improved the taste by eliminating the burnt flavor and giving espresso a thicker consistency. Initially for professional use in coffee bars, the espresso machine gradually became available for use at home. Now go have yourself a cup of Espresso.

Shop Sylvester on Small Business Saturday

Small businesses often are overlooked by customers who are enticed by larger companies, and this can adversely affect the local economy in more negative ways than might appear on the surface level. The rise of shopping malls and large chain stores such as Walmart and other retailers has caused irreversible damage to Main Street in the last half-century or so, and it’s paramount to remember the importance of supporting local small businesses. After all, why should we not celebrate the spirit of enterprise and entrepreneurship, as exemplified by small business owners who take the risk of following their dreams? After all, it’s a common thing for politicians to talk about supporting Main Street over big business, and how small business owners often face greater hardships than larger companies. Since Small Business Saturday is held on the Saturday following Thanksgiving Day, it falls right during the peak shopping periods of the year. The 1960s saw the rise of the American shopping mall, and the decades since have seen large chain retailers further cementing their position in terms of taking over the retail sphere and displacing smaller, family-run businesses. This model has spread further throughout the world, and chain retailers have been usurping small businesses’ market share worldwide in the last few decades. That being said, the difference is most stark in countries like the US, where small businesses have often been obliterated within a year or two of some large chain retailer coming to town and opening up shop. In India and much of Southeast Asia, shopping malls coexist with small shops largely because they serve different markets as has been noted in the past, the corner shop is not going anywhere anytime soon in India because customers can purchase items on credit, and that’s just something that you’ll never be able to do in a Wal-Mart or BigBazaar. In the United States, the context is different, though. Different economic realities combined with different cultural ideas about how small businesses operate has ultimately been more harmful to those businesses in developed countries than in developing economies. And with all of the odds stacked against them, small businesses in the US need a day in their honor. Small Business Saturday is a relatively recent phenomenon with the first one being held in Roslindale Village, Massachusetts in 2010 as a counterpart to Black Friday. Small Business Saturday was originally sponsored by American Express and the non-profit National Trust for Historic Preservation. From the very start, the day has been promoted through advertising on both social media and more traditional means such as television and radio advertisement. Since 2013, Small Business Saturday has also existed in the UK following the success of its American counterpart. You may be wondering how to celebrate Small Business Saturday since it is possible that you might have been lead to believe that small businesses are a thing of the past. As a consumer, you can choose to spend your money at local small businesses on this day rather than going to the big box retailers at the local mall. After all, the best way to support small businesses is to go and spend money at them rather than somewhere else. You can also tell your friends to do the same, perhaps making a point of organizing a shopping day where you only visit small, local enterprises instead of chain stores. While you may or may not end up paying more, it’s important to remember that spending your money at a small business generally puts more money into the local economy than if you’re spending that money in a chain store. Some small business owners find that Small Business Saturday is a great time to run marketing promotions, as they can further capitalize on the increased foot traffic from the already busy holiday shopping season and on their online traffic. If you own a small business, you can run some promotion for the day, and otherwise put up a post on your Facebook page. If your small business does not have a Facebook page nor any other online presence, you should seriously consider taking Small Business Saturday to go ahead and do that. So support your local economy, and go out and buy things from a small business today. There are several small businesses in Sylvester that you can shop at on Small Business Saturday. Many of them have Facebook pages for you to follow to see if they are having any sales or specials. Be sure to check them out. Make your plans now to Shop Sylvester on Small Business Saturday.

Farmer’s Dinner was a Success

On November 16, 2017, the Sylvester-Worth County Chamber and Farmer Appreciation Committee hosted its Annual Farmers Appreciation Dinner. The dinner was held at the Ag Pavilion in Worth County. The doors opened at 6:00 PM and the Farmers and their families were treated to a meal catered by Fat Boys BBQ & More. Kaley Ford Bowen, of Farm Commodities and Chair of the Farmers Appreciation Committee, welcomed the farmers and thanked our sponsors. Mr. Jason Willis gave thanks and blessed the meal. The Worth County High School JROTC presented the colors, Ms. Jean Brooks lead the pledge and Ms. Mona Powell sang the National Anthem. Mr. Keith Willis recently retired FSA Director of Worth County, introduced our new FSA Director in Worth County, Mr. Taylor Arnold and wished him the best of luck. Then to Mr. Willis’s surprise, Mr. Kyle Tomlinson, the owner of Snipes Piggly Wiggly, presented Mr. Keith Willis with a plaque thanking him for over 30 years of service to the Worth County Ag Community and commitment to the Farmers Appreciation Committee. Mr. Willis gave a few words of thanks and said he couldn’t have had a better group of farmers to work for and is now proud to consider them his “friends”. Mr. Blake Crabtree, Worth County Extension Coordinator then presented our Farmer Awards for 2017: Farmer of the Year – Bowen Wright – Mr. Billy Wright accepted the award for his father. The Young Farmer of the Year is Morgan Young. The Conservationists of the Year is Keith and Floyd Brooks. In the next part of the program Mr. Kyle Tomlinson and Ms. Kaley Ford Bowen, with the help of two of our Georgia Peanut Queens, Little Miss Abigail Brook Goss, and Young Miss McKenzie Belle Ford, proceeded to give out over $1800 dollars in cash door prizes and gifts. Ms. Melissa Edwards wrapped it up with a heartfelt thank you to all our Worth County Farmers for all they do for our community. It was a great evening for all!

Source: Sylvester – Worth County Chamber of Commerce

What’s Your Entrepreneur Story?

When you think about it, the world is crammed with great products that we take for granted, but that were once non-existent until they were somehow dreamed up by a budding entrepreneur. From the postage stamp to the jet engine, and the cheeseburger to the microchip, radical inventions by brilliant minds have changed the way we live our lives and shaped our futures. In recognition of these people you can now celebrate Entrepreneurship Day which, since its inauguration in 2010, is an annual event that honors those men and women who have very often created an empire from absolutely nothing, most of them making themselves rather wealthy in the process as well. America is a country made of entrepreneurs. Men and women who built something from nothing. Created jobs. Made America what it is today. In many ways, the present was built by them. e can genuinely hope that the next generation of potential Walt Disney, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Coco Chanel might be inspired to launch their business model and take the world by storm by the stories of some of the greatest businessmen and women of our time. Entrepreneurs’ Day was started in 2010 by David Hauser and Siamak Taghaddos, co-founders of Grasshopper, the entrepreneur’s phone system, as well as Amir Tehrani, entrepreneur and co-founder of The Legacy Foundation. The holiday falls on the last day of Global Entrepreneurship week, during Entrepreneurship Month and is meant to be a way of showing gratitude and respect to the people who achieved success, sometimes against all odds, and were able to help a lot of people by creating jobs for them in the process. In 2012, President Barack Obama declared November as Entrepreneurship Month. My Entrepreneur story is great to me and possible for anyone. I had a vision of a positive news source and started it in May of 2014 and I am going stronger and better than ever. I have no one to brag on but my mighty God that has made everything possible for me. Yes, I work extremely hard and yes, there are days that I work into wee hours of the morning but to step back and look at the final product makes me know that I am doing just what God had planned. My mother is a huge part of this business along with her friend that keeps us straight. I am thankful for the ones in Sylvester that supports me, I am very thankful for my supportive customers and friends in all the other counties that support us as well. We would not be what we are today without you so thank you for everything and may God bless you all.

Our Kids Our Future

Rodriquez Thomas, a native of Albany, Georgia and the Founder/President and CEO of Our Kids Our Future, LLC spoke to the 8th grade students on Friday at WCMS. He is a motivational speaker who encourages students to make good choices. He is a graduate of Dougherty High School and a College graduate of Albany Technical College where he was an honor student and that’s where his passion for helping kids grew outside of caring for his own. While attending college, Mr. Thomas was named Mr. Everything in 2010/2011, he was an honor graduate, Vice President of Student Government, Ambassador of Education, Skills USA, Foundation Setters for Future Minds, President of Student Activities, and Ran for Student of the Year. And if that isn’t enough, he was named 2011 Mr. ATC Homecoming King as well as was responsible for naming the streets around the college. His name will always be imbedded on the campus. He is a devoted father, son, uncle and God father. He is also a philanthropist, educator, and mentor and soon to be an author of a children’s activity book. The students and staff enjoyed him on Friday. Please see his visit on the Worth County Middle School Facebook Page.
Source: WCSD Facebook Page

Christmas Cards No More

Have you ever thought about sending a Christmas card to your family and friends or do you just send a Christmas text? I know a few just laughed when they read that but I am being very serious. When I was a teenager, being the youngest grandchild and a granddaughter at that, I took up much time with my grandmother. After Thanksgiving lunch every year that I can remember after becoming a teenager, I would help her fix her Christmas cards. She had them ready to mail out on December 1st or around there. She had her address book that we went through looking at who she needed to send a card to and she looked through the address labels of those that sent to her the year before, yes she kept them ALL! She enjoyed sending as much as she enjoyed receiving Christmas cards. She put a special message in each card. I think back on those times and it brings such great joy to me knowing that time with her was so precious to us both. I sure miss fixing those cards for her. She kept EVERY one of her cards from year to year to glance back over. Have you mailed your cards today?

Thanksgiving Thursday & Black Friday Shopping… 1 2 3 GO!

I can remember when I was a little girl, Black Friday, was a BIG thing. It still is today but much different. On Thanksgiving Day, after lunch all the ladies would have their Albany Herald out looking through all the sale papers and making a plan for the next day. At that time there was NEVER a store opened on Thanksgiving Day. One by one, stores started opening on Thanksgiving Day. It takes away from the fun of the very early Friday morning shopping but some like to do it. It’s hard for me to go on Thanksgiving because after a good Thanksgiving meal, I need a nap! For those that want to do a little more shopping on Thanksgiving, these are the places that are planning to be open for those Thanksgiving Shoppers: Walmart, Kmart, Khols, Target, Toys-R-Us, Macys, JC Penney, Best Buy, Big Lots, Bass Pro Shops, Dollar General, Belk, Rite Aid, Game Stop, Old Navy, Family Dollar, Goody’s, Walgreen’s, Michael’s and Stein Mart. All store times for opening and closing do vary so please check out each store before going. We hope everyone will enjoy the shopping and fellowship with friends and family!

From The Martin News….

The Martin News wants to wish each and everyone of you a very Happy Thanksgiving. We each have so much to be thankful for. Here at The Martin News we are very thankful for each one of our supporters. Whether you purchase advertisement, read and view our weekly news publication, like and share on our Facebook page, say kind words and your prayers, we are very appreciative. We could not be what we are today without you and for that we will be forever grateful. Thank you all and Happy Thanksgiving from The Martin News.

Macy’s Day Parade is Worth the Watch

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is an annual parade presented by the U.S.-based department store chain Macy’s. The tradition started in 1924 tying it for the second-oldest Thanksgiving parade in the United States with America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit (with both parades being four years younger than the 6abc Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia). The three-hour Macy’s event is held in New York City starting at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Thanksgiving Day, and has been televised nationally on NBC since 1952. In the 1920s, many of Macy’s department store employees were first-generation immigrants. Proud of their new American heritage, they wanted to celebrate the American holiday of Thanksgiving with the type of festival their parents had loved in Europe. In 1924, the annual Thanksgiving parade started by Louis Bamberger in Newark, New Jersey at the Bamberger’s store was transferred to New York City by Macy’s. In New York, the employees marched to Macy’s flagship store on 34th Street dressed in vibrant costumes. There were floats, professional bands and live animals borrowed from the Central Park Zoo. At the end of that first parade, as has been the case with every parade since, Santa Claus was welcomed into Herald Square. At this first parade, however, the Jolly Old Elf was enthroned on the Macy’s balcony at the 34th Street store entrance, where he was then “crowned” “King of the Kiddies.” With an audience of over 250,000 people, the parade was such a success that Macy’s declared it would become an annual event. Anthony “Tony” Frederick Sarg loved to work with marionettes from an early age. After moving to London to start his own marionette business, Sarg moved to New York City to perform with his puppets on the street. Macy’s heard about Sarg’s talents and asked him to design a window display of a parade for the store. Sarg’s large animal-shaped balloons, produced by the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in Akron, Ohio, replaced the live animals in 1927 when the Felix the Cat balloon made its debut. Felix was filled with air, but by the next year, helium was used to fill the expanding cast of balloons. At the finale of the 1928 parade, the balloons were released into the sky, where they unexpectedly burst. The following year, they were redesigned with safety valves to allow them to float for a few days. Address labels were sewn into them, so that whoever found and mailed back the discarded balloon received a gift from Macy’s. Through the 1930s, the Parade continued to grow, with crowds of over one million people lining the parade route in 1933. The first Mickey Mouse balloon entered the parade in 1934. The annual festivities were broadcast on local radio stations in New York City from 1932 to 1941, and resumed in 1945, running through 1951. The parade was suspended from 1942 to 1944 as a result of World War II, owing to the need for rubber and helium in the war effort. The parade resumed in 1945 using the route that it followed until 2008. The parade became known nationwide after being prominently featured in the 1947 film, Miracle on 34th Street, which included footage of the 1946 festivities. The event was first broadcast on network television in 1948. By this point the event, and Macy’s sponsorship of it, were sufficiently well-known to give rise to the colloquialism “Macy’s Day Parade”. Since 1984, the balloons have been made by Raven Aerostar (a division of Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based Raven Industries). I absolutely love watching the parade. It has always been something I did even when I was a little girl and mama was cooking Thanksgiving lunch, I would be watching the parade. It is something about that parade that introduces Christmas to the season. I can’t tell you my favorite part because I love the singing and dancing, I love the bands, I love hearing all the people talking, I love the floats, I love Santa. There is so much to enjoy about The Macy’s Day Parade. Such beautiful colors and beautiful floats. My family will be tuned in, will yours?