Greatest Moms 2019


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Southern mothers are like no others, pouring their souls into raising their children to be the best they can be. Tough as nails and graceful as swans, these Southern moms tackle the challenges of motherhood with heart, dedication and love. In honor of all great moms, we celebrate the winners of South’s Greatest Moms contest. These ladies deserve to be treated like the queens they are.

Brenna Michaels

Brenna’s husband says that Brenna puts her whole heart and self into being a mother. He says the bond she has with their son Rhett (3) is a one-of-a-kind friendship that is blossoming every day into a perfect flower. When asked what Brenna would say is her greatest accomplishment when it comes to being a mom, she says, “When I became a mom, I knew absolutely nothing about babies. Learning to trust myself and my instincts, leaning on God — letting go of perfection — it’s been the most amazing journey.”  She reminds other moms that perfection isn’t possible; to just enjoy the mess and savor the cuddles. When Brenna isn’t busy running the business she and her husband own and spending time with Rhett, she enjoys a mani/pedi at Sea Salt and Sugar, a massage at Savannah Day Spa, and shopping at local boutiques.

 

Sarah Johnson

Sarah’s husband calls her the quintessential southern mama. She starts each day with a homecooked meal for her four children, Titus (6), Maggie (4), Finn (2) and Theo (1 month). Not only does Sarah raise four kids, she also homeschools the older two, works out, leads a Bible study group, and runs a local photography business she co-owns with her husband. Her advice to other moms: “Prayer. Lots of it. And community. I need God’s new mercies every morning and his strength to practice patience with these crazies! And I get loads of encouragement from other moms letting me know I’m not alone in this.” Sarah loves being treated to a spa day at Sweet Water Spa.

 

Angel Sorochak

Angel says the best part of being a mom is the constant reminder that unconditional love exists. She has raised her daughter Addison (16) into a beautiful, strong and vibrant young lady. “Growing up in today’s society is tough but through love, open communication, prayer, and my husband and my family’s support, I feel we have been able to raise Addison to be the best version of herself she can be and I am so proud of who she is becoming,” says Angel. Angel says being a mom is a roller-coaster of emotions — love, worry, happiness, sadness and everything in between, but at the end of the day, each emotion is a blessing and she wouldn’t change it for the world. Being a mom sometimes means Angel likes to get pampered. She says you can never go wrong with a day at the spa.

 

Anne Gold

This mom of two and grandmother of five is a true Southern mama and they all worship her. Every week you can find all of her family at her house enjoying a big Sunday supper, a feast which Anne cooks up and which includes her delicious biscuits and homemade pound cake. Having taught school for 40 years, you know she loves children. She says her best accomplishment as a mom is, “Watching my children rear their children with the same values that they were taught by us. I tell people to teach your children to love and respect and always have a hand out to help those in need.” Anne definitely helps all she can. When she’s not busy in the kitchen, she loves to go to Glow Med Spa.

 

Melani Arpin

Melani may not have birthed her own children, but that doesn’t make her any less of a Southern mama. She stepped up to be a mother figure to her niece, Amber, when she needed a mother. She also has two stepsons, a great niece and a grandson. Melani says the best part of being a mom is the support, comfort and having all of the children know she respects them and she is grateful for them allowing her to love them. Her advice to other moms, “Raising children is not a contest. Eat dinner together at the dinner table. Talk, catch up with each other. Listen and have wonderful conversations.”  When she’s not busy being a mom and grandma, she loves to eat at 1790, Crystal Beer Parlor and the Sundae Café. She also can’t resist a massage at Salt Water Spa.

 

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Events Calendar

  • “Summon the Sea! Contemporary Artists and Moby Dick” Exhibition

    Oct 11, 2019
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Jepson Center

    Summon the Sea! Contemporary Artists and Moby Dick examines the work of six contemporary artists—Corey Arnold, Guy Ben-Ner, Patty Chang, Tristin...

  • Savannah Jewish Film Festival

    Jan 22, 2020
    6:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Jewish Educational Alliance of Savannah

    This year’s festival has been capsulated into five days in which movie-goers are encouraged to attend the films, enjoy meals and interact in...

  • Blowing Rock WinterFest

    Jan 23, 2020
    10:00 AM - 9:00 PM @ Downtown Blowing Rock

    Don’t hibernate-celebrate! Join us for the fun side of winter with events like the Polar Bear Plunge, WinterFeast, WinterPaws Dog Show,...

  • Mountainfilm on Tour - Savannah

    Jan 23, 2020
    7:00 PM - 10:30 PM @ Trustees Theater

    Mountainfilm on Tour - Savannah returns for its 11th annual film festival on January 23-25, 2020.  Please plan to join us for a weekend of...

  • Forsyth Farmer's Market

    Jun 29, 2019
    9:00 AM - 1:00 PM @ South end of Forsyth Park

    The Forsyth Farmers’ Market vendors offer a variety of local goods including seasonal produce, eggs, honey, pastured meat, bread, cheese,...

  • Cocoa 5k Fun Run & Walk

    Feb 01, 2020
    8:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ Crystal Coast Civic Center

    Come be a part of the Cocoa Fun Run / Walk on February 1, 2020!  The 5K Race Course is flat and begins and ends at the Crystal Coast Civic Center,...

  • Carolina Chocolate Festival

    Feb 01, 2020
    9:00 AM - 6:00 PM @ Crystal Coast Civic Center

    Chocolate lovers indulge! The annual Carolina Chocolate Festival takes place at the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City and is packed with...

  • First Fridays in Starland

    Jun 07, 2019
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Starland District

    First Fridays in Starland celebrates local business, art, and food in Savannah’s coolest neighborhood! Join us every First Friday of the...

  • AURA Fest: Underground Weekend

    Feb 21, 2020
    7:30 PM - 11:45 PM @ The Jinx

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  • Savannah Antiques & Architecture Weekend

    Mar 05, 2020
    6:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Various Locations, Downtown Savannah, Georgia

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Scenes of the South

Dining in the Dark 2020

The Savannah Center for Blind and Low Vision held its annual Dining in the Dark event on Saturday, January 18th at the Embassy Suites Downtown Savannah. Guests were served a four-course meal in complete darkness by the Savannah Metro's SWAT team. Dining in the Dark serves to raise awareness about vision loss.

January Brews for a Cause

South magazine in collaboration with Southern Eagle Distributing hosted their monthly Brews for a Cause on Thursday, January 16th at the Savannah Taphouse in a successful effort to raise money and awareness for the Savannah Center for Blind and Low Vision. The night featured delicious appetizers by Savannah Taphouse and a range of flavored Bud Light Seltzers provided by Southern Eagle. These events provide good food, fun entertainment, refreshing drinks and most importantly – raise money for a great cause! Be sure to be on the lookout for our next Brews in February!

Ford Plantation's Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting for Silk Hope

The Ford Plantation celebrated the completion of its two new Silk Hope model homes on January 10, 2020. The Silk Hope project is limited to 53 homes, on beautiful lots of buyers’ choosing amongst old oaks and a Lowcountry marsh setting. This member-backed project is the first new for sale residential development at The Ford Plantation in more than fifteen years and represents the final phase of home development to be offered. The Silk Hope community is the product of a collaboration of some of the world’s top residential architects and landscape designers and has been modeled to capture tranquil European village and Lowcountry architecture.

Mat Best Signs his New Best-seller at Nine Line

Veteran, entrepreneur and author Mat Best met fans and signed copies of his new book “Thank you for my Service” Thursday Dec. 12 at Nine Line Apparel. Best’s best-selling authorial debut chronicles his service as a U.S. Army Ranger. Best's Black Rifle Coffee co., partnered with Nine Line Apparel, has shops on River st. and off route 95 on Ft. Argyle rd.

Victory Antiques and Engel & Völkers' Holiday Party

Dickey Mopper and his team at Engel and Völkers celebrated the season at their annual holiday party on Wednesday Dec. 11, with a special appearance from the jolly fellow himself, Santa Claus. Mopper and company, celebrating alongside the crew of Victory Antiques, showed off the newest Engel and Völkers office at 1650 East Victory Dr. in Savannah.

Good Times Jazz Bar & Restaurant's 2nd Anniversary Celebration feat. Lady Leah

Jazz lovers celebrated Good Times Jazz bar's second anniversary on Nov. 8 and 9 featuring jazz vocalist Lady Leah and the culinary stylings of Good Times' chef Joe Randall, the dean of southern cuisine. In 2017 Randall teamed with Danielle and Stephen T. Moore to create one of the city's smoothest spots, a confluence of culture and taste fit for the soul of Savannah.

14th Annual Pearls to Pluff Mud Fundraiser

The 14th Annual Pearls to Pluff Mud Fundraiser was held on Friday, November 1st at the Swamp Fox Farms. Guests enjoyed listening to the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra while tasting New Orleans themed dishes. There was a silent and live auction held to raise money for the Focus Fund Campaign for the Cross Schools in Bluffton, SC.

Brews for a Cause November at Savannah Octane Bar

South magazine in collaboration with Southern Eagle Distributing hosted the last Brews for a Cause of 2019 at the Savannah Octane Bar on Thursday, November 21 in a successful effort to raise money and awareness for Georgia Police K9 Foundation. The night featured tasty chicken appetizers catered by Himalayan Curry Kitchen, and special brews from Wicked Weed and Monday Night Brewing provided by Southern Eagle. These events provide good food, fun entertainment, refreshing drinks and most importantly – raise money for a great cause! Be sure to be on the lookout for our next Brews in January!

6th Annual First Responders Luncheon

Harris Lowry Manton LLC hosted its 6th Annual First Responder Appreciation Luncheon on Monday, Oct. 28 at Daffin Park. Free lunch was offered as a “thank you” to local paramedics, firefights, police officers and emergency medical responders.

DineSouth's VIP Icebox

DineSouth 2019 VIP room sponsored by IceBound was a hit at this year’s event! With a special performance by Ken Roy, guests enjoyed exclusive vendors such as sushi from Rue de Jean and popsicles from Savannah Square Pops. Made complete with a full-serve bar, the VIP room was chillingly spectacular!