South's Greatest Dads 2019


When a knee is skinned, a dad is there as a medic. When a bike chain falls off a gear, a dad is there as a mechanic. When a child says they are thirsty, a dad is there to say “Hi, thirsty.” Here’s to the dads.

Jamie Deen

What do you wish for your child/children?
That they continue on the path they’re taking. Thankful, loving boys that have empathy for others, love for God, love for their momma and believe in doing the right thing, not the easiest thing.

What do you feel your role is as a Dad?
To lead by example in all things. As parents, we have to “eat the broccoli” too. Stay positive, strive to lead towards the good and build up others while always remaining equals with all people of any circumstance.

What have you learned about being a Dad?
My life personally, the important part, felt it began as a parent. Brooke and I grew tighter. The responsibility settled in on day one. I’ve found the most precious things in our lives are the small, quiet moments as a family. I’ve also learned that I’m a very patient person.

What inspires you as a Dad?
The boys’ future. Who I hope and pray that they will continue to grow and be leaders and good men. To be courageous and willing to work hard for the right things. Like raising children.

Jason Usry

What do you wish for your child/children?
There are a lot of things that I wish for Grayson, but chief among them is that he maintains his joyful demeanor and his cautious curiosity.  I hope that he continues to laugh and love as fully at 22 years old as he does at 22 months old.  He possesses an old soul and I hope he keeps that trait throughout his life.

What do you feel your role is as a Dad?
I feel that my role as a dad is to protect, nurture, educate and encourage.  Though he is young, he is a quick learner with a fearless attitude. I love seeing him figure things out and interact with others. I love watching him try different things and succeed at them.

What have you learned about being a Dad?
Being a dad is a huge learning experience.  I know there are really no rules or plug-and-play methods with which to raise a child.  I think it’s as much about flexibility and curiosity as it is about teaching right from wrong. I want to help him become the best version of himself and sometimes that’s about knowing when to get out of the way and just allowing him to soar.

What inspires you as a Dad?
I’m inspired as a dad because I get to experience the world through a child’s eyes again. Seeing him learn little things, walking with him through the store and having him tell me what different things are and then getting a chance to explain things to him… I’m inspired by those sparks of recognition… his joyful laughter… his full-on bear hugs, and hearing him say “Morning…” Every moment is one to cherish and I’m inspired each day because I know there are new experiences and adventures to be had.

Lukejohn Dickson

What do you wish for your child/children?
To not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of their mind and spirit.

What do you feel your role is as a Dad?
To always love and respect my wife, and for that to create a secure environment for our children to thrive in. To give loving discipline and commendation as an expression of loving concern. To be a good communicator by being a careful listener so they will, in turn, be far more likely to share their precious thoughts and feelings with me. To spend significant amounts of time with my children so that they DO NOT conclude that I care more for other things, such as my work, financial security, my friends, or my hobbies than I do for them.

3. What have you learned about being a Dad?
Love is elastic. The more children you have or the more quality time you give to your children, then the more you discover your capacity for love is stretchable and becomes greater.

What inspires you as a Dad?

From the day they are born my children trust me to always care and protect them. This natural instinct of trust inspires me to forever be faithful in nurturing and providing for them. This further inspires me to avoid the modeling of division, acts that would provoke them, or manipulative behavior.

Brandon Collins

What do you wish for your child/children?
I wish for my son to grow up and be successful in whatever he chooses to do.

What do you feel your role is as a Dad?
My role as a dad is a protector but also a teacher to my son. I want him to go out and don’t be afraid to make mistakes because nobody is perfect and to learn from the mistakes he does make.

What have you learned about being a Dad?
One thing I have learned while being a dad is never taking a day for granted. Before I know it, my son will be 18 and moving off to college! I want to soak in every memory I get to make with him.

What inspires you as a Dad?
The way that he looks at me. I want him to see that his dad is a strong, hard-working person but also can be someone he can come talk to if he needs!

Nathaniel Cook

What do you wish for your child/children?
To be an honest, happy and productive part of society. To peruse their aspiration and be successful in everything they seek to accomplish.

What do you feel your role is as a Dad?
To be a teacher, mentor and when needed a friend. It’s important to show your child what right looks like, to be discipline when necessary and love them unconditionally.

What have you learned about being a Dad?
It’s one of the hardest jobs besides being a mom, if you’re doing it right. I’ve also had to learn how to adapt as a person, hone my communication skills and learn when to admit you’re wrong. Raising another person isn’t easy and shouldn’t be done alone.

What inspires you as a Dad?
Being loved by and relied on by someone who loves you for just being you. Along with my wife and how hard she works to show her love and compassion for our family. As the owner of a small business in Savannah, she works tirelessly to ensure we are all taken care of; we couldn’t do it without her.

Best advice for dads/new dads?
Don’t abrogate your responsibility, admit when you’re wrong and always tell your children you love them. Show up when it doesn’t count (and when it does) make sure they know you support them. Most importantly do not discourage their tenacity, embrace it and encourage them to achieve the unobtainable.

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Events Calendar

  • Savannah Pennysaver Job Fair

    Feb 20, 2020
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Charles H. Morris Center

    Lowcountry artists are invited to submit their works of art for The Society of Bluffton Artists’ (SOBA) 26th Annual Judged Show. Winners...

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    Feb 13, 2020
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    The beauty of makeup is that you’re in control of when and how you wear it—whether it’s to enhance, conceal or simply not to wear it at all....

  • American Traditions Vocal Competition Semi Finals

    Feb 20, 2020
    4:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Skidaway Island United Methodist Church

    The 12 semifinalists compete for a spot in the finals as they sing their second program of American songs. The ATC requires singers to create...

  • 2020 American Traditions Vocal Competition

    Feb 17, 2020
    4:30 PM - 9:30 AM @ Skidaway Island United Methodist Church

    The American Traditions Vocal Competition (ATC) returns for its highly anticipated 27th anniversary season Feb. 17-21, 2020. With an outstanding...

  • Oglethorpe Mall Carnival

    Feb 20, 2020
    5:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Oglethorpe Mall

    Experience the sights, sounds and aromas of the electrifying midway with rides and games for all ages, favorite fair food and Victoria Circus...

  • Sips for Spouses

    Feb 20, 2020
    5:30 PM - 8:00 PM @ Ghost Coast Distillery

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  • "Little Women"

    Feb 20, 2020
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Tybee Post Theater

    Nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, writer-director Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) has crafted a “Little Women” that draws on both the classic...

  • Julilette Gordon Low Birthplace Groundbreaking

    Feb 21, 2020
    12:30 PM - 2:00 PM @ Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace

    Girl Scouts of the USA is hosting an official groundbreaking ceremony to share information on current renovation work, future site highlights and...

  • American Traditions Vocal Competition Master Class

    Feb 21, 2020
    3:00 PM - 4:30 PM @ Savannah Cultural Arts Center: Ben Tucker Theatre

    Spend the afternoon with the judges as they work with contestants to perfect performances of select ATC songs. The ATC requires singers to create...

  • Magical Interventions feat. Ngil Mask, Fang People

    Feb 21, 2020
    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Savannah African Art Museum

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  • Savannah Music Festival IPA Release featuring Roosevelt Collier & Jontavius Willis

    Feb 21, 2020
    7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ Southbound Brewing Company

    On Friday, February 21, 2020, Savannah Music Festival and Southbound Brewing Co. will celebrate the release of this season's Wailin' IPA with a...

  • AURA Fest: Underground Weekend

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

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  • American Traditions Vocal Competition Finals

    Feb 21, 2020
    8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Savannah Cultural Arts Center: Ben Tucker Theatre

    Join the gala evening as finalists content for top prizes and the all-important ATC Gold Medal. The ATC requires singers to create three rounds of...

  • Retro Run 5K Race

    Feb 22, 2020
    8:00 AM @ Red Gate Farms

    The Retro Run is Feb 22nd at Red Gate Farms: 8am Kids Mile, 8:30 5k/10k start. Bring out the coolest clothing, hair and bling for this race. Finish...

  • 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,...

  • 17th Annual Savannah International Food & Wine Festival

    Feb 22, 2020
    3:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Hellenic Center

    Come eat and drink for a cause! You are invited to participate in the Savannah International Food & Wine Tasting. The Tasting offers guests...

  • Savannah Philharmonic Cinephile du joure

    Feb 23, 2020
    5:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Ascension

    The Blue Heron Chamber Ensemble goes to the movies to bring you Chamber works by film composers. Flutist Jeana Melilli, pianist Ben Warsaw and...

  • GratiTuesday Program with Liz Massey

    Feb 25, 2020
    12:00 PM - 1:30 PM @ Savannah Power Yoga

    Gratitude! What is it good for? Our general well-being!   Studies now show that the practice of gratitude actually enhances our immune systems....

  • Nature and the Arts: Botanical Art and Illustration

    Feb 25, 2020
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ One Hundred Miles (OHM), Savannah Office

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  • 2020 Tak Argentinis Valor Awards

    Feb 27, 2020
    6:15 PM - 9:00 PM @ Charles H. Morris Center

    Join us as we honor some of the area’s most courageous first responders at the 2020 Valor Awards. Awards are presented to law enforcement, fire...

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Scenes of the South

2020 Southern Coast Heart Ball

The American Heart Association held its annual Southern Coast Heart Ball on Saturday, February 8th at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa. Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception with a silent auction, dinner and program, and dancing to end the evening. All proceeds went to the Open Your Heart campaign.

4th Annual Hearts for Healing Gala

Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center held its Fourth Annual Hearts for Healing Gala on Friday, February 7th at the Tybee Island Wedding Chapel. Guests enjoyed gourmet dining, dancing, and a silent auction. All proceeds from the auction benefitted the Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center's program for individuals with disabilities.

IDC Benefits the 200 Club of the Coastal Empire

The LeClerc Family owners of IDC (International Diamond Center) in Savannah 349 Mall Blvd held a benefit to support the 200 Club of the Coastal Empire on Thursday, February 6th from 5:30pm to 8:00pm. Guests enjoyed light food and drinks, while bidding on several silent auction items, including autographed footballs and helmets donated by Anthony Lanier II.

Royce Learning Center Annual Low Country Boil & Oyster Roast

The Royce Learning Center held their annual low country boil and oyster roast on Saturday, February 1st. Guests enjoyed mingling over the seafood selection. Royce Learning Center meets the needs of children and adults with learning differences and literacy needs through its unique programs.

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.