South's Greatest Kids of 2017 Winners

When it comes to cute, the kids of the South are all way above average! We asked our readers to send us a few of their favorite photos.  See for yourself!

 

Cohen Harper

6 months
Parents: John and Andrea Harper
My parents were told when I was only 35 weeks that I had some sort of growth on my neck and chest. They couldn’t give many answers and we were worried sick. When I was born, I was whisked away for testing and my mom wasn’t able to hold me right away. A few hours later, the doctors told us that I had a rare lymphatic cyst called a lymphangioma, but I was otherwise completely healthy! So despite all I’ve been through, I’m is always happy. I love people and smile at everyone!

Paisley Metz

3 years old
Parents: Gray and Chad Metz
Loving other people is easy with my outgoing nature. Everyone I meet gets a hug and a kiss. Don’t underestimate me, I’m a very determined child. Because of my “condition”, I push myself to accomplish things that come easily to most kids. My parents say that I live life with an enthusiasm that most never experience and that I have exceeded everyone’s expectations and am growing into an active, talkative little girl (maybe a little too talkative, lol).  Because of Down Syndrome, I have low muscle tone, making all developmental milestones into achievements to celebrate (like when I was almost two years old, I stood up and walked across the room). So, now I LOVE showing off my dance moves. I just know it will get a laugh or people will be impressed so I dance every chance I get. 

Avery Mason

7 years old
Parents: Dereck and Amber Mason
I love cheerleading – especially being a member of the Savannah Sharks and having the chance to compete against other teams. That’s really fun! I also enjoy playing tennis. My parents say I’m a bit competitive and I worked hard to get on the honor roll at school. But art is something I also love to do. It lets me use my imagination!

Mia Alexis Lopez

5 years old
Parents: Ernest and Amy Lopez
I’m outgoing, creative and very inquisitive. I’m absorbed in learning new things and will ask you questions about everything. I’ll bug you to tell me all about it, and if you don’t know the answer, just Google it. I remember my first trip to Disney World where I met all of my favorite characters in person for the very first time. The joy I felt was priceless! It reminds me of Rapunzel. She’s my favorite character because she has long hair. I want to climb up her hair so that we can play together in her tower.

Olivia Harley

3 years old
Parents: Gene and Kelly Harley
While my older brother is carefully considering crossing the street, I have already crossed it. Twice. With my eyes closed. I dance like no one is watching. As soon as you meet me, you’ll agree that my love for life is infectious! I really like Doc McStuffins. I go around singing, “It’s time for a checkup!” while carrying my doctor bag around just like Doc McStuffins. I always want to make people feel better, and if you let me give you a checkup, I’ll make sure to use plenty of shots and Band-Aids.

Emery Michael Gideon

16 months
Parents: Terry and Leslie Gideon
Have you ever seen the “Cars” movie? I love Lightning McQueen. I have the Lightning McQueen Matchbook car, and I take it everywhere! I can really zoom around! My brothers and sisters love to chase me around the house, and that’s fun for me, too. I also love to dance. Almost any kind of music. If I had my choice, I’d stay outside most of the time. Day or night, it wouldn’t matter. So many things to see and do!

Makenzie Emma Lane

3 years old
Parents: Danielle Leach & Jeff Lane
My mom always says I have a heart of gold. Not to brag, but I recently landed the “kindness” award for the year at my school. That’s got to count for something, right? My favorite cartoon character is Minnie Mouse. I love her because she is so cute, and she always wears pink, my favorite color! I love getting together with my friends. We have a lot of things to do, but the best is getting our fingernails painted! I love my big sister, Kalley. She is nice to me, and I hope I can be like her when I get bigger.

Hunter Bryant

3 years old
Parents: Erin Wieniewitz & Jason Bryant
I love to laugh. It makes everybody happy! My favorite cartoon character is Mickey Mouse, but I also love Santa Claus! My favorite thing is playing outside. There are so many great things to do and interesting things to play with – like the vacuum cleaner and the leaf blower. Wow! And by the way, my sister behind me, she won South’s Greatest Kids last year. Now I’m as awesome as she is!

Lilli Bonin

8 years old
Parents: Jessica Bonin & Josh Turner
Being fun, loving, kind and spunky fits well with my love for competition cheerleading. It feels so good when everything comes together in our routines. Hard work and practice really pay off. If you know Harry Potter then you know Hermione Granger. She is one of my favorite characters. She is brave and smart and she knows a lot of spells. She is a happy person who cares for people. 

Meadow Bloom Fretwell & jacob Ferguson

1 1/2 years old
Parents: Sean & Kristan Fretwell,
Anthony & Beth Ferguson
We are lovable first cousins and the youngest on the farm. I love animals and my cousin Jacob loves me! We are the best of friends and we hug all the time. All THE time. We just love our farm life and being with our farm animals here, but we do like our occasional book to read.

Jack Friedman

7 months
Parents: Zachary & Whitney Friedman
I love to be outside. My parents think I have a lot of curiosity, and there is so much going on that is fun to watch. I see lots of animals outside, and I especially like dogs! I love people and they make me laugh. Ducks make me laugh, too. I love to watch the “Duck Song” cartoon on YouTube. It’s my favorite, but I like other kinds of music, too. And I also like books. I’m learning to read, and I already know how to finger paint!
 
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Events Calendar

  • Optim Orthopedics Skidaway Island Marathon and Half

    Mar 25, 2017
    7:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Skidaway Island

    Savannah has been called, "America's most beautiful city" and Skidaway Island is one of its jewels. This is your opportunity to run...

  • Savannah Music Festival

    Mar 23, 2017
    8:00 AM - 10:00 PM @ Savannah

    The Savannah Music Festival (SMF) is dedicated to presenting world-class celebrations of the musical arts by creating timeless and adventurous...

  • Savannah Homes & Gardens Tour

    Mar 23, 2017
    9:00 AM - 7:00 PM @ Savannah

    The Savannah Tour of Homes & Gardens offers a rare opportunity to enter some of Savannah's finest private homes and admire the special...

  • Southern Women's Show Savannah

    Mar 24, 2017
    10:00 AM - 8:00 PM @ Savannah International Trade & Convention Center

    Browse, Buy and Brag at the Southern Women’s Show! Great shopping, creative cooking ideas, healthy lifestyle tips, trendy fashion shows,...

  • Savannah’s 7th Annual A-Town Get Down Music & Art Festival ft. Cracker, Bobby Rush, Col. Bruce Hampton, AJ Ghent & More

    Mar 25, 2017
    12:00 PM - 12:00 AM @ Indian Street

    Savannah’s 7th Annual A-Town Get Down will take place on Saturday, March 25 from 12pm - 12am at its new location on Indian Street.  The area,...

  • Hilton Head Wingfest

    Mar 24, 2017
    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Shelter Cove Community Park

  • The Charlie Fog Band Presents the Grateful Dead

    Mar 25, 2017
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Tybee Post Theater

    We’ve got an evening celebrating the music of the Grateful Dead. The Charlie Fog Band will do a full Grateful Dead theater show starting...

  • “Rewind” at the Savannah Theatre

    Mar 15, 2017
    8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Savannah Theatre

    The Savannah Theatre presents “Rewind!” March 1-26, Sept. 1-Nov. 17 and Dec. 27-30, 2017. Rewind back to the first time that...

  • Resonant Rogues – Acoustic Tuesday

    Mar 28, 2017
    7:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Foxy Loxy

    The Resonant Rogues are the songwriting soul child of partners Sparrow and Keith Smith. With influences ranging from gypsy swing to early...

  • Sandfly Women Business Owners Coalition Meeting

    Mar 30, 2017
    8:00 AM - 9:00 AM @ Sandfly Family Dental

    The Sandfly Women Business Owners Coalition will meet on Thursday, March 30 at Sandfly Family Dental, located at 7360 Skidaway Rd #2, Savannah, GA....

  • NLAWS Produce Opens Grocery Delivery Service, NLAWS Produce@Home

    Mar 30, 2017
    11:30 AM - 1:30 PM @ NLAWS

    Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Public Tasting Scheduled for March 30 to Benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities (SAVANNAH, GA) NLAWS Produce has...

  • Walk A Mile in Her Shoes

    Mar 30, 2017
    5:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Georgia Southern University

    This unique walk allows RCC to galvanize support from men and boys to join the effort to avert sexual violence and bring awareness to the struggles...

  • Cirque Italia

    Mar 30, 2017
    7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ Former Coastal Empire Fairgrounds

  • Veritas Academy Presents “A Taste of the Classics”

    Mar 31, 2017
    6:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ The Club at Savannah Harbor

    Participants may choose from one of these restaurants for dinner: The Olde Pink House, Boar’s Head Grill & Tavern, Cha Bella, Vic’s on the...

  • “Those Were the Days”

    Mar 31, 2017
    8:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Tybee Post Theater

    An upbeat, musical journey of America's greatest songs of the 60s, starring iconic folk music songwriter and performer, William Florian, a former...

  • Blowing Rock Trout Derby

    Apr 01, 2017
    7:30 AM - 4:30 PM @ Broyhill Park

    Celebrate the opening of Trout Season with a tournament for all ages! This long-running event is open to all with no pre-registration. Get out...

  • Beach Yoga

    Apr 01, 2017
    8:00 AM - 10:00 AM @ The Sea Pines Resort

    Beach Yoga takes place directly behind the Sea Pines Beach Club. Enjoy beautiful views of ocean beach towel to use as your yoga mat. Reservations...

  • A Spring Celebration and Sheep Shearing

    Apr 01, 2017
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center

    Oatland Island Wildlife Center is having a Spring Celebration and Sheep Shearing on Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  The...

  • A Spring Celebration and Sheep Shearing

    Apr 01, 2017
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center

    Oatland Island Wildlife Center is having a Spring Celebration and Sheep Shearing on Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  The...

  • Collin’s Barefoot Comedy Club

    Apr 01, 2017
    8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Tybee Post Theater

    It’s April Fool’s Day, so what could be better than a night foolishness with or own national headline comedian Collin Moulton. His monthly...


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Scenes of the South

March of Dimes Shamrock Run

The Savannah community laced up their shoes and kicked off St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Savannah by joining the 24th annual March of Dimes Shamrock Run 5K! Everyone was wearing a costume and even brought out four-legged friends! 100% of the proceeds from the run benefited the mission of the March of Dimes to improve the health of babies through programs of research, community services, education and advocacy.

Greening of the Fountain at Forsyth Park

Hundreds turned out to Forsyth Park on Friday, March 10 to witness the annual Greening of the Fountain event hosted by the Savannah St. Patrick's Day Committee. Conducted for more than thirty years, this popular celebration signals the official kick-off to the Saint Patrick's Day Festivities in Savannah, attracting locals and visitors from around the world to watch the green dye being poured into the historic fountain.

Telfair Modern Lights Ball

This past Saturday, February 25th, guests joined Telfair Museums for their 37th Annual Telfair Ball! The event highlighted Savannah’s social scene, the Telfair Ball was open to Director’s Circle members, and all proceeds benefited Telfair’s exceptional exhibitions, educational programs, and art acquisitions. Guests enjoyed lavish cocktails, live music, exciting auctions, and dazzling lightshows as this illustrious annual gala celebrated Telfair’s vibrant history and supported the future of art and creativity in Savannah.

100 Miles Grand Opening

One Hundred Miles is a nonprofit coastal advocacy organization focused on preserving, protecting and enhancing the 100-mile coast of Georgia. Founded in Brunswick, the group is now expanding to Savannah. This grand opening was free and open to the public, offering food, drinks and live music by Cory Chambers of City Hotel.

Savannah Riverboat 25th Anniversary Cruise

Savannah is a river town, so what better way to get an overview of her harbor and port than to cruise with Savannah Riverboat Cruises? Celebrating their 25th anniversary, the towering red, white and blue traditional riverboats; the Savannah River Queen and Georgia Queen, both dock near the place where General Oglethorpe himself is thought to have landed. With years of experience in the maritime and hospitality industry, owner Captain Jonathan Claughton and his team focus on providing guests with the most unique tours and dining experiences with first-class service!

Jalapeños Grand Opening

There are Jalapeños Mexican Grills all over the Savannah and Pooler area, but now we have our very own right in our backyard! On Wednesday, February 22 Jalapeños celebrated the Grand Opening of their seventh location here in Downtown Savannah on Broughton Street. The staff rang in their new restaurant along with its crowd by cranking out $1 tacos and pouring $1 beers all night. Jalapeños is known for its authentic Mexican cuisine and has been voted Best Mexican Restaurant. Make sure to drop in at any one of their seven locations to enjoy the true taste of Mexico!

Color Vibe 5k

I hope you didn't miss out on on your chance to participate in the happiest 5k on the planet, but, if you did, check out the scenes gallery from this colorful event that is taking the country by color storm! Hundreds of happy souls came out to the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center early in the morning on February 18 to upgrade their normal 5k to this technicolor 5k. Throughout the race runners were blasted with vibrant pigments at every color station along the course. You could feel the aura in the air; there was no question as to why this 5k claimed the name "The Happiest 5k on the Planet". Color Vibe is already selling tickets for their next race, so go to Color Vibe 5k Run to register today!

Soup It Up For Loop It Up Savannah

For almost a decade Loop It Up Savannah has been seamlessly weaving its way through the often hardened exterior of community driven public works projects, evolving into something more akin to a necessity than just a volunteer after school program. The Soup It Up for Loop It Up event on Friday February 17th, 2017 marks the first year of their signature fundraising event, in which local chefs competed for the title of the Golden Soup Bowl while generously raising funds to support Loop It Up Savannah’s programming for local youth and services to local families. “We have so many wonderful partnerships throughout the city that allow us to work with thousands of amazing children and families every year,” affirms Loop It Up's Molly Liberman. “Savannah has really embraced and supported us to grow into the organization we are proud to be --- through partnerships, volunteers and an amazingly generous base of donors.” Still, she persists, there is a lot of growing planned for Loop It Up in 2017. Liberman plans to extend programs into the City Of Savannah Community Centers as well as the Public Library. Adds Liberman, “We are also moving into a new space which will allow us to eventually offer onsite programming. Our goal is to deepen and widen our presence throughout the city. We believe that art and opportunity for bold self expression should be everywhere! Savannah is fortunate to have so many community centers and organizations, and we are proud to bring art into as many of them as we possibly can!”

Savannah Book Festival Opening Author's Party

The Savannah Book Festival Inc. (SBF) is an independent, nonprofit corporation led by a volunteer board of directors. SBF hosts best-selling and emerging authors in special events throughout the year, including a four-day Presidents Day weekend event that features talks by dozens of authors. The Savannah Book Festival is celebrating their 10th Anniversary with a record number of 40 authors scheduled to attend this year's festival starting on Saturday, February 18, which is free and open to the public. Taking place in seven venues around Telfair, Chippewa and Wright Squares, over 10,000 people are estimated to come to hear these well-regarded authors and fascinating new writers talk about their books this year. The opening Authors Party on Friday night at Jenn Library was a private shindig with some of the prominent authors of this year's festival in attendance.

Hearts for Healing Gala 2017

To continue its incredible mission and also celebrate its tenth anniversary, the Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center hosted the Hearts for Healing Gala to raise money for its programming on Tuesday, February 14, at the Tybee Island Wedding Chapel on Tybee Island. A silent auction with an assortment of high-end items started off the Valentine’s Day evening and was followed by dinner and dancing to live music from the John Brackett Quartet. The Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center, an incredible non-profit organization that was founded to improve the quality of children with special needs through the therapeutic nature of horses. Therapeutic riding courses and an equestrian program in partnership with local schools helps special needs children develop social and physical skills while having a great time too.