South's Greatest Moms of 2017 Winners

Julie Blissett

Mother of IV (8), Aaron (7), Memphis (3) & Addalyn (2) 

I share countless meaningful moments with our children. A favorite that my husband Tersh and I are blessed with are their special bedtime routines. Our daughter Addalyn likes her bunny close and her hair played with while I sing ‘Twinkle, Twinkle’ and ‘Itsy Bitsy Spider’. Next, Memphis has five songs in a specific order that he likes me to sing while laying face-to-face. He gets his stuffed friends put in my place and I kiss him goodnight. Then, Aaron starts his routine by asking a thousand questions and I sing a song of my choosing while tucking him in as snug as a bug. Next door, IV rolls right over when I come in the room so I can scratch his back. Then I sing his favorite, “A Bushel and a Peck.” It is essential to have these sentimental moments to develop such a strong foundation as a family. 

 

Alicia Harvey

Mother of Victoria (25) & Kassie (19)

The fondest memory that I shared with my children was the cruise of their dream-a Disney cruise. Every year since they were born, a summer trip was taken to Disney mainly so they could see the characters, especially the princesses. The year of 2008, the year of becoming a single mom, needed a change and happy memories. So December 2007, they unwrapped six presents each to find a Disney shirt with their names on it. When they opened the shirt, it said Disney Cruise 2008. We all cried and it seemed like July took forever to get here. But when it finally did, they were going on their first cruise ever. This first cruise was a memory that will forever remain in our hearts. They were surrounded for five days by all the characters they loved. This cruise started a new tradition for the three of us and we aim to go each summer on a cruise to spend time together.

 

Rikki McBride

Mother of Amirah (8), Travis Jr. (5) & Ava (4)

My greatest moment as a mom is every single Sunday taking my kids; Amirah 8, Travis 5, and Ava 4, to church. We get up every Sunday, have breakfast together and get ready for our Sunday. I love hearing my babies talk about the Lord, singing in the choir, and just hearing their excitement about going back to church for evening service. Wednesday nights are the same because they absolutely love going to church and those are my happiest moments. “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” One of my favorite bible quotes. 

 

Britnee Kinard

Mother of Blayne (6) & Maks (4)

My fondest memories with my children are definitely our beach days! Both of my children are definitely water babies. Every 4th of July, we drive over to St. Helena Island to see their Aunt C.C. and participate in the parade. The boys love it so much! During the summer and warmer winter months, we take the kids to various beaches. My oldest son is Autistic and is attracted to water, so water awareness is the key! We collect seashells from every beach we’ve been to and write the dates / location inside them before we put them in a jar. That way, when they get older, they will helpfully remember all the great times we had and where all we have been. We catch and return crabs, rescue starfish, explore horseshoe crabs and build lots of sandcastles! I can’t imagine a beach without all my boys. They are my whole world!

 

Gloria Antonio

Mother of Vandrea Drescher 

Thinking back through the years, all the wonderful memories come flooding back…it was a Tuesday morning. I awoke at 6:30 a.m. and rocked my nine-months-pregnant self out of bed and went to shower…not a simple feat while having contractions. While showering, my husband timed my contractions as I yelled – “IT STARTED” and “IT STOPPED.” My husband hurried me to get dressed and out the door due to my contractions being two minutes apart. We arrived at the hospital and got processed into the maternity ward by the nurse...everything happened so fast. My husband tried to scrub for the birth but there wasn’t enough time… 42 minutes later, our baby girl made her grand appearance. Her daddy and I worked together to bring this beautiful princess into the world. I like to think she was smiling from being happy to be with her mommy and daddy. We shared the greatest family hug there ever was and we’ve had many more family hugs since. We’re grateful to God for receiving this gift. 

 

Rebecca Etheridge

Mother of Meme Etheridge Walton (13)

Our favorite memory is when we were moving from one apartment to another apartment when Meme was 6. We were both a little tired and overwhelmed with packing and decided to be silly. She loved to video things on our digital camera. So we turned up some Lady Gaga, Bad Romance, and danced together. We have watched this video numerous times over the years and laugh at how much fun it was to just stop for a moment , forget our worries, and make some memories. The best thing is the impromptu props and dance moves that Meme wanted us to do. It made the move more memorable and now we have the video to watch for years to come.

 

Emily Burns

Mother of Brayden (6) & Addie Mae (3)

The kids and I have fun in making everyday mundane activities an adventure. Breakfast tends to turn into a dance party, and it continues while Addie Mae and I take Brayden to school. Starting their day this way makes us all happy and is a great way to begin. Once school is over, Addie Mae and I wait for Brayden to come out and it all starts over. We end the day with reading in bed, making silly voices and listening to them both giggle before betime. We have fun experiencing everything together. Its important that Brayden and Addie Mae do not take life too seriously and enjoy all of the little things that a day can bring. I try to bring joy and happiness in their daily rountinesthats where our special memories occur. 

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Events Calendar

  • Volunteers needed for The Salvation Army

    Nov 14, 2019
    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Salvation Army

    The Salvation Army Savannah is kicking off their annual holiday season Red Kettle Campaign on November 14, 2019. They announced an ambitious...

  • “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 Philharmonic Chorus Auditions

    Sep 07, 2019
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Collegiate Church of St. Paul the Apostle

    The Savannah Philharmonic is holding auditions throughout the year for singers to have the opportunity to join the Chorus for the exciting...

  • SS Savannah (1819-2019)

    May 23, 2019
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Ships of the Sea Museum

    2019 marks the 200th anniversary of the SS Savannah's groundbreaking trans-Atlantic crossing.  In recognition of this monumental achievement,...

  • Savannah Philharmonic Chorus Auditions

    Sep 07, 2019
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Collegiate Church of St. Paul the Apostle

    The Savannah Philharmonic is holding auditions throughout the year for singers to have the opportunity to join the Chorus for the exciting...

  • Greenbriar Gift Wrap Center

    Dec 10, 2019
    12:00 AM - 9:00 AM @ Ogelthorpe Mall

     Once again, Greenbriar Children’s Center will celebrate the holiday season with the opening of the Gift Wrap Center and annual Celebrity wRap...

  • 2019 Holiday Artist Collective

    Nov 21, 2019
    4:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Deep South Photopoint

    An upscale, holiday art market featuring one-of-a-kind collectibles, original paintings, genuine photographs, fine art prints and gifts created...

  • Ladies Night at Lisa Lisa's Gift Closet

    Dec 18, 2019
    5:00 PM @ Lisa Lisa's Gift Closet

    Ladies! Ladies! Lisa Lisa's Gift Closet is teaming up with Mad Tans to show appreciation for all their patrons. Come out and enjoy ladies night...

  • Salvation Army Red Kettle Community Concert

    Dec 19, 2019
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Georgia State Railroad Museum

    The Salvation Army Savannah is continuing the celebration of their annual holiday season Red Kettle Campaign with a community concert. At this...

  • 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,...

  • App Ski’s New Year’s Eve Extravaganza

    Dec 31, 2019
    9:00 PM - 12:00 AM @ Appalachian Ski Mountain

    Annual celebration with fireworks, torchlight skiing, moonlight ice skating, and festive restaurant specials. Ski/ride tickets required for slope...

  • 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...

  • 14th Annual MLK Youth Parade In Midtown Houston

    Jan 18, 2020
    12:00 PM - 1:30 PM @ Midtown

    The MLK Youth Parade In Midtown Houston Will Kick-off The 2020 MLK Holiday Weekend. Learn More @ www.mlkgrandeparade.org

  • 19th Annual MLK Battle Of The Bands Competition Houston

    Jan 19, 2020
    3:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ W.W. Thorne Stadium

    The MLK Battle Of The Bands Competition Houston Is One Of The Largest High School Marching Band Competitions In The U.S. Featuring Award Winning...

  • 26th Annual MLK Grande Parade In Midtown Houston

    Jan 20, 2020
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Midtown

    The MLK Grande Parade Is One Of The Largest Single Day Multicultural Events In The U.S. That is Held In Honor Of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • AURA Fest: Underground Weekend

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

    AURA Fest: Underground Weekend at The Jinx February 22, 2020 Torche, Bask, Oakskin, SHEHEHE, Knightsquatch February 21, 2020 Inter Arma, CLOAK,...


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Scenes of the South

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!

Inside the Best of DineSouth 2019

DineSouth 2019 was a huge hit - by far one of our best ever! Thank you to all of our vendors, sponsors, entertainers and patrons. The Equinox All Stars rolled us into the night with fabulous tunes while Savannah for Morons and The Stardust Pixies treated guests with show-stopping amusement. Hunter Cattle came through with bells, livestock and a petting zoo. But of course, the event was topped off with some of the best flavors Savannah has to offer followed by mouthwatering cocktails. It was a night to remember, and we couldn’t have pulled it off without our amazing clients, supporters and staff. Thank you to Savannah Station and Events Work for helping us pull off anything great year. See y’all next time!

Anne Pappas Grand Opening

Anne Pappas Interiors celebrated the Grand Opening of their new full-service design studio and showroom at 101 W. Liberty St. in the heart of Savannah’s National Historic Landmark District, on Thursday, Oct. 10. “This inspiring space will allow our talented team of designers to provide exceptional creative services to clientele who appreciate the art of design,” said Pappas. A member of Coastal Living and Southern Living’s exclusive Designer Network, Pappas offers a fresh, inspired approach to interior design, incorporating a variety of textures and design elements inspired by nature, travel and global style. Pappas and her team welcomed guests with light hors d’oeuvres and cocktails at the event.

Savannah Film Alliance Honors Gala

Glitz and glamour were galore at the Savannah Film Alliance Honors Gala celebrating the Savannah Entertainment Industry as Charles (Bo) Bowen and his team orchestrated the event of the year. The night was unforgettable for all, but even more so for many hard-working and deserving individuals who were recognized for their contributions to the local film and television industry