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

  • Designer's Showcase: Dressed for the Season

    Nov 12, 2018
    11:00 AM - 3:00 PM @ Kaminski House Museum

    The Kaminski House Museum in historic Georgetown, South Carolina will be dressing the rooms of the Kaminski House Museum this holiday season with...

  • Tybee Marsh Treks

    Sep 01, 2018
    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Tybee Island Marine Science Center

    On a marsh trek, you’ll enjoy a hands-on exploration of Georgia’s salt marsh, searching the mud for fiddler crabs, snails, and more. Learn...

  • Charitable Hearts for Children Unveil & Networking Event

    Nov 13, 2018
    5:00 PM - 6:30 PM @ New York Life

    Please join us for heavy hors d'oeuvres, networking, and the exciting unveil of our new nonprofit - Charitable Hearts for Children - at this...

  • An Evening with Charles Frazier

    Nov 14, 2018
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Trinity United Methodist Church

    “An Evening with Charles Frazier” is part of the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home’s Ursrey Lecture Series. The series is endowed in memory...

  • Bethesda Academy Open House

    Nov 15, 2018
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ Bethesda Academy

    Bethesda Academy will host an open house on Thursday, Nov. 15, for prospective students and their parents or guardians to get a glimpse of the...

  • Beaujolais Nouveau Day 2018

    Nov 15, 2018
    5:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ 39 Rue de Jean

    Celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau Day at 39 Rue De Jean in Savannah! The arrival of Beaujolais Nouveau symbolizes the official end of this year’s...

  • American Traditions Competition Johnny Mercer Birthday Gala: "An Evening of Wine and Roses"

    Nov 15, 2018
    6:30 PM - 9:45 PM @ Plantation Club at The Landings

    The ATC’s fourth annual Johnny Mercer Birthday Gala, “An Evening of Wine and Roses,” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 at The...

  • Savannah Classical Academy Strings Conservatory Concert

    Nov 15, 2018
    7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Skidaway Island United Methodist Church

    The Savannah Classical Academy Strings Conservatory Ensemble will showcase the talent of its students at 7 p.m, Thursday, Nov. 15 at Skidaway...

  • ATC on Tybee Presents New York to Nashville: An Evening with Joshua Carswell and Bex Ordorisio

    Nov 15, 2018
    8:00 PM - 9:45 PM @ Tybee Post Theater

    New York to Nashville: An Evening with Joshua Carswell and Bex Odorisio is the latest ATC concert from the new “ATC on Tybee” series at 8 p.m....

  • Howard Family Dental 10th Annual Free Dental Day

    Nov 16, 2018
    6:30 AM - 4:00 PM @ Howard Family Dental

    Howard Family Dental is proud to offer their 10th annual Free Dental Day, held on Friday, November 16th, 2018. The staff and dentists at Howard...

  • ATC on Tybee presents From New York to Nashville: An Evening with Joshua Carswell and Bex Odorisio

    Nov 16, 2018
    8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Tybee Post Theater

    Our second concert in partnership with American Traditions Vocal Competition brings two outstanding performers to our stage: Joshua Carswell, the...

  • Donut Run 5k

    Nov 17, 2018
    8:30 AM - 11:00 AM

    Bernard Williams and Company is proud to bring you the 3rd annual Baker's Pride Challenge This is the craziest race in Savannah. The...

  • Asbury Memorial UMC's Pecan and Honey Harvest

    Nov 17, 2018
    10:00 AM - 3:00 PM @ Madison Square

    Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church (UMC) is slated to host its fifth annual Pecan and Honey Harvest from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17,...

  • Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters Reinterpretation Community Celebration

    Nov 17, 2018
    1:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters

    Telfair invites the local community to participate in the unveiling of new interpretive exhibits at the Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters. The...

  • The Amazing Acro-Cats!

    Nov 17, 2018
    3:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ Tybee Post Theater

    The Amazing Acro-cats featuring Tuna and the Rock Cats are a troupe of touring performing house cats. In this two-hour show you will see rescued...

  • Savannah UGA Alumni: UGA v. Massachusetts

    Nov 17, 2018
    3:30 PM - 7:30 PM @ The Grove Savannah

    This season, The Grove will be the official UGA Savannah Alumni Chapter game watching location! With four bars + rooftop, delicious food and...

  • Philharmonic in the Streetz

    Nov 18, 2018
    1:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Greenbriar Children's Center

    The Savannah Philharmonic and Greenbriar Children’s Center are gearing up for “Philharmonic in the Streetz” from 1-4 P.M. on Sunday, Nov. 18,...

  • Johnny Mercer's 109th Birthday Bash

    Nov 18, 2018
    3:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Tybee Post Theater

    Join us this Sunday afternoon for a concert celebrating the 109th birthday of Savannah’s favorite son, the immortal Johnny Mercer! A half dozen...

  • Fall 2018 Lecture Series - “BURDEN: A True Story for Our Times” by Courtney Hargrave

    Nov 18, 2018
    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home

    The Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home is proud to present the third installment of the Fall 2018 Lecture Series in the parlor of the Flannery...

  • Thanksgiving Day Dinner Cruise

    Nov 22, 2018
    11:30 AM - 7:00 PM @ Savannah Riverboat Cruises

    Join Savannah Riverboat Cruises for a delicious Traditional Southern Holiday buffet with live entertainment sure to get you tapping your feet and...


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Scenes of the South

East and West BBQ

A whole hog BBQ showcase, from two of the south’s most legendary Pitmasters, Pat Martin and Sam Jones. Hosted by Alida Hotel this event was a fabulous juxtaposition between Eastern North Carolina style BBQ and Western Tennessee style. Made possible by the Savannah Food and Wine Festival.

Savannah Food & Wine Fest

Hundreds came to experience Southern charm and hospitality, Savannah Style. The South's best culinary happenings - one exceptional week in Savannah. Iconic and historic coastal venues provided the perfect backdrop for gourmet and fun. South magazine captured the experience at the VIP tent.

Big Wig Boat Bash

Savannah's Riverboat, The Georgia Queen set sail to host the final fundraiser for the 2018 class of Big Wigs, together raising over $100,000 for the Susan G. Komen Coastal Georgia Foundation. This evening included heavy hors d’oeuvres, beverages, a silent auction, music and dancing and a contest to crown the Biggest BigWig! Contest categories included: The Biggest Wig, The Pink Ribbon Award and Best Pink Personality.

Boo Bash

This spooktacular evening included hors d’oeuvres, “spirits,” music and dancing, a Halloween costume contest with cash prizes, Halloween-themed entertainment, a 50/50 raffle, live auction and talent contest. Contest categories included: Dancing, Singing, Rapping, Stand-up Comedy and Lip Syncing.

Masquerade at the Mansion

Plenty of patrons donned masks and beads for an unforgettable Mardi Gras at the Mansion. There unique entertainment, food, and decor including magic fire, beignets, king cake and a photo booth, plus music and dancing, libations, late-night treats, and lots of surprises.

DineSouth After Party

This year's DineSouth ended in a blast. Dozens headed over to Barrellhouse, who hosted the after party. They enjoyed great drinks and live music by Individually Twisted.

DineSouth 2018

This year's DineSouth sponsored by Fulfillment.com was the greatest yet! South magazine has once again put on a night filled with fantastic food and entertainment. Guests enjoyed delicious food & drinks in the city while getting the opportunity to meet and mingle with the best chefs in the South. The entertainment was amazing with American Idol winner Candice Glover, unique band Velvet Caravan and the acoustic sounds of Annie Allman. The event supported the local Salvation Army.

Grand Opening of 201 Seafood

Mixing the traditional tastes of the south with the local flair of the city, 201 Seafood and Tapas Lounge showcases Savannah's culinary community and their grand opening now gives us full access to some of the best seafood in the Coastal Empire.

Closet Raiders

Described as the “superbowl of fashion”, Closet Raiders was taped at the Lucas Theatre in front of a live audience. Contestants showed off their personal style fashion knowledge. Hosted by Savannah locals Reneé LaSalle and Kevin Cartee, offered the chance to win a closet full of designer clothes.

Cure and Whiskey Wednesday

Local celebrities competed on stage to help support the mission to provide training and supervision to volunteers who advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children of Savannah and Chatham County.