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

  • 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...

  • Confident Complexion – Love Your Skin at Bluemercury!

    Feb 13, 2020
    11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

    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

    Who: Patriot Advantage, Hire Heroes USA and YOU! What: A fundraising event to benefit the nonprofit Hire Heroes: Serving Spouses Program Where:...

  • "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

    Everyone knows that magic is everywhere and everyone knows that you should only use magic if it helps yourself and others. What if someone has...

  • 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

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

  • 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

    Nature and the Arts: Botanical Art and Illustration Tuesday, February 25th • 6:00-8:00 pm OHM Savannah Office - 2424 Drayton Street, Savannah,...

  • 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.