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

  • Art League of Hilton Head presents the 25th Biennale, National Juried Art Exhibition 2017

    May 02, 2017
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ Art League of Hilton Head Gallery

    May 2 - May 31, 2017, Monday- Saturday from 10am-4pm and 90 minutes before every Arts Center performance.   Artists from all over the country...

  • Deen Family Book Signing

    May 26, 2017
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ The Lady & Sons

    On Friday, April 21 and May 26, 2017, get out for Deen Family Book Signing at The Lady and Sons Restaurant from 10 a.m.-noon. Featuring Paula Deen,...

  • Cone Art Exhibit Reception to Benefit Anderson Cancer Institute in Savannah

    May 18, 2017
    5:30 PM - 7:30 PM @ 24e

    CONE ART EXHIBIT RECEPTION TO BENEFIT ANDERSON CANCER INSTITUTE The Savannah artist Jim Cone announces a fine art exhibition with the opening...

  • Home Herbalism Workshop: Oils, Salves and Creams

    May 26, 2017
    6:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Starlandia Supply

    In this workshop students will learn how to use herb-infused oils, salves and creams for body care and for healing. They will also explore the wide...

  • Gregg Russell Concerts

    May 26, 2017
    8:00 PM - 9:30 PM @ The Sea Pines Resort

    Over the years, Gregg has become a Sea Pines classic. You’ll find him under the famed Liberty Oak, entertaining adults and children alike,...

  • “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...

  • The Savannah Portrait Society

    May 01, 2017
    All Day @ Jepson Center

    The Savannah Portrait Society is dedicated to providing professional artists the opportunity to engage in the discipline of portrait painting from...

  • William Wegman: Improved Photographs

    May 12, 2017
    All Day @ Jepson Center

    William Wegman (American, b. 1943) is an internationally-renowned artist with a prolific career spanning five decades. He is well known for...

  • Spoleto Festival

    May 26, 2017
    All Day

    Internationally recognized as America’s premier performing arts festival, the 17-day Spoleto Festival fills Charleston’s historic...

  • Masters Water Ski Tournament

    May 26, 2017
    All Day

    Kick off Summer at this Memorial Day Weekend Festival featuring the 58th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament along with a host of other...

  • Atlanta Jazz Festival

    May 26, 2017
    All Day @ Piedmont Park

    This event is regarded as one of the country’s largest free jazz festivals. The celebration features jazz legends and up-and-coming jazz...

  • Generation Exhibition Opens

    May 26, 2017
    All Day @ Jepson Center

    Generation is an exhibition that brings together two generations of Iraqi-Canadian women artists—mother Sawsan AlSaraf and her daughters...

  • Her + Him Film

    May 26, 2017
    All Day @ Jepson Center

    Akram Zaatari (Lebanese, b. 1966) is a filmmaker, photographer, archival artist, and curator who lives and works in Beirut, Lebanon. Her + Him...

  • Jacksonville Jazz Festival

    May 25, 2017
    All Day

    Nationally recognized as one of the largest free jazz festivals in the country, this Memorial Day weekend event boasts an all-star lineup of jazz...

  • 12th Annual Savannah Mile

    May 27, 2017
    8:00 AM

    Join the 200 Club of the Coastal Empire and Fleet Feet Sports for this annual Memorial Day run to support first responders, military and their...

  • Wilmington Island Farmers' Market

    May 27, 2017
    9:00 AM - 1:00 PM @ Islands High School

    Every Saturday, the Wilmington Island Farmers' Market brings together some of the best local farmers and artisans for your shopping pleasure....

  • 9th Annual Hilton Head Art Festival

    May 27, 2017
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    More than 150 of America’s finest artists will descend on Shelter Cove Harbour Memorial Day Weekend for the 9th annual Art Festival featuring...

  • The Crawl of the South

    May 27, 2017
    4:00 PM - 11:00 PM @ Congress Street Social Club

    Are you ready for "The South's Largest Bar Crawl?" This event has drawn more than 5,000 participants each year and we are planning...

  • Memorial Day Weekend Awards Concert at Spivey Hall

    May 28, 2017
    4:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Spivey Hall

      Presented by Franklin Pond Chamber Music, the First Annual Memorial Day Weekend Awards Concert invites music lovers statewide to enjoy an...

  • Hilton Head Choral Society's America Sings! Americana Celebration

    May 28, 2017
    7:00 PM - 8:30 PM @ First Presbyterian Church

    An all-American tribute to our veterans and members of our Armed Forces concludes the Choral Society’s 41st season. This Island favorite event...


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Scenes of the South

Chicago Bears After Party at Britania Pub

Members of the 2006 Chicago Bears NFC North Championship team came to the coastal empire on Saturday, May 20th for a fundraiser and promotional event through the The Adrian Peterson Foundation and Wilmington Island Wishes. Players competed in a charity golf tournament at Bacon Park Golf Course during the day, followed by a visit with fans at Britania Pub from 2:30-5:00pm, a gathering open to the public. Former football stars scheduled to attend include recent College Football Hall of Famer Adrian Peterson, the all-time leading rusher in NCAA Division I-A history from Georgia Southern University, former Pro Bowlers Mike Brown and Charles Tillman, former All-Pro Alex Brown and Anthony Adams. Tillman was the 2013 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year. The Adrian Peterson Foundation is a non-profit organization which spotlights speech impediments and stuttering problems. In 2012, Peterson published the book “Don’t Dis My Abilities”. He is an accomplished inspirational and motivational speaker.

SCAD FASHWKND Runway Show 2017

Guests of this past weekends SCAD FASHWKND experienced wonders like the SCAD Savannah Runway Show, a juried celebration of fashion featuring premier SCAD School of Fashion senior and graduate student collections. Attire for this outdoor event was casual chic, and guests were invited to wear springtime ensembles that showcase their own personal style. Following the show, guests had the opportunity to purchase select garments and accessories created by SCAD alumni. This event was presented as part of the inaugural SCAD FASHWKND, the university’s most anticipated sartorial event of the year, held in Atlanta and Savannah.

Jim Cone Opening Reception at 24e

The opening reception of Jim Cone's fine art display at 24e in downtown Savannah was held Thursday night. The local artist unveiled more than 100 drawings, paintings, sculptures and mixed media pieces. Cone has been creating art for over 40 years. After a recent bout with cancer, he decided to use his talent to help others. "As you can see, his artistry is amazing. Jim's story is nothing short of miraculous,” 24e owner Ruel Joyner said. You can check out the exhibit until June 25. Proceeds from pieces sold will go to the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute at Memorial Health.

Lawyers, Guns & Money 2017

The 5th Annual Lawyers, Guns & Money Sporting Clays Tournament 2017 was presented by Honda, Yamaha, Triumph, Kawasaki, KTM of Savannah. This year's event was be held on Friday, May 12, 2017 at Forest City Gun Club. The 100 target shoot started at 2pm and was followed by an After Party at 6pm featuring live music by Connellis and the Train Wrecks, a BBQ dinner, local craft beer from Southbound Brewery, wine, a silent auction, a gun raffle and a YETI raffle. This year the proceeds will benefit Abilities Unlimited, a local 501(c)(3) charity that provides progressive exercise programs for individuals in Chatham County with varying disabilities (Birth Defects, Cerebral Palsy, Spinal Cord Injuries and Neurological Injuries, etc.).

Crime Stoppers Race Against Crime 2017

On Saturday May 6th, community members came out to help CrimeStoppers fight crime in the community with the Race Against Crime (formerly the Azalea Run)! Runners could choose between the 5K, 10K, and 15K, with all the races starting and ending at Forsyth Park. Proceeds from the event will help fund the rewards that Crime Stoppers uses to pay out for tips that lead to arrests! All the races were dog friendly, and even the pups could get a free matching race bib as part of their "Pooch Patrol".

Big Nasty Mud Run 2017

This year's event marks the 10th Running of the Big Nasty Mud Run, a race with 4.5 miles and 33 obstacles with lots of mud! Runners test their limits on the Ranger Bars, The Wall of Terror, tunnels, tires, mini hills, cargo nets and the Big Nasty Water Slide! Proceeds from the event go to benefit local charities who support veterans and other causes.

Pearls of Power Annual Gala & Art Auction

The Pearls of Power Annual Gala & Art Auction is an annual event sponsored by the Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire. This year's event was especially powerful as the Rape Crisis Center is celebrating over 40 years of service to the community this year. With guest speaker Rep. Scott Holcomb, entertainment by Trae Gurley & Friends, and this year's Gala Honorees, Dr. Ann Levette & Cookie Espinoza, the night was filled with fun and great memories.

Optim TJR Golf Tournament 2017

The annual TLC Golf Tournament returned to the Club at the Savannah Harbor on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. It’s a great way to connect with leaders and peers in the tourism community while supporting a great cause – to raise money for scholarships for students studying for careers in tourism and hospitality. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres reception followed the tournament. Prizes awarded to first and second place gross and net for each flight. Beverages provided throughout the course. Compete in Putt for Eagle and Putting Contest.

Wine, Women and Shoes

Wine, Women & Shoes events are community events that bring women together around fine wine, great style, and causes that matter. WW&S has exploded across North America in the last decade, producing more than 300 fabulous events that have helped net an impressive $44 million for their nonprofit partners. The Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire puts on the only Wine, Women & Shoes event in the area. The RMHC of the Coastal Empire is a non-profit organization that provides a restful, comfortable place for children and their families to find refuge and support as they receive medical treatment at our nearby hospitals. This year's event was a sold-out affair that's sure to be remembered!

Courtyard Celebration at the Gingerbread House

Among the most elaborate architecture in Savannah is The Gingerbread House - always a "must see" highlight of a guided tour of the Historic District Savannah. The Courtyard Celebration event at the Gingerbread House, that took place on April 25th from 5:30-7pm, was presented by the SavannahHELPS series of monthly charity events that happen every 4th Tuesday at 5:30pm. Guests of the event were asked to bring a $5 donation or pet supplies and food to benefit local charities.