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

  • 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,...

  • "Portrait of the Artist" Exhibition at Telfair Museums

    Aug 03, 2019
    12:00 PM - 12:00 PM @ Jepson Center

    This exhibition brings together several photographic portraits of recognizable creative individuals from Telfair’s permanent collection....

  • Georgia Bridal Show

    Aug 18, 2019
    12:30 PM - 5:00 PM @ Savannah Civic Center

    You’ve been online searching wedding ideas and trends. Now it’s time to see all of this come to life at the Georgia Bridal Show at...

  • Rachel Portman’s The Little Prince

    Aug 18, 2019
    2:00 PM - 3:30 PM @ Yamacraw Center for the Performing Arts

    The Little Prince: A Magical Opera is in two acts based on the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. After being forced to land his plane in the...

  • MAGNUM OPUS - 2019 ARTS ON THE COAST ANNUAL EXHIBIT

    Jun 27, 2019
    5:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Deep South Photopoint

    The Arts on the Coast (AOC) is proud to present its 2019 Annual Exhibit hosted by the Photopoint Gallery and Elmgren's Garden Center in...

  • French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850-1950

    Jun 15, 2019
    All Day @ Consumer Museum of Art and Garden

    The biggest names in French art such as, Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir will be showcased...

  • Oak Island Farmers and Artisans' Market

    Jul 15, 2019
    8:00 AM - 1:00 PM @ Middleton Park, Oak Island

    At the Oak Island Farmers and Artisans’ Market,  discover fresh local produce, homemade jams, cakes and diverse homemade goods ranging...

  • ENCORE: Santiago Ballerini in Concert

    Aug 20, 2019
    7:00 PM - 8:30 PM @ Charles H. Morris Center

    Beloved VOICE alum and celebrated international tenor, Santiago Ballerini, is returning to the Festival to sing a special benefit concert...

  • Yappy Hour Event

    Aug 22, 2019
    5:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Peacock Subaru

    WHO: Peacock Subaru and Renegade Paws Rescue WHAT: Yappy Hour Event WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 22, from 5-7 p.m. WHERE: Peacock Subaru at...

  • Brews for a Cause

    Aug 22, 2019
    5:30 PM - 7:00 PM @ Husk Savannah

    Don't miss this month's Brews for a Cause at Husk, August 22nd! South magazine and Southern Eagle team up to raise money for the Royce...

  • Forgotten Victims Support Group

    Aug 22, 2019
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Demere Center for the Living

    A joint project of The ELLA Foundation and Hospice Savannah's Full Circle Grief and Loss Center, the Forgotten Victims Support Group is a new...

  • Girls' Night Out: "Poms"

    Aug 22, 2019
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Tybee Post Theater

    Ok, ladies, this is the feel-good movie of the summer! You’ll walk out of the Theater exhilarated and ready to take on the world. And it is...

  • Savannah VOICE Festival's Come Together Master Class

    Aug 23, 2019
    12:00 PM - 1:30 PM @ Georgia Southern University, Armstrong Campus

    Great music is made when great musicians come together. This unique master class, featuring Georgia Southern Voice Students, explores the...

  • Chuck Courtenay at Coach's Corner

    Aug 23, 2019
    6:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ Coach's Corner

    A regional star with a top-notch Nashville backing band, singer and guitarist Chuck Courtenay finds inspriation in the work of iconic honky-tonk...

  • Friday Concert Series

    May 03, 2019
    7:00 PM - 12:00 AM @ Historic Courthouse, Downtown Blairsville on the S

    Come enjoy live music every Friday Night from the first Friday of May through the end of October. The Historic Union County Court House will host...

  • 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,...

  • Eastman Gun Show

    Aug 24, 2019
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Savann Civic Center

    A large selection and competitive prices on all the firearms and accessories with the best dealers from all over Georgia gathered in one location...

  • Southern Roots Fest

    Aug 24, 2019
    2:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Garden City Town Center

    A festival that celebrates Southern foods, music and traditions, located in the heart of beautiful Garden City, Georgia. The festival takes place...

  • "Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable"

    Aug 25, 2019
    7:00 PM - 9:00 AM @ Tybee Post Theater

    For Surf Movie Day, we bring you the untold story of the heart of a champion and her resilience against all odds to become one of the leading...

  • Encourage Health Series

    Aug 27, 2019
    11:30 AM - 1:30 PM @ Charles H. Morris Center

    Enmarket Encourage Health Lecture Focuses on Facts and Fictions of CBD Oil The facts and fictions of CBD oil will be the topic when Savannah...


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Scenes of the South

Savannah Downtown Business Association Luncheon

The Savannah Downtown Business Association held its monthly luncheon on Aug. 14

Brews for a Cause in July at Churchill's

This Thursday, Churchill's was packed as we celebrated another successful Brews for a Cause ! We joined Southern Eagle and The Ronald McDonald House of The Coastal Empire. Southern Eagle provided great craft beer and the silent auction was a huge success. All the proceeds from the silent auction benefited The Ronald McDonald House of The Coastal Empire.

Bohemian Hotel 10th Anniversary

The Bohemian Hotel celebrated their 10th year in business with an incredible night of cocktails and appetizers. Guests ventured up to the stunning rooftop deck overlooking the Savannah River to celebrate the hotel's decennial anniversary — reveling in the scenery with a glass of champagne.

Stonewall50 - A Legendary Block Party

The Stonewall 50 block party, held on June 28th outside the LGBTQ Center on Bull Street, commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Protest — one of the most important moments in LGBTQ history and the catalyst for the gay rights movement.

Pelindaba Lavender Savannah Grand Opening

Pelindaba Lavender Grand Opening was this past Thursday, June 28th! This fun night included ribbon cutting, product sampling, lavender refreshments and special prizes! During this festive evening 10% of sales benefitted the good work of Coastal Pet Rescue. Stop by the store at 112 E Broughton St, Savannah, Ga to see the many products they offer!

Sonja Griffin Evans Gullah Art Exhibit

The Sonja Griffin Evans Gullah Art Event in Hilton Head displayed several paintings featuring the culture and heritage of the African-American Lowcountry. Sonja Griffin Evans paints with bright vibrant colors — while also incorporating materials such as tin and wood — to emphasize the traditional Gullah style, evoking an emotional response by bringing to life historical and cultural events.

JCB MudRun 2019

Participants hit the ground running at this year's JCB Mud Fest, climbing through tough obstacles in either the 5k or the 5 mile run. At the end of the race was a long slide where, upon finishing, contestants found themselves in the Party Pit. Winners from various age groups were presented with trophies, and all the proceeds from the JCB Mud Fest benefited the Lady Bamford Center for Early Childhood Development.

Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum's 200th Anniversary!

This past Wednesday, May 22, we celebrated with Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum for for the 200th anniversary of the SS Savannah's historic trans-Atlantic crossing — the WORLD'S FIRST oceanic voyage under steam! On this year's Maritime Day, Ships of the Sea celebrated the Savannah's 200th anniversary with a commemorative ceremony provided by the PROPELLER CLUB, where Robert Morris unveiled two eight-foot paintings. The evening also included an amazing performance by the Parris Island MARINE BAND, complimentary hors d'oeuvres and celebratory beverages!

Brews For A Cause at Top Deck

This past Tuesday, May 21 we celebrated another successful Brews for a Cause at Top Deck Bar! We joined up with Southern Eagle and a great group of like minded people to benefit Two Hundred Club of the Coastal Empire in their efforts to provide financial assistance to the surviving families of local law enforcement officers and firefighters who lose their lives in the line of duty. It was another memorable night in the South filled with great people and even greater crafted beer! This month's Featured Craft Beer: Island Coastal Lager Sponsors: Island Coastal Lager, Two Hundred Club of the Coastal Empire, Southern Eagle, South Magazine

Brews for a Cause at Churchill's

This Thursday, Churchill's was pack as we celebrated another successful Brews for a Cause at Churchill's! We joined Southern Eagle and The Coastal Heritage Society. Southern Eagle provided great craft beer, Sista Rae Rae performed live, and the silent auction was a huge success. All the proceeds from the silent auction — including a diamond necklace from International Diamond — benefitted the Coastal Heritage Society.