Free Comic Book Day is an annual event hosted at hundreds of comic book shops across the country to celebrate the art form and encourage new fans. Here in Statesboro, Galactic Comics & Games is the place to get in on the action on Saturday, August 14th.
The doors will open at 9am and every individual will be able to select four comics from a wide selection, featuring all of the major publishers carried at the shop. Keith Brown, owner of Galactic Comics & Games, recommends people come early, as some of the comics are in high demand.
There will also be opportunities for additional free comic books! You can receive two comic books if you are cosplaying or wearing a costume. This will also enter you into a special raffle for bonus prizes and gift certificates.
Several local artists will also be set up at the shop, doing live sketches and selling their art. This is a great opportunity to talk with artists and learn more about the art form itself. This is Galactic’s 16th year celebrating the event- make sure you add Free Comic Book Day to your Saturday plans when you Visit Statesboro!
You can enjoy the festivities yourself at Galactic Comics & Games, at 21 East Vine Street. For more information, give them a call at 912-489-3123.
Even on your first visit, there is something familiar about Uncle Shug’s Bar-B-Q Place. Perhaps it’s the warm southern welcome you receive when you open the front door. It might be the aroma of wonderful smoky meat that immediately conjures images of juicy pulled pork and crispy skin. Or maybe it’s Stacy Underwood himself, the man behind the Uncle Shug’s restaurants in Statesboro and Brooklet, guaranteeing you’re getting some of the best southern cooking around.
Uncle Shug’s BBQ Place, previously Uncle Shug’s on Main, opened on July 28th to eager Statesboro diners. Their menu has a range of BBQ staples, including brisket, ribs, chicken, and pulled pork. Each entrée has the choice of being “small” or “large”, which determines whether you have one or two sides. Orders are placed at the front and you are given a placard for your table.
Food is quickly delivered to you, hot and ready to enjoy. The ribs are flavorful enough to be eaten on their own, but don’t miss out on trying Uncle Shug’s BBQ sauces, which will be waiting at your table. The brisket, a cut that can be hard to cook, was tender and rich. Surprisingly, one of the things people are raving about most are the French fries. Cut fresh daily, these crispy, shoestring fries are tossed in Shug’s Seasoning as soon as they come out of the fryer. The Seasoning is a top-secret family recipe that is made in private by Mr. Underwood himself- no employees allowed!
Freshly made hamburger patties, Georgia shrimp, and BBQ nachos are just a few of the other menu items that Uncle Shug’s Bar-B-Q Place has to offer. Keep an eye on this restaurant, as new menu items will likely be added soon!
Banquet space is available and, as always, Uncle Shug’s is offering catering. Come in and dine Tuesday through Saturday from 11am-9pm. For more information, contact them at 912-842-7484.
Walking into Bull and Barrel Steakhouse in downtown Statesboro is an experience for the senses. As soon as you step on to the intricate black and white tiles of the entrance, the smell of sizzling steaks and fresh herbs greet you. The bar, immediately to your left behind a chic wooden block wall, creates the background music of martini shaking and ice clinking. The upscale atmosphere is excellent and, while only operating since May of 2020, has already helped to make Bull and Barrel Steakhouse one of the most popular fine dining restaurants in Statesboro.
While perusing their menu, why not begin your experience with one of their cocktails? Whether you’re craving something classic (Paloma), fruity (Key Lime Martini), or a pick me up like the Flatliner (which features local Cool Beanz Cold Brew, Bailey’s, and Frangelico), Bull and Barrel’s talented bartenders are sure to have a solution.
You can always tell who has tried the Pork Belly appetizer at Bull and Barrel…they mention it anytime Statesboro food comes up! The crispy, smoky edges are a perfect contrast to the tender, juicy inside. The cold, flavorful coleslaw is an unexpected delight too.
Another popular appetizer is the Deviled Egg Flight. Three varieties of deviled egg are served with this flight, featuring okra, bacon, and pickle. Everyone in the South has an opinion on what constitutes the perfect deviled egg- but if your definition includes a creamy, smooth filling, you need to try these! Bull and Barrel provides a modern take on a southern staple with flavors (and a final sprinkle of paprika) that makes this dish feel like home.
Entrees at Bull and Barrel Steakhouse change with the seasons to ensure you’re getting the best ingredients. What you can always count on seeing on the menu is a selection of hand cut steaks and prime rib that will delight the meat lovers in your life!
Bull and Barrel Steakhouse is a wonderful addition to the culinary scene in Statesboro. If you want to dine here, they are open from 5:30-9:45pm Wednesday through Saturday. Reservations are required and can be made at 912-259-9990.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Marietta, GA. – The Georgia Association of Museums (GAM) is excited to announce its annual conference, April 26-28, 2021. As the COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues statewide, GAM is pleased to offer a hybrid experience to conference-goers, who may opt to attend in-person sessions in Statesboro, GA, or virtually using the Zoom teleconferencing platform.
“We are excited to bring our first ever hybrid conference to Statesboro,” said Matt Davis, GAM President. “Statesboro has helped create a great program with wonderful evening events and sessions, museums to visit, and protocols in place to keep all members safe. I look forward to seeing everyone, either virtually or in person, in April.”
Building on the success of GAM’s 2019 and 2020 conferences, which set attendance records and drew museum professionals from three states, the 2021 conference slate will feature 15 sessions that address all aspects of museum operations, appealing to those from volunteer-led organizations as well as the state’s flagship institutions. Keynote speaker Zinnia Willits, Executive Director of the Southeastern Museums Conference, will energize GAM’s members with her reflections on the field after a tumultuous yet inspiring year. Recipients of GAM Awards, which recognize excellence among Georgia’s museum employees, volunteers, and supporters, will also be honored.
In-person sessions and workshops will take place in the Russell Union and Williams Center at Georgia Southern University (GSU). These wonderful facilities will provide a central location for attendees and vendors to gather, along with the technology to connect with virtual conference attendees. In addition to GSU’s existing campus safety measures and limited seating capacities, all in-person attendees will be required to wear masks correctly and maintain six feet of social distance from others.
A great slate of programming at Statesboro museums also awaits in-person attendees. Evening events will take place at three local institutions supported by GSU – the Botanic Garden, the Center for Wildlife Education and Lamar Q. Ball, Jr. Raptor Center, and the Georgia Southern Museum – as well as the Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau, home of the Museum on Main. Attendees will visit other area museums on their own throughout the week before relaxing at host hotel Home2Suites near GSU’s campus.
“Statesboro and Bulloch County are steeped in history and appreciate tradition, yet the communities also have long encouraged education and innovation,” said Brent Tharp, Georgia Southern Museum Director and GAM conference host committee chair. “That makes it the perfect place for the museum community of Georgia to gather, learn, share, and revive.”
To register for the conference or for more information, visit gamg.org or contact GAM Administrative Director Michele Rodgers at [email protected]
Want to truly make memories that will last a lifetime? Plan ahead to take back roads to your next vacation destination!
Chart a course that allows you to navigate back roads as often as possible and forget the blur of blinding billboards and big rigs. Enjoy the scenery provided by small towns and build unique stops into your route while leaving a little wiggle room. You never know when you might drive through a small town hosting a festival or parade so look at side trips or unplanned expeditions as a bonus! Historical venues, interesting restaurants, local breweries, or perhaps even guided tours can provide plenty of additional reasons to pull over, too.
Being flexible and keeping an open mind will maximize your experience. Make sure your travel companions, whether family or friends, are all on the same page about this up front. Pack unique snacks, create a travel-themed play list, and share fun road trip games to maximize your fun!
Enjoy traveling at your own pace with no worries of lost luggage or departure deadlines. Cherish your time in the car together and remember that adventure can be found in the most unexpected places.
What could have been an eye-sore (albeit a useful one) is thankfully a place of beauty and peacefulness in downtown Statesboro.
Amidst the vehicle traffic, nestled in the forked intersection where East Main Street and Savannah Avenue merge at the edge of downtown, stands a flowing, time-worn fountain at the threshold of a serene alcove of azaleas and camellias known as Triangle Park.
In the late 1890s the triangular piece of land was owned by W.D. (Dan) Davis and was the home of the artesian well that supplied water to the “village” of Statesboro. As the town grew, and outgrew the capabilities of the well, it seemed that the logical solution for an expanding city would be to use the land for a higher capacity water works system. The citizens voted in favor of the project in 1903, and the land was purchased from Davis by the City.
There was only one problem. A small group of citizens (four to be exact), with a healthy dose of forethought and vision, believed that the new water works system would have a negative impact on the atmosphere and aesthetic of downtown Statesboro. They were concerned that the noise of the system would be disturbing to the public and even frighten horses as they pulled carriages and buggies into town. They also thought a water works system would be a visual blight on the otherwise picturesque downtown.
Since water was a utility and a necessity for a growing city, the small group needed a solution that would accompany their complaints that could be presented to City Council. Their solution? They purchased four lots located on Hill Street for the City to use for the new water works system.
The lots were presented as a GIFT to the City. However, it was not an unconditional gift. They offered the new land to the City on the condition that the City turn the small triangle of land into a park and never allow any building to be constructed on the property. The City agreed and built the new water works on the newly gifted lots on Hill Street.
It took a few years, but then in 1907 the City began to make progress on the park by planting rows of sycamore trees that would soon grow tall enough to provide ample shade to park-goers. Then, finally, in 1926, Triangle Park was officially named and opened for public use with seating, swings, and playground equipment. The following year, in 1927, the City installed a pool with a tall flowing water fountain.
Over the years the park has seen many changes. A horse watering trough was added. The sycamore trees and playground equipment were removed. Azaleas, roses, and camellias were planted. And a plaque in honor of Vietnam veterans was installed.
The fountain and pool remain as the focal point of the park and a favorite location for locals and visitors photographing life’s special moments.
The Water Trough
If you’ve been to Triangle Park, you may have noticed the old horse water trough now used as a planter. The trough was originally located near the iconic (and long gone) Walnut Tree in downtown Statesboro on East Main Street in front of the Courthouse.
The trough was created around the same time that the new water works project was being completed, and possibly even funded by the same bonds that were approved by voters to build the water works system.
At the time, around 1904, downtown Statesboro did have a few water troughs but they were of poor condition and not well maintained. As a means to encourage locals and visitors to frequent, and linger in, the downtown business district the City decided to build and maintain a sturdy new watering trough. In 1905 the trough was completed and placed on East Main Street at the edge of the Courthouse Square.
The water trough was eventually moved to Triangle Park where it remains to this day. Without the need to serve as a water source for parched equine, the City has converted the trough into a planter with a small plaque commemorating its history.
National Travel and Tourism Week is an annual tradition for the U.S. travel community. It’s a time when travel and tourism professionals across the country unite to celebrate the value travel holds for our economy, businesses and personal wellbeing.
“Although most travel and events have been put on hold, one way to help make sure Statesboro continues to be a destination is supporting its restaurants, attractions and boutiques so they can continue to draw tourists once this public health emergency is over” said Visit Statesboro’s Executive Director, Becky Davis.
Win $100 in Statesboro Gift Cards!
Visit Statesboro is asking you to become a Tourist in Your Hometown this week to help celebrate one of the biggest industries in Bulloch County. Submit photos we can use to showcase the best we have to offer in food, festivals, events and attractions and you could win $100 in Statesboro restaurant gift cards!
Email photos to [email protected]
Submit as many photos as you’d like from anywhere in Bulloch County. Submissions will be posted on social media and winner will be announced May 9th.
You’ve heard of the Statesboro Blues, True Blue, and the Blue Mile, but did you know about Statesboro’s Blue Front?
Sometime between the “Blues” and the “Mile”, there was an area in downtown Statesboro known as the Blue Front. Today, it’s only a parking lot on the north side of West Vine street, across from Vandy’s. But in the 1930’s and 1940’s it was a vibrant place of commerce for African American business owners in Statesboro, as well as a social hub for African American teens and young adults.[google maps/earth photo here]
Sadly, by the 70’s all the businesses had closed or left. But in its heyday you could find a barber shop (maybe two), a tailor, a dry cleaners, a restaurant, and a pool hall; just to name a few.
We have yet to find any photos of the Blue Front from during the time period when it was most active, but we did find advertisements in several editions of the Bulloch Herald and Bulloch Times newspapers from the 1940’s that mentioned the location.
In 2019 the Bulloch County Historical Society placed a Historical Marker near the intersection of West Vine and South Walnut with more information about the businesses that were on the Blue Front.
When you visit the area, don’t forget to swing by Vandy’s for some delicious BBQ takeout!
On and Open is a centralized digital marketplace for local, small businesses and non-profits offering discounted gift cards and products to help supplement the loss of cash flow due to the coronavirus.
Their goal is to ease the strain that many small businesses and non-profits are facing, specifically when it comes to cash flow. The program helps Statesboro and surrounding area small businesses and non-profits to keep their lights on and their doors open.
100% of the proceeds from every gift certificate purchased will go straight to the vendor.
How It Works
- You go to onandopen.com.
- Purchase a discounted gift card.
- They deliver the payment and your information to the vendor(s).
- The vendor will coordinate the delivery of the gift card to you.
For Your Business
If you’d like to have your business’s products or services featured, email [email protected]
The roof of the Kiwanis Pancake House was heavily damaged during high winds on March 3, 2020. In optimistic and encouraging preparations for the Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair in the fall, the work has begun on repairs.
The Kiwanis Club of Statesboro has contracted with Quicken Steel of Claxton for the replacement of the roof over the Pancake House. Demolition of the old roof and wooden framework began on Saturday, April 25. The new roof will extend over the entire Pancake House, including the open dining area as well as the kitchen and storage room. The new roof system will be of all steel construction. There are also plans for more seating spaces. It’s expected that the roof will be completed by late May.
The Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair is scheduled for October 19-21, 2020, so mark your calendar!