Think you’ve got the best Chili in the Boro? Here’s your chance to prove it! Join us in Chili Town on December 6th at the Downtown Statesboro Holiday Celebration. It’s FREE to enter and registration is easy. Forms can be filled out online, emailed to email@example.com or dropped off at the Visit Statesboro office at 222 S. Main Street.
2019 Cook-Off Categories:
- Overall Best Chili
- Best Restaurant Chili
- People’s Choice
- Best Decorated Booth
FOR CHILI CONTESTANTS: This competition is open to organizations, businesses or amateur chefs. Chili Town will be located across from City Hall where participants will be assigned a 10×10 space with access to power. You must bring and set up your own tables, tents (if you so desire) and decorations. Set up begins at 3:00pm. Set up must be completed by 4:45pm and judge’s chili samples will be collected at 5pm. Sample cups and spoons will be provided for all samplers to be made available at tables.
CHILI TOWN WILL OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AT 5:30 P.M. Please have at least 4 to 5 gallons of chili on-hand for the public to sample for voting in the People’s Choice category. Participants are expected to bring their own condiments such as crackers, sour cream or cheese. Participants must also have a visible SIGN with the team name and bring their own extension cords to power all electrical units.
Each participating table must provide team members to serve chili during the Chili Town hours. Volunteers are not available to man any booths or tents for this event!
FOR CHILI TASTERS: Admission to Chili Town is FREE and open to the public. Tickets will be available for purchase to vote in the People’s Choice category for $1.
The 2019-2020 Main Stage Series at the Performing Arts Center at Georgia Southern is heating up! Up next, the GSUPAC presents cirque-style acrobatics with a mechanical twist. Cirque Mechanics: 42FT is scheduled for Friday, October 25, 2019 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are on sale now!
Las Vegas-based troupe Cirque Mechanics was founded in 2004 and quickly established itself as a premier American circus with its unique approach to performance, inspiring storytelling, and innovative mechanical staging. Spectacle Magazine hailed the group as “the greatest contribution to the American circus since Cirque du Soleil.” Finding its roots in the mechanical and its heart in the stories of American ingenuity, Cirque Mechanics prides itself of timeless and relevant message – not to mention jaw-dropping spectacle.
Their new show, 42 FT: A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels focuses on the glory days of the traveling one-ring circus, showcasing a mechanical metal horse and a rotating tent frame to display the feats of strongmen, dazzling acrobats, and flying aerialists. So step right up, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls of Statesboro to the Cirque Mechanics world of gears, canvas, pulleys, and stardust.
GSUPAC Director Stacie McDaniel notes, “In an effort to bring something really unique to our community, I have been working to get Cirque Mechanics to Statesboro for years – and we’ve finally made it happen! I have had the pleasure of watching the Acrobats of China as well as Cirque du Soleil, but Cirque Mechanics truly brings something fresh and exciting to the table that gives all other cirque shows a run for their money!”
Tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for youth 17 and under and are on sale now at the GSUPAC Box Office. Discounts are available for Georgia Southern students and faculty/staff. Group rates for groups of 10 or more are also available. Visit the Box Office in person Monday-Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, or purchase tickets over the phone at 912-478-7999 or online at www.georgiasouthern.edu/pac.
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The Performing Arts Center at Georgia Southern is excited to present country music super group Lonestar for the opening performance of their 2019-2020 Main Stage Series on Friday, September 20, 2019 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are on sale now and going quickly!
Just over two decades ago, Lonestar was formed when destiny brought together four Texas musicians trying to make their way to country stardom in Nashville, TN. Now, more than 20 years after they began their journey, they have logged countless miles touring throughout the world, released multiple Platinum-selling albums, and earned ten No. 1 hit singles, including “No News,” “Come Crying to Me,” and the pop-chart crossover smash, “Amazed.”
The band’s awards include a 1999 Academy of Country Music (ACM) Single of the Year and the 2001 Country Music Association Vocal Group of the Year. Known for excellent songwriting, pure vocals, and exuberant instrumental tracks, Lonestar merges strong country roots with catchy, memorable melodies. Today, Lonestar continues to inspire rave reviews from critics and fans alike.
Says Performing Arts Center Director Stacie McDaniel, “Lonestar’s music has been the soundtrack of so many people’s lives, and I know they are going to put on a show to remember here in Statesboro. This is going to be such a special and memorable evening! I’m anticipating a sold-out show, so purchase your tickets now!”
Tickets are $28 for adults and $14 for youth 17 and under, and are on sale now at the Performing Arts Center at Georgia Southern Box Office. Discounts are available for Georgia Southern students and faculty/staff. Group rates for groups of 10 or more are also available. Visit the Box Office in person Monday-Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, or purchase tickets over the phone at 912-478-7999 or online at www.georgiasouthern.edu/pac.
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Georgia Southern’s Performing Arts Center Welcomes Big Stars and Hit Shows in Their 2019-2020 Main Stage Series
The Performing Arts Center at Georgia Southern is knee-deep in tickets this week as they begin their season subscription drive for the upcoming 2019-2020 Main Stage Series. Full season packages are available for patrons who wish to come to all six shows, while a flexible package option allows patrons to purchase advanced tickets to three or more shows. All season subscribers enjoy the privilege of choosing their seats early and maintaining their seat choice throughout the season in addition to the best ticket prices.
This year’s season takes patrons on a trip across the United States, featuring big stars and hit shows from across the country. Beginning with Texas-born and Nashville-based country legends Lonestar, famous for their No. 1 crossover smash “Amazed,” we then venture further west with a glitzy Vegas-style cirque performance from Cirque Mechanics who take the glory days of the American circus to the next level. Next, Broadway comes to Statesboro with the national tour of the Tony- and Grammy-winning musical The Color Purple. Then we start 2020 off laughing with Chicago’s famed comedy troupe, The Second City, and their all-improv performance, Improv All-Stars. In February, the PAC partners with Georgia Southern’s Theatre & Performance to present another Broadway favorite, Jesus Christ Superstar, before finally ending the season strong with a nostalgic performance of beloved Motown artists – The Drifters, Platters, and Cornell Gunter’s Coasters. Visit the PAC website at www.georgiasouthern.edu/pac for detailed descriptions, dates and times.
PAC patrons have expressed their excitement about the new season. Season subscriber Joanna Schreiber says, “The PAC has put together yet another amazing season of entertainment.” Another subscriber, Christina Olson, adds, “From musical arts to theatre to comedy, there’s something for everyone!”
Previous season ticket holders can renew their subscription now through August 23 while those interested in becoming new subscribers this year can do so beginning August 26. Full season packages are $130 per seat, while flexible package prices vary depending on show choice. Tickets to individual shows will be available starting September 3. Visit the PAC Box Office in person Monday-Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, or purchase your subscription over the phone at 912-478-7999. Single tickets will be available online at www.georgiasouthern.edu/pac.
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Georgia Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus (GACVB) Announces Partnership with Pineapple Public Relations
The Georgia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus (GACVB) is proud to announce a strategic partnership with long-standing tourism industry PR firm, Pineapple Public Relations. The partnership will support GACVB in creating and promoting awareness of Georgia’s destination marketing organizations (DMOs) and their contributions to the state’s economy and quality of life for both residents and visitors via industry education, professional development, and legislative awareness.
“GACVB is committed to being the voice for our destination marketing organizations and tourism industry professionals. Through this partnership, we look forward to communicating and advocating
news of our members and their contributions to Georgia’s tourism-based economic development, industry trends, and legislation that potentially affects our hospitality communities,” said Jay Markwalter, Executive Director, Georgia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Pineapple PR brings a unique understanding of Georgia’s tourism industry through their decades of work with numerous destinations across the state and beyond. Their reputation for best-in-class service and skill is something that we are excited to bring to GACVB. We welcome the Pineapple PR team as one of our newest Ally Members at the Sustaining Level partnership.”
“We are thrilled to be a part of GACVB, the exciting future of this organization and the many communities across the state. Working with DMOs and CVBs to share news and stories that further enhance economic growth dovetails with our own mission statement, and we look forward working to increase awareness and visitation to Georgia,” said Deborah Stone, President of Pineapple PR.
Pineapple Public Relations is a full-service PR agency with more than 20 years of success in serving large and small businesses in the tourism, hospitality and lifestyle industries and helping them achieve economic success. The agency provides forward-thinking, results-based strategies backed by superior service and experience, offering big agency capabilities with the responsiveness and attentiveness of an independent, hands-on firm. Founded on three principals – excellence in service, a passion for travel and a never-ending quest to successfully and creatively tell clients’ stories – Pineapple PR offers a full-suite of traditional, digital and social media services.
The Georgia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus is an organization comprised of 90+ diverse tourism bureaus throughout the state of Georgia and associate members who provide services and support to the CVB community. The organization provides a unified voice of Georgia’s destination marketing organizations as well as industry education and professional development opportunities to members. GACVB represents members across the state and country to keep Georgia’s tourism industry at the forefront of developments, trends, products and services that may benefit its members, partners and ultimately communities.
For More Information, Please Contact:
Jay Markwalter, Executive Director
Georgia Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus
Deborah M. Stone, President
Pineapple Public Relations
(404) 237-3761, ext. 1001
The GSUPAC Presents Inaugural “Emerging Artist Series” Featuring Banditos Plus Local Up-and-Coming Talent
The Performing Arts Center at Georgia Southern is excited to present the first-ever Emerging Artists Series performance, featuring Americana band, Banditos. With this program, the GSUPAC aims to support emerging artists who are new to the industry but are at the top of their genre and show great promise.See this unique show on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are on sale now!
Hailing from Birmingham, AL, one of the southern rock capitals of the country, Banditos has been described by Rolling Stonemagazine as “equal parts alt-country twang and garage rock bang.” Featuring three vocalists, steel guitar, banjo, upright bass, and hot-footed drums, Banditos sound is stuffed with unique rhythms and energetic melodies. Influenced by rock, soul, bluegrass, and folk, their music is both unexpectedly sweet and electric. Having performed all across the globe at prominent events such as the Newport Folk Festival and Hangout Fest, they now bring their talents here to Statesboro.
The GSUPAC is also planning a special pre-show event. Between 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm on the evening of the show the PAC will be hosting a mini-festival in their parking lot, with food trucks, lawn games, and live music showcasing local up-and-coming artists. This event is free and open to the public. More details, including names of featured artists and vendors, to be announced. Follow the GSUPAC on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter for the latest updates!
Says GSUPAC Director Stacie McDaniel, “Our staff feels so passionately about supporting artists at the beginning of their careers, who often get overlooked in favor of ‘big names’. With this event, we have the opportunity to showcase some amazing talent and introduce new audiences and broaden some horizons. This is just about having fun and enjoying something fresh and different – come see them before they’re famous!”
Tickets are $12/reserved seat, or $20/reserved seat plus access to a VIP room with special food and drink service. On sale now at the GSUPAC Box Office. Discounts are available for Georgia Southern students and faculty/staff. Visit the Box Office in person Monday-Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, or purchase tickets over the phone at 912-478-7999 or online at www.georgiasouthern.edu/pac.
DISCLAIMER: Music may contain adult language and themes.
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by Amy Connell –
For as long as I can remember, the Fourth of July has always been associated with some of my fondest memories. It’s a day that everyone comes together to show their pride for our great country. Growing up in Statesboro, the Firecracker Fest held at Mill Creek was always a tradition. From watching the fireworks from inside the car with my mom as a child because I was afraid of how loud they were, to laying on blankets surrounded by my friends looking up at the bright-colored explosions in the sky, those memories will stay with me forever.
The past couple of years I have been out of town on the 4th, so I was excited that I would get to attend the Firecracker Fest this year. When I arrived, I was immediately flooded by all of my senses taking me back to the memories of the event in the past. From the smell of hamburgers grilling to the sound of children laughing, I was reminded of what a special event this was. As I managed my way through the crowd, I saw families sitting together, dressed in red, white, and blue to show their patriotism. Children ran around with American flags painted on their cheeks enjoying snow cones, and there was live music from local bands and artists playing in the background. People from all over arrived with their blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the event.
I noticed a line of people out the corner of my eye. As I walked around the corner, I saw that there was a giant red, white, and blue, inflatable water slide. Children and adults were eagerly waiting for their turn to slide down. Children were laughing and smiling as the joy they felt from the rush of sliding took over their bodies. On the other side, a tie-dyed tapestry was hanging up as families put on silly glasses and wore feather boas to take a photo. To me, it was a picture of the American dream as I looked around at all of the smiling faces and happy families.
As the night progressed, different bands played on the stage as people gathered around sitting in the grass. The children were anxiously awaiting for the sky to grow dark enough for the fireworks to begin. When the time finally came, the loud bursts and crackles were followed by a colorful show in the sky. The looks on the children’s faces were unforgettable as they looked up into the night sky smiling. There is something so special about everyone coming together to celebrate such a wonderful holiday. Firecracker Fest 2018, thank you for reminding me how awesome Statesboro is, and Happy Independence Day, America. Until next year.
Planning a road trip this summer? It would not be complete without music! Check out this summer road trip playlist we’ve created to help you rock your road trip! Have fun singing along with the familiar hits, plus check out some new songs you might not know. Happy Summer!
Summer- Calvin Harris
Statesboro Blues- The Allman Brothers
A Thousand Miles- Vanessa Carlton
The Boys of Summer- Don Henley
Sunday Morning- Maroon 5
Don’t Stop Believing- Journey
Thank God for the Summertime- Ben Rector
Party in the U.S.A- Miley Cyrus
Closing Time- Semisonic
Island in the Sun- Weezer
Love on the Weekend- John Mayer
Getaway Car- Taylor Swift
All Day All Night- Moon Taxi
Brand New- Ben Rector
1985- Bowling for Soup
Midwest Magic- John Tibbs
Slow Dance in a Parking Lot- Jordan Davis
Dreams- Fleetwood Mac
She (For Liz)- Parachute
Wouldn’t It Be Nice- The Beach Boys
Shoulder’s Back- Honest Men
Love Sick(feat. Felix Snow)- Caroline Pennell
Havana- Camila Cabello
Where Are Ü Now- Jak ü, Skrillex, Justin Bieber
Born in the U.S.A.- Bruce Springsteen
The Middle- Zedd, Maren Morris
Summer of 69’- Bryan Adams
Take Me Home Tonight- Eddie Money
Charlie Brown- Coldplay
Come on Get Higher- Matt Nathanson
Rivers and Roads- The Head and the Heart
Riptide- Vance Joy
Saturday Sun- Vance Joy
Castle on the Hill- Ed Sheeran
Breakfast In America- Supertramp
Do you have Spotify? If so, you can find the playlist here.