Blog Topic: In the Community

  • In the Loop: Brooklyn Cemetery Restoration Moves Forward


    Photo Credit: Tre Brown

    Monday morning, volunteers poured into the parking lot of Holy Cross Lutheran Church to help with the restoration efforts of Brooklyn Cemetery, one of the first African-American cemetery in Athens. Over the years, time and nature have taken claim to the resting places of the hundreds buried on its grounds.

    Gathering on the annual MLK Day of Service, the Friends of Brooklyn Cemetery, led by trustee Linda Davis, worked with clearing paths and revealing unseen tombstones. All of their efforts led to the dedication of their new signage to the cemetery.

    What seems like a small part of this ongoing project is actually an important step to the maintenance and preservation of the area. When Davis, whose grandparents are buried in the cemetery, took on this project in 2006, it was unclear to the community who actually had ownership of the property. Over 10 years later, the group brings over 600 volunteers from the Athens area each year to help with its efforts.


  • Grub Notes: Koko Buni Is Back and More Athens Beer News

    One of Creature Comforts' most popular seasonals, Koko Buni, is back in cans and on draft as of Tuesday.

    The well-balanced milk porter (6.5% ABV) brewed with toasted coconut, Ecuadorian cocoa nibs from Condor Chocolates and an Ethiopian coffee blend from 1000 Faces can be, like many of Creature Comforts' special releases, notoriously hard to find, so snatch some up if you see any.


  • Culture Briefs: Photo Gallery: The Downtown Athens Parade of Lights


    The Downtown Parade of Lights is perennially one of the most family-friendly and diverse events in Athens, and this year was no different. Sure, there were a few hiccups—one of George Bugg's classic cars stalled out with Mayor Nancy Denson riding shotgun; a runaway camel that wasn't really feeling being dressed like a dinosaur—but in the end, a good time was had by all. Except this little girl:


  • In the Loop: Athens Moms Protest Gun Violence



    Photo Credit: Nate Harris

    In response to the shooting at a church in Texas on Nov. 5 that killed 26 people, members of the Georgia chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America gathered at City Hall in Athens on Saturday for a vigil for the victims, as well as a call to action.

    The event, deeply rooted in faith, began at First A.M.E. Church before marchers made their way through downtown to City Hall. Many of the roughly 40 people held signs calling for an end to gun violence and a repeal of Georgia's campus carry law. During the procession, the group sang in unison, and was greeted by a church choir on the front steps of City Hall.

    At City Hall, state Rep. Spencer Frye (D-Athens) and others local leaders and gun safety advocates spoke to the crowd about the need for a solution to gun violence.


  • In the Loop: Photo Gallery: Vulture Day at the Landfill


    Dozens of families gathered at the Athens-Clarke County Landfill on Saturday for the Solid Waste Department's fourth annual Vulture Day.

    The day began with a bird tour guided by the Oconee Rivers Audobon Society. Then, at the landfill's outdoor classroom, Bear Hollow experts gave a presentation on birds of prey. Lenetta Root of Watkinsville and other local artists worked on a mural. Children also had the opportunity to make vulture masks, pose for photos with an inflatable vulture and participate in educational activities, such as learning what "nature's recyclers" eat and how they digest their food.

    Flagpole photo intern Jessica Silverman documented the fun:


  • Culture Briefs: Photo Gallery: Athens PRIDE Festival


    With Hurricane Irma looming, hundreds of people still turned out for the annual Athens PRIDE Festival—the culmination of PRIDE Week—featuring music, speakers, local businesses and political groups, and a drag show. Flagpole photo intern Jessica Silverman documented the scene.


  • In the Loop: Road Closures and More Hurricane Irma News


    Photo Credit: NASA

    Hurricane Irma over the British Virgin Islands on Friday.

    The University of Georgia will be closed today and Tuesday in anticipation of Hurricane Irma hitting Athens.

    All classes, campus events and other activities at UGA are canceled. Residence and dining halls will remain open. Campus Transit will run as long as conditions allow. Designated employees are expected to report to work if they can safely travel.

    For more information on UGA's closing, visit

    Clarke and Oconee County public schools will be closed today and Tuesday, as will Athens Tech and the University of North Georgia. Athens Christian School, Prince Avenue Christian School and Piedmont College are closed today, but have not announced whether they will be closed Tuesday. Classes will resume at Athens Academy on Tuesday.


  • Culture Briefs: Collectors Flock to the Opening of 'Perspectives'


    Photo Credit: Barbette Houser

    Participating artists Curtis Stewardson and Geoff Pickett; work by Nancy Green in foreground.

    Georgians, apparently, are manic for regional pottery. This was made clear Friday night at the opening of “Perspectives” at the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation. Arriving late, I was lucky to get one of the last parking spots in a nearby baseball field.


  • Culture Briefs: Photography Exhibit Highlights Work of Revered Teacher Mary Ruth Moore


    Photo Credit: Barbette Houser

    UGA students Kiara Halls and Shayna Slaughter view Moore's "Birth of the Virgin." To the right is "Mr. Henry's Hands."

    The bottles sit on a table in a quiet corner, cloudy with age and dusty from disuse. Light streams through a nearby window. Briefly, the bottles are illuminated. The sun moves and the moment vanishes, but it is not lost. Mary Ruth Moore has born witness with her large view camera. In "Cornered" the light will continue to caress the bottles, define their forms and brush their mottled glass surfaces. 

    A viewer, like me, will stop in front of that photograph, arrested by the image’s simplicity and quietness. It will feel like a window to other things or worlds.

    “Works by Mary Ruth Moore,” currently on view at the Lamar Dodd School of Art, is full of such images and moments. Moore has taught at UGA for over 40 years.


  • Culture Briefs: Photos: ACC Library Rewards Summer Readers

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    Photo Credit: Richard Hamm

    Daisy Gerow, 9, celebrates winning a stack of books during a Willy Wonka-themed end-of-the-summer party at the Athens-Clarke County Library on Wednesday, July 26.

    Hundreds of Athens-area children received a free book this month, thanks to a $3,000 grant from Zombie Donuts & Coffee via the First Book UGA program.

    The Athens-Clarke County Library's Summer Reading program invites children from birth to age 11 to attend special events and fill out reading logs to win prizes. Children who read at least 50 books or log at least 25 hours of reading can choose a book as a prize.

    "Super readers"—those who read at least 100 books or 50 hours—also received a golden ticket to a Willy Wonka-themed party July 26. Flagpole contributing photographer Richard Hamm was there.


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