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Author: Jim Garvey

Bike, Skate, Play

Parents dream of their child someday competing in the big leagues, as an MLB pitcher, an NFL quarterback or an NBA center. For most kids, the journey begins on fields and courts at the local recreation department, where their skills improve and the level of competition increases as they advance. Youth team-based athletics tend to be the primary focus of recreation departments. Columbia County has well-developed baseball, softball, football and basketball programs, plus rugby and lacrosse, in its mix of offerings.  When Blanchard Woods Park was first conceptualized on paper as a premier soccer complex…park planners envisioned diverse uses for the...

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Miracles in the Making

THE SHORT DRIVE  down Battle Row is a vivid trip through history and economics. At the top of the hill on Milledge Road lived the captains of industry, the mill owners, the bankers and lawyers in the mansions that still peer down on the city at their feet. As you drive down Battle Row—named for the battle fought here in the Revolutionary War—houses and yards decrease in size so that by the time the road flattens out at canal level it is lined by rows of little shotgun mill houses. Here the spindle and loom operators (derisively called “lint heads”)...

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Practice Makes Perfect

How do you get to GRU’s Maxwell Theatre? Practice, practice, practice.  At least that’s how Wycliffe Gordon, the best jazz trombonist in the world, got there.  After years of teaching at Juilliard and the Manhattan School of Music, touring the world with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, performing with symphony orchestras, recording, composing, arranging, giving workshops, lectures and master classes, Gordon was finally offered the job he’s been preparing for all these years: artist-in-residence in GRU’s Department of Music. “I’ve come full circle, teaching at a university in my own town after teaching all over the...

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