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i orter 1 June 12, 2019 Around Monroe County Forsyth Juliette High Falls Bolingbroke Culloden Smarr i UPCOMING EVENTS IN MONROE COUNTY June 18 Board of 141ealth The Monroe County Board of Health Public Meeting will be Tuesday, June 18 at 6 p.m, at Monroe County Health DeparTment, 106 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Forsyth. June 21 5uzy Bogguss will be Monrc County FAC Singer Suzy Bogguss will be in concert at Monroe County Fine Arts Center on Friday, June 21 with the show starting at 7:30 p.m Back iri Monroe County by demand, but in her first appearance at the Fine Arts Center Bog- guss is known for both country and mainstream hits. Monroe County's 'American Idol" star Ethan Payne will open. Tickets are available at June 22 Swingin' Medallions head to Village at Indian Sprigs The Village at Indian Springs Amphitheater will present the "Swin- gin' Medallions (back by popular request) on Saturday, June 22. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; the show starts at 8 p.m. Bring-your-own- food is welcome, bat no drinks. Water, soda, beer and wine will be available for sale. Proceeds will benefit the Butts County Historical Society's restoration of the Flovilla Schoolhouse as a Dinner Theater. Lawn seating is $15; tables far 8 under the amphitheater are $250.' For more Information, call 478-993-1104 or 770-775-5350. June 22-23 Monroe County Amateur Radio long, Storyofthe TOP: Visitors tour the Ensign-G0olsby-Cantrell House (88 Indian Springs Drive). an Italian Renais- sance Revival style home built in 1922 now owned by Rick Cantrell. Above, Monroe County historian Ralph Bass kicks off the Expedition at the Board of Education auditorium with an overview of the county's history. At right. Mary Aiken Wright of Forsyth talks to Mrs. Vince Williams at her home on Indian Springs Drive. (Photos/Will Davis) Society at City Park The annual ARRL Field Day will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 22 and conclude at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 23. The Monroe County Amateur Radio Society will be set up and operating continu- ously during this time at Forsyth City Park on Country Club Drive. Anyone who would like to stop by is welcome and can get on the air f they would I ke. June 24 Pest Management for Hon Gardents Monroe County Extension will present Lunch and Learn: Pest Management for Home Gardens on Monday, June 24 from 12-1 p.m. at the Monroe Extension Office. Lunch will be pork medallions, sum- mer squash, and pasta satad, RSVP by June 21 by cal!ing 478-994- 7014. Program fee is $10 and includes lunch. July 3 of July ebmt n Forsyth will sponsor a 4th of July celebra- tion with fireworks at Monroe County Rec- reation Department on Wednesday,July 3. July 11 Small Fruit Seminar C rdener Monroe County Exten- sion~ wilt present Small Fruit Seminar for the Backyard Gardener with UGA Extension Blueberry Specialist Erick Smith from 6-8 p.m. at the Monroe County Clubhouse, 64 W Chamber Street, For- syth. Registration is $10 and includes materials and light refreshments. Pre-register by July 9 by calling 478-994-7014. MONROE ENTERTAINS YOU by Dennis Smith etty Moon has heard them all. ,Moonlight Be- comes You, Moon- struck, Moon Over Miami. Each title refers either to a magical song or a movie. "There is a moon song in Addams Family the Musi- cal, but it is not the featured song of the show" said Betty Moon while describing the play coming to the Rose Theater in July. "There are lots of cute songs with catchy lyrics and easy to sing melodies that will keep the audiences entertained" Moon-talk aside, Betty Moon is co-directing "The Addams Family Musical" with TuUye Ralph. The show opens July 12 with a cast of 10 main charac- ters and a large ensemble of singers/dancers. Betty shared she had learned a lot about 'community theater' in doing this production. "I had been involved in numerous plays as a student while going to school, as a teacher in school and as a participant: I was a Music Director, musician or actor. I was not worried about what color to paint the walls of the set," laughed Betty. "This time I am concerned about all the details" When reminded that the audience will probably react to the play based on the way the songs are sung and choreographed and not the color of the set walls, she let us know that she has a very talented cast that includes some local actors who look the part of famed Addams Family characters Lurch, Uncle Fester, Gomez and Morticia. "I knew from my days as a teacher in Monroe County Middle School that there Dennis Smith are many very talented people in the area. Fortu- nately, we landed our share for this play" smiled Betty. Betty taught Chorus at MCMS from 2005-09 prior to moving with her husband to Valdosta. "I have fond memories of many of the students I taught those years. Crowding two cam- puses of students into the old auditorium for concerts and plays was a real chal- lenge;' she recalled. "I am thrilled to be back here in the area and to be able to be involved at The Rose. We are blessed to have such a great community resource as this theater:' Betty and her husband, Rev. Dr. Bob Moon, Vice President Church Rela- tions and Chaplain at the Methodist Home in Macon, returned to the area last year. The Moons have adult children: daughter Sarah and son Joshua. Just after moving back home, Betty saw her grandchildren double--going from three to six. Her daughter who lives in Macon had twin girls and her son and his wife. who live in Louisville, K)n had a daughter. All in the SAME day! "So, you wonder what I do with my spare time?" smiled Bet . Betty was born in Nor- lina, N.C. and then spent her growing up years in Pennsylvania and Minneso- ta before the family settled back in Tiffon where she graduated from Tiff County High School. Betty's dad was in the farm equipment business, which created the travel opportunities. Betty graduated with music de- grees from Asbury Univer- sity in Wilmore, Ky. Asbury College was founded in 1890 and is a leading Chris- tian Liberal Arts school. Betty shared that in ad- dition to co-directing with long time Backlot Player member, music director and actor TuUye Ralph that she is being assisted by Kim Pitman doing the choreog- raphy, Nipper Bunn helping with the set and a host of other volunteers are doing the little things that will make a show successful. "Community theater can be a lot of fun and very good when you have a great team of helpers" concluded Betty. Rose Adds Two Bonus Performances for Addams Family Saturday matinees are being added for the Ad- dams Family production. Kim Ducheneau, incoming Backlot Players President, advised MEY that matinee d Betty Moon shares a light moment with actors Rachel Hunter and Rob Laukaitis as they prepare for the opening of The Addams Family Musical. Moon is directing while Hunter portrays Morticia and Laukaitis is Gomez Addams (Photo/Dennis Smith) performances are being Tickets will be available added at 2:30 p.m. each beginning in July for all Saturday during the run performances. For more of Addams Family Duch- information about the play eneau said, "In past musi- and the Rose Theater visit cals we have typically had to turn interested show- goers away. Adding the two Dennis Smith writes performances will enable us "Monroe Entertains You," to offer an additional 300 or highlighting the entertain- so tickets so all who want to mentfare offered in Monroe see this great musical will County and the people who have the oppor ni ." make it possible. Smith Show dates and times wants Forsyth to realize and are July 12, 13, 19 and 20 support the riches it has in at 7:30 p.m and July 13, the cultural arts. 14, 20 and 21 at 2:30 p.m. i