Julie Licavoli, admissions director at Magnolia Manor, got to answer this week's questions:
July 13: Story time performance – The Richmond Hill Public Library presents a performance by storyteller "Granny P," who gets into character with a number of costumes and performs songs, magic tricks and more. Story time will take place at First Baptist Church Richmond Hill (9184 Ford Ave.) at 2 p.m. and is free of charge. Please call the library (756-3580) for more information.
It's 9:10 on Thursday morning and a group of 22 children has assembled in a large, airy room at Fort McAllister State Historic Park.
The Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerce recent Business After Hours was hosted by Firefly Lighting, Flooring and Design and gave people a chance to get together to talk business and socialize.
July 7: Harry Potter marathon – The Richmond Hill Public Library will present one Harry Potter film per day in sequence beginning on July 7 at 4 p.m. Activities such as house sorting and wand making will take place along with screenings. For a complete list of movies and show times, please stop by the library (9607 Ford Ave.) or call 756-3580.
Coast Guard Seaman Christina A. Traina, daughter of Paulette M. and Nick J. Traina of Richmond Hill, recently graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Recruit Training Center in Cape May, N. J., and was promoted to her present rank.
There's a new face at the Richmond Hill – Bryan County Chamber of Commerce, and it may be a familiar one to many.
Leah Costlow, assistant manager of the Richmond Hill Public Library, agreed to answer this week's questions:
June 29: Story time performance – The Richmond Hill Public Library presents "storymaker" Sean Driscoll for a 2 p.m. performance at First Baptist Church of Richmond Hill (9184 Ford Ave.). Driscoll's story time performances include animation, puppets, magic, music, and audience participation. For more information, please call the library at 756-3580.
Housed in the little white building on the corner of Ford Avenue and Timber Trail, which many of us likely pass in our daily travels, are the vestiges of our collective local history.
Families were recently spotted out in Richmond Hill's J.F. Gregory Park having funin the sun.
June 15: J'miah Nabawi performance – Richmond Hill Public Library presents story time performer J'miah Nabawi as part of its "One World, Many Stories" summer programming. Nabawi makes use of instruments, physical movement, colorful fabrics and voices to bring story time to life. Performance is free and will take place at 2 p.m. at the library. Please call 756-3580 for more information.
Members of the Richmond Hill Senior Center shake their stuff during a recent Movin' and Groovin' class. The class, held each Monday and Wednesday, is taught by Janet Taulbee and includes chair exercises and line dances, such as the bus stop, the Charleston, the Macarena and the bop.
Krysta Rohde, 22, of Richmond Hill has always loved sailing and the water.
William E. Collins, coordinator for the Bryan County Drug Free Coalition, stepped up to answer this week's questions:
You can't tell where you're going unless you know where you've been," said Sarah Volker, former president of the Richmond Hill Historical Society - that's where Coastal Georgia historian Buddy Sullivan comes in.
Magdalena Bresson was out with her camera at the 2014 High School Sailing Regatta at Lake Mayer in Savannah.
Jan. 16: First Christian Academy open house - First Christian Academy will open its doors from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday for parents of infants through fourth-graders interested in touring the campus, previewing the curriculum and meeting the teachers and administrators. Along the way, parents will also get a sneak peak of the gym, the classrooms, the technology center and future programs being introduced this school year. First Christian Academy has been educating children for more than 10 years. For more information, call 912-756-3407 ext. 124 or visit www.fcaeagles.org.
Modern-day Fort McAllister is home to educational events and celebrations, but 150 years ago, it was home to Joseph McAllister, captain of the Hardwick Mounted Rifles - a cavalry unit made up exclusively of men from Bryan County, predominantly from around Hardwick, Keller and what was then known as Ways Station.
Jan. 9: Yappy Hour - Bark Park organizers will hold their monthly fundraiser for the county's dog park slated for Henderson Park from 6-8 p.m. at Fish Tales Restaurant. The group will release the annual plan for fundraising and the building plans for the park. Well-behaved dogs are welcome. Visit www.bryancountybarkpark.com/ for more information.
For some, January is all about getting back on track after a gluttonous holiday season and resolutions could be focused on getting in better shape, eating well or jumping into new hobbies. The Richmond Hill YMCA offers a few health-minded programs to help people meet their goals.
Members of the Bryan County Fire Department were busy Christmas with Santa Runs, Breakfast With Santa, Toys for Tots and more. Santa and BCFD members also went out to the South Bryan Recreation Department on Dec. 18 to meet with kids involved in the SBRC Special Needs Activities Program, also known as SNAP. From all reports, a great time was had by kids, firefighters and Santa himself. The accompany photos were shot by Bryan Browning.
Jan. 1: 13th annual Tybee Polar Plunge - After a night of merrymaking and ringing in the new year, gather two or more friends and enter the "Gang of Goofs" costume contest for the chance to win some great prizes, including a coveted engraving on the "Le Goof" trophy for the first-place team. Proceeds benefit the restoration and renovation of the Tybee Post Theater. The parade begins at 11 a.m., and the plunge is at noon. Admission is $25. For more information, go to tybeepolarplunge.com.
Few things grant holiday cheer like carolers singing, hot chocolate and merrymaking in the cool air.
Q: Your red-cheeked sibling from up north seems to get all of the credit these days, but we thought we'd give ol' Bubba Claus a little well-deserved publicity this season, too.
Dec. 28: Beaches and Borders tour of Tybee Island - Enjoy a two-hour exploration of the salt marshes and beaches of Tybee Island from 9:30-11:30 a.m. A naturalist guide will explain the cultural and natural history of the coastline. Reservations are required. The cost is $25 per person and $15 per child under 12 accompanied by a parent. Fees include the use of binoculars and spotting scopes. For more information, call 786-5801.
Whether it is through community partnerships, donations or compassionate volunteers, Richmond Hill continues to support the Bryan County branch of the United Way of the Coastal Empire.
Paige Hewlett took her camera to the Holiday Market last weekend.
Dec. 18: Holly Days Small Business Days - Local businesses in Richmond Hill will once again extend normal business hours for a seasonal small business promotion sponsored by the Richmond Hill-Bryan County Chamber of Commerce. For more information on the businesses that are participating, visit www.rhbcchamber.org or call 756-3444.
Magdalena Bresson and other staff members took their cameras out to Saturday's parade in Richmond Hill.