News & Events

August 13 2019

SANR Classic Tournament at ABAC Golf Course September 27

TIFTON— The 19th Annual School of Agriculture and Natural Resources (SANR) Classic golf tournament at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College will be held on Sept. 27 at ABAC’s Forest Lakes Golf Club. There will be an 8 a.m. flight and a 1 p.m. flight. A complimentary lunch will be served between flights. The tournament is hosted by the ABAC Agriculture and Natural Resources Alumni Council and the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources to generate student scholarship funds. Tournament Coordinator Vonda Fenn said the student scholarship funds are raised by tournament sponsorships and player registration fees. Fenn said there are seven sponsorship levels from $100 for a Century Level Sponsor to $5,000 for a Stallion Level Sponsor.  For the first time this year, a new Diamond Scholarship Level is available for $2,500. Open to the first 100 golfers who register, the tournament will be a four-person scramble with a shotgun start. There is an entry fee of $125 per person or a $500 entry fee for each four-person team that includes lunch, cart, greens fees, and a premium embroidered golf shirt with the tournament logo. Prizes will be awarded for both morning and afternoon flights. Prizes will also be awarded for the longest drive and closest shot to the pin on designated holes. The Ag Classic’s ball drop event will be back for its sixth year. Individuals can purchase numbered golf balls for a small fee for a chance to win. Participants can purchase one golf ball for $5, three golf balls for $10, six golf balls for $20, twelve for $40, eighteen for $60, twenty-four for $80, or thirty for $100. All the balls sold with unique individual numbers will be placed in the bucket of a front-end loader and dropped onto the putting green. The ball that rolls closest to/or drops into a pre-selected designated hole on the putting green will be declared the winner. The number on each ball will be associated with an individual that purchased chances to win. The grand prize is a check with a designated value equal to 50 per cent (nearest $10) of the numbered golf balls sold. To participate in the tournament or the ball drop event, interested persons can contact Fenn at (229) 391-5067, email her at , or register online at .                                                                        ###
September 3 2019

Baldwin Players Announce Cast for ABAC Fall Production

TIFTON—Baldwin Players’ Director Brian Ray has announced the cast for the theatre troupe’s upcoming production of “Boeing, Boeing” by Mark Camoletti on Oct. 10-12 at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. Curtain time is 7 p.m. each night in Howard Auditorium. Cast members include ABAC alumnus Alena Norton from Tifton as Gloria; Roderick Baisden, a general studies/theatre major from Tifton, as Bernard; Angel Rewis, a history and government major from Fargo, as Berthe; Parker Lewis, a general studies major from Macon, as Robert; Isabella Sauls, a writing and communication major from Albany, as Gabriella; and Cheyenne Colson, a writing and communication major from Richmond, Ind., as Gretchen. “This play is a farcical romp through the experiences of a Frenchman with three fiances, each a stewardess for a different airline,” Ray said. “He tries to keep them to a schedule of departures and landings, but eventually, the schedule breaks down, and everything gets really wild.” Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased online at  or by calling (229) 391-4895. In the spring, the Baldwin Players will switch genres to a spirited musical titled “The Spitfire Grill.” The production is to be staged in Howard Auditorium on March 26-28. For more information on either production, interested persons can contact Ray at . ###
August 30 2019

Michael Jackson Show Kicks off New ABAC at the Tift Series September 26

TIFTON—Michael Jackson’s magical music and daring dance moves will be on display at the historic Tift Theatre on Sept. 26 when Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College presents the first show in the new ABAC at the Tift entertainment series. Titled “I Am King: The Michael Jackson Experience,” the show begins at 7:30 p.m. at a cost of $35 per person. Tickets can be purchased at  or by calling (229) 391-4895. Featuring Michael Jackson tribute artists singing and dancing live at the Tift, the show takes the audience on a musical and visual journey into the world of Jackson’s music. The creators of the show lined up talented musicians and dancers from Broadway and Las Vegas to bring the legendary entertainer’s countless hits to life. “Other historic theatres around the state are doing well with tribute and nostalgia shows, and that’s what the ABAC at the Tift series is all about,” ABAC Arts Connection Director Wayne Jones said. “It’s just another way to engage people at the Tift and support live arts in the community.” In a joint agreement with the City of Tifton, ABAC began managing the Tift on July 1, 2018. The venue is still owned by the City and available for rent for a variety of events. “The partnership has gone really well,” Jones said. “ABAC has supplied a number of events, and rental events have gone up by 50 per cent. Thanks to Brian Ray, we have had seven performances of the new Tift Community Players. The activity at the theatre has picked up dramatically.” Other events in the ABAC at the Tift series include “Tribute: A Celebration of the Allman Brothers Band” on Nov. 7, “Southern Accents: The Ultimate Tom Petty Experience” on Feb. 13, and Cornell Gunter’s Coasters on April 30. The Atlanta-based Allman Brothers tribute band faithfully recreates the sound of one of the greatest rock bands of all time. Using vintage equipment, the band rips through the catalog of Allman classics and makes the sounds of the 60s and 70s come alive again. Southern Accents will bring the timeless melodies of Tom Petty to the Tift while capturing the sweet rhythms personified by the Gainesville, Fla., native who passed away in 2017. The band plays Petty’s music in a way that makes everyone fall in love with it all over again. From “Yakkety Yak” to “Charlie Brown” to “Poison Ivy,” Cornell Gunter’s Coasters will play all their hits at the Tift. The Coasters originated outside of mainstream doo-wop, but their records became an important part of the doo-wop legacy through the 60s. The Coasters were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. For more information about any of the ABAC at the Tift concerts, interested persons can call (229) 391-4895. ###
August 30 2019

Broadway Stars Kick Off Carter Arts Series Sept. 19 at ABAC Bainbridge

TIFTON— The seventh season of the Carter Arts and Lecture Series at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Bainbridge kicks off with a bang on Sept. 19 with Broadway stars recreating great moments from fabulous shows at the Charles H. Kirbo Regional Center. “Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway” features the actual stars of shows such as “Phantom of the Opera,” “Les Miserables,” “Cats,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” and “Jekyll and Hyde.”  They will all be singing live on stage at the Kirbo Center for the 6 p.m. performance which serves as the opening act for an unprecedented array of talent for the Carter Arts and Lecture Series.  “We are very excited about this performance,” ABAC Arts Connection Director Wayne Jones said.  “It is a great way to start the season and bring our community together.  This performance will be special.  To have the original cast from so many Broadway classics all on the same stage on one night will be a sight to see.” Jones said the performers will light up the stage with songs from the hit shows in which they starred.  Neil Berg presents brilliantly revived arrangements of Broadway classics as well as thrilling numbers from Broadway’s newest hit shows. Other presentations in the Carter Arts and Lecture Series include the musical duo of Violet Bell on Oct. 17, poet David Baker on Nov. 4, comedy vocalists Three Redneck Tenors on Jan. 16, Mike Wiley in “Breach of Peace” on Feb. 21, historian Michael Francis on March 12, and jazz vocalist Myrna Clayton with the ABAC Jazz Ensemble on April 17.  The Series is sponsored by the Thomas M. Kirbo and Irene B. Kirbo Foundation. Tickets for the series are $40 for adults and $15 for students 18 and under.  Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling (229) 243-6980.  Individual tickets for “Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway” are $10 for adults and $5 for students.  Jones said that Violet Bell’s songs reach from folk to soul.  Lizzy Ross and Omar Ruiz Lopez draw inspiration from the natural world, ancient mythology, and the green hills of the Piedmont region. Baker is an award-winning author with 12 books of poems.  His poems typically explore an individual’s sense of engagement with natural surroundings and embrace complicated notions of history, home, and memory.  He has won fellowships and awards from the Pushcart Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Three Redneck Tenors feature classically trained voices with down-home country humor.  The Tenors were top finalists on “America’s Got Talent” and have been on the road provoking laughter since 2006.  Their performance is supported in part by the ABAC Alumni Association. “Breach of Peace” is based on accounts of surviving participants of the Freedom Riders and others involved in the struggle for African American equality.  Wiley performs in the one-man play as a living monument to various races, religions, and backgrounds who rose to face the dangers of fighting for just treatment for all. Francis has dedicated his career to conquering centuries of half-truths and distortion about the myth of Florida’s founding.  Did Ponce de Leon really drink from the Fountain of Youth?  Francis will answer that question and plenty more. The audience will quickly get in the mood to dance and sing along when Clayton hits the stage with the ABAC Jazz Ensemble.  Known as “America’s Songbird,” she will sing a broad mix of jazz, pop, blues, soul, gospel, rhythm and blues, and country. For more information on any of the performances, interested persons can call (229) 391-4895. ###
August 28 2019

ABAC Students Thank Scholarship Donors at ‘Milk and Cookies’ Event

TIFTON—Students from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College recently gathered in the Alumni House on campus to write thank-you notes to scholarship donors.   ABAC Alumni Director Lynda Fisher said 160 students wrote personal notes to say how much they appreciated the donors’ support of their education. “It’s something we do every year called ‘Scholarship MAC (Milk and Cookies) Day,’” Fisher said.  “The ABAC Alumni Association bakes cookies and provides milk for the students after they have written their notes.  It’s a fun afternoon.” More than 300 students received scholarships through the ABAC Foundation this year, and those who couldn’t make it to Milk and Cookies Day will write thank-you notes in the coming weeks.                                                                             ###
August 28 2019

ABAC Arts Series Opens Season with Valdosta Symphony Orchestra September 29

TIFTON—Acclaimed pianist Rachel Cheung and the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra kick off the 2019-20 version of the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College ABAC Presents!  Performing Arts Series on Sept. 29. ABAC Arts Connection Director Wayne Jones said Cheung is sure to enthrall the audience with her expertise at the piano at the 3 p.m. concert at the Tift County High School (TCHS) Performing Arts Center. Rachel Cheung will perform with the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra on Sept. 29 at the TCHS Performing Arts Center. “She will be featured at the concert on Rachmaninov’s ‘Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini,’” Jones said.  “She won the 2017 Cliburn Competition Audience Award.  Just a phenomenal talent at the piano.” Jones said the seven events in the series run the entertainment gamut from the classic Broadway production of “The Pirates of Penzance” to the magnificent voice of jazz vocalist Myrna Clayton.  “This is the most ambitious season we have had in over a decade,” Jones said.   “I think the events reach a much-expanded audience.  This year we really fill a need for live entertainment in Tifton.” Chanticleer, “the world’s reigning male chorus,” performs on Oct. 24 at the TCHS Performing Arts Center followed by pianist Awadagin Pratt on Nov. 14 in ABAC’s Howard Auditorium, the National Players’ production of “As You Like It” on Jan. 28 in the TCHS Performing Arts Center, the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players in “The Pirates of Penzance” on Feb. 7 at the TCHS Performing Arts Center, the Dallas Brass on March 5 in the Tift Theatre, and jazz vocalist Myrna Clayton with the ABAC Jazz Ensemble on April 16 in Howard Auditorium. “One of the biggest stars of the series this year is Chanticleer,” Jones said.  “It’s an internationally famous choral group.  We had them booked last year, and the hurricane knocked a hole in our schedule. “We’re so glad to be able to reschedule them.  They operate out of San Francisco, and they are the only professional choir in the United States with a 52-week contract.  They are fulltime singers.” Except for the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra’s matinee show, the events in the series all begin at 7 p.m.  The cost for the entire series is $80 for adults and $25 for students.  Purchase tickets at .  Individual ticket prices vary for each performance. “Pirates of Penzance” debuted in New York City on Dec. 31, 1879.  Jones said the comic opera has a cast of 30 plus an 18-member live orchestra, who will combine to produce laughter aplenty. Pratt has carved a quite a niche at the piano, performing at the White House on two occasions.  He began studying piano at the age of six. A romantic comedy where city folks venture into the woods is the premise when Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” comes to Tifton via the 10-person National Players’ ensemble.  Traditional brass meets drums and percussion when the Dallas Brass play the Tift Theatre. Members of the ABAC Concert Band and the TCHS band will gather on stage for the finale. Whether it’s jazz, pop, blues, soul, or gospel, you can count on Clayton delivering a powerful message when she graces the Howard Auditorium stage.  Dancing in the aisles is sure to be a part of the evening. The ABAC performing arts series is supported, in part, by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly.  The Georgia Council for the Arts also receives support from its partner agency, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).  This project is supported in part by an award from the NEA.  The series sponsor is Wonders of Wood.  Southwell is the premium event sponsor.  Event sponsors include Dr. Joseph J. Day, Ponder’s, Hilton Garden Inn of Tifton, and Julie Hunt.  Preferred sponsors are McDonald’s/Tifton Housing Authority, Prince Automotive Group, Rotary Club of Tifton, and South Georgia Banking Company.   Community partners are Bowen-Donaldson Home for Funerals, Chicago Pizza and Pasta, and The Floor Shoppe at Glynn Hendricks Interiors. For more information, interested persons can call (229) 391-4895.                                                                  ###