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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 vfenn@abac.edu , or register online at https://www.abac.edu/academics/sanr-classic/ .                                                                        ###
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 www.purplepass.com/ABAC  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 bray@abac.edu . ###
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 www.purplepass.com/ABAC  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. ###