Luncheon Programs

Luncheon programs at Trumps Catering (TC) ($25) or Talmage Terrace (TT) ($19) start at 12 Noon, with the lecture starting at 12:30 PM. You must register for luncheon programs no later than the Thursday before the scheduled date.

Directions to Trumps Catering                          Directions to Talmage Terrace

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Race and the Evolution of Southern Rock (Talmage Terrace)
Tuesday, February 6

John Lyndon will trace how the rhythm and blues of the 1950’s and 1960’s evolved into what it known as Southern Rock, and how and why Macon, Georgia, played such a critical role in that transition. Show MoreThe course will include a PowerPoint presentation with audio and video clips. John Lyndon was born and raised in Macon, GA. After serving in the Navy during the Vietnam War, he received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Georgia. He has been practicing law in Athens since 1976, specializing in divorce and family law. John’s passion is music based in his having grown up in Macon during the heyday of rhythm and blues and experienced the transition from that genre to southern rock `n roll. John’s three brothers have all worked for rock bands.

Georgia’s Hidden Biodiversity (Trumps Catering)
Tuesday, February 20

Many lessons are still to be learned from studies of our hidden biodiversity, the clandestine wildlife that most people, including scientists, know too little about. Among the least understood are the herpetofauna—reptiles and amphibians—although a fascinating array of more than 170 species are native to Georgia. Show MoreLizards, snakes, turtles, alligators, frogs, and salamanders have much to offer Georgians as part of the natural biodiversity of the region and as an exciting component of regional wildlife. Dr. Gibbons will discuss details of the ecology and behavior of these intriguing animals. Whit Gibbons, UGA Professor Emeritus of Ecology, has written twenty books and 250 scientific articles, had commentaries on National Public Radio, and written more than 1,000 popular articles for magazines and newspapers, including his weekly environmental column, “Ecoviews.” His encyclopedia articles appeared in World Book and Encyclopedia Britannica. He wrote the Boy Scout merit badge booklet Reptile and Amphibian Study. He received the ASB Meritorious Teaching Award and the National Meritorious Teaching Award in Herpetology.

Georgia’s Wild Gardens (Talmage Terrace)
Tuesday, March 6

Georgia is home to one of the richest floras in the country, with more than 4000 native plants. Linda Chafin will talk about the wildflowers found in each of Georgia’s ecoregions and discuss the reasons for our wealth of plant species. Show MoreShe will bring some of her books to sign and discuss. (Proceeds from sales benefit the Botanical Garden’s Conservation program.) Linda Chafin is Conservation Botanist at the University’s State Botanical Garden of Georgia, where she teaches botany classes, conducts plant surveys, and writes about Georgia’s native plants. The University of Georgia Press published her books, Field Guide to Rare Plants of Georgia in 2007 and Field Guide to the Wildflowers of Georgia in 2016. She received a Master’s in Botany from UGA in 1988 and has conducted botanical and ecological surveys throughout the Southeast.

Science, Technology, and the Arts: New Concepts in Entertainment (Trumps Catering)
Tuesday, March 20

Science, technology, and the arts are becoming increasingly inseparable. One aspect uses the other to convey meaning. In this presentation Sarasvati will show film excerpts and discuss the development of multimedia, specifically utilizing the integration of contemporary and aerial dance and interactive film to create a 21 Century art. Show MoreExamples discussed involve both collaborative efforts with UGA scientists and recent inspiration gained through films about environmental and social activism produced by independent artists. As she attempts to share many perspectives, Sarasvati hopes the art can serve our ability to make better choices in the world we live in. With MFA and MA degrees from OSU, Bala Sarasvati is a Certified Movement Analyst (CMA) specializing in movement theory, dance training, and performance. Her dance choreography and movement training approaches have been presented throughout the US, China, and other countries. Sarasvati serves as a graduate faculty member for Nacionale Universidad de Costa Rica. She has developed and integrated film with aerial dance for seventeen years, utilizing lyra, slings, silks, trapeze, and bungee, and is certified in Yoga Trapeze.

Seabirds: What’s the Scoop? (Talmage Terrace)
Tuesday, April 3

The short answer is: Our seabirds are in trouble. Rising sea levels, proliferation of plastics in the oceans, changes in food supplies for chicks, and altered climatic regimes are just some of the perils seabirds throughout the world now face. Show MoreJoin the class for a photographic tour that considers representatives of three groups of iconic seabirds, each illustrating a different threat. Participants will look at puffins in Iceland, penguins in Antarctica, and albatrosses on Midway Atoll, as well as the stunning landscapes they inhabit. Kathy Parker is Professor Emerita in the geography department at the University of Georgia. She has taught physical geography and bio-geography for over three decades. Her travels have taken her to remote reaches of the globe, where she has captured the landscape photographically to share with students in her courses, and with a broader audience through regional art exhibitions. She has traveled to many seabird colonies to learn about and photograph these fascinating environments.

World’s Smallest Airport (Trumps Catering)
Tuesday, April 17

Attendees will view scenes from the documentary “World’s Smallest Airport”, the story of the Thrasher Brothers Aerial Circus, 1945-1950, and engage in a discussion afterwards. Show MoreThe Thrasher Brothers, all World War II veterans from Athens, were exhibited in the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum in 1976 and inducted into the International Air Show Hall of Fame in 2012. Grady Thrasher, born in 1942, spent much of his early youth in Athens, at his grandmother’s home on Hancock Ave. during World War II, and afterwards at his family’s home on the grounds of Ben Epps Airport, where at age 4 he became known as the “World’s Youngest Pilot”. His family moved from Athens in 1951. Grady graduated from Georgia Tech and Emory University Law School. After over 30 years practicing law, mostly in Atlanta, he chose to retire in Athens, where in 2001 he met his wife, artist Kathy Prescott.

Memory vs. Memoir: Connecting the Dots of Personal Experience (Talmage Terrace)
Tuesday, May 1

It has become a popular pursuit for retirees to write a memoir as a statement of legacy—a task that seems simple since the writer supposedly knows the subject (him/herself) relatively well. But there’s lots of distance, and confusion, between notion and doing. Show MoreThis session will explore some sensible approaches to connecting the dots that compose the picture. A 2009 recipient of the Governor’s Award in the Humanities and a 2006 inductee into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame, Terry Kay is the author of seventeen published books, including the recently released The King Who Made Paper Flowers. Among his other works are the Southern classic, To Dance with the White Dog, and the Civil Rights novel, The Book of Marie. Three of his novels have been produced as Hallmark Hall of Fame movies.

Johnny Mercer: A Little History, Lots of Music (Trumps Catering)
Tuesday, May 15

Johnny Mercer was the most prolific and commercially successful lyricist of songs that became American Standards from the 1930’s through the 1960’s. He was a native of Savannah and brought a Southern and jazz dimension to popular song, Broadway musicals, and movie scores. Show MoreRoy Martin will present a little history of Johnny Mercer’s work as well as perform with his band some of the best known Mercer hits. Roy Martin has been singing since his first solo performance in Sunday school at age 5. His musical directions changed in elementary school toward the violin and remained there through college. He continued playing and singing as an adult, both in the Athens Symphony and the Athens Choral Society. Recently he has branched out, singing the American Songbook with a jazz group. Bassist Chris Enghauser has a MM from UGA and a BM from George Mason, both in Music Performance. He directs the Ram Band at Monsignor Donovan Catholic High School and is Adjunct Professor of Bass at Georgia College and Jacksonville State. Chris also works with many orchestras, including the Macon Symphony and Albany Symphony. He has toured and recorded with Chuck Leavell and Randall Bramblett and performed with such national Broadway tours as “Pump Boys and Dinettes” and with Bela Fleck. Pianist and arranger Jim McKillip began piano at age 4 in Montgomery, Alabama. He studied trumpet in high school and earned a BA in music at UGA where he was the solo trumpeter for the Dixie Redcoat Band. Since 1966 Jim has played professionally in the greater Atlanta area. He has also been a middle school band director and was the owner of McKillip Music after leaving teaching. He has played behind The Platters and Aretha Franklin, among others.