Just Tap’d hosting 3rd Annual Beer Festival this Saturday April 29

Macon, Ga –We all can benefit from a little R&R from time to time; a tranquil setting, something good to eat, and a refreshing aperitif to wash it all down, and I know just the place. It’s full of craft beers, fine wines, and awe-inspiring grub. Owners Jeff and Beth Kressin have “Tap’d” into a market that caters to the homebrew enthusiast. Just Tap’D is a gastropub that originally opened in Warner Robins, formerly known as “Lazy Dog Growler,” and has since expanded their operation to the Macon area.

There is a large selection of craft beers at Just Tap’d. Photo by Donja M. Harper.

The unique aspects of the business are that it offers 64 different versions of craft beer so.  If you are looking to purchase mass produced domestic or imported brew you won’t find it at Just Tap’d. They also have a full restaurant that serves the most delectable pub cuisine. Patrons also have the option of dining in or enjoying the services alfresco.

Janie Armstrong and Courtney Carr serving customers at Just Tap’d . Photo by Donja M. Harper.

Beyond being a restaurant and bar, they also sponsor community events such as the 3rd Annual Beer Festival. I had the pleasure of speaking to some very enthusiastic and helpful staff who gave me some rather insightful information about it.  The event is slated for April 29th from 1-5pm, 488 First St. Macon, Georgia at the Rosa Park Square. Janie Armstrong and Courtney Carr, both who are counter servers at Just Tap’D said that, they expect to see over 1,000 patrons attending this year’s beer festival and that 40 different breweries are planning to attend.

Just Tap’d’s lower dining area. Photo by Donja M. Harper.

The event will cater to over 100 different brews from a select group of brewers. Stephen Chwat, who is the senior kitchen staff said that he will be preparing pizza and there will be other food catered from various other snack trucks throughout the event.

2017 is the third year for the Just Tap’d Craft Beer Festival/ Photo by Donja M. Harper.

Tickets for the event are on sale now and can be purchased at the regular price of $35.00 up until the event at any Just Tap’D locations. You will pay $40.00 at the gate and VIP tickets are $50.00. Attendees can get in free if they don’t drink. There will also offer a $5.00 discount on Lyft and Uber services.

If you are looking for grub, Stephen Chwat, Just Tap’d Senior Cook will set you up. Photo by Donja M. Harper.

For more information on Just Tap’D Annual Beer Festival featuring Live Music visit www.eventbrite.com

Middle Georgia State University Award Student Leaders

Warner Robins, Ga. – Middle Georgia State University hosted a ceremony honoring thirty-eight students for their noteworthy commitment, dedication, and overall achievements contributed to their student body organizations during the 2016-2017 school year. The ceremony was held April 12,2017, in the Student Success Center on the Warner Robins campus. The décor of the ceremony was artfully designed; it resonated a theme of global significance; a passport to success. A constructed portal which led to a 6-foot tall replica of the Eiffel Tower added a stunning touch to the ceremony, as well as the other visual aids.

Photo by Donja M. Harper.

Michael Stewart, Ph.D. in Education and Assistant Vice-President of Student Affair’s, said the Student Leadership Awards recognize outstanding leadership and service exhibited by students involved in student engagement programs. “Student Engagement focuses on learning outside the classroom through involvement in student organizations, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, intramural, club sports and campus/ community service projects,” Dr. Stewart explained.

The ceremony began with a welcoming speech from Corey Guyton, Ph.D. in Philosophy. Guyton’s momentous prelude included thunderous applause for all those that helped make the ceremony a success. He talked about the significance of honoring students who exemplify the inspiring attributes of leaders.

Photo by Donja M. Harper.

Dr. Guyton’s speech was followed up by MGSU’s President, Dr. Christopher Blake. Blake proceeded with acknowledging the importance of celebrating success and finding greatness. He discussed that students should view the ceremony as a way of passing the torch for fellow peers to aspire to.

The highlight of the ceremony was the “Presentation of Awards” to the student leaders. The awards were presented by Dr. Jennifer Brannon. It consisted of distinctive leadership awards for recognition within the various student organizations and concluded with three overall awards for outstanding recognition.

Photo by Donja M. Harper.

The 38 students honored included:
Christopher Price, Brothers of Leadership & Distinction
Ciyanni Hunter, Campus Activity Board – Cochran
Brandi M. Harrison, Canterbury Club
Grace Terry, Georgia Academy
Kieston Standfield, Men’s Varsity Basketball
Julie J. Davis, Mock Mediation Team
Thomas Smith, Peer Career Advisor Club
Jasmine Miller, Queens of Knights
Samantha Morgan, Sigma Kappa Delta
Jamia Orange, Sisters Attaining Self Success
Alan Kalinda, Southeast Model African Union
Kristina R. Troili, Student Art League
TyAsia Grayer, Women’s Varsity Basketball
Hannah Gullickson, Women’s Varsity Soccer
Tiana Bell, Multi-Cultural Association
Victoria Monetta, Campus Activity Board – Eastman
Emily Lambert, Women in Aviation
Clayton Vedder, Accounting Association
Quaid Stone, Association of Healthcare Executives
Shaniqua Smith, Black Student Unification
MiTyrra Montgomery, Campus Activity Board – Macon
Erin R. Lucas, Central GA Information Systems Security Association
Jennifer Martin, Chamber Singers
Sarah L. Kirk, Cyber Knights
Patrick Layson, English Studies Organization
DeMarcus Beckham, Gay-Straight Alliance
John R. Legg, History Student Organization
Rachel Hastings, Honors Student Association
Alexandra Cooper, Internal Audit Association
Hunter Holland, Kappa Sigma Fraternity
Chris Ely, Middle Georgia Respiratory Education Action Team
Shekennia Grover, Model African Union
Amanda Johnson, President’s Torch Society
TeAndre Dennis, Student Government Association
Stephanie Breitenbach, Student Media
Jonathan Almendras, Student Veteran Association
Tina Scott, Campus Activity Board – Warner Robins
Carmeshia Primus, Student Employee of the Year

Following the ceremony, there was fellowship, with guests joining faculty, staff, and honorees for a reception which included a full buffet of refreshments.

Business Image hosting “Conversations of a Poet” April 30

Business Image, an event planning firm in Macon, is sponsoring “Conversations of a Poet” on April 30th. This is described as a “Poetic Glam Slam” experience and will allow poets to bring focus and attention to the art of the spoken word, showcasing their talents while awarding a prize of $200 based on audience preference. The MC will be Marquis “Que” Norton.

The event will also include vendors, live entertainment, and food and drinks in an upscale décor at Theatre Macon, 433 Cherry St, from 6-9 PM. Artists and poetry connoisseurs are welcome and the affair will be black-tie with a strictly enforced dress code.

Tickets are $15 on Eventbrite or $20 at the door.  Donations are welcome and appreciated and can be given through the Eventbrite portal. 100% of the funds collected will go to the artistic participants.

Guests are requested to being their printed ticket to the event to present at the door and early arrival is encouraged as the doors open at 5:30 PM. Announcements can be followed on Facebook and questions can be directed to email at businessimage.exec@gmail.com or call 800.242.3110.

Business Image presents “Conversations of a Poet”, a black tie event at Theatre Macon on April 30 at 6-9 PM. Image courtesy Business Image.

When: April 30, 2017 & (Quarterly)
Where: Theatre Macon
Why: Because culture, the Arts and Great Literary events are vital to every community.

Convention fun comes to Middle Georgia February 18-19

Do you love comic books, costuming, or gaming? Well it’s time to get your geek on! Middle Georgia’s largest comic book convention is coming back to Macon on Saturday, February 18th and Sunday, February 19th!

MGA Con (Middle Georgia Convention) is set to have its annual event and for the very first time it will be held at the Anderson Conference Center at 5171 Eisenhower Parkway in Macon, GA. In previous years, the convention was held at the Macon Centreplex, so please make note of the location change if you are a returning attendee.

MGA Con Logo.
MGA Con will have vendors, games, comics collectibles and much more when it comes to the Anderson Convention Center February 18-19. Image by MGACon.

So “What exactly goes down at MGA Con?” you might ask. Well, you will find many of your favorite artists and media guests, a dealer’s room where you can buy all kinds of comic and gaming related merchandise, panels discussing a wide range of topics, an excellent costume contest, and plenty of tabletop games.

MGA Con has something for everyone. For gamers, there are several role playing, card, and board games available as well as tournaments for Magic the Gathering, Heroclix, Munchkin Steampunk, and X-Wing. If you want to meet some creators, Joseph Michael Linsner of “Dawn” fame will be on hand as well as artist Tracy Yardley and cosplayer “Lili” Lisa Keith among others. Or, if you just like collecting comics, you may be able to pick up that rare issue of Spider-Man you’ve been looking for from one of the vendors in the dealers room.

For full details and to register, visit http://www.mgacon.com, visit the Heroes & Villains comic shop at 117 Russell Parkway in Warner Robins or call 478-322-0004.


  • Friday, February 17th 6pm – 11pm for early registration and badge pickup only
  • Saturday, February 18th 9am – 10pm
  • Sunday, February 19th 10am – 5pm


  • Anderson Conference Center at 5171 Eisenhower Parkway, Macon, GA 31206


  • $15 for a 2 day pass
  • Up to 2 children under 10 free per paid adult membership
  • Active military and student discounts of $5 apply with valid ID for walk-in registrations
  • Parking is free

Middle Georgia Coin Club coin show this weekend January 27-29

A Coin and Currency Show is coming to Middle Georgia this weekend. January 27 – 29, the Middle Georgia Coin Club is sponsoring their annual coin show at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry. Over a hundred vendors will be in attendance with coins from around the world, as well as jewelry, fossils, postcards, stamps, and supplies.

Admission is free, parking is free, and there are even free appraisals. Not only is this a great opportunity to obtain a vintage and/or rare coin, but you could also bring the kids and make it an educational outing for the entire family.

For more information, contact Chip Davis at 478-329-7850 or chdavis@bellsouth.net or you can visit the website at www.MiddleGeorgiaCoinClub.com

When: Friday, January 27th 10am – 6pm; Saturday, January 28th 10am – 6pm; Sunday, January 29th 10am – 3pm

Where: Miller, Murphy, Howard Building of the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry, GA (Exit 134 or Exit 135 off of I-75)

Cost: Free