Lifestyle Briefs - June 4, 2014

"Chicken Scratch" features chickens of Fitzgerald in a photographic exhibit. (Special photo)

"Chicken Scratch" features chickens of Fitzgerald in a photographic exhibit. (Special photo)

Kattalistt Group to host fundraiser

The Kattalistt Group will host a BBQ plate fundraiser, sponsored by Redeeming Broken Vessels, Inc., June 14 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

BBQ pulled pork plates will be prepared by local chef Buck O’Neal in the ArtPark, 128 Pine Ave.,, and available for purchase at $8 per plate. Tickets may be purchased in advance by contacting Megan Barr 229-869-4036229-869-4036 or James Malphrus at 229-395-8066, but walk up purchases are welcome.

Proceeds will benefit The Kattalistt Group and Redeeming Broken Vessels, Inc.

‘Chicken Scratch’ Exhibit Features the Wild Chickens of Fitzgerald June 6 at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture

TIFTON – The Gallery at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College will showcase Fitzgerald’s wild chicken population with its new photography exhibit, “Chicken Scratch,” by Atlanta photographer Nicole Walker from June 6 until Sept. 6.

Walker is an award-winning photographer who specializes in children, animals, and challenging subjects. The Fitzgerald chickens added a whole new dimension to her definition of challenge, and captured her heart from the very start of the project. All the photos in this exhibit were taken in the moment, with no staging or props.

The “Chicken Scratch” exhibit and is dedicated to the beauty, legacy, and companionship of these magnificent plumed gifts of Mother Nature. This exhibit is presented by Fitzgerald resident Sue Rochfort.

In 1896, the town of Fitzgerald was founded by Philander Fitzgerald, a veterans’ pension attorney and publisher of The American Tribune, a paper created to help war veterans. In the mid-1900’s, The Department of Natural Resources brought in a flock of Burmese Chickens to Fitzgerald with the initial intent to turn them into a gaming bird. However, the beauty of the chickens and their preference for living in the city rather than the woods caused them to become more of a protected guest than a hunter’s prey.

For more information on Chicken Scratch, please contact GMA curator Polly Huff at phuff@abac.edu.