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Mornings unPHILtered - All invited to 'Dinner' on Friday
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Three cast members from “The Man Who Came to Dinner” are shown rehearsing a scene from the comedy that opens Friday at the Averitt Center. - photo by Special
    The first guests on Wednesday's “Mornings unPHILtered” show were two cast members from the Averitt STARS production of “The Man Who Came To Dinner.” The play premieres Friday inside the Emma Kelly Theater.
    Angie Hamilton, who plays the secretary, and Susan Jackson, who plays Ernest Stanley's wife, shared with host Phil Boyum that the play is actually based upon a real-life experience.
    The three-act comedy is set in the 1930s as the Ernest Stanley family encounters Sheridan Whiteside at Christmastime. Whiteside slips, injures his hip, and, after threatening them with a lawsuit, is allowed to reside with the Stanley family. Directed by John Groover, who founded the Averitt STARS theater group five years ago, performances are set for Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m.
    Groover quipped, “It is one of the great holiday plays!”
    People are encouraged to come to the STARS monthly meetings if they interesting in getting involved with any and all aspects of their theater productions. Other members in the weekend production are Mary Gallagher, who plays the nurse; Ed Davis, who plays Benjo, which is a Marx Brothers type of role; and Ace Elkins, who plays Lorraine.
    The STARS group has rehearsed the production since October. Tickets are $15 for box seats, $13 for regular adult admission, and $10 for youth admission. For more information, call the box office at 912-212-ARTS.
    Boyum's next guest was Heart of Dixie Equine Rescue group member and president Julie Barnes. She said anyone interested in fostering one or more horses can call the rescue center at (912) 764-8476. They must have a fenced pasture and a sheltered area for the horse in order to qualify.
    The Department of Agriculture and the local Sheriffs Department regulate the care of horses until they get extremely sick or neglected. It is that point when the Heart of Dixie steps in and takes over. Right now, the rescue facility in Brooklet off of Mud Road is home to 18 horses.
    Heart of Dixie currently has three people who are fostering some of their horses, and have several others who have expressed an interest in doing so. Recently, they got an elderly quarter horse that was pregnant, that they placed with a foster family who Barnes said have spoiled her rotten.
    People from around the area have been donating lumber, fencing, and even used halters. Others have donated hay with which they feed the horses. There is a silent auction scheduled from 12 till 5 p.m. on Saturday at Rose Court Farm on 1118 Miller Street Extension. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for the kids, and all monies will go to support their efforts.
     Entitled “A Great Day at the Farm”, there will many items to bid on, plenty of food, lots of horses to see, and even Santa for the kids to have their pictures taken with.
    “Mornings unPHILtered” airs live Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on and also simulcast on WWNS-AM 1240 on the radio. You also can listen anytime at on
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