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Wonder at Sherwood – Family Christmas Event & Concert

Come experience WONDER at Sherwood! Join us Saturday, December 10 or Sunday, December 11 for a festive evening for the entire family! This is a free event.

Family activities including a cake walk, photo booth, crafts and games begin at 4:30 pm. An interactive pre-show with games and prizes starts at 5:30 pm when the Worship Center doors open. The concert performance is at 6 pm.

Sherwood Church is located at 2201 Whispering Pines Road, Albany, GA 31707. Childcare available for birth-3 years old. Visit for event details.

Albany Area Chamber Announces 2022 Business Award Winners

The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce honored local organizations Wednesday, November 30 when it recognized the finalists and announced the winners of its 2022 Albany Area Chamber Business Awards, which celebrates member organizations that are making strides, demonstrating a unique vision and establishing best practices.

The business awards include the small business of the year award, the nonprofit of the year award, the “Uniquely Albany” award and the new women-owned business of the year award.

“The Albany Area Chamber Business Awards celebrates excellence and shines the spotlight on our community and our member organizations — on their success, their innovation, their talent, their contributions, their impact,” said Bárbara Rivera Holmes, president & CEO of the Albany Area Chamber, the region’s largest business advocacy organization. “We’re honored to recognize these outstanding organizations and honored that they’ve chosen and continue to choose Albany.”


The 2022 Small Business of the Year award was presented to Flint Community Bank.

Flint Community Bank serves as the foundational catalyst that allows individuals in the community to make purchases, start, grow, and maintain other community businesses, and to facilitate higher quality of life through saving for the future. Flint Community Bank processes an estimated $80 million dollars in personal and business loans annually, as well as an estimated $22 million dollars in mortgage loans. These loans not only allow individuals and families in our community to secure housing and other necessities, but they also provide capital to many small businesses to pay operating expenses and to flourish and grow. Most importantly, included in those operating expenses are salaries and benefits for existing jobs and those to be created, as businesses grow.

 “Community” is literally the bank’s middle name. As a community bank, they make it a priority to give back to its neighbors. Each year, they give more than $100,000 in the form of donations, sponsorships and support to community events. One of Flint Community Bank’s core values is “Investing in the Future.” Based on this principle, the bank has implemented a “Junior Board of Directors” through which the bank mentors a group of high school juniors and seniors from around the community as they develop leadership skills, financial literacy, and most importantly, form lasting relationships with one another, teaching them that there truly is no better “investment” than that in your community and its people.


The 2022 Nonprofit of the Year award was presented to Flint River Fresh.

Flint River Fresh is a community advocate for equitable access to fresh, healthy, locally sourced food in response to the extraordinarily high incidents of food insecurity, persistent poverty, and vulnerable populations living in food deserts across Southwest Georgia. Executive director Fredando Jackson and the Flint River Fresh Board of Directors have devoted five years to championing food equity and developing sustainable connections to fresh produce among local, state and federal governing bodies while cultivating relationships with area community health care and wellness partners, small or beginning food producers, food policy makers, and stakeholders with agricultural interests. Advocacy work includes presentations to the Georgia Senate Committee Study Committee on Ending Food Deserts and participation with the Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge Policy Institute with the American Public Health Association. Results and impact include influencing significant funding to communities in food deserts throughout Southwest Georgia.

The work of Flint River Fresh provides resources in a wide variety of capacities that elevate urban farming and agriculture initiatives focused on improving sustainable access to fresh fruit and vegetables produced by community and local producers.


The 2022 Uniquely Albany Award was a tie, presented to The Flint and Pretoria Fields.

The Flint is a restaurant, a gathering place and a celebration of community that belongs as much to the people of Albany as it does to its owners – the Singfield family, which has been a part of Albany’s business community for more than 50 years. The Flint represents a connection to the past and a springboard into the future. Located in downtown – just across the street from where we are now – the restaurant is situated in an old cotton warehouse, built in the 1800s. The Flint is an anchor tenant on Pine Avenue and has been instrumental in the rebirth of downtown. Everything about the decor is “Albany,” from the floors that contain river rock that was taken from the river itself, to the animals mounted on the walls that were harvested from the Flint River Basin. Wood in the restaurant was saved from Hurricane Michael and installed by a local company. The glass from the original skylights were repurposed and installed in the private dining room’s barndoors. All of the work was completed by local vendors, truly embracing the spirit of collaboration, and pride in Albany’s artisans as the very best around.

Located in downtown Albany, with a farm just outside of town, Pretoria Fields is known as the only “farm to pint” brewery in Georgia, and is endorsed by Georgia Grown. Besides the taproom and brewery, their beer is distributed statewide in Georgia and Alabama. They have product in all 200-plus Publix stores, 120 Krogers, 35 Ingles supermarkets, and other prominent grocery chain accounts across the country. They are proud to be served in those grocery stores, and some of the best bars and restaurants in the Southeastern United States – allowing those from all over to experience a little bit of Albany.

Waving the flag for Albany and the region is something Pretoria Fields prioritizes every day. Always collaborating with local and statewide organizations in an effort to demonstrate the beauty of partnership and to elevate exposure for the brand and the community, Pretoria Fields is constantly working to take the organization, and with it, Albany, to the next level.


The 2022 Women-Owned Business of the Year was presented to MADlab Marketing.

MADlab Marketing is a full-service marketing agency that proudly serves clients in Southwest Georgia, across the United States and even internationally. The agency has more than 62 active clients. MADLab has worked hard to maintain an upward trajectory in revenue while adhering to its commitment to reliable customer service. These efforts have resulted in nearly 30 percent growth in revenue in the last three years.

At MADlab , the pace is fast, the energy addictive, and the environment embracing. The agency seeks high-performing account representatives who are committed to customer service. They are driven professionals who are highly organized and can juggle multiple projects at once. Their sweet spot for hiring these “marketing aces” tends to be found in young mothers. Which makes sense, because, hey – who lives a life of service and juggles better than mothers?

MADlab intentionally works to create an atmosphere of giving back to the community. Generosity is not only modeled by the owners, but is seen in the actions of the agency to support non-profit missions and objectives in the community. The agency and owners have played an instrumental part in projects such as turtle statues to Albany, the development of Turtle Grove Play Park, the replanting of trees lost from storm damage with Grow Albany, coordination of the Albany Area Chamber’s Ron Clark workforce event, the restructuring of Leadership Albany and the recent opening of the new Feeding the Valley food bank.

The 2022 Albany Area Chamber Business Awards were presented by ComNet1 and sponsored by Albany Area Primary Health Care; ServPro of Albany and Americus; Coldwell Banker Walden & Kirkland; and Webstaurant Store.

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“Drink & Be Merry” – Boys & Girls Clubs of Albany

We are so excited to announce a NEW and exciting event here in Southwest Georgia. Please make plans to attend “Drink & Be Merry” on Thursday, December 1, 2022 at the Flint Riverquarium. This incredible event, sponsored by Henry’s Fine Edibles, will be sure to get you into the Holiday Spirit as you dance the night away while sampling the best wine & beer that South Georgia has to offer. You’ll also enjoy a charcuterie style dinner, provided by Henry’s Fine Edibles, along with live music and an amazing silent auction with items perfect for every person on your list… just in time for the Holidays! With 3 wineries and 3 breweries to sample from, you’ll be sure to be Merry. If you’d REALLY like to be in the Holiday Spirit, you can upgrade your ticket to our Elite ticket which includes an on-site mixology class where you can learn how to make and sample 4-5 additional drinks, courtesy of Still Pond Distillers. To purchase tickets, visit or text “BEMERRY” to 41444.

All proceeds benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Albany. All attendees must be 21 or older (ID will be verified upon entry). Please call (229)439-0196 with any questions or for assistance.”

Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany victorious in Albany Area Chamber’s Fall 2022 Salty Sandbagger Golf Tournament

Albany, GA – Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany walked away victorious in the Albany Area Chamber’s Fall 2022 Salty Sandbagger Golf Tournament, an initiative of the Chamber’s Military Affairs Committee, chaired by Dan Gillan, CEO of the Albany Area YMCA, and co-chaired by Don Gray, facilities manager for the city of Albany. The tournament was hosted Wednesday at Stonebridge Golf and Country Club in Albany.

The tournament is a semi-annual contest between the membership of the Albany Area Chamber and Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany. A celebrated tradition since 1976, the event is designed to encourage partnership between the business community and MLCB Albany.

“The Salty Sandbagger is a storied tradition of the Albany Area Chamber’s Military Affairs Committee and continues to grow each year in popularity and competitiveness,” said Barbara Rivera Holmes, president & CEO of the Albany Area Chamber. “Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany is a national defense asset, one of area’s largest employers and a critical partner in Albany’s development and prosperity. This event builds camaraderie and helps ensure important relationships are in place in order to move Albany and our military initiatives forward.”

A close contest, MCLB Albany edged the Chamber team by nine strokes with a composite score of 668. The Base will retain the trophy until challenged again in the spring 2023 tournament.

Numerous awards were presented: Best overall pair went to David Holmes and Bob Smith, playing for the Chamber team, with a score of 67. Closest to the pin on hole four was Clint Gilchrest, with Closest to the pin on hole 16 going to Paul Erikson (Chamber). Longest drive was taken by Mike Matson (MCLB) on hole one, and by Mike Williamson (MCLB) on hole 10.

During the tournament, Bridges Sinyard, vice president of Adams Exterminators, and Tim Holley, location manager of The Staffing People, were recognized for their continued service on the Chamber’s Military Affairs Committee.

The event was presented by Turner Job Corps, and further sponsored by Albany Technical College; Albany Area Primary Health Care; Southern Point Staffing; Buffalo Rock; Adams Exterminators; Coldwell Banker; ComNet1; Shiver Outdoor & Archery; Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission; Southern AG Carriers; and WALB News 10.

Albany Area YMCA to host VA Mobile Vet Center

On Monday, November 7, the Albany Area YMCA will be hosting the VA Mobile Vet Center (MVC) at the flagship YMCA located at 1701 Gillionville Rd. The MVC will be here from 1000-1500 and available to all veterans in our community who may have questions regarding VA resources, counseling, outreach and other referral services. There are no appointments necessary.

Contact the YMCA at (229) 436-0531 more more details.