Derby Day tradition

– Madison’s annual celebration races forward into lasting conservation – Written by Tia Lynn Ivey – Photographed by Josiah Connelly – Hailed as one of the top Derby Day celebrations in the nation, Madison’s annual celebration, which serves as the major fundraiser for the Madison-Morgan Conservancy, is raising the stakes this year. In lieu of…

Capturing the wild

– A profile in art of painter Mary Leslie Hartman – Written by Sarah Wibell – Photographed by Jesse Walker – The horses are beautiful and huge – much larger close up than you might expect from a distance. Their muscles are powerful and refined, and the life in their eyes makes you pause to…

Cup of Hospitality

– Written by Leara Rhodes – Southern hospitality is a phrase many southerners would examine and then walk away from, knowing there was no need to explain – it is a lifestyle. Some southerners know the cultural meanings behind the rituals of preparing a mint julep. Some southerners know why silver cups have to be…

Lakeside Retreat

– Fresh colors and comfortable furnishings come together for a seamless design – Written by Maggie Griffin – Photographed by Brian Bieder – As an interior designer, some of the best moments of your career are defined by ambitious projects and memorable clients. So, when a couple who has spent their careers building custom homes…

Little Church, Big Heart

– Greene County’s oldest parish marks 150 years – Written by Suzie Hudson and Mimi Vickers – Photographed by Jesse Walker –   At the end of North Main Street, through the quaint downtown district of Greensboro, sits a little red church – unassuming, yet stunning. Small but mighty, its parishioners would say. The stalwart…

Empire Mills

– A Boho Chic affair at Madison’s newest event venue – Photographed by Brandy Angel – Tucked away on Pennington Road lies Madison’s newest special event venue, Empire Mills, a historical cotton oil mill that has been transformed into a wedding destination. Originally built in 1913 by the Empire Mills Cotton Company, the renovated space…

Backyard Bouquet

– Hosting a wedding? Plan and plant early to get your backyard ready for that special day – Written by Helen Newling Lawson – – Photography by Brandy Angel – From the bridal bouquet to the table arrangements, most weddings are enhanced by the beauty of flowers. If you plan to host a wedding at…

Stellar Brew

– Oconee Brewing Co. goes where no beer has gone before – Photographed by Blake Smith – On a chilly November morning, a small group of pioneers gathered at dawn in an open field near Lake Oconee. They were there to make history. As the sun rose, they released a high-altitude weather balloon that carried…

5 PERSPECTIVES

 “This world is too small for less than brotherhood – too dangerous for less than truth.” Steffen Thomas In celebration of National Black History Month, a joint exhibition at the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art in Buckhead and the Morgan County African-American Museum in Madison features works by five of Georgia’s most vibrant and exciting…

Northern Gothic

– Atlanta author’s debut novel is born from his childhood home that served as a stop on the Underground Railroad – Written by Rob Peecher – The Hidden Light of Northern Fires may be Daren Wang’s debut novel, but it wouldn’t be right to say that he is a newcomer to the literary world. As…