Environmental Change

Renovation project blurs the lines between contemporary additions and historical integrity – STORY AND PHOTOS BY WES RYALS The quaint southern town of Barnesville lies a short drive northwest of Macon in Georgia’s historic heartland. Once heralded as the “Buggy Capital of the South” during the late 19th century, splendid manors of the “Buggy Barons” still…

Christmas at Biltmore

Estate marks 40 years of celebrating the season – As the last of the autumn leaves descend, the world prepares for the most enchanting holiday season of the year. It’s time once again to untangle the string lights, hang the stockings with care, and adorn your very own Christmas tree to shine as the centerpiece…

Color drives design forecast for 2018

For designers, our annual pilgrimage is High Point, North Carolina, home to the largest home furnishings trade show in the world, and perhaps the best indicator of market trends in the industry. I recently returned from my visual journey through more than 10 million square feet of new and innovative designs with a glimpse into…

Green thumb gifts

Have a gardener on your holiday gift list? While a membership to a nearby botanical garden like the State Botanical Garden of Georgia in Athens, or gift certificate to a local nursery is always a welcome choice, the following gifts will fit perfectly under the tree and give your favorite green thumb something to look…

Good reads, great gifts

Georgia Writers Museum shares top ten picks for book lovers this holiday season Our state is not short of literary talent, and at the Georgia Writers Museum, we truly believe that there is simply nothing like a southern writer. In addition to the museum’s featured authors – Flannery O’Connor, Joel Chandler Harris, and Alice Walker…

Refueling relief efforts

Rossee Oil takes team to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria – After Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico in September, it became apparent that one of the most urgent needs was getting fuel distributed across the island. The governor of Puerto Rico said there were just not enough trucks to get fuel out to the…

Hot Toddy: Warm up with a holiday classic 

Come the holiday season, hot toddies are ideal for entertaining, providing spirited fun and a means to chasing away the winter chill. Hot toddies have been around for centuries. Usually a mix of a spirit — either whiskey, rum or brandy — hot water, honey and spices, some believe the word “toddy” comes from an…

A storied summer: Book Group meets at the home of O’Connor

Andalusia Farm, a former dairy farm outside of downtown Milledgeville, is where Flannery O’Connor wrote most of the work that established her as one of the world’s foremost 20th Century writers. It’s also where readers continue to gather, now more than 50 years after her death, to celebrate and discuss her enduring stories. On the…

Hot trend in craft beer: chili pepper infusions

Water, malt, hops, and yeast. Those are the four essential ingredients that make up beer. Lately, however, there has been a surge in infusing additional ingredients into craft beer that are more commonly found in the kitchen. Beers brewed with fruit have come and gone over the years, but are back on the rise again….