A ‘Roaring’ good time

Lake Oconee Living celebrates winners of the ‘Best of Lake Oconee’ with Roaring 20s Awards Gala – Winners of this year’s Readers’ Choice Awards, presented by Lake Oconee Living magazine, were recognized this weekend in true Roaring 20s fashion during the Best of Lake Oconee awards gala at the Oconee Brewing Company in Greensboro. More…

The Best of Lake Oconee

Lake Oconee Living proudly presents the winners of the Readers’ Choice Awards for 2018 throughout the following pages. Styled around the Roaring 20s, this year’s theme gives a nod to the magazine’s recent milestone of 20years in production.   Lake Oconee Living relied on its new Community Advisory Council to nominate local businesses and individuals in…

Color it bright

Madison and Greensboro reclaim their history with Chero-Cola, a company that gave Coca-Cola a run for its money in the 1920s – Driving through downtown Madison or visiting the Oconee Brewing Co., it’s not hard to miss the bright, new Chero-Cola signs that have reclaimed their spots on historic brick walls. Thanks to “Color the…

Threads of change

Revolutionizing an art form through justice, tolerance, and jazz – By Tia Lynn Ivey – When Leanna Leithauser Lesley was just eight years old, her mother taught her to needlepoint as a hobby. Neither of them expected that Lesley would one day stitch together an eclectic career, revolutionizing needlepoint as an art form to tell…

Moonshine Capital

Make a pit stop in the picturesque town of Dawsonville in the hills of North Georgia where running moonshine gave birth to modern stock car racing – Even before the Eighteenth Amendment was passed in 1919, farmers had long known their excess crop yields could bring in some extra money if converted into corn whiskey….

The Oconee 18

Inspired by the rise of cocktails following the 18th Amendment and in celebration of the 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards, comes this Pomegranate Lemonade that’s sure to shine – While America was no stranger to the concept of cocktails prior to Prohibition, it was the homemade liquors that followed the 18th Amendment that made mixed drinks…

Ninety years and growing

Since 1928, the Garden Club of Georgia continues its mission of ‘beautification, conservation, and education’ – Jane Hersey is a “dig-in-the-dirt” type of gardener. She works hard to keep her garden pretty, yet practical, and then moves on to work on community projects with her local garden club, The Town & Country Garden Club of…

Georgia Caviar

The humble peanut shines in this third-generation recipe for homemade peanut brittle – My Grandmother, Audrey Lee, was a force to be reckoned with. As Southern as they come, “Granny” operated on one speed: non-stop. In her small kitchen in Fitzgerald, Georgia, (with no dishwasher) she whipped up everything from fried chicken to sixteen-layer fresh…

Building homes for hope

– A glimpse inside Greene Habitat’s inaugural Showcase of Homes tour – Photographed by JP Bond –  For anyone who has swung a hammer with fellow volunteers, rinsed a paint brush or two, or watched a homeowner being presented a key to their new house, there is a sense that Habitat for Humanity is about…

Bicentennial estate

– Madison’s historic Thurleston house marks its 200th year – In the past two centuries, countless lives have come and gone from this area, but the Thurleston house is still standing, grander than ever. The historic antebellum home that sits on 35 acres in Madison and is known for its luxurious gardens, turned 200 years…