Faces of Farmers Markets

It’s not just the farmers who connect us to the land. It’s their stories, shared with generations, that show us the importance of sustainable farms in our own communities. It’s also the ones who tell their stories and unite producers and consumers, helping them learn about their food and the faces behind it. Farmers Markets…

Who is Oconee Joe?

The bright green shoots of early spring fill the trees around with the promise of sunshine and warmth. Winter, as mild as it has been, is finished. The days are longer, the birds are chirping, and the river is flowing. The current of the Oconee River as it rolls by is inviting. In our piedmont…

chef driven | driven chef – reimagining rural farm-to-fork

Krista Williams bustles around the cramped kitchen, plating hand-rolled ravioli with tomato coulis. With nearly every turn, she bumps into someone; her sous chef, a runner, the pastry master with the cheesecake. But no one minds. They’re all friends and co-workers and all focused on the task at hand. The joking and laughing will resume…

The business of inspiring art

Ask almost any artist about their livelihood and they’ll likely tell you they love creating art, but hate the business side of things. But in recent years, many have found a business approach that works for them, whether it be an artist co-op arrangement through a local guild, or retail stores committed to selling only…

Shop Like a Master

Not going to the Masters? At least you can shop like one. Take a drive to these fashion-forward boutiques throughout the Lake Country. Photography by Brandy Angel. Location: Harbor Club on Lake Oconee. Madison Amelia’s Apparel | 172 S. Main Street Barkin’ Dogs Shoe Co. | 172 S. Main Street Modeled by Brittany Whitley Jumpsuit:…

Stewart Cink: Greater than self

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less.” C.S. Lewis – Story by Patrick Yost – Photography by Dennis McDaniel – It was early, but Buddy Clarke was already having a good day. Clarke, a 73-year-old retired CPA, was standing outside the bag drop area of The Creek Club at…

A classic, reborn

Great Waters is rebuilding from the ground up to modernize its Jack Nicklaus design. Jack Nicklaus calls it “spectacular.” In fact, in an interview recently taped at Lake Oconee, he uses the word “spectacular” four times. He’s talking about the Great Waters golf course, a course he designed that opened with a bang in 1992,…

The greatest course you’ve never played

Tennille’s ‘every man’ course might surprise even golf’s greatest purists. Story by Patrick Yost – Robbie Williams is keeping a secret. This Southern dame, a super-senior club champion at Twin City Country Club in Tennille, Georgia, isn’t demur about her golf game or her love of the club. As she lingers over a cheeseburger and…

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…