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…

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…

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…

Celebrating hometown

– Annual Cotton Gin Festival returns to bostwick – Every year, amid cotton fluff drifting in the air, a seemingly endless stream of tractors rolls through downtown Bostwick, Georgia – its streets lined with crisp white tents boasting various wares – as the Cotton King or Queen waves to thousands of onlookers enjoying the town’s…

Salvaging history

– The renovation of Central of Georgia Depot encapsulates Madison’s post-war history – Scribbled faintly across an old freight scale in the historic Central of Georgia Depot is the name, Bill Peacock. It’s one of many faded names written across planks and walls inside the freight room of the depot, which was built in 1901….