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….

Exploring Indonesia

– Dive into the Coral Triangle, home to endangered coastal reefs – Written and photographed by Zoe Smith –  As the dive guide held up the “ok” signal, I signed back as I floated in the water, letting him know I was ready to go as the waves rocked me. He gave the thumbs-down, telling…

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…