In the Garden: Seeking Eden

Inspired by historic gardens throughout Georgia, a new book tells the stories of these spaces through vivid photography and well-crafted detail. Photography by James R. Lockhart – In 1933, the Peachtree Garden Club put together Garden History of Georgia, 1733-1933, a book detailing the 200-year evolution of the region’s most impressive private and public gardens….

In Good Health: One year from now

Six questions to help imagine possibilities for living and loving the fullness of your life. Story by Tara Rice Simkins, J.D. The weather this time of year in our beautiful part of the world is filled with the promise of what is to come. It’s a perfect time to reflect and imagine future possibilities. Reflecting…

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…