Homecoming of Hope

To kick off this weekend’s Showcase of Homes tour at Reynolds Lake Oconee to benefit Greene County Habitat for Humanity, a special VIP Party was held to honor the tour organizers, volunteers, sponsors, and homeowners of this year’s featured homes. The event, hosted by Black Sheep Interiors and DreamBuilt, was held at the home of…

Tradition on the Rails

Next stop, Blue Ridge and Bryson City for railway adventures to maximize the magic of the season Story by Judy Garrison | Photography by Seeing Southern Above my desk hangs a black and white, 60 x 60 image of a steam locomotive crossing the landscape of West Virginia, one of famed photographer O. Winston Link’s….

Christmas in the country

Eatonton’s Stepback community captures a glimpse of turn-of-the-century life and celebrates tradition during the holiday season Story by Susan Larson | Photography by Virginia C. Linch It started out as a man cave. Roger Pierce was looking for a 20-acre lot where he could build a house. While searching for the perfect place, a 115-acre…

Finest in fresh-cut

With more than 20 years of Christmas memories, Jack’s Creek Farm is still growing strong You know you’re getting close to Jack’s Creek Farm when you start passing cars with Christmas trees, wrapped in red netting, strapped to their roof. At the end of the gravel drive, past rows of perfectly-pruned bright green Leyland Cypress,…

At the Table: Easy entertaining

Christmastime in the kitchen shouldn’t be a chore. Try these dishes that utilize simple combinations of complimentary ingredients for hassle-free holiday entertaining. Recipes by Alex Ugolini | Photography by Brandy Angel Honey Feta cubes Block of Feta, cubed (substitute aged white sharp cheddar if you’re not a fan of feta.) Pistachios, chopped finely Honey Dip cubes…

Handmade Holidays

Whether on the tree or under it, hand-crafted art pieces make thoughtful gifts and make it easy to deck your halls this season. Meet a few local artisans making things merry and bright. Story by Julia Owens | Photography by Josiah Connelly The Holiday Shop at The Artisans Village Art Gallery in downtown Eatonton opens…

In the Spirit: A Christmas classic

Make any holiday get-together complete with a warm cup of mulled wine, a signature drink for the season. Forget the eggnog. Mulled wine, or spiced wine, has been a holiday favorite dating back to medieval times. Stemming from predominantly German roots as Gluhwein (or “Glow wine”), every country seems to have their own version of…

Return of the raptors

After storms took away their nesting platform over Lake Oconee, locals look for ospreys to return in time for the 2020 nesting season. Story and Photography by Virginia C. Linch Exploring the lakes in our area opens our eyes to the diverse and incredible creatures living beside us day by day. Driving past towering power…

For Love and Country

Local WWII veterans celebrate 73 years of marriage and mark 100th birthday milestone Story and photography by Bryce McCuin It’s a cool, crisp Saturday morning in Greensboro. James and Thelma Leys are up and dressed, resting in their wheelchairs and waiting for guests to arrive. A Savannah Court attendant approaches them with a warm greeting….

Building Homes for Hope

A preview of the second annual Lake Oconee Showcase of Homes tour to benefit Greene County Habitat for Humanity. Last fall, Greene County Habitat for Humanity (GCHFH) launched its first ever “Showcase of Homes” tour at Reynolds Lake Oconee in hopes of raising funds to support its building projects throughout the coming year. The wake…