Aiming for Augusta

University of Georgia enters three golfers in upcoming Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship Story by R. Alan Richardson It would be quite a story to have only one golfer invited to one of the world’s premier women’s amateur golf events, the 2020 Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship. To have three is simply astounding. “It’s surreal,”…

Tillery’s swing to the top

Masters contenders Rickie Fowler and Kevin Kisner look to local-standout-turned-instructor, John Tillery, for the perfect swing Story by Patrick Yost | Photography by Kris Hopkins Before his college days as an NCAA All-American followed by the mini-tour circuit, PGA Tour professional instructor John Tillery started his career as a high school golfer at Morgan County…

Growing Grove Chapel

Finding faith off the fairway at Cuscowilla’s ‘Golf Cart Church’ Story by Tia Lynn Ivey | Photography by Wendy Jarrard In the quiet peace of early Sunday morning, while the grounds crew is readying Cuscowilla’s course for a day of play, golfers and families begin gathering near hole No. 6. Casually dressed, with Bibles in…

At the Table: Southern Specialties

Put a spin on Southern classics like pimento cheese, deviled eggs, and potato salad and bring a hit to upcoming Masters parties, Easter gatherings, and spring soirees. Story by Alex Ugolini | Photography by Brandy Angel Springtime in the South wouldn’t be complete without a few tried-and-true classics that can be found at almost any…

In the Spirit: The Allure of Pappy

What makes this trophy bourbon so prized? Twenty ticketholders will find out at this year’s Lake Oconee Food & Wine Festival. Every fall Matt Garofalo has a problem.Garofalo, the owner of The Oconee Cellar, a Lake Oconee wine and liquor store, has one day to make a few people extremely happy and, conversely, disappoint hundreds….

Through the Abstract: Vietnam, Olsen, and art

Story by Leara Rhodes | Photography by Dennis McDaniel Richard Olsen strode into the coffee shop in Athens at a vigorous pace and was halfway across the shop and past me before he turned slightly and saw me. His stride may have stopped when he sat down, but not his energy. This energy spewed out…

An Old School Afternoon

“Sunday at the Museum” lecture series continues to draw history buffs to Eatonton’s Old School History Museum Story by Susan Larson What my husband and I love best about being empty nesters is our Sunday afternoon nap. No ballgames to attend. No kids needing help with last minute school projects. Just a nice quiet afternoon…

Behind the Brush: Plein Air Perspective

Local artists find fresh inspiration by getting out of the studio and into the great outdoors. Not being limited to a studio but having the vastness of all outdoors as inspiration for the canvas has energized another generation of artists to pack up their paints and brushes and journey into nature. En Plein Air, which…

By the Book: A magnetic force

Author Jessica Handler explores the history and magic behind Georgia’s real-life ‘magnetic girl’ in her latest book. It takes a magnetic author to capture the charisma of Lulu Hurst, Georgia’s own “magnetic girl,” and Jessica Handler brings her rich imagination and deep research to the telling of this compelling tale in her newest book. Handler…

From the Heart: Toasting Educational Outreach

Lake Oconee Food and Wine Festival has contributed more than $1 million to local youth programs over the past decade. Every March, crowds flow into The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee for the annual Lake Oconee Food and Wine Festival – a weekend-long celebration of gourmet food, fine libations, and grand fun. Most importantly, however, is…