Uncovering beauty

Local artisan, Eugene Hertzler, reveals the art of nature through the turning of wood. Story by Julia Owens Photography by Ken Johnson Eugene Hertzler has been a wood turner for the last 12 years. It’s been his therapy. His wife, Claire, named his subsequent business, “The Wood Genie” because she says he “was like a…

Make Mine Rare

A day trip down local roads gives an up-close look at invaluable literary works by celebrated American authors. Story by Chip R. Bell and Melissa Swindell Characterizations are always fun for rich discussions. At what size does a pond become a lake or a yacht become a ship? How old must a car be to…

Dogs in Business

Photography by Trinity Martin Over the past few months, many of us have found ourselves working from home, and while that may come with a newfound set of frustrations, our dogs couldn’t be happier. Unaware of any pandemic, our four-legged family members are experiencing a golden age, spending uninterrupted work days with their humans. But…

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….

Accessible Elegance

The Woodward family opens their home to support the Shepherd Center – Inside this luxurious estate at Reynolds Lake Oconee, it might be necessary to point out during the Showcase of Homes tour that it is completely handicapped accessible, and that’s exactly what the homeowners were aiming for when designing and building their new home….

The Holiday Issue is on stands now!

Pick up the latest copy of Lake Oconee Living today! Find the Holiday issue of Lake Oconee Living in mailboxes around the lake and at select retail outlets throughout the region. 

Playing a masterpiece

Publisher  Patrick Yost recalls playing the work of art that is Augusta National I can tell you what I ordered for lunch. Not what I ate. No, when you are looking out a huge picture window from the Augusta National clubhouse to a framed image of the first tee box, waiting to hit your first…