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…

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…