Empire Mills

– A Boho Chic affair at Madison’s newest event venue – Photographed by Brandy Angel – Tucked away on Pennington Road lies Madison’s newest special event venue, Empire Mills, a historical cotton oil mill that has been transformed into a wedding destination. Originally built in 1913 by the Empire Mills Cotton Company, the renovated space…

Backyard Bouquet

– Hosting a wedding? Plan and plant early to get your backyard ready for that special day – Written by Helen Newling Lawson – – Photography by Brandy Angel – From the bridal bouquet to the table arrangements, most weddings are enhanced by the beauty of flowers. If you plan to host a wedding at…

Stellar Brew

– Oconee Brewing Co. goes where no beer has gone before – Photographed by Blake Smith – On a chilly November morning, a small group of pioneers gathered at dawn in an open field near Lake Oconee. They were there to make history. As the sun rose, they released a high-altitude weather balloon that carried…

5 PERSPECTIVES

 “This world is too small for less than brotherhood – too dangerous for less than truth.” Steffen Thomas In celebration of National Black History Month, a joint exhibition at the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art in Buckhead and the Morgan County African-American Museum in Madison features works by five of Georgia’s most vibrant and exciting…

Northern Gothic

– Atlanta author’s debut novel is born from his childhood home that served as a stop on the Underground Railroad – Written by Rob Peecher – The Hidden Light of Northern Fires may be Daren Wang’s debut novel, but it wouldn’t be right to say that he is a newcomer to the literary world. As…

Blossoming Knowledge

– 10 Tips After 40 Years of Gardening – Written by Barbie Colvin – We gardeners are shaped by the gardeners we meet along the way. We share experiences, compare stories, and adjust our practices based on what we’ve seen, heard, and learned from others. I’ve been gardening for more than 40 years and have…

Showcase of Literary Arts

– Georgia Writers Museum spotlights Hall of Fame authors with quarterly book club. – Written by Vickie Spivey “He’s a good boy, he takes instruction well; I just can’t think of enough things to tell him not to do.” Ferrol Sams, Run with the Horseman If you are an avid reader or writer, one-liners from…

Light the Fire: Warm Alcoholic Drinks for Winter Sipping

– Written by Jane F. Garvey Asking for a warm cocktail usually gets odd looks from most bartenders, but Staplehouse’s Ben Richardson jumped right in and took hold of the assignment. I wanted something simple but warming, and double good if it used a Georgia-produced spirit. Disappearing behind the restaurant’s tiny kitchen area, he emerged…

Life Preservers

– By Linda Wagner –   Red, blue, gray, green four notebooks, four stories treasured pages of life, death, indelible relationships, live forever in them.   Priceless faded photographs my young mother laughing, early ancestors dressed in black. Time remains as it was; we alone have changed.   I see loved ones, search their faces,…

‘You are hereby summoned…’

A tale of the transformative power of serving on a jury in Greene County – WRITTEN BY LEE HEFFERNAN “You are hereby summoned…” – four simple words that have the power to create feelings of dread when one receives the single page notice of jury duty demanding you show up at the courthouse on a…