Oasis on Oconee

For a moment, you can forget where you are. The sound of rushing water over boulders. The shade of palm trees. Summer music piping through the swim-up bar. An occasional “thwack” of a golf ball. By the looks of the 60,000-gallon pool on one side and white sand beach on the other, you can imagine…

Out for a spin: Amphicars on Lake Oconee

“Can you really just drive this car into the water?” It’s a common question posed to David Dodson when he takes his bright blue 1965 Amphicar to car shows. “Well, you can drive any car into the water,” he likes to reply, “but, only a few can drive back out.” These few were engineered in…

From the bottom up: Lake home turns entertaining on its head

The beauty of custom homes is the ability to adapt to the strengths of its surrounding environment – a wall of windows to enhance views, open living spaces to foster entertaining, outdoor areas that blend with the interior. Common to lakefront homes are walkout basements that allow easy access to the lake or pool. Often,…

A tour of Oconee Brewing Company’s new digs in downtown Greensboro

The long-awaited day came this spring when Oconee Brewing Co. opened its doors to more than 2,000 of its closest friends. After years of planning and intense renovation, the 100-year-old former textile warehouse turned bottling plant, located next to the old train depot in downtown Greensboro, came alive again. Oconee Brewing Company’s new home was…

A storied summer: Book Group meets at the home of O’Connor

Andalusia Farm, a former dairy farm outside of downtown Milledgeville, is where Flannery O’Connor wrote most of the work that established her as one of the world’s foremost 20th Century writers. It’s also where readers continue to gather, now more than 50 years after her death, to celebrate and discuss her enduring stories. On the…

Hot trend in craft beer: chili pepper infusions

Water, malt, hops, and yeast. Those are the four essential ingredients that make up beer. Lately, however, there has been a surge in infusing additional ingredients into craft beer that are more commonly found in the kitchen. Beers brewed with fruit have come and gone over the years, but are back on the rise again….

Mothers Against Crime celebrates 25 years

In 1992, two teenagers were killed in Eatonton on the same night. Soon after, a young woman from out of town was hit and killed by stray bullet. The murders were never solved, written off instead as an incident of “black on black crime,” says Georgia Smith, but for the resolute Eatonton woman and other…

Royston: Home of baseball legend, Ty Cobb

“If you build it, they will come.” Or so it was told to Kevin Costner’s character in the 1989 baseball movie Field of Dreams. In the small town of Royston, just a 65-mile drive north from Lake Oconee, they did just that. Home of baseball legend, Ty Cobb, the town of Royston established a museum…