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…

Holidays at Honeymoon

A crown jewel of Madison’s historic district opens its doors for the Holiday Tour of Homes –   Gracing the southern end of Madison’s historic district, “Honeymoon” stands as an ambassador to the grandeur of the town’s signature Antebellum homes. Nicknamed by one of its earlier owners in honor of her childhood home, the 1851…

Baking Christmas Bright

Bring these blue-ribbon recipes into your kitchen this holiday season –   What fun it is to wow friends and family at the holiday table! This year you can do just that by adding a new twist on classic pecan and apple pies. Winners of Farmview Market’s recent “Flavors of Fall” pie competition share their…

Outdoor Plants for Indoor Elegance

Ready to take your holiday plants beyond poinsettias? Using outdoor plants as indoor décor can create an unexpectedly elegant feel. Try some of these plants for a natural celebration of the season. Amaryllis (Hippeastrum spp.) The large trumpet-shape flowers of Amaryllis are a popular choice for holiday gift giving and decorating. But while they may…

‘As it was told to me’

The legacy of Madison’s consummate tour guide, Hattie Mina Hicky, continues –   Madison has become famous for its beautiful, sprawling antebellum homes which stand like enormous sentinels guarding the memory and grandeur of the Old South. It is no wonder that crowds flock to these historic homes for tours year after year. But what…

Harbor Club unveils Southern Living Inspired home

When Harbor Club on Lake Oconee was hand-picked as a Southern Living Inspired Community earlier this year, the award-winning lake and golf community embarked on an ambitious partnership with the publication that culminated in October with the grand opening of the beautifully-conceived Southern Living Inspired Home. Framed by the 11th hole of the Harbor Club…