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…

An Insider’s Guide to The Masters

Written and illustrated by Lee Heffernan My father, Henry, was one of the few members of Augusta National Golf Club who had a key to the gate. I have fond memories of learning how to fish the Eisenhower Pond during the summer months when the club was closed, playing the course on many occasions, Thanksgiving…

A man and his beverage: The Arnold Palmer

America’s revered golf professional Arnold Palmer had barely cleared his 87th birthday when he passed away in September of last year. From 1958 to 1964, he dominated the Masters in Augusta. His career spanned two generations, yielding 62 PGA tour titles and making him one of the originals in the World Golf Hall of Fame…

Revisiting Mr. Penick’s Little Red Book

I’ve taken our Winterpocalypse as an opportunity to re-read one of my favorite golf books, Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book. I first read the Little Red Book while in college. If such a thing is possible, I knew less about golf and the golf swing then than I do now. Trying to digest any level…

Historic Washington: Home to a different era

The little town of Washington, Georgia, is a quiet, charming place nestled about halfway between Augusta and Athens. It had an early involvement in Georgia’s history and features a handsome collection of architecture through the centuries, as well as an inviting population of people and businesses who make it an interesting, educational, and fun place…