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…

Saving Grace

Hundred-Year-old church finds a home at Hundred Acre Farm Just east of Madison, nestled on a hillside off Highway 278, is a farm, a hundred-acre farm in fact, with picturesque red barn buildings, chickens roaming by the dozen, and rolling grassy fields. Aptly named Hundred Acre Farm, the land is owned by Dr. Ellis Johnson…

Boys’ home proves it’s “Never Too Late”

George Henry Lewes once wrote, “The only cure for grief is action,” and that is exactly how John and Kelly DeGarmo chose to overcome a personal tragedy. After losing their firstborn baby due to a brain deformity in the mid-1990s, the DeGarmos not only grieved, but dedicated their lives to caring for children in need….

Camp Amped plugs in at Nuci’s Space

The crowd presses forward as four musicians stroll onstage, check wires, and tune guitar strings. The look of band members is effortless rock and roll, but their actions are all business. When the silent signal comes, they look up for the first time. If they recognize faces in the crowd, they don’t let on. There…

New stylings of the Reynolds Chorus

Like many great institutions, the Reynolds Chorus, which continues to branch out into new directions, was born of humble origins. In 2000, Jude Martincic, the chorus’ executive director, Linda Disosway, and Jean Merritt, along with more than a dozen friends who loved music, started meeting together to sing for the sheer fun of it. These…

Pickin’ and Grinnin’

“I do not like the raw sound of the human voice in unison unless it is under the discipline of music,” wrote Flannery O’Connor, one of the 20th century’s most celebrated American writers. She would be pleased to know that her final home, Andalusia Farm in Milledgeville, is being used for just that – to…

Morton Theatre: the soul of a community

Strolling up Washington Street in downtown Athens, past the 40 Watt and a sprinkling of popular bars and restaurants, one comes to Hull Street and the historic African-American business district known locally as the “Hot Corner.” Aside from a vibrant yearly festival celebrating the district’s history as a haven for black business and culture, the…

A Tune for the Ages

Inside the sanctuary at The Church at College Station in Athens, a semi-circle of chairs and music stands are arranged on the plush carpeted floor, curved toward the front of the room. Personal belongings and open instrument cases are sprawled on the chairs behind. Warm midday light filters in through the windows. It’s a typical…

Profiles in Art: Beauty & Beast

Beauty & Beast on the Chicken Tracks Art Ranch Photographed by Jesse Walker Chuck Hanes isn’t really a beast. He’s a great guy with an epic beard and deep, rolling laugh. He just makes weird, manly-looking pottery that could be the china pattern for the Hell’s Angels. But, when you stack his work next to…

Eatonton’s Artisan Village

Out of the Briar Patch Eatonton’s plans for revitalization through the arts Written and photographed by Phil Pyle If there is a sign of the times, it should fly above the county courthouse in Eatonton. In years past, Putnam County’s economy thrived in large part from three major sources: its historic dairy industry, Georgia Power’s…