Thanks for Everything

As we unveil our 40th anniversary issue, I feel compelled to give credit and thanks to our stable of talented contributors. Many of them have been onboard since I first became editor almost 20 years ago. Jim Garvey, Deb Barshafsky, Sid Mullis and Dan Pearson were involved from the beginning with Dan and Deb’s bylines preceding my arrival.

Deb fortuitiously switched from health writer to food columnist—a move that was transformative. Over the years she has graced our pages with her witty, well-honed observations about food and foodways, with some of those columns published in Cornbread Nation: The Best of Southern Food Writing.

Dan Pearson, one of funniest people I know, continues to make time to pen the annual Best of Augusta feature in his uniquely entertaining style despite his busy work schedule. It is a popular collaboration we look forward to each year.

Jim Garvey’s arts columns and features have captured the essence of a myriad of Augustans whose creative work gives depth and texture to the city’s arts community. His expertly crafted prose and unique perspective bring an intimacy to his subjects that provide fascinating insight into their art and the creative process.

Sid Mullis has contributed an unparalleled body of information geared specifically for Augusta gardeners. From bluebird houses to hydrangeas his columns are an invaluable source of Augusta horticultural knowledge.

In more recent years the magazine also has enjoyed the contributions of Lee Ann Caldwell, Augusta’s reigning historian. Despite her demanding job as director of the Center for the Study of Georgia History at GRU, she has graciously contributed history columns for the past five years, lending no small amount of prestige to the magazine in the process.

And then there’s Lucy Adams. Her versatility and writing talents have not only enriched the voice of the magazine, but made my job infinitely more manageable. During her five years as a contributor, there isn’t anything I’ve thrown her way that she couldn’t do and do well.

Contributing editors Danielle Moores and Monica Dutcher have diligently served as my ears in the community, bringing readers a taste of the latest trends, people and events that impact the city, offering a variety of entertainment opportunities and food for thought.

And last but not least, Steve Bracci’s award-winning photography has helped take the magazine to an unsurpassed level of visual excellence. With his laid-back, unassuming style he is a pleasure to work with and a rare combination of talent and affability.

I tip my hat to all these remarkably gifted people without whom Augusta Magazine would not be possible. Many thanks!

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