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Author: Ashlee Duren

Publisher Notes: August/September 2017

  Soon the lazy days of summer will come to an end. The kids will return to school. and the hustle and bustle of schedules will resume their usual breakneck pace. At Augusta Magazine, the August/September issue is all about the arts. We are fortunate to live in a city that has such a vibrant arts scene. Each year we do our best to compile a comprehensive arts calendar that serves as your guide to our area’s events. Whether you are looking to attend a concert, play, musical, ballet, gallery exhibition or festival – Augusta has something for everyone! In September, Augusta will host one of the region’s largest fine arts and crafts festivals – Arts in the Heart of Augusta. This award-winning festival, brought to you by the Greater Augusta Arts Council, is now in its 37th year! The two and a half day event is a celebration of arts, food, diversity and cultural. This year’s event will be held September 15-17 in downtown Augusta. Badges go on sale August 8 and can be purchase online at or at any State Bank location.   The 2017-2018 season will be an unforgettable one for Symphony Orchestra Augusta. In January, the historic Miller Theatre will reopen after being closed for more than 30 years. The Miller will become the home of the symphony, emerging again as one of our...

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Publisher Notes: June/July 2017

  The June/July issue of Augusta Magazine is always a favorite of mine for several reasons. Two years ago I took the helm as publisher and this issue was my very first. Admittedly, I was pretty green, but extremely thankful that my bosses had the confidence in me to lead this publication. We’ve made many changes, hopefully for the better, but I have tried to remain true to our readers and the integrity of Augusta Magazine. This issue features our city’s Top 10 in 10 Young Professionals to Watch, a partnership between the magazine and the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce. This year’s group of individuals, like those who came before, is destined for greatness in their respective professions. Augusta is certainly poised for greatness with leaders like these on the horizon. We will honor the Top 10 in 10 individuals at a luncheon on June 13 at the Augusta Marriott. Tickets are available by calling the Augusta Metro Chamber at 706.821.1300. We hope you’ll join us. More than 40 years ago, a group of local businessman and government leaders came together to propose a new look for downtown. While change was evident then, it is certainly time to revitalize Augusta once more. A group of six innovative individuals have that same dream and have formed the Augusta Innovation Zone to make this dream a reality. The idea is...

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Publisher Notes: May 2017

  One of the things I love most about living in the South is the architecture. No matter where you go, homes of grandeur greet you with wide welcoming porches and lush gardens. The May issue is always one of my favorites because it affords me the opportunity to look into some of the area’s most unique homes. In this issue, writer Blakely McKnight Downs takes us inside the quaint river cottage of Jennifer and Bill Trotter. Once a barge, dating back to the 1940s, the cottage is the perfect retreat for the couple and their three children. Nestled on the banks of the Savannah, the renovated retreat offers picturesque views of the river and surrounding landscape.  To honor its history, the Trotter’s kept the original heart of pine cabinet and cast iron sink in the restoration forever linking the past to the present. Mary Ashton Mills introduces you to the West Augusta home of Mary Louise and Robert Hagler. The new empty nester couple considered downsizing, no longer needing the space they once did when their children were younger. After looking around, the couple decided to stay and renovate their home.   As you’ll see from the photos, I think it was a great choice. Whether you are in the market to buy, sell or simply renovate your own living space, we hope this issue will provide the...

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Publisher Notes: April 2017

    My first exposure to the game of golf came at the tender young age of seven. We had moved to Augusta just a few years prior and my mother got a job with the Masters Tournament.   Relatively new to the area, my father, not a golfer, took my brother and me out to the course to check out the tournament, and to see mom. Back then, you could simply walk up to the green ticket booth and purchase a practice round badge. I must admit, even then, this course and tournament was something special to me. I had never seen grass so green or azaleas so perfect, as if they were painted onto the landscape. My love for the Augusta National and the Masters Tournament runs deep. Like many kids who grew up here, I worked at the tournament during my high school years. I vividly recall standing behind one of the many cash registers at the main golf shop, greeting patrons from all across the world and welcoming them to Augusta.    I also had the distinct privilege of watching the world’s best golfers play on the grounds of the Augusta National – sacred ground for golfers and fans alike. Gary Player, Jack Nickalaus, Seve Ballesteros, Payne Stewart, Larry Mize, and of course, the king himself Arnold Palmer are forever etched in my memory. Their...

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Everlasting Love

“There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.” ~George Sand It’s no secret that relationships are tough. The ones that last require hard work, perseverance, love, trust and patience. We asked five couples at various stages in their marriages how they knew their spouse was “the one,” what they love most about their spouse, and what advice would they share with others. Frank & Melissa Married June 24, 1950 How did you know he was “the one”? Melissa: “College romances do not prepare you for the real world. We recognized that we were from...

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