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Author: Ashlee Duren

Publisher Notes: November/December 2018

  I love the holidays! Every single second of this time of year. For me, that includes frantic deadlines at the magazine, last minute shopping and baking. (Honestly, I do my best work at the ninth hour.) I love shopping for the perfect tree, decorating, holiday parties and traditions – every detail of the holidays from Thanksgiving to Christmas! As I get older though, I find that those things aren’t as important as they once were. The holidays are truly a time of giving and reflection. It’s an opportunity to teach my daughter what the holidays are all about for me – the birth of Jesus and giving to those less fortunate. So this year, your holiday issue looks a little different. We chose not to feature a holiday home. Instead, Brian Panowich has written a piece on family holiday traditions. As always, we have our annual Gift Guide, should you need help finding that perfect gift and if you would like to make a donation to an organization this season, our annual Giving Guide features some local charities that need support. In this issue, we have a piece on the homeless in the area. It seemed fitting to shine a light on those that don’t have a home. Regardless of the reason, these people are members of our community. In the spirit of the holidays, please remember those...

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A Place to Call Home

Most builders have a particular style, an identifying design element that is unique to them. If Patrick Huguenin had to choose one it might be a brick accent wall. “I guess we started incorporating brick accent walls in most of the homes we build several years ago,” Patrick said. “I just really like them. They add a rustic, yet elegant feel to any room. But, people have really fallen in love with the laundry room located right off the master closet.” Patrick and his mother, Debbie are the owners of PDH Builders, Inc. The mother-son duo, both natives of...

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Publisher Notes: October 2018

  Did you know that we live in one of the best cities in the South? Don’t believe me? Read for yourself.  It’s our annual Best of Augusta issue! A favorite of our team here at the magazine, and yes, it’s mainly because of the food. Of course, we do love shopping local, area entertainment and recreation, as well as festivals and events. By the amount of votes we receive from our readers, I think it’s safe to say that it is one of your favorites as well. Each year, we are anxious to see what area businesses will...

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Publisher Notes: August/September 2018

  Happy 50th Birthday to the Greater Augusta Arts Council! August marks the Golden Anniversary for the non-profit, which was ironically the result of a speaker at a monthly Junior League of Augusta meeting. To learn more about how the Greater Augusta Arts Council was founded, visit and read the story written by Don Rhodes.  We thought it was incredibly timely and the perfect opportunity to celebrate given that this issue is all about Augusta’s vibrant arts scene. We always include our annual Arts Calendar in the this issue. Let it serve as your guide to all the great cultural happenings in the area. Whether you are hoping to attend a concert, play, ballet, musical or gallery exhibition – our city has something for everyone! We also honor our annual Arts Council Award winners, beginning on page 35. These individuals have made significant contributions to these arts in our area and we join the Arts Council in applauding their efforts. The 2018-2019 Arts season will officially kick off in our area with the 38th annual Arts in the Heart of Augusta held September 14-16 in downtown. In case you missed it, Augusta has a thriving arts scene. So get out your calendar, it’s going to be a busy year!  -Ashlee   Article appears in the August/September 2018 issue of Augusta Magazine. Subscribe to Augusta Magazine Have feedback or a...

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Publisher Notes: June/July 2018

  Three years. I celebrate my third anniversary as publisher of Augusta magazine with this issue. When I took the reigns as publisher, I will admit to being less than confident in my ability to guide this publication.  I felt like a change was needed, but I wasn’t sure that the readers would embrace it. I now know I was wrong. I would like to take a moment to thank you, our readers, for sticking with us. Not only, did we change the aesthetics of the magazine, but we’ve changed the tone as well. We’re a little more progressive, but that is not simply due to my desires and convictions. It’s more of a reflection on our city and its residents. The landscape of the area is changing, and the changes are not just in the construction of new buildings and renovations, but in our people. The June/July issue affords us an opportunity to highlight the next great group of Augustans – poised to lead us into the future. A colloboration between our magazine and the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce, now celebrating our 10th year, the Top 10 in 10 Young Professionals to Watch program was designed to feature the next generation of leaders. These young professionals are determined to make their mark, not only in their chosen profession, but in the Augusta area. They are truly invested...

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