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Author: Ashlee Duren

Publisher Notes: November 2016

Every family has its’ holiday traditions. Mine is no exception. I grew up in the quintessential Southern household, steeped in all the pomp and circumstance of a Rockwell painting. While Christmas is typically everyone’s favorite holiday, my family’s favorite is Thanksgiving. We spent every Thanksgiving at my grandparents’ house. Each year, the entire family would converge on a small South Carolina farmhouse. Everyone knew their rightful place and what dish they were to bring to complete the holiday meal. As the matriarch of the family, my Nana skillfully directed the entire production in which her turkey and dressing stole the show. Like most American families, we would eat until we were gorged then the adults would spend the afternoon reminiscing, while the children played in the yard. My childhood memories of Thanksgivings spent at my grandparents are priceless. I often imagined a very similar gathering when I had a family of my own. When I got married, I was determined to carry on those traditions in my own household. I will never forget our first Thanksgiving dinner. We were going to spend it with my in-laws and I was determined to take my traditions and family recipes with me. I remember calling Nana weeks before to get her dressing recipe. Like most Southern grandmothers, she cooks by sight and feel. I listened carefully and wrote down “a pinch of...

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Publisher Notes: October 2016

Since taking the helm in May 2015, I have been itching to make my mark on Augusta Magazine. I knew however, that I should not act in haste and that the task was not to be taken lightly. I was acutely aware of the esteemed reputations of the editors and publishers that came before me and knew that I had to take extreme care of the publication to which I was now entrusted. As the magazine of the metropolitan area, Augusta Magazine has always been an exemplary publication. The content generated by our contributors has told the story of our city and its residents for more than 40 years. But I felt it was time for a change. My team and I have spent the better part of the year studying other city magazines, but mostly listening to what our readers and advertisers want in their magazine. We felt the timing was rather fitting to unveil our new design with the Best of Augusta issue. This issue is one of our most popular among readers and advertisers, showcasing those businesses that truly represent the best our city has to offer. We invite you to join us in celebrating these businesses and restaurants at our annual Best of Augusta Celebration on Tuesday, October 11 at Sacred Heart Cultural Center. We hope that you’ll take a moment to rediscover Augusta Magazine...

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Publisher Notes: August – September 2016

FALL USHERS THE ARTS SEASON IN to AUGUSTA! Yes, technically August is not fall here in the Deep South—or anywhere else for that matter! But here atAugusta Magazine, the August/September issue focuses on the growing arts community in our fair city. This issue features the 2016 Greater Augusta Arts Council’s Arts Awards and our annual 2016/2017 Arts Calendar, a guide to the area’s performances, exhibits, festivals, lectures, concerts, films and more. My hope is that when you’re  looking for something to do on the weekend, you’ll find this resource valuable. Also, you’ll find our sixth annual Best of At Home, voted by you—our readers. The winners represent the best in their respective categories. If you find yourself in need of a particular service or product concerning your home, please use this guide as a reference when selecting a company. We also bid a fond farewell to our editor Sherry Foster who has been the foundation of Augusta Magazine for more than 20 years. Sherry, along with her talented team of writers and designers, brought the best of our city to life within the pages of our magazine. I want to thank her for the significant contributions she’s made to the magazine throughout the years. I only had the pleasure of working closely with her for a year, but I have learned quite a bit and wish her well on her future endeavors. October will bring...

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Publisher Notes: June/July 2016

It’s true what they say, “time really does fly when you’re having fun!” The June/July issue marks my one-year anniversary as publisher of Augusta Magazine. It’s been a great journey so far and I’m excited about the future. I am extremely fortunate to work with an experienced and passionate group of people who also love their work. My job as publisher is to ensure the magazine is a true reflection of our city and its residents. Augusta continues to evolve as a city. As the city magazine of metropolitan Augusta, we must evolve too. We have seen many changes in the past year that prove Augusta is on the cusp of becoming a major market in the South. It’s an exciting time for our city and our magazine. Last July, we welcomed home one of our own, Dr. Brooks Keel. In this issue, writer Joe Hotchkiss sat down with the Augusta University president to talk about his homecoming and what he sees for the future of the university. We also feature a group of individuals who represent the best in their profession. We launched the Top 10 in 10 Young Professionals to Watch program eight years ago in partnership with the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce. Through the years, the program has showcased some of the area’s brightest individuals in their respective career fields. This year is no exception....

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It’s a Matter of Style!

The South is known for many things. Sweet tea, grits, fried chicken, magnolias, gardenias, azaleas and, of course, accents are just a few things that come to mind. But we are also known for our unique and stately architecture and lush gardens. The May issue has always been one of my favorites. As a reader, I felt I was afforded a personal invitation to a friend’s house and granted permission to peer into their personal space without feeling creepy. Admittedly after perusing the homes featured in the magazine, I was often left feeling rather inadequate about my own surroundings. Over time, I have developed my own eclectic sense of style. However, it is safe to say you will not be seeing my home grace the pages of AugustaMagazine. In this issue, we invite you to visit two very different homes. Kerry Ezelle’s mid-century modern in Country Club Hills and Debbie and Mark Anderson’s eclectic yet traditional Southern home in West Lake. Each home is unique in its own way and tells the story of the family who lives there. The Ezelle home makes the most of the natural light, boasting floor to ceiling windows that reveal picturesque views of Augusta Country Club’s golf course. The openness of this house is perfectly suited to Kerry’s taste and lifestyle. The Andersons’ home embraces their sense of family. Throughout their home, Debbie has...

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