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Author: Ashlee Duren

Publisher Notes: January 2018

  Happy New Year! Honestly, where does the time go? I was finally getting comfortable with 2017 and then, 2018 is here! I know that January should be a time of goal setting and resolutions, but for me it has always been a time of reflection. I take a moment to look back at the previous year, my accomplishments and failures. This year, however, I am choosing not to look back. Someone once told me you can’t move forward looking in the rear view mirror. How true! We, as residents of the Augusta area, have much to look forward to in the coming year. Downtown is buzzing with new development for the first time in more than 30 years. We have three new hotels being built (two in downtown and one across the river in Riverside Village), Augusta University’s Cyber Institute, new businesses moving to the area and some relocating to downtown. The Miller Theater reopens this month after being closed for more than 30 years. The Imperial Theatre will celebrate its’ 100th anniversary in February. The Augusta GreenJackets will play in their new stadium in April. The transformation is thrilling to watch and it’s just the beginning. We live in an amazing city! I hope you will embrace the coming changes and celebrate our victories. We will do our best to keep you, our reader, informed of these...

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Sustainable. Organic. Local. November/December 2017

Sip With the holidays rapidly approaching, a cocktail might just be in order. Stop by The Bee’s Knees for a Rose Dunn. The tequila-based libation is the concoction of mixologists Samantha Rockwood and Aleisha Tucker. “I was dead set on having a smoky rosemary something,” Samantha says. “I just love rosemary.” The seasonal cocktail just hit the menu late last month and will remain throughout the holiday season. To start, Rockwood seasons the glass with Mezcal, made from Agave, a cousin of tequila. Made with Espolon Tequila Blanco, the Rose Dunn has a smoky flavor perfect for this time...

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Publisher Notes: November/December 2017

  The holidays are rapidly approaching. To say that I am not prepared would be a gross understatement. Every year I make the same resolution to myself that I will start and finish my shopping before December 1. I will plan my menus and complete the necessary grocery shopping well before my guests arrive, but alas that never happens. It’s looking like this year will be same last minute scramble that occurs each and every year. If nothing else, at least I’m consistent. I do, however, find inspiration in others, particularly this time of year. The holidays often seem to bring out the good in everyone. In general, we all tend to treat each other with a little more kindness. Each year when we begin discussing what to put in our holiday issue, we often have the same conversations – whose home would we like to feature for the holiday home? How many pages will the gift guide be, etc. The question we should be asking is – who inspires you? Who in the community is making a difference for others. This season I am going to challenge myself to do something for someone else. I want to make a difference in the life of someone in need. Will you do the same? Until next year! -Ashlee   Article appears in the November/December 2017 issue of Augusta Magazine. Subscribe...

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Publisher Notes: October 2017

  October means Best of Augusta here at Augusta Magazine. As a staff, it’s one of our favorite issues of the year!   Every year we anxiously await the close of voting so that we can begin tallying the votes to see who has won. Admittedly, we are not always surprised by some of the winners. After all Augustans do love WifeSaver for their fried chicken and sweet tea, Sconyers for their barbecue, and steak from TBonz. We do, however, have newcomers to the list each year.   This year Belair Donuts took top honors in the best doughnut category – Krispy Kreme has held the number one spot in this category for many years. We also had several first-time winners in several of the media categories.     We also added a new fitness category this year, best yoga studio. Owners of area yoga studios lobbied to have the category added and we heard you – Namaste!     Whether you are new to Augusta or a long-time resident, we invite you to come experience the Best of Augusta with us on Tuesday, October 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cultural Center.      In my opinion, this issue truly does represent the best of what our city has to offer. I hope you agree! -Ashlee   Article appears in the October 2017 issue of...

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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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