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Author: Ashlee Duren

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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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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