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Author: Ashlee Duren

Publisher Notes: February/March 2017

  Christie Brinkley once said, “Life is too short to not have oysters and champagne sometimes.” I could not agree more! I have never met an oyster I didn’t love. I will eat them raw, roasted or fried, although I prefer them raw with hot sauce and horseradish on top of a saltine cracker. Yum! I must admit that oysters are an acquired taste. Unless of course they are fried – we all know that most Southerners will eat anything that is coated in heavy batter and fried in a vat of grease until it’s golden brown. But I digress. I learned so much about this delicacy while shooting the cover for this issue. Working along side some of the area’s most talented people to bring the cover to life was truly a pleasure and an honor. I would like to thank the following businesses for their contributions to our shoot: Brittany Cason Interior Design, JC’s Seafood in Aiken, Fireside Outdoor Kitchens & Grills, Rivers & Glen Trading Co., Lauren Carnes Photography and Whitehorse Wine & Spirits. A special thanks to Todd Schafer, owner and executive chef at Abel Brown Southern Kitchen & Oyster Bar in Surrey Center, was delightful. Todd was gracious enough to share his time and oysters with us for this shoot, and his knowledge regarding the various types of oysters, how to appropriately shuck them...

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Publisher Notes: January 2017

Happy New Year Augusta! Can you believe it? Another year has come and gone. For me, 2016 was a complete whirlwind! Augusta Magazine saw many changes last year. We said goodbye to some longtime staffers and ushered in a new look, in our printed publication and on our website. It’s been an exciting year and we’re just getting started! I’m happy to announce that Karin Calloway is taking the helm here at Augusta Magazine as our new editor. She is no stranger to our business or to most of you. Karin has served as the editor of Augusta Family Magazine since its inception in 2005. She has also served for many years as the recipe columnist for The Augusta Chronicle and hosted her own Cooking with Karin segments on WJBF NewsChannel 6. Karin and her husband, Bond, live in Columbia County. They have two adult children and share their home with a charcoal gray kitten their son brought home in May, Miss Theo. Karin is a past-president of the Junior League of Augusta and an active member of the Augusta Symphony Guild. Karin brings a wealth of experience to our staff and we are thrilled she’s going to be leading Augusta Magazine! I hope you will take a moment to welcome Karin into her new role. -Ashlee This article appears in the January 2017 issue of Augusta Magazine. Subscribe to Augusta...

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The McCalls Deck Their Halls

When Katherine McCall first saw the house in Country Club Hills, she knew she was home. The white brick ranch, built in 1954, had been vacant for about a year. The once-beautifully landscaped yard, that garnered a compliment from President Eisenhower during a visit to Augusta, was grossly overgrown, but McCall saw past the dilapidated exterior to reveal a place she wanted to call home. She recalls when she first walked in the house it reminded her of   a Slim Aarons photo. (For decades, Aarons photographed the Hollywood elite in their homes.) “When I first walked in the...

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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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