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Author: Ashlee Duren

Publisher Notes: May 2019

  As the publisher of Augusta Magazine, I am afforded the opportunity to tour and feature some of the area’s most interesting homes. It’s one of the best parts of my job – to take a peak inside someone’s home is truly an honor. When choosing a home to feature, I not only look at the exterior and interior of the home, but the homeowner/family. Do they have an interesting story? What’s their style? Why did they choose this house? Many factors go into selecting a home for the magazine. For this issue, I think we hit the jackpot! When looking for a house for our May issue, I reached out to a friend who found a unique home that also satisfied a curiosity. The Mediterranean-style home located behind the stucco wall off Cumming Road has always fascinated me. I have often wondered about that home and the family that lived there. Lee West purchased the home about two years ago for herself and her boys. Their home is the perfect reflection of a well-lived life in happy home. From the moment Lee opened the door and I crossed the threshold, I could see why she loves this house and knew it was the place she could raise her boys. Not only was I inspired by her style and love for all things vintage, but her passion to create...

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Retreat To Azalea Drive

If you have $15 million lying around,  love the game of golf and Augusta, Baron Club can be yours. It is true that corporate hospitality hourses are nothing new to Augusta. But we’ve never seen anything like Baron Club. Built as a corporate retreat for golf aficionados, the Colonial-style property is located on Azalea Drive, just a short drive away from the Augusta National Golf Club. The fully furnished 11,565-square-foot “corporate hospitality” property offers all the comforts and amenities of a private residence, complete with six guest cottages. “It was built by the owner to entertain friends, family, and...

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Publisher Notes: April 2019

  Spring has sprung in Augusta! And before you ask how I know, let me assure you it’s not because the pollen arrived. Although that is usually an unwelcomed sign that warmer days lie ahead and it’s golf season in our area. April means the Masters for Augusta and for us here at the magazine. We have spent months culling photos, reading content and selling ads. Countless hours have been spent scrutinizing what we will place on the pages for April. This issue is jam-packed with golf and I am fortunate that I have a stable of seasoned golf writers that craft the stories. John Boyette, sports editor for The Augusta Chronicle, has written a feature on 2018 Masters Champion Patrick Reed and his roots in Augusta. Stephen Hale recaps the 2018 Masters Tournament in Day by Day, and provides our list of Ones to Watch and Not-so Dark Horses for 2019. I probably sound like a broken record, but this is truly one of my favorite issues of the year! For one week, Augusta is on an international stage. This week is always full of surprises and I’m so thankful to have a front row seat! -Ashlee   Article appears in the April 2019 issue of Augusta Magazine. Subscribe to Augusta Magazine Have feedback or a story idea? Our publisher would love to hear from you! Name Email Address...

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2019 Symphony of Kitchens

The 10th annual Augusta Symphony Guild’s Symphony of Kitchens Tour will be held on Saturday, March 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s tour will feature six homes and one professional kitchen, all located in the Summerville area. The annual tour is just one of the ways the Augusta Symphony Guild supports the Augusta Symphony. Take a sneak peak of this year’s tour, but to see just how fabulous these kitchens are, you’ll have to take the tour. For more details and ticket information visit or by calling 706.826.4705.   1020 Highland Avenue Built in 1929, the...

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Publisher Notes: February/March 2019

  I recently lost someone dear to me. A woman who had a profound effect on my life, shaping me – as a woman, a mother and as a journalist in ways that I could have never imagined. Margaret Quante (Varn) Iliff was my 10th grade high school English teacher. She saw a talent in me and pushed me beyond measure to develop my skills as a writer, never allowing me to quit on an assignment or myself. A native of Savannah, she was the epitome of a Southern lady, complete with a classic drawl and an open door. And while she was most certainly a lady, one always knew where they stood with her and what her expectations were. Upon graduating from the Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia, Margaret moved to Atlanta to become a journalist. She would go on to become an editor for the Atlanta Business Journal before “life” happened. She met a boy, got married, moved to Thomson and had a baby girl, who years later would become one of my closest childhood friends. When I received a message in December from her daughter, who remains a dear friend, I was devastated. Margaret died peacefully on December 19, her 80th birthday. I know that no one lives forever here on this Earth, but the passing of some – you’re never quite ready...

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