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Author: Ashlee Duren

Publisher Notes: June/July 2019

  When we began planning the editorial for the June/July issue, we knew that we would be celebrating the city’s Top 10 in 10 Young Professionals to Watch as we do every year. We also thought we would be marking 45 years of Augusta Magazine – or at least that was the plan. For months, we have been pulling photos, looking back at stories from our 40th anniversary in 2014 and our 35th in 2009. I asked Don Rhodes to write the anniversary story. Don has written for Augusta Magazine for many years and always does a fantastic job. So I made the assignment, he graciously accepted and I waited. In early May, we began designing this issue and I had received all the stories, except for the anniversary feature. I reached out to Don to find out when I should expect to receive his masterpiece chronicling our history. He confirmed that he was indeed working on a story, but thought the deadline would be somewhere around late Fall. WHAT? I explained that we were planning to run the story in this issue. His reply, “Ashlee, Augusta Magazine was founded in 1975.” How could that be? I looked at the 40th issue in 2014 and the 35th in 2009. To further my resolve, our mast says ‘Founded in 1974’! So Don and I began investigating and the plot thickened...

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Beauty of Nature

After more than a decade of planning and nearly two years after breaking ground, the Alice H. Richards Children’s Garden at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia at the University of Georgia in Athens opened last month. The two-and-a half-acre site is designed to be the ideal spot for children to play and foster a love of nature in a fun yet educational space. Named in memory of Alice H. Richards, a charter member of the State Botanical Garden’s Board of Advisors, Richards wanted a place for children to experience the beauty of nature first hand. Ground broke on...

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A Happy Home

The Mediterranean-style home off Cumming Road has always been a mystery to me and many others in the area. Who lives there? What does it look like? I finally got a chance to go beyond the wall and meet the family that calls this place their home. When Lee Blanton West first stepped into the house behind the stucco wall on Cumming Road, she knew she was home. “I just immediately fell in love with this house, but I knew I couldn’t afford it. My Realtor convinced me to just make an offer; it was accepted in less than...

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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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