Family, Friends & Music

Family, Friends & Music

IT’S REFRESHING—a place where Christmas is not a deadline or a contest. Here in River Island, at the Craftsman-style home of Ed Turner and Sheryl Jolly, simplicity is the greatest detail and family is the greatest gift. Both of them are Southern born and...
A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Should you be reading this? I mean, it’s December, right? Don’t you have cards to write? Cookies to bake? A party to get ready for? Have you made that hair appointment? Your house isn’t really Christmasy enough yet, is it. You need to buy the tree, get the ornaments...
A Toast to the Season

A Toast to the Season

Oglethorpe University in Atlanta is home to the Crypt of Civilization, the oldest and largest multimillennial time capsule in the world. Sealed on May 28, 1940, the capsule is not to be opened until May 28, 8113. “Until that time,” reads an elaborate plaque welded to...
Setting the Scene

Setting the Scene

“Come forth into the light of things; let Nature be your teacher.” BRITISH ROMANTIC POET WILLIAM WADSWORTH (1770-1850) was captivated by the mystical and dynamic relationship between the individual and the outdoors, penning such lyrical classics as “Tintern Abbey” and...
Crafting the Simple Life

Crafting the Simple Life

SITTING IN A WINGBACK CHAIR TO THE FIREPLACE,  Billy Thurmond says, “You don’t understand until you get there. When it’s time to do it, you feel it.” Beverly Thurmond reclines in the other wingback in front of the built-in bookcases on the opposite side of the...
2015 Arts Council Award Winners

2015 Arts Council Award Winners

Each year, the Greater Augusta Arts Council recognizes outstanding members of the Augusta community for their support and contributions to the arts. Artist Award Wycliffe Gordon OVER A FEW DAYS, a telephone conversation with Wycliffe Gordon might start in Augusta,...