2016 Spring Features

Atlanta Rising

It isn’t easy keeping up with what’s new in the ATL these days. With a population soaring over five-and-a-half million, the Atlanta metropolitan area - according to the U.S. Census Bureau the country’s fastest growing from 1980 to 2013 - is a city on the move. Although it was hit hard by the recession Atlanta is now happily on the rebound, serving up plenty of new pleasures guaranteed to keep the 42 million visitors who drop in each year coming back for more. The latest and greatest include SkyView Atlanta, a two- hundred-foot Ferris wheel in Centennial Park that opened in 2013; a streetcar system, the first phase of which debuted in late 2014 and connects the park with the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site; and the BeltLine, a massive ongoing project that will ultimately transform a twenty-two-mile historic rail corridor into a combination of rail transit, multi-use trails and parks. Click here for the full article.

Trail of Tastes

Born from the Georgia Department of Agriculture, its Georgia Grown program delves deep into sustainability, quality and integrity. Promoting agriculture throughout the state, it hopes Georgians, as well as visitors, will buy Georgia products, allowing small town farms and producers to thrive. According to Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, “it’s a vital part of our ag economy. Georgia boasts a unique assortment of agritourism activities and the creation of Georgia Grown Trails has allowed us to better connect all of those destinations for those consumers seeking a fun and educational experience.” To find out more about Georgia Grown Trail 37, click here.

Understanding The Past For The Future

Understanding the past is important going forward into the future, according to Monroe councilman Larry Bradley. “We need to know our history, particularly the good things that have happened in Monroe,” he says. “It means a lot to all of us, but it’s amazing how many young people today have a thirst for history.” This conviction, shared by a group of visionary volunteers, inspired the development of the Monroe Cultural and Heritage Museum, which opened in November in the South Broad Street City Hall building. “This museum is a place to teach the values that make Monroe a good place to live and provides a lesson to those who wish to continue those values,” points out Bobby Carrell, who has been president of the museum board from its beginning. “It is a feel-good place, and I think it makes us a destination city.” Click here for the rest of the story.

A Whole Bottle of Vinegar

I love red doors. Usually, what lies behind them or any doors other than ones of a white mundane hue is delightful, for most often, this vibrant introduction symbolizes the spirit found within. Behind a red door on Main Street in downtown Watkinsville, there is more spirit than these four walls filled with exquisite dresses and tailor tools can hardly contain. Inside, you’ll find owner Frances Elizabeth Vitruk Gibson, more commonly known to most girls as their “Athens’ Mama.” This Philadelphia- born-second-generation-Russian greets me with energy, with force, and with an understanding that we are both fantastic. After all, girls are fabulous, and today and forever, she will spend her days championing this cause. To find out more, click here.