Letter from the Editor – February/March 2018

By on February 2, 2018


Yep. It’s been a real winter here in the Southern Appalachians this year, plenty of gorgeous snow and temps in the teens– and even down to single digits with wind chill. Plumbers have been super busy replacing burst pipes and upgrading insulation around well pumps. The rest of us stayed stuck in our cabins for more than a few days waiting for the ice and snow to melt so we could get out on our long dirt mountain roads.

I finally had new windows installed this fall (spendy!) in my Lindal Cedar cabin that was built in 1974. Wow, what a difference new technology makes! It was pretty darn nice not to have to scrape ice off of the insides of my windows. My little soapstone wood stove kept the inside temps above 60 degrees for the most part, a few good books and some red wine, we were all fine. As you can see – Maxine loved the snow, Billy Zoom preferred staying under the blanket on the couch!

But yes, we’re all anxious for spring to arrive. In February the rental cabins will be full for Valentine’s Day, President’s Day weekend brings us the Fire & Ice Chili Cook Off, and by St. Patrick’s Day, with all of our home-town parades we should be well onto warmer weather.

Old Toccoa Farm – Blue Ridge’s only Golf and River Community– is the place to be this spring. Visiting golfers from around the country, along with local golfers who live full time here in north Georgia, have applauded the quality of the golf experience at Old Toccoa Farm. If you’re looking to build in the area, Old Toccoa Farm offers a true sense of place in a setting of simplicity, quality & natural beauty.

New this spring will be the First Annual Georgia Mountain Needle Craft Festival. Strings & Stitches Yarn Shoppe and The North Georgia Knitting Guild will be hosting this event in in Ellijay at the Gilmer County Civic Center, April 27 -29, 2018. An absolute treat for knit, crochet, weaving, rug hooking enthusiasts and more, attendees will gain access to a variety of vendors and educational resources, all while enjoying the natural beauty of the area.

And- there’s a new shop in Jasper– Suzie Q’s Boutique. Suzie Perry opened her boutique to bring comfort, fashion and beauty to those conquering cancer with her unique products. Suzie welcomes all who are battling cancer– or know someone who is– to stop by, shop and share their stories.

Our next issue, Everything Spring for April/May 2018, will feature all of the local festivals, fairs and must attend events coming up this spring and summer. Be sure to pick up a copy!

See y’all this spring!