Letter from the Editor – August 2015

By on August 1, 2015

Yes it’s been a hot and humid summer so far – no thanks to the one hundred million thunderstorms we’ve endured here in the mountains. I swear I saw trees bending in half right outside my cabin window. Thunder booming like it was rolling right off my metal roof and lightning cracking so close it made me get a safe deposit box at my bank lest Maxine and I should lose our valuable pedigree papers when our little A-Frame cedar tinder box suffered a strike.

Aside from being perpetually soggy, we’ve had some fun. Maxine was the star of the 4th of July parade here in Blue Ridge– well at least *I* thought she was the star! My brother stopped over for a quick visit on his way to race his Vintage Honda 350 in the WERA races at Barber Motorsports Park and we celebrated Ann Merry’s (another) 50th birthday with a play at the Blue Ridge Community Theater and then some champagne and dessert at Chester Brunnemeyer’s Bar & Grill- one of our newest advertisers. So far so good!

The August/September edition is always a difficult one since it’s the Fall Festivals Preview issue. Very few of us want to think ahead to October because right after that comes winter. But fall is a grand season here in the southern Appalachians. Not only do our local communities and businesses depend on the tourism to carry them through the winter, but the mountains are truly spectacular. What a perfect time to plan a hike on the Benton MacKaye trail, build a scarecrow at Penney’s Mountain Ridge Garden Shop in Ellijay, stroll through the Blue Ridge Mountains Art Association’s Fall Arts in the Park or visit Cartecay Vineyards for their annual Crush Festival.

You certainly shouldn’t miss the Georgia Apple Festival and the Marble Festival in Jasper is the only time that the marble quarry is open for tours. And don’t forget our northern neighbors! Blairsville and Union County have some of the best kept not-so-secret places to hike, paddle, dine and stay. Now if you want to celebrate MY 40th (ha!) birthday come and find me at the Blues & BBQ festival in Blue Ridge. Did you know I was born in September on Friday the 13th?

Next up is the October/November Apple issue. Maxine and I have put our heads together to come up with some new apple ideas starting with Apple Recipes from the Ellijay Lion’s Club, these are the folks who put on the Apple Festival, so the recipes ought to be authentic. We’ll explore the latest trend in Craft Brewed Hard Cider, and going in the opposite direction, the history of the apple industry here in north Georgia. So, until then– Later All Ya’All!