Sadly, Inside AC Magazine has lost a staff member. Xena, our Director of Communications (barking of announcements) has crossed The Rainbow Bridge. She was a loyal employee for 16 years and never missed even one day of work. Stubborn as she was, Xena approached each day and every task with enthusiasm, determination and humor. Always by my side and at the ready, she never refused any job I asked of her no matter how difficult, odd or insane. Xena was one tough cookie, and she will be missed. I know right now she would be barking orders from the stairs for me to “get to work,” so here I go.
August is the time to grab onto the last bit summer. Before the kids go back to school, we take our family vacations, visit friends, rent that lake or beach house and generally kick back and relax. I’ve been asking myself lately, where does one go for a vacation if you already live here– where everyone else comes for their vacation? As example, my best friend and her two Border Collies are visiting this month and then my Mom with her Chesapeake Bay Retriever will be here for a couple of weeks, and then some motorcycling friends will be coming through from Deal’s Gap. So it looks like I’ll be taking my vacation right here! I’ll be going to a USDAA dog trial in Canton with Karen and her BCs, then kayaking down the river with my Mom and after that a long weekend sportbike ride through the Smokey Mountains with my friend Super Sarah. Not a bad way to end the summer. Ok– now let’s get ready for Fall!
With plenty of rainfall the last few months, the fall foliage should be spectacular this year, so let’s get out and enjoy it. In this issue you’ll find our annual list of the many festivals and events across north Georgia. Under crisp blue skies and blazing fall colors you’ll find something for everyone: the Georgia Apple Festival, u-pick apples and pumpkins, mountain heritage festivals; blues, folk, bluegrass and rock music; Fall Arts in the Park, ride the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, tour the largest open pit marble quarry, pan for gold, visit a petting farm, build a scarecrow, see animals (including llamas!) wearing costumes, go trick-or-treating. Whatever you do, don’t let this marvelous time of year slip by without experiencing fall in all its glory. And then get ready for the Holidays!
Our next issue will bring you the most complete list of events for the Holiday Season. Visit our quaint downtown areas for holiday shopping, great dining, music and art. Each town has their own Holiday festival of lights that you won’t want to miss– and don’t forget to make a date with Santa and his Elves.
Xena Watercolor: Karen Stinnett, www.karenstinnett.com
Xena Photo: Jennifer Burns