Welcome to the Everything Spring Issue!

By on April 1, 2015

Maxine on a tablecloth

Here you’ll find the most complete list of spring and summer festivals that north Georgia has to offer, gardening for spring and outdoor adventure events. And Maxine helps with the recipes photo shoot.

Daffodils have come and gone and spring is officially here despite the fact that we had a dusting of snow just a few days ago. Contractors are all back to work with hammering going on everywhere, tree trimming, lawn mowers, spring break visitors– Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad has started up again- the whole place is buzzing loudly while gearing up for the summer tourist season.


So what have Maxine and I been up to the last two months? February– mostly keeping warm by the woodstove in our little, rustic cabin. In March we ignored the rain and joined the St. Paddy’s Day Parade– St. Maxine wearing her signature [this time green] Mohawk, while chasing the snakes from Blue Ridge. Then of course– the last few weeks of the month working on the magazine.


When we bought our cabin in Mineral Bluff, GA over 20 years ago, the previous and only owner– Mrs. West– left behind a lot of… uh, stuff. One of the things we’ve held onto was her My Great Recipes collection. This was a recipe club in the early 1980’s that sent monthly recipe cards to subscribers to add to their collection. I’ve been wondering what to do with them for sometime now, so you’ll find a few of them here on our recipe pages. One of these days, maybe I’ll get all 100 of them up on our web site– but don’t hold your breath for THAT to happen any time soon! As usual Maxine supervises the photo shoot by holding down my grandmother’s table cloth.


Our April/May issue brings you everything you’ll need for spring. New daddy-o Greg Dunn lists some of his favorite outdoor adventure and mountain bike events. Our new garden & landscape editor, Kevin Johnson tells all about the Rose Rosette Disease threatening our Knockout Roses and Leslie Barker Thomas, president of the Gilmer Historical Society and the Georgia Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association shares the legend of the Cherokee Rose.

Michelle Moran relates her personal path to homesteading, sustainable living and her dedication teaching the next generation exactly where their food originates.


Covered Bride Estates in Ellijay has completed their latest model home and invites prospective homebuilders to embrace nature and make it an integral part of their mountain lifestyle.


Just visiting you say? Joy Lyle of Stressbuster Cabin Rentals just might have the perfect place for a romantic getaway, or a big family vacation.


And if all of that isn’t enough– you’ll find the most complete listing of the growing number of Spring and Summer Festivals in the lower Appalachians– whew!


Hang on because there’s still the Summer Fun issue coming up for June & July! See y’all then.