Editor’s Letter- June July 2019

By on May 30, 2019

Summer, summer, SUMMER!

Billy on deck

I don’t know about you, but time seems to be flying forward at a faster rate every year. By the time you read this, the official start of tourist summer will be upon us. Memorial Day Weekend, while a somber remembrance of those who have given their lives to save our Democracy, which we shall never forget, it’s also the opening day to the tourist industry. This is how many of us make our living here in the mountain towns– tourism. Rafting and tubing outfits are ready to go, restaurants and other businesses are staffed up with summer employees, and we all now get to wear white shoes. Whoo Hoo!


While everyone else loves summer, the dogs and me– not so much. Our usual remote, winter hiking places become overgrown and unpassable, public groomed trails- once empty- are now full of happy hikers, and car traffic becomes a nightmare. You know, in the summer, I see at least THREE cars per day on my usually lonely dirt road! Don’t laugh. I start each dog walk asking Maxine and Billy, “You ready to go catch some ticks?” Before animal activists come knocking, my dogs have top-notch flea and tick prevention provided by my good friends at the Cohutta Animal Clinic. Me however, not so much, I am usually the winner in our “catch ticks” competitions unless I remember to give myself a spray before I leave the house.

Summertime wouldn’t be summer without all of the activities we enjoy. Old Toccoa Farm offers up the perfect setting. Members can golf on the amazingly natural designed course– now a full 18 holes– experience the Toccoa River in all its splendor, and take part in the comradery that comes with membership. If you’ve not visited Old Toccoa Farm and are looking for a welcoming community, you really should check it out. The fantastic golfing aside, OTF offers everything you’d want in a mountain community with close proximity to Historic Downtown Blue Ridge, fine dining, and culture.

No, we don’t all wear flannel shirts, jeans, black rock-n-roll tees, and hiking boots, ok that’s just me. But when I need something beyond flannel I go to my expert, Peggy Rabin of Daisy Boutique. I can’t tell you how many times Peggy has helped dress me (and my Mom) in the last 7 years! The selection of casual, chic clothing she offers is always just what you’re looking for. Rabin and her team have a keen eye for fashion and what works specifically for each customer. When you go- and I do all of my clothes shopping there- let them help you select your outfits. I pretty much go in and say, “Peggy, please dress me!” I’ve not been disappointed yet.

You’ll want to keep our calendar handy for the most complete listing of happenings in the north Georgia mountains– festivals, fairs and the 4th of July!

Next up is the August / September Fall Festivals issue. OMG! Can it be Fall already?