Welcome to the Mountains, Bring a Canoe!

By on August 5, 2021

Howdy, Howdy everyone– I hope you brought a canoe! Been pouring rain here in the north Georgia mountains for nearly 2 weeks straight with almost no end in sight. The Toccoa River is overflowing, there’s deep standing water on almost every paved road, and many dirt roads are being washed out. Welcome to the mountains!
The dogs are bored with their short walks in between downpours, I have no dry dog towels, and I’ve given up on keeping the floor free of muddy paw prints. Today we took a short break and went for a car ride, ice cream was involved.

I’d like to extend my condolences to our Artist in Residence, Betty Kossick who recently lost her husband Johnny. Peace be with you both.

Our cover feature is also bitter sweet. Satterwhite Log Homes has been a good neighbor to everyone in Ellijay, GA and surrounding areas for many years. Their dedication to quality and service is unmatched. Sadly, Sam Satterwhite passed away due to contracting Covid while here in north Georgia. The love of Sam’s life, Travonda Satterwhite continues his legacy as she, most graciously and competently takes over the helm of the company. One of the many things that stands out about Satterwhite Log Homes is that they use naturally felled timber, no clear cutting here. That alone should make buyers choose them over other log home builders.

Doug Shelburn of North Georgia Furniture and Home Décor has been serving our community for eleven years, hey I even bought my sofa from him, and I couldn’t be happier. I can honestly say he has the best products at the best prices– many of which are made in the USA. He specializes in solid wood furniture designed to last a lifetime. If he doesn’t have exactly what you want on the floor, Doug will go above and beyond to source quality items to meet your needs. Trust me I know! Plus, I love his tagline, “We’ll beat any price, even if we have to raise ours!”

Also, in this issue is the most complete listing of 2021 Fall Festivals and Fairs across north Georgia. Granted, events are still limited due to the again rising pandemic and the Delta Variation, but for those who care to venture out, there’s lots to do. The good thing? These festivals and fairs are outside, making the risk of contracting Covid slightly less than indoor events. Just be super careful and have some good ol’ safe fun.

Our next issue, October/November, is always a favorite. Folks come to the mountains for the crisp fall air, holiday shopping, and the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association Arts in the Park, oh, and of course the turning leaves.

Old Toccoa Farm will again headline the Oct/Nov issue featuring their amazing lifestyle and golf community only 15 minutes from Historic Downtown Blue Ridge.

Next year the August September 2022 issue will mark my ten years’ stewardship of Appalachian Country Living Magazine, over the previous ten years from founder Jodi Williams, adding up to twenty years of publication. I’ll also turn 65, and I figure it’s time to retire. My wish is to hand off Appalachian Country Living to a new owner. With digital marketing and online publishing as the standard, someone with more expertise than myself in these areas should easily be able to take AC Living to the next level. If you’re interested in owning a great publication, give me a shout and let’s make a deal!

On a liiiiggghteer gooooaaatt nooottee, I am honored to be selected as a judge for the Goat Beauty Contest at the Dancing Goats Folkfest Art Festival- September
25 & 26th in Ellijay.
See y’all there!