Each little corner of Athens is has its own identity. From the busy streets of downtown to the soothing canopy of wisteria that Westlake Drive becomes in the spring, each neighborhood has its own mood and feel. We thought it would be fun to make a series of videos capturing those moods, and the tree-lined, easy-going late summer vibe of the Boulevard neighborhood seemed like the perfect place to start. So we sent Mary Sommerville out to see what she could find.
All of us have that friend, the one with the perfect-looking Instagram feed. The light’s just right, the location is perfect. You might think accomplishing a styled look to your photos is a huge undertaking. But a few small adjustments can take your photography to the next level.
We sat down with Lara Limbaugh, the Senior Stylist Intern at local clothing company Umano and picked her brain for some tips to keep in mind next time you are creating the perfectly styled Instagram shot.
With its roots in acting technique, improvisation is largely reacting to the situations posed by other members of the troupe. And when Improv Athens reacts, the result is an audience doubled over in laughter.
A shrub is the tart drinking vinegar that has taken the bar scene by storm around the country. Popularized in the American colonies as a means of preservation, the shrub involves steeping fruit in vinegar to create a slightly sweet, uniquely tart beverage that is just as refreshing topped with soda as it is mixed into a modern cocktail. Imagine sweat-soaked men coming off the field after bailing hay for hours—these are the original shrub enthusiasts.
All around the Classic City, bartenders are experimenting, and the best thing about this versatile drink is that it’s a method ripe for any bounty of fruit, vegetable or herb that you may have on hand. Get creative! Getting to know the wild range of the shrub, adds to the toolbox of any craft cocktail enthusiast.
Next time you find yourself with an unquenchable thirst, look to the non-alcoholic section on the menu and find the elixir that reaches way beyond a can of soda. There is something about drinking vinegar, the colonial cocktail if you will, that makes you feel like you’ve done something good for yourself, something healthy.
Athens has its share of farmers markets, but not all are created equal. The West Broad Farmers Market, created by the Athens Land Trust, kicked off its third year of operation this past May. Thanks to a wide variety of services offered and the permanence of their location, West Broad provides a distinctly community-based approach to their programs and activities. It aims to feed our minds as well as our bodies.
If you ran into local graphic artist Chris Taylor on the street, you probably wouldn’t think he’s the man behind the mysterious nests in the State Botanical Gardens off of Milledge Avenue. However, that’s just the kind of man he is, unassuming yet impactful in the community; installing his many variations of land art around town and leading workshops to encourage others to create similarly.
Inspiration first came to Taylor five or six years ago when he watched a documentary on British land artist Andy Goldsworthy. The concept of land art just made sense to Taylor. He grew up as an only child exploring the North Georgia mountains, so using his environment to create something new was an exciting outlet. This outlet took him away from his digitally consumed day job as a graphic artist and head of social media for The University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business, where he has worked for 17 years.
This past weekend we sent our Chief Photographer, Austin Steele, and one of our regular contributors, Courtney Johnson, to cover Wildwood Revival, a 2 day rock/country festival just outside of Athens. The festival took place out on a 30 acre farm, where attendees could pitch a tent, sit around the campfire, and get out of the city for a few days.
The first day was full of great jams, food from various Athens restaurants such as Heirloom Cafe, an old school dance party full of tracks from the 50s and 60s, and a campfire to finish the night off. Between all the great music, food, and great company, you could really lose yourself in this amazing atmosphere and escape all those obligations and deadlines that await you back in the city.
The people over at Wildwood have created such a magical place and we can’t wait to get back there next year.
My Athens was started out of a desire to celebrate the Classic City, but there’s too much thriving, struggling, learning, failing, bouncing back and trying again happening here for us to truly celebrate our city without the help of the community itself. That’s why we started the #my_athens tag — to create a visual conversation about the city as it lives and grows around us.
Every Sunday, we host a couple of our favorite #my_athens photos from the community, turning our platform back over to the people to say what’s been happening in their Athens this week. Here’s our collection of community photos from August.
Every Tuesday, we feature photos from some of our favorite local photographers in a series we call Tuesday Takeover. We like to think of it as a chance to everyday Athenians to tell the story of what Athens means (and looks like) through their eyes. These are our Tuesday Takeover photos from August.
We’d love to see what Athens looks like to you! To be featured, drop us a line here.
Last Saturday, the young men of UGA took the to streets in heels. Yes, you read that right – heels.
They all did it to raise awareness within the community about sexual violence prevention and resources available to those affected, as part of Walk a Mile in Her Shoes. In a move that surely left their female friends smirking, most of the guys struggled to make it to the finish line and ended up taking their heels off. But there were a valiant few who strutted across the finish line head (and feet) held high. After the mile was over, awards were given out to various participants (highest heel, biggest shoe, etc). We’re still waiting to hear when everyday ladies will be given awards for choosing fabulous footwear over comfort and a lower center of gravity, but we like to believe, thanks to so many men giving heels a try as part of Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, that it may happen in our lifetimes.
The event was put on by RSVP (an organization within the University Health Center) for free, but donations were collected and went towards The North Georgia Cottage, the sexual assault center and children’s advocacy group in Athens. Two of our contributors, John Buckley and Kayla Renie, captured this light-hearted event with its strong message.