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Monthly Archives: July 2019

Fight Cancer with Your Fork

People

You are what you eat. Just ask the registered dietitians at Georgia Cancer Center. The dieticians recently collaborated with local farms Clyde’s Fresh Produce and Adderson’s Fresh Produce to hold a farmer’s market for cancer patients this summer as part of the “Fight Cancer with Your Fork” series.

Cancer patients and Georgia Cancer Center employees will be able to sample dishes prepared from food grown at these local farms, as well as purchase the produce for use in their homes.

There will also be educational information available showing how a person’s diet can influence their risk of developing cancer.

The August market will be held noon – 3 p.m. Thursday, August 22.

Let’s Rock — The Black Keys

Listen To This

After pressing the pause button for five years, The Black Keys return with a simple truth: rock ‘n’ roll will never die.

The duo’s ninth studio release, Let’s Rock, comes off the heels of a much-needed hiatus that proves stripped down analog-blues is an essential and blended spool of shred-thread in the musical tapestry of popular culture music.

When The Black Keys hit the scene in the early 2000s, most naysayers tossed them in a bin of midwestern 70’s throwback rip-offs, but — make no mistake — these guys mean business, and they certainly take care of it.

As if anyone who can respect good-time rock ‘n’ roll needed proof, Let’s Rock is an invitation to taste the puddin’. A good bit of polish has been added since the old tire factory recordings, allowing an intentional and layered lush-scape of crunch and hum with authentic power riffs and soaring hooks.

From the opening track, “Shine A Little Light,” to the train track clacking “Fire Walk with Me,” this album is a hungry-man sized portion of pure American swagger. To Bob Seger I say, today’s music has indeed got the same soul. You’ll surely break a sweat listening to this record as we enjoy these dog days of summer.

– Chris Rucker

Merry Maids of Augusta

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A CLEAN HOME IS A HAPPY HOME

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Your home is more than just a house—it’s your sanctuary—a space where you can relax, unwind, and spend time doing the things you love. At Merry Maids®, our cleaning services go beyond the basic services and provide you with a comprehensive clean that will reenergize your home and enhance your life. From everyday housekeeping to routine cleanings and seasonal services, our professional team members can provide you with an unrivaled experience.

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Al Kane

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Want Your Dreams Set In Stone?
All Your Stone & Stucco Projects

Call Al Kane for a FREE on-site estimate
• Patios • Fireplaces • Fire Pits • Outdoor Kitchens • Walkways • Decorative Walls • Retaining Walls • Water Gardens • Pool Decks • Flagstone • Stacked Stone • Synthetic  Stone • Stucco • Stained & Sealed Concrete

Al Kane (706) 829-9245

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Tub Doctor

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The Tub Doctor is the CSRA’s #1 bathroom remodeler. By specializing in installation of Luxury Bath Systems and their flagship products including LUX-SEAL, decorative tubs, show bases, doors, and acessories, The Tub Doctor is able to transform your eye-soar to a beautiful and comforting oasis in your home.

Our showroom is filled with examples of our shower and tub systems, so please stop by today and take a tour. We are conveniently located just off of Old Evans Road near Howard Lumber at 453 Columbia Industrial Blvd. Suite 1 in Evans.

706.863.6572

www.tubdoctorofaugusta.com

Universal Plumbing

Home Improvements

Universal Plumbing Inc. Augusta, Georgia

Universal Plumbing is the premiere plumbing service in the entire CSRA. Our dedication to prompt and fair customer service means we’ll get the job done quickly and for a price that’s settled in advance. We use a flat-rate pricing system for all of our jobs so you’ll know the cost up front. No surprises!

Our service vehicles are well-equipped, for most new installation and repairs. We provide plumbing service from A to Z, to the entire CSRA, and have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

Call us today for fast service and a fair price!

 706-738-4424

Visit our website: universalplumbinginc.com

Ya, Mon!

Beyond the Peach State

Photos courtesy of South Carolina Reggae Jerk & Wine Festival

Go calypso at this festival that celebrates reggae, jerk and all things Jamaica

Summer may be winding down – sigh – but there’s no need to relinquish the spoils of the season just yet. A visit to Jamaica would make it last a little longer. Even a day trip to Charleston would serve the purpose. Or traveling to Charleston and pretending you’re in Jamaica would offer the best of both worlds.

Actually, it’s not as far-fetched as it sounds. Not with the sixth annual South Carolina Reggae Jerk & Wine Festival and Exhibition at Magnolia Plantation & Gardens on the summer schedule.

Three in One
The festival features three events bundled into one celebration with Jamaican jerk food paired with wine, reggae music and a self-guided tour of Magnolia Plantation.

The event transports festivalgoers to the island of Jamaica, which is famous for its beautiful beaches, reggae music, Blue Mountain coffee, exotic fruits and cheerful people with their beautiful Patois language. However, no one truly has experienced Jamaica without a taste of Jamaican jerk.

Jerk pork originated in Boston Bay, Portland, Jamaica, and barbacoa, from which the term “barbecue” is derived, was made in a hole dug in the ground.

A form of cooking meat, as well as a seasoning, jerk started in the Caribbean with the Taino people and the Maroons (runaway slaves who lived in fear of being captured by the Spanish and then the English until a treaty freed them from English rule) who dwelled in the mountains.

Under this cooking method, wild hogs were marinated with spices including scotch bonnet peppers and laid out on pimento sticks in a hole. They then were covered to retain the heat and flavors as well as to curb the smoke from escaping and give away their whereabouts. Needless to say, word got out about the wonders of jerk, and Jamaican pork is popular all over the world.

At the festival, guests will be greeted with a complimentary jerk sample pairing with Irie jerk wine, a complimentary 3-ounce wine sample and a complimentary 9-ounce wine glass. The jerk sample will be provided by Caribbean Rootz visiting chef Ty from Jamaica.

In addition, the festival will include a wine presentation, more wine samples, the opportunity to purchase wine by the bottle or glass and beer sales. Special pricings on featured wines will be available at a retail tent.

A jerk cook-off will be open to professional chefs and amateur cooks, and Jamaican food selections will be available for purchase from vendors. Festivalgoers also will learn about the process of making jerk.

Of course, a Jamaican festival would not be authentic without the soothing sound of reggae music, which also was invented in Jamaica. The event will feature live concert performances by reggae bands, a Caribbean DJ and radio host Jamaican Wayne Hall from Reggae Vibes Radio. Music lovers also can experience Soca, aka the “Soul of Calypso.”

Along with music and food, the festival also will offer a pepper-eating contest, dominoes tournament, Ludo game (Jamaican board game), arts and crafts vendors and a raffle.

Garden Variety
A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Healthy Lifestyle Network, a nonprofit organization that teaches self-management and healthy lifestyle skills to children and adults in Charleston and in Jamaica. To help with programs, donations of school supplies, soccer balls sizes 3 and 4, shin guards, arts and crafts supplies, cotton fabric and hand-quilting thread will be accepted as well.

Fine food and drink, coupled with generosity, can’t help but create a satisfying atmosphere, but the festival ambiance will feature more than a laid-back island vibe. Held on the grounds of Magnolia Plantation, the event also offers a self-guided walking tour of the property.

Founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, the gardens have witnessed the history of the nation unfold since pre-American Revolution days. The property, the oldest public tourist site in the Lowcountry and the oldest public gardens in America, opened its doors to visitors in 1870 to view the gardens’ thousands of flowers and plants. Many parts of the gardens are more than 325 years old.

Although the plantation has stayed under the ownership of the same family for more than three centuries, each new generation has added its own personal touch to the property. Through the years, Drayton descendants have expanded the varieties of flowers that include camellias, daffodils, azaleas and other species that bloom year-round.

While most of America’s gardens are formal and try to control nature, Magnolia Plantation & Gardens is different. This property cooperates with Mother Nature to create a tranquil landscape where man and nature can co-exist in harmony. The romantic-style gardens have their roots in the industrial revolution of Europe. They were designed to help the common man forget his dreary workday life in the factory and go to a place where emotion pulls rank over reason. Form, balance and symmetry are cast to the wind.

Is there a better way to celebrate the last vestige of summer?

If You Go:
What: South Carolina Reggae Jerk & Wine Festival and Exhibition

When: noon – 7 p.m. Sunday, August 25

Where: Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, Charleston, S.C.

How Much: $40 regular admission; $25 designated drivers and ages 13 – 20; free for children ages 12 and under

More Info: screggaejerkfestival.webs.com

By Morgan Davis

 

Living Up to Its Potential

In The Home

Photography by Sally Kolar

A young couple has a vision for a West Lake home that needed a little imagination and TLC to bring it into the 21st century.

When it comes to home remodeling, Martinez residents Megan and Tater Simpson certainly aren’t afraid of a little – OK, a lot – of work. And the results of their fearless venture into creating new and improved living space are on full display in their charming West Lake residence.

The Simpsons had remodeled their first house, a ranch in Watervale, so they had no intention of backing down from another challenge. Vacant for five years before they bought it, the house had damage from the 2014 ice storm including fallen gutters and a limb through the roof.

“My sister told me we would be crazy to buy the house,” says Megan. “It needed so much work.”

The Simpsons were not deterred, however, and they moved into the house in November 2014. Not without the help of a little divine intervention, though.

They first looked at the house in August 2014, but someone else got it before they did. When that deal fell through, their Realtor came back to them to let them know the place was back on the market.

They had seen the potential of the house, and they were ready to execute their vision for it. “It’s got great bones, and I thought we could really do something with it,” says Megan, who gets a lot of inspiration and design ideas from houzz.com. “I guess I wanted a project at the time.”

The house also had other features the Simpsons had on their wish list such as a master bedroom on the first floor and more space for a family that now includes 3-year-old Tate and 1-year-old Catherine.

And what does Megan’s sister say about the house these days? “She loves it,” Megan says.

Sticking to the Plan
After their first home sold in a week, the Simpsons moved into the West Lake house while the renovations were underway. Beginning with the kitchen, it took them about six months to remodel the house. However, they didn’t finish the upstairs bathroom until June of this year.

That space played an important role in the initial stages of the project, however.

“We lived upstairs. Our coffeepot and microwave were in the bathroom,” Megan says. “It’s fun to plan it, but it’s not fun to live it. There were people in our house all the time.”

Even though they came home to a houseful of their new best friends, aka contractors, many nights, they never lost sight of the long game.

“We had a plan from the beginning,” says Tater. “We did the whole house.”

With the exception of the bedrooms, which are carpeted, the Simpsons replaced the parquet and tile floors throughout the house with hardwood pine flooring. Not until they had jackhammered out the 2 1/2-inch layers of concrete they found beneath the tile, though.

The den is their favorite spot in the house, and they took out the wall between den and the breakfast area to open up the space. The original wood paneling in the room is gone, updated with neutral paint on the walls and colorful artwork by Southern artists.

They kept the wood beams in the ceiling, the built-in bookcases (now painted white) and the large picture windows that overlook the 12th fairway and 13th green of the West Lake Country Club golf course.

“Everything was here, but we took a 1981 house and brought it back to life,” Tater says.

The fireplace has the original mantel, but they whitewashed the brick surround. “We kept the mantel because it matched the beams and it was original to the house,” says Megan.

In the breakfast area, they added the chair rail, painted the walls and replaced the light fixture. Another colorful painting hangs on a wall.

A desk area connects the breakfast area with the kitchen, and the Simpsons painted the wood desk white and installed a colonial white granite surface on top.

New stainless steel appliances in the kitchen replaced the 1970s-era avocado appliances, and the original wood cabinets received a coat (or two) of white paint to brighten the space. The kitchen also features colonial white granite countertops, a farmhouse sink, subway tile and plantation shutters.

Hobbies, Heritage & Herringbone
In the front of the house, the living room and dining room offer glimpses into their interests.

The living room reflects the love that Tater, who grew up hunting and fishing with his father and grandfather, has for the outdoors.

“This is my man room,” he says. “But it’s really not,” says Megan. “But I did get a deer head in it,” counters Tater.

Yes, he did. The room also includes an antler chandelier, similar to one that Tater’s parents had in their house; fish and duck pictures on the walls; a cowhide rug and a pair of leather and cowhide chairs.

The dining room décor, such as a mirror, a painting and a group of plates on a wall, features an Asian influence in a nod to Megan’s heritage.

“I love the Oriental look,” says Megan, who is one-quarter Japanese. “My mother-in-law gave me the mirror and the painting. Some of the plates are from our china set, and the others came from random antique stores around town.”

The secretary in the foyer is a find from a Facebook yard sale site, and Megan added mirrors to it. The foyer also includes a herringbone pattern of oak wood in the pine flooring.

“I wanted all pine floors, but you can’t do herringbone with pine,” Megan says.

Instead, they used oak wood, which they also discovered on the stairs when they pulled up the carpet, to create the herringbone pattern.

White and Shiny
The house originally had 2 1/2 baths, and these spaces have undergone remarkable transformations.

The Simpsons turned a half-bath downstairs into a full bath by taking a portion of an L-shaped closet in the room and converting it into a shower with subway tile. The bath also features a small chandelier and a porcelain tile floor.

“It mimics marble, but it’s more durable,” Megan says of the flooring. “I like everything to look white and shiny. I think it makes it look clean.”

The brick from the den fireplace extends into the upstairs bath, which also includes porcelain tile flooring and quartz countertops. They replaced the single sink on the vanity with a double sink as well.

They gutted the master bath, putting in new cabinetry and quartz countertops and replacing the small enclosed shower with a claw-foot tub. A walk-in shower, which features subway tile and a rain showerhead, occupies the tub’s previous spot.

The Simpsons kept the vanity area with built-ins in the master bedroom. However, they removed decorative spindle posts from the tops of the drawer space and added quartz countertops to the built-ins.

The décor in the master bedroom includes Oriental lamps on the bedside tables, a pillow with an Asian motif on the bed, Asian figurines on the built-ins and two pictures of waterfowl above the bed. Full-length windows overlook the backyard.

“We have views of the golf course from every bedroom,” says Tater.

The bed in Tate’s room has an iron headboard, and the drawer pulls on the chest are shaped like Labrador retriever’s heads. The Simpsons had an energetic yellow Lab, but they gave the dog to a family with a farm – and lots of room to run – when their children came along.

Another downstairs room, which previously was a den with brick on one wall, became a nursery for their children. They whitewashed the brick and replaced the wood paneling and built-ins with a white chair rail and white bookcases.

After all the work they have put into their home, the Simpsons call the West Lake residence their “forever house.”

“Unless I win the lottery and I can watch somebody hand-pack my plates,” says Megan, “I’m not going anywhere.”

By Betsy Gilliland

 

 

 

Own It

Sports

A new multi-sport trail event is coming to Blanchard Woods Park.

If you’re ready to hit the trail running – or biking – then check out Own the Woods. This new multi-sport trail event will include a three-hour circuit cross country mountain bike race, a 5-mile trail run and a four-person mountain bike relay.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top male and female finishers in the mountain bike race and the trail run. Awards will be presented to age group winners as well. The top mountain bike relay male, female and co-ed teams also will earn awards.

In the Corporate Challenge, teams will compete for a grand prize based on cumulative results in all three disciplines.

The event also will feature an expo showcasing fitness and health-themed vendors, food, beverages and other activities for all ages.

Early registration ends August 1, but participants can register through September 13. Packet pick up begins at 7 a.m. on September 14, and is followed by the trail run at 8 a.m., mountain bike relay at 9:30 a.m. and mountain bike race at 11 a.m. Proceeds will benefit the MS Center and raise awareness about multiple sclerosis.

“Through our work at the Augusta MS Center at Augusta University, we know that MS is a challenging disease full of unpredictable ups and downs,” says Dr. Suzanne Smith, director of the center. “We hope that presenting Own the Woods will serve as a positive reminder to everyone, including those living with MS, to stay the course regardless of the challenges they face.”

If You Go:

What: Own the Woods

When: Saturday, September 14

Where: Blanchard Woods Park

How Much: $40 individuals before August 1; $45 individuals August 1 – September 13; $120 teams

More Info: (706) 421-4585 or bikereg.com