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Baked Lemon Garlic Butter Salmon with Capers

  • Delicious Salmon4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons drained capers
  • Mixed salad
  • 1/2 lemon, quartered
  • 1/2 lemon, sliced, for garnish
  • Chopped parsley

Heat oven to 325 degrees. Season both sides of salmon with salt and pepper, to taste. Melt butter in skillet over medium heat until bubbling. Add garlic and capers and cook 1-2 minutes, stirring, until warm. Remove skillet from heat and add salmon, skin side down. Top with some of the garlic caper butter and loosely cover skillet with foil. Bake, covered, 15 minutes. Uncover and spoon more garlic caper butter over salmon. Cook, uncovered, 5-10 minutes more until desired doneness. For a crispy top, place under the broiler briefly before done, but do not overcook. Place on salad and squeeze a lemon quarter over each piece. Top with fresh parsley and more garlic caper butter. Garnish with sliced lemon. Makes 4 servings.

Up, Up and Away

Helen Hot Air Balloon Race

Photos courtesy of the Helen to the Atlantic Balloon Race & Festival

There’s a reason – in fact, more than one – that the picturesque community of Helen, Georgia is the state’s third most-visited city. Hint: one of those reasons will take off at the end of the month.

From May 30 to June 1, the town will be the site of the Helen to the Atlantic Balloon Race & Festival – the South’s oldest balloon event and the country’s only long-distance hot air balloon race.

A Helen businessman, the late Pete Hodkinson, started the event in 1974, and he founded the race on two guiding principles. First and foremost, the people of Helen, who transformed their lumber town into a Bavarian-style village in the 1960s, believe that their community is the center of their world. And, harkening back to the days of Christopher Columbus, the Atlantic Ocean was considered the “edge of the Earth.”

Launch & Land

About 25 brightly colored hot air balloons, piloted by race competitors and local flyers, will fill the sky in a mass ascension at 7 a.m. Thursday, May 30, weather permitting, as the race gets underway. If conditions are too windy or if storms are forecast, then the takeoff will be postponed until the weather is favorable.

The majority of the balloons will take off from the launch field that is located across the Chattahoochee River from Cool River Tubing and the city’s River Park. However, a few balloons may launch from various places around town.

the Helen to the Atlantic Balloon Race & FestivalWhile the race begins in the Alpine village in the North Georgia mountains, the finish line is Interstate-95. The actual end point is fluid, however, as balloons can reach their destination anywhere between Maine and Miami. The winner is the first person to cross I-95, or whoever is ahead at sunset on Friday, May 31.

The shortest distance to the interstate is 225 miles, and the race usually takes two days. Although the race has been done in one day, some have taken as many as four days.

As the competition to the Atlantic continues, other balloonists will compete in local events beginning Thursday evening around 6:30 p.m.

Local flying events also will take place on Friday and Saturday around 7 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. each day, weather permitting, for one to two hours. About 20 balloons will fly locally.

No ballooning activities take place during the middle of the day. Dawn or two or three hours before sunset – the cooler hours of the day – are the best times for balloons to take off.

Launches and landings also are easier during these hours because winds typically are light.

Helen Hot Air Balloon RaceFlying at these times also avoids thermals, which are vertical air currents caused by ground heating that makes it more difficult to control the balloon. In extreme circumstances, the downdrafts associated with strong thermals can exceed the ability of a balloon to climb and force it into the ground.

Involvement & Entertainment

The balloon race challenges the skills of the pilot and crew as they have to navigate the mountains, Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest and Unicoi, Smithgall Woods, Moccasin Creek, Vogel, Tallulah Gorge and Amicalola Falls state parks that surround the village.

However, the bird’s eye views of treetops, vast woodlands, streams, waterfalls and wildlife make the flights worthwhile.

Helen Georgia Balloon RaceIn addition to the overhead views, attractions of ballooning include the exceptional quiet (except when the propane burners are firing) and the lack of a feeling of movement. Since balloons move with the direction of the wind, passengers don’t feel the wind other than brief periods when the balloon climbs or descends into air currents of different direction or speed.

A balloon can only go the same speed and direction as the wind, so the pilot must find the altitude that gives the best speed and direction toward the finish line.

The race also is a crew event as the balloons are limited to 40 gallons of propane fuel – enough to last four hours – so they must land for refueling. If the crew is not at the landing site immediately with fresh tanks, the balloon loses valuable time while the pilot and crew try to find each other.

The public can get involved in the race by assisting with the inflation of the balloons or by joining a chase crew that follows a balloon.

Helen also offers many sights and attractions for visitors when the balloons are not flying. These activities include river tubing, hiking to waterfalls, going on a picnic or a buggy ride, visiting an amusement park, playing golf, panning for gold, exploring museums or shopping.

If You Go:

What: Helen to the Atlantic Balloon Race & Festival

When: Thursday, May 30 – Saturday, June 1

Where: Helen, Georgia

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By Morgan Davis

Porches and Pastures

In The Home
Evans Home

Photography by Relentless Pursuit

Until their permanent home is completed, this Appling family is enjoying living in their party barn.

Whether they’re hosting neighborhood bonfires or taking in animals in need, Cori and Chris Pittman and their sons love to share their hospitality with human and four-legged companions.

There is ample space for them to accommodate guests and furry (or feathery) family members on their 11-acre Appling property, where they plan to start building their permanent home this year. For the past 16 months, however, they have been living in the party barn that they initially constructed on their land.

“It’s built for company and to entertain,” says Cori. “It’s not ideal for forever, but for now, it’s perfect.”

The barn has a coastal farmhouse look, and some of its exterior features will match outside accents on the house.

living in their party barnFor instance, the house will include shaker shingles like those on the upper level of the barn and an A-framed roof pitch and gable that will match the barn. The house also will feature the cedar accents and galvanized lighting that give the barn its coastal feel.

Outdoor Living

Along with their three rescue horses, bull, heifer, male and female donkey, six chickens, fainting goat and Texas Blue Lacy dog, the Pittmans love to spend time outside. So, naturally, the party barn has lots of outdoor gathering spots including two covered porches.

The porch off the master suite features double doors to the bedroom, two rocking chairs, a “grandma coastal vibe” lamp with a wicker shade atop a distressed table, an outdoor tweed rug, a tongue-and-groove ceiling and two lanterns beside a pair of olive trees.

“We turn the lamp on at night, and we enjoy our time in the morning out here,” Cori says. “We like to come outside and visit with the horses. They line up along the fence while we drink our coffee.”

A TV on the other covered porch stays on for game days, so guests can watch sporting events outside or in the living room. This porch includes wicker furnishings, a wooden bench, two ceiling fans, three galvanized lights, a tongue-and-groove ceiling and a diamond-cut concrete floor.

living in their party barnThe Pittmans also like to eat and grill outside, and Adirondack chairs surround a fire pit on the patio.

“We didn’t want a traditional fire pit,” Cori says. “It looks like a gas drum that has been cut in half.”

The main entrance to the barn is a rollup, all-glass garage door that they can open for entertaining, and rustic metal planters by the garage door match the lighting. Cori decorated around the greenery-filled planters, which were her first purchase for the barn.

Sealed cedar corbels support the overhang above the garage door to break up the white exterior, and the overhang also includes a tongue-in-groove ceiling. A single galvanized light fixture hangs above the large picture window that is centered atop the garage door.

“I wanted a really large window in the front that could be a focal point,” says Cori.

living in their party barnWestern Gothic Style

An outdoor staircase leads to the upper level office that Cori and Chris share.

“We incorporated both of our styles in the office space so we could both enjoy it,” she says.

In this room, where she has a desk on one side and Chris has a desk on the other, Cori decorated around the antler light fixture.

The décor includes rustic blacks and blues, neutral colors, Aztec prints, animal print pillows, a shimmery antelope print rug, a coffee table between two brown leather couches and two cowhide rugs.

“We took a trip to Texas, and we wanted to bring back cowhide rugs,” Cori says. “We got a lot of ideas.”

Built-in benches run the length of opposite walls beneath clerestory windows that let in light, and the ceiling features a gray-washed cedar wood beam. Moody blue suede drapes on the large picture window add a different texture to the space, and equine head pictures flank either side.

However, Cori also seamlessly mixes in coastal décor to soften the look.

A vase filled with preserved hydrangeas accents a rustic, distressed light blue chest in the entryway.

“I got the chest to put downstairs, but it fit perfectly in the office,” Cori says.

living in their party barnPop of Personality

Neutral colors are the hallmark of the living room, but greenery brings it personality.

“The fiddleleaf plants and ferns give it a pop of life,” says Cori.

Across from the rollup door, a magnolia leaf wreath is centered in the black metal window frame that rests on a black chest against the shiplap wall.

“I wanted it to look like art. I wanted something tall here,” says Cori. “I knew it would be the focal point because this is what people see when they come in.”

A distressed floor lamp stands next to the chest, where more dried hydrangeas fill a vase. A horse statue is placed in a tray.

“I love the look of preserved flowers, and you’ll find horses hidden all around the house,” says Cori.

The décor also includes a shimmery antelope rug, accent pillows and a full-length antique bronze mirror. A flat-screen TV, which features an art mode when it is not in use, hangs above a distressed serpentine chest.

“I bought the chest when we started building,” Cori says. “I wasn’t sure where I was going to put it, but I knew I would find a spot for it.”

She custom-made the living room drapes with a “drop cloth” look, but a strip of light blue with navy trim gives them a touch of elegance.

The powder coating on the galvanized rails of the rollup door give the space a homey feel.

“I wanted the living room to be a cozy spot where everybody would feel at home,” Cori says. “My husband jokes that we live in a fishbowl, but I love the openness and the natural light. It just feels so homey and comfortable.”

Farmhouse Features

The sealed concrete flooring throughout the barn connects the living room with the adjoining eat-in kitchen.

“We wanted to keep the floor low-maintenance,” says Cori. “It’s perfect for summer because it’s cool. The squares keep it from cracking, but give it a rustic look.”

living in their party barnOther features throughout the barn include shiplap, antique bronze hardware and faucets, wicker, wood, an indoor/outdoor audio system and three-panel doors.

Although the space is open, another gray-washed cedar beam offers a bit of separation between the living room and kitchen.

“We put a gray wash on the beams to take off the red,” says Cori.

The kitchen also includes vertical shiplap on one wall, wicker chairs at the round table, a wicker light fixture above the fluted farmhouse sink, a laundry nook and cabinetry that stretches to the ceiling.

“The cabinets go all the way to the ceiling to draw the eye up,” Cori says.

She also added black and white MacKenzie-Childs accents such as a tea kettle and salt and pepper shakers “to give the kitchen a little pop.”

A Private Oasis

The master bedroom includes distressed furniture, another shimmery antelope rug and colorful accent pillows on the four-poster, bead-framed bed. An arched mirror tops the gray distressed chests that serve as nightstands, and a pendant light with a glass shade hangs above each chest.

The room also has an accent wall featuring wallpaper with a gold and white design.

“I wanted the bedroom to feel different from the rest of the house,” says Cori. “I wanted it to be our own little oasis.”

A set of three framed Masters watercolor prints hangs on either side of the closet door, and Cori pulled the olive green from the accent pillows for the suede custom drapes on the double doors.

She also redid the distressed white dresser, which the couple has had since they’ve been married.

“I like a mixture of furniture,” Cori says. “I especially like the distressed look.”

The bath includes a round mirror and sconces on the shiplap wall as well as a farmhouse sink.

Between the boys’ bedrooms, Cori created an accent wall where a decorative sheep head mount separates two pictures of the couple in frames with vertical black and white stripes.

“I like being able to be creative and have more than one design style,” she says. “It all comes together in the end.”

By Betsy Gilliland

Ag + Art Tour


Ag + Art Tour in South CarolinaThe annual, award-winning Ag + Art Tour in South Carolina, which runs May 4 through June 30, is back, offering free, self-guided tours of farms, markets and other venues.

Local artisans and vendors will display their wares at hundreds of sites in 20 counties across the state on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The event kicks off on Saturday, May 4 in McCormick County, which is participating in the tour for the first time, and continues in Aiken County on Saturday, May 11.

During the tour, visitors can see first-hand where their food comes from, watch artists in action, purchase artwork and fresh produce, enjoy the talents of local musicians and learn more about rural life.

For more information,  visit

The Women by Kristin Hannah

Literary Loop

The Women by Kristin HannahWomen can be heroes. When 20-year-old nursing student Frankie McGrath hears these words, it is a revelation. Raised in the sun-drenched, idyllic world of Southern California and sheltered by her parents, she has always prided herself on doing the right thing.

But in 1965 the world is changing, and she suddenly dares to imagine a different future for herself. When her brother ships out to serve in Vietnam, she joins the Army Nurse Corps and follows his path. Each day is a gamble of life and death, hope and betrayal.

But war is just the beginning for Frankie and her veteran friends. The real battle lies in coming home to a changed and divided America, to angry protesters, and to a country that wants to forget Vietnam.

The Women is the story of one woman gone to war, but it shines a light on all women who put themselves in harm’s way and whose sacrifice and commitment to their country has too often been forgotten. A novel about deep friendships and bold patriotism, it is a richly drawn story with a memorable heroine whose idealism and courage under fire will come to define an era.

Says Booklist, “It is a moving, gripping tale that pays tribute to the under-appreciated skill and courage of combat nurses.”

The Sky’s the Limit


Air Dot Show, AugustaWith the return of the Air Dot Show, Augusta will be in select company as one of six stops on the East Coast tour.

The show, which also entertained local audiences last year, will feature high-energy aerobatics on Memorial Day weekend.

The U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor Demo Team and the U.S. Navy E/A-18 Growler Demo Team are the featured headliners of the show.

Other performers include the Air Force Heritage Flight, Navy Legacy Flight, Remax Parachute Team and world-renowned aerobatic instructors Greg Koontz and Grant Nielsen.

A variety of aircraft also will be on display.

Air Dot Show, AugustaVisitors should bring sunscreen and ear protection. They also can bring a one-liter sealed bottle of water.

Seating options and prices vary, from VIP and flight line seating to lawn boxes and general admission. General admission ticketholders can bring their own chairs. No tents, awnings or canopies will be allowed.

All tickets must be purchased before arrival.

If You Go:

What: Air Dot Show Tour

Air Dot Show, AugustaWhen: Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26; gates open 9 a.m.; air shows run from noon until 4 p.m. each day

Where: Augusta Regional Airport

How Much: Seating options and prices vary; children ages 5 and under are admitted for free

More Info:

Mimosas on Main


Harlem’s downtown district Mimosas on MainExplore Harlem’s downtown district as the Harlem Merchants Association holds its annual Mimosas on Main Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

During the festivities, participating shops and businesses will be offering brunch, bubbly and giveaways. There is a one-time wristband charge of $5.

Registration and event guides are available at Reeves Realty and the Harlem Library plaza.

For more information, visit

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Cindy Donaldson – SweetlyDStressed

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Let us replace or reface! With over 10+ years of cabinet painting experience and 25 years in the kitchen remodeling and designing kitchens allows the team at SweetlyDStressed to avoid the mistakes common to such projects.

We offer a wide range of styles and options to choose from to replace your existing cabinet doors. While your cabinet boxes remain in place, we replace the doors and drawer fronts to a new style, so your kitchen looks and feels like new at a fraction of the cost of a remodel.

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Amy Crawley – So Simply Amy, Event Designer

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Amy Crawley, owner of So Simply Amy, consults and designs for all types of events and clients across the CSRA. In addition to helping corporate clients with their annual events, Amy offers her services and expertise to individuals as a wedding and event designer.


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Amanda Bowling – The Blush and Glow Studio

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We are an all-girl team who support female empowerment and self care. We offer 3 tans: Original Glow, Express Glow, and Super Express Glow. All-Natural + Sunless tanning. No booths, airbrush tanning only. We also offer tanning group parties for weddings, etc. and monthly memberships. Every Tuesday, everyone tans for $35 regardless of the type of spray tan.

The Blush and Glow Studio is an all-natural airbrush tanning boutique. Our solutions were developed with a super hydrating base for your tan – a simple, yet unique blend of pure water and organic, anti-aging moisturizers. We celebrate all bodies! No matter your shape, sex, age or skin tone, everyone is always welcome! Our solutions are doctor formulated + approved by dermatologists nationwide and are vegan, hypoallergenic, paraben-free, alcohol-free + cruelty free. 

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Donatella Armstrong Key – Southeastern Residential LLC-VP and Associate Broker

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Donatella Armstrong Key doesn’t just sell houses; she crafts dreams into reality. Armed with a background in running a home improvement store in Italy, she ventured across the Atlantic. This leap would set the stage for a career defined by passion, dedication, and unwavering commitment to her clients.

Since 2001, Donatella has been the guiding force behind countless successful real estate transactions. While she boasts expertise in resale homes, land development, and commercial properties, her true forte lies in new home construction.development initiatives.”

Donatella Armstrong Key
VP and Associate Broker with Southeastern Residential LLC
Broker in charge of Rental Key DND
LLC Property Management Company

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Alison S. Yohe – Yohe & Co. Wedding and Event Planner

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After her wedding in June 2019, Alison Yohe took another life-changing plunge just three months later. She launched her own business, Yohe & Co. Wedding and Event Planning, to offer seamless event planning to brides and other clients.

Services include full planning from a couple’s engagement to their wedding day and partial planning to handle odds and ends. She and her five-member team also offer day-of coordination to help with last-minute details and finalize timelines with vendors. Alison loves to see a bride’s expression as she walks down the aisle and when she arrives at the reception.

While she strives to make her clients’ dreams come true, she also has dreams of her own. “I would love to grow into travel wedding planning and plan a wedding out of the country,” she says.

(706) 631-2288

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Universal Plumbing

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Universal Plumbing has its eye on the future, and Shalanda Morris, operations manager, hopes it includes more women on staff. Like she and the other three women on the 28-member Universal Plumbing team, they can contribute a variety of work experience to the job.

Her dynamic team includes Claudia Jones, vice president; Jasmine Jordan, who brought her human resources background to the company; and Stephanie Fox, a former 911 dispatcher who works in customer service and dispatch. “The future of our company is women, and the women in this office are leaders,” says Shalanda, who has a master’s degree in education from Harvard University. “I used what I learned at Harvard about managing schools to make changes and modernize the business.” 

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