Amy Christian



Random thoughts from a One Direction concert

Random thoughts from a One Direction concert

Last Wednesday, October 1, I took my 14-year-old daughter and her best friend to Atlanta’s Georgia Dome to see One Direction with opening act 5 Seconds of Summer. For the uninitiated, One Direction is made up of Harry, Niall, Liam, Zayn and Louis — five impossibly cute British kids who separately auditioned for the English […]

Fall Means Football

Fall Means Football

Nola loves football. Those three words don’t come close to describing her near-obsession with the game. She devotes more time to it than any 14-year-old girl should. She knows more about it than many grown men I know. Seriously. You want to draw her into conversation? Just start talking about football, and she’ll impress you […]

Arts in the Heart of Augusta Expands, Diversifies

Arts in the Heart of Augusta Expands, Diversifies

Art in the Heart of Augusta will have a decidedly Big Easy flair this year, with the headlining band, a prominent spoken word poet and a stilt walker all hailing from New Orleans. It’s a fitting coincidence, since Arts in the Heart has always aimed to showcase Augusta’s diverse culture. After all, what city in […]

Keeping the Spirit Alive

Keeping the Spirit Alive

“So we have our next victim.” Those were the first words Widespread Panic guitarist Michael Houser said to Sam Holt when they met in Kansas City in the summer of 2000. Holt, a musician, had answered the phone the previous day and agreed to fill in as guitar tech for the band. That meant hopping […]

Food Stuff

Food Stuff

Could you find Lyons, Georgia, on a map? Did you even know there was a Lyons, Georgia? Would it help if I told you it was near Metter and Cobbtown? Wondering where this is going? Puzzled over why I’m asking you so many useless questions on what was supposed to be a nice, relaxed Sunday […]

Pants on Fire

Pants on Fire

I hear a heavy sigh from the passenger seat as I turn into the school parking lot. We’re headed to open house the Thursday before school starts and Nola, though she had spent a good couple of hours getting ready, is clearly displeased. She knew this day was coming but the sight of the building […]

Nerdfest

Nerdfest

If you think those who work for craft brewing companies are rock stars, they are. “It’s like being part of a band and I’m the drummer,” explains Jonathan Parker of Jekyll Brewing in Alpharetta. “I mean, who wouldn’t want this job?” echoes Wes Sessoms of Red Hare Brewing Company in Marietta. True. But if craft […]

Needs and Wants

Needs and Wants

Nola and I have not been motivated to do much of anything this summer . She just recently began delving in to her summer reading list even though most of her friends were halfway done a few weeks ago. I’ve had to dole out other assignments in stages because God forbid I cut into the […]

Food Stuff

Food Stuff

I’ve complained before in this space about the attention that Augusta gets from outsiders. Particularly during Masters, it seems that journalists from all over the world know what’s best for and about our city. So when Buona Caffe recently posted to Facebook that they’d be recognized by a website as one of the best restaurants […]

Restoring People and Places

Restoring People and Places

Fifty years ago it was a pond and, for the past 15 or so years, it sat vacant. This past April, however, the open field on Wheeler Road across from Surrey Center became home to Fireside Fresh. This market, selling everything from fresh vegetables and fruits to plants, local honey, canned goods, skincare products and […]