Amy Christian



One-Stop Shop

One-Stop Shop

You don’t have to line up at 6 a.m. for the Columbia County Giant Community Yard Sale, but event Chairman James Waldron says a lot of people do. “The vendors start showing up about 5:30; probably 6 a.m. is when people start showing up for the line,” he said. “Yard sale is a morning thing.” […]

Bender What?

Bender What?

If you head out for a paddle at Betty’s Branch this Saturday, you might hear a lot of words you don’t understand. Let’s start with the obvious one: Benderdinker. “I made it up,” said Kristina Williams, founder of the paddle and festival. “Actually, my mom made it up. I was talking about going up to […]

Haints and Saints explores the good and bad in all of us

Haints and Saints explores the good and bad in all of us

Jason Craig is an artist who doesn’t really like to paint all that much. “A lot of artists paint and it’s therapeutic for them,” he said. “For me, it’s like building a house. I don’t want to hang drywall; I just want to live in a house that’s warm. The ‘I’m doing that’ kind of […]

All-Star drummer conducts clinic in Augusta

All-Star drummer conducts clinic in Augusta

Those who attend Gregg Bissonette’s drum clinic on Friday are in for a treat. Not only will they hear the Grammy Award winner play and be able to ask him questions, but they’ll hear a whole lot of stories from his nearly five decades in the music business. They might hear about his “big-time mullet” […]

“Thug Kitchen” delivers on taste, if not on attitude

“Thug Kitchen” delivers on taste, if not on attitude

“Are you easily offended?” It’s a question I ask all who interview to work at the Metro Spirit, and it’s the first thing I knew I had to make clear when I decided to review my brand-new cookbook “Thug Kitchen.” “Thug Kitchen” was a late Christmas present from Santa and the tagline under the name […]

Food Stuff

Food Stuff

If you ever go for dinner at Columbia County’s American Legion Post, settle in for a long, fun evening. Why would I even think about going to dinner at the American Legion, you may be asking yourself. It’s a good question, but one that may have a little bit of an unexpected answer. Yes, the […]

Benefit concert just keeps growing

Benefit concert just keeps growing

For a benefit concert that is only five years old, Music for Memories has been able to secure some pretty big-name talent. Lee Brice, Montgomery Gentry and Scotty McCreery have all taken the Country Club stage and, this year, it’s Cole Swindell’s turn to help raise money for the Jud C. Hickey Center for Alzheimer’s […]

Food Stuff

Food Stuff

Kevin Gillespie keeps collecting accolades. The Atlanta chef became a household name in 2009 when he became a finalist on Top Chef’s season 6. He was beloved that season as much for his humble attitude (more apparent considering it was such a sharp contrast with the eventual winner, the douchy egomaniac Michael Voltaggio) and ginger […]

Players tackle the groundbreaking “West Side Story”

Players tackle the groundbreaking “West Side Story”

“West Side Story” may be one of Debi Ballas’ favorite musicals, but there’s a good reason the Augusta Players haven’t staged a production of it in a very long time. “We did it 11 years ago,” laughed Ballas, director of the musical that shows this weekend at the Imperial Theatre, “and it took me this […]

Wild Wing Cafe’s success built on food, music and family

Wild Wing Cafe’s success built on food, music and family

There are three things Tricie Scholer wants her restaurant to be known for, and the first should be obvious from its name. Tricie and her husband Jan have owned Wild Wing Cafe on Washington Road for almost 11 years now. That’s long enough for their son Daniel to become the general manager and another son, […]