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> Attending Athens Host City of the 2016 GSAE Annual Meeting, June 1-3 A VIBRANT COLLEGE town with sophisticated southern charm, Athens, Georgia is located just 60 miles northeast of Atlanta. Visitors will discover a unique blend of southern heritage and contemporary entertainment in this historic town known for its delicious foods, live music scene and Division I SEC sports. Antebellum architecture, a bustling restored downtown, and the nation's first state-chartered university is a compelling backdrop for an array of museums, concerts, restaurants, breweries, galleries and world-renowned music scene. Foodie Fun Athens is a rising star on the food scene with "Top Chef" alum Hugh Acheson (Five & Ten, The National) among many talented chefs creating exceptional menus from local, seasonal and sustainable fare. There is no shortage of restaurants in Athens, Ga. Visitors can find anything from fine dining to traditional Korean BBQ to southern-style chicken and waffles to classic American hamburgers. The Georgia Food Tours of Athens takes visitors on a walking tour of Athens' best locally owned restaurants and eateries. Participants have the opportunity to sample delicious specialties while restaurant owners, chefs, and farmers share their stories. Some Athens favorites include The Last Resort Grill, The Grit and Mama's Boy. Three local farmers markets, open in season from April-December, feature local fruits, vegetables, meat, baked goods and dairy. Many of the items sold are grown locally using sustainable farming methods. In addition to foodstuffs, the farmer's markets also feature home goods, health and beauty items and other products made by local artisans, along with Athens' famous homegrown live music. Terrapin Beer Co., located in Athens, recently claimed a spot on The Best 25 Craft Breweries in the U.S. list. The brewery first burst onto the scene in 2002 when their Rye Pale Ale won a Gold Medal at the American Beer Festival in Denver. This award-winning brewery opens its doors every Wed.-Sun. for free tours, tastings and live music. Creature Comforts Brewing Company joined the Athens brewing community in the spring of 2014 in downtown Athens. They offer tours on Tues.-Fri. in the evening and Sat. in the afternoon. A third brewery, Southern Brewing Co., opened in May 2015. Trappeze Pub, The Globe, and Copper Creek Brewing Company finish off the list as top spots to sip a local Athens brew. Retail Therapy Athens' restored Victorian-era downtown sits just across Broad Street from the famed UGA Arch on North Campus. While similarly sized communities have struggled to keep downtown districts vibrant in the wake of mega stores and strip malls, Athens' downtown has flourished by attracting an eclectic mix of restaurants, specialty shops, galleries, and nightclubs whose appeal transcends the college crowd. The charming downtown boasts a number of unique shops filled with one-of-a-kind and locally-made products. Notable spots include R. Wood Ceramics, Agora Vintage, Bee Natural luminaries, and Masada leather goods. connections 17

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Connections - Fall 2015

Message from the Chair
GSAE News & Events
New Members
Thank You, GSAE Volunteers!
SAO Leadership Program Strengthens Association on Multiple Levels
Attending Athens
Purpose, Plan, Performance
Member Perspectives: The Undeniable Significance of the Handwritten Note
GSAE Summer Events Wrap-Up
Destination: The Outer Banks
Choices: There’s No Debating Our Leaders
Index of Advertisers

Connections - Fall 2015