Georgia Magazine - October 2011 - (Page 4)

October 2011 CONTENTS D E PA R T M E N T S FROM THE EDITOR Every other year, GEORGIA Magazine holds a Readers’ Choice Awards contest, allowing our readers to vote for their favorite people, places and events in our state. The “icons” of Georgia often win the most votes—like the High Museum of Art for favorite museum or Tybee Island for preferred beach—but there are usually lots of other winners that rise to the top. And it’s always fun to hear from our readers. While we found that their favorite mountain destinations included Helen and Blue Ridge, we also got entries for Gatlinburg, Tenn., or Cherokee, N.C.! And Seaside, Fla., and the Bahamas for best beach! We didn’t know Georgia extended that far! We also learned the best hot dogs are to be had at The Varsity and the Atlanta Braves games—and at Grandma’s! Other readers included personal comments: Kimberley Isaacs, of Buena Vista, says of Roosevelt’s Little White House Historic Site (winner of favorite historic site), “I think this whole area is so beautiful and was one of my favorite trips as a kid.” I’m also pleased to note that my own article, “A tour of honor” [November 2010], a story about taking World War II vets to D.C. on Honor Flights, won for favorite article from the 2010 editions. For all of the winners, see “Georgia’s greats!” page 22. While we Georgians know our state is the best, our cousin to the south, the state of Florida, offers limitless natural attractions as well. See “Naturally Florida,” page 18, for some amazing getaway ideas, all less than a day’s drive away. Finally, this issue also includes a wrap-up of the year’s “Reality check” series on energy sources in Georgia; see “An ‘all-of-the-above’ energy strategy,” page 17. Enjoy! Ann Orowski Editor Vol. 67, No. 10 5 VIEWPOINT We are the same 6 MAILBOX 7 PICTURE THIS? Identify this Georgia site for a chance to win $25! 8 GEORGIA NEWS 10 CALENDAR OF EVENTS 16 CURRENTS The FindIt Program; Co-op crews head north; Walton EMC Natural Gas No. 1 17 GEORGIA’S ENERGY OUTLOOK Reality Check: An “all-of-the-above” energy strategy 28 AROUND GEORGIA Historic Prater’s Mill 30 MY GEORGIA Clayton on canvas 32 GEORGIA GARDENS Creating a nighttime garden 34 GEORGIA COOKS Tailgating recipes 38 SNAPSHOT Halloween heroes, villains and damsels web exclusive 22 O N THE COVER: Kids of all ages get a splash out of the Log Flume, for years one of the most popular rides at Six Flags Over Georgia, which won our 2011 Readers’ Choice contest as “Favorite Amusement/Theme Park.” For more on the 2011 winners, see “Georgia’s greats!” page 22. (Photo by Chris Hamilton.) F E AT U R E S Geography has dealt Florida a lavish hand when it comes to natural gifts. By Kathleen Walls Top picks from our readers. By Jennifer J. Hewett 18 22 Naturally Florida 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards The “g” means more is online! web exclusive Click on the October 2011 cover, online at, for this month’s bonus content: Official Publication of Georgia Electric Membership Corporation 4 20A Florida destinations 25A Other top picks in our Readers’ Choice contest 38A More Snapshot submissions 38B Gardens plant of the month; Liberty notes 38C More on Georgia’s energy outlook 38D Energy-efficiency tips 38E More great recipes More online at GEORGIA MAGAZINE

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia Magazine - October 2011

Georgia Magazine - October 2011
Picture This?
Georgia News
Calendar of Events
Georgia's Energy Outlook
Naturally Florida
Florida Destinations
2011 Reader's Choice Awards
Other Top Picks in Our Readers’ Choice Contest
Around Georgia
My Georgia
Georgia Gardens
Georgia Cooks
More Snapshot Submissions
Gardens Plant of the Month; Liberty Notes
More on Georgia’s Energy Outlook
Energy-Efficiency Tips
More Great Recipes

Georgia Magazine - October 2011