Elizabeth Hutchison

Your Spring/Summer Music Festival Calendar

By Elizabeth HutchisonSouthern SoundsApril 17, 2015

Down South we don’t need much of an excuse to put on a festival. Just about anything will do. There’s the annual hollerin’ contest in North Carolina; the Road Kill Cook-off and Harvest Festival in West Virginia; and events dedicated to every fruit and veggie ever grown in Southern soil. When it comes to music, though, Southerners drop the silly and pull in some serious talent, rolling out an impressive lineup of world-class festivals as soon as the weather warms up. Bonnaroo, in Manchester, Tennessee, and Hangout Fest, the three-day beachside blowout, in Gulf Shores, Alabama, are the schedule titans, but if neon tank tops and glow sticks aren’t your thing either, there are plenty of other great outdoor music-fest options for the rest of us.

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The Masters by the Numbers

By Elizabeth HutchisonThe Sporting SouthApril 9, 2015

If the neighborhoods surrounding G&G’s Charleston offices are any indication, the famous azaleas over at Augusta National should be peaking right as the Masters practice rounds come to a close and golf’s biggest names tee off for tournament play. But the florescent pink flowers (and those pro athletes) are only part of the allure. Like Wimbledon and the Kentucky Derby, the Masters is built on tradition, and that means lots of history and plenty of quirks. Below, we run down a bit of both, by the numbers…

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Three New Spring Weekend Retreats

By Elizabeth HutchisonBelow the LineApril 8, 2015

Even if you left weeklong spring breaks behind in college, any one of these three new and recently renovated art-centric hotels merit at least a three-day weekend away.

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New Orleans Revives a Historic Marketplace

By Elizabeth HutchisonBelow the LineMarch 19, 2015

There are plenty of outlets for great food in New Orleans—raw bars, seafood shacks, produce stands, patisseries, cocktail temples, and coffee shops with strong sustainably sourced brews. On April 10 when the historic St. Roch Market finally reopens for business you’ll find all that—and a whole lot more—in one place.

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Back-Road Trip: Highway 98 (Tallahassee to Apalachicola)

By Elizabeth HutchisonBelow the LineMarch 13, 2015

The route: Start in Tallahassee and head south on FL 363 for about fifteen miles before hanging a right onto US 98-W to Apalachicola. 

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This Weekend: Civil Rights Photography

By Elizabeth HutchisonA Southern FocusMarch 4, 2015

This Saturday (March 7) marks the 50th anniversary of the first Selma-to-Montgomery March for voting rights, or “Bloody Sunday” as it came to be known after hundreds of unarmed protestors were attacked by state troopers while attempting to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Televised images of the confrontation shocked the nation. Stark photographs appeared on the front pages of newspapers. In this moment and throughout the Civil Rights movement, photographers played a pivotal role in the struggle—bringing the conflict to life in living rooms, classrooms, and boardrooms around the world.

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My Town (Mardi Gras Edition): Julia Reed's NOLA

By Elizabeth HutchisonBelow the LineFebruary 14, 2015

G&G contributor and High and Low columnist Julia Reed left New York City in 1991 on assignment to cover the Louisiana governor’s race in New Orleans. Twenty-four years, five books, and one home renovation later, she’s still calls the Crescent City home. The consummate hostess and self-avowed avid eater and drinker, Reed agreed to help us navigate the city during the height of Mardi Gras season—like a local. Her first piece of advice: “Pick a geographic location. And then abandon all hope of getting around except for on foot.” If you decide to stake your claim in the French Quarter this weekend, follow Reed’s lead.

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This Weekend: Oscar de la Renta in Savannah

By Elizabeth HutchisonBelow the LineFebruary 6, 2015

He dressed four first ladies, a healthy percentage of the international social register, and dozens of Hollywood starlets—the Dominican Republic-born designer Oscar de la Renta was the undisputed king of red carpet style. He was also an active and enthusiastic mentor to the young fashion students at the Savannah College of Art and Design. To honor the late couturier’s legacy (he passed away last October), SCAD unveiled a new exhibit “Oscar de la Renta: His Legendary World of Style,” on Thursday, which will run until May 3.

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Guide to the Southeastern Wildlife Expo

By Elizabeth HutchisonThe Sporting SouthJanuary 30, 2015

Each February, we watch from our office windows in Charleston as the big white tents go up across the street in Marion Square. For three days (February 13-15), the annual Southeastern Wildlife Exposition is as close to an outdoorsman’s paradise as you’ll find this side of a duck blind. There are birds-of-prey demos, fly-casting classes, decoy carvers, duck call makers, wild game cooking lessons, art shows, guides, gear, book signings, lectures, fine gun shops, shopping, dining, and drinking. And dogs—lots and lots of good dogs. Working your way through that kind of lineup is a pretty daunting task, so we went ahead and did it for you.

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My Town: Celerie Kemble's Palm Beach, Florida

By Elizabeth HutchisonBelow the LineJanuary 23, 2015

Interior designer and 2014 Made in the South Awards judge Celerie Kemble was born and raised in Palm Beach, Florida. A principal in Kemble Interiors, the design firm founded by her mother, Mimi McMakin, who still calls the island home, Kemble splits her time between New York City and the Florida isle, retreating to the Southern beach town and its slower pace whenever she can manage. “For me, the island is about a stripping down of action,” says Kemble. When she’s not relaxing at home with her family, though, here’s where you’ll find her:

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