Summer 2015

Ed Dechert of SweetGum Brewing Co. — Photographed by Luisa Porter at Upstairs at Tyler in downtown Starkville


On Tap
From the Golden Triangle Brewers to SweetGum Brewing Co., the craft beer movement is alive and well among area brewmasters

Duffy’s Charge
Duffy Nuebauer has a passion for the facts, figures and artillery of the Civil War and it’s all on display at the Starkville Civil War Arsenal

Rustic Retreat
Jamie and David Mixon know a diamond in the woods when they find one; R&R is guaranteed when friends and family visit their Oktibbeha County hideaway

At Your Service
In a time when great customer service is considered a luxury, say hello to six cheerful souls who never fail to put a smile on their customers’ faces

Blues Traveler
A trip to Clarksdale isn’t just about blues and barbecue … Oh, no, there’s gospel and rock, tamales and catfish, ice cream, canoes and art galleries, too


From the Editor

Half-n-Half — A local blend of good things to know and good stuff to buy

The Avid ReaderFive books from West Point avid reader Martha Caskey’s library

The SpotLight — Local gadfly G. E. Light’s take on music and art in the Triangle

One Question — Singing in the shower: We’ve all done it, but the question is, “What’s your song?”

3 Inspired People — Roy Ruby, Scott Reed and Avani Poindexter are leading lights in education and the arts in their communities

Into the Woods — Community herbalist Lindsay Wilson returns to the Alley for a fresh look at homegrown healing in our neck of the woods

Personal Space — If Charlie Jones’ store in Crawford doesn’t have what you’re looking for, chances are, you don’t need it

Musicmaker — More than 50 years ago, New York transplant Trudy Gildea recognized an area-wide void in cultural education, and she’s been filling it with music it ever since

A Wild Calling — From sowing seeds to showering outdoors, Bobby Watkins has a natural way of doing things on Coontail Farm in Aberdeen 

Seven Things — William “Peppy” Biddy of Columbus shares seven cherished items that mean a lifetime of memories to him

Bartender’s Choice — Crystal Taylor of Harveys in Columbus wants to put a “frais” spin on your gin and tonic this summer

Fashion — Our eyes are on Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year: Marsala

A Letter Home — From a metro-Atlanta classroom to runways in New York and Milan, Columbus’ Dionne Robinson is living both her dreams

Social Call — A look at who’s been out and about in the Golden Triangle and beyond

Parting Shot