“Welcome to downtown Athens, it’s all here.”
When asking a typical University of Georgia student what they love most about their college, the responses usually rank: SEC football, interesting classes, and O-House chicken fingers. But for me, a music-loving, french fry-eating young woman who would rather attend a poetry reading than have my Saturday plans abducted by large men in tights tackling each other the answer is simple. I love downtown. The downtown area acts as the glue which holds the Athens community together. Students, teachers, local residents, tourists, people from all walks of life congregate downtown to experience all that Athens has to offer. From a music scene that produced the likes of R.E.M. and the B-52s, to a new culinary adventure at every corner and a bar scene so vast and diverse that any visitor can find something to love, Athens is one of the most unique towns in the south.
My interest, and apparent passion, for Athens roots itself in my familial history. My maternal grandparents, six aunts and uncles, parents, and my older brother have all studied at the UGA. Acting as my family’s self appointed epicenter, Athens holds a special place in my heart. However, even without family ties, I believe Athens attracts a variety of people for diverse reasons. Over the semester, I aim to portray the stories and people that define the term “Athens Made” and showcase the best our town has to offer.
Topics I’m interested in reporting on focus around the small businesses that keeps Athens so unique and the historic music scene. Examples of topics can be found in the stories below.
Small Business Profiles:
How Small Businesses are Disappearing:
Athens Music and Entertainment:
- Local Artist Showcases to Visit
- Ath-Half (humorous, casually written- not for every article but I like personalized pieces in the right scenario)
- Women in Athens Music
Music Reviews and Interviews:
People Who Make Athens Special: