In nearly every house, under every tree there are sure to be a few beautifully wrapped gifts. The gifts were chosen with care. Each one selected from a store or made by hand to show how much the recipient is loved. But what if the gifts weren't limited to what the stores carry? What if the gifts didn't have to be physical at all? What if anything were possible? The Times asked area residents what ...
You might think you know Santa Claus, but you'd be wrong. He doesn't live in the North Pole. He doesn't ride in a sleigh and his name isn't Kris Kringle. His name is Donnie Carder and he lives in Gainesville. During the year there's a chance you might recognize his twinkling eyes and jolly laugh, but once the holidays roll around, it's obvious. He bleaches his beard and hair white and gets to work sitting ...
One Gainesville church set out to be a part of a miracle on Sunday afternoon. Hopewell Baptist Church in Gainesville fed more than 5,000 people after their morning church service.
When I first set out to make my own ornaments, I was picturing something delicate, beautiful and right of Better Homes and Gardens.
This may come as a surprise, but Santa is actually an award-winning cook. When Bear Sloan isn't filling in for Santa, taking photos with boys and girls in downtown Gainesville, he's busy cooking chili and barbecue at his restaurant, Lazy Bear BBQ. Sloan opened the restaurant on McEver Road in Gainesville nearly 10 months ago. He's been successfully competing in cookoffs around the area for the last eight years. Sloan said he's always loved to ...
Though she's no stranger to the dog show scene, Sherri Bell admits she was a little nervous over the weekend.
Travis Germick and his two sons have spent more than 10 years perfecting the art of the "tacky" Christmas light display.
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Every holiday season, Carin Agiman pawed through her closet, searching for something to wear to her friend's ugly sweater party.Having no luck, Agiman, who is Jewish, glued felt menorah cutouts and blue sequins to a white thrift store sweater. But the clumsy DIY look never quite matched the breadth of bright sweaters with reindeer and snowmen. And it certainly didn't show off Agiman's Hanukkah pride.
Winter does not have to equate to a dreary garden devoid of excitement. There are many types of berry-bearing shrubs, woody plants and winter flowers to brighten the landscape.
At countless Hanukkah celebrations, latkes will be there. These fried potato pancakes are among the symbolic holiday staples that bring Jewish people together during the eight-day Festival of Lights, which began at sundown on Saturday. Homemade or store-bought, topped or not, variations to these fried potato pancakes are endless. But most everyone agrees: Latkes should be crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle. Esther Kraft, 81, of Farmington Hills, Mich., has been making ...
Last year, all those cookies finally caught up with Santa and he got stuck in a chimney. At least that was the premise behind an original play put on by fourth- and fifth-grade students at Friendship Elementary School Thursday night. Music teacher Tara Shaw said she wrote the play after hearing a song written by Teresa Jennings called "Santa's Getting Fit for Christmas" which was used in the play. "I was inspired to write the ...
Nothing is cuter than a room full of dalmatian puppies ... unless of course they elementary students dressed up as puppies.
No one would argue that Santa's got a big job to do on Christmas Eve. Flying a sleigh around the world and delivering toys to boys and girls, however, would be next to impossible without the help of his fleet of motorcycle-riding secret Santas. Last Sunday morning, nearly 400 people rode in on their motorcycles to make a huge delivery of toys to the Chattahoochee Baptist Association for its annual Secret Santa Program. Every year, ...
NEW YORK- Out of the kitchen and into the hotel lobby: Gingerbread houses have gone from being a homemade project done with mom to professional exhibits designed by pastry chefs and sometimes even architects.And never mind the humble miniature: Some displays are life-size, while others depict entire villages. A few extravaganzas raise money for charity, while some include contests for home bakers. Many are part of larger Christmas celebrations at luxury hotels that also showcase ...
Back during my days at Gourmet magazine, my many duties included teaching cooking classes. I used to tell my students - especially the cooking-impaired ones - that if they made sure to greet dinner party guests with a special homemade drink, they would always win, no matter what else happened that evening.
Two teams competing in this year's Brenau Barbecue Championship will also be selling their pork to hungry visitors at the event. But it's almost by accident that either team exists.
Fifth-grader Heartley Twiggs loves to read fiction books and thinks kids are better off when they read books they enjoy.
Brittany Evans wanted a storybook wedding but what she got was something more like a movie.
In 1940, C.W. Davis hitched a ride from a driver in a red Ford, ultimately securing a movie date with the woman behind the wheel.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - On the day the Boston Marathon bombing transfixed the world, Mark Watkins of suburban Kansas City, Mo., lay face to face with a crisis of life, death and faith.
Gardens on Green hosted students from Riverbend Elementary on Tuesday for an exercise of creativity.
Barbecue chicken is one of my favorite summertime dishes. I like every part of it - the tomato-based sauce (the spicier the better), the crispy skin, even the bones.
The school year is winding down and Memorial Day is just around the corner. Activities such as boating, camping and picnicking are fun ways to experience the great outdoors.
Question: It used to be forbidden to cut lettuce with a knife. Only tearing by hand or cutting with a plastic knife was acceptable. But now I see TV chefs regularly chopping lettuce with a regular knife. What is responsible for this change in thinking?
For 52-year-old Gina Sweet, it had been awhile since she hit the dating scene. Luckily for her, family members gave her the Cinderella treatment before she ventured out to Cocktails & Conversations, a brand-new speed-dating venture in Gainesville.
JEFFERSON - It was anything but a regular school day for the 15 local middle schools students who participated in the Jackson Electric Membership Corporation Junior Solar Sprint competition May 3. Using one of the Earth's brightest resources, the sun, students put their hand-built solar sprinters to the test in a fast-paced race competition at Road Atlanta in Braselton.
Editor's note: North Hall High School junior Catherine Sartain, 16, wrote this column for her journalism class about Mother's Day.
"It will be a blessed Mother's Day for my kids, my granddaughter, my wife," Grady Nolan said, his voice cracking slightly. "And for me."
BATH TOWNSHIP, Ohio - The Stephen Ministry is looking for compassionate men and women who want to help people who are hurting.
Just the other day I was looking at a dogwood tree at the house and saw it was in pretty good shape overall. However, things can change and it is worth keeping an eye on the tree to see if it becomes infected.