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Tommy Tuberville Foundation Golf Tournament

 

I just got a call from Jim Nichols and wanted to give you a heads up on a great event coming up soon – the 4th annual Tommy Tuberville Foundation Golf Tournament being held on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at the Auburn University Club in Auburn, Alabama.

The Auburn University Club is a beautiful 18-hole championship golf course over 225 acres of rolling hills and woodlands and surrounds the 25 acre Yarbrough Lake. Click here for a Google map.

The Tommy Tuberville Foundation was established to recognize and support organizations and causes that are important to the Tuberville family such as assisting our military and veterans. “Giving back and helping our wounded veterans is something I have always wanted to do to show my sincere appreciation for our military and their selfless service all while carrying on the legacy of my Dad,” says Coach Tuberville. Charles Tuberville, Coach T’s father, served with distinction in WWII earning five Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart.

The funds raised in this tournament will help build homes for members of our military who are recipients of the Purple Heart Medal.

If spending the day with Coach T and other supporters of the Foundation playing golf on a course in Auburn sounds like something you would enjoy, contact Jim Nichols at [email protected] or call 352-801-8686 for more information.

 

And remember, you never know who you may see on the greens – War Eagle!

 

 

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Old Red Hill School Jam

Do you come to Lake Martin on the weekends? If you consider yourself a semi local you may have worshipped on Sunday at Church in the Pines or even shopped on Saturday at the Alex City Farmers Market.

But have you been to the singing that happens every Friday night at the old Red Hill School in Tallassee?

It really is a pretty cool event. It’s just the type of thing I had in mind when I created my app. There are so many great things going on here at Lake Martin that deserve some attention.

Recently I was contacted by Paula about the Old Red Hill School Jam – a weekly event every Friday night from 6:30 -8:30. For over 12 years folks have been entertained by a country, folk, gospel or blues music jam for free. Visitors can dance, sing and play, or just listen while they enjoy free coffee and snacks.

For more information call Paula at 334-541-2474.

Google Maps Link to Red Hill School.

To download my free Lake Martin Voice app click here – I know you don’t want to miss anything going on at the Lake!

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Labor Day Events in Lake Martin 2017


Are you headed to Lake Martin for the long Labor Day weekend? There are plenty of options for things to do as we celebrate the end of the summer season.

Here are a few things to do around Lake Martin for Labor Day 2017. For a full list and more details see my free Lake Martin Voice app – the best way to keep up with Lake Martin events and an easy way to find the restaurants, shops and landmarks.

Friday on the Green at Russell Crossroads – 6:30-8:30 pm, Jilla and Kurt will kick off September with some great music. Enjoy lawn games, sidewalk art. Pet and family friendly.

Old Red Hill Jam at Red Hill School House – local live music, open stage 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Dance, play or just listen!

Saturday – 2nd Annual Cornhole Tournament at The Landing – Noon. Teams of 2 will compete for prize money and the chance to wear the Crown of Corn!

Community Garden Club Pancake Breakfast – Saturday morning from 8-10. Russell Crossroads Artist Cabin.

Labor Day Weekend Blowout – at Bezlo’s Bar & Grill, live music Friday from the Shades of Gray band and Saturday – Rob Aldridge & the Proponents Band. Comedy Night on Sunday with E. Craig and the Alcohol Break comedians.

Labor Day BashCopper’s Grill at Stillwaters. Live music from Matt Smith, Sid Phelps and Blackberry Breeze. Music starts around 6:30 pm.

Sunday night, Labor Day Concert at The Amp featuring “Just Got Started Lovin’ You” Nashville recording artist James Otto, the pride of Clarke County, country music singer and writer, Ashton Shepherd, local favorites, The Bank Walkers and Rexton Lee. Gates open at 5. Show starts at 6 pm. Tickets are $10.

Happy Labor Day weekend!

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Labor Day Weekend Cornhole Tournament at The Landing

I can’t wait for the Cornhole Tournament at The Landing at Parker Creek –

Saturday, September 2 starting at noon. Fun for the entire family!

Cash Prizes per team:

1st Place $300

2nd Place $200

3rd Place $100

No entry fee!

Register at The Landing before 11:30 am the day of the tournament or preregister online – click here.

Google Maps location for The Landing at Parker Creek

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Buying a Lake Martin Home with Friends

Have you ever considered buying a Lake Martin home with friends or family? It is not a decision to take lightly.Whether you pool your resources with your best friend or brother it can make a second home affordable. Another aspect that some people like about co-ownership is that it takes some of the “absence guilt” out of owning a vacation home – meaning – if they’re not there, they can take heart that the other family is able to use it.

A few years ago I helped two couples buy together in Lake Martin. Watch the video below and hear what they had to say about the experience. These families are also business partners so they reasoned if they can work together they surely can own a second home together! It was one of the most fun experiences I have ever had helping folks find their spot on Lake Martin. Years later, they are still loving the home.

I would love to help you (and your best friend) find your Lake Martin home. Call or text me, John Coley, at the number at the top of the screen or email by clicking here.

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The Preserve at Stoney Ridge Neighborhood Tour

The Preserve at Stoney Ridge is a waterfront neighborhood on the east side of Lake Martin in the Blue Creek area.

I recently made a new neighborhood video tour of Stoney Ridge – click on the play arrow and take a look.

The Preserve at Stoney Ridge is a gated community with lots of amenities including a really cool pool that overlooks the lake, a nice tennis court, a pavilion with an outdoor fireplace, and underground utilities.  A landmark for this community is the covered bridge you pass through on the way through the neighborhood.

By water,  Stoney Ridge is close to Lake Martin landmarks like Chimney and Acapulco Rocks and Martin Dam. Also by water, it’s near other Lake Martin neighborhoods like The Ridge, Stillwaters, The Village, Emerald Shores, Indian Shores, and Holiday Shores. Wherever I am on Lake Martin, I like to know where the closest marinas are. Stoney Ridge is a quick boat ride to The Ridge Marina, Harbor Pointe Marina (in Stillwaters), and also Chuck’s Marina (and its world famous pizza).

There are about 44 waterfront lots with most of them already sold. There are some off water lots that include a deeded boat slip.

Why would a real estate agent spend his time flying around Lake Martin?

My goal is to provide you with the latest information on Lake Martin real estate and one way I do that is to make videos of neighborhoods. I also use the latest technology for listings such as 3D, 360 and aerial video together with high quality still shots.

Are you interested in a private video tour of a listing on Lake Martin? I am happy to do that as well!

Call or text me, John Coley, at 334-221-5862. I would love to help you learn more about Lake Martin and Lake Martin real estate!

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Tiny Cabins for Rent at Lake Martin

Did you know that the tiny house, big living lifestyle had arrived at Lake Martin? Well it has – at least in the form of rental cabins at Parker Creek!

Herb Winches, founder and developer of Eagles Landing at Lake Martin (and restaurant – The Landing at Parker Creek) saw the need to have a place to “stay in style and play outdoors.”

Each of the 3 cabins are fully furnished with all the modern conveniences of home. They each feature a 13 ft. vaulted ceiling and a screened in porch that faces the lake. The master bedroom includes a queen size bed (no climbing to a loft bedroom here).  Stacked bunk beds are in the hallway.

A free boat slip is provided during your stay. And you can enjoy a great beach and large swimming area too! The cabins are 550 sq. ft. and are great for relaxing and enjoying all that Lake Martin has to offer with family or friends.

For more information click here for the Eagles Landing at Lake Martin website or call 205-598-8922.

See for yourself – I think you will agree tiny homes = big fun!

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DIY Dock Projects

The older I get, the more I respect expertise in various professions. I like to try and DIY sometimes but I have seen some Lake Martin Docks gone bad. Usually it’s the case of a person that thinks weekend carpentry skills suffice for the art and science of marine construction. Therefore, when it comes to working on and around docks, I always recommend pros like Lake Martin Dock Company. But, sometimes all you have to do is replace a dock cleat. If that’s the case for you, take a look at these cleats I found on Amazon. I really like them because they fold down when not in use. I can tell you from personal experience (X 100)- stubbing your toe on a metal dock cleat has to rank among the more painful experiences of life. I have seen a lot of these fold down dock cleats around Lake Martin and, after installing them myself I can see why. They feel smooth to the touch and look stylish. Friendly memo to all potential litigants – don’t whine to me if this cleat breaks and your boat floats away, or if they break because you install it incorrectly. In fact don’t whine to me at all! I am about the least handy person I know and I can tell you that proper installation is within even my meager skills. But if you have some time and a socket set, you can install these cleats. I’m using six lag bolts and I’ve buttressed under my dock so that I’m lagging into additional joists. But don’t worry – I’m still keeping my day job as a real estate agent on Lake Martin. LMDC doesn’t have to worry!

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Fresh Hot Pizza at Anchor Bay Marina

  Have you tried Fresh Hot Pizza? Owner, David Reaves, has a food truck located at Anchor Bay Marina and he is offering some delicious, fresh, hot and ready to go pizza and sandwiches and hot dogs and more. Stop by and check it out!

Location? On the beach at 2001 Castaway Island Road Google Maps Link.

Phone Number? Call ahead for pickup 334-224-5434

Parking? Boat or Auto

Find Fresh Hot Pizza on Facebook!

Hours? 

 

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August Fishing on Lake Martin

Michael with 36 lb. striper caught on Lake Martin in July (photo courtesy of David Hare)

How many nighttime boat rides have you taken on Lake Martin?

I usually take several a year and I love them. The lake always looks totally different when the sun goes down. There’s a lot less traffic, but obviously you have to be on guard when operating a boat at night.

I have even fished many a night, especially in the summer. Warm water temperatures means low oxygen, and that means fish go down deeper. When the sun goes down it sometimes gives them a chance to come in to shallower water and look for treats like hatching mayflies. Granted, these are smaller spotted bass and bream that venture up to sip the insects. You probably are not going to catch any of Lake Martin’s famed 20+ pound striped bass by delicately casting a size 14 parachute Adams.

There are lots of folks that fish at night during the summer for striped bass, and David Hare’s company, Alex City Guide Service, is the best of the best.

I always pay attention to David Hare’s fishing reports. David is the owner and head guide at Alex City Guide Service.  Lately his (seemingly) unending pictures of nice stringers of striped bass has finally broken through my willpower. I can’t stand it anymore! I called David up and booked a boat for later this month. I have never been night fishing with him so I know my family and I are in for a treat.

If you would like to learn more about striped bass fishing on Lake Martin, please see his report for August below.

I also pay close attention to David’s Facebook page.

If you have any questions, please contact David directly at:

Alex City Guide Service
Captain David Hare
256-401-3089

[email protected]

As of 7/11/17
Full Pool(491.00)
Clear
Surface Temp 88July was a pretty awesome month for night time striper fishing. With only a few nights being tuff we were able to limit out the majority of time plus land some nice trophies including a 36 and a 26 lber.
August fishing should continue to be good night time striper fishing. The water temps are going to be 90+ and the fish are going to be deeper this month than most any other month. I personally will be working in 100ft or deeper water looking for suspended fish in the 60-80 ft depths. I will also be expecting the best bite to be later in the night say 9pm or later, with good live bait, lots of patience will be the key to great catches.
August is also a good time for deep water trolling at daylight and dusk. I would try in the Ridge Marina area, the dam and Goat Island. For best results try using spoons, jigs and bug swim baits running them 40-60 ft deep.
Bream fishing is really good in August if you can stand the heat. You can limit out most any day at most any time. Try your luck in shaded pockets that are stacked with floating debris. Most any area of Lake Martin holds real nice bream.
Until next time – be safe, keep what you can eat and release the remainder for your next trip!Capt. David Hare
256-401-3089

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