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Driving & Docking Clinics at Blue Creek Marina

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Driving and Docking Clinics are being offered for free at Blue Creek Marina on Lake Martin!

Are you as confident as these boys about your boat driving and docking skills?  As a new driver or an experienced one learn how to drive and dock in all scenarios and conditions at a free clinic.

Experienced captains at Blue Creek Marina will offer instruction, demonstration and coaching as you practice operating and driving.  Learn how to safely and properly operate your boat.

Each Monday this Fall at Blue Creek Marina a clinic will be held focusing on a different boat type.  Here is the schedule:

  • Pontoons:  August 1, September 12, October 3
  • Sterndrives: August 8, September 19, October 10
  • Towboats: August 15, September 26, October 17

Clinics are from 10am – 3pm – snacks and water provided but bring your own lunch.  Space is limited.

Call Jennifer or Nicole at Blue Creek Marina to reserve your FREE spot.  256-825-8888

And remember – the best way to get good at docking?  Practice, practice, practice.

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Celebrate the Arts – New Water Farms

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Celebrate the Arts at New Water Farms on Lake Martin in Dadeville on Saturday, August 6th.

You may be familiar with the honey, berries or baked goods from New Water Farms since they are offered at Pepper Place Market in Birmingham during the summer.  But are you familiar with the Farm itself?  Situated on 22 beautiful acres at Lake Martin its goal of “cultivating growth and renewal” is part of the New Water Ministries – a place for people who love Jesus.

It is located at 460 Civitan Road, Dadeville – about 7 miles from Hwy. 280.  Click here for a Google Map to New Water Farms.

Celebrate the Arts is a day for free art demos from 8-12pm showcasing ceramics (Keaton Wynn), glass blowing (Micah Simpson), painting (Betsy Covington), photography (Elizabeth Bacon), woodturning  (Pete Marken), and pen+ink drawing (Kaleigh Hartley).  Watch, chat and purchase pieces as artists work in their medium.

And then enjoy the evening art gallery and a chef-inspired cuisine with Chef Blake Hartley (Bottega Cafe and Hot & Hot Fish Club) from 4-8pm.  Tickets are $75 and are available online.  To see the menu, order tickets and for more information click here.

For other events around Lake Martin download my free app – http://lakemartinvoice.com/app.

 

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Sun Festival 2016 – Alexander City

Sun Festival 2016

The Alexander City Sun Festival is here again – July 23- 30, 2016!  This Lake Martin area fun filled event is made possible by city and county governments, over 100 sponsors and many, many volunteers.  Sun Fest is coordinated by the Alex City Chamber of Commerce.

This week is packed full of activities for everyone – just to name a few (over 60 events are planned):

  • Saturday, July 23 – Get your glow on at the 5K Glow Run
  • Sunday, July 24 – Wind Creek State Park Family Day at the Lake (kayaking, sailing, volleyball, canoe race me?)
  • Monday, July 25 – Boot Scootin’ Boogie in the Park
  • Tuesday, July 26 – Hittin’ the Links Glow-in-the-Dark Golf Tournament at Lakewinds
  • Wednesday, July 27 – KidsFest Tribal Celebration
  • Thursday, July 28 – Sunset Hike to the top of Heaven Hill
  • Friday, July 29 – Band Battle at Strand Park
  • Saturday, July 30 – Summer Tailgate & BBQ Cook-off AND the grand finale – the Jana Kramer Concert and Fireworks show. Purchase your wristband early at the Chamber, online at www.alexandercity.com or at the gate that day for $20.  This wristband gives you entry to all of the day’s events.  Bring your blanket or chair and enjoy the show!

Most events of Sun Festival 2016 are on my free Lake Martin Voice App.  To download a complete Sun Fest day by day guide click here.   You can also see their Facebook page here.  I do suggest you take a look at all 3 sources to help decide what events to attend – you don’t want to miss anything!

Happy Sun Festival everyone – you don’t want to miss celebrating all that Alex City and Lake Martin have to offer!

 

 

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Merry Christmas Ken and Sara!

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Yes, Christmas in July! Where did Santa deliver Ken and Sara’s gift?  – Lake Martin of course!

Guess what Santa brought Ken and Sara for Christmas last year? Hint-it is much, much bigger than a bread box. (Spoiler alert – a new house at Lake Martin, Alabama!!)  Watch the video above to see how excited they were about their present.

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Not everyone can receive a University of Alabama Game Day Hawaiian shirt for Christmas (and surely not everyone wants one) but you can find your Lake Martin home with Lake Martin Voice Realty!

 

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Best Place for Fireworks at Lake Martin for the Fourth of July

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The best place to watch fireworks at Lake Martin for Independence Day? Easy: The Amp – aka The Lake Martin Amphitheater! Lake Martin fans have been watching Fourth of July Fireworks in Kowaliga Bay for generations.

The Lake Martin Amphitheater is located on Highway 63, just south of Kowaliga Bridge. See this Google Map. Don’t be tempted to turn on Tecumseh Pt. and Russell Point Roads to get there. The official entrance to The Amp is a dirt road out on Highway 63, across from Prospect Cutoff Road, aka Elmore County Road 389.

Schedule for the Fourth of July Fireworks at the Lake Martin Amp:

5:00 – Gates open

6:30 – Opening is a favorite band of the locals The Bank Walkers.  I have confirmed that guitar prodigy Brian Bice will be wielding his six string, so be sure not to show up late.

8:00 – The Sweet Tea Trio plays until the fireworks begin

9:00 – Fireworks Begin!

For tickets click here to order online – $15 (children 6 and under free).

Happy 4th y’all! I’d like to personally thank Russell Lands for all they do to put on this show every year. The company is the major backer behind the Amp, and coordinates all of the concerts there, as well as the fireworks. It’s a huge effort and the Lake Martin community wouldn’t be the same without it.

Please see this video for an aerial tour of The Amp.  Also if you’re coming to The Amp, bring towels to sit on or low beach chairs.  It’s also BYOB but please be sure to have a sober driver.

People always ask me if they should take their boat and watch the Fourth of July fireworks from Kowaliga Bay.  It’s a beautiful way to watch the fireworks, arguably the most beautiful, but I discourage it.  If you are new to Lake Martin, or new to boats, or new to boating on Lake Martin at night, forget about it.  If you insist, please make sure to have a sober driver and at least one sober spotter/first mate.  The sketchiest part of the whole affair is after the show is over.  Everybody takes off at once and goes in different directions, and the waves can get problematic.  Be advised.

For other events around Lake Martin for the 4th download my free app –  http://lakemartinvoice.com/app.

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Lake Martin Amphitheater Aerial Tour

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Have you ever been to the Lake Martin Amphitheater? If not, check out the above video.

The Lake Martin Amphitheater – aka The Amp – is located just south of Kowaliga Bridge on Alabama Highway 63. The street address is 8878 Kowaliga Rd, Eclectic, AL 36024. You turn in on a dirt road entrance off of highway 63. They have parking in the field before you get there.

The Amp is the host of many concerts (not to mention the annual Fourth of July Fireworks) throughout the year at Lake Martin. The venue is incredible! It’s really cool to bring your towels and lawn chairs and sit on the grass to be entertained by some great music with Lake Martin in the background. If you would like a schedule of what’s going on at the Amp, please see their website here: The AmpTicket prices for events vary widely, so be sure to visit their site or call (256) 329-0835  for the latest info. 

I am just a real estate agent! So please don’t call me and expect me to sell you tickets to a concert!

However, if you would like the best app for Lake Martin, Alabama, complete with events, eats, home search, and landmarks, please see my Lake Martin Voice App. It’s free! Just search “Lake Martin Voice” in the app store.

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Fly Fishing Equipment Needed for the Tallapoosa

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Would you like to fly fish around the Lake Martin area? This time of year (June) has hot weather that chases fish from shallow water. That’s why local anglers point their rods toward the Tallapoosa River-the headwaters of Lake Martin.

The Tallapoosa River, especially the portion from Horseshoe Bend down to Irwin Shoals, is excellent water for fly fishing for many kinds of bass and sunfish. The problem in the past has been finding someone with the gear and the know how to teach you or take you. Enter my new friend Drew Morgan.  He has been killing it lately on the Tallapoosa. Check his IG for pics.

Stealth bomber, deceiver, game changer, popper, woolly bugger…what are these?

They are a few of the flies that Drew Morgan of East Alabama Fly Fishing  recommends.  Watch the video above and learn more about the gear he recommends for fly fishing on the Tallapoosa River. Drew covers it all- fly rod types, line types, flies themselves, etc.
Contact Drew and book your trip!
To directly contact Drew Morgan of East Alabama Fly Fishing, please go to his website here or his Facebook page!

Related Posts:

Fly Fishing the Tallapoosa and Best Times to Fish the Tallapoosa

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Why choose Lake Martin?

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Why choose Lake Martin?

George and Lea had been looking for years to find that perfect spot for a vacation home.  Once they found their Lake they knew they could find their home.  Watch the video above to see why George and Lea call Lake Martin a destination, a happening place with a resort feel.  

They loved that Lake Martin was so big and beautiful with so many places to eat with access by water or land. For example, below is a video that I made a few years ago about How to Get to Catherine’s Market and Spring House Restaurant by boat.

If you want to keep up with new restaurants in the area, or just find a new place to grab a bite to eat, check out our “Eats” tab on the Lake Martin Voice Realty App.  The App will also help you know about Events, Shopping, Marinas, Weather and Water Level and of course help you find your new home at Lake Martin!

The Lake Martin Voice app is available in the Apple App Store and on Google Play for Androids.

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Click here for more information about our app!

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Interview: StillWaters RA Manager Kevin Eason

Kevin Eason has been the General Manager of the StillWaters Residential Association for several years now.  Kevin is extremely competent and helpful, and the neighborhood has benefited from his expertise.  Recently I sent Kevin an email, asking him some general questions about StillWaters.  In the course of selling waterfront real estate around Lake Martin, I get asked for information I don’t have, and it is really nice to have someone like Kevin to lean on for good answers.  I am extremely grateful for his advice below!  The best way to reach Kevin directly is to call him at his office at 256-825-2990 or see the equally informative StillWaters Residential Association website here: StillWaters RA.

If you would like more info on my site on StillWaters, see the page here.  It includes a live, ever-updated list of every waterfront home for sale and every lot for sale inside StillWaters.  There is also a video tour!

Q: How many total acres are inside StillWaters?  How much of that is waterfront?

A: StillWaters is approximately 2,400 acres and we have 23 miles of private roads.
I do not know how much is waterfront but we have several miles of waterfront.

Q: How many homes are in StillWaters?

A: There are 1,815 property owners in StillWaters. 1,056 residential units, this includes single family homes, condos, and villas. There are 568 single family homes and 488 condos/villas. We also have 14 timeshare units that are not included in the total number of units. During the busy season we have 14 new guests, mostly families, check into the timeshares every Friday.

Q: How many unimproved lots?

A:There are currently 759 vacant lots; however, a few lots are very large and could be subdivided into several more building lots.

Q: What is the breakdown on waterfront lots vs. interior lots that are unimproved?

A: I do not have a breakdown of waterfront to interior lots. I can tell you there are only 14 vacant waterfront lots left, a few are listed for sale by their owners.

Q: What do the homeowner association dues cover?

A: The SWRA annual dues include the maintenance of the private roads, gates, pool, tennis courts, park, and other common areas.

Q: What percentage of your residents are permanent?

A: We think we have approximately 600 permanent residents. This is difficult to determine because a portion of our residents live in StillWaters six months out of the year and then somewhere else the rest of the year. There are 954 registered voters inside StillWaters.

Q: What frequent questions do you get from new or prospective owners?

A: The most frequently asked question by new interior owners concerns access to the water. The marina has plenty of boat slips for rent and you can pay an annual fee to use the boat ramp. We do not have a beach or other access for owners. The most frequently asked question overall is where can I rent more storage space.

Q: And lastly, how are the sales in StillWaters?

A: We had 157 properties sell in StillWaters in 2015, 136 sold in 2014, and 132 sold in 2013.

If you see anything you like in the list above, click on the picture, then click on the star beside it on the MLS list, register, and the MLS will automatically notify me.  Or, you can contact me through this form, you can email me ([email protected]), or you can call me at (334) 221-5862.

 

 

 

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Jazz Fest 2016!

Jazz Fest 2016

 

The 2016 Alex City Jazz Fest is being held on June 10 and June 11 this year.

And it’s almost time again for a weekend of great live music!  And it’s free!  This music festival has earned a great reputation for top notch artists and this year is no exception.  Lake Martin Voice Realty is proud to be a sponsor again this year.

Friday night the festival is held in downtown Alex City at Strand Park and it moves to Lake Martin Amphitheater on Saturday.  Click here for the Alex City Jazz Fest website.

The line up this year:

Friday, June 10 – 6:00 Jonathan Bloom, 7:30 Roman Street, 9:00 Tab Benoit

Many of you know Jonathan Bloom – a resident of Alex City.  He plays songs from bands like the Allman Brothers, Kings of Leon, Marvin Gaye and Tom Petty (and I went to high school with him). Roman Street, founded in 2006 in Daphne, Alabama by two brothers – Noah and Josh Thompson, has been called the “next generation of Jazz Fusion.”  Now as a larger instrumental band you will enjoy their jazz, Latin and acoustic sound.  And Tab Benoit?  He hails from New Orleans and is a blues guitarist, musician and singer with primarily a Delta blues sound.  You are in for a treat with this musician.

Saturday, June 11 – 6:30 Gravy, 8:00 Brass-A-Holics, 9:30 Wet Willie 

Created in 2004 Gravy is a Funk & Soul band from New Orleans.  Also from New Orleans is Brass-a-holics – a “brass funk band.”  And of course lots of you will know Wet Willie, from the Daphne/Mobile area. Founded by brothers Jimmy and Jack Hall in the 70’s they “…have opened for everyone from A to Z: Allman Brothers to ZZ Top.”  Their music like “Keep on Smilin’ ” (top 10 hit), “Weekend” and “Grits Ain’t Gravy” will have you out of your seat dancing and singing along in no time!

Keep up with all of the Events around Lake Martin!  Download my free Lake Martin Voice app!

 

 

 

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