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This is not your average Lake Martin home tour, where they are all for sale and realtors are there breathing on you while you try and eat those weenies in BBQ sauce. These homes are not (to my knowledge) for sale, they are just opening them up to tour.
If you like seeing homes and getting design ideas, you may want to check it out. If you buy tickets ahead of time, you will save $5. If you wait until Saturday it will cost you $30, but the proceeds benefit the Childrens Harbor, so you can feel good about that. The Childrens Harbor is located just across highway 63 (or under Kowaliga Bridge by boat) from Trillium.
If you are interested call the Childrens Harbor at 334“857“2133.
For more details on the homes involved, see this article in the Birmingham News.
If you are interested in homes for sale in Trillium or anywhere else on Lake Martin, call me on my cell phone (number at the top of the page) or email me.
The Ridge Marina on Lake Martin hosted its In Water Boat Show for 2008 last weekend. I went down there on Thursday and filmed a little video footage of the Marina. It was a beautiful day, albeit windy. I was going to post this on Friday to give folks a chance to look around before they came. So by posting this today, I guess it becomes a “in case you missed it” vlog.
Friday, June 13, downtown Alex City:
6:00 PM “ Coolbone Brass Band “ they are a true marching New Orleans style œBrass Band. Dont confuse them with your Uncle Leo in his ban-lon playing a snappy ditty on the oboe. These guys march, play, dance, get among the crowd and entertain the whole time. Dont be late, I hear they are going to do something different on their opening song.
7:30 PM “ Amanda Shaw “ she is a 17 year old fiddle phenom from Louisiana. This is a great example of how the Jazz Fest seeks to bring you a wide variety of different music. I think they tried to book her last year and are glad to snag her now.
9:30 PM “ Ivan Nevilles Dumpstaphunk “ they are fresh off a date at the other Jazz Fest (New Orleans). If you have never heard of the Neville Brothers and therefore Ivan, then you deserve to miss this rare treat. Most people have to pay $50 a head to hear any Neville; you can hear them for free. If you dont have the good sense to show up, nothing I say or link to here will change that.
Saturday, June 14, 2008 “ Lake Martin Amphitheater
6:30 PM “ Randall Bramblett “ he has toured and played with folks like Greg Allman, Widespread Panic, Traffic, and a little band called the Grateful Dead. Bill Berry of R.E.M. says hes œthe most talented and prolific song writer I have the privilege of knowing.
8:00 PM “ Zac Brown Band “ I dont know much about him but he seems to be a fun œsouthern style act that gets the crowd rolling. Check out his web site.
10:00 PM “ Joe Bonamassa “ I am really excited about this one. He opened for B.B. King when he was 12 years old. I hear him and his music played all the time on Sirius Satellite Radios Blues Channel 74. He is all over various magazine covers, and is a pretty big deal in blues & guitar circles. They have been trying to book this guy for a couple of years now. He is good. He is to 2008 as Derek Trucks was to 2006 “ that is, the guy that your friend will see on the t-shirt a year from now and will say œBonamassa played for free on Lake Martin? Please tell me you went.
More About the Alex City Jazz Fest:
The Jazz Fest is a FREE BYOB event made possible by its sponsors. If you choose to drink, please drink responsibly. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to each location and enjoy the atmosphere. This event is always a good time and one of the Lake Martin areas biggest parties. In fact, it is one of the few remaining music festivals of its size in the southeast that is still FREE. Sure, you have to pay a parking fee Saturday at the LMAT, but its still pretty cheap at $10 a car. A lot of the money goes to the Kowaliga Area Volunteer Fire Department, so you can feel good about that.
The Alex City Jazz Fest always needs more sponsors, so please click here if you are interested in becoming a fan favorite. $300 is the minimum sponsorship level, but if you want to be a œFriend you can contribute whatever you can.
Location: Central Alabama Community College, HEA Auditorium, 1675 Cherokee Road, Alexander City, AL
Date: Friday, April 11th, 2008
Cost: FREE registration and A FREE LUNCH will be provided
Topics: Drought impacts, upgrading Lake Martin to Outstanding Alabama Water, Lake Martin dam relicensing, community-based watershed initiatives, and the role of the AU Water Resources Center in management of the Tallapoosa River Basin
Register: To register (required), visit the Tallapoosa Watershed Project web site at: www.twp.auburn.edu
Thanks to Dick Bronson at Lake Watch for submitting this event to the Lake Martin Voice!
Free boats Lake Martin!!
Russell Lands’ big event is the Russell Marine In-Water Boat Show and Spring Tour of Homes at The Ridge. It is scheduled for two weekends, April 28 & 29 and also May 5 & May 6.
For the past couple of years, Russell Lands has done a couple of the Tour of Homes deals per year at The Ridge. This year they are combining it with a Boat Show at the Ridge Marina, hence the lengthy title “Russell Marine In-Water Boat Show & Spring Tour of Homes.
Basically you can go out to the Ridge Marina and test drive some boats. I understand they will have ski boats, Hurricanes, pontoon boats, etc. Then, you hop in the car and go on the Spring Tour of Homes at the Ridge. Each of the featured homes will have a nice new boat parked out front.
Here it is – the payoff – the “free boat – : “if you buy one of the nine feature(d) homes you will also receive a brand new boat from Russell Marine.
Considering that the nine featured homes are all priced at over $1 million, the “free boat is a nice gesture, but it’s not like it’s worth 10% of the home’s value or anything.
But, if you or any of your loved ones need a house and a boat, and would like to buy one (or all!) nine homes, and would like to receive one or nine “free boats, just give me a call, I would be glad to arrange it!
The Lake Martin area is in for another musical treat – the Jazz Fest has finalized its lineup for 2007 (all times Central PM):
Friday, June 8, 2007 at the Strand Park in downtown Alex City
6:00 – 7:00 – The Robin Hill Band – local Alex City band
7:30 – 9:00 – Kelley Hunt – Roots R&B / Americana singer / songwriter / piano player
9:30 – 11:00 – Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen –
“Jon Cleary is the ninth wonder in the world.” – Bonnie Raitt
Saturday, June 9, 2007 at the Lake Martin Amphitheater
6:00 – 7:00 – Wes Jeans – a powerful young guitar slinger; a player that drops the unsuspecting jaw of Blues lovers everywhere; a player some have said “is destined to be a Texas legend – a truly genuine Texas Blues Player”..
7:30 – 9:00 – The Lee Boys – Sacred steel is a type of music described as an inspired, unique form of Gospel music with a hard-driving, blues-based beat. The musical genre is rooted in Gospel, but infused with rhythm and blues, jazz, rock, funk, hip-hop, country and ideas from other nations.
9:30 – 11:00 – Edwin McCain – Blending equal parts folk, soul and rock, platinum-selling singer/songwriter Edwin McCain has signed with Vanguard Records.
Both events are free and open to the public. There is a $10 parking fee for Saturday night. For more details, read my previous Jazz Fest post.
See you there!
Is it true that one of the events that affects Lake Martin area hotels is a NASCAR race? Absolutely. A recent article in the Alexander City Outlook points out that area hotels are jam packed with race fans whenever the track at Talladega is running. The spring and fall races are so big that they top even Auburn football games in terms of economic impact.
How can this be? The Talladega Superspeedway is only about 45 minutes from Alexander City. When a NASCAR race is at Talladega hotels and restaurants in a 150 mile radius are affected. Talladega has a capacity of about 143,000 official seats and allows hordes to crowd the infield. People also camp outside the track for days. It is crazy.
Needless to say, that craziness means dollars to cities nearby, and the Lake Martin area is no exception. So, if you are reserving rooms around the Lake, you may want to avoid the weekends of April 29 and October 7, 2007. If you plan to cruise around the hotels looking for NASCAR celebrities, don’t bother. Ricky Bobby and all of the other big hairy American winning machines fly home after the race.
The Jazz Fest– the Lake Martin area annual music festival that is free to the public – has been scheduled for Friday June 8th and Saturday June 9th, 2007. Mark your calendars and plan to be in the area, because, as always, some great bands will be on hand to entertain you.
The music on Friday night will be held under the stars in downtown Alex City. Saturday night it will be at the Lake Martin Amphitheater just south of the Kowaliga Bridge on AL Highway 63. I’m giving you plenty of notice so that you won’t miss the biggest area concert event of the year. It’s a BYOB event, so you won’t get stuck buying a 12 ounce cup of beer for $12, but it is also BYO common sense, so please drink responsibly.
Just because the admission is free doesn’t mean that the music stinks. In fact the Jazz Fest has a reputation for booking folks just before they make it big. I am on the Jazz Fest Committee this year and you can be assured that this year will be no exception. I will post the lineup here as soon as they have it booked. Last year they had bands like Tinsley Ellis, the Subdudes, Marc Broussard, and the Deadstring Brothers in the lineup.
In prior years such names as Los Lonely Boys, The Derek Trucks Band, bluesman Taj Mahal, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Dickey Betts, the Radiators, and Dr. John have made the event a must do for anyone in the Lake Martin area.
If you would like to help the event remain free (read … donate and become a sponsor) you can either go through the contacts on the Jazz Fest web site or you can contact me. If you just want to enjoy the music, great, I will see you there!
BONUS TIP – The Derek Trucks Band– is scheduled to play again at the Lake Martin Amphitheater on Memorial Day weekend, Sunday May 27, 2007. Gates open at 4:30 PM, but you’ll have to pay to see this show. I’ll post ticket details as soon as they come available.