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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!

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Main Street Farmers Market

Main Street Farmers Market

The Main Street Farmers Market in Alex City will have tomatoes and other locally grown produce and fruit on Saturdays from 7 – 11 AM starting June 11 until October 29.  Located on Broad Street in downtown Alexander City, the Market will also have honey, baked goods, fresh eggs, goat cheese, jellies, herb plants, and much more.

Enjoy the best picks of the garden and real flavors! For better quality at a good price shop the Main Street Farmers Market.

Lewis Grizzard once said “It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.”  Let’s try it and see!

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Best Memorial Day Events at Lake Martin

The number one event at Lake Martin on Memorial Day 2016 is napping. Yes, napping.  If you can catch some ZZZZs like this “leetle guy,” then go for it.  Time well spent.  For you active types, I have plucked 3 interesting events around the Lake that will serve you well.

  1.  On the way to Smith Marina to enjoy some birthday cake yogurt and celebrate Smitty’s 60th birthday (gotta love a guy who throws himself a birthday party like Bilbo Baggins) stop by my new listing at 510 Woodvine Road located in the Parker Creek area.  Doesn’t this look like a great location in a quiet area of the Lake?  Lots of room for parking and plenty of privacy.
  2. Then ’round the corner be sure to spend some time at Art on the Lake at Children’s Harbor.  This annual art exhibit is always fun with over 50 artists and all kinds of art.
  3. Back out on the Lake, watch for the Dixie Sailing Club McFadden Cup Club Race sailboats.  What a sight!  Next stop – another new listing of mine 40 Cottage Loop at The Village.  Can you imagine spending the weekend here?  No worries with yard work – just enjoy your day relaxing on your porch or taking a dip in the Village pool or lounge at the Village beach.  Or hop in the boat for a short ride to Chimney Rock!

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Memorial Day weekend at Lake Martin is all about family fun and kicking off the unofficial start of Summer!  Please take time to remember those who died while serving in the U.S. military but also enjoy plenty of lighthearted time with your family and friends at the Lake!

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Have a great Memorial Day weekend at the Lake!  And enjoy that nap!

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Lil’ Calypso Art Fest

Lil Calypso scene from 2015

Lil Calypso Art Fest scene from 2015 at Chucks Marina

Looking for a fun way to spend a Saturday at Lake Martin?  Enjoy some art!  Mark  your calendars for Saturday, June 11 from 10 – 4 for the Lil’ Calypso Art Fest.  And yes, how about the coincidence – this is the same weekend that you marked your calendar for the Alex City Jazz Festival.  Before going to the Jazz Fest swing by Chuck’s Marina for the 14th annual Lil’ Calypso Art Fest!

Over 50 vendors will set up tents all along the grounds of Chuck’s Marina and shore of Lake Martin.  A wide selection of art will be represented such as handmade jewelry, pottery, folk art, oil paintings, watercolor paintings, handmade furniture, yard art and much more!

While you can come by boat (just don’t expect to see any Banana Boats) or by car – the admission to the show is free. Donations will be accepted for the local Union Volunteer Fire Department.  Some of the members of the Fire Department will be on site to help by running a golf cart shuttle, grilling hot dogs and helping in any way they can!

And of course Chuckwalla’s Pizzeria is serving their famous pizza and subs. Also enjoy live music on the tiki bar deck from 1-4.

For more info call Jane Harris at 334-233-0724 or click here for Chuck’s Marina Facebook page.

For Google Maps location – click here.

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Want to learn how to sail on Lake Martin?

Dixie Sailing Club

Here is the 411 – how, when and where! The Dixie Sailing Club at Lake Martin offers a free “Introduction to Sailing” class each year. This year the event will be held Saturday, June 4 from 10-3 at their location on Lake Martin near New Hope Baptist Church.  For directions click here.

Intro to Sailing is held each year in early summer to introduce you to sailing and to the club. There will be classroom instruction (basics of sailing, learn parts of a sailboat) and practical sailing instruction (what to do if you capsize and how to recover). To test your skills they will let you sail on Lake Martin on either a Sunfish or Laser sailboat or go sailing on large boats with club members.

Picture this – the sun is beginning to set, there is a breeze pushing you along, a perfect day on the water – you can understand why Yacht Rock Pioneer Christopher Cross “…If the wind is right you can sail away and find tranquility.  The canvas can do miracles just you wait and see.”   Explore the waters, learn sailing now!

 

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The Dixie Sailing Club has been around a long time – over 50 years. For more info about scheduled cruising, racing or sailing with the club – visit their website or send an email to [email protected] or find them on Facebook.
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Spring Cleaning Lake Martin On Throw Away Day

Throw Away Day 2016

Ready to do some Spring Cleaning in the Lake Martin area? Join area civic clubs, companies, youth groups and other residents on Saturday, April 23 for a county wide cleanup.  Read about the first ever county wide clean up from the Alex City Outlook.

Interested in a little competition?  Challenge other groups to pick a road or part of town. Call John Thompson (334) 399-3289 to sign up for a certain area or road.  Celebrate at The After Party at Strand Park from 12-3 – free for clean up participants. 

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Pick up bags, orange vests and trash pickers Saturday morning at Alexander City City Hall.

Help us make the Lake Martin area beautiful and clean this Spring!

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The Coffee Corner – the Missing Piece

The missing piece of what puzzle you may ask?  The Coffee Corner located at 107 Main Street in historic downtown Alex City was the winner of the first ever MainStreet Alexander City Missing Piece Business Competition. The contest,  sponsored by the downtown merchants organization was awarded to The Coffee Corner in summer 2015.  To read more about this new restaurant and the Missing Piece competition check out these links.

I shot the video (above) in December, hence our reference to Christmas, but this is a good idea for a gift card any time of the year.

I like this spot and decided that the Cafe’ Au Lait is my favorite.  They are fully open now and serving breakfast and lunch too.  Please go by and enjoy coffee, a sandwich or salad.

Coffee Corner Drink Menu

Coffee Corner Drink Menu

Coffee Corner Food Menu

Coffee Corner Food Menu

 

Located at the corner of Main Street and Alabama Street in historic downtown Alex City – for a map click here.

To keep up with their latest events, daily brew or new additions to the menu  (the Oreo Delight frappe’ looks soooo good) check out their Facebook page or call them at 256-392-4999.

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.

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Happy Plug Day 2016 Lake Martin!

Happy Plug Day 2016 Lake Martin!

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Plug Day on Lake Martin is when we celebrate the annual rising of the water towards full pool. In 2016, that day is March 1.

Question from John Q. Cynic: Is it a tad silly to celebrate when the water starts coming up? I mean, given all of the important issues in the world today, should we really take time out to cheer the annual, repetitive raising of one lake in central Alabama?

To the inquisitor, I respond, “Lighten up, Francis.”

Sure, the water comes up every year, and, with one extreme drought exception, stays up until well into the fall. And sure, we fans of Lake Martin have no real control over it. But it’s still fun to celebrate.

And to all the Eeyores out there that can’t have a little fun, that can’t be happy at witnessing one of the first signs of the spring, I say, I am sad for you on the inside. Have you tasted not the joy of warm water and warm weather? Is your heart so encrusted with malaise,  your eyes so jaded that you see not the spark of renewal that is Spring?

For the vast majority rest of us who give three cheers on Plug Day, we say a collective “Yee-Haw!” We are happy that Lake Martin is on the way up to full pool.

Looking around nationally, some real estate blogs and the agents who who write them are so serious they sound like a Warren Buffet annual report. Other agents are so in-your-face aggressive that I’d be scared to ride in the same car with them. Still other realtors come across as so dippy, fluffy, and bland that I’d wonder if they have any thoughts beyond how awesome their latest glamor shot looks.

Since I sell real estate in a second home market here at Lake Martin, I try to be informative, but I also realize that Lake Martin is mostly about fun. Pretty much all about spending time with your family and friends. S’mores. Cannonballs. Preacher’s Seats. Escaping the occasional horse fly. Barbecuing ribs. The smearing of sunblock. Sunset selfies. Ribbon sandwiches. Falling asleep on the boat.  Smacking each other with those foam noodles. Falling asleep in the hammock and burning the hamburgers.

My role as a real estate agent here is to help people find their happy place, or help people sell it when the time is (regretfully) right. That’s it. It’s that simple.

Happy Plug Day, Lake Martin!

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Russell Forest Run 2016

The 7th Annual Russell Forest Run is Saturday, February 27th, 2016. Register Here

The Russell Forest Run is held in Russell Forest, and is a great event for local charities. Runners will be treated to beautiful scenery around Lake Martin as they jog (or walk) along dirt roads, through the forest around the Kowaliga area of Lake Martin. Catherine’s Market is right at the starting line in case you’d just like to watch the fun.

It is a really laid back event. The whole community comes out to watch the festivities. I am not sure if I will be able to run this year, I have some appointments that morning, but I am going to try, because it is such a cool event.

You could make a pretty strong argument that the post race meal is worth the price alone, and that everything else is free.

For those of you who are not familiar with the setup, here’s the description from the official website:

“The Run is an out and back race that carries runners on a certified course(USATF AL10003JD) over sand, clay, and gravel roads that were designed for runners, bicycles and electric cars. The scenic route starts at Russell Crossroads, takes runners near Kob’s Knob, up to Heaven, and back to the finish line at Russell Crossroads. The 10K will start promptly at 7:45 with a cannon shot from the Town Green at Russell Crossroads. The 5K route follows the first 2 miles and finish of the 10K route and is an out and back run. The 5K also starts with the cannon blast at 7:55.

Following the Russell Forest Run there will be a post-race party at The Stables complete with our Famous Grits Bar, ice cold beer, the awards ceremony, music, giveaways and more.

Event details and schedule

10K-Individual Age/Group open   $40

5K – Individual Age/Group open   $20

Online registration will continue until midnight February 25th. The Russell Forest Run 10K is an out and back “chip timed” run. There is plenty of parking on site and a shuttle is available for those who may need it. Please allow yourself plenty of time to get to the site. The 10K will begin PROMPTLY at 7:45 and the 5K approximately TEN minutes later!

Packet Pickup will be Friday February 26th from 4-6pm and Saturday from 6-7am at the Discovery Center at Russell Crossroads!

Click Here for more information and to register.”

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Alex City Jazz Fest 2016 – Save the Date

 

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 Alex City Jazz Fest– the Lake Martin area annual music festival that is free to the public – has been scheduled for Friday June 10th and Saturday June 11th, 2016.  Mark your calendars and plan to be in the area, because, as always, some great bands will be on hand to entertain you.

And if you are feeling creative as you think about all that great music, enter the Jazz Fest Art Contest. See below for details on the contest and stay tuned for more info click here for their website  or  click here for their Facebook Page.

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