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Paddle for a Purpose 2014 Race Recap

Paddle boarding is really taking off at Lake Martin, and this past Saturday’s event is proof.   Here’s a quick video from Paddle for a Purpose ‘s one mile race – I put a couple of GoPro cameras on a board because I thought it would be a cool perspective.

It was a well organized event with eighty or so racers, three races (1 mile, 3 mile, 6 mile), and fantastic weather.  Racers came from Florida, Mississippi, and even Kentucky. Hats off to Sharon at Lake Martin Dock Company for another great lake event!  Proceeds from the race went to worthy local cause – Children’s Harbor.

Just a lot of fun on Lake Martin!

FYI – Lake Martin has its own paddle board groupPaddle Lake Martin – that meets a couple times a month to paddle together.  Check them out here on Facebook.

If you need a Lake Martin waterfront home, lot, or condo to go with your paddle board, give me a call at 334  221 5862, and let’s talk real estate.  I’d love to work for you!

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SUP the South Race 3 This Saturday at Lake Martin!

SUP the SouthThe 3rd and final leg of SUP the South’s paddle board triple crown takes places THIS SATURDAY at Children’s Harbor!

 The states of Florida, Mississippi and Alabama will be represented by paddle boarders from Paddle Destin, Mississippi Gulf Coast Paddle and Paddle Lake Martin.  Each race will consist of a 1 mile beginner race, 3 mile rec race and 6 mile elite race.  Around here the race is also known as Paddle for a Purpose, because all proceeds benefit Lake Martin’s Children’s Harbor.

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ANYONE can enter and there’s still time to register!  It’s a super laid back event – my 11 year old is entering the 1 mile race, and my wife is daring me to enter the 3 mile.   If you haven’t tried paddle boarding yet and you’re curious, bring your family and some chairs and enjoy the morning.  Looks like it’s going to be a “clear and pleasant” 80 degree Saturday at Lake Martin.

To catch you up to speed, here are the race dates & locations:

* March 22nd ~ Destin, Florida (Legendary Yacht Club)
* April 26th ~ Bay St. Louis, Mississippi (Bay-Waveland Yacht Club)
* May 17th ~ Eclectic, Alabama (Children’s Harbor at Lake Martin)

1 Mile Beginner Race ($35.00) ~ Surf Style (Male/Female)

3 Mile Rec ($45.00) ~ Surf Style (Male/Female)

6 Mile Elite ($45.00) ~ Surf Style (Male/Female)

T-Shirt and Lunch will also be provided for all racers.

*ALABAMA – http://www.active.com/eclectic-al/paddle-for-a-purpose-paddleboard-race-2014

Here’s a sneak peak of the shirts for this year’s race and the trophies . . . SUP the South TrophiesAnd I’m taking Lake Martin Voice Realty’s swag bag goodies (c/o Lake Martin Crazy.com) to Sharon at Lake Martin Dock today.  Lake Martin Dock Company puts together this event with Children’s Harbor, and they also sell BOTE Paddle boards.  Saturday will be a great day to demo some paddleboards:

 Paddle Board Race Swag Bag StickerHope to see you there!

If  you don’t have a paddle board, and would like to rent one for the weekend, try calling Anchor Bay Marina at 334-857-2654. Ask for Linda Sharman. They rent paddle boards on Lake Martin, but I am not sure if they are rented out or not. But it’s worth a shot! Let her know John Coley said to call!

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8th Annual Tallapoosa Basin Conference

Tallapoosa Basin Conference 2014Hey Lake Martin Residents!  SAVE THE DATE!

The 8th Annual Tallapoosa Basin Conference

When: Friday, May 30th, 2014
Where: Auburn University Water Resources Center
559 Devall Drive
Auburn University, AL

After a two-year hiatus they have a LOT to talk about!  Check out the lineup of topics:

  an update on FERC relicensing in the Tallapoosa Basin,

  an overview of water quality, biodiversity and university-based research in the Tallapoosa River Basin,

  a presentation on the award-winning environmental education program at Radney Elementary School in Alexander City,

  updates on watershed stewardship activities in the Upper, Middle and Lower Tallapoosa sub-basins, and,

  how-to for basin residents who want to do their part to minimize polluting our streams, rivers and lakes.

Organizers and sponsors for this year’s conference include the Auburn University Water Resources Center, Alabama Water Watch, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, and the AU College of Agriculture.  For more information, call 1-888-844-4785.

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A New Paddle for Paddle for a Purpose Race!

Thanks to Sharon Johnston at Lake Martin Dock Co. for getting me back on the water this spring!  I broke my paddle board’s paddle over spring break, and Sharon replaced it for me – no questions asked.  That’s super customer service!

I bought my BOTE paddle board from Lake Martin Dock as a Christmas gift to myself (I mean my family), and I have already tried it out at Lake Martin, at my hunting camp’s fishing pond, and in Florida.  These boards are easy to transport and they allow you to get out on the water, even when it’s still a little chilly.  I installed a simple pulley system to hang it in my garage in town during the winter, and I’m really surprised by the amount of use it’s gotten since Christmas.  Now it’s time to bring it back to the lake!

These boards are like pieces of art, so I took some pics while I was at Lake Martin Dock.  These are some of their newest boards – check these out!  BOTE has a new inflatable board – with a lower price point – and it’s the blue board in the second picture below.

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And by the way, Lake Martin Dock Co. and Children’s Harbor are teaming up again for the annual Paddle for a Purpose race on Saturday morning, May 17.  You can go to Active.com to register, and all proceeds benefit Children’s Harbor. They have a Paddle for a Purpose Facebook page with more info about the race and paddle boarding at Lake Martin in general.   You can also click here to read about last year’s event.

In the past there have been boards and paddles to demo, so if you’re interested in the sport, but don’t have a paddle board, this is a great time to try one out.  If you buy one, please mention you saw it here on Lake Martin Voice!

Hope to see you there! It’s a lot of fun, and all ages are welcome!

If you can’t make it to the race, but are in to SUP at Lake Martin, see the Paddle Lake Martin Facebook Page.

Paddle for a Purpose Lake Martin

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Horseshoe Bend Art on Display

The Lake Martin community extends beyond the shoreline of Lake Martin, and I love all the history that is a part of our location in central Alabama.  My kids and my wife think I am goofy about this, but I am among the many hundreds if not thousands of people that are excited about the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Horseshoe Bend.

Alabama artist,Tommy Moorehead thinks it’s worthy subject matter as well:

Tommy Moorehead Art at Emporium Wine in Alex City, AL

Art by Alabama artist, Tommy Moorehead.

Now through April 5th, Henry Foy’s Gallery 128 at Emporium Wine,  is displaying Mr. Moorehead’s art to commemorate The Bicentennial of The Battle of Horseshoe Bend. Check it out on Facebook. Even my wife, an artist herself, was interested.

Suddenly I am not so nerdy, eh?

The official anniversary proceedings are happening on March 27, 28, and 29th, 2014 at Horseshoe Bend National Military Park (on Highway 49, a couple of miles north of Highway 280 in Dadeville, AL).  For more information, see the Park’s website here.  If you are unfamiliar with the Battle of Horseshoe Bend, it’s only (arguably) the most important early American vs. Native American battle east of the Mississippi. It was the launching pad of many famous Americans like Andrew Jackson, Davy Crockett, Menewa, and Sam Houston, and it’s right in our backyard at Lake Martin.

I sent a letter to my kids’ school last month to make sure they knew about this event, and to offer my services as possible guide.  The principal sent my letter out school wide, and then informed me that (lucky us!) it is happening during our Spring Break week.  So now, as part of our Spring Break 2014 celebration, we are bringing another fortunate family (or two) to hear the canon, see the encampments, and soak up the history. My kids are not yet convinced that this will be as fun as the beach, but I’m betting I can change their minds a little, or at least have a seed planted of love for our local history.  See you there!

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Thanksgiving At Lake Martin

If you’re spending Thanksgiving at Lake Martin, you should truly be thankful. I can’t imagine a better place to enjoy a long weekend in the fall.

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I would recommend, if you plan on going out to eat or shopping, that you call ahead to get everyone’s holiday schedules. I can think of a couple of spots like Catherine’s and Springhouse that have abbreviated hours. I am not sure about Oskar’s and Niffer’s and the other spots. Just call ahead.

Shopping – I’ve been seeing a lot of promotions lately for the shops in downtown Alex City. If I were you I would definitely check out the wine and tapas at Henry Foy’s Emporium Wine and Cafe 128. Also I’ve seen promotions from Cloud Nine, Carlisle’s, and Little Black Dress. I don’t mean to leave anyone out here, so google them and give them a call to hear what they have going on this weekend.

I can tell you that one under the radar activity would be a donut run to Alex City. Daylite Donuts has opened up. They are about 150 yards down the road from the KFC. Awesomeness galore. My dad would berate me if I didn’t mention his favorite order – an Apple fritter. He gets them to put it in the microwave for 12 seconds.

To work off the calories, know that the hiking is stellar this time of year. Russell Forest at Russell Crossroads is nice if you prefer dirt roads with a side of Catherine’s coffee. Wind Creek State park is huge – the state’s largest. They have tons of trails or you can wander along the shore for miles. Cherokee Alpine Trails’ two locations on Overlook Road or Smith Mountain will be the most rugged experience but oh so worth it.

Whatever you do and wherever your Thanksgiving takes you, we wish you well.

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Renew Our Rivers Cleanup Days: Nov. 8-9, 2013

Renew Our Rivers 2-13Alabama Power’s Renew our Rivers annual Lake Martin cleanup days are Friday, November 8th and Saturday, November 9th.

It’s easy to participate:

1) Contact John Thompson at (334) 323-7880,  of the Lake Martin Resource Association to learn what sites around the lake will be cleaned.

OR

Pick up supplies at any Russell Marine Marina or the Discovery Center at Russell Crossroads starting Oct. 29th.

2) Show up

Volunteers are welcome. Bring the whole family.  Free t-shirts and prizes!

Sometimes it helps me get excited about a cause when I can see a bigger picture or greater goal.  I’m just one guy, just a realtor.  Is it really worth my time to drive to the lake to pick up a little trash?

It is.

The Lake Martin Cleanup is a part of a HUGE effort begun by Alabama Power in 2000 that now reaches across the entire Southeast.  The amount of trash and debris collected is enormous; according to the Alabama Power website, “More than 10 million pounds of trash and debris has been removed from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and northwest Florida waterways with the assistance tens of thousands of volunteers who have participated in the volunteer-led cleanups.”

That’s a lot of trash that is now out of our rivers and lakes!  As we’ve learned through the Martin Dam relicensing process, Lake Martin stakeholders are not just the waterfront property owners.  If you have visited Lake Martin for a day of boating, or work for a small business in the area, you are a stakeholder.

And kudos to Alabama Power for creating and organizing such a beneficial event.

You can check out past Renew Our Rivers events on the Renew Our Rivers YouTube page.

Related Posts:

Clean Lake Martin and Get a T-Shirt to Prove It! 2008

Clean Up Lake Martin Tomorrow 2009

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Fall Festival At Russell Crossroads Today

If you’re at Lake Martin today, you might want to check out the Fall Festival at Russell Crossroads. They have all kinds of activities and it should be in beautiful weather. Scavenger hunts, duck pulling, pie contests… wow! Check their flyer below or click here for more info.

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Best Place To Watch Lake Martin Fireworks

Yes, the weather was soggy at Lake Martin this 4th of July, but the fireworks at The Amp did not disappoint. If you’ve never been to The Amp (Lake Martin Amphitheater) to see the show, let me highly recommend it – there’s just something about being incredibly close to the booming and bursting that makes time stand still. They’re beautiful from the water, no doubt, and there is something so unique about watching the show from the boat.  But if you want to feel it in your guts, try it at The Amp. And barring a monsoon like this year, there’s always a live concert leading up to the action.  Thank you, Russell Lands!

Our cabin is close enough to The Amp that we can watch them from our back yard – the occasional shrapnel burns holes in our boat bimini, and our guests sometimes walk away with gray soot on their faces.  But for kids and adults alike, this is thrilling.   Here are a few pictures I took that I think help capture the experience of fireworks at The Amp:

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Our friend in these pictures brought his two young sons for their first fireworks experience, and it did not disappoint!  I imagine it will take a lot to wow these boys with fireworks in the future. Sparklers will no longer suffice.

In addition to fireworks, The Amp holds concerts throughout the year.  Click here to check out their website and schedule.  Some are ticketed events, but the fireworks are free!

If you’d like to invest in Lake Martin and add 4th of July fireworks at The Amp to your family’s list of yearly traditions, give me a call and let’s talk waterfront real estate. I sell Lake Martin full time, 100% of the time, and would love to help you with your search.  Call me at (334) 221-5862, email me at [email protected], or click here to contact me.

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Video of Lake Martin Fireworks 2013

Here’s a video of the finale of the Lake Martin Fireworks show for Independence Day 2013. The fireworks were provided by Russell Lands, and shot at The Lake Martin Amphitheater.

The fireworks show was originally scheduled on July 4, of course, along with a concert, as in prior years. But the Lord decided differently, and sent a rain storm that caused the show to be postponed until 9 PM on Friday, July 5, 2013.

As always, we at Lake Martin Voice Realty thank Russell Lands and The Amp for a great fireworks show! It looked great from the ground, and I am sure folks in the thousands of boats on Lake Martin enjoyed it, too!

We at Lake Martin Voice Realty give thanks to Almighty God for allowing us to live in America, blessing Her with another birthday, and we fervently pray for revival within and without the USA!

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