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Lake Martin Fireworks Postponed

Russell Lands has postponed their Fourth of July Fireworks show. They shoot the fireworks from The Lake Martin Amphitheater on Friday at 9 o’clock.

According to their release:

“The weather has forced us to postpone The Amp event originally scheduled for tonight. The fireworks will take place at The Amp tomorrow night, Friday, July 5, at 9pm. Unfortunately, we are unable to include the concert portion of the event because of the artists’ existing bookings. Everyone is welcome. No ticket purchases are required. If the weather forces further event schedule adjustments, you can find them on our Facebook pages.”

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Lil’ Calypso Art Festival at Chuck’s Marina

June 8, 2013.  The Lil’ Calypso Art Festival at Chuck’s is a really fun Lake Martin event.  First of all, it’s at the well known Chuck’s Marina in Blue Creek, so there’s pizza and live music.  Second, there’s a broad, diverse group of artists represented – from t-shirt  and Lake Martin knick-knack vendors to what I consider to be serious artists, both painters and sculptors. I’ve videoed a few of the booths in the video below.

This is pretty famous Lake Martin annual event they do as a fundraiser for the Union Volunteer Fire Department.  It’s the first time I’ve been in several years, and the parking is tight, but they have a shuttle to take you back and forth to your car.  You can check out Chuck’s Facebook page for info on their events throughout the summer.

If you’re not familiar with the restaurant side of Chuck’s Marina, Chuckwalla Pizza, here’s a quick video I shot about it several years ago:

The Blue Creek area is a really fun area of Lake Martin – lots of restaurants, marinas, and landmarks.  If you’re interested in finding a home in the Blue Creek area – or any waterfront area of Lake Martin – give me a call at (334) 221-5862, email me at [email protected], or click here to contact me. 

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Blue Creek Marina on Lake Martin

Singleton Marine GroupOne of the best times I’ve had with my kids at Lake Martin was the Slingshot Wakeboard Demo at Blue Creek Marina back in 2011.  If you’re on the east side of Lake Martin, Blue Creek Marina is a great resource for boats, service, storage, a ship’s store, plus cool boating and wakeboard gear.

Last summer we made a special trip over there to buy the kids a wakeboard, new rope, and yes, helmets (my nickname is “Safety John” around the house).  My teenage nephew was mortified by the helmet, and ok, at our skill level we can do without them.  But I do love to be prepared. Plus, I convinced them to wear the helmet by convincing them it was the best way to put a GoPro camera on while you wakeboard.

They have fun demos every summer, so check out their events calendar for the latest updates. If you are trying to reach Blue Creek Marina, call 256-825-8888. Ask for Justin or Kevin in boat sales, they will treat you right.

Here’s a quick Blue Creek Marina tour:

and here’s the wakeboard demo video we made back in 2011:

If you’re interested in waterfront real estate on the eastern side of Lake Martin – or any side of Lake Martin – give me a call at (334) 221-5862 or click here to contact me via email.

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Engaged at Lake Martin

I was glancing through the February issue of LAKE Magazine – looking for my monthly column –  and I had to grin when I saw this article.  Allison Trumbull got engaged at Children’s Harbor.  I helped her parents find a lake home a few years ago, and clearly Lake Martin has become a big a part of their lives.  And now their daughter has added a Lake Martin engagement as a part of their family’s “story. ” Very cool.

 The fact that LAKE Magazine now has a “Wedding Edition” in February is proof that there are more couples getting engaged and married here. Maybe Lake Martin is becoming a destination to rival Cabo?  Glancing through LAKE’s Wedding Edition, I can see that the Lake Martin community is responding with more venues, caterers, photographers, etc.  That’s a great sign for the Lake Martin area economy.

Have you been to a wedding at Lake Martin?  Do you have any pics or advice to share? Use the comment box below and let us know about your experience.  And if any of your wedding guests decide they, too, need a Lake Martin home, I’m your man.  Give me a call at (334) 221-5862 or CLICK HERE to contact me.

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Church In The Pines: Popular Lake Martin Wedding Venue

The other day I got a phone call from a lady in Pike Road, AL, asking about the above picture I took of Church in the Pines a few years ago.  Her friend plans to have a wedding there this summer, and wanted to send out a Save-the-Date postcard. They ran across this picture on my Lake Martin Voice Flickr account and wanted to use it on their card.  Of course I said yes!  What an honor.

For people who love Lake Martin, Church in the Pines is a popular place to get married.  It’s a beautiful, open air, non-denominational worship facility that sits at the foot of Kowaliga Bridge on the western side of Lake Martin.  There’s seating under the roof for up to 850 people, and areas on the lawn for more guests, if needed. It’s part of the Children’s Harbor’s Lake Martin Campus, so FOR CHURCH IN THE PINES INFO AND SCHEDULING, CALL WANDA COKER AT (334) 857-2040, OR EMAIL HER AT [email protected] You can also visit their website by CLICKING HERE.

Here’s a video I shot of a Sunday morning worship service a few summers ago.  The building has been renovated since then – they switched out the benches, and poured concrete walkways to help people get in and out more easily.

I have heard from several people that Church in the Pines books up quickly, so be sure to call as early as you can.  Children’s Harbor also has the Children’s Chapel available for weddings.  It’s that pretty white church next to the lighthouse (on the opposite side of Kowaliga bridge from Church in the Pines).

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2013 Russell Forest Run 5K and 10K

The 4th Annual Russell Forest Trail Run is Saturday, February 23rd.  I’ve enjoyed running it the past three years, and I plan on being there again this year.  Proceeds from the race benefit the Alexander City Schools Education Foundation (ACSEF), and there’s always a super good reception after the  race with food from SpringHouse Restaurant. 

The trails are sand, clay and gravel roads, so it’s a good change of pace for those of us who regularly run on asphalt.  The elevation is more than I am used to, but it’s doable and fun because of the scenery.  People always ask me how hilly it is, so I’ve got the elevation and the route documented on RunKeeperCLICK HERE if you want to check it out.

You can CLICK HERE to register at Active.com

Race Information:
Saturday, February 23rd

10K at 7:45 am CST ($40)
5K at 8:45 am CST  ($20)

Race packets can be picked up on Friday, Feb. 22 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm and Saturday morning from 6:00 – 7:30 am (until 8:00 for 5K participants) at the Discovery Center at Russell Crossroads.

Here is a screen shot of the race route that I tracked on RunKeeper. RunKeeper tracks the elevation, too, so CLICK HERE to go to the live version and get the scoop:

Here are pics from the starting and finish lines of a past race:

Hope to see you there!

Related Posts:

Russell Forest Trail Run 2011

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Elvis Would Live at Lake Martin

Yesterday, a good friend of mine (and fellow Elvis fan) called to remind me about Elvis’s birthday.  This causes a quick pause while I remember the King of Rock and Roll and repost these pictures, which are definitely the best reader-submitted pics this blog has ever seen.

Robert M. took these pictures of an Elvis “impersonator” at the annual patriotic concert at Jim’s Bait Shop.  I am convinced that, were he alive today, Elvis would live at Lake Martin.  Who knows? Maybe he is alive and living here already.

Related Posts:

Robert M Wins Reader of the Month Award for Elvis Photos

Elvis Will Be at Jim’s Bait Shop Tonight at 6:30

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Ridiculous Discounts To Exotic Travel Locales

You read correctly, this post at Lake Martin Voice is all about you. In honor of 100% of the Lake Martin Voice Realty team’s birthdays falling around this time of year, we serve up a huge tip to some legitimate, awesome travel.

You will likely beat out your competition. Just don’t lose this by a mere $200 or so.

How?

MainStreet Alex City is doing their annual Auction PURELY ONLINE this year. CLICK HERE for more info.

Where?

go to Idaho, Mallorca, Bahamas, Colorado, Enitachopco, the lovely village of Alcester in Warwickshire, England, see below.

Why?

It benefits MainStreet Alex City. A worthy organization if there ever was one. You don’t care, I am sure. What it means to you is, huge discounts on awesome destinations. The people making the donations of their vacation spots love Alex City and are passionate about the MainStreet movement. Their largess is your gain. They have donated, for example, time in their vacation destinations for you and want to let it benefit MainStreet Alex City. You will NOT find places like these on cheapo online reservations.

When?

You must bid by the DEADLINE Oct 15, 2012, 5:00 PM

How much can I save?

I did a little online research. On these trips, you must get there, OK. But after that, I make an attempt to show you retail versus the insultingly (to the owners) low amounts you can travel and enjoy. People will think you are some sort of rock star, little will they know that you helped a great cause with one severely under priced vacation.

EXAMPLES:

for the full MainStreet Auction page, CLICK HERE

Mallorca, Spain. Honestly, do you know anyone, and I mean anyone, (except the Kennedys, the Trumps, and anyone in line for the throne of England) that has vacationed on the Spanish isle of Mallorca? This is something that you can tell your grand kids so they can brag to their grand kids. Literally six generations of boasting for a low minimum bid of $900.

I looked online and I found a comparable home to rent on the island for the week for anywhere from $2,000 to $5,500 a week on Holiday Lettings.com

 

 

 

Another spot, in no ranked order, except for

the John Coley scale of travel envy, is :

Bid on this trip to fly fish in Idaho. As if a week at a cool home out est is not enough, they have to further tempt with a full day of guided fly fishing for two.

My father in law is my CPA. I don’t have the courage to approach him with the argument that this trip would be tax deductible for a humble Lake Martin realtor.

Maybe you don’t have the same situation. Maybe you are a friend of a friend who is the man when it comes to selling trout river property out west.

I don’t know. My guess is it would cost anyone at least $600 a night to rent, plus the guide. That’s $4,200 plus fishing, which I am guessing to be at least $2k. They don’t really post their guide rates which should be a sign to the uneducated… “if you have to ask…”

That’s a $6,200 vacation. The minimum bid of $900 probably won’t win it, especially since my dad will be strongly encouraged to celebrate his son’s 40th by surprising him with an Idaho trip of a lifetime. But why don’t you bid, and take a shot? You’re a winner either way.

Never you mind.  Bid and if you win I hope it’s yours.

NEXT BRUTALLY AWESOME DEAL:

Those who look to afar sometimes miss what is native to their soil. Let’s face it – bird hunting is as Alabama as it gets. Look no further than Alabama to find a hamlet with a statue of a dog at point as their landmark. In fact, I like to drop the term “bird hunting” on folks to see if they know I mean quail.

Casting to native brook trout with hand tied flies might make their argument for the quintessential eastern US sporting experience, but I would challenge the Garden and Gun crowd to top this quail hunting experience. It just feels right.

Have you ever been? Do you long for that experience? Bid on this trip to 5 Star Plantation on the outskirts of Lake Martin. True, the first trips sent you far away, but you could drive to 5 Star within 30 minutes of most homes on Lake Martin.

I can’t publish their rates because they don’t exist. You can’t blow in there on a NASCAR weekend and get a room and hunt. Posh.

Five Star is the real deal precisely because it is almost inaccessible. How do I know?

Because I have never hunted nor fished there..

Despite my constant hints to the two members that I know, I have never graced the place. It mocks me not from afar, but so near I can hear the flush of the covey, the jangle of the dogs’ bells; and smell sportish quaff of gunpowder. My dad still brags about a bird hunt he attended years ago. I seethe.

Yet with a mere online bid, here, it can be yours.

OK, so you are not a hunter.

Are you an eater?

Five star doesn’t let you starve. BID HERE FOR A FIVE STAR DINNER.

Nay, one of the best pre wedding rehearsal dinners I have ever known was at Five Star.

You can eat there, too! And you don’t even have to find a daughter and pay for her wedding.  You can just bid and eat there.

A good friend of the family once said that having your daughter get married was like buying a brand new Mercedes and driving it off of a cliff, watching it explode, and filming the whole time.  When it is over, you had a heck of a time, and awesome pictures, but are left with little else.

Bid on the auction for dinner at Five Star and it can be yours for  a fraction of the cost of a new Mercedes.

 

 

What Else?

Really? That’s not enough?

I am running out of time tonight but let me highlight that there is another beach trip to the maritime folks:

Bahamas trip nice, not spring break accommodations but less than church camp prices.

English Countryside – forget downtown London and its depressing Dickensesque themes of soot and struggle. Haven’t you heard? That’s not cool anymore.  Make like the Crowleys, breathe the open air, trim the verge a la Downtown Abbey and BID HERE to win.

also, for you continental mountain fans:

Colorado – Get your Rocky Mountain High on.  John Denver, John Shmenver. See why they call it “out west.” Dr. Warr, old lady doctor though he was, was right.  It looks completely different out there and is breathtaking.

For all the rest, click here and go to MainStreet Alex City’s site.  I repeat, it’s pure online bidding this year. No telling how cheap you will be able to travel.

 

 

 

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More Lake Martin Paddle Board News

Sorry I haven’t posted this info, but July 4 tends to be a wee bit busy around Lake Martin.

Firstly, any Lake Martin area paddle boarders please note – there is another race this coming weekend (July 14, 2012).  It starts from and is organized by Kowaliga Marina.  If you are interested, please call Scott Goslin at Kowaliga Marina at 334-857-2111 or 256-496-0713 or email Scott at [email protected]

Their race is going to be a lot of fun.  It is also free, and registration is at 8:30 AM on race day, with the race starting at 9:00 AM.  The course is a one mile race, starting from the beach by the restaurant near 255 Kowaliga Marina Road, Alex City (where the Aquapalooza stage was set up) and it goes under Kowaliga Bridge, and around the island in front of the lighthouse at Children’s Harbor.

They will have prizes for first and second places in each category. Instead of having multiple races, they will have multiple categories of racers: 1.) Under 18, 2.) Men’s Open (age 19 – 55), 3.) Women’s Open (age 19-55), and 4.) Masters (55+).

I think this is a great concept – and I can’t wait to be there to see the sight of lots of paddlers heading out under Kowaliga Bridge.  I plan to be there to volunteer to help Scott.  He was super nice to help us at the Castaway Island race as our official time keeper. That was one of those things I forgot about until race time. Someone asked, “who will keep time?” and I had a blank stare on my face until Scott stepped up.

So I am putting the call out to all Lake Martin paddle boarders. Let’s step up and support this event at Kowaliga, I think that Russell Marine has an awesome idea here, and I would love to see this race swamped with paddlers.

Again, to sign up or get info on the July 14, 2012 race, please don’t call me, I am not officially involved. If you are interested, please call Scott Goslin at Kowaliga Marina at 334-857-2111 or 256-496-0713 or email Scott at [email protected]

Results from the Castaway Island Paddle Board Race

For those of you who have not seen them on our Facebook Event Page, here are the results of the Castaway Island Paddle Board Race held at Anchor Bay Marina on June 30, 2012:

Castaway Island Paddle Board Race Results, The One Mile Race [place. time (min:seconds) name]:

1. 13:55 Guy Huie; 2. 14:39 Ben Morris; 3. 14:49 Banks Petrey; 4. 15:15 Ross Bailey; 5. 15:28 Micheal Payne; 6. 15:57 Kevin Voyles; 7. 16:20 Tony Gaede; 8. 17:56 Kristine Dobbs; 9. 18:54 Ashlyn Jones

Castaway Island Paddle Board Race Results, The Three Mile Race [place. time (min:seconds) name]:

1. 35:44 Pete Buzzelli; 2. 38:34 Magda Cooper; 3. 39:32 Corey Cooper; 4. 39:53 Rick Moore; 5. 43:51 Michael Etienne; 6. 43:58 Chris Pignato; 7. 45:46 Mike Pearson; 8. 47:17 Travis Krauel; 9. 48:43 Kim Moore

The 1/2 Mile Sprint Race [place. time (min:seconds) name]:

1. 6:11 Pete Buzzelli; 2. 6:22 Corey Cooper; 3. 6:38 Rick Moore; 4. 6:41 Magda Cooper; 5. 6:54 Michael Etienne; 6. 7:26 Ben Morris; 7. 7:54 Guy Huie; 8. 8:12 Kevin Voyles; 9. 8:56 Tony Gaede; 10. 9:07 Banks Petrey; 11. 9:12 David McGirt; 12. 9:43 Michael Payne; 13. 10:04 Jodie McGirt; 14. 11:47 Minerva Huie; 15. 11:56 Jake Litz; 16. 11:57 Luke Knight; 17. 12:09 Jack Coley; 18. 12:22 David Powers; 19. 12:52 Keith Hamrick; 20. 13:01 Tricia Hurd Reaves

Pictures from the Castaway Island Race

We were extremely fortunate to have Mike McKay of Lake Martin Event Pics to step up and be our event photographer. He took so many really cool photos, you just have to go to his page and check it out. Scroll down and click on his 2012 Lake Events link, then see the two albums he made for the Paddle Board Race. Incredible footage, even if you didn’t participate. He even got in the water at a swimmer’s level to capture some unique angles. In the course of planning this race, I scoured the web for races all over the country, and did not find a finer set of pictures than Mike did, right here in little ole Lake Martin.

A Huge Thanks To All

I have already thanked all of the sponsors, but I would again like to say thanks to Corey and Magda Cooper, and Ross Bailey of Bote Boards, who came up from Destin. They made the race legit with their presence and know how, and it was great to meet them. I also can’t imagine the race without all of the fun crowd from Paddle Destin. Until this race, I had no idea that paddle board clubs existed. Not only do they exist, they thrive, and are a heckuva lotta fun. If you are in the Destin area and like to paddle, these guys are who you want to know. Not only can they offer you training buddies, but they are a lively bunch! Please come back next year!

The biggest thanks I will reserve for the Lake Martin community which embraced the event. Thank you for coming out and supporting it, we all really appreciate it. Hopefully we will have even a bigger turnout next year.

Beyond

Sharon Johnston of Lake Martin Dock Company has already taken the next step – forming a paddle board club of our own here on Lake Martin! Contact her by clicking here – Lake Martin Dock Company – to get involved – or go to the Paddle Lake Martin page.

See you at Kowaliga’s race on the 14th!

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Latest Info: Castaway Island Paddle Board Race

Here’s a quick update to give you the latest news on the Castaway Island Paddle Board race to be held on Saturday, June 30, at Anchor Bay Marina, Lake Martin, Alabama.

With only four days until the race, we are really excited about it. Here are three important points:

  • Already signed up? Bring your own PFD, board, and paddle! Come at 9 AM to check in and complete registration. Be sure to bring a life vest, the Marine Patrol is requiring it.
  • If you have not pre registered yet – CLICK HERE to do it. We are giving away special prizes to early bird registers and there are still spots left.
  • Not racing, just watching? CLICK HERE to sign up anyway. We would love to know that you are coming to watch, and we are giving away prizes to non-racers, also.

Castaway Island Paddle Board Race Details:

When: racing starts at 10:00 AM on June 30, 2012 (registration starts at 8:30 AM).  If you have pre-registered, please come at 9 AM to check in and pick up your race packet.  You will want to get there early, there are some pretty cool freebies for you.

Where:
Anchor Bay Marina – Lake Martin, 2001 Castaway Island Road, Eclectic, AL 36024

Cost:
FREE!!  (contrary to the ad in Lake Magazine, we worked it out so there’s no charge!)

Registration:
3 ways:

  1. CLICK HERE to fill out an online form, or
  2. Go by Anchor Bay Marina or Lake Martin Dock Company
  3. Walk up at 8:30 on race day, fill out a form or print this one and bring it before race time

Course: We will start on the sandy beach and paddle in a 1/3 mile triangle towards Kowaliga Bay and back.

Distance:
  This will depend on who signs up, but we are planning to do two races: a 1/3 mile Sprint Race and a 1 mile Race.

What To Bring:
Bring your own paddle board (any type or size), paddle, PFD (aka life jacket, required by AL Marine Police), hydration, and any other water safety gear that you need.

Spectators: They have cleared out the point going out to the big water, so if you plan to just watch, register anyway, let us know you’re coming, and bring some chairs and refreshments and hang out to cheer!

After Party: Everyone is invited back to Harbor Docks Grill for the after race party.  It’s all within easy walking distance of Anchor Bay Marina and the race site.

Parking: Signs will be up race day, but there will be more room to park if you come by car.  We’d love you to come by boat, too, but there is a limited amount of boat slips available.  If you come by car, drive down to the Anchor Bay store to drop off your board and sign up. There will be some room to park out on the point, and also room to park back up on the hill behind the restaurant, right by the Anchor Bay sign.

Sponsors: Lake Martin Dock Company, Anchor Bay Marina, Harbor Docks Restaurant, Benton’s Grading and Paving, and little ole us: Lake Martin Voice Realty, have all pitched in to make this a free event.

Photos: we are very pleased to have Lake Martin Event Pics there to take pictures of all of the racing action. Photographer Mike McKay has sponsored the trophies.  Mike is a really nice guy and is a talented photographer.  If you have spent any time on the water this summer, you probably have seen his boat.  Check his website to see if he has a shot of you on your boat!

For more information about the race, see this post.

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