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Jazz Fest 2007 at the Lake Martin Amphitheater

Lake Martin Jazz fest band 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 CitySaturday 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 Lake Martin Jazz Fest Drumswon’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.Lake Martin trumpet

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 FlecktonesDickey 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 TIPThe Derek Trucks Band– is scheduled to play again at the Lake Martin Derek trucks at Lake MartinAmphitheater 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.

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Heard About These 4 New Projects On Lake Martin?

Psssst .. There are 4 new construction projects on Lake Martin that might be news to you. Lake Martin Real estateEveryone loves a juicy piece of gossip, and the only thing growing faster than the Lake Martin real estate market is the grapevine that spreads the news about it. Are any of the new construction projects below going to be near your lake place, or the one you plan to buy?

  1. 1. The Bluffs at Copper Creek
  • Location – Off of Centerport Road and Highway 50
  • Concept – Condominiums
  • Density – 8 buildings – 3 stories each, 10 units per building or 80 total
  • Price Range – looks like the first phase is $341,000 to $431,000
  • Available – First buildings to be ready by “late Summer 07
  • Lowdown – This is on the Cooper Branch of Blue Creek. How they got from Cooper to Copper I do not know. Maybe there is a Copper Creek in Cooper Branch. They’re still working out details such as boat slips and amenities.

2. Waterstone

  • Location – Near Nero’s Rock Road off of Elmore County Road 80 and Highway 63
  • Concept – turn key homes, community waterfront
  • Density – there are 93 lots for sale on the master plan
  • Price Range – 4 different house plans from $289,900 – $319,900
  • Available – taking reservations, no construction is apparent right now
  • Lowdown – 93 homes on about 12 acres (per tax map). None of them will own waterfront. There will be a zone along the shoreline that apparently will be owned by the Homeowners’ Association. The 8 planned docks will be community property as well.

3. Crowne Pointe

  • Location – Take Highway 50 to Centerport Road to Silverhill Road, all the way at the end of the peninsula
  • Concept – Condominiums
  • Density – 5 buildings, 3 stories each, 18 units per building or 90 total
  • Price Range – resales are priced from $375,000 to $610,000
  • Available – all 5 buildings still under construction, buildings 1 & 2 – Spring 2007, 17 for sale on MLS now (you can search it by clicking “MLS Listing Search” on the right margin, no strings attached)
  • Lowdown – These units were the priciest until the Ledges at the Ridge and The Pointe in Stillwaters. They took a long time to get going, but they’re closing in on being ready. Big water views abound.

4. Bolton Cove

  • Lake Martin yada yadaLocation – Take Highway 9 to Highway 259 to Coosa County Road 20
  • Concept – 25 Tuscan villas based around and sharing a Manor, pool, beach, and various concierge services
  • Density – 25 home sites
  • Price Range – according to the website $700,000 to over $1 million
  • Available – taking reservations, construction is not apparent right now
  • Lowdown – I guess if the Maestro has Tuscany locked down, Jerry Seinfeld can get a villa here on Lake Martin

Click here for Bolton Cove Update

Do you see any corrections that I need to make? What about construction updates? Has anyone heard of any other new developments? Break the news here by writing a comment below.

When does the Water Level go down on Lake Martin?

Lake Martin Water LevelWhen does the water go down?  Does this house have water year round?  

I hear this a lot.  When people are looking for homes or a lot on Lake Martin, they soon learn that the lake’s water level fluctuates.  Depending on your preferences, this might affect where on the lake you choose to be.  If you are not aware of the lake level’s changes, it may affect how happy you are with your purchase.  If you want to be able to take a New Year’s Eve boat ride, you will be disappointed if you are high and dry with no water in the winter.  Or, maybe you prefer a quiet cove off of the main thoroughfare.  In that case, don’t over pay for a place that doesn’t fit your needs.  You need to learn a little about Lake Martin in order to make the right decision. 

Why does the lake level go up and down?  First, you need to know that Lake Martin was created back in then 1920s when the company that is now Alabama Power dammed the Tallapoosa River.  The Tallapoosa River joins the Coosa River to form the Alabama River near Montgomery.  The Alabama flows all the way to Mobile Bay, and is a navigable river. The Alabama River must maintain a certain level so that barges can move up and down it.   

So, part of the reason the Martin Dam exists is to ensure that the Alabama has a certain amount of water flow.  Since Alabama Power owns the dam, they (with permission of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) decide how to regulate the water level.  So how does this affect your lake house?

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Alabama Blogger Carnival – June 25, 2007

The Alabama Bloggers must be at the beach for the summer, because we only got 3 submissions this week. Kudos to those who checked in with the office to get it done.

Sniper One has been busy – two submissions in one week. I guess his spotter is helping him reload quickly. In his first post, Sniper One presents Pakistan Honors Osama In Response To Rushdie Knighthood posted at “7.62mm Justice” . As always, he pulls no punches.

His second post is entitled “Jimmy Peanut: Stop Supporting Fatah over Hamas. Alas, I cannot supply a link here because he gets a little blue. You can read it at “7.62mm Justice” . I understand and recognize the Sniper’s free speech rights, but the Voice has language restrictions a tad more modest than the barracks or gun range. But, an interesting article at any rate.

Moving on, Nicki presents Red Cross puts social networking and online tools to good use posted at The Birthplace of the Process of Illogical Logic. I have never read her blog before this, and I welcome her to the blogosphere.

Next week – click here to see who the next host of the Alabama Bloggers Carnival will be.

Thanks!

Lake Martin Links You Can’t Live Without

Here are some great websites for the Lake Martin area that you may find useful:

LakeMartin.com– a great site for what’s going on now.

Utilities:

1. Cable TV / Cable Access Internet

  • Charter serves Tallapoosa County
  • ComLink Inc serves Elmore County by Kowaliga 800-722-2805

2. Land Line Phone / DSL Internet

  • Windstream serves the Eclectic and Kowaliga Areas
  • BellSouth (soon to be AT&T) serves pretty much everywhere else

3. Power – Alabama Power serves everything (Hey – what’s the use of building Lake Martin if you can’t serve all of the power to the area?)

4. Water –

5. Trash / Waste Removal