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Lake Martin Pizza Grand Opening

Friday May 22 was the Grand Opening of a new restaurant – Lake Martin Pizza! If you would like to call them, their number is (256) 373-3337 and they are located at 5095 Highway 49 S, Dadeville. Basically it’s at the shopping center that is at the corner of Highway 49 and Tallapoosa County road 34. For their info see their: facebook page.

lake martin pizza company grand opening picture of outside  I am happy to report that their pizza is great! I ordered the “Kira’s Favorite”– it was a sorta white pizza. It had chicken, pesto, feta, garlic, onions, and sun dried tomatoes. I really enjoyed it as well as the garlic rolls I got. I am not normally a garlic and onions guy but these were not overpowering. They are tasty!

They make their dough and sauce fresh each day and use as many local products as possible.

Plug for my free Lake Martin Voice app:

If you would like the easiest way to see the best Lake Martin area restaurants, on and off the water, plus their hours, their locations, and their menus, please download my Lake Martin Voice app. It’s free, available on Apple, Android, and Kindle. Plus it is the best way to see all Lake Martin area events, weather, Marinas, and of course, the best mobile real estate search! CLICK HERE for the Lake Martin Voice App!
the inside of Lake Martin Pizza Company in Dadeville, Alabama

Future Plans for Lake Martin Pizza

I talked to the owner and here are his very near future plans:

  • Wine Bar – will serve beer and wine. Maybe a speciality drink, but the focus will be on wine and beer
  • Outside seating – they are creating a covered patio area to the side so they will have outside seating and a guitar player on weekends
  • Delivery – they will keep it small for good service but they’re working on delivering in a small radius, also delivering dockside at a few marinas! What a cool idea!  garlic rolls at Lake Martin Pizza Company - Dadeville, AL  picture of a "Kira's Favorite" pizza at Lake Martin Pizza Company, Dadeville Alabama  the kitchen at Lake Martin Pizza, Dadeville, AL  view from the back at Lake Martin Pizza Dadeville ALabama

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Memorial Day Weekend Events at Lake Martin

There are a lot of great events and things going on at Lake Martin this year for Memorial Day 2015!

I would like to list some, not all of them below.

The best way to keep up with all events at Lake Martin is to download my FREE app, Lake Martin Voice.  Here’s a quick video of how it works for Events:

The app is available for iOS in the Apple Store and Android also. Like I said, it’s FREE. The app also has a quick guide to Lake Martin area restaurants, marinas, a real estate search, weather, and more.

Lake Martin Voice app for Apple

Lake Martin Voice App

Memorial Day Events for Lake Martin

Art on The Lakeis at Children’s Harbor near Kowaliga Bridge. It is one of my favorite events all summer because they showcase the rich trove of artistic talent that is around the Lake Martin area. Plus, Children’s Harbor is a charity near and dear to many hearts. It’s on Saturday and Sunday, starting at 9 am. My tip is to go to the pancake breakfast below at 8 am on Saturday, then go to at 9 to Art on the Lake.

Crossroads Pancake Breakfast – at Russell Crossroads. It’s $5, cash or check, and the proceeds go to the Crossroads garden. Saturday 8 AM – 9:30 AM.

Chuck’s Marina – Chuck’s Marina has really stepped up their game this year. They have added another oven to crank out more pizzas, and they have live music every weekend. Unless you download my app, Chuck’s Facebook page is the best way to keep up with their music schedule. Friday and Saturday night, 8 PM to 11 PM, Friday and Saturday.

RXR Fest – Russell Lands is starting a new tradition called RXR Fest – music and fun and activities around Russell Crossroads and the Green at Catherine’s.

But Seriously, please download my free app!

It gives you so much more than just Events.

Lake Martin Voice app for Apple

Lake Martin Voice App

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Paddle for a Purpose – 2015

This Saturday, May 30, is this year’s installment of “Paddle for a Purpose.” This annual stand up paddle board race is also a fund raiser for Children’s Harbor, one of Lake Martin’s most popular charities.

Paddle Board Race 2015

This SUP race is also part of a three race series called “SUP the South.” This means that lots of paddlers from around the southeast will be on hand at Children’s Harbor. The first leg of the series was in Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi. The Lake Martin race on May 30 is the middle, and the triple crown closes in Destin, Florida, on June 20, 2015.

Racers will have a choice of a 1 mile fun race, a 3 mile, and a 6 miler.

RACE MEETING AT 8:30 AM – FIRST RACE AT 9:00 AM

How To Register for Lake Martin’s Paddle For a Purpose

CLICK HERE to register for the Lake Martin Race.

For more information on the series, see this Facebook Page.

Last year, one of my sons raced in the one miler. This year the other one will! We are every excited about the event and Lake Martin Voice is proud to be a sponsor again this year.

Other big sponsors are Bote Paddleboards, and my friends at Lake Martin Dock Company. I bought my Bote at Lake Martin Dock. I get asked a lot about what board I have, it is the 12 foot HD. I really like it because it’s flexible, – I can do about anything with it. I fish from it, paddle around for fun, and even occasionally race. I haven’t done yoga from it yet, but would love to try.

Fly fishing setup for striped bass

Here’s a link to a post I wrote about my  fly fishing setup for my paddleboard. I am on a multi year quest to learn to consistently catch Lake Martin striped bass, on my fly rod, from my paddle board. It’s a work in progress! Maybe I can pick up some tips from the pros this weekend.

If you have any pointers, I would love to hear them!

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New Lake Martin Voice App

We are pleased to announce a brand new free app for the Lake Martin area!   The Lake Martin Voice app is your mobile guide to the Lake Martin, Alabama, area. We offer mobile waterfront real estate search and events, mapped guides to restaurants (with menus), shops, weather, and much more!

Lake Martin Voice app

As you can see above, the different tabs you can click through to navigate and learn more about what’s near you or happening at the lake are:

  • Homes – every single home & lot for sale in the Lake Martin MLS, at your fingertips. Use our fast searches like “New Listings” or “Price Drops” or create your own custom search. Cruise by boat and see what’s for sale around you if you share your location with the app.
  • Eats – Restaurants on and off the water around Lake Martin, mapped, with menus
  • Events – what’s going on this week? Next month? Click and scroll to find out.
  • Fun – Other things to do like where to hike, where to bike, boat ramps, golf courses, churches, and more.
  • Weather & Water – conditions right now at Lake Martin.
  • Marinas – mapped locations of all Marinas, plus contact info. Share your location with the app and see where you are, too!
  • Shops – retail therapy locations on and off water
  • News – the skinny on Lake Martin stuff

For example, here’s what the “Eats” section looks like. If you share your location, you can see where you are in relation to the restaurants. I snapped this screen shot when I was over on the east side of Lake Martin. If you want to browse around the map, you can. Or, if you want to scroll through the list at the bottom, you can do that to. Your call!

The Shops, Eats, and Marinas sections all work similarly, in that you can browse by map or by list. Every single Lake Martin marina is listed, but you will notice not every restaurant and store are. We purposely left out big chains like Wal-Mart or McDonalds. Nothing against them, but there are plenty of maps and apps that can help you find them easily. Our goal here is to make a special point to mention the locally owned businesses that are so frequently overlooked by visitors. For that matter, there are Alex City folks that are unfamiliar with the Dadeville side, and vice versa, so hopefully it helps them, too!

The Lake Martin Voice app is available in the Apple App Store and on Google Play for Androids.

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For more information, please see our FAQ page at: Lake Martin Voice app FAQ 

If you want to request to have an event, restaurant, or shop listed in the app, you can fill out request forms below.

CLICK HERE to request for a shop be added.

CLICK HERE to request for an event to be added.

CLICK HERE to request for a restaurant to be added.

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Lots to Do at Russell Crossroads at Lake Martin

Lately, when selling Lake Martin waterfront real estate, I’m talking a lot more about the growing number of off-the-water Lake Martin activities – things to do that add to the fun we have year round and simply make life here more convenient.  Our exceptional on-the-water activities are the obvious sell, so it’s fun to get to brag on our fall, winter and spring attractions, too.  We are becoming a well-rounded second home market.

Take Russell Crossroads, for example.  There’s been so much going on there this summer: Yoga on the Green, Friday night concerts, wine tastings.  But did you know that a lot of what Russell Crossroads offers is not summer specific – the restaurants, the grocery and deli shopping, the stables, the trails.  You can enjoy these all year long.

I realized I had not shot a video from Russell Crossroads in a couple of years, so here’s quick, updated tour.  For buyers out there who are wondering what Lake Martin offers in the non-summer months, check it out:

I’m a full time Lake Martin real estate agent, and I can help you with any property in the Lake Martin Area MLS.  Give me a call (334 221 5862) and lets talk about making Lake Martin your year round vacation destination.

Related blog posts and videos:

Grab Your Bike and Meet Me at the Market

Russell Forest Trail Hike Video

How to Get to Catherine’s Market by Boat

When at Springhouse, Follow Sam’s Advice

Warning: Catherine’s Market Has Ice Cream

 

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24th Annual Alex City Jazz Fest This Weekend!

That’s right, the 2014 Alex City Jazz Fest is June 13th and 14th, and as always, it’s a free weekend of great live music.

If you haven’t been to Jazz Fest before, I know this sounds cliche, but it really is fun for all ages.

Friday night the concert is held outdoors in downtown Alex City.  Bring your lawn chairs and your food and drinks, and enjoy a laid back night of really good music.  Young families enjoy the bands while their kids run around the picnic blanket, groups of friends or coworkers set up amazing food and contest winning table decor, and the hip, young crowd stays late to close it down.

Saturday night is at The Amp overlooking beautiful Lake Martin.  Again, bring your lawn chairs, your coolers, and your blankets, and watch out if my dad tries to dance with you.  A designated driver is a good idea, both nights, and FYI, everyone has to get to The Amp by car.  There is no boat parking at this venue.

And it is FREE, thanks to the many local sponsors who make this happen, year after year.  We’re proud to be a sponsor again this year.

Here’s the schedule for the weekend.  Enjoy!

2014 Alex City Jazz Fest Schedule

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Music for Memorial Day Weekend 2014

You may have heard – this Memorial Day weekend, there will not be a concert at Lake Martin’s AMP.

However, music will abound at three other popular Lake Martin locations: Russell Crossroads, Chuck’s Marina, and Harbor Docks Restaurant. Here’s the basic info; click on the links provided or call the locations if you need more detail.

RXR Fest 2014 at the Crossroads

RXR Fest 2014

This is the first annual, three day musical event that will take place on the Town Green at Russell Crossroads.  The fun starts Friday afternoon from 6:30-9pm, then Saturday from 2:30-9pm, and Sunday from 2-5:30pm.  For more details and their lineup of musicians, click here or call Russell Lands at 256.329.0835.

You can get to Russell Crossroads by car or by boat, and if you haven’t tried the boat route, it’s an adventure in itself.  I’d go by boat, go early, because boat docking is limited at the pick up spot.

Chuck’s Marina Summer Kickoff

Chuck's Marina on Lake Martin, AL

Grab some of Lake Martin’s best pizza at Chuck’s Marina, and celebrate the arrival of summer on Friday night- May 23rd.  Friday night favorites Bryan Jackson & Jake Corey are playing some of the best summer party music from 8-11pm.  You can like Chuck’s on their Facebook page and keep up with events like this all year long.

For more information about Chuck’s Marina, call (256) 825-6871.

Live Music at Harbor Docks

Harbor Docks Restaurant Lake Martin, AL

Harbor Docks Restaurant (next to Anchor Bay Marina) will have live music on their deck beginning at 7pm on Friday and Saturday nights.  On Friday night you’ll find Kenny Herd, and on Saturday night, Alex Craig (formerly of Trotline). For more information about Harbor Docks, call 334-857-3635.

Happy Memorial Day, and enjoy your weekend, everyone!

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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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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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