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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 sgoslin@russelllands.com.

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 sgoslin@russelllands.com.

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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First Annual Castaway Island Paddle Board Race

Attention Lake Martin paddle boarders – or those who might want to be:

– there is a free paddle board race at Anchor Bay Marina on Saturday, June 30, 2012!  Anchor Bay Marina, Lake Martin Dock Company, Harbor Docks Grill, Benton’s Grading and Paving, along with Lake Martin Voice Realty, are sponsors. We are really excited to bring a little race to the lake.

Castaway Island Paddle Board Race Details:

When: 10:00 AM on June 30, 2012 (registration starts at 8:30 AM).

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 a 1/3 mile Sprint Race and a 1 mile Race.

Gear:
Bring your own paddle board (any type or size), paddle, PFD (aka life jacket, required by AL Marine Patrol), 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 probably 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 have never paddle boarded before, it would be a good time to come try one out. Paddle boarding, aka Stand Up Paddling (SUP) is super popular on the coast and increasingly so here at Lake Martin.

This race is the brainchild of Sharon Johnston of Lake Martin Dock Company. Sharon caught SUP fever when visiting the Destin area a couple of years ago. She fell in love with a local paddle board company named BOTE, owned by Magda and Corey Cooper. She ended up buying a board and loving it so much that she wanted to help bring the sport to Lake Martin. Sharon is an enthusiastic person, so she figured the next logical step was to become a dealer for BOTE Boards here at Lake Martin.

This race is an extension of that same passion – a love for the sport and a desire to help spread it here at Lake Martin. Following that theme, the race will be free to anyone that would like to come. We do ask that you register by CLICKING HERE and filling out the form so we can know how many to expect!

Speaking of RSVPs, without Anchor Bay’s sponsorship and volunteering the spot, we wouldn’t have a place to race! Anchor Bay has areas to park cars and boats, but if you could let us know how you plan to arrive;  that will help us plan for parking. Mike and Linda Sharman at Anchor Bay have been so gracious to hop into the spirit of the event and will be great hosts, I know.

Goals Are Safety And Fun

Our #1 goal is that everyone be safe. We have registered with the Alabama Marine Police to make sure they approve of everything. Our #2 goal is for everyone to have fun. This will not be a super serious, high testosterone, Iron Man / Ninja Warrior race. I’m sure there will be some paddlers that will race very hard and want to win, but again, we are just happy to get together with fellow and potential paddlers. This is what this race is about.

If you have never tried a paddle board, this would be a great time to try. A few representatives from Lake Martin Dock will have BOTE Boards that you can demo. Make sure to mention the “John Coley discount” :)! If you wanted to buy one there, I’m sure they wouldn’t object, but again, that isn’t what this is all about.

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Lake Martin Cleanup Today

If you’re in the Lake Martin area today, come by Cathouse Marine today and help clean up the lake!

Several area businesses and volunteer associations are out here now. There’s a dumpster, so pick up some lake trash, come by and dump it. While you’re here you can donate to Children’s Harbor and enter to win some cool Lake Martin photos by Mike McKay of Lake Martin Event Pics.

I can’t give away lake homes but I can give away co-colas, so drop in, say hi, and have one!

Members of the Union Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad are here showing off their trucks, too.

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Lake Clean Up Day At Cathouse Marine

Steve Northington of Cathouse Marine is sponsoring a Clean Up Lake Martin day on Saturday, March 3, 2012.  He will have a dumpster there so you can collect trash along the lake shore or lake roads and bring it in to the dump.  You don’t have to register or be assigned to a collection team.  This is a grass roots effort, just get out there and help clean up the lake!

I salute Steve, his crew at Cathouse, his wife Dee Dee, and all volunteers.  It’s easy to complain or wait to be assigned something to do, it’s nice to see folks taking the initiative and diving in to help.  Steve has me “on the billing” for an appearance.  I am showing houses that day to a guy coming in from Arkansas and we’ve had his trip planned for quite a while.  I don’t know what time I will be there in the afternoon, but I doubt many people will miss me early.

Even if you can’t pick up any trash, please go by there and meet the other participants.  You will have a chance to meet a member of the Marine Patrol, and also to have some opportunities to help out some Lake Martin area charities.

I can’t wait to be there, to see lots of old friends and make new ones. Steve has a special place in my heart as the guy that rescued my Sea Ray Sundeck from certain salty death.  I owe him big time.  He’s a giver and this event is a prime example.

Here is the latest info from Steve, taken from this post on LakeMartin.com:

“We have had several emails and calls with specific questions about Lake Martin clean-up day. I have never done anything like this before, so if I screw it up don’t give to hard of a time.

When: Saturday, March 3rd, beginning at 9:00 am.

Location: Cathouse Marine, 6905 Hwy 49 S, Dadeville, AL, 36853. Just North of Blue Creek Bridge.

Organization of crews? — It is up to individuals or organizations to form a crew.

Other notes and facts are — Advanced Waste Disposal will be providing a large dumpster that will placed at Cathouse Marine for deposit of Lake shoreline garbage. Please limit deposit of trash that is gathered from the shoreline, and not burnable debris such as sticks, straw, etc. Should you not be involved with a crew, please gather all the trash from your personal shoreline and haul it on down.

The Alabama Marine Police will be on site during the day to address Lake Martin boating safety concerns, Alabama Boating laws and regulations and answer any general Boating questions. An Alabama Marine Police Boat will be on hand so please bring the kids.

There will be NO Children’s Harbor Donation drop off site. Instead, area businesses are providing the following offers in exchange for cash donations, and ALL Monies will be paid to Children’s Harbor.

  • Lake Martin Event Pics (Mike McKay) offers a Gorgeous picture of “Children’s Harbor Lighthouse”.  On display now at Cathouse Showroom!
  • Mark Kosmac of Clearwater Marine and Union Community Volunteer Fire and Rescue will be on hand for locals to ask questions about local service in your area. (Other local search and rescue organizations please call)
  • John Coley, of Lake Martin Voice Realty, will attend and answer any questions about local property sales and forecast.
  • LMRA is possibly having a membership drive on location that day as well.

If I have forgotten anyone, sorry, and I will update later in the week.

If you have ANY other ideas, help or be involved, please contact us. Like I said, I have never done this, and all ideas are certainly welcome.

Contact info:
Cathouse Prattville, 334-358-2838 Dadeville, 256-825-3388
email, cathousemarine@aol.com

Respectfully,
Steve Northington”

Thanks again to Steve and all of the participating sponsors.  Thanks also to everyone out there that plans to pitch in to help clean up Lake Martin!

I would love to think of something to give away, but as a real estate agent, I don’t have much to offer in the way of something you can carry home and hang on the wall.  Maybe I can give a free home or lot valuation to whomever checks in to Cathouse the most on Yelp or FourSquare.  Then again, I do those for free anyway.

If anyone out there has any suggestions for me, please advise.

See you there on March 3!

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Register For Russell Forest Run

Russell Forest RunLake Martin area runners take note – The third annual installment of the Russell Forest Run is scheduled for Saturday, February 25, 2012.

If you have run races before through Active.com – you will be saved a step in registering.  If not, that is OK too, an account is free.

The race fee is $40 for the 10k and $20 for the 5k.

I plan to run again this year, it’s my third year in a row. It is the only 10k I have ever run in, so I don’t have much in the way of comparison.  I think it’s hilly, but my Birmingham friends tell me it is not so bad.  Whatever.

At any rate, it gives me great motivation to stay active while I train for it.  Even though it’s not very hilly where I live, and I run only on roads or the treadmill, that seems to prepare me pretty well.

The race is run over the trails in Russell Forest.  Honestly, “trails” – is not quite accurate, they are really dirt roads.  True, there are sections that are gravelly, but for the most part it is hard packed red clay.  The roads meander through the woods by Lake Martin, and are just beautiful. Many moons ago, when Russell Lands still leased that area for hunting, my dad used to take me quail hunting all through there.

I think one of the best parts of the race is the after party.  Russell Lands the power of Russell Crossroads and has the Chef from Springhouse there serving tasties (I think they did a squash bisque last year) and the folks at Catherine’s Market are supposed to have cold beer and drinks.

Plug For Runkeeper

To anyone that is training for the Russell Forest Run, or if you like to run or walk in general, take note of the Runkeeper app.

A friend of mine told me about this app for my iPhone. I love it for many reasons.

First, it’s free. Secondly, it keeps up with all of your workouts and syncs them to the runkeeper.com site. You can set your own running routes, and it calculates distance for you. When you start your run, you let it know what route you plan to run, and it tracks the GPS on your phone and updates you with distance, time, and pace announcements through your earphones. You can even select what playlist you want to play while you run, and whether or not you shuffle.

When you are done, you let it know, and it uploads your results to your private runkeeper.com account.

My only complaint is that it is not compatible with my heart rate monitor. I have one of those older chest strap monitors that transmits your heart rate. It works great on the treadmill but my iPhone 4 won’t put it through to runkeeper. Maybe it’s an iPhone thing, I don’t know. It would be really cool to be updated on my heart rate because that’s how I train anyway, not by timed pace per mile.

Enough about me.

I hope to see YOU at the Russell Forest Run. It’s a fun event that shows you that there’s plenty of things to do around Lake Martin in the winter.

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They’re On A Mission From God

If you plan to be at Lake Martin on Valentine’s Day, and are wondering what to do, you may want to check out the Blues Brothers Revue in Alexander City.

That’s right, Jake and Elwood have gotten the band back together, and they are performing at the Benjamin Russell High School Auditorium in Alex City on Tuesday, February 14th, 2012, at 7:30 PM.

They are playing complete with the intercontinental Rhythm and Blues Band, with a “piping hot” horn section, with gospel singers, and dancers. In fact, their sax player Murph Dunne got in a huge fight with his wife. He lost her and a job to be here, so the least you can do is show up.

I will grant you, there will be a few elements missing from the normal show. While they do feature gospel singers, I am pretty sure that James Brown will not be doing back flips on a trampoline. But on a positive note, there will be no crazed women firing M-16s at the boys.  Here’s a link to their latest promo video.

Seriously, this is for a really good cause – The Alex City Arts, and was funded in part by a grant from the Alabama State Council of the Arts.

Doors open at 7pm. Tickets: $15.00 for adults, children 12 and under $5. Tickets will be available February 1st at the Russell Hospital Gift Shop; The Chamber of Commerce; and ‘Main Street’, Alexander City, or at the door. For more information call; Ron Morgan, President, Alex City Arts at 256.234.9806 or e-mail Topdog@Lakedog.net

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Alex City Farmer’s Market Flavors Lake Martin Meals

Lake Martin vacationers: MainStreet Alexander City hosts a farmer’s market every Saturday morning from 7-11am.  This is a quintessential summer activity;  if you’re into fresh produce, local honey, goat cheese, BBQ sauce, soap, herbs, and baked goods, head downtown.

On any given Saturday morning you’re sure to run into the Jones family, Lake Martin homeowners from Atlanta, who are hip to things culinary, and fans of local produce. Despite having a world of foodie options in the city, they frequent the Alex City farmer’s market (and then the Piggly Wiggly meat counter right up the street) and create fantastic dishes to serve lakeside.  If you’re lucky enough to be invited to dine with them, leave your cooler of Natural Light and pimento cheese at home.  Allow Mr. Jones to set the menu.

We took our own family trip to the farmer’s market, and filmed this quick video so you can check it out too:

The Lake Martin community extends well past the shoreline into the small towns and countryside around it.  The more you know about the area, the more you will feel at home here.  If you need help finding that perfect lake home, or just want some ideas of things to do while you’re here, give me a call at 334 221 5862.

 

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The Lake Martin Day Trip: Have Boat, Will Play

You don’t have to own property on Lake Martin to have fun here.  In fact, a day trip on your boat can be a super Lake Martin experience.  I’m not saying you shouldn’t buy a home – I need to pay the power bill just like everyone else – but I am saying that you can get a lot of enjoyment out of  just your boat and the people in it.

Pack a cooler.  Find an island and anchor Cruise the entire lake.  Tie up at a restaurant for lunch.  Visit friends.  Ski and wake board in the calm waters of a slough.  Enjoy drinks on the boat at sun set.  Not a bad way to spend the day!

I recently sold a home to a couple who had been doing just this : day tripping from Georgia and putting their boat in at River North Marina.  They love to wake board, so they liked the calm waters on the north side of Lake Martin.  They had plenty of Lake Martin day trips and several rented lake houses before they finally decided to buy.  These are great ways to get to know the lake.

If you’re interested in day trips to Lake Martin, there are plenty of places to launch your boat.  Click on this link for a list of Lake Martin public boat launches.  Click here for a list of Lake Martin marinas. If you don’t have a boat, and would like to rent one for the day, check with the marinas for prices and availability.

If you’re a pro at the Lake Martin day trip, comment below and let us know your tips.  Thanks for the input!

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