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editor’s In spring, the county blooms

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with beauty and history

find it a little hard to believe, but we’re already more than a month into a new year and spring is already at hand. With the season comes a new issue of Elmore County Living, and the stories that members of our staff have to offer. For many people, blooms and buds are the most notable element of spring – and there is no better place to enjoy flowering plants than Jasmine Hill Gardens and Outdoor Museum. Inside you can read about the nearly 85-year-old gardens and see some of what lies in store for visitors. You can also catch a glimpse into the life of county resident Morgan Smith, the man who trained astronauts in survival skills. You’ll also meet Geneva Sherrer of Tallassee, for whom Botox was a miracle treatment that alleviated a

crippling speech problem. There is also a story about the county’s 1932 courthouse – along with photos taken during its construction. And there are more stories waiting for you, but that’s not all. In these pages, readers will also find photographs from many of the events in the county during the past three months. A comprehensive calendar of upcoming events will help readers plan ahead. As always, we hope you enjoy this issue of Elmore County Living and the people and places it brings to you. Peggy Blackburn is managing editor of Price Publications, Inc. Her email address is Peggy.Blackburn@


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Volume 4

8 20 Talking Miracles

Star Instructor14 Area man’s career included teaching skills to astronauts.

Modern medicine smooths woman’s broken voice.

22 Secret Garden

Eighty Years18 Going Strong18 Courthouse marks eight decades in downtown Wetumpka.

Getting Folksy

Jasmine Hill is in brilliant bloom for spring.



Sketches capture life in Tallassee as it once was.

26 Feature Home Wallsboro house offers relaxation in the country.

16 30 Out and About

Man plans exhibit of extensive folk art collection.

Penciling 16 History 16

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Images of Elmore County residents and visitors captured at events around the area.


38 Calendar A guide to upcoming local events scheduled from mid February through May.

Elmore County Living magazine is published by Price Publications, Inc. in conjunction with The Wetumpka Herald, The Eclectic Observer and The Tallassee Tribune. Copyright 2012 by Price Publications, Inc., all rights reserved. Any reproduction of this publication is strictly prohibited without the express written permission of the publisher. Peggy Blackburn - Managing Editor Kevin Taylor - Copy Editor David Goodwin - Political Editor Griffin Pritchard - Sports Editor Jay Goodwin - Operations Manager Christy Cooper - Ad Sales Shannon Elliott - Ad Manager Porsche Ferrell - Classified/Legal Ad Sales P.O. Box 99 • 300 Green Street • Wetumpka, AL 36092 • 334-567-7811

Tallassee Ashley Vice - Managing Editor Willie Moseley - News Editor Lauren Newman - Staff Writer Wendy Wilson - Ad Sales

On the cover - Spring flowers bloom at Jasmine Hill Gardens in Wetumpka. Photo by Peggy Blackburn.


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By training astronauts to survive in the jungle, Morgan Smith became a

Teacher to the stars By Willie G. Moseley


he first man to walk on the Moon counted Morgan Smith as a valued instructor, after the current Elmore County resident taught him what to do should his space capsule crash down in the jungle. But the 1963 jungle survival training, which Smith led for Neil Armstrong and other space program luminaries like John Glenn and Alan Shephard, is just one of a lifelong list of accomplishments and experience for Smith, who is now enjoying a quiet retirement in Elmore County. He had decades of experience teaching the same course to thousands of people from numerous countries, and he worked in locales across the planet. Born in Orlando, Smith, 86, served in the Coast Guard in the north Pacific during World War II, and his primary duty on a Coast Guard cutter was to search for enemy submarines that were lurking off the coast of the U.S. “They were all around,” he said of the submarines. “We had depth charges to drop on them.” After the war, Smith got his anthropology degree from Florida State, concentrating on botany and biology. Perhaps

Morgan Smith is shown in his living room with his pet German Shepherd, Maya.

Photo by Willie G. Moseley


Elmore County Living • Spring 2012 surprisingly, he wasn’t an avid hunter, and he didn’t plan to make military service a career. “I could take it or leave it,” Smith said of hunting. “I was in natural history in school, and everybody in my family—my father, mother and brother—were botanists. That was what got me interested about animals and plants. I’d enjoyed my time in the military, and I worked hard at it.” In his senior year at FSU, Smith directed an archaeological and botanical expedition by that school to Panama, and eventually was headquartered in central America as a civilian employee of the Southern Air Command of the U.S. Air Force. He began developing jungle survival techniques by establishing cross-cultural relations with the indigenous Choco Indians. Each year he would instruct some 2,400 people from numerous nations in the application of survival techniques in a jungle, including diets consisting of such unique foods as heart-of-palm and boa constrictor meat. His most famous class consisted of the first 16 astronauts of the United States manned space program. In addition to the original seven Mercury astronauts, the second group of astronauts selected, a.k.a. “The Next Nine,” underwent Smith’s regimen in the Panama Canal Zone in early 1963. Like classes before and after them, were compelled to survive in the jungle for several days. He later received a letter of appreciation signed by all 16 astronauts. The document, as well as a photo of Smith lecturing the space pioneers, is framed and displayed in his living room.

Smith, far right, lectures America’s early astronauts during jungle survival training in early 1963. His pupils included famed Photo and letter courtesy of Morgan Smith astronauts like Neil Armstrong, Gus Grissom and Alan Shepard.

Over the decades, Smith established training programs in other nations in Latin America, and he also consulted with American forces engaged in the Vietnam War. He was a technical advisor on four films created for the Air Force about survival techniques, and he also worked with other branches of the military to upgrade survival techniques, imparting his knowledge at bases in the U.S. and across the globe. Smith was even featured on the game show “To Tell the Truth” in 1964. The survival specialist eventually taught at the Air University at Maxwell Air

Force Base in Montgomery, and retired from his job in 1981. Smith continued to be involved with Amazon rainforest ecology and cultural

research following his retirement, and he was also an active consultant working with the Montgomery Zoo. Now a widower, Smith lives high on a hilltop in rural Elmore County, where his companions are a German Shepherd named Maya, and a cat named Barney. The view of the woods from his back porch is spectacular. It’s not the steaming jungles of Central America, the Amazon Basin or southeast Asia, but Smith takes pride in the fact that he has had more memorable outdoor adventures than most people can imagine. “I’ve been everywhere,” he said with a smile.


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‘As handsome a structure as any in

Eighty years ago, the Elmore County Courthouse opened in downtown Wetumpka in March 1932.


County marks 80th anniversary of courthouse’s completion


n the depths of the Great Depression, Elmore County leaders took a step of faith in 1931 and approved construction of the magnificent county courthouse in downtown By Wetumpka. In a number of reports, David Goodwin grand juries had complained of the condition and cramped quarters at the previous courthouse, according to newspaper articles and statements by the Commissioners’ Court, predecessor to the County Commission. Built in a Greek Renaissance style, it features eight giant fluted columns of Missouri marble. The interior features a

marble-walled entrance lobby, marble stairs between two Tuscan piers cased in salmon marble, fine balustrades and elaborate plasterwork on the ceilings of the second floor. Ornate mahogany garnishes every angle of the courtroom, where justice was meted out in Elmore County for almost 70 years. Construction of the courthouse cost just $275,000, according to county records. Adjusting for inflation, the courthouse would cost more than $3.5 million in 2010 dollars. That doesn’t count the cost of the marble and other materials that may have appreciated above the rate of inflation. “You couldn’t build it for $10 million

now,” Andy Dunn, the courthouse’s maintenance man and unofficial historian, said. The courthouse was built in just about a year, using simple block-andtackles and human muscle to hoist the giant limestone blocks that make up its exterior. Limestone for the facade was ordered from Indiana, and the marble for the interior came from Missouri. Aside from decorative mahogany in the courtroom and on the stairway, there is no wood in the building, he said. Marble and terrazo floors are laid with brass spacers that, even today, are “perfect,” Dunn said. “They’re perfect in every square, no


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n the South’ A 1932 edition of the Wetumpka Herald proclaims the courthouse’s completion.

The ornate design and scrollwork on the courtroom ceiling, and the design of the metal bannisters, are both precisely drawn in blueprints that date back to the courthouse’s construction in 1931. PHOTOS BY DAVID GOODWIN

matter how you look at it,” he said, still marveling at the work after 16 years. “Master craftsmen.” Work began on March 17, 1931, the cornerstone was laid in July, and the conduct of county business began the next year. An item in the April 7, 1932 edition of The Wetumpka Herald relayed the evaluation of two visitors from Birmingham, who “described the building as being far superior, both from points of beauty and utility, to anything they had imagined.” “We believe it to be as handsome and beautiful a structure as any in the south,” the writer added. Years ago, Dunn began a search for an original set of blueprints to use in a renovation around 2002. The original architecture firm — county records list the architect as John Eayres Davis of the firm Warren, Knight & Davis — were no longer in business, he said. So after 12 years of

effort, Dunn finally tracked down the company that installed the building’s elevator in the mid-1970s. The only known copy of the blueprints, which are kept in the county administrator’s office on the second floor, carefully prescribe each detail of the ornate structure. The frieze above the massive brass doors promises “Equal Justice for All,” and is sketched precisely in the blueprints. The hand-painted pattern on the courtroom ceiling was first sketched in one corner of the original blueprint. In 16 years working maintenance at the courthouse, Dunn has made it his mission to preserve and restore the building’s historic beauty. During the renovation, he realized one handpainted tile was missing from the ceiling. He worked with a draftsman to reproduce the pattern on transparency film with a computer, then projected it onto pegboard, the

Maintenance man Andy Dunn helped renovate almost every inch of the 80-year-old county courthouse, and still marvels at the level of craftsmanship that went into its construction.


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Above, an unknown worker lays brick that was encased in marble to form the now 80-year-old Elmore County Courthouse. Below, the old courthouse stands stripped for materials with the current courthouse in the background. PHOTO COURTESY ELMORE COUNTY RECORDS ROOM

closest replica he could find to the existing plasterwork. After getting M.L. Harden’s Hardware to match the color, he rubbed coffee grounds on the finish to age it. Only a few changes have been made through the years, Dunn said. The Americans with Disabilities Act made some upgrades, like the installation of the elevator, necessary. The only interior walls that aren’t eight inches thick and adorned with metal scrollwork, he said, are sheetrock built to carve out new offices. With a little love, Dunn said, the courthouse will stand at least another 80 years. Emergency Management Director Eric Jones,

whose Emergency Operations Center is in the basement, said there’s no comparison with the construction of current buildings. “It’s holding up a lot better than most of these newerbuilt buildings,” he said. With brick encased in marble, the courthouse is easily the safest structure in town. When severe weather threatens the area, dozens often line up to take refuge in the basement, which was certified as a nuclear fallout shelter during the Cold War. Dunn said there’s no comparing the 80-year-old edifice with newer buildings today. “This is an amazing building,” he said. “It will be here long after these others are long gone.”

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Recycled beauty

Area art collector Ron Drinkard saw 94 pieces from his collection of folk art hang at the Rosa Parks Museum. He has plans to permanently house the collection at the former Citizen’s Bank building in downtown Wetumpka. PHOTO BY BARRY CHRIETZBURG

Area collector plans folk art exhibit


eople get pleasure from many different things. Some like to travel, some play games and others collect art. Wetumpka’s Ron Drinkard falls into the latter category. Drinkard was introduced to folk art pieces by his friend, Dr. Doug Hawkins, in Troy about 20 years ago. Since then, Drinkard has built an extensive collection. “Folk art makes me smile,” Drinkard said. “What I appreciate so much about folk art are the people. Their art is from the heart. They do it because it’s what they want to do and not for the money.” Drinkard, a native of the community of Henderson in Pike County, will eventually house most of his folk art collec-

By Kevin Taylor tion in downtown Wetumpka. Drinkard recently purchased the former Citizen’s Bank building in the downtown area. He said he will have an office there and will hang much of his collection at that location. “There is a lot of wall space there,” he said. A majority of the folk art pieces which will hang in Drinkard’s office will be from fellow Pike County native Betty Sue Matthews. Matthews’ work, which is a part of Drinkard’s collection, recently was on view at the Rosa Parks Museum until

late January. Matthews’ work will be on display in Tuscaloosa and Birmingham later this year. The “Re-used, Recycled, Renewed: The Art of Betty Sue Matthews” exhibit at the Rosa Parks Museum included 94 pieces of Matthews’ artwork. Matthews has painted and cut recycled pieces of metal, cardboard, boxes and wood to form figures of people and animals. Drinkard became an avid collector of Matthews’ work. “The first time I saw Betty Sue she was walking along the railroad track that ran parallel to her home. I had gone to Brundidge looking for her and no one I asked knew who she was,” Drinkard said. “At the railroad crossing there in


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“(Folk) art is from the heart. They do it because it’s what they want to do and not for the money.” -- Ron Drinkard

Art collector Ron Drinkard, at left, attended an exhibit of his collection, which features folk art by Betty Sue Matthews, center, at the Rosa Parks Museum in Montgomery. Wetumpka councilman Lewis E. Washington Sr., right, also attended the exhibit’s opening. PHOTO BY BARRY CHRIETZBERG

town, saw a lady walking along the tracks. I asked her if she knew Betty Sue Matthews and she said, ‘I’se Betty Sue.’” Since then, Drinkard and Matthews have grown close, and he enjoys all of her works. But Drinkard warns that folk art is not for everyone. “It is one particular art where you either like it or not,” he said. Drinkard is a collector of all art pieces, but he said folk art is more of his “passion.” “There is a story behind every piece of folk art,” he said. “And sometimes the story really makes the art and gives it character.” Drinkard’s first folk art piece came

from Jimmy Lee Sudduth of Fayette. “He painted with mud, sugar and water and would put it on wood and then paint some of the wood. It was amazing to me,” Drinkard. Sudduth’s first public art exhibition was held in 1968 at Stillman College in Tuscaloosa. A 1971 exhibition in his home town of Fayette earned regional attention and, beginning that year, he became a featured artist at the annual Kentuck Festival of the Arts in Northport. In 1976, Sudduth was invited to play harmonica and exhibit some of his painting at the Smithsonian Institution’s Bicentennial Festival of American Folk Life. He also was honored with the Alabama Arts Award in 1995 and served as

an artist-in-residence at the New Orleans Museum of Art. His work is featured in many collections, including the Smithsonian Institution, the High Museum of Art, the Corcoran Gallery, the Birmingham Museum of Art and the House of Blues. Sudduth and Matthews are not the only Alabama artists Drinkard has in his collection. He also has works from Bill Traylor of Montgomery and world renowned folk artist Mose T, also of Montgomery. Traylor became among the most highly regarded and sought-after of selftaught artists. His work has been held in many public collections, including that of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta hold some of the largest public collections of Traylor drawings. Mose T’s work has been exhibited in the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Philadelphia College of Art, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. In 1993, a retrospective of his work was held at the Museum of American Folk Art in New York City. “I don’t think people realize how rich this state is in folk artists,” Drinkard added. And with help from Drinkard, the Alabama folk art scene will be kept alive in downtown Wetumpka.


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Sketches of yesteryear Tallassee native’s art preserves small-town scenes


n Barnett Boulevard in Tallassee is the Country Store, and for many of the city’s residents that’s what it’s always been. But many more remember that building as Moncrief’s clothing store. Before that it was the Mt. Vernon Mills Company Store and after that a “Scotty” store, the first health and beauty discount store in this area. But

By Ashley Vice the memory of Moncrief’s is preserved in a drawing of the storefront by Shelby Lynn Hornsby (1943-2010). Pictured in pencil are memories that cross generations of Tallassee residents— memories shared by a community and put on paper by a man who just loved his

hometown. “I remember getting in the truck with my brothers and sister, riding all over Tallassee taking pictures, and he would have his sketch pad and just start drawing standing there,” said Lucretia Hornsby, Shelby’s daughter. “I asked him why he started doing these sketches, my answer would be because he loved Tallassee so much and he

loved the memories he had of growing up and this was his way to keep the memories going and to give Tallassee a view of how things were in the ‘good ol’ days.’” Those memories are captured with care and detail in his drawings, but also in the captions he wrote to go with them. One picture shows two boys preparing to race down

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“thrill hill,” which was located at the intersection of the south end of 3rd Avenue and Jordan Avenue. A third boy raises the starting flag and in the distance a fourth pushes his bicycle up the far end of the hill. Hornsby wrote; “During the days of homemade wagons, there were races going on all the time. Shelby Lynn Hornsby, who passed away in 2010, sketched scenes of times gone by in the city […] Bicycles were also raced against wag- of Tallassee. Memories he preserved in pencil include the old Roxy Theatre, above, the “Thrill ons. Some kids even tried it on roller Hill” on Third Avenue, below, and the drive-in movie theater, inset. skates. I’m sure some of you still have scars from spills on this hill. […] Remember using a clothespin to hold a piece of cardboard against the spokes of your bicycle to make it sound like a motor? I have found, since I started doing these articles that certain things and places mean a lot to people. This is one of the places that has been mentioned to me quite often. Today, it is just a road, but back then it was a place for fun and a part of growing up.” According to Hornsby’s daughter, Lucretia, people were one of her father’s favorite parts of preserving Tallassee’s history. “He never met a stranger, and he loved everyone no matter who you were or what you did in your life, he loved you,” she said. For years Hornsby hosted a public haunted house for the public at Halloween. Lucretia also remembers Hornsby buying miniature bottles of alcohol at Christmas time. He would take them, she said, to people he knew were homeless or lived in homes with no heat, just to tell them “Merry Christmas” and that he loved them. Hornsby, who attended Opelika Tech for drafting, drew storefronts and buildings, but also scenes of life around town—like Wilbur Williams, who delivered papers for


18 the Birmingham News, rolling them and tossing them out the car window while steering with his knees; or A.B. Lesley, the popsicle man, who pushed his homemade ice cream cart up to 15 miles per day, six days a week. He drew and wrote about the Roxy and Mt. Vernon Theatres and the Tallassee Drive-In.

Elmore County Living • Spring 2012 “Remember movies like ‘Thunder Road,’ when traffic would back up all the way down the highway. Everybody in town wanted to go see the famous ‘Lash Larue,’” Hornsby wrote. “He would stand on top of the concession stand and get someone from the crowd to hold a cigarette in their mouth and cut it in half with his bull

whip.” Part of the fun, according to Hornsby was watching people try to sneak others into the theatre, without paying, in the trunks of their cars. “Seems like every time you pulled in on the back row and tried to get someone out of the trunk, Mack’s famous flashlight would be shining right in our face,” he wrote.

Though his drawings don’t often include people, he always listed the names of business owners and their employees in his articles. Because of his passion for the people and the history of Tallassee, those memories of places like Anderson’s Hot Dog Stand, Rush Davidson’s Dry Goods Store and Gauntt’s Lake, will live on.

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Finding her voice By Lauren Newman


or years, Geneva Sherrer lived without a voice of her own, only able to speak a few broken syllables at a time. As much as she tried, most people could not understand anything she said. Sherrer, 74, suffers with spasmodic dysphonia, a voice disorder characterized by involuntary spasms in the muscles of the larynx during speech. “It’s hard to get my words out,” Sherrer said. “My throat closes up around strangers. Part of my words, like the first syllable, don’t come out.” Sherrer said her problem became evident in the mid1970s. “My sister was the one who noticed it first,” Sherrer said. The cause of spasmodic dysphonia is unknown, but doctors link it to a problem in the nervous system, and a diagnosis is often delayed due to lack of recognition of the symptoms. There are three different versions of spasmodic dysphonia: adductor, abductor and mixed. Adductor causes the muscles to stiffen, only letting a few syllables to come out at a time. Abductor does not allow the vocal cords to vibrate, which results in the person sounding weak or whispery. Mixed is a combination of both adductor and abductor. Having normal conversa-

Tallassee woman credits doctor’s ‘miracle’ for curing speech problem tions with people, particularly strangers, was difficult for Sherrer. She said she could tell when people were only pretending to know what she was saying. “People would nod like they knew what I said, but I knew they didn’t understand me,” Sherrer said. “Some incidents are funny, but some are embarrassing.” Sherrer recalls her job interview at Neptune Technology and it brings a smile to her face. “My voice was getting really bad,” Sherrer said. “But I told the lady interviewing me that she didn’t have to worry about me talking. And I got the job.” Sherrer sought treatment for the disorder through several outlets. She attended speech therapy sessions, had acupuncture treatments and even went to see a psychologist. Nothing worked. “(The psychologist) said I talk like this to get attention,”

Sherrer said. By the late 1990s, she looked into getting Botox, a powerful neurotoxin, injections into her vocal cords. “It hurt, but it didn’t do any good,” Sherrer said. “I was scared to death.” After two unsuccessful Botox treatments, Sherrer was losing hope. To date, she had received a series of acupuncture, visited one psychologist, visited two speech therapists, had two unsuccessful Botox injections and had one CT-Contrast scan of her brain, which turned out normally. Test after test, treatment after treatment, Sherrer kept finding herself back at square one. Sherrer’s local physician, Dr. John Rand at Tallassee’s Community Hospital, encouraged Sherrer to see a specialist in Birmingham. Sherrer, already accepting the fact she would probably never speak plainly again, did not want to go.

“I give God the glory for the knowledge He gives doctors.”

-- Geneva Sherrer

“I had completely given up,” Sherrer said. “I didn’t want to go and be disappointed again but I had enough faith in Dr. Rand to go.” The specialist in Birmingham, Dr. Paul Castellanos, saw Sherrer in September 2011. He injected Botox directly into her vocal cord. This time, it had different results. “I could talk right away,” Sherrer said, smiling. “It was such a blessing. I was so happy I could talk, I asked God to use my voice for His glory.” The injection lasted five weeks before it wore off, and Sherrer received another injection in November 2011 from Castellanos. Sherrer will now receive regular Botox injections every three months in Birmingham. Since her successful treatments, Sherrer said she has people coming up to her to hear her speak. “People will walk up to me in church and say, ‘Geneva, say something!’” Sherrer said. “And it used to be my husband would answer the phone at home. He had been making all my phone calls for me. Now when I answer the phone, people hang up because they don’t recognize my voice. “I want people to know God still works miracles, even through doctors,” Sherrer continued. “I give God the glory for the knowledge he gives doctors and I give thanks to Dr. Rand for sending me to Dr. Castellanos.”

Founded by Ben and Mary Fitzpatrick in 1928, Jasmine Hill Gardens and Outdoor Museum is a sprawling 20 acres of Greek statuary, winding paths, secluded nooks and an abundance of brilliant flowers and foliage. PHOTO BY PEGGY BLACKBURN

A hidden garden on the ridge T ucked among the hills near Wetumpka is a unique site that combines paths, pools, statuary and a riot of blooming flowers and trees. Just south of the city’s heart, Jasmine Hill Gardens and Outdoor Museum sprawls across 20 acres of rolling ridgeline formed by a meteor impact about 85 million years ago. Opened to the public in 1928, the gardens were created by Ben and Mary Fitzpatrick. The pair purchased the property, which included a cottage, in the early 1920s after a picnic on what was then called Sugar Hill. The abundance of flowering jasmine prompted Mary to rename their new home Jasmine Hill. The Fitzpatricks traveled exten-

sively; and Greece was a favored destination. While there, they bought many pieces of Greek statuary that were subsequently shipped to Elmore County. When the couple By returned home after Peggy each trip, the accumuBlackburn lated crates were then unpacked. Mary directed placement of the items on the grounds, then designed flagstone walks to lead to them or pass beside them. Over the years, the hillside was transformed into intertwined paths, secluded nooks, shaded arbors and fountain-centered patios. Annuals and sequentially blooming perennials accent the statuary and serve as boundaries for many of the pathways and

outdoor “rooms.” New vistas open around every curve. The gardens are home to an abundance of azaleas, Japanese cherries and other blooming trees and shrubs; as well as a profusion of flowering bulbs and plants. The world’s only scale reproduction of the ruins of Olympia’s Temple of Hera claim a central spot in the gardens. The ruins were constructed during the 1940s. After Ben Fitzpatrick died, Mary continued to open her gates and gardens to those who wished to visit. In 1971, Jim and Elmore Inscoe assumed responsibility for continuing the site’s traditions and preserving it for the future. The family established the Jas-

mine Hill Foundation to help achieve that goal. The temple ruins were updated in the 1990s to mirror archaeological work completed at the original site during that time. That work unconvered portions of the temple’s columns that had fallen into the sea during the earthquake that devastated it. In 1995, the first major expansion was launched with the addition of new statuary and construction of the Olympian Centre. The centre – which houses a visitors center, gift shop, interpretive center, conference rooms and large auditorium – is a full-scale replica of the Temple of Hera as it probably appeared during the first Olympic games in 776 B.C. In 1996, Jasmine Hill’s Temple of Hera was one of the stops for the Olympic flame on its way to the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta. The historic gardens were closed to daily traffic in October 2002, then reopened for spring tours in March and April 2003. A schedule of limited hours has continued since that time. This year, the garden will be open for the height of the spring blooming season from March 16 through June 30. During that period, hours will be Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m. From July 7 to Oct. 27, the gardens will be open on Saturdays only, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is charged to visit the gardens. Cost is $7 for adults, $5 for children 6-12 and free for children younger than 6 if accompanied by an adult. Tours for schools and other groups are also available by reservation. Further information is available by calling 334-263-5713. Jasmine Hill Gardens and Outdoor Museum is located off U.S. Highway 231 on Jasmine Hill Road.

What’s blooming at Jasmine Hill? January: Camellias and Winter Blooming Azaleas, Pansies and other Annuals, Forsythia, Quince. February: Camellias and Winter Blooming Azaleas, Japanese Magnolias, Bulbs, Forsythia, Quince, Jonquils, Star Magnolia, Pearl Bush, Red Bud, Spirea, Pansies. March: Japanese Cherry Trees, Azaleas, Flowering Crab Apple, Iris, Jonquils, Snowballs, Narcissus, Carolina Jasmine, Annuals. April: Azaleas, Double Japanese Cherry Trees, Hydrangea, Deutsia, Mountain Laurel, Horse Chestnut, Dogwood, Wisteria, Foxglove, Delphinium, Roses, Spirea, Kerria, Annuals. May: Southern Magnolias, Caladiums, Impatiens, Yarrow, Sedum, Gumpo Azaleas, Oakleaf Hydrangea, Daylilies, Salvia, Marigolds, Poppies. June: Crape Myrtle Trees, Daylilies, Waterlilies, Oleander, Marigolds, Hydrangea, Impatiens, Salvia, Other Annuals and Perennials. July: Crape Myrtle Trees, Waterlilies, Japanese Lotus, Impatiens, a Variety of Annuals, Caladiums, Lantana, Butterfly Bush. August: Crape Myrtle Trees, Waterlilies, Lantana, Caladiums, Many Annuals, Ginger Lilies, Japanese Lotus, Turk's Turban. September: Spiderlilies, Lantana, Marigolds, Caladiums, Waterlilies, Ginger Lilies, Impatiens, Salvia. October: Chrysanthemums, Sasanquas, Colorful Berries, Salvia, Flowering Kale, Lantana. November: Fall foliage including Gingko, Chrysanthemums, Sasanquas, Colorful Berries, Cassias. December: Camellias, Winter Blooming Azaleas, Sasanquas.


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This custom home on Grier Road features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, hardwood floors and plenty of space to relax with the family. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

A perfect place to relax with the family


his exquisite custom home located in Wallsboro is situated perfectly on 3 acres and is certainly family friendly. The home features three bedrooms, two and one-half baths, large kitchen with island, formal dining room, foyer, gigantic laundry room and huge great room with gas log fireplace with a new list price of $255,900. There are gorgeous hardwood floors throughout except for kitchen, laundry room and bathrooms, which are all hard tile. The master bath includes tray ceiling, double vanities, garden tub, separate shower and an enormous walk-in closet. The large custom kitchen offers a work island, beautiful cabinetry, matching appliances with refrigerator and a large breakfast area with French doors

exiting to the covered patio. In addition to being a great family home, it is perfectly set up for entertaining or just to relax. There are many areas to unwind outside which include a covered patio, an uncovered patio and a brick paver patio. The spacious formal dining room fea-

tures an arched doorway and heavy crown molding. The great room also features a heavy trim package as well as a corner gas log fireplace surrounded by natural stone tile and custom detailed mantle. The two guest bedrooms are both large in size and have a jack-and-jill bathroom. The front guest bedroom offers a walk-in closet, and the rear bedroom has dual closets. The home features attractive fixtures throughout and is tastefully decorated all over. There is an oversized two-car garage with dual doors and an entry door as well. For more information, contact listing agent Clay Boshell at 334-657-6167 or email

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The home features plenty of comfortable space to enjoy, including a living room that features a gas log fireplace, above; and a large kitchen that includes a quaint breakfast nook. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED



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Out and about at ..

Christmas on the Coosa


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Pearl Harbor Day

Wetumpka’s MLK Day Commemoration

Studio B dance performance


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Tallassee’s Fabulous Follies

Wetumpka Chamber Banquet


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New Year’s Meteor Drop

Governor’s visit

An Eclectic Christmas

Tallassee MLK Day


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Missoula Children’s Theater

Syrup-making at the Stubbs’ place


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Elmore County Living • Spring 2012

Mark Your Calendar 10th Annual IBO Rumbling Waters Challenge Feb. 17-19 Bennett’s Archery, Wetumpka Hundreds of archery enthusiasts, vendors and other participants will attend the first leg of the International Bowhunting Organization’s Southern Triple Crown of Bowhunting Championships. For information, call 334514-1286. ANC Critter Crawl 5K and 1-Mile Run Feb. 18, 9 a.m. Alabama Nature Center, Millbrook 5K begins at 9 a.m.; 1-Mile Run at 10 a.m. Various race categories. Proceeds will benefit ANC education programs. For information, email LVFD Steak Dinner Feb. 18, 5 to 7 p.m. New Hope Baptist Church, Deatsville The annual fundraiser offers steak dinners for dine in or carry out. Each plate includes a grilled rib eye steak, baked potato, salad, roll and cake. Cost is $12 per plate. Proceeds benefit the Lightwood Volunteer Fire Department. For tickets, call Daphne Smith at 334-569-2264. Wildlife Presentations Feb. 18, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Feb. 25, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Archery enthusiasts converge on Wetumpka for the Rumbling Waters Challenge each year. PHOTO BY GRIFFIN PRITCHARD

Russell Crossroads Naturalist’s Cabin See and touch the fluffy furs that keep Russell Forest residents warm and dry this time of year. In addition to animal pelts, a living breathing furbearer will be on hand to brag about how warm they are. Appropriate for all ages. No charge. Everyone welcome. For information, call 256-496-2710 or email Guided Nature Tour Feb. 18, 3 p.m. Russell Forest Wilson Road Trailhead Join Naturalist Marianne Hudson for an educational foray into the winter forest. February’s Groundhog Day and Valentine’s Day will pro-

vide the focus. Groundhogs are a fairly recent addition to Alabama - discover why their range is increasing and why they’re called whistle-pigs. This month, many species choose their mates and exhibit breeding behavior. How do they choose and court their partners? The energetic hike will offer both learning and exercise. Appropriate for warmly dressed participants ages 5-105. Registration required; $10 fee. For information, call 256-496-2710 or email Alabama Nature Center General Public Weekends Feb. 18-19, March 17-18, April 21-22, May 19-20; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun-

day, 1 to 5 p.m. Alabama Nature Center, Millbrook Enjoy five miles of scenic ANC trails while learning about the natural history of central Alabama. Admission charged. For information, call 334-285-4550 or visit Wetumpka Depot Players Auditions Feb. 19 and 20, 7 p.m. Wetumpka Depot Theatre, 300 S. Main St. Numerous roles for males and females 16 and older are available for “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Those auditioning should prepare 32 bars of music and bring sheet music for accompanist. No CDs or a

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cappella singing. Those auditioning should also prepare a joke to tell as part of their audition. Rehearsals in February and March. Show dates April 12-28. For information, email kmeanor@ Candidate Night Feb. 20, 6:30 p.m. Wetumpka Civic Center Hosted by the Wetumpka TEA Party. The public can meet candidates running for various seats throughout the River Region. 27th Annual Elmore County Art Guild Winter Show Feb. 20-24 First Community Bank, Wetumpka Hosted by the Elmore County Art Guild. Entries will be accepted Feb. 18, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the bank. Works of a variety of artists will be on display throughout the week. A reception honoring show participants will be Feb. 26, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the bank. For entry details, visit Fruit Pruning Workshop Feb. 21, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Barber Berry Farm, located on the Millbrook side of the Alabama River Parkway toll bridge February is an important and critical time for growing and taking care of fruit crops. The number one chore is pruning. Pruning fruit crops each year will result in healthy plants and better production of quality fruit. The workshop will be a demonstration on pruning muscadines. $5 fee. To register, call the Elmore County Extension Office at 334-5676301. 17th Annual Elmore County NWTF Hunting Heritage Banquet Feb. 23, 6 to 9 p.m. Wetumpka Civic Center The annual fundraising event includes a meal, auctions, raffles and more. All those purchasing tickets also receive a year’s membership to the National Wild Turkey Federation and quarterly magazines. Tickets are $55 per person, $70 for a couple, $275 for a sponsor and $1,000 for a table (eight people). For information, call Chet Matthews at 334799-8885 or email

Local artists will exhibit their work in February during the Elmore County Art Guild Winter Show. PHOTO BY PEGGY BLACKBURN

40 elmorecountynwtf@yahoo. com. 7th Annual OWU Southern Classic Feb. 24-26 Southern Sportsman Lodge, Benton Hosted by Outdoor Women Unlimited. Events will include archery, shotgun, pistols/air rifles, sticks to staff, first aid/compass orienteering, total hunt, self defense/hatchet throwing and fishing. Cost is $95 for members and $140 for nonmembers. For information, contact Whitney at 334-7824507 or email whitneyrwood@, Becky at 334-398-2335 or email bawhunt@aol. com or visit the OWU website. Starting Veggie Seeds Workshop Feb. 25, 9 to 11 a.m. Elmore County Extension Office, Queen Ann Road, Wetumpka Hosted by the Central Alabama Master Gardener Association and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Cost is $10 per person. Attendees will plant and take home various tomato, pepper and eggplant seeds to grow and transplant into gardens. To register or for more information, call the Elmore County Extension Office at 334-567-6301. 3rd Annual Getting Down with the Dawgs Draw Down Feb. 25, 6 p.m. Bonnie Crest Country Club, Montgomery With the purchase of at least one ticket for $100, donors will have a one in 300 opportunity to win $10,000 and help the Humane Society of Elmore County. In addition,

Elmore County Living • Spring 2012 every 25th ticket drawn will win other prizes. Each ticket holder and a guest will receive a buffet dinner and beverages. Tickets are on

sale at the shelter MondayThursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information, call Char-

line Pope at 334-202-1381, the shelter at 334-567-3377 or email

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Bass fisherman will soon flock to area lakes and rivers to participate in any of the numerous tournaments that are planned. PHOTO BY PEGGY BLACKBURN

3rd Annual WHS Soccer Booster Club Bass Tournament Feb. 25, registration begins at 4 a.m., tournament from safe daylight until 3 p.m. Lake Jordan State Boat Ramp $100 per boat, five fish limit. Payouts top five places. Boat numbers assigned as entries received. Proceeds benefit the Wetumpka High School soccer program. For information, call 334-318-5840 or 334-315-5843 or email amywillis Wild Game Event March 3, 1 to 6 p.m. Shoal Creek Baptist Church Guest speaker Chuck McAlister, co-host of Adventure Bound Outdoors television show. Prizes, wild game tasting, archery competition, BB gun shoot, breakout seminars, live entertainment. Free. Bluegrass Jam March 3, April 7 and May 5, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Alabama River Region Arts Center, Wetumpka

All acoustic instruments are welcome - beginner, intermediate, advanced and listeners. Santuck Flea Market March 3, April 7 and May 5, dawn until 2 p.m. Area surrounding Santuck Baptist Church An outdoor flea market with more than 450 booths featuring arts, crafts, antiques, novelties, imports, food and more. Free admission to the public with free parking available. For information on booth rental, call 334-5677400. Rinehart R100 March 3-4 Bennett’s Archery, Wetumpka A novelty archery shoot, with targets from anteaters to zebras. For information, call 334-514-1286. Sweet Life! Dessert Comedy Theatre March 9, 7 p.m. Wetumpka Civic Center Sponsored by First Baptist Church of Wetumpka. An evening of clean, family-

friendly, side-splitting comedy by Scott Davis and lots of delicious desserts. Tickets $10 individuals, $20 per family. For tickets or information, call 334-567-5191. Boston Butt Sale March 10 Eclectic Fire Department, First Avenue Last day to preorder is Feb. 29. Tickets for butts are $30 each. Proceeds benefit the Eclectic Fire Department. For information, call the fire station at 334-541-4425. Fireman’s Bash March 10, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Main Street, Eclectic Sponsored by the Eclectic Fire Department Association. There will be a fireman’s challenge, truck tours, equipment demonstrations, car extrication, smokehouse, kid’s rides, music and vendors. To sign up a fire department team or reserve a booth space, call 334-850-4772. 2nd Annual Cow Patty Trot March 10, 8 a.m.


Elmore County Living • Spring 2012 Holtville High School Hosted by the HHS FFA. Packet pickup March 9, 3 to 6 p.m. at HHS Ag Shop. 5K Run March 10, 8 a.m., followed by 1-Mile Fun Run. Various race categories for men and women. Awards and door prizes following Fun Run Preregistration (by Feb. 29) $25 5K, $10 Fun Run. Day of race registration (begins at 7 a.m.) $30 5K, $15 Fun Run. Registration includes T-shirt. Additional shirts can be purchased for $10. For information, visit holtville.ech. Wildlife Presentations March 10 and 24, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Russell Crossroads Naturalist’s Cabin To symbolize the gentleness of the com-

ing weather, there will be frolicsome lambs on display. These young lambs were orphaned by their natural mothers and hand-raised. Because of their close association with people, these barnyard creatures are eager to be examined and petted. Marianne Hudson will talk about domestic breeds of sheep and the features that make them such amazing animals. Appropriate for all ages. No charge. Everyone welcome. For information, call 256-496-2710 or email Jasmine Hill Gardens Open Fridays-Sundays, March 16-June 30; Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m. Jasmine Hill Gardens and Outdoor Museum, Wetumpka The 20-acre gardens are filled with col-

Campers and instructors at last year’s Spring Break Camp at YMCA Camp Chandler on Lake Jordan.

orful flowers, stone paths, statuary, fountains and Greek temple reproductions. Admission charged. For information, call 334-567-6463 or visit Crappie Masters Alabama State Championship March 16-17 Alabama River, Millbrook Top fishermen from around the state will participate. On both days, weigh-in will be at Mill Creek Baseball Complex in Millbrook. On March 17, the Alabama Wildlife Federation will host the Kids' Fishing Rodeo at 3050 Lanark Rd. Registration 8 to 9 a.m.; event 9 to 11 a.m. Sponsored by Elmore County, City of Millbrook and Alabama Wildlife Federation. For information, call City of Millbrook at 334-285-6428.


44 ANC Fishing Weekend Mar 17-18; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Alabama Nature Center, Millbrook Enjoy catch and release fishing for catfish and bream in the upper pond, or bass and bream in the bullfrog pond. A limited number of fishing poles and a limited amount of bait available for a small fee. Admission charged. For information, call Holly Beverley at 334-2854550, 800-822-9453 or visit Ask the Experts Series: “Marketing Magic” March 20, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Jeanette Barrett Civic Room, Wharf Street, Wetumpka Hosted by the Minority and Women Owned Business Development Task Force (MWB) of the Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce. The purpose of the workshop series is to help build relationships between chamber small businesses and resources located in the community. Industry professionals will offer tips, answer questions and develop

Elmore County Living • Spring 2012 working relationships with member businesses that may need their services. This session will discuss marketing on a shoestring with a focus on email marketing and social media. For information, call the chamber at 334-567-4811. Millbrook Community Players: “Father Knows Best” March 22-24 and 29-31, 7:30 p.m.; March 25, 2 p.m. Millbrook Community Theatre Audiences will be treated to the humorous antics of the Anderson family. For tickets and information, call 334-7827317, email or visit Tallassee Rotary Club Fishing Tournament March 24 Wind Creek State Park, Lake Martin For information, call 256-234-3461. Spring Break Camp March 26-30 YMCA Camp Chandler The camp offers a wide range of activi-

ties, including fishing, archery, riflery, canoeing, games on the green, pedal boats, putt putt, climbing tower, arts and crafts, high ropes, a campfire and more. Cost is $270 per child for YMCA members and $295 per child for nonmembers. Fee includes a T-shirt and a visit to the camp store each day. Deadline to register is March 23. For information, visit Spring Break Expedition Lanark Outdoor Day Camp March 26-30, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Alabama Nature Center, Millbrook Campers will explore the natural world through hands-on activities such as fishing, canoeing, crafts, games, hiking, wildlife watching, exploring and more. For ages 6-15. Cost $25/day or $100/week. Before and after care available for $5/day or $20/week. For information or to reserve a spot, email Elizabeth Johnson at ejohnson@alabama Wildlife Presentations March 31, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; April 6, 5 to


Elmore County Living • Spring 2012 6 p.m.; April 7, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; April 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Russell Crossroads Naturalist’s Cabin (March 31, April 6-7); Springhouse Restaurant (April 8) Easter means new life – and the gentle innocence of bunnies and chicks is a reminder of its significance. Discussion on why these animals proclaim the Resurrection. Bring cameras and children or grandchildren for the opportunity to photograph their interactions with these traditional symbols of Easter and spring. No charge. Everyone welcome. For information, call 256-496-2710 or email Brown Bag Concerts April 6, 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18, 25, 12 p.m. Gold Star Park, Wetumpka

Annual concert series sponsored by the Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce. Different musicians will perform each Friday. Bring lunch and a lawn chair. No admission fee. For information, call 334-567-4811. Wetumpka Depot Players: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” April 12-14, 19-21 and 2628, 7:30 p.m. Wetumpka Depot Theatre, 300 S. Main St. The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this musical parable. For tickets and information, call 334868-1440, email kmeanor@ or visit 2nd Annual Tallassee Jazz Fest April 14, 10 a.m. until

Southside Middle School The following bands have been confirmed as participants: B.B. Comer High School-Sylacauga Jazz Band, Central High School-Phenix

City Jazz Band, Tallassee High School Jazz Band, Southside Middle SchoolTallassee Jazz Band, University of Alabama Jazz Ensemble, University of Ala-


Elmore County Living • Spring 2012 original hand-crafted works that depict nature and the outdoors; and also garner interest in and appreciation for wildlife and related natural resources. Open to the general public. All works will be for sale. There will be art exhibit booths and an original art competition. Deadline is Feb. 18 for artists interested in participating in either exhibit booths or the competition. For information, call Ann Harper at 334-285-4550 or email

Reenactors will portray those involved in the French and Indian War during an event at Fort Toulouse/Jackson in April. PHOTO BY PEGGY BLACKBURN

bama Crimson Jazz Faculty Quintet. Guided Nature Tours April 14 and 21, 2:30 p.m. Russell Forest Wilson Road Trailhead Participants will make up-close observations of the forest as it embarks on one of its most exciting changes of the year: the budding plants and frenzied activity of spring. Expect to see and hear a variety of energetic songbirds and discover a wealth of other animal sign. Also expect to see wildflowers and other developing plants. Appropriate for participants ages 5-105. Registration required; $10 fee. For information, call 256-496-2710 or email Wildlife Presentations April 14 and 21, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 2 p.m. Russell Crossroads Naturalist’s Cabin Naturalist Marianne Hudson will give an informative presentation about the ducks that call Alabama home, including physical features, differences be-

tween species, habitat requirements, identification tips and more. Program will feature touchable items left behind by local ducks and include a live representative from the duck family. Appropriate for all ages. No charge. Everyone welcome. For information, call 256496-2710 or email naturalist@ Wetumpka Handmade Craft Market April 21, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bethel Worship Center Shop local vendors’ handmade items. Breakfast and lunch items available for purchase. Vendors can participate free without sharing a portion of profits. For information, email 8th Annual Flora and Fauna Art Show April 21, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Alabama Wildlife Federation, Millbrook An artistic celebration of Alabama’s native flora and fauna, With a focus on the visual arts, AWF hopes to highlight a number of Alabama artists and their

French and Indian War Encampment April 21-22, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fort Toulouse/Jackson Park, Wetumpka Historically correct reenactors will depict actions during the French and Indian War between France and Britain. The lifeways of French Colonial Marines, British soldiers and Creek Indians are centered around the reconstructed French Fort Toulouse. For information, visit Tri-County Wild Game Cook-Off April 26 Tickets $40-$50 per couple/person. Price includes a one-year membership in the Alabama Wildlife Federation, a subscription to Alabama Wildlife magazine, and free samples of all of the wild game entries. 11th Annual Russell Marine In-Water Boat Show Apr 27-29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ridge Marina on Lake Martin See the year’s hottest models in boats and personal watercraft at the Southeast’s largest inland, in-water boat show. Free. For information, call 256-2121479 or visit Wetumpka Relay for Life April 28, 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. Hohenberg Field Teams will set up camp sites and walk during the 12-hour event. Also included will be a survivor walk, luminaries, entertainment and more. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. 8th Annual Joe Sewell Memorial Award Banquet


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Drivers line up for a competition during last year’s Antique Tractor Show and Pull in Elmore


May 1 This award honors high school seniors in Elmore County who excel in academics, athletics, leadership, and church, community, and character. Scholarships awarded. Details to be announced at www.joesewell or on Facebook.

Memorial Day Weekend Concert May 27 Lake Martin Amphitheater Join Russell Lands and friends for a lakefront, holiday concert. Artists to be announced. Admission charged. Tickets available through Ticketmaster, The Adventure Center at Russell Crossroads and at the gate. For information, call 256329-0835 or visit

Taste of Elmore County May 3 Sponsored by the Leadership Elmore County Class of 2012. Details to be announced soon. Derby Day May 5 The Stables at Russell Crossroads Wear Derby Day attire and watch the Run for the Roses have fun and participate in a benefit for Children’s Harbor. For information, call 256212-1479 or visit

Millbrook Community Players: “Witness for the Prosecution” May 17-19 and 24-25, 7:30 p.m.; May 20, 2 p.m. Millbrook Community Theatre Agatha Christie’s suspenseful thriller about a young married man who spends many evenings with a rich old woman and is the chief suspect when she is murdered. For tickets and information, call 334-782-7317, email or visit Alabama Antique Tractor Show and Barbecue Cook-Off May 19, 8 a.m. Politic Road, Elmore Annual fundraiser for the Elmore Volunteer Fire Department, featuring a barbecue cook-off, antique tractors, a tractor pull, petting zoo, an-

tique car show and more. For information, call 334-2850085 or visit Reptile Rendezvous May 19, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Alabama Nature Center, Millbrook Learn amazing reptile facts about snakes, frogs and turtles with the staff at the Alabama Nature Center. Admission charged. For information, call 334-2854550, visit Attack on Swayback Mountain Bike Race May 20, race day registration opens at 7 a.m. Swayback Bridge Trail, Wetumpka For all ages and abilities. Fee for participants only. Race 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For complete details and registration, visit

Compiled by Peggy Blackburn To submit a calendar item (June through August 2012) for the Summer 2012 edition of Elmore County Living, email information to news@thewetumpkaherald.c om no later than April 21. The edition will be published in late May.


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Kim N. Price Sept. 12, 1954 - Jan. 16, 2012

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