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From the Editor’s Desk
his month in Lake Martin Living magazine, we’re saluting some folks who have gone the extra mile to help local kids – and we’re highlighting a few local kids who grew up, moved away and made us proud. We’ll start on page 10 with Leadership Lake Martin’s Red Team and its project to renovate the Charles E. Bailey Sportplex Imagination Station. This 12,000-square-foot playground has sparked children’s creative play for 20 years. When it needed a major facelift, Leadership Lake Martin stepped in to make the area safer and more fun for kids. Meet the team and check out the renovations that will make the station more appealing to the inventive play of its visitors. And hats off to all the cowboys, cowgirls and spectators who come out for the annual Lake Martin Area Rodeo. This Southeastern Professional Rodeo-sanctioned event is an exciting weekend of entertainment that supports the local Boys and Girls Club of the Lake Martin Area. Learn more about each night’s events and how you can help on page 48. Sometimes, we take for granted the work that folks do to help young people, so in this issue, we tip our hats to a couple of people who have made a world of difference on a global scale. Dave Jennings has coached the men’s golf team at Central Alabama Community College for 17 years, and in that time, he’s received some pretty impressive honors. Next month, he will add to that list when he travels to Japan to coach the U.S. Boys Team at the Junior World Cup. Learn more about Dave Jennings in the article on page 38; then, flip to page 16 to improve your own golf game with Jennings’ column. Five years ago, Lake Martin Living magazine talked with hometown girl Catherine Burns, who is artistic director for The Moth, a National Public Radio show that reaches millions of people around the world. Since that conversation, The Moth has expanded to include mainstage productions in 29 cities. This month, Montgomery will be one of those cities, and Burns, who as a student at Benjamin Russell High School dreamed of working on the Alabama Shakespeare Festival stage, will see that dream come true. Catch up with Catherine on page 20. Then, take the kids to Jazz Fest in downtown Alexander City! This year’s lineup could be the best yet. Check out the bands on page 30, and plan to take the family to this free night of fun and music at Strand Park.
Betsy Iler, Managing Editor
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ON THE COVER
Fifth season American Idol winner Taylor Hicks will close out the 28th Annual Jazz Fest when he takes the stage on Saturday, June 9 at The AMP on Lake Martin. Hicks is originally from Jasper, Alabama, and began his musical career as a teenager touring around the Southeast. Photo by Cliff Williams
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Terrell Owens makes locals proud Twenty-five years after graduating from Benjamin Russell High School, Terrell Owens was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. “I had my three Ds, which are desire, dedication and discipline, but I think there’s two R words that are resonating with me right now,” Owens said. “That’s resilience and relentless. If you have a resilient attitude about things, and you have that relentless pursuit of trying to be great ... You can’t just go from average to great right away. There’s a progress in there. I did it, and I know that others can do it. You have to believe in yourself and surround yourself with good people.” Owens’ saga is the definition of an inspirational story. He rose from a virtual bench player to one of the all-time greats. After storming onto the football scene at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Owens was drafted in 1996, playing the majority of his career for the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys. He was selected to the Pro Bowl six times, and his 15,934
receiving yards record ranks second in NFL history. He is also third in receiving touchdowns with 153 in his career. “I’m a perfect example for any kid, but especially in the state of Alabama and especially in Alexander City,” Owens said. “If I can make it, you can make it." Owens will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August. ~Lizi Arbogast
Above: Terrell Owens is overjoyed while taking a photo of his Hall of Fame showcase; Right: The Alexander City native has an inspirational story of rising to the top.
MainStreet Alexander City announces new Farmers Market manager Carly Herrmann said she will bring energy, creativity and enthusiasm to her new position as MainStreet Alexander City’s Farmers Market manager. While Herrmann was born in Montgomery, she moved to Alexander City at age 9 and graduated from Benjamin Russell High School. After attending Auburn University, where she met her husband Travis, she established roots in Auburn. The couple, along with their children Teddy, 13, and Emma, 2, moved back to Alexander City in 2016 to be closer to Herrmann’s family. “Since I’ve been back and downtown, I realized the effort that’s been made to revitalize the town, and I would like to be a part of that continuing contribution,” said
Herrmann. The Alexander City Farmers Market, which has moved back to its original location on Broad Street Plaza, is the only one in the state that offers free vendor space to its local farmers, and Herrmann said the farmers are extremely excited to return this year. “We’re going to offer different events each Saturday to draw in various crowds. We want to bring awareness to our local businesses, eating healthy and being the kickoff point for an enjoyable Saturday in downtown Alexander City,” explained Herrmann. The Farmers Market will begin June 5 and be held every Saturday through the fall from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. ~Amy Passaretti Lake Martin Living 9
Imagine Safer Play Leadership Lake Martin Red Team improves local playground
STORY BY AMY PASSARETTI PHOTOS BY AMY PASSARETTI & COURTESY OF CARLA BULLARD
hildren of all ages have been swinging, sliding and climbing at the Imagination Station in Charles E. Baily Sportplex for 20 years now. A group of Alexander City Chamber of Commerce Leadership Lake Martin participants conducted a major update at the Sportplex Park. The playground is now safer to use, more attractive and includes additional amenities. Leadership Lake Martin is a tenmonth leadershiptraining program for community leaders, which includes a community service project planned, developed and implemented by individual groups. “The program’s overarching goal is to educate, inform and ideally inspire our next group of community leaders,” said Ed Collari, President and CEO of the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce. “The group assignment component involves teamwork, and these projects have a huge impact in our community. I could not be more proud of what this year’s class has accomplished.” The Red Team – Tammy Jackson, Carla Bullard, Al Wilson, Sam Royster, Dan Collier and Tara Snyder – unanimously voted that a project enhancing the playground would be beneficial to the community. “We brainstormed things that needed to be done in town and decided that instead of trying to build something new, we wanted to improve something that needed fixing,” said team leader Bullard. Individuals in the community that wanted to provide a playground to the youth originally built the park. “When people are looking at recruiting to this area, this is one of the things they show, so it needed a facelift,” said Bullard. Since its dedication in March 1998, very little renovation 10 Lake Martin Living
or attention has been given to the playground. It seemed appropriate timing and homage to the original builders to fix up the playground on its 20-year anniversary, said Jackson. With a fresh layer of mulch, new paint to brighten up the equipment, additional amenities and replacement swings, the playground has returned to quality standards. “We were originally worried it may be too much work, but the team decided to tackle this project and have all been dedicated to doing so,” Bullard said. Hoping for more community involvement, the Red Team ended up doing most of the work on its own due to unpredictable weather. Alexander City Parks and Recreation employees aided with some heavy lifting, mulch dumping and fence replacement, and some spouses of team members and other additional workers took time out of their days to contribute. “I’d say we’ve put in close to 400-500 Major Improvements The team repaired and replaced man hours, and that old equipment, spread mulch and averaged at least 40amped up safety of the playground. 50 hours per person. It’s been difficult to coordinate the whole team together at once, but we’ve all done the best we can while balancing full-time jobs and other responsibilities,” Jackson said. The muddy, decaying mulch blanketing the 12,000 squarefoot ground was replaced with a fresh layer that is softer and more appealing. Some of the wooden boards were beginning to rot, and the group spot-checked and replaced unsuitable pieces to prevent potential hazards. The monkey-bar area in the middle of the playground needed attention, and Alexander City Parks and Rec. employees excavated the area to remove the equipment. Posts were dug up,
and new fencing was installed after a Teamwork Above: The Red Team new Tornado Climber replaced the consists of Carla old version. Bullard, Al Wilson, Two teeter-totters and two spring Tammy Jackson, Tara riders were purchased and mounted Snyder, Sam Royster on site as well. The crew dug holes, and Don Collier; Right: mixed and poured concrete and Volunteers mixed and set the equipment in place. New placed concrete to toddler seats and regular swings were install new teetertotters (below). installed in place of the damaged ones. â€œWe purchased a few extra swings that the city will keep for future replacement needs,â€? said Bullard. The Imagination Station is ADA accessible, and people of all disabilities enjoy the recreational facility. This creates an inclusive community area that increases opportunities for physical and social activity. The cost of the project was about $10,000, and contributions were made to help offset the finances. Steve Robinson, county commissioner, donated $3,600 to the cause, which paid for the new mulch, and Exelon Corporation contributed $5,000. The Home Depot donated the paint for the playground. The project took about a month from start to finish. The team began construction around March 16 and closed the facility for two weekends to the public. The playground was re-opened for spring break, so families could take advantage of the time off. Succeeding in its completion date, the Leadership Lake Martin team wanted renovations complete by opening day of the baseball season at the sportplex. Lake Martin Living 11
Transplants simplify home gardening
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t’s the time of year when wildflowers bloom on roadsides, and a rainbow of colors appears at the local plant nurseries. Just driving by can be motivation enough to get that summer vegetable garden going at home. Most of the supplies involved in gardening are simple to gather: gloves, tools, potting soil, fertilizer and plants. While those items can really add up, there is an alternative method. Growing vegetable transplants or starts at home can be a cheap and easy way to avoid overspending on a home garden. I think you’ll find that the benefits far outweigh the work it takes to grow them.
Benefits of growing your own transplants
More bang for your buck: Purchasing big box store vegetable starts can be pricey, especially when planning meals for the whole family. A typical transplant tray contains six plants and costs about $3 at the store. You can purchase hundreds of seed for the same cost. More control over your food: In this day and age, most people have an opinion about what they are eating and how it was treated and rightfully so. You have the power to purchase certified seeds that fit your lifestyle. Hybrid, nonGMO, organic – you name it; you can find it online. You can also decide what fertilizers and/or chemicals to use – or not use – on your plants. More variety: You can pick varieties of plants based on color; size; days taken to mature; heat or cold tolerance; etc. Believe me, selecting that packet of miniature purple bell pepper seeds that is “suited for your planting zone” and “fruits prolifically” will bring a whole new excitement into garden planning. Uniformity: Your plants will mature more uniformly in the ground than if they were directly seeded. After planting seeds in the ground, there are typically a few blank spaces where nothing germinated. Even if you immediately re-plant, those new seeds will already be days behind the ones that germinated on the first round. You can avoid garden beds full of plants at varying developmental stages by planting transplants that are similar in size. Plus, there’s something about the instant satisfaction of putting a plant into the ground that is far more appealing than waiting on seeds to sprout.
How to get started
Select a warm and well-ventilated location: A sunny windowsill, greenhouse or even a covered porch with partial shade are all good options. Seeds germinate best at 70-75 degrees. Seedlings will appear spindly and tall as they strain to stretch toward the inadequate lighting. A grow light may need to be implemented if growing indoors. Gather clean planting containers: These can be from recycled or homemade materials (yogurt cups, toilet tissue rolls, cardboard egg cartons, etc.). As long as the container is 2-3 inches deep and has some drainage holes, it should Lake Martin Living 13
work. If you are re-using containers that have previously been planted in, it is always a good habit to sterilize them. A simple Clorox soak will do the trick. There also are modular plant trays available for purchase; which I prefer these, as they are compact. They have planting cells or holes that are uniformly spaced, and I can plant as many as 72 plants per tray (note that some trays hold more than 72 plants); however, I grow to support a commercial farm and need to make the most efficient space of my propagation house. Grow in whatever container works best for you. Purchase your growing medium from a trusted source so that you know it isn’t tainted. Don’t use soil out of the garden, as it can harbor diseases and organisms that may damage or kill young seedlings. For those who are thinking about starting a garden for the first time, I recommend purchasing an all-in-one seedstarting mix. It will save you time, and your new garden likely isn’t very large. Start small, make it easy and fun for yourself, and then adventure into mixing your own starting soil when you get more comfortable with the process. Wet down your soil mixture with water when you’re ready to fill those planting containers: With regular watering, this step will help you to keep the mixture from drying out quickly. You want it wet enough to form a ball and keep its shape but not too dripping wet as a gloppy mess. Squeeze the soil ball, and if it wrings out a lot of water, you’ve probably added too much. To balance it, mix in more dry potting soil until it is good to go. Plant your seeds: There is a general rule that says you should plant a seed at a depth that is about three times the
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seed’s thickness. Just take the rule for what it is – general. Forget the math and take a look at the size of your seeds as you’re about to plant them. Vegetables that have extra small seeds – like lettuce – need to be barely covered under the soil. Scratch up the planting area and gently press the seed onto the surface of the soil. Typically, these really tiny seeds actually need light to germinate. There is a good chance that they won’t germinate if they are completely covered. At the other end of the spectrum, bean seeds will typically need to be planted 2 to 3 inches deep. For a continual harvest, stagger your plantings. Plant another round of lettuce seeds every one to two weeks to spread out the harvest. Sprinkle vermiculite to make a thin layer on top: Vermiculite can be found in the seed-starting supplies and is used to hold water. It will help to keep the soil moist and is porous enough to let sunshine through. Be sure to label plants to keep track of the varieties that were planted.
Getting them to the garden
Check the plants and water them regularly, as needed. Seedlings started outdoors will typically need water more often than those planted indoors. You don’t want the soil to be soaking wet. Do-it-yourself An indicator of overPrevious page: Begin produce watering will appear growth in containers before on top of the soil or planting in the ground; Below: vermiculite as a green As soon as plants are removed mold. If this occurs, from the containers, they must decrease your watering be planted in the ground.
and re-pot with new soil. Apply a liquid fertilizer after germination when the second set of leaves – true leaves – appears. Continue according to the label’s directions until the transplants are one to two weeks from being planted out into the garden. If you notice more than one seed germinate per container, you can thin out or remove the extra seedlings to one per pot. If the multiple seedlings are left alone, the seedlings will all typically be smaller and weaker than if one seedling had the pot all to itself. Snip the extra seedlings at the soil line with scissors, or if you’re adventurous, separate the seedlings by hand and re-pot them, so that there is one seedling to a pot. You may be able to turn one seedling into three. Be careful not to disturb the roots while doing so. You can begin the hardening off, or toughening up, process at this point. You want to prepare the seedlings for the outside world of wind, harsh temperatures, rain, etc., after they have been growing in a controlled environment. Stop your fertilizer applications and decrease watering, only giving water when the plants start Variety to choose from to wilt. Take the seedlings outdoors Above: For a for a few hours a day but do not continual lettuce place in direct full sun or harsh harvest, stagger seed wind. Increase the amount of time plantings every one to two weeks. you leave the seedlings outdoors every day, gradually increasing exposure to the elements. By the end of the process, the seedlings will be stronger and more prepared to be planted into the ground. This minimizes any shock that may occur among the transplants, which could range from wilting to transplant death.
Summer vegetables that grow well from transplants include tomatoes, eggplant, green onions, peppers, lettuce and other leafy greens. Even after learning how to grow your own vegetable starts at home, some people may not have the time or space to do so. There is no shame in purchasing them from the big box store.
If you have to do so, here are some tips to select the best ones you can find.
Choose trays that have moist, wellwatered soil. Dry soil means a droughtstressed plant. They may look okay, but they will take longer to bounce back and produce food. Don’t grab the largest and tallest plants you can find. They may not have received enough light or have outgrown their pots. If they already have flowers, this doesn’t mean they are the best. Pinch them off so that the transplant can spend its energy growing stronger and creating an expanded root system. You’ll be rewarded with a larger harvest later. Check for hitchhiking insects. Unless it is a ladybug, you probably don’t need it coming into your garden at home. Check the undersides of leaves for aphids. Those are a common problem with purchased plants and will multiply quickly. You are now armed with the knowledge and tools to begin the gardening process. We would love to see photos of your summer home gardens. Submit your photos to Lake Martin Living’s Facebook page. Happy gardening! ~ Sidney Hancock is farm manager at New Waters Farm in Dadeville. Lake Martin Living 15
Acquire Alignment Use this simple trick to line up properly and nail the shot
thletics at Central Alabama Community up left, and their subconscious mind will try to pull the College are winding down but in a very good ball back to its target. This may actually work for a short way. period of time until the player is aimed too far right and The Lady Trojan Tennis and the Lady Trojan the mind begins to pull the ball too far left. The same Softball teams both wrapped up the end of their seasons thing holds true to aiming left – a lot of bad things can attending national championship events. start happening. Our CACC Trojan Golf Team has been sizzling hot, Jack Nicklaus’ method of acquiring proper alignment winning four of our last five golf tournaments, including is possibly one used most by good golfers worldwide. our region and district championships. Nicklaus would find an imperfection in the grass or a CACC Golf will compete at Nationals in small leaf approximately 1-3 feet in front of Lubbock, Texas, May 15-18 on The Rawls his golf ball, and he would aim his club up to Course. This is the site where CACC Golf that spot. Using an imaginary line from the earned its sixth National Championship Title club to his alignment spot, he would line up in 2013. I’m getting some great vibes and his shoulders, hips and feet on a parallel line. believe the planets are trying to line up for This simple two-step method in acquiring a us. CACC Golf is presently ranked number proper alignment position has assisted me for three in the NJCAA Coach’s Poll and number 50 years on the golf course. six on Golfstat, which lists college golf scores This step has become such a part of my and statistics. pre-shot routine that frankly, I don’t even Our recent district championship give it any thought – it’s automatic. I use this tournament was held at Duran Golf Club in alignment method in every part of my game, Melbourne, Florida, and one of my freshmen, including on the greens. Caleb O’Toole, was having difficulty in In your practice, use an alignment stick putting beforehand. Nothing was going in, to assure that your body is on your intended and the ball wasn’t starting on his intended line. Do not aim your alignment stick directly Dave Jennings line. at the target, as this will have your body setup Of course, like most golfers, he imagined in a closed position. Place the alignment stick that he needed major surgery to correct on a parallel line to the golf ball’s direct line whatever it was that had him out of sorts. This wasn’t the to the target, similar to a train track. case at all. O’Toole had simply worked himself into a poor You may initially feel that your body is slightly open setup position, and this alone created all of his problems or closed, but the truth is that you’ve been out of whack on the greens. for a while on your alignment, and you are now right on After getting O’Toole to address the ball properly, the money. Hit enough shots from this correct alignment his golf ball returned to its intended path, and again he position, and after a short period of time your eyes will began making putts. Let me assure you, making putts can adjust. This is how you acquire your starting alignment. change your whole attitude throughout the game quickly. In becoming a good player, a golfer needs to know O’Toole strolled through the wind and the rain that we which direction their ball begins its flight. The ball can experienced in Melbourne for three rounds and won his turn to the left or to the right, but starting the ball’s flight second tournament of the year. on a certain line is critical to making good golf shots. If you’ve been a fairly good golfer with a moderately Pro golfer Tom Lehman hits a massive draw in all of his good swing but are now struggling with ball striking or shots. Lehman usually aims to the right side of the green any facet of the game for that matter, there’s a good chance and draws the ball back toward the flagstick. Nicklaus was that the problem may require only a simple fix. well known for his towering fade shots, which he would Over the 400 years that I have been involved in golf, I start toward the left side of the green and allow it to fall have found that alignment is the greatest flaw for golfers toward the flag on the right side of the green. What these when things go south in their golf games. People will line two have in common is that they both knew the direction
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the balls were going to turn, and they began their golf balls’ flights on their own intended lines. In putting, if you have a putt that breaks 18 inches to the left, and you start the ball 5 inches out of the cup on the right, you will make this putt only if you massively mishit. The Eye-Line Putting Mirror is a great putting aid that I bought for each of my golfers this year. In fact, at last year’s TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club, 18 of the 30-man field were using it before they started their rounds. The putting mirror takes a moment to set up. Not only does this tool help you with your stroke alignment but also it assures that your head and eyes are positioned properly over the ball and that your putter is being stroked on the proper path. This tool is not expensive, and as important as putting is in good scoring, it is well worth the small investment. Why pay $350 for a new Scotty Cameron putter if you can’t line up? I assure you O’Toole now realizes the benefits of proper setup and alignment, and he has the trophy to prove it. If this simple alteration isn’t the cure to your golf game woes, make a call to your golf pro. See you on the course! Double Win
Left: After addressing the ball properly, CACC golfer Caleb O'Toole won his second tournament of the year.
~ Dave Jennings is the men's golf coach at Central Alabama Community College.
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Protect against cyber fraud
dvances in technology continue to help business owners manage their finances online in innovative ways. With this increased efficiency and convenience, business owners also need to be more vigilant than ever in protecting their financial information. It’s important to be proactive and work with a banker that takes the time to understand an owner’s business and offers robust security solutions. All the convenience of online banking is no substitute for working with experienced bankers. At Valley National Bank, we work with business customers to set up a fraud detection tool called Positive Pay. The service allows business owners to set up a list of regular, approved transactions on the front end, so transactions that aren’t on the approved list are flagged for review and approval. Talk to a banker about security services like Positive Pay that will best fit a company’s needs, and take these five steps to be proactive about cyber security. Limit access to computers with customized password protection. Grant different levels of access, so everyone has the information they need for their jobs but without making all information 18 Lake Martin Living
available to everyone. Encourage employees to turn off or lock down their computers when they aren’t at their desks. Make sure systems are updated, and keep up with system upgrades – in particular, those related to online security. Create and enforce a companywide security policy. This policy should address such issues as emails, social media and internet use. Train employees on the policy and regularly monitor employee computer use. Make sure former employees are quickly disconnected from access to computers. A company should have a specific policy for the handling of computers and sensitive information when someone leaves. Avoid broadcasting confidential information. If an employee is working with a customer and there are other people nearby, make sure they can’t see the computer screen if taking the customer’s personal information. Also, don’t ask for a customer’s personal information out loud. Instead, have the customer write down the information. Be cautious on the phone and with emails. If asked for confidential information by someone unfamiliar, call
back or email that person’s company, but not at the number or email address that was given. Instead, look up the company’s information and contact them; then, ask for the person who called or emailed.
Protect the office and facilities. Use locks and alarm systems, and make sure employees are taking proper security steps when they leave the office. Keep all important business records under lock and key. With companies’ emphasis on electronic records, sometimes it’s easy to forget that old-fashioned paper records also pose a potential risk. Shred paper records when they are no longer needed, especially if they include personal customer information. ~ Mark Spencer is Senior Vice President, Retail Line of Business Manager for Valley National Bank, previously USAmeriBank.
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the South The Moth takes the stage at Alabama Shakespeare Festival
STORY BY BETSY ILER PHOTOS BY VICTORIA BALDWIN & COURTESY OF CATHERINE BURNS
hen Alexander City native Catherine Burns steps onto the Alabama Shakespeare Festival stage on May 18, she will showcase inspiring stories by fellow Alabamians and will check an item off her lifetime bucket list. “It was always a dream of mine growing up in Alexander City,” said the artistic director of globally popular public radio sensation, The Moth. “As soon as I got my driver’s license, I talked my parents into letting me drive to Alabama Shakespeare Festival to see plays.” The Moth, created in 1997 as a nonprofit storytelling platform in founder George Dawes Green’s New York living room, now shares stories on more than 475 radio stations around the world. Some 700,000 listeners download The Moth storytelling podcasts every week,
and The Moth Mainstage audiences hear tales from featured storytellers on stages in 29 cities, including London, England; Melbourne, Australia; and now, Montgomery, Alabama. The two-hour Montgomery premiere, entitled Flirting with Disaster, will feature stories by Alabama Chanin founder and organic textile designer Natalie “Alabama” Chanin; Birmingham theatrical costumer and hairdresser Leonard Lee Smith; and Alabama native Michelle Browder. “Natalie and I met through the Kitchen Sisters producers. They were friends of Natalie and knew I would really want her to share a story. She told it to me one night over dinner. She is so beloved around the world and such a hometowngirl-makes-good,” Burns said. “I met Lee Smith when I did an event for the Birmingham Museum of Art, with the excellent Birmingham storytelling group Arc stories. Lee
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was in that show, and he blew me away. Then he came to New York and told a story. This time he will tell a new story; one that took place in Montgomery – he is originally from Montgomery. “Michelle will tell a story about moving away from Alabama and coming back after realizing that this is where she wants to be.” Burns said she is pleased to bring a military story to the ASF stage, as well, as she has a childhood connection with Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery. Her father was stationed there for a time. As a child, Burns said, she wanted to grow up to be a filmmaker. “At the time, it was an art form I could see and understand. I wanted to make art that somehow opened up space for people to have conversations about what’s meaningful to them. I didn’t have the words for that then, but I feel very lucky that The Moth has found an audience in the way that we have,” Burns said. When Lake Martin Living magazine featured Burns five years ago (February 2013) at the release of The Moth’s first bound collection of stories, the nonprofit organization employed five people and had made appearances in 12 U.S. cities, but growth has been exponential since that time, she said. “The last few years have been intense in a really good way. You have to take some time to figure out what you need, whom you need and how you do it. Once we figured it out, it took off,” Burns said. “In the early days, we were very New York centric, and we didn’t want to be. It was important for us to represent the entire U.S., not just New York. “It’s taken on more of an international scope now. We are doing more with the Gates Foundation in Africa; we’re more global. We feel a responsibility to bring out stories of the world,” she said.
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Though her work takes her around the globe, Burns said Alabama still calls her home several times each year. “My dad still lives on the lake, and I have cousins in Fairhope. I usually spend about three weeks a year in Alabama. I bring my son, who is 8 years old now, and he gets to do things he doesn’t do in New York – like go out to the henhouse and get eggs and go to Orange Beach. He’s studying the world community in school – the differences between urban, suburban and rural – and he feels uniquely qualified to talk about that subject,” added Burns. A little more than a year ago, The Moth applied for a grant from The Education Foundation of America to bring its storytelling platform to the Alabama Black Belt region. “When we got the grant, of course, I was over the moon,” Burns said. “Montgomery is the true Alabama in so many ways.” Part of the dream to bring The Moth to ASF in Montgomery is wrapped up in Burns’ memories of growing up in Alexander City. “When I was an intern for The Alexander City Outlook, there were these stories on the back page that were called Take the Stage Previous Page: Adrienne ‘Spotlight’ stories. Truscott has been a They were about mainstage featured storyteller; people in the Above: Alexander City native community; who Catherine Burns is the artistic they were; what director of The Moth radio they did. I used to show. do some of those stories, and now it’s like it’s come full circle, because that’s what we do on a bigger scale at The Moth.” Purchase tickets for Flirting with Disaster: The Moth in Montgomery online at themoth.org/events. Tickets are $30. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the stories begin at 7:30 p.m.
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STORYâ€ˆBY AMY PASSARETTI & PHOTOS BY KENNETH BOONE
very year in late spring, thousands of nature lovers eagerly anticipate the arrival of the rare, picturesque Cahaba lily in select rivers and streams in the Southeast, including Tallapoosa County. Renowned naturalist William Bartram first discovered the Cahaba lily in 1783 in the Savannah River near Augusta, Georgia, and since then the species has been found in Alabama, Georgia and parts of North and South Carolinas. The 3-inch wide white Hymenocallis coronaria blossoms belong to the amaryllis family and live in a very specific environment. Central Alabama happens to be conducive to the growth and patches of this scenic wild treasure grow in accessible areas of the Tallapoosa River.
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Cahaba lilies prefer shallow, rocky creeks and rivers with moving water and are typically found on the fall line in the South. While the largest population of Cahaba lilies in Alabama can be found in Bibb County at the Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge, Tallapoosa County residents have the opportunity to view the beauty closer to home. A remote portion of the Tallapoosa River upstream of Lake Martin is conducive to the growth of the lilies that show off their blooms in spectacular fashion and thrill those willing to make the effort to see them. The lily patches can only by accessed by kayak or canoe, as they grow in rocky shoal areas of the river that receive lots of sunlight. Harold Banks recommends paddling Section 3 of the Harold Banks Canoe Trail to see the panoramic beauty. The put-in for this section of the canoe trail is located at the boat ramp off Highway 49 inside Horseshoe Bend National Military Park, and the take-out is at Jaybird Creek landing at the end of Boone Valley Road in Jacksons Gap. The length of the trip is about 6 miles. “Depending on water flow, experienced paddlers could make the trip in three hours, but to fully enjoy all the river has to offer, I advise allowing most of the day to take a leisurely trip with frequent stops to wade, take pictures, picnic and wash away the trappings of civilization,” said Banks. With many patches of lilies along this section, Banks said, the best areas are in the shoals of Fox Creek at the base of Peter’s Island and at the beginning of Irwin Shoals. “Be sure to look up frequently, too, because bald eagles are also fond of this section of the river,” he added. Placing a car at the drop-off and take-out points is the easiest way to complete the tour, and Banks cautioned lilygazers to paddle safely. “When you paddle as a group, make sure everyone stays reasonably close. Instruct the lead paddler to stop periodically until the entire party catches up. It’s also a good idea to keep a more experienced paddler at the rear
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to help those that may be lagging,” Banks said. And never paddle alone, he said. Paddlers should bring essentials in preparation for the elements, weather and changing water conditions. Banks said a personal flotation device is a must, and a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen are highly suggested. Also, plenty of water and snacks are important, especially if paddling all day. Anything that could float away or cannot afford to get wet should be properly secured and protected. “Assume you will capsize. Even the best paddlers do occasionally, so prepare accordingly,” said Banks. Flip-flops should not be worn, according to Banks, as they could float away and are useless for wading in the rocky, rough river. “The river bottom is very uneven, and unfortunately, there could be broken glass and fish hooks. Every paddler should wear shoes. I prefer river sandals that cover the toes, but old running shoes work great. They provide good traction and keep you from stubbing your toes,” he explained. While not suitable for bare feet, the rocky waters provide the perfect growing environment for Cahaba lilies. In areas where they flourish, large clusters of lilies create fields of white above the water. The peak-growing season for Cahaba lilies is mid-May to mid-June – or Mother’s Day to Father’s Day – but the blossoms can sometimes be seen as early as late April or as late as the Fourth of July, said Banks. Those that don’t own a canoe or Paddle to Beauty kayak, could rent an appropriate Previous Page: watercraft at one of several rental The 3-inch wide services, including Off the Beaten Cahaba lily is part Path in Dadeville; the Adventure of the amaryllis Center at Russell Crossroads; most family; Below: John Thompson marvels Russell Marine locations; both at the scenic field Lakeside Marinas in Dadeville and of lilies on the at Bay Pines; Chuck’s Marina; Real Tallapoosa River.
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Hatchet Creek in Coosa County is another well-known region for large Cahaba lily populations, and the annual Hatchet Creek Festival provides a two-day float and overnight camping trip to see the lilies on a guided tour. Experience and enjoy the lilies from afar, but do not wade through them or pick them. Human activity has threatened the survival of the species, along with increasing levels of sediment from development, logging and mining. The Cahaba River Society provides guided tours through the Cahaba River WMA that are appropriate for all levels of paddlers, as there is little to no white water on this route. A map of the Harold Banks Canoe Trail can be downloaded from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System website. A waterproof copy can be picked up at the ACES office in the basement of the Tallapoosa County Courthouse located at 125 North Broadnax St. in Dadeville. Top: Cahaba lilies grow in rocky shoals of shallow bodies of water; Middle: The rare flower blooms from about mid-May to mid-June.
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The Stooges Brass Band performed at Jazz Fest
ummer is a great time to enjoy the weather and hear some fresh tunes, along with some classic favorites. With a variety of music and the talent of local bands, Alexander City offers entertainment throughout the season to keep your toes tapping and your hearts happy. From grassy lawns, fun activities for the whole family and a chance to wind down the day, music comes in many forms throughout the season. The best part is, most of them are free. The weekly activity of Friday on the Green is already under way at the Town Green at Russell Crossroads. The amped up version of this event is presented in a three-day musical celebration at RXR Fest during Memorial Day weekend. Russell Lands also offers music on the deck of Kowaliga Restaurant throughout the season and closes out the summer fun with its Labor Day concert at Lake Martin Amphitheatre. The 28th annual Jazz Fest is a favorite of locals, and the town swells with festive concertgoers for this two-day free concert. Down the highway about 25 miles, are the varied offerings of Standard Deluxe in Waverly. With an outdoor stage, indoor concerts and the new addition of food offerings, the possibilities are endless. So, mark your calendars for these upcoming events and enjoy the musical selections of local venues. You wonâ€™t want to miss a beat!
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Yonrico Scott will return to the Jazz Fest stage this year
This free two-day concert began 28 years ago as a chance to celebrate the town of Alexander City and bring the community together. Now attendance is nearly 5,000, and it's one of the most popular and anticipated events of the summer for residents and tourists alike. For the first time, Jazz Fest will coincide with Alexander City Chamber of Commerce's weeklong Sun Festival.
Friday, June 8 Strand Park downtown Alexander City 6 p.m. New Devils – This Birminghambased rock-n-roll band has a country twang and a twist of soul. Songs tell a good story, and the beat will keep your toes tapping. 7:30 p.m. Jon Cleary – New Orleans funkmaster has taken the city by storm the past 35 years. Clearly is a deeply soulful vocalist with a respect for R&B. 9 p.m. Hollis Brown – Named after a Bob Dylan song, this rock-n-roll band has traveled internationally and will rock the house as a closing hit. Saturday, June 9 The AMP on Lake Martin in Eclectic 6:30 p.m. Yonrico Scott – Returning to Jazz Fest since his performance in 2011, Yonrico Scott brings a full range of talents to the stage. This Grammy award-winning drummer will kick off the night full of entertainment. 8 p.m. Roman Street – The college brotherly band from Mobile has since expanded its style into a chart-topping Jazz Infusion style covering a range of musical influences. 9:30 p.m. Taylor Hicks – The fifth season American Idol winner is originally from Jasper, Alabama, and started his career performing throughout the Southeast. His energetic performance features classic rock, blues and R&B.
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Located in the small community of Waverly, Standard Deluxe presents music throughout the summer at both its indoor Little House venue and its outdoor stage. The eclectic town always brings fresh music to the scene and allows coolers. Check the standarddeluxe.com website for more information about the artists, updates on the summer schedule or to purchase tickets in advance. Little House concerts 5/19: Cicada Rhythm, supper by Dumps like a Truck 5/20: Will Stewart 6/2: Andrew Duhon 6/10: Grayson Capps, Cary Hudson and Croky Hughes 6/24: Julia Haltigan and special guest Janita Outdoor Stage 7/28: Heart of Waverly BBQ Since the opening of the new FEED SHAK, this inaugural event will present a variety of BBQ options from local food vendors, along with art booths. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Gates open at 11 a.m. and music starts at noon. Children ages 14 years and younger are free. Bring chairs, family, friends and coolers. Please no dogs allowed or glass containers. The line-up consists of Futurebirds; Alvin Youngblood Hart Muscle Theory; BB Palmer; Nikki and the Phantom Callers; and Brett McDaniel and The Fellers.
Revel in Dimes performs on Standard Deluxe's outdoor stage
Dallas Dorsey played in Strand Park for LMYP Strand Sessions
On the first Thursday of the month through August enjoy free live music in downtown Alexander City. Hosted by the Lake Martin Young Professionals for the third year, Strand Sessions is held at Strand Park from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Bring coolers, chairs, blankets and friends to enjoy some live entertainment in the heart of the town. Local downtown businesses will be open for food and beverages, as well. This event typically draws crowds of about 200 people and is appropriate for all ages. June 7: Big Sexy & The Twins – This acoustic band features vocals from Jason Tapley, Ben and Bethany Owens and Shane Clark. July 5: The Talismen – Formed in Montgomery three years ago, this band showcases funk-filled originals and an entertaining show. Aug. 2: Bailey Ingle – A Hoover native, this 18-year-old is known for her bluesy, soulful voice and charismatic presence.
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Jennings named U.S. boy's team coach for Junior World Cup STORY BY AMY PASSARETTI & LIZI ARBOGAST PHOTOS BY AMY PASSARETTI
ave Jennings’ greatest pride in his coaching career is seeing his players advance to the next skill level and embrace his teachings to succeed not only in golf but also in life. It’s this philosophy on training that makes Jennings, men’s golf coach at Central Alabama Community College, an appropriate choice to lead the U.S. boy’s team at the Junior World Cup in Japan next month. “Coaching has been a good fit for me. I enjoy giving the kids some positive direction and presenting them with good opportunities. Winning is great, but improving yourself and appreciating what you’ve done is what fills me with pride,” said Jennings.
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From a selection of 12 head coach nominees, the Golf Coaches Association of America unanimously selected Jennings to head up the U.S. team after the field was cut to four choices. “It’s an awesome feeling, but this tournament will also be a learning curve for me,” said Jennings. The 2018 Toyota Junior Golf World Cup will be held June 10-15 at the Chukyo Golf Club Ishino Course in Toshitomo-cho Fukada, Toyota-shi, Japan. The four-man U.S. team includes Jacob Bridgeman, a Clemson commit; North Carolina commit Ryan Burnett; Vanderbilt commit Reid Davenport; and LSU commit Michael Saunders, who will compete in match-play under Jennings’ guidance.
“We certainly have the talent here to win, and these boys will need less instruction and more evaluation and course management,” said Jennings. JR Steinbauer has been the captain of the U.S. boy’s team since the tournament’s inception and will be in charge of coordinating and organizing the team. Jennings main duties as head coach will be to work with problem shots and assess each hole to determine the proper clubs and angles to use. While Jennings said he received a yardage book for the course, the real preparation will come when the team arrives for its first practice day. There is heavy elevation on the course, and understanding how that affects the balls’ travels will be a challenge. “The terrain of Japan is similar to that of Hawaii with lots of volcanoes. It’s different from what we’re used to playing on in the States,” Jennings added. After arrival, the team will have three days to practice on the course before the tournament officially begins. Twenty-four countries will be represented in play over 72 holes. In match play, competitors play against one other player each round, and wins are based on holes won. Players also will compete in stroke play for the individual championship. The lowest scoring teams over four days, for both boys and girls, will be awarded the Toyota Cup. Individual winners from each division will be honored as well. “These are some of the best junior golfers throughout the world representing their various countries of origin,” Jennings said. “I am certain that we’ll see some of these players in five or six years on TV and playing professionally. I just hope we turn out to be the best that week.” Jennings has been the men’s golf coach at CACC for 17 years, and he is a two-time NJCAA Dave Williams National Coach of the Year Award winner. He is also a member of the Golf Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame, and he was recently named the NJCAA Region XXII Coach of the Year. For the second time in his career, Jennings will be traveling internationally for a coaching opportunity. In 2010, he captained Team USA at the World University Golf Championship in Spain. “Surely, this will be an experience that I will cherish for the rest of my life,” said Jennings. Training for Success Top: Dave Jennings is passionate about seeing each of his golf students attain a higher skill level; Left: Caleb O'Toole receives a swing lesson from Jennings.
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South Ridge Harbor, Diamond View The Diamond View is a stunning plan designed by Larry Furlong built by Classic Homes. This 3,668 sq. ft. has it all. Owner and guest suites are on main level with kitchen and dining overlooking the spacious living room & wrap-around porch. Lake level offers second living room, wet bar, two guest suites, lake-prep room, and additional storage. Russell Lands On Lake Martin 256.215.7011 www.RussellLandsOnLakeMartin.com
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Russell Medical makes the grade in patient safety
or the fourth consecutive reporting measurement,” said Sarah Beth Gettys, period, Russell Medical achieved an Russell Medical’s vice president of clinical “A” rating, the highest possible grade, services. “Facilities such as ours have long in the Spring 2018 Leapfrog Hospital shared safety and quality data with the Safety Grade. public because patients and their families The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit need clear, meaningful information to healthcare ratings organization assigns make healthcare decisions. We encourage letter grades of A, B, C, D and F twice each patients to use all available tools at their year to hospitals nationwide based on their disposal, and the latest Leapfrog rating performances in preventing medical errors, system is just one tool among many infections and other avoidable harms. patients can use.” Out of 2,479 hospitals, Russell Medical For the rankings, the Leapfrog Group was one of 750 awarded an “A” for its assigned “A” to “F” letter grades to commitment to maintaining patient safety hospitals based on their performances of precautions and procedures. In Alabama, 12 process and structural measures and 15 Susan Foy Russell Medical was one of only seven outcome measures. The group used data hospitals given the “A” rating. from CMS, the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, “This honor is a reflection of our and secondary data sources, such as organization’s commitment to patient safety and the the American Hospital Association’s annual survey. reduction of avoidable harm, including hospitalThe Leapfrog ratings, which are updated twice acquired infections, errors and accidents,” said Brenda a year, focus on acute-care hospitals and exclude Duncan, RN, director of quality services at Russell facilities such as critical-access hospitals, specialty Medical. “We raise the bar for quality and patient hospitals and federal hospitals due to missing data. safety to the highest level and are proud of our staff for The entire listing of hospitals may be found at their continued quality improvement initiatives and hospitalsafetygrade.org. commitment to patient safety in every facet of patient care.” ~ Susan Foy is marketing director for Russell Medical. “Hospitals have been pioneers in quality Lake Martin Living 41
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Citywide Trash Cleanup April 21, 2018 Alexander City
1. Brandon Smith, Quentin Carrol, Alicia Crew, Gaige Barnes, Konnery Carrol, Travis Smith, Tommy Barnes and Jair Hernandez 2. Bill Thompson and Steve Robinson 3. Phoebe, David and Mike Lewis 4. Fauxie Wyckoff, Lilli Knight, Alisa Wyckoff, Audrey "Buffy" Colvin, Zykerra Glenn and Teresa Harrell Motten 5. Lee Barnett and Mark Lamborne 6. Eric and Hagan Brown 7. Michael Wilson, Krissy Hahn, Donnie Russell, Rosie Marbury, Edward Thomas, Stephanie Jennings, Wayne Embry, Jack Jennings, Monique Woolfolk and Sandy Bonagura
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Standard Deluxe, Waverly 1. Meaghan and Rollins Haack
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Dadeville Spring Celebration April 14, 2018 Keebler Park 1. Jackson Chasteen 2. Jewelle Gulley, Elyssa Appleton, Kathee Graham and Ziggi Rasmussen 3. Raechel, "Speedbump" and Drew Simpson 4. Autumn Blanks, Brianna Vickers and Tiffany Rice 5. Dianna Porter and Kenny Dean 6. Mickey Forbus and Kush 7. MacKenzie Woods, Shay Thomas, Keith Wilkerson, Roy Mathis, Ben Wilkerson and Ryan Wilkerson
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6th Annual Tallapoosa County Water Festival April 24-25, 2018 Wind Creek State Park
1. Kamaya Pulliam and Zamora Floyd 2. Beckah Brumbeloe, Danielle Marsh and Samaria Hayden 3. Alfredo Romero, Amary Rosales and David Cruz 4. Caden Dillard, Cole Martin, Kamari Baker, Sarah Ruff and Callie Newman 5. Keandria Norris, Avery Gordon, Kaylee McGhee and Tatyana Cameron 6. Kaleb Adamson, Seth King, Tessa Ray, Kendon Sherrer and David Layfield 7. Jenna Wood and Zoey Fields 8. Madison Stanford and Alexis Strickland
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5K on the Runway April 28, 2018 Mill Two Eighty, Alexander City 1. Jordan Korte 2. Baley Moseley and Jamie Oliver 3. Anna Marie and Will Fisher 4. Roxann and Mark Ward
5. Jamie Watts and Cheyenne McCollum 6. Barbara Sokol 7. Josh, Lexie and Jennifer Sims
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Russell Marine Boat Show April 28-29, 2018 The Ridge Marina 7
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Rodeo Roundup Lake Martin Area Boys & Girls Club hosts annual fundraiser
For a cowboy-themed night of entertainment, kidâ€™s activities and vendors, attend the Lake Martin Area Rodeo. This 12th annual fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club of the Lake Martin Area will host a Southeastern Professional Rodeo-sanctioned event from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on both June 15 and 16. Events will include bareback riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, team toping, saddle bronc riding, barrel racing, breakaway roping and bull riding. There are typically crowds
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between 1,000-2,000 in attendance, and the Woody W. Bar Rodeo Company puts on a popular show. There will be activities for the whole family, including a greased pig contest, stick horse races and plenty of food and vendors. Pre-sold tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children over age 5. Gate price is $10 for adults and $5 for children over age 5. For more information, visit the Boys & Girls Club of the Lake Martin Area Facebook page.
Don’t miss the inaugural crawfish boil to benefit Friends of the Dadeville Library. This private event at Chuckwalla’s Pizzeria will be open only to ticket holders. Featuring awardwinning Louisiana chef Raymond LeBlance, music with The Murray Brown Band from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., wine tasting and a book sale, the fun starts at 5 p.m. and continues until 9 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person in advance, and $40 at the door, if any are still available on the event date. Only 200 tickets will be sold. Tickets are available at Chuck’s Marina and the Dadeville Library at 205 N. West St., Dadeville.
Picnic in the Park
In honor of Armed Forces Day, the Disabled American Veterans will host a free event open to the public in Strand Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be veteran service organizations, Dixie Division military vehicles, Nationa Guard display, photo opportunities, food vendors and kids activities. Join community members in honoring and recognizing local veterans.
Lee County Garden Tour
The Lee County Master Gardeners will offer tours of 10 gardens from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Advance individual tickets are $30 each; groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets in advance at $28 each. Tickets are $36 on tour days. Ticket prices include a boxed lunch from Chicken Salad Chick. The gardens are varied, and this year’s selection includes an orchid greenhouse, a delightful shade garden and a historic home. For information, visit www.leemg.org.
Camp Smile-a-Mile Ride of Love
Join in cheering on the bike riders during their last leg of the trip, which started in Tuscaloosa and ends at Children’s Harbor on Lake Martin. This event raises money and awereness for the camps held for children and families living with cancer.
Hatchet Creek Festival
Sign up early for this year’s two-day float trip down the beautiful Hatchet Creek in Coosa County because the event is limited to the first 100 registrants. The $40 entry fee includes shuttle service for camping gear and vehicle drivers, snacks, Saturday dinner, Sunday breakfast, entertainment, private pond fishing, overnight camping with portable potties and hand-washing stations and an event T-shirt. Sponsored in part by Alabama Scenic River Trail, Central Alabama Electric Cooperative and Off the Beaten Path Alabama, in cooperation with landowners, this annual rite of spring fills up quickly Visit www.aces.edu/coosa or call 256377-4713 for information.
Blackberry Farm Beer Dinner
SpringHouse Restaurant will host a three-course dinner, paired with six to eight award-winning beers from Blackberry Farm. Hor d’oeuvres will start at 6 p.m. on
the front lawn (weather permitting), and attendees will sit for dinner at 7 p.m. The cost is $75++ per person, and reservations can be made by calling 256-215-7080.
May 25-27 RXR Fest
The Town Green at Russell Crossroads comes alive with some great music Memorial Day weekend. From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. each evening, bring lawn chairs, coolers, friends and family for great fun.
Memorial Day Weekend at Chuck’s
Celebrate the holiday at the lake as Chuck’s hosts music Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Friday will see Blane Rudd on stage, and the popular Alabama Avenue takes the stage on Saturday night. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, party with Kane and the Saints Duo. For information, visit the Chuck’s Facebook page.
Art on the Lake
More than 60 artists and vendors from all over the Southeast will set up on the grounds of Children’s Harbor to offer a variety of handmade goods. This family-friendly, petfriendly event also will include a Kids Zone, music, cocktail bar and more. Saturday’s the event will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 334-857-2133.
Community Garden Pancake Breakfast
Come to the Artist Cabin at Russell Crossroads for breakfast and support the Community Garden Club. A $5 bill buys pancakes piping hot off the griddle with butter and syrup, coffee and juice from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Please bring cash. For more information, visit www. russelllandsonlakemartin.com.
Slalom Clinic with Wade Cox
Get a head start on the tricks you want to master this season and sign up for this clinic with Wade Cox, who has racked up dozens of professional waterski titles over his career. From 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Cox will lend his knowledge, skills and instruction to help slalom skiers improve. Cost for this clinic is $50. An afternoon session might be added as well. For information and reservation, contact Russell Marine’s Scott Goslin at email@example.com or 256-496-0713.
Slalom Clinic with Nate Smith
Located at Kowaliga Marina, participants have the opportunity to pick up tips from the number one ranked slalom skiier in the world. For more information, email Scott Goslin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LMRA Annual Meeting
Discussion at this year’s annual meeting will include an update on the lighted buoy project, lake criminal activity, shoreline cleanups and legal action against the Corps of Engineers. Marine Police will be on hand to provide a report Lake Martin Living 49
and answer questions as well. The meeting will be held at Kowaliga Restaurant. Alabama Power Company Credit Union will host a buffet breakfast at 8 a.m., and the meeting will start at 9 a.m.
Birding on the Tallapoosa River
Meet at 8.a.m at Horseshoe Bend Military Park boat launch site at the bridge on Highway 49 for a paddling adventure down the river. Contact Joanne Ninesling at 256786-0541 or email@example.com for information.
Russell Marine Wakeboard/Wake Surf Clinic
From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., visit Kowaliga Marina for individualized, small group instruction from professional wakeboard riders and skiers, coaches and enthusiasts. Cost is $50 per person. To sign up, contact Scott Goslin at Russell Marine at 256-496-0713 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
6th Annual Sun Festival
The Alexander City Chamber of Commerce will host this six-day celebration withmore than 50 activities for all ages. This community development and tourism initiative is designed to enhance the lifestyle of Alexander City. There will be some classic favorites, including the Pie in the Sky Treasure Hunt, KidsFest activities and the Slip-n-Slide 5K. There also will be a cornhole tournament, glow-in-the-dark golf and fun for the whole family. Visit alexandercity.org for the full schedule.
Lil’ Calypso Art Fest
Held right on the water’s edge, the 16th annual festival at Chuck’s Marina will feature nearly 60 regional artists on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendors will display quality crafts, including jewelry, pottery, metal work, furniture, wood and art work. But the fun starts on Friday night with the Russell Craig Duo on stage. There will be live music from Dan Adams on the deck Saturday, from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday night will feature the Blackberry Breeze Band. On Sunday, Augusta, Georgia’s, Ruskin and Cam from King Size Band will close out the weekend from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. For information, visit the Chuck’s Marina Facebook page.
The 28th Annual Alexander City Jazz Fest is a free twoday concert. At Strand Park in downtown Alexander City, three bands will play Friday night, and on Saturday, three more bands will rock out at The AMP on Lake Martin. For more information and a full line-up of artists, go to page 30.
National Marina Day and Russell Marine Customer Appreciation
Celebrate a day of boating and stop by any Russell Marine marina for complementary hot dogs, chips and drinks for the whole family. Shop top-of-the-line gear and accessories and receive 15 percent off as Russell Marine hosts customer appreciation activities from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 50 Lake Martin Living
Friends of the Dadeville Public Library will host professional storyteller Delores Hydock at 12:30 p.m. at Red Ridge United Methodist Church in a moment in history. It’s the Little Things: Five small objects that shaped the world in the Dutch Golden Age will reveal how five tiny things that can be held in your hand changed world history in unexpected ways. For information, contact Bonnie DeNegre at email@example.com.
Season-Long Events Summer Reading at Dadeville Public Library
Young readers will explore all things musical this summer as the Dadeville Public Library presents the summer reading program, Libraries Rock! Activities will include group games, musical crafts, art projects, science and engineering experiments and more. The program is open to children aged preschool through young adult and, along with regular programs, will include prize drawings, story times, a reading club and more. Registration is now open. Program events are held on Thursdays at 3 p.m. June 14 through July 19. For information, visit www.dadevillepubliclibrary.com.
Meet up with other paddleboarders at 10 a.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays of June and July for demos, tours and relays. Call Paddle Lake Martin at 334-799-0529 to sign up or for more information.
Yoga on the Green
Start summer Saturdays from May 26 to Sept. 29 with relaxing yoga stretches on the Town Green at Russell Crossroads at 7 a.m. Bring your mat and a bottle of water to this free event that will be led by experienced instructors.
Libraries Rock! Summer Reading for Children
Mamie’s Place Children’s Library will award weekly prizes to children who check out books this summer through the library’s annual reading program. Participating children will be able to enter for a chance to win the grand prize for meeting reading goals. Registration for the program and the talent show is open through June 8. The grand prize drawing will take place the morning of the summer reading finale. For more information, visit the library or call 256-234-4644.
Music on the Deck at Kowaliga
On the first and third Sundays of the month, from now through August, Kowaliga restaurant will be offering live acoustic music on the deck from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., weather permitting. For the full artist lineup, visit kowaligarestaurant. com.
Clean Community Partnership Cleanups
The third Saturday of each month, volunteers throughout the community are encouraged to meet at Broad Street Plaza at 9 a.m. for pickup supplies and area assignments and help clean up the roads within Alexander City. For information, contact Jacob Meacham at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Camps & Parks
Flint Hill Church
Alex City Boat Ramp
Piney Woods Landing
Wind Creek 63 State Park
Pleasant Grove Church
Mt. Zion Church Russell Farms Baptist Church 36 Friendship Church New Hope Church
D.A.R.E. Park Landing
4 Camp Kiwanis
31 Red Ridge United 49 Methodist Church
11 Church of the Living Waters
Church in The Pines
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Refuge Church 229
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1 Kowaliga Marina 334-857-2111 255 Kowaliga Marina Rd., Alex City, AL 35010 2 The Ridge Marina 256-397-1300 450 Ridge Marina Rd., Alex City, AL 35010
33. River North Marina 256-397-1500 250 River North Rd., Alex City, AL 35010 4 Real Island Marina 334-857-2741 2700 Real Island Rd., Equality, AL 36026 5 Blue Creek Marina 256-825-8888 7280 Hwy 49 S., Dadeville, AL 36853
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6 Parker Creek Marina 256-329-8550 486 Parker Creek Marina Rd., Equality, AL 36026 7 Smith Marina 256-444-8793 email@example.com
9 Catherineâ€™s Market 256-215-7070 17 Russell Farms Rd., Alex City, AL 35010 10 Homeplate Cafe 256-825-0583 191 East South St., Dadeville, AL 36853
8 SpringHouse 256-215-7080 12 Benson Mill Rd., Alex City, AL 35010
11 Oskar's Cafe 6684 Hwy 49 S., Dadeville, AL 36853
12 Kowaliga Restaurant 256-215-7035 295 Kowaliga Marina Rd., Alex City, AL 35010 13 Bezlo's Bar and Grill 334-639-0003 65 Main Street., Eclectic, AL 36024
14 Acapulco Mexican Grill 334-283-2725 2867 Gilmer Ave., Tallassee, AL 36078
21 Dark Insurance 256-234-5026 www.darkinsuranceagency.com 410 Hillabee Street, Alex City, AL 35010 22 McDaniels Storage Center 256-234-4583 1040 Highway 280, Alex City, AL 35010 23 Aronov Realty Lake Martin 256-825-4133 6928 AL-49 S Stillwaters Hwy, Dadeville, AL 36853 24 Centry 21 Lake Area Realty 256-825-4800 440 N Broadnax St., Dadeville, AL 36853 25 Nail's Convenient Store 334-857-3454 8394 Kowaliga Rd., Eclectic, AL 36024 26 Foshee What's, LLC 256-234-3298 2802 Dadeville Rd., Alex City, AL 35010 27 Shipwreck Sam's Yogurt @ Smith Marina 256-444-8793 28 Artistic Teak 256-896-1111 1405 Old Hwy 280, Camp Hill, AL 36850 earthscreations.net
Hotels & Lodges 29 Creekside Lodge 256-307-1440 6993 Hwy 49 S., Dadeville, AL 36853 30 Creekside Event Center 256-307-1441 7051 Hwy 49 S., Dadeville, AL 36853
Churches 31 Red Ridge United Methodist Church 256-825-9820 8091 County Rd. 34, Dadeville, AL 36853 32 Episcopal Church of the Epiphany 334-252-8618 2602 Gilmer Avenue, Tallassee, AL 36078
33 Lake Pointe Baptist Church 256-373-3293 8352 Highway 50, Dadeville, AL 36853 15 Karen Channell State Farm Financial Services 256-234-3481 5030 Hwy. 280, Alex City, Al 35010
Business & Shopping
16 Hodges Vineyards and Winery 256-896-4036 230 Lee Rd. 71, Camp Hill, AL 36850
17 Russell Do It Center (Alex City) 256-234-2567 1750 Alabama 22, Alex City, AL 35010 18 Russell Do It Center (Eclectic) 334-541-2132 1969 Kowaliga Rd., Eclectic, AL 36024
19 Russell Building Supply 256-825-4256 350 Fulton Street, Dadeville, AL 36853
20 The Stables at Russell Crossroads 256-794-1333 288 Stables Road, Alex City, AL 35010
34 Lake Martin Dock Company, Inc Marine Contractor License #49146 334-857-2443 180 Birmingham Rd., Eclectic, AL 36024 35 Docks Unlimited LLC 256-203-8400 6400 Highway 63 S., Alex City, AL 35010
Recreation & Entertainment 36 Dixie Sailing Club 767 New Hope Church Road Alexander City, Al 35010 37 A Little Bit of Texas 334-300-2405 38 Kowaliga Rd., Eclectic, AL 36024
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THE CHANGING TIMES
How do you know when you're old?
The Last Word
ge is just a number, right? I mean it’s not I strolled into the lavatory and immediately like that number defines you. At least, it thought, “Hmm … That’s weird … This restroom doesn’t have to. is so old it doesn’t even have urinals!” (This thought Maybe we used to measure our lives alone is indescribably stupid considering urinals numerically. You begin to drive at 16; retirement is were invented in 1866.) at 65; voting and college starts at 18; awkwardness So I just proceeded to use the one of the three around women kicks in at 13 (and continues until stalls available, flushed, washed my hands (I swear you are 86). Your first marriage is at 25; your second I did) and stepped back out into the hallway. I at 32. And so on and so on. remember thinking, “Kinda hope that mermaid Now the paradigm has shifted. Kids live at home floats back across the screen,” as I turned back with their parents longer. People wait until well into toward the cavalcade of potato chips. their 30s or even – gasp – their 40s to get married. That’s when a previously unseen lady behind me Retirement is just a pipe dream, no matter how old with a sharp foreign accent said to me, “Sir … You you are. The whole aging system with which we realize you just used the ladies restroom, sir?” once used to carefully categorize our lives is now My first thought was that it was weird she called nebulous. Luke Robinson me “sir” twice. My second thought was, “That So then the question becomes: “How do you accusation actually makes a lot of sense now as it know when you are old?” solves the case of the missing urinals.” Well … I found out how to tell if I am old. I looked back at the two gendered plaques fixed to either side I was driving to Jackson, Mississippi, for a work conference of the separate bathrooms, saw she was correct and shrugged my about two months ago. If you have ever made that trek, you shoulders as I replied, “Oops!” know that it is desolate for long stretches – just grass and trees Then, I just ... shopped. and poorly paved exit ramps. But when my car’s tank was I grabbed a Coke Zero and a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup four running on empty, I had to find a gas station quickly. After miles pack and paid for all of my items. As I walked out the door, I and miles of nothingness, I eventually came upon one. looked back, and the woman was still standing in her same spot. You know exactly the kind of gas station I found, too. A Her mouth slightly agape, and she kept looking at the bathroom dilapidated building that had been painted white when it was and then back to me. built originally had aged to the jaundiced tint of a smoker’s Meanwhile, I just got in my car and drove off. Completely, teeth. Four of the six gas pumps had various colored plastic bags apathetically and nonchalantly, I ate my Reese’s and moseyed covering the handles. Potholes in the parking lot were so large down the interstate. that would have been easier to take out the remaining asphalt to It didn’t dawn on me until about four exits later that, at the level the land rather than fill in the voids. height of the #MeToo movement, I just waltzed into the ladies’ There was a tattered sign for the in-store Taste of India room, peed normally, got caught doing this, and then bought a restaurant crudely taped to the window next to the front door. drink and candy bar like it was no big whoop that I just used the Though it was obviously now closed, I assumed its house special women's bathroom! was once dysentery. Granted, it was definitely an accident, but if I were her and In fact, this is how country this (in)convenient store was: some lanky male stranger just walked out of the women’s I didn’t even have to give the attendant my credit card before restroom I was about to use, I would be kind of freaked out … pumping my gas. We just exchanged friendly nods through the And I am pretty sure she was. glass, and he flipped the switch. I tell you this incredibly wordy story (which could have been After filling up, I went inside the store to pay but needed wrapped up in two sentences) to let you know this moment was to make a personal pit stop first. (FYI, another sign of aging is the one when I knew I was old – that my age isn’t calculated when your bladder ain’t what it used to be.) So I made my way through traditional numerical means. Instead, I now know I past the counter, past the aisles of off-brand chips and past the am old because my acknowledged naiveté has surpassed any Mr. Pibb drink machine (dang … this place was bigger than I embarrassment I may suffer due to my own stupidity. thought!) to the sign that pointed me to the restrooms. The moral of this nonsensical tale is that if you want to Across from the bathrooms there were, of course, three find out if you are over-the-hill, ask yourself if you are easily (probably illegal) electronic gambling machines. Two were of distracted and poor-sighted enough to use the wrong bathroom. the standard (probably illegal) Bingo variety, but the third was a If so, would it bother you? If it wouldn’t, and the reason is not rather large, aquatically themed one. I know that only because nefarious but solely based on incompetence with no malice a voluptuous, attractive e-mermaid scrolled on-screen and intended in the least, well, welcome to my (aged) world. illuminated the otherwise dimly lit area. She caught my eye with ease, and I watched her swim diagonally from bottom left to ~ Luke Robinson is an Alexander City native and writes a upper right as I continued to walk toward the bathroom. weekly column for The Alexander City Outlook. 58 Lake Martin Living
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May's issue of LML is full of summer fun from season-long concerts, Cahaba lily viewing guide and much more!