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Lake Martin Living People, events and culture in the Lake Region

SPICE IT UP WITH WICKLES RECIPES Kellyton's World Reserve Champion Auctioneer Alexander City Arts announces new season

July 2019


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From the Editor’s Desk When I first moved to the South, one of the things I noticed frequently on restaurant menus was the use of “Wickles” in various dishes. I had no idea what this was and assumed it was some Southern slang for a pickle. Needless to say, I discovered there was more to a Wickle than just a pickle – and more to the brand and following that surrounds it. While my weak taste buds don’t allow me to appreciate the full spiciness of the concoction, the culinarian in me can certainly appreciate the secret brine recipe and the unusual flavor profile it creates. Recently, Wickles Pickles moved its production back to Alabama, and we thought it would be a great time to re-visit the oh-so-many ways you can incorporate this treat into an endless number of recipes for your next summer gathering. On page 26, Wickles shares four dishes with us using the standout star ingredient as a Wickle, okra or spread that has been derived from this Alabama staple. While we’re on the topic of exposing my naivety to many things in the area, discovering the history and staple that was Frohsin’s has been a delightful experience for me. I know many Alexander City natives fondly remember the 105-year-old concierge-clothing store that operated here until the mid-1990s. I had the pleasure of sitting down with newly opened Frohsin’s Clothier owner Keith Watson, only to learn that he too, had no idea the business was such a legend until he began to renovate the building. Turn to page 10 to take a dive into history and explore the re-making of this cornerstone in town. Watson, also not a native to the area, has fallen in love with the community and plans to continue investing in what he feels has immeasurable potential. As opposed to us outsiders, Kellyton native Chuck Bradley has been shedding some positive light on our area for quite a few years and just put this small rural town even more on the map as World Reserve Champion Auctioneer. In 2017, we featured Bradley on the cover of Lake Martin Living when he won Alabama’s Auctioneer of the Year Grand Championship, so it only seemed appropriate to update our readers on his next-level accomplishment. On page 24, you will read how what started out as a dare has became a career, passion and second nature for auctioneer Bradley, who now has a national title as well. Elle Fuller also sat down with Bradley for an episode of TPI Talk. For a glance of his fast-talking talent and to learn more about his journey, keep an eye out for the video on Lake Martin Living’s Facebook page. While we just wrapped up a Fourth of July weekend full of entertainment and photo recaps that can be seen on page 14, Alexander City Arts will present a whole season of fun for the family starting in September. Now in its 51st year, the organization has taken great care to provide us with some comedy, talented musicians and interesting stories in its 2019-2020 season. For more details on upcoming performances, turn to page 22. While these shows are months away, on page 40, you can find plenty of activities to wrap up the summer months. We have a jam-packed backto-school issue for you in August. So hold on to those last bits of summer before it’s time to change gears.

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Executive Chef Christian Watson cooked up a batch of his bacon-wrapped okra, which can be found on The Waverly Local's dinner menu. This is just one of many ways to incorporate the Wickles line into some summertime recipes. Photo by Kenneth Boone

10 Frohsin's Clothier opened in March in the same location as the 105-year-old family business of the same name. Photo by Kenneth Boone


FEATURES 21. FIREWORKS, FUN AND FESTIVITIES Independence Day went off with a bang 22. A CASCADE OF TALENT Alex City Arts announces new season 24. WORLD RESERVE CHAMPION Selling is second nature for Kellyton auctioneer 26. SPICE IT UP! Summertime recipes with an Alabama favorite product Lake Martin Living 7



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McClellan remembered fondly Don McClellan was many things to many people but also the same — a man who cared about others and worked tirelessly to help them without seeking recognition. McClellan, 74, a two-term mayor of Alexander City and the executive director of the Lake Martin Area Economic Development Alliance, died at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika last month after suffering a massive heart attack a few days earlier. “It was hard to come in here and know he wasn’t going to be here. But we’re going to keep it going. I’m going to do it for him,” said Denise Walls, the LMAEDA’s director of strategic planning and community development. Tributes gushed forth, following McClellan’s death. McClellan spent eight years bailing

the city out of a sewage dispute with the Environmental Protection Agency and trying to bind the wounds caused by Russell’s collapse and the loss of thousands of jobs. “Don oversaw the most complex process I’ve ever been involved in,” Alexander City public works director Gerard Brewer said. “It was his leadership. If he had a goal he’d kick the doors down, and he was going to get things done. I don’t know if people realize how much he used his relationships to help the community.” After serving as mayor, McClellan was approaching retirement age but decided instead to join the Lake Martin Area Economic Development Alliance, which he had helped create during his tenure in office. During McClellan’s 15 years with the

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LMAEDA, 16 new companies came to Tallapoosa County, and there were 20 existing industry expansions, all resulting in the creation of more than 3,400 jobs, according to the alliance. ~ Jimmy Wigfield

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Chancellor Dr. Roderick Williams Sr. (left) accepts national accreditation for the school.

Princeton High School International was recently accredited through the National Association of Private Schools. Chancellor Dr. Roderick Williams Sr. said NAPS is the top private school accreditation in the country. The program helps students get their degrees and is internationally recognized. The main campus is in Alexander City, and Princeton High School serves ninth through 12th grades and adults of all ages. Students need 28 credits for a regular diploma and 32 for a college preparatory diploma. Williams said about 200 students have graduated from the program in the last five years, and the program partners with high schools as an alternative educational resource. “It helps to empower communities and helps to increase graduation rates,” Williams said. ~ Gabrielle Jansen

TPI sweeps APA awards with top honors Tallapoosa Publishers, Inc., earned a total of 69 awards in the Alabama Press Association’s 2019 Media Awards, including General Excellence, at the APA Summer Convention last month in Orange Beach. The Outlook earned 30 awards in the editorial portion of the contest in Division B, which includes daily newspapers with a circulation of 21,999 and below. “I’m very proud of our team at Tallapoosa Publishers for what they have achieved,” TPI chairman Kenneth Boone said. “However, the ultimate beneficiaries of this award-winning work are our

readers and our advertisers. Hometown newspapers are the best source of factual, meaningful, relevant stories about any community, and I am happy that the people of Alexander City have the best small daily newspaper in Alabama working to serve them.” In the magazine division, Lake magazine carried home the third place award for Magazine of the Year, a competition that included all magazines in all divisions across the state. The Outlook also earned 13 awards in the advertising portion of the contest for its division, including first place in

the Advertising Sweepstakes category — the top advertising award given in each division. The Dadeville Record earned two advertising honors and five editorial awards, including first place in Best Sports Coverage and third place in General Excellence. The Wetumpka Herald earned three editorial awards and 11 advertising awards, including second place in Advertising Sweepstakes. The Tallassee Tribune earned one editorial award and two advertising awards, including third place in Advertising Sweepstakes. ~ Staff Report Lake Martin Living 9

Re-inventing a classic cornerstone Frohsin's Clothier evokes fond memories of idyllic times STORY BY AMY PASSARETTI & PHOTOS BY KENNETH BOONE

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alking through the doors of Frohsin’s Clothier in Alexander City, residents are immediately transported back to fond memories of a time when customer service was at its peak and quality items were chosen based on personal style. That’s the exact feeling Keith Watson hoped to replicate once he discovered the narrative behind the building and the 105-year-old family business that housed it. Alexander City Chamber of Commerce CEO and President Ed Collari, with the help of Valley Bank President Mark Spencer, convinced Watson that a men’s specialty store was a missing niche in town, and Watson rose to the challenge. “I came to Alexander City to ghostwrite a book, and just

fell in love with the town. I saw an opportunity here. It’s been a unique journey and a blessing to be part of the city’s history while bringing in something new,” said Watson, who moved here from Atlanta where he owns a marketing agency. Not being native to the area, Watson didn’t even know about the original Frohsin’s business until the history started unfolding as construction began. “It all clicked after that. I met with Ralph and Allyn Frohsin to request permission to use the name,” said Watson. “It was such a cornerstone of Alexander City, and this was definitely needed in the community.” People have shared their memories, stories, memorabilia and items from the historic store, and some even line the walls Lake Martin Living 11

and shelves of the newly opened retailer. Some residents have donated old hat boxes, photos, receipts and ads. “We found artifacts when we began tearing down the walls, including a briefcase that was given to Ralph Frohsin as a graduation gift. I think a lot of stuff was meant to be storage, but it got walled in over time,” said Watson. The Frohsin’s family provided records and artifacts, and much of the materials and furniture in the building were repurposed for the new store. The checkout counters are the originals, along with the display cabinets. “Even the elevator car has been restored. So many people remember riding it as a child,” said Watson. Five levels of remodel had to be set on fire and scraped down to revert the floors to their original look, and they were finished with linseed oil. The building was constructed in the 1880s, burned down and was rebuilt in 1905. It’s been closed since 1996 and was in rough shape when Watson took it over. “We had to take care of so much structurally that some things in the building we just chalk up to character,” he said. Having done a lot of Main Street revitalization projects in Georgia, it’s a personal hobby of Watson’s to restore historic buildings; however, this is the only one he’s restored that had such a long, established business in it. Construction took place over about a 10-month period, and the store opened its doors in March. “Alexander City is a unique economic microcosm. We have a strong local clientele and when lake people come in, they’re always pleasantly surprised,” said Watson. The store began as a men’s specialty store but is now about 12 Lake Martin Living

50/50 with women’s clothing and Original Signage gift items, as well. Custom ordering Previous page: Frohsin's carries upper-end and tailoring is complementary, men's and women's and new products typically arrive clothing; Above: The every two weeks. new store opened in “The goal is a mix of upperthe same location as end specialty items from unique the 105-year-old brands carried in places proven family business. to be quality,” said Watson. “We also want to offer what is needed here and complement other stores. We met other downtown business owners, so we can hit the right markets.” From fabric feel, manufacturer and rarity, Watson said, he is very particular about the brands they carry. They try to limit the number of items offered in a certain size, so a customer is likely buying a distinctive product. He also is in the process of designing his own Frohsin’s brand of shoes, clothing, belts, etc., to supplement the heritage brands already carried. Watson said he is open to constructive criticism and feedback as to what people like and don’t like to best meet community needs. With the guidance of General Manager Taylor Dixon and Floor Manager Stuart Brasell, Frohsin’s Clothier prides itself on high-end concierge amenities with an insurmountable level of customer service, said Watson. “The Frohsins used to go to shows in New York and modeled the store and the service after merchants on 5th Avenue. We want to continue to do that and make the Frohsins proud by doing right by the name,” he said. Sandra Thompson, who was a frequent shopper at Frohsin’s

in the late ’60s, had nothing but wonderful things to say about the original business. “I just loved going there. Everyone was so, so nice, and it was just a notch ahead of it all. The main thing is that they would get to know you and knew what you liked. My personal shopper, Jeanette, would call me when things came in and hold them back for me,” said Thompson. “They’ve done a wonderful job with the new Frohsin’s. It’s beautiful and brings back so many memories.” Watson hopes to supply that same level of personal touch and reinstate that experience for customers. In the book, I’m Still Here – The Memories of Ralph Frohsin, the second generation store owner wrote that the key to his father’s good business sense was his open-mindedness, and Watson has incorporated that same principle. “We have to go outside the box to set us apart. Our lines are growing, our uniqueness is growing; we have a long-term vision,” said Watson. Alexander City officials, including the late Mayor Jim Nabors, embraced that same vision and helped Watson jump so many hurdles, he added. “They are the reason I’m still here and investing money in the town,” said Watson. “I believe in the city and all its growth. I think people want to spend money in town; we just have Re-inventing a Classic to give them a reason to.” Right: Keith Watson Watson also owns The Coffee Corner on plans to keep investing Main and has other projects in the works. in Alexander City; Frohsin’s Clothier is open every day, Below: Residents have except Sunday, until 7 p.m. and is located brought in memorablia at 8 Broad St. For more information, visit from the original store the Frohsin’s Clothier Facebook page or and shared fond call 256-409-8040. memories.

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f you have decided to try blueberry plants and do not know which cultivars to plant, you need to ask yourself a question. How will the planting be used? Some growers want all the berries to ripen at the same time, so they can be harvested at the same time; however, if marketing the berries at a farmers market, roadside stand or picking your own operation, you will probably want to extend the season. This is accomplished by planting several different cultivars that bloom and ripen over an extended period. Of Chip East course, the danger of frost is always a concern, but a grower could add a few Southern highbush types to go along with the rabbiteye types. The Southern highbush does produce an early fruit that is of very good quality. The Southern highbush has been gaining in popularity in Alabama for many years and is worth a try for many growers. Plant the berries on a small scale and watch how they make it through a few spring frosts before planting in high numbers. Vaccinium ashei, or the rabbiteye type, is the most common blueberry found on Alabama farms and home plantings. There are several different rabbiteye blueberry cultivars that can be found at nurseries, and I would suggest planting different varieties. Planting several cultivars not only extends the picking season but also aids in cross-pollination. The more crosspollination, the better quality fruit will be produced. If you were to plant an early cultivar and a late cultivar, they would not be blooming at the same time and would not crosspollinate well. Planting early-, mid- and late-season cultivars would work, but planting a mix of early-, several mid- and several late-season cultivars would be better. Climax, Premier, Vernon and Alapaha are in the early-season category. Climax and Premier are favorites because they are very sweet and have been around for a long time. Vernon and Alapaha bloom after Climax but ripen about the same time. This may be an added benefit during early spring frosts. Tifblue blueberry has been the standard mid-season berry for a long time, and it is still a quality fruit. Powderblue, Ochlockonee and Columbus are mid-season berries that do well and also do not crack as easily during wet weather. Centurion, Baldwin and DeSoto are three good options that would extend the season. Brightwell, Montgomery, Titan, Ira and Yadkin are a few other plants that bloom when some of the early- and midseason plants bloom. No matter what blueberry cultivars you plant or have already planted, make sure they are cared for properly. This includes weed control, mulch, irrigation and pruning correctly. Although proper fertility is important, it is not going to help production without these other management practices. The local Extension Office can help answer additional questions about problem pests, blueberry cultivars and management practices. ~ Dr. Chip East is a regional extension agent for Commercial Horticulture for Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Lake Martin Living 17


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Fireworks and Festivities Independence Day Went Off With a Bang


Clockwise from top left: Miss Lake Martin winners took the stage at the 7th Annual Hackneyville Bash; One patriotic group symbolized the iconic raising of the flag at Iwo Jima; Celebrate Freedom featured fireworks at Benjamin Russell High School; Inflatables were available at Hackneyville; Flyboarding stole the show and took the most creative award at the Russell Marine Boat Parade; Face painting was part of the holiday fun.

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or its 51st year, Alexander City Arts, Inc., will launch an entertaining season of music, laughs and education for the 2019-2020 season. The organization will present five family-friendly shows from September to March and kick off the fun with an Alabama Bicentennial event performed by well-known storyteller Dolores Hydock. “We had the possibility of bringing Dolores Hydock this year and received an endorsement from the Bicentennial Commission to be an Alabama 200 event. We’re really excited about that,” said Mary Wood Perry, president of Alex City Arts. Hydock will perform a one-woman show about the story of Audrey Williams, wife of Hank Williams, and the controversy behind the events in her life. Taking Sides: A New Look at the Life of Audrey Williams will be held at The Mill Two Eighty on Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. “We needed a more intimate venue to host this particular event than the auditorium we usually use,” said Perry. The songwriters’ showcase, Heart Behind the Music, will return again this year and spotlight John Berry, Mo Pitney and Deborah Allen on Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Benjamin Russell High School Auditorium. The event highlights musicians and composers who tell the stories behind their song lyrics. John Berry rose to stardom on the country charts in the 1990s and has earned gold and platinum records, along with a Grammy. Mo Pitney represents a classic country sound and has been dubbed “the next Randy Travis.” Deborah Allen is a singer, songwriter and producer who has received Grammy nominations. On Nov. 21, Capitol Sounds Concert Band will take the stage at the auditorium at 7 p.m. and perform a wide variety of music, including marches, classical, patriotic, show tunes, jazz and swing. Band Director John Jackson has conducted the allvolunteer, nonprofit organization for 17 years. “It’s a good group of bi-vocational musicians who come together from different walks of life. They’ve performed for us in the past, and they’re very entertaining,” Talented Performers said Perry. From top: Jim Stafford Concertgoers can warm up to the has been entertaining tunes of The Beach Boys tribute band, audiences for 20 years; Sail On, in the cooler days. On Jan. 23, Deborah Allen will be at 7 p.m. in the BRHS Auditorium, Sail part of Heart Behind On will perform all the group’s classic the Music; Dolores hits, plus some treasures from The Hydock performs a Beach Boys’ extended catalogue. The one-woman show. 22 Lake Martin Living

retro-group based out of Nashville will be sure to recreate the feel of surfing, dancing and dreaming. To close out the season, Jim Stafford will perform March 12 at 7 p.m., also at the BRHS Auditorium. As a favorite in live entertainment, Stafford has been sharing his hilariously clever tunes with incredible guitar-playing skill for more than 20 years. “He’s just a fun musician and an excellent guitarist. It’s just unique music, and I think people will really enjoy him,” Perry said. "His shows at his theater in Branson, Missouri, always sell out as he is quite a favorite entertainer out there. We were able to book him while he is on hiatus from his normal performances." All tickets are between $15 and $20 and can be purchased at the door or online at brownpapertickets. com. Students and children are admitted for free. To be a patron, $75 includes a ticket to each performance, along with pre-show patron parties at local venues with heavy hors d’oeuvres. For the first time, Alex City Arts is soliciting corporate sponsorships to help offset the cost of the season. “The cost of shows continues to increase, and we want to keep our ticket prices affordable for all. We are expanding our programs to include advertisements for sponsors of individual shows and for the entire season. We appreciate the expression of corporate support for our efforts, and we’re delighted to be able to bring these shows to the community for entertainment and cultural enrichment,” Perry said. For more information about the performances, visit or email Season of Entertainment

John Berry (top) and Mo Pitney (left) will tell the stories behind their music and lyrics, along with harmonize on songs together; Below: Capitol Sounds Concert Band is an all-volunteer group and will perform a variety of musical styles.

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World Reserve Champion Selling is second nature for Kellyton auctioneer STORY BY AMY PASSARETTI PHOTOS BY AUDRA SPEARS AND JILL BRADLEY


he title of 2019 World Reserve Livestock placed 28th in the interview process but clinched eighth his Auction Champion was an added bonus to the second go around, which is what really pushed him into the championship belt buckle that Kellyton's Chuck finalists. Bradley won after placing second at this year’s “I was scheduled to go last for the live auction part, which auctioneer competition in California. is where I wanted to be. That way I could leave a lasting “I just wanted to get in the impression on the judges,” he top 10 and get my belt buckle,” said. “There are five judges, and Bradley joked. “Win, lose or the process is really all opinion draw – I was good with it.” based on what style they like. The The Kellyton native has been scores are very subjective.” in the auctioneering business When announcing the runnersince he rocked his high school up, reserve and champion (also talent show performance as known as third, second and first an auctioneer in 2011, based places), judges play an audio on a dare. He fell in love with clip of the auctioneers’ auditions the skill and the career and has and flash their photos on the big sold everything from pencils screen. Bradley’s shock factor and socks to cattle and cars. was stunted, since the clip they “The best part is you never played did not match his picture know what you’re going to on the screen. They accidentally sell,” he said. “The worst part played the wrong one, so it was was trying to figure out what confusing that Bradley was to ask, how much to take for indeed the second place reserve an item and what increment champ. to work in. I work to get the “I don’t think it sunk in until seller the best price. Now, it’s I got home that I had just placed all second nature. I can think second. We were all so confused about cutting grass while when they played that clip. We selling.” were looking around and no one The weeklong Livestock knew who it was,” said Bradley. Marketing Association Next year’s championship conference changes locations will take place in Nashville, and annually, and competitors Bradley said he hopes to best the must place in the top 10 in competition to be No. 1. three nationwide qualifiers to “I always have a competitive earn a spot in the ring. Thirty spirit, but I really just have fun auctioneers from around the with it,” he said. country, and one from Canada, Second Best Traveling and making friends Top to bottom: Chuck Bradley (right) celebrates his close out the week with an from around the country are two win with Jerry Etheredge, owner of Montgomery interview process and live of the best rewards of his career, Stockyard; Bradley was the last finalist to participate said Bradley. auction demonstrations. in the live auction portion of the competition; Right: “Past champions ask you To become a certified Belt buckles are trophies for auctioneers. three questions, and you have auctioneer, Bradley attended a no idea what they’ll ask you. 10-day course in Atlanta and You’re answering in front of a public audience of nearly 200 completed an 85-hour licensing program. Currently, he people,” said Bradley. “That part makes up about 25 percent sells cars and cattle weekly in Mobile, Montgomery and of your score, and the other 75 percent is the live auction.” Birmingham. When Bradley entered the 2018 World Championship, he “It takes a certain mindset to do this for a living,” he said. 24 Lake Martin Living

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Dirty Dill Fried Pickle Sliders Ingredients: 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon dried thyme 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 24 Dirty Dill Chips 2 eggs, beaten 1 cup breadcrumbs Peanut or vegetable oil for frying Toppings 12 frozen meatballs, cooked Ranch dressing 1/4 cup shredded lettuce 6 grape tomatoes, halved 26 Lake Martin Living

Directions: Heat the oil in a large pot until it reaches 350 degrees. In a small bowl, combine the flour, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, cayenne, paprika, salt and pepper, and mix until evenly distributed. Dredge the Dirty Dill Chips in the flour mixture, then the eggs, then the flour mixture, then the eggs and then the breadcrumbs. This will create extra crunch. Fry the Dirty Dill Chips for 3 to 5 minutes or until browned and crispy on the outside. Using a toothpick, assemble a slider by layering a fried pickle, ranch dressing, a meatball, lettuce, a tomato slice and one more pickle. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.


he unrivalled brine recipe that makes Wickles Pickles’ products a fan favorite also can be incorporated into numerous food items for a tasty – yet spicy – treat. There’s still time for summer barbecues, weekend picnics and Labor Day celebrations, so surprise your guests with one of these new recipes that uses Wickles products. “How can you have a Bloody Mary without a Wickles okra in it? Or tailgate watching Auburn or Alabama without a bowl of Wickles?” asked Wade Bennett, Wickles Pickles logistics manager. “Almost every person that tries the products becomes a fan for life. We have such a following over all these years because the product is so unique,” he added. Having been in business nearly 20 years, Wickles uses an old family recipe and originated in Dadeville. The company recently moved production of its brand back to Alabama to maintain more control over the sourcing of the products through all levels, said Andy Anderson, co-owner of Wickles, along with Will and Trey Sims. “Anything we can do in Alabama, we’d like to do. We still operate, do sales and distribution right here in Dadeville,” said Anderson. The labels recently received a refresh so that they stand out on shelves better, he added. “I really feel like our products pop. They already had a good look to them, but the labels are unique. We like to keep a hip product,” said Bennett. When he discovered the Spicy Red Sandwich Spread, Bennett instantly fell in love. “That bright red jar stands out and it drew me to it. I took it home to taste it, and now I won’t eat a sandwich without it. Personally, I also like to mix it with ranch or mayonnaise and use it as a garnish for grilled chicken,” he added. Between the original line and Dirty Dill line, Wickles continues to grow its offerings and has some new surprises coming down the road. “Even as we grow, we try to keep this a family atmosphere. That kind of care really shows in the quality of our product,” said Bennett.

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Dill Pickle Caprese Skewers Ingredients: 1 24 ounce jar Dirty Dill Baby Dills 2 cups torn Romaine lettuce leaves 1 container grape or cherry tomatoes 12 small, fresh mozzarella balls Balsamic vinegar Wooden skewers

Directions: Cut the Dirty Dill Baby Dills into quarters. Alternately slide remaining ingredients and pickles onto skewers. Serve drizzled with balsamic vinegar.

Wicked Okra Bloody Mary Salsa Ingredients: 4 ripe red tomatoes, diced 1 cup grape tomatoes, diced 1 stalk celery hearts plus leaves, chopped 1/4 cup onion, or less based on taste, chopped 1 scallion, both white and green parts, sliced 1/4 cup Spicy Red Sandwich Spread 1/4 cup Jalapeño Relish 1/2 cup Wicked Okra, sliced 1/4 cup pimento olives, sliced Juice of 1 lemon 2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 28 Lake Martin Living

1 tablespoon horseradish 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning Directions: Combine all ingredients in a large bowl; chill in the refrigerator for at least three hours. Serve with chips, bagel chips or veggies.

Spicy Red Relish Guacamole Ingredients: 4 medium ripe avocados 1 small yellow onion diced 1 large jalapeĂąo chopped 1/2 cup Spicy Red Sandwich Spread Juice of one large lime 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, to taste Directions: Peel and chop the avocados into 1/2-inch pieces. Lightly mash with a fork, leaving plenty of chunks. Add the onion, jalapeĂąo, Spicy Red Sandwich Spread, lime juice, salt and pepper; stir to combine and taste. Adjust the lime, salt and pepper as needed. Serve immediately or cover tightly and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Heart-warming Golfers Players in the spotlight use their fame for good


From the Tee

ood people seem to have a distinctive and his family have gone above and beyond in aura about them. You really don’t have charity efforts for autistic children. Programs to point these special people out in a like the First Tee Program and many others are crowd – you can see it. This year, Gary common in golf. It is very heartwarming to me Woodland, who may have been one of the least that these athletes who are public figures utilize known power players on the PGA Tour, won the their star power for the benefit of others. This sort U.S. Open. After he interacted with a very special of practice is not new, it has been going on for person, Amy Bockerstette, during a practice years. Jack and Barbara Nicklaus raise incredible round in Phoenix this year, his recognition began amounts of money for their Nicklaus Children’s to grow. Hospital. I suppose this is another reason I was a In case you missed it, Woodland was playing huge fan of old Danny Thomas, who promoted St. a practice round for the Waste Management Jude Children’s Hospital. Phoenix Open, and he invited Amy Bockerstette, There have always been good people and not so an Arizona Special Olympics participant, to play good people. We, as a community, should focus the famed par 3, No. 16 hole with him. Amy on the good. Relish and applaud the efforts that accepted the invitation. This special young lady the good people are doing. hit her tee ball into the greenside bunker and As we have just celebrated our nation’s Dave Jennings when asked by Woodland if she wanted to play birthday, consider what our forefathers overcame her next shot she said, “Yes, I’ve got this.” Well, to provide us our inalienable rights. Be proud and indeed she did. Amy blasted her bunker shot out stay strong. Whenever you can, if you find people to 10 feet from the hole. Of course, the crowd at No. 16 loudly in need, do your part to help them. I witness benevolence and applauded, and Woodland smiled and told Amy that she was kindness all of the time. awesome. Woodland asked her if she wanted to putt her ball In coaching golf at Central Alabama Community College, out, and again Amy said, “Yes, I’ve got this.” I have been so blessed to have so many people consider this I’m confident that the ground shook when the crowd college golf program as one of their annual donation outlets. roared as Amy did in fact make that 10-footer for par. Gary As long as they help to keep our college golf programs, I will Woodland was so supportive and delighted for her. If you work tirelessly to bring in fine young men who our donors haven’t seen the video, watch it. It puts a smile on my face and are proud to support. You never know when one of these nearly brings me to tears each time I watch it. young men may be put in the situation to help others. As they Gary Woodland’s story is not a PR stunt – he’s truly a have seen so many people help them in their college years, good person. In 2010, one of my graduating sophomores, they are much more apt to be good and kind and pass Paul Harris, received a tremendous golf scholarship along compassion to their children. Good people to the University of Kansas. In Harris’ junior generate energy, and it becomes infectious. year, Woodland had just graduated from Let’s see what’s next in the life of Gary the Jayhawk team and was starting his Woodland. He’s a hero in my mind and professional golf career. Harris told me heart, and I hope you feel the same. that he met Woodland a number of God bless those who show love and times, as he did various fundraisers for compassion to those who have struggles. the golf and overall athletic programs at The internet makes it simple to the university. research things about people. I believe This sort of compassion that that you would be even more proud of Woodland showed to a very special our PGA Tour stars when you find out young girl is something that we see in about their various charities. In 2017, the golf quite often. Paul Tesori is a past CACC PGA Tour golfers collectively raised more Trojan golfer and is Webb Simpson’s caddie than $180,000,000. This sort of compassion on the PGA Tour. A few years ago, Tesori and is another reason why I love and appreciate the his wife Michelle had a son named Isaiah. Isaiah game of golf. Be something special to others! was born with Down Syndrome. Since Isaiah’s birth, the Tesori family has been very involved in fundraising and ~ Dave Jennings is the men’s golf coach for Central Alabama charity work for children with Down Syndrome. Community College. You may know that Ernie Els’ son is autistic, and Ernie 30 Lake Martin Living


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Celebrate Freedom July 3, 2019 Benjamin Russell High School 1. Sutiya Johnson and Wozanee, Zabiyon, London and Kymoni Brooks 2. Keith Garrett and Banx Robinson 3. Brix Alford and Jax Adair 4. Danny Ward, Bobby Tapley, Phillip Alverson, Harrison, Meghan and Abigail Ward and Paige, Katie and Liz Alverson 5. Keelyn Henderson and Emma Nolen 6. Chloe Ethridge and Serena Newsome

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United Way Day of Action June 20, 2019 Jim Pearson Elementary, Dadeville High School and Central High School


1. Anaya and Christopher Todd 2. Shelia and Jordan Hardy 3. Jacob Carter 4. Calvin Kim, Sandra Howell, Kathi Zimmerman, Sue Webb and Michael Champion 5. Kennedy Ingram, Carson Wages and Reagan West 6. Jessica Johnson, Zeak Whetstone, Lori Baker, Ann Powell, Jessie Browning, David Adams, Terry James, Demeatrius Stowe and Jessica Gandy 7. Paris Burton, Ellie Kate Worty, April Yarbrough and Morgan Phillips

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Art Festival June 15, 2019 Chuck's Marina 1. Libby and Ray Bellew


2. Candy Hacker and Candis, Mary Alice and Ann Margaret Birchfield 3. Janet Price and Whitney Clanton 4. Melissa Ingram and Fred Woolard 5. Jerry Peters

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June 18, 2019 The Mill Two Eighty 1. Andrew, Sarah, Teresa and Steve Kerley 2. Tammy and Roger Hyde


3. Kenny and Terri Lawhorn, Amanda and Josh Brewer and Demetrius Fleetion 4. Chris and Kylie Brown 5. Travis Smitherman, Danny Champion, Rick Jones and Mike Jones 6. Ed Oliver and Jay and Bill Harrell

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29th Annual Jazz Fest June 14, 2019 Strand Park, Alexander City 1. Christi Brown, Sarah Barlet, August Nice, Anna Crouchm and Nathan Ard 2. Jay Hare, Chris and Barbara Spivey and Elizabeth Hare


3. Lacey Howell and Jimbo Spencer 4. Kim Powell and Tammy Walker 5. Kaci Lackey, Brittany Price and Lindsey Walls 6. Georganna Hamby, Megan Harris, Macy Daniel and Lauren Watts 7. Fred Graham, Angela Minniefield and Doris and Ladarrin Williams

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Fire up the grill for the inaugural Horseshoe Bend cook-off

efore the kids go back to school, wrap up the summer fun at the Horseshoe Bend School PTO's inaugural cookoff on July 27. Put together a cook team, break out that secret recipe and prepare the best Boston butt and chicken wings dishes to vie for top honors. Each team will cook both food items with smokers set up that day behind the gym at HSB. Teams of four may enter the cook-off for $100, and each member will receive a complimentary T-shirt from the event. Additional cook-off T-shirts will be for sale for $10, and Horseshoe Bend shirts can be purchased for $15. Team members must prepare enough butts and wings for four judges and at least 100 additional people. To sample the entries, attendees will pay $10, but children ages 8 and under will be admitted for free. Judging will take place at 3 p.m. with live entertainment from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. There also will be vendors both inside and outside and a bouncy house on site. Vendors may reserve a spot for $20. Judges will all be local community leaders but will remain anonymous. Awards will be given for first, second and third place for butts, wings and table decorations. Remember that this is a back-to-school function so decorate with your best Generals school spirit. Proceeds from the event will help to purchase school 40 Lake Martin Living

supplies. Students go back to school on Aug. 8. PTO member Amy Scott said she hopes at least 15 teams participate, and if turnout is exceptional, they will plan a chili cook-off for the fall. For more information or to register a team, contact Amy Scott at 256-786-1461.

Smokers on Site

Cook teams will prepare their favorite chicken wing and Boston butt recipes at an inaugural cook-off.

July 16

Full Moon Night Hike

Experience the Wind Creek State Park forest at night, and learn about the creatures that roam the woods in the dark. Meet at the Campfire Trailhead in the North Picnic Area at 8 p.m. for this adventure. Day-use fee applies for noncampers.

July 16

Personalizing your Color Palette in Oils

The summer workshop series continues at Tallapoosa School of Art with Sharon Gates from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuition for this one-day beginner- to intermediate-level course is $150 and includes lunch, coffee, tea, bottled water and snacks. To register or for more information, email Dorothy at

July 18

All Wakesurf Clinic

Russell Marine will host an all wakesurf clinic at River North Marina, located at 250 River North Rd., from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 256-397-1500.

July 19

Downtown Street Dance

Main Street Alexander City will host a free street dance at 7 p.m. on Main Street with live music by the popular oldies cover band Chevy 6. Bring chairs and purchase food and drinks from downtown merchants. Coolers are not allowed. The event is sponsored by the 50-year reunion for BRHS Class of 1969.

July 19

Movie Under the Stars

Bring chairs and blankets at 7 p.m. to watch a popular children’s movie at the Wind Creek State Park campground. Day-use fees apply for non-campers.

July 20

Lions Lake Martin Charity Poker Run

This annual event is one of the best times on Lake Martin. Start at The Ridge Marina at 8 a.m. and make your way to selected marinas around the lake to collect the best hand. The fun includes cash prizes, treasure chest keys for more giveaways, great food from Russell Lands chefs, music and more at the prize party at Kowaliga Restaurant. Come in costume for more fun and

prizes. Cost to enter is $160 per boat. Visit blog/event/poker-run for details.

July 20

Gear up for School Social

The Autism Society of Alabama will host a social for special needs families to help prepare and refocus them for another school year at the Lake Martin Innovation Center at 5:30 p.m. There will be resource materials and tips for the world of special education. For more information, contact Melissa Mullins at melissa.mullins.

July 21

YP Summer Social

The Lake Martin Young Professionals will host a summer social at Ocie and Belle's, 41 Main St. in Alexander City, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the group and meet some YP members. Blanco's Food Truck will be on site and YP members will receive food vouchers. Live music will be playing form 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit

July 23

Interiors: Alla Prima in Oils

Kay Holt Lewis will lead this summer workshop series at Tallapoosa School of Art. Tuition is $150 and includes supplies, lunch, coffee, tea, bottled water and snacks. Email dorothylittleon@ for registration information.

July 25

Summer Reading Program Finale

Mamie’s Place Children’s Library will host an end-of-season finale to close out its summer reading program at Charles E. Bailey Sportplex. From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., children will enjoy Kona Ice, lunch, train rides, a bouncy house, an obstacle course and rewards for reaching their reading goals. College Counts will be on site providing information for kids and adults on how to prepare for college. For information, call the library at 256-234-4644.

July 27

12th Annual Tomato Showdown

Wickles Pickles hosts this annual regional tomato-growing contest where locals enter their best homegrown tomatoes. This year, the event will take

place at The Waverly Local from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with live music, the famous BLT bar, games, vendors and more. Proceeds benefit the beautification of the Town of Waverly.

July 28

St. James Episcopal Services at the lake The Episcopal service includes outdoor praise and worship with an acoustic band at Church in the Pines at noon.

July 29

Wakeboard/ Wakesurf Clinic

Russell Marina will host a wakeboard/wakesurf clinic at River North Marina, located at 250 River North Rd., from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 256-397-1500.

July 30

Oil Painting Basics

Return to the basics in this oneday summer workshop at Tallapoosa School of Art with Pam Copeland from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuition is $150 and includes supplies, lunch, coffee, tea, bottled water and snacks. For registration information, email

Aug. 1

Strand Sessions

The Lake Martin Young Professionals will host this last in a series of summer concerts at Strand Park from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The familyfriendly concert is free to attend. Bring coolers, chairs and blankets or purchase food and drinks from downtown merchants. For more information, visit

Aug. 16

Painting with Your Palette Knife Landscape in Oils

The final one-day workshop in the Tallapoosa School of Art summer series features palette knife techniques for the beginner with artist Alisa Koch. Tuition is $150 and includes supplies, lunch, tea, coffee, bottled water and snacks. For registration, email

Aug. 23

An Evening with The Band of Heathens

Standard Deluxe will host The Band of Heathens at its outdoor stage. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. and Chef Brian Lake Martin Living 41

Cosby will be serving up supper in the FeedShak at 6 p.m. This event will be BYOB, but please no glass. Tickets are $18 in advance and $25 at the gate. Kids 14 years old and younger are free.

Season-Long Events Wine Tastings

Catherine’s Market will host a wine tasting from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays through the summer. Admission is $5, and participants will receive 15 percent off any wine purchases from the evening’s selections.

Alexander City Farmers Market

The Farmers Market at Broad Street Plaza is open for the season through September. Find fresh produce – including blueberries, tomatoes, peppers, beans and corn – along with honey, jams, jellies, handmade art and more. Vendors are open from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Contact Main Street Alexander City at 256-329-9227 for information.

Millerville Trade Day

Bibb Graves School on state Route 9 hosts this trade day on the third Saturday of every month from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m with free outside setup for vendors, yard sale, flea market and swap meet items (no food vendors). Donations from vendors’ sales to BGHS Alumni and Friends Association would be appreciated. There will be a designated area to bring vehicles for sale with a $20 donation to BGHSAFA upon sale. For information, contact Bruce Lowery at 205-522-5794.

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Naturalist Presentations and Guided Nature Tours

Naturalist Marianne Hudson fills the Naturalist Cabin at Russell Crossroads with children and adults to see and listen to her lively nature presentations with critters, insects, snakes and fowl, just to mention a few. There is never a dull moment with this wildlife biologist as she educates on the beauty of nature in the wild and the outdoor classroom. Check the calendar for scheduled subject matter, dates and times at Calendar.

Fourth Fridays at EPAC

The Equality Performing Arts Center hosts music and other events on the fourth Friday night of each month at 6:30 p.m. on state Route 9 in Equality. Visit the Equality Performing Arts Center Facebook page for a schedule of upcoming artists.

Trivia Night at Niffer’s on the Lake

Every Thursday, Niffer’s hosts trivia night at 7 p.m. Winners receive Niffer’s gift cards. First place gets $40; second place gets $25; and third place gets $15. Grab a group of friends and come out for a night of games. A bonus question is posted on the Niffer’s Facebook page at 2 p.m. on Thursdays.

Clean Community Partnership Cleanups

The third Saturday of each month, volunteers throughout the community are encouraged to meet at Broad Street Plaza at 8:30 a.m. to pickup supplies and area assignments and help clean up roads within Alexander City. For information, contact Jacob Meacham at jacob.

Coffee & Connections

Every third Tuesday of the month, the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce hosts a networking event at 8 a.m. open to any chamber member. Participants should meet at the TPI bullpen at the Lake Martin Innovation Center for coffee, a light breakfast and a chance to network with community members.

Open Studio

The Artists Association of Central Alabama meets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Thursday at the Charles E. Bailey Sportplex Senior Center and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays at the Dadeville Senior Center on Columbus St. Beginners are welcome. For information, call June Dean at 334-301-5317 or Kay Fincher at 256-825-2506.

Music on the Deck

Every Sunday, there will be live music at Kowaliga Restaurant from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Worship on the Water

Dadeville First United Methodist Church partners with New Water Farms to host non-denominational worship services every Sunday through Sept. 29 at 8:30 a.m. New Water Farms is located at 460 Civitan Rd. in Dadeville.

First Saturday Markets

Standard Deluxe in Waverly will host its local markets on the first Saturday of each month through September from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Local vendors will be on site, the T-shirt shop will be open and food will be available for purchase. For more information, visit

Children’s Harbor Treasures and Thrift Store

Located on state Route 63 just south of Lake Martin Amphitheater, the Children’s Harbor Thrift Store is open Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. You never know what gems you might find – from clothes and household items to boats. Proceeds help to fund the activities at the Lake Martin campus of Children’s Harbor and the Family Center at Children’s Hospital. Call 334-857-2008 for more information.

Yoga on the Green

Perfect for beginners or seasoned practitioners, this free yoga session starts at 7 a.m. on The Town Green at Russell Crossroads every Saturday throughout the summer. Just bring a mat and water.

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Friday on the Green

Wind down your busy week on the Town Green at Russell Crossroads every Friday night from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Bring chairs, blankets, coolers and friends. Play some cornhole, decorate the sidewalks with chalk and take turns with the hula hoops.

Roman Catholic Services at the lake

St Vincent’s Roman Catholic Church in Tallassee will hold a vigial mass at 6 p.m. every Saturday through Aug. 31 at Church in the Pines. Confession will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Church of the Living Waters

Every Sunday through Sept. 1, Church of the Living Waters hosts guests speakers from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. July 21: Rev. Vicki Carter July 28: Rev. K.G. Jones Aug. 4: Rev. David Carboni Aug. 11: Mike Kolen

Church in the Pines

Sunday services will begin at 9 a.m. with rotating guest speakers. July 21: Hamp Green July 28: Andy Wolfe Aug. 4: Chuck Hasty Aug. 11: Jeremiah Castille

Sarah Carlisle Towery Art Colony Exhibit

The Sarah Carlisle Towery Art Colony on Lake Martin exhibit is on display all year long at the Alexander City Board of Education building, located at 375 Lee St.

Memory Makers Quilt Guild

Meets the second and fourth Mondays at the Senior Center on the Charles E. Bailey Sportplex campus. Participants come and go between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. with a business meeting at 5 p.m., followed by showand-tell. Bring sewing projects, machines and questions. To have an event listed in Lake Martin Living’s calendar section, please email date, time and details of the event to

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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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88 SpringHouse 256-215-7080 12 Benson Mill Rd., Alex City, AL 35010 9 Catherine’s Market 256-215-7070 17 Russell Farms Rd., Alex City, AL 35010


20 Aronov Realty Lake Martin 256-825-4133 6928 AL-49 S Stillwaters Hwy, Dadeville, AL 36853 21 Nail's Convenient Store 334-857-3454 8394 Kowaliga Rd., Eclectic, AL 36024

Hotels & Lodges 22 Creekside Lodge 256-307-1440 6993 Hwy 49 S., Dadeville, AL 36853

Churches 23 Red Ridge United Methodist Church 256-825-9820 8091 County Rd. 34, Dadeville, AL 36853 24 Lake Pointe Baptist Church 256-444-8793 8352 AL-50, Dadeville, AL 36853 256-373-3293

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10 Kowaliga Restaurant 256-215-7035 295 Kowaliga Marina Rd., Alex City, AL 35010

25 Lake Martin Dock Company, Inc Marine Contractor License #49146 334-857-2443 180 Birmingham Rd., Eclectic, AL 36024

11 Creekside Event Center at Lake Martin 334-329-5005 7051 Highway 49 South, Dadeville, AL 36853

26 Docks Unlimited LLC 256-203-8400 6400 Highway 63 S., Alex City, AL 35010

12 Acapulco Mexican Grill 334-283-2725 2867 Gilmer Ave., Tallassee, AL 36078 280

19 Dark Insurance 256-234-5026 410 Hillabee Street, Alex City, AL 35010

13 Shipwreck Sam's Yogurt & Flatbread Pizza 256-444-8793

Recreation & Entertainment 27 Dixie Sailing Club 767 New Hope Church Road Alexander City, Al 35010

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14 Hodges Vineyards and Winery 256-896-4036 230 Lee Rd. 71, Camp Hill, AL 36850


15 Russell Do It Center (Alex City) 256-234-2567 1750 Alabama 22, Alex City, AL 35010 16 Russell Do It Center (Eclectic) 334-541-2132 1969 Kowaliga Rd., Eclectic, AL 36024


17 Russell Building Supply 256-825-4256 350 Fulton Street, Dadeville, AL 36853 18 The Stables at Russell Crossroads 256-794-1333 288 Stables Road, Alex City, AL 35010

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Every 'mater for itself Culture Shock


ell ya’ll, it’s hotter than a pepper sprout in these parts, which means The 12th Annual Waverly Tomato Showdown is right around the corner. Save the date, water your tomatoes (or don’t, if that’s your style), put on some linen and come out to The Waverly Local at 1465 Patrick St., Waverly, on Saturday, July 27, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. According to Waverly lore, the Showdown was born at Wickles Pickles’ World Headquarters 12 years ago when the boys got to debating over who had the best tomatoes and how to grow Lacey Howell them. To settle it once and for all, the only way to do it was to make it official – with judges and everything. Wickles rarely does anything low key, so to make the contest an even bigger deal they had a glassblown tomato trophy made. Each year, the winner of the Showdown gets his or her nameplate added to the signature award and gets to keep it for one year – only to return it on the following Showdown day. The Famous BLT Bar will be $10 per plate or $6 per sandwich. Great Alabama-based food brands, including Zeigler Bacon, Golden Flake chips and Milos’ Tea Co., are all sponsors again this year. All proceeds benefit the beautification of the Town of Waverly. I have been honored to emcee the event for the past five years, and believe me, these are not your average tomatoes. I have seen some of the most fancy, most high-falutin heirloom tomatoes you can imagine. They are double fistful big, juicy, bright, with more crinkles than the fattest baby you have ever seen. Some of the most delicious and unique ones I have had are Cherokee Purples and Black Krims. Nothing brings me more pleasure than calling out the winning number and seeing the champion’s face light up. The crowd cheers, and the victor’s fellow gardeners fist pump out of victory and respect. I always recognize the winner with an opportunity to say a few words, share how it feels and recount how he or she made it to the Showdown stage. I never expect that these first-place victors are telling the whole truth because any tomato gardener worth his salt is not going to give away his secrets. Typically, 25 to 40 tomatoes enter the contest each year. It’s tough work on the judges, who clear their palates with crisp bacon and a little cold beer in between samples.  There is always live music, and this year’s entertainment includes Rollin’ In The Hay and Horace Combs & Co. There will 50 Lake Martin Living

be a classic cakewalk and craft vendors, as well. If you have a garden and you think you have a shot, I challenge you to throw your hat in the ring. Do not be shy. It’s every ’mater for itself!

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The trophy is made of a glass-blown tomato and winners' names are added to the plaque.

THE RULES 1. Tomatoes must be turned in early and judging begins at high noon. 2. A panel of three judges score the tomatoes based on taste, texture, appearance and overall enjoyment counts twice! 3. No Tommy Toe Tomatoes. I repeat, no Tommys! They have to be large enough for three judges to taste. After it’s all over, revelers linger around the judge’s table, hoping for a bite off the winning ’mater.  For more information about entering the Annual Waverly Tomato Showdown, email ~ Lacey Howell is a recovering English major from Auburn who now lives on Lake Martin, sells real estate, rides horses and loves good wine (but isn’t afraid of boxed wine). She is still bothered that Brad and Angelina broke up. Follow her on Facebook and Instagram @LaceyHowell.

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Lake Martin Living magazine July 2019  

This issue of Lake Martin Living features WIckles Pickles' summertime recipes; Kellyton's World Reserve Champion Auctioneer; Alexander City...

Lake Martin Living magazine July 2019  

This issue of Lake Martin Living features WIckles Pickles' summertime recipes; Kellyton's World Reserve Champion Auctioneer; Alexander City...