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Inside Every Issue 6 36 38 44

From the Editor Your Guide to Lake Lanier Calendar Around Lanier

Boats take over the lake

Zip sliding away

8 Lake Magazine takes a trip on a zip at Lake Lanier Canopy Tours.


reporter Savannah King gives a first person account of the journey.

On the Cover Local windsurfer Barrett Walker explains why Lanier offers the thrill of water, wind and incredible speeds like no other lake can.

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Norton: Water is our biggest asset 24


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Frank tells us why we should consider the waters of Lanier more than just a way to cool off and have fun. In fact, we should consider it our No. 1 resource.

Coast Guard is here to help 25

Photo courtesy Barrett Walker

Lake Lanier Islands hosted a massive boat show complete with everything boaters need to make their vessels the sweetest thing on the water!

The US Coast Guard Flotilla 29 helps keep danger at bay and waterways safe for the enjoyment of all.

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Pirates, poker and plenty of charity 28

Lake Lanier will soon be overrun by boats waving the Jolly Roger as the annual Pirates on Lanier poker Run gears up.

Joanna Cloud on LLA 32 Lake Lanier Association is offering homeowners

the opporitunity to participate in a new campaign to keep Lanier beautiful by doing our part in and around the water.

Keep Spot safe during summer vacays 29 Lake Lanier Islands Resort recently announced the

inclusion of pets at the Legacy Lodge, but there are some tips to help make outdoor activities safe and enjoyable for your furry pal.

Row ing at the Olympic Venue on Lanier 30

The US Coast Guard Auxiliary Patrol helps keep danger at bay and waterways safe for the enjoyment of all.

Safe boating requires knowing the rules 34

While DNR rangers and other area agencies we will be working diligently this summer to help keep all Lanier visitors safe, in the end, whether you have a safe and enjoyable time on the water rests largely with you. and waterways safe for the enjoyment of all.

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From the Editor

Friends in high places

Occasionally I find myself in a most awkward position. Wednesday, May 14, was no different. My reporter, Savannah King, and I ventured over to Lake Lanier Canopy Tours to test our adventurous side. We really had little idea what we were in for or how out of shape we had gotten. But regardless of our lethargy and general lack of grace (at least on my part) the tour guides were so pleasant and helpful and made us feel like seasoned pros. As you can see by the evidence captured at left, I am no pro. By the end of the zipping and climbing, my cumbersome self had to be hauled in by Dan the guide (Dan the Man, if you ask me). For further proof of my sloth-like abilities, check out the video on www. Zip lining is just one of the many activities you can do on the lake. There is also windsurfing. In this issue, we talk to local windsurfer Barrett Walker about why he loves the wind and surf of Lake Lanier. We also talk about the summer activities at the Olympic Venue and the upcoming Pirates of Lanier Poker Run in July benefitting Camp Sunshine. Also check out the latest and greatest from the Lake Lanier Islands Resort Boat Show. From pontoons to ski boats and accessories, there was no shortage of vessels big and small. Our community contributors have grown to include the Department of Natural Resources and the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Would you like to contribute? Let us know at You can also find out how to have a safe and fun summer in the great outdoors with man’s best friend. And as always, we want your story ideas, event photos and suggestions!



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Zip on through to the other side Lake Lanier Canopy Tours takes adventurous over the water and through the woods Story by Savannah King Photos by Michelle Boaen Jameson The sky threatened rain as my editor Michelle and I got out of the car and walked up to the wooden office building of Lake Lanier Canopy Tours at Lake Lanier Islands Resort. The owner of the zip line tour, Shane Sullards, greeted us and looked up at the sky. He suggested we hang out and watch the weather for a bit before suiting up in our harnesses and gear. We sat around listening to a shoeless, off-duty guide named Jared play his guitar while our guides Dan Cosby and Hannah Silverman pulled out all the gear we’d need for our tour. Sullards explained the tours can take as many as 8 people at a time and there are 8 different tour options available on the property. “We’ve got stuff for ‘I’m-scared-out-of-my-mind-beginners’ to ‘I’m-an-expert-andI-want-to-be-scared-out-of-my-mind,’” Sullards said. “But most of our folks that come haven’t zipped before.” We were going on the beginner-friendly Legacy tour. A family of four had booked the tour as well. Sullards explained that we’d be zipping over the lake twice and we’d get to cross two sky bridges to get from tree to tree. “Of course, there are inherent risks involved,” Sullards said. “You’re flying through the air on a cable that’s three eighths of an inch thick.” Michelle shot me an apprehensive glance and laughed nervously. Sullards told us not to worry. We’d probably only reach speeds of 15 miles per hour. “The zips are pretty cake, they’re pretty easy,” Sullards said. The Pine Isle tour, he said, was another story all together. That tour can take about 4 hours to complete the 11 zip lines. Five of those lines are 1,000 feet long or longer. There’s also a dual racing line, where two people can race alongside each other for 1,500 feet. Our guides continued to lay out our gear and bragged about their “work,” gesturing quotation marks in the air with their hands as they said the word. The guides detailed their rigorous training and the steps they take to maintain certifications and skills necessary to keep everyone safe. Hannah proudly relayed the heroics of a fellow guide who’d successfully “rescued” a stranded zipper stuck over the LAKE Destination


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lake during a training exercise the night before. Sullards said while the zips are fun, it’s the guides that really make the experience safe and enjoyable and can help people overcome feelings of fear. “The experience itself is a very powerful tool for positive change,” said Sullards, who also owns a team building and development company. “Our training teaches the guides to interact with people where they’re at. For some people just putting on the harness and getting on the trolley and saying ‘I’m gonna give it a go’ and then deciding ‘No’ and turning around. For some people that’s their peak. For other folks they sign up for Legacy and get done and say “I signed up for the wrong tour. I should have done Pine Isle.’” By the time our fellow zippers, Warren, Monica, their 15-year-old daughter and 11-year-son arrived, Sullards decided the rain would hold off long enough for our two-hour tour. We each were weighed on a wellhidden scale behind the counter of the shop. The zip lines can hold up to 14,800 pounds but the maximum weight per person is 250 pounds. Dan and Hannah gathered everyone in a circle and had each of us introduce ourselves. Within a few moments our guides had managed to make perfect strangers comfortable enough to “pull the harness up like a giant diaper.” Opposite page top: Lake Lanier Canopy Tour guides, Dan and Hannah, gather the gear before everyone arrives. Opposite page bottom: Reporter Savannah King takes her first zip about 3 feet off the ground at the training site. Top left: King zips over the waters of Lake Lanier as the tour photographer snaps her souvenir photo. Right: Tour guide Dan tells the group the best way to cross the sky bridge to the next tree platform. Bottom: Zippers wait on a platform as the next in line gets ready to cross. For more information on Lake Lanier Canopy tours, visit lakelaniercanopytours. com.

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There is very little that can be done to make the harness and gear an attractive part of the wearer’s ensemble. We each watched and laughed with one another as we pulled up our harness and tightened our straps. After a short ride on a trolley we arrived at “ground school.” A short zip line set up a few feet off the ground. After learning the ropes, we felt “confidently anxious” and made our way up the steps to the top of the first tree platform. Taking the first step off the edge of the platform took a great deal of nerve. Hannah assured me the feeling of certain death would ease as we made our way through the tour. After the first zip we all crowded around a platform nailed into the canopy of a tree. I screamed and grabbed the nearest branch as our tree shook when our guide Hannah landed on the platform. Suddenly, I was looking down at the ground and trying to gauge the extent of the injuries I’d likely suffer if the tree should fall under our weight. Dan explained the shaking tree was actually a good sign, it meant the tree was sturdy with a healthy root system. If the tree didn’t move when we landed on it, he’d be worried about its ability to support us. “You can’t argue with that,” Dan said, clipping his carabiner to the line. “It’s science.” “Guess you didn’t have a tree house growing up,” Michelle ribbed me as I continued to hug the branch. After a while the fear wore off and I was able to appreciate the experience. We were privy to breathtaking views of Lake Lanier from our treetop vantage. We sped down two separate zip lines directly over the lake and climbed two sky bridges. The experience actually was transformative, as Sullards had said it would be. As we prepared to land back on the ground on our final zip, I couldn’t believe it was over so quickly. In just under two hours I’d gone from fearing for my life to feeling strong. The experience was positive just as Sullards had promised. After we’d all stripped our gear and boarded the trolley to get back to our cars, the rain started. Sullards laughed and held his hands out to catch the rain. Hannah glanced up and shrugged. “I guess we were supposed to go on this tour today, huh,” she said throwing a harness over her shoulder. 10

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Above: Savannah King zips over the emerald waters of Lanier. Left: Michelle Jameson gets goofy with the final zip that ended not so gracefully. (See page 6).

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Lakeside leisure travelers and locals alike can rejoice! Lake Lanier’s sprawling beach and boardwalk entertainment district known as LanierWorld is now open daily for the 2014 season. Poised on the southern shores of the lake and tucked inside the Lake Lanier Islands Resort gates, this palatial playground represents fun in the sun for kids of all ages!

Slip, Slide and SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEAL! Ask any 12-year-old boy in North Georgia what his favorite thing to do at LanierWorld might be, and he’ll likely answer, “Ride the waterslides!” Showcasing more than a dozen water attractions, LanierWorld is home to heart-racing waterslides with telltale names like The Intimidator, Triple Threat, Black Out, Splash Down, and Raging River. Guests can test their skills on the Aquatic Adventure Obstacle Course and Wake the Lake Cable Park, rock and roll atop a tube on Wild Waves, try their hand at paddle boarding or kayaking, and get utterly soaked at the FunDunker Playhouse. Parents of pint-sized patrons will appreciate the fact that they can while the day away in “just-their-size” attractions like The Kiddie Lagoon and Wiggle Waves. For those who fall into the landlubber category, pursuits like


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soaking up some rays on the sand, playing a game of beach volleyball, enjoying an open-air concert, or hopping aboard carnival rides like the waterfront Ferris Wheel or Tilt-a-Whirl may prove more their speed.



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Make Plans for More Than One Day of Fun The Islands has always extended LanierWorld individual season passes to some of its biggest fans. This year, LanierWorld has augmented this offering

with the Family Season Pass – which combines the excitement of an individual pass into a family three-, four-, or whatever-size-theyneed-bundle. The Family Season Pass includes unlimited access all summer long to LanierWorld water attractions, carnival rides and beach access, it even includes parking. Pass holders will also get to enjoy access to special events like Dive-In Movie Nights, Full Moon Parties, and live music.

Book a Splashtacular Staycation The best part about LanierWorld being located on resort property is that it makes it incredibly easy for Lanier Islands fans to book a splashtacular staycation at several accommodation locations on-site. Guests can opt for a staycation under the stars at one of the campgrounds, a luxury stay at the Legacy Lodge or lakeside Legacy Villas, or a home-away-from-home experience at the Islands’ newly renovated LakeHouses. Overnight guests of the resort are afforded access to the newly remodeled, heated saltwater Legacy Leisure Pool at the Lodge, where they can enjoy poolside service and entertainment from a poolside DJ on select days. With the Family Fun accommodation package, you’ll enjoy access for 4 to all the rides and slides at LanierWorld, as well as luxurious overnight accommodations, and breakfast the next day. The Family Fun package also includes beach passes for 4 on your day of arrival! Resort guests can explore the Islands by adding experiences like horseback riding, island cart rental, electric bike rental, and LanierWorld to their stay. To learn more about LanierWorld and create a Splashtacular Staycation experience at Lake Lanier Islands, please visit the resort online at

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Blowin’ in Barrett Walker takes windsurfing to new heights on Lake Lanier Story by Savannah King Photos courtesy Barrett Walker

Some of Barrett Walker’s favorite days to get outside are the ones when most people would prefer to stay indoors. Walker, of Decatur, has been windsurfing around the world and on Lake Lanier for nearly 30 years. “Once you get out on the lake with the wind it turns a boring day into an exciting day,” Walker said. “I’ll see the wind blowing in the trees and my heart starts racing. I think ‘Oh my God, can I get things arranged this afternoon so I can get up to the lake?’ It adds a lot of excitement to life and it’s right here in Atlanta.”


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“On a very windy day the chop can get up to 3 or 4 feet high. If you’re sailing in that, you’re operating with a lot of power and speed. That’s a very dynamic place in which to play. Those are the kinds of days I live for.”

Walker first learned how to windsurf while on a Hawaiian family vacation in 1984. He continued learning about the sport after returning home and practicing on Lake Lanier. Walker said Lake Lanier makes windsurfing convenient on a regular basis though the lake doesn’t offer the regular winds and waves of coastal shorelines. He often meets up with other windsurfing enthusiasts through the Atlanta Board Sailing Club in the evenings after work or on weekends. “It’s a small community,” Walker said. “But it’s a community of really good friends. You’ll be sit-


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ting there, the weather’s not good and then all of a sudden someone calls on the phone and says ‘Hey, can you go to the lake this afternoon?’ And then suddenly you’re energized and you’re off.” The sport involves using a small sail to move a board similar to a surf board over the water. Windy days naturally make for a better experience on the water. “It’s kind of magical,” Chris Pyron, of Atlanta, said. “You’re moving around by invisible, natural forces.” Pyron, of Atlanta, has been a windsurfing for the last three decades as well and offers lessons

on the lake. “This sport was a lot more popular in the 80’s than it is today,” Pyron said. “I think we may see a resurgence in the sport because of the popularity of standup paddle boarding. If you had a standup paddleboard you could attach a sail to it and you’re halfway there. Then you learn to stand and balance on a board. I’m hopeful we might pick up some people eventually. The people who like it really love it.” While the summer may be when most people around the area are looking forward to a trip the lake, it’s not the ideal season for windsurfers.

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“Lake Lanier’s season is when not many people are out boating,” Walker said. “Summer typically has very low wind unless we have a tropical storm passing through Atlanta. Summer is low wind season. Fall is usually when the crowds are gone. We’ll go out and have the lake to ourselves. It’s a lot of fun.” Because the temperatures in the lake are cooler during the “windy season” windsurfers wears a full wetsuit. On the coldest days they’ll don a wetsuit with booties and gloves. “On a very windy day the chop can get up to 3 or 4 feet high,” Pyron said. “If you’re sailing in that, you’re operating with a lot of power and speed. That’s a very dynamic place in which to play. Those are the kinds of days I live for.” The sport requires more skill than brute physical strength though it doesn’t hurt when the wind blows hard on sails and the waves carry riders at speeds of about 30 miles per hour. “It’s really widely perceived that strength is really critical, but it’s more about skill and learning the things you need to perceive and how you have to move,” Pyron said. “It’s a total body sport. You’re operating in an environment, a very dynamic environment that is of course shaped by the wind which you can’t actually see, but you can see indications of it, the shape of the wind which is very dynamic but also by the shape of the water which can also be very dynamic.”


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“Many times, I’m out windsurfing and the birds will be flying by and I’m going right along with them at the same speed. I’m just watching them right next to me flying along. It’s a beautiful thing to be out there with nature.”

Walker said with so many powerful elements in play, it’s important to windsurf safely. He never goes out alone and carries a few key supplies with him in a pack. As a Type 1 diabetic he’s cautious of his health and physical limitations while riding. If the winds die while the rider is away from shore, they’re not stranded but do have to paddle with their arms to get back to shore. “You can have so much fun that you’re exhausted,” Walker said. “If you see the wind dropping come back to shore before it’s too late or you have to paddle your way back. If conditions really change you can paddle your way back like a surfboard.” Experienced lake windsurfers recommend newcomers purchase a wide board. The wider board allows for more stability as riders adjust to balancing on the water. Boards and sails range in size, style and variety as well as price. Some boards costs around $100 while others can cost thousands. “You could spend a lot of money on it if you wanted to,” Pyron said. “But it’s not absolutely essential. It’s a challenging sport in general and lessons are recommended. But there is used equipment available.” While the sport requires the purchase of some equipment and time spent learning the skills, windsurfers say it’s worth the investment. The sport affords the windsurfers a different way of seeing the world. “Many times, I’m out windsurfing and the birds will be flying by and I’m going right along with them at the same speed,” Walker said. “I’m just watching them right next to me flying along. It’s a beautiful thing to be out there with nature.”

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Show me the BOATS! Story by Savannah King Photos by Michelle Boaen Jameson


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Opposite page: Shoppers and day-dreamers walk past a few yatchs during the Lake Lanier Islands boat show. Left and right: Shiny new boats line the docks at Sunset Cove.

“These aren’t your grandparent’s pontoon boats,” the salesman said, grinning as he stood behind the onboard wet bar. Given the features and modern styles of today’s newest boats, it’s safe to say you might be more inclined to visit if your grandparents had one. Lake Lanier Islands hosted a boat show with some of the area’s most popular models and dealers. Pontoon boats are the family boat of choice for Lake Lanier according to area dealers, and it’s not difficult to see the reasons why. Standing on the deck of the 27-foot Harris Fotebote, the salesman pro-

ceeded to show off the boat’s improvements over yesteryear. The cruiser can easily accommodate a group of ten or more with its posh wraparound seating, wet bar, ambient lighting and stereo system. The boat also features a built-in ski locker and a fold-out changing room. As impressive as the boat’s amenities may be, the “tri-toons” (three pontoons, instead of two) are what make the boat sturdy enough to bear the weight of a bigger, faster engine. The boats are designed to ride on top of the water rather than “plow through” which makes skiing and wakeboarding behind the boat a recreational option.

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Above: The living room of a 54-foot Carver Voyager comes complete with a bar and the latest electronics. Below: Boaters wheel and deal with salesmen over pontoons while a bright orange ski boat floats nearby.


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Pontoon boats are the family boat of choice for Lake Lanier according to area dealers, and it’s not difficult to see the reasons why- they’re versatile, comfortable and will hold a lot of people. But pontoons aren’t the only boats available and many models target more specific lifestyles. Lois and Stacy Dicairano, of Lawrenceville, attended the boat show hoping to find a pontoon boat that would allow them to ride around the lake in comfort, but one look down a row of Malibu Wakesetters ignited a more sporty desire. The boats are designed with wakeboarding in mind. Depending on the model and any of the customizable options, the boats are able to accommodate as many as 15 people. Reclining seats make the rides and sunbathing comfortable. An easily adjusted, modern looking tower allows for out-of-the-way storage of boards and gear. A variety of sport specific features create changes in boat’s wake that can add to the enjoyment of the sport. “We’d definitely go out on the lake more often if we had one of these,” Stacy Dicairano said. “We’d go out every weekend.” Tony and Sandy Saltaformaggio, of Buford, also intended to look for a pontoon they could take their 12-year-old daughter out on the lake with. “We had a boat on this lake two years ago, we had a pontoon boat for about a year and we had a blast,” Tony Saltaformaggio said. “I’m almost at that point again.” Saltaformaggio said he would “absolutely” get another pontoon, but his wife won’t go for it. “There were too many times we were out on the lake where you were stuck in the rain and it was freezing cold and there was no place to go into,” Sandy Saltaformaggio said, eyeing the cabin on a nearby cruiser. The couple seemingly agreed a Bryant Calandra might be a compromise. The 23-foot-4-inch boat features an enclosed toilet, a swim platform and ample seating. Hinging seats on the back of the boat recline for sunbathing and fold up to provide more seating while riding around the lake. Boaters who have the money to spend on creature comforts may find enjoyment in a “floating condominium.” Scott Cunningham, managing partner of Singleton Marine Group in Buford, said the 54foot Carver Voyager offers a perfect weekend getaway. The Voyager offers all the comforts of home, such as a freezer, a refrigerator, living area, galley kitchen, three staterooms and two heads with full-size showers. The deck provides plenty of space for entertaining and offers a roomy padded sun deck on the bow. “It’s for people who want a big open boat, that don’t want a houseboat but do want a cruiser,” Cunningham said. “This customer is going to use their boat a lot more than a houseboat. There are a lot of these bigger boats on the lake here that people truly use as weekend homes.” Regardless of your definition of luxury, today’s watercrafts have features for every lifestyle. LAKE Destination


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It’s all about the water

Since the impounding of Lake Sidney Lanier in 1957 and the settling of the murky silt to the bottom, VALUE — real value — is all about WATER. An economic teeter-totter exists with various economic and environmental effects of value. Water level — high or low? Water quality — clean or dirty? Killer long view or short cove overlook? Not to mention 32 months of home inventory or 5 months are all part of a complex matrix defining Real Value. With each passing rainy or dry season, each new outflow to rescue some obscure Apalachicola oyster or dislodge a stuck barge on the shoals of Columbus’s Chattahoochee or the latest Corps environmental flow policy review ... it’s all about the water. The reality is that Lake Lanier is the region’s No. 1 economic driver; it is ground zero for retirement migration, recreational tourism, quality industry recruitment and our regional economic growth. Collectively, Lanier is the largest concentration of real property tax base (Gwinnett, Hall, Forsyth, Dawson and Lumpkin counties) and has a population of 80,000 to 100,000 people who live on, overlook or have direct community access to its waterway. Lake Lanier is our LIQUID ASSET. One not to be messed with but to preserve, protect and endure. The economic value of water came sorely into focus when in 2008 the plug was pulled from the lake bottom. Billions of gallons flowed to Alabama and a Sahara-like 3-year drought ensued. El Nina or El Nino, it might be best called El WHAMO. At its lowest, Lanier was down 19 feet just in time for Google Earth’s satellites to snap every foot of muddy shore, beached docks and littered coves. Google’s damning photos are still floating in hyperspace only to resurface in the hands of astute potential buyers. But it was the national media coverage 24/7 of Lake Lanier’s depth of despair that nailed spikes into our economic coffin. Pictures of abandoned docks, questions on water quality and quantity and the diminished supply for the thirsty megalopolis that is Atlanta make great fodder for the talking media heads. The damage to our lake’s reputation still stings but is not insurmountable. Norton Native Intelligence™ statistics on Lake Lanier (tracked since 1986) correlates supply and demand, average home pricing and sales velocity/volumes against the ever fluctuating water level. The conclusions


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are simple: low lake levels mean low real estate sales; low lake levels and supply surges and when the lake hits overflow mode mean sales go off the charts, double-digit appreciation occurs and lake demand returns trifold. We can identify six variables of lake value, each with varying degrees of impact: quality, access, view, depth, terrain and logistics. To further define these factors: Quality: The quality of our water: clear, flowing and an abundant resource, impacted by the inflows from the streams and upland tributaries and county- or city-treated water placed back into the basin after use. Access: How do you get to the shore? To the surface of the water? Are there walkable paths, steps? Is there a private dock, group dock or none at all? View: Do you see a forest of trees? Blue water through a filtered view? Or is your view unobstructed across a manicured lush lawn? And importantly, is it a long-distance view, or better yet, with a distance view of the Blue Ridge Mountains? Or rather, is it a short cove view filled with a traffic jam of other docks? Depth: The drought gave a new meaning to “deep water.” Previously watered coves became dinosaur mud pits. The benchmark today is the depth of the water at the end of your dock ... when the lake is down 19 feet. Terrain: OK, I can see my dock, I can see the lake, but do I need to be an Olympic athlete to climb back and forth? Or is the land (owned by the Corps mind you) flat? The usability of the property is key here. Logistics: The final factor is the logistics of ownership, the docks that have a low threshold for in or out, silt and debris buildup in coves. How expensive is the ongoing annual logistics of lake property ownership? But it is really all about the water; full pool translates into full price and creating an ongoing comfort in value. Clear, clean, abundantly flowing water gives assurances of environmental stability and vitality of the living, breathing organism called Lanier. And a killer view means ... well, a killer view. Let’s keep water, water everywhere. And not a drop for Alabama to drink. About the author Frank Norton is a seventh generation north Georgian, CEO of the region’s largest and oldest real estate insurance firm and a Lake Lanier homeowner/ activist. He a passionate market researcher demographer and prognosticator and noted national speaker on emerging real estate issues.

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Coasting with the Guard The U. S. Coast Guard’s origin dates back to 1790, making it the oldest continuously operating branch of our military. The U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, the uniformed civilian component of the Coast Guard, was created by an Act of Congress in 1939, and the Auxiliary directly supports the Coast Guard in all its missions with the exceptions of military missions and direct law enforcement. Since the events of September 11, 2001, the Coast Guard has turned over to the Auxiliary the responsibility for “Recreational Boating Safety”. Some of these missions include safety patrols on the water and in the air, performing free Vessel Safety Checks to ensure that recreational boaters vessels fully comply with State of Georgia regulations, offering safe boating courses for the public and providing safe boating brochures and information to marinas, boat dealers, boat repair shops and other high customer volume outlets. We perform our safety patrols on Lake Lanier from May through September, coinciding with the main months of boating activity on our lake. Our patrol boats have sign boards identifying us as Coast Guard Auxiliary Patrol boats and we fly an Auxiliary flag that resembles the Coast Guard flag. We are also required to fly the United States ensign. The number of crew depends on the size of our boats, and this is mandated by the Coast Guard. We also patrol under Coast Guard orders obtained from Coast Guard Sector Charleston. Our Operations Center is located on Lights Ferry Road just outside the entrance to Aqualand Marina. We maintain a bank of VHF FM marine radios and monitor radio activity on the lake using Channel 16. If a call for help comes in, the radio watchstander contacts the patrol vessel and informs them of the problem. We also receive cell phone calls on 770-967-2322. In the event we come across a disabled vessel in need of help, the

coxswain of the patrol boat calls Sector Charleston and describes the situation and is given a “Case #” , thus enabling us to perform the necessary assist. Prior to the appearance of commercial towers on Lake Lanier a number of years ago, we did a large number of “assists”, but our orders are not to interfere with the commercial companies when non-emergency situations arise. That is also a rule the Coast Guard follows on coastal waters. Flotilla 29 Lake Lanier is our operating unit and is composed of approximately 100 members. Prior to 2008, there were two Auxiliary flotillas on Lake Lanier, operating separately since the early 1960s. The decision to combine the flotillas made for better coordination of our activities. To be a member one must be a U. S. citizen, be at least 17 years of age and pass a background check. COASTIE the tugboat Only a few were made (see below) due to cost, but they are great attention-getters at boat shows and other events where kids are present. The operator can be hidden and actually talk through a little speaker in the robot. For additional information on the Auxiliary and its activities on Lake Lanier, contact:Flotilla 29 Lake Lanier at About the author Roy Crittenden is the Public Affairs Officer for Flotilla 29 and can be reached at 770-393-4382 or

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Ahoy mateys! Pirate poker run gathers treasure for charity More than 100 captains have already signed up for the run and more are sure to follow. Poker runners and their crews will pick up oversized playing cards at 9 stops along the way. After the run, captains will return to Lake Lanier Islands Resort to play their hands in the “casino.” Prizes of up to $5,000 will be awarded for the best hands. Even if lady luck isn’t on deck, there are still treasures to be won. Trophies will be awarded for the best and worst dressed captains and crew and most patriotic and best decorated boats. Landlubbers are also able to participate in the costume contest and plaques will be awarded to the best dressed buccaneer, wench and “wee pirate.” A new event will also take place this year with a treasure hunt sponsored by Billy Howell Ford Lincoln in Cumming. Treasure seekers can purchase a map that will provide clues to treasure chests. Entry into the treasure hunt costs $200 and one winner will walk away with a bounty of $5,000. For more info, visit lanierpartners. org.

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There is treasure in Lake Lanier and hundreds of pirates are looking to claim it for children in need. The sixth annual Pirates of Lanier Poker Run July 17-19, will raise money for Camp Sunshine, a camp for children with cancer, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County. Last year, the event put on by Lanier Partners of North Georgia raised more than $230,000 for children’s charities. The goal for this year’s event is to double that amount. The family-friendly, weekend event is open to captains, crews and “land lubbers.” The annual event draws crowds of hundreds from all over the world. Entry fees for boats range from $200 to $300 and include dock slip, T-shirts, VIP lanyards, Captain’s party dinner tickets, a DVD with footage of the event and other perks. “Landlubbers” can purchase a $20 ticket to attend the Captain’s Party on July 18. The weekend is packed with activity. In addition to the poker run, events like a treasure hunt, auctions, a vendor village, food, drinks, live bands and fireworks keep those on shore entertained. Designated spectator areas are set up on the lake to allow those on boats, but not in the run, the opportunity to see some of the most impressive boats to grace the lake as they speed through the course.


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Keep things fun and safe with Fido With the long days of summer ahead of us, now is the perfect time for your dog to enjoy the great outdoors and Lake Lanier. Taking some precautionary steps will help ensure you make the best of your dog’s outings. Here are 7 tips from the experts at Fetch! Pet Care: 1. Sun: Believe it or not, dogs can get sunburned. Dogs with short or predominantly white fur are especially at risk of becoming sunburned and can become at risk for solar dermatitis or even skin cancer. As a preventative, apply a sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher which doesn’t contain PABA to the tips of the ears, bridge of the nose, groin area, underbelly, and other places with thinner fur or exposed skin. 2. Heat: Just as you can protect your pets from sunburn, you can also keep them safe from heat stroke and other heat related problems by bringing them indoors or at least providing a shaded area in the yard. Also, offer plenty of clean water. The rule of thumb is one ounce of water daily for each pound of body weight. But this number increases when your dog is especially active or spends time in increased temperatures. Also, when walking, dogs often have so much fun they forget to take a break and can become overly hot and thirsty, so remember to carry a portable water bowl for summer outings and offer it your pet frequently. 3. Plants: Dogs are susceptible to plant-based irritants just as people are. When enjoying the great outdoors with your canine companion, be mindful of your surroundings, taking note of the different species of plants in the area. Discourage your dog from “grazing” along the trail’s edge, as many plants are toxic and can cause a wide range of problems from gastrointestinal disturbances to depression of the central nervous system. 4. Fleas and ticks: Fleas and ticks are not only an uncomfortable nuisance, they can cause medical problems ranging from flea-allergy dermatitis to Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever; all of which can be contracted by humans as well. For the comfort of all involved, talk to your vet about an appropriate flea and tick prevention program and be sure to examine your pet often, especially after hiking in wooded areas where ticks are common. 5. Critters: Dogs will be dogs and will do what dogs do! This often includes running gleefully after small, fast-moving critters such as squirrels, raccoons, gophers, skunks and other such critters. When off-leash, dogs can quickly find themselves out of range of worried owners, and many dogs have become lost or even hit by cars and killed this way. Keep in mind that many rodents and other small animals, while tiny, can put up a big fight with sharp teeth, claws and toxic stink-bombing technology (skunks!), so it’s best to prevent actual close-encounters whenever possible. 6. Nutrition: Just like active humans, active dogs will burn a lot of calories and energy when outdoors. Be sure to consult with your veterinarian to design the perfect diet for your active pet to match the requirements of their daily exercise routine. 7. Other dogs and unforeseen situations: While you may not be able to avoid all the dangers, there are some basic commands that all dogs

should know that will assist you with the prevention of potential problems. Make sure your dog has a good understanding of and is reliable with the commands “leave it”, “drop it”, “come”, and “stay”. These commands can be particularly useful in keeping your dog away from dead animals or feces, or avoiding a harsh interaction with another dog, human or another surprise animal. All dogs can enjoy the outdoors, but stay safe by knowing the related risks and how to deal with them.

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Row and paddle on Lanier Story by Kelsey Williamson The Lake Lanier Rowing Club kicked off summer with a new slate of “Learn to Row� classes for those interested in learning the sport. The classes, for ages 14 and over, focus on terminology and commands, techniques with one and two oars, and rowing with one, two, four or eight rowers. The classes began in April, but Class 2 is upcoming from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays from May 21-June 12. The final session of class two is from 8-10 a.m. Saturday, June 14, with members of the rowing club at the Olympic Center venue at Clarks Bridge Park. The cost is $100 per class, and each class is seven two-hour sessions. The class fee can also be applied toward a club membership for those who are interested. Class 3 runs from Sept. 2-18 with a Saturday morning row Sept. 20.


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The rowing club also offers additional lessons in a novice club group for graduates of the Learn to Row program who join LLRC. The Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club has a full schedule of summer events at the venue. The club will also play host to the GainesvilleHall Dragon Boat Challenge on June 14, presenting this new sport to the community. From July 31-Aug. 2, LCKC and the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue play host to the USA Canoe/Kayak Sprint National Championship before hosting the USA Canoe/Kayak Masters National Championships on Aug. 3. For those looking to learn the sport, LCKC offers adult Learn to Kayak classes from MayAugust. A recreational membership is available for those 21 and older looking to paddle as a hobby. Instructors from the club will guide moonlight paddles on the Friday before the full moon each month from May-October. This event is free for LCKC members and $15 for nonmembers. Any-

Olympic Venue events June 7: Gainesville-Hall Dragon Boat Challenge June 14: Southern Invitational Regatta July 31-Aug. 2: USA Canoe/Kayak Sprint National Championship Aug. 3: USA Canoe/Kayak Masters National Championships Contacts: Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club,; Lake Lanier Rowing Club, one under 18 must be accompanied by a parent. On weekends, the public can rent canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards from 1-6 p.m. at the boathouse. For more information on these programs, please visit LCKC at or the Lake Lanier Rowing Club at

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Do your part to keep us clean Lake Lanier looks beautiful as we head into summer of 2014! We are blessed to have such a tremendous natural resource asset in our backyard. The Lake Lanier Association held its annual member meeting at The Carriage House pavilion at Lake Lanier Islands on April 27. We had great weather, a lovely location and good turnout for that event. As part of the event, we invited several local, state and federal candidates for elected offices to give our membership an opportunity to meet with the candidates in a relaxed, informal setting and have an opportunity to discuss both their lake and non-lake related issues. Val Perry, president of the LLA, gave an update on LLA business matters and projects. We also heard from Tim Rainey, US Army Corps of Engineers Project Manager for the Buford Dam project. Mr. Rainey gave brief updates on several different Corps related initiatives. The keynote speaker for the LLA annual meeting was Frank Norton Jr. of Norton Realty. Mr. Norton gave an economic outlook update for the North Georgia metro region, specifically addressing lake properties. He also discussed his projections for lake property valuations going forward. Both for lake property owners, as well as the non-property owners recreating on Lake Lanier, it was a very informative presentation! The association continues to work on the solar lighting program of placing solar powered, battery operated lights on top of existing hazard markers on Lake Lanier. As of this writing, 40 lights have been installed in Bald Ridge Creek, Two Mile Creek, Young Deer Creek, and a few in the main channel of the lake. Another 20 lights are planned in the next few weeks and, pending finances, we hope to do one more installation of 20 lights in the fall of 2014. The plan is to push eastward toward the Hall County south part of the lake, and then north.


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In case you don’t already have one, be sure to ask your local lake retailer about stocking – free of charge – the boating safety stickers that we have been distributing to the local boating community. We ask boaters to adhere the stickers to the dashboard of their boat to remind them of some common, but very important, boating guidelines like keeping at idle speed or less when within 100 feet of stationary objects, other boats or persons in the water. The sticker also displays right of way graphics and encourages boaters to be courteous with the wake they create. For lake property owners, many of you have shown interest in the Property Owner Pledge agreement. That agreement outlines suggested practices for lake front property owners to abide by related to landscaping, trash disposal, and septic tank maintenance to help protect water quality in Lake Lanier. If you sign the agreement, the Lake Lanier Association will give you, free of charge, a metal sign to place in front of your home indicating that you are doing your part to keep Lake Lanier clean. For more information on the Property Owner Pledge agreement, see the Clean Lake tab of our website at The association continues to monitor developments on the legal front and related to the Corps of Engineers Water Control Manual revision and we will keep our membership updated on those developments via email and by newsletter. For more information, or to join the Lake Lanier Association and support our programs and services, check out our website at About the author Joanna Cloud is the executive director of Lake Lanier Association. For more information, or to join the Lake Lanier Association and support our programs and services, visit

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DNR’s job blends enforcement, education When it comes to Lake Lanier, our No. 1 focus at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Law Enforcement Division is public safety on the water. But our approach is two-fold: education and enforcement. Obviously, we enforce laws and regulations. But we also work to educate the public on existing and new laws and boating rules and responsibilities. We do this through boating education classes, through outreach to media, through partnering with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and United States Power Squadrons. And we do this on the lake. When our conservation rangers stop a boat at Lanier, we hand out copies of the Georgia boater handbook, which includes all rules and regulations. We encourage boaters to read it. We’re reaching folks in the classroom, through the media and on the water. Educational efforts combined with law enforcement, and all for public safety. That is what drives us. It’s also what keeps us on the water practically around the clock during boating season. However, while DNR rangers and other area agencies will be working diligently this summer to help keep all Lanier visitors safe, in the end, whether you have a safe and enjoyable time on the water rests largely with you. And what you do obviously can affect others. So when making plans for boating on Lanier, take time to review the rules and regulations for safe boating. As DNR Col. Eddie Henderson has said, “Your attention to safety rules and alertness to other people on the water can save lives. It is your role to be as safe as possible so you are in control of your vessel and anything unexpected that happens on the water.” Here are some of the top safety rules: • Designate an operator. Do not drink and operate a boat. A 2013 change spelled out in the “Jake and Griffin Prince BUI Law” lowered the blood alcohol content level for boating under the influence to 0.08, mirroring Georgia’s DUI law. • Take a boating safety course. Beginning July 1, the law known as the “Kile Glover Boat Education Law” requires all boat operators born on or after Jan. 1, 1998, to complete a DNR-approved boater safety course before operating a motorized vessel on Georgia waters. Visit www. for course information.


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• Wear a life jacket. Children younger than 13 are required by law to wear a personal flotation device, commonly called a life jacket, while onboard a moving vessel. But, we highly recommended that everyone wear a life jacket. • Don’t overload your boat with people or equipment. Check the capacity plate for the maximum weight or the maximum number of people the boat can safely carry. • Use navigation lights at all times when on the water at night. And check the lights before it gets dark. • Watch your speed. The 100-foot law applies to all size vessels and prohibits operation at speeds greater than idle speed within 100 feet of any vessel, unless overtaking or meeting another vessel in compliance with the rules of the road. Speeds greater than idle are also prohibited within 100 feet of a person in the water, any wharf, dock, pier, piling, bridge structure or abutment, and the shoreline of residences or public-use areas. It is also illegal for watercraft operators to jump the wake of another vessel within 100 feet. You can find more information about boating in Georgia at www. Also, several videos about boating-related laws in the state, including the boater education requirement that takes effect July 1, are available on our YouTube channel, You’ll find them under “New Georgia Boating Regulations 2013-2014.” Why all the concern about boating safety? Statewide, there were 112 boating incidents and 16 boating-related fatalities last year. Conservation rangers made 160 boating under the influence arrests. Specifically at Lanier, rangers worked 30 boating incidents in 2013. Those incidents included five deaths and 15 injuries. Alcohol was involved in five of the incidents. Rangers also made 43 BUI arrests. Those are sobering stats. This summer, let’s work together – through becoming familiar with Georgia’s boating laws and making wise choices when on the water – to make this boating season more safe and enjoyable for all. About the author Capt. Thomas Barnard supervises the Georgia DNR Law Enforcement Division’s northeast Georgia region.

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Marinas 1 Lanier Harbor 2 Lazy Days 3 Holiday 4 Hideaway Bay 5 Aqualand

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June Through June Georgia Wine Country Festival 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays in June. Three Sisters Vineyards and Winery, 439 Vineyard Way, Dahlonega. www., 706865-9463. June 4 Gardening by the Month. Noon to 1 p.m. every first Wednesday of the month. Gardens on Green, 711 Green St., Gainesville. 770-534-1080, 770-535-8293, williamllovett@ Through June 7 Spring Exhibitions Quinlan Visual Arts Center, 514 Green St., Gainesville. Free. 770-536-2575,

June 5 – June 22 “Tarzan” Tuesday, Friday, Saturday: 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday matinée: 2 p.m. The Cumming Playhouse. 101 School Street Cumming, Georgia 30040. 770-781-9178.

$20 for large vans or buses. 678717-3409,

June 6 Al Jarreau and Marcus Miller with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Delta Classic Chastain Park Amphitheater, 4469 Stella Drive, Atlanta., 404-733-5012.

June 6-8 WERA Cycle Jam Road Atlanta, 5300 Winder Highway, Braselton. Three-day tickets $35, two-day tickets $25, Sunday only $20. 770-967-6143, www.

June 6 Steve Bryson 6-10 p.m. Downtown Gainesville.

June 6 Dahlonega First Friday Night Concert Series 6:30 p.m. first Friday of the month through October. Downtown Dahlonega. DahlonegaFirstFridayConcert, 706482-2707.

June 6 Waterfall Hike 11 a.m. Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge, 418 Amicalola Falls Lodge Road, Dawsonville. $5 parking. 706-265-8888. June 6 Starlight Concert and Fireworks Show 4:30-8:30 p.m. Fireworks at dusk. University of North Georgia Gainesville Campus, 3820 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood. $10 per car, 38

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June 7 First Saturday Hike 10-11:30 a.m. first Saturday of each month except August; Stars Over Elachee, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through fall; Trail Crew Work Day, Saturdays. Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville. 770-535-1976, www.

June 7 The Shoal Creek Band, Sautee Nacoochee 6-9 p.m. . Sautee Nacoochee Center, 283 Ga. 255, Sautee Nacoochee. Members free, nonmembers $10., 706-878-3300. June 7 Motorcycle Ride to Hillside 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. 4699 Friendship Road, Buford. $25 per bike, $15 per rider. SilentPartnersforthekids. org,,, 678-6179340, 678-725-1747.

June 7 The Return concert 8 p.m. The Holly Theatre, 69 W. Main St., Dahlonega. $25-$32., 706-8643759. June 7 Hall Dragon Boat Challenge Olympic Center venue at Clarks Bridge Park. For more information on this programs, please visit LCKC at or the Lake Lanier Rowing Club at

June 7 Dahlonega Appalachian Jam 2-5 p.m. every Saturday through Oct. 11. Dahlonega Gold Museum, 1 Public Square, Dahlonega. www., 706-864-2257.

June 7-28 Dawson County Arts Council Member Art Show 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, Noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Dawson County Arts Council, 334 Ga. 9, Dawsonville., 706-216-2787.

June 7 Old Car Cruise-In 5-8:30 p.m. first Saturday of every month through October. 25 W. Main St., Dahlonega. Free. 770-8436477.

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June 7 Community Yard Sale 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Martha Hope Cabin, 528 Prior St., Gainesville. June 8 Family Day “The Revolutionary War era in Northeast Georgia” 1-4 p.m. Northeast Georgia History Center, 322 Academy St., Gainesville. Free. 770-297-5900,, jcarson@brenau. edu. June 10 History Forum “Mossy Creek Campground.” 7 p.m. Northeast Georgia History Center, 322 Academy St., Gainesville. $3 for nonmembers. 770-2975900,, jcarson@ July 10 Introduction to Minecraft for Parents 6 p.m. . North Hall Tech Center, 4175 Nopone Road Suite B, Gainesville., 770-532-3311 ext. 181.

June 11-12 “Bugaboo.” 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Gainesville High School Pam Ware Performing Arts Theatre, 830 Century Plaza, Gainesville. Adults $10; children, students and seniors $5. Purchase tickets at Gainesville Parks and Recreation office in Gainesville Civic Center or at the door. June 12 “Edible Landscaping” 6 p.m. Murrayville Library, 4796 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville., 770-5323311 ext. 171. June 12-Aug. 16 Summer Exhibitions Reception at 5:30 p.m. June 12. Quinlan Visual Arts Center, 514 Green St., Gainesville. Free. 770536-2575, www.quinlanartscenter. org. June 13 and 14 Invitational Ping Pong Tournament Tournament 6:30 p.m. , open play 2 p.m. June 14. Sautee Nacoochee Center, 283 Ga.

255, Sautee Nacoochee. Two day pass $10, one day pass $7., 706-878-3300. June 13-22 “Christmas Belles” 7:30 p.m. June 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21; 2 p.m. June 15 and 22. Habersham Community Theatre, 1370 Washington St., Clarkesville. Adults $15, children $8., 706-839-1315. June 13 Twilight Hike 8-9 p.m. Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge, 418 Amicalola Falls Lodge Road, Dawsonville. Individuals $3, families $10. $5 parking. 706-344-1500. June 13-15 National Auto Sport Association Road Atlanta, 5300 Winder Highway, Braselton. 770-967-6143, June 13-July 27 “Dressed for the Occasion”art exhibit Sautee Nacoochee Center, 283 Ga.

255, Sautee Nacoochee. www.snca. org, 706-878-3300. June 14 Kids Day at the Park 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Smithgall Woods State Park, 61 Tsalaki Trail, Helen. 706-878-3087. June 14 Shriner’s Parade 2-3:30 p.m. Downtown Helen. June 14 Rivers Rutherford and Pat Alger Brenau Downtown Center, 301 Main St., Gainesville. Advance $15, at gate $20, series tickets $50.,, 770-5313186. June 14-15 Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hikes 10 p.m. June 14, 10:15 p.m. June 15. Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Road, Tallulah Falls. $5 plus $5 parking. Preregistration required. 706-754-7981.

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June 14 North Georgia Folk Potters Festival 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Banks County Middle School, 712 Thompson St., Homer., 706-677-1528. June 14 Vogel’s Kids Fishing Rodeo 8 a.m. to noon Vogel State Park, 405 Vogel State Park Road, Blairsville. $5 parking cost., 706-745-2628. June 14 Southern Invitational Regatta Olympic Center venue at Clarks Bridge Park. For more information on this programs, please visit LCKC at or the Lake Lanier Rowing Club at June 14 Summer Songwriters’ Series Rivers Rutherford and Pat Alger concert Brenau Downtown Center, 301 Main St., Gainesville. Advance $15,

otherwise $20 per show or $50 for all concerts in series. 770-5313186, June 14 1st Generation Band concert 7-11 p.m Lake Lanier Islands Resort Sunset Cove, 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford. 770-9458787, June 16-20 History Center Summer Camp 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Northeast Georgia History Center, 322 Academy St., Gainesville. 770-297-5900,, jcarson@brenau. edu. June 17-22 Summer Fun in the City Tennis Tournament 6-11 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Longwood Park, 20 Pearl Nix Parkway, Gainesville. $12.50$35. 770-532-9900.

June 19 “Upcycle That!” 6 p.m. Blackshear Place Library, 2927 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville., 770-532-3311 ext. 151. June 20 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra 8 p.m. The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center, 331 Spring St., Gainesville. Adults $35, senior $32, students $28, tables of eight $320. 770-534-2787, www.theartscouncil. net. June 20 Friday Night Flicks “The Lego Movie” 7 p.m.; movie starts at dusk. Cornelia Depot, 102 Clarkesville St., Cornelia. Free. 706-778-8585, ext. 280, June 21 Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals 8 a.m. to noon every third Saturday of the month through September. Smithgall Woods State Park, 61 Tsalaki Trail, Helen. $5 parking. 706878-3087

3759. June 23-27 History Center Summer Camp 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Northeast Georgia History Center, 322 Academy St., Gainesville. 770-297-5900,, jcarson@brenau. edu. June 26 to Aug. 23 “50 Shades of Summer” art exhibit Helen Arts & Heritage Center, 25 Chattahoochee Strasse, Helen., 706-878-3933. June 27 Dixie Still, Cornelia Depot concerts 8 p.m. 102 Clarkesville St., Cornelia. Free. 706-778-8585 ext. 280,, www. June 28 “Night of Fire” Fireworks and More Atlanta Dragway, 500 E. Ridgeway Road, Commerce., 706-335-2301.

June 21 YearOne Braselton Bash Car Show 3-7 p.m. third Saturdays. 1001 Cherry Drive, Braselton. www., 800-932-7663.

June 28 Contraforce contra dance 7:30-11 p.m. Sautee Nacoochee Center, 283 Ga. 255, Sautee Nacoochee. Adults $9, SNCA member $7, students $5., 706-878-3300.

June 21 Family Fun Night in the Pools. 6 p.m. every third Saturday of the month. YMCA Aquatic Center, 2455 Howard Road, Gainesville. $10. 770-297-9622, grogers@

June 28 and 29 Georgia Mountains Farm Tour 1-6 p.m. Local food farms in Rabun, Habersham, White, Stephens and neighboring counties. $35 per carload, $30 if purchased by June 7.,

June 21-29 “Disney’s Peter Pan Jr.” June 21-22, June 27-29. The Holly Theatre, 69 W. Main St., Dahlonega. Adults $14, children and students $10., 706-864-

June 28 Beat the Heat 5K 7:30 a.m. to noon. City Park, 525 Prior St., Gainesville. Before June 26 $20, after $25.

June 20 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra 8 p.m. The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center, 331 Spring St., Gainesville. Adults $35, senior $32, students $28, tables of eight $320. 770-534-2787,


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Academy St., Gainesville. $3 for nonmembers. 770-297-5900,, jcarson@

Through July 3 President’s Summer Arts Center 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reception 5:30-7 p.m. May 13. Brenau University Simmons Visual Arts Center Sellars Gallery, 200 Boulevard, Gainesville. 770-534-6263, July 3 The Northwinds Symphonic Band 8 p.m. The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center, 331 Spring St., Gainesville. Adults $18, seniors and students $15, tables of eight $200. 770-5342787, July 4 Independence Day Car Show 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Lumpkin County Administration Building and Library complex, East Main Street, Dahlonega. Entrants $20, spectators free. 770 843-6477. July 8 History Forum “Mule and Wagon to Automobile.” 7 p.m. Northeast Georgia History Center, 322


July 9-12 “Catch Me if You Can.” 7:30 p.m. Gainesville High School Pam Ware Performing Arts Theatre, 830 Century Plaza, Gainesville. Adults $17; children, students and seniors $12. Purchase tickets at Gainesville Parks and Recreation office in Gainesville Civic Center or at door. July 10-Aug. 3 “Oklahoma” Tuesday, Friday, Saturday: 8 p.m.; Sunday matinée: 3 p.m. The Cumming Playhouse. 101 School Street Cumming, Georgia 30040. 770-781-9178. July 11-20 “Annie” 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. William Duncan Martin Performing Arts Center, 575 Washington St., Jefferson. $5-$15. www. July 11-27 Monty Python’s “Spamalot” 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. The Holly Theatre, 69 W. Main St., Dahlonega. Adults $18, children and students $12. www., 706-864-3759. July 12 North Georgia Zoo Sunset Tour 7-9 p.m. North Georgia Zoo & Petting Farm, 2912 Paradise Valley Road, Cleveland. 706-3487279. July 12-13 Sports Car Club of America double race Road Atlanta, 5300 Winder Highway, Braselton. 770-967-6143, July 12 Fly Betty Band concert 7-11 p.m. Lake Lanier Islands Resort Sunset Cove, 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford. 770945-8787, July 12-13 Sports Car Club of America double race Road Atlanta, 5300 Winder Highway, Braselton. 770-967-6143, July 12 Fly Betty Band concert 7-11 p.m. Lake Lanier Islands Resort Sunset Cove, 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford. 770945-8787,

The Lake Lanier Association is a non-profit, volunteer based organization that, for over 40 years, has focused on protecting Lake Lanier and keeping her clean, full and safe.

Our programs include Solar Lights on lake hazard markers, the Property Owner Pledge agreement to protect water quality, distributing over 10,000 boating safety stickers free to our local community, the annual Shore Sweep lake clean up and Adopt-A-Lake water testing. Our programs and services are funded though our annual membership donations from people like you!

Please see our website for more information or to join.

All membership dues and donation to the Lake Lanier Association are tax-deductible under IRS 501(c)3 Not for Profit tax code, as permitted by law.

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July 13 Family Day “In the Good Old Summertime: An Old-fashioned Picnic and Games.” 1-4 p.m. Northeast Georgia History Center, 322 Academy St., Gainesville. Free. 770-297-5900,, July 17-Sept. 12 Women’s Work Art Exhibit. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reception at 5:30-7:30 p.m. July 17. Brenau University Simmons Visual Arts Center Sellars Gallery, 200 Boulevard, Gainesville. Free. 770-534-6263, about/brenau-university-galleries/. July 17 “There’s an App for That!” 6 p.m. Spout Springs Library, 6488 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch. hallcountylibrary. org, 770-532-3311 ext. 191. July 17 Merlot, Museums and Masterpieces 7-9 p.m. Crawford W. Long Museum, 28 College St., Jefferson., 706-3675307. July 18 Friday Night Flicks “E.T.” 7 p.m., movie starts at dusk. Cornelia Depot, 42

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102 Clarkesville St., Cornelia. Free. 706-7788585, ext. 280, July 19 Summer Songwriters’ Series Jim McBride and Gary Nicholson concert Brenau Downtown Center, 301 Main St., Gainesville. Advance $15, otherwise $20 per show or $50 for all concerts in series. 770-5313186, July 21-25 Fifth Row Center’s Summer Theater Camp 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sterling on the Lake, 7004 Lake Sterling Boulevard, Flowery Branch. $245 for nonresidents of Sterling on the Lake, $225 for residents. 678-570-3481,,

July 25-26 Show and Shine for Cystic Fibrosis Open Car Show 5-7 p.m. July 25, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 26. 639 Edelweiss Strasse, Helen. All proceeds will be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 706795-2264, 706-296-6896. July 26-27 Folk Life Festival All day. Unicoi State Park, 1788 Ga. 356, Helen. 706-878-2201. July 27 National Dragster Challenge Atlanta Dragway, 500 E. Ridgeway Road, Commerce., 706-335-2301.

July 25 Joe Hall, Cornelia Depot concerts 8 p.m. 102 Clarkesville St., Cornelia. Free. 706778-8585 ext. 280,,

July 28 and 30 “Macbeth” Auditions 6 p.m.. The Holly Theatre, 69 W. Main St., Dahlonega., 706-864-3759.

Through July 25 Planetarium show 8 p.m. Fridays, except for July 4. University of North Georgia Coleman Planetarium, 82 College Circle, Dahlonega.

July 31-Aug. 10 “The King and I” Habersham Community Theatre, 1370 Washington St., Clarkesville. 706-839-1315, www. LAKE Destination



Aug. 1-3 Manufacturers Cup Atlanta Dragway, 500 E. Ridgeway Road, Commerce., 706-335-2301. Aug 1 to Sept. 7 “Out of the Earth and Through the Fire” art exhibit Sautee Nacoochee Center, 283 Ga. 255, Sautee Nacoochee., 706-878-3300. Aug. 2 Habersham County Back to School Bash 3-6 p.m. Ruby C. Fulbright Aquatic Center, 120 Paul Franklin Road, Clarkesville. Free. 706-7788585, ext. 280, 706-754-2220,

and Lari White Brenau Downtown Center, 301 Main St., Gainesville. Advance $15, at gate $20, series tickets $50.,, 770-531-3186. Aug. 14-17 Destination Helen Bike Rally All day. Helen., 706878-0076. Aug. 16-17 Bob Russell Singers and Jazz concert 8 p.m., The Cumming Playhouse. 101 School St., Cumming., 770781-9178. Aug. 22-24 Atlanta Motorcycle Rally Atlanta Dragway, 500 E. Ridgeway Road, Commerce., 706-335-2301.

Aug. 2 Big E Elvis festival Grant Reeves VFW Post 7720, Cornelia. $15$20., 706-499-1370.

Aug. 23 Stan Estes and Friends concert 8 p.m.; The Cumming Playhouse. 101 School St., Cumming., 770781-9178.

Aug. 6-8 “Spin!” 7 p.m. The Cumming Playhouse. 101 School St., Cumming., 770781-9178.

Aug. 24 “Johnny Cash Now”concert 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. The Cumming Playhouse. 101 School St., Cumming. www.playhousecumming. com, 770-781-9178.

Aug. 9 New West Guitar concert 8 p.m. The Cumming Playhouse. 101 School St., Cumming., 770781-9178.

Aug. 23 Sunset on the Square Concert Series 7-10 p.m. Downtown Jefferson. Free. www.

Aug. 9 Bob Dipiero, Chuck Cannon

Aug. 23 Gold Fever and Golden Memories 9 a.m. to noon. Smithgall Woods State Park, 61

Tsalaki Trail, Helen. Register in advance. 706878-3087. Aug. 23 Garlicfest 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Loganberry Heritage Farm, 2660 Adair Mill Road, Cleveland., 706-348-6068. Aug. 28 to Oct. 18 Judged Art Competition exhibit 5:30-7:30 p.m. Helen Arts & Heritage Center, 25 Chattahoochee Strasse, Helen., 706-878-3933. Aug. 29-31 World Championship Rodeo 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday. Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Road, Cumming. Adults $15, seniors $12, Children ages 5 to 12 $10, children under 4 years old free., 770-781-3491. Aug. 30 Folk Pottery Show and Sale Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia, 283 Ga. 255, Sautee Nacoochee. Free., 706-878-3300. Aug. 30 CrushFest All day. Yonah Mountain Vineyards, 2454 Ga. 17, Sautee Nacoochee., 706-878-5522. Aug. 31 North Georgia Zoo Sunset Tour 7-9 p.m. North Georgia Zoo & Petting Farm, 2912 Paradise Valley Road, Cleveland. 706-3487279.

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Around Lanier Sweetwater Shrimpfest 2014 at Lake Lanier Islands Resort May 3, 2014

SweetWater Brewery and Lake Lanier Islands Resort partnered together for the annual SweetWater Shrimp Fest at Sunset Cove. Highlighted were all things Georgia at this year’s event — favorite SweetWater drafts, delicious Georgia-raised shrimp and seafood, beautiful views of Lake Lanier, local restaurants and food vendors. The top10 local restaurants were featured, and there was live music from Riley Biederer, SweetWater Summer Beer Garden and volleyball games.


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Greater Hall Chamber’s 35th annual Hackers Holiday Golf tournament April 25, 2014 The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce’s 35th Annual Hackers Holiday Golf Tournament took place at Legacy on Lanier Golf Club at Lake Lanier Islands Resort. The tournament’s title sponsor was Chattahoochee Bank of Georgia with awards presented in three flights, along with Hole-In-One prize, closest to the pin, longest drive, a putting contest and much more. The 19th Hole Reception, sponsored by AT&T, followed the tournament at the clubhouse.


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Destination Lanier June/July 2014  

Destination Lanier June/July 2014