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Monday, September 16, 2013

Surf Lake Wedowee Fall 2013 Issue


The September October 2013 issue of Lake Wedowee Life 'Surf Lake Wedowee' features our summer in review. Find photographs of events that happened around Lake Wedowee including, Art on the Median, Lake Wedowee Cardboard Boat Races, Summer Sizzle, Lake Wedowee Summer Jam and more! Halloween crafts, recipes and movies also included.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Aggravated By A Bass’ Personality

Hooked on Lake Wedowee
 by Wendell & Bonny Huddleston




It's amazing how different  personalities are from one person to another. My brother and I have always been morning people...up and at ‘em. The complete opposite of our sisters which used to drive them crazy. Saturday mornings were the best, they thought they were gonna sleep in. Wrong! After all it was our job to aggravate.

Bass are no exception they have different personality traits also. Some bass homestead around a piece of cover and ambush their prey while others will swim in schools and give the shad a constant hard time, following them everywhere. This time of year you can catch fish any time, but most of the time early in the morning and late in the evening is best...when the sun isn't so bright.

I went fishing one evening two weeks ago and caught twelve bass in a short amount of time. The next morning I got up before daylight went back to the same spot and zeroed. I couldn't help but think ‘Is it possible these fish are like my sisters?’ More active in the evening? It does seem like I catch more fish in the evenings. Then again maybe I'm not on top of my game early in the morning, who knows?

The next time you get off of work and have a free evening try the evening bite you never know you may catch the fish of a lifetime. Lake Wedowee sure has been good to me in the evenings.



Spooky Halloween Crafts

Creative Crafting

 By: Amanda Causey



This project is such a fun way for kids and adults to create one of a kind Halloween decorations. Be sure to put down newspaper in your craft area if the kids are making these...they can get a little messy.
Supplies
Orange/white tissue paper
(or get green and make some Frankenstein luminaries)
Mod Podge
Glass Jars/Mason Jars
Paint brush        
Scissors
Black cardstock     
Tea light candle/battery operated candle


Have fun with this creepy crawly frame project. Super easy & inexpensive.
Supplies
Plastic bugs & rats
$1 wood craft frame
Hot glue gun/glue
Spray paint
Use push pins to lift your frame away from the newspaper keeping it from sticking. Spray & let dry. Hot glue the critters to the frame. After the glue has dried re-spray the frame.  Allow it to dry really well..

See more photos and step by steps here: www.greenowlcrafts.com

Spooktacular Treats

What’s Cooking
by Tracy Carpenter




My family and I are always on board for creative and fun Halloween treats.  Although I love to bake, I have discovered that when making treats for a crowd, it’s less complicated to makes goodies that are semi-homemade.  They are just as tasty but less time consuming.  Here are a few of my families favorite Halloween sweets.  Hope you can find a new favorite among them.

Caramel-Chocolate Covered Granny Smith Apples:
5 large Granny Smith apples
wooden craft sticks
1 (14 ounce) package individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped
2 tablespoons
2-3 giant Hershey Milk Chocolate Bars
orange, white and green chocolate disks

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Dip apples into boiling water briefly, using a slotted spoon, to remove any wax that may be present. Wipe dry, and set aside to cool. Insert sticks into the apples through the cores.  Refrigerate 1-2 hrs. or over night.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  If using wax paper, coat with cooking spray or butter.  Place the unwrapped caramels into a microwave-safe medium bowl along with 2 tablespoons of water. Cook on high for 2 minutes, then stir and continue cooking and stirring at 1 minute intervals until caramel is melted and smooth.
Make sure apples are nice and dry or the caramel will not stick.  Hold apples by the stick, and dip into the caramel to coat. I’ve found it’s best to hold the apple at an angle and twirl it in the caramel.  Set on parchment paper; refrigerate for about 15 minutes to set.
Heat the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl for  30 seconds, stir and continue routine until melted and smooth. Dip apples into the chocolate to cover the layer of caramel. Return to the parchment paper to set. You may return to the refrigerator if you’d like to speed up the setting time.

Melt the candy disks in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth. spoon into a ziplock sandwich bag then cut a hole in one of the corners. Squeeze colored chocolate over apple in any design you wish.  Have fun with it.  Refrigerate until set.

Chocolate Covered Rice Cereal Treats:
3 tablespoons butter
1 package regular marshmallows --or--  4 cups miniature marshmallows
6 cups rice cereal
wooden craft sticks
green chocolate disks
orange chocolate disks
white chocolate disks
yellow chocolate disks
black chocolate disks
candy eyes
gum balls
mini marshmallows
In microwave-safe bowl heat butter and marshmallows on HIGH for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until smooth.
Add rice cereal. Stir until well coated.Evenly and firmly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray or butter. Cool. Cut into 2 x 3-inch rectangles. Make smaller if you wish.  Refrigerate until firm.
For Frankenstein: Dip craft stick into melted green chocolate and insert into one end of the rice treat.  Allow to set then dip the treat into the green chocolate and cover one side and flip to coat the other side.  Gently bump excess chocolate off into the bowl.  Allow chocolate to set then dip the top into the melted black chocolate and quickly run a toothpick through the black chocolate in a downward direction to create the hair.  Dab a little chocolate on the front and add the candy eyes and gum ball nose.  Insert a toothpick into a mini marshmallow and dip into green chocolate.  You will need two of these.  Allow them to set.  Dip one end into the green chocolate and press on each side of the neck.  Spoon black chocolate into sandwich bag and cut a corner off and pipe a line for the mouth.
For Candy Corn: Cut treat into a triangle.  Dip wide end into melted yellow chocolate, insert craft stick and allow to set in the refrigerator.  Once chocolate is set dip the narrow end into the orange chocolate all the way to the yellow chocolate.  Allow to set the dip just the tip of the triangle into the melted white chocolate.
Mummy:  Dip craft stick into white chocolate and insert in one end of rectangle shaped treat and allow to set.  Dip treat into white chocolate to coat each side and allow to set in the refrigerator.  Dab a little chocolate on the front and place the candy eyes where you’d like them to be.  Spoon white chocolate into sandwich bag and pipe strips of chocolate across the treat creating strips of cloth.

 
Popcorn Balls:

9 cups plain popped popcorn
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup light corn syrup
1/3 cup water
1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1/2 teaspoon vanilla flavoring

Coat a large heatproof bowl with butter, vegetable oil, or cooking spray and place popcorn in the bowl.
Place sugar, corn syrup, water, vinegar, and salt in a medium saucepan and stir to combine. Place over high heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes. Bring to a boil and cook until mixture registers 260°F on a candy thermometer, about 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla until melted and smooth.
Immediately pour sugar mixture over popcorn and stir continuously with a rubber spatula, scraping the bottom of the bowl, until popcorn is thoroughly coated and cool enough to handle.
Using buttered hands, tightly press mixture into 3-inch rounds. The mixture will still be a little warm.  Place on waxed or parchment paper to cool completely.

Goblin Snack Mix:

cheese crackers
salted peanuts 
pretzels 
Reese's Pieces
honey nut cheerios
cocoa puffs
candy corn
any other goodies you’s like to add

Mix everything together in a large bowl and divide into bags or containers to distribute.  You can also make a Christmas snack mix by adding Christmas colored candies.  The sky is the limit!




Andy's Movie Review: Halloween Movies Aren’t Always Scary

Movie Time
 by Andy Petty

 

There is something magical that happens after a hot, adventurous summer season. It's called autumn and it's a time for change. Days become shorter and shorter; nights become cooler and harvest has arrived. It's also a time to celebrate Halloween, one of my favorite times of the year. Here are some of my favorite Halloween treats. They capture the very essence of the night like none other.

Hocus Pocus - Walt Disney Pictures had been going through a lot of changes in the time this was made. They were producing older themed live-action films and this was one of them. Most, if not all, failed to find audiences and bombed at the box office. Hocus Pocus was definitely one of them. Much like a Christmas film, this movie has continued to entertain audiences year after year. To be honest, I can quote this entire film. When three witches prey on the wrong child to prolong their lives, the town-folk revolt and hang them for their crimes. Fast forward 300 years and only after a virgin lights their black flame candle, they are able to return to earth for one night to continue their mission of sucking the life out of all the children in Salem. Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy play the dysfunctional sister witches. Enjoy this film with your family.

Trick-r-Treat - What automatically comes to your mind when thinking of Halloween? Ghosts, witches, vampires, werewolves, zombies, jack-o-lanterns, etc. etc. What about a movie that rolls all that into one anthology of screams, chills, comedy and horror? Unfortunately, this film that was planned for theaters back in 2007 didn’t see the light of day until 2009, and even then was sent directly to the home entertainment market. The wait was worth it and it exceeded every expectation possible and has become a Halloween tradition. Four stories intertwine on one Halloween night and we meet a spirit of Halloween that runs around in a burlap sack costume upholding the unwritten rules of all hallows eve. A principle who has a dark side, a group of teens who summon the spirits of some unlucky children killed on a school bus decades ago and a young woman who is stalked in the red riding hood tradition. All this and more are centered around a town that takes Halloween to the extreme. It makes you feel you haven't done enough for this awesome holiday.

Fun Size - This little comedy from Nickelodeon wasn't timed or marketed for it's release last October. Hopefully this season, and years to come, it will find an audience. Teenage Wren wants to spend her Halloween night at a party with her best friend April and hopefully hook up with a guy she's been admiring. However, her mother (played by Chelsea Handler) has other plans for her including babysitting her younger brother Albert while she goes to her own party. Like the classic 80's comedy "Adventures In Babysitting," anything and everything you can imagine goes wrong when Wren loses her brother during trick-r-treating. While the film plays out like a slapstick comedy, it has a lot of heart and soul at the core of the story. This is a great new Halloween movie that deserves to be seen.

Halloween II - Everyone talks about the original John Carpenter classic, but little talk about how great the sequel is. It picks up the moment after Jamie Lee Curtis has just battled the infamous Michael Myers and has now been sent to a local hospital. Unfortunately for everyone in Michael's path to kill Laurie, this hospital has become a house of living horrors. While the film was a critical and financial success, the six installments following this sequel haven't found their own ground to stand on until recent years. It's hard to live up to a masterpiece that has continued to scare audiences 40 years later and has remained a modern horror masterpiece in the eyes of movie lovers worldwide. So this season, don't stop with the original and continue on with director Rick Rosethal's ultra scary and claustrophobic thriller. You won't be able to hold your breath in scenes where an already crippled and distraught Laurie Strode is hopping down the dark hospital hallways trying to escape the masked maniac.

Have a great Halloween season and of course don't forget to watch "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown." The important thing to do is to have fun…and have tons of candy! Happy Haunting!



Get Permission Before Using Someone’s Photographs

News to Know
by Amanda Causey




As a reader of Lake Wedowee Life magazine I’m sure that you have noticed the beautiful photographs we have throughout the pages of every issue. We love sharing these images on our website as well as through various social media platforms. We also enjoy publishing beautiful photographs of Lake Wedowee that others have taken…with their permission of course.

Photographs are one of the many things protected by law from being copied or published without the owner’s consent. That means it is against the law to use a photograph someone else has taken for your own personal or business purposes without their consent. That is an infringement of the copyright law.

What Is Copyright?

Federal copyright laws are in place to protect original works of authorship.

A work of authorship can be literary, artistic, musical or even dramatic. Copyright begins as soon as the original work is created, and applies to both published and unpublished works. So in other words, as soon as you click the shutter on your camera (or for many of you, your cell phone) you’ve got a copyright.

Why is this important?

Well, that’s where things get tricky. Some people are in the business to sell their photographs and get really upset when one of their pictures is used without permission. There are numerous reasons people protect their copyrighted work. But for most people it boils down to two sides. There is the artistic side of the work being stolen and the monetary side of the copyright holder being paid for its use.

Most of the time the general public doesn’t have to worry about copyright laws. But, it is better to be safe than sorry. Always ask permission before using a photograph that does not belong to you. And if you are given permission, give credit. (A simple mention of the copyright holder’s name works in most cases.) Someone else has worked very hard and took the time to create the photo.



Every Picture Tells A Story

Every Picture Tells A Story


When we started planning this issue of Lake Wedowee Life, we were anticipating a lot of pictures from of our fifth annual Fourth of July Boat Parade. Well, as the old Woody Allen quote goes... "If you wanna make God laugh, tell him your plans."

Well laugh He did when He and Mother Nature made it rain for days on end this summer. Events were postponed and cancelled while others charged ahead regardless of the weather… It made things interesting for sure, but, I tell you it has still been a summer to remember. And, Lake Wedowee Life readers have had a blast.

A little rain didn't stop us from having a good time and making the most of our days on the lake. This issue of Lake Wedowee Life serves as a scrapbook of sorts for the Summer of 2013. We worked together as a community to raise thousands of dollars for local charities, we welcomed new comers and old friends to the lake and we got inventive when the rain tried to chase our fun away.

We have included the majority of the events that did take place on Lake Wedowee this summer as well as our readers responded in kind with numerous pictures of ways they have enjoyed the season… Rain or shine!

As we mark the end of summer and another year of Lake Wedowee Life, take time to slow down and enjoy the moment.

 Enjoy Life!
 Kelly Caldwell



Shabby Sophistication

Not Too Shabby
 by Lynn Amason





I recently got to help out a sweet young lady who needed an update on her dining room table.  She has recently graduated from college (her parents say “YAY”) and landed that dream job all recent graduates want.  She is on a budget just starting out so being able to use some things she had from college was important.

It has good bones and was just the size she needed for her new apartment, but it was tired…tired of being a college girl table.

Time to get some sophistication for a new phase of life!

A little shabby recreation with some paint and distressing turns this college “girl” into a great table for new adventures of a working girl in the big city.  She is ready for some take out diners when it has been a long day and is grown up enough to be center of attention at a nice dinner party for new friends!
 I was honored to help Melissa start off her new career, which by the way is as a RN at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama…with some “Shabby Sophistication”.


Remember, everyone could use a little “Shabby Sophistication”!


Lynn Amason loves to create treasures from other people’s “trash.” You can find her scouting for deals or repurposing her finds. You can see her treasures at Parker House Antiques.

Chamber Celebrates Another Successful Year

Chamber Chatter
 by Dorothy Tidwell


This has been an incredible year for the Randolph County Chamber of Commerce and we would like to say Thank You to the membership and to our sponsors for the committed investment, and continued financial support that helped make this year a tremendous success.

This year the Chamber was honored to host numerous events including the 23rd Annual Professional Women’s Luncheon, Randolph County Conversation One Clear Plan 2030, Sixth Annual Prayer Breakfast, Lunch & Learn: Opportunities in Historic Preservation presented by the Alabama Historical Commission, Fifth Annual Summer on Main Street Festival, Randolph County Conversation Two and Small Business Lunch and Learn presented by Small Business Development Office at Jacksonville State University.

These community events would not have been possible without the financial support from our dedicated sponsors. For a complete sponsorship listing for 2012-2013, please visit our website at www.randolphcountyal.com.

The Board of Directors for the Randolph County Chamber of Commerce has worked very hard this year to make Randolph County a better place to work, live and play. We will celebrate our accomplishments for the year at our annual meeting on October 22 at the East Alabama Antique Tractor Club Pavilion in Wedowee.  The out-going directors include Past President Cotina Terry, District 1 Director Kelly Caldwell, Roanoke Representative Tim Jacobs and Wadley Representative Helen Bailey. They will be honored for their service.

The 2013-2014 Chamber Board President Joe Ammons, Vice President Mellie Parrish, Sec/Treasurer Paula Lambert, Past President Ellen Sims, District 1 Tom Garland, District 2 Richard Cotney, District 3 Kyle Burgess, District 4 Wyner Phillips, District 5 Delilah Lily, Roanoke Representative Amy Goode, Wadley Representative Michael James and Woodland Representative Pam Skidmore will be sworn in at the meeting.

We will also be announcing awards for Member of Year, Lifetime Achievement and Community Service.



Charley's Treasures : My Dream Home

Charley’s Treasures
 by Charley Norton




It has probably been 10 years since I saw this house. I was called by the people building it to measure for flooring and when I got there I was in complete awe. It wasn't because it was a marvel of architectural design or adorned with all the modern conveniences. It was because it was subtle and unique, which is a weakness of mine. It has to be in the top five of my favorite houses on Lake Wedowee and that is saying a lot considering I’ve been in most of them.

But even though I was so struck by this house, I was also very busy at the time and completely forgot where it was soon after we finished the work there. Several years later I was asked to help find houses to be on the first Tour of Homes. I instantly remembered this house and knew it would be perfect.
So the search began… For some reason, I thought it was somewhere in Pineywoods so I went, from the trailers at the road to the camp ground and back again. I looked down Ester Circle and followed Pam Street around to Mexico but the house was not there. The house was lost. So from that point on, I have secretly searched for it. Wherever I went, my eyes would travel the sides of the road hoping it would present itself. But it never did.

Recently my wife was bitten by the lake house bug (which I’ve had since we moved here), but with my wife, who seldom wishes for anything more than what she has, getting a bug for something is magnified ten fold over anything I’ve ever wanted. So with me in tow like a child being dragged into Walmart for the third time in a day, the search began. By land and by sea, we searched the lake over and my wonderful wife found out what I already knew, which is… Too expensive, too steep, too shallow, too small, too far, Bad road, no view, too isolated, too populated and, I‘ll say again, too expensive.
But then we found it, in a neighborhood I haven’t seen in years at least two hours after I had lost all interest in what we were doing, we roll up to an almost hidden house that had a Georgia real-estate sign in the yard. I was hoping Kim didn’t  notice it but “Eagle Eye” doesn’t miss a thing and had me stop to write down the number on the sign. It was a skinny road so when a truck came up behind me and was unable to pass, I was forced to pull into the driveway. When the house came into view, there it was. My lost dream house!
This wonderful house, sitting on what is basically a cliff on Wedowee creek is unassuming when first seen. It’s not a big house and architecturally, not a complicated structure but it is different. First of all the siding isn’t vinyl or hardy board or even rocks. It is, of all things, wood. It looks to be rough sawn wood boards made into a lap siding and a semi transparent stain perfectly colored to help the house blend in with the wooded surroundings. As you walk up to the small but adequate porch, the first thing that catches your eye, and your interest, is the light beaming through a stain glass window on the lake side of the house that can be seen through the window on the front porch.

As is the case with me most of the time, I don’t remember things in total accuracy but what I remember (or think I remember) from the young couple that built it was that the wife’s father (or grandfather) helped with the construction. He was obviously a master carpenter and had a keen eye for detail and flow. When you walk into this house, it is like walking back in time. All the walls are old vintage heart pine and when I say vintage, I mean old like from trees cut during the civil war, put in a house for over a hundred years, then removed, planed, milled and carefully installed in this house. I’ve done this before and can tell you that working with reclaimed wood is the most difficult wood to work with and this craftsman did a beautiful job. The stain glass is from an old church as is the Newell post at the foot of the steps, which was from the end of the alter.

The cabinets, I recall, were beautiful. They were the first open bottom cabinets I had ever seen and it was several years before I saw another like it. The countertops were hand made from wood and perfectly finished.

What I appreciate most about this house was that it wasn’t built to impress people that drove by. It was built for the comfort of those occupying it. And to me, that is the coolest part of this quaint little sanctuary nestled on the hillside.

It is a house that doesn’t need a stick of furniture to make it feel like home. It is warm, inviting, rustic and elegant with all the elements flowing perfectly into one another. The view from the deck is like being in the mountains overlooking a canyon and other than the thought of going down the many steps to the water, I can’t  imagine a better place to have my morning coffee.
So now your thinking, “Charley is going to buy that house” but you would be wrong. Charley doesn’t  have a stack of hundred thousand dollar bills laying around so for now, this place will have to go to someone who I hope will appreciate and respect it as I do. And for those of you who have a stack of hundred thousand dollar bills and want to know where this house is? Well, I’m sorry. It took me years to find it again, you’re going to have to look for it too. Besides, you have enough clues, right?

But what makes a dream house for me doesn’t necessarily make a dream house for you. If that was the case, this lake would be covered with a bunch of cookie cutters. Nope, my dream house is mine. It is created in my own head just as yours is because we are all different (thank goodness) and what we each perceive as paradise can be substantially different from one another.

I was brought up in an old house and even though I remember the cold mornings, the leaky roof and faulty plumbing, I also remember the happy childhood I had there and those memories come back whenever I see something that reminds me of it. When I smell a house with a fireplace, it reminds me of my grandmother’s house in Tennessee and the never ending table of garden fresh food with a giant plate of fried chicken at the end that I chased through the yard hours earlier after granddad cut its head off, which I know sounds bad now but back then it was a lot of fun (and tradition). When I’m on the water it reminds me of the many weekends I spent with the Warrens camping and boating on West Point, Lake Martin and here on Lake Wedowee and at my Uncle Neil’s where my cousins and I would float Lick creek on inner tubes before the family reunion.

It’s all the physical associations to good memories that create my vision of a utopic (another new word) residence and in my case, this particular house is one of the closest thing to it. The next person that sees it may say it smells or it’s too dark or that it’s creepy having pieces of other houses and a church built into it. But for me, it’s awesome. It’s unique.

What is perfect to me is all that was good “back when” and none of the bad. I enjoy the conveniences like warm mornings and good plumbing but want the feel of the old happy house. This is why this particular house on the lake is my dream house but not necessarily yours. But then again, I love the house I’m in. It’s old and always needs something but to me, that just means it needs me as much as I need it and everyone wants to feel needed, to a point. And on those occasions when the needs are too great, I’ll just imagine sitting on the back porch of this little piece of heaven watching the dew roll across the water as the sun breaks through the trees. Bliss…….

Editor’s Note: Since writing this column,  Charley was surprised with a weekend at his dream house by his wife Kim for their anniversary.
Illustration by Tom Scott


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