Vintage Country Music has found its home in Clay County at least for two dates this winter when Grammy Award Winning Recording Artist David Ball takes the stage at Ashland Theatre in February followed in March by Country Music Legend T. Graham Brown.
“It is so exciting to bring these two men to Clay County,” Promoter and owner of Cheaha Music Kevin Moon said “The Ashland Theatre is such a fantastic venue, too. “There is such an intimacy with a room of its size,” Moon said. “It is a very stripped down feel when you play there.” David Ball will bring hit tunes such as his 1994 platinum certified “Thinkin’ Problem” as well as his chart
topper “Riding with Private Malone.”
“Playing the Ashland Theatre is kind of like sitting in your living room for a night of picking and grinning,” Moon said. “But with (David) Ball and T. Graham Brown, those guys just have a few more hits that the average joe on a Saturday night.” Tickets for the concerts are on sale at Cheaha Music on the square in Ashland or you may call 256.252.1023. Tickets for the February 24 show featuring David Ball with local favorite Johnathan East are $25 and the March 24 with T.Graham Brown are $35.
“We really do our best in keeping our showings affordable for the whole family to enjoy,” Moon said. “Trying to find a good fit for the area is tough sometimes. You want to bring someone with enough name recognition to fill the seats, but at the same time you want to have an artist that a whole family can enjoy.”
This is not Moon’s first event at the Ashland Theatre. In the past, Daryle Singletary, Jeff Bates and Michael Twitty played the Ashland Theatre with a sell-out crowd and Moon would love to bring more shows to the area. “We want this to grow so we can continue to support our theatre and town,” Moon said. “Entertainment is something that is always going to be crucial for an area to thrive. And, really entertainment is a revenue source just like a tire store and restaurant. We are trying to give people something to be excited about. “We get a ton of people from out of town that support these shows, and that’s great because they also get to see what is so special about Ashland.”
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Charlie's Treasure's digs into Lake Wedowee Life Magazine's tenth anniversary
Yep, 10 years ago Lake Wedowee Life started.
We advertised in the first one because the Caldwells asked us to do it. They had a vision and we saw the need. It was a couple of issues later that Kelly had the idea for Charley’s Treasures. I doubt most people know why my articles are called Charley’s
Treasures. Its’ definitely not because my stories are treasures.
It started when Kelly asked me (or maybe I asked her) to write about houses on the lake that have unique qualities. Stuff like outdoor fireplaces and pits and the repurposing of old materials to make a different look. The “Treasures” were the houses I described. But about every time I sent her an article on a house, I would send her one of my goofy stories just for fun. You should see some of the ones she didn’t print (wise decision). But one day she called me and said she was going with the alternate story. I’m not sure which one it was, maybe Possum Mud, but it is suffice to say that everything changed at that point and I couldn’t be happier about it. I don’t mind that all the other articles are informative and full of useful tips and wisdom, where mine are, well, not. I’m just happy that there’s enough people that like my ramblings enough to give Kelly the incentive and insanity to let me write again.
That is my pay as well as most of the contributors in the magazine and that, to me, is good. We love the magazine and the opportunity to express ourselves. I have always wanted to do something like this but this has been the opportunity I’ve never been afforded and for that, I am eternally grateful to the Caldwell family who have been friends of ours for as long as I can remember. But then again, I can’t remember what or if I ate breakfast this morning.
Over the last ten years, we have all had our challenges, both emotionally, physically and financially. But we have persevered. We, as a business, have become very close to our fellow businesses. We cried on each other’s shoulders and gave each other the strength to keep going, even when the odds were against us and were advised to quit by those that know better. Even our competitors have become friends. These things would not have happened if it weren’t for us all suffering together with the economy and the devastation it caused. I’ve lost good friends and neighbors to it, either by death or financial ruin.
Our business was reeled back about ten years. But we all supported each other and did what had to be done and are here today, stronger than before, because of it. I imagine the survivors of the great depression would have a similar remembrance.
Lake Wedowee Life has been a beacon for a lot of us. It has been a source of normalcy. Everything we saw was doom and gloom. On TV, the radio, the papers and the talk amongst the people. Lake Wedowee Life didn’t participate in that. When you opened the pages, you never saw how bad things were, even when the magazine itself, I’m sure, was struggling. What you saw were recipes and great places to visit or fish on the lake. It was the lighter side when we all needed to see some light.
I am appreciative of them for that as we all should be. I hope that I’ll always be a contributor to the magazine and I hope that all of you will see it as I do and keep all the issues you collect on the coffee table with it open to the Norton's Flooring ad. What? Surely you didn’t think I wouldn’t have at least one plug in here!
Charley Norton is the co-owner of Norton’s Flooring with his
brother Tom. His mom and dad started the company in 1976.
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Tanner Medical Center / East Alabama
A dream is coming true for the residents that call Randolph County home. The finishing touches are being put on our brand new hospital and in a matter of weeks as Tanner Medical Center/East Alabama invites the community to “See the Future of Care in East Alabama” at its open house on September 30. “The hospital itself will not be operational that day,” Tony Montcalm, Communications Manager for Tanner Health System, said. “But it will be to a point where we want to show what the communities efforts have accomplished.” The Hospital is slated to open some time in October depending on final approvals from the state. “It is just a process,” Jerry Morris, Tanner Medical Center/East Alabama hospital administrator, said. “We would love to be able to move in as soon as possible, but there are some Regulatory and Compliance things that have to be done before we are move in ready. “We are shooting for October for sure,” Montcalm said. “ We don’t want to say a date and that not happen. We want to make sure if there is a medical emergency that the person knows where to go. So until we get more things accomplished, we don’t want to talk about a specific date.” Finishing touches are well in hand and the Open House is just part of the process. “We want the community to share in the success of opening this hospital which is why we are having the big celebratory open house event at the end of September,” Morris said. “We know how big this is for the community and make no mistake, we know that Tanner has been entrusted to manage this facility…But this hospital belongs to Randolph County. We are proud and humbled to play our part.”
After the Open House, a specific cleaning crew will come in to sterilize and sanitize the facility to get it “hospital ready” after that people from the state will come in for a final inspection of the facility and paperwork and all that is required to get the state seal of approval to open a hospital. In addition to overseeing the management and operation of the hospital, Tanner Health System also agreed to provide more than $6 million in equipment and furnishings. “This is the same equipment that is at the other Tanner facilities. There is a 64-slice CT scanner here in Wedowee and its the exact same equipment that is at Tanner in Carrollton, Villa Rica and Bremen,” Morris said. “ Tanner Medical Center/East Alabama will feature 15 private inpatient beds, eight emergency department exam rooms, a dedicated ambulance bay for medical emergencies, state of the art diagnostic imaging services which include CT, X-ray and ultrasound, onsite laboratory with modern analyzers and instrumentation and a state of the art surgical suite. According to Tanner’s press release, the relationship with the system also gives our local hospital patients access to Tanner’s medical staff of more than 300 physicians representing 34 specialties.
You are invited to an Open House Celebration to see Randolph County's new premier rental venue at Whispering Pines Farm at 639 Co Rd 91, Roanoke, AL, Saturday, July 22, 2017 from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Live entertainment and refreshments. Come out and see this beautiful venue that is the perfect place for weddings, reunions, corporate functions and more.
Hey Lake Wedowee fans it is time to vote for your favorite Pets Of Wedowee photo entry.
You may vote for your favorites once a day until midnight August, 20, 2017.
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Thursday Night July 20 - A Little Southern Soul in Lineville, AL
A little bit of Southern Soul will be taking the stage with Kevin Moon for the third week of Summer Sizzle in Clay County. Otis Redding III will join Moon and friends when they take the statge July 20 and he will bring the smooth tunes his daddy made famous so many years ago.“O3 and I got to talking about a project he was wanting to do and it just came to be,” Moon said. “We have always brought guests with us in the past for Summer Sizzle and we wanted to continue that trend.”Moon has been a fan of Otis Redding Jr. for a long time thanks to a family member turning him onto the great musician. “Really I am a fan of Otis Redding because my brother Shannon was,” Moon said. “He was a huge Otis fan.”Otis Redding III of course will play hits his dad made famous like (Sittin’ On) The Dock of The Bay; Try a Little Tenderness and These Arms of Mine, but Otis Redding III is recording artist in his own right and will bring original songs to the stage for the Lake Wedowee Area to enjoy!Moon and Redding will entertain the crowd with their own take of Country Rhythm and Blues. “We always have a really good crowd in Clay County,” Moon said. “I get to come home and then to have somebody like O3 with me is just the best. I don’t get to play in front of a home crowd often and its even rarer to play in front of a sober crowd... (he laughed) so its always a treat to come home and play Summer Sizzle!”
Jazz Night in the Park - Thursday, July 13, 2017
Summer Sizzle will celebrate its 14th season in 2017 and event organizer Barbara Pollard hopes it will be the biggest crowds ever. “We are so tickled to have the talent week to week,” Pollard said. “It is amazing what Clay County has to offer locally in terms of musical talent and the park is such a great venue to showcase it!”
On July 13, Jazz Night will be the theme for the second week of Summer Sizzle! The Heritage Hall Jazz Band returns featuring local county & state musicians , school and church band instructors. It is directed by Jeff Wood. Opening the Show will be Clay County local group Big Sexy and the Twins.
Have you picked up your copy of the Homes 2017 Issue of Lake Wedowee Life? If not, click here to read online. If you see your picture be sure to comment and share.
In this issue you will find information about upcoming events, stories about homeowners who love their new home on Lake Wedowee, featured homes for sale on Lake Wedowee and you can "get to know" a few of the top producing real estate agents who serve the Lake Wedowee area. This issue also includes readers photos, information about the Pets of Wedowee photo contest and a great 4th of July recipe, Blueberry Bliss Pie.
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4th of July Celebration at 48 West Flea Market
Saturday, July 1
8761 Hwy 48/Wedowee
Browse and Shop with over 53 Vendors and then enjoy the Fireworks at Dark.
Food and Entertainment presented by: Lynnie Bo's Johnathan East live.
Donations accepted to benefit the Pine Grove Fire Dept and Free Give Away Prizes at 8:00