The best of Lake MartinPublished 7:15pm Monday, October 3, 2011
Every year, Tallapoosa Publishers presents the Reader’s Choice Awards – a collection of the best businesses, people and more that the Lake Martin area has to offer based on votes of our readers.
While flipping through this publication earlier today, I started making my own list – a “Natalie’s Choice Awards,” if you will, of my favorite events to cover and places to visit around the Lake Martin area.
So without further ado, I present you with a list of a few of my favorites:
Camp ASCCA and Children’s Harbor:
Where do I begin with these two camps? Camp ASCCA, which stands for Alabama’s Special Camp for Children and Adults, provides therapeutic recreation for children and adults with physical and mental disabilities. Every event I have covered at the camp has made me smile: whether it’s the annual prom or just a regular day at camp. Children’s Harbor offers a similar camping experience for children with long-term illnesses and their families. John Stephenson, Matt and Dana Rickman and Allison Wetherbee of Camp ASCCA, as well as Jim Ray and Tammy Jackson of Children’s Harbor are always a pleasure to work with, too.
The Shoppes of Queen’s Attic and Coffee and Cakes Café:
Not long after I started working here nearly two years ago, I was tasked with writing a profile piece on Queen’s Attic. As soon as I walked in the doors of the downtown indoor shopping center, I was in love. The building’s unique New Orleans flare makes it stand out from others in the area, and the addition of the delicious Coffee and Cakes Café earlier this year only adds to its appeal.
Jazz Fest and the Russell Lands Summer Concert Series:
I’ve had the opportunity to cover some great concerts on Lake Martin through Jazz Fest and the Russell Lands Concert Series. From Corey Smith at the 2010 Labor Day Concert to Sawyer Brown and Rhett Akins at this year’s Aquapalooza, they’ve all been great. It’s wonderful seeing downtown Alex City so packed with people during Jazz Fest, and The Amp is a cool venue, too.
Let me start by saying this: I love wine. If you do too, Emporium Wine, owned by Lake magazine’s wine guru Henry Foy, is a great shop to find delicious wines. Even if you don’t know what you’re looking for, Henry’s usually around to help you out. Cheers!
Creekside Lodge and Uncle Nick’s Smokehouse:
If you have friends coming into town and not enough room to house them, book a room for them at Creekside Lodge. I did a story for Lake last month with innkeepers Richard and Mary Davis, and they are just wonderful. If you’re hungry, Richard’s brother, Nick, owns Uncle Nick’s Smokehouse next door and it’s delicious.
I wish I could keep going, but unfortunately I’m approaching my word limit. There are many more wonderful people, places and events, and I wish I could list them all. Here’s saying a big thanks to everyone in Lake Martin who helps make it so special.
Nettles is a staff writer for The Outlook.