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Jazz Fest brings back memories, ‘resonates summer’

Published 1:27pm Friday, June 7, 2013

Lake Martin Young Professionals held their first Membership Drive and Social Monday night at JR’s Sportsbar and Grill. It was a huge success – more than 60 people came out and joined the group while enjoying appetizers donated by Robinson Iron and a live performance by Rexton Lee.

Many people are asking if LMYP is just a social club or if they plan to be active civically. They certainly plan to engage this community in the coming months to find out what they can do to help push the Lake Martin area forward.

LMYP will have a table at Jazz Fest tonight where people will be able to sign up and join. Stop by and say hello!

One LMYP goal will be to host “Lunch and Learn” sessions throughout the year. The group has been approached by city and county leaders, civic clubs, businesses, and individuals that would like to present to the group. Lunch and Learns will range from education and the economy to personal interests of LMYP members like investments, home mortgages, etc.

The first Lunch and Learn will be held June 18 from noon to 1 p.m. at the CACC Technology Center. The Lake Martin Economic Development Alliance will be the presenters. They have been gracious enough to supply a box lunch for the event, so please RSVP via Facebook or email me at if you plan to attend.

T.O.U.C.H group met this week, and it was all heart and great food as usual. Remember that this cancer support group meets on the first Wednesday of each month in the RMC Community Room, and the next meeting will be July 3.

Spotted: Robbie Atkisson, Faye Robinson, LaRue Spater, Martha Loyd, Betty Voss, Shelley Macon, Dorothy Rice, Deborah Burgess, Frances Bishop, Susan Towns, Anna Towns, Donald Towns, Elinor Roberts, Alma Chambliss, Mrs. McKerry, Shirley Foster, Virginia Dunning , Gwen Coley, Susie Davis, Rita Barry and Jessica Sanford.

The 23rd Annual Jazz Fest begins tonight in Strand Park. Live music will be performed by Davin McCoy and The Coming Attractions, Chubby Carrier and The Bayou Swamp People, and The New Orleans Suspects. Please support a wonderful event that has highlighted our beautiful downtown for years.

Part 2 will be tomorrow night at The Amp on Lake Martin. Ben Sutton, Amanda Shaw and The Cute Guys, and Marc Broussard are sure to keep the crowd on their feet.

I personally have spent years front rowing it both nights of Jazz Fest. It resonates summer to me, and it is also the event where I first fell in love with my husband. I saw a clip the other day that read Every Summer has a Story. How true that is. The nostalgic notions that Jazz Fest represents keep native Alex City residents making the pilgrimage home year after year.

MainStreet’s Farmer’s Market opens in the morning bright and early at 7 a.m.! Get up with the rooster, roll out of bed, prepare a coffee to go and support your local farmers. It will make you feel happy looking at all of those fresh veggies and fruits in the ‘fridge next week! Mona and I will be there.

Chuck’s Marina has much in store for the weekend with Tad Hill and Friends band playing tonight. The Lil’ Calypso Art Fest will be tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. River Dan will be playing on the deck that day from 1-4 p.m.

I took a boat ride to Chuck’s last weekend to sit outside on the deck and listen to Daniel and Derek Jackson play most of my favorite songs. The pizza was the right amount of saucy, Ophelia sounded perfect on the cool air, and the Mediterranean Pizza thrilled with feta cheese.

Chuck’s is truly a Lake Martin gem and a locale that needs to be frequented often by us all this summer.

Howell works as an advertising representative for Tallapoosa Publishers, Inc., in addition to writing this column. Contact Howell at to keep her In the Loop of events.