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Women’s book club features Southern twist

Published 12:10pm Friday, June 21, 2013

Our Alexander City Winn Dixie was featured on the front page of the Outlook Wednesday because they have garnered attention for their great performance over Memorial Day and were recognized for their success with summer merchandising.

Chris Hall, manager, hosted 30 other store managers that day.

What a great thing for us! I was shopping in there that day, and I am here to tell you that there was not an orange out of place in the produce section.

The store looked great and I want to give Chris a shout out. Not only is he a nice guy, he remembers the details.

Again, I was wandering aimlessly looking for seafood stock and Chris remembered the last time I was in there, looking for it to make she crab soup.

The Lake Martin Young Professionals held an inaugural Lunch and Learn Tuesday June 18 at noon in the Betty Carol Graham Technology Center.

The Economic Development Alliance presented and catered lunch from Koon’s Korner to 30 attendees. The meeting was informative and highlighted industry growth and the potential for growth in our area. Thank you Don McClellan, Sandra Fuller, and Denise Walls for your time.

If a club or business is interested in hosting LMYPs, please contact me at The group is excited to learn more about our many organizations, our area, and participate in round table discussions!

You never know what amazing things can happen when we all start bouncing ideas off one another.

Southern Chicks Reading for Kicks, our fabulous local women’s book club, congregated at my house Wednesday night.

As I had offered to host, it was my chance to pick our book and whip up an edible meal.

Due to the Southern peach theme, my friend Jessica Sanford made peach cobbler to complement my she-crab soup and French bread.

As for the book, I wanted something fun and Southern, so Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’easter by Lisa Patton was my choice.

The story follows a Southern belle who is forced by her husband to move to Vermont to run a bed and breakfast.

It was funny, sad and real.

Our group found that we related to the friendships in the book, as well as the sacrifices couples often make in a marriage for one another.

Interestingly enough, when you looked around the room, the majority of the women sitting in my den had moved to the Alexander City/Lake Martin area because of their husbands’ jobs.

It was a great topic and the conversation soon flowed into all the positive things happening here in Alex City and how much fun we are all having.

I have met so many new women in the past few months and the fellowship is so nourishing.

We have all been placed here for a reason.

In the end, it’s not where you are but who you’re with.

Even though we are in a pretty fantastic place!

I hope everyone comes out tonight to Russell Crossroad to partake in Friday on the Green.

The live music and yard games make this a family affair.

Bring a lawn chair and kick up your feet. Catherine’s Market will be hosting a wine tasting as well.

Pick up some steaks for Sunday. It’s these summer nights that make Lake Martin memorable.

Cue the Olivia Newton John, baby.

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.