Biz BUZZ: Movie night, Fireflies and Fundraising

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By Dianne Lively Yost

staff writer

I’m right blue, missin’ youth and all my friends of old. It’s a bona fied mid-life crisis! Momma! Is that a time machine? Ding dang! What are we waitin’ for! Let’s set it up! Summer of 1973? Check. Latitude 34.702995 and longitude -086.579608. Check. Banana bike with psychedelic-covered seat? Check? Round yellow portable AM radio set to WAAY. Check! Ok Momma. We’re done here. Let’s roll! WHOOSH . . . WHIRL . . .  SHUUUU .. BOOM! Momma, you’re like 49 and I’m a kid! Look there’s Candy, Mike, Tommy, David, Donnie and Mary Leigh! All right! Bike adventure! Bye Mom! I’ll be home when the streetlights come on! Hey! Steely Dan’s on the radio: “Are you reelin’ in the years. . .Stowin’ away the time. . .Are you gatherin’ up the tears . . . Have you had enough of mine.” 

Ain’t nothin’ like a trip to yesterday to lift the spirits! And speakin’ of liftin’ spirits and makin’ memories, honey the Fire Fly Festival is flat around the corner! On Friday July 28 and Saturday 29 Town Park will be transformed into a summer wonderland!

Friday night is the Firefly Frolic for parents and kids 12 and under! Stilt walkers, music, bubbles, face painting, inflatables and fun crafts await from 6:30 til 8:30! Feed your kids before the festival! No coolers will be allowed, but kids will get a yummy icy treat! Oh and sponsor Main Street Vet will be on hand so leashed pets are allowed! Tickets for kids 12 and under are $5 and parents are free!

Saturday night, July 19 from 7:30 til 9 p.m. it’s Firefly date night with the fab band Sounds of Motown! Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are only $10 per person (kids 13 and under are free). Coolers are welcome! And you also can reserve a Gazebo terrace table for $85, which includes four tickets, four chairs with room for two more chairs that you can bring, a lighted umbrella and an iced down cooler to keep your beverages nice and cool! Reserve a table by callin’ 706-342-1251 X 208! Oh and no pets are allowed on Saturday night!

Now that sounds like a fab way to bid farewell to summer break ‘cause honey school starts too ding dang early (if you ask me) on July 31!

Ok! I discovered a brand spankin’ new shop in downtown Rutledge yesterday! It’s The Caboose Store located right smack behind the Caboose! Ok so this shop is so yummy and fun! Heidi Behrendsen was workin’ in the shop and showed me all around! They have jewelry, handmade aprons, feed bags which I absolutely LOVE, all kinds of art includin’ works by Molly Lesnikowski like her fabulous painted gourds of Grinches and cute penguins! Oh and of course the shop carries homemade Caboose jams, jellies, pickles and more! There also are cards, original prints, cookbooks and soaps! The best news is that the Caboose Shop also has room for upcoming workshops like gourd painting, canning classes and plein air art workshops! I LOVE it! Y’all stop by this fabulous new shop!

Hey Madison and Morgan County! One of our citizens needs your help! I’m talking about beautiful Madisonian Rogette Boyer! She’s fighting cancer and needs our support to cover medical costs! On Sunday, July 23 from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. Lake Oconee’s Bone Island Grillhouse located at 920 Greensboro Road in Eatonton is hostin’ a fantastic fundraiser filled with great food, music, face painting, henna tattoos (I’m gettin’ one),  dunkin’ booth and more! Plus Rogette’s own husband (who is really Elvis) is gonna perform! Other local talent will be there too like Amy Rae, Mama Dea, Ronnie Pittman! Y’all please come out to this fun event for a great cause close to the heart! Thank you Bone Island Grillhouse for putting this together for our fellow Madisonian! Tickets are $40 for adults, kids 6 to 10 $10 and kids 5 and under are free! See all y’all there!

Well that’s the Buzz on Biz this week! Y’all be super sweet, hug your momma and daddy while you can, do something kind for a stranger and remember to check the Morgan County Citizen every week for news ‘bout your community!

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