Biz Buzz • Dianne Lively Yost
Extreme Impact! There just ain’t no tellin’ what the economic impact the Extreme Makeover show will have in Morgan County but one thing is certain: It’s going to be positive! Not only is a deservin’ family gettin’ a needed, custom-built home, but Morgan County is gettin’ a unique opportunity to show off its commitment to volunteerism and to givin’ back to the community. Despite our blisterin’ July weather, Extreme Makeover is attractin’ thousands of volunteers and thousands of spectators! I flat can’t wait to see this fab new house with all of its bells and whistles! The show is slated to air in October!
And speakin’ of Extreme, Ella’s Sweet Shoppe located at 191 West Jefferson St., in Madison is servin’ up a big fat 50 percent discount off its candies to all volunteers who come into the shop with their blue Extreme Makeover Home Edition, Georgia Build T-shirts! Wow! Y’all head over there and get somethin’ sweet for Momma! Ding dang that’s good!
Is that your stomach growlin’? Well shoot fire! Come with me over to the Madison ChopHouse Grille located at 202 South Main Street in downtown Madison! Faye Kraft and Chef Eddie Tolbert have flat cooked up a keeper! It’s their Grilled Peach and Chicken Salad and it’s super, super delish! I know this ‘cause I flat had it myself! Ok so it has yummy peaches homegrown right smack here at home by CJ Orchards in Rutledge! Eddie actually grills ‘em right up and he tops it with grilled chicken, roasted pecans from Bostwick, goat cheese, bacon and a peach vinaigrette created by Eddie! It’s sooo good y’all and is the perfect Southern Summer Salad! Y’all head over there immediately and try one out for yourself! It is slap-yo-momma good and I ain’t lyin’!
And, speakin’ of attractin’ people, Wes Holt told me the recent Sunflower Farm Festival attracted 9,000 people! Ding dang! Way to go y’all! And, honey I flat can’t wait for the next festival and it’s fast approachin’! I’m talkin’ all ‘bout the two-day Firefly Festival slated for Friday, July 29 and Saturday July 30 at Town Park in Madison! Here’s the net-net: Friday, July 29 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., is Family Frolic night with a stilt walker, face painters, music, storytelling, inflatables sponsored by Paschal Orthodontics, crafts organized by Madison Artist Guild and a ding dang jugglin’ act! Yikes but leave those coolers and dogs at home honey ‘cause they won’t be allowed on Friday night!
Cost for Friday night is $5 per person or $20 per family for up to six people! Saturday, July 30 is a free event with the spectacular Sounds of Motown! Honey Momma’s already practicin’ her dance moves! Bring a picnic and get ready for fun! The band will play from 7:30 til 9:30 p.m.! Hey and when you see Dr. James Williams and his beautiful and super-talented wife and tennis star Jamie, please tell them how glad we are that Main Street Vet is sponsorin’ Firefly Festival this year! Yay!
Lake Oconee Living magazine’s summer edition has hit the stands! Y’all check it all out! From Hank Segars’ story on The Godfrey Legacy, Meg Ferrante’s feature about A Pretty Mule to Ramsey Nix’s view of the super secret supper club called The Four Coursemen and Jamie Mile’s story on Scarcity in a Land of Plenty, there is something for each and every one of you! Get your copy today!
That’s it for the Buzz. Next week Momma and I’ll hopefully be reporting to you from the beautiful beaches of Perdido Key, Florida!
There just ain’t no tellin’ what kind of trouble we’re gonna get in! Anyhow we’ll get all y’all up to speed next week right here: Same time. Same award winnin’, Number One Weekly Newspaper in the Great State of Georgia!
Printed in the July 14, 2011 edition