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“Play On!” is a Laugh Riot at the Tater Patch Theater!

by Don Martin ~ June 16th, 2014

 

Play On at Tatter Patch Players

“Play On” Runs one More Week at the Tater Patch Theater in Jasper

 

After church and a nice lunch on Father’s Day,  we polished off the afternoon by laughing ourselves silly at the Tater Patch Players production of “Play On!”  If  you don’t have a sense of humor, or your doctor has warned you not to belly laugh, chortle or stifle an urge to run up on stage and participate,  then by all means stay at home.   However, if none of those of three conditions apply, then grab 5 or 6 of your closest friends and head on down to the Tater Patch Theater next Friday & Saturday night!  (95 Philadelphia Lane – up behind Walmart.)  Shows start at 7:30 pm both nights and tickets are available in advance  at www.TaterPatchPlayers.org  or at the stage door – if you’re feeling lucky!

“Play On!” is a play within a play and if you have ever been in even one high school, college, community, or even professional production,  you will wonder whether or not the author was there with you looking over your shoulder.  If you haven’t had the pleasure yet, then you will get a particularly insightful view of how the theater works and how even the most serious subject can set off howls of laughter if you have the wrong vision in your mind or the wrong words on your tongue.  “Play On!”  cleverly written, artifully directed by Alex Nawrocki and playfully presented by a cast of thoroughly delightful local “professionals.”   Special Note to the cast:  I knwo from experience that learning lines once in a single context is a challenge – learning them right, wrong and muddled in several scenes over 3 acts in an incredible accomplsihment! Great Job!

So in summary: five weeks out of surgery, I laughed til my stitches hurt – and it was worth it!

So plan ahead – make dinner reservations locally for Friday or Saturday, have a drink or too and then work it off with laughter – you’ll love it!

See you ’round the mountains,

Don

 

Bent Tree Ladies “Niners” Raise Funds to Support Womens’ Health in Pickens County

by Don Martin ~ June 12th, 2014

 

NIners Fund Raiser

Bent Tree Niners Raise Funds for Womens’ Health in Pickens County

Today was the Bent Tree Ladies Niners Charity Golf Tournament in Bent Tree. They actually started last night with a social and Silent Auction and then went out today for the golf portion.  They did a great job from start to finish and raised about $6000 for Womens’ Health here in Pickens County. Way to go ladies!  There is a short video at the link below.

Bent Tree Niners Charity Event

 

See ya ’round the mountains,

Don

Million Dollar View in Bent Tree

by Don Martin ~ June 10th, 2014
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This is one of several new listings in Bent Tree and I will be posting Videos for each of them.

For more information on this home check the listings on my Bent Tree Real Estate site.

If you want to see this beautiful home or others in Bent Tree just contact me directly.

See you ’round the mountains,

Don

Shelter Box Presentation at the Rotary Club of Jasper

by Don Martin ~ June 8th, 2014

As many of you know I am proud to be a Rotarian and I am going to begin to share some Rotary experiences as a part of this blog. Two weeks ago at the Rotary Club Of Jasper, GA, which meets at the Appalachian Campus of Chattahoochee Technical College in beautiful downtown Jasper, our guest speaker was Mike Freeman who is the Rotary District 6910 point man for ShelterBox. Mike has been on dozens of deployments with ShelterBox all over the world and he brought us a first hand account of his most recent trip to the Philippines. This short little video was taken while we were setting up for the presentation.  Enjoy!

 

Just Click the Link Below

Just Click the Link Below

ShelterBox At the Rotary Club Of Jasper, GA – YouTube[via torchbrowser.com]

We meet every Wednesday at noon, just drop in and tell them you are my guest!

See ya ’round the mountains,

Don

The Path of the Warrior

by Don Martin ~ May 26th, 2014
Memorial Day 2013

Lest We Forget

As we pause to reflect on those that gave the greatest sacrifice so that we could enjoy our way of life today, I thought the words of Abraham Lincoln in America’s most famous Memorial Day text – long before there was a “day”  for it- was particularly appropriate.  Following that is a video that is a worth a moment to review.   Gettysburg Address


Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

 Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

 But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate – we can not consecrate – we can not hallow – this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

 President Abraham Lincoln

November 1863

Click the link below for the  video

The Path of the Warrior

A Memorial Day Moment

by Don Martin ~ May 24th, 2014

As we prepare to take some time on Monday to remember those fallen heroes who gave the last great measure of devotion for our great country, I thought it might be good to take a minute to reflect on what a great country it is.

The video below shows Kate Smith introducing “God Bless America” to the public.    The song, originally written by Irving Berlin in 1918,  was  rewritten by Berlin  in 1938 and then introduced and performed live on Armistice Day, November 11, 1938 by Kate Smith on her radio program.  It became an immediate hit resulting in the popular demand for the sheet music. Afterwards, Berlin established the God Bless America Fund where proceeds from royalties were donated to the Boy and Girl Scouts of America.

This video is actually the re-staged version  which appeared in the Warner Brothers movie, ” In the Army”  In the 2nd half of the music video there are  clips from the movie ( you’ll recognize some faces) with the characters listening to the song.

This version was originally posted on YouTube by “Aging Bull.”

Enjoy.

See ya’ round the mountains,

Don

God Bless America

Security vs Privacy – Quote of the Day

by Don Martin ~ June 11th, 2013

We have all heard Sir Edmund Burke’s warning that, “Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.” Given all the current turmoil over the proper balance between our protection and our rights, I thought it might be useful to review a brief historical note from someone almost universally respected for having understood history pretty well.

“What constitutes the bulwark of our own liberty and independence? It is not our frowning battlements, our bristling sea coasts, the guns of our war steamers, or the strength our gallant and disciplined army? These are not our reliance against a resumption of tyranny in our fair land. All of those may be turned against our liberties, without making us weaker or stronger for the struggle. Our reliance is in the love of liberty which God has planted in our bosoms. Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as the heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. Destroy this spirit, and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors. Familiarize yourselves with the chains of bondage and you are preparing your own limbs to wear them. Accustomed to trample on the rights of those around you, you have lost the genius of your own independence, and become the fit subjects of the first cunning tyrant who rises.” – Abraham Lincoln From an extemporaneous campaign discourse on the Declaration of Independence in 1858 reported in the Milwaukee Daily Sentinel, May 21, 1860.

The Tate Reserve

by Don Martin ~ June 7th, 2013

I just wanted to give you a heads up that a great North Georgia community will have new homes coming out of the ground soon. More notes below the short video.

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The Tate Reserve has actually been awaiting its unveiling for several years now. The original planned opening coincided with the major market downturn and the developers were fortunate enough to be able to wait for the market to come back. The roads and curbs are in and the lots are beautiful. The home owners will not only have the benefit of gated security, but also complete access to all the amenities over at Bent Tree, just a few minutes away.

I expect models to come out of the ground in weeks and the sales office to be geared up at the same time. I am familiar with the community and the developer and will be working to assist clients in the purchase of both lots and home packages. If you would like a private tour before the activity heats up, please give me a call. Once the sales office is open I will still be able to assit buyer clients from selection all the way to closing – and I am looking forward to it.

Opportunity is about to knock. Listen Closely for the sounds of great new community blossoming right before your eyes.

See ya ’round the mountains,

Don

Lovely “Painted Lady” in Nelson to Have New Owner

by Don Martin ~ June 6th, 2013

Just for the uninitiated, “a Painted Lady” is an affectionate name for beautiful old Victorian homes that were often painted in pastel colors. You can find whole blocks of them in older Southern cities like Savannah or Charleston.

This lovely example is a 1930’s vintage beauty, which reportedly served as the Boarding House for the teachers hired for children of the workers employed by the Georgia Marble Company. It would certainly appear that the fireplace is adorned with Etowah Pink marble from this area. The front steps and steps coming up from the hill clearly came from the local mine.

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I have been working with this client for a long time and am delighted to have assisted her in finding and purchasing her dream home.

Maybe I can help you find yours too.

See ya ’round the mountains,

Don

215 Frost Pine – Coming Soon

by Don Martin ~ June 3rd, 2013
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Ben and I were out listing this home this morning. Is should be on FMLS in 48 hours and all over the world shortly after that.
So If you know someone looking for a great home in Bent Tree, have them give me a call and we’ll see if we can help them beat the rush.

See ya ’round the mountains,

Don

Do You Need Motivation?

by Don Martin ~ May 31st, 2013

I was sitting at my desk, trying to figure out how in the world to solve a major problem, when this showed up in my inbox. Suddenly, my problem is not so major and I am guessing there is a way to solve it. If this won’t make you both thankful for what you have and motivated to do more, I am not sure what would.

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See ya ’round the mountain,

Don

The last, full measure of devotion…

by Don Martin ~ May 27th, 2013
Memorial Day 2013

Lest We Forget

Sometime today pause for just a moment to remember that Freedom isn’t Free and that the simple pleasures we enjoy and take for granted every day, were paid for with a great price. Many spent countless days in harm’s way, and as Lincoln reminds us, some gave “..the last full measure of devotion,..” so that we might be free and live our lives with dignity and respect in the greatest Republic the world has yet known.

The Memorial Day holiday grew and developed after the US Civil War; however, its true sentiment and, the title of of this article, is taken from Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. On November 19, 1863, Abraham Lincoln gave the best known, most quoted, and, undoubtedly, one of the most moving battlefield tributes ever written.

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

In 1868 an organization of Union veterans first marked the holiday as Decoration Day and urged people to decorate the graves of the war’s dead with flowers. There was a large ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery; but the idea caught on and there were ceremonies and private moments across the country. The wounds from that conflict still being very raw, there were separate services and observances for the southern war dead as well. The holiday grew and by the end of the nineteenth century was celebrated widely and officially recognized by many state legislatures. After World War I, it was expanded to honor the fallen of all wars; but, it was not until 1971 that it became an official federal holiday and moved from May 30th to the last Monday in May.

So enjoy your holiday, but consider stopping by a Veterans’ cemetery, decorating a grave marker for family member, family friend, or one of the countless heroes remembered only by God at this point, instructing a child on why we have this day off, or just taking a moment to be very, very grateful.

May God Bless America and all that call her home.

See ya ’round the mountains,
Don

Don’t Miss “Lend Me A Tenor”

by Don Martin ~ May 18th, 2013
Tater Patch's Lend Me A Tenor

Tater Patch Players Presents Lend Me a Tenor

Sorry for the late notice, but my schedule didn’t permit us to get to the Tater Patch Player’s rollicking presentation of Lend Me a Tenor until last night and now you need to re-arrange your schedule so you can go see it tonight. The entire ensemble cast is outstanding and works together beautifully. For you long time Tater Patch Fans – a warm welcome back to Jan Simpson after a 10 year absence.

If you don’t recall the story line – a world famous opera virtuoso, Tito Merelli ( tour de force presentation by Alex Nawrocki) runs into a few problems during a one night stand in 1934 in Cleveland (famous for bringing us the scale – and not much else.) In one afternoon and evening lovers quarrel and make up, there is tragic illness and death ( well not quite), sultry trysts (well not quite), mistaken identities (lots of them) and great lines.

You deserve a break tonight, so grab the wife / husband or significant other ( not both please – there is enough of that on stage) and get yourself out to a local restaurant for dinner and then to theater. Curtain Rises at 7:30 and there are still seats available. For more information: Tater Patch Players

See ya ’round the mountains,
Don