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Big Canoe Village Fest Opens May 5th

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012
Big Canoe Village Fest Opens

Big Canoe Village Fest Opens May 5th

The very popular Village Festival at Big Canoe returns in a new location this year on Potts Mountain off Steve Tate Road. Here is the official announcement.
Big Canoe Village Fest

See ya ’round the mountains,

Bent Tree Round Robin Tennis Tournament

Saturday, April 21st, 2012
Bent Tree Tennis Center

Time to Warm Up the Bent Tree Tennis Courts

The Bent Tree Tennis players are sponsoring a round robin Tennis Tournament on April 28, 2012. Women will play from 10:00 am to noon and the men will play from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm. Entry Fee is a tax deductible $25 and all proceeds will go the Bent Tree Tennis Scholarship awarded through the Bent Tree Foundation

For additional information on playing contact Jesse Hunter at 770-893-1168 or visit the Tennis Center.

Torrey Mountain Properties, Inc. is proud to be a contributing sponsor for this event.

Come on out and play or just show and cheer on your favorite Bent Tree Tennis Player.

See ya ’round the mountains,

Give Your Mother A Great Gift This Year

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy

Each month the Ferst Foundation ships over 1100 books to children here in Pickens County. These books are paid for entirely by the fund raising efforts of the Pickens County Ferst Action Team and the generosity of your friends and neighbors. Consider for just a moment that nationwide:

61 percent of low-income families don’t have a single book in the home suitable for a child.

71% of Georgia 4th graders do not read on grade level

Parents are four times more likely to read aloud to their children when given free books and encouragement

This program develops the habit of parent and child interaction that continues throughout the educational career of the child.

This year you could give your Mother a gift that will delight her and will help make your community a stronger, better, safer place to live. Please consider contacting the Ferst Foundation and making this year’s Mother Day a very special one for you, your Mother and your whole community.

Visit the Ferst Foundation Mother’s Day Offer for Complete Details: Ferst Mother’ Day Card

See ya ’round the mountains,

Jasper Arts Festival This Weekend

Thursday, April 19th, 2012
Jasper Arts Festival

Scene from the 2011 Jasper Arts Festival

Clear out your weekend calendar. The Jasper Arts Festival is April 21-22, 2012. This will be the Jasper Arts Festival’s 2nd year and it was an outstanding success in its inaugural year.
Festival hours are 10:00 am to 5 pm on Saturday and 10:00 am to 4 pm on Sunday. Don’t worry about “finding” it – Main Street will be blocked and you literally can’t miss it. Come on out and join the fun.

Here is the Festival’s website for more information: Jasper Arts Festival

See ya ’round the mountains,

Investment and Vacation Home Sales Surge in 2011

Monday, April 16th, 2012

We have been telling folks for months that activity in the local market was trying to recover. 2011 was actually one of my better years in total sales volume – admittedly, I reached that level with many smaller sales as opposed to fewer small ones. I am pleased to report that 2012 is continuing on the same kind of pace and home values are actually beginning to recover a little. Late last month the National Association of Realtors released the results of its survey of Investment and Vacation Home Buyers and they confirm a national trend to support what we are seeing locally.

The sale of vacation homes grew a respectable 7% in 2011, the growth in investment homes surged an amazing 64.5% I will have local sales information from 2011 posted in a few days. If you would like to read the entire article from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) you can do so at this link: NAR Reports Investment and Vacation Home Sales Surge in 2011

See ya ’round the mountains,