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

Monday, 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  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,



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

Thursday, 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,


Shelter Box Presentation at the Rotary Club of Jasper

Sunday, 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]

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

See ya ’round the mountains,


The Path of the Warrior

Monday, 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

Saturday, 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.”


See ya’ round the mountains,


God Bless America