The 2019 Memorial Day Parade in Gainesville will be held on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27th. (That’s a bit like the old joke, “Who is buried in Grant’s Tomb?” but it’s best to state the obvious.)
Gather with friends and family to celebrate America and enjoy the clowns, marching bands, floats, dignitaries and happy campers parading down Green Street!
Our friends with the American Legion Post 7 in Gainesville would love the see the entire city turn out for this rousing time to remember the true meaning of Memorial Day.
The fundamental purpose of the 17th Annual Memorial Day Parade in Gainesville is to remember those who gave the greatest sacrifice for our great nation’s freedoms.
Memorial Day was first widely observed in May 1868. The celebration commemorated the sacrifices of the Civil War and the proclamation was made by General John A Logan.
Following the proclamation, participants decorated graves of more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers. In years since World War 1, the day has become a celebration of honor for those who died in all America’s wars, as well as those who are Veterans and current members of the US military.
In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday. The United States celebrates this holiday the last Monday of May.
According to Gainesville.org, the dynamic parade begins to roll down Green Street from the Civic Center — where Routes 60 & 129 go their own ways — at 10 AM. They’ll head toward where the post office used to be (but isn’t anymore).
If you’re new in town, please be advised that folks will begin lining up long before 10 AM. Green Street — the pretty one with all the old mansions — will close to traffic at 8:45 on Monday morning and won’t reopen until the parade has strutted its stuff after 12:30 PM.
If you can’t make it to the 2019 Memorial Day Parade in Gainesville, pause for a minute on Monday to remember the heroes who died in America’s wars and say a prayer for their families too, please.
Raising kids these days isn’t always a picnic. But it can be if you take them to the Splash Pad at Laurel Park on Lake Lanier! It opens for the season on Saturday, May 25, 2019.
Into each life a little rain must fall. And onto everyone who watches kids have a blast at the Splash Pad a little welcome water must fall. Not enough to ruin anything. Just enough to share the joyous liquid entertainment.
No, the Splash Pad isn’t as spectacular as the displays in Las Vegas … but Laurel Park is a lot closer and even if you lose your shirt, you won’t go broke.
Memorial Day weekend is upon us! What fun things do you have planned for this weekend? One of our favorite things opens for the season this Saturday! The Splash Pad at Laurel Park is a family favorite!
Bring the kiddies for a fun filled sun filled day of water play! $2 per child (under 12 years) gets you all the fun, sun, water, and activity you need. And a good nights sleep for the little one!
Come see us Saturday for the opening of the Splash Pad at Laurel Park! Hours are Mon-Fri, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays 12:00-5:00. The Splash Pad is also available for private and party rentals.
Our friends at Skogies on Lake Lanier restaurant and music venue are holding another Memorial Day Gold Star Families fundraiser on Monday, May 27, 2019 from 10 AM until 9 PM.
The official United States Army definition of Gold Star Families:
The term Gold Star family is a modern reference that comes from the Service Flag. These flags/banners were first flown by families during World War I. The flag included a blue star for every immediate family member serving in the armed forces of the United States, during any period of war or hostilities in which the armed forces of the United States were engaged. If that loved one died, the blue star was replaced by a gold star. This allowed members of the community to know the price that the family had paid in the cause of freedom.
This is the third year that Skogies — located by the Gainesville Marina at 2151 Dawsonville Highway in Gainesville — hosts this event that is “Dedicated to Bringing Hope and Help to America’s Gold Star Families.”
Their Facebook page says, “Skogies is planning a community wide event you won’t want to miss out on! What better way to celebrate the Memorial Day Weekend than with a fundraiser dedicated to helping our local families of fallen soldiers!”
Help others by helping yourself to Skogies’ all-day, all-you-would-like-to-eat buffet and live music.
Skogies is partnering with the nation-wide and nationally recognized non-profit organization, Believe With Me, and their yearly #LemonAID project to raise money to purchase a new home for a Gold Star family that has suffered incredible financial loss after the death of their son. It is our desire to restore this family to becoming home owners again in the nation that their son gave his life for.
Over the course of Memorial Day Weekend, hundreds of children in dozens of states will be honoring our families of the fallen by hosting their own #LemonAID stands and helping us raise funds for this audacious goal.
Skogies is aiming to be #LemonAID’s biggest supporter this Memorial Day Weekend and YOU can help! Your sponsorship, donations, and spreading the word about this awesome opportunity to give back towards America’s Gold Star families!
Join us at Skogies this Memorial Day weekend for #LemonAID and let’s bring Hope and Help to America’s Gold Star families!
It would be nice to pay one annual fee that would cover entry to all those parks. There are simply too many agencies and municipalities that require revenue to keep their picnic and scenic areas clean, mowed and safe.
Wade the shoreline, float on a raft, or make a big splash in the cool, clear waters at one of Lake Sidney Lanier’s Day-Use Parks. The Corps of Engineers manages 13 day-use swimming areas around the lake. When visiting these parks never swim alone, only swim in designated swim areas, and take extra precaution because there are no lifeguards on duty.
USACE at Lake Lanier
To locate a park near you or to find an exotic spot across Lake Lanier that you’ve never experienced before, please click on the link below.
We regret to inform you that Ronald S. Sanchez, Jr., was slain on the Appalachian Trail in Wythe County, Virginia early in the morning of Saturday, May 11, 2019. His accused attacker has been apprehended and is in jail.
This website is dedicated to the sublime Lake Lanier, near Gainesville, Georgia. This area is known around the world for being The Poultry Capital of the World and for hosting canoe and kayak events during the 1996 Olympic Games. Gainesville is also the gateway to the gateway of the southern terminus to the Appalachian Trail (AT) on Springer Mountain.
The Appalachian Trail is simply a narrow dirt path that transports hikers from Georgia through fourteen states to their soulful conclusion atop Katahdin, a mountain in Maine’s Baxter State Park about 2,180 miles away.
Inquiries about how to get to the Appalachian Trail from Gainesville are incessant on popular AT pages. I always suggest Ron Brown — shuttle driver and Trail Angel — for his reliability, knowledge and wisdom. These days, questions about the Trail are focused on rumors of a hiker murdered on the AT, a terribly rare crime.
To put rumors to rest, here are the facts of the case, as of May 15, 2019.
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy, based in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, oversees and manages the AT on behalf of and in conjunction with the federal government. Here are their comments from May 14, 2019.
“The Appalachian Trail community of hikers and volunteers is profoundly saddened by the horrific attack Saturday morning on two hikers as they took their ‘journey of a lifetime’ along this beloved footpath,” says Suzanne Dixon, president of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC).
She continued, “The Appalachian Trail is a safe environment, a refuge that welcomes more than three million users a year. Unfortunately, like the rest of the world, the trail is not absolutely safe from evil.”
“The ATC extends its deepest condolences to the family of Ronald Sanchez and prays for the fullest possible recovery of the hospitalized woman. Those feelings extend to all hikers and volunteers who are scarred in some way by this attack on a place they cherish and care for every day,” she concluded.
The ATC — a private nonprofit, the members of which conceived and blazed the A.T. in the 1920s and 1930s — manages and conserves the 250,000 acres of public lands that comprise the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. It undertakes this in cooperation with the National Park Service, the USDA Forest Service, 14 states from Maine to Georgia, and 31 affiliated local clubs. The clubs are home to most of the 6,000 volunteers who maintain the footpath and its facilities through about 250,000 hours of work annually.
The attacks took place on Forest Service lands in southwest Virginia, the current location of the main “bubble” of about 3,000 persons attempting to hike all the way from Georgia to Maine this season. The southern end of the Trail is about 550 miles from the scene of the assaults. The Trail became a unit of the National Park System in 1968.
The person accused of the crimes, and other disturbances that were not deadly in Tennessee, is James L. Jordan, 30, of West Yarmouth, Massachusetts. He has appeared in Federal Court in Abingdon, Virginia, and charged with one count of murder and one count of assault with the intent to murder. The crimes took place on federal land; therefore, the FBI is involved in the continuing investigation.
The victim who was murdered has been identified as Ronald S. Sanchez, Jr., 43 years old, a U.S. Army combat veteran with 16 years of service and multiple tours in Iraq. His name on the Appalachian Trail was “Stronghold.” The Washington Post said Sanchez was from Oklahoma.
A woman who chooses not to be identified was also viciously attacked in the incident when Sanchez’s life was taken. Too many details of that hideous attack are easy to find online.
We profoundly regret that these innocent hikers suffered any harm on the Appalachian Trail.
There is no end to this story, nor will there be an end to this tragedy for the woman who was wounded, the family of Mister Sanchez, or for the family of the man who cruelly attacked them.
I suppose we can comfort those who suffer from this inhumane action, and those who endure similar or worse treatment.
One fine way to contemplate life and death is by walking it away and leaving your thoughts along the Appalachian Trail. In spite of this horrid publicity, it’s still more safe than the average shopping mall parking lot after dark.
Take a hike in honor of Ronald S. Sanchez, Jr. Be nice to someone along the way. Come back better than when you hit the Trail. Next time, bring a friend.
If we could redirect all the hot air from politicians and talking heads on radio and TV, we could fill enough hot air balloons to have our own races. Until then, we must rely on Helen’s hot air balloon races in late May 2019.
We all love the “mountains” of North Georgia just as they are, thank you.
The most stark exception is when the hills are alive with the sound of flaming propane from hot air balloons gracing the landscape.
Yes, it’s really a race:
The South’s oldest balloon event and the United States’ only long distance hot air balloon race will begin (weather permitting) with a mass ascension of around 20 bright and colorful hot air balloons, in North Georgia’s Alpine Village [of] Helen.
Race competitors and local flyers will take to the sky at 7:00 am, Thursday, May 30, 2019. If the weather conditions are too windy or storms are forecast, the take off will be postponed until conditions are acceptable.
The winner is the first person to cross I-95, or whoever is ahead at sunset on Friday, May 31, 2019.
Yes, you can pay to take rides. Yes, you can ascend in a hot air balloon that is secured to the ground. Because nothing can go wrong. Probably.
Please Note: You might not want to watch The Wizard of Oz before taking a “tethered ride” in a hot air balloon, if you catch my drift.
Walking around the grounds among the hot air balloons is unforgettable. The sights and sounds are enthralling.
(Or maybe it’s the gas, I don’t know.)
Here’s a hot tip: no balloons go up during the afternoon. That’s when the weather is too hot and windy.
While the competition to the Atlantic continues, other balloonist compete in local events beginning Thursday evening around 6:00 pm. Local flying events will take place also on Friday and Saturday. The balloons will fly around 7:30 am and 6:00 pm each day (weather permitting). The balloons will only fly for around 1 to 2 hours.
Some balloons may tether instead of flying at flight times because of wind direction and weather conditions. The main time tethered rides will be made available to the public will be on Saturday evening, beginning around 7:00 pm. The balloons will be tied to the ground and go up approximately 50 – 75 feet. Tethered rides last approximately 5 minutes and cost $10 per person.
There will be many opportunities available to the public; assisting with the inflations, being a part of a chase crew or taking a tethered ride in a balloon. There will be approximately 20 balloons flying locally.
If the weather is just right for take-off at 7 AM on Thursday morning, let the kids skip school and give them a chance to learn from this once-in-a-lifetime (until next year) event.
Don’t worry, you won’t get caught. Unless you brag about it on the Internet.
Conveniently located by land or sea on Lake Lanier, Port Royale Marina treats customers like royalty. Top off the tanks on your boat, stop for a happy bite to eat, or load up on necessities for a perfect day on the water. Port Royale Marina is the perfect spot to begin, end or pause in the middle of any day on America’s Greatest Lake.
Port Royale Marina will be there for you seven days a week for the tasty snacks you crave or for whatever your boat might require, including:
Hull repair — fiberglass or metal
Care for your delicate bottom: painting or blister elimination
Open seven days a week year-round, Port Royale Marina can accommodate any size boat you can fit on Lake Lanier.
Formerly known as “Lan Mar Marina,” Port Royale has everything you’ll need to enjoy Lake Lanier … from dockside dining to upgrades to your old boat to putting you in something that will last for decades … or until you want to buy a new one.
Lake Lanier is the property of the federal government and is managed by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Our friends at Lanier Islands lease Shoal Creek Campground from the USACE and operate it for us all.
May the 4th be with you at Margaritaville’s Water Park at Lanier Islands! That’s the day the 2019 season of the wettest, happiest times you can have in Georgia begin. This year … everything is better than ever!
A lakeside adventure with fun and exciting rides at all levels on the thrill scale, The Water Park at Lanier Islands has something for everyone, from toddlers to teens and adults. If you love excitement, this is the place!
Slide down the Black Out in total darkness, race your best pal on dual mats, challenge yourself to heart-pounding drops and breathtaking vertical plummets or fly across the lake on a zip line. Try them all and then replay your favorites!
The Fun Zone
Located in Paradise Beach, the Family Fun Zone is water-play central. There’s a lot to keep the little ones entertained, including Wiggle Waves.
That’s the junior version of our Wild Waves wave pool — mini water slides that bring big-kid thrills, fun sprinkler features, and a sandy beach perfect for building sandcastles in paradise.
Brave enough to slide into total darkness? This twisty, turny, plummeting slide is a short ride that’s big on thrills! You’ll end up in the daylight at the end, wondering what just happened!
CAT 4 Water Slide
CAT 4 is a water slide like no other! You’ll zoom down a hilltop — over Chill Zone and across Paradise Beach — then splash into Lake Lanier!
Four side-by-side lanes let you race your buddies to the finish.
This year, we’ve added bubbles to make it even more thrilling!
The water park is open on weekends until Thursday, May 23, 2019. Then have fun every day through Tuesday, August 6th. That’s when they go back to weekends only through the end of September.