Joanna Cloud delivered the latest Lake Lanier Association news in LLA’s October 2017 newsletter.
The amount of work LLA does for our community is amazing. They are always looking out for us with their efforts to keep Lake Lanier Full, Safe and Clean. They fight for us in court and they keep track of what’s going on from shore to shore — and in the formerly dark channels where they place navigation lights for the safety of boaters.
The final Ella’s Run will be held by Right to Hike at 9 AM on Saturday, October 21, 2017, at the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center. Bring your dogs!
The non-profit group Right to Hike (RTH) was formed after Meredith Hope Emerson — a vibrant and deeply loved young lady — lost her life in 2008. In Meredith’s honor, Right to Hike has held an annual 5k called “Ella’s Run.” (Ella was Meredith’s dog, who provided key clues to solving the mystery of Meredith’s death and put a serial murderer behind bars.)
For 10 years, my beloved friends at RTH have organized banquets, fun runs and Ella’s Run. No, it’s not morbid; it’s a celebration of Meredith’s life and yours. Proceeds from the events are used to purchase emergency phones placed on local trails to defend and protect our right to hike.
Don Carter State Park is a delightful place to spend a few hours or weeks near where the Chattahoochee River becomes the northern part of Lake Lanier. Come and get acquainted with the park and its always friendly visitors at their 4th Annual Chattahoochee Mountain Music Festival.
The best volunteers in Georgia — the Friends of Don Carter State Park — have labored for weeks so that you will have a relaxing time enjoying an afternoon of live traditional mountain music on Saturday, October 21, 2017.
After church one beautiful Sunday afternoon, I rode my motorcycle toward the North Georgia “mountains.” As I approached Cleveland on Route 129 by the car dealerships, I realized that I forgot to eat lunch. Just about then, I saw Rib Country BBQ. It was a sign.
The gravel parking lot added a special thrill to parking my bike. The outside picnic tables looked inviting, but I chose to eat inside. The brightness and cleanliness of the restaurant was complemented by the friendliness of the staff. I chose … wisely.
Do you speak this language: “Who loves his little puppy dog? Who’s the cutest puppy dog!!!” If so, you and your best four-legged friends are invited to Bark in the Waterpark at LanierWorld on Saturday, October 7, 2017.
Never heard of Bark in the Waterpark at LanierWorld? Pffft. That’s because this is the first ever!
Summer’s highs in the 80s and 90s don’t last all year. Cooler weather and autumn color are on the way. That means it’s time to hit the website, Leaf Watch 2017: The Best Friend of Leaf Peepers, to find the most bright foliage near Lake Lanier.
To help you plan your search for the most beautiful hillside and shorelines, Georgia’s state parks maintains Leaf Watch 2017 “to track fall color as it moves across the Peach State.”
This is the last call for Shore Sweep volunteers to pitch in to pitch out the trash from Lake Lanier on Saturday, September 23rd, 2017.
Anyone who has already yanked junk out of the lake can take it to the advance drop off locations that are already open.
Prior to the event, there are eight advance drop off locations around the lake that will stay open through Friday evening, September 22nd.
Organizers have twelve different locations where you may report to volunteer on Saturday. Wear clothes that won’t make you weep if they get dirty. Bring water, sunscreen and sturdy shoes, not flip-flops.
After a perfect Labor Day watching the Gwinnett Braves win their final game of the season — and their final game as the G-Braves — I continued my all-American holiday with a sunset cruise on my motorcycle. I didn’t plan on stopping at Smoke House BBQ for dinner, but I’m glad I did. It was classy, original and delicious.
Smoke House BBQ & Catering is located kitty-corner from Blackshear Place Baptist Church at the intersection of Atlanta Highway and Mundy Mill Road — which is also known as Winder Highway and GA Route 53.
It’s in that weird triangle of towns, where some sections actually belong to Flowery Branch (which is miles away) but we call it Oakwood (which is also miles away), although it’s really in Gainesville. Or maybe not. I give up.
This delightful restaurant is down the road from the school that has changed names so many times that it’s probably in the Witness Protection Program.
As with most schools in South Hall (have you noticed they’re not called schools anymore?), the new title of the educational institution at the corner of Atlanta Highway and Poplar Springs Road is probably the Einstein Lyceum of Knowledge, Science, Arts & Crafts.
Before being reconstructed not long ago, Smoke House was housed in what looked like a screened-in shed.
Now, it looks clean, fancy, sharp and open for business.