Written from the perspective of the Hahira, Georgia conclave
in the big city of Hot ‘Lanta,
this song off Ray Stevens’ 1980 LP Shriner’s Convention,
ran up the charts briefly in 1980, and still apparently causes
controversy among Shriners.
I wonder who those pillars of the community,
‘Lustrious Potentate Bubba and Noble Lumpkin Coy, really were?
“I just hope Charlene don’t find out about this, Coy!
What? Well, how’d you get that big motorcycle
Up there on the high dive, Coy?
Now Coy, Dad blame it, that ain’t no way to act”
Downtown Valdosta fills with live music during lunchtime in May for
the week-long Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series. The free concerts take
place from 11:30 a.m. — 1:30 p.m. on the Lowndes County
Courthouse Lawn with lunches being sold by downtown restaurants.
Bring your friends and family to this free community event and
seeing what downtown Valdosta has to offer.
There you’ll also see some of your favorite candidates for local political office. Continue reading →
Valdosta has a larger solar installation than Nashville, Tennessee,
but Valdosta’s is hidden away at the Mud Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant
while Nashville’s biggest is on its new
Music City Center.
Which do you think shows the most leadership,
and will attract the most business?
LightWave Solar recently completed the installation of a 211
kilo-watt (kW) solar system for the Music City Center, and it is the
largest solar installation in Nashville.
Installed within the guitar shaped structure on the roof, the system
consists of 845 solar panels and four inverters weighing 1,800
pounds each. The system will generate approx. 271,000 kilowatt-hours
per year, enough electricity to power the electric vehicle charging
stations and lighting for the building. Over 25 years, the clean
electricity will offset nearly 5,000 tons of carbon dioxide
emissions, the equivalent of taking 920 cars off the road.
“This project shows great leadership on behalf of the city,” said
Steve Johnson, President of LightWave Solar. “We applaud the mayor’s
vision in making Nashville a more sustainable city with a bright
And leadership can extend even beyond solar into water and habitat:
On Friday, October 5th I will be hosting a fundraiser called
“Rockin’ for a Cause” to help fight illiteracy in South
Georgia. Working with Dr. Marty Williams and Charlie Oliver, we hope
to raise $6,000 for the Literacy Volunteer Program (LVP) of South
Georgia. The LVP provides one-to-one tutoring to improve the
reading, writing, and arithmetic skills of functionally illiterate
individuals 16 years of age and older in South Central Georgia.
The ticket price for the event is $20 and includes an evening of
good-time music from The Backstreet Blazers band, one raffle ticket
for a chance to win a variety of great prizes, and an assortment of
delicious appetizers. Dr. James LaPlant has graciously agreed to
emcee the event.
“Rockin’ for a Cause” will take place on Friday, October
5th at The American Legion Post 13 located at 1301 Williams Street
(behind Bazemore-Hyder Stadium) from 7:00-10:30 pm. In addition to
an air-conditioned dance hall, the American Legion has a cash bar
for beer and wine.
If you are interested in purchasing tickets before the night of the
event, you may contact one of the following:
It’s a food festival Saturday in Valdosta!
Before, after, or during stocking up on local food at
Valdosta Farm Days at the historic Lowndes County Courthouse,
you can mosey up Patterson Street to Drexel Park for lunch, music, fun, and
education at Earth Day!
Drive, bike, or even walk; it’s only a little more than a mile.
Come celebrate the Earth with us, and learn about growing your own food!!
10AM-3PM Saturday 21 April 2012
Drexel Park, across Patterson St from VSU, E. Brookwood Drive, Valdosta, GA
What’s like the Azalea Festival crossed with the Happening?
The Flatlander Fall Frolic, today and tomorrow in Lakeland, Georgia,
9-5 today, 10-5 tomorrow.
That’s the Arts and Crafts show. Other things are also going on.
Arts and Crafts is at Threatte Center at the corner of GA 37 and US 221 and US 129.
Go to Lakeland and follow the signs.
There’s usually music after the Arts and Crafts show closes.
The Frolic is among South Georgia’s longest running community
festivals. The event was started by the Lanier County Lions Club on
Labor Day, 1971, as a one-day event. Through the years the Frolic has
grown to include diverse entertainment over as many as seven days. The
40-year-old frolic includes the Country Music Show, Miss Fall Frolic
Beauty Pageant, the Dawg-Gone Good Race (5k and 1-Mile Run), and
Flatlanders Arts & Crafts Show. The Lions Club continues as the overall
sponsor of the frolic. Flatlander Arts & Crafts Show attracts artists
and craftsmen from across Georgia and other nearby states. Now produced
by the Lakeland-Lanier County Chamber of Commerce, the outdoor exhibition
features special activities for children, a variety of food and beverages,
and stage entertainment at intervals.