The following articles were authored by LeAnne

Master gardener teaches BULLI class; Next registration in Braselton is May 6

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Dave Rusk enlisted members of the gardening class through Braselton Brenau University Learning & Leisure Institute (BULLI) to talk about their personal gardening experiences and teach others.

Dave Rusk enlisted members of the gardening class through Braselton Brenau University Learning & Leisure Institute (BULLI) to talk about their personal gardening experiences and teach others.

Digging in the dirt is something Dave Rusk was doing while growing up. By the age of 10, he was driving tractors to haul woods dirt, the rich composted leaves from the woods on the family’s 250-acre farm in Maryland on which their Colonial home stood.

When his family moved back to New Jersey for his dad’s job, they commuted back to the farm on weekend. His agriculture and horticulture roots began there but it would be years later before he could create his own flower haven.

Wherever home was during the 27 moves in his 27-year professional career as a management trainer, Dave always raised flowers although usually in containers, window boxes and small gardens which were left behind when his jobs in fast food restaurant management training and development took him away.

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Braselton Antique & Gardening Festival expands to three-day event

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Jill Perloff of Weathered Pieces hangs a mod podge piece which features the front of the former school building which is now home to Countryside Antiques. owned by Donna Cannella, pictured right. Perloff will be one of the vendors for the Braselton Antique and Gardening Festival. Her booth inside the business and outside for the festival on April 25-27 will feature American Paint Company products and her furniture pieces. The mod podge technique is also being used on a furniture piece which can be seen at the festival.

Jill Perloff of Weathered Pieces hangs a mod podge piece which features the front of the former school building which is now home to Countryside Antiques. owned by Donna Cannella, pictured right. Perloff will be one of the vendors for the Braselton Antique and Gardening Festival. Her booth inside the business and outside for the festival on April 25-27 will feature American Paint Company products and her furniture pieces. The mod podge technique is also being used on a furniture piece which can be seen at the festival.

The 11th semi-annual Braselton Antique and Gardening Festival is adding a third day to the weekend which attracts thousands to the area around Braselton Park.

“I had had requests for Friday for several years from both vendors and customers and I finally said yes,” said festival organizer Donna Cannella.

On Friday, April 25, 120 vendors will open their booths from noon to 7 p.m. with the festival continuing Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“This will be our largest so far,” said Cannella, who has personally visited venues in search of additional vendors for Braselton’s 21st antique festival. “Because of the popularity of DYI projects such as paint distressing, we are intermingling so of the do-it-yourself looks in the booth.”

Owner of Countryside Antiques, Cannella said she visited Scott’s Antique Market on her recent day off and she was also at Lakewood 400 last month. Often when she is out, she is called “the Braselton lady.” She said individuals with antique booths wait to see her and anticipate her coming around with cards about the next festival.

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FASHION STATEMENT: Fundraiser luncheon nets nearly $55,000 for new hospital emergency services

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Debbie Pergantis, Angie Pascual, Carol Burrell, Anthony Williamson,Nancy Colston, Jim Moore, Lona Pope and Judy Pennebaker were on the runway after the April 3 luncheon and fashion show presented by Women of Northeast Georgia to celebrate the event had raised $54,833 for the Medical Center Foundation. Thanks to support from the community and the donation of all the food from Chateau Elan Resort and Winery, the entire ticket price of $100 went toward emergency services at Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton which is projected to open in May of 2015. See LeAnne Akin’s photo gallery below featuring fashion show photos by Sarina Roth of Never the Rock Photography.

Women of North Georgia, supported by a lengthy list of sponsors and a banquet room filled with guests, coordinated an April 3 luncheon and fashion show which raised nearly $55,000 for emergency services at the new hospital under construction just a short distance from Chateau Elan Resort and Winery where the event was hosted.

Chateau Elan was the presenting sponsor.

“Chateau Elan Winery and Resort presented the meal so that all of your money went to the hospital foundation,” said Judy Pennebaker, who co-chaired the event committee with Debbie Pergantis.

As ticketholders made their way in for a champagne reception, they were greeted by sponsor Nancy Panoz of Chateau Elan and the Spa at Chateau Elan, and Janice Braselton, one of the Tony Burch sponsors.

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Fur Ball 2014: The Great Catsby raises funds for the Humane Society of Jackson County

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Welcome to the Great Catsby, the 2015 Fur Ball at the Braselton-Stover House.

Welcome to the Great Catsby, the 2015 Fur Ball at the Braselton-Stover House. See more scenes from the March 28 evening of 1920s speak easy fun, fellowship and fundraising below.

The Humane Society of Jackson County has a lot to celebrate with the Friday night announcement of a 30-acre parcel being under contract for Jackson County’s first ever animal shelter, a goal of the group of volunteers for several years.

Society president Cheryl Iski made the announcement that the 2014 Fur Ball banquet, which saw West Jackson Medicine Center as presenting sponsor.

The sounds of 1920 tunes as well as hip classics from other decades brought the Braselton-Stover House to Speak Easy life on Friday for “The Great Catsby.” The Fly Cats provided the music for the evening.

The Humane Society of Jackson County fundraiser found babes decked out in their feather boas, headbands, beaded frocks and pearls and the guys sporting classic threads from gangster days.

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Does the Braselton area have potential support for a YMCA presence?

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Braselton resident Michelle Dutton talked with the Braselton Rotary Club about the Y's influence in her life and her desire to see if the community is interested in seeing a Y presence in the Braselton area. She got a pledge of support from Rotarian Tony Funari of Funari Realty who is also a member of the Braselton Town Council; with Angie Putman, who is President/CEO of YMCA of Georgia's Piedmont; and Rotarian Craig Heighton, who invited Dutton to be the guest speaker at the recent meeting.

Braselton resident Michelle Dutton talked with the Braselton Rotary Club about the Y’s influence in her life and her desire to see if the community is interested in seeing a Y presence in the Braselton area. She got a pledge of support from Rotarian Tony Funari of Funari Realty who is also a member of the Braselton Town Council; with Angie Putman, who is President/CEO of YMCA of Georgia’s Piedmont; and Rotarian Craig Heighton, who invited Dutton to be the guest speaker at the recent meeting.

By LEANNE AKIN

Is the Braselton area ready for a YMCA?

Braselton resident Michelle Dutton has been talking with several area residents about the potential for a YMCA and Braselton Rotary Club member Craig Heighton invited Dutton to speak with fellow Rotarians about the Y.

Dutton also invited Angie Putman, who is now CEO of the YMCA of Georgia’s Piedmont which has locations in Winder and Hartwell, with plans for future facilities in Monroe. Land has been donated for a Y in Walton County and the community organization to further those efforts will be forming.

The YMCA of Georgia’s Piedmont currently has 8,000 members and the Y’s funding comes primarily through memberships. This Y has the charter for the Braselton area and had previously been in talks with a developer to locate a Y within a planned mixed-use development in Hoschton which did not come to fruition when the economy turned downward.

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