The following articles were authored by LeAnne

Chateau Elan is Braselton Farmers Market community partner of June 27

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Chateau-Elan-at-Braselton-Farmers-MarketThis Friday’s farmers market in Braselton will find Chateau Elan offering special treats for market patrons.

Chateau Elan will offer wines for tasting and purchase. The award-winning wines are grown from the famed vineyards at Chateau Elan of Braselton.

The weekly market opens on Fridays at 4-7 p.m. on Harrison Street in the town’s historic downtown. Homegrown and home-made products are available each week. For additional information, call 706-684-0369 or visit www.downtownbraselton.com

Cultivators’ Market is Saturday at Shields-Ethridge Farm

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The Cultivators’ Market will be at Shields-Ethridge Heritage Farm, located at at 2355 Ethridge Road in Jefferson, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 20.

Vendor’s booth fees are $25 per month from May through October. Vendors can go to www.shieldsethridgefarminc.com for an application or contact Denise Temple at dftemple@gfb.org or call 706-367-8877.

Guest musical artists Denise Moore and Lee Bailey of “Phil and the Blanks” will be performing on  June 20.

Admission is free and vendors are returning selling produce, honey, cornmeal, pound cakes, jellies and so much more.

See scenes from previous Cultivators’ Market, held the third Saturday of the month through October, at http://clickthepaper2.com/2015/05/07/cultivators-market-will-be-may-16-at-shields-ethridge-farm/

YearOne Braselton Bash is Saturday 5-9 p.m.

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brantley-Trinite-3-in-corvette-DSC_0419 The-Bandit-DSC_0432You never know who may coming riding in for the monthly Braselton Bash at YearOne. It could be The Bandit in a special Ban One Trans Am of Smokey and the Bandit movie fame or 3-year-old Brantley Trinite, who was sporting this tiny Corvette during the May Braselton Bash which was Public Safety Day. Also at last month’s event was West Jackson Fire Department, Gwinnett County Animal Control and more public safety departments. This Saturday’s Braselton Bash will be from 5-9 p.m. Car show entry is $5 and spectators are admitted for free.

YearOne Public Safety Day May 2015

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PRECIOUS PORTRAITS: Georgia Art League partners with Northeast Georgia Hospice to create heirloom portraits for families of hospice patients

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The atrium of Lake Park on the former Lanier Park Hospital in Gainesville was filled with family members of hospice patients and many of the 50 artists who participated in the special portrait project. Art league president Re’gie Kennedy, who brought the idea to the league, said, “It is not about artists or care givers, or the pain of grief, nor is it about loneliness or mourning or of the loss of life, but rather the ‘giving’ and the supernal connection that is made through that giving, wherein both the recipient and giver are endowed with joy." See galleries of the ceremony at bottom as well as the two workshops which culminated into the collection of portraits unveiled during the May 28 A Celebration of Life ceremony.

The atrium of Lake Park on the former Lanier Park Hospital in Gainesville was filled with family members of hospice patients and many of the 50 artists who participated in the special portrait project. Art league president Re’gie Kennedy, who brought the idea to the league, said, “It is not about artists or care givers, or the pain of grief, nor is it about loneliness or mourning or of the loss of life, but rather the ‘giving’ and the supernal connection that is made through that giving, wherein both the recipient and giver are endowed with joy.” See galleries of the ceremony at bottom as well as the two workshops which culminated into the collection of portraits unveiled during the May 28 A Celebration of Life ceremony.

By LEANNE AKIN

lakin@clickthepaper.com

A labor of love and a special gift of sharing talents culminated May 28 at reception of “A Celebration of Life: A portraiture project honoring those we love.”

Rhonda Rogers, social services manager with Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, said the focus of the Georgia Art League partnership endeavor was “honoring those we love.” She said some of those patients, like Linda Bell, were in attendance. Others were unable to attend because they were sick at home. Others have passed away and Rogers noted this was a tender time for those families. Mary Raymer, a therapeutic musician for hospice, provided harp music.

The atrium of Lake Park on the former Lanier Park Hospital in Gainesville was filled with family members of hospice patients and many of the 50 artists who participated in the special portrait project. (See LeAnne Akin’s photo gallery of the unveiling ceremony at the bottom)

Tears were frequent as thoughts were shared about the project and when the portraits were unveiled by the artists who then got a chance to connect with the families of the patients they had captured on canvas. One piece was a clay sculpture and another was a wood carving.

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Jackson County Brevet honors memory of 9-year-old Olivia Ouimet

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The Jackson County Brevet is under way. Drivers are urged to be alert to the cyclists on the roadways. See more scenes from the start of the ride to benefit The Kelly Wilhite Aplastic Anemia Research Fund at Emory University below.

The Jackson County Brevet is under way. Drivers are urged to be alert to the cyclists on the roadways. See more scenes from the start of the ride to benefit The Kelly Wilhite Aplastic Anemia Research Fund at Emory University below.

At Saturday morning’s start of the sixth annual Jackson County Brevet, emotions were on the sleeves of the family of 9-year-old Olivia Ouimet, who died last November from complications from a bone marrow transplant.

The daughter of Chris and Leah Ouimet was diagnosed in February of 2013 with Aplastic Anemia, the disease which Kelly, wife of Brevet founder Robert Wilhite has been battling for 27 years.

A banner was unveiled featuring photos of a smiling, brave Olivia with her favorite saying: Peace, Love and Ice Cream.

Also on the left sleeve of this year’s Jackson County Brevet ride shirt is a memorial tribute to Olivia.

As Robert Wilhite made that announcement as the banner was unveiled, the Ouimets’ emotions spilled forth.

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