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Leadership Jackson’s Tug of Love for Wellspring Camp is April 26

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By Katie Griffin

klgriffin@clickthepaper.com

The Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Jackson 2014 class will be hosting the “Tug of Love” event on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Crow’s Lake. Funds raised from the event will benefit Wellspring Camp, a special needs camp also located in Jefferson.

“We as the Leadership class of 2014 are extremely proud how we have all pulled together and hit the ground running from our first meeting in July 2013. By the end of the day, we had our non-profit organization selected and well on the way to putting together how we wanted to raise as much funds as possible to help support this wonderful camp.” said Leigh Carroll, membership sales representative for the Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce.

The main event will feature a fun-filled “tug-of-war” that will challenge competitive businesses, organizations and schools in Jackson County to “pull together” for Wellspring Camp. There is no admission fee for the Tug of Love but will be accepting donations for food. Food items will be hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, water, soft drinks and candy. Snocones will be $1.

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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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Lawn and garden program being offered April 15 in Jefferson

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Learn lawn and garden essentials at a special Tuesday, April 15, event being presented by UGA Extension, Outdoor Environments and the Jefferson Tree Council.

From 5:45-7 p.m. at the Jefferson Civic Center, the program will include a water conservation and a rain barrel demonstration and soil testing and drainage by Sam Ingram, a session on composting by Michel Hollenback Bowers and information on soil amendments by Austin Waters and Bowers.

This class is free to attend, but registration is requested by April 11. Register by calling Jackson County Extension at 706-367-6344 or email singram@uga.edu

The civic center is located at 65 Kissam St., in Jefferson.

 

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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