Tractor Road leading through R&A Orchards

Tractor road leading through R&A Orchards

Welcome to October in the North Georgia mountains! I have been very tied up the last few weeks with work and whatnot but luckily I have plenty to tell you about the upcoming fall events this October. There are so many things to say that I think I need to list them in bullets.

  • Today was the annual Georgia Marble Festival. I was proud to be at the parade with some of my close friends that ran the 5K this morning. Sadly I was eating French toast while they were running. See pics below.
  • This coming weekend is Oktoberfest in Big Canoe. It’s a very fun craft festival with good food, great beer, and a lederhosen-clad ompa-band! Limited shuttle service is available at the North Gate Wildcat parking lot. Please give me a call for more info 770-655-4303.
  • I just listed 3 fabulous Big Canoe homes. Two of these listings are in the Lake Watch Section (565 Lakewatch, and 558 Lake Watch) and one very elegant home is in the commuter friendly neighborhood of Blackwell Creek, 9369 Wilderness Knoll
  • The Atlanta Magazine Dream Home is now on display in the Bluffs Section of Big Canoe. I love it and will be happy to bring you up there to see it in person. The view is heavenly!
  • The Tate Elementary Fall Festival, a cherished annual event will be on Friday, October 30th and this year the kids can wear their costumes. BINGO, games, hayrides, and introducing our newest event; the Haunted Costume Ball including Karaoke!
  • Big Canoe’s Trunk or Treat will be held at the Wildcat Parking Lot on October 31st. Fun for everyone! Wear your costumes and disguise your vehicle as anything you want. This event is my very favorite!
  • Pumpkins and apples are ripe for the picking! Choose any of the fabulous farms up here. This year we went to R&A Orchards for our apples. Burt’s Pumpkin Farm is always popular too!

 

Pictures From the Jasper, Georgia Marble Festival Below:

 

Pictures From R & A Orchards in Ellijay, Georgia (just a short drive from Big Canoe):

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So if you are wondering what we do up here in the north Georgia mountains, come on up and see for yourself! Fall is fantastic in Big Canoe and being only one hour from Atlanta, it’s a great day trip. Guess it’s a little cliche’ but:

Happy Fall Y’all!

Karin

October 3rd, 2009

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Gloria Berger at the Big Canoe Fitness Center

Gloria Berger at the Big Canoe Fitness Center

 

If you felt the ground shaking about a month ago it’s because I joined the fitness center here in Big Canoe. When school started I suddenly realized that I had 2 whole hours before 9AM all to myself. For years I kept putting off exercise for this, that, and the other and having an office 10 feet from my kitchen was not helping. The morning workout is easy because I have to drive past the fitness center after I drop off the kids. With no calls before 9AM I am able to focus on the workout rather than work. The past month has been a rewarding challenge and now that this good habit has been established I feel like I’m refreshed and ready to take on the world of real estate.

Pilates Class the First Week of School

Pilates Class the First Week of School

The Big Canoe Fitness Center is a state of the art facility with an indoor saline pool, hot tub, sauna, squash and racquet ball court, weight and cardio machines with TVs, juice bar, lake view workout room, and a professional staff that is top notch. What I found the most surprising was the social aspect of this gym. The morning crowd is  fun and informative. I’ve been mixing up the workouts with classes like Pilate’s and step aerobics, machines, swimming, and was even recruited into squash lessons by Vince, the local squash-holic. Oddly enough when I’m finished working out I feel invigorated and inspired to get back to work. Guess I’m doing something right!

Big Canoe Fitness Center Machines

Big Canoe Fitness Center Machines

Indoor Saline Pool

Indoor Saline Pool

Whether you are up to Big Canoe for a weekend visit or a lifetime be sure to stop by for a workout. Guests are welcome to work out for a daily fee which includes everything or they can just come to use the indoor pool. The membership prices are broken up into single, couple, and family and all fees can be broken into monthly payments. For prices please send me an email and I’ll be happy to send it. For house hunting or  a game of squash, just call me directly.

Local Art at the Big Canoe Fitness Center

Local Art at the Big Canoe Fitness Center

September 7th, 2009

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Entrance to Cove Creek Community Garden

Entrance to Cove Creek and Jasper Community Garden

 

  • Update 08/07/09 – June and Craig McKenzie sent out an email regarding planting fall crops …”If any of you are interested in having an extra plot to get your fall garden going, let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you. It’s time to get fall seed started. If you want to wait a little longer, you can purchase cabbage,broccoli, Brussel sprouts etc. plants locally, late this month / early September. However direct sown seed, turnip, rutabago, carrot, beet and parsnips should go into the ground this month, as per seed packet. Remember to keep seedlings moist.

Living in Big Canoe is very good for my soul but not so good for my tomatoes! Living in the Disharoon Valley I have plenty of sun in winter and into Spring but my sky turns into a green canopy in Summer making it close to impossible to grow fresh veggies.  We’ve always wanted a small vegetable garden but didn’t want to sacrifice our summer shade. Then one day last week we stumbled across a community garden in Jasper that was the answer to all our fresh produce prayers.

Along the stretch of Cove Road by Cove Creek (aka Long Swamp Creek), on the opposite side of the  marble mine, you can look down and see the new Jasper Community Garden. What used to be a field of kudzu is now a cleared lot ready for planting. There are currently about 20 plots and many are still available. For a fee of $20 you can lease a full sun plot for a year.  The garden plots are approximately 10 x 15.   Mulch, manure, and electric fence (to keep the local wildlife out) are currently on site as well as a wheelbarrow and pitchfork.   Even more important, the $20 a year includes water.  The source of the water is the long ago abandoned marble mines which are now completely filled from rain water and ground water seepage.   Access to the garden is protected by a locked gate, and all gardeners receive a key upon sign-up. 

Community Garden

Community Garden

Along with the satisfaction of growing my own produce, I enjoy the company and advice of fellow gardeners.   Looking over the expanse of the garden, you can  see that the plots are all joined together by mulched paths.  The idea was to make it a true community garden – where the gardeners could stop and visit with their neighbors. Many of the plots are leased to master gardeners who all agree that this will be a fun and educational experiment for all of us. Craig McKenzie and his wife June were able to get land from the City of Jasper to start the garden and now even Mayor John Weaver has a plot.

Family Garden

Family Garden

So far we’ve cleared our plot of rocks and mixed in the requisite manure, moss, and mulch to provide a better quality soil.  Our planted crops so far are tomatoes, various varieties of peppers, cilantro, basil, oregano,  lettuce, cucumbers, parsley and squash. It’s been a real family project with our children helping to fill the wheelbarrow and spread mulch on the garden. There are tons of marble rocks around the field and near the creek, and we are slowly gathering the rocks for use as our border.  Thanks again to Craig and June McKenzie and the other folks that got this project moving.  We’re really excited that our garden is moving along, and we’re looking forward to some delicious, fresh produce in a month or two!

You’ll need to contact Craig or June for updated info, but you can view the PDFs for both the lease and the Extension Service Soil Test Report below:

June 6th, 2009

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Late Afternoon, Cinco de Mayo at the Clubhouse

Late Afternoon, Cinco de Mayo at the Clubhouse

Happy Cinco De Mayo! Most of you won’t be reading this until tomorrow afternoon when you wake up so I tried to get out early with the camera to avoid any scandals.  Big Canoers were out in force enjoying  a good time.  Cinco De Mayo, well why not celebrate the 1962 Mexican Victory over the French Army (Unless you’re French)?

Bob and Karen Witzel entering the Clubhouse

Bob and Karen Witzel entering the Clubhouse

I started my own Cinco expedition at the Big Canoe clubhouse. Greeted immediately by the ever friendly Bob and Karen Witzel, I knew that there was something big going on somewhere. Turns out it was Trivia night and though it was early the crowds started pouring in for this very popular Big Canoe event. OK on to the Black Bear Pub I went where I saw a decent crowd getting some Mexican entrees and pouring back a few margaritas…ok truthfully, it look like there was a lot of scotch being poured rather than tequila. Moseying right along I saw a friendly group out on the lakeside terrace enjoying the slight breeze and some delicious dinner.

Resetar Family Dining at the Big Canoe Clubhouse

Resetar Family Dining at the Big Canoe Clubhouse

Camille and Marc Resetar joined by their two children and friends were relaxing after having their lovely casa on the Big Canoe Tour of Homes. After months of preparation they were ready for an excuse to celebrate in a peaceful setting near the tranquil lake and golf course. I can’t say I blame them one bit! So where was the rest of Big Canoe?

Cinco de Mayo at Fuego

Cinco de Mayo at Fuego

TEQUILLA! There was practically a Big Canoe beeline over to Fuego for some serious celebrating. I could hardly wait to jump out of the car and start mingling. From the parking lot I could hear the live band, Tommy Guns playing on the sidewalk while familiar lit up faces greeted me with big smiles and even bigger glasses filled with cheer!  Into the thick of it I started snapping pics all over the place. I saw friends and clients everywhere I turned.

Frank and Barbara Menoni Enjoying Cinco de Mayo at Fuego

Frank and Barbara Menoni Enjoying Cinco de Mayo at Fuego

Doug and Sue Piggott

Doug and Sue Piggott

Guidice Family and Friends

Guidice Family and Friends

Normally I’d be calling for an upside down margarita but I knew I had to get this post done before next Cinco De Mayo. The Guidice family was snugly tucked into a booth with friends enjoying every minute. The Menonis were outside dancing up a storm, The Piggotts partied the night away with friends outside.  Not a grump in the group! Servers scampered around the tables with pitchers and trays of authentic Mexican food keeping the whole crowd happy. What better way to ring in Cinco De Mayo?

I would have liked to spend more time at Fuego for Cinco de Mayo, but I still had to care for the young and the restless; AKA my children. Tonight was more fun than a sombrero full of Mexican jumping beans, ¡Ay, caramba!

Enjoy some of the pics of friends and neighbors! Adios Amigos!

~Karin

May 6th, 2009

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New Soft Place to Sleep!

New Soft Place to Sleep!

You all know I have a huge weakness when it comes to wayward critters. This is a true story about how Big Canoe Animal Rescue helped me to bring a pup off the street through fostering and preparing him for his Forever Family.
I had just finished dropping my children off at school and minding my own business listening to Kirk Mellish on AM 750 telling me it was going to get very cold and we may have some flurries in the North Georgia Mountains and grinning ear to ear. Since I was in no hurry I decided to take the scenic route back into the Big Canoe Community and meandered into the Main Gate, waved to Irene and pulled into Blackwell Creek to check out some houses for a customer. Sadly I never made it to any of the houses because stumbled across a very pathetic lost puppy that practically ran in front of my car. So I stopped and got out to make sure he was OK and to bring him back to his home. He was shivering with no collar,  and covered with fleas. But he looked at me with those “take me home” eyes and ran to me. Of course I scooped him up and plopped him down in the car and then thought to myself, “Now what?”.

Since he was alone, not too roughed up from outdoor living, I figured he must have been dumped by someone either on Cove Road, or Steve Tate. With 3 of my own “wayward” dogs at home the “No-Vacancy” sign was shining brightly at the House of Elliott and even the cutest of pups would have limited time! So, I “phoned a friend” who told me to call Joyce at Big Canoe Animal Rescue (BCAR).

Joyce was worn out after a very successful BCAR Adoption weekend but happily met me in her driveway. She met the pup and melted almost as quickly as I did but couldn’t take him and the shelter was full but I buckled and chose to foster him. She followed me to BCAR and dosed him with some Front-Line and de-wormed him. That was the easy part. The hard part was convincing my husband that I wasn’t insane.

It was not easy but like me, Dan  saw some potential in the pup. Maybe it was his white socks on all 4 legs or his black button nose, but he didn’t put up an argument. My kid loved him and my daughter quickly named him Freddy. BCAR set up and paid for Freddy’s check-up appointment with their vet,

Freddy's 1st Day

Freddy's 1st Day

Dr. Haberman who was wonderful and worth the trip to Dawsonville. Freddy came through in flying colors and I thought he would be adopted on the spot from one of the girls in the office. No such luck but he was quite the popular pup.

Freddy did get to go to the Pet Smart for Adoption Day the following Saturday and was the most popular pup there. He has 2 applications and even a back-up! BCAR is very selective about their adoptions. One must first fill out an application then have a home visit and a background check. Currently they are following up on Freddy’s potential parents and with all good hopes he will have found a perfect “Forever Family”. Proof that a rescue pup is just as good as gold!

Freddy is still living with us until everything is finalized and we will miss him very much. Even our dogs Pepper, Dom, and Pokey enjoy playing with him. Hopefully we will have more news to post this Wednesday! In the mean time enjoy some pictures of Freddy!

This is the Life!

This is the Life!

For more information on Freddy or any other BCAR adoption dogs call Carol Monroe at 706-268-3772
~Karin

November 3rd, 2008

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Hi There Big Canoe Trunk or Treaters. For anyone that has not read the Big Canoe POA updates the Trunk Or Treat Experience at Wildcat is back to FREE! Hooray! However, you will need to pick up a parking pass to guarantee your parking spot. Several Big Canoers have volunteered to do the Trail of Terror so it should be a fun scare. Right now I have a closing on All Hallows Eve and hope to arrive at Trunk or Treat dressed as something other than a real estate agent! The kids have changed their minds a hundred times already but I think my daughter has settled on some form of flying creature with very beautiful purple wings! (Thank you VA & D!) My son is not particular when it comes to costumes as long as he gets to wear fake blood! (one more high score for VA & D!!) I look forward to seeing everyone there dressed to scare! Once again I plan on keeping my car “as is” rather than decorating it! It’s currently very scary!!

This Saturday, October 25, 2008 from 5-8PM Tate Elementary School will host their annual Fall Festival. There will be plenty of games, a pumpkin contest, scary hay rides and HUGE basket raffles. Looks like Mrs. Arnold will be “Kissing the Pig” this year!! “What’s that?” you ask, well the kids have been sneaking their spare change into the classroom collecting money for Tate ES, and the teacher with the most donations gets to Kiss a Pig at the Fall Festival. Please note that last year the pig was way too ornery to kiss so a friendly, long lashed llama stepped in to pucker-up!! I specifically told Mrs. Arnold that I did not donate a dime to her dilemma! When I ask my son he gives me the shifty eyes!! Hmmm?

Please consider a dollar donation to the gift basket raffles. There are several baskets up for raffle; Chocolate, Car Care, Family Game Night, Fall, Camping, Pamper Yourself, and Christmas. If you are interested please send me an email or give me a call on my cell. These are extravagant baskets and highly coveted! All it takes is a dollar and a dream!

See you at the Fall Festival, AND Trunk or Treat!!

On another note that is not scary, Big Canoe has plenty of amazing resales at even less scary prices. If you are visiting this weekend, please give me a call and I’ll be happy to help you find something that suits all your needs!

Sincerely,

Karin

October 22nd, 2008

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The Band Was as Good as the Beer!

The Band Was as Good as the Beer!

This weekend was so much fun that it took me until Wednesday to write about it! Truth be known that it was a whole lot of fun but I had to spend Monday and Tuesday catching up to reality. On Friday my very favorite Big Canoe house hunters came up to look around for their Big Canoe Dream Home and though we were not able to collect for a good old fashioned get together, we did manage to bump into each other at Octoberfest before meeting again on Sunday to see what’s “on the block”. You all know I’ve been waiting for Oktoberfest pretty much since LAST Oktoberfest but saldy, poor old Dan was down and out with a stomach issue and he voted thumbs down to Beer and Sausages! I know he’s not happy if he’s not eating sausages and drinking beer! I love him but, I couldn’t help myself so I scooped up the kids and sauntered over there to check out the scene. Oktoberfest, here we come!

The End of Oktoberfest from the Dam

The End of Oktoberfest from the Dam

I saw a lot of cars parked precariously and the many pink tickets on windshields so I decided to hunt for a legal parking spot. Low and behold NOBODY was parked at the Big Canoe Utilities lot right next to the dam. So, as a concerned Big Canoe resident not wanting to get a ticket I called my faithful source at the main gate, David to ask if I’d be hauled off to the Pokey of I parked there. Once I got the thumbs up from David I thought I was in Hog Heaven. I knew it was a narrow walk to the play field but I kept the kids close to me and out of danger. Cars were pretty kind but the pricker-bushes were NOT. Both of my kids were attacked by a big old Brier bush! I thought to myself, “There has to be an easier way”… and then I heard some voices. Looking though the woods I saw a happy family frolicking though the woods, briar-free and with no danger of being plowed down by the shuttle bus! It was a BRAND NEW TRAIL that led from the field to Petit Crest. So, I took a mental note to FIND that trail on the way back and dragged my scratched up children to the buzzing hive that was Octoberfest. Whew!!

Once we got there and plucked all the prickers out it was a feast for all senses! Andrea, my favorite sitter in Big Canoe scooped up Maddie and brought her to the “girls” for a face-painting marathon so I could get EJ (daddy’s boy) a big old sausage. The smell of sausages filled the air as the Oom-Pah band played happily. I saw many, many friends, and tasted all the Warsteiner and pretzels I desired. The weather felt surreal (or maybe it was just the Warsteiner), as autumn weather often does and the only thing missing was Dan (play violin music now). Each booth was unique with all sorts of arts and crafts from log furniture to Big Canoe Animal Rescue. I happily ran into Valerieanne and Darren (my fav’ clients), who had invited some friends up for Oktoberfest and sat with them for a bit under the big, shady tent.  From there we traveled to the booths but I spent most of my time at the BCAR booth where I met up with my canine Soul Mate, Fuego whom I helped to save. Sadly I have a “No Vacancy” sign in my house but she would make the best pet ever!

Please Adopt Me!

Please Adopt Me!

All in all it was a great crowd. I took a picture from the dam around 3:30 right before it ended so it wasn’t quite as busy as it was when I was there but it was truly a perfect prelude to fall! If it weren’t for the upcoming Trunk Or Treat I’d be sad. So if you can’t find me for the next few weeks I’ll be painting leaves all over Big Canoe!!!

Yours Truly,

Karin

October 15th, 2008

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Beginning of the Parade

Beginning of the Parade

There’s just nothing more “Apple Pie American” than a good old fashioned small town parade and festival! Jasper, Georgia proudly hosted the Georgia Marble Festival this weekend and despite the gas and the economy there was a tremendous turnout! For the first time in 3 years I was able to attend and chose the parade as the main venue for my blog.

Soldiers

Soldiers

Plenty of familiar faces lined up on both sides of Main Street happily waiting to wave to their friends and family members in the parade. Many Big Canoers gathered in front of the Carriage House corner including some brand new residents of the Big Canoe community! We had a perfect view of the parade, floats, and motorcycles. Candy fell like rain and the kids filled up their bags happily.

Wake Up!!

Wake Up!!

Some of the parade highlights were the Yaarab Temple Shriners with all their crazy cars, along with the Pickens High School band, Santa, and the Motorcycles!

Remember It's the MARBLE Festival!

Remember It's the MARBLE Festival!

Everyone loves a tuba!

Everyone loves a tuba!

 

Here comes the Band!

Here comes the Band!

Enjoy these pictures and hope to see you there again next year!

October 5th, 2008

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We Need a Bigger Boat

We Need a Bigger Boat

Please excuse me tonight, I’m all verklempt because a wonderful Big Canoe neighbor “Pam” has kindly shared her Big Canoe Trunk or Treat 2007 pictures with me and was happy to let me share them with you. Do you now see how this community pulls together in times of need? My whole house has been torn apart looking for the disc with all the Halloween in Big Canoe pics and from the storage room of my basement I heard the sound of a new email. Perhaps it was Diving Intervention! Low and behold there they were, clean, focused daytime shots of Big Canoe’s premier Halloween event! There were no Trail Of Terror shots but we’ll leave that up to your imagination. Too spooky for pictures! Prepare for chainsaws! I’m pushing for scary clowns

Pam, this blog is dedicated to you! Thanks a Million! Now you are truly famous! Please email this to your friends and relatives! We love Comments!

Sincerely,

Karin

Monster Mash

Monster Mash

More Happy Halloween Times

More Happy Halloween Times

Pups Welcome

Pups Welcome

September 25th, 2008

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The good news is that I have one week where I get to jump around and tell the whole world I’m of German heritage while clanging steins of beer and singing with the oom-pah band. The bad news is that I have to spend the rest of the year to repent! Then St Patrick’s Day comes around and I don’t feel so bad any more. Yes, I’m truly German with a maiden name of Karin Friedling. Though I’ve never made it back to the Fatherland for an official Oktoberfest I always make sure I have somewhere to go where I can happily eat sausages, drink German beer, and frolic with friends. Big Canoe is my new headquarters for Oktoberfest. As the saying goes, “What happens in Big Canoe Stays in Big Canoe”, especially during Oktoberfest.

Big Canoe will host Oktoberfest here at the dam on Saturday, October 11th. There will be plenty of vendors selling just about everything from jewelry, to art, and even alpaca sweaters (nicely priced, I might add). The food will be authentic German cuisine and the Warsteiner truck will be unloading the kegs all day. Shuttles will be running from the Wildcat parking lot for those who choose not to drive. There will be a live lederhosen clad oom-pah band  all day and they will keep you very entertained. The kids have just as much fun as the adults with the hula-hoop contests and German chicken dances.

One very important thing to keep in mind is that you may want to buy tickets beforehand if possible  for all food and beer. The food and drink vendors will not take cash. You can buy the tickets for $1 per ticket at the Fitness Center from Monday to Friday until the 10th. They will be for sale at Oktoberfest, but why wait in line if you could be singing “Eins, Zwei, Zuffa” with the band?

I will have some very fun clients in town that weekend and you can bet your last Oktoberfest ticket that you’ll find us there absorbing this very important Big Canoe cultural event. Please feel free to join us. Call me if you want to come to Oktoberfest and I’ll be happy to get you in!

~Karin

PS Big canoe’s next big cultural event is Trunk-or-Treat and I have been asked to help head up the Trail of Terror! This truly is an honor and I hope to live up to the Trails of the past. Last year’s Chainsaw Camping Trip theme was an all time thriller that will be hard to top. Any and all suggestions will be appreciated.

September 14th, 2008

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