Valdosta Daily Times

September 21, 2013

Enjoy the Berrien Harvest Festival this weekend

Kay Harris
The Valdosta Daily Times

-- — The Great Stompin’ Harvest Festival in Nashville this week should be one of the best they’ve had so far. The event is a few years old, and features a wide variety of fun, entertainment, crafts, food and even a rattlesnack show.

The coolest part is the grape stomp, where courtesy of the Horsecreek Winery in Nashville, you can stomp on some grapes, the old fashioned way to make wine. Thankfully, the Winery doesn’t process their grapes like that anymore! Anyone old enough to have seen the Lucille Ball show or a rerun of it with her in Italy will remember the great grape stomping scene, and it always looks like fun.

Food booths, crafts and other exhibits will be set up downtown from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the Rattlesnake Show will have three show times between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Robert Ackerman, the snake handler of Animal Planet’s Rattlesnack Republic, will be the star of the show, along with a number of rattlers.

The Berrien Cruisers will have a Super Cruise In and there will also be a Harvest Festival Parade, so swing on by Nashville Saturday for a great grape stompin’ good time.

For more information, contact the Berrien Chamber of Commerce at (229) 686-5123.

Business Roundup

The Lifeway Christian store officially opened on Friday. It’s located on the corner of Gornto and Baytree Roads where the Hollywood Video used to be.

A site on N. Valdosta Road is being cleared for a future dollar store, right across from El Toreo.

To answer the question I’ve gotten the most this week -- No, Coyoacan is not open yet, and no, I don’t know when either. They’re working on menus, staffing, remodeling, etc., but hopefully they are close. For those who can’t wait, their restaurant in Quitman will happily take care of you, I’m sure!

The Publix on Gornto Road is still going through some serious remodeling which requires that they move a lot of items around. If you can’t find something, ask one of the friendly staff to help.

For animal lovers, don’t forget the BARC folks are helping to build a new animal shelter in Brooks County, with the groundbreaking slated for Sept. 27 in Quitman.

Lake Dogs in Lake Park held a grand re-opening yesterday. The beloved restaurant on Lakes Blvd. is under new ownership.

The new Timbers Condominiums will be finished by next week and ready for residents. The three bedroom, three bath large luxurious condos are located at the corner of W. Cranford Ave. and N. Oak St.

Rethink It Odds and Ends consignment and collectibles store in Remerton has relocated one street over from their previous spot, and are now at 1814 Plum St.

The car wash on N. Ashley St. near the hospital was recently sold and will reopen in about three weeks as Oasis, after some extensive remodeling.

Celebrating its grand opening this week is the new Art and Soul located inside the Squirrel’s Nest on Gornto. You have to look for the signs to see it, as it is at the back of the building next to the barber shop/ mini market and across from Creekside Tavern.

The Alliance Coach being built at Exit 5 in Lake Park, a new RV dealer, is coming along well, as are the newly rebuilt Wendy’s on St. Augustine and the new Italian restaurant, Gondoliers, on Norman Drive. No word yet on a ground breaking date for the Golden Corral, sorry folks, but will let you know as soon as they set a date.

That’s it for this week, but if there’s something I missed, please let me know!