Brittany D. McClure
The Valdosta Daily Times
I do my best to give charitable organizations some additional coverage in my column each week to help spread the word about their events, and this week is no exception.
The annual benefit for The Crescent, the grand dame of historic homes in Valdosta, is the annual antiques show and sale. This is the 53rd year for the benefit, and is obviously a successful way to raise funds to keep the house in showpiece condition. I attended an event there earlier this week and the house is just stunning.
The tender loving care from the Garden Center, Inc., is apparent throughout The Crescent and the grounds, but keeping up a house of this size and age is an incredible undertaking and they need the community’s support.
The sale starts Friday and runs through Sunday. Friday and Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Luncheons are available daily from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
If you like to look at antiques, this is a great opportunity, and if you like to buy antiques, it’s an even better opportunity, with dealers from several states bringing everything from art works to jewelry, from chandeliers to pottery.
The show is too large for The Crescent to hold, so each year it’s located at the Mathis City Auditorium on North Ashley Street.
If you have some time next weekend, consider dropping by Mathis. You never know what you might find, and The Crescent is a worthy cause, deserving of your support.
Driving for Research
Thank you to all of the golfers who turned out Thursday for the Driving for Research tournament at Kinderlou to benefit CureSearch for Children’s Cancer.
Ronnie Newsome is trying to raise $25,000 to fund a cancer-research grant through CureSearch, and he is now at $4,000 after just a few months.
The Newsome family did an excellent job organizing the event and it was a pleasure to help out and get to meet most of the players.
The Lifeway Christian store’s official opening is Friday. The new store is located at the corner of Gornto and Baytree roads.
As of a week ago, the new Coyoacan Mexican restaurant was still taking applications. I keep being asked about them, so hopefully they’re really close to opening.
They are located on St. Augustine Road in the small strip center where the Wooden Nickel and the Green Iguana were located. The Coyoacan in Quitman has been there for a number of years, so a lot of Valdostans are already very familiar with the restaurant.
The new Vapor Lounge on Baytree isn’t open yet, as far as I could tell this week, but I’m being told it’s a place for people to smoke the new electronic cigarettes. Does anyone know for sure?
It looks like the library at Moody AFB is closing. We are still trying to get official information about it from the base, but you all know how I feel about libraries, and it’s such a shame to see one close .
Publix on Gornto Road is undergoing a variety of transformations over the next several weeks. The store is being renovated and updated, and sections of the supermarket have already moved. Most of the work is going on at night, apparently, so even if you’re a frequent shopper there, you may still have to ask directions to your favorite items.
BARC is going to have a ground breaking for a new animal shelter for Brooks County on Sept. 27 in Quitman. More details will follow in the paper this week.
After talking with someone this week who is familiar with Gondoliers in other areas of the country, it’s going to be a casual dining Italian restaurant. It’s now under construction on Norman Driver in front of Gander Mountain.
The Waffle House on Madison Highway is undergoing a major remodeling, and the Wendy’s on St. Augustine is being rebuilt from the ground up, literally. Several chains have done the same in recent years. They have great locations with outdated restaurants so rather than move, they simply tear down and rebuild. Or like the Taco Bell on North Ashley, they build right next door so they don’t have to close down at all.
The new Oasis carwash on North Ashley is being renovated and will reopen around the beginning of October.
Construction on the new RV business in Lake Park off Exit 5 is moving along nicely, although it’s still a shock to see the strip center on that side of the highway gone.
I’ve been in touch with Hooters’ corporate office, thanks to broker Scott Alderman, but with no luck on an opening date. It was originally supposed to be the beginning of September, but they are still working through their timeline. Hopefully I’ll have something firmer next week, but they are “looking forward to re-introducing our brand into the market, even more dynamically than before, with a corporate-operated restaurant.”
The Wells Fargo Home Mortgage office has moved and had a ribbon cutting recently at 3227 N. Oak St., Suite C.
That’s it for this week, but if there’s something I missed, please let me know!