Sunrise Grocery

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Sunrise Grocery in North Georgia is a cozy spot to browse around for fresh produce, delicious jams and jellies, mountain treasures, worms and priceless lessons in business administration.

As a partially omniscient writer, I can hear the voices of women saying, “Wow!  Bernadette and I would LOVE to visit Sunrise Grocery, but our husbands have no patience.  They’d just rush us and it wouldn’t be any fun.”

Dry your eyes, little lady.  The owner of Sunrise Grocery – Jason Clemmons – is a truly brilliant and kind businessman who has learned a trick or two in the 30 years he’s owned this treasured roadside stand.

6Jason has a Secret Weapon that can make any grumpy hubby happy to stay busy while you browse until you drop.

(No, it’s not moonshine but that’s a good guess.)

Beverly Whitt, the crackerjack lady who helps run Sunrise Grocery, told me how Jason discovered the perfect way to give shoppers time to browse.

Jason, like all good men, had a brass monkey that he didn’t know what to do with.  Doubters said, “Throw that old thing away!”  Jason said, “Nope.  I’m gonna make a game out of this here monkey.”

Mister Clemmons decided he would hide the brass monkey all around his store and give a bag of world-famous boiled or roasted peanuts (featured in Southern Living Magazine, thank you) to folks who found it.

Wise women quickly spread the word to bring their men with them to Sunrise Grocery.  As soon as they reached the parking lot and you-know-who began to get all grouchy, the ladies said, “Don’t worry, you old goat, I won’t be long.  I’d invite you in, but you’d never find the brass monkey and win a free bag of peanuts, and I hate to see you cry in public.”

2Now, if they don’t find the brass monkey, women have to drag their husbands out of Sunrise Grocery and promise to bring them back soon.  Yes, this trick works on kids too.

You won’t learn smart stuff like that at Harvard.

Some visitors are so observant they can even find Miss Beverly behind the counter!

The next time you’d like a delightful drive up Georgia’s Route 129, you have to stop at Sunrise Grocery.  It’s only a few miles south of Blairsville and just up the road a piece from Vogel State Park.

Sunrise Grocery is the perfect place to browse around when you’re looking for something special … or just looking with someone special.

1Sunrise Grocery opens at 7:30 AM Monday through Saturday and at 9 AM on Sundays.  They close at 6 PM, except on Friday and Saturday, when they stay open until 7.  Come early to watch the sunrise!

Sunrise Grocery is the perfect spot to begin – or end – any day.

 

Glossary:

Definition of Browse for Men:  Make a list of what you want.  Go to closest store.  Find everything without ever asking for help.  Pay too much.  Return home.  Make list of what you forgot and what you have to return.  Repeat.

Definition of Browse for Women:  Take a scenic drive with friends.  Talk, chat and enjoy the ride.  Choose a place to shop based exclusively on how interesting it looks from the outside.  Park.  Apply make-up.  Promise your friends you’ll only shop for a few minutes.  Enter.  Pick up every dang piece of anything not nailed down – except the clerk – and stare at it from every possible angle.  Put it back right where it was … so that your friends can do the exact same thing.  Buy something for yourself that you don’t need.  Buy something for a friend who doesn’t need anything either.  Exit.  Stop for dessert and recount everything you and your friends touched.  Make plans for your next trip.

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Robert SutherlandRobert Sutherland is a freelance writer enjoying life in Gainesville, GA. Robert has two adult daughters, six grandchildren, one Kawasaki and a loving girlfriend. Robert’s e-mail address is: RJS@RobertSutherland.com.

10 Reasons To Visit the Center for Civil and Human Rights

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On Monday, June 23rd, U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, U.S. Congressman John Lewis, Mayor Kasim Reed, The Honorable Shirley Franklin, and The Center’s supporters will join together at Pemberton Place Plaza for the opening celebration of the Center for Civil and Human Rights.  If you don’t know much about The Center or are still unsure if this is the place for you, here are 10 great reasons why you should visit!

10) There is something for everyone.  The Center makes ensures everyone can find something for himself or herself when entering our doors.  We are dedicated to creating experiences that inspire visitors and empower them to take positive action around the protection of everyone’s human rights.

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9) A 14-year-old who visits The Center on a class trip, will find herself bathed in the stained glass images of 14-year-old Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley, and 11-year-old Denise McNair.  Having lost their lives during the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL, in September 1963, these four little girls are remembered at The Center in breathtaking portraits – these original works were created by artists Priscilla and Tom Malone.

 8) The Center is the perfect destination for a cross-generational family reunion.  A grandmother may be able to point to the exact spot where she stood at the March on Washington while (later) her grandson can guide her through an interactive tablet in the Human Rights Gallery; Cross-generational dialogues may cover everything from segregation in the United States to protests for equal rights and more in Egypt, Syria, and China.

7) We are passionate about innovation!  The Center is committed to creating experiences that are engaging, unexpected and fun.  Whether you are interested in art, science, social justice or something in-between, you will find a connection here.

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6) The Center features the Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection in the Voice to the Voiceless: The Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection Gallery.  The collection, which includes personal papers and items of Dr. King will rotate throughout the year.  We are offering year-long memberships for those who wish to visit multiple times and see every exhibit rotation.

5) The Center is inspiring.  At a recent talk, CEO, Doug Shipman explained that The Center aims to inspire the next Gandhi and the next King.  This is what The Center is about. You hear stories of courage and triumph, stories of brave individuals who fought for freedom and you too will be inspired do something.

4) We are located in downtown Atlanta between the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola at Pemberton Place.  Follow your time at The Center with a visit to our neighbors!

3) You can buy a tile, add a personalized message to it, and see it permanently displayed in the lobby of The Center this fall!

2) We are hands on!  At The Center, we encourage visitors to interact with the exhibit components!

1) It’s cool!  It really is.  There is so much to see, hear, and experience.  If you know people who are not easily impressed, we’re willing to bet you’ll be surprised to see how highly engaged they are while at The Center!

To learn more about The Center and to buy a ticket online, visit www.civilandhumanrights.org.  Also, be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (@Ctr4CHR) for more exciting news and posts!

Six Family-Friendly Activities for Father’s Day

Dads like to have fun too!  Check out these family-friendly events for Father’s Day weekend.

DSC_0094 (3)Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Atlanta. Isn’t dad your Superhero?  Come dressed as your favorite character on Superhero Day and enjoy activities, games and cartoon screenings. June 14, 12N- 4pm.

 

 

Sweetwater Creek State Park, Lithia Springs. Try stand-up paddleboarding, canoeing, geocaching and more during “Get Outside Georgia Day.” June 14, 10 am to 3 pm.

Old Fort Jackson, Savannah. Experience the lives of soldiers stationed here during the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 and the Civil War at this Father’s Day program. June 14-15, includes the daily cannon firings at 11 am and 2 pm.

gorilla_ozzie_ZA_smallZoo Atlanta, Atlanta. Free admission to Dad on Father’s Day with purchase of any full-price child’s (ages 3 to 11) or adult’s general admission ticket. Celebrate Ozzie the gorilla’s birthday at 10:30 am. June 15.

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Braves Country 5K, Atlanta. Includes a One Mile Fun Run (7 & older, open to adults) and Kilometer Kids Dash (6 & younger). 5K ends inside Turner Field. Each 5K registration includes a ticket to that evenings match-up against the Los Angeles Angels and a limited edition baseball tee. Advanced registration required.  June 14, 7:30 am.

Cloudland Canyon State Park, Rising Fawn. Full Moon Hike on the darkened West Rim Trail. Watch the sun set on the west side the canyon, hike to the east side, then watch the moon rise. Ages 10 and up, advanced reservations required. June 13, 8 pm to 11 pm. 

 

Katherine writer_18Katherine Mikkelson is a freelance writer and blogger. She enjoys travel and food and writes about both on her blog StateEats.com, highlighting iconic food from our 50 states.    

 

 

Fan Photo Friday

Submit your Georgia photos for the chance to be featured:

Jekyll Island, Georgia. Photo by Nicole Luhr. Submitted via Facebook.

Jekyll Island, Georgia. Photo by Nicole Luhr. Submitted via Facebook.

Downtown Atlanta. Photo by @joeforthenguyen. Submitted via Instagram.

Downtown Atlanta. Photo by @joeforthenguyen. Submitted via Instagram.

Chattahoochee National Forest. Photo by Brett Landry. Submitted via Flickr.

Chattahoochee National Forest. Photo by Brett Landry. Submitted via Flickr.

 

 

 

The Helen to the Atlantic Hot Air Balloon Race

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Going up and down in a hot air balloon is pretty simple.  You either add more hot air to go up or you let some out to descend.

Steering a hot air balloon is a bit more tricky because it’s pretty hard to float upwind.  You either go with the flow or you land.

Those minor details won’t deter the folks who take part in the 41st Annual Helen to the Atlantic Hot Air Balloon Race that’s drifting along until Saturday, June 7th in Helen, Georgia.

2The actual race started at 7 AM today (June 5th), but Helen will be hot air balloon heaven each morning and evening all week long.

Few things are as elegant as gently ascending in a colorful hot air balloon on a summer morning or evening, gone with the wind … headed for the beach.

Helen, Georgia, is an amazingly cool town any day of the year, but it’s especially scenic when flocks of hot air balloons fill the sky — with the weirdly Bavarian-themed town’s magnificent hills in the background — as they “race” toward the Atlantic Ocean powered by the breeze.

According to the rules, the winner of the race is the first balloon that crosses the finish line: I-95, anywhere between Maine and Miami.  The race’s website says,

“The shortest distance is 225 miles and the race usually takes two days.  It has been done in one day, while some races have taken as many as four days.  Six to ten balloons will be competing in the cross country race.

It is a race where both the pilot’s and crew’s skills are challenged.  A balloon can only go the same speed and direction as the wind.  The pilot must find the altitude which gives him/her the best speed as well as direction towards the finish line.”

1The Helen to the Atlantic Hot Air Balloon Race is the oldest balloon event in the South and the only long distance hot air balloon race in America.

You can take a ride in a “tethered” balloon that’s (probably) much more safe than the one seen in The Wizard of Oz.

Or glide over the area’s many waterfalls and wonderful hills for an hour or so … with a spot of champagne to quell any concerns you might have if you believe you can see dancing scarecrows and/or cowardly lions down below.

Flatlanders might prefer to park themselves on a bench by the rushing Chattahoochee River to let their spirits vicariously soar with the balloons … so their worries will float away with them.

Want more good news?  I could not find (after a very brief search) any prohibition in the rules to tying a few dozen balloons onto a lawn chair to enter the race.

Please Note:  Check with your doctor and insurance company before trying to fly your lawn chair.  Thank you.

Helen’s hot air balloon race is almost as exciting as NASCAR, but without all the noise, wrecks, motor homes, smells of gas and burning rubber and long waits at the rest rooms.

Fly away to Helen before the last balloon takes off.

Click Here for News About Lawn Chair Balloon Champion Larry Walters

Click Here for Schedules, Prices for “Tethered” Rides & More

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Robert SutherlandRobert Sutherland is a freelance writer enjoying life in Gainesville, GA. Robert has two adult daughters, six grandchildren, one Kawasaki and a loving girlfriend. Robert’s e-mail address is: RJS@RobertSutherland.com.