New winery: In November 2006, the Butterducks Winery in Guyton introduced two new wines to add to the 11 they had previously. Butterducks wines are all made from south Georgia fruits, ranging from dry and semi to sweet.
The winery is at 3332 Blue Jay Road in Guyton.
Tasting room hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. on Sundays. I would like to visit and observe their pruning technique. I haven’t quite gotten that down pat yet. There are quite a few of our Lake George area residents who grow their own grapes successfully. I had quite a few last season myself. I have two varieties, Cowart and Fry, which are compatible varieties.
GARD: Georgia Animal Rescue and Defence (yep, that’s how they spell it), a new organization in Pembroke is in dire need of shampoo, paper towels, dog houses, kennels, dog and puppy food, cat and kitten food, blankets, feeding bowls and anything else you can donate. They are a non-profit, licensed animal shelter serving Bryan County and outlying areas. GARD was founded by and is now directed by Joy Bohannon, JoAnne Bohannon and Philip Rutherford who recently relocated here from Vermont. Their endeavors have expanded due to the response of overwhelming needs of the homeless and neglected animals and has necessitated them relocating to a property suited to the establishment of a no-kill shelter. Their plan is for the shelter to eventually host a low-cost, spay and neuter clinic. They are at 100 Dichroic Dragon Drive on Route 119, about 2.3 miles south of Route 16 in Pembroke. For more information, call Joy at 653-2480 or Nell at 727-2647.
Live Oaks provide for all: An editorial appeared in our Coastal Courier on Jan. 21 entitled “Our live oaks deserve to be saved, not cut.” How ironic when just weeks later, magnificent, ancient live oaks were destroyed on Highway 196 on property owned by the Rogers family for centuries. Harry Rogers fought a gallant battle to save them, even offering the D.O.T. 15 acres for free as an alternate to cutting the trees. Why did they decline? Who authorized the “murder” of these trees? This editorial stated that trees combat the greenhouse effect, they clean the air, they provide oxygen, shade and a canopy for wildlife. Trees help prevent soil erosion and help increase property values. I could go on and on about what trees provide. The only tree I truly consider a nuisance is the messy sweet gum. Live oaks on the other hand are a symbol of our southern heritage. Just take a drive down Martin Drive in Midway or down Limerick Road through Lake George. The live oaks are gorgeous. Live oaks have long been a part of plantation life throughout the south, lining the roads to the big house. Hats off to Harry Rogers for pushing for legislation to prevent this happening again in the future.
Kudos: I would like to thank Gordon Blount of Highway 17 south in Midway for donating 14 clean piles of pine straw to me for making more plant quadrants to eliminate more grass cutting in my front yard. There were no pinecones or limbs in the straw, which will make it easy for me to spread it. I’ve known the Blounts for quite a few years, having served in the Lions Club with them back in the 90’s. I really appreciate Gordon’s generosity.
Great American Cleanup: James Ashdown, our former fire chief in Lake George, has agreed to spearhead a massive cleanup in Lake George sometime in April. If you would like to volunteer for this one-day project — part of a nationwide effort — call James at 884-4517. Please let him know what you can contribute. Don’t wait until the last minute. This kind of effort takes a lot of planning and lots of volunteers. Our recreation areas have been grossly neglected, as has our playground. There are empty lots and properties that need cleaning up. If you know of a site that needs attention, let James know. We can all work together to make this a successful Great American Cleanup.
Mark your calendar
Fri.-Sun, Feb. 16-18: Springtime Made In The South at Trade Center in Savannah.
Saturday, Feb. 17: Melon Bluff’s opening of the “Oaking Trail” at 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 20: Deadline for paying property taxes.
Friday, Feb. 23: Bamboo Farms Wild Game Supper at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 10: The Landings 17th Annual Flea Market (More details later).