Hog Jam 2012 – Results

Hog Jam 2012 Results

A foggy morning gave way to a beautiful fall day filled with the aroma of BBQ in the North Georgia Mountains on Saturday, October 13, 2012. Professional and backyard teams worked tirelessly through the evening  Friday and all day Saturday to compete for the thousands of dollars in prize money.

In its inaugural year, the Presenting Sponsor for Hog Jam 2012 was Forty Creek Whisky. All members of the BBQ teams, sponsors, judges, vendors, and board members of the sanctioning body, Georgia BBQ Association, enjoyed a Friday night welcome reception sponsored by Forty Creek Whisky and Kinetic Telecom Services. The reception featured hors’d oeuvres prepared by Chef Bill Minkert and the Copperhead Culinary Team as well as an open bar featuring Forty Creek Whisky. Live music by 12 Gauge Persuaders kept the teams up and dancing until it was time to get to the work they had come for – BBQ!

On Saturday, vendors lined the covered front porch of the Lodge, along with a large display set up by Harley Davidson of Cartersville, another event sponsor. Patrons were able to shop with vendors, enjoy a plate of BBQ donated by Bi-Lo, Blairsville, GA and prepared by Smokey Q BBQ, Blairsville, GA and listen to live music by Modern Vinyl and Mike Watson Blues Band.

Over $6,000 in prize money was awarded to the best teams. Results were as follows:

Grand Champion – Jethro’s Cooking Crew, Richland, GA

Reserve Champion – Smokinwilly Squealers, Barney, GA

Professional Results:

Ribs – 1st place – Jethro’s Cooking Crew, Richland GA

Ribs – 2nd place – Bubba Grills, Haddock, GA

Ribs – 3rd place – Smokinwilly Squealers, Barney, GA

Pulled Pork – 1st place – Smokinwilly Squealers, Barney, GA

Pulled Pork – 2nd place – Onsite Ribs, Jackson, GA

Pulled Pork – 3rd place – The Pampered Pig, Blackshear, GA

Pork Loin – 1st place – Jethro’s Cooking Crew, Richland, GA

Pork Loin – 2nd place – Bubba Grills, Haddock, GA

Pork Loin – 3rd place – The Pampered Pig, Blackshear, GA

Backyard Results:

Grand Champion – Diggin Que, Rome, GA

Reserve Champion – Rollin Smoker, Cumming, GA

Ribs – 1st place – Diggin Que, Rome, GA

Ribs – 2nd place – Screaming Eagle BBQ, Tiger, GA

Ribs – 3rd place – Rollin Smoker, Cumming, GA

Pulled Pork – 1st place – Diggin Que, Rome, GA

Pulled Pork – 2nd place – Screaming Eagle BBQ, Tiger, GA

Pulled Pork – 3rd place – Rollin Smoker, Cumming, GA

Pork Loin – 1st place – Wilbur’s Been Smokin’ Somthin’, Woodstock, GA

Pork Loin – 2nd place – Rollin Smoker, Cumming, GA

Pork Loin – 3rd place – Diggin Que, Rome, GA

Ancillary Results:

Sauce – Onsite Ribs, Jackson, GA

Brunswick Stew – Smokinwilly Squealers, Barney, GA

Wild Game – Onsite Ribs, Jackson, GA

Dessert – Rufus Smokehouse BBQ, Stockbridge, GA

Bloody Mary – Onsite Ribs, Jackson, GA

The Lodge at Copperhead and the Georgia BBQ Association wish to thank the generous sponsors who made this event possible. Forty Creek Whisky, Kinetic Telecom Service, Lawbike.com, Harley Davidson of Cartersville, RUWebby, LLC, Straight Count Choppers, Biker Barn, Holiday Inn Express, Bi-Lo, Blairsville, GA, TH Griffith Agency, Inc., Visual Outdoor Advertising, Elder Financial Services – Nationwide Insurance, Mountain View RV Resort, Blairsville Cinema, and United Community Bank. Without your support this event would not have been possible, and we thank you!

Veteran’s Memorial Dedication Scheduled

3rd Anniversary celebration weekend for The Lodge at Copperhead April 7 – 8. The Lodge will be kicking off the 2012 season with their biggest event of the year, featuring

Installers for new flag pole

the dedication of their Veteran’s Memorial, Saturday April 7 at 2:00 pm. (Full details: http://www.thelodgeatcopperhead.com/index.cfm?Content=34&Menu=1)

Car and Bike Show registration starts at 10 am with the show beginning at Noon. Cash, and prizes awarded at 3pm. See The Lodge’s website calendar for more information and registration forms. Registration fee is $20 in advance or $25 the day of the show.

Other activities include: Live music by local favorite Modern Vinyl, Noon to 3 pm. At 6pm The Mike Watson Band takes The Porch. There will also be a benefit motorcycle treasure hunt, a DYNO machine by Woods Performance Tuning, and vendors to shop.

The weekend festivities continue on Sunday with an Easter sunrise service, and Easter brunch. Full menu is available here

Countdown – 7 days to Anniversary Party

Let’s get the Anniversary Party Started!

We’ll kick off the celebration of our 3rd Season on Thursday, April 5, 2012. A full line up of events throughout the weekend. Come celebrate with us – afterall, you are the reason we are here!

Thursday – April 5

Season Kick off with Fish Fry Thursday, Bike Night, a FREE Swap Meet and live music on the Porch by Paul Constantine

Call today to reserve your space for the FREE Swap Meet. Chef inspired specials and the ONLY Bar in Union County. Help us kick off the 2012 season right.

Saturday – April 7

Bikers Helping Hands Treasure Hunt We’ve partnered with Georgia Cancer Specialists, and Helping Hands Foundation to host the First Annual Treasure Hunt to raise money for LOCAL people fighting cancer who need financial assistance. Win great prizes and ride the North Georgia Mountains for this great charity

Riders – $15, includes breakfast, long sleeve t-shirt and Treasure Map Passengers – $10, t-shirts available for purchase

Registration begins at 8 am, first bike out at 9 am. Last bike out at 10 am, last bike in at 2 pm – prizes awarded at 3 pm.


Biker Barn                                    The Whistle Stop Grill

Toccoa Riverside Restaurant    Pye Automotive Group

Elder Financial Services            TH Griffith Agency, Inc.

The Sawmill Place                        Double C Stables

Art Miller Real Estate                   Dr. Jennifer Jones

Excel Graphics                             The News Observer

Coosa Creek Marketing              McDonald’s-Blairsville

Jacksonville Nursing Consultants, Inc.

Spring Water Promotions

Local favorite MODERN VINYL plays Noon- 3 pm.

3rd Annual Car & Bike Show Registration starts at 10 am. Show kicks off at Noon – Cash Prizes and other awards at 3 pm $20 advance registration, $25 day of show – Get registered HERE!, or email michelle@thelodgeatcopperhead.com


Free admission to spectators! Bring the family and make it a day

Sunday – April 8

Easter Sonrise Service 7 am, led by Marty Duncan, Fellowship of the Hills. Light refreshments and coffee for all before the service. Special guest – Keren Leppo

Easter Brunch – Chef has a full buffet of over 30 items you’ll love. Bring your family and enjoy your Easter Dinner with us. 9 am – 3pm, reservations requested. Full Menu

Limited Lodging remains available for the weekend – reserve yours today!

3rd Annual “Heart Ball” – February 11, 2012

Join us for a magical evening of romance and fine dining. For the
third year in a row, Chef Brian Whitcomb delivers a five course meal you  won’t soon forget. Full bar and signature cocktails available. Dance the night away to the soulful sounds of Mike Watson Band.

Lodging packages with dinner, music, & chocolate
strawberries in your room available, starting at just $224. Use Promo
Code “BALL” – click here to make reservations.

Dinner only tickets available here, or call 706-835-7433.


Baby Lamb Chop served over Winter Mediterranean Cous Cous with a Balsamic Reduction

New England Clam Chowder served in a Sour Dough Boule

Chilled Waldorf Salad served on a bed of Butter Bibb

Choice of:
Ancho Chili Encrusted Tenderloin of Beef
served with a Roasted Yellow Corn and Roasted Red Pepper Pico, Fried
Panko Encrusted Garlic Potato Cake garnished with fresh Cilantro and Sea
Salt Potato Straws


Filet of Wild Caught Salmon stuffed with Spinach and Crab served over Texas Basmati Rice and Poached Baby Bok Choy and Leeks

Creme Caramel with a Caramel Cage

$49.95 per person, Reservations required.

Welcome to 2012!

January Events

Saturday 14th – 6-10 pm – 3rd Annual Pig Roast with music by Keren Leppo

Saturday 21st – 7-10 pm – Live music by local favorite Crazy Heart

January 27 – 29 – Great American Motorcycle Show
Come by our booth for a HUGE surprise and chances to win prizes

February Events

Keep your eye on the website calendar or Facebook for the announcement of Comedy Shows coming to The Lodge in February

3rd Annual “Heart Ball” – February 11, 2012
Join us for a magical evening of romance and fine dining. For the third year in a row, Chef Brian Whitcomb delivers a five course meal you won’t soon forget. Full bar and signature cocktails available.
Dance the night away to the soulful sounds of Mike Watson Band.
Lodging packages include deluxe room or cozy cabin, five course dinner for two, band, plus chocolate strawberries in room! Starting at just $224. Use promo code “BALLhere.
Dinner only tickets available here. Reservations required, see full menu.

March Events

North GA Idol – the biggest competition in the Southeast!
Every  Saturday in March will host 10 hopeful contestants who will perform
before a live audience and industry professional judges for a spot in
the finale of 12 competitors on March 31.

Can you sing? Know someone who does? Do you want to be the North GA Idol?

Register today! Information, guidelines, and registration on website.

Music Event Highlights for October 2011 – The Lodge at Copperhead, Blairsville, GA

Nashville Unleashed, 7:30 p.m. – Dinner reservations open at 5:30 p.m.  Reservations Requested.

Join Jack & Diane, along with a few of their fellow Nashville Recording Artists:  Lisa Shaffer, Shay Watson, Bill Whyte in the beautiful North Georgia Mountains for a special concert event at The Lodge at Copperhead.  The concert will take place “in the round” in the Grand Hall, by candlelight, over dinner and wine.

Nashville Unleashed with Jack & Diane is an unprecedented concert experience, catering to couples and music connoisseurs in an intimate, “in the round” format. Similar to VH-1?s Storytellers, the audience is invited behind the scenes, as Nashville’s elite performing songwriters share the inspiration behind their music and the stories behind their songs. The professional writers WOW the audience with their superior musicianship and open themselves up personally.

JACK & DIANE – Most refer to their music as a “bluesy, more soulful style of country.”  Diane’s voice is smooth as “hot butter.”  Jack, who formerly toured with George Thorogood and Brian Setzer is revered as a guitar player/multi-instrumentalist.  He is known for his unconventional approach, especially to lap steel and mandolin.  The combination of Jack & Diane’s musical styles immediately resonates with an audience. Both long-time performing, recording, and songwriting veterans, Jack & Diane simply have the ability to capture the hearts of their listeners and endear them to their music.

LISA SHAFFER – Lisa grew up in Crittenden, Kentucky just below the Mason-Dixon Line.  Lisa has recorded for Disney’s Lyric Street Records and written several hit songs: “Gotta Start Somewhere” by Rhonda Vincent, “Hip Hop In A Honky Tonk” by Colt Ford (video currently airing on CMT and GAC), and “I Know I Love You” by Jeff and Sheri Easter whose album is nominated for a Grammy.  Lisa has co-written songs with Charlie Daniels, Bill Anderson and Paul Overstreet.

BILL WHYTE – Born in Montgomery City, Missouri, Bill’s first experience in Nashville came in the mid 70?s. While he was in Music City he was part of the United Talent Roster that was owned by Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn.  It was Billy Dean who first encouraged Bill to stop resisting his funny side and write more comedy songs and that led Bill into the studio to record his “Off The Wall CD” that was recorded “Live” at the world famous Bluebird Cafe. And his second comedy song CD “Leave Em’ Laughing” contains 12 more funny songs. Bill currently tours with various Artists. In between road dates, he offers is Award-Winning Radio Personality to WSM radio station, the home of the Grand Ole Opry. Bill’s songs have been recorded by Linda Davis, Brady Seals, Ray Stevens and Cledus T. Judd, among many others.

SHAY WATSON – Shay Watson has written songs for bands and solo artists such as Grammy Winning DC Talk’s (and Newsboys)’s Michael Tait, Word Recording Artists-Sidewalk Prophets, Fox Sports, Grammy Nominees, Sonicflood, his own duo ‘Watson & Nash’ and James Clay and others. With chart success in Europe under his belt and a number of songs cut and singled to radio by various artists in the United States, Shay has carved out a place for himself in the global music community as a songwriter, artist and producer. Shay is actively involved in child advocacy and is an artist/spokesman for Mission of Mercy, a Christian relief organization that helps find sponsors for poverty stricken children in underprivileged areas of the world.

Please be sure to get your room/cabin reservations early as this event typically sells out!   $18 – VIP Seating (closest to the performers)  $12 Advance/$15 Door – General Admission –  RESERVE TICKETS DIRECTLY FROM THE LODGE: 706-835-7433

The BacTracs

October 8th, 6-10 p.m. The BacTracs – ‘60’s & ‘70’s Party – It’s a groovy kind of love band.  You can win a prize man by styling like in ‘60’s -70’s. Get ready for reflections from the past with music from The Hollies & The Kinks, Credence Clearwater Revival, Marmalade, The Turtles…Byrds… Youngbloods.


October 15, 6-10 p.m. – Mike Watson Band

Put on your boogie shoes and catch the

Mike Watson Band

Groove with MWB.  Reserve your stay now at The Lodge at Copperhead to experience the change in the seasons, “Fall” foliage, in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia.

The popular Mike Watson Band is favored for their covers songs by top recording artists and original songs by Mike Watson.   On any given night, MWB performs songs by legendary singers Merle Haggard, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Seger, The Allman Brothers, Neil McCoy, B.B. King, Elmore James, and Muddy Waters.  Mike Watson has written many songs that have become crowd favorites over the years, such as, Biscuit On My Mind, Lonely Here Tonight, That’s Just The Way My Luck Has Always Been, Juanita, Juanita, The Grass Is Never Greener, and Down To The River.

MWB recent performances include the Atlanta Society of Entertainers 37th Annual Awards Celebration and with Jimmy Buffet’s Coral Reefer band mates: Doyle Grisham, & Nadirah Shakoor and Outside Art.  For updates: www.mikewatson.net  Early reservations for dinner and lodging are recommended. This event typically sells out.

Fedora Blues Band

October 22nd, 6-10 p.m. – Fedora Blues Band – Featuring “Chicago Style” Blues
In honor of the two biggest Chicago Blues rivals, Muddy Waters and Howlin Wolf, Fedora Blues was created to revisit the feel of these two masters. Chicago Blues was known for including guitar, harmonia, piano, bass, and drums with lots of emphasis on a good hook.  And, that is exactly what you can expect from the Fedora Blues Band at this event.

October 29, 6 p.m. Ghost of Halloween’s Past Party – Costume Contest – Halloween isn’t just for kids anymore! Choose a spooky costume and join us for a monstrous meal and haunting cocktails for an unforgettable evening!

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 spacer (1K) Lawbike.com Texas Hold ’em Tourney enters Week 2

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Over 30 players gathered on week one to battle for the coveted final table. Congratulations to Week #1 winner – Danny Holmes. Danny won two tickets to the Goin’ Low Country for Alzheimers event and a seat at the Week 11 final table. Tom Angley placed 2nd and won a $20 gift card to the Biker Barn. Mike Rogers placed 3rd and won a $10 gift card for The Lodge.

Come out this Monday at 7 pm – you can’t win if you don’t play!



What’s happening at The Lodge
You already know The Lodge at Copperhead is THE place to be when it comes to great food, awesome beverages, and the best entertainment in North Georgia. So, it should be no surprise what is in store the next few weeks:7/16 – Mike Watson Band 6-10 pm, make your reservation today to be sure you have a spot on the porch to enjoy the awesome music by Mike & the guys. A few rooms remain available, make it a weekend getaway!7/23 – Twelve Guage Persuaders 6-10 pm, don’t miss this group making their debut at The Lodge. These guys could get the dead to dance, and just because they are far too gentlemanly to suggest the ladies throw their undergarments, there is no doubt they deserve them. This will be a show you don’t want to miss!

07/30 – Goin’ Low Country for Alzheimer’s – join the Lodge in helping to raise money for GA Mountain walk to end Alzheimer’s. Special lodging package includes a Queen room for Saturday night and two tickets to the Low Country Boil. $126, plus tax. Use, book yours today!

As always, we’ve got weekly fun: Monday – Texas Hold ’em 7 pm, Thursday – Live Team Trivia 7 pm, and Friday – You can be the STAR Karaoke! at 7:59 pm.

Great food is our passion and we are excited to bring you our new Summer menu featuring fresh new favorites with seasonal offerings and garden to table selections. Join us Tuesday evening, August 2nd for a very special Two-for Tuesday. 2 still dine for $22 – but you will select from our new menu several tasting choices from new appetizers, salads, soups, entrees, and desserts. Make reservations today – limited space available.

Although it’s just July – it seems the “dog days of Summer” are upon us. We all know what that means….fall splendor is coming to the North GA Mountains. The lodge will be ground zero for the leaf changing season as Mother Nature blankets the mountains with fall color.

We’ll kick off the fall entertainment line-up with the North GA Mountain Bluegrass Music & Arts Festival on September 24. LIVE Bluegrass including bands: The Stumblers, Jason and the Punknecks, John Sosebee Band, Husky Burnette, Sweet Georgia Brown and the Blister Sisters, National and Local Artists. BonFire in the ‘Yard’, Car and Bike Show, Collectibles, Great Food, Cold Beer, FREE to the Public, Families Welcomed!!! Limited RV and Tent Camping available, Cabins for Rent, with Lodging Specials for Weekend Packages. Full details coming soon!

If you are planning to come to the North GA Mountains this fall – book today to get the LOWEST PRICES, most preferred rooms & cabins. Book by September 5th for stays between Sept 30 & Oct 31 and receive FREE breakfast EVERY day of your stay, PLUS welcome drinks at check-in. Use PROMO CODE “LEAF” when making reservations on our website.

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Celebrating 4th of July – Mountain style

It’s a time honored tradition to celebrate the birthday of The United States of America on Independence Day, July 4th with outdoor events including music, great food & drinks, plus fireworks displays.  This year’s celebration at The Lodge at Copperhead was no exception.
The holiday weekend celebration held resort guests and regional visitors captive with non-stop activities with the restaurant dishing out award-winning entrees and beverages to fit the occasion.

Many resort guests opted for whitewater rafting, kayaking, boating, golfing, or running The Gauntlet, North Georgia newest riding/driving attraction.  Still others enjoyed their favorite frozen drinks pool side.  Just a matter of choice of the things to see and do to enjoy the holiday.

Weekend Highlights
1st Annual Battle of the Bands
Special thanks to Steering by Starlight, Neighborhood Watch, & The BacTracs Band for competing in our inaugural Battle of the Bands.  Congratulations to The BacTracs Band, the 1st Place Winner of 3 Gigs at The Lodge at Copperhead.  The judges ranked you highest in professionalism, tight harmony, well rehearsed, and authentic sound on cover and original selection. 

Stay tuned for the announcement of upcoming play dates at The Lodge at Copperhead, and don’t miss the opportunity to see this great band play at North Georgia’s finest live music venue.  We appreciate the veteran music industry judges for judging the competition.  We look forward to having you again for next year’s Battle of the Bands.   Outdoor entertainment sponsored by Lawbike.com, Biker 101 Magazine, Von Gogh Vodka, Yuengling, Garage 71 Radio, Elder Financial Services, Inc., Chattahoochee Biker Gear, and R&R Trikes & Accessories.

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Celebrate Memorial Day in the North GA Mountains

The Lodge at Copperhead’s Memorial Day weekend celebration promises exciting events and live entertainment to honor America’s fallen military and to mark the official beginning of the summer season.  The Lodge at Copperhead is proud to host exceptional talent throughout the weekend. The Sunday evening’s annual fireworks display is a ritual of remembrance for those who have lost their lives defending America’s freedom.  General admission for each event is $5 per person.

Saturday, May 28th, 6-11pm – The evening will come to life when Sydnee VonSteele, lead singer, for the Trigger Finger Band takes the stage.  Sydnee’s strong vocals are reminisce of Janice Joplin.  The band’s play list includes selections from Joan Jet, and Pat Benatar to the Eagles.        

The celebration continues Sunday, 5- 8:30 pm when Mike Watson and the Mike Watson’s Band takes the stage.  Mike has opened for, or performed with, the Freddy Fender Band, Confederate Railroad, Cheap Trick, Darlene Austin, Hamilton, Joe Frank, and Reynolds, Bill Haley’s Comets, Janie Frickie, Melva Montgomery, Allen Frizzell, and Doyle Grisham, just to name a few.

Mike Watson is celebrated for his blues interpretations.  However, he performs a variety of musical styles at any given performance.  From Merle Haggard, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Seger, The Allman Brothers, Neil McCoy, B.B. King, Elmore James, to Muddy Waters and more.  Mike has also written and recorded songs such as Biscuit On My Mind, Lonely Here Tonight, That’s Just The Way My Luck Has Always Been, Juanita, Juanita, The Grass Is Never Greener, and Down To The River. 

We are looking forward to this special celebration and invite everyone to enjoy the weekend events. We are pleased to have the caliber of talent lined-up for entertainment. For this weekend, there will be no band cover charges when dining in our restaurant. There is a limited number of lodging packages available. Reserve today at www.thelodgeatcopperhead.com with promo code “MEMD.” 

About The Resort:  The Lodge at Copperhead, 171 Copperhead Parkway, Blairsville, GA –
North Georgia’s Premiere Vacation Resort and Special Events Venue.  The high country resort offers lodging, casual fine dining, full service bar, cabins and other amenities.  Lodging reservations are available at website: www.thelodgeatcopperhead.com or by calling 706-835-7433.

Coming to The Lodge!

 Coming Soon to The Lodge!

 This weekend the weather looks to be great for enjoying Spring in the North Georgia Mountains. We’ll be featuring our great menu with ITALIAN specials all weekend! Think Pizza, Calzones, Pasta and homemade Garlic Knots….

Next week, join us for one of several great events:
Thursday, May 5th – Cinco De Mayo Bike Night & Cruise-in, 6-9 pm
Enjoy a delicious Mexican menu along with your favorite beverage from our drink specials. Live Cinco De Mayo themed Trivia starts at 7 pm.

Friday, May 6h – You can be the STAR Karaoke! 8 pm
Come early and feast on our fabulous dinner specials, then sit back, relax and enjoy the show.

Saturday, May 7th – Kentucky Derby Party, 4-6 pm
Come out and watch the fastest two minutes in sports at The Lodge. Food & drink specials, Hat contest, prizes!

Sunday, May 8th – Mothers Day Brunch, 11 am – 3 pm
Bring your favorite lady out to enjoy our Mother’s Day Brunch. Family style menu full of salads, appetizers, and Chef’s special entrees. The dessert bar will leave you speechless. All mother’s receive a special gift. See the full menu on our website.

Baillie And The Boys – All the Greatest Hits Unplugged
Live show May 21, 2011, 7:30 pm.

Baillie And The Boys signed with RCA records in 1986 and released its self-titled debut in 1987 which spawned a total of 3 hit singles; “Oh Heart,” “He’s Letting Go” and “Wilder Days”. With the release of the groups 2nd CD, “Turn The Tide” the 1st single released from that project quickly shot up the charts to the # 3 position and became one of the longest running country singles plating on the charts for a record breaking thirty-seven weeks.  It became one the most performed songs of 1988.
Reserve your tickets online & make dinner reservations by calling 706-835-7433.

Just Announced – Weekend Memorial Day Celebration!
The Lodge is gearing up for our Memorial Day Weekend Celebration!
Come enjoy Memorial Day weekend in the North Georgia mountains.

Packages available for all the weekend
festivities including room, all events, and breakfast
each day.

Saturday – Trigger Finger Band
Sunday – Mike Watson Band, Poolside
with Cookout and fireworks show

Rooms & Cabins are filling fast. Don’t be left out, make your reservations today and use PROMO CODE “MEMD” to receive the full package.

5/21 – 2nd Annual Kennel Kruise
6/4 – Habitat for Humanity “Tool Belt Ride”
6/11 – Nashville Unleashed with Jack & Diane
6/18 – Blues, Brews, Cars & BBQ
6/19 – Father’s Day Cruise-in and Brunch
Details for all on our Calendar