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The Fillin’ Station now has craft beer growlers

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The Fillin' Station is now open inside Kristi's Country Store. Kristi McCook fillls  a glass jug from the craft beer taps on Aug. 23 as the first day growlers were sold.  See more scenes below.

The Fillin’ Station is now open inside Kristi’s Country Store. Kristi McCook fillls a glass jug from the craft beer taps on Aug. 23 as the first day growlers were sold. See more scenes below.

By LEANNE AKIN
lakin@clickthepaper.com
The Fillin’ Station is now open inside Kristi’s Country Store, and Kristie McCook was filling up two sizes of growler jugs on Saturday’s grand opening day.
Among the offerings of 14 craft beers and ales for the grand opening day included Jailhouse Brewing Company’s Misdemeanor Ale, Watermelon Blonde from Cherry Street Brewing Co-op in Cumming, Tropicalia by Creature Comforts Brewery in Athens, Hop Dang Diggity by Jekyll Brewing in Alpharetta, Monday Night Brewing’s Fu Manbru, Southern Pecan by Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company, Red Brick Brewing’s Hoplanta, Woodchuck’ Hard Cider’s Pear Cider and Hopsation, Kronenbourg Blanc, Anderson Valley Brewing Company’s Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Ale, Terrapin Hopsecutioner and Red Hare‘s non-alcoholic root beer. The alcohol content of the selections ranges from 4 percent to 7.3 percent.
You can sample up with three selections with the 50 cents per taste being donated to a local charity. Continue reading The Fillin’ Station now has craft beer growlers

Great Day of Service: 4 churches, 100-plus volunteers, 1 day

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How many of God’s people and places can you serve and show God’s love to in one day?  The members of four area Methodist churches are going to find out.

United Methodist churches of Commerce, Homer, Warren Chapel in Commerce and Hickory Flat in Lula are having a “Great Day of Service” on Saturday, Sept. 6, with the mission “To serve our God by serving His people, reaching out in love to assist with basic physical, relational, and spiritual needs through person-to-person and community ministries.”

On Saturday, these four churches will join together to serve people in the community in many ways.  Projects include “Feed My Sheep,” providing free food to the needy; in-community services such as yard work and cleaning; blanket square crocheting for blankets for senior citizens; baking loaves of bread to be distributed to shut-ins; lunches for the homeless in Athens; assembling personal care kits for use by the Banks Jackson Emergency Food Bank; cookie coloring with seniors at Peachtree Village assisted living home; writing letters to shut-ins, military, local/county/state officials; diaper ministry at Grace Point Retreat; manpower support for Peace Place thrift store in Arcade; and praying without ceasing.

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18th annual Vineyard Fest hosted at Chateau Elan

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This group of Vineyard Fest-goers were enjoying a "having fun" photo opportunity at the Sassy Bitch table where Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Mascato, Pinot Noir and Hunter Select Craft Light Beer were being tasted. See more scenes from the Sunday afternoon festival featuring wine, beer, spirits, grape-stomping, Georgia Grown foods and more. See more scenes in LeAnne Akin's photo gallery below.

This group of Vineyard Fest-goers were enjoying a “having fun” photo opportunity at the Sassy Bitch table where Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Mascato, Pinot Noir and Hunter Select Craft Light Beer were being tasted. See more scenes from the Sunday afternoon festival featuring wine, beer, spirits, grape-stomping, Georgia Grown foods and more. See more scenes in LeAnne Akin’s photo gallery below.

Chateau Elan hosted the 18th annual Vineyard Fest 2014 on Sunday and tastings of Georgia wines including Chateau Elan, Crane Creek Vineyards, Georgia Winery, Three Sisters, Montaluce Winery, Gin Creek, Currahee and Warm Springs Winery. National and international wines and beers were also served up and event-goers were treated to a chance to stomp grapes, watch cooking demonstrations, attend wine seminars, dancing to the sounds of the League of Decency and sample a variety of “Taste of Georgia” menu items. From pickled wild Georgia Shrimp with okra and spicy tomato remoulade to sweet treats from Mayfield Dairy Farms, the fest was a tastebud-pleasing event.

Chateau Elan Vineyard Fest 2014

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Jackson portraits can be purchased at open air market

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Jackson's portrait is among those rescue animals being featured in “Homeless No More” being written by Jackie White with Doster's pet portraits of  six cats, three birds, a bunny and 36 dogs.

Jackson’s portrait is among those rescue animals being featured in “Homeless No More” being written by Jackie White with Doster’s pet portraits of six cats, three birds, a bunny and 36 dogs.

Lisa Doster of Art for Paws has donated her time and talent to create a portrait of Jackson, the stray dog found in Braselton that gained community support for his veterinary care through his  “Help Jackson Get A Second Chance”Facebook page.
The portraits will be on sale starting Saturday during the Open Air Market at Countryside Antiques. Prints will be $25 or you can purchase a $5 raffle ticket for a chance to win a portrait PAWtigraphed by Jackson.
“This fundraiser will help us reach our goal of $700 for Jackson’s much-needed dental work,” said Donna Cannella, who has given Jackson a home. He can often be visited with at Countryside Antiques.
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Getting sweet exposure to BULLI in Braselton

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The ice cream social attracted individuals interested in learning about and registering for fall sessions courses through Brenau University Learning & Leisure Institute (BULLI). See more scenes in Farah Bohannon's photo gallery below.

The ice cream social attracted individuals interested in learning about and registering for fall sessions courses through Brenau University Learning & Leisure Institute (BULLI). See more scenes in Farah Bohannon’s photo gallery below.

By FARAH BOHANNON
fbohannon@clickthepaper.om
Braselton’s Brenau University Learning & Leisure Institute (BULLI) fall term registration kicked off on Aug. 12 at Mayfield Dairy.
Braselton Town Manager Jennifer Dees welcomed those who were in attendance to register and gain more information about BULLI. She distributed the fall 2014 BULLI-tin as well as a registration form that contained basic information about the organization. Registration will continue until Friday, Aug. 29. Stop by Braselton Town Hall or call Dees at 706-654-5720 to register.
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