NEWSLETTER                                                                    September, 2015
119 W. Washington Street
     Post Office Box 133

     Monticello, Georgia 31064

     Phone: 706-468-8994
Cell: 706-476-2585 



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"Third Thursday" COFFEE CALL is September 17, 2015    7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Join us for  "Third Thursday" Coffee Call. We will be meeting on the third Thursday of each month for coffee, pastry, and networking at one of our businesses in Jasper county.  Bring your business cards and share with those attending.  Also drop a card in the prize box for a chance to win a prize.

Coffee Call is Thursday, September 17th from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and being hosted by The Monticello News.  They will be giving away a free subscription to the newspaper.

Interested in hosting a Coffee Call ...?  Contact the Chamber of Commerce at 706-468-8994 or

Put this date on your calendar!   RIBBON CUTTING - SEPTEMBER 18, 2015
Please join us as we welcome two new businesses into the community!

FARMER'S MARKET FESTIVAL on the Square through October 31st
Join us at the FARMER'S MARKET FESTIVAL on the Square every Saturday from 8 a.m. until Noon!  We have fresh vegetables, fruit, handmade items, plants, informational booths, and more available.  Georgia grown, locally grown, and hand crafted items. 
Shop LOCAL.  Support LOCAL.

S for the 18th ANNUAL DEER DASH,  
We are pleased to announce that the 49th Annual Deer Festival Pageant has been set for Sunday, November 1st.  The pageant will be held at Thomas Persons Hall in Monti cello from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.  

For a pageant application -  click here
Rules and Instructions - click here    If you
are interested in advertising in our pageant program - 
click here     

Photograph below is of our 2014-2015 Deer Festival Queen, Katelin Villarreal and Little Miss Fawn, Laynie Matthews
We are now accepting registrations for the 18th Annual Deer Dash. The 5k Run/Walk and One Mile Fun Run is Saturday, November 7th - the morning of the Annual Deer Festival.  

Trisha Yearwood and Beth Bernard came home for a visit and book signing..!  It was our pleasure to work with the Director and Board of Directors at Thomas Persons Hall preparing for and during the event.  Two hundred free tickets were given away and over 1,500 books signed!  

Article By:  Susan Jacobs with  The Monticello News -   Thu, Sep 03, 2015
Hometown girls Trisha Yearwood and Beth Yearwood-Bernard, along with niece/daughter Ashley Bernard, spent the greater portion of Sunday greeting and signing their new cookbook for hundreds of family friends, former peers and local well-wishers.
The local book signing, conducted in Thomas Persons Hall, was not a previously scheduled event on the ladies calendar until last week when an opportunity presented the aut hors the chance to return home for a meet and greet with their hometown supporters following a Saturday book signing in Atlanta. 
The announcement posted on social media last Sunday sent fans, near and far, in a frenzy to acquire at least one of a limited number of tickets.
The new book, Trisha's Table, is the third collaborative publication for the southern ladies but the first without the aid of their mother, the late Gwen Yearwood.
"Several times while working on the book we found ourselves saying mama would know the answer to that," said Trisha in explaining the sisters' process of working on the recipes.
The new book showcases the evolution of the ladies' own cooking trying to strike a balance between hearty and healthy.
"Growing up we had all the staples of southern cooking with our parents and grandparents but now finding healthy alternatives for our own families is important. That doesn't mean sacrificing taste but taking things into moderation," noted the Grammy winner and now best-selling author and television personality.
Trisha spoke of introducing her husband Garth Brooks to sweet potato burgers in lieu of beef patties and being pleasantly surprised when the Oklahoma native gave a definitive nod of approval to the dish.
The book signing was originally scheduled with a two-hour afternoon window in mind but wound up extending well into the evening. No fan left without a signed book, hug or handshake, and commemorative snapshot, and the guests of honor didn't leave until all had been greeted.
Among the many guests were a number of the cookbook auth ors' former teachers at Piedmont Academy (pictured above)-Gail Sealy, Linda McClelland, Patsy Pitts, and Lin Caldwell, as well as numerous former high school and college classmates, friends, admirers, Piedmont alumni, and family.
Trisha Yearwood went back to her roots with a pair of book signings in Georgia over the weekend.
The singer and her sister, Beth Bernard, recently published a cookbook titled  Trisha's Table: My Feel-Good Favorites for a Balanced Life, and they promoted the release with an in-store appearance at Williams-Sonoma in Atlanta's Ponce City Market on Saturday (Aug. 29), signing for four hours without a break.
On Sunday (Aug. 30) they appeared at another signing in their hometown of Monticello, Ga., which ended up running for eight straight hours, with the sisters signing 1,500 books. One woman traveled more than 700 miles from Delaware to attend the event, during which Yearwood and Bernard traded recipes and success stories and shared family memories with fans.
The new book focuses on a balance between classic Southern recipes and lighter fare. It's Yearwood's third cookbook, and it  debuted at No. 7 on the  New York Times Bestseller list. "This book [reflects] how we eat more of the time," Yearwood told Dan Rather during an interview earlier this year. "And then, on the comfort foods, there are some things you just can't substitute. You just say, 'I'm havin' the macaroni and cheese today ... and I'm gonna enjoy it.' But the rest of the time, we show you ways to make things lighter."
Those lighter dishes include dairy-free angel hair pasta with avocado pesto and vegetarian smashed sweet-pea burgers. There are also some heartier recipes for foods like Georgia pulled pork, chocolate chip cookie dough balls and chicken tortilla casserole.
"I have adopted an 80/20 rule when it comes to my delicate relationship with food: 80 percent of the time I make good choices; 20 percent of the time I let myself splurge a little," Yearwood says. "I think about food all the time, so making peace with eating is a daily battle for me. I won't say I've completely figured it out, but I will say that right now, I win that battle more days than I lose it, and I believe that's the key.

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To reserve one of the City of Monticello parks you must fill out a request form at the Chamber of Commerce.  To print out the use of park rules -   click here.  To print out the city park reservation form -   click here

BACKPACK MEAL PROGRAM sponsored by Family Connections
I am so excited that our Backpack Meal Program will be implemented in September.  I am so grateful to Food Pride in Monticello for agreeing to purchase items that we need at cost on a monthly basis.  Also, we have talked with several individuals and churches that will not only make monetary donation but will do food drives for us.  We have also placed the box back at the Chamber of Commerce if you would like to make donations.  I would also like to thank Melissa and the Senior Center  for agreeing to store items and Seniors package items for us.  This has been a blessing.  Everything is falling into place and I would like to thank all of you for your support.  Thank you for all you do for the children and families in Jasper County.                                                                           
Targie Folds
Jasper County Family Connection, Inc.
1405 College Street
Monticello, GA  31064
(office) 706.468.4959
(fax) 706.468.0045
  "JCFC: Partnering to Improve Outcomes for Children and Families"
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED...We are currently updating our volunteer roster and need more volunteers to help in the  Visitors' Center.   Volunteers simply visit with the tourists - give directions - answer the phone.  Sign up today.
SPONSORS NEEDED...We still need a sponsor for our quarterly First Friday Breakfast for December 4.  The breakfast is from 8 a.m. - 9 a.m. at the Visitors' Center. Cost to sponsor the breakfast is $150.00.  You can be a First Friday table sponsor for $25.00.
HOSTS NEEDED...We are scheduling our next quarterly Business After Hours and need a host for:  November.   We are also scheduling hosts for monthly - "Third Thursday" Coffee Call.
VISITORS' CENTER DISPLAY WINDOW...We are now reserving the front window display for 2016.  Please call and reserve the month you would like to advertise and promote your business.

Please call 706-468-8994 if you would like more information about these opportunities.