From an email sent to Spirit of Athens on March 9 following the first Cruise In:

Good Morning…I just wanted to say how much fun it was to see all those old and some newer cars Saturday. There were so many people walking around the square. I hope some stopped in to shop while the guys got their fill of engines and such. We try to visit downtown on these special event days. Thanks for all the work you and your committee do for Athens progress. Can’t tell you how I’m amazed at having a beer and pizza on the square!
Thanks, Connie


Coming To Athens!

Hey Ladies! Claire Kayser is joing up with her twin sister Carole Foret and do they have the deal of a lifetime! Now you can attend Southern Palette for less than you thought. This is a price that doesn't need much consideration. If you like to paint or THINK you'd like to paint in a getaway fun-filled weekend, then this is the weekend for you!
April 16 - 19
At Carole's Studio
Athens, Alabama
Historical downtown Athens Alabama in the springtime is a gorgeous setting. The dogwoods are in bloom, and there is an infectious energy all around. Claire and I have a great weekend planned. Check out the details at CaroleAndClaire.Com for a complete schedule of activities.
Want to know more about Athens? Visit the Spirit of Athens Site!
Read comments by those who have worked with Carole & Claire:
Carole and Claire came to Rosemary Beach to teach a few paint techniques to women, which they did. But they also spread broad brush strokes of joy, confidence, and effervescence. The beauty they brought to Girls' Getaway Weekend, on their canvases and in their smiles, was an integral part of the event. Their students left class glowing, happy with new skills and a masterpiece!
---Kim Jameson, Rosemary Beach, FL

"I've attended Carole and Claire's workshops and absolutely enjoyed them immensely. The ingredients that you can depend on in this "artistic" recipe are: relationship building, accomplishment, knowledge and most of all a large amount of FUN. Go, you will have the best time EVER!" ---Marcia Whitaker, Anniston, AL

It was such a joy to have you and your sister as our guests. Your artwork and sweet personalities were an inspiration to all! Thanks again...We hope to see you both again.
---Bev Sanders, Carmel, CA

Participating in the artist workshop was the best time I had all weekend. It gave me a chance to step outside of myself, in a fun and creative way. I met new friends that I look forward to seeing every year. And I love it when my friends in Atlanta visit my home and say "Did YOU paint that?" Then they want to hear about the whole trip and how then can attend one.....
---Sylvia Holler, Atlanta, GA


Main Street-Chicago

I am proud to announce that my trip to the Main Street Conference has already been so helpful. Meetings started today at 8:30 am and continued until 6 pm, with a reception following until 9 pm. I've received valuable information on the 4 points - economic restructuring, organization, promotions, and design. Communities from across the nation are attending this 4 day conference and are sharing their own success stories. I can't wait to get back to Athens and implement some of these ideas. Get ready!!

Ashley Winkle, Florence Main Street Director and me between meetings.