Exploring the Night Sky

When you decide to explore nature, you might think of going to a park to see some wildlife and see how many different types of plants you can find. You may even connect with nature by hunting, fishing or hiking. Many people forget about the other part of nature: the night sky. Learn more about the night sky at parks across the nation, starting in nearby parks. Visit parks in other areas of the country when you take a road trip. Before you head out on a long road trip, be sure to have your vehicle serviced or checked at SouthTowne Motors.

According to the Organic Act of 1916, the National Park Service has to “conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wildlife therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.” Scenery includes the night sky since you can only find many of the dark, non-over-lit skies in national parks.

If you live in the city and have never been camping in the wilderness, you might not realize how beautiful the night sky is. When you plan your next camping trip to a national park, you may want to bring a telescope to help you pick out individual stars.

Many of the national parks have stargazing programs so that you can learn more about the night skies and what you can see. Stargazing programs include star parties, the bat flight breakfast at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, telescope viewing at Rocky Mountain National Park, moonlight hikes at Bryce Canyon National Park and the Observatory at Chaco Culture National Historic Park.

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Before you head out on a road trip, put together a plan and a list so that you can see everything you want to see and so that you don’t forget anything you want to bring. Part of planning for your trip includes having your vehicle checked at SouthTowne Motors to ensure things such as belts, hoses and brakes are not going to break or wear out on your trip.

August Events Near Newnan You Don’t Want to Miss

Stop by SouthTowne Motors in Newnan, Georgia, to test drive a new vehicle and then head out to these August events in your new car. If you are not ready for a new car, be sure to give our service department a call to schedule an appointment for maintenance so your current vehicle keeps running properly until you’re ready to pick up a new car.

The Big Fake Wedding – August 13

Love weddings but don’t get invited to enough of them? Attend an emotional wedding ceremony, eat a light dinner, and dance at a reception to see wedding vendors in action at The Big Fake Wedding Atlanta at Atlanta History Center. No gift required!

Piedmont Park Arts Festival – August 19-20

Piedmont Park Arts Festival features 250 painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metalworkers, glass blowers, and jewelers. It has artist demonstrations, live acoustic music, a children’s play area, and food vendors at Piedmont Park. The best part is that the event is free!

Southern Wing Showdown – August 20

The ultimate experience for wing lovers, taste wings from 25 restaurants, hear local music, and enjoy a cash bar at Southern Wing Showdown at The Foundry at Puritan Mill. Children age 10 and younger are free.

Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin –  August 27

Nothing beats some ice cream on a hot day, and we’d be willing to bet that summer won’t relent before the end of August. Taste 100 flavors of homemade ice cream, join an ice-cream eating contest, hear DJ music, and visit the kids’ corner at Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’ in Roswell Town Square.

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Stop by SouthTowne Motors in Newnan, Georgia to test drive a new vehicle or give our service department a call to schedule an appointments for maintenance.

Beat Summer Boredom with these Hikes in Georgia

If you’re finding yourself bored this summer in Georgia, don’t just sit around and do nothing about it. Why not go for a day trip to one of Georgia’s best hiking spots? Georgia is full of natural beauty and there are plenty of trails that you can hike to take it all in.

Jacks River Trail

For a longer hike that can easily take all day, try the Jacks River Trail. At 16 miles long, it meanders north from its trailhead at the Dally Gap. It’s located in the remote and beautiful Cohutta Wildnerness and crisscrosses the Jacks River several times with multiple fords, so you’ll have to be okay with getting wet. On a hot day, though, getting your toes wet in the cool river will feel nice, so who’s complaining?

Panther Creek Trail

At 7 miles long, Panther Creek Trails at Panther Creek Falls is a good middle-length trail to hike. The headlining feature of the trail is the waterfall that’s full in any season you visit. There’s a pool halfway down the trail if you want to take a quick dip before continuing on.

Raven Cliff Falls Trail

This one is shorter at 4.9 miles, but it’s a Georgia favorite, and for good reason: it’s relatively easy to hike and the waterfalls at the end are outstanding. The trail runs through a shaded creek valley and there’s even a chilly swimming hole near the trailhead, which is a perfect place to stop in after the hike is over.

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Stop by SouthTowne Motors this summer to test drive a new or used car, truck, or SUV. Find the perfect vehicle to get you around Georgia and beyond, including to any of these hiking trails. Not looking to buy this summer? SouthTowne Motors can still help you with service, parts, and accessories. Visit today!

Georgia’s Best Swimming Holes

The summer’s shaping up to be a hot one and that means that you’ll want to escape the heat at least once or twice this summer. Take your car out to one of Georgia’s best swimming holes the next time the thermometer threatens to burst and cool off under shady trees and cool water.

Tallulah Gorge

This spot gets props for being one of nature’s only natural water slides. The waterfall at Tallulah Gorge is at such a shallow angle and the rocks that it tumbles over are so smooth and seamless that visitors can sit down at the top and slide all the way down to the pool at the bottom. Play on the sliding rocks, swim in the pond, and enjoy the natural beauty of Tallulah Gorge.

Lake Allatoona

Created by a dam, Lake Allatoona is a huge reservoir of water with 12,010 acres of surface area and a maximum depth of 145 feet. Besides swimming, visitors to Allatoona can camp and hunt in the area and there’s a marina and boat ramps for those with boats.

Chattahoochee River

Areas of Chattahoochee River are slow and easy going, making for a perfect swimming spot. Kayaking, canoeing, tubing, and paddle boarding are also popular pastimes along the river. The river is nice and cool on a summer day and the banks are perfect for setting up a picnic.

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Stop by SouthTowne Motors in Newnan, Georgia, this summer before you hit the road for any swimming holes, state parks, beaches, or cities in your vehicle. You can test drive a new or used car, truck, or SUV at SouthTowne Motors and find one that’s perfect for you.

Best Events to Attend Around Newnan this June

Looking for summer fun in Newnan and beyond this June? There are plenty of fun activities going on to make your calendar full, so load up the car and head to one of these local events.

Balloons Over Fayette – June 17

This annual balloon festival is a regional favorite. Taking place at Whitewater High School and Sara Harp Minter Elementary School Complex in Fayetteville, Georgia, the festival starts at 3pm and runs until 10pm and includes live entertainment, food vendors, games, and a kids zone. The balloons will be inflated at 5pm and will be set to glow at 9pm to round out the night. Tickets are only $5 and parking onsite is an additional $5.

AthFest Music & Arts Festival – June 23-25

With over 50 musical acts, an artists’ market, a club crawl, and a children’s fest, this is one festival you don’t want to miss in Athens. The 3-day festival supports music and arts education while celebrating local and regional musicians and visual artists in downtown Athens. The event brings awareness and donations to the non-profit AthFest Educates in its mission to provide much-needed funding for youth arts education.

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Stop by SouthTowne Motors in Newnan, Georgia, to test drive a new vehicle. Be sure to ask your salesperson about any specials we may be running. If you are not ready for a new vehicle just yet, be sure to give our GM service department a call to schedule an appointment for maintenance.

Commemorate Memorial Day with These Patriotic Popsicles

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It’s Memorial Day Weekend and, whatever your plans, these patriotic popsicles will enhance your experience. Make these ahead of time and have them ready for your Memorial Day get-together.

Red, White, and Blueberry Popsicles

Ingredients

  • 1 heaping cup raspberries
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup vanilla flavored Greek yogurt

Directions

  1. Using a small 4 cup food processor, or blender, puree the raspberries until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Do the same with the blueberries.
  3. Put the yogurt and each of the berry purees in small measuring cups with spouts. The goal is to thin them just a bit so they are pourable. Use water for the yogurt and the raspberries, and, depending on the color of your blueberries, you can use water, or yogurt if you need to brighten up your ‘blue’. Keep these cups chilling in the refrigerator when you are not using them.
  4. To layer your pops, start by pouring a little of the blueberry in the bottom of each mold. The only tricky part to these popsicles is getting the layers in without too much spillage to mar your stripes.
  5. Put the mold in the freezer and freeze till firm, at least an hour, or more.
  6. Layer a little bit of yogurt into each mold for the next stripe. You will be able to see through the side of the mold to check your progress. At this point, cover the top of the mold with foil, and insert the popsicle sticks. Make sure to get the stick a little bit into the frozen layer so they will stand straight. Put back into the freezer until solid.
  7. Remove the foil at this stage, you won’t need it since the stick is in and you need to layer. Next comes your raspberry stripe, and so on until the molds are filled. Make sure to freeze each stripe until solid before adding the next.
  8. Once filled and completely frozen solid, you can un-mold your pops. Fill the sink with hot water. Remove the foil, and immerse the mold just up to the lip, being careful not to let any water splash onto the top. Hold it for 30 seconds, remove, and try to pull the pops out. If they don’t slide out, immerse again for just a few seconds.

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Stop by SouthTowne Motors this Memorial Day Weekend to test drive a new or used vehicle and to find something new and improved. Even if you’re not on the market for a new vehicle, SouthTowne Motors can help you keep your current vehicle in great shape through the summer and beyond.

Planning the Perfect Picnic

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Picnics can be entertaining and lots of fun for the whole family. They are a great way to come together as a family to eat delicious food and to bond over conversation and to make memories. It doesn’t take a lot to plan your own picnic. You can even throw a great picnic at your local park. Here are a few tips from your Newnan car dealership for a successful gathering.

Start by selecting a good weekend to have your picnic since weekends are usually best for most people. Try to plan your picnic on a warm summer day. Mark it down on your calendar and make invitations. Invite your family, friends and neighbors to come. The more people you have coming, the more fun it’s likely to become. Many parks offer places to have group picnics as well as group activities.

When making your invitations, be sure to include the time, date, and location. You can also request that each person bring an item to the picnic such as food or party supplies. This helps reduce the stress and shares the responsibilities with others. Have each person bring a picnic basket of their own goods to the event. It will turn into a picnic basket blowout. Decide what you want to have and what you will be bringing.

When setting up your picnic, here are a few things to keep in mind. Be sure to have available trashcans for easy disposal of trash. Remember to place a checkered or other festive tablecloth over the tables for fast clean up while adding a decorative touch. Bring citronella candles or torches to help repel bugs. Your party guests will thank you for this. Also, plastic is your best friend at any picnic. Think plastic or paper plates, cups and utensils for easy clean up.

Don’t forget about the entertainment. Music sets the mood for any good picnic along with games. Here are some easy games or activities you can host. Give outdoor twister a go or enjoy participating in a watermelon eating competition. There is the classic egg and spoon race but instead of using raw eggs use hard boiled eggs. This makes for a mess free cleanup if the egg drops. All you have to do now is remember to have the camera on hand. Now, you’re ready for an unforgettable picnic. Enjoy, from SouthTowne Motors.

The Best East Coast Spring Break Destinations

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Once you’ve had your vehicle serviced at SouthTowne Motors, you will be ready to head out for spring break. You can take a road trip up the east coast or you can spend the entire break in one spot. The east coast has tons to offer so no matter what you prefer, you’re bound to find a favorite place.

Maryland and Virginia

Visit the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay and Chincoteague, Virginia, for a relaxing spring break. While Chincoteague is a summer beach town, the National Wildlife Refuge is open year round. You’ll get a chance to spy on the wild ponies while they are in their natural habitat. Be sure to bring binoculars – and you may want to bring bicycles to better move about the refuge.

Kids of all ages will love the NASA Visitor Center at Wallops Flight Facility, which is located just outside of Chincoteague. Learn about the rockets that were launched nearby.

The other side of the peninsula – the Maryland side – features the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, the Maryland Science Center and the B&O Railroad museum. To refuel between touring museums, stop by Vaccaro’s at 222 Albemarle Street to grab some cannolis.

Asheville, North Carolina

If you prefer mountains to beaches, head up to Asheville, which is located about two hours east of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Enjoy the arts and food scene in Asheville, head over to the park in Tennessee or visit The Biltmore, which is just a few miles from Asheville. The Biltmore is the largest private home in the United States. Take a tour of the house, explore the acres of landscaped grounds or stop at the winery and working farm.

The nearby mountains also offer zip-lining, rock climbing, hiking and steam engine rides on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. Be sure to explore the Blue Ridge Parkway while you are in the area.

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Stop by SouthTowne Motors before you leave to have your vehicle service or to pick up that new vehicle you have been eying for some time. Imagine taking a spring break road trip with all of that new car smell!

Going into the New Year on a Positive Note

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Gyms become more crowded, Amazon sells more books, and people start stuffing a few extra dollars into their piggy banks. A new year means a fresh start, and that’s why many Americans choose to make resolutions for the New Year. Some resolutions have proven to be more popular than others over the years, and these 10 are guaranteed to start 2017 off on a positive note.

1. Read more books. As smartphones and tablets begin to take the place of books, many Americans are hoping to revert back to the basics. The resolution to read more books is one that continues to be in the top 10 year after year.

2. Lose weight. Gyms overflow in January every year, but losing weight can be a tough resolution to keep. However, there’s no doubt that losing weight is on just about every list of the hottest New Year’s resolutions.

3. Quit smoking. The more studies come out about how bad smoking is for everyone’s health, the more people are trying to quit. Quitting smoking can be difficult, but it’s a resolution that many smokers will try year after year until their goal is accomplished.

4. Save money. Saving money is on a lot of people’s minds after the holiday spending has ceased. Paying off debts and saving more money is a resolution that many choose in the New Year, but it also means a commitment to a change of lifestyle.

5. Eat healthier. Eating healthy is difficult for many busy Americans, but the vow to eat more fruits and vegetables or change junk food eating habits entirely is seen as a positive way to start the New Year.

6. Live with less stress. Stress is something that drags many people down everyday, and removing that stress can mean a happier and more productive lifestyle. However, relieving stress can be one of the most difficult resolutions to keep.

7. Travel more often. Traveling is a way of incorporating more relaxation, adventure and culture into your life, and it’s hard to see a downside of escaping work and everyday stresses more often. Although, it’s important to keep in mind that traveling more often means keeping better track of your budget too.

8. Give to more charities. Whether it’s time, money, clothing or other means of donating, many people vow to help others more in the new year.

9. Spend less time on Facebook. This relatively new resolution has gained popularity as Facebook has become accessible everywhere we go. Spending less time on Facebook could result in higher levels of productivity, especially when you’re tempted by social media at work.

10. Try an extreme sport. For many, a new year means new adventures, and bigger and better adventures can mean a more amazing year than the last. Bungee jumping, skydiving and other adventure sports require courage from the participant, but these activities are found rewarding to those who have a little bit of adrenaline junkie inside.

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Make 2017 the best year yet with a new or used Chevy from SouthTowne Motors in Newnan, Georgia.

Holiday Drink Recipes

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Bring these favorites to your holiday gathering for a great hit! The peppermint brittle makes a great snack or after dinner dessert; and you’ll want to curl up in front of the fire with the eggnog. But, before you do that, be sure your Christmas shopping is finished – including that new car you are getting from SouthTowne Motors for your spouse.

Peppermint Brittle

  • 2 pounds of white chocolate
  • 30 small peppermint candy canes

Line a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan with heavy-duty foil. Melt the white chocolate in the microwave – 5 to 6 minutes on medium or use the “melt” function, stirring every couple of minutes until the chocolate is melted and smooth.

Unwrap the candy canes and place them in a plastic zipper bag. Break them into chunks using a rolling pin or mallet. Stir the chunks into the white chocolate. Spread the mixture evenly in the pan and chill for about an hour or until it is set. Break the bark into pieces by slamming the pan on the counter.

Eggnog

  • 4 cups milk
  • 5 whole cloves
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 12 egg yolks
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 4 cups light cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Combine the milk, cloves, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract and cinnamon in a saucepan. Heat on low for about 5 minutes, then slowly bring the mixture to a boil.

Meanwhile, combine the egg yolks and sugar in a large bowl. Slowly whisk until the mixture is fluffy. Whisk the hot milk into the egg mixture. Pour the mixture into the saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, for 3 minutes or until the mixture thickens. Do not allow the mixture to boil. Strain the eggnog to remove the cloves and let it cool for an hour.

Stir in the cream, 2 teaspoons vanilla and the nutmeg. Refrigerate the mixture overnight. Serve with a cinnamon stick and a sprinkle of nutmeg for garnish.

Stop by SouthTowne Motors

If you haven’t had your vehicle serviced yet, be sure to call for an appointment. And, if you are planning on taking advantage of our year-end sales, time is running out, so come on over to SouthTowne Motors to test drive your next new vehicle.