Celebrate Oktoberfest in Atlanta

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Celebrate German culture in Atlanta this October with local Oktoberfest celebrations. You don’t have to be German to enjoy the good times, good food, and better beer!

Official Oktoberfest of Atlanta

On Saturday, October 15, check out Atlanta’s official yearly Oktoberfest, which runs from 1:00pm to 7:oopm. Billed as Atlanta’s biggest German-themed party, visitors can enjoy a variety of cold beers, German cuisine, live polka music, and plenty of games, activities, and contests (like Giant Jenga, Super-sized Connect Four, cornhole, and ladder ball).

General admission costs $15 and includes entry, a souvenir 22 oz beer stein, and your first beverage free of charge.

VIP admission is available for $60 and includes the souvenir 22 oz beer stein, four complimentary beers, a commemorative t-shirt, complimentary meal voucher, and access to the VIP area with preferred seating and the VIP beer line.

Celebrate Oktoberfest at Der Biergarten Restaurant

If you can’t make it out on October 15, celebrate German heritage in Atlanta at Der Biergarten’s annual and authentic Oktoberfest.

Starting September 17 and running through October 22, Der Biergarten brings even more Bavarian culture to their restaurant. Featuring plenty of good beer, good food, and great live music, this Oktoberfest is a celebration for everyone — not just those with German surnames.

Head to 300 Marietta Street NW. Enjoy the traditional tapping of the keg every Saturday night at 6:30.

Visit SouthTowne Motors

Go to Oktoberfest in style in a brand new car from SouthTowne Motors. For new and used auto sales, service, and accessories, visit SouthTowne Motors today. Ask your salesperson if there are any specials or sales going on.

The New Cadillac CT6 Plug-In

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In the past, luxury cars like Cadillac were synonymous with poor fuel economy. However, with the advances in technology, they have smaller motors with enough horsepower and still have all of the luxuries you come to expect from a luxury model. However, you can really have the best of both worlds when Cadillac releases the new CT6 to dealerships like SouthTowne Motors.

Borrowed Volt Technology

The new Cadillac CT6 is a full-size sedan and is a plug-in hybrid. The new model was announced at the Shanghai motor show. The new model will make 335 horsepower and 432 pound-feet of torque while doubling the fuel economy of the conventional engine.

The CT6 features an 18.4kWh lithium-ion battery pack behind the rear seat and in front of the trunk. The battery features 192 pouch cells – the same chemistry you’ll find in the new battery that comes with the Chevrolet Volt. You can charge this battery pack at a 120-volt or a 240-volt outlet.

A new rear-wheel electric variable transmission (EVT) will back up the engine, giving the CT6 fast and smooth takeoffs. The EVT system uses two motors and three planetary gears. The gas engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a turbocharger.

The CT6 features three driving modes: normal, sport and hold. Use normal for every day driving; use sport for more aggressive medal mapping and use hold to reserve battery use.

The CT6 will be available at the end of 2015. Cadillac has not yet released the range of the electric portion, nor has it released pricing yet.

Contact SouthTowne Motors

Stop by SouthTowne Motors or keep your eye on this space for more information about the CT6 as it becomes available including more about the range, pricing, trim levels, convenience features, safety features and entertainment features for each trim level.

April Events in Newnan

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Before you head out for this April’s events, be sure your vehicle has been serviced. Or, if you are thinking about buying a new vehicle, get it now so you can ride to the events in style. Stop by or call SouthTowne Motors today for a service appointment or to pick out a new vehicle, and then head out for some fun.

Taste of Newman

The Taste of Newman is downtown’s largest event and one that you can’t miss. The event is held once in the spring and again in the fall. Over 7,000 people visit to partake of samples from over 40 local food vendors. Be sure you have plenty of tickets. Each ticket is $1 and each “taste” costs between 1 and 10 tickets.

The Taste of Newman starts at 5:00 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m. and is held on North and South Court Square. Besides tasting food and drink from the vendors, enjoy live entertainment on two stages, a Kids Zone with rides and games, face painting and more.

If you don’t want to wait with the crowd to purchase tickets, you can purchase tokens at many downtown locations. Ticket sales end at noon on April 16, 2015, the day of the festival. There is no admission charge.

You can find free parking along any of the streets downtown and it public parking lots at 13 Lagrange Street, 25 Lagrange Street, 22 Spring Street, 6 First Avenue, 50 East Broad Street, 65 East Broad Street, 41 East Washington Street, and 22 East Broad Street.

Pickin on the Square

Visit the Court House Square in downtown Newman on the first and third Saturdays of the month to enjoy this event. Listen to local musicians, enjoy Market Day, or even participate in the festival. While there isn’t a dedicated time for the event, musicians usually arrive around 10:00 a.m. and stay until 2:00 p.m. If you do want to play or meet someone to play with, the event is acoustic only. You can find free public parking on the streets of downtown or in any of the public parking lots.

Visit SouthTowne Motors

Visit SouthTowne Motors today to have your vehicle serviced or to pick up a brand new vehicle.

Items You Should Have in Your Car to be Ready for Any Situation

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You should have an emergency kit in your vehicle during all seasons so you are ready for any situation. This means more than a small first aid kit. As a matter of fact, the smaller first aid kits are not enough – you should have a larger kit with supplies to handle most minor emergencies including stitches. Even if you just bought a new vehicle from SouthTowne Motors or had your vehicle serviced and feel confident that it won’t break down, you should have emergency supplies. You never know when someone could cause an accident involving you.

First Aid Kit

The first aid kit should have several different sized bandages, bandage tape, an Ace bandage, antibacterial cream, eyewash, a needle and thread, safety pins, glue, tweezers, burn cream, alcohol pads, cotton balls and wipes at a minimum. Add a clean towel and washcloth or a couple of smaller towels so you can clean wounds or use them as compresses to stop bleeding.

Extra Clothing

In the winter, you should have extra coats, gloves and hats for everyone. During all seasons, you should have blankets for everyone, though it is more important to have them during the cooler months in the event you get stranded and help isn’t near by. You’ll eventually run out of gas and the extra blankets and jackets will help keep everyone warm.

Food

Always keep high energy, non-perishable food in the vehicle. Granola bars, chocolate bars in the winter, trail mix or anything else that won’t go bad for a month or so in the vehicle should be packed. Rotate the food stores every month or two, depending on what you are keeping. You should also keep enough bottled water so that each person has two bottles in the vehicle. Rotate the water every month so that it stays fresh.

Other Items

Keep a fire starting kit in your vehicle. Don’t rely on a lighter or matches as those can get wet. If you do get stranded in the woods, you’ll be able to make a fire for warmth or to signal for help. If you often travel in uninhabited places, a tarp to use as protection and to keep things dry will also be handy. A knife will always be handy — just be sure it’s a good, sharp knife.

Stop by SouthTowne Motors

Call or stop by SouthTowne Motors to make a service appointment for your vehicle so that you lessen the chances of being stranded in the middle of nowhere.

Everglades National Park Road Trip

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One of the best road trips you can take is to the Everglades National Park. The park is located in the tip of southern Florida; and it has a deep history. At one point, citizens started draining the Everglades so that the land would be more useful. It was soon realized that the drainage project was destroying the fragile ecosystem and drainage and construction were halted.

Create a Tradition

The Everglades Ecosystem is home to over 350 different species of documented birds. When you take a road trip in your new SouthTowne Motors car, watch for some of the rare species. Make a tradition of visiting every year so that you can see your favorite birds.

Old Highways

Two of the old highways are still in place – at least parts of them. The Old Ingraham Highway that led to Royal Palm State Park was completed by the time the park was dedicated in 1916. While it was supposed to be part of a railroad project, it was determined that a better route existed. However, James E. Ingraham wanted to continue the highway for the growth in agriculture and development for the Everglades.

By 1922 a large portion of the original proposed route was completed, but not to Cape Sable as planned. The Homestead Canal was tied to the highway and was used as drainage for the road. The canal, about 50 miles long, runs along the road until Coot Bay/Mud Lake. The old road is now part of new roads that run from Florida City to Flamingo. Some of the highway is now park administrative roads or trails; and some of it has been removed so that the landscape could be restored.

The Tamiami Trail runs from Fort Myers to Dade County. Construction began in 1915 and each district along the way built their part of the trail. This trail/road and its accompanying canal took 13 years to complete. The Tamiami Trail helped with the development of the interior of the Everglades and the accessibility of the area. Since the trail’s development disrupted the natural flow of water, many Miccosukee and Seminole villages were created along the tail – this native people served as tourist guides and hunting guides as the Everglades was their home.

Call SouthTowne Motors

Before you head out on a road trip to South Florida and the Everglades, call SouthTowne Motors for an appointment to have your vehicle serviced for this extensive road trip.

National Soup Month Recipe – Hand-held Soups for the Car

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Instead of spending lots of money on hand-held soups to go, you can make your own. In addition to the soup ingredients, you’ll need a thermos for each person in the vehicle. Then, you can either stop at a rest area so the driver can also enjoy soup with the family or you can eat the soup on the go – and it will stay nice and warm.

Pack up your SouthTowne Buick, Cadillac, GMC or Chevrolet, plus your favorite soup, and head out on that road trip you’ve been planning.

Hearty Beef Stew

  • 2 pounds beef tips or sirloin cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 slices slab bacon, cut into quarters
  • 4 cups water
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cubes beef bullion
  • 4 medium potatoes, large diced
  • 4 medium carrots, large diced
  • 2 medium onions, large diced
  • 2 tablespoons pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Liquid Smoke (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 tablespoon Redfish seasoning (optional)
  • 1 bay leaf

Set the crock pot to medium or 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Saute the bacon in the bottom of the crock pot until it is translucent. Add the beef and lightly brown on all sides. Mix the flour and water until there are no lumps. Pour it over the beef. Add the bullion and spices. Reduce heat to 250 degrees Fahrenheit or medium low. Cook for 4 hours. Add vegetables and cook for 2-3 more hours or until beef pulls apart with a fork.

This recipe serves four, but can be frozen if you want to double it or if you have only two people. Once hot, ladle it into thermoses. If you freeze it, thaw it when you’re ready to use it, heat it in the microwave, and then ladle it into thermoses.

Vegetable Version

Use the same recipe except omit the beef and the beef bullion. Add chicken bullion for some “body.” You can also add chicken if you don’t want to go completely vegetarian.

Visit SouthTowne Motors

Before you head out on a road trip, be sure to have your vehicle serviced at SouthTowne Motors. If you are in the market for a new vehicle, stop by to test drive your next vehicle before you take a road trip.

2015 Sierra Beats Heavy Duty Challenge

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There’s no greater feeling in the world than knowing you drive the best truck out there. You climb into the cab and know you can tackle anything the day throws at you. You feel safe and secure and are eager to begin towing or hauling or whatever project you have. This is the same thrill you receive in the driver’s seat of the 2015 GMC Sierra 3500 HD. This truck was awarded the overall winning title in the 1-ton diesel category of the 2014 Heavy Duty Challenge. Here’s why.

The 2015 Sierra 3500 was put up against its two main competitors, the Ford F350 and the Ram 3500. It’s engine, the 6.6L Duramax Diesel, excelled against the engines of the other two, the Powerstroke diesel and Cummins diesel, respectively. The judges at the event even commented on the inside of the Sierra saying how much they enjoyed the newly designed interior and infotainment display. This truck scored high in vehicle control while towing. Cruise control, diesel exhaust brakes and grade braking help to relieve stress for drivers who do a lot of long-distance hauling and towing.

One of the tests performed was to descend 7.2 miles down the Eisenhower Pass in Colorado, which has up to a 7 percent grade. During this test, they counted how many brake pedal depressions were used. While the Ford tested with one brake depression and the Ram with five, the Sierra blew them out of the water with no brake pedal depressions at all. This is incredible. It also won in several other categories as well including the 0-60 mph on the Milan dragway, fuel economy with a trailer, and the 60-0 mpg braking at Proving Ground. All of these tests have proved that the Sierra is the best truck in class on the market today. Every Sierra HD comes with a five-year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty, Pro Grade Protection, and a two-year or 24,000 mile standard scheduled maintenance.

This winning truck can be found today at your Newnan GMC dealership. Stop by to take a test drive or to see other trucks, cars and SUVs that may suit your needs. We look forward to seeing you soon.

August Events in Newnan

Newnan is a great shopping hub for visitors and residents alike. There are lots of great points of interest, including an open-air shopping mall, a movie theater, and many other well-known restaurants and stores. If that’s not enough to grab your interest, hop in your Newnan Chevy and check out a few of these noteworthy events taking place this month.

It’s important to keep your body healthy and moving. That’s why Newnan offers Exercise is Medicine every week on Monday and Friday. This class runs every week through August 29. You’re invited to give this class a try on Monday, August 4, from 11:30am-12:30pm at the Carnegie Library in Newnan, GA.

Ever wanted to pick up a new hobby? How about crochet? Now’s the time to learn the basics and more with weekly classes being held starting Monday, August 4, until August 24. It’s a proven fact that crochet offers lifelong health benefits by being an effective stress reliever. It’s in this wonderful hobby’s rhythmic repetition which helps prevent stress, depression and pain. This in turns help to keep your body’s immune system stronger. The classes are from 2pm to 4pm you need to bring one crochet hook size H along with 7 ounces of Red Heart brand yarn. Don’t be intimidated, either. This class is for all skill levels.

Do you suffer or know someone close to you that suffers from Plantar Fasciitis or other types of foot pain? Over two million Americans suffer daily with this painful foot condition. This means that 1 in every 10 people will have this condition at some point during their life. Plantar Fasciitis causes a stabbing pain that occurs with every step and is especially painful first thing in the morning. Attend a Lunch and Learn event discussing this condition on Tuesday, August 5, at 12pm located at the Carnegie Library. ARCB Certified Reflexologist Jeanette Jackson will be giving advice on how to prevent and treat this condition. So bring your lunch and join this fascinating session.

We hope you will head out and join in on some of these events. Have a fantastic August from your friends at SouthTowne Motors.

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Best Roadtrips to Take Before School Starts Again

The song says, “Schools out for summer” but it won’t be long before kids will be heading back to the halls of learning but there’s still time for a road trip, or two, before the school bell rings.

Here at SouthTowne, we’ve got the inventory to help create memories to remember until this time next year when we’ll get you on your way again. Choose from an array of vehicles including vans, trucks, sedans, SUVs, coupes, and hatchbacks in new or pre-owned models.

With your ride of choice ready to go, consider a few of these nearby destinations for family fun road trips around Newnan.

Local Points of Interest

Newnan is home to six districts listed on the National Register of historic areas with outstanding examples of southern architecture from Victorian to antebellum homes. Enjoy an “in town” road trip by visiting each district and its points of interest.

Include the 60 acre Oak Hill Cemetery dating to 1828 as part of your “in town” road trip. It is the historical resting place of Confederate soldiers, Revolutionary War soldiers, World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam veterans.

Gardens

Dunaway Gardens located approximately six miles from Newnan. This exquisite floral and rock garden was first opened in the early 1900s as a theatrical training venue and popular location for outdoor theater performances. It reopened to the public in 2005. Meander through the 25 acre tract of lush landscape, waterfalls, hanging gardens and spring-fed pools on a self-guided tour.

Parks

The Chattahoochee Bend State Park offers a day full of interesting things to do. Take your fishing pole and snag a fish or two and cook on the grill. Hike 11 miles of scenic wooded trails, bring your bicycles, bring your bikes and ride till your heart’s content, or pack a picnic and just relax and enjoy the day. Camping sites are available, so make a weekend of it and do some bird watching or check out the wildlife living in the park.

Attractions

For the ultimate road trip for the day, make your way to Austell and the 290-acre Six Flags over Georgia theme park.

Contact us at SouthTowne and we’ll get you situated in the ride of a lifetime with one of our new, pre-owned or certified pre-owned vehicles.

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How to Keep Your Car Cool

Most drivers don’t enjoy driving in intense temperatures. Getting into a hot sweltering car can feel like you are being roasted. Let’s stay cool this summer by being ready for whatever the summer heat throws at you. The crew over at SouthTowne Motors have a few tips and tricks up their sleeve to share with you.

Make shade your best friend as well as purchasing a window visor. By parking in shady areas, you will greatly reduce the amount of heat that builds up in your car. When it is 90 degrees outside, your car’s internal temperature can reach 109 within just minutes. It only gets hotter in just under ten minutes so imagine the inside of your car reaching 138 degrees. You can help avoid this issue by blocking direct sunlight and using your window visor. If you left your window visor at home or just can’t find a shaded spot, a great tip is to try parking your car’s front away from oncoming sun. This means your front seats along with steering wheel will stay protected from the sun.

These next two go hand in hand. Purchase a small solar powered fan along with slightly cracking your windows. This doesn’t mean leave your windows all the way down, just slightly cracked. Check to make sure your own arm can’t fit through the crack. Making a small crack is enough to promote better ventilation to cool your car off. Cracked windows along with a mini solar fan will keep your car cool even in the hottest of summer days.

Open your doors before you get in and vent the hot air out. Don’t just go jumping into a scorching hot car. Especially if your car has been sitting in extreme temperatures for a long period of time. Let the vehicle air out a moment to allow cool air to enter and hot air to exit. It’s also a good idea to invest in tinted windows to keep out the sun. Window tints will help reflect the sun’s UV rays and keep your car cooler. Just be mindful of state laws and regulations. Check your local DMV before tinting your cars windows. Stay cool this summer with these handy pieces of advice from your local Newnan car dealer.

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