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Chieftains Low Country boil set for Aug. 4

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The annual Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home Low Country Boil has been set for Aug. 4. The event is the largest fund raiser of the year for the museum, which is operated by the Junior Service League of Rome.

Individual tickets for the event are $75, a table of eight is available for $600, and a table for 10 costs $750.

In addition to the shrimp, corn, sausage and potatoes in the low country boil, Two Can Do caterers also have barbecue available for dinner.

Doors will open at 7 p.m. and as many as two dozen silent auction items will be available for guests to write in bids before the dinner is served.

Museum Director Heather Shores said she knows one of the big items in the silent auction will be a Discovery Museum basket with tickets to the museum in Atlanta and other goodies.

After the meal, a standard live auction will also take place. One of the items in that portion of the event will be a handmade needlepoint Nativity scene that is expected to draw a top dollar.

People can call Shores at the museum at 706-291-9494 before July 28 to make reservations.

Housing market on the move

June and July are generally among the slowest months of the year in the Rome real estate market. Data provided by Melody Harrison, president of the Greater Rome Board of Realtors, indicates the residential market was looking up somewhat while heading to the annual summer slowdown.

“At this point there continues to be a shortage of inventory in the under $200,000 price point,” Harrison said.

In May, 108 single-family homes were sold, an increase of 1.9 percent over May of 2016. The average sale price was $144,612, up 5.5 percent from May of the previous year.

The total number of active listings on the market at the end of May was 392, down 19.3 percent from the previous year; however, the number of new listings in May totaled 141, which was up 21.6 percent from May of 2016.

Harrison said the housing inventory at the end of May was sufficient to sustain average monthly sales for about four and a half months.

Trout Unlimited to host Veterans Fishing Day

The Coosa Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited, fresh off its successful Kids Fishing Day, will host its third Fly Fishing for Vets Day at Rolater Park in Cave Spring on July 22.

The pond has plenty of trout left over from the Kids Fishing Day event in mid-June and some very large fish have survived from the kid’s event in previous years.

Veterans will not have to have a license to fish in the pond that day, but will need a license and trout stamp to fish in the creek at Rolater Park.

Fishing gear door prizes will be given away throughout the event during the day.

Trout Unlimited will have skilled fly casters on hand to help teach the veterans who are willing to give it a try.