Whaat? Momma’s feelin’ right funky! I’m talkin’ James Brown! Y’all gotta get up! Yeah! Channelin’ some 70s funk! It’s like the Soul Train over here at the Citizen! Yes! Line Dance! Here comes Monaray Powers and she’s flat kickin’ it! “Get up offa that thing and shake til you feel better . . . get up offa that thing and shake til. . . “ Momma’s up next! “ Holy Smokin’ Sizzle Sass! Momma’s doin’ the back bend! “Get up offa tha. . .” Bangin’ Bongos! She flat can’t get up offa that ding dang thing ‘cause her back’s been thrown out like a politician throws blame!

Y’all call Morgan Memorial Hospital! I’m sure Momma will be better by Friday, August 1 ‘cause honey we’re all gonna get up offa that thing and stroll over to downtown Madison’s First Friday event! Right so here’s the deal! You can visit tons of shops, galleries and restaurants in historic downtown Madison, enjoy live music, art and food and beverage samples and even some fabulouishous deals, deals, deals! Yes! Ok so y’all! The fun all starts at 6 p.m. and goes til 8 p.m.! You’ll know the participatin’ shops, galleries and restaurants ‘cause they’ll have white balloons out front! So far, participants include the Madison Artists Guild Gallery, Artisan’s Alley, Ava Alexander, Town & Country, Madison ChopHouse Grille, Antique Sweets, Amelia’s, Barkin Dog, Amici’s, Canavan’s Home & Art and Ricky D’s! I flat cannot wait! I’ll see all y’all there!

First Fridays are flat FUN! Shut the barn door y’all! Big Kev’s Barbecue is now open in downtown Madison at 270 West Washington Street where the Madison location of The Caboose used to be! Of course the Rutledge Caboose is still OPEN! Anyhow, I flat popped in there today for lunch and it was slap-yo-momma-downtown-and-back delicious!! Ok so I sat down with Big Kev (aka Kevin Armstrong) to see if I could get all of his secrets to great BBQ but he flat won’t tell it y’all! All I could get is Low-and-Slow! That’s how Big Kev cooks it! Right so he officially opened today with a soft openin’ over the weekend! Hours of operation will be Monday-Wednesday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Ok so he’s got a fantastic menu and somethin’ for everyone! Great appetizers, wings, chicken tenders, salads, kids meals and tons of delicious sides like Brunswick Stew, Mac & Cheese, Fried Okra, Baked Beans, Collard Greens, Potato Salad, Cole Slaw and Fries. Plus he serves up plate servings of pulled pork, grilled chicken, beef brisket, BBQ ribs, Southern fried catfish and a veggie plate. Oh and don’t for get the sandwiches (pork, chicken, beef brisket, rib, Kielbasa, hot dog, Verner Farm burger, Reuben and a grilled veggie burger! And, don’t forget you can take it home by the ½ pound and the pound! Whaaat! Where’re my peach cobbler, pecan pie, key lime pie, chocolate cake and cookies?Well honey it’s all right here at Big Kev’s! Y’all check it out immediately! You won’t be sorry!

Sad news. Sheri Clark, owner of The Madison Gift Mart & Café told me yesterday that she’s closing the café. Saturday, August 16 will be the last day. But don’t despair y’all. Sheri is gonna keep serving coffee, tea, soft drinks, Cecilia’s Cakes and other desserts. Oh and y’all they have free Wi-Fi and it’s the perfect place to have a business meeting! Well I sure hate to see this great restaurant close, but will definitely drop by often for a cup of Joe and yummy slice of a bona-fied Cecilia’s cake! And, talk ‘bout another sad hit.

Anthony International is moving 150 jobs out of Morgan County and into Conyers. See the whole story and the quote from the Anthony International CEO on page A2 in this week’s Citizen. But on the bright side, Madison was a superstar last week in the Sunday edition of the Atlanta Journal/Constitution. Ding dang! The Atlanta Journal/Constitution featured an entire page – I say an entire full-color page – on Madison! Small Town. Big Culture. Yes! This is gonna generate some major tourism from a powerful and huge Atlanta metro market area and that’s dang good news for our retailers, restaurants and lodging businesses! Well Momma has flat got to split! Y’all check back with me next week! But, if you flat gotta get the scoop, just come on over to the Citizen office at 259 North Second Street in front of the beautiful Brady Inn in downtown Madison and join in the Citizen’s 70s dance line! Come on! Don’t be shy!