The Madison ChopHouse Grille has turned 25! Can you believe it? That’s right y’all, the Madison ChopHouse Grille first opened 25 years ago on Feb. 14! Congrats Madison ChopHouse Team! Ok everybody! Y’all head over there and tell everyone at the ChopHouse Happy Birthday! Ding Dang! I feel old ‘cause I was THERE when the ChopHouse opened! 

Hey but don’t forget to check out the Morgan County Citizen next week for a look back at the ChopHouse and how it has become one of Madison’s most well-recognized restaurant destinations!

The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center is hostin’ its 18th annual Antique Show and Sale (better known as The Best Little Antiques Show in America) this week! The preview party is slated for Thursday evening at The Hall from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.! Preview party tickets are $50 and include hors d’oeuvres and wine while you check out all of the fabulous antiques and meet the dealers! 

The Preview Party ticket also includes admittance to the show on Friday and Saturday! Friday and Saturday show and sale tickets are $10. Doors open at 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Oh and there are two lectures during the show in the Cultural Center’s auditorium: Friday with Michael Ausbon on “In Tasty Style” on portraiture and its meaning and Saturday with Phil Wingard on “The Varied Decorations of Thomas Chandler.”  Y’all check out the Cultural Center’s website for more info at! See you there!

Are you caring for someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease? I know first-hand how challenging it can be because I watched my mother suffer from dementia for 14 years until her death. I knew very little about how to care for someone with dementia, how to communicate, how to handle aggression and how to handle my own sense of helplessness. I even had trouble helping my mother with everyday life activities like helping her get dressed or take a bath. 

Basically, I had to learn on the job from caregivers and friends. It was by far the most difficult journey of my life. If armed with more knowledge and support, I know caring for my mother would have been an easier path. And, that’s what Wellbridge Community of Madison is hoping to do — make caring and living with someone suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease a little easier. 

For those of you who don’t know, Wellbridge Community of Madison is a senior living campus being built in Madison, Ga., and they are starting a dementia/Alzheimer’s disease Caregiver Support Group. The meetings are slated for the third Thursday of every month, beginning this Thursday, Feb. 21 from 6:30 until 7:30. The support group will meet at the Wellbridge Center located at 230 West Washington Street next to Town 220 and behind the James Madison Inn. Co-facilitators are Wellbridge’s Mary Jo Johnson, MPA, CADDCT and Sonnie Aiken, MPH. Both facilitators are daughters of loved ones with Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia. Sonnie is also a member of the UGA Gerontology Honor Society and is a research coordinator.  If you are caring for a loved one or know a friend who is caring for a loved one with dementia, please share information about this valuable support group! For more information, call Mary Jo at 844-449-9355 or email her at

Wellbridge is also hosting a series of five free Dementia Awareness Community Presentations meetings and the first is slated for Feb. 28 from 6:30 until 8 p.m. at Redeemer Church of Madison located at 1890 Bethany Road. The presentation will include the 2007 documentary “There is a Bridge” that first aired on PBS. Admission is free. Other presentations in 2019 are scheduled in May, September, November with the final one in February 2020.  

That’s it for the Buzz this week! Y’all be good, shop local, dine local and read your LOCAL Morgan County Citizen newspaper!

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