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Friday News

This week's photo submission is from: Caitlin Buchanan

Public Safety Updates:



We want to thank all the residents who signed up for and wish to be part of the Community Wildfire Defense Grant. This grant has the potential to greatly enhance our community fire safety. At this point, the grant has been approved through Georgia and is now in the hands of the federal government. It must be approved at that level before any funds are dispersed. We are expecting to find out if approved or not in April. It is very possible that the approval may be delayed further though. As soon as we receive word from the federal government regarding its approval status, we will alert the community.

Work is expected to begin within two months of the grant’s approval. At this point, we have done everything we can to be prepared to initiate the program quickly. Please keep in mind that this is a 5-year program, and the work will be spread out accordingly during that timeframe. So, we encourage residents not to wait to take action with basic fire prevention activities around their homes. Once the grant is approved and it is time for your property to be assessed for hazards, a representative from the Wildcat Community will be in contact with you.

Please follow the link below to our website to access an incredible video with guidance regarding some basic things you can do to protect your home from wildfire in the meantime.


Administration Updates:


As you may recall, back in mid-2023, we conducted a comprehensive Community Vision Survey to gather valuable insights from our residents. Since then, the results of this survey have undergone thorough analysis by a dedicated vision committee and further deliberation by our Board of Directors.

We're pleased to announce that a comprehensive Vision Plan has been adopted based on the collective input and feedback received from all of you. This plan outlines our community's aspirations, goals, and priorities for the future.

To review the detailed Vision Plan, please click here.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey and contributed to shaping the future of our community. Your input is invaluable as we continue to work together towards making Bent Tree an even better place to call home.


The dog park will be closed from April 15th- May 1st for upgrades. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

There is a dog park in the City of Jasper at the City Park near Chatt Tech. 

Learning Tree Sessions at The Tavern in May!

Get ready to dive into the world of Bent Tree's history, governance, operations, and finances with our upcoming Learning Tree sessions! Held on May 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, these evening classes offer a unique opportunity to learn about various aspects of our community.

Registration forms are available in the Administration Office, and a fee of $15 per person covers course materials. Enjoy a buffet and refreshments during the sessions as you delve into our community's rich history and operations. 

We have 16 people registered so far!

Space is limited to 30 participants, so sign up today to secure your spot! For questions or more information, contact Mary Lou Weng at 770-894-9086 or See Friday News for additional details.

This week's featured flyer from our Committees comes from L&W. 

To have your flyer featured at the top of Friday News, please submit the request with your Friday News submission. For any questions, please contact Taree at

Other Upcoming Things for Your Calendar!

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events. Please come join us, as a player or even spectator. It’s truly a fun atmosphere. Also be on the lookout for Free Beginner Tennis and Pickleball Clinics. These will be offered on weekdays and weekends, in hopes you’ll be able to fit us in somewhere. You’ll be glad you did. Please reach out to Coach Bob with any questions at 770-883-2623. Hope to see ya soon.

The Thursday scramble will now begin at 5pm with the longer afternoons kicking in! Feel free to call the shop and sign up if you can play.

If you haven’t played in the scramble, we do 9-holes and pair up in teams of 4 each with an A, B, C, D player. We will assign handicaps to each team based on each players 9-hole handicap. Play lasts approximately 2 hours and we announce the winners when everyone comes in.

The cost is $5 per player and appropriate cart fees apply.

Format: 2 person teams, selecting (1) Best Ball Net for 18 holes with 85% individual Handicap.

Entry Fee: $25 Entry fee, skins are an additional $5 per player. Not optional.

Skins: Will be determined per flight.

Course Conditions: Will be determined the evening before the event.

Flights: Based on Team handicaps. Players may select any set of tees they wish, Including “Green Tees”. Gross & Net payouts per flight.

Scoring: Will be on the Patio/Pavilion immediately following play. Any ties within a flight will be determined by a chip off.

Sign up in the golf shop or email

Join us this Wednesday, April 17th, for a culinary journey to the beautiful lands of Greece, Cyprus, and the Baltic nations! Indulge in a delectable array of authentic dishes expertly crafted by our talented chefs for just $21.95 per person.

Here's a sneak peek at what's on the menu:

  • Greek Salad: Chopped iceberg lettuce accompanied by mild pickled peppers, kalamata olives, red onion, roasted peppers, and feta cheese.

  • Cyprian Potato Salad: Lemon-infused potato salad with artichoke and oregano, dressed with olive oil, sea salt, and coriander.

  • Bob Chorba: Bulgarian white bean soup with tomato and onion.

  • Kufta: Baltic grilled lamb and pork patty served with kaytak - a yogurt, white cheese, and roasted pepper dip.

  • Vegetarian Moussaka: Layers of eggplant, zucchini, and lentils topped with tomato sauce and bechamel.

  • Spanakopita: Spinach and spice-filled phyllo pastry baked to perfection.

  • Pastitsio: Baked pasta topped with a thick bechamel sauce.

  • Shakshouka: Baked eggs in a lightly spicy sauce originating in Northern Africa.

  • Desserts: Indulge in crispy Baklava and aromatic Revani Cake - the perfect sweet endings to your Mediterranean feast!

Note: This event is buffet-style, so you'll have the opportunity to sample all these delicious offerings.

Reserve your table now and treat your taste buds to an unforgettable dining experience. Don't miss out on this culinary adventure!

Upcoming Things for Your Calendar!

Please note that this month's Super Brunch will be held on April 21st (not the previously announced date of the 28th). 

Mark your calendars for our May Super Brunch, which will be held on Mother's Day. This special event will require reservations, so be sure to secure your spot early. We've had several sell-out events recently, including Easter brunch, so don't delay in making your reservations.

Please see the Karaoke flyer from Jan Davis

🎶  Hi KARAOKE Fans!

You and your friends are invited to join everyone on ….
        SATURDAY -  APRIL 20th
   Bent Tree Tavern

Fabulous fun, fellowship, and amazing entertainment 🎶🎤

Specialty Drinks and Bar menus with entrees available

(Table reservations are strongly recommended!)

🎤 We can’t wait to see YOU again!
   Jack & Jan Davis
    Karaoke Hosts 🎶

News From Bent Tree Realty

189 Frost Pine Circle

1.61 acres

4 Bedrooms  

3 Baths



News from The Stables

What does the bartender say?

Last call for alcohol.

What did Donna Summer sing in 1978?
Last dance...Last chance for love...Yes, it's my last chance...For romance tonight...

Guess what? This is the LAST reminder to come to the Stables tomorrow at 9:45AM (if you are using the leaf blower) or 10AM or... We will be there until about 1PM, getting dirty, having fun, and making the barn clean for our equine pals and our riding guests. We hope you join us.

Order on the Trail 

Horses are herd animals and as such there is a hierarchy or an order. This hierarchy is created by dominance. The alpha horse keeps other horses in their place. The order of horses on the trail follows the hierarchy, so when the trail leader announces the order of the horses, there is a valid reason, and the horses need to remain in that order. Horses are flight animals and they remember what scares them, which could be a more dominant horse, so stay in in your order. Also, give the horse in front of you some room. No one likes to be tailgated and horses don’t have eyes in the back of their heads, so they cannot see who is bumping their butt, yet they can sure feel it.  Back your horse off. The Trail rides are busiest Friday through Sunday, so for the best selection of dates and times call early or choose Monday through Thursday. Either way, call today to schedule your next ride: (706) 692-6322. See you on the trails!

Space for camp registration is quickly nearing capacity. If you are still interested in reserving a spot for your child please respond immediately. Call the stables at 706-692-6322 to check for remaining availability.

News from the Activities Committee

Sunset Music

Come watch the sunset and listen to the sounds!
Featuring Kurt Thomas -

Click to Listen!
Friday, April 26thOn the Decks at the Lower Pool

Concert starts at 6:30 PM

For more information: or Click Here

Newcomers Welcome!
Join us at Sunset Music
Friday, April 26thOn the Decks at the Lower Pool

Concert starts at 6:30 PM

RSVP to pick up your Bent Tree gift!
For more information: or Click Here

Cinco de Mayo Latin Dance Party 
Professional Instruction - Salsa and Bachata

Club Tamarack Rec Room
May 3rd, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
$10.00 per person - Bring a dish to share
NOW ACCEPTING VENMO PAYMENTS FOR RESERVATIONS @BentTree-ActivityCommittee or reserve and pay at admin
For more information: or Click Here 

Spring Fling - A Blast from the Past
Get your Groove on at our Annual Pool Opening Event

May 24th at the Upper Pool
Featuring The Rainmen - Click Here to Listen!

$25 per person by reservation only

For more information: or Click Here 

Youth Fest

Wilderness Wonders

2024 Dates: June 30th - July 5th
For more information: or Click Here

Bocce Ball League

Easy to play-Easy to learn

 Bocce Ball Court at the Beach

Season begins April 15th

2 person teams only $10

6 - 8 games at your own pace

Free Instructional session held prior to matches

For more information: or Click Here

Monday Night Picnics

at the Beach Pavilion

Gather at 5:00

Picnic starts at 6:00 

Bring a pot luck dish to share

For more information: or Click Here

For more information about events and all things BTAC visit our committee page on the Bent-Tree website. View Upcoming and Ongoing Events!

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News from the Animal Shelter

The shelter has gotten 4 new cats in the last 2 weeks. All are very friendly and all had already been fixed when we got them!!! These are lost, dumped, or left cats.

They are safe now and if no one claims them we will get them  homes. Please look at these pictures.

If you want to help walk dogs we can use additional folks on our team. When we have a dog we schedule multiple walks from early morning to just before the dog’s bed time.
We can always use clumping cat litter and  fancy feast canned cat food .

If you have any questions, want to volunteer, or set up a visit text or call LuAnn 678-414-1047

News from Lake & Wildlife

MAY Partners Program




Since 2022 Bent Tree has partnered with Aquatic Environmental Services (AES) to assess and improve recreational fishing in Lake Tamarack. Gregory Grimes, CEO/owner of AES will discuss this partnership and the latest findings. Also our very own ‘Huff’ Huffines will share his most effective fishing techniques for the various seasons.

Saturday May 4th 9:30 am lower level of Club Tamarack

9 am for coffee, donuts, and fellowship

Free of charge, all residents invited

Mark your calendars for the first of May!


If you have a specialty you bake or if you want to try baking, we need you to donate baked items for our BAKE SALE at Tamarack Treasures. Cookies, cupcakes, breads, cakes, bars, pies, etc. …….. You bake it, we sell it and yummmmm, someone eats it. 

All proceeds go to Lake and Wildlife projects, enjoyed by all in Bent Tree.  

*Tamarack Treasures Bake Sale will be Sat. April 27 and Sun. April 28 in the Fireside Lounge Club Tamarack 

*Please package in smaller disposable bags, plates, or containers. If on a cake plate etc. please mark your name clearly for return. 

* If you cannot bake but would like to contribute, we need single serve water and drinks, single serve bagged chips and snack bars for the refreshment table. 

 Please come shop Tamarack Treasures Fri., Sat. & Sun. and the Bake Sale Sat .& Sun. 4/26 -4/28

**Please bring your baked items to Club Tamarack Fireside Thursday April 25  or Friday April 26  9am – 3pm  0r Contact LuAnn Chambers 678-414-1047 for a different time.

News from Outside the Gates

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