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Stop By & See Us at the 2015 Sacred Heart Garden Festival

 

Screenshot 2015-04-23 11.29.04Can you believe it? Tournament time has come and gone in Augusta. And what a great week it was!

Good news: even though Masters week is over, there are still plenty of great things happening in our fair city. For example – take the Sacred Heart Garden Festival (which runs this Thursday through Sunday). This is justifiably one of most popular events we have in our community. Year after year, folks tell us that this Festival is an incredibly fun, helpful and inspiring experience. We agree. The theme of this year’s festival is  “Classic Southern Gardening”, and there will be a plethora of speakers, vendors, and amateur gardeners who will be sharing their expertise, products, and experiences about about growing your garden and giving it a classic southern charm.

We are proud to be the official outdoor lighting company of the Sacred Heart Church

We are proud to be the official outdoor lighting company of the Sacred Heart Church

Best of all, this Festival is for a great cause – all proceeds will support the enduring legacy of the Sacred Heart Cultural Center. We have enjoyed a strong relationship with the Sacred Heart Cultural Center for many years. We believe in what they do, and they also believe in what we do. We are proud to say that Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Augusta and Lake Oconee is the Center’s choice for all their outdoor lighting needs (In fact, when you visit the Center this weekend you will see that our lights are permanently installed in the Center).

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Stop by our booth in Vendor Village to see how our lights can help your garden glow this spring.

We will also have some of our lights set up on display in Vendor Village. We would love to meet you, and show you our newest products, so stop by our booth and see us if you can. Below is the schedule for this year’s Festival – We will have an OLP representative in Vendor Village for each and all of these times. We plan to be there to answer all of your outdoor lighting questions and help you think through your outdoor lighting needs.

Garden Preview Party

ANN-016Thur., April 23, 7 pm

Garden Festival Hours

Fri., April 24, 9 am-8 pm

Sat., April 25, 9 am-5 pm

Sun., April 26, 12 pm-5 pm 

If you have any questions, or would like to schedule a free home consultation, stop by our booth, drop us an email, or call us at (706) 722-5711 in Augusta/Aiken or (706) 484-9711 in Athens/Lake Oconee.

Hope to see you at the Festival,

Pat Otis, President

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Augusta

Outdoor Lighting Perspective of Lake Oconee

A New Years Update – Thanks & Blessings from our Family to Yours

Only a few more days until we enter the New Year of 2015! I hope you all have been enjoying the holiday season and were able to sit back and enjoy some quality time with your friends and family members. Other than celebrating the birth of my Savior, spending time with family and friends is my favorite part of the holiday season.

'Nana' with Hannah and Logan in Michigan

In this spirit, I thought it would be nice to post a New Years update from the Otis clan. As many of you know, all of our children have worked for Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Augusta and Lake Oconee, and some continue to play a part in the family business. Many of you also kindly ask how are children are doing, so here is a quick update…

Marc, Megan, Hannah and Logan

Our oldest son, Marc, recently accepted a job in Michigan State University’s Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement. As they prepare to move to East Lansing his wife, Megan, will look for part time teaching positions and Marc will continue to whittle away at his PhD. Our granddaughter, Hannah, is learning to read and will be starting Kindergarten in the fall! Our grandson, Logan, is also growing up quickly, and has learned to walk quite well since we saw him last.  He is bonding well with their new Chocolate Lab puppy, Moose. While they were unable to come home for Christmas, we are excited to go visit them in a few short days.

Justin is also doing well. After years of traveling around the country to for work, he has accepted a new position as a corrosion engineer for Atlanta Gas & Light in Atlanta, GA. He is enjoying learning the science behind the oil and gas industry. It is a growing industry and we are happy for him. We are also grateful that he has a job closer to home.

Kristin, Brendon & Foster

Kristin is over halfway through her PhD program at University of South Carolina. She continues to be passionate about school psychology and is thriving in her studies, equally enjoying both seeing clients and teaching undergraduate classes.  She and her long-time boyfriend, Brendon, are doing a great job raising their beautiful Golden Retriever, Foster

Justin & Jonathan in Paris

While continuing school, Jonathan has narrowed his focus to the field of perfusion. He enjoys the medical field, working with machines and is at his best under pressure. This field seems like a perfect fit for him. This past year, he earned his EMT certification, is taking additional sciences and shadowing several doctors at GRU. He plans to apply to MUSC’s Cardiac Perfusionist program in the coming fall and we know he will do great, helping lots of people through his work.

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Karen is also doing well and staying busy. With family spread out over Columbia, Augusta, and Michigan, she stays on the move. This past year, we are sad to report that we lost our faithful Golden Retriever, Toby.  When Justin moved to ATL he picked up his dog, Romo, and we found ourselves without a dog for the first time in many years. So, we decided to fix that…twice over.  Karen’s birthday present was two new little Golden Retriever puppies – Daisy and Cash. They are sweet (and precocious) little puppies and they keep us plenty busy these days.

Our company had a record-breaking year in 2014, and after sixteen years, I still love what I do. I truly consider it a calling to bring greater beauty, safety, and value by lighting up homes and businesses in Augusta, Aiken, Lake Oconee, & Athens. Last year, I also continued working as a volunteer firefighter in Columbia County, even earning my EMT certification. I am also gradually  getting advanced paramedic training, so that I can keep serving as a first-responder for my church and community.

augusta22Although life is far from perfect, the holiday season reminds me how much the Lord has blessed us, and how much we don’t deserve his kindness to us. I am grateful for this time of year, which points me back to the priceless grace that he offers to all through his Son, Jesus.

As this year comes to close, I look back and give thanks for you, our customers. Despite an ever-expanding client list, you all still feel like family to us. If we can do anything to help you, please do not hesitate to call us at  (706) 722-5711 in Augusta/Aiken or (706) 484-9711 in Lake Oconee/Athens. I look forward to serving all of your outdoor lighting needs in 2015, and for many years to come.

May your New Year be filled with many thanks and blessings as well,

Pat Otis

 

Pat Otis, President

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Augusta

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Lake Oconee

Lighting Up the Sacred Heart Garden Festival

 

Sacred Heart Garden Festival Outdoor Lighting Perspectives

 

Can you believe it? Tournament time has come and gone in Augusta. And what a great week it was! Good news: even though Masters week is over, there are still plenty of great things happening in our fair city.

For example – take the Sacred Heart Garden Festival (which runs this Thursday through Sunday). This is justifiably one of most popular events we have in our community. Year after year, folks tell us that this Festival is an incredibly fun, helpful and inspiring experience. We agree. The theme of this year’s festival is  “Classic Southern Gardening”, and there will be a plethora of speakers, vendors, and amateur gardeners who will be sharing their expertise, products, and experiences about about growing your garden and giving it a classic southern charm.

Happy to Be Sacred Heart's Choice for Outdoor Lighting

Sacred Heart – A Great Augusta Tradition, in a Great Augusta Landmark

 

Best of all, this Festival is for a great cause – all proceeds will support the enduring legacy of the Sacred Heart Cultural Center. We have enjoyed a strong relationship with the Sacred Heart Cultural Center for many years. We believe in what they do, and they also believe in what we do. We are proud to say that Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Augusta and Lake Oconee is the Center’s choice for all their outdoor lighting needs (In fact, when you visit the Festival this weekend you will see that our lights are permanently installed in the Center).

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Display at Sacred Heart

Stop By and See Our Display in Vendor Village

 

Here is the schedule for the Festival – We will have an OLP representative in Vendor Village for each and all of these times. We plan to be there to answer all of your outdoor lighting questions and help you think through your outdoor lighting needs.        

     Garden Preview Party

          Thur, April 25, 7 pm

     Garden Festival Hours

          Fri, April 26, 9 am-5 pm

          Sat, April 27, 9 am-5 pm

          Sun, April 28, 11 am-5 pm

 

If you have any questions, or would like to schedule a free home consultation, stop by our booth, drop us an email, or call us at (706) 722-5711 in Augusta/Aiken or (706) 484-9711 in Athens/Lake Oconee.

Hope to see you at the Festival,

Pat Otis, Owner

Pat Otis, President

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Augusta

Outdoor Lighting Perspective of Lake Oconee

Running the Augusta Half Marathon

Running the Augusta Half Marathon

Running the Augusta Half Marathon Last Year

 

Every now and again I like to use a blog entry to highlight some cool and interesting things going on in our community. This week, I am talking about something that I am personally very excited about – the upcoming Augusta Half Marathon.

Some people run for fun, some people only run when a wild animal is chasing them. I use to be in the latter category, but now I’m in the former. I really enjoy running these days and its hard to believe that I only started running 13 months ago to train for last year’s half marathon.

I like that Augusta’s half marathon promotes several things that I am also passionate about – health, family, community and fun.There are so many benefits to regular exercise – weight loss, lower blood pressure, higher metabolism, and better cardiovascular strength. I love the way I feel after running – I think clearer, breathe easier, and  have more energy. I also appreciate that the half-marathon is family friendly. My family has come out to support me several times over this past year and nothing gets me more excited than hearing their cheers and applause. Its nice to have an event my family can attend together. The marathon is not only family supportive, but it also celebrates our local community. I am amazed at how this event has grown in popularity – last year the race brought in 1300 runners, this year the tally is up over 60% to almost 2000 people!

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Augusta - Our Littlest Fan.

Nothing keeps me going like seeing my Granddaughter cheer me on.

The race is also just flat out fun, which is a major reason why I am promoting it in this blog. I have invited several people to join me in running the half-marathon this year…how about you?

People run for many reasons, but I am running because I love this wonderful city that we live in and I want to support the things that make Augusta great. I also want to be one of those things that makes our city even better. I look forward to going the distance to satisfy all of your outdoor lighting needs. If you have any questions or if you would like learn more about what our lights can do for your home, give us a call at (706) 722-5711 in Augusta or (706) 484-9711 in Lake Oconee.

 

Pat Otis, President

 

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Augusta

Outdoor Lighting Perspective of Lake Oconee

 

 

Lighting Up The Blue Jean Ball

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We are excited to donate the lighting for this great event

 

Every so often, I like to dedicate a blog to something cool and interesting that is happening in our local CSRA community. This is one of those blogs.

You may not know that Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Augusta and Lake Oconee is the CSRA’s premier event lighting experts. We are often asked to provide event lighting for parties, weddings, and special occasions. This Saturday, we have donated some of our outdoor lights for a good cause – The Annual Blue Jean Ball.  This annual party is a fun charity event that seeks to raise money and awareness for Turn Back the Block.

What is Turn Back the Block? Turn Back the Block is a non-profit organization that exists to revitalize our local Harrisburg community by supporting home improvement and promoting home ownership.

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A Recent Home Rehab Project in Harrisburg

From their website –  “Not too long ago, the Harrisburg community was a thriving place to live, shop, worship and learn…In recent years, Harrisburg has experienced disinvestment, and the pride that once radiated through the community has dwindled. Turn Back the Block is a plan to return that sense of pride in the neighborhood and change lives for the better…recent statistics show the 14% of Harrisburg homes are vacant or abandoned,and that less 25% of homes are owner-occupied. Turn Back the Block is founded on the belief that home ownership is the axis for community transition. Using the existing housing stock in this historic mill village, Turn Back the Block enables individuals and families the opportunity to participate in the rehabilitation of their future homes via sweat equity. Our Family Selection and Shepherding Committee will qualify applicants and assist them in the process of home ownership, both before and after closing. Turn Back The Block offers low and interest- free mortgages to participants, and utilizes all payments to build the program for other families”.

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Revitalizing Harrisburg One House at A Time

We are very exciting to be supporting this charity and, if you would like more information on their organization or how you can get involved, visit their website or email them at turnbacktheblock@gmail.com.

 If you have questions about event lighting, or if you would like learn more about what our lights can do for your next party, give us a call at (706) 722-5711 in Augusta or (706) 484-9711 in Lake Oconee.

 Pat Otis, President

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Augusta

Outdoor Lighting Perspective of Lake Oconee

New Year’s Thanks & Blessings

Can you believe that 2012 has already come and gone? As this holiday season winds down, we hope that you have had a wonderful time celebrating with your friends and family. I find the holidays remind me of all that I have to be thankful for, and I thought it would be nice for this week’s blog to feature a brief overview of some of those blessings.

Pat Otis & Family

The Otis Family

This year, Karen and I celebrated two important events in our lives – 16 years of owning Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Augusta and Lake Oconee and, more importantly, 28 years of marriage! We are very thankful for both of these opportunities and for the blessings that flow from them. These pictures shows some of these blessings, namely our family.

Hannah Modeling One of Our Lights

Hannah Modeling One of Our Lights

A little about our family – Marc is our oldest son and his family recently moved to Augusta to save money as they prepare for Marc to pursue PhD work this fall. His wife, Megan, is an amazing art teacher at Brookwood Elementary and Marc is working as Director of Marketing for our business. Our son Justin is traveling the country as a Cathodic Protection Technician for JW’s Pipeline Integrity Services. This past fall, our daughter Kristin moved to Columbia to work on her PhD in School Psychology at USC. Our youngest son, Jonathan, is working as a server at Takosushi while he finishes up his degree at Georgia Military College. Hannah Caroline is our first grandchild and she lights up our home. We think she is a triple threat – smart, funny, and beautiful (she may have a future as an outdoor lighting model).

While the holidays remind me of all that I have to be thankful for, they also remind me that not everyone enjoys the same kind of blessings that I have. Sadly, many people spent the holidays without a family to celebrate with. I think it is tragic that some loving couples are unable to experience the blessing of children while some children do not have the blessing of being part of a loving family. I also believe that adoption offers a beautiful solution to this heartbreaking problem.

Reaching Hands Adoption Ministry

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However, the process and cost of adoption can be intimidating to many families who are interested in adopting a child. This is why we support a local adoption ministry called “Reaching Hands”. Reaching Hands is a local grassroots ministry that seeks to be a full service adoption resource for the CSRA community. They help answer questions about adoption, connect families with quality adoption resources, and even provide financial assistance to qualified families. Over the past four years, Reaching Hands has been able to provide needed assistance through ‘adoption grants’ for 21 families and 31 children from 7 countries!

This important ministry is growing rapidly and we present them to you as a model organization that is making a major impact on our CSRA community. If you are looking for a place to send a charitable donation, or simply have questions about the adoption process/ministry, please contact David Bullington at (706) 399-1330.

I am also thankful for our business and for the wonderful customers that we serve. I look forward to continuing to work hard to satisfy all of your outdoor lighting needs. If you have any questions or if you would like learn more about what our lights can do for your home this new year, give us a call at (706) 722-5711 in Augusta or (706) 484-9711 in Lake Oconee.

I look forward to serving you well in 2013,

Pat Otis, President

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Augusta

Outdoor Lighting Perspective of Lake Oconee

Pat Otis, President

Pat & Karen Otis

Helping to Light Up Our Community

For the last 14 years, people around Augusta have enjoyed the Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy’s annual Swamp Soirée. The Soiree is an evening of great food, bluegrass music and fly fishing demonstrations all held in a stunning setting on the banks of the beautiful Savannah river.

The Soirée is Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy’s only annual fundraiser, and it has been one of Augusta’s premiere events for several years. It offers the opportunity to support the innovative education, research, and outreach programs of Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy, a private 501 (c) 3 nonprofit dedicated to promoting environmental stewardship.

One of the many highlights of the evening is the incredible raffle filled with items from our giving community members. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Augusta has been a proud sponsor for five years, providing the elegant outdoor lighting for the evening event as well as donating outdoor landscape lighting to the raffle. Our outdoor lighting fixtures are made from copper and brass and illuminate your home, landscape, paths, pools, decks and gardens to help you enjoy your yard much further into the evening.

We are happy to be part of such a great organization and look forward to many more years supporting this very important cause.

Helping light our community,

Pat
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Augusta
706-722-5711