Bone Island Grill: Preferred Catering Partner

Bone Island Grill Lake Oconee

We are pleased to announce that Bone Island Grillhouse is the premier catering partner for the Eatonton Cotton Warehouse.

Bone Island Grillhouse is well known by the Lake Oconee locals for their outstanding food, exceptional service, and the Bone Island Grillhouse strives to make every guest’s experience a memorable one. The Bone Island Grillhouse and Eatonton Cotton Warehouse share an aligned mission by achieving excellence through purpose, passion and pride.

B.I.G. Events Catering

For more information, please contact Stephanie Brookins at (866) 536-0054 or text (706) 473-3597.

Georgia Party Band Ill Wind Reunites to Rock the Eatonton Cotton Warehouse on Saturday, August 26th

Ill Wind Band live at the Eatonton Cotton Warehouse

Twenty years ago, Southern rock band Ill Wind first started playing together, and it was a blast for the band and their audiences from the very first performance. Members vary depending on who shows up (hey, this is rock and roll, y’all), but the band usually features bass player Kenny Thigpen, rhythm guitar player Stephen Roberts, drummer Travis Wells, and singers/ brothers Chris and Patrick Brake, who are all from Sparta, Georgia, along with the band’s lead guitar player David Childers, who is from Augusta.

Ill Wind is a party band that covers Southern Rock, oldies, country and classic rock hits that will please any crowd. Although they never officially disbanded, they haven’t played together since the wedding reception for Kenny Thigpen’s daughter Codee Rainey two years ago.

Ill Wind Band

Recently inspired to get together and play again, they decided to make it happen by booking a concert at the Eatonton Cotton Warehouse, to be performed at 7:30p.m. (give or take) on Saturday, August 26th, 2017. The night’s playlist is sure to include plenty of Marshall Tucker and Marvin Gaye, so put on your dancing shoes and come prepared to sing along.

Meet Joey Vargas: Eatonton's Own Up & Coming Artist

I really enjoyed getting Joey. After talking with Joey for a while, it was obvious that he is very dedicated to what he does--especially for a 16 year old who is also involved in other extracurriculars. Not only is he a great musician, he is a very respectable and genuine person. I believe he will go very far in the music industry.  -Savanna Pierce, Lindsey Consulting


Savanna: How long have you been playing?

Joey: I have been playing since I was 8 so around 7 years now.

Joey Vargas playing live at Eatonton Cotton Warehouse


Savanna: What inspired you to begin playing?

Joey: My parent's music. My family and I used to have long road trips often and I was always listening to the music they grew up with which was a lot of late 90s - early 2000's rock/ punk rock. The guitars were always what I thought made the song special in its own way.


Savanna: What school do you attend?

Joey: I am currently a sophomore at Gatewood.


Savanna: What’s the largest number of people you have performed in front of?

Joey: That's a tough one actually. I don't usually keep count, I just kind of play for whoever shows up but the most I can remember is when I opened for Matt Rogers for a Christmas event held at Smith's last year. I wouldn't be able to give you a number.


Savanna: How do you balance music with other obligations (like sports, family, and friends)?

Joey: I attend to the other obligations first and always manage time for music after with whatever time I have left, whether it be listening for something new to play, writing something new, or finding time to sit down and play a bit. It's a necessity for me to do something music related everyday so it's almost like a job in itself.

Savanna: Do you play any other instruments besides the guitar?

Joey: I always like to carry a ukulele with me to school that I stole from my dad, I learned to play the clarinet in my 6th - 8th grade band class, and I can play bits of piano, bass, and the drums.


Savanna: How do you prepare yourself before a show?

Joey: Rehearse for an hour or two, take a nice long nap, and I'm good to go.


Savanna: Who would you consider your biggest fan?

Joey: My Dad. He's the one that would set me up for concerts, he's only missed one show, and he always gives me confidence for every show and every opportunity I come across. He's always been there.

Savanna: How often do you practice?

Joey: Everyday. As much time as I have. I tend to play for an hour or two everyday. Sometimes it stretches out to 6 hours when I have a free day.


Savanna: What advice would you give to those starting out?

Joey: Never stop if it's what you really want to do. Music is a part of my life and if I want to have a future in music, I can't stop to do anything else that may interrupt my future. Have fun with it. Music should never be stressful or frustrating. As cliche as it sounds, practice is the best thing for learning an instrument like the guitar. Learn a song you really enjoy or that means a lot to you and have fun learning it. Just don't give music a bad name and be frustrated with it. It's the last thing you want music to do to you. After the course of a year or two is when it gets really fun so be patient with it and just enjoy playing.

Savanna: Where can your fans hear you sing again at the Eatonton Cotton Warehouse?

JoeyI will be opening for The Jake Bartley Band on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 7pm.

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The Eatonton Cotton Warehouse Hires New Sales Director

Stephanie Brookins, Eatonton Cotton Warehouse

Stephanie Brookins, Eatonton Cotton Warehouse

Eatonton, Georgia– The historic Eatonton Cotton Warehouse ( has hired Stephanie Gail Brookins to act as their new Sales Director. With her passion for business, experience in the catering and service industries, and dedication to her community, Stephanie brings a valuable skill set to this downtown Eatonton event and wedding venue.

Born to an American family in Duren, Germany, Stephanie has lived in middle Georgia since she was six months old. She married her soulmate B.J. Brookins after high school graduation, and16 years later they have two amazing sons, 12-year- old Tyler and 7-year- old Waylon, both of whom attend Gatewood School. She worked for many years at Green’s Collision Center, and at Bone Island Grill, where she waited tables, tended bar, and assisted with catering events—experience that she will be able to draw on for her work with The Eatonton Cotton Warehouse.

Giving back to her fellow Georgians is particularly important to Stephanie. Inspired to help families in need, she has been involved in a number of local fundraising events. She is a member of the 100 Women Who Care Lake Country, and has been active in helping with the Lake Oconee Food and Wine Festival. Her passion for connecting with her community makes her very well-suited to her new position as The Eatonton Cotton Warehouse Sales Director. She said, “My goal is to provide our community with an elegant, comfortable, affordable, and welcoming environment to host any type of event.”

With a fully equipped caterer's kitchen, a full service bar, and over 9000 square feet of usable space, the Eatonton Cotton Warehouse provides a matchless event venue at Lake Oconee. The recently modernized building features distinct entertaining areas that include a lounge, indoor and outdoor stages, and a roomy dance floor. Accented by beams and custom lighting, the original hardwood floors, exposed brick walls, and timber framing work together to create an atmosphere that is at once industrial, historic, contemporary, and chic—suitable for any occasion.

As Sales Director for the facility, Stephanie Brookins looks forward to helping people in the Lake Oconee and Lake Sinclair areas create memories, celebrate landmark moments, raise money for causes, and simply enjoy themselves. “I’m excited to be starting this new chapter in my life, and I’m really looking forward to the community involvement.”


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