Montgomery, Ala – “The tourism numbers have been released from the State Tourism Department for 2016,” said Teresa Todd, President of the Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association, and the numbers are great! With our Bicentennial Celebration starting this year (2017) and continuing through 2019, I foresee an even greater percentage of travelers coming to visit Limestone County and many other Alabama Counties.”

In our community travelers spent $129 million and were responsible for 1,569 jobs last year in Limestone County, according a report conducted for the Alabama Tourism Department. To break it down another way, that figure represents a 3.9% increase in traveler spending on hotels, restaurants, shopping and transportation.

Looking statewide, the tourism industry grew by 5.4% with more than 25 million visitors spending $13.4 billion last year, according to the report conducted by Auburn University Montgomery.

“The tourism numbers for 2016 bring great economic news for Alabama,” said State Tourism director Lee Sentell. “The dollars spent on tourism creates jobs, it grows local economies and generates needed tax revenues. Travel spending in Alabama has doubled over the previous 14 years.”
Without the dollars collected by the tourism industry, each household in the state would end up paying $444 in additional taxes, according to the report developed by economist Dr. Keivan Deravi. Todd gave the amount locally saved; without the dollars collected by the Tourism Industry each household in Limestone County would end up paying $341 in additional taxes.

The five counties in which tourists spent the most are: Baldwin County with $4.2 billion, Jefferson County with $1.9 billion, Madison County with $1.2 billion, Mobile County with $1.1 billion, and Montgomery County with $814 million.

The complete state tourism economic impact report will be available in early May.
Contact Teresa Todd for more information
Teresa@VisitAthensAL.com
256-232-5411

May 6th — Coffee Call: Veterans of all wars and their families are invited for breakfast and fellowship from 8:00 a.m.-9:30a.m. at the Alabama Veterans Museum and Archive, 100 West Pryor Street in Athens.
256-771-7578

May 6th – Play Outside Day: Families everywhere are encouraged to get outside the first Saturday of every month and play in public parks, enjoy trails, hit the waterways, explore greenspaces and just play! Limestone County offers over 20 trails to explore including walking, cycling, horseback riding and kayaking – perfect for all ages. For more information: 256-232-5411

May 6th — Paddle for a Cause: Fort Hampton Outfitters LLC, 28890 AL-127 in Elkmont, will host their annual fundraiser from 7:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. They provide the kayak, paddle and flotation device. This year’s proceeds go to a local family who needs help with medical expenses. To schedule your Paddle for the Cause, contact Don Bowling: (256) 431-8988

May 6th — Ladies Pampering Expo II: At the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 511 Post, 17915 West Elm Street in Athens, from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Enjoy a festive atmosphere where YOU are the top priority! Learn to pamper yourself with new clothing, skin care, beauty ideas and accessories. Receive personal attention as you meet local companies that cater to health, cosmetics, nutrition, and crafts. Schedule a paint party with DeeDee Morgan. Free admission.

May 6th — Chick-Fil-A Athens 10K, 5K & 1-Mile Race: Starts at 8:00 a.m. in downtown Athens and winds through historic Athens on USATF Certified courses to benefit Loads of Love. Registration: 10k – $30 pre-registration, $35 race day; 5k – $25 pre-registration, $30 race day; 1 Mile Fun Run – $15 pre-registration, $20 race day — More info at visitathensal.com

May 6th — Eli’s Block Party: Cruise In and Paint Night with The Broken Brush, 107 South Marion Street in Athens, from 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. for a cruise in and paint night fundraiser. Sign up and send a picture of your car! The Broken Brush will pre-sketch your car on your canvas and then teach you step-by-step how to make your car come to life! Refreshments provided! Open to ages 10 and up for a 3 hour class. Fee is $55.00 per painter.

May 6th — Mom/Dad and Me Fairy Garden Workshop with 1818 Farms, 24889 Lauderdale Street in Mooresville: Our team at 1818 Farms developed this unique “make and take” fairy garden workshop using only the highest quality containers, plants and handmade painted fairy garden pieces. Workshop includes step-by-step instructions on how to design, plant, and care for your magical garden. Children must be accompanied by an adult. One fairy garden project will be created by each pair. More info at visitathensal.com

May 6th — Spring Krusher Century Ride: The Alabama Backroads Century Series arrives to tackle the roads of Limestone County for their Spring Krusher. Riders can choose from three different distances: 31, 64 and 100 mile options. The ride starts at 8:00 a.m. at Elkmont High School. Info at visitathensal.com

May 12 — Relay for Life of Limestone County: At the Athens Sportsplex from 6:00 p.m. to midnight to honor those lost to cancer, to celebrate those who have won the battle, to recognize those who have stood by those with cancer and to raise awareness. The event is free to attend. Variety of team tents, concessions and goods will be for sale to continue the fundraising to end cancer through research by the American Cancer Society.

May 13-20 – Limestone County Sheriff’s Rodeo Events:

May 13: Parade: Lineup begins at 10:00 a.m. – groups and individuals welcome. Sheriff Blakely and the Grand Marshal will lead the parade starting at 11:00 p.m., featuring Queen Contestants, cowgirls, and cowboys of all ages on horseback along with many buggies and wagons.

May 16 — Live Band, Line Dancing, Western Fashion Show and Music provided by the “Jeff Whitlow Country” band at 6:00 p.m. at the Limestone County Courthouse Square

May 18 – Slack Admission $5.00 – Gates open 8:00 a.m. Slack begins 9:00 a.m.

May 19 – Special Needs Rodeo 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Rodeo for individuals with special needs at the Limestone Sheriff’s Rodeo Arena.

May 19 & May 20 – Main Performances. Gates open 6:00 p.m. Pony rides for kids 10 & under till 8:00 p.m.
when 35th Annual Rodeo Opening Ceremonies begin. May 20 at noon, Miss Limestone Rodeo Queen Luncheon at the Limestone County Event Center – 114 Pryor Street, Athens. Tickets are available online with credit or debit cards. Links at www.limestonesheriffrodeo.com

May 18 — Tourism Day at the Ardmore Welcome Center at I-65: South-bound travelers are amazed at the hospitality shown here as they stop to take a break and stretch their legs. Everyone will enjoy the tourism activities, entertainment, free soft drinks, cake and loads of free items from hotels and restaurants. Stop by from 10 a.m-2 p.m.

May 18 — Yesterdays Events presents “Elvis Remembered” for the senior matinee and lunch. Doors open 10:30 a.m. Program begins 11:00 a.m., showtime noon – 1 hour show. Complete lunch $12, cash or check; show is free with paid lunch. Contact info@yesterdaysevents.com

May 19 — Singing on the Square: Limestone County Courthouse, Marion Street in Athens, AL. Join the Athens-Limestone County Tourism and sponsor Jimmy Smith Buick GMC for a free concert starting at 6:00 p.m. with Contagan and Temple of Blood at 7 p.m. This is our first Heavy Metal band, playing tunes of the 80’s. Be sure to bring your lawn chair and maybe some ear plugs. Rain location is the Vietnam Veterans Bldg, 17915 W Elm St, Athens. Next month’s band will be Trippin Dixie on June 16.

May 22 — Pancake Breakfast to benefit Girl Scout TROOP 1922: Tickets are $5.00 and can be purchased at door on day of event. Where: Applebee’s Bar & Grill 1331 US HWY 72 E, Athens, AL, 8:00 – 10:30 a.m.

May 27 — 3rd Annual Catfish Literary Festival: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Meet local writers and celebrate the arts at Athens-Limestone County Public Library. We’ll have 20+ local writers signing their books, author panels, and nature photography by local photographer Denise Grisham. The Little Kitchen food-truck will be serving gumbo, fried catfish, and more! This event is free and open to the public. If you’re an author interested in having a table at the festival, please contact Kris at 256-232-1233.

May 29 — Memorial Day Program: At the Limestone County Event Center, 114 West Pryor Street Athens, AL. Join the Alabama Veterans Museum and area veterans’ organizations for a Memorial Day presentation. Open to the public.

The Bicentennial Cemetery Stroll will be held on Sunday, April 23, 2017 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. in the Athens City Cemetery between Hobbs and Washington Streets. You will see the cemetery “come alive” with more than 40 period-attired personalities representing notables and direct descendants from the past 200 years during this annual historical and educational event. The history of Athens City Cemetery is also the history of the Southeast during America’s southern and westward expansion. This event is free to the public, though donations are welcome to assist in the efforts of preserving these historical markers. Event sponsors are Sons of Confederate Veterans, Athens-Limestone County Tourism and the Order of the Confederate Rose. Contact the Visitor Center at 256-232-5411, VisitAthensAL.com or on Facebook for more information.

The Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association also announces its April Historic Walking Tours to be held each Saturday in April (1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th). Strollers should meet at the Athens Visitors Center, 100 North Beaty Street on the corner of Beaty and Market Streets by the duck pond at 9:45 a.m. The walks will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. and will last approximately one hour. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring a jacket and/or umbrella for unexpected weather. The walks are free and open to the public. For more information: 256-232-5411 or VisitAthensAL.com

Alabama is the only state in the nation to hold statewide, simultaneous walking tours. We have had over 2,500 guests since Athens started participating in the state walks in 2006, and they keep increasing in popularity every year. Strollers may choose one of 6 different walks each Saturday in April. It’s a great way for children and their parents to learn about local history. Groups are welcome.

Experience the culture and history of Athens by taking one of these walks each Saturday:

Tour 1: Historic Downtown Athens Square with Buzz Estes or William Pepper
Tour 2: Beaty Historic District, Washington Street and Old Town Cemetery with Bill Ward
Tour 3: Historic City Cemetery with Jimmy Hill or Buzz Estes
Tour 4: Houston Historic District with Rebekah Davis
Tour 5: Alabama Veterans Museum with Teddy Dutton
Tour 6: Athens State University with Anna Gibbs

These local residents serving as guides will share personal remembrances and history of their respective walk.

Other events you may want to enjoy during April include:

April 8th — Flashlight Egg Hunt with Friendship UMC on Lucas Ferry Road in Athens. There will be egg hunts for everyone, including individuals with special needs as well as youth and adults. There will be food vendors serving all your favorite fair-style foods, and your entire family will enjoy inflatables, games, and craft activities. The fun kicks off at 5:30 p.m. and the egg hunts begin at 6:00 p.m.

April 8th — 6th annual City of Athens Relay for Life Bass Fishing Tournament at Ingalls Harbor (Decatur) beginning at 6:25 a.m. The City of Athens Relay for Life Team hosts this tournament as a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and the support of local cancer patients. Each year, we hear great stories from the fishermen and their families who have a personal experience with the fight to beat cancer.

April 11th — Gettin’ Dirty at the Library: Backyard Tomatoes from 11:00 a.m. to noon. It’s time to Get Dirty at the Library! Join us at Athens-Limestone Pubic Library for monthly gardening talks presented by the Limestone County Extension Office and the Alabama Master Gardeners. April’s topic will be backyard tomatoes. Feel free to bring a sack lunch. Drinks and a light dessert will be provided. This series is free with no registration required.

April 13th — The Athens High School Jazz Band will be hosting a musical night of jazz, rock, blues, etc. to raise funds for future trips and needed equipment. Dinner will be catered by 306 Barbecue. The AHS Jazz Band, along with some guest artists, will be the entertainment for the night. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and will be at the Limestone County Event Center, 114 West Pryor Street in Athens. Ticket Prices: Single Ticket – $25; Couple Ticket – $45; Reserve a table of 6 for $150; Reserve a table of 8 for $200. For tickets call (256) 233-6613

April 14th — Miss Limestone Sheriff’s Rodeo Ages 3-18 Pageant Deadline. Contestants in this division compete to win a custom trophy saddle, a custom belt buckle, a watch, scholarship money and much more. The entry fee for this division is $100.00. Applications can be picked up at the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office at 101 W. Elm St.

April 14th — 1st Annual Limestone Music Festival. The East Limestone High School Band invites you to their music festival at the Limestone County Event Center starting at 7:00 p.m. The festival features Erik Smallwood, Wild Parsley, Brent Morgan, Free Range, Hayden Scott, Elizabeth McCrary, Jay Rinkel and Lillian Glanton. Tickets are $10.00 each. Tickets go on sale March 1st at Chick-Fil-A US 72, Athens, AL; Village Pizza East Limestone Road, Athens, AL; and from any member of the East Limestone Band.

April 15th — Plant Sale at the Limestone County Farmers Market located at 409 Green Street in Athens from 8:00 a.m.-noon with plants for the home or garden grown by the Limestone County Master Gardeners.

April 15th — Easter Egg Hunt with Athens Park and Recreation at the All Kids Park at the Athens SportsPlex on US 31 in Athens. Bring the kids and their Easter baskets for activities and hunts starting at 2 p.m. with 0-4 year olds at 2:30 p.m. (one parent may assist); 5-9 year olds at 3:00 p.m. (one parent may assist); and 10-13 years olds at 3:30PM. Find a Golden Egg for a special prize!

April 20th — Yesterday’s Senior Lunch Matinee at 15631 Brownsferry Rd. April’s featured performers will be Replay with a collection of oldies. All seating is reserved – $12.00 each with groups seated together. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. Events start at 11 a.m. with seating, opening announcements, blessing, and lunch; show begins around noon and lasts about 1 hour. Bus parking is available. E-mail reservations are required info@yesterdaysevents.com

April 20th — Third Thursday Book Club from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Please join us at the Athens-Limestone Public Library for coffee, baked treats, and gentle reads. This month’s book is Good Karma by Christine Kelly. Copies are available for check-out at the library.

April 22nd — The County for a Cure Relay for Life team announces their Second Annual Corn-hole for a Cure Tournament to benefit the American Cancer Society. The event will be from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Limestone County Sheriff’s Rodeo Arena located on Highway 99 in Athens, Alabama. The tournament is a best two-out-of-three winner’s bracket. The loser’s bracket is one-and-done. Registration forms are available at the Limestone County Commission Office and County for a Cure Facebook Page.

April 28th — The Alabama Veterans Museum Annual Fish Fry from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1917 US 72W in Athens. Proceeds go to support the museum. Menu: Catfish, Chicken Tenders, French Fries; Slaw, Hushpuppies, Drink and Dessert. Purchase advance tickets at the AL Veterans Museum, 100 West Pryor Street in Athens, for $10.00 or at the door for $12.00. Carryout available. For more information: 256-771-7578

April 29th —
Cars and Bikes on the Square in downtown Athens. Stroll among the antique automobiles, peruse the boutique-lined sidewalks, get a bite at the local eateries, or just treat yourself to some ice cream. Cars on the Square has something for the whole family! Registration for vehicles is from 8:00 a.m. to noon and is $20.00. You will only be allowed to park “on the Square” if you are a paid participant in the show. There will be two gates through which you can gain entry to park – 1st is near Green & Jefferson – 2nd is near Washington & Clinton. You must pay your registration fee to the attendant at the gate before parking your car.

April 29th — KALB 2017 Earth Day and Outdoor Expo at Friendship Church, 16479 Lucas Ferry Road from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Plenty of parking, events indoors and outdoors, live animals, food, crafts, and fun for all ages!

April 29th — Heartland Anglers Bass Tournament Division 1 Wheeler/Elk River at the Lee-High Boat Ramp on US 72 west of Athens from safe light until 3:00 p.m. for amateur-based team trail for the Average Everyday Angler. Membership: $35, Tournament Fees: $50, Lunker: $10 Matt Leicher ~ 256-777-9843

For more information on the above events or other events and attractions in Athens-Limestone, visit the Athens Visitors Center located at 100 North Beaty Street or call 256-232-5411. Information is also posted on our website at www.VisitAthensAL.com.

By: Teresa Todd,TMP
President, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association

The Tourism activity is starting early this year with some new events I think you are going to love! The next few years, 2017 – 2019, Limestone County will be gearing up for educational, historical, inspirational and fun events. Below is one we are having Saturday, March 4th at 11a.m.

On March 3, 1817, as officials gathered beside the Tombigbee River to declare Alabama a territory and St. Stephens its capital, business was already booming at the military fort, river ports, trading posts and taverns in what would soon become Limestone County, Alabama.

On March 4, 2017, as Alabama kicks off three years of celebration of the state’s bicentennial, Limestone County will kick off its own bicentennial celebrations with a history program and special events around the Limestone County Courthouse Square.

At the new Revival Center, just off the square on West Washington Street, local historians will share stories about the earliest days of Alabama and Limestone County, home to elk and the Chickasaw people who called the place Elk County; the people and places who made up Limestone county leading up to it establishment on February 6, 1818; when cotton floated down the Tennessee River from Limestone County ports; and when an enterprising businessman created an open-air bar from a split log and two barrels, and served his own brand of shine in gourds.

For more information, follow Limestone County, Alabama, Bicentennial on Facebook at www.facebook.com/limestone200. (Article written by Rebekah Davis, Limestone County Archivist)

March 4th – Athens, Alabama will kick off its 200th Anniversary with Limestone County Archivist Rebekah Davis and Athens State Professor Dr. Harry Joiner giving the history of the territory of Limestone County. Throughout the day, downtown merchants will offer specials, including historic foods and historic prices. This first bicentennial learning event will be held at the Revival Center on Washington Street on Saturday, March 4th at 11:30 a.m. Doors open at 11 a.m. so that attendees have the opportunity to browse the resource center presented by various local history groups.

Mar 4th – The 22nd Annual Corporate Spelling Bee will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Athens High School Cafeteria, 100 Hwy 31in Athens. Free admission to spectators; refreshments served. 256-230-3050 or learntoreadcouncil@gmail.com.

Mar 4th – Heartland Anglers Bass Tournament DIV 1 Wheeler/Elk River (Lee High Ramp on Hwy 72) Safe Light until 3 p.m. Open to the weekend angler. Membership: $35; Tournament Fees: $50; Lunker: $10. Matt Leicher ~ 256-777-9843 E-mail: aldeerhunter23@yahoo.com or Doc Dumas ~ 256-497-0084

Mar 4th –North Alabama Birders Association’s final trip to White Springs Dike – Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge for birding with a variety of ducks in the area (especially shovelers), good songbirds, other water birds, raptors, etc. from 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Take the Mooresville exit off I-565, go south on Mooresville Road and meet at the parking area near where it intersects with Old Hwy 20. For more info: Ken Ward, Leader (256-837-5646; phinken@wowway.com)

Mar 4th – Join fellow veterans and their families at the Alabama Veterans Museum’s monthly Coffee Call (100 W. Pryor St.) for breakfast and fellowship from 8:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Contact Director Sandy Thompson at 256-771-7578

Mar 4th – Join Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful at the Hatchery Road boat ramp just off AL99 past the Elk River Bridge at 8:00 a.m. until noon for their annual river and shoreline cleanup of the Elk River Canoe and Kayak Trail. Complimentary lunch will be served at noon to volunteers. Proper dress: Participants should wear long pants and shoes appropriate for walking in the woods or on boats and bring gloves. There will be prize drawings for volunteers who work the full 4 hours. Winners must be present. Contact information: 256-233-8000 or KALBCares@gmail.com

Mar 4th – Join the Fifth Annual Little Light of Mine Foundation Benefit Dinner supporting Blakely Goodman. The event will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2017, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Limestone County Event Center, located, 114 W. Pryor Street in Athens, Alabama. Tickets: $75.00 per seat or tables of 8: $500.00.

Mar 10th & 11th – The 2017 Limestone County Home and Garden Show is March 10-11. Friday from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $2.00 for one day and $3.00 for two days at the Limestone County Event Center, 114 W. Pryor Street in Athens. For more information: 256-232-2600

Mar 11th – The Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail on Wheeler Lake starts at 6:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. launches from Ingall’s Harbor. All anglers must be in weigh-in line by 4 p.m. You must be a member of the King Kat Association to fish this event. A one-year membership is $30. To pre-register, go to kingkatusa.com or 502-384-5924. Fuel, supplies, and food are available at the Lucy’s Branch Marina Mile Marker 287 on the Tennessee River. www.lucysbranch.com

Mar 12th – Join 2-S Arena for their Spring Series 2017 Barrel Racing Series at the 2-S Arena, 26155 Thach Rd. in Athens, Alabama, starting with Exhibition Barrels at 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. with the show starting at 3:00 p.m. Membership is $25.00 for individuals, family $40.00 (same household), day permits: $10.00; class competition rates vary. For more information: Mindy Sanders 256-278-5758 or Wil Sanders 256-246-0628

Mar 16th – Come enjoy the Senior Lunch Matinee Show at Yesterday’s Event Center, 15631 Brownsferry Rd. in Athens. March’s featured performers will be the Cadillacs with a collection of oldies, doo-wop and old country. All seating is reserved – $12.00 each; groups are seated together. Doors open at 10:30 a.m.; events start at 11a.m. with seating, opening announcements, blessing, and lunch. Show begins around noon and lasts about 1 hour. Bus parking available.
E-mail reservations are required. Info@yesterdaysevents.com.

March 18th – Join the Huntsville Track Club for the Rocket City Ten Miler in Mooresville, AL. This Grand Prix event will run through scenic Mooresville, Alabama’s oldest town. Race starts at 8:00 a.m. For more information: Valerie Connaughton (256) 337-0417.

Mar 25th – Heartland Anglers Bass Tournament DIV 1 Wheeler/Elk River (Lee High Ramp on Hwy 72) Safe Light until 3 p.m. Open to the weekend angler. Membership: $35; Tournament Fees: $50; Lunker: $10. Matt Leicher ~ 256-777-9843 E-mail: aldeerhunter23@yahoo.com or Doc Dumas ~ 256-497-0084

Mar 25th – Join Mooresville Mercantile in welcoming spring by enjoying the crafters, artists, small businesses and community organizations that join them under the trees from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 5081 Mooresville Rd. in Mooresville, AL. The Spring Gathering is being held in conjunction with the Sheep Shearing Day at 1818 Farms, 24889 Lauderdale St. in Mooresville.

Mar 31st – Join the City of Athens Relay for Life team and the Limestone County Cattlemen’s Association for a ribeye steak sandwich fundraiser at Friendship Church, 16479 Lucas Ferry Road in Athens from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Cost is $10.00 for eat in or carry out.
By: Teresa Todd
President, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association

Everyone knows Valentine’s Day is in February. For some, it slips up on them, but for the most part, they can still run out and pick up a beautiful heart shaped box of delectable chocolates and find a romantic card. If they are really running late, they might even get an exquisite piece of jewelry. It seems the closer to the day (or hour), the more guilt there is and the better the gift!

Here is a way you can escape the “Honey I’ve been so busy,” or “It just comes too close after Christmas for me to remember everything” excuses. Athens Main Street vendors will be having their Chocolate Walk on February 11th in downtown Athens, where you can go as a couple for a wonderful night. You do purchase a $5 ticket to participate, however the enjoyment of going to each merchant to receive a scrumptious chocolate delight until you fill your box will be a new experience!

Make sure you go to our new Lucia’s or LuVici’s for a romantic dinner, or to Village Pizza to see what they have on the menu to tempt your palate and then show off your collection of tasty bonbons later while you are still out!

But did you know February is also Black History Month?

Black History Month is an annual observance in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom whose purpose is the remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. It is celebrated each February in the United States and Canada, and in October in the United Kingdom.

The precursor to Black History Month was created in 1915 in the United States, when historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February to be “Negro History Week.” This week was chosen because it coincided with the birthday of Abraham Lincoln on February 12 and of Frederick Douglass on February 14, both of which dates black communities had celebrated together since the late 19th century.

In Limestone County, we have a rich black history heritage. In 2015, Trinity School was revitalized and opened as the Pincham-Lincoln Community Center. The center is part of Trinity School, Limestone County’s only all-black high school until the Limestone County School System was ordered by a federal judge to integrate in 1970 or face $3,000 a day fine for each day the system remained segregated.

As described on the Fort Henderson National Historic Preservation sign, the site served as a Union Civil War fort called Fort Henderson (built in 1863) and was situated on Coleman Hill. It was “a five-sided earthen fort with some frame buildings and underground “bomb-proofs.” Abatis (a defensive obstacle formed by felled, sharpened trees) lined the 15-foot deep perimeter ditch, a small portion of which is still visible today.” It was here that runaway slaves fought and were captured by Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest.

After the war, missionary Mary Fletcher Wells established Trinity to educate former slaves. The school educated black students from 1930 through the 1970s and was the first school in the northern half of the state to provide kindergarten instruction for blacks. Among its most prominent students was world renowned singer Patti Malone. The school served the community until integration, and then fell into disrepair.

The Athens-Limestone Community Association started an effort to save the remaining part of the fort and some of the school. The City of Athens obtained a $290,000 Community Development Block Grant from ADECA to build the Pincham-Lincoln Community Center to serve the community with educational, cultural, and other programs.

ALCA raised the match money and secured $25,000 from Athens-Limestone County Tourism to save the old band room from being destroyed. It will eventually become a museum and archives facility for the site.

The project received support from other various facets of the community from Trinity staff and students, City of Athens, Limestone County Commission, the Limestone County Legislative Delegation, Athens Rotary, NAACP, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Resource Conservation and Development Council, and many others.

To read more on Trinity School and Fort Henderson, you can purchase “Holding the Fort” by Charlotte Fulton at the Athens-Limestone County Tourism office, 100 N. Beaty Street, Athens, AL 35611 for $40. There is a $7 shipping & handling fee to have it mailed.
By: Teresa Todd, President, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association

Have you ever wondered what role our Tourism Office and Visitor Center have in Limestone County? The primary purpose of the ALCTA is to invite people to Athens and Limestone County to visit our attractions, enjoy our restaurants and shops, learn about our history, and take in the beauty of our county.

They are also known as “temporary tax payers” because in order to do these things, they spend money in our retail businesses and purchase gas and food, all of which includes sales taxes.
In Limestone County’s five towns, the tourism industry brings historians, naturalists, hikers, bikers, equestrians, kayak enthusiasts, fishermen, Civil War historians, artisans, storytellers, musicians, sporting events, horse shows, rodeos, seminars, meetings, conferences, class, church & family reunions, and many, many jobs!

We also develop tourism through the promotion of permanent attractions such as the Alabama Veterans’ Museum and Belle Chevre Creamery tours. This year, we had outstanding attendance at our many tours of our Historic Districts, Cemetery Stroll, and Antebellum homes. Our largest tour was from India. The group was made up of students learning about the U. S. and our education programs. They toured Athens State University and received greeting from Mayor Marks and the President of ASU, Dr. Robert Glenn. The University’s Archivist, Mrs. Sarah Love, toured the group throughout the campus of ASU and invited them to consider ASU for their collage of higher education.

The Alabama Travel and Tourism Department sent 9 Music Travel Writers to Athens for the 50th Anniversary of our Old Time Fiddlers Convention. These nine travel writers each stayed two nights in our local hotels, dined in our locally owned restaurants, and also shopped in our downtown businesses. We not only received great publicity from the articles they wrote, but the sales tax money from every place they enjoyed.

Also, the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention also brings in approximately 15,000 people to Limestone County. Most come in early in the week for the 2-day competition and take the time to visit our attractions, trails, and places like Russell Stover and Preston’s Western Ware.

Another area you may not think about as a tourism activity is the Limestone County Archives. People of all generations are searching for their ancestors. They come to Athens because they are looking into their family genealogy. As our families spread across the United States, discovering and preserving those precious times of yesteryear can take several days, and many make it their primary goal of their vacation time.

Athens also can boast about its very own drive-in theater positioned alongside our walk-in theater. This drive-in is one of only nine in the state of Alabama still operating. Though many others have closed, we still enjoy reminiscing about our youth while attending our outdoor drive-in theater, which brings people to Limestone County for their opportunity to experience the family fun.

Tourists come into Limestone County communities to Elkmont for the Songwriters’ Night, and to hear the performers at the Red Caboose. The free Summer Concert Series we know as “Singing on the Square” from April to August, hosted by the Tourism Office, is always well attended. Entertainment facilities such as Yesterday’s Events feature nationally recognized singers and impressionists like Kevin Adams and the music group, “The Flashbacks” which brings in 90% of out of town guests for each performance. You see, music is in the fabric of Limestone County.

Our Athens Storytelling Festival, a week-long celebration of our tales, liars, and lies bring people from over 25 states to hear the best storytellers in the South. Our Amateur night also brings in not only local residents to try their hand at stretching a few yarns, but people from neighboring counties to see how good they can tell a big-ole-whopper!

We encourage our guests to attend our educational and historical activities such as our free guided historical walks held each Saturday in April, and programs like Earth Day, High Cotton’s Art Camps, as well as the Athens Main Street Farmer’s Markets held throughout the summer. The Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association / Athens Visitors’ Center is located in the historic Athens Utilities Building, built in 1906. Big Spring Memorial Park sits just behind our location, with beautiful, relaxing fountains and various species of ducks. Athens-Limestone County is rich in history, culture and music, but our eye is fixed on the future and new growth opportunities for our town. We invite you to visit with us.

ALCTA is open Monday-Friday, 8:00AM – 4:30PM, and in the summer on Saturdays from 8:00AM to 12:00PM. Come by for a tour of our historic building. Look through the rack of brochures, information leaflets, and post cards. We are always pleased to tell you more about Limestone County.
By: Teresa Todd, President, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association

12-2-2016-9-05-53-amSanta Claus will be checking with his favorite youngsters in Limestone County twice in the month of December. This free “quality-of-life” event will formally open on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at Big Spring Memorial Park from 5-7pm with Santa available for photos. This family event is supported by Lowe’s of Athens, Athens Parks and Rec, Athens Mayor’s Office, Athens-Limestone County Tourism, Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful and Spirit of Athens. Santa will make another appearance on Dec. 17th and read “The Night Before Christmas” for the children.

The North Pole Stroll trees will be decorated with strings of solar lights and will portray various themes. The Friends of the Athens-Limestone Animal Shelter are accepting donations to place your pet’s picture on one of their two trees, in “Memory” or in “Honor”. The Athens-Limestone County Tourism Office has decorated their tree with the theme, “A Look Back at 2016” using pictures of events from this past year. Your theme could be your interests or business.

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This project would not be possible without our Athens Parks and Recreation installing the live trees. The goal is to double the number of trees from last year and have enough trees to decorate both sides of the Duck Pond. Tree sponsorships are available until December 10th or until all the trees are sponsored. To purchase your tree, call the Tourism Office at 256-232-5411.

Tree sponsorships are available for $100. Businesses can decorate their own tree or we will contact a non-profit to decorate for them. Tree sponsors will receive signage at their tree and their logo will be placed on the North Pole Stroll Facebook and website.

Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful will have their snowman family featured at a photo station. KALB Executive Coordinator Lynne Hart and their volunteers created the snowman family from recycled tires. Their theme for this year will be, “Tired of Waiting for Santa.”

Decoration and sale of trees will continue till the 10th of December. Visit our Facebook page to see our clever sponsors. For more information, visit www.visitathensal.com/north-pole-stroll.html
Dec. 10th – Spirit of Athens’ Sippin Cider. Come downtown the second Saturday of December from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. to the Sippin’ Cider Festival. Voted a Top 20 event in the Southeast in 2014, it’s a night of holiday festivities. Sample and vote for your favorite cider while shopping and enjoying store specials. The merchant with the most votes wins the coveted Cider Cup and bragging rights for the next year. Other activities include in-store children’s activities, train rides by the Athens Lions Club, live music, roasting marshmallows, and a visit from Santa.

Dec. 10th — Historic Mooresville Holiday Home Tour and Progressive Dinner from 2 to 7 PM. The 1818 village of Mooresville offers a holiday tour of the historic buildings and four private homes decorated for the season. Homes open and shopping available 2 to 6. Salad in Brick Church. Dinner seating at 3:30 to 4:30 and at 5:00 to 6:00 in town square. Dessert and coffee in Peebles’ barn. Reservations required. For more info click on Holiday Dinner in the menu or call 256-355-2683 $70 per person

Dec 11th – Athens Ladies Civitan Holiday Home Tour. Prominent Athens homes will be dressed up for the holidays and open for touring. 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Advance tickets are $15 and available on the Square at Pimento’s and Crawford’s Gifts, and First National Bank (U.S. 72) in Athens. Tickets are $20 day of event and can be purchased on-site at any home on the tour. This fundraiser benefits the developmentally challenged of the community. For more information call Carolyn Stair 256-233-0258.

Dec. 13th — Ardmore Christmas Parade “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” Parade starts at 6:00PM

Dec. 13th — You are invited to watch Creekside Drama Club “Twas the Week After Christmas” at 6:00 p.m. Creekside Elementary gym…admission is FREE!

Dec 15th – Senior Lunch Matinee Show at Yesterday’s Event Center 15631 Brownsferry Road. Join Yesterday’s for a complete lunch including drink and dessert for $11.00 and entertainment featuring a Special Christmas Show with Kevin Adams. Doors open 10:30AM, Event begins 11:00AM and show-time 12:00PM with a show length 60-75 minutes. Groups of all size welcome. Bus parking available. Pre-reservation required. For more info call 256-232-2506 or email info@yesterdaysevents.com Cancellation fee may apply.

Dec 18th – 2-S Winter Buckle Series at 2-S Arena 26155 Thach Road. Join 2-S Arena for barrel racing. Contestants must compete in 6 of 8 shows to be eligible for awards. Show starts at 3:00PM. Cash Only. For more information call Mindy Sanders 256-278-5758 or Wil Sanders 606-246-0628
By: Teresa Todd, President, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association

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11-4-2016-10-20-48-amYou can find several Veterans Day programs on Nov 10. The first one will be held at East Limestone High School. Veterans and their spouses are invited to attend the East Limestone breakfast at 8:30am. The program will begin at 9:00am. Then they can attend the veterans program at West Limestone High School, 10945 West School House Road, Lester, AL. The program will begin at 1:00pm as they salute Veterans during their special program. Attend these programs and support our students and our veterans.

On November 11, Athens State University’s Center for Lifelong Learning is presenting “The Story Behind the Song” A Songwriter’s Showcase at 6:30pm in McCandless Hall on the Athens State campus. Tickets for the reserved seating show are $20 and may be purchased at the Center for Lifelong Learning located at 121 S. Marion Street on the east side of the Limestone County Courthouse Square. For more information call 256-233-8260 or visit themwww.athens.edu/cll

Are you prepared for the Thanksgiving Holiday? You can learn the art of“Making Holiday Bread” at the Ardmore Public Library, 25836 Main Street Ardmore, AL on November 12. Join the Ardmore Public Library for this Homesteading class on making holiday breads with Susan Duff at 10:00am. Then from 9am-12pm this group will have wonderful-tasting products such as pies, cakes, brownies, fudge and cookies. Also, Marie Alsup will be donating a Christmas wreath for a drawing.

November 12, Michael Dean and Memphis salute our Veterans at 6pm – 8pm. Limestone County Council on Aging,
912 West Pryor St. This is afundraiser for the Alabama Veterans Museum. Tickets are $15.00& $20.00 at the door. Contact the Museum for details 256-771-7578.

In Elkmont,“The Delmore Brothers;90 Years of Music”will be celebrated on November 12 from 11am – 5pm. Enjoy fabulous musicfrom Bradley Walker, Carl Jackson, Shane Adkins, Bruce Walker, Jerry Salley,Thom Bresh (son of Merle Travis) and Farmer & Adele. Tickets $5.00, 12 and under free. For info call 256-306-6201. This is an outdoor event so BRING YOUR CHAIRS! This event is sponsored by Athens-Limestone Tourism Office, Town of Elkmont and the Elkmont Historical Committee.

On November 13, our Hospice of Limestone County and MADD will be sponsoring an annual community-wide memorial service called “Celebration of Remembrance and Hope” to be held at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church at 2:00 pm. All Limestone County families and friends who have experienced the death of a loved one are invited to attend. For any additional information, please contact Wendy Fowler at the HOLC office(256) 232-5017.

The Senior Lunch Matinee Show atYesterdays Event Center, 15631 Brownsferry Road, will be held on November 17. Join Yesterdays for a complete lunch including drink and dessert for $11.00 and entertainment featuring “Replay” in an inspirational production. Doors open 10:30am, event begins 11:00am and show-time 12:00pm with a show length 60-75 minutes. Groups of all size welcome. Bus parking available. Cancellation fee may apply. Pre-reservation requiredat info@yesterdaysevents.com

The ‘North Pole Stroll’ is already taking reservations for sponsored trees for decorating in Big Springs Memorial Park. The 5’ to 6’ trees are donated by Lowes of Athens and sponsored by businesses, organizations, non-profits and individuals for $100. This is a ‘green event’ with the use of only solar lighting and non-breakable ornaments. You can purchase the solar supplies at Lowes by looking for “North Pole Stroll Friendly” stickers on the shelves. Trees should be available after Thanksgiving for decorating in the park. We are willing to assist in matching a non-profit to decorate with a sponsor, if possible. You may purchase your tree online at www.AthensNorthPoleStroll.com and click the ‘sponsor a tree’ tab. You may also come to the Athens-Limestone Tourism Office located at 100 N. Beaty Street (beside the duck pond) to pay by cash or check. We will have a kick-off on December 3 for everyone to come out and enjoy the trees with hot chocolate, music and Santa may even make a visit! For more information call the Tourism Office at 256-232-5411. This event is sponsored by Athens-Limestone County Tourism, City of Athens Parks and Recreation, Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful, Spirit of Athens, and the Limestone County Archives.

See more information on events and activities at the Tourism website VisitAthensAL.com or visit our Facebook page, “Athens-Limestone County Tourism” or“Athens-Limestone Visitor Center”
Info@VisitAthensAL.com256-232-5411
On November 18 from 7am – 9amcome out to Suzanne’s Bakery & Eatery at 1207 Forrest St. They will be raising money for childhood cancer researchand to support our local cancer-fighting families.

Christmas Open House November 18 – 20inDowntown Athens, AL. Christmas comes early to downtown Athens with caroling, special shopping to help complete your Christmas list and Santa! For more information, contact the Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce at 256-232-2600

Ardmore Christmas Craft Fair TN, Annex Building Main Street, Ardmore, TN Top off your shopping list with handmade crafts to give to friends, family, party hostess or surprise gift giver. For more information, Wendi Brake 256-278-5524.

Donnell House Christmas, Donnell House 601 1/2 South Clinton Street, Athens, AL Join the Donnell House for this annual tradition and celebration. All money raised will go to the renovation efforts of the Donnell House. For more information: (256) 232-0743

December 1 will be the Athens Christmas Parade starting at Athens High School/Swan Creek Park 100 U.S. Highway 31N. The Parade will travel west on Hobbs Street to North Jefferson Street, turn south toward the downtown square, and finish in the Hometown Grocery/Athens-Limestone Public Library area. Sponsored by Reliance Bank of Athens.

Dec 2nd – The Holiday Soiree, Athens-Limestone Public Library 603 South Jefferson Street. Contact: DebbieJoyner@comcast.net or 256-655-6690

Dec 3rd – JROTC Jingle Bell Jog 5K, Athens High School, 100 Hwy 31 N. Athens AL. Wear your funniest, most comfortable Christmas outfit and join us on a flat, fast USATF Certified 5K Course (AL13063JD). Registration and packet pickup starts on Dec. 2, 3:30 – 6:00pm and race day, 6:45 – 7:30am. Overall Top Male/Female, Top Male/Female masters, and Top Male/Female in each age group. We will also have a Best Costume Award. Entry: $25 or $28 after Nov 7.

See more information on events and activities at the Tourism website VisitAthensAL.com or visit our Facebook page, “Athens-Limestone County Tourism”or“Athens-Limestone Visitor Center”
Info@VisitAthensAL.com 256-232-5411
By: Teresa Todd, President, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association

10-7-2016-12-01-11-pmThe 50th Anniversary of the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers’ Convention will be hosted by the Athens State University on October 7th and 8th. Athens, Alabama is famous for its music, and at the Fiddlers’ Convention, it is easy to see why. For the past 50 years, on the school’s campus, music, and buck dancing along with wonderful food and crafts have brought in previous years over 15,000 attendees.

The musical entertainment is held on the steps of Founders’ Hall, previously home to the women’s institution of higher learning and designated sacred by President Lincoln during the Civil War. The main stage is sponsored by the Alabama Farmers’ Cooperative where over $18,000 in prize money will be awarded throughout the semi-centennial competition.

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The Convention will hold competitions on Friday and Saturday, with more than 200 people performing.

There are more than 20 different categories of performances, including fiddle, guitar, harmonica, mandolin, bluegrass banjo, dobro, dulcimer, old time singing, banjo, and buck dancing.

Special performances on Friday, October 7th both at 4:00PM and at 6:00PM will be presented by Riders In The Sky. Their performances will be held on the Alabama Farmers’ Cooperative Main Stage. Riders In The Sky is an American Western music group, which began performing in 1977. They have won two Grammy Awards, and have written and performed music for major motion pictures. In their 39 years, Riders In The Sky have performed in over 6,200 live performances, almost 300 national television appearances, over 200 public radio shows, 700 Grand Ole Opry appearances, and three television series. They call Nashville, TN home.

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Performing on Saturday, October 8th will be Norman Blake, Nancy Blake, and James Bryan at 5:00PM. Norman is an American instrumentalist, vocalist, and songwriter. In a career spanning more than 60 years, he has played in a number of folk and country groups. He is considered one of the leading figures in the bluegrass revival of the 1970s and is still active today, playing concert dates and making albums with Nancy Blake, and many other musicians.

You can’t have great entertainment without having great food and hand-made crafts. The Convention will have old-fashioned arts and crafts at approximately 150 booths. Food items will range from quick snacks to full meals, all delicious, and many from our local restaurants.

Gates open at 8:00AM. Cost is $15 for Friday, $15 for Saturday and $20 for both days. Children under 12 are admitted free with a parent. Advance tickets are available from the Athens State Business Office, located in Founders’ Hall at 300 North Beaty Street.

By:Teresa Todd President, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association
Athens-Limestone County Tourism, President
Athens, AL
256-232-5411

9-2-2016 2-13-30 PMALABAMA 200 is bringing something for citizens and visitors of all ages to share and explore as we celebrate our state’s bicentennial. From a history walk and folk-life festivals, to travelling exhibitions and reunions, ALABAMA 200 is creating a three-year celebration for every facet of our beginning to our current life.

Beginning March 3rd, 2017 the celebration will start in our oldest areas, Mobile and St. Stephens, and culminate in December of 2019 in Huntsville. It is the site of our humble beginnings where we drew up our first established constitution, and the location of the signing has been preserved. ALABAMA 200 includes all 67 counties, and stretches from the Ardmore Welcome Center to the white sand beaches of Orange Beach, as well as from the Capital city to Rocket City.

ALABAMA 200 is about more than commemorating 200 years of a government. The State of Alabama exists as a place of unparalleled natural beauty, and it is the home of a diverse and distinct people who share a history with unique perspectives and values. It is a sense of shared culture and stories. You know, you only turn 200 years old once, and honoring the history that changed the world will need some time.

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We begin in 2017 by “Discovering Our Place,” which coincides with Alabama’s Territorial Bicentennial. 2018 is the year for “Honoring Our People.” We will share the experiences and stories of the individuals who came here to live together. Sharing “Our Story” will be the theme of 2019, and the conclusion of ALABAMA 200, an invitation to continue celebrating what makes our state distinct, and honor the days to come with history as our guide.

Limestone County Vision
ALABAMA 200 is an unprecedented opportunity to experience and explore North Alabama. It is a chance to celebrate our place in each community in Limestone County. It is a moment to remember the people who made their home in “Alabama the Beautiful,” and to nurture the generations who will carry us forward. It is a chance to chart a vibrant, prosperous future for our county with our past to lead us forward.

Work and the workplace have gone through colossal changes between the mid-1800s and today. In the mid-1800’s, 60% of Americans made their living as farmers. During the mid-1900s, with its shift from an industrial to a knowledge-based economy, about 38% of workers declared farming as their main occupation. By 2000, only 2% of Americans worked on farms.
While we collect information for our 200th Anniversary, we will see the effects of industrialization, urbanization, immigration, labor unrest, wars, and changes in the economic positions of our country on ordinary working Americans. In the beginning we toiled in coal mines, on tractors, at typewriters and in the military. Then we labored on assembly lines making rockets, airplanes, the indispensable computer, and now robots.

Things you can participate in:

We will create displays & exhibits to show our history and growth. Photographs and historical documents will help to tell our stories. We have found artifacts from the American Indians to explain the importance of our location, to the endangered species of the mighty Elk who roamed our area, as did many other distinctive creatures.

We used storytelling for how we learned about our ancestors, our humor, and our day to day lives. We handed down dance, music, and re-enactments to keep our lineage alive. We planted, grew, and canned our gardens filled with great, nutritious foods. And we played! We made up most of our games, but we used our surroundings and our imaginations to foster these great activities.

We made our clothes, our bed clothes, and many other items from materials from food packaging. Others made furniture from the bounty of the forest and the hides of animals. We cared for our children, our seniors, the sick, and disabled, but still worked every day to enable our family to obtain a good education.

Our Limestone County community of Mooresville was incorporated November 16th, 1818 preceding Athens by 3 days, November 19th 1818. Mooresville has many unique qualities which haven’t seemed to have changed since their inception. Visit Mooresville’s website to learn more about their distinctive community.

We will have committee meetings beginning within the next couple of months. If you are interested in being a part of this historic event, send your contact information to info@VisitAthensAL.com. The Limestone Committee will be in touch with you soon.

By: Teresa Todd – Athens-Limestone County Tourism Director
100 N. Beaty Street
Athens, AL. 35611
256-232-5411
Teresa@VisitAthensAL.com

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8-5-2016 11-16-27 AMAug 5th – 6th — Piney Chapel American Farm Heritage Days. Piney Chapel American Farm Heritage Grounds, Elkton Road, Athens, AL. Come celebrate farm life and the mechanization that feeds America. A 20-mile tractor ride thru the countryside on Friday departing at 10 am. Full concessions including pinto beans and corn bread. Tickets: $5 per person. Children 10 years old and under are admitted free. Parking is free.

Aug 5th & 6th — 23rd Annual Police Reserve Rodeo. John Barnes Park 26425 Hamlett Street, Ardmore, TN. It’s rodeo time in Ardmore! The show gets underway at 8:00PM each night. Advanced tickets are now on sale at Ardmore Police Dept. or from any Ardmore Police Officer or Reserve Officer. Advance prices for age 13 & up $12.00, Kids 6-12 are $8, and 5 and under are free.

Aug 5th — 2nd Annual Friday Night Singing.
Mt. Carmel Church of Christ, 7805 U.S. Highway 72W, Athens, AL. Join the congregation for this annual singing event at 7:00PM. Finger foods will be served afterwards. www.MtCarmelChurchofChrist.org

Aug 6th — Coffee Call.
Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives, 100 West Pryor Street Athens, AL. All veterans and their families are invited to the museum for breakfast and a time of fellowship with fellow veterans at 8:00AM. Contact 256-771-7578.

Aug 6th — Athens Saturday Markets. Limestone Co Farmers Market Pavilion, 409 West Green Street Athens, AL. Join the Athens Saturday Market from 8:00AM to 12:00PM for local growers, producers and artisans. Activities for the kids. Live music. AthensSaturdayMarket.com

Aug 6th — Cruise In. Downtown Athens, AL. Bring your hot rod, motorcycle, truck or unique vehicle and park on the square to share your love of automobiles with other enthusiast from 3:00PM to 6:00PM. Shop the boutiques and store and enjoy a meal downtown at one of the restaurants.

Aug 6th — 2nd Annual Athens-Limestone Homebuilders Assn. Clay Shoot. Limestone County Hunting Preserve, 28755 Coggins Road Ardmore, AL. Come support the AL Homebuilders Assn. and shoot Clays. $550.00 per 4-man team. For more information: Keith Griffin 256-777-3633 or Bobby Nixon 256-777-2538.
Aug 6th — El Opry Present Live. El Opry 24861 Airport Road Athens, AL. All ages are invited to rock the night away with Thrones of Eden, Echoes of Creation, Tomorrowz End, Ash of Eden and Waves. Tickets are $5.00 Doors open 6:00PM, Show at 7:00PM.

Aug 7th — 4th Annual Higher Learning Back To School Fashion Show. Limestone County Courthouse Downtown Athens, AL. Come check out the latest in school fashion and urban street wear at 4:30PM hosted by WEUP and LaShayB and Radar Men. Gwapp Boyz and comedy show with Jarret Collier. Advanced tickets are $7.00; At the door $10.00.

Aug 8th — Limestone County Master Gardeners Monthly Meeting. Limestone County Extension Office, 1109 West Market Street Athens, AL. Join the Master Gardeners from 12:30-1:00PM for social time followed by guest speaker Susan Webb on “How to Speak Hosta.” For more information: Janet Hunt 256-614-3530.

Aug 12th — Fridays After Five Athens. Downtown Athens, AL. Enjoy an evening of shopping, dining, arts, antiques, music and more as the doors stay open later.

Aug 13th — Ardmore Car Show. John Barnes Park, Ardmore Ridge Road, Ardmore, TN. Join the Ardmore Quarterback Club for one of the Southeast largest and most anticipated car shows of the year from 10:00AM-3:00PM. Funds from the car show go to the help the athletic needs of area schools and teams. Grand Prize Car: 1959 Thunderbird. Cash and prizes. Live music. Spectator Admission: $5.00; Family Admission: $15.00; Children 12 and under admitted free. http://khanitech.com/ardmorecarshow/

Aug 13th — Athens Saturday Markets- Tomato Sandwich Day.
Limestone Co Farmers Market Pavilion, 409 West Green Street Athens, AL. Join the Athens Saturday Market from 8:00AM to 12:00PM Noon for local growers, producers and artisans and a special southern treat: Tomato Sandwiches. Activities for the kids. Live music with Copeland Road. AthensSaturdayMarket.com

Aug 13th — Safari at the SportsPlex. Athens SportsPlex, U.S. Highway 31 Athens, AL. Calling all disc golfers for this PDGA B tier event. $500.00 added to the Pro division. Best Score Doubles. Participants and their partner must be PDGA rated for the division entered. Non-PDGA members will pay an additional $10.00 entry fee. www.pdga.com/tour/event/28556

Aug 14th — Yoga at the Gulf. Newby Gulf Station, 125 East Street Athens, AL. Don’t run out of gas. Come to the Gulf. This is a public yoga event hosted by Delisa Simpson. Yoga from 6:00PM-7:00PM and all are welcomed. Donations are encouraged.

Aug 15th — Vietnam Veterans Spaghetti Lunch/Dinner. Vietnam Veterans Chapter 511 Post, 17915 West Elm Street Athens, AL. Join the VVA Chapter 511 for an all-you-can-eat Spaghetti meal including salad, garlic bread, dessert, and beverage for $7.00. Chose lunch from 11:00AM-1:00PM, or dinner from 5:00PM-7:00PM, or both!

Aug 19th – Chamber Sporting Clays Tournament.
Limestone County Hunting Preserve, 28755 Coggins Road Ardmore, AL. Come support the Greater Chamber of Commerce and enjoy a morning of Clay shooting, 8:00AM to 12:00PM Noon. $550.00 per 4-man team. For more information: call 256-232-2600

Aug 19th — Singing on the Square. Athens State University Athens, AL. Join the Athens-Limestone County Tourism and sponsor Jimmy Smith Buick GMC for the final concert of the 2016 concert series. Bring your lawn chairs for this free concert starting at 6:30PM with fan favorite Athens State Community Band. For more information: www.visitathensal.com

Aug 20th — Athens Saturday Markets. Limestone Co Farmers Market Pavilion, 409 West Green Street Athens, AL. Join the Athens Saturday Market from 8:00AM to 12:00PM Noon for local growers, producers and artisans. Activities for the kids. Live music. AthensSaturdayMarket.com

Aug 20th — Pancake and Sausage Breakfast for 9/11 Heroes Run. Alabama Veterans Museum, 100 West Pryor Street Athens, AL. Join the Alabama Veterans Museum from 8:00AM-10:00AM for a Pancake and Sausage Breakfast to support the Travis Manion Foundation 9/11 Heroes Run. $5.00 for all you can eat. For more information: 256-771-7578

Aug 20th — 2016 North Alabama Beekeepers’ Symposium. Calhoun Community College, 6250 U.S. Highway 31, Decatur, AL. The North Alabama Beekeepers Symposium sponsored by the Limestone County Beekeepers Association will be held at Calhoun Community College in Tanner AL (near Decatur, AL). www.lcbees.com/

Aug 25th — Senior Lunch Matinee Show. Yesterday’s Event Center, 15631 Brownsferry Road Athens, AL. Join Yesterday’s for a complete lunch including drink and dessert for $11.00, and entertainment featuring the award-winning Southern Splendor Chorus with their Barbershop sound. Doors open 10:30AM, event begins 11:00AM and show time 12:00PM with a show length 60-75 minutes. Groups of all size welcome. Bus parking available. Cancellation fee may apply. Pre-reservation required, send reservation email to: Info@YesterdaysEvents.com.

Aug 27th — Athens Saturday Markets. Limestone Co Farmers Market Pavilion, 409 West Green Street Athens, AL. Join the Athens Saturday Market from 8:00AM to 12:00PM Noon for local growers, producers and artisans. Activities for the kids. Live music — Hew Tyler will be playing an acoustic show at the Pavillion from 9am-Noon. AthensSaturdayMarket.com

Aug 27th — Elkmont Band Booster 6th Annual Car Show.
Elkmont High School, 25630 Evans Avenue, Elkmont, AL. Elkmont Band Booster’s annual car show is a fundraiser for the Elkmont High School Band from 10:00AM-2:00PM. $20.00 registration fee for cars – includes entry for 2 people. Admission is $5.00; Ages 10 and under free. Concessions, vendors, prizes and more.

Aug 27th — Light up the Night Charity 5K. Athens Bible School, 507 Hoffman Street Athens, AL. Come join the Athens Bible School at 7:00PM for the 3rd annual Light Up the Night Charity 5K and Fun Run, presented by Bankston Motor Homes. Runners will weave through the historic district of Athens, AL following luminarias to mark the course and wearing anything that glows. Information and registration, visit www.athensbibleschool.org/giving/lightupthenight5k.cfm
By: Teresa Todd, President, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association

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