Jul 6th, 7th, & 8th — Athens Lions Club Kiddie Carnival opens at 309 East Forrest Street (at the corner of Beaty and Forrest Street across from Athens Middle School) in Athens from 6:30PM-9:30PM. Tickets are $0.50 each, 1 ticket for each ride. Concessions available.

Jul 8th — Athens Saturday Market (409 South Green Street in Athens) from 8:00AM-12:00PM with local producers, growers, and entertainment.

Jul 8th — Heartland Angler Bass Tournament Div 1 Wheeler Lake/Elk River (Lee-Hi Boat Ramp at US 72 in Athens) from safe light until 3:00PM for the weekend angler. Membership: $35; Tournament Fees: $50; Lunker: $10. Matt Leicher can be reached by phone at 256-777-9843 or by email at aldeerhunter23@yahoo.com.

Jul 8th — Jake Marlow Memorial Tournament (Elkmont High School 25630 Evans Avenue in Elkmont, AL) pits mixed teams at bat. Teams entry is $150.00. For more information, please contact Stephanie Fleming at 256-278-8233.

Jul 11th — 2nd Annual Pizza For A Cure with County for A Cure at Village Pizza of East Limestone (15728 East Limestone Road in East Limestone) from 11:00AM- 9:00PM. A portion of all sales (dine in or carry out) from the Village Pizza of East Limestone will benefit the County for a Cure Relay for Life team. Gift Certificates will also be available to purchase. For faster service, call ahead and place your order at 256-232-3388.

Jul 13th, 14th, & 15th — Athens Lions Club Kiddie Carnival opens at 309 East Forrest Street (at the corner of Beaty and Forrest Street across from Athens Middle School) in Athens from 6:30-9:30PM. Tickets are $0.50 each, 1 ticket for each ride. Concessions available.

Jul 15th — Athens Saturday Market (409 South Green Street in Athens) from 8:00AM-12:00PM with local producers, growers and entertainment.

Jul 15th — Mud Volleyball for a Cure with County for a Cure at Swan Creek Park (100 U.S. 31N in Athens) from 8:00AM-5:00PM. Come cheer the teams as the mud flies and helps fight cancer.

Jul 20th — Sophisticated Swingers at Yesterday’s Senior Lunch Matinee Show (15631 Brownsferry Road in Athens). All seating is reserved. Tickets are $12.00 each and groups are seated together. Doors open at 10:30AM, events start at 11:00AM with seating, opening announcements, blessing, and lunch. The show begins about 12 noon, and lasts about 1 hour. Bus parking is available. E-mail reservations are required; contact info@yesterdaysevents.com.

July 21st — Singing on the Square, Limestone County Courthouse (Marion Street Athens, AL). Join the Athens-Limestone County Tourism and sponsor Jimmy Smith Buick GMC for a free concert starting at 6:00PM with Matt Prater. Rain location is the Vietnam Veterans Building, located at 17915 W Elm St, Athens.

Jul 20th, 21st, & 22nd — Athens Lions Club Kiddie Carnival opens at 309 East Forrest Street (at the corner of Beaty and Forrest Street across from Athens Middle School) in Athens from 6:30-9:30PM. Tickets are $0.50 each, 1 ticket for each ride. Concessions available.

Jul 22nd — Athens Saturday Market (409 South Green Street in Athens) from 8:00AM-12:00PM with local producers, growers and entertainment.

Jul 26th – 30th — 6th Annual National Youth Vocal Ministry Camp. The camp is expected to host approximately 700 campers. Campers will display their newly learned skills during a fantastic production featuring both the Junior Camp (ages 5-11) and Senior Camp (ages 12 and up). For more information about National Youth Vocal Ministry Camp (NYVMC), please visit their website, http://www.southsiderogersville.org/nyvmc.html.

Jul 27th, 28th, and 29th — Athens Lions Club Kiddie Carnival opens at 309 East Forrest Street (at the corner of Beaty and Forrest Street across from Athens Middle School) in Athens from 6:30-9:30PM. Tickets are $0.50 each, 1 ticket for each ride. Concessions available.

Jul 29th — Athens Saturday Market (409 South Green Street in Athens) from 8:00AM-12:00PM with local producers, growers and entertainment.

The above events are listed at VisitAthensAL.com. If you have events or activities you would like to have listed on VisitAthensAL.com, please email your information to Cayce@VisitAthensAL.com
By: Teresa Todd, TMP
President, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association

June 3 – Coffee Call: Veterans and their families are invited for breakfast and fellowship from 8:00AM-9:30AM at the Alabama Veterans Museum, 100 West Pryor Street in Athens. 256-771-7578

National Trail Day: Enjoy over 20 trails in Limestone County Alabama including the Limestone County Canoe and Kayak Trail, Richard Martin Rails-to-Trails, Marbut Bend Accessible Trail, Civil War Driving Trail, Noah Bike and Car Trail and more! For more info: 256-232-5411

Athens Saturday Market, 409 South Green Street in Athens, from 8:00AM-noon with local producers, growers and entertainment. VisitAthensAL.com

Book Sale at the Houston Memorial Library and Museum: At 101 N. Houston St. in Athens from 9am-noon. Paperbacks 10 for $1, hardbacks for $1 or 12 hardbacks for $10! Proceeds benefit the Houston Memorial Library and Museum’s repair and renovation.

Play Outside Day: Families 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. More info: 256-232-5411

Boogie Shoes Bash: At the Revival Center, 303 W. Washington St. in Athens, from 6:00PM-10:00PM. Come kick up your heels with Habitat for Humanity of Limestone County with music by Trippin’ Dixie. More info: Deb Kohlhase 256-230-6001

Bike MS: Rocket City 2017 will start and finish at James Clemens High School, 11306 County Line Road in Madison. Enjoy a scenic ride through Mooresville, Greenbrier and other portions of Limestone County. Riders can opt for a 20-, 40-, 63-, 100- or 126-mile ride on a fully supported course. VisitAthensAL.com

June 4 – Round Island Baptist Church 200th Celebration: Come celebrate 200 years of sharing the gospel of Jesus in our local community and the world. Many activities and historical displays covering two centuries of service. Food, fellowship and fun! VisitAthensAL.com

June 6 – Fishing & Boating with DCNR & ALEA: Starts 5:00PM in the Meeting Room of the Athens-Limestone Visitors Center. New to the community and want to learn the laws of the water? Join us for this info and Q&A session. Free! More info: 256-232-5411

June 9 & 10 – Elkmont Lions Club Smokin’ Railroad Street Barbecue Cookoff – Backyard Division in downtown Elkmont, AL, is a Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned event as well as a featured event of the Alabama Barbecue Trail. VisitAthensAL.com

June 10 – National Marina Day at Joe Wheeler State Park: Enjoy Concessions, free peddle boat rides, kids’ crafts and more at 4403 McLean Drive in Rogersville, AL. Hosted by Wheeler Yacht Club.

Battle for the Boards Cornhole Contest: The Blaze Baseball 9U team will host a cornhole tournament at Ardmore Park on Park Avenue in Ardmore, AL. Entry fee is $75.00 per team. Prizes: 1st Place – 20% of overall entry fee, 2nd Place – 10% of entry fee, 3rd Place – Gift Card + Entry Fee. If interested please phone Austin Turner (256)656-9313 or Tim Turner (256)508-0734 or go to the Blaze Baseball page. Registration deadline is 7:59 AM event day.

Athens Outdoor Short Track Race with the Tennessee Valley Flattrackers: Limestone County Sheriff’s Arena on AL-99. Gates open 2:00PM. Sign-up 4:00-6:00PM. Practice 7:00PM. Racing 8:00PM. Gate fee is $10.00; 6 years & under free. More info: Sam Brown 256-714-3729

Light Up the Night 5K & Fun Run with Athens Bible School: 7:30PM – 9:00PM. Runners will weave through the historic district of Athens, AL following luminaries to mark the course and wearing anything that glows. VisitAthensAL.com

June 10, 17, 24
– Athens Saturday Market, 409 South Green Street in Athens. from 8:00AM-12:00PM with local producers, growers and entertainment. VisitAthensAL.com

June 14 – Flag Day with Athens State University: Members of the ASU community will gather to honor the flag and first responders. Enjoy patriotic medleys performed by the Athens State Community Band and Copeland Road Barbershop Quartet. Guest speaker will be Eddie Hicks, Director of Morgan County EMA and Class of 2000. For info: 256-233-8184

Singer/Songwriter Night at Loft 1880: At 222 West Market St. in Athens from 6:00PM-9:00PM presented by Frank’s Good Stuff. Enjoy the sounds of Bruce Salmon of Austin, TX. Free to the public.

June 16 – Celebrate America at Yesterday’s Senior Lunch Matinee Show at 15631 Brownsferry Road in Athens featuring singer/impressionist Kevin Adams. All seating is reserved – $12.00 each. Groups are seated together. Doors open 10:30am; event starts at 11AM with seating, opening announcements, blessing, and lunch. Show begins around noon; about 1 hour show. Bus parking available. E-mail reservations are required info@yesterdaysevents.com.

Singing on the Square at Limestone County Courthouse, Marion Street, Athens, AL: Join Tourism and sponsor Jimmy Smith Buick GMC for a free concert starting at 6:00PM with Trippin’ Dixie. Be sure to bring your lawn chair. Rain location is the Vietnam Veterans Bldg. 17915 W Elm St, Athens.

June 16 & 17 – 9th Annual Ardmore Truck& Tractor Pull at John Barnes Park, 26425 Hamlett St. in Ardmore, TN, starting at 7:00PM both nights. Ages 7 & up: $10.00; 6 & under: Free. No rain checks, no refunds. For more info call Mike Magnusson (256)468-4950 or VisitAthensAL.com

June 17 – Dalton Scott Memorial Trail Ridge on the Richard Martin Rails-to-Trails starting at 9:00AM with the Cowboys for Christ – Cowboyin’ for the Son Chapter. Park trailers at Veto Church on the north end or at Coffman Park on Airport Rd. on the south end and ride to Elkmont by noon for lunch and activities. $10.00 suggested donation to ride and for hamburger/hot dog lunch and drink. Bring your money for the auction! If you don’t ride, join the fun in Elkmont for music, activities and lunch. For more info call Shawn Adams 256-653-0159.

Celebrate Father’s Day in Limestone County with over 100 restaurants to choose from for a special meal. Take him fishing on the Tennessee or Elk River and try to land a record Bass or Catfish. Stroll, bike, kayak, or drive one of our 20+ themed trails. For more ideas visit the Athens-Limestone Visitors Center, 100 North Beaty St. in Athens.

June 24 – Christmas in June at Joe Wheeler State Park, 4403 McLean Drive in Rogersville, AL. Join Santa on his vacation at Joe Wheeler State Park from 7:00PM-10:00PM. Campers are encouraged to decorate their sites with traditional Christmas decor. Enjoy the Christmas parade at 7:00PM followed by a Christmas movie at the Activities Center in Section B of the Campground.

Heartland Angler Bass Tournament Div 1 Wheeler Lake/Elk River: Lee-Hi Boat Ramp at US 72 in Athens, from safe light until 3:00PM for the weekend angler. Membership: $35; Tournament fees: $50; Lunker: $10. Matt Leicher ~ 256-777-9843 or E-mail: aldeerhunter23@yahoo.com

Jun 29, 30, and July 1
– Athens Lions Club Kiddie Carnival opens at 309 East Forrest Street (at the corner of Beaty and Forrest St. across from Athens Middle School in Athens from 6:30-9:30PM. Tickets are $0.50 each, 1 ticket per ride. Concessions available. VisitAthensAL.com
By: Teresa Todd

We’re only six months into 2017 and Tourism has been more active than ever. To date we have already given two haunts walk tours for Leak City. Leak City is a one-of-a-kind Natural Gas and Fire Service training facility for people all over the U.S. to come master their skills here in Athens.

Also, we hosted several events for our ongoing bicentennial. On March 3 and 4, Rebekah Davis and Dr. Harry Joiner came together for an Oral History presentation. They presented a detailed the history of the Territory of Limestone County to our Athens Rotary Club as well as to the public at our newest venue, the Revival Center. Tourism also hosted Khris Anderson, the Executive Director of the North Alabama Bureau of the American Red Cross. This year marks the 100th Anniversary for this prodigious organization, and we were so honored to host them at our Athens Visitor’s Center.

May 23, we had the first of our bicentennial church tours with Dr. Eric Betts of Athens State University’s Curtis Coleman’s Religious Studies and Ethics class. We scheduled to tour four facilities. Dana Waldrop with Athens State University gave the tour of the “New Testament Chapel” in Founders Hall at the university. The next church on the tour was First Presbyterian Church (which was formed in 1829 as a Cumberland Presbyterian) with tour guide Buzz Estes. Our third church was Marion Street Church of Christ (This building was originally constructed in 1836 by the First United Methodist Church). Our tour guide was Wayne Kuykendall. Our final church was First United Methodist Church. (First United is actually older than our state. They relocated to the corner of Hobbs & Jefferson and built their current building in 1925.) Our tour guide for this final leg was Richard Martin.

On May 24, Athens-Limestone County Tourism was host to 29 students from India. This marked the fourth year of our ongoing partnership with Nina Tijoriwala, owner of EDU Outing Concepts from Mumbai, India. Along with myself, the students were welcomed by Commissioner Chairman Mark Yarbrough, Mayor Ronnie Marks and Athens State President Robert Glenn. Mrs. Sara Love offered an in-depth tour of the University’s facilities as lunch was served later in the day. We are partnering with local organizations to facilitate a program to encourage a two-day stay for next year’s excursion.

In April, we held five historical walking tours. Each Saturday we gave 4 to 5 separate tours so each visit would provide a different experience. We also had our Bicentennial Historical Cemetery Stroll. Altogether there were approximately 500 guests to enjoy the tours in Athens. Over 100 people explored Mooresville during the five weekends of walking tours. Out of the 67 counties in Alabama, Limestone County was second in attendance for the state. Next year we would like to have Ardmore and Elkmont included in the historical bicentennial tours to share their rich history.

Due to the threat of inclement weather, our first Singing on the Square was held in the Vietnam Veterans building on May 19, featuring lifelong Athens resident Garth Lovvern and his band “Temple of Blood.” Our next Singing on the Square Summer Concert will be headlined by another local favorite, “Trippin’ Dixie.” They are scheduled to take the stage on Friday, June 16.

Tourism along with Habitat for Humanity Director, Deb Kohlhase participated at the Rodeo Parade by offering parade watchers and rodeo fans a cool, nearby location at the Revival Center. We offered refreshments, a little bit of rodeo ambiance, and rodeo history the while awaiting the arrival of the 100 plus horses and buggies traveling along the parade route.

We greatly appreciate those who have come out to support Athens-Limestone County and all its events. If you didn’t make it to the first Singing on the Square performance, I feel we will have something for everyone to enjoy this summer.
See you soon!
By: Teresa Todd, TMP
President, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association

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