7-1-2016 2-04-03 PMThe fun the kids have been waiting for since last year arrives with the Athens Lions Club Kiddie Carnival at 309 East Forrest Street in Athens is back! Now through July 30th, the kids can come out on Thursday through Saturday and enjoy the carnival from 6:30PM to 9:30PM. The Kiddie Carnival will be closed on July 4th so that workers may enjoy the festivities with their families.
On July 1st our Summer Concert Series continues with Glenn Hall and DJs and Friends at the Vietnam Veterans Bldg 17915 West Elm Street Athens, AL. Athens-Limestone County Tourism and sponsor Jimmy Smith Buick – GMC bring you this great oldies concert at no charge. It begins at 6:00PM. Be sure to bring your lawn chair as there are a limited number of chairs. For more information, visit www.visitathensal.com/3/singin-on-the-square.htm

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Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives 100 West Pryor Street Athens, AL has their monthly Coffee Call July 2nd. 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 for more information.
Later, head to the Downtown Square to see the Cars and Trucks at the monthly 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 stores, and enjoy a meal downtown at one of the restaurants.

The July 4th Athens Firework Show will be held at Athens High School Stadium 100 U.S. Highway 31N Athens, AL. The sky above the Athens High School Stadium (no seating in stadium) will be filled with a colorful display of fireworks after the sun has gone down. Location and directions: From Interstate 65: Take Exit 354 south and travel three traffic lights. Location on left. Parking is available at adjacent businesses along U.S. Highway 31. Spectators can bring blankets and chairs to sit outside the stadium and around the Athens Recreation Center and Swan Creek Park areas. Weather conditions permitting, the show will start at dark, which should be between 8:45 to 9 p.m. Central Church of Christ next to the Athens High School stadium on U.S. 31 will host the 4th of July Community Cook-Out, which is free and open to the public. Starting at 6 p.m., the church will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and drinks as long a supplies last. The band “Dean” will perform at 7 p.m. In addition, there will be cornhole tournament, face painting, games and activities for the children.

Spirit of Athens begins their Fridays After Five on July 8th in Downtown Athens. Enjoy an evening of shopping, dining, arts, antiques, music and more as the doors stay open later. Come out and join us on the second Friday of each month (July – October) for Fridays After Five in downtown Athens.
On Jul 9th Athens Saturday Market comes alive at the Limestone County Farmers Market Pavilion 409 West Green Street Athens, AL. Join the Athens Saturday Market from 8:00AM to12:00PM Noon for local growers, producers and artisans. Activities for the kids. Live music. AthensSaturdayMarket.com

The next Saturday Supper with Belle Chevre will be held on July 9th at the Belle Chevre Cheese Shop and Tasting Room 18849 Upper Fort Hampton Road Elkmont, AL. Back by popular demand, Belle Chevre is again offering their Saturday Suppers cooked by our award-winning “Chief Cheese” Tasia Malakasis and Chef de Cuisine Rick Vonk. Saturday Suppers are inspired by fresh, local ingredients, including Belle Chevre’s fine artisanal goat cheeses made in Alabama. Southern-made 5 Course meals that reflect Southern heritage and our passion for spreading love around meals. Two Seating options: 5:30PM and 7:30PM. Cost is $75/person. To view their menu or make a reservation go to www.bellechevre.com/creamery-tours-events/saturday-suppers-2/

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To complement the Kiddie Carnival, the Donnell House will be staying open Jul 14th, 15th & 16th for Family Fun Days at the Donnell House. Donnell House 601 North Clinton Street Athens, AL. The historic Donnell House will be open for families to enjoy each evening from 4:00PM-6:00PM for free.
We will be glad to tell you more about beautiful Limestone County. Visit our website at www.VisitAthensAL.com email – info@VisitAthensAL.com call 256-232-5411.
“We have what you love about the South!”

By: Teresa Todd
Athens-Limestone County Tourism President
100 Beaty Street, Athens, AL 35611

6-6-2016 10-43-42 AMThis past Friday morning (May 27, 2016), I had the honor of showing 61 international travelers from Mumbai, India our community’s most beautiful educational facility, Athens State University. Niyati (Nina) Tijoriwala, the proprietor of an India touring company called “Edu Outing Concepts,” brought the students on an amazing journey throughout the Eastern and Southeastern parts of the United States. Travelling from New York to Florida, and then to Huntsville, the group took a short trip to Athens to learn about our intuitions of higher learning at Historic Athens State University.

It was my privilege to provide the group with a special welcome from Mayor Marks, details of how our educational facilities work, and how they may be able to be a part of our educational programs. In addition, they were greeted by Dr. Robert Glenn, President of Athens State University. Afterwards, Mrs. Sara Love, ASU Archivist, gave the students a tour of the campus highlighting the University’s history, and identifying the buildings where the different curricula is taught. Nina was very pleased with the tour, and is planning to bring another tour to the States and Athens again next year. I will be looking forward to their arrival, and to assisting them with their tour again.

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June 3rd — 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 featuring Southern Splendor Chorus and Rocket City Chorus. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs. For more information: http://www.visitathensal.com/3/singin-on-the-square.htm

June 4th — 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. For more information, contact 256-771-7578.

June 4th — 2nd Annual Catfish Literary Festival. Athens-Limestone Public Library, 603 South Jefferson Street, Athens, AL. Join the library for a day celebrating local authors and the art of story-craft. More details to come. For information, call 256-232-1233.

June 4th — Ardmore Quarterback Club Golf Tournament. Southern Gayles Golf Course, 22405 Mooresville Road, Athens, AL. Grab your clubs and three friends for this Four Man Scramble Tour starting at 7:00AM. Teams are $300.00 each, and proceeds go to the Ardmore Quarterback Club and their programs assisting area athletics. For more information, contact Tracy Goldsmith 236-426-9307 or Bethany Barnette 256-777-2616.

June 4th — 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 enthusiasts from 3:00PM to 6:00PM. Shop the boutiques and stores, and enjoy a meal downtown at one of the restaurants.

June 10th & 11th — Elkmont Lions Club Smokin’ Railroad Street Barbecue Cook-off. Downtown Elkmont, AL. Join the Elkmont Lions Club for their newly Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned Backyard Division cook-off. Categories will be Pulled Pork, Chicken and Ribs. The public will enjoy music, sampling, and concessions. Tickets to sample for People’s Choice to be announced. Cook teams interested in participating should visit: www.elkmontlionsclub.com For more information, e-mail ldpylant25902@yahoo.com.

June 10th — Elkmont Cruise In. Gilbert Street, Downtown Elkmont, AL. First come-first serve parking 2:00PM-8:00PM. $250.00 People’s Choice Award, $50.00 Furthest Distance Traveled, and $50.00 cash Prize Drawing every 30 minutes starting at 6:00PM. For more information, contact Elkmont Town Hall 256-732-4211.

June 11th — Athens Grease Festival. Downtown Athens, AL. Enjoy a day feasting on “all things fried.” For more information, see Holly Hollman’s article on page ____, or visit www.athensgreasefestival.com.

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June 11th — Spring Garden Tour. Athens, AL. Enjoy a collection of private gardens during this tour from 10:00AM-2:00PM with Master Gardeners on hand to answer questions. Advanced tickets are $15.00 from May 2nd to June 10th at the following locations: Crawford Gifts (203 West Washington Street Athens), Pimento’s (210 West Market Street Athens), Trinity’s (204 West Market Street Athens), Athens-Limestone Public Library (603 South Jefferson Street Athens), and from members of Friends of the Library. Day of Tour Tickets can only be purchased at the Athens-Limestone Public Library.

June 11th — Saturday Supper with Belle Chevre. Belle Chevre Cheese Shop and Tasting Room, 18849 Upper Fort Hampton Road, Elkmont, AL. Back by popular demand, Belle Chevre is again offering their Saturday Suppers cooked by our award-winning Chief Cheese Tasia Malakasis and Chef de Cuisine Rick Vonk. Saturday Suppers are inspired by fresh, local ingredients, including Belle Chevre’s fine artisanal goat cheeses made in Alabama. Southern-made 5-course meals that reflect Southern heritage and our passion for spreading love around meals. Two seating options are available: 5:30PM and 7:30PM. $75/person. To view menu or make a reservation, visit http://www.bellechevre.com/creamery-tours-events/saturday-suppers-2/.

June 11th — Singer-Songwriters Night. The Red Caboose, 25483 Railroad Street, Elkmont, AL. Join The Red Caboose for an evening of live music. Doors open at 6:00PM, show starts at 7:00PM. Admission is $25.00 and includes snacks. Children age 12 and under are free. For more information, list of performers, and directions, visit TheRedCaboose.net.

June 17th-18th — Ardmore Lions Club Tractor and Truck Pull. John Barns Park, Ardmore Ridge Road Ardmore, TN. The engines will rev and the dirt will fly as the tractors and trucks pull the grounds of John Barnes Park starting at 7:00PM. Classes: Light Super Stock Tractors, Heavy Super Stock Tractors, Limited Pro Stock Tractors, 6200 TWD Trucks, 9300 Super Farm Tractors, P4=PSFWD Trucks. Admission is $10.00 each night, with children age 6 & Under FREE. No Rain Checks, No Refunds For more information, please visit http://www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/ardmoretn/projects.php.

June 17th — Singing on the Square. Limestone County Courthouse, Marion Street Athens, AL. Join Athens-Limestone County Tourism and sponsor Jimmy Smith Buick GMC for a free concert featuring Just Down the Road at 6:00PM. Be sure to bring your lawn chair. For more information, visit http://www.visitathensal.com/3/singin-on-the-square.htm.

June 18th — Bluegrass at Whistle Hollow Farm. Whistle Hollow Farm Wedding & Event Venue, 701 Lofton Hall Road, Ardmore, TN. Solid Blue will be performing starting at 5:00PM. Come early and enjoy. Concessions will open at 4:30PM. Bring your own blanket or lawn chair, and settle in for an evening of bluegrass music. Space is limited. General admission is $10.00, and general admission with a meal ticket $17.00. Visit www.whistlehollow.com for more information and purchase your tickets at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/bluegrass-night-at-whistle-hollow-tickets-24636357007.

June 20th– 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. Options are lunch from 11:00AM-1:00PM or dinner from 5:00PM-7:00PM or both!

June 24th — Basic Digital Photography with Olivia Reed. 1818 Farms, 24889 Lauderdale Street, Mooresville, AL. Join Olivia Reed for an afternoon of fun at 1818 Farms as she presents her Basic Digital Photography Class from 3:00PM to 6:00PM, with the focus on the botanicals. Olivia will go over camera basics, shooting in manual, selecting the right lenses to maximize quality, composition, memory cards, computer programs and more. Bring your digital SLR camera and lenses for a hands on experience in manual mode. Once the basics are covered, step outside on the farm for an outdoor shooting experience. Price is $150 per class. The following supplies are Included: handouts on all topics covered and a box supper. For more information, please visit https://store.1818farms.com/collections/classes/products/basic-digital-photography-with-olivia-reed.

June 24th– 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 a special performance. Celebrate American Veterans with singer/impressionist Kevin Adams. Also included is a trip to the Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives in Athens. Doors open 10:30AM, event begins 11:00AM with show time at 12:00PM. The show will last approximately 60-75 minutes. Groups of all size welcome. Bus parking available. Cancellation fees may apply. Pre-reservation is required, so send your reservation email to Info@YesterdaysEvents.com.

June 23rd, 24th & 25th — Athens Lions Club Kiddie Carnival. 309 East Forrest Street Athens, AL. Join the Athens Lions Club Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 6:30PM-9:30PM for 10 rides including a small Ferris wheel, rocket ships, swings, carousel, train, roller coaster, parachute rides, bigger swings, and the scrambler. Also, we have bingo. and delicious concessions are available. We will serve sandwiches, French fries, popcorn, sno cones, funnel cakes, and drinks. Tokens to ride are just $0.50 each, and all monies go to local charities.

June 24th – 28th — Cal Pipkin State Baseball Tournament. Athens SportsPlex, U.S. Highway 31 Athens, AL. Approximately 30 teams from all over Alabama will compete during the Cal Ripkin State Baseball Tournament.

June 25th — Saturday Supper with Belle Chevre. Belle Chevre Cheese Shop and Tasting Room, 18849 Upper Fort Hampton Road, Elkmont, AL. Back by popular demand, Belle Chevre is again offering their Saturday Suppers cooked by our award-winning Chief Cheese Tasia Malakasis and Chef de Cuisine Rick Vonk. Saturday Suppers are inspired by fresh, local ingredients, including Belle Chevre’s fine artisanal goat cheeses made in Alabama. Southern-made 5-course meals that reflect Southern heritage and our passion for spreading love around meals. Two seating options are available: 5:30PM and 7:30PM. $75/person. To view menu or make a reservation, visit http://www.bellechevre.com/creamery-tours-events/saturday-suppers-2/.

June 25th — Singer-Songwriters Night. The Red Caboose, 25483 Railroad Street Elkmont, AL. Join The Red Caboose for an evening of live music. Doors open at 6:00PM, show starts at 7:00PM. Admission is $25.00 and includes snacks. Children age 12 and under are free. For more information, performers and directions, visit TheRedCaboose.net.

June 26th – 30th — SonWest Roundup VBS. Mays Memorial Baptist Church, 23636 AL-251, Toney, AL. Join the fun of Vacation Bible School and be part of the fun from 6:00PM-8:00PM. For more information, visit maysmemorial.org.

June 30th, July 1st & 2nd — Athens Lions Club Kiddie Carnival. 309 East Forrest Street Athens, AL. Join the Athens Lions Club Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 6:30PM-9:30PM for 10 rides including a small Ferris wheel, rocket ships, swings, carousel, train, roller coaster, parachute rides, bigger swings, and the scrambler. Also, we have bingo. and delicious concessions are available. We will serve sandwiches, French fries, popcorn, sno cones, funnel cakes, and drinks. Tokens to ride are just $0.50 each, and all monies go to local charities.
By: Teresa Todd, President, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association

5-6-2016 10-08-59 AMWhen it is May, it is time for the Limestone County Sheriff’s Rodeo. Come out to the Downtown Square and enjoy the Sheriff’s Rodeo Parade on May 14th. Line up at the Sheriff’s Rodeo Arena located at Highway 99 at 1pm. The Parade will take off around 2pm. The 34th Annual Rodeo Parade will feature our Queen Contestants along with our favorite Cowboys and Cowgirls. Along with the Limestone County Sheriff, Mike Blakely, will be our Grand Marshal, Allen Craig.

The Preston’s Rodeo Kickoff will be on May 15th at 5pm, with special fun for the young ones. The Rodeo Street Dance and Fashion Show will take place at 6pm on the Downtown Square on May 17th, with the Jeff Whitlow Country band performing. May 19th is the all team roping contest. Area elementary schools will reward their “Leader in Me” and “Reading Initiatives” participants with a field day to watch the “Slack” roping competition at 9am for free.

On May 20th at 10am, individuals with special needs will have the arena. A morning of roping, dancing, face-painting and a fun hay ride, followed by lunch for everyone who attends. Later in the evening will kick off our first night of the rodeo. Gates open at 6pm, and the Kids Gold Rush at 7pm and the events from Bronc Riding, Calf Roping to Steer Wrestling. On Saturday May 21st at noon, the Queen’s Luncheon will be held at the Limestone County Event Center. See part of the requirements our Queen contestants undergo to achieve the title of Miss Limestone Rodeo Queen. The Queen will be crowned Saturday night at the Rodeo in the arena before thousands of guests. The Queens range from 3 years of age to the 18-26 years of age division. Prizes in the senior division compete for a trophy saddle, custom belt buckle, a watch, scholarship money and so much more. Put this event on your calendar and come out to see “The Largest Outdoor Rodeo East of the Mississippi” with over $50,000 in prize money!

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Other events coming up in May include:

Saturday Supper with Belle Chevre on May 14th at the Belle Chevre Cheese Shop and Tasting Room located at 18849 Upper Fort Hampton Road in Elkmont, AL. Back by popular demand, Belle Chevre is again offering their Saturday Suppers cooked by our award-winning “Chief Cheese”, Tasia Malakasis, and Chef de Cuisine Rick Vonk. Saturday Suppers are inspired by fresh, local ingredients, including Belle Chevre’s fine artisanal goat cheeses made in Alabama. Southern-made 5 Course meals that reflect Southern heritage and our passion for spreading love around meals. Two Seating options: 5:30PM and 7:30pm, $75/person. To view their menu or make reservations: www.bellechevre.com/creamery-tours-events/saturday-suppers-2/

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Also in Elkmont, you will be able to attend the Singer-Songwriters Night at The Red Caboose on May 14th at 25483 Railroad Street, Elkmont, AL. Join with friends from around the TN Valley at The Red Caboose for an evening of live music. Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7pm. Admission is $25.00 and includes snacks. Children 12 and under are free. For more information, performers and directions: TheRedCaboose.net

Girl Scout Troop 1922 Pancake Fundraiser will be held at Applebee’s on May 21st at Highway 72E, Athens, AL. Join Girl Scout Troop 1922 from 8AM to 10AM for a tasty pancake breakfast. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $5.00 each, and the event features a bonus coupon for $3.00 off your next Applebee’s visit.

On May 21st, get ready to run the 5K Tiger Dash at Cedar Hill Elementary, located at 27905 Cedar Hill Road, Ardmore, AL. Race time is 7am and proceeds will benefit the Ardmore High School Cross Country/Track Team and Cedar Hill Elementary Physical Education Department. Awards for overall male and female as well as top three in each age division. Registration before May 1st is $20.00. After May 1st registration is $25.00. For more information, contact Brenda Morrow at brenda.morrow@lcsk12.org or download registration form at: www.ardmorehigh.org/

On May 27th, look for the Senior Lunch Matinee Show at Yesterday’s Event Center located at 15631 Brownsferry Road Athens, AL. Join Yesterdays for a complete lunch including drink and dessert for $11.00, and entertainment featuring Elvis Remembered starring Michael Dean. Doors open 10:30am. Event begins 11am and show time is at 12pm with a show length 60-75 minutes. Groups of all size welcome. Bus parking is available. Cancellation fee may apply. Pre-reservation required, send reservation email to:
Info@YesterdaysEvents.com.
Athens- Limestone County Tourism – 100 N. Beaty Street – 256-232-5411 – www.VisitAthensAL.com
By: Teresa Todd, President, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association

4-1-2016 11-36-00 AMThe historic Athens City Cemetery will “come alive” with more than 30 period attired personalities to represent notables from the past 200 years during the Annual Athens City Cemetery Stroll on Sunday, April 17th from 2:00-5:00 PM. 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 landmarks.

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The Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association also announces its April Historic Walking Tours to be held each Saturday in April (April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30). Strollers should meet at the Athens Visitors Center, 100 North Beaty Street, (corner of Beaty and Market Streets by the duck pond) at 9:45 AM. The walks will begin promptly at 10:00 AM, and will last approximately one hour. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring a jacket and/or umbrella for unexpected weather.

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Alabama is the only state in the nation to hold statewide, simultaneous walking tours. We have toured over 1,500 guests since Athens started participating in the state walks in 2006 and they keep increasing in popularity every year. Strollers may choose one of 5 different walks each Saturday in April. The walks are free and open to the public. It’s a great way for children and their parents to learn about local history and for our County to get ready for our 200th Anniversary beginning in 2017 (Limestone County’s 200th Anniversary is in November 2018). Groups are welcome.
Experience the culture and history of Athens by taking one of these walks each Saturday.

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Tour 1: Historic Downtown Athens Square with Mac Martin
Tour 2: Beaty Historic District, Washington Street and Old Town Cemetery with Bill Ward
Tour 3: Historic City Cemetery with Jimmy Hill
Tour 4: Houston Historic District – Tour Guide to be announced
Tour 5: Alabama Veterans Museum – Tour Guide Teddy Dutton – Ron Thrift

These local residents serving as guides will share personal remembrances and tall tales from the old days as well as the history of their respective walk.

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OTHER EVENTS YOU MAY WANT TO ENJOY DURING APRIL INCLUDE:

Alabama Veterans Museum Coffee Call – April 2, at 8:00 AM
Athens Cruise In on the Square – April 2, from 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Singing on the Square – April 29th from 6:00PM-8:00PM. Join Athens-Limestone County Tourism for this free summer concert series. Lillian Glanton, Limestone County’s American Idol contestant, will start us off at 6:00 PM, with Wade Oliver coming on stage at 7:00 PM. We are very excited to be back on the Square, and are looking forward to SEVEN singing concerts this year with our new sponsor Jimmy Smith Buick – GMC and Austin Smith. For more information, call the Athens Visitor Center at 256-232-5411.

Earth Day and Outdoor EXPO will be held this year at Friendship Methodist Church on Lucas Ferry Road, Athens, AL on April 30 from 10:00AM-3:00PM. Sponsored by Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful. Contact Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful 256-233-8728 or Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association 256-232-5411.

Cars and Bikes on the Square Athens, AL on April 30 from 8:00am to 3:00pm. For more information, see the article on page 5, visit www.CarsontheSquare.com, or contact Tom Schuman by phone at 256-457-9179, or by email at TSchuman@comrep.com

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
President, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association

3-5-2016 9-26-12 AMResidents of Athens-Limestone have good reason to be proud of their rich heritage when it comes to music. We are still celebrating the fact that our very own Alabama Shakes won three Grammys this year, legendary songwriter Roger Murrah has loaned us the piano that started his career, and Limestone County natives such as the Delmore Brothers, Jabe Hess, and Ernie Ashworth are all honored in the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.

Recently tourism officials from Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Arkansas attended a meeting at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame to discuss their strategies for attracting more visitors to what has become known as the Americana Music Triangle. The “Triangle” is a term for the cities in the South which have become famous for their role in shaping American music such as jazz, country, rock and soul. The points of the Triangle include Nashville, Memphis, and New Orleans. The Americana Music Triangle was founded by Aubrey Preston, a Leiper’s Fork, TN, businessman, for the purpose of building music tourism in the South. At the meeting, Mr. Preston said, “Pass the ball,” meaning when it comes to increasing music-related tourism, “Work with your team mates so you can score and get ahead.” Other officials at the meeting said, “The cooperative efforts of local and state tourism agencies, along with the music industry and the help of the Americana Music Triangle are paying off.”

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Aubrey developed a website called www.americanamusictriangle.com and launched it about a year ago, using all media platforms to do so. Its tag line is, “Where history made music, then music made history.” It has been highly successful. The site functions as a web-based guide to the cities in the triangle, and there is no cost to use the site.
Debbie Wilson, of the Alabama Tourism Office, said Americana Music Triangle maps have been placed in the 8 Welcome Centers across Alabama. The Athens-Limestone County Tourism Office will have the maps in their visitor’s center in the next couple of weeks.

Alabama and Tennessee tourism associations have been especially engaged in promoting music tourism for the past two years. The Muscle Shoals and Nashville musical connection is especially strong, and Franklin and Florence have become connected as well. I would like to see Athens participate in this partnership as well.

There is no cost to tourism to be a part of the Triangle. It has no paid staff and exists as a virtual map and guide that can be used by tourists everywhere. If Athens can start its own Athens-Limestone Music Museum soon, we can tap into and post upcoming events and news.

The Colbert County Convention and Visitors Bureau has actively marketed the Shoals to Europeans interested in the music heritage of the area. The Americana Music Triangle, along with the Muscle Shoals feature length documentary have been really good for raising our level of music tourism activity. The documentary was released in 2013.
Preston said the launch of the site generated 6 million media impressions, which was coupled with a weeklong bus tour around the Triangle. He encouraged tourism officials to work with each other and coordinate trips to other events when possible.

Since tourists coming to our area often aren’t completely aware of state and county lines while traveling, they will go outside the Triangle borders to visit the location of the birthplace or home of their favorite musician or music genre. If we can make a way for there to be a music museum here, they will come. We can all win by showing support for the great talent we are so blessed to have as a part of our community.
By: Teresa Todd, President, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association

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1-8-2016 9-45-34 AMWhat turns a city into a place you want to call home? What gives it its edge over its rivals? When every city begins to look a bit alike, what lets some cities (either big or small) create a special allure, develop as a powerful brand, or just become known as the ideal place to do business?

What makes a city fail or work is if it can deliver quality of life! Quality of life is a reflection of both the hard and the softer elements of city and rural living. And it’s not just about wealth. This is about shared experiences – a community that’s inclusive, but works for all.

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It’s kayaking in the shadow of our beautiful Elk River. It’s about Mooresville’s quiet historic village, which is nestled between larger cities, yet continues to inspire others with its early 19th century architecture.

With the many challenges facing our communities, how do we maintain the city’s heart, create homes for all, and add to our city’s density without reducing services, all while maintaining life and vitality on our streets? Parts of the solutions are simple in that many of the things that create quality of life are inexpensive, such as places to assemble while enjoying a beautiful water fountain, or biking the many miles of charted trails.

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Additionally, we have begun expanding on our involvement with the Southern Makers Festival in Montgomery. The festival features independent craftsmen and vendors where you can still find food, furniture, and other merchandise which have been expertly produced in and around Alabama. Local participants in the festival include Belle Chevre Creamery and Robin Wade Furniture, where visitors can enjoy personal tours. According to the Southern Makers website, “proceeds from ticket sales at the Festival benefit E.A.T. South, which is a non-profit organization that encourages healthy lifestyles through educational and sustainable food production in urban areas throughout the southeast.”

However, our city also needs to hold on to what makes her unique. That’s why people seek out the distinctive festivals like our Fiddlers’ Convention and Storytelling Festival along with the unusual at our Grease Festival. Our local culture and history can be celebrated and enjoyed at the Alabama Veterans’ Museum, as well as Athens State University.

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We are blessed with talented musicians performing at our monthly concert series in the park, and artists teaching and delighting us at High Cotton Arts. We also provide oral history during our Cemetery Strolls and Historic Walks. This is why people fall in love with our communities, which in some ways, have lived past others’ sell-by dates.

1-8-2016 9-46-07 AMThe Athens-Limestone County Tourism is anxious to show you what we will enjoy bringing to our county in 2016. Each year, we are preparing for new and exciting activities for our communities and our guests. We also help to bring new life and business to Limestone County passionately and expose every resident and visitor to high quality experiences.

We would like to wish you all a fascinating 2016!
By: Teresa Todd, President, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association

12-3-2015 10-26-01 AMAthens’ Big Spring Memorial Park has been transformed into a venue for the beginning of a new tradition for the Christmas Holidays, starting December 5th and continuing through January 3rd. This beautiful park, which is home to several breeds of ducks, will also be home to seventeen decorated Christmas Trees, a Snowman family and a giant postcard painting by artist Ashley Bates that will serve as a selfie-photo location.

This project is the hard work of several organizations. First off, Athens Lowe’s Home Improvement Store donated the Fraser Fir trees to be sponsored and decorated. Ben Wiley, of Athens Parks and Recs provided the manpower to stand the trees and to ensure the location was optimal for our needs. Athens-Limestone County Tourism president Teresa Todd, Spirit of Athens executive director Trisha Black, Keep Athens Limestone Beautiful director Lynne Hart, Diane Lehr with Athens Art League, Holly Hollman with the City of Athens, Rebekah Davis Athens-Limestone County Archivist and Deborah Daws with Athens-Limestone County Tourism Board of Directors have all participated with ideas, hard work and scheduling the details for a kick-off on December 5th. We are blessed to live in such a beautiful part of North Alabama and to have these organizations working together on this project. How pleased I am to have an event held in this family park for our community to begin a new quality of life tradition.

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Keep Athens Limestone County Beautiful and the board of directors will be selling hot chocolate for those who come out Saturday night for the kick-off.

Dec 4th & 5th – Holiday Open House at Mooresville Mercantile.
5081 Mooresville Road, Mooresville, AL. Come shop among the all American-made wares and goods to fill your stockings or pile under the Christmas tree. For more information about this event, visit: www.mooresvillemercantile.com/special-events/

Dec 4th, 5th & 6th and again Dec 11th, 12th & 13th – Bethlehem Walk.
Mable Hill Baptist Church 3778 Ready Section Road, Ardmore, AL. Join Mable Hill Baptist Church as they re-enact the birth of Jesus in this annual walk through production from 5:30PM-9:00PM. Large groups welcome with reservations. For more information, visit: www.mablehillbaptist.org/bethlehem.html

Dec 4th, 5th, & 6th and again Dec 11th, 12th, &13th – The Christmas Story Drive-Thru Nativity. Emmanuel Baptist Church 1917 U.S. Highway 72W, Athens, AL. Pack the family car and enjoy a living nativity from 6:00PM-9:00PM on the 4th, 5th, 11th and 12th, and from 6:00PM to 8:00PM on the 6th and 13th. Free admission. For more information, visit: www.ebcathens.com

Dec 5th – Coffee Call. Alabama Veterans Museum,
100 West Pryor Street Athens, AL. Join fellow Veterans and their families for breakfast 8:00AM-9:30AM. Contact Director Sandy Thompson for more information at 256-771-7578.

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Dec 5th – AHS JROTC Jingle Bell Jog 5K Run/Walk.
Athens High School, 100 U.S. Highway 31N, Athens, AL. Race starts at 8:00AM. For more details, contact Chief James Chambers at (256) 233-6619 or james.chambers@acs-k12.org for more details.

Dec 5th – 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.

Dec 5th – Elkmont Lions Club Christmas Parade. Elkmont, AL. Join the Elkmont Lions Club for Christmas cheer and to welcome Santa to Elkmont starting at 1:00PM. To register your float, marching band, group or individual participant, please call 256-732-4211.

Dec 6th – Committed Holiday Concert.
McCandless Hall, Athens State University, 300 North Beaty Street, Athens, AL. The 2nd Season Champions of “The Sing Off” take to the stage of McCandless Hall at 7:00PM for a holiday concert sponsored by the Center for Lifelong Learning and the Livingston Concert-Lecture Series. All seats reserved, advance purchase only, $15.00 each. Tickets available at Center for Lifelong Learning, 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL. You can also call 256-233-8260 for more information.

Dec 6th – Bells of Christmas 5th Annual Athens Ladies Civitan Holiday Home Tour. Athens, AL. Enjoy a tour of several prominent Athens homes dressed up for the holidays and open for touring from 1:00PM-5:00PM. Each home will have delicious sweet treats provided by local caterers for your enjoyment. This is a self-guided tour with hostesses at each home. Tickets are available for $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the event. Contact Carolyn Stair at 256-233-0258 or purchase tickets at Crawford’s Gifts, Nestle Toll House Café, Pablo’s on Market, Pam’s Home Furnishing, or Pimento’s.
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Dec 6th – 11th Hour, Live In Concert. Nebo Community Church,
17772 Nuclear Plant Road, Athens, AL. Join the congregation for a Christmas concert with the group 11th Hour. Concert starts at 5:00PM. RSVP at: http://11thhourgospelgroup.com/tour/

Dec 7th – Holiday Wreath-Making Class. 1818 Farms, 24889 Lauderdale Street, Mooresville AL. 1818 Farms will provide the freshly-cut balsam and white pine wreaths, fruit, and other natural materials for making Della Robbia style wreaths. Artists who join the class will be given hands on instruction on decorating their wreath with berries, pine cones, seed pods, and all kinds of fruit. The only requirement is that you bring a glue gun along with your creativity. Cost: $60.00. Event begins at 9:00AM. For more information, visit: http://store.1818farms.com/collections/classes/products/2602

Dec 8th – Ardmore Christmas Parade.
Ardmore AL/TN. Santa is coming to Ardmore with floats, marching bands, and more present the theme “Twas the Night Before Christmas” at 6:30PM. Rain date will be December 10th. To register your float, marching band, group, or individual participants, please call 256-423-3011 or 931-427-2421.

Dec 10th – Holiday Open House. Ardmore Welcome Center, 28232 Upper Elkton Road, Elkmont, AL. Enjoy music with the Athens Dulcimers, as well as fun and light refreshments with the Ardmore Welcome Center Staff from 10:00AM-3:00PM. RSVP required, please call: 256-423-389.

Dec 10th – Hope for the Holidays. Limestone County Event Center, 114 West Pryor Street Athens, AL. Join Team Victory 4 All for a childhood cancer benefit dinner featuring Huntsville Master Chorale, a catered dinner by Suzanne’s Eatery, and keynote speaker Dr. Carolyn Russo, medical director of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital affiliate program. Proceeds benefit Team Victory 4 All.

Dec 10th – Supper with Santa.
Creekside Elementary School, 16049 Sanderson Road, Harvest, AL. Creekside PTO would like to invite students and families for Supper with Santa on December 10th, from 5:00Pm – 6:00PM or 7:00PM – 8:00PM, in the cafeteria. Admission will include dinner (pizza, salad, cookie, and drink), craft, and a letter to Santa. Everything will be set up and brought to each family at their table. Santa will be available for pictures during and after dinner. The cost is $8 per person, school age and above. All children preschool age and below are free, but will still need a ticket.

Dec 12th – Sippin’ Cider. Downtown Athens, AL. From 5:00PM to 8:00PM, participating merchants will offer sample tastings of their favorite cider recipe. Guests will vote by ballot for their favorite, and the cider receiving the most votes wins bragging rights for the year. The ballots will also serve as an entry to one of many door prizes to be given away.

Dec 12th – 40th Annual Parade of Lights. Joe Wheeler State Park, 4403 McLean Drive, Rogersville, AL. Grab your space along the shore as the decorated boats cruise Wheeler Lake. Holiday Buffet will be served at Daniella’s in the Park starting at 4:00PM. Boat Parade starts at 6:00PM. To participate in the parade, call Denita at 256-247-6971 or email JoeWheeler.Marina@dcnr.alabama.gov. To book your meal or room, call 256-247-5461.

Dec 18th and 19th – Senior Lunch Matinée Special Christmas Show with Kevin Adams. Yesterday’s Event Center, 15631 Brownsferry Road, Athens, AL. Come enjoy a special Christmas Show featuring the talents of Kevin Adams, singer and impressionist. Cost is $11.00 and includes lunch, drink, and dessert. Groups welcome. Events begin 11:00AM with seating, opening, announcements, meal blessing, and lunch. The show will kick off at 12:00PM. Cancellation policy applies.RSVP required: info@yesterdaysevents.com

Dec 20th – Christmas is Jesus Orchestral Concert.
Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1917 U.S. Highway 72W, Athens, AL. Join the Orchestra of Emmanuel Baptist Church at 6:00PM for a concert. www.ebcathens.com

Dec 26th – Audioprism Live at Mac’s.
Mac’s Sports Bar & Steakhouse, 1733 Jefferson Street SE, Athens, AL. Audioprism (Jeremy Ezell, Chad Miller, Kirk Hannah and Joey Whitworth) debut in their hometown at Mac’s from 8:00PM-1:00AM. Enjoy music from across the decades, genres and even a few surprises.

Dec 31st – Yesterday’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve Variety Show. Yesterday’s Event Center, 15631 Brownsferry Road, Athens, AL. Come enjoy a night of your favorite music. Show. RSVP required, please specify if you plan to eat. RSVP to info@yesterdaysevents.com.
By: Teresa Todd, President, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association

11-6-2015 10-11-30 AMThe Alabama Veterans’ Museum will have their monthly Coffee Call Saturday November 7th at 8AM. Following Coffee Call, get ready for the annual Veterans Day Parade at 11AM in Athens, AL. The event is organized by Roxanne Haggermaker along with area veteran’s organizations. Veteran Roger Keyes will be the Grand Marshal for the event. Everyone is invited attend to support and honor the service and sacrifice of all veterans and active duty military personnel. There is no fee to enter your vehicle, bike, horse and carriage, tractor, eighteen-wheeler, fire, or police vehicles, however donations will be accepted. To learn about registering a float, marching band, group or individual participant, please call Roxanne at 256-206-6702.

Stuff the Barn for Peace, Love and Animals & Adoption Day will be also on November 7th at Cotton State Barns/Rocket City Barns 17486 US-72, Athens, AL. Join the Rocket City Barns and Peace, Love and Animals from 10AM to 2PM for an adoption event with dogs and cats that are awaiting forever homes. Rocket City Barns also wants your help in stuffing a barn full of pet supplies that will help Peace, Love and Animals continue their mission in the community. Items requested are dog food (regular and special diet), cat food (regular and special diet), dog & cat toys, dog & cat treats, bedding, collars & leashes, paper towels, cleaning supplies, Kuranda raised beds and monetary donations to help with vet bills and shelter needs. For information call Marcie 256.221.7062.

The AMVETS Post 21 located at 22769 Black Road, Athens, AL will have a great local band, Trippin’ Dixie, on November 7th at the AMVETS Post along with food and fun. Come enjoy this family friendly event with live music from 7PM to 10PM. Cover Charge: $5.00

The Hilltop Arts Festival in Elkmont, AL will also be spreading the fun on November 7th from 9AM to 3PM featuring Tennessee Valley artists selling their handmade or repurposed art. The entertainment will be from local musicians and may include a few special guests. Admission is free, however donations will be accepted. The money raised will go to the Pinkerton Award Arts scholarship to be given to a student at Elkmont High School to help them pursue a career in the arts. For more information, visit hilltopartsfest.com.

If this isn’t enough to do on this first Saturday in November, let’s see if we can add one more important event to the schedule. On November 7th the 3rd Annual Sherri Adams Pink Ribbon Run/Walk will be held in Athens, AL. Join the Athens-Limestone Hospital Foundation for this run in memory of Sherri Adams, a beloved nurse at the Limestone Health Facility who bravely fought cancer, but succumbed to complications in 2011. In the spirit of Sherri’s giving to others and desire for more cancer awareness and prevention. Money from the run is used to update mammography equipment and offer opportunities for early detection to women and men in the Limestone community. For more details or to register, visit sherriadamsrun.com

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On November 12th-15th and 19th-21st, you can attend the romantic tragedy of Romeo and Juliet in McCandless Hall at Athens State University located on 300 North Beaty Street Athens, AL. Join the Athenian Players as they present this classic play featuring tragedy of teenage lust, love, feuding families, dueling and death set in a Renaissance-Punk influenced Verona.

On Nov 19th you may want to attend the Donnell House Couture Christmas Preview Day located on 601 1/2 South Clinton Street, Athens, AL. Join the Donnell House for this exclusive and limited preview day. Then on Nov 20th-28th the Donnell House Couture Christmas will be open to the public for their annual traditional celebration. All money raised will go to the renovation efforts of the Donnell House. For more information: (256) 232-0743

Cowart Elementary will have their 2nd Annual Rivalry 5K Run on November 21 at Cowart Elementary on 1701 West Hobbs Street, Athens, AL. James L. Cowart Elementary PTO is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Rivalry Run to be held at 8AM on a certified 5K course with computerized timing. Walkers and strollers welcome. Participants are encouraged to dress in their favorite SEC time colors. For more information, contact Alisha Cannon at AlishaC1129@hotmail.com

Have you always wanted to learn how to do basket weaving? On Nov 21st Holiday Basket Weaving will be held at Mooresville Mercantile located on 5081 Mooresville Road Mooresville, AL. This beginner’s basket weaving course will be taught by Sara Glines of Mt. Crescent Crafts, Randolph, New Hampshire. You have a choice of weaving a Candy Cane Basket or a Christmas card basket. Sara will lead you through each step to a completed basket. No previous experience required. Registration includes lunch and is limited to eight participants. From 9AM to 1PM. More information and registration at Shop.MooresvilleMercantile.com

Nov 21st – 22nd is the Christmas Open House in Downtown Athens, AL. Christmas comes early to downtown Athens with caroling, specials for shopping to help complete your Christmas list and Santa! For more information, see the article on page 5 or contact the Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce at 256-232-2600
As always, see more information on events and activities at the Tourism website VisitAthensAL.com or visit our Facebook page, “Athens-Limestone County Tourism & Athens-Limestone Visitor Center.” You can also email me at Teresa@VisitAthensAL.com or call me at 256-232-5411.
By: Teresa Todd, President, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association

10-2-2015 1-15-08 PMFall is here, and October is full of exciting events for the whole family in Athens and Limestone County. Make your plans now to attend these fun and/or frightening affairs!

On Oct. 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd & 24th, visit the Doomsday at Dog Days at Dog Days Grounds located at 30444 Gowan Road, Ardmore, TN. ASF Haunt invites you to join them in their new location for nights of screams and chills. Wander the treacherous path in 6-acre Haunted Woods, as creatures stalk and terrorize you. You may not find the exit until light of day, if you’re that lucky! Cost $13 per person. Cash and Credit Cards accepted (surcharge may apply to credit cards). Ticket sales start at 7PM and attraction opens at 7:30PM For more information, go to www.asfhaunt.com.

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Are you ready for the 49th Annual Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddler Convention Oct 2nd – 3rd? The fun is held at Founders’ Green on Athens State University, located at 300 North Beaty Street, Athens, AL. The Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers’ Convention is known as the “Granddaddy of Mid-south Fiddlers’ Conventions” for its role in reviving the tradition of competition in old time music. Approximately 15,000 people are expected to attend the convention this year from more than 30 states. For more information, visit www.athens.edu/fiddlers or call 256-233-8215.

We would like to invite our Veterans to the Oct 3rd Coffee Call at Alabama Veteran’s Museum, located at 100 West Pryor Street Athens, AL. Join fellow Veterans and their families for breakfast 8AM-9:30AM. Contact Director Sandy Thompson at 256-771-7578 for more information, or how to sponsor a breakfast.

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Come out Oct 3rd for the Wacky Quacky Ducky Derby in the Big Spring Memorial Park Athens, AL. and see hundreds of rubber ducks racing for the big prizes at this Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful fundraiser. Adopt one duck for $5.00 or a Quack-Pack of 6 ducks for $25.00. Race starts at 4PM, and ducks must be purchased by 1PM. Visit the Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful Office (KALB), 125 East Street, Athens, AL, or 256-233-8728 for more information.

The Annual Tourism Haunts Walks begin in October 6th at the Athens Visitor Center meeting room. These guided “Haunts Walks” offer a special treat for the Halloween season. Here is your opportunity to get a glimpse into the haunted history and mysterious happenings of Athens through ghost stories. This walking tour takes you from the Athens Visitors Center through the Beaty and Houston historic districts, downtown and Athens State University with guides Shane Black and Billy Ward recounting tales, woes, and the unexplained. Call the Visitor Center at 256-232-5411 to reserve your tickets soon, they disappear quickly!

This will be the last Friday after Five for 2015 will be on October 9th. Bring the family to Downtown for shopping and activities after regular shopping hours on the Square. Friday after Five is held the second Friday of each month July through October for shopping, dining, arts, antiques, music.

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Saturday, Oct 10th will be a huge day in Elkmont, Alabama with The Running With The Goats Race, sponsored by Belle Chevre Creamery, which is located right next to The Richard Martin Rails to Trails. Belle Chevre is located at 18849 Upper Fort Hampton Road, Elkmont, AL. The creamery will host the 10K, 5K and Fun Run options for all skill levels of runners. The 10K begins at 7AM, the 5K at 9AM, and the Fun Run at 10AM. Runners can test their speed against kids and goats in the Fun Run Goat Relay. There will also be awards, raffle and and after race party. For information or registration, go to www.active.com key words: Elkmont Running With The Goats.

After the run, stay for the Southern ReInvention on October 10th at Belle Chevre Creamery. The Southern Reinvention is a collective of cultural voices committed to craft and unified in their desire to celebrate the South’s traditions, while at the same time embracing change and evolving with time. Southern Reinvention promotes those who craft unique food, drink, art, fashion and literature with a clear Southern identity. In our journey, we hope to discover and share the best of today’s Southern artisans, while discovering and defining the contours of our current culture and society. Tickets are $5 at the door. The event will be from 10AM to 3PM. For more information, call 256-732-4801.

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If your fun is cars, all kinds will be participating in the October 10th 1st Annual Athens “Sports-Plex” Car, Truck & Bike Show at the Athens SportsPlex located at U.S. 31N Athens, AL. Join sponsor Brian Wiggins with State Farm Insurance from 9AM to 3PM for a show open to all cars, trucks, bikes and etc. Door prizes will be given throughout the day, cash prizes for the competitors, full food and drink concessions, Kids Dugout Play Ground, music and more. Entry per vehicle: $10. Goodie bags will be provided to the first 100 registrants. No trophies, no judging, show and shine only. For more information, contact 256-777-0606.

The 8th Annual Pink Elephant Luncheon will be held October 14th at the Limestone County Event Center, 114 West Pryor Street Athens, AL. Join the Pink Social Hour at 11AM, sponsored by Athens-Limestone Hospital Foundation as they raise funds for mammogram scholarships and technology for early breast cancer detection to save the lives of men and women in the community. Contact Athens-Limestone Hospital Foundation for details 256.233.9557 or email: lainet@alhnet.org.

On October 22nd come to the Senior Lunch Matinée Show with The Cadillacs at Yesterday’s Event Center, 15631 Brownsferry Road, Athens, AL. Come enjoy the sounds of The Cadillacs performing your favorite 50’s, 60’s, Doo-Wop and Old Country. Cost is $10 and includes lunch, drink and dessert. Groups are welcome. Event begins 11AM –for seating, opening, announcements, blessing, and lunch with the show kicking off at 12PM. Cancellation policy applies. RSVP required: info@yesterdaysevents.com.

Come to Elkmont, AL and enjoy all the beautiful fall colors by horseback, bicycle or walking for the October 24th and 25th Rails to Trails Fall Color Ride or Walk. For more information about the event, call 256-732-4211.

The 9th Annual Athens Storytelling Festival is held October 20th – 24th in Downtown Athens, AL. This PEAK Award winning event will offer you a weekend spent listening to stories of adventure and excitement, a place where memories and magic are captured and spun into tales that make you laugh and cry. Stories will be told on the courthouse square in Athens, Alabama within close proximity of an eclectic mix of shops offering a wide variety of antiques, gifts, gourmet foods, clothing and hardware. The courthouse square boasts several warm and inviting restaurants, and food vendors will be present for good old-fashioned festival fare. www.athensstorytellingfestival.com. Their Amateur Night will be held on Tuesday, October 20th.

St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church located on 207 East Washington Street, Athens, AL presents Storyteller Dolores Hydock on October 25th. Join the Daughters of the King of Saint Timothy’s Episcopal in hearing her stories about “the goodness we show, the goodness we hide, and looking at others with loving eyes” starting at 2PM. Free admission. A tea will follow the storytelling in the parish hall.

Apple Annie Monster Dash 5k and 1 Mile Scary Scurry on October 31st will be held at Athens Swan Creek Park 100 U.S. Highway 31N Athens, AL. The Apple Annie 5K is a charity race benefiting Joy’s House and the Children’s Advocacy Center of Athens/Limestone County. After the 5K, there will be a 1 Mile Fun Run for kids of all ages! There will be a Family Fun Zone with games, face painting, food, music, and a hot air balloon! Awards will be given for the race and for the most spirited Apple Annie runner. Early registration $25 until October 17th. Late registration is $35. Kid’s registration for 1 mile Scary Scurry will be $10 includes prizes. There will be a fun zone with hot air balloon, bounce houses and more. Costumes are encouraged.

Yesterday’s Halloween Party will be held on October 31st at Yesterday’s Event Center located on 15631 Brownsferry Road, Athens, AL. Come enjoy your favorite music plus a little Halloween fun. Complete country dinner available including drink and dessert for additional $9.95. Show admission is $15 and email reservation is required. All seats reserved and not attended are subject to a fee of 50% of the ticket price if not cancelled with notice 48-hours prior to show and will be billed to reserving individual. Doors open at 6PM, with dinner from 6PM to 7PM. The show begins at 7PM. To reserve your seats, email info@yesterdaysevents.com.
By: Teresa Todd, President, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association

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Athens, AL – Everyone knows that Athens, Alabama is a beautiful historic town. Most people know that many of the structures predate the Civil War? You may even know some of the personal history of our founding families. However, not all our history lies on the surface.

Maybe you’ve seen that unexplainable form in the corner of your eye while visiting one our historic homes? Maybe you passed through a cooold spot in the 90 degree heat that chilled you to the bone? Maybe you took pictures at the Fiddlers’ Convention and caught odd round shapes in the photo? Maybe the answers to these occurrences lay in the tales from some of our oldest residents– the ones of the heavens or the rebellious ones.

The Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association has launched its ticket sales for this year’s “Haunts Walks” and this is your opportunity to get a glimpse into the haunted history and mysterious happenings of Athens through the ghost stories. This walking tour takes you from the Athens Visitors Center through the historic district with guides Shane Black and Billy Ward recounting tales, woes, and the unexplained.

Tickets are available for purchase at the Athens Visitors Center, Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM and Saturday 8:00 AM – noon) for the upcoming walks on September 27th, October 6th, 20th and 27th with each walk lasting about 2 hours. Tickets for adults and children age 5 and up are $5.00 each. Children under age 5 are admitted free. There are a limited number of tickets available, so purchase them early.

There are two tours each night with the first group departing at 6:30 pm followed by the second group at 7:00 pm. This is a walking tour and those participating should wear comfortable walking shoes, wear reflective colors and bring a small flash light. On October 27th there will be a costume contest for those who wish to dress up in their scary or favorite attire.

Tickets are available for purchase at the Athens Visitors Center located at 100 North Beaty Street on the corner of Market and Beaty Streets next to the Big Spring Memorial Park.

For further information, contact Teresa Todd at (256) 232-5411or email Teresa@VisitAthensAL.com.
By: Teresa Todd, President, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association