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Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock, Jingle bells chime in jingle bell time, Dancing and prancing in Jingle Bell Square, in the frosty air!

11-16-2013 7-34-59 AMCome out to our ‘Jingle Bell Square’ for the Athens Christmas Open House on November 23rd and 24th.
The Christmas Open House is sponsored by our Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce and Spirit of Athens organizations. Each year there is a festive look and feel to downtown Athens as Limestone County residents and surrounding counties come to see the historic town welcome the upcoming holiday with all her splendor and charm.

With activities scattered around the Greek Revival Courthouse, everyone enjoys being amid the sounds and smells of Christmas. Carolers will be singing many of the all time favorite Christmas carols as they stroll through downtown. There will be a majestic white horse pulling a Cinderella style carriage offering rides for a small fare. Climb the carriage and step up to the burgundy velvet seats; you will then begin to understand the magic of Christmas as it brings a smile to everyone who graces its path.

11-16-2013 7-34-28 AMSanta will arrive in style in downtown Athens, riding in on a shiny fire-engine red firetruck. He will be delivered to the Center for Lifelong Learning Center at 1PM and will be taking toy requests till 4PM. You may also want to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and have your photo made by our professional photographer. Later enjoy shopping at your favorite boutiques and bookstore. Our many restaurants will be serving holiday fare with a special flair.
The Athens Christmas Open House appears to be all fun and excitement but in reality it helps promote and support our locally-owned, independent small businesses. When residents shop local, their hard earned dollars stay in the community and helps to secure the local economy.

Participating businesses will offer in-store specials, refreshments, and door prizes. Door prize entries will be included in the grand prize drawing from Hobbs Jewelers. The winner does not have to be present to win.

It will be a weekend of exceptional shopping, visiting with friends and holiday fun for everyone.

For more information, contact Jennifer Williams, President of the Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce at 256-232-2600.
Here are more Christmas activities to mark your calendar to attend:

Nov 23 at 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Ardmore Chamber Christmas Fair The event will be held at the Ardmore, TN Annex Building and will feature craft vendors, food, family photo sessions and more. Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be present and available for portraits for $10.00. Contact Wendi Brake at 256-278-5524.

November 23 from 9 AM to 5 PM, Limestone County Churches Involved will hold its annual STUFF-A-TRUCK food drive to benefit the needy in our area. It will be held at First National Bank, corner of Lindsay Lane and Highway 31 (rain or shine)

Dec 1st – Athens Ladies Civitan Club Holiday Home Tour. From 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Contact Carolyn at 256-233-0258 for more information.

Dec 5th – Reliance Bank Christmas Parade (Athens) Contact: 256-232-1944, www.reliancebanking.com

Dec 7th at 1:00 PM – Ardmore Christmas Parade – Bring your band, float, walking group, club entries, etc. and enter the parade. Enjoy the award winning Ardmore High School Marching Band. Contact: 256-423-3011, 931-427-2421

Dec. 12th Athens State University Community Chorus Holiday Concert at 7:30 p.m. in the ballroom. Tickets are $5. Buy tickets online atathens.edu/CLL or go to the Center for Lifelong Learning at 121 S. Marion St. on The Square.

Dec.14th – Spirit of Athens Sippin Cider downtown Athens 5-8PM.

Dec.14th Mooresville Holiday Home Tour and Progressive Dinner. Celebrate the Holiday Season in the historic 1818 village of Mooresville. Check in 3:00 at the 1821 Stagecoach Tavern – Decorated Homes, 1839 Brick Church, and 1840 P.O. open & shopping available 3 to 7. Dinner seating at 5:45 and at 7:00. For more information visit www.mooresvilleal.com/progressive-dinner or call 256-355-2683.

Dec 14 – Elkmont Lions Club Christmas Parade Come and enjoy the Elkmont High School Marching Band, floats, walking groups, horses and much more. Contact: 256-732-4211

For more information on Limestone County or on events and activities, go to www.VisitAthensAL.com or call 256-232-5411, email Teresa@VisitAthensAL.com.
By: Teresa Todd, President, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association

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11-1-2013 6-22-14 PMOn the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, a truce, or temporary end of aggressions, was declared between the Allied nations and the Triple Alliance in the First World War. The following year this date was commemorated as Armistice Day. After World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became known as Veterans’ Day, dedicated to American veterans of all wars.

Ninety-five years later, the wars continue and we continue to honor those who have fought to secure our freedom and rights. We hold these men and women in our hearts and in our prayers; we thank them at military remembrances and… we visit their gravesites.

On November 9th, 2013 we will have our own remembrance with our Athens Veterans’ Day Parade. Limestone County residents can show their support for our veterans by lining the streets, making signs and waving flags along the Parade route. “All Veterans wrote a blank check, they vowed to protect our freedoms and serve our country, to secure the life we all enjoy,” said Alabama Veterans Museum Director & Master Sergeant, Sandra Thompson.”

This year’s Veterans’ Day Parade pays tribute to three admirable and very innovative women as our Grand Marshals. Ms. Alice Rogers, a WWII Cadet Nurse, Ms. Carmen Montgomery, a former member of the Army Nurse Corps, and the Honorary Grand Marshal, Mrs. Louise Steel.

11-1-2013 6-22-59 PMMs. Carmen Montgomery joined the Corps as a second lieutenant in 1944 and worked as a casual nurse and a surgical nurse in stations and field hospitals all over Europe during the war. Her duty stations included Italy, Austria, Germany and France. She earned her Battle Star during the Battle of the Bulge. She became a physical therapist and was instrumental in the eradication of polio.

11-1-2013 6-22-36 PMMs. Alice Rogers was a member of the Nurse Cadet Corps during the final years of World War II, stationed at Woodrow Wilson Army Hospital in Stanton, Va. Alice said, “I finished training in 1943-44, and served at Newton B. Baker Hospital in Martinsburg, W.V. At Baker we cared for paralyzed soldiers who had been shot in the back. I have always used my Army training during my civilian life in nursing. We were taught to improvise what we needed and didn’t have.”

11-1-2013 6-22-45 PMMrs. Louise Steele is a lifelong resident of Limestone County. She grew up in Lester where she is an owner and member of the Treasured Forest organization. She is a graduate of Athens State and taught school in the Tanner area. She has been a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution since April 16th, 1966.

Also riding in the Athens Veterans Day Parade will be Maj. Gen. David L. Mann, the commanding general for the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command and Congressman Mo Brooks.

After the parade everyone is invited to the Vietnam Veterans’ Building on Elm Street for free chicken stew.
Other Veteran related activities coming up are:
The Alabama Veterans’ Museum & Archive’s monthly coffee for veterans and families of veterans, held at the museum on November 2nd at 8:00 AM.
East Limestone High School organization, “Support our Soldiers,” will have their Veterans Day program on Friday, November 8th. They will serve breakfast for the veterans at 8:30 and the show will start at 9.

Ardmore Veterans’ Organization annual Veterans’ Day Ceremony and chicken stew November 12th at 10:30 AM at the Ardmore, TN Annex building located at 26349 Main Street. Contact 931-427-2124.

To participate in the Veterans’ Day Parade contact the Veterans Museum Mon-Sat 9-3, 256-771-7578, or email Sandy Thompson at sndy6732@aol.com, or contact Roxanne Haggermaker at 256-374-2073. A $25 entry donation is appreciated.

For information about the above events and other Athens-Limestone County events, call 256-232-5411/256-867-1438 or visit our website www.VisitAthensAL.com.
By: Teresa Todd, President, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association

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10-19-2013 8-47-09 AMOur 2012-2013 year has come to an end. What an unbelievable year for Tourism and for myself! This time last year, I had no idea I would be promoting all of Limestone County’s community tourism activities. I’m really looking forward to 2014…from Car Shows to Rodeos, Beauty Pageants to themed Festivals, and I’ll be telling you all about them!

As always, October is one of our busiest months. Not only is it beautiful with the many captivating fall colors, but Mother Nature generally allows us to enjoy the cooperation of the cooler, drier weather, too.

October began with an exceptional attendance to Fiddlers’, sold out Haunts Walks, Relay for Life Fit as a Fiddle 5K, and the last Cruise In for this year. The up-coming events are the Hispanic Heritage Festival, Ully Fest, Pink Elephant Luncheon, “KOREA: The Forgotten War REMEMBERED,” and the month will close out with the Storytelling Festival.

10-19-2013 8-48-30 AMThis past weekend we watched as a ‘Reinvention of the South’ took place. Goat Cheese has never made such an impression on a town as Belle Chevre and Tasia Malakasis has in Elkmont, AL. On Saturday, October 12th, 2013, it was as if the whole town of Elkmont had come out for the “Southern Reinvention” and Grand Opening of Belle Chevre’s new creamery. However, the majority of the guests were not from Elkmont, they had come from surrounding communities to welcome the award winning cheese maker and to enjoy the festivities.

10-19-2013 8-48-20 AMA ‘hands on’ cheese making activity was very popular. I was delighted to be the first guest to make goat cheese in the new creamery! I produced a pure white 3 oz. tube of goat cheese made fresh in the new Belle Chevre 8000 sq. ft. creamery. The Creamery itself has been reinvented from a century year old cotton warehouse.

10-19-2013 8-47-20 AMNow looking ahead, we are putting a new twist this year on the Storytelling Festival. We are blessed in Limestone County to have some really great speakers. Some may say we even have some fine orators, then others would just call them “Tall Tellers”. So, in honor or all those who like to stretch the truth, puff it up, embellish or just flat out lie, Tuesday night, October 22nd is just for you. This will be the first time for “Amateur Night” at Storytelling.

The line up or ‘lie up’ will be Athens finest.
We know this first teller as the person who started the Limestone Sheriff’s Rodeo. He has been a State Trooper, served in the US Marine Reserves and has been our favorite sheriff for the past 30 years, Sheriff Mike Blakely.

10-19-2013 8-48-07 AMThis next person is the former Mayor of Athens and now a member of the Alabama House of Representatives, Dan Williams. I’m sure he has a few tall tales he can share!

This smooth talker is a triple threat. He is a local Polk Sallet actor, dancer, director and sometimes he impersonates Dr. Seuss. Yes, Mr. Frank Travis will be a competitor.

10-19-2013 8-47-29 AMA man dear to my heart is known as “Coach” to many Athens High graduates. He is currently known for being a ‘player’ all over town. Our local Athens Dulcimer Group player, and Limestone County Hall of Fame member, Jerry Todd will be tough to beat.

Someone you don’t want to meet in the courtroom is Athens City Attorney, Shane Black. Shane is flawless when it comes to building suspense and drama. He is very accomplished as a Polk Sallet actor, a Cemetery Stroll character and as a Haunts Walks Tour Guide.

10-19-2013 9-01-57 AMAnd last but not at all least is Charlie Hughes. Charlie has been the MC for Storytelling, Car Shows and our local Festivals. He really knows how to keep the show going, plus he works at UG White, where I’m sure Bob White has been coaching him for weeks.

So come out on Tuesday night, pay your $5 and have a ton of laughs. The 7th Annual Athens Storytelling Festival is October 22th – 26th. The school children will get to attend free on October 23rd & 24th thanks to our local legislators.

For information about the above events and other Athens-Limestone County events call 256-232-5411/256-867-1438 or visit our website www.VisitAthensAL.com.
By: Teresa Todd, President, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association

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10-4-2013 3-56-54 PMEveryone 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 heard footsteps but turned and saw no one? Maybe a cold spot you past through in 90 degree heat chilled you to the bone? Maybe you took pictures at the Fiddlers’ Convention and caught odd round shapes in the picture? Maybe the answers to these occurrences lay in the tales of some of our oldest residents…the ones of ether or malcontent.

10-4-2013 3-56-47 PMThe 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 districts 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 8:00AM to 4:30PM. The Visitors Center is located at 100 North Beaty Street on the corner of Market and Beaty Streets, next to the Big Spring Memorial Park. The upcoming walks are on October 1, 8, 15 & 29 and each last 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.

This year we have added a little more fun for the October 29th walks since they are just a couple of days before Halloween. We are asking those who attend on the 29th to come in costume. We will select the best costume from each walk and the winner will receive a prize. It will be lots of fun seeing all the “spooks” walking through Athens.

There are two tours each night. The first group departs at 6:30 PM followed by the second group at 7:00 PM and leisurely stroll downtown Athens. This is a walking tour and those participating should wear comfortable walking shoes, with reflective colors and bring a small flash light.

10-4-2013 3-56-00 PMYou may have noticed there are no tours on Oct 22nd; this will be the week of Storytelling. This year’s Storytelling Festival will have local tellers on Tuesday Oct 22nd telling their tall tells. This will allow for the public to come out and enjoy hearing about your friends and neighbors shenanigans. The winner of this juried competition will join the professional tellers on Thursday Night Olio. Tickets are $5.00 for adults and $2.50 for children. Purchase tickets early at the pre-registered pricing at www.AthensStorytellingFestival.com until Oct 9th. The Storytelling Festival with the professional tellers will begin Thursday evening Oct 24th, and run through Oct 26th.

For information about the above walks & Storytelling or any other Athens-Limestone County events, call 256-232-5411/256-867-1438 or visit our website www.VisitAthensAL.com.

HERE ARE THE LOCAL EVENTS FOR OCT 4th – OCT 26th:

October 4 10:30AM – 1:30PM
Annual Bean Day
At First Baptist Church, Family Life Center. Lunch includes white beans, slaw, cornbread, onions, drink and a homemade dessert for $6.00. Delivery plates available for 10 or more orders, but does not include a drink. Contact The Council on Aging Foundation at 256-232-7199 or janesiniard@ymail.com or Jennifer Reece at 256-233-6412 jennifer.reece@limestonecoutny-al.gov.

10-4-2013 3-56-38 PMTennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention
Oct 4 & 5
The Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention is known as the “Granddaddy of Midsouth 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. The convention brings some 200 contestants to compete for top prize money. There are 18 different categories, including several fiddle and guitar categories, harmonica, mandolin, bluegrass banjo, dulcimer, old time singing, banjo, and buck dancing. The Convention culminates in a “fiddle-off,” between the top two fiddlers. The winning fiddler is declared “Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddle Champion,” and takes home a trophy and $1000. A total of $11,850 will be awarded to contestants. In addition to the musical competition, hundreds of musicians will participate in the numerous jam sessions conducted across the Athens State campus during the weekend. Many people camp in travel trailers and even tents during the event on the University property. The convention also includes 150 traditional arts and crafts booths. These feature many handmade and traditional items. Convention proceeds support student scholarships and University projects. To date more than $500,000 has been contributed to the University. Contact: 256-233-8261, athens.edu/fiddlers. Admission is charged.

Alabama Veterans Museum Coffee Call

Oct 5 at 8:00 AM
All veterans are invited to the museum for breakfast and a time of fellowship with fellow veterans. Contact 256-771-7578.

October 5, 2013, the world will walk again with Scott Kelby, president of Kelby Training and #1 bestselling photography and technology book author, in the 6th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk™ more…

Yesterdays Event Center

Oct 5th 6:00 P.M.
Presenting the musical comedy of “Three on a String”, a trio with 40 years of performances who has performed all over the nation, including for President George W Bush. This show will have a country/folk/americana/flavor featuring world class musician and music historian Bobby Horton, and will include skits, jokes, and lots of audience participation. This will be a complete dinner show but no dance floor available for this show.
Show details: Show admission is $10, E-mail Reservations are required. There will be a complete dinner available including drink and dessert for $9.95.
Doors open 6PM, dinner available 6-7PM, showtime 7PM
We can accommodate group reservations, church groups, car clubs, social clubs, etc.
You may reserve seating by replying to this e-mail, and pay at the door, cash or personal check. Please specify if you plan to eat with us.
We will confirm your reservation by e-mail reply. You will receive best available seating. We are now booking company Christmas Parties, and can produce your complete event including facilities, a complete dinner, and entertainment packages.

The Haunted Lester Hospital
October 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30 & 31
For more information visit The Haunted Lester Hospital.

Wacky Quacky Ducky Derby

Oct 5
This is a rubber duck race. Adopt a duck for your family. Fun for the entire family. Contact 256-233-8728 to adopt your ducks. Donations

Fit as a Fiddle Relay for Life 5K
Oct 5
The City of Athens Relay for Life Team is hosting the 5K at the Athens Sportsplex in conjunction with the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention. Thanks to Steelcase for helping sponsor our fight against cancer and to Fiddlers for letting us host the run! Registration information is available at: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1muaDcr–cNt3OHDEs-enpFqlnPkY1YX8TnJ376LSWUM/edit?usp=sharing. Or you can register online at Active.com at: https://www.active.com/running/athens-al/fit-as-a-fiddle-relay-for-life-5k-run-2013

Haunts Walks
Oct 8 at 6:30 & 7:00 PM
For a fun night with family and friends, join us for our annual “Haunts Walks”. Tour guides will tell you some of the ghosts’ stories of homes and buildings in Athens. It’s about a mile walk and takes between 1½ – 2 hours. Tickets are $5.00 each go on sale in August. Contact: 256-232-5411/256-867-1438

Athens Cruise In on the Square
Oct 6
The monthly Cruise In is held the 1st Saturday night of each month – Apr – Oct. Bring your antique vehicle and park around the square. Enjoy delicious dishes offered by our downtown restaurants. Come early and check out the great buys at the downtown businesses. Be sure and get you an ice cream cone at Limestone Drug or milk shake at Kreme Delight. Make it a family night. Contact Tom at 256-457-9179.

Paint the rack PINK party!
October 10th at 6:00 p.m.
What is a Paint the rack PINK party you ask? Test your creative skills by creating your own work of art made of bras. Our elite panel of judges will pick our winning pieces to be auctioned off at the Pink Elephant Luncheon. Both events will be held at the Limestone County Event Center. The cost is $40 each to participate that includes your bra, painting materials, cocktails, & light hors d’oeuvres. Proceeds will benefit the Pink Elephant Mammogram Scholarship Fund. Cancer touches close to many of our hearts. Imagine if you didn’t have the means to get checked by your doctor. It happens very often. Help us help the community. This event will provide people with no insurance the opportunity for an annual exams.

Pre-registration forms are available and will be posted on the event page. Please print form & mail it to the address listed {100 Sanders St., Athens AL 35611} or get with Shelli Davis Waggoner for more assistance at shelliw@alhnet.org. Cash, check, & major credit cards accepted. Hope to see you there! Feel free to invite as many people as possible. Event sponsors include Tiffany Pack- Realtor with Garner Real Estate Group, Creative Canvas, & The Pink Elephant Foundation
*food, drinks, & cocktails are first come first serve, supplies are limited {you must be 21 to drink}
To Download Form Click {or click Get Tickets on the Event Page} >>>>https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B6HCzkB_mONIa1ExNnZxem9ZZTg/edit?usp=sharing

North Alabama Christian Children’s Home

October 12 12:30-3:30PM
First Annual Benefit Motorcycle Ride. Group leaves from Central Church of Christ 320 Highway 31 N in Athens at 11: AM. Call 256-757-4212 or 256-366-3327.

Cowart Elementary Harvest Festival

Oct. 12 from 4-7 p.m.
This is a carnival-style fundraising event to support the school. There will be games in every classroom, silent auction, basket raffles, bingo in the library, lots of food and lots of fun for all ages. Some of our most popular games are the calk walk, toy walk, book walk and stuffed animal walk. Armbands are $10 for unlimited play or you can use tickets– 50-cents each, one ticket per activity/game. The entire community is invited to come out and support Cowart Elementary!

Fly with Davis
October 15, 2013 at Big Spring Park and I think we said 6P. This is a balloon release in memory of infant and fetal loss.

Haunts Walks
Oct 15 at 6:30 & 7:00 PM
For a fun night with family and friends, join us for our annual “Haunts Walks”. Tour guides will tell you some of the ghosts’ stories of homes and buildings in Athens. It’s about a mile walk and takes between 1½ – 2 hours. Tickets are $5.00 each go on sale in August. Contact: 256-232-5411/256-867-1438

Athens-Limestone Hospital Foundation presents the 6th Annual Pink Elephant Luncheon Wednesday October 16th, 2013 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM CDT at the Athens-Limestone Events Center contact Shelli Waggoner – shelliw@alhnet.org 256-233-9236 for more information or register here

Oct 19th “The Flashbacks” Classic Showband Dinner Show (public) For more information contact info@yesterdaysevents.com (256) 232-2506 or go to www.yesterdaysevents.com

Local Tellers Competition

OCT 22ND
Storytelling starts off with our Local Tall Tellers giving their best stretch of the truth. The winner of this juried competition will join the professional tellers on Thursday Night Olio. Tickets are $5 and $2.50 for children. Pre-register pricing at www.AthensStorytellingFestival.com till Oct 9th. Call 256-777-4525 for more info.

Athens Storytelling Festival

Oct 24, 25 & 26
It’s going to be an exciting weekend. Check out the website – www.athensstorytellingfestival.com for more information. Contact: 256-232-0400.

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

9-20-2013 3-46-18 PMThe Spirit of Athens is preparing for another amazing and unique ‘Athens Grease Festival’ on September 28th in our Historic Downtown from 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM. Wear your favorite toga and receive $1.00 off the $5.00 admission fee, children 3-12 years of age will also receive $1.00 off their $3.00 admission fee when they wear their toga. There will be no charge for the children’s area of activities at this year’s festival. The children’s area will also have a special guest, Farmer Jason, to entertain them sponsored by Alabama Farm Credit.

Adults will have the special privilege to hear Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Rick Bragg. Bragg currently teaches at the University of Alabama and also writes a column for Southern Living. Bragg will speak at 5:00 PM in the Center for Lifelong Learning. There will be no extra charge for his presentation but you are asked to reserve a ticket; seats are limited.

You can also pre-register this year for Toga Fun Run, Turkey Toss, Toga Contest, and Dub’s Burger Eating Contest at the Athens Grease Festival Facebook page.

9-20-2013 3-46-25 PMLast year there were approximately 4,500 people to attend the inaugural festival. The festival was created after a branding firm assisted the City with way finding signage. They suggested a festival to celebrate the Greek revival architecture along with the city’s name and ‘fried’ food would bring out the curious and the foodies.

You will find an assortment of unusual fried foods, from fried pickle spears to fried rib sandwiches to fried Oreos. I also hear the Sheriff has a special ‘oyster’ dish he is preparing.

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It will be a day long event which starts with a fun run, Lady Athena will rein over the entire day of events. Music performers, “The Coolbone Brass Band” and Nashville guitarist, Williams Tyler will entertain throughout the event. Festival goers are encouraged to wear their togas to what may very well be the largest toga party in the south.

On Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4 & 5, Athens State University will host the 47th annual Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention. Musical entertainment will be Mike Snider & Gary Nichols and the SteelDrivers will be headlining this year’s festival at the school’s campus in Athens, Alabama. The musical competitions will be held on the steps of historic Founders Hall and other locations throughout the campus. A total of $11,870 in prize money will be awarded.

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The convention is sponsored annually by the Athens State University Foundation and the Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds from the convention fund student scholarships and other university projects.

9-20-2013 3-46-35 PMThe convention has historically attracted more than 15,000 people for the two-day event, with more than 200 musicians participating in the musical competition. There are 18 different categories, including several fiddle and guitar categories, harmonica, mandolin, bluegrass banjo, dulcimer, old time singing, banjo, and buck dancing. The festival culminates on Saturday night with the naming of the “Fiddle Champion.” Being named Fiddle Champion is highly competitive and is a coveted prize.

Beginning this year, The Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention will be home to Alabama State Champions for certain contests. The Alabama State Champion categories include Harmonica, Bluegrass Banjo, Dulcimer, Old Time Banjo, Classic Old-time Fiddler, Buck Dancing, Mandolin, Dobro, Old-time Singing, Guitar – Finger Picking, Guitar – Flat Picking, Bluegrass Band, and Bluegrass Old-time Band. The winners in those categories shall for that year be known as the Alabama State Champions respectively.

To see more of what is taking place during September and October go to www.VisitAthensAL.com.
By: Teresa Todd, President of the Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association

9-6-2013 4-18-07 PMThe historic Athens City Cemetery will “come alive” with more than 35 period attired personalities to represent notables from the past 200 years during the Annual Athens City Cemetery Stroll on Sunday, September 22 from 2 – 5 P.M.

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 and donations are welcomed to assist in the efforts of preserving these historical landmarks.

A few of the residents below may be stirring around for you to encounter.

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Miss Jane Hamilton Childs who became the president of Athens College. During the War for Southern Independence, Madame Childs saved the Women’s College from destruction.

The feisty wife of James Donnell, Maria, was alone with a sick child during the union occupation. James had been exiled across the Tennessee River because of a warrant for his arrest by the occupying army.

Sallie Beaty, and her husband, Robert Beaty, became one of the founders of Athens. They built the beautiful home now known as the “Beaty-Mason Home.”

Mr. Leland Bacon Estes served 4 years in the Confederate Army and had been imprisoned in the infamous Fort Douglas. He returned to farming after the war; his son became a businessman in Athens.

W. P. Tanner was the son of the first mayor of Athens, Samuel Tanner. W.P. became a merchant then was elected mayor in 1861 during the “Sack of Athens.”

The passionate Mr. John Wade Keyes, declined payment of land for his service in the Revolutionary war by saying, “I did not fight for payment, I fought for patriotism.”

The stroll is supported by the City of Athens and Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association. Refreshments provided and served by ladies of Order of the Confederate Rose. Contact Mr. R.B. “Buzz” Estes at 256-434-0441 or Buzz@pclnet.net for more information.

Some restoration efforts are performed by Hobbs Camp #768 – SCV as well as the Athens-Limestone Beautification Board.

Other events and festivals coming up are:

Alabama Veterans Museum Coffee Call – Sep 7 at 8:00 AM. All veterans are invited.
256-771-7578.

Athens Cruise In on the Square Sep 7 from 3:00PM-8:00PM – 256-457-9179.

John Wade Keyes DAR Hosts A Celebration of Our Constitution September 19, 1:30 PM Alabama Veterans Museum. Special Guest Speaker, Major General Chris Anzalone, USAF (Ret)

Singing on the Square sponsored by Champion Chevrolet Sep 20 at 6:00 PM. Featuring Nedia Keel and Rocket City Chorus at 7:00PM both of Huntsville, AL. Contact 256-232-5411.

Trail of Tears Ride – Sep 21 Noon – 1:30 P.M. www.trailoftears-remembrance.org.

KALB Duck & Run 5K – Sep 21 at 8: AM Register at www.KeepAthensLimestoneBeautiful.com or 256-233-8728.

City Cemetery Walk Sep 22, 2–5:00 PM Come to the cemetery on Hobbs Street and enjoy the characters telling of their ancestors or others buried there. 256-434-0441.

The 2nd Annual Sherri Adams Softball Tournament September 28th 9: A.M. wmenefee@limestonehf.com

Athens Grease Festival Sep 28 – Downtown Athens, AL – “A Celebration of all things Fried”. www.spiritofathens.com.

For more information on all these and more events go to www.VisitAthensAL.com.
By: Teresa Todd, President, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association

8-16-2013 3-17-07 PMAugust 4th through August 9th, 2013, Alabama Veterans’ Museum Director, Sandy Thompson, and I attended Marketing College in Dahlonega, Georgia. We had 6 fantastic days of training and some great experiences.

Classes were held from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM at the beautiful North Georgia College & State University. The topics ranged from Public Relations, Research, Branding, Brochures, and Social Media Integration, to Festival & Event Planning, and even Highlighting Top Trends in Travel & Tourism.

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But as expected, it wasn’t all work! On our first night, we embarked on a secluded walk to the local wine trails for a fabulous dinner, where we had the pleasure of taking in the ever-impressive view of the Blue Ridge Mountains about which the late John Denver spoke so eloquently. Before we said goodbye to the beautiful town of Dahlonega, we were invited to a picnic at a massive 800 acre estate, and mingled with our new found tourism companions. We dined at unique and colorful restaurants, shopped the downtown square, and enjoyed their stunning mountain scenery. Their gracious hospitality was very impressive.

8-16-2013 3-17-40 PMOne week each year, tourism industry professionals from the Southeast meet at the University of North Georgia for the Southeast Tourism Society Marketing College. Students experience a broad-based curriculum of courses designed to teach marketing techniques from all facets of the tourism industry.

Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association granted Sandy and me scholarships for this ongoing education. In two years we will receive our certification as a TMP – Travel Marketing Professional. Thanks to Tami Reist and Dana Lee Jennings of AMLA for this opportunity to continue our training, and this unforgettable experience.
Till next year!

Take a look at what’s coming up the next couple of weeks:

Singing on the Square, sponsored by Champion Chevrolet on Aug 16 at 6:00 PM, will feature the Athens State Community Band. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy this free concert. Call 256-232-5411.

8-16-2013 3-18-18 PMMidnight Madness – day/night disc golf tournament Aug 17 at 5:30 PM – Sponsored by the Athens State University Alumni Association, benefitting the American Cancer Society. Contact 256-990-1254 or Bill_Bullington@yahoo.com.

Athens-Limestone Hospital Foundation Luncheon on August 21st at 11:45 AM at the Limestone County Event Center. Purchase your tickets online at www.alhfevents.org, or call 256-233-9236.

Summer Art Strolls in Athens Aug 23 from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM.
Over 20 visual artists on the Courthouse Lawn on The Square. Contact athensartsleague@gmail.com.

8-16-2013 3-18-08 PMMiss Crape Myrtle Pageants – Aug 23 – Young ladies ages 1 day – 19 years and gentlemen 1 day – 5 years are invited to participate at the Ardmore, TN Annex building. www.ardmorealtnchamber.org or call Tonya 256-777-6621.

Athens State Zumba Fundraiser Aug 24 at 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM in the ballroom of Sandridge Student Center at ASU for $10 per person. The proceeds benefit Sarah’s Helping Hands. Contact Hannah (256) 749-5485 or hesch1@my.athens.edu.

Ladies Tea and Fashion Show at Creekside Plantation Aug 25 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM in Mooresville, AL. Tickets are $20. Call Holly Carpenter at 256-479-1429.

Ardmore Crape Myrtle Festival on Aug 31 is held at the Ardmore, TN John Barnes Park located on Ardmore Ridge Road.

Alabama Veterans Museum Coffee Call Sep 7 at 8:00 AM. Contact Sandy at 256-771-7578.

Athens Cruise In on the Square, Sep 7 from 3:00 -8:00 PM. Contact Tom at 256-457-9179.
By: Teresa Todd, Athens-Limestone County Tourism President

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8-2-2013 1-51-24 PMCome to Ardmore for the 13th Annual Miss/Master Crape Myrtle Festival Pageant on August 23rd at the Ardmore, Tennessee Annex. Competitions will begin at 5:00pm with subsequent divisions competing throughout the evening. The pageant is open to young ladies from birth through nineteen years of age, and young men from birth through five years of age. This pageant is NOT limited to residents of Ardmore. There will be a $3 fee, per person, to attend the pageant.

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The “Miss Crape Myrtle” and the “Miss Teen” Division winners will be presented during the Crape Myrtle Festival on August 31. The festival will offer unique arts and crafts, delicious festival food, live entertainment and of course, all varieties, sizes and colors of Crape Myrtles. Live Country, Gospel, Bluegrass and Rock and Roll music can be enjoyed at the amphitheater. Bring your chairs or blankets and settle in for a wonderful day of music. The festival will be held at the Ardmore, TN, John Barnes Park, located on Ardmore Ridge Road.

FOR YOUR INFORMATION, HERE ARE A FEW TIPS WHEN SELECTING YOUR CRAPE MYRTLES
First, think about the flower color and matured size. With so many varieties to select from, you should have no trouble finding the color you want in the size and shape that will fit your planting site. By selecting a Crape Myrtle for the size of the space where it will grow, you will only need to do minor pruning. Be sure to remove small twiggy branches inside the plant to promote good air circulation.

However, do not prune Crape Myrtles in the fall or winter, since it compromises their cold hardiness. Crape Myrtles bloom on the current season’s growth, so they can be pruned in the spring and will still flower normally throughout the summer. Crape Myrtles drink in the full summer sun and heat, so find a place that meets these requirements and you will be rewarded beyond your wildest dreams. After the plants are well established in the landscape, avoid excess watering and fertilization.

Events and Up-Coming Activities for August 2013

Athens Lions Club Kiddie Carnival
NOW – Aug 3rd on Thursday-Saturday night -THIS IS THE LAST WEEKEND, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
There are rides for kids along with great concessions and bingo! The rides are: small Ferris wheel, rocket ships, small swings, carousel, train, roller coaster, parachutes, large swings and the scrambler. Concessions available include hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, french fries and cokes. Also available are the crowd favorites of cotton candy, dippin’ dots and funnel cakes. Our concessions are very reasonably priced and each of the rides is just one ticket, which is $.50. For more information or updates see our Facebook Page also: Athens Lions Club Kiddie Carnival.

Athens State Art Students to participate in National “Athens” Exhibition. Now – Aug 20, Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, and Friday from 8:00 to noon. Athens Voices USA ’13, an Athens, Ohio biennial event by The Dairy Barn Arts Center, is an all media, juried art exhibition that aims to feature the diverse styles and visions of artists residing within 30 miles of a city named Athens in the United States. Athens Voices USA 2013 will be the fourth juried art exhibition celebrating “Athens” from all over the Nation. The event will be at the Alabama Center for the Arts located at 133 2nd Avenue in Decatur, Alabama.

Ardmore Police Reserve Rodeo – Aug 2 & 3 – It’s time for bucking Bronx, calf roping, barrel racing and much more at the Ardmore, TN John Barnes Park. To buy a chances on the Saddle, tickets are $3. Admission fee $8 for ages 6-12 & $10 for ages 13 and up. RODEO QUEEN CONTEST – ages 1-21. $25 to enter. Get your form today!! NEW this year: Kid Fun Zone with Pony Rides, Military Flight Simulators & Boys & Girls Club Face Painting. Contact ardmorepdreserves@hotmail.com or at Ardmore Police Dept. Contact: 256-423-2146.

Piney Chapel American Farm Heritage Days – Aug 2 & 3 – Antique Tractor ride on Aug 2nd at 10AM from Elkton Road and on the Rails to Trails to Elkmont. Cattlemen’s Association at the Depot with rib-eye sandwiches for sale. Contact:256-431-6226, 256-431-0619 – Fee

Alabama Veterans Museum Coffee Call – Aug 3 at 8:00 AM – All veterans are invited to the museum for breakfast and a time of fellowship with fellow veterans. Contact 256-771-7578.

8-2-2013 1-52-02 PMAthens Cruise In on the Square – Aug 3 – The monthly Cruise In is held the 1st Saturday night of each month – Apr – Oct. Bring your antique vehicle and park around the square. Enjoy delicious dishes offered by our downtown restaurants. Come early and check out the great buys at the downtown businesses. Be sure and get you an ice cream cone at Limestone Drug or milk shake at Kreme Delight. Make it a family night. Contact: Tom at 256-457-9179.

Red Devil Rock Show Aug 3 at 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM Join the fun at the Elkmont Baseball Fields, Vaughn St., Elkmont, AL 35620. Tickets: $15-$75. Headlining will be the Americana/Rock collective, Banditos. A band known for being famously eclectic and recalling the sounds of Creedence Clearwater Revival and tributes to Aretha Franklin.They really make your feet stomp to the beat. The band is comprised of Timothy Parsons on guitar and vocals, Steven Pierce II on vocals and banjo, Mary Richardson on vocals and tambourine, Randy Wade on the drums, Jeffery Vines on the upright bass, and Jeffery Salter on the electric guitar and lap steel. The line-up also includes local Athens band Spiral Down South, Georgia natives Poanna, Missouri musician Riley Downing and more. Along with many other side acts who will be gracing the Second Stage. Contact Chris Hagood at chagood06@gmail.com, 256.777.7027, www.reddevilrockshow.org, or www.facebook.com/reddevilrockshow.

Ardmore Quarterback Club Car Show – Aug 10 at 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM – One of the biggest and best car shows in Tennessee and Alabama is in Ardmore at the Ardmore, TN John Barnes Park located on Ardmore Ridge Road. Awards will be presented in 10 classes with the top five by class. All judging is done by the contestants. Live music will be provided by Microwave Dave. Six grand prize drawings will be held during the day. The AQBC Grand Prize is a 1967 Chrysler Imperial. Brand Stovall’s Auto Body Shop will present cash prizes of $1,500 for first place, $1,000 for second place and $500.00 for third place. A Corporate Prize of a rolling tool box valued at $4,200 will be given away by Snap-On Tools. Naylor Performance Transmission will give away a 700R transmission. $50 cash drawings will be every 10 minutes. A 50/50 drawing will also be held. Pre-enter by August 4th and the fee is $20. Day of Show entry fee is $25. Spectator admission is $5 per person or $15 per family. Children 12 and under are admitted free. John Barnes Park, 30510 Ardmore Ridge Road, Ardmore, TN. Contact: Rodney at 205-908-2677 or Sandy at 256-656-3413.

Singing on the Square sponsored by Champion Chevrolet Aug 16 at 6:00 PM – Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy the free concert featuring Athens State Community Band of Athens, AL. Contact: 256-232-5411 Free

Midnight Madness – day/night disc golf tournament – Aug 17 at 5:30 PM – The Athens State University Alumni Association announces this event benefiting the American Cancer Society. Registration begins at 4:30 PM., a players meeting at 5:20 PM., and the day round will begin at 5:30 PM. The tournament will be held on the disc golf course located near the Athens State University Library. There will be five divisions including an open category, women’s category, advanced/intermediate, recreational, and novice/junior categories. $30 entry fee will include a large player’s pack for all players including CRF Champion Glo Disc, LED and batteries for three discs, a golf towel, hiking socks, and snacks between rounds. Each round will also be offered a custom dyed trophy disc. Contact Bill Bullington from at 256-990-1254 or by email: Bill_Bullington@yahoo.com.

Athens-Limestone Hospital Foundation Luncheon – August 21st 11:45AM – Held at the Limestone County Event Center on 114 W. Pryor Street. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at www.alhfevents.org or call 256-233-9236. Mail check to 100 Sanders Street, Athens, AL. 35611. Guest speakers will be AJH Chief Nursing Officer, Jan Lenz and Lori King-Taylor, M.Ed, Principle Consultant, Trinity Performance Solutions.

Miss Crape Myrtle Pageant – Aug 23 – Young ladies ages 1 day – 19 years and young men 1 day – 5 years are invited to participate. The pageants will be held at the Ardmore, TN Annex building. For more information visit website www.ardmorealtnchamber.org or call Tonya at 256-777-6621.

Athens State Zumba Fundraiser to Benefit Newly Formed Charity – Aug 24 at 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM – A Zumba fundraiser will take place in the Ballroom of the Sandridge Student Center at Athens State University. No reservation is necessary. The proceeds from this event will benefit a newly formed charity, Sarah’s Helping Hands. The cost for admission to the Zumba Event is $10 per person. Refreshments, door prizes, and a silent auction will be included. The silent auction items range from gift baskets by Avon and Pimentos of Athens to hair and beauty products as well as a Thirty-One bag and a haircut and style by Lindsey Rosson of Escape Spa. If you would like to help with this event or would like more information, contact Hannah Esch at (256) 749-5485 or hesch1@my.athens.edu.

Ladies Tea and Fashion Show at Creekside Plantation – Aug 25 from 2-4PM – Chapter Z P.E.O. is a Philanthropic Education Organization which provides scholarships, grants and low interest loans for women’s education. We are having a fundraiser Tea and Fashion Show on Sunday, August 25 from 2-4 pm at the historic Creekside Plantation in Mooresville, AL. The Sub Deb sorority at Athens High School will be assisting as servers for a service project. We would love to have you attend and wear your favorite Hat! The tickets are $20 each. Call Holly Carpenter 256-479-1429

Ardmore Crape Myrtle Festival – Aug 31 – It’s time for arts and crafts, delicious festival food and live entertainment. The festival is held at the Ardmore, TN John Barnes Park located on Ardmore Ridge Road. Contact: Linda at 256-423-8252, ardmorealtnchamber.org. Free admission.
By: Teresa Todd, President, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association

Before the kids go back to school, come out and enjoy all Limestone County has to offer.

7-19-2013 11-43-49 AMYou don’t want to miss the AL Championship Tractor & Truck Pull in Tanner on July 26th and 27th. For 35 years, the Tanner Tractor and Truck Pull has been one of the largest events in the South. Each night will include six classes sanctioned by the NTPA/Mid-South Pullers Association. Saturday night events include dual-wheel farm tractors. Concessions for food and T-shirts will be available. Proceeds from the event, sponsored by the Tanner Quarterback Club, benefit Tanner High School athletics and Tanner youth sports. Make your plans today to attend at Tanner High School. Contact: 256-497-4309, 431-1292 or 256-233-7077. For more information visit: www.tannerhigh.org.

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Then the next weekend it’s the 21st Annual Piney Chapel American Farm Heritage Days on August 2nd and 3rd at 20147 Elkton Road, Athens, AL. Show grounds open at 9:00 AM on Friday and 7:00 AM on Saturday. Voted one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeastern Tourism Society, you will see these gasoline engines, steam engines, antique tractors, cars, trucks and horse drawn equipment in action. This year they are featuring Un-Styled John Deere Tractors and Engines. New to the event this year, on Friday Aug. 2nd, is a 20 mile tractor ride sponsored by the Limestone County Farmers Federation. Departure time is 10:00 AM with the Cattlemen’s Association serving rib-eye sandwiches at the Historic Elkmont Depot upon arrival. Events include the Parade of Power, Fast Crank Competition, Slow Races, Skillet Throw (for the ladies), Pedal Pull (for the kids) and lots of fun for the entire family. Live entertainment on Friday night will begin at 5:30 PM featuring “The Piney Creek Boys.” Admission is $5.00. Children 10 and under are admitted free. Contact David Hargrove at 256-431-6226 or Allen Dement at 256-431-0619 for more information.

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After a fun day at the Farm Heritage Days, take a drive to Ardmore for the 21th Annual Ardmore Police Rodeo on August 2nd & 3rd. It’s time for bucking broncs, calf roping, barrel racing and Rodeo Queens at the Ardmore, TN John Barnes Park. Chances on Saddle are $3 per ticket. Advanced Rodeo tickets are available at Ardmore Police Department, Adams Western Wear (Ardmore), Preston Western Wear (Athens), Roy & Rogers (Fayetteville), First National Bank (Ardmore) and Peoples State Bank of Commerce (Ardmore) – $8 for ages 6-12 & $10 for ages 13 and up. RODEO QUEEN CONTEST for ages 1-21 & $25 to enter so get your form today!! NEW this year is a Kid Fun Zone with Pony Rides, Military Flight Simulators & Boys & Girls Club Face Painting. The John Barnes Park is located at 30500 Ardmore Ridge Road. Gates open at 5:00 PM; Rodeo begins at 8:00 PM. Contact ardmorepdreserves@hotmail.com or the Ardmore Police Department @ 256-423-2146 for more information.

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Come to downtown Athens August 3rd, from 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM for the monthly Cruise In on the Square. Bring your antique vehicle and park around the square. Join the fun and enjoy a delicious meal offered by our downtown restaurants. Come early and check out the great buys at our unique downtown businesses. Be sure and get ice cream at Limestone Drug or Kreme Delight and cupcakes at Wildwood Deli. Don’t forget to stop by the Kiddie Carnival at Forest and Beaty Streets for their last night of fun for the season.

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Ardmore Quarterback Club Car Show Aug 10 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. One of the biggest and best car shows in Tennessee and Alabama is in Ardmore at the Ardmore, TN John Barnes Park located on Ardmore Ridge Road. Awards are presented in 10 classes with the top five by class. All judging is done by the contestants. Live music will be provided by Microwave Dave. Six grand prize drawings will be held during the day. The AQBC Grand Prize is a 1967 Chrysler Imperial. Brad Stovall’s Auto Body Shop will present cash prizes of $1,500 for first place, $1,000 for second place and $500 for third place. A Corporate Prize of a rolling tool box valued at $4,200 will be given away by Snap-On Tools. Naylor Performance Transmission will give away a 700R transmission. $50 cash drawings will be every 10 minutes. A 50/50 drawing will also be held. Pre-enter by August 4th and the fee is $20. Day of Show entry fee is $25. Spectator admission is $5 per person or $15 per family. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Contact: Rodney at 205-908-2677 or Sandy at 256-656-3413.

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On August 16th, the Athens State University Community Band will hold its annual ‘Concert on the Square.’ The concert will be held on the east side of the Limestone County courthouse @ 6:30 PM in historic downtown Athens, AL. The Community Band, sponsored by Athens State University, was founded in 2003 by Dan Havely. The band was created primarily as an outlet for former Athens State University students, but now has members from our community who wish to continue in their musical pursuits. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy the music under the direction of Mr. Dan Havely. The event is hosted by the Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association. The concert is free but donations will be appreciated.

For information about the above events or other Athens-Limestone County events call 256-232-5411/256-867-1438 or visit our website www.VisitAthensAL.com.

CASA Mud Volleyball Tournament – Jul 20 enter your team early. About 100 teams will be competing for the championship. Contact: 256-777-1038, www.casalimestonecounty.org.

AL Championship Tractor & Truck Pull (Tanner) Jul 26 & 27 – This Tractor Truck Pull is one of the best in the nation. Make your plans today to attend at Tanner High School. Contact: 256-497-4309, 431-1292 or 256-233-7077.

Ardmore Police Reserve Rodeo Aug 2 & 3 – Get your Ardmore Rodeo Advanced tickets at Ardmore Police Department, Adams Western Wear (Ardmore), Preston Western Wear (Athens), Roy & Rogers (Fayetteville), First National Bank (Ardmore) and Peoples State Bank of Commerce (Ardmore) – $8 for ages 6-12 & $10 for ages 13 and up. RODEO QUEEN CONTEST for ages 1-21 & $25 to enter. This year enjoy the Kid Fun Zone with Pony Rides, Military Flight Simulators & Boys & Girls Club Face Painting. Contact ardmorepdreserves@hotmail.com or at Ardmore Police Dept. 256-423-2146.

Piney Chapel American Farm Heritage Days on Aug 2 & 3 with an Antique Tractor ride on Aug 2nd on the Rails to Trails; Hays Mill to Elkmont starting at 10:00 AM.

Alabama Veterans Museum Coffee Call on Aug 3 at 8:00 AM – All veterans are invited to the museum for breakfast and a time of fellowship with fellow veterans. Contact 256-771-7578.

Athens Cruise In on the Square on Aug 3rd. The monthly Cruise In is held the 1st Saturday night of each month. Bring your antique vehicle and park around the square. Be sure and get ice cream at Limestone Drug or Kreme Delight and cupcakes at Wildwood Deli.

Red Devil Rock Show Aug 3 at 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM. Join the fun at the Elkmont Baseball Fields, Vaughn St., Elkmont, AL. Tickets are $15-$75. Headlining will be the Americana/Rock collective, Banditos. A band known for being famously eclectic and recalling the sounds of Creedence Clearwater Revival and tributes to Aretha Franklin, they really make your feet stomp to the beat. The line-up also includes local Athens band Spiral Down South, Georgia natives Poanna, Missouri musician Riley Downing and more. Along with many other side acts who will be gracing the Second Stage. Contact Chris Hagood at chagood06@gmail.com, 256.777.7027, www.reddevilrockshow.org, or www.facebook.com/reddevilrockshow.

Ardmore Quarterback Club Car Show will be held on Aug 10th at 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. This event is one of the biggest and best car shows in Tennessee and Alabama and held at the John Barnes Park located on Ardmore Ridge Road. Awards will be presented in 10 classes with the top five by class. All judging is done by the contestants. Live music will be provided by Microwave Dave. Pre-enter by August 4th for $20. Day of Show entry fee is $25. Spectator admission is $5.00 per person or $15.00 per family. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Contact: Rodney at 205-908-2677 or Sandy at 256-656-3413.

Singing on the Square sponsored by Champion Chevrolet on Aug 16 at 6:00 PM will feature Athens State Community Band of Athens, AL. Concert begins at 6PM on the East side to the Courthouse. Contact 256-232-5411 Sponsored by Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association.

For information on all the events in Athens-Limestone County call 256-232-5411/256-867-1438, email info@VisitAthensAl.com or visit our website www.VisitAthensAL.com.
By Teresa Todd, President, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association
Teresa@VisitAthensAl.com – www.VisitAthensAl.com

7-6-2013 10-32-39 AMCoolbone Brass Band of New Orleans, pet parade and fresh food at July 6 market

Shopping for fresh, local produce just got jazzy along with pet-friendly and patriotic.

For the July 6 Athens Saturday Market, there will be a pet and children’s parade led by the Coolbone Brass Band of New Orleans. Steve “Coolbone” Johnson grew up in New Orleans and played with several brass bands until Hurricane Katrina disbursed players throughout the country. Johnson settled in North Alabama.

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“We in North Alabama are fortunate that Coolbone settled (here) and brought jazz with him,” said Patrick Chesnut, entertainment chairman for the market committee.

The Athens Saturday Market Committee will also hand out patriotic Mardi Gras-style beads and patriotic tattoos in honor of the Fourth of July being this week. Children can make Uncle Sam Mardi Gras-style masks or a crown.

“Of course the market is to promote buying fresh produce from local farmers, so we want to emphasize that we have vendors with tomatoes, corn, squash, beans and cucumbers,” said Market Committee Chairwoman Laurie Glenn.

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She said other produce that is beginning to come in plentifully includes peaches, blueberries and blackberries.

7-6-2013 10-32-54 AM“We also have vendors who are providing coffee, hummus, goat cheese and other products,” Glenn said.

The market will be open from 8 a.m. to noon. The Coolbone Brass Band will perform from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The pet and children’s parade will start at 10:30 a.m.

For more information about the Athens Saturday Market and its weekly programs, go online at www.athenssaturdaymarket.com.

Coolbone Brass Band Members
Shelman “Drew” Miller on tuba
Reginald “Reggie” Hill on trumpet
Daniel “Muddy Waters” Newton on saxophone
Brian “B.B.” Brownlee on trumpet
Isaac “Jolly” Jolly on trumpet
Steve “Coolbone” Johnson on trombone
TRISHA BLACK
Spirit of Athens Director
LAURIE GLENN
Market Committee Chair
HOLLY HOLLMAN
Publicity Committee
By: Holly Hollman

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