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Athems Limestone
May 20, 2015

What's Happening in Athens-Limestone Alabama

Hello Everyone,

Have you had a chance to enjoy the events recently?  How about one our many trails?  Checked out our new restaurants?  Checked into one of our local hotels or motels for "getaway" staycation?

Athens-Limestone Alabama is bursting with activities, new hospitality businesses and so many places to explore in our own backyard.  We have highlights from our events calendar in this issue, so we hope there is room left in your calendar for some fun.

Be sure to check out the article for a few great ideas for your Memorial Day weekend.

Our calendar is growing leaps and bounds with events and new ones are added daily, sometimes by the dozen or two -- so be sure to check our 2015 Calendar with events posted through December

Don't forget to check out our Recurring Happenings for those events that happen weekly, bi-weekly or monthly throughout community including children's story times, community organization meetings and monthly meals, pickin' and grinnin', farmer markets, farm tours and more!


2015 Events - If you have an event you would like posted on our website, send information to or

Now - May 28, 2015

May 21st-- Senior Lunch  MatinĂ©e  Show with Replay  Yesterday's Event Center 15631 Brownsferry Road, Athens, AL   Come enjoy the sounds of Replay oldies group.  Seat and meal $10.00 and  includes lunch, drink, and dessert.  Groups welcome. The event begins 11:00AM - Seating, Opening, Announcements, Blessing, Lunch with the show kicking off at 12:00PM. Cancellation policy applies. RSVP required:

May 21st -- Wheeler Wildlife Night Ride with Southern Carnage   Mooresville, AL   Meet at the Southern Carnage Van at 6:45PM with your favorite bike and a flashlight and enjoy a leisurely pedal of 16 miles mostly by gravel roads through the Wheeler Wildlife Refuge.  There will be a group A and B for this event. Expect a two-hour excursion.  Children in tow behinds welcome.  For more information:  256-655-5812

May 22nd -- Ribbon Cutting Joe Wheeler State Park Golf Course   Joe Wheeler State Park 4401 McLean Drive, Rogersville, AL  Join Alabama State Parks and Joe Wheeler State Park in celebrating the opening of their newly renovated golf course greens at 11:00AM.  RSVP to 256-247-5466.

May 23rd -- Raegan Morell Pancake Fundraiser  Applebee's 1331 US Highway 72E, Athens, AL  Enjoy a pancake breakfast and help little Raegan Morell come home.  Raegan, 6 months old, is in need of open heart surgery to remove a blockage in her aortic arch.  Medical bills have mounted for the family as Raegan has undergone a previous open heart surgery to repair her heart, establish a feeding tube, insert a pacemaker and receive a heart transplant.  Young Raegan is now overcoming high blood and the danger of stroke to prepare for the next medical procedure.  If you would like to enjoy pancakes and help little Raegan, tickets are $5.00 and dining will be from 8:00AM-10:00AM.  Advanced tickets available at After Glo Salon 1207 East Forrest Street, Athens, AL.

May 23rd -- Spring Fling Arts and Crafts Festival   CANCELLED  Whistle Hollow Farm 701 Lofton Hall Road, Ardmore, TN  Outside event from 10:00AM-3:00PM, must provide own tents. No direct sales, crafters only.  Fee: $30.00 no electricity; $40.00 with electricity.  Entertainment, homemade fried pies and chicken salad at the concession area.  Rain date: May 30th.  For more information, 931-468-9437.

May 23rd -- Paddle for the Cure  Elkmont, AL   Join Fort Hampton Outfitters for a fundraising paddle down the Elk River to benefit St. Jude's Children's Hospital from 7:00AM-7:00PM.  Fee is $25.00 per person and includes boats, paddles, transportation and personal floatation device.  To make reservations:

May 25th -- Memorial Day Ceremony  Limestone County Event Center 114 West Pryor Street, Athens, AL   Join the Alabama Veteran's Museum and Archives at 11:00AM for the annual remembrance of our fallen soldiers.  Lt. General Larry Wyche, U.S. Army Materiel Command Deputy Commanding General will be the guest speaker.  Music will be provided by the Army Materiel Command Band's Yellahammer Brass Quintet. For more information: 256-771-7578

May 25th -- 1st Annual Boat Party  Lucy's Branch Marina 6049 Bay Village Drive, Athens, AL - Tennessee River Mile Marker 287    This party is for the boats - with Section 8 taking the concert to the barge and playing to the Tennessee River from 3:00PM-7:00PM.  Non-boaters are welcome to park at the marina and bring their chairs and choose a place along the walkways to watch.  There will be a food truck serving up burgers, BBQ and more.   For more information: 256-729-1322.

May 28th -- Reg Britt Memorial Golf Tournament  Canebrake Golf Course 23015 Founders Circle, Athens, AL   First Baptist Church of Athens invites you join them on the course to raise money for an upcoming Student Mission Trip to Chicago to help Lydia Orphanage.  Lunch will be at 11:00AM and Shotgun start at 12:00PM.  Teams are TBA and include green fees cart, range balls, lunch and a goody bag.  Sponsorship opportunities available also.  For more information, register a team or to sponsor a hole, call Stan Young 256-714-8167 or First Baptist Church East Hobbs Street, Athens, AL  256-232-0602

May 28th -- Wheeler Wildlife Night Ride with Southern Carnage    Mooresville , AL   Meet at the Southern Carnage Van at 6:45PM with your favorite bike and a flashlight and enjoy a leisurely pedal of 16 miles mostly by gravel roads through the Wheeler Wildlife Refuge.  There will be a group A and B for this event. Expect a two-hour excursion.  Children in tow behinds welcome.  For more information:  256-655-5812

May 28th -- Classical Beginning Drawing Deadline  Alabama Center For the Arts Room 208, 133 2nd Avenue NE, Decatur, AL  Join instructor Ann Moeller Steverson each Thursday from June 4th - July 9th from 10:00AM-11:30AM for the basics of drawing.   CRN 3621   Class is $90.00 (supplies not included)  and pre-registration is required.  Supply list:   For registration and information, call 256-260-2462 or 256-306-2928.  You can also print the CE Form and return it by mail: 

Singing on the Square moves to Big Spring Memorial Park for the 2015 season so it will be Singing in the Park and only 3 shows left.  For more information, visit our page:

Want to see what events are coming to Athens-Limestone in the year ahead like Bike MS: Ride to the Rocket, Flag Day Celebrations or any summer camp, vacation Bible school and classes are? 
Find out here...


Threads of Honor Quilt Block available for purchase at the Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives on Pryor Street in Athens.  Commemorate the service of your ancestors, loved ones or friends with a block on the Threads of Honor Quilt to be hung in perpetuity at the museum.  Cost is $25.00 - $500.00, dependent on the amount of information and where it is positioned on the quilt.  For more information or to purchase a name, contact the museum at 256-771-7578 or Marlene Isom at 256-497-3786 or 256-232-0808.

Reg Britt Memorial Golf Tournament Signup for May 28th event.  For more information or to register - Stan Young 256-714-8167 or Athens First Baptist Church 256-232-0602

Registration open for June 6th Bike MS: Ride to the Rocket on Limestone County's Noah Bike Trail.   To register as an individual, a start or join a team, volunteer or make a donation visit the BikeMS: North Alabama Page 

BBQ Teams wanted for June 19th-20th Elkmont Lions Club Smokin' Railroad Street Barbecue Cookoff.  For the registration form or more information:

Limestone County Sports Hall of Fame Golf Tournament Signup for June 19th event.  Cost is $60.00 per person or $240.00 per team.  For more information or to register, Barry Devine 256-233-8277 or 256-777-3810.

Tickets available for Celebrate American Veterans Show on June 25th at Yesterday's Event Center.  For more information:

Walking and Racking Horse Competitors Wanted for July 18th Sam Gibbons Memorial Walking Horse Show.  For more information: 256-771-7578.

Tickets available for July 23rd Senior Lunch Matinee at Yesterdays Event Center featuring the Sophisticate Swingers.  Seat and meal are $10.00.  For more information:

Wanted: Vacation Bible School, Summer Camp, and Summer youth activities.  Email to

Businesses and organizations interested in participating in the Athens-Limestone Week of Independence June 27th - July 4th, please visit:

Details about the events featured here and others upcoming events ticket and registration deadlines can be found at 

  Limestone County Alabama:
Memorial Day Weekend Ideas

We're what you love about the south! 2015
Written by Cayce Lee
Social Media Specialist

Are you ready to explore Athens-Limestone Alabama on a shoe-string budget this Memorial Day weekend?

Many of the secrets to enjoying a low-cost to a no-cost exploration of our community lies in the community events in each "What's Happening" issue and a little research on the website.

Here's an optional adventure to undertake this long weekend during:

You might start Saturday off with the Raegan Morell Pancake Fundraiser from 8:00am-10:00am at Applebee's on US 72 in Athens for $5.00 per person - including pancakes, beverage and good feeling of helping out 6-month old Raegan.  Early tickets can be picked up at Afterglo Salon 1207 East Forrest Street (behind CVS) in Athens.

Try a venture to Houston Memorial Library and Museum at the corner of Houston and Market Streets in Athens. Open Saturday from 9:00am-12:00pm (Closed Sundays and Mondays), the family can peruse the 35,000 titles available to check out before venturing upstairs to the museum of two-time Alabama Governor and U.S. Senator George Houston and explore how the family lived.  Free, donations accepted.

Try a venture to the Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives 100 West Pryor Street in Athens, open Saturday and Monday from 9:00am-3:00pm (Closed Sundays).  Explore the collections donated by local veterans and their families featuring items from the Revolutionary War to the present.  Local veterans are available for guided tours.  Free, donations accepted.

The parks of Athens-Limestone beckon to you for picnics, kite flying and a family day out.  Choose from two parks in Ardmore - John Barnes Park on Ardmore Ridge Road just north of Main Street in Ardmore, TN and Ardmore City Park on Park Avenue just south of Main Street/AL-53 in Ardmore, AL.  Choose from six parks in Athens - Big Spring Memorial Park at the intersection of Beaty and Market Street; Robert Allen Tinnon Park on 5th Avenue; Athens SportsPlex at the intersection of Elm Street and US-31N; Athens Fitness Park at the intersection of Washington and Hine Street; Jimmy Gill Park at the intersection of Hine Street and West Sanderfer Road; and Swan Creek Park beside Athens High School at the intersection of Hobbs Street and US-31N. Enjoy Coffman Park at the head of the Richard Martin Rails-to-Trails on Piney Chapel Road.

Hit the trails of Athens-Limestone Alabama for free - over 17 trails and tracks to enjoy.  Favorites for visitors include the Richard Martin Rails-to-Trails that stretches from Veto, AL through the heart of Elkmont to Coffman Park.  Enjoy the Athens Greenway that stretches from the Athens SportsPlex past Athens High School to US-72.  Enjoy the walking track at John Barnes Park, Athens Recreation Center, Robert Allen Tinnon Park, Ardmore Town Park, Cowford Landing or Owens' Senior Center.

Head north on AL-99 from Athens towards Lester and you will find the latest addition to our nature trails -- Marbut's Bend.  Barely 1.2 miles from the Elk River Bridge on the left, the family can enjoy bird watching, frog songs, and taking the walkway over a Beaver pond.

A fundraiser for St. Jude's Children's Hospital is planned for May 23rd, Paddle For A Cure.  Fort Hampton Outfitters are raising funds for the hospital and letting you explore the Elk River Canoe and Kayak Trail.  This adventure is $25.00 per person and includes transportation, boat, paddle, and personal floatation device.  You have to make a reservation or you'll miss the fun.

While you are in Elkmont, stop by the Elkmont Saturday Market where artisans and local producers of all kinds will be set up under the trees for you to peruse and shop.

While in Ardmore, stop by the Ardmore Farmers Market open 7:00am - ? located just off Main Street behind Pizza Hut.

Mark Memorial Day with two activities in Limestone County.  

Join the Alabama Veterans Museum at 11:00am at the Limestone County Event Center 114 West Pryor Street in Athens for their annual Memorial Day Ceremony.  Featured speaker will be Lt. General Larry Wyche, U.S. Army Materiel Command Deputy Commanding General and music will be by the Army Materiel Command Yellahammer Brass Quintet.  Free to the public.

If you have a boat, you'll want to take to the Tennessee River for milemarker 287 and lay anchor, those who will come by land will head for Lucy's Branch Marina 6049 Bay Village Drive in Athens.  The fun starts at 3:00pm and last until 7:00pm with a food truck serving up burgers, fries, BBQ, and more.  Non-boaters be sure to bring your chairs and line along the shore for a free concert by Section 8, they will take to the barge and play to those afloat on Tennessee River.

Plan ahead ideas:

Plan your pitstop for Isom's Orchard, 24102 U.S. Highway 72W, for fresh produce starting June 1st.  Fresh peaches will be in alongside wood chunks for the BBQ and a few specialty jams.

Athens Saturday Market opens in June on Green Street in downtown Athens, AL.

Athens Lions Club Kiddie Carnival opens June 25th from 6:30pm-9:30pm on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays (except July 4th).

Limestone County has over 100 restaurants to choose from - plan a culinary excursion using our Restaurant page at

Have a favorite itinerary you'd like to share?

 For more information, please stop the Athens-Limestone Visitors Center, call 256-232-5411 or email

Quick Links

Athens-Limestone Visitors Center
100 North Beaty Street
Athens, AL 35611
Monday - Friday 8:00am to 4:30 pm

Find lodging, dining, attraction and event information at our website

The information contained within this email is as accurate to the best of my knowledge. 
If you notice any errors or need to add or edit information, please contact the
 author of the document,
Cayce Lee, Social Media Specialist, ALCTA. 
Athens-Limestone County Tourism Assn. | (256) 232-5411 | |
100 North Beaty Street
Athens, AL 35611 

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