Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Family-Fun for This Halloween Weekend!

Family-Fun for This Halloween Weekend!

Written by
Cayce Lee
Social Media Specialist
Athens-Limestone County Tourism Assn.

Harvest time is here and the season's long awaited costumed holiday has nearly arrived too.  If you're
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looking for ways to celebrate Fall or Halloween, there is no shortage of things to do in Limestone County Alabama and a few nearby friends.  You can make plans from today through October 31st to keep the family busy with this list of happenings below.

The Pumpkin Patch at Limoland (28 miles north of Ardmore, Tennessee on US-31 at the railroad overpass) is open for pumpkin picking and family fun including hayrides, giant slide, maze and other activities through October 31st.  Admission is $6.00.

There are still plenty of pumpkins to choose from at Isom's Orchard (24012 U.S. Highway 72 Athens, Alabama) in a variety of sizes, colors and shapes.

Light the Night for Jesus Trunk-R-Treat at Lindsay Lane Baptist Church (1300 Lindsay Lane Athens, Alabama) starts at 6:00PM on October 26th with family-friendly fun including food, vendors and more.

Step inside First Baptist Church Ardmore (26670 5th Street Ardmore Alabama) Judgement House: Treasured and experience the life of a teen under pressure by her parents, bullied at school and the aftermath of a tragic decision.  Reservations Suggested for both individuals and groups by calling 256-423-3992.  October 26th from 6:00PM-8:00PM and October 30th from 4:00PM-8:00PM.

Bring the family for Trunk or Treat with First Christian Church (400 West Market Street Athens, Alabama) from 5:00PM-7:00PM for free hot dogs, drinks and candy in the parking lot behind U.G. White on October 27th.

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 Celebrate All Hallow's Eve with the Huntsville Botanical Gardens (4747 Bob Wallace Avenue SW Huntsville Alabama) on October 27th from 6:00PM-8:00PM with seasonal craft bears and botanical spirits.  Costumes are welcome but not required to enjoy the live music and spooky stores.  Members are $30.00 and Non-members are $35.00.  Register at

Lester Haunted Hospital   (30338 Lester Road Lester, Alabama) is awaiting you October 27th-31st for their final scare of the season.  There's always a bed waiting for you at Lester Hospital where no one will hear you scream. Wander the halls but beware you may not leave. Tours start a 7:00PM and operate until 11:00PM on Friday and Saturday 7:00PM-12:00AM. Prices: $10.00 per person.  Concession on site.

On October 28th & 29th, it's Doomsday at Dog Days on the Dog Days Grounds (30444 Gowan Road, Ardmore, Tennessee).  ASF Haunt invites you to join them for night of screams and nightmares.  Wonder the treacherous path in 6-acre Haunted Woods, as creatures stalk you and terrorize you. You may not find the exit until light of day, if you're that lucky - Cost $16.00 per person.  Alien Invasion Arcade Style Paintball is only for those brave enough to accept the mission (and are 12 and older) to kill the genetically modified Alien Invaders - Cost $16.00 per person.  2016 Slash Pass - Add $10.00 to any ticket price and slash your wait in line in half.   Cash and Credit Cards Accepted (surcharge may apply to credit cards).  Ticket sales start at 7:00PM and attraction opens at 7:30PM.  Group Bookings of 15 or more receive $3 off per ticket with one payment per group.  Group booking:  256-606-0141.   For more information and directions:

Zellus Marketing Halloween Party (114 West Market Street Athens, Alabama) invites families to come hang at their open-house benefiting the American Cancer Society on Oct 28th.  Costumes are encourage and children and friendly dogs are welcome from 6:00-9:00PM.  Donation will be taken via computer for the American Cancer Society and donators will be registered for door prizes.

Fall Festival and Senior Auction  Athens Bible School (RL Auditorium 507 Hoffman Street Athens, Alabama) invites the family for fun on October 28th.   Bring the whole family for an evening of fun, food and games from 6:00PM-9:00PM.  The Senior Auction has many great items including vacation packages, salon/spa packages, gift cards, jewelry and more.

Elk River Baptist Church Fall Festival (10020 Upper Snake Road Athens, Alabama)  Invites everyone to a enjoy candy, soup dinner, hayride and more at this free family event starting at 6:30PM on October 28th.

October 28th-31st is a time to wonder the trail for a frightfully good time at The Hills Are Alive Haunted Trail at The Hills (10005 Sandlin Cemetery Road Cairo, Alabama)   It's not a leisurely walk in the woods.... zombies, werewolves, creepy clowns and other heinous creatures lurk in The Hills.  Gates open at 7:00PM-10:00PM.  Walking Shoes required. Strobe lights in use.  $15.00 per adult; $10.00 per child.  For more information, Adam at 256-729-5263

Phoenix Paintball Division (14970 U.S. Highway 72 Athens, Alabama) is calling all zombie fighters for a Survivor vs Zombie scenario  of paintball war on October 29th.  Doors open at 8:00AM and games start at 9:00AM.  The team with the most points at the end of the day at 6:00PM wins. Fee to play.

Hallow's Eve Festival  with Kelly's Creek Baptist Church (6 Savanna Road, Ardmore, Tennessee)  invites the family on October 29th for festival games, cake auction, face painting, candy heaven, and bingo startings at 5:30PM.  Hayrides will begin at 7:00PM.  The festival is free of charge.

Salem Feed Store (28901 AL-99 Lester, Alabama) invites the family to Faith and Fright Fall
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  Festival on October 29th starting at 1:00PM. Local Craft and Vendors will have booths.  Step under the bingo tent for a chance at prizes.  Games, face painting and costume contest for ages birth to 12 years.  Adults are asked  not to come in costume for the safety of everyone attending and to keep things kid friendly.  Concessions and chicken stew will be available and you won't miss the college games - there's a special tent for that too!  The night's fun wraps up with a Spectacular Spooky Special Effects Lifth Show with interactive fireworks.  All donations and money raised will go toward funding the Faith and Freedom Festival 2017 and other mission projects.

Redstone Harley-Davidson Trunk or Treat (15100 AL-20, Greenbriar Exit 3 on I-565, Madison, Alabama)  on October 29th from 1:00PM-5:00PM with Costume Contest at 5:00PM for a $100.00 gift card.  Pumpkin carving for the kids, food and fun.

Emmanuel Baptist Church (1917 U.S. Highway 72 Athens, Alabama) is having an Indoor Trunk or Treat from 5:00PM-7:00PM.   This Teal Pumpkin Project friendly event offers allergy friendly candy and treats for kids from birth to 6th gradeon October 29th. No scary costumes please.

It's Fall Festival time at Mays Memorial Baptist Church (23636 AL-251 Toney, Alabama) on October 29th.  This free family-friendly event will have chili and hot dog supper followed by a costume contest (no scary costumes please) as well as carnival games including prizes and bingo for the adults from 5:00PM-8:00PM.

Bootanica takes over the Huntsville Botanical Gardens (4747 Bob Wallace Avenue Huntsville Alabama) on October 29th from 10:00AM-1:00PM. Don your favorite costume for a ghoulishly-fun time.  Join in the Parade of Costumes at 11:00AM.  Wander through the Scarecrow Trail and visit the Sorghum Maze.  Apple bobbing, face painting and pumkins for the kids plus music to enjoy. Members are $5.00 and Non-Members are $5.00 plus admission fee to the gardens Ages 3-18 at $8.00; Adults at $12.00; Military at $10.00; Students at $10.00; Seniors 55 and Up at $10.00 and Children 2 and under Free.

Capshaw Baptist (14944 Dupree Worthey Road Harvest Alabama) Fall Festival is from 3:00PM-6:00PM on October 30th.  Come enjoy a day of free fall fun with hayride, inflatables, games and prizes, live music, petting zoon, pony rides, free food and more!

Welcome Fall with New Hope Baptist (13110 Mooresville Road Athens, Alabama) on October 30th starting at 5:00PM.  Bring the family and enjoy Chili, popcorn, Cotton Candy, Funnel Cakes plus Hay Rides, Bonfire, and Trunk or Treat! Non-scary costumes please.

Get a moooo-ve on for a Halloween Party at Chick-Fil-A Athens (1291 U.S. Highway 72 Athens, Alabama) on October 31st from 3:00PM-6:00PM.  Come show off your spooky, cute or funy costumes before you head out to trick or treat.  Free kids meals for 12 and under who come in costume.  Free dessert to adults who come in full costume too!

It's Trunk or Treat at Wooley Springs Baptist Church (28025 Bethel Road Toney, Alabama) from 5:00PM-7:00PM on October 31st.  Enjoy cotton candy, hot dogs and tons of candy!  Free for the whole family.

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Mable Hill Baptist Church Trunk or Treat (3778 Ready Section Road Ardmore Alabama) invites the family on October 31st from 6:00PM-8:00PM for food, games, prizes and candy.

A Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat at Elkton Baptist Church (460 Market Street Elkton, Tennessee) will starts at 5:00PM on October 31st.  Children may wear their favorite costumes.  There will be candy, games, prizes, hot dogs, and chili to enjoy.

First Baptist Church Ardmore (26670 Fifth Street Ardmore, Alabama) opens the Family Life Center for Trunk or Treat on October 31st from 6:30PM-7:30PM for the kids to have a safe location to collect candy.

The 8th Annual Hallelujah Festival will be at Ardmore Town Park (Ardmore Avenue, Ardmore Alabama) on October 31st from 6:30PM-8:30PM.  Piney Grove Baptist Church invites children to wear their non-scary costumes, bring a basket or bag and enjoy collecting candy, playing games and having fun.

Spooky Space Spectacular comes to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center (1 Tranquility Base Huntsville Alabama) on October 31st from 4:00PM-8:00PM.  Come dressed in your best costume for a costume contest, hands-on science activities, Space Shot, G-Force and Lunar Lander (weather permitting).  The cost is $20.00 per family up to five or $5.00 per perosn.  Purchase tickets at

Athens Players to Present Verdigris in New Performance Space

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Guy McClure

For immediate release
October 25, 2016

Athens Players to Present Verdigris in New Performance Space

ATHENS, Ala. - The Athenian Players of Athens State University will present Verdigris, a play by Jim Beaver, directed by Dr. Hugh K. Long. This will be the Athenian Players’ first performance in the new Studio Theatre of the Alabama Center for the Arts in Decatur.

“This is an amazing contemporary play and we are thrilled to be able to perform it to inaugurate our new space,” said Long. “Jim Beaver is a well-known actor and playwright and we are honored that he has selected the Athenian Players to bring his characters to life.”

The play centers around Margaret Fielding who has spent her entire adult life in a wheelchair. But that doesn't stop her from throwing the lives of a half-dozen people into the air and twirling them like saucers in a circus act. "Verdigris" can be defined as corrosion, but it also glows with beauty. Verdigris -- a word you may not know. A story you'll never forget.

  Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on November 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, and 19.  A Sunday matinee will be performed at 1:30 p.m. on November 13.  All performances will be in the Studio Theatre of the Phase II Building of the Alabama Center for the Arts.

Verdigris writer Jim Beaver is an American actor, playwright, screenwriter, and film historian. He is most familiar to worldwide audiences as the gruff but tenderhearted Bobby Singer in Supernatural. He also played Whitney Ellsworth on the HBO Western drama series Deadwood, a starring role which brought him acclaim and a Screen Actors Guild Awards nomination for Ensemble Acting after three decades of supporting work in films and TV.

Admission is $15 for general admission, $10 for students, faculty, staff, and seniors.  Tickets are available at the door, at the box office, or online at



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Guy McClure

For immediate release
October 24, 2016


ATHENS, Ala. - Athens State University’s Center for Lifelong Learning is presenting The Story Behind the Song: A Songwriter’s Showcase.  The event will be held on Friday, November 11 at 6:30 p.m. in McCandless Hall on the Athens State campus.

Songwriters Phillip White, Monty Holmes, and Clint Daniels will be performing an array of award-winning songs they have written for such entertainers as George Strait, Rascal Flatts, Scotty McCreery, Darius Rucker, Kenny Rogers, Blake Shelton, Lee Ann Womack, George Jones, Brooks and Dunn, and many more.

White wrote Rascal Flatts’ “I’m Movin’ On,” which was voted Song of the Year by the Academy of Country Music.  He also wrote the theme song “I’m A Survivor” from the TV sitcom, Reba.  Holmes wrote “Troubadour,” from George Straight’s 2009 Grammy Award-winning Country Album of the Year.  Holmes was also the recipient of the Nashville Songwriters Association International’s “One of the 10 Songs I wish I had Written” Award and is a multiple BMI “Million-Air” with over one million live broadcast performances.  Daniels wrote Joe Nichols’ number 1 hit “Brokenheartsville” and has also written and recorded several Billboard hit singles.

Tickets for the reserved seating show are $20 and may be purchased at the Center for Lifelong Learning located at 121 S. Marion Street on the east side of the Limestone County Courthouse square.  For more information call 256-233-8260 or visit


The Story Behind the Songs: Songwriters' Showcase Nov 11, 2016