Friday, May 6, 2016

Ready for some fun? Events for May 5-11, 2016 - What's Happening In Athens-LimestoneAL

Calendars and pens at the ready... here's what's happening in Athens-Limestone AL.
Get Ready!
 It's time to get outside and have some fun!  Grab your calendar and make room for all of our  festivals, concerts, tours and more awaiting you and your family in Athens-Limestone Alabama.

You can golf, walk, paddle and peddle your way through the
​weekend with the highlights below.


Now - May 6th -- Cornhole Set Raffle for Relay for Life
​Employees from Athens Parks and Recreation made a set of "Hope" cornhole boards with a purple ribbon.  The set will be given away Relay Night on May 6th.  Cost is $5.00 donation per ticket or 5 tickets for $20.00.  Tickets are available from any City of Athens Relay team member, at Athens City Hall 1806 Wilkinson Street Athens, AL or the City of Athens booth the night of Relay.

May 2nd - 6th -- Paint the Town Purple Week
Citywide - Athens, AL   Mayor Ronnie Marks has proclaimed the week of May 2 - 6 Paint the Town Purple Week and encourages the citizens to deck out their homes and businesses in purple and share group photos and photo decorations for the use on the City of Athens' social sites and to the news media by emailing them to

May 6th -- Improv Night
Grounded Coffee 12120 County Line Road    Madison, AL
Be entertained by one (or both!) of two Improv shows.  The style is that of 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?'  Laugh, make suggestions, maybe even participate.  And drink coffee.  Showtimes:  6:30PM and 8:00PM.  Tickets required for entry and can be purchased at Grounded up to two weeks early.  Limited seating for each show.  Tickets are $6 per person.   ***Please note that we will be closing the dining room at 5:30 PM to set the stage for the shows.  The dining room will remain closed to the general public for the rest of the evening.  The drive through will remain open for the duration of normal business hours.***  For more information:
(256) 258-9637.

May 6th - 7th -- Limestone County Relay for Life
Athens SportsPlex  U.S. Highway 31 Athens AL
Join teams from Limestone County and the greater Rogersville area as they walk, cheer, and honor Cancer-Survivors, Cancer-Fighters and those who didn't win their cancer battle.  Teams will have booths with items for sale, there will be a Luminary Lighting, Survivor's Lap, music and more from 7:00PM on May 6th to 7:00AM on May 7th.  Come walk, come talk, come cheer, come remember and come fight for cure.

May 7th -- 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.  Contact 256-771-7578.

May 7th -- Spring Gathering at Mooresville Mercantile
Mooresville Mercantile  5081 Mooresville Road  Mooresville, AL
Join Mooresville Mercantile, craftsmen and artisans, and Mooresville area business for a day of shopping, demonstrations and more.

May 7th -- First Annual EHS QBC Four Man Scramble Golf Tournament
Southern Gayles Golf Course  22230 Mooresville Road Athens, AL
Join the Elkmont High School Quarterback Club fora Four Man Scramble starting at 8:00AM with a shotgun start.  $55.00 per person or $220.00 per team includes 18 holes of golf, cart and lunch. Prizes awarded in three flights, Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive and Straightest Drive as well as door prizes.  Last day to register May 1st.  Contact:  Brian Murphy at or Dee Sharp

May 7th -- Spring Krusher Bike Ride
Elkmont High School  25630 Evans Road  Elkmont, AL
Come join us for this tour of Limestone County and the surrounding areas, with some of the best cycling in the Southeast! Pick from 3 different distances: 31, ~64 and ~100 miles. Each course will be challenging but manageable! Low traffic. Post ride pizza provided by Village Pizza.  Register at: http://www.imathlete.

May 7th -- 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 store and enjoy a meal downtown at one of the restaurants.

May 7th -- Paddle for a Cure
Fort Hampton Outfitters  28890 AL Highway 127  Elkmont, AL
Fort Hampton Outfitters invites you to hit the water to benefit St. Judes Childrens' Hospital.  Reservation are from 7:00AM to dark and are $25.00 per person including transportation, paddle, kayak, person floatation device.  To make reservation:  FortHamptonOutfitters

May 7th -- Iron Tribe "Run to London" 5K  James Clemens High School  11306 County Line Road  Madison, AL
The James Clemens High School Band was recently selected to march in the 2017 New Year's Day Parade in London. The total cost of the week-long trip for 170 students and chaperones is over $500,000 - more than $3000 per student. Partnering with Iron Tribe Fitness, we hope to raise thousands of dollars at the Run To London 5k. All profit from the race will go towards reducing the cost of the trip for every band member. For more information on the James Clemens Band program you can visit Registration:  https://www.eventbrite.

May 12th -- 11th Annual Cruz-In  
Sonic Drive-In 26909 Main Street Ardmore, TN
Bring your unique collectible car or truck and share the nostalgia of yesterday from 6:00PM-8:00PM.   Come out check out the cars and support Ardmore Boys and Girls Club. Donations Greatly Appreciated No Entry Fee  No Judging  YETI Cooler Raffle    

Book your room
for these upcoming events
Jun 24 - 28 Cal Pipkin State Baseball Tournament 

October 1st Apple Annie 5K
October 15th
Running with the Goats and
Southern ReInvention


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taken to ensure
the data provided
in this newsletter
is correct by the preparer,
Cayce Lee
Social Media Specialist.

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Ardmore Welcome Center Tourism Celebration Set For May 18th

By Cayce Lee
Social Media Specialist, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association

The towering Saturn 1B rocket looms over Interstate 65 in Limestone County near Ardmore at Mile Marker 363 South.  This surprising sight in the midst of farmer's fields welcomes visitors to the State of Alabama with friendly smiles and plenty of information.

The State of Alabama Welcome Center has sat in the shadow of the Saturn 1B rocket for 39 years and assist more than one-million visitors a year.  The staff answers questions of all varieties - lodging, dining, events.  In 2013, the Ardmore Welcome Center was warded Welcome Center of the Year for all their hard work.

Each year the Ardmore Welcome Center host a day of celebration in conjunction with National Tourism Month.  The 2016 day is slated for May 18th from 10:00AM-3:00PM.  This year the Ardmore Welcome Center hopes to share with visitors how tourism's impacts local, regional and
statewide  communities' economies, cultures, and social issues.

This event also kicks off the beginning of the family vacation season.  Interstate 65 is a heavily traveled byway connecting the Gulf of Mexico shores to the Great Lakes.  From its northern terminus in Gary, Indiana to its southern terminus in Mobile, Alabama, the interstate stretches 887.3 miles.  The Alabama portion of Interstate 65 is the longest of all the states at over 367 miles and the Saturn 1B rocket and the friendly staff at the Ardmore Welcome Center are a terrific start to that journey.

Local businesses and organizations will be in attendance to greet and share information with visitors.  There will be tasty treats from producers and companies from all over the state, live music and lots of photo opportunities with Southern Belle's and Gentlemen - maybe even an Astronaut.

The public is invited to come enjoy the fun and learn how tourism and travel dollars boost the economy, build jobs and benefits Alabama's communities.

Singing of the Square Continues May 20th

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

Mark your calendars for the next Singing on the Square on the Marion Street side of the Limestone County Courthouse in downtown Athens, AL this Friday, May 20th at 6:00PM.

The 2016 concert series is sponsored by Jimmy Smith Buick GMC and presented by Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association free to the public.  Most shows kick off at 6:00PM and go to 8:00PM.  Grab a to-go dinner and dine al fresco while you enjoy this year's variety of groups and music.

The 2016 schedule will be an irregular one, so grab your calendar and mark the dates and times below.





  • May 20th
    • 6PM- Dixie Bluegrass Boys
    • 7PM - Cheryl Llewellyn

  • June 3rd
    • 6PM - Southern Splendor Chorus with Rocket City Chorus

  • June 17th 
    • 6PM -Just Down the Road

  • July 1st 
    • 6PM - DJ's and Friends

  • July 15th 
    • 6PM - Henry River Honey

  • August 19th
    • 6:30PM - Athens State Community Band

The rain location for the 2016 Singing on the Square will be at the Vietnam Veterans Chapter 511 17915 West Elm Street Athens, AL.

The Vietnam Veterans Building is one block east of the Market Street and Elm Street intersection at the T-junction of Lucas Ferry Road.  The Vietnam Veterans Building is approximately 3.4 miles from the traffic light at Elm Street and U.S. Highway 31N.