Thursday, June 23, 2016

Camps, Concerts & Kiddie Carnival -- Events Jun 22-29, 2016



Here's What's Happening in Athens-Limestone AL during Jun 22-29, 2016
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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.
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Upcoming Events
Jun 22nd -- Pen Strokes of Justice
 Center for Lifelong Learning  121 South Marion Street Athens, AL  
In celebration of Judge James Horton Day in Athens, join community members from 2:00PM-3:00PM as they read a selection of the more than 700 letters, telegrams and resolutions sent from around the world to Judge James E. Horton during the Scottsboro Boys trial of Haywood Patterson, and excerpts from Horton's June 22, 1933, order setting aside the guilty verdict and ordering a new trial. Stay for the reception and enjoy some of Judge Horton's favorite treat: Chocolate.
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Jun 23rd -- Senior Lunch Matinee Show
 SOLD OUT 
Yesterdays Event Center 15631 Brownsferry Road Athens, AL 
 Join Yesterdays for a complete lunch including drink and dessert for $11.00, and entertainment featuring a special performance, Celebrate American Veterans with singer/impressionist Kevin Adams and includes a trip to the Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives in Athens.  Doors open 10:30AM, Event begins 11:00AM and showtime 12:00PM with a show length 60-75 minutes. Groups of all size welcome.  Bus parking available.  Cancellation fee may apply.  Pre-reservation required, send reservation email to: Info@Yesterdays
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Jun 23rd - -Kids Summer Camp 
High Cotton Art 103 West Washington Street  Athens, AL
Artists at High Cotton are offering a two day workshop from 9-12 on June 23rd and 24th. where kids will learn from various artists skills in painting, photography, drawing, etc. Space is limited. Reserve your space now by e-mailing TinaS@pclnet.net or calling 256-497-3838. Fee for each child will be $75 which may be paid when you bring the child to class. There will be a $10 discount for each child where there are more than one in a family.  Registration> http://tinaswindell.
com/event/76920/
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Jun 23rd, 24th & 25th -- Athens Lions Club Kiddie Carnival 
Athens Lions Club Kiddie Carnival Grounds 309 East Forrest Street Athens, AL
Join the Athens Lions Club Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 6:30PM-9:30PM for 10 rides including a small ferris wheel, rocket ships, swings, carousel, train, roller coaster, parachute rides, bigger swings and the scrambler. Also we have bingo and delicious concessions are available. We serve sandwiches, french fries, popcorn, sno cones, funnel cakes and drinks. Tokens to ride are just $.50 each and all monies go to local charities.  

Jun 23rd -- Mystery Book Club: The Maltese Falcon
 Athens-Limestone County Public Library 603 South Jefferson Street  Athens, AL  Discuss The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett will be the evening's focus.  Sam Spade, a private eye with his own solitary code of ethics, tangles with a beautiful and treacherous woman whose loyalties shift at the drop of a dime.  This book club meets at 6:00PM-7:30PM in the Steelcase Board Room. For more contact Ms. Laura at 256-232-1233
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Jun 24th -- Basic Digital Photography with Olivia Reed  
1818 Farms 24889 Lauderdale Street Mooresville, AL   
Join Olivia Reed for an afternoon of fun at 1818 Farms as she presents her Basic Digital Photography Class from 3:00PM to 6:00PM with the focus on the botanicals. .  Olivia will go over camera basics, shooting in manual, selecting the right lenses to maximize quality, composition, memory cards, computer programs and more. Bring your digital SLR camera and lenses for a hands on experience in manual mode. Once the basics are covered, step outside on the farm for an outdoor shooting experience.  Price - $150 per class  The Following Supplies are Included: 
Handouts on all topics covered + box supper  https://store.1818farms.
com/collections/classes/
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Jun 24th-- Senior Lunch Matinee Show  
Yesterdays Event Center 15631 Brownsferry Road Athens, AL  
Join Yesterdays for a complete lunch including drink and dessert for $11.00, and entertainment featuring a special performance, Celebrate American Veterans with singer/impressionist Kevin Adams and includes a trip to the Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives in Athens.  Doors open 10:30AM, Event begins 11:00AM and showtime 12:00PM with a show length 60-75 minutes. Groups of all size welcome.  Bus parking available.  Cancellation fee may apply.  Pre-reservation required, send reservation email to: 
Info@Yesterdays
Events.com.€‹

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

Jun 24th - 25th -- Minor Hill Rodeo 
Minor Hill Park Ag-Grounds 165 Wray Branch Road, Minor Hill, TN
City of Minor Hill presents their 13th Annual Rodeo starting at 8:00pm each night.  Adults $10, children $5, children under 5 admitted Free

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

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

Jun 25th -- Christmas In June 
Joe Wheeler State Park  4403 McLean Drive  Rogersville, AL  
Have you ever wondered what Santa does during the summer time? He vacations at Joe Wheeler State Park of course!!   Get into the Christmas Spirit with Santa in the Joe Wheeler State Park Campground on June 25, 2016 starting at 12:00PM - Noon.   Campers are encouraged to decorate their camp sites with traditional Christmas decorations.   7:00pm Christmas Parade; 8:00pm (dark) "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" movie at the Activity Center in Section B.  Book camper space, cabins or rooms at http://www.alapark.com/joe-wheeler-state-park

Jun 26th -- Elevate United 
Epicenter 4839 Calvary Boulevard  Tanner, AL  (Approximately 13 minutes from Tanner High School Map)   
€‹Starting at 6:00PM, Join Elevate United for Hip Hop, Worship, creative message, and so much more!! There will be Knockerball afterwards.

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

Jun 30th, July 1st & 2nd -- Athens Lions Club Kiddie Carnival
Athens Lions Club Kiddie Carnival Grounds 309 East Forrest Street Athens, AL
Join the Athens Lions Club Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 6:30PM-9:30PM for 10 rides including a small ferris wheel, rocket ships, swings, carousel, train, roller coaster, parachute rides, bigger swings and the scrambler. Also we have bingo and delicious concessions are available. We serve sandwiches, french fries, popcorn, sno cones, funnel cakes and drinks. Tokens to ride are just $.50 each and all monies go to local charities.  



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Book Your Room...
Here's some of the big events that coming this year... so don't wait to book your rooms!
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Jun 24th - 28th -- Cal Ripkin State Baseball Tournament
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Oct 1st Apple Annie 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run
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Celebrating freedom and the sacrifices that have made our Nation great, the Athens-Limestone Week of Independence offers a variety of events for you and your family to enjoy.


The 2016 event will be from June 23rd to July 5th and includes events in and around Limestone County.
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If you have a patriotic event you would like to include in the Week of Independence, please contact




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Singing of the Square Continues
July 1st

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


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.


ATHENS-LIMESTONE COUNTY TOURISM
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JIMMY SMITH
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present


SINGING
ON THE
SQUARE

2016 CONCERT SERIES
SCHEDULE


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  • €‹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.

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Words of
€‹Judge Horton Come Alive June 22


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


Pen Strokes of Justice will be at the Center for Lifelone Learning from 2:00PM-3:00PM on June 22nd where local community members will read some of Judge Horton's collected letters, telegrams and resolutions sent around the world during the Scottsboro Boys Trail.  This special reading will include an excerpt on thsi historical document overturning the guilty verdict of Haywood Patterson - Scottsboro Boy and setting a new trial.  A small reception featuring the Judge's favorite treat, chocolate, will be presented following the reading.

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Judge James Edwin Horton comes roots begin in Limestone County Alabama - born in the county to the great-neice of President Andrew Jackson and a medical doctor father. His family migrated from the county into Athens when he was a young boy.  Ailments kept him from school until the age of 8 but that did not prevent him from enrolling in Vanderbilt University to pursue a medical degree by his father's wishes.  However, Horton determined medicine was not his forte and he enrolled at Cumberland University in Lebanon Tennessee and followed his 1897 Bachelor of Arts by pursuing a law degree at Cumberland Law School and attaining a Bachelor of Law in 1899.


Horton returned to Athens and worked for hs father before the seat of Probate Judge.  He then turned his attention to the Alabama State Legislature (1910-1914) which he followed with the Alabama State Senate until an opening lead him back to the bench as a Chancery Judge.  This lead him to his position of the Eight Circuit Court where he heard the Scottsboro Boys trial - which entrenched him in the history of the United States, Civil Rights and influenced laws and cases for years to come.


The Center for Lifelong Learning is located at 121 South Marion Street in downtown Athens, AL across from the Limestone County Courthouse.


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Iconic Lions Club Kiddie Carnival Opens June 23rd

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


Perhaps there is one event in Limestone County Alabama that truly marks the arrival of summer -- the opening of the Athens Lions Club Kiddie Carnival.  This summer tradition opens the gates at 6:30PM on June 23rd for its 2016 season and many are anticipating its opening.


Each year, starting when the kids get out of school, calls start coming into the Athens-Limestone Visitors Center as to when this iconic summer tradition will open.  Many of the callers have been attending the Kiddie Carnival for generations and are often introducing their young family members to this memorable summer attraction.


The kiddie carnival  grounds sits across from Athens Middle School on the corner of Forrest and South Beaty Streets.   Open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 6:30PM-9:30PM (except the 4th of July), little ones can enjoy a small ferris wheel, rocket ships, small swings, carousel, roller coaster, parachutes, large swings and the scrambler and the newly restored yellow train.  Tickets are only $0.50 each and each ride is one ticket - making for an affordable night of fun with the wee ones.


Big kids and adults can enjoy bingo under the pavilion or maybe a tasty snack from the concession stand stocked with carnival favorites:  hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, french fries, cold beverages, cotton candy, Dippin' Dots, and funnel cakes.


The Athens Lions Club Kiddie Carnival is run and maintained by members of the Athens Lions Club.  Many of the days leading up to the carnival's weekend, you'll find members giving of their time for mowing, cleaning and doing safety checks.  The members give their time each year to run the rides, concession, bingo too.


This year, Tom Richardson, Brian Evans & Gary Van Wagnen devoted hours to the little yellow locomotive.  Brian Evans custom designed the hydraulic drive system that will operate the train and Gary Van Wagnen and Tom Richardson rebuilt the train that has run at the Kiddie Carnival since the 1950's.


This devoted group of Lions overhaul included replacing the engine, converting the drive to hydraulic pump, rewiring, repainting, installing disc brake, installing new lights and horn.  The little yellow locomotive was returned to its tracks May 25th.


All of the hard work is part of their mission to give back to the community.  Money from the Athens Lions Club Kiddie Carnival goes to help children with Diabetes attend Camp Seale Harris, a camp that focuses on their needs for caring for their Diabetes as well as a chance to have fun.  The Athens Lions Club also helps those in the Limestone County community obtain eye exams and glasses.

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If you would like more information on the Athens Lions Club or the Athens Lions Club Kiddie Carnival, please call 256-262-1983 and leave a message.  Member meetings are the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Catfish Cabin II 906 US72E in Athens, AL starting at 6:30PM.