Sunday, September 25, 2016

Lester Haunted Hospital Set To Terrorize Thrill Seekers End of September

Lester Haunted Hospital Set To Terrorize Thrill Seekers
End of September

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

Nestled in the small north Limestone County Alabama community of Lester is building that once served the community as a hospital - D.E. Jackson Memorial Hospital.  It was small - barely 28 beds - but it served the community from the 1940's to the 1990's.  However, the building that has seen both life come into this world and leave it has been reenvisioned.

Scare 4 Charity has taken over the hospital and all of its unusually stories and unexplainable
Lester Haunted Hospital - Girl Hanging Upside Down
happening to create a haunted house.  This all volunteer operation designs and orchestrates horrifying events each year for the Halloween season.  Though on occasion it's said they are joined by some of the undead that haunt the stories and people around the old hospital.  You never know what lies around the corner as you wander the halls, rooms and morgue of this once abandoned building -- well, abandoned by the living.

If you would like to a chance and possibly have the life scared out of you, The Lester Haunted Hospital will soon be open on the weekends.  The terrors, er.. tours starts at 7:00PM and continues until 11:00PM on Friday and Saturday from 7:00PM until 12:00AM. You can enjoy the screams on September 30th, October 1st, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th, & 31st for the 2016 season. Price is $10.00 per person and the proceeds will be donated to area charities by Scare 4 Charity. There will be concessions on site for sale if you develop an appetite.

Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.  Anyone with the following health considerations should not enter the attraction: asthma, heart conditions, prone to seizures, physical ailments, or are pregnant or suffer from claustrophobia.

For more information or directions to the location, please visit:

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Fall Flair, Big Tops, and Family-Friendly Fun - Events for Sep 21-28 in Athens-Limestone AL

Here's what's happening in Athens-Limestone AL Sept 21-28, 2016
Hope you're ready for what's happening...
Sep 21st -- Recharge Service  Ardmore Station 30490 Ardmore Avenue Ardmore, AL  College Students and young adults are invited to this once a month Bible Study, worship and fellowship meeting from 7:00PM-9:00PM.

Sep 22nd -- Senior Lunch Matinee Show   Yesterdays Event Center 15631 Brownferry Road Athens, AL   Join Yesterdays for a complete lunch including drink and dessert for $11.00, and entertainment featuring "Elvis Remembered" starring Michael Dean.  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:​

Sep 22nd -- 4th Annual Foundation for Mental Health Golf Tournament  Canebrake Golf Course  23015 Founders Circle  Athens, AL  Registration starts at 11:30AM with Lunch at 12:00PM with start at 1:00PM. $150.00 per person or $600.00 per foursome team.  For more information Suzanne Linnemann at 256-497-6044  or Bill Giguere  Pay online at

Sep 22nd & 23rd -- Rebekah L. Smith Wool Applique Folk Art Workshop  SOLD OUT  1818 Farms Gardenhouse  24889 Lauderdale Street  Mooresville, AL 

Sep 23rd -- 400 Miles for Kayleigh  Ardmore, TN This ride is to benefit Kayleigh McClendon and her family as she battles cancer. The ride begins at 5:00 AM from the Alabama/Tennessee state line and will conclude on September 25 at The Hangout in Gulf Shores. Each leg of the ride is approximately 130 miles. Any and all cyclists are welcome to join for any portion of the ride.

Sep 23rd -- CASA for Clays  Limestone Hunting Preserve and Sporting Clays 28755 Coggins Road Ardmore, AL  This is a charity shoot for CASA of Madison from 8:00AM-4:00PM. The money raised will go to help the elderly community of Madison County. If interested in submitting a team, please contact CASA to register.  You can get more information and register on our website or contact CASA of Madison County office at 256-533-7775 with any questions. 

Sep 23rd & 24th -- Doomsday at Dog Days   Dog Days Grounds 30444 Gowan Road, Ardmore, TN  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:

Sep 24th --  Fall Gathering at Mooresville Mercantile     Mooresville Mercantile 5081 Mooresville Road  Mooresville, AL   Nestled under the trees of the grounds of Mooresville Mercantile will be a variety of artisan makers and goods welcoming Fall to the Tennessee Valley.   Fame folk artist Rebekah L. Smith will be on hand with books and works of art.  More information to come.

Sep 24th -- 2nd Annual Power of Pink Pageant  Cedar Hill Elementary 27095 Cedar Hill Road  Ardmore, AL The Power of Pink Pageant for breast cancer awareness with all proceeds will go to the Liz Hurley Breast Cancer Fund.  Pageant starts at 10:00AM.  No residency restriction applies.  The pageant is open to all girls ages 0-19 years of age.  There is also a Survivor Miss category open to all girls and women who have fought breast cancer or who are fighting breast cancer. To request paperwork:  Information://

Sep 24th -- Fall Fling Vendors Affair  Vietnam Veterans of America Post 511 Lucas Ferry Road Athens, AL  Fall Fling Vendor Affair in Athens on Sept. 24 from 9am - 4pm. Free Admission!! Can Food Drive for local churches .... Collecting at the door! See all the handmade crafts, small business owners and direct sales vendors! Products will be on hand to purchase, order and Win Door Prizes! One lucky attendee will WIN a $50. Shopping Certificate! Start your Holiday shopping in September!! Fun - Shopping - Small Business Owners - Food.  Bring Can Food and be Entered to Win $50.00 Shopping Certificate with vendor of your choice.   Indoor and Outdoor vendor spaces available! Interested in being a Vendor

Sep 24th -- Fall Jubilee Reunion  Midway Baptist Church   26575 U.S. Highway 72E Athens, AL  Join Midway Baptist Church for this annual of a big Southern Gospel Singing at the Fall Jubilee Reunion concert.  Special guest will be New Ground, Revived and Masters Four.  Starts at 6:00PM

Sep 24th -- Blood Drive In Memory of Kaley Greer  Sardis Springs Church 18310 AL-251 Athens, AL  Join the friends and family of Kaley Greer who died in a car accident in August at age 16. The Lifesouth blood mobile will be onsite from 10:00AM-5:00PM.  Age 17 and up; age 16 with written parental permission.

Sep 24th -- Good-bye to Summer High Tea  Drucilla's 300 North Marion Street Athens, AL  Join Drucilla's for a high tea from 2:00PM-4:00PM to say good-bye to summer.  Reservation required.  Call: 256-497-7279

Sep 24th -- Meet Willow - A Benefit for Greater Huntsville Humane Society  1818 Farms 24889 Lauderdale Street Mooresville, AL   Join 1818 Farms from 10:00AM-2:00PM for "Meet Wiilow" Day. Willow is our Kangal/Anatolian Shepherd Livestock Guardian Puppy who recently joined our farm family! This event is a benefit for the Greater Huntsville Humane Society (GHHS).   A monetary donation of $5 per person or bringing an needed item from the list below will serve as an admission fee to the farm. GHHS is in need of the following items: Pet Food; Pet Beds; Kong and Rope toys; Dog and Cat Toys; Litter Boxes.  Any money collected will be used to buy other items like Cat & Dog nail clippers and some specific products that the GHHS needs for animal care.  Attendees will have to opportunity to meet the 1818 Farms animal family and tour our farm garden. One hundred percent of monetary and product donations will be given directly to GHHS. 1818 Farms will also dontate 10% of any tshirt or product sales made during the event to GHHS.

Sep 24th -- Zumbathon for Alzheimer's  Canebrake Club of Athens 23015 Founders Circle Athens, AL  Choose block at 9:00AM or 10:00AM. $10.00 per participants includes Zumba, snacks, and prizes.  Register>

Sep 24th -- Ladies Day
 Coxey Church of Christ 10495 U.S. Highway 72 Athens, AL  Join the ladies of Coxey Church of Christ for fellowship from 8:00AM-12:00PM.

Sep 24th -- Tennis Round Robin for Alzheimer's Association  Canebrake Club 23015 Founders Circle Athens, AL  Join the 2nd annual Tennis Round-Robin to benefit the Alzheimer's Association from 6:00PM-10:00PM presented by Trident Technologies.  $35.00 per person includes tennis and appetizers. Cash bar will be available.  Register here:

Sep 24th -- Kids' Build-A-Truck: Firetruck  Lowe's Home Improvement 1109 U.S. Highway 72E Athens, AL   The kids can build their very own firetruck from 12:00PM-1:00PM.

Sep 24th - 25th -- Carson & Barnes Circus  Limestone County Rodeo Arena AL-99 Athens, AL  Experience the Carson & Barnes Circus, the World's Biggest Big Top, featuring two hours of fun, excitement and pageantry for children of all ages. Every seat is just feet from the action! At the Gate: Child $10, Adult $16.Reserved Seat Upgrade: Add $3 per seat; Box Seat Upgrade: Add $6 per seat; Child tickets are for 2-11 years old children, inclusive.  Lap children under 2 years old are FREE!  For showtimes and ticket information, go to

Sep 24th -- Community Fish Fry  New Hope Baptist  13110 Mooresville Road Athens, AL  The community invited to for fried fish, slaw, french fries, hush puppies and chicken fingers starting at 5:00PM.

Sep 25th -- 2-S Winter Buckle Series  2-S Arena 26155 Thach Road Athens, AL   Join 2-S Arena for barrel racing.  Contestants must compete in 6 of 8 shows to be eligible for awards.  Membership: Individual $25.00; Family $40.00 (all in same household); Non-Member Day Permit: $10.00.  Schedule: Exhibitions $5.00; 3D 6 and Under $10.00; 3D PeeWee 12 and Under $10.00; 4D Open $25.00; 3D Youth $20.00; 3D Adults $20.00; 3D Poles $20.00.  All classes are 75% payback.  Rollovers will be allowed from Open to Youth and Adult.  6 and Under and Pee Wee Class are 100% Payback. Buckles awarded to each D Championin Open, Youth, Adult, 6 and Under and Pee Wee Classes. Cash Only. For more information Mindy Sanders 256-278-5758 or Wil Sanders 606-246-0628

Sep 25th -- Bowl for Kids' Sake  Plamor Lanes 2404 Leeman Ferry Road Huntsville, AL   Take to the lanes and help Big Brothers - Big Sisters of North Alabama to achieve its mission of mentoring children ages 6-18 throughout North Alabama.  Teams fundraising goal is $200.00.  Choose to bowl from 12:00PM-2:00PM or 2:30PM-4:30PM.  To register>

Sep 25th -- 5K for Alzheimer's  Canebrake Club 23015 Founders Circle Athens, AL Join us for a 5K Run to benefit the Alzheimer's Association from 8:00AM-11:00AM.  The race will start from the #10 tee box and finish behind the 18th green.  $20.00 per participant includes race, snacks and prizes ($25 on race day).

Sep 26th -- Canebrake Memorial Golf Tournament  Canebrake Club 23015 Founders Circle Athens, AL  Four-person scramble format. There are two Net flights and one Scratch flight in the PM round. If you don't have a full team, that's OK - we can connect you with single players. Schedule AM Net Flight: 7:00AM: Registration Begins; 8:00AM: Hit the links; 12:00PM: Lunch, Awards Presentation, Raffles.  Schedule PM Net and Scratch Flights: 11:00AM: Registration; Begins & Lunch. 12:00PM: Hit the links; 5:00PM: Dinner, Awards Presentation, Raffles. All players welcome for lunch and dinner! Come on out and join the fun.

Sep 26th -- Paint Like Pablo Beginner's "Lady in Black"  Vintage 72 Marketplace 1027 U.S. Highway 72E Athens, AL  Learn how to paint like an artist with acrylics. This class is $69.00.  All painting supplies are included in the price and provided in the class.  Printed Canvas on stretcher bars; Acrylic paint; and Drinks and Snacks. For more information or to reserve your slot: (256) 444-4711

Sep 27th -- Crye Leike Realtors Server Night  Joe's World Famous Pizza 1250 U.S. Highway 72E Athens, AL  Join Crye Leike for a great cause benefitting the United Way of Athens-Limestone.  Crye Leike agents will be taking your order and serving up dinner for tips to benefit the United Way.   Make plans to dine from 4:00PM-9:00PM.

Sep 28th -- A Night of Worship with Eddie James  Calvary Live 4839 Calvary Boulevard Tanner, AL   Join Calvary from 6:30PM-8:00PM for a night of worship with Eddie James at the Epicenter.  Nursery will be provided for 3 and under.

Sep 29th -- Be Ready Day  Limestone County Event Center 114 West Pryor Street Athens, AL   This free event offers individuals and families tips, tricks and product information on how you can stay safe during natural and man-made disasters from 8:30AM-3:00PM.  

Sep 29th -- Basics of Painting with Chalk-type Paint  Vintage 72 Marketplace 1027 U.S. Highway 72E Athens, AL Learn how to apply chalk like paint to a piece of furniture or small decorative item. We show how to do a simple distress technique and how to apply a finish coat.  For more information or to reserve your slot: (256) 444-4711
16th Annual Wacky Quacky Ducky Derby - October 8, 2016

Lynne Hart, Executive Coordinator
Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful
Someone will win the Limestone Farmers Cooperative $1,000 Grand Prize when their adopted rubber duck is first through the Wacky Quacky Ducky Derby duck trap... READ MORE

50th Anniversary Old Time Fiddlers Convention Rocking Chair

Written by  Jennifer C White

The chair is on display at High Cotton Arts Center on West Washington Street in Athens. Painted by local artist, Tina Swindell.

For a donation your name will be entered to win. You do not have to be present to win. Donations begin at $1.00.

Limestone DHR will be... READ MORE

Doomsday Comes to Dog Days
on Sep 23rd

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

Just south of Main Street as you enter Ardmore Tennessee from Interstate 65 at Exit 1 there's a sign that points down Gowan Road to a shopper's paradise called Dog Days Flea Market.  During the peak of Summer, shoppers will be surprised by what they'll find from an array of antiques, sports' collectibles, grandma's cast iron or homemade crafts.

However, the bright cheery atmosphere gives way to something more sinister​...

50th Anniversary Old Time Fiddlers Convention Rocking Chair

50th Anniversary Old Time Fiddlers Convention Rocking Chair

Written by
Jennifer C. White

The chair is on display at High Cotton Arts Center on West Washington Street in Athens. Painted by
2016 Limestone County DHR Artisan Rocking Chair
local artist, Tina Swindell.

For a donation your name will be entered to win. You do not have to be present to win. Donations begin at $1.00.

Limestone DHR will be at the Old Time Fiddlers Convention this year with a beautiful hand-painted rocking chair. The chair was painted by local artist Tina Swindell of High Cotton Arts Center. The chair is painted for the first time with a depiction of Founders Hall stage with the convention crowd and performers. Beautiful fall leaves are showcased on the arms of the chair. The chair will be given away on Saturday night October 8. DHR volunteers, Tie Foundation Board Members and community volunteers will be working the booth at Fiddlers. The booth and chair was sponsored by The Tie Foundation.

Donation checks can be made out to The Tie Foundation, which stands for "the tie that binds" families, children, social workers and the community together. The Tie Foundation was established to support families, children and seniors, mainly through the Department of Human Resources in areas that state dollars do not cover. The fund has been in place but more recently transferred to the relatively new 501 C 3 foundation.