Thursday, February 4, 2016

February 4th - 10th, 2016 What's Happening in Athens-Limestone, Alabama




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Hello friends!

The events are rolling in and we're filling the calendar at VisitAthensAL.com as fast as we can.  Here's the event round up for February 4th - 10th and we hope you have plenty of space in your calendar to come and enjoy the charm, smiles and fun.


Your friend,
Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association
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Feb 4th -- Harry Potter Book Night Party  
€‹Athens-Limestone County Public Library 306 South Jefferson Street Athens, AL   
Harry Potter fans of all ages are invited from 6:00PM-7:30PM to celebrate the literary world of Harry Potter.  Come dressed in your finest wizard or muggle attire.  Practice spells visit the Three Broomsticks for snacks, participate in games and trivia.  Tickets are $3.00 each.

Feb 4th -- Ardmore Booster Club Baseball and Softball Registration  
Cedar Hill Elementary Lunch Room 27905 Cedar Hill Road Ardmore, AL  
Join the Ardmore Booster Club from 6:00PM-8:00PM.  For ore information: Softball - Tim Tipton 256-431-5679 or Baseball - Tim Turner 256-508-0734

Feb 5th -- Iron Sharpens Iron Men's Conference  
Clements Baptist Church 8690 U.S. Highway 72 Athens, AL 
Pastors Tim Anderson and Dusty McLemore will be the featured speakers of the conference.  $20.00 per person.  To reserve your spot: https://clements.regfox.com/mens-conference

Feb 5th -- Arise and Build
McCandless Hall Athens State University 300 North Beaty Street Athens, AL 
 Enjoy Arise and Build, a musical play about the history of Trinity School.  Frank Travis will direct the play and it will star some of Limestone County's finest vocal talent at 7:00PM. Tickets are $20.00 each and can be purchased from Athens-Limestone Visitors Center 100 North Beaty Street in Athens (256-232-5411) or Kenny's Kutz 17308 U.S. Highway 72 in Athens (256-444-1682).

Feb 6th -- Ardmore Booster Club Baseball and Softball Registration  
Cedar Hill Elementary Lunch Room 27905 Cedar Hill Road Ardmore, AL  
Join the Ardmore Booster Club from 6:00PM-8:00PM.  For ore information: Softball - Tim Tipton 256-431-5679 or Baseball - Tim Turner 256-508-0734

Feb 6th -- 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.

Feb 6th -- Valentine's Gift Expo 
Vietnam Veterans of American Post  17915 West Elm Street Athens, AL  
Join over 30 vendors from 9:00AM-3:00PM and find a gift for your valentine.  Kids craft table featuring valentine projects.  Concession and door prizes including a $50 Visa Gift Card giveaway.  For more information: vendorshowinathens@yahoo.com

Feb 6th -- First Aid for Horses  
Dixon Stables 24390 Bain Road Athens, AL 
 Reservation deadline February 3rd.  
Join Dr. Roy Morring at 10:30AM for first aid topics for horses including: Head and Eye Injury; Bandagin for Lower Limbs; Items to Keep On Hand; and When Stitches are Required.  $25.00 per/person or $35.00 per team of 2.  Cost includes lunch and materials to do hands on bandaging. For more information or register: Lisa Musto 256-683-0732

Feb 6th -- Arise and Build  
McCandless Hall Athens State University 300 North Beaty Street Athens, AL
Enjoy Arise and Build, a musical play about the history of Trinity School.  Frank Travis will direct the play and it will star some of Limestone County's finest vocal talent at 2:30PM and 7:00PM.  Tickets are $20.00 each and can be purchased from Athens-Limestone Visitors Center SOLD OUT 100 North Beaty Street in Athens (256-232-5411) or Kenny's Kutz 17308 U.S. Highway 72 in Athens (256-444-1682).

Feb 6th -- Spirit of Athens Chocolate Walk 
Downtown Athens, AL   SOLD OUT

Feb 6th -- Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball 
Joe Wheeler State Park  4403 McLean Drive Rogersville, AL  
Laissez les bons temps rouler -- Let the good times roll as carnival comes to Joe Wheeler State Park.  Grab your mask and masquerade best and enjoy a package that features a room for Saturday night, party and party favors for two on Saturday night, breakfast for two Sunday morning and all taxes and gratuities for $99.00.  Book now> http://www.alapark.com/Joe-Wheeler-State-Park-Mardi-Gras-Masquerade

Feb 6th -- Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days
 Alabama Statewide
Up to two (2) youth participants (defined as individuals who have not reached their sixteenth [16] birthday) must be accompanied by an adult supervisor. The adult supervisor must remain in arm's length of the youth at all times. The adult supervisor must be 25 years or older and in possession of all state hunting licenses and state and federal waterfowl stamps required to hunt waterfowl.  Only one firearm per youth and only the youth hunter will be permitted to utilize the firearm for hunting.  All regulations including shooting hours, bag limits, legal arms and ammunitions apply and should be reviewed with the youth hunter. www.outdooralabama.com/special-youth-waterfowl-hunting-days

Feb 7th -- Arise and Build  
McCandless Hall Athens State University 300 North Beaty Street Athens, AL  
Enjoy Arise and Build, a musical play about the history of Trinity School.  Frank Travis will direct the play and it will star some of Limestone County's finest vocal talent at 3:00PM.  Tickets are $20.00 each and can be purchased from Athens-Limestone Visitors Center SOLD OUT  100 North Beaty Street in Athens (256-232-5411) or Kenny's kutz 17308 U.S. Highway 72 in Athens (256-444-1682).

Feb 7th - 12th -- Making Sense of the Book Of Revelations  
Elkton Church of Christ  7466 Elkton Pike Prospect, TN 
 Join All Dvorak for lessons "Making Sense of the Book of Revelations" Sunday, Feb 7th 9:00AM: What About This Book Called Revelations?; Sunday, Feb 7th 10:40AM: Three Questions from the Saints to the Lord; Sunday, Feb 7th 3:00PM: Jesus Knows; Monday, Feb 8th 7:00PM: The Story in the Book of Revelation; Tuesday, Feb 9th 7:00PM: Revelations in its Historical Context; Wednesday, Feb 10th 7:00PM: I Am Coming Quickly; Thursday, Feb 11th 7:00PM: The Great Judgement; Friday, Feb 12th 7:00PM: Walking on the Streets of Gold.  For more information: 256-431-7946                                          For a list of dining options to enjoy a meal before or after the meeting, please visit:  http://www.visitathensal.com/3/
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Feb 8th -- African-American Film Festival - Selma  
Calhoun Community College Student Center 102B Wynn Drive, Huntsville, AL
 Join the Black Student Alliance Club for a free viewing of Selma at 11:00AM as they celebrate Black History Month

Feb 9th -- 5th Annual The World's Best 2-Block Mardi Gras Parade  
Marion Street between Washington and Hobbs Streets, Athens, AL  
Athens State University Art Professor Gail Bergeron and students from her Special Workshop in Sculpture will hold a Mardi Gras parade at 6:30PM. This year's theme is Artist in Orbit and the Athens State revelers will be in planetary costumes, some with sculpted heads. Activites at the Center for Lifelong Learning will include bead making, face painting, as well as rides on the Athens Lions Club Kiddie Train.

Feb 9th -- Sweet Melodies Valentine Luncheon Reservation Deadline  
Center for Lifelong Learning 121 S Marion Street Athens, AL   
Join the CLL on February 17 for a luncheon with your Sweetheart from 11:30AM-1::00PM and bask in the warmth of friendship and sweet melody.  Each ticket is an entry into door prizes.  256-233-8260

Feb 9th -- An Open Discussion: Between the World & Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates 
Calhoun Community College Chasteen Student Center, 2nd Floor   6250 U.S. Highway 31  Tanner, AL                       ';
Presenter will be Reverend Niger Woodruff the Assistant Director of Admissions and Vocational Discernment at Vanderbilt University at 11:00AM.

Feb 9th -- Political Forum: March 1st Primary Ballot Candidates 
McCandless Hall Auditorium  Athens State University 300 North Beaty Street Athens, AL  
Doors open at 5:30PM, events begins at 6:00PM.  Featured panels: 39th Judicial Circuit Court Judge, Place 1; Limestone County District Judge, Place 2; and Limestone County Commission, District 4.  February 15th Special Ballot for State House District 5 candidates Henry White and Danny Crawford have also been invited to attend.

Feb 10th -- Athens Garden Club Presents Laurie Glenn "Wildflowers of the Smokies"
 Tanner Baptist Church 11590 U.S. Highway 31S Tanner, AL   
The Athens Garden Club encourages the public to join them at 9:00AM for their February Meeting with special program by Laurie Glenn featuring "Wildflowers of the Smokies".
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 Social Media Specialist.

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Athens Spices Up February with Annual Charity Event

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

To bean or not to bean may be an unusual question in most circles but those preparing a large pot of chili for judging for Hospice of Limestone County Chili Challenge and Silent Auction set for February 20th, it’s just a start.  The culinary variety from Red, White to Pink Chili will be served up with each special recipe offering its on moderation of heat.

This annual event garners a large crowd, approximately 1,000 attendees each year, for sampling endless recipes of chili, listening to live music and bidding on an array of items and services.  The culmination of the event is the announcement of the People'€™s Choice, Critic'€™s Choice €" Group,  Critic'€™s Choice - Individual, and Best Booth Design.

Tickets for this event can be bought at the door the day of the event for $10.00 ages 11 and up, while children 10 and under are free.   Included in admission is the opportunity to sample each of the Challenge competitors’ recipes, a beverage, entertainment, and the chance to select the €œPeople'€™s Choice€ winner. The children can enjoy the food, music and play area to while away the time while mom and dad sample their way around Athens High School gym.

The silent auction offerings are quite tempting as well.           Items from home decor, sports collectibles, getaway trips are among the many items you can place bids on.
The Hospice of Limestone County Chili Challenge serve up plenty to eat but it also serves as the only fundraiser to support the agency.   Hospice doesn' €™t charge for its services it provides to Limestone County families.  According to their mission, €œHospice of Limestone County is a care system for the terminally ill patient and their families. Care is provided by a team of professional and trained volunteers. The goal of Hospice of Limestone County is to help the terminally ill patient and family live as fully and comfortably as possible the lifetime remaining through pain and symptom control, counseling and spiritual support.€

For more information on the Hospice of Limestone County Chili Challenge and Silent Auction, volunteer opportunities, agency needs or other questions, please contact:

Hospice of Limestone County
405 S. Marion Street/P. O. Box 626
Athens, AL 35612
Phone#: (256) 232-5017


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Athens-Limestone Civil War Geocache Going Strong After Five Years


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

Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association kicked off the Athens-Limestone Civil War Geocaching adventure on December 11, 2010.  This adventure has led “geocachers” among some of Athens-Limestone most preeminent Civil War sites and history over these past five years.

Geocacher regularly venture to Limestone County for the puzzle-style geocaching adventure.  Many of the comments and compliments  coming from these adventure seekers include appreciation for keeping history alive, how much they love learning our history and how they'll be back.


What is geocaching?

According to Geocaching.com, geocaching is a “worldwide activity enjoyed by GPS users€. €œSeekers€ use their GPS to locate a series of hidden "caches" at coordinates specified at geocaching.com by the €œhiders€.  The "hunt" takes you throughout the community with opportunities to experience different places, people and activities- in this case, Athens-Limestone Civil War history and sites.   When €œseekers€ also known as a €œcacher€ finds and opens the hidden "cache" you take a trinket and leave a trinket -- this keeps the cache full.

What do you need to geocache?

You need a GPS unit (portable because you’ll need to be able to carry it with you), a computer to go to geocaching.com and download the coordinates, trinkets to “trade-in” at the caches and a sense for adventure.

To find caches is easy and free - just log on to www.geocaching.com and check for caches in your area- search by city, state, or zip.  Then enter the coordinates into your GPS and go!

The future...

Goals are to develop more themed geocaching adventures to bring geocachers from all over the world to our area to explore our heritage and history.  Possible ideas for these future geocaching trail include one's based on Limestone County AL's Music Heritage, African-American Heritage Trail, and Agritourism attractions.


For more information about Athens-Limestone Civil War Geocaching Adventure, please contact the Athens Visitors Center at 256-232-5411 or stop by at 100 North Beaty Street, Athens, AL 35611.


For more information about Geocaching:
www.geocaching.com


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Outdoor Enthusiast Enjoy Convenience and Treasure Trove of Outdoor Fun in Limestone County AL

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

​Athens and Limestone County has a treasure trove of campgrounds, trails, and waterways.  These marvelous gems are tucked among the emerald greenways  and shimmering waterways that make up the luscious landscape of this blooming community.  With Athens and Limestone County along the Interstate 65 and U.S. Highway 72 corridors, it makes for a perfect getaway from the havoc of the city or just a simple day-trip for a   change of scenery.

  No matter what your escape requires, you'll find options in Athens and Limestone County.  Camping, rv'ing, boating, fishing, swimming, water skiing, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, or just simple relaxation there's a playground for everyone.  The area is served not only the Tennessee River but the Elk River and offers water suitable for rafting, fishing, and water sports.

From enthusiast to lazy day pacer, you'll find a trail to suit your needs in the  Athens-Limestone area.  If you'd like to keep things in an urban environment, the Athens offers several trails featuring the history and architecture of Athens.  The Columns and Culture Trail, Historic Beaty District Trail, and the Athens Historic Volksmarch take you through the historical districts of Athens- Beaty, Athens College, and Downtown.

The Richard Martin Rails to Trails is a 10.3 mile trail from the northern border of Alabama in Elkmont that passes through Civil War historic site Battle of Sulfur Creek Trestle -  to finish at Piney Chapel Road north of Athens.        Walkers, bikers and     horseback riders can enjoy this scenic trail through nature along the reclaimed railroad that once served Athens-Limestone.

 The Noah Bike and Antique Car Trail winds its way through Athens and Greater Limestone County for nearly 90-miles of history, scenery, and adventure.  Several of Limestone Communities are highlighted along the way with options to stop at sites including historic churches, cemeteries, and nature areas.  The Noah Bike and Antique Car Trail also links The Richard Martin Rails to Trails and the Limestone County Canoe and Kayak Trail.

Campers have the option of views and location in Athens-Limestone from the shores of the Tennessee River to the Heart of Elkmont.  Rv'ers are always welcome in Athens-Limestone with RV parks conveniently located to attractions, waterways, and the interstate.

Campers and RV'ers who choose Cowford Landing and Lucy's Branch RV Park have access to the bass rich Tennessee River and boat launches, walking trails, and convenience station.   Mill Creek Park  offers access to Heart of Elkmont, the Noah Bike and Antique Car Trail, the Richard Martin Rails to Trails, and Limestone County Canoe and Kayak Trail.  While RV visitors looking to spend their time in Historic Athens can make their home at Northgate RV Park or Swan Creek Park.

Athens-Limestone Tourism has created a brochure highlighting available trails and tracks in the Greater Limestone County.  This brochure and other brochures are available at the Athens-Limestone Visitors Center 100 N. Beaty St., Athens, AL 35611 between 8:00 am and 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.  You can also reach the Athens-Limestone Visitors Center by calling 256-232-5411.