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Athems Limestone

September 18, 2014

What's Happening in Athens-Limestone Alabama

Hello Everyone,
What a great weekend with superheroes descending on Big Spring Memorial Park, car enthusiast from all over the Southeast meeting, greeting, swapping and shopping at CBI Performance warehouse, and chili chefs rivaling for the championship titles in Ardmore among the many activities that went on.

This weekend is going to be packed with twice as much fun and things to do.
History lovers will enjoy the MIA/POW Missing Man Table Ceremony at the Veterans Museum on Friday, the opening of the Smithsonian Exhibit Saturday and the Athens Cemetery Stroll Sunday. 

Motorcycle and car enthusiast will want to grab their camp chairs and line U.S. 72 for the AL/TN Trails of Tears Commemorative Ride, join the fun at the Five Feathers Motorcycle Rally or head to the Cruisin' for the Kids Benefit Car, Truck and Bike Show.  

Artsy folks might enjoy Open Mic Night at the Athens-Limestone Public Library, the Sunflower Painting Party at Nestle Toll House Cafe, the Fall Bazaar at the Ardmore Public Library, or the live music at Unity Day.

We've picked a few highlights to mention here -- more fun things to do are in the Upcoming Events section.  Of course, you can always visit our website for even more Upcoming Events page (plus you'll find a few items already up for the coming year or two!) at our website that keeps growing daily.
Don't forget to check out our Recurring Happenings for those events that happen weekly or monthly throughout community including children's story times, community organization meetings, pickin' and grinnin', farmer markets, farm tours and more!


2014 & 2015 Events - If you have an event you would like posted on our website, send information to or

Now - September 24

Aug 24th - Nov 2nd -- Black Wings: American Dreams of Flight  U.S. Space and Rocket Center One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL  This Smithsonian Institute Traveling Exhibit, baed on the book of the same title by Von Hardesty, shares the significant figures, events and themes associated with African Americans in aviation in aerospace history.  The exhibit documents the struggles of those individuals who were systematically barred from the ranks of military and civil aviation, and highlights the parallels between the struggles of the aviation pioneers and those of the civil rights movement. For hours, admission and more information
Sep 1st - 30th -- Archery Fall Session Registration  Athens Recreational Center 270 U.S. Highway 31N, Athens, AL  Open to ages 8 and up.  Fee is $25.00.  For more information, visit

Sep 18th -- Relay for Life Limestone County Kick Off - We Will Build This City Of Strength and Hope First National Bank Meeting Room 1880 U.S. 72, Athens, AL Want to build hope for cure? Want to boost the strength of cancer patients and survivors? Come join Relay for Life of Limestone County for Kick Off at 6:00PM. For more information: Ina Holland 256-777-5396 or Beth Haynes 256-535-1088

Sep 18th -- Open Mic Night Athens-Limestone Public Library 405 E. South Street, Athens, AL In correlation with Outside the Lines - an initiativedemonstrating the creativity and innovation happening in libraries - the Athens-Limestone Public Library invites family-friendly spoken word performers and musicians to entertain attendees starting at 6:00PM. For more information: 256-232-1233

Sep 19th -- Sunflower Painting Party Nestle Toll House Cafe 1260 U.S. Highway 72E, Athens, AL Join Nestle Toll House Cafe and Artistic Discovery's Sascha from 6:45PM-8:45PM for an evening of step-by-step painting project that you take home at the end of the painting party. Ages 7 years and up are welcome. Cost is 8"x10" Canvas is $25.00; 11"x14" Canvas is $35.00; 16"x20" is $45.00. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Sep 19th -- POW/MIA DAY Missing Man Table Ceremony Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives 100 West Pryor Street, Athens, AL Join the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 511 at 11:00AM for this ceremony that honors Prisoners of War (POW) and Missing In Action (MIA) personnel. For more information, 256-698-9882 or 256-771-7578

Sep 19th - 21st -- Five Feather Motorcycle Rally Rocket Harley Davidson 15100 U.S. Highway 20W, Madison, AL (EXIT 3, I-565) Live Music, Vendors, Motorcycles and the Trail of Tears stop. For more information 256-340-7333

Sep 20th -- Ardmore Public Library's Fall Bazaar and Chicken Stew Ardmore Public Library 320 East Main Street, Ardmore, TN Join the Ardmore Public Library from 11:00AM-1:00PM for Charlie Cothren's chicken stew for $5.00 a bowl and by the gallon for $20.00 - bring your own container after 1:00PM. Friends of the Library will be selling dessers and other vendors will be selling scarfs, jewelry, Red Hat items, Pampered Chef, Avon, Pink Zebra, Mary Kay and lots of others. Plus a silent auction. For more information: 931-427-4883

Sep 20th -- AL-TN Trail of Tears Commemorative Motorcycle Ride Motorcycles will arrive via EXIT 3 of I-565 before stopping for the Five Feathers Rally and Lunch at Rocket Harley Davidsion 15100 U.S. Highway 20W, Madison, AL before resume their route at 11:30AM north on Mooresville Road to U.S. Highway 72. The ride will then continue west through Athens, Clements, and Coxey on U.S. Highway 72 over the Elk River to finish in Waterloo in western Lauderdale County.

Sep 20th -- 11th Annual Duck and Run 5K and Fun Run Athens, AL Join Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful for this run through the historic districts of Athens. More information to come. Visit the Duck and Run page at  

Sep 20th -- Cruisin' for the Kids Benefit Car, Truck & Bike Show Lindsay Lane Baptist Church 1300 Lindsay Lane, Athens, AL Cruise in and help raise funds for the Pediatic Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF) from 9:00AM-2:00PM. Cars and Trucks are $20.00 and bikes are $10.00 with 100% off proceeds going to PBTF . Awards given for Best in Show, Fan Favorite, Most Club Representation and many more prizes. Raffle for Kreative Koating Bed Liner and Lago's Bracelet from Osborne's too. For more information:

Sep 20th -- Unity Celebration Kelly Gymnasium, Calhoun Community College 6250 U.S. Highway 31N, Tanner, AL Join Calhoun Community College, SGA, BSA,BCM, and 4C Ministry for a day of music and lecture. From 10:00AM-12:00PM, local artist showcase with Canton Jones will be open and free to the public. From 12:00PM-2:00PM, Canton Jones will host "How To Be Successful In The Music Business" featuring a demo exchange, question session and lunch for the admission cost of $25.00 PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE

Sep 20th -- Let's Get Real Women's Conference Lindsay Lane Baptist Church 1300 Lindsay Lane, Athens, AL Join Shattered Magazine and the King's Women Ministry for a unique conference encouraging authenticity as we embolden one another to find the purpose in our stories. Doors open at 9:00AM, event starts at 9:30AM. Guided art session will help you "Share Your Story" on canvas. Boxed lunch from Sady's Bistro. Limited availibility - pre-purchase of tickets required. Get tickets here. Please contact with any questions

Sep 20th -- Minor Hill Country Boy Horse Show Minor Hill Park Saddle Club Arena Minor Hill Highway, Minor Hill, TN No horses with pads or chains will be allowed to show. All horses keg shod unless otherwise specified. Admission is $5.00 ages 7 and up; ages 6 and under free. For competition categories or more information 931-565-3113 or visit
Sep 20th - Nov 8th -- The Way We Worked Athens Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit Limestone County Event Center 114 West Pryor Street, Athens, AL "The Way We Worked" reaches into the rich holdings of the National Archives as well into the hosting community to explore how work has changed in America over the last 100 years. Hear from workers today and from the past in engaging videos and audio recordings. See how work has changed through artifacts - including many of them on loan from local organizations and individuals. Admission is free. For more information Rebekah Davis at 256-233-6404 or

Sep 21st -- Athens Cemetery Stroll Athens City Cemetery Hobbs Street, Athens, AL Come to the Athens City Cemetery on Hobbs Street and enjoy the characters telling of their ancestors and of others buried there from 2:00PM-5:00PM. Step back in time and learn about some of the famous and some of the odd citizens buried at the Athens City Cemetery. Actors will be in period dress as they tell about their ancestors. The cemetery is on Hobbs Street, across from Athens State University. Free admission. All donations accepted to benefit repair of the cemetery.

Sep 21st -- Chicken 101: Keeping A Backyard Flock SOLD OUT 1818 Farms 24889 Lauderdale Street, Mooresville, AL If you are interested in having a small backyard flock, but are unsure how to get started. This class will cover the basics: why raise chickens, buyiing chicks, the brooder, heat, water, feed, litter, roosting, space and coops. Topics of disease and predators will also be touched on.

Sep 23rd -- Paint Your Rack Pink Painting Party Athens State University Center for Lifelong Learning, 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL Join Regions Bank for a night of wine, cheese and paint at 6:00PM. Supplies provided and cost is $25.00. Items will be displayed at Trinity's with judging October 6th. All pieces will be displayed at the Pink Elephant Luncheon. For more information or to register, Laine Terry at 256-233-9557 or

Sep 25th -- Foundation for Mental Health 2nd Annual Golf Tournament Canebrake Golf Club 23015 Founders Circle, Athens, AL Come enjoy a round of golf and help support treatment services provided by the Mental Health Center of North Central Alabama that serves Lawrence, Limestone and Morgan counties. To register, please CLICK HERE


Want to see what events are coming to Athens-Limestone like  Be Ready Day, Athens Grease Festival, Rails to Trails 10K and Fun Run, Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention and Athens Storytelling Festival?

Check them out at...


AMVETS Flagpole Fundraiser  American Veterans Post 21 is soliciting donations to place an aluminum flagpole and a 4-by-6 foot American flag at the Limestone County tornado monument at Bethel Cemetery on U.S. Highway 72.  Donations can be sent to: AMVETS Post 21, 22769 Black Road, Athens, AL 35613.  For more information: Larry Stark 256-444-1411.

Runners and Walkers wanted for the Rails to Trails 10K and Fun Run on September 27.  For more information, please contact Whitney Hollingswoth 256-651-7507 or

Runners wanted for Fit As A Fiddle Relay for Life 5K, Register Here

Athens-Limestone Public Library Closing Day will be October 18, 2014 to initiate the move to the new location.

Loop of Limestone (LOL) Ride riders welcome for a portion or all of this 130+ mile bicycle ride, contact

Wacky Quacky Ducky Derby ducks are available for adoption!  Get your ducks in a row for this Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful fundraiser.  Adopt a duck for $5.00 or a Quack-Pack of 6 ducks for $25.00  Visit for more info

Runners wanted for Apple Annie 5K, Register Here

Volunteers wanted for MTM events, visit

Peace Love and Animals (PLA)  PLA is a no kill shelter in Tanner, AL that responded to the needs of displaced animals during the April 2014 tornado in addition to its regular services.  They rescued and treated two dogs with cancer that required mastectomies.  They rescued injured dogs that have required amputations.  This has strained the finances of this all volunteer group that works miracles for animals in the Limestone County Community.  Please take a moment and visit their donation page to see how you can help them monetarily, volunteer opportunities at the shelter or upcoming events or wish list items at

Athens-Limestone Civil War Geocache A Technological Adventure in History

Written by
Cayce Lee
Social Media Specialist, ALCTA

Athens-Limestone Alabama is home to a unique tour of Civil War points of inte rest, battlefields and graves. This adventure also offers a trip through the local Civil War history. It involves computers, government satellites, 

GPS units and hidden "Tupperware". Oh - the ability to solve puzzle and sense of adventure on the part of the person or people involved also come into play.

The Civil War Geocaching Adventure is the culmination of what happens when the world of technology and the world of history collide. It was created in 2011 by the Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association to capitalize on this growing trend that has now captured the world's interest. Adventurers, called geocachers, are traveling not only their own backyards but the world to hunt and find hidden caches (aka hidden "Tupperware").

What is geocaching?

According to, geocaching is a "worldwide activity enjoyed by GPS users". "Seekers" use their GPS to locate a series of hidden "caches" at coordinates specified at by the "hiders". 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 "seekers" also known as a "cacher" 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 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 and check for caches in your area- search by city, state, or zip. Then enter the coordinates into your GPS and go!

For more information about Athens-Limestone Civil War Geocaching or Historic and Community Church Geocache, 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:

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