Fiddles, Specters, and Summer Farewells Oct 5 to Nov 3 in Athens-Limestone

It’s a beautiful weekend to come out and enjoy the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention.  Riders in the Sky will perform at 4 & 6:00 PM .  Stop by the Information Tent and visit with us.  Pick up your t-shirt, cap, pens and more.  Have a safe and enjoyable weekend.     
President, ALCTA
Athens-Limestone County Upcoming Events

Haunts Walks  (tickets are still available for some walks)
Oct 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 at 6:30 PM & 7:00 PM
For a fun night with family and friends, join us for our annual “Haunts Walks”.  Tour guides will tell you some of the ghosts’ stories of homes and buildings in Athens.  It’s about a mile walk and takes between 1½ - 2 hours.  Tickets are $5.00 each.  You must purchase your tickets in advance.  Contact:  256-232-5411/256-867-1438

Bean Day
Oct 5 at 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Come and enjoy the beans at the Family Life Center of First Baptist Church in Athens to benefit the Senior Center.  A plate of white beans, ham, slaw and cornbread—plus a great dessert and a drink will sell for $6.00. Delivery of larger orders can be arranged. For more info call Jennifer at Council on Aging at (256) 233-6412 or Mrs. Greenhaw at 256-232-6643.

Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention           
Oct 5 & 6          
The Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention is known as the "Granddaddy of Midsouth Fiddlers Conventions" for its role in reviving the tradition of competition in old time music. Approximately, 15,000 people are expected to attend the convention this year from more than 30 states.  The convention brings some 200 contestants to compete for top prize money. There are 18 different categories, including several fiddle and guitar categories, harmonica, mandolin, bluegrass banjo, dulcimer, old time singing, banjo, and buck dancing. The Convention culminates in a "fiddle-off," between the top two fiddlers. The winning fiddler is declared "Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddle Champion," and takes home a trophy and $1000. A total of $11,850 will be awarded to contestants.   In addition to the musical competition, hundreds of musicians will participate in the numerous jam sessions conducted across the Athens State campus during the weekend. Many people camp in travel trailers and even tents during the event on the University property.   The convention also includes 150 traditional arts and crafts booths. These feature many handmade and traditional items. Convention proceeds support student scholarships and University projects. To date more than $500,000 has been contributed to the University. Contact:  256-233-8261,  Admission is charged.
Be sure to stop by the ALCTA Visitors Information Tent for your Fiddlers Convention Memorabilia

2013 Ford Escape
Oct at 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Oct. 6 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Location:  College Inn on East Street, Athens, AL.  Participants in the 2013 Ford Escape Hunger Drive will get to feed people facing hunger this summer, while also getting a chance to experience Ford’s all-new small utility vehicle that is loaded with smart technologies. Ford is partnering with Feeding America®, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization, and will stop in Athens as part of its nationwide campaign. Guests can check out the all-new Escape. In turn, Ford will provide 40 meals per guest to people at risk of hunger.  Online:  http://www.escapehungerdrive

Wacky Quacky Ducky Derby   
Oct 6 
This annual rubber duck race benefits Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful.   For a $5 donation to KALB, you will have a specially-designed, numbered rubber duck in the race in your name.  Six ducks will be put in the race for a $25 Quack Pack donation.  The McClary Ford $1,000 Grand Prize and several more great prizes will be given away to the owners of winning ducks.  Adopt your ducks at  You can make your donations on line or print a Duck Adoption form to mail in to KALB.  Be sure to stop to see us at the Fiddlers Convention where our booth will be all "ducked" out!!  For information call 256-233-8728 or email

Alabama Veterans Museum Coffee Call    
Oct 6 at 8:00 AM
All veterans are invited to the museum for breakfast and a time of fellowship with fellow veterans.  Contact 256-771-7578.

Athens Cruise In on the Square
Oct 6
The monthly Cruise In is held the 1st Saturday night of each month - Apr - Oct.  Bring your antique vehicle and park around the square.  Enjoy delicious dishes offered by our downtown restaurants.  Come early and check out the great buys at the downtown businesses.  Be sure and get you an ice cream cone at Limestone Drug or milk shake at Kreme Delight.  Make it a family night.  This will be the last Cruise In for 2012.  They will resume in April 2013.  Contact Tom at 256-457-9179.

“Farewell to Summer” dinner show 
Oct 6 at 7:00 PM
Yesterdays Event Center invites you to Joe Wheeler Resort Lodge, located on US Hwy 72, 2 miles west of Rogersville. Deadline for reservations is Sat Sep 22nd. We also have a few of the 4:00 PM Pontoon River Cruise slots still available.  The dinner show includes a complete 3 entrĂ©e buffet dinner, and a great dinner show featuring the region’s #1 showband “The Flashbacks”.   A dance floor area will be available for this show.   Visit for more information.

Ride to Read trail ride
The Ride to Read trail ride, sponsored by the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office, will be held  at Neal Johnston Farm in Minor Hill, Tenn. Gate opens at 11 a.m. Ride starts at 2 p.m. Adults, $15; non-riders, $7; children under age 12, $7. Ride benefits the Athens-Limestone Public Library Foundation. Contact: 256-232-0111 or

3rd Annual "Cruise-In" Car Show (ALL Ford's and Mustangs Only)
Oct 13 at 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Join the fun at McClary Ford on Hwy. 72 in Athens, AL.  Free Entry, Top 5 Awards (Trophies and Cash Prizes).  Contact: Joseph Scott @ 256-777-0606,

2nd Annual Ully Festival
Oct 13 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Join us at UG White Mercantile for a day of good old southern family fun. Participate in the Pumpkin Carving Contest or test your skills at the Red Ryder BB Gun Challenge. There will be live music, vintage cars and trucks, blacksmiths, potters, dog wash (Peace Love & Animals), home style food and snacks, soap making, camping and hiking demos and lots of prizes and giveaways. Americana the way we see it.  We think you'll like our idea of fun!  Contact: 256-232-4540, Website:

Isom's Orchard Dinner   
Oct 13 at 4:00
Isom's Orchard will once again be the setting for a late afternoon benefit dinner in their orchards. This year's dinner will honor Raymond Isom and his love of knowledge. One hundred twenty-five tickets at a cost of $100 each will be sold on September 8, beginning at 9 am, at The Isom's Orchard Stand on Highway 72 in Athens. One hundred of those tickets will be sold to directly assist The Library Foundation in its goal to build in Athens. An additional twenty-five tickets will be sold to benefit breast cancer research via the Susan G. Komen Foundation. 

Self-defense training - TAKE CARE OF YOU!!
Oct 17 at 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Join us in the auditorium at the Council on Aging as Greg Parnell from the Athens Police Department helps us learn to better safeguard ourselves from burglary, theft & assault.

Hamburger & Hot Dog Lunch Fundraiser for Thomas Bauer
Oct 18 at 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM PRE-SALES PREFERRED    
Deadline to Order: Thursday October 11, 21012
Tickets are $6.00 per plate and includes:  hamburger, hot dog, chips, and a dessert.  Pick up:  Athens utilities break room, 1st floor of Athens Utility buidling, 1806 Wilkinson Street.  Delivery arrangements can be made for orders of 10 plates or more to order/buy tickets, please contact:  Heather Rouse, Beth Clem, 256-232-1440, Chanel Thompson 256-233-8737, Sharon Seay256-233-8727.  All proceeds go to the Bauer family.   Thomas Bauer is the seven year old son of Harrison Bauer who works for our Water Services Department.   Thomas has recently been diagnosed with leukemia and is in Children’s Hospital in St. Louis.  Your help will be greatly appreciated.

Medicare Part D Open Enrollment starts October 15th and ends December 7th.
The Council on Aging offers counseling to those who need more information about the various plans available. In the 2011 open enrollment period, the COA counselors met with and advised over 400 seniors, so it is of utmost importance to call early and set up an appointment.   Appointments involving counseling and comparisons can save money!   To make an appointment, call your SHIP coordinator, Jennifer Reece, at (256)233-6412.

Athens State to Host Native American Flutist for an Evening of Music in the Parlor
Oct  18 at 7:00 PM
Athens State University’s Livingston Concert Lecture Series is proud to announce an Evening of Music in the Parlor featuring Native American Flutist C.S. Fuqua. The event will be held on Thursday, October 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the parlor of Founders Hall on the Athens State campus. The event is free and open to the public.  Fuqua is a writer by trade, his work appearing widely in publications such as Main Street Rag, Brutarian, Pearl, DAW Books' The Year's Best Horror Stories, Cemetery Dance, Christian Science Monitor, Best of the Net 2006, and many others. His published books include Big Daddy's Gadgets, The Native American Flute: Myth, History, Craft, Notes to My Becca, Divorced Dads, Music Fell on Alabama, and the Deadlines audio-novel series.   Contact 256-233-8296.

The Haunted Lester Hospital
Oct 19, 20, 26, 27, 29, 30 & 31
The Haunted Lester Hospital & Scare 4 CharityCome and enjoy the zombies at the Haunted Lester Hospital.  Tours are from 7p.m. to 12a.m.  Tickets are $10.00 per person. and  Concessions are available.   Directors to the Haunted Hospital:  from downtown Athens, take Market Street and continue for about 15 miles after it becomes Alabama 99. Past the turn for West Limestone High School, turn right on Lester Road and continue for about 2 miles. The attraction on is on the right.  Organizers look forward to scaring the stuffing out of those who dare visit.
For more information about Lester Haunted Hospital, visit

Rails to Trails Fall Color Ride or Walk    
Oct 26 & 27
This is the perfect time to see the fall colors on the Rails to Trails.  You can start at Veto Methodist Church north entrance or Mitchell Coffman Park on Piney Chapel Road at the south entrance.  You can also park in downtown Elkmont and enjoy the beauty of the trail.  Contact:   256-732-4211.  Free

Athens Storytelling Festival    
Oct 25, 26 & 27
It’s going to be an exciting weekend.  Thursday night will feature John McCutcheon.  McCutcheon has been described by the Washington Post as “folk music’s rustic renaissance man.”  Storytellers include Bobby Norfolk, Carmen Deedy, Donald Davis, Dolores Hydock, Kevin Kling and Sherry Norfolk.  Check out the website - – for more information. Tickets are now on sale in Athens at the ASU Bookstore on Marion Street on the square.  Contact:  256-232-0400.

Halloween Concert 
Oct 29 at 7:00 PM
The Athens State University Community Band, under the director of Dan Havely, will present a Halloween Concert on Monday in the Carter Gymnasium on the Athens State campus.   The event, sponsored by the Livingston Concert Lecture Series, is free and open to the public.  This is the first year the band will offer an autumn concert with a focus on music that thrills and chills.  Band members will be in costume and they will welcome any costumed attendees!  “We believe this concert will be great fun for all ages,” states Director Dan Havely.  “The music we have picked ranges from the macabre to those tunes sure to bring back memories of Halloweens past.”  Havely continues, “The band is really having fun with this.  They will be in costume for the performance, they are arranging refreshments for those attending, and there may be a few other surprises up their sleeves.”  The Athens State Community Band is open to anyone with an instrument, the ability to play it, and the desire to have fun while playing good music.   The Community Band plays both spring and Christmas concerts each year, performs at Singing on the Square, and provides musical accompaniment for Athens State University events.

Athens Veterans Day Parade
Nov 3 at 11:00 AM
Its Parade Time!!  Join us in honoring our Grand Marshall WWII Paratrooper and POW Dempsey McLemore. McLemore was part of the 82nd Airborne and one of Company A who jumped in behind enemy lines in Normandy, France to capture the village of Ste. Mere Eglise, destroy rivers, blow up bridges and disrupt communications, he was captured and taken as a POW and then liberated by the Russians!!  Also joining us will be special guests  Lt. Gen & Mrs. Richard P. Formica, Commander of the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command.     If you would like to participate in the parade, please contact Roxanne Haggermaker at 256-374-2073 or Sandy Thompson at 256-771-7578.
Elkmont's 1st Hilltop Arts Festival
Nov 3
Over 30 booths of Tennessee Valley Artist's arts and crafts including paintings, photography, handmade jewelry, henna, pottery, candles and much more.  Art Market is free to the public.  Musical guests include Taylor McLain, Mary Crowell, The Mothership Connection, Bonner Black, The Barnstormers, Mary Justice Lucas, Jim Parker and more.  Open Mic Poetry Reading at 6:00 PM inside the Red Caboose.  Admission is $10.00.  Special guests include Karolina Manko and more.  Visit

Athens Limestone Hospital - Sherry Lovell Adams Pink Ribbon 5-K Race
Nov 3 at 9:00 AM
5-K will be at The Waddell Center. Fee is charged. Call 233-9122.

Veterans Day Commemorations

Alabama Veterans Museum Coffee Call 
Nov 3 at 8:00 AM
All veterans are invited to the museum for breakfast and a time of fellowship with fellow veterans.  Contact 256-771-7578.

Athens Veterans Day Parade  
Nov 10
Contact:  256-771-7578

Ardmore Veterans Day Ceremony and Stew   
Nov 11
Contact:  256-423-7588  Free

Athens Veterans Day Ceremony           
Nov 11
Contact:  256-771-7578  Free

Black History Trail Kick Off        
Nov 12
Contact:  256-232-5411/256-867-1438  Free

Prepared for blog by: Cayce Lee