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Northwest Alabama Cinderella Pageant

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May 1, 2021 – Registration begins at 10 AM Hamilton Middle School Gym 400 Military Street South Hamilton, Alabama

Northwest Alabama Cinderella Scholarship Pageant is a natural pageant preliminary for the Alabama State Cinderella Scholarship Pageant and International Cinderella Scholarship Pageant.

Girls ages 0-29 living in Marion County, surrounding counties, and counties to the north qualify to participate.

The Cinderella system was created in 1976 and is one of the most prestigious pageants of its kind.
Age groups include:
Cinderella Infant-0-11 months
Cinderella Baby-12-23 months
Cinderella Tiny Tot-24-35 months
Cinderella Tot-3-6 years
Cinderella Miniature Miss-7-9 years
Cinderella Miss-10-12 years
Cinderella Teen 13-17 years
Cinderella Woman 18-29 years Woman contestants may be married.

West Alabama Cinderella’s prelim will be held in the spring of each year. Participants chosen as winners will proceed to the Alabama State Scholarship Pageant held in June in Tuscaloosa. Winners at the State level proceed to the International Cinderella Scholarship Pageant in Dallas, TX in July.
Participants (ages 3-6) compete in the categories of Beauty, Casual Wear, Interview, and Tot Personality (on-stage interview).
Participants (ages 7-29) compete in the categories of Beauty, Casual Wear, Interview, and Talent.

Director-Mary Beth Hall

Contact Mary Beth Hall at mbpugh8@gmail.com for more information.

For an online entry form Click Here

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February 4, 2021 at 8:46 PM

18th Annual Jerry Brown Arts Festival – March 7th and 8th, 2020

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For more information please visit www.jbaf.org


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February 17, 2020 at 1:11 PM

Local Trunk or Treat Events

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First Baptist Church of Hamilton
Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 @ 5:30pm
FREE Food, Fun, Fellowship, and CANDY!
Everyone is welcome!
Mt View Church of Christ in Hodges
October 30th, 2019 at 6:30
Cub Scout leaders will have trunk or treat for community at 6:30 Thursday, October 31st at the Cub Scout building in Weston
Winfield 1st United Methodist
October 30th Wed night at 5:30 pm
Hamilton Freewill Baptist Church
October 27th. Sunday night from 4-6pm
Blue Moon Drive In
Oct 26th at 5pm
Fall Fest Downtown Jasper
Oct 27th 3-6pm
Free Fall Fest, Carter House Winfield
Oct 31st 3pm.
Pleasant Ridge Church in Hamilton
Wednesday, October 30th
Sitel and Buccaneer in Hamilton
Saturday, October 26th from 3:00 till
Guin Church of Christ
Wednesday, October 30th at 6:00 pm

We’ll add to this as events are sent to us.

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October 23, 2019 at 8:28 PM

14th Annual Buttahatchee River Fall Fest has been rescheduled for November 2, 2019

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Please join the Hamilton Area Chamber at the 14th Annual Buttahatchee River Fall Fest


Time – 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Downtown Hamilton, Alabama

Arts & Crafts ♦ Car, Truck, Tractor, and Motorcycle Show (Free admission for Military & First Responder Vehicles) ♦ Festival Food Court ♦ Kiwanis 5K and 1 Mile Run ♦ Civil War Reenactment, Living History and Period Demonstrations at the Hamilton-Sullins House♦ Kids’ Section ♦ General Vendors ♦ Live Gospel, Country, Bluegrass & Rock Music ♦ Special Festival Sales by Local Merchants!

For the latest information, follow us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HamiltonBRFF

For more information and applications, www.BRFF.org

or call (205) 921-7786 or (205) 952-9884

The BRFF is a family-friendly event, and there is no charge for admission. Portions of proceeds from the Festival are used to support Hamilton-area charitable organizations, school programs, and activities of the Hamilton Area Chamber of Commerce.

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October 23, 2019 at 11:30 AM

Buttahatchee River Fall Fest – October 26, 2019

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October 15, 2019 at 3:34 PM

Fourteenth Annual Buttahatchee River Fall Fest – October 26, 2019

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Please join the Hamilton Area Chamber of Commerce

Saturday, October 26th, 2019

Time – 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

Downtown Hamilton, Alabama

Arts & Crafts ♦ Car, Truck, Tractor, and Motorcycle Show (Free admission for Military & First Responder Vehicles) ♦ Festival Food Court ♦ Kiwanis 5K and 1 Mile Run ♦ Civil War Reenactment, Living History and Period Demonstrations at the Hamilton-Sullins House ♦ Kids’ Section ♦ General Vendors ♦ Live Gospel, Country, Bluegrass & Rock Music ♦ Special Festival Sales by Local Merchants! 

For the latest information, follow us on Facebook: 


 For more information and applications, www.BRFF.org 

 or call (205) 921-7786 or (205) 952-9884 

The BRFF is a family-friendly event, and there is no charge for admission. Portions of proceeds from the Festival are used to support Hamilton-area charitable organizations, school programs, and activities of the Hamilton Area Chamber of Commerce. 

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September 21, 2019 at 10:41 PM

Alabama Scenic Highway 17 Yard Sale Set for First Weekend in October

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The Hamilton Area Chamber of Commerce along with the City of Hamilton is excited to announce the Bicentennial Scenic 17 Yard Sale on October 4th and 5th from 8:00 am until 6:00 pm

Our community is teaming up with several communities across the state along the Scenic Highway 17 to present to you the Front Porch to Curbside Yard Sale. We will be having a community event located at the Hamilton Walking Track for anyone to come set up on these days. You may set-up and sell any clothing, furniture, etc. All we ask is that you do not sell any type of animals. 

This event is FREE to anyone that would like to participate. We are asking all restaurants, businesses, churches, schools and any individual who would like to set up a booth to come out for this community wide yard sale. You do not have to set up just at the walking track, but anywhere along Highway 17 if you have a place or live close by. 

We ask that you will please fill out a registration form so everyone who is wanting to attend this event will know we have people setting up in our community and they can travel to Hamilton. You may get a registration form at the Hamilton Area Chamber of Commerce or the Hamilton City Hall. You may also fill one out on the website by visiting www.AlabamaScenic17.com. When people visit the website they can see how many people we have setting up for the event and the address they can visit. If you do not live on Highway 17 but would like to have the yard sale at your house just go online and fill out the form so people will know the address they can come to. 


Please contact the Chamber at 205-921-7786 or the City Hall at205-921-2121 for more information.


Thank you,

Lacy Williams

Hamilton Area Chamber of Commerce

You can also find them on Facebook at https://m.facebook.com/AlabamaScenic17/.

Here is a link to the participation form that needs to be filled out to have your yard sale listed. CLICK HERE

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September 4, 2019 at 9:18 AM

Three Days of Fiddling Fun

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Athens, Ala. – Each year, hundreds of fiddlers and thousands of visitors make their way to the North Alabama town of Athens, Ala. in October for the “Granddaddy of Midsouth Fiddlers Conventions.” The Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention is set for October 3-5, 2019, on the campus of Athens State University in Athens, Ala., and during the three day event a new Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddle champion will be crowned. Along with the competition, the event offers concerts, food vendors and arts and crafts on a theme of authentic workmanship while celebrating traditional old time music.

Now in its 53rd year, the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention attracts approximately 15,000 folk music fans and more than 200 musicians who will be vying for over $18,000 in prize money in 19 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 on Saturday evening. The winning fiddler is declared the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddle Champion. Competition gets underway Friday at 7 p.m. and resumes Saturday at 8:30 a.m. Finals are held on Alabama Farmers Cooperative Main Stage at Founders Hall beginning at 8 p.m.

Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper will perform Thursday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. during a free preview night to kick off the convention. The complimentary concert will take place on the Alabama Farmers Cooperative Main Stage and will be open to the public. Bluegrass legend, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, will take over the Alabama Farmers Cooperative Main Stage for a second straight year and will perform shows at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4. With a career that spans over 50 years, Skaggs has racked up 15 Grammys and 12 #1 hits, making him one of the greatest bluegrass artists of all time. Athens, Alabama native, Bradley Walker and the Lonesome River Band, will wrap up the entertainment portion of the convention with a performance at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 on the Alabama Farmers Cooperative Main Stage.

The convention also includes a variety of food vendors and approximately 150 old-fashioned juried arts and crafts booths offering an assortment of items from traditional artwork to coal-fired metal works with an emphasis on handmade creations.

Cost of admission is $15 per adult for Friday, $15 per adult for Saturday, or $20 per adult for a weekend pass. Children under 12 will be admitted free with a paid adult. Tickets can be purchased online or are available from the Athens State Business Office located in Founders Hall at 300 North Beaty Street. Gates open at 6 p.m. on Thursday, 8 a.m. on Friday and 7:30 a.m. on Saturday. In event of rain, the competition will be held in Carter Gymnasium with limited capacity. Pets and coolers are not allowed. Festivalgoers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.tvotfc.org or call Tonyia Bowling at 256.233.8183.

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September 2, 2019 at 5:20 PM

Nation’s Top Storytellers to Entertain in Downtown Athens

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Athens, Ala. – Some of the nation’s most highly acclaimed storytellers will make their way to Athens in October for the city’s annual celebration of storytelling, tall tales, and readings. Now in its thirteenth year, the Athens Storytelling Festival returns to the Limestone County Courthouse Square in downtown Athens October 22-26, 2019, and along with four award-winning performers, the event features an amateur night for locals to take the stage to unleash their own tall tales and stories.

The Athens Storytelling Festival kicks off on Tuesday evening, Oct. 22 at 6:30 p.m. with the Dan Williams Local Tellers Competition (amateur night). Admission at the gate is $5/adult and $3/child. The winner of this juried competition will get the stage again Thursday night, Oct. 24, to perform.

Wednesday, Oct. 23 and Thursday, Oct. 24 are designated school days. During school hours, performances by professional storytellers are open to all Tennessee Valley area schools and homeschoolers for students in third to twelfth grades. Seating is limited and reservations are required by contacting the festival at info@athensstorytellingfestival.com by Oct. 7.

For a sampling of what’s to come, make plans to attend the Storytelling Olio on Thursday, Oct. 24 from 7:30 to 9:55 p.m. The Storytelling Olio brings all the tellers together for a wonderful medley of stories and the winner of the Local Tellers Competition will be presented. (Admission charged.)

Slated to appear on Friday and Saturday are many of the favorite performers from previous years including author Donald Davis, National Storytelling Festival favorite Bil Lepp, highly accomplished old-time, bluegrass, and swing musician Josh Goforth, and joining the stage this year is Kevin Kling, best known for his popular commentaries on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. Each teller will take the stage four times over the course of the weekend. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9:10 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 9:20 p.m. Saturday.

Stories will be told under the big tent on Marion Street, between Market and Washington. In addition, food vendors, local restaurants and an eclectic mix of shops offering a wide variety of antiques, gifts, gourmet foods, clothing and hardware will be open during the festivities.

Advance tickets (by Oct. 1) for all events (excluding school days) are $65/adult and $35/child (16 years and younger). Tickets for any combination of events or daily admission are also available. For complete ticket pricing, a biography on each storyteller and a schedule of events, visit www.athensstorytellingfestival.com.

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September 2, 2019 at 5:14 PM

It’s Pumpkin Patch Time!

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Florence, Ala. – Each year, McGee Farm welcomes thousands of visitors to its pumpkin patch and to celebrate the arrival of fall. From September 28 to October 31, 2019, McGee Farm will be open daily to the public, inviting everyone to a fun-filled pumpkin picking experience along with additional on-the-farm fun activities.

Located in Florence, Ala., McGee Farm is now in its 23rd year of opening the family farm for visitors to find the perfect carving or cooking pumpkin. Visitors have a choice of picking their orange treasure straight off the vine from the pumpkin patch or from a pile that have been pre-picked. Over 25 varieties of pumpkins are available to choose from, with some growing up to 200 pounds and some as small as a child’s hand.

Along with pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, visitors are treated to farm-life activities such as playing in hay, taking a scenic tractor-drawn wagon ride, a barnyard bounce and feeding chickens.

For those who want a piece of the autumn season to enjoy at home, fall decorations, such as straw bales, corn stalks and miniature gourds, will be available to purchase. In addition to pumpkins, McGee Farm grows all of the colorful mums that are for sale each year. Visitors can pick from thousands of pots and many color variations.

After shopping for pumpkins, guests are invited to stay and enjoy a bite to eat at The Kitchen at McGee Farm. Home-cooked country favorites such as white beans and cornbread, soups, muffins, homemade treats, pies and more will be available to purchase. McGee Farm has a picnic area under a huge oak tree where guests can have picnics or can sit and enjoy the scenic countryside. Homemade jams, jellies, and relishes will also be for sale for visitors to enjoy at home or to give as gifts for the upcoming holiday season.

McGee Farm is open to the general public and group tours Monday through Friday 3 to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. beginning September 28 until October 31, 2019. Admission to the farm is free. Cost for the tractor-drawn wagon ride is $3 per person. School tour and group tour rates and reservations are available upon request. Pumpkin prices begin at $1, with larger pumpkins sold at 45 cents per pound. Birthday parties are also available upon request.

McGee Farm is a working family farm located at 8221 County Road 7 in Florence. For more information, visit www.mcgeefarm.com or follow them on Facebook. To make a reservation for a group tour, contact Amy McGee at 256.766.2725.

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August 21, 2019 at 10:43 AM

Mules, Music and More! Winfield’s Mule Day Set for Sept. 27-29

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Winfield, Alabama – Mule Day, a two-day event centered on mules and their role in rural farming, returns to the streets of downtown Winfield September 27-29, 2019, bringing with it free family fun. A car show, tractor show, tractor pulls, 5K run, live music, a carnival, a Civil War reenactment and a parade are all on the agenda as the town celebrates its agricultural heritage.

Mule Day kicks off on Friday evening, September 27 at 6 p.m. when shoppers are invited to shop with local merchants and among 400 vendors during the Mule Night Madness. Runners can take part in a midnight 5K run and there will be clogging, line dancing and live music on Friday evening and again during the day on Saturday.

On Saturday, September 28, the festivities get underway at 7 a.m. As Festival goers wander through the town, approximately 400 arts and crafts vendors and flea market vendors will be selling their wares. Tractor pulls are slated for 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Foodland parking lot, and throughout the day, antique cars and bikes will be on display in the grove at Winfield Middle School. Not to be missed at 11 a.m. is the highlight of the annual event – the parade of mules, horses, jacks and jennies through downtown. Chuck Mullins will be this year’s Mule Day honoree.

A Civil War reenactment and living history are also held in conjunction with Mule Day. The Skirmish at the Luxapalilla includes hands-on living history presentations, authentic encampments and demonstrations from artillery, cavalry and infantry. Held at the Winfield City Park, battles will take place on Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29 at 2 p.m. The public is also invited to a Civil War Period Ball on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the park.

Admission to Mule Day is free. Shuttle service, sponsored by Winfield Church of Christ, will be offered on Saturday only. For more information, visit http://www.winfieldcity.org/ or call the Winfield Chamber of Commerce at 205.487.3002.

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August 17, 2019 at 10:32 AM

End of Summer Concert at The Pastime Theatre – August 24th, 2019

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The Pastime Theatre in Winfield is excited to announce an “End of Summer” concert on August 24, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

School is back in session and the lazy days of summer have ended. The Pastime Theatre wants to invite you to an “End of Summer” concert featuring 2 area acts. “If we must say goodbye to summer, then let us say goodbye with a fantastic concert that is economically priced, too”, said Mary Hyche, chairman of the Pastime Theatre Board.

At 7pm, Hamilton native and rising star, Natalie Robertson will take the stage in an acoustic show. Natalie embraces many different musical genres, including gospel, rock, pop and country. Immediately following will be the Walker County based country rock band BACKDRAFT. Both acts feature talented musicians who have performed all over Alabama and neighboring states. “This will be a very entertaining evening and a show you do not want to miss”, said Hyche.

Advance tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased in Winfield at the Pastime Theatre office, Winfield City Hall, Gold Connection and Kemp Foundation. For more information call 205-487-3002.

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August 9, 2019 at 5:51 PM

Posted in Area Events

Finding Fun in Red Bay

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Red Bay presents its annual Founder’s Fest Saturday, September 21, 2019, and everyone is invited to the northwest Alabama town for a day of free family fun. Situated under the shade trees of Bay Tree Park, the one-day tribute to the town’s heritage offers contests, arts and crafts, sidewalk sales, live music and more.

On Saturday, the event gets underway at 8:30 a.m. with the King and Queen’s Train Ride of the winners of the beauty pageant, which will be held Sept. 15 at Red Bay High School. At 9 a.m., live music cranks up followed by a contest in the gazebo to see who has the best fried pie. Entries with the best tasting, most unusual and best of show will take home a cash prize. Additional contests for festivalgoers to participate in include a buck dancing contest (held at the main stage), quilt contest, coloring contest and a photography contest (all on display at the Weatherford Library).

Along with contests, Founder’s Fest offers arts and crafts and an antique car-truck-motorcycle-tractor show. The Red Bay Museum will be open for tours and for viewing of Making Alabama, a Bicentennial traveling exhibit. Many of the merchants will offer sidewalk sales, specials and door prizes throughout the day. A variety of festival food will be available and another crowd favorite are the giveaways to the presented. Prizes will be awarded to the largest family, longest distance traveled to the event, and youngest and oldest attendees. Also, Life South will hold a blood drive at Red Bay City Hall.

Bay Tree Park is located near 2nd Street in downtown Red Bay. Festival hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call Tracie Clark at 256.356.4473 ext. 3.

A kick-off concert featuring Resound and the Red Bay FFA String Band has been added to this year’s activities. The bands will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. and light concessions will be available to purchase. Immediately following the performances, a fireworks show will light up the night sky. Friday evening festivities will be held in Heritage Park, located at 703 2nd Street W in Red Bay. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets.

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August 9, 2019 at 1:41 PM

Truck and Tractor Pull Set for August 9 and 10 at Lexington Motorsports Park

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Decatur, Ala. (August 5, 2019) – Roaring trucks and tractors are bringing the pulling track at the Lexington Motorsports Park back to life August 9-10, 2019. The public is invited to witness exciting tractor and truck pulling action while raising funds for the local fire department.

Earlier this year, the town of Lexington (Ala.) announced the return of its popular Lexington Truck and Tractor Pull. The event was last held in 2008 and received attention from ESPN and a mention in Vogue magazine on its list of unusual places to meet men.

The 2019 Lexington Truck and Tractor Pull is a Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League event sanctioned by Mid-South Pullers Association and will have six exciting sanctioned classes each night with the stock gas trucks pulling on Friday night and stock diesel trucks pulling Saturday night after the sanctioned classes are complete. Truck and tractor pulling is the only motorsport where victory is measured by distance and is known as the world’s most powerful motorsport, due to the multi-engined modified tractor pullers.

Action is set to begin at 7 p.m. both nights. Admission is $15 for 13 years old and older, $10 for children 6 to 12 years old and free admission for 5 years old and younger. Proceeds benefit the Lexington Volunteer Fire Department.

The Lexington Motorsports Park is located at 123 McQuire Lane in Lexington, Ala.

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2257021614347570/.


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August 5, 2019 at 9:53 AM

Joe Wheeler State Park’s End of Summer Celebration Set for August 17

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Decatur, Ala. – As summer winds down across North Alabama, families in search of one last getaway before school starts will want to check out the celebration to be held on the banks of Wheeler Lake. Set for Saturday, August 17, 2019, Rockin’ the River is a celebration of live music, children’s activities, food and other family-friendly fun at one of north Alabama’s premier state parks, Joe Wheeler State Park.

Now in its fifth year, Rockin’ the River gets underway with the General Joe’s Car Show in the marina parking lot beginning at 9 a.m. Registration fee is $20 per car and awards to be presented include mayor’s choice, oldest vehicle and most unique vehicle. Live music featuring Back Porch Revival and Jacob Gautney will fill the air as the crowd mingles with car owners. The car show wraps up at noon.

A kid’s fun area will be available from noon until 4 p.m. Children will be entertained with a variety of inflatables, face painting (from 2 to 4 p.m.) and representatives from the Alabama Wildlife Center will offer an educational program featuring live birds.

More live music follows on the patio from 2 to 9 p.m. The lineup includes Back Porch Revival, the Beasley Brothers, McTazz Band and Drum and Drummer. Along with some of the area’s best musicians, there will be concessions offering hamburgers and hot dogs and a cash bar. Festivalgoers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets.

On Friday evening, August 16th, Joe Wheeler State Park will host a 70s-themed adult party featuring popular hits from the 1970s. A special rate of $199 plus tax for a weekend package is available for those who want to plan an overnight getaway. The package includes a standard lodge room for two on Friday and Saturday nights and two 70s party tickets. For reservations, call 256.247.5461.

A 2,550-acre resort located on the shores of Wheeler Lake, Joe Wheeler State Park features a stunning waterfront lodge with restaurant and convention facilities, 18-hole golf course and clubhouse, full-service marina with docking slips, modern and primitive camping, lakeside cottages, and cozy cabins. In addition to easy access to the Tennessee River, the resort offers hiking and mountain biking trails with some of the best scenery that north Alabama has to offer. Joe Wheeler State Park is located at 4403 McLean Drive in Rogersville, Ala. For more information, call 256.247.5461.

About Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association (AMLA)

AMLA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and development of the travel industry within the 16 northernmost counties of the state. It is supported by 500-plus members consist of chambers of commerce, Convention & Visitors Bureaus, attractions, campgrounds, festivals, communities, counties, golf courses, restaurants, tour operators, accommodations, vendors, financial institutions and individuals. Counties included within the AMLA region are Blount, Cherokee, Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan and Winston. Additional information on North Alabama destinations, accommodations and special events is available from the AMLA by calling 800.648.5381 or by visiting their web site at www.NorthAlabama.org.

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July 24, 2019 at 1:50 PM

“Alabama, Then & Now” 1819-2019 Exhibit at the Hamilton City Hall

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You are cordially invited to the Opening Reception Friday, August 2, 2019 11am -2pm for the “Alabama Then & Now” 1819-2019 traveling Bicentennial Art Exhibition presented by the Alabama Plein Air Artists.

“Alabama, Then & Now” 1819-2019 is a commemorative and educational art exhibition of 30 original paintings in honor of Alabama’s Bicentennial. All paintings were created by members of the Alabama Plein Air Artists (APAA) who gather monthly around the state, to paint en plein air (in the “open air”) outdoors, from life. The paintings depict landmarks and regions of Alabama where these artists live or have traveled and painted from life. Subjects include bridges and barns; gins and mills; the natural beauty of Alabama; industry; architecture; sports; government; and popular culture.

Artists will be painting “en plein air” outdoors at the Historic City Hall/ Ernest Baxter Fite House built in 1927-1928. This historical home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as well as the Alabama Register of Landmarks & Heritage. The house was designed by Architect Weatherly Carter, who also designed the Alabama Governor’s Mansion. Hamilton City Hall is an example of Alabama’s history both “Then & Now”. In the past, “Then”, it was once the home of Ernest Baxter Fite, a former member of the Alabama House of Representatives and a former state senator, and his son Rankin Fite, who served two terms as Speaker of the state House and worked hard for the people of Alabama. “Now” this historic home is presently Hamilton’s City Hall and a place for its citizens to conduct business and plan for the city’s future.

From October 2018 – November 2019, this juried exhibition will tour through Hoover; Fort Payne; Athens; Tuscaloosa; the State Capitol in Montgomery; Pike Road; Auburn; Mobile; Hamilton; and Huntsville; with most venues hosting Opening Receptions. Many paintings will be for sale. Entry is free and open to the public.

This art exhibition is officially endorsed by the Alabama Bicentennial

Commission. http://alabama200.org/events/county/marion

You can view some paintings and read more about the art exhibition at http://www.hooversmagazine.com/alabama-then-and-now/

“Alabama Then & Now” 1819 – 2019 will be on exhibit at the Hamilton City Hall, Hamilton, Alabama from August 1- September 23, 2019 Monday thru Friday 8am – 5pm. City Hall is located at 736 Military Street South, Hamilton Alabama.


The Opening Reception is scheduled for Friday August 2, 2019 11am – 2pm. You are invited to view “Alabama Then & Now” 1819-2019, and to meet the artists during this reception as they paint “en Plein air”.

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July 23, 2019 at 5:37 PM

First Friday in Downtown Hamilton – August 2nd

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The Hamilton Area Chamber of Commerce would like to invite everyone to come to First Friday’s in Downtown Hamilton, AL on August 2nd from 7-9pm

BOOTH fees are FREE!!!

If you are interested in setting up a booth or participating in the entertainment, please contact the Chamber office at 205-921-7786 or you can email us back with your contact information.

Entertainment will be Chris Williams & Highway 29 sponsored by Alabama Power Foundation.

We hope you all will come out and enjoy the entertainment and shopping!!

We will have the First Friday’s T-shirts available for purchase at First Friday’s that night.
    Sizes are Small, Med, Large and XL for $12.00 each. Size XXL is $15.00.  

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July 15, 2019 at 4:23 PM

Combo Kings to Perform in the lobby of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame July 24th at 12 p.m.

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July 12, 2019 at 7:02 AM

Calling All Yard Sale Connoisseurs: World’s Longest Yard Sale Takes Place Aug. 1-4

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Decatur, Ala. – Each year, thousands of bargain hunters, yard sale connoisseurs and treasure seekers make their way through northeastern Alabama for the biggest yard sale shopping spree in the world. The World’s Longest Yard Sale, a once-a-year, 690-mile shopping trip, is set for August 1-4, 2019, and along with shopping, treasure hunting and bargaining, there is plenty of sightseeing to do along the way.

Many shoppers begin the 690-mile, six state journey in Gadsden, taking the scenic Lookout Mountain Parkway to Chattanooga and following Highway 127 all the way north to Addison, Mich. Everything from antiques, collectibles, furniture, and dishwares to fresh garden produce and homemade jams and jellies along with food vendors and live entertainment can be found. It is estimated to be more than 1,000 vendors in Alabama alone. Vendors are typically up and running by 8 a.m. and operate until late in the evening each day of the event.

Along with an incredible shopping adventure, the World’s Longest Yard Sale takes visitors through some of the most scenic rural America in the United States. The 93-mile Lookout Mountain Parkway has been touted “A Must See” by Reader’s Digest, the National Geographic and Southern Living magazines. Along with four days of shopping, visitors can experience true southern hospitality, a world of nature, including breathtaking vistas and majestic waterfalls, and a variety of locally-owned restaurants and accommodations.

Shoppers are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes, insect repellent and sunscreen and to bring plenty of water. Many vendors operate on a cash only basis and do not accept credit cards or checks. For lodging information, directions, road closures and more information, visit https://visitlookoutmountain.com/worlds-longest-yard-sale/ or call DeKalb Tourism at 888.805.4740 or Greater Gadsden Area Tourism at 888.565.0411.

About Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association (AMLA)

AMLA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and development of the travel industry within the 16 northernmost counties of the state. It is supported by 500-plus members consist of chambers of commerce, Convention & Visitors Bureaus, attractions, campgrounds, festivals, communities, counties, golf courses, restaurants, tour operators, accommodations, vendors, financial institutions and individuals. Counties included within the AMLA region are Blount, Cherokee, Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan and Winston. Additional information on North Alabama destinations, accommodations and special events is available from the AMLA by calling 800.648.5381 or by visiting their web site at www.NorthAlabama.org.

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July 10, 2019 at 9:32 PM

Free Concert at The Molly in Hamilton, Alabama – 8/24/2019

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The Molly

Near 141 1st Ave SE, Hamilton, AL 35570


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July 2, 2019 at 1:05 PM

Michael Albert to bring his Nationally known Cereal Box Collage Art to 15 Libraries in Alabama

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Michael Albert to bring his Nationally known Cereal Box Collage Art to 15 Libraries in Alabama this summer including a visit to Winfield, AL on Thursday June 20! 

American Pop Artist/Author Michael Albert brings his “Modern Pop Art Experience” to Winfield, Alabama this summer as part of his Summer Pop Art Tour. New York-based Albert who is the author of an artist autobiography titled, “An Artist’s America” (published by Henry Holt in 2008) is known for making detailed & colorful collages out of cereal boxes & other printed cardboard consumer packages including crackers, cookies, soda cartons, frozen pizza boxes, etc. He will be taking his art on the road and bringing his unique program for Kids, Teens & Families to over 100 libraries, museums & festivals in 18 states from June-August including a series of 15 programs in the State of Alabama. 

In Addition to the Winfield Public Library, Albert will be also be visiting libraries in Asheville, Springville, Moody, Homewood, Irondale and Vestavia Hills as well as a series of programs along the southern portion of Alabama in Hartford, Abbeville, Headland, Fort Rucker, Enterprise, Mobile, Spanish Fort and in Chipley, Florida. *See his Homepage for the full tour schedule. 

Mr. Albert will be visiting the Winfield Public Library on Thursday June 20 from 2-4pmpm for a special afternoon art making session with School Age Kids, Teens & their parents. Participants in the 2-hour program will listen to a short presentation by the artist about his life & work, view examples of his Modern Pop Art creations and then have a chance to create their own collage using the same materials he uses to create his masterpieces. All those who make a collage will receive a free signed limited edition poster (choosing from a selection of over 14 different prints), compliments of the artist. 

In the past decade Albert has brought this program to over 1,000 libraries & museums all over the USA & in Europe & this will be his second time bringing his art to Alabama for his Summer Reading Pop Art Tour. This will be Albert’s first visit to Winfield! 

For more information about the artist & this special program, please visit www.michaelalbert.com<http://www.michaelalbert.com/> or call Regina Sperry at the Winfield Public Library at 205-487-2487 for further details

For more information about the book, “An Artist’s America” (Henry Holt, 2008) see this link: https://www.linkcat.info/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=700013<https://www.linkcat.info/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=700013> 

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Sportees Basketball Camp

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Music at the Molly – May 3rd

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National Day of Prayer Local Events – May 2nd, 2019

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  • Brilliant: 9:30 am at the flag pole in front of Brilliant Town Hall

  • Guin: Noon behind the Guin City Hall and it will be led by Guin First Baptist Church Pastor Dr. Kenny Hatcher

  • Hamilton: Noon at the Hamilton Police Department Municipal Courtroom (auditorium at the old city hall), hosted by the Hamilton Area Chamber of Commerce. There will be local speakers and refreshments following the event.

  • Winfield: Noon at the Johnny Michael Spann Memorial Park

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April 28, 2019 at 3:22 AM

Honoring America’s First Lady of Courage with Four Day Festival in Tuscumbia

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Tuscumbia, Ala. – In June, the town of Tuscumbia comes together to honor one of its heroic natives with a four day celebration attracting thousands of visitors from across the country. Set for June 27-30, 2019, the Helen Keller Festival offers a variety of family-friendly events including a parade, a car and truck show, live music, arts and crafts and sporting activities, while celebrating the life of Helen Keller and her remarkable achievements in overcoming a world of silence. All activities take place in Spring Park in downtown Tuscumbia unless otherwise noted.

The Helen Keller Festival is centered on the Helen Keller Festival Market, a marketplace consisting of handcrafted items, art, jewelry and other specialty products along with retail vendors and commercial made products. Marketplace hours are 5:30 to 8 p.m. June 27th, noon to 8 p.m. June 28th, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 29th, and 5 to 8 p.m. June 30th. Admission is free to the marketplace.

Live music is offered every evening of the festival. Admission to each concert is $5 per person excluding Sunday’s performances. This year’s music line up features a diverse mix of award-winning artists. On Thursday evening, June 27th, the Velcro Pygmies takes the stage at 8 p.m. Slated to perform Friday, June 28th at 8:30 p.m. is Mixtape-80s Tribute Band. Saturday’s music lineup features country music sweetheart Tanya Tucker at 8:30 p.m. and Jason Crabb takes the stage Sunday, June 30th at 7 p.m.

Additional activities include the Helen Keller Festival Parade June 27th at 6 p.m., a 23 mile and five mile family bike ride June 28th, a car and truck show in downtown Tuscumbia June 29th, a five mile and one mile fun run June 29th, a golf tournament at Spring Creek Golf Course June 28th and 29th and a guided walking tour of the historic downtown area June 29th.

Festival hours are Thursday 6 to 10 p.m., Friday 12 to 10 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 4 to 10 p.m. No dogs or other pets allowed in Spring Park except those classified as service dogs to assist the handicapped. For a complete schedule of events, map of downtown Tuscumbia or more information, visit www.helenkellerfestival.com.

Tours of Ivy Green, the birthplace of Helen Keller, are also offered Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. (admission charged). The home is located at 300 North Commons Street West in Tuscumbia. Live performances of William Gibson’s world-famous drama, The Miracle Worker, will be offered on Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. on the grounds of Helen Keller’s birthplace (admission charged) from June 7 to July 13. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 256.383.4066.

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April 25, 2019 at 8:46 AM

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