Tuesday, December 26, 2017

The countdown to New Year's is on in 3... 2... 1...

This New Year's is packed with events! Which will you choose?

Midnight Masquerade
This inaugural black-tie ball benefits the Anniston Museum of Natural History and features the Fountain City Players, open bar and heavy hor d'oeuvres. Masks are available at the Museum Gift Shop, so snag one and dress in your best! Call 256-237-6766 for more information.

Fire on the Mountain
This year, Cheaha State Park celebrates the last sunset of 2017 from Alabama's highest peak, with live music from Bluegrass Connection and more! Call (256)488-5115 for more information.

New Year's Speakeasy
Roar in the New Year with the Peerless Saloon & Grills, with drink specials each hour, New Year's Dinner, party favors and a champagne toast. For more information, call 256-238-1899.

The Roaring 20s New Year's Eve
Join Cheaha Brewing Company for live music, beginning at 7 PM and ring in the New Year Roaring 20s style. For more information, call 256-770-7300.

Rack & Roll New Year's  
Join Rack & Roll Billiards for live music from Back Road South, giveaways and drinks at midnight! For more information, call 256-624-6434. 

New Years Ride!
Each year, NEABA (Northeast Alabama Bicycle Association) hosts a ride, departing from Wig's Wheels at 10 am for Coldwater Mountain.

First Day Hike
Both Desoto State Park and Cheaha State Park are hosting first day hikes, encouraging visitors to enjoy their parks year round, promote good health, and exercising those holiday calories.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Ways to Enjoy Winter in Calhoun County

Although the south isn't known for winter, we do have a brisk season, but that doesn't stop us from exploring. 

Museums & Gardens 
Whether you are a history buff or science nerd, Anniston's Museums & Gardens has something for everyone. From family programing and events to standard museum tours, displays span the globe, from "Live Salty" Oceans to Egyptians and Safari, or from Napoleon to the World Wars and Asian arts.

Performing Arts 
From Oxford Performing Arts Center to the Knox Concert Series, CAST, CharActers and Jacksonville State University Drama & Music, there's so much to see!

Mountain Biking 
Run from the snowy slopes to our rolling hillsides and bundle up for this "Disney World" for mountain bikers. From Coldwater Mountain to local trails like Henry Farm and Black Creek Trails, we've got something for every skill level!

Whether you're shopping for a last minute holiday gift or needing some retail therapy after the holiday rush, we've got great local unique boutiques as well as a selection of national retail chains. 

If you are getting cabin fever, hit the trails! We've got great distance trails as well as leisure loops to get you out of the house for as long as you need.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

24 Hours for foodies in Oxford

Calhoun County's tagline is near Atlanta, near Birmingham, near perfect! Ideally positioned along I-20, Oxford is a great pit-stop for those I-20 treks. With it's rich culinary scene, it's more than ideal for any meal, so here's a few suggestions.

Southern Girl Coffee 
31 E Choccolocco Street
Local girl Leah Cleghorn fills downtown Oxford with the mouth-watering scent of fresh roasted coffee, which she brews and serves from her food truck alongside delectable cinnamon rolls, cheese rolls and more treats.

Hubbard's Off Main
16 E Choccolocco Street
Just across the street from Southern Girl, you'll find the quaint Hubbard's Off Main, who serves up quite the spread for Sunday Brunch, featuring southern staples, salads and dessert.

Garfrerick's Cafe
655 Creekside Drive 
From 11 am to 2 pm each Sunday, this farm to table restaurant dishes out their seasonal crops, which sometimes includes but is not limited to Sweet Potato Brownies, stewed tomatoes, squash casserole, various salads, and more.

Los Mex
1936 US 78 
You can always tell by the community crowd that this place is well liked. Featuring dishes like enchiladas and chimichangas, their Sopa de Pollo is
regarded as some of the best.

Brad's Bar-B-Que
1809 US 78
This family run establishment is known for its barbeque and catfish. With its laid back setting, its no wonder that it's a local favorite for lunch and dinner.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Making Memories

For affordable family fun or to begin new holiday traditions, look no further!

Each year the Museum League hosts "Homes for the Holidays," a fundraiser and self-guided holiday homes tour. This year's event is December 5th, from 11 AM to 7 PM.

December 7th, "It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas!" Due to the forecast, the cities of Piedmont and Anniston have had to reschedule their parades for Thursday, December 7th, which happens to also be the night of the Oxford Parade and Christmas in Choccolocco Concert.

"Do You Hear What I Hear?" Holiday music fills the air, beginning with LeAnn Rimes at OPAC, to the JSU Drama Department's Benefit Christmas Concert, A Jazzy Joy to the World at St. Michael's or Christmas with the Annie Moses Band at OPAC.

Cinematic Christmas Classics may run on loop, interrupted by continuous commercials, so why not bring a can good donation to OPAC for their 4th Annual Christmas Movie Festival, featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Elf, Christmas Vacation, The Grinch (with Jim Carrey, and A Christmas Story.

On top of all this, the Museums are offering family programming for the holidays, and Cheaha State Park is hosting several holiday themed events! #OptOutside your comfort zone and norm to begin some new holiday traditions!