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Most Recent Articles About Huntsville-2007

Here are the most recent articles and features on Huntsville and the surrounding area:

06/28/07 Walls of Jericho Photos
The Walls of Jericho is made up of 21,453 acres straddling the Tennessee-Alabama border used for preservation as a wilderness and recreation area. This is hike that is not for the faint of heart (me!), so I've had to rely on photos from those that are more experienced hikers.

06/26/07 Where Are the Fireworks?

Since I met my husband on the 4th of July (I won't mention the year--just know it was a long, long time ago!), it is one of my favorite holidays. If you're wondering what to do for the 4th of July holiday weekend, take a look at some of the firework demonstrations, parades, concerts and other fun ideas in Huntsville, Madison and the surrounding area that will make this a memorable, red-white-and-blue patriotic holiday for you and your family!.

06/24/07 Kids Bring In Catch of the Day at Youth Fishing Rodeo
Every year in June, the City of Huntsville's Department of Recreation Services sponsors a The Wally Vess Youth Fishing Rodeo for children ages 6 to 12 years old. Prizes and awards are given for 3 male and 3 female age groups for largest fish and most fish. Several are the fish are tagged and if someone catches one of those there are big cash prizes.

06/22/07 Huntsville Radio Contests
If you're like me, you need some "noise" on while working or driving. Here's a look at Huntsville's variety of radio stations and some of the contests and promotions that they run on a regular basis. If you know some "useless" trivia about music, celebrities, historic events, etc., you can turn your listening time into some freebies.

06/20/07 Free Summer Activities
Summer can be hot and very, very long if you're bored. Here's some free activities you might want to try to keep the kids busy and your budget in good shape during the long extended vacation from school.

06/16/07 Off the Beaten Path: Alabama

This book is subtitled: "A Guide to Unique Places" and that's just what it is. Every resident and visitor to Alabama should own a copy of this book, a pocket-sized treasure of the rich culture and charm of our home state. Author Gay N. Martin provides unique tips and unusual places to explore and makes a day trip or a week's vacation amusing, fulfilling and rewarding.

06/14/07 June Gossip

"Heard Around Town" is written by Editors Tom & Cathey Carney and reprinted from Old Huntsville Magazine. Here is the June 2007 column with all the gossip around town.

06/12/07 "Outdoor Rooms With a View"
The Huntsville Botanical Garden is sponsoring a terrific home garden tour this year with great landscaping ideas for any size garden. The tour June 16th & 17th from 1-6 pm is aptly called "Outdoor Rooms With a View." I recently took a quick tour of most of the lovely gardens so you could have a sneak peek.

06/10/07 Space Camp Hall of Fame
The U. S. Space & Rocket Center celebrated the 25th Anniversary of Space Camp by installing eight members into the newly created Space Camp Hall of Fame. The first inductee was father of the space program, Dr. Wernher von Braun, with Huntsville Astronaut Jan Davis, accepting the award on behalf of the von Braun family. Star Trek favorite, William Shatner, emceed the event and seem visibly moved by the testimonies of astronauts, space camp counselors and space camp attendees during the course of the evening.

06/04/07 Dissecting Cook's Natural Science Museum
Walking in the doors of Cook's Natural Science Museum in Decatur was a big surprise for me. I always thought that the museum consisted of just a few bugs stuck on a piece of paper. However, it's a museum with professional displays of extensive collections of beautiful and exotic insects, mounted birds and animals, rocks and minerals, sea shells and coral. Admission to the museum is free of charge.

06/01/07 Point Mallard Waterpark

If it's summer and you're hot, then you need to head over to the 32-acre Point Mallard Aquatic Center in Decatur. It features the first wave pool in the United States. It opened August 9, 1970 with attendance at the waterpark of 500. The 2007 opening day attendance was 2,068. Nowadays, in addition to the wave pool, the park includes the 3 Flume Slide attraction, Duck Pond children's play area, Sky Pond & Squirt Factory, and the Space Bowl.

05/29/07 Huntsville Nightlife

If you're looking for night time entertainment in Huntsville and would like to listen to live music from an assortment of bands and do a little dancing, here's your guide to what's going on in Huntsville.

05/24/07 My Hot Air Balloon Ride

Up, up, and away! I've always wanted to go up in a hot air balloon. It's an exhilarating experience to float above the clouds and slowly watch the world drift by. Gone With the Wind Balloon Company gives Hot Air Balloon Rides in the North Alabama and Huntsville area. Here's some photos of my first trip in a hot air balloon--before, during and after--photos from above and below and sometimes sideways.

05/20/07 Kids Kamp Adds Splash of Color to Hospital
Hospitals don't have to be boring, dull, empty places any more! There's a splash of color at one area hospital. Kids Kamp is a Pediatric play garden at Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children. Kids Kamp ushers children into a fantasy-like camp setting, complete with a bright, colorful mural and a charming rock garden. The play area also offers playground equipment, playhouses for the children to engage in a game of 'let's pretend' and benches for parents to relax and watch their children. Your next visit to the hospital can now be a friendly one for the kids.

05/17/07 2007 Japanese Garden Festival in Review
Tucked away in a hidden place in Monte Sano State Park in Huntsville is a beautiful Japanese Garden. The two-acre garden is surrounded by bamboo. Following the path leads to one of two little red bridges. An open space showcases a Japanese teahouse with a clearing around it. The second Sunday in May, the Japanese community in Huntsville celebrate with a festival in this beautiful Japanese Garden.

05/16/07 2007 Cemetery Stroll in Review
The second Sunday in May is the annual Cemetery Stroll in Maple Hill Cemetery in Huntsville. The Maple Hill Cemetery Stroll is sponsored by the Huntsville Pilgrimage Association. The 2007 Cemetery Stroll was a bright, sunny day with 68 residents dressed like the famous and infamous characters buried in Maple Hill Cemetery.

05/15/07 Madison County Nature Trail in Spring
One delightful, and often overlooked or forgotten, place for picnics, meetings, relaxing and fun is the Madison County Nature Trail on Green Mountain in south Huntsville. Enjoy this beautiful place to walk and exercise and enjoy some fresh mountain air and spectacular views. This is the perfect place to be alone or to enjoy with family and friends.

05/13/07 Review: Huntsville Sketchbook

One of the best books I've found on Huntsville is the Huntsville Botanical Garden's "Huntsville Sketchbook." This book contains a wonderful history of Huntsville, plus city scenes painted by local artists. Not only do you get a tour book of Huntsville, but you get history and art, all rolled into one amazing book.

05/11/07 Summer Day Camps for Kids
Summer is a time to relax and take it easy, get outdoors more and find a new schedule. It's also a time to try to keep the kids entertained! Here's some great camps that the kids will love while discovering new talents and skills and, maybe, learning something along the way.

05/09/07 2007 Whistle Stop BBQ Festival in Review
The 2007 Whistle Stop--Rocket City BBQ Festival was a great success. Professionals and amateur grillers alike descended upon The Depot to stake their claim, fire up their grills, and relax and have a good time. No matter what your level of grilling skills or even if you grill or not, this is the sweetest smelling festival is the Southeast!

05/07/07 Summer Day Camps for Kids
Summer is a time to relax and take it easy, get outdoors more and find a new schedule. It's also a time to try to keep the kids entertained! Here's some great camps that the kids will love while discovering new talents and skills and, maybe, learning something along the way.

05/05/07 Cast Iron Skillets in the Making
How are cast iron skillets made? The old Southern tradition of cooking in cast iron cookware is the secret to many favorite recipes handed down for generations from the best Southern cooks of all time. But where do these treasured pots and pans come from? I recently toured Lodge Manufacturing Plant in South Pittsburg, Tennessee during the annual National Cornbread Festival, when the factory and the outlet store were open to the public.

05/02/07 2007 Cornbread Festival Photos
The last weekend in April, South Pittsburg, Tennessee--home to the nation's largest cast iron cookware factory--pays homage to one of the South's favorite foods: cornbread. The Annual Cornbread Festival features everything cornbread.

04/30/07 Panoply 2007 Photos
Panoply 20007 was three sun-filled days of fun, food, entertainment, contests and lots of fiddling. The annual arts festival drew in a record-breaking crowd of over 140,000 people. You know the saying: "a picture is worth a thousand words"...so here's some pictures to show you a little taste of Panoply 2007.

04/27/07 Review: Spa Botanica

On the second floor of the Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown Huntsville, you will find the door to a whole world of pampering at Spa Botanica. I recently spent a day and a half getting spoiled and pampered to the max! This wasn't a job for the faint of heart and I was thrilled to indulge in a little "heaven on earth" at the spa. I experienced a fabulous deep tissue massage, a moor mud body wrap, a caviar & pearl anti-aging facial, a lash & brow tint, eyelash perm, ear candling and a signature manicure.

04/20/07 Randolph School Presents "Dearly Departed"
The award winning Randolph School Drama Troupe 4590 presents David Bottrel and Jessie Jones' "Dearly Departed" - a rollicking Southern comedy. When patriarch Bud Turpin dies, his dysfunctional family gathers for a funeral and the fun begins. at the breakfast table. Set in the deep south, this short comedy is full of stereotypical, back-woods-bible-belt characters, ready to tickle even the staunchest funny bone.

04/15/07 Challenger's House Cat Haven

Challengers House is a no time limit shelter for homeless cats and kittens. It was named for Challenger, a special cat who was rescued from animal control services by the shelter's founders, Sherry Carleton and Susan Burlingame.

04/13/07 2007 Historic Homes Tour

2007 Historic Homes Tour sponsored by the Huntsville Pilgrimage Association includes tours of six private homes, three residential gardens and First United Methodist Church. This is the only home tour that includes homes in three historic districts--Twickenham, Old Town and Five Points Historic Districts.

04/10/07 Who Makes the Best Barbecue?
Southerners are passionate about their barbecue. They even spell it a variety of ways: barbeque, barbecue, BBQ, Bar-B-Que...no one seems to agree on the spelling or the best recipe.

04/08/07 Springtime in The Garden

The 2007 Spring Festival of Flowers at the Huntsville Botanical Garden is an array of colorful and beautiful spring flowers and trees, including thousands of tulips and the 100 year old dogwood tree.

04/05/07 Alabama State Parks
It looks like spring is here to stay, so don't miss this opportunity to spend some time outdoors and explore one of Alabama's state parks. Here's just a few that I've visited: Cheaha State Park, DeSoto State Park, Buck's Pocket State Park, Monte Sano State Park Japanese Garden or the Old Tavern Ruins, Cathedral Caverns State Park plus High Falls Park. The Madison County Nature Trail on Green Mountain in Huntsville is a great place to go to for a relaxed family picnic, leisure walk around the lake and to enjoy animals in nature.

04/03/07 Let's Go Out to the Ball Game...
What's more American than a baseball game? Lucky for us, the Huntsville Stars are in town several times a week for some good entertainment for the whole family. Here's information on home games and promotions for each. Let's...play...ball!

04/01/07 Celebrating Holy Week in Huntsville
With over 100 churches in the Huntsville/Madison County area, there is a wide variety of opportunities to experience some unique and moving services during Holy Week. They some of these religious ceremonies and services to help you meditate and appreciate the true meaning of Easter.

03/27/07 Easter Egg Hunts
Easter brings out the kids...and the kids in us. There are a lot of Easter Egg Hunts going on this weekend--mostly on Saturday. We've got Huntsville, Decatur, Meredianville and Scottsboro covered.

03/24/07 Easter Sunday Brunch in Huntsville

Now is the time to start planning for Easter. Here's info on brunch, crafts, cards and activities. After the Easter Egg hunt and early church service on Easter Sunday, there's still time to gather around the dinner table with your family.

03/18/07 Wisteria: The South's Most Beautiful Vine
Even before the popular TV show "Desperate Housewives" chose "Wisteria Lane" to live on, wisteria was one of my favorite Southern plants. Images of romantic, hazy, lazy days of the South just aren't complete without this gorgeous vine dripping from porches, trees and fences.

03/16/07 Josie's Gift Shop
Burritt on the Mountain has a new "baby"--they have completely redecorated and refurbished their gift shop. "Josie's on the Mountain" is named in honor of Dr. Burritt's second wife. You will find a variety of unique gifts in Burritt on the Mountain's gift shop including historical gifts, tea sets, books, glassware, pottery, journals, candles, wrought iron items, gourmet foods, soaps, lotions, toys, honey, pet gifts, and bridal gifts.

03/07/07 Old MacDonald's Petting Zoo
One of my favorite places to visit is Old MacDonald's Petting Zoo, located in Woodville about 25 miles east of Huntsville. The Zoo includes a beautiful pond, a spacious playground lots of swings, slides, sandboxes and children's tables), picnic area (with a place to wash your hands and a changing table for baby!), and gift shop.

03/05/07 Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament
Just over an hour from Huntsville in Hanceville, Alabama near Cullman, you can witness a magnificent shrine with an unusual story. The Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery is in the middle of "nowhere."

03/01/07 New Restaurant: Grille 29
February 2007, Restaurant Partners, Inc. opened its second location of their popular Grille 29 restaurant in Huntsville, Alabama. The first Grille 29 is located in Tampa, Florida. See photos of the preview party.

02/27/07 Elvis: Return of the King
The Feb. 23, 2007 Mitchell Brown concert was dedicated to the National Arthritis Foundation in memory of Aunt Eunice and raised $32,300. This was Mitchell's first concert in two years and he presently has no plans for another one.

02/23/07 Harmony Park Safari Opens Season
Do you like nature, animals, fun and having a good time? Then head on out to an unusual local attraction. Harmony Park Safari is a federally licensed nature preserve of free-ranging exotic & endangered animals.

02/20/07 Historic Wedding Dresses
Gay Money has a private collection of vintage wedding gowns and other wedding related items such as bridesmaids' dresses and trousseau collection that she loaned to the Weeden House Museum.

02/12/07 Talladega Speedway--The Fast Track
Talladega Speedway in Talladega, Alabama opened on September 14, 1969. It is NASCAR's most competitive and largest track in the United States. I recently got a private tour of Talladega Speedway (which included a ride around the track in the official pace car) and a tour of the International Motor Sports Hall of Fame.

02/10/07 Hope Place: Shelter from the Storm
HOPE Place is a safe, confidential shelter for adult and child victims of domestic violence. HOPE Place is a program of Crisis Services of North Alabama. HOPE Place is safe haven for women & children who are in danger or are being threatened with violence.

02/09/07 Bridge Street Centre Update
Bridge Street Town Centre Announces New Tenants. Here's a list of all the confirmed stores and restaurants coming to town. In their latest report, O&S Holdings, say that to date, over 75% of our square footage is committed to by exceptional retailers and restaurants.

02/05/07 It Snowed!
After living in Iowa for 30 years, I think I've seen my fair share of snow. But just a couple of flakes of snow in Alabama brings out the kid in everyone. People in the Northeast and the Midwest would get a chuckle out of all the excitement a "snowfall" can bring to the South.

02/03/07 2007 Cutest Babies in Huntsville
Here's some of the cutest babies in Huntsville and words of praise from their mothers and grandmothers.

01/28/07 "Carousel" Photos
If you missed the very talented concert of "Carousel" from Ars Nova last weekend, here's the photos from the show. Special guest from New York was Rebecca Luker.

01/26/07 February Gossip for Huntsville
"Heard Around Town" is written by Editors Tom & Cathey Carney and reprinted from Old Huntsville Magazine. Here is the February 2007 column with all the gossip around town. Maybe you made it into the column this month or one of your friends.

01/24/07 Concert Review: Loretta Lynn
Loretta Lynn, the Queen of Country Music, graced Huntsville with her presence for her first concert of 2007. After 45 years in the country music business, Loretta Lynn, 71, still reigned supreme on stage to a wildly, enthusiastic and sold-out crowd.

01/19/07 Movie Review: "Constellation"
Jordan Walker- Pearlman's "Constellation" follows the lives and loves of an African-American family in the deep South--Huntsville, Alabama--as they are forced to come to terms with a disturbing past marked by an unrequited interracial affair in the 1950's

01/17/07 "52 Weekends in the Tennessee Valley"
Charles & Daniel Frew's book "52 Weekends in the Tennessee Valley" is a handbook to numerous adventures awaiting us in our own backyard. Now you'll never run out of ideas for places to explore in Northern Alabama and Southern Tennessee.

01/13/07 Whirling Dervishes of Rumi
This group is one of the wonders of Turkey and perform one of the most exquisite ceremonies dealing with spirituality, a mesmerizing seven-centuries old ritual.

01/09/07 Pampering at Avant Day Spa
One of my favorite thing to do is go to the spa. I had been looking forward to my day of pampering at Avant Salon & Day Spa for weeks. Owner Caroline Whetham had me scheduled for a spa manicure and pedicure, a European facial and a warm stone massage.

01/07/07 Time Out at Brigadoon Bed & Breakfast
Another great idea for Valentine's Day is a stay at a wonderful "retreat." Brigadoon Bed & Breakfast is a cape cod home hidden away in the woods of rural Scottsboro.

01/03/07 Finding a Job in Huntsville
If you're thinking of starting the new year off right by changing jobs and changing bosses, there are many employment opportunities in Huntsville with NASA, Redstone Arsenal, the University of Alabama/Huntsville, and many other businesses.

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