Holiday Happenings In The Athens Area

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Now – 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 on loan from local organizations and individuals. Admission is free. For more information Rebekah Davis at 256-233-6404,, or

11-7-2014 2-10-58 PMNow – Nov 7th — How Have You Made Your Mark? A Study in Hands-Limestone County Archives, 102 West Washington Street, Athens, AL. Artist Lee Nabors explores hands at work in this series. Open Monday-Friday from 8:00AM-4:30PM.

Nov 8th — Veterans Day Parade-Athens, AL. Roxanne Haggermaker along with area veterans’ organizations invites the public to come recognize and honor the service and sacrifice of all veterans and active duty military personnel. Lineup at AHS, 10AM. Parade starts at 11AM.

Schools honoring our Veterans:
Nov 7th – Athens High School, 9:30AM @ AHS gymnasium
Nov 7th – West Limestone High School Veterans Day Program, 1:00PM @10945 West School House Road in the gymnasium.
Nov 7th – Brookhill Elementary, 8:00AM @ BES Auditorium
Nov 10th — Tanner High School Veterans’ Day Program @12060 Sommers Road, Tanner, AL, in their gymnasium. Veterans and their spouses are invited to breakfast in the Tanner High School Library at 8:15AM. The general public and all Veterans are invited to join the students at 9:00AM for a special Veterans’ Day Program.
Nov 10th – Julian Newman Elementary, 8:30AM @ JNES Auditorium
Nov 10th – Athens Middle School 8:45AM @ AMS Auditorium
Nov 10th – Athens Elementary 1:00PM @ AES Activity Building
Nov 11th — Athens State University Veterans Day Program, Sandridge Student Center, Athens State University, 300 North Beaty Street, Athens, AL. Join the faculty, staff and students for a salute to our nation’s Veterans at 11:00AM in the ballroom of the Sandridge Student Center.

Nov 15th — 5K Tiger Dash -Cedar Hill Elementary School, 27905 Cedar Hill Road, Ardmore, AL. This race benefits both the Ardmore High School Cross Country Team and Cedar Hill Elementary Physical Education Department. For more information, contact Brenda Morrow or Chala Boyd

Nov 15th — Ardmore Christmas Craft Fair-TN Annex Building Main Street, Ardmore, TN. Top off your shopping list with handmade crafts to give to friends, family, party hostess or surprise gift giver. For more information, call Wendi Brake at 256-278-5524.

Nov 15th — 1st Annual Cystic Fibrosis Walk-Golden Eagle Stadium, Athens High School, 100 U.S. Highway 31N, Athens, AL. Join the ALH Respiratory and Imaging Department for Great Strides and hot dogs, drinks, balloon release and more fun activities. This will not be a 5k walk. Each participant will walk around the field as many times as they want to and will pay so much per lap. To register to walk or volunteer, visit the Great Strides Athens website.

November 21-November 30– The Donnell House will be once again hosting its Festival of Trees celebration. The theme to this year’s event is “To Grandmother’s House We Go.” The Festival of Trees will run from 5:00PM until 7:00PM and will be open on Thanksgiving evening as well as during the Athens Christmas Open House. The cost for admission is $5 per person. To kick off the event, a Preview Party is scheduled on November 20 from 6:00PM until 8:00PM. The cost for the party is $25 per person and will include refreshments and entertainment, along with a sneak peak of the decorations. For reservations, call 256-679-7660. All money raised will go to the renovation efforts for the historic Donnell House.

Nov 22nd — Minor Hill Turkey Shoot-Minor Hill Park Ag-Grounds, Minor Hill Highway, Minor Hill, TN. Minor Hill, Tennessee invites you to join them for their annual Turkey Shoot the Saturday before Thanksgiving, as always. It will start at 9:00AM, and will go until about noon. It costs $3 to shoot for a turkey, and $5 to shoot for a ham. Plans are to shoot for a chance to win a ham about every 5 times or so. It’s not a country ham each time, most of them are regular hams. If anyone would like to donate a country ham, please contact our City Hall at 931-565-3113 before Nov. 17. Event provides the shells. For more information, call 931-565-3113 or email . 4.7 miles from Lester AL- MAP

November 22 — Cowart Elementary Rivalry Run 5K – James L. Cowart Elementary PTO will hold the 1st Annual Rivalry Run starting at 8:00AM. Walkers and strollers are welcome! We encourage ALL participants to dress in their favorite SEC school team. Don’t be shy, you won’t be alone. Race will start and end at Cowart 1701 West Hobbs Street, Athens AL 35611. For more information, visit
Nov 22nd – 23rd — Christmas Open House-Downtown Athens, AL. Christmas comes early to downtown Athens with caroling, specials for shopping and Santa! 256-232-2600

Nov 30th — Minor Hill Christmas Parade-Minor Hill, TN. Giles County High School Band of Gold will be leading the parade. Parade starts at 2:00PM, LineUp at 1:00PM @ Minor Hill Community Bldg. No cost to enter! Categories are: vehicles, recreational vehicles, performing groups, floats, horses, and overall winner for best theme. No Santa allowed, because we have one that will be on our float near the end of the parade. We appreciate your support. Please come be a part of our parade this year and make it our biggest & best ever. For more information, call 931-565-3113 or email 4.7 miles from Lester AL- MAP
Teresa Todd – Athens-Limestone County Tourism President – 100 N. Beaty Street – Athens, Alabama