PHOTOS & SOCIAL SHARES | Sippin’ Cider 2017

The Seventh Annual Sippin’ Cider Festival was a huge success on Saturday, December 9th, 2017. Here are some photos and other social shares from the event. A full recap will come next week. 


Seventh Annual Sippin’ Cider Festival – December 9, 2017 – Downtown Athens Ala.

Athens, Ala. – Eat, Sip, and Shop at the Sippin’ Cider Festival in downtown Athens.

Winter’s favorite drink will take center stage in downtown Athens, Ala. the second Saturday in December when Athens Main Street hosts the seventh annual Sippin’ Cider Festival.

The holiday affair, set for December 9, 2017, offers an evening of roasting marshmallows, shopping among local merchants, special activities for children, visits with Santa Claus, and door prize giveaways as festival goers sip on hot cider prepared by downtown merchants.

From 5 to 8 p.m., participating merchants will offer sample tastings of their favorite cider recipe. Guests will vote by ballot for their favorite, and the cider receiving the most votes wins the coveted Cider Cup and bragging rights for the year. The ballots will also serve as an entry to one of many door prizes to be given away.

During Sippin’ Cider, merchants of downtown Athens will also serve up gift ideas and special sales throughout the evening. While sipping on cider, guests can tackle their Christmas shopping and browse for unique holiday decorations while supporting local businesses.

Other activities include special activities in stores for children, festive holiday music, roasting marshmallows, and a visit by Santa Claus.


Athens Main Street is a designated Main Street Alabama community and is a 2017 Main Street America Accredited Community.



Small Business Saturday – Nov. 25 in downtown Athens

ATHENS Ala. – Small Business Saturday, November 25, 2017, is a great time to explore Downtown Athens’ unique shopping opportunities.

“From clothes to camping gear, sweet treats to awesome tees or antiques to the whimsical – you’ll find it as you enjoy our friendly and historic Downtown Athens,” said Athens Main Street Executive Director Melanie Newton.

By shopping our small businesses – you help our community, our entrepreneurs, and our economy.

On Small Business Saturday take a selfie in front of a business, of your purchases, etc and tag the business and Small Business Saturday.

Skip the mall – shop small.

Note: Participating Small Businesses will be announced in the coming days!

MORE ABOUT SHOP SMALL: In 2010, small businesses are hurting from an economy in recession. To support these local places that make our communities strong, American Express launched Small Business Saturday on the Saturday after Thanksgiving — hoping to help bring more holiday shopping to small businesses. Small business owners embrace the day, and the impact is felt on every corner. Through their own promotional efforts and customer outreach, small business owners generate an estimated $15.4 billion dollars on Small Business Saturday in 2016. https://www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/shop-small/about?linknav=us-open-shopsmall-home-nationallanding-sbshistory


Shop, Ice Skate, and Tell Santa your Christmas wishes in Downtown Athens at Christmas Open House

The Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce and Athens Main Street is proud to announce the 31st Annual Christmas Open House event, presented by Martin & Cobey Construction Co., which will take place on November 17,18,19 in downtown Athens. This year’s theme is “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”

Weekend Activities Include:

Ice Skating on the Square

Blizzard Bash on the Square

Santa’s Wrapping Station – Complimentary Gift wrapping for purchases from Christmas Open House participants at the Athens State University Center For Lifelong Learning, Nov. 17-19th.

Visit with Santa, Mrs. Claus, & Friends – Photos with Santa will be available at the Athens State University Center for Lifelong Learning on Sat. Nov. 18 & Sun. Nov. 19 from 2 PM – 4 PM.

Carolers & Entertainment – Entertainment on the Courthouse Steps (Marion Street)
Tom McClung – Fri. Nov. 17 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Jimmy Henderson Trio. – Sat. Nov 18 2 PM – 4 PM

Courthouse Christmas Light Show – Saturday, Nov. 18 at 8 PM

This year’s participating merchants are: Bennett’s Clothing, CEI Bookstore, Crawford’s, Epiphany, Garnet’s, Gray & Holt, Haley Marie’s Boutique & Monogram, Hendricks-Patton, High Cotton Arts, Hobbs’ Jewelers, Hyatt & Sims, Innovative Health Solutions, Limestone Drugs, MEWS Interiors, Pimentos, Salon Blu, SheaLeigh’s, Snapdragon Kids, Southerland Boutique, Square Clock Coffee, The Right Dress Boutique, The SK Salon, The Willow Cottage, Toodlebugs, Trinity’s, UG White, and the Women’s Resource Center.

The Merry Market will have the following vendors Athens Roasting Company, Athens Scents, Graphic Jacks, and the Same Cloth Project. The Merry Market will be located at the Athens State University Center for Lifelong Learning.

The Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce President Jennifer Williamson stated, “We are excited to once again partner with Athens Main Street and our many sponsors and community organizations to host this community event.”

She continues by saying “This is one of my favorite weekends in our community. We love bringing people into Athens and Limestone County to shop with our merchants and experience our holiday hospitality.”

Williamson is also thrilled to be bringing back the Tri-Green Equipment Ice Skating on the Square Rink. She states that this is the “largest rink that has ever been in Limestone County.”

She encourages everyone to “Shop, Skate, and Rock with us!”

Athens Main Street Executive Director Melanie Newton states “Athens Main Street is excited to partner with the Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce and our merchants for this great quality of life event in Limestone County.” She continues by saying that “Christmas Open House is a wonderful tradition in downtown Athens for over 30 years.”

Newton encourages everyone to “come out to shop, dine, enjoy the festivities, and rock throughout the weekend with us.

A special thanks to our community supporters and sponsors: First Federal Mortgage, Anderson All-State Agency, Athens State University Center for Lifelong Learning, Allen Brown Heating & Cooling, American Leakless Company, ArrowHead Heating and Cooling, Champion Chevrolet, Clearview Cancer Institute, Hamlin Homes, Pepsi Cola Bottling Co. of Decatur, Redstone Federal Credit Union, and The News Courier.

NOTE: All activities will take place on the East Side of the Courthouse. The central hub for this event will be at the Athens State University Center for Lifelong Learning.

NOTE: While I was doing my research, this is the first skating rink that opens in the Tennessee Valley for the holiday season. Just another reason to make plans to visit Athens, Alabama for Christmas Open House!

FACEBOOK EVENT : https://www.facebook.com/events/288220728337616/



Downtown speaker system up and running


If you hear the sound of “Jingle Bells” or “White Christmas” emanating from light poles around the Square in Athens this holiday season, you aren’t losing your mind.

The Christmas music will be broadcast from a new speaker system, installed Oct. 4 by Limestone County’s engineering and maintenance departments. The $20,000 system represents a partnership between the Limestone County Commission and the city of Athens, which kicked in $5,000 each. State Sen. Tim Melson provided $10,000 in TVA-in-lieu-of-tax funds.

Melson said Limestone County Commission Chairman Mark Yarbrough asked for a contribution. The senator said he was surprised Athens didn’t already have a downtown speaker system.

He explained the system will help enhance the Christmas season downtown but could be used for any outdoor event.

“To me, the Square really is Athens; it’s the focal point,” he said.

“This will be good for playing Christmas carols or patriotic music on the Fourth of July or making announcements at the Grease Festival.

(The project) just seemed to make good sense.”

The music will play year-round, courtesy of a feed from Pandora. Michelle Williamson, community relations director for Limestone County, said the music is muted now because of the annual Storytelling Festival on the Square.

Not only can the speaker system play music, but it also has a wireless microphone capability. The system had a trial run during the recent Judge Horton statue dedication.

VENDOR RELEASE | Fall Market – October 14, 2017


Geary Farms – pumpkins

Daly’s Produce – turnip greens, okra, beans, pumpkins, wheat straw, cornstalks

Sherrill Family Farms – pork cuts, whole chickens, homemade apple butter

Sylvia Vann – seafood gumbo, red beans and rice, jalapeno cornbread, salsa, preserves, fried apple pies, pickled foods

Sister’s Herbals – herbal products and homemade craft items: herbal itchy/boo-boo salve, athritis salve, herbal deodorant, insect repellent, gardener’s soap (new!), herbal sleepy tea, bronchitis tea, tummy tea, cold and flu tea;
welcome signs, pressed flower arrangements and more

Reeder’s Bees – raw, local honey in a variety of sizes, including comb honey


Suzanne’s – breakfast and bakery items

Athens Roasting Company – locally-roasted, small batch coffee beans


Bob Amerman – scroll saw woodworks

Lester Pen Works – custom turned items from wood and other materials: pens, ulu knives, cutting boards, fire starters, mason jar lids and much more

Kathryn Maples – clay jewelry, pottery, wooden door hangers, clay pumpkins

Yarn Blossoms – handcrafted crocheted items including scarves, blankets, pillows, dishcloths, bracelets, hats and baby items

The Potter’s Hand – hand-crafted pottery

Peaceful Presence Art – quilts and animal-, football-, fall- and Christmas-themed kitchen towels


Face painting
Paint your own pumpkins


Old Friends Band


RELEASE | Celebrate the Fall Harvest at the Inaugural Athens-Limestone County Fall Market this Saturday

ATHENS ALA. – The Athens Saturday Market committee, which is under the direction of Athens Main Street, will hold the inaugural Fall market on October 14, 2017 at the Green Street Pavilion which is located at 409 W. Green Street Athens Ala. 35611. Market Manager Kat Greene states “All ages will find something to enjoy at the Saturday Fall Market, whether it be the produce and crafts, live music, kids’ activities, or just the opportunity to engage with the community. We hope everyone will join us for this festive event.” The market will take place from 8 AM until 12 PM. (Noon)

The Old Friends Band will be the live music during this market. The band includes Larry Cole, Peggy Cole, and Jerry Fishback. They will play folk and country tunes alongside some original tracks.

Some people might wonder why they should come out to the market. Market Manager Kat Greene explains “In a time when you can order anything online with the click of a mouse, it is nice to slow down and make shopping an enjoyable experience. You can literally shake the hand that picked your produce or created your crafts.”

Athens Saturday Market chair and Athens Main Street Board President Laurie Glenn stated “This special Saturday Market is designed to celebrate fall vegetables, decorations and activities. The Market Committee is thrilled to have one more opportunity to bring our growers, vendors, and customers together.”

Athens Main Street Executive Director Melanie Newton stated, “Athens Main Street is excited to host the inaugural Fall Market.” She continues by saying “This is a chance for the community to come together and to celebrate the Fall Harvest.”

Lastly, the market committee is giving away two goodie bags, which includes a market theme tote bag, dish towels, notepads, a Saturday Market t-shirt, and $10 in Market Bucks, on their Facebook page. Head on over and enter today. The winners will be announced on Friday, October 13, 2017. Click here to go to the Facebook page

Note: The Athens Saturday Market is a state certified Farmers Market. Its mission is to support local agriculture and increase economic opportunities for farmers, small businesses, and artisans; to educate and provide access to healthy local foods; and to build a vibrant gathering place for Athens and Limestone County residents and visitors.