Friday, July 21, 2017

Don’t Miss the World’s Longest Yard Sale coming in August!



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If you’re looking for a unique and entertaining road trip this summer, you won’t find a better choice than the World’s Longest Yard Sale along Highway 127 and the Lookout Mountain Parkway. From August 3rd to August 6th, you’ll find hundreds of yard sale vendors ready to supply you with treasures you’ve always wanted, trinkets you never knew you needed, and tons of fun along the way!
Running from Gadsden, Alabama, to Addison, Michigan, this four-day event covers more than 690 miles of scenic beauty, plus tons of yard sale bargains and treasures.
Get started on along the 93-mile Lookout Mountain Parkway route from Gadsden, Alabama to Chattanooga, Tennessee for the most "scenic rural America" in the United States. There are more than one thousand yard sale vendors in Alabama alone, offering everything from antiques, collectibles, furniture, dishwares, fresh garden produce, homemade jams and jellies, food vendors, live entertainment, and much more.
The yard sale continues along the U.S. 127 Corridor from Chattanooga to Addison, Michigan with another 590 miles of yard sale bargains. In total, the Lookout Mountain Parkway and the 127 Corridor have had as many as 5,000 vendors lined along the route in years past, and the 2017 event promises to be even bigger.

Make a Long Weekend of It
If you're a yard sale enthusiast, you already know that the best picking happens early. To get on the road as early as possible, the folks in DeKalb County, Alabama invite you to spend the night in one of hte area's many bed and breafast inns or state park facilities. You'll also find cabin rentals in Historic Mentone, along with other motels and unique accommodations located within minutes of the yard sale route.
Add another day to your visit to allow time to view thescenic vistas and majestic waterfalls of the Little River Canyon National Preserve and DeSoto State Park.  This truly is "America's Most Scenic Shopping Mall!”
 
  • The yard sale officially begins at the Noccalula Falls Park in Gadsden, Alabama, on top of Lookout Mountain. Follow Tabor Road, across from Noccalula Falls. Stay on this road (it will become Alabama 176), and follow it into the Dogtown Community. Stay straight through the 4-way stop, and the road then becomes DeKalb County 89.
  • Stay on 89 through communities such as Five Points, Fort Payne, Fischer, DeSoto State Park and on into Mentone, Alabama.
  • From Mentone, turn right onto Alabama 117 and follow into Georgia where it becomes Georgia Road 48. You will stay straight a short distance before turning left on GA 157, then left on 136, right on 189 then right on 157 again.
  • This takes you directly in front of Rock City where you travel down Lookout Mountain and pick up TN 27 to the U.S. 127 Corridor for the remainder of the yard sale, where it ends in Hudson, MI.
  • (The road winds around a little in Chattanooga as you make your way to the 127 Corridor. Follow Ochs Hwy. off of Lookout Mountain to Tennessee Ave. to Broad St. to Hwy 27 to the U.S. Hwy. 127)
  • If you’re traveling north to south, simply reverse these directions. Although the Yard Sale officially goes from Gadsden, Alabama, to Addison, Michigan, feel free to jump on board anywhere in between. Lots of treasures and antiques await you from one end to the other and all points along the way.
Helpful Suggestions Along the Way
• Be ready to bring home your treasures. Drive a large car, so you won’t have to pass on oversized items that catch your eye.
• Be prepared for the sun and the heat. Bring items such as sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, and mosquito repellant to protect yourself from the elements. Remember, the sun can roast you even on a cloudy day.
• Be prepared to walk. Wear comfortable shoes and drink plenty of fluids. It is usually very warm (ok, technically, hot) and all the walking and activities can drain you if you aren’t diligent about hydration!
• Be prepared to pay cash. Many vendors don’t accept credit cards or checks.
• Be on time… or better yet, be early! Though there are hundreds of vendors who sell sun-up to after sundown, you’ll be competing with thousands of other shoppers. And as with any yard sale, the good stuff goes fast.
• Be cautious of other vehicles. Like you, everyone has one eye on the yard sales, and most vehicles will make frequent, unexpected stops. You’ll also see plenty of folks walking along the roadside, so watch for pedestrians.







Friday, July 14, 2017

Exploring the Appalachians in Alabama





Did you know that the Appalachian Mountains stretch all the way from southeastern Canada to central Alabama? That means that you can enjoy some of the most beautiful and exciting outdoor activities in the country… right here in northeast Alabama.

There are lots of great ways to get outdoorsy in Alabama, but the best ones immerse you in the sights, sounds, and smells of the lush landscape. So this summer, instead of the traditional road trip, spend a little time outside. Whether on foot, on horseback, or on the water, you’ll want to get as close to this gorgeous greenery as possible.

Here are just a few of the folks who can help you make sure your outdoor adventure is a safe, fun learning experience for everyone:


One World Adventure Company, based in Fort Payne, offers their expert skills to help you create an unforgettable adventure experience for your family, your coworkers, your class, or your church. Its founders, Bill and Angie Shugart, are committed to collaborating and teaching to help others discover themselves and their own abilities while having a great time in the process.

Regardless of your group’s objectives – having a blast, helping others, setting and meeting healthy challenges, or simply making progress personal growth – One World has an adventure program for you. It’s ideal for teachers, college students, rehabilitation centers, church youth groups, and couples’ groups. One World offer curriculum enhancement, charter education and service learning programs for both traditional and home school programs, as well as service/adventure packages for faith-based organizations. You can even customize your own adventure for yourself or your family from a half-day to five days of guided adventure. 

One World draws from a variety of outdoor activities – including hiking, canoeing, rock climbing, kayaking, rappelling, camping, and outdoor skills classes – so you can customize your experience to meet your group’s needs.  They even have onsite facilities for overnight stays; on site you’ll find a rustic main lodge and two cottages, providing accommodations for up to 22 people, complete with private baths in each room.

The program operates from April through November and even offers a summer day camp for ages 7 to 10 and ages 11 to 14. 

Learn more on Facebook, contact One World Adventure Company directly at 256-634-8370, or reach out by Email.


True Adventure Sports For the more adventurous souls, True Adventure Sports is your outdoor recreational partner. Located just a mile outside Little River Canyon National preserve, they offer partnership and supervision for outdoor adventures, classes, and guided tours, as well as gear and lodging in northeast Alabama.
True Adventure Sports offers classes and certifications in a variety of outdoor activities including rappelling, climbing, and rigging. In addition, you can also work toward certification in emergency response, with classes in confined space rescue, SAR Training, vertical rope rescue, catastrophe class, and swift water rescue. The wilderness school features land navigation, survival training, and wilderness boot camp.
This quest go-to also offers paddling class and seminars in practical ingenuity, a curriculum designed to develop problem-solving skills that are applicable to every situation from mechanical to business and everything in between.
Of course, True Adventure also provides gear for your own outdoor activities like rock climbing, rappelling, zip-lining, camping, canoeing, and kayaking. They even provide shoes, clothing, and snacks along with guided trips, lessons, and team-building exercises for groups or individuals. To further up your adventure ante, you can even rent scooters to explore local Lookout Mountain attractions, too!

In addition, 20 percent of all True Adventures proceeds goes toward its missions. Contact True Adventure Sports directly at 256-997-9577 or by E-Mail. 

These are just a couple of ways you can explore the great outdoors in the foothills of the Appalachians. It’s summertime in Alabama… get out there and enjoy it before football season begins!



Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Chick-fil-A opens in Fort Payne!

We have a big week coming up on the south end of Fort Payne this week as two new restaurants will have their Grand Openings! The new Applebee's restaurant is located at 111 Airport Road W in the Dunham's parking lot and is set to open on Monday, July 17th. The new Chick-fil-a restaurant is located at 1824 Glenn Blvd SW (in the old Ryan's location) and will open their doors tomorrow, July 13th. Part of their tradition, that dates back to 2003, is to host a First 100 Camp Out Giveaway the day before where customers can stand in line for the 24 hours prior to opening and the the First 100 participants at the Camp Out on July 12th that meet requirements will receive a grand prize of one Chick-fil-A sandwich meal per week for a year (equating to 52 meals).  So get your cot, sleeping bag and plenty of water to beat this heat and head on over to hold your place in line and hopefully a FREE Chick-fil-A meal for the next 52 weeks!

Each First 100 event is a chance for the local franchise owners and restaurant team members to get to know their new customers. Participation is open to local residents. See link for rules about the giveaway: https://thechickenwire.chick-fil-a.com/News/Future-Openings

The restaurant hours are 6:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 6:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Closed Sundays.





Tuesday, July 11, 2017

A little bit of Alabama in New York City



The Alabama Tourism Department brought a little bit of Sweet Home Alabama to the streets of New York City with a promotion that kicked off on June 14, 2017 with celebrations and pop-up events throughout the city for the next three days and showed New York locals and visitors why Alabama is a fantastic vacation destination.

Festivities began with a launch party at Three's Brewing in Brooklyn. Guests were able to sample Alabama craft beers and food and view a 360-photo booth with locations from around the state.

The following day, those in the middle of Times Square witnessed a Mardi Gras pop-up parade with an actual Mardi Gras parade float followed by costumed revelers throwing beads and MoonPies and a Jambalaya Brass Band playing music.

The promotion's final day enticed visitors to take a "hike" up the 20-foot tall and 20-foot wide mountain exhibit in the middle of Flat Iron Pedestrian Plaza and view the famous Little River Canyon with a virtual reality headset. Those who climbed the mountain experienced the canyon in a unique way. It was as if they were floating above the canyon and were able to see in all directions. They could see the lush green forests below, the river running beneath it and the magnificent views from above. They were also able to have a digital souvenir photo of their experience to take and share.
Meanwhile, in the Madison Square Garden area, passersby were able to envision "somewhere else" with a hand-painted wallscape over 20 stories high of the Little River Canyon. The wallscape was up for 30 days for all to enjoy and hopefully begin preparations for a vacation "somewhere else".
 
"Locals and tourist were charmed by what we showed them and eager to learn more about the state," said Lee Sentell, director of the Alabama Tourism Department. "The week brought a new travel destination to many who may not have thought about traveling to Alabama before."

Last year, the Alabama Tourism Department set up a beach display of Alabama's Gulf Coast and visitors were able to take a rest and dig their toes into the authentic snow-white beach sand with a coastline backdrop. Many didn't even know that Alabama had a beach, just as they were surprised to find that we also had a mountains and a canyon.

You can view Alabama Tourism Department's videos for the promotion here.










Monday, July 10, 2017

What is Happening on and around Lookout Mountain Alabama this week July 10-17, 2017



Look What is Happening
Fort Payne, Lookout Mountain and Sand Mountain
July 10 Rappelling Certification Class This class covers rappelling basics indoor and basics outdoor.  The basics indoor class teaches you about rappelling safety/rappelling gear and its application, rappelling knots and application, and rigging points needed for rappelling. The basics outdoor class reviews safety procedures, knots, gear, and rigging points; then you learn how to safely rappel and do several rappels before returning to the office for the rappelling test and knot exam. Meet at T.A.S. Training Center $165/person  10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 256-997-9577

July 10-13 Southeastern Survival Camp This fun and active day camp teaches children practical skills in the outdoors. Activities range from basic nature/environmental education such as plant ID, animal tracking and true survival skills. Campers will gain confidence and comfort in being outdoors. Led by a certified Alabama Naturalist & survival expert. One World Adventure in Mentone 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Ages: 7-13 (Boys & Girls) Cost: Based on income; To register contact Angie Shugart angie@oneworldadventureco.org or 256-634-8370
July 11 Limons Grand Opening Fiesta It's been a lot of hard work and we are ready to celebrate with you all! We hope to see you at our grand opening! Games, music, prizes and discounts. New location in Henagar. Ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. 256-657-3999

July 11 &  & 13 DeKalb County Farmers Market Every Tuesday and Thursday from 3pm to 6pm at the VFW Fairgrounds. 18th Street North, Fort Payne. Call the DeKalb County Cooperative Extension for more information at 256-845-8595

July 11 Wild Cave Tour Go beyond where the average tourist explores!  This 2.5 hour adventure is for those of you ready to explore on your knees, on your belly, in the mud and through tight tunnels.  Adventure includes helmet, cave lamps plus a fun informative guide.  True Adventure Sports.  5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

July 12 Lookout Mountain Wholistic Center Anniversary Dinner Lookout Mountain Wholistic Center is a Christian congregation serving the Valley Head community and seeking, engaging, and encouraging others through a life-changing Christian journey. The Wholistic Center seeks to be a loving, friendly community that worships God, and serves others. Rock Ridge Retreat Center The Meeting Room 451 Rock Ridge Road Valley Head, AL 35989 For more information call 256-635-1377 Monday – Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

July 13 Kid's Top Rope Climbing Day What a better way than for your children to spend time out in the woods and fresh air learning new skills.  8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cherokee Rock Village (Transportation provided from Bruce's Foodland) $35 per person Ages 8-12 For more information contact Angie Shugart angie@oneworldadventureco.org

July 13 Lunch and Learn with Melissa Ledbetter Eat, chat and enjoy a dynamic speaker line-up with Lunch & Learn, sponsored training sessions taught by innovative business minds.  Each session will provide take-home-and-put-to-use information, which includes topics on leadership, destination retailing, marketing & social media, economic development & incentives, entrepreneurial growth, business processes, and understanding community-initiated development offered to business minded professionals in and around Fort Payne. Held at the Vintage 1889; $15 ticket includes training session, choice of a house special lunch with drink. For every ticket, $5 is also donated towards funding Fort Payne Main Street project initiatives. 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 256-845-3380

July 13 Forest & Field: Through the Loupe Join naturalists and artists for this creative nature observation hike, combining art & nature! The focus of this nature walk is to reflect your observations of nature using a personal journaling style…..in many different ways! Learn how to keep your own nature journal while strolling along trails in DeSoto State Park. We will use watercolor paints, pens and pencils to record our observations. Art materials are provided, just bring along your favorite notebook. Watch for other events in this series: each one will be different and seasonal!  DeSoto State Park. Meet at the Nature Center next to the Country Store on Co. Rd. 89. 6 p.m. Free, but pre-registration is required. Space is limited for each event. Hikes are open to ALL ages; minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Email renee@galandtrust.org for more info.

July 13 Poisonous Plants of Alabama Class This class is a brief overview of many poisonous plants in Alabama. There are many types of poisonous plants, learn how to spot them and what to do if you are affected by them. True Adventure Sports Training Center. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 256-997-9577

July 13 Rainsville Farmers Market Every Thursday from 4 pm to 7pm. Rainsville City

July 13 Homemade Jam Join us for this songwriters showcase. Local songwriters will perform original songs in an interactive fun-filled evening. $5 per person -- participating songwriters are not charged. Proceeds will benefit the Mentone Arts & Cultural Center. 7 pm to 9 pm Call Lydia Randolph 256-630-1597 or Ray Padgett 850-974-3271 for more information.

June 14 Kid's Mini Survival Adventure What a better way than for your children to spend time out in the woods and fresh air learning new skills and working as a team to build a Mini Survival Camp!   8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  DeSoto State Park (Transportation provided from Bruce's Foodland)
$20 pp Ages 8-12 To register email Angie Shugart angie@oneworldadventureco.org

July 14 Kayak Rentals @ the Boat Shack Rent sit on top kayaks and canoes to enjoy a peaceful paddle on Little River. Desoto Falls 3 hour rental - $30 kayak $45 tandem kayak or canoe.  1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling 256-634-8370

July 14 Rock Climbing / Rappelling Adventure Combo Come experience first-hand what rock climbing and rappelling is all about with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  No prior climbing experience is needed.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

July 14 Friday Night Seafood Buffet at the Mountain Inn Restaurant in DeSoto State Popcorn Shrimp, Grilled Tilapia, Fried Catfish Filets, Stuffed Crab, Oysters, Whole Catfish, Seafood Gumbo, Baked Potatoes & More! Includes Full Salad Bar, Tea & Coffee, & Dessert. $18.95 for Adults $8.95 for Children.  Side order of Crab Legs, Extra Charge of $9.95 per 1 lb.order 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Call DeSoto State Park Lodge for Details. 256-845-5380

July 14 Campfire Talk: Amphibian Reproduction Come and join Dr. George Cline (aka Dr. Frog) as he tells the truer story of how frogs breed. Seating is limited, so bring your own comfortable camp chair. 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. DeSoto State Park’s Campfire Ring; Free & open to the Public; Great for all ages! 256-997-5025

July 15 Tennessee Valley Roping Association Competition At the Northeast Alabama Agri-Business Center in Rainsville. Visit the Tennessee Valley Roping Association. 256-638-1650

July 15 Fort Payne Main Street Farmers Market every Saturday from 7am to  Noon at Fort Payne City Park (Gault Ave. N. & 4th St. N.) 256-996-2131

July 15 Kayak Rentals @ the Boat Shack Rent sit on top kayaks and canoes to enjoy a peaceful paddle on Little River. Desoto Falls 3 hour rental - $30 kayak $45 tandem kayak or canoe.  9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling 256-634-8370

July 15 Mentone Farmers Market every Saturday from 10 am to 1pm with fresh produce, eggs & baked goods. 6139 AL Hwy 117 in Mentone. 256-638-1842

July 15 Rappelling Adventure with One World Adventure Explore scenic rock outcroppings along Lookout Mountain-Alabama! No previous experience is necessary to go deeper into nature in this exciting activity! 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Meet at DeSoto Falls  $40 per person Ages 10 and up To register contact Angie Shugart angie@oneworldadventureco.org

July 15 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE AL.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

July 15 Sculpt Your Own Flower Have you ever wanted to actually sit at the gaffer bench and feel what it is like to shape hot glass?  It’s all about hands on experience in a safe and fun atmosphere with a final product we know you will love. Minimum of 3 people and a maximum of 5 in each class.  10:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. Orbix Hot Glass. Reservations and full payment are required. $75 per person 256-523-3188

July 17 Serious Skills Series: YES, I CAN! Pressure Canning Class Hosted by DeSoto State Park. The Serious Skills series is a variety of classes and workshops that provide opportunities to discover a hidden talent or learn a new skill for personal enrichment. Classes are open to local residents, overnight guests and park visitors.  We are offering this class to participants that attended the canning workshops held in DSP this year, as well as folks that already have experience (prerequisite: hot water bath canning) We will be canning meat as well as soup. Taught by Mary Alice Stout. Bring a paring knife and a brown bag lunch. $20 per person. Workshop is limited to 7 participants, so pre-registration is required. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 256-997-5025

July 15 Third Saturday Downtown Cruise-In You can come out and enjoy an afternoon of family fun activities in downtown Fort Payne. This public event will include food, live music, a car show, and more from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. 256-996-3857

July 15 Campfire Talk: Herps Around Your Home Join us for a fun campfire talk in the Great Outdoors! Campfire Talks are a series of educational & entertaining programs located in the great outdoors. Campfire programs are held many Friday & Saturday evening (May –October) in DeSoto State Park.  Amphibians and reptiles comprise about 17,000 species of vertebrates on this planet, and surprisingly, many species are ‘comfortable’ living with people. Come join Dr. George Cline (aka Dr. Frog) and his friends as he presents this talk about these ‘friends’ that live among us.  Seating is limited, so bring your own comfortable camp chair if you wish. DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama. Campfire Ring in the Improved campground, next to campsite 93. Gate will open 30 minutes before program starts. (Held in nature center in case of inclement weather) Fee: Free to the Public; Great for all ages! For details, 256-997-5025

July 16 Rappelling Adventure with One World Adventure Explore scenic rock outcroppings along Lookout Mountain-Alabama! No previous experience is necessary to go deeper into nature in this exciting activity! 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Meet at DeSoto Falls  $40 per person Ages 10 and up To register contact Angie Shugart angie@oneworldadventureco.org

June 16 Forest & Field: Journal Journey Join naturalists and artists for this creative nature observation hike, combining art & nature! The focus of this nature walk is to reflect your observations of nature using a personal journaling style…..in many different ways! Learn how to keep your own nature journal while strolling along trails in DeSoto State Park. On this hike, we will individually follow the instructions on the signs along the trail to participate in a variety of nature journaling activities. At the end of the path, the entire group will meet up to share our experiences before we hike back. Art materials are provided, just bring along your favorite notebook. Watch for other events in this series: each one will be different and seasonal! DeSoto State Park Meet at the Nature Center next to the Country Store on Co. Rd. 89. Free, but pre-registration is required. Space is limited for each event. Hikes are open to all ages; minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for more info. 5 p.m.

July 17 - 20 Adventure Day Camp This fun and active camp builds self-esteem and skills in all things adventurous. Activities range from rock climbing, kayaking and thrill seeking hikes. Campers gain valuable knowledge about the importantance of preserving our abundant recreational opportunities. Led by trained and certified Outdoor Instructors. One World Adventure-Mentone  8:30 am to 4:30 pm Ages: 7-13 (Boys & Girls) Cost: Based on income; To register contact Angie Shugart angie@oneworldadventureco.org or 256-634-8370

July 17 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE AL.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

July 17 Night Sky Swing Adventure This is an adventure of a lifetime. Enjoy the thrill of the swing at night. Pre-registration required at True Adventure Sports by 6 pm the day before the adventure.  Meet at True Adventure Sports 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 256-997-9577