The weather has gotten nice, flowers are blooming and grass is growing, uh oh!
It is time for a Daycation at home. We are blessed to live in the prettiest county in the state and one with lots of great parks and events to enjoy. There is so much to enjoy and participate in here I suggest you come on out and enjoy some great things we have going over the next couple of weeks.
Here are some of those things for this weekend and next:
April 25 – 28 FPHS Seniors Present “Aladdin” The 2013 Class of FPHS will be performing their Senior Class play “Aladdin”. Performances will be at 7 p.m. Thurs – Sat and a show at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $5 at the FPHS office. 256-845-0535
April 26 Afternoon Rock Climb Come experience first-hand what rock climbing 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. Meet at True Adventure Sports. $34 pp. 2 - 6 p.m. 256-997-9577
April 26 Night Zip Line All our zip lines are set up just before the adventure to ford a gorge or cross from one high point to another. Enjoy the thrill of the zip line at night. Pre-registration required at True Adventure Sports by 6 pm the day before the adventure. $50 pp. 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. 256-997-9577
April 27 Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale This is an event sponsored by the DeKalb County Master Gardeners Club. There will be plants on sale, such as roses, perennials, and more. The sale will be at the VFW Building in Fort Payne. 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
April 27 Blow Your Own Ornament This had become very popular here at Orbix Hot Glass. Come design and blow your own ornament with the help of one of our glass artists. No reservations are needed, it is on a first come, first serve basis. For this we welcome people of all ages (at least 5 years old). 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Cost is $35 per ornament blown 256-523-3188
April 27 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE Alabama. No previous experience necessary. Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction. $37 per person 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577
April 27 Book Signing with Angie Carden Have your cookbook signed by Author Angie Carden. Come and enjoy an afternoon filled with free food from cookbook, a cookbook giveaway, door prizes and fun! Kamama Gallery in Mentone. 3 p.m. 256-634-3001
April 27 Treasure Hunt Adventure Do you enjoy trying to solve riddles and clues? Ever wanted to find buried treasure? Up for new & exciting challenges? Then our Cave Treasure Hunt is for you. This 5-hour adventure will take you deep into the heart of Manitou Cave. You will have to solve and follow each clue in order to find the next one, and ultimately the Treasure! Are you up for the challenge? Meet at True Adventure Sports $65 per person 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. 256-997-9577
April 27 – 28 The 5th Annual Mentone Area Art Council Home Tour and Silent Auction The Mentone Area Arts Council (MAAC) will present a two-day fall tour of nine homes and one historic camp in the Cloudland and Mentone area of Lookout Mountain. Guest registration will take place at the Fire Hall in Mentone and tickets good for both days can be purchased for $5 each. Maps listing the locations of the tour stops as well as information on each house will be available with each ticket purchased. The Silent Auction items will be displayed in the Fire Hall and bidding sheets will be available during tour hours. Bidding ends at 4pm Sunday when purchases can be claimed. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. 706-398-0858
April 28 Rappelling with DeSoto State Park Learn the basics of rappelling with trained PCIA instructors and descend an 80 foot sandstone wall. Learn about basic gear, knot tying, rappelling hardware and its uses in a beautiful location. Meet at DeSoto State Park Lodge at 1pm. Ages 10 and up. $30 pp. 256-845-5075
May 3 Zip Line Adventure All our zip lines are set up just before the adventure to ford a gorge or cross from one high point to another. Pre-registration required at True Adventure Sports by 6 pm the day before the adventure. $50 pp. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 256-997-9577
May 3 Trion Steel Drum Concert at the Canyon Center This unique ensemble has grown in size and popularity from its humble beginnings. The ensemble is comprised of 31 musicians and performs a wide variety of musical styles, from socas and calypsos to reggae and pop. Little River Canyon Center, 6:30 p.m. $5 adults; 256-845-8548
May 3 Extreme Night Hike This end-of-day adventure does not slow down just because it's dark. Intended for a large group team-building exercise, this hike has a bit of bouldering, some scrambling, some spelunking, and a whole lot of required working together. Headlamp and enthusiastic guide included. Meet at True Adventure Sports. $18pp. 7:30 - 10 p.m. 256-997-9577
May 4- 21st Annual Wildflower Hike Join DeSoto State Park staff & volunteers for a wonderful day of learning about the many species of blooming plants found on Lookout Mountain. DeSoto's trails can vary from fairly flat terrain to slightly steep inclines & rocky ground. Each hike is marked for its difficulty level. Be sure to wear appropriate footwear & bring along water & snacks along on the hikes. Through out the course of the day you will be able to choose from 3 separate hikes during the day, each hike with different leaders.
9:00 a.m.-First Hikes of the day
11:30 a.m. Lunch (on your own)
1:00 p.m. ~ Second Hikes of the day
3:00 p.m. ~Third Hikes of the Day
7:15 p.m.-Plant Presentation-DeSoto’s Nature Center (Next to the Country Store)
Trail Maps, Wildflower Checklists, & trail descriptions can be found at the Lodge, Country Store and Nature Center. All hikes are free to the Public and no registration required! For any inquires contact Brittney Hughes at 256-997-5025.
May 4 Zip Line & Sky Swing Adventure All our zip lines are set up just before the adventure to ford a gorge or cross from one high point to another. Enjoy the thrill of the swing and zip line. Pre-registration required at True Adventure Sports by 6 pm the day before adventure. $50 pp 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 256-997-9577
May 5 5th Annual Art at the Barn Join us for a spring art sale, featuring works by regional artist and artisans. The festival is located on beautiful Sweet Seasons Farm in Valley Head, one of Alabama's oldest and largest sheep farms. There will be pottery, antiques, jewelry, food and so much more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 256-635-6791 or 256-996-3400
For more information about DeKalb Calendar of Events and other questions call DeKalb Tourism at 256-845-3957 or visit us at www.tourdekalb.com