Athens Cars and Bikes Show on the Square Celebrate 10 Years on April 29th
Downtown Athens Alabama goes to the cars, bikes, trucks, motorcycles and occasionally a bizarre collection of non-automobiles on April 29th from 8:00AM-3:00PM. Activities for the 10th Annual Athens Car and Bike Show on the Square will center on the Limestone County Courthouse square but will spread out along the streets running off the square to accommodate the turnout.
Spectators will enjoy a variety of vehicles as well as food vendors, ice
cream and shaved ice and the multitude of shops and eateries around the
square during the day's activities. Spectators can enjoy the entire
Individuals wanting a chance at the Grand Prize - a 1994 Ford Mustang;
Snap-On Tool Box; 350 Turbo Transmission from Naylor Transmission; Set
of Wheels from Minor Tire; the 50/50 Draw; Cash Prizes and many prizes
and perks only available to registered cars will need to register for
$20.00 per vehicle.
This year's charities benefiting from the money raised by Athens Cars
and Bikes Show on the Square will be Limestone County Churches Involved, Hospice of Limestone County, and Athens-Limestone Community
Association's Trinity-Fort Henderson Project.
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As Athens embarks on its 200th birthday in 2018, local artists have examined ways to express the theme “Old Roots, New Beginnings” for a quarterly art contest that high school students conduct.
The Athens Mayor’s Youth Commission oversees the Share the Art Contest, which includes developing themes, deciding which artwork will be on display at Athens City Hall and choosing a grand prizewinner. The Youth Commission utilizes funds from Dekko Foundation to create the Share the Art Contest.
The students have chosen themes such as favorite iconic places and events in Athens and incorporating words associated with New Year’s into art submissions. Since Athens joined Limestone County and the State of Alabama in the three-year bicentennial celebration, the students chose a history-related theme of “Old Roots, New Beginnings” for display from April through July. The Youth Commission told art students the focus is on the story of Judge James Horton and the Scottsboro Boys Case, and art submissions that included references to the story would score highest.
Horton’s home once was the site of City Hall. He oversaw the retrial of Scottsboro Boys defendant Haywood Patterson, one of a group of black boys falsely accused of rape by two white women in the 1930s. He received threatening letters and letters of support during the trial. Horton valued justice more than his political career and on June 22, 1933, and set aside the jury’s guilty verdict and death sentence of Mr. Patterson. He lost his re-election bid to the bench in 1934 and retired from politics. The Horton family moved the Maclin-Hobbs-Horton home from Athens to Greenbrier in 1939 and gifted the City of Athens the land at the corner of Hobbs and Marion streets for public use. Horton lived by a phrase often repeated in his family, “Let justice be done though the heavens may fall.”
In addition, a group of citizens created the Judge Horton Monument Committee to raise awareness about the significance of Horton’s actions, and to raise funds to commission a bronze statue of Horton for the Courthouse entrance on Jefferson Street. A sculptor is working on the statue.
“The Youth Commission learned the story of Judge Horton and encouraged the art students to learn the story in order to be inspired to create artwork to reflect that history,” Youth Commission mentor Holly Hollman said.
The grand prizewinner is Allison Lovell of Athens High, who created a rendering of the Limestone County Courthouse where Horton overturned the verdict. Lovell included a tree showing its deep roots. Lovell will receive $15 from the Youth Commission.
The other art students whose artwork is on display at City Hall are:
• Breann Shelton, Athens High, Courthouse
• Kolton Romine, Athens High, Courthouse during fire
• Wyesha Bolding, Athens High, collage of Courthouse and icons
• John Hooker, Athens High, map with Judge Horton, and Courthouse
• Hayley Malone, Athens High, hands interlocking over Scottsboro Boys headlines
• Ashlee Roberts, Athens High, Judge Horton’s home
• Rachael Autrey, Athens High, tree with roots and Horton family’s motto “Let justice be done though the heavens fall; and the lard bucket Horton’s family kept trial correspondence in.
• Chastity Shores, Athens High, tree with roots
The public can view the Art Corner during City Hall hours from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Article from from the Athens Mayor's Youth Commission
Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful is planning a special 40th anniversary celebration at Earth Day & Outdoor EXPO!
Athens-Limestone Clean Community, Inc. became an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful (KAB) on April 15, 1977. The organization’s name was changed to Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful (KALB) in 2002 to reflect affiliation with the KAB national organization. The organization was born out of the Clean Community System developed by KAB, and it’s focus was litter abatement and education.
Later in 1977, KALB took over a recycling program started by an Athens High School science club. The program grew and the club could no longer manage it. Since that time, the Athens-Limestone Recycling Center, a dvision of KALB, has grown to process over 4 million pounds of materials each year.
Soon after, the Athens-Limestone Beautification Board was added to the KALB family. This board has focused on green space and doing their part to add touches of beauty to the community. They also encourage businesses and individuals to add warm and welcoming landscapes to their properties.
On Saturday, April 29th, KALB will celebrate this milestone at their Earth Day & Outdoor EXPO to be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of Friendship Church in Athens. At 1:00 p.m., KALB will share a bit of history and then surprise their mascot, Sparky, with a birthday party. Nestle cookies will be given out and children will be invited to frost their cookies at the Nestle Tollhouse Café booth.
Children will, again this year, be given a “Passport” to have stamped at the 17 Education Stations throughout the event. When at least 10 stamps have been collected, the passport may be turned in for a gift.
The Earth Day & Outdoor EXPO is free to the public and offers something for everyone. Games, hands-on activities, craft-making, and live animals will keep the children busy. There will also be lots of organizations with information on outdoor activities and vendors with crafts and personal care items for sale. The Master Gardeners will answer gardening questions and the Athens-Limestone Beautification Board will share plant cuttings while they last.
7:30 a.m. Guided Walking Tour – Marbut Bend Walking Trail
10:00 a.m. Opening Ceremony
11:00 a.m. Wings to Soar Live Raptor Program
1:00 p.m. Surprise 40th Birthday Party for Sparky
1:30 p.m. Wings to Soar Live Raptor Program
>> Kids Korner: Ages 12 and under. Make and take recycled crafts and painting with the Athens Arts League.
>> Face Painting: By Beth Haney – complimentary
>> Tennessee Valley Zoo: A variety of animals to pet and feed.
>> K.I.N. Stables: Jim Swanner and his horse, Rosie, demonstrating Natural Horsemanship
>> Healthsource of Athens: $1/minute massages with all proceeds returned to KALB.
>> Hot Dogs and Pepsi: Complimentary
Door Prizes: Receive complimentary door prize tickets by testing your environmental knowledge. Must be present to win.
Exhibitors and Vendors: Interactive activities, lots of information, and a variety of vendors with crafts and personal care items for sale.
Industrial and Political Titans Return to Athens April 23rd
Men and women of Limestone County’s past who shaped the political and industrial scene will stand among the headstone of Athens City Cemetery on April 23rd to recount the stories that shaped not only Alabama but the United States and perhaps, even the world.
These are just a few of the re-awakened spirits that will be joining the living on the earthly plane from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.:
Luke Pryor, portrayed by Dr. Robert Glenn, shaped the railroad that pierced the heart of Alabama. He’ll share with you tales of his life and even how he could stop a train at his desire.
Clarissa Sloss, portrayed by Karen Middleton, was the mother of James Sloss with tales of the man credited with “building Birmingham”, creating the famed Sloss Furnace, and being one of Alabama’s most important industrialists.
George S. Houston, portrayed by Jimmy Hill, stood against Alabama’s secession and then had to be the very architect of its withdrawal from the Union while a U.S. Legislator. He’ll share his tale of torn allegiances and defeating corruption as Alabama Governor.
W.P. Tanner, portrayed by Doug Logan, was the son of the first Mayor of Athens and eventually won the office for himself. He held pro-Union sentiment until one incident of the Civil War changed his mind.
Judge Horton, Sr., portrayed by Shane Black, was the father of Judge James Horton Jr. who sat in judgment of the “Scottsboro Boys’ re-trial. He’ll share the family history and tales of his famed son.
Each actor has painstakingly made efforts to research their “spirit” and may even entertain a question or two from the public about life in the “olden days”. This public and free event is sure to entertain history buffs, enjoyers of theatre, and lovers of storytelling.
The Athens Cemetery Stroll is a bicentennial event celebrating 200 years of Alabama and Limestone County history, lore, people and heritage. Over the next three years – 2017-2019 – the State of Alabama, Limestone County, Mooresville, Athens as well as all of our communities will mark their anniversaries of incorporation, moments in history and citizens’ contributions. In 2017, communities celebrate places. In 2018, communities honor their people. In 2019, communities celebrate the stories.
The event is presented by the Athens-Limestone County Tourism, Order of the Confederate Rose and Sons of the Confederate Veterans. Historical prints of the Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association depicting moments in history, Battle of Athens; Battle of Sulphur Creek Trestle; Fort Hampton; Hobbs Farewell; and the picturesque Richard Martin Rails to Trails will be under the Order of the Confederate Rose refreshment tent during the daylong event for purchase. Soft Dulcimer music will waif through the air as the Athens Dulcimers strum a variety of songs to add to the antiquity of the day.
For more information, contact the Athens-Limestone Visitors Center 100 North Beaty Street in Athens, or by phone 256-232-5411
City Relay for Life Team