Enjoy your week, T-Town!
First Annual Woods & Water Cookoff: June 21, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Woods & Water, Tuscaloosa. This family-friendly event features a Big Green Egg demonstration, free samples from locally owned restaurants (vote for your favorites) and a bounce house for the kids.
Bama Art House Films Presents “Green Room” (Sponsored by Left Hand Soap Co.): June 21, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $8 general, $7 for students and seniors, $6 for Arts Council members. Box office opens at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call (205) 758-5195 or visit bamatheatre.org.
In the wake of the tragic events at the Pulse Orlando nightclub early on Sunday morning, students at the University of Alabama organized a candlelight vigil on the steps of the Gorgas Library on campus on Monday evening from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Another vigil by Druid City Pride was held at Government Plaza beginning at 7 p.m.
Advantage Realty Group Neptune Cup: June 13-19, NorthRiver Yacht Club. This men’s singles and doubles tennis event is played on weekdays from 5:30 p.m. – until and on Saturday, June 18 from 8:30 a.m. –until. Sunday play is only if necessary. Cost: $50 (plus $4.25 tennis link fee). For more information, call (205) 343-4558.
Candelight Vigil for Orlando: June 13, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Gorgas Library steps, University of Alabama campus. This vigil, organized by UA student organizations, is open to everyone in the community. For more information, click here.
Bama Art House Films Presents “The Meddler”: June 14, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $8 general, $7 for students and seniors, $6 for Arts Council members. Box office opens at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call (205) 758-5195 or visit bamatheatre.org.
Bikes, Burgers & Brews: June 15, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Trek Store Tuscaloosa, Midtown Village. This family-friendly fun ride is for all ages, skill levels and types of bikes. It’s a flat, two-mile neighborhood loop that ends at Bob’s Victory Grille. Helmets are required, and rear and front lights are recommended. For more information, visit Trek Bicycle Store Tuscaloosa on Facebook.
This summer is jam packed with fun, entertaining things to do – many of them in downtown Tuscaloosa. Now, merchants in Temerson Square are holding their own party. Dubbed “Second Saturday,” this celebration is essentially an entertainment district – with restaurants and clubs holding sidewalk parties and offering “drinks to go.” It’s a big block party, and it sounds like a whole lot of fun.
Every year, area golfers take part in The First Tee Benefit Scramble. And each year, the program is able to grow as a result. This year’s First Tee of Tuscaloosa Benefit Scramble will be held this Saturday, June 11, at Ol’ Colony Golf Complex, and organizers are hoping for yet another strong turnout.
The First Tee chapter of Tuscaloosa is based at Ol’ Colony. The organization teaches children the game of golf, but director Mike Shivetts says it’s about much more.
Summer is always a great time to catch up on fun things and for me that usually means movies and concerts galore. One of my favorite local traditions is taking in films each week at the Bama Theatre downtown during the Summer Film Series. I wait anxiously for announcements about which films will be shown. Guess what? I have the lineup for you right here, and it’s stellar. Hats off to the Arts Council of Tuscaloosa for bringing these new and unique indie films to T-Town. I'm not saying I don't make time to catch the latest blockbuster elsewhere - just saying I LOVE INDIE and I need a fix...this is the best way to get that fix. And who doesn't love settling into those Bama Theatre seats to catch a movie, am I right?
The Black Warrior River Fiddle Fest returns for its second year to town this Friday and Saturday, June 10 and 11 at Tuscaloosa's Government Plaza. The festival, presented by the Community Foundation of West Alabama, will award a total of $7,500 in prizes for the top five winners in its 14 divisions. Admission is free.
“It’s great entertainment,” said Glenn Taylor, executive director of the Community Foundation. “These kind of events draw bluegrass and old-time fiddle musicians from all over the Southeast, and many come to play and don’t actually compete. They just come to hook up with other musicians and play together.”
Who doesn’t love a great crawfish boil? Brad Moore with BancorpSouth had a great one on Friday, June 3 at the office in downtown Tuscaloosa (1100 Queen City Ave.). A great time was had by all, and Brad was kind enough to invite Druid City Living. Thanks!
Summer is in full swing now here in T-Town, and also in full swing? Things to do. All the things! From Tuscaloosa Restaurant Week (benefiting the West Alabama Food Bank) to the Black Warrior River Fiddle Festival this weekend to the First Tee of Tuscaloosa’s Annual Benefit Scramble on Saturday, this week affords plenty of great opportunities to get out and enjoy our fair city. Have fun!
Tuscaloosa Restaurant Week: June 6-12, various locations in Tuscaloosa and Northport. The West Alabama Food Bank has teamed up with sponsoring restaurants to offer “Hunger Bites!” pre-fixed menus and specials. Dine out while taking a bite out of hunger. For more information, visit tuscaloosarestaurantweek.com
Tuscaloosa County UA Alumni Crimson and White Wine Tasting: June 7, 6-8 p.m. Spirits Wine Cellar at The Shops of Lake Tuscaloosa. This event is free to members; non-members can join at the event. Proceeds go towards the Tuscaloosa County Chapter Scholarship Fund. For more information, visit alumni.ua.edu.
The Lewis and Faye Manderson Cancer Center will host "Quit Now Alabama," a tobacco cessation education and outreach event, Friday June 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.