Greetings, all. Here’s to yet another outstanding week of exciting events here in Tuscaloosa and Northport. This week, you’ve got plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy yourself.
**NOTE: Time and date change for Bark in the Park 2017: Because of a threat of severe weather on Saturday, March 25, Bark in the Park has been *moved* to Saturday, May 13.**
Tails will be wagging as Tuscaloosa welcomes Bark in the Park back for another year. The event will be held at Will May Dog Park and Sokol Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 13.
The family-friendly event returns with crowd favorites, like the dog parade, obstacle course, photo opportunities and more. Kim Parker, the 2017 Bark in the Park chairwoman, said the event is a perfect community gathering.
Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra will present their annual Family Discovery Concert featuring a story by Lemony Snicket on March 10. This year, children of all ages will help a detective solve the mystery of The Composer is Dead with music by Nathaniel Stookey and story by Lemony Snicket. Joey Lay of The Actor’s Charitable Theater will bring the role of the detective to life and help children learn how the orchestra works together to solve the mystery. Hometown legend Demondrae Thurman will conduct the TSO, bringing his vibrant style to the stage for this enchanting performance.
Spring break is a week for making memories. It’s a much-needed 168-hour recess from school for students and teachers, and a time to get out and revel in the fresh air and sunshine.
It’s often a chance for area families to make tracks out of town. But what about those who’re staying in Tuscaloosa during their time off? The area has plenty of options to choose from, and all of them will keep the kids off the couch. Tuscaloosa area schools will be out from March 13 through March 17, so what better time to get out and have some fun within the community?
This week offers plenty of great opportunities to get out and enjoy all that our great city has to offer. Whatever you do, we hope it is relatively stress-free and enjoyable.
Have a great week!
When the summer heat is a thing of the past, Alabama comes alive to celebrate together. Whether you want to enjoy great food, ride a train, or take your dog for a run, you can find a great event to attend in Alabama.
The cast and crew of the Tuscaloosa Children’s Theatre are busily preparing for their newest show – one which embodies the spirit of the season. “Elf The Musical, Jr.” will be presented Dec. 2-4 at the Bama Theatre in downtown Tuscaloosa. TCT has a large cast eagerly preparing to delight Tuscaloosa audiences.
The Kentuck Festival of the Arts has brought artists, tourists and local families together in Northport on the third weekend in October for decades. This year, the Festival celebrates its 45th year. And one local group that has been involved with the Festival for many years is, once again, looking forward to being a part of the special event.
George Shelton, one of Tuscaloosa’s teachers of all things woodworking, has been involved with the Kentuck Arts Festival since its earliest days. And for the past decade or so, Shelton, and the Woodworkers Association of West Alabama, has offered a build your own birdhouse project.
October is really flying by. It’s a busy time in West Alabama, with a lot of great events. This week, you’ll find plenty of them. The weekend is absolutely packed with activities, not the least of which is the 45th Annual Kentuck Festival of the Arts. There’s also the 2016 Color Run, and the Brews, Blues & BBQ event at Band of Brothers. Have a blast enjoying all that our area has to offer!
An Evening of Poetry and Music: Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m. Bean Brown Theatre on the Shelton State Martin Campus. The Shelton State Community College Music Department presents this collaborative work, which includes musical performances by Shelton State students and poetry readings by Shelton State faculty and staff.
UA Theatre & Dance Presents “Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre”: Oct. 11-13 (7:30 p.m.), Oct. 14 (5:30 p.m.), Morgan Auditorium at Morgan Hall. Alabama Repertory Dance ARDT is hosting the world premiere of Qianping Guo’s ballet The Trainer. This new ballet is about the intimate relationship between animals and their trainer at a circus. Tickets: $20 (adults), $17 (seniors and UA faculty/staff), $14 (students/children).
Junior League of Tuscaloosa’s “Dinner at Your Door”: Oct. 13, 3 to 5:30 p.m. The JLT’s fundraiser allows area residents to order specially prepared meals from several local restaurants and vendors – and have them delivered right to their door by Junior League members! For more information, and to order, visit jltuscaloosa.org.
It’s October in Tuscaloosa and Northport. We know that means some of the best weather this area has every single year, but it also means some of the best events. These are just some of the great happenings in our area this week. We know you probably don’t have time to enjoy them all – but hopefully you can take a little time out and enjoy at least a few of them. Have fun, whatever you’re doing this fine week!
DCH Foundation “A Day on the Courts”: Oct. 4, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Indian Hills Country Club. For more information about this women’s doubles tennis mixer call (205) 759-7349 or visit thedchfoundation.org.
UA Theatre and Dance Presents “Hamlet”: Oct. 4-9, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 9, 2 p.m. Marian Gallaway Theatre at Rowand-Johnson Hall, University of Alabama campus. Admission: $20; $17 for seniors, UA faculty and staff, students and children. For more information, call (205) 348-3400 or visit ua.tix.com.
Moundville Native American Festival: Oct. 5-8, Moundville Archaeological Park. Performers, artists, craftspeople and tradition bearers are on hand to educate festival-goers about the rich culture and heritage that makes Southeastern Indians unique. Includes living historians, arts and crafts arbors and children’s area. For more information, visit Moundville.ua.edu.
Kentuck Art Night: Oct. 6, 5 to 9 p.m. Downtown Northport. This event is free to the public. For more information, visit kentuck.org/art-night.