The Guide:

 

 

Calendar of Events

December 9-11. Tannehill State Park. Christmas Village

Dec 1-13. Selma Holiday Festival. Selma Holiday Festival 334-875-7241, 800-45-Selma. Free admission. Performing Arts Centre, 1000 Selma Ave. -- Arts, crafts, bake sale and special activities. Great holiday gift shopping. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m.

Dec 5. Selma Christmas Parade. Selma Christmas Parade 334-875-7241, 800-45-Selma. Free admission. Historic downtown -- Honor guard, marching bands, scout troops and beauty queens parade through historic downtown Selma with Santa riding on a fire truck at the end of the parade. 9 a.m.

February 27. Marion. Perry County Historical Society Low Country Boil, held at the Marion Female Seminary on Monroe Street, is sponsored by the Perry County Historical and Preservation Society.  No reservations required and tickets are available at the door.  For information, call the Perry County Chamber of Commerce at 334-683-9622.

March 4. Marion. Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is held the first Thursday in March, 10 a.m., in Alumnae Auditorium of Judson College in honor of women who have made significant contributions to the State of Alabama. The Museum is open M-F, 8 to 4 p.m. except holidays.  For information, call 334-683-5109 or website at www.judson.edu  .  No charge for induction ceremony but reservations required for luncheon following ceremony.

March 12, 13, 14. The Moundville Knap-In and Primitive Arts. Stone toolmakers and primitive artists demonstrate and sell their works at the knap-in.  Demonstrations include bow making and arrow shooting, flintknappers will show how chipping rocks can turn into arrowheads, spear points, knife blades, drills and many other ancient tools and weapons.

April 14. Marion. Perry County Annual Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament is held annually in April on the Marion Military Institute Golf Course.  Reservations required and fee charged. For information call the Perry County Chamber of Commerce at 334-683-9622 or visit www.perrycountyalabamachamber.com

April 19. Perry and Hale Counties. Old Howard 100 Bike Ride through Perry and Hale Counties will be April 19th.  The Ride - fourth annual - begins at 9 AM on the campus of Judson College in Marion where Samford University was founded in 1841 as Howard College.  The Ride features routes of 30, 50, 70 and 100 miles through Newbern, Greensboro, the Talladega National Forest, Folsom and the Perry Lakes wetlands region.  All rides end up back at Judson.  The routes include five stops of historic interest. Ride details and online registration are at www.samford.edu/howard

April 23 & 24 Marion. Muckle’s Ridge Festival is the celebration of the year of the Small Town Downtown and will feature two days of activities honoring the original name of Muckle’s Ridge before the name was changed to Marion.  For further information, call 334-683-9622.

Saturday, May 29 Cahaba Lily Festival. No fee: Donations are accepted to cover the cost of the lunch. The Cahaba River Society offers $10 canoe rentals for those interested in canoeing among the lilies. T-shirts, caps, artwork and various nature-related crafts will also be available from attending vendors for those interested. The Cahaba Lily Festival is organized by the West Blocton Improvement Committee. For more information you can contact Myrtle Jones at 205 938 7304 or Charles Allen at 205 938 2479 or Email at info@cahabalily.com

June 7 – 11. or July 26 – 30.  Indian Summer Day Camp. Children from 9-13 will enjoy this 5 day camp experience from 9am-4pm from June 7-11, 2010 or July 26-30, 2010.  Explore Indian lifeways, including pottery, throwing the atlatl(an ancient spear), sample Native American foods, nature trail walks, stickball games and many more hands-on experiences.

October 2 Folsom. Fall in Folsom is held the first Saturday in October in Folsom at the Moore-Webb-Holmes Plantation and is a day-long celebration of plantation life in previous eras. Admission fee is charged and lunch may be purchased.  Plantation facilities are open for viewing.  For information, call Holmestead at 334-683-6869 or visit www.holmesteadcompany.com

October 6 – 9. Moundville Native American Festival. Demonstrators and vendors will inspire you to learn more about Southeastern Indians through children’s hands-on activities, Native foods, music and dance, living history camps and much more. 

October 29. Marion. The Alabama Military Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony is held on the campus of Marion Military Institute, the home of the Alabama Military Hall of Fame.  The Alabama Military Hall of Fame inducts two Alabama military heroes annually. Induction ceremony is followed with a Pass In Review by the MMI Cadet Corp.  No charge for ceremony and PIR.  Lunch reservations required for the luncheon following.  For information call 334-683-2346 or visit www.marionmilitary.edu

December 5. Marion. The Perry County Historical Society Christmas Tour of Homes, held the first Sunday of December, 1-4 p.m., is sponsored by the Perry County Historical and Preservation Society.  The event features historic buildings in Marion decorated for the Christmas season.  Brochures and tickets available for at the historic Marion Female Seminary on Monroe Street.    For information, please contact  No reservations required.