From the Director



October 2017

Fall afternoons bring back more memories for some reason; perhaps it is the combination of sights, sounds and smells.  A recent flashback was triggered by the sounds of the high school band practicing just down the street from the Chamber office.  It transported me back in time.  I grew up just a few blocks from the football stadium in Hueytown. I could hear the band, the cheering crowds, and take in the smells of the concession stand.  I call it the Friday night smell.  It is a mixture of fresh cut grass, hot dogs cooking and buttered popcorn.  I doubt that anyone would make a fortune bottling it as a home fragrance, but I would love to recreate the experience.   It really is all about the experience.

Hometown experiences are things that we will carry with us all our lives. I think we do a great job creating hometown experiences.  Our recent Bicentennial Birthday Bash was a huge success and will be a great memory for many of our citizens.   In the coming weeks we will celebrate with parades for Fire Prevention Week and Christmas.  National Night out will honor our first responders and the Mayor’s Breakfast will honor 200 years of Hometown Heroes.  We will Trick or Treat downtown, hold our annual Art Stalk, and light up our community Christmas tree. I want to invite you to come and experience our hometown. There really is something for everyone.

National Night out will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. in Lucky’s Foodland parking lot with fire trucks, police cars, children’s activities and more.  The Mayor’s  Breakfast will be held on Friday October 13th at the American Village at 8:00 a.m. Tickets are sold in advance and are available at the Chamber Office and City Hall.  The Fire Prevention Parade and Community Safety Day will be held on October 14th at 10:00 a.m. on Main Street with activities in Orr Park after the parade.   Art Stalk and UM Ghost Tours will be held on Saturday October 28th. Art Stalk will be held on the Promenade from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. with Ghost Tours beginning on campus at 6:00 p.m. and continuing every 30 minutes until 9:00 p.m. Hometown Trick or Treat will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday October 31st.  With construction still underway in some areas, Trick or Treating will be from North Boundary Street to City Hall. The annual Christmas parade will be Tuesday November 30th beginning at 6:00 p.m.  The lighting of our new community Christmas tree will kick off the parade. The ceremony will be held on the lawn of the Post Office facing Main Street.

Pass the popcorn and hot dogs, and strike up the band!  Come join us for a “Hometown Experience” in October and November and create your own “Hometown Memory”.


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